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You have three more days – until July 17 – to vote for your favorites in the 2011 Community Choice Awards. Show all of your favorites how much you love them by voting. Go online to communitychoice. Everyone who votes is entered into a drawing to win a $250 gift card!


Seven teens from around the county participated in the 2011 Miss Teen Kenton County pageant.


Summer fun

The City of Independence recently hosted an art event for some of its younger residents. Called “Art in the Park,” the city hosted a program July 8 allowing children bend, twist and form sculptures out of wir with Lauri Groseclose, owner of Creative Expressions art studio in Independence. See what creations participants in the program came up with.


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When Karen Steenken’s son was diagnosed with leukemia it became a challenge her family was prepared to face together. The Steeken’s though did not have to face it alone. Jonah Steenken’s friends came together in a unique way after Jonah began began treatment. “We’re so humbled by this – saying ‘thank you’ just seems so small,” Karen said in response to what 20 boys and a community did for her son. LIFE, B1

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County women take to the fair pageant stage By Regan Coomer

Lexie Iles flashes a smile at the judges as 2010 Miss Teen Kenton County Sophia Dunn looks on July 11 at the Kenton County Fair.


INDEPENDENCE - The Miss Teen Kenton County pageant was all smiles, hoots and hollers July 11 at the Kenton County Fair. After showing off formal and casual wear, Edgewood resident Lexie Iles, 14, was crowned Miss Teen Kenton County 2011. Seven teens from around Kenton County competed in the pageant, which took place at the Kenton County Fairgrounds, off of Ky16 in Independence. Later in the evening, Chelsea Ford was crowned Miss Kenton County at the Miss pageant. Pageant director Sindy Rodriguez has organized the pageants for the past nine years. Rodriguez and her daughter vol-

For more Kenton County Fair coverage visit independence unteer their time to make sure the pageants are running smoothly each year. “It’s for a good cause,” she said. “I think the pageants teaches girls self esteem, it builds their character and builds the person they’re going to be down the road.” Winners of the Miss Teen and Miss Kenton County pageants were awarded $100 cash from the Kenton County Fair, a $50 gift card to Cloud Nine Salon in Florence, a sash, crown, crown pendant and two nights’ stay at the Kentucky State Fair.

City hires company for historic survey By Regan Coomer

INDEPENDENCE - The Kenton County Courthouse is just one of the many historic structures in the gem that is downtown, said Chris Reinersman. Reinersman, a council member whose Queen Anne home on Madison Pike is already a part of the country’s national register of historic homes, hopes the rest of downtown will soon become an official historic district. Independence City Council voted unanimously July 11 to hire Taylor and Taylor Associates Inc. of Pennsylvania to conduct a historic survey of downtown. The survey will determine if a historic designation is worth pursuing. “It’s probably been a long time coming,” he said. “Everybody thinks of Independence as a suburb, but we have so many historic gems here that people forget about. 1842 was a long time ago.” Cost to conduct the survey will be about $7,000. AT&T, which erected a cell phone tower in downtown Independence earlier this year, donated the funding to pay for the survey, said Reinersman, who along with many other residents, wasn’t happy about the cell tower’s location. “The donation is a silver lining of something that wasn’t so hot,” he said. About 40 properties will be included in the historic survey, which will study Madison Pike from Jude’s Custom Exhaust, Auto Repair and Towing to Independence Station Road. A few older


The Kenton County Courthouse could become the hub of a historic district in downtown Independence. The city is in the process of hiring a consultant to conduct a historical survey of the area. homes on McCullum Pike may also be included, Reinersman said. Surveyors will be looking for homes that are more than 50 years old or are historically significant in some way, Reinersman explained, adding that a stroll through Independence’s downtown reveals many homes and businesses that date back to the late 1800s and early 1900s. Like Reinersman, Gailen Bridges thinks a historic district designation is “long overdue.” Bridges and his wife recently coauthored “Independence,” one of the latest installments of Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series. “I think it’ll really help the downtown. I think it’s certainly worth a historic district designa-

tion,” he said, adding that the hired firm should utilize his book to get a head start on the survey. “We have a lot of history and details about some of the buildings down there.” The historical survey process will take about six months, Reinersman said. If the firm reports that a historic district is viable, the city will then apply for the designation through the Kentucky Heritage Council. Establishing a historic district in downtown was one of the recommendations of the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission’s 2007 small area study and is one of the goals of the Independence Strategic Action Committee, of which Reinersman is vice-chair. Advantages to a historic district

would include casting a spotlight on the downtown, which would be more likely to be preserved, Reinersman said, adding that residents and businesses would also be eligible for tax credits should they choose to renovate. However, Reinersman wants residents to know that a historic district would not automatically restrict private property owners who may want to alter their homes or land. Some restrictions can be placed on the historic district, but only by vote of city council. “It’ll be restrictive or as nonrestrictive as the city wants,” he said. “I’m not saying it won’t happen, but our council is pretty leery about telling people what they can’t do with private property.”


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BRIEFLY Swim club reunion

All former Taylor Mill Swim and Dive Team members are invited to a reunion at the Taylor Mill Swim Club 6-9 p.m. Saturday, July 23. During the event, The Losciavo and Seitz Families will be inducted into the Taylor Mill Swim and Dive Team Wall of Fame. The induction ceremony will begin at 8 p.m. Brats, metts, hot dogs, chips, and drinks will be available for purchase. Cost for

the evening is $5 per person or $20 per family ($10 per family for TMSC members) All proceeds benefit the NKSL Mike Bresser Scholarship. To RSVP contact Jamie Kelly at

Marco’s Pizza opens

A Marco’s Pizza location opened July 7 in Taylor Mill, 5044 Old Taylor Mill Road. While there are several locations of the pizza chain in Ohio, the Taylor Mill Marco’s

Pizza is the first in Northern Kentucky. Marco’s Pizza offers a variety of pizzas and subs as well as chicken wings, cheezy bread and salads. Taylor Mill residents can enter to win a four night Bahamas Cruise by joining the Marco’s email club. Residents must enter at the store location. Marco’s Pizza in Taylor Mill is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to mid-

night Friday and Saturday. Call 291-7777 or visit to order delivery or carryout.

Community meeting

The South Covington Community Action Association will be meeting 7 p.m., Thursday, July 14 at the Hands Pike Fire House, 1255 Hands Pike. The guest speaker will be Kenton Co. Judge Executive Steve Arlinghaus.

Camp out

Taylor Mill’s annual Family Camp Out at Pride Park will take place Saturday, July 30. The event will include camping on the back grassy field - tents only and no electricity - as well as organized activities and a continental breakfast the next morning. Restrooms will be available via port-o-lets and at park shelters. Families are encouraged to bring coolers with food, drinks and snacks. No pets allowed.


Brothers Rick and Brian Drescher are the owners of two Ohio locations and the Taylor Mill location of Marco’s Pizza. Cost is $10 per family to participate. Each family must be pre-registered. To participate, call 581-3234.

Veteran benefits speaker

The Independence Senior & Community Center will host a speaker, Joe Fowee, at 11 a.m. July 14 at the center, 2001 Jack Woods Parkway. Fowee will discuss Department of Veterans

Affairs (VA) benefits that are available to wartime veterans and their spouses. For more information, call 356-6264.

Exercise Classes

Zumba with Y’vonne Burkart, 10 a.m.-11 a.m., Thursday, July 21, MiddletonMills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Shelterhouse 1. $5, first class free. Presented by Kenton County Parks and Recreation. 859-525-7529. Independence.


City float

Independence Mayor Chris Moriconi hands out candy during the Independence Fourth of July Celebration parade on July 2. The city float had a 14 feet high replica of the Declaration of Independence on it.

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Nancy Bishop (center sitting) volunteered at Taylor Mill's Friday Night Flicks July 8 with her daughter Nancy Krallman (center standing) and granddaughter Alex Krallman (far right). Also pictured: Volunteer Mary Ann Fulmer.

Friday night flicks By Regan Coomer

TAYLOR MILL - Olivia Newton John and John Travolta’s voices filled Taylor Mill’s Pride Park during Friday Night Flicks July 8 in Pride Park. Residents from Taylor Mill, Independence and the southern end of the county stopped by to view the ‘70s musical, bringing blankets,chairs and snacks for the full movie experience. Movies are shown on a

large projection screen in the amphitheater at the park. More movies can be seen in Pride Park at the following times: “Yogi Bear,” rated PG, starting at dusk Friday, July 29 and “The Wild,” rated G, starting at dusk Friday, Aug. 12. Visit or call 581-3234 for more information. Grilled concessions are available starting at 7 p.m. on Friday Night Flicks nights.

INDEPENDENCE - Cody Road resident Brenda Chasteen is worried Independence businesses could lose dollars if Cody Road is closed permanently. “If you have to make a choice to come to Independence or going to Florence because Cody Road if closed, the perception is that going around through Independence Station Road is longer, especially if there’s a train,” she said. Cody Road was closed in April due to a serious slide along 100 feet of the middle section of the road, which runs along the CSX Railroad. In order to make the road fit for traffic again, city engineers estimated it would cost Independence about $480,00 to re-pier the road or $650,000 to relocate the road out of the slide area. In June, the state awarded $100,000 in emergency funding toward the repair of Cody Road. City Council discussed the status of Cody Road at a regular meeting July 11. Currently, city officials are

still unsure which choice would be best for the city financially. Piering the road would cost less, but would leave the newly-repaired road in danger of slipping again in a different spot, said City Administrator Dan Groth. One solution could be securing a loan for the repair of Cody Road, said Mayor Chris Moriconi. “If council wanted to borrow to do this, the rates have been coming down,” he said. “It’s unbelievable we were quoted 2.15 percent interest rates. We were talking 3 or 4 percent a month or so ago.” Relocating the road would mean procuring an easement through a nearby farm, Groth said. The city is in talks with the realtor of the property, Mike Parker of Huff Realty.

In exchange for allowing the use of three acres, Parker has asked the city to construct a turn lane in addition to relocating Cody Road for the “new subdivision that will probably be there down the road,” Groth said. Over the next few weeks, Moriconi and Groth will confer with the city’s engineers, the public works department and the county, who may provide in-kind services toward the project, to ascertain the best estimate of what re-peiring or re-locating the road would

actually cost. “I’m nowhere near making a decision. I’d like to find a way to keep it open, but we need to make sure we know exactly what we’re getting into before making a decision,” said Council Member Chris Reinersman of what is to be done with Cody Road. Until a solution is found, residents will continue using Ky 536 or Independence Station Road to bypass Cody Road. For more Independence news visit

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at 9:45 am, Wilson will present “In God We Trust (Are you sure?). David will follow with “Looking Up, Not Down.” At 6:00 pm David will present “The Tunnel Has Light!” Wilson will follow with “Finding HOPE For Tomorrow.”

