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Bryce Reams of the Dick's Sporting Goods team batting during the first round of tournament play against Struckhoff Orthodontics.

A fair time

Another year of the Kenton County Fair is over. Fun, food, and more was had on the fair grounds in Independence. Also, prizes were had and Miss Kenton County, an Edgewood resident, was named. Read results and see photos from the fair. LIFE, B1

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Traffic lines to be turned on shortly By Regan Coomer

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INDEPENDENCE - While a new traffic light has hung dim at the intersection of Ky-17 and Centennial Boulevard for the past six weeks, in another three they should be fully operational, city officials say. The lights haven’t been working in the normal four-week range because there wasn’t available electricity in the area, said City Administrator Dan Groth. Electrical poles are not allowed by city ordinance, and because Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 usually just hooks a new traffic light to a nearby pole,

a solution had to be found for the situation. “All the electricity in that area has to be underground,” Groth said. “The city has decided to go ahead and pay for an electrical box to be put in the ground there. It may be $2,000, it may be less.” The transformer must be installed at the nearest electrical source, which is on private property, behind Advance Auto Parts, Groth said. Electric will then be brought from the transformer to power the light. “We feel like it’s important enough to get the light on. It won’t break the bank and for safety reasons we decided to go

ahead and get this thing done,” Groth said. Mayor Chris Moriconi called the Ky-17/Centennial Light “unique” because the city and District 6 had to come to an agreement with Ashley Development, owner of the private property, as well as Duke Energy, to get the project moving again. An official document will be agreed upon by all parties and will spell out what is required of Independence, Moriconi said, stipulating their obligation will be no more than $2,000 for the purchase of an electrical transformer. “I can live with that,” he said of the transformer cost. “I think it’s a safety issue.”

When a new traffic light is installed, District 6 takes care of the cost of the several-thousanddollar light according to the “standards, procedure and policy statewide,” said District 6 Director Rob Hans. The city is then responsible for any additional cost of the light on top of what is usually spent by the state. In Independence’s case, the cost of the transformer for underground utilities was extra, Hans said. Like Groth and Moriconi, Hans is certain the light should be running in a few weeks. For more Independence news visit

Event a bash for beasts and best friends By Regan Coomer

KENTON COUNTY - The Second Annual Beast Bash July 23 will be a celebration of pets and their people. The bash will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kenton Paw Park in Pioneer Park and include a variety of activities for families and man’s best friend. There will be pet pools, races, pet vendors, a pet parade at 1:30 p.m. and more. “If you’re an animal lover, come down to the Beast Bash because you’re going to have a good time,” said Jeff King, owner of Pets Plus in Taylor Mill and a paw park board member. Other activities include a demonstration by the Kenton County K9 unit, a petting zoo, face painting, a climbing wall, a lookalike and best dressed pet contest and readings by a pet communicator. Pets in need of a home will also be on-hand to meet their new families, King said. The Beast Bash is the annual fundraiser for the Kenton Paw Park and the Kenton County Animal Shelter, making it possible for the organizations “make it as nice as a park as we possibly can.” “What we’re actually trying to do this year is gather enough funds to put in concrete pads so disabled folks can bring their dogs to the paw park,” King said. While attending the Beast Bash

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The Second Annual Beast Bash will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 23, in Pioneer Park, 3950 Madison Pike. The event supports the Kenton Paw Park and the Kenton County Animal Shelter. Admission is free, but a $5 parking donation is requested. All dogs who attend will receive a goody bag. For more information, visit

Jimmy Ritter, Susan Flerlage Ritter, Erin Ritter, Dennis Sylvester Flerlage, Debbie Flerlage and Kelly Sinclair Bass celebrate The Chomps at last year’s Taylor Mill Swim Club Swim/Dive Team reunion.

Swim club reunion promises memories By Regan Coomer

TAYLOR MILL - Chomps and Sting Rays alike are welcome at the Taylor Mill Swim Club’s annual reunion and Wall of Fame induction. The reunion will celebrate the swim club’s more than 50-year history at a family-style grill out and swim party 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at the Taylor Mill Swim Club. All past and present members of the dive and swim team are invited. “It’s important to remember your roots and not let that be lost,” said Jamie Kelly, president of the Taylor Mill Swim Club Boosters. “People who swam with the team in the past dedicated themselves to the swim club to leave that legacy for us.” When the swim team began in 1964, the moniker “Chomps” was chosen in honor of the apple trees that existed around the area at the time, like the “chomp out of an

apple,” Kelly explained. In the ‘80s, the Chomps became the Sting Rays. Kelly hopes the reunions will be a way to bring former members of both teams together again. “We had 40 former swimmers come to the event last year. We hope to keep it as an annual event.” Last year was the swim club’s first reunion as well as Wall of Fame induction. Wall of Famers are chosen from families who have participated and contributed to the swim club and the swim/dive teams over the years. The 2010 inductees were the Flerlage and Bishop families. The 2011 inductees will be the Loschiavo and Seitz families. The honorees are given a plaque and their names are engraved on a display at the swim club, Kelly said. “The pool will be open for swimming, food will be available for a nominal price and former teammates will get the chance to

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The Taylor Mill Swim and Dive Team Reunion will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at the Taylor Mill Swim Club. Brats, mets, hot dogs, chips and drinks will be available for purchase. The Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony will begin at 8 p.m. Cost is $5 per person or $20 per family. Cost is $10 per family for TMSC members. All proceeds benefit the Northern Kentucky Swim League Mike Bresser Scholarship. To RSVP, email tmstingrays@ For information, visit reminisce,” he said. Many of the former members from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s have never seen the new pool, which was rebuilt in the early 2000’s, Kelly said. “We hope they’ll be interested in re-joining the club and getting involved with the teams,” he said. Currently, about 129 kids are members of the swim and dive teams. That number is up from 85 a few years ago, Kelly said. “Being part of a team, making friends and improving your swimming and diving skills - those are the memories that last,” he said.


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helps support the shelter and paw park, it’s also a good time for the whole family, said Dan Evans, director of the animal shelter and a paw park board member. “There’s not too many places you can take your animal and spend time with

the entire family,” he said. “I think it’s going to be the summertime event everybody looks forward to.” Dogs can get antsy if they’re cooped up in the house all summer, Evans said. “It’s nice to get out and let them stretch their legs too.”

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The Kenton County Republican Women’s Club will have it’s annual picnic and main fundraiser 6:30 p.m., July 25 at the Edgewood Senior Center, 550 Feedom Park Drive. The event will feature a pot-luck dinner, silent and oral auctions, and fun and fellowship. This is the major source of funds for the KCRWC and helps support Republican candidates for office, annual scholarships, Americanism awards, and community organizations. Reservations are requested for the event. To reserve or for more information call 859344-6154 or email Cost of the dinner is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

Whatchamacallit Sale

The city of Independence will host a Whatchamacallit Sale 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, August 13 at Memorial Park, 2001 Jack Woods Parkway. The cost is $25 for each vendor space, approximate 20’ x 30’ area. Vendors will provide their own tables, chairs, tents, etc. This is a yard sale, flea market, garage sale, craft show and rummage sale all rolled into one fantas-

tic shopping event. Admission is free to all shoppers. On the morning of the event vendors will be able to gain access to their designated space at 7 a.m. Vendor space is limited and spaces will be pre-sold before the event on a first come, first served basis. The event will take place rain or shine, and unfortunately there will be no refunds. For vendors find the form to reserve a spot at or call 859- 356-5302.

Art in the park

The City of Independence will be sponsoring youth programs throughout the summer months. These programs are for children ages 5 to 13. Registration is required. For more information call Nita Brake, Parks & Recreation Director at 363-2934. Here is the schedule for the remaining programs hosted at the Memorial Park shelter: • 10 a.m. to noon, July 22. Create a garden stepping stone. Material fee: $7. • 10 a.m. to noon, August 5. Painted wood picture frame. Materials Fee: $6 • 10 a.m. to noon, August 12. Tin can butterfly wind chimes. Materials Fee: $7.

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INDEPENDENCE - Learn to handle the family telescope Galileo-style at Telescopes 101 hosted by Kenton County Parks July 23 at Lincoln Ridge Park, 420 Independence Station Road. All too often telescopes are inherited or gifted and they’re stuck in the closet, said Steve Trauger, Recreations Program Director for Kenton County’s parks. “They get telescopes and think ‘What can I do with this?’ At the event, professionals will tell you what to do and how to go about it,” Trauger said. Co-hosting the event, which will include information on buying and using a common telescope, are the Cincinnati Observatory Center, Midwestern Astronomers (MWA) and Friends of the Observatory (FOTO). A professional astronomer will lead the two-hour hands-on workshop from 8 to 10 p.m. July 23. Included in the program will be tips on purchasing a new telescope and instruction on what needs to be done to get the telescope ready to use. FOTO and MWA volunteers will teach participants how to find celestial objects in the night sky. Residents are invited to BYO-telescope to get oneon-one instruction, Trauger said. “It’ll be an enjoyable, educational couple of hours participating with professionals who do this for a living,” he said. Telescopes 101 is a fairly new program for Kenton County Parks, and was the result of multiple questions from viewers at Star Gaze events, Trauger said. “We heard, ‘How do I work my telescope?’ again and again,” he said.

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Telescopes 101's space is limited. To reserve your spot, call 525-PLAY (7529). The workshop will be held indoors in the Kenton County Public Works Administration building in Lincoln Ridge Park, 420 Independence Station Road. After the workshop, residents are invited to set up their telescopes at a Star Gaze afterward. The next Star Gaze will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 1 in Lincoln Ridge Park, rain or shine.


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Lion’s fest this weekend By Jason Brubaker


Swim meet

Swimmers from the Taylor Mill Swim Club gather around as they prepare to swim against Cherry Hill Swim Club at a meet July 14.

School district to open alternative school By Jason Brubaker

ERLANGER The Erlanger/Elsmere School District will open the Bartlett Educational Center for the upcoming school year, allowing for an alternative learning environment for students. The center, located next to Tichenor Middle School, will have an enrollment of up to 24 students in grades 6-12, and will serve as an intervention-type program for students who need more academic support. Chris Klosinski will be the principal, and Jeremy

Dodd will be the assistant principal for the center, which will operate on the same yearly calendar as the rest of the Erlanger/Elsmere School District. “In the past, we would send students who needed the intervention program to an alternative setting, but we started to look at a way to develop our own program here in the district,” said Superintendent Kathy Burkhardt. “We think this may help with a quicker transition back to the classroom here, and we’re excited about what this center will mean to us.” The center will allow the students, who may have

struggled in the classroom because of social or behavioral issues, to receive more personalized attention and instruction. Klosinski and Dodd will be joined by two other teachers who will follow a strict state curriculum that allows the students to still maintain a normal classroom pace, and Burkhardt said the amount of time a student spends at the school will vary. There will be a committee that will work with the student and the parents to monitor progress. “It really will depend on each student; some students will simply need this envi-

ronment longer than others,” she said. “But it’s definitely going to be a benefit to have this here.” Dodd and Klosinski, who attended the July 14 school board meeting to update the board on their progress, both agreed. “This is something that’s certainly needed, and it’s going to be a benefit to the community,” said Dodd. The center will have classes each day from 7:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., to avoid congestion with nearby Tichenor and Lloyd Memorial. For more information, visit www.erlanger.k12. or call 727-2255.

ERLANGER - The warm weather of July can mean only one thing...time for the Erlanger Lions Festival. The 2011 festival, which is being organized by John Morris and Tim Greene, will run July 21-23 at Erlanger Lions Park, located at the end of Sunset Drive. The festival will run from 6-12 p.m. each night, and will include rides, games, food and live entertainment. “It’s just a great community event where people can get together with their neighbors and enjoy a fun evening,” said Morris. “We have people who come up there and see old classmates and friends they haven’t seen in a while, and that’s one of the neat things about this each year.” As in years’ past, parking and admission will be free to the Festival, and guests can purchase wristbands for $15 to allow unlimited access to all the rides. Morris said they also are bringing back the pony

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rides, which were a hit last year. “The kids really liked that, so we knew we had to bring it back this year,” he said. Food and drinks from local restaurants will be available for purchase, as well as doughnuts from the Knights of Columbus and frozen treats from Mr. Softy Ice and Kona Ice. There will also be a indoor gambling hall for adults, and all guests will be treated to live music each night from local bands. “There’s definitely something for all ages,” said Morris, who said they regularly draw over 10,000 guests over the course of the festival. “Everyone always has a great time, and we expect this year to be a blast again.” For more information about the Lions Festival, call 282-9969.

