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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2013

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Donations save horses one at a time Woman’s charity rescues animals By Jeanne Houck jhouck@communitypress.com

Linda Pavey saved “Cinder,” a Tennessee Walker, when he was put in a “kill pen” in 2012 after no one bid on him at an endof-the-line horse auction house in New Jersey. Cinder was to have been transported to a Canadian slaughterhouse, then packaged for export to Europe and Japan. Alerted by like-minded friends, Pavey, who works to rescue horses, put an end to that plan. She found Cinder a home in Pennsylvania. “He is now fat and healthy and gets daily turn-out,” said Pavey, who in 2000 founded the “Brennan Equine Welfare Fund,” a non-profit organization that awards grants to equine-rescue shelters. “He seems to be happy and appreciative.” This year, the Brennan Equine Welfare Fund already has garnered a record 56 grant applications and awarded grants of up to $5,000 to each of 14 organizations. The work generally is funded by donations. But between now and Tuesday, Dec. 31, Pavey will personally match grants awarded up to a total of $5,000. “That means all donations will go twice as far to help equines in need,” said Pavey, who lives in Madeira but was reared in Indian Hill, where her parents still live. Pavey formerly boarded horses at Camargo Stables at 8605 Shawnee Run Road in Indian Hill and managed a private barn in the village, as well. She continues to have many friends and contacts in the village, known for its love of horses. Pavey said she comes from a long line of equestrians and horse lovers. Also, “My parents were involved in animal rescue – small

animals and wildlife – so it was natural for my interest and influence to merge (in the Brennan Equine Welfare Fund),” Pavey said. Linda Pavey’s father, Link Pavey, is proud of his daughter. “I think my daughter’s efforts in this unique, charitable direction are outstanding,” Pavey said. It was Link Pavey, a World War II veteran in the U.S. Army artillery, who first suggested Indian Hill build a veterans memorial. A memorial was built at Shawnee Run and Drake roads, where the village holds annual Veterans Day observances. Linda Pavey’s foundation is named for her horse Brennan, an off-the-track thoroughbred that in 1990 became her first “equine partner.” “He taught me patience, trust, bonding and that a horse, while not successful at his original career, can have a big role in his second career and that all

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horses deserve all the best for their lives because they give and have so much to teach us,” Pavey said. Brennan died in 2002. Pavey said 100 percent of donations made to the Brennan Equine Welfare Fund go into grants for equine-rescue shelters across the country that care for old, injured, abused and starved horses, as well as horses that had been bound for slaughterhouses or used in medical experiments. “This fund supports registered (nonprofit) organizations that specialize in retirement and rehabilitation services and

offer a peaceful and permanent sanctuary for these beautiful animals,” Pavey said. “Shelters which offer carefully scrutinized adoption or re-placement services are also supported. “We have very strict qualifying criteria that includes that the organization must be a (non–profit), that (organizations that do adoptions) have an adoption contract that will protect the horse for life, that they are fiscally responsible, that horses in their program will not be bred or raced and that they submit a five-page application as well as submit a veterinarian reference form,” Pavey said. Visit www.brennanequinewelfare fund.com, which links

to the organization’s Facebook page, to donate, apply for a grant or get more information. Meanwhile, Pavey currently has five horses – and most of them were rescued. “My most recent ‘rescue’ is a large Oldenburg gelding named ‘Dakota Mac’,” Pavey said. “He was an owner-surrender to a facility in Kentucky that Brennan Equine Welfare Fund granted earlier this year. “In September, the director of that facility told me of this horse, but that they were having a difficult time of finding an adopter for him due to numerous physical ailments he was experiencing,” Pavey said. “Given the fact that he was

still relatively young (12 years old) and that his super personality led him to be a babysitter for some of their other horses, I was interested. “I adopted him in November of this year,” Pavey said. “We are working on treating his injuries and ailments, but even with all he is enduring through this, he has remained a super-nice and personable horse and has become a barn favorite.” For more about your community, visit www.Cincinnati.com/IndianHill . Get regular Indian Hill updates by signing up for our email newsletter. Visit Cincinnati.com/IndianHill.

Indian Hill Village Council is courting compliance with a new law By Jeanne Houck jhouck@communitypress.com

Thinking about thumbing your nose at the authorities in Indian Hill Mayor’s Court? Think again. Village Council is considering instituting a new contempt-of-court charge to be levied in cases that include people accused of: » Violating a Mayor’s Court ruling. » Ignoring subpoenas that

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order them to court. » Disrupting court. The maximum penalty for the various levels of culpability in the contempt-of-court charge would be a $250 fine

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and 30 days in jail. Village Council gave first reading to the proposed legislation in November. A final vote could come in January. Vice Mayor Keith Rabenold recently told Village Council that Chuck Schlie, chief of the Indian Hill Rangers Police Department, presented the Law Committee with a proposal that the contempt-of-court charge be established in Mayor’s Court. That led to creation of the

proposed ordinance pending before Village Council. “We have not had any issues as it relates to these particular violations in the past,” said Indian Hill City Manager Dina Minneci. “However, after doing a routine review of the village’s code of ordinances, it was discovered that this standard ordinance, which is found in many municipalities, was not included. “Consequently, it was rec-

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‘Big plans’ for Jungle Jim’s By Jeanne Houck

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UNION TWP. — Officials in Union Township and other public agencies are involved in a series of moves that will enrich the township’s coffers by more than $8 million while helping Jungle Jim’s International Mar-

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right to buy the property for $8.5 million. » The Clermont County Port Authority will purchase the property from the Noble Family Eastgate with bond proceeds. “As of today, the bonds have not yet been issued, but they are currently being marketed by the port authority’s underwriter,” Kuchta said. The port authority will also allow Noble Family Eastgate to use proceeds from the sale of the bonds to satisfy outstanding obligations currently secured by the property and to make improvements there, including the construction of more retail space. Bond proceeds will not be used to acquire more property. » The Union Township Board of Trustees in July had created a “Special Improvement District” comprised of Jungle Jim’s site in Eastgate. » Nov. 14, Union Township agreed to, for a maximum of 20 years, annually bill property owners in Jungle Jim’s special improvement district a special assessment to pay off the bonds the Clermont County Port Authority issued. The district was created at the request of the Union Township Community Improvement Corporation, the property owner, with the blessing of Jungle Jim’s. “The special assessments are in addition to,

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ket finance an expansion at its Eastgate location. Here’s how it is unfolding, according to Andy Kuchta, director of Clermont County Community and Economic Development. » The Clermont County Port Authority agreed in September to essentially adopt Jungle Jim’s Eastgate expansion plans as an economic-development project. » Earlier this month, the port authority voted to issue up to $23.5 million in bonds to help Jungle Jim’s temporarily buy and make improvements to the nearly 41-acre site where “The Shoppes at Jungle Jim’s Eastgate” mall at 4450 Eastgate South Drive is located. The property is owned by the Union Township Community Improvement Corporation, the economic-development arm of the township. Jungle Jim’s, through its affiliate, the Noble Family Eastgate Co., has been leasing the property from the community improvement corporation. » Noble Family Eastgate now is exercising its previously negotiated

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not in lieu of, property taxes,” Kuchta said. “The normal real estate property Kuchta taxes will still continue to be paid. “The additional payments to the (special improvement district) will be for purposes of making bond payments.” » The port authority eventually will sell the property back to the Union Township Community Improvement Corporation for $1 and the community improvement corporation will once again become Jungle Jim’s landlord in Eastgate. So why this series of sales only to have the property return to the ownership of the Community Improvement Corporation? “Each of the agencies involved in this transaction have special skill sets that they are bringing to the table,” Kuchta said.

“The port authority’s role as a conduit issuer is obviously important because the bond market is very familiar with port authority-issued bonds on projects such as this one. “The Union Township Community Improvement Corporation has an intimate understanding of Jungle Jim’s and the property itself, the Community Improvement Corporation has already served as Noble Family Eastgate’s landlord for the past few years and the Community Improvement Corporation has agreed to continue to commit its resources to administer the new lease to Noble Family Eastgate,” Kuchta said. “The lease payments, consisting basically of the special assessments, will help service the bond debt. » Annual debt service payments are scheduled to begin Dec. 1, 2014, and are currently estimated to be nearly $1.9 million. “Jungle Jim’s has disclosed plans for the acquisition of the property from the Union Township Community Improvement Corporation, for parking lot enhancement and maintenance, for roof replacement, for the acquisition of equipment, for refrigeration and (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) maintenance and upgrades and for the construction of a new retail building on the property,” Kuchta said. “Outside the scope of the current project, I don’t know what — if any – expansion plans may be on the radar for Jungle Jim’s.” Jimmy Bonaminio, marketing manager for Jungle Jim’s, said the business has “big plans” for its Eastgate store, “but they’re not final, so we don’t want to talk about them yet.” Bonaminio did offer this teaser: Expect to see construction work there by year’s end.


