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Sept. 11, 2011, is the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, the Pengtagon in Washington, D.C., and United Airlines Flight 93 which crashed near Shanksville, Pa. If your church, civic club or school is observing this tragic day in American history, the Indian Hill Journal would like to know. Please email information about your Sept. 11 observance to espangler@ by 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1.

School report card shows district with highest rating By Forrest Sellers

Natural work

Grand Valley Preserve is getting a couple of improvements, thanks to two upcoming Eagle Scout projects. Will Muller, 15, and Ben Strohm, 17, are working on separate projects in hopes of becoming Eagle Scouts and upgrading the nature preserve. Muller is working on a natural stone sitting wall that will overlook the lake on the North overlook trail. Strohm is constructing a 150-foot path and a circular picnic area. He’s also planting Sycamore trees and purchasing a stone bench. FULL STORY, A2

Going global

Going global has just been made easier for several Indian Hill teachers. Indian Hill High School social studies teachers Wendy Silvius and K.C. Kless recently attended the 2011 Ohio Global Institute at Ohio University. The institute shows teachers how they can bring a global perspective to their lessons, Silvius said. Silvius, who teaches geography, said she already incorporates global issues into her discussions, but the seminar provided a variety of web-based resources and networking opportunities to help teachers in their research. FULL STORY, A3

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Opening day Kindergartners Franny Bell, left, of Kenwood, and Paige Ledwin, of Symmes Township, are ready for a new experience as they start classes at Indian Hill Primary School. A new school year began Aug. 25. For more photos, please see page A4.

The Indian Hill Exempted Village School District made history with a recent state report card rating. The district received an Excellent with Distinction designation on the Ohio Department of Education report card for the 20102011 school year. That’s an improvement from its Excellent designation for the 2009-2010 school year. The district received a 111.0 rating on the performance index, which is a weighted average on all tested subjects and grades with the greatest weight given to advanced scores. The highest possible score on the performance index is 120. Since the performance index was first implemented in 2001, no traditional school district has ever achieved a 111 rating. The previous highest score was achieved by the Solon City School District in 2010 with a 110.5 score. As far as the state indicators, the district had its highest score in 11th grade reading with a score of 100 percent. The district had its lowest scores in eighth-grade science with a score of 92.0 percent. “I think all of the scores were good,” said Assistant Superintendent Mark Ault. “The fourth-grade scores were very impressive. “The middle school showed

significant improvement as well.” The district met 26 out of 26 state indicators. “We’re proud of the results, but we think it’s Knudson important to look at multiple measures of student achievement,” said Superintendent Jane Knudson. These include a national achievement test in grades one through nine and other measures used to gauge college readiness. Knudson said she and Ault have met informally with other local superintendents to discuss broader and more comprehensive measures of student accountability than what are currently measured on the state report card. She said it is important to consider other content areas not typically measured on the Ohio report card rating system such as student achievement in world languages, visual and performing arts and health and physical education. Knudson, though, said she is proud of the student’s results on the state report card this year. “We will celebrate this accomplishment, but we are always trying to identify areas where we can improve,” she said. For more about your community visit

Medians could frustrate Kenwood drivers By Amanda Hopkins

Traffic clogs Kenwood Road in Sycamore Township daily from around 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. During the lunch hour, both Wendy’s and Burger King on the west side of the road have two Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputies directing traffic out of the driveways to help drivers make left turns. As part of a short-term solution to those traffic problems, TEC Engineering and Sycamore Township are working on a plan to install medians that would eliminate the left-turn lanes. Funding could be available as early as July 2012 through a state capital improvement grant. Ed Williams, an engineer with TEC Engineering Inc., said during a public meeting in Sycamore Township Aug. 9 the majority of accidents in that stretch of Kenwood Road from Montgomery Road to Interstate 71 come from drivers turning left, and from rearend collisions. Sycamore Township road superintendent Tracy Kellums said the medians are needed because of the accidents and from the traffic backed up by drivers turning left. The medians would include landscaping and would allow left


If medians are installed along Kenwood Road between Montgomery Road and Euclid Avenue in Sycamore Township, left turns could only be made at traffic signals. turns only at the traffic signals. Kellums said the medians would not have cutaways that would allow drivers to make a u-turn. Drivers wanting to turn left to head southbound along the stretch of road would be forced to turn right and use Montgomery Road. Drivers that want to turn left to head northbound would have to go to Euclid Avenue to turn around. There are no access roads behind any of the businesses on

the east and west sides of the street that would lead drivers to a traffic signal. Williams said one short-term solution would be to allow u-turns at the intersections at Kenwood Road and Sycamore Plaza and Kenwood and Montgomery roads. The township, Hamilton County and the Ohio Department of Transportation would have to evaluate the intersections before allowing u-turns. Kenwood Road is maintained by Hamilton County

and Montgomery Road is a state road. “Wayfinding signage could (also) be provided to direct drivers along a predefined route,” Williams said. “We are however looking at several different options for the long term solution as to how to make the corridor more user friendly,” Kellums said. One plan includes adding an access road, but it was proposed only for the west side of the street that includes Graeter’s, Wendy’s and Burger King, adjacent to St. Vincent Ferrer church and school. A long-term could also include eliminating most of the driveways into the businesses and creating one or two access points for all businesses along the road. “It is the township’s goal to work with the businesses to develop and implement this solution,” Williams said. For more information on the proposed improvements or to provide feedback about the current condition of Kenwood Road, visit Get daily Sycamore Township updates by signing up for our electronic newsletter. Visit SycamoreTownship.


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Nature preserve to get Eagle Scout makover By Rob Dowdy

Grand Valley Preserve is getting a couple improvements, thanks to two upcoming Eagle Scout projects. Will Muller, 15, and Ben Strohm, 17, are working on separate projects in hopes of becoming Eagle Scouts and

upgrading the nature preserve. Muller is currently working on a natural stone sitting wall that will overlook the lake on the North overlook trail. Strohm is constructing a 150-foot path and a circular picnic area. He’s also planting Sycamore trees and purchasing a stone bench.

Muller said completing the Eagle Scout project is much more than simply completing the project. Both Scouts had to come up with the project, plan it out, get it approved by the village and then carry out their vision using volunteers and donated funds. Strohm said when he initially approached the village


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about doing his Eagle Scout project at Grand Valley he was turned down because there were several other Scouts planning to work there. However, he said when a fellow Scout dropped his project, Strohm moved forward with his project because he’s regularly visit-

ed the nature preserve to fish and use the trails. “I’ve been active at Grand Valley,” he said, adding he wanted to give back to the preserve. Muller said he’s started work on his project, but is still raising funds to complete it. He said he’s raised $500 of the $1,500 needed to finish, and plans to hand out

fliers in his community to garner the remaining donations. Strohm, whose project costs approximately $850, is moving forward with the three to four days of work on his project and plans to seek donations to cover his costs. For more about your community, visit www.


Boy Scout Will Muller is working on his Eagle Scout project at Grand Valley. Muller plans to build a sitting wall of natural stone overlooking the lake.

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Three new tenants have stores under construction within Kenwood Towne Centre, with opening dates set in the fourth quarter. The high-end women’s fashion designer Michael Kors will take a portion of space left by Williams Sonoma Home last year near the center of the mall. Brooks Brothers will open in September behind the coming store. Madewell, a subsidiary of J. Crew selling women’s clothing, shoes and accessories, will locate between Banana Republic and Gymboree in the Nordstrom wing. The leather slip-on shoe

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retailer Sperry Top-Sider will open between Apple and Lacoste in space vacated by Marmi more than a year ago. Disney was expected to open its newest model store at Kenwood, called “Imagination Park,” Aug. 31. A grand celebration is planned for Sept. 10. Mall management also hopes to announce another tenant in the former Williams Sonoma Home space before the end of the year.


Indian Hill High School social studies teachers Wendy Silvius, left, and K.C. Kless recently attended the Ohio Global Institute. The institute detailed ways teachers can bring a global perspective into the classroom. For example, a math teacher could prepare a lesson measuring the amount of water loss in the polar ice caps. Instead of doing a broad search on global warming, the institute provided specific resources a teacher can use to find the information, according to Silvius and Kless. “It was energizing to be around people from throughout the state (who) were interested in bringing global issues to the forefront of their classrooms,” said Silvius.

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tion to them.” Some of the topics covered by the Global Institute included hunger and rising food prices, access to drinkable water and gender issues in developing countries. Kless said racial tolerance was an especially relevant topic addressed at the seminar and one that he plans to discuss in the classroom. “It was interesting to me how global education can be local if it’s tied into a certain area or topic,” he said. Kless, who also teaches Latin, said the institute was geared toward teachers at a variety of grade levels and subject areas.