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INDEPENDENCE - In the coming months, first-term Kenton County Clerk Gabrielle Summe plans to improve the efficiency of the clerk’s Covington and Independence offices with the help of about $90,000 approved Tuesday by Kenton Fiscal Court. The $89,472 is among $427,000 in excess fees that had been collected by Summe’s predecessor and turned back to Kenton Fiscal Court because it hadn’t been spent by the end of his four-year term. Both the county clerk and sheriff’s offices keep 75 percent of the fees that they collect and turn 25 percent back to the county each month. However, any of that 75 per-

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• 41 chairs to replace old furniture • Needed equipment, such as laser printers and scanners • Hire a cleaning crew for one year for the Covington and Independence clerk’s offices • Upgrade signage • Paint and remodel Covington and Independence clerk’s offices to make them more efficient. cent that is not spent by those respective offices automatically reverts to the county at the end of their respective terms. In the case of the previous county clerk, that totaled $427,000. Summe had originally requested that $160,000 of the county clerk’s surplus funds be returned to her office when she first requested the money several months ago. She later lowered her request because of the county’s budget issues. Planned improvements include purchasing 41 chairs to replace aging furniture that’s falling apart and buying needed equip-

ment such as laser printers and scanners, Summe said. She also wants to hire a cleaning crew for the Covington and Independence clerk’s offices for one year, upgrade signage, and paint and remodel the Covington and Independence clerk’s offices to make them more efficient. Remodeling the Independence office will enable her to shift more employees to the more popular county clerk’s office and improve the traffic flow, so that taxpayers can be better served, she said. “This money is not for a Taj Mahal,” Summe told the Fiscal Court. “We’re talking

about chairs and paint and maybe some new desks and things of that nature that are really utilized by (employees of the clerk’s offices) to serve the public.” The county clerk’s office handles several matters including auto registrations, marriage licenses, recorded deeds and delinquent property taxes. Kenton Judge-executive Steve Arlinghaus cast the sole vote Tuesday against returning the surplus funds to the county clerk’s office. Arlinghaus said he was sympathetic to the new clerk’s needs, especially since the financial situation in the clerk’s office was not of her doing. But Arlinghaus said he was concerned about the precedent that would be set if the county returned surplus funds to the county clerk. If the sheriff decides to ask the county to return the same percentage of excess funds, Arlinghaus said that would cost

Knochelmann said the previous county clerk apparently did not realize that a reserve was building up and did not spend money to do needed upgrades in the clerk’s office. He said Summe took the time to do an efficiency study of the county clerk’s office and had reduced her original request for a higher amount of surplus funds. In casting the deciding vote after 25 minutes of discussion, Commissioner Jon Draud said that he was uncomfortable spending money that was not budgeted, especially since members of Fiscal Court struggled for months to balance the county’s budget. However, he described Summe’s request as “a unique situation.” “I understand your need to run a quality office and to get off to a good start, and I think that you’e the type of person who will watch the dollars...” Draud said.

the county about $280,000. Summe said her office, unlike the sheriff’s department, is solely fee-based, and has no other sources of revenue. After the meeting, new Kenton County Treasurer Kim Livesay - who recently worked in Jefferson County - said that she was not aware of any surplus funds being returned to county clerks in any of Kentucky’s other 120 counties. Commissioner Beth Sewell said the county has made major changes elsewhere, including spending thousands of dollars on security systems and office rehabs. She said about $10,000 was spent renovating a former courtroom in the county administration building in Covington where Fiscal Court meets once a month. “I think fair is fair,” Sewell said. “I support this. I think there’s a need for it.” Commissioner Kris

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This group takes to the Reading Garden for an impromptu dance party.

Library teen lock-in Jenna Fuerst and Jenna Miller enjoy a quiet moment of conversation.

Teens gathered at the William E. Durr Branch of the Kenton County Public Library last Friday night for the annual lock-in. Starting when the library closed at 9 p.m., teens took over until their parents picked them up at 8 a.m. Saturday. So what do teens do when given free rein in the library overnight? Lots of late night snacking, movie watching, game playing and even some reading. While the lock-in might be over for this year, there are still plenty of fun programs to come. The monthly Anime Club meeting takes place on July 30 at 2 p.m. On Aug. 1 at 6 p.m., teens are welcome to join in a game of Supernatural Capture the Flag, where participants will form teams of werewolves, vampires, zombies and humans in a new twist on an old favorite. Registration is not required. For more information, call 859-962-4031. THANKS TO LOCK-IN PARTICIPANTS

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SK alumnus named Fulbright award INDEPENDENCE – With the experience he will gain studying judicial reform in Columbia, Simon Kenton High School alum Robert Works hopes to make a difference as a U.S. ambassador. Works was recently awarded the prestigious Fulbright award for research, one of 14 University of Louisville students, all from Kentucky, distinguished with the award. The U.S. Student Fulbright Program, funded by the U.S. State Department, pays for students to study, teach or conduct research abroad for up to a year. Award winners must demonstrate academic merit, leadership potential and an ability to serve as cultural ambassadors. Works, who graduated from U of L in 2010 with degrees in political science and Spanish, credits his experience growing up on an Independence farm that employed Mexican migrant workers as the

inspiration for his future career. “The process of learning the language and the influence of the farm because we hired Mexicans Works that have helped my Dad forever lead me to study politics in Latin America,” he said. “I always wanted to be a cop, I was always attracted to the law and now I’ve turned that into an academic area of study.” Works will spend a year at La Universidad de los Andes completing his Fulbright research. While there, Works will spend time with respected academics, politicians and more to study the affects of judicial reform in Columbia. Learning more about Latin America is important because of the increasing numbers of Mexi-

can immigrants who now call America home, Works said. “These people influence our society more and more every day,” he said. “Even with a down economy, more immigrants will come from Latin America.” After graduating from U of L, Works spent a year studying institution building and democracy in Mexico. Works will depart for Columbia later this month. “I was really excited to get it,” Works said of the Fulbright grant. “I’m very much looking forward to it.” As a U of L grad, Works said he was proud of his Alma mater having more Fulbright 2011 scholars than any other university, including those in the Ivy League. “There’s 14 Fulbright people who are all coming from Northern Kentucky, which I think is remarkable,” he said. “It’s really neat for Northern Kentucky.”

Calvary Christian School to welcome new administrator Dr. Bill Dickens, a Chaplain and Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force Reserves will be coming home to Taylor Mill on Friday, July 22 from a seven-month deployment to an “undisclosed location” in Southwest Asia. He served as the Wing Chaplain for 2,000 U. S. Air Force, Army and Department of Defense personnel in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. He is currently assigned as the Deputy Staff Chaplain at Tenth Air Force Headquarter at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas. This has been Dr. Dickens' fifth

deployment overseas and his third to the Iraq/Afghanistan theatre of operations in 10 years, but this time, his return is different. He is coming home to new civilian employment as the Administrator of Calvary Christian School! He brings 10 years of Christian Education experience both in the classroom and administration. “It was a good deployment, but I am glad to be home with my family,” said Dickens. “It was a privilege to serve the young airmen and soldiers in my location. Now I look forward to serving the parents, students and faculty of Calvary Christian School.”


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Bryce Reams of the Dick's Sporting Goods team bats during the first round of tournament play against Struckhoff Orthodontics. Both team play in the B League division which have boys from 1214 yrs old for Kenton County Youth Sports. Struckhoff made it to the second round of the tournament losing to Riders Automotive.

Brennon Thomas of the Dick's Sporting Goods team catches during the first round of tournament play against Struckhoff Orthodontics. Both teams play in the B League division which have boys from 12 to 14-years-old for Kenton County Youth Sports. Struckhoff made it to the second round of the tournament losing to Riders Automotive.

The Dick's Sporting Goods played during the first round of tournament against Struckhoff Orthodontics for the Kenton County Youth Sports league. Both teams play in the B League division which have boys from 12 to 14-yearsold. Struckhoff made it to the second round of the tournament losing to Riders Automotive. THANKS TO TODD REAMS

Michael Reams of the Dick's Sporting Goods team pitches during the first round of tournament play against Struckhoff Orthodontics. Both team play in the B League division which have boys from 12-14 yrs old for Kenton County Youth Sports. Struckhoff made it to the second round of the tournament losing to Riders Automotive.

Ricky Zion (first baseman), Trevor Todd (short stop) and Gaige Paff (right field). of the Dick's Sporting Goods team are ready for play during the first round of tournament play against Struckhoff Orthodontics. Both team play in the B League division which have boys from 12-14 yrs old for Kenton County Youth Sports. Struckhoff made it to the second round of the tournament losing to Riders Automotive.


Softball hall of fame

On July 16, Softball City Sports Complex in Taylor Mill inducted its second annual class into the complex’s hall of fame. The proceedings included a pig roast and live music. Inductees are Walt Wherry, Tom Storer, Kenny Hansel, Joe Barnes, Shawn Haley, Mike Boggs, Randy Marksberry, Shawn Courney, Albert Lowe, Jim Bilz, Mike Williams, Gary Dixon, Harry Liable, Earl Weatherford, Jerry Scudder, Buggs Herzog, Geoff Dixon, Danny Cahill, Billy Sizemore, Chip Gregg, Gary Henderson, Randy Ammon, Jeff Combs and Brian Boyle.

Off-court honors

The National Association of Basketball Coaches announced July 11 that Thomas More College men’s basketball student-athletes Robert Wilson, Ryan Hamm, Dalton O’Brien and Daniel Whelan, a St. Xavier High School graduate, were named to the 2010-2011 NABC Honors Court. The NABC Honors Court recognizes the talents and gift that these men possess off the court, and the hard work they exhibit in the classroom. In order to be named to the Honors Court, a studentathlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria as he must be academically a junior or senior and a varsity player, a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2010-2011 academic year, student-athletes must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution and be a member of an NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA institution. All four Saints have a different major as Wilson is a major in business, Hamm in Education, O’Brien in biology and Whelan in accounting.

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Son’s moxie allows dad to see game before deployment By Adam Turer

A special reunion will take place on Saturday, July 23, when the Kenton County Kryptonite knothole team plays in the semifinals of the Greater Cincinnati region championship. The Kryptonite advanced to the final four by winning the Southern Region tournament Sunday, July 17, at Pendrey Park. Because they advanced to play another day, James Elliott will get to see his son play at least one more baseball game before he ships out to Afghanistan for a one-year tour of duty. James Elliott is a member of the National Guard and an assistant coach of the Kryptonite. His unit was sent to Indiana roughly six weeks ago for training in preparation of their impending duties in Afghanistan. While Elliott has been away from the team, his son has helped carry the Kryptonite. Mason Elliott had nine hits in 11 at-bats in the regional tournament in Kentucky. “It’s been pretty hard on Mason,” Kryptonite head coach Marty Estenfelder said, “but the kid had a phenomenal tournament.”