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Taylor Mill, county reach funding agreement Cindy Schroeder

TAYLOR MILL - Woodland Middle School and Scott High School each will continue to be staffed with a school resource officer, after officials from the city of

Taylor Mill and Kenton County recently reached agreement on funding the two positions. Earlier this year, a new Kenton County administration that was looking at ways to cut costs, had balked at paying the





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salaries of two school resource officers based at public schools within the city of Taylor Mill, as past administrations had done. Current county officials say Taylor Mill is the only city where the county has helped pay for school resource officers. Since 2002, school resource officers have been based at all seven of the Kenton County School District’s middle and high schools, and they also work with elementary schools in their jurisdictions. In cities outside of Taylor Mill, the school district has shared the cost of school resource officers with the cities whose students attend those schools - not the county. The exception was Twenhofel Middle School in unincorporated Kenton County, where the county split the cost with the school district. Despite recent questions

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about who should pay for the two school resource officers in Taylor Mill, police and government officials in Kenton County and Taylor Mill all agree that the two positions are needed, especially to ensure a timely response in case of an emergency. “If something was to occur, we’d have an officer on site (at each school) who’s trained to respond and could be an immediate source of information for officers on the street,” said Kenton County Police Chief Ed Butler. At Woodland Middle School, Kenton Fiscal Court will pay half of the cost of the $38,663 salary of School Resource Officer Valerie Slaughter, and the Kenton County School District will pay the other half, county officials said. The officer is in the pension system, but because she’s retired from the Covington Police Department, she does not use the county’s health insurance. At Scott High School, where Bud Vallandingham is retiring, veteran Taylor Mill Police Officer Heather

Mitchell will take over as the school resource officer, said Taylor Mill Administrator Jill Bailey. Mitchell will be based at Scott High School during the school year. However, during the summer and other times that school is not in session (snow days, holiday breaks, etc.), she’ll return to regular patrol duties as assigned by the Taylor Mill police chief, Bailey said. The Kenton County School District will pay about $20,000 of Mitchell’s annual $43,681 salary, with the city of Taylor Mill responsible for the rest. Those figures do not include benefits. Because only 300 of the 1,700 students at the two schools are Taylor Mill residents, Taylor Mill officials plan to ask other cities that have students in the two schools to share in the school resource officer costs, Taylor Mill Mayor Dan Bell wrote in a recent letter to residents. Covington has 869 students at Woodland and Scott, Independence has 270; and the rest of the students live in

Edgewood and unincorporated Kenton County. “In order to offset our expenses, the Taylor Mill City Commission has decided to ask the cities of Covington, Independence and Edgewood for support by contributing a proportionate amount of the monies needed to keep the officers in the schools,” Bell wrote in a recent letter to Taylor Mill residents. Butler said school resource officers “work hand in hand with teachers, principals and the school administration to create a more positive and safe environment in the schools.” “School resource officers are full-time, sworn officers who can get on top of things really quickly before they become a big problem,” Butler said. “It’s a real proactive thing. Having school resource officers in the schools prevents us from having to have patrol officers respond to fights, thefts or bullying situations (in the schools).” In Taylor Mill, applicants are being interviewed to fill the police department’s 11th patrol officer position

An Open Letter to Kenton County Residents

A fox in the hen house: Don’t let what happened on Wall Street happen to NKAPC in Kenton County For years, lobbyists for investment banks and financial institutions on Wall Street worked hard to eliminate government oversight of their industry. These efforts paid off handsomely for these institutions and their executives, who earned billions of dollars in profits and bonuses. The only problem is that this scheme led to the subprime mortgage crisis and greatest financial failure the United States since the Great Depression. Millions of Americans lost their jobs and their homes. Our government bailed out several of these companies that were “too big to fail.” And once again, American taxpayers were left holding the bag. Now, an industry group is trying to do the same thing in Kenton County. The board of directors of the Homebuilders Association of Northern Kentucky (HBA) recently voted unanimously to support the dissolution of the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission (NKAPC), the government agency that has provided oversight and regulation of the homebuilding and the construction industry in Kenton County for the past 50 years. HBA has co-opted the local Tea Party in its effort and is now spearheading a drive to eliminate NKAPC. This group is asking residents of Kenton County to sign a petition to dissolve NKAPC. Eliminating this important local regulator will have dire consequences in the future for Kenton County, its cities, and its citizens. HBA wants to be the fox in the hen house. They want to build streets, sidewalks, and structures based on their own standards, not the standards developed by NKAPC with the input of city and county officials. HBA’s effort to eliminate NKAPC started after the NKAPC staff recommended stricter standards for road construction in subdivisions. NKAPC studied this issue at the request of local governments and found that Kenton County taxpayers were footing the bills to reconstruct failing streets. NKAPC is overseen by the 19 local governments in Kenton County. The county and 18 cities are all represented on NKAPC’s oversight board. NKAPC is funded by an ad valorem tax of real estate. What does this tax cost a Kenton County taxpayer? Around $48 a year for the owner of a $150,000 house. That’s less than what it costs to fill up your car with a tank of gas today. We believe that is a small price to pay to continue to maintain the quality of life in Kenton County that NKAPC has helped us to achieve. Please let NKAPC continue its important work to ensure that builders and developers properly construct our streets and sidewalks, thoughtfully develop our hillsides, and comply with zoning codes and regulations to construct buildings that are safe for the public. Because the HBA and the Tea Party are spreading a lot of misinformation about the NKAPC, what it does, and how it does it, we thought that it was important that you know the truth.

Don’t let what happened on Wall Street happen in Kenton County. Don’t let the fox into the hen house. Refuse to sign the petition to dissolve the NKAPC. Paid for by Concerned Citizens and Elected Officials in Kenton County. No public funds were used to pay for this message. CE-0000468400


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Art in the Park

By Regan Coomer

INDEPENDENCE - Reams of wire came to life at the city’s first 2011 Art in the Park event July 8, held in Memorial Park. About 20 kids bent wire to create a human figure, which they then mounted on granite tablets. The Art in the Park activity series is taught by Laurie Groseclose, the owner of the Creative Expressions art studio in Indepen-

dence. Upcoming art projects include sketching animals, painting picture frames, and creating garden stepping stones. Granite for the July 8 project was donated by Excellence by Nature, LLC, based in Florence, Groseclose said. “What a cool way to use something that would have put put in the trash bin,” she said. “It’s recycling while at the same time making our sculptures so amazing.”

Independence hosted summer 2011’s first Art in the Park Friday, July 8, at Memorial Park. Laurie Groseclose of Creative Expressions Art Studio led the class, which taught the children to make a bendable human figure out of wire. Pictured: Erica Nageleisen of Independence sets to work on her sculpture.

One table got a little enthusiastic about wire sculptures July 8 at Memorial Park. Left to right: Independence residents Crystal Attenhofen, Sarah Bracke, Philip Bracke and Michael Kessans of Taylor Mill.

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Independence resident Grace Gillum bends wire to create arms for her human wire sculpture July 8.

Sketching animals and matting your sketch from 10 a.m. to noon July 15. Materials fee is $6. Bring a photo of a pet.Garden stepping stones from 10 a.m. to noon July 22. Materials fee is $7.Painted wood picture frame from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 5. Materials fee is $6.Tin can butterfly wind chimes from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 12. Materials fee is $7. For more information about the Art in the Park series, visit or call 3565302.

Art instructor Laurie Groseclose of Creative Expressions Art Studio demonstrates the next step in the wire sculpture project July 8.


Jim Manning of Independence helps out his daughters Brittany (left) and Amber create their wire sculptures July 8.

Abigail and Hannah Lewis of Independence take a moment away from twisting wires to flash a smile July 8 at the Art in the Park event July 8.



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Kenton teams take aim at knothole titles

By James Weber

KENTON COUNTY - Twentyfour Kenton County teams entered the knothole baseball regionals this week. The regionals began July 5 and carry a double-elimination format. Two teams from each district square off with foes from Boone and Campbell counties. The regional champs advance to the city tournament final four against three Ohio teams. Barring heat-related postponements, July 11 is scheduled to be a big day in all regional tournaments. Winner’s bracket finals in

all classes are scheduled to take place, and multiple teams will be eliminated in the loser’s bracket. The KC Kryptonite of Class C1 were one of two undefeated teams in District 28, which mostly covers the southern portion of the county. They advanced to the winner’s bracket final scheduled for July 11. The NKY Thunder were in second place in C1 and also advanced to the regionals. The NKY Bulldogs were 12-0 in D2 and the DBacks were second at 10-2. (All records reflect in-district games only). The Bulldogs have advanced to the winner’s bracket final. In C2, the NKY Yellowjackets

and Fort Mitchell Dragons were both 14-2. In B1, Ludlow AC and the Hut AC Saints advanced. In B2, it was the Hut AC Bats at 14-2 and Ludlow AC at 13-3. In Class A, the oldest age group, Ludlow AC was the champs and the KC Thunder second. Ludlow was still alive in the loser’s bracket on July 11. In District 29, which mostly covers the northern part of the county, the Painters in C2, the Dragons in C1 and the Mustangs in Class A were unbeaten in district games. The Painters dominated their district, as the secondplace St. Pius Rangers were 11-7.

The Chargers were 7-5 in Class A and also advanced. The ADS Sharks were second in C1. Doug Etler, head coach of the 13-0 Dragons, said his players live in Villa Hills and Crescent Springs and go to either St. Joseph’s or River Ridge elementaries. Many of the players are also on teams together in football and basketball. Etler said the team, sponsored by Pump Pro’s Inc., took some losses in non-district tournaments that made the team better and ready for a run in the regionals. “Seven of my 13 players have pitched at some point this season and four have played catcher,” he

said. “We always roster bat so that every kid gets to play and we move them around in the field quite a bit so they all get to experience the game.” Players are Brady Barker, Michael Bishop, Tyler Donoho, Brennan Etler, Tyler Fleek, Connor Furnish, Blake Helson, Jack Henn, Patrick Kennedy, Luke Ott, Ethan Ries, Jacob Shriver, and Casey Wolnitzek. In Class D, advancing teams were Dixie Devils (14-4) and Kentucky Red Legs (12-6). In B1, advancing teams were Swan Florist Heat and Lightning. In B2, they were the Sluggers and American Sound.