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Going global has just been made easier for several Indian Hill teachers. Indian Hill High School social studies teachers Wendy Silvius and K.C. Kless recently attended the 2011 Ohio Global Institute at Ohio University. The institute shows teachers how they can bring a global perspective to their lessons, said Silvius. Silvius, who teaches geography, said she already incorporates global issues into her discussions, but the seminar provided a variety of web-based resources and networking opportunities to help teachers in their research. “News doesn’t cover international (subjects) nearly as much,” said Silvius. “A lot of times it’s up to the teachers to address these topics and bring atten-

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The Ford family, Becky, her son, Mitch, who is a first-grader, and her husband, Jay, make their way to the front entrance of the school.

Jamie Brown, left, of Kenwood, takes a picture of his daughter, Sydney, as she begins her first day of school. Sydney is a kindergartner.

Cheryl Silva, right, of Indian Hill, enjoys some time with her grandson, Luis Vega-Torres, who was starting the first grade at Indian Hill Primary School.

New adventures

Youngsters entering Indian Hill Primary School embarked on a new adventure as many of them began their kindergarten experience. Parents offered words of support and tearful farewells while teachers provided encouragement and warm greetings. For others it was a reunion with classmates they hadn’t seen for several months.

PHOTOS BY FORREST SELLERS/STAFF Indian Hill resident Christina Lambert, right, helps her daughter, Evelyn, a second-grader, load her backpack.They are watched by Lambert’s other daughters, Elise and Julianne.

Kindergartner Lucas Hansen, of Kenwood, receives a hug from art teacher Margaret Mock.

Indian Hill resident Molly Jackson, right, says goodbye to her daughter, Mia, as she drops her off at school. Mia was starting kindergarten.

Kindergartner Andrew Kim, left, of Kenwood, is given a helping hand by kindergarten teacher Dana Snyder.

School counselor Jenn Oden, left, reassures second-grader Grayden Benedic, of Kenwood, as he prepares for a new school year.


After arriving early freshman Wells Coalfleet, of Indian Hill, listens to music prior to the start of class.

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Junior Collin Turner, of Indian Hill, gathers textbooks from his locker.

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Senior Rebecca Eaton, of Indian Hill, reviews her schedule.

Sophomore Hope Burgess, center, of Kenwood, receives a hug from freshman Jenny Plummer, of Indian Hill. Also shown is Plummer’s sister, Tiffani, who is a junior.

Handshakes, hugs

The halls at Indian Hill High School came alive as a new school year began Aug. 25. Students swarmed around tables with class schedules and greeted friends with handshakes and hugs.


Junior Chris Roark, left, and sophomore Jake Becker, both of Kenwood, talk about their summer prior to the first bell.

Seniors Sydney Wimans, left, and Maddie Slattery, both of Indian Hill, take a moment to say hello to student supervisor Don Flint.

Assistant Principal Josh Kauffman, right, greets senior Michael Sewell, of Indian Hill. Sewell is a student body president. School and college counselor Mandy Fontaine, left, assists senior Sydney Mishkin, of Sycamore Township.




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Indian Hill soccer teams shoot for 1st place By Scott Springer

INDIAN HILL – After a pair of losing seasons, the Indian Hill Braves soccer squad is looking to get back to the winning ways they had a few years back when they won Cincinnati Hills League in 2007 and 2008. However, a closer look at last year’s 7-10-2 mark shows they won five of their last seven. The record is also a little deceiving because coach Bill Mees likes to schedule difficult non-conference games. He’s using that theory again this season as he started off against a state champion in Dayton Carroll. “Our approach to the non-conference games is to schedule as tough a team as we can find to play us,” Mees said. “We try to schedule as many Division I games and top-level Division II games as we possibly can to round out our out of conference schedule.” The CHL schedule is no walk in the park either. “I don’t think there’s any teams in the league you can really look past,” Mees said. Coming into his 23rd season with the Braves, Mees will rely on junior Kevin Boone and senior Nick Duncan. Boone was a CHL honorable mention selection in 2010, while Duncan made second team. Four departed seniors also were recognized last year. “Certainly those guys are key guys for us,” Mees said. “Kevin Boone was a striker for us and did very well. Nick Duncan is one of

our captains this year and has been with us for three years.” Indian Hill’s other captain is senior Taylor Woodward, another three-year starter. The Braves also feature the typical multi-sport athletes often found in this league. Blake Calvin was one of Indian Hill’s better baseball players and Will Jaroszewicz was a key contributor to the tennis team in the spring. “Schools our size, you find a lot of our athletes are playing lacrosse or baseball like Blake Calvin does,” Mees said. “We have a number who play club soccer. They’re the kids that participate in the plays and other extracurricular activities as well. That’s pretty common.” Mees also looks for some pivotal minutes from junior Austin Sum. “Austin made our varsity team as a freshman, so he’s coming back for his third year as well,” Mees said. Another Brave with a familiar last name is junior midfielder Tyler Kirk. His brother was an Indian Hill soccer and track standout. “It is Jackson’s younger brother,” Mees said. “They both played on the varsity team last year. Tyler was a sophomore and didn’t see as much playing time. We’re going to expect a lot of work this year out of him.” The final barrier for Indian Hill’s defense is somewhat new this year, although he did log some varsity minutes. “We have a pretty good goalkeeper in junior Alec Taylor,” Mees said. “He’s coming along very well. He saw some playing time with the varsity team as a sophomore toward the end of the season.” Looking ahead, Mees’ prediction for a league leader falls in line with what many of the CHL coaches have said. “I would say Madeira,” Mees said. “They’ve got a lot of talent back, and they’ve been tough the last couple of years. It’s always a strong rivalry for us. Finneytown and Wyoming are also good.” Indian Hill’s next game is Sept. 1 at Oak Hills. They will host league favorite Madeira on Sept. 20. •

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Indian Hill junior midfielder Liz Slattery is a key returner for coach Amy Dunlap’s Lady Braves. Slattery’s senior sister, Maddie, is also on the squad.

The Lady Braves have had more than nine months to digest their difficult state semifinal loss to Madeira last Nov. 10 on penalty kicks. The Amazons went onto win the state title, while Indian Hill went home unsatisfied with an 18-1-3 record.


Indian Hill High School’s Kevin Boone, right, heads a ball over Finneytown High School’s Nate Bond during the first half of the 2010 Ohio Boys Division II sectional Soccer game played at Mariemont last October. Boone is back as a junior after making CHL honorable mention last season.


Indian Hill girls soccer coach Amy Dunlap takes a break at Camp Dennison with her assistant, Dave Lawson. The Lady Braves made it to the state semi-finals last year before losing to Madeira on penalty kicks. Lawson coached Dunlap at Turpin High School. SCOTT SPRINGER/STAFF

Indian Hill senior Maddie Slattery takes a cut toward the girl at Lady Braves’ soccer practice at Camp Dennison Aug. 16. Slattery and her junior sister, Liz, are key components to Indian Hill’s success.


Indian Hill High School’s Austin Sum (14) and teammate Kevin Boone (17) celebrate Sum’s goal against Finneytown during the second half of the 2010 Ohio Boys Division II sectional soccer game played at Mariemont last fall. Sum and Boone return as junior for the Braves this season.