By leading his team to the Southern Region championship, Mason Elliott ensured his father will get to see him play when the elder Elliott returns home on leave the weekend of July 22. The last time he saw his son and his Kryptonite teammates play was in a Memorial Day weekend tournament, which the Kryptonite won. The team is 26-0 so far this season. While he has not been able to see most of it, Elliott has been kept up to date by the other team parents while he is training in Indiana. “A lot of parents have been communicating through Facebook and email to keep him involved,” said Shannon Capps, whose son, Jared, plays for the Kryptonite. “We want to let him know that we’re still thinking about him and letting him know how well Mason is doing.” The team parents are a close-knit group and immediately bought in to Estenfelder’s plans for the team. Estenfelder has been coaching this team for two seasons, but does not have a child on the team. The team had success last year, but nothing quite

like the 26-0 run they are on this season. “A lot of it is the parents,” said Estenfelder, who is in his 18th year coaching knothole. “If the parents are involved, the kids will show up at practice and stay focused.” Estenfelder also coached Jared Capps’ older brother, Andrew, and led his team to a 31-0 season and knothole championship two years ago. The Capps family knows what to expect from an Estenfelder-coached team. “He puts a lot of time and effort into the team,” said Shannon Capps. “As parents, we always hope the boys will be challenged, but they do work hard for everything they get.” The kids that have played for Estenfelder often continue their love of baseball. The coach will stay with one team up until they are of high-school age. He does his best to prepare them to play at the next level. Some, like Andrew Capps has done this season, come back and help coach the next wave of knothole players. “I just like teaching the game,” Estenfelder said. “I want to give these kids the


The Kenton County Kryptonite won the Southern Region Baseball tournament July 17 at Pendrey Park, bringing the record to 26-0 and advancing them in the Greater Cincinnati knothole tournament. coaching they need to have an opportunity to play in high school.” Win or lose this weekend, the finals will be a special weekend for the Kryptonite. “James will be able to make it to one game,” Estenfelder said. “It will probably be the last time he and Mason see each other for a year.” The entire Kryptonite

community, including parents, coaches, and players, are looking forward to seeing James Elliott on Saturday in Blue Ash. Without the victories they earned throughout the season, Elliott would not have the opportunity to watch his son play again this year. “We’re very excited that the team made it this far so he’ll get to see Mason play,” said Capps.

Making pitch for knothole titles

Going varsity

Thomas More College Athletic Director Terry Connor announced July 11 that men’s and women’s track and field will be elevated to varsity status for the 2011-2012 academic year. With the addition of men’s and women’s track and field, Thomas More now sponsors eight men’s sports (baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis and track and field) and eight women’s sports (basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball and track and field). As a varsity sports, track and field student-athletes will be eligible for Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) weekly and postseason awards and eligible for the PAC and NCAA Division III National meets. Track and field was a club sport during the 2009-2010 and the 2010-2011 academic years. Head track and field coach Jeff Hill will have 25 men (12 returners and 13 newcomers) and 20 women (four returners and 16 newcomers) on the team for the 2012 spring season. “I am excited that our team will now have a chance to compete for a conference title,” Hill said. “Having a varsity team gives us a chance to recruit the tristate area’s talent, have them compete against all levels of college track and field student-athletes, and potentially qualify for the national championship and a PAC championship.”

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Matt Shelton of Ludlow AC picks it at first base and gets the out July 13 in an elimination game in the Knothole regionals at Franzen Fields in Villa Hills. Ludlow beat the Diamondbacks from Campbell County to advance.

The knothole baseball Northern Kentucky regionals reached their final stages last week. The six age groups were set to decide their champions beginning July 17. The regional champs advance to the “final four” of the Greater Cincinnati city tournament against three Ohio teams starting July 23 in Blue Ash. The Recorder shot two Kenton County teams July 13, the Hut AC Saints and Ludlow AC teams in Class B. Both teams have players from all over District 28, including Ludlow, Covington, Taylor Mill and Independence. JAMES WEBER/STAFF

Jordan Niehaus of Hut AC Saints throws to first July 13 in an elimination game in the Knothole regionals at Franzen Fields in Villa Hills. Hut AC won the game to advance.

Mark Gebhart of Ludlow AC pitches July 13 in an elimination game in the Knothole regionals at Franzen Fields in Villa Hills. Ludlow beat the Diamondbacks from Campbell County to advance.

Ludlow AC honors Jordan Logan, a Ludlow native and assistant varsity football coach who died in 2009, in the knothole regionals at Franzen Fields in Villa Hills. Ludlow beat the Diamondbacks from Campbell County to advance.

Trent Kincaid of Hut AC Saints pitches to the Bucks July 13 in an elimination game in the Knothole regionals at Franzen Fields in Villa Hills. Hut AC won the game to advance.


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July 21, 2011

Sports & recreation

Cordero saves day for Pioneer Park field By James Weber

Kenton County became Coco Country July 15. The main baseball field at Pioneer Park in Covington became Francisco Cordero Field on that day, as the Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher officially closed the deal of stamping his name on the renovated ballpark. “Having my name on the back of the field is really amazing,” said Cordero, nicknamed “Coco.” “I have two kids of my own and I really appreciate the opportunity to do this for someone.” The Pioneer Park field was renovated as part of the inaugural Home Field Makeover program sponsored by the Reds Community Fund. Among the new frills


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Cincinnati Reds reliever Francisco Cordero speaks at the dedication of Francisco Cordero Field at Pioneer Park in Covington July 15. include fencing and dugouts. The entire outfield is outfitted with new grass and drainage systems. Cordero’s name is in big block letters on the center field fence. Cordero has donated more than $400,000 to the fund, which raised money for the renovation. “It’s phenomenal,” said Scott Gunning, the director of Kenton County parks and recreation. “The Reds have been a great partner. It means the kids will have a

great place to play baseball.” More than 100 kids, most in their youth baseball uniforms, attended the official dedication on a warm Saturday morning about 12 hours after the Reds had claimed a stirring walkoff victory over their rival St. Louis Cardinals. The youth baseball players then participated in a clinic with Cordero and Reds teammates Mike Leake and Ramon Hernandez. Charley Frank, the director of the Reds Community Fund, said the fact that Cordero’s name is on the field reflects the faith the team has in Gunning and his crew. Besides Pioneer Park, there is one field in Cincinnati named for all-star second baseman Brandon Phillips and others named for broadcasters Marty Brennaman and Joe Nuxhall. “We had to have confidence in the community that with Cordero’s name on there they will keep up their part,” Frank said.

SIDELINES Ken Shields Basketball Camp

Former Northern Kentucky University basketball coach Ken Shields will hold his 50th anniversary basketball camp for boys and girls grades 2-10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 25-29 at Sports of All Sorts, Mt. Zion Road in Florence. Cost is $110, or $100 if five or more come together. Walk-up registration is available 8 a.m. Monday, July 25. For more information, call 372-7754.


Youth players warm up during a clinic after the dedication of Francisco Cordero Field at Pioneer Park in Covington July 15.

Junior Olympic Track Meet

The Campbell County Junior Olympics will have its annual track meet for boys and girls ages 5-18 at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, at Newport Stadium. Events include races of 50, 100 and 200 meters for ages 5-10; 100, 200, 400, 800, and the mile for ages 11-18; high jump, long jump, shot put and softball throw. Teams from Fort Thomas, Bellevue, Newport and Campbell County will participate. Participation is free. The Fort Thomas team will hold practices at Tower Park 6-7 p.m. weekdays from July 26 to Aug. 5. For Fort Thomas team information, contact Keith Thompson at 859-7815075 or email For other teams, contact Jerry Hatfield 859-781-0955 or 859-6207636; or Dan Whitacre 513-6084232.

Florence Freedom 12U tryouts


Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mike Leake observes throwing drills at the dedication of Francisco Cordero Field at Pioneer Park in Covington July 15.

The Florence Freedom 12U will have tryouts for the 2012 season 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, at Champion Windows Field, Florence. The team plays in the Southwest Ohio National League and 5-10 nationally affiliated tournaments. Players cannot turn 13 prior to May 1, 2012. Call Kevin at 859-750-3842.

VIEWPOINTS Skills gap: Jobs go unfilled

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With the national unemployment rate hovering stubbornly above 9 percent, why is there a shortage of workers? The short answer is that there has been and continues to be a skills gap created by the changing nature of work and the aging of the workforce. The changing nature of work has been shifting for the past several decades. Nowhere is this more evident than in the industry sectors of advanced manufacturing, health care and information technology. Just as your auto mechanic now uses electronics and computers to diagnose your car’s problem, so does the person who makes products in one of the 400 manufacturing companies

found in the region. While it is true that the total number of people working in manufacturing has shrunk dramatically in the past decade, it is also true that advanced manufacturing is one sector of the economy that is hiring today. But you have to have the right skill set to even get an interview. A strong back and little else once was required to get a job in manufacturing. Today, a strong mind that is ready to use sophisticated technology to produce finished products is required. It also requires the person to have strong math, reading, communications and writing skills. With those skills, you can expect to earn a good wage: The average wage of

a person in advanced manufacturing in Kentucky exceeds $52,000 a year with benefits. You will work in a building that looks more like a NASA space shuttle than an assembly plant. Advanced manufacturing as a career is not well understood or appreciated. In our push to increase the college going rate – spurred by the 1960s space race – parents, counselors and teachers pushed the “college” degree as a four-year degree. We still push that goal despite warnings from experts telling us that 50-75 percent of jobs will require a twoyear associate degree or less. Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky is a place where things are still “Made in Ameri-

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ca.” Manufacturing accounts for a large number of jobs and a high percentage of the economic activity in the region. It has been and remains a vital part of who we are as a region. We must come together as a community to produce long-term and sustainable pathways for young people and others to see advanced manufacturing as a career field of choice. That is why in 2005 local manufacturers and community leaders came together to help design and secure funding for the Center for Advanced Manufacturing at the Gateway’s Boone Campus. That is why we have launched numerous partnerships, apprenticeships and special programs to train and educate stu-


dents to take G. Edward the jobs that are Hughes and will be available in the Community region. Recorder Visit our cenguest ter, talk to our columnist faculty and staff; then have a serious conversation with your child, grandchild, neighbor and friend about a career in advanced manufacturing. The skills gap is a national challenge that must be overcome to revitalize the U.S. economy. In our region, Gateway offers an effective solution. G. Edward Hughes is president of Gateway Community and Technical College.

Pool restrictions lifted, but efforts to contain shigella continue Many families have been visited by an unwelcome guest this spring and summer: the shigella bacteria. Between April 1 and June 28, more than 100 cases of shigella were reported in Northern Kentucky. Shigella is a bacteria that infects the Dr. Lynne bowels. It causes an illness called Saddler shigellosis, with symptoms including diarrhea, fever, stomach cramps, nauCommunity sea or vomiting. Shigella primarily Recorder infects young children, since it is guest spread through contact with the stool columnist of an infected person. We’ve had to take many steps to contain the shigella outbreak, the most visible one being restricting children who are not toilet trained from public pools. We realize that many families were inconvenienced by this rule; however, it was one we felt was necessary. As we move to the peak of summer, it appears that our efforts to contain shigella have been working. Although cases continue to be reported, the bacteria is restricted to child care centers and has not infiltrated local pools. Thus, we eased the restrictions on diapers in pools as of June 30. Our work on this outbreak is not done yet, though. We are still seeing some children in child care centers becoming infected with the bacteria, and it can have serious complications, including high fevers and seizures. The illness can also spread to family members and others in the community if frequent and proper hand washing procedures are not followed. We will continue to focus our disease prevention efforts on child care centers, as we have done since the shigella cases first began in April. The health department has supplied all licensed child care with educational information about the outbreak and steps they should take to prevent or stop the spread of these germs. We have emphasized hand washing, which is the most effective way to prevent transmission. Any child care center that has cases is visited by a team of health department staff. They are required to follow sanitization and cleaning guidelines and exclude children who are sick. Centers are also not permitted to use water tables or pools. While closing a child care center might seem like a solution, it’s typically not the case. Children from the closed center could end up in other centers, or gathered at homes, potentially exposing a greater number of children to the bacteria. Should cases continue in one particular child care, we will look at more restrictive measures. The health department and child care center staff cannot contain this outbreak on our own. We need help from parents. If your child is sick with diarrhea, please don’t send him/her to child care or to the pool. Practice good hand washing to keep shigella and other illnesses at bay. These steps will not only protect your child, but also his/her classmates. Shigella thrives in the summer months. We hope that our aggressive approach, initially targeting pools and child care centers, will ensure that more families can enjoy a swim or an afternoon of play without worry. Dr. Lynne Saddler is district director of health at the Northern Kentucky Health Department.


Happy campers

Campers pose with members of Lloyd Memorial High School volleyball team on July 15 after a week of volleyball camp. The camp was run by coaches Darrell Cammack and Jessica Rouse.

