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SK on the march

Students who are part of the Simon Kenton High School marching band in Independence will have a busy spring. The group of student musicians will take part in a Walt Disney World parade and be part of the festivities for the Kentucky Derby. Read more about the students and group. SCHOOLS, A4

Reserve shelters

Kenton County Parks and Recreation will begin accepting reservations for the upcoming outdoor season at 7:30 a.m., Monday, Feb. 7 for all shelterhouses in the parks maintained by Kenton County Fiscal Court, including those located in Lincoln Ridge, Middleton-Mills, Pioneer, and Richardson Road parks. Reservations can be made weekdays during regular business hours, between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Reservations are $65 to $80 or, with a $150 nonrefundable fee, a person may reserve a shelterhouse for up to one year in advance. For specific shelterhouse current availability, call 859525-7529.


Counties discuss dispatch options By Regan Coomer

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Kenton County Judge-executive Steve Arlinghaus said a Jan. 26 discussion with the Boone and Campbell county judge-executives was the first “full-fledged” meeting concerning a regional 911 dispatch system. “I think the meeting was very positive. All three judges are clearly interested in moving forward with 911 efforts,” Arlinghaus said. The open-discussion meeting went on for about an hour and a half, Arlinghaus said, calling the meeting very “preliminary” and adding “there’s still a lot to be learned about technical issues and data.” Eventually, all three judges plan to put together concrete information to present to interested parties, including cities and their fire, EMS and police departments.

“We want to bring all the players to the table as soon as possible,” Arlinghaus said. The judgeexecutives discussed how to Arlinghaus best handle 911 dispatching in three counties, Campbell County Judge-executive Steve Pendery said, adding it was the first of many meetings on the subject. With an unfunded federally mandated reduction in radio signal bandwidth termed “narrow banding,” agencies have to buy new radios, Pendery said. Dale Edmondson, director of Campbell County Consolidated Dispatch Center in Newport, was brought in as an unofficial adviser during the judges’ first meeting, in part because he’s already been involved with consolidation of

911 services. Edmondson said upcoming equipment purchases are also what led Fort Thomas, Newport and Campbell County to start working to consolidate into one dispatch agency in 1999, after there had already been more than 10 years of conversation. Emergency service agencies are already taking a hard look at their equipment purchases, and it’s worth a look to consider ways to eliminate some of those purchases by sharing, he said. “Some of those things are going to be expensive for everybody, and probably as a region those things would probably be less of an impact if we work together,” Edmondson said. Increasing and bettering the delivery of services is a common theme of regular meetings of the three judge-executives, said Boone County Judge-executive

Gary Moore. Moore said 911 dispatching consolidation was an issue he talked to voters about during his re-election campaign. It will be important to involve the public in discussions on the issue, but even more so is to engage the public safety community and involve first responders in the conversation, he said. “The outcome may be that it’s not the thing to do, but I think we owe to our residents in these challenging financial times to evaluate it,” Moore said. Arlinghaus hopes the judges will have another regional dispatch conversation in three to four weeks. There are five 911 dispatch systems in Northern Kentucky: Kenton County, Boone County, Campbell County, Covington and Erlanger. Reporter Chris Mayhew contributed

Funds sought for flood management By Regan Coomer

The Kenton County Conservation District applied for a $3.6 million Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant Jan. 28 that would allow for the purchase of a floodplain along Banklick Creek. Flooding has occurred as a result of Banklick Creek since the 19th Century, but the problem became more acute in the ’70s and has plagued homeowners ever since, said Conservation District Board Member Marc Hult. If FEMA accepts the application for 45 acres of Kenton County floodplain, FEMA will be responsible for 75 percent of the project, or $2.7 million, and the state and Kenton County would split the remainder, about $478,000. Once the grant is officially approved by FEMA, the county

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A flash flood of Banklick Creek covers the soccer fields at Pioneer Park, Covington, in 2005.

‘Chic Street’ store adds style and flair By Regan Coomer

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Chic Street owner Katherine Colbert brings more than 25 years of experience in the New York City and Boston fashion industries to Northern Kentucky at her two new consignment shop locations. Before moving to Northern Kentucky, Colbert worked in New York City’s garment district and ran a multi-million dollar retail store in Boston. Colbert opened the first Chic Street location at 5034 Old Taylor Mill Road in Taylor Mill in November; the second location of Chic Street, at 2456 Anderson Road, just opened in Crescent Springs in late January. “You have to understand: Fashion is unique to each person. It’s a blueprint of who we are and

how we express ourselves - it’s not about what comes out, it’s about how you wear it,” Colbert explained. Shopping consignment allows fashion conscious men and women to wear one-of-a-kind pieces at a discounted price, said Colbert’s daughter Brittney Kane, Chic Street manager. “This is for people who don’t have disposable incomes that still want to look presentable and have designer clothes,” Kane said. In addition to carrying gentlyused designer clothing, both Chic Street locations also carry shoes, jewelry, bags, accessories, furnishings and vintage pieces. At the Taylor Mill location, shoppers can step through French doors between Chic Street and Altiora Coffee to grab a quick pickme-up before or after shopping at

the consignment store. “It’s very unique and really so cool,” Colbert said. Regardless of whether you’re a consignment newbie or veteran, Chic Street aims to find the perfect look for its customers, Kane said. “Even if you don’t have a lot of money, you can still look great and have an awesome wardrobe,” she said. For more information about Chic Street, call the Taylor Mill location at 360-1246 or the Crescent Springs location at 341-3111 or visit Chic Street also has a Facebook page, and a Twitter page, @shopchicstreet. The grand opening of the Crescent Springs store will take place from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 10 and will include wine, a raffle and hors d’oeuvres.


Mother and daughter team Katherine Colbert and Brittney Kane are behind the brand-new line of consignment shops, Chic Street, that have just opened in Taylor Mill and Crescent Springs.


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February 3, 2011

BRIEFLY Kenton to run golf concessions

Kenton County will take over operations of The Copper Kettle at the Kenton County Golf Courses within the month. Kenton officials voted unanimously Jan. 25 to terminate a contract with Copper

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Cettle Catering and start running the concessions stand in-house. The concession stand paid yearly fees to the fiscal court for use of the space, but the entity has been short for the last three years - currently, the company would owe the county $16,750. After negotiations, the county and company agreed that the amount owed would be forgiven in exchange for The Copper Kettle's equipment and supplies, valued at around $50,000. The county will pay $20,500 for the equipment in addition to forgiving the $16,750 owed, for a total county savings of about $13,000. Judge-executive Steve Arlinghaus said he believes the concession stand will

Piano recital

Thomas More College will present world-renowned pianist Anna Shelest at 7 p.m. Saturday Feb. 19 at the college's Steigerwald Hall. The performance will be Shelest's first in the region since 2008 and will feature music from her newlyreleased solo CD "Pictures at an Exhibition." Shelest is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and Juilliard School. The program will include works by Bach-Busoni, Beethoven and Chopin in

addition to Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children and are available at the Holbrook Student Center. For information, e-mail or call 341-5800. The concert will be followed by a CD signing.

Parent election

The Simon Kenton High School Site Based Decision Making Council will be hosting a special election at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7, in the school library. This election is being held to fill a parent member position due to a parent resignation. To nominate a parent or for more information, e-mail

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would become the owner of the 45 acres and would then demolish any structures on the land before re-planting to create a buffer against future flooding. Hult said many residents who live on the 45 acres in 37 structures along tributaries and Banklick Creek affected by the grant are elderly, disabled, widowed or have difficulty evacuating when the situation warrants it. The Kenton County Fiscal Court gave the go-ahead on the project at the Jan. 25 regular meeting - however, the county is not yet committed to spending its portion of the possible grant until a contact must be signed.


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In the meantime, Kenton County Judge-executive Steve Arlinghaus has charged the conservation district to seek out “real” cost information, Hult said. “This application is based on estimates of what the costs of demoltion would be,” he said. “In the interim, we will be working with the county to refine those estimates and working with the county to see where the funding could come from.” One way to control costs is focusing only on properties along Banklick’s main stem, Arlinghaus said. “I think it would be more cost beneficial regardless of how you do this if the strip along Banklick Creek is addressed first before you get other properties piecemealed into the mix.” Hult said there is no time line regarding when the grant application will be approved by FEMA.

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February 3, 2011


District see funding cuts

By Regan Coomer

In 1863, St. Elizabeth Hospital nurses took in a dying slave whose master wouldn’t let her pray for comfort. The nurses took the woman, Henrietta, to their Seventh Street Covington hospital to die in peace. Henrietta was baptized and her master, a Baptist minister, never knew. Just two years after the inception of what would be St. Elizabeth Healthcare, the hospital’s nurses did everything they could to care for anyone, no matter their position, race or creed, said Northern Kentucky University History Professor Brian Hackett, who led the research into St. Elizabeth’s 150-year history. “It’s an incredible legacy,” said Hackett, who explained the women’s action would have been illegal in 1863 when slaves were considered property. “These women took a risk. To me, it’s a testament of how important St. Elizabeth was and has become.” St. Elizabeth honored that legacy and its 150 years at an event held at St. Elizabeth Edgewood Wednesday, Jan. 26. A group of employees, politicians, community leaders and more packed the visitor’s lobby where Diocese of Covington Bishop Roger Foys blessed and re-dedicated the hospital. While many things have changed, evolved and improved over the last 150 years, the best is yet to come for St. Elizabeth Healthcare, said President John S. Dubis. “Our future is going to be brighter than ever before,” Dubis said.


A circa 19th century pill maker was on display as part of the St. Elizabeth Healthcare History Exhibit at St. Elizabeth Edgewood Jan. 26. “And it will be brighter because of you. The assets of St. Elizabeth are the people who work at the organization. Period.” St. Elizbeth’s new locations in Florence and Fort Thomas will be blessed sometime this year in celebration of the 150th anniversary. “One of the things I’ve learned since I’ve been here is that St. Elizabeth is the glue that holds the community together,” Dubis said. After the re-dedication, the group moved upstairs to view a St. Elizabeth history exhibit complete with photos and artifacts from the hospital’s earliest year. A special guest at the event was 96-year-old Luella Jacobs Bradley, the oldest-living St. Elizabeth Nursing School graduate. Bradley’s nursing cap and a photo of her in her nursing uniform were included in the exhibit. “I enjoyed every moment I spent here nursing,” Bradley said. “It runs in the family - my grandmother and aunt were nurses.” When asked how she feels to be a part of history, Bradley responded: “Like I said, I’ve always wanted to be queen for a day.”