“We were undefeated until that game,” coach Amy Dunlap said. “We set a record for goals scored and set a record for goals against.” As disappointed as Dunlap and her girls may have been last fall, they are equally as optimistic of their chances for this upcoming season. “Three of our four defenders are back, two of our three midfielders and two of our three strikers,” Dunlap said. Seniors Jeannette Jinkinson and Maddie Slattery and junior Liz Dammeyer return to shore up the back; senior Katherine Boyce and junior Liz Slattery return to the middle and Rachael Ballish is back up front for the Lady Braves. Jinkinson and Maddie Slattery are fielding college offers to con-

tinue their careers. “We have been blessed with a lot of talent,” Dunlap said. “Right now, it’s some of the best talent to come through here. We’ve had amazing standout players before, but overall talent is at an all-time high.” Dunlap works her girls hard and can often be found on August mornings among the wandering deer at the park in Camp Dennison. She uses the spacious greenery as an alternate practice field. While many teenage girls are searching for a Mountain Dew, Dunlap’s crew is running on the morning dew. “We like to get away, the girls focus better,” Dunlap said. When the girls don’t focus, the face the wrath of their coach who admits to being a little vocal at times. “Yes,” Dunlap admitted. “In practice, I talk a lot more obviously. You have to motivate them more in practice.” The Indian Hill boss learned her trade while playing at Turpin High School for Dave Lawson. She enjoyed the experience so much, she hired him as an assistant. While at Turpin, Lawson won four state girls’ state title rings. He’d like Dunlap’s 13th season as head coach to be a lucky one. “I need one for the thumb,” Lawson said. Last year, with Lawson on staff, the Lady Braves were close. To reach that level again, they’ll

have to survive the competitive Cincinnati Hills League. “The competition is great,” Dunlap said. “Good rivalries, friendly rivalries, but you’re competitive on the field. (They’re) rivalries that make you better as player and a coach.” One change this season is that Indian Hill could see a different mix of squads in the postseason. “The way they’re doing the tournament this year is interesting,” Dunlap said. “We’ll see some of these teams in league play, but not in tournament play. Wyoming is a team we’ll see in the tournament.” Up ahead on the schedule for the Indian Hill girls is a CHL game with Finneytown Aug. 31 and a non-conference road game at Bexley Sept. 3. For more sports coverage, visit, or Scott on Twitter at @cpscottspringer.


Junior Rachael Ballish heads for the goal at Indian Hill soccer practice at Camp Dennison Aug 16.

Cincinnati Country Day soccer kicks into season By Nick Dudukovich

INDIAN HILL - After posting a 4-13 record in 2010, the Cincinnati Country Day School boys soccer team returns several several key returnees this fall. “We look like we’ll be improved over the past couple years,” head coach Greg Hirschauer said. “This year, we’ve got talent and we look pretty good. The 2011 version of the Indians will be a relatively youthful squad that fields an already high level of experience, according to Hirschauer. CCD won’t be lacking senior leadership as a core group of captains consisting of Tim MacRae, Tyler Spaeth, Brad Hammoor and Dane Isburgh should help set the tone. MacRae and Isburgh

should shore up defending duties, while Hammoor and Spaeth patrol midfield. At goalie, the Indians will return 6-foot-5, 195pound sophomore Wesley Mink. Dominic Isadore, who is another sophomore that could make an impact, will return at midfield after earning all-Miami Valley Conference honors during his freshman season. Mink and Isadore play on the same club team together and recently won their fourth consecutive state club title, according to Hirschauer. On offense, Hirschauer said freshmen, such as Will Coehn and Nathan Gibson, could help spark the Indians’ offense. Other offensive contributors should include junior Edwin Sam and senior Chris Magarian.

The Indians will be tested regularly during 2011, as the Miami Valley Conference is regarded as one of the better Division III conferences in the state. Teams, such as Summit, Seven Hills and Cincinnati Christian, were all ranked in the top 10 statewide coaches’ poll last fall. With his competition in mind, Hirschauer said his squad will take things one game at time. “It sounds cliché, but it is really how you have to do it with a younger team,” he said. “We’re legit this year, and we’re going to try and challenge for the conference championship...if you start by trying to win (the MVC) you’re probably going to be a pretty good team.” The girls squad, coached by Theresa Hirschauer, returns a steady mix of vet-


Both Tyler Spaeth, left, and Edwin Sam, right, are expected to be key contributors for the Indians this season. eran players accompanied by freshmen capable of

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last fall’s 11-7 record. Hirschauer believes that the more time her team spends on the field, the better it will play. “We will improve as the season moves along,” she said via email. “The more we play together the better we will be.” The Lady Indians will be led by senior captains Ari Knue and Sirena Isadore. Knue was first-team, AllMVC last season, while Isadore scored 11 goals on her way to earning secondteam, All-MVC honors. Hirschauer said she regards Seven Hills and Summit Country Day as tough MVC competition on the Indians’ schedule. CCD will be tested early when they play at Seven Hills, Sept. 1. For more coverage, visit blogs/PressPreps

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Bombers squad looks to attack early, often By Ben Walpole

SPRINGFIELD TWP. – Henry Ahrens’s soccer teams at St. Xavier High School have won a lot of games in his 11 years as head coach. He has seven district championships and two regional titles to his credit. And a lot of those wins have been of the low-scoring variety – the 1-0 nailbiter, the 2-1 St. X special. This fall could be a little different. “We’re always defense first, not going to light up the scoreboard,” Ahrens said. “But I think this team is going to be able to score more. The key for us is making sure we can lock it down defensively. “We’ve got a really good group of forwards. They can score. It makes things so much easier when you can get a goal when you need one.” Seniors Josh Keeling (Springfield Township resident) and Craig Brinkman (Mason), along with junior Phil Albers (Symmes Township) and promising sophomore Jack Caudill (Hyde


Ethan Frey, left, is one of 13 seniors on the St. Xavier High School soccer team this fall. Park) give the Bombers a variety of scoring threats. Seniors P.J. Suess (Hyde Park) and Rodney Namaky

(Western Hills), returning starters in the midfield, also boost offense, as Ahrens said both were “very attack-

minded.” The team has 13 seniors, many of whom played a lot of varsity last season. Seniors Andrew Pund (Hyde Park) and Chris Thompson (Indian Hill) join Suess and Namaky in a very experienced midfield group. Pund is a three-year letter winner and earned second-team all-Greater Catholic League South honors last season. The defense is mixing in a few new faces. Ethan Frey (Springfield Township) and Taylor Haack (Amelia) are returning starters. Senior Chris Stepien will be a key player as he takes over the starting goalkeeping duties. He lettered varsity last season but only started one game. “He makes some really athletic saves,” Ahrens said. “I think Chris is going to do a good job. But it’s an unknown because he’s never done it at this level before.” That’s where the offense comes in. Ahrens is hoping his team can use its scoring prowess to take some early leads in games. The coach said this team’s offense-first tilt

reminds him of the 2005 team, which won 17 games on its way to the state finals. Of course, it’s all theoretical at this point in the season. “Right now I think we’re good on paper,” Ahrens said. “We have a very tough schedule though. We’re definitely going to be tested.” The Bombers opened with a 2-0 win against Loveland, Aug. 23. They played nationally ranked Cleveland St. Ignatius in the Jesuit Cup during the weekend, and their upcoming

non-conference schedule includes matches against Lakota West, Mason and Fairfield. “We’ll find out pretty quickly how good we are,” Ahrens said. The coach likes defending champion Moeller, with returning league player of the year Jeff Fuller, in the GCL South. “I think they’re the favorite,” Ahrens said. “We’ve got to get up to their level.” For more coverage, visit presspreps

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MONTGOMERY - He’s not approaching the John Woodens, Dean Smiths, Pat Summits, Connie Macks or Walter Alstons in terms of longevity in his sport, but Moeller High School soccer coach Randy Hurley’s been on the job for 23-plus seasons now with the Crusaders. In terms of enthusiasm, he might as well be right back in 1988. “I really do enjoy where I’m at,” Hurley said. “I’ve got a great athletic director (Barry Borman), I love the school and both my boys went there. I really like the kids we get in the program.” Last year, Moeller was 13-3-4 with a season-ending loss to Sycamore in the regional semifinals. The Crusaders won the Greater Catholic League-South handily as Hurley was coach of the year. Moeller had four first-team GCL players, including the athlete of the year in Jeff Fuller. Fuller returns this season, as does fellow firstteamer Raymond Roberts. “We certainly have high expectations,” Hurley said. “We return a lot of varsity players, but we do have some holes we’re trying to

fill because we lost some to graduation. It’s a matter of who wants to step up and Fuller win those spots.” Jeff Fuller and Raymond Roberts are four-year starters. At a school the size of Moeller, that doesn’t happen every day. “It’s pretty difficult,” Hurley admitted. “The last to do that was Steve Wujek, who graduated five years ago. He ended up going to George Washington University.” Fuller and Roberts are among the Crusaders who could advance their careers to the collegiate level. “They both should have opportunities if they want to continue to play,” Hurley said. “Money isn’t great on the boys’ side of soccer. A lot of kids choose to get on with their life.” In the meantime, Hurley has both seniors focused on delivering Moeller another league title, although it won’t be easy. “St. X is going to be really strong again and I think Elder’s going to be much improved over last year,” Hurley said. “Us and ‘X’ is always a battle.”