Education improvements on the way Two years ago, the General Assembly passed the most comprehensive improvement to K-12 education in Kentucky in two decades. When I co-sponsored Senate Bill 1, my goal was to ensure that every student’s education prepares them for their future, whether they attend college, join the armed forces, or directly enter the workforce. For the last 20 years, our testing system has concentrated on evaluating schools, but individual students and their success should be our focus. When fully implemented this fall, SB 1 will emphasize student learning and achievement from the first day they enter the classroom to the day they cross the stage at graduation. No system of change this large can be implemented overnight, and indeed the final touches will begin this fall. I want to update you on where we are right now and the differences we’ll be seeing in education. The Kentucky Department of Education has worked hard over the last two years to follow the Senate’s directive and develop new standards for core content. These new standards are more aligned with what our colleges expect students to know when they begin their freshman year, and what our businesses expect students to know when they first enter the workforce out of high school. This was an original goal with KERA, but that focus was lost over time. Setting those goals was important,

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but having an action plan for achieving those goals is critical. Beginning next school year, statewide tests will last only five days, and will take place according to the individual school’s calendar. This will prevent some students attending class for weeks after “endof-year” tests have concluded thanks to snow days or sick days. Most significantly, students will get their results back before the next school year begins. Those who haven’t mastered the skills they need in English, math, science, and social studies will be identified quickly and will have access to interventional programs that will bring them up to speed rather than falling further behind their peers. Another critique of the old testing system has been that students have no stake in the outcome, so they don’t take it seriously. Recently, the state Board of Education voted to essentially require endof-year tests to make up at least 20 percent of a student’s final grade. Local schools and district can opt out, but they’d have to explain why. While the spotlight will now shine on individual student learning rather than school-wide performance, teachers and school administrators will also be evaluated. The final plan for school accounta-

Damon Thayer Community Recorder guest columnist

bility is a fresh look at what constitutes a “good school.” Every school will be evaluated based on three factors: 1) overall test scores for the student population; 2) test scores for “gap groups” to make sure that minority students, lowincome students, disabled students, and students of both genders are achieving at high rates; and 3) the percentage of students who are improving their scores year-over-year. Middle schools and high schools will also be evaluated based on college readiness test scores like the ACT or EXPLORE, and high schools will additionally be judged on their graduation rates. When KERA was passed in 1990, its goal was that every child could learn at a high rate, no matter their background. These new accountability standards will transform that motto from an ideal to a reality. Every child, no matter where they are headed after graduation, should be learning in the classroom every day. With the Annual Session now completed, I will be preparing for next year's Session. As always, I look forward to hearing from you. I would urge you to contact me by calling the Legislative Message Line at 1-800-372-7181 or by emailing me at Senator Thayer represents the 17th Senate District which includes southern Kenton County, and all of Grant, Owen and Scott Counties.

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Kenton Fair has record attendance By Regan Coomer

INDEPENDENCE Whether your favorite thing at the county fair is food, live music, livestock shows, carnival rides or pageants, the 2011 Kenton County Fair supplied it all. Residents stopped by the fair all week, from July 1116, despite a high heat index. Wednesday enjoyed record attendance, said Kenton County Board President Allen Jones, of more than 4,800 visitors to the fair. In addition to the usual activities, including the lamb, steer and hog shows, 4-H projects, the demolition derby, horse shows and more, live bands added a new flavor to the 2011 fair. The live music shows were a hit with residents, Jones said. Read below for a partial list of the 2011 Kenton County Fair results. Check back to for more updates.

Results: 4-H Lamb Show

Grand Champion: Taylor Bergman Reserve Champion: Joseph Schmiade

4-H Hog Show

Grand Champion: Jeremy Miller Reserve: Olivia Mueller

4-H Steer Show

Grand: James Murray Reserve: Brandon Miller

Kenton County Kentucky Proud Heifer and Steer Class

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Jeannette Davis, who was awarded the most total ribbon points in open class horticulture fruits, vegetables and flowers.

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Olivia Troeler

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Rayleigh Steward

Samantha Ford

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Kelsey Schmiade

Luke Crone

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Joseph Niehaus

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Wine Tasting, 4-8 p.m., D.E.P.’s Fine Wine & Spirits Fort Thomas, 90 W. Alexandria Pike, Free. 859-781-8105; Fort Thomas. Wine Tasting, 6-9 p.m., StoneBrook Winery, 6570 Vineyard Lane, Stonebrook is on the Northern Kentucky Back Roads Wine Trail. Pick up a passport at one of the five wineries and get it validated at each winery for a gift. Information and list of participating wineries at website. Five for $5. 859-635-0111; Camp Springs. Wine Tasting, 5-9 p.m., Camp Springs Vineyard, 6685 Four Mile Road, $1. 859-4480253. Camp Springs.


Zumba with Y’vonne Burkart, 10-11 a.m., Middleton-Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Shelterhouse 1. $5, first class free. Presented by Kenton County Parks and Recreation. 859525-7529. Independence.


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


Karaoke 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.


Holly Spears, 8 p.m., York St. Cafe, 738 York St., Acoustic, folk, rock and pop music. $5. 859-261-9675; Newport.


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Basic Truth, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., The Reef, 1301 Fourth Ave., Free. 859-261-8801. Dayton.


Jesse Malin and the St. Marks Social, 9:30 p.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Ballroom. With the Biters. $13, $10 advance. 859-431-2201; Newport. Big Rock Club, 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m., Mokka and the Sunset Bar and Grill, 500 Monmouth St., Free. 859-581-3700. Newport. Perfect Sequel, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Zola, 626 Main St., 859-261-7510. Covington.

Matthew Ryan, Dawn Kinnard and Jeff Klein, 8:30 p.m., Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St., Third floor. Doors open 8 p.m. Ages 21 and up. $10. 859-491-6659; Covington. Alias, 10 p.m., Peecox, 635 Donaldson Highway, 859-342-7000; Erlanger.


Joe Torry, 8 p.m. (Ages 21 and up) and 10:30 p.m. (Ages 18 and up), Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, $20. 859-9572000; Newport.


Pseudonym, 8 p.m., Stauss Theatre, Northern Kentucky University, 101 Fine Arts Center, Dinner service begins at 6:30 p.m. Musical revue directed by Roderick Justice. Characters find themselves hiding behind their pseudonyms in musical that is definitely not what it may seem. Includes dinner. $30. Reservations required. Presented by Commonwealth Theatre Company. Through July 24. 859-572-5464; Highland Heights.


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. Presented by City of Erlanger. 859727-2525, ext. 1; Erlanger. Madcap Puppets, 6-7 p.m., Erlanger Railroad Depot Park, 3313 Crescent Ave., In case of rain, event will be moved to the Erlanger Branch of the Kenton County Public Library. Family friendly. Free. Presented by City of Erlanger. 859-727-5663; Erlanger.


Florence Freedom Baseball, 7:05 p.m. vs. Gateway Grizzlies, Champion Window Field, 7950 Freedom Way, Fireworks Friday. Girl Scout Sleep-over. $12 VIP, $10 reserved, $7 lawn. Presented by Florence Freedom Professional Baseball. 859-594-4487; Florence. S A T U R D A Y, J U L Y 2 3


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Joe Torry, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, $20. Ages 21 and up. 859957-2000; Newport.


Pseudonym, 8 p.m., Stauss Theatre, Northern Kentucky University, Dinner service begins at 6:30 p.m. $30. Reservations required. 859572-5464; Highland Heights.


Kenton Paw Park Beast Bash, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Kenton Paw Park, 3951 Madison Pike, Features contests, petrelated vendors, pet communicator, canine athletic demonstrations and concessions. Benefits Kenton County Animal Shelter and Kenton Paw Park. Volunteers needed: Call 859-356-7400. Free, $5 parking donation. 859-431-5776; Covington.


Splash n’ Dash 5K, 8 a.m., Silverlake Family Recreation Center, 301 Kenton Lands Road, Race starts and ends at The Family Place. Registration 7-7:45 a.m. Kids Fun Run begins 9:30 a.m. Benefits Scarf It Up for Those in Need a program of Shoulder To Shoulder $20, $17 advance. 859426-7777; Erlanger. The Yearlings Stallions Co-ed Golf Outing, 1-7 p.m., A.J. Jolly Golf Course, 5350 Ky. 27, Shotgun start at 1 p.m. Registration begins 11:30 a.m. Lunch at registration, 18hole scramble. Benefits Wood Hudson Cancer Research Center and Wilson Animal Rescue. $80. Presented by The Yearlings. 513315-1662; Alexandria.

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.


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


New Sleepcat Band, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 859-261-2365; Covington. Robin Lacey, 8 p.m., Chez Nora, 859-4918027; Covington.


Basic Truth, 6-10 p.m., Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Free. 859-581-9000. Newport.


The Mudpies, 9:30 p.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Juney’s Lounge. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-431-2201; Newport. Brian Olive, 9:30 p.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Ballroom. With the Clovers and You, You’re Awesome. Doors open 8:30 p.m. Album release show. Ages 18 and up. $10, $8 advance. 859-431-2201; Newport. Kelly Thomas and the Fabulous Pickups, 9:30 p.m., Olde Fort Thomas Pub, 1041 S. Fort Thomas Ave., With the Sleepin’ Dogs. $5. 859-441-1927. Fort Thomas.

Florence Freedom Baseball, 6:05 p.m. vs. Gateway Grizzlies, Champion Window Field, Rockin’ Saturday. Post-game concert by Naked Karate Girls. $12 VIP, $10 reserved, $7 lawn. 859-594-4487; Florence. S U N D A Y, J U L Y 2 4



Cincinnati World Cinema will present Summer Shorts: Nine Nation Animation, a collection of nine animated shorts from around the world and one bonus film, at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 23, and 4 p.m. Sunday, July 24, at Carnegie Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., in Covington. Tickets are $8 in advance, and for students and Enjoy the Arts members with valid ID; $10 at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 877-548-3237 or 859-957-3456. Pictured is the animation, “Deconstruction Workers,” by Kajsa Naess, Norway.


Joe Torry, 7:30 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, $17. Ages 21 and up. 859-957-2000; Newport.


Pseudonym, 6:30 p.m., Stauss Theatre, Northern Kentucky University, Dinner service begins at 5 p.m. $30. Reservations required. 859-572-5464; Highland Heights.


Bishop Brossart High School Father’s Day 5K Run, 8:15 a.m., Bishop Brossart High School, 4 Grove St., Runners compete within seven divisions for awards presented to the top three in overall Male/Female categories. Other awards presented to winners of age groups and top dad and son and dad and daughter. $25 with T-shirt, $20 advance. Registration required. Email; Alexandria.

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Tadpole Time, 9-10 a.m., Newport Aquarium, Newport on the Levee, What Do Fish Eat? Ages 18 months to 3 years. Each program includes story, animal encounter and guided tour of Aquarium. $7 per child/adult pair. Registration required. Presented by WAVE Foundation at Newport Aquarium. 859-8151442. Newport.


Overeaters Anonymous, 6:30 p.m., Epworth United Methodist Church, 1229 Highway Ave., Free. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 513509-5066; Covington. M O N D A Y, J U L Y 2 5


Stand-up Comedy, 8:30 p.m., Beer Sellar, 301 Riverboat Row, Different line-up each week. Content rated R. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-431-6969. Newport.

Weight Loss Class, 5:45-6:15 p.m., Lakeside Christian Church, 195 Buttermilk Pike, $30 per month, $20 per month with three-month membership. First class free. Presented by Equipped Ministries. 859-802-8965. Lakeside Park.




Pump Boys and Dinettes, Noon-3 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., Actors should prepare one song in the style of the show (country, western, rockabilly, folk), accompanying themselves on guitar. Please offer a selection that demonstrates your guitar proficiency and ability to tell a story through song; humorous selections are encouraged, but not required. Actors may be asked to do a cold reading from the script. To schedule an audition slot please contact Joshua Steele at 859-491-2030; Covington.

Duplicate Bridge, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., Lower Level. Open to all players. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Boone County Bridge Center. 859391-8639; Elsmere.

