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Indian Hill changes soliciting ordinance


6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision leads to village tweaking law By Rob Dowdy

Due to a recent court decision, Indian Hill is updating its ordinances on soliciting vendors. In a court decision from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Englewood, a city just north of Dayton, lost its argument against Ohio Citizen Action, a nonprofit group, in which the city attempted to prevent the group from soliciting donations after 6 p.m. During the Aug. 27 Indian Hill Village Council meeting, Councilman Keith Rabenold said while the village ordinances on solicitation are mostly in compliance with the findings of the case, there are two minor changes that would put the village squarely in line with the recent court case, which could prevent solicitors from challenging the village’s ordinance. The first change would require Indian Hill to frequently update its list of residents who do not want solicitors on their property. That list will be updated every six months. The other change would establish the time limit for soliciting as 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day. Prior to the change, Indian Hill’s time limit for soliciting was 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. during day-

Indian Hill High School junior Lissa Giroux, left, of Madeira, receives a hug from sophomore Sam Sanders, of Indian Hill, after seeing each other in the hall. Students returned to classes at the high school Aug. 23. FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

light savings time or 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. when daylight savings time is not in effect. The Rabenold ordinance also banned soliciting on Sundays. Rabenold said he doesn’t expect the changes to suddenly increase the number of solicitors in the village, but maintained the updates could protect Indian Hill from court cases over its solicitation ordinance. “The central issue here is a conflict between residents’ right to privacy and citizens’ free speech rights,” he said. Village Solicitor Donald Crain said part of the change was because of safety issues of solicitors. He said Indian Hill roads aren’t lit at night, there’s a lack of sidewalks and many homes feature long or winding driveways. “That’s the reason we have the concern,” Crain said. Residents can stop by the administration building, 6525 Drake Road, to get on the list to prevent soliciting at their homes. Residents can also post signs in their yards to prevent solicitors from coming onto their property.

Indian Hill city manager to retire Mike Burns to end his 23-year tenure By Rob Dowdy

In the coming year, a new era will begin in Indian Hill, as City Manager Mike Burns announced he is retiring after more than 20 years with the village.

During the Indian Hill Village Council meeting Aug. 27, Burns announced he plans to retire Jan. 18, ending a 23-year career as city manager for Indian Hill. Burns said he notified council previously, but wanted to make it official during the meeting. He is only the fifth city manager in Indian Hill's history, and served the longest tenure of anyone.



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"I've had 35 years of public service and I think it's time for me to move over," Burns said. Mayor Mark Tullis suggested council vote on the retirement notice, soliciting laughter from councilmembers. “Mike’s a great guy. We’re going to miss him,” Tullis said. Despite the announcement, Burns pressed on with council business, noting he would have

more to say as Jan. 18 approaches. "We certainly will be thanking you time and time again for all your hard work," Tullis said. Tullis said the village has hired a search firm that will narrow the field of potential candidates to10 to15, at which point the candidates will be interviewed by a group of three council members.

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Historical society programs set to begin By Rob Dowdy


With summer drawing to a close, it's once again time for the Indian Hill Historical Society's monthly programs. The group recently released its slate of events for the 2012-2013 season, which extends from September through May. This season's programs begin with "Village Farming: Past and Present," which will be an informative look at the practices and increased interest of locally grown food. The program, 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at the Little Red Schoolhouse, includes a panel consisting of

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Melinda O'Briant of Turner Farm; Ken Grob, whose family farmed in the village for many years; and Erin Payne from Greenacres Foundation. In October, the historical society will take a look at the "History of the Cincinnati Art Club," a group that was founded in 1890 and is still active today. Indian Hill Historical Society President Barbara Hauck said the visit to the club in

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Remus, King of the Bootleggers." The program will provide a look at Remus and will include dinner and distilled beverages. Hauck said this program is somewhat a companion to the history of brewing program the group held last year. She said that event "drew a lot of folks." "We have a feeling this one will follow suit," Hauck said. With December comes the Village Christmas Party, which is a tradition for many who live in the village. Santa Claus pays a

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visit, as holiday music plays and everyone enjoys Christmas treats. Indian Hill Historical Society Historian Lindsay McLean leads the "OneRoom Schoolhouse Experience" in January and February. She said the event is for students in Indian Hill Exempted Village School District, Cincinnati Country Day School and St. Gertrude converge on the Little Red Schoolhouse to learn about attending school in 1873. McLean said the program is just as fun for those attending as those hosting, and the children always tend to ask "interesting questions." "We love doing it and sharing living history," she said. Rob Warfel, representative from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, will be the guest speaker for February's program detailing the FBI's presence in Cincinnati, which dates back to 1913. With March comes the

Santa's arrival during the Indian Hill Historical Society's Village Christmas Party is one of several events the group brings back each year. FILE PHOTO annual "Patron Party," which is the group's way of saying "thank you" to those who've contributed throughout the year. This event is by invitation only, and Hauck said the party will be held at a surprise location. Each year's slate of events typically includes at least one program focused on a local family. In March, the group will host "The Aglamesis Family History," which will be led by members of the family and share family history and Aglamesis Bros. history as well. Hauck said this program will be made sweeter with dessert after the presentation. "This should be a really interesting and fun program," she said. The 34th annual House Tour in May will be the final event of the season. The tour will take attendees to three unique village homes, which aren't divulged until the day of the tour.

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School district OKs update to homeless policy By Forrest Sellers

High school broadcasting class goes high-definition By Forrest Sellers

Broadcasting at Indian Hill High School has gone high-def. Students involved in the school’s Indian Hill Television Network have begun using high-definition broadcasting equipment. Additionally, a new class called “Braves Beat Production” has been incorporated into the curriculum of the school. “We saw the need to create this class,” said Denny Dupps, a technology teacher at the school. As part of the class, the students write copy and prepare segments for broadcast on the Indian Hill Television Network. “Everyone gets to do a little something,” said senior Sarah Dorger, of Kenwood. The new equipment, much of which was donated and set up by parent Steve Ginn, has enhanced the educational experience, according to the students. “All of this new tech-

Indian Hill High School seniors Eric Snyder, left, Ben Hurford and Johnny Stephen work in the school’s broadcasting booth. The Indian Hill Television Network is now broadcasting programs in high definition. FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS nology is inspiring us to learn,” said senior Jackie Trott, of Indian Hill. The equipment includes new cameras and monitors specifically geared toward high-definition broadcasts. “It’s a lot easier for students to pick up (how to use the equipment),” said senior Dini Zucker, of In-

dian Hill. “It keeps them interested since it’s more like a real life broadcast.” Sixteen students are enrolled in the Braves Beat Production class, although a number of others are also involved with the school’s television network. The Indian Hill Television Network began as a



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Indian Hill High School seniors Thomas Le, left, and Sarah Dorger adjust the video cameras and monitors. The school has a new broadcasting class called "Braves Beat Production." FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

The Indian Hill Exempted Village School District is updating its policy on admission of homeless students. This revision is to bring it in compliance with recent federal legislation clarifying homeless guidelines. “The definition was more general in previous years,” said Tracy Quattrone, director of pupil services for the district. As opposed to just a shelter or place designated for homeless individuals, these guidelines as presented by the “Stewart B. McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act” can include shared housing in which circumstance may necessitate a student or family living with another, living in a motel, trailer park or campground due to lack of adequate accommodations, living in a car, park or public space, migratory students or students awaiting placement with a foster family. This legislation provides “more specific descriptions of what homelessness is,” said Assistant Superintendent Mark Ault. The language now provides greater specificity, he said. Ault said these policies are updated from time to time and that the district updates its own policies in accordance with these revisions.


video club formed in 1998. “It’s touched a lot of these people,” said Dupps. “A lot of them go on to careers in (the broadcasting field).” Dorger said her involvement has been both fun and educational. “You are always learning something new,” she said. CE-0000521613


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Senior Aisha Rajan, of Kenwood, locates her student schedule.

The halls at Indian Hill High School once again reverberated with the sounds of footsteps, closing lockers and welcoming greetings as students returned to school. Classes at the high school resumed Aug. 23.

Photos by Forrest Sellers/The Community Press

Freshman Jake Fry, left, of Indian Hill, gets a helping hand from college and school counselor Sandy Farris.

Juniors Samantha Moster, left, and Ellie Stokley, both residents of Kenwood, see if they have any classes with one another.

Junior Kesea Noahr, left, and her brother, Kai, a freshman, and stepbrother, Raymond Rhodus, a sophomore, arrive early on the first day of school. They are residents of Kenwood. Junior Nick West, of Symmes Township, loads his locker. Seniors Brittany Brown, left, Adelaide Fries and Caroline Sharp share a laugh. They are residents of Indian Hill.

