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Opponents: Find a better way By Jeanne Houck email@example.com
(Helping) hands across the water
While most people spent their summer vacations lounging by a beach or pool, Miami Township firefighter/paramedic Dan Berkebile was working in a free medical clinic in Peru. Berkebile spent time in Nauta, Peru, and Iquitos, Peru, with Springdale Nazarene Church. As a paramedic, he helped provide medical care to Peruvians who oftentimes had nowhere else to turn. SEE LIFE, B1
Deb Popp and Al Osgood Jr. are leading a campaign to pass the Loveland school levy in May.
Ready to move dirt
Construction can start on the Rozzi property park after Symmes Township trustees approved final bids for the project. SEE STORY, A2
No coffee, for now
Rick Lawson said it will take three months before he and his wife, Joni, can reopen the Corner Coffee Cafe in Symmes Township. The coffee shop, on Main Street off of LovelandMadeira Road, has been closed since Jan. 29 after a driver fleeing Loveland police crashed into the building. SEE STORY, A3
A law with teeth
Miami Township officials are exploring the possibility of adopting a vicious dog resolution. Township resident Larry Deel urged the board of trustees to take action citing his own experience with a pit bull attack. SEE STORY, A4
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Campaign chairs: District has ‘done great job managing costs’ By Jeanne Houck firstname.lastname@example.org
Two Miami Township parents with three children each in the Loveland City School District have stepped up to promote passage May 3 of a 3.5-mill operating levy for the schools. Al Osgood Jr. and Deb Popp are serving as co-chairs of a pro-levy group named Citizens for Loveland Schools. Osgood, 44, is a wealth manager. Popp, 42, is a former high school teacher rearing three boys. Osgood is involved with his children’s school activities, including sports, gymnastics, dances – and Girl Scouts. Popp coaches junior varsity cheerleading at Loveland High School, is cheer director of the Loveland Youth Football executive board and secretary of the Loveland Youth Basketball Association board. A financial forecast for the Loveland City Schools shows ever-larger deficits in the years ahead – including one of more than $5 million by June 30, 2013. School officials say that if voters approve the levy in May, it will cost homeowners about $107 more a year per $100,000 of home valuation and generate about $2.7 million annually for the district. The forecast, issued last fall,
About the levy
Election date: Tuesday, May 3 Millage: 3.5 mills additional, continuing tax Would raise: $2.7 million per year Cost per $100,000: $107 also shows Loveland’s per-pupil expenditure was $9,446 annually, compared to $9,608 for similar districts and the state average of $9,525. Here, are answers to questions e-mailed Osgood about the campaign. Osgood e-mailed back the answers, saying he and Popp got together in person to answer the questions jointly.
Why do you believe the district needs to pass the levy? “The district has done a great job of managing costs and implementing cost-saving initiatives while continuing to provide an excellent education to our students. With that said, however, given significant reductions in federal and state revenue, combined with how schools are funded in Ohio, the district needs additional financial support from the community. Given the current economic climate, we are very pleased with the fact that the district has really tightened its belt and is coming
to the community asking for the least amount necessary to simply continue to maintain current programming.” Why did you decide to take on the job of promoting the levy? “Because Loveland is a special place and we think it’s incredibly important to maintain strong schools and a strong community. This is all about having a strong community to live in and making sure that all of our children get an excellent education so that they can successfully compete in the future.” How do you plan to promote the levy? “We are still in the process of developing our plans, but they will include a combination of mailings, signs, community events and neighborhood smallgroup discussions. We will also have a website and do a lot via electronic communication. The website will include information on the levy, upcoming events, and frequently asked questions and how to volunteer and contribute to the campaign, etc. … Our overall objective is to make sure that all of the voters understand the critical importance of successfully passing this levy.”
When Symmes Township retiree Henry Harris heard the Loveland Board of Education was preparing to ask residents to approve a 3.5-mill operating levy May 3, he emailed board President Kathryn Lorenz and Superintendent John Marschhausen. “I have been a resident of the school district for almost 12 years,” Harris wrote in the email sent Jan. 14 – four days before the school board voted to put the proposed property-tax increase on the ballot. “However, I feel you should be aware if another tax levy for the schools is put on the ballot, it could be a hardship for some of the residents. “I have been past the normal retirement age of 65 and planned on working for many more years to build up a nice retirement fund, when my employer eliminated my position,” Harris wrote. “Now I have to rely on Social Security and some of my savings to live on along with my wife. At this point, being older it would be difficult to gain employment in my specialty field. “Consider the price increase of fuel, food, utilities (especially the water works) and the high cost of medicine,” Harris wrote. “Last year my prescriptions cost put me in the donut hole or gap. One of my prescriptions, a 30-day supply, cost more than a normal 90-day supply when I was in the gap category. “There are many in the district who may be close to foreclosure on their homes and maybe this
See NO on page A2 “Consider the price increase of fuel, food, utilities (especially the water works) and the high cost of medicine. Last year my prescriptions cost put me in the donut hole or gap. One of my prescriptions, a 30-day supply, cost more than a normal 90day supply when I was in the gap category. “There are many in the district who may be close to foreclosure on their homes and maybe this tax levy will make their financial conditions worse.”