EDUCATION Get Golf Ready in 5 Days Golf Lessons, 67:30 p.m., Golf Courses of Kenton County, 3908 Richardson Road, Continues weekly through Aug. 25. The Get Golf Ready Program is designed to teach you in five short lessons everything you’ll need to know to step onto a golf course and get out to play with confidence. Taught by PGA and LPGA professionals who will make sure you have fun each step of the way. $99 five-day series. Registration required. 859-371-3200; Independence. MUSIC - BIG BAND

4th Sunday MainStrasse Antiques, Etc., 9 a.m.-3 p.m., MainStrasse Village, Main Street, Sixth Street Promenade. More than 30 antique and vintage collectible dealers. Free. 859-468-4820; email; Covington.


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Ricky Nye and Bekah Williams, 7:30-11:30 p.m., Chez Nora, 530 Main St., 859-4918027; Covington. Blues Jam, 8:30 p.m., Midway Cafe, 1017 S. Fort Thomas Ave., Hosted by Dick and the Roadmasters, award-winning blues band. Free. 859-781-7666. Fort Thomas.

Jump ‘n’ Jive Band, 7-9 p.m., Tower Park, 950 S. Fort Thomas Ave., Band of 19 pieces plays upbeat, swinging, newer arrangements of music from various eras. Free. Presented by City of Fort Thomas. 513-772-7722; Fort Thomas.


Live at the Levee, 6-9:30 p.m., Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Riverwalk Plaza. The Menus. Summer concert series. Free. 859291-0550; Newport.


Thrift Sale, 7 a.m.-noon, United Christian Volunteers of Elsmere, 15 Kenton St., Weekly thrift sale. Family friendly. 859-727-4417. Elsmere.

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

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.


Fake Problems and the Swellers, 7 p.m., Mad Hatter, 620 Scott St., With Daytrader. $12, $10 advance. 859-291-2233; Covington.


Dial “M” for Monmouth, an interactive murder mystery, will be 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 22 & 23; and 3 p.m. Sunday, July 24, at the Monmouth Theatre, 636 Monmouth St. in Newport. In this play-within-a-play mystery, the audience plays detective, reviewing all the clues, interrogating the suspects and decides who committed the crime. A close-knit ensemble of talented Tristate artists, make up the cast and production team. Written and directed by Cincinnati native, turned Chicagoan, Isaac B. Turner, the original story is set in Newport. General admission is $15; $12 seniors and students. Group rates and table seating are available upon request. The play will run Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through August 6. For more information or to make reservations, call 859-655-9140 or visit Pictured is the cast, from left, seated: David Dreith, Danielle Muething and Douglas Lorenz; and standing: Shawnie Haskell, Clayton Barth, Susan Webb Kidd and Nick DeNuzio.


Mike Darrah, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., Pianist. 859-261-2365; Covington.


Maren Parusel, 9 p.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Parlour. Doors open 8 p.m. $8, $6 advance. 859-431-2201; Newport.


Monster Jam returns to Paul Brown Stadium at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 23. The night will be led by Grave Digger, pictured, with driver and creator Dennis Anderson, and freestyle and racing of the 12-foot-high trucks. Party in the Pit starts at 2 p.m., allowing fans to meet drivers and see trucks. Monster Jam tickets are $10 and $20, adults; $50 and $35, VIP; children's tickets are $5, with exception of VIP area. Call 800-745-3000 or visit For information visit


July 21, 2011

Yes! I'll have fries with that “Exercise will never be a habit for me.” I claim the quote. Used it most of my life in fact. As well as quotes like, “Yes, I’ll have fries with that!” And, “biggie-sized, Please!” Sound familiar? I have lived most of my life sincerely believing I could not change the unhealthy patterns I had developed, accepting the lack of energy and despair that accompanies someone who is fifty pounds overweight. I wanted to weigh less, of course, wear different clothes, but simply didn’t think it was possible for ME. For someone else, maybe, but not me. Today, I exercise with my husband nearly everyday! (I used to get downright agitated at the thought, nearly starting a fight if he suggest-

ed taking a short walk!) Now, I look forward to our few uninterrupted minutes in the basement every afternoon exercising and sweating out the frustrations of the day with some pretty intense workouts. The kicker?! I can’t wait for our workouts! That still amazes and surprises me. I can still very distinctly remember the knot in my stomach at the mere suggestion of working out! I’d rather have a tooth pulled! Take a walk? Eeeww! I might sweat! No thanks! I share all of this to encourage you. Inspire you! The people you see jogging down the street and ordering salads in the restaurant, probably weren’t born that way. Really! (Well, some were, but

most weren’t!) There is a simple process by which we become the person we wish to be: Habits! Habits! Habits! Good, bad, or indifferent, we all have them and we all came about them the same way: repetition. No one sets out with a goal to smoke two packs of cigarettes a day, gossip about everything and person in the office, or throw their clothes all over the bedroom until they can’t see the floor. It simply happens over time. You’ve heard the theory; Do something for 21 days in a row and it will become a habit. Exercise and eating healthy are no different. Incorporate them long enough into your life and they will become habits. I think the problem for most of us is we

think we have to enjoy something in order for it to become a habit. Again, not true. Remember the cigarette? Can you say hacking cough? Gagging? Sick to your stomach? Did that stop you? Well, don’t let a little sweat and soreness stop you from exercise either. The benefits of incorporating a healthier lifestyle are endless: improved sleep habits, enhanced ability to focus and concentrate when awake, weight loss, increased ability to handle stress, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, less meds. The list is endless. Go ahead! Incorporate a new habit of walking five minutes everyday, or rid yourself of a bad one, and start ordering water with your lunch instead of a soft drink. Start today

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When it comes to collars, one kind doesn’t fit all “Nosey, STOP!” I cried, as my basset hound slipped out of her collar and went running happily toward traffic. “Look at me, I’m one naked doggie!” she giggled, stopping just before reaching the street, then trotting back to me, with her tail wagging merrily. “Oh, Nosey,” I said, firmly fastening the collar back around her neck, “That’s not funny, you could have been hurt or worse. That’s it, you’re getting a harness so this will never happen again.” Nosey is a rambunctious puppy who weighs just over 50 pounds. She’s strong and is not yet perfectly trained in the art of leash walking. She pulls at the leash and sometimes the strain of holding the other end has literally knocked me off of my feet. Just a month ago, I was trying to make her go into the kitchen from the garage and she pulled so hard that I (wearing high heels) lost my balance crashing into and breaking the glass of the storm door. It left a gash in my arm so deep that it took seven stitches to close up. So, getting Nosey fitted with the proper harness was an urgent safety matter for us both. I turned to my friend, Jeff King, who owns Pets Plus in Taylor Mill for the “4-1-

1” on collars, harnesses and leashes. According to Jeff, there are Marsie Hall several cateNewbold gories of collars and Marsie’s they serve Menagerie d i f f e r e n t purposes beyond just something to hang ID tags on. There are walking collars, tie-out collars and training collars. The most common are made of nylon or leather. If you have a dog that gets wet a lot, a nylon collar is the best choice. Leather collars can be ruined, for example, if your pet goes swimming. One size does not fit all. Collars come in many lengths and widths and should be chosen according to your dog’s size. For example, a basset hound like Nosey needs a wider collar than a Scottish terrier because they give the owner more control. To get a perfect fit, it is best to bring the dog with you to try them on. A good fit is when you can fit two fingers between the collar and the dog’s neck. Then, check to make sure it cannot slip over the dog’s head. Jeff adds that tie-out collars should, in addition to


Jeff King, owner of Pets Plus in Taylor Mill, measures Nosey for a collar. the factors above, have metal buckles. Plastic buckles can break if a dog tugs hard enough. There are two types of training collars: choke chains and pinch collars. He doesn’t recommend choke chains. “They don’t train the dog, they only choke the dog,” he said. “Pinch collars are best for training purposes,” he said. “They shouldn’t be kept on a dog all of the time, but they work great. “I had a lady come in the store the other day who had a Springer spaniel that pulled on its leash. After I put a pinch collar on it, it stopped pulling immediately.” Harnesses, like the one I chose for Nosey, go around the chest and ribcage and are kept in place by the dog’s front legs. They can-

not be slipped over the head like a collar. Jeff is partial to what is called a “comfort wrap.” It

looks a bit like a stretchy nylon vest. Leashes come in three sizes, a 2-foot traffic lead, a 4-foot one for big dogs and a 6-foot one for small dogs. There are also double leashes for walking two dogs at a time and retractable leashes. “You can’t just walk into a pet shop and buy off the peg,” Jeff counsels, “You need to fit collars, harnesses and leashes according to your individual dog’s needs.” For more pet care tips, visit If you have any ideas for future stories please contact Marsie Hall Newbold at

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• Put a collar on a new puppy as soon as you get them home. This will make them get used to wearing one from the beginning. • Choose rolled collars for long-haired dogs and flat collars for short-haired dogs. • Check the fit of your dog’s collar at least every two weeks. The fit will change as a dog grows, gains or loses weight. • Do not choose a choke chain. • Always use a tape lead. Corded leads are dangerous because they can get wrapped around your fingers and burn or cut you. • Make sure that your dog is wearing ID tags at all times.

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Out of one zucchini jam and into another We waited until late June to plant our zucchini and cucumbers. And we did that on purpose since every year I’m inundated with both of these veggies at exactly the same time the tomatoes and peppers are ready for picking.

It’s hard to keep up, so this year I’m staggering the planting so that we can get a breather in between.

Easy zucchini peach pineapple jam

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wanted this recipe again. It’s a great way to use that abundance of zucchini that you know you’ll have if you grow it. Go to taste on the sugar. I find 3 cups is plenty, but most folks like 4-5. A nonstick pan is best for this.



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Use your favorite flavor of gelatin/Jell-O. 6 cups grated zucchini, skin Rita left on Heikenfeld 1 ⁄2 cup Rita’s water 3-5 cups kitchen sugar 20 oz. crushed pineapple in juice or syrup 6 oz. favorite gelatin: try peach, strawberry, apricot, etc. Boil zucchini in water for five minutes. Drain well and return to pan. Add sugar and pineapple. Boil 10 minutes, stirring frequently so it doesn’t stick. Remove from heat and stir in gelatin. Cool, spoon into jars and refrigerate.

We eat lots of pasta, and I know a lot of you do, too. Now we’re eating whole grain/whole wheat pasta more. When I first switched, though, my husband Frank did not like the whole wheat at all. I started mixing it half and half with white pasta until he got used to the texture and flavor of the whole wheat. And that’s what I suggest. Be sure and buy a good quality whole grain/wheat pasta, as well. 1 pound pasta, boiled (we like whole wheat) 1 ⁄2 cup olive oil 1 generous tablespoon minced garlic

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Heat oil and add garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook for a minute over low heat. Add everything but greens and cheese. Bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer and cook about 15 minutes or so. Add fresh greens. Stir until just wilted. Pour over pasta. Sprinkle with cheese. Serves four to six.

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1 package (18.25 ounces) lemon supreme cake mix 1 3 oz. pkg. orange gelatin/Jell-O 1 ⁄3 cup vegetable oil 3 large eggs 1 teaspoon orange extract 11⁄4 cups orange juice 1 ⁄4 teaspoon unsweetened orange Kool-Aid

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Music returns to Thornhill Aug. 26-28

Osborne graduates from basic training

Music returns to the 200-plus acres of Thornhill Farm with The Licking River Music Festival featuring the Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, The 23 String Band and many more. Multiple acts from Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana will take the stage throughout the weekend to celebrate the varying styles of Americana music the region is known for. From bluegrass to boogie the Licking River valley will again be alive with music. Along with music, the Licking River Music Festival features on-site camping along the 20 acre lake, food, libation and vendors. Morning yoga will also be a featured at this year’s event.

Community Recorder Army Reserve Pvt. Bethany S. Osborne graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, Bethany studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches and field training exercises. Bethany, daughter of Bill and Tammy Osborne of Covington, graduated in 2010 from Scott High School, Taylor Mill.

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450 Independence Station Road, Independence Sunday: 10 a.m. Sunday School; 11 a.m. Morning Service; and 6 p.m. Evening Service. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Evening Service. Pastor: Rev. Daniel “Dan” Hillard. Phone: (859) 282-8816. Email:

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: Rev. Tim Freimuth. Phone: (859) 647-6109. Email: Website: www.bethesdacommunitychurch. org.

