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Words alive!

Students at Ryland Heights Elementary celebrated a school year’s worth of work by dressing up as vocabulary words they learned through the year. The project was part of an education grant the school received. SCHOOLS, A6

Summer time

As schools let out and temperatures rise more outdoor activities are being planned – from camps to vacation Bible schools to various community events. Share what is coming up in your community, or photos of what happened on nky.com/share, or email listings to bmains@nk.com.

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Get a round up of tennis action and results in sports this week. SPORTS, A8

Time to vote

Ballots are now posted for the Community Recorder’s third annual Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year online contest. Voting will be online through midnight Monday, June 6.

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Help sought for girl’s best friend By Regan Coomer rcoomer@nky.com

INDEPENDENCE Annie Havel’s family hope a service dog would provide protection, entertainment and companionship to the 3-year-old, who suffers from autism. “Autistic kids wander, which means they have no sense of danger. Annie has no qualms about going out in the road,” her dad, Joshua Havel, explained. “The service dog would be trained in search and rescue. If she were to get out, we’d be calling the police and the dog would already be searching for her.” The Havels are partnering with 4 Paws For Ability, an Ohio nonprofit organization, to raise money for Annie’s future service dog. 4 Paws for Ability trains service dogs to be placed with a disabled child. It costs the organization $22,000 to train the service dogs. Families are asked to raise at least $13,000 of the cost. “The dog costs so much because it is highly trained, specifically in search and rescue,” mom Sonya Havel said. “I can’t be her eyes 24/7 when we’re all sleeping and she gets up and wanders the house.” Joshua Havel agreed, saying that even though Annie can’t open the front door just yet, her twin Joslyn can. “If something happened to her, it would devastate the whole family,” he said. The Independence family plans to host a fundraiser in June at their church, Lakeside Christian Church. In the meantime, the Havels, who also have two other children, are asking for donations to Annie through 4 Paws For Ability’s website, 4pawsforability.org. Autism is a developmental disorder, appearing in childhood, that affects the brain’s development of

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social and communication skills. In addition to her autism, Annie also suffers from ADHD, a sensory disorder and a mitochondrial malfunction. Annie also wears braces on her legs to keep her from toe walking. Annie’s treatments, which include 14 medications a day and care from a Columbus autism specialist, are paid almost totally out of the Havels’ pockets. Within the past six months, the family has spent more than $15,000 on her

Independence residents Sonya and Josh Havel have partnered with 4 Paws For Ability, a Xenia, Ohio, nonprofit, to raise funds to provide a service dog for their three-year-old daughter Annie, who is autistic and suffers from ADHD and a sensory disorder. Pictured: The Havels with their daughters Bella, Annie (bottom left) and her twin Joslyn. care, Sonya Havel said. “Our whole goal in the way we medically treat her is to increase her quality of life and maximize her potential so that she can live the best life she can,” said Sonya, a Christ Hospital nurse. Having her own service dog would go a long way toward helping Annie live her life to the fullest, Joshua Havel said. In addition to keeping Annie safe, the dog would be a companion, allow her more freedom of movement

and assist her when she’s overwhelmed in public. “Unfortunately, it’s human nature to be really quick to judge other people and their kids especially. If they didn’t know she was autistic, people might think that Annie’s just a bad kid,” he said. “A service dog is taught to defuse that situation and give her something to do when she’s waiting.” For more Independence news visit nky.com/independence

Calvary alum an oustanding scholar By Regan Coomer rcoomer@nky.com

INDEPENDENCE - Thanks to the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, 21-year-old Jordan Woods will soon get to make a difference in the lives of high-need urban students. The foundation recruits outstanding recent college graduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics who will prepare for math and science teaching positions in Ohio’s urban and rural schools. As a Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellow, Woods will be given a $30,000 stipend to complete an intensive master’s program at the University of Cincinnati that she will start this fall. Fellows make a commitment to teach science for

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at least three years in a highneed urban or rural school in Ohio. Woods, an Independence native, will graduate from Woods the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience on June 11. She attended Calvary Christian School, graduating in 2008. Becoming a Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellow will allow Woods to continue with the passion she discovered while working with students at Cincinnati’s Hughes STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) High School as a Young Life mentor.

Graduations

With Kenton County school hold graduations and college students toss cap and gowns, The Kenton Community Recorder would like to share photos from graduation events. Photos can be submitted one of two ways, through Share at nky.com/share, or email them to bmains@nky.com. Make sure to include name of graduate and parents, school graduated from, and community the graduate is from. The Recorder will run photos in the paper as space allows. “I think that doctors do great work and they change lives, but I wanted to be with students everyday,” she said. “The fellowship was specifically designed to find

teachers for urban schools, which was exactly what I wanted to do and was doing already.” Woods started as a leader for Young Life, a non-denominational Christian ministry that reaches out to teens through volunteerism and mentorship, in the fall of 2009. Woods tutored and coached basketball and softball at Hughes High School. “I realized my desire was to teach and have an impact on these kids’ lives, especially the urban schools,” she said. “The fellowship was a perfect fit. I wanted to teach and I didn’t know how to. This is for people exactly like me.” For details about the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, visit woodrow.org. For more Independence news visit nky.com/independence

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INDEPENDENCE - Kicking off St. Cecilia’s summer event season is the Fifth Annual St. Cecilia Classic Car Show Sunday, May 29. The event will feature more than 150 cars of all shapes, sizes and age as well as live music by Ruckus, concessions provided by the Knights of

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for 30 Best in Class trophies awarded at 7 p.m. The first 125 registrants will receive a Fifth Annual St. Cecilia Classic Car Show dash plate. Registration is $10. Proceeds benefit the church and St. Cecilia School. Car show visitors will also get a chance to see the 2011 Festival Raffle Car, a 2011 Corvette GS Coupe in Torch Red, which will be raffled off at the Labor Day Festival. Raffle ticket chances will be available for purchase at the classic car show for $25, Immordino said. “Every Corvette should be red,” she laughed. For more information about the classic car show or the St. Cecilia Labor Day Festival, visit stcfest.com or call 363-4311.

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Sisters of Notre Dame chronicled By Regan Coomer

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PARK HILLS - In 1907, the Sisters of Notre Dame purchased two properties along Dixie Highway for what they hoped would become their new convent in rural Kenton County. The sisters needed just one more property, the Heck Farm, to complete their vision. When Mr. Heck refused to sell, the sisters offered daily prayers, even going so far as to secretly bury a St. Joseph medal in the ground with the promise that the property, if purchased, would be named after the saint. In 1912, Heck relented, and St. Joseph Heights became a reality. Fort Wright resident Mike Hargis, the author of Arcadia Publishing’s new Images of America book “Covington’s Sisters of Notre Dame,” said that wasn’t the first or the last time the Sisters of Notre Dame have effected change in Northern Kentucky. Hargis explores the sisters’ immense impact on the region in the book, set for publication June 27, which uses historic photos to tell the sisters’ 160-year story. “They’re behind the scenes workers, but every day they’re affecting your children in schools, your parents in adult day cares, children in orphanages and the Urban Education Center and now they’re in Africa, in Uganda at the mission there,” Hargis said. “From 1874 to the present day, they’ve probably touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in this area.” The sisters have worked in more than 75 schools, orphanages, hospitals, senior care centers and more since their inception, Hargis said. In addition to teaching in area schools, the sisters support St. Claire Medical Center in Morehead, Ky., the Uganda mission, St. Charles Care Center, the urban education center and Julie Learning Center. The Sisters of Notre Dame traveled to America in 1874 after the German

Covington's Sisters of Notre Dame will be available for purchase in local bookstores June 27. A signing event will be held at 7 p.m. June 27 at St. Joseph Heights. Author Mike Hargis will also be autographing and selling the book at the annual Fourth of July Picnic at St. Joseph Heights.

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Cover of the newest Images of America book by Arcadia Publishing: “Covington’s Sisters of Notre Dame.”

“A lot of times people think it’s all prayer and religion, but these are real people and they have a fun side to them.” Mike Hargis government ordered all religious organizations from the country. The sisters found their way to Covington at the request of Bishop August Toebbe of the Diocese of Covington, whose natural sister was in the order. Toebbe introduced the sisters to the Mother of God parish and school in 1874. By 1875, more and more sisters arrived from Coesfeld, Germany, to teach in parish schools all over Northern Kentucky, including St. John, St. Augustine, Sacred Heart, St. Mary and Notre Dame Academy. While the sisters are known for

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their altruism, Hargis hopes the book, which features photos of nuns riding a motorcycle and paddling around a pond, will show another side of the Sisters of Notre Dame. “A lot of times people think it’s all prayer and religion, but these are real people and they have a fun side to them,” he said. One interesting story Hargis found in his research was about the construction of the current Notre Dame Academy. In 1954, the student body had outgrown the original Covington location and Sister Mary Agnetis was charged to find a wealthy benefactor to kick start the NDA construction campaign. After a year with no luck, Agnetis sent a letter of appeal to Conrad Hilton, the founder of the Hilton Hotels empire. “They struck up a friendship through letters and eventually Conrad Hilton came to Cincinnati, visited the site in Park Hills and upon his leaving, told the sisters to go ahead and hire an architect,” Hargis said. Hilton donated $500,000 to the project, becoming the namesake for NDA’s Hilton Drive. Hargis credits the sisters, especially archivist Sister Mary Joan Terese Niklas, with helping him write “Covington’s Sisters of Notre Dame.” “Their fingerprints are everywhere,” he said. Sister Marla Monahan, provincial superior of the Covington province, said the book’s impending release is exciting for the sisters. “It just felt like an embracing of the sisters of Notre Dame and our contribution to this community,” she said.

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The City of Independence and Dominach's Taekwondo will present Camp Awesome from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 25, 27 and 29 at the Dominach's location and Memorial Park. The camp is open to boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 12. Preregistration, starting July 5, is $80 for the first child and $50 for each additional child. Late registration is $100 for the first child and $60 for each additional child. Visit the Independence website, cityofindependence.org, to download a registration form. Call 3565302 for more information.

5K run/walk

The Kenton County Public Library will host the Eighth Annual Racing to Read 5K Run/Walk at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 4, starting at the Mary Ann Mongan branch in Covington, 502 Scott Boulevard. Due to construction at the Covington branch, the First Watch pancake breakfast, registration and other activities will take place across from the street from the library in the parking lot and gym of the Gateway Community and Technical College. Pre-registration cost is $20. Pre-register at kentonlibrary.org/race or by picking up a registration form at any library location. Registration includes a performance running T-shirt, while supplies last. Race-day registration beings at 7:30 a.m. and costs $25. The first place overall male and female runner and walker will receive a six month single membership to Better Bodies or Silverlake The Family Place, a gift certificate to Road ID and a $10 gift card to the Running Spot. Second place will receive a 90-day single pass to Better Bodies or Silverlake and a $10 gift

card to The Running Spot. For more information, call 578-3607.

Cox-Cruey appointed superintendent

The Kenton County Board of Education recently appointed Dr. Terri Cox-Cruey as the new superintendent of the Kenton County School District. Cox-Cruey will take over when current Superintendent Tim Hanner retires June 30. “With my four years as deputy superintendent and my 11 years in the Kenton County School District, I intend as the new superintendent to continue to set high expectations, deliver clear direction and keep our 14,000 students and 2,000 staff members focused on our mission to prepare students for college and career.” Cox-Cruey led the Professional Practices Rubric effort to better evaluate certified employees. She was part of a three-member team that presented “Strengthening the Quality of Instruction through Improved Communication and Mutual Respect” to educators from around the country at Harvard University last summer. Cox-Cruey is married and has one daughter. She received her doctorate in 1998 from the University of Kentucky in Administration and Supervision. Her Rank 1 was earned in 1993 from the University of Kentucky, Masters in Special Education in 1986 from the University of Cincinnati, and Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 1985 from Eastern Kentucky University.

