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Common Core worries new member By Forrest Sellers

Voters have elected a new board member for the Indian Hill Exempted Village School District Board of Education. Two incumbents were also elected. Four candidates ran for three seats on the board. Eddie Hooker was the top vote-getter with 1,508 votes followed by incumbents Elizabeth Johnston (1,372 votes) and Kim Martin Lewis (1,221). Incumbent Karl Grafe was not re-elected after finishing fourth with 1,159 votes. Hooker said, “What I was hearing (was the voters) had concerns regarding the Common Core, and they also expressed frustration that negotiations (with the Indian Hill Education Association) were going on too long.”

Hooker, who is a teacher of medicine at Xavier University and who also helped set up an emergency response plan for the Indian Hill schools about a decade ago, expressed concerns about state-mandated Common Core standards. The Indian Hill Education Association, to which Hooker referred, is a union representing teachers in the district. Negotiations with the union have been ongoing since April, but a contract has not yet been finalized. “I want to make sure we meet the state mandate on Common Core without damaging our fine curriculum,” said Hooker. Hooker said maintaining district facilities will also be important. School board members recently conducted a special meeting to discuss capital

improvement projects for 2014. “The theater has updates that need to be done immediately,” he said, referring to electrical and Hooker heating systems. Johnston, who has served on the board for eight years, said voter turnout may have had an impact. “Voting was Lewis extremely light, and (Hooker) did a fantastic job with his marketing,” she said. Slightly more than onefourth of the registered voters in the district voted Nov. 5, with

26.5 percent casting ballots. “I don’t think it was a lack of confidence (in the board),” she said, referring to election results. “I think it was a Johnston matter of who turned out, voter recognition and the fact the incumbents didn’t do a lot of marketing.” Johnston said a focus of hers will be installation of a central plant, which will consist of a boiler and chiller, at the high school and middle school campus. Installation of the central plant, which has been approved by the school board, will help reduce energy costs. She said energy conservation and green awareness remain a priority for her. Lewis, who has served on

the school board since 2010 and is currently vice president of the board, was unable to be reached for comment. Lewis, though, had previously said “mentoring relationships” between students and teachers and students and administrators is something she considers vital. In commenting on Common Core standards, Lewis had said while implementing the new curriculum the district should continue to focus on Advanced Placement courses, the arts and sports. Grafe, who is currently president of the board, declined to comment when contacted by the Community Press. The results are not official until certified by the Hamilton County Board of Elections later this month.

Indian Hill residents can expect more of the same


By Jeanne Houck

Cincinnati Country Day School first-grader Enguerrand Bonniol, of Madeira, steadies himself on a balance board during the school’s annual FallFest, which features a variety of games and activities. This year’s theme was “Under the Big Top.”FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS



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Village residents asked for more of the same and they apparently are going to get it. Voters on Nov. 5 returned all five Indian Hill Village Council incumbents who sought re-election and two challengers – all seven of whom were endorsed by the Mayor’s Nominating Committee. “Given that there will only be two new council members it is unlikely that there will be a change in council direction,” said Keith Rabenold, who currently is serving as vice mayor and was re-elected. “The new council will continue to focus on the financial health of the village and ensuring that the village remains a safe and comfortable place in which to live.” Here’s a breakdown of the ballots cast in the Indian Hill council race, according to the unofficial results from the Hamilton County Board of Elections: » Incumbent Molly Barber - 851 votes (nearly 14 percent of the ballots cast). » Incumbent Daniel Feigelson – 849 (nearly 14 percent). » Challenger Melissa Skidmore Cowan – 841 (nearly 14 percent). » Rabenold – 835 (nearly 14 percent). » Incumbent Laura Raines – 827 (about 13 percent). » Incumbent Mark Kuenning – 813 (about 13 percent). » Challenger Abbot Thayer - 812 (about 13 percent). » Challenger David Turner- 359 (nearly 6 percent). Turnout for the election was low, with just over 24 percent of the 4,792 registered voters casting a ballot. “I certainly feel honored at having been re-elected to council,” Rabenold said. “I believe that village residents recognize that the nominating committee process, which has been used for decades, continues to work well.”

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Turner, however, is not a fan of the committee process, in which the current mayor has since 1941 named someone to chair the committee and choose members who are to Rabenold look for council candidates who have the knowledge and experience to handle issues the village will face in the next two years. This year, Mayor Mark Tullis tapped former mayor Eppa Turner Rixey IV, who served on council from 2001 to 2009, to chair the nominating committee. The committee did not endorse Turner and he came in last in the balloting. “The slate is a defacto political party running under the guise of a nonpartisan election,” Turner said. “The slate, as a block, refuses to participate in candidate council forums at which they could articulate their thoughts on the village’s future and answer questions posed by interested members of the electorate. “In a village whose inner circle repeatedly touts the process as non-political I feel it is particularly ironic that the members of this inner circle seem to be unable to see the difference between a one-party dominated system and an apolitical process,” Turner said. Candidates elected Nov. 5 will begin two-year, unpaid terms Dec. 1. Tullis and Councilwoman Lindsay McLean did not seek re-election.

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Days are dwindling to catch art show By Jeanne Houck

There’s oil on canvas called “The Apple Tree” by Chuck Marshall of West Chester. Bruce Petrie Jr. of Hyde Park contributed a print of his oil painting, “Molly and Lucy.” And Will Hillenbrand of Terrace Park agreed to display a print of his drawing, “Mole Rapped on Bear’s Window.” Marshall, Petrie and Hillenbrand are three of 26 acclaimed artists living in the Cincinnati area who agreed to participate in the Greenacres Artists Guild’s inaugural art show at the Greenacres Arts Center in Indian Hill, said Jennifer Hoban, special events manager at Greenacres Foundation, 8255 Spooky Hollow Road in Indian Hill. You can see and buy the artwork – which includes sculptures – at the show that runs weekends Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Sunday, Nov. 17, at the arts center at 8400 Blome Road. Hours are 5-9 p.m. Fri-

Jennifer Hoban, special events manager at Greenacres Foundation, stands by an oil on canvas called "The Dandy" by Jeff Morrow of Milford. It was chosen "Best of Show" at the Greenacres Artists Guild's inaugural art show.JEANNE HOUCK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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This is an oil on canvas called "The Apple Tree" by Chuck Marshall of West Chester.


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The case of the speeder who battled Indian Hill for almost two years over a speeding ticket, taking it all the way to the Ohio Supreme Court, recently ended without much of a fight. After a trial of about 15 minutes, at which the attorney for Keith Ledgerwood presented no evidence, Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Lisa Allen convicted Ledgerwood of speeding Nov. 4. “You need to slow down,” the judge told Ledgerwood, ordering him to pay a $100 fine and $110 in court costs. “You’ve got a bunch of speeding tickets. It looks

like you’ve got a lot of breaks.” Those breaks, Ledgerwood believed, are exactly why Indian Hill police and prosecutors refused to back down over a $95 speeding ticket issued Feb. 6, 2012. Ledgerwood, now 30, was driving on Ohio 126, known as Remington Road in Indian Hill, when police clocked him driving 54 miles per hour, 19 miles over the speed limit. When pulled over, Ledgerwood asked police to cite him for something less than speeding so it wouldn’t negatively impact his drivers license. When Indian Hill police discovered he’d been caught speeding seven


times in other Hamilton County jurisdictions since 2004 – and many of the charges had been lessened – they cited him for going 19 miles per hour over the limit. Indian Hill officials dismissed the ticket after Ledgerwood went to mayor’s court, but later reinstated it. Ledgerwood contended Indian Hill violated his right to a speedy trial,

and a judge twice threw the ticket out, saying Indian Hill improperly acted in the case by dismissing and then reissuing the ticket. The case went to an appeals court, which ruled Indian Hill didn’t violate his right to a speedy trial, and then to Ohio’s Supreme Court, which refused Oct. 23 to hear the case. In June, Indian Hill officials said it had spent “30 to 40 hours” on the case, but that was before the case went to the Ohio Supreme Court and before the Nov. 4 trial. Indian Hill pays a private law firm $4,000 per month to serve as its prosecutor.

CCDS teacher earns certification Andrea Owens, technology and media services coordinator at Cincinnati Country Day School, recently earned certification as an ICoach from INFOhio, Ohio’s PreK-12 Digital Library. The certification requires five hours of group training and individual study, which was completed on her own time this past summer. ICoaches, short for “integration coach,” work with teachers to incorporate digital technology and research tools in their classrooms. Owens, of Madisonville, joins 71 other educators around Ohio who have received District/Building ICoach certification. “ICoaches are a linchpin in promoting INFOhio’s free resources and services to educators

across the state,” said INFOhio’s Executive Director Theresa M. Fredericka. “An ICoach has firsthand experience with the demands classroom educators face along with boundless curiosity about the newest educational technologies. And they love to share their excitement.” For more than 20 years, INFOhio has provided online digital resources to Ohio’s PreK-12 schools and is one of the country’s largest library and information networks. INFOhio provides a collection of online academic research databases to all preK-12 students and their families, as well as classroom information technology and curriculum support to educators.



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Kindergartners Imani Bronson, left, of Colerain Township, and Rohan Garner, of Blue Ash, spend some time on the balance boards.

First-grader Jack Perry, of Miami Township, takes a toss in a Skeeball game.

FallFest celebration

Cincinnati Country Day School students spent a day at the circus. The theme of this year’s annual FallFest was “Under the Big Top.” Students participated in a variety of activities ranging from fish toss to standing on a balance board. The Fallfest is part of the school’s homecoming celebration.

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Lower school Head Jennifer Aquino, right, gives kindergartner Vivian Jenkins, of Liberty Township, a spin.