First Baptist Church

11691 Madison Pike, Independence Service Times: Sunday: Sunday School: 10 a.m.; Worship Service 11 a.m. Evening Worship: 6:00 PM Pastor: Ronald Crisp Phone: (859) 356-8135

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.


15472 Madison Pike Independence, Ky 41051 Phone: (859) 356-1393 St. Barbara Church 4042 Turkeyfoot Road, Erlanger Sunday: 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Mass. Monday-Friday 10 a.m. Mass. Saturday: 4:30 p.m. Mass. Pastor: Rev. John Sterling. Phone: (859) 371-3100. Email: Website:

More info

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St. Cecilia Church

Pastor: Michael Smith. Phone: (859) 356-9090.

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: Fr. Mario Tizziani. Phone: (859) 363-4311. Email: Website:

Hickory Grove Baptist

11969 Taylor Mill Road, Independence Sunday: 8:15 a.m. Early Bird Sunday School for Adults; 9:30 a.m. Service & Bible Study; 11 a.m. Service & Bible Study with interpretation for the deaf. Pastor: Bill Clark. Phone: (859) 3563162. Website:

Piner Baptist Church

St. Patrick Church

15044 Madison Pike, Morning View Sunday: 8:45 a.m. Sunday School; 10 a.m. Morning Service; and 6 p.m. Evening Service. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Prayer Meeting. Pastor: Tony Robinson. Phone: (859) 356-3222. Email: Website: Facebook group: Piner Baptist 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: Fr. Jeff VonLehman. Phone: (859) 356-5151. Email: Website:


3528 Turkeyfoot Rd. Erlanger, KY 41018 (859) 341-8850 •

Service Times

Sunday: 10:30am • Wednesday: 6:30pm


Open Door Community Church

6845 DRAKE ROAD 100 OUTSTANDING DEALERS Admission: $8.00 New Hours 9:00-4:00

For info call 513.378.5770


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

Independence Christian Church

5221 Madison Pike, Independence Sunday: 9:45 a.m. Sunday School; 10:45 a.m. Service. Pastor: Don Deweese. Phone: (859) 356-3525. Email: Website:

Nicholson Christian Church 1970 Walton-Nicholson Pike, Independence Sunday: 8:15 a.m. Traditional Service; 9:30 a.m. Sunday School; 10:30 a.m. Contemporary Service. Pastor: Bill Thompson. Phone: (859) 356-7770. Email: Website:

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:

Staffordsburg United Methodist

11815 Staffordsburg Rd. Independence, Ky 41051 Pastor: Rev. John Losey Phone: (859) 356-0029 Website:

New Hope Tabernacle

1404 Walton-Nicholson Pike Independence, Ky 41051 Phone: (859) 363-1404

True Vine Praise & Worship Fellowship

691 Persimmon Drive, Independence Sunday: 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Services. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Prayer meeting. Pastor: Dan Ison. Phone: (859) 3568979.

Community Family Church

Indiana License #123900

Sunday • July 31, 2011 Saturday • July 30, 2011

Mass at 10:30 AM BUFFET STYLE CHICKEN DINNER Serving 11:30am - 5:00pm


MASS at 4:30 PM 5:30PM PULLED PORK DINNER Serving starting at 5:30pm

Lunch Stand - Booths - Games - Raffles Quilts - Country Store - Kiddie Land Beer Garden – Crafts

Texas Holdem - Games - Kiddy Land Quilts - Hamburgers - Hot Dogs - Snacks Beer Garden - Raffles Live Music by RIDGE RUNNER 8:30pm-11:30pm Upgraded & Improved Air Conditioned Hall – New Updated Lavatories

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:

Events and more


Grand prize of $10,000.00

All proceeds of this raffle will go towards badly needed roof repairs to St.Martin Church. Tickets $25.00 each - available both days of festival. Drawing on Sunday.

ROUTES TO FESTIVAL Take I-275 to Lawrenceburg (exit#16) - cross US 50 and follow Rte. #1 (North) to Yorkridge Road, Guilford (5Miles). Left on to Yorkridge Road to Yorkville, about 4 miles to the church. OR

74 to St. Rte. #1, South on Rte. #1 (3Miles) to North Dearborn Road (West) to New Alsace, left onto Yorkridge Road to the Church.

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Open Daily Lunch & Dinner


Pure water

Villa Madonna volunteers Abby Gerst and Anna Neikirk assemble a water purification system for a Guatemalan family during their recent service trip to El Rosario, in Solola, Guatemala.

Health department offers diabetes class If you have diabetes or pre-diabetes, the Northern Kentucky Health Department’s diabetes program is holding a free class for you to learn more about the disorder. The class is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, at the Walton Branch of the Boone County Public Library, 21 S. Main St., Walton. Registration is required and lunch will be provided free of charge. Those who do not register in advance

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RELIGION Community Family Church

Community Family Church will host its “Gold Rush: Discoverng the Rock of Ages” vacation Bible school 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 1-5 at the church located at 11875 Taylor Mill Road, Independence. The school will include songs, crafts, games, goodies, and dramas. For more informaiton call 859-363-2360 or go to fcky.

St. Cecilia

859.360.0840 enjoy our delicious steaks, ribs or pasta dishes inspired by our very own Chef Jon Spencer. *Fridays & Saturdays

will not receive a lunch. Topics will include: what is diabetes, healthy eating, complications and more. The class will be led by a registered nurse/certified diabetes educator and a registered dietitian from the health department. To register, or for more information about the classes or the health department’s diabetes control program, call Joan Geohegan at 859-363-2115 or Julie Shapero at 859-363-2116, or visit

On the anniversary of my husband’s death, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our friends and neighbors for their continued support. Special thanks to our brothers/sisters in the law enforcement, fire and E.M.S. community and to St. Henry Parish members. As we continue to grieve our loss, we can find strength through caring people like you. Lynne Clayton and Family CE-1001651957-01

St. Cecilia Church will host “PandaMania” Vacation Bible School from 6-8:45 p.m. Aug. 1-5 for ages 4-11 at the church, 5313 Madions Pike in Independence. To register online visit, vbs/ez/stcindependence. For more information email Katy Davis at katydavis@ or Karen Burton at

Mary Queen of Heaven

RCIA Inquiry presentation – Deacon Tom Dushney is 7 p.m. Aug. 9 in the Mary, Queen of Heaven School library for anyone interested in learning about the RCIA (Becoming Catholic) classes that are scheduled to begin on Aug. 16. Please call 525-6909, ext. 620, or e-mail tdushney@ to let Deacon Dushney know if you plan to attend.


South Kenton Recorder

July 21, 2011



The following is a listing of events hosted at the William Durr Branch of the Kenton County Library located at 1992 WaltonNicholson Road. Each listing includes time, event description, age range for program, and registration information. This week’s calendar runs from Thursday, July 21 through Thursday, July 28. To share photos from library events at the Recorder newspapers or on submit them to nky. com/share, or email them to

Passport to Mexico. Grades K-2 and a parent. 1:30-2:30 p.m. Calling all campers grades K-2! Join Miss Jenny on a trip to sunny Mexico with stories, play games, sing songs and making sombreros. Registration is required. Call the Children’s Desk at 9624032 to register.


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


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This class will teach some creative ways to use ribbon while maiking a snowflake. Adults only please. 7-8:30 p.m. Registration required.



Microsoft Word no. 2. Registration required. 1:30 p.m. Pam Baker will be teaching this class to help build Word skills from Microsoft Word no. 1. Learn about creating mail merge, macros, saving work, and about printing. F R I D A Y, J U L Y 2 2

PLAYART Collage Butterflies. Ages 2-6 years and a parent. 10-10:30 a.m. and11-11:30 a.m. Mix up materials to make a dazzling butterfly. ARTING AROUND

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Grades 6 and over. 10-4:30 p.m. Join the library crafters to work on a project. Come for an hour or pack a lunch and stay for the day.

Quilting. Grades 6 and over. 10:30-noon. Instructors will teach basic quilting techniques while participants create a quilt block. Beginning students must call 859-962-4031 to register and obtain a list of Quilt Materials needed for the class. Are you an experienced quilter? Please stop by and show us a current project.


Grades 1-6. 2 p.m. Harry Potter fans this is last chance to celebrate Hogwarts style! We will pull out all the stops for this final Harry Potter Party with new games, prizes, and some tasty wizardly treats! Please wear finest robes for this very special occasion. Call (859) 962-4032 to register. S U N D A Y, J U L Y 2 4


1:30-4:30 p.m. There’s more than one way to join new yarn, begin or finish knitting! Join Tina and learn a few new methods to help speed stitching along. Stitchers should bring several sets of knitting needles and skeins of yarn to practice with. This is an intermediate class and registered class participants must know knitting basics: how to cast on, knit, pearl, etc. Registration required.

Day trippers

Eva Russo, 5, participated in last Saturday's Durr library program where participants learned all about Germany by participating in various games and crafts.

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6:30-8:45 p.m. Build self-confidence and develop better speaking and leadership skills. Toastmasters can help - and it's fun. Call 859-802-9320 for additional information or just stop in. Learn more at the Toastmaster's website. Visit the Toastmaster's International website,, and the local webpage, Adults only please.

7-8:30 p.m. Try a new hobby and make an ornament for the holidays. This class will teach some basic stitching skills using plastic canvas. Adults only please. Registration required.

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


Kentucky Collage. Grades 3-6. 1:30 p.m. Create a beautiful magazine collage of Kentucky. Call 859-962-4032 to register.


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A SAVINGS OF $10 per arch

Upper or Lower Partial Denture..$250 each

A SAVINGS OF $10 per partial

Brick • Block • Concrete • Stone

Fees effective January 10, 2011

Replacement or New Structures, Driveways, Patios, Porches, Steps, Retaining Walls. Chimneys built or repaired, Tuck Pointing. Foundation Repairs... waterproofing, drainage & downspout Lines. Bobcat • Backhoe • Dump Truck Service Custom Quality Work Since 1968

New Construction Homes Additions • Doors • Windows Decks • Siding • Concrete Tile Roofing • Home Remodeling FULLY INSURED • FREE ESTIMATES ACCEPTING ALL MAJOR CREDIT CARDS

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Concrete Services:

Concrete Replacement • Excavation Seal Coating • Driveways • Patios Sidewalks • Retaining Walls

Electrical Services:

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Kentucky Collage. Grades 3-6. 7 p.m. Create a beautiful magazine collage of Kentucky. Call 859-962-4032 to register.

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Passport to Mexico. Grades K-2 and a parent. 7-8 p.m. Calling all campers grades K-2! Join Miss Jenny as we travel to sunny Mexico. Read stories, play games, sing songs and make sombreros. Registration is required. Call the Children’s Desk at 962-4032 to register.

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Chime Cups. Grades K-2. 11-noon. Construct colorful wind chimes by observing Chinese art. Open to 40 kids, registration required.



Noon-4 p.m. All skill levels are welcome but participants must know how to play-No new students. Games are played for points with the 2011 National Mah Jongg League cards and rules. Registration required.


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.

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Weekly GED class.Free GED classes are offered by Gateway Community & Technical College and the Kenton 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.


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Aboriginal Boomerang. Grades 3-6. 2-3 p.m. Come to the land down under and make a boomerang like aboriginal artist from Australia. Open to 40 kids, registration required.

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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.

Age 24 months and 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 a.m. for fun, stories, rhymes, and dancing.

Grades K-6. 3 p.m. Play old neighborhood games and learn new games to play with friends. Wear play clothes, tennis shoes, and sunscreen. Call (859) 962-4032 to register.

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Age 24 months & a parent. 10:30-11 a.m. Join Miss Jenny every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. for fun, stories, rhymes, and dancing.

Shiny Window Spinner. Aes 2-6 years and a parent. 1:30-2 p.m. and 7-7:30 p.m. Watch spinner twist in the air.

Ages 0-24 months & a parent. 10:30-11 a.m. Bring baby to the library for stories, songs, and rhymes to aid in language development.





Weekly GED classes. Free GED classes are offered by Gateway Community & Technical College and the Kenton 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.

