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Haunted Trail for kids of all ages

The Independence FOP Haunted Trail takes place 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Memorial Park. Admission is $2. Children 5 and under are admitted free. The event supporting the Independence FOP and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. There will be treat bags for children, pumpkin painting and face painting. The food combo, which costs $2, is hot dog, chips and a drink.

Rotary team visits Normandy beaches

A group of Northern Kentucky Rotary members absorbed French culture, food and hospitality. They also visited the beaches where Allied soldiers landed to fight back German forces in World War II. LIFE, B1

Villa Madonna hosts open house

Villa Madonna Academy invites prospective students and their families to an Open House for grades K-12 at 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23. Meet the faculty and experience the Blue Ribbon curriculum. For further information and pre-registration, contact

Market teaches ‘real-world’ math

Students at Woodland and Turkey Foot middle schools are learning how to play the stock market while gaining real-world math experience. The schools are participating in a project called “Investing in Students, Making Math Count.” SCHOOLS, A6

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Business group launches pageant

By Melissa Stewart

It’s about more than a pretty smile and good hair, beauty is about personality, according to Miss Independence Beauty Pageant co-chairs, pageant veterans and sisters Pamela Chapman and Kim Harris. “We are looking for someone with beauty and personality,” said Chapman, owner of Silver Threads Embroidery. We’re looking for poise, someone of good character we’d be proud of and everybody in Independence knows she’s a good girl.” The first annual Miss Independence Beauty Pageant will be Friday, Dec. 2, at the Simon Kenton High School auditorium. It is sponsored by the Independence Business Association (IBA) and the city of Independence. The contest is open to young women, ages 16 to 21, who either reside or go to school in Independence and requires a $20 entry fee. Event profits will go to the Family Resource Center at the high school. Entries must be postmarked by Nov. 28. Contestants must have reached their 16th birthday and not have reached their 22nd birthday by Nov. 30, 2011. “I think it’s a perfect opportunity to improve a girl’s selfesteem,"Harris said. “Once you get experience you can move onto fair pageants and Miss Kentucky and Miss USA. You never know. It’s so encouraging for these girls.” The winner will receive a prize package including $100, a crown, sash from Silver Threads embroidery, a flower bouquet from Deaton’s Greenhouse & Florist, a photo shoot package from Wings Model Management and a three-month membership from SNAP Fitness. Harris, who will emcee the event, is very excited about it and can’t wait to learn about the contestants. “I love to ask them the questions and hear their answers,” she said. “They’re smart, very bright, and I like to hear about their contributions to the community. I hope we have a lot of contestants.” Contestants must be single and have never been married, never had a marriage annulled and have no children. Contestants will be judged upon scores based on poise, smile, personality and beauty. There will be a personal interview with a panel of judges in sportswear, impromptu on-stage question in a long evening gown. The winner is expected to represent the title of Miss Independence in a positive manner. All contestants must be able to attend practice at 6 p.m. Wednesday,

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Ready for the races

Alma Cooper, 10, of Covington, and her friend Amaiah Perry, 10, also of Covington, sit on the bench at the shelter at Middleton-Mills Park Oct. 15 while they wait for the Great Pumpkin Races to begin.

Compensating rate considered Mayor confident Taylor Mill can ‘tighten the reins’ By Melissa Stewart

On Oct. 12, Taylor Mill City Commission approved the first reading of an ordinance taking only the proposed compensating tax rate for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. “The best bet would be to take the compensating rate only,” Mayor Dan Bell said at a public hearing held before the regular commission meeting. “With the

economy the way it is, we can get by just staying with the compensating rate. We feel responsible for people who may be still strugBell gling right now.” The first reading of the ordinance setting a real property rate of 0.322 and a personal property rate of 0.646 per $100 valuation pass unanimously. The city can set a tax rate up to 4 percent higher than the compensating rate without being subject to a referendum. Although the city stands to lose $2.4 million in property val-

ues, Bell is confident that Taylor Mill can tighten the reins and trusts that additional revenue from construction projects currently taking place, as well as those set for the spring will help the city get through summer road repairs. “Last year we took the compensating rate plus 2 percent,” Commissioner Dan Murray said “This year we’re trying to give everyone a break. We think if we tighten our belts, we’ll be OK. This will make us even more attractive to other people. I think we’re all on the same wave length: Keep taxes low and services high in quality. It’s a juggling act.” For more about your community, visit

Church hosts Women’s Conference By Melissa Stewart

According to Sue Payne when you come to the Women’s Conference at Community Family Church in Independence, you won’t leave the same. “Our goal is that women come and don’t leave the way they came,” said Payne, president of Community Family Church Women’s Ministries. “Some are depressed, sad, or filled with sorrow, but are changed because of the love of God and as a result they are encouraged to go out and help someone else. We’re all women and we’re all unique in God’s eyes but we share some many of the same problems. No one understands or sympathizes with a woman like another woman. Our spirits bond with one another.” The 2011 Women’s Conference will be held Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 3-5. Registration is

“We’re all women and we’re all unique in God’s eyes but we share some many of the same problems. No one understands or sympathizes with a woman like another woman. Our spirits bond with one another.”

Sue Payne President of Community Family Church Women’s Ministries

$10, but $20 includes lunch on Friday. Deadline for registration is Wednesday, Oct. 26. Seating is limited and tickets are required for admission. Childcare will be provided for ages up to 4 years old. The annual event, for women of all ages, will feature performances by Christian choirs and other artists, as well as several speakers and give-a-ways. “The theme is ‘I am,’ a reference to God, who is our every-

thing,” Payne explained. “We’re expecting between 500 and 800 women.” Speakers include Tommy Bates, Martha Tennison, Edna Wagers, and Rabon and Sherri Hensley. Third-time Women’s Conference speaker Wagers said she’s looking forward to the event. “God does an awesome thing when women get together,” Wagers said. “Between all of us (speaking) the Lord is going to speak to the lives of people. It’s amazing how he speaks to them through us. I enjoy seeing the lives of women touched. They come one way and leave another. Lives are changed” Register online at For questions or more information contact: Sue Payne, President Women’s Ministries at 363-2386 or For more about your community, visit

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October 20, 2011

Court officers attend training

Critters in the creek

Kenton County recreation coordinator Steve Trauger and Maggy Cooper, a naturalist from Out of Control Wildlife, braved the chilly temperatures Oct. 1 to wade in the creek at Pioneer Park and look for Critters in the Creek. Also braving the chilly waters are Jessa Luxon, 9, of Burlington, and her brother Joshua, 8, looking at the minnows in the net. PATRICIA A. SCHEYER FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Pageant Nov. 30, at the Simon Kenton High School auditorium. The winner must also be available for the Independence Christmas Walk and Parade on Dec. 3, Memorial Day Parade and the 4th of July Parade in Independence. IBA President John Richardson said he thinks the pageant will draw even more people to the Christmas Walk and Parade and therefore, better promote


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Continued from A1 and support Independence and its businesses – the overall goal of the IBA. “This is an event we like to see be a success for the city and recognize some of the lovely young girls we have in our city,” said Richardson, owner of Computer Trouble Shooters. “We’re all about community support and help the city where we can.” Enter the Miss Independence Beauty Pageant Contestants should mail the entry form, available at, a recent photograph, and the $20 entry fee (checks payable to the IBA) to: Miss Independence Contest, P.O. Box 694, Independence, Ky 41051.

Library looking for literacy leaders By Libby Cunningham

The Kenton County Public Library is beckoning all bookworms who are currently working to spread their love of literacy. For the third year, the library is looking for nominees for the Mary Ann Mongan Literacy Award, named after the library system’s former executive director, said current executive director Dave Schroeder. “It’s a way of recognizing people who are working in the field (of literacy) and

making a difference for a child or an adult,” Schroeder said. The winner of the award will receive a glass statue in the shape of a book inscribed with their name and the year of the award. Anyone who lives in Kenton County and works in the field of literacy is eligible, he said. For many, he explained, reading is still a challenge. “We talk a lot about science and technology and math and certainly that’s important,” he said. “… but what I think a lot of people don’t understand is the ability to read is the foundation of all those disciplines and reading is so essential.” For more information on your community, visit www.

In a joint meeting, Kentucky’s justices, judges and circuit court clerks recently gathered for a full day of education on House Bill 463, which implemented sweeping penal code reform when it went into effect June 8, 2011. Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. invited all of the elected officials in the Kentucky Court of Justice to the education program provided by the Administrative Office of the Courts. Supreme Court Justice Wil Schroder – whose district includes Boone and Kenton counties – participated in the program Aug. 19 in Lexington. Kenton County judges and circuit court clerks who participated in the HB 463 education program: • Kenton County Circuit Court Judge Gregory Bartlett • Kenton County Circuit Court Judge Martin J. Sheehan • Kenton County Circuit Court Judge Patricia M. Summe • Kenton County District Court Judge Douglas J. Grothaus • Kenton County District Court Judge Ann Ruttle • Kenton County Circuit Court Clerk John C. Middleton HB 463 sets out the most concentrated overhaul of Kentucky’s penal code in more than 30 years and was supported by all three

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The training also addressed risk and needs assessments for pretrial defendants and new procedures under the legislation. branches of government. The legislation is designed to curb the cost of incarceration without compromising public safety. “It can be challenging to overhaul processes that have been in place for years,” Chief Justice Minton said. “The comprehensive education program offered justices, judges and circuit court clerks an important opportunity to learn more about the changes with House Bill 463 as well as ask questions and express concerns, share their early experiences with the bill and seek clarity on various aspects of the new legislation. “I believe we can all agree that the court system is crucial to the successful implementation of this bill. Just as the passage of this bill called for a multibranch, bipartisan effort, its implementation also calls for collaboration. We must work together within the court system and with the other branches of government to make the initial changes required by HB 463.” The education program included an overview of HB 463 presented by Chief Justice Minton, Sen. Tom Jensen, Rep. John Tilley and AOC personnel. Sen. Jensen and Rep. Tilley co-chair the Task Force on the Penal Code and Controlled Substances Act that recommended the changes in HB 463. Chief Justice Minton is a member of the task force. Among the topics the program covered were HB 463 changes regarding bonds, fines, pretrial release and offenses involving controlled substances. The training also addressed risk and needs assessments for pretrial defendants and new procedures under the legislation. The comprehensive education program was one of three trainings the AOC offered on HB 463.

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‘Fake marijuana’ skirts law in Tristate area

INDEPENDENCE - Some convenience stores, head shops, liquor stores and gas stations across Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati are selling what officials describe as “synthetic marijuana.” If the mother and grandmother of 19-year-old Chris Allen can change that, they will. The young man they raised in Florence and Independence went on a twoday binge three weeks ago that led him into a Kentucky state psychiatric hospital with delusions and paranoia. The two are on a mission of informing parents how dangerous and deadly the stuff can be. The drugs supposedly mimic the effects of the active ingredient in marijuana, THC, and are known as herbal spice, K2, spice incense and “fake pot” – even innocent-sounding “potpourri.” Other names include Seven-H and Funky Monkey, said Van Ingram, executive director for the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy. Other brands sold locally are Dead Man Walking, Apocalypse, Stuff, “Boo-Berry Fragrant Potpourri,” and California Kronic. Many states, including Kentucky and Ohio, and the federal Drug Enforcement Agency have banned substances used to produce fake pot, blaming the chemicals for provoking reactions such as seizures and hallucinations. The substances remain in circulation because manufacturers play

a cat-and-mouse game, adapting their formulas using chemicals not included in bans. Each of the past two years Kentucky has passed laws making such products illegal, but the producers’ chemists have slightly altered the chemicals they use to edge around the law. “We’ve got to educate people about this,” said Chris Allen’s grandmother Patricia Allen. “We really feel like many of your young adults are smoking this,” said his mother, Jennifer Allen. “We don’t want anybody to have to go through what we’ve gone through. It’s been very hard.” The two women also plan to lobby Kentucky legislators for more effective law changes that are more comprehensive.

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At least nine people had died nationally in 12 months from suicides and other incidents directly related to synthetic drugs, according to an Associated Press article in April. The drugs also had sent at least 2,700 Americans to the hospital during this year’s first three months. That was up from 3,200 cases all of 2010, the AP reported. “Unfortunately, we’re hearing more and more reports every day,” Ingram said. “I think I had at least one call every day last week about this stuff.” With such products being sold from store shelves, parents need to take “great interest” in anything their

kids are consuming, said Kenton County Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Sanders. “If the kid says, ‘Aw, Mom, don’t worry, they sell this stuff down at the gas station,’ that doesn’t mean it’s something safe to put in your body.” Labels on a fake-marijuana product called Dead Man Walking warn: “Not for Human Consumption” and “Warning. Extremely High Potency.” Its labels do not identify its manufacturer or its contents. Incidents in central Ohio involving synthetic drugs have involved a naked man standing on top of his car, which he was beating with a tire iron. In another, a woman suffering hallucinations ran through a neighborhood, banging on doors, said Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services spokesman Eric Wandersleben. Brad DeCamp, manager of treatment and recovery services for the Ohio agency, said some portion of the synthetic compound interacts in more dangerous ways than the compound in marijuana, THC, would act by itself. That causes problems for doctors trying to treat those harmed by the chemicals, like Chris Allen, his mother said. “Because they’re not for sure of the chemicals in this, it’s going to be a matter of trial-and-error tests” to see what drugs might help him, she said. “As of now, Chris is still in a delusional, paranoid state and we’re not for sure how long, if he’ll ever come out of this.” Chris Allen’s dramatic

downfall happened shortly after grandmother Patricia Allen made him move out of her Florence home. His mother was trying to get him into court-ordered drug rehabilitation but before that court hearing, Chris, the oldest of her four children, went on a two-day binge. His mother later found him high, conducting a crazed “Bible study” with a distant cousin. Independence police took him to St. Elizabeth Healthcare’s Behavioral Health Center in Edgewood, according to police documents. He has suffered from attention deficit disorder, mood swings and had anger issues, his grandmother and mother said, but never any paranoia or delusions. But now, “He thinks I’m a ghost,” his mother said. The way his mother sees it, mixing synthetic marijuana with mental health issues is like pouring kerosene on a small fire. “It’s the saddest thing in the world to look at this beautiful, beautiful child and know that he is so paranoid,” Patricia Allen said. “I know as a grandmother how much it tears

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Consolidation discussed at forum By Scott Wartman swartman@nkycom



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COVINGTON - In 1872, Covington and Newport considered merging. That’s the first newspaper reference to local government mergers in Northern Kentucky, according to Northern Kentucky University history professor Paul Tenkotte. Most cities have opted to remain independent - Campbell County has 15 cities and Kenton has 18 - but the idea of consolidation never left the minds of local leaders. Tenkotte and other experts at a forum Oct. 11 at the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center discussed the economic benefits and challenges of merging governments and services. Some said other areas, such as Louisville, gained economic development advantages by consolidating governments. The answer to why Northern Kentucky has so many cities lies with the Great Depression and World War II, Tenkotte said. The leaders of many Kenton County suburban cities in the 1920s, such as

Most cities have opted to remain independent but the idea of consolidation never left the minds of local leaders. Fort Mitchell and Park Hills, envisioned being annexed by Covington, he said. But the Works Progress Administration in the Great Depression built infrastructure in these cities, and the World War II generation’s volunteerism sustained the small cities. “The WPA ... provided funds on a cost-sharing basis to build city buildings, school sidewalks, sewers, water treatment plants, you name it, and the suburbs took advantage of that and got great infrastructure built,” Tenkotte said. “So then we go into World War II. After World War II, the suburbs can take advantage of what Tom Brokaw and others called the Greatest Generation, a generation that was very involved with civic engagement ... and they looked and said we don’t need Covington anymore.”