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Lions to hunt down competition By Nick Dudukovich

Ursuline’s Jesse Ewan, right, battles for the ball against Indian Hill’s Molly Swain during a match Aug. 28. NICK DUDUKOVICH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Other players that should help the squad this season include senior midfielders Grace Robertson and Emma Gruber. In addition to their production, the duo should provide depth because of their ability to also play the forward position. In the cage, the Lions have two senior goalies who should split playing time in Abby Meehan and Emily Lotterer.



BLUE ASH — It’s that time of year as members of the Ursuline Academy field hockey squad grab their sticks and gear up for another season. This year’s version of the Lions will feature 13 seniors and eight juniors. At the start of the season, head coach Elli Workum likes how the Lions have meshed. “They all get along really well,” she said. “They’re all really versatile players…they all get along and play well together.” And if the team continues to play like it did against Louisville Collegiate School Aug. 25, the Lions could be in for a stellar season. The Lions beat Lousiville, 4-1, behind two goals from Jesse Ewan. Kelly Lutmer and Abbey Main added the other two goals. “It was a nice blend,” Workum said. “They were a team we lost to, 7-1, last year,”


Workum said the Lions’ setup in the cage is an odd situation, but the veteran head coach has confidence in the tandem. “She and Abby have been both working hard,” Workum said. And if for some reason one of the goalies is having a rough day, Workum knows there won’t be a drop off in talent if she makes a substitution.

Braves field experienced squad

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“It’s a good place to be,” Workum said. Workum also likes the depth her squad has moving from left to right on the field. Finding someone who can play the left side is invaluable to the team, because it’s the nonstick side. Workum said the ball can only be struck with the flat side of the stick, so it takes good hand-eye coordination to play the position. To Workum’s delight, Ewan and Main played well on the left side during the win against Collegiate, while Elysha Thoms is also capable of playing the position. As for goals and expectations, Workum expressed confidence in her squad. “I feel like we have a solid enough team to beat anybody that we come up against,” she said. Ursuline competes in the Southwest Ohio Field Hockey League. For more information and schedules, visit Indian Hill senior Caroline Bullock moves the ball upfield during the Lady Braves’ match against Ursuline Aug. 28. NICK


» Moeller opened the season with a 35-14 win over Gilman (Maryland) in the final game of the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown Aug. 26 on ESPNU. Spencer Iacovone was 12-21 passing for 156 yards and touchdowns to Gus Ragland and Max Foley. Iacovone also ran for two scores for the Crusaders. Moeller’s leading rusher was Keith Watkins with 117 yards and one touchdown. Leading the defense was Nick Szabados with six tackles. (Moeller’s Sept. 1 game with Grand Rapids Christian was after Labor Day deadlines.) » Indian Hill lost to Middletown Madison 27-0 Aug. 31. Next game: at Taft Sept. 7. » Summit Country Day defeated the Cincinnati College Prep Academy 49-16 Aug. 31. Junior quarterback Antonio Woods threw for two touchdowns and ran for another. Next game: at Deer Park Sept. 7. » Cincinnati Country Day beat Pendleton County 32-22 Aug. 31. J.R. Menifee had three touchdowns for the Indians. CCD had 13 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. Next game: against St. Bernard Sept. 7. » Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy beat Reading 20-12 on Aug. 31. The Eagles outscored the Blue Devils 13-6 in the fourth quarter. Next game: at Lexington Christian Academy Sept. 7.

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» Moeller was third out of 18 teams in the Moeller Invitational at Walden Pond Aug. 27. Moeller “Gold” beat St. Xavier “Blue” and Badin on Aug. 28. » Indian Hill defeated Seven Hills and CCD at Kenwood Aug. 29. Eddie Fink led the Braves with a 41.

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INDIAN HILL — Among the fall sports currently underway on fields in and around Indian Hill, girls field hockey is one of the more traditional ones. At Indian Hill High School, a new coach takes over the Lady Braves in Thom Nickley. He will bring years of club experience in soccer and some basketball knowledge to the net game played with sticks. “I bring a different perspective,” Nickley said. “The key is moving off the ball and finding space where you’re supposed to be.” A local product, Nickley attended Goshen High School, received his bachelor’s degree at Wilmington College and his master’s at Miami University. He inherits a veteran squad. “Of our 18 players on varsity, 13 are seniors,” Nickley said. “The experience is helping. I think the hunger to be more successful than they have been in the past helps. They kind of see this as a final opportunity.” Where some field hockey teams attract girls from various disciplines, most of Indian Hill’s plaid-clad players are familiar with stickwork from their springs spent with coach Walt Haag. “It’s exclusively crossover lacrosse,” Nickley said of his players’ backgrounds. The new coach would like to bring Haag’s winning ways to this fall sport and implemented some offseason work to reach that goal. “Our summer workouts were greatly attended,” Nickley said. “The girls are working hard and they want to be successful.” The Southwest Ohio Field Hockey League features local contenders St. Ursula, Ursuline

» Indian Hill beat Kings on a tiebreaker and Turpin Aug. 28 at Bel-Wood Country Club. Pari Keller led with a 40. » CHCA beat Taylor 218-239 behind the stellar play of Morgan Bowen, who shot a 4-over-par 40 on the north course at Kings Island Golf Center. » Kacie Bradfish won the medal for the best score after shooting 2-over 50 on the back nine at Camargo, Aug. 27. CCD lost Milford, 187-227. Bradfish followed up by taking medalist honors at Little Miami during the Indians 188-205 win over Anderson, Aug. 29. » Mount Notre Dame beat McAuley by 10 strokes Aug. 30. Makenzie Ward was co-medalist with a 39.

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Ursuline's Jesse Ewan, right, battles for the ball against Indian Hill's Molly Swain during a match Aug. 28. NICK DUDUKOVICH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

and Mount Notre Dame, with Indian Hill and Summit Country Day trying to advance higher in the standings. Further out, Oakwood, Fairmont and Talawanda field teams. “There’s no slouches in the league,” Nickley said. “It’s an incredibly tough league. It’s a matter of who’s the most organized and who has the most skills.” Nickley expects his leading players to be seniors Kate Sewell and Molly Hallahan, junior Abbey Froehlich and sophomore Rose Fessler. He also is excited over the experience of his back-

ups. “We’re actually two players deep in almost every position,” Nickley said. Tara Rose and Patrick Beiter will assist Nickley with the Lady Braves. Indian Hill’s next contest is at home Sept. 10 against Summit Country Day. Indian Hill junior Abbey Froehlich moves toward the ball during the match against Ursuline Aug. 28. NICK DUDUKOVICH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

» Indian Hill defeated Finneytown 9-2 on Aug. 28. David Robinett had three goals for the Braves. Robinett and Brad Seiler scored for the Braves on Aug. 30 as Indian Hill shutout Oak Hills 3-0. » Cincinnati Country Day shutout Roger Bacon, 5-0, Aug. 27. Wes Mink made three saves, while Jeremy Gibson netted two scores. » Moeller blanked McNicholas 2-0 on Aug. 30. Goalie Grady Beerck recorded the shutout.

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» Indian Hill blanked Finneytown 3-0 Aug. 29 as Taylor Jackson scored twice. » Mount Notre Dame shutout Lebanon 1-0 as Rose Lavelle scored the lone goal Aug. 25. Goalkeeper Sam Leshnek had five saves. Lavelle scored the lone goal on Aug. 31 as MND beat See HIGHLIGHTS, Page A7





MND Cougars aim to slap more in

By Scott Springer

Playing in the Southwest Ohio Field Hockey League, the Mount Notre Dame Cougars finished fifth last season under coach Beth Vonderbrink. MND was 4-12-1playing in the league won by St. Ursula. Oakwood, Ursuline and Kettering Fairmont all finished ahead of the Cougars, with Indian Hill, Summit Country Day and Talawanda finishing behind. Some of the key Cougars returning include senior goalie Laura Jansing, who recorded one shutout and had 36 saves last season. Scoring-wise, senior forward Emily Beitman had six goals and 11 points and senior Marissa White had three goals.

Juniors Megan Goslee and Holly Carota are also expected to be integral parts. “We lost five seniors from last year but have a great group of girls coming into the program,” Vonderbrink said by email. “Many of the girls have been playing in the offseason attending camps and summer conditioning sessions.” Mount Notre Dame takes on defending champion St. Ursula on Sept. 6. “In every practice we will continue to focus on the fundamentals and skills along with conditioning and strength building,” Vonderbrink said. “I’m looking forward to seeing these young ladies grow together as one field hockey family over the course of the season.”

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Penn (Indiana) 1-0. Sam Shoemaker and Sam Leshnek shared the shutout.


» The Indian Hill girls defeated Badin Aug. 27, 12-25, 25-23, 2510, 20-25, 15-13. Indian Hill downed Finneytown Aug. 28, 25-17, 25-14, 25-7. » Mount Notre Dame defeated Centerville 25-15, 25-10 and Chaminade-Julienne 27-25, 25-13 on Aug. 25. MND then downed St. Henry 25-18, 21-25, 25-22, 25-23, On Aug. 30, they beat Lakota West 25-17, 25-21,20-25, 25-22.


