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Lighting up

See photos from around Kenton County of homes that decked the halls for the holiday season. Inflatables, moving deer, twinkling lights and Santa all made the list. LIFE, B1

Religion notes

See what area churches are doing, from potlucks to concert performances churches from around Nothern Kentucky have a lot going on in terms of worship and fellowship. Check our Life section each week for an updated list of local religious happenings. LIFE, B6

Recycle in French?

The Scott High School French National Honor Society is asking students to step up and recycle, with a twist. The group of students are asking for more than just paper and cans. The group is accepting batteries, cameras, laptops, and cell phones as well. SCHOOLS, A6

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Rotary Club honors officers By Regan Coomer

The Covington Rotary Club honored three police officers at their weekly luncheon Tuesday Dec. 15 at the Radisson Hotel in Covington. The rotary also donated $500 to the Covington Police Department. This is the second year the club has honored Covington officers. “It’s a real privilege to honor the people who are there to save us all the time,” said club treasurer Kinny McQuade, who called their service “marvelous.” Specialist Phouthakane Homphothichak received recognition for his heroism in the past year, including saving a man who jumped from the John A. Roebling Bridge. Capt. William Maurer was recognized for his accomplishments in administration; Maurer has worked “tirelessly,” said Covington Police Chief Lee Russo, to upgrade the department’s emergency communications network and the officers’ in-car computers. The award for self-improvement in the past year went to Det. Joann Rigney, who was recently recognized by the Cabinet of Family Services and the Children’s Advocacy Network. Russo called investigations of child abuse some of the “most difficult” for officers. “These kind of investigations cut through and go right to your heart,” he said. “Joanne is caring, sensitive and creative in the way she pursues perpetrators.” Maurer thanked the rotary,


The Covington Rotary Club honored three Covington police officers at a luncheon Dec. 15 for heroism, most improved in service and administrative excellence. The Rotary also made a $500 donation to the department’s Policemen’s and Policewomen’s fund. Here Police Chief Lee Russo (far right) congratulates heroism award winner Specialist Phouthakane Homphothichak. saying their motto of “Service above self” is taken seriously by Covington officers. “We in the police department surely exercise that motto every day,” he said. Homphothichak was pleased

his heroism was acknowledged, but modestly downplayed his own role in the events. “What I did out there – every other officer would have done exactly the same thing,” he said. “I just happened to be there.”

The Covington Rotary Club meets at 12:15 p.m. every Tuesday at the Radisson Hotel in Covington. For more information about The Covington Rotary Club vist

Library excited about new kiosks

By Jason Brubaker

The Kenton County Public Library has two new gifts for their patrons, just in time for the holidays. Thanks to partnerships with several local organizations and businesses, the library was able to unveil their new kiosks in the Erlanger and Covington Branches on Dec. 18. In the Erlanger Branch, a partnership with the University of Kentucky College of Nursing, the Northern Kentucky Health Department and St. Elizabeth helped the library establish their health kiosk, an interactive hub where patrons can learn about heart health, smoking-cessation, fitness and other aspects of living a healthy life. The hub, which has been dubbed “The Well,” sits near the main check-out desk and also contains some child-friendly features so kids can stay entertained while their parents use the machine. “We’ve really put a focus on health and wellness, and this is just another step in that journey,” said branch manager Sue Banks. “We’re very glad we’re able to do

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Erin Paul, Sue Banks, Sarah Kercsmar, Kristin Theobald, Megan Folkerth and Dave Schroeder show off the new Health Kiosk at the Erlanger Library on Dec. 18. The kiosk was made possible through the library’s partnership with the University of Kentucky College of Nursing, the Northern Kentucky Health Department and St. Elizabeth Healthcare. this, and we think it’s something our customers are really going to enjoy.” However, Erlanger isn’t the only location receiving a kiosk. In Covington, a partnership with the Center for Great Neighborhoods and a grant from Preserve America has allowed he library to place a kiosk featuring historical information about the city.

Dubbed “Experience Covington,” the kiosk will take patrons on a virtual tour of the city, complete with driving maps and neighborhood walking tours, as they learn about the history and preservation efforts in Covington. There will also be an MP3 player pre-loaded with themebased audio tours of the city, and guests can also visit the Experi-

ence Covington Web site at the kiosk to learn more. “It’s really pretty neat,” said Robin Klaene, public relations director for the library. “A lot of work has gone into it, and guests should really enjoy it,” said Klaene. For more information about the kiosks, or other library programs, visit

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Students drew love for America in calendar By Regan Coomer Five thousand Kenton County children used art to explain exactly why they love America in the ninth annual calendar contest started by County Attorney Garry Edmondson. The 2010 calendar features the artwork of 12 student winners and 12 student honorable mentions at grade levels K-12 and is sold each year to benefit Senior Services of Northern Kentucky. Edmondson presented students with a certificate of achievement and a $200 savings bond for winners at the 2010 Why I Love Amer-


Simon Kenton High School tenth grader Kendall Marrs’ artwork was chosen to be featured in the 2010 Why I Love America calendar.

Winners The following students were named winners: Joey Stadtlander, kindergartner at Summit View Elementary; Kaitlyn Heist, first-grader at St. Cecilia Elementary; Elise Muehlenkamp, second-grader at R.C. Hinsdale; Bowen Dobson, third-grader at Ryland Heights Elementary; John Komaromy-Hiller, fourthgrader at St. Pius X; Kendall Kelly, fifth-grader at Villa Madonna Academy; Kathryn Johnson, sixth-grader at Twenhofel Middle School; Natalie Thomson, seventh-grader at Calvary Christian School; Katherine Kremer, eighth-grader at Beechwood High School; Nick Lake, ninth-grader at Simon Kenton High School; Kendall Marrs, 10th-grader at SKHS; Victoria Parrett, 11th-grader at SKHS and Emily Breedlove, 12th-grader at SKHS. Honorable mention honors

Summit View Elementary student Joey Stadtlander was the kindergarten winner of the Why I Love America 2010 Calendar Contest. Stadtlander’s drawing inspired by the theme “Why I Love America” is the featured artwork for March 2010. Here County Attorney Garry Edmondson, whose office sponsors the contest, presents Stadtlander with a $200 savings bond.

The 2010 calendar features the artwork of 12 student winners and 12 student honorable mentions at grade levels K-12.

were given to the following students: Colin Esmeier, kindergartner at R.C. Hinsdale Elementary; Iris Schuh, firstgrader at St. Agnes Elementary; Mackenzie Burns, second-grader at Summit View Elementary; Mika Hayashi, third-grader at R.C. Hinsdale Elementary; Shelby Snyder, fourth-grader at Arnett Elementary; Kelli Knasel, fifthgrader at R.C. Hinsdale Elementary; Libby Greenwell, sixth-grader at St. Pius X; Hope Thelen, seventh-grader at St. Agnes Elementary; Summer Robinson, eighth-grader at Tichenor Middle School; Chessa Leisring, ninth-grader at Community Christian Academy; Monte Arlinghaus, 10th-grader at Beechwood High School; Stephen Marro, 11th-grader at Simon Kenton High School and Jadelyn Vest, 12th-grader at SKHS.

ica Calendar Contest reception held at the Erlanger library Tuesday Dec. 15. “It’s hard to believe this is nine years we’ve been doing this,” said Edmondson, who added “The kids love it, the teachers love it, the parents love it. I think it’s a good thing and it helps a very worthy cause.” Last year calendar proceeds generated more than $2,000 for the Senior Services of Northern Kentucky, Edmondson said. Calendar artwork features scenes of Capitol Hill, the Liberty Bell, U.S. soldiers, the Statue of Liberty, a puzzle representing America’s melting pot and a student’s home complete with a dog house. The calendar is dedicated to Ric Wood, a former teacher at Calvary Christian School who passed away

last year. Wood’s portrait and information about his love of the contest can be found on the back of this year’s calendar. Simon Kenton High School senior Emily Breedlove, whose art is featured on the calendar’s cover, said Wood had once taught her. “It’s awesome because my art teacher was Mr. Wood,” she said. “It’s cool that I’m on the front and he’s on the back.” Wood’s art features members of different ethnicity holding up the American flag with the word “United” underneath. “I wanted to put different races all together under the flag – we all should be united,” she said. “They’re holding up our flag because we hold up our country.” Student art was chosen by five judges who determine winners based on theme, originality and artistic merit. “It’s fun to see how the kids express themselves and what they’re thinking about,” Edmondson said, adding last year there was a lot of art about the election. “We’ll probably see a lot about the Olympics next year.”



County Attorney Garry Edmondson presented R.C. Hinsdale third grader Mika Hayashi with an “Honorable Mention” certificate during the Why I Love America 2010 Calendar Contest reception held at the Erlanger library Tuesday Dec. 15.

BRIEFLY Time to volunteer

KENTON COUNTY – The Kenton County Public Library needs people to assist with a variety of programs. The library is also in need of computer volunteers and people to help with the Library Foundation’s 5K Run & Walk in June. For more information, call 962-4060, ext. 4261.

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Voter deadline

KENTON COUNTY - The deadline for voters to change their party identification for the 2010 primary elections is Thursday, Dec. 31. The deadline is also for candidates who want to change parties and run in their new party’s primary next year or those who want to run as an independent. Voters who change their party registration after Dec. 31 can’t vote in their new party’s 2010 primary election. To make the change, voters

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can send their county clerk a completed voter registration card by Dec. 31. Registration cards that are mailed must be postmarked by Dec. 31. Voter registration cards are available at county clerks offices or

Adopt a spot

COVINGTON – The Covington Clean & Green litter task force is asking residents, business owners, churches, streets and neighborhood groups to assist with litter cleanup in the city. The Adopt a Spot program establishes a regular cleanup of trash and litter in city neighborhoods. Participants are asked to adopt a particular area for litter cleanup as a collaborative effort to make an impact on neighborhood cleanliness. For information, call 292-2323 or e-mail

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Dear Santa

The eighth-grade Big Buddies at St. Anthony School in Taylor Mill recently helped their Little Buddies write letters to Santa and later met again to see if Santa wrote back. Pictured left to right: Ari Chiarelli, Taylor Haywood, Bridget Kelley, Jaecie Jasper and Jenna Davenport.

Full steam

Five-year-old Wyatt Roads of Fort Mitchell loves pushing the interactive buttons at the annual train display at Behringer Crawford museum in Devou Park. The display boasts 250 feet of track and six trains.


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Meet George Lusby, Scott County Judge-Executive, Community Servant for 32 years, lifelong Georgetown resident “I love to fish and people will tell you, I have a lot of great stories. But as I reflect on many years of serving this community, Toyota often comes to mind. When they first arrived, Toyota didn’t come to town and try to dictate. Instead, they partnered with us, shared ideas and helped us find solutions. We can see the results—improved roads, new bridges, water and sewer lines. The overall quality of life is better in Scott County. That told us a lot about our new neighbor. They were definitely looking to do more than just build cars.” Visit us at













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On Monday, Dec. 28 Papa John’s Pizza will open its 39th Greater Cincinnati location in Independence. The new store will be located at 2043 Centennial Blvd. in Centennial Plaza. The new Papa John’s will offer products from specialty pizzas and hoagies to chicken wings, breadsticks and


Edgewood to extend sidewalks


Retired teachers’ society focuses on charity By Jason Brubaker

By Jason Brubaker

The city of Edgewood announced that they will fund a sidewalk extension project near St. Elizabeth Medical Center that is expected to begin as soon as possible. The project, which city administrator Roger Rolfes estimated would cost around $30,000, will entail the building of sidewalks on one side of Medical Village Drive from Dudley Road to South Loop Road, and from the north side of South Loop road to the sidewalk by the entry to the hospital’s main employee parking lot. “We’re very excited about this, because we’ve been talking about wanting to do something like this for years,” said Doug Chambers, the Facilities Vice President at St. Elizabeth. “We think this is really going to be a good thing not only for our employees, but for the residents as well.” Rolfes agreed.