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Lack of funds douses ‘Fire in the Hills’ By Jason Brubaker jbrubaker@nky.com

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VILLA HILLS - The city announced that the annual Fire in the Hills celebration is canceled this year, because of a lack of funds. The family-style community event was typically held around July 4th, and featured fireworks, rides, music and food. While it was put on as a partnership by both the city and the Villa Hills Civic Club, it was funded privately by donors,

“It was a terrific event and people really loved it. But this is strictly a financial decision.�

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as well as a few corporate sponsors. Resident were encouraged to donate while at the event, and there were often bucket drives throughout the city to help raise money for it. Fire in the Hills drew

more than 5,000 people last year. However, the event ran a deficit last year, and with some of the donors still out the money they put in, the decision was made to cancel it this year. Since the event was not officially sponsored by the city or the Civic Club, finding the funding for it had become too big of a challenge, said councilman George Bruns. “The problem is that while both the city and the

Secret Adventure Camp at Thomas More College offers students entering 6th-9th grades an exploration in the liberal arts. The week-long academic camp (July 18-22) will be held 8:30-Noon daily and includes group-based activities including: science experiments; storytelling; problem solving; musical interpretation; creative writing; film reviewing and more.

club contributed to it, there was no one who really just wrapped their arms around it and took it over,� he said. “It’s a shame to do this, but the money just isn’t there for it right now.� Bruns said that no decisions have been made for the event in future years, but he didn’t anticipate the funding problems going away. “Unless someone figures out a way for it to become self-sufficient, it may just be a case where we don’t see it

The cost is $150. Early bird registration fee is available for $135 prior to June 17. Space is limited to 40 participants. For more information on Secret Adventure Camp or other summer youth camps (S.T.E.M. Institute, TheatreWorks, basketball, baseball, football, soccer, softball or volleyball camps) visit thomasmore.edu/summercamps.

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again,� he said. “It was a terrific event and people really loved it. But this is strictly a financial decision.� However, the council did announce they have received a corporate sponsor to cover the cost of the annual Fishing Derby, which allows kids to enjoy an afternoon of fishing at the Civic Club. Food and snacks are served, and the kids receive trophies for catching the biggest fish. During a discussion about funding the derby at the May 18 council meeting, Bruns received a text message from Ken Kallmeyer, the owner of Ken’s Crescent Springs Service, who agreed to put up the money for the derby while watching the meeting on television. “I guess it’s the wonder of technology,� said Bruns as he read the text. “We certainly thank Ken for stepping up to do this, and I know the kids will really appreciate it.� The derby is scheduled for June 22, weather-permitting. For more information about Villa Hills events, visit www.villahillsky.org.


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Staff Sergeant Anthony Powell, from Covington, helps Jacob Allen, 9, of Florence, to roll his sleeves up as part of the Young Marine Graduation ceremony Saturday at the VFW Hall in Latonia on May 21.

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Ryan Witemyre, 15, from Ft Wright, salutes the flag during the Young Marine graduation ceremony Saturday at the VFW hall in Latonia.

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Ten students, ranging in age from 8 to 15, officially became Young Marines Saturday when they graduated from boot camp at the VFW Hall in Latonia. The boot camp program stresses three core values, leadership, teamwork, and discipline, and is one way the Marines try to encourage young people to stay off drugs. “This isn’t a ‘fix-it’ camp,” said Lynne Arnold Richter, adjutant for the Northern Kentucky Young Marines. “My daughter, who is a part of this program, says it is a place where good kids become great leaders. She is now the Young Marine of the Year for the state of Kentucky.” Boot camp is not a residential program, but a course where young people learn history, close order drills, physical fitness, customs and courtesies, citizenship, and military rank structure. Some of the students were from Cincinnati, but the others came from Fort Wright, Bromley, Florence, Union and Taylor Mill. “I wanted to join because I wanted a head start, since I want to join the Marines when I’m old enough,” said PATRICIA SCHEYER/CONTRIBUTOR Jacob Allen, 9, of Florence. “My uncle Unit Commander Colonel Jim Bennett, USMC retired, shakes the hand of Anthony Lugar, 8, from Burlington, while Executive Officer Charles Lorentz attaches a pin to Sean Carolan, who comes from is in the Marines, and I always want- Louisville to attend the boot camp during the Young Marine graduation ceremony at the VFW Hall in Latonia May 21. ed to join.” Reduction effort. Caleb Mauer, 10, of Bromley, heard officers as a unit. The ten graduates ranged in height “I wanted to join because I wanted about the program from a friend and to learn discipline,” said Ian Young, as they stood at attention during the thought it might be fun. “It is fun,” he said. “It’s work, but 16, of Union. “I plan on becoming a playing of the national anthem, but each one wore an expression of pride, Marine when I am old enough.” it’s fun.” The Young Marines began in 1959 in themselves and their country. Once the ten graduates received “I wanted to be part of the Young their official certificates and pins, they and now has over 14,000 members all retired to unbutton their uniform shirts over the world. There are four units in Marines because I wanted experience and roll up their sleeves, which gradu- Kentucky, and if someone is interested for when I join the Marine Corps,” said ates are permitted to do. Then they in joining, they can call Lynne at 513- Ryan Witemyre, 15, from Fort Wright. paraded in front of their commanding 470-0417. The program is part of the “I have always wanted to be a US Marine Corps Youth Drug Demand Marine.” PATRICIA SCHEYER/ CONTRIBUTOR

Ten-year-old Caleb Maurer of Bromley grins during a break in the Young Marine graduation ceremony Saturday at the VFW Hall in Latonia.


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Ryland Heights Elementary held a Vocabulary Parade for the first, second and fourth grades Friday, May 20. The vocabulary parade celebrated the end of a year-long focus on vocabulary, made possible by a Greater Cincinnati Education Foundation grant. Fourth grader Rachel Silva dressed up as a die for her word “manipulative” because it’s used in math - students manipulate objects to learn mathematic principles.

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Ryland Heights Elementary held a Vocabulary Parade for the first, second and fourth grades Friday, May 20. The vocabulary parade celebrated the end of a year-long focus on vocabulary, made possible by a Greater Cincinnati Education Foundation grant. Fourth grader Isabelle Engle knows every paparazza needs her notebook during the school's vocabulary parade.

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Ryland Heights Elementary held a Vocabulary Parade for the first, second and fourth grades Friday, May 20. The vocabulary parade celebrated the end of a year-long focus on vocabulary, made possible by a Cincinnati Education Foundation grant. Every event needs its feast – fourth grade student Lauren Freeman made her chosen word come to life with tissue paper mashed potatoes, peas and gravy.

RYLAND HEIGHTS - Students dressed as vocabulary words marched through the halls of Ryland Heights Elementary during the Vocabulary Parade Friday, May 20. The parade was the last hurrah for a year-long vocabulary project made possible by a $1,000 Cincinnati Education Foundation grant, said Angela Meyer, a second-grade teacher at Ryland. First, second and fourth-grade students chose a favorite word and dressed to illustrate the meaning of the word. Fourth-grader Willis Jones dressed in black with yellow jagged paper to represent “lightening” while fourth-grade student Isabelle Engle donned a glittery fedora and carried around a notebook to portray “paparazzi.” Other words spotted during the Vocabulary parade included royalty, ferocious, loquacious, zenith and radiant. Students were required to be able to define their chosen word and use it in a sentence. A first, second and third place prize was given to students in each participating classroom. The first place winner received a dictionary, a bookmark and a pencil. The second and third-place winners received a bookmark and pencil.

DEANS’ LISTS University of Evansville

The following local students were named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Ind.: Alexandra Spata of Taylor Mill, exercise science; Jessica Ungerecht of Covington, special education; Brooke Crail of Independence, marketing; and Kristen Sholander of Independence, pre physical therapy. To be named to the dean’s list, a student must achieve at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale during the semester.

ter term at Transylvania University in Lexington: Scott High School graduate and first-year student Amanda Stoddard, daughter of Steven Stoddard of Cincinnati and Michelle Amerson of Covington. Simon Kenton High School graduate and junior Lindsey Robke, an elementary education major. She is the daughter of David and Therese Robke of Independence. To be named to the dean’s list, a student must achieve at least a 3.5 grade point average during the term.

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The following local students were named to the dean’s list for the win-

James M. Green of Independence was named to the dean’s list for the 2010 fall and 2011 winter

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Ryland Heights Elementary held a Vocabulary Parade for the first, second and fourth grades Friday, May 20. The vocabulary parade celebrated the end of a year-long focus on vocabulary, made possible by a Greater Cincinnati Education Foundation grant. Things get “ferocious” when fourth grader Ryan Ford prowls the halls. “It’s amazing how quickly their words because of part of their lexicon,” Meyer said. Improving the vocabulary of students was a goal for this school year, Principal Cathy Barwell said, because a large vocabulary

improves reading and writing skills. “We’re always trying to bump up reading scores,” she said. “Research tells us that the better use of vocabulary at home and at school results in reading comprehension improvement.”

COLLEGE GRADUATES quarters at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. To be named to the dean’s list, a student must earn a grade point average of 3.4 or higher.

National College dean’s list

The following local students were named to the dean’s list for the first or second winter term at National College in Florence: Kayla Dixon, Robert Gaines, Starlite Huneycutt, Luz King, Connie Kurtz, Pamela Leger, Michael Maley, Helen McGillicuddy, Ljiljana Rokvic and Stephen Sally. To be named to the dean’s list a student must achieve a minimum 3.5 grade point average.

The following are a list of names received the by The Kenton Community Recorder of college graduates from our coverage area. Names are listed according to college graduates are from and were given by the school. Congratulations to all graduates and good luck with future endeavors.

Justin Ingles

Justin D. Ingle of Covington received an associate in arts from

West Kentucky Community and Technical College on May 6.

Taryn Pence and Melissa Wills

Taryn Pence of Latonia and Melissa Wills of Independence graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Ind., on April 30. Pence received a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice. Wills received a bachelor of science in nursing.

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Work ethic diploma says grads have skills to succeed By Stephanie Salmons

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A number of high school seniors around the area have what they need to succeed – work ethic – and the diploma to prove it. According to information provided by Kelly Jones, workforce talent solutions coordinator with the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the chamber launched a regional work ethic diploma program in 2001. The concept was proposed by employers that felt students were not completing high shcool with the “soft skills” needed to be successful employees. The diploma was designed to supply local employers with skilled workers and produce an emerging workforce prepared to face the challenges of a global market place. A number of standards were developed to measure work ethic in students including attendance, absenteeism, tardiness, community service, discipline, GPA, organization, punctuality, respectfulness and team work. Nearly 10,000 students have earned the award to date and 28 high schools have implemented the program. 2011 recipients of the work ethic diploma include:

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Scott’s Manning heads to state tourney By James Weber jweber@nky.com

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Summer Manning of Scott hits a shot during the Ninth Region girls singles tournament in tennis May 16.

KENTON COUNTY – Her older sister Samantha just missed out twice, but Summer Manning will spend her spring at the state tennis tournament. The Scott High School tennis player qualified for the state tournament in girls singles, which will begin May 26 in Lexington. Manning lost a tough three-set match to Notre Dame’s Kelli Taylor in the Ninth Region semifinals. She is the first Scott state qualifier since Jillian Sturgeon a few years ago. Sturgeon is now playing for Northern Kentucky University. Summer was in her first season at first singles after playing No. 2 last year behind her sister. Simon Kenton’s top performer in the Ninth Region tournament was senior Garrett Daniels, who lost to Ryle’s Kento Okita in the boys singles quarterfinals. “Kento is very consistent. You have to hit clean winners against him all the time and that’s tough,” said SK head coach Sean Carrigan. Daniels recently signed with Centre College in NCAA Division III, a rarity for the Pioneer program. He is a National Honor Society member who plans to major

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Garrett Daniels of Simon Kenton hits a shot in the Ninth Region boys singles tournament in tennis May 18.

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Preston Kohls of Calvary Christian hits a shot during the Ninth Region boys singles tournament in tennis May 18. in chemistry. “For somebody from a county school to go on and play in college is something special,” Carrigan said. “He deserves it. It’s really about his work ethic, his determination and the number of hours he put in. It helps to have tough competition in Northern Kentucky, too.” Also for Simon Kenton, Tyler Smith was 8-8 at No. 2 singles this year and lost

in the first round of regionals to seventh seed Preston Kohls of Calvary. Ethan Hargett and Nick Kentrap lost in the second round of doubles, as did Tyler Stephens and Darrell Brown. Kentrap is the lone senior in that group. “They’re a great group of kids,” Carrigan said. “I had a lot of fun with them.” See more sports coverage at www.cincinnati.com/ blogs/presspreps.