Mount Notre Dame's Marissa White stands at the ready while teammate Emily Beitman goes for the ball in a Cougars’ contest last fall. THANKS TO MOUNT NOTRE DAME


The Cincinnati High School lacrosse region has nine players who represented the Under Armour Underclass Midwest All-Star Team in Baltimore, Md. There were 10 teams representing Baltimore, Long Island, Midwest, New England, New Jersey, Philadelphia, South, Washington D.C., Upstate New York and the West region. There were more than 250 players who attended the Under Armour Midwest tryouts in early June from Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri and Wisconsin. The players who were selected to play for Midwest team from Cincinnati, from left, are Under Armour Midwest coach A.J. Auld, Tanner Landstra (defense - Indian Hill, 2013), Alex Burgdorf (goalie - Archbishop Moeller, 2013), Krieg Greco (specialist - Archbishop Moeller, 2013), Quinn Collison (attack Archbishop Moeller, 2013), Sam Hubbard (midfielder - Archbishop Moeller, 2014), Benny Russert (goalie - St. Xavier, 2013), Ian King (attack - St. Xavier, 2013), Eddie Kunkel (defense Archbishop Moeller, 2014) and Parker Greiwe (defense - St. Xavier, 2013). Burgdorf and King are two-time Under Armour Midwest All-Star team members. THANKS TO DOUG BURGDORF

» Indian Hill shutout Finneytown 5-0 on Aug. 28. Meredith Breda, Jessie Osher and Caroline Andersen swept singles. They defeated Mount Notre Dame 3-2 on Aug. 29. Meredith and Caroline Breda and Alex Skidmore/Jessie Osher swept doubles. » In state team tournament action, Ursuline defeated Springfield, 5-0, Aug. 27. Mehvish Safdar, Diana Suarez and Jenny Duma earned wins at singles. The Lions will play Loveland at Loveland High School in the southwest district elite eight. » CHCA defeated Summit, 3-2, Aug. 28. Ali Harker and Kim Bolsinger won at doubles. » CCD beat Seven Hills, 3-2, Aug. 28. Danielle Wolf and Allison Mesh earned wins at singles.


» According to Indian Hill AD Jill Bruder, John Young will be the new baseball coach. Young comes from Alter, where he’s been head junior varsity coach for four years. He’s a member of the UC Baseball Hall of Fame, played for the Pittsburgh Pirates and has coached many different levels of baseball over the years.

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what type of person they think should own guns. Responsible, lawabiding citizens. NRA sponsored training classes Jay are available Klein COMMUNITY PRESS nationwide. Maybe in GUEST COLUMNIST Indian Hill crime isn't a big worry, but we all don't live in Indian Hill. Crime is everywhere. My personal experience confirms this. About 18 years ago I was attacked in broad daylight by three thugs in front of my apartment building. In

CH@TROOM Last week’s question Are you concerned about the rising West Nile virus exposures this year? Are you taking precautions?

“Yes, I am. Not only for me, but for all my family and friends. “Unfortunately, it seems to me precautionary measures are difficult to implement for so many reasons. We can't go outside in suits like beekeepers use, and we can't control what neighbors and nature do with regard to standing water which encourages mosquito proliferation. We can put on insect repellent and if we sit out in the open we can use a spray on the surrounding area. But we can't stay indoors all the time. “Fortunately, we have a screened-in patio behind our house and we can socialize there without too much risk. This is a scary problem, but preventive measures are not as easy as they are with other risks in life.” Bill B. “Rising West Nile virus exposure is just one of hundreds of negative impacts the CDC predicted for our failure to address climate change when Dr. Epstein started writing about it about a decade ago. It's too late to stop it, but it's not too late to prevent the worst possible outcomes. But we're running out of time.” N.F. “I'm only concerned about West Nile for my two-and-a-half year old son. He is easy mosquito bait from about April till October. Many repellents are overpriced, smell awful, or just don't work on him T.Rog. “Always concerned about viruses in one way or another. My precautionary methods are keeping insect repellent on if I am outside in vegetation areas, working in the garden, or in recreational areas where mosquito's are prone. I also tip over any small containers with water to empty them laying around, or kick some dirt over small areas holding any standing water.” O.H.R. “Everybody should be concerned about the rising number of West Nile virus cases. With a pond and waterfall in my backyard, I am aware that mosquitoes do not breed in moving water. “Still, I have placed mosquito dunks in the water and also

THIS WEEK’S QUESTION Ohio’s ban on texting while driving is now in effect. Do you think the law is a good idea and will it make roads safer? 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.

know that several dozens of fish keep the water clear. Birdbaths are emptied every two to three days, so I am being cautious. “The biggest concern comes from others who don't empty kiddie pools, water in recycling bins, plant saucers and other containers. It only takes one tablespoon of water, and nonvigilant people, to allow mosquitoes to breed.” J.B. “Last week I.P. responded to the question 'What county and city services does it make sense to merge and save money?' by stating 'Although Madeira pays a higher tax rate in terms of percentage of income, Indian Hill traditionally has more valuable assets to protect and more prominent citizens. Therefore, it would make sense to locate the main stations for these services in Indian Hill, although with fairly quick access to Madeira.’ “After reading this statement, I am absolutely astonished by the entitlement and arrogance portrayed in this response. It doesn't matter how much money you have or how prominent you are in any community, every person deserves equal and prompt police and fire services. I am not disputing the fact that merging these services may be a fiscally responsible consideration; however, to assume that locating the main stations in Indian Hill simply because Indian Hill residents have traditionally larger assets and "more prominence" in the community is offensive. “I personally work in a field in which we take care of the sickest first no matter who you are. I also could have afforded to live in Indian Hill, but chose a more economically diverse community, Madeira, which I have grown to love. Please do not assume that you are more entitled to police and fire services than the citizens of Madeira simply because you have more money.” J.L.N.



A publication of

2003, my then pregnant wife and I were walking to our car after the Taste of Cincinnati when a young thug walked up next to me and asked for the time, I gave it to him then he told me to "drop my wallet." I told him no, at the same time cursing myself for not bringing my gun. I got away from him by walking across the street in front of traffic. The guy shouted obscenities at me then threatened to "pop a cap" in me when I turned around to get a good look at him. Guns are used successfully every day for self defense, the media won't report them because it goes against the Liberal agenda. A Google search, will

turn up plenty of stories of armed self defense. Since Gov. Kasich allowed CCW in bars, there have not been shootouts in bars across Ohio. Another myth that has been proven wrong. Facts don't lie. As states have relaxed firearms laws and CCW permits have increased, crime has gone down. That's straight from an FBI report. The streets have not run red with blood, shootouts over parking spots and traffic accidents and all the other things the fear mongers told us would happen simply have not come to pass. If you don't want to own a gun, that's your right. But that

right ends when it interferes with my right to self preservation, a right every human being is born with. Unless you're a criminal intent on harming me or my family you have no reason to fear me or my guns. Let me put it this way – if you were about to murdered by some scumbag you'd trade everything you own for a gun, if that threat were to your child or grandchild, you'd sell your soul for a gun. A ban on guns will not disarm the criminals, it will make the innocent defenseless.

Jay Klein is an Anderson Township resident.

Telescope Fest an astronomical feast

There are now over 500,000 known asteroids in our solar system. 500,000 irregular shaped chunks of rock and dust circle our sun, mainly between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. However, asteroids are so small that astronomers have only gathered close-up pictures of a handful of them. Last year, NASA’s unmanned Dawn spacecraft entered into an orbit around an Ohio-sized asteroid named Vesta. Vesta has the distinction for being the brightest asteroid seen from Earth. If you have amazing eyesight you can maybe see it with the naked eye when it’s closest to Earth. Dawn has captured some amazingly close-up views of Vesta. Craters and ridges line this lumpy, nearly round asteroid. At its closest, Dawn was skimming only 130 miles above Vesta’s surface and completing an orbit every 4.3 hours. The precision of launching from a moving Earth to a moving, oblong asteroid was like hitting a rotating bull’s eye millions of miles away.

Near Earth

A manned mission to an asteroid could be a lot easier than going to Mars. Asteroids are not all between Mars and Jupiter’s orbit. Some, called Near Earth Asteroids (NEAs), present intriguing targets for future manned missions. Travel time to an NEA would be less than going to Mars, and with a much smaller mass, it would be

easier to launch back off an asteroid to Earth than off of the red planet. Take asteroid Eros for Dean example. It is Regas oddly shaped COMMUNITY PRESS (like a potato GUEST COLUMNIST 21 miles long, 8 miles wide, and 8 miles thick). The gray surface is dotted with craters from ancient impacts. Eros rotates every five hours and revolves around the Sun in 1.76 years. Although Eros has been as close as 14 million miles from Earth, it is no threat to hit us. Eros does have gravity – very weak gravity. A person weighing 200 pounds on Earth would only weigh 2 ounces on Eros. A basketball player with a 36-inch vertical leap could jump 1 mile off the surface.