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Edgewood resident Ray Yaksic takes his two dogs, decked out in their holiday gear, on their daily walk near St. Elizabeth. The city is funding a project to extend the sidewalk system around the medical center. “Our sidewalks get a lot of use by our residents with walking and running, so this will just give them some more options,” he said. “We have a great a relationship with St. Elizabeth, and this is something we’re glad to be able to do.” Rolfes said the city’s public works crew will complete the project, lowering the overall labor costs. He said the crew will begin work soon and will work throughout the winter as time allows, hoping to have completed by the

spring. Ray Yaksic, a resident who walks his two dogs around the hospital nearly every day, said the new sidewalks will surely get a lot of use. “It will give us some new options, and I think it will be a good thing for everyone who uses the sidewalks,” he said. “There’s a ton of people who use all of the sidewalks, so I think it’s a great idea.” For more information about St. Elizabeth, visit

For many people, retirement means sleeping in, afternoons in the recliner and plenty of free time. For some however, it’s just another chance to try to make a difference. That’s where Delta Kappa Gamma comes in. An international society for retired female educators, DKG’s local chapter, Upsilon, has been making their mark on the community in a number of ways. They recently held a silent auction to raise money for future teacher scholarships, and also collected money to be given to the Hosea House. Additionally, they have another fundraiser planned in January to collect winter items, such as hats, scarves and gloves, to the Welcome House in Covington. “It’s really a wonderful organization,” said Priscilla Roberts, a former teacher at Dixie Heights and the chapter’s communications director. “Our main goal is try to help the community and it’s a good feeling to know that we’re giving back.” Judy Ihrig, the chapter

president, said that she was initially attracted by the professionalism of the group. DKG regularly donates money not only to local teachers for scholarships, but also ships money and supplies overseas to help future educators in countries that lack certain resources. The local chapter, which has about 35 members representing Boone, Campbell and Kenton County, usually meets quarterly to plan their events and fundraisers, but each of the teachers also finds their own way to give back in between meetings. Roberts said she still visits classrooms in local schools, working with the drama program, which she oversaw at Dixie. “I just can’t stay out of the classroom,” she said with a laugh. “I think that’s how most of us feel,. We’re used to being around students and working with them, so we’re always looking to find ways to make that happen.” The fundraisers and classroom visits aren’t limited to the holiday season though. Roberts said the Upsilon Chapter held a “Shoe Campaign” last fall, with each member donating

$1 for every pair of shoes they had in their closet. The money went to help fund teacher scholarships. Ihrig said they also donate a number of items to places like The Welcome House throughout the year, including children’s books, toys, baby items and clothing. Additionally, Ihrig will represent the chapter at the 2010 United States Forum in Washington, D.C. The forum is designed to identify educational issues affecting women and children. “It’s really fun to get together with these ladies and enjoy everyone’s company, but more than that, it’s fun to give back and make a difference,” she said. “It’s really a tremendous group of people, and I’m honored to be a part of them.” For more information about the Upsilon Chapter, including membership information or events, visit

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Give broken, out-dated electronics to Scott

By Regan Coomer

The French National Honor Society at Scott High School is asking the community to “recyclez s’il vous plaît,” please recycle. The club kicked off a recycling fundraiser in early December as part of an ongoing effort to collect used cell phones, laptops, video and digital cameras and other electronics, which the students will then ship to a company in Texas for recycling. “The cadmium in a single cell phone is capable of polluting 158,000 gallons of water,” said FNHS president and senior Hannah Bierwirth. “It’s pretty convincing.” The company, called Recycling Fundraiser, works with more than 40,000 schools, churches and groups throughout the U.S. as a large-scale collector of electronic waste and scrap metal. Recycling Fundraiser pays the students and groups for each item collected. The FNHS plans to use monies raised to underwrite the club and pay for membership in the national honor society as well as graduation cords for students. Club advisor Maureen Motsinger said most people aren’t aware of the negative effects on

the environment due to discarded electronics. “They should no be thrown away and I think people don’t know that,” she said. “I had three at home in my closet because I didn’t know what to do with them.” Bierwirth said she just learned it takes 7 pounds of fossil fuels to make one laptop. “We can just recycle the laptop and it would be so much better,” she said. The students have set up collection bins in Scott and in Woodland Middle School. The community is also invited to donate used electronics, which can be dropped off at the front office. The donations are eligible for tax deductions, Motsinger said. “We’d just like people to think before they throw things away,” Motsinger said. “What’s going to happen to it, what is it going to do?” The school is now accepting out-dated, un-needed or broken cell phones, laptop computers, inkjet cartridges, MP3 players, digital cameras and video cameras, handheld game systems, GPS devices, radar detectors and e-book readers. Visit for more information.


The Scott High School French National Honor Society kicked off a recycling fundraiser in December to collect used and broken cell phones and other electronics. The students get credit for recycling items that are harmful to the environment. Left to right: Club advisor Maureen Motsinger; Hannah Bierwirth, president; Shannon Brady, reporter; Hayley Myers and Ian Ward, vice president.


Book buddies

It's a DEAR day at St. Augustine School. Third-grade students brought in pillows and blankets, spread out throughout the classroom, and Dropped Everything And Read. Harrison Tuke, Chrishon Bias, and Logan Allen enjoy their DEAR time.

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Stephen J. Becker of Park Hills was on the Dean’s List for the summer session, 2009 at the University of Dayton. Stephen’s concentration is Mechanical Engineering, with a minor in German. He is the son of Lisa Beker and grandson of Rose Albers Wachs, both of Park Hills.

Gift of reading


Santa Claus and Sam Barrow enjoy a minute to look at a book together. Sam was one of nearly 200 students and family members to attend the ACUE Literacy Fair held at St. Augustine School. After an evening of books and pizza, each child picked out a new book to take home.


Kelly Schroer of Park Hills has been named to the Dean’s List for the 2009-2010 fall quarter at DePaul University in Chicago. To receive Dean’s List commendation, full-time students must earn a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above on a four-point scale. For information on the school, visit

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Holiday cheer


Angelina Ashba and Mya Martin show off the Christmas ornaments they made for their second grade classroom Christmas tree at St. Augustine School.

Morehead State University’s Winter Commencement exercises were held Dec. 12, with more than 500 degree candidates participating. Among those who took part in the ceremonies was Kayla Shana Watts of Latonia, who was a candidate for a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing. For information on the school, visit


Angelina Ashba shows off the treats St. Nick left in her paper shoe overnight at St. Augustine School.


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Down to a science (fair)


Beechgrove fourth-grade student, Mackenzie Wessel displays her project.


Beechgrove fifth-grade student, Rene Robinson, displays her project.


Students donate cookies

Members of the Scott High School National Honor Society baked and donated over 500 Christmas cookies to a Covington soup kitchen Dec. 15, 2009.

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• Holy Cross boys beat Cooper High School 45-27, Dec. 12. Holy Cross’ Joe Allen scored five points, including one three-pointer; Marcus Lea scored nine, including one three-pointer; Jake Burger scored 10; Keith Egan scored six; Arlinghaus scored nine, including one three-pointer; Knochelman scored two and Kyle Fuller scored four. • Holmes High School boys beat Memphis Central 45-40, Dec. 12. Ricardo Johnson was Holmes’ topscorer with 19 points, including one three-pointer. Holmes’ Elijah Pittman scored 13 points, including three 3-pointers; Kevon Rice scored seven, including one three-pointer and Willie Slusher scored six. • Simon Kenton High School girls beat WaltonVerona 41-35, Dec. 12. Sydni Wainscott was Simon’s topscorer with 17 points, including two three-pointers. Simon’s Aris Kuntz scored two points; Ali Ponzer scored nine, including one threepointer; Hannah Stephenson scored three; Kristen Pace scored four and Nikki Brown scored six. • Scott High School girls beat Calvary Christian 62-20, Dec. 12. Lauren Tibbs was Scott’s top-scorer with 24 points. Scott’s Kelsey Bamforth scored four points; Taylor Stinson scored 13; Starnes scored two; Taylor Jackson scored five; Kraft scored one; Jill Buntin scored eight, including one three-pointer; Taylor scored two and Sara Kuhse scored nine, including two threepointers. • Simon Kenton High School girls beat Williamstown 50-46, Dec. 14. Sydni Wainscott and Nikki Brown were Simon’s topscorers with 11 points each, including one three-pointer from each of them. Simon’s Aris Kuntz scored three; Ali Ponzer scored 10, including two three-pointers; Hannah Stephenson scored seven, including one three-pointer; Kristen Pace scored two and Kayla Blevins scored six. • Scott girls beat Cooper High School 60-25, Dec. 14. Taylor Stinson was Scott’s top-scorer with 24 points. Scott’s April Henson scored two, Kelsey Bamforth scored two, Starnes scored two, Taylor Jackson scored five, Kraft scored five and Lauren Tibbs scored 20. • Ludlow High School girls beat Silver Grove High School 67-29, Dec. 14. Courtney Turner was Ludlow’s top-scorer with 16 points, including one threepointer. Ludlow’s Tori Wofford scored eight points, including one three-pointer; Caitlin Kroger scored two; Mariah Johnson scored nine, including one three-pointer; Erin Miller scored two; Brittany Richie scored three; Megan Vohl scored seven, Bekah Cooper scored three, including one three-pointer; Caitlyn Holt scored three; Emily Kroger scored six; Jade Stansberry scored two and Jessie Helmer scored six, including one threepointer. • Ludlow High School boys beat Silver Grove High School 61-58, Dec. 15. Zach Stegemoller was Ludlow’s top-scorer with 19 points, including three 3-pointers. Ludlow’s Yates scored two; Eric Faulkner scored two; Jake Gier scored seven, including one three-pointer; Alex Hall scored nine, including one threepointer; Anthony Camerena scored seven, including one three-pointer and Tommy Rhodes scored 15, including one three-pointer.

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Pioneers finish 2nd in conference meet By James Weber

Nathan Gilbert said his first Simon Kenton High School wrestling team as a head coach in still a work in progress. The Pioneers added another meet to their schedule to work on after finishing second in the Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference meet Dec. 19 at Newport High School. By finishing second, the Pioneers grabbed a berth in the state dual meet championships in January. “It’s a great step in the right direction,” said Gilbert, who took over for Jim Wilbers this season. “We worked hard; we never quit. We wrestled hard all the way through. We did a lot better today than we did last week.” The meet format was individual weight class pools. The Pioneers won three weight class titles. Kevin Cooper won at 130 pounds, Jared Yocum at 125 and Alex Van Winkle at 215. Four other Pioneers were runner-up. Cooper had one of the day’s more dramatic matches, beating Scott’s Stephen

Supe with a late takedown to win the 130-pound title. “We worked hard and we did well in practice,” Cooper said. “It’s all about the mentality. We have to get out there and know we’re going to win. That’s all there is to it.” Said Yocum: “I feel pretty good. We’ve still got a lot of work to do, but our tech-

nique is coming along great.” Scott finished fourth. Ritchie Supe won at 119, and Zach Sowder beat top seed Jacob Lee of Campbell County to win at 171. Lee was state runner-up last year. Dixie Heights was led by Alex Castellano’s runner-up finish at 112.


Simon Kenton’s Cody Herald (facing) wrestles Scott’s Matt Severin during a 140-pound match at the NKAC meet Dec. 19.


Simon Kenton’s Weston Ott (top) wrestles Brossart’s Colton Boesch during a 152-pound match at the NKAC meet Dec. 19.


Scott’s Ritchie Supe (left) wrestles Dixie Heights’ Josh Crowder during a 119pound match at the NKAC meet Dec. 19.

NKAC Results Team standings: Campbell County 447, Simon Kenton 370, Cooper 277, Scott 206, Ryle 201, Conner 105, Dixie Heights 95, Newport 75, Boone County 72, Brossart 54, Holmes 53. Top-four medalists in each weight class: 103: 1. Garth Yenter (Campbell), 2. Ryan Norbury (SK), 3. Keegan North (Ryle), 4. Jordan Smith (Scott). 112: 1. Sean Fausz (Campbell), 2. Alex Castellano (Dixie), 3. Joey Parrot (SK), 4. Troy Williams (Ryle). 119: 1. Ritchie Supe (Scott), 2. Corey Ahern (Ryle), 3. Alex Brown (SK), 4. Zach Fryer (Campbell). 125: 1. Jared Yocum (SK), 2. Drew Miller (Scott), 3. Jake Sanders (Ryle), 4. Corbin Woods (Campbell). 130: 1. Kevin Cooper (SK), 2. Stephen Supe (Scott), 3. Kent Bachman (Campbell), 4. Zack Brown (Ryle). 135: 1. John Hale (Campbell), 2. Hiero Chamblee (SK), 3. Cody Stephens (Ryle), 4. Quinten Conrad (Boone).

140: 1. Lane Jones (Cooper), 2. Cody Herald (SK), 3. Eric Spahr (Campbell), 4. Matt Severin (Scott). 145: 1. T.J. Bates (Cooper), 2. Ryan Stevens (SK), 3. Dylan Watson (Campbell), 4. Brandon Jackson (Holmes). 152: 1. Matt Brewer (Cooper), 2. Daniel Zink (Campbell), 3. Justin Roberts (Newport), 4. Adam Pelley (Conner). 160: 1. Nick Meirose (Campbell), 2. Andy Gilliland (Cooper), 3. David Bahr (SK), 4. Alex Dailey (Holmes). 171: 1. Zack Sowder (Scott), 2. Jacob Lee (Campbell), 3. Josh Crawford (Cooper), 4. Nick Schreck (Dixie). 189: 1. Nathan Ilg (Campbell County), 2. Huston Dockery (Conner), 3. Daryl Lynch (Newport), 4. Jacob Shoemaker (Scott). 215: 1. Alex Van Winkle (SK), 2. Thomas Day (Boone), 3. Rob Youtsey (Campbell), 4. Zach Meiman (Ryle). 285: 1. Mason Franck (Campbell), 2. Trey Beal (Cooper).

Lloyd hoops tourney enters its third year By James Weber


Berns, bronze and Bear

Sam Burns, 14, of Covington, takes care of Bear the horse after winning the bronze medal riding western at this year’s Special Olympics Equestrian Competition at the Kentucky Horse Park, Oct. 4. Last year, Sam rode English and came home with two gold medals. Sam has been riding for nearly three years at Milestones in Independence.