Loveland resident Henry Harris
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Symmes trustees approve bids for Rozzi Park By Amanda Hopkins email@example.com
Construction can start on the Rozzi property park after Symmes Township trustees approved final bids for the project. Susie Thomas from Turner Construction said the bids for the project came in $58,571 less than the first bid in July. “To get savings from the project after delaying it six months is phenomenal,” Thomas said. The project was originally put out to bid in July, but
construction was delayed because of permit problems. Symmes Township Fiscal Officer John Borchers said construction would have cost an extra $260,000. The trustees approved the $2,568,552 project bid. The bids in July totaled $2,627,123. The project includes baseball and soccer fields, a veterans' memorial wall, bus drop-off, two dry playgrounds, walking paths and two restroom facilities and a shelter. All of the alternates are included in
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the project two more restrooms, an asphalt path, a wet playground and playground equipment for Symmes Township park. Bids were awarded to Kelchner Inc. for site work, Landform Services Inc. for landscaping, John P. Tumlin and Sons Ltd. for concrete, J.K. Meurer Corp. for asphalt, Solica Construction for general trades, plumbing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning and Amerilect Inc. for electrical work. Construction on the park will start April 4.
The forecast also said Loveland’s per pupil expenditure was $9,446 annually, compared to $9,608 for similar districts and the state average of $9,525.
Theplan for Symmes Township’s Rozzi Park.
BRIEFLY Puttin’ on the ritz
St. Columban Parish is Puttin’ on the Ritz for its annual fundraising event Saturday, Feb. 26. The Receptions Conference Center in Loveland will be transformed into the glitz and glam of New York city. The evening will feature cocktails and an amazing dinner, spectacular items in the live and silent auctions, and a balloon pop featuring great prizes. Entertainment will be by the Paul Otten Band. One of the highlights of the evening is the raffling of a beautiful and unique white
gold, diamond pendant donated by Jim and Laura Wolf of James Wolf Jewelers. Attendees can sign up for Party Party events. These themed parties bring parishioners and friends together throughout the spring and summer. The year St. Columban also debuts an online auction to complement the event. Visit St. Cbay at auctions.readysetauction.com /stcolumban from Feb.13-Feb. 18 to bid on many fun and exciting items that will not be at the event Feb. 26. Live auction items can be previewed at the St. Cbay site as well.
Continued from A1 A $50 raffle ticket will allow attendees the chance to win any of the live auction items. Winners need to be present to win. For event and raffle ticket details, contact Cathy at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.stcolumban.org/ GrandAffair.aspx.
Miami Tea Party meets
Miami Township’s Tea party will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, in the Miami Township Civic Center Trustees Room, 6101 Meijer Drive. The topic is “Limited Government, Fiscal Responsibility & Free Markets.” Contact Paul Odioso 3004253 or e-mail podioso@ yahoo.com.
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tax levy will make their financial conditions worse.” Harris told Lorenz and Marschhausen in his email that an income tax would be more appropriate than a property tax. “Then anyone who earns an income and files a W-2 form would be subject to paying the school district, thus protecting the retired and/or senior-citizen residents,” Harris said. When the school board voted Jan. 18 to put the levy on the ballot, member Linda Pennington abstained, saying the Loveland City School District needs money but officials need to find a better way to fund schools than asking residents to approve property tax hikes. School officials have said they are making plans for what to do should the levy fail and that they expect to present the public with potential reductions in March. They said the school district – like others – is losing revenue from multiple sources. A financial forecast for the Loveland City Schools issued last fall showed everlarger deficits in the years ahead – including one of more than $5 million by June 30, 2013. If voters approve the levy in May, school officials have said, it will cost homeowners about $107 more a year per $100,000 of home valuation and generate about $2.7 million annually for the district. The forecast also said Loveland’s per pupil expenditure was $9,446 annually, compared to $9,608 for similar districts and the state average of $9,525. Residents of the Loveland City School District live in Loveland and Symmes, Miami, Hamilton and Goshen townships.