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Local school district are feeling the effects of cuts in the Support Education Excellence in Kentucky, or SEEK, funds. The SEEK funds, which are allocated by the state, are being cut by two percent to each district this year. The cut is in addition to cuts in other areas of education funding over the last few years, including professional development, textbooks, extended school services and family resource services. In Erlanger, the SEEK cuts mean a loss of about $153,000 for the Erlanger/Elsmere School District this year. “People hear two percent and think it’s not that bad, but in reality, it’s much more than that when you factor everything in,” said Superintendent Kahty Burkhardt. “We knew cuts were coming, but this is definitely a challenge to have to deal with this.” For Kenton County, where the SEEK cuts total around $914,000, Superintendent Tim Hanner said they prepared by saving their EduJob money, federal funding allocated to districts to keep people employed in education. The district’s EduJob funds

Burkhardt agreed, adding that the state’s use of stimulus funds to replace some SEEK funds was merely a short-term solution. She also said that some legislators have been looking at districts’ fund balances and counting that as extra money when looking at budget cuts, which she said was inaccurate. In essence, a school district’s fund balance is comparable to equity, and not necessarily money available to be spent.

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totaled $2,317,000. “I’ve said since last summer I was afraid SEEK wouldn’t be solvent this year,” he said. “Districts were told to use EduJob money to fill in the gap, but we didn’t spend the EduJob money because we thought this could possibly happen.” In Fort Mitchell, Beechwood Superintendent Glen Miller said the SEEK cuts mean about a $70,000 loss for the district. He also said the mid-year cuts such as this are difficult, because employees are under contract and reducing staff to account for the cuts is usually not an option. “It really makes it tough, but it’s part of the world we live in now,” he said. “This is a problem that every district is facing, no matter how big or small, and we’ve just got to do what we can.”

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Simon Kenton band on the march

Regan Coomer

The Simon Kenton High School Marching Band will participate in two prestigious parades in 2011. Recently the band was accepted to perform in the Walt Disney World Electric Light Parade at Disney’s Magic Kingdom April 14 and the 2011 Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus Parade May 5. “This is a great privilege and honor to be spotlighted in front of thousands of people from around the world,” said SKHS Band Director Jason Milner. The Pegasus Parade, ranked among the top 15 parades in the U.S. by the International Festival and Events Association, usually o n l y accepts 10 to 15 More schools information f r o m around the The Simon c o u n t r y, Kenton High School M i l n e r Marching Band is seeking sponsorships said, and from local businesses this is the and the community fourth year to attend the Walt SKHS has Disney World Electric applied to Light Parade at participate. Disney's Magic About Kingdom in April and two-thirds the 2011 Kentucky of the band Derby Festival will perPegasus Parade May form at 5. To donate, call the Walt Disschool at 960-0100. ney World


The Simon Kenton High School Marching Band was recently accepted to perform at the Walt Disney World Electric Light Parade at Disney’s Magic Kingdom April 14 and the 2011 Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus Parade May 5. this spring. “It’s very cool,” said band member Shelby Armstrong. “I’m a senior and I’m getting to go on a trip like this.”

As a senior, Armstrong said she’s had a chance to watch her band evolve and grow. “When I was a freshman, I never would have thought we’d

Kenton Governor’s Scholars The 2011 Kenton County School District Governor’s Scholars Selection Committee is proud to announce that 33 nominees have been selected to represent the district at the State Level Competition in April. The Governor's Scholars Program strives to enhance Kentucky's next generation of civic and economic leaders. The program provides academic and personal growth through the balance of a strong liberal arts program with a full co-curricular and residential life experience. Selection to the program is highly competitive. Congratulations to the 2011

Kenton County School District Governor’s Scholars nominees:

Dixie Heights nominees:

Emily Benken Kelley Bigney James Boyd Caitlin Brown Evan Dulaney Elliot Feltner Hannah Gardner Geneva Hoffmann Laurel Huber Benjamin Kramer Charlotte Kuhlman Laurel Lietzenmayer Michael Menkhaus Madeline Moss Margaret Nowland Stefan Pleli

have an opportunity like this to go and perform,” she said. “It’s cool to have seen it happen and bee a part of it.” Milner, who has taught at

SKHS for the past eight years or so, said he has also noticed the progress. “I think the kids’ dedication to band has made a big difference.”

Gateway Assessment Center awarded gold

Tia Richardson Eric Seal Laura Talbert Madeline Weiner Olivia Winshurst

Scott High nominees:

Adam Dewey Jacob Ewing Bradley Griffith Jenna Ryan Logan Williams James Hood

Simon Kenton nominees:

Jenna Bach Heather Federmann Katherine Hahnel Taylor Wilson Scott Hoffman Autumn Halberstadt

The Assessment Center at Gateway Community and Technical College has received a Gold Standard Award from CASTLE Worldwide Inc., for outstanding performance in Internet-based testing. CASTLE is a provider of highquality testing services for corporations, government agencies, educational institutions and trade and professional associations. The Assessment Center offers exams from CASTLE and other testing firms as part of the jobrelated services Gateway offers to

employers, individuals and the general public. Other services include career counseling and assessment, and professional state, national and international certification and licensure testing. The Assessment Center is open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and offers weekend hours by appointment. For information call 859-4421159, visit http://gateway.kctcs. edu/Workforce_Solutions/Assessment_Center.aspx or e-mail Cindy Sproehnle at cindy.sproehnle@


The following local students were named to the dean’s list at Eastern Kentucky University for the fall semester: Covington: Diane Adams, senior, special education teaching; Sarah Bezold, senior, child and family studies; Taylor Clark, senior, occupational science; Austin Deal, senior, art; Jon Gaupel, freshman, criminal justice; Brock Hart, junior, elementary education teaching; Kimberly Huber, junior, criminal justice; Melinda Kelley, freshman, middle grade education; Lauren Kersting, senior, marketing; Sara Kuhse, freshman, special education teaching; Anthony Reed, sophomore, sport management; Rachael Skerczak, senior, occupational science; James Spears, freshman, criminal justice; and Christina Stanfield, senior, music. Independence: Emily Brown, senior, music; Angela Drake, sen-

ior, chemistry; Michael Higgins, junior, finance; Seth Littrell, sophomore, journalism; Kaitlyn Miles, sophomore, mathematics teaching; Tanner O’Hara, freshman, undeclared; Leslie Shearer, junior, nursing; and Nichole Zimmerman, senior, psychology. Taylor Mill: Deemi Fitterer, sophomore, psychology; Jordan Franxman, sophomore, psychology; Lindsay Jehn, junior, elementary education teaching. Morning View: Henry Darnell, junior, finance; and Jessica Wolsing, junior, special education teaching. Ryland Heights: Brian Schultz, sophomore, animal studies.

WKU students honored

The following local students were named to the president’s or dean’s list at Western Kentucky University for the fall semester: President’s list: Christina Barth of Covington, Alicia Beach of Tay-

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BCTC dean’s list

The following Bluegrass Community & Technical College stu-

dents from Kenton County were named to the dean’s list for the fall semester: Anna Barnett, David Bayer, Lauren Heeger, Megan Hughes, Amanda Kruempelman, Brittany Langford, Wayne Onkst, Melissa Rea, Courtney Redman, Jennifer Schwartz and Christina Shepherd. To be named to the dean’s list a full-time students must earn an overall semester grade point average of 3.5 or higher in courses numbered 100 or higher.

Campbellsville dean’s list

Tierra Alma Alexander, a sophomore, and Kelsie Reigh Peckham, a freshman, both from Independence, were named to the Campbellsville University’s dean’s list for the fall semester. The dean’s list recognized students who achieve a grade point average of 3.5-3.99 for the semester with a course load of at least 12 hours.

University of Charlston dean’s list

Kyle McCarty of Independence was named to the dean’s list at the University of Charleston, W.Va., for the fall semester. The dean’s list recognizes fulltime students who earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. McCarty is a junior majoring in sports administration.

National College dean’s list

The following students were named to the dean’s list at National College, Florence, for the fall term: Robert Barnes, Luz King, Connie Kurtz and Pamela Leger, all of Covington, and Evelyn Boyajian and Starlite Huneycutt, both of Independence. To be named to the dean’s list, a student must achieve a minimum grade point average of 3.5.

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The week at Calvary

• The Calvary Christian boys basketball team beat Villa Madonna 62-41, Jan. 24. Calvary’s top-scorer was Tucker Glass with 21 points.

The week at Scott

• The Scott wrestling team lost to Norwood 33-18, then beat Williamsburg 31-30 Jan. 27. Against Norwood, Scott’s Miller pinned Collins in 1 minute, 32 seconds; Brackens pinned Sherman in 1 minute, 21 seconds; and Sower won by forfeit. In the win against Williamsburg, Scott’s Miller won by forfeit; McBerty pinned Stith; Brackens pinned Jeffers; and Severin and Sower won by forfeit.

The week at Ludlow

• The Ludlow boys basketball team beat Heritage 77-45, Jan. 24. Ludlow’s top-scorers were Yates and Anthony Camarena with 16 points each. St. Henry beat Ludlow 6943, Jan. 26. Ludlow was led by Cody with 11 points. On Jan. 27, Ludlow beat Calvary Christian 62-55. Ludlow’s top-scorer was Pouncy wit 16 points. Calvary’s topscorer was Tucker Glass with 14 points.

The week at Simon

• The Boone County girls basketball team beat Simon Kenton 64-42, Jan. 24. Simon’s top-scorer was Sydni Wainscott with 17 points. • In boys basketball, Simon beat Williamstown 87-62, Jan. 25. Simon’s top-scorer was Ryan Mullen with 16 points.

The week at Calvary

• On Jan. 25, Villa Madonna beat Calvary Christian 4137. Calvary’s top-scorer was Caudill with 11 points.

LaRosa’s MVP

Scott High School senior basketball and volleyball player Lauren Tibbs is the LaRosa’s MVP for the week of Monday, Jan. 24. Tibbs is the school’s all-time basketball scorer. She will continue her basketball career at Marquette University.

The week at Holmes

• The Ryle boys basketball team beat Holmes 54-44, Jan. 25. Holmes’ top-scorer was Jaleel Gray with 12 points. In boys basketball, Holmes beat Cooper 58-51, Jan. 27. Holmes’ top-scorer was Jaleel Gray with 15 points. • In girls basketball, Conner beat Holmes 63-57, Jan. 27. Holmes’ top-scorer was Dashon Holder with 18 points.