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Jessica Tapp of Scott hits a shot during the Ninth Region girls doubles tournament in tennis May 16.

Red, blue Colonels claim titles By James Weber jweber@nky.com

KENTON COUNTY - Covington Catholic High School rolled to the victory in the Class 2A, Region 4 track and field championship at Harrison County May 21, scoring 145 points to 81 for Lexington Catholic. The Colonels won five events. Austin Hudepohl claimed the 300 hurdles, Will Torbeck the pole vault and Michael Bowdy the long jump. Bowdy and Hudepohl teamed with Connor Maschinot and Thomas Batts to win the 4x100 and CCH won the 4x800 with Matt Baker, Alex Flynn, Christian Greenwell and Sean Kreke. Dixie Heights won its first regional track championship since 1957, scoring 125 points to win the local Class 3A regional by 22 points over Ryle. Dixie had four regional champions and eight runner-up finishes. Logan Norris-Sayres won the 200 and was second in the 100. Michael Menkhaus won the 3,200. Trey Naber won the 300 hurdles. Naber, Nathan Meyer, Chris Sikra and Joey Caudill won the 4x200. Caudill was also runner-up in the 400. Matt Reekers had two runner-up finishes, and Dixie was runner-up in three relays. Sikra placed second in

the pole vault. Notre Dame was second in the girls Class 3A Region 5 meet. Katherine Koplyay won the 100 meters and was second in the 200. Mary List won the 1,600 and Leah Bramlage the pole vault. Katie Zembrodt was second in the long jump and 300 hurdles. Brenna Schutzman and Kate Hengelbrok had runner-up finishes, and NDA was also second in two relays. Beechwood’s Brianna McCarthy won the shot put and discus in 1A and will look to add to her state title collection this weekend. Cameron Vocke was also a double winner, claiming the long jump and triple jump for the Beechwood boys team. Beechwood was runner-up in five events, including Tony Thoerner in both throws. St. Henry finished second in both the boys and girls regional meets in Class 1A. In girls, Ashley Svec won the three longest races, the 800, 1,600 and 3,200. Abby Janszen won the 400 and Celia Eltzroth the triple jump. St. Henry won the 4x400 with Janszen, Sarah Wheeler, Taylor Connett and Taylor Gamm. Connett and Gamm also won the 4x800 with Alyssa

Whittle and Sydney Pitts. In boys, Craig Aldridge won the high jump and Zach Haacke the pole vault. St. Henry also won the 4x800 relay. Lloyd was second in the girls Class 2A Region 4 meet and seventh in boys. Jessica Crabtree was regional champion in the 100 hurdles and triple jump, and also ran on Lloyd's runnerup 4x100 relay. Torey Duncan was runner-up in the 1,600 and 3,200. Tyler Bray won two regional titles for the boys team, claiming the 110meter hurdles and high jump. Holmes' Jajuan Keith finished second in both the long and triple jump to automatically qualify for state. Simon Kenton won three titles in the Class 3A Region 5 meet. Sage Powell won the long jump and triple jump. Austin Baldwin won the discus. Both Pioneers automatically qualified for the state meet. Christina Cook was runner-up in the girls 400 to automatically qualify for state. Scott's Jacob Groeschen finished second to Baldwin by just one inch in the discus and will compete at state. In girls, the Eagles won three titles. Katie Bell won the long jump, Jenna Lehkamp the shot put and Brooke Kitinic the discus.

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Sage Powell of Simon Kenton wins the triple jump during the regional championship May 21.

Sportsman of Year voting under way Voting has begun for the thirdannual Community Press Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year online contest. The award – whose winners are determined online by newspaper readers – recognizes studentathletes of the highest caliber who show excellence in the classroom, community and in their sports. On the ballot for Kenton County are: Jonathan Danks, Lloyd; Cameron Haynes, Scott; Nick Jehn, Holy Cross; Bobby Leonard, Dixie Heights; Andrew Moran,

Calvary Christian; Stephen Schafer, Covington Catholic; Matt Trammel, Dixie Heights; Max Williamson, Covington Catholic Sportswomen – Brittney Brohier, Notre Dame Academy; Abby Janszen, St. Henry; Brianna McCarthy, Beechwood; Liz Niehaus, Calvary Christian; Lauren Tibbs, Scott; Lauren Vennefron, Villa Madonna; Sydni Wainscott, Simon Kenton; Ellen Williamson, Notre Dame Academy. You can reach the ballots by clicking on any of the links desig-

nated for each of the three counties in Northern Kentucky and 12 Ohio ballots attached to specific Community Press newspapers. Schools covered by that newspaper are listed below the newspaper name. These names were derived from about 250 nominations received online from the readership, coaches and athletic directors. Not all nominations were used. Some top-name athletes might not be on these ballots because they do not attend schools covered by the weekly

newspapers. Voting starts Friday, May 20, and runs until midnight Monday, June 6. Top vote-getter wins. Voters can cast up to 150 votes per day. The winners will be announced publicly online and in print June 22-23. Voters will need a cincinnati.com user account to cast a ballot. Sign up by using the link at the top, left-hand corner of cincinnati.com or the link attached to your desired ballot. Contact Jordan Kellogg at jkellogg@commu-

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Late-season streak buoys Simon Kenton not cracking, the Pioneers can make up for it with solid defense. The emphasis heading into the postseason is to focus on every pitch of every play. “We want to make sure we stay focused on the task at hand,” Morgan said. “We need to play good, sound defense with no mistakes.” The emergence of sophomore catcher Kayla Beetem gave a boost to the otherwise experienced team. Beetem performed at a high level in her first year of playing the demanding position at the varsity level. “Kayla took over a fulltime catcher and really did a great job,” Morgan said. Senior Theresa Large, junior Courtney Morgan, and sophomore Erica Lang performed as expected.

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Simon Kenton’s softball team has had an up and down 2011 season. The Pioneers hope that their late season hot streak carries over into the postseason. Simon Kenton finished the regular season 16-13, including 2-1 in the final week of the regular season. “I think we’re a little disappointed with the record,” head coach Jeff Morgan said. “We thought we had a 20-win team.” The Pioneers started the season hot, winning five of their first six games. The bats then went cold. Several postponed games did not help Simon Kenton’s hitters quickly regain their form. “At times, we were real

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Hadley Owens, 5, and Addison Deaton, 4, both of Taylor Mill, came out to Burlington to climb on the equipment provided by the Boone County Public Works Department in honor of Public Works Week May 21 in Burlington.

The Republican plan to address gas prices climb, this Administration’s latest tax hike proposal is a frantic attempt to distract us from what can only be described as their war on energy production and the jobs that come with it. Fortunately, Republicans have an alternative proposal that actually seeks to boost domestic energy production. It’s a real solution to the nation’s problem of high gas prices and not enough jobs, not a tax increase that would just make things worse. The Republican plan would return American offshore energy production to where it was before the Obama Administration clamped down on American energy. It would direct the federal government to continue with previously scheduled offshore lease sales in Virginia, Alaska and the Gulf. It would rip away the red tape that has hindered energy production by putting reasonable time limits on the review process for drilling permits. The Interior Department would have 30 days to review permit applications—to make a decision one way or the other—with two opportunities to extend that time period. The Republican plan would require the Interior Department to provide a reasonable rationale for rejecting a permit. It would provide for an expedited process to review questions about the process in court. This is a reasonable, common-sense plan that has been endorsed by job creators like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers. Addressing high gas prices, creating jobs, and lessening our dependence on foreign sources of oil are exactly what we should be working to accomplish in Washington. With $4-per-gallon gas, sky-high unemployment, and instability in the Middle East, it’s far past time for the Democrats in Washington to explain why they’re not interested.

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Record high gas prices are straining Kentuckians’ wallets, squeezing family budgets, and putting pressure on struggling businesses. Beyond the strain on the family budget, these high fuel costs pose a mortal threat to the economic rebound our country needs. High gas prices are a serious concern—and Kentuckians want solutions. Unfortunately, the answers coming from the Obama Administration and liberal Democrats in Washington are not serious. Their latest proposal is to raise taxes on American energy production. If you’re curious how that could possibly lower prices at the pump, you’ve got reason for suspicion. Even they admit it won’t. Here is what Democrat Finance Committee Chairman Senator Max Baucus had to say about their plan: “This is not going to change the price at the gasoline pump.” Democrat Senator Mary Landrieu added, “It will not reduce gasoline prices by one penny.” So their plan to raise taxes by $21 billion over 10 years on energy producers won’t do anything about the pain at the pump, but it will outsource energy jobs and make America more dependent on foreign oil. That’s not only my view; it’s also the view of the non-partisan Congressional Research Service, which concluded that the Democrats’ proposal would “likely increase foreign dependence.” So what are they doing about gas prices again? President Obama and Washington Democrats’ record couldn’t be clearer. Over the last two years, the president’s administration has delayed, revoked, suspended, or canceled many energy development opportunities, hindering not only greater energy production but also the much-needed jobs that would come with it. They’ve canceled dozens of leases, imposed a moratorium on energy exploration off the Gulf Coast, raised permit fees, or held up permits altogether in Alaska, the Rocky Mountain West, and offshore. As gas prices continue to

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Travel around the world I’m Sheryl Ruberg-Epping, also known as “Mom” to six kids ages 6 through 19-years-old. From this past September to April, we have travelled across the United States, something I’ve always dreamed of but never fathomed possible. Yes, it was exciting to realize a dream. Our journey began as we drove with Miss Alice Ramsey, the first woman to make a cross country journey from New York to San Francisco. We then brought fruit trees across the Plains with apples to Oregon. Upon meeting John Stetson, we were able to meet up with a local hat maker in downtown Cincinnati. My kids were thrilled to meet Lightning Larry who brought love to the Wild West with lightning bolts of love. They also shared Rudy Soto’s struggle. He was a Native American child who had to decide to set free the hawk that he had cared for. All of us grew to love Miss Tizzy, an elderly neighborhood woman who showed us how to truly love from the heart no matter what a person’s cultural background. Then we spent time in Washington D.C. with a new friend

named Sassy, as she tried out for the summer dance festival. Creativity and imagination helped us persevere as we rode a stagecoach Sheryl from Missouri to Ruberg- California with Epping Amanda and her family. Community While in CaliforRecorder nia, Maybelle, guest the Cable Car columnist showed us how a positive attitude could keep things afloat in San Francisco. All the time we never realized that we had lived so close to where Captain Martin Van Buren Bates and his wife lived in Seville, Ohio. He’s recorded as the tallest man in the world at 7 feet11 inches! Then there was our visit to Detroit where we met Frankie, whose family never hesitated to share what they had with any passing hoboes – even Frankie’s favorite sweater. Phew, yes, this year has been action packed and the most won-

derful year to say the least. However, my husband didn’t even blink an eye when I told him of our travel plans since it didn’t involve the high prices of gasoline. You see, all this was made possible by our use of the Kenton County Public Library and the other Northern Kentucky Libraries. We never left home. We journeyed through the stories we read and the pictures we saw. We tracked our path on a large map, wrote stories and poems, drew state seals and more. The Library is one of the most wonderful, affordable treasures available to everyone. Whether we’re stopping by to pick up or return books, videos and CD’s, use the computers or attend the awesome programs, my kids are always anxious to make the trip. It sometimes feels like our home away from home. We want to make the invitation to you: You’re welcome to join us and make it yours too! Who knows where we’ll journey next. I want to give my heartfelt thanks to all those who make such a place so special. Sheryl Ruberg-Epping is a Kenton County Public library patron and local resident.

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THANKS TO LINDSAY ORANGE

Arnett Elementary at the Capitol

A group of students from Arnett Elementary School in Erlanger took a tour of the State Capitol in Frankfort. Students received souvenir packets on behalf of State Representative Adam Koenig, R-Erlanger.

