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District and local high school employees were recently recognized for their service to the Kenton County School District and the community. Read about Office Russell Wood from Simon Kenton and Food Services Director Ginger Gray, who were recently recognized for their oustanding work. SCHOOLS, A5

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KENTON COUNTY - The Northern Kentucky Tea Party and the Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky turned in more than 24,000 signatures to the Kenton County Clerk’s Office on Aug. 8, which will allow the dissolution of the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission to appear on the November ballot if those signatures are certified by Gabrielle Summe’s office. The two groups have been speaking out against the NKAPC, feeling the planning and zoning process can be more streamlined and questioning the NKAPC’s taxing abilities. In recent months, the two groups worked to collect enough signatures to get a referendum on the ballot, staging petition drives all over the county. Per Kentucky law, they needed to collect signatures of at least 25 percent of the previous registered voters in the last presidential elec-

tion, which amounted to 17,941 signatures. At the courthouse, HBA President Brian Miller and Tea Party activists Terry Donoghue and Garth Kuhnhein turned in 24,698 signatures,with about a dozen Tea Party members on hand. “I think this shows the great support for this in the community,” said Kuhnhein. “This is an exciting day for us, to see the outpouring of support we have.” However, Dennis Gordon, the executive director of the NKAPC, said they weren’t ready to speculate on the next step until the signatures had all been certified by county clerk Gabrielle Summe. Summe has previously said there is no timetable for how long the certification process will take. Gordon and the NKAPC have spoken out against the petition drive in recent weeks, pointing out that some of the petitioners are from other states and are being paid, and also accusing petition carriers of using misleading infor-

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Home Builders Association President Brian Miller and Tea Party activists Terry Donoghue and Garth Kuhnhein carry stacks of petitions into the Kenton County Courthouse on Aug. 8. Together, the two groups turned in 24,698 signatures to get the dissolution of the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission on the November ballot. mation to get signatures. “Whether all of the signatures are registered voter remains to be seen,” said Gordon. “But what we may never know is how many people signed after being told that this would support the library, bring jobs to Covington, decrease their rent or any of the other stories that out-of-state petition carriers have told to gain signatures.” Miller, who said he wasn’t aware of petitioners giving out

false information, said he’s confident that the number of signatures represent a change wanted by the Kenton County taxpayers. “This is a strong statement, and it shows that people want the right to be heard and vote on this in November,” he said. “Now, leading up to the election, our priority is to make sure the truth is known and that people have all of the facts and not the misinformation that’s been put out there.”

Local farmers fighting the heat By Stephanie Salmons

Remembering Sept. 11, 2001

Sept. 11, 2011, is the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and United Airlines Flight 93 which crashed near Shanksville, Pa. If your church, civic club or school is observing this tragic day in American history, the Recorder would like to know. Please send information about your Sept. 11 observance to The Community Recorder, 228 Grandview Drive, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.


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A recent heat wave has affected Gary Anderson’s cattle.


Local farmers are certainly feeling the heat. For 17 days straight, temperatures in the area reached more than 90 degrees, tying a 110year-old record. Jerry Brown, Boone County agriculture extension agent, said the first things hot weather usually affects are pastures and hay. “Our grasses are cool season, which means (at) about 80 degrees, they’re really going to cut back their growth,” he said. Once it hits that point, there’s not much left for animals to eat or to bale for hay, Brown said. The heat causes more issues with livestock, he said. Gary Anderson, who farms

more than 2,000 acres near Burlington and Union, said his cattle are suffering with the heat. “We’ve got to have fans on our baby calves it’s so hot,” he said. “That’s the first time I’ve ever done that.” It’s been so hot, Anderson said, his cows just want to stay in the pond which has caused problems with foot rot. The heat also has economic impacts. “None have died from the heat, but they’re not gaining any weight because it’s too hot to eat on a regular basis,” he said. If the calves drop some 50 percent of their normal gain, when the time comes instead of selling 700-pound calves, they’ll weigh

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Senior Picnic Sept. 3 will rock ’n’ roll By Patricia A. Scheyer Contributor

For the 10th year, the Kenton County Fiscal Court will host the Senior Picnic, this year 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8, with a few changes. First of all, though the location is still the Kenton County Fairgrounds, the event will take place under tents set up on concrete instead of being in the barn. Secondly, instead of the usual harvest theme, the event will rock ’n’ roll to the music of the ’50s. “We wanted more people to have the chance to come to the Senior Picnic, and the maximum capacity for the barn is 250,” said Steve Trauger, Programs Coordina-

tor for the County. “Wanda Key will be on hand to play the hits of the ’50s, and encourage people to sing it themselves in karaoke. Wanda is a real character. She does tours at Bobby Mackey’s, and she’s a songwriter and singer. She will do a great job.” To start the trip down memory lane, when people drive into the fairgrounds, they will be treated to a series of Burma Shave signs. Participants are encouraged to wear ’50s wear, poodle skirts, leather jackets, chiffon scarves, bobbie socks and saddle shoes, whatever they might remember wearing in the ’50s. “All those age 55 and older are welcome to come, and we will do our best to help them get in the

mood,” said Melanie Morris, Executive Secretary to the Judge-Executive Steve Arlinghaus. “We will have antique cars on display, and food booths with cotton candy, popcorn and ice cream. The Statman from B105 will emcee the event, and they will have fried chicken dinners from Lee’s Famous Recipe.” The tickets for the event are $7, and they can be purchased at the Kenton County Courthouse in Covington, or at the Public Works building in Lincoln Ridge park at 420 Independence Station Road, in Independence. Requests for tickets can also be mailed to the same address, but the deadline for tickets is August 26, so people need to send any

mail well ahead of time to insure the tickets. “We always choose a king and queen by drawing their ticket out of a hat, but this year we will also honor our veterans by having them stand,” said Morris. “When our seniors get to the fairgrounds, they will be greeted by the County Commissioners, and by Judge Arlinghaus, and they will each receive a small cookbook that has recipes submitted by all our elected officials.” Morris also mentioned that there will be twice the number of exhibitors at this picnic than last year, numbering 30 this year. For more information on the picnic, or where to buy the tickets, the number to call is 859-392-1911.


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Water plant upgrade approved The Kentucky Public Service Commission has approved a $28.35 million water plant improvement project by the Northern Kentucky Water District to allow its Taylor Mill treatment plant to comply with stricter federal drinking water standards. The commission approved the water district's plans to add a granular activated carbon filtration system to the 10-million-gallon-a-day Taylor Mill plant to comply with U.S. EPA requirements to limit hazardous chlorination byproducts in drinking water. The commission ruled the carbon filtration systems was the most cost-effective of three options considered to meet EPA requirements.

Farmers between 500 and 550 pounds – bringing about $200 per head less due to the lower weight, he said. Anderson also started weaning his calves two months earlier than normal. Because of the drier weather, mothers aren’t making enough milk for their calves, he said. Most crops, however, will stand heat pretty well, Brown said. Drier weather, however, will be harder on row crops such as corn and soy beans that weren’t planted early enough and don’t have a good root system developed, Brown said. Nancy Kloentrup, of Morning View’s Poverty Hollow Farm, said excess rain earlier in the season along with flooding on her property delayed some

Continued from A1 crops. Crops grown on such saturated soil won’t develop a good root system because water is readily available, she said. Coupled with the later heat and drier weather, “these plants are not going to adapt well to this situation,” she said. They will be looking for water in shallower ground. Andrea Dee, Kenton County horticulture extension agent, said this has not been the most ideal growing season. Early season rains meant a delay in planting, while the wet weather mixed with humidity caused fungal diseases, she said. Farmers lost between two and four weeks of the season due to the weather, Dee said.

