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The Wellness Community board president and event co-chair Craig Sumerel ,with his wife Sue and their children of Indian Hill, have fun at the All-Star Blast with The Wellness Community. THANKS TO JAMIE EIFERT

Holiday lights One of the most visual parts of the holiday season is the Christmas lights and decorations that adorn many homes in our neighborhood. Homeowners spend countless hours climbing ladders and attaching the lights and decorations and are proud of their hard work. Now there’s a way to show the entire community just how beautiful your decorations turned out. Simply take a photo of your Christmas lights, go online and log on to, click on “publish photos” and follow the directions. And to view your neighbor’s beautiful lights in the neighborhood go online to



As the holidays approach, Indian Hill resident Linda Pavey is hoping those buying gifts don’t forget about the many horses without homes or proper care. Pavey’s Brennan Equine Welfare Fund is offering to match any donations up to $5,000 made to the charitable organization through Dec. 31. She said the matching funds have been successful in raising money for horses in need in recent years. Pavey said even a $20 donation, doubled, can buy three to four bags of grain to feed horses. The fund will also receive 10 percent of all purchases made on Dec. 17 at the Tack Trunk, a store

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It may have been the group’s first food drive, but that didn’t mean it couldn’t exceed expectations. The National Honor Society at Indian Hill High School collected more than 1,000 canned goods for the Freestore Foodbank. “I imagined we’d fill five barrels in three weeks,” said Matthew Watson, an English teacher at the high school and faculty adviser for the National Honor Society. “I never thought we’d fill all five in one week.” Watson suggested the food drive as a service project for the group after reading about the anticipated needs of the Freestore. A3

ANDERSON TOWNSHIP — A Hamilton County judge nullified on Dec. 8 an Anderson Township zoning board’s approval of a proposed underground limestone mining operation. The decision by Common Pleas Judge Robert Ruehlman is a major victory for opponents of the mine, which has been proposed for a 480-acre site at Round Bottom and Broadwell roads in Anderson Township. “I can’t stop crying I’m so excited,” said Cathy Burger, an Anderson Township resident who three years ago formed CABOOM (Citizens Against Blasting on Our Miami) to fight the project proposed by Martin Marietta Materials Inc. “Who would have thought a small group of people could accomplish something like this? I’m so happy that finally after three years, somebody heard us and listened to what we had to say.” Richard Brahm, attorney for Martin Marietta, was not immediately available for comment. The company can appeal Ruehlman’s decision in the 1st District Court of Appeals. After a series of public hearings that extended over 22 months, the Anderson Township Board of Zoning Appeals voted 3-2 on June 2, 2010, in favor of the mine operation. The board attached 25 conditions to its approval. CABOOM and the villages of Newtown, Terrace Park and Indian Hill appealed this decision in Common Pleas Court. In his written judgment Thursday, Ruehlman called the zoning board’s decision to approve the mine operation “replete with examples of illegal acts as well as invalid, void and ineffective conditions, any one of

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which would be sufficient reason for rendering the entire decision as null and void.” Martin Marietta, the judge said in his decision, failed to refute evidence that the noise, dust, underground vibrations from the mining operation and problems caused by increased truck traffic would be serious enough to violate the township’s zoning code. Tim Mara, attorney for CABOOM, and attorneys representing neighboring communities opposed to the mine had argued that the zoning board exceeded its authority in granting the requested conditional-use permit and variances for the mine operation. They also said the 25 conditions the zoning board attached to its approval were ineffective and unenforceable. Critics of the mining operation, which would involve daily blasting 400 to 800 feet underground and would draw 250 trucks to the site each day, said the mine would create too much noise, dust, truck traffic and underground vibrations. They said it posed a threat to the community’s health, safety, air and water. Martin Marietta officials have denied that the mine would have a negative effect on Anderson and its neighboring communities. “I think it’s a great decision,” Terrace Park Mayor Jay Gohman said of Ruehlman’s judgment. Indian Hill City Manager Mike Burns said, “Judge Ruehlman's rulings confirm the correctness of the arguments that we made to the Anderson BZA about the appropriateness and legalities of their actions with regard to the Martin Marietta case during the two years they considered the various Martin Marietta requests. “We are very pleased with the decision.”

Pavey said she began the organization because of the number of horses that are injured,

sick or simply not cared for due to financial concerns or a lack of education. “Horses are a lot of involvement, time and money,” she said. Pavey said in 2011, she’s given 11 grants to horse rescue organizations for veterinary care, food, sponsorship and various surgeries. The Brennan Equine Welfare Fund doesn’t actually rescue horses, but instead provides grants to rescue organizations in the region. Pavey said the groups send funding requests to her, which she reviews and doles out money to the group with the most need. The Brennan Equine Welfare Fund began in 2000.


Indian Hill Primary School counselor Jennifer Oden, right, waves a star-shaped security wand over first-grader Bentley Dalton, of Indian Hill. Staff and first-graders participated in a simulated airport visit and flight to Mexico. The students were provided with artificial tickets, passports and luggage. For more photos please see page A5. FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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» The Forest Hills Board of Education voted to place a 3.9-mill continuing operating levy on the March ballot, estimated to generate $5.2 million a year for the district but cost the owner of a $100,000 home

about $117 more in taxes a year. The district, which also plans to make $1.2 million to $1.5 million in cuts to its $73 million annual budget, faces an operating deficit in 2014 of more than $6 million. The district lost 30 percent of its state funding in the most recent, two-year state budget process. A successful levy would keep Forest Hills' books in the red. Ohio law requires districts facing an operating deficit projection to devise plans to address it. Community members have asked the district to cut costs while raising revenue. » Wyoming's school board voted to propose a 37-year, 4.79-mill bond issue to generate $25 million to improve middle school facilities. The plan calls for renovating the school floor by floor and adding 46,500 square feet to replace the Worthington Avenue side of the building, which includes the current gyms and band area. The owner of a $100,000 home would pay $145.49 more annually. » Princeton's school board voted to place a 6.5 mill levy on the ballot. If approved the measure would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $197.63 in additional taxes. The district's five-year forecast predicts that without new taxes or other reductions, it would fall into an $6 million operating deficit in 2013. If unresolved, the annual deficit could grow to $26.2 million by fiscal 2015. Leaders also decided at the meeting to cut the district's operating budget by $1 million in each of the next three years. » Mount Healthy's board voted to place the same levy on the ballot that has failed four times, most recently in November. The proposed 7.65 mill levy would generate $2.75 million annually and would cost an owner of a $100,000 home about $228 per year. School officials say that amount is the minimum necessary to balance their books while making planned cuts. Sources: Secretary of State, County Boards of Elections





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Three seats up for election: First seat: Justice Terence O'Donnell, Republican incumbent; Robert W. Price, Democrat Second seat: Justice Robert Cupp, Republican incumbent; Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Fanon Rucker, Democrat Third seat: Justice Yvette McGee Brown, Democrat incumbent; Butler County Court of Common Pleas Judge Sharon L. Kennedy, Republican


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Group rises to challenge of food drive By Forrest Sellers

It may have been the group’s first food drive, but that didn’t mean it couldn’t exceed expectations. The National Honor Society at Indian Hill High School collected more than 1,000 canned goods for the Freestore Foodbank. “I imagined we’d fill five barrels in three weeks,” said Matthew Watson, an English teacher at the high school and faculty adviser for the National Honor Society. “I never thought we’d fill all five in one week.” Watson suggested the food drive as a service project for the group after reading about the anticipated needs of the Freestore. “I thought (this) gave us a unique opportunity not only to help but to learn about the larger community we live in,” said Watson, who is a resident of Miami Township. Members of the group, which has 100 participants at Indian Hill High School, spearheaded the food drive placing collection boxes in all of the classrooms. “We turned it into a competition,” said senior Austin Trout, president of the school’s National Honor Society and a resident of Indian Hill. Classrooms donating the most food received lunch at a local restaurant. Senior Nick Duncan, who is vice president of the school’s National Honor Society and a resident of Kenwood, said the competition made the effort more excit-

Indian Hill High School National Honor Society members Austin Trout, left, and Annie Myers as well as English teacher Matthew Watson, who is faculty adviser for the school's National Honor Society, load canned goods into a barrel for the Freestrore Foodbank. FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

ing. “We collected more cans (that way),” he said. Senior Adrian Horton, who serves as treasurer for the group and is a resident of Indian Hill, said the food drive was a good outreach initiative. “It definitely makes a difference during the holidays,” she said. Senior Annie Myers, secretary for the group and a resident of Symmes Township, was impressed

with how her peers rose to the challenge of helping out. “I’ve never seen this much participation in a community service activity,” she said. Watson said the group is already calling the Freestore for more barrels with expectations that even more will be filled.

Indian Hill High School National Honor Society member Nick Duncan, left, holds a box as Adrian Horton, who is also a member of the group, loads it with canned goods. FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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Indian Hill Elementary School, 6100 Drake Road, will have its open house 1011 a.m. The elementary school is for grades three through five. For information, call 272-4703.

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Church ships shoebox gifts overseas to 200 By Rob Dowdy

As many people this time of year are buying presents for loved ones, Armstrong Chapel is sending more than 200 gifts to children living in poverty overseas. The church is once again participating in Operation Christmas Child, which delivers shoeboxes filled with small gifts and necessities to children throughout the world. Indian Hill resident Jenifer Faulkner, who coordinates the program at Armstrong with her family, said the church collected 204 boxes of donations from church members during this year's campaign. Wendy Ransom, administrative assistant at Armstrong Chapel, said the church has participated in Operation Christmas Child

for more than 10 years. "It's a very popular project. People love doing it," she said. Faulkner said church members interested in participating obtain the age and sex of the child they're purchasing gifts for and then fill a shoebox with small toys, candy and hygenic or other necessary items. The boxes were collected in late November and shipped. "It's just a great service," she said. Faulkner said a new feature added in recent years allows donors to track their boxes as they travel to their ultimate destination. She said a church member last year tracked her box all the way to a child's hands in Pakistan. Ransom said the church collected 163 shoeboxes for underprivileged children last year.

Armstrong Chapel once again participated in Operation Christmas Child, which sends shoeboxes of gifts to underprivileged children across the globe. This year's efforts led to more than 200 boxes being filled and shipped.

Jewish Hospital was bought by Mercy Health Partners in early 2010. The new wing will house new neuroscience, orthopedics and other expanded departments. AMANDA DAVIDSON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Residents meeting hospital expansion with apprehension By Leah Fightmaster

While Jewish Hospital's expansion means a positive step forward for the institution, surrounding neighbors aren't thrilled with the idea. The hospital's neighbors, residents of Frolic Drive and Happiness Way, have been in this situation before — Jewish Hospital wants to expand, and they have to negotiate a compromise. When it happened last, in the late 1990s, some thought it less than ideal. Part of the original plan for the last expansion included a parking garage that was multiple stories high, something residents


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A trauma room inside of the new wing of Jewish Hospital, which was bought by Mercy Health Partners in early 2010. The new wing will house new neuroscience, orthopedics and other expanded departments. AMANDA DAVIDSON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

could take a hit as a result of the additional development, said Joann Smith, a resident of Frolic Drive. "I'm sure property values will decrease even more than they have in this economy," Smith said. Sycamore Township Trustee Denny Connor said he has a "strong interest" in the project, considering he lives near the neighborhood and hospital. That interest motivated him to approach the hospital about meeting with the residents. "It's great for the township and neighborhood," Connor said. "Everyone has been talking (with one another) ... I hope the finished product will be something to be proud of." While the township sees the expansion as a positive move, residents of Frolic Drive and Happiness Way are feeling cautious toward what the developers will propose.

"Their plan is to not impact (the neighborhood) much," Kronenberger said. "But will the neighbors question, 'Is this just phase one?' Maybe." Although none of the plans presented to the township or the residents are set in stone, preliminary suggestions of additional stories on the parking garage and an additional building are beginning to concern those living in the neighborhood behind the hospital's campus. "We're apprehensive and distrustful of the hospital's plan to not impact (the neighborhood) much," Kronenberger said. The correspondence will continue, with a possible meeting January and more formal designs of the project. Connor expects more compromise between the hospital and residents. "It's been a good back and forth so far," he said.

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didn't want to see in their neighborhood, said Tom Kronenberger, a resident of Frolic Drive since 1994. Residents hired lawyers, and an agreement was made that the parking garage would be stories underground instead of above. While the accord was made, feelings were not as agreeable. "There was a fair amount of animosity and distrust created between the residents and the hospital," Kronenberger said. This time, hospital officials went to the residents early. Although the only plans they have shown at their two meetings with residents have been general and informal, the idea of keeping them involved and informed has not been lost on the hospital's administration. Plans shown at the two meetings have still created some concerns with residents, namely problems with additional noise, traffic and development. Keeping hospital traffic out of the neighborhood is a major concern, as is overdevelopment on the small property in the form of larger, taller buildings. "I'm concerned they're trying to cram way too much on the property," Kronenberger said. "We want to protect the character of the neighborhood, keeping the neighborhood a neighborhood." Aside from the noise, traffic and character concern, some residents are worried property values




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Counselor Jennifer Oden, left, makes sure the passport of first-grader Ella Orr, of Kenwood, is in order.

First-grader Annika Kapteyn, left, of Kenwood, patiently waits while counselor Jennifer Oden verifies passport information.

Airport arrival

Health specialist Judy Neff, left, checks the baggage of first-grader Isaac Green, of Indian Hill.

Indian Hill Primary School first-graders took to the sky during a simulated flight to Mexico. Staffers played the role of airport personnel as they checked tickets, passports and luggage. The students even sampled what it was like going through a security checkpoint. Michael Bonner, a pilot with Southwest Airlines, then spoke to the students about air travel.

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First-grader Kyle Fitzgerald, left, of Kenwood, gives his ticket to media center aide Margy Budig.

Building aide Kelly Isles, right, prepares students for entering the ticket line.

First-graders Miranda Miller, left, and Sara Vanatsky, both of Kenwood, wait in line.

Michael Bonner, right, a pilot with Southwest Airlines, speaks to the first-grade class about air travel. Bonner is a resident of Kenwood.

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Catching up with college athletes

» The Indian Hill Journal is seeking submissions from parents of college athletes to let their hometown communities know how the student-athletes are doing. Please send a photo of them either participating in their college sport or enjoying the holidays with their family at home

(Thanksgiving or Christmas); detail what’s happening in the photo. Send no more than 200 words describing their successes. Be sure to include their sport, college, their year in college, parents’ names, high school and what community paper you get at home. Deadline is Tuesday, Dec. 27. All submissions should be emailed to Melanie Laughman at mlaughman@community Questions? Email Nick

Dudukovich at or call 248-7570. » Moeller won the Moeller Super Duals by beating Mason 47-15. Andrew Mendel, Joey Ward and Chalmer Frueauf had pins. » CCD fell to Cincinnati Christian, 63-60, Dec. 6, but received a stellar 15-point effort from J.R. Menifee.

neytown Dec. 7, 62-45. Nicole Bell hit four treys and popped in 20 points. » CCD earned its second win of the season with a 5943 win over Reading, Dec. 3. Cassie Sachs led the Lady Indians with 19 points. The squad followed up with a 21-point performance from Armstead in the team’s 5628 win over North College Hill, Dec. 7. Sachs also contributed 16 points in the effort.

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» Indian Hill beat Fin-

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an Hill 58-55 Dec. 9. Austin Trout had 17 in the loss. » Moeller held off Alter 45-44 Dec. 9. Ben Galemmo had five treys and17 points.

Girls soccer

» Congratulations to Indian Hill High School junior Liz Slattery who has been named to the 2011 NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) All-America Soccer Team. Liz will be honored at the All-America luncheon in Kansas City on Saturday,

Jan. 14, 2012. She joins an elite group of Indian Hill athletes who have earned this honor over the years: Lisa Tecklenburg (All America), Meredith Snow (All America), Brooke Rogers (Academic All America) and Katie Markesbery (Academic All America).

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Bell adds bulk to Indian Hill By Scott Springer

INDIAN HILL — After sitting out a year, Indian Hill's Steve Bell has provided some size in the paint again for coach Tim Burch's basketball Braves. The 6foot-6, 275-pounder took a break from the hardwood to focus on football and turned that into a Ball State scholarship opportunity. Now, he's back playing with teammates Teddy Kremchek and Austin Trout as the three seniors hope for some of the same success they had on the football field this fall. The trio of Braves spoke to The Community Press prior to a recent practice. Q: How long of a break did you guys have after football? A: (Kremchek) We had like a week off, but we had

Indian Hill senior Steve Bell passes the ball during a drill in practice for the Braves. Bell returned to the hardwood after a one-year-hiatus. He'll be attending Ball State on a football scholarship. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Senior Austin Trout went from grinding out yards on the football field to grinding out points for Indian Hill in basketball. Trout was the Braves' leading scorer as a junior. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Indian Hill senior Teddy Kremchek works on free throws at Indian Hill High School Dec. 5. Kremchek is a returning starter and has had easier defensive assignments with the return of 6-6, 275-pound Steve Bell to the pivot. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

open gym. The hardest part was getting back into shape. Once we got up and down a few times, the lungs came back and and it came pretty natural. Q: Early on, is your shot still working? You beat Sycamore. A: Yeah. That was a good win for us. Anytime you beat a DI school from the GMC, it always gives you confidence moving forward. Q: How are your legs from football? A: (Trout) By the end of football season, we were getting a little bit out of shape. It's kind of a different kind of shape. Football is a different kind of shape. You go hard for 10 seconds and you get a minute break. Basketball is just constant, so we're kind of adjusting to that.

Q: Are the calves still sore? A: Not too much. We're doing pretty well in terms of our conditioning. We're wearing teams out at the end of the game I think. Q: You coaxed Steve Bell to come back out for basketball. Did you (Bell) miss it? A: (Bell) I missed the sport first, but I also missed my teammates and the camaraderie that comes with basketball. It was just weird. I'd always been playing since first grade. Q: They kind of missed your size. Are you having fun clearing guys out? Does the O-lineman come out in you still? A: Yeah, it does. First scrimmage I got a lot of fouls because of that. Q: So one good block

and this guy (Trout) takes off on the fast break? A: (Trout) It's kind of nice having a big guy setting a screen. Q: How much did you guys miss that last year? A: (Trout) A lot of times me or Teddy had to guard the big guy. We'd rather be out guarding a wing or something like that. (It) just makes it easier get some boards in the middle. Q: What about you (Kremchek)? Are you getting to guard some smaller guys now? A: (Kremchek) It's a lot nicer. You still have to worry about boxing out, but when it's a guy your size or smaller, you don't have to worry about them jumping over you. Q: Are you (Bell) getting the rock any? Or, are

you setting picks and getting rebounds? A: (Bell) I'm not really a scorer, which I'm fine with. I get the rebounds. Q: Did Ball State freak out when they found out you were playing basketball? A: (Bell) They actually encouraged it. I didn't know if I could play or not because of risk of injury. They definitely told me, “We want you out there. Enjoy your senior year while you can.” Q: Can you outshoot the other Bell that's going to Ball State (Nicole Bell of the Indian Hill girls team)? A: (Bell) Uh, no.

Indian Hill youth cross country nabs 2nd in 5k INDIAN HILL — Indian Hill’s youth Cross Country team finished the season in a big way, with every runner taking home a trophy. Of the small, but strong, eight-member team, five ran the Sycamore Challenge 5K. Clara Cleverly, Luke Johnson, Brian Lewis, Nicole Majchszak and Olivia Sheldon all won awards in their ages groups. Sarah Green, Katie More and Tommy Tauer ran for the team this past season as well. Cross country coach Teresa Majchszak says, “We were usually the youngest runners in a field of adults.

That didn’t hold anybody back. What a great accomplishment for all these kids that they were able to finish 5K races in under 30 minutes - some of them in under 25.” The team participated in races in Glendale, Loveland, Mariemont, Crestview Hills and the final one in Sycamore Township. The youth Rec Cross Country league - which includes students in third through sixth grade - differs from traditional cross country in that team members run 5K charity road races, as opposed to running on trails. Majchszak says it’s a

Of the small, but strong, eight-member Indian Hill youth cross country team, five ran the Sycamore Challenge 5K. Clara Cleverly, Luke Johnson, Brian Lewis, Nicole Majchszak and Olivia Sheldon all win awards in their ages groups. THANKS TO DEB HAAS-JOHNSON

great way to get young people into running, because the 5K races often include a festival atmosphere with food and games, and also shows them people of all ages out running for fun and for their health. The Indian Hill Rec Cross Country Team worked on physical and aerobic strength, stretching, running form and technique, all in hopes of helping the runners develop confidence and focus that benefits them in all aspects of their life.


Lions set to roar back into swim season By Nick Dudukovich

BLUE ASH — The Ursuline Lions swim team couldn’t have ended the 2010-2011 season on a much higher note. The squad easily captured the the Girls Greater Cincinnati League title and earned team runner-up honors at the state championships in February. Then-freshman Emily Slabe emerged as one of the top swimmers in Ohio with her first-place performance at state in the 100yard backstroke. Head coach Brad Isham said Slabe, now a sophomore, is eager to get back into the pool, despite heavy


Four Emmings now wear state volleyball rings By Tony Meale

Ursuline Academy senior Corrine Jenkins will join teammates Emily Slabe, Bridget Blood and Temarie Tomley to defend their state title in the 200 medley relay this winter. FILE PHOTO

expectations. “Coming back and being able to defend that title is tough, but she’s a tough girl and she’s working hard and she knows she has to work even harder than she did last year...,” Isham said. Fellow sophomore Alisabeth Marsteller returns after taking fifth place in the 200 individual medley and12th in the100 freestyle at the state championships. She was also a part of the 200- and 400-freestyle relay teams that both earned top three finishes at state. The squad’s 200-medley relay team, which also won a state title last season, will return all of its competitors from last season. Those student athletes

include Slabe, junior Bridget Blood, senior Corinne Jenkins and sophomore Temarie Tomley. Isham said the quartet will be fun to watch as they set their sights on defending their title. Despite having many battle-tested swimmers, Isham will look for members of his team to step up, just as Gabrielle Young did last season as a sophomore. Young competed in the 200-yard freestyle relay, which placed fourth at state. On the diving board, sophomore Allison Brophy could be poised to have a good season. As a freshman, Brophy placed sixth at the Mason

sectional a season ago. The squad opens the season against Lakota East and Lakota West at Keating Natatorium, Dec. 7. Isham said he’s looking toward the Larry Lyons Invitational (Jan. 4) as well as the Big 8 Meet and the Canton Invitational Dec. 16 and 17 to serve as a barometer of how his team stacks up against tough competition. Ursuline competed in the Canton events, which are at the C.T. Branin Natatorium (the venue for the state championships), last season. The trip north proved invaluable experience come postseason time, according to Isham.

Moeller bowlers boast talent By Scott Springer

Mount Notre Dame freshman Emily Webb checks her shot out during a Dec. 2 practice at Crossgate Lanes. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Moeller senior Pat Goddard observes a shot at Crusaders' bowling practice Dec. 2 at Crossgate Lanes. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Mount Notre Dame seniors Katie Rieman, left, and Laine Ryan lead the Cougars bowling team this winter. Rieman was a GGCL-Scarlet second team selection last season. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

season and this season he’s neck and neck with Goddard in the league statistics. “Oehler was first-team GCL the last two years and the other one (Goddard) should’ve been,” Orr said. “They’ve been exciting to watch.” The league has no mercy. “In this league, you’ve got to average 200,” Orr said. “Elder has come out very strong with their lead bowler (Ben Brauch) rolling a 300,” Orr said. “St. X and La Salle are rebuilding. This league, you can’t average 180. There’s great talent and great coaching year after year after year.” Moeller’s had three consecutive winning seasons and finished third last winter. For 2011-12, the bar has been raised. “Our goal is to get to state,” Orr said. “Winning the GCL is a target. Winning the sectional is a target. And, placing in district to get to state is our goal.” Those are pretty lofty goals for most, and it would be a good season even if the Crusaders only accomplished some of that list. Moeller has some chances to make inroads toward those goals when they face St. Xavier at Brentwood Bowl Dec. 15.

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After a losing season, the Cougars are looking to

get back on track under coach Glenn Booth. However, in the tough Girls Greater Cincinnati League, this might not be the year. As always, you never say never. “This year is a rebuilding year, but surprisingly enough, we’re looking like a pretty good team,” Booth said. Unfortunately, the early standings haven’t showed that in the win column. Katie Rieman and Laine Ryan are Booth’s two seniors. Both average upward of 150. Ryan could be the missing link to MND’s success, but she missed some early matches. “This is only Laine’s second year,” Booth said. “She kind of came out of nowhere. She’s now a vital aspect.” Junior Liz Gilkey is the Cougars’ leader early on, averaging 170 through four games. Behind her is the senior, Rieman. “Katie’s been with me four years,” Booth said. “She was the only sophomore on varsity in her second year. I took her to tournaments her freshman year.” Freshman Emily Webb has also been a key contributor in the beginning matches. “She’s really got a smooth throw and good form,” Booth said. “I’m expecting good things from her as soon as we get her all situated.”

Moeller senior Daniel Oehler keeps his form while watching his ball roll down the lane at Crossgate Lanes Dec. 2. SCOTT

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MONTGOMERY — Moeller bowling coach Bob Orr says the Crusaders have as much talent as he’s ever had this season. The downside is, the Greater Catholic League-South often touts the area’s best athletes no matter what the sport. Sometimes, games are played between the ears and not between the lines. Orr recognizes that and when most bowling coaches are working on form and fine-tuning, he’s looking for mental breakthroughs from a group of rollers who often have GPAs higher than their best series. “This year it’s interesting,” Orr said. “I can focus on not just mechanics, but how to win. It’s fun for me. I ask them, ‘So, what have you learned?’ They seem to be soaking it in. It’s 90 percent between the ears.” Seniors Daniel Oehler and Pat Goddard lead the team, with sophomore Philip Cleves just behind. Of late, senior Tyler Mercurio has had some good games and seniors Chris Zapanta and Tim Boyd sport averages that would make them lead bowlers at most schools. Oehler was third in the GCL South in average last

When the Mount Notre Dame High School volleyball team won its sixth state title in program history Nov. 12, it’s possible that Mike and Mary Beth Emming – whose daughter Melissa, was a senior on the team – felt as much relief as happiness. Why relief? Because if MND had lost, Melissa, the youngest of four, would have been the lone Emming child not to have won a Division I state volleyball title during her preps career. But that, thankfully, is no longer an issue. “It sure makes (family get-togethers) a lot easier,” Mike joked. “Not too much was said about it going through high school, but I’m sure Melissa understood, ‘Wait a minute. All three of them have state rings. I’m the only one left out.’ So there was some motivation there.” Melissa grew up going to her older siblings’ matches. She remembers the excitement of watching her sisters, Jen and Michelle, win state titles for MND in 1998 and 1999, and of her brother, James, winning a state title for Moeller in 2007. But any sibling rivalry that may have developed was always playful, never serious. “Seeing them win state encouraged me to want to achieve that, too,” Melissa said. “I knew it wouldn’t have mattered in the long run, but I really wanted to win so they wouldn’t have that over me.” Mike and Mary Beth didn’t play volleyball – or any sport – growing up, but

they did pass to their children a competitive spirit. After Jen and Michelle won their first state title, Mike, who won two state titles as a member of Roger Bacon’s band in the early 1970s, had a little fun with them. “I told them I’ve got two state rings,” Mike said, laughing, “so they went out and won another one.” Melissa won’t have an opportunity to win a second ring, but she’s content with the one she has and is now considering whether to follow in her siblings’ footsteps once more and play volleyball in college. Jen and Michelle played at Wittenberg University, while James played for two years at Ball State. “That decision is entirely up to her just like it was for the other kids,” said Mike, who has served as team photographer at MND and Moeller for the last 15 years. “If she’d like to play, great. if not, she can pursue her educational interests just like the others.” Jen, who is getting a master’s degree at Syracuse University, was unable to attend the state final this year, but the rest of Melissa’s family was on hand as MND upset topranked and previously unbeaten Toledo St. Ursula Academy 3-1. “It was a crazy, indescribable feeling, and it was great having my family there to support me,” Melissa said. “After the match they said, ‘Remember this feeling. It’s one you’ll never forget.’” They would know. They’ve got the hardware to prove it.

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ject to the liability that accompanies those who serve on boards of directors of corporations? Can they be sued collectively and individually for James illegal acts while Baker COMMUNITY PRESS in office? Is the GUEST COLUMNIST city liable? Some of you may remember Bell, California: Former officials of Bell have been arrested for illegal acts. You can Google the details. If elections here were democratic it may be argued that some immunity may exist for “mistakes” in office; however, since we do not have “hands off” democratically elected officials, and never have had, it could be argued that a pattern of corruption

has existed for many decades that precludes our officials from any form of legal protection, as they were not “legally” elected. I am not a lawyer; so, all of this is just conjecture and speculation. I would not wish to be on the school board at this time. It would be very uncomfortable, knowing that I was not democratically elected, that I had no competition, and that my decision to impose inside millage was not in accordance with state statutes. Further, I would feel the twist in my arm by those “advising” me to vote “yes.” This is hardly a democratic process. If I were on the jury, hearing this civil suit, it would take a while to get over the fact that Indian Hill did not have democratically elected officials. It would be easy to find for the taxpayers. James Baker is a 35-year resident of Indian Hill.

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Why should taxpayers get stuck with tab for Amtrak hot dogs? Amtrak train passengers aren’t the only ones being taken for a ride. The railroad system loses more than $60 million a year on food and beverages, and taxpayers are picking up the tab. That’s outrageous. How does Amtrak manage to lose money while selling a hot dog for $4.50? Consider that passengers would pay an astounding $6.60 for the same hot dog if you took away a subsidy provided to Amtrak by taxpayers. Revenue from food and beverages sold aboard Amtrak trains in fiscal year 2010 totaled $131 million, but the cost of providing the service was $192 million. That loss of $61 million means taxpayers provided a subsidy of nearly 32 percent. Keep in mind that this isn’t gourmet fare that requires a French chef. We’re talking about zapping hot dogs in microwaves, brewing coffee, serving soda

pop, and making change. Amtrak has been required since Oct. 1, 1982, to break even or make money on food and beverage Jean service. In nearSchmidt 30 years COMMUNITY PRESS ly since then, AmGUEST COLUMNIST trak has not once complied with the federal law. So I’ve introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives to halt the runaway deficit spending aboard Amtrak trains. My bill, called the Amtrak Food and Beverage Service Savings Act, would require the Federal Railroad Administration to seek competitive bids. Amtrak would be allowed to compete with outside companies in bidding to provide food and beverages.

If Amtrak can’t cut the mustard, the job of serving up a hot dog should be privatized. The National Taxpayers Union, which has 360,000 members, has endorsed my bill. “Passage of your legislation is a long-overdue, non-controversial remedy for one of Amtrak’s most egregiously wasteful business practices,” said Pete Sepp, executive vice president of the National Taxpayers Union. “All of your colleagues in Congress should be willing to support this sensible and important step toward ensuring that Amtrak delivers value to its customers without burdening taxpayers.” The bottom line is this: When it comes to covering the cost of hot dogs served on Amtrak trains, taxpayers are fed up. U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt represents Ohio’s 2nd Congressional District.

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Author: Beware of those political pickpockets during holiday season This holiday season will see our power to help others diminished, as our increased property tax bill, due in January, will likely include the inside millage tax increase, illegally imposed by our school board. Our schools do not need the money! We have an enormous slush fund, by any standards, which is precisely the violation of state statutes that makes this imposition of inside millage illegal. The school board’s preposterous and arrogant defense of such an undemocratic act reinforces the concern some have voiced, in this paper, for more democracy in our electoral system. Indian Hill does not have a democratic system. Voters are presented one candidate for each position, chosen by a small “committee.” By default, any other candidate is considered verboten. It can successfully be argued that this system has worked reasonably well, up until now. We were a small village, and there have not always been candidates to fill vacant positions. Further, these are unpaid positions, held on a volunteer basis. It can also be argued that this system was begun by the grandfathers of Indian Hill. They were much less transient people, who had a very different set of personal and public values. These residents were ‘hands on,” with experience in many diverse areas. Today’s candidates may be able to argue a case in court, or birth a baby; but they would die on the side of the road before they could change a tire. This raises an interesting legal question. Are these officials sub-


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CH@TROOM Last week’s question Beginning Jan. 1, it will be illegal to sell 100-watt incandescent light bulbs in the United States. Are you happy about the ban? Are you stocking up? Do you prefer the incandescent bulbs or the LED bulbs?

“Am I happy about the ban? Absolutely not. I think it is a futile action, and another instance of excess government interference in the private lives of citizens. I hadn't thought about stocking up, but after thinking about this question I might do that (providing Kroger still has a supply).” Bill B. “I've been hoarding incandescent bulbs for the past year. Yep, call me crazy. Just don't call me when you run out of yours!” L.A.D. “The ‘ban’ is yet another gross over-stepping of a government ‘of the people, by the people and for the people.’ YES, I am stocking up! All this edict will create is a thriving black market, similar to the prohibition blunder.” J.G. “It's a dim-witted approach to conservation! The mercury in those LED bulbs concerns me much more than the use of incandescent bulbs. I don't like the LED bulbs from an aesthetic point of view either. Would love to know why our legislators think this is a bright idea.” S.J.P. “Stocking up on incandescents is remarkably dumb. Each CFL saves $40 worth of electricity plus the cost of ten incandescent bulbs. The Federal standard will not ban incandescents, but it will take the short-life, high energy cost versions off the market. New long life incandescents that use less electricity are already available in many places. They cost more and don't last as long and use more electricity than CFL's. All the specialty bulbs (threeway, larger, smaller, colored, rough service and so forth will remain available. CFL's have good color rendition, and there are some other types of bulb that might be worth considering, although the LED companies have been deceptive about the light equivalence on some of their packages. “There is less mercury in a CFL than in the coal used to produce the same amount of light with incandescent bulbs. “There are now experts who recommend trash disposal of CFL's the same way we have been disposing of four and eight foot fluorescent tubes which have much more mercury, for decades. “Look for much better products and better prices within a year or two of the standard. LED technology is even better than CFL's for many purposes, but the industry doesn't have all its ducks in a row with white light LED's yet. “That will probably shake out rapidly, since there are some good products available now at a reasonable price. “Learn what ‘color temperature means.’ Warm white (like an ordinary incandescent bulb) is 2700 K. Intense "daylight" bulbs have less yellow and more blue, and are labelled up to 6500 K. Most people don't want anything over 3500 K in their homes, except for special work space applications. Good stores have displays that show the difference. Don't buy a bulb which doesn't

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give the color temperature on the package.” N.F. “I have never used 100-watt bulbs, other than in a three-way bulb, but this whole idea of our government telling us what kind of bulbs to use is ridiculous. It belongs in the same category as shower heads and toilets that restrict the flow of water. As a result, they don't do half the job that the old ones used to do. “I certainly respect the planet because it is God's creation, but I don't worship it. There is a big difference between the two. Some of these measures come pretty close to worshiping the planet. (And no, I don't recycle or use cloth bags at Krogers, either.) “Most of those measures do more to make the participant feel good about themselves and to look good to others than to really do much for the environment.” T.H. “Well, let's see: no immigration policy, no balanced budget, no cooperation, but bailouts for Wall Street, Europe and their friends. We elect these 1%ers, so lightbulbs is what we get. Voters, do your duty!” K.P. “Big Brother is banning the incandescent bulbs - not because they pollute or otherwise harm anyone - but because they require a little more electricity. If I can buy a car that gets 10 miles per gallon, why can't I buy a light bulb that takes a little more juice? Just wait until you see the procedure for cleaning up after breaking a fluorescent bulb!” R.V. “I am not happy with banning anything. Makes one feel like they are living under dictatorship rule. “I think you are talking about CFL's more than LED's, however, all my lighting has been the CFL's for sometime, and I have noticed a difference in energy use, especially during the summer with the heat a standard incandescent light puts off. “All my holiday decorations are mostly switched over to LED's, and again, the run time in energy savings during the holiday season has reduced my energy bill quite a bit. “Besides, stocking up on old technology is ludicrous, and why stop at just a 100-watt bulb? What about the 150-watt, 200-watt, three-way, and the expensive and extremely hot halogen bulbs?” O.H.R. “The LED lights are more sustainable ... last longer and use less electricity. It's a good thing. Don't fight it.” E.E.C.

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The Wellness Community board president and event co-chair Craig Sumerel ,with his wife Sue and their children of Indian Hill, have fun at the All-Star Blast with The Wellness Community. THANKS TO JAMIE EIFERT Gina Saba of Mount Lookout, Julie Bristow of Hyde Park, Melissa Murphy of Hyde Park and Jean Desch of Hyde Park get ready for the fireworks at the All-Star Blast at the Ballpark. THANKS TO JAMIE EIFERT

Dan and Donna Passick of Eastgate enjoy the All-Star Blast with The Wellness Community.

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The Wellness Community Executive Director Rick Bryan of Blue Ash thanks the crowd at the All-Star Blast at the Ballpark with Ron Oester, left, looking on. THANKS TO JAMIE EIFERT

Friends and supporters of The Wellness Community recently enjoyed all-star treatment and an unbeatable view of the WEBN/Cincinnati Bell Riverfest fireworks at the third Annual John Morrell All-Star Blast at the Ballpark, at Great American Ball Park. More than 350 guests mingled with former Reds infielder Ron Oester, toured behind-the-scenes areas of the stadium and the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame, enjoyed a roving magician and barbershop quartet along with a delicious dinner buffet in the FOX Sports Ohio Champions Club before viewing the fireworks from the upper deck of the ballpark. Under the leadership of co-chairs Craig Sumerel and Rick Setzer, and with the creativity and hard work of committee members Scott Bristow, Joe Desch, Max Meyers, Andrew Quinn, and Deborah Sutton, the annual fireworks benefit bash hit new heights this year, raising a record-setting $100,000 to support The Wellness Community (TWC). TWC is a non-profit cancer support agency that provides

Matt Sheakley, of Indian Hill, left, Peter Saba, of Mount Lookout, Joe Desch of Hyde Park, and Scott Bristow, of Hyde Park, enjoy the All-Star Blast at the Great American Ballpark.

Peter Horton, of Anderson Township, Steven Lisco, of Anderson Township, and TWC Executive Director Rick Bryan, of Blue Ash, attend the All-Star Blast at the Great American Ballpark. THANKS TO



Event co-chairs Craig Sumerel, left, of Indian Hill, and Rick Setzer, right, of Hyde Park, greet former TWC Board president Bill Krul (center) of Dayton at All-Star Blast at the Ballpark. THANKS TO JAMIE EIFERT

free and professionally led programs of emotional support, education, and hope for people with cancer, their loved ones and caregivers, and cancer survivors. The Wellness Community offers approximately 150 professionally led programs a month for people affected by cancer, all at no cost to the participants. Programs include cancer and caregiver support groups, stress management classes, and educational programs and are available at TWC locations in Blue Ash and Fort Wright, as well as offsite outreach locations in Bond Hill, Clifton, downtown, and Western Hills. For more information about any of TWC’s programs, visit, where a “virtual visit” video is available for viewing, or call 791-4060.

At the All-Star Blast are, seated, from left: Julie Zaring of Montgomery, Dianne Bohmer McGoron of Sycamore Township, Cindy South, Mike and Susan Gooch. Standing, from left, are Tim Zaring of Montgomery, Bruce McGoron of Sycamore Township and Wayne South. THANKS TO JAMIE EIFERT

From left, Rob and Candy Michel and Kyle Pohlman, of Anderson Township, enjoy the day at the All-Star Blast at the Great American Ballpark. THANKS TO JAMIE EIFERT

All-Star Blast at the Ballpark event co-chairs Rick Setzer of Hyde Park and Craig Sumerel of Indian Hill enjoy the day with TWC Executive Director Rick Bryan of Blue Ash. THANKS TO JAMIE EIFERT

Molli Monk of Montgomery, Steve Ziegler of Madeira and Molly Bomkamp of Madeira sit in the stands ready to watch the fireworks at the All-Star Blast at the Ballpark. THANKS TO JAMIE EIFERT



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International Creche Exhibit and Luncheon, Noon-2:30 p.m., Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Includes more than 40 creches from numerous countries and cultures. Works by Trina Paulus. $15, $10 ages 10 and under. 683-2340; Loveland. Loveland Arts Council Winter Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Loveland Art Studios on Main, 529 Main Ave., Free. Presented by Loveland Arts Council. Through Dec. 17. 683-1696; Loveland.

Exercise Classes Zumba.Sandi Classes, 7-8 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, $5. 325-7063. Blue Ash.

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

Cooking Classes Traditional French Sauces No. 2, 6-8:30 p.m., Meshewa Farm, 7550 Given Road, Make orangescented version of hollandaise perfect for vegetables, fast and easy tomato sauce for pasta and brown sauce for meat. Ages 21 and up. $35. Registration required. Presented by Dandelion. 812-219-2505; Indian Hill.

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Exercise Classes Spin Pilates Transformation, 5:15-6:15 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Combination of spinning and Pilates reformer creates exercise program that transforms your whole body and creates a healthier state of mind. Ages 18 and up. $20. Reservations required. 985-6742; Montgomery. Zumba.Sandi Classes, 7-8 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, 8999 Applewood Drive, Dance fitness class. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Zumba. Sandi. 325-7063. Blue Ash.

Support Groups

Dave Waite and Friends, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $8, $4 with canned food donation. Ages 18 and up. 984-9288; Montgomery.

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. Presented by Motherless Daughters Ministry. 489-0892. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Family friendly. Free, donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous Inc.. 800-0164. Montgomery.

FRIDAY, DEC. 16 Art Exhibits International Creche Exhibit and Luncheon, Noon-2:30 p.m., Grailville Education and Retreat Center, $15, $10 ages 10 and under. 683-2340; Loveland. Loveland Arts Council Winter Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Loveland Art Studios on Main, Free. 683-1696; Loveland.

Clubs & Organizations CelebRussian Shabbat, 7-10 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Authentic Russian food, vodka, Russian singers and dancing. For Jewish young professionals ages 21-35. Ages 21 and up. Free. Registration required. Presented by Access: Social Events for Jewish Young Professionals Ages 21-35. 3730300; Amberley Village.

Dance Classes Line Dance Lessons, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Sycamore Senior Center, 4455 Carver Woods

Drive, No partners needed. $2. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 769-0046. Blue Ash.

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

Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke, 10 p.m., Silverton Cafe, 791-2922. Silverton.

On Stage - Comedy Auggie Smith, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $15. Ages 18 and up. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Recreation Friday Night Fun Zone, 5-8 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Activities from arts and crafts to games and relays for children. Family friendly. $25. Reservations required. 985-6715; Montgomery.

SATURDAY, DEC. 17 Art & Craft Classes Holiday Fresh Air School, 10 a.m.-noon, Meade House, 11887 Lebanon Road, Creative, interactive classes for ages 4-10. Each class includes nature-based craft activities and cooking lesson. Benefits Cincinnati Horticultural Society. $20, $18 Symmes Township residents. Reservations required. Presented by Cincinnati Horticultural Society. 6772799; Symmes Township. Loveland Hardware Garden & Craft Classes, 2-4 p.m., Loveland Hardware/Eads Fence, 131

Broadway St., $5-$20. 646-5354; Loveland.

and up. $120 for 10 classes. 985-6742; Montgomery.

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Loveland Arts Council Winter Art Show, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Loveland Art Studios on Main, Free. 683-1696; Loveland.

The Maccabeats, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Music by group that became YouTube sensation when their Hanukkah video, “Candlelight,” went viral with 2 million hits. A capella versions of current songs by One Republic, Matisyahu and others. Family friendly. $40 family; $10, $5 students. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

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

Holiday - Christmas Drop and Shop, 5-9 p.m., Trinity Community Church, 3850 E. Galbraith Road, Supervised, structured child care while parents go holiday shopping. Games, crafts and snacks. Ages 12 and under. Family friendly. $10 per family, $5 per child. 791-7631; Deer Park.

Literary - Libraries Bah Humbug, 1-3 p.m., Mariemont Branch Library, 3810 Pocahontas Ave., “A Christmas Carol” movie marathon. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-4467; Mariemont.

On Stage - Comedy Auggie Smith, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $15. Ages 21 and up. 984-9288; Montgomery.

SUNDAY, DEC. 18 Exercise Classes Spinning Challenge, 9-10:30 a.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Difficult cardiovascular and fitness workout. Ages 18

On Stage - Comedy Auggie Smith, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, $10, $5 bar and restaurant employee appreciation night. Ages 18 and up. 984-9288; Montgomery.

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Friday Night Fun Zone, 5-8 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $25. Reservations required. 985-6715; Montgomery. Winter Break Camps, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, $58, $48 members per day. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

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Grailville's International Creche Exhibit, is noon to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15 and Friday, Dec. 16. Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O'Bannonville Road, Loveland. Call 683-2340 for more information. PROVIDED

Karaoke, 10 p.m., Silverton Cafe, 791-2922. Silverton.



On Stage - Comedy Auggie Smith, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $10, $5 college and military night. Ages 18 and up. 984-9288; Montgomery.

FRIDAY, DEC. 23 Karaoke and Open Mic

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

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Holiday Movie Time, 4-5 p.m., Symmes Township Branch Library, 11850 Enyart Road, Movies for children and families. Popcorn and lemonade provided. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-6001; Symmes Township.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, Free, donations accepted. 800-0164. Montgomery.

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Overeaters Anonymous, Noon, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Kenwood, 7701 Kenwood Road, Room 101. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 921-1922. Kenwood. Overeaters Anonymous, 7:30 p.m., Montgomery Assembly of God, 7950 Pfeiffer Road, Room 16A. Free. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 921-1922. Montgomery.

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Winter Break Camps, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, $58, $48 members per day. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

Dave Waite and Friends, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $12. Ages 18 and up. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Winter Break Camps, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, $58, $48 members per day. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

Karaoke, 10 p.m., Silverton Cafe, 7201 Montgomery Road, 7912922. Silverton.


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


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Recreation Winter Break Camps, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, $58, $48 members per day. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

Support Groups Overeaters Anonymous, 10:30 a.m., Church of the Saviour United Methodist Church, 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Call 791-3142 at least 24 hours in advance for child care. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 921-1922. Montgomery.

THURSDAY, DEC. 22 Exercise Classes Spin Pilates Transformation, 5:15-6:15 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $20. Reservations required. 985-6742; Montgomery. Zumba.Sandi Classes, 7-8 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, $5. 325-7063. Blue Ash.

MONDAY, DEC. 26 Recreation Winter Break Camps, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, $58, $48 members per day. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

TUESDAY, DEC. 27 Exercise Classes Zumba.Sandi Classes, 7-8 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, $5. 325-7063. Blue Ash.

Health / Wellness Mobile Mammography Unit, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Braxton F. Cann Memorial Medical Center, 5818 Madison Road, Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 686-3300. Madisonville.

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

Recreation Winter Break Camps, 9:30-3:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, $58, $48 members per day. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

Support Groups Overeaters Anonymous, Noon, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Kenwood, 921-1922. Kenwood. Overeaters Anonymous, 7:30 p.m., Montgomery Assembly of God, Free. 921-1922. Montgomery.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 28 On Stage - Comedy Pro-Am Night, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, $5. 984-9288; Montgomery.


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Pickleball Games, Noon-2 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Racquet sport combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis. Ages 18 and up. $10. 985-6747; Montgomery.

Karaoke, 10 p.m., Silverton Cafe, 791-2922. Silverton.

Winter Break Camps, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, $58, $48 members per day. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

MONDAY, DEC. 19 Dance Classes Line Dance Lessons, 10-11 a.m., Sycamore Senior Center, $2. 769-0046. Blue Ash.

Literary - Libraries Holiday Movie Time, 4-5 p.m., Symmes Township Branch Library, Free. 369-6001; Symmes Township.

On Stage - Comedy Dave Waite and Friends, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, $8, $4 college and military night. Ages 18 and

Support Groups Overeaters Anonymous, 10:30 a.m., Church of the Saviour United Methodist Church, 921-1922. Montgomery.

Recreation Winter Break Camps, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Splash in the waterpark, play games in the gym, create great art projects and have fun and exercise in the game room. Children should bring lunch and drink each day. Grades K-6. $58, $48 members per day. Registration required.

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Easy homemade rolls for those holiday dinners I know baking yeast rolls can be intimidating, and that’s why I’m sharing this special recipe with you today for the holidays. The instructions Rita are detailed Heikenfeld enough that RITA’S KITCHEN even a novice baker will have success. I always bless anything I get my hands into, including dough, by making an indentation of a cross in the center before it rises. That’s to thank the Lord for my abundant blessings – and it’s good insurance that the rolls will turn out well, too!

Homemade buttery crescent rolls

During my catering days with friend Bert Villing, these rolls were a staple in our repertoire. Guests always wanted the recipe, but we never shared it, until now. ⁄3 cup sugar 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature ½ teaspoon salt ½ cup milk or half & half, scalded ½ cup very warm water, between 105 and 110 degrees (about as warm as a baby’s bottle) 1 envelope dry yeast 1 large egg, lightly beaten 4 cups all-purpose flour For brushing on rolls before they go into oven: Melted butter 1

Place sugar, butter and salt in mixing bowl.

Stir yeast into water with a pinch of sugar to feed it. Set aside. In a couple of minutes, it will get foamy. Pour scalded milk over sugar mixture. Cool until lukewarm. Add yeast mixture and egg to milk mixture. Beat to combine ingredients – batter may be a bit lumpy but that’s OK. Add 2 cups flour and mix on medium speed until smooth. Pour 1½ cups flour in and mix well. Gradually add remaining ½ cup flour and mix until dough wraps around beater, leaving sides of bowl. Bless dough. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour, in warm place. Punch dough down. Let rest 5 minutes to allow gluten to relax. Divide into two balls. Roll each ball into a 10-12” circle. Cut circle into halves, then into fourths, then into eighths, then into 12 triangles. Roll each triangle from the wide end and curve into crescent shape. Lay, seam side down, on parchment lined or sprayed cookie sheets. Brush with melted butter. Cover and let rise again until doubled, about 35-45 minutes. Preheat oven to 350. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minute or so. Remove from oven and brush with melted butter. Makes 24 rolls and freezes well.

Maryanne Stauback’s potato pancakes, Perkins style For Nick, who misplaced this recipe. “I want

to make them for Hanukkah. They’re a family favorite.” Maryanne developed this recipe with her dad. Reheat leftovers in oven or microwave. 3 eggs, separated 3 pounds red potatoes, unpeeled 1 pound onions or less, to taste 1¾ cups flour 3 teaspoons salt or less to taste 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 cup skim milk 3 tablespoons canola oil

Whip egg whites and set aside. In food processor with grating blade, grate potatoes and onions. Pour into bowl. Using the chopping blade, blend egg yolks, milk and oil. Add potatoes and onions and

pulse until chopped coarsely. Whisk dry ingredients and add to egg mixture. Pulse until blended. Batter should be slightly lumpy. Pour into bowl and fold in whipped eggs. Heat griddle and add oil. Fry like pancakes over medium heat. Keep warm in oven until ready to serve. Makes 9-12 servings.

Easy fruitcake

This recipe is almost 30 years old and much easier to make than traditional fruitcake. Vary dried fruit to suit yourself.

1 pound diced candied mixed fruits 8 oz. candied cherries, halved or cut 8 oz. candied pineapple, cut up 1½ cups chopped nuts ½ cup each dried cranberries and raisins ½ cup flour1 package Duncan Hines Deluxe II moist spice cake mix 1 four serving size vanilla instant pudding ½ cup canola oil 3 large eggs ¼ cup water

Preheat oven to 300. Spray two loaf pans, line

with waxed paper or foil and spray again. Mix fruits and nuts with flour. Set aside. Beat together rest of ingredients. Stir in fruit mixture. Batter will be very stiff. Spread in pans and bake 1½ hours or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans. Wrap, store at room temperature. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

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Use caution on a vacant home The lowest mortgage rates in decades continue to attract home buyers. But you need to take special precautions if the home you’re considering is vacant. Vacant homes have often been foreclosed upon and are still owned by banks. In many cases they have been empty for many months, and the utilities have been turned off. That makes it especially difficult to check out if you’re looking to buy. Debra Weber bought a vacant house in Delhi Township in an estate sale earlier this year. She learned just how badly

things can go when buying a vacant house. She had the water turned on after she bought it Howard and moved Ain in. “One HEY HOWARD! month later, Nov. 14, I got water in my basement. My sewer backed up,” Weber says. Weber says she never expected anything like that to happen and immediately called a plumber. “They ran a camera and said all my pipes were broken, had holes or cracks or whatever, and they needed

Those selling the house made no claims about the condition because they had not lived there. Weber did get a whole house inspection but that failed to pick up any of these problems. What’s worse, Weber says, is the inspector told her she did not need to be present during the threehour inspection. As a result, she didn’t ask about cracks in the basement floor, many of which appear to have been filled in. “I do believe it’s just rainwater trickling in – so there’s probably cracks or holes where it is coming in. It’s coming in all around,

to replace all those pipes. It would cost $9,000,” she said. But after paying to fix all the pipes she found water was still getting into her basement. “Now they think it’s a foundation problem. My issue is it was so bad I don’t believe the previous owners couldn’t have known about it,” Weber says. The problem is since this was an estate sale the required seller’s disclosure statement didn’t tell anything about the condition of the house. It never stated whether there were any sewer problems or leaks in the basement.





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hundred dollars but, as Weber learned, it can easily save you thousands of dollars. Now Weber is probably going to have to get a sump pump installed in the basement to prevent water from coming up through the cracks. Bottom line, before buying a vacant house these days, you need to take a much more detailed inspection because it’s usually going to be sold “As is.” Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

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Cancer Support community gets grant and bring couples together through the cancer journey, and » transportation assistance to get to Cancer Support Community for those in need The Komen-supported programs are having a positive impact of hundreds of women so far. According to one participant, “The (support) group was the way for me to keep my sanity and gain valuable information while I was going through breast cancer surgeries and decisions.” Another breast cancer survivor noted that participating in breast cancer support programs at Cancer Support Community was “the best experience I had during my cancer diagnosis, through my treatments, and surgeries." For more information

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With colder temperatures, people will be turning on their heat for the first time since last winter. “The thermostat is the real culprit of a higher December bill, so we encourage customers to select the lowest comfortable setting when they’re home and then bump it down a degree or two when they leave,” said Manes. Other money-saving tips include:

» Have heating or cooling equipment checked each season by a qualified technician to make sure it is operating properly. » Change air filters. This should be done every month throughout the year. » Make sure heat registers and vents are not blocked by draperies, furniture or rugs or holiday decorations. These vents should also be cleaned regularly with a vacuum or a broom. » Take advantage of natural solar heat. On sunny days, leave the draperies open to allow the sun's rays to warm the house. For more quick and simple ways to take control of your energy costs, visit youtility.

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» Before installing lights, check each set – new and old – for damaged sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections. Discard damaged sets or repair them before using. » Never use more than three standard-sized sets of lights per extension cord. » Exterior lights should always be plugged into a ground fault interruptible (GFI) outlet. If the home’s outside outlets are not GFI, contact an electrician to have them installed. » Before climbing a ladder, inspect it to ensure it is in good working condition and respect the weight limits designated on the ladder. Ladders that must lean against a wall or other support should be angled so the horizontal distance from the top support to the foot of the ladder is about onequarter the working length of the ladder. Never use a ladder for any purpose other than the one for which it was designed. » Never use a ladder on or near power lines.

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Duke Energy has some suggestions to help everyone be safe and save money as they decorate for the holidays. On average, holiday lighting costs just pennies a day. However, elaborate displays that use large incandescent bulbs can add as much as $80 to a monthly power bill, depending on the number of bulbs and how long they are lit each day. “That’s a huge difference, especially if you’re not expecting it,” said Gianna Manes, Duke Energy senior vice president and chief customer officer. “There are so many energy efficient options available today that even the most elaborate display can fit into anyone’s budget.” Six sets of 100 large incandescent bulbs plugged in six hours a day can add up to $80 to an energy bill. The same style bulb that uses a light-emitting diode (LED) rated at 65 watts would increase the electric bill by only about $7 a month. Using mini lights will reduce the cost increase even further – to about $1 a month. To help customers estimate their holiday lighting cost, Duke Energy has added a calculator to its website. Residential customers can access the calculator online by visiting holidaylights.

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fessionally led support groups, educational workshops, nutrition and exercise programs, and stress reduction classes designed to complement conventional medical care. All programs are available at no charge, with each individual participant choosing which activities to attend. Each month approximately 220 programs are offered in a comfortable, home-like environment at CSC’s Lynn Stern Center in Blue Ash and a Northern Kentucky facility in Ft. Wright, as well as partner locations in Avondale, Clifton, downtown, and Western Hills. For more information, call 791-4060 or 859-3315568, or visit cincinnati.


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Matthew 25: reflects on 20 years By Jeanne Houck

Matthew 25: Ministries in Blue Ash is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The international aid organization was founded in 1991 by The Rev. Wendell Mettey after a visit to Nicaragua as part of a medical mission group, Here, community liaison Joodi Archer answer questions about the organization: What is the genesis of your organization? Who founded it and why? A. Rev. Wendell Mettey made his first trip to Nicaragua as part of a medical mission group in 1990. Although (Mettey) grew up in an inner city neighborhood and worked as an inner city social worker and pastor, these experiences had done little to prepare him for what he experienced in Nicaragua during his visit. The poverty and devastation was endless. Mettey made a promise to himself that he would find a way to help the people of Nicaragua and thus Matthew 25: Ministries began in 1991. Over the years, Matthew 25’s distribution activities have expanded to include partners locally in Greater Cincinnati, throughout the United States and around the world. Matthew 25: Ministries has grown into and out of 9 warehouses since 1991 and currently calls a 132,000 square foot facility in Blue Ash home. Since 1991, Matthew 25: Ministries has grown from a small group of dedicated individuals carrying supplies in suitcases to an international humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization distributing more than 11,000,000 pounds of products each year locally, nationally and internationally. What is your mission, and has it changed over the years? A. Matthew 25 strives to fulfill Matthew 25:34-40 of the New Testament by providing nutritional food to

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Loading supplies for disaster relief at Matthew 25: Ministries' facility in Blue Ash. THANKS TO JOODI ARCHER the hungry, clean water to the thirsty, clothing to the naked, affordable shelter to the homeless, medical care to the ill and humanitarian supplies to prisoners. Matthew 25 rescues and reuses excess products from corporations and manufacturers and uses these product donations as building blocks to encourage individuals to help themselves and to develop healthier, more self-sufficient, sustainable communities. Our mission has remained constant throughout the years. Currently, what do you do and for whom? For example, do you help poor people and people in disasters with food, personal items and help rebuilding? A. Through the “Caring For a Needy World With the Things We Throw Away” program, Matthew 25: Ministries distributes more than 11 million pounds of clothing, medical supplies, personal care items, school supplies, food and beverages, household supplies, cleaning products and micro-enterprise supplies each year through projects targeted to specific regions and needs. Matthew 25 seeks to address the comprehensive problems of severe poverty worldwide by fostering an environment where individuals can utilize assistance to take steps toward a more sustainable future for themselves and their communities. In addition to providing ongoing humanitarian aid and catastrophic disaster relief, Matthew 25: Ministries has developed a number of specific programs designed to meet targeted needs throughout

Pastor Wendell Mettey (right), founder and president of Matthew 25:Ministries, with his son, vice president Tim Mettey. PROVIDED the US and worldwide: Matthew 25’s food processing center produces a shelf-stable, nutritionally enhanced rice/soy blend for 9 cents a serving that helps feed the hungry locally and worldwide. Matthew 25’s Grow Right Micronutrient Supplement Program enhances children’s nutritional health and will roll out to developing countries in Central America and the Caribbean in 2011. Matthew 25’s “Write Your Future” program supports education through the manufacture of school notebooks and the packaging of Education Kits for needy children. Matthew 25’s Fill Center repackages detergent and general cleaning concentrate into ready-to-use liquid products. Matthew 25's Rainbow Paint Reblending Program collects and reblends leftover paint from municipalities, environmental companies, paint manufacturers, painting contractors, paint & hardware stores

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and individuals and redistributes it to underdeveloped areas and developing countries. Matthew 25’s “Building a New Life” program supports the construction of houses in Nicaragua . Matthew 25’s Disaster Relief Services provide relief, recovery and rebuilding support to areas suffering from catastrophic disasters. Matthew 25’s Global Village experience allows guests to step inside a third world village and experience the living conditions and lifestyle of the poorest of the poor. Has this evolved and expanded over the years? A. Matthew 25's first warehouse was 5,000 square feet and members of Rev. Mettey's congregation used to help assemble materials that were conveyed to Nicaragua in suitcases by mission teams or eventually trucked up to Wright Patterson Air Force Base for shipment. Now, Matthew 25 ships approximately 11,000,000 pounds of products a year, operating out of a 132,000 square foot warehouse. Have you any numbers of the total number of countries and people you have served as well as the amount of work volunteered and food and sundries you've shipped since the organization began 20 years ago? To date, Matthew 25 has shipped 4,740 containers of aid weighing 101,351,427 pounds and valued at $873,257,372. Matthew 25 has shipped humanitarian aid or disaster relief to more than 40 countries and to approximately 25 U.S. states. Matthew 25 also works with local partners as well as food pantries and shelters in the Greater Cincinnati area. Each year, Matthew 25 impacts the lives of approximately 12,000,000 individuals locally, nationally and inter-

nationally. In 2010, Matthew 25 welcomed more than 22,000 volunteers who donated more than 80,000 hours of time. More than 99 percent of Matthew 25: Ministries' cash and inkind donations go toward programs. Did whomever started this organization ever think it would get so big? A. Our founder and president often says that he had no idea when he began Matthew 25: Ministries that it would grow into the organization it is today. What are some of the awards you have won? A. » Matthew 25 is ranked #1 of 1,317 four star charities on Charity Navigator (more than 5,000 of America 's best-known charities ranked altogether) » Matthew 25 is listed as No. 1 of Ten Top Notch Charities on the Charity Navigator website » Matthew 25: Ministries was previously listed as No. 1 of Ten Slam-Dunk Charities on the Charity Navigator website. Charity Navigator was selected as the Best Charity Review Site in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine’s “The Best List 2011.” » Matthew 25: Ministries is listed among the 200 largest US Charities by <http://> and is tied for No. 1 on Forbes' list of the 20 Most Efficient Large Charities in the US » Matthew 25: Ministries is ranked No. 180 on the Chronicle of Philanthropy's Philanthropy 400 » Matthew 25: Ministries was awarded the "Best Charities in America" seal from the Independent Charities of America » Matthew 25: Ministries is accredited by the Better Business Bureau through the "Wise Giving Alliance Standards" » Matthew 25: Ministries participates in the Combined Federal Cam-

paign, the Federal Government’s workplace philanthropy program that requires all non-profit participants to meet the highest standards of transparency and efficiency in the industry » Matthew 25: Ministries is a 2006 winner of the Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics » Matthew 25: Ministries is the 2006 ONE Award winner for Process Excellence » Founder and president Wendell Mettey is the 2003 recipient of the Jefferson Award for outstanding public service and the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award for outstanding public service benefiting the local community; both are awarded by the American Institute for Public Service What volunteer opportunities are available with your group? A. Matthew 25: Ministries welcomes volunteers five and a half days a week at their 132,000 square foot facility. Volunteers perform a variety of activities in the Processing Center, mostly of a non-stressful physical nature. Children as young as four or five (with appropriate adult supervision) and seniors as old as 95 can all do meaningful work at Matthew 25. Activities may include: » evaluating, categorizing and processing new or gently used clothing; » sorting, matching and sizing shoes; » assembling personal care and first aid kits; » sorting plastics for recycling; » distressing or removing labels from clothing; » removing products from retail packaging. Matthew 25 welcomes individuals, families, organization and business groups as volunteers. There is work that can be done seated for those not in the best of health; there is simple but necessary work that can be performed by those challenged physically or mentally. How can people contact you to volunteer? A. Please always call (513) 793-6256 or email Anita ( or Shelly ( to discuss volunteer availability and scheduling. We can then alert you to cancellation of work days due to inclement weather or other unforeseeable situations. How can people donate money or items? Matthew 25 welcomes drop off donations of cash or products Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donors can also mail or drop off checks or donate online https:// Donate/Donate.aspx?npoSubscriptionId=7217 Are there any planned changes or expansions in the program coming soon? A. Matthew 25 is always reviewing additional opportunities to rescue, reuse and recycle in better or more creative ways. Programs such as the food processing center, the notebook manufacturing center and the paint reblending center are examples of programs that have developed because of partner needs and Matthew 25's desire to meet those needs more efficiently and effectively.



Enrich Chanukah at Olive Press Workshop Judah Maccabee will be on hand to host the Olive Press Workshop, as Chanukah shopping turns into a family adventure at the Blue Ash Kroger and Barnes and Noble - Kenwood. This is a free of charge event that is fun and educational for the entire family. On Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Blue Ash Kroger, there will be two Olive Press workshop presentations, at 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 pm. The program will be conducted near the Kosher department. Then, on Monday, Dec. 19, at Barnes and Noble – Kenwood, at 4:15 p.m. there will be an Olive Press Workshop presentation, together with the story of Chanukah as told by Judah Maccabee. “The Olive Press Workshop demonstrates the process used by the Maccabees to refine olive oil for the Temple Menorah,” said Rabbi Berel Cohen, director of youth and family programming at Chabad Jewish Center. “This workshop will make the family’s Chanukah experience so much more exciting. Come and see for yourself.” Under the guidance of Judah Maccabee, those in attendance will squeeze fresh olives, just as in ancient times, then purify

Participants at the Blue Ash Kroger watch during a past Olive Press Workshop. THANKS TO RABBI BEREL COHEN

Leah Greniman, 4, helps Judah Maccabee press olives to make olive oil at a past Olive Press Workshop. THANKS TO RABBI BEREL COHEN

their oil with a modern-day centrifuge. Next, participants will make wicks out of cotton, which will be used together with the freshly made oil in a menorah lighting ceremony. Participants will have the opportunity to take a picture with Judah Maccabee. The Olive Press Workshop is part of The Living

Legacy series. The Living Legacy brings Judaism alive for children, teens and adults throughout Cincinnati with a series of unforgettable hands-on educational programs and workshops. For more information about the Olive Press Workshop or to book a presentation, call 793-5200, or email

Participants in a past Olive Press Workshop pick out olives to be pressed. THANKS TO RABBI BEREL COHEN


Urban Active hosts holiday toy drive

Urban Active continues its humanitarian efforts this holiday season by conducting its fourth annual holiday toy drive through Dec. 22. Urban Active is partnering with the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to provide gifts to needy children and their families just in time for Christmas.

Local Urban Active members and non-members who donate one new unwrapped toy for children from infant to 18 years old, will receive the choice of one of the following: a personal training session, a 14-day buddy pass, a free tan/upgrade or a small smoothie, as a Holiday gift from Urban Active for

their contribution. "Our mission is to bring joy to thousands of children during this Christmas holiday season," Urban Active CEO Royce Pulliam said. "I am so proud to have an incredibly compassionate team at Urban Active and very loyal members who have the same vision as we

do, which is helping those less fortunate." » Urban Active Cincinnati locations: » Western Hills, 5131 Glencrossing Way; (513) 347-4653 » West Chester Township, 9282 Allen Road; (513) 895-4653 » Kenwood, 8133 Montgomery Road; (513) 791-

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Toy soldiers lighting up Montgomery By Shelly Sack

Comer and Polly Bond show off their supersized decorations outside their home. SHELLY SACK/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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The 12-foot "Star of Wonder" is the centerpiece of the display at 10127 Montgomery Road. PROVIDED The 20-foot-tall fiberglass toy soldiers started this holiday display, when Comer found them at an auction and immediately pictured them guarding his front pillars. It turns out they used to mark the entrance to the children’s play area at Coney Island. The display most recently was expanded to include a 20-foot homemade “Star of Wonder” that Comer constructed in four pieces out of two-inch insulation. Other features in-

clude the driveway lighted by 20-inch tall pewter candleholders, presents dangling from the trees, wreaths, and of course, thousands of lights. It takes about four weeks to set up his intricate display and about two weeks to take down. In the off-season, the decorations are stored in his 20-by-30 outbuilding. While Comer does most of the set-up, his wife Polly is in charge of holding the ladder. The couple has been married for 57 years. The Bonds turn on the lights beginning on Thanksgiving until shortly after the new year from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. for morning commuters. Comer said he has had many people stop to take family pictures out front or drop off small gifts of thanks for the display.

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During the holiday season, more than 20,000 vehicles pass daily through Montgomery to be greeted by a festive display that includes 20-foot-tall toy soldiers. It’s all due to the efforts of Comer and Polly Bond, homeowners of a two-story colonial home north of downtown Montgomery. You’ll recognize the place when you pass it, with the toy soldiers braced against the Bonds’ home’s pillars on the west side of Montgomery Road. For nearly 20 years, Comer, 85, has been adding to his holiday display to “contribute something to the neighborhood,” he said recently from his home. A quick inside tour shows a beautiful display around the piano in the living room of mechanical elves, a lighted tree and other holiday decorations. But it’s the outside that is truly the showstopper, making people recall it almost as a city landmark.

Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Harrigan announce the engagement of their daughter, Jesse Harrigan, to Jack Klass, son of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Klass of Ottawa, Ohio. Jesse will graduate in May 2012 with a dual degree in Math and Education and hopes to teach High School Math. Jack graduates with a Mechanical Engineering Technology degree and will work for Grob Sytems in Bluffton, Ohio. The couple met at the University of Dayton, and were both members of UD’s Waterski Team. A September wedding is planned.

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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, 5617000 Drake Road, Nov. 24.



Armstrong Chapel United Methodist Church

The church’s Chancel Choir will perform Handel’s “Messiah” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, in the sanctuary. On Christmas Eve, there will be four candlelight services: 5 p.m. will be family-oriented; 7 p.m. will be contemporary; 9 p.m. will be traditional; and the 11 p.m. service will be traditional in the intimate Old Chapel. On Christmas Day, come as you are for one warm and cozy service at 10:45 a.m. in the Atrium. Refreshments will follow. All are welcome. The church is at 5125 Drake Road; 561-4220;

Indian Hill Episcopal Presbyterian Church

Episcopal Holy Eucharist is 8 a.m. Sunday. Adult enrichment is 9:15 a.m., Sunday. Presbyterian morning worship is 10:30 a.m., Sunday. Childcare is provided at 10:30 a.m., Sunday. Bible study is noon Wednesday.

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Men’s AA is 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Women’s AA is 7:15 p.m. Monday and 7 p.m. Friday. The church is pastored by Rev. David Hawley and Rev. Anne Wrider. The church is at 6000 Drake Road, Indian Hill; 561-6805;

Ascension Lutheran Church

The congregation is coordinating an Adopt-A-Family Program for Northeast Emergency Distribution Services. Donations include new items for all family members and food items. The women’s Wheel of Friendship group is sponsoring a Mitten Tree. The congregation will trim the tree with hats, mittens, socks, scarves and small hand toys for children at The Lord’s Rose Garden. Women’s Bible Study gathers Wednesdays from 9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. The topic is “Living Above Worry and Stress.” Ascension is participating in the Southern Ohio Synod ELCA Malaria Campaign through education about the disease and donations from members and various church groups. The church is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 793-3288,

Bethel Baptist Temple

The church is having a free Christmas candlelight concert from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23. All are welcome. The concert will feature talented local musicians and singers. One of the concert performers will be Jeremy Collins, who is one of the areas top young classical guitarists. Come and bring your family to this relaxing evening of music. A dessert reception will follow the concert. Nursery will be provided. The church is one mile south of Ronald Reagan Highway. Call the church office for more information. The church is at 8501 Plainfield Road, Sycamore Township; 891-2221;

Brecon United Methodist Church

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

Connections Christian Church

The church has contemporary worship at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. The church is at 7421 E. Galbraith Road, Madeira; 791-8348.

Epiphany United Methodist Church

Wee Three Kings Preschool, a ministry of Epiphany United Methodist Church, has openings for the 18-24 month Parent’s Day Out classes. Classes meet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Parents may choose one or two days a week. If interested, call Stacy at 683-4256. Worship times are: Contemporary worship at 5 p.m. Saturdays, contemporary worship at 9 a.m. Sundays and traditional worship at 10:30 a.m. Sun-

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days. The church is having Christmas Eve services. A children’s service is at 4:30 p.m., 7 p.m. is a contemporary service and a traditional service is at 11 p.m. The church will also have a traditional service on Christmas Day at 11 a.m. Call the church office with questions. The church is at 6635 LovelandMiamiville Road, Loveland; 677-9866.

Good Shepherd Catholic Church

The church has Roman Catholic Mass with contemporary music Sundays at 4 p.m. The Mass draws worshipers of all ages. Come early to get acquainted with the new songs which begin at 3:45 p.m. Stay after Mass on the first Sunday of each month for food, fun, and fellowship. The church is at 8815 E. Kemper Road, Montgomery; 503-4262.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

The church is hosting Scrapbooking and More Crafts, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. every third Monday. Free child care is provided. Those interested in attending must register by 5 p.m. Friday before the Monday event. All paper projects are welcomed including, but not limited to, scrapbooking, stamping, card-making and photo-frame keepsakes. Crafters should bring their own photos, albums and specialty items. Most other tools and supplies will be provided. There is no charge for use of supplies. The church is at 7701 Kenwood Road; 891-1700.

Hartzell United Methodist Church

Sunday Worship Services are 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. with Adult Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. Children’s School is during the 10:45 a.m. hour. All guests and visitors are welcome. Youth Groups, Bible Studies weekly; child care and transportation provided. The church is at 8999 Applewood Drive, Blue Ash; 8918527.

Horizon Community Church

The church offers new service times at 8:50 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11:10 a.m. each Sunday. The church is at 3950 Newtown Road, Anderson Township;; 272-5800.

Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church

Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church has a reputation for bringing world-class musicians to the Queen City with its annual Organ Concert Series. This year marks the eighth season. The concert series will continue Jan. 29 with Canadian-born organist Michael Unger, who is completing doctoral studies at the Eastman School of Music. The final concert of the season will be April 22, featuring Douglas Cleveland, organ professor at the University of Washington and director of music at Ply-

mouth Church in Seattle. All concerts begin promptly at 4 p.m. with doors opening no later than 3 p.m. The series has attracted standing room only audiences. The concerts are free and open to the public. There is a reception following each concert to meet the artist. There is a reception following each concert to meet the artist. The church is offering weekly adult Sunday school classes and monthly mid-week contemplative services and labyrinth walks. Visit for dates, times and locations. Nursery care for infants is provided each Sunday from 8:15 to 11:45 a.m. The church is at 1345 Grace Ave.; 871-1345.

Kenwood Fellowship Church

Beginning watercolor classes are being offered from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. through Dec. 8. Cost is $8 per session at the church. For information, call Mary Lou DeMar at 891-5946. The church has a new contemporary worship service, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturdays. The services will feature contemporary worship music in a relaxed atmosphere with biblical teaching that will resonate with the fast-paced lifestyles that many of us find ourselves in today. The church is at 7205 Kenwood Road; 891-9768.

Montgomery Community Church

The church is offering a sevenweek class entitled “After the Boxes are Unpacked” for women who are new to the Cincinnati area or are looking to connect with their community. Classes begin 9:30 a.m to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17. Child care is provided. Call the church or e-mail for more information. The church is at 11251 Montgomery Road; 489-0892;;

Montgomery Presbyterian Church

Wassail Hour Service, is 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. A Christmas Musical Celebration will be followed by a reception with hot wassail (spiced cider), punch and homemade cookies! From 6:30-7 p.m., will be the Instrumental Music Prelude; from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., will be the Christmas Music Service; and 8 p.m. was the Wassail Reception. The concert is free and all are welcome. The church is at 9994 Zig Zag Road, Montgomery;

St. Paul Community United Methodist Church

The Advent series, “Outside the Box: The Gift that Can’t Be Contained,” continues Dec. 18. St. Paul Church services are 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. for traditional worship and 9:30 a.m. for contemporary worship with Praise Band. The church is at 8221 Miami Road, Madeira; 891-8181;


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