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The Indian Hill Exempted Village School District is moving forward with several energysaving initiatives. The school board recently approved seeking bids for a central utility plant, which would consist of a boiler and chiller. The board has also approved seeking bids for drilling geothermal wells. Board member Erik Lutz, who heads the district’s Operations Committee, said the Indian Hill Planning Commission approved preliminary drawings for the central plant during its November meeting. Dave Couch, assistant city manager for Indian Hill, said the central plant was approved unanimously by the Planning Commission, under the condition that it not exceed certain noise levels at the property line. “We are moving forward with final plans and drawings for the central utility plant which will go out for bid in late December,” said Lutz. “We expect to award a contract in late January.” Set up of the central plant, which will be located at the high school and middle school campus, will be implemented in phases. The first phase will involve setting up the central plant and connecting the piping to the middle school. The next phase will involve connecting piping to the auditorium

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For Indian Hill teacher Ellen Hughes it was déjà vu. Hughes, who teaches health and physical education, is the recipient of a Health Professional of the Year Award. The award is given by the Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. In 1998, Hughes was recognized by the same organization as a Young Professional of the Year during her senior year at Miami University. “It was nice to be recognized again,” said Hughes, who is a resident of Mt. Airy. The award is based on innovation and creativity in teaching.

Hughes often stresses the importance of exercise as part of a daily routine. She said exercise is not only beneficial in preventing childhood obesity but it also helps relieve stress. “Healthier kids perform better academically,” she said. “Research supports this time and time again.” Hughes is also an advocate for using technology in the classroom. Online health assessments can be a great resource in determining specific programs and strategies, she said. Hughes was nominated by colleagues Lisa Sullivan and Dale Haarman. “Ellen is a good candidate for the award because she has taken this program to another lev-

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CRUSADERS: 2013 DIVISION I STATE CHAMPIONS

Moeller’s Ragland leads to riches in Canton Crusaders bring home back-to-back state title trophies By Scott Springer sspringer@communitypress.com

CANTON — It would be easy to overlook Moeller High School’s return to the Division I state football finals with, “Oh, they’re always there.” While that might be the impression to an outsider, Crusader fans know that 2012’s state championship was the first since 1985. For perspective, 72-year-old Reds legend Pete Rose had just broken Ty Cobb’s all-time baseball hit record that year. In Moeller’s “heyday,” coach Gerry Faust won back-to-backto-back state titles between 197577. Before leaving for Notre Dame, he won again in consecutive years in 1979-80. After that, coach Steve Klonne won titles in 1982 and 1985. This year, again with Klonne on his staff of talented assistants, coach John Rodenberg joined Faust as the only Moeller coach to make two straight title games. Rodenberg’s Crusaders held off Mentor 55-52 to travel south with their second state trophy in as many years. “I don’t even worry about things like that,” Rodenberg said. “I just think our kids did such a great job. It’s all about the kids. It’s a special group.” The blue and gold never trailed after jumping out to a 13-0 lead on first quarter deep balls to senior Isaiah Gentry and junior Chase Pankey from senior quarterback Gus Ragland. Mentor cut it to three twice as quarterback and UC commit Conner Krizancic led the Cardinals on scoring drives with his passing and scrambling. However, Moeller’s Ragland was equally as talented with his arm and feet as the Crusaders answered back with either No.14 scoring or finding Kent State commit Gentry alone again (naturally). Krizancic cut it to three for a final time with :44 remaining, hitting Eddie Daugherty from three yards out for his second touchdown toss of the game. At 55-52, Mentor then attempted an onside kick that went out of bounds, allowing Moeller to knee the ball out for the victory. Both signal callers lived up to their billing. Krizancic ran for 102 yards and three scores and was 36-55 passing for 419 yards and two scores. Ragland had the game of a lifetime with 189 yards rushing for five touchdowns to go along with a 12-13 passing night for 273 yards and three scores. “I owe it all to the guys up front,” Ragland said. “They played a great game and our receivers did their jobs. I had eight touchdowns but everyone put me in position to be successful.” There’s not much rest for Ragland ahead. Carl Kremer’s Moeller basketball team will use him and they play Dec. 13 at Taft. Come March, the redhead chucks the small ball from the mound for the defending state champions of Tim Held. “Every team has a Gus Ragland,” Rodenberg said. “Gus was there for us tonight and got some big plays. I’m proud of the whole team.”

ONLINE EXTRAS For video of Moeller’s Division I championship finale over Mentor go to http://bit.ly/18LEuqz

Moeller DB Sam Hubbard and RB Jack Gruber (2) hold up the championship trophy as they celebrate with teammates after Moeller beat Mentor Dec. 7. JOSEPH FUQUA II/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Mentor quarterback and University of Cincinnati commit Conner Krizancic (5) keeps and runs the ball against Moeller defensive back Christian Wersel (19). Moeller held off Mentor 55-52. Krizancic threw for 419 yards and two scores and ran for 102 yards and three touchdowns.JOSEPH FUQUA II/COMMUNITY PRESS

Moeller quarterback Gus Ragland (14) ran for a touchdown against Mentor by Kiyah Powell (6) in the second quarter. Ragland ran for five touchdowns and passed for three more as Moeller got by Mentor 55-52 for a second straight title Dec. 7.JOSEPH FUQUA II/COMMUNITY PRESS

THE CRUSADE TO STATE

Moeller receiver Chase Pankey (4) celebrates with Isaiah Gentry (7) after Pankey caught a long touchdown pass against Mentor in the first quarter of their Division I title game.JOSEPH

Moeller receiver Isaiah Gentry (7) hauls in a long touchdown pass against Mentor in the Crusaders’ 55-52 title win Dec. 7. Moeller set a state championship record for most touchdowns by a team with 8. Gentry had two, Gus Ragland five and Chase Pankey one.JOSEPH

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Indian Hill makes its latest splash toward state By Scott Springer and Mark Motz sspringer@communitypress.com mmotz@communitypress.com

INDIAN HILL — Meets are underway as the high school swim season has begun. The following is a rundown of the chlorinated competitors in the Indian Hill Journal coverage area.

Cincinnati Country Day

The Indians won the Southwest Ohio Swim League and the Miami Valley Conference last season. Second-year head coach Benson Spurling has improved overall numbers and solid experience heading into the new campaign. “We’ve got 10 more kids out this year than we had last year,” Spurling said. “We’re ahead of where we were this time last year. My expectation is that we’ll keep building, keep growing and keep getting better. We definitely want to have more people at state this year.” Junior Allie Wooden returns for the girls after breaking five school records and placing second in the state in the 200 freestyle as a sophomore. Seniors Susan Brownstein, Hannah Gottschalk and Annalise Tereck serve as team captains, while classmate Kira Hughes swims the individual medley and breaststroke. Junior Celia Macrae swims the freestyle sprints. Freshmen Holly Jacobs (backstroke and free) and Dee Mohan (breaststroke) should be solid contributors right away. On the boys’ side, sophomore Malcom Doepke is the top returnee, swimming in the 200 and 500 free. Junior twins Alexander and Taylor Maier return to compete in the freestyle sprints and butterfly. Freshman Charlie Sachs will be a factor in the sprints as well. Spurling has assistant coaches Matt Dahl and Rebecca Nocheck at his side and hopes they will help his team fend off the likes of New Richmond in the SWOSL and Seven Hills in the MVC to retain their league crowns.

Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy

The Eagles increased their total number of swimmers from 24 to 35 and have a record nine boys on the squad this season. Head coach Gary Toner hopes the improved numbers will bring some improved results, too. “We’ve got 21 kids in our junior high program, too,” he said. “It looks good for us for the next

couple of years because we’re still kind of young on the high school team.” There is some experience - and quality experience at that - in returning senior state qualifier Kendall Hart. She swims the freestyle sprints and the butterfly. Unfortunately for CHCA, she will miss the early part of the season after sustaining some injuries in an auto accident. She should be in solid shape by the Coaches Classic meet in mid January. A group of six freshmen should help fill out the relay teams. On the boys’ side, top returnees include brothers Joe and J.P. Panciolli. Joe, a junior, swims freestyle sprints. So does sophomore J.P., but he also stretches out to take on the 500 free. Toner has help from his assistant coach wife, Suzy Toner, as well as former Ursuline Academy and University of Evansville swimmer Emily Ferguson. “I think they bring a lot to the team,” he said. “The kids get some very good instruction and they are ready to race.” Toner tabbed Cincinnati Country Day as the team to beat in the Miami Valley Conference. CHCA swims mostly at the Five Seasons, but does one day a week at the Blue Ash YMCA to work on block starts and relay exchanges.