Local resident hosts MDA telethon By Patricia A. Scheyer Contributor


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KENTON COUNTY After a little more than a month in the Kenton County School District’s top administrative position, Superintendent Terri CoxCruey says she’s ready for the return of the district’s best asset: its students. Students will return to school in Kentucky’s fifthlargest school district Aug. 17 to a new superintendent - but a familiar face. “My favorite part of the day has always been going into classrooms and seeing all the initiatives we’ve put in place put into action,” said Cox-Cruey, who took over the position July 1 after serving in the district’s central office for 11 years. “It’s exciting to see students taking ownership of their learning.” After a 13-year stint as a special education teacher and district administrator for Covington Independent Schools, Cox-Cruey came to

Students will return to school in Kentucky’s fifth-largest school district Aug. 17. the Kenton County School District in 2000 as its director of special education. Since then, she’s held a variety of positions, including director of both elementary and secondary education and assistant superintendent. Before taking over as superintendent, she served as the district’s deputy superintendent for four years. She was named to the position upon the retirement of Superintendent Tim Hanner, who served as her mentor and recommended her for the job. While Hanner left “very big shoes to fill,” according to Cox-Cruey, he also left her with the experience needed to lead the district. “I had the benefit of learning from him and

being mentored by him throughout my time here,” said Cox-Cruey, 47, of Florence. “He went out of his way to help prepare me for the position, so it’s been a pretty seamless transition.” Still, Cox-Cruey has a busy year ahead. She said she’s looking forward to a redesign at J.D. Patton Area Technology Center - the district took over control of the Center last month; new literacy and math initiatives at the secondary level, courtesy of a $600,000 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; and new learning initiatives that stem from vision teams at each of the district’s high

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KENTON COUNTY - Several Kenton County School District staff members were recognized for their work at the Aug. 1 school board meeting. Officer Russell Wood, the school resource officer at Simon Kenton High School, was selected as the Rookie of the Year by the Kentucky Association of School Resource Officers, while Food Services Director Ginger Gray was awarded the President’s Award of Excellence from the National School Nutrition Association. Additionally, the district was

awarded the 2011 Golden Achievement Award in recognition of their public relations for “Education Celebration: Live Your Dream,” a program that allowed the district to highlight their programs and achievements. The district communication team is comprised of Dr. Terri CoxCruey, Gerald Turner, Kim Banta, Sara Jackson, Vicki Fields, Cris Kendall and Teresa Wilkins. “The reason this award meant a lot to me was that it was a national award - the letter said we were in a select group of winners,” said Wilkins, the district’s public information officer. Gray said her award was

entirely unexpected, but appreciated. Each year, the association recognizes two state presidents who demonstrated leadership during their term as president, based on membership development, professional development and outstanding initiatives. “To be recognized by your peers is very touching and very humbling,” she said. “It’s a great feeling, and I’ very thankful.” Wood, who works for the Independence Police Department, could not be reached for comment. For more information about the Kenton County School District, visit


Ginger Gray, the food services director for the Kenton County School District, was honored by Nancy Rice and the National School Nutrition Association with the President's Ward of Excellence. The district's communication team also received a national award, while Officer Russell Wood was named Rookie of the Year by the Kentucky Association of School Resource Officers.

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River Ridge Principal Shawna Harney (left) chats with new school counselor Jill Dilts on Aug. 3. Dilts has spent the last two years teaching kindergarten at the school.

New faces join River Ridge this year By Jason Brubaker

VILLA HILLS - The front office at River Ridge Elementary has added two new faces for the upcoming school year. Jerraine Dailey and Jill Dilts have joined the leadership team as the school prepares for the first day of classes on Aug. 17. Dailey, a former teacher in the district, will serve as an assistant principal to Shawn Harney, while Dilts, who previously taught kindergarten at River Ridge, is the newest counselor. “I’m really excited about both of them, because they bring so much experience and knowledge,” said Harney. “I think they’re going to really enhance what we do here, and it’s going to be great for the school.” Dailey, an Edgewood resident who has spent the previous five years as an assistant principal in the Williamstown Independent and Gallatin County school district, said she jumped at the chance to work at River Ridge with Harney and Bev Johnson, the other assistant principal. “The reputation of River Ridge speaks for itself and it’s easy to see why,” she said. “Everyone has been very welcoming, and I’m anxious for the school year to start.” During her career, Dailey has taught kids from kindergarten through sixth grade, as well as in city settings and alternative classrooms. “I think that experience with different kids in different settings will really help me out here,” she said. “There’s so many good things going on here already, and I’m thrilled to be a part of that and help move it forward.” Dilts previously served as a counselor, but has spent the last two years as a kindergarten

The Northern Kentucky University Office for Research, Graduate Studies and Regional Stewardship announced the recipients of the 2011 NKU University/Community Partnership grants. The grant awards support unique and innovative programs designed to address regional problems and provide new opportunities for the community, NKU faculty and students. The first award is a $14,500 grant to Professor Jonathan Cullick, chair of NKU’s Department of English. Cullick’s project, titled “Bookfest,” expands an important and effective outreach initiative of the English department. Bookfest encourages and facilitates both reading and writing by middle school students in grades 5-8. Collaborating with faculty from across campus, this initiative has already reached more than 25 middle schools in Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati. The award will expand the program’s reach and stabilize its ongoing viability in support of this important work. In addition to middle schools, Bookfest will partner with The Blue Marble, a local bookstore. Students in the program will read selected books dur-

ing the school year and attend a celebration on the NKU campus. While on campus students will discuss assigned books, participate in workshops, meet with authors and receive recognition for their achievements. The second award is a $15,000 grant to Associate Professor Jimmie Manning, NKU Department of Communication. Manning’s project, titled “Understanding Regional Diversity: Identification and Development for Regional Nonprofits,” establishes a year-long program of research and outreach events that will address complex and critical issues of social diversity in the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati region. The quantitative component of Manning’s research will generate models representing citizen perceptions and experiences of crosscultural interaction including considerations of race, class, gender, sexual orientation and religion. A second component of the project will explore nonprofit leaders’ perceptions of diversity-oriented needs for communities, education, organizations and inter-organizational activities. Data gathered in this project will update the biannual report, “Bridges Progress

Report on Human Relations in Cincinnati” and will inform dialogue forums for regional nonprofit leaders. Several NKU faculty received UCP grants to explore and develop service learning courses. These awards are for $3,500 and provide faculty with the opportunity to develop innovative curricula that includes a service learning component. Service learning courses provide an excellent vehicle for connecting academic research to regional problems as represented by area nonprofits. Service learning courses promote deep learning as well as reflection and are often evaluated by students and the community as transformative. Faculty receiving UCP service learning grants are John Rockaway, geology, for his work with Big Bone Lick State Park; Holly Riffe, social work, for her work with veterans and families; and Jennifer Smith, Steely Library, for her work with Whiz Kids Book Links. For more information on the NKU University/Community Partnership Grant program, visit


Jerraine Dailey is the new assistant principal at River Ridge Elementary. A former teacher in the Kenton County School District, she has spent the last five years as an assistant principal in the Williamstown Independent and Gallatin County districts. teacher at River Ridge. She said her experience in both positions will help her transition as the school year starts. “I’ve been in the teachers’ shoes here, and I know what they’re going through and how they think,” she said. “I think that’s going to help a tremendous amount.” She also said she’s been working with Harney on several new programs for the upcoming year. “I thought it would be neat to get a student council, servicelearning program set up for our kids to develop their leadership skills,” she said. “Mrs. Harney and I have talked about a lot of new things, and she’s been really receptive, so I’m really excited for the kids to get here.” Harney said both Dilts and Dailey are already fitting in with the school’s leadership team. “We’re already all clicking together,” she said. “They both bring so much to the table, and it’s really going to make our school that much better.”



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

N. Ky. school supply giveaway set for Aug. 13 Northern Kentucky Harvest will host the 11th annual Backpacks and Breakfast, Northern Kentucky’s largest backpack and school supply giveaway, from 911 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at Goebel Park, Fifth and Philadelphia Streets in Covington. The event is open to students from low-income families in kindergarten through 12th grade

from Kenton, Campbell and Boone counties. Backpacks will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. The first 900 will receive new, clear plastic backpacks filled with school supplies. Parents should bring photo ID for themselves, Social Security or medical cards for their children and a recent piece of mail with

their name and address on it. Children do not need to be present to receive backpacks. The event will include breakfast from Frisch’s and Trauth Dairy, and is sponsored by Northern Kentucky Harvest, an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) group that helps established social service agencies provide food and clothing to lowincome families.



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Eagles VB aims to keep flying high By James Weber


Scott senior Erin Romito is one of the team’s top returners.

