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Landslide work nears end By Jeanne Houck

Village officials hope to by Friday, Aug. 9, complete work on storm watermanagement and landslide-prevention projects on Walton Creek Road. That’s according to George Kipp, Indian Hill’s project manager, and it means the work is on track to finish before school starts as the village had hoped. In the meantime, motorists will continue to be detoured around Walton Creek Road as they have since the project began in mid-July. Detours involve Drake, Indian Hill, Miami, Muchmore and Varner roads. The work on Walton Creek Road will cost some $130,000 and be financed with money Village Council set aside for it in Indian Hill’s advanced-engineering, culvert-design and landside-contingency funds. The Necamp Construction Co. of Hamilton Township won the contract for the work after submitting the lowest of five bids.

The work includes: · Replacement of a concrete box culvert with a 48-inch diameter concrete pipe at the intersection of Walton Creek and Varner roads. · Extension of a gabion basket wall at the entrance of a corrugated metal pipe about 250 feet south of the intersection of Walton Creek and Varner roads by about 30 feet. · Addition of a new 105-foot concrete drilled pier wall on the east side of Walton Creek Road just north of the village corporation line. City Manager Dina Minneci has said doing all three projects at the same time will save Indian Hill $10,000 to $15,000 and reduce the inconvenience to residents by closing Walton Creek Road once instead of multiple times.

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Work is winding down on storm water-management and landslide-prevention projects on Walton Creek Road.JEANNE HOUCK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Student’s credit card advice gains recognition By Forrest Sellers

For Indian Hill High School senior Will Muller it was a classroom assignment. However, it was an assignment that gained him a spot as runner-up in an online competition. Muller, a resident of Indian Hill, was runner-up in a Consumer Talk essay contest sponsored by an online economics website Consumer Jungle ( Muller and other classmates in his financial management class participated in the online competition this past spring. “My best suggestion is don’t spend money you don’t already have,” said Muller, whose essay focused on credit

cards. “Someone making $60,000 a year may think they can spend $30,000 but not consider other expenses.” Muller simply expected a grade for completing the essay assignment. He said he was surprised when he actually got an email from the company informing him he was a runner-up. Not only did Muller receive a gift certificate, but his essay will eventually be posted online at the Consumer Jungle website. Muller was also recently part of a winning team in a Startup Weekend competition in Cincinnati geared toward developing creative business ideas. Muller said he plans to follow his own advice on spending. “I don’t want to spend in the wrong way or get credit card debt,” he said.

HAVING A BALL Second-grader Jackson Kaster, 7, of Indian Hill, makes his swing count. Kaster, who is a student at Indian Hill Primary School, was one of the participants in a summer tennis camp for youngsters at Cincinnati Country Day School.FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Indian Hill senior-to-be Will Muller’s essay on avoiding credit card debt was a runner-up in an online contest. THE COMMUNITY PRESS/FORREST SELLERS



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Apart from improving lighting, the mall is also adding more ramps next to some of its staircases to make it easier for people in wheel chairs and parents pushing strollers. “Redevelopment, renovating and anything that makes a mall more beautiful and appealing for customers, is something that malls are trying to do,” said Jesse Tron, spokesman for the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) . Tron said that bringing in more lighting to the mall makes sense because it might make customers want to spend more time

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or come back to more often. This is the third multimillion dollar renovation that the mall that has undergone since 2007. In 2007 the mall renovated to add Nordstrom and in 2012 renovated its food court. The mall is visited by around 15 million shoppers a year and has 180 stores and restaurants. With a store vacancy rate of 1 to 2 percent, the

mall is doing better than its peers elsewhere in the U.S. According to the ICSC, the average super regional mall has a vacancy rate of 6.7 percent and the average for all shopping centers in the U.S. is 9.7 percent. Hart said the reason that the mall has any vacancies is mostly caused by the time it takes to renovate spaces for new tenants.m





Former TV host coming to village By Lisa Wakeland

It’s a place where the local food community meets sustainability, and the second Ohio Valley Greenmarket is moving to Ault Park this year. This year’s Greenmarket, hosted by Edible Ohio Valley, is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, and features more than 50 vendors. They’ve also partnered with the Greater Cincinnati Master Gardener Association to bring a handful of speakers to Sunday’s event including Scott Beuerlein from the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, author Carol Hewitt and Roger Swain, former host of “The Victory Garden” on PBS. “We produce a magazine that is really dedicated to local food, and our idea was to bring all these other community members together that focus on other areas of sustainability,” said Julie Kramer, creative director for Edible Ohio Valley. “Greenmarket is a place to ... bring the pages of the magazine to life. It’s like a huge farmers market and resource fair, and at the same time the

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master gardeners will have a speakers tent.” Swain is also the featured speaker at the community dinner, which is 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Peterloon Estate in Indian Hill. Tickets are $60 and include dinner by the bite from local farmers and chefs, drinks and tours of the estate. The majority of the vendors at Sunday’s Greenmarket will be local food producers, and there are also nonprofits focused on sustainability, nurseries selling native plants, a few artisans and others, Kramer said. Speakers start at the top of every hour beginning at 1 p.m. Whole Foods also will have kids activities and give away a reusable grocery bag to the first 1,500

people who stop by the booth. “Our whole goal is to get people more information and make this whole idea of sustainability easier,” Kramer said. “How do you make it more convenient and how do you connect the dots for people?” Last year Greenmarket was a big success and they were able to introduce residents to new producers, organizations and the magazine, said Reed DeWinter, an illustrator and editor for Edible Ohio Valley. “They were amazed with the variety in their own backyard,” he said. “You get to meet the people who are making your food, and that’s a rare opportunity in this day and age.”

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Ursuline performing arts grads continuing studies

St. Ursula Academy students presented checks to the winners of the Magnified Giving Grant. Pictured are Bonnie Davis and Sister Grace Poieman from Grace Place Catholic Worker House, SUA students Danielle Duncan of Clifton and Karissa Beltsos of Bridgetown, Mary Beth Meyer and Charlotte Boemker from the Center for Respite Care, SUA students Ellen Upham of Indian Hill and Hannah Heyob of White Oak, and Joyce Choquette, SUA Community Service Group Leader. THANKS TO MISHA BELL

St. Ursula Academy students spending their time serving

St. Ursula Academy students are encouraged to “build a better world” on a daily basis. Throughout the school year, the Community Service Learning Office has coordinated various service projects and encouraged all SUA students to be involved. Highlights from the year include nearly $9,000 raised in weekly mission collections for nine different agencies. In addition, students were able to award $1,000 Magnified Giving Grants to Grace Place

Catholic Worker House, a transitional housing organization for women, and the Center for Respite Care of Cincinnati. In addition to these fundraising efforts, students are also planning three events with a Service Learning focus. SUA students will partner with students from other Ursuline schools around the nation to rehab houses in New Orleans. Other students will spend time in the Over-the-Rhine area of Cincinnati assisting St. Vincent de Paul. And yet another

group will travel to the Appalachian mountains to rehab homes and support the Christian Appalachia Project. All of these projects are being accomplished not by requiring students to have a specified number of service hours, but by instilling a passion for helping those in need. The many hours worked and amount of money raised are evidence that St. Ursula Academy is, in fact, educating young women to “build a better world.”

Seven Ursuline Academy graduates of the Class of 2013 will take their love of the stage off to college where they will continue their education in their specific performing arts discipline. They have spent the past four years at Ursuline entrenched in theatrical and musical performances that were produced by the school. Several also performed at other high schools and community and national performances and competitions, where they won numerous awards at such venues as the Festival Disney in Orlando and the Cincinnati Arts Association Overture Awards Scholarship competition. The 2013 performing arts graduates are: » Leah Anderson (Evendale), will pursue a bachelor’s degree in music performance (and a B.S. in science) at The Ohio State University, where she received a Music Scholarship and Provost Scholarship. She has played the violin and piano and was a vocalist at UA, and has performed and won numerous awards at such venues as The Ohio Federation of Music Clubs, The National Federation of Music, The Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Northern Kentucky University, Clermont Philharmonic Orchestra, and many others. » Sydney Ashe (Amberley Village) will be enrolled in the BFA Dramatic Performance Program at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she received the Cincinnatus Century Scholarship. She performed in the Ursuline pro-

duction of “All Shook Up,” several shows at St. Xavier High School, and Cincinnati Actors’ Studio and Academy; she also will be appearing as “Frenchie” this summer in the Cincinnati Young People’s Theater production of Grease. » Megan Banfield (Indian Hill) will major in communication with a concentration in electronic media at the University of Dayton, where she received the Father Chaminade Scholarship. » Abby Hellmann (Hyde Park) will major in vocal performance at the University of Michigan. In addition to singing in UA’s A Cappella Choir and Show Choir, she also sang and danced in all the school’s musicals, and has performed at St. Xavier High School, Yapp at the Musical Arts Center and St. Mary Church (Hyde Park). » Jennifer Mathews (West Chester Township) will major in theatre (also biomedical engineering and pre-med) at Saint Louis University, where she received the Presidential Finalist Scholarship. She was a stage crew member of UA’s theatre company throughout her years at the school. » Angela Pan (Evendale) will major or minor in dance at Indiana University Bloomington. She was on UA’s National Championship Varsity Dance Team for four years; and she was on the sound crew for the school’s Seussical the Musical. » Lauren Salem (West Chester Township) will major in vocal performance and music education at Miami University, where she received a Music Talent Award and University Merit Scholarship.