Cincinnati Country Day swims the breaststroke leg of the 200 medley relay Dec. 3 during a home meet against Summit and New Richmond. MARK D. MOTZ/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Indian Hill

Taking over the program as head coach this season is Emily Hardy, a four-year collegiate swimmer at Xavier. She’ll be assisted by veteran coach Holly Rice and dive coach Lori Rapp. Hardy will be helped by the return of several Indian Hill state competitors. On the girls side, seniors Cassie Wegryn and junior Katherine Arnold have state experience in diving. Seniors Delaney Smith, Sarah Vester and Rachel McGoff; junior Grace Stimson and sophomores Elizabeth Drerup and Devin Landstra have all made waves in the state pool. “Our team looks to be pretty strong again this year,” Hardy said. “We have five of our seven state qualifiers on the girls team returning, as well as all four state qualifiers on the boys team.” McGoff and Smith are part of Indian Hill’s record-setting 200 medley relay, while McGoff joined Drerup and Landstra on a successful 200 freestyle relay. Landstra and Smith are also associated with the school 400 freestyle relay record. McGoff, Drerup,

Rachel McGoff, Delaney Smith, Elizabeth Drerup and Alexandra Tracy are the relay team from Indian Hill High School that won the CHL Championship event and broke the CHL record last season. All but Tracy, who graduated, are back this winter.THANKS TO SUSAN TRACY

Landstra, and Arnold were all Cincinnati Hills League first team selections last winter. Bridget Pavlick, Wegryn, Stimson, and Katherine Anning made second team, with Kara Korengel and Smith taking honorable mention. For the male Braves, seniors Noah Brackenbury and Will Dowling and juniors Sam Vester and Jack Dowling all swam in Canton. Those four hold the school record in the 200 medley relay and all made CHL first team in the event. Vester was also first team in the 100 freestyle. “We do have some new faces on the boys side, so hopefully we will be stronger just based on numbers alone,” Hardy said. Next up for Indian Hill is a quad meet at Wright State hosted by Carroll High School Dec. 14. Divers Arnold, Wegryn, Korengel and Danielle Faulkner will participate that same day in a meet at the University of Cincin-

nati Rec Center. Indian Hill’s next home meet is at Cincinnati Country Day High School Dec. 21.

Moeller

The Crusaders had a historic 2012-2013 season and look to rewrite the record books again this season. Last year’s squad set a school record by sending nine qualifiers to the state meet. Seven of the nine are back this year, boosted by a talented group of underclassmen. Senior Greg Nymberg, an Ohio State commit, leads the team. Seniors Chris Asgian (Providence commit), Charlie Braun, Tory Worobetz, Fritz Josephson, and Kyle Smith give Moeller one of its most talented and experienced classes. “This season, Moeller will be led by a very experienced senior class,” said assistant coach Matt Harrison. “There is a lot of hype surrounding Moeller this year, and with good reason.”

Sam Vester, Noah Brackenbury, Jack Dowling and Will Dowling display their loot after their Indian Hill record-breaking 200 medley boys relay last season. All four are back for the Braves.THANKS TO SUSAN TRACY

Nymberg, junior Kevin George, and sophomore Cooper Hodge earned All-American accolades last season. Junior Noah Worobetz and sophomore Jacob Peloquin, both returning state qualifiers, will be counted on to score significant points, said Harrison. After consecutive eighth-place finishes at the Division I state meet, the Crusaders are expecting to crack the top five. Nymberg (100 fly) and George (500 free) will try to defend their individual district championships while helping lead relay teams to the podium. The Crusaders have talent, experience, and depth, with the largest roster in program history, according to Harrison.

Mount Notre Dame

New head coach Jim Barbiere brings a state championship pedigree to the Cougars. The former St. Xavier swimmer won Ohio state championships in high school and qualified for the 2012

Olympic Trials, placing 25th in the 200 freestyle. Now, the 2013 Indiana University graduate brings his knowledge and experience to Mount Notre Dame. The Cougars will be led by Graci Doll, Katie Kruspe, Lindsay Scott, Anna Lucas, and Grace Adkins. The swimmers have quickly adapted to their new coach and have shown that they are willing to put in the work to make their own mark at the state meet in February. “The girls come into practice with the passion and desire in order to make our team get better,” said Barbiere. The Cougars open the season on Dec. 13 at the Blue Ash YMCA against Loveland and Madeira.

Ursuline Academy

The Lions won the Division I state championship last season, ending a three-year streak as state runners-up to that other See SWIM, Page A9

PRESS PREPS HIGHLIGHTS By Scott Springer and Mark Motz sspringer@communitypress.com mmotz@communitypress.com

Girls basketball » Cincinnati Country Day lost for the first time this season, falling 42-23 Dec. 2 against Mariemont. The Indians bounced back with a 46-43 win at Seven Hills to improve to 4-1. » Indian Hill beat Goshen 4433 on Dec. 2. Jessica Arington led the Lady Braves with 13 points.

» CHCA beat Lockland 60-30 Dec. 4 to improve to 2-2 on the season. » Mount Notre Dame beat Seton 64-30 on Dec. 5 as junior Naomi Davenport had 20 points.

» CHCA started the season 2-0 with a 73-30 win over Cincinnati College Prep Nov. 30 and a 77-30 win over New Miami Dec. 3.

Boys basketball

» Moeller’s Gus Ragland was named the Division I Co-Offensive Player of the Year with Connor Krizancic of Mentor. Joining Ragland on first team was defensive lineman Chalmer Frueauf and defensive back Sam Hubbard. Receiver Isaiah Gentry, offensive lineman Jared Jacon-Duffy and kicker

» Cincinnati Country Day started the season with a 51-43 win at Bethel-Tate Nov. 29. The Indians followed it up with a 4440 win at Cincinnati Christian Dec. 4 to go 2-0. » Indian Hill beat Norwood 69-36 on Dec. 3. Karl Koster led the Braves with 18 points.

Football

Matt Coghlin earned special mention.

Last chance for Catching up

The Community Press & Recorder, along with cincinnati.com, 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 col-

lege athletes’ accomplishments over the last calendar year to presspreps@gmail.com. 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 will run in print Jan. 1 and be used in a cincinnati.com photo gallery. Questions can be directed to mlaughman@ communitypress.com.


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Colerain High School student Destyne Watson, left, joins Reds COO Phil Castellini and Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil, as well as mascots Mr. Red Legs and Who Dey, at the “Game with a Cop” press conference Nov. 4 at Paul Brown Stadium.THANKS TO THE CINCINNATI REDS COMMUNITY FUND

Sheriff’s office hits home run with ‘Game with a Cop’ By Tom Skeen tskeen@communitypress.com

HAMILTON CO. — The “Game with a Cop” program is off to one heck of a start. The Bengals and Reds teamed up with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office to send 12 students from Cincinnati’s Northwest Local School District, two unpaid volunteer police officers and two volunteers from the school to the Hamilton County suite at Paul Brown Stadium to watch the Bengals’ 49-9 dismantling of the New York Jets Oct. 27. Sheriff Jim Neil, along with the architect of the program, Chief Deputy Mark Schoonover, introduced the program at a Nov. 4 press conference at PBS. Reds COO Phil Castellini, Bengals director of business development Bob Bedinghaus, Northwest Local School District Superintendent Mark Farmer and Colerain High School students Destyne Watson and Maiya Harrell joined the officers at the press conference. “It was a very fun experience getting to meet the police officers,” Harrell said. “Before I was always scared to talk to them, but now I know they are just people like us.” It was the first time either Harrell or Watson had been to a Bengals game. The idea stemmed from the “Shop with a Cop” program, where economically challenged children from all over the county have the opportunity to shop at a local department store with a uniformed officer around Christmas time. “It was just a very good experience all they way round and it’s very important for the sheriff and I to foster relationships between the sher-

iff’s office and the communities in Hamilton County and I think this is one great way to do that,” Schoonover said, who spent roughly a half hour at the Oct. 27 contest along with Neil. Over the final four regular season games (and possibly a home playoff game or two) at PBS, students from Winton Woods, Deer Park, Mount Healthy and Norwood high schools will attend games in the suite. “We love having these folks down here,” Bedinghaus said. “We have an excellent working relationship with the sheriff’s office and the Cincinnati Police Department and the opportunity to bring some kids down here that would otherwise not have an opportunity to come to our game, much less have an opportunity to enjoy the game from a suite, is something that we embraced right away.” When April rolls

around, the “Game with a Cop” program will provide tickets for roughly 40 of the Reds’ 81 home games. “Really for us this was a no-brainer in terms of a program to get involved,” Castellini said. “… It’s just one of the many things we’re doing in the community that we’re proud to be involved with, especially with the underprivileged kids.” While the full program plans are yet to laid on paper in terms of more schools being involved, this is just the beginning for a program with a very bright future. “This is an important program to use in the sheriff’s office and it’s also important to the youth of Hamilton County,” Neil said. “… This will grow county wide, regional wide and it will involve a number of school districts as well as a number of police departments and it’s going to be a winwin for our region.”

UA – Upper Arlington from the Columbus area. Head coach Brad Isham graduated nine seniors, but has three returning senior state qualifiers around whom he hopes to build another successful squad. Senior Emily Slabe – who signed with the University of North Carolina next season – leads the returnees and swims the backstroke and butterfly. Classmates Temarie Tomley in the freestyle sprints and Alisabeth Marsteller in the individual medley and freestyle bring additional state experience. A trio of juniors in Allie Wade (breaststroke, distance freestyle), Abby Pitner (backstroke and freestyle sprints) and Dayton Oakwood transfer Sydney Lofquist (distance free) bring additional experience. Freshmen Julia Morgan (sprints) and Rollie Grinder (distance free and butterfly) should have an immediate impact. “What we’re going to need (is) that balance and that depth,” Isham said. “We’re going to need everyone to step up and improve through the season for us to compete in Canton again this year.” Isham said the Girls Greater Catholic League will go a long way toward preparing his team. “It’s going to be very strong,” he said. “The depth in the league will really push us. We will have to work hard every meet.”