Last year’s regional semifinal loss to Sycamore still burns among the Moeller faithful and Hurley would like to get in that position again. However, experience tells him it’s easier said than done. Moeller’s league is as good any in the state and they travel more than most teams. They will take two trips alone to North Central High School in Indianapolis where Hurley’s developed a good relationship with the program. The Crusaders duck no one when it comes to competition. “I think we have the talent, but you have to get some breaks along the way,” Hurley said when asked about another postseason run. “Last year, in our second game of the tournament, Turpin took us to sudden-death overtime. Lakota East was just a 1-0 game. We ran into Sycamore and they were hot that night.” That’s where the veteran coach sees a high school difference in his sport with others. “You rarely see major upsets in football,” Hurley said. “But, (in) soccer, it’s not that uncommon. If you have a night that you don’t finish, someone sticks one in or gets a ‘PK’ late or

something like that. Anything can happen. I’ve been on both sides of that.”



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Should union leaders meet with Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Republican leaders to discuss changes to Senate Bill 5 (now known as Issue 2), the law limiting the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions? Why or why not? “They should not even consider it, at least until after the voters reject it. “Kasich knows he overstepped by trying to do the bidding of the right wing of his party. Both SB5 and HB194 (voter suppression bill) have only the aim of taking what little power the middle-class and poor have left. “The majority of Ohioans understand what he and his monied cronies are attempting. They will stop him and his ilk.” J.Z. “Our Republican governor’s second thoughts about the unions is too late. Let the voters decide in November!” E.E.C. “I would say yes, but at the same time I would not be terribly optimistic about reaching a compromise acceptable to both sides. “We have become so polarized when it comes to certain issues that both sides feel it’s either their way or the highway. “Dennis Prager wrote a piece in October of 2008 titled ‘There Are Two Irreconcilable Americas.’ In closing, he said, ‘calls for unity among Americans that transcends left and right are either naive or disingenuous. America will be united only when one of them prevails over the other.’ “I know that it is not pleasant to think about this, but it seems to be the truth. The dreamer in us has a vision in which both sides make peace. All you have to do is look around and see that this doesn’t happen, especially in politics (and religion). “The irreconcilable divide in this issue is simple: unions want as much power as they can get and Kasich’s side wants to limit that power to a level they believe is ‘reasonable.’” Bill B. “Gov. Kasich did not consult with unions before signing SB5, why should the unions meet with him before Ohio voters weigh in this November?” R.V. “As a former member of a public employee bargaining unit, I am in favor of union leaders meeting with our governor so both sides can accurately focus on what is

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While individual Ohio school districts may continue to teach cursive writing, the new state common core curriculum no longer requires it. The focus will now be on keyboarding skills. What do you think of this? Are you glad, sad or indifferent that cursive writing will be fading into the horizon? 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. needed to maintain integrity for the well-being of the state of Ohio and the public employees who serve their citizens.” O.H.R. “Because we now know who ‘they’ is, and thanks to ‘them’ for really, really screwing things up (Congress + public union leaders), SB 5 now too should stand, especially now that 10 unions played their full hands in public. “American non-public workers cannot believe how the publicunion leaders threw their members (teachers, police, fire, etc.) under the bus. “If my family talked to me the way our leaders do, I’d spank ‘em good. Where we as a nation were once proud of unions the leaders sold out their trust for power and profit, just like Congress.” K.P. “Here we go again with the patients running the asylum. If these people were in the private world it would be all together different. “What is the purpose of having law makers in the Ohio Houses if they have their hands tied and can’t make decisions? “There should be some collective bargaining with some modifications for police and fire units. All others should be treated equally with others in the private sector with no special pensions, ballooned salaries, or pay for earned days of sick pay, etc., etc. “Someday someone is going to realize that the private sector can not keep handing out to the public sector. Lets get on an equal plane.” D.J. “No! Gov. Kasich’s own supporters did not like the idea: The president of the Mason Tea Party said that the attempted meeting made Gov. John Kasich look bad. ‘The stunt by the governor is not helping our cause. I can’t see what he gains out of this, he looks foolish,’ said Ray Warrick. “The message is: It’s too late for talking.” K.L.S.



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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Late school start results in big rewards

Anyone that has a teenager understands that no matter how early their teen arises they cannot get to sleep until at least 10:30 p.m. or 11 p.m. This does not result in enough sleep for a 7:30 a.m. school start time. Let’s be practical, and not throw an unnecessary obstacle like this in the way of our children’s mental and physical wellbeing. The pay-off is big: better grades, better moods and better attention spans (think driving!). An 8 a.m. start time for the primary and elementary schools and an 8:40 a.m. start time for the

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Spending, not funding, the issue in Indian Hill Immediate repeal of the 2009 tax increase, plus an immediate 5 percent spending reduction, were called for by the Committee for Responsible School Spending at the Aug. 16 meeting of the Indian Hill Board of Education. The committee noted that the district spends $3,653 more per student than comparable best-ofbreed public school systems in Hamilton County. The committee pointed out that: • Indian Hill has cash reserves in excess of $33.5 million • The cash reserves exceed one-year’s cost of running the schools • Indian Hill is in the 99.5 percentile of school spending • There is no need for the tax increase The committee noted that although Indian Hill has been rated as Excellent With Distinction by the Ohio Department of Education, seven other Hamilton County public school systems share that distinction. Among its peers, Indian Hill was not, in fact, the best of the best on every metric. For example, compared with its peers, Indian Hill ranked: • second in percent of students graduating with honors • fifth in overall graduation rate • 5th in percent of teachers who have a masters degree or better • 3rd on the Ohio Department of Education’s Performance Index. Last year, Indian Hill fell from Excellent with Distinction to Excellent.

(At the school board meeting, Superi n t e n d e n t K n u d s o n announced that Indian Hill just regained its Excellent with Fred Sanborn Distinction ratCommunity ing.) commitPress guest tee The had expectcolumnist ed that data such as these, all from official sources, would stimulate a discussion about repealing the 2009 tax increase and reducing spending by 5 percent. That did not happen. Instead, the speakers who presented these facts were interrupted by anonymous people in the back of the room who demanded to know where the speakers’ children went to school. The questions, of course, were irrelevant to the committee’s recommendations. The Board allowed these interruptions to continue. However, when the committee’s speakers were accused of “demonizing” teachers, the board denied the committee’s request to respond. Three other persons, who courteously waited to be recognized by the board, and identified themselves when they took the podium, opposed the committee’s appeal for immediate tax repeal and 5 percent spending reduction, because: • Indian Hill’s (public) schools are wonderful

The speakers who presented these facts were interrupted by anonymous people in the back of the room who demanded to know where the speakers’ children went to school. • Any reduction in school spending will cause property values to decline; the reason people move to Indian Hill is the (public) school system. Had the committee been allowed by the board to respond it would have made clear it regards Indian Hill public schools as very good. The issue is the fact that Indian Hill’s enormous $1.3 billion real estate tax base, in combination with Ohio’s archaic, 1970sera school funding statutes, results in a flood of tax revenues that far exceed the district’s real needs. Spending is the issue, not funding. As for the alleged relationship between lavish spending and property values the committee feels it fair to ask why property values in Camp Dennison, Remington, and Silverton haven’t also soared in price, since the Indian Hill School district also serves parts of those communities. The committee hopes that the September meeting of the board will focus on taxpayer concerns rather than anonymous attacks on speakers seeking fiscal sanity. Fred Sanborn is an Indian Hill resident.

Don’t contribute money to any federal politician Do not give one dollar to any federal politician until the financial crisis is resolved. Force them to do their job, or have their fuel cut off. Each Christmas and birthday our kids give us prepaid credit cards to our favorite coffee shop. We enjoy their coffee; so, Mary Ann and I make it an event. Being a fiscal conservative, I especially like the 50-cent refills. We try to go when an activity is planned. The most recent was an old car show in Madeira. It was hysterical to watch a bunch of white-haired old men, all much younger than we are, rev their engines to B-17 exhaust take-off levels, squeal their tires, and act like 17-year-olds.