Boyd E. Smith Elementary staff member Lisa Holt-Taylor of Indian Hill is studing conservation and marine ecology in the Central American country of Belize. The graduate courses from Miami University's Project Dragonfly are based on Earth Expeditions, which has engaged more than 1,400 people since 2004 in firsthand educational and scientific research at critical conservation field sites in Africa, Australia, Asia and the Americas. More information is at

Dean’s list

University of Cincinnati spring semester - Menaka Apana, Lindsey Armstrong, Neil Beckmann, Michelle Beinke, Julia Betts, Katherine Bissler, Emily Blackwelder, Sarah-Jane Bodnar, Kendra Carper, Nicole Cassidy, Taylor Christman, Mary Christoff, Molly Christoff, Courtney Collins, Alexandra Contra, David Cowens, Eden Crosset, Catherine Daggitt, Mary Destefano, Domenic Difrancesco, Katherine Dorl, Laura Dowling, Emily Duffy, Joseph Edelman, Jacob Elkin, Sarah Evans, Kelsey Fairhurst, Kristina Finley, Jeremy Fischer, Ala-

na Frew, Flavia Gallagher, Rachael Geile, Matthew Glaescher, Anthony Glorius, Kristina Greenert, Jungah Ha, Julia Hamad, Madeleine Hartz, Anthony Hennings, David Herzog, Mackenzi Jansen, Kyle Jenkins, Luana Johnson, Shelby Jones, Rikhev Kashyap, Ashley Kemp, Robert Krehnbrink, Alissa Kremchek, Edward Kremchek, Daniel Laumann, Victoria Le Maire, Thomas Lemaire, Susan Lewis, Liz Lim, Justin Lincoln, John Longsworth, Emily Luther, David Lutz, Emma Mack, Laura Mahon, Emily Martz, Tracey McIntyre, Joshua Means, Samuel Medert, Laura Meece, Alexandra Meier, Daniel Minter, Sydney Mishkin, Katelyn Murden, David Myers, Chris Nesbitt, Ian Neumann, Amy Nielsen, Cody Rizzuto, Steven Rose, Glenna Rust, Cory Rutherford, Philip Santoro, Ryan Santoro, Luke Scharfenberger, Kathryn Scherer, Sara Schneider, Jeremiah Seibert, Timothy Seiter, Stephen Shinkle, Jeffrey Smith, Kaitlyn Spears, Catherine Stein, Zachary Taylor, John Theis, Heidi Wagner, Jason Waller, Thomas Walter, Hannah Westendorf, Kyle Williamson, Jenna Wisner, Timothy Zack, Jing Zang and Tingting Zhang. Graduates

» University of Cincinnati spring semester - Menaka Apa-

na, Stephen Baker, Julia Betts, Katherine Bissler, Emily Blackwelder, Sarah-Jane Bodnar, Adam Boomer, Sheila Browning, Lisa Campbell, Kendra Carper, Jane Cohen, Melissa Costigan, Eileen Crowe, Catherine Daggitt, Joseph Edelman, Jacob Elkin, Kelsey Fairhurst, Kristina Finley, Sean Grogan, Molly Hoctor, Nicholas Hoctor, Karen Jerardi, Rikhev Kashyap, Erika Keller, Christina Kim, Robert Krehnbrink, Daniel Lee, Justin Lincoln, Matthew Luther, David Lutz, Peter Mallow, Allison Moffett, Chris Nesbitt, Amy Nielsen, Carolina Perrino, Steven Rose, Philip Santoro, James Scavo, Laura Schneider, Jennifer Scott, Chad Seiden, Catherine Stein, Yuliyan Stoyanov, Kara Swami, Zachary Taylor, Arianna Warfel, Erin Williams and Emily Woellner. » Samantha Wirtz, a 2009 graduate of Indian Hill High School, was recently awarded a Master’s of Business degree from the University of Denver. In 2012 she was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in finance and a minor in mathematics from the same university, graduating with academic distinction. Wirtz has recently accepted a position as business valuation analyst with Pinnacle Health Consulting in Denver.

Ursuline Academy graduates who will study performing arts in college include, from left: Lauren Salem (West Chester Township), Leah Anderson (Evendale), Megan Banfield (Indian Hill), Jennifer Mathews (West Chester Township), Sydney Ashe (Amberley Village), Abby Hellmann (Hyde Park) and Angela Pan (Evendale). THANKS TO MARIANNE LANG


The following students have earned honors for the fourth quarter of 2012-2013.

Sophomores First Honors - Alec Bayliff and Kevin Brenning. Second Honors - Noah Bayliff, Jake Bonner and Luke Tatman.

Juniors First Honors - William Mitchell and Nicholas Wright. Second Honors - John DeCaprio

Graduated First Honors - Zachary Bayliff and Christopher Wright. Second Honors - Alex Heidel, Bradley Lehmann, Kevin Lynch, Sean McCroskey and Harry Wahl.




First Honors - Samantha Fry, Kelly Grogan, Caroline Kirk, Victoria Klee, Zenab Saeed, Marisa Seremet, Megan Slack, Allison Werner and Elizabeth Woodall. Second Honors - Caroline Greiwe, Mary McGraw and Meredith Schmitt.

The following students have earned honors for the fourth quarter of 2012-2013. Honors - Mary Alf, Jordan Fry, Molly Kubicki, Azl Saeed, Lily Schmitt and Mary Clare Van Hulle.

Sophomores Honors - Emily Hellmann, Julia Kokenge, Mary McGrath and Elisabeth Schiller.

Seniors First Honors - Jacqueline Healey and Ellen Hinkley. Second Honors - Katherine Melink and Emily Morris.



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Indian Hill area golfers get linked in By Scott Springer and Mark Motz

INDIAN HILL — After a busy summer, prep golfers are about to get the early start on the high school season on numerous local courses. The following is a preview of teams in the Indian Hill Journal coverage area.


Indian Hill’s Joshua Leibel and Wells Coalfleet will be counted on this fall on the Braves cross country team.SCOTT SPRINGER/COMMUNITY PRESS

IH runners pound path to fall season “We are young and determined, with some new freshmen,” McMasters said. MND begins with the Finish Timing Invitational Aug. 24 in Wilmington.

By Scott Springer and Mark Motz

INDIAN HILL — It’s time for local runners to go the distance in cross country with the first meets coming up later in August. The following is a preview for high school trail trotters in the Indian Hill Journal coverage area.

Seven Hills

Cincinnati Country Day

The Indians finished sixth in the 2012 Miami Valley Conference boys league meet. Alec Bunge was a second-team allleague performer. CCD, which last won a league title in 2008, will chase fourtime defending champion Summit Country Day to the finish line. On the girls side, the Indians didn’t field a team in the 2012 MVC meet. CCD opens the 2013 season by hosting its own invitational meet Aug. 24. The Indians close the year with three straight meets at Voice of America Park, the CHCA Invitational Oct. 2, the MVC championships Oct. 8 and the district meet Oct. 19.

Indian Hill

Heading into her 23rd season as head coach at Indian Hill, Susan Savage is coming off a season where her teams were runners-up at the district meet. The Indian Hill boys were third in the Cincinnati Hills League, but rallied in the district meet. Looking to post good times this season are seniors Joe Majchzak, Josh Leibel and Harrison Zwolshen, along with junior Wells Coalfleet and sophomore Trent Geyer. Geyer was CHL second team as a freshman and posted a17:29 at the district meet in Mason. Leading the Lady Braves will be senior Elena Horton, juniors Sabrina Bulas, MacKenzie Owen, Sara Schwanekamp and Kelli Gerlinger and sophomores Rhian Horton and Anna Defendiefer. Rhian Horton was the CHL Runner of the Year as a sophomore for Coach of the Year Savage and her sister, Elena, posted the team’s best time of 19:46 before leaving to play hockey in Vermont. “Both teams have a strong

Elena Horton ran her best time of the season at the St. Xavier Invitational last September.TONY TRIBBLE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

core of returning athletes who are dedicated to doing what is necessary for the team to succeed,” Savage said.


The Crusaders have had four-straight winning seasons and were third in the Greater Catholic League-South last season. Returning starters for coach Dave Prenger are Nicholas Mendel and Mitch Poch. Others to keep an eye on are Drew Denover, Ross Griffith, Brendan Mulvaney, Jacob Menke and Matt DeWine. “We have a solid junior class, many of which have varsity experience,” Prenger said. “It will still be a huge challenge for us to compete with the likes of St. Xavier and Mason, but I do believe we will match up better with most of the other area teams.” Moeller starts the season with the Moeller Primetime Invitational evening race on Aug. 23.

Mount Notre Dame

The Cougars are led by Madison Gentile, who made GGCL second team as a freshman. Gentile is coached by Maria McMasters, a graduate of MND and a member of the Cougars Hall of Fame. Chloe Griffith, Celeste Bergman, Emily Schappacher, Moira Fiebig and Beth Heimbuch are others to watch.

Seven Hills finished sixth in the Miami Valley Conference boys championship meet in 2012. The Stingers lost only one runner to graduation from that team. Unfortunately for them, it was their only all-league pick in senior Michael Bain. Similar situation for the girls team - who placed second behind Summit Country Day in the league meet - where league runner of the year Laura Gonzales graduated. The good news is Seven Hills returns sophomore Nia Page, who was a second team all-MVC selection as a freshman.