What’s next for Dawn

This month the Dawn mission will wrap up its exploration of Vesta. It is slowly backing off the surface into longer and longer orbits until it will head to its next destination: Ceres. Ceres is the largest asteroid at just under 600 miles in diameter. That’s still only about ¼ the diameter of our moon. Ceres is too small and too distant to image cleanly from ground-based telescopes. Even the Hubble telescope has trou-

TELESCOPE FEST What: Activities include astronomy talks, educational materials for teachers, kid’s spacecrafts, safe viewing of the sun, tours of our historic buildings and astronomical door prizes, including a telescope. Great for all ages. When: Noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. Schedule: Noon to 5 p.m. main displays, classes, and tours – $7/adults, $5/kids 6 p-8:30 p.m. dinner and keynote lecture by Dr. Pamela Gay, the Star Stryder (reservations required) – $20/person. 9-11 p.m. Viewing through the old telescopes (weather permitting) $5 suggested donation Where: Cincinnati Observatory Center, 3489 Observatory Place, Mt. Lookout. Information and reservations: Call 321-5186 or go online to scopeout.

ble resolving many surface features. The Dawn mission will hopefully reveal as many surprises and interesting formations on Ceres that it did on Vesta. We’ll have to wait until it hops across the solar system from Vesta to reach Ceres in February 2015. Dean Regas is the Outreach Astronomer at the Cincinnati Observatory. He can be reached at



Indian Hill Village Council

Indian Hill Exempted Village Schools

Village of Indian Hill: 6525 Drake Road. Phone: 561-6500. Web site: Mayor Mark Tullis; Vice Mayor Keith Rabenold; council members Molly Barber, Daniel J. Feigelson, Mark Kuenning, Lindsay McLean, and Laura Raines. City Manager Michael W. Burns; Assistant City Manager David M. Couch; Chief of Police Chuck Schlie; City Solicitor Donald L. Crain; Clerk-Comptroller Paul C. Riordan; Fire Chief Steven Ashbrock; Public Works/Water Works Superintendent Jason Adkins; Tax Commissioner Constance Eberhart.

Indian Hill Exempted Village Schools Board of Education: 6855 Drake Road. Phone: 272-4500. Web site: Indian Hill school board meets at 7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at Indian Hill High School, 6845 Drake Road. Board President Elizabeth Johnston; board members Karl Grafe, Kim Martin Lewis, Erik Lutz and Tim Sharp. Superintendent Dr. Jane Knudson; Assistant Superintendent Dr. Mark Ault; Treasurer and Business Manager Julia J. Toth, 272-4513; Director of Pupil

394 Wards Corner Road Loveland, Ohio 45140 phone: 248-8600 email: web site:

Services Tracy Quattrone; Transportation Supervisor Barbara Leonard; Facilities Director Ken Stegman and Director of Communications Martha Stephen.

FEDERAL U.S. Sen. Rob Portman Washington, D.C., office: B40D Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20510 Phone: 202-224-3353 Cincinnati office: 36 E. Seventh St. Room 2615, Cincinnati, OH 45202 Phone: 513-684-3265

Indian Hill Journal Editor Eric Spangler, 576-8251 Office hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday See page A2 for additional contact information.





Greenacres naturalist Jim Viles laughs as Logan Reder, 9, jokes with him during summer camp.

Sophia Hillman, 7, observes a seed before planting it in her pot during summer camp at Greenacres Arts Center.

Camping out M

James Starkey, 11, shows off a captured salamander during summer camp.

any children recently enjoyed the last remaining days of summer by taking part in Greenacres Foundation’s summer camps. The camps placed a focus on the learning through experiments and lessons on the Greenacres sites, including the old church site, which has access to a creek, and the Greenacres Arts Center, which has numerous gardens, a greenhouse and a pottery studio, among other amenities. This year’s summer camps included Garden Pottery, which had children make their own pottery while also learning about garden vegetables and flowers; “Get Outside,” which is a purely fun camp filled with games and crafts; and “Night Life,” which was held in the evening and allowed participants to play games, fish and sing songs by a campfire. Rob Dowdy/ The Community Press

Emily Sheard, 12, (left) and Mia Semler, 11, attempt to catch fish in a stream during Greenacres’ summer camp.

Rory Bunner, 7, plants a carrot seed in a pot she gets to take home at the end of summer camp.

Aaron Ziegler, 9, participates during “Get Outside” summer camp with Greenacres.

Jaden Anderson, 11, hits the ball during a game at “Night Life” summer camp.

Ellen Meurer, 10, attempts to perform a trick with her pet toads as Greenacres naturalist Jim Viles watches.




Drink Tastings

Aqua Babies, 6-6:30 p.m., Blue Ash YMCA, 5000 YMCA Drive, Weekly through Oct. 25. By teaching parents to serve as instructors, orient 6- to 24month-old child to the water and develop beginning swimming skills. $80. Reservations required. 791-5000; Blue Ash. Rays/Starfish Swim Lessons, 10:30-11 a.m., Blue Ash YMCA, 5000 YMCA Drive, Ages 3-5. Weekly through Oct. 25. Advanced intermediate level. Students demonstrate front paddle stroke with rhythmic breathing, 25 yards. Students also learn both front and back symmetrical paddle strokes which are lead-up skills to breaststroke and elementary backstroke. $80. Reservations required. 791-5000; Blue Ash. Polliwog Swim Lesson, 4:305:10 p.m., Blue Ash YMCA, 5000 YMCA Drive, Ages 6-12. Weekly through Oct. 25. For beginning school-age swimmers. Students learn basic water adjustment as well as paddle stroke on their front, back and side while wearing or not wearing an instructional flotation device. $80. Reservations required. 791-5000; Blue Ash.

Sips, Shepherds and Seminarians: Taste and Share for the Good of the Athenaeum, 7-9 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Community Room. Social evening of wine and beer tasting. Ages 21 and up. Benefits The Athenaeum of Ohio. $25. Reservations required. Presented by Good Shepherd Catholic Church. 489-8815; Montgomery.

Farmers Market Farmers Market, 3-6 p.m., UC Blue Ash College, 9555 Plainfield Road, College campus parking lot. Locally grown produce available to enhance healthy eating and healthy lifestyle. Local growers/producers: Lobenstein Farm, Kartal Honey, The Olde Garden Shack, Breezy Acres and Backyard Orchards. Free admission. 745-5685; Blue Ash.

Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke, 9 p.m., Tap House Grill, 8740 Montgomery Road, 8918277. Sycamore Township.

Music - Benefits 101 Year Celebration Concert, 7:30 p.m., Greenacres Arts Center, 8400 Blome Road, Performances by the Cincinnati Pops, Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Ballet and May Festival Chorus with John Morris Russell conducting. Gates open 6 p.m. Celebrating official grand opening of Indoor Arena. Food, entertainment, art display and raffle. Dress code: Boots and blue jeans. Seating on first come, first choice basis. Tickets are non-refundable. Benefits Horsing Around’s Stablemates program. $25. 891-4227; Indian Hill.

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

Music - Concerts Blue Ash Thursday Afternoon Concerts, Noon-1:30 p.m., Blue Ash Towne Square, Cooper and Hunt roads, Ricky Nye. Free. Presented by City of Blue Ash. 745-6259; Blue Ash.

On Stage - Theater Andy Woodhull, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place. $8-$12. 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. Presented by Codependents Anonymous Inc. 800-0164. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, 4309 Cooper Road, Book discussion group. Open to everyone who desires healthy loving relationships. Family friendly. Donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous Inc. 673-0174. Blue Ash.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 7 Dining Events Dinner with Salsa Friends, 8-10 p.m., Cactus Pear Southwest Bistro, 9500 Kenwood Road, Private Room. Group dinner held on the first Friday of the month. $10. Presented by MidwestLatino. 791-4424; www.mid-

tration. 558-6503; Loveland.

Seminars Second Saturday Divorce Workshop for Women, 8:30-11 a.m., Merrill Lynch, 5151 Pfeiffer Road, Suite 100, Workshop provides information and resources for women at all stages of divorce: before, during and after. Presented by attorneys, financial professionals and family therapists. Presenters include: Karen Levy, Beth Silverman, Sherri Slovin, Mary Ellen Malas, Kyra Raimey, Erinn McKee Hannigan, Marie Hill, Susan Steinberg and Fran Hendrick. Free. Presented by 2nd Saturday Cincinnati. 833-1518. Blue Ash.

Education Journaling Jump-Start, 10 a.m.-noon, Women Writing for a Change, 6906 Plainfield Road, Concludes Sept. 14. Receive help to guide you through beginning or sustaining a transformative journaling practice. Learn techniques that will inspire you to write, help you break through your blocks and ignite your passion for writing. Ages 18 and up. $50. Registration required. 272-1171; Silverton. Aqua Babies, 10-10:30 a.m., Blue Ash YMCA, Weekly through Oct. 26. $80. Reservations required. 791-5000; Blue Ash. Perch Swim Lessons, 10:30-11 a.m., Blue Ash YMCA, 5000 YMCA Drive, Weekly through Oct. 26. Parent/child program is for ages 2-3. Class time structured to accommodate water acclimation, introduction to beginning swimming skills and guided discovery. $80. Reservations required. 791-5000. Blue Ash.