The Holmes High School boys’ basketball team has won the Lloyd Memorial Holiday Invitational the previous two years of the tourney’s existence. The Bulldogs return to the 16-team field for the third time, but this time as defending state champs as well, which can only help the tournament, said Mike Key. Key, the fourth-year head coach at Lloyd and first-year athletic director, will welcome Holmes and 14 other teams to the school campus for the major tournament. Ten of the entrants are Northern Kentucky teams, six downstate. “It’s a pretty solid field,” Key said. “We feel this tournament helps prepare you for the big one at the end of the year. I think (Holmes) is a good draw. When they’re successful, people will come out and see them. We have some solid teams in the area coming.” Key said the field has some of Northern Kentucky’s better teams and the state’s leading scorer last

season in Villa Madonna guard Blake Bryan. Another Bryan, Lexington Bryan Station High School, leads the downstate programs coming to Erlanger. The tourney starts Sunday, Dec. 27, and runs through Dec. 30. Each team will play each day for four games overall. Four of the 32 games will be at Tichenor Middle School, next door to Lloyd. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 students. An alltourney pass is available for $20 on the tourney’s first day. Key has run similar tourneys in his previous coaching position in Berea, Ky. He said the tourney is not only a great showcase for local hoops fans and a good opportunity to raise funds for Lloyd’s athletic department. Villa Madonna has been in the tournament all three years, compiling a 2-6 record. Beechwood and Holy Cross are making their second appearance. The Indians were 3-1 in last year’s tourney, the Tigers 22 in 2007. Sunday, Dec. 27: 1 p.m., Lewis County vs. Villa

Madonna; 2 p.m., Campbell County vs. Beechwood (at Tichenor); 2:45 p.m., Holmes vs. Pendleton County; 3:45 p.m., Newport vs. Deming (at Tichenor); 4:30 p.m., Cooper vs. Bryan Station; 6:15 p.m., Holy Cross vs. Cumberland County; 8 p.m., Lloyd vs. North Laurel; 9:45 p.m., Conner vs. Bellevue. Monday, Dec. 28: Games matching first-round losers start at 9:30 a.m. Winners’ bracket games start at 4:30 p.m. with the last slated for 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29: The same time schedule as Monday. Teams that are 0-2 in the tourney start it off at 9:30 and 11:15 a.m., and the championship semifinals are the last two games, first one no earlier than 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30 : The championship game is 8 p.m. at Lloyd. Consolation games at Lloyd are 11:15 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:45 p.m. (fifth place), 4:30 p.m. (consolation championship), and 6:15 p.m. (third place). Tichenor hosts a 1 p.m. consolation game and the seventh-place game at 2:45 p.m.

Sports & recreation BRIEFLY • Simon Kenton High School boys beat Williamstown 53-49, Dec. 15. Cody Chambers was SK’s top-scorer with 16 points, including two three-pointers. SK’s Andrew Sampson scored two; Jared Swanson scored six; Matt Basham scored 15, including four three-pointers; Zac Bishop scored two; Casey Sorrell scored six; D.J. Rabe scored four and Ryan Mullen scored two. • Scott High School boys beat Holy Cross High school 62-49, Dec. 15. Cameron Haynes and Jacob Niederegger were Scott’s top-scorers with 13 points each, including three 3-pointers from Haynes. Scott’s Kellen Smith scored

VMA enters home tourney on winning streak By James Weber

After a one-year absence, the Villa Madonna Holiday Classic will return to the Villa Madonna Academy campus. VMA head coach and athletic director Don Shields decided not to have the tournament last year when his hoops team was invited to another holiday tourney, the Queen of the Bluegrass showcase at East Carter High School. The 18th VMA classic will be Dec. 28-30, and will feature seven teams including the host Blue Lightning. The field originally had an eighth team, but Cordia dropped out shortly before the season began and Shields was not able to get a replacement on short notice. To adjust, VMA will not play on the first day of the tourney, but will play two games each of the next two days. The games will not be back-to-back, Shields said. The Lightning are off to the best start in program history, going 6-0 heading into a Dec. 18 game at Lloyd. VMA is averaging a steady 57 points per game, scoring at least 50 each time and going into the 60’s four times. The traditionally stout VMA defense is doing better than usual. While the team has allowed fewer than 40 points per game often during Shields’ tenure, they have lowered that to just 25 a contest so far in 2009. “We’re not letting teams take a lot of shots,” Shields said. “We’ve been playing real well. The girls have really been getting after it.” Shields was most impressed with a 50-15 win over defending conference champ Ludlow, which has lost several key players from last year to graduation or injury. VMA’s defense kept Ludlow standout guard Courtney Turner entirely off the scoreboard. Senior veterans Chelsea Case, Amy Kreutzer and Kim Schroer have led the scoring for VMA this year, and junior point guard Kiley Stoll has stepped up her game this year, as has the fifth starter, senior Morgan Cook. “My main three girls have just been phenomenal,” Shields said. “Kiley Stoll has made it that much better. She was a good defensive player last year, didn’t shoot much. Now she’s scoring more. That’s been a pleasant surprise. (Cook) doesn’t score a lot but she’s been very aggressive.” Schroer averaged 14.5

points per game in the first six and scored her 1,000th career point in the second game of the year. Case averages 13.5 points and 9.8 rebounds a game. Kreutzer averages 12.2 points and 6.2 boards. Stoll is averaging nine points a contest. Kreutzer is on pace to get her 1,000th career point in early January, and Case could reach that milestone late in the season. The tourney schedule: Monday, Dec. 28: 2 p.m, Jackson County vs. Holmes; 3:45 p.m., Powell County vs. St. Patrick; 5:30 p.m., Williamstown vs. Bracken County. Tuesday, Dec 29: 2 p.m., Jackson-Holmes loser vs. Powell-St. Patrick loser; 3:45 p.m., Villa Madonna vs. Williamstown-Bracken loser; 5:30 p.m., JacksonHolmes winner vs. PowellSt. Patrick winner; 7:15 p.m., Villa Madonna vs. Williamstown-Bracken winner. Wednesday, Dec 30: First game is 10 a.m., championship game is at 3:15 p.m.

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Colonels, Indians lead bowling divisions By James Weber

The Northern Kentucky High School Bowling Conference is in full striking form this season. Twenty area high schools participate in bowling, which is not sanctioned by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association. About 60 schools statewide participate, and many of them will be at Super Bowl Erlanger for the state championships on March 13. New this year is a singles championship in addition to the traditional team titles during state weekend. Northern Kentucky teams bowl 12 matches for a possible seven points per match. The points come from a combination of fourperson team games and Baker system games, in which five bowlers roll two frames apiece in a single game. Here is a look at the area through Week 4 (Dec. 10). Week 5 statistics were not available at press time. Action resumes Jan. 7 after the holidays.

Boys standings

District 1: Boone County 20.5-7.5, Cooper 10-18, Conner 9-19, Ryle 1-27. District 2: Dixie Heights 23-5, Campbell County 217, Highlands 20-8, Scott 16-12, Covington Catholic 13-15. District 3: Bishop

Brossart 24-4, Newport 244, Newport Central Catholic 13-15, Dayton 12.5-15.5, Bellevue 9-19. District 4: Holy Cross 253, St. Henry 12-16, WaltonVerona 7-21, Lloyd 6-22, Villa Madonna 0-28.

Girls standings

District 1: Conner 18-10, Cooper 12-16, Boone Co. 12-16, Ryle 11.5-16.5. District 2: Campbell County 25-3, Notre Dame 25-3, Scott 17.5-10.5, Dixie Heights 13-15, Highlands 11-17. District 3: Newport 23-5, Dayton 13-15, Brossart 1315, NewCath 11-17, Bellevue 0-28. District 4: Holy Cross 1513, VMA 12.5-15.5, St. Henry 12.5-15.5, Lloyd 721. CovCath: Andrew Mairose leads the team with a 191 average and 233 high game. Josh Bayless (177) and Sam Collins (178) are the next two, and each has a high game of 214. Dixie: Zach Day (192) and Chris Hamilton (191) are among the top averages in the area, helping the Colonels to a strong 23-5 start. Holy Cross: Brian Scheper leads the way with a 194 average and 232 game. Jon Kidd, Kevin Schwier, Greg Dooley and Eric Gregory all average better than 170. The Indians’ 192 Baker average is the best in North-

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ern Kentucky. Brooke Crail leads all Northern Kentucky girls with a 166 average and has the second-highest game in the region with 246. Lloyd: Robby Moore and Sam Banta are the top averages with 150. Moore has a high game of 217. Notre Dame: Christy Kathman leads the team with a 150 average. Scott: Cody Kindoll and Zach Lawson both average 173 for the Eagles. Kindoll has a 240 game and Lawson 213. Megan Kindoll leads the Scott girls with a 162 average and 219 high game. Emily Freking averages 158 and Caroline Beckett 152.

St. Henry: Mike Wolfe has one of the region’s top averages with 195, and a high game of 246. John Tepe and Mitchell Enzweiler have 200 games to their credit. Chelsea Strange leads the girls team with a 142 average. Villa Madonna: Gavin Wichman leads with a 135 average and a high game of 189. Molly Backscheder has a 145 average to lead the VMA girls.

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10 points, including two three-pointers; Tyler Kiefer scored one three-pointer; Daniel O’Conner scored nine; Keyo Jones scored 12 and Roberts scored two. • Simon Kenton High School girls beat Oldham County 86-76, Dec. 15. Sydni Wainscott was SK’s top-scorer with 17 points, including one three-pointer. SK’s Aris Kuntz scored nine points, including one three-pointer; Teressa Large scored two; Ali Ponzer scored 10, including one three-pointer; Hannah Stephenson scored 11, including one three-pointer; Tessa Orr scored three; Kristen Pace scored six; Morris scored two; Nikki Brown scored 14 and Kayla Blevins scored 10.

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coal companies pay for the privilege of taking the coal out of the ground in the first place or the corporate income taxes they pay on their profits. It's obvious that coal not only keeps the lights on in your home it also keeps the lights on across the Commonwealth. As oil prices go up, coal is increasingly becoming an important resource to keep America safe. More than a third of all U.S. oil imports com through OPEC mostly countries like Nigeria, Venezuela, and Saudi Arabia whose leaders don't have Americans' well-being in mind. The more energy we can produce at home, the less money that will be funneled to those regimes. Coalto-gas and coal-to-liquid technology, along with clean-coal technology and carbon capture, has the potential to revolutionize our national economy. Not only could gas be developed from Kentucky coal rather than Middle Eastern oil, but the prices could go down as well. That's a win-win for everyone in the country. While national leaders are looking at cap-and-trade and other schemes to tax energy production, Kentucky officials have focused on encouraging the research and development that could restore Kentucky's coal production to the center of our national energy economy. It's a return on investment that's sure to pay dividends for the taxpayers of today, and tomorrow. Senator Thayer represents the 17th Senate District, which includes Grant, Owen, and Scott Counties as well as part of Kenton County

Damian Thayer Community Recorder guest columnist

Young cancer survivors eligible for scholarships

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Coal important to all Kentuckians In my Senate district in central and northern Kentucky, when we think about coal, we consider its role in the economy of the eastern and western parts of the state. We don't realize how important coal is to the economic growth of our local communities, but without coal and the cheap electricity it provides, our household budgets and small businesses would be in trouble. Kentucky relies on coal for 92 percent of all its electricity needs, giving us the fourth-cheapest energy rates in the nation. In fact, our home energy bills are about half that of people living in New York and New England. That cheap energy is also a powerful incentive for out-of-state businesses to locate in Kentucky. Utilities make up a sizeable chunk of any company's non-labor costs, so being able to save money on heat and light goes a long way toward luring them here. Industrial energy in Kentucky is 16 percent cheaper than in Indiana, and 31 percent cheaper than in Ohio. If a company wants to locate in this region of the country, Kentucky can reduce their costs considerably. Even beyond locally-created jobs, coal helps our statewide economy. Nearly 18,000 miners work to bring coal out of the ground, and there are more than 50,000 jobs as a result of those miners' spending their income, whether it be at the local grocery or clothing store or at the doctor's office. The miners alone make more than $1 billion in wages every year, and their tax dollars are important to keeping our roads and schools the best they can be. That's not even mentioning the $270 million in taxes the


Santa’s helpers

Nearly 200 participants attended the Thomas More College Student Government Association’s service project, Winter Wonderland, on Dec. 2. Children from John G. Carlisle School, Boys and Girls Club in Newport, Redwood, Latonia Elementary, Kenton Co. Boys and Girls Club, and the Buenger Boys and Girls Club enjoyed Christmas cheer by talking to Santa, petting farm animals at the Nativity Scene, and taking part in activities like reindeer ornament making shown here. Thomas More students, Michael Renauer from Louisville and Catherine O’Shea from Burlington, help children make reindeer ornaments using candy canes. PROVIDED

Dealing with loss and grief during the holiday season "Happy Holidays!" we hear so often at this time of year. Expectations of joy and togetherness with picture-perfect family and friends are in the air. These gatherings can be stressful enough with everyday pressures we all deal with. But if you have experienced the death of a loved one, the season may be anything but joyous. What will you do? Many people become so anxious about the holidays that panic sets in and fears of disrupting the rest of the family prevail. The good news is that there is something you can do to help reduce the stress associated with grief during the holidays. The bottom line is that it helps to have a plan, some plan, to approach the holidays. It can be very helpful to convince yourself that you do not have to do everything you normally would during the holidays. It does not have to be all or nothing! Compromise works well! The following suggestions provide ideas on how you can compromise on the usual celebrations in order to reduce the stress. Lower Expectations: You have suffered a significant loss. Realize that it is normal to not want to celebrate this year. Feelings are more intense, so recognize that you are not able to function at the same levels you used to. Give yourself permission to feel what you're feeling. Look at what's expected and decide to cut back: Look at the things you ordinarily do for the holidays-- sending greeting cards, decorating the house, putting up a tree, holiday baking, entertaining, going to parties, visiting friends, exchanging gifts, etc. Decide what you can do this year, what you don't want to do, and what you want do differently. THEN PLAN TO DO OR NOT DO THESE THINGS.