First-grader Michaela Atkinson, center, of Madeira, tries her hand at the fish toss game.

First-grader Zac Vaughan, of Indian Hill, finds a new way to stand tall walking on buckets.

First-grade teacher Laura Rue, right, of Loveland, takes a picture of first-grader Ashley Odom, of Springfield Township.

Parent volunteer Sonia Sharma, left, of Montgomery, gives a few tips to Sophie Marckwald, 3, of East Walnut Hills, in a pin the nose on the clown game.



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“Portman made it clear that, if he were picked, he would also announce that he was changing his position on gay marriage,” the book says. Stevens and Meyers said that would be fine. “Doesn’t help us, doesn’t hurt us,” was Stevens’ analysis. In the end, all the behind-the-scenes drama was for naught, because Romney settled on Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate. And Portman waited until well after the election – March 2013 – to disclose his stunning shift on same-sex marriage. “Double Down” also reveals a few snippets about House Speaker John Boehner’s role in the 2012 election. The West Chester Republican was quietly pushing two other GOP contenders – Daniels and Ryan – to jump into the race as an alternative to Romney. “The speaker had been briefed on the mechanics of a white-knight entry and was increasingly warm to the notion,” the book says. “He made sure Daniels knew he wanted the Hoosier to reconsider” his earlier decision against running, “while at the same time encouraging Paul Ryan to step into the fray.” Boehner and Ohio Gov. John Kasich are even described in one section as “extreme doubters” of Romney’s candidacy. The book quotes Kasich as exclaming early on: “It can’t be Mitt. He’s terrible!” m

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Indian Hill High School and St. Ursula Academy are bringing nationally renowned speaker Kelsey Timmerman to Indian Hill High School to share his stories and motivate students to think about the impact of how and what they purchase – from clothing to food. Timmerman will be speaking and signing books 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in the Indian Hill High School auditorium, 6865 Drake Road. Timmerman has written two books which document his travels around the world to find out more about where his clothes and food come from. Kelsey’s journeys will help students understand their personal connections to other people around the world who produce things. The event is open to the community, and admission is free.




have a “one-time offer” to continue as a party, said Rep. Matt Huffman, R-Lima. Still, the proposal makes it more difficult for parties to form, said Rep. Ron Gerberry, DAustintown. The Seitz plan would require third parties to get about 28,000 signatures to register as a party in 2014, while the House version of the bill would have allowed them to meet an easier standard, just for 2014, of 10,000 signatures. “The fact remains that what we’re trying to do is make it more difficult for third parties to get on the ballot,” Gerberry said. “I think it’s misrepresented that we’re being fair.” Committee member Sen. Edna Brown, D-Toledo, said Senate Democrats’ primary concern had been the timing of the bill. But Senate Minority Leader Eric Kearney, DNorth Avondale, said his caucus has been more concerned that the bill’s intention was to keep minority parties off the ballot. “I think the bill is bad, so you can take the House version, you can take the Senate version – I don’t agree with the approach,” Kearney said. The committee plans to consider the proposal at noon Wednesday and may send a bill to the House and Senate that afternoon for an up-or-down vote.


COLUMBUS — A Green Township state senator is seeking to make it harder for third parties to get on Ohio ballots, after GOP drama and an inadvertent mistake derailed efforts last week to push through a bill governing the parties. Republican Sen. Bill Seitz, sponsor of the bill, is chairing a committee of six lawmakers tasked with reconciling versions of the legislation that have passed the House and Senate. The House version would have allowed so-called “minor parties” to collect fewer signatures to get on the ballot, and the Senate was poised last week to approve those changes. But an inadvertent mistake in the drafting meant that chamber had to vote down the House bill. On Tuesday, Seitz told the committee he wanted to use some of the House provisions in 2014 but revert to the Senate’s stricter version starting in 2015. That would eliminate many of the changes the House made last week to appease conservative Republicans, who were threatening to oppose the bill because some say it would help Gov. John Kasich get re-elected. Libertarians worry the rules would make it harder for them to get on the ballot or run a successful

campaign, thus preventing their proposed gubernatorial candidate, former Republican state representative Charlie Earl, from taking conservative votes away from Kasich in 2014. Conservative lawmakers angry with the governor’s efforts to expand Medicaid were hesitant to support a bill that would help him politically and only gave it their vote after a day and half of tense negotiations. Seitz’s proposed changes could make for another tense vote in the House. Under Seitz’s proposal Tuesday, minority parties wanting to register for the 2014 election would have to get signatures equal to 0.5 percent of the total votes cast in the most recent gubernatorial or presidential election. They’d then have to earn 2 percent of the vote in the 2014 gubernatorial election to continue to be a party for the next four years. Starting in 2015, parties would have to get signatures equal to 1 percent of the votes in the most recent gubernatorial or presidential election. They’d have to get 3 percent of the vote in the next election to remain a party. Most of the concerns about the bill were related to its impact on the 2014 election, Seitz said in defense of his plan. And parties that earn 2 percent in next year’s election would


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Cincinnati Country Day goes down in D-VI; Moeller advances in D-I Panthers. Elder defeated Northmont 16-7 to advance. Moeller won the regular season feature at The Pit 35-14 on Oct. 11.

By Mark Motz and Scott Springer

INDIAN HILL — The regular season was perfect. The second season, not so much. Cincinnati Country Day fell 55-28 at home Nov. 8 against Summit Country Day in the first round of the Division VI playoffs. The Silver Knights avenged a 35-27 CCD win week eight by handing the Indians their first and only loss of the season. “We definitely wanted to see them again,” said Summit head coach Mike Brown. “Any time you play your rival and you only lose by eight, you want another shot at them. “The good part is we got to get them again. But they’re a league rival in your division and you want your conference to do well, so from that perspective it’s tough. They’re definitely a very good team.” CCD had no answer for Summit senior quarterback Antonio Woods, who threw for four touchdowns and ran for three more. “Our offense came out firing on all cylinders,” Brown said. “In our first seven possessions we scored six touchdowns. At the end of the half we scored two touchdowns in the last three minutes and that proved to be very important for us. No lead was safe against them. They’re a very good team. “(Woods) is electrifying. He made all the throws and when they weren’t there, he didn’t make any bad decisions and that was just as big. When he runs, he takes what should be a three-yard gain and turns it into a 50-yard touchdown. He’s just an exceptional athlete.” CCD finished the season 10-1, sharing the Miami Valley Conference title with Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy. The Silver Knights improved to 9-2 with the win and advanced to face West Liberty-Salem Nov. 15. The Tigers beat Williamsburg 27-20 in

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Austin Richey (80) of Cincinnati Country Day makes a catch and turns upfield against Summit Country Day Nov. 8. BRANDON SEVERN/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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Cincinnati Country Day running back J.R. Menifee (2) operates in the open field against Summit Country Day in the Division VI playoffs Nov. 8. BRANDON SEVERN/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

In a game that could have filled some stadiums beyond the capacity of Lockland Memorial’s 6,000, Moeller started its 2013 run in the Division I playoffs with a 42-17 rout of St. Xavier. After taking a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, the Bombers got within a touchdown at 21-14 at the half. However, the second half belonged to Moeller as they outscored St. Xavier 21-3 to win by 25. Senior Gus Ragland was Moeller’s top rusher with 157 yards and three touchdowns. Nearly half of those yards came on a 72-yard fourth-quarter scamper. He also was 10-13 passing for 264 yards and two touchdowns to senior Isaiah

Gentry. Ragland missed Moeller’s first win over St. Xavier back on Sept. 27 with an injury. Gentry had 229 yards receiving on five grabs with touchdowns of 55 and 81 yards. Moeller’s other touchdown was a Dean Meyer two-yard run in the fourth quarter. Also contributing in the victory was Sterling Noes, who ran for 135 yards with a long run of 75. Defensively, Ohio Statebound Sam Hubbard had two interceptions and Will Mercurio added another pick. The Crusaders outgained the Bombers 631-302. St. Xavier’s season ends at 5-6. Moeller is now 10-1 with their lone loss coming at Lakewood St. Edward on Oct. 26. Next up on Nov. 16 is the Elder

This one goes to 11. The one in this instance being the Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy football team. The Eagles went one higher than their 10-0 regular season with a 19-0 shutout of Madeira in the opening round of the Division V playoffs Nov. 9. Nick Marsh scored on a 20yard touchdown with 56 seconds left in the first half to give CHCA a 7-0 edge at the break As it happened, those were all the points CHCA would need against an injury-riddled Mustangs club, not that head coach Eric Taylor relaxed. “At 7-0 I was very uncomfortable,” he said. “Even 13-0 was still uncomfortable. They’ve come back on some very good football teams this year.” Quarterback Conner Osborne felt much better after the first score. Despite starting the game with eight consecutive incomplete passes, he warmed up enough to engineer the first scoring drive and then cut loose in the fourth quarter. Osborne hit Dave Bechtold for a 44-yard score to give the Eagles some breathing room at 13-0. Kyle Davis added a five-yard touchdown run after a Madeira fumble for the final margin. “Our offense knew we needed one good drive to put a score in the end zone,” Osborne said. “Our defense played lights out all night. It was great.” And not surprising; CHCA had four shutouts in the regular season. CHCA advanced to the second round against Hamilton Badin Nov. 16. The Rams dispatched Mariemont 37-13 in their playoff opener and come into the regional semifinals with a 9-2 record.