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 and wristband available. Free. 791-9004. Amberley Village.

Health / Wellness 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. Through May 3. 784-0084. Silverton. Nzuzu’s Feminine Wisdom Retreat, 6:30 p.m., Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Bring forth feminine wisdom and energy within you. $300 single occupancy, $250 double occupancy, $200 commuter. Reservations required. 683-2340; Loveland.

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

On Stage - Theater The Fox on the Fairway, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, The Fox on the Fairway, by Ken Ludwig and directed by Ginny Weil. A tribute from Ken Ludwig (Lend Me A Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo) to the great English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, The Fox On the Fairway takes audiences on a hilarious romp which pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, it’s a furiously paced comedy that recalls the Marx Brothers’ classics. $17. Presented by Mariemont Players Inc. 684-1236; Columbia Township. Andy Woodhull, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $8-$12. 984-9288; Montgomery.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 8 Clubs & Organizations Alabama Game Watch Party, 3:30-6 p.m., Firehouse Grill, 4785 Lake Forest Drive, Join other Alabama alumni, fans and parents to cheer on the Tide for 2012 football season. Bring non-perishable food items to benefit the Freestore Foodbank. Free. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Chapter of The University of Alabama Alumni Association. 733-3473; Blue Ash.

Cooking Classes

Shopping Silverton Block Watch Association Yard Sale, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Silverton Municipal Building, 6860 Plainfield Road, Music, food, split-the-pot and raffles. $30 per booth; free for shoppers. Presented by Silverton Block Watch Association. 9366233; Silverton.


Ann Griga helps her grandson Andrew Griga during his "visit to the beach" at the 2011 St. Saviour Festival. This year’s festival is this weekend, Sept. 7-Sept. 9, at the church, 4136 Myrtle Ave. in Rossmoyne. FILE PHOTO

ABOUT CALENDAR To submit calendar items, go to and click on “Share!” Send digital photos to along with event information. Items are printed on a spaceavailable basis with local events taking precedence. Deadline is two weeks before publication date. To find more calendar events, go to and choose from a menu of items in the Entertainment section on the main page. Healthy Cooking Classes, Noon-1:30 p.m., Peachy’s Health Smart, 7400 Montgomery Road, Peachy Seiden discusses nutrition and health while preparing two delicious, simple and easy meals. Ages 18 and up. $30. Registration required. 315-3943; Silverton.

Education Drugstore Shopping and Saving Secrets, 2 p.m., Loveland Branch Library, 649 Loveland-Madeira Road, Coupon blogger Andrea Deckard from leads workshop to learn saving secrets to drugstore shopping including how to take full advantage of the rewards programs drugstores offer, begin to shop for free and understand how to make shopping profitable. Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-4476; Loveland. Aqua Babies, 9:30-10 a.m., Blue Ash YMCA, Weekly through Oct. 27. $80. Reservations required. 791-5000; Blue Ash. Perch Swim Lessons, 10:4511:25 a.m., Blue Ash YMCA, Weekly through Oct. 27. $80. Reservations required. 791-5000. Blue Ash. Eels Swim Lessons, 10:45-11:15 a.m., Blue Ash YMCA, 5000 YMCA Drive, Weekly through Oct. 27. Ages 3-5. Develops youngsters abilities to swim on their own. Students must have previously completed Pike level. $80. Reservations required. 791-5000. Blue Ash. Rays/Starfish Swim Lessons, 10:05-10:35 a.m., Blue Ash YMCA, Weekly through Oct. 27. $80. Reservations required. 791-5000; Blue Ash. Polliwog Swim Lesson, 8:459:25 a.m. and 10:05-10:45 a.m., Blue Ash YMCA, Weekly through Oct. 27. $80. Reservations required. 791-5000; Blue Ash.

Festivals St. Saviour Church Fall Festival, 5 p.m.-midnight, St. Saviour Church, Free. 791-9004. Amberley Village.

Health / Wellness Diabetes Conversation Maps,

10 a.m.-noon, Lisa Larkin, M.D. & Associates, 4460 Red Bank Expressway, Suite 100, First class: What is diabetes - what do I do about it? Second class: Healthy Eating. Waiting room. Small group discussions of Type 2 diabetes led by Jan Kellogg, certified diabetes educator. $30 for four sessions; $10 per session. Presented by Lisa Larkin, M.D. & Associates. Through Sept. 29. 271-5111. Madisonville.

On Stage - Theater The Fox on the Fairway, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township. Andy Woodhull, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $8-$12. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Parenting Classes Foster Parent Training Classes, 9 a.m.-noon, SonRise Church, 8136 Wooster Pike, Saturdays through Dec. 1. More than 330 children in custody of Clermont County Children’s Protective Services. County is in need of foster homes and families to adopt some of these children. Refreshments and child care for those attending classes. Instructors from the county’s staff. Free. Registration required. 732-7765; Columbia Township.

Pets Cat Adoptions, 1-3 p.m., Ohio Alleycat Resource, 5619 Orlando Place, Volunteers answer questions about the cats. Presented by Ohio Alleycat Resource & Spay/Neuter Clinic. 871-7297; Madisonville.

Recreation Sunflower Revolution Ride, 8 a.m., Epiphany United Methodist Church, 6635 Loveland Miamiville Road, 100K begins at 8 a.m. and 40K begins at 10 a.m. Both 40K and 100K rides begin at church and finish across the street at the Oasis Golf Club and Conference Center. Both courses are gentle, include rest stops with food and drinks. Lunch follows bike rides. Cammy Dierking, Local 12 news anchor, will emcee celebration. Benefits Davis Phinney/Donald Krumme Fund for Parkinson’s disease research. $200 fundraising requirement with $50 regis-

friendly. $80. Reservations required. 791-5000; Blue Ash. Perch Swim Lessons, 7-7:30 p.m., Blue Ash YMCA, Weekly through Oct. 22. $80. Reservations required. 791-5000. Blue Ash. Eels Swim Lessons, 10-10:30 a.m., 10:30-11 a.m. and 6:15-6:45 p.m., Blue Ash YMCA, Weekly through Oct. 22. $80. Reservations required. 791-5000. Blue Ash.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 11 Cooking Classes Pasta, Many Ways, 6:30-9 p.m., Cooks’ Wares - Symmes Township, 11344 Montgomery Road, Dan prepares and teaches four different pasta recipes. $50. Reservations required. 489-6400; Symmes Township.

Farmers Market Loveland Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m., Loveland Station, W. Loveland Avenue, E. Broadway and Second streets, Located at Loveland Station parking area: Route 48 and W. Loveland Ave. Presented by Loveland Farmers’ Market. 683-0491; Loveland.

Art Events

Health / Wellness

Loveland Art Show, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Nisbet Park, 210 Railroad Ave., More than 75 artists competing for awards totaling $2,000. Free. Presented by Loveland Arts Council. 683-1696; Loveland.

Health Talk, 6-7 p.m., Baker Chiropractic Madeira, 7907 Euclid Ave., Weekly meetings to answer questions and give information to help make decisions about your health and your life. Free. Registration required. 272-9200; Madeira.

Art Exhibits Second Sunday at the Barn, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Members exhibit artwork in Lindner Classroom on second Sunday of every month; artists’ studios open as well. Oils, watercolors, pastels, and unique handmade jewelry for show and sale. Free. 272-3700; Mariemont.

Education Gummy Yummy New Year, 3-4:30 p.m., Weller Park, 10021 Weller Road, Learn about Rosh Hashanah with Miss Meliss, make candy necklaces and other craft projects, decorate cupcakes and sample baked goods from Busken. Free. Registration required. Presented by Fusion Family. 703-3343. Montgomery.

Parenting Classes More Signing, Less Whining, 6:45 p.m., Bethesda North Hospital, 10500 Montgomery Road, Includes pre-verbal communication, earlier speech development, enhanced intellectual development, pictorial dictionary and Signing Safari CD. $45 per couple. Registration required. Presented by Signing Safari, LLC. 475-4500; Montgomery. Foster Parent Training, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Diversion Foster Care, 10921 Reed Hartman Highway, Suite 315. Begin process of becoming licensed foster parent. Family friendly. Free. 984-2031; Blue Ash.



Business Seminars

St. Saviour Church Fall Festival, 4-9 p.m., St. Saviour Church, Free. 791-9004. Amberley Village.

Breakfast and Digital Marketing Seminar: Website Optimization, 8:30-10 a.m., Towers of Kenwood, 8044 Montgomery Road, First Floor Conference Room. Goal of program is to equip attendees with proven tools, tips and tactics for maximizing website lead generation potential. Light breakfast served 8:15 a.m. Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. Presented by InfoTrust, LLC. 376-9740; Kenwood.