TAYLOR MILL – All the Laurens are gone, so if the Scott High School volleyball team is to continue its recent success, it will have to rely on experience and not 6-foot-5 stars. Lauren O’Conner, now at the University of Kentucky, took her allaround ability with her. The Eagles lost record-setting basketball center Lauren Tibbs, who is playing hoops at Marquette and was also a valuable weapon at the volleyball net. A shorter veteran with a similar name, Lauren Trame, also graduated, as did starter Erin Mersch. Now it is up to other players who have been in the system to keep a three-year run of unprecedented success in the program going. Scott was 32-9 last year, winning its third

straight district championship and reaching the Ninth Region semifinals. “We are going to have to be a scrappy team as we lost a big front line from last year, but we have a lot of girls that can play different positions and contribute in different ways on the court,” ninth-year head coach Andrea Sullivan said. “We’ll be able to spread the ball around more, and we’ll have to serve aggressively.” Scott will rely on returning senior veterans Erin Romito, Summer Manning, Alison Wiegand and setter/hitter Taylor Stinson. Freshman Jenna Trimpe is the top newcomer to the rotation. Scott will start the season Aug. 16 at Holmes, then plays at 10th Region champ Newport Central Catholic Aug. 17. Scott will play in tourneys in Lexington Aug. 19-20 and Louisville Sept. 17. In between, the program will host its annual September Slam Sept. 2-3.

Other local teams Beechwood Tigers

Beechwood was 17-12 last year and returns four starters for head coach Jessi Campbell. One of the starters is first-team, all-conference pick Kyra Spahn. Beechwood hosts Bellevue Aug. 9 and goes to Ryle Aug. 11. The team did not return requests for further information.

Calvary Christian Cougars

Head coach Kara Landis returns five starters in juniors Kaitlin DeJarnette, Bekah Napier, Mariah Fisher and Sam Hackman, and sophomore Keely Borden. The top newcomer is freshman Priscilla Kohls. Calvary’s first home match is Aug. 11 against Lloyd.

Covington Latin Trojans

The Trojans were 2-15 last year under head coach Kelly Kusch and lost in the 35th District tournament to Ludlow. Covington Latin plays at Ludlow Aug. 10 and at Silver Grove Aug. 11. The team did not return requests for further information.

Dixie Heights Colonels

Dixie was 4-22 last season under head coach Emily Hoffman. Dixie starts at Simon Kenton Aug. 16 and debuts at home Aug. 18 against Villa Madonna. The team did not return requests for further information.

Holmes Bulldogs

Holmes was 2-24 last year and has a new head coach in Sarah Creekmore.

Holmes starts Aug. 11 at Ludlow and debuts at home Aug. 16 against Scott. The team did not return requests for further information.

Holy Cross Indians

The Indians were 29-10 last year, finishing as All “A” state runner-up. Sixth-year head coach Becky Houston has four veteran returnees in Jayden Julian, Abbey Tally, Megan Krumpelman and Georgia Childers. Julian and Childers are Division I college prospects. Promising newcomers include Leah Volpenhein, Stefanie Sinclair, Brandi Trenkamp and Allison Rickels.

Lloyd Memorial Juggernauts

Lloyd was 17-10 last year under head coach Darrell Cammack and returns senior Carly Wood, a firstteam, all-conference pick. Lloyd plays at Calvary Aug. 11 to start the year, then plays at NewCath Aug. 16. Lloyd’s first home match is Aug. 18 against Brossart. The team did not return requests for further information.

Ludlow Panthers

Jodi Schmidt returns a veteran team for her 11th season as head coach. The Panthers were 12-20 but return six starters including Mariah Johnson, Danie Frevola, Emily Kroger, Mckenzie Huffman, AnnMarie Maley and Brittiny Ritchie. Johnson and Kroger were firstteam, all-conference picks last year. Senior setter Hanna King returns after missing last season with a knee injury. She has started three seasons and was first-team, all-conference

as a sophomore. “I have a very optimistic outlook for this season,” Schmidt said. “With the experience our underclassmen received last year, as well as the leadership of our older players, I think we will see a big improvement from last year’s record. I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to coach this group of young women. Their work ethic is second to none.” Ludlow plays at home Aug. 10 and 11 then hosts the annual Ludlow Classic Aug. 12-13.

Notre Dame Pandas

Notre Dame returns almost every key player from last year’s team, which compiled a 20-10 record and was Ninth Region runner-up. Leading the way for head coach Andrea Lanham are senior libero Carly Jones, senior outside hitter Emily Schmahl, senior defensive specialist Lindsey Hartmann, sophomore middle blocker Heidi Thelen and sophomore setter Elly Ogle. Also returning are senior defensive specialist Kristen Schellhaas and junior outside hitter Taylor Angel. Schmahl was conference player of the year last year. Ogle, Jones and Hartmann were also all-conference picks.

St. Henry Crusaders

St. Henry lost four key players to graduation off a team that went 2411 and reached the state semifinals: Conference player of the year Rachel D’Agnillo at libero, first-team all-conference picks Stephanie Gurren and Taryn Ward; and Kelsey Zwick. Despite those losses, head coach

Maureen Kaiser has two players back who already have committed to Division I colleges: Junior Rachel Fortner, who has committed to the University of Dayton, and junior Abbey Bessler, who has committed to Xavier University. Both were also first-team, allconference honorees. Fortner is likely to move to setter this season. “They’re a good place to start, but we’re definitely rebuilding a little bit,” Kaiser said. “I have mostly juniors and freshmen and (Notre Dame) is mostly sophomores and seniors.” St. Henry was slated to start the season at home against Campbell County Aug. 9. After road matches Aug. 10, 11, 16 and 17, St. Henry returns home to face state power Sacred Heart Aug. 18. The Aug. 11 match is at Louisville Mercy.

Simon Kenton Pioneers

Simon Kenton was 22-18 last season and graduates five seniors. SK plays at Campbell County Aug. 11 and hosts Dixie Heights Aug. 16. The team did not return requests for further information.

Villa Madonna Blue Lightning

VMA was 22-10 last year, finishing as 34th District runner-up and Ninth Region quarterfinalist. VMA lost first team all-conference pick Hannah Knochelmann and Lauren Gieske to graduation but returns first team allconference honoree Jasmine Beal. VMA, head coached by Sandi Kitchen, plays at Heritage Aug. 9 and hosts St. Henry Aug. 10, then plays at Brossart Aug. 11. The team did not return requests for further information.

Scott High School senior Taylor Stinson returns as setter.


SIDELINES U14 boys soccer players needed

The Beechmont Soccer Club is looking for players for its U14 boys soccer team for the upcoming fall season If interested, contact coach David Galus at 513-543-7144 for more information.

Youth Soccer League/Clinic

Christ United Methodist Church will have a signup day for the 2011 youth soccer league from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 13, at the main entrance of the church, 1440 Boone Air Road, Florence. There are two recreational leagues – one for ages 5 and under and one for ages 6-8. Score is not kept. The cost is $40 per child, $20 for additional siblings. Games are on Saturday mornings from Sept. 10 through Oct. 29. Registration deadline is Aug. 20. Practice will be one night a week beginning the week of Aug. 30. A free soccer clinic will be at the church Aug. 27. For ages 6-10, the clinic will be 10-11 a.m. For ages 5 and under, the clinic will be 11 a.m. to noon. For more information, email

Teen baseball tryout

At The Yard Roosters Baseball Club will have tryouts at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Boone County High School baseball field. Looking for players 15-18 year olds. Contact Bobby Mullins at 513374-6976.

Girls fastpitch tryouts

Kentucky Xplosion Girls Fastpitch, based in Independence, will host two tryouts for the upcoming 2012 season at the Boone County High School softball field Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 13 and 14. The tryout for 10U and 12U will be 8-9:30 a.m. both days. Tryouts for the 16U & 18U teams will be 10 a.m. to noon both days. Attendance on both days is recommended. Teams includes players from

Campbell, Boone and Kenton counties and will play local and travel for tournaments starting spring 2012. Teams practices year-round. Email, call 859-801-4440 or visit

Cross country tryout

The Notre Dame Academy’s middle school girls cross country team will have its first practice/informative meeting 4:305:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, at Crescent Springs Park on Buttermilk Pike. NDA is seeking any sixth through eighth-grade girls attending their feeder middle schools. Call head coach Jim Parsons at 859-802-1008 or email

Learn baseball program for kids

The Kentucky Amateur Baseball Association’s Learn to Play program for 3-5 year olds is taken registrations for the fall. Parent meeting will be 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, at President’s Park in Edgewood. Teams will practice once per week and play one game on Saturdays. The cost is $85 for new players, $50 for returning participants. Each child receives a hat, shirt, pants and socks as part of their registration fee. Call Jeff Keener at 859-991-4619.