Indian Hill drops rainy heartbreaker in state semis By Scott Springer

HUBER HEIGHTS — In their first trip years, Indian Hill High School’s boys soccer team lost a rainy heartbreaker to Bishop Watterson of Columbus, 2-1 in overtime. Tied after regulation in the Division II state semifinal game, the Braves and Eagles went to “sudden victory” overtime for 15 minutes. For 12 minutes and 40 seconds, the game remained tied. Then, with 2:20 remaining, junior Brad Kanney’s head connected with senior Michael Gilbert’s corner kick giving Watterson the win and a trip home to Crew Stadium in the final. After shaking hands with many of the Indian Hill contingent who sat through constant rain at Huber Heights Wayne, the Braves were left giving hugs to their coaching staff. “You get to go through this game by game, and you get a lot of hugs and a lot of joy,” coach

Indian Hill junior Brooks Renfro is defended by Mitch Werner (20) and Zach Store (6) in the Division II state semifinal Nov. 6 at Huber Heights Wayne. SCOTT SPRINGER/COMMUNITY PRESS

Bill Mees said. “At some point you’re either going to keep winning it all or you’re going to have a tough night ahead of you.”

Unfortunately, fate decided it would be a tough night for Indian Hill in the Division II state semifinal. Indian Hill controlled the

first half, with the Braves getting eight shots on goal to Watterson’s two. However, the Eagles’ first shot by Tommy Geraghty went beyond goalkeeper Ryan Combs with 4:08 left before intermission. “I thought we were pretty dominant in that half,” Mees said. “I thought it was just a matter of time before one would go in. Our guys at halftime thought they were the better team and thought they would get one.” They finally got one with 9:14 remaining in the game when senior Adam Luckey scored on a header. “Brooks Renfro put in the cross and it barely got over the last defender’s head,” Luckey said. “It was right there.” That would be the lone goal for Indian Hill. Watterson’s game-winner marked just the sixth time an opponent had scored a second goal on the Indian Hill’s defense. “Nobody scored more than two on us all year,” Mees said. “We knew they played the ball

quickly and directly. I thought for the most part, we handled it pretty well.” For 11 Indian Hill seniors, it was their final prep game. Mees will have to rebuild from four juniors and four sophomores for 2014. “They’ve certainly had a good career with us,” Mees said. “A lot of these guys have been with us for three years and David Robinett’s been with us four years.” Robinett, Brad Seiler, Brad Collins, Luckey and Brandon Kuy were all top 20 Cincinnati Hills League scorers. The varsity’s final record was 15-6-2 with the Watterson loss breaking their longest win streak of the year - the sixstraight tournament victories over Taylor, Goshen, Western Brown, Carroll, Bexley and Fenwick. The Braves were previously in the state tournament for three consecutive years in 1985-1987 under current assistant Jim Vockell. Mees took over after the ‘87 season.



Indian Hill girl top 10 finisher in U.S. Pony Finals An Indian Hill teen claimed a top-10 finish at the U.S. Pony Finals in Lexington, Ky., where the country’s leading ponies and their riders gathered for six days of competition to name a U.S. Hunter Pony Champion. Lilly Mack, an eighthgrader at Indian Hill Middle School, delivered an impressive performance, placing second in the jumping phase and seventh overall for Large Green Pony Hunters. Mack rode “Blue a Kiss” through an elaborate course of fences measuring 2 feet, 6 inches to claim the No. 2 spot in the jumping class. Mack rides year-round at Lochmoor Stables in Lebanon with nationally-acclaimed trainers Mindy Darst and Patty Rogers. Fellow Lochmoor riders Sophia Roberts of Wilmington and Claire Healy of Hyde Park also competed at U.S. Pony Finals, which drew more than 600 of the country’s top ponies and their riders. Roberts, riding “I Love Blucy,” placed seventh in jumping and eighth overall in Small Green Pony Hunters. Two additional ponies owned by Roberts closed the competition with strong showings: “Farmore Prima Ballerina” was awarded Best Presented Pony and fourth overall; and “Yes It’s True” placed first among Small Green Pony Hunters and was named the Grand Green Pony Champion. Healy, a fifth-grader at Summit Country Day School, was among more than 100 competitors in Small Regular Pony Hunters. Healy claimed a spot in the top 56

PRESS PREPS HIGHLIGHTS By Scott Springer and Mark Motz

Fall senior moments

Senior Night is an important time in an athlete’s high school career and the Community Press & Recorder, along with, would like to highlight those moments. Please send a photo from your Senior Night to Include the names of the people in the photo as they are shown, the school and the sport by Friday, Nov. 22. The photo can be of all the team’s seniors or a photo of athletes with their parents. Photos relevant to the Community Press weeklies will run in print sometime in December and all will be used in a photo gallery. Questions can be directed to

Catching up with College Athletes

Lilly Mack, an eighth-grader at Indian Hill Middle School, places second in the jumping phase and seventh overall for Large Green Pony Hunters at the U.S. Pony Finals. THANKS TO VICTORIA CARROLL

percent, riding “Game Time.” Another Lochmoor entry, “Pink Ice In the Green,” won the jumping class and was sixth overall among Medium Regular Pony Hunters. Mack, Roberts and Healy compete in hunt seat, a classic form of English riding. Judging is based on the pony’s movement and form, as well as the rider’s ability on flat courses and over fences. Green Pony Hunter divisions, in which Mack and Roberts competed at the U.S. Pony Finals, are for ponies in their first year of rated showing. Healy showed in the Small Regular Pony

Hunter division. Lochmoor Stables is a 56stall boarding and training facility located five minutes from I-71 in Lebanon and home to riders throughout the region, ranging in skill from beginners to U.S. Pony Finals competitors. Lochmoor offers professional training, coaching and management, horses and ponies for sale or lease, horse shows and full-care boarding. The stable’s professional staff teaches horsemanship, showmanship, horse management and care to children and adults interested in a quality learning experience. The U.S Pony Finals are

conducted annually in August at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, sponsored by the U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF). Ponies compete throughout the year to qualify for the national event. The USEF is dedicated to uniting the equestrian community, honoring achievement and serving as guardian of equestrian sport. Since its inception in 1917, the USEF has been dedicated to pursuing excellence and promoting growth, while providing and maintaining a safe and level playing field for equine and human athletes.

The Community Press & Recorder, along with, would like to give readers over the holidays the ability to catch up with local high school stars doing well in college athletics. In what has become an annual readership project, parents/friends of college athletes are welcome to send a photo and brief description of their college athletes’ accomplishments over the last calendar year to Include the names of the people in the photo as they are shown, the college name and sport, parents’ names, where the athlete lives, what weekly newspaper they get at home and their accomplishments by Friday, Dec. 13. Photos relevant to the Community Press weeklies will run in print Jan. 1 and all will be used in a photo gallery. Questions can be directed to

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Kings Hammer East U10/11 girls won the Cincy Hi Five Challenge Tournament. These group of 8, 9 and 10 year old girls won the U11 Diamondback Division. In front are Bella Carmosino, Elle Britt. In second row are Brenna Vining, Erin Fite, Karly Preston and Sophia Wampler. In third row are Sarah Zimmerman, Annie Isphording, Abby Anderson, Emma Pegram, Tara Pund, Emma Cohen and coach Carrie Orr. THANKS TO JEFF WAMPLER

Start off the holiday season on the right foot with the Holiday in Lights 5K Run/Walk at Sharon Woods on Saturday, Nov. 23. The race kicks off at Sharon Woods at 5 p.m. Families and serious runners alike will enjoy the unique course, which winds through Sharon Woods until the final mile through Holiday in Lights at dusk. Afterward, all participants are invited to stay for fun and food inside a heated tent near the Sharon Centre and then visit Santaland, which is open until 10 p.m. The cost is $26 per person

($21 for kids 12 and under) by pre-registering at by Nov. 21. Race day registration is $31 ($26 for kids 12 and under) and begins at 3 p.m. at the Sharon Woods Training Center, adjacent to the Sharon Centre. All pre-registered participants will receive a sleigh full of goodies, including a longsleeved t-shirt, commemorative Holiday in Lights 5K ornament, Santa sack filled with discount coupons from local merchants and one free pass to Holiday in Lights. The event is limited to the first 1,500 participants. Sharon Woods is located at 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville, Ohio 45241.

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Approve new teacher contract on a trial basis 7) The existing methodology of evaluating and compensating teachers would continue unchanged in year one of the proposed contract. 8) In year two of the proposed contract the method of evaluating performance would remain the same, but only the teachers who were judged to be in the two highest categories would receive a raise. 9) Based on recent evaluations it is expected the vast majority, if not all, the teachers would be classified in the top two categories. 10) In its second year the proposed contract would allow the board to choose not to reward under-performing teachers financially. 11) Ultimately the system being proposed by the board appears structured to reward teachers who perform well with additional compensation and passively encourage under-performing teachers to improve or leave the district. As a parent who has had at least one child in the district for the past 23 years I trust both the collective wisdom of the teachers and the decisionmaking process of the board. Vouching for either side to the other I would say, “Trust them, they’re good people.” To the parties I would say,

board members tread lightly. Discouraging a few mediocre teachers from remaining on staff at the expense of alienating the great many extraordinarily good teachers is a fool’s bargain. Teachers: stop advocating for the protection of mediocrity. It damages your position and the legitimacy of your concerns. I suggest both parties: the board and teachers agree upon on this contract on a trial basis. Remember: about the time these proposed changes would go into effect you will be negotiating a new contract. Should these changes not be working out fairly, addressing those known inequities at that time with data, rather than now with supposition and fear, seems the most reasonable course of action. It is important to remember that the board and faculty in the district have a long and distinguished history of working successfully together, of tackling and solving problems bigger than this. I am confident that professionalism, logic and common sense will once again prevail. David Turner is an Indian Hill resident.