Brent Suter (Moeller ‘08) finished a solid first full professional season recently as the Brevard County (Florida) Manatees missed the playoffs. He led the team with 139 innings pitched and had a 3.43 ERA. His 113 strikeouts were fourth among all Milwaukee Brewers affiliate pitchers. The Anderson resident led the Manatees in quality starts and finished 7-9. Suter hopes to be promoted to AA Huntsville after 2014 spring training.THANKS TO BREVARD COUNTY MANATEES

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CH@TROOM Last week’s question What is your favorite Christmas/holiday song, TV show, movie or performance? Why do you like it? “My favorite Christmas song is a combination of ‘Peace on Earth’ and ‘Little Drummer Boy.’ It was a duet done by a unique collaboration of Bing Crosby and David Bowie. “My favorite movie has to be ‘A Christmas Story’ as it is timeless although set in the 1940s. It is repeated every year and watched by a new generation annually. Go figure!” T.D.T.

“‘Father Christmas’ by the Kinks!” J.S.K.

“'The Little Drummer Boy' is a favorite because he hadn't any material thing to give to Jesus, so he played for him, giving what he could give. The pa-rum-papum-pum is also a great onomatopoeia" TRog

“‘White Christmas’ and ‘It's a Wonderful Life’ are my two favorite Christmas classic movies, but nothing is better than singing ‘Silent Night’ at the end of our candlelight service at church on Christmas Eve. Merry Christmas, everyone!” R.W.J.

“Albert Finney's 'Scrooge' is our favorite holiday movie. It's a musical version of "A Christmas Carol" and was made in the 1970s. It can be checked out at the local library. The best version of this story ever made!” C.H.

“My favorites are all the ridiculous and boring commercials because I know they end Dec. 26.” D.J.

“Favorite song: 'Snoopy and the Red Baron,’ favorite TV Show: 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas,’ favorite movie: 'A Christmas Story,’ and favorite performance: 'A Christmas Carol.'” O.H.R.

“'Pine Tree! Coming into Pine Tree!' ‘White Christmas!’ Best Christmas song, best Christmas performer, best Christmas movie. “Bing Crosby is the top of the Christmas triumvirate of Bing, Perry Como and Nat King Cole. And he didn't need Auto Tune! The movie has great scenes, songs and classic performers. “Rosemary, Vera, Bing and Danny bring music, laughter, dance and that great warm and fuzzy Christmas Spirit that we all seek this time of year. I'm sure everyone's feelings about this movie are 'Mutual, I'm sure!'” T.J.F.

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Join in the fight against hunger Cincinnati remains the 10th poorest city in the country, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Carla, a Cincinnati resident who works 10-hour days, six days a week, while taking care of eight great-nieces and nephews counts on the extra help she receives from the Freestore Foodbank to care for and put food on the table for her family. “It’s a great help. It means a lot to me. It helps to stretch the rest of the food. The Freestore Foodbank means everything to me. It’s part of my survival,” she said. The holiday season is upon us, and our city must continue supporting those in need now and year-round. I am proud to live in Cincinnati and have much gratitude towards those organizations that devote their time, energy, and livelihood to help individuals and families in our city, especially the Freestore Foodbank. The poor and the struggling are our neighbors, Carla is our neighbor. People in our community must face the harsh

reality of hunger and food scarcity daily. Even those that are fortunate enough to have jobs still struggle to make ends meet as the cost of food and expenses continue to increase. Michael T. My family, LaRosa COMMUNITY PRESS our team members, and our GUEST COLUMNIST guests have grown up in this community. To look at our neighborhoods – in our backyards, and see the struggles families have to face in order to make ends meet, is disconcerting. It is our responsibility to come together to help those in need. We as a community can work as a team to fight hunger. I regularly visit our 63 pizzerias, from our Boudinot Avenue location to Price Hill to Anderson Township to Forest Park, to meet with guests and team members, to listen to their stories about their families, their interests, their suc-

cesses and sometimes, their hardships. While many families who frequent our pizzerias can afford a hot meal, I have heard of challenging times when putting food on the table was a struggle for them, their families or friends. During this holiday season, LaRosa’s is once again proud to support the Freestore Foodbank of Cincinnati to fight hunger right here in our own backyard. Serving more than 300,000 people annually in 20 counties across Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. The Freestore Foodbank is the Tristate’s largest foodbank distributing more that 19 million meals annually. The organization provides emergency food assistance to more than 7,200 individuals per month from its Customer Connection Center in Over-theRhine alone. Each of our pizzerias are selling Buddy Cards (our twofor-one pizza discount card) for the benefit of the Freestore Foodbank. We will donate $5 from the sale of every $10

Buddy Card directly to the Freestore Foodbank and the nourishment and comfort they provide to those who truly need help in our community. Ultimately, our contribution will help support the Freestore Foodbank’s annual goal to distribute 16.2 million pounds of food to meet our region’s growing demand. We hope you’ll join us in our efforts to surpass our 2012 effort of 7,000 cards sold for Cincinnati. Here’s how you can help: » Buy a LaRosa’s Buddy Card by Dec. 31. For a full list of locations, visit www.larosas.com. » Donate to the Freestore Foodbank of Cincinnati. Visit www.freestorefoodbank.org or www.thefoodbankdayton. Food brings people together and can build a community. No child, person or family should go hungry. Please join me and the LaRosa’s family in the fight against hunger. Together we can feed our neighbors in need. Michael T. LaRosa is chief executive officer of LaRosa’s Inc.

OFFICIALS DIRECTORY LOCAL Indian Hill Village Council

Village of Indian Hill: 6525 Drake Road. Phone: 561-6500. Web site: www.ihill.org. 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 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: www.ih.k12.oh.us. 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.

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U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot (1st District) 2371 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 Phone: (202) 225-2216 Fax: (202) 225-3012 Website: chabot.house.gov 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. Sherrod Brown Cincinnati – 425 Walnut St., room 2310, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202-3915; phone 684-1021, fax 684-1029. E-mail: senator@brown.senate.gov Web site: www.brown.senate.gov 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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State Rep. Connie Pillich In Columbus: House of Representatives, 77 S. High St., 11th Floor, Columbus, Ohio, 432660603; phone 614-466-8120; fax 614-644-9494. E-mail: district28@ohr.state.oh.us State Rep. Ron Maag In Columbus: House of Representatives, 77 S. High St., 10th Floor, Columbus, Ohio, 432156111; phone 614-644-6023; fax 614-719-3589. E-mail: district35@ohr.state.oh.us

How to better serve veterans in today’s digital age Nearly 24 years ago, American leadership helped bring down the Berlin Wall without firing a shot. Now, our service members and veterans are up against a new wall, a wall of bureaucracy. This wall complicates nearly every facet of life as they transition from active duty service to veteran status. This Veterans Day, we must renew our commitment to those who have served us. Our task begins by ensuring that their medical records, which document years or decades of service, seamlessly follow them from uniformed to veteran status. The House of Representatives is taking action to push both the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to realize this goal. Our troops face numerous challenges after they serve: transitioning to civilian life, finding a career or continuing their education, to name just a few. Our veterans should not have to serve as couriers between the DoD and VA too. It’s an additional and unnecessary burden. Our two biggest departments are still not fully capable

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of digitally communicating in the 21st century. Early in his presidency, President Obama charged these two departments to “build a seamless system of integration with a single goal: when a member of the Armed Forced separates from the military, he or she will no longer have to walk paperwork from a DoD duty station to a local VA health center; their electronic records will transition along with them and remain with them forever.” This vision has devolved into a series of missed milestones, shifting priorities and ballooning budgets. The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee learned earlier this year that these failures have led President Obama and both departments to abandon the original goal of one system, and instead plan continued reliance on separate systems integrated together to connect electronic health records. I served as an Army combat surgeon in Iraq and still serve as a Reservist. I know that my fellow military members, when they retire, should not have to continue to wage war at home

against bureaucracies and paperwork. And yet, a doctor treating veterans cannot seamlessly access the medical history of their patient because that history is housed in a separate Defense DepartBrad ment system. Wenstrup VA doctors COMMUNITY PRESS report that GUEST COLUMNIST initial steps are improving this digital sharing, while still on separate systems. The House of Representatives is working to tackle these issues through the bipartisan H.R. 1960. Important sections call for basic interoperability capabilities within a year, meaning that doctors on both sides will be able to readily view medical history files. By 2016, we are demanding full system integration between the two departments. These are essential steps towards realizing a system that seamlessly communicates medical history files between

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the departments, without forcing the burden on to the shoulders of our transitioning veterans. Ultimately, I believe one system will best serve our troops and veterans as they seek care, and full integration is steering the departments in the right direction. Fully integrating these electric health records isn’t just about helping transitioning veterans, it’s also essential to reducing our veterans’ disability backlog. We know that fully developed disability claims, those with complete medical history files, take half the amount of time to complete compared to claims filed with incomplete or missing data. It’s discouraging for our troops, our veterans, and our doctors to face a wall of bureaucracy that hinders care. They deserve a lasting solution that honors their legacy and service. Brad Wenstrup represents Ohio’s 2nd Congressional District and serves on both the House Armed Services and Veterans’ Affairs Committees. Contact him through his Website, www.Wenstrup.House.gov.