What makes the perfect candidate for public office? As we enter the post primary political season, I thought I’d share with you my characteristics of a perfect candidate. 100 percent Commitment to the Race – A candidate must decide they are all in. If not, everyone connected to the campaign will be disappointed. Look Like What They Are Running For – A candidate should look like what they are running for. By the way, statistics show taller candidates have an advantage and it’s tough for a bald man to be elected. Be Able to Raise Money – There are exceptions in this internet age to the money issue, but we are speaking of the perfect candidate. You have to be able to raise the money from supporters. Voters are always leery of self financed campaigns. Right on the Issues –Whatever the issues are, a candidate needs to be on the right side of them. Trust – It matters. When I ran political campaigns, polling always revealed trust as the number one issue. Character – The brother of trust is character. If a candidate has few blemishes in their personal life, they will gain more trust. Timing – Right candidate. Right race. Right

Eric Deters Community Recorder guest columnist

time. Right cause. Speaking Ability – We live in a mass communication age. It’s a required trait of an office seeker to be able to speak extemporaneously to a crowd and do it well. Courage – Every day of the campaign, a candidate needs courage to take a stand and make tough choices. Family Suppor t– Can any of us function at work or home if our family, our spouse, or our children are in a

state of disarray? Good People Around You – Every good candidate has loyal, honest, hardworking soldiers around them. Leadership Traits – Think of every trait which makes a leader. Our perfect candidate has them. Motivates. Leads by example. Hard Work – A candidate has to outwork his opponent and never take anything for granted. Sense of Humor – People like to laugh. Can-

didates who take themselves too serious turn off voters. Self deprecating humor is powerful. Good Health – We don’t want our perfect candidate breaking down along the campaign trial. Brains – Our perfect candidate is going to have a well rounded intellect. Common Sense – No matter how intelligent someone is, our perfect candidate needs practical common sense to solve problems. Record – We don’t need a public service record or any record which can be used against our perfect candidate. It also helps if the candidate background reflects worthy accomplishments.

When you evaluate a candidate, you should measure them against these attributes, and others, as you access both their ability to win and their ability to do the job. I’m confident I left a few out. Eric Deters is an attorney with offices in Independence who grew up in the area.

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Erlanger resident Danielle Blakeney, 20, will compete in the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece this summer. She also will light the ceremonial toch for the 2011 Special Olympics Kentucky State Games in early June.

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BodyShape Fitness in Independence now hosts free fitness classes every Tuesday and Wednesday. BodyShape General Manager Allen Dunaway says the boot camp will be a chance for people to get a taste of what fitness at BodyShape would be like.

BodyShape offers free boot camp

By Regan Coomer rcoomer@nky.com

INDEPENDENCE - Boot camps aren’t just for the military. BodyShape Fitness, located at 6424 Taylor Mill Road in Independence, recently started a Wednesday boot camp class featuring the teachings of Nigel Price, former strength coach for the Cincinnati Reds. The class will teach correct exercise techniques and will be different each week, said Allen Dunaway, general manager of BodyShape Fitness. The first class is free. Visitors pay $15 each for each class after or $75 a month to attend unlimited classes. Fitness enthusiasts can also try out a taekwondo or kickboxing class with personal trainer Rachel Grebe every Tuesday, Dunaway said. “If they start seeing results and they like what they see, they’ll want to come back for more,” Dunaway said. The full-service gym, which will celebrate its fifth anniversary this summer, has a “small town” atmosphere, Dunaway said. “We’re family oriented. People come in and we know their names,” he said. “We see you every day and

we want to make sure you’re accomplishing your fitness goal.” Gym membership starts at $24.99 monthly and includes free parking, day care, towel service, lockers and wifi, Dunaway said. Every person who joins gets a free session with a trainer, a fitness evaluation and nutrition plan. People can also take advantage of the gym’s 10day trial pass. “If someone were to use the free class, they could get a 10-day pass at the front door and that would be enough time to see if they can get what they came for here,” he said. For more information about the boot camp or BodyShape Fitness, call 363-8900 or visit the gym’s facebook page at http:// tinyurl.com/3t4ql7c. BodyShape Fitness is located across from the Cherokee Plaza behind Vivid Tan and is open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. For more Independence news visit nky.com/independence If you would like to nominate a Kenton County small business for a spotlight in this spot email editor Brian Mains at bmains@nky.com

Olympiads prepare for Greece

By Jason Brubaker jbrubaker@nky.com

ERLANGER - Danielle Blakeney is less than two weeks from the start of one of the busiest summers she’s ever had. And she wouldn’t have it any other way. Blakeney, a rhythmic gymnast who lives in Erlanger, is headed to Eastern Kentucky University from June 3-5 for the 2011 Special Olympic State Summer Games. As the 2010 Special Olympics Kentucky Co-Athlete of the Year, Blakeney, 20, is being given the honor of lighting the opening torch for the games. “I just hope I don’t set my hair on fire,” she said with a smile. But while competing at the state games would be enough for some, Blakeney won’t be done yet. Less than two weeks after the state games, Blakeney will join the rest of Team USA at the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece. Among her teammates is Union resident Josh Alexander, who will be competing in bowling. “I’m really excited,” said Blakeney, a Boone County High School grad who has lived in Northern Kentucky her entire life. “I like performing in front of people and competing. I’m a tiny bit nervous, but I’m more excited.” Blakeney’s journey to the world games started at age 11, when she was leaving a regular gymnastic les-

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Danielle Blakeney shows off some her medals and awards at her Erlanger house. Blakeney has been competing in rhythmic gymnastics since she was 11.

son and caught a glimpse of a rhythmic gymnast getting ready to perform. “Her eyes lit up when she saw that sparkling uniform and she turned to me and said ‘I want to do that’,” recalled her mom, Colleen. “So we got into it, and she’s been going strong ever since. She loves it.” Blakeney’s passion for the sport is evident through her work ethic. She trains every day for around three

hours, using free gym time given to her by Mary Jo Menning of MJM Studios in Florence. She trains with Liliya Khasin, who was trained in the former Soviet Union. Team USA Coach Mary Fehrenbach also lives in Kentucky. In December, Blakeney also received the Empowerment Award from the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati, and recently finished competition in the first-ever Special Olympics North America Championships, winning five gold medals. She also took home four gold medals from the 2010 USA National Games, and even received a Shining Star Award from the state of Kentucky in 2010 for being an athlete and honor student. “I never imagined she’d get to have all this opportunities through this,” said Colleen. “We always thought it would be cool, but then it started happening and it was just amazing. She’s had some terrific experiences.” For her part, Blakeney manages to stay focused and grounded as she takes it all in. In fact, her trip to Greece is only the second leg of her journey this summer, as she’ll head to Switzerland after that for the 2011 World Gymnaestrada, the largest gymnastic exhibition in the world. It is held every four years, and focuses more on performances than medal-winning. “I just want to do the best I can and have fun,” she said. “I get to meet new friends and perform in front of a lot of people. It’s fun for me.”

Author Capek to sign at Joseph-Beth on June 9 At 7 p.m., Thursday, June 9 Northern Kentucky author Michael Capek will be at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Rookwood Commons, Cincinnati to discuss and sign copies of his new book, “The Steamboat Shuffle, ” a historical novel for middle grade readers. The novel tells the story of eleven year-old Jovie Bibbs, a boy with big problems. Ever since his father went missing in World War I, he and his mother have lived hand-to-mouth in the seedy attic room of a Mt. Adams boarding house. Now Mrs. Bibbs is ill and can no

longer work. Unless Jovie can find a way to convince the Army to declare his father officially dead and release his back pay, he'll have to go to an orphanage. Either that or live on the streets like his pal Tuggs, a jive-talking newsie with troubles of his own. But Jovie has a plan that could solve everything – meet President Warren Harding and his wife, Florence, when they come to town and ask for their help. His quest sends him on an Ohio River adventure towards an outcome even Jovie's vivid imagination could not have dreamed up.

Michael Capek is a life-long resident of Kenton County. He taught language arts for 27 years at WaltonVerona High School. His published works include dozens of stories and articles in popular children's magazines, a wide range of classroom and education materials, 10 nonfiction books for young readers, and two adult local histories. “The Steamboat Shuffle” is Michael's first published novel. Copies of “The Steamboat Shuffle” are available from Amazon.com or wherever books are sold. Visit www.orangefrazer.com for more information.

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THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD F R I D A Y, M A Y 2 7

ART CENTERS & ART MUSEUMS

A Closer Look, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., Features Kaleidoscopes of the 21st Century, international exhibition produced by the Brewster Kaleidoscope Society of Artists. Show demonstrates evolution of kaleidoscopes into a sculptural art form. More than 100 interactive kaleidoscopes. Free. 859-957-1940; www.thecarnegie.com. Covington.

FOOD & DRINK

Wine Tasting, 4-8 p.m., Cork ‘n Bottle Covington, 501 Crescent Ave., Free. 859-2618333; www.corknbottle.com. Covington. Wine Tasting, 4-8 p.m., D.E.P.’s Fine Wine & Spirits Covington, 670 W. Third St., Free. 859-291-2550; www.depsfinewine.com. Covington. Wine Tasting, 4-8 p.m., D.E.P.’s Fine Wine & Spirits Fort Thomas, 90 W. Alexandria Pike, Free. 859781-8105; www.depsfinewine.com. Fort Thomas. Wine Tasting, 6-9 p.m., StoneBrook Winery, 6570 Vineyard Lane, Stonebrook is on the Northern Kentucky Back Roads Wine Trail. Pick up a passport at one of the five wineries and get it validated at each winery for a gift. Information and list of participating wineries at website. Five for $5. 859-635-0111; www.stonebrookwinery.com. Camp Springs. Wine Tasting, 4-8 p.m., The Liquor Cabinet, 1990 North Bend Road, Free. 859-5869270. Hebron. Wine Tasting, 5-9 p.m., Camp Springs Vineyard, 6685 Four Mile Road, $1. 859-4480253. Camp Springs.

HEALTH / WELLNESS

Health Screenings, 9 a.m.-noon, Homan Chiropractic Newport, 52 Carothers Road, Brief health questionnaire, blood pressure, height, weight, pulse and spinal/postural evaluation. Free. 859-291-2225. Newport.

KARAOKE & OPEN MIC

Karaoke Night, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Bar Monet, 837 Willard St., With Chill Will, also known as DJ Love MD. No cover. 859-491-2403. Covington/Mainstrasse. Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Ralph Fulton VFW Post 6423, 4435 Dixie Highway, With Jay. 859866-6810. Elsmere.

MUSIC - CONCERTS

David Allan Coe, 9 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., With Dallas Moore. Doors open 8 p.m. Tickets for April 8 will be honored. Performing his top original hits. $20. 859-491-2444. Covington.

MUSIC - JAZZ

New Sleepcat Band, 7:30 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., Directed by Bill Gemmer and features John Von Ohlen. 859-2612365; www.deefelice.com. Covington.

MUSIC - ROCK

Norma Jean, 6 p.m., Mad Hatter, 620 Scott St., With After the Burial, Motionless In White, For the Fallen Dreams and Stray From the Path. Explosions II Part Deux Tour. $17, $15 advance. 859-291-2233; www.cincyticket.com. Covington. The Why Store, 8 p.m., Radiodown, 620 Scott Blvd., $12 advance. 859-291-2233; www.cincyticket.com. Covington.

ON STAGE - COMEDY

Dan Cummins, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, $17. Ages 18 and up. 859-957-2000; www.funnyboneonthelevee.com. Newport.

ON STAGE - THEATER

Showtune, 8 p.m., Stained Glass Theatre, 802 York St., Musical revue celebrates words and music of Jerry Herman, composer and lyricist for Broadway shows. $20. Presented by Footlighters Inc. Through May 28. 513-4748711; www.footlighters.org. Newport. Best of the Best, 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Shadowbox Cabaret, Newport on the Levee, Most popular-by-demand sketches and songs. Food and drink available. $20-$30. Through July 9. 859-957-7625; www.shadowboxcabaret.com. Newport.