Support bill on pet protection orders Ohio Senate Bill 177, Pet Protection Orders, is an excellent bill, which not only protects companion animals, but also creates another means of a quick, safe exit from a violent home for battered women and their children. In 2006, Susan Walsh’s riveting, personal testimoBeth ny spurred Sheehan COMMUNITY PRESS Maine’s legisGUEST COLUMNIST lature into enacting the nation’s first Pet Protection Orders. Her speech also became the catalyst for states across the nation to also act. “It wasn’t just the cats and dogs; it was the sheep and the chickens. I was terrified for their welfare. I knew if I were to leave, he wouldn’t hesitate to kill them. He had done it be-

fore.” (New York Times, April, 2006) Since then, 25 states (plus DC and Puerto Rico) have also quickly authorized Pet Protection Orders. The speed at which these states have legislated this issue speaks to the common understanding now of the powerful, sometimes deadly, connection between interpersonal violence and animal cruelty. Why is this law needed for the companion animals in homes of domestic violence? There is a growing body of research that shows the abusive male often uses a threat to the pet to silence to children about the violence that is occurring in the home and to restrain the woman from leaving the home. Animal cruelty is a “red flag,” a sentinel behavior, to look more closely at what also might be happening inside the house or within the communi-

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A few weeks ago an Indian Hill teacher wrote an editorial asking that we become better informed about the ongoing negotiations between the school board and the teachers’ union. I have done as the teacher asked and here are the facts as best as I can determine: 1) The teachers in the district operDavid ate under a Turner COMMUNITY PRESS union contract. 2) The latest GUEST COLUMNIST board proposed contract would run for this year and next. 3) Board members and teachers cannot speak directly to one another about the contract. 4) There is a new, statemandated system of teacher review which the district must implement, but will not use to determine compensation. 5) There is a decades-old system of teacher review and compensation, which, will remain the sole basis for teacher review throughout the term of this contract. 6) The existing system rewards our most dedicated and least able teachers equally.


ty. Often women delay leaving a violent home in order to protect their companion animals. Other women, after having left the home, return to keep the animals safe from harm. Moreover, many instances of animal cruelty take place in front of the children or women to elicit fear in them and to maintain control over them. I strongly encourage Ohio residents to call their state senators and state representatives today in support of SB 177, Pet Protection Orders. Act today. This bill has failed in the Ohio General Assembly before. Why should a woman in Ohio have to choose between her own safety and the safety of her companion animal? You can read the bill in its entirety here: http:// Beth Sheehan is a resident of Mount Washington.

CH@TROOM Last week’s question State Sen. Bill Seitz has introduced legislation which would redefine the standards for third parties to appear on Ohio’s ballot, including a minimum requirement of 56,000 signatures to get on the ballot and receiving at least 3 percent of the vote in a presidential election to stay on the ballot. Do you support Seitz’s proposal? Why or why not?

“Because I am ignorant of the current process, if any, for third parties getting onto the ballot, I can’t gauge the value of this proposal. If the proposal is more restrictive – or less restrictive – then I would like for Sen. Seitz to justify his reason for the change.” R.V.

“Yes, I do support Sen. Seitz’s proposal, especially be-

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cause it could get the tea party hypocrites on the ballot against Democrats and Republicans. This can only mean more Democrats getting elected to legislative office as the conservative vote gets broken into smaller and more meaningless chunks!” TRog

How to prepare your pets for Thanksgiving

There is no meal of the year that quite compares to that of Thanksgiving. As you’re preparing for your holiday if you do not want your dog bumping you at the dinner table the time to plan for success is now. Remember if a behavior re-occurs it is because it has been reinforced. So, if you know in advance that your dog’s bumping at the table behavior is very probable here are a few ideas: You can re-arrange what happens in the environment immediately before the behavior is set into motion to give less value to the bumping behavior and more value to resting. Some suggestions include satiating your dog before you sit down by feeding him in advance or re-directing his attention by giving him a tasty steak bone to chew on or a foraging toy that will keep his attention for awhile, or taking him for a long walk prior to the meal. You can also teach your dog in advance an alternative behavior that will produce for him the same or more value than what he would get if he bumped you at the table

– while removing any positive consequences to the bumping behavior. So, begin by teaching Lisa the alternaDesatnik tive behavior COMMUNITY PRESS (like sitting or GUEST COLUMNIST laying down). Once on cue you can shape the behavior for longer durations before delivering reinforcement. Then, you can cue him to do the wanted behavior before you sit down to a meal and reinforce it. At the same time, if he begs you can simply push your plate in to the center of the table and turn your back to him while sitting. Practice. Practice Practice. Always make the wanted behavior easier and more valuable than the unwanted behavior. In addition to her public relations work, Lisa Desatnik is a pet trainer who uses positive strategies for teaching pets and their caregivers how to modify behaviors and solve problems.


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 Dina Minneci; Assistant City Manager David M. Couch; Chief of Police Chuck Schlie; City Solicitor Donald L. Crain; Clerk-Comptroller Paul C. Riordan; Fire Chief Steven A publication of

Ashbrock; Public Works/Water Works Superintendent Jason Adkins; Tax Commissioner Constance Eberhart. Indian Hill Exempted Village Schools

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 Karl Grafe; board members Elizabeth Johnston, Kim Martin

Lewis, Erik Lutz and Tim Sharp. Superintendent Mark Miles; Assistant Superintendent Mark Ault; Treasurer and Business Manager Julia J. Toth, 272-4513; Director of Pupil Services Tracy Quattrone; Transportation Supervisor Barbara Leonard; Facilities Director Ken Stegman and Director of Communications Martha Stephen.


U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot (1st District) 2371 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington,

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DC 20515 Phone: (202) 225-2216 Fax: (202) 225-3012 Website: Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Cincinnati office: 441 Vine St., Suite 3003, Cincinnati, OH 45202 Phone: (513) 684-2723 Fax: (513) 421-8722 U.S. Sen. Rob Portman Phone: 202-224-3353 Fax: 202-224-9558 Cincinnati office: 36 E. Seventh St. Room 2615, Cincinnati, OH 45202 Phone: 513-684-3265

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Saks runway models walk at the Kindervelt #50 Fall Fashion Show. THANKS TO CHRISSIE BLATT

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sold-out crowd of more than 300 ladies assembled at Kenwood Country Club for the Kindervelt #50 Annual Fashion Show. To the musical spinning of Jon Jon and direction of emcee Jeff Thomas, both of Q102, ladies experienced a Saks Fifth Avenue runway show, shopping at local pop-up boutiques, silent and live auction, a raffle and lunch all to raise over $35,000 to benefit the Kindervelt Neurodevelopmental, Educational and Learning Center at Cincinnati Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital Medical Center. Through the direction of General Manager, Kevin Shibley, Saks Fifth Avenue presented the Best of Fall 2013 featuring ready-to-wear designers from Vince to Versace and shoes & accessories from designers Jimmy Choo to Joie.

Attending the Kindervelt Fall Fashion Show are members of the Kindervelt Citywide Board, Linda Lunceford, Tracy Smith, Katrina Smith, Bonnie Hueneman, Charlotte McBrayer (President: Kindervelt Board of Trustees), Buffie Rixey, Marie Tsacalis, Mary Beth Young, Diana Scrimizzi and Ellen Grossi. THANKS TO CHRISSIE BLATT

Kindervelt #50 Fall Fashion Show co-chairs are Lisa Schneider, Mindy Ellis, Heidi Rattigan, Elisa Alspaugh and Lynn Carson. THANKS TO CHRISSIE BLATT

Cathy Major, Jen Stuhlreyer, Andrea Singer and Stephanie Lex have fun together at the Kindervelt #50 Fall Fashion Show. THANKS TO CHRISSIE BLATT

Allison Picton and Shannon Miller attend the Kindervelt #50 Fall Fashion Show. THANKS

Rhonda Logeman and Amy Fox chat at the Kindervelt #50 Fall Fashion Show. THANKS TO



Current Kindervelt #50 President Kristen Kamfjord and former Kindervelt 50 Presidents Megan Joy and Julie Hill enjoy the Kindervelt #50 Fall Fashion Show. THANKS TO CHRISSIE BLATT




Art & Craft Classes

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Message Reveal Workshop, 10 a.m.-noon, Loveland Greenhouse, 11924 Lebanon Road, Reveal your message or quote using mixed medium on 16by-20 canvas for unique wall art. $30. Registration required. 325-9832. Symmes Township. Art Peace Photo Charm or Gift of Words Workshop, 7-8 p.m., Loveland Greenhouse, 11924 Lebanon Road, Create mini “artpeace” or meaningful words charms to wear or give as a gift. $20. Registration required. 325-9832. Symmes Township.

Lisa Landry, 8 p.m., Go Bananas Comedy Club, $8-$14. 984-9288; Montgomery. Doug Loves Movies Podcast, 8 p.m., Go Bananas Comedy Club, 8410 Market Place Lane, Doug Benson and his guests record podcast featuring conversations and games about movies. $20. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Cooking Classes Everything’s Better with Bacon with Ilene Ross, 6:30-9 p.m., Cooks’ Wares, 11344 Montgomery Road, Ilene guides you through the great, unexpected variety of bacon recipes. $50. Reservations required. 489-6400. Symmes Township.

On Stage - Theater

Education Toastmasters: Improve Your Communication and Leadership Skills, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Technical Center, 11450 Grooms Road, Conference Room No. 2. Practice skills by speaking, organizing and conducting meetings and motivating others. Ages 18 and up. Free. Reservations required. 387-7030; Blue Ash.

Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 7-8 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, 8999 Applewood Drive, $5. 917-7475. Blue Ash. Zumba Fitness Classes, 6:307:30 p.m., Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 101 S. Lebanon Road, Parish Life Center. Free will donation at door. For ages 12 and up. 683-4244. Loveland.