Ursuline Academy

Ursuline Academy has a new coach and some lofty goals. Coach Rachel Bea knows running, having won the 2012 Flying Pig marathon in addition to previous coaching stops at Notre Dame Academy, Simon Kenton High School and Northern Kentucky University. She takes the reins of a Lions team that qualified for the state meet only once in school history; that was10 years ago in 2003. Bea would like a return trip to Columbus. But first, “Our primary goal as a team is to win the GGCL,” Bea said. “We’re looking very strong, but until we actually race, it’s hard to have a complete handle on things. I know McAuley and St. Ursula are very good. We have a tough league.” Ursuline didn’t lose any of its top seven runners from the 2012 squad to graduation, but still only has one returning senior starter in Christine Frederick. Joining her in the lead pack will be juniors Grace Kelly, Catherine Sinke, Mirnada Grigas and Colleen Johnston. “We just have such a deep, strong team that it’s tough to mention everybody,” Bea said. “But they are all working hard. They’ve put in the miles over the summer and they’ll be ready to run. And with only one returning senior, we’re set up to be pretty good for a few years.”

Cincinnati Country Day enters the season after a 2012 that saw the Indians finish as runner-up in the Miami Valley Conference behind Seven Hills, sectional runner-up behind Summit Country Day before winning the Division III district title and finishing 12th in the state. Coach Greg Faulhaber graduated four players - including three starters - from that team, but returns the defending district medalist in senior Ishan Ghildyal. “Some people think we’ll take a step back graduating so many players, but I still have five coming back and Ishan is definitely the strongest player I’ve ever coached.” Joining Ghildyal is classmate Patrick Wildman, state runner-up in tennis each of the last two seasons. A trio of returning juniors provide a strong nucleus: Twins Taylor and Alex Maier and Jacob Engelke. Faulhaber expects another three-way race between his club, Seven Hills and Summit for the MVC crown. “My typical goal for them is to peak at the end of the season,” Faulaber said. “I will be preaching constant improvement. Last year we didn’t have a very strong regular season maybe .500 - but they brought it all together in the postseason and that’s what you look for.” CCD opens Aug. 6 in the Madeira Invitational at The Vineyard and follows that up with an appearance in the Anderson Invitational Aug. 8. Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy finished second in the Miami Valley Conference boys tournament in 2012, coming in behind champion Seven Hills and its league player of the year Pauley Gosiger. The Eagles had a first team all-MVC selection in Daniel Vezdos, as well as a pair of second-team picks in Sean Eslick and Bobby Kelley Head coach Jonathan Williams - a1999 CHCA graduate is in his fourth season at the helm for the Eagles. He is an assistant PGA pro at the golf Center at Kings Island. Indian Hill lost seven seniors to graduation from their 2012 third-place Cincinnati Hills League team, including three all-CHL selections. Only three return from the Braves varsity in senior Patrick Amato, junior Michael Thorsen and sophomore Connor Hjelm. “We definitely are going to be relying on them,” coach Topher Sheldon said. “We are counting on our one senior, Patrick Amato, for some leadership to help other guys on varsity learn the ropes.” The Braves begin Aug. 8 at the CHL Preview at Weatherwax. “JV guys are going to be moving up and potentially some incoming freshmen,” Sheldon said. “It’ll be a little

Pari Keller of Indian Hill High School reacts to sinking a long putt for par on the eighth hole during the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division II girls sectional golf tournament in Hamilton last September.GARY LANDERS/COMMUNITY PRESS

bit of a different year for us. We do have some talent in the pipeline and hopefully they’ll be ready for varsity golf. Our year’s going to be 2014 I think. This year will be a rebuilding and learning year.” The Crusaders were second in the Greater Catholic League-South in 2012. In his 27th year as Moeller’s head coach, Rick Bohne has had 26 consecutive winning seasons. Bohne returns two starters in juniors Quinn Sullivan and Nick Gruber. Sullivan was second-team GCL South last season. Bohne also will count on senior Mitch Lamping, junior Ben Sattler and sophomore Michael O’Brien. “Though we are young, our team has worked hard in the offseason and developed great team chemistry,” Bohne said. “They are coachable and want to get better. They have talent; the mystery is will they put it all together.” Moeller starts the season off Aug. 6 at the Mount Vernon Invitational. On that same day, the Varsity Gold squad will play at Darby Creek in the Killer B match. Seven Hills won the Miami Valley Conference last season and has one of the top players in the area returning to help defend the title. “The Seven Hills golf program has experienced success for a number of years in the MVC and the postseason tournament,” said head coach Doug Huff. “We have the sectional medalist (junior Brian Goertemoeller) returning, along with a strong supporting cast.” Those include senior Connor Rousan, junior Ben King and sophomore Alyssa Aikman, whom Huff called an NCAA Division I prospect in women’s golf. Those three plus Goertemoeller - all played for a Stingers squad that finished ninth in the Division III state championship last season.


Cincinnati Country Day qualified for the Division II district tournament as a team for the first time in school history in 2012. The Indians hope history can repeat. Junior Kacie Bradfish will figure heavily in any return trip to district. She is a twotime state qualifier as an individual and finished second in the girls Junior Met this summer with a two-day score of 73-74-147. “She is one of the best juSee GOLF, Page A7



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The Indian Hill Recreational Track and Field teams celebrates a good season. THANKS TO JIM KLASERNER

Recreational track team ends season This year, kids in kindergarten through sixth grade finished a fine spring season with the Indian Hill Recreational Track and Field team while competing in events ranging from the 50-meter dash to the 800-meter run and field events, including long jump, high jump, shot-put, softball throw and discus at the meets. The team competed in all seven Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) invitational meets along with the annual dual meet with the Mariemont Track Club. This spring season 100 young athletes participated in the program, which is open to tracksters who live in the Indian Hill School District. The track and field program begins in the middle of March and concludes at the end of May. The meets take place on Saturdays during the track season. Runners are Marina Ander-

son, Michaela Beiting, Taylor Brewer, Sarah Bridge, Odessa Franz, Tacey Hutten, Madison Kahn, Nina Leon, Reagan McMullen, Brynne Parry, Titus Sexton, Anthony Sommerville, Charlie Wallace, Elizabeth Whaley, Hayden Withers, Caroline Blang, Nicholas Cech, Samantha Cline, Samantha Estes, Sahil Ghatora, Ben Kruse, Jai Masturzo, Gabrielle Patterson, Tommy Saba, Zach Sullivan, Coleman Warstler, Bradley Corl, Emily Denoyer, Isabelle Frohlich, Marissa Hoynes, Louisa Klaserner, Sebastian Kong, Heidi NeCamp, Elle Parry, Ellen Podojil, Anne Whaley, Jaden Anderson, Rohan Bagli, Carter Coalfleet, Noah Gallegos, Sofia Gallegos, Jack Hankin, Bethany Ison, Jordan Lococo, Evan Matthews, Chris Neumann, Isabella Patterson, Anna Podojil, Olivia Carson, Shayon Choudhury, Stella Cocozza, Samantha Kayne, Francesca Kong, Sri

Masturzo, Nicholas Patel, Jessica Robinson, Charlotte Scharfenberger, Mary Claire Vollmer, Sophie Bernik, Drew Boylan, Tre Dean, Noah Frazier, Carly Hater, Ryan Hater, C.J. Hayden, Victoria Islas, Jack Kruse, Michelle Lindberg, Nicholas Mallow, Isaiah Moeller, Maria Nath , John Podojil, Jonathan Ram, Joshua Starczynowski, Kaylie Withers, Lillian Andrews, Sarah Beck, Hannah Beiting, Bentley Dalton, William Dalton, Kira Ericsson, Kyle Fitzgerald, Sanna Ghatora, Tyler Heekin, Will Heekin, Joseph Kayne, Ashwini Krishnan, Juli Lewis, Mary Linser, Marc Mukai, Taylor Parry, Ajay Patel, Skyler Robinson, Harry Strauss and Mac Ward. Coaches are Donna Beiting, Rebecca Podojil, Brian Fitzgerald, Cash Hayden, Scott Masturzo, Matt Linser, Jay Ford, Jim Klaserner, Steve Whaley and Maureen Corl.

SIDELINES Moeller golf outing The fifth-annual Moeller High School baseball golf outing will be 12:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, at Beckett Ridge Country Club. Lunch and registration is

at 11 a.m. All proceeds will benefit the baseball program. Cost is $125 a golfer. Make checks payable to Moeller High School baseball and mail to: Moeller High

School, Attn. Tim Held, 9001 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242. Questions: or Andy Nagel at 328-8008,

nior golfers in the city right now,” said CCD head coach Pat Dunn. “With a player like her, we basically have a star and hard-working supporting cast. Our goal as a team is to show improvement through the year and give ourselves a chance to get back to the district.” Among the aforementioned supporting cast is a three-year starter in senior Chase Frederick, who will serve as co-captain with Bradfish. Sophomore Maggie Bernish – in just her second year of golf – returns to add some experience to the lineup. “It’s really exciting,” Dunn said. “It’s going to be a great season.” One that opens Aug. 8 at Fairfield Greens for the Division I preseason tournament. “It’s really a reflection of the sectional tournament,” Dunn said. “We’ll see a lot of the teams we’ll see in the postseason there and get a good test to start the year.” Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy enters its second season of varsity competition with an eye on improvement. Every player from the Eagles inaugural season returns and head coach Don Faimon said his squad could make some noise. “We’re starting from a little better position than we did last year,” he said. “Our two best players are only a sophomore and a junior and we have room to grow.” Those players are sophomore Morgan Bowan - who missed qualifying for the Division II district tournament by a stroke as a freshman - and junior Anna Faimon, the coach’s daughter who scores in the low 80s. Also back are senior Elise Jackson, last season’s most improved golfer, classmate Mindy Kong and junior Clarissa Ja-

cobs. A trio of freshman could push the veterans for starting spots. CHCA plays out of Shaker Run and opens the season Aug. 6 with a dual match against McNicholas High School at Sharon Woods. Indian Hill’s girls won the Cincinnati Hills League, sectional tournament and were fourth at the district tournament in 2012 under coach Cynthia Annett. In her eighth year leading the Lady Braves, Annett returns starters Pari Keller, Natalie Pavlick, Kathleen Farrell, Alice Zhang and Allie Satterfield. Keller is the team’s only senior and placed 10th in the Division II state tournament last season. “Our goal is that the entire team will go this year,” Annett said. “All of the girls are returning. Last year we missed going to state by one team. Hopefully the girls will be more seasoned this year and will qualify for the state tournament.” Ursuline Academy finished ninth in the Division I state tournament in 2012 after going undefeated in the always-difficult Girls Greater Cincinnati League. Graduated are Ali Lang - who will play at New York University - and Taylor Castle. Seniors Abigail Wellens, Emma Meyer and Sarah Reilly return in the top three spots. Junior Kyland Frooman and sophomores Olivia McCloy and Sanchi Gupta all spent time in the varsity lineup last year; head coach Marianne Sahms expects all three to compete with senior Michelle Wintzinger to be there again. Sahms has a new assistant this season in her daughter, UA alumna Maggie Sahms, who recently finished her college golf career at High Point. Sahms said she expected her club and St. Ursula Academy to battle for the GGCL title.