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Daniels to Centre

Simon Kenton 2011 graduate Garrett Daniels signed to play tennis for Centre College earlier this spring. From left, Coach Ru Jayasuriya (Garrett’s private coach at Five Seasons), Garrett Daniels, Sean Carrigan (SK boys coach). Daniels is an honor roll student and National Honor Society member. He was a six-year letterwinner for SK. He will major in chemistry.

BRIEFLY New coach

Derrick Jackson was recently named the new Thomas More College head men’s and women’s cross country coach. Jackson comes from Oak Hills High School in Cincinnati, where he was the assistant cross country coach for three seasons. Jackson ran cross country and track and field at Wilmington College where he was named All-Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) and All-Great Lakes Region. He also served in the Ohio Army National Guard from 2000-2007, where he was deployed to Iraq twice and earned numerous military awards.

Thomas More 78th

Thomas More College was 78th of 410 eligible Division III schools in the Learfield Sports NCAA Division III Directors’ Cup Standings for the 2010-2011 academic year. The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and the USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution’s finish in up to 18 sports - nine women’s and nine men’s, but the Saints finished in the top 14 percent in the nation with only 13 sponsored sports. The Saints had five of their 13 teams advance to NCAA Championships during the 2010-2011 academic year as football, men’s soccer, volleyball, women’s basketball and baseball all represented

Thomas More in their respective national championships and earned the school 217.0 points in the standings. Thomas More was the topranked Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) school as Grove City College (128), Washington & Jefferson College (143) and Westminster College (182) also finished in the top 50 percent of NCAA Division III eligible schools.

The Kentucky Colonels will host tryouts for its 16U and 18U 2012 teams at St. Henry High School, 3755 Scheben Drive in Erlanger, Aug. 6-7. Tryouts for the 16U team will be 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, and 1:15-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7. Eligible players cannot turn

Lewis 249, Ben Beausir 200, Marcus Dehlinger 162.5, Jack Hugenberg 160, Grant Kuether 135, Luke Holtz 130, Hunter Hughes 120, Tyler Wehrman 65, Patrick Dragan 60, Alex Beckes 50. Boys 12-13: Tyler Lippert 1,675, David Rich 855, Michael Bracken 787.5, Paul Huber 775, Evan Thompson 760, Jake Cahill 712.5, Grant Garrison 600, Trey Roseberry 570, Chandler Clark 560, Griffin Flesch 537.5, Jacob Vrolijk 425, Jared Reid 410, Will Brady 320, Ian Tackett 225, Luke Adkins 215, Kirk Tabeling 215, Leighton Schrand 202.5, Ian Galvin 195, Noah Lenhof 195, Marcus Maier 150, Cameron Auchter 110, Connor Duell 95, Sam Kunkler 90, Coire Ayres 80, Austin Schneider 80, Trenton Shields 50, Trevor Yost. Boys 11U: Ryan Clements 1,785, Lincoln Herbst 1,223.5, Jack DeFraites 1,065, Logan Herbst 937.5, Josh Struck 848.5, Elliott Berling 815, Jacob Tarvin 806, Nolan Schrand 752.5, Patrick Kennedy 741, Ethan Berling 670, Paul Thelen 637.5, Lincoln Hammon 235, Ben Pieper 215, Kyle West 207.5, Mallory Lovell 200, Spencer Chaney 195, Blake Garrison 150, Evan Klein 135, Robby Case 130, Tanner Griffin 90, Lauren Bracken 80, Luke Herbst 70.

Thole is stats champ

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has announced the Division III baseball statistical champions for 2011 and Thomas More College first baseman Andrew Thole, a McNicholas High School graduate, was recently named the champion for home runs and home runs per game. Thole played in 37 games for the Saints and hit a school-record 17 home runs for an average of .46 home runs per game to lead all of Division III. At the conclusion of the season, he was named the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Player of the Year, first team All-PAC, first team American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) AllMideast Region and first team All-American by the internet website D3baseballcom. Thole and the rest of the Saints went 29-9 this season and captured the program’s second straight Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship Tournament title and finished regional semifinalists for the second straight season.

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The 7-Up Junior Golf Tour continues to roll this summer. The tour, for boys and girls ages 11-18 in Northern and central Kentucky, will be busy in the homestretch, going to Highland Country Club July 18, Triple Crown July 20 and Cherry Blossom in Georgetown July 21. That will set the stage for the tour championship July 25-26 in Boone County. The first round will be at Lassing Pointe in Union, the second at Boone Links in Burlington. Only 48 players will be eligible for the tour championship, based largely on the points standings in each division. Here are the updated points standings through July 11. Not every player has participated in every event. Girls Annika: Kristen Smith 1,325, Courtney Tierney 900, Emily Armbrecht 745, Sarah Kellam 700, Megan Mauer 605, Ellen Kendall 580, Morgan Larison 487.5, Maggie Miles 390, Jill Edgington 387.5, Bridgit Morris 375, Katie Scarlett-Skinner 350, Kara McCord 325, Lauren Vice 300, Sydney Swingos 210, Jenna McGuire 125, Sydney Scheben 95. Girls Wie Division (winners listed); Brianna Aulick (two), Ashley Schneider (two), Mary Bunzel, Kaitlyn Cross,

Shanna Doumont, Meredith Hartfiel, Meggie Lund, Amy Pugliano, Chelsea Schack. Boys 16-18: Lane Weaver 1,200, Jimmy Kelley 962.5, Brad Litzinger 857.5, Chet Wehrman 630, Austin Molen 605, Blake Adkins 570, Blake Hamilton 557.5, Joe Kendall 510, Darron Hampton 400, Zach Wright 400, Tim Livingood 337.5, Seattle Stein 325, Bryan Kraus 300, Phoenix Ramsey 300, Carter Hibbard 297.5, Taylor McDowell 295, Tanner Walton 295, Sean Kiely 275, Joey Fredrick 270, Matt Hartfiel 260, Brad Forman 245, Trevor Howard 232, Adam Fangman 230, Colin Dupont 205, Andy Miller 187.5, Chase Hughes 175, Paul Clancy 150, Adam Millson 150, Chris Desmarais 140, Zach Hughes 137.5, Adam Ditzel 124.5, Hunter Majewski 90, Josh Moorman 90, Caleb Hunt 80, Jake Reilly 60, Cody Rose 50, Jacob Bertke 49.5, Alex Scanlon 45, Rob Rechel 12.5. Boys 14-15: Jackson Frame 1,625, Drew McDonald 911.5, Jackson Bardo 840, Zach Adams 832.5, Merik Berling 807.5, Tim Fritz 780, Parker Harris 657.5, Jeff Lynne 589, Cody Kellam 586.5, Matt Striegel 572.5, Daniel Lee 522.5, Brett Bauereis 425, Austin Squires 425, Davis McNichol 365, Luke Tobergte 280, Logan Gamm 275, Austin Zapp 250, Cullen

17 before May 1, 2012. Tryouts for the 18U team will be 1:30-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, and 3:30-6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7. Eligible players cannot turn 19 before May 1, 2012. Call Walt at 859-512-7063 or Denny at 859-240-2136, or visit

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The 37th District Tournament concluded with Scott County beating Campbell County (62-60 OT) on Friday, Feb. 25. The All Tournament Team consist of the following, from left: Tucker Glass (senior, Calvary Christian), Jeremy Hammons (senior, Silver Grove), Justin Saunders (sophomore, Bishop Brossart), Phillip Roberts (senior, Scott), Cameron Haynes (senior, Scott), Kellen Smith MVP (senior, Scott), Nate Losey (senior, Campbell), Brady Kennedy (senior, Campbell) PROVIDED

Freedom return home July 18 The Traverse City Beach Bums put up six runs in five innings off of Freedom hurler Tim Holmes and that’s all they needed in 6-3 rubber match win Sunday night, July 10. Holmes started the last game for the Freedom before the Frontier League All-Star break, but he gave up three home runs and received his fifth loss of the season. JT Hall hit a solo homer off of Holmes in the first inning to put the Beach Bums on top. The Freedom failed to capitalize on five walks by Traverse City starter Don Pugliese in the first three innings as they were held scoreless and stranded six. Traverse City started the fourth inning with back-to-back singles by

Jose Vargas and Jeff Flagg. Tom Zebroski’s one-out single brought home a run and Hector Bernal followed with a three-run blast to right to give the Beach Bums a 5-0 lead. After Traverse City added a run in the fifth on Hall’s second solo shot of the game, the Freedom answered in the bottom half. Drew Rundle lifted a three-run jack to right field to cut the Beam Bums lead in half, but it was the only offense the Freedom could manufacture. The Freedom stranded 13 on the base paths, as they left runners on first and second in the sixth and seventh innings against Beach Bum relievers. Mike Hanley pitched a clean inning and Alec Lewis walked two and

allowed one hit in 2 1/3 scoreless innings. Zeb Engle came in and recorded the final two outs. Florence is 23-24 at the All-Star break, the first time this season they have fallen below .500. Chris Curley, Justin Holloway, and Cole Miles represented the Freedom in the All-Star game Wednesday, July 13, at All Pro Freight stadium, the home of the Lake Erie Crushers. The team returns to action on Friday, July 15, on the road versus the Gateway Grizzlies. Florence will then return home for nine straight games starting Monday, July 18. For ticket information, call 594-HITS. See more sports coverage at www.