Health / Wellness Baby’s Amazing Journey, 6:45 p.m., Bethesda North Hospital, 10500 Montgomery Road, Workshop helps parents navigate the waters of infancy by offering strategies for dealing with typical eating, sleeping and fussiness issues, as well as tips to guide you through developmental milestones. $35 per couple. Registration required. 475-4500; Montgomery.

Madeira High School, 7465 Loannes Drive, presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14-16 and 2 p.m. Nov. 16. Tickets are $10, $8 for students. For more information, call 891-8222. Pictured rehearsing are, from front left, Maggie Griffin, Luke Graeter, Eryn Kramer, Maria Ramos, Sarah Andrews, Ben Holliday and Taylor Kneip; second row, George Grandi and Ted Graeter.PROVIDED. Columbia Township.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Free, donations accepted. Through Nov. 21. 800-0164. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, 4309 Cooper Road, Youth room. Big book/ discussion meeting. Brown bag lunch optional. Open to everyone who desires healthy loving relationships. Donations accepted. 673-0174; Blue Ash.

FRIDAY, NOV. 15 Art & Craft Classes Inspiration Art Workshop, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Loveland Greenhouse, 11924 Lebanon Road, Transfer image/photo on 6-by-6 canvas and add your own touch. $20. Registration required. 325-9832. Symmes Township.


Art Exhibits

Town Hall Lecture Series, 11 a.m., Montgomery Assembly of God, 7950 Pfeiffer Road, Mara Liasson, NPR political correspondent: The Changing Face of American Politics. $120 series of four lectures; $40 single lecture. Reservations recommended. 684-1632; Montgomery. Miniature Rooms as an Art Form Lecture, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., The Kenwood by Senior Star, 5435 Kenwood Road, The Kenwood by Senior Star. Lecture on history and making of miniature room boxes by artist Robert Off. $35. Reservations required. Presented by Eisele Gallery of Fine Art. 791-7717, ext. 109; Kenwood.

Greenacres Artists Guild Inaugural Show, 5-9 p.m., Greenacres Arts Center, 8400 Blome Road, Showcasing work by 27 area artists including Cole Carothers, Will Hillenbrand, Richard Luschek, Chris (C.F.) Payne, John Ruthven and Carl Samson. 793-2787. Indian Hill.

On Stage - Comedy Lisa Landry, 8 p.m., Go Bananas Comedy Club, 8410 Market Place Lane, $8-$14. 984-9288; Montgomery.

On Stage - Student Theater The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, 7:30 p.m., Madeira High School, 7465 Loannes Drive, Medert Auditorium. Musical comedy. $10, $8 students. Through Nov. 16. 891-8222. Madeira.

On Stage - Theater The Lion in Winter, 7:30 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, Set during Christmas 1183, this epic story plays out the spectacular strategies for power and love between two of England’s most formidable and yet very human rulers, King Henry II and Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, and their three sons, hungry for the crown. Motivated by spite as well as sense of duty, Henry and Eleanor maneuver against each other to position their favorite son in line for succession. $18. Presented by Mariemont Players Inc. Through Nov. 24. 684-1236;

Craft Shows Holiday Art Sale, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Mud Slinger Studio, 6888 Clubside Drive, Handmade pottery, original watercolors and prints, woven items, earrings, handmade scarves, Raku jewelry, wooden trays and woodworking, quilted handbags and felted creations. Free parking and refreshments. 697-7070; Loveland.

Exercise Classes Get through the Holidays Stress-Free, 5-6 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Includes healthy foods, stress-management techniques such as stretching and guided imagery, massage and shopping at Nordstrom. Ages 21 and up. $155. 891-0605; Montgomery.

Health / Wellness Pre-Diabetes Class, 9-11 a.m., Weight Management Solutions, 8001 Kenwood Road, Information on making healthy food choices, exercise and blood sugar control and monitoring blood sugar levels. $20. 9563729; Sycamore Township.

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

On Stage - Student Theater The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, 7:30 p.m., Madeira High School, $10, $8 students. 891-8222. Madeira.

On Stage - Theater The Lion in Winter, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $18. 684-1236; Columbia Township. I Remember Mama, 7:30 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, 111 S. Second St., The story of how Mama, with the help of her husband and Uncle Chris, brings up the children in their modest San Francisco home during the early years of the century. Mama, a sweet and capable manager, sees her children through childhood, manages to educate them and to see one of her daughters begin her career as a writer. $15. Presented by Loveland Stage Company. Through Nov. 24. 697-6769; Loveland.

SATURDAY, NOV. 16 Art & Craft Classes Message Reveal Workshop, 10 a.m.-noon, Loveland Greenhouse, $30. Registration required. 325-9832. Symmes Township. Circle of Love Workshop, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Loveland Greenhouse, 11924 Lebanon Road, Create stamped metal word charms. $20. Registration required. 325-9832. Symmes Township.

Art Exhibits Greenacres Artists Guild Inaugural Show, Noon-5 p.m., Greenacres Arts Center, 7932787. Indian Hill.

Business Seminars Starting Your Business Seminar, 8:30 a.m.-noon, CMC Office Center Blue Ash, 10945 Reed Hartman Highway, Room 105. Combines classroom instruction with hands on work to develop your own plan for success. $40 or $120 for four seminars. 6842812. Blue Ash.

Cooking Classes Teen Cuisine - Thanksgiving Sides with Karen Harmon, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Cooks’ Wares, 11344 Montgomery Road, Teens learn how to prepare some new dishes, a few traditional dishes and some nice variations. Ages 13-16. $40. Reservations required. 489-6400. Symmes Township.

Dining Events Holiday Wine and Food Fest, 3-6 p.m., The Wine Store, 9905 Montgomery Road, Wine and beer tastings, gourmet food and cheese tastings. 984-9463; Montgomery. Marine Corps Birthday Ball, 6:30 p.m., Montgomery Inn, 9440 Montgomery Road, Celebrate life, friendship and years of dedicated service to the United States of America. Families and friends encouraged to attend. Reception followed by dinner, silent raffle and guest speaker. Signature menu with side and non-alcoholic drinks, tax and gratuity included. $35, $30 advance. Montgomery.

Health / Wellness Diabetes Conversation Maps, 10 a.m.-noon, Lisa Larkin, M.D.,

4460 Red Bank Expressway, Theme: What do all those numbers mean? Small group discussions of Type 2 diabetes led by Jan Kellogg, certified diabetes educator. $30 all four sessions; or $10 per session. Presented by Lisa Larkin, M.D. & Associates. 791-0626. Madisonville.

Music - Concerts Music at Ascension Chamber Concert Series, 7:30 p.m., Ascension Lutheran Church, 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Alexandra Mullins, 19-year-old, solo harp recital. Winner of multiple national and international competitions, including Grand Prize of the 2013 AHS National Competition. Free, donations accepted. 793-3288; Montgomery.

Music - Jazz The Hitmen, 8 p.m.-midnight, Tony’s Steaks and Seafood, 12110 Montgomery Road, Free. 6771993; Symmes Township.

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

On Stage - Student Theater The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Madeira High School, $10, $8 students. 8918222. Madeira.

On Stage - Theater The Lion in Winter, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $18. 684-1236; Columbia Township. I Remember Mama, 7:30 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, $15. 697-6769; Loveland.

SUNDAY, NOV. 17 Art Exhibits Greenacres Artists Guild Inaugural Show, Noon-4 p.m., Greenacres Arts Center, 7932787. Indian Hill.

Lectures Women of the Wall: Stunning Recent News, 7-8 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Professor Shulamit Magnus of Oberlin College, who was there when the Israeli courts dramatically reversed policy and allowed Women of the Wall to assemble and worship at Jerusalem’s Western Wall, shares her thoughts about this stunning reversal. Free. 761-7500. Amberley Village.

Music - Classical Carillon Concert, 4-5 p.m., Mary M. Emery Carillon, Pleasant Street, Open air concert. Carillonneur plays bells using keyboard in upper tower. Tours of tower available; playground, restroom and shelter house on site. Free. Presented by Village of Mariemont. 271-8519; Mariemont.

On Stage - Comedy

The Lion in Winter, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $18. 684-1236; Columbia Township. I Remember Mama, 3 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, $15. 697-6769; Loveland. Sounds of Stetl, 2:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Musical journey following Eastern European Jewish immigrants on their path to America at start of 20th century. Experience culture of significant period in Jewish history. $3. 761-7500. Amberley Village.

MONDAY, NOV. 18 Art & Craft Classes Art Peace Crinkled and Wrinkled Heart Art, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Loveland Greenhouse, 11924 Lebanon Road, Create textured wall art on 16-by-20 canvas. $20. Registration required. 325-9832. Symmes Township.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Classes, 6:307:30 p.m., Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 683-4244. Loveland.

Health / Wellness Frankly Speaking About Multiple Myeloma, 6:30-8 p.m., Cancer Support Community, 4918 Cooper Road, Program to help patients and families deal with complexities by addressing treatment options, choosing and communicating with your health care team, managing side effects and finding the support and tools to help regain control, maintain hope and improve quality of life. Free. Registration required. 791-4060; Blue Ash.

Music - Classical Encore! Linton Chamber Music Series, 7:30-10 p.m., Congregation Beth Adam, 10001 Loveland-Madeira Road, Music for Piano Four Hands with artistic directors Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson. Music by Handel, Schumann, Schubert, Stravinsky and some Dvorak Slavonic Dances. $30, $10 students. Presented by Linton Music. 381-6868; Loveland.

Parenting Classes Happiest Baby on the Block, 6:45 p.m., Bethesda North Hospital, 10500 Montgomery Road, How to turn on your newborn’s calming reflex, the “off-switch” for crying. Includes Parent Kit containing “Happiest Baby on the Block” DVD. $50 per couple. Registration required. 475-4500; Montgomery.