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

6-8 p.m. Staff from the Diocesan Catholic Children's Home will present a foster care and adoption orientation. A brief video will be shown along with an in-depth discussion about the preparation classes, qualifications, requirements and the steps leading to the approval process. Many children are waiting for a home and the love that potential foster/adoptive parents can provide. Join us to learn how you may change the future of a child. Pizza provided for registered participants. Registration required.


KNIT-A-LONG We're hosting a KAL each month so find a crafting day that works with schedule and come cast on with friends.



6:30 p.m. Charlie Bowen will be teaching this class. Computer running slow, and bogged down? Let Charlie show you how to perform some easy maintenance steps to keep a PC running just like a new one. Charlie will cover some basic utilities to do on a monthly basis to help get the best performance possible from PC. Registration required.

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Come to the library and make a two page scrapbook layout to celebrate the month of July. Pictures are optional for this session but please bring own glue and/or tape and favorite scissors. One great program, TWO dates to choose from. Register for the date that fits schedule best. 7-8:45 p.m. Registration required.

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South Kenton Recorder


July 21, 2011

Time is running out to save money on your utility bill Jordan Kellogg

For a limited time, the nonprofit Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance is offering homeowners in Hamilton, Boone, Campbell and Kenton Counties a three- to five-hour assessment of their home’s potential energy inefficiencies for just $50. The normal cost of that review, which includes an in-depth examination of a home’s heating and air conditioning systems, could run between $400 and $500.

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The Energy Alliance will also pay for 35 percent worth of energy improvements. That means that a qualifying homeowner would spend just $3,300 for $5,000 in improvements. The Energy Alliance would pay the remaining $1,700. In addition, the $50 assessment fee is reimbursable when a homeowner invests in an energy improvement. Low-interest financing is also available through the Energy Alliance’s GC-HELP loan program which includes a 15 percent incen-


A Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance home performance professional consults with homeowners on ways to lower energy costs during an energy assessment. tive toward home energy improvements. GC-HELP is a 6.99 percent unsecured loan of up to 10 years that has the ability to generate savings, which can meet or exceed loan payments. Thanks to a partnership with Kentucky Home Performance, Kentucky residents can benefit from a

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reduced 3.99 percent interest rate through Aug. 31. “It doesn’t matter if a home is 5 years old or 105 years old, there are costeffective energy upgrades in almost every home we’ve ever looked at,” said Andy Holzhauser, the Energy Alliance’s executive director. The average home energy improvement is estimated to save a homeowner 20 percent or more on monthly energy bills, he said. They work with local contractors trained to find affordable and environmentally sustainable ways to retrofit homes. There are no income restrictions for the program. To find how much you could save and to schedule an assessment, go to

The MyPlate icon, with a plate, fork and drinking glass, simplifies the message for healthy eating. The plate is divided into four unequal sections-vegetables and fruits fill the left half, and grains and protein fill the right. The glass represents dairy products. The straightforward visual makes the recommendations for eating different food groups clear. The new, simplified dietary plan from the U. S. Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Services covers balancing calories, increasing certain foods (fruits, vegetables, whole grains) and decreasing others (items with high sodium, solid fats, added sugar and sugary drinks). The message also covers eating the correct number of calories and increasing activity. Here are highlights of the new MyPlate suggestions: Build a healthy plate. Make half of your plate fruits and vegetables. Switch to skim or one percent milk. Make a minimum of half of your grains whole grain. Vary protein choices, eating seafood twice a week and eating more beans, a


natural source of protein and fiber. Cut back on foods high in solid fats, added sugars and salt. Choose foods with little or no added sugar, opting for water, fruits for dessert, and 100 percent fruit juice over sugary options. Watch sodium levels in foods. Eat fewer foods with a lot of solid fats, choosing lean meats and oils, and limiting snack foods (cakes, cookies, ice cream, hot dogs, sausages) that contain solid fats. Eat the right number of calories. Staying within your calorie limit can help you maintain a healthy weight. Cook at home so you are in control of your food. Choose lower calorie menu options when eating out. Write down what you eat so you can really keep track of calories. Be physically active. The health benefits of physical activity increase as you spend more time being active, so start by doing what you can, for at least 10 minutes at a time. For more information, visit www.choosemyplate. gov or contact the Kenton County Cooperative Extension Service.


An Open Letter to Kenton County Residents

‘Follow the Money…’

Learn who’s paying to eliminate NKAPC In All the President’s Men, the 1976 Academy Award-winning political thriller about Watergate, the following exchange occurred between Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward and his source, known then only as “Deep Throat”: Woodward: The story is dry. All we’ve got are pieces. We can’t seem to figure out what the puzzle is supposed to look like… Deep Throat: Follow the money. Woodward: What do you mean? Where? Deep Throat: Oh, I can’t tell you that. Woodward: But you could tell me that. Deep Throat: No, I have to do this my way. You tell me what you know, and I’ll confirm. I’ll keep you in the right direction if I can, but that’s all. Just... follow the money. In politics -- whether on the national or local level -- it’s no secret that you need to “follow the money” to discover who is behind political movements. In the current effort to eliminate the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission (NKAPC), it is no different. You simply need to follow the money to understand who it is who is trying to get rid of this important public-service organization. Homebuilders, land developers, and their trade association, the Homebuilders Association of Northern Kentucky (HBA), are spending tens of thousands of dollars and substantial political capital to dissolve NKAPC, the planning and zoning agency that has regulated their industry in Kenton County for 50 years. Printing costs… follow the money. Newspaper ads… follow the money. Lawyers’ fees to file frivolous lawsuits… follow the money. These groups have also pledged $100,000 to an out-of-state organization if it succeeds in gathering the 18,000 signatures needed to put the NKAPC issue on the November ballot. What does this say about these groups? Why are they willing to spend this much money to free themselves from NKAPC’s regulatory oversight? What are they capable of doing if there is no one in a position to watch over them on behalf of the public? Who will eventually pay for this power grab? Follow the money and ask them. What does say about these groups or the core issue if the HBA and local Tea Party aren’t able to get enough Kenton County citizens engaged to collect the needed signatures? How credible are their arguments against NKAPC if they have to pay outsiders to deliver them? Why are there more citizens from Boone and Campbell Counties involved in this effort than from Kenton County? Ask those who are out gathering signatures. Follow the money. NKAPC is overseen by Kenton County’s 19 local governments. Each of the 18 cities and the Fiscal Court are represented on NKAPC’s oversight board. HBA and its members want to eliminate this structure so that they and their cronies – rather than local elected officials – can control planning and zoning in Kenton County. How do they plan to do that? Follow the money. The vast majority of Kenton County elected officials support NKAPC and the services that it provides to their residents. For the few who don’t, go to the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance ( to follow the money. More than likely, you will see that these officials received political contributions from builders, developers, and their political action committees. HBA wants to be the fox in the hen house. Its members want to build streets, sidewalks, and structures based on their own standards, not the standards developed by NKAPC staff and local elected officials. The HBA wants to get rid of the system that allows cities to have oversight of this process. They want to revert to an antiquated system where their political friends in city and county government provide this service with a wink and a nod. More than half a century ago, our local legislators went to Frankfort to end this way of doing business. They passed the legislation that created NKAPC for us—to clean up the mess created by too many foxes in the hen house. Don’t let today’s corporate greed shut the doors on an organization that has served Kenton County’s interests ever since 1961. Don’t let out-of-state hired guns confuse you on the issues. Learn the truth. Follow the money. See who is really behind this power grab.

Keep money out the Kenton County planning and zoning process. Refuse to sign the petition to dissolve the NKAPC. Keep our communities safe and strong. Paid for by concerned citizens and elected officials in Kenton County. No public funds were used to pay for this message. Check us out online at



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Nina L. Lewis Black, 85, of Latonia, died July 13, 2011. Her husband, William R. Black, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Pamela Black of Bellevue and Catherine Tilley of Fort Wright; sisters, Jean Marguet of Williamsburg, Ohio, and Pauline Stamper of Genoa City, Wis.; brother, Donald Lewis of Laona, Wis.; and three grandchildren. Burial was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice Care, 438 S. Loop Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017.

James Blackburn

James Joseph Blackburn, 55, of Dry Ridge, died July 14, 2011, at Heartland of Madeira in Cincinnati. He detailed cars at Johnny’s Car Wash in Erlanger for several years. Survivors include his sisters, Tonya Young of Southgate and Lynn Thomas of Erlanger; and brother, Tracy Black of Independence. Disposition was cremation. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Waymon Pascal Cooke

Waymon Pascal “Grumpy” “Cookie” Cooke, 92, of Independence, died July 10, 2011, at his residence. He was a retired laborer for Formica and a former member of the Wilmington Masonic Lodge. He loved the color red, horses, the Cincinnati Reds and eating, especially at Cracker Barrel, Bob Evans and Frisch’s. His wife, Hilda Virginia Cooke; a daughter, Margie Ankenbaurer; and a great-grandchild, Madison, died previously. Survivors include his daughters, Janet Halker of Cincinnati, Barb Bach of Morning View, Brenda Tunstall and Robin Cooke, both of Independence, and Sherrie Heringer of Park Hills; son, Bryson Cooke of Morning View; 13 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Interment was at Floral Hills Cemetery, Taylor Mill. Memorials: St. Cecilia Church Building Fund, 5313 Madison Pike, Independence, KY 41051 or St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Dorothy ‘Dot’ Cummins

Dorothy “Dot” Cummins of Latonia, died July 13, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She worked in retail advertising as a copywriter and retired as a clerk with the I.R.S. in 1988. She was a member of Covington The-


For the most up-to-date Northern Kentucky obituaries, click on the “Obituaries” link at atre Guild and the Holy Cross Church, where she was a member of their choir for 35 years and the 50 Plus Club. Her husband, Leslie John Cummins, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Janice Marie Roenker of Lakeside Park, Cynthia Ann Vogelsang of Versailles, Ky., and Adele Louise Cummins of Latonia; son, Bradley John Cummins of Tacoma, Wash.; brother, William John Lommel of Covington; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Entombment was in Mother of God Cemetery, Fort Wright. Memorials: Holy Cross Church, 3612 Church St., Latonia, KY 41015 or Dot & Les Cummins Scholarship Fund, c/o Holy Cross High School, 3617 Church St., Latonia, KY 41015.

Alice J. Cook Daniels

Alice Jean Cook Daniels, 84, of Fiskburg, died July 19, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a retired lead data entry operator for Square D Co. and a member of Wilmington Baptist Church. Her husband, Robert L. Daniels; daughter, Janice C. Schneider; and a grandson, Timothy M. Daniels, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Jim Daniels of Walton and Mike Daniels of Piner; son-in-law, Bill Schneider of Fiskburg; sisters, Ruby Daniels of Gardnersville and June Stahl of Fiskburg; nine grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. Interment was at Gardnersville Cemetery. Memorials: American Cancer Society.

Anthony Wayne Fox

Anthony Wayne Fox, 35, of Covington, died July 14, 2011. He was a former forklift operator for The Duro Bag Co. Survivors include his parents, Kenneth and Charity Dudgeon Fox of Covington; brothers, Robert Dudgeon of Independence and Franchie McPherson of Bellevue; and sisters, Marsha McPherson of Lexington, Wilma Fox of Newport, Marie and Penny Fox, both of Covington, and Patricia Fox of Independence. Burial was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Taylor Mill. Memorials: The Southside Baptist Church Food Pantry, 1501 Holman Ave., Covington, KY 41011.

Scott Hinners

Scott Hinners, 40, of Fort Wright, died July 11, 2011. He was studying to be a radiology technician at Spencerian College in Lexington, where he was on the dean’s list. He had his real estate license, served in the U.S. Army Reserves and was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Ludlow. Survivors include his parents, Gerald and Candace Hinners of Fort Wright; and sister, Allison Dungan of Independence. Memorials: Kenton County Animal Shelter, 1020 Mary Laidley Drive, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Eleanor King

Eleanor King, 68, of Elsmere, died July 14, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Hospice. She worked as a reservationist at American Airlines. Survivors include her daughter, Patrice King; and sisters, Eloise Botts of Independence and Joyce Florence of Elsmere.