PUBLIC HOURS

Road Trip to Senior PGA Championship, 8 a.m., Golf Courses of Kenton County, 3908 Richardson Road, Fee includes gate entry and round-trip Executive Coach transportation to Valhalla Golf Club. $49. Registration required. 859-371-3200; www.kentoncounty.org/county_departments/parks_/golf_ courses/index.html. Independence.

SENIOR CITIZENS

In a League of Our Own: Play Ball! Knothole Baseball in Northern Kentucky, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Included with admission: $7, $6 seniors, $4 children; free for members. 859-491-4003; www.bcmuseum.org. Covington.

Tai Chi, 9 a.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Free. Presented by Senior Services of Northern Kentucky. 859-485-7611; www.seniorservicesnky.org/. Walton. Euchre Tournaments, 12:30 p.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Arrive early. All money goes back to participant winners. $3 cover charge, ten cents every euchre. Presented by Senior Services of Northern Kentucky. 859-4857611; www.seniorservicesnky.org. Walton.

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MUSEUMS

Holly Spears, 6-10 p.m., Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Free. 859-291-0550; www.newportonthelevee.com. Newport.

MUSIC - BLUES

Chuck Brisbin & the Tuna Project, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., The Reef, 1301 Fourth Ave., Free. 859-261-8801. Dayton.

MUSIC - CLASSIC ROCK

The Rusty Griswolds, 10 p.m., Jefferson Hall, 1 Levee Way, Suite 2118, 859-491-6200. Newport.

For more about Greater Cincinnati’s dining, music, events, movies and more, go to Metromix.com.

Burlington Spring Horse Show, 7-11 p.m., Boone County Fairgrounds, 5819 Idlewild Road, Horse show, vendors, activities, concessions and more. Benefits BAWAC Community Rehabilitation Center. $4; free for ages 9 and under. 859-371-4410; www.bawac.org. Burlington.

Basketball Summer Camp Sign-ups, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, 10094 Investment/Demia Way, Camp features former UK basketball stars Troy McKinley, Dickey Beal, Cedric Jenkins, Kyle Macy, Jack Givens, Leroy Byrd, Roger Harden and Tom Heitz. Grades 1-12. Camp held June 13-17. $175. Registration required. Presented by Sports of All Sorts Youth Association. 859-372-7754. Union. Summer Slam Sports Day Camp Sign-ups, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, 10094 Investment/Demia Way, Camp designed to provide top-shelf recreational experience and safe and growing social experience. Family friendly. $125. Registration required. Presented by Sports of All Sorts Youth Association. 859-372-7754. Union. Coach Ken Shields Summer Camp Signups, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, 10094 Investment/Demia Way, Camp led by former NKU head coach. Camp held July 25-28. $125. Registration required. Presented by Sports of All Sorts Youth Association. 859-372-7754. Union. Sports of All Sorts Basketball Camp SignUps, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, 10094 Investment/Demia Way, Camps to be held June 27-30 and July 6-9. Fundamental camps open to any boy or girl going into grades 1-9 of next school year and will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. $100. Registration required. Presented by Sports of All Sorts Youth Association. 859-372-7754; www.sportsofallsortsky.com. Union. S A T U R D A Y, M A Y 2 8

AUDITIONS

Nocturnals and Devil’s Point, 10:30 a.m.5:30 p.m., Erlanger Branch Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Male and female, ages 18 and up for various roles in two horror movies. Also, crew positions including special FX, VFX, makeup, art design and more. Sides available to read from. Bring head shot and/or resume. Pay is deferred; copy, credit and food provided. Each film shot in HD for approximately two months. “Nocturnals” begins in July. “Devil’s Point” begins in September. Appointment required by email: sovereign@yahoo. com. Through June 4. 513-967-9623; http://tinyurl.com/3ausr4w. Erlanger.

COOKING CLASSES

Cork and Fork Cooking Classes, 2-3 p.m., Argentine Bean Bistro and Wine Bar, 2875 Town Center Blvd.,With Chef Greg. Family friendly. $35. 859-426-1042. Crestview Hills.

EDUCATION

Ladies Lessons and Lunch Saturdays, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-3:30 p.m., Golf Courses of Kenton County, 3908 Richardson Road, Fairway woods/course management. Golf clinics taught by PGA professionals covering the key fundamentals of the game. $25 for one and a half hours of instruction and lunch. Registration required. 859-3713200; email jason.laible@kentoncournty.org; www.kentoncounty.org/county_departments/parks_/golf_courses/index.html. Independence.

EXERCISE CLASSES

Zumba Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Step-N-Out Studio, 721 Madison Road, Latin dance fitness party. First class free. Packages available. Family friendly. $35 per month unlimited classes; $10 drop in fee, or $5 per class punch cards available for purchase. 859291-2300. Covington.

HISTORIC SITES

Florence Freedom Baseball, 7:05 p.m. vs. River City Rascals., Champion Window Field, 7950 Freedom Way, Fireworks Friday. $12 VIP, $10 reserved, $7 lawn. Through Sept. 1. 859-594-4487; www.florencefreedom.com. Florence.

Dinsmore Homestead, 1-5 p.m., Dinsmore Homestead, 5656 Burlington Pike, 1842 farmhouse and furnishings of the Dinsmore family. Tours begin on the hour; the last tour begins at 4 p.m. Includes gift shop. $5, $3 ages 60 and up, $2 ages 7-17, members and ages 6 and under free. 859-586-6117; www.dinsmorefarm.org. Burlington.

SPORTS-REGISTRATIONS & TRYOUTS

MUSIC - CONCERTS

SPORTS

Women’s Basketball Leagues, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, 10094 Investment/Demia Way, Games start June 24. Deposit of $100 required at time of registration with balance due day of first game. Family friendly. $475 per team. 859-3727754. Union.

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Cities across Kenton County will be hosting parades to honor veterans on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30. The Erlanger/Elsmere Memorial Day Parade will be 9 a.m. at the Ralph Fulton VFW Post No. 6423 in Elsmere and will make a stop at the Vietnam and Korean Wall Memorial on Dixie Highway before ending at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary will have a wreath ceremony to honor all veterans. Independence’s parade will be 10:30 a.m. and go from Memorial Park to the Kenton County Courthouse. The Park Hills Memorial Day Parade will be 11:30 a.m. starting at Notre Dame Academy and ending on Park Drive. A flag raising ceremony will follow at Trolley Park. Pictured are Girl Scouts Katie Warner of Independence and Isabella Baker of Walton from troop 1333 in last year’s Erlanger Memorial Day Parade.

Pulse8 CD Release Show, 9 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Doors open at 8 p.m. With the Earth Laid Bare, Beyond the Divide and Black Tractor. Each paid admission will receive a copy of new 10 song CD. $10. 859-491-2444; www.madisontheateronline.com. Covington.

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ON STAGE - COMEDY

Dan Cummins, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, $17. Ages 21 and up. 859-957-2000; www.funnyboneonthelevee.com. Newport. Live Bait Comedy, 9 p.m., Strikers Grill & Bar, 7704 Dixie Hwy., Comics performing are Ray Price, Jack Wilson, Ranaan Hershberg and John Mayhugh.With Phil Castellano and DJ Timmy G. No cover. 859-363-9848. Florence.

RECREATION

RGI River Run, 9-11 a.m., Purple People Bridge, Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati; Third Street, Newport, Race day registration begins at 8 a.m. 5K run/walk appeals to top runners, recreational athletes and families; includes parent/child team division. Includes Special K for children with disabilities and Children’s Fun Run. Performance by NKY’s Doghouse. Benefits Kicks for Kids. $15, $10 ages 7-17, free ages 6 and under. Registration required. Presented by Kicks for Kids. 859-331-8484; www.kicksforkids.org. Newport. Just for Fun Dog Show, 11:30 a.m., Boone County Fairgrounds, 5819 Idlewild Road, Registration, 11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. Judging at 1 p.m. Door prizes. Competition classes include best groomed, best dressed, cutest, ugliest, best trick and others, $5 entry fee per class. No pedigree required. Awards. Benefits Bawac Rehabilitation Center. Registration required for participants. Presented by Bawac Rehabilitation Center. 859-371-4410; www.bawac.org. Burlington. Benefit Poker Run, 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m., Buffalo Wings & Rings, 2440 High St., Continental breakfast at 10 a.m. Ride starts at 11 a.m. Includes T-shirt, free wings and Saratoga chips after run. Split-the-pot and music. Benefits Maria Schaffstein Scholarship Fund and Jessica Russo Recovery Fund. $50 sponsors. $25 couple, $15 single. Presented by Buffalo Wings & Rings Crescent Springs. 859-816-7756. Crescent Springs.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Burlington Spring Horse Show, 9 a.m., Boone County Fairgrounds, Championships begin 7 p.m. $4; free for ages 9 and under. 859-3714410; www.bawac.org. Burlington. Bowling For A Cause Day Party, 4-8 p.m., Star Lanes on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Food and drink specials, music and free bowling. Part of the Dream Is Real Weekend. Benefits: National Multiple Sclerosis Society of Cincinnati, Operation Step Up and Barbara Howard Reece Fund. Ages 21 and up. $10; plus applicable fees. Presented by Operation Step Up Inc. 859-652-7250. Newport.

SPORTS

Florence Freedom Baseball, 6:05 p.m. vs. River City Rascals., Champion Window Field, Kids Club. Family Sunday includes Honey Hill Farm petting zoo and Liberty’s Newport Aquarium Kids Club-all children may join via website. $12 VIP, $10 reserved, $7 lawn. 859-594-4487; www.florencefreedom.com. Florence. M O N D A Y, M A Y 3 0

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Memorial Day Parade, 9 a.m., Ralph Fulton VFW Post 6423, 4435 Dixie Highway, Participants gather in post parking lot 8 a.m. Small service for fallen commands from Korean War and Vietnam war given at intersection of Dixie Highway and Stevenson Road at Vietnam/Korean Memorials. Parade ends at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Free. 859-816-7423. Elsmere. Veterans Honored at Creation Museum, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Free admission to veterans. A state-of-the-art 60,000-square foot museum of the Bible. $21.95 ages 1359, $16.95 ages 60 and up, $11.95 ages 5-12; $7 planetarium. 888-582-4253; www.creationmuseum.org. Petersburg. Memorial Day Parade and Program, 10 a.m., Boone County High School, 7056 Burlington Pike, Parade begins ant school and goes down Burlington Pike/KY 18 onto Ewing Boulevard to the Boone County Veterans Memorial. Program will begin at 11 a.m. Free. Presented by City of Florence. 859282-5655; www.florence-ky.gov. Florence. Camp Springs Memorial Day Service, 11:30 a.m., Camp Springs Firehouse, 6844 Four Mile Road, After parade a presentation of the Citizen of the Year and Grade School Essay Awards. Community reception follows at noon. Free. Presented by Simon Gosney of American Legion Post 219. 859-635-9255. Camp Springs. Camp Springs Memorial Day Parade, 10:30 a.m., St. John’s Lutheran Church Camp Springs, 5977 Lower Tug Fork Road, Parade participants assemble at 10 a.m. Free. Presented by Simon Gosney of American Legion Post 219. 859-635-5013. Campbell County.

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COMMUNITY DANCE Line Dancing, 7-9 p.m., Lookout Heights Civic Club, 1661 Park Road, Holly and Bernie Ruschman, instructors. Beginners welcome. Family friendly. $6, $3 for first-timers. Presented by H & B Dance Co. 859-727-0904. Fort Wright. SENIOR CITIZENS

Bingo, 12:20 p.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., All collected money goes to the winning players. $1 for two cards. Presented by Senior Services of Northern Kentucky. 859-485-7611. Walton. W E D N E S D A Y, J U N E 1

CIVIC Kenton County Conservation District Board Meeting, 5-6:30 p.m., Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission, 2332 Royal Drive, Commission Chambers. Board of supervisors monthly meeting. Free. Presented by Kenton County Conservation District. 859-586-7903. Fort Mitchell. NATURE

Wild Wednesday: Wildlife from the Cincinnati Zoo, 10 a.m., Middleton-Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Shelterhouse 2. Pre-Program at 9:30 a.m.: Julia Schenk and Whitney Rich for Cincinnati Children’s Outpatient Northern Kentucky. Rain or shine. Free, donations of nonperishable food and personal care items accepted. Presented by Kenton County Parks and Recreation. 859-5257529; www.kentoncounty.org. Independence. T H U R S D A Y, J U N E 2

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. Through Dec. 29. 513-2909022. Covington. ON STAGE - COMEDY

Kyle Dunnigan, 8 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, $15. Ages 18 and up. Comedian and actor. 859-9572000; www.funnyboneonthelevee.com. Newport.