TUESDAY, NOV. 19 Art & Craft Classes Art with Friends, 6 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Stress-free space to explore your creativity. Beginners and experienced artists welcome. Ages 18 and up. Free. 369-4450. Deer Park. Botanica Monthly Classes, 6-8 p.m., Botanica, 9581 Fields Ertel Road, Design class. Stay after to create your own arrangement with help of instructor 7-8 p.m. Free. Registration required. 697-9484; Loveland. Painting in Layers, 6 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Discover ways to use acrylic paint and collage techniques to make multilayered artwork. Free. Registration required. 369-4450. Deer

Park. Message Reveal Workshop, 1:30-3 p.m., Loveland Greenhouse, $30. Registration required. 325-9832. Symmes Township.

Business Classes Blast Toastmasters Club, Noon-1 p.m., Kroger KP-1 Building, 11300 Cornell Park Drive, Fifth Floor. Develop and practice speaking, organizing and conducting meetings. Ages 18 and up. Free. Reservations required. 387-1324. Blue Ash.

Cooking Classes Daveed’s NEXT - Cabernet for Carnivores with Liz and David Cook, 6:30-9 p.m., Cooks’ Wares, 11344 Montgomery Road, Chef David Cook combines these classic dishes with some classic sauces to show you how to take French approach to cooking. Ages 21 and up. $65. Reservations required. 489-6400. Symmes Township.

Drink Tastings Wine Finds Tasting, 6:30 p.m., The Wine Store, 9905 Montgomery Road, Sample and learn about $9.99-and-under wines. Reservations required. 984-9463; Montgomery.

Education Changemakers: Correcting Injustices in the Legal System, 7-9 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Mark Godsey, co-founder and director of the Ohio Innocence Project, works to exonerate individuals who have been wrongfully convicted. Godsey and an exoneree share stories. Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 7-8 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, $5. 917-7475. Blue Ash.

Farmers Market Loveland Farmers Market, 4-6 p.m., Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Presented by Loveland Farmers’ Market. 683-0491; Loveland.

Health / Wellness Memory Screenings, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., The Kenwood by Senior Star, 5435 Kenwood Road, In honor of National Memory Screening Day, annual initiative of Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. Free. 823-3029. Kenwood.

Shopping Ladies Shopping Night, 6-9 p.m., Five Seasons Family Sports Club, 11790 Snider Road, Club Lobby. More than 20 ladies merchandise vendors, holidays drinks and light appetizers, holiday hair and makeup by salon/spa. Free admission. 469-1400. Symmes Township.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 20 Art & Craft Classes Knitting, Crochet and Needlecraft Class, 7-8 p.m., Milford Heights Church of Christ, 1646 Ohio 28, Basic handwork techniques and fresh ideas in knitting, crochet and other handicrafts along with short devotional time. Free. 575-1874. Milford. Art Peace Photo Charm or Gift of Words Workshop, 10:3011:30 a.m. and 3:30-4:30 p.m., Loveland Greenhouse, $20. Registration required. 325-9832. Symmes Township.

Business Classes T.A.L.K. Toastmasters of Milford, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Andrew Church, 552 Main St., Discover how membership in Toastmasters will improve your speaking skills, increase your thinking power and build your selfconfidence. Meets first and third Wednesdays of every month. Free. Presented by Milford T.A.L.K. Toastmasters. 831-3833; Milford.



Liqueur, salad recipes kick off holiday season Thanksgiving will be here before you know it and some of you are already preparing your grocery list. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday since it’s just about food, family and friends – no presents required. Yes, it can get stressful, especially if you’re Rita hosting the Heikenfeld feast. As I tell you RITA’S KITCHEN every year, it’s not only about the food, but who sits in the chairs. Some advice from one who has been there, done that: Parsley and whipping cream are great culinary BandAids. During one of my recent classes, the subject of limoncello for the holidays came up. If you want to give this as a gift or serve it at Christmas, it’s best to start the process now.

Double Citrus Limoncello

The great thing about this is it keeps just about forever in the freezer. You can use all lemons for classic limoncello. This year I made some with a combo of lemons and limes. It was different, and good. 2 pounds lemons, thick skinned 4 limes, thick skinned if you can find them 4 cups good quality 100 proof vodka 3 cups sugar 3 cups water

Pour vodka in large gallon glass jar or container. Wash fruit very well using hot water to remove wax coating. Pat dry. Remove zest with a vegetable peeler. The zest is the colored part. If some of the white part underneath the skin is visible, cut it off. That’s the pith and it’s very bitter (though it is the most nutritious part of the peel). If you can’t get it all off, do the best you can. Place zest in jar with vodka and cover. Let sit at room temperature for at least a week, or up to three weeks. The vodka will take on the color and flavor of the citrus as it steeps. Bring sugar and water to a simmer and stir until sugar dissolves and thickens a bit. Let cool and then add that to vodka mixture and stir. Strain and put in pretty bottles. Seal and chill in refrigerator for a couple of weeks, at least. To use, serve straight over ice chips, mix with sparkling wine or mineral water and a lemon curl, toss with fresh

Lemon peel steeps in vodka for 1-3 weeks to make limoncello, a liqueur originally made in Italy.THANKS

fruit, serve over ice cream, frozen yogurt or simple cake.



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Holiday Waldorf salad

For Will, a Colerain Township reader. For the life of me, I can’t remember the origin of this recipe. I think it was from another reader whose name I obviously misplaced. Regardless, this is one of the tastiest Waldorf salads you’ll ever eat. Mix together: 11⁄2 to 2 pounds grapes, mixture of red and green, halved 2 ribs celery, sliced thin 1 cup raisins 1 cup chopped English walnuts 3 diced apples

Mix and blend with above: 1 cup mayonnaise 1 tablespoon vinegar or more to taste 1 cup milk

Let sit in refrigerator several hours before serving.

Hot buttered cider

Add more or less of any ingredient, to your taste. This is a nice offering before the Thanksgiving dinner. ⁄2 stick butter ⁄2 cup dark brown sugar 1 ⁄2 gallon apple cider 2 oranges, sliced and seeds removed Dash or two ground cloves 2 3-inch long cinnamon sticks 1 ⁄2 cup dark rum (optional)



Melt butter and add brown sugar. Add cider and cook until sugar is dissolved. Add orange slices, cloves, cinnamon sticks and rum. Bring to boil and then simmer 10 minutes. Serves about 10.

Easy. Affordable. Healthy. Now that’s a plan.

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Horseradish mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving. “How much horseradish do I add and when do I add it?” For three pounds potatoes, stir in a generous 1⁄4 cup bottled horseradish (not horseradish sauce) after mashing. Check your bottled horseradish if it’s been in the refrigerator a while. It should be nice and white. If it tastes vinegary or not really spicy, it’s old and needs to be replaced.

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RELIGION Brecon United Methodist Church

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

Church of the Redeemer

The Music in the Chapel Concert Series returns at 3 p.m. Sundays, in the chapel. The next concert is a Nov. 24 program


called “Souvenir from France. Marion Peraza, violin, and Jae Won Kim, piano, perform a program of Mozart, Ravel, Franck and Piazzolla. For the finale, saxophonist and jazz Garin Webb will join the duo. On Feb. 2, a German Baroque Chamber Music program will be given. The church welcomes back University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music faculty member Rodney Stucky, baroque guitar and archlute, and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra member James Lambert, viola da gamba. They will be joined by James’ wife, Barbara Lambert, baroque flute, and son Colin Lambert, cello. The ensemble will perform works of Bach, Telemann, Schenck and Hertel as part of the Cincinnati Early Music


Festival program. On March 2, Mary Southworth Shaffer, soprano, and her husband, Jeff Shaffer, will bring an hour of favorite pieces for soprano and trumpet. Mary and Jeff are members of Redeemer. In addition to the Music in the Chapel Concert Series, the traditional Celtic Winter Solstice program featuring the Clark-Jones trio is scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21. Music director Loretta Graner has added three additional programs to Redeemer’s concert season starting with a performance at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, by the Millikin University Chorus of Decatur, IL. This concert is sponsored by parishioner and former president of the college, Doug Zemke, and his wife,


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


Senior Pastor, Rev. Dave Robinette 986 Nordyke Road - 45255 (Cherry Grove turn off Beechmont at Beechmont Toyota) Worship Service, Sunday 10:45 am Classes For All Ages, Sunday 9:15 am Prayer Service Wednesday, 6:45 pm

Equipping Service: 4:30 p.m. Sat. & 8:50 a.m. Sun. Exploring Service: 10:00 a.m. & 11:10 a.m. Sun. Birth thru high school programs

3950 Newtown Road Cincinnati, OH 45244

513 272-5800

Building Homes Relationships & Families Sundays 9:15am & 10:45am

Indian Hill

Episcopal-Presbyterian Church

First Church of Christ, Scientist 3035 Erie Ave 871-0245 CE-1001764504-01


Sunday Services 8 &10:30 am Sunday School 10:30 am

Programs for children, youth and adults 6000 Drake Road



ECKANKAR Experience the Light and Sound of God You are invited to the Community HU Song

4th Sunday, 11:00-11:30am

ECK Worship Service 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


Connections Christian Church 7421 East Galbraith Cincinnati, OH 45243

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


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

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

TRADITIONAL WORSHIP Sunday 8:30 & 11 am CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP Sunday 9:30 & 11 am & 1st Saturday of the Month 6 pm Children’s programs and nursery & toddler care available at 9:30 and 11:00 services. Plenty of Parking behind church.