Their ‘wimmin’ sat smiling patiently in the passenger seats, not unlike a ’50s burger drive-in scene. The smell of unburned fuel 0James in the air Baker reminded us of the advances Community all that have been Press guest made in auto columnist t e c h n o l o g y , with the catalytic converter, computers, oxygen sensors, and mass air flow controls. Even the tires, back then, were marginal. They were bias-ply tires

that lasted maybe 20,000 miles. Sorry, I digressed! Well … my new favorite corporate executive is Howard Schultz, the chairman of Starbucks, who is calling for a boycott of campaign donations to incumbents in Washington until President Obama and Congress agree on the deficit and the debt. He wrote, “the government needs discipline, the people need jobs – and leaders need to lead. Our country is better than this.” Schultz continued, “As a result of what we all witnessed with the debt-ceiling crisis and the uncertainty in the markets, I just feel like watching what took place in Washington, the lens in which the leaders in Washing-

ton, D.C., were making decisions was not based on what was good for America, but in my view, it was based on their own partisan perspective. And that was, ‘How does this affect my re-election?’ “And when I started thinking about re-election, the lifeblood of the re-elections of every one of our congressional leaders in Washington is about fundraising.” “And I want to cut that off until we see civility, until we have a long-term debt ceiling deal that we are proud of and that restores confidence in America. And, I just feel very strongly that this is a time when we no longer should accept the status

quo and the mediocrity that we’re getting. We are better than this, and our leaders in Washington need to go back to work.” Scott Pelley asked Howard, “ … have any other corporate CEOs pledged to join you?” “Yes”, said Schultz, “they have; and, I think the most gratifying thing that has taken place is that the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, has embraced my initiative … and are sending out that letter, my letter to every listed company CEO in America … I think this is a major signal that this is a significant idea.” Just don’t give! James Baker, 34 year resident of Indian Hill.

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Captain Tommy Aretz (son of CWC Member Terry Aretz of Delhi) and Captain Choi Messer, both of Wright Patterson Air Force Base, share with The Cincinnati Woman’s Club members how important the care packages are to our service men and women overseas.

Woman’s club adopts Marine unit Continuing their tradition of volunteerism and philanthropy which dates back to 1897, The Cincinnati Woman’s Club recently sponsored a Project Care Package event. The Cincinnati Woman’s Club has “adopted” a unit of Marines serving in Afghanistan under the leadership of Col. Ken Desimone, who is the nephew of Cincinnati Woman’s Club member Carolyn Rand. This group of soldiers is serving in a remote area and The Cincinnati Woman’s Club is deeply proud to provide care packages to their “adopted” Marines. Volunteers gathered to pack small gifts like tuna packets, protein powder, beef jerky, mouthwash, peanut butter, bug spray, batteries, clean shop rags, and other food and personal care items. After the boxes were filled, volunteers wrote letters to the soldiers thanking them for their service and then mailed the boxes. Thirty-two volunteers packed 65 boxes for our service men and women. Project Care Package is a favorite ongoing activity for The Cincinnati Woman’s Club volunteers, and this particular “adopted” Marine unit holds a special place in their hearts. More than 500 care packages have been contributed since 2007.


Dozens of Cincinnati Woman’s Club members, including Susan Bierer, of Indian Hill, and Marlin Ach, of Glendale, assemble care packages for their adopted Marine unit in Afghanistan.


Cincinnati Woman’s Club members Carol Wiggers and Bev Oliver, both residents of Indian Hill, help package the collected items for service men in Afghanistan. PROVIDED.

Gail Furthman of Kenwood and Donna Hoffman of Glendale seek a bottomless box to hold the many care package items collected by Cincinnati Woman’s Club members for service men and women in Afghanistan.


Carol Wiggers of Indian Hill shares overseas labeling and address procedures with fellow CWC member Jo Ann Ward as they box up care packages for their adopted Marines. PROVIDED.

Cincinnati Woman’s Club members Marlin Ach of Glendale, Jane Clarke of East Walnut Hills, and Ruth Kuchenbuch are diligent in their packaging of items for overseas service men and women.


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Off the Wall: Part Two, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, 5729 Dragon Way, Sculptures in glass, wood, pottery and bronze by Darren Goodman, Joe Drury, Elin Eysenbach, Elsa McKeithan, Dave Borchers and Carman Ramos Politis. Free. 791-7717; Fairfax. 100 Years of Art in Cincinnati, Noon-4 p.m., Greenacres Arts Center, 8400 Blome Road, Featuring 100 pieces of art by 100 different Cincinnati artists spanning 1911-2011. Free. Through Sept. 10. 793-2787. Indian Hill.


VOIP Business Phone System Demo, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Bank One Towers, 8044 Montgomery Road, First Floor Conference Room. Learn about the incredible feature set a small or medium business can now afford in a VOIP business phone system, plus how you can save a significant amount of money on your monthly phone bill. Free. Registration required. Presented by Allen Miller Computer Consulting. 321-5120; www.MillerManor. net/voip. Kenwood.


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. 9467766; Blue Ash.


Spin Pilates Transformation, 5:15-6:15 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Combination of spinning and Pilates reformer creates exercise program that transforms your whole body and creates a healthier state of mind. Ages 18 and up. $20. Reservations required. 9856742; Montgomery.


Madeira Farmers Market, 3:30-7 p.m., Intersection of Dawson and Miami. Wide variety of locally and sustainably grown foods, made-from-scratch goodies and various artisan products. Presented by Madeira Farmers Market. 623-8058; Madeira. The Market, 3-7 p.m., Raymond Walters College, 9555 Plainfield Road, More than 15 vendors offer plethora of foods and other goods including certified organic produce, cider, variety of vegetables, homemade pasta, flowers, gluten-free items, cheeses, meats and more. Rain or shine. 745-5685. Blue Ash.



Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Family friendly. Free, donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous Inc. 503-4262. Montgomery. F R I D A Y, S E P T . 2

DINING EVENTS Friday Night Grillouts, 5-8 p.m., Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road, Outdoor covered patio or air-conditioned dining area. Music by Kevin Fox, acoustic rock. 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. DRINK TASTINGS

Wine Bar Tasting, 4-7 p.m., The Wine Store, 9905 Montgomery Road, Friday tastings with John, the wine-bar-keep. Fifty cents per taste. 984-9463; Montgomery.


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.


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, locally-roasted coffee, local baked goods, homemade premium granola, pastured meat and chicken and pork, artisan gelato, artisan cheese, local herbs, honey, maple syrup and more. Includes weekly musical acts, cooking demonstrations and community events. 6593465; Montgomery.






Matt Fulchiron, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, Reservations required. $12. Ages 18 and up. 984-9288; Montgomery. 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. 791-1663; Symmes Township. Friday Night Fun Zone, 5-8 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Activities from arts and crafts to games and relays for children. Family friendly. $25. Reservations required. 985-6715; Montgomery.

Matt Fulchiron, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, Reservations required. $12. Ages 21 and up. 984-9288; Montgomery. Turner Farm, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Turner Farm, 561-7400; Indian Hill.


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.


US Open of Beach Volleyball 2011, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and 5-10:30 p.m., Hahana Beach, $20-$30, $5 off for students with valid ID, free ages 2 and under. 272-1990; or Columbia Township.

Blue Ash/Montgomery Symphony Orchestra Labor Day Concert, 6-8 p.m., Blue Ash Towne Square, Cooper and Hunt roads, Brass Works. With Todd Fitter, French horn, Wes Woolard, trumpet, and the Cincinnati Brass Band. Free. Presented by Blue Ash/Montgomery Symphony Orchestra. 2320949. Blue Ash.


Dog Fest and K-9 Kerplunk, 5-8 p.m., Montgomery Municipal Pool, 8075 Hopewell Road, Rescue groups available to answer questions, animals for adoption, demonstrations and various canine competitions. Bring pet on leash. Presented by City of Montgomery. 891-2498; Montgomery.

EDUCATION The Practice of Poetry: A Writing Workshop Series for Women, 7-9 p.m., Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Weekly or bi-weekly through Nov. 15. For women interested in writing as spiritual and creative practice. Optional craft workshops on alternate Tuesdays. $190 weekly or $125 bi-weekly. Reservations required. 683-2340. Loveland. FARMERS MARKET



ON STAGE - COMEDY US Open of Beach Volleyball 2011, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and 5-10:30 p.m., Hahana Beach, 7605 Wooster Pike, Featuring Misty May Treanor, Kerri Walsh, Todd Roggers and Phil Dalhausser. No reserved seating; first there sits in the best seats. $20-$30, $5 off for students with valid ID, free ages 2 and under. 272-1990; or Columbia Township.


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

100 Years of Art in Cincinnati, Noon-4 p.m., Greenacres Arts Center, Free. 793-2787. Indian Hill.


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Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m., Kenwood Towne Centre, 7875 Montgomery Road, Valet Parking Lot along Montgomery Road. Fresh tomatoes, corn, apples, mums, pumpkins and more. Seeking vendors. 745-9100; email; Kenwood. Loveland Farmers’ Market, 3-7 p.m., Loveland Station, W. Loveland Avenue, E. Broadway and Second Streets, parking lot, corner of E. Broadway and Second streets. Socially and environmentally responsible produce, meat and market items grown or made within 100 miles from Loveland. Presented by Loveland Farmers’ Market.; Loveland.