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New legislation may help sewer woes Our sewer rates in Hamilton County have increased by a staggering 130 percent over the last 10 years. What’s more, the county faces paying an additional $3.2 billion in mandated sewer update costs – enough money to build two Brent Spence Bridges! Jawdropping bills like ours are occurring in communities across America. Why such huge rate increases? Because local communities are attempting to comply with consent decrees they’ve been forced to agree to by the federal EPA. Currently, the EPA takes a one-size-fitsall, top-down, Washingtonknows-best approach in enforcing sewer and stormwater standards. This tactic has led to exorbitant costs which make it next to impossible for

local communities to adequately fund police, fire, road repair and other local priorities. It’s a big problem. Awhile Steve back, HamilChabot COMMUNITY PRESS ton County Commissioner GUEST COLUMNIST Todd Portune came to me seeking help on this important issue. He’s been working with a coalition of other local government officials all across the country struggling with the same problem. Todd and I, our staffs and the coalition have been working together to come up with a solution. And I believe we’ve found it. On July 17, I introduced

legislation which, if passed, would give local communities more flexibility to come up with innovative, less expensive ways to address their wastewater and stormwater challenges. Communities would still have to achieve the same high standards for clean water but additional flexibility should allow many communities to do so in a more affordable and cost-effective manner. Specifically, my bill would call for the EPA to allow 15 pilot communities across America to work with the EPA to set up their own program to come into compliance with clean water standards. Everybody wins under this common-sense approach. By allowing the EPA to work more effectively with pilot commu-

nities, residents of those communities should get cleaner water at a lower cost. Meanwhile, Congress, the EPA and affected state agencies will be able to study and learn from these programs and, if successful, eventually allow more local communities to adopt what works best in their area, thus saving taxpayers a lot of money while still maintaining stringent clean water standards. It’s my hope, and goal, that Hamilton County will be chosen as one of the 15 pilot programs. Our community, of course, would have to apply and compete for one of the 15 slots in a fair and above-board process. But if selected, the Hamilton County Commissioners estimate this legislation could save county ratepayers

hundreds of millions of dollars compared to the current estimated cost of mandated repairs. This has been a difficult and challenging issue for our community, and I want to thank and commend Commissioner Portune for his leadership in addressing it in a very innovative and thoughtful manner. I guess this is at least one example of bipartisanship at work – a Democrat and a Republican working together to get something done for our community, and for our country.

“What I understand is this law applies when deadly force has to be used as last resort, and when there is absolutely no escape from the attacker. “But for someone who has the opportunity to escape the attack and get away, that has to be followed, not for someone to continue to follow or provoke an attack. “Yes, the 'stand-your-ground' should be carefully reviewed for everyone's protection.”

get, such as prohibiting public hospitals entering into written agreements with ambulatory surgical centers that perform abortions to accept their patients in case of emergency, and requiring doctors to test for a fetal heartbeat, then inform the patient seeking an abortion in writing of the presence of that heartbeat, and then provide statistical likelihood that the fetus could be carried to term? Why or why not?

Republican Steve Chabot represents the 1st District. He can be reached at 441 Vine St., Room 3003, Cincinnati, OH., 45202, phone 513-684-2723; or by email at contact-me/.

CH@TROOM Last week’s question After the George Zimmerman acquittal in Florida, Attorney General Eric Holder has said his department will review so-called “stand-your-ground” laws that allow a person who believes they are in danger to use deadly force in self-defense. Do you support “stand-your-ground” laws? Why or why not?

“I do not support stand your ground laws and don't believe in using guns. If Zimmerman had stayed in his car or not been armed Trayvon Martin would not have gotten shot that night. “Stopping profiling of nonwhite citizens by police and vigilantes/neighborhood-watch clowns is the more important matter here. President Obama was exactly right to make his statement the day before the peaceful demonstrations last Friday. A lot of prejudiced people are not capable of admitting how right Obama was in doing that last week. The bigots who kept asking to see Obama's birth certificate were engaging in profiling, too." TRog

“No matter what the law says, the best way to defuse a confrontation between two people is for one of them to withdraw. There is no amount of 'being right' that can compensate you for the grief you will experience after you use deadly force to repel an assailant, even if you are a police officer. “Stand your ground laws tend to give people the false assurance that they can resolve the situation by staying put and escalate the situation further. As a gun owner and concealed carry permit holder, I have thought long and hard about what it would take to provoke me to draw my weapon on another human being. The correct answer is that the threat has to be real, obvious and inescapable. “I must believe that I or someone I love is going to die or be mortally injured and I can't disengage. There is an old saying that you never draw a weapon on someone you do not intend to kill. The threat better warrant that reaction or it will negatively change your life forever. As soon as you draw a gun in a fistfight, you become the aggressor.” F.S.D.

NEXT QUESTION Should school districts adopt a policy to allow trained and qualified principals and other school officials to carry loaded handguns in schools like the Edgewood school district? Why or why not? Every week we ask readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with Chatroom in the subject line.

“Eric Holder should have been replaced some time ago. For him to continue to debase the law(s) of the land and the Constitution and now measure American's as they defend home, community, and property, is typical of our current city/ state/county/fed/media intrusion into the daily lives of 'common men'. “A jury was selected. They were legally bound to find this man one way or the other ... that's how it works. Everyone go home, including Mr. Holder.” K.P.

“I don't support 'stand-yourground' if it means someone has to die. I'm not sure whether Ohio has this law, but I don't think so. “I don't believe in people having guns, so I could never support private citizens cruising neighborhoods looking for trouble with a gun in their pocket." E.E.C.

“I think that anyone should be able to protect themself from harm. “That being said, it is tragic that someone was killed, and that someone had to make the decision to fire a weapon to protect themself. I do not believe that George Zimmerman had any intention of killing Trayvon Martin, and was shocked to learn that the boy was dead. “What's a shame is that this tragic incident was made into a racial issue. What if the Hispanic community rallied for Mr. Zimmerman saying that people were picking on him because of his race? What if I disagreed with the O.J. verdict and marched in protest? Or the infamous bathtub death which has been the topic if several trials? “What our system of justice does is make these things as fair as HUMANLY possible. Of course there will be disagree-



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ments about the verdict in every trial, but unless we want to dismantle our entire justice system, we need to move on. “It seems that the prosecution failed to prove their case, which makes me wonder why the federal government is becoming involved. I guess the squeaky wheel gets the oil. Maybe those of us who are too polite to make waves should do a little shouting too.” J.K.

“A Googling of 'stand your ground law' results in the general explanation that the individual is permitted to defend oneself anywhere within the jurisdiction, as though it were inside your own home. That is taken to mean the individual does not have to retreat or take evasive action regarding the situation confronting them. “Since the individual's decision in such a case is subject to judicial review, i.e., in a courtroom; I believe 'stand your ground' laws do not in themselves pose a threat to the public or usurp the rights of another.” R.V.

“I wholeheartedly support stand-your-ground laws. Our forefathers never intended for American citizens to be left defenseless or to be unable to protect themselves from people who want to do harm to us. “If these laws are thrown out or if the Second Amendment is repealed so that we can no longer carry weapons the criminals will be the only ones left who are armed and law-abiding citizens will be left without a way to defend themselves and their families. “A society in which everyone wants 'free stuff' is a dangerous place because folks feel that they can take whatever they want from you ... even your life ... while robbing you of your possessions. “Responsible, trained gun owners are not a danger to anyone else. The criminals ARE. We need to be able to protect ourselves from them when our lives are endangered.” C.H.

“This is a good topic. The 'stand-your-ground' laws were written as a self-defense law in many states so deadly force can be used to protect one’s life, or the life of others, not property.


“I stopped listening to the news about this case when I learned that the police department told George Zimmerman to go home and leave the policing to them. Florida wants to reinvent law. Let them try, and let us all avoid going there until they get it figured out.” N.F.

“I totally support 'stand your ground' laws.George Zimmerman is obviously a decent and honorable man swept up in a tsunami of race-baiting by racist fools! It really is a non-news story!!!” J.G.

“As Americans we are entitled to our guns and are entitled to protect ourselves. However, the George Zimmerman case is a poor case to support or question 'stand-your-grounds' laws. “He is a vigilante who was told to stand down by law enforcement. No one is safe when an untrained individual decides to take the law into their own hands.” D.G.B.