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Indians enjoy key hoops district win

By James Weber

Joe Allen had the biggest shot of his career Jan. 29. The Holy Cross High School senior guard was proudest of the fact his team came together to make it happen. Holy Cross beat Beechwood 69-67 in overtime Jan. 29 at HC’s home gym in Latonia. Holy Cross improved to 11-7, 6-1 in its last seven games. “We showed a lot of character, a lot of guts to make a great comeback in the second half and find a way to win in overtime,” HC head coach Erik Goetz said. Allen hit a three-pointer

with 20 seconds left in OT for the winning points. That capped a five-point comeback in the extra session and a 13-point deficit in regulation. “It was a great pass by (junior guard) Jake Burger,” Allen said. “He set me up for the open shot and I hit it. We knew it would take a big second half. We hustled and never gave up. We played great as a team, everybody contributed.” Beechwood dropped to 0-2 in seeding games, and Holy Cross is 1-1. Beechwood plays at Holmes Feb. 5, and Holy Cross hosts Cov Cath Feb. 4. Because of head-to-head tiebreakers, those matchups will repeat in the district tournament

semifinals no matter who wins either game this week. Holy Cross had beaten Beechwood by 29 points, 87-58, just 11 days earlier. “They handled our pressure better (tonight),” Goetz said. “We didn’t play well offensively in the first half and a lot of that was due to them. Beechwood had a great game plan. They played really well. Allen had eight points for the game. Sophomore guard Christian McClendon led HC with 17 points, including two big baskets late in OT. Senior Jerry Arlinghaus had 11 points. Senior Noah Knochelman had six points, including the tying basket with two minutes left in OT. Freshman Jalen Avery



Holy Cross junior Travis Thompson passes during HC’s 69-67 overtime win over Beechwood Jan. 29 at Holy Cross’ home gym in Latonia.

Holy Cross senior Jerry Arlinghaus shoots during HC’s 69-67 overtime win over Beechwood Jan. 29 at Holy Cross’ home gym in Latonia.

had six points and five assists. Burger, HC’s leading scorer for the year, was 0for-12 from the field but had five points and six assists. “It’s a collective effort,” Goetz said. “I can call a play for any of our guys but our strength is we share the ball. We have guys who can score six to nine points in a game when (Burger) struggles.”

The Indians don’t have much rebounding and size this year, so they have been playing uptempo offense and full-court pressure defense this year. “We don’t just work for good shots, we work for great shots,” Allen said. “When we share the ball and get great shots, our percentage goes up.”

Scott wrestlers focus on postseason By James Weber

Like in basketball, a wrestling loss in January doesn’t end your chances for a state title. Scott High School senior wrestler Ritchie Supe had a tough defeat Jan. 26 during a Senior Night home meet at his school in Covington/Taylor Mill. But he is focused on winning when it matters most, in the state tournament in February. Supe, a two-time state placer, is 29-5 after Scott’s three matches on the night. “All of them (the five losses) have been against really good wrestlers,” he said. “I’m not disappointed. I’m more concerned with regional and state and getting ready for that.” Last week’s loss was a 70 defeat to Walton-Verona freshman Logan Jones at the 130-pound class. Both are likely to stay at 130 in what should be one of the


Scott senior Ritchie Supe wrestles to victory over Cooper’s Justin Heidel Jan. 26 at Scott. deepest weights at the Region 6 meet Feb. 11-12. “He’s obviously pretty good. I feel like a lot of my moves weren’t working,” Supe said. “I took him down a couple of times but they were out of bounds.” Supe is ranked ninth in the state at 130. Jones is seventh, Ryle’s Corey Ahern is eighth, Simon Kenton’s Jared Yocum 10th and Campbell County’s Paul Hamilton 12th. While the regional field is stacked, Supe should have a

better shot at a state title at 130, said Scott head coach Don Graven. The coach noted the top-ranked wrestler at 125, Trinity’s John Fahy, is virtually unbeatable. “Ritchie has been sick and he’s been struggling,” Graven said. “But we’d rather lose now and remember how it feels to lose instead of lose later in the year when it counts. Nobody remembers a threetime state placer but everyone remembers a state

champ, so you might as well go for the gold.” Supe said he will learn from the loss, and that learning his opponents is a big part of his preparation. “I work as hard as I can in practice to see what I can improve on,” he said. “You have to figure out your best moves and focus on those moves. “(Wrestling foes) is extremely helpful because I know what they’re going to do and what their techniques are, whether I should choose neutral or down. The other side is they know what works well against me, too. I really look forward to facing them.” Ritchie and older brothers Gabe and Stephen have combined for six state medals, and all three of them medalled in 2008. Ritchie, a starter on last fall’s state semifinalist soccer team, is looking to play soccer in college. He is the last in the line of wrestling

brothers. “This is something I’ve been working on for seven years,” he said. “I’ve seen how hard my brothers worked and how hard we’ve worked together. It takes a ton of effort and you have to work your hardest.” The Eagles have several other regional contenders. Junior Ryan Sowder is 35-10 in his first full year on varsity. Graven said he is cut from the same cloth as older brother Zach, a fouryear starter and multipletime placer at state. Senior Drew Miller, a state qualifier last year, is 26-12 at 125 and is a straight-A student. Senior Cody Woodall is 22-10 at 171. Brandon Robbins is ranked 27th at 135. Matt Severin is ranked 19th at 152. “We’re still young, we only have three seniors and two juniors,” Graven said. “We’re setting up for regionals.”

Colonels, Pandas win NKAC titles By James Weber

The week at Covington Latin

Covington Catholic and Notre Dame were the team champions at the Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference Swim and Dive Championships Jan. 21-22 at Scott High School. Notre Dame won all 11 swimming events and was second in diving.

In girls basketball, Newport beat Covington Latin 54-46, Jan. 27. Latin’s Hildreth led her team with 20 points.

Nation’s No. 1 team

The Thomas More College women’s basketball was voted the No. 1 team in the nation on Monday, Jan. 24, according to the week’s Top25 poll. The Saints received 15 out of a possible 25 first-place votes and a total 598 points in the poll. The new ranking is the first time in Thomas More history that any athletic team has been ranked No. 1 in the nation. The undefeated Saints (170 overall, 9-0 in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference) are off to their best start since the 20072008 campaign when they started 29-0. Thomas More is averaging 67.2 points per game, while holding their opponents to 50.9 ppg.


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Calvary Christian senior Shane Reuscher and Deming High School senior twins Kyle King and Luke King prepare for showdown during the 10th Region Boys All “A” Classic Tournament at Northern Kentucky University on Jan. 19. Deming won, 60-44.

Team scores: Covington Catholic 260, Dixie Heights 213, Beechwood 186, Scott 171, Highlands 154, Ryle 93, Conner 86, St. Henry 85, Boone County 51, Campbell County 32, Calvary 26, Simon Kenton 10, Cooper 4, Villa Madonna 3. 200 medley relay: 1. CovCath, 2. Dixie, 3. Scott 200 free: 1. Conner Downard (Highlands), 2. Hunter Pasek (Cov Cath), 3. Joey Koogler (Conner). 200 IM: 1. Max Williamson (Cov Cath), 2. Cole Garriott (Dixie), 3. Spencer Franzoi (Dixie). 50 free: 1. Michael Miller (Beechwood), 2. Michael Sherrard (Scott), 3. Bennett Paradis (Highlands). Diving: 1. Bailey Harrison (Dixie), 2. Logan Stevens (Scott), 3. Justin Youtsey (Beechwood). 100 fly: 1. Michael Miller (Beechwood), 2. Tyler Groneck (Scott), 3. Hunter Pasek (Cov Cath).


Notre Dame Academy’s Molly Hinken races in the 200-yard freestyle during the NKAC swimming and diving championships Jan. 22. 100 free: 1. Michael Sherrard (Scott), 2. Quinn Sesher (Beechwood), 3. Stephen O’Hare (Beechwood). 500 free: 1. Max Williamson (Cov Cath), 2. Cole Garriott (Dixie), 3. Evan Dulaney (Dixie). 200 free relay: 1. Beechwood, 2. Conner, 3. Cov Cath. 100 back: 1. Conner Downard (Highlands), 2. Chase Vennefron (Cov Cath), 3. Sam Mullen (Cov Cath). 100 breaststroke: 1. Tyler Groneck (Scott), 2. Spencer Franzoi (Dixie), 3. Louis Rodgers (St. Henry). 400 free relay: 1. Cov Cath, 2. Dixie, 3. Beechwood.


Team scores: Notre Dame 310, Beechwood 243, Highlands 196, Ryle 193, Dixie Heights 120, St. Henry 63, Cooper 60, Scott 40, Simon Kenton 31, Villa Madonna 26, Calvary 25, Boone County 22, Campbell County 17, Conner 17, Holy Cross 12. 200 medley relay: 1. NDA, 2. Beechwood, 3. Highlands. 200 free: 1. Molly Hinken (NDA), 2.

Lauren Vennefron (VMA), 3. Natalie Schultz (Highlands). 200 IM: 1. Ellen Williamson (NDA), 2. Mallory Meier (Beechwood), 3. Olivia Kuykendall (NDA). 50 free: 1. Mackenzie Margroum (NDA), 2. Annie Davies (Beechwood), 3. Katie Mauntel (St. Henry). Diving: 1. Meredith Brownell (Ryle), 2. Carly Scheper (NDA), 3. Carly Hill (Highlands). 100 fly: 1. Ellen Williamson (NDA), 2. Taylor Piatt (Ryle), 3. Sarah Truskot (Ryle). 100 free: 1. Mackenzie Margroum (NDA), 2. Caitlyn Forman (NDA), 3. Abby Shoyat (Beechwood). 500 free: 1. Molly Hinken (NDA), 2. Natalie Lawson (NDA), 3. Annie Davies (Beechwood). 200 free relay: 1. NDA, 2. Beechwood, 3. Highlands. 100 backstroke: 1. Caitlyn Forman (NDA), 2. Amanda Haney (Beechwood), 3. Megan Kern (Cooper). 100 breaststroke: 1. Olivia Kuykendall (NDA), 2. Lauren Vennefron (VMA), 3. Mallory Meier (Beechwood). 400 free relay: 1. NDA, 2. Highlands, 3. Beechwood.



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What grade would you give President Barack Obama for his first two years in office? Do you plan to vote for him in 2012? “A well deserved grade of Fminus. I would not vote for this incompetent poseur if he were the only candidate running!” J.G. “I would give him a ‘D’ and no, I would not vote for him in 2012. “He gets a ‘D’ because while I think his economic policies, in particular his borrowing and spending, have put the country’s finances in a very precarious position he is sincere about his policies and believes in them. “I just think he is very, very wrong.” T.H. S.B.