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


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“Our mission here is to provide a place for families to create memories and traditions,” Big Tree Plantation owner Bryan Keeton said.FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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Sheldon Corsi, owner of Corsi Tree Farm 1651 Bolender Road, Hamersville. The farm, which was started in 1955, features blue spruce, Norway spruce, white pine, Scotch pine, balsam fir and concolor fir on nearly 100 acres.ERIC SPANGLER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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Timberwind Tree Farm owner Jim Luers said last year he and his family began placing name tags on the trees giving each an individual story. FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Making the (holidays) cut Tree farms are a growing business as families renew their holiday traditions of choosing and cutting their own Christmas trees. While you may have to drive a bit to find them these tree farms are worth the trip to put you in the holiday spirit.

on other days by calling 7561998. Directions to the tree farm can be found on the Koch website, www.kochchristmastrees.com.

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287 WEST PEKIN ROAD, LEBANON Scott Graves, owner of Ever Green Acres, said his tree farm offers customers a family atmosphere. “We’re a hometown, family-oriented tree farm,” he said, noting he runs the farm with his wife, Lauren, their two children, Kristine and Kevin, and their grandson, Elliott. Established in 2005, Graves said Ever Green Acres offers customers the choice of cutting their own tree or picking from a selection of pre-cut trees. The farm also offers balled and burlap trees for those who want to plant their tree after Christmas. Types of trees include Canaan, Douglas and Fraser firs and Norway and Colorado spruce. Trees sell for $6 per foot. Graves and his family will bail trees and assist customers in tying them to their cars. After finding your tree, stop in the Christmas shop to browse the wreaths, grab a free hot chocolate and cookies and sit down by the wood stove. Ever Green Acres is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 22. – Kurt Backscheider/The Community Press

Corsi Tree Farm HAMERSVILLE This tree farm has been in business since 1955. Situated on 100 acres at 1651 Bolender Road, Hamersville, owner Sheldon Corsi’s farm offers about 50,000 cut-your-own Christmas trees. Yep, that’s 50 – as in thousand! Customers walk up, down and around the gently rolling hills of the farm along gravel roads carrying a saw provided by the business. Trees range in height from 3 feet to16 feet and no matter what size blue spruce, Norway spruce, white pine, Scotch pine, balsam fir or concolor fir tree a customer chooses to cut down for Christmas the price is the same – $42 with tax included. The tree farm also includes a 2,500-square-foot Christmas shop with tree ornaments and gifts, an indoor petting zoo, homemade Italian chili, hot dogs, metts, and hot and cold drinks.

Tom Dirr has been growing trees since 1960 on his 115-acre farm on 6066 Goshen Road. KEITH BIERYGOLICK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Call 937-379-9200 or go online to www.corsitreefarm.net for more information. – Eric Spangler/The Community Press

Dirr Nurseries GOSHEN Tom Dirr has been growing trees since 1960 on his 115-acre farm on 6066 Goshen Road. Customers drive through a .75-mile gravel road system to choose their tree, which costs $45 for any size. Customers can cut their own white pine, balsam fir, Canaan fir, Scotch pine and Colorado spruce trees. Saws are provided and tree shaking and netting is available. Workers help secure the trees to the customer’s car. But as Dirr says, “We’re in the entertainment business, not the Christmas tree business.” So check out the farm’s nativity display or get pictures on Santa’s sleigh while sipping hot cocoa. Then take the kids to the petting zoo, where Schnitzel the goat takes center stage. Schnitzel has led the Bockfest parade in Overthe-Rhine for the past four years, pulling the ceremonial first keg of bock beer. For more information about the farm call 513-6252000 – Keith BieryGolick/The Community Press

Big Tree Plantation MORROW With an estimated 45,000 trees situated on more than 60 acres, Big Tree Plantation is one of the largest cut-your-own tree farms in Ohio. The family-run farm, which is owned by Bryan Keeton, is located at 2544 S. Waynesville Road. Trees range in price from $45 for a 6-foot tree to $400 for an 18-foot tree and include Canaan firs, Scotch pine, white pine and blue spruce. “Our mission here is to pro-

“The difference in trees depends on what you prefer, like odor, long-lasting and color,” says owner John T. Nieman.LEAH FIGHTMASTER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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vide a place for families to create memories and traditions,” said Keeton. Customers are taken by tractor to the trees and provided with a saw and sled to transport them. Big Tree Plantation has a gift barn, Nativity, and “Winter Wonderland” where children can make a craft, visit with Santa Claus and see live animals. Admission to the Winter Wonderland is $5 per child. The farm also has a cafeteria. For information, call 513-8360975 or go online to http://bit.ly/4iajsF – Forrest Sellers/The Community Press

John T. Nieman Nursery ROSS John T. Nieman Nursery, 3215 Hamilton New London Road, has been in operation since 1962 with 125 acres, growing about 70,000 trees of various varieties. Customers looking for the perfect tree can wind their way through rows to cut a tree down themselves with their own saw, borrow one or ask an employee (or grandchild) to cut it. They will also load the tree onto the car as well, and if you need a stand, they sell four sizes of stands that they’ll cut your tree to fit. If you buy one, bring it back next year and they’ll fit it for free.Tree varieties include blue spruce, Canaan fir, white pine and Norway spruce that vary in height from 2 to 16 feet. Trees that are balled and wrapped in burlap can be bought to plant after Christmas as well. Trees are pre-priced and range from about $15 to $300, de-

pending on size and variety. The nursery also has a Christmas store with that Nieman’s late wife Marilyn started, where they sell their in-house live wreaths, swags and other decorations that can either be bought as decorated or be made-to-order. Open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Fields with trees are open until dark. 3215 Hamilton New London Road, Call 513-7381012 or go online to www.johnniemannursery.com for more information. “The difference in trees depends on what you prefer, like odor, long-lasting and color,” says owner John T. Nieman. “We don’t have a petting zoo or anything like that. People come here for a nice tree.” – Leah Fightmaster/The Community Press

Koch Christmas Trees REILY TOWNSHIP This family-owned farm in Reily Township has been in operation since 2001. The trees are a short distance from the parking lot at this farm, a few miles south of Oxford, at 6232 HamiltonScipio Road. Farm workers will help to cut the tree if requested, and hand saws are available for use. the tree will be shaken to remove debris, then properly fit by drilling the cut end of the tree for a tree stand. The tree will be wrapped, free of charge, and help is available to load the trees on the car. What kind of trees? Scotch pine, eastern white pine, Canaan fir, blue spruce. Price range: $35 to $100. Free treats and hot chocolate are available, and tree stands are available for sale. Because this is a small family farm, Koch is open on weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will take requests to meet at the farm

This farm overlooking the confluence of Bullskin Creek and the Ohio River just north of U.S. Route 52 has been in business since 1833. Owner Tim Broadwell’s farm, situated on 130 acres at 108 state Route 133, Felicity, offers 5 acres of cutyour-own Scotch pine or Canaan fir trees. Scotch pine trees cost $25 and Canaan fir trees cost $32 for any size. New this year is a hayride that customers can take from the parking lot to the trees and back. Saws are provided and tree shaking and netting is available. Free coffee and hot chocolate are also provided. The hayride travels part of the trail that was once known as the Bullskin Trail, Bullskin Trace, Xenia Trail or Xenia Trace. The trail, created initially by the thundering hooves of millions of migrating buffalo and other animals traveling to the salt licks in Kentucky, was also used as a major travel route by Native Americans. Legend has it that Daniel Boone used the trail through this farm in 1778 during his escape from Shawnee Indians, Broadwell said. The trail was also a major Underground Railroad route. For more information about the farm call 513507-1456. – Eric Spangler/The Community Press

Timberwind Tree Farm LEBANON At Timberwind Tree Farm, every tree has a story. Located at 1566 W. Pekin Road, Timberwind Tree Farm is eight acres with about 400 trees. The family-run business has been in operation for 25 years. Owner Jim Luers said last year he and his family began placing name tags on the trees giving each an individual story. For example, Tammy is the “Miss America Tree” because she is “tall, well rounded with a perfect figure.” This year students from St. Susanna School will help write the name tags. For information, call 937-7465027 or go online to http://bit.ly/1aJzlfR – Forrest Sellers/The Community Press


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THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, DEC. 12 Art Exhibits Small Treasures, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., The Barn. Show and sale of small artwork, no larger than 8-by-10 inches. Original works in oil and watercolor by active members of the Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati. Free. 2723700; www.artatthebarn.org. Mariemont.

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. Through Dec. 19. 387-7030; btc.toastmastersclubs.org. Blue Ash.

Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 7-8 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, 8999 Applewood Drive, $5. 917-7475. Blue Ash.

Health / Wellness Wellness Myths and Misunderstandings, 7-8 p.m., FIT Montgomery, 9030 Montgomery Road, Suite 18, Topic: Guilt Free Holiday Treats. Coordinated discussion group to explore health and wellness discoveries found in latest peer-reviewed medical journals. Ages 18 and up. $5. 823-2025; wellnessmyths2013.eventbrite.com. Sycamore Township.