RECREATION

Women’s Bridge, 10:30 a.m., Covington Art Club, 604 Greenup St., Kate Scudder House. Bring lunch; drinks provided. $2. Through Aug. 16. 859-431-2543. Covington.

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Florence Freedom Baseball, 6:05 p.m. vs. River City Rascals., Champion Window Field, Rockin’ Saturday. Post-game concert by Sonny Moorman Group. $12 VIP, $10 reserved, $7 lawn. 859-594-4487; www.florencefreedom.com. Florence. S U N D A Y, M A Y 2 9

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Taste of Cincinnati returns for Memorial Day weekend, with food and music for the 32nd annual edition. Hours are noon to midnight Saturday and Sunday, May 28-29; and noon to 9 p.m. Monday, May 30, over six blocks of Fifth Street, from Race Street to Broadway, downtown. Some of the 45 participating restaurants include Bella Luna, City BBQ and Habanero Latin America. Each won Best of Taste awards this year. There are more than 60 musical acts, stand-up comedians and “Dancing with the Stars’” Mark Ballas will perform on the Metromix stage at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Visit www.tasteofcincinnati.com. Pictured is a booth from last year’s festival.

Mommy & Me Time, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Star Lanes on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Unlimited bowling, shoe rental and soft drinks. Includes cheese pizza, popcorn and cartoons on endof-lane screens. Reservations available in two-hour increments. $15 per child with same day purchase, $10 advance. Through Dec. 18. 859-625-7250; www.starlaneslevee.com. Newport.

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The Cincinnati May Festival continues with its last weekend of choral concerts Friday and Saturday, May 27-28, at Music Hall. Concerts begin at 8 p.m., with a pre-concert recital at 7 p.m. each night. The May Festival Chorus is joined by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and performs Hadyn, May 27; and Mendelssohn, May 28. Tickets are $19-$105. Pre-concert dinners are available at Corbett Tower for $34. Visit www.mayfestival.com or call 513-381-3300.


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When a civilization loses its civility show one another risIt’s obvious that the ing or declining? Are noun civility, and the verb we becoming better to civilize, come from the educated, courteous same root word. and less brutish? The dictionary says that To answer these to civilize means “to bring questions, consider the out of a savage, uneducated behaviors we tolerate or rude state and elevate in in the workplace, in social and private life; Father Lou public, on television, in enlighten; refine.” Guntzelman entertainment, in our A nation can be called a on the Intercivilization when they have Perspectives schools, net, while driving, etc. reached a high level of culEveryone of us can ture, science, industry and government, as well as when the compile our own list of observacitizens demonstrate courtesy, tions and experiences: constant politeness and good breeding – adolescent sitcom titillations, crude political barbs, violence, which is the meaning of civility. So, after acknowledging the partial-birth abortions, greed, verabove, let’s observe our society bal and sexual abuse, increased drug use, dehumanizing pornogand ask some questions. As a country, are we still man- raphy, preying on the very young, ifesting the characteristics that road rage, admiration for dysfuncindicate a nation becoming ever tional celebrities, etc. It’s tragically comical that more civilized? Is the civility we

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we’ve run out of curse words. The profanities of old have become so overused that all we have left in our barrel of crudities is the fword. So we just use it over and over and over. Civility is dying. Who holds a door open for another? Who gets up and gives a seat to an older person? Who refrains from using harsh or hurtful language? If civility is dying that means civilization is as well. We are going downhill, regressing to the savage aggressiveness of the more primitive person. It’s no surprise that an increasing number of young men thrill at watching two men in a cage permitted to kick, punch and assault each other viciously. We euphemistically call it “extreme sport.” Sport? A civilized society’s first

line of defense is not more policemen and more laws. What is more powerful is when desirable behaviors are entrenched in a civilization’s traditions, moral values and selfrespect. When these elements are taught and practiced, they modify the brutish tendencies that lurk in the shadow-part of human nature. The collective power and lived examples of a civilized society says to others who contemplate following such tendencies, “If you’re going to live here, that’s not done among us.” The respected historian Arnold Toynbee noted in his studies that of all the previous civilizations that have ever existed, most of them waned or fell not because of conquest from without, but from a disintegration from within. A healthy civilization is the

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It’s tragically comical that we’ve run out of curse words. The profanities of old have become so overused that all we have left in our barrel of crudities is the f-word. opposite of a mob. Mob psychology is characterized by a lack of consciousness that leaves its members unaware of themselves and what they’re really doing. A true civilization is marked by an increase in consciousness that makes them aware of their actions and the results. Mobs are frightening, violent and uncivil. A genuine civilization is mostly peaceful, a much safer place, and profoundly civil. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@community press.com or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

When you call Beware of repair scams during cleanup a locksmith are they really local? what I learned he s a i d , “When I looked it up on the computer it said Howard Ain they’re out of Batavia, Hey Howard! Ohio. It’s got an address. But, they’re really out of New York? That’s great. I did not know that.” The Better Business Bureau confirms the mail it sent to that Main Street address was returned as undeliverable. The company tells me it can’t comment on this complaint because the Better Business Bureau is investigating. Two years ago several people were indicted in a nationwide scheme to overcharge for locksmith services, so this type of thing is not new. Therefore, you need to protect yourself by finding a truly local locksmith now. Then, if you have an emergency, you’ll know whom to call. 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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If you get locked out of your house or car and need to hire a locksmith right away, do you know whom to call? Many people will look for a company on the Internet and others will call information on the phone. But, if you’re not careful, the firm you think you’re hiring may not be local – and may not be on the up and up. Kallen Kenneda of Eastgate said his cousin was staying at his house in April and got locked out. Kenneda was out of town so couldn’t help him, but he did check the Internet for what he thought was a local locksmith. Kenneda called the firm and said, “I gave her my address, my phone number, all this stuff. I told her, ‘All the technician’s got to do is come out and pick the little lock – pick the bottom lock. It’ll take five minutes probably.’ She said. ‘OK, it’s going to be $29.95 plus labor, plus parts.’ ” The company, Fast Batavia Locksmith, sent someone right over, but failed to call Kenneda again with the estimate before doing any work. “They were supposed to call me for everything and, obviously, if I didn’t agree with the price I would have just told him to leave. I would have had somebody else come over. It would have been cheaper to get a hammer and knock the lock off and I would have replaced the lock for $30,” Kenneda said. Instead, the locksmith demanded the cousin pay him $160 dollars cash for the opening the door. “For 10 minutes worth of work it costs $160. It’s a joke,” said Kenneda. He said when he heard about the amount later he immediately called the company but got nowhere and thought about going over to the firm’s Main Street location. He didn’t go, but I did and found there is no 111 East Main St. in Batavia, which is supposedly the home of Fast Batavia Locksmith. I called the company and learned it’s really located – not in Batavia, Ohio – but in New York. When I told Kenneda

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Corn bread, iced tea a hit no matter the occasion A couple of days of sunny weather and now we’re back to rain and cool temperatures. One good thing, though. The gardens are full of happy worms, and that makes for healthy veggies and herbs along with easy pickings for the birds. And I’m looking forward to Memorial Day, which is official start of the outdoor party season. And I know lots of you are celebrating graduations so I’m sharing some favorite recipes for those occasions.

Corn bread salad for Memorial Day

Every year I get requests for this recipe always around Memorial Day. I change it up ever year, and this year I’m adding more bacon and a bit more oregano and cheese. I know, it’s not low-fat or low anything, but a real treat to have occasionally. Don’t be put off by the long list of ingredients. It’s easy to make. Feel free to substitute

lower fat ingredients if you want. My editor Lisa suggested p l a i n G r e e k yogurt Rita instead of Heikenfeld s o u r Rita’s kitchen c r e a m . Make sure it’s Greek and not the sweetened type. 1 pkg. (81⠄2 oz.) corn bread/muffin mix 1 can (4 oz.) chopped green chilies, undrained or 12 jalapeùos, chopped 1 teaspoon cumin 3 ⠄4 teaspoon oregano 1 cup each mayonnaise and sour cream 1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix 2 cans (15 oz. each) Great Northern beans, drained 2 cans (15 oz. each) whole kernel corn, drained or equivalent frozen corn, thawed 4 good sized tomatoes,

chopped 1 bell pepper, chopped 1 bunch green onions, chopped 1 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled 4 cups shredded cheddar Prepare corn bread according to package directions but stir in chilies, cumin, oregano. Pour into sprayed 8-inch pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes. Cool. Combine mayonnaise, sour cream and dressing mix; set aside. Crumble half the cornbread into a 13-by-9 pan. Layer with half of the rest of the ingredients and repeat layers, ending with cheese. Cover and refrigerate for two hours or more. Serves 10 to 12.

Rachel Ray’s spread adapted by Betty Neal

Betty is an avid cook and loyal reader. 1 cup large olives with pimento 1 clove garlic

1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened 1 cup ricotta cheese 1 â „2 cup chopped hazelnuts, toasted 1 sliced whole-grain baguette Parmesan pita crisps, store-bought 1 celery heart, cut into sticks

16 to 20.

Preheat oven 425 degrees. Place olives in food processor and grate in garlic, add cream cheese and ricotta cheese. Pulse the cheese and olives into a fairly smooth spread. Transfer to a serving bowl and top with hazelnuts. Toast the bread on a baking sheet five to 10 minutes to lightly crisp. Surround the spread with bread, pita crisps and celery.

What you need to know when baking with sugar substitutes: Remember that most sugar substitutes come with specific substitution formulas. Always check the package. Keep in mind that baked goods will not be the same when baked with sugar substitutes, mainly because nonsugars do not have the ability to melt and caramelize. When attempting to substitute, be sure to run a test batch. Note that some sweeteners cook much faster than sugar, so be sure to adjust your baking times. Always add extra flavoring everywhere you can;

So good iced tea punch

I love this punch! You’ll be surprised at the flavor – very mild but with a zing. And such a pretty amber color. Perfect for graduations and large gatherings. Serves

Mix together:

2 cups lemon-flavored iced tea mix (I used Lipton) 2 two-liter bottles of ginger ale Orange and lemons, thinly sliced (optional but nice) Ice

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extra vanilla, citrus juice or zest, spices, extracts. Be creative and keep in mind that you need to override the inherent “cool� flavor sensation of the sweetener you are using. To boost moistness in baked goods, try adding a bit of molasses or honey. To achieve a more golden brown color, try spraying the top of your batter or dough with cooking spray before placing in the oven. When making cookies, remember to flatten them a bit – since the substitute sugars are slower to melt, cookies made with it tend to be slower to spread. For a natural, one-to-one baking blend check out www.NuNaturals.com. They have lots of Stevia (a natural, herbal sugar substitute) products and there’s no bitter taste. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Email columns@community press.com with “Rita’s kitchen� in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

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The Kenton County Public Library will host its annual Racing to Read 5K Run & Walk June 4 - and organizers are expecting a crowd. About 1,000 people are expected to attend the annual race, which benefits the library’s early childhood literacy initiatives. With prizes for winners, a pancake breakfast from First Watch, T-shirts and a variety of family-friendly activities planned, the crowd won’t be disappointed, according to Robin Klaene, the system’s spokeswoman. “It’s a fun event that supports our early childhood programs...and it’s a great way to kick off the summer,” Klaene said. “You can really feel the energy from the runners, and it’s always an exciting event.” For the first time, runners will wear small chips that record individual race times. Participants can also expect free chair massages this year, as well as kids’ activities, including a visit from the library’s mascot, Booker. The race, presented by U.S. Bank, will begin at 9 a.m. June 4, in front of the Mary Ann Mongan branch, 502 Scott Blvd., Covington. Due to construction at the branch, the pancake breakfast, registration

and other activities will take place across the street from the library in the parking lot and gym of Gateway Community and Technical College. The Kenton County Public Library’s Summer Reading Club kickoff will also take place at the event and move into the children’s department of the library later that morning. The club kickoff will run from 9 a.m. to noon and will feature face painting and clowns. The club allows adults, teens and children to win prizes for reading JuneAugust. For the race, pre-registration is $20 per person and can be completed at www.kentonlibrary.org/race or by picking up a registration form at the Kenton County Public Library. Registration includes a performance running T-shirt, while supplies last. Race-day registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and costs $25 for individuals. Volunteers are also needed to help on the race course. To help, call 859-578-3607. For more information about the Racing to Read 5K Run & Walk, the Library’s Summer Reading Club or early childhood literacy initiatives, visit the system’s web site at www.kentonlibrary.org.