“What grade would I give Barack Obama for his first two years in office? F minus. “He is adept at exceeding the limitations of government and interfering where he has no business. “And while I give him credit for being ‘intelligent’ in a way he is totally incompetent to be the chief executive – but he loves to bask in the limelight, which is one of the reasons I flunk him. I can’t stand arrogance. “Do I plan to vote for him in 2012? Are you kidding? Not in a million years.” Bill B. “I would grade President Obama an F. He has not helped our county. “No good things have happened internally and much worse worldwide, people have really been affected by his administration. The health care plan is crazy.” E.S. “I would give President Obama a ‘D’ for his first two years in office. However, I would give him an ‘A’ for his campaign. “His mastery of rhetoric in combination with use of technology to access the masses (even those who would not ordinarily participate), along with taking advantage of the public’s poor perceptions of other parties’ candidates got him elected. “He knows how to ‘talk the talk’ but doesn’t ‘walk the walk.’ I saw through it back in ‘08 and continue to do so. I will not vote for him in ‘12.” C.P. Although I tend to lean a bit towards the liberal side of the fence, I try to remain fairly openminded politically. “I think President Obama has done a decent job of implementing many of the changes on which he ran for office. “Despite being handed an economic nightmare in the wake of the prior administration’s (and, yes, even some of that passed down from earlier ones, too) horrific shortcomings, Obama has managed to stabilize job losses, stem the real estate decline and even push through the start of a new health care program aimed at helping the uninsured. “I would give him a ‘B’ overall – no president is perfect and none has ever been able to deliver anywhere near all of their campaign promises. “Since the GOP has not pro-






What do you remember about the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion in January 1986 or the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster in February 2003? Send your answer to “” with Chatroom in the subject line. duced any solid ideas for turning our economy around any faster or any better than has the current administration I will definitely vote for Obama again in the next election (especially if someone like Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachman is running against him – heaven help us all!). “What we desperately need to do now is let middle-class Americans have the greatest tax break so they can get back on their feet financially so we can begin to develop ‘real’ new sources of jobs, get the real estate market moving again and put a stop once and for all of big banks and Wall Street milking the American economy for every nickel on which it can get its greedy hands. If I hear of one more big bank exec getting a huge bonus after being bailed out by us, the average American taxpayer, I’ll be sick for sure! “’Nuff said ...” M.M.



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Life lists and learning Do you have a life list? A list of goals you would like to accomplish such as places you would like to visit, foods you would like to try or perhaps a language you would like to learn? Some of your goals may be difficult to complete because of a lack of time or money but learning a language can be a free and fulfilling challenge. The Kenton County Public Library offers Mango Languages, an online language learning program. Find Mango languages by visiting French, German, Spanish and Italian are popular courses but there are 28 language courses offered. All you need is your Kenton County Public Library card and a desire to learn. This program is free to everyone with a Library card. Learning a new language can broaden your horizons and peak your interest in new cultures. Once you start learning your new language you may want to visit countries that speak it or meet new people who are native speakers. In addition, keeping your brain active with new learning experiences may help keep you

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sharp. Just as you exercise your body you need to exercise your brain as well, and learning a new language can help keep your brain fit! As adults we work to keep our minds sharp but it seems that any child can hear a new word and pick up on it immediately. However, when it comes to learning a new language this is a great skill to have. If their brains are indeed sponges we should help them soak up as much knowledge as possible. If you are a caregiver for a small child you may feel like you don't have time to learn a new language. However you and your child can learn together with Little Pim. Little Pim is a language learning site for small children. You can access it from the Library's language web page. Little Pim makes learning fun for your child. There are ten languages available including French, Spanish and Chinese. There are videos and practice cards for eating and drinking, waking up, playtime

and more. Watching other children learn and play in the videos while learning a new language will keep both of you entertained. Studies have shown that children who learn a second language have better language and literacy skills. It can also improve their understanding of their own language as well as their abilty to listen and comprehend. As a caregiver you can help support their language development by singing songs, reading books or playing games using their new vocabulary. Some tips for adults learning a foreign language include making and using vocabulary lists or flash cards. Use the Internet, there are many additional sites that will help and encourage you when you are learning. If possible converse with native speakers, most people will be happy that you are learning a new language and eager to help you. And don't forget, the Library has many books, CDs and DVDs that will help you learn and explore new cultures. Nicole Frilling is the Digital Branch Librarian for the Kenton County Library

“Extremely pleased with President Obama. Will absolutely vote for him in 2012. “He has accomplished so much in his first two years of service. He has brought back honesty and integrity to the office of the president of the U.S. We should all be proud. L.A.R. “F! Two years ago Obama told us ‘Give me the trillion dollar stimulus package or unemployment will go up to 8 percent.’ He got his stimulus package and unemployment went up to 10 percent! “For two years he’s told us ‘The stimulus is working’ even though unemployment is currently at 9.6 percent. “The backbone of the Obama administration has been BOB, Blame it On Bush. “Candidate Obama promised all legislation will be online 5 days before it’s voted upon and it will be covered on CSPAN for the benefit of the people. The ObamaCare debacle demonstrated how he lied and that he is unable to control his own party. “He has repeatedly humiliated America around the world, most notably by lecturing Germany’s Angela Merkel that her handling of the financial crisis was wrong. Two years later Germany has emerged from that crisis while Obama is too proud and arrogant to learn a lesson from her. “Will I vote for him? I doubt if Joe Biden will vote for him.” R.V. “In my opinion the grade on Obama’s first two years is a resounding ‘F’; however, throughout my life – from Mama’s knee to my husband’s arm, from childhood to adulthood – I’ve learned that the office of the president of the United States of America should be given respect. “Hence, the best I can give him is a ‘D’ for being the ‘leader of the free world’ and knowing where the teleprompters are placed. “Also he should have a point or two for siring two adorable daughters and for seemingly caring alot for his sweet dog, Bo. Plan to vote for him in 2012? You jest, of course!” C.W.

Academic team head to postseason

Brigid Connelly of Fort Mitchell and the St. Ursula Academy Academic Team are entering postseason play after a come-back win against Elder High School and a second victory against Roger Bacon High School. The team outscored both in all three components: letter round, team and lighting. Pictured is, from left, back row: Kendall Sherman of Anderson, team captain, Tori Cardone of Indian Hill, Brigid Connelly of Fort Mitchell and Eileen Brady of Union township; and front row, Giovanna Kimberly of Covedale and Ari Waller of Fairfield.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Noah’s Ark park will be a success

In normal economic conditions the proposed park about Noah’s Ark and other Bible history will be a tremendous drawing card to all venues in Kentucky. One thing I do know that these are good clean dollars which will multiply in our Kentucky economy and produce good jobs for many of our citizens. I have taken several children and adults to the new Creation Museum. It is sad to see the same few grown professional men attacking verbally the thousands of people of faith that came to visit as though they had all the answers to life in their science books. Very bright men, but very misguided in their attacks against this effort in education. I hope every student in the country can see this historic story and can also see the Big Bone State Park and its great story, the Underground Railroad in Cincinnati and all of our parks and sights in Greater Cincinnati and the Kentucky area. History is the light to our

future. Our new landmark is the light above the new Great American Insurance Building and Western Southern Financial which gives a great view over all of our areas. How many times have you looked at the light? It is most symbolic that this light from our tallest building is named after and occupied by insurance companies for you see the greatest insurance policy anyone can ever have is to except the Lord Jesus into our hearts and be insured that you we will have eternal everlasting life in heaven. John Stephenson Independence

GOP at work

The second half of Kentucky’s legislative session has begun and the Democrats have made it plain that the 12 bills passed by the Senate during the first half stand little chance of passage in the House. Speaker Greg Stumbo said before the first half that “the Democratic House generally does not take up the Senate’s bills until

the Senate passes House bills.” I believe that attitude, in a nutshell, explains why the House Democrats disgraced themselves last November. Kentucky’s voters had enough of that pettiness and the Democrats lost their supermajority in the House. Under the leadership of Senate President David Williams, the Senate selected its leadership and committee assignments were made before the session began. The Senate introduced 13 bills and passed 12. The House, under Speaker’s leadership did no organizing until the session began and did not introduce a bill until after the session. In other words, the Republican led Senate accomplished the people’s business. The Democrat led House played politics. The people of Kentucky are tired of the pettiness emanating from Frankfort. The Democrats are not working to make Kentucky better. All they do is throw mud and childishly obstruct any kind of progress. Ted Smith Park Hills

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Local business offer up Valentine’s Day ideas By Regan Coomer

Put fun and romance in this year’s Valentine’s Day with a singing valentine, a cozy dinner or a night out on the town with your best friend. The Community Recorder has rounded up a few sure-to-impress Valentine’s Day activities, no matter your status.


Stop by the Argentine Bean in the Crestview Hills Town Center for a five-course dinner courtesy of Chef Greg Fredwest. Everything created in the restaurant is made from scratch down to the salad dressing, Fredwest said. On Feb. 12 and Feb. 14, couples will have their choice of two entrees, a fillet with a brandy cream sauce or an oyster-stuffed pork loin with a fig cream sauce. “We’ll have an acoustic guitar player and the restaurant is just beautiful,” he said. “It’s a perfect place to take a date.” The dinner will cost couples $40 to $50 per person and will REGAN COOMER/STAFF include an appetizer, soup, salad, vegetables and a handcrafted Villa Hills residents Katelyn Schawe and Bryan Wilson take advantage of Reality Tuesday’s award-winning cheesecake. Eating at the Park Hills mainstay could be one tasty option for your Valentine’s Day dessert in addition to the entree. this year. Call 426-1042 to make a reservaHills Town Center to paint a onetion. In Independence, the Citizen’s of-a-kind piece or stop by CovingPolice Academy Alumni Associa- ton Clay in Covington for pottery tion will be hosting its annual wheel classes with your friends. Call Color Me Mine at 344Valentine’s Dance from 7 p.m. to 6463. Call Covington Clay at 491midnight Saturday, Feb. 5. Admission is $20 a person and will 3900 or visit include a catered dinner and a DJ. To purchase tickets, call 609-2151 For everyone: Whether it’s for your mother, a or 282-1985. co-worker, friend or significant other, a Singing Valentine delivery Singles: could be right for just about everyThose feeling anti–Valentine’s body. Day this year will enjoy a viewing The Cincinnati Delta Kings of “The Odd Couple” at the Chorus has delivered Singing Carnegie Visual and Performing Valentine Barbershop Quartets Arts Center in Covington. around Greater Cincinnati for the The play, showing weekends last 17 years. through Feb. 13, will reprise Oscar Drawing members from all Madison and Felix Ungar’s over the Tri-state, the Delta Kings famous domestic dispute just in Chorus will serenade the “victim” time for the holiday. Tickets are of your choice from Feb. 11 to 15. $15-$19 and can be purchased by The quartets visit just about anycalling 957-1940. Visit the- where complete with colorful for more informa- fits, two or three standard love tion. songs and a red rose for your “It doesn’t get much better beloved. PROVIDED than this finely-crafted comedy,” Popular song selections include said “The Odd Couple Director “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” and The Four Leads Singing Valentine Quartet could be at your door this February. Left to right: Baritone Gordy Knecht from Edgewood, Bass Bob Reed Drew Fracher in a release. “I can- “Sweet Valentine,” the quartet’s from Forest Park, Lead Denny Daum from West Chester and Tenor Roger Hettesheimer from Maineville. not wait to get started; there’s special version of Neil Diamond’s person wherever they happen to 1-888-796-8555. Kenton Lands Road. nothing like going to work and “Sweet Caroline.” The event, co-sponsored by the A second option for the whole be and whatever you want us to laughing for five or six hours family is the Valentine’s Day Party Erlanger Parks and Recreation “It’s a great way to show your sing to them.” every day.” A Singing Valentine package is to be held at 2 p.m. Sunday Feb. Department, will include family love in song,” said Delta Kings If you’re a crafty type, visit member Denny Daum. “We come $50 and benefits the chorus. To 13 at the Erlanger branch of the activities and crafts. Call 962Color Me Mine in the Crestview in there in costume to sing to that order, visit or call Kenton County Public Library, 4000 to make a reservation.