KABA open fall registrations

The Kentucky Amateur Baseball Association will offer a Fall Baseball League starting Saturday, Aug. 20, for players 5 to 10 years old. Team and individual player registrations are being accepted. Register early as placement is not guaranteed. Download a registration form at and mail it to 117 Ridgewood Drive, Erlanger, KY 41018. The fee is $40 per player. Refunds will be made to any player not placed on a team. Call Jeff Keener at 859991-4619.


NKY Bulldogs win City Tournament

The Northern Kentucky Bulldogs advanced to the City Tournament, final four, in Blue Ash, Ohio. The Bulldogs came back from 9-2 in the 4th inning to win the tournament 10-9 in an extra sixth inning (five innings per game). Pictured, from left, front row: Chris Layton, Colin Henry, Mitchell Corts, Gage Dollenmeyer, Marcus Berger, Cole Busald and A.J. Dilts; and middle row: Beau Sawyer, Cole Benson, Mac Duckworth, Carter Noah, Jackson Noll and Mason Williams.

Luthy wins Class World Champion at horseshoe tournament Jim Luthy of Independence won Class World Champion at the National Horseshoe Pitching Association’s 2011 World Horseshoe Tournament, the sports largest annual event, in Monroe, La., July 18-30. Luthy went 12-2 with a 43.75 percent ringer average in the Elders I class, taking first place, $500 and a trophy his first time at the world competition. Around 800 of the best horseshoe players from across the country, Cana-

da and South Africa competed. Other local competitors: Henry Bass of Florence placed 13th in Elders D class, 6-9 with a 36.5 percent ringer average; Don Fleissiner of California placed 10th in the Elders I class, 5.5-7.5 with a 33.08 percent average; Howard Eckler of Covington placed seventh in the Elders M class, 5.5-5.5 with a 9.77 percent average; and Mitch Duncan of Independence placed 14th in the Mens E 1 class, 510 with a 26.33 percent average.

The group pitches at Boone Woods Park in Burlington, Lincoln Ridge Park in Independence and in the winter at OK Horseshoe Club in Cincinnati. Luthy practiced twice a day for a month at Lincoln Ridge Park before going to the tournament. They would like to thank the Boone County Parks Department and Kenton County Parks Department, with a special thanks to Jamie at Lincoln Ridge Park for keeping the courts in good shape.


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We need better solutions to create American jobs In August 2010, Treasury Department Secretary Timothy Geithner wrote an op-ed for the New York Times titled Welcome to the Recovery. One year later, as the economy teeters on the edge of a double dip recession, Americans are still asking: where are the jobs? New unemployment data released last week revealed that only 117,000 jobs were created during July, short of the 125,000 new jobs needed every month just to keep up with population growth. The national unemployment rate ticked down to 9.1 percent, but only because of the number of people who have given up looking for work or otherwise dropped out of the labor market. To address this problem, President Obama announced last week that he will turn the focus of his administration to jobs. This is the seventh time that he has claimed his administration will make such a pivot to jobs, but the problem is that his policies are

not working. For example, we were told the stimulus bill would create or save 3 million jobs and keep unemployment below eight perU.S. REP. cent. Since the GEOFF DAVIS stimulus bill COMMUNITY was signed into RECORDER law more than two years ago, GUEST more than 1.6 COLUMNIST million jobs have been lost. Furthermore, the unemployment rate has been at or above eight percent for thirty consecutive months, the longest period since the Great Depression. The last two and a half years have reinforced that we cannot spend, tax and borrow our way to economic prosperity. And we only need to look at the example of Greece to see where we are heading if we continue to spend money we do not

have. We need a better solution. More government is not the answer. In order to foster a growing and healthy economy, Congress must enact policies that will increase our competitiveness, reward entrepreneurship and ingenuity. House Republicans are working to reverse course by passing bills to cut spending, and get government out of the way of our economic engines. This will promote investment, encourage entrepreneurship and allow the private sector to grow and create jobs. For these job creating bills to take effect, the Senate must pass them and the President should then sign them into law. House Republicans passed legislation to repeal the President's job destroying takeover of health care which would prevent over half a trillion dollars in tax increases and cut hundreds of billions in spending, in addition to easing the burden of PPACA on employers.

The House has directed ten committees to review existing, pending and proposed regulations to identify the effect on jobs and the economy. We also plan to pass the REINS Act, legislation I introduced to require Congressional approval of any new regulations that have a significant impact on the economy. Affordable energy is critical to job growth. The House has passed four bills that would increase American energy exploration in Alaska and off of our coasts to increase supply and keep prices low. We also passed the Energy Tax Prevention Act to prohibit the EPA from instituting a backdoor cap and trade program through regulation. We have been calling on the President repeatedly to send Congress the three pending free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea. To date, he has not done so. Finalizing these three agreements would create an estimated 250,000 American jobs by open-

ing new markets to our goods and products. Finally, as Standard and Poor's downgrading of our credit rating last week confirmed, we need to continue to cut spending, reduce our debt burden and make the tough choices necessary to live within our means. While the House has taken some first steps in the right direction, and successfully changed the conversation in Washington from whether to cut to how much to cut, there is much more to be done. If the White House and Congressional Democrats are serious about getting America back to work, they should join Republicans to pass these commonsense proposals to get our fiscal house in order and get the government out of the way of job creation. Only then will Americans stop asking, where are the jobs? Geoff Davis represents the 4th Congressional District in the U.S House of Representatives that covers Kenton County


Members of the Cherry Hill Swim Team marched in the parade held at the beginning of the NKSL Champ Meet held at Florence Aquatic Club on July 28.


A mobile future for a more prosperous rural America The recent announcement of President Obama’s White House Rural Council shows renewed federal government recognition of the importance of investment in rural areas. As we continue to move forward in this digital age, we must also recognize that access to reliable broadband technology is one of the most important benefits that rural communities can have. Increased broadband deployment and adoption across America provides the promise of access to technologies, education, medicine, and conveniences that simply have never been available in rural America in the past. Yet, fulfilling this promise is challenging because traditional wired broadband is extraordinarily expensive to deploy in rural areas. The proposed merger of AT&T

with T-Mobile brings with it the potential to accelerate the deployment of wireless broadband across rural America. The compaJohn Mayo nies say the merger will Community expedite the Recorder investment of guest more than $8 columnist billion to enable the delivery of next-generation wireless broadband to millions of Americans than otherwise possible. Importantly, this investment will occur without relying on public sector funding and the accelerated deployment of advanced wireless networks to rural America creates the potential for

enhanced competition with wired and other broadband services in these communities. Some have implied that rural Americans will be disadvantaged by the merger. In fact, new research suggests that the expansion of wireless service comports with the prevailing trend in rural America where large numbers of consumers are opting to replace wired service for mobile. A recent Center for Disease Control report found that by the first half of 2010, over one-quarter of all American households (26.6 percent) had wireless-only telephone service – and that the shift was being led by states with large rural populations, including Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas, North Dakota, Idaho, Kentucky, Oregon, Colorado, Nebraska and Oklahoma. At a time when rural America

faces economic hardships, broadband internet provides an important pathway to renewed prosperity. Government studies have shown that rural communities with broadband access significantly outpace communities without such access with respect to employment, business activity and property values. Given the limited resources available to government these days, private sector investment such as that envisioned by the AT&T-T-Mobile merger could be a practical and timely way for regulators to ensure the unique economic and social benefits of Internet access for more Americans living in rural areas. The best hope for timely deployment of state-of-the art high-speed broadband services to rural communities may reside in AT&T’s recent proposal to acquire

T-Mobile USA’s wireless operations. If Washington approves the transaction, and the companies make good on their commitments, more than 97 percent of the U.S. population and an additional 55s million Americans will benefit from the economic and social opportunities that broadband connections create. Thus, public policy makers – including members of the White House Rural Council – should view this merger as an opportunity to generate new private investment that will significantly enhance economic and social opportunity in rural communities across the country. John Mayo is the executive director of the Georgetown Center and professor of economic, business and public policy at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Mayor reassures residents

I want to assure each of you that our police department is fully functioning, on duty and here to serve and protect all of Park Hills. our new acting police chief is

Patrick Yarusso who has been with the city of Park Hills for over 8 years. In addition, Officer Cyrus Harris has recently rejoined our force. We are also served by officer Ben Wiesner, Officer Cody

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Stanley and Officer Alan Dietz. These men are dedicated and experienced officers who will provide 24 hour a day, 7 days a week police protection for our city.