July 17 question Do you agree with the new abortion laws that were included in Ohio’s recently approved bud-

“I've read that Ohio has the country's most stringent abortion laws, and I resoundingly agree with those included in our state's recent budget. Under the new laws, getting an abortion in Ohio will be more difficult, as it should be. “I am also grateful that in Ohio we, who through our actions and prayers uphold the rights of all unborn babies to life, do not have to see our tax dollars spent to support Planned Parenthood, the world's largest abortion provider. “When women are informed in writing that the heart of their baby is beating, surely their conscience will tell them if they go ahead with the abortion they are denying the right to life to another human being. “Women say they should have rights over their own body, but it is someone else's body in their womb, and nobody has the right to take another's life! “For those girls/women who feel pressured by others to have an abortion, this might help give them the courage to change their mind and give their baby life. “Why is there such an outcry for protecting the rights of all other people and groups in this country, except for the rights of unborn babies. They have a God-given right to life." S.S.

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Participants in the Cincinnati Country Day School summer tennis camp line up to return a few shots.

TENNIS TUTORIAL Cincinnati Country Day School once again served up its annual summer tennis camp. The program, which is geared for youngsters ages 4 to 10, is led by physical education teacher Kathy Blum. Sessions include “Tennis for Tots” for ages 4 and 5 and “Totally Terrific Tennis” for the older children. Blum provides instruction on basic strokes, getting familiar with the court and the rules of tennis.

Photos by Forrest Sellers/The Community Press

Indian Hill Primary School kindergartner Courtney Comeaux, 5, right, receives a few tips from physical education teacher Kathy Blum, of Springfield Township. Comeaux is a resident of Indian Hill.

Indian Hill Primary School second-grader Nate Reich, 5, of Indian Hill, successfully returns a tossed tennis ball.

Indian Hill Primary School second-grader Charlotte Comeaux, 7, of Indian Hill, reaches for another ball.

Physical education teacher Kathy Blum, right, of Springfield Township, demonstrates the proper stance to kindergartner Ayla Daoud, 5, of Hyde Park. Daoud is a student at Cincinnati Country Day School.

Sisters Abby, 10, and Annabel Blum, 8, of Springfield Township, try to cool off. Both are students at Cincinnati Country Day School.

Courtney Comeaux, right, 5, of Indian Hill, helps Trey Blum, 5, of Springfield Township, collect balls on the court. Comeaux attends Indian Hill Primary School, while Blum is a student at Cincinnati Country Day School. Both are kindergartners.

Indian Hill Primary School kindergartner Courtney Comeaux, 5, left, of Indian Hill, finds her basket a little heavier than Cincinnati Country Day School senior Lauren Wiley, 17, of West Chester.



Mio’s Pizzeria Concert Series, 7-9 p.m., Blue Ash Amphitheatre, 4433 Cooper Road, Music by Monday Night Big Band. Free. 745-8550; Blue Ash.

Dance Classes Line Dancing, 6-7 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Music from variety of genres. $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash.


Exercise Classes

Art & Craft Classes

Pilates Playground, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Works entire body through series of movements performed with control and intention. $15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash. MELT Method, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Unique handsoff bodywork approach that helps prevent pain, heal injury and erase negative effects of aging and active living. $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash. Yoga/Pilates Infusion, 5-6 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Contemporary blend of flowing yoga movements and core-centric Pilates sequences. $10-$15. 290-8217; Blue Ash.

Knitting, Crochet and Needlecraft Class, 7-8:30 p.m., Milford Heights Church of Christ, 1646 Ohio 28, Basic handwork techniques and fresh ideas in knitting, crochet and other handicrafts along with short devotional time. Free. 575-1874. Milford.

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

Nature Free Firsts Appreciation Days, 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road, Residents can enjoy any park without the need for a motor vehicle permit, while enjoying a host of other free and discounted activities. Dress for weather. Family friendly. Free, no vehicle permit required. 521-7275; freefirsts. Symmes Township.

On Stage - Comedy Kevin Brennan, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $8-$14. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Free, donations accepted. Through Sept. 26. 800-0164. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, 4309 Cooper Road, Youth room. Big book/ discussion meeting. Brown bag lunch optional. Open to everyone who desires healthy loving relationships. Donations accepted. 673-0174; Blue Ash.

FRIDAY, AUG. 2 Community Dance Wild Wild West Guest Fest, 8-10 p.m., Arthur Murray Dance Studio, 9729 Kenwood Road, Western-themed guest party. Introduction to most basic of social dances to country music. Includes wine, hors d’oeuvres, group class, dance demonstrations, social dancing and more. Free. 791-9100; Blue Ash.

Cooking Classes

Loveland Farmers Market is open 3-7 p.m. every Tuesday at Loveland Station, West Loveland Avenue, East Broadway and Second streets, in the parking lot. The market features 32 vendors from the area offering vegetables, fruits, meat, eggs, bread, pizza, pastries, cookies, syrup, lavender products, soaps, lotions, gourmet frozen pops, gelato, herbs, alpaca products, hummus, honey, coffee, olive oil and cheese. Call 683-0150, or visit JEANNE HOUCK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS Music by Danny Frazier Band. Free. 745-8550; Blue Ash.

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

Runs / Walks Camp Dennison Mid-Summer Night’s Run, 7:30 p.m., Kugler Mill Fields, Kugler Mill Road, Flat, fast course winds through Camp Dennison, onto bike trail and back to park. $15. 377-0962; Indian Hill.

SATURDAY, AUG. 3 Drink Tastings Ales on Rails, 6-9 p.m., Cincinnati Dinner Train, 4725 Madison Road, Sample five ales as experts from Great Lakes Brewing Company inform about each beer’s appearance, bouquet, body, flavors and finish. Includes light meal consisting of pretzel, turkey wrap, chips and dessert. Ages 21 and up. $49.95. Additional beverages available for purchase. Reservations required. 791-7245; Madisonville.

Exercise Classes

Health / Wellness

Small Group Personal Training, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Strength movements to build lean muscle, cardio bursts to keep your heart racing, personal training direction and supervision to lead you to fitness goals. Registration required. 290-8217. Blue Ash.

Mark Miller and Nick Giese, 9:30-11:30 p.m., Tap House Grill, 8740 Montgomery Road, Experimental bluegrass by acoustic duo. Free. 891-8277; Sycamore Township.

Mio’s Pizzeria Concert Series, 8-11 p.m., Blue Ash Towne Square, Cooper and Hunt roads,

The Lion in Winter, 1-4 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Free. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

Music - Oldies Ooh La La and the Greasers, 7-10 p.m., Chamberlin Park, 7640 Plainfield Road, Part of Days in the Park Festival. Free. Presented by City of Deer Park. 7948879. Deer Park.


Montgomery Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Montgomery Elementary School, 9609 Montgomery Road, Vendors grow/ produce what they sell. More than 20 vendors offering vegetables, fruits, herbs, meat, eggs, honey, goat’s milk products, coffee, olive oil, hummus, cheese and baked goods. 9844865; Montgomery.

Music - Bluegrass

Music - Concerts

SUNDAY, AUG. 4 Auditions

Farmers Market

Exercise Classes

Anime Club, 6-8 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Watch anime, draw manga, play Yu-Gi-Oh and interact around these favorite pastimes. Ages 13-18. Free. 369-4450. Deer Park.

Heather Mitts Soccer ProCamp, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Sycamore Junior High School, 5757 Cooper Road, Concludes Aug. 4. With Cincinnati native and Olympic Gold Medal winner. Soccer instruction. Ages 6-14. $99. Registration required. 888-389-2267; Montgomery.

On Stage - Comedy

Friday Night Grillouts, 5-8 p.m., Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road, Katie Pritchard. Items available a la carte. 521-7275, ext. 285; Symmes Township.

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Cardio Dance Party, 10-11 a.m., Eric Thomas’ Professional Fitness Academy, 4865 Duck Creek Road, Classes incorporate variety of dance styles, including jazz, hip-hop, Latin, jive and more danced to popular music. $10. 617-9498; Madisonville.

Diabetes Conversation Maps, 10 a.m.-noon, Lisa Larkin, M.D., 4460 Red Bank Expressway, Theme: Preventing complications. Small group discussions of Type 2 diabetes led by Jan Kellogg, certified diabetes educator. $30 all four sessions; or $10 per session. 791-0626. Madisonville.

Dining Events


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

Shopping Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Yard Sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., St. Vincent Ferrer School, 7754 Montgomery Road, Held in air-conditioned cafeteria and gym. Benefits St. Vincent Ferrer School. Free admission. 7919030. Sycamore Township.

Summer Camps - Sports

Kevin Brennan, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, $8-$14. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Auditions The Lion in Winter, 7-10 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, Free. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

Exercise Classes Small Group Personal Training, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 5-6 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, Registration required. 2908217. Blue Ash.

Films Summer Movies for Kids, 10:30 a.m., Mariemont Theatre, 6906 Wooster Pike, “Hotel for Dogs.” Rated PG. All seats are firstcome, first-served basis. Doors open 9:45 a.m. Free. 272-0222; Mariemont.

Recreation Boys Hope Girls Hope Pro-Am Golf Tournament, 8:30 a.m., Kenwood Country Club, 6501 Kenwood Road, With 80 pro-am golfers, 100 volunteers and more than 400 golfers and guests. Benefits Boys Hope Girls Hope Cincinnati. $525-$3,100. 7213380. Madeira.

Summer Camps - Arts Clay Works Youth Summer Camps, 9 a.m.-noon, Whistle Stop Clay Works, 119 Harrison St., Clay and the Natural World. Daily through Aug. 9. Learn the art and craft of clay while having fun and exploring creativity. Classes are small, with maximum of 12 students per class. Students receive group and individual instruction at their own level. Ages 7-13. $165. Registration required. 683-2529; Loveland.