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Pee-Wee’s caters taste

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The goal of Pee-Wee’s Place is pretty simple, according to Tim “Pee-Wee” Reese. “We don’t want people to like our food - we want them to love it,” said the owner of the Crescent Springs-based restaurant. “We want people walking out knowing they can’t wait to come back.” Reese opened Pee-Wee’s in June of 2009, renovating and remodeling the former Speakeasy Bar on Anderson Road.

“It took a lot of time and effort, but you feel like a million bucks when someone comes in and says they like it,” he said. Known for their “best-intown” burgers, Pee-Wee’s actually offers a variety of menu items, from hot breakfast each morning to home-cooked lunch specials. They also feature a private banquet room, sand volleyball court, covered patio, and even offer off-site catering. Additionally, they are known to work with local charities, and even hosted


Pee-Wee’s Place, on Anderson Road in Crescent Springs, is known for their “bestin-town” burgers and family atmosphere. several soldiers who visited the area while home from Afghanistan. “We like to get involved, because families and community are important to

us,” he said."We wanted to have a fun, family atmosphere, and that’s what we’ve got.” For information, visit www. peewee

The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s regional premiere production of “Dis/Troy” by Yokanaan Kearns will be performed at The Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center of Covington. The show is free and open to the public and will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12. Prior to the event, a mask making class will be conducted for $5. Reservations, for either the play or the class, can be made by calling Baker Hunt at 859431-0020. For further information about the Baker Hunt, visit www.baker-

LOL is ... Local bloggers writing from your perspective on cooking, wine, romance and more! Visit: Cincinnati.Com/LOL or search: living “Dis/Troy” is a theatrical adaptation of Homer’s “The Iliad.” Set during the Trojan War, the play cuts to the core issues of the classic epic – glory, fate, revenge and homecoming. The Greek warrior hero Achilles refuses to fight, leading to disastrous results for both the Greeks and their enemy. Dramatic scenes in the mortal world alternate with comic scenes on Mount Olympus, where the gods are fighting their own, often ridiculous “war” to see which side will win.


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ART EXHIBITS First Friday Gallery Hop, 6-10 p.m., Covington Arts District, Madison Avenue, Pike Street and MainStrasse Villag, First Friday of every month. Covington’s galleries, restaurants and other venues open late for original artwork viewing. Free. 859-292-2322. Covington. Isolation & Togetherness, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., Works by Matthew Andrews, Dominic Sansone, Mallory Felktz, Marcia Alscher, Alan Grizzell, Patrick Meier, Sherman Cahal and Janie Marino. Free. Through Feb. 18. 859-957-1940; Covington. COMMUNITY DANCE

Friday Night Ballroom Dance, 8-10 p.m., Step-N-Out Studio, 721 Madison Road, Group lesson 8-8:30 p.m. DJ dance to multiple styles of ballroom dance music begins 8:30-10 p.m. Family friendly. $5. 859-2912300. Covington.


Blithe Spirit, 8 p.m., Stained Glass Theatre, 802 York St., Noel Coward classic. Newly married novelist takes part in seance in order to drum up new material for himself. But soon he is tormented by the ghost of his dead first wife. $20. Presented by Footlighters Inc. Through Feb. 5. 513-474-8711; Newport. S A T U R D A Y, F E B . 5

Dysfunctional Comedy Tour, 8 p.m., Keefer’s Irish Pub, 902 Madison Ave., With comedians Michael Rudolph, Kim Sherwood, Larry Love, Jay Armstrong, Marc Sester and Rob Wilfong. $5. 859-261-5333. Covington.


The Odd Couple, 7:30 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., Neurotic neat freak Felix Ungar and slovenly sportswriter Oscar Madison have almost nothing in common, except being divorced, dysfunctionally sharing one New York apartment. $15-$19. Through Feb. 13. 859-957-1940; Covington. Twelve Angry Men, 8 p.m., Monmouth Theatre, 636 Monmouth St., Play by Reginald Rose adapted by Shermen Sergel. Directed by Jim Waldfogle, produced by Dee Dunn. $12, $10 students and seniors. Presented by Wyoming Players. Through Feb. 5. 513-5884910; Newport.

SCORE Seminar: Starting and Nurturing Your Business, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Center, 300 Buttermilk Pike, Suite 330, Learn to create a business plan, determine the market for your product, use marketing tools, define and penetrate your market, price your product or service, select the entity for your business, obtain financing, schedule events and milestones, hire professional help and keep financial records. $40. Presented by Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. 859-426-3651; Fort Mitchell.


Jo Koy, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, Ages 21 and up. $22. 859957-2000; Newport.



How Healthy Are You?, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Hopeful Lutheran Church, 6430 Hopeful Church Road, Information on state-of-the-art German technology used to measure and analyze body energy through the hand. With Vicki Richter, certified biopulsar biofeedback analyst. Benefits Hopeful Lutheran Church. Ages 18 and up. $20. Reservations required. 513-218-1493; Florence.


The Voodoo Carnival: A Mardi Gras Masquerade, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Doors open 8 p.m. Performances by Queen City Cabaret, Pickled Bros. Sideshow, Robin Marks Magic, Zahara’s Tangled Web and Switchblade Syndicate. Includes belly dancers, magic, beads and prizes. $15, $10 advance. 859431-2201; Newport.

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Coralee and the Townies, 9 p.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Juney’s Lounge. Soulful, blues-influenced honky tonk music. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-431-2201; Newport. Girls, Guns & Glory, 9:30 p.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Parlour. Doors open 8:30 p.m. Country/Americana music. $8 ages 18-20, $5 ages 21 and up. 859-4312201; Newport.


Tango Dance Party, 8:30-11:30 p.m., Step-NOut Studio, 721 Madison Road, Social Tango dancing. Bring appetizer or wine to share. Ages 18 and up. $10. 859-291-2300; Covington.



Paws to Read, 10 a.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Ages 5-10 read books to Squirt, Doc, Bailey or other therapy dogs. Family friendly. Free. Registration required for 15-minute time slot. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Union.



Wine Tasting, 4-8 p.m., D.E.P.’s Fine Wine & Spirits Covington, 670 W. Third St., Free. 859-291-2550; Covington.


Softball Gamer Advanced Fundamentals, 12:30-1:30 p.m., At The Yard Baseball Training Center, 330 Weaver Road, Weekly through Feb. 26. Sarah Gronefeld teaches softball advanced fundamentals including hitting, pitching and fielding. Grades 6-8. $80. Registration required. 859647-7400. Florence. Softball Grinder Advanced Fundamentals, 1:30-2:30 p.m., At The Yard Baseball Training Center, 330 Weaver Road, Weekly through Feb. 26. Sarah Gronefeld teaches softball advanced fundamentals including hitting, pitching and fielding. Grades 9-12. $80. Registration required. 859-647-7400; Florence. Softball Gamer Hitting Class, 2:30-3:30 p.m., At The Yard Baseball Training Center, 330 Weaver Road, Weekly through Feb. 26. Sarah Gronefeld teaches mechanics of hitting. Grades 6-8. $80. Registration required. 859-647-7400; Florence. Softball Grinder Hitting Class, 3:30-4:30 p.m., At The Yard Baseball Training Center, 330 Weaver Road, Weekly through Feb. 26. Sarah Gronefeld teaches mechanics of hitting. Grades 9-12. $80. Registration required. 859-647-7400; Florence.

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Kathy Luschek Memorial Super Bowl Party, 5:30 p.m., Alexandria Community Center, 8236 W Main St., Drinks, food and game on giant screen. Benefits Bishop Brossart High School baseball program. $40 couples, $25. 859-635-2108, ext. 128; Alexandria.


Wine Tasting, 1-6 p.m., StoneBrook Winery, $5. 859-635-0111; Camp Springs. M O N D A Y, F E B . 7


Word I, 6:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Learn basics of Microsoft Word 2007. Free. Reservations required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. New Students Welcome Monday, 9 a.m., Alexandria Adult Learning Center, 8236 W. Main St., Free. 859-757-6836; Alexandria.


Zumba Class, 6-7 p.m., Step-N-Out Studio, $30 per month for unlimited classes; $10 drop-in, $5 class punch cards. 859-2912300. Covington. Beginner Yoga, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Lifepath Center of the Healing Arts, 734 Bromley-Crescent Springs Road, Upstairs, yoga studio. $10 (if 12 class pass is purchased). Registration required. 859-992-6300; Crescent Springs.


Songwriter Showcase and Open Mic Night, 9 p.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Free. Hosted by Mike Kuntz. 859-4312201; Newport.


Twig, 6:30 p.m., Lents Branch Library, 3215 Cougar Path, Tween interest group to share ideas. Ages 8-12. Family friendly. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Hebron. Middle School Mondays, 3-4:30 p.m., Lents Branch Library, 3215 Cougar Path, Wii gaming and snacks. Teens ages 12 and up. Family friendly. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Hebron.


Preschool Story Time, 10 a.m., Newport Branch Library, 901 E. Sixth St., Stories, songs and crafts. Ages 4-5. Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-572-5035. Newport. Toddler Story Time, 10 a.m., Cold Spring Branch Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Stories, songs and activities. Ages 2-3. Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-781-6166. Cold Spring. Pajama Story Time, 7 p.m., Fort Thomas-Carrico Branch Library, 1000 Highland Ave., Stories, songs and activities. Ages 3 and up. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-572-5033. Fort Thomas. Tot Time, 11 a.m., Cold Spring Branch Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Short stories, games, dancing and baby signing. Ages 18 months2 1/2 years. Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-781-6166. Cold Spring. T U E S D A Y, F E B . 8


Financial Strategies for Successful Retirement, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thomas More College, Center for Adult & Professional Education, 365 Thomas More Parkway, Weekly through Feb. 22. Class demonstrates a conservative approach to wise money management and identifies issues facing retirees. How to protect assets from erosion due to inflation and more. Instructors: R. Michael Stacy, CFP and Stephen A. Wright, CFP, CRPC. $60. Registration required. Presented by Thomas More College. 859-344-3333; Crestview Hills.