St. George Russian Orthodox Church is having its Russian Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 3, at Nisbet Park, 210 Railroad Ave. Enjoy Russian foods, piroshki, stuffed cabage, borscht and more as well as imported crafts, nesting dolls, wooden boxes, jewelry, religious books and icons, activities for children and music. Call 831-1754, or visit Members of the St. George Russian Orthodox Church performing traditional music during a past festival.

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

Turner Farm, 2:30-9 p.m., Turner Farm, 7400 Given Road, Working organic farm and educational center. May sell produce (varies each week) and eggs. Flower CSA, April through frost. $50 for 10 bouquets of 25 stems. Through Dec. 2. 561-7400; Indian Hill.

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

Live Music, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Slatt’s Pub, 4858 Cooper Road, With Samantha Carlson Jazz Band. Late night food menu available. Free. 791-2223. Blue Ash.




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Russian Festival, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Nisbet Park, 210 Railroad Ave., Russian foods: piroshki, stuffed cabbage, borscht and more. Imported crafts: nesting dolls, wooden boxes, jewelry and more. Religious books and icons, activities for children and music. Presented by St. George Russian Orthodox Church. 831-1754; Loveland.

Karaoke, 10 p.m., Silverton Cafe, 7201 Montgomery Road, 791-2922. Silverton.

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

Cincinnati Navy Week - The Leap Frogs, 7 p.m., Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy High School, 11525 Snider Road, U.S. Navy’s Parachute Demonstration Team will jump and land on the football field sometime during game. Included with admission. Presented by United States Navy Office of Community Outreach. 601-7618046; Sycamore Township.

US Open of Beach Volleyball 2011, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Hahana Beach, Finals approximately 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. $20-$30, $5 off for students with valid ID, free ages 2 and under. 272-1990; or Columbia Township.

Meditation for Everyone, 7:15-8:30 p.m., Lawrence Edwards, PhD, BCN - Optimal Mind, 9380 Main St., Suite 4, Meditation instruction and ongoing practice support provided by Dr. Lawrence Edwards. Benefits Anam Cara Foundation. Free, donations accepted. Presented by Anam Cara Foundation. 439-9668; www.anamcara Montgomery.

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LITERARY - LIBRARIES Travel Tales, 7-8 p.m., Madeira Branch Library, 7200 Miami Ave., Travel program. Topic: Kentucky, Land of Arches. Presented by Bob Ruchhoft of the Photography Club of Greater Cincinnati. Ages 21 and up. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-6028; www.cincinnatilibrary. org. Madeira. ON STAGE - COMEDY

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


Overeaters Anonymous, 10:30 a.m., Church of the Saviour United Methodist Church, 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Call 791-3142 at least 24 hours in advance for child care. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 921-1922. Montgomery. T H U R S D A Y, S E P T . 8

EXERCISE CLASSES Spin Pilates Transformation, 5:15-6:15 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $20. Reservations required. 985-6742; Montgomery. HEALTH / WELLNESS

Foot and Ankle Screening, 9:30-11:30 p.m., Cincinnati Sports Club, 3950 Red Bank Road, Grandin Room. Complimentary screening with brief history and exam designed to troubleshoot and modify activities and exercise programs. Ages 18 and up. Free. Reservations required. Presented by Christ Hospital Physical Therapy. 527-4000; Fairfax.


Ryan Stout, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, Reservations required. $8, $4 college and military night. Ages 18 and up. 9849288; Montgomery.


Taking Care When Giving Care, 3-4:30 p.m., Jewish Family Service, 8487 Ridge Road, Support and resource group for caregivers of elderly or disabled. Topics include maintaining balance, how to cope with feelings of guilt and stress, finding resources and long-distance care-giving. Ages 21 and up. Free. 469-1188; Amberley Village. F R I D A Y, S E P T . 9

FESTIVALS St. Saviour Church Fall Festival, 6 p.m.midnight, St. Saviour Church, 4136 Myrtle Ave., Food, booths, rides, entertainment and games for all ages. Beer with ID. Free. 7919004. Amberley Village. ON STAGE - THEATER

The Foreigner, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, Comedy by Larry Shue, directed by Dan Cohen. Group of devious characters deal with a stranger who they think knows no English. $17. Presented by Mariemont Players Inc. Through Sept. 25. 684-1236; Columbia Township.


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.

RELIGIOUS - COMMUNITY Zen Retreat, 6:30-9 p.m., Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Meditation retreat for new and experienced practitioners. Includes silence, meditation, chi gong, opportunities for private discussions with AMA Samy, an optional Christian liturgy, and an introductory session for those new to Zen. $70-$450. Registration required. 6832340; Loveland.


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


Dog’s Night Out, 6-9 p.m., Graeter’s, 6918 Wooster Road, Dogs receive a free sample of Frosty Paws, a healthy frozen treat, with no added sugar, artificial flavors or colors. Pet owners can choose from more than 20 flavors of ice cream, including the seasonal summer flavors. 721-3323; Mariemont.


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Indian Hill Journal

September 1, 2011


Sounds weird, tastes great: Shingled Cheese

Shingled cheese

Make both parts ahead and pour vinaigrette over right before serving.


On a platter, make rows like shingles of sharp cheese and cream cheese. You can stack them up side by side or lay flat. You’ll need about a pound of each, and I sliced mine into 1⁄8” slices. Slice the cream cheese when it’s real cold, since it’s a bit harder to slice than the cheddar. And don’t worry if the cream cheese and cheddar are different sizes. As long as they’re about the same length, you don’t have to worry so much about the height of each. Before serving, drizzle this vinaigrette on top. Serve with baguettes or crackers.

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⁄2 cup olive oil 1 ⁄2 cup w h i t e wine vinegar Palmful of fresh p a r s l e y, Rita chopped Heikenfeld Palmful Rita’s kitchen of fresh b a s i l , chopped or 1 generous teaspoon dried Salt and pepper 3 garlic cloves, minced, about a tablespoon Minced green onion or onion chives, 2-3 tablespoons or to taste Chopped pimiento or chopped roasted or fresh red bell pepper (optional but good and adds color - use several tablespoons)

Drying basil: This is a delicate herb and will retain a light green color if you strip the leaves from the stem and gently chop the leaves up. Lay on a screen or towel to dry on the kitchen counter, etc. You’ll know they’re dry when they crumble between your palms.

This will take a few days or up to a week. Store in a cool, dry place away from light. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

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Phil McHugh, of Indian Hill, has been promoted to executive vice president at Fifth Third Bancorp, announced Greg Carmichael, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Fifth Third Bancorp. McHugh is McHugh president of Fifth Third Investment Advisors, where he manages four divisions including Fifth Third Private Bank, Fifth Third Securities and Insurance, Fifth Third Institutional Services and Fifth Third Asset Management. “In the time Phil has led Investment Advisors, that business has consistently grown revenue for the bank and is one of the strongest performing lines of business in the company,” Carmichael said. “It's fitting that Phil's efforts be rewarded in this way.” Before being named as head of Investment Advisors in 2010, McHugh was president and CEO of the Bank's Louisville affiliate. He has held a number of leadership positions at the Bancorp and affiliate levels in his 24-year career with Fifth Third. McHugh is actively involved in the Cincinnati community and was recently appointed to the United Way of Greater Cincinnati board of directors. He also serves on the board of the Catholic Inner-City Schools Education Fund in Cincinnati.