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I spent last week in New York City at Thrillerfest, a convention for lovers of thriller novels. It is a wonderful annual gathering where readers get to meet their favorite authors and authors get to break bread with their fans and colleagues. Everywhere I turned, my fellow authors (and most people in the Big Apple for that matter) were talking about the most intriguing whodunit in years – and I’m not referencing Jeffrey Deaver’s brilliant new treatment of James Bond in “007 Carte Blanche.” People were talking about the Casey Anthony verdict, a topic I discussed with Sean Hannity as a guest on his “Great American Panel.” I was relieved when Sean and I shared a similar opinion on the verdict. We both believe that Casey Anthony probably had something to do with the death of her daughter, but that the state failed to meet its legal burden to prove her involvement. No author at Thrillerfest would have tried to write the Casey Anthony story as fiction because

the outcome would be too hard for a reader to believe. When I was a second-year law student, my criminal procedure professor Rick went to great Robinson lengths to explain the Community three purposes Recorder for punishment: guest d e t e r r e n c e , columnist r e h a b i l i t a t i o n and incapacitation. I had to fend off a tide of liberal outrage when I suggested that there was a fourth purpose: retribution. The desire for retribution often produces powerful emotions. Failing to satisfy that desire tends to undermine confidence in the system. And that is part of what drives many of those who are attacking the system over Casey Anthony – no retribution, no justice. Most people can’t even bring themselves to consider what it

LETTER TO THE EDITOR JFK column's odd response Mr. Otten, what in the world are you talking about? If my name was not plastered all over Mr. Otten’s article, I would have never guessed he was responding to my JFK article. My article was about JFK's 1962 Executive Order to permit collective bargaining for publicsector employees. Mr. Otten states that I'm dumber than an eleventh grader for not remembering the Great Depression. (In America today, that's really being nasty.) He lashes out that the Great Depression was caused by evil corporations and the lack of government regulations. Corporations are in the privatesector not the public-sector. While both words start with the same letter (P), I've concluded that public-sector and private-sector have totally different meanings. I was not writing about the Great Depression or the privatesector corporations but public-sector unions. Mr. Otten later attacks a strong limited government politician as “unscrupulous, fat-fingered toady for corporate interest, who spends decades wringing all the life he can from an oppressed workforce and then tosses the survivors into the dump.” Wow! Mr. Otten, it sounds like you need to go to a happy place

for a while! Again, corporations are in the private-sector and have nothing to do with my article. I completely understand that an attack on President George W. Bush is mandatory in all union lectures. I expected that one. Unfortunately, I was not writing about the wars. Mr. Otten, your column was a great anti-corporate attack piece, but your rant has nothing to do with my argument that public-sector unions are bankrupting America. Mr. Otten, I encourage you to read my articles and please respond to the merits of my arguments. I love public (that's different than private) debate, but the next time you decide to unleash your anti-corporate-union-venom form letter, please leave my name out of your odd ramblings. Tom Wurtz Fort Mitchell

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would feel like to lose a child. The thought is too damn painful. Only a narcissistic sociopath would hit the party trail and get a tattoo following such a tragedy. As a father of three beautiful kids, I have to admit that I personally want justice for Caylee Anthony in the form of retribution against whoever killed her. But because I believe in the rule of law, I am willing to accept the verdict knowing that in our system only people who are convicted of crimes are punished for them. It is nauseating to realize that Casey Anthony was afforded legal privileges not given to her dead daughter. It seems hideous, gross and contemptible to award legal privilege to vile people – at least until someone is wrongfully accused. Then those rights allow an innocent person to walk free. Americans hate it when people who seem guilty of crimes aren’t convicted of them, but we must accept these verdicts as the painful price we pay for a system that is designed to ensure that no one who is falsely accused of a crime suffers at the hands of soci-



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ety’s primal desire for retribution. Our criminal justice system isn’t broken. Nevertheless, the Casey Anthony verdict does highlight two flaws in the system. First, statistics show that juries are unlikely to return guilty verdicts in capital murder cases when the defendant is a woman. If the prosecution can be faulted for anything in the Anthony case, it may be for seeking the death penalty against a female when the underlying evidence was all circumstantial. While media coverage prior to Casey Anthony’s indictment may well have forced the prosecutor’s hand politically, it was a bad decision that overshadowed the entire case. Had the death penalty not hovered so large over the case, the jury might have returned a different verdict on the lesser charges. Second, O.J. Simpson prosecutor Marcia Clark made a very good point last week when she wrote that juries often confuse “reason for doubt” with “reasonable doubt.” The Casey Anthony legal team threw out lots of rea-


sons to doubt. Whether any of those actually could have supported the jury’s finding of “reasonable doubt” will be debated for years. Many have argued that “reasonable doubt” has been elevated by the so-called “CSI Effect,” where jurors expect evidence presented at trials to fall neatly into place. However, after watching closing arguments, putting Gary Sinise himself on the stand might not have been able to save the prosecutors’ case against Casey Anthony. It’s likely that no one will ever be punished for killing Caylee Anthony. That’s the price we pay for enjoying an imperfect system. Rick Robinson is a Northern Kentucky author whose latest novel, “Manifest Destiny,” has won seven writing awards, including Best Fiction at the Paris Book Festival. This article is reprinted with permission of the Daily Caller.

Answer to budget woes: The ‘T’ word There IS an answer to the budget problems facing federal, state, and local governments. It’s the unmentionable “T” word: TAXES. No one likes irresponsible spending. But government agencies are being forced to cut essential programs. To keep programs intact, we must raise revenues, and one option should be raising taxes. Instead, the theory today is “supply-side economics”: Decreased taxes stimulate investing and job growth. Yet tax expert David Cay Johnston of Syracuse University says it’s a proven failure.9 And consider this: Decreased taxes bring less tax revenue, meaning more budget cuts, leading to job loss, thus less tax revenue. It’s more than a vicious cycle; it’s a spiral, with ever shrinking budgets, greater job loss, less tax revenue. But no one likes taxes, do they? The Anti-Tax Media Machine would have us believe that. However, a December, 2010 survey from the Pew Research Center shows that 65% of people prefer a more balanced approach to reducing the federal deficit: Cut major programs AND increase taxes.1 Furthermore, a February, 2011 Pew study showed more people actually favor an increase over a decrease in spending in key areas, including education, health care, Medicare, environ-

mental protection, defense, and scientific research.3

The purpose of taxes

The idea is that we share Kimberly the financial Kennedy r e s p o n s i b i l i t y Community for services we want so that no Recorder one segment of guest the populationcolumnist nor one familyis unnecessarily burdened. Plus, you have to fill the coffers for emergency services, like disaster relief and military defense. A small tax hike will not significantly impact most families. But if you remove services, then individuals need to replace them, meaning higher costs than families would have paid in taxes. For example: Reducing funds for the Stop Aids Campaign means patients can’t afford medication. In Kentucky, the parents of 137,000 students5 will face whether to send their children to college if Pell grants are cut. And so on.

What we’re losing

Cuts at the federal level put a tremendous strain on state, county, and city budgets, bringing cuts to essential programs. Ask the citizens of Vallejo, California6 what happens when police and fire

services are cut. In Kentucky, the Commissioner of Agriculture, Richie Farmer, said that cuts to the department would underfund vital public services, jeopardizing public safety.7 We also lose programs that are important to us or integral to the economic health of our cities. We don’t want children to be cut from early-childhood intervention services,8 and we want open swimming pools and Fourth of July fireworks. And does it pay to cut funding for the arts when it means lost jobs? We lose hope for a brighter future for our children, as educational quality and health outcomes decrease, as we lag behind other countries in innovation and technology. If asked to choose between tax breaks for corporate jets and yachts or safe drinking water and quality education for your children, what will you choose? There’s a greater cost to our society in NOT raising taxes: Save money now, but pay dearly in the future. So be brave: Say the word out loud. Then venture forth, tweeting it, facebooking it, sharing it with family, friends, co-workers, legislators. This is how revolutions start. Kimberly Kennedy is a Villa Hills resident and can be reached at

Summer’s warmer weather means smog season is here again Now that the warm weather has sprung upon us full force, so has the smog. In early June the 90s hit the Tristate and brought with it the region’s first smog alert of the season. So what exactly is smog and why does it become such an issue during these hot summer months? Smog is an air pollutant containing gases and other reactive chemical mixtures that is formed when sunlight combines with them. They create an irritating mixture throughout the air making breathing difficult, especially for children, the elderly and people with respiratory problems. Now that the heat has arrived,

the warm temp e r a t u r e s increasingly facilitate the mixing of those gases which creates more air contamination. Along with the Lauren t e m p e r a t u r e s , areas are Koehler urban among the top Community of the list for Press guest high smog levcolumnist els. In the OhioKentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments region that consists of Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties in

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Ohio; Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties in Kentucky and Dearborn County, IN., this is due, mainly, to exhaust from vehicles. Geography has something to do with it as well; since the region sits in a valley of sorts, the surroundings could trap the pollution inside. In order to see a decrease in the amount of smog that is formed, residents of the Tristate area need to be informed and stay conscientious. OKI is a non-profit organization actively trying to keep citizens aware of the smog issues in the Tristate area. OKI’s primary charge is to notify people, businesses and the media of smog alerts on days

when there is high air contamination. OKI’s “Do Your Share for Cleaner Air” campaign is one way the community can stay informed about smog and related air pollution issues. This campaign gives many examples of what individuals can do to help keep our air clean, such as: • Carpool with friends or coworkers: sign up for RideShare, a free service, by visiting • Turn off all unused lights. • Refuel vehicles after 8 p.m. • Use lawnmowers after 8 p.m. • Walk, bike or Rollerblade

on short trips If carpooling or vanpooling is not feasible, individuals can park at one of the many park and rides around the Tristate area and take a bus (call METRO 513-6214455 or TANK 859-331-8265). Simply spreading the word to friends and family is also helpful. For more information and additional tips to reduce air pollution, visit, become a fan on Facebook at, or call 1-800-621-SMOG. Loren Koehler is an OKI communications intern.

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Jonah Steenken (red shirt) poses with some friends during their visit to the hospital on July 3. In a show of support for Steenken, who is going through treatment for leukemia, close to 20 of his classmates, baseball teammates and friends shaved their heads. REGAN COOMER/STAFF

Grocery Bag manager Tonya Cabrera and owner Alan Threlkeld proudly stand in front of the convenience store that has become a family place in Taylor Mill.

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TAYLOR MILL - For close to 30 years, the Grocery Bag convenience store has been a hub for Taylor Mill’s residents. Whether they hang out in the morning with a cup of joe, stop by for some muchneeded ice cream or order a deli sandwich, manager Tonya Cabrera knows their faces - and their names. “You have a lot of the same customers come in year after year and you see their kids grow and see them have kids,” she said. “We’re just the friendly neighborhood store.” In addition to soft-serve ice cream, ICEEs and snacks at the Grocery Bag, customers can also purchase deli sandwiches and hoagies, made on the spot, Cabrera said. Customers can also order deli meats and cheeses by the pound, as well as deli trays for events. And the Grocery Bag

staff is happy to cater to those regular customers who have helped them stay open all these years, Cabrera said. “If anybody has a personal request we make sure to get that for them,” she said. Owner Allan Threlkeld, who bought the Grocery Bag five years ago, knows he has the community to thank for the Grocery Bag’s continued success in an economy that’s hard on small businesses. “We appreciate all the loyalty they’ve shown to the Grocery Bag,” he said. “Without them, we wouldn’t be here.” For more information about the Grocery Bag, call 431-6226. The Grocery Bag is open from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. The Grocery Bag is open 364 days a year, excepting Christmas day.