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Symmes coffee shop owner: Three months before reopening By Amanda Hopkins firstname.lastname@example.org
Rick Lawson said it will take three months before he and his wife, Joni, can reopen the Corner Coffee Cafe in Symmes Township. The coffee shop, on Main Street off of LovelandMadeira Road, has been closed since Jan. 29 after a driver fleeing Loveland police crashed into the building. The driver, Matthew McCarthy, 27, of Miami Township, was reported to be driving almost 80 miles per hour
along Loveland-Madeira Road, according to Loveland police. McCarthy was fleeing police after a Loveland police officer tried to stop him for speeding. McCarthy will be charged with operat-
ing a vehicle while impaired and failure to comply with an officer’s orders. Lawson said this accident is the third one involving a car hitting the building in the last 10 years. He said there was lots of broken glass throughout the shop, the foundation shifted at least five inches and all of the food will be lost. “It’s a big mess,” Lawson said. Construction is starting next month on the Loveland-Madeira Road and Remington Road intersection but Lawson said the
road widening will not help prevent accidents like this one. He said a guardrail is needed for drivers who may come around the curve too fast. There are no plans to put a guardrail along the road in front of the shop or any of the other businesses on Loveland-Madeira Road as part of the construction. Lawson and his wife are worried another accident could cause even more damage to the shop. “It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when,” Lawson said.
The Corner Coffee Cafe will be closed for at least three months after a truck crashed into the building on Loveland-Madeira Road around 2 a.m. Jan. 29. The Lawsons are keeping their customers, many of whom are regular visitors, informed on any updates about the shop through social media. “We know the names
and faces (of our customers) ... we miss it,” Lawson said. To stay updated on the progress of the Corner Coffee Cafe, visit the shop’s Facebook page.
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Workers install a new telephone pole at the intersection of LovelandMadeira Road and State Route 126 (Remington Road) Feb. 10.
Construction plans include adding left turn lanes in both directions along Remington Road, a left turn lane going northbound on Loveland-Madeira Road and a continuous right turn lane on southbound Loveland-Madeira Road.
progress before construction starts on the intersection widening project March 1. Tim Gilday, a planning and designing engineer with the Hamilton County Engineer’s Office, said a few of the telephone poles were “in conflict” with the design of the new intersection. Pat Ashcraft with the Hamilton County Engineer’s Office said drivers in the area should also expect delays when there is underground construction work, work on the traffic signals and during the installation of the retaining wall along Loveland-Madeira Road. Construction plans include adding left turn lanes in both directions along Remington Road, a left turn lane going northbound on LovelandMadeira Road and a contin-
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Miami Township resident asks for vicious dog resolution
All that’s left of a sign honoring Matt Maupin on Interstate 275 in the Loveland area is a lone yellow ribbon fluttering on a pole. JEANNE HOUCK/ STAFF
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Where did Matt Maupin’s sign go? Hamilton Township resident Brian Lindsayright, cleaning up around the Staf Sgt. Matt Maupin Veteran’s Memorial Highway sign on Interstate 275 in the Loveland area. All that’s left now of the sign is a lone pole and one fluttering yellow ribbon. Lindsay said he recently noticed the sign was missing, pulled over and found it on the ground. Lindsay thinks a truck may have knocked it over. He’s given the sign to Maupin’s father to contact the Ohio Department of Transportation for a replacement. Maupin was an American soldier from Batavia captured in Iraq in April 2004. His body was found four years later.