James Ellis Community Recorder guest columnist

Give yourself a break. Be kind to yourself and don't feel guilty about any of your emotions; happy or sad. Try new things, such as meeting friends at a restaurant instead of having them to your house. If you put up a tree, put it in a different place in your home or put up a miniature tree. Fewer decorations, less greeting cards, baking less can help you feel less stressed. It is especially important that you get adequate rest. Stress and grief can take a lot of energy from your body. Make sure you are getting enough sleep. Exercise is important, too. Ask for help. You will feel sad at certain times this season. Give yourself permission to express those feelings. Feelings should not be "stuffed" away. It's okay to ask for what you need. People gain satisfaction from helping those they care about. If you need assistance with shopping or decorating or cooking, tell them so! If you need a shoulder to cry on, let someone know. Give something of yourself to others. You are not alone. You are not the only one grieving this holiday season. It may help your healing process to assist other people. If you can bring yourself to do so, volunteer your time at a church, adopt a needy family, or help out at a homeless shelter. Create New Traditions. Creating new traditions can be more helpful than keeping the old. You can involve the family in planning and carrying out the new ritual(s). Also, keep in mind that any changes you make do not have to be permanent! You can say “for this year” we will try this. Know that You Will Survive. It may be hard to imagine right

Grief Support Groups

Support groups are offered throughout the year. New sessions start in January. Call 859-301-4611 for more information about any of these groups.

Journey Through Grief

This is a 6-week class for adults. The focus is on helping participants better understand the grief process while gaining support from each other.

Journey Through Grief Grant County

Meets twice a month with a breakfast meeting and support group designed to assist participants with support and understanding of the grief process.

Men's Breakfast Club

One group designed for retired age widowers focuses on developing friendships through fellowship. Another group has recently been established for working-age men.

HOPE: Helping Overwhelmed Parents Endure

Support group for parents who have experienced the death of an older child.

STARS: Grief Support for Kids

This program is for school-aged kids who have experienced the death of a loved one and their caregivers. now, but you will survive this season. It may be the hardest time of your grief process thus far, but it will pass. You will probably find yourself becoming stronger than before. If you find a few moments of happiness, enjoy it. The best gift you can give to anyone you care about, even someone you have lost, is to be honest with yourself and make the most of every moment of your life. James Ellis is a bereavement coordinator for Hospice Care of St. Elizabeth

CH@TROOM Last week’s question

What is your favorite Christmas or holiday tradition? What makes it special? “Midnight Christmas Eve service, lighting of the candles and singing Christmas carols.” Duke “For 23 years our family of six has opened the doors of our house on Christmas morning for a drop-in breakfast. After we open our gifts, my husband and I and our four kids quickly clean our

mess then commence cooking breakfast for family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and anyone who just wants to drop in! It’s our way of giving back. One exciting year we had a motorcycle gang come (OK, that was all the truck drivers from my work!). Last year we were moving from Georgia here and couldn’t do it. My children were so disappointed and said it was just not Christmas without our community breakfast. So, now we are starting it in Kentucky!” J.K.T. “Candlelight Christmas at First

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Church of Christ. The tradition, the beautiful music, friends gathered to worship. The beauty of the birth of Christ always resonates in the message. I also enjoy the family being home and the Christmas stockings.” G.G.

“Watching all of the Christmas specials on TV. I always try to record all of my favorites and watch them every year: A Garfield Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Rudolph the

Red Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, and the list goes on. What makes them special is that they are timeless classics, which only become more antique as the years go on but never lose their charm. Sitting on my couch, watching these by the tree brings back such wonderful childhood memories and I do feel like a kid again, just for a brief moment. Merry Christmas!” C.S., Erlanger

Do the recent developments concerning Tiger Wood, and the death of Chris Henry, change the way you look at professional athletes? Send your response to with “chatroom” in the subject line. “The 24-hour ‘Christmas Story’ movie marathon starting Christmas Eve. Can’t ever have too much of that movie! “Happy holidays!” A.D.Z.

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Paul Gronefeld of Erlanger took time to decorate the island near his house on Lexington Court. "I just can't quit decorating," he said with a laugh.


Doris Shields said she always tries her best to get in the holiday mood with the decorations on her home on Concord Drive in Erlanger.

Bright lights inspire holiday cheer in county By Regan Coomer

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Lakeside Park resident Brandon Leslie said his grandparents John and Donna are very proud of their lights and decorations. “They’ve always liked to decorate,” he said. “They like the holidays and they’ve always been into fun things. There are decorations like that all around the house and outside the house.”

Kenton County residents decked out their halls, homes and lawns to celebrate the holidays this year. Lit-up houses were the norm throughout

the county, but we’re honoring a few standouts who went that extra holiday lights mile. “I just can’t quit decorating – I always see some more I can do,” said Erlanger resident Paul Gronefeld, whose home featured an arched walkway, candy

canes lining the yard and of course, cut-outs of Santa and Mrs. Claus. Gronefeld’s wife Mary Jo said the couple go all out for Halloween as well. “You should see our attic – it’s packed with decorations for everything!” she said.


John Runion of Erlanger said his Christmas decorations typically take about two days to set up, including lights that flash in time with the holdiay music playing on outdoor speakers.

Paul Gronefeld of Erlanger said he loves to put up decorations for all holidays.



Terry and Mary Chauvin in Taylor Mill take more than 200 hours to set up their home's holiday display and light show set to music, which can be heard by tuning the radio to 107.3 FM. The Chauvins have decorated their home for the past 21 years using old, new and found holiday decorations. "You can't go out and buy what we have nowadays," Terry Chauvin said. "That is 25 years of stuff out there."


The Jeffrey family of Lakeside Park love their decorations. Dad Jeff said it takes him four hours and a rented cherry picker to decorate the tall evergreen in front of their home, but it’s worth it. “Ever since I was a kid of 14 or 15 I went out and decorated the outside of my parents’ house,” he said. “It’s a lot of fun.”

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Jellyfish Gallery, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Newport Aquarium, Included with admission; $20, $13 ages 2-12. 261-7444; Newport. Frog Bog, 910a.m.-6 p.m. Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $20, $13 ages 212. 261-7444. Newport. Penguin Parade, 10:15 a.m. Newport Aquarium, Free. 261-7444. Newport. Light Up the Levee Holiday Light Show, 6 p.m. Newport on the Levee, Free. 291-0550; Newport.


Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland, 10 a.m.6 p.m. No Scuba-diving Santa Claus dive shows today. Newport Aquarium, Newport on the Levee, Holiday decorations throughout Aquarium, Scuba Santa’s Post Office and Reindeer Roundup game. Scuba-diving Santa Claus performs in dive shows with sharks daily. Included with admission: $20, $13 ages 2-12. 261-7444; Newport. S A T U R D A Y, D E C . 2 6


Light Up the Levee Holiday Light Show, 6 p.m. Newport on the Levee, Free. 291-0550; Newport.


Zumba Fitness, 10 a.m. Frank Duveneck Arts & Cultural Center, 1232 Greenup St. Dance to variety of Latin rhythms. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Beginners welcome. $5. 491-3942. Covington.


Taste of Kentucky, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sample Kentucky Proud food items including Ruth Hunt candy, Weisenberger Mills mixes, Elmwood Inn Fine Teas and John Conti gourmet coffee. Kentucky Haus Artisan Center, 411 E. 10th St. Free. 261-4287; Newport.


Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $20, $13 ages 2-12. 261-7444; Newport. Holiday Toy Trains are on Track, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Largest interactive holiday train display in Northern Kentucky with more than 25 stations for children. Layout features 250 feet of track and Lionel, Marx and Plasticville toy trains and sets from past and present. Family friendly. $7, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3-17. 491-4003; Covington. Breakfast with Santa Cow, 8 a.m.-9 a.m. Chick-fil-A Florence, 4980 Houston Road, Children receive free mini-moo cow and photo with Santa Cow. Family friendly. 5944600; Florence. Christmas at the Creation Museum, 6 p.m.8 p.m. Holiday musicals and planetarium presentation of “The Christmas Star” inside museum, tickets required. Creation Museum, 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Outdoors. Nativity scene with actors in first-century Bethlehem, Christmas light display and an archaeological presentation explaining the replica of a Bethlehem home for the infant’s birth. Included with admission: $21.95 ages 13-59; $16.95 ages 60 and up; $11.95 ages 5-12; free military, police and firefighters; free ages 4 and under. 888-582-4253. Petersburg.


The Gourmet Strip: Dining, Entertainment and Gambling, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. BehringerCrawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Celebrate this mystical stretch of Dixie Highway from Covington through Florence that was know for its dining establishments such as the White Horse Tavern and Greyhound Grill; first-class entertainment at Lookout House; and illegal gambling. $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17, members free. 491-4003; Covington.


Muldoon with the Blue Moon, 9 p.m. Blue Stars Cafe, 529 Overton St. 360-2331; Newport.


Dave Webster and Gary Devoto Band, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Christmas Party. Olde Fort Thomas Pub, 1041 S. Fort Thomas Ave. 441-1927. Fort Thomas. Woodwind Steel, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Guys ‘n’ Dolls Restaurant and Nightclub, 4210 Alexandria Pike, DJ music and dancing continues to 2 a.m. $5. 441-4888. Cold Spring.


Triple Dose, 10 p.m. Peecox II, 12200 Madison Pike, 356-1440. Independence. Sunset Betty, 10 p.m. Peecox, 635 Donaldson Highway, Free. 342-7000. Erlanger.


Jeff Jena, 7:30 p.m. Dinner available. $16. Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, Comedian and actor. 957-2000. Newport.


Oliver!, 3 p.m. Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd. Musical based on “Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens. With Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. $25, $20 members, $18 students. Through Dec. 27. 957-1940. Covington. Holiday Hoopla, 7:30 p.m. Shadowbox Cabaret, Newport on the Levee, Sketch comedy shorts and music by BillWho? Dedicated to the hustle and bustle of the season. $20$30. Reservations recommended. Through Jan. 9. 581-7625. Newport.


Thoroughbred Racing, 1:10 p.m. Holiday Meet. Holiday Cheer Stakes. Turfway Park, 7500 Turfway Road, Free. Through Dec. 31. 371-0200; Florence. S U N D A Y, D E C . 2 7


Karaoke, 10 p.m. Willie’s Sports Cafe - Covington, 401 Crescent Ave. Karaoke with Alecia. $1 Miller longnecks. Free. 581-1500. Covington.


Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Free ornament craft noon-3 p.m. while supplies last. Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $20, $13 ages 2-12. 2617444; Newport. Holiday Toy Trains are on Track, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Behringer-Crawford Museum, $7, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3-17. 491-4003; Covington.

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The Gourmet Strip: Dining, Entertainment and Gambling, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. BehringerCrawford Museum, $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17, members free. 491-4003; Covington.


Jeff Jena, 7:30 p.m. Dinner available. $14. Funny Bone Comedy Club, 957-2000. Newport.


Oliver!, 3 p.m. Sign language interpreted and closed captioning available. Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, $25, $20 members, $18 students. 957-1940. Covington. Holiday Hoopla, 7 p.m. Shadowbox Cabaret, $20-$30. Reservations recommended. 5817625. Newport. M O N D A Y, D E C . 2 8

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Voice of Independence Toastmasters Club Meeting, 7 p.m. William E. Durr Branch Library, 1992 Walton-Nicholson Road, Open to area residents interested in improving speaking, listening, and leadership skills in supportive environment. No charge to visitors and guests. Presented by Voice of Independence Toastmasters. 802-9320. Independence. DANCE CLASSES

Beginner Square Dance Class, 7:30 p.m. Promenade Palace, 3630 Decoursey Pike, Casual dress. Smooth-soled shoes required. $4. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 513-929-2427. Covington.


Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $20, $13 ages 2-12. 261-7444; Newport. Holiday Toy Trains are on Track, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Behringer-Crawford Museum, $7, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3-17. 491-4003; Covington. Christmas at the Creation Museum, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Holiday musicals and planetarium presentation of “The Christmas Star” inside museum, tickets required. Creation Museum, Included with admission: $21.95 ages 1359; $16.95 ages 60 and up; $11.95 ages 5-12; free military, police and firefighters; free ages 4 and under. 888-582-4253. Petersburg.


Karaoke, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. The Avenue Lounge, 411 Madison Ave. With DJ Will Corson. Ages 21 and up. 261-6120. Covington.


Former Northern Kentucky University head basketball coach Ken Shields will conduct another basketball camp Dec. 28-30 at the Sports of All Sorts complex in Union. The camp will focus on shooting and overall basketball skills. The camp also features Scott Draud and Paul Cluxton. To register or for more information, call 372-7754 or visit T U E S D A Y, D E C . 2 9

COMMUNITY DANCE Line Dancing, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Lookout Heights Civic Club, 1661 Park Road, Holly and Bernie Ruschman, instructors. Beginners welcome. $6, $3 for first-timers. Presented by H & B Dance Co. Through Feb. 23. 727-0904. Fort Wright. HOLIDAY - CHRISTMAS

Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $20, $13 ages 2-12. 261-7444; Newport. Holiday Toy Trains are on Track, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Behringer-Crawford Museum, $7, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3-17. 491-4003; Covington.


The Gourmet Strip: Dining, Entertainment and Gambling, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. BehringerCrawford Museum, $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17, members free. 491-4003; Covington.


Scrabble Rama!, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Bean Haus, 640 Main St. Scrabble tournament; prizes. 431-2326; Covington. American Contract Bridge League Bridge Tournament, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St. Beginners welcome. $4. Presented by Northern Kentucky Bridge Club. 689-5743; Elsmere. Texas Hold’em Tournaments, 9 p.m. Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St. Players gather in tables of eight for the five-card game. Prizes from local beer and liquor distributors available for winners. Final game held at end of an eight week period. Winner of final game receives $500. Ages 21 and up. 491-6659. Covington. W E D N E S D A Y, D E C . 3 0

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HOLIDAY - NEW YEAR’S New Year’s Eve Celebration, 8:30 p.m.12:30 a.m. Chez Nora, 530 Main St. With Ricky Nye Inc. featuring Bekah Williams. Free. 491-8027. Covington. New Year’s Eve Party, 4 p.m. Mansion Hill Tavern, 502 Washington Ave. Music by Johnny Fink and the Intrusions begins 10 p.m. Finger food, veggies, meat and cheese and giant sandwich served at 11 p.m. Free champagne toast at midnight. $25 per couple, $15 single. 581-0100. Newport. Jefferson Hall’s New Year’s Eve Bash, 7 p.m. Jefferson Hall, 1 Levee Way, Suite 2118, Appetizer buffet until 10 p.m. Party favors and champagne toast at midnight. Music by the Rusty Griswolds. Ages 21 and up. $30. Reservations required. 491-6200; Newport. New Year’s Eve Celebration, 7 p.m. “New” Sleepcat Band led by Bill Gemmer. Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St. Reservations required. 261-2365; Covington. New Year’s Eve Bash, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. The Madison Event Center, 700 Madison Ave. Free parking, open bar, hors d’oeuvres, party favors, midnight breakfast buffet, and champagne toast. Music by Naked Karate Girls, Maize Music and Leroy Ellington Band. $130 VIP, $99. Reservations required. 261-1117; Covington.

New Year’s Eve Party, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Claddagh Irish Pub Newport, One Levee Way, Music by Sonny Moorman Group. 581-8888. Newport. New Year’s Eve Party, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd. Open bar, appetizer buffet, valet parking, entertainment by Atomic Thrill Club. Includes midnight champagne toast.Ages 21 and up. Benefits the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center. $75.Tickets required, held at door, must have valid ID for admittance. 513-284-6550; Covington. Jeff Ruby’s New Year’s Eve Party on the River, 4:30 p.m.-2 a.m.The Waterfront, 14 Pete Rose Pier, Dinner available from normal menu. Music by the Sly Band begins 7 p.m. Party favors at midnight. 581-1414. Covington. Family New Year’s Eve, 6 p.m. Mahogany’s Coffee House and Bar, 3715 Winston Ave. Dinner available from regular menu. Music by singer Jilly Wilson and guitarist Don Lewis begins 9 p.m. 261-1029. Latonia. Rockin New Year’s Eve with the Van-Dells, 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Cincinnati Airport Marriott, 2395 Progress Drive, International Ballroom. Packages include room, dinner buffet, concert tickets, champagne toast and party favors. Call 800-696-0165 for hotel packages.Ages 18 and up. $59 concert only; hotel and dinner packages for two start at $267 plus tax. Reservations required. 877-376-3350; Hebron.

ATTRACTIONS Jellyfish Gallery, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Newport Aquarium, Included with admission; $20, $13 ages 2-12. 261-7444; Newport. Light Up the Levee Holiday Light Show, 6 p.m. Newport on the Levee, Free. 291-0550; Newport. HOLIDAY - CHRISTMAS

Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $20, $13 ages 2-12. 261-7444; Newport. Holiday Toy Trains are on Track, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Behringer-Crawford Museum, $7, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3-17. 491-4003; Covington.


The Gourmet Strip: Dining, Entertainment and Gambling, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. BehringerCrawford Museum, $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17, members free. 491-4003; Covington.


Running Word Wednesday, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Bean Haus, 640 Main St. Share writing or monologue, or listen to readings by others. Free. 431-2326. Covington.



See thousands of lights, cold weather animals and more, at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden’s Festival of Lights, open nightly 5-9 p.m. through Jan. 3. New this year is a Wild Lights Show on Swan Lake. Children can also visit Santa’s House and send letters directly to the North Pole. Madcap Puppet Theatre performs nightly at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. at the Wings of Wonder Theater. The zoo will hold a Happy Zoo Year for kids of all ages from 5-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, with special activities, including an early New Year countdown and Rozzi’s fireworks. Festival of Lights is closed Christmas Eve and Day. For tickets, visit

American Contract Bridge League Bridge Tournament, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Elsmere Senior Center, $4. 689-5743; Elsmere.


Classic Films Program, 1 p.m. Erlanger Branch Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Friends, theater-style snacks and discussion. Free. 962-4002; Erlanger.


Ebenezer Scrooge (Bruce Cromer) leads a cast of 29 performers as the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park celebrates a 19th holiday season with Charles Dickens’ yuletide classic, “A Christmas Carol.” A favorite Tristate holiday tradition, “A Christmas Carol” runs through Dec. 30 in the Playhouse’s Robert S. Marx Theatre. For tickets call 513-421-3888 or visit


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December 24, 2009

Christmas is too big to fit our minds or this world Ask a Christian to give a short statement explaining the meaning of Christmas and he or she will say “God became man.” Agnostics of today would quibble with us and say, as Sigrid Undset writes, “We can join you in the stable if the little Boy in the crib is a symbol of the longing in each one of us for something beyond the bounds of sense or as presentiments of immortality – then we can remain with the shepherds in the stable. We can worship Mary’s child, we moderns, as a symbol or a type, as the great Teacher, a genius, a superman. But as God in Man? Mary, could you have brought forth Him who created you? Can you expect us to believe this sort of thing?”

Yes, Christians do believe the truth of this theological statement and have celebrated it for centuries. But its astounding claim is staunchly denied by those who choose to live with a merely physical consciousness. To them the newborn baby named Jesus is acceptable only as a symbol. But what is being proposed for belief by Christians is too far outside the credulity of many people. This doesn’t mean, however, that all Christian believers grasp its full impact. Too many keep their minds off the amazing implications of this truth and focus on the external factors that bolster the belief: that it is revealed in

scripture, defined by religion, theologically defended, and carries the tradition of centuries. All of this inspires their minds into an assent that says, “Yes, the child is God.” But if this Christian assent is casual and halfhearted, then, as John Shea warns, the unbeliever and the believer find themselves in very similar positions. The unbelievers can dismiss the truth too quickly, and it does not lead them to a grand spiritual vision. On the other hand, believers can accept the truth too quickly, and so it dose not lead them into a deeper jawdropping spiritual vision. One group will not let the strangeness in, and the other lets the strangeness in

without pondering it. “Mary gave birth to the one who created her,” said Shea, “is truly a strange statement … It can be a catalyst that shifts physical consciousness to a wider perspective. A powerful truth of Christmas is encoded in these symbolic words. We can tame them and make them useless both by mindless rejection and mindless acceptance.” What a stupendous and fulfilling mystery Christmas is! Yet often it grows tame and tired in the hearts of adult Christians. They see the joy of Christmas as directed chiefly to children. To help revive jaded adult minds that say of every Christmas, “been there, done that” let’s ask a new-hearer of the awesome

story to tell us again: “They were so poor,” said the little 5-year-old girl, “that they only had peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to eat, and they went a long way from home without getting lost. The lady rode a donkey, and the man walked, and the baby was inside the lady. They had to stay in a stable with an ox and an ass (hee-hee) but the Three Rich Men found them because a star lighted on the roof. Shepherds came and you could pet the sheep but not feed them.’ “Then the baby was born. AND DO YOU KNOW WHO HE WAS?” … And here her quarterlike eyes inflated to silverdollar eyes and she excitedly whispered … “THE BABY WAS GOD.”


A n d then she jumped in the air, whirled around, dove into the sofa and buried Father Lou her head Guntzelman under the cushions – Perspectives which is the only proper response to Good News that good. News that the unimaginable God who made the universe, quarks, moonbeams, dinosaurs, angels, pets and human beings came here for you, for me. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Reach him at columns@community or contact him directly at P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242. Please include a mailing address or fax number if you wish for him to respond.

Never forget the importance of a written contract Too often these days consumers forget about the importance of having a written contract prior to getting any work performed around the house. The need for a contract was brought home recently to a Montgomery woman helping her daughter. Diane Byrnes was dealing with two large trees at her daughter’s home in Oakley. She was particularly concerned about the tree in the front yard. “It was struck by lightning three years ago. For a while we’ve been telling her she needed to get it taken down,” said Byrnes. “During last year’s windstorm a piece of a big limb fell on her neighbor’s house. We said, ‘This is not good, it’s too big for this small yard, and it needs to get cut

down,’ ” she said. Byrnes contacted a tree service she had seen working in the area. “I asked him if he would be able to take down these trees and he said it would be no problem. He gave me a bid of $3,500,” she said. Unfortunately, the tree service failed to give her a written contract – she just received a handshake. “He said, ‘When we do our first day’s job, I want $2,000.’ It was more than half, but everybody told me he was going to ask for a chunk of the money,” Byrnes said. Although the company was supposed to take down both trees, it just felled the smaller one in the backyard – and left all the pieces strewn throughout the yard. In addition, it failed to

grind up the tree stump as had been agreed. But the company did take the $2,000, and promised to return. More than a month later Byrnes said the company hadn’t come back despite repeated promises. “We started calling and I said, ‘When are you coming back?’ and he said, ‘I’ll be back tomorrow.’ I said, ‘OK,’ and it went on and on and on,” Byrnes said. Because her daughter’s house is in the city of Cincinnati, I told Byrnes to file a criminal complaint with the police and she did. Remember, Cincinnati regulations require companies to give a written contract detailing the work to be done, and it must include a start and completion date. In addition, the firm cannot take more than 10 per-

cent of the money upfront – except for special order items. I was able to get in touch with the tree service and the company owner told me he was unaware of the law, had not known his crew failed to complete the job, and promised to return to get the job done. Bottom line, whether or

not you live in the city of Cincinnati, I strongly recommend you get a written contract with an itemized list of the things to be done. Even if you don’t live in the city there’s no reason you can’t insist on having all the protection afforded Cincinnati residents. If the contractor won’t comply, get someone else.

Howard Ain answers consumer questions weekdays on WKRCHoward Ain TV Local Hey Howard! 12. You can write to him at Hey Howard, 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.



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December 24, 2009

Making cookies for a diabetic sweet tooth

I just checked my word count and I’m “full up� so I’ll keep the intro brief. It has been fun these last few weeks sharing holiday favorites with you. My wish for you is that this is the best Christmas ever, surrounded by family, friends, and food!

Countdown to Christmas:

Diabetic chocolate chip cookies

For those on your list who need a lower sugar treat. These freeze well. 1

2 â „4 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature 1 â „4 cup Splenda sugar blend

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perature 12 oz. semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix together flour, baking soda and salt. Beat butter, both Splendas and vanilla until well blended. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually and gently beat in flour mixture. Stir in chips. Drop rounded table-

spoons of dough, 1 inch apart, onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake just until lightly browned, 9 to 11 minutes. Don’t overbake. Makes about 4 dozen depending upon size. Serving size: 1 cookie; calories 90; carbs 11 grams; total fat 5 grams; 1⠄2 starch, 1 fat exchanges.

Tip from Rita’s kitchen

Use good quality, heavy cookie sheets. Flimsy ones tend to burn cookie bottoms. If yours are like that, line with parchment paper to act as a buffer.