Holiday - Christmas Victorian Holiday Village, 6-8:30 p.m., Ohio National Financial Services, One Financial Way, Greater Cincinnati tradition features variety of holiday activities. New houses decorated with holiday scenes, thousands of lights and free family entertainment. Free. 794-6100; facebook.com/ohionational. Montgomery. Santa’s Workshop, 2-8 p.m., Santa’s Workshop, 6940 Madisonville Road, Historic Shillito’s Elves have moved to Mariemont and are opening workshop for public tours. Bring letters to mail to Santa. Pictures with Santa available on Saturdays and Sundays. Benefits Ronald McDonald House. $4, free ages 3 and under. Presented by Mariemont Inn. 620-4353; www.thesantaworkshop.com. Mariemont.

Nature Fossils and Geology, 3:15-4:15 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Learn about rock formation, soil types, weathering and Cincinnati’s famous fossils. Ages 5-12. Free. 369-4450. Deer Park.

On Stage - Comedy Drew Hastings, 8 p.m., Go Bananas Comedy Club, 8410 Market Place Lane, $12-$18. Reservations required. 984-9288; www.gobananascomedy.com. Montgomery.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Free, donations accepted. Through Jan. 30. 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; www.coda.org. Blue Ash.

The historic Delta Kings Chorus will stage a holiday concert of Christmas favorites at St. Paul Community United Methodist Church of Madeira at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13. Cincinnati's 30-member original barbershop chorus will deliver an evening of close-harmony Christmas music in a concert the group donated to help WCET's Action Auction. A St. Paul group submitted the winning bid for the concert, which will be staged in the sanctuary; there will be no charge for admission. Many of the chorus' concerts during the year benefit various local charities. The 30 minute concert in the church, at 8221 Miami Road in Madeira, will feature numbers from the whole chorus and from a barbershop quartet within the larger group. Delta Kings Holiday Concert, 7:30-8:30 p.m., St. Paul Community United Methodist Church, 8221 Miami Road, Sanctuary. Cincinnati’s original barbershop chorus. Christmas melodies. With Rusty Pipes quartet. Benefits WCET Action Auction. Free. 891-8181; www.stpaulcumc.org. Madeira.

On Stage - Comedy Drew Hastings, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas Comedy Club, $12-$18. Reservations required. 984-9288; www.gobananascomedy.com. Montgomery.

Shopping Holiday Open House, 5-8 p.m., Whistle Stop Clay Works, 119 Harrison St., Locally made pottery, conversation, food and wine. Artists answer questions and take special orders. Free admission. 683-2529; www.whistlestopclayworks.com. Loveland.

SATURDAY, DEC. 14 Art & Craft Classes Teen Craft, 2 p.m., Loveland Branch Library, 649 LovelandMadeira Road, Make a fleece scarf. Ages 12-18. Free. 369-4476. Loveland.

Art Events Holiday Raku Firing, 4-9 p.m., Whistle Stop Clay Works, 119 Harrison St., Paint complimentary train ornament and watch as it comes out of the raku kiln. Learn about raku glazes and raku process, talk with local potters and sit by bonfire to warm up. Free. 683-2529; www.whistlestopclayworks.com. Loveland.

Business Seminars So You Want To Start Your Own Business, 8:30 a.m.-noon, CMC Office Center Blue Ash, 10945 Reed Hartman Highway, Seminar to provide you with basics to start your own business, including how to find resources to evaluate your business idea and bring it to reality. Ages 21 and up. $10, $5 advance. 684-2812; scoreworks.org. Blue Ash.

Craft Shows

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

On Stage - Comedy Drew Hastings, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas Comedy Club, $12-$18. Reservations required. 984-9288; www.gobananascomedy.com. Montgomery.

On Stage - Student Dance The Nutcracker, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Cincinnati Country Day School, 6905 Given Road, $10, $5 children and students. Presented by SCPA Dance Department. 238-5240. Indian Hill.

On Stage - Theater Tis the Season Christmas Show, 5-5:30 p.m., 6-6:30 p.m. and 7-7:30 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, 111 S. Second St., Directed by Tom Cavano. Continues tradition of songs from popular carols. With Loveland Stage Company Dancers. Free. 683-1713; www.lovelandstgecompany.org. Loveland.

Recreation Parents Night Out: Santa’s Workshop, 5-9:30 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Ages 3 and up. Activities include pottery painting, story time, cookie decoration and visit from Santa. Pack bag dinner (no peanuts). $30. 985-0900. Montgomery.

Shopping Ohio Camera Swap, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Embassy Suites Blue Ash, 4554 Lake Forest Drive, Featuring 20-plus dealers. Buying and selling everything photographyrelated. New and used equipment. Bring equipment to trade or sell. $5, $3 students, free ages 11 and under; free parking. 614-352-4110; www.cameratradeshow.com. Blue Ash.

Dining Events

Art Exhibits

Metropolitan Opera Live Broadcast of Verdi’s “Falstaff” and Dinner with Cincinnati Opera Guild, 5:30-8 p.m., Trio Bistro, 7565 Kenwood Road, Prices vary. 768-5513. Kenwood.

Small Treasures, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; www.artatthebarn.org. Mariemont.

Drink Tastings

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Victorian Holiday Village, 6-8:30 p.m., Ohio National Financial Services, Free. 7946100; facebook.com/ohionational. Montgomery. Santa’s Workshop, 2-8 p.m., Santa’s Workshop, $4, free ages 3 and under. 620-4353; www.thesantaworkshop.com. Mariemont.

Christmas in Loveland, 4-9 p.m., Downtown Loveland, West Loveland Avenue, Carriage rides crafts, Santa at Loveland Canoe and Kayak, caroling, shopping, bonfire, children and adult choirs, and more. Free. Presented by City of Loveland. 2938254; www.historicloveland.com. Loveland. Santa’s Workshop, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Santa’s Workshop, $4, free ages 3 and under. 620-4353;

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Teen Advisory Board, 2-3 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Motivated teens discuss means for making library’s programs and materials to be most in tune with their needs. Ages 13-19. Free. 3694450. Deer Park.

SUNDAY, DEC. 15

Small Treasures, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; www.artatthebarn.org. Mariemont.

Art Exhibits

Literary - Libraries

Marielders Senior Center Craft Show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Mariemont Elementary School, 6750 Wooster Pike, Free admission. Presented by MARIELDERS, INC. 271-5588; marieldersseniorcenter@yahoo.com. Mariemont.

Winter WINEderland, 3-7 p.m., Meier’s Wine Cellars, 6955 Plainfield Road, Includes five tasting tickets to be used on choice of 1-1.5 ounce samples of wine. Non-alcoholic juices also available. Ages 21 and up. $10. 891-2900. Silverton.

FRIDAY, DEC. 13

www.thesantaworkshop.com. Mariemont.

Holiday - Christmas Santa’s Workshop, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Santa’s Workshop, $4, free ages 3 and under. 620-4353; www.thesantaworkshop.com. Mariemont. Santa’s North Pole-ooza, 2-4 p.m., Kids First Sports Center, 7900 E. Kemper Road, Playing in the gym, inflatable slide, open family swim, Santa, Mrs. Claus, Rudolph, Frosty, The Grinch, cookie decorating, holiday dance performance and toy collection. Benefits Toys for Tots and the Dragonfly Foundation. $10 per child age 3 and up. 489-7575; www.kidsfirstsports.com. Sycamore Township.

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; www.mariemont.org. Mariemont. Cincinnati Junior Strings 35th Anniversary Concert, 3-4:30 p.m., UC Blue Ash College Muntz Theater, 9555 Plainfield Road, Winter concert celebrates Dr. Jerry Doan’s 35 years of service as CJS director. CJS alumni join current students in performance of “Intermezzo.” Free. 556-2595. Blue Ash.

On Stage - Comedy Drew Hastings, 8 p.m., Go Bananas Comedy Club, $12-$18. Reservations required. 984-9288; www.gobananascomedy.com. Montgomery.

MONDAY, DEC. 16 Exercise Classes 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.

Music - Benefits Michael Stephen Chertock, 7 p.m., Sycamore Presbyterian Church, 11800 Mason Road, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra pianist with Maria Bobbitt Chertock, guest soloist, performing Christmas favorites. Benefits The Center for Respite Care. Free; donations accepted. 683-0254; www.sycamorechurch.org. Symmes Township.

Volunteer Events The L.I.F.E. Giving Shoppe Gift Drop-off, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., The Charles Brigham Jr. Masonic Lodge, 11665 Lebanon Road, Auditorium. Donate new, unwrapped gifts. Family friendly. Free. Presented by L.I.F.E. Loveland Interfaith Effort. 583-8222; www.lovelandinterfaith.org. Loveland.

TUESDAY, DEC. 17 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; www.botanicacincinnati.com. Loveland.

Art Exhibits Small Treasures, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; www.artatthebarn.org. Mariemont.

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.

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Literary - Story Times Preschool Story Time, 10:30-11 a.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Books, songs, activities and more, while building early literacy skills. For preschoolers and their caregivers. Ages 3-6. Free. 369-4450. Deer Park. Book Break, 3-3:30 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Children’s librarian reads aloud from some favorite books. Make craft to take home. Ages 3-6. Free. 369-4450. Deer Park.