Summer Camps Miscellaneous Video Animation and Movie Production, 9 a.m.-noon, Swaim Park, Zig Zag and Cooper roads, Swaim Lodge. Daily through Aug. 9. Instruction by iDaP Academy. Ages 8-17. $110. Registration required. 891-2424; Montgomery.

Salad Daze with Diane Phillips, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Cooks’ Wares, 11344 Montgomery Road, Diane demonstrates California salads that are just the thing when you want something light and refreshing, yet satisfying. $65. Reservations required. 489-6400. Symmes Township. Vegetarian Cooking Demo, 6:30-7:30 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Learn to make vegetarian dishes. Ages 18 and up. $10. Reservations required. 985-0900. Montgomery.

Exercise Classes Zumba, 6-7 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, $15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash. Zumba, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Latin-based cardio workout. $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash. Small Group Personal Training, 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 5-6 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, Registration required. 2908217. Blue Ash.

Summer Camps - Sports


Soccer Unlimited Camps, 9 a.m.-noon, Weller Park, 8832 Weller Road, Through Aug. 9. Soccer Unlimited & Jack Hermans organize camps and clinics to improve/maintain your soccer talents by playing serious, training with intensity, and keeping the element of “FUN” involved at all times. Family friendly. $79. 232-7916. Montgomery.

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TUESDAY, AUG. 6 Cooking Classes Brunch Basics with Ilene Ross, 6:30-9 p.m., Cooks’ Wares, 11344 Montgomery Road, Instead of going out for expensive brunch, learn basics of making brunch at home. $45. Reservations required. 489-6400. Symmes Township.

Education Teen Financial Literacy Workshop, 1 p.m., Blue Ash Branch Library, 4911 Cooper Road, Designed to engage teens with hands-on activities, games and materials for better understanding of personal finance topics. Ages 12-18. Free. Reservations required. 369-6960. Blue Ash.

Exercise Classes Core Adrenaline, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Blend functional strength training movements with Pilates sequences. $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash. Hatha Yoga, 5-6 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Gentle introductory journey into the world of yoga. $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash. Small Group Personal Training, 4-5 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, Registration required. 290-8217. Blue Ash.

Farmers Market Loveland Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m., Loveland Station, W. Loveland Avenue, E. Broadway and Second streets, Parking lot. Featuring 32 vendors from area offering vegetables, fruits, meat, eggs, bread, pizza, pastries, cookies, syrup, lavender products, soaps, lotions, gourmet frozen pops, gelato, herbs, alpaca products, hummus, honey, coffee, olive oil and cheese. Free. 683-0150; Loveland.

Music - Concerts

Summer Movies for Kids, 10:30 a.m., Mariemont Theatre, “Hotel for Dogs.” Rated PG. Free. 272-0222; Mariemont. Teen Board Gaming, 2:30-4 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Teens and tweens play board games of their choice. Games played most often are Apples to Apples, Scrabble, Forbidden Island, Zombie Fluxx, Uno and Skip-Bo. Ages 11-18. Free. 369-4450. Deer Park.

Music - Acoustic Kevin Fox, 7-10 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, Free. 324-7643. Loveland.

Music - Blues Open Jam with Nick Giese and Friends, 8-11:30 p.m., HD Beans and Bottles Cafe, 6721 Montgomery Road, Bring instrument. Amps, drums and PA provided. Free. 793-6036. Silverton.

THURSDAY, AUG. 8 Business Seminars Twitter: Your Small Business PR Platform, 10-11:30 a.m., Dimalanta Design Group, 4555 Lake Forest Drive, No. 650, Learn basics for setting up and managing your Twitter account; rules to following and getting followed; how, what and when to tweet and using hashtags and other techniques for successful tweets. $10. Reservations required. 588-2802. Blue Ash.

Dance Classes Line Dancing, 6-7 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash.

Exercise Classes Pilates Playground, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash. MELT Method, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash. Yoga/Pilates Infusion, 5-6 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $10-$15. 290-8217; Blue Ash.

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

On Stage - Comedy Stewart Huff, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $8-$14. 984-9288; Montgomery.

On Stage - Theater The Wizard Of Oz, 7:30-10 p.m., Blue Ash Amphitheatre, 4433 Cooper Road, Dorothy and her three friends trot delightfully and tunefully down that fabled yellow brick road. Outdoor amphitheater, bring seating. $8. Through Aug. 17. 871-7427; Blue Ash.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, Free, donations accepted. 800-0164. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, Donations accepted. 673-0174; Blue Ash.

FRIDAY, AUG. 9 Cooking Classes Quick Fresh Mediterranean with Diane Phillips, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Cooks’ Wares, 11344 Montgomery Road, Mediterranean variety and flavor. $65. Reservations required. 489-6400. Symmes Township.

Dining Events Friday Night Grillouts, 5-8 p.m., Lake Isabella, Kevin Fox. 521-7275, ext. 285; Symmes Township.

Exercise Classes Small Group Personal Training, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, Registration required. 290-8217. Blue Ash.

Music - Blues Sonny Moorman Group, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Shady O’Grady’s Pub, 9443 Loveland-Madeira Road, 791-2753. Symmes Township. Ricky Nye, 7-10 p.m., Julian’s Deli and Spirits, 200 W. Loveland Ave., 583-1725; Loveland.

Music - Concerts Mio’s Pizzeria Concert Series, 8-11 p.m., Blue Ash Towne Square, Music by My Sister Sarah. Free. 745-8550; Blue Ash.

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

On Stage - Theater The Wizard Of Oz, 7:30-10 p.m., Blue Ash Amphitheatre, $8. 871-7427; Blue Ash.

SATURDAY, AUG. 10 Clubs & Organizations Community Resilience in Action: Summer Transition Initiative, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Groups taking local action to increase community resilience in response to global challenges. Working groups meeting around local food, renewable energy/green building and interpersonal relationships/ communication. Free. 683-2340; Loveland.

Education How an Idea Becomes a Book: Exploring the World of Book Publishing, 10 a.m.-noon, Women Writing for a Change, 6906 Plainfield Road, Collaborative workshop on book publishing with Kelsey Swindler of Orange Frazer Press. Workshop will hone in on many paths to book publication and will be open to input, questions and personal experiences. Free. Registration required. 272-1171; Silverton.

Exercise Classes Cardio Dance Party, 10-11 a.m., Eric Thomas’ Professional Fitness Academy, $10. 617-9498; Madisonville.

Farmers Market Montgomery Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Montgomery Elementary School, 984-4865; Montgomery.



Cherry bounce is heirloom classic loaves. Set top aside. Start layering meats, cheese, vegetables and lettuce, brushing each layer with dressing, until you run out of filling. Press each layer down as you go. Press top onto sandwich and wrap and chill for at least 1 hour or up to 8 hours. Cut into big wedges to serve.

I couldn’t resist buying an extra pound of dark cherries from the grocery. Not to eat out of hand or put into fruit salads, but to make cherry bounce. It’s an old fashioned liqueur with true heirloom status. I believe the Shakers used to make something like cherry bounce and used it as a medicinal Rita for sore throats, Heikenfeld etc. The recipe RITA’S KITCHEN is a hand-written one from my friend Ann Rudloff, a Kentucky reader. Her mom, Mary, made it every year. Mary said it would cure just about anything. She’s in heaven now and is probably still brewing up batches! I’ve known friends to use it as an after dinner cordial and to spoon the cherries from the bottom of the bottle onto ice cream or cake.

Can you help?

Perpetual bread “starter.” For Nanci P. who said she was watching Paula Deen’s show and a person brought with her a starter that she had had for 42 years. “She added a bit to her cinnamon yeast rolls, but she said you can add to any bread, muffin, etc. How would I create my own starter and are they difficult to feed, keep temperature proper, and any other criteria?” Nanci told me this is not a sourdough starter, and I’m thinking it’s something like my friendship bread starter, which can be kept for eons as long as it’s kept fed. It can also be frozen. Does anybody have a starter similar to what Nanci wants? Greyhound Grille’s pasta Gabrielle. Kentucky reader Mary Ann B. would love to know how to make this or something similar. Update on 7-Up cake. Thanks to all who sent in this recipe for Tom W. I am paring through them and will share one soon. Readers sent in both from scratch recipes and ones that start with a cake mix.

Classic cherry bounce

Mary used to use sugar string candy, several pieces, for the sugar. I can’t always find that so I use regular sugar. 1 pound dark cherries stemmed but not pitted. 2 cups sugar 1 bottle bourbon whiskey

Put cherries in glass jar. Pour sugar and whiskey over. Put lid on. Shake each day until sugar dissolves. Here’s the kicker, though. Wait about 4-6 months before drinking. I keep mine in my pie safe. Great as a holiday gift. Be sure and put on the label that the cherries have pits.