Rising pension costs for cities has many looking at ways to save money. That might mean the merging of services, Crestview Hills Mayor Paul Meier said. “If something drastic doesn’t happen with that pension system, we’re going to have to look at least at the consolidation of services,” Meier said. “That’s one of the things our city has done. We don’t have our own fire department. We contract that out. We contract the police department. I think you will find that in a lot of places going forward.” The consolidation of city and county governments doesn’t happen often in the United States, Suzanne Leland, a political science professor with the Urban Institute of the University of North Carolina, told the audience Oct. 11. Only 40 city-county consolidated governments exist in the United States, she said, including Lexington and Louisville. When they get proposed, 85 percent get defeated at the ballot box, Leland said. Most city-county mergers happen with areas that

have a populations of 100,000-300,000, she said, and succeeded when the campaign stressed the economic development value over the government efficiency, Leland said. The forum Oct. 11 featured people who worked elsewhere in the state on consolidation. Some leaders in Hardin County, which has a population of 105,000, have proposed consolidating the government of the county and the cities, which includes Elizabethtown and five other municipal governments. In addition to less duplication, the merging of governments would give Hardin County more clout, said Luke Schmidt, a consultant who is working on the proposed Hardin County consolidation. A unified government in Hardin County would make it the third-largest city in the state. “Because of that, economic development will be more focused - more singularly focused - and we expect good job creation to come from that,” Schmidt said.


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Weighing in

Eight-year-old Brooke Hoffman of Independence watches Steve Trauger, recreation coordinator for the Kenton County Parks, as he weighs her pumpkin before the Great Pumpkin Races.


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Nose to the grind-wheel Aaron Botsman, 4, of Fort Mitchell, grinds up corn as he spins a hand-crank on an antique machine as part of a demonstration of manual farming techniques during the fifth annual Camp Springs Herbst (Autumn) Tour at Little Rock Farm in southern Campbell County Sunday, Oct. 16.

More Ky. kids living in poverty The Courier-Journal

The number of children living in poverty continues to increase in Kentucky and Indiana, according to the latest Kids Count, an annual survey of child well-being. Kentucky dropped into the bottom 10 states in the survey’s overall ranking of child health and welfare. It ranked 41st this year compared to 40th in last year’s report. Indiana improved slightly, to 31st from 33rd last year. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates, said Kentucky’s latest ranking is discouraging but not unexpected, since child well-being is tied to poverty. “We dropped one notch,” he said. “We now officially are a bottom-10 state when it comes to the overall wellness of kids.” In Kentucky, 26 percent of children live at or below the federal poverty level $22,350 in yearly income for a family of four - compared to 23 percent in last year’s report. In Indiana, 20 percent of children live in poverty, compared to 18 percent last year. Bill Stanczykiewicz, president of the Indiana Youth Institute, said the rising poverty rate - up significantly from just 12 percent

a decade ago - is one of the most ominous findings of the survey. “We used to have one of the lowest child poverty (rates) in America,” he said. “Now we have one of the highest.” Stanczykiewicz and Brooks said child poverty is especially problematic because it is tied to poor health, lower achievement in school, hunger and other bad consequences for children. The percentage of children in poverty is one of 10 key areas examined by the survey, which is done by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Others include child death rates, youths who fail to complete high school, children whose parents are unemployed and teen birth rates. Data for each category is based on the most recent year available, with the latest survey reflecting economic data from 2009 and health data from 20072008. In both states, the rate of low birth-weight babies continues to increase - as it did nationally - a disturbing trend to public health officials who say babies born weighing 5.5 pounds or less tend to experience more health problems and developmental delays. Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, the new director of the

Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness Department, said the number of low-birth-weight infants in Jefferson County increased only by one during the time frame of the Casey survey - from 837 infants in 2007 to 838 in 2008. But the fact that about 10 percent of babies born in Jefferson County are underweight is troubling, she said. “There’s a lot more work we need to do,” she said. Kentucky’s rate overall is about 9 percent, while Stanczykiewicz said Indiana’s rate of underweight infants is 8.3 percent, a figure public health officials have not been able to reduce despite aggressive efforts. “This has been a very stubborn statistic for the

state of Indiana for the better part of the last 20 years,” he said. Smoking during pregnancy is linked to underweight infants, and both states have high rates of pregnant women who smoke. In Kentucky - which leads the nation in the rate of adult smokers - about 24.4 percent of pregnant women smoke, according to data compiled by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, a national advocacy organization. In Indiana, which ranks fifth nationwide in adult smokers, about 19 percent of pregnant women smoke. Kentucky has taken steps to try to reduce smoking among pregnant women, including adding about $6 million a year to its Medicaid program for smoking-cessation services.

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October 20, 2011


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Children’s literature conference set for Nov. 5

“Fantastic Journeys Through Literature,” the 16th annual Ohio Kentucky Indiana Children’s Literature Conference, will take place Saturday, Nov. 5, at Thomas More College in Crestview Hills. Keynote speakers will be Ingrid Law, whose middle-grade novel “SAVVY” was a Newbery Honor Book in 2009, and Keiko Kasza, winner of the 1989 Kentucky Bluegrass Award and writer and illustrator of many other award-winning picture books. The full-day conference will include a

wide variety of workshops useful to teachers, writers, librarians, illustrators and parents on subjects such as “Fantastic Flannel Boards,” “Using Books as Bibliotherapy,” “Writing for the School-Library/Educational Market,” “Literature Across the Curriculum,” “Mock Caldecott and Newbery Awards” and “Drop Everything and Write!” There will be presentations on the latest in picture books, middle grade and young adult literature. The conference will offer a manuscript critique option and writers’

workshop conducted by Cincinnati author and former Institute of Children’s Literature instructor Linda Leopold Strauss. The 2011 conference is sponsored by the Dearborn Highlands Arts Council and Kentucky Humanities Council in cooperation with the Blue Marble Book Store, Boone County Public Library, Clermont County Public Library, Kenton County Public Library, Madeira City Schools, Northern Kentucky University, Thomas More College, University of Cincinnati and Xavier

University. The conference will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. Registration fee (which includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and registration packet) is $85; early bird registrations (before Oct. 21) are $75; student registrations (full-time students with ID) are $35. Manuscript critiques are available for an additional fee. Registration is available at or by contacting Jennifer Smith at 572-6620 or

School tax factors vary By William Croyle


Woodland Middle School eighth-grade student Brook Katinic rings the “stock market bell” to kick off Portfolios TM INvestment Simulation Game.

New project will teach student ‘real-world’ math By Melissa Stewart

Students at Woodland and Turkey Foot middle schools are learning how to play the stock market while gaining real-world math experience. The schools are participating in a project called “Investing in Students, Making Math Count” made possible through a partnership between the district and Fidelity Investments, Northern Kentucky University, Ninthwave, and Omniology. The project involves Portfolios Investment Simulation Game, an investment simulation exercise designed to teach seventh-grade students real-world, relevant mathematical curriculum through the world of investing, according to Jenny Barret, math consultant

The schools are participating in a project made possible through a partnership between the district and Fidelity Investments, Northern Kentucky University, Ninthwave, and Omniology. for the Kenton County School District. Students will participate in a weekly online challenge where they keep track of the results of their virtual stock purchases. Each week will represent a year, Barrett said. By the time the program is completed in March, students will see what it would be like investing during the course of about 20 years. On March 30, 2012, Fidelity

will host a special tournament for the top 128 investors at their Covington campus. In addition, each month volunteers from Fidelity will visit students in their classroom to provide expertise on the subject. “They have so much to offer as far as their expertise,” Barrett said. “Their presence will really engage the students. It’s priceless. Partnerships like this add to the learning process.” Woodland Middle School seventh-grade teacher Gina Benham is excited about the project. “The kids love it anytime you can tie in money,” she said. “It gives them something very realworld to think about. This also reinforces our curriculum. At the end, they’ll have learned something a lot of adults aren’t even familiar with.”

Homework, study tips suggested As mid-term approaches parents and students may be looking for homework and study tips. Covington Children’s Librarian Elizabeth Hardin and Covington Library Children’s Assistant Janet Flerlage suggests some ways to make sure your child has good habits. 1. Designate a specific area for homework or studying. Make sure there’s plenty of quiet space to spread out and store necessary materials. This creates a distraction free zone that can meet your child’s needs. Make sure other family members know this is the study zone and not to interrupt. Make sure cell phones are turned off. Help your child gather all their supplies before they start. 2. Develop a schedule to stay on track. Create a calendar that lists upcoming tests and projects due. Then, set a timeline with your child to meet important deadlines. A little each day is a great way to learn without feeling overwhelmed. Teach your child to record assignments correctly in their planner. 3. Find new ways to learn. Sometimes it’s beneficial to think outside the box. Visit local museums, libraries, or nature centers and find ways to tie in school subjects with what you see there. Create simple science experiments, cooking or art projects at

home that can relate to homework or assigned reading from school. 4. Look for signs of frustration. When children feel overwhelmed with an assignment it’s important to take a small break. Go for a walk outside or have a snack together. Little can be accomplished if a child is angry or upset. 5. Find a study buddy. Sometimes having a classmate, relative, or friendly teacher to study with can be helpful. The moral support they provide can keep a child on task longer and help them stay focused. Need a little extra help? The Covington Children’s Department offers free tutoring by appointment for students in grades K-6. Call 962-4077 for an appointment. The Library also offers a variety of databases like Learning Express, World Book and Mango that provides an easy way to do research, take practice tests and study foreign language. Visit to use these and more. Most of the databases can be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection and a library card number. Visit for more information or directions.

If homeowners in different school districts compared property tax bills, they may be shocked at the variation in the school tax rates. For example, in the 18 districts in the six Northern Kentucky counties, residents in Grant County Schools have the lowest rate at $5.25 per $1,000 of assessed property value. Those in Silver Grove Schools, a one-school district of about 220 students, pay the highest at $11.76 per $1,000. But there is no single reason for the inconsistencies. In fact, several variables come into play when the rate is set by boards of education. Each fall, Kentucky school boards can raise taxes 4 percent without putting it on a ballot. Anything higher would be subject to voter recall and a subsequent vote by citizens in that district. That freedom to increase taxes is the main reason school levies, common in states such as Ohio, rarely happen here. In fact, only a couple have taken place in the last decade. Voters in Southgate Independent Schools passed a 42 percent increase in 2004. A proposed increase of 1.7 cents per $100 of assessed value in Campbell County Schools failed in 2005. In Silver Grove, the school board passed the 4 percent increase this year. Melanie Pelle, current chairwoman and member of the board for 16 years, said a big reason was because the tax assessment on Lafarge North America’s gypsum plant, the city’s primary source of tax revenue, was lowered by $7 million. She also said several homes are in foreclosure. “And the state has cut our funds the last three or four years,” Pelle said. “I know it’s tough economic times, but Silver Grove School is the heart of this community.” In Grant County, the school board was able to avoid the 4 percent increase this year because higher property valuations increased revenues. Richard Bredenberg, the board chairman, said he hopes the Creation Museum’s Ark Encounter theme park, which could open as early as 2014 in the county, will significantly boost revenue and keep taxes down. But right now, the board is just taking it year to year. “Every year the (state funding) formula seems to decrease. Next school year will have to be determined by the circumstances then,” Bredenberg said. “But we’ll hold the line as long as we can.” Some districts also benefit from other revenue sources that enable them to keep property taxes lower. For example, the Kenton County School District, which has not taken the 4 percent increase the

Taxes per $1,000 of assessed value

Beechwood Independent - $7.58 Bellevue Independent - $7.04 Boone County - $5.79 Campbell County - $5.64 Covington Independent - $11.17 Dayton Independent - $9.28 Erlanger-Elsmere Independent - $7.43 Fort Thomas Independent - $9.15 Gallatin County - $6.66 Grant County - $5.25 Kenton County - $5.57 Ludlow Independent - $7.02 Newport Independent - $9.27 Pendleton County - $6.06 Silver Grove Independent - $11.76 Southgate Independent - $8.80 Walton-Verona Independent - $10.06 Williamstown Independent - $8.91

Source: Kentucky Department of Education last three years, has a utility tax of 3 percent that should generate about $6.4 million this school year. The district also received $1.8 million this year in grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for staff professional development, and has a few new energy-efficient schools that have reduced energy costs by more than $3 million the last four years. “The utility tax certainly helps the revenue,” said board chairwoman Karen Collins, “but one of the biggest things is all we’ve saved in utilities.” Covington Independent Schools does not have a utility tax, and has very old buildings. The district passed the 4 percent hike this year, and has the second-highest rate in the area at $11.17 per $1,000. Krista Athey, the board chairwoman, said the 4 percent increase will help pay for a 1 percent raise in teachers’ salaries as the district tries to compete with neighboring districts for the best teachers. “If we’re not competitive with other districts, we will fail our students,” Athey said. Covington also faces the challenges that most urban areas face. The city had more than 1,000 foreclosed homes from 2000 through 2009, and the students the district serves include 89 percent who live below the poverty level, nearly 15 percent classified as homeless, 32 percent who are transient and 22 percent who have special education needs. “The board is not trying to suck in as much money as we can,” Athey said. “But we believe anytime there are resources available, we have to make sure to get them and pass them on to our children.” And while merging smaller districts into larger districts could lower taxes, the smaller districts aren’t interested. “I don’t think bigger is always better,” Pelle said. “Our students receive a lot of one-on-one ... and do not get lost in the shuffle.”