Volunteer Events The L.I.F.E. Giving Shoppe Gift Drop-off, 9 a.m.-noon, The Charles Brigham Jr. Masonic Lodge, Free. 583-8222; www.lovelandinterfaith.org. Loveland.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 18 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 Exhibits Small Treasures, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; www.artatthebarn.org. Mariemont.

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; 2289.toastmastersclubs.org. Milford.

Holiday - Christmas Santa’s Workshop, 2-8 p.m., Santa’s Workshop, $4, free ages 3 and under. 620-4353; www.thesantaworkshop.com. Mariemont.

Recreation Magic the Gathering, 6-8 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Free. 3694450. Deer Park.

Support Groups

Exercise Classes

Caregivers Support Group, 12:30-2 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 25. To support caregivers of elderly or disabled parents (relatives). Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. 929-4483. Montgomery.

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

Art & Craft Classes

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; www.lovelandfm.com. Loveland.

THURSDAY, DEC. 19 Ladies Night, 7-9 p.m., Cheers to Art!, 7700 Camargo Road, Wine specials, 20 percent off all boutique items, light snacks and drawing for free session. For ages 16 and up. $30. Reservations required. 271-2793; www.cheerstoart.com. Madeira.

Inbetween Club, 4 p.m., Mariemont Branch Library, 3810 Pocahontas Ave., Make gift and wrap it. Includes holiday treats. Ages 12-18. Free. 369-4467. Mariemont.

Art Exhibits Small Treasures, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; www.artatthebarn.org. Mariemont.

Education Toastmasters: Improve Your Communication and Leadership Skills, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Technical Center, Free. Reservations required. 387-7030; btc.toastmastersclubs.org. Blue Ash.

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

Holiday - Christmas Santa’s Workshop, 2-8 p.m., Santa’s Workshop, $4, free ages 3 and under. 620-4353; www.thesantaworkshop.com. Mariemont.

Literary - Libraries Lego Club, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Design and build creations with provided Legos. Ages 5-12. Free. 369-4450. Deer Park.

Support Groups Motherless Daughters Support Group, 7-8:30 p.m., Montgomery Community Church, 11251 Montgomery Road, For adult women who have lost or miss nurturing care of their mother. Free. 489-0892. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, Free, donations accepted. 800-0164. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, Donations accepted. 673-0174; www.coda.org. Blue Ash.

FRIDAY, DEC. 20 Art Exhibits Small Treasures, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; www.artatthebarn.org. Mariemont.

Holiday - Christmas Santa’s Workshop, 2-8 p.m., Santa’s Workshop, $4, free ages 3 and under. 620-4353; www.thesantaworkshop.com. Mariemont.

SATURDAY, DEC. 21 Art & Craft Classes Special Family Holiday Session, 10 a.m.-noon, Cheers to Art!, 7700 Camargo Road, Paint ornament. Personalize with names and dates and decorate. For ages 6 and up. $25. Reservations required. 271-2793; www.cheerstoart.com. Madeira.

Art Exhibits Small Treasures, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; www.artatthebarn.org. Mariemont.


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Cheesy potatoes make great holiday side dish Our little patch of heaven looks quite festive. The lights are strung on the pine Rita trees and Heikenfeld wreaths are hung RITA’S KITCHEN on the house, garage and outhouse. This weekend we go to Corsi’s tree farm with all the kids to cut down our Christmas trees. The most fun for me is taking photos of the little ones in the back of the pickup with their Santa hats askew on their heads and hot chocolate mustaches on their smiling faces. A simple country pleasure!

Boursin cheese potatoes

Yummy alongside the holiday ham or roast. I don’t make these often but it is one of my favorite ways to cook potatoes. 3 pounds potatoes, either Yukon gold or red 2 cups whipping cream 5 oz. pkg. Boursin cheese (I like the garlic and herb blend) Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9-inch by 13-inch pan. Slice potatoes into 1⁄4-inch slices and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Heat cream and cheese together, and whisk until

cheese is melted. Layer half the potatoes in pan. Pour half cheese mixture over. Repeat and bake, covered, for 1 hour or until potatoes are tender.

Chewy cocoa brownies

St. Xavier High School Mothers’ Club “Food for the Journey” cookbook is different from the usual community cookbooks. It has mouth-watering recipes, including “dateworthy fare,” hearthealthy tailgate recipes and family favorites. It also contains original artwork by students, along with school history and stories of faith and wisdom. I couldn’t put the book down! Here’s an adaptation of a brownie recipe requested by several readers. The book is available in the St. Xavier’s Spirit shop for $25.

1 cup butter or margarine 2 cups sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla 4 large eggs 3 ⁄4 cup Hershey’s Cocoa 1 cup flour 1 ⁄2 teaspoon baking powder 1 ⁄4 teaspoon salt 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Heat oven to 350. Spray a 9-inch by 13-inch pan. Microwave butter in large bowl on medium power until melted. Stir in sugar and vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addi-

This potato dish baked with Boursin cheese is one of Rita’s favorite potato recipes.THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD

tion. Add cocoa; beat until blended. Add flour, baking powder and salt; beat well. Stir in nuts. Pour batter into pan. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until brownies begin to pull away from sides of pan. Don’t overbake.

Creamy brownie frosting

Check out my blog for this recipe.

Nell Wilson’s homemade blue cheese dressing/veggie dip I was a guest, along with Joe Boggs, Hamilton County Extension, on Ron Wilson’s annual Thanksgiving radio show on 55WKRC. We shared

our holiday memories and favorite recipes. Ron told us about the blue cheese dressing from his mom, Nell. I told him I had to have it for my readers. “She makes quarts and quarts of this to give away,” he told me. Nell is special to me for many reasons, one of which is how generous she is in sharing her good recipes. Nell says you can eat this right away “but it’s better after 24 hours.” For gift giving, pour into a pretty jar suitable for the refrigerator. In a large bowl, combine the following ingredients: 2 cups Hellman’s Mayonnaise

⁄2cup sour cream ⁄4 cup white vinegar 1 heaping tablespoon minced garlic 1 tablespoon sugar 1 to 11⁄2 cups blue cheese crumbles 1

1 tablespoon cinnamon

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Cinnamon mocha mix for giving

Give with a couple of holiday mugs. Go to taste on ingredients. Combine and store in covered container at room temperature: 16 oz. non-dairy powdered creamer 16 oz. chocolate mix for milk 1 pound confectioners’ sugar 6 cups dry milk powder 3 ⁄4 to 1 cup cocoa powder 1 ⁄2cup instant coffee

Gift tag: Pour 6 oz. hot water over 3 heaping tablespoons mix; stir.

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Pia’s chicken salad for Mindy Seibert. “My husband and I were recently in Mount Adams and would love to find the recipe for Pia’s wonderful chicken salad. We really enjoy the old food places up on “the hill.”’ Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Find her blog online at Cincinnati.Com/blogs. Email her at columns@communitypress.com with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

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RELIGION Anderson Hills United Methodist Church

The church has two contemporary services on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., and two traditional services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. A contemporary service is also offered at 6 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month in the fellowship hall. The church is at 7515 Forest Road, Anderson Township; 231-4172; www.andersonhillsumc.org.

Ascension Lutheran Church

The congregation will help make Christmas special this year for children served by the Deer Park Clothes Closet. Clothing, toys and books will be delivered to the Clothes Closet in time for “shopping day.”

Community residents who are interested in helping may call the church office at 793-3288 for more information. The narthex Christmas tree will be decorated with mittens, gloves, scarves, hats and socks. The items will be given to “Our Lord’s Rose Garden”, a children’s ministry in Sharonville that cares for children in need. The OWLS (older wiser Lutherans) will meet at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15 at the church to decorate the sanctuary and share hors d’oeuvres, dessert and a $10 gift exchange. Ascension is partnering with St. Barnabas Episcopal Church and Montgomery Presbyterian Church for a Blue Christmas Worship Service. Christmas can be a difficult time for many people, particularly those experiencing loss and grief. The 6:30 p.m. service is Friday,

December 20 at St. Barnabas Episcopal church (10345 Montgomery Road). The children’s Christmas pageant, “The King’s Birthday,” will be presented at the 11 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 22 worship service. Young New York City virtuoso pianist David Mamedov will play a concert at Ascension at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2.. Mamedov competes and plays worldwide. The concert is free and open to the public. The Women’s Bible Study meets Friday mornings at 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. They are using “Namesake: When God Rewrites Your Story” for their discussion. The women’s Wheel of Friendship shipped 100 health kits and 30 pounds of soap to Lutheran World Relief. The group meets monthly Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Their

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Bible study is called “In Good Company: Stories of Biblical Women.” Women of the community are invited to both groups. Healing Touch Ministry is offered on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. Please call the church office at 793-3288 for more information on this outreach opportunity. On Sunday, Dec. 29 there will be one worship service at 10 a.m. Rejoice! worship service is at 11 a.m. Rejoice! is a more contemporary, upbeat style worship with music and Bible readings reflecting the preference of many people today. Heritage (traditional) worship service is at 9 a.m. Sunday School, Confirmation and Adult Forum are at 9:45 a.m. Ascension is a congregation of diverse ages and backgrounds. Some are new to the faith; others are lifelong Lutherans. Ascension is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery, Ohio 45242; ascensionlutheranchurch.com; 793-3288.