My top priority is the protection of the residents of Park Hills. This includes maintaining an excellent police department and public services. Our public works director, Mr. Dennis Finke, has

been with the city for over 20 years and is most knowledgeable, capable and hard working. Road repairs are under way. Mayor Don Catchen Park Hills

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The 7th Annual Battery Hooper Days will feature plenty of living history actors from the Civil War era.

Museum back with a bang By Jason Brubaker

The 9th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, also known as the Orphan Brigade, is one of five reenacor groups that will be at Battery Hooper Days.

FORT WRIGHT - Even after six successful years, Bob Clements is comfortable with a bold declaration for the 2011 Battery Hooper Days at the James A. Ramage Civil War Museum. “We scaled it back a little last year, but this year we are back in force and better than ever,” said Clements, president of the museum board. “This is just a terrific event for everyone in the family, and we’re excited for it.” The event, which will be held Aug. 20-21 , allows families to learn more about life in the Civil War era. There will be five reenacting groups totaling around 50 soldiers, as well as living history actors representing Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman, Harriet Beecher Stow, General Lew Wallace and General Horatio Wright. Additionally, Dr. James Ramage will be the keynote speaker on Saturday afternoon as he talks about the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and the

Battery Hooper Days will allow guests to learn about life in the Civil War era.


The 6th Ohio Volunteer Infantry is one of three Union reenacting groups that will be at the James A. Ramage Civil War Museum on Aug. 20-21 for Battery Hooper Days. construction of the Battery Hooper site. “That’s going to be really neat, and I think people are going to learn a lot,” said Clements. The event will also feature plenty of family-friendly fun, with live music, the Honey Hill Farm & Petting Zoo, face-painting and children’s games, as well as archaeological demonstrations. The always-popular cannon will also be fired regularly throughout the weekend. Guests will also be able to enjoy food, drinks and even homemade ice cream, thanks to the nearby Community of Faith Presbyterian Church. They will be serving hot dogs, metts, cole slaw, cookies, chips, brats and BBQ sandwiches both days while the event is running. “There’s definitely something for everyone of all ages,” said Clements. “Where else could you find all of this in one place and not have to pay to get in?” Admission to the event is free, and the only items guests will have to pay for are food and drinks. Since the museum is now self-funded, Clements said guests will also be able to purchase individual and family memberships while at Battery Hooper Days, allowing the museum to continue to have regular programs and events. Battery Hooper Days will run at the

museum, located at 1402 Highland Avenue in Fort Wright, from 12-6 p.m. on Saturday, and 12-5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit

Stan Wertz and Rachel Johnson are among the living history actors who will be on hand for Battery Hooper Days on Aug. 20-21 at the James A. Ramage Civil War Museum.

Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center to offer free art workshop Aug. 13 The Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center will host a free art workshop for kids on Aug. 13. From 10 a.m. to noon, professional artist Amy Dennison will teach kids to create “Handmade Musical Instruments.”

The workshop is free and open to any children 5 years and up. The workshop is sponsored by Artswave and class size is limited. The workshop is in preparation for The

Community Arts Center Day Parade, Saturday, Aug. 27. Parents are free to stay and enjoy the fun. The parade is in cooperation with, The Carnegie, The Center for Great Neighbor-

hoods and The Behringer-Crawford Museum. Register by calling Baker Hunt at 859431-0020. Registration is limited. Baker Hunt is located at the corner of Greenup and Seventh streets in Covington.


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Artists as Activists, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 25 W. Seventh St., Twoyear anniversary exhibition of works by artists featured in the semimonthly column by Saad Ghosn, “Artists as Activists” in Streetvibes since September 2009. 859292-2322. Covington.


St. Joseph End of Summer Celebration Parish Festival, 6 p.m.-midnight, St. Joseph Church Crescent Springs, 2470 Lorraine Court, Rides, games for children and adults, food and entertainment. Free. Through Aug. 14. 859-341-6609. Crescent Springs.


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. Through Dec. 30. 859-291-2225. Newport.


Cincinnati Meets the Beatles! 1964 & 1966 The Liverpool Sensations Invade the Tri-State, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., BehringerCrawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Family friendly. Included with admission: $7, $6 seniors, $4 children; free for members. 859-491-4003. Covington. Kneehigh Exhibits, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Charlie and Trike, two new explorers, show young visitors the Bible in a charming and imaginative way. Ages 5-12. $24.95 ages 13-59, $19.95 ages 60 and up, $14.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under; $7 planetarium. 888-582-4253; Petersburg.

RECREATION 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. 859-727-2525, ext. 1; Erlanger.


Overeaters Anonymous, 7 p.m., St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas, 85 N. Grand Ave., Room A. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 513-921-1922. Fort Thomas. S A T U R D A Y, A U G . 1 3


I Love the ‘80s, 5-10 p.m., Art on the Levee Gallery, Newport on the Levee, Pop culture art show celebrates all things ‘80s; from movies and cartoons to music, fashion and more. Exhibit continues through Sept. 30. Free. 859-261-5770; Newport.


Rock On for Seniors, 7-11 p.m., Radisson Hotel Covington, 668 W. Fifth St., Dinner, cash bar, music by the Cincy Rockers, silent auction and live auction of 12 unique rocking chairs painted/designed by local artists including renowned artist C. F. Payne. Clyde Gray of WCPO-TV9, emcee. Benefits Pro Seniors Inc. $500 table of 10, $60 single. Reservations required. Presented by Pro Seniors, Inc. 513-458-5525; Covington.


Bob Cushing, 10 p.m., Down Under Cafe, 126 Park Place, 859-261-9393. Covington.

Kentucky Real Estate Pre-Licensing Course, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 28., Northern Kentucky Association of Realtors, 7660 Turfway Road, Classroom and online course approved by the Kentucky Real Estate Commission. Ages 18 and up. $550. Registration required. 800-264-2185; Florence.




Chuck Brisbin & the Tuna Project, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., WilKat Tavern, 8074 U.S. 42, Free. 859-746-3600. Florence. MC Blue, 8 p.m., Vintage Wine Bar - Kitchen Market, 2141 North Bend Road, 859-6899463; Hebron.


Fathead Davis Trio, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., JerZee’s Pub and Grub, 708 Monmouth St., Outside Party Patio. Includes drink specials. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-491-3500; Newport.

Musikgarten Open House, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Florence Music Academy, 240 Main St., Crafts, music games, snacks and instrument making for children. Information on fall semester and teachers. Bring gently used formal dresses to donate to Cinderella’s Closet and receive $10 credit toward tuition. Ages 8 and under. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Little Songbird Music Studio. 859547-8765; Florence.


Haystack, 8 p.m., Mad Hatter, 620 Scott St., Easy To Hate Tour. Super VIP includes meet and great, signed T-shirt and CD, and VIP access. $60 Super VIP, $40 VIP; $20. 859291-2233; Covington.


Mixed Nutz, 10 p.m., Peecox, 635 Donaldson Highway, Cover. 859-342-7000; Erlanger. Live Music, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Woodies Tavern, 10020 Demia Way, Live rock and country acts. Cover includes first drink. Ages 21 and up. $5. 859-282-1264. Florence.



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


John Morgan, 8 p.m. (Ages 21 and up) and 10:30 p.m. (Ages 18 and up), Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, $17. 859-957-2000; Newport.


WEBN Album Project Reunion Featuring the Raisins, 8 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Doors open 7 p.m. With Rockduster, Carefree Day, Sorry Charlie, Michael Denton Band, Jill Smoth of Coyote, Dan Barr, George Uetz, Haymarket Riot, Johnny Schott, and others. $15. Presented by WEBN. 859491-2444; Covington.