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Boys show true meaning of friendship By Jason Brubaker

Karen Steenken never imagined 20 haircuts could unite a community and lift a family. “We’re so humbled by this – saying ‘thank you’ just seems so small,” said Steenken, the mother of Beechwood Elementary fifth-grader Jonah Steenken. “To have this kind of support is beyond words. We’re just incredibly blessed to be in a great community like this.” Earlier this summer Jonah was diagnosed with leukemia. He immediately started an intense chemotherapy program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and as one of the side effects, he began to lose his hair. “Some of the boys who play baseball and basketball with Jonah said they should all shave their heads too, so he wouldn’t feel different,” said Suzanne Deatherage, whose son Zach

Zach Deatherage gets his head shaved by his father, Jerry. “Jonah laughed at us when he saw us all,” said Zach, one of about 20 boys who shaved their head in support of Jonah Steenken.


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Clayton Miller and London Harper exchange grins as they get their heads shaved on July 3. "Jonah was especially excited to see Clayton, because his hair was so long to begin with," said Karen Steenken. is a friend of Jonah’s. “To see the kids come up with this idea really makes you proud as a parent, because they just wanted to help their friend out.” The Hair Shaving took place at Kevin Willis’ Fort Mitchell home on July 3 with twenty teammates, classmates and friends. The event attracted almost 100 spectators, and was even broadcast live to Jonah and his family in the hospital via Skype. Afterward, a handful of the boys visited Jonah in the hospital to show off their new look. “He’s my friend, and we didn’t want him to feel left out,” explained Zach. “When he saw us with our heads shaved, he just started laughing. It was a lot of fun.” For Karen and the Steenken family, however, it was a gesture that left them speechless. “It was the first time he’d seen his friends since he started his treatments, and I think it made him feel like they

were all a part of what he was going through,” she said. “He was really excited to see what they all looked like with shaved heads, and it was just an amazing day for our family.” Suzanne said the boys never hesitated to show their support. “They all jumped on the idea, and they were glad to do this for Jonah,” she said. “It was just so neat to see how the community stepped forward and banded together for this, and it shows what a great community we have.” Karen agreed. She said Jonah is progressing well medically. “We couldn’t ask for more – the support has been overwhelming in a good way,” said Karen. “We always knew we had a wonderful community and wonderful friends, and we’re so thankful for all that they’ve done for us.” To leave a message for Jonah or his family, visit

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International Film Fridays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Erlanger Branch Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Watch and discuss recently released international film. Ages 18 and up. Free. 859-962-4000. Erlanger.


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. Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Ralph Fulton VFW Post 6423, 4435 Dixie Highway, With Jay. 859866-6810. Elsmere.


Cincinnati Meets the Beatles! 1964 & 1966 The Liverpool Sensations Invade the Tri-State, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., BehringerCrawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Exhibit features stunning photos of news photographer Gordon Baer. Family friendly. Included with admission: $7, $6 seniors, $4 children; free for members. 859-491-4003. Covington.

MUSIC - CLASSIC ROCK Corner Pocket, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Guys ‘n’ Dolls Restaurant and Nightclub, 4210 Alexandria Pike, Classic, rock and country blues. $5. 859-441-4888; Cold Spring.


Next Era Entertainment Two Year Anniversary Show, 8:30 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Doors open 8 p.m. Featuring Antiserum, DKxNighmate and Nicmor, Lady Bandit, J.A.N.K. with Firecat 451 and the Wise Cracka, and Infected Angel. $10. 859-491-2444; Covington.


Quintana, 10 p.m., Peecox II, 12200 Madison Pike, 859-356-1440; Independence.


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


Taken, 10 p.m., Peecox, 635 Donaldson Highway, 859-342-7000; Erlanger.


Live Fast, Die Young, 7 p.m.-midnight, Leapin Lizard Gallery, 726 Main St., Cin City Burlesque celebrates 50 years of rock. Tasseltwirling performances by Cin City Burlesque, air guitar contests, shot booth and kiss booth. Ages 21 and up. Benefits Stop AIDS Cincinnati. $20, $15 advance. Tickets available online. 513-479-2797; Covington.


Adult Sand Volleyball, 6:30 p.m., Flagship Park, 1 Flagship Park Way, Weather permitting. No teams. Individuals rotate in so everyone can play. Ages 18 and up. Free. 859-727-2525, ext. 1; Erlanger.


Tai Chi, 9 a.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Free. 859-485-7611; 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. 859-485-7611; Walton.


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Tandem Squares, 8 p.m., Promenade Palace, 3630 Decoursey Pike, Plus-level Westernstyle square dance club for experienced dancers. $5. 513-929-2427. Covington.


Kentucky Carrying Concealed Deadly Weapon Permit Training Course, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Email for more information. Ages 21 and up. $85. Reservations required. 859-743-7210. Walton.

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Cincinnati Meets the Beatles! 1964 & 1966 The Liverpool Sensations Invade the Tri-State, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., BehringerCrawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 seniors, $4 children; free for members. 859-491-4003. Covington.


Sasha, 7-10 p.m., Argentine Bean Bistro and Wine Bar, 2875 Town Center Blvd., Gypsy Latin Jazz. Free. 859-426-1042; Crestview Hills.


Devin the Dude and Unrated Business. Doing It Real Big!, 7 p.m.-2 a.m., Mad Hatter, 620 Scott St., Scheduled to appear: Unrated Business, Lennon John, Vincent Vega, K-Riley, Mac Niff. $20. 513-4856562; Covington.


Quintana, 10 p.m., Peecox II, 859-356-1440; Independence.


New Sleepcat Band, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 859-261-2365; Covington.


The first Queen City Sausage Festival will be 5-11 p.m. Friday, July 15, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 16, and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, July 17, at Newport’s Riverfront Levee, below the Newport Aquarium. The festival celebrates the region’s rich culture and history of local sausage making with local food vendors, local beer and local musicians. Each vendor will offer their own specialty dishes using Queen City sausages (brats, metts, Italian, Andouille, Chorizo, etc.). The festival will also include a beer garden, live music, games, kids’ rides, cornhole tournaments, eating contests, festival T-shirts and hats, and more. Admission is free. For more information, visit The event is hosted and presented by Queen City Sausage and Provisions LLC. Pictured is the company flag and flying pig sculpture on the roof at Queen City Sausage in Camp Washington. S U N D A Y, J U L Y 1 7



Taken, 10 p.m., Peecox, 859-342-7000; Erlanger.

Cincinnati Meets the Beatles! 1964 & 1966 The Liverpool Sensations Invade the Tri-State, 1-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 seniors, $4 children; free for members. 859491-4003. Covington.



Live Fast, Die Young, 7 p.m.-midnight, Leapin Lizard Gallery, Burlesque workshop 3-5 p.m. Saturday. Learn burlesque basics, along with choreographed routine. $40, includes ticket for show at 7 p.m. $20, $15 advance. Tickets available online. 513-479-2797; Covington.

Lee Stolar Trio, 7-11 p.m., Chez Nora, 530 Main St., With Mary Ellen Tanner. Free. 859491-8027; Covington.


Weight Loss Class, 5:30-6 p.m., Hickory Grove Baptist Church, 11969 Taylor Mill Road, $30 per month, $20 per month with three-month membership. First class free. 859-802-8965. Independence.



Overeaters Anonymous, 10:30 a.m., Lakeside Presbyterian Church, 2690 Dixie Highway, Free. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. Through Dec. 31. 513-921-1922. Lakeside Park.

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Creation Museum, Noon-6 p.m., Creation Museum, $24.95 ages 13-59, $19.95 ages 60 and up, $14.95 ages 5-12; $7 planetarium. 888-582-4253; Petersburg.


Overeaters Anonymous, 6:30 p.m., Epworth United Methodist Church, 1229 Highway Ave., Free. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. Through Dec. 29. 513-509-5066; Covington. M O N D A Y, J U L Y 1 8


Bluegrass Jam, 8-11 p.m., Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St., No sign-up required. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-491-6659. Covington.


Creation Museum, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, $24.95 ages 13-59, $19.95 ages 60 and up, $14.95 ages 5-12; $7 planetarium. 888-582-4253; Petersburg.

Open Mic/College Night, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., Mahogany’s Coffee House and Bar, 3715 Winston Ave., Musicians, singers, comedians, jugglers and spoken word. All ages. Dinner available at 6 p.m. Free. 859-261-1029. Latonia.


Tot Tuesday, 10:30-11:30 a.m., BehringerCrawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Beetle Mania Strikes. Learn about different members of beetle family. Stories and craft. $1 craft fee. Ages 2-5. Included with admission, free for members. 859-491-4003; Covington.


Cincinnati Meets the Beatles! 1964 & 1966 The Liverpool Sensations Invade the Tri-State, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., BehringerCrawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 seniors, $4 children; free for members. 859-491-4003. Covington.


Women’s Bridge, 10:30 a.m., Covington Art Club, 604 Greenup St., Kate Scudder House. $2. 859-431-2543. Covington.

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Wild Wednesday, 10 a.m., Middleton-Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Shelterhouse 2. Preprogram: Stories and songs with Joel Caithamer of the Kenton County Public Library-Durr Independence Branch, 9:30 a.m. J.J. Audubon’s Field Programs on Fowler Creek. Hour-long programs. Rain or shine. 859-525-7529; Independence. T H U R S D A Y, J U L Y 2 1

EDUCATION (Almost) Every Other Thursday Science, 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Investigating Energy with COSI on Wheels., Pioneer Park, 3950 Madison Pike, Shelterhouse 1. Pre-programs at 9:30 or 9:45 a.m. All ages. Free. 859-525-7529. Covington. HEALTH / WELLNESS

Diabetes Self-Management Support, 7 p.m., St. Elizabeth Covington, 1500 James Simpson Jr. Way, Free information and support group open to people with diabetes and their families. Free. 859-655-8910; Covington.


Covington Partners in Prevention Golf Outing, Noon-7 p.m., Traditions Golf Club, 2035 Williams Road, Shotgun start. Registration begins 10:30 a.m. Four-person scramble. Dinner and silent auction follow scramble. Includes greens fees and carts, range fees, boxed lunch, dinner, gift bag and chance to win two-year lease of Lexus ES 350 from Lexus Rivercenter. Benefits Covington Partners in Prevention. $800 foursome, $200 single. Registration required. Presented by Covington Partners in Prevention. 859-392-3172; Hebron.


Yoga, 10:30 a.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Free. Presented by Senior Services of Northern Kentucky. 859-485-7611; Walton. Art Social, Noon, Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Bring your own supplies. Free. Presented by Senior Services of Northern Kentucky. 859-4857611. Walton. T U E S D A Y, J U L Y 1 9


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.