I just made the best appetizer ever. And it’s got a weird name: Shingled Cheese. It was one of those recipes that I had in my file for a while and just didn’t get around to making it. Until, that is, my friend Charlene Castle, a Batavia reader, asked me to make the appetizer for a class I held at her home. “I had it at a friend’s house and it was so good”, she said. Charlene was more than right. It’s downright addictive. I made it on Fox 19 this week for my morning show appearance. Sheila Gray and Rob Williams, along with the whole staff, came back for seconds, and thirds. This is the perfect appetizer for that Labor Day picnic, since it can be made ahead and it’s easy to tote. In fact, the vinaigrette makes a nice dressing for fresh tomatoes, as well. You can see the video of me making this on my blog, Cooking with Rita, at

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Indian Hill Journal

Community | Life

September 1, 2011

Ten-day refund policies are part of state law How long should you have to wait to get your money back after cancelling a gym membership? A Bridgetown woman said she waited months trying to get her money and doesn’t feel that’s right. In fact, she is correct. Shawna Miller and a friend responded to a half price ad for Victory Lady Fitness center. The ad said they could have half-price membership for three months. “We got our three-month memberships, but when we went in they offered us three years for $293 plus $5 monthly for mainte-

nance fees,” Miller said. Miller said she and her friend ended up signing up for the three-year memberships even though they had already paid for the three months membership. Miller said that membership was forgotten during the highpressure sales pitch. “It just kind of went away and we realized that later. So my girlfriend and I said, ‘Let’s cancel what we signed up for. Let’s cancel it, do the three months, and see if we like it,’” Miller said. The very next day they went back to the gym and

signed the cancellation forms at the bottom of their contracts. The gym manager also Howard Ain signed the Hey Howard! c a n c e l l a tion forms but told them they wouldn’t get their money back right away. Miller said she was told, “I’m just letting you know it’ll probably be about six to eight weeks.” The contract itself said

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cancellation. Then they found I was a cancellation and they would rush me a check. Well, I’m still waiting for that rush.” I went to the Victory Lady Fitness Center and was told company policy requires its contract department to first confirm the cancellation request with the member. But Miller said she had been calling for her refund for weeks. The manager checked the records while I was there and confirmed she still hadn’t received her refund – and promised she would get her money. But the law, in

both Ohio and Kentucky, requires such refunds to be mailed within 10 days of the cancellation. There’s no mention in the law of a company first having to confirm the cancellation request. After my trip to the gym both Miller and her friend did get their money back – and Miller filed a complaint about the gym’s policy with the Ohio Attorney General. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

Indian Hill woman to host fundraising event Lighthouse Youth Services will conduct its annual fall event at the Indian Hill home of Macy Kirkland, author of “Let’s Go Home,” at noon Wednesday, Oct. 5. The event “Fall into Living More Beautifully” will feature some of Cincinnati’s finest restaurants, boutiques, fashions and more. Serving as one of Lighthouse’s annual fundraising events, the afternoon includes lunch, wines by the glass and a raffle to ben-

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Art club fundraiser to feature famous oil painting The Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati Foundation’s fourth annual fundraiser, “An Evening at the Barn,” is offering for sale via silent auction an important Bessie Wessel still-life painting. The Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center Foundation’s fourth annual fundraiser, “An Evening at the Barn,” will be 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, at the “BARN,” 6980 Cambridge Ave., Mariemont. Setting the stage this year for the event is a striking painting by Bessie Hoover Wessel. The oil painting will be available for purchase via a silent auction. Bessie Hoover Wessel was president of the Woman’s Art Club from 1917-1919. Wessel studied under Lewis Henry Meakin,



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Bessie Hoover Wessel A beautiful self-portrait of Bessie Wessel graces the foyer of the Barn on Cambridge Avenue. She carefully looks at the viewer with a calm, steady, intelligent gaze. Bessie Hoover Wessel was president of the Women’s Art Club from 1917-1919. She was born in Brookville, Ind., in 1889, and later moved to Cincinnati, as a young child. Her school teacher father encouraged her to attend the Cincinnati Art Academy in 1906. She studied under Lewis Henry

Meakin, Herman Wessel and Frank Duveneck. She joined the faculty of the Art Academy in 1915, but frail health caused her to resign just two years later. It was during this time that she got to know her future husband, Herman Wessel. Bessie and Herman became leading figures in the art world of Cincinnati. They shared a studio in their home in Eden Park. Summers were spent traveling in Europe and throughout the U.S. After raising their son, Bessie had more time to devote to her

painting. During this period in the 1960s she became an acclaimed portrait painter of children. She was also known for her brightly colored still-life’s of memorabilia, fruit and flowers. She was commissioned to paint portraits of famous Cincinnatians such as James N. Gamble, Judge Alfred Nippert and William Howard Taft. Her last series of paintings were portraits of Indians, Called “Portraits from the Plains.” Her entire exhibit was sold out within a week. Wessel died in 1973.

in prize money will be given to first and second level prize winners. A percentage of artists’ sales will benefit the Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati Foundation’s programs. Minimasters, 8-by-10 inch originals, are also back by popular demand. These are all available for sale unframed for $99. Raffle items are: • Four tickets to Playhouse in the Park and din-

ner on the Hill. • A14K yellow gold link necklace from the Frank Herchede Co. The necklace is currently valued at $7,000 and has been donated by a generous patron. “An Evening at the Barn” is $50 per person or $75 a couple. For more information call the “Barn” at 272-3700 or go to Proceeds will

benefit on-going projects and community outreach at the Barn. Co-chairs for “Evening at the Barn” are Barbara Weyand and Larry McGruder; with committee members, Jan Boone, Stan Bahler, Myrtle Blankenmueler, Diana Kilfoil, Jane McDonald, Alleen Manning, Sherie Marek, Jan Ring, Carol Rentchler, Joanne Sloneker, Susan VanVleet and Don Wymore.

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Ascension Lutheran Church

David Kisor will bring his children’s music program to Ascension at 3:30 p.m., on Saturday, Sept. 10. The Give Back Concert with David Kisor will benefit the Ronald McDonald House. Young children learn positive, powerful and exciting music as they sing and dance with David. Suggested donation is a new toy for Ronald McDonald House or $5 per person, $20 per family. Please call the church at 793-3288 for information. Ascension will celebrate its last 10 a.m. summer worship on Sunday, Sept. 11 with Coming Home Sunday. The fall schedule with services at 8:30 and 11 a.m. begins Sunday, Sept. 18 with education opportunities at 9:45 a.m. for all ages. Community and world donations continue throughout the summer. Backpacks and dry erase markers are collected for people served by the Northeast Emergency Distribution Service (NEEDS) as well as various food items. Health Kits for Lutheran World Relief will be collected until Sunday, Sept. 18. Other collections include empty pill bottles and aluminum cans and items for the NICU University Hospital (receiving blankets, onesies sleepers and 4-ounce baby bottles). The community is invited to participate. Call Ascension at 7933288 for more information. Ascension is participating in the Southern Ohio Synod ELCA Malaria Campaign through education about the disease and donations from members and various church groups. The church is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 793-3288, m.

Blue Ash Presbyterian Church

The church will celebrate its second annual Blessing of the Pets at 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17, on the church lawn. People and pets of all sorts are welcome for the informal service led by Pastor Mike Brewer. The church is at 4309 Cooper Road; 791-1153;; or find the church on Facebook.

Brecon United Methodist Church

The church offers worship services on Sundays at 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. Sundays. Samaritan Closet hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Samaritan Closet offers clothing and food to people with demonstrated needs. Bread from Panera is available on Thursdays and Saturdays. The Samaritan Closet is located next to the church. The church is at 7388 E. Kemper Road, Sycamore Township; 4897021.

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

The church has a children’s weekday program on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Call the church for details. The Senior Adult Potluck is 6 p.m., Sept. 16 at the church. All are welcome. Call for details. The Labor Day Walk to benefit the African Well Fund is Sept. 3. Contact the church office for details. The church is searching for crafters and vendors to join the Fall Craft Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 12. Register at Traditional worship services are 8:20 a.m. and 11 a.m.; contemporary

Epiphany United Methodist Church

On the weekend of Sept. 11, the 10year anniversary of 9/11, the church will come together for special services at 5 p.m., Saturday, and 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Sunday, to remember and reflect. 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. If interested, call Stacy at 683-4256. 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.

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 p.m. to 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.

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.

During the school year we will meet at Receptions and play games and give students the opportunity to ask questions about God or religion by texting in their question. Volunteers are needed for Vacation Bible School in a number of areas including adult drivers, Bible story, recreation, crafts and age group leaders. Contact Hays, Brakefield or the church office to volunteer. Worship service time is 10 a.m. 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 6 p.m. to 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 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Sundays of each month. The church is at 360 Robin Ave., Loveland; 683-2525;

Loveland Presbyterian Church

Loveland United Methodist Church

The church celebrates one combined worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday in the sanctuary, immediately followed by the popular “Lemonade on the Lawn” fellowship time. All are welcomed to attend. Child care will be provided. Feel free to join the Adult Education Hour starting at 11:15 a.m. The church is at 3400 Michigan Ave., Hyde Park; 321-2573;

Lighthouse Baptist Church

The church’s High School Students started in July to join together on Wednesday night from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. for “United,” a high school outreach event that is made up of different Church groups and they have invited us to join them. During the summer they meet at their volunteers’ homes for a pool party and a devotional.


including Chancel Choir, adult and children’s bell choirs and children’s Sunday School Chorus. Sunday school for all ages is at 9:30 a.m. Nursery care is provided all morning on Sunday. Visit or call the church office to find out about all the ministry offerings at Loveland UMC. Explore Small Groups, Bible Studies, Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry, Adults Ministry and Senior’s Ministry and Mission/Outreach opportunities. The church also offer opportunities to connect in various Worship Arts ministries such as music, drama and visuals. In addition, there is a United Methodist Women and a Men’s Ministry as well. There are opportunities for all ages to get connected. The church is at 10975 S. Lebanon Road, Loveland; 683-1738.