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Miami Township officials are exploring the possibility of adopting a vicious dog resolution. Township resident Larry Deel Jan. 18 urged the board of trustees to take action citing his own experience with a pit bull attack. “In June of 2010, my small Pomeranian was the target of an attack by a neighbor’s pit bull,” he said. “This attack took place on my property, within a fenced area. Luckily, I was only a short distance away and was able to fend off the pit bull.” Deel’s dog, Samson, survived the attack, but the dog’s injuries cost Deel about $1,400 in veterinary bills. “I am not a legal professional, but it appears that the Ohio Revised Code does empower township governments to establish resolutions involving vicious dog breeds,” he said. “As far as ordinances and regulations, I do understand that township governments do have some limitations compared to other forms of government.” Miami Township Trustee Mary Makley Wolff said other residents have brought the issue to her attention in light of other dog attacks. “I’ve had residents come to me about a dog that has attacked three different neighbors,” she said. “Responsibility of pet owners is a big issue and quite frankly, we don’t want government telling everyone what to do with their lives. But, we have a duty to protect the residents.” According to Miami Township Police Capt. Steve
Rogers, there were nine reports of attacks in 2008, seven in 2009 and nine in 2010. “Of those incidents, three of them were canine versus canine where one dog attacked another,” he said. “The majority of them were people who were bitten were jogging by a yard, watching someone’s dog or delivering something when the dog got through an invisible fence. They were all minor injuries, just barely breaking the skin exceptfor a young child who was severely injured by two dogs in 2010.” Township Administrator Larry Fronk and solicitor John Korfhagen are looking into other townships that have vicious dog resolutions, Miami Township Trustee Ken Tracy said. “We’ve turned it over to Larry and John, who are looking into it as a safety issue,” Tracy said. “Any time a safety issue is brought to our attention, it is our obligation to the public to look into it and that’s exactly what we’re doing. We are seriously looking into it because it is a safety issue.” Deel said he knows his request might offend some dog owners, but said the risk to other animals and children is too great. “If my 12-pound Pomeranian suddenly went haywire and attacked a person, chances are good even a child could defend himself without much more than a minor bite wound,” he said. “If a pit bull attacks a person, their chances are much lower of escaping without serious injury or even death.”” For more information about your community, visit www.Cincinnati.com/ miamitownship.
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A Miami Township family was displaced from their home Thursday, Feb. 3, when a fire tore through the second floor and attic. Miami Township Fire & Rescue received the call for help about 7:36 p.m. to Pineland Farms, 1648 Ohio 131, east of Grieman Lane, said Fire Chief Jim Whitworth. Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy fire on the rear side of the building on the second floor extending into the attic. The residents had exited the house. Crews worked for about 35 minutes to knock out the majority of the flames, Whitworth said. They received assistance from the Stonelick and Goshen township fire departments, which each had one engine on site. The fire was under control by 9:10 p.m., the chief said. Crews continued working to make sure there was no hidden fire and investigate the cause. Additional help was requested from Milford Community Fire Department to move an engine into the Central Station. LovelandSymmes Fire Department was asked to move an ambulance into the North Station, Whitworth said. Due to the extent of damage, the family will be
displaced for an extended period, he said. The Red Cross was not called in to help the family because there are additional buildings on the property they can stay in, Whitworth said. A large water main break occurred on Ohio 131 early in the fire apparently as a result of firefighting activities, but did not appear to hamper operations, Whitworth said. Clermont County water resources was notified. At about 10:15 p.m., during the overhaul phase of the fire, FireFighter/Paramedic Lynn Mesley slipped on ice and injured her knee, Whitworth said. She was taken to Bethesda North Hospital by the Milford Community Fire Department. At about the same time one of the homeowners complained of symptoms consistent with smoke inhalation. He was taken to Bethesda by the Goshen Fire Department. The fire chief also could not give an estimate for the cost of the damage, but said it was likely a large number. “This is probably going to be a pretty decent loss,” he said. “This was an old house and unfortunately, they lost a lot of antiques.”
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The week at Loveland
• In boys basketball, Loveland lost 66-59 to Kings, Feb. 5. Loveland’s top-scorer was Anthony LaMacchia with 20 points. On Feb. 8, Loveland beat Wilmington 51-38. Loveland’s top-scorer was Austin Stahl with 19 points. • Loveland boys diver Matt Swaine qualified for districts after placing third with a score of 395.40 in the Division I Sectional, Feb. 8. Also qualifying after placing 20th is Michael Louis with a score of 258.95. • In girls basketball on Feb. 9, Turpin beat Loveland 54-38. Loveland was led by Rachel Baker with 18 points. • In boys bowling on Feb. 9, Milford beat Loveland 2,710-2,476. Loveland’s Kyle Schweer bowled a 422. • The Loveland girls bowling team beat Milford 2,2922,039, Feb. 9. Loveland’s Toni Gardner bowled a 409.
The week at CHCA
• The Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy boys swimming team placed sixth with a score of 20 in the Miami Valley Championship, Feb. 5. • In girls swimming, CHCA, placed fourth with a score of 256 in the Miami Valley Championship, Feb. 5. CHCA’s Kendall Hart won the 100 meter flystroke in 1 minute, 1.23 seconds; and Michelle Feeney won the 100 meter breaststroke in 1 minute, 11.05 seconds. • On Feb. 7, the Roger Bacon girls basketball team beat Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy 49-37. CHCA was led by Morgan Prescott with 19 points. • In boys diving, Moorehead placed first with a score of 436.80 in the Mason DII finals, Feb. 7. • In boys basketball, CHCA beat Cincinnati Christian 58-53, Feb. 8. CHCA’s topscorer was Nick Lawley with 28 points. • The CHCA girls basketball team lost 42-32 to Cincinnati Christian, Feb. 9. CHCA’s top-scorer was Morgan Prescott with 15 points.