On Stage - Theater The Fox on the Fairway, 7 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township. Andy Woodhull, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, $8-$12. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Pets Cat Adoptions, Noon-2 p.m., Ohio Alleycat Resource, 8717297; Madisonville.

MONDAY, SEPT. 10 Clubs & Organizations Cincinnati Toastmasters Club No. 472 Meeting, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Paul Community United Methodist Church, 8221 Miami Road, Public speaking and leadership skills meeting. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Cincinnati Toastmasters Club No. 472. 351-5005; Madeira.

Cooking Classes It’s in the Bag, 6:30-9 p.m., Cooks’ Wares - Symmes Township, 11344 Montgomery Road, Classes honor nature’s bounty by featuring freshest in-season ingredients each month in all-new recipes. $50. Reservations required. 489-6400; Symmes Township.

Education Infant/Parent Swim Lessons, 10-10:30 a.m., Blue Ash YMCA, 5000 YMCA Drive, Weekly through Oct. 22. By teaching parents to serve as instructors, orient the 6- to 24-month-old child to the water and develop beginning swimming skills. Class time structured with water and pool orientation, introduction to beginning swimming and structured water play. Family

Cooking Classes Kid’s Healthy Cooking Classes, 4-6 p.m., Peachy’s Health Smart, 7400 Montgomery Road, Peachy Seiden, registered dietitian and nutrition science instructor, teaches children to be more health conscious by encouraging them to make healthy food choices and teaching them how to prepare and cook nutrientdense meals. Ages 11-14. $40. Registration required. 315-3943; Silverton. Carne Asada Night, 6:30-9 p.m., Cooks’ Wares - Symmes Township, 11344 Montgomery Road, Karen Harmon demonstrates authentic way to plate this Carne Asada dinner – as done in Mexico. $45. Reservations required. 489-6400; Symmes Township.

Education Perch Swim Lessons, 10:30-11 a.m., Blue Ash YMCA, Weekly through Oct. 24. $80. Reservations required. 791-5000. Blue Ash.

Health / Wellness Health Talk, 7:15-8 p.m., Baker Chiropractic Cincinnati, 4781 Red Bank Road, Weekly meetings to answer questions and give information to help make decisions about your health and your life. Free. Registration required. 561-2273; Madisonville.



After-school snacks that won’t fill kids up Grapes, especially if they’re red, contain powerful anti-oxidants.

Rita’s chunky granola

It’s all the rage now. Chunky granola is in. Here’s how to make it.

⁄3 cup maple syrup ⁄3 cup packed brown sugar (I used dark) 1 tablespoon vanilla extract ½ teaspoon almond extract ¼ cup soybean or canola oil ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil 5 cups old-fashioned rolled oats 2 cups sliced almonds or your favorite combination of nuts About 2 cups dried fruit (optional) 1


You can add chia or flax seeds to up the Omega 3 content of Rita’s chunky granola. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD.

than sorry.

Pineapple popsicles 3 cups fresh pineapple chunks or 1 14.5 oz. can chunks packed in juice, not syrup, drained 1 ⁄3 cup 2 percent milk A few tablespoons sugar or honey if it needs sweetened (start with 3 tablespoons and go from there)

Process all ingredients in batches in a food proces-

sor or blender until as smooth as you like. Pour into molds or cups with wooden sticks inserted, if necessary. Freeze several hours. Makes 8.

pick and skewer 3-4 grapes on each one. Freeze hard uncovered and then put into freezer containers. Let the kids eat these right out of the freezer.

Frozen grape skewers

Health tips from Rita’s kitchen

We used to pick grapes from a local vineyard. After making grape juice and jelly, I always had enough left over to make these, which were a favorite of my boys. Use a flat head tooth-

Fresh pineapple helps keeps bones strong. Pineapple also improves digestion and even helps relieve cold symptoms with its high vitamin C content. Pineapple juice is soothing to a sore throat.

Line a large cookie sheet with parchment or spray with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Whisk together syrup, sugar, extracts and salt, then whisk in oils. Fold in oats and nuts until coated. Pour onto cookie sheet in thin, even layer and press mixture down until compact. Bake 35-40 minutes, rotating pan halfway through. Remove and cool to room temperature. Break into desired chunks. Stir in fruit. Store in airtight container up to three weeks.

The American Celtic Art Show, a national touring art exhibit, will be in Cincinnati Sept. 7 to Nov. 30. The show includes approximately 40 works of art from five national artists–Steve O’Laughlin, left, Jen Delyth, Cindy Matyi, Patrick Gallagher and Michael Carroll. PROVIDED

Tips from Rita’s kitchen

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Join a weekly intercessory prayer time from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. each Friday evening. Each session begins with a time of worship followed by intercession. Pray America is meeting in the contemporary worship space of Armstrong Chapel. For more information contact Sue Heffelfinger 513-527-4639. Armstrong Chapel United Methodist Church is again offering its Divorce Care program to the community and making three additional support groups available too. The following divorce-related programs are offered at the


church, 5125 Drake Road in Indian Hill. Divorce Care for Kids, Tuesdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Room 209. This 13-week session is for children ages 5-12 years. Divorce Care for Teens, Tuesdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the “L” youth facility. This 13-week session is for students grades 6-12. Divorce Care, for individuals who are separated or divorced, is Tuesdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Armstrong Room. It’s a 13-week session and there is no charge. Grief Share, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Armstrong Room. This 13-week program will help participants understand the grieving process and


offers them resources for rebuilding their lives. Each group is open to the public, there is no registration fee and interested individuals may join a group at any time. For more information, call the church office at 561-4220. Now registering for Parent’s Morning Out on Tuesday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon for the 2012-2013 school year. During the program, children are engaged in Bible stories, crafts, games, music and playtime with friends in a safe and fun, nurturing Christian environment. Open to children ages 1-5 years. Annual tuition is $510 for one child (based on $15/day) and $850 for two children (based on $25 a day). Regis-

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tration forms are online at www.armstrong childrenfamilies/ preschool.html. Contact Jennifer Hock at for more information or to schedule a visit. The church is at 5125 Drake Road; 561-4220; www.armstrong

Ascension Lutheran Church

Habitat for Humanity project day is planned for Saturday, Sept. 8, in conjunction with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. The Humanity projects help eliminate sub-standard housing in Cincinnati. Interested community volunteers may contact Ascension at 793-3288 for additional information. “Coming Home Sunday” will be celebrated Sunday, Sept. 9. All students may bring their school backpacks for a blessing for the new school year. A potluck lunch will follow the service. Ascension offers Healing Touch Ministry for all people in the community. For more information please call Ascension at 793-3288. Summer 10 a.m. worship service continues through Sunday, Sept. 9. The congregation begins its fall schedule Sunday, Sept. 16. Worship services will be at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. with Christian Education for all ages at 9:45 a.m. The community is invited. Ascension is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 793-3288; www.ascensionlutheran

Blue Ash Presbyterian Church

The annual church picnic will be at noon Sunday, Sept. 16, on the church grounds. Call the church for details. The community is invited to attend the annual blessing of the pets at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, on the church grounds. Luvfurmutts, a local animal rescue group, will be in attendance with pet adoptions available to loving homes. The church youth group, God Squad, begins meeting Sept. 9, under the leadership of Kyle Rogers. Sunday School classes (Bible 101 and the Thoughtful Christian) meet at 9 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. For children pre-kindergarten through sixth-grade, Sunday School is held after the children’s sermon in the worship service. The church is collecting cereal during the month of September for NEEDS (Northeast Emergency Distribution Services). Sunday worship services are at 10:30 a.m. Nursery care is available. 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 Samaritan Closet is next to the church. The church is at 7388 E. Kemper Road, Sycamore Township; 489-7021.

Christ Church Cathedral

Udite Amanti (Lovers Beware) is coming to the church at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 25. Armonia Celeste specializes in the dramatic, passionate repertoire of the early Italian Baroque era. The group is comprised of three singers and accompanied by period instruments. Tickets are available at the door (cash or check only) and are $15 general admission, $5 students/seniors and free to children age 12 and under. For more information, go to The church is at 318 E. Fourth St., Cincinnati; 842-2051;

Church of the Saviour United Methodist

Weekday Children’s Activities – Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays (9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.). Afternoon session is available on Tuesday. Register on-line at Annual craft show is now recruiting vendors to purchase space at the show, which is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. Register at The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242 (791-3142 and

Community Lighthouse Church of God

A camp meeting service is scheduled for 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15, with Roger Mackie Jr., Purkeys and James Coffey. Sunday services are 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Wednesday service is 7 p.m. All are welcome. The church is at 4305 Sycamore Road, Sycamore Township; 984-5044.