“Hot Chocolate and Hot Art,” part of First Friday Gallery Hop, will be 6-10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, at Passionate Arts Center, 31-33 W. Pike St., Gallery 31, Covington. Enjoy art exhibits, savor hot refreshments and mingle with artists. Exhibits include paintings, pottery, jewelry, textiles and more by artists Ann Harrod, Don Seither, Bob Hebenstreit, Carin Hebenstreit, Karen Ng, Theresa Freytag, Jason Parsley, Jaimie Iliff, Paula Peake, and David Whitelaw. The event is free. For more information visit or call 859-393-8358. Pictured is “Celebration,” an acrylic painting, by Cincinnati artist Ann Harrod.

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Weight Loss Class, 5:30-6 p.m., Hickory Grove Baptist Church, 11969 Taylor Mill Road, $30 per month, $20 per month with three-month membership. First class free. Presented by Equipped Ministries. 859-8028965. Independence.


Cold Spring Branch Book Club Discusses To Kill a Mockingbird, 11 a.m., Cold Spring Branch Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Discuss this Pulitzer Prize-winning book about an African-American man accused of rape during the Depression in Alabama. The accuser’s lawyer wants to reveal the truth, expose the town’s bigotry and encourage people to imagine the possibility of racial equality. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-781-6166; Cold Spring.


Making Potpourri, 7 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Choose from variety of dried flowers, herbs and essential oils to make your own potpourri sachet. $5. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859342-2665. Florence. Stone Carvers, 7 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Explore art of stone carving with Albert Nelson, sculptor. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Union.


Anime & Manga, 6:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Discuss your favorite manga and watch anime provided by Operation Anime. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. Title Waves Book Club, 6:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Discussion on new books. Snacks provided. Ages 9-11. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington.

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Underbelly, 9 p.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Doors open 8:30 p.m. Cincinnati’s strangest comedy show features improv, sketches, poetry, music and more. Ages 18 and up. $6 ages 18-20; $3 ages 21 and up. 859-431-2201. Newport. W E D N E S D A Y, F E B . 9

EDUCATION Frank Duveneck: Kentucky Artist, 7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Sarah Siegrist, art historian and expert with the Behringer-Crawford Museum, sheds light on world-renowned painter who lived in the Cincinnati area. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Burlington. EXERCISE CLASSES

Zumba Class, 7-8 p.m., Step-N-Out Studio, $30 per month for unlimited classes; $10 drop-in, $5 class punch cards. 859-2912300. Covington.


Blues Jam, 8 p.m., Mahogany’s Coffee House and Bar, 3715 Winston Ave., Hosted by Dick and the Roadmasters award-winning blues band. Burgers & Blues Dinner starts 6 p.m. Family friendly. 859-261-1029. Latonia. T H U R S D A Y, F E B . 1 0

Runner’s Injury Clinic, 5-6:30 p.m., St. Elizabeth Edgewood Sports Medicine, 830 Thomas More Parkway, Receive assistance from local medical providers, including physical therapists, athletic trainers, physicians and registered dietician. Free. Registration required. Presented by Bob Roncker’s Running Spot. 859-301-6300; Edgewood.



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Toddler Story Time, 10 a.m., Fort ThomasCarrico Branch Library, 1000 Highland Ave., Stories, songs, finger plays and craft. Ages 2-3. Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859572-5033. Fort Thomas. Preschool Story Time, 1:30 p.m., Cold Spring Branch Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Ages 4-5. Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859781-6166. Cold Spring. Preschool Story Time, 11 a.m., Fort ThomasCarrico Branch Library, 1000 Highland Ave., Stories, songs, finger plays and craft. Ages 4-5. Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859572-5033. Fort Thomas.


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COMMUNITY DANCE SwinGallery, 8-11:30 p.m., Step-N-Out Studio, 721 Madison Road, All ages. No partner required. Free beginner East Coast Swing lesson 8-9 p.m. Dancing to music by DJ 911:30 p.m. Family friendly. $5. Presented by SwinGallery. 513-290-9022. Covington.

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Teen Tuesdays, 3-4:30 p.m., Lents Branch Library, 3215 Cougar Path, Xbox 360, Wii, snacks and more. Teens ages 12 and up. Family friendly. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Hebron.



International performing artist Tatiana “Tajci” Cameron, pictured, comes to the Aronoff Center for the Arts Jarson-Kaplan Theater at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, for the musical "My Perfectly Beautiful Life." It is the story of four women in search of balance and self discovery. Cameron wrote the music and lyrics. It is directed by Caitlin A. Kane and presented by Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative. Tickets are $7; $4, students. Call 513-621-2787 or visit

Pajama Story Time, 6:30 p.m., Cold Spring Branch Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Ages 3 and up. Free. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-781-6166. Cold Spring. Baby Time, 10 a.m., Fort Thomas-Carrico Branch Library, 1000 Highland Ave., Clap, sing and bounce with your child. Walkers to age 2. Free. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-572-5033. Fort Thomas.


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February 3, 2011


All some people need is just a good listening to catch every word. Hearing and listening are Deep listening is an two entirely different things. art to be cultivated. We all hear way too much Not many people are sound as noise. accomplished at Hearing occurs when engaging in it. sounds and words are physIn fact, it would be ically received by our ears. If interesting to ask ourwe’re engaged in a converselves the question, sation, we hear the other’s Father Lou “In my lifetime, name words, interpret what they Guntzelman at least five people I probably mean, and then fashion a response. Perspectives found I could turn to when I needed them to Ordinarily, we spend be a good listener to most of our lives engaged in me.” conversations of this sort – True listening, empathic listennot great substance but informational and polite, like a veneer on ing, is essential. It’s one of the main reasons we go to counselors wood. Listening goes deeper than and even pay them. It’s to have hearing. It’s interesting to note the someone listen to the story of our etymology of the word “listen.” It life, take us seriously in a noncomes from the Anglo-Saxon root judgmental way, and understand. How heartwarming when we word meaning to list, i.e. to tilt as a ship lists to one side. It leans a little. find such a person. That doesn’t The word arose from the obser- mean they agree or disagree, but vation that when one person is that they grasp what we’re going really listening to another, he or through inwardly. Our deepest inner experiences she may at times lean a little toward them in concentration to can only make their appearance in

Listening is not only hearing words, but “hearing the speaker’s feelings” along with the words. Hearing only a flow of words is like hearing the words of a song but not the music that enhances them. the world – and eventually be accepted by us – when someone else glimpses them and understands. By doing this, another person validates our own experience of ourselves. Listening is not only hearing words, but “hearing the speaker’s feelings” along with the words. Hearing only a flow of words is like hearing the words of a song but not the music that enhances them. When we actually listen, we grasp the music as well. To be a good listener we need compassion and empathy. What happens if any one of us tries to be a good listener when someone asks us to be? It means I will pick up much more than the words they say. I

will detect unspoken aspects such as the emotions that vibrate in their voice. I’ll note their body language, eyes and facial expressions as well as the speed that accompanies their words. I’ll call to mind as much as I know of their life experiences. I won’t be focused mentally on my own responses but on them as I trustingly look them in the eye. I won’t always have something clever to say, but I will respond to them honestly with respect and confidentiality. An adolescent undergoing the turmoil of their changing world is usually depicted as the typical example of someone not being listened to. That’s often true. But the truth is that every stage of life looks for

a genuine listener. Consider the aged. Consider spouses. Consider yourself. So here we are in the Age of Information. Look at all those people on cell phones: tweeting, textmessaging, fingering thousands of apps. Think of all the conversations today and tonight on computers and telephones. Imagine all the words that flow back and forth. See Dick. See Dick talk. Talk, Dick, talk! But what good is all the talk if no one really listens? Our hearts experience the failure to be listened to as an absence of concern. It implies that no one is interested in walking over the bridge between us. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

What are your rights when you get a repair? Do you know your rights when a serviceman comes to your house to repair or service something? Unfortunately, all too often consumers learn the price after the work has already been done and it’s time to pay the bill. Laverne Wilson of Batavia said she had no idea what the final bill would be when her recliner chair stopped working after three years. “The back wouldn’t go back – some days it would and some days it wouldn’t. So, in December I called the manufacturer and they said the warranty had ended,” Wilson said. Wilson agreed to pay $120 for a serviceman to come to her home to see if it could be fixed. “He came out and looked at the chair. He turned it over and said, ‘I don’t think we can get the parts for that anymore.’ But he said, ‘I just happen to have a kit with me. Some lady ordered the parts and decided not to have the chair fixed, so I just happen to have it.’ ”

Wilson said she agreed to have the repairman use the kit. She said he had to cut Howard Ain the masHey Howard! sage and heat sections of the chair to get the back working – and promised to return with more parts. “He never said a word about it costing more. So, I thought it was just $120,” she said. Wilson said the manufacturer called a few days later to tell her, “ ‘Before we order the parts we want you to understand it’s going to be $250 for what he’s already done.’ I said, ‘Oh my goodness. I wouldn’t have had it done had I known it was going to cost that.’ ” Wilson said she told the repair company not to charge her for the repair because she didn’t approve, but was told she would be

charged because the work had already been done. Ohio consumer law says you must get an estimate for any repair or service costing more than $25. In fact, you must sign a contract stating what type of estimate you want: oral, written or no estimate at all. “I didn’t sign anything,” said Wilson. “He didn’t tell me anything. I didn’t see (any) papers. I wondered about that because even the warranties I’ve had on other appliances and things, you signed something when they came.”


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Wilson said she’s now disputing the charge with her credit card company. The company does have a right to come back and take off the repair kit, but it will have to return the chair to the condition it was in –

with the massage and heat sections working. Kentucky does not have such an estimate law. Therefore, it’s important to remember, no matter where you live, always ask up front what the cost will be

before agreeing to any repair or service. 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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February 3, 2011

Go for the extra point with these gameday goodies Whether you’re for the Steelers or the Packers, you’ll need lots of good party food for keeping your energy up during all the cheering (hopefully) and gametime frenzy. Rita W e Heikenfeld usually h a v e Rita’s kitchen appetizers, pizza and my husband Frank’s Caesar salad. For dessert, I always make homemade glazed doughnuts. Here’s some really good appetizer recipes to get you in the “Go team!” mood.