Tip from Rita’s kitchen

I’m substituting raw honey for the sugar in one of my

A summer muffaletta with olive dressing is a bit messy, but it is good tasting.THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD

batches. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

Summer muffaletta with olive dressing

A bit messy to eat, but oh so good! Tomatoes, red onions and lettuce from the garden make this a favorite summer sandwich. One loaf Italian or favorite bread, sliced into two horizontally. You can use the round or long loaf. Filling:

⁄2 pound each: Havarti or provolone cheese and ham 1 ⁄4 pound salami Tomato slices Red onion rings Leaf lettuce

⁄3 cup red wine vinegar Minced onion to taste (start with 1 tablespoon) Palmful fresh basil, chopped 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, minced or 1 teaspoon dried 1


Dressing: Go to taste on this. If you don’t like black olives, use green olives. You may wind up with dressing left over. It makes a nice spread for wraps. ⁄2 cup finely chopped black olives ⁄3 cup olive oil



Pepper to taste Whisk together dressing ingredients. Set aside. Hollow out bottom loaf, leaving 1⁄2 thick sides. Hollow out top loaf, but leave sides a bit thicker. Spread dressing on inside of top and bottom

Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Find her blog online at Cincinnati.Com/blogs. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

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Door-to-door sales have three days to cancel

When you buy something from a door-to-door salesman you have three days in which to cancel. However, one area woman says she had a hard time trying to cancel a purchase made by her mother and her experience serves as a lesson for us all. Renee Gruseck, of Price Hill, says a door-todoor salesman sold her mother a new vacuum cleaner. The problem is she didn’t need a new vacuum cleaner. “I came in and took a look at the sweeper and the contract

and got on the phone with company,” she said. The distributor of the vacuum Howard cleaner Ain had sold HEY HOWARD! the unit with lots of attachments. So she had her mother sign to cancel the deal and then called the company to explain about her mother’s mild cognitive impairment. “I explained to them

that there was an impairment and that they’d be best served discussing it with me. My concern was if she cancels it they would try to resell the sweeper to her,” Gruseck said. Nevertheless, when the company returned to pick up the vacuum cleaner and return her mother’s sweeper, her mother signed a new contract to buy the vacuum cleaner again. Gruseck said all she wants to do is return the entire vacuum cleaner and get back her moth-

er’s sweeper. But at this point, she was having a hard time dealing with the company. “I had an appointment scheduled with one of their employees a week ago at 8:30 in the evening and they didn’t show up,” she said. “There are other methods of sweeping and cleaning your floor that doesn’t require a $1,500 sweeper,” Gruseck said. Actually, when you include the 25 percent interest rate in the three-year payment contract she signed, the total cost of the sweeper

comes to more than $2,100. “She could afford the sweeper, but it was a matter that she didn’t need a sweeper. She had a sweeper. She has her carpets professionally cleaned so there’s no need for her to have that sweeper,” Gruseck said. Finally, the company scheduled another pickup and this time Gruseck took off from work so she could be there. As a result, she was able to return the unit and get back her mother’s vacuum — along with

the money her mother had already put down on the unit. Bottom line, remember you have three days to cancel a door-to-door sale. And by all means keep an eye on older relatives who may not fully realize what they’re getting themselves into with some of those contracts. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

Veterans recognized at senior center luncheon Crossroads Hospice serves lunch, gives certificates of appreciation By Jason Hoffman

BLUE ASH — Veterans

who served in the military dating back to World War II attended a recognition ceremony by Crossroads Hospice hosted at the Sycamore Senior Center June 28. “This really is a very exciting event,” said Paul Burden, Air Force colonel and chaplain for Crossroads Hospice. “It’s so important we recognize and honor veterans throughout the year but especially around patriotic holidays like the Fourth of July.” World War II veteran Homer WIlson, left, listens to a speech during the Crossroads Hospice Veterans Recognition Ceremony at the Sycamore Senior Center Friday, June 26. JASON HOFFMAN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

WATCH ONLINE To watch some of the ceremony, go to, search “veterans.”

More than 100 people attended the ceremony that featured a lunch, recognition ceremony, singing of each military branch’s song, and a CivilWar bugler. Veterans in attendance received a certificate of appreciation, American flag lapel pin and gold-plated military challenge coin. Retired Army Col. Jim Ferrando was the fea-

tured speaker for the event and he talked about the dedication veterans of all eras showed in military service. Military veterans, Ferrando said, know that serving in the military is about being a part of something bigger than themselves. “It’s a privilege to be here today surrounded by men and women who answered the call to service in our nation’s time of need,” Ferrando said. “It’s our duty as veterans to set the example for the rest of our society.”

Retired Army Col. Jim Ferrando, left, salutes Navy veteran John Barkman, right, after giving him a certificate of appreciation for his military service at the Crossroads Hospice Veterans Recognition Cermony at the Sycamore Senior Center Friday, June 26. JASON HOFFMAN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Want to know more about Blue Ash government and community? Follow Jason Hoffman on Twitter: @jhoffman_cp.

Retired Army Col. Jim Ferrnado delivers a speech during the Crossroads Hospice Veterans Recognition Ceremony at the Sycamore Senior Center Friday, June 26. JASON HOFFMAN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

George Dessauer, center, leads the color guard from American Legion Post 630 in Blue Ash to begin the Crossroads Hospice Veterans Recognition Ceremony at the Sycamore Senior Center Friday, June 26. JASON HOFFMAN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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Shewango sidewalk being considered in city committee Resident says traffic is ‘absolute hazard’ to pedestrians

1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12 – The Blue Ash Police Dept. will discuss a number of common scams, how victims are selected, and what you can do to prevent being scammed.


Upcoming event and programs at Sycamore Senior Center, 4455 Carver Woods Drive, Blue Ash. For more information or to sign up for an event, call 513-984-1234:

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By Jason Hoffman MADEIRA — Residents on Shewango Way in Madeira are hoping a sidewalk will soon be installed, but some also want additional measures to increase pedestrian safety. A petition was circulated and signed by residents to install a sidewalk after Madeira Police Lt. Greg Zumbiel presented findings of a study, explaining speeding isn’t as prevalent as residents might think. Zumbiel recommended the residents pay for a sidewalk as the most effective way to curb safety concerns. “This street is an absolute hazard to anyone who steps foot on it,” Jane Ackerson, Shewango Way resident, wrote in an email. “There have been numerous close calls with both children and dogs, and residents have even reported that motorists have aimed their vehicles at them, as we walk down the side of the road.” Madeira officials are looking at alternative options for funding the sidewalk that could include an assessment to the residents, said Tom Moeller, city manager. While the department will continue to patrol the street to combat speeding and passing through stop signs, Police Chief Frank Maupin offered no specific times to avoid divulging department operations. Residents also asked the department to lower the speed


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10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Aug. 16 – If there are modes on your camera or image transport methods to your computer you are not quite sure of, the Sycamore Senior Center is offering a no fee introductory session to announce new classes in the fall. Bring your equipment and instruction manual to the session.

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Residents on Shewango Way in Madeira are seeking increased police patrols and speed humps to deter what they say is excessive speeding and unsafe conditions for pedestrians. JASON HOFFMAN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

limit to 20 mph, adopt a zerotolerance speeding policy – issue citations to anyone exceeding 25 mph – and for the city to install speed humps. None of the speed-limit policies are being considered because of legal concerns with changing the limit and impracticality of issuing citations for going 1 mph over a speed limit Zumbiel said. Installing speed humps would impede snow plow operations and, therefore, is unlikely. “I feel sure that most of the residents of Shewango Way

join me in thanking the city, and in particular, Lt. Zumbiel for the many hours they spent addressing this problem,” Ackerson said. “When one resident was told that the snow removers didn't want to lift their plows off the ground, he remarked: ‘It would be better for the snow removers to lift their plows off the ground than for us to lower one of our children into it.’ I couldn't agree more.” Want to know more about Madeira government and community? Follow Jason Hoffman on Twitter: @jhoffman_cp.

In celebration of National Elvis Week, the Sycamore Senior Center welcomes Bob Lovelace, a local Elvis impersonator since 1994. A cheeseburger luncheon platter served between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and is included in the price of the ticket. The Shades of Elvis show will stage from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $7 for cnter members and $10 for guests.

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1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26 – Reresentatives from the Spring Grove Family and Gwen Mooney Funeral Homes will discuss funeral pre-planning.

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11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27 – The Veterans Liaison, VITAS team of experienced hospice professionals will address the potential effects of military service on veterans’ end-of-life needs.

St. Vincent De Paul finishes a successful food drive The volunteers and neighborhood food pantries of St. Vincent de Paul-Cincinnati will be able provide an additional 12,000 meals this summer to local struggling families thanks to the Strike Out Hunger Food Drive. Reds fans who donated two non-perishable food items June 7 and June 8 at Great American Ball Park received a ticket to a future Reds game, courtesy of the The Cincinnati Reds Community Fund. WLWT joined the Reds and St. Vincent de Paul in sponsoring the drive, which collected 15,600 pounds of food. “We are tremendously grateful to The Reds, WLWT and Reds’ fans for supporting this year’s drive. Many hungry

families will have food this summer because of them,” said Liz Carter, executive director of St. Vincent de Paul-Cincinnati. St. Vincent de Paul provided food to more than 100,000 people in 2012, with half of that assistance given to families with children. The food is provided through network of neighborhood food pantries and more than 900 parish-based volunteers who visit the homes of struggling families in the their own communities to give assistance and hope. For more information about donating or volunteering at St. Vincent de Paul, please contact 513-562-8841, ext. 220 or visit




Grailville – needs volunteers for the garden in Loveland. Volunteer days are 9 a.m. to noon selected Saturdays. For a complete list visit or call 683-2340. Volunteers will work in the kitchen and herb gardens. No experience is needed, volunteers may participate once or for the entire season. Volunteers should bring gloves, water bottle, sunscreen, hat, footwear that can get dirty and a snack if desired. Tools are provided. GRRAND – Golden Retriever Rescue and Adoption of Needy Dogs takes in needy displaced, abandoned or unclaimed stray golden retrievers and places them in volunteer foster homes until adoptive families are found. Call 1-866-981-2251 and leave your name and phone. Visit email League For Animal Welfare – A no-kill shelter needs volunteers 16-and-older to help socialize cats and 18-and-older to socialize and walk dogs. Other opportunities available. Call 735-2299, ext. 3. Save the Animals Foundation – Needs people 18 and older to staff its shelter for homeless cats and dogs. Call 378-0300 for cats and 588-6609 for dogs. Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum – has a new horticulture volunteer program. Volunteer opportunities include working side by side Spring Grove’s nationally-renowned horticulture team at this National Historic Landmark. Groups of volunteers will be developed to help in the following areas: keeping the front entrance area looking spectacular, controlling invasive species, taking care of the tree and

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Executive Service Corps of Cincinnati – Professionals can use their administrative skills to help a busy, growing nonprofit manage its projects and members. Executive Service Corps of Cincinnati is looking for someone with experience in Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook to assist in the Blue Ash office. Volunteers set their own days and hours and enjoy nice working conditions and friendly, bright volunteers and staff. Help the ESCC help other nonprofits succeed. Contact Darlyne Koretos for more information at 791-6230, ext. 10. ESCC is at 10945 Reed Hartman Highway, Suite 108.