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

CHURCH OF THE SAVIOUR 8005 Pfeiffer Rd. Montgomery 791-3142 "Kingdom Come: A Kingdom at War"

Childrens Church & Nursery PASTOR MARIE SMITH

included. The Sunday morning Adult Bible Study will be 9:15-10 a.m. The church is at 2010 Wolfangel Road, Anderson Township; 231-4301;

Community of the Good Shepherd Catholic Church

The church is at 8815 E. Kemper Road, Montgomery; www.

Weekday children’s programs run Monday mornings, Tuesday morning sand afternoons and Thursday mornings. Register on the website. Men’s outdoor group meets from 8:30-11:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays. Register on the website. The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 791-3142;

Community Lighthouse Church of God

We invite you to Youth Rally at 7 p.m., Nov. 15, for fellowship, Dramas, food and prizes. Sunday Services are at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Wednesday service at 7 p.m. The church is at 4305 Sycamore Road, Sycamore Township; 984-5044.

The church recently made several changes to its Sunday schedule to help people of all ages have a meaningful worship experience in the morning and still have plenty of time for family, friends and other activities in the afternoon and evening. The 9 a.m. service will become a chapel service, moving from the sanctuary to a more intimate room. Child care for newborns through 3-yearolds will be available. The main service will move from 11-10:15 a.m. Child care will be available for newborns through 18months-old. Noah’s Park for 18-months-old through 3-yearolds, PowerXpress for preschoolers through fourthgraders, and DOG House for fifth- and-sixth-graders will all take place during the 10:15 a.m. service. Youth group for junior and senior high will meet at 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. with lunch

Epiphany United Methodist Church

The church is taking part in the Partnership for Mental Health Interfaith Mental Health Initiative collaborative along with other faith-based organizations from the southwest Ohio, northern Kentucky and southeastern Indiana region to address the increasing mental health needs of congregations. The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon Thursday, Nov. 14, at Child Focus Inc. Training Center at 551-B Cincinnati-Batavia Pike, Cincinnati, Ohio 45244. Experience the QPR Suicide PreventionTraining and learn about mental health community resources. QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer – three simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver

help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying “Yes” to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor. To register, visit and click on Training tab or contact Marsha Skaggs at mskaggs@child-focus.orgor 752-1555. For more information about the Interfaith Mental Health Initiative, contact Epiphany’s associate pastor, Lisa Kerwin, at Visit www.partnershipformental Wee Three Kings Preschool, a ministry of Epiphany United Methodist Church, has a few openings for the upcoming school year. There are openings in the 18-24 months class. Parent’s Day Out class as well as the 4-year-old and PreK afternoon classes. The purpose is to provide a place where children can learn in a loving Christian atmosphere. For more information, call the Wee Three Kings office at 683-4256. A new grief support group is meeting at 7 p.m. Mondays in Meeting Room 1. To be a part of this group, call the church office. The church offers three worship services – two contemporary and one traditional. Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m. are contemporary services and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. is a traditional service. All services have Sunday school and a professionally staffed nursery available for infants through 3-yearolds. The church is at 6635 LovelandMiamiville Road, Loveland; 677-9866.


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Ellen Boling Zemke. The first public musical offering in The Opus 25 Organ Concert Series presents Redeemer’s organist, Ted Gibboney, and soprano Audrey Luna in a performance of Couperin’s “Tenebrae” at 3 p.m. Feb. 16. This program features the Canadian Juget-Sinclair organ. To wrap up the season, Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time” and Stravinsky’s “L’Histoire du Soldat” will be presented by Jennifer Rodway, clarinet; Marion Peraza, violin; Ellen Stephens, cello; and Song Hun Nam, piano, at 3 p.m. March 16. All programs are free and open to the public. The church is at 2944 Erie Ave., Hyde Park.

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Holiday pass: A guide to a green Cincinnati holiday season

Get ready to create some wonderfully green holiday gifts for your friends and family this wonderful holiday season. Three ecologicallyminded Cincinnati area organizations – Grailville Retreat & Program Center, Gorman Heritage Farm and Turner Farm – are partnering for the month of December to offer some green homemade alternatives to the store-bought holiday season. Join them for what will be a holiday filled with the real green of the season. The three events are: » Homegrown Holiday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 – $40/half day or $75/full day. Enjoy a day of two workshops full of creating natural cleaners and gifts. The first workshop, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., will be led by Amanda Phirman, a professional green cleaner. She will teach participants to create their own cleaning solu-

tions as well as cleaning techniques for preparing their homes for the holidays. Get ready to create things like lemony fresh furniture polish, general cleaners with an herbal boost, homemade laundry detergent and much more. Be sure to bring three pint jars or containers to take your goodies home. The second workshop, from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., will be led by Geralyn Hunt and Doris Johnson, who will teach participants how to make herbal bath salts, bath oils and herbal homemade perfume. Lunch is included with both workshops. » Holiday wreath making, Nov. 30 and Dec. 7, 10 noon, and Dec. 10, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; $35. Come to Turner Farm and get into the holiday spirit by making your fresh and fragrant evergreen wreath. Use balsam, cedar, and juniper boughs and adornments such as handmade bows and pinecones to make a unique

natural wreath. Turner Farm will provide all necessary materials, but you are encouraged to bring your own pruners. » Holiday Family Fun – Gingerbread House Making, Saturday, Dec. 14,1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.; $50 per member/$60 per nonmember. Create holiday memories that your child will talk about for years to come. Spend the afternoon with your child as you learn how to make gingerbread from scratch, create an edible architectural master piece and decorate with fervor. The created gingerbread house is yours to keep as a centerpiece to any Holiday decoration. It is recommended that a parent/child team with kids ages 6 and under because building these houses require a steady hand and patience that children may need a little extra help with from mom, dad, grandparents, etc... Register online by Dec. 9. Those who are able to

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screenings and extend Mercy Health’s network of care throughout Cincinnati. A screening session is scheduled for 2-5 p.m., Nov. 23, at Kroger, 6950 Miami Ave., Madeira. HealthFair offers sev-

Ohio National’s annual Victorian Holiday Village features a variety of fun holiday activities that will delight parents and children alike – and it’s all free. Since 2002, nearly 30,000 guests have visited the annual free holiday event and enjoyed its complimentary cocoa, cookies, free 5-by-7 photos (one per family, please) with St. Nick and more. The Village is open: » Friday, Dec. 6, 68:30 p.m.; » Saturday, Dec. 7, 58:30 p.m.; » Thursday, Dec. 12,

attend all three programs you will receive a gift from one organization and have the chance to win a one of kind green gift valued at over $150. To attend each program you need to register with the corresponding organization. For more information about each program please contact: Grailville Retreat & Program Center at 513-6832340 or; Gorman Heritage Farm at 513-563-6663 or Gorman Farm at

6-8:30 p.m.; » Friday, Dec. 13, 68:30 p.m. This year will feature exciting new houses decorated with holiday scenes, thousands of lights and free, family fun on the grounds of Ohio National Financial Services at the intersection of I-71 and Pfeiffer Road. Staffed by Ohio National associates who volunteer their time, the Victorian Holiday Village continues the company’s more than 100year commitment to community outreach and service.

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COLUMBUS — Ohio’s seven-member Controlling Board may have voted two weeks ago to expand Medicaid in Ohio, but a slew of new bills and a pending Ohio Supreme Court case are seeking to ensure the board doesn’t get the last word. After the board’s 5-2 vote to accept federal money to expand Medicaid, six GOP lawmakers and two anti-abortion groups filed suit to stop Medicaid expansion unless the full Ohio Legislature grants approval. On Nov. 5, Attorney General Mike DeWine and State Solicitor Eric Murphy filed the state’s first response. Ohio’s seven-member Controlling Board and its Medicaid Department didn’t violate the state’s laws or its constitution when they acted to accept federal money to expand Medicaid, DeWine and Murphy said. In accepting federal money for the expansion, the lawmakers and antiabortion groups had said, the Controlling Board was acting against the “intent of the General Assembly,” violating the Ohio law that

created the board. Lawmakers had passed a budget provision to prohibit Medicaid expansion, although that provision was vetoed by Republican Gov. John Kasich. What’s more, the suit said, actions by Kasich’s administration to expand Medicaid overstep the constitutional bounds of the executive branch. But DeWine and Murphy said the Medicaid administration had received the authority to extend coverage to more Ohioans, so that decision isn’t at issue in the suit. As for whether the Controlling Board was violating Ohio law when it voted to accept federal money to pay for health care for those Ohioans, the response emphasized Kasich’s veto. Because of the veto, the response said, the “prevailing appropriations act” of the General Assembly did not include any prohibition of expanding Medicaid. That shouldn’t matter, according to Maurice Thompson, the conservative attorney representing the groups that are suing. Kasich’s veto changed the law from the “intent of the General Assembly,” Thompson has

said. The Republicans who have filed suit now have 10 days to file their evidence and briefs. The Ohio Supreme Court is trying to speed the suit along, since the Medicaid expansion to more than 300,000 new Ohioans is set to take effect Jan. 1. Meanwhile, other Republican lawmakers are trying to take non-legal action, either to make the Medicaid expansion more palatable to them or to keep the Controlling Board from being able to have a similar vote in the future. State Reps. Christina Hagan, R-Alliance, and Ron Young, R-Leroy, are sponsoring a bill that would limit the Controlling Board’s authority. The board can currently approve requests to accept federal money beyond what the General Assembly has accepted through a new law. The bill would limit the Controlling Board to accepting 3.5 percent more money in an area in which the General Assembly has approved some federal money and1percent more in an area in which the General Assembly has not passed a law.