John Morgan, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, $17. Ages 21 and up. 859-957-2000; Newport. Italian Night, 6 p.m.-midnight, Newport Syndicate, 18 E. Fifth St., Comedy by Steve Caminiti. Hosted by Matt Snow, The Cincinnati Sinatra, who will open during dinner with favorite Sinatra songs. Family friendly. $59. 513-576-9766; Newport.


Play 4 Youth Volleyball Festival, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Middleton-Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Games, contests, pet parade, music and entertainment. Rivalries between local news stations, roller derby girls and politicians. Benefits Northern Kentucky Youth Foundation. $5. Presented by Northern Kentucky Youth Foundation. 859-795-1506; Independence. S U N D A Y, A U G . 1 4


Ladies Instructional Golf League, 3:30-5 p.m., Golf Courses of Kenton County, 3908 Richardson Road, Weekly through Sept. 25, skipping Sept. 4. Women learn to play the game of golf in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. Topics include swing fundamentals, chipping, putting, etiquette and general rules and terminology. Driving range and golf discounts included. $99 series. Registration required. 859-371-3200; email; olf_courses/index.html. Independence.


St. Joseph End of Summer Celebration Parish Festival, 6 p.m.-midnight Music by the Gamut., St. Joseph Church Crescent Springs, Free. 859-341-6609. Crescent Springs. DAZE Devou Art and Music Festival, Noon9 p.m., Devou Park, 1344 Audubon Road, Band Shell. Madcap Puppets at 12:30 p.m. Music by Sonny Moorman, Comet Bluegrass All-Stars and Kerosene Alley. Art and crafts booths, hands-on activities for children and food vendors. Canned food collected for local food pantry. Benefits Kentucky Symphony Orchestra Devou Band Shell Renovation. Free, $5 donation requested. Presented by Kenton Hills Neighborhood Association. 859581-2222. Covington.


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

St. Joseph End of Summer Celebration Parish Festival, 1-10 p.m., St. Joseph Church Crescent Springs, Free. 859-3416609. Crescent Springs.


History, Art and Culture Lecture Series, 2 p.m., Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center, 620 Greenup St., “Rose, A Woman of Colour: A Slave’s Struggle for Freedom in the Courts of Kentucky.” Also, “Suing for Freedom in Kentucky.” With Arnold Taylor, author. Refreshments served. $40 series, $7. 859431-0020; Covington.


John Morgan, 7:30 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, $15. Ages 21 and up. 859-957-2000; Newport.


Vendor Show, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Leapin Lizard Gallery, 726 Main St., Raffle baskets, savings coupons from vendors and light refreshments. Benefits Women’s Crisis Center of Northern Kentucky. $10. 859-663-0048; Covington.


The Great Inland Seafood Festival will be 5-11 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Aug. 11-12, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, on Riverboat Row at Newport on the Levee. More than 15 local restaurants will be selling fresh seafood including whole Maine lobsters for $10.95, shrimp, crawfish, crab legs, oysters, salmon and more. There will be live music, raffles and daily harbor cruises. Presented by the City of Newport. For more information, visit or call 859-292-3666. Pictured is Ron Acierni of Milford, Ohio, enjoying a whole Maine lobster at last year’s festival. M O N D A Y, A U G . 1 5


I Love the ‘80s, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Art on the Levee Gallery, Free. 859-261-5770; Newport. Artists as Activists, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 859-292-2322. Covington.


Bob Crawford, 8 p.m.-midnight, Beer Sellar, 301 Riverboat Row, Free. 859-431-6969. Newport.


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.


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. T U E S D A Y, A U G . 1 6


Triangle Toastmasters Meeting, 7-8:30 p.m., Campbell County Fiscal Court, 1098 Monmouth St., Become a confident, more effective speaker. Free. Presented by Triangle Toastmasters. 859-652-3348. Newport.


Kentucky Carrying Concealed Deadly Weapon Permit Training Course, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Email for more information. Ages 21 and up. $85. Reservations required. 859743-7210. Walton. Job Search Series, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Mary Ann Mongan Library, 502 Scott Blvd., Job Searching Techniques. Human resources professionals from the Northern Kentucky Society for Human Resources Management lead participants in series of employment skill classes in conjunction with the Northern Kentucky One Stop. Ages 18 and up. Free. Reservations required. Presented by One Stop Northern Kentucky. 859-962-4071; Covington.

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HEALTH / WELLNESS 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.

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.



Ricky Nye and Bekah Williams, 7:30-11:30 p.m., Chez Nora, 530 Main St., 859-4918027; Covington.


Wild Wednesday, 10 a.m., Middleton-Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Shelterhouse 2. Hour-long programs. Rain or shine. Tree ID Hike/Scavenger Hunt with KC Forester. PreProgram: Grace Lerner for American Red Cross, 9:30 a.m. and Marsha Bach for Northern Kentucky Health Department, 9:45 a.m. Free. 859525-7529; Independence.

Young Band Night, 6-9 p.m., Mahogany’s Coffee House and Bar, 3715 Winston Ave., Four young or new bands perform. Free. 859-261-1029. Latonia.


The Big Reveal, 8 p.m., York St. Cafe, 738 York St., Storytelling show featuring comedians, authors and regular people telling stories that have shaped their lives. With a musical performance. $5. 859-261-9675; Newport.


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


Tot Tuesday, 10:30-11:30 a.m., BehringerCrawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Games in the Summer Sun. Stories and craft. $1 craft fee. Ages 2-5. Included with admission, free for members. 859-4914003; Covington.


Creation Museum, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, $24.95 ages 13-59, $19.95 ages 60 and up, $14.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under; $7 planetarium. 888-582-4253; Petersburg.



arts innovation movement: aim cincinnati’s season finale Gala of International Dance Stars will be at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Aronoff Center. It features 29 dancers from 12 companies around the world, with four world premieres and a diversity of cast, music and dance styles. A pre-show gala is at 7 p.m. with dinner by the bite of international cuisine, a cash bar and live jazz. Tickets are $26-$62. Call 513-621-2787 or visit or The production supports local and regional programming of arts innovation movement: aim cincinnati. Pictured are Epiphany Davis and Amber Hill, of Creative Outlet Dance Theatre.

Bridge, Noon-3:30 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Open play. All ages. Family friendly. Free. 859-342-2665. Union. Women’s Bridge, 10:30 a.m., Covington Art Club, 604 Greenup St., Kate Scudder House. Bring lunch; drinks provided. $2. 859-4312543. Covington.


“Artists as Activists” will run through Sept. 23 at the Artisans Enterprise Center (AEC) at 27 W. Seventh St. in Covington. It is curator Saad Ghosn’s two-year anniversary show of works by more than 40 artists featured in his column “Artists as Activists” in Streetvibes. Streetvibes is an alternative newspaper and part of the international street newspaper movement that focuses on homelessness and social justice issues. Admission is free. Gallery hours are 9-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. A closing reception will be 6-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at the gallery and will include music and poetry and short story readings. For more information, visit Pictured is “Transforming America: A Vegetable Garden in Every Yard” by Mary Ann Lederer.