The Cincinnati Museum Center opens the exhibit, “Inspired by Anne,” Saturday, July 16, in the Cincinnati History Museum. The exhibit celebrates the life and work of Covington resident Anne Wainscott, 94. She was fashion illustrator for Shillito’s Department Store and the Cincinnati Enquirer for nearly five decades. The exhibit includes sketches, artwork, hand-made garments and a replica of her studio. It is through Sept. 4. Admission is free for members and included in an all museums pass: $12.50, adults; $11.50, ages 60 and up; and $8.50, ages 3-12. Visit or call 513-287-7000.


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Think This! Not That! As a motivator for people on their weight loss journey, I have become a huge fan of the “Eat This, Not That” series, authored by Matt Goulding and David Zinczenko of Men's Health Magazine. The books have been touted as helping thousands make better choices in the grocery store, in restaurants, and in preparing meals at home. A fabulous tool utilized for educating people regarding their unhealthy habits. For instance, did you know that we are likely to underestimate our calories by 93 percent when eating out? (Goulding) The book also teaches us how to cut 200 calories and save a whopping 20 pounds a year! (Goulding) Aha! A book, telling you exactly what to do, in order to make better choices and live healthier. Now, can they just come up with something like that for my head?! Did you know that for most Americans, more than 80 percent of the thoughts we think on any given day are negative, irrational and downright “nonsensical” (to quote Dr. Seuss.) Wow! And we wonder why we have issues with patience, anxiety, depression and (overeating for that matter.) Virtually every thought in our head from the moment we get up, until the time we go to bed is unhealthy! Think about it. (No pun intended!) What is the first thought on most of our minds when we wake up in the morning? For some, it's the endless amount work that waits at the office, or the dead end

job with no light at the end of the tunnel. For others, it's the endless house work, to refJulie fights eree between House kids, manSouth ners to teach avoid Kenton to awkward sitRecorder uations at guest c h u r c h , columnist play-dates to schedule so your child remains socially active if you home-school, yada, yada, yada. And still for others, (put me in this category about five years ago) the disgust and shame, about my weight and health. As well as a lack of hope and direction regarding what I can do about it. Doesn't set the stage for a pretty day, does it? How do I break the cycle, you ask? The answer lies in the saying printed on the T-shirt of the man I saw at the drive-in. (If you're reading this, “Thanks!”) The shirt read, “If it is to be; it is up to ME!” Cliché, I know, but stay with me. How many of us wait and worry, wondering if someone else is going to make us happy. Will he or she love me? Make me proud? Give me a job? Pay my bills? Heal me? Hurt me? The list goes on and on. And, what's more, too often that waiting and wondering zaps our energy in other areas of life, and sends us to bed full of anxiety and worry. To top it off, experts tell us that what we go to bed

Did you know that we are likely to underestimate our calories by 93 percent when eating out? thinking about is more than likely the first thing on our minds in the morning. So in order to start my day off fresh and clean, I must do some cleaning before I close my eyes. For me, this means changing my focus, to concentrate on the One whom never changes, not the things that do. (Can you say gas and grocery prices?) Shifting my thinking to the One who provides security and love no matter what. Not the ones that threaten to take away my security. (Can you say the government and insurance companies?) I'm not bitter, just verbal. By the way, did you realize that of all the “things” we want in life, love and security are the two we humans crave more than anything else? So, the next time you find yourself lying awake at night with thoughts of doom and gloom, try this thought on for size, “I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through the night. Because you are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of your wing. I cling to you; your strong right hand holds me securely.” Where do you find a quote like that? I like to call it my big book for positive thinking; the Bible, Psalm 63:6-8.

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Easy dishes to pull out for any picnic, potluck

Rita is on vacation for the next two weeks. The following is a selection of her “best of” recipes. It’s summer and that means lots of folks celebrating the season with family cookouts, potlucks and picnics. Here are some good “take-along” recipes that can be done in advance.

have to be boring. Elevate them to new heights with this recipe which is one of my most requested picnic side dishes. Adapted from my good friend Barbara Bond’s recipe. To see a video of me making this, log onto my blog at (Cooking with Rita).

Bodacious baked beans

32 oz. baked beans 1 can regular, plain beans, your choice, drained 1 generous cup favorite barbecue sauce or more

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⁄2 cup brown sugar 1 medium onion, chopped 1 Granny Smith apple, chopped but not peeled 6 strips bacon, sautéed and cut up Mix everything together. Pour into sprayed casserole. Bake in 350 degree oven about 40 to 50 minutes, until bubbly and no longer real runny. It gets thicker as it cools. Delicious hot, room temperature or cold. Serves six to


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Rita’s seven-layer salad

2 cups flour 3 ⁄4 cup sugar 21⁄2 teaspoons baking powder 3 ⁄4 teaspoon salt 1 ⁄4 cup shortening 3 ⁄4 cup milk 1 egg slightly beaten 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries (thawed and drained)

Anywhere from half to a pound of bacon, cut into small pieces, fried and drained 1 head of iceberg lettuce, enough to make two nice layers in a big bowl 6-7 hard-boiled eggs, sliced 10 oz. or so pkg. of frozen peas, thawed 4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese 1 bunch green onions, sliced Enough mayonnaise for last layer, a cup or so Salt and pepper Put half the lettuce in the bottom of a big bowl and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Put egg slices on top, enough to cover. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Layer half the green onions on. Sprinkle peas on top of that, the bacon, the rest of the lettuce, 2 cups cheddar. Spread mayonnaise on top making sure you cover the entire top. Cover and chill eight to 24 hours. To serve, sprinkle the rest of the cheddar on top and the rest of the green onions. Now if you don’t like that many green onions, leave them off of the top.

Tink Stewart’s blueberry buckle

OK, so when Tink brought this over, she told me it was a Betty Crocker recipe but I know it had Tink’s touch – that extra bit of love folded in. I’ve adapt-

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray or grease 9inch square or round pan. Blend everything but berries and beat 30 seconds. Stir in berries. Spread into pan. Sprinkle with crumb topping and bake 40 to 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Drizzle with glaze.

Crumb topping:

Blend together 1 ⁄2 cup sugar 1 ⁄3 cup flour Up to 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 ⁄2 stick softened butter or margarine


Blend together 1 ⁄2 cup powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 11⁄2 to 2 teaspoons hot water


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The 70-30 rule applies to any seafood on the grill. Have the grill hot, lightly brush both sides of the fish with oil, and start grilling skin side up with the grill closed as much as possible. (Or just put a disposable pan over the fish). Leave it alone until about 70 percent of the fish is done on the first side. You’ll know it by the looks and also if it will release easily. This allows the fish to form a nice crust. Turn it and finish cooking. The rule about seven to 10 minutes per inch of thickness works well, too. Here’s how I season mine: Brush four salmon fillets, about 6 ounces each, with skin (or not) on both sides with olive or other oil. Season both sides with salt and 1⁄4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (this is enough for all four) and the juice of a lime (about 2 tablespoons). Grill as indicated above. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

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PLAYART Magical Painting. Ages 2-6 years & a parent. Friday, July 15 from 10-10:30 a.m. and 1111:30 a.m. It is a magical surprise when you paint over white crayons. ARTING AROUND

Mexican Metal Tooling. Grades 3-6. Friday, July 15 from 2-3 p.m. Create a Spanish themed composition by using metal tooling techniques. Open to 40 kids, registration required.

J U LY We're hosting a KAL each month so find a crafting day that works with schedule and come cast on with friends. Download Pattern < kal/july.pdf>


Kinderfest. Ages 4-10 years & a parent. 2-3 p.m. Kids ages 4-10, put on lederhosen and head out to the Durr branch for our Oktoberfest celebration just for kids. We’ll read stories, have root beer mug relay races, do the chicken dance, and make pretzels along with a German inspired craft. Registration is required. Call the Children’s Desk at 9624032 to register.

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Magical Painting. Ages 2-6 years & a parent. Thursday, July 14 from 1:30-2 p.m. and 77:30 p.m.


Grades 6 and over. 10-4:30 p.m. Join the library crafters and you WON'T have to clean off kitchen table just to work on a project. Come for an hour or pack a lunch and stay for the day. You'll make new friends, and share some laughter.


Grades K-6. Thursday, July 14 from 4:30-5:15 p.m. Build the best secret fort with a great variety of Legos. Call (859) 962-4032 to register.

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Age 24 months & a parent. Thursday, July 14 from 10:30-11 a.m. Calling all two-year olds! This storytime is just for you. Join Miss Jenny every Thursday at 10:30 for fun, stories, rhymes, and dancing.


Cool Coral Reef. Grades K-2. 11-noon. Get inspired by Australia's magnificent coral reef and create a reef of own! Open to 40 kids, registration required.


Ages 0-24 months & a parent. 7-7:30 p.m. Bring baby to the library for stories, songs, and rhymes to aid in language development.

Games Around the World. 7 p.m. Play games that are played by kids on the other side of the world. Wear play clothes and running shoes. Call 962-4032 to register.


Adults. Come join the Independence Inklings - a critique group for adults who write fiction. Give self the advantage of support, tips and feedback. Open to writers of all genres and skill levels, meetings are on the first and third Sundays of most months.

Passport to Australia. Grades K-2 & a parent. Monday, July 18 from 7-8 p.m. Calling all campers grades K-2! Join Miss Jenny as we explore the land down under in Australia. Registration is required. Call the Children’s Desk at 962-4032 to register.


Adults. Registrations required. 1-4 p.m. Come in and learn this game that's popular all over the world! All skill levels are welcome! Games are played with the 2011 National Mah Jongg League cards and rules. T U E S D A Y, J U L Y 1 9

PRESCHOOL STORY TIME Ages 3-5 years & a parent. 10:30-11 a.m. Join us for music, stories, movement and laughs with Joel the Singing Librarian! No registration required.


Games Around the World. Grades 3-6. 1:30 p.m. Play games that are played by kids on the other side of the world.Wear play clothes and running shoes. Call (859) 962-4032 to register.

County Adult Education Program on Mondays from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and Wednesdays from 12-2 p.m. & 5:30 to 8 p.m. Study for GED and take advantage of all that this class has to offer. Call Betsy at 859-442-1180 for more information.

Passport to Australia. Grades K-2 & a parent. 1:30-2:30 p.m. Calling all campers grades K-2! Join Miss Jenny as we explore the land down under in Australia. Registration is required. Call the Children? Desk at 9624032 to register.



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Collage Butterflies. Ages 2-6 years & a parent. 7-7:30 p.m. and 1:302 p.m. Mix up materials to make a dazzling butterfly.