Buddy Boy pizza

I’ve shared a Big Boy pizza recipe in the past, and this one is just as good. 1 Boboli pizza shell Frisch’s tartar sauce Hamburger dill pickles Shaved ham Grated Swiss cheese

Spread a nice layer of tartar sauce on the shell. Add pickles, ham and Swiss. Bake at 375 degrees until cheese melts, about 10 minutes or so.

Texas caviar

This is a healthier alternative than the norm, but still so yummy. 2 cans, approximately 15 oz. each, black-eyed peas, drained 1 can, 14.5 oz., petite diced tomatoes, drained 2 jalapeños, seeded and minced – more or less to taste 1 small onion, diced very small 1 ⁄2 yellow bell or other colored bell pepper, diced very small Handful or so chopped cilantro 1 ⁄3 cup each: red wine vinegar and olive oil Salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste: start with 1⁄2 teaspoon

1 teaspoon dry oregano 2 teaspoons cumin Mix everything together. Cover and refrigerate anywhere from a couple of hours to a day. Before serving, adjust seasonings. I like to add extra vinegar, salt and pepper. Serve with favorite chips.

Seven layer dip

Guests can’t get enough of this. 1 pouch taco seasoning 1 can, approximately 16 oz., refried beans 8 oz. c r e a m cheese, room temperature 2 cups sour cream 16-oz. jar salsa 2 large tomatoes, chopped 1 bell pepper, chopped 1 bunch green onions, sliced Iceberg lettuce, shredded

6-oz. can sliced black olives, drained 8 oz. shredded Mexican blend or Cheddar cheese, or more to taste Mix taco seasoning and beans. Spread onto platter. Mix sour cream and cream cheese. Spread over beans. Top with salsa, tomatoes, peppers, onions and lettuce. Sprinkle with cheese. Garnish with olives. Serve with chips.

browned on each side. Put into sprayed crockpot. Combine sauce ingredients and pour over chicken. Cover. Cook on low for four hours or on high for two hours.

Like Seven Hills BBQ

These are spicy, sweet and sticky. Have plenty of napkins! Go to taste on the sauce.

Boone County reader Virginia Langsdale shares this popular recipe. “Very similar to Seven Hills sloppy joes. Found it in a Florence Christian Church cookbook published way back in 1969. It was sent in by Kay Garnett who said she fixed it often for her family. It is so good,” said Virginia.

3 pounds chicken wings, patted dry with wing tips cut off and each wing cut at the joint to make two Salt and pepper 11⁄2 to 2 cups favorite barbecue sauce 1 ⁄3 cup honey 2 teaspoons each: mustard and Worcestershire Tabasco to taste (opt.)

1 pound ground beef 1 large onion, chopped 1 bell pepper, chopped 2 tablespoons sugar 1 ⁄4 teaspoon ground cloves 1 tablespoon vinegar 1 tablespoon dry mustard 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup ketchup

Season wings and run under broiler until nicely

Mix everything together. Cook over low heat for 45

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minutes. I told Virginia you could serve on buns with slaw, if you like, or with a dollop of Cheez Whiz on top, with an onion bun.

Online recipe

Rita’s yeast raised glazed doughnuts: Check out my online version of this column at for the recipe.

Notes from our readers

Cheryl Raine made my chicken chili for her Mount Healthy United Methodist Church’s annual chili cookoff and won first place. She added a “healthy dose of Jamaican jerk seasoning (at least 2 tablespoons).” Now that’s what I like to hear. Taking my recipe and making it better. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

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KABA has opened registrations for the 2011 season with a number of options: Register & pay online; fill out a form online and pay via the US mail or at one of the on-site location; Register on-site at Dick’s through March 13th from 10 - 5 on Sat. & 1- 4 on Sunday. COACHING VACANCIES

Adults interested in coaching should attend one of the Dick’s sign-ups or the KABA Community Day at Dick’s on Feb 19th. All volunteers must pass a background check. The form is available online at KABA’s web site.

League Structure

Tee Ball – 3-4-Young 5’s

The first season starts in March and plays games on Saturdays. Practices will be scheduled. Each child receives a hat, shirt, pants and socks. Games are played in about one hour. Each player bats each and every inning. The program is conducted by the Learn to Play Academy. Volunteers are encouraged.

Rookie MP – 5 & 6’s

Registration is available by submitting either an individual team registration form or by submitting a league roster form. Registration forms for the various national affiliations are also required. Deadlines apply, so register early.

League Structure

Tournament Placement

Minor – 9 & 10’s

Rec Plus or All Star


Major – 11 & 12’s

Competitive or Select League

The division starts Saturday, April 2nd. One game is played during the week and another on the weekend. Roster batting and pitch counts are used. 46 ft. pitching distance and 60 ft. base lengths. Pre-season; Memorial Weekend (USSSA State Tn.) and the End of Season Tourney. Full uniform provided.

This age group starts in late April and plays 12-14 games. Practice is held weekly. Two pitches are thrown and then the batting tee is used. Children receive a hat, shirt, pants and socks. The games last 1 hour and 15 minutes.

This age group starts April 2nd. One game played during the week and another on the weekend. A number of tournament options exist and games with other outside leagues scheduled. 50 ft. pitching and 70 ft. base distances. Pre-season; Memorial Weekend (USSSA State Tn.) and the End of Season Tourney.Full uniform provided.

Machine Pitch – 7 & 8’s

Babe Ruth & Select 13 - up

This age group starts April 2nd and plays once during the week and on the weekend. Practices are held weekly. Upgraded uniform - belted pants, belt, hat, shirt and socks. Stealing introduced; KABA is hosting the USSSA State Tournament for regular season rec team’s.


These age group starts when the team’s are able to play. Those with high school players will start around Memorial Weekend, while those without start as early as April 2nd. When possible, KABA arranges entrance into outside tournaments - several scheduled now.


KABA‘s Community Day at Dicks is set for February 19th from 10am to 4pm. All KABA families will receive an additional 15% off any purchase in the store. For more information, please contact Jeff Keener at 859-991-4619.

Regular season teams are combined to form multiple all - star or travel teams. Also create an additional tournament trail for teams when they lose in current tourney trail. Ability to send more than one all star team to meaningful tournaments.

Entire leagues may join Kentucky Select and benefit from being able to offer multiple bids and tournament tracks to the participating teams. The advantage is that this type of league naturally meets the game requirement of the national affiliations. Scores recorded for NABF, USSSA registered leagues.

Kentucky Select League

Select teams from the same area are paired with teams in other parts of the state. Local partners play during the week and travel to other areas for Saturday and Sunday doubleheaders. Minimum of four teams - Goal six to eight.

This affiliation offers its Regionals in Cincinnati for even year age groups. Winners advance to special sites including Puerto Rico (room & travel included). Odd year age group option to proceed directly to World Series. Regular season teams. Individual State Tourney sites to be placed.


This affiliation uses individual age group tournaments. The World Series are for the best teams, while the National Championships are for the next tier. One State Tournament site is being sought for July 1st.

NABF / PONY / Hap DuMont

NABF is for regular league teams/ WS in South Haven, MS, while PONY & Hap Dumont allows either reg. season or all star team participation. PONY uses a series of play & win tournaments, while Hap Dumont has direct berths to their World Series. Tourney locations are being sought for these tournaments.

Registration Form

Team Name ____________________________________ Age ______ Manager’s Name __________________________________________ Address __________________________________________________ City __________________________ State ____ Zip _____________ Ph # ________________________ Cell # _______________________ Email Address ____________________________________________ For Details: or 859-991-4619



Age is determined on April 30, 2011. KABA offers Tee Ball (3, 4’s Young 5’s), Rookie Machine Pitch (5-6); Machine Pitch (7-8); Minor (9-10); Major (11-12) & Babe Ruth (13 & 14) and Select (15 & Up).


Beverly M. Baker

Beverly M. Baker, 65, of Covington, died Jan. 19, 2011. She was a nurse’s aid for United Home Care. Survivors include her mother, Thelma Martin; son, Charles S. Pendleton II; daughters, Kathleen Abner, Tammala Keen and Ramona Chappell; brother, William C. Martin; sister, Joyce Reidland; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Memorials: Bethany Lutheran Church, 3501 Turkeyfoot Road, Erlanger, KY or Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

April Lynn Barhorst

April Lynn Barhorst, 56, of Independence, died Jan. 22, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was previously employed with Fruit of the Loom. She loved horses, enjoyed fishing and the outdoors. Her parents, James Franklin Barhorst and Virginia Marion Hacker Barhorst, died previously. Survivors include her brother, Jeffrey Barhorst of Arlington, Va.; and aunt, Ethel Barhorst of Independence. Internment was at Independence Cemetery. Memorials: American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

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Covington, died Jan. 26, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Augustine Church of Covington, the Hilltoppers, St. Monica Society and the Pathfinders. She enjoyed playing cards and crocheting. Her husband, Vincent A. Berling, died previously. Survivors include daughters, Pat Trolley and Betty Nieberding of Villa Hills, Nancy Whitton of Burlington, Marcia Elfers and Margie Schmitz of Fort Wright and Janet Duncan of Hebron; sister, Carol Grady of Delhi, Ohio; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Burial was at St. John Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Hospice of St. Elizabeth, 483 S. Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017 or St. Augustine Church, 1839 Euclid Ave., Covington, KY 41011.

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Willie Blanton, 84, of Walton, died Jan. 25, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the 417th regiment, 76th infantry division, “the Onaways,” and a retired truck driver for Continental Baking and Square D Company. He was a retired member of Teamsters Local No. 651 and enjoyed hunting, fishing, mowing the grass and playing the organ. His wife, Betty Louise Blanton, and a son, Robert Anthony Blanton, died previously. Survivors include his beloved

friend, Lynn Bullard of Independence; daughters, Beverly Campbell of Covington and Brandie Blanton of Houston, Texas; son, William Blanton of Cypress, Texas; sisters, Ethel Colvin of Oil Springs, Ky., and Ada Caudill of Flatwoods; brothers, Tyra Lee Blanton of Larue, Ohio, and Shelly Kay Luttrell of Mine Fork, Ky.; six grandchildren; and 11 greatgrandchildren. Burial was in Independence Cemetery. Memorials: Nicholson Christian Church, P.O. Box 770, 1970 Walton-Nicholson Pike, Independence, KY 41051.

Lonnie Russell Breeden

Lonnie Russell Breeden, 72, of Dry Ridge, died Jan. 22, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a retired truck driver for Williams and Company and a member of the Lafayette Masonic Lodge No. 483 in Cincinnati. He enjoyed motorcycles, boating, hunting, camping, writing children’s stories and playing guitar. Survivors include his wife, Virginia Fern Lawson Breeden; daughter, Cindy Louise Hamilton of Dry Ridge; son, Gary Russell Breeden of Morning View; sister, Mary Schleue of Morning View; brothers, Michael Breeden of Falmouth and Leslie Breeden of Sherman; and eight grandchildren. Interment was at Independence Cemetery. Memorials: American Lung Association, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004.