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and deliver to shut-ins in neighboring communities. The time commitment is one hour, with the volunteer’s choice of delivering any one day a week, Tuesday through Friday between 11 a.m. and noon. If you are interested in this important ministry that truly makes a difference to a shut-in, please contact Bridgette Biggs at or call 561-8150. Volunteers are needed on Mondays to drive weekly, bi-weekly or monthly from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Volunteers would pick up meals from Deupree House in Hyde Park and deliver to shut-ins in Mount Washington. A valid driver’s license and car insurance are required. For more information or to volunteer, contact Chris Lemmon at 2721118 or e-mail her at Mercy Hospital Anderson – Seeks volunteers for the new patient services team, the Patient Partner Program. This team will provide volunteers with the opportunity to interact directly with the patients on a non-clinical level. Volunteers will receive special training in wheelchair safety, infection control, communication skills, etc. The volunteers will assist in the day-to-day non clinical functions of a nursing unit such as reading or praying with the patient; playing cards or watching TV with the patient; helping the patient select meals; running an errand; cutting the patient’s food. Call the Mercy Hospital Anderson volunteer department at 624-4676 to inquire about the Patient Partner Program. Sycamore Senior Center – is in desperate need of volunteers to deliver meals to the homebound elderly in northern Hamilton County as part of its home delivered meals program. Volunteers deliver food to the elderly one day a week, any day Monday through Friday. Pickup is between 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Most drivers complete their deliveries by noon depending on the amount of time a volunteer spends at each home while delivering. Call 686-1013, 984-1234 or e-mail


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UC Blue Ash professor earns praise for poetry Rhonda Pettit is getting rave reviews for her new book on poetry, which goes to print this summer. Pettit is an author and professor of English at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College. Her new book, “Fetal Waters,” features poems that range from brief lyrical observations to longer free verse forms exploring race, gender and war. Several poets have weighed in on the advance copies of the book. “The poems in this collection are sometimes playful, sometimes sophisticated, sometimes

haunting, but the images are always crisp and exact,” said Gary Walton, poet, novelist and editor of the Journal of Kentucky Studies. Local author Pauletta Hansel adds, “These waters are rich with language, memory, insight and history, both personal and societal. Pettit is not afraid to take on the big issues.” Pettit has published two other books and serves as the contributing poetry editor for various publications. She has also earned praise from her colleagues at UC Blue Ash, where she received the Distinguished Teach-

ing Award this year for all of her contributions and leadership in teaching literature and writing. Pettit helped develop the Community Conversations lecture series at UC Blue Ash, coordinates events to celebrate National Poetry Month on campus every year, and serves as editor of the annual Blue Ash Review. “Fetal Waters,” available in August, can be preordered from Finishing Line Press by mail (Finishing Line Press, P.O. Box 1626, Georgetown, KY 40324) or online at www.finishing

Rhonda Pettit is the author of a new poetry book and was honored earlier this year as the Distinguished Teacher of the Year at UC Blue Ash College. THANKS TO PETER BENDER


Ascension Lutheran Church

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The church is launching a new Saturday night worship service on the first Saturday of each month at 6 p.m. The church has two contemporary services on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., and two traditional services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. The church is at 7515 Forest Road, Anderson Township; 231-4172;

All outreach ministries continue throughout the summer, including plans for Ascension’s newest outreach, Refugee Resettlement. Healing Touch Ministry is offered on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. Please call the church office at 793-3288 for more information. Summer worship is at 10 a.m. On Aug. 4 and 18 and Sept. 8 Pastor Josh will lead the worship in a simplified manner. The service will include a children’s message, readings from “The Message, the Bible in Contemporary Language,” sermon, prayer and upbeat music complementing the message of the day. Ascension is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 793-3288.

Bethel Baptist Temple

Uprising is offered on the first Friday of each month from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. All are invited to this non-denominational time of worship, fun, group games and connecting with other students.

Included is a free Starbucks Coffee bar, food, giveaways, a live band, games, a photo booth and more. Look for the Uprising sign. Find Uprising on Facebook at “The Uprising – Student Outreach of Cincinnati” and on Twitter @CincyUprising. The adult, teen and children’s Sunday School classes come together for an hour of skits from the drama team, children’s songs, games, penny wars and more during Round Up Sunday, offered during Sunday School hour on the first Sunday of each month. AWANA returns Wednesday, Sept. 4. The church offers AWANA children’s Bible clubs during the school year at 7 p.m. Wednesdays for children ages 2 through sixth-grade. Contact the church for information, or visit the AWANA page on Facebook: search for “Bethel Baptist AWANA.” A small group Bible study is offered Wednesday evenings at the church at 7:30 p.m. Sunday School is 10 a.m.;

Sunday worship is 11 a.m. The church is at 8501 Plainfield Road, Sycamore Township; 891-2221;

Blue Ash Presbyterian Church

The church is collecting prepared foods (e.g., canned ravioli, etc.) for Northeast Emergency Distribution Services (NEEDS) for the month of July. The donation box is outside the church office. Dinner for Six will be offered Saturday, Aug. 10. Call the church office for details. Middlers end-of-summer picnic will be at the Ostendorfs’ home at 5 p.m. Aug. 17. Jacob’s Ladder is the theme for Sunday School (pre-K through 12th-grade); these classes are taught after the children’s sermon in the worship service. Sunday worship services are at 10:30 a.m. Nursery care is available. Sunday sermons are recorded and available at The church is at 4309 Cooper Road; 791-1153;

Brecon United Methodist Church

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

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Madeira receives eight proposals for railroad depot

THE ENTEPRENEURS AND THEIR PROPOSALS » Bill Cunningham: Root Beer Junction would offer root beer and ice cream. It would be modeled after The Root Beer Stand in Sharonville. » L.R. Hunley: Whistle Stop Burgers & Brew would offer gourmet burgers, wine and beer. » Kris Kangsathien: Amarin Thai-Sushi Restaurant would be similar to the current Amarin closing July 31. » Tom Powers: Unnamed restaurant similar to Paxton’s Grill in Loveland. » Gwen Sebastian: Isa’s Candy Shop would sell candy and other sweet treats. » Peachy Seiden: Peachy’s Health Smart Cafe would provide breakfast and lunch to start and dinner in the future. » Michele Vollman: Baguette: Casual and elegant Parisian dining and wine bar. » Mike Wessel: Sweet-ATrackions would be an ice cream and smoothy shop. To view the proposals, go to

Wide array of eateries ideas pitched to officials By Jason Hoffman

MADEIRA — City officials received eight proposals for the railroad depot, but before a decision is made, residents will have their say. After a May 8 fire damaged the kitchen and roof of the depot, Madeira City Council decided to accept proposals for a new business to occupy the historic building. Ideas range from an ice cream shop to candy store and a Parisian diner and wine bar. Local radio host Bill Cunningham wants to open Root Beer Junction – modeled after the Root Beer Stand in Sharonville –and would bring the city a minimum $1,500 a month in rent, according to the proposal. “The publicity I will garner for our business district will be incredible,” Cunningham said in the proposal. “I lived here for 25 years and continue to support all things Madeira.” The Paxton’s Grill ownership group hoping to open a Madeira location also submitted a proposal, but has yet to decide on a name saying it will be a “historic name related to Madeira.” The group lost its exclusive-negotiating rights with the city Tuesday, but could still acquire the Muchmore and Hosbrook Homes’ property adjacent to the depot on Miami Ave for a Paxton’s. Other proposals are for a


The eight proposals pitched to City Council for the depot in downtown Madeira include a candy shop and a Parisian diner. FILE

candy store, gourmet burger restaurant, health cafe, and Parisian diner called Baguette. City officials, however, might not award a lease to any of the eight entrepreneurs until they decide what to do with the depot. City council decided to seek public input and possibly make some changes to the depot’s interior before accepting any of the offers. “There was suggestion of the idea of modifying the train station, really upgrading it to kind of a base level of finish,” said Mike Steur, councilman and

economic development committee member. “So that’s going to have to be done anyway no matter who moves in there.” Those changes would include electrical work and other necessary upgrades to infrastructure, but also installing new walls and flooring to create a “white-box condition” where any business could move in and start fresh, Steur said. City Manager Tom Moeller and city architect David Ballweg are assigned to come up with ideas. “We are trying to provide a

report to city council in the next two to three weeks,” Moeller said. “The report would include cost estimates and recommendations for work to be accomplished to the interior to the building.” City Council will host a special public meeting to give residents the opportunity to provide input on what they would like to see in the depot. No date has been set for the hearing but it will occur before the Aug. 26 council meeting. The goal for the depot development is to protect the historic

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integrity of the depot, grow business in Madeira and enhance the historic district, Steur said. The last time the city went through a proposal process, it awarded a lease to Creativities Art Studios in the Muchmore House. Want to know more about the stories that matter in Madeira? Follow Jason Hoffman on Twitter: @jhoffman_cp.

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