Pretty candy cane peppermint sauce

You may wind up with a small amount of candies that won’t melt at the bot-

Combine all ingredients in saucepan and cook over low to medium heat until smooth, stirring constantly. Most of the peppermint will melt. Let cool a bit. Pour into containers and store in the fridge.


Ice cream with peppermint sauce garnished with crushed peppermint. tom of the pan. Just dump that bit out. Wonderful over ice cream, frozen yogurt, garnished with more crushed peppermint. 1 1 to 1 ⠄2 cups crushed peppermint candy 11⠄2 cups whipping cream l jar, 7 oz., marshmallow crème

My version of linguine with clam sauce like Old Spaghetti Factory

For Della, a Bellevue, Ky., reader. My version of this restaurant’s favorite. 1 pound linguine or thin spaghetti, cooked 2 cans, 6.5 oz., each chopped or minced clams with liquid 1 generous tablespoon minced garlic or more to taste 1 ⠄2 cup olive oil Up to 1 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes (optional but very good) 5 anchovies, chopped very fine Chopped fresh parsley SautÊ garlic and red pepper flakes in olive oil over medium heat just until garlic is fragrant; don’t let it get dark and burn. Add anchovies and cook until they disintegrate. Add clams and simmer until slightly reduced, about five minutes or so. Pour over pasta and toss. Garnish with parsley.

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Independent grocery of the week

Hamman’s Catering, Deli & Butcher, Old Winton Road, Fairfield, Ohio: Rob Hamman is more than enthused about what he does and the service this popular grocery provides for the community. Wanda Davis, a loyal reader, told me about Hamman’s. “Their honey glazed ham is just the best. No one even comes close,� she said. Rob says they use only the best hickory smoked hams from Hilltop Meat in Whitewater Township. “It’s just a good old-fashioned smokehouse ham with natural juices.� Rob uses his Dad’s creation of a honey glaze over two decades old. There are lots of signature items available there, like Hamman’s homemade sausages with natural casings (and yes, their hot dogs are the real thing, no fillers, just like their ham salad, which Rob says peo-

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ple are “crazy about.�) What I admire is their commitment to quality, heirloom recipes. I asked Rob to give us some tips on prime rib roasts. Here’s what he told me about how he does it: “We use prime grade aged roasts, lifted off the rib bone, then retied on the rib with suet to seal in flavor and provide wonderful au jus. This makes for easy carving and maximum yield.� The secret? Rob rubs it with olive oil, sometimes inserts fresh garlic slivers and rubs with pepper, seasoned salt, rosemary, fresh garlic and onion. “Yum!�

Withrow High’s chess pie update

I don’t test readers’ recipes and some are having trouble with the pie setting up. I’m hoping reader Diane Powell, who gave me the recipe, can clarify. Also, reader Susan Foster said this recipe is not exactly like the chess pie served at the public schools then. Here’s what she said: “I made most of the pies at the CPS bake shop in Walnut Hills during the years 19992007 and I have to tell you that the recipe you printed as the one CPS uses for chess pie is incorrect. “The CPS recipe does not contain either evaporated milk or flour; instead it calls for powdered milk and cornmeal (which is what gives the pie its unique top layer). It also calls for nutmeg and sweetened egg yolks, which came frozen in 1⠄2 gallon cartons. Somewhere I have the full-sized recipe, which made about 50.�

Can you help?

Chicken from the old Tasty Bird, Kenwood Plaza store for Kim Molloy, Loveland. Steak & Shake chili clone for Robin Haboush. Maple bacon dressing and chicken salad for Patsy Roberts. Karlos, Springdale’s country penne pasta for Tom Ohmer. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is Macy’s certified culinary professional and family herbalist, an educator and author. E-mail her at with “Rita’s kitchen� in the subject line. Or call 513-2487130, ext. 356. Visit Rita at

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For many Kentucky families, especially those with a loved one serving in the United States military, this can lead to unhealthy levels of stress. For a military spouse juggling the additional demands of the holidays, community support can be especially important during this time of increased vulnerability due to family separation. A number of ways exist for communities and civilian families to support our military families during the holiday season. Personal contact can go a long way toward dispelling overwhelming feelings of being alone. Make a point to check on

families regularly with a phone call. Offer to watch children for an afternoon or evening so that a military spouse can take care of holiday projects. Invite the family to join your family in a holiday activity and encourage them to accept. Sponsor an outing with the purchase of movie tickets or a gift certificate to a favorite restaurant. Lend an ear to children and their solo parent or caregiver and validate their feelings if they need to talk. Take the initiative and ask how you can help. You can also contact Operation: Military Kids (OMK) at


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Kyrgyz University administrators tap NKY financial aid knowledge Dan Bisig usually helps Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati families understand college financial aid and how to get their fair share. But the owner of College and Beyond now has made his presentation to 10 university administrators from Kyrgyzstan. They were in the Cincinnati area for three weeks to learn about how American higher education functions, courtesy of USAID’s Community Connections program. Their goal is to help their country, formerly part of the Soviet Union, transition from the old Soviet model of education to a new freemarket system. The cost of pursuing a bachelor’s degree at a public university in Kyrgyzstan ranges from U.S. $400 to $800 per year. It’s around $2,000 per year at the country’s only private uni-

versity, modeled after an American university. For comparison, the salary of a Ph.D. professor is about $100 per month. Other faculty receive $50 to $100 per month. No financial aid system exists, although 5,500 students can attend college free if they are top students, if they pursue a specialty in which workers are needed or they agree to work in rural areas. For example, there are about 3,400 cost-free spots open for teachers going to rural schools. The number of student slots in each specialty is determined by the Kyrgyz Ministry of Education according to calculations figuring anticipated needs. During their Greater Cincinnati program, the Kyrgyz group visited a variety of educational institutions such as Northern Ken-

College and Beyond owner Dan Bisig with 10 Kyrgyz university administrators who learned about the U.S. financial aid system. tucky University, Berea College, the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati State and Ohio State University.

The comprehensive program gives them the opportunity to learn from their American counterparts

about topics such as university governance, strategic planning, university finance, accreditation,

admissions, faculty qualifications and technology. The Community Connections program is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), with World Learning as the programming agent. As the local training organization, the Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council is designing and conducting this Community Connections program, its 44th. The broad public diplomacy goals of Community Connections are to contribute to economic and democratic reform and to promote mutual understanding in Eurasia, providing visitors broad exposure to U.S. society and helping create personal connections with Americans and advancing democratic and free-market principles in a region where these principles are still tenuous.

Local Salvation Army seeks increased support The Salvation Army today provided a status update of its Red Kettle Campaign, announcing that contributions to its familiar red kettles have fallen short of expectations. Currently, donations are almost $100,000 below prior-year collections. The campaign launched Nov. 18. By this point in the campaign, The Salvation Army in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky should be half way to its $600,000 campaign goal, but is running nearly 35 percent behind on kettle contributions. This represents is a substantial amount of funds

that are needed to provide critical services in the community. The Red Kettle Campaign is an important part of The Salvation Army’s fundraising efforts, with the funds used to provide emergency assistance, such as food, clothing, rent and utilities. Contributions to the kettles also support Christmas programs, such as Adopt-aFamily and Toy Shop, and social service programs, such as housing and counseling, and after-school development programs for youth. “We are dependent upon

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local donors can help us catch up to attain our campaign goal,” he said Approximately 100 of the iconic red kettles are in place throughout Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, at Kroger, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club and other retail partners. The kettles will be in place through Christmas Eve, every day except Sunday. Shoppers and others passing by the kettles are encouraged to be generous, knowing that their contributions will be used in the local community to help those most at-risk in this tough economic environment.



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the funds we receive each year from the kettles,” said Major Ronald Foreman, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army. “And not just for use at Christmas, but throughout the year ahead,” he said “This year, demand for our services is higher than before, with many families facing additional financial and emotional hardships,” said Foreman. “We critically need the financial support of the community to allow us to bring help and hope to our neighbors in need. I am confident that generous

Snyder appointed

The board of directors of RiverHills Bank has appointed Charles J. Snyder as senior vice-president. He will be responsible for

the management of the credit administration and commercial credit underwriting function at RiverHills. Snyder, who has more than 34 years of banking

experience, was previously employed by Provident Bank and The Bank of Kentucky. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree in eco-

nomics from Mount Union College and an MBA from Miami University (Oxford). Snyder and his wife live in Taylor Mill.

RELIGION NOTES Church Women United

The Tri-City Chapter of Church Women United is holding its annual business meeting and potluck supper at 6 p.m. Jan. 8 at Grace Episcopal Church, 7111 Price Pk. in Florence. Parking is available in the church’s lot. Admission is open to anyone with an interest and those planning to attend are asked to bring a covered dish to share (meat, vegetable, salad or dessert). The event will be a celebration of human rights with guest speaker Telly McGaha, who is chief development officer for Redwood School and Rehabilitation Center. A brief business meeting will follow the program. For more information, call Joan Morgan at 5257599.

First Baptist

First Baptist Church of Cold Spring will have basketball leagues for boys and girls in grades 2 through 6. Games will be on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until noon starting Jan. 2. There is no cost to play. To sign up or for more information, call 441-9554. First Baptist Church of Cold Spring is located at 4410 Alexandria Pike.

Highlands Hills Baptist

Highlands Hills Baptist Church will host a Children’s Leader Workshop Jan. 10. Lunch will be at 12:15 p.m. followed two sessions of class. The first session at 1:30 p.m. will be broken down into separate sessions for preschool, young elementary and older elementary students. The second session will feature storytelling/drama, games, music and arts/crafts classes. For more information, call 441-0442. Highland Hills is located at 638 Highland Avenue in Fort Thomas.

Mary, Queen of Heaven

Mary, Queen of Heaven Parish in Erlanger is hosting its fourth in a series of presentations on the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The parish’s adult education program, “Growing in Faith Together,” is held the first Tuesday of the month beginning at 6:30 p.m. The topic Jan. 5 will be “I Believe in Jesus Christ the Only Son” and will be presented by the Rev. Matt Cushing. The evening is open to all adults of the diocese. Baby-sitting is provided. For more information, call 525-6909.

The parish is located at 1150 Donaldson Road.

New Hope Center

The New Hope Center is offering volunteer training for men and women interested in mentoring people facing unplanned pregnancy. The next training session is Feb. 1-2 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Feb. 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration fee of $25

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Robert F. Arnold, 83, Florence, died Dec. 15, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, a WWII Navy veteran and member of St. Barbara Church, VFW and Amvets. His wives, Delores Vogt Arnold and Anna Mae Wilde Arnold, and daughter, Pamela Arnold, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Patricia Roberts Arnold; sons, Dave and Pat Arnold, both of Burlington, and Tom Arnold of Monroe, La.; daughters, Judy Laughlin of Seattle, Wash., Sandra Shields of Independence, Roberta Arnold of Florence; sister, Sr. Martina Arnold, OSB, of Villa Hills; 39 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren. Memorials: Amvets National Service Foundation, 4647 Forbes Blvd., Lanham, Md. 20706.

Dennis Beach

Dennis Terry Beach, 65, Florence, died Dec. 14, 2009, at Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Edgewood. He was a service representative for CG&E and member of Burlington Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Sandra Link Beach; daughters, Sherri Kossen of Belleville, Mich., and Amy Beach of Erlanger; sisters, Wendy Slavey of Independence and Jenny James of Florence; brother, Greg Beach of Covington; and two grandchildren. Burial was in Burlington Cemetery. Stith Funeral Home, Florence, handled the arrangements. Memorials: Burlington Baptist Church, 3031 Washington St., Burlington, KY 41005; or Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, 483 South Loop Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Dianna Brewster

Dianna Lynn Lubbers Brewster, 51, of Sanford, Fla., formerly of Newport, died Nov. 10, 2009, at Central Florida Regional Hospital, Sanford, Fla. She was a teacher for 25 years with Idlewild Schools and a member of Nativity Catholic Church in Longwood, Fla. Survivors include her son, Adam Brewster of Sanford, Fla.; daughter, Nicole Brewster of Sanford; mother, Lois Lubbers of Southgate; sister, Ginny Coil in Pahrump, Nev.; brother, Jerry Lubbers of Taylor Mill; and two grandchildren. Burial was in All Souls Cemetery, Sanford. Gramkow Funeral Home, Sanford, Fla., handled the arrangements.

Carol Brown

Carol B. Hunt Brown, 68, Independence, died Dec. 17, 2009, at her home. She was a seamstress for the Ancra Co. Survivors include her husband, James R. Brown Sr.; sons, James R. Brown Jr. and Timothy L. Brown, both of Independence; sisters, Helen Reed of Alexandria, Virginia Larson of Portsmouth, Ind., and Charlotte Thompson of Burlington; brothers, Robert Hunt of Independence and Thomas Hunt of Covington; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Burial was in Independence Cemetery. Memorials: St. Cecilia Church, 5313 Madison Pike, Independence, KY 41051.