Bethel Baptist Temple

The children’s Christmas program is 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. AWANA children’s Bible clubs are offered for children ages 2 through high school from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays during the school year. The club will resume Jan. 8. Each club meeting features council time, which includes flag ceremony, music and Bible lesson; handbook time, in which clubbers earn awards through memorization and handbook completion; and game time. Contact the church for information, or visit the AWANA page on Facebook: search for “Bethel Baptist AWANA.” The adult, teen and children’s Sunday School classes come together for an hour of skits from the drama team, children’s songs, games, penny

ABOUT RELIGION ITEMS The Community Press welcomes news about a special service, rummage sale, dinner, bazaar, festival, revival, musical presentation or any special activity that is open to the public. Deadline: Two weeks before publication date E-mail: indianhill@communitypress.com with “religion” in subject line Fax: 249-1938 wars and more during Round Up Sunday, offered during Sunday School hour on the first Sunday of each month. Several father/son activities, as well as family activities, are being planned for the fall and upcoming months. Visit the church website for details. The church offers a low-key, come-as-you-are women’s fellowship about once a month. Small group Bible studies are offered Wednesday evenings at the church at 7:30 p.m. Sunday School classes for all ages are 10 a.m.; Sunday worship is 11 a.m. Kings Kids, a children’s worship service, is offered during the 11 a.m. service. The church is at 8501 Plainfield Road, Sycamore Township; 891-2221; bethelbaptisttemple.org.

Blue Ash Presbyterian Church

T.W.O Annual Holiday Luncheon will be 11 a.m. Dec. 14 at Parker’s Grill. Jacob’s Ladder is the theme for Sunday School (pre-K through 12th-grade); these classes are taught after the children’s sermon in the worship service. Bible 101 and Thoughtful Christian classes are offered for adults each Sunday morning. These meet at 9 a.m. in the fellowship hall. The BAPC Bowling Group will be meeting at 10 a.m. Thursdays each week at Crossgate Lanes. Sunday worship services are at

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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.

Christ Church Cathedral

Adults 18 years old and older may obtain two free tickets per request on a “first come, first served” basis. The 74th annual Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival will be performed at 5 p.m., on Saturday, Jan. 4, and at 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 5. For more details, call 621-BOAR or go to www.boarsheadfestival.com. Five years ago, Christ Church Cathedral began a unique children’s choir to foster the development of a life-long enjoyment of music through the singing of sacred choral compositions. Last year, 18 young people sang for the cathedral and also at special public events, such as a holiday concert at Cincinnati’s Christmas Saengerfest in Over-theRhine. The Cathedral Choir of Children and Youth is beginning its new program year and is open to new members. This city-wide program accepts children as young as 7-years-old (second-grade). No prior music experience is required. The Cathedral Choir of Children and Youth has a busy season ahead. They will sing four times during worship at the cathedral, as well as during several “away” performances. For more information, call Christ Church Cathedral. The church is at 318 E. Fourth St., Cincinnati; 621-1817; christchurchcincinnati.org.

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Indian Hill inviting prospective students Indian Hill Primary and Elementary Schools will hold open houses for parents of prospective students on Thursday, Jan. 9. These opportunities are for those considering transferring their children from private or parochial schools or other public school districts to the Indian Hill Exempted Village School District.

Also residents of the district who have students enrolling in the fall of 2014 for kindergarten, may attend as well. The Primary School will welcome parents 9-10 a.m., and the Elementary School, 10-11 a.m. It is not necessary to make a specific appointment. This is an important time for parents to meet the principals, faculty,

272-4754 » Indian Hill Elementary School, third through fifth grades, 6100 Drake Road, Phone: 272-4703 For more information, please contact Jo Ann Craig at 272-4762 For questions about the Primary School Open House, and Carolyn Anderson at 272-4709 for questions about the Elementary School Open House.

and staff; ask questions; tour the buildings; and learn as much as possible about the schools and District. It is suggested parents attend the Jan.9 open houses without their children in order to take full advantage of the occasions. » Indian Hill Primary School, Kindergarten through second grades, 6207 Drake Road, Phone:

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B8 • INDIAN HILL JOURNAL • DECEMBER 12, 2013

POLICE REPORTS INDIAN HILL Arrests/citations Johnjay C. Rowe, 28, 7480 Brill Road, driving under influence, Nov. 15. Courtney E. Kerby, 29, 462 Fairview Place, speed, Nov. 17. John G. Burge, 43, 1792 Summit Hill Drive, drug paraphernalia, failure to file annual registration, Nov. 23. Juvenile, 17, drug abuse, marijuana possession, paraphernalia, underage possession, Nov. 23. Nancy K. Parsons, 54, 5210 Secretariat, speed, Nov. 18. Irene L. Schultz, 85, 3006 Arbor Creek Lane, speed, Nov. 20. Juvenile, 16, failure to control, Nov. 21. Harry N. Schilderink, 23, 9675 Cunningham Road, failure to control, Nov. 22. Jay V. Hayes, 53, 6864 O’Bannon Bluff, prohibited driving left side of road, Nov. 22. Christa J. Jackson, 27, 21752 Fayetteville Road, failure to file annual registration, Nov. 22.

Incidents/investigations Criminal damage Unlisted property damaged at 8150 Brill Road, Nov. 22. Theft Checks taken from checkbook at 7495 Algonquin Drive, Nov. 19. Female stated ID used with no authorization at 8055 Graves Road, Nov. 22.

ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Community Press publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: » Indian Hill Rangers, Chief Chuck Schlie, 561-7000

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JDRF Southwest Ohio celebrates 30th Gala JDRF Southwest Ohio Chapter is proud to celebrate 30 years of their annual Cincinnatians of the year Gala, honoring Kim and George Vincent of Indian Hill, on Saturday, May 10, at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati. This year’s gala will attract nearly 900 supporters benefitting JDRF Southwest Ohio, which succeeds in raising an average of $3 million each year for JDRF research. Proceeds from the event, which alone is expected to raise nearly $1million will go directly toward research toward finding a cure for type one diabetes

until JDRF turns type one until type none. Loaded with action, this premiere event is themed “Mission Impossible: Uncovering the Cure, Eliminating Diabetes,” which has been the dedicated mission of JDRF Southwest Ohio for the last 30 years, and not impossible, thanks to their efforts and continued community support. Beginning at 6 p.m., guests can enjoy cocktails and silent auction items featuring some of the best and most exclusive products in the greater Cincinnati area. For the main event, guests will enter

the exquisite grand ballroom for a three course, gourmet dinner complete with the program, led by this year’s chairs Mara and Larry Wolf, live auction and Fund-A-Cure. The Vincents became heavily involved in JDRF several years ago when a close family friend, the godmother of their daughter, passed away due to complications related to her type one diabetes. The Cincinnatians of the Year Gala also includes the ultimate after party immediately following the gala, beginning at 10 p.m. The after party is available to Young Professionals.

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B10 • INDIAN HILL JOURNAL • DECEMBER 12, 2013

Only WWII Civil Air Patrol casualty commemorated on 70th anniversary A ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of Lt. Margaret Bartholomew’s final mission was recently conducted at the Spring Grove Cemetery at her gravesite. In attendance were eight Civil Air Patrol volunteers and three of Lt. Margaret Bartholo-

mew’s living family members. There was a certificate of Bartholomew appreciation along with a squadron patch awarded to Bartholomew and her nephew

Charles Rudy Heath II. Capt. Michael Purvis, Civil Air Patrol Lunken Cadet Squadron Commander, presented the certificates and patches. On Oct. 18, 1943, Bartholomew was returning to Cincinnati from a Courier Mission out of Williamsport, PA, when

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a sudden snowstorm caused visibility to drop to zero. Bartholomew flew lower as she tried to find a safe place to land, but visibility was so poor that she crashed into a hill 55 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. She was the first Civil Air Patrol casualty of World War II from Cincinnati, and was the only female CAP member lost during the war. Bartholomew served as one of the first members of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) in Cincinnati during the early 1940s, and was the 154th charter member of the Ohio Wing. She was a part of the local Cincinnati Squadron based at Lunken Airport, Squadron 5111-1. Along with being one of the first members, she was also assigned as the flight leader of the all-female Flight C, and as station commander of the Cincinnati Courier Service.

Capt. Michael Purvis of Wyoming, Cadet Airman William Dunkman of Clermont County, Cadet Airman C.J. Warman of Wyoming, Cadet Captain Jordan Baker of Clermont County, Cadet Airman Jackson Powell of Finneytown, Maj. Shawn Hauser of Sharonville, Faith Heath of Sharonville, Charles Rudy Heath II of Sharonville, Robin Heath of Burlington, KY, and Lt. Col. Todd Engelman of Dayton commemorate the 70th anniversary of the only female Civil Air Patrol casualty of World War II, Lt. Margaret Bartholomew. PROVIDED

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