Montgomery Community Church

Service times are 8:15 a.m. to 9 a.m. for Morning Chapel, an intimate gathering of the community of faith worshiping in a traditional setting; 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for Engage, the praise band “Clutch” leads worship in a contemporary style; and 11 a.m. to noon for Classic Tradition, traditional worship led by various musical groups

Montgomery Community Church is offering a seven-week class for women who are new to Cincinnati or are looking to connect with their community from 9:30-11:30 a.m., beginning Tuesday, Sept. 20. The class is based on a book entitled, “After the Boxes are Unpacked,” by Susan Miller. Classes are free and childcare is available. Visit the church website under “Ladies Studies”or aftertheboxes. The church is at 11251 Montgomery Road;; 489-0892.



Faith Christian Fellowship Church

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.


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Sunday Services

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

BAPTIST Hyde Park Baptist Church Michigan & Erie Ave

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

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

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, cardmaking 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. 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

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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.


CHRISTIAN SCIENCE First Church of Christ, Scientist 3035 Erie Ave 871-0245 Sunday Service and Sunday School 10:30am Wednesday Testimonial Meeting 7:30pm Reading Room 3035 Erie Ave


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

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

Contemporary Worship Center on Forest Road

3 Traditional Worship Services 8:15, 9:30 & 11:00 - in our Sanctuary

2 Contemporary Worship Services

9:30 & 11:00 - in our Contemporary Worship Center Sunday School and Childcare available at 9:30 & 11 services. Plenty of Parking behind church

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


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

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


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CHERRY GROVE UMC 1428 Eight Mile Rd. Worship: 9:30-10:30 Fellowship: 10:30-10:45 Sunday School: 10:45-11:30 Pastor: Rev. William E. Groff

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

Sundays 9:15am & 10:45am


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

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

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


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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;;

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

Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church

Knox Presbyterian Church


Anderson Hills Christian Church Disciples of Christ

The Community Press welcomes news about a special service, rummage sale, dinner, bazaar, festival, revival, musical presentation or any special activity that is open to the public. Deadline: Two weeks before publication date. E-mail: indianhill@ with “religion” in subject line Fax: 249-1938.

ducted 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. The church is at 3950 Newtown Road, Anderson Township;; 272-5800.


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


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

Connections Christian Church 7421 East Galbraith Cincinnati, OH 45243

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

Jeff Hill • Minister Worship Service 10:30am Sunday School 9:15 am


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

(off Larchview, off Plainfield at Cross County Hwy.) INDIAN HILL Episcopal Presbyterian Church 6000 Drake Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio 45243 Phone 513-561-6805 Fax 513-561-0894

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

Sunday Worship 8am & 10:30am


6365 Corbly Road Cincinnati, OH 45230

Good Shepherd


7701 Kenwood Rd 513.891.1700 (across from Kenwood Towne Center) Worship at 5:00pm Saturday and 8:00, 9:00, 9:30 & 11:00 Sunday mornings Pastors Larry Donner, Pat Badkey, Jess Abbott & Alice Connor

Sunday 9:30 &11:00 a.m. Loveland High School, off of Rich Rd. 683-1556



Preschool open house is 9 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 8 and 9. Choir workshop is 9:30 a.m. Saturdays. Senior High Youth is 5 p.m. Sundays. The Episcopal Holy Eucharist is 8 a.m. Sundays. Episcopal Morning Prayer is 10 a.m. Sundays. Gospel Gormet (Sunday School) is 10 a.m. Sundays. Childcare is provided at 10 a.m., Sundays. Presbyterian Holy Communion is 10 a.m. Sundays. Jail ministry worship is 8:30 a.m. Sundays. Senior High Youth is 8 p.m. Sundays. Women’s AA is 7:15 p.m., Mondays and 7 p.m., Fridays. Adult Education is 4:30 p.m., Wednesdays. Men’s AA is 8:30 p.m., Saturdays. The church is pastored by Rev. David Hawley and Rev. Anne Wrider. The church is at 6000 Drake Road, Indian Hill; 561-6805;

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Indian Hill Episcopal Presbyterian Church

Indian Hill Journal

September 1, 2011

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

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

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Indian Hill Journal


September 1, 2011




Incidents/investigations Domestic incident At Green Meadow Lane, Aug. 6.


Furnace, copper plumbing and wire taken at 8785 Indian Hill Road, Aug. 5.

About police reports The Community Press obtains reports on file with local police departments. We publish the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. Following disposition of cases in the court system, individuals may supply The Community Press with documentation of the disposition for publication. To contact your local police department: • Indian Hill Rangers: Chief Chuck Schlie, 561-7000.



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About real estate transfers

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


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Indian Hill garden club is seeking prospective members Prospective members with an interest in gardening and developing new friendships are invited to attend a meeting of the Dirt Daubers Garden Club of Indian Hill, a fixture in the village since 1954. President Nancy Ward said that for many years Dirt Daubers has served as a valuable resource for those wanting to learn about gardening and expand their interest in plants and flowers in an informal social setting. “We hope interested

Indian Hill women will consider checking out our meetings,” Ward said. The 2011-12 season begins in early September with monthly meetings through June. Highlighting the organization's upcoming year will be professional speakers, unique garden tours, plant craft opportunities, an annual plant auction, holiday silent auction and luncheons, resource gathering, and community projects. Ward said that meetings

also provide a setting for exchange of member information on such topics as herbs and vegetables, successful tips on growth and placement of perennial gardens, and tips for keeping deer away. Past speakers have also included village officials fielding questions ranging from information on green areas to deer and pest control. For more information those interested are encouraged to contact Ward at 561-7226.

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Comparing notes Indian Hill High School seniors Eden Woldemichael, left, of Kenwood, and Maddie Barrett, of Indian Hill, compare schedules during the first day of school. For more photos, please see page A5. FORREST SELLERS/STAFF

Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission Election Legal Notice The Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission will have an election of Supervisors of the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District to be held in accordance with Chapter 1515 of the Ohio Revised Code.

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There are three ways an eligible voter can cast a ballot: (1) at the annual meeting, which will take place at the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD), 1035 Woodrow Street, Cincinnati, OH 45204 on September 15, 2011 from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm: (2) at the SWCD office by requesting an absentee ballot during business hours 8:00 am - 4:30 pm from August 25, 2011 to September 14, 2011; and on September 15, 2011 from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm or (3) vote absentee by mail, requesting the proper absentee request forms from the HCSWCD by September 12, 2011 at the following address: Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District, 22 Triangle Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45246 - phone number: 513-772-7645. Absentee ballots must be received at the District’s office by Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 12:00 pm. Two (2) Supervisors will be elected. Nominees are: Karen Ball, Scott P. Huber, Steve Johns, and Dale Rack.

Birth certificates now available online Hamilton County Public Health has created a new, online service to get birth certificates from any hospital in Ohio. The online service is available at the Hamilton County Public Health website at In addition, birth certificates can be ordered by phone by calling 946-7989 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; in person at 250 William Howard Taft, second floor (same hours); or by mail. To order a birth certificate by mail go online to w w w. h a m i l t o n c o u n t y for instructions.







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Christopher H. Arington, 41, 9040 Hopewell Road, speed, Aug. 5. Amy M. Rudge, 34, 301 Fence Rail Way, speed, Aug. 5. Robert B. Selnick, 51, 6200 Redbird Hollow, obstructing official business, Aug. 13. Sarah Selnick, 50, 6200 Redbird Hollow, obstructing official business, alcohol offense, Aug. 13. Juvenile, 16, obstructing official business, Aug. 13. James A. Osselaer, 45, 8725 Old Indian Hill Road, speed, Aug. 9. Melissa Rumpf, 43, 6665 N. Clippinger Drive, speed, Aug. 9. Bryn L. Brendamour, 18, 6105 Park Road, speed, Aug. 9. Sarah M. Headley, 29, 3932 Regent Ave. No. 2, speed, Aug. 9.









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