Jeffrey Brown

Jeffrey M. Brown, 49, Taylor Mill, died Dec. 12, 2009, at his home. He was a shipping and receiving manager for Mubea in Florence. Survivors include his parents, James and Mary Ann Brown of Park Hills; brother, James E. Brown of Beaver Creek, Ohio; sisters, Lynn Case of Florence and Nancy Brown of Maumee, Ohio. Burial was in St. John Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: American



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Steve Burton, 49, California, died Dec. 18, 2009, at his home. He was a self-employed construction worker and member of the Church of the Living God. His wife, Marjorie Sprague Burton, died previously. Survivors include his daughters, Jamie Burton of Erlanger, and Stephanie Henry and Krystal Burton, both of Falmouth; father, James Burton Jr. of California; brothers, Mike Burton and David Burton, both of California; sisters, Mary Callahan of Butler, Theresa Winkle of Demossville, and Kathy Weider and Sherry Mason, both of California; and seven grandchildren. Burial was in the Burton family cemetery in Pendleton County.

Christopher Cahill

Christopher Cahill, 77, Covington, died Dec 7, 2009, at his home. He worked in warehousing for Newport Steel. His wife, Mary Cahill, died in 2008. Survivors include his stepsons, Terry Reed of Jacksonville, Fla. and Rick Reed of Naples, Fla.; stepdaughter, Marilee Moore of Cincinnati; brothers, Daniel Cahill of Batavia and Martin Cahill of Florence; sister, Martha Gerwe of Lakeside Park; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two greatgreat-grandchildren. Burial was in Mother of God Cemetery, Fort Wright.

Melinda Carnes

Melinda Hope Carnes, 1 day, Verona, died Dec. 12, 2009, at University Hospital, Corryville. Survivors include her parents, Randy Carnes and Kimber Metzo Carnes; brother, Dominic Carnes; sister, Cheyanne Carnes all of Verona; grandparents, Pamela Godsey Metzo of Taylor Mil, Deborah and David Brock of Batavia, Ohio; and great-grandmother, Helen Godsey of Taylor Mill. Burial was in Alexandria Cemetery.

Margaret Cecil

Margaret Borden Cecil, 84, Fort Thomas, died Dec. 19, 2009, at Bayley Place in Cincinnati. She was a member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church, the Fort Thomas Garden Club and the Cosmopolitan Club of Fort Thomas. Her husband, Morris A. Cecil, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Luci Cecil of Park Hills and Robin Slater and Carolyn Bardo, both of Fort Thomas; sons, Morris Cecil of Park Hills and Tom Cecil of Fort Thomas; and 11 grandchildren. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery. Dobbling Funeral of Fort Thomas handled the arrangements. Memorials: St. Andrews Church, 3 Chalfonte Place, Fort Thomas, KY 41075; or Bayley Place, 990 Bayley Place Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45233.

Carol Cook

Carol Ann Cook, 75, Morning View, died Dec. 17, 2009, at her home. She was a homemaker, an EMT with Kenton Community Life Squad, caretaker and member of Visalia Baptist Church in Ryland Heights. Her husband, Leroy Cook, and daughter, Cindy Cook, died previously. Survivors include her son, Mike Cook of Independence; daughters, Cathy Cox of Independence, Paula Melton and Sherry Henderson, both of Morning View; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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Mary Elizabeth Dalton, 80, Demossville, died Dec. 18, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Healthcare-Edgewood. She was a homemaker and farmer, and a member of the Grassy Creek Christian Church. She was preceded in death by her son, Arthur Ray Dalton. Survivors include three daughters, Theresa Ann Sorrell of Falmouth, Peggy Jo Thornberry of Demossville, and Vanessa Ruth Dalton of Cheviot; five sons, Paul Luther Dalton of Erlanger, Michael Lee Dalton of Covington, and Cleve Randall Dalton, Marion Philip Dalton, and Ricky Lynn Dalton, all of Crittenden; three sisters, Wanda Carr of Covington, Garnett Hall of Proctorville, Ohio, and Jane Collins of Cincinnati; two brothers, John Fortner of Ohio and George Fortner of Southern Pines, N.C.; 23 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren. Burial was at Hill Crest Cemetery in Dry Ridge. Memorials: Helping Hands, 214 Barnes Road, Williamstown, KY, 41097; American Heart Assoc. 2936 Vernon Place, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45219.

Philip Eckler

Philip Wayne Eckler, 51, Burlington, died Dec. 17, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. The former chef and member of Greenview Baptist Church enjoyed playing music. His mother, Lucy Eckler, died earlier this year. Survivors include his wife, Betty Joanne Dalhover Eckler of Burlington; son, Mark Joseph Eckler of Erlanger; father, Aubrey Eckler of Burlington; stepdaughters, Debbie French of Lexington, Kelly White of Florence, Amanda White of Independence, and Cynthia Meyer and Samantha Meyer, both of Burlington; stepson, Ronnie White of Hebron; and five grandchildren. Burial was in Burlington Cemetery.

Richard Edwards

Richard E. Edwards, 91, Florence, died Dec 13, 2009, at St.

Elizabeth Florence. He was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran and worked as a diesel mechanic for Rim & Wheel in Cincinnati. His daughter, Marlene Felthaus, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Hertha Edwards; sons, Richard F. Edwards of Walton and Michael Edwards of Ludlow; a daughter, Linda Mattis of Lawrenceburg, Ind.; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Don Catchen & Son Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Bruce Engle

Bruce A. Engle, 62, Fort Thomas, died Dec. 17, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Fort Thomas. He worked in refrigeration for Coca Cola Vending, was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, a member of the 1st Baptist Church of Fort Thomas, the Masonic Lodge of Fort Thomas 808, and the Covington Scottish Rite. He enjoyed fishing, UK basketball, football and spending time with his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Audrey Johnson Engle. He is survived by his wife Cynthia Cruse Engle of Fort Thomas; sons Ryan D. Engle of Independence and Gregory J. Engle of Fort Thomas; and two grandchildren. Inurnment was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens Mausoleum in Taylor Mill. Donations can be made in lieu of flowers to the Masonic Lodge Fort Thomas 808, 37 N. Fort Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas, KY 41075.

Kenneth Fogle Sr.

Kenneth M. Fogle Sr., 72, Ludlow, died Dec. 11, 2009, at Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Edgewood. He was an ironworker for Feinauer Welding of Newport, and a member of Southern Hills Volunteer Fire Department and Corinth Volunteer Fire Department. Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Breeden Fogle; daughters, Rhonda Hammonds of Dry Ridge, Bonnie Frank of Latonia and Melissa Fogle of Bellevue; a son, Kenneth M. Fogle Jr. of Alexandria; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

The St. Elizabeth Healthcare mobile mammography van will be visiting various locations all across Northern Kentucky this month. The upcoming mobile van schedule is as follows: December 28: Health Point Latonia December 30: Bob Parsons Florence Allstate December 31: Health Point Bellevue January 6: Taylor Mill Seniors

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Margaret Frodge

Margaret E. Frodge, 86, Latonia, died Dec. 17, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She worked in the Kenton County clerk’s office. She was a member of Holy Cross Church and the St. Helen’s Society. Her husband, Paul E. Frodge, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Jane Levermann of Taylor Mill; sons, Tim Frodge of Walton, Denny Frodge of Elsmere, Don Frodge of Taylor Mill and Bruce Frodge of Lakeside Park; brother, John Collopy of Edgewood; 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Burial was in Mother of God Cemetery, Fort Wright. Memorials: Holy Cross High School, 3617 Church St., Latonia, KY 41015.

Burton Garrett

Burton A. Garrett, 91, Florence, died Dec. 12, 2009, at Gallatin Health Care, Warsaw. He was a teacher for the Cincinnati Board of Education, a World War II Army veteran, member of Erlanger Baptist Church and Kentucky Education Association. His wife, Sidonia T. Garrett, died previously. Survivors include his daughters, Christine Cabanilla of Florence and Jacqueline Lillis of Cincinnati; brother, Donald Garrett of Amelia; sister, Gloria Redmon of Elsmere; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Erlanger. Memorials: Erlanger Baptist Church Harvest Ministries, 116 Commonwealth Ave., Erlanger, KY 41018.

Virginia Gerold

Virginia “Ginny” Winkler Gerold, 83, Fort Thomas, died Dec. 13, 2009, at Hospice of the Bluegrass Care Center, Fort Thomas. She was a secretary for Man Power Inc. in Cincinnati. Her husbands, Ward F. Winkler and Richard C. Gerold, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Lyn Caruso of Fort Thomas; son, Jeff Winkler of Fort Thomas; sister, Dorothy Parks of Erlanger; and one grandson. Dobbling Fort Thomas Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials: Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky, 200 Home Road, Covington, KY 41011.

Mary Grant

Mary Lou Grant, 76, Ludlow, died Dec. 13, 2009, at Rosedale Manor, Covington. She was a homemaker, member of Sts. Boniface & James Church, Altar Society and coached softball and volleyball. Her husband, Patrick Grant, died in 2002 and son, Brian Grant, died in 1986. Survivors include her sons, Kevin Grant of Ludlow, Dr. Michael Grant of Fort Mitchell, Dr. Shawn Grant of Lexington; daughter, Colleen Machcinski of Erlanger; sisters, Elsie Miller of Clearwater, Fla., Virginia Lehman of Davenport, Fla. and Mary Rose Thomas of Morganfield; 12 grandchildren; and three greatgrandchildren. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Erlanger. Memorials: Notre Dame Academy, 1699 Hilton Drive, Park Hills, KY 41011.

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Joseph (Janusiewicz) Janus, 89, of Painesville Township, Ohio, died December 8, 2009, at his residence. He was born August 8, 1920, in Cleveland, Ohio. He was a graduate of Rhodes High School and Case Institute of Technology, both, in Cleveland, Ohio, with an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was a Professional Engineer. He was the Chief Engineer for Van Huffel Tube Corporation, Warren, Ohio, and retired as Chief Engineer from Miami Industries in Piqua, Ohio. He served as an officer in The United States Navy during World War, Two, in the European and Pacific Theatres. Mr. Janus is survived by two sons, Joseph (“Jay”) Janus, Jr., (Rosina) of Sycamore Township, Dale (Cecilia) Janus of Warren, Ohio, and a daughter, Kathleen (Joseph) Janus-Petrarca of Painesville Township; Grandchildren: Michael, Laura, Aimee, Jeffrey, Valerie, and Julianne; And a Great Granddaughter, Karyna. He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Bernadette Krizan (Janusiewicz) Janus, brothers, Louis Janusiewicz and Ted Janusiewicz, and a sister, Ann Kastohrys. Friends called the morning of Saturday, December 12, 2009, at the Spear-Mulqueeny Funeral Home, Painesville, Ohio. A Mass of Christian Burial followed at Saint Mary of The Assumption Roman Catholic Church in Mentor, Ohio. Burial followed with military honors at Holy Cross Cemetery, in Brook Park, Ohio.


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Lorraine Grout

Lorraine A. “Tootie” Grout, 89, Latonia, died Dec. 14, 2009, at her daughter’s home. She was a punch press operator for 21 years with Overhead Door Co. and member of Holy Cross Church in Latonia. Her husband, Jesse James Grout, died in 1973. Survivors include her daughters, Charlene Hensley of Morning View, Paulene McKee of Florence, Darlene Snider and Ruth Kraemer of Erlanger; sons, Jake James Grout of Covington and Louis Grout of Morning View; 10 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Connley Brothers Funeral Home, Latonia, handled the arrangements. Memorials: Holy Cross Church, 3612 Church St., Latonia, KY 41015; or American Heart Association, 5211 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227.

Bertha Hacker

Bertha A. Hacker, 88, Latonia, died Dec. 14, 2009, at Baptist Convalescent Center, Newport. She was a sales clerk for Shillito’s and McAlpin’s Department Stores, a private branch exchange operator for Dinsmore and Shohl, and member of Latonia Baptist Church and Order of the Eastern Star. Her husband, John Joseph Hacker, died in 1999. Survivors include her sons, James Hacker of Independence and John Hacker of Covington; six grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. Burial was in Floral Hills Memorial


December 24, 2009 Gardens, Taylor Mill. Memorials: Latonia Baptist Church, 38th and Church streets, Latonia, KY 41015.

James Harris

James L. Harris, 34, Florence, died Dec. 13, 2009, at his home. He was a black-topper for Rack 7 Paving. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth C. Poe Harris; son, James Harris of Florence; daughter, Elizabeth Harris of Florence; mother, Cindy Fuest of Florence; father, Eddie Harris of Erlanger; and sister, Lisa Jones of Florence. Burial was in Independence Cemetery. Memorials: James and Elizabeth Harris Memorial Fund, c/o any First Security Bank.

Martina Hopson

Martina Hopson, 81, Erlanger, died Dec. 7, 2009, at her home. She was self-employed as a certified public accountant for 25 years, a member of Mary, Queen of Heaven Church and the C.P.A. Association. Survivors include her son, Gunner Hopson of Point Pleasant, N.J.; sisters, Mary Jane White of Jupiter, Fla., Sarah Slemmer of Buffalo, N.Y.; brothers, Bobby Doyle of Altoona, Pa., Stephen Doyle of Indianapolis and Charles Doyle of Buffalo, N.Y.; five grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren. Memorials: Hopson Family Memorial Fund, c/o T.D. Bank, 3301 Bridge Ave., Point Pleasant, N.J. 08742.