Grades 6-12. from 6-8 p.m.

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Ages 0-24 months & a parent. 9:30-10 a.m. Bring baby to the library for stories, songs, and rhymes to aid in language development.

Age 24 months & a parent. 10:30-11 a.m. Calling all two-year olds! This storytime is just for you. Join Miss Jenny every Thursday at 10:30 for fun, stories, rhymes, and dancing.


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Grades K-6. 4:30-5:15 p.m. Build the best secret fort you can imagine with our great variety of LEGOs. Call (859) 962-4032 to register.

Grades K-6. 3 p.m. Get outside and play! Play old neighborhood games and learn new games to play with friends. Wear play clothes, tennis shoes, and sunscreen. It's summer time and we've got the fun! Call (859) 962-4032 to register.



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FESTIVALS St. Paul Church

St. Paul Church Festival, 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, July 15; 5 p.m.-11 p.m., Saturday, July 16 and 1 p.m.-6 p.m., Sunday July 17 at 7301 Dixie Highway, Florence. Mass will be held at 4 p.m., Saturday. “One-year Tuition at any Catholic School” raffle (only 500 chances, $4,605 value), food vendors, rides, and games. “Chicken Charlie” chicken dinner will be served in the air-conditioned Carlin Center from 4 p.m.–8 Saturday with carryouts available starting at 4 p.m. Kids 10 and under eat free from 4 p.m.–5 p.m. (limit 1 free


child’s meal per paying adult). Grand prize for raffle is $5,000; second prize: $1,500; third prize: $500; drawing July 17 at 6 p.m.

St. Benedict Church

St. Benedict Church Summer Festival and Homecoming, July 15-16, 338 E. 16th St., Covington. Games, Benny’s arcade for kids, theme basket raffle, food, refreshments. Major Raffle – 1st prize $1500; 2nd prize $1,000 and 3rd prize $500. Fish on Friday and chicken on Saturday. Dinners served beginning at 5 p.m. in the airconditioned hall. Shuttle service runs every 15 minutes from parking garage at 20th Street and Maryland Ave.

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Bethesda Community Church

989 E. Mt. Zion Road, Independence Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Sunday School; 10:40 a.m. Service. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Service. Pastor: The Rev. Tim Freimuth. Phone: 859-6476109. Email: bethesdacc@ Website: www.

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Is your church not listed? Do you have church events or happenings you would like to share in the South Kenton Recorder? Email editor Brian Mains at or call 859-578-1062. Service Times: Sunday: Sunday School: 10 a.m.; Worship Service 11 a.m. Evening Worship: 6 p.m. Pastor: Ronald Crisp Phone: 859356-8135

Grace Baptist

5288 Madison Pike, Independence Sunday: 9:45-10:45 a.m. Sunday School; 11 a.m. Morning Service; and 6 p.m. Evening Service. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Evening Service. Pastor: Michael Smith. Phone: 859-356-9090.

Hickory Grove Baptist

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Piner Baptist Church

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5313 Madison Pike, Independence Sunday: 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Mass. Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. Mass. Saturday: 8:30 a.m. Mass; 5 p.m. Vigil Mass. Rosary payer is a half-hour before all weekend Masses. Pastor: Father Mario Tizziani. Phone: 859-3634311. Email: Website:

St. Patrick Church

3285 Mill Road, Taylor Mill Sunday: 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Mass. Monday: 7:35 a.m. Mass. Tuesday: 7:35 a.m. Mass. Wednesday: 7:35 a.m. and 7 p.m. Masses. Saturday: 4:30 p.m. Mass. The second Wednesday of every month, Holy Hour will follow 7 p.m. Mass. Pastor: Father Jeff VonLehman. Phone: 859-356-5151. Email: Website:

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1632 Shaw Road, Independence Sunday: 9:45 a.m. Bible Study; 11 a.m. Service. Pastor: Tom NeCamp. Phone: 859-356-9835. Email: Website:

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Faith Community United Methodist

4310 Richardson Road, Independence Sunday: 9:45 a.m. Sunday School; 10:45 a.m. Service; and 5:30 p.m. Youth-led Bible Service. Prayer Times: 6 a.m. Tuesday and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Pastor: Mike Albertson. Phone: 859-282-8889. Website: www.faithcommunity

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11875 Taylor Mill Road, Independence Sunday: 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Services; and 6:30 p.m. Evening Service. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Family Growth Night. Pastor: Thomas Bates. Phone: 859-356-8851. Email: Website:

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Judith A. Bramlage, 62, of Covington, died June 23, 2011, at her home. She was a retired teachers aide with the Kenton County Board of Education. A son, Steven Edward Bramlage, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Mary Bramlage of Morning View; sons, David J. Bramlage Jr. of Ryland Heights and Bob Bramlage of Covington; brother, James A. Barnes of Butler, Ky.; and five grandchildren. Memorials: American Cancer Society.

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Shanessa Lynn Chappie, 24, of Clearwater, Fla., died June 30, 2011, at her residence. She was a waitress for Perkins Restaurant. Survivors include her father, Robert Chappie of Erlanger; mother, Shauna Doyen of Florence; stepmother, Kim Farrell of Erlanger; grandparents, Bill Yopp of Dayton, Thomas Leight of Taylor Mill and Maretta Leight of Erlanger; aunts, Lavonda Grant of Taylor Mill, Missy Cooksey of Frankfort, Laura Baker of Covington and Kim West of Hamilton, Ohio; and uncles, Joe Chappie of Ham, Ohio, and Bill Chappie of Covington; Interment was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

Matthew Ralph Bohmer

Matthew Ralph Bohmer, 43, of Florence, died July 5, 2011. He was an English teacher at Gilbert A. Dater High School in Cincinnati and coached multiple sports at Blessed Sacrament, Beechwood High School, Covington Catholic High School and Dixie Heights High School. His father, Ralph W. Bohmer, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Melissa A. Cornett Bohmer; children, Tabitha Tirey, Isaac Bohmer, Hannah Bohmer and Chloe Bohmer, all of Florence; mother, LaVerne Bohmer of Florence; and sister, Joan Fischer-Cain of Taylor Mill. Burial was at St. Mary Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: The Matt Bohmer’s Children Educational Fund, c/o Melissa Bohmer, at any Fifth-Third Bank location.

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Laura Wagner Davis

Laura L. Wagner Davis, 90, of Bellevue, died July 2, 2011, at Mt. Washington Care Center in Cincinnati. She was a loan processor for the Kissell Mortgage Company, a teacher and a member of Bellevue Baptist Church. She was an avid gardener, loved cats and traveling with her faithful dog, Rusty. Her husband, Ralph Davis, and a grandson, Bryant Butler, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Susan Letizia of Cincinnati and Lolly Butler of Independence; son, Eric Davis of Cincinnati; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Burial was at Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate. Memorials: Mt. Washington Care Center, 6900 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45230 or Hospice of Cincinnati - East, 7691 Five Mile Road, Cincinnati, OH 45230.

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Edward Anderson, 69, of Covington, died July 1, 2011, at his residence. A daughter, Holly Anderson, died previously. Survivors include his sons, Mark Anderson of Fort Mitchell, Mike Anderson of Cincinnati, John Anderson of Lexington and Tim Anderson of Burlington; daughters, Julie Reis of Fort Mitchell and Jeanna Hadley of Independence; brothers, Thomas Anderson of Fort Wright and Robert Anderson of Newport; and nine grandchildren. Memorials: Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home, 75 Orphanage Road, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Adam Sherwood Arthur, 65, of Newport, died July 5, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a switchman/brakeman with CSX. His parents, Otis and Elsie Arthur, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Sandra Arthur of Newport; sons, Jimmy Arthur of Dayton and Casey Arthur of Florence; daughter, Shermett Hayes of Independence; brother, Coleman Arthur of Alexandria; sisters, Lena Brock of Newport, Linda Surrey of Edgewood and Ina Bosley of Erlanger; and four grandchildren. Memorials: Charity Tabernacle, 230 Pooles Creek Road #1, Cold Spring, KY 41076.



DEATHS John K. Dudderar

John K. Dudderar, 84, of Taylor Mill, died June 30, 2011, at his home. Survivors include his wife, Virginia Lee Johnson Dudderar; sons, Gary L. Dudderar of Edgewood and Mark K. Dudderar of Taylor Mill; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Interment was at Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell.

Mark Edwin Dyrstad

Mark Edwin Dyrstad, 44, of Independence, died July 6, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was former owner/operator of A&M Signs, formerly Signature Signs, an equipment operator for Crosset Company and served in the U.S. Navy. He was an upward basketball coach at Hickory Grove Church and union steward for Local Teamsters No. 114. Survivors include his wife Angel Hunter Dyrstad; daughters, Brittany, Marquea and Ashreya; sons, Chase and Gage; sister, Michelle McIntosh; mother, Karaline R. Young; stepfather, Rich Young; and one grandchild. Burial was in Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North in Williamstown. Memorials: Lambda Chi Omega, 4828 S. County Road, 150W, Connersville, IN 47331.

Underground Department at Cincinnati Gas & Electric. A brother, John E. Hegener, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Helen E. Keller Hegener; daughters, Jean M. Hegener of Taylor Mill, Mary E. Kreutzer of Fort Thomas and Nancy R. Pyles of Independence; sons, Robert J. Hegener of Alexandria, James A. Hegener of Newport and Andrew M. Hegener of Independence; brother, Alfred H. Hegener of Newport; sisters, Helen M. Kolde of Springdale, Ohio, and Mary Ann Lampe of West Chester, Ohio; 11 grandchildren; and three greatgrandchildren. Interment was at St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas. Memorials: St. Patrick Church Building Fund, 3285 Mills Road, Taylor Mill, KY 41015.

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Prentice ‘Pete’ Gordon

Prentice “Pete” Gordon, 68, of Worthville, formerly of Kenton County, died July 2, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Hospice. He was a farmer. Survivors include his wife, Louise Mason Gordon; son, Steve Gordon of Worthville; daughter, Carla Norris of Walton; brother, Donald Gordon of Stewartsville, Ky.; sister, Janet L. Sebree of Independence; half brother, Clyde Gordon of Owenton; half sisters, Barbara Kells of Berry, Clara M. Gordon of Williamstown, Margie Webster of Carrollton and Linda Beatty of Corinth; and two grandchildren. Burial was in Owenton Cemetery. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice Care Center.