Epiphany United Methodist Church

Wee Three Kings Preschool has openings for the 3-year-old afternoon and 18-36 month Parent’s Day Out classes. Parents Day Out meets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays. Parents may choose one or two days a week. The 3-year-old class meets two afternoons per week, from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Spots are filling fast. Call 683-4256. The church is at 6635 LovelandMiamiville Road, Loveland; 677-9866;

Faith PCA Church

Financial Peace University classes are coming to the church. We all need a plan for our money. Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU) is that plan .It teaches God’s ways of handling money. Through video teaching and class discussions, FPU presents practical steps to get from where you are to where you’ve dreamed you could be. From budgeting and retirement savings to life insurance and college planning, this plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more. FPU costs $89 and is a nine-week class to be held at Faith Church at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Sept 18. For more information or to sign up, contact Marsha at 231-1399. The church is at 6434 Corbly Road, Mount Washington; 231-1399;

Glen Este Church of Christ

The Antique and Classic Car Cruise-in is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, Saturday, Sept. 22, at the church. A free lunch will be served and prizes will be given, even to car admirers. A DJ will play 50s and 60s music. Call the church for more information. The church is at 937 Old State Route 74, Eastgate.; 753-8223.

Good Shepherd Catholic Church

The church has Roman Catholic Mass with contemporary music Sundays at 4 p.m. 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 at 8815 E. Kemper Road, Montgomery; 503-4262.

Hartzell United Methodist Church

The church will host a vendor/ craft fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. The youth will be serving fish sandwiches from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is a fundraiser for the youth trip next summer. For more information contact church at (513) 891-8527. Hartzell has been at the Blue Ash location 50 years in December. To celebrate the church is having a Homecoming Sunday, Sept. 23. There will be a time of reflection, memories, seeing old friends and displays. They

will have one service at 10 a.m. with a catered luncheon to follow. If you attended Hartzell during the transition from Kugler Mill to Amity to Applewood, contact Linda at (513) 891-8527 or email The church is at 8999 Applewood Drive Blue Ash, OH 45236; (513) 891-8527

Lighthouse Baptist Church

Sunday school is at 10 a.m. Sunday morning service is 11 a.m. The church is meeting at Raffel’s Blue Ash Banquet Center, 11330 Williamson Road, Blue Ash; 709-3344.

Loveland Presbyterian Church Sunday worship time is 10 a.m. followed by fellowship classes and Sunday School classes.The church has a youth group for seventh- through 12th-grade. The church is at 360 Robin, Loveland; 683-2525.

Loveland United Methodist Church

The Worship team recently began offering two services: “Classic Tradition” at 9 a.m.; “Engage!” – a contemporary worship offering at 10:30 a.m. Our Children’s team will be offering nursery care all morning, and Sunday school for all ages up through grade six during both worship services. In addition, the Sunday morning experience will provide lifechanging teenage studies, including confirmation class, as well as adult learning opportunities. The ministry leaders are working on finalizing plans for these offerings. for Sunday class times for teenagers and adults. To find out about all the ministry offerings at Loveland UMC, visit, follow us on Facebook, or call Pat Blankenship, director of ministry operations, at 6831738. Explore small groups, Bible studies, children’s ministry, youth ministry, adults ministry, seniors ministry and “Hands On/Off Campus” mission/outreach opportunities. The church also offers opportunities to connect in various worship arts ministries such as music, drama, video, sound and visuals. The church is at 10975 S. Lebanon Road, Loveland; 683-1738;

Lutheran Church of the Resurrection

Services are 5:30 p.m. Saturday (traditional service); and 8 a.m. (spoken word), 9:15 a.m. (traditional service) and 11:15 a.m. (praise service), Sunday. Effective Sept. 9, the praise service will change to 11:45 a.m. The church is at 1950 Nagel Road, Anderson Township; 474-4938;

Montgomery Community Church

The church is offering a sevenweek class entitled “After the Boxes are Unpacked” for women who are new to the Cincinnati area or are looking to connect with their community. The church is at 11251 Montgomery Road; 4890892;; theboxes.

Mount Washington Baptist Church

The church is inviting everyone to the Taste of Mount Washington Baptist Church right after church around 11:30 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 9, at the church. There will be a picnic, games and fellowship. The church is at 2021 Sutton Ave., Mount Washington; 231-4445;

Mount Washington Presbyterian Church

The church has multiple ways to worship. Morning Glory (blended) is at 9:30 Sunday morning and Traditional is Sunday at 11 a.m. The church is at 6474 Beechmont Ave., Mount Washington; 231-2650;



JCC fall programs under way

Opportunities for fitness, learning and enrichment abound with new fall programs for the whole family at the Mayerson JCC. Classes start this week, and advance registration is required. Most JCC programs are open to the public, and J members pay discounted fees. Children will have fun reading and cooking in the new PJ Library: Little Chefs class. In this program, 3- to 5-year-olds will read and make recipes from the popular PJ Library children’s book collections, followed by a fun cooking activity related to the story. Recipes and book summaries will be sent home each week to share. PJ Library is a Jewish family engagement national


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program that offers free, high-quality Jewish children’s literature and music for ages 6 months – 5 ½ years, on a monthly basis, and the program is locally implemented by the J. After the success of JCC Boys Club, a weekly preschool age boys-only class that offers themed activities, the J is adding a new girls-only program, Girls Squad. Each week features different themed activities with a story, games, activities and a snack. Exercise and healthy choices are included. In addition to new classes for kids, the J has a new dance instructor for children and youth ages 3 ½ -7. Shani Zisovitch was born and trained as a dancer in Israel, where she earned a

bachelor of sance and a teaching certification from the Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem. She has been teaching dance and improvisation to children and adults for nine years. Shani’s choreography has won awards in Israel and she has performed in Israel and Europe. Chicago-style 16-inch softball leagues are offered at the J: men’s only league, ages 16-and-older, and a co-ed league, ages 2135. Both leagues start in early September. Men’s 40-and-older basketball is another new JCC adult sports league that offers fun ways to socialize and get fit. Due to popular demand, this new competitive league is especially for participants over the age of


40. The league includes 10 games and a tournament, beginning in November. A wide range of Red Cross Certified swim lessons are offered. Programs start at babies, as young as 6-months old, and go all the way up to life guard training, for teens and adults. One popular swimming course is Aqua Tots. Parents love to spend time in the pool with their babies and toddlers while instructors teach them beginning swim lessons. Registration for these and many other JCC fall programs is in progress, and classes are filling up quickly. To register or for a complete list of JCC fall classes, visit or call (513) 761-7500.

Man is nabbed in undercover sting By Jeanne Houck

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eyed employee of a Blue Ash office supplies store gave police information that led to an undercover sting and the arrest of a man accused of selling stolen copier toner cartridges. Robert Weber, 34, of Hamilton, was charged with felony receiving stolen property after Blue Ash police say Weber sold an undercover officer $2,300 worth of toner cartridges stolen from Modern Office

Methods for $220 Aug. 14. Blue Ash police were contacted after an employee of Modern Office Methods on Lake Forest Drive saw copier toner cartridges owned by the company for sale on Craigslist, “which is not how they sell their product,” Blue Ash police Lt. Steve Schueler said. “Recognizing that the advertised product was stolen, the victim contacted the police department. “By prior arrangement, a plainclothes officer met Weber and purchased the

INDIAN HILL Arrests/citations Jeffrey P. Dangelo, 52, 3652 Herschel Ave, obeying traffic control device, Aug. 7. Dennis J. Vaske, 54, 3907 Mcgary Drive, speed, Aug. 9. Donna G. Fritz, 63, 479 Clubhouse Drive, speed, Aug. 12. Richard Spear, 63, 8065 Spiritwood Court, domestic violence, Aug. 14. 2 Juveniles, 17, drug abusemarijuana, Aug. 18. Juvenile, 15, drug abusemarijuana, Aug. 18. Zachary S. Haan, 23, 5684 Karen Ave., obeying traffic control device, Aug. 13. Trevor W. Stookey, 25, 5076 Grandview Place, speed, Aug. 16. Douglas H. Barnacio, 49, 3554 Burch Ave., speed, Aug. 16. James W. Mcfarland, 47, 8475


Kugler Mill, driving under suspension, Aug. 16. Jonathan Greene, 23, 8340 Old Hickory, annual registration failure, Aug. 17.

Incidents/investigations Criminal damaging Vehicle damaged at 9005 Shawnee Run, Aug. 9. Domestic dispute At Spiritwood Court, Aug. 14. Soliciting At 5600 Graydonmeadow Lane, Aug. 8. Theft Unlisted items taken at 6680 N. Clippinger, Aug. 10. Downspouts and bushes taken at 5400 Drake Road, Aug. 13. Chainsaw taken at 5805 Park Road, Aug. 18.