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Kylee Knabe talks Loveland wrestling
Loveland High School junior wrestler Kylee Knabe has gone 27-3 in the 171-pound division this season and leads the Tigers with 22 pins. A threeTony Meale year varsity Reporter’s wrestler, Knabe went Notebook 21-5 in the 152-pound division as a freshman and 23-4 at 171 as a sophomore. Here, Knabe discusses both his career and the progress he’s made this season.
doesn’t want us to do, he definitely jumps on us. Another guy who’s really helped me in the (wrestling) room is (Loveland 160pounder) E.S. Lawrence.”
What’s been the key to your success this year? “The key to my success is one of our coaches (Jakob Porter) is new this year. He’s a hard-nosed guy and pushes us to the limits. When we start to break mentally, he gets in our head and pushes us.”
What are your goals for the rest of the season? “My goals would be to win a league title, win sectionals, place in the top three at districts and place at state.”
You’ve had success in different weight classes. In what ways do you feel like you’ve evolved as a wrestler over the past few seasons? “Physically, I’ve gotten stronger, and mentally I’ve grown. I feel like there’s been such a big jump from
What are your strengths as a wrestler? “My strengths this year would be my conditioning and my drive.” Where do you need to improve? “There’s always room for improvement. I would say my moves and my conditioning could always be better.”
Loveland High School junior 171-pounder Kylee Knabe, left, has won at least 20 matches each year for the Tigers. my freshman year to my junior year. It seems like it came almost naturally.” What are the odds of you jumping or cutting a weight class either this season or next? “I’m pretty much stuck where I am. I can see myself coming in next year around 171 and staying there.”
You got to wrestle for a few years with 2010 Loveland graduate Joey Sarnecki, who is second on the school’s all-time wins list. What, if anything, did you learn from him? “Just that it’s going to get better and better each year. He said your losses will get down to a minimum, and you’ll (get better mentally).”
What’s it like wrestling for (Loveland head coach) Chris Switzer? He seems like a pretty no-nonsense guy. “He’s actually a real jokester. He’s nice and always has good stuff to say. Sometimes he can be pretty no-nonsense, though. He’ll work us hard, and if we back-talk or do something wrong that he
You were also a tailback on the football team last year, so I have to ask – which sport do you like better? “I would say wrestling just because it’s you, alone. You’re by yourself. I just kind of like that feeling. Getting your hand raised is just awesome.” Tony Meale is a sports reporter for the Community Press. Reach him at tmeale@community press.com or 853-6271
Tigers beat Wilmington, bow to Milford in hoops The following are submitted Loveland boys basketball summaries.
Loveland 51, Wilmington 39 – In this Loveland win Feb. 8, Austin Stahl led the team with 19 points. Wesley Kyles followed with 11 points, Bryce Plitt with eight and Nick Hoffman with seven points and 16 rebounds. Milford 53, Loveland 42 – Wes Kyles led Loveland with nine points, three rebounds, one steal, assist and block in the game that occurred Feb. 11. Anthony LaMacchia, Austin Stahl and Nick Hoffman had eight points each.
The week at Moeller
• The Moeller wrestling team beat Lakota East 51-11, Feb. 5. Moeller’s Andrew Mendel beat Landers 4-0; Brian MacVeigh pinned Brown in 1 minute, 28 seconds; Joey Ward pinned Jenkins in 2 minutes, 57 seconds; Tyler Ziegler beat Miller 5-4; Dakota Sizemore pinned Helton in 1 minute, 56 seconds; Michael Blum pinned Davenport in 3 minutes, 25 seconds; Krieg Greco beat Maness 6-1; Powell beat Burton 3-0; Jerry Thornberry beat Ray 9-2; Chalmer Fureauf pinned Detherage in 23 seconds; and Caleb Denny pinned Bowman in 5 minutes, 22 seconds. Also on Feb. 5, Moeller beat Mason 30-15. Moeller’s MacVeigh beat Artrip in a 141 major decision; Ward beat Gonzalez in a technical fall after 5 minutes, 59 seconds; Ziegler beat Gorsek 7-2; Sizemore beat Mescher 6-5; Blum beat Walden 