October 20, 2011

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N. Ky. pilot site for Gallup Student Poll The Northern Kentucky Education Council and local leaders from education, business, government and the community are using new data to help ensure local youth are “Ready for the Future.” In 2010, Gallup selected Northern Kentucky as the national pilot site for an enhanced version of the Gallup Student Poll which captures individual student scores around hope, engagement and wellbeing. “We are honored that Northern Kentucky has been able to serve as the national pilot site for this poll,” said Marianne Schmidt-Hurtt, senior vice president of PNC Bank and chair of NKYEC Board of Directors. “We are focused on improving educational outcomes and these results will help us ensure that our youth are prepared and ready for the future.” Gallup’s research has shown that hope, engagement and well-being are key factors that drive future employment, retention, grades and achievement scores. “Many communities invest resources in tracking the skills and behaviors of their students to help drive success, but few are able to dig deeper to capture the attitudes and perceptions of students that drive performance,” NKYEC executive director Polly Lusk Page said. “Even among those who have such data, too few are using it and translating it into action.” Local school districts are using this data to help youth plan for their future

and build both school and community-based support systems for students. “We can’t ignore our students’ thoughts and feelings,” said Kathy Burkhardt, superintendent of Erlanger-Elsmere Schools. “We have been treating the symptoms, such as test scores and grade point averages, but not the causes, such as feeling hopeless about the future, not feeling engaged or not having a strong support system in place to help them reach their goals.” The enhanced version of the Gallup Student Poll was developed with support from the Ready by 21 National Partnership. NKYEC is serving as the lead agency for coordination and administration of the two-year pilot with support from the United Way of Greater Cincinnati and Vision 2015. Poll data can facilitate new conversations and solutions that lead to community engagement and school and student success. To help begin these conversations, NKYEC invited

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October 20, 2011

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Kenton playoff picture coming into view

By Adam Turer

With just two weeks left in the regular season, a lot remains at stake for Northern Kentucky high school football teams. For many teams, playoff seeding is on the line this week, with Oct. 21 and 22 games deciding District seeds. Some teams already know their first-round fate and are playing for momentum. Other teams are angling for homefield advantage in the first round and beyond. The playoffs do not start until November, but a playoff atmosphere will be present at fields all over Northern Kentucky beginning on Friday night. “This is the time of year where you really need to be sharp,” Holy Cross head coach Bruce Kozerski said. “You put yourself in position all year long to play at your best at this point in the season.” Holy Cross (6-2, 3-0) and Newport Central Catholic enter Saturday’s showdown with matching 3-0 records in District play. The winner will earn the top seed in Class 2A and homefield advantage in the playoffs. Both teams are already assured of hosting a firstround playoff game. There is a good chance that the two teams could meet again in the postseason, giving the winner of this regular season contest an edge. “We’d love to have that homefield advantage, that is a big, big plus for the winner of this game,” Kozerski said. “I think it will come down to us playing each other again.” In other 2A action, Lloyd (3-5, 1-2) plays Newport Oct. 21 to determine who earns the three seed and who is the four seed. In Class 1A, Beechwood (7-1, 2-0) enters its Oct. 21 contest with Ludlow (2-6, 1-1)


Jake Schneider (50) of Simon Kenton congratulates Jared Swanson (11) after his touchdown catch during the football game against Dixie.


Zeke Pike of Dixie Heights sprints upfield during the football game against Simon Kenton.


Jared Swanson (11) hands onto the ball after a leaping reception during the football game against Dixie. as the prohibitive favorite. If Ludlow somehow springs the major upset, the Panthers will earn the top seed. If not, they will fall to the third seed, provided that Bellevue defeats Dayton as expected.

These next few weeks also give some of the area’s disappointed teams a chance to salvage their seasons. Dixie Heights (3-5, 21) entered the year with high expectations, but struggled through a tough

schedule. Class 6A has been full of surprises this year, and the Colonels are still in position to earn the two seed and a first round home game. Dixie Heights and Ryle will battle on Oct. 21 with the winner earning the

coveted second spot in the District. “It’s always nice to play at home,” Dixie Heights head coach Tom Spritzky said. “At this point, it’s just a matter of winning each week and trying to get another home game.” Simon Kenton (2-6, 0-4) is winless in Class 6A play, but still earns a playoff berth and will face national power Louisville Trinity on the road in the opening round. In Class 5A, Scott (3-4, 1-2) could be playing for its seeding over the next two weeks. A win against Conner Oct. 21 would create a three-way tie behind District champion Cooper. A loss this week would send Scott to the fourth seed. With seeding and tiebreakers at stake in these final two regular season games, it is a challenge for coaches to keep players focused and treat each contest as just another game. “6A has a lot of parity and a lot of us are jockeying for position,” Spritzky said. “It’s still about playing and performing. You don’t want to put added pressure on the kids. We just need to execute and do our job. If we win, we play at home; if we lose, we’re on the road.” Kozerski echoed those sentiments of preparation. “These next two games should really test us and get us prepared to play in the postseason,” Kozerski

said. “The biggest challenge is to get ourselves physically and mentally prepared to play the next opponent.” At this point of the season, the Indians are focused on improving themselves each day in practice. Less focus is given to the upcoming opponent and more time is spent working on selfimprovement. “It’s not about our opponents; it’s about us,” Kozerski said. “It is all about doing what we do and really focusing on our needs.” For an underdog, an upset could shake up the playoff picture. Even a competitive loss could be a positive. Building confidence at this late stage of the season could lead to an early-round upset in the playoffs. Holmes is in position to play spoiler and is happy to be there in head coach Terry Liggin’s first season. “For our program, we’re in a building position, so just the opportunity to play another week is exciting for us,” Liggin said. “It is a great opportunity for our program to be able to be in the playoffs.” Holmes (4-4, 2-1) faces Covington Catholic (6-2, 21) on Saturday, Oct. 22, with a first-round home game on the line. The winner earns the second seed in Class 4A and will host its first round playoff game. The loser will be the third seed and be the road team in round one. For a program building its identity, like Holmes, the opportunity to play a traditional power like CovCath with so much on the line this late in the season is a positive, regardless of the outcome. “This will be a good measuring stick for our kids to see where we are at and where we need to go,” Liggin said. “I think our kids are excited to play another week.”

Indians have high hopes for future By James Weber


Holy Cross junior Madyson Moran (23, left) celebrates her second goal of the game against Notre Dame.


Holy Cross junior Shannon Jasper (18) goes for the ball against Notre Dame.

COVINGTON - The Notre Dame hurdle is as high as ever, but things are looking up for the Holy Cross High School girls soccer team. The Indians fell to Notre Dame Academy 8-2 in the 20th District final Oct. 13 at the Eva Farris complex in Latonia. That marked the 11th straight year Holy Cross lost to NDA in a district final. Holy Cross led 2-1 late in the first half before the Pandas turned up their potent offensive attack. The loss earned the Indians a date with Highlands in the 10th Region Tournament Oct. 18. “We came in to try to do well,” HC head coach Craig Lipscomb said. “They’re (NDA) 24 girls deep and we’re not. What are you going to do? They’re a phenomenal team, well-coached. But we’re not out. We’re looking to win the next game and see them again.” The Indians enter the 10th Region Tournament with their most wins (12) since 2004, which was the year after their last state runner-up appearance,


Holy Cross senior Alexis Frye (right) and Notre Dame senior Kaitlin McLeod go for the ball. Notre Dame beat Holy Cross Oct. 13 in the 20th District girls soccer final at Eva Farris field in Latonia. when they won 20 games in 2003. “Things are looking up,” Lipscomb said. “We have three senior starters and we’ll have a lot coming back next year.” Junior Madyson Moran is HC’s leading scorer for the

year with 14 goals, including both against Notre Dame. Grace Herrman has 10 and Peyton Angel six. Angel also has five assists. Moran had not played for Holy Cross before joining the team early in the season.

“We’re glad to have her,” Lipscomb said. “She has an incredible work ethic.” Angel is a senior along with Alexis Frye, Torie Gangwish and Kelly Kreutzjans. Angel was an all-tournament pick, joining Moran and freshman Brenna D’Amico.

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October 20, 2011

Panda soccer rolls to district crown By James Weber

PARK HILLS - After a rocky start to the district final, the Notre Dame Academy girls soccer team is hoping for some smooth roads as it advances in the postseason. The Pandas beat Holy Cross 8-2 Oct. 13 in the 20th District final at the Farris complex in Latonia. NDA improved to 18-3 overall with its 10th straight win heading into the 10th Region semifinals against Bishop Brossart Oct. 18. Holy Cross led 2-1 late in the first half, but NDA tied the game late in the half and scored in the first two minutes of the second half before gradually pulling away. “We always know Holy Cross comes out strong,” said senior Chandler Clark, the tournament's most valuable player. “They’re very physical and they have a lot of heart, and they showed that in the first half. In the second half, we came out, played our game and played good defense.” Clark and Sydney Scheben scored two goals apiece in the final. Scheben, senior Meghan Reed and junior Katy Zembrodt were all-tourney picks. The alliterative trio of Clark, Scheben and Ellie Eckerle all have double digits in goals for the season as part of NDA’s balanced offense. Ellyn Abdelghany has eight goals and Zem-

brodt seven. “It’s been really nice,” Clark said. “It’s hard for the other team to defend because we have a lot of threats. We have so many girls who can do things up front. You can’t scout just one player, you have to know what each player likes to do.” The Pandas had their streak of seven straight shutouts snapped against Holy Cross and have allowed just six goals in their 18 wins. Junior Alex Lonnemann leads the back line and goalkeepers Olivia Voskuhl and Nikki Zembrodt have split time. Voskuhl, coming off a 2010 injury, started against Holy Cross. NDA has not lost since Sept. 12 to Assumption, and the Pandas lost to two Indiana schools on Labor Day Weekend. Odd-numbered years have been good to the Pandas lately. They lost to Sacred Heart in the state final four in 2007 and 2009. Since winning the state title in 2004, the Pandas have lost to Highlands in the 10th Region tournament four different times. “I feel we have a great shot at winning region this year,” Clark said. “Knowing it’s my last chance, it definitely pushes me and all the seniors on this team.” See more sports coverage at presspreps, www. facebook. com/presspreps or visit James on Twitter at @RecorderWeber.

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Holy Cross hosts Sports Nite

Holy Cross High School will have its seventh Sports Nite at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at Drawbridge Inn, Fort Mitchell. Featured speakers are former Cincinnati Reds Lee May and Cincinnati Reds’ first-base coach Billy Hatcher, who was a member of the 1990 World Series team. The event will include live and silent auctions, cocktail hour and dinner. Tickets are $60. For tickets or to donate prizes, call 859-392-8999 or purchase tickets at


VMA wins tourney

The Villa Madonna Academy high school volleyball team won the Harrison County Tournament in Cynthiana Oct. 1. They defeated every team in two games until the championship round, where they went to three games against Harrison County. Pictured, from left, is coach Kristin Stoffer, Kelsey McQueen, Jasmine Beal, Sydney Maxwell, coach Sandi Kitchen, Ellie Stoddart, Alayna Simpson, Maddy Plummer, Allie Hennard, Molly Stoddart, Sarah Penney and Paige Gieske.

Special Olympics of NKY

• Swimming will start back up Oct. 22 with practices from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays OctoberJune; independent swimmers swim the first 45 minutes and developmental athletes swim 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meets will be most weekends in April and the State Summer Games will be the first weekend of June. Volunteers are needed. Email Debbie Ogden at Certified soccer referees and linesman are needed for the Kentucky State Special Olympics Soccer Tournament on Nov. 5 at Central Park, Burlington. Email Mark Staggs at

New Kings First Dribbler session

The next six-week fall session of the Kings First Dribbler Basketball Program, for ages 3-5, will start Monday Nov. 14 at Town & Country Sports & Health Club, address, in Wilder. Sessions will be 1-1:45 p.m.

Crusaders win NKAC cross country titles By James Weber

St. Henry District High School continues to rule the road in local small-school cross country. The Crusaders won both the boys and girls team championships at the Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference meet Oct. 11 at Scott High School. The Crusaders edged Newport Central Catholic 36-47 in the boys race. Junior Daniel Wolfer was the individual champion, winning in 17:12. Senior Brendan Dooley finished third (17:34), senior Cameron Rohmann ninth (18:17), senior Nathan Mark 11th (18:35) and senior Zach Haacke

The Crusaders won both the boys and girls team championships. 12th (18:40). The girls team scored 35 points to 84 for runner-up Lloyd. St. Henry placed three in the top seven, led by runner-up Lindsey Hinken (20:17), third-place Sam Hentz (20:28) and seventh-place Kirsti Ryan (22:14). Katie Mauntel was 11th (22:38) and Jackie Gedney 12th (22:44). Lloyd was second in girls to St. Henry. Torey Duncan was fourth (20:35), Sarah Duncan sixth (22:11), Danielle Hyman 10th (22:27), Courtney Davis 27th (23:49) and Michaela


Division I champions. NDA won with 20 points, with its top five runners occupying places 2-6. Amy Hansen finished second, Skyler Green third, Morgan Stenger fourth, Carly Scheper fifth and Katie Steinkamp sixth. Covington Catholic won the boys Division I title with 51 points. Dixie Heights was second with 90. Brayden Schlagbaum finished fourth (17:46). Alex Flynn was ninth, Brian Menke 11th, Grant Guenther 12th and Jacob Condon 15th. Dixie senior Michael Menkhaus was third in 17:43. Max McGehee finished fifth (17:57). Dixie Heights sophomore Erica Bluford was ninth in Division I with 21:42.

Schnorbus 44th (26:38). Senior Alex Henn finished second in the boys race in 17:30. Camron Musk was 26th (19:33). Holy Cross sophomore Gabrielle Bergman was fifth in Division II. Tim Woeste of HC finished sixth in the D-II boys race (18:07). Ludlow eighth-graders Chesi Dugan and Amber Victor were eighth and ninth, respectively, in Division II. Ludlow was third as a team. Byni Dugan was 17th, Jasmine Laws 25th and Carmen Shworles 37th. Senior Tyler Soward was fourth in Division II (17:44). Villa Madonna freshman Eric Baugh finished 10th in Division II (18:25). Notre Dame had a nearperfect girls race to repeat as

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Sports & recreation


Knothole champions


Dry Ridge Toyota champions

The Northern Kentucky Rays are 2011 C2 Greater Cincinnati Knothole City Champions. Players are from Fort Thomas, Highland Heights, Cold Spring and Independence. Pictured, from left, front row: Elliot Schuett, Adam Suedkamp, Grady Combs, Drew Rom, John Taul and Jackson Recht; middle row: Joel Day, Ryan Adkins, Jacob Chaberlin, Aaron Verst, Luke Murphy and Jack Hegge; and back row: Nelson Taul, Mike Day, Greg Combs, Mark Rom and Mike Schuett.

Villa Madonna Academy’s boys soccer team won the Dry Ridge Toyota Tournament Championship Sept. 17. VMA beat Grant County, 3-2, and Conner, 2-1. David Hermeler, Andy Poos, Karl Weickgenannt and Kenny Kurzendoerfer made the All Tournament team. With 11 goals so far this season, Kurzendoerfer is now the sixth leading scorer for all Northern Kentucky schools. Pictured, from left: Front row, David Hermeler, Karl Weickgenannt, Greg Beymer, Kenny Kurzendoerfer and Andy Poos; middle row, Zach Kenney, Alex Barton, Andrew Wagner, Mitchell Day, Luke Nybo, Deuce Gibson, Luke Hontas and Jack Malone; and back row, Jacob Von Handorf, Andy Piccirillo, Glenn Rice, Andrew Smith, Ryan Kim, Marius van Melle, Thomas Steinkoenig and Randy Lund.

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Bulldogs take down the city

The Northern Kentucky Bulldogs won the city tournament, 11-1, against the Mason Bruins on July 30 in Blue Ash, Ohio. This capped off a 29-7-1 season for the NKY Bulldogs. Pictured, from left, bottom row: Marcus Berger, A.J. Dilts, Gage Dollenmeyer, Mitchell Corts and Chris Layton; and back row: Jackson Noll, Cole Busald, Cole Benson, Mac Duckworth, Carter Noah, Mason Williams and Beau Sawyer. Not pictured is Colin Henry.



• Holy Cross beat Scott in the 36th District finals Oct. 12, 21-25, 25-18, 25-17. • Covington Latin fell to Notre Dame 25-9, 25-8 in the 35th District semifinals. • Ludlow fell to Beechwood 25-15, 25-14 in the 35th District semifinals to end the season 26-9. Mariah Johnson had five kills and three blocks. • Calvary lost to Holy Cross 25-10, 25-10 in the 36th District semifinals. • Simon Kenton lost to Scott 25-9, 25-16 in the 36th semifinals. • Holmes fell to Calvary 26-24, 25-21 in the 36th District Oct. 10.

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• Scott won the 18th District for the third straight year, 6-1 over Calvary Christian. Both teams advanced to the Ninth Region tourney. Luke Treadway scored three goals against Calvary.

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• Covington Catholic beat Holy Cross 5-1 for the 20th District championhip. Both teams advanced to the 10th Region tourney. The Colonels got single goals from Wheeler Blersch, Sean Cooney, Sam Mullen, Ben Reis and Evan Talkers. CCH improved to 160-3. • Simon Kenton lost to Villa Madonna 2-1 in the 18th District Oct. 10. • Holmes fell to Covington Catholic 10-0 in the 20th District semifinals Oct. 10. • Covington Latin fell 5-2 to Holy Cross in the 20th semifinals. • Villa Madonna lost to Scott 2-1 in the 18th District semis Oct. 11. Thomas Steinkoenig scored for VMA. • Dixie fell to Calvary Christian 2-1 in penalty kicks in the district tourney.

Girls soccer

• Dixie Heights won the 18th District with a 4-0 win over Simon Kenton. Both teams advanced to the Ninth Region tourney. Lauren Nemeroff scored twice for



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Dixie. Erin Snyder had 11 saves for the shutout. • Villa Madonna lost to Calvary Christian 3-2 in the 18th District. Megan Barton and Paulette Moser scored for the Blue Lightning. • Ludlow fell to Covington Latin 5-1 in the 20th District. Breeann Bailey scored for Ludlow and was the Panthers’ all-tourney pick. • Holmes fell to Beechwood 9-0 in the 20th District. Lindsay Olvera Vancini was the all-tourney pick. • Beechwood lost to Holy Cross 5-1 in the 20th District semis. Beechwood ended 117-3. Emily Pawsat scored Beechwood’s goal and was an all-tourney pick with Alexis Bradford. • Covington Latin lost 10-0 to Notre Dame in the 20th. • Calvary lost 4-0 to Dixie Heights in the 18th District semifinals. • Scott lost 3-0 to Simon Kenton in the 18th District semifinals.

On deck

• The Ninth Region volleyball tourney is at Ryle High School. Quarterfinals were scheduled for Oct. 18 and 19. The semis are Oct. 20 and the championship match 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. • In girls soccer, the Ninth Region tourney is Oct. 18 and 20 at Dixie Heights. The final is 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20. The 10th Region is at Scott Oct. 18 and 19. The Ninth Region champion plays at the 11th Region champion in the state roundof-16 Tuesday, Oct. 25. The 10th Region champ hosts the 12th Region the same day. The winners of those games meet Thursday, Oct. 27 in the state quarterfinals, with the 10/12 winner hosting. • In boys soccer, the Ninth Region semifinals are Oct. 18 and the finals Thursday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m. at Ryle. The 10th Region is at Campbell County. The final is scheduled for Oct. 19. The Ninth Region champion hosts Region 11 Monday, Oct. 24, and the Region 10 winner plays at Region 12. The 9/11 winner hosts the state quarterfinals Wednesday, Oct. 26.



I am proud that Kentucky’s Attorney General Jack Conway has added his name to a list of state law enforcers who feat that a settlement being negotiated between the government and big banks is a “get out of jail” free card. Americans have lost homes, investments and jobs. It is unthinkable and arrogant for banks to ask for immunity from criminal or civil action until the investigations into wrong-doing are completed. The damage done to the middle class will take years to heal, if ever.Yet banks are pushing for a broad release from any liability. They do this at the same time they are trying to limit any regulation that controls and protects America and the American people. They used lobbyist to remove the controls put in place after the Great Depression, abused the system and stole our prosperity, and now want immunity. Thanks Jack! I wish we had more elected officials like you. Linda Nesbitt Cold Spring

Community spirit

A special thank you goes out to the owner Kim Skidmore, the manager Ben Nugent, and the staff of the Union Skyline Chili on U.S. 42 for their generosity and hard work. They held a benefit night for the Mason family on Sept. 12. Union resident Ella-Reid Mason is a 5-year-old girl who was recently diagnosed with cancer. The Union





Skyline donated a portion of the night’s sales to the Mason family. The Mason family refers to Ella’s many supporters as EllaReid’s Army. They certainly came out in full force that night. The turnout was incredible. There were people lined up to get in the door most of the night along with a drive-thru line that stretched out onto the road. Ben and his staff worked so hard to accommodate the overwhelming amount of people that came out to eat good food and support the Mason family. They did a phenomenal job. Kim, the owner, then decided to match the store’s contribution to the Fifth Third Bank Ella-Reid Mason fund. It was a great night! To everyone at the Union Skyline, we genuinely appreciate your hard work and your extreme generosity. Justin Hiatt Union

Gas price cycle

Gas has just gone up another 20 cents to $3.45. The recession is not going to go away until gas prices go down and stay down. When fuel prices are up it costs for farmers to produce food and get it to market. High fuel prices cause all consumer goods to go up because it costs more to produce them and get them to market. Then we cannot afford to buy things and people get laid off. I wonder why the politicians do not understand this. Terrie Pullen Burlington



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Kentucky families continue to work hard to make ends meet in an uncertain economy while unemployment remains unacceptably high. That is why one of my top priorities is advancing positive, common-sense economic policies that will help the private sector grow and hire. Congress made progress last week by passing trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea with broad bipartisan support. By making American-made goods and products more competitive in the international marketplace, these agreements will help our manufacturers and farmers grow their businesses and hire new workers. More than 90 percent of the world’s consumers live outside the United States. To keep up in a global economy, we need to make sure our businesses and farms are in the best possible position to sell American. Finalizing these longoverdue agreements will create an estimated 250,000 new American jobs according to the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). Additionally, the ITC reports that these agreements will increase U.S. exports by at least $13 billion and U.S. GDP by at least $10 billion, stimulating our economy without government spending. Removing barriers to trade in Colombia, Panama and South Korea will directly benefit Kentucky as well. In 2010, trade sup-

ported over 52,000 jobs in the commonwealth with over 228 companies exporting $19.1 billion of goods and services to nearly 200 forU.S. Rep. eign markets. Geoff Davis Additionally, Community exports accountRecorder ed for approxi12 perguest mately cent of Kencolumnist tucky’s gross domestic product. Kentucky farmers will be another beneficiary of these agreements. For example, with the immediate elimination of import taxes on nearly two-thirds of U.S. agricultural products shipped to South Korea, Kentucky farmers will have improved access to the Korean market to sell many of the products that have been highly protected in the past, including poultry and egg products, cattle and beef, feed grains, and others. According to the American Farm Bureau, direct U.S. agricultural exports to South Korea, Colombia and Panama will increase by nearly $2.5 billion per year upon full implementation of these three agreements, and are expected to increase direct exports from Kentucky alone by more than $15 million per year.

Bourbon is another great example of a Kentucky industry that will be positively impacted by implementing these agreements. According to the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, this thriving signature industry supports 10,000 jobs. Currently, there is a 20 percent import tariff on bourbon in South Korea, giving an advantage to other spirits. However, this tariff will be eliminated immediately when the South Korea Trade Agreement is entered into force. This will make the Kentucky product more affordable to South Koreans and help the bourbon industry to grow here at home. In addition to the mutual economic benefits, these agreements are important to our national security by improving our relationships with three strong U.S. allies in strategically important parts of the world. Passage of these agreements demonstrates that members of Congress in both parties and the president can work together to find common ground and pass legislation that will help get the American people back to work. We have a long way to go before our economy is turned around, but passage of these agreements is a good step in the right direction for both Kentucky and the nation. U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis, R-Hebron, is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Stormwater runoff can be harmful problem? There are many ways to protect our water resources. Most involve common sense. When watering your lawn, don’t it. When Loren overdo trying to get rid Koehler of garden pests, Community use an organic that Recorder pesticide won’t add guest potentially dancolumnist gerous chemicals to the ground. In your backyard, you can always make a compost pile to dispose of your yard clippings and biodegradable leftovers without wasting them. This is also a great way to recycle. Frequently, individuals think they are saving money by washing their own car, but they could be wasting money by letting the water run the whole time. This also washes all the grease and car fluids down the storm drain. You can avoid this by taking your vehicle through the car wash

where the water is recycled. You can also dispose of your car fluids after a do-it-yourself oil change by taking them to a designated dropoff or recycling location. Septic systems should be checked every three to five years and pumped out if needed. This prevents chemicals and pathogens from entering the water system and endangering public health. The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) is responsible for water quality management planning in the Tristate region as an outgrowth of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972, more commonly referred to as the Clean Water Act. The law’s main goal has been to restore and maintain the chemical, physical and biological integrity of public waters. Regional water quality management planning is required by the Clean Water Act for all metropolitan areas. For more information, visit OKI’s website at Loren Koehler is a communications intern at the Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments.

CHATROOM Which of Steve Jobs’ products mattered most, and which is your favorite – iMac, iPad, iPhone or iPod? Why? “I have no favorite. The world has lost a true genius.” J.K.

Practice run

Savannah Pracht, 8, of Independence, and her sister Cheyenne, 10, get ready for a practice run with their pumpkins before the Great Pumpkin Races Oct. 15.

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The storm drains at the end of your driveway could be collecting more than water. Stormwater runoff is an increasing problem in our region. It occurs when water or melting snow flows over paved roads, parking lots, driveways, sidewalks, rooftops, patios and other hard surfaces. Along the way, the runoff picks up debris, pathogens, sediments, chemicals and other pollutants and eventually drains to lakes, rivers or streams. In heavy rainstorms, polluted runoff also flows into waterways from treated lawns, construction sites and croplands. Why is this harmful? The pathogens and chemicals can eventually pollute our drinking water sources. Public water systems filter out most or all contaminants, but at an added cost. The stormwater runoff also harms plants and animals. Sediments cloud the water, stunting aquatic plant growth. Excess nutrients cause fish-killing algae blooms. Chemicals and pathogens can pose public health hazards. What can we do to reduce the




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“Although I don’t personally use iMac, iPad, iPhone or iPod, I had tremendous respect for Mr. Jobs and what he accomplished. “He was a brilliant inventor, and from everything I have read, he was a good man. Our world is better for having had people like Mr. Jobs among us.” Bill B.

“I bought my first Macintosh computer in 1986, not long after it was released. I have lost track of how many we have had, but I have a Macbook Pro laptop and my wife has an iMac. To us, these are the most important products. They have given us 25 years of less frustration than the comparable Windows products (I have a Windows 7 computer). “The iPad makes laptop computing more portable than it has ever been, but can’t do enough to make me replace my laptop. The iPhone combines laptop computing with the footprint of a phone, but so far that has not enticed me

Next question What was the best Halloween costume you ever wore? What made it so good? Send your answer to “” with Chatroom in the subject line. to buy an expensive data plan and a new phone. “The iPod revolutionized music listening, but I don’t listen to a lot of music. What Steve really brought us was reliable integration of all these devices, stylish design, and the imagination to dream of products we didn’t even know we needed. Once we saw them, we gobbled them up. F.S.D.

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In just a few years, Judith O’Mara and her cat Bella have become inseperable.

O’Mara and cat are best friends By Justin B. Duke

FLORENCE - After 40 years out of town, Judith O’Mara adopted her best friend. After losing her husband and moving back to Northern Kentucky, O’Mara was in need of a companion. “My sister said, ‘You should get a cat,’” O’Mara said. O’Mara visited the Boone County Animal Shelter and adopted Bella. In just a short time, the two became best friends, O’Mara said. “She’s the joy of my life,” she said. Bella is a cat who loves to be the center of attention and always wants to be with O’Mara. “She’s definitely what I

needed,” she said. Two years into their relationship, Bella is always unturning surprises, O’Mara said. In the last six months, Bella has started playing fetch. “I’ve never even thought about a cat retrieving,” O’Mara said. It was a skill Belle just started one day, she said. “I didn’t know; I didn’t train her,” O’Mara said. O’Mara looks forward to several years with her cat Bella. “She’s my best girl,” O’Mara said. “Me & My Pet” is a feature in The Community Recorder. To nominate yourself or someone you know, send an email to or call 578-1059.


It was a summer to remember for Jack Lundy. Lundy, a member of the Florence Rotary Club, was the team chairman of a group study exchange with Rotary International that spent a month in France. “We spent all of our time in the district of Normandy,” Lundy said. Lundy took the trip with four women from around Kentucky that represented various professions like teachers and physicians. While in France, the team met with various local Rotary clubs, politicians and dignitaries. “They took us to various institutions of higher learning,” Lundy said. The team got to experience French hospitality and stayed with different host families every week. Before leaving for France, the team studied up on French language, culture and history. “We came together as a team and we went through about six months of training,” Lundy said. The training paid off when meal times came around. “We spent a lot of time eating strange food – very strange food,” Lundy said. Some of the stranger meals included goose liver and pig gullett. At each meeting, the team was asked to speak, so they worked on a special treat, Lundy said. “They always loved it if we spoke French – we did our best,” he said.

Time as tourists


Jack Lundy pays his respects at a grave of a fallen American soldier in Normandy.

Jack Lundy presents a glockenspiel to a group of dignitaries.

Along with meeting with various clubs, Lundy and the team also got to see a large portion of the French countryside and architecture. “We went to so many cathedrals we lost track,” Lundy joked. Each cathedral had its own unique architecture and many had their original stained glass that dates back centuries. Some of the host homes where the

team stayed were several hundred years old.

Special place at a special time

Because the team stayed in Normandy, they got to visit the beaches where Allied soldiers landed to fight back German forces in World War II. “They are impressive,” Lundy said. “You begin to get a sense of what the


men were up against.” Many remnants of the war remain on the beaches and monuments to all the soldiers who died can be found all over. To make the visit even more memorable, the team visited the beaches on D-Day where an emotional ceremony was held honoring the assault. “It’s something you won’t forget,” Lundy said.


Master spinner

Pat Maley of Delhi Township, Ohio, one of 12 master spinners in the United States, explains the finer points of spinning to the Wheeler family, Eric, 11, Nicole, 16, Lucas 14, and their parents Lori and Bryan of Florence. They attended the Salt Festival at Big Bone Lick State Park.


Jack Lundy and the Rotary group exchange team spent a month in France.


Jack Lundy and his team got to visit various locations around Normandy.

Rethinking your wardrobe in a down economy We hear of people holding back on major spending, clipping coupons, and changing some of their money habits. Many family budgets now emphasize essential purchases, and limiting treats and luxuries. Clothing is not exactly a luxury, but it can eat up a large portion of a family budget. To save money, many people are rethinking the items in their closets to come up with creative ways to make clothes last longer and seem “new.” Basic

repairs, maintenance and attentive care throughout the lifespan of a garment extend it Diane can by many Mason years. Here are Extension tips: Notes some A l l o w clothing, especially shoes, to rest in between wearing. Shoes also benefit from cleaning before they are stored. Store

shoes in breathable cotton shoe bags or the cardboard boxes they came in. Plastic storage containers can trap moisture which may lead to mold and mildew growth. Air clothing after wearing it to let moisture evaporate and wrinkles relax. Airing also naturally helps deodorize clothing. Minimize washing and dry cleaning to extend the lifespan of clothes. Invest in a clothes brush and try airing and brushing your garments to refresh them, particularly woolens.

Properly store clothes and use appropriate hangers. Allow space between clothing for air flow. Promptly remove the dry cleaner’s plastic bag. Leave closet doors open to promote airflow and leave room in each drawer, rather than stuffing it full. Leaving on a light in the closet can inhibit moths and mildew. Get the most out of your clothes washer by using proper water temperatures and settings and the correct amount of detergent and softener.

Remember to wash soiled clothes promptly to avoid letting stained or soiled areas become permanent. If you cannot wash immediately, treat stains promptly to prevent them from setting. Ironing is a skill, and one that practice makes perfector at least, better. Learning to iron can give you a significant savings if you forgo the dry cleaner. Choose “no wrinkle” shirts and easy care, wash-and-dry clothing. Learn to mend clothing.

Basic repairs and maintenance are quick and easy. Plus, sewing on buttons, snaps, and repairing tears or holes will save money. Use a creative eye when looking through your clothing. See if you can combine separates with different items, or add an embellishment to make older items see and look new and updated. Diane Mason is county extension agent for family and consumer sciences at the Boone County Cooperative Extension Service.


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Spaghetti Dinner, 4-7:30 p.m., Alexandria Firehouse, 7951 Alexandria Pike, Includes salad, spaghetti and meatballs, bread and dessert. Drinks available. $7, $4 children. Presented by Alexandria and Community Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. 859-6355991. Alexandria.


USS Nightmare, 7 p.m.-1 a.m., BB Riverboats Newport Landing, 101 Riverboat Row, Thirtyminute tour of haunted boat. Two levels and more than 40 horrifying areas. Nightmare Landing, family-fun center with enclosed waiting area. RIP express tickets “skip the line.” Tour not recommended for children under age 10 without adult. Family friendly. $60 super saver six-pack, $48 family fourpack; $20 RIP express, $16, $6 matinee. Group discounts and coupons available online. Presented by USS Nightmare. 859802-5826; Newport. Haunted Duck Tours, 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., Ride the Ducks Newport, 1 Levee Way, Tour departs from 3rd St. Ride in World War II vehicles and hear stories of the area’s most famous ghosts and haunted locations like the Omni Netherland Hotel, the Taft Museum, Music Hall, Union Terminal and dip into the river to hear about the haunted mansion on Covington’s shoreline and the famous Bobby Mackey’s Music World. $17. 859-815-1439; Newport. Pumpkin Patch Tour, 3-5 p.m., Sunrock Farm, 103 Gibson Lane, Hands-on animal fun: milk a goat, hold chicks, brush a horse, feed the sheep and pet many different farm animals. Hay Ride to pumpkin patch to purchase pumpkins. $10 two-hour tour, $7 onehour tour, free under age 1. Registration required. 859-781-5502; Wilder.


Mary Ann Winkowski, 6-8 p.m., Barnes & Noble Newport, Newport on the Levee, Author discusses and signs “Beyond Delicious: The Ghost Whisperer’s Cookbook,” collection of recipes from the dearly departed. Free. 859-581-2000. Newport.


The Guitar Masters Tour, 8:30 p.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Ballroom. With Andy McKee, Stephen Bennett and Antoine Dufour. Doors open 7:30 p.m. $25, $20 advance. 859-431-2201; Newport.


Greg Warren, 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.


Footloose, 8 p.m., Stained Glass Theatre, 802 York St., Based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford. Music by Tom Snow, lyrics by Dean Pitchford. Directed by Gary Rogers. $20. Presented by Footlighters Inc. Through Oct. 22. 859-652-3849; Newport. Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical, 8-10 p.m., Monmouth Theatre, 636 Monmouth St., Comedy send-up of adult film genre follows plot of classic ‘70s film and sets it to music. Ages 18 and up. $18, $15 students and seniors. Presented by Falcon Theater. Through Oct. 22. 513-479-6783; Newport.

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SUPPORT GROUPS 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. TOURS

Newport Is Haunted: Walking Tour, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Newport Syndicate, 18 E. Fifth St., Learn several of Newport’s vicious yet unsolved crimes, and discover the origins of Bobby Mackey’s wicked haunting. Hear the stories of the Gangster Ghosts and learn why Newport Middle School may not have been built in the best location. Learn stories of the haunted Stained Glass Theater and York St. Cafe. $20. Presented by Newport Historical Walking Tours. 859-9518560; Newport. Haunted Covington: Walking Tour, 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center, 620 Greenup St., Hear the drama that unfolded in this town that put neighbor against neighbor and the ghosts that haunt the area to this day. In the 1860s wealthy slave-holding families who help finance the rebellion lived doors down from ardent abolitionists and financiers of the Union. Hear their stories and the spirits that still haunt the grounds. $20. Presented by American Legacy Tours. 859-951-8560. Covington. S A T U R D A Y, O C T . 2 2

ART & CRAFT CLASSES Fall Into Scrapping, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., St. Philip School, 1400 Mary Ingles Highway, Parish Center. All-day scrapbooking event. Includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Demo classes, make-and-take pages, giveaways, raffles and on-site vendors. Ages 18 and up. $45, $40 advance. Reservations required. 859-908-0277. Melbourne. FESTIVALS

Fall Festivals, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Kinman Farms, $8. 859-689-2682; Boone County. Immanuel United Methodist Church Fall Festival, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Immanuel United Methodist Church, 2551 Dixie Highway, Food and craft vendors, car show/trunk-or-treat, Games, inflatable play sets, cake walk and silent auction. Family friendly. 859-3415330. Lakeside Park.


Developmental Play Therapy, 10-11 a.m., A Step Ahead Pediatric Therapy, 2865 Chancellor Drive, Suite 105, Sessions led by licensed physical therapist to assist parents in learning how to increase strength, endurance and development in children in social setting. Network with other families and get different opinion on their child’s development. Family friendly. 859-4265666; Crestview Hills.


USS Nightmare, 7 p.m.-1 a.m., BB Riverboats Newport Landing, $60 super saver six-pack, $48 family four-pack; $20 RIP express, $16, $6 matinee.859-802-5826; Newport.

Haunted Walk in the Park, 7:30-9 p.m., Alexandria Community Park, Alexandria Drive, Walk on haunted trail and giveaways. Costumes welcome. Scary ghouls and ghostly sites created by students from Campbell County High School and Bishop Brossart High School. $1. Presented by Alexandria Park and Recreation Board. 859635-4125; Alexandria. Haunted Duck Tours, 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., Ride the Ducks Newport, $17. 859-815-1439; Newport. Pumpkin Patch Tour, 10 a.m.-noon, 1-3 p.m. and 4-5 p.m., Sunrock Farm, $10 two-hour tour, $7 one-hour tour, free under age 1. Registration required. 859-781-5502; Wilder. Halloween Party, 6-8 p.m., Town and Country Sports and Health Club, 1018 Town Drive, Games, rock climbing, aeroball, sports wall games, crafts and pictures. Includes costume contest. Bring gym shoes. Family friendly. $10 per family. Registration required. 859-442-5800; Wilder. Pick Your Own Pumpkins, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Neltner’s Farm, 6922 Four Mile Road, Includes local wine tasting and music by Amos Hopkins. Horse-drawn wagon rides, two-acre corn maze, petting zoo, pony rides, home-cooked food, farm shop, crafters, pottery, face painting, seasonal apples and folk art. $5 ages 3 and up. 859-496-7535; Camp Springs. A Graveyard Gala: Halloween Bash, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., St. Joseph Church, 4011 Alexandria Pike, Dinner catered by Pompilio’s, beer, wine, soft drinks, music by 24/7, costume contests and raffle drawings. Benefits St. Joseph Cold Spring Parish. Ages 21 and up. $25. Reservations required. 859760-1433; d=184806. Cold Spring.


Newport Is Haunted: Walking Tour, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Newport Syndicate, $20. 859-951-8560; Newport. Haunted Covington: Walking Tour, 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center, $20. 859-9518560. Covington. S U N D A Y, O C T . 2 3


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. Parking in Fifth Street lot free. Rain or shine. 859-468-4820; e-mail; Covington.


HalloweenFest, 1-4 p.m., St. Anthony Church, 485 Grand Ave., Games, prizes, food and drinks, silent auction, Wii tournament, grand prize raffle, jumbo split-the-pot and costume contest at 3 p.m. Benefits St. Anthony PTO. Free. 859-431-5987; Taylor Mill.


The 10th annual Dog Costume Paw-rade will be noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, in Covington. The Paw-rade will start in Goebel Park at 2:30 p.m. Participants are encouraged to dress their dog as a famous artist or art work. Lucy, the Mayor of Rabbit Hash, will be the Grand Marshall. Three top prizes will be awarded: best original costume, best store-bought costume and best theme costume. There will be booths, including pet portraits by Rescue Angels Inc., games and an agility course. 4th Sunday Antiques will be on the promenade. The Paw-rade is open to dogs only. Registration will be in Goebel Park; the fee is $5 and includes a free doggie goodie bag. Proceeds benefit U-Can and Rescue Angels Inc. For more information, visit Pictured is Leslie Gilbert, right, with her dog, Devin, and Erica Gravett with her dog, Ms. Greta, dressed as ketchup and mustard during a previous Paw-rade. USS Nightmare, 7-11 p.m., BB Riverboats Newport Landing, $60 super saver six-pack, $48 family four-pack; $20 RIP express, $16, $6 matinee. Group discounts and coupons available online. 859-802-5826; Newport. Pumpkin Patch Tour, 1-3 p.m. and 4-5 p.m., Sunrock Farm, $10 two-hour tour, $7 onehour tour, free under age 1. Registration required. 859-781-5502; Wilder. Pick Your Own Pumpkins, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Neltner’s Farm, $5 ages 3 and up. 859-4967535; Camp Springs. Mystery at Mackey’s, 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., Bobby Mackey’s Music World, 44 Licking Pike, Dinner theater performance. Includes dinner, show and soft drinks. Alcoholic beverages available. Ages 18 and up. Benefits Northern Kentucky Youth Foundation. Ages 18 and up. $50. Presented by Northern Kentucky Youth Foundation. 859-795-1506; Wilder.


Clifford Zink, 2 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Author of “The Roebling Legacy” give presentation describing the design and construction of the Roebling Suspension Bridge. Zink will also sign his book for anyone who chooses to purchase it. No admission charge for members either of Behringer Crawford Museum or Kenton County Historical Society. 859 491-0490. Covington.


Musica Sacra Chorus and Orchestra, 3-5 p.m., Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, 1140 Madison Ave., Helmut J. Roehrig, conductor. Franz Joseph Haydn’s Theresienmesse (Theresa Mass) and Franz Liszt’s Pater Noster, Ave Verum Corpus and Ave Maria. Family friendly. Free, donations accepted. Presented by Musica Sacra Chorus and Orchestra. 859-431-8444; Covington.

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


Weight Loss Class, 6:30-7 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. Hearing Solutions Open House Event, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Hearing Solutions Highland Heights Office, Free. Reservations required. 859-283-1771. Highland Heights. W E D N E S D A Y, O C T . 2 6


Tichenor Trojans Football Fund Raiser, 1010:30 p.m., Dixie Chili and Deli, 3716 Dixie Hwy., Eat at Dixie Chili and tell cashier you are with Tichenor Football and percentage of bill benefits Tichenor Football. Email for more information or flier. Presented by Tichenor Middle School Football. 859-322-0217. Erlanger.


Pioneer Toastmasters Public Speaking Club Meeting, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Holiday Inn Riverfront, 600 W. Third St., Learning experience for those who wish to improve speaking and networking skills for work, one-on-one or just for fun. Includes dinner if pre-registered. Family friendly. Presented by Pioneer Toastmasters. 513-541-9319. Covington.


Getting to Know You, 8:30 a.m.-noon, Notre Dame Academy, 1699 Hilton Drive, Formal introduction of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra for elementary to middle school students. Part of Education Concerts Series. Free. Registration required. Presented by Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. 859-431-6216; Park Hills.


Duplicate Bridge Classes, 3-5 p.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., Geared to those who play party or rubber bridge wishing to advance to duplicate bridge. Betty Hurst, instructor. For seniors. $10. Presented by Northern Kentucky Bridge Club. 859-6895743; Elsmere. T H U R S D A Y, O C T . 2 7


USS Nightmare, 7-11 p.m., BB Riverboats Newport Landing, $60 super saver six-pack, $48 family four-pack; $20 RIP express, $16, $6 matinee. Group discounts and coupons available online. 859-802-5826; Newport.


Trouble In Mind, 8 p.m., NKU Corbett Auditorium, Nunn Drive, Satiric play based on conflict of not compromising one’s artistic integrity follows journey of mixed-raced cast in 1955 as they rehearse for a racially charged play. By Alice Childress. $14, $13 faculty/staff/alumni, $11 ages 60 and up, $8 students. Through Nov. 6. 859-572-5464; Highland Heights.


Villa Madonna Academy K-12 Open House, 1-3 p.m., Villa Madonna Academy, 2500 Amsterdam Road, For families of prospective students in grades K-12. Family friendly. Free. 859-331-6333, ext. 139. Villa Hills. M O N D A Y, O C T . 2 4


Voice of Independence Toastmasters Club Meeting, 7-8:30 p.m., William E. Durr Branch Library, 1992 Walton-Nicholson Road, Open to area residents interested in improving speaking, listening and leadership skills in supportive environment. Free. Presented by Voice of Independence Toastmasters. 859-652-3348. Independence.


Pumpkin Patch Tour, 10 a.m.-noon and 3-5 p.m., Sunrock Farm, $10 two-hour tour, $7 one-hour tour, free under age 1. Registration required. 859-781-5502; Wilder.


Cincinnati Ballet presents “Giselle,” part love story and part ghost story from Oct. 28 through Oct. 30, at Music Hall. It is accompanied by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. For tickets, call 513-621-5282 or visit

Stand-up Comedy, 8:30 p.m., Beer Sellar, 301 Riverboat Row, Comedy featuring Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky’s best local comics and national acts. Content rated R. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-431-6969. Newport.


The opening reception for “The Artist’s Craft,” the second exhibit of the season for The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, will be 6-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21. The Artist’s Craft is highlighted by the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen (KGAC) 50th Anniversary Show. The show features 20 of the top artists from the KGAC with a wide range of media and styles such as glass, painting, photography, jewelry, ceramics and basketry. The opening will include light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Admission is $8; $5, seniors and students; and free for Carnegie members and ages 12 and under. The exhibit will run through Nov. 23. Admission is free after opening night, during regular gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; and noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. The Carnegie is located at 1028 Scott Blvd. in Covington. For more information, visit Pictured is “Joy,” a quilt by Carla Lamb.


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Blending up a batch of Don’s Delicious Dressing “marry.” If you like French or Catalina dressings and want to try your hand at making your own, this recipe is a “must try.”


1 cup canola oil 3 ⁄4 cup sugar 1 ⁄3 cup ketchup 1 ⁄4 cup clear vinegar Worcestershire to taste – start with a generous teaspoon Pinch of salt Small onion, grated – onions can be strong, so start out with a couple tablespoons. I chunked up a couple tablespoons and let that whirl in the blender with the rest of the ingredients.

Meringue ghosties for Halloween

I saw a photo of these in Pillsbury’s cooking magazine for Halloween. They were too cute. So I made a batch, using my own recipe. I will tell you I had to practice a little with making them. I just scooped up what didn’t look right and put the mixture back in the bag to re-form the ghosties. Start piping the head first and then go back and forth horizontally, making arms and body. 1

Don Deimling’s salad dressing

You can make this by hand, in a blender or food processor. I use a blender. Go to taste on the onion. Don suggests making it ahead for flavors to

⁄2 cup egg whites, room temperature (this makes for better volume) 1 ⁄2 teaspoon cream of tartar 1 ⁄4 teaspoon almond extract 1 ⁄8 teaspoon salt 1 ⁄2 cup sugar plus 1 tablespoon



Some tasty meringue ghosties for Halloween snacking. Mini chocolate chips for eyes (or other candy) Heat oven to 200 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or baking mats. Beat whites, cream of tartar, extract and salt on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time, beating on high until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is almost dissolved. If you’re nervous about high speed, you can use medium and it will take a bit longer. Spoon some of the mixture into a large plastic bag, smoosh out air and close bag. Cut off a small corner of bag. Squeeze bag to pipe out ghost shapes. Stick in mini chips for eyes. Bake one hour and turn oven off but leave meringues in oven with door closed for eight hours. These





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Veteran and Honorary Chair Roger Staubach cordially invites you to attend the

2011 USO Tribute Cincinnati on Saturday November 5th, 5pm at the Duke Energy Convention Center

The 2011 USO Tribute Cincinnati includes a heartfelt tribute to our 2011 Armed Forces Honorees. Guests will enjoy a seated dinner, open bar and patriotic entertainment with master of ceremonies Anthony Munoz and special performances by Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan and the Victory Belles. For tickets please visit or contact Kathy Bechtold at 513.648.4870 for more information. If you are unable to attend the event, please consider donating a ticket for a veteran. Proceeds from the event go to the USO of Metropolitan Washington for programs benefiting wounded warriors and their supportive families at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

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Calling home from overseas remains a very expensive proposition these days but I found the cost can be cut dramatically if you sign up for the right service and have the right equipment. When I was overseas last year I signed up for the Skype service at $6.99 a month, and was able to call home using my iPod touch and a Wi-Fi connection. I found many restaurants and stores had free Wi-Fi service so the cost to call home was limited to that Skype fee. This year I found the Skype service price dropped to $2.99 a month for calls from anywhere in the world to the United States. I signed up once again but this time I had an iPhone 4 with me. Everything was the same as last year, only this time I didn’t have to put my phone away when traveling overseas – I just turned it on “airplane mode” so I could not send or receive calls by accident and incur roaming fees. I again looked for Wi-Fi

locations so I could call home u s i n g Skype. The Skype pay service allows you to call Howard Ain l a n d l i n e Hey Howard! p h o n e s not just computers. Another big difference this time was the iPhone 4 has a Face Time video phone application. I called my brother in New York over the Skype service and he then called me on his iPad 2 using Face Time. I was able to see him clearly and he saw me. I gave him a live view of a street in Italy and was able to walk with the phone quite a distance showing him all the sights until the Wi-Fi signal was lost. I repeated this same procedure with my sons in Cincinnati – one of them was able to see my Face Time picture on his iPod touch while the other was able to view things on his

iPhone 4. The chance to be able to do real-time video from the middle of a street or a cruise ship was quite remarkable. My brother and sons said the pictures they received were very good, comparable to or even better than that from Skype – and the setup was quick and easy. This time while overseas I found there were more WiFi areas than before, but most were locked so you could not use them. My wife says sometimes I spent more time on the phone giving Face Time tours of the area than I did talking with people around me. Bottom line, this year I once again was able to call home for just pennies using Skype and Wi-Fi connections – but I was also able to give remarkable video tours of some of the sights I was seeing “live” from overseas. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Curves continues to work to raise awareness in women about the lifesaving importance of risk management, early detection and treatment. Throughout the month, Curves fitness clubs in the local community are waiving the joining fee for new members who show proof of a mammogram within the past year or make a $25 donation to breast cancer research. • Curves of Alexandria, 1035 Moreland

Visit for your chance to be an honorary ball kid at a Xavier University men’s basketball game. Each winner will be notified by Xavier and will serve as a honorary ball kid at one home game. Winners will receive two tickets to the game, a shirt and shorts and the thrill of being on the Cintas Center floor during the game.


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“I’m not quitting. I’m simply not. This is harder than I could have ever imagined but I have come too far to quit now.” Now that’s the attitude I love to see. After sharing in the weight loss journeys of hundreds of men and women over the past five years, one thing is for sure. A strong and decisive attitude like that will see success. When I hear statements like that, I send up a special praise to God, knowing He is right in the middle of changing someone forever. Do we have that attitude in our day to day struggles, in the major battles of life? Here’s how to find out. Ask yourself these questions: When I am struggling with strongholds or issues in life like weight loss,

Julie House Community Recorder guest columnist

finances, marriage, addictions, death or divorce, do I say to myself; “I’m not quitting now. No way. I’ve worked too hard on this, I will make it through. Somehow, I know I will

make it.” The Bible powerfully backs up this attitude reminding me, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phil. 4:13. Or, am I more likely to respond with mental statements like, “This is too hard.” I can’t do this. I will never make it through. It’s just not worth the work.”

No, power Scripture here, I can’t find anything in Scripture that backs up quitting before God is finished with us. The Bible does tell me that my work will be hard, and my journey will often times be difficult, sometimes life-altering and traumatic, but at “Just the right time” I will experience the “harvest of blessing.” The harvest God wants to provide? “He will provide and increase your resources, and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you.” (2 Corinthians 9:10) In other words, He wants to supply us with all the resources we need for success and then allow us to help our brothers, sisters, parents, children and friends find the harvest He has created for them.

Can’t you just picture a life filled with family and friends living out God’s plan for them? Where does it start? It starts with me saying, “I’m not quitting. I’m simply not. I’ve come too far to quit now.” “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time, we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” (Galatians 6:9) May you be blessed with an, “I’m getting ready for the harvest” attitude this week. 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 8028965. Check out her website for meeting times and locations www.

YMCA to honor three Kenton County residents



Spencer works for Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America. She was a former YMCA cheerleading coach, currently teaches Christian values to children through the Grace of God and other min-

istries, and is co-chair of To y o t a ’s Benchmarking Committee for the A f r i c a n American Spencer Collaborative. Pratts also works for Toyota. While attending the University of Dayton he was a leader at a retreat to help students learn from their life experiences and organizing numerous community serv-

ice projects as president of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. The YMCA Salute Gala raises funds for the YMCA Teen Achievers Program that motivates students of color to further their education and goals with help from successful, professional role models. For more information about the Gala, including all honoree bios, visit www To reserve a seat, contact Toni Miles at or call 513-362-9622.

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TAYLOR MILL - As part of the Diocese of Covington Census, St. Patrick Church will be conducting their portion of a door to door census Sunday, Oct. 23, St. Patrick Church, its pastor and parishioners respect the right of every individual to their privacy. The church requests those who live within the St. Patrick Church area not wishing to participate in the census efforts to place a note on the front door of

Jett Wright, 15 months, of Hebron, studies a pumpkin while his mom and dad, Bethany and Jonathan, help him discover that it is just the right size at the Pumpkin Patch owned by the Bridges family off Madison Pike in Independence. PATRICIA A. SCHEYER FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

• An Autumn Affair: Art and nature are combined in this fundraiser for the Boone County Arboretum, sponsored by Friends of Boone County Arboretum and the Boone County Visual Arts Association. Join us for relaxing music, delicious appetizers, and a silent auction of local artwork featuring beautiful nature scenes from the Boone County Arboretum. Reservations required by Oct. 21. Cost: $25. Call 859-384-4999, or email

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Thanksgiving time to fertilize landscape trees and shrubs. Wait until February to fertilMike Klahr ize fruit Horticulture crops. Don’t Concerns apply nitrogen to vegetable gardens until spring (unless gardening into the winter inside a cold-frame), since rains and melting snow will leach out the nitrogen, making it unavailable by spring. If livestock manure will be used as a fertilizer source, it should be applied in the fall (for a spring garden) due to food safety concerns. You can reduce the risk of some common problems next year by getting rid of leftover plant debris in vegetable, flower and fruit gardening areas this fall. Several disease-causing fungi and bacteria spend the winter on plant debris, and can cause diseases the following growing season. Also, remove spent blooms and foliage from flower gardens and mummified fruits on or around trees and grapevines. Any garden debris that is not severely diseased is a wonderful addition to a compost pile. A good pile will heat up and completely decompose the remains in a few months. Since springtime is often too wet to turn the soil, gardens should be tilled or dug up in the fall to break dead materials into smaller pieces and then work them into the soil. Plant debris decomposes more rapidly when buried than when left on the soil surface. This reduces populations of disease-causing organisms that could cause problems next year. Planting a cover crop of rye, wheat, oats, or clover to maintain and rejuvenate the soil is another way to get your

their residence. Volunteers will visit the areas contained within the boundaries of Ky. 16, Porter Road and Visalia. Please indicate on the note that there is no need to visit, that you already belong to a church or that you do not belong to a church but do not wish to participate. If a note is present, volunteers will respect your wishes and not visit your home.

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Question: Is it too early to start preparing my outdoor plants for winter? Answer: Now that you have (hopefully) brought in your houseplants from outside, it is time to start preparing lawns, gardens and landscapes for winter. Lawns should be fertilized primarily in the fall and early winter, rather than spring or summer. Don’t apply phosphorus, potassium or lime unless a soil test indicates the need. Treatments should be at least 30 days apart. October, November and December are good months to fertilize your lawn. Lawns will continue growing into November, and should be mowed regularly as long as they are actively growing. The final mowing of the season should be done at a lower mowing height in order to reduce fungus diseases, such as snow mold, over the winter. Keep leaves raked off the lawn as they fall, since any grass that is green is still photosynthesizing and producing sugars, which, when transported to the roots, act like antifreeze to keep the turfgrass roots from freezing in the winter. Don’t do any major fall pruning on fruit trees or landscape trees or shrubs now, since this might make the plants more susceptible to winter injury. Wait until

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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:


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Bethany Lutheran Church

3501 Turkeyfoot Road, Erlanger Sunday: 8:30 a.m. Traditional Service, 9:45 a.m. Sunday School, 10:45 a.m. Praise Service. Website: Email: bethanylutheranchurch@ Phone: (859) 3313501

New Banklick Baptist Church

10719 Banklick Road, Walton Sunday: Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Morning Worship 11 a.m., Evening Worship 6 p.m., Wednesday Night Worship: 7 p.m. Pastor: Bro. Tim Cochran, Student Pastor: Brad Napier Email:, Website:, Phone: (859)356-5538

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:

First Baptist Church

11691 Madison Pike, Independence Service Times: Sunday: Sunday School: 10 a.m.; Worship Service 11 a.m. Evening

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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.

Hickory Grove Baptist

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

Piner Baptist Church

Independence Christian 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.

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. Patrick Church


3285 Mill Road, Taylor Mill Sunday: 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Mass. Monday: 7:35 a.m. Mass. Tuesday: 7:35 a.m. Mass. Wednesday: 7:35 a.m. and 7 p.m. Masses. Saturday: 4:30 p.m. Mass. The second Wednesday of

Community Bible

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: 9:30 a.m. blended service, Adult Bible Fellowship; 11 a.m. blended service, Adult Bible Fellowship. For both services, children’s programming and student fellowship available . Pastor: Bill Thompson. Phone: (859) 356-7770. Email: Website: www.nicholsonchristian. org. Facebook group: Nicholson Christian Church.

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

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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.


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every month, Holy Hour will follow 7 p.m. Mass. Pastor: Fr. Jeff VonLehman. Phone: (859) 356-5151. Email: Website:

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:

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:

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Vote in honor of a veteran Kentucky Secretary of State Elaine Walker Sept. 27 presented a book of about 2,000 signatures from people who intend to vote on Nov. 8 in honor of a veteran, to Ken Lucas, commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs in Lexington. The signatures were collected from visitors to the Secretary of State’s booth at the Kentucky State Fair in August but the special book was bound to allow room for additions from KDVA. “Kentucky is one of many states encouraging voters to honor a veteran when they cast their ballots this year,” Walker said in remarks delivered at the Veterans Administration Medical Center’s Homeless Veterans unit in Lexington. “If anyone should need a better reason to exercise their democratic freedom to vote, doing so for the 350,000 veterans living in Kentucky who served all of us is the best I can think of.” “Wherever I travel in Kentucky, this program is received with enthusiasm and gratitude for the women and men who gave of them-

selves to preserve our freedoms,” Walker added. “Countless others before them made sacrifices and too many are no longer with us. It was moving, particularly as an individual whose husband and father served, to meet so many Kentuckians who want to show their appreciation through their fundamental action of voting.” Walker pointed out that the last day for those eligible to register to vote is Oct. 11, the last time to apply to vote absentee in a county clerk’s office is between Oct. 21 to Nov. 7 and the last day for county clerks to receive an absentee ballot application is Nov. 1. “All of these dates apply to our military service members, as well,” she said. “Those who protect our freedoms should also participate and we want to be sure they do no matter where they are on Election Day.” Those who signed the book included their names, the veteran they intend to honor on Election Day and the branch of the military in which their honoree served.

Cathedral Concert Series begins 36th season The Covington Cathedral Basilica’s pristine Gothic acoustics and stunning visual surroundings will offer music lovers of all ages wonderful opportunities to hear Sacred Music performed live in the space for which it was intended. The Cathedral Concert Series’ 36th Season commences at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, and will feature the music of Haydn and Liszt. Performed by the Musica Sacra Chorus & Orchestra under the direction of Helmut

Roehrig, Musica Sacra celebrates its 46th season this year. The Theresien Messe in B Flat Major by Franz Joseph Haydn is the featured work. Also three sacred pieces by Franz Liszt will be heard: Pater Noster, Ave Verum Corpus, and Ave Maria. All are welcome. There is no admission charge. A freewill offering will be accepted. Visit for more information on the upcoming season and the concert series.

‘Best Friends Forever’ sought We’re looking for a few best friends. The South Kenton Recorder includes “Best Friends Forever” as a regular feature in the newspaper. If you and your best friend both live in Independence or Taylor Mill, we

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The Artist’s Craft opens Oct. 21 at The Carnegie and Craftsmen (KGAC) 50th Anniversary Show, on display in the Ohio National Financial Services Gallery. The show features approximately 20 of the top artists from the KGAC, representing a wide

range of media and styles such as glass, painting, photography, jewelry, ceramics and basketry. Admission for the opening reception is $8; $5 for seniors and students; and free for Carnegie members and ages 12 and under.

Volunteer skills for medical corps The Northern Kentucky Medical Reserve Corps provides citizens of both medical and non-medical backgrounds with a way to help their communities during a public health emergency. Anyone interested in joining the Medical Reserve Corps is invited to attend an orientation session from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Health Department’s District Office, 610 Medical Village Drive, Edgewood. A light meal will be provided. The Northern Kentucky Medical Reserve Corps is a

branch of the federal government’s Medical Reserve Corps program, and its goal is to provide a volunteer pool for the Northern Kentucky region that can enhance and support public health agencies and the health care infrastructure during a crisis. Volunteers would be asked to serve in their own community; but may also choose to volunteer for the Tristate region or for communities in need around Kentucky. Volunteers will be offered trainings throughout the year that will support per-

sonal preparedness and basic disaster response skills, as well as developing specialized skills needed for a public health emergency response. Anyone age 18 or older is eligible, and people with both medical and non-medical training are encouraged to join. For more information about the Medical Reserve Corps or to register for the orientation, contact Jean Caudill at 859-363-2009 or , or visit

Carriage and Driving Horse Show Oct. 22 The Northern Kentucky Horse Network will be holding the Carriage and Driving Horse Show, Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Alexandria Fairgrounds, Alexandria. The NKHN welcomes all sizes and styles of carts, buggies, wagons, and the like, and the “horse-power” to pull them, from the giant draft breeds to the Very Small Equine or miniature horses, hackneys, ponies, pairs,

teams and singles. With 42 classes, there will be a vast array of driving vehicles and horses. The show starts at 10 a.m. Spectator admission and parking is free and refreshments will be available on the grounds. For more information contact Bill Kraatz at or 859-282-9500, or visit the Northern Kentucky Horse Network website at

The reception will include light hors d’hoeuvres and a cash bar. The exhibit will run through Nov. 23. Admission is free after opening night, during regular gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. MondayFriday; and noon to 3 p.m. Satur-

day. Advanced tickets are available through The Carnegie Box Office, open noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, by phone at 859-957-1940, or online at

MARRIAGE LICENSES Courtney Tomaszewski, 22, and Sean Moser, 23, both of Fort Mitchell, issued Oct. 3. Sarah Johnson, 24, and Robert Raney Jr., 29, both of Cincinnati, issued Oct. 3. Ann Farro, 26, and Jonathan Moser, 26, both of Edgewood, issued Oct. 3. Zevar Azizova, 30, and Christopher Terry, 34, both of Fort Mitchell, issued Oct. 3. Sarah Boiman, 27, and Jesse Williams, 30, both of Cincinnati, issued Oct. 4. Youlanda Holmes, 44, and Dereck Allen, 51, both of Cincinnati, issued Oct. 4. Michelle Lawhorn, 28, of Cincinnati and Joshua Bryan, 33, of Ludlow, issued Oct. 4. Mallory Moore, 25, and Douglas Walter, 26, both of Covington, issued Oct. 4. Rhonda Ryles, 30, and Kyle Sheets, 31, both of Elsmere, issued Oct. 4. Megan Sanders, 23, and Mitchell Dean, 23, both of Cincinnati, issued Oct. 5. Felicia Cruse, 47, and Benjamin Price, 49, both of Cincinnati, issued Oct. 5. Kaitlin McClellan, 27, and Justin Black, 28, both of Cincinnati, issued Oct. 5. Ensita Erwin, 37, and Neras Karen, 40, both of Erlanger, issued Oct. 5. Amy Partin, 30, and Frank Hundemer, 32, both of Cincinnati, issued

Oct. 5. Viola Hanks, 64, and Larry Rodgers, 63, both of Covington, issued Oct. 5. Megan McGarr, 31, and Evun Schmeal, 32, both of Covington, issued Oct. 6. Tinika Billups, 33, and mark Parsons, 34, both of Covington, issued Oct. 6. Holly Hannon, 29, and Jeffrey Ward, 27, both of Cincinnati, issued Oct. 6. Sherry Boone, 49, of Covington and Kenneth Ellis, 55, of Ludlow, issued Oct. 7.

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The Carnegie’s 2011-2012 gallery season continues with the opening of its second exhibition of the season, The Artist’s Craft, from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21. The Artist’s Craft is highlighted by the Kentucky Guild of Artists

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Robert Curtis Ashcraft

Robert Curtis Ashcraft, 32, of Cincinnati, formerly of Highland Heights, died Sept. 26, 2011, at his residence. He was a laborer for AA Construction Co. in Cincinnati. Survivors include his mother, Donna Jean Ward Holaszyn of Independence; companion, Judy Joering of Crestview; son, Bradley Curtis Ashcraft of Williamstown; daughter, Emily Jo Ashcraft of Williamstown; sister, Elizabeth C. Bramley of Dry Ridge; brothers, Daniel J. Ashcraft and James R. Ashcraft, both of Independence; and maternal grandfather, Robert L. Houze of Lawrenceburg, Ind. Interment was at Clarks Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Dry Ridge.

Leah Ballou

Leah Ballou, 75, of Covington, died Oct. 12, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. Her husband, James Ballou, died

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in 2000. Survivors include her daughter, Tonya Charles of Covington; and four grandchildren. Interment was at Mother of God Cemetery, Latonia.

Shirley Jean Baur, 70, of Erlanger, died Oct. 9, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a homemaker and a member of Erlanger Baptist Church and the Red Hat Society. Survivors include her husband, James Baur; daughter, Kimberly Sharits of Florence; son, Bryan Baur of Florence; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Memorials: American Heart Association, 5211 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227.

She was a retired home economics teacher and shop owner. She was an active member of the Versailles Presbyterian Church and formerly volunteered at Simmons School and the Hope Center in Lexington. Her husband, Lloyd Beck; and three brothers, Thomas Wagle, Gene Wagle and Joe Wagle, died previously. Survivors include her children, Willa Thomas and Bradley Beck, both of Versailles, Ky., and Mitchell Beck of Crescent Springs; brother, George Wagle of Granger, Ind.; seven grandchildren; and two greatgrandchildren. Burial was at Versailles Cemetery. Memorials: Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele St., Frankfort, KY 40601 or Hope Center, P.O. Box 6, Lexington, KY 40588.

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Catherine Beck, 90, of Versailles, Ky., died Oct. 3, 2011, at her home.

Dawn Michelle Haynes Bennett, 44, of Independence, died Oct. 10,

2011, at her residence. She was a homemaker and a graduate of Simon Kenton High School. She enjoyed shopping and crafts. Her parents, Pete and Earleen Haynes, died in 2004. Survivors include her daughter, Mandy Bennett of Fort Wright; son, Christian Bennett of Independence, currently serving in the U.S. Army in Iraq; and sister, Deana Haynes Fultz. Memorials: Bennett Family c/o Chambers & Grubbs, 11382 Madison Pike, Independence, KY 41051.

Anna Bender Boone

Anna Mary Louise Bender Boone, 89, of Taylor Mill, died Oct. 12, 2011, at Rosedale Manor. She enjoyed crocheting, reading and bowling. She and her husband were instrumental in start-up committees for St. Patrick’s Church and the membership drive to open Taylor Mill Swim Club. Survivors include her husband, Nick Boone; sons, Nick Boone of Independence, Jeff Boone of Taylor Mill, Howard Boone of Corinth and Mike Boone of Latonia; and daughter, Carolyn Huffman of Florence. Burial was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens. Memorials: Rosedale Manor Activities Department or Kenton County Animal Shelter.

William K. Burke, 87, of Morning View, died Oct. 7, 2011. Survivors include his children, Georgianne Wisenall of Morning View and Thomas Burke of Morgan Hill, Calif.; sister, Laverne Hoelzle of Pittsburgh; and grandchild, Jamie Wisenall of Morning View; Burial was at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery, Williamstown.

Norma Carpenter

Norma Carpenter, 71, of Erlanger, died Oct. 12, 2011, at her home. She was retired from Liberty Cherry. Her husband, Lionel Carpenter, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Jeff Carpenter and Paul Carpenter; CE-0000480201


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Shirley Jean Chevalier

Shirley Jean Chevalier, 71, of Covington, died Oct. 11, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. Her husband, Harold Chevalier, died in 1990. Survivors include her sons, Ken Chevalier of Richwood and Steve Chevalier of Covington; daughters, Pam Scudder of Florence and Connie Skidmore of Independence; and 10 grandchildren. Interment was at St. John’s Cemetery, Fort Mitchell.

Anthony Cosmah

Anthony “Tony” Cosmah, 51, of Ludlow, died Oct. 11, 2011, at home. A brother, Martin Green, died previously. Survivors include his mother, Elaine Herrmann of Ludlow; stepfather, Bob Eperson of Ludlow; sons, Derek Cosmah and Chris Cosmah, both of Colerain Township, Ohio; and brother, George Cosmah of Ludlow. Disposition was cremation. Memorials: American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Mildred Rogers Davis

Mildred Rogers Davis, 95, of Elsmere, died Oct. 11, 2011, at Woodcrest Manor Nursing Home in Elsmere. She was a homemaker and a member of Gardnersville Baptist Church. Her first husband, James Lee Rogers; husband, Raymond Davis; daughter, Juanita Barnett; and brother, Roger Clay Harrison, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Gordon Rogers, Larry Rogers and Jon Rogers, all of Cincinnati; 15 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. Burial was in Hill Crest Cemetery, Dry Ridge.

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Mary L. Eicher

Mary L. Eicher, 80, of Erlanger, died Oct. 11, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Mark Lutheran Church in Newport. Survivors include her husband, John W. “Bill” Eicher; sons, Joseph W. Eicher of Walton and John Alan Eicher of Highland Heights; and one grandchild. Burial was at Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate. Memorials: St. Mark Lutheran Church, 415 E. 8th St., Newport, KY 41071.

Ernie Elliott

Ernie Elliott, 68, of Erlanger, died Oct. 15, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Florence. He was a dock worker for RyderPIE Trucking Co. and a member of Teamsters Union Local No. 100. He ran track and played basketball and baseball for Ludlow High School where he pitched a no-hitter. Survivors include his wife, Belinda “Lindy” Agnor Elliott; daughter, Brandy Lynn Klette of Crittenden; brothers, Christopher Elliott and Chester Elliott, both of Williamstown, Frank Elliott of Erlanger and Jerry Elliott of Bromley; sisters, Dorothy Hildebrandt of Erlanger and Rebecca Elliott of Elsmere; and two grandchildren. Interment was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Taylor Mill.

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M. Jean Ferguson

M. Jean Marsh Ferguson, 80, of Highland Heights, formerly of Ludlow, died Oct. 11, 2011. She retired after 30 years as a customer service representative for the Kroger Co. and was a former union steward for Local No. 1099. She was a member of the Kroger Retirees Club and the Brighton Center. Her husband, Robert E. Ferguson, died in 2002. Survivors include her daughters, Darleen Wynn of Fort Wright and Kimberly Houp of Florence; son, James Houp of Ludlow; sisters, Betty Sanders and Glenna Marsh, both of Independence; brother, James R. “Bob” Marsh of Fort Wright; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two step grandchildren; and five step greatgrandchildren. Memorials: Hospice of St. Elizabeth, 483 S. Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017 or donor’s choice of a veteran’s organization.

Peggy Cook Fuller

Peggy Cook Fuller, 88, of Ironton, Ohio, formerly of Ashland, Ky., died Oct. 10, 2011, at her daughter’s home in Fort Mitchell. She was a secretary at Armco Steel in Ashland, Ky., during World War II and a homemaker. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Ashland and a Kentucky Colonel. Her husband, Don Fuller, died Aug. 13, 2011. Survivors include her daughter, Sherida Dougherty of Fort Mitchell; and grandchildren, Heath Battrell and Morgan Battrell. Entombment was at Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Heath/Morgan Battrell Fund, NTAF South Atlantic Kidney Transplant Fund, 150 N. Radnor Chest Road, Suite F-120, Radnor, PA 19087 or

Margie E. Gammal

Margie E. Kloentrup Gammal, 90, of Virginia Beach, Va., formerly of Latonia and St. Petersburg, Fla., died Oct. 13, 2011, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Virginia Beach, Va. She retired as assistant manager of Treasure Island Tennis & Yacht Club in Treasure Island, Fla., and was a member of Holy Cross Church in Latonia. She was an active Eucharistic minister. Her husband, Nicholas D. Gammal Jr.; granddaughter, Jordan Davis; and a brother, Webb Kloentrup, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Ranzy M. Gammal of Norfolk, Va.; son, Nicholas D. Gammal III of St. Petersburg, Fla.; brother, Tom Kloentrup of Taylor Mill; and one grandchild. Interment was in Mother of God

Cemetery, Fort Wright. Memorials: Alzheimer’s Association, 644 Linn St., Cincinnati, OH 45203.

Beulah Louise Gardner

Beulah Louise Gardner, 89, of Covington, died Oct. 16, 2011, at Rosedale Manor. She was a retired activity director at Rosedale Manor, a Kentucky Colonel and a member of Rosedale Baptist Church. She enjoyed reading and gardening. Her sister, JoAnn Meither, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Melissa Seibert of Independence and Mary Bedinghaus of Latonia; sons, Jeffrey Gardner and James Gardner, both of Cincinnati, and John Gardner of Huntington, Ind.; 10 grandchildren; and three greatgrandchildren. Interment was at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Memorials: Rosedale Baptist Church, 45th and Glenn, Covington, KY 41015.

Jerome R. Holloran

Jerome R. Holloran, 90, of Fort Mitchell, died Oct. 9, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was a U.S. Army World War II veteran. Survivors include his wife, Marguerite Holloran; sons, Terrence Holloran and Jordan Holloran, both of Fort Mitchell; daughters, Patricia Holloran of Burlington and Erin Kennedy of Maple Grove, Minn.; and four grandchildren.

M. Nathan Houston

M. Nathan Houston, 75, of Erlanger, died Oct. 9, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He retired from CG&E/ULH&P Co. after 35 years of service. He was a lifetime member of American Legion Post No. 203 and U.S. Navy Korean Conflict veteran, serving on the USS Telfair APA-210. He enjoyed playing softball and helped build Rolling Hills softball fields. A daughter, Veronica A. Houston, died in 2009. Survivors include his wife, Gloria Cox Houston; daughters, Margaret Frisch of Demossville and Heather Covert of Cincinnati; stepson, Tony Fryman of Latonia; brothers, Ralph C. Houston of Walton, Ted R. Houston of Florence and Ronald L. Houston of Erlanger; two grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Interment was in Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 2300 Wall St., Cincinnati, OH 45212 or St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Anna Mae O’Neill

Anna Mae O’Neill, 94, of Latonia, died Oct. 9, 2011, at Rosedale Manor in Latonia. She was a retired nurse’s aide

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and a member of St. Patrick Church. Her husband, Herbert F. O’Neill; daughters, Myrna Hornback and Wilma Jones; and a son, Melvin O’Neill, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Herbert O’Neill of Las Vegas and William O’Neill of Raleigh, N.C.; four grandchildren; and niece and caregiver, Dot Hungler of Taylor Mill. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at a later date at St. Patrick Church, Taylor Mill. Memorials: St. Patrick Church, 3285 Mills Road, Taylor Mill, KY 41015.

Edgar ‘Elmo’ Osborne

Edgar “Elmo” Osborne, 86, of Taylor Mill, died Oct. 13, 2011, at home. He was a member and deacon of Latonia Baptist Church. His first wife, Lanora Klaber Osborne; and second wife, Freida Thornton Rust Osborne, died previously. Survivors include his sons, Gary Osborne and Terry Rust, both of Morristown, Tenn., Paul Osborne of Phoenix, Rick Rust of Florence and Kirk Rust of Middlesex, N.C.; daughters, Gayle Erion of Taylor Mill and Anita Yelton of Morrow, Ohio; brother, Harvey Osborne of Henderson, Ky.; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Interment was at Turner Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery, Falmouth. Memorials: Latonia Baptist Church, 38th & Church St., Covington, KY 41015.

Dolores A. Rettig

Dolores A. Wotruba Rettig, 89, of Fort Wright, died Oct. 10, 2011, at Rosedale Manor. She was a homemaker. Her husband, George K. Rettig; and a son, William G. Rettig, died previously. Survivors include her son, Jim Rettig of Erlanger; daughters, Donna Meier of Crescent Springs and Nancy Rettig-Angle of Redondo Beach, Calif.; brother, George Wotruba of Chicago; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She donated her body to the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Memorials: St. Agnes Church, 1680 Dixie Hwy., Fort Wright, KY 41011 or Atria Highland Crossing, 400 Farrell Drive, Fort Wright, KY 41011.

Carl Tom Riggs

Carl Tom Riggs, 65, of Dry Ridge, died Oct. 10, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a laborer for 40 years with the Duro Paper Bag Co. in

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Richwood. His father, Emery Carlos Riggs, and a brother, Allen Riggs, died previously. Survivors include his mother, Mattie Lee Meadows Riggs of Elsmere; wife, Wanda Riggs; son, Paul Riggs of Latonia; stepdaughters, Amanda Brun of Covington and Angela Johnson of Dry Ridge; brother, John Riggs of Independence; sister, Alice Denton of Elsmere; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Burial was in Walton Cemetery.

Alta Mae Siereveld

Alta Mae Siereveld, 88, formerly of Taylor Mill, died Oct. 12, 2011, at Baptist Convalescent Center in Newport. Her husband, Art Siereveld, died in 1989. She assembled munitions at the Wadsworth Watch factory in Dayton, Ky., during World War II, was a homemaker, avid baker and University of Kentucky basketball fan. She was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church of Dayton, where she enjoyed working the rummage sales and handling the desserts for church suppers. She was an active member of the Dayton High School Band Boosters. Survivors include her sons, Steve Siereveld of Edgewood, Keith Siereveld of Newport, Dave Siereveld of Atlanta and Brett Siereveld of Harrison, Ohio; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Interment was at Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate. Memorials: First Presbyterian Church in Dayton.

Willard C. Slade

Willard C. Slade, 82, of Dry Ridge, died Oct. 14, 2011, at his residence. He was a retired customer accounting manager with C.G. & E. and a U.S. Army Korean War veteran. He was a deacon and trustee of Calvary Baptist Church, where he served for more than 35 years as the adult bible school superintendent. Survivors include his wife, Joyce Beach Slade; daughter, Jackie Sheaffer of Dry Ridge; sister, Della Snell of Latonia; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Interment was at Floral Hills Cemetery. Memorials: Calvary Baptist Church, 3711 Tibbatts, Latonia, KY or Calvary Christian School, 5955 Taylor Mill Road, Covington, KY 41015.

June Sprankel

June Sprankel, 83, of Covington, died Oct. 9, 2011, at Madonna Manor in Villa Hills.

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She was a homemaker, formerly worked at McAlpins and Pogues, and was a former member of Southside Baptist Church. Her husband, Harold Sprankel, and a daughter, Cheryl Ann Sheriff, died previously. Survivors include her son, Dale Alan Sprankel of Covington; daughters, Sandra Cleveland of Edgewood, Karen Kunkel of Taylor Mill, Penny Giles of Burlington, Rebecca Broomall of Alexandria and Whitney Blake Trusty of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 21 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Interment was at Highland Cemetery. Memorials: St. Charles Care Center, 500 Farrell Drive, Covington, KY 41011.

Hope Alexis Steiner

Hope Alexis Steiner, 4, of Independence, died Oct. 6, 2011, at Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati. She had a liver transplant at Children’s Hospital when she was two years old and developed many close friendships during her hospital stays. She enjoyed being a student at Summit View Preschool in Independence and learning her A,B,C’s, reading, playing on computers, coloring and listening to country music. Survivors include her parents, Patrick and Mary Steiner; sisters, Camille Steiner Snodgrass of Erlanger, Dawn Steiner of Walton, Andrea Steiner of Kenton County, and Kayla Steiner, Kyra Steiner and Heidi Steiner, all of Independence; niece, Skyler Steiner of Independence; and nephew, Kaedon Blaine of Walton. Interment was at St. Cecilia Cemetery, Independence. Memorials: Steiner Family c/o Chambers & Grubbs, 11382 Madison Pike, Independence, KY 41051.

Harold F. Strunk

Harold F. Strunk, 66, of Independence, died Oct. 10, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. Survivors include his sisters, Flonnie Hutson of Independence and Lizzie Gilliam of Athens, Ga.; and uncle, Loman Jeffers of Fairfield, Ohio. Interment was at Strunk Family Cemetery in Huntsville, Tenn.

Louise Vogelpohl, Rita Wagner, Alma Fricke, Rosie Fischer and Ray Knochelman; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Memorials: The Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky, 634 Scott St., Covington, KY 41014 or Blessed Sacrament Church, 2409 Dixie Hwy., Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Lynda Lou Walls

Lynda Lou Walls, 65, of Williamstown, died Oct. 14, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Williamstown. She was a homemaker. Her parents, Elvin Lou Conley and Alice Cummins Conley, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Jack Walls; daughters, Raegan Barber of Dry Ridge and Vicky Courtney of Williamstown; sons, Shane Walls of Dry Ridge, and Marty, Tracy and Travis Courtney, all of Boone County; and brothers, Randall Conley of Williamstown and Charles Conley of Taylor Mill. Burial was in Hill Crest Cemetery, Dry Ridge.

Minnie White

Minnie Clodella White, 89, of Latonia, died Oct. 12, 2011. She was a retired switchboard operator for St. Elizabeth Hospital and a member of Epworth Methodist Church. A son, Lonny Ray White, died previously. Survivors include her sons, William C. White and Gregory Van White; sisters, Kathleen Hargraves and Euleen Minor; and three grandchildren.

Michael J. Wilbers

Michael James Wilbers, 45, of Covington, died Oct. 13, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a farmer and a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Taylor Mill. Memorial service will be 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Taylor Mill. No visitation. Memorials: Communicating Arts Credit Union, In Memory of Michael J. Wilbers, Attn: Rhonda, 1717 Western Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45214.

Betty A. Vogelpohl

Betty A. Knochelman Vogelpohl, 86, of Lakeside Park, died Oct. 12, 2011. Her husband, Joseph H. Vogelpohl, died previously. Survivors include her children, Missy Vogelpohl, Barb Bruegge, Michael Vogelpohl and Fr. Daniel Vogelpohl; siblings, Ruth Manning,

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