Marilyn Metz Menne

Marilyn T. Metz Menne, 76, of Crestview Hills, died July 12, 2011. Survivors include her husband, Clem Menne; son, Mike Menne of Edgewood; daughters, Mary Lynne Koch of Florence, Traci PunchAlexander of Lakeside Park and Krista Ross of Taylor Mill; sisters, Judy Zimmer, Peggy Eckard, Phyllis Popham and Linda Benzinger; brother, Bob Metz; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Inurnment was at St. Mary Cemetery. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017 or Madonna Manor, 2344 Amsterdam Road, Villa Hills, KY 41017.

Charles Pfetzer

Charles Pfetzer, 20, of Villa Hills, died July 5, 2011, at his army base in Washington, D.C. He was a private first class serving in the U.S. Army and played hockey at the Northern Kentucky Ice Rink and Spartan Football. Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Toni and Jerry Cavanaugh of Erlanger; father, Steve Pfetzer of Villa Hills; dear friend, Cathy Merkle of Cincinnati; sisters, Cathy Jo Setters of Warsaw, Emily Pfetzer of Baton Rouge, La., Leighann Pfetzer of Fort Wright, Lauren Alig of Independence and Andrea Pfetzer of Villa Hills; and grandparents, Cecil and Pat Welch of Erlanger, and Joan Volz of Fort Wright. Interment was in Highland Ceme-

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Betty J. Smith

Betty J. Clary Robertson Smith, 74, of Taylor Mill, died July 9, 2011, at her residence. She was a retired manager at the Sweet Tooth Candy and Ice Cream store, and a member of Hilltop Church of Christ, where she was a member of the Beacons Group. Her first husband, Gayle Clary; second husband, William Robert Smith; and a brother, Walter “Gene” Robertson, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Robert Dwain Clary of Taylor Mill and James Douglas Clary of Lawrenceburg, Ind.; daughter, Brenda Ballinger of Jacksonville, Fla.; brother, Barry Wayne Robertson of Covington; sisters, Jeannene Gregory of Taylor Mill and Deanna Smith of Lakeland, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Interment was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Taylor Mill. Memorials: Hilltop Church of Christ, 5300 Taylor Mill Road, Taylor Mill, KY 41015.

Larry M. Workman

Larry M. Workman, 56, of West Chester, Ohio, formerly of Dayton, died July 10, 2011, at the Drake Center in Cincinnati. He was a U.S. Postal worker at the Covington branch for 26 years. His parents, Carl Workman and Georgia Bowman Workman; and a brother, Carl “Sonny” Workman, died previously. Survivors include his wife, May Huff Workman; daughters, Tonya Workman-Fisher and Valerie Workman of Cold Spring; son, Larry Workman of Independence; twin brother, Gary Workman of Dayton; sister, Shirley Jean Dees of Highland Heights; and seven grandchildren. Burial was at Alexandria Cemetery. Memorials: American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.



Steve H. Nienaber, 41, 66 McCullum Road, execution of bench warrant for assault, fourth degree at Declaration Drive, July 12. Garrett T. Jacobs, 20, 4429 Silversmith Lane, execution of warrant for theft of legend drug at 4429 Silversmith Lane, July 13. Sonia M. Peterson, 21, 884 Regal Ridge Road, execution of bench warrant for operating on suspended/revoked license at 884 Regal Ridge Road, July 11. Tayler M. Harrison, 20, 123 Sylvan Drive, execution of bench warrant for license to be in possession at 123 Sylvan Drive, July 8. Barbosa Victor H. Maldando, 19, 585 Bristow Road, reckless driving, DUI alcohol, no clearance lights at Old Bristow Road, July 9. Pieter J. Vanzul, 36, 6044 Taylor Drive, speeding 13 mph over limit, operating on suspended/revoked license, failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance, giving officer false name or address at Mount Zion Road, July 13. Amber R. Minges, 28, 742 Marbea Drive, DUI alcohol, disregarding stop sign at Independence Station

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Learn about railway gardens Learn about railroad gardening at the Summer Garden Railway Tours at 1-6 p.m. Saturday, July 23, and Sunday, July 24. The Greater Cincinnati Garden Railway Society offers this free tour share the hobby of large scale indoor/outdoor model railroading with others. Each day different garden railways are open in different parts of Greater Cincinnati. In Kentucky, Dan and Pam Stenger of Walton, Bill and Pam Brown of Fort Mitchell, Mike and Jeanette Wolf of Crestview Hills and

the Behringer-Crawford Museum will share their garden railways with the public. Maps, directions and pictures and descriptions of the open railways are available at Garden railroading has much in common with smaller-scale indoor railroading. But it provides the opportunity to work with natural elements such as plants, rocks and soil, and the natural conditions imposed by the weather. Garden railroaders have the opportunity to create real mountains, valleys, streams and lakes with real running water.

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MARRIAGES Vernae Brown, 40, of Cincinnati and Roderick Storks, 49, of Maplewood, issued July 6. Terri Huffman, 22, and Eric McCauley, 36, both of Covington, issued July 6. Mary Lingross, 55, and Lawrence Taylor Jr.,55, both of Cincinnati, issued July 6. Susan Stolt, 39, and Adam Foster, 38, both of Villa Hills, issued July 6. Susie Burks, 63, and Abourahmane Sy, 48, of both of Cincinnati, issued July 7. Kelly Reynolds, 26, and Keith Mazuk, 26, both of Mason, issued July 7. Cheryl Bailey, 40, and Kevin Davis, 46, both of Cincinnati, issued July 7.

Robin Kirkpatrick, 52, and Jeffrey Gerhart, 49, both of Mansfield, issued July 8. Molly Klare, 23, of Erlanger and Anthony Kammer, 23, of Clarksville, issued July 8. Michellla Lanham, 21, and Mark Harp Jr., 32, both of Manchester, issued July 8. Tiffany Cobb, 28, of Crittenden and David Abney, 29, of Erlanger, issued July 8. Shrae Dow, 30, and Clifford Lickert, 25, both of Covington, issued July 11. Shirley Gamez, 34, and Allen King, 42, both of Bromley, issued July 11. Diana Dunn, 22, of Mason and

Richard Hake, 23, of Middleton, issued July 11. Stacey Woods, 41, and Joseph Scott Jr., 41, both of Middletown, issued July 11. Kelsey Jenkins, 26, and Austin Vogt, 26, both of Erlanger, issued July 12. Mary Sauer, 25, and Kevin Fox, 26, both of Cincinnati, issued July 13. Heather Miller, 31, and Eric Foster, 30, both of Newport, issued July 13. Angela Schutzman, 24, of Fort Thomas and Edward Dressman, 26, of Edgewood, issued July 14. Maria Sullivan, 42, of Cincinnati and Dale Garrett, 50, of Erlanger, issued July 14.

SummerFair accepting AIA grant applications Summerfair Cincinnati, the non-profit arts organization, announced that applications are now available for the 2011 Aid to Individual Artists (AIA) Grant Program. Selected visual artists will each receive a grant of $3,000 for use in the creation of new works. In addition to receiving the grant monies, Summerfair Cincinnati may sponsor a future exhibition and catalogue to help promote the grant recipients and their art. To qualify for the grant, artists must reside within a 40-mile radius of Cincinnati and be at least 18 years of

age. Applications are available online at and must be postmarked by Friday, Aug. 26 to be eligible. To apply, eligible applicants need to submit both CD-ROM and printed applications. Each application should include artwork images, resume of education and professional achievements, full contact information, and answers to application questions. Complete instructions for applying can be found on the application at Grants will be awarded based on the artistic excel-

lence of the work submitted for review. Judges, brought in from outside the greater Cincinnati area, look for innovation in style and concept as well as the relationship of the works submitted to current standards in the field. Projects are purposely left flexible to respond to artists’ ideas, dreams and needs; however, the goal of the program is to aid the artists’ career development. Additional information about Summerfair Cincinnati and its activities can be obtained by visiting or calling 513-531-0500.



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Marine shares experience FORT WRIGHT - Retired Marine Gunnery Sgt. and Desert Storm veteran Robert C. Cunigan will be speaking at the Fort Wright city building on Sunday, July 24. Cunnigan is last speaker in the military lecture series called “Northern Kentucky Goes to War,” which featured local veterans speaking about their experiences in World War II, Vietnam and Korea. The series was cosponsored by the James A. Ramage Civil War Museum and the city of Fort Wright. Cunigan served in the Marine Corps from 19791998, and saw service in Beirut, Lebanon, Panama, Desert Storm and Desert Shield. The lecture will start at 2 p.m., and admission is $5. Proceeds will benefit the museum. The city building is located at 409 Kyles Lane.

Founded in 1882 by Covington entrepreneur Colonel Amos Shinkle, Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky is the result of one man’s vision to provide a safe haven for children in need. Now, generations later, the Home continues to provide safety and care for hundreds of abused, neglected, and at-risk children in the Commonwealth. This year, as the Home experiences a renewal of mission, focus, and energy, the CHNK team is following in Shinkle’s footsteps by launching the Shinkle Society, a premier giving circle for the Home that focuses on CHNK’s most significant and urgent needs. Shinkle was not born into money. One of ten children in a typical working class family, he left home at the age of 18 to become a riverboat cook on the Ohio River. That experience led Amos to become an entrepreneur - and one of the wealthiest men in Northern Kentucky during the 1800s. Shinkle made his fortune through a variety of avenues – coal, riverboats, real estate, and banking, to name a few – and similarly, he divided his wealth among numerous philanthropic endeavors in the Covington area. His greatest legacy, however, is not the Roebling Suspension Bridge he financed, but the establishment of Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky. Shinkle knew he couldn’t singlehandedly make his vision for a children’s home a reality, so he brought in 12 of his closest friends and colleagues to help finance the Home... a home that had dignity both in its physical appearance and in the services it offered to the children in its care. Likewise, the Shinkle Society is geared towards community partners with a heart for service and the financial stability to make a dramatic positive impact on children served by our Home. Annual membership in the society requires a minimum taxdeductible gift of $5,000 and includes VIP attendance at CHNK events, special recognition throughout the year, and the sense of purpose that comes with knowing the investment has a direct effect on children in need. For community members unable to make a $5,000 gift, the Circle of Champions is an option. Shinkle’s wealth was largely due to his riverboat business, and he chose the name “Champion” for ten of his boats. Members of the Circle of Champions make a gift of

$2,500 this year and a matching gift the following year - with membership in the Shinkle Society coming with that second year’s gift. Recognition of the inaugural class of Shinkle Society members and the Circle of Champions takes place Sunday, July 31 at the Shinkle Society Gala, held in Devou Park’s Drees Pavilion. Dinner (including an open bar) is hosted by McHale’s Catering, with music provided by the Pete Wagner Band. For supporters who want to attend just the gala, dinner tickets are $100 each. To mark this historic event for Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky, Shinkle’s descendants from across the country are gathering the weekend of July 31 to have a family reunion, visit Shinkle’s home and the Covington campus of CHNK, and attend the inaugural gala. Instrumental in bringing the family together is Mrs. Ann Monroe, Amos’ great-great granddaughter who still lives in the Cincinnati area, and Mr. Michael Shinkle, Amos’ great-great nephew who currently resides in Florida. Shinkle worked on the beautiful Ohio River all his life and is perhaps best known for financing the construction of the Roebling Suspension Bridge, but the philanthropy he offered throughout his time in Covington was his true bridgebuilding legacy. Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky encourages the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati community to build bridges to a better future for the abused, neglected, and at-risk children in CHNK’s care by joining the Shinkle Society’s Class of 2011. Call or email Rick Wurth (859-261-8768, to become a bridge builder. Founded in 1882, Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky operates two campuses – one in Burlington and the other in Covington’s Devou Park. CHNK carries out its mission to be a community leader providing children and families opportunity and hope for better lives by offering both a residential treatment program and intensive in-home services. Last year, the Home impacted over 800 children and families in a total of 38 counties. For more information about CHNK, please visit or contact Rick W. Wurth, Vice President for Development, at 859.261.8768, x3074.

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Lanette Reed of Independence takes a break in the shade Sunday, July 10 as she volunteers with others to clean up the Kenton County Paw Park at Pioneer Park.


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