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Grailville – needs volunteers for the garden in Loveland. Volunteer days are 9 a.m. to noon selected Saturdays. For a complete list or call 683-2340. Volunteers will work in the kitchen and herb gardens. No experience is needed, volunteers may participate once or for the entire season. Volunteers should bring gloves, water bottle, sunscreen, hat, footwear that can get dirty and a snack if desired. Tools are provided. GRRAND – Golden Retriever Rescue and Adoption of Needy Dogs takes in needy displaced, abandoned or unclaimed stray golden retrievers and places them in volunteer foster homes until adoptive families are found. Call 1-866-981-2251 and leave your name and phone. emailwww.cincygrrand League For Animal Welfare – A no-kill shelter needs volunteers 16-and-older to help socialize cats and 18-and-older to socialize and walk dogs. Other opportunities available. Call 735-2299, ext. 3. Save the Animals Foundation – Needs people 18 and older to staff its shelter for homeless cats and dogs. Call 378-0300 for cats and 588-6609 for dogs. Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum – has a new horticulture volunteer program. Volunteer opportunities include working side by side Spring Grove’s nationally-renowned horticulture team at this National Historic Landmark. Groups of volunteers will be developed to help in the following areas: keeping the front entrance area looking spectacular, controlling invasive species, taking care of the tree and shrub collection. They are also looking for a volunteer, or volunteers, to help with the hybrid tea roses. New volunteers join the volunteer docents who are ambassadors for the cemetery and arboretum. Information sessions, conducted the last Saturday and first Wednesday of each month, will explain the volunteer opportunities. Sessions are at 10 a.m. in the Historic Office, just inside the main entrance to the cemetery. For more information, contact volunteer coordinator Whitney Huang, Spring Grove horticulturist, at 8536866. Tri State County Animal Response Team (CART) – Is at 11216 Gideon Lane in Sycamore Township. Meetings are open to the public. for monthly subjects or more information. Call 702-8373. Winton Woods Riding Center – is in need of volunteers to assist

with the Special Riders Program, which provides training and competition opportunities for children and adults with disabilities, and to help with barn duties, horse shows and a variety of other tasks. No experience is necessary and training is provided. Interested individuals ages 14 and older are invited to contact the Winton Woods Riding Center at 931-3057, or


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


American Diabetes Association – Seeks volunteers in its area office downtown for clerical support, filling requests for educational materials from phone requests, data entry, special events support and

coordinating the health fair. Call 759-9330. American Heart Association – Volunteers needed to assist with the American Heart Association’s cause campaigns, Power to End Stroke, Go Red For Women, Start!, and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Assignments include clerical work, event specific duties and community outreach. Contact the American Heart Association at 281-4048 or Bethesda North Hospital – has openings for adult volunteers in several areas of the hospital. Call 865-1164 for information and to receive a volunteer application. Cancer Free Kids – is looking for kids who need service hours to do an “Athletes For Alex” used sports equipment drive in their neighborhood or at your sporting event, and fight childhood cancer. Visit Cancerfreekids.organd click on Athletes for Alex for more information. Captain Kidney Educational Program – Needs volunteers one or more mornings or afternoons a month during the school year to educate children in first- through sixth-grades about kidney function and disease. Training provided. Call 961-8105. Crossroads Hospice – Crossroads Hospice seeks compassionate volunteers to join its team of “Ultimate Givers,” who strive to provide extra love and comfort to terminally ill patients and

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their families throughout the Cincinnati region. “Ultimate Givers” visit with patients in their homes, assisted living facilities and nursing facilities, and help with clerical duties at the Crossroads office. They provide emotional support and companionship to patients and family members, assist with errands, or provide respite for those caring for terminally ill loved ones. Crossroads Hospice is also seeking volunteers to support its signature programs inspired by Jim Stovall’s novel, “The Ultimate Gift.” The “Gift of a Day” program asks patients what their perfect day is and staff and volunteers work to make it a reality. For more information or to sign up as an “Ultimate Giver,” please call 793-5070 or complete an application online at Before becoming a Crossroads Hospice “Ultimate Giver,” participants must complete an application, TB skin test, and training session lead by members of the Crossroads team. Volunteers must wait a minimum of one year after the death of an immediate family member or loved one before applying. Destiny Hospice – is seeking caring and compassionate people to make a difference in the life of a person living with terminal illness. No special skills or experience needed; simply a willingness to help provide comfort and support. Ori-


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Three opportunities for green holiday fun By Shelly Sack

Green is usually one of the traditional colors of the holiday season, but three Cincinnati area organizations are going a step further and partnering to bring the ecological green to the normally store-bought holiday season. Grailville Retreat & Program Center, Gorman Heritage Farm and Turner Farm have separate hands-on activities, with a binding theme of “going green.” “We are in several organizations together and after a shared dinner decided to promote the shared opportunities we have, instead of tripping over each other,” said Terrie Puckett, Grailville program and volunteer manager. “Our holiday workshops seemed like a natural fit to advertise all three together as a great way to spend a family holiday.” » Grailville, at 932 O’Bannonville Road, in Loveland, is hosting a “Homegrown Holiday” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Cost is $40 for a half day or $75 for a full day. Enjoy a day of two workshops full of creating natural cleaners and gifts. Lunch is included with both workshops. The first workshop, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., will be led by Amanda Phirman, a professional green cleaner. She will teach participants to create cleaning solutions as well as cleaning techniques for

Gorman Farm in Evendale invites families to make gingerbread houses Dec. 14.

preparing their homes for the holidays, such as lemony fresh furniture polish, general cleaners with an herbal boost, homemade laundry detergent and more. Be sure to bring three pint jars or containers to take your goodies home. The second workshop, from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., led by Geralyn Hunt and Doris Johnson, will teach

participants how to make herbal bath salts, bath oils and herbal homemade perfume. » Turner Farm, 7400 Given Road, in Indian Hill, is planning a holiday wreath making, Nov. 30 and Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to noon, and Dec. 10, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; $35. The fresh evergreen wreaths will be made from balsam, cedar, and juniper boughs and

adornments such as handmade bows and pine cones to make a unique natural wreath. Turner Farm will provide all necessary materials, but you are encouraged to bring your own pruners. » Gorman Farm, 10052 Reading Road, Evendale, has a tradition of gingerbread house making. This year’s event is scheduled for Dec. 14, 1 p.m. to 3:30

p.m.; $50 per member/$60 per non-member. Families are encouraged to attend to learn how to make gingerbread from scratch and create a homemade masterpiece. » Register online by Dec. 9. Those who are able to attend all three programs will receive a gift from one organization and have the chance to win a unique green gift

valued at over $150. To attend each program you need to register with the corresponding organization. For more information about each program please contact: Grailville Retreat & Program Center at 513-6832340 or; Gorman Heritage Farm at 513-563-6663.

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Safety Village gives 5-, 6-year-olds ways to avoid accidents By Jason Hoffman

MONTGOMERY — Since 1992, Montgomery has hosted a safety camp for 5- and 6-year-olds, giving children the opportunity to learn about being safe in a variety of situations and also interact with police in a positive environment. “One of the biggest things is the children get to see police officers in a positive situation,” said Pat Giblin, Montgomery Police Department officer. “This starts the relationship and it continue throughout school with the DARE program and the safety village is also a great way to start a conversation with parents.” After attending the Montgomery Safety Village, Giblin said, parents tell him their children are more likely to ask questions and talk with them about issues like pedestrian and fire safety as well as what to do when they encounter strangers who want to talk with them. The children spend their time during the village in groups learning about pedestrian and bicycle safety in a miniature, makeshift city complete with crosswalks, four-lane roads and stop signs on the Swaim Park basketball court. “It’s interesting – things are different all the time,” said Chris Hartkmeier of Montgomery, who volunteers on the safety staff. “We have to watch the kids and can’t let them out of sight – it’s fun.”

Hartkmeier said the attendees usually pick up the safety concepts well and have fun. Blue Ash Police Department officer Chris Zielinski and his K-9 partner Nicco did a demonstration of their work during the first day of the village. The duo demonstrated how K-9 officers locate items like drugs and the discipline it takes to be an effective unit. “It’s fun, it lets the kids see what dogs can do and get a real perspective,” Zielinski said. “Through the demonstration we show the K-9 dogs are very friendly.” Want to know more about Montgomery government and community? Follow Jason Hoffman on Twitter: @jhoffman_cp.

Montgomery Safety Village attendees watch a presentation by the Blue Ash Police Department K-9 Unit at Swaim Park. JASON HOFFMAN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Blue Ash Police Department Officer Chris Zielinski, left, and his partner Nicco, right, offer a demonstration to Montgomery 5- and 6-year-olds during the annual Safety Village at Swaim Park. JASON HOFFMAN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Children learn pedestrian and bicycle safety during the Montgomery Safety Village at Swaim Park. JASON HOFFMAN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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Just north of downtown Montgomery, Kent Morris Orthodontics hosted a candy exchange program Nov. 5, to benefit both Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Dental Clinic and overseas troops. Participating children were given their choice of receiving either $1 per pound for their candy or donating the money to the dental clinic. All collected candy was given to the local Army Reserve as a treat for troops. To date, the orthodontics office has collected 350 pounds of candy and is accepting donations through the end of November. As a treat, kids were rewarded with several free fun events such as Kona Ice treats, bouncy stations, face painting and a strolling magician. Local Army Reserve representatives were also in attendance.

Gabriel Sherman, 3, of Montgomery enjoys the bouncy stations. SHELLY SACK/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Carly Riley, 5, of Montgomery chose a ladybug for her face-painting treat. SHELLY SACK/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Henry Fossett, 12, Andy Osborn, 12, and Eliza Osborn, 10 are treated to tricks from magician Tom Bemmes. SHELLY SACK/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Melissa and Andrew Pregal, 13, of Indian Hill treat themselves to some Kona Ice. SHELLY SACK/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS


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