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Damon B. Lay, 19, 51 Independence Station Road, operating on suspended/revoked license, execution of bench warrant for truancy at Independence Station Road, April 12. Dustin Helton, 26, 1085 Ivory Hill Court, execution of warrant for theft by deception at 1085 Ivory Hill Court, April 12. Jessica Taylor, 19, 4203 Beechgrove Drive No. 4, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia at 4203 Beechgrove No. 4, April 29. Dyna L. Dailey, 42, 116 Bessmer Lane, operating on a suspended/revoked license at Beechgrove Drive at Elmwood Court, April 29. Regina L. Cash, 29, 375 Weaver Road, execution of bench warrant for criminal possession of a forged instrument at Richardson Road, April 30. Matthew R. Scott, 20, 4034 Charwood Circle, execution of bench warrant for possession of marijuana, execution of bench warrant for contempt of court at 4034 Charwood Circle Road, April 28. Tyler S. Juilfs, 21, 4215 Beechgrove, execution of bench warrant for contempt of court, terroristic threatening at 4215 Beech Grove Drive, April 29. Linette B. Miller, 37, 5347 Valleycreek Drive, fraudulent use of credit card under $10,000 at 5409 Madison Pike, May 4. Emma J. Sidney, 62, 1318 Bramlage Road, execution of bench warrant for theft by deception, execution of bench warrant for theft by deception, execution of bench warrant for theft by deception, execution of bench warrant for theft by deception, execution of bench warrant for theft by deception at Madison Pike, April 30. Anthony W. Ryan, 40, 635 Slick Ridge Road, execution of bench warrant for violation unknown at Madison Pike, May 16. Robert F. Hartman IV, 20, 2640 Bethlehem Lane, execution of bench warrant for possession of marijuana at Richardson Road, May 12. Preston E. Clark, 35, 2037 Penny Lane, violation of a KY EPO/DVO at Still Meadow Lane, May 18. Brandon S. Olson, 26, 4029 Applewood Court Apt B12, no operators moped license at Richardson

Road at Bristow, May 14. Eric R. Kuchle, 22, 10319 Fredricksburg, disregarding stop sign, operating on suspended/revoked license at Calvary Road, May 13. Neil S. Trenkamp, 25, 590 Cutter Lane, burglary at 801 Ackerly Drive, May 17. Mickey R. Ehmet, 54, 509 St. Joseph Apt. 87, execution of bench warrant for failure to use child restraint device in vehicle at elementary school, May 18. Greg E. Sumpter, 28, 418 Dalewood Drive, execution of bench warrant for receiving stolen property at Dalewood Drive, May 12. Ronnie V. Coy, 30, 4187 Elder Court No. 12, assault domestic violence at 1074 Birch Tree Lane, May 13. Valerie W. McEntire, 53, 5803 Highway 455, speeding 13 mph over limit, operating on suspended/revoked license at Mount Zion Road, May 16. Miranda J. Ferry, 26, 682 Meadow Lane, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia at Taylor Mill Road at Oak Ridge Baptist, May 12. Kevin J. Yazell, 28, 682 Meadow Lane, no registration plates, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance at Taylor Mill Road at Oak Ridge Baptist, May 12. Michael J. Sanders, 39, 8302 Licking Pike, burglary, possession of burglary tools at Richardson Road, May 13. Jerry W. Searp II, 30, 226 Meadow Trail, burglary, possession of burglary tools at Richardson Road, May 13.

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DEATHS Mark K. Benson

Mark K. Benson, 45, of Covington, died May 16, 2011, at his residence. His mother, Bonnie Rowlette Benson, and Dewey R. Benson died previously. Survivors include his children, Kyle Benson, Noah Ward-Benson, Brennan Ward-Benson and Katy Benson; sisters, Alison Benson and Lisa Benson; brother, Clay Benson; stepmother, Jean Benson; and stepsisters, Lisa Gesenhues and Krista Tepe. Interment was in Richwood Cemetery, Richwood. Memorials: American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

Rose Booth

Rose Zela Smith Booth, 75, of Morning View, died May 19, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a cafeteria cook for Kenton County Schools at Ryland Heights Elementary, an EMT squad captain for the Kenton Community

Volunteer Fire Department, and worked as a standby EMT for Thorn Hill Dragstrip. She enjoyed cooking, family gatherings, sewing and gardening. Her husband, Marion Scott Booth, died in 1991. Survivors include her children, Danny Booth of Crittenden, Angela Hamilton of Morning View and Rhonda Frede of Cincinnati; brothers, Eldon Smith of Lexington and Bobby Smith of California; sisters, Lida Abbott of Carrollton, Nancy Bullock of Paris, Ky., Anna B. Sorrell of Cynthiana, Eula Hurst of Paw Paw, Mi., Annis Krask of Louisville, Janice Walker of Tyler, Texas, and Kathy Thorpe of Paris, Ky.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Interment was at Carlisle Cemetery, Carlisle. Memorials: Kenton Fire Department.

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County; sister, Marie Nixon of Taylor Mill; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Burial was at Floral Hills Cemetery.

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Debra Dedden, 55, of Ryland Heights, died May 18, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a retired employee of Gibson Greeting Card. Survivors include her sons, Jerry Beard and Randy Beard, both of Ryland Heights; and sister, Bertha Baker of Harrison, Ohio. Interment was at Floral Hills Cemetery.

James “Jim” Huber, 75, of Independence, died May 16, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a retired Kenton County deputy sheriff, member and lay leader at St. Patrick Church, an active sportsman and coach and Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati official sports referee. He was an inductee in the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame and an Air Force veteran. Survivors include his wife, Jane K. Dunaway Huber; sons, Jay Huber of Independence, Joe Huber of Hyde Park, Ohio, and Jon Huber of Independence; one grandson; and brother, Jerry Huber of Newport. Interment was at Veterans Cemetery North in Williamston. Memorials: St. Patrick Church Building Fund or Kenton County FOP Lodge No. 20, P.O.Box 17725, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

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Ruth M. Hon, 81, of Walton, died May 18, 2011, at Woodcrest Manor in Elsmere. She was an employee of Johnny’s Toy’s for more than 40 years and enjoyed traveling and gardening. A daughter, Sharon Hon; her son, Dale Hon; and a sister, Barbara Ann Napier, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Robert H. Hon; daughter, Tamara Covey of Grant County; adopted daughter, Kim Reinersman of Grant

Robert “Mus” Kaiser, 84 of Covington, died May 20, 2011, at his home. He retired from General Electric after more than 30 years. He was a member of St. Patrick Church in Taylor Mill and a Navy veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife, Betty Kaiser of Covington; sons, Kenny Kaiser of Dry Ridge, Mike Kaiser of Demossville and Tim Kaiser of Independence; sister, Joan Knasel of Edgewood; and four granddaughters.

Interment was in Floral Hills Cemetery. Memorials: St. Patrick Church and/or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and/or Go Fund at the Vineyard Church of Grant County.

Vernon Kinman

Vernon Kinman, 75, of Taylor Mill, died May 18, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a retired police officer with the Covington Police Department and Kenton County Sheriff’s Department. He was a member of FOP Lodge No. 1, an avid sportsman and outdoorsman, and served as a Corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps. Survivors include his wife, Marie Kinman; daughters, Holly List of Taylor Mill and Heather Beckett of Burlington; sons, Kelly Kinman of Independence and Steve Kinman of Taylor Mill; sister, Linda Riley of Covington; and three grandchildren. Interment was at Mother of God Cemetery, Fort Wright. Memorials: Charity of donor’s choice.

Ada Fugate Noble

Ada Fugate Noble, 86, of Latonia, died May 15, 2011 at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. Her husband, Earl, and two sons, Andy and Ernie, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Erna Liles of Covington; sons, Taylor Noble of Richmond and Frank Noble of Alexandria; brother, Dan Fugate of Milford, Ohio; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; five great-greatgrandchildren; and dear friends, Art Estes and Bill (Mary) Schaber. Burial was in Lost Creek, Ky.

Lorraine Owens

Lorraine Weaver Owens, 75, of Covington, died May 21, 2011, St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking for family, collecting Derby glasses and working crossword puzzles. Survivors include her husband, Russell D. Owens; daughters, Pat Reynolds of Elsmere and Linda Johnson of Crestview Hills; sons, Michael Dixon of Independence and Steven Owens of Independence; seven grandchildren; five greatgrandchildren; stepdaugther, Susan Sester of Oneida, Ky.; stepsons, Rick Owens of Ryland Heights, Gary Owens of Ryland Heights, Kenny Owens of Ryland Heights and Robert Owens of Independence; eight step-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; mother, Mary Hazel Sullivan Weaver of Independence; sister, Mary Wilson of Lexington; and brother, Tommy Payne of Lexington. Interment was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens. Memorials: American Heart Associaton, 5211 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227.

Garrett Remley

Garrett Bob Dean Remley, 61, of Latonia, died May 15, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. Survivors include his daughters, Torina Perkins and Deanna Remley; brothers, Eugene, James, Jack, Leroy, Lee, Daryl, Dewayne and Mike Remley; sisters, Donna Albritton, Denise Sumpter, Drusalla Jones, Margie Remley, Beatrice Remley and Emily Remley; and six grandchildren.

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Volunteers erecting homes on Oak Street Construction started on two new, single-family homes in Ludlow with the help of volunteers from the Northern Kentucky homebuilding industry and their suppliers. In just 15 hours over the course of a weekend, skilled volunteers were able to frame up and get one of the homes under roof. The project is the result of collaboration between Housing Opportunities of Northern Kentucky (HONK) and the city of Ludlow. The homes are being built on an undeveloped lot that was donated to the city in 2001 by the Norfolk and Southern Railroad. In exchange for building the homes, city council agreed to donate the property to HONK –

which is a Covington-based, 501(c)3, nonprofit, HUD certified Community Housing Development Organization. HONK is constructing the homes using a mix of contractors and volunteers from the Northern Kentucky Homebuilders Association and their suppliers. HONK often augments construction with YouthBuild workers from the Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission and apprentices from the Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky as well as using some of their own small staff. HONK has built and rehabbed 96 affordable housing in Northern Kentucky since 1991. Among their projects, HONK

constructed the single-family handicapped-accessible home at 36 Carneal Street in Ludlow and is currently rehabbing the homes in the Ludlow Neighborhood Stabilization Project located at 38 Carneal Street, 45 Ash Street and 207 Adela Street. Each of the two-story homes on Oak Street will be compatible in design, materials and market value to existing residential properties on Oak Street and its environs. While priority will be give to veterans, all interested homebuyers can obtain more information on the homes by calling Marcia at HONK at 859-581-4665. In addition to HONK staff, the volunteers participating in the

Blitz-Build included: David Ames (Marsh Building Products); David Bowdler (Drees Homes); Bill and Tom Butt (Bill’s Remodeling & Electric); Kevin Cornett (CIC Incorporated); Doug Delay (Alan Schmidt Construction); Ted Fischer (Fischer Homes); Aaron Goetz (Arronco Corporation); Marty Grosser (Grosser Remodeling & Company); Joe Halpin (Drees Homes); Jerry Kempf (Drees Homes); Andy Kovach (Habegger Corporation); Blake and Ethan McCoy (CIC Corporation); Brian Schalk (Florida Tile); Roger Schwartz; Bill Scmutte (Habegger Corporation); Bob Schroder (Arlinghaus Builders); Rick Sievers (Drees Homes); Joe Troutman (Drees Homes); Matt