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There is an answer to the ‘why bothers’ Why bother writing this column? Will anyone take the time to read it? If so, will they criticize what I have to say? Mock my faith? I wonder sometimes. But I write for many reasons. The most important; I hope to inspire or motivate someone toward improved health and wellness; I want to help people avoid the many and deep “pitfalls of my past.” Encourage those who read to move a little more everyday, pray a little harder for your loved ones and your enemies (yes, I said enemies) and love a little longer on your family and friends. However, the “why bothers” have crept into many areas of my life over the years and I have compiled a long list of them: Why bother cleaning the house, it just gets dirty seconds later. Why bother praying for my loved one, he/she will never change. Why bother teaching the kids manners, they never seem to “get it.” (As I type, there is one sitting across from me very loudly slurping the milk

from his cereal bowl!) W h y bother losing weight, I’ll just gain it back anyJulie way. The list House goes on. South And if I were betting Kenton a I bet Recorder woman, you have a guest list of your columnist own. W h y bother working so hard, I don’t get the recognition I deserve. Why bother loving someone, when the love I show is never reciprocated. Why bother paying the bills, I will never get out of debt. One thing is for sure; listen to the “why bothers” and you remain forever trapped. Had I listened to mine, you would not be reading this column (you are reading it, right?), there are no dishes in the sink (momentarily) and laundry day is on Thursday. I have also been blessed to witness miracles in the lives of many of my family members, and I lost 50

pounds five years ago and have kept it off. The manners issue? Well, hmmm, let’s just say we’re a work in progress. So what should you do when the “why bothers” creep into your head? One sure way to counter them is with scripture. Two passages I’ve used extensively over the years to combat the negativity in my head have been: 1Peter 5:10 and Jeremiah 29:11. 1Peter 5:10 reads, “So after you have suffered a little while, He will restore, support, and strengthen you, and He will place you on a firm foundation.” In layman’s terms; “It’s always darkest before the dawn.” Even in your darkest hour, the dawn awaits. But what’s the catch? I must get off the couch and go outside to see it! When I get caught up in the “why bothers” of life, I can sometimes become paralyzed and immobile. I must act in order to experience the success. I must send in the resume to get the job, pay the bill to get out of debt, and offer the love to receive it in return. The other reminder that

One thing is for sure; listen to the “why bothers” and you remain forever trapped. Had I listened to mine, you would not be reading this column (you are reading it, right?), there are no dishes in the sink (momentarily) and laundry day is on Thursday. keeps me going is in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” In other words, I was meant for success not failure. Wow! How different my day would look if I mastered that one thought. A constant reminder that I was meant for success keeps me moving and motivated. “I was meant for success, so I will give my job everything I have” (with or without recognition.) “I was meant for success, so I

will give my family the love they deserve” (regardless of whether or not they return it.) I often tell my children, “Always do your best and be on your best behavior, someone is always watching even if you don’t think they are.” I believe that statement, and I hope you do too. You were meant for success and someone is always watching (and hopefully reading too). As I type, one of my “why bothers” can now be refuted. I was pleasantly reminded the other day that there is one person out there reading this column every week (besides my husband.) A friend commented to me, that her husband reads and cuts the article out every week for her! Thanks Jeff! You are why “I bother!” Julie House is a resident of Independence, and Founder of Equipped Ministries, a Christian based health and wellness program with a focus on weight loss. She can be reached at 802-8965. Check out her website for meeting times and locations www.equipped4him.

Baker Hunt offers free art workshops The Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center will host a free art workshop for kids on Aug. 13. On Saturday, Aug. 13, 10 a.m. to noon, professional artist Amy Dennison will teach kids to create “Handmade Musical Instruments.” The workshop is free and open to any children 5 years and up. The workshop is sponsored by Artswave and class size is limited. The workshop is in preparation for The Community Arts Center Day Parade, Saturday, Aug. 27. Parents are free to stay and enjoy the fun. The parade is in cooperation with, The Carnegie, The Center for Great Neighborhoods and The BehringerCrawford Museum. Register by calling Baker Hunt at 859-431-0020. Registration is limited. Baker Hunt is located at the corner of Greenup and Seventh streets in Covington.

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Fresh or not, pears are tasty in romaine poppy salad My good intentions to make cashew pear salad with poppy seed dressing using pears from our tree will never come to pass. Why? The squirrels decided to pull every pear from our tree. I can just imagine how it happened: it had to be at night or very

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INDEPENDENCE LIBRARY CALENDAR 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, and registration information. This week’s calendar runs from Thursday, Aug. 11 through Wednesday, Aug. 17. To share photos from library events at the Recorder newspapers or on submit them to, or email them to To register for library events online visit, AUGUST

CHILDREN Fresh Start Club. Read off fines in the Children’s Department. Children 17 and under may read off their fines anytime. For every 15 minutes you read, fines reduced by $1.50. Parents, siblings, and friends can read to young children. Ask for details and sign in at the children’s reference desk. KNIT-A-LONG

The library hosts a KAL each month. Find a crafting day that works with your schedule and come cast on with friends.

T H U R S D A Y, A U G . 1 1 Teen Craft 6–8 p.m. Toy Mash Up. Give old, unwanted toys new lives by mixing, matching, and putting back together in new ways. Don’t worry about sacrificing Barbie—we’ll have old toys you can use. Come in anytime 6-8. Grades: 6 - 12. S A T U R D A Y, A U G . 1 3


10 a.m.– 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. Grades: 6 and over.


10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Quilting. 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 your current project. Grades: 6 and over. Register Online.


11 a.m.–noon; 1–2 p.m.; 3-4 p.m. Do you have a pile of Granny Squares but don’t know what to do with them? Sign up for one of three sessions to learn several joining methods. Decide which one you like best and go to town! Registered participants must know basic crochet stitches and bring six finished grannies. Register online.

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Remember that fast-talking petition solicitor?

Out-of-towners are making false and misleading statements in effort to dissolve the NKY Area Planning Commission Have you been asked to sign a petition recently? Did the petition solicitor tell you it was to support the library, bring jobs to Covington, or decrease your rent? Many people in Kenton County have been persuaded to do so for these and many other reasons, none of which are true. In reality, if you signed this petition, you were seeking dissolution of the NKAPC and its professional planning staff. NKAPC is the public agency that regulates the housing and construction industry in Kenton County and develops plans for the community’s future. Special-interest groups are trying to eliminate this important agency. A number of Kenton County residents already have registered complaints about these out-of-state solicitors -who are being paid by the Homebuilders Association of Northern Kentucky -- because they have made false and misleading statements in an effort to get signatures on the petition. Kenton County’s local governments – all of which are represented on NKAPC’s oversight board – do not support this effort to eliminate NKAPC. Our elected officials want NKAPC to continue to serve as the independent watchdog of the housing and construction industry.


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Veronica G. Crowe

Veronica G. Linville Crowe, 73, of Walton, died Aug. 1, 2011. Survivors include her husband, John “Jack” Crowe; children, Shannon Crowe M.D. of Sugarland, Texas, Rick Lutes Crowe of Sardinia, Ohio, and Michael Crowe of Fort Wright; and six grandchildren. Burial was at St. Mary Cemetery.

James H. McGaha

James H. McGaha, 77, of Taylor Mill, died July 29, 2011. He retired from Ford Motor Co. in 1993, after 35 years of service. He was a U.S. Army Korean conflict

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veteran, served as a Deacon Emeritus at First Baptist Church of Bellevue and participated in Kentucky Jail Ministries. Survivors include his wife, Barbara McGaha; sons, Mike, Gary, Doug and Brad McGaha; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Burial was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Taylor Mill. Memorials: First Baptist Church, 254 Washington Ave., Bellevue, KY 41073.

John D. Neal

John D. Neal, 89, of Covington, died Aug. 5, 2011, at his residence.

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He was a U.S. Navy World War II veteran and retired from Interlake Steel and Newport Steel as a pipefitter and a rigger. He was an avid fisherman and a member of the Kenton County FOPA. Survivors include his wife, Garnett Louise Neal; daughters, Dolores Beebe of Fort Wright, Patricia Bailey and Tamara Neal, both of Covington, Judy Wells of Taylor Mill and Kim Stephens of Ludlow; son, Fred Neal of Covington; 15 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren. Interment was at Floral Hills. Memorials: South Side Baptist Church, 1501 Holman Ave., Covington, KY 41011.

Kenneth Samuel Pancake, 53, of Independence, died July 31, 2011, at his home. He was employed with the Kenton County School District. His parents, Bob and Juanita Pancake; twin sister, Ruie Pancake Martin, and a brother, Frank Pan-

cake, died previously. Survivors include his brother, Fred Pancake of Independence; nephews, Fred Slye and Eric Kayse, both of Independence; and niece, Amy Lowe of Dry Ridge. Entombment was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

Alvin L. Perkins

Alvin L. Perkins, 64, of Elsmere, died Aug. 2, 2011, at his home. He was a fourth-degree knight in the Knights of Columbus. He worked as a machinist for Moeschl Edwards in Covington for 24 years and a maintenance machinist for the Kroger Co. for 21 years. He enjoyed martial arts and body building. Survivors include his daughter, Anna Maria Perkins of Elsmere; sons, Alvin Perkins Jr. of Florence, Bryon Perkins of Morning View and Gerard Perkins of Danville, Ky.; brother, Christopher W. Perkins of Cincinnati; 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Burial was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Erlanger.