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Indian Hill woman is named to trustee board Sandra L. Lobert, of Indian Hill, has been elected to the Union Institute & University Board of Trustees. Union Institute & University is a private, nonprofit university headquartered in Cincinnati at 440 E. McMillan St. “We are honored that Sandra Lobert has chosen to join our board,” said Roger H. Sublett, president of Union Institute & University. “She is an innovative leader whose experience and insights will prove invaluable as the university moves into the future. In addition to its Cincinnati headquarters, Union prides itself on its national presence, with academic centers in Miami, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Vermont. Sandra augments an already nationally focused board but also shows deep roots and connections to its hometown of Cincinnati.” Lobert is president and CEO of Hospice of Cincin-

nati, Southwest Ohio’s first and largest provider of comfort-oriented endof-life care. Since its founding in 1977, Hospice of Cincinnati has provided care to over 25,000 patients and more than 100,000 family members. It has locations in Blue Ash, Anderson Township, Western Hills, and Hamilton, yet a majority of patients are cared for in their homes or in nearly 150 area nursing homes located in five counties. Under Lobert’s leadership, Hospice wants to help sufferers of chronic disease stay in their homes longer and avoid hospital re-admissions. In an effort to change care for the terminally ill she is leading an innovative project uniting eight local hospitals and health-care providers with Hospice of Cincinnati to form an “End-of-Life Partnership.” Before joining Hospice of Cincinnati, Lobert enjoyed an extensive 25-

year career with Fifth Third Bank serving in a variety of roles, including senior vice president of Institutional Trust and vice president and team leader of Metropolitan Lending. She was responsible for institutional trust asset management, retirement plans, foundations, grant-making, commercial lending, retail banking, and branch bank management. Throughout her career, Lobert has also been a leader in community service. She became familiar with Hospice of Cincinnati as a trustee, board chair, and as a leader of its outreach to various ethnic groups. In addition, she has served on boards and committees with Drake Center, Fine Arts Fund/Artswave, Junior Achievement of Greater Cincinnati, Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries, Ohio Valley Foundation, Greater Cincinnati Foundation, and United Way of Greater

Cincinnati. In 2011, Lobert was named one of Cincinnati Enquirer’s 20 Professional Women to Watch. She is also an alumna of Leadership Cincinnati and Leadership Northern Kentucky and a recipient of the YWCA Career Woman of Achievement. Union Institute & University is a non-profit, accredited, private university specializing in adult and distance education since 1964. Flexible online classes, brief residencies, classroom experiences, and hybrid models of instruction lead to undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degrees. Union graduates, including 14 college presidents, leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, members of the United States Congress, and the first female prime minister of Jamaica, promote Union’s legacy to transform lives and communities.

Kenwood Towne Centre and group raise money for local schools Schools are back in session and Kenwood Towne Centre wants teachers and school administrators to know about two new programs designed to help fund projects in the classroom and showcase the talents of students and their school. The Towne Centre is partnering with to help fund classroom projects in Greater Cincinnati area public schools. Through a series of matching donation offers and gift card giveaways, the Towne Centre hopes to fund at least 10 local classroom projects posted to beginning Sept. 4 through Oct. 31. In addition, Kenwood Towne Centre will be hosting “Celebrate Schools!” Oct. 13 and 14. “Celebrate Schools!” is fall harvest food drive and competition

between local schools. Over the two days, schools will compete against one another to see who can collect the most nonperishable food to be donated to a local food bank. The top three schools will be awarded with monetary donations: first place, $1,000; second place, $500, and third place, $250. All of the food collected will help meet the needs of our hungry neighbors just in time for the holidays. For details about Kenwood Towne Centre’s “Celebrate Schools!” event or to sign up for, the person to contact is Cindy Hart, marketing manager at Kenwood Towne Centre, at Or you can call 513-745-9100 or fax to (513) 745-9974. Space is limited and registration is first-come, first-served.

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Judges question mine decisions By Lisa Wakeland

Is the good neighbor fee a tax? Is that fee even legal? Can the Anderson Township Board of Zoning Appeals allow a company to store explosives on its property, even if the zoning code prohibits it? If one or two conditions are illegal, should the entire mine approval be invalid? The answers to those questions depend on which side you ask, but those were the issues the threejudge panel of the Hamilton County First District Court of Appeals focused on during an Aug. 22 hearing about a controversial mine proposal in Anderson Township, near the corner of Broadwell and Round Bottom roads.


Martin Marietta Materials wants to operate an underground limestone mine in northeastern Anderson Township. The area is zoned for industrial uses with pockets of residential and recreational areas. After almost two years of hearings, the Anderson Township Board of Zoning Appeals, with a 3-2 vote in June 2010, approved a special zoning certificate for the proposed mine and processing plant, as well as a variance to store explosives on site. The board attached 25 conditions to its 16-page decision favoring the mine’s approval. Nearby township residents and the neighboring communities of Newtown, Terrace Park and Indian Hill opposed to the mine appealed the zoning board’s decision to the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas. In 2011, after more than a year of legal briefs and arguments, Judge Robert Ruehlman overturned the Board of Zoning Appeals decision to approve the mine and called it “replete with examples of illegal acts.” Martin Marietta appealed Ruehlman’s ruling to the Hamilton County First District Court of Appeals. Anderson Township, which was part of the case in Common Pleas Court, objected to the ruling, but did not appeal the decision to the higher court.

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One condition of the Board of Zoning Appeals’ decision was that Martin

Martin Marietta attorney C. Francis Barrett, left, Terrace Park Solicitor Bob Malloy, Newtown Solicitor Doug Miller and Martin Marietta attorney Richard Brahm discuss the case following arguments. LISA WAKELAND/THE COMMUNITY PRESS Marietta would pay the township 5 cents per ton of material sold and delivered from the mine site and keep a $1 million bond. It was intended to help defray costs of additional zoning enforcement or increased costs to provide public services. » What the judges asked: Judge J. Howard Sundermann asked if the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) has the authority to propose such a fee and if it could be considered a tax. Judge Penelope Cunningham asked where in the township’s zoning resolution it says the board could impose the fee. “You’re giving us what seems like policy reasons for the good neighbor fee, and I’m not hearing any authority that the zoning board can impose it,” Sundermann said to Martin Marietta’s attorneys during arguments. » What Martin Marietta argued: Attorney Richard Brahm said the ability to propose a fee is inferred by the overall powers of the Board of Zoning Appeals to determine conditions for use. The board can propose it, but enforcement of that provision is a different issue, and the legal authority to contract for that fee lies with the township trustees, he said. Brahm argued that it should not be considered a tax because it was not demanded and Martin Marietta voluntarily agreed to it. Attorney C. Francis

Barrett said the company is not challenging the fee, but questions whether other parties can challenge it. “If Martin Marietta agreed to that and it’s their own volition then I don’t believe a third party has the right to challenge that,” Barrett said. » What the other side argued: Doug Miller, solicitor for the village of Newtown, cited a recent Ohio Supreme Court case and said the fee should be considered a tax because it does not benefit the actual person or entity on which it’s imposed, and it is not specified how the money would be used. “It is to reduce the burden to Anderson Township, (but) has no specific benefit to this property,” he said. “It’s very troubling to the communities because it smacks of, ‘Well, if you pay us enough money we’ll give you your zoning approval.’”

Storing explosives

The Board of Zoning Appeals granted Martin Marietta permission to store explosives used in the mining operation on their 480-acre property so it could be used to extract limestone 400 to 800 feet underground. If that variance was not granted Martin Marietta could truck in the explosives daily. » What the judges asked: Judge Sylvia Sieve Hendon said she was concerned about the provision to allow storage of explosives on site. Hendon said

it seemed from the attorneys’ briefs that, “it almost sounds like you can see that the BZA didn’t have the authority to give the use variance.” » What Martin Marietta argued: Brahm said storing explosives is not

the principal use of the property, and it is incidental to the mining process. Barrett argued that even though storing explosives is a prohibited use in the industrial district, the Board of Zoning Appeals has the authority to grant a variance otherwise that power would not exist. » What the other side argued: Robert Malloy, solicitor for the village of Terrace Park who is also representing Indian Hill, said the township zoning resolution excludes any language allowing exceptions to storing explosives. “Is it the suggestion by the appellants that slaughterhouses could be permitted because it’s incidental to selling meat?” Malloy asked. Attorney Tim Mara, who represents Anderson Township residents and business owners, argued that the explosives are an integral part of the mining process and said he does not see how it can be characterized as incidental.

Conditional approval

In the conditions of approval, the Board of Zon-

ing Appeals said that because each condition is interrelated to others and necessary to ensure compliance that, “if any one or more conditions in this resolution is … declared invalid, void or ineffective for any reason, this entire resolution granting … approval shall be null and void and the matter remanded back to the BZA for further consideration.” » What the judges asked: Hendon said it appears that two conditions of the resolution may be violating the law. “When you look at this issue of the good neighbor fee and you look at the storage of explosives, it almost sounds as though you can see those are improper, and at that point … doesn’t the entire thing become invalid?” she asked. During arguments, Cunningham also asked if the attorneys were arguing the plain language of that resolution and said Martin Marietta agreed to that provision. Hendon also said she is not sure if the court could just strike the two offending provisions and let the rest stand.

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