Robert A. Hegener

Robert A. Hegener, 80, of Taylor Mill, died July 6, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He served in the U.S. Army and was a retired supervisor of the

Timothy W. Ingelin

Timothy W. Ingelin, 27, of Independence, died June 30, 2011, at his residence. He was a volunteer at St. Elizabeth Edgewood and a choir member at Staffordsburg United Methodist Church. He enjoyed the outdoors, driving automobiles and tinkering with electronics. His uncle, Dale Tuttle, died previously. Survivors include his parents, Mark and Cam Ingelin of Independence; maternal grandparents, Wey and Charlene Tuttle of Lucas, Kan.; and paternal grandparents, Paul

and Fay Ingelin of Duluth, Minn. Burial was in Hunter Cemetery in Hunter, Kan. Memorials: Staffordsburg United Methodist Church or the American Heart Association.

Bennie Lee Kells

Bennie Lee Kells, 69, of Warsaw, died July 8, 2011, at Gallatin County Health Care Center in Warsaw. Survivors include his brothers, William “Bill” Kells of Independence and Sam Bailey of Williamstown. Interment was at Williamstown Cemetery.

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Tracy L. Ranson, 41, of Independence, died July 5, 2011. Survivors include her husband, John L. Ranson; parents, Louis and Judy (Burchell) Bloom Sr.; sister, Tricia Ottoway; and brother, Louis Bloom Jr. Burial was at St. Mary Cemetery. Memorials: Kenton County Animal Shelter, 1020 Mary Laidley, Covington, KY 41017.

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Rosalyn “Jean” Jump of Dry Ridge and Bonnie Bishop of Dallas; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Interment was at Independence Cemetery. Memorials: Hospice of St. Elizabeth, 1 Medical Village Drive, Suite 213, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Louis Adams Schlosser

Louis Adams Schlosser, 33, of Walton, died July 1, 2011. He was a laboratory research assistant at the University of Cincinnati. Survivors include his son, Louis Schlosser; parents, Louis A. Schlosser and Rose Adams Schlosser of Walton; sister, Ann Schlosser of Evansville, Ind.; brother, Daniel Schlosser of Independence; and grandmother, Margaret Terlau of Villa Hills. Memorials: Louis Schlosser Edu-



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Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky Says Change Needed at Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission

The Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky (HBA) is taking this opportunity to state its position on an effort to alter the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission (NKAPC) and to clear up what it believes are misleading statements made in the public regarding the outcomes that may happen as a result of a successful effort to alter the organization. The Board of Directors of the HBA through a unanimous vote has decided to support the dissolution of the NKAPC. By vote the HBA supports countywide planning by the Kenton County Planning Commission, and believes that that organization should employ its own staff who is charged with fulfilling the responsibilities set forth by statute in KRS 100. This statute requires regulations across Kenton County which the HBA supports. The HBA was the main driver behind countywide planning from its inception in order to support quality and affordable housing across Northern Kentucky. Any comments to the contrary by the NKAPC are a purposeful falsehood meant to mislead the citizens of Kenton County. The NKAPC was originally set up as a “consolidation”…”which provides for a more efficient planning operation” according to KRS 147, the legislation that allows for this type of planning organization. It is notable to point out that NKAPC is the only planning unit of this type in the entire state and as such is the only planning unit capable of levying taxes upon the homeowners and business community in its jurisdiction. Based upon the HBA’s interest and commitment to good planning, the HBA was integral in the formation of NKAPC fifty years ago. The original intent was to service the counties of Boone, Kenton and Campbell, in order to provide for a unified comprehensive plan, zoning regulations, and subdivision regulations across the Tri-County area. Boone County never joined and in the early 1980’s Campbell County spoke through a vote of its residents and seceded from the NKAPC to operate its own planning department. Since then the NKAPC has been operating outside of the spirit of the enabling legislation in one Kenton County alone, thereby creating a taxing money funnel to provide services to one county. Comments have been made publicly by the NKAPC Chairman that what is being attempted will, “turn back the clock to the 1950’s”. The HBA disagrees. The NKAPC has been operating on a fifty year old model that no longer meets the intent of the enabling statute or the needs of the residents of Kenton County, and underperforms while taxing and spending Kenton County into an economic disadvantage. Today’s planning commissions are more responsive, with a higher level of accountability and efficiencies; both in funding and in operations. Because NKAPC doesn’t rely upon the general funds of the county and fees from its operation solely the organization doesn’t answer to Kenton County residents. A track record of successful small area plans is not the legacy of the NKAPC. Several of their plans have not worked in real world applications. In fact many of their plans contain burdensome mandates and unrealistic components that hinder growth and further suppress the economy. The NKAPC has worked on a total of six such studies in one year alone. This accounts for hundreds of thousands of tax payers dollars that are being wasted by studies that don’t work in the real world and are being funded from city and countywide taxes. At times there are no answers as to who has initiated such studies and we have asked with no response. Specifically, The Hills study that is currently being worked on has no entity that specifically asked for the birth of this study. The current draft of the subdivision regulations that the NKAPC is proposing to roll out is not an update but a complete rewrite costing thousands of dollars. The HBA has reviewed it and found many of the items in that regulation will increase the cost of housing and new industry by thousands of dollars, further stifling growth in Kenton County and placing the cities and the county in further fiscal turmoil and through thorough engineering analysis will not solve the issues that they are intended to solve. A team of engineers has studied the issue and are offering a better solution that actually solves the problem while not stopping growth and costing more jobs in Kenton County. Today’s planning commissions are more accountable and responsible. The NKAPC has a governance structure unlike any other planning commission in the state. In fact there are literally two planning commissions in Kenton County. Most people may not know that Kenton County already has a Kenton County Planning Commission. That commission is created just like every other commission in the state. The only difference is that they contract with the NKAPC to fulfill their responsibilities to KRS 100, the statute that all other commissions operate under. Recently, the NKAPC Chairman’s public remarks indicated that there would be no comprehensive plan, no staff to update said plan, and no inspections of subdivision streets and sidewalks among other comments. These are the responsibility of the Kenton County Municipal Planning & Zoning Commission under KRS 100. These services should continue under that organization with full county control and a budget not to exceed $1,750,000; not the $4.8 million burden that the NKAPC is today. This would save the taxpayers of Kenton County $3 million and create a $7.4 million economic benefit for Kenton County every year. At the NKAPC there is an appointed council that nominates and elects the area planning commission members. This system of appointments and elections has created a scenario where there is not a broad base of citizen and representation or oversight on their commissions. The NKAPC budget approval is a rushed and haphazard process and is purposely done so as to spend the money that is guaranteed by their onerous tax. The Kenton County Planning Commission members are appointed by the cities and the county. As a result they are more accountable to the citizens of those cities and Kenton County. Under a new scenario the budget would have to be approved at the fiscal court level rather than at an annual dinner party as is currently the case. However, because the County Planning Commission contracts with NKAPC to provide for their statutory responsibilities there is a wall that is built between the citizens and the regulations, studies, and mandates handed down by the NKAPC. As a result the NKAPC has become unaccountable and less responsive in their activities. In as much as efficiency is concerned the NKAPC is sorely weak in this area. It is the duty of an area planning commission to “provide(s) for a more efficient planning operation”. The exact opposite is true. For example in handling building permits, what takes other organizations two or three days takes the NKAPC two or three weeks in many cases. Between 2002 and 2010 Kenton County accounted for 5,187 residential building permits. During that same time period Boone County accounted for 10,439; more than double that of Kenton County. Currently the NKAPC has 34 active staff working on planning functions, while the Boone County Planning Commission has 15. Recently an attempt has been made to justify the waste at NKAPC. NKAPC proponents made a desperate attempt to lump the Boone County Planning Commission’s budget in with additional services from the Boone County Public Works Department, the Boone County Building Department, the Florence Public Services Department and donated overhead from Boone County. The number for all of services in Boone County that NKAPC came up with was $2,819,804. However, this is not an apples to apples comparison as the NKAPC purposefully left out services in Kenton County from the Park Hills Public Works Department, Elsmere Public Works Department, Elsmere Code Enforcement Department, Ludlow Building & Zoning Department, Ludlow Code Enforcement Department, Ludlow Public Works Department, Lakeside Park Public Works Department, Walton Public Works Department, Walton Code Enforcement, Edgewood General Services Department, Covington Code Enforcement Department, Covington Building & Zoning Department, Covington Department of Public Improvements, Independence Public Works Department, Independence Building Inspection Department, Independence Zoning Administration Department, Ft. Wright Public Works Department, Villa Hills Public Works Department, Villa Hills Building Inspections Department, Ft. Mitchell Public Works Department, Fairview Code Enforcement Department, Bromley Code Enforcement Department, Crestview Hills Public Works Department, Crescent Springs Public Services Department, and the Kenton County Public Works Department. The estimated total costs for all of these services in Kenton County equal $6,224,993. So what are the taxpayers of Kenton County getting for their money? Kenton County gets 29.28% of new homes constructed over the last 16 years in the Tri-County area, while Boone County gets 58.68%. Kenton County gets 24.58% of newly constructed commercial structures while Boone County gets 63.04%. Kenton County gets 37.45% of the reinvigorated commercial structures while Boone County gets 55.54%. What does this mean? Boone County gets the jobs, higher personal income for its citizens and a stronger fiscal future for its government, while Kenton County gets less and less while the NKAPC taxes and spends more and more. Due to this discussion several cities are beginning to question what their taxpayers are getting for the underperforming investment their tax dollars are getting at NKAPC. We all need to be asking these same questions. Kenton County will be stronger without the NKAPC’s tax burden. A stronger Kenton County means a stronger region with more jobs, a higher income potential for its wage earners and a more fiscally stable government that can provide essential services that we all need for our safety and economic vitality. Again, and it bears repeating due to misinformation spread by the NKAPC, the HBA supports countywide consolidation of planning services and regulation under the responsibility of one Kenton County Planning Commission. This issue will make it on the November ballot. If voters are successful and dissolve the NKAPC the resolution of duties of the NKAPC rests upon the fiscal court in accordance with state statute. The NKAPC has over $2.8 million in the bank and in investments which can be used to set up a modern and effective system. There will be the need for the Kenton County Planning Commission to receive funding through the general funds of the county in addition to fees that the commission will collect as a result of their approval and review processes. As a result, there will be greater scrutiny by the public. There will be higher accountability to the people at fiscal court meetings. The planning services in Kenton County will operate in a more cost efficient and accountable manner. Building inspections should continue under county and/or city control. Currently nearly half of the cities in Kenton County do not use the NKAPC for code enforcement and other services as explained above. Despite the NKAPC members’ scare tactics the numbers don’t lie. Neither does the obvious need for change at the NKAPC. Support a strong Kenton County and Axe the Tax! 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