Richard Brinkman Sr.

Richard W. ‘Nascar’ Brinkman Sr., 52, of Independence, died Jan 26. 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He worked for Frederick Steel Company. Survivors include sons, Dustin Coyle and Richard Brinkman Jr.; daughter, Trista Coyle; brothers, Billy, Eddie and Jimmy Brinkman; sister, Barbara Richards; friends, Diane Mosley and Bill Geyer; and eight grandchildren.

Martha ‘Elaine’ Bulter

Martha “Elaine” Bulter, 61, of Corinth, died Jan. 26, 2011, at her home. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Greg Butler of Corinth; son, Chris Butler of Corinth; daughters, Danielle Russell of Florence, Rachel Veiera of Independence and Nicole Perkins of Latonia; brothers, “Hap” Brady of Homosassa, Fla., and Pete Brady of Florence; sister, Doris Wolfeld of Boynton Beach, Fla.; and eight grandchildren.

Charles W. Centers

Charles W. Centers, 73, of Covington, died Jan. 3, 2011. He was a retired security guard for the Internal Revenue Service. His wife, Betty Lou Centers, died previously. Survivors include his daughter, Debbie Schwierjohann.

Barbara Ellen Combs

Barbara Ellen Combs, 66, of Taylor Mill, died Jan. 27, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Florence. She was a clerk with American Insurance Company and a member of Keturah Church of God, Newport. A son, Jamie Lee Combs, died previously. Survivors include son, Donnie Combs of Bellevue; daughter, Brenda Beck of Independence; sisters, Joyce Kraft of Taylor Mill and Lydia Smiley of Florida; and two grandchildren. Interment was in Riverside Cemetery, Falmouth.

William R. Cox

William R. Cox, 81, of Fort Thomas, died Jan. 23, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Fort Thomas, the Fort Thomas Masonic Lodge No. 808 and the Scottish Rite, Covington. He was an inspector for the Ford Motor Company, Sharonville, and a U.S. Air Force Korean conflict veteran. A sister, Ruth Peelman, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Plummer Cox; daughter, Julie Rosenhagen of Alexandria; brothers, David Cox of Alexandria and Leonard Cox of Orlando, Fla.; and sister, Rebecca Weber of Independence. Burial was in Butler Cemetery.

Ohlen A. Davis

Ohlen A. Davis, 57, of Verona, died Jan. 16, 2011, at his residence. He was retired from the Kentucky Department of Transportation. Survivors include his brother, Gray Davis of Covington; and sisters, Sharon Arrasmith of Florence and Debbie Atha of Verona. Burial was in New Bethel Cemetery, Verona. Memorials: American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

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Rose Louise Exeler, 97, of Taylor Mill, died Jan. 28, 2011, at Woodcrest Manor Nursing Home, Elsmere. She was a member of Independence Christian Church. Her husband, George Howard Exeler, died previously. Survivors include sons, Bill Exeler of Florence and Bob Exeler of Walton; four grandchildren; six greatgrandchildren; and six great-great-

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Grace Ann Hankinson

Grace Ann Wilburn Hankinson, 75, of Independence, died Jan. 27, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a former deli clerk for Cherokee I.G.A., Independence and a member of Big Bone Baptist Church, Union. She enjoyed collecting Elvis memorabilia and watching reality TV programs. Survivors include her husband, Marshall Donald Hankinson of Independence; sons, Norm Mayfield and Donald Hankinson, both of Independence; sister, Ann Benecke of Warsaw; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Interment was at Independence Cemetery.





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Donna Lee Hauser

Donna Lee Hauser, 65, of Independence, died Jan. 22, 2011. She was an assembler for BAWAC, Inc., Florence. Survivors include sisters, Amy Sivers of Edgewood and LuAnn Peacher of Lexington. Burial was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Erlanger. Memorials: Brass Opportunities, 2619 Crescent Springs Road, Erlanger, KY 41018.

Frank ‘Pop’ Hutchinson

Frank “Pop” J. Hutchinson, 92, of Independence, died Jan. 26, 2011, at his residence. He was a retired from Philadelphia Dressed Beef after 27 years and was a maintenance worker at Philadelphia International for 10 years. He was a member of St. Patrick’s Church, Irish Rovers at St. Patrick’s, Independence Lion’s Club, Independence Senior Citizen’s and Holy Name League at St. Monica’s Church in Philadelphia. His wife, Mary Altamuro Hutchinson, and a sister, Mary Miscewiez, died previously. Survivors include his daughter, Maria Lukas-Asbury of Indepen-



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Anthia R. Lattimore, 9 months old, of Covington, died Jan. 18, 2011, at her residence. Survivors include her mother, Megan Gray; father, Anthony Lattimore; sisters, Marlaysia Gray, Keyana Gray and Shawntae Saunders; maternal grandparents, Stephanie and Donald Stapleton; paternal grandmother, Gussy Lattimore; and maternal great-grandparents, Dan and Laverne Gray.

Betty Lou Morris

Betty Lou Morris, 69, of Hebron, died Jan. 30, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Worley “Red” Morris of Hebron; daughters, Gale Hopper of Florence, Sue Watkins of Union and Brenda Snow of Williamstown; sister, Jenny Johnson of Independence; and four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Burial was in Hebron Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials: Pancreatic Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 or The American Diabetes Association, 4555 Lake Forest Drive, Suite 396, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

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Mildred Vivian Mullins Ringeisen, 96, of Latonia, died Jan. 25, 2011, at Mountain Crest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Cincinnati. She was a supervisor for Cincinnati Bell and Bell South, Miami, Fla., and retired after 35 years of service. She was a member of the Communications Workers of America, Telecom Pioneers, Calvary Baptist Church and the Young at Heart Class. Her husband, Charles Ringeisen of Bethany; brothers, Denver Mullins and Thirlen Mullins; and sisters, Clementine Black, Marguerite Perkins and Nona Leslie Mullins, died previously. Survivors include her sister, Martha Janet Wilson of Pleasant Ridge, Ohio; and nieces, Mildred Lester Beisner of Union, Vonda Perkins Alford of Camp Dennison, Ohio, and Teena Perkins Findley of Taylor Mill. Interment was at Forest lawn Memorial Park, Erlanger. Memorials: Calvary Baptist Church, 3711 Tibbatts St., Latonia, KY 41015 or Crossroads Hospice, 4360 Glendale-Milford Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Gary Lee Russell

Gary Lee Russell, 64, of Fairborn, Ohio, formerly of Covington, died Jan. 25, 2011, at his home. He served in the U.S. Air Force and retired from Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. He was a trustee of the American Legion Post No. 526 in Fairborn. His father, Bill Russell, died previously. Survivors include his mother, Mildred Russell; brother, Scott Russell; and sisters, Elaine Soward, Charleen Steinborn and Diane Warth. Memorials: First Christian

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Survivors include his son, Kyle Napier of Independence; stepdaughter, Danielle Smith of Independence; parents, Robert and Judy Napier of Covington; sister, Lesa Napier of Covington; and brother, David Napier of Covington. Interment was in Floral Hills. Memorials: Kyle Napier Scholarship Fund.

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Nancy Lee Cummins Sipple, 64, of Corbin, formerly of Latonia, died Jan. 27, 2011, at Baptist Regional Medical Center, Corbin. She was a member of Latonia Christian Church. Survivors include her husband, Bernie Sipple of Corbin; daughters, Lisa Sipple and Judy Newman of Latonia and Pippy Sipple and Melodie Sipple of Corbin; sons, Ray Sipple of Elsmere, Bernie Sipple II of Florence and Kerry Sipple of Latonia; brother, William Cummins of Covington; and eight grandchildren. Interment was in Floral Hills. Memorials: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148.

Manuel ‘Ray’ Spencer

Manuel “Ray” Spencer, 70, of Independence, died Jan. 27, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Florence. He was a retired history teacher at Twenhofel Middle School. His wife, Barbara Crum Spencer, died previously. Survivors include his daughter, Jennifer Spencer Kelly of Independence; mother, Irene Smith of Covington; brother, Lowell Spencer of Walton; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Internment was at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North, Williamstown.

Harold Preston Tillett

Harold Preston Tillett, 88, of Independence, died Jan. 27, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a retired supervisor and technical instructor for the General Electric Company where he was employed for 38 years. He was an active member of Hickory Grove Baptist Church as deacon emeritus, trustee and a Sunday school teacher. He was a member of the Latonia Masonic Lodge No. 746, the Indra Consistory, Scottish Rite, Covington. He served on the Independence City Council for 10 years and the Independence Zoning Board of Adjustment for 15 years. He was a U.S. Air Force World War II veteran, Kentucky Colonel and Admiral. Survivors include his wife, Beulah “Boots” Hayes Tillett; daughters, Lyndia Gayle Bingham of Crittenden, Patsy Jean Raleigh of Hebron and Carolyn Sue Burkhardt of Austin, Texas; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Burial was at Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Hickory Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, 11969 Taylor Mill Road, Independence, KY 41051.

William ‘Bill’ Tobergte

William E. “Bill” Tobergte, 73, of Independence, died Jan. 29, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a microbiologist for Wiedemann Brewery, Newport, and general manager of Rose Exterminators, Cincinnati. Survivors include his son, Dan Tobergte of Hebron; daughters, Diane Tuemler of Edgewood, Susan Kolkmeier of Hebron, Sandy Smith of Edgewood and Sharon Harrison of St. Clairsville, Ohio; brothers, Albert Tobergte of Erlanger and Connie Tobergte and John Tobergte, both of Petersburg; 20 grandchildren; and dear friend, Gina Casey of Erlanger. Burial was in St. John Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Bill Tobergte Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o St. Henry District High School, 3755 Scheben Drive, Erlanger, KY 41018; or Redwood School, 71 Orphanage Road, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

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Debra Lynn Towery, 44, of Florence, died Jan. 28, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Florence. She was a speech therapist for Kenton County Schools and a former member of the Silent Singers of Evansville, Ind. Survivors include her father, Phillip Owen Towery of Princeton; mother, Charlene McKnight Towery of Florence; brother, Troy Towery of Verona; and sister, Donna Kay Noel of Princeton. Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, at HamiltonStanley Funeral Home, Verona. Funeral services will follow. Burial will be at New Bethel Cemetery, Verona. Memorials: Debra Lynn Towery Memorial Fund, c/o Hamilton-Stanley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 67, Verona, KY 41092.


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