Ruth Hornbeck

Ruth A. Hornbeck, 94, of Butler, formerly of Covington, died Dec. 20,

2009, at River Valley Nursing Home in Butler. She was a homemaker. Her husband, Norbert L. Hornbeck, died previously. Survivors include her sons, John Hornbeck of Butler and David George Hornbeck of Illinois; daughter, Louann Kaldy of Frankfort; sisters, Gladys Marsh of Highland Heights and Jean Hornbeck of Covington; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Burial was in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Della Jacob

Della M. Jacob, 37, Covington, died Dec. 1, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was disabled. Survivors include her mother, Barbara Jacobs of Covington; daughter, Mary Brown of Michigan; brothers, Christopher Jacobs of Cincinnati, Kevin Jacobs and Jeff Jacobs both of Covington. Don Catchen & Son Funeral Homes in Covington handled the arrangements.

Catherine Kunkel

Catherine Mary Broghamer Kunkel, 92, Independence, died Dec. 13, 2009, at her home. She was a 4H volunteer, member of Kenton County Homemakers Club and St. Cecilia Catholic Church of Independence. Her husband, Robert A. Kunkel, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Cathy Kunkel-Mains of Morning View, Jane Bush of Walton and Gloria Simpson of Crittenden; sons, Robert L. Kunkel of Dry Ridge, Richard L. Kunkel of Walton, Paul A. Kunkel of Bedford; 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Burial was in St. Cecilia Ceme-

tery. Chambers & Grubbs Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials: Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 3333 Burnet Ave., P. O. Box 643270, Cincinnati, OH 45264-3270; or Meals on Wheels/Senior Services of Northern Kentucky1032 Madison Ave., Covington, KY 41011.

Carmen Luther

Carmen Christine Luther, 42, Newport, died Dec. 15, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She was a server for Dixie Chili in Newport. Survivors include her sons, Joseph Gramer II of Newport and Zachary Reynolds of Cincinnati; mother, Henrietta Luther of Covington; sisters, Mona Luther of Cincinnati, Glenda Wardia of Covington, Barb Luther of Ohio, Judy Liddel and Mary Elaine Henry, both of Newport, and Lycrecia Swanson of Los Angeles; brothers, John Luther of Mississippi and Clifford Luther of Newport; and one grandchild. Memorials: Middendorf Funeral Home, c/o Carmen Luther Memorial, 3312 Madison Pike, Fort Wright, KY 41017.

David Martin

David A. Martin, 63, Covington, died Dec. 13, 2009, at his home. Survivors include his brother, Steve Martin of Covington; sisters, Donna Delaney of Covington and Joan Martin of Florida. Don Catchen & Son Funeral Home, Covington, handled the arrangements.

Lovetta Mitchell

Lovetta Mitchell, 39, of Newport, formerly of Covington, died Dec. 13, 2009, at her home. She was a dieti-

cian with Woodcrest Manor. Her mother, Eugenia Ziegler, died previously. Survivors include her father, Lee E. Davis of Covington; husband, Anthony Mitchell of Cincinnati; son, Angelo Nelson of Cincinnati; daughter, Toni Regina Lynn Mitchell of Cincinnati; brother, George Ziegler of Covington; sisters, Regina Chaney and Tyola Ziegler, both of Covington. Burial was in Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Jones, Simpson & Gee Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Melvin O’Neill

Melvin Thomas O’Neill, 73, Covington, died Dec. 15, 2009, at Florence Park Care Center. He was a printing press operator at Gibson Greeting Card Co. and was a member of St. Patrick Church in Taylor Mill. Survivors include his mother, Anna O’Neill of Latonia; caregiver, Dottie Hungler of Taylor Mill; brothers, William O’Neill of North Carolina and Herbert O’Neill of Las Vegas, Nev. Burial was at St. Patrick Church at the convenience of the family. Connley Brothers Funeral Home, Latonia, handled the arrangements. Memorials are suggested to the charity of donor’s choice.

Doris Perry

Doris Perry, 73, Independence, died Dec. 14, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a sales representative for more than 35 years with Cincinnati Bell, member and treasurer of Crescent Springs Baptist Church. Her son, Douglas Luttrell, died in 2005. Survivors include her husband,

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John Quinn

John “Jack” Quinn, 82, of North College Hill, formerly of Latonia and Covington, died Dec. 13, 2009, at Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Corryville. He was a member for the American Legion Wesley Werner Post 513. His wife, Lillian Quinn, died previously. Survivors include his sons, Terry and Daniel Quinn; daughters, Colleen McNett, Sherry Wirthwine and Kathy Clark; sister, Betty Darpel; and brothers, Bill and Leonard Quinn; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Burial was in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Cincinnati. Memorials: American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

David Reker

David Reker, 61, died Dec. 7, 2009. He spent 36 years as a teacher and principal in Cincinnati’s Catholic schools. He was active in his church and was a teacher or principal at St. Vivian in Finneytown, St. James of the Valley in Wyoming, St. William in Price Hill, Guardian Angels in Mount Washington and Mary, Queen of Heaven in Kentucky. Survivors include his wife Susan Reker; daughters Jen Murphy and Katie Crane, both of Cincinnati; his mother, Melva Reker, of Cincinnati, and two grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Education Funds of St. Vivian or Guardian Angels, or to Hospice of Cincinnati.

David Riddle

David W. Riddle, 73, Villa Hills, died Dec. 11, 2009, at his home. He was a data processor for Newtone Data Processing, member of Villa Hills Hawg Hunters, Unity Lodge 478 and Free and Accepted Masons, Ludlow. Survivors include his wife, Barbara Ellis Riddle; sons, Scott Riddle of Fort Mitchell, Tony Riddle of Park Hills, Mike and John Riddle of Ludlow; daughter, Sherry Simpson of Erlanger; sister, Patty Felts of Corbin; and six grandchildren. Burial was in Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Ludlow High School Foundation, 515 Elm St., Ludlow, KY 41016.

May Roenker

May J. Brauer Roenker, 101, Fort Thomas, died Dec. 15, 2009, at Carmel Manor Nursing Home, Fort Thomas. She was a homemaker and seamstress for Hyde Park Clothing, Newport, and Schaefer Taylor Shop, Cincinnati. She was also a member of Corpus Christi Church, Newport, and St. Catherine and Sacred Heart Parishes. She was a housekeeper for Blessed Sacrament and St. Catherine. She was also a member of St. Ann’s Ladies Auxiliary No. 119, Newport, Legion of Mary Soci-

PUBLIC NOTICE Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission is accepting sealed bids for purchase of the following vehicles: 1999 Plymouth Voyager; 2000 Chevrolet Venture; 1999 Plymouth Voyager; 2000 Dodge Ram Van (Handicapped equipped). Vehicles may be visually inspected at NKCAC’s Newport Office: 437 West 9th Street, Newport January 4-8 from 8 am to 4:30 pm. Also, a 2000 Dodge Caravan. Vehicle may be visually inspected at the NKCAC office at 134 North Main Street, Williamstown January 4-8 from 8 am to 4:30 pm. Bids must delivered or mailed to NKCAC, 717 Madison Avenue, Covington Kentucky 41011, and be post marked no later than January 8, 2010. Bids will be opened at 717 Madison Avenue, Covington on Monday, January 11 at 2 pm. Sale of the vehicle will be assigned to the highest bidder, and the bidder must pay with a cashier’s check or money order within 10 days. 1001526834

ety of Fort Thomas, where she was a member of the Exodus Program, which is a ministry with the jails and Ladies Society of the Assumption through Corpus Christi Church, Newport. Her husband, Louis Roenker, and sons, Eugene, Louis, Raymond and Edward Roenker, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Patricia Vinson of Alexandria; brother, Melvin Brauer of Fort Mitchell; 40 grandchildren, 72 great-grandchildren; and 42 great-great-grandchildren. Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery, Wilder. Memorials: Carmel Manor, 100 Carmel Manor Drive, Fort Thomas, KY 41075.

Bertha Schamer

Bertha M. Schamer, 88, Park Hills, a homemaker, died Dec. 11, 2009, at St. Charles Care Center, Covington. Survivors include her sons, Joseph F. Schamer of Covington, Thomas Schamer of Edgewood and Matthew Schamer of Fort Mitchell; daughter, Marlene Jaeger of Cincinnati; brother, Charles Elsener of Fort Wright; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Burial was in Mother of God Cemetery, Fort Wright. Don Catchen & Son Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials: Pike Street Clinic for the Homeless, 343 Pike St., Covington, KY 41011.

Joseph Schamer

Joseph M. Schamer, 82, Park Hills, and wife Bertha M., 88, both passed away at St. Charles Care Center. Mrs. Schamer died on Dec. 11 and Mr. Schamer on Dec. 17. They were married for 60 years. Joseph was a WWII U.S. Navy

veteran; past commander of VFW Post #1484, IBEW Local 212, and a partner of Seco Electric. Bertha was a homemaker. The couple is survived by sons Joseph F. Schamer of Covington, Thomas Schamer of Edgewood, Matthew Schamer of Fort Mitchell; a daughter, Marlene Jaeger of Cincinnati; Bertha’s brother Charles Elsener of Fort Wright; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Burial was at Mother of God Cemetery, Fort Wright. Memorials: Pike St., Clinic, 343 Pike St., Covington, Ky, 41011.

Brian Short

Brian P. Short, 31, Burlington, died Nov. 30, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Florence. Survivors include his wife, Sabrina Short of Erlanger; sons, Landyn and Luke Short of Erlanger; mother, Rebecca Ball of Burlington; father, Mark Smith of Hamilton, Ohio; stepfather Terry Ball of Burlington; sister, Samantha Ball of Burlington; and grandmother Ellen Short of Elsmere. Burial was in Highland Cemetery. Memorials: Welcome House, 205 Pike St., Covington, KY 41011.

Joseph Snedecor

Joseph G. Snedecor, 65, Covington, died Dec 15, 2009, St. Elizabeth Covington. He was disabled and an Army and Marine Veteran of Vietnam. Survivors include his daughter, Mary Smith of Covington. Don Catchen & Son Funeral Homes, Covington, handled the arrangements.

Eugene Steely

Eugene R. Steely, 88, Covington, died Dec. 13, 2009, at St. Elizabeth

Edgewood. He was a World War II Army veteran and a laborer in different fields throughout his life. Survivors include his daughter, Bonnie Davis of Chicago and one granddaughter. Serenity Funeral Care, Covington, handled the arrangements.

Michael Unkraut

Michael Raymond “Mick” Unkraut, 45, Walton, died Dec. 13, 2009, at his home. He was a chemical processor at L’Oreal in Florence and member of All Saints Catholic Church in Walton. Survivors include his wife, April Ratliff Unkraut; daughters, Tara Jackson of Florence, Kayla and Megan Unkraut, both of Walton; parents, Don and Marge Unkraut of Elsmere; sister, Jeanie Unkraut; brothers, Jeff Unkraut of Florence, Jim Unkraut of Latonia, Donny Unkraut of Louisville, Dan Unkraut of Florence, Chris Unkraut of Erlanger, and Tom Unkraut of Fort Wright; and one grandson. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Erlanger. Memorials: Mick Unkraut Scholarship Fund, c/o St. Henry District High School, 3755 Scheben Drive, Erlanger, KY 41018.

Christina Von Bokern

Christina M. Von Bokern, 58, Covington, a homemaker, died Dec. 10, 2009, at her home. Her husband, Bill Von Bokern, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Ron Von Bokern of Owenton and Jason Von Bokern of Covington; sisters, Rose Ash of Delaware, Ohio, Mary Ann Wolfram of Bowling Green, Cindy Jones-Jett of Ludlow and Beth Bruemmer of Mason, Ohio and brother, Stephen Gongola of Edgewood.

Middendorf Funeral Home, Fort Wright, handled the arrangements. Memorials: Hospice of Bluegrass Northern Kentucky, 7388 Turfway Road, Florence, KY 41042.

Kyle Weisenberger

Kyle Matthew Weisenberger, 24, died Dec. 1, 2009, at University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Corryville. He attended the University of Louisville and was a junior at Northern Kentucky University, member of National Bicycle League and was a professional BMX racer. Survivors include his parents, Karl and Cindy Weisenberger of Villa Hills; brother, Kevin Weisenberger of Verona; and sister, Karla Weisenberger of Latonia. Linnemann Funeral Home, Burlington, handled arrangements. Burial was in St. John Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Kyle Weisenberger Memorial Fund, National Bicycle League, 3958 Brown Park Drive, Suite D, Hilliard, OH 43026.

Christine White

Christine Juanita White, 84, Alexandria, died Dec. 20, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a homemaker. Her husband, J.D. White and three of her children, Sue Thomas, Jerry White and Tina White, died previously. Survivors include her sons, John White and Jeff White of Alexandria; sister, Judy Monson of Newport; brothers, Ralph Monson of Independence and Donald Monson of Brooksville; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Burial was in Saint Mary Cemetery. Alexandria Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials: American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

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