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NOTICE OF PROPOSED RATE CHANGE OWEN ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE PSC CASE NO. 2011-00037

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Owen Electric Cooperative is proposing to change its customer charges and energy charges for Schedule 1 - Farm and Home and Schedule 1 - Small Commercial rate classes. The customer charge for the residential rate class will increase each year for a period of five (5) years while the energy rate will decrease. The revenue amount for this rate class will remain the same after each change in its customer charge and its energy rate. The customer charge for the small commercial rate class will increase each year for a period of four (4) years while the energy rate will decrease. The revenue amount for this rate class will also remain the same after each change in its customer charge and its energy charge. Owen Electric Cooperative is also proposing several optional rates for its Schedule 1 - Farm and Home rate class to provide an opportunity for its members to better manage their monthly bills for electric service. Three different time-of-day ("TOD") rate options, and one inclining block rate option are being proposed. Note that these proposals are options that may be selected by any member served under the Schedule 1 - Farm and Home rate classification. The rates contained in this notice are the rates proposed by Owen Electric Cooperative; however, the Public Service Commission may order rates to be charged that differ from the proposed rates contained in this notice. Any corporation, association, or person with a substantial interest in the matter may, by written request, within thirty (30) days after publication or mailing of this notice of the proposed rate changes, request to intervene; intervention may be granted beyond the thirty (30) day period for good cause shown. Any person who has been granted intervention by the commission may obtain copies of the rate application and any other filings made by the utility by contacting Mr. Michael Cobb, Owen Electric Cooperative, 8250 HWY 127N, P.O. Box 400, Owenton, KY 40359. Phone 502-484-3471. The amount of the change requested in both dollar amounts and percentage for each customer classification to which the proposed rate change will apply is presented below: Schedule I I

Rate Class Farm and Home Small Commercial

Increase $0 $0

Percent 0% 0%

The effects of the proposed rates on the average monthly bill by rate class are listed below: Schedule I I

Rate Class Farm and Home Small Commercial

Increase $0 $0

Percent 0% 0%

The present and proposed rate design of Owen Electric Cooperative, Inc. are listed below:

The web site NKYhelps.org is a comprehensive registry of organizations that need help. The site serves Northern Kentucky and is sponsored by organizations including Legacy, The Kentucky Enquirer, Northern Kentucky University, United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Vision 2015 and Children Inc.

Volunteers needed

Volunteer at the Fatherhood Celebration! for Talbert House, Cincinnati. Call 513-751-7747.

Volunteers are needed for the first Fatherhood Celebration, a community-wide family event presented by Talbert House to promote the importance of being an active, committed father. The Fatherhood Celebration will be a fun-filled day offering free food and activities including arts and crafts, entertainment and sporting activities 11 a.m.-4 p.m. June 19 (Father's Day) at Sawyer Point. Volunteers are needed to help set up and tear down the event, as well as assist with activities throughout the day including basketball, kickball, face painting,

and food and beverage tents. Detailed instructions for the day of the event will be provided. Contact Kathleen Rause at 513- 7517747 ext. 273 or Kathleen. Rause@talberthouse.org with questions or to sign up.

Bike Ride for Greener Covington

Lewisburg Neighborhood, Covington. Call 859-307-3476.

Covington is organizing a Bike Ride for a Greener Covington to take place at 10 a.m. May 29 at Goebel Park. This ride is about raising awareness for urban cyclists, getting some fresh air, spending time with your neighbors and raising money for causes. Proceeds from the ride will be equally divided between the Covington Farmer's Market and the Community Gardens of Covington.

Client buddy for Welcome House of Northern Kentucky, Covington. Call 859-431-8717.

Volunteers are needed to be a friend and provide minimal assistance to some of

our clients. Duties might include transporting client to grocery store or doctor appointments, helping with light cleaning, and providing conversation and smile to help lift clients' spirits. Volunteers need to have a car and be a friendly and positive person. Volunteer would be matched with one client and continually meet with that same client weekly on a schedule determined by volunteer and client.

Donate goods Welcome House

Fans, futon bed and couch for Welcome House of Northern Kentucky. Call 859- 431-8717 or email dhooper@welcomehouseky.org.

Pampered Pets

Pet-related craft items for Pampered Pets Animal Rescue. Call 859-261-2024 or email info@pamperedpetsanimalrescue. org.

The Point/ARC

Washer and dryer, gently used in working order for The Point/ARC of Northern Kentucky. Call 859-4919191 or e-mail blovensheimer@thepointarc.org.

Schedule I - Farm and Home Customer Charge and Energy Rate Change Schedule I

Rate Class Present Farm and Home in the year 2011 Customer Charge Energy Charge

Proposed $11.30 $0.09478

$15.00 $0.09140

Schedule I

Rate Class Farm and Home in the year 2012 Customer Charge Energy Charge

$15.00 $0.09140

$17.50 $0.08912

Schedule I

Rate Class Farm and Home in the year 2013 Customer Charge Energy Charge

$17.50 $0.08912

$20.00 $0.08683

Schedule I

Rate Class Farm and Home in the year 2014 Customer Charge Energy Charge

Schedule I

Rate Class Farm and Home in the year 2015 Customer Charge Energy Charge

$20.00 $0.08683

$22.50 $0.08455

$25.00 $0.08227

Rate Class Small Commercial in the year 2011 Customer Charge Energy Charge

$13.34 $0.09478

$20.00 $0.09115

Schedule I

Rate Class Small Commercial in the year 2012 Customer Charge Energy Charge

$20.00 $0.09115

$25.00 $0.08842

Schedule I

Rate Class Small Commercial in the year 2013 Customer Charge Energy Charge

$25.00 $0.08842

$30.00 $0.08569

Rate Class Small Commercial in the year 2014 Customer Charge Energy Charge

$30.00 $0.08569

$35.00 $0.08296

Schedule I

DESTIN, FLORIDA 50 Steps to the beach! Beautiful lowrise condos w/pools. 850-830-8133, email destinbeaches4u@yahoo.com or visit www.asummerbreeze.com

$22.50 $0.08455

Schedule I- Small Commercial Customer Charge and Energy Rate Change Schedule I

FLORIDA

FLORIDA

ANNA MARIA ISLAND Luxury Mediterranean style villa (3 or 4 BR). It’s a 2 minute stroll to the beach or relax by your private pool! All amenities. For details, pics & rates, call 513-314-5100

Beautiful Seagrove Beach Rent & Relax. Nr Destin, between famous Seaside & Rosemary Beach. Cozy Cottages to Gulf Front Condos. Web Specials. 1-800-537-5387 www.garrettbeachrentals.com

Proposed

Customer Charge 0 - 300 kWh per kWh 301 - 500 kWh per kWh Over 500 kWh per kWh

$15.78 $0.06977 $0.09227 $0.12227

BEST OF SIESTA KEY Gulf front condo, Crescent Beach. All amenities. Bright & airy. Some weeks available now thru Oct. Very reas. rates! Cincy owner, 232-4854

Time-of-Day (TOD) Options Schedule 1-B1 Schedule 1-B2 Schedule 1-B3 Customer Charge

$25.00

$25.00

$25.00

Energy Rate On-Peak Energy per kWh Off-Peak Energy per kWh Shoulder kWh

$0.12070 $0.06000 NA

$0.10313 $0.06000 NA

$0.10191 $0.06000 0.07750

Weekdays & Weekends 7-12 Noon 5-10 P.M.

Weekdays & Weekends 6 A.M. - 10 A.M 6 P.M. - 10 P.M

10 A.M.10 P.M.

2 P.M. 10 P.M.

All Other Hrs

10 P.M. - 6 A.M.

All Other Hrs

10 P.M. - 6 A.M.

NA

10 A.M. - 6 P.M.

NA

6 A.M. - 2 P.M.

On-Peak Hours

Week Days Only Winter - October thru April 7-12 Noon 5-10 P.M.

Summer May thru September

10 A.M.10 P.M.

Off-Peak Hours Winter - October thru April All Other Hrs Summer May thru September All Other Hrs Shoulder Hours Winter - October thru April NA Summer May thru September NA CE-1001636807-01

PANAMA CITY BEACH The Summerhouse - 2B/2B Family Accommodations . Beach side pools, tennis, WiFi & More. 800/354-1122 THE BEST BEACH VACATION VALUE! www.SummerhousePC.com

SANIBEL ISLAND Quality, beachfront condos. Excellent service! Great rates! www.SanibelIslandVacations.com 1-888-451-7277

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC

Plan a stay with Seashore Vacations. Oceanfront condos. Walk to dine and shop. Golf discounts. Free tennis. Call 1-800-845-0077 or book online at www.seashorehhi.com.

SEABROOK EXCLUSIVES Villas & Private Homes. Ocean, golf, tennis, equestrian. Pet friendly rentals. Free brochure. Book online! 888-718-7949. www.seabrook-vacations.info

TENNESSEE

1-7 Affordable, Deluxe Chalets & Cabin Rentals. Pigeon Forge in the Smokies. Vacation/Dollywood Specials. Free brochure. Call 1-800-833-9987. www.firesidechalets.com

NEW YORK

Proposed Schedule I - Farm and Home Optional Rates Inclining Block Rate - Schedule 1-D

DESTIN. Luxury 2 BR, 2 BA oceanfront condos. Heated pool, spas, kids’ pool & tennis. Sleeps 6. Local owner. www.us-foam.com/destin . D- 513-528-9800, E- 513-752-1735

SOUTH CAROLINA

CLEARWATER - Indian Rocks Beach 2 BR , 2 BA Gulf Front con do. Heated pool, balcony. Many upgrades. 513-771-1373, 448-7171 www.go-qca.com/condo

CLEARWATER TO ST. PETE BEACHES Gulf front & bay side condos. All prices & sizes! Florida Lifestyle VAC. 1-800-487-8953. Jan. 2012, Monthly Discounts • www.ourcondo.com

MANHATTAN--NYC HOTEL $129/2 persons. Singles $124. Suites $139-$159. Lincoln Ctr area, Hudson River views, 18 flrs, kitchenette, 5 mins to midtown, safe, quiet, luxury area. RIVERSIDE TOWER, Riverside & 80th St. Call 1-800-724-3136 or visit: www.riversidetowerhotel.com

A Beautiful Cabin Getaway Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge. Hot tub, jacuzzi, fireplace, gas grill. $85/nt, 5 nt special $375. 800-793-8699. smokymtncrossrdrentals.com

NORTH CAROLINA EMERALD ISLE. Ocean Front luxury vacation homes with community pool. Call for free brochure. 1-252-354-5555 Spinnaker’s Reach Realty www.SpinnakersReach.com

OHIO

Old Man’s Cave/Hocking Parks Wild Flowers, Waterfalls & Fish Inntowner Motel, Rates $45/up. 1-800-254-3371 * 9:30 am-11pm www.inntownermotel.com

GATLINBURG. Limited May Special! 4 nights $333.33/cpl., 5 nights $444.44/cpl. Luxurious cabins with hot tubs; on trout streams in parklike setting. Near Dollywood & National park. 800-404-3370 www.countryelegancecabins.com

SOUTH CAROLINA

DESTIN. Local owner, 1 or 2 luxury condos. 2 BR, 2 BA overlooking gulf, sugar white beaches. Heated pool, hot tubs & more. 937-767-8449,or visit www.majesticsunindestin.com

FRIPP ISLAND û A great family vacation destination! 3 BR, 2 BA oceanfront condo (sleeeps 8) on pri vate resort island next to champion ship golf course. Offering early & late summer discounts! 513-451-7011

NORRIS LAKE. Powell Valley Resort. 2 BR, 1BA, covered porch, deck, lake access. $95/nt., (2 night minimum. third night free with 3pm or later check-in). 423-562-8353, or e-mail: bolt189@gmail.com


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