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Charles and Marlene Nybo were married in St. Paul, Minnesota on August 4, 1961. A delightful reception was held in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary at the Baptist Village in Erlanger. Together Chuck and Marlene raised two children, Mark (Kathryn) of Crescent Springs, KY and Kari (John) DeClark of Aurora, WI. They are the proud grandparents of Brad (Brenda) DeClark, Danyelle DeClark, Luke Nybo, and John Nybo. They also have four great grandchildren. Both Marlene and Chuck enjoyed careers as teachers. Chuck taught high school science and agriculture courses for 30 years. Marlene was an elementary school librarian for 18 years. They attend Immanuel United Methodist Church in Lakeside Park. Chuck and Marlene share this special day with President Barack Obama. President Obama was born on their wedding day.

Amy Beth Vetter and Ryan Charles McDivitt will exchange vows Saturday, August 27, 2011. The wedding will take place at St. Patrick Church, Taylor Mill Kentucky. Fr. Jeff VonLehman will be officiating. They will take a European honey-moon to London, Paris, Madrid and Rome. Amy is the daughter of John and Phyllis Vetter of Independence Kentucky. She is a graduate of Holy Cross high school and a 2003 graduate of the University of Louisville. She works at Humana in Cincinnati and is a Mary Kay independent beauty consultant. Ryan is the son of Rosanne Geralis and Larry and Christy McDivitt, all of Medina, Ohio. He is a graduate of Medina High school and a 2011 graduate of Cincinnati school of Medical Massage. He is currently employed at Target in Newport Kentucky.

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Georgena Lynn Ware & Christopher Ryan Taylor announce their engagement and approaching marriage. Georgena is the daughter of Ferial Ware and the late Archie Lewis Ware, III of Erlanger, KY. Christopher is the son of Kim Smith and the late Wallace Gene Taylor of Dover, TN. The groom holds a Bachelor and a Master’s degree from Murray State University and is currently employed by Industrial Training Services in Murray, KY. The bride holds a Bachelor degree from Murray State University and is currently employed by Heritage Bank in Murray, KY. The wedding date is set for September 10, 2011 in Murray, Kentucky.



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Robert D. Petrey

Robert D. Petrey, 84, of Taylor Mill, died Aug. 2, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a Korean War veteran and retired from Kroger dairy. He was a gardener and knife maker and a member of Latonia Baptist Church, Latonia Masonic Lodge No. 746 F&AM and Indra Consistory Scottish Rite. His wife, Billie Jean Bryant Petrey, died in 1999. Survivors include his sons, Robert K. Petrey of Taylor Mill, Terry J. Petrey of Union and Jeff B. Petrey of Florence; sisters, Argene Walden of Jacksonville, Fla., and Hazel Ramey of Mt. Washington, Ohio; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Interment was at Floral Hills Cemetery, Taylor Mill. Memorials: Latonia Baptist Church, 3800 Church St., Latonia KY 41015.

Jerry Lee Poe Sr.

Jerry Lee Poe Sr., 71, of Newport, died July 29, 2011, at his residence. He was an assembler for 32 years with the Gold Medal Co. in Cincinnati. Survivors include his wife, Patricia Bauer Poe; son, Jerry Lee Poe Jr. of Independence; daughter, Paula M. Plummer of Southgate; sister, Linda Steinhauer of Fort Thomas; brother, Charles Poe of Covington; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Memorials: Hospice of the Bluegrass, 7388 Turfway Road, Florence, KY 41042.

Jordan R. Risheberger

Jordan R. Risheberger, 21, of Florence, died Aug. 1, 2011.

Mary ‘Eileen’ Ruwe

Mary “Eileen” Romp Ruwe, 72, of Fort Thomas, died July 30, 2011, at her home. She was an active member of St. Catherine of Siena Parish and a dedicated volunteer at Redwood Rehabilitation Center. Her brother, Harry Romp, and a sister, Bernice Stulz, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Donald Ruwe; daughters, Paula Miller of Fort Thomas, Barbara Kozlowski of Plainfield, Ind., and Beth Prather of Cold Spring; sons, Phillip Ruwe of Florence, Joseph Ruwe of Wilder, Michael Ruwe of Wilmington, N.C., and Tom Ruwe of Independence; sister, Miriam Ware of Southgate; and 15 grandchildren. Burial was at St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas. Memorials: Redwood Rehabilitation Center, 71 Orphanage Road, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Joseph Sams

Joseph Sams, 39, of Ryland Heights, died July 30, 2011, at University of Cincinnati Hospital. He was a self-employed handyman. Survivors include his parents, Mathern Sams and Bonnie Justice; son, Joe Sams Jr. of Ryland Heights; daughter, Christina Sams of Ryland Heights; brothers, William Sams, Rick Sams and Daniel Sams; and sisters, Lois Allen of Independence and Lesa Hampton of Ryland Heights.

Local non-profit recognizes community partners About 100 guests were in attendance as Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission celebrated their 2011 Annual Meeting with dinner at the Hilton Cincinnati Airport Hotel in Florence. Each year, Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission uses the Annual meeting to celebrate the individuals, businesses, and organizations that have been instrumental to the organization's success over the previous year. The 2011 Community Partner Awards were presented to the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Funding Partner of the Year, Kenton County Fiscal Court, Community Services Partner of the Year, Barnes and Noble Booksellers, Head Start Partner of the Year, Housing Opportunities of Northern Kentucky, YouthBuild Partner of the Year; Tim Frodge and DeDe Dollar, Senior Employment Advocates of the Year; RJ Insulation, Weatherization Contrac-



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He was a cook at Bob Evans. Survivors include his parents, Jeff and Patty Risheberger of Florence; sister, Brittany Lipscomb of Florence; and maternal grandparents, Stan and Sandy Martin of Independence.

tor of the Year. The agency also presents two additional awards each year. The Doris Wiedemann Award recognizes a Board Member who's displayed outstanding dedication and commitment to the board and to NKCAC, presented to George Kent. The Community Service Award was presented to Kathleen Tritschler for her personal initiative and efforts in advancing the work of Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission. The organization's executive director, Florence Tandy, recounted some of NKCAC's accomplishments over the previous year, including: • Weatherization saw a 60 percent increase in the number of families whose homes were weatherized • In our Senior Employment program had an 85 percent private employment placement rate and received a national performance award from the National Council on Aging. • Food assistance at our neighborhood centers increased by more than 250 percent, primarily due to the addition of mobile food pantries in each county in the service region. • More than 3,200 individuals participated in a variety of educational workshops - from healthy relationships and parenting, to budgeting, credit counseling, job search techniques, and energy conservation. • In YouthBuild, 18 young men and women achieved their GED, 9 enrolled in Gateway, and 18 secured private sector jobs, with 24 more young people graduating in August. • Nearly 2,600 volunteers worked in our various programs this past year, increasing the hours they spent by more than 55 percent over the previous year. • Head Start added two new centers, expanding its reach - and client accessibility - to southern Campbell County and western Boone County.


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LOCAL CHURCHES Beechgrove Baptist Church

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:

Oak Ridge Baptist Church

6056 Taylor Mill Road. Covington phone: 859-356-7732 Sunday:9:45–10:45 a.m. Sunday School: Morning Worship: 11 a.m. Evening Service: 6 p.m.

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Wednesday: Prayer Meeting: 7 p.m. Website: Pastor: Rev. Randy Wallace Phone: 859-356-5746.

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:

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. Pastor: Bill Clark. Phone: (859) 356-3162. Website:

New Banklick 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

10719 Banklick Road, Walton Sunday: 9:45 a.m. Sunday School; 11 a.m. Morning Service; and 6 p.m. Evening Service. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Prayer Meeting. Pastor: Bro. Tim CochranPhone 859-356-5538. Student Pastor: Brad Napier Email: Website:

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

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

Wilmington Baptist

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:

St. Cecilia Church

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 halfhour before all weekend Masses. Pastor: Fr. Mario Tizziani. Phone: (859) 363-4311. Email: Website:

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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:

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

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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:

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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:

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:



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