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Donations to brighten holiday

By Regan Coomer

Can drive a success

Students at Ryland Heights Elementary and Whites Tower stacked up the cans in order to help those in need this holiday season. Between the two schools over 3,000 cans were collected to give to local food pantries. SCHOOLS, A6

The city of Taylor Mill wants the troops in Afghanistan to have good times and good snacks this holiday. The city, which sends packages to its adopted troop out of Fort Campbell as often as possible, will be sending out its Christmas shipment Dec. 10 and is asking the public to contribute snacks, games, personal items and anything else that might provide cheer to soldiers this season. Last month, Taylor Mill mailed a Nintendo Wii gaming system with games to the troop, a sustainment company attached to the Second Battalion 327th Infantry, to make their down time more enjoyable, City Administrator Jill Bailey said. “I always worry about what those poor guys and women do during their downtime and how much they really have an oppor-

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The city of Taylor Mill is collecting snacks, toiletries and hand-held games for its adopted troop in Afghanistan. Recently the city sent the troop a Wii gaming system and Little Debbie cakes, which were both greatly appreciated by the troop, a sustainment company attached to the Second Battalion 327th Infantry stationed out of Fort Campbell.

Covington Point/Arc honors 40 years 2010 wrestling season preview

As football has come to an end, high school wrestling is gearing up and Simon Kenton High School in Independence is ready to take the mat. Lead by Kevin Cooper, the Pioneers are heavy on experience with nine returning state qualifiers from last year. Read more about the team and the upcoming season. SPORTS, A6

By Regan Coomer

The Point/Arc of Northern Kentucky is celebrating 40 years of making the lives of special needs people in our region a little more joyful. The Covington organization, which works to provide social, educational, residential and vocational opportunities to people with special needs, will host the 40th Annual Joy to the World fundraiser at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, at the Drawbridge Inn in Fort Mitchell. Volunteers have been meeting since January to plan the event, which will feature music, raffles and

a live and silent auction. In past years, the event has attracted more than 700 people and raised around $100,000 for the nonprofit annually. “People look forward to it because it’s kind of the beginning of the holiday season for them,” said Judi Gerding, president of the Point. “It’s the first time they think about getting dressed in Christmas attire and going out and having a good time with friends and family.” Besides kicking off the holiday season, Joy to the World raises awareness about the Point’s mission and programs as well as makes it possible for the Point to remain less than 10 percent government-funded, Gerding said.

“Every dollar we generate is so important to us,” she said. Joy to the World co-chair Mindy Hodge agreed, saying funds generated “not only helps the group homes; it helps with the employment and training they do. Money from this goes toward every aspect of the Point.” Hodge said it’s important to support the Point because “people are finding there are more and more people with special needs. It’s a great cause.” A special appeal at the event will ask attendees to donate toward the purchase of a van for the Point’s newest group home set to open in Alexandria by the end of this year.

The Point houses around 30 special needs individuals at group homes located all over Northern Kentucky. The van is needed to drive residents to and from work, school, and social activities, Gerding said, adding that people who live in the homes become family. “Our houses are homes. Every resident is doing much more than they ever did at home. Our talent is to get them to their highest level,” Gerding explained. “Paul, who would have never made his own bed much less keep it made if someone was making it for him, is now making his own bed. That’s huge.” For more information call 859491-9191.

Erlanger council opposes smoking ban Christmas time

Local communities are gearing up to celebrate the holidays in style this year and the Community Recorder has a wrap up of some of the bigger events. Get the mittens out, mark the calendar, and enjoy some festivities with neighbors in your community. LIFE, B1

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By Jason Brubaker

The Erlanger City Council has unanimously approved a resolution that opposes a smoking ban in Kenton County. During a special meeting on Nov. 23, the council listened to arguments from several residents before approving the resolution, which will be sent to the Kenton County Fiscal Court. A potential first reading of the smoking ban ordinance by the fiscal court was delayed on Nov. 22, because that meeting was not properly advertised. “I feel like the fiscal court is trying to push this bill through at the last moment, and it’s just not right,” said Earl Cox, who owns

two Peecox Bar & Grill locations in Erlanger and Independence. “We should be able to run our business how we want to. We have enough ‘Big Brother’ in this country, and we don’t need more of it.” However, resident Minda Thompson disagreed. “We have laws in place to protect kids from purchasing tobacco, but we have nothing that protects them in a public place,” she said. “Twenty percent of all people with lung cancer are non-smokers, and if you’ve ever seen someone with lung cancer fighting to breathe, you’d understand just how debilitating this disease is.” After taking the comments from residents into account, the council briefly debated the issue before approving the resolution by

a vote of 9-0. Council members Corine Pitts and Tom Cahill were not present at the meeting. “I’ve also been touched by cancer in my family, but to me, this is about personal choice,” said council member Patty Suedkamp. “People make the decision to go to a place they enjoy, whether it’s smoking or non-smoking. If you don’t want to there because there’s smoking, then don’t go.” Councilman Randy Blankenship said his concerns with the smoking ban were centered more around enforcement issues, as well as the fact that since the ban would only apply to Kenton County, and not to surrounding areas, businesses could be adversely affected. “I think the government does have the right to protect public

safety, which is why we have things like the seat belt law,” he pointed out. “But, I think a smoking ban that isn’t state-wide would really affect cities like us, because it doesn’t make for a level playing field.” A few council members also expressed their disdain with the fiscal court not including the cities in the process of putting the ban ordinance together. Shane Longshore said the fiscal court members couldn’t answer questions at their meeting, and Suedkamp said she didn’t condone the court “trying to push this through like this.” The next meeting of the fiscal court is scheduled for Dec. 9, at the Kenton County Courthouse at 7 p.m., where the smoking ban is expected to be discussed.

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Donations tunity to enjoy some of the luxuries of home,” she said. “We just wanted to send them a little bit of home there.” The troop is stationed in Afghanistan for the next 12-18 months, Bailey said. As soon as the troop received the Wii, the city got an e-mail saying thanks for the gift, said Denise West, assistant to the city administrator. “We automatically got an e-mail saying the soldiers loved it. They were already playing it and they just loved it,” she said. For the December care package, West said residents can drop off items such as drink and soup mixes, gum, beef jerky, hard candy and Girl Scout cookies to mail to the troop,

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West said. Little Debbie cakes are another favorite, West said, adding that excepting chocolate, just about any snack is OK to mail. “They’re asking for anything they can pick and go with,” she said. “Anything that doesn’t need to be microwaved or heated.” While a local Girl Scout troop is making Christmas cards to send to the soldiers, residents are welcomed and encouraged to do the same, West said. “I will make room for whatever they want me to ship,” she said. For more information about items needed, call 581-3234. Donations can be dropped off at the city building, 5225 Taylor Mill Road.

Appreciate your neighbor The South Covington Community Action Association will have their annual Guest Appreciation Gathering Thursday, Dec. 9, at Hands Pike Fire House, 1255 Hand Pike at 7 p.m.

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Teen cancer survivor a leader in taekwondo By Regan Coomer

Fifteen-year-old Adam Steele got a little emotional when he found out he was accepted into the American Taekwondo Association’s Grand Leadership program Nov. 29 at Independence Christian Church. Steele, a Simon Kenton High School sophomore and Independence resident, is a three-time cancer survivor who admittedly got “tearyeyed” when he heard the good news. “I was extremely extremely surprised. It’s a very good thing for me, especially after what I’ve gone through and what the Grand Master went through,” he said, referring to a letter he wrote to the Grand Master, offering his support because someone in the Grand Master’s family battled cancer. Steele also wrote to the Grand Master of his plan to start a Relay for Life team at SKHS for the Kenton County event next May. The Grand Master responded with a ‘thank you letter’ and his intention to pay for Steele to participate in the program, which

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Angie Steele (right) congratulates her son Adam Steele, a three-time cancer survivor, after finding out he will soon begin a taekwondo leadership program that will teach him how to run his own taekwondo school one day.


Simon Kenton High School sophomore Adam Steele, 15, is a three-time cancer survivor who has earned his black belt in Taekwondo. Steele got emotional Nov. 29 when he found out he will soon begin the American Taekwondo Association’s Grand Leadership program. The association’s Grand Master decided to pay for Steele’s leadership program fees after he received a letter from Steele about starting a Relay for Life program at Simon Kenton. Here Steele receives a handshake and congratulations from Chief Instructor Tom Turner. costs around $500 and qualifies students to teach the art of taekwondo to others.

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ing about starting the leadership program. “It’s all he’s talked about for six months,” David Steele said. “It’s a dream for him. He’s my hero.” At the age of 3, Steele was diagnosed with nonHodgkins lymphoma and went through treatment. At age 7, the cancer returned and after another round of treatment, the cancer again went into remission. When Steele was 11, doctors found that Steele had XLP, or X-linked lymphoproliferative disorder, a disease that only affects boys and usually ends in death by the age of 11. While his chances of survival were slim, after a bone-marrow transplant, Steele beat the odds again. “I didn’t want to give up,” Steele, now a black belt, said of taekwondo. “If I’d given up before when I was battling cancer I wouldn’t be here today.”

school students and will outline possible actions to better prepare students for high school. “This is a crucial period in students’ lives,” said Sen. Westwood, a retired teacher. “It is at this point in a student’s life that we often see deep drop-offs in reading and math skills. We must find solutions to this growing problem in order to cultivate these important job skills in our children.” The commission will look for ways to improve career and college readiness by ensuring more 8th graders leave for high school prepared with the education tools need to thrive in today’s international job market. The SREB is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works with 16 member states to improve public preK-12 and higher education. Founded by the region's governors and legislators in 1948, SREB was America's first interstate compact for education. Today it is the only regional education compact that works directly with state leaders, schools and educators to improve teaching, learning and student achievement at every level of education. Senator Westwood serves as Chairman of the Budget Review Subcommittee on General Government, Finance, and Public Protection as well as the Vice Chair of the Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection Committee. He is also a member of the Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee; the Economic Development, Tourism & Labor Committee; the Education Committee; the Judiciary Committee; and the Health and Welfare Committee. Senator Westwood represents the 23rd Senate District, which includes northern Kenton County.


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Ken Lucas has spent decades in public service and during a Nov. 16 luncheon he was honored for that commitment. Kids Voting USA Northern Kentucky gave Lucas its civic leadership award at the Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront in Covington. Jim Cutter of Cutter Construction, president of the group’s board of directors, said Lucas has been a public servant most of his life. “So it’s not anyone specific thing, it’s just been a combination of what he’s given back his entire career to our community,” he said. Kids Voting USA Northern Kentucky, a non-partisan and nonprofit group, oversees a mock election at polling locations on Election Day. As adults vote in the actual election, children are given a separate ballot. In the Nov. 2 general election, children voted for U.S. Senate, U.S. House and two ballot questions that adults didn’t have. Those questions were about

schools requiring students to complete community service projects and a restaurant smoking ban in Northern Kentucky. The organization started in 2000 in Kenton County. Boone and Campbell counties were added later. Lucas, 77, began his public service in the U.S. Air Force and served in the Air National Guard. He also became a Florence City Council member, Boone County commissioner, Boone County judge-executive and U.S. congressman. A Democrat, he currently works as commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs. Republican Kenton County Judge-executive Ralph Drees, who spoke about Lucas during the luncheon, noted there are only 435 members of the U.S. House and called it an honor to be one. He said Lucas kept his word about only serving six years. Lucas said there were high spots in all the political offices he held but Congress was the one he enjoyed the most.


Former Boone County judge-executive and U.S. Rep. Ken Lucas and wife Mary Lucas attended the Kids Voting USA Northern Kentucky Civic Leadership Awards luncheon on Nov. 16 at the Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront in Covington. Ken Lucas received the group’s civic leadership award. Lucas can’t stay away from public service. When asked why he came back to serve in Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration, Lucas said he never learned how to relax. “We have a home in Florida and I go down there and I play golf a couple of times a week and then I’m bored,” said Lucas, who lives in Union. “So when I had this opportunity, I jumped at it

because I just feel like I have more to give. ... I don’t know how to retire.” Lucas said he won’t run for elective office again. He didn’t seek a fourth term to the U.S. House in 2004. Two years later he ran to get his old seat back but lost to Republican incumbent Geoff Davis. For more about your community, visit

Convention center expansion sought A broad-based group of Northern Kentucky business, government and community leaders gathered Nov. 29 to pledge their support for the proposed expansion of the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington. The event at The Metropolitan Club in Covington was designed to reaffirm the community’s support for the proposed expansion before an audience that included members of the Kentucky General Assembly, including lawmakers from the Northern Kentucky Legislative Caucus. Operators of the center are seeking $3 million in

state funding for the initial planning of the $51 million expansion. The $3 million will pay for engineering, architectural and feasibility studies while allowing the center to perform routine maintenance and other work. “While the total project is estimated at $51 million we should remember that if we get $3 million now, we can get the preliminary work necessary to keep the project moving forward,” said State Rep. Sal Santoro, RFlorence, chairman of the Northern Kentucky Legislative Caucus. The state-owned convention center is self-sus-


Chamber provides map to area’s economic growth

Lucas, longtime public servant, honored By Paul McKibben

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taining and since opening in 1998 has attracted more than 2,200 events that have had a $1 billion economic impact on the region. But due to space and other limitations center operators estimate they have lost 217,719 room nights that would have gen-


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erated an additional $106 million in economic impact. “With numbers like these it is clear that an expansion of the convention center will pay for itself,” said Dan Fay, president of the Northern Kentucky Hotel and Lodging Association and chairman of the Regional Tourism Network.

On Nov. 23 the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce presented its 2011 legislative priorities at its annual “Where We Stand” event, a gathering of 120 people including members of the Northern Kentucky Legislative Caucus and the Chamber’s Board of Directors, Board of Advisors and Public Policy Committee members. “While we’re coming out of the recession, we’re not coming out of it fast enough,” said Chamber chair Eric Haas. “Unemployment remains high in Northern Kentucky and we need to create an environment for growth. The General Assembly and the governor can send a strong message to businesses that Kentucky is open for business by moving our positions forward.” “Where We Stand” represents eight months of work by approximately 300 representatives of small, medium and large businesses who make up the Chamber’s public policy committees. The Chamber’s policy recommendations include: • Enhancing Kentucky’s job creation and retention efforts by strengthening tax credit and incentives programs. • Providing new tools for the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport to retain existing carriers and attract new air service to the region. • Prioritizing the state’s

investments in education by reviewing expenditures in Medicaid, prevailing wage, the state’s pension programs and corrections costs. • Keeping taxes on businesses low and eliminating costly environmental and healthcare mandates in order to provide certainty for Northern Kentucky business community. “We believe our policy positions provide the General Assembly and governor with a roadmap to economic prosperity and we look forward to being a resource to them during the regular session,” said Lytle Thomas, the Chamber’s vice chairman for business advocacy. “We cannot afford to see additional job loss in our region and we look forward to partnering with lawmakers to identify solutions to what ails our economy. We will use all the tools available to us to amplify the voices of Northern Kentucky’s job creators in Frankfort next year, including the 675 members of the Chamber’s Grassroots Network.” Additional details on the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s “Where We Stand” policy agenda can be found at

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‘Little boy with big heart’

Fund set up for Park Hills police officer’s 6-month-old By Regan Coomer

Park Hills Police Officer Cyrus Harris is the proud father of 6-month-old Logan, a heart surgery survivor known as the “little boy with a big heart.” When Harris and his wife, Jocelyn, took their son for his six-month checkup Nov. 8, they expected a routine in-and-out visit. That changed when doctors detected a heart defect that was keeping blood and oxygen from going into one side of Logan’s heart. Immediate action was taken to correct the condition, called supracardiac total anomolous pulmonary venous return, something usually diagnosed in infancy, Harris said. While Logan is now home and recovering from

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To donate to the Harris family, visit any PNC Bank branch and request to donate to the “Logan David Harris Guardianship.” The funds will assist the Harris family with future medical expenses. For more information, call the Park Hills Police Department at 431-6172. surgery, it was a scary day for the Union family. “A chaplain grabbed my arm and said, ‘You’ve done all you’ve could. It’s in God’s hands,’” Harris recalled. Logan had been sick several times before his check-up, but doctors said it was just a result of germs brought home by the cou-

ple’s first-grader, Angel. “There’s so many unknowns. We didn’t know he had a heart condition,” Harris said. “You go to the hospital and expect to walk out of there with antibiotics and the next thing you know, you hear your son crying and he stops crying because he can’t cry anymore.” After staying in the cardiac intensive care unit at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Logan returned home Nov. 22. “It was a relief. It was so scary, but bringing him home was awesome. He’s full of smiles,” Harris said. Logan is on the road to recovery, but he will be a cardiac patient at least until the age of about 16 and possibly for the rest of his life, Harris said. To help with some of the

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current and future medical costs to the family, the Park Hills Police Department has set up an account at PNC Bank in Logan’s name, Police Chief Amy Schworer said. “I know the medical bills are probably mounting. I know what kind of pay we make and we knew he’d be looking at a substantial amount of time off work,” she said. “I know they’re overwhelmed not knowing the long-term prognosis and knowing it will be a lifelong battle.” Harris said he is grateful not only for the help of his community and fellow officers, but also for Logan’s timely homecoming. “Thanksgiving is more of a celebration for his recovery. That’s what we’re celebrating on Thanksgiving,” he said.

Miles’ stock teams get real-world lessons By Jason Brubaker

Nathan Fuller knows to make money on the stock market, you may have to ride out a few rough patches. “There were a couple times we had stock drop and some people wanted to get rid of it right away,” said Fuller. “But, we learned that it’s not always the right thing to sell quickly, and sometimes you have to be patient to see what happens.” What makes this unusual is that Fuller isn’t a stock broker or financial analyst on Wall Street. He’s a fifthgrader at Erlanger’s Miles Elementary, where he was one of the students chosen

to be on the school’s firstever stock market team. The school had approximately 16 students, split into four teams, who participated in the state-wide program this fall. “It’s a great learning tool, and I think the kids really enjoyed themselves,” said teacher Nina Buddell, one of the coaches. “For our first time doing this, I think we did pretty well.” The stock market program is an initiative of the Kentucky Council on Economic Education, and features two separate programs, “Take Stock in Kentucky” and “The Stock Market Game,” both of which allow teams of students to play the stock market with hypothetical funds. Each

game lasts around two months, and teams are given a bank account with $100,000 that is used to purchase stock. Since this was the first year Miles was participating, Buddell and fellow coach Scott Kimberlin decided to join the “Take Stock in Kentucky” program, which gives students a list of stocks from only Kentuckybased companies. “We figured it was better to have a smaller list since we weren’t quite sure how this was going to go,” explained Buddell. “They still had plenty of options, but it helped rein things in a little.” Each team was then responsible for researching companies, studying eco-


The Park Hills Police Department has set up a fund for Officer Cyrus Harris’ son Logan, who recently underwent major heart surgery. Residents are welcome to donate to the fund, the Logan David Harris Guardianship at any PNC Bank branch.

“They started talking about percent gains and profit margins and using terms like that, and it was really cool to see how invested they were in the whole project.” Scott Kimberlin

nomic trends, buying shares and deciding when to sell, all in order to make the biggest profit. “Even though it wasn’t really money, I noticed the kids were incredibly conscientious with their spending,” said Kimberlin. “They started talking about percent gains and profit margins and using terms like that, and it was really cool to see how invested they were in the whole project.” Kimberlin also said the students, who are all in the school’s Gifted and Talented program, based many of their stock decisions on real-world scenarios, taking

the project to a new level. “With the holidays coming up, they started researching companies who do well at this time of year, ” he said. “It was impressive to see how they applied logic to their choices.” Indeed, fifth-grader Angelica Murphy said there was a lot of research required before her team could make any decisions. “We looked up all kinds of information, but it was kind of fun too, because we got to make all the decisions,” she said. “I think it definitely helped me learn how to spend money more wisely, and it made me look

at things a little differently.” Beyond the lessons learned, the Miles’ teams also experienced success in the rankings, with one team finishing second in the region and 10th in the state, having secured a profit of more than $4,000 from their stocks. Given the success of the teams, both Buddell and Kimberlin said they plan to participate again in the program next spring. “They were having so much fun with it that they didn’t realize how much they were learning,” said Kimberlin. “It’s just a terrific program.”

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Kenton schools collect 3K of canned goods

By Regan Coomer

Students at Ryland Heights Elementary and White’s Tower Elementary collected more than 3,000 canned goods for a local food pantry and troops overseas. At Ryland Heights, the school collected close to 2,000 non-perishable food items for its annual

Stuff the Turkey canned food drive. For an extra 10 minutes at recess, students collected so eagerly during the eight days of the drive that some of them took food from their pantries without asking their parents first, chuckled Cathy Cool, a fifth-grade teacher at the school. “Next year we’ll have to add a note – ask your parents first, don’t


Ryland Heights Elementary collected close to 2,000 nonperishable food items for Action Ministries in Latonia. Action Ministries weighed the items, which came in at 1,747 pounds, 400 pounds more than last year.

just take them,” she laughed. Every year around Thanksgiving the school holds the drive for Action Ministries in Latonia. Last year, the food collected weighed in at 400 pounds less than the collection this year, Cool said. Cool’s students spearheaded the drive by collecting and organizing numbers data, using adding and subtraction to keep track and making graphs to display the results of each classroom’s collection per day. “Service learning teaches them the same things we’re supposed to be teaching them anyway; with a service learning project they’re so actively involved in it and they see why they need to know something like this,” she said. This is the second year White’s Tower Elementary’s student council collected items to send overseas. The council made posters, talked to each classroom, made daily announcements and collected all items from each classroom, said Eleanor Terwort, student council sponsor. More than 1,000 items, including snacks, small games and toiletries will be sent in care packages to soldiers in the 1-320th Field Artillery 101st Airborne divi-


Ryland Heights Elementary students Mia Thomas and Peyton Jones help with the school’s annual Stuff the Turkey Canned Food Drive Nov. 23. sion, Terwort said. The Independence school’s students collected all of the items during just one school week, Nov. 15-19. “I was very impressed by the outpouring of support for the

troops,” she said. “We brainstormed and decided a collection would be good – they’re not going to be home for the holidays, so we wanted to let them know White’s Tower is thinking about them.”

Gateway seeks opinions on proposed urban campus Community Recorder Gateway Community and Technical College and its partners in developing an Urban Campus in downtown Covington want the public’s opinion about the kinds of

programs and services that the proposed campus should offer. As a follow-up to previous public forums in Covington, community input sessions are scheduled in Bellevue and Dayton. All sessions are open to any

interested citizen, regardless of where one lives. Dec. 2: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Bellevue City Building, Callahan Center, 616 Poplar St., Bellevue. Dec. 9: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Dayton Jack Moreland Board of Education

Building, 200 Clay St., Dayton. Sessions are sponsored by Southbank Partners and facilitated by the Center for Great Neighborhoods and Vision 2015. Complimentary soft drinks and appetizers will be provided by the

Gateway Foundation. The Urban Campus partnership includes Gateway, the Covington Independent Public Schools, Kenton County Public Library, the Gateway Foundation, City of Covington, TANK and Kenton County.

Edie Chow named teacher of the month Edie Chow, a teacher at Beechgrove Elementary, was named the November Kenton County School District and Fischer Homes Teacher of the Month. Each month teachers are chosen based on how they implement two of the district’s three goals in an exemplary way. The district’s three goals are: All students will perform at or above grade level in numeracy and literacy at each transition

point; all ‘professional practices’ will be based on a common understanding of quality instruction and best practice for every student, in every classroom, every day; and beginning in the fourth grade, all students will participate in at least one activity providing a meaningful connection to school beyond the regular classroom. Chow was selected based on her outstanding instructional practice.


Edie Chow, a teacher at Beechgrove Elementary School, Independence, was named the November Kenton County School District and Fischer Homes Teacher of the Month for her outstanding instructional practice. Pictured is Chow with her fifth-grade class.

Family makes donation to Covington Catholic High Dr. Robert and Jean Longshore and their daughter, Mary Lynn Duncan, have made a generous donation to Covington Catholic High School. The donation was made for the establishment of the LongshoreDuncan Scholarship Fund. This scholarship will help fund the school’s tuition assistance program. Dr. Longshore made the decision to pursue the scholarship while reading an article in the school’s quarterly publication, “The Journal.” The article detailed Covington Catholic’s commitment to financially needy students. A Newport Central Catholic graduate, Longshore’s connection to CCH comes through his grandsons, Mary Lynn’s sons David and Kevin Duncan, both Covington Catholic graduates in 2007 and 2008 respectively. One of Covington Catholic’s


Donors Mary Lynn Duncan (left), Jean Longshore and Robert Longshore with Covington Catholic High School Principal Bob Rowe and CCH Development Director Sue Finke.

principal objectives is to guarantee financial aid to any student who is admitted but who lacks the financial means to pay full tuition. Endowed scholarships like the Longshore-Duncan Fund are established specifically for need based financial aid. The minimum requirement to establish a scholarship is $10,000. Scholarships are invested such that the principal is protected into perpetuity and the interest is used to support annual tuition needs. Once a family qualifies for financial aid, the student is awarded tuition assistance through the work study program. Students are then required to work in the program in order to receive the financial aid. The decision to tie all scholarships to work study reflects Covington Catholic’s commitment to conservative values, hard work and simplicity.

There are currently 19 Endowed Scholarships at Covington Catholic: • Blank Family • Jon Gallenstein • Joe Hackett • Nancy Holbrook • Jim and Bert Huff • Scott Knochelman • Richard C. Kreinest • Annette T. Lucas • W. Bruce Lunsford • John L. Muething • Jeff Pfetzer • William and Joan Wernersbach Robinson III • Dick and Nancy Roeding Family • Tim Shields and Class of 1961 • Artie Steinmetz • Jeff Strunk • Dan Tieman • Gerry and Bonnie Thelen Family • The Ken and Mary Wulfeck Family



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Simon basketball on air

Steve Jarnicki will provide live radio play-by-play coverage for all regular season Simon Kenton High School varsity basketball games during this season, including the postseason. Jarnicki will host a 30 minute pre-game show that will air prior to tipoff before every game, featuring an interview with Trent Steiner, head basketball coach of Simon Kenton. The games will air on radio station WQRT Real Talk 1160 and online at, with the exception of games played on Dec. 7, 22, Jan. 4 and 29. These four games will be pre-empted by Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball. These games will air on WCVX Victory 1050 and

Player of the year

Thomas More College midfielder Dan Miller, an Elder High School graduate, was named President’s Athletic Conference Player of the Year, Nov. 17. Miller, who was also named first-team, All-PAC, was third on team in scoring with 18 points on five goals and a team-high eight assists. He also helped the defense hold the oppoMiller sition to 18 goals in 20 matches, including 10 shutouts. Joining Miller on the All-PAC first team was senior forward Aaron Osborne, a LaSalle High School graduate, and freshman forward Marco Rosas. Osborne, who appeared in 14 matches, led the team in scoring with 22 points on a team-high 10 goals and two assists. Rosas was second on the team in scoring with 19 points on nine goals and one assist. Named honorable mention All-PAC was senior midfielder Adam Bertke, an Elder grad; junior defender Keith Kreidenweis, another Elder grad; and senior defender Drew Nichols, an Oak Hills High School graduate. Bertke, Kreidenweis and Nichols all helped anchor the Saints' defense that held the opposition to 18 goals in 20 matches, including 10 shutouts. Nichols also added one assist this season. The Saints finished the season 12-6-2 overall and 4-3 in the PAC and won the PAC Championship Tournament title for the second straight year and advanced to the NCAA Division III Championship for the second straight year.


Thomas More College had five women’s soccer studentathletes named All-Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) on Nov. 17, by the Conference’s head coaches. Named to the first team was sophomore midfielder Abby Gindling, a Seton High School graduate; and senior defender Alex Crouch. Gindling led the team in scoring as she had 21 points on a team-high eight goals, including three game-winning goals, and five assists. Crouch scored on goal, while helping anchor the Saints defense that only gave up five goals and held their opposition to 150 shots and recorded 13 shutouts Freshman forward Courtney Clark, a Notre Dame Academy graduate; and sophomore midfielder Chrissy Sonderman, a Holy Cross High school grad, were named to the second team. Clark was second on the team in scoring with 14 points on seven goals, including a teamhigh four game-winning goals. Sonderman was fourth on the team in scoring with 10 points on four goals and two assists

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Pioneer wrestling deep, experienced

By James Weber

Kevin Cooper leads a deep and experienced group for the Simon Kenton High School wrestling team. Cooper is one of nine returning state qualifiers for the Pioneers, who were third in the regional meet last year. He was state runner-up at 130 pounds, his second career medal. His three brothers and three cousins have won seven titles and 18 medals for the Cooper and Pioneer names. Cooper won the regional title over Ryle’s Austin Palmer at 130 last year. Palmer, now graduated, reversed that result in the state final. Other returning state qualifiers are Joey Parrot, Jared Yocum, Drew Harris, David Bergman, Cody Herald, Ryan Stevens and David Bahr. Colin Patrick is a top newcomer. Nathan Gilbert returns for his second year as head coach after four years as an assistant. “Our young talent is finally growing up,” Gilbert said. “It’s time to live up to potential. The boys are hungry.” SK opens up with Ryle Dec. 1 at Simon Kenton. The Pioneers will then go to the Oldham County Super Duals Dec. 4. Other teams in Kenton County:

Dixie Heights

The Colonels return five starters for veteran head coach Ken Simmons. Anthony Castellano is ranked ninth in the state at


Simon Kenton’s Kevin Cooper rolls over Scott’s Stephen Supe last year. 119. Chris Sikra is ranked seventh at 125. Juniors Zack Morris, Trong Le and Charlie Cornett are also returning starters. Top newcomers early on include eighth-grader Joey Scaggs and freshman Austin Jackson. Castellano and Sikra both won three matches at the state meet last year. Sikra was third in the region at 119. Castellano was a couple of points away from

placing in the top eight at state last year. Dixie has no seniors among its 19 varsity wrestlers, so Simmons expects some growing pains this year but improvement for the future. Dixie starts the year Dec. 4 at the Walton-Verona Duals. Dixie’s lone home meet is Jan. 5 against Finneytown.


The Bulldogs graduated

their lone state qualifier from a year ago in Brandon Wren. No further information was available on the Bulldogs.


Don Graven returns for his third year as head coach. He returns three state qualifiers and seven starters overall including Richard Supe, Drew Miller, Brandon Robbins, Matt Severin,

Ryan Sowder, Cody Woodall, and Austin Carmony. Supe finished seventh last year at 119 pounds and was second in the region. Drew Miller qualified at 125 and Carmony at 189. Miller was third in the region. Scott graduated two placers in Stephen Supe and Zach Sowder. Top newcomers include Mckenzy Brackens and Jadon Ponder.

Bowling under way in Northern Kentucky By James Weber

The high school bowling season has begun in Northern Kentucky. Most schools have rolled two matches so far. Teams can win seven points per match. A match is a combination of six separate team games and total-pin score. Bowling is not sanctioned by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association, but will be beginning with the 2011-2012 season. There will be a state championship this coming March as in past years. Covington Catholic and Notre Dame lead Kenton schools in the early going.

Most of the matches are on Thursday afternoons, with most teams resuming action Dec. 2.


District 1: Cooper 10-4, Simon Kenton 7-7, Boone County 6-8, Ryle 4-10, Conner 1-13. District 2: Campbell County 131, Covington Catholic 10-4, Highlands 8-6, Scott 6-8, Dixie Heights 5-9. District 3: Newport 20-1, Brossart 13.5-7.5, Newport Central Catholic 11-3, Bellevue 9-5, Dayton 9-5. District 4: Walton-Verona 7-7, Lloyd 5.5-8.5, Holy Cross 4-10, St. Henry 2-12, Villa Madonna 2-12,

Beechwood 1-13. Top averages: Spencer Caudle (Walton-Verona) 225.5, Zach Lawson (Scott) 213.25, Paul Hoeh (Newport) 206.5, Chris Fecher (Simon Kenton) 205.25, Jon Spears (Conner) 205, Tyler Losey (Campbell County) 200, Zac Dicken (Cooper) 197.75, Zach Day (Dixie) 195.5, A.J. Crone (SK) 193.25, Grant Boswell (Newport) 189.


District 1: Cooper 14-0, Boone County 4-10, Ryle 4-10, Conner 212, Simon Kenton 2-12. District 2: Campbell County 140, Notre Dame 12-2, Scott 10-4, Dixie Heights 5-9, Highlands 3-11.

District 3: Newport 17-4, Bishop Brossart 14-7, Dayton 11-3, NCC 6-8. District 4: Lloyd 10-4, St. Henry 7-7, Holy Cross 4-10, Villa Madonna 1-13, Beechwood 0-14. Top averages: Katlyn Hoeh (Newport) 197.67, Julie Ampfer (Campbell County) 192.75, Sara DeMoss (Campbell County) 182.25, Erica Biddle (Campbell County) 181.75, Megan Kindoll (Scott) 169.5, Alli Haggard (Conner) 163.5, Jordan Mastin (Scott) 161.75, Amanda Krebs (Boone) 159.25, Megan Scheper (Holy Cross) 156.25, Kelsey Hackman (NDA) 154.25, Rebecca Coleman (Dayton) 152.25.

Bluegrass-Buckeye Charity games return Dec. 11-12 The Bluegrass-Buckeye Holiday Charity Classic returns to The Bank of Kentucky Center Dec. 11-12. There will be six games between top boys’ high school basketball programs from Kentucky and Ohio, with all of the proceeds benefiting the Neediest Kids of All and Ruth Lyons Children’s Fund. The schedule of games (Kentucky vs. Ohio):

Saturday, Dec. 11


From Eagle to Wildcat

Scott High School senior Lauren O’Conner signed to play volleyball for Division I Kentucky in November. She is with parents, Brian and Karen O’Conner.

5:30 p.m. Dixie Heights High School vs. Colerain High School; 7 p.m. Holmes High School vs. Aiken High School; and 8:30 p.m. Louisville Male High School vs. Taft High School.

Sunday, Dec. 12

1 p.m. Ryle High School vs. Oak Hills High School; 2:30 p.m. Mason County High School vs. Princeton High School; and 4 p.m. Covington Catholic High School vs. St. Xavier High School. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and free for ages six and under. Tickets can be purchased at participating high schools, The Bank of Kentucky Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets including select Kroger stores, online at or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. For information visit the event’s page at www. bluegrassbuckeye.asp.

Sports & recreation

December 2, 2010

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Brumfield leads River Monsters first draft The Northern Kentucky River Monsters football organization announced the team’s first draft picks from the Ultimate Indoor Football

League (UIFL) annual draft in Canton, Ohio. With the organizations first pick, third overall, they selected receiver Sly Brum-

field, an indoor football league veteran; offensive lineman George Frisch (second round); quarterback Jon D’Angelo (third round) and receiver Greg Johnston (fourth round). Sly Brumfield, 5’9”, 170 lbs., WR/DB/KR, is a fouryear indoor football veteran, most recently for the Erie Storm of the American Indoor Football Association. A 2005 AIFA all-star performer, he played at Phoenix College, where he was a preseason all-American at cornerback. He is the


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cousin of former NFL player Trung Canidater. George Frisch, 6’5”, 310 lbs., OL, was the team’s second round draft pick after starring at Division III Marietta, where he was a threeyear starter at left tackle and an All-OAC pick as a senior. He was picked to play in the Senior Bowl following his senior season. Jon D’Angelo, 6’1”, 215 lbs., QB, was the first quarterback taken in the UIFL draft, being taken in the third round. He played line-

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Veterans remembered

Kentucky Commissioner for Veterans Affairs, Ken Lucas was the Guest Speaker for Piner Elementary's Veterans Day Assembly. Pictured is Principal Christi Jefferds and Commissioner Lucas.

Just say no to earmarks

addicted-to-spending politician must accept that while one earmark may not throw America off the economic precipice, it makes it easier to vote for the second one. Citizens Against Government Waste reported that lawmakers spent $20 billion on 10,160 earmark projects in 2009, compared with 546 such projects worth $3.2 billion in 1991. Overall, nearly 110,000 earmarks worth $307.8 billion made their way into spending bills since 1991. Like one of McConnell’s predecessor as Minority Leader, Sen. Everett Dirksen, R-Ill., supposedly told late-night talk show host Johnny Carson: “A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you’re talking real money.” One sure sign that a politician should check into Spending Anonymous right away is when they begin to slur something along the lines of “We need these earmarks to revitalize a poor state like Kentucky.” However, as the coalition report notes: “West Virginia has received $2.94 billion in pork since 1991 and still ranks 49th in the country in per capita income, making it hard to argue that pork spending does much for economic development.” Perhaps we just need a Spenders Anonymous meeting in Congress with a 12-step program for all the recovering spenders. I suggest the first step be something along the lines of what Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., admitted when he agreed to the moratorium: “I’m a recovering earmarker.” “Hello, Jim!” Second Step: When in doubt, addicted politicians should check with their “sponsors” – taxpayers who never get to change their minds about politicians using their hard-earned money to build roads to nowhere other than to the national poorhouse. Take it from one of them: I’ve always been more than willing to help them “manage” Washington’s waste. They’ve just been too busy drinking at the public trough to ask. Jim Waters is vice president of policy and communications for the Bluegrass Institute, Kentucky’s free-market think tank. Reach him at jwaters@ Read previously published columns at



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He was for them before he Jim Waters was against Community them. Recorder But when it guest comes to earmarks – spendcolumnist ing items usually tucked into unrelated legislation by individual lawmakers – at least Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., chose to flipflop in the right direction. McConnell faces a bigger challenge than most to go “cold turkey,” considering his penchant for earmark requests. He got nearly $2 million for a forage animal production laboratory in Lexington and nearly $1 million each for a bikeway project at WKU and a lab researching animal waste management in Bowling Green. Those came last year in just one general spending bill. His recent Senate floor statement announcing he would back an earmarks moratorium reminded me more of Linus losing his blanket than of some genuine desire to spend less on pork-barrel projects. “I know the good that has come from the projects I have helped support throughout my state,” McConnell said in the statement. I thought I might need a hankie.But taxpayers? Not so tearyeyed, at least not according to the latest election results. Most addicts – including those hooked on frivolously spending of taxpayer money – suffer withdrawal, often signaled by statements of justification. I’ve heard them frequently about earmarks: “In the overall scheme of government spending, it’s a drop in the bucket.” “If we don’t’ spend the money in Kentucky, someone else will.” Yes, the premise holds water that in the overall scheme of spending and with a $1.3 trillion deficit, cutting $16.5 million worth of earmarks – less than half of 1 percent of federal discretionary spending – means little. But ask an honest alcoholic and he or she will say: One drink isn’t a big deal to those who don’t struggle with alcohol. But for those who do, teetotaling is the only way to go to ensure the drinking doesn’t get out of control. In the same way, a recovering


Hearing the people’s voice Budgets are all about choices. It is the responsibility of any small business owner to map out a budget and make the tough decisions in order to successfully grow their business. Likewise, it is incumbent upon individuals and families to ensure they do not spend more than they have coming in each month. When a business or family ends up deeply in debt, they must make and follow through with a plan to meet their obligations and restore their budget to balance. So, why is it that the federal government has exempted itself from this common sense responsibility of budgeting and laying out a plan? As you may recall, in July, I wrote a column discussing President Obama’s warning when he said, “Next year, when I start presenting some very difficult choices to the country, I hope some of these folks who are hollering about deficits and debt step up. Because I'm calling their bluff.” Just as I said in July, this raises the question as to whose bluff the president is calling and why wait to make these tough choices until next year? The time to act is now. The American people made it clear when they went to the polls on Election Day that they want representatives who are willing to take action on real solutions to Washington’s spending problems. Over the last six months, my Republican colleagues and I have offered nearly $155 billion in cuts chosen by voters through YouCut to change the culture of runaway spending. YouCut allows the American people to vote on targeted spending cuts that we then

bring to the House floor every week that Congress has been in session. These cuts have included terminating the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) and eliminating taxpayer funding of National Public Radio. Weeks after a historic election, the Democratic majority in the House has continued to vote against sensible YouCut proposals while failing to offer any alternatives. To make matters worse, under Speaker Pelosi’s direction, the House of Representatives failed to pass a budget this year for the first time since 1974. A clear message was sent by the American people to Washington this November. Eighty-five new Republicans were elected to the House of Representatives courtesy of fed up taxpayers, small business owners and American families. Among these members, 33 come to the table with small business experience and, as Rep.-elect Austin Scott, Ga.-8th District, has pointed out, “know what it is like to sign the front of a paycheck, not just the back of one.” Moving forward, we must make it a major priority to get federal spending under control. The massive federal debt (now $13.6 trillion) and the unsustainable deficits (nearly $1.29 trillion in the fiscal year that ended on Sept. 30) is a drag on our economic growth and could be a threat to our national security. My Republican colleagues and I have put forth a plan in the Pledge to America to start getting Washington’s spending problem under control. The first step must

be to revert federal spending to pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels, which will save about U.S. Rep. $100 billion Geoff Davis almost immediCommunity ately. In addiRecorder tion to across the board guest spending reduccolumnist tions, we will also continue the YouCut program to single out programs and other specific spending areas that are not a good use of limited taxpayer dollars. Additionally, we must move forward with a constitutional amendment requiring the federal government to balance the budget on an annual basis. Congress must also implement a federal budget that will serve as a blueprint for our plan to curb government spending, lower taxes for working families and put our nation back on the path to fiscal stability and economic growth. The 112th Congress will convene on Jan. 3 facing many opportunities and tremendous responsibility to put an end to jobkilling policies, end the runaway spending and realign our priorities. I urge you to continue speaking out about your thoughts on getting out nation back on track. The new Republican majority in the House is listening and we will build a new way forward together that will ensure stability for future generations. Rep. Geoff Davis, R-Hebron, is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

CHATROOM Nov. 24 questions

Are the increased airport security measures, such as full body scans and more aggresive pat downs, too invasive? Why or why not? “Obviously the complainers have never experienced a colonoscopy, PAP smear, prostate exam or mammography. I find it much more invasive when I have to sit next to someone on the airplane who weighs 350 pounds or feels the need to fill my lungs with their second hand smoke in an outdoor public place. Life is full of unpleasant experiences. Get over it. Would you rather be sucked out the hole blown in the side of the plane? Having your body shredded to bits is very invasive.” F.S.D. “Too invasive? Are you kidding? I’m not getting on a plane with anyone who HASN’T been scanned or patted down. If you can’t endure some inconvenience and what you may think is an invasion of your ‘personal rights’ for the safety of everyone on a flight, then please just don’t fly. “TSA officials aren’t perverts looking for a quick thrill – they’re professionals doing an important job to keep us all safe from events like those leading up to the 9/11 tragedy. I can understand the pilots’ and flight attendants’ concerns over being exposed to whatever radiation levels are emitted by the scanners since they fly so often; however, I think a breathalyzer might be in order considering recent allegations of pilots flying drunk! ‘Nuff said.” M.M. “Yes, the airport security measures now used are too invasive and are also totally worthless.

History will look back upon our airport security procedures, much the way we look back at the ‘duck and cover’ drills we used to practice to prepare for a nuclear attack from Russia.” J.J. “Absolutely. Travelers are being treated as if they were entering a maximum security prison – as prisoners. As a lawabiding citizen, I find it humiliating and degrading to be treated like a criminal just so that I can spend the weekend in Boston with friends. Both our right to privacy and to protection from unreasonable search are violated by these measures. Where is the probable cause? “And no, I do not believe these procedures are making me safer. Criminals will simply find a way to get around them.” E.S. “Yes they are too invasive. Ask yourself how many rights are you willing to let the government take away for the sake of ‘perceived saftey.’ We go through this nonsense as the price we pay for safe air travel. Really? I think 95 percent of these inspections are not needed. The profile of the airline attacker is narrow, concrete, uniquely definable and universally known. So why do we do it? To be politcally correct so we can’t be accused of profiling. Don’t Tread On Me or as it was stated recently; ‘Don’t touch my junk!’” K.S. “Are the new airport security measures a good or bad idea? What a tough question! All of this interest in security didn’t begin, of course, until terrorists began trying to cause chaos in the Western

Next question If you could be any fictional character, whom would you be and why? Send your answer to “” with Chatroom in the subject line. world in the ‘70s. We are being targeted by very determined, very patient and very clever people who hate us, and believe there is nothing wrong with dying themselves in order to cause us harm. This enemy will continue to devise more subtle ways to get at us, even as we try to tighten up our defenses against them. I’m glad it isn’t my responsibility to devise effective counter-terrorism measures, because even one slip would have terrible consequences. Unlike other ideological differences, this one doesn’t seem to be clearly demarcated between the left and the right. As for me, I wouldn’t care how thoroughly the security folks searched me, but I can understand why some people (especially women) would be offended. Some intelligent critics argue that we should be doing more profiling than we now do. They say that it is silly to search an infant, for example. Guess what? It isn’t unreasonable to think that these terrorists might plant explosives in the personal effects or body of an innocent baby, or an older person. Whatever works, they’ll try. I am areluctantly in favor of the security procedures, because I don’t see an effective alternative, and the price we pay (invasion of our personal space) is worth it if we can avert the tragedies these people want to inflict on us.” B.B

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Celebrate the season with traditional cheer

By Regan Coomer

Trim the tree, hang the stockings and stop by for holiday hijinks, crafts and games at Kenton County’s cities this season. To help you beat the Grinch and Ebenezer Scrooge in you, we’ve rounded up the holiday events happening locally for your enjoyment.

Fort Mitchell

Christmas tree lighting at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at the city building – 2355 Dixie Highway. Ceremony will include the lighting of the tree, as well as a few Christmas carols. Afterward, hot chocolate and cookies served inside the fire station. Santa will also make an appearance for kids to meet. Bring your own cameras. More info: 331-1212. “This is always one of our best events,” said Mayor Tom Holocher. “The kids always like meeting Santa, and we’re looking forward to this again this year. Hopefully everyone will come out for a fun evening.” REGAN COOMER/STAFF

Villa Hills

The Dec. 4 tree lighting is at the city building, located at 719 Rogers Road. Starting at 6:30 p.m., it includes lighting of the city tree, a performance from Villa Madonna choir, hot chocolate and a visit from Santa. More info: 341-1515.


Thee Christmas party is 1:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Erlanger Library. Co-sponsored by the city and library, it will include carriage rides, cookies, Christmas carols and a visit from Santa. More info: 727-2525.

Crescent Springs

The tree lighting is at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 at the city building, 739 Buttermilk Pike. The event will include a tree lighting, carols by children from the Little Red Schoolhouse and refreshments of cocoa and cookies in the city building following the lighting. More info: 341-3017.

Fort Wright

Tje sixth annual Civil War Christmas is noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 12 at the James A. Ramage Civil War Museum, 1402 Highland Ave. The event will include soldiers in uniform, ladies in eraappropriate dresses and holiday crafts for children. The museum will also sell individual and family 2011 memberships to the muse-

Lynda Dunaway of Elegant Carriages gives people at the James A. Ramage Civil War Museum’s Civil War Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 12, a taste of authentic transportation in the 19th century.

Park Hills

um. Admission is free. More info: 344-1145.

The Park Hills Civic Association’s Annual Children’s Christmas Party will take place from 9:30 a.m. to noon Dec. 11 at The Gardens of Park Hills, 1522 Dixie Highway. The event will include a hot breakfast buffet, a magic show, Christmas carols and pictures with Santa. For more information, call 292-0317.


St. Nicholas’ arrival is at 6 p.m. Dec. 6 in the Mainstrasse Village at the Goose Girl Fountain. The traditional German St. Nicholas will arrive on horseback to visit with all the children. St. Nicholas will give out a special treat of fruit and candy canes to each child. More info: Contact Mainstrasse Village Association at 491-0458. The city will also host a Candy Cane Hunt at 2 p.m. Dec. 11 in Goebel Park. More info: Contact city’s recreation department at 292-2151. Breakfast and lunch with St. Nicholas from 10 a.m. to 1: 30 p.m. Dec. 12 and 19 at Wertheim’s Restaurant. Call 2611233 to make reservations.

Taylor Mill

The Christmas Tree Lighting Party will be 4-6 p.m. Dec. 5 at Pride Park, 5614 Taylor Mill Road in Taylor Mill. Stop by for an evening of free entertainment including horse-drawn carriage and wagon rides, a petting zoo, carolers, crafts, a visit with Santa Claus and refreshments. Parents are encouraged to bring their own cameras to get photos of their children with Santa. “It’s a kick-off to the season, feel-good evening,” said Taylor

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James Rader and Rufus Guy, re-enactors at the Civil War Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 12, show even the North and South get along during the holidays. Mill recreation chair Karen Griffith of the tree lighting event. “It’s very Currier & Ives with the horse-drawn carriages and the bonfire.” Christmas will also be celebrated in Taylor Mill with Santa’s Street Visit from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 11. Santa will ride in the back of a pickup to pass out candy to children of all ages on every city street. Call the city at 581-3234 for more information.


The 14th Annual Christmas Walk & Tour will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 4. Several activities

will take place in the Municipal Square around the city building, 5409 Madison Pike, and at the Kenton County Courthouse, 5272 Madison Pike. Shuttle buses will take people between both areas. Call the city at 356-5302 for more information. The Independence Senior & Community Center will host a Breakfast with Blitzen at 10 a.m. Dec. 11 at the center, 2001 Jack Woods Parkway. Cost is $5 per person on a first come, first served basis. Each child will receive a goody bag. Walgreens will take pictures of the children with Blitzen. Call 3632934 for tickets.

The Annual Christmas Celebration will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at the city building, 50 Town Center Blvd. The event will include pictures with Santa, caroling, children’s stories and door prizes for children. The city will collect food donations for the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Northern Kentucky’s food pantry. Call 341-7373 for more information.

Lakeside Park

Light up Lakeside will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at Barleycorn’s, 2642 Dixie Highway. Residents are asked to bring cameras to take pictures of their children with Santa Claus. The event will include decoration-viewing carriage rides through the streets of Lakeside Park. Event is free. Call 426-8498 to reserve a carriage ride.

Health department Roebling bookstore offers local history offers diabetes class SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Patricia Scheyer Contributor

The Roebling Point Bookstore at 306 Greenup Street in Covington opened in October, and is getting acquainted with their community. Owned by publishing company Keen Communications, and under the guidance of President Richard Hunt, the building yielded some additional space after offices were added, and an idea to display the books was born. “This used to be a legal aid building, and Richard supervised the renovation, including the refinishing of the floors, and opening up the space,” said Manager


Hillary Bond and Rachel Freytag, Publicity and Marketing for the Roebling Point Bookstore, stand near President Richard Hunt and Manager Kara Pelicano. Kara Pelicano. “We have local history books, business books, travel books, brand-new books, and we

can get any book you need.” The little bookstore is well on its way to becoming

a hub in the community, recently hosting the Resor Bicycle Club, who made the store the destination of their Howl at the Moon ride. Currently the décor is Cincinnati Reds baseball, celebrating the new book, “The Comeback Kids,” which is available for sale. The website for the shop is, and the phone number is 815-7205. “We are pleased at the amount of foot traffic, and the neighborhood is great,” stated Pelicano. “We would still like some feedback from the community as to the role we can play, but we have come a long way since October.”

If you have diabetes or pre-diabetes, the Northern Kentucky Health Department’s diabetes program is holding a free class for you to learn more about the disorder from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11. It will be in the Lower Level Conference Room at the health department’s district office, 610 Medical Village Drive, Edgewood. Registration is required and lunch will be provided free of charge.

Topics will include: what is diabetes, healthy eating, complications and more. The class will be led by a registered nurse and a registered dietitian from the health department. To register for the class, or for more information about the class or the health department’s diabetes control program, call Jan Lazarus at 363-2116 or Joan Geohegan at 3632115, or visit

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December 2, 2010

THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD tons, 250 feet of track and opportunity to be engineer of train. Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington.

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ART CENTERS & MUSEUMS Flourish, 6-10 p.m., Passionate Arts Center, 31-33 W. Pike St., Gallery 31. View original artwork by established local artists: Cincinnati scenes, rivers and skylines, Mount Adams, Hocking Hills, Baker-Hunt, horses, portraits, functional and whimsical pottery, custom jewelry, hand-painted silks and artists’ reception. Includes live painting in adjacent studio space. Free. Registration required. 859-393-8358. Covington. ART EXHIBITS

First Friday Gallery Hop, 6-10 p.m., Covington Arts District, Madison Avenue, Pike Street and MainStrasse Village. Covington’s galleries, restaurants and other venues open late for original artwork viewing. Free. Through Dec. 2. 859-292-2322. Covington.


Joy to the World, 6 p.m.-1 a.m., Drawbridge Inn Hotel, 2477 Royal Drive, London Hall. Dinner 7:30 p.m. Called and silent auctions and entertainment. Benefits The Point/Arc of Northern Kentucky. $60. Reservations required. 859-491-9191; Fort Mitchell.


Freestore Foodbank Mac & Cheese Benefit, 11 a.m.-2:30 a.m., Keystone Bar & Grill, 313 Greenup St., From now until the end of the year Keystone Bar & Grill donates 25 cents to Freestore Foodbank for every serving of mac & cheese sold and 10 cents donated for half-priced servings. 859-2616777; Covington.


Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, More than 25 interactive but-


Here Come the Mummies, 9 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Funk/R&B band. With Johnny Fink and the Intrusion. Doors open at 8 p.m. Members of group come on stage dressed in mummy attire. Ages 18 and up. $20. 800-745-3000; Covington.


Worldstars USA Talent Trials, 6-11:30 p.m., Dixie Heights High School, 3010 Dixie Highway, Auditorium. Preliminary competition leading to the Worldstars Nationals in Orlando. Registration covers up to six performances in acting, modeling, dance, singing, instrumental or variety. $175. 323-8771510; Edgewood. S A T U R D A Y, D E C . 4

HISTORIC SITES Railway Museum of Greater Cincinnati, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Railway Museum of Greater Cincinnati, 315 W. Southern Ave., Climb aboard a caboose or a diesel switch engine. Collection of engines, cars and cabooses. $4, $2 ages 10 and under. 513-574-7672; Covington. Pet Photos with Santa, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.,Tuscany Model Home, 2116 Tuscanyview Drive, Pictures with Santa, raffles, door prizes and gift bags. Baked goods for humans and dogs. 859-431-5776. Covington.

available. Free hot cider or cocoa. Pet horses and donkey. $50 any size or variety. 859384-1547; Union. Evergreen Junction, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Evergreen Junction, 10340 Shaw Hess Road, Cut-your-own Christmas tree. Scotch and white pine, and Canaan and Douglas fir. Free hot cider and cookies at gift shop. After hours by appointment. $30 any size up to 8 feet. 859-635-9941. Alexandria.


Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $22, $15 ages 2-12, free ages 1 and under. 859-261-7444; Newport.



Cathedral Concert Series, 3 p.m. Cathedral Basilica Bishop’s Choir; Dr. Robert Schaffer, director; Gregory Schaffer, organist., Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, 1140 Madison Ave., Free, donations accepted. 859431-2060; Covington.

Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis, 10 a.m., Northern Kentucky Convention Center, 1 W. RiverCenter Blvd., Costume contest details: Holiday themed costumes encouraged. Costume’s judged for creativity and uniqueness. Prizes given awards ceremony for best costume in adult, child and team categories. Prize for best adult costume: pair of airline tickets. Registration and Let’s Move Together Wellness Fair begin 8:30 a.m. 5K run/walk. Non-competitive free Toddler Trot and Kids Candy Cane Fun Run beginning 10:05 inside Convention Center. Santa on site for pictures. Awards ceremony follows. Benefits Arthritis Foundation. $30 with T-shirt, $25 ages 17 and under; $20, $25 ages 17 and under; After Dec. 1, registration fees increase by $5. Registration required, available online. 513-271-4545; www.2010CincinnatiJBR. Covington.


Holiday Hoopla, 7 p.m., Shadowbox Cabaret, $20-$30. 859-581-7625; Newport.


Business Showcase and Open House, 5-8 p.m., Nevada Building, 1049 S. Fort Thomas Ave., Food, shopping, networking and wine tasting. Purses, skin care, jewelry, Tupperware, crafts and more. Free; vendor booths, $40. 859-360-0600; Fort Thomas. Gifted: A Holiday Vendor Market, 1-5 p.m., Frank Duveneck Arts & Cultural Center, 1232 Greenup St., Shopping with 15 direct sales vendors including Tupperware, Thirty One Gifts, Tastefully Simple, Just Jewelry, Pure Romance, Simply Fun, Willow House and Dove Chocolate Discoveries. Free. 859-4913942; Covington.


Holiday Expo, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Villa Hills Civic Club, 729 Rogers Road, Holiday shopping with more than 12 vendors including Creative Memories, Discovery Toys, Tastefully Simple, Usborne Books and more. More info available at 513518-8814. Villa Hills.


Ferguson Tree Farm, Noon-5 p.m., Ferguson Tree Farm, 10515 U.S. 42, Pines, firs and spruce trees 6-9 feet. Saws provided. Stand straight drill and tree stands available. Crafts

$10 drop-in, $5 class punch cards. 859291-2300. Covington.


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Terrell Owens Celebrity Bowl, 7-11 p.m., Star Lanes on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Bowling event features open bar and food, raffles prizes, contests and silent and live auctions. With Cincinnati Bengals teammates. Benefits the Greater Cincinnati Foundation. $75. 305-534-710. Newport.

Dinsmore Homestead, 1-5 p.m., Dinsmore Homestead, $5, $3 ages 60 and up, $2 ages 7-17, members and ages 6 and under free. 859-586-6117; Burlington. T H U R S D A Y, D E C . 9

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Christmas Gala, 6:30-10:30 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Newport on the Levee, Drinks, food and entertainment. Benefits Cincinnati Professional Organizations Committee. $50. Reservations required. 859-261-7444; Newport.


Land and Lights Holiday Tours, 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Ride the Ducks Newport, $15, $11 children. 859-815-1439; Newport.



The 17th annual Victorian Christmas Tour will be noon to 6 p.m. Saturday through Sunday, Dec. 4-5, with the second annual Victorian Christmas Tea held at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Seven historic homes on East Row in Newport and the Gen. James Taylor Mansion will open their doors. The Victorian Christmas Tea will feature English tea with sandwiches, scones and cookies at a Queen Anne home. Tour tickets, $18, or $15, in advance, can be purchased at Kentucky Haus, 411 E. 10th St. Tickets to the Tea, $22, can be purchased at A portion of the proceeds benefit Echo Soup Kitchen, Holy Spirit Outreach Food Pantry and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Food Pantry. Call 859-261-4287. Pictured is a home from the 2009 tour.

Family Horseback Rides, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., First Farm Inn, $60-$65 per person. Reservations required. 859-586-0199. Petersburg.

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Making a list of the 12 fears of Christmas The “Twelve Days of Christmasâ€? sings of outlandish gifts: a partridge in a pear tree, three French hens, and even five golden rings. It sometimes seems the joyousness of past Christmases has mutated into “The Twelve Fears of Christmas.â€? Here they are. “On the first day of December, my ego brought to me ‌â€? 1. The fear of not meeting all expectations. “I’ll never get this shopping done, find the right gift, etc.â€? This is the fear of perfectionists. Remedy? Be human and know we all make mistakes, even in selecting gifts. If we can’t be human we’ll never have a good Christmas nor enjoy any other time of year. 2. The fear of spending too much money. We

can control this fear unless we lack courage and common sense. Gifts needn’t always be something material. We can write a heartfelt note telling another what he or she means to us. 3. The fear of not being happy enough. If we must ask “Am I happy enough?� we already know the answer, “No, I’m not!� Joy and happiness come spontaneously. Their best chance of arrival is when we forget checking our own happiness-dipstick and think of others. 4. The fear of personal disappointment. The one we hope to hear from, we fear we won’t. The reconciliation we hope to experience, we fear will not occur. We can be a better person by reaching out to others who might be waiting to hear from us.

5. The fear of dealing with painful nostalgia. Former happier Christmases, the fond memories with people who have died or left us, the efforts our parents went through to give us a good Christmas, etc. can stir poignant memories. We need not fear the nostalgic memories but rather consider them as part of the rich texture of our lives. 6. The fear of too much time with relatives. Being born or married into a family doesn’t automatically make us compatible or great friends. It’s understandable that contrasting personalities, unresolved sibling rivalries, and misunderstandings can bring contention to holiday gatherings. It calls for us to moderate our words and time together.

7. The fear of receiving a gift from someone we never gifted. There are many opportunities to practice humility, the rare virtue. A grateful note or phone call can express our appreciation and ease our embarrassment. But remember, the true nature of a “gift� is that it does not require a reciprocal payment, just gratitude. 8. The fear of not being sociable enough. There are extroverts and introverts, people who have many outer-circle friends and people who have a few close-circle friends. “To they own self be true,� wrote Shakespeare. 9. The fear of feeling depressed. The darkness and cold, the apparent joy in other people’s faces, the music and meals together – they can create an image of

communal happiness shared by everybody else but me. Don’t believe everything you imagine. Know you are not alone. In varying degrees we all deal with the same demons. 10. The fear of not making our kids happy. No one can “make� another happy. That comes when our children know we love and value them. Gifts are secondary. 11. The fear of loneliness. Who doesn’t feel this at times? As we grow truly wise we come to a point of recognizing “the insufficiency of all that is attainable� – whether that insufficiency comes from people or things. Be grateful for those who do love you. But the actual human heart is not symmetrical. It looks like a piece is missing. God has that part. Only when we

return to God will we be Father Lou l o v e d completeGuntzelman ly. Perspectives 1 2 . The fear that we are missing the point. This is only applicable to us Christians because of our belief in the real meaning of Christmas. Yet, we have commercialized and made frenetic this feast of peace and love. As a result, yes, we can miss the point and feel empty. Some reflective solitude can help with this fear. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@community or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Montessori program to begin 2011 Northern Kentucky Montessori Center (NKMC) has announced plans for its inaugural Montessori Lower Elementary Program to begin in the fall of 2011. After years of strategic planning and the continued growth and development of its current program, the

Board of Directors has voted to take this next important step toward the organization’s mission. The program will be housed at the center’s current location in Crescent Springs, offering first-priority enrollment to current graduating kindergartners

and alumni. In addition, students from other schools are welcome to apply. A nonprofit organization, operating in Kenton County since 1967, NKMC’s mission is to educate children for life. For more on the center, go to



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Beloved Virginia Bakery is back – in a cookbook Talk about perseverance. Glendale reader Cynthia Beischel is one determined woman. Cynthia is the force behind the long-awaited “ Vi r g i n i a Bakery Remembered” cookbook, which just hit the market this week. T h e Rita Heikenfeld book is collaboraRita’s kitchen t i o n between Cynthia, a loyal customer who started going to the bakery with her mother when Cynthia was a toddler, and Tom Thie, who is the last of the Thie family bakers. Virginia Bakery was a Cincinnati icon from 1927 to 2005. Located in Clifton, people came from miles around on a weekly basis to buy the bakery’s from-scratch breads, tea cookies, pies, coffeecakes and, of course, its famous schnecken. Perhaps it’s the schnecken that’s most associated with this bakery, and for


good reason. The schnecken, made with love and pride, was the recipe brought from Germany, and from the first day they sold it until the doors closed in 2005, it was the schnecken that inspired folks to wait in lines so long they snaked around the entire block of the bakery. Cynthia wanted to preserve the bakery’s history, along with having their recipes to share, and she convinced Tom to partner in writing the book. Tom did all the baking at his home in a regular, not a commercial, oven. He reworked the recipes for the home cook, so you will have success the first time out. Cynthia did all the coordinating of the recipes, the day-to-day writing of the book, and it was Cynthia who sought out a publisher. As Tom told me “Cynthia and I are really proud of this book, and I’m glad she kept at me to write it. Without Cynthia’s prodding, the recipes and, as important, the history of the bakery and my family would be lost.”

technique. The schnecken recipe is in the book. And so is this recipe for nest cookies. I love these little tea cookies. Vary the colors, icing and toppings to suit your fancy. COURTESY KRISTIN UNGERECHT

Nest cookies from “Virginia Bakery Remembered.” Cynthia said that it was the quality of their products that stood out and which she wanted to preserve. “I’ve never found anything that tasted just like the cinnamon crumb cake or their white bread,” she told me. I so enjoyed reading the book, for the rich family history and stories connected to the recipes. That’s what makes this book special: it’s about pride, history and the genuine desire to please through the gift of food.

Nest cookies

I would have loved to share the schnecken recipe but am unable to, due to its propriety nature. Busken Bakery now makes the schnecken for Virginia Bakery, following Tom’s recipe and


⁄4 cup sugar ⁄4 teaspoon salt 3 ⁄4 cup shortening 1 ⁄2 cup butter 1 egg 1 ⁄2 teaspoon vanilla 31⁄4 cups winter flour (All purpose flour will work if you can’t find winter.) Additional ingredients needed: your choice of chopped nuts or decorettes, and icing. 1

Place parchment paper on baking sheets. Follow basic creaming method: Cream sugar, salt, shortening and butter. Add egg and vanilla. Scrape bowl and cream. Add flour and mix just until combined. Do not refrigerate dough before rolling in coatings. Put your choice of coating (chopped nuts, other times multi-colored nonpareils or chocolate Jimmies) in a glass baking dish.

Take a handful of dough and roll into a cylinder about 11⁄2-inch in diameter. Roll the dough in the baking dish to coat the outside of the cylinder. You may need to press slightly. Keep the cylinder round. Place the dough cylinders on a parchment lined baking sheet and refrigerate until firm. Cut the chilled cookie dough in 1⁄2-inch slices and lay on their sides (so the coating is around the outside rims) about 1-inch apart on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Stagger the rows to allow for more cookies. Pan all the cookies and then go back and press your thumb in the center of each cookie to form a “nest” to hold the icing after baking. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place baking sheet on upper rack and bake for approximately eight minutes until just brown around the edges. After the cookies cool, put a dot of colored icing or chocolate in the center. Recipe makes six dozen cookies.

Book signing

Cynthia Beischel and Tom Thie will be signing “Virginia Bakery Remembered”: • Dec. 3 at Keller’s IGA (Clifton) 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. • Dec. 4 at The Bookshelf (Madiera) 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. • Dec. 7 at Joseph-Beth Booksellers (Norwood) 7 p.m. • Dec. 9 at Clifton Cultural Arts Center 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. • Feb. 8 at the Monfort Heights Library 6:30 p.m.

Online recipe

For Rita’s clone of Withrow High School’s chess pie recipe, go to her online column at Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.


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Banding together

A team of more than 40 dunnhumbyUSA employees join 1,600 other walkers and runners for the annual Walk Ahead for a Brain Tumor Cure charity race Oct. 10. The dunnhumbyUSA team, including Stuart Aitken, CEO, Simon Hay, former U.S. CEO, who now heads the dunnhumby Ltd. UK office and Edwina Dunn, cofounder and chief executive of dunnhumby Ltd., raised more than $5,000 to support fellow co-worker, Karen Harmon, who is currently undergoing treatment for a brain tumor. Both Hay and Dunn, dunnhumby executives from the UK, surprised Karen Harmon by joining in the walk. All proceeds from the Walk Ahead benefit research and education at the University of Cincinnati Brain Tumor Center. In front, from left, are Sydney, Dawn and Jack Shirley (Anderson), John Sandman (Anderson), Julian Farbstein (Mason). In second row are Beth & Andrew Lippert (Mt. Lookout), Charlie McKiver (Mt. Adams), Catie Eggert (Fort Wright, Ky.), Holly Adrien (Oakley), Karen Harmon (Fort Wright, Ky.), Rebecca Bird (Michigan), Cindy Rider (Delhi), Christine Mello (Fort Mitchell, Ky.). In top row are Kyle Schlotman (Mt. Adams), Edwina Dunn (UK), Marianne and Doug Spain (California, Ky.), Donna Pennington (Lawrenceburg, Ind.), Holly Rohrer (Lawrenceburg, IN), Simon Hay (UK), Stuart Aitken (Indian Hill), Bethany Pinney (Cold Spring, Ky.), Monica Maldonado (Covington, Ky.)


Free holiday fun at the library For children Erlanger Branch Library SEASON OF THE LIGHTS 401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger

859-962-4000 All programs free

HOLIDAY Mary Ann Mongan Library EXTRAVAGANZA 502 Scott Boulevard, Covington

859-962-4060 All programs are free

Sunday, Dec. 5 at 1 p.m. Santa Claus visits (bring camera), carriage rides, crafts, cookies and holiday music will entertain everyone.


For adults MAKE IT! TAKE IT!

Saturday, Dec. 4 & Sunday, Dec. 5; library hours Enjoy Cincinnati N-Trak's model trains as they roll through 20 settings, from landscapes to cityscapes and industrial parks.


Saturday, Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. A magical toy shop where toys come to life, sing, dance and even fall in love… holiday fun for the entire family!

HOLIDAY JAZZ WITH THE TIM WATSON TRIO Saturday, Dec. 11 at 1 p.m. Join the trio for a concert of Jazz interpreted holiday classics.


Registration required by calling 962-4077 Friday, Dec. 3 from 7-9 p.m. Celebrate all things Harry Potter after hours at the Library. Enjoy a visit to a Diagon Alley, create creepy concoctions and more.


Registration required by calling 962-4077 Ages 4-12 Sunday, Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. Children and caretaker are invited to bring their favorite dolls to a tea party featuring American Girl dolls.

Durr Branch Library

1992 Walton-Nicholson Road, Independence 859-962-4030 All programs free

For everyone MITTEN TREE

Dec. 1-31 Help decorate the Mitten Tree with a donation of handmade (or new) scarves, hats, mittens or gloves. Donations will be given to Welcome House.

PICTURES WITH SANTA Saturday, Dec. 11 from 2-4 p.m. Santa’s in the Library! Bring your camera, we’ll provide Santa!

Teens HOLIDAY ORNAMENT Thursday, Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. Paint a pretty glass ornament.

Celebrate the season and “Rock around the Christmas Tree” with food, fun and karaoke! Register by calling 962-4002.

Make an item to give as a gift or to keep. All sessions begin at 6:30 p.m. Registration required by calling 962-4002. Thursday, Dec. 2: Holiday Wreaths Wed., Dec. 8: Holiday Candies Thursday, Dec. 9: A knitted scarf Mon., Dec. 13: Gingerbread Houses Tues., Dec. 14: Holiday Porch Pot Thurs., Dec. 16: Polymer Clay Jewelry


Friday, Dec. 17 at 6 p.m.

Ages 6-12 Tuesday, Dec. 2 from 7-8 p.m. Share stories of the season, share a snack and create candles to enjoy or give as gifts.


dren will also be entered into the winter raffle at that time. Keep reading for more chances to win. Drawing for raffle prizes will be held the first week of January. Entries are due by 5 pm on Friday, Dec. 31.

All of the programs are free. The Library is offering several more holiday programs that can be found by visiting

Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. Students will make a basic holiday budget using Excel and learn about formulas, toolbars, worksheets and charts. Register by calling 962-4002.

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Dec. 1-31 Children 12 and under are invited to participate in the Holiday Reading Club – “Books are Snow Wonderful!” Pick up a reading log and bookmark at the Children’s Desk. Read or listen to five books and list them on the log. Once five books have been completed, return the log to the Library for a prize. Chil-

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December is full of free holiday fun at all three branches of the Kenton County Public Library. Families will love the Toy Shoppe, pictures with Santa and the carriage rides. Teens can enjoy parties and crafts. Adults will want to take advantage of computer and gift making programs.

Visit and try your hand at our quiz! By using the Encyclopedia of Northern Kentucky you can learn something about Northern Kentucky history and you could even win over $100 in prizes! No purchase necessary. Must be a resident of Ohio, Indiana or Kentucky who is 18 years or older to enter. Deadline to enter is 12/17/10 at 9:00 AM. Visit Nky.Com/history for details. CE-0000434089


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December 2, 2010

London’s National Theatre to screen live at The Carnegie For the first time, Tristate audiences will have an opportunity to experience the best of British theater on the big screen as The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center and Cincinnati World Cinema jointly present National Theatre Live performances straight from London’s National Theatre to the Greater Cincinnati area. The first event to be captured live in high-definition from the London stage and exhibited at The Carnegie is “Hamlet” Tuesday, Dec. 28, and Saturday, Jan. 8 at 7

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For many, the joys of this holiday season will rush by too quickly, but for some, it will be a time of grief and despair. The holidays after the death of a loved one can take on new meanings, ones often filled with loneliness and confusion. If you or someone you love is coping with the pain of losing a loved one, “Journey Through Grief,” an adult grief support group can help you make this holiday season a positive time for you and your family. Hosted by St. Elizabeth Healthcare’s Hospice Bereavement Program, “Journey Through Grief: Planning for the Holidays” will provide participants an opportunity to address the fears and anxiety that anticipation of the holidays brings. This will be a very practical approach to creating a plan to help you and your family discover a positive way through the holiday season. “Planning for the Holidays” will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on: • Monday, Dec. 6 • Monday, Dec. 13 Each session is independent and will address different topics concerning grief during the holiday season. You may attend one or all of the meetings. Participation is free of charge, but reservations are required since space is limited. For more information, please contact James Ellis, bereavement coordinator for St. Elizabeth Hospice at 859-301-4611.


December 2, 2010


Patrick J. Bradley Sr.

Patrick J. Bradley Sr., 68, of Independence, died Nov. 16, 2010, at his residence. He was the owner of PJ’s Dog Haus in Erlanger. His wife, Barbara Bradley; brother Tim Bradley; and grandson Cory Bradley died previously. Survivors include daughter, Meghan Edmondson of Edgewood; sons, Patrick Bradley of Walton and Sean Bradley of Independence; sisters, Rory Maddox of Antioch, Calif., and Bridget Sorenson of Appleton, Wis.; brothers, Mike Bradley of Atlanta, Ga., and Jedd Bradley of Appleton, Wis.; and six grandchildren. Services will be at the convenience of the family. Disposition will be cremation. Linnemann Family Funeral Homes and Cremation Center is serving the family. Memorials: Cory Bradley Skate Fund, c/o Northern Kentucky Skating Foundation, 26 Anderson Road, Crescent Springs, KY 41017.

John Concannon

John Concannon, 43, of Latonia, died Nov. 24, 2010, at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. He was a former employee for Coca-Cola and played softball for “Butlers” for 18 years. Survivors include his wife, Teresa Concannon; stepdaughter, Ella Magdalene Mobley; sister, Alice Gay; and father-in-law, Charles Kenneth Mobley. Burial will be private. Cooper Funeral Home in Alexandria is handling the arrangements.








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Gregory J. Gough

Gregory J. Gough, 48, of Independence, died Nov. 17, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was retired from the Marine Corp and the Army National Guard and served in the elite helicopter unit that served as presidential support. Survivors include his daughters, Heather Gough of Independence and Rebecca Gough of Fredericksburg, Va.; brothers, Robert Gough of Florence, Richard Gough of Penfield, N.Y., James Gough of Lawrenceville, Ga., and Michael Gough of Milford, Mich.; and sisters, Jeannine Anderson of Elsmere, Karen Martin and Judith Thompson of Independence, Connie Chapman of Union, Victoria Klette of Covington, Rose Marie Voegtle of Taylor Mill and Patricia Boylan of Mallard, Iowa. Services will be at the convenience of the family. Disposition will be cremation. Interment will be at the Northern Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North, Williamstown. Linnemann Family Funeral Homes and Cremation Center is handling the arrangements. Memorials: Greg Gough Memorial Fund, c/o U.S. Bank, 2741 Turkey Foot Road, Crestview Hills, KY 41017.

Richard Harding


Richard Edward Harding, 66, of Oakhill, Fla., formerly of Ludlow, died Nov. 22, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a former data networking manager for AT&T, served in the U.S. Air Force and was a member of Unity Lodge No.

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DEATHS 478 of Ludlow, American Legion Riders Post No. 285 in Florida, Indiana American Legion Riders Chapter No. 239, the Sons of the American Legion in Edgewater, Fla., the Fraternal Order of Eagles and The American Legion. Survivors include his son, Thomas Harding of Covington; daughters, Michelle Hogan of Crescent Springs and Kristy Seither of Ludlow; sisters, Bille Jean Kelsey of Huntsville, Ala. and Susan Logsdon of Jacksonville, Fla.; and five grandchildren. Interment was at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery in Williamstown. Memorials: American Heart Association, 5211 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227.

Alta Schlueter Orfaley

Alta Mae Schlueter Orfaley, 81, of Covington, died Nov. 22, 2010, at Rosedale Manor in Covington. She was a homemaker and member of Oak Ridge Baptist Church in Taylor Mill. Her husband, Harry Orfaley Jr., and sister Arline Ridner died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Deborah Meiner; and sister, Emogene Holt. Burial was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in Taylor Mill. Memorials: American Diabetes Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 304, Cincinnati, OH 45203 or Arthritis Foundation, 7124 Miami Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45243.

Ellis ‘Dan’ Huneycutt Jr. Nellie Botkin Scheid Ellis Daniel “Dan” Huneycutt Jr.,

62, of Morning View, died Nov. 27, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a former heavy-equipment operator for Glaza Construction and enjoyed drag racing and working on cars. Survivors include his daughter, Christina Breeden of Morning View; son, Nathan Huneycutt of Independence; parents, Ellis D. Huneycutt Sr. and Lavern Huneycutt of Morning View; sisters, Dinah Burkey and Karan Huneycutt of Morning View and Lynn Hale of Taylor Mill; brother, James David Huneycutt of Morning View; and nine grandchildren. Interment was at Independence Cemetery. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice.

Nellie Botkin Scheid, 89, of Bromley, died Nov. 20, 2010, at Riverview Nursing Home in Cincinnati. She was a homemaker and a member of Immanuel United Church of Christ in Bromley. Her husband, Charles Scheid; daughters Paula Doerger and Janet Keith; and son-in-law, John Doerger died previously. Survivors include her son, Rick Scheid of Hamilton, Ohio; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Ronald B. Jones Funeral Home in Ludlow is handling the arrangements. Memorials: Immanuel United Church of Christ, 110 Boone St., Bromley, KY 41016.

James Edward Smith

James Edward Smith, 64, of Covington, died Nov. 19, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a retired housing inspector with the City of Covington, a U.S. Air Force Vietnam veteran, a member of St. Benedict Church in Covington, St. Benedict Holy Name Society, Sixth Ward Social Club and FOP Lodge No. 1 in Covington, a Kentucky Colonel and a former Taylor Mill police officer. His grandchildren Kelsey and Corey died previously Survivors include his wife, Barb Bloemer Smith of Covington; daughters, Lisa Diane Russell and Shelly Lynn Smith; siblings, Terri Northcutt, Patricia M. Starks, James Lee Starks, Danny Ross Starks, Danny Harris, Douglas M. Howard and Dennis Jones; three grandchildren; and mother-in-law, Barbara Mersch. Interment was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Taylor Mill. Memorials: Kelly O’Leary Center, c/o Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, 3333 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229.

Alice T. Zembrodt

Alice T. Murray Zembrodt, 82, of Taylor Mill, died Nov. 26, 2010, at her home. She was a retired registered nurse in the Pediatric Unit with St. Elizabeth Health Care and a member of St. Anthony Church in Taylor Mill and St. Elizabeth School of Nursing Alumni. Her husband, William “Bill” John Zembrodt, died previously. Survivors include daughters, Marcy Collett of Park Hills, Kay Maynard of Erlanger and Julie Wagner of Louisville; sons, William Zembrodt of New Richmond, Ohio, John Zembrodt of Alexandria and Mark Zembrodt of Covington; 15 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Interment was in St. Mary Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Ashlei Zembrodt Memorial, c/o Children’s Hospital, 3333 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229 and/or Redwood School & Rehabilitation Center, 71 Orphanage Road, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017 and/or Mackenzie Schmitt Memorial, c/o South Bend Memorial Hospital, 615 North Michigan St., South Bend, IN 46601.


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Casey R. Roberts, 216 W. 17th St., second degree fleeing or evading police at 1400 S. Garrard St., Nov. 15. Jamie L. James, 3600 Warsaw Ave., Apt. 4, first degree possession of a controlled substance at 316 W. 7th St., Nov. 15. Nychol L. Jeffries, 220 E. 8th St., first degree possession of a controlled substance, drug paraphernaliabuy/possess, tampering with physical evidence, giving officer false name or address, fugitive from another state-warrant required at Madison Ave., Nov. 15. Jeremy W. Ewing, 220 E. 10th St., Apt. 2, theft at 4293 Winston Ave., Nov. 15. Joseph H. Friemoth, 846 Youngs Lane, No. 5, receiving stolen property, theft at 668 5th St., Nov. 15. Robin N. Hawkins, 59 E. Clifton Ave., alcohol intoxication in a public place, second degree disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana at 411 Madison Ave., Nov. 15. Brandon Boehm, 846 Youngs Lane, theft of identity at Mary Laidley Drive, Nov. 17. Jason S. Hickey, no address given, failure to comply with sex offender registration at 634 Scott St., Nov. 18. Gary S. Griffin, 11580 Simple Pleasures Lane, first degree fleeing or evading police, first degree wanton endangerment, first degree criminal mischief, tampering with physical evidence, first degree possession of a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia-buy/possess, disregarding stop sign, operating on suspended or revoked operator’s license at 500 Crescent Ave., Nov. 17. Phillip M. Snyder, 122 E. 13th St., failure to or improper signal, first

degree fleeing or evading police, second degree fleeing or evading police, operating on suspended or revoked operator’s license, tampering with physical evidence at 300 block of E. 12th St., Nov. 18. Robert L. Parker, 1000 S. Ft. Thomas Ave., menacing, second degree fleeing or evading police, second degree disorderly conduct at 725 Edgecliff Road, Nov. 18. James E. Mastin, 609 E. 20th St., first degree possession of a controlled substance, probation violation at 1200 block of Scott St., Nov. 18. Mandi E. Siehl, 66 Granite Drive, serving bench warrant for court, second degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, carrying a concealed weapon, drug paraphernalia-buy/possess at 520 5th St., Nov. 18. Dustin M. Morrow, 604 Thomas St., second degree assault, first degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, possession of marijuana at 130 E. 43rd St., Nov. 18. Eric D. Holly, 1631 Westwood Ave., second degree disorderly conduct, possession of marijuana at Madison Ave., Nov. 22. Andrew J. Mason, no address given, second degree disorderly conduct, alcohol intoxication in a public place, fourth degree assault, one headlamp, failure to notify address change to department of transportation at 1554 Madison Ave., Apt. 2, Nov. 21. Phillips Walker, 12478 Bowman Road, possession of marijuana at Union St., Nov. 21. Timothy C. Dooley, 3536 Oakmeadow Lane, theft of identity at 316 Philadelphia St., Nov. 20. Denise L. Collins, 639 W. 12th St., fourth degree assault at 639 W.

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Incidents/investigations Arson

Someone intentionally started a fire at 311-313 Berry St., Nov. 20.


A woman was struck multiple times at 108 Promontory Drive, Nov. 15. A woman was punched in the face and slammed against a wall at 700 Madison Ave., Nov. 16. A woman was pushed and choked at 1943 Augustine Ave., Nov. 16. A woman was pushed several times at 514 W. 6th St., Nov. 18. A woman had her hair pulled, wrist grabbed and was choked at 417 Scott St., Nov. 16. A man was stabbed twice in the chest at 24 Crystal Lake Road, Nov. 21. A woman was struck in the face at 3168 Clifford Ave., Nov. 19.

Assault,theft of controlled substance A woman was assaulted and had prescription medication taken from her at Craig St. and Pershing St., Nov. 21.


A pistol, jewelry, and three other items were stolen at 122 Summit Drive, Nov. 16. A VCR, TV, and amplifier and speaker system were stolen at 929 Highland Pike, Nov. 16. An air conditioning unit and heat

pump were stolen at 1112 High St., Nov. 18. A TV and CD player were stolen at 105 E. 12th St., Nov. 21. $2000 in cash was stolen at 4381 Winston Ave., Nov. 21. Someone broken into a residence and rummaged through it at 2602 Eastern Ave., Nov. 21. A computer was stolen at 1043 Banklick St., No. 2, Nov. 19. A TV was stolen at 2001 Scott St., Nov. 19.

Criminal mischief

A glass door was broken at 512 Pike St., Nov. 15. The power cord was pulled from a TV at 1102 Greenup St., Nov. 16. A tire was punctured at 2310 Casino Drive, Nov. 17. Rocks were thrown at a vehicle at 2445 Madison Pike, Nov. 18. A portable toilet was flipped at 501 Philadelphia St., Nov. 21. The door frame of a residence was broken at 637 12th St., Nov. 21. The rear window of an apartment were broken at 219 W. 4th St., No. 1, Nov. 21. The window of a vehicle was shattered at 731 Main St., Nov. 21. A security camera was damaged at 116 E. 43rd St., Nov. 19.

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A man was found to be in possession of marijuana at 1700 block of Banklick St., Nov. 18.

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A woman was raped at Greenup St., No. 3, Nov. 21.

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A man driving a vehicle without his rear license illuminated was found to be in possession of marijuana at 1300 Madison Ave., Nov. 19.


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An antique ring was stolen at 612 W. 7th St., Nov. 15. A game system and game were stolen at 340 Byrd St., Nov. 17. Audio equipment were stolen from a vehicle at 109 Promontory Drive, Nov. 17. A game system was stolen at Covington Ave., Nov. 18. A gas blower, tool box, power drill, circular saw, air compressor, and hammer drill were stolen at 401 Crescent Ave., Nov. 18. A trash can was stolen at 731 Madison Ave., Nov. 18. A cell phone and 20 DVDs were stolen at 402 13th St., No. 1, Nov. 18. $480 in cash was stolen at 111 W. 32nd St., Nov. 20. $572 in cash was stolen at 316 Philadelphia St., Nov. 20. An MP3 player and two bottles of perfume were stolen at 4305 Winston Ave., Nov. 20. A computer was stolen at Benton Road, Nov. 20. A vehicle was stolen at 3624 Decoursey Ave., Nov. 19. A refrigerator was stolen at 1548 Nancy St., Nov. 19. Three air conditioning units were stolen at 4147 Misty Lane, Nov. 19. A vehicle was stolen at 50 E. 11th St., Nov. 19. Miscellaneous papers were stolen from a vehicle at 4316 Vermont Ave., Nov. 19.

Theft by deception

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$459 was stolen using a debit card at 507 E. 17th St., Nov. 19. $510.55 was stolen in the form of an altered check at 1320 Madison Ave., Nov. 18.


Prescription medication was stolen at 603 Highland Pike, Nov. 16.

A man threatened two people over the phone at 2411 Bell Court, Nov. 15.

Theft of a controlled substance

An air conditioning unit was stolen at 502 Crescent Ave., Nov. 15. $2,000 in cash and multiple items were stolen at 1537 Greenup St., Nov. 15. A meat slicer was stolen at 530 Main St., Nov. 15. A vehicle was stolen at 1902 Eastern Ave., Nov. 15. An employee falsified several paid out receipts at 504 W. 4th St., Nov. 16. $244 in cash and several other items were stolen at 1411 Scott St., Nov. 16. A 125 foot gutter and two 10 foot down spouts were stolen at 1311 Holman Ave., Nov. 16.

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Prescription medication, a debit card, and vehicle were stolen at 2513 Gano Court, Nov. 17.

Theft of controlled substance A bag was stolen at 101 Souther Ave., Nov. 15.

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A phone was stolen at 848 Crescent Ave., Nov. 17. A wallet was stolen at Pike St., Nov. 20.

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