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District’s firehouses under scrutiny

Steve Ashbrock, chief of the Madeira & Indian Hill Joint Fire District, listens to comments about the condition of firehouses in Indian Hill and Madeira.JEANNE HOUCK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS By Jeanne Houck

What would you call a 10,000square-foot building in Indian Hill and an 8,000-square-foot building in Madeira with unmarked exits, no sprinkler system and no handicap access? Fire traps? Affronts to the Americans with Disabilities Act? Madeira & Indian Hill Joint Fire District officials call them Station 64 and Station 65, respectively. “If you or I had a building over 5,000 square feet without sprinklers they are going to come screaming at us that, ‘You have got to have sprinklers,’ when they don’t have sprinklers in their own buildings,” said Keith Hall a principal of MSA Architects. MSA, which has offices in downtown Cincinnati and Columbus, is studying the physical conditions, code compliance and functionality of the Indian Hill and Madeira fire stations to help local officials decide

whether the buildings should be renovated or rebuilt – if money is available. Hall recently gave an update of MSA Architects’ study — which the joint fire district’s board of trustees allocated a maximum of $15,000 to complete – at a meeting of fire district, Indian Hill and Madeira representatives at the Indian Hill fire station. Officials said they appreciated the work done, but were not ready to commit to a project. Hall said MSA hopes to by the end of January conclude its study and provide officials with a variety of possible plans for the stations – including replacing them with one or two buildings – and the attendant costs. Where the money to construct new buildings would come from is unknown. But as they are, the fire stations are racking up maintenance costs and need costly code-compliance work in addition to posing hazards for firefighters, Hall and Dan Montgomery, an associate with MSA

Bob Gehring, president of the Madeira-Indian Hill Joint Fire District’s board of trustees (at the podium) introduces, from left, MSA Architects' Keith Hall and Dan Montgomery, who updated officials at a meeting about the condition of firehouses in Indian Hill and Madeira. JEANNE HOUCK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Architects, said. The Madeira & Indian Hill Joint Fire District was established in 1985 with Indian Hill and Madeira splitting expenses, said Bob Gehring, president of the joint fire district’s board of trustees. Gehring said 40 firefighters and paramedics – of which 17 are full-time – serve some 14,500 people living in 24 square miles. » The Indian Hill firehouse at 6475 Drake Road was built in 1940. Bays were added in 1960

and 1982 and a meeting/training room added in 1994. » The building converted into the Madeira firehouse at 7205 Miami Ave. in 1962 was a home built in 1890. After several remodels, an addition was built onto the back of the station and a garage added in 1992. MSA Architects representatives say problems at the fire stations include aging and inadequate mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems, narrow hallways without handrails on both sides, lack of storage

space, no protection for turnout gear that breaks down with exposure to humidity and florescent lights, apparatus bays too small to allow work on trucks to be done indoors, bad roofs, improperly draining downspouts, water damage, mold and peeling paint. For more about your community, visit IndianHill. Get regular Indian Hill updates by signing up for our email newsletter.

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Cincinnati Country Day School sixth-grader Baptistine Bonniol folds the end on a package during the school’s annual All-School Wrap-In. As part of the event, students wrap gifts they have collected for donation to various organizations. FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS



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The Indian Hill Exempted Village School District has approved a new policy for expense reimbursements that will now cover up to 15 percent in gratuity costs for district personnel and administrators on official school business. Superintendent Mark Miles said staff had Miles asked that coverage of gratuities be considered during several focus groups conducted last year. “As a result, I examined other Ohio public organizations and school districts to look at their practices in regard to gratuities,” said Miles. He said it is a practice conducted in other school districts. Additionally, the school

board approved increasing meal reimbursement from $35 to $40. Miles said this amount had not changed in many years. Treasurer Julia Toth said part of the rationale for approving this was that in the past leaving a gratuity was more “discretionary.” However, she said now it is more of an expected practice. “Based on Toth (Miles’) research, we thought it was something that should be done,” said board member Kim Martin Lewis. During the December meeting the school board also approved a resolution which will permit payments made to a contingency fund as part of a health insurance cooperative. Since 2012, Indian Hill has For the Postmaster

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been part of the Southwest Ohio Organization of School Health consortium. Seven school districts including the Forest Hills Local School District, Milford Exempted Village School District and the Northwest Local School District are part of the consortium. “The ultimate goal of collaboration (is) to stabilize insurance premiums,” said Toth. Toth said the district anticipates a savings of $300,000 in the upcoming year being part of the consortium. She said in 2015 the consortium will go to a “self-funded insurance program.” In anticipation of this, Toth said the board has approved depositing money into a contingency fund starting in 2014. “When we go to a self-funded platform, we will have to have money set aside,” she said. Money from this contingency fund will go toward claims in early 2015.

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Rabenold tapped for mayor’s post By Jeanne Houck

There’s a new mayor in town. Minutes after being sworn in Dec. 6, freshly

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minted members of Indian Hill Village Council voted to make Keith Rabenold mayor and Dan Feigelson vice mayor. “It was quite an honor to be appointed as mayor by my fellow council members,” Rabenold said afterward. “I look forward to working with them and with village staff over the next two years on issues that are important to our community.” Rabenold, who has served six years on Village Council, says the new

council will focus on the financial health of the village and providing the best in services and infrastructure. He and fellow incumbents Feigelson, Molly Barber, Mark Kuenning and Laura Raines, along with candidates Melissa Skidmore Cowan and Abbot Thayer, were elected in November to two-year terms on council. Mark Tullis, who had been serving as Indian Hill mayor, and Lindsay McLean, who had been serving as a councilwom-

an, did not seek re-election. Tullis said he thoroughly enjoyed the eight years he served on Village Council and praised the dedication of both his fellow council members and village employees. The former mayor said he is proud that the former council was able to keep the village as financially sound as ever, despite the economic downturn and cuts in state appropriations. “But the true legacy of this past council will be

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the hiring of our new city manager, Mrs. Dina Minneci,” Tullis said. “The enthusiasm and passion that she brings to work everyday is truly amazing.” Noting that Indian Hill Village Council members serve without pay, Tullis said past members “serve (d) for one and only one reason – to give back to a community that has given them so much.” “I am confident that our new council, as well as future councils, will continue to serve in this tradition,” Tullis said. Following are the assignments of the new village council members: » Barber – Chairwoman of the Public Works Committee and council representative to the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments. » Cowan – Chairwoman of the Water Works Committee and council representative on the



Green Areas Advisory Committee. » Feigelson – Chairman of the Safety Committee and council representative to the MadeiraIndian Hill Joint Fire District board. » Kuenning - Chairman of the Finance Committee. » Rabenold – Chairman of the Buildings and Grounds Committee and council representative on the Recreation Commission. » Raines – Chairman of the Law Committee. » Thayer – Council representative on the Planning Commission. For more about your community, visit IndianHill.


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Two local students honored for outreach By Forrest Sellers

Two Indian Hill students have been honored for helping bring comfort to area families. Liza David, a senior at Indian Hill High School, and Grace Pettengill, a freshman at Cincinnati Country Day School, are recipients of an Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy award. Both are among a number of Tristate students serving on the Leadership Corps of the Josh Cares Student Advisory Council. Josh Cares is a nonprofit organization that provides funding for specialists who comfort and support seriously ill children whose families are unable to be with them. Pettengill and David,

who are both residents of Indian Hill, lead a Family Gifts Subcommittee that provides gifts to families of the children. “It’s doing something meaningful that is (also) fun and enjoyable,” said David. “It’s getting an outside perspective that we don’t see in the classroom.” Pettengill agreed. “Just knowing we’re helping these kids in the hospital is nice,” she said. Both of the girls have been involved with Josh Cares for several years. Joy Blang, executive director of Josh Cares, said the efforts of the students make a huge difBlang

Open house shows plans for Montgomery/Pfeiffer changes By Leah Fightmaster

Indian Hill High School senior Liza David, left, and Cincinnati Country Day School freshman Grace Pettengill are recipients of an Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy award for their work with Josh Cares. Both are involved with a Family Gifts Subcommittee that makes craft items. FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

ference. “They are such little things for us but mean so much to the recipients,” said Blang, who is a resident of Terrace Park. “It gives them that little extra boost of hope.”

Montgomery is looking ahead to next year’s construction project that will help move traffic through the Montgomery and Pfeiffer roads intersection better. The city hosted an open house Nov.18 at Terwilliger Lodge, 10530 Deerfield Road, to set up preliminary plans of the project for residents to see and ask questions. Although only about eight people attended, the city has shared the project’s plans with residents already, said Brian Riblet, public works director for Montgomery. The project, through the Ohio Department of Transportation, involves creating two adjacent left-turn lanes off Pfeiffer Road onto Montgo-

mery Road, then adding a right-only turn lane into Bethesda North Hospital, just north of the intersection. Riblet added that sidewalks on the east side of Montgomery from Radabaugh Drive to Bethesda will also be built. Riblet said there’s “been very little fanfare” regarding the project, because the city and ODOT have been discussing it since about 2010. He added that there’s been several meetings and information sent out, so he feels that residents are well informed about the project. This project, Riblet said, mirrors one at Pfeiffer Road and Interstate 71, which creates double turn lanes at the highway and adds a lane

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Sixth-graders Liz Brooks, left, of Milford, and Lilly Reisenfeld, of Loveland, add bows to their presents.

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Shelley Menifee, right, of Colerain Township, signs a gift tag while watched by classmate Jessica Hall, of Symmes Township. Both are seniors.

Eighth-grader Kaitlyn Hardesty, left, of Montgomery, and pre-kindergartner Chance Lauch, of Indian Hill, place their gifts on the stack of presents wrapped by the students.

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Moeller bowlers look to improve

By Scott Springer and Mark Motz

INDIAN HILL — The lanes are oiled and matches are underway for Greater Cincinnati high school bowling teams. The following is a rundown of teams.


The Crusaders have had four straight winning seasons, but would like to improve on their fourth place finish in the Greater Catholic League-South 12-9 (8-6 league). Eleventh-year coach Bob Orr returns four starters including senior GCL South second team selection Phillip Cleves. Along with senior Cleves, seniors Steven Snyder and Grant Godbey and junior TJ Snyder are back. Senior Tony Platz is expected to join the lineup. “We have a very compatible team that should really each other on,” Orr said. “They’re very experienced and mature with each capable of averaging 200-plus. It’s basically the same team that took second in our sectional with Phil (Cleves) rolling a 297/688 series and Grant (Godbey) a 266/623.” Upcoming is a Moeller Alumni Fundraiser at Crossgate Lanes on Dec. 22. The Crusaders get their roll back on Jan. 3-4 at the Louisville vs. Cincinnati Challenge in Louisville.

Moeller lost just one of their starting bowling line-up from last year. Left to right from last season’s crew are Coach Bob Orr, senior Steven Snyder, senior Philip Cleves, 2013 graduate Greg Lind, senior Grant Godbey, junior TJ Snyder, and senior Tony Platz. THANKS TO ESP MEDIA

“Most of the boys have worked hard over the summer to hone their skills and be ready for the season,” Orr said.

Mount Notre Dame

The Cougars are looking to better last year’s 7-16 mark (3-12 in the old GGCL-Scarlet) under second-year coach Mollie Holtman.

Among those back for MND are juniors Sam Dunbar and Emily Webb who made allleague honorable mention as sophomores. Also returning are starting sophomores Kay Rothermund, Ashley Foulks, Sabrina Dunbar and Rachel Tenley. Olivia Kettler and Emma Benson are also on the Cougars squad. “We are still a young team

with no seniors however, the motivation and heart these girls have will get us far in the years to come,” Holtman said. MND’s next match is at Northwest Dec. 19. They return home to Crossgate Lanes in Blue Ash on Jan. 7.

Ursuline Academy

The Lions are young – no seniors on the roster – but head coach Rob Meirose returns four juniors with experience to lead what he hopes will be a competitive team. Junior Emma Darlington leads the squad with a 176 average to date, while classmate Christina Hallmann isn’t far behind, typically rolling in the high150s or low160s. Emily Low and Cierra Carafice bring additional skill and experience. “I have to remind myself this is only their second year bowling,” Meirose said. “They’ve assumed the leadership, but there’s still a lot for them to learn and improve. They’re making very good progress.” Ursuline also has a first-year junior (Kari Fletcher) and three freshmen (Makayla Hufziger, Isabel Baumgartner and Brittany Leyda) out to fill the roster. “They’re all brand new and they all have kind of the same skills,” Meirose said. Like many coaches in the area, he is concerned about the decreasing numbers of girls in bowling. “It’s kind of like that old ‘If you build it, they will come’ line,” he said. “Once we get the girls out, we can teach them the game and how to be good. It’s just a matter of getting them out. For whatever reason, that’s been the hard part. I wish we could get them out. They’d see how much fun it can be.”

PRESS PREPS HIGHLIGHTS Moeller High School senior football team members show off their Division 1 State Championship trophy during a celebration rally Dec. 9. Moeller defeated Mentor 55-52 at Fawcett Stadium for the Crusaders’ second straight state championship and ninth overall in the programs storied history. AMANDA ROSSMANN/STAFF

By Scott Springer and Mark Motz

Boys basketball

» Cincinnati Country Day lost 71-60 to Holmes at Ryle Dec. 7 and fell 68-57 at St. Bernard Dec. 10, evening its record at 2-2. » Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy dropped a 51-43 home game against St. Bernard Dec. 7 and lost 80-44 at Summit Country Day Dec. 10 to level its record at 2-2.

Girls basketball

» Cincinnati Country Day

lost 45-19 at home Dec. 9 against Wyoming, but bounced back with a 62-30 victory over Clark Montessori Dec. 11 to improve to 5-2. Sydney Menifee was 7-for-14 from the floor and 5-for-8 from the line to lead the Indians with 19 points against Clark. » Ursuline Academy beat rival St. Ursula 43-29 Dec.12 to improve its record to 3-1. Ali Schirmer scored 13 to lead the Lions.

Girls volleyball

» Mount Notre Dame’s Christine Chandler was named to the American Family Insurance 2013 All-USA Today team.

Moeller High School football coach John Rodenberg addresses students during a celebration rally Dec.9. Moeller's football team defeated Mentor 55-52 giving the Crusaders back-to-back titles and their ninth state trophy overall.AMANDA ROSSMANN/COMMUNITY PRESS

SIDELINES Hall of Fame re-opens

The Indian Hill Hall of Fame will be re-introduced on Jan 31by the Indian Hill Boosters and the Indian Hill Hall of Fame Committee with new inductees. Inductees are: Brittany Hill, class of 2005. swimming

and diving; Steve Innis, class of 1989, soccer, basketball and baseball; and Cindy Bridgeland Crilley, class of 1970, tennis and tennis coach. The ceremony will take place at halftime of the Homecoming varsity boys Basketball game, with a reception following to honor and meet the

newest members of the Indian Hill Hall of Fame. The community is invited to help honor honor these three outstanding individuals and their accomplishments and contributions to the athletic program at Indian Hill Schools.

These Blue Ash YMCA Swimmers are qualified for the YMCA Summer Long Course Nationals. In back are Audrey Jewell (Loveland), Allison Dicke (Madeira), Mark Hancher (Sycamore), Ryan Stevenson (Madeira), Max Cappel (Sycamore), Eric Scott (Sharonville) and Delaney Smith (Indian Hill). In third row are Richard Chen (Blue Ash), Chris Asgian (Loveland), Brookley Garry (Pleasant Ridge) and Mary Margaret Fry (Sycamore). In second row are coach Bill Whatley, Mitchell Camfield (Blue Ash), Chet Dobson (Madeira), Jonathon Seger (Sycamore), Charlie Fry (Sycamore) and Jory Gould (Sycamore). In front row are Grace Smith (Pleasant Hill), Jenna Luthman (Madeira), Katie Kruspe (Oakley) and Samantha Wolkoff (Sycamore). THANKS TO MARY FISCHER

Blue Ash YMCA swimmers qualify for nationals Twenty members of the Blue Ash YMCA Swim Team qualified for the 2013 YMCA Summer Long Course Nationals at the Georgia Institute of Technology Aquatic Center in Atlanta, Ga. The team, led by graduating Sycamore senior Charlie Fry, placed 29th out of 114 YMCA swim teams from across the nation, a very good showing in such a competitive meet. For head coach Bill Whatley, this was a usual stop with the team as he has been head swim coach of the Blue Ash YMCA Swim Team for now 25 years. The Blue Ash YMCA Swim Team is a year-round competitive team and participates in both YMCA and United States

Swimming competition, offering exposure to local, regional, and national amateur athletics. Swimmers participate with groups according to their age and ability. Besides developing each athlete’s athletic skills and abilities, much emphasis is focused on physical conditioning, self-confidence, sportsmanship character building and self-discipline which are key to developing the total athlete. For details on becoming part of the Blue Ash Swim team, contact coach Bill Whatley at 7915000. Ages 6 and up are welcome to try-out. Call 791-5000 or visit



Gymnasts spring into winter tumbling season specializes in the uneven bars and the vault. Returning juniors include Kaitlin Harden, Gusty Pohlman and Jennifer Gonzales, all of whom compete in the all-around. Conners said Harden is the hardest worker, while Pohlman brings a dance background and Gonzales is a former club gymnast. A trio of sophomores in the all-around – Margaret Hodson, Addie El and Kendall Smith – round out the roster. “We have a group that’s mostly pure high school girls, meaning we don’t have the year-round club gymnasts,” Conners said. “The nice thing about having girls who aren’t in club is that instant gratification. You really see the progress in skills on an everyday basis and that’s encouraging as a coach and for the girls themselves.”

By Mark D. Motz, Tom Skeen and Scott Springer

Somewhere Keith Jackson weeps, for there is no rumblin’ or stumblin’, but there is plenty of tumbling as gymnastics season is under way for area girls.


Head coach Stacy Bailey enters her 20th season at the helm with a blend of youth and experience she hopes will lead to a successful season. “I look for a really strong finish,” Bailey said. “It’s a relatively young team still, so they have a lot of room for improvement.” Among the 11 gymnasts are five returnees, including junior Emily Caggiano, who made it to state on the balance beam last season. Also back are seniors Bre Willenbrink and Emily Alsip, junior Tara Crosley and sophomores Megan Shearer and Taylor Caruso. The youthful portion of the roaster features what Bailey called “probably the strongest freshman class I’ve ever had.” It’s headed by Level 9 club competitor Casey Gittelman, who will join the team at the first of the year after her club season. Other freshmen include Ellen Tanner, Teagan Gerkey and Zona Herrick. Sophomore Lauren Coons is a first-year gymnast rounding out the roster.

Oak Hills

Cincinnati Country Day sophomore Margaret Hodson soars over the balance beam during a Dec. 10 home gymnastics meet. MARK D. MOTZ/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Bailey also has a pair of tumblers from Blanchester and Bethel-Tate High School senior Dakota Sicurella training with her squad. Sicurella – who was a regional qualifier in the hurdles in the spring – was an all-district performer in gymnastics as a junior, narrowly missing a trip to state. “She’s a great kid with a hard work ethic,” Bailey said. “She’s really even keeled and a great exam-

ple for the other girls.”

Cincinnati Country Day

Head coach Steve Conners has a club on the rise. “We scored 115 at the district meet last year, which was our highest in about five years,” Conners said. “Our ultimate goal is to hit the 120 mark, which would put us right in the middle of the pack at the district meet.” Senior Kelsey Bardach serves as team leader; she

Kristin Perica enters her second season coaching a Lady Highlanders’ gymnastics program only in its third year of existence. Perica returns eight gymnasts from last season’s squad that finished sixth at the city championships and 12th at the district meet. “We definitely hope to break some school records this year,” the coach said. “We have a lot of talent on our team as long as we stay healthy, so I look forward to that. … I feel like there is more energy than last year in the gym and (the girls) already know what to expect now so they’re just excited.”

Michelle Bushle is back and will perform in the all-around. Senior Paige Chesney competed in club gymnastics at Cincinnati Gymnastics (where Perica coached before coming to Oak Hills) but decided to give high school gymnastics a try. Perica looks for Chesney to be a state contender. Sophomore Alyssa McCarthy is a newcomer to the team with a background in dance. “Her background in dance gives her more natural ability,” Perica said. “Things are coming quickly to her so that’s really good.” Destinee Friedmann is back and will compete more on floor routine this season in addition to the uneven bars and balance beam. If the beginning of the season is any indication of how things are shaping up for the Lady Highlanders this season will go down as the best in the programs short history. “We actually just had a mock meet (Dec. 9) with pressure routines in front of judges and (the girls) actually did really well,” Perica said. “… I told them at the start that this is good at the beginning because we can only improve from here.”


The Spartans have a big team with18 tumblers; nine are first-year gymnasts. Which means head coach Gail Maundrell has to develop some leaders among the returnees, as

well as impart the selfmotivation required of an individual sport on the newbies. “It’s exciting to have so many new girls to high school gymnastics,” Maundrell said. “They have the potential I thought they did and now it’s a matter of getting them to live up to it. We have some depth and some experience and that means if they want to be one of those top six girls (in a given event), they’re going to have to step up and earn it.” A pair of freshmen in Brittany Gardner and Katie Lambert are well on their way; Lambert cracked the 30-point barrier in the all-around and Lamberted recorded an 8.5 in the floor exercises in Turpin’s first meet. Senior Bree Stocker is best on the floor exercises. Junior Lauren Hoyt and Angel Spanos bring experience, as do returning sophomores Nicki Schucter and Emilie Swertseger. Sophomores Katherine Bryant and Sami Vogel are part of the new contingent. Senior Becca Swertsger – Emilie’s older sister made it to state on the uneven bars last season, but will miss the early part of the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Sophomores Madi Wessels and Haley Witherell also should contribute when they return from injury. “We will work hard,” Maudrell said. “I think as they grow and mature we’re going to see a lot of improvement.”

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Do you think Ohio legislators should approve a bill to allow back-to-school shoppers to buy certain items free of state and local sales taxes? Why or why not?

“This is essentially a sales tax reduction. If we really do not need to collect so much money from the sales tax why not just reduce the tax? “This is political smoke and mirrors designed to make the people sponsoring the bill look good at very little cost. It is a sham that will create a lot of game playing and fraud on the days when there is no tax, politics at its worst.” F.S.D.

“No - why single out this particular group for tax-free status? And how would you even determine what is a school-related expense? “What I would support: seasonal tax-free shopping weeks, such as New York City offers either a total moratorium on all sales tax for that period or no tax on a specific item such as clothing, cars, furniture, etc. This could be a huge boost to the economy.” J.S.B.

“Now that is not a bad idea. Teachers already have sales tax exempt status for supplies, why not students and families for


“Since 1965, the Department of Education has proven that the federal government needs to get out of the state’s way with regard to the education of children. Ohio legislators are also guilty, and need to stand down. “Legislators need to fix the roads and balance the budget and quit wasting time on abortion and pandering to parents.” K.P.

“Talk about complexity! How do we ID someone who fits this description online or in the store? “Then, consider the administration of this at the store level; another thing for the minimum hourly wage clerk to handle. “Then, what interest group would be next in line for special consideration? “We should be looking for ways to simplify our tax systems and this proposal fails miserably. We have a wide range of prices available to shoppers, some of which will meet their budget limitations. A big ding to this idea.” T.J.

“I would always think it is a good idea to get something tax free. I am also sure that there will be a bit of scamming going on ... oh well.” D.D.

NEXT QUESTION Time Magazine has named Pope Francis as its Person of the Year. What do you think of the choice? Whom would you choose as Person of the Year? Every week we ask readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with Chatroom in the subject line.



Indian Hill Village Council

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

Indian Hill Exempted Village Schools Board of Education: 6855 Drake Road. Phone: 2724500. Web site: Indian Hill school board meets at 7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at Indian Hill High School, 6845 Drake Road. Board President Karl Grafe; board members Elizabeth Johnston, Kim Martin Lewis, Erik Lutz and Tim Sharp. Superintendent Mark Miles; Assistant Superintendent Mark Ault; Treasurer and Business Manager Julia J. Toth, 272-4513; Director of Pupil Services Tracy Quattrone; Transportation Supervisor Barbara Leonard; Facilities Director Ken Stegman and Director of Communications Andrea Brady.

U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot (1st District) 2371 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 Phone: (202) 225-2216 Fax: (202) 225-3012 Website: Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Cincinnati office: 441 Vine St., Suite 3003, Cincinnati, OH 45202 Phone: (513) 684-2723 Fax: (513) 421-8722 U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown Cincinnati – 425 Walnut St., room 2310, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202-3915; phone 684-1021, fax 684-1029. E-mail: Web site: U.S. Sen. Rob Portman Phone: 202-224-3353 Fax: 202-224-9558 Cincinnati office: 36 E. Seventh St. Room 2615, Cincinnati, OH 45202 Phone: 513-684-3265


State Rep. Connie Pillich In Columbus: House of Representatives, 77 S. High St., 11th Floor, Columbus, Ohio, 432660603; phone 614-466-8120; fax 614-644-9494. E-mail: State Rep. Ron Maag In Columbus: House of Representatives, 77 S. High St., 10th Floor, Columbus, Ohio, 432156111; phone 614-644-6023; fax 614-719-3589. E-mail:



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Cheers to those who stand up to be counted It was a low turn-out election this year, but there was a bright spot. As I walked in to vote I was met by two women getting signatures for the Workplace Freedom Amendment petition. In this era of the low information voter it was inspiring to see people who were not only knowledgeable about an issue, but willing to devote their time and energy to what surely must be a laborious and tiring task at best. As I questioned them they explained the issue clearly and succinctly. In summary the Amendment would prohibit an employee from being forced to become a member of a union, or from being required to pay

any dues or fees as a condition of employment. It would not prevent any person from voluntarily belonging to or providing support to a union organization. In essence, one would Susan have the freeWisner COMMUNITY PRESS dom to choose whether or not GUEST COLUMNIST to join. This seemed to make eminent sense to me given that we are, indeed, living in a free country. If unions are unable to make a case compelling

enough to have workers join voluntarily how dare they be given the power to coerce membership? Forcing employees to join a union and pay dues is an intolerable and unconstitutional interference with personal liberty and private property. This would be as if one was forced to shop at Sam’s Club as a requirement of living in Indian Hill. Some of us might prefer to shop at our local Kroger store instead. I say, three cheers to those who stand up to be counted in the quest to keep our freedom in America! Susan Wisner is a resident of Indian Hill.

Home for holidays a goal for terminally ill The holidays are a time of family, friends, traditions and gratitude. When a loved one has a terminal illness, the season can also mean added stress, fatigue, and financial burdens. Most families would not want to spend the holiday season in and out of an emergency room, yet nearly one in five Medicare beneficiaries is readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of release. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, this translates to $17.4 billion in Medicare spending on patients whose return trips could have been avoided. Avoidable hospital re-admissions among Medicare beneficiaries has become a top priority for both policymakers and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as hospitals feel added pressure to help patients remain at home. The CMS has taken on several initiatives to reduce readmissions from penalizing hospitals with high re-admission rates to implementing shared savings programs in an effort to increase care coordination among providers. There are some return trips to the hospital that are unavoidable due to complica-

tions, new and unrelated problems, or anticipated steps of certain treatment plans. Some patients are also readmitted because they live in a region where hospitals are used more frequently as a place of care for illnesses. Regardless of where patients reside, education and support are key factors in Cindee preventing reTresslar COMMUNITY PRESS admissions. Too often, a GUEST COLUMNIST rushed discharged process and a lack of necessary follow up care leaves discharged patients unable to follow instructions about a new diagnoses or new medication. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reported that while patients with one or more chronic conditions represent just 5 percent of the patient population, they account for more than 50 percent of the health care costs. Increasingly, hospitals are forming collaborative partnerships with palliative care and hospice providers to combat avoidable re-admissions. For terminally ill patients,

WHEN THEY MEET Commissioners – meet at 9:30 a.m. every Wednesday in Room 605 of the County Administration Building, 138 E. Court St., downtown. Call 946-4400. Educational service center governing board – meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 11083 Hamilton Ave. Call 742-2200. Regional planning commission – meets at 12:30 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at the County Administration Building, eighth floor, 138 E. Court St., downtown. Call 946-4500.

Indian Hill Village Council

Meets at 7:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month (unless otherwise announced) in city hall, 6525 Drake Road Road. Call 561-6500.

Board of education – Board meetings are the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the high school, 6845 Drake Road. Call 272-4500 or visit

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

Cindee Tresslar is the executive director of Crossroads Hospice in Cincinnati.


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hospice is one resource available to help patients remain home for the holidays. Hospice and palliative care providers work closely with patients and families to identify care preferences, manage symptoms, and address clinical, emotional and spiritual needs through a team approach. This type of care allows patients to pick up the phone in a time of crisis and receive medications at home. During the holidays, families can spend more time creating memories and sharing traditions instead of making emergency room trips. Integrating palliative care services early, and making timely and appropriate hospice referrals can not only improve patient experiences, but address some of the most important issues faced by hospitals today: quality improvement, increasing coordination, preventing complications, reducing costs – and ultimately, return trips to the hospital in a patient’s final stages of life when the comforts of home and quality time with family are most important.

We welcome your comments on editorials, columns, stories or other topics important to you in The Indian Hill Journal. Include your name, address and phone number(s) so we may verify your letter. Letters of 200 or fewer words and columns of 500 or fewer words have the best chance of being published. Please include a photo with a column submission. All submissions may be edited for length, accuracy and clarity. Deadline: Noon Friday E-mail: Fax: 248-1938. U.S. mail: See box below. Letters, columns and articles submitted to The Indian Hill Journal may be published or distributed in print, electronic or other forms.

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Heart party T

he Cincinnati Heart Ball officially kicked off at a pre-party at the Indian Hill home of 2014 chair, JB Buse. More than 100 guests enjoyed cocktails, light bites and a message from speakers Dr. Donald Harrison (Open Your Heart Chair) and Pam and Rob Sibcy. The Heart Ball, presented by TriHealth Heart Institute, will be Feb. 22 at the Duke Energy Convention Center. The annual black tie gala will honor Rhonda and Larry Sheakley with the Heart of the City Award for their philan-

thropic contributions to the Greater Cincinnati community. The Sheakleys’ passion for the arts inspired the Heart Ball theme, “The Art of Saving Hearts.” In addition to live and silent auctions, cocktail reception and dinner, the Heart Ball will feature a Young Professional After Party with dancing to Johnny Clueless. For tickets and more information about the Heart Ball, contact Sia Ruppert, Heart Ball director at 842-8863, or visit



Rhonda and Larry Sheakley attend the Heart Ball Kick-Off Party. The Sheakleys will be honored with the Heart of the City Award at the annual black-tie Heart Ball, set for Feb. 11. THANKS TO LORI FOVEL

Heart Ball Chairman J.B. Buse and Leigh Judd attend the Heart Ball Kick-Off Party. THANKS TO LORI

Laura and Dr. Don Harrison attend the Heart Ball Kick-Off Party. THANKS TO LORI FOVEL

Rob and Pam Sibcy attend the Heart Ball Kick-Off Party. THANKS TO LORI FOVEL


Celebrate winter solstice at Rowe Woods

Celebrate and share in the joy of the holiday season with family and friends at Cincinnati Nature Center’s Winter Solstice Celebration from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Rowe Woods location to discover the history and significance of the winter solstice. Visitors will have the opportunity to attend an entertaining presentation to learn more about the winter solstice which marks the sun’s furthest point from the earth, making it the shortest day and longest night of the year. “The winter solstice is seen worldwide as a time of rebirth and celebration. Here at Cincinnati Nature Center we want to celebrate with the community and provide unique activities where family and friends can enjoy the holidays together,” says Kristi Masterson, Director of Marketing and Membership at CNC. Come and participate in a horse-drawn wagon ride through Rowe Woods and join a drumming circle to feel the energy and excitement of the solstice. Participants can enjoy Celtic music and dancing with

Horse-drawn wagon rides through Rowe Woods are part of the celebration of winter solstice from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford.

Dark Moll and feel the warmth and cheer at the Krippendorf Lodge with homemade cookies and cocoa. Visitors are invited to make their way to the Nature PlayScape to meet costumed critters, toast marshmallows

and participate in a scavenger hunt. Everyone is welcome to make all natural birdfeeders and try homemade roasted chestnuts. Registration is not required. Cincinnati Nature

Center member adults and children are $6 each with a family maximum price of $30. Nonmember adults and children are $14 each with a family maximum price of $50. All above activities are included with admission.

For more information about CNC’s winter solstice celebration, visit or call 831-1711. Cincinnati Nature Center’s Rowe Woods is located at 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford.

Club learns about WASPs, museum

Cincinnati Woman's Club members and Civic Department Co-Chairs Jan Bartel and Milly Huffman (both Wyoming residents) flank the guest speakers Paul Redlich (Batavia resident) President of the Tri-State Warbird Museum; and Jean Springer (Hyde Park resident) during the program the Cincinnati Woman's Club hosted in honor of all veterans. PROVIDED

Highlighting civic duties to preserve the past and honor our military veterans, The Cincinnati Woman’s Club hosted a program featuring Paul Redlich and Jean Springer. Members and guests enjoyed the historical knowledge and perspectives presented by these two speakers. Redlich, president of the TriState Warbird Museum in Batavia, described the historical aviation collection on museum display, which includes fully-restored, air worthy aircraft. Formed in 2003, the museum preserves the aircraft of World War II, educates visitors on America’s role in WW II, and honors veterans who fought and

those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Springer, who at age 22 became a Woman’s Air Force Service Pilot (WASP) during WW II, shared personal recollections about her various flight experiences. Although the WASP’s were not considered part of the U.S. Army and were not allowed to fly in combat, they provided services essential to military victories. In recognition of her contributions, Springer was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal. Since 1894, The Cincinnati Woman’s Club has focused on educating its members and working to make Cincinnati a better place.


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, DEC. 19 Art & Craft Classes Ladies Night, 7-9 p.m., Cheers to Art!, 7700 Camargo Road, Wine specials, 20 percent off all boutique items, light snacks and drawing for free session. For ages 16 and up. $30. Reservations required. 271-2793; Madeira. Inbetween Club, 4 p.m., Mariemont Branch Library, 3810 Pocahontas Ave., Make gift and wrap it. Includes holiday treats. Ages 12-18. Free. 369-4467. Mariemont.

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

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

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

Holiday - Christmas Santa’s Workshop, 2-8 p.m., Santa’s Workshop, 6940 Madisonville Road, Historic Shillito’s Elves have moved to Mariemont and are opening workshop for public tours. Bring letters to mail to Santa. Pictures with Santa available on Saturdays and Sundays. Benefits Ronald McDonald House. $4, free ages 3 and under. Presented by Mariemont Inn. 620-4353; Mariemont.

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

Support Groups Motherless Daughters Support Group, 7-8:30 p.m., Montgomery Community Church, 11251 Montgomery Road, For adult women who have lost or miss nurturing care of their mother. Free. 489-0892. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Free, donations accepted. 800-0164. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, 4309 Cooper Road, Youth room. Big book/ discussion meeting. Brown bag lunch optional. Open to everyone who desires healthy loving relationships. Donations accepted. 673-0174; Blue Ash.

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

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

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

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

Each child will decorate and take home a gingerbread house at the Children's Gingerbread House Tea from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, and Sunday, Dec. 22, at Gazabo Tea Garden, 10461 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash. The tea includes a light tea lunch, brief talk on tea etiquette, a story about the folklore history of gingerbread houses and viewing and playing with a Christmas train. The tea is for ages 3 and up. Cost is $10.50 for children. Reservations are required. The event runs through Dec. 22. Call 985-0027.


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Dining Events Children’s Gingerbread House Tea, Noon-3 p.m., Gazebo Tea Garden, 10461 Kenwood Road, Each child decorates and takes home a gingerbread house. Includes light tea lunch, brief talk on tea etiquette, story about folklore history of Gingerbread Houses viewing and playing with Christmas train. Ages 3 and up. $10.50 children. Reservations required. Through Dec. 22. 985-0027. Blue Ash.

Holiday - Christmas Santa’s Workshop, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Santa’s Workshop, $4, free ages 3 and under. 620-4353; Mariemont.

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

SUNDAY, DEC. 22 Art Exhibits Small Treasures, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; Mariemont.

Dining Events Children’s Gingerbread House Tea, Noon-3 p.m., Gazebo Tea Garden, $10.50 children. Reservations required. 985-0027. Blue Ash.

Holiday - Christmas Santa’s Workshop, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Santa’s Workshop, $4, free ages 3 and under. 620-4353; Mariemont.

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

MONDAY, DEC. 23 Recreation Winter Break Camp, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Waterpark, gym, art room and game room. Kindergarten to sixth grade. $58 per day, $48 per day for members. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

Support Groups Caregiver Support Group, 10-11:30 a.m., Marielders Inc., 6923 Madisonville Road, Library. For those responsible for care of elderly or disabled loved one. Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. 929-4483; Mariemont.

Youth Sports Multi-Sport Winter Break Camp by Jump Start Sports, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Also Dec. 30. Different sport introduced each day. $150. 985-0900. Montgomery.

917-7475. Blue Ash. Madeira.

Art & Craft Classes

Holiday - Christmas

Holiday - Christmas

Christmas Eve Mimosa Morning, 10 a.m.-noon, Cheers to Art!, 7700 Camargo Road, First glass of mimosa free. 20 percent off all items in boutique. For ages 8 and up. $30. Reservations required. 271-2793; Madeira.

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

Santa’s Workshop, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Santa’s Workshop, $4, free ages 3 and under. 620-4353; Mariemont.


Music - Jazz

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

The Hitmen, 8 p.m.-midnight, Tony’s Steaks and Seafood, Free. 677-1993; Symmes Township.

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


Literary - Story Times

Support Groups

Holiday - Christmas

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

Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, Free, donations accepted. 800-0164. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, Donations accepted. 673-0174; Blue Ash.

Santa’s Workshop, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Santa’s Workshop, $4, free ages 3 and under. 620-4353; Mariemont.

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

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 25 Dining Events Madisonville Community Christmas Day Dinner, Noon, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 5433 Madison Road, For any and all who would like to attend, especially anyone or any family alone or in need. Hot meal, Christmas caroling, activities for children and gifts for everyone. Free. 271-4147. Madisonville.

THURSDAY, DEC. 26 Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 7-8 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, $5.

FRIDAY, DEC. 27 Holiday - Christmas Santa’s Workshop, 2-8 p.m., Santa’s Workshop, $4, free ages 3 and under. 620-4353; Mariemont.

Literary - Libraries Gaming, 6-7:30 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Gaming with friends. Ages 11-19. Free. 369-4450. Deer Park.

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

Music - Classical Carillon Concert, 4-5 p.m., Mary M. Emery Carillon, Free. 2718519; Mariemont.

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

TUESDAY, DEC. 31 Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 7-8 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, $5. 917-7475. Blue Ash.

Literary - Story Times


Preschool Story Time, 10:30-11 a.m., Deer Park Branch Library, Free. 369-4450. Deer Park. Book Break, 3-3:30 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, Free. 3694450. Deer Park.

Art & Craft Classes


Ring in New Years Early, 7-9 p.m., Cheers to Art!, 7700 Camargo Road, Specials on wine and Champagne. For ages 16 and up. $30. Reservations required. 271-2793; www.cheer-

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



Rita shares latest clone of peppermint bark

I wrestled with myself about sharing, once again, my latest clone of Williams-Sonoma peppermint bark. After all, my recipe last year was excellent, and the difference this year is that I used premium bar chocolates only and tweaked the recipe a tiny bit. Well, I’ve been getting lots of requests for this special bark already, so I’m taking creative license and sharing what I now call my latest and greatest. And, I might add, my very last recipe for this treat! However you celebrate, I hope each of you has the best holiday season. Remember, the best things in life aren’t “things.”

Rita’s ultimate clone of Williams-Sonoma peppermint bark 2013 Use the best quality chocolates and candy (no imitation peppermint in extract or candy) to make it as close to Williams-Sonoma as possible. As mentioned, I used the highest quality bar chocolates, which I chopped. Whether you use bars or morsels, read labels. The semi-sweet chocolate should be real chocolate, not chocolateflavored. The first two ingredients in white chocolate should be sugar and cocoa butter. No palm, palm kernel or coconut oil if you want it to be like Williams-Sonoma. These oils may be a culprit for layers sometimes not

bonding, resulting in separation. That doesn’t mean you can’t make wonderful Rita bark with Heikenfeld whatever RITA’S KITCHEN chocolate fits your budget. I also have more bark recipes on my blog, a single-layer one for kids and a threelayer one. Prep pan: Line a cookie sheet with one piece of foil, about 10 inches by 12 inches. Or do the same in a 9-inch by 13-inch pan. First layer:

2 cups (12 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate, divided into 11⁄4 and 3⁄4 cup measures 1 teaspoon peppermint extract

Use a double boiler if you have one, or put 11⁄4 cups chocolate in heatproof bowl. Set over saucepan that has 1 inch of steaming water, making sure bowl does not touch water. (This is a makeshift double boiler). Heat should be turned to low so no steam/water escapes into chocolate, which can turn it grainy. Stir until chocolate is almost melted but still has a few lumps, then remove bowl and stir in remaining chocolate until smooth. Stir in extract and pour onto foil, spreading evenly. Let set at room temperature or in refrigerator until hard. Second layer: 23⁄4 cups white chocolate,

divided into 21⁄4 and 1⁄2 cup measures 1 ⁄2 teaspoon peppermint extract 1 ⁄4 to 1⁄3 cup crushed peppermint candy, sieved to remove tiny particles

Put 21⁄4 cups white chocolate in clean bowl and repeat process for melting, stirring in remaining chocolate after removing bowl. Stir in extract. Let cool a bit. Pour over chocolate layer and spread. Finishing with candy: Sprinkle candy and gently press into chocolate. Let set at room temperature or in refrigerator until hard. Peel bark off foil and break or cut into pieces. If it’s been in the refrigerator, let it sit out a bit so it’s easy to break or cut. Store in refrigerator. Note: If you melt chocolates in microwave, check frequently as they can turn grainy and burn easily.

Classic macaroni salad

For Celia, a Delhi Township reader, who wants to make this alongside her holiday ham. “I had the recipe for years and misplaced it. Sometimes we added shrimp to it,” too, she said. Go to taste on ingredients. Salad: Mix together: 8 oz Mueller’s Small Elbow Macaroni, cooked and cooled 1 ⁄4 to 1⁄3 cup onion, diced 2 ribs celery, diced 1 small bell pepper, diced


Rita’s latest clone of Williams-Sonoma peppermint bark uses high quality chocolate.THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD.

Combine and pour over cooled pasta. You may not need all of it, so add half, taste, and add more if you like.

Chill before serving. To add shrimp: Add 1⁄2 pound cooked small shrimp to salad.

2 tablespoons prepared mustard 2 teaspoons sugar 1 ⁄4 cup cider vinegar or more to taste 11⁄2 cups mayonnaise

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zetti used to carry a similar one, but discontinued it”, she said. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Find her blog online at Cincinnati.Com/blogs. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.



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What she didn’t remember, until the agent reminded her, was the policy contains a Howard disability Ain waiver. she HEY HOWARD! said the agent told her, “You have a disclaimer on your policy where if he’s disabled we’ll pay his premiums. I said, ‘Really?’” Thompson said the problem was, even after examining that policy, the waiver wasn’t very clear. “There’s different columns and they’ve got suicide exclusions. They’ve got all these titles over here but there’s nothing about disability. You have to really, really look for it,” she said.

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Four Christmas Eve services are planed. The 4 p.m. family service is geared for younger children and their families, featuring “The Best Gift of All” puppet show that will share the Christmas message. The 5:45 p.m. Rockin’ Christmas Eve with communion and candle lighting. Music provided by praise band and praise team. The 8 p.m. traditional service with communion and candle lighting. Music provided by, vocal ensemble, orchestra and guest trumpeter, Evan Greene. The 11 p.m. Traditional Service of Lessons and Carols with candle

lighting. Music provided by a Chamber ensemble of instrumentalists, vocalists, and guest trumpeter, Evan Greene. An 11 a.m. traditional Communion service is planned for Christmas Day. In the spirit of giving, Good Shepherd will donate $5 in each visitor’s name to the local homeless shelter, An additional $5 match has been offered by an anonymous member, totaling $10, to help those without homes this Christmas season. Good Shepherd is a large church that offers a variety of styles of worship and service times: Saturdays, 5 p.m. - Woven worship (mix of traditional and

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The Community Press welcomes news about a special service, rummage sale, dinner, bazaar, festival, revival, musical presentation or any special activity that is open to the public. Deadline: Two weeks before publication date E-mail: with “religion” in subject line Fax: 249-1938 contemporary). Sundays, 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. – traditional worship. Sundays, 9:30 a.m. – Contemporary worship. Sundays, 5:45 p.m. – “NOSH” dinner and worship offsite at UC Campus Ministry Edge House. GSLC offers preschool and student Sunday School at 9:30 a.m., September through May. ‘Worship Without Worry” Sunday School is also offered at 11 a.m. for families of children with special needs and kids of all ages. Faith-building classes, fellowship and outreach opportunities, and small groups are offered each weekend and throughout the week for adults to connect. There is something for everyone here. The church is at 7701 Kenwood Road, Kenwood; 891-1700;

Young at Hartz is a group for the over-55 crowd, and is open to anyone who would like to join. The group has monthly outings or lunch and a movie at the church. For more information, contact Sue Watts at 891-8527. Worship Sundays in September is as follows: adult Bible study 9, Coffee and Chat and first service is 9 a.m.; second service and Camp service is 10:30 a.m. The church is at 8999 Applewood Drive, Blue Ash; 8918527.

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said she thinks that’s a terrible policy and wants to alert others. The disability waiver is not automatic in most life insurance policies, it’s a separate provision you can buy. So, you may want to check to see if you have that waiver in your policy. Thompson said she learned a valuable lesson to get a copy of that provision in writing. Not only will it help you remember you have that protection, but it will also explain exactly what’s required before the insurance company considers someone to be disabled so the disability waiver will apply.


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The Thompsons pay more than $14 each year for the disability waiver. But, I noticed even on the policy itself it just said disability waiver. As a result, Thompson has paid the yearly premium for more than two years since her husband became disabled. The insurance agent told her, unfortunately, she can only get back the premium for one of those years. Thompson then called the insurance company itself and spoke with a manager who told her company policy is to reimburse for only one year. “She said, ‘There are people that have had a policy with us for 30 years and have been disabled and they have that waiver and they don’t know about it. We still only give them back one year.’” Thompson


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A lot of us have life insurance policies, but may not be aware of all the provisions in the policy. One area woman said not knowing about a provision in her husband’s policy has cost her a lot of money. Kathy Thompson of Bridgetown said she’s upset with the life insurance company and herself for not realizing a key money-saving provision was in the policy. Thompson said of her husband, “He became disabled about two and a half years ago and who thinks of looking at your insurance policy. Recently, the insurance company called and they wanted to sell us more insurance.” The life insurance policy is a small one, just $9,000, and is one of several her husband bought.


Indian Hill Church

The church Adult Forum schedule is as follows: » Jan. 5 Dr. Inayat Malik – A Pakistani American member of Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati and Foreign Policy Leadership Council, who has been active in local civic affairs for over four decades. His discussion will be titled “Pakistan, Introduction to a Key Reluctant Ally.” » Jan. 12 Dr. Mohsen Rezayat – Chief Solutions Architect, Siemens, “Sustainable Solutions for Problems in the Middle East, in General, and Iran, in Particular” » Jan. 19 Donald McGraw – Colonel (retired), former director for Afghanistan Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense, “Why They Fight Us, – the Taliban Insurgency and the Future of Afghanistan.” » Feb. 2 Dr. James Buchanan, director, Brueggeman Center Xavier University, “Global Economic Trends Forecasting.” » Feb. 9 Attorney Jack Painter, Tea Party spokesperson, “Government’s Role in the Economy.” » Feb. 16 Gregory Smith, Chair – MIS Department associate professor, Williams College of Business Xavier University, “Statistics in regards to the American Dream.” » Feb. 23 TBD – looking for a speaker on how younger generation approaches work differently than our generation. The church is at 6000 Drake Road, Indian Hill; 561-6805;

Loveland Presbyterian Church

Loveland Presbyterian Church will present it’s Christmas Pageant at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 22. It will be a Youth Service with the sermon being the pageant titled “A Night In Bethlehem.” All are welcome. There will be costumes available and at a point in the pageant all visiting children will be invited to put on an angel or manger animal costume and join the youth. This is a pageant from a youth perspective.There will be a coffee fellowship after the service to meet and greet the actors. Worship times are: Sunday School 9:15 a.m. to 10 a.m.; Worship 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Fellowship 11:30 a.m. Sunday School is for all ages. Youth Group for grades seven to 12 meets monthly and conducts fundraisers for their activities. The church is at 360 Robin, Loveland; 683-2525.



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The Munich Cincinnati Sister Cities organization is seeking participants for its 18th annual student exchange. This year’s exchange is able to offer participation assistance to qualifying students who attend high school in Cincinnati through a grant from the William Mallory International Student Exchange Fund. The Sister Cities’ Student Exchange with Munich pairs a student from

Kieran Phelan and Sander Henning of Mariemont Schools participate in a tour of Munich as part of the Munich Cincinnati Sister's Cities student exchange.




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Sycamore Old Navy collects for NEEDS This winter the employees of the Sycamore Plaza Old Navy are celebrating the blessings of the season with a canned good drive for the Northeast Emergency Distribution Services food pantry. As Patrick Barnette, operations manager, said, “Each year we’ve chosen one charity. Our store manager, Trista Myers, noticed that the Blue Ash YMCA was collecting for NEEDS, she asked me to check-it out. We’ve learned that NEEDS is an awesome organization; we’re thrilled to collect canned goods.” Throughout December employees and customers will be filling a shopping cart with canned goods and hoping to add some Old Navy hats, gloves and socks as a service project to support the Sycamore community. Patrick added, “we feel so fortunate to be employed with Old Navy, we wanted to share with our neighbors.”s It is the mission of Northeast Emergency Distribution Service to provide emergency assistance to the neediest families in the Northeast Cincinnati community. Though feeding families is the primary goal of NEEDS, during the winter months it also takes up the “call” to provide disadvantaged children with hats, gloves and socks. The distribution of clothing items is done

Old Navy "Sellebrity" Aodhan Hogan and Old Navy operations manager Patrick Barnette with customers Abbie Fields and Ashlyn Fields from Wilmington. Old Navy in Sycamore Plaza is conducting a canned food drive for Northeast Emergency Distribution Service. PROVIDED

through school nurses at both the public and private area schools. NEEDS is a community of 25 churches and civic organizations whose mission is to do God’s work through caring for their neighbors by providing basic emergency assistance. NEEDS is an all-volunteer cooperative located in the Kenwood Baptist Church and NEEDS does not receive government support. The NEEDS board oversees an active foodbank, as well as provides neighbors-in-need with housing and utility payment assistance. During the year NEEDS supports local schools through school supply and clothing item drives. NEEDS serves more than 2,500 people in northeast-

ern Hamilton County. Just like the Sycamore Plaza Old Navy and the Blue Ash YMCA, any community group, business or neighborhood can collect canned goods, non-perishable food items such as school supplies and/or raise monetary funds for NEEDS. Items that are most urgent include: canned fruits and vegetables, beans (with meat as it provides protein), prepared foods (spaghetti, raviolis, beef stews), tuna, peanut butter, jelly, cereal and spaghetti sauce. The NEEDS food pantry is at the Kenwood Baptist Church, 8341 Kenwood Road, and is open Tuesday and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1p.m.



Stepping Stones merges with United Cerebral Palsy Two Greater Cincinnati agencies serving individuals with disabilities have merged, combining 114 years of programming experience and increasing the resources available to the community. Stepping Stones and United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cincinnati (UCP) are combining services and facilities to become a single agency with three program sites: Stepping Stones’ sites in Indian Hill and Batavia and United Cerebral Palsy’s site in Norwood. Chris Adams, executive director of Stepping Stones, will be executive director of the new, larger agency. UCP’s trustees will join the Stepping Stones board. UCP board president Tom Williams will be on the executive committee. Williams The combined agency will be called Stepping Stones and will continue to serve children, teens and adults with an array of developmental disabilities including autism, bipolar disorder, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, intellectual disabilities, seizure disorders, and multiple disabilities. “This combination represents a promising new chapter in the continued evolution of United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cincinnati,” said UCP board president Tom Williams. “We are confident that, by working together, we can expand programs and enhance operating efficiency to better serve the community.”

Stepping Stones Board President John McIlwraith said the merger is a natural McIlwraith step. “The two agencies have virtually the same mission, similar programs and serve the same needs. Some clients attend programs at both agencies,” said McIlwraith. “The merger allows us to better leverage the agencies’ resources to offer exceptional programs to meet the growing needs of individuals with disabilities in Greater Cincinnati.” The combined agency will have a budget of more than $4 million. Both are United Way partner agencies. The

Chris Adams of Terrace Park shares a laugh with Fred Brown of Montgomery on a tour of United Cerebral Palsy.

merged agency will continue to be part of the worldwide United Cerebral Palsy affiliate network. The merger renews historic ties between the two agencies. Two of Stepping Stones’ three founders were connected

with United Cerebral Palsy – Peggy Geier was a UCP volunteer and mother of a child with cerebral palsy and Mary T. Schloss was a UCP professional. In the 1960s they helped lead activity programs in local parks, serving children with cerebral palsy. Geier and her longtime friend, Minor LeBlond, decided to create a permanent summer camp program that could serve children with all kinds of disabilities. That dream became Stepping Stones in 1963, with Mary Schloss working with Geier and LeBlond to design the program and

build early support. Stepping Stones became Greater Cincinnati’s first summer camp serving children with a wide range of disabilities. Today, Stepping Stones serves close to 1,000 children, teens and adults in year-round and seasonal programs including day and overnight camps and respites, alternative education for students with severe autism, Saturday Clubs for children and young adults and year-round adult services at its Given Road campus in Indian Hill and Camp Allyn in Batavia, which Stepping Stones operates in

partnership with The Rotary Club of Cincinnati. Stepping Stones celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cincinnati was founded in 1949 to serve children with cerebral palsy. In 2008, the agency’s Aaron W. Perlman Center, offering services for children, became a department of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. UCP refocused its programs to serve teens and adults with all kinds of disabilities. Current programs include life enrichment, art and technology.

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POLICE REPORTS INDIAN HILL Arrests/citations Christopher C. Ferguson, 20, 6690 Wyman Lane, speed, Nov. 23. Ashley L. Holland, 25, 4388 Centennial Drive, no drivers license, Nov. 23. Juvenile, 17, turn signals, Nov. 23. Stephanie Kuhar, 36, 819 Douglas Ave., speed, Nov. 25. Glen A. Wagner, 71, 805 Wallace Ave., speed, Nov. 26.

Incidents/investigations Drug paraphernalia Found in vehicle during traffic stop at 5100 block of Drake Road, Nov. 23. Drugs Male juvenile arrested for marijuana possession and paraphernalia, passenger arrested for possession of alcohol and underage consumption during traffic stop at 4600 block of Miami Road, Nov. 23.

General info Bike found in front of Friends ABOUT POLICE Church at 8075 Keller Road, REPORTS Nov. 27.

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


7050 Drake Road: Stockwell, Drucilla K. Tr. to Esselen, Jason; $524,250. 8095 Graves Road: Thomson, Laura G. to Schwing, Patrick M. & Katherine; $855,000. 5515 Miami Road: Calabrese, Robert A. Tr. to Ard, Linden T. & Marcio Z. Cinelli; $450,000.

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other gardeners while supporting the Granny’s Garden School program times: 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays; 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The school is at the Loveland Primary and Elementary, 550 Loveland-Madeira Road. or visitwww.grannysgarden Inktank – Group looking for volunteers to help children and adults improve their skills in writing-based initiatives across the city. Call 542-0195. Stepping Stones – has ongoing volunteer opportunities for people ages 13-adult. Stepping Stones, a non-profit United Way partner, helps children, teens and adults with developmental disabilities find pathways to independence that improve their lives and enable them to more fully participate in their communities. The organization offers year-round

programs at two sites. For more information, visit The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati’s College Readiness Program– that inspires and encourages teens of color toward paths of success is looking for caring professionals who want to make a difference, and for young people who can benefit from positive adult role models. Part of a national YMCA initiative, the local program incorporates mentoring, career exploration and college readiness; and helps students develop a positive sense of self, build character, explore diverse college and career options. Volunteers, many of whom are sponsored by area companies, share their own personal insight and encouragement. Contact program director Darlene Murphy at the Melrose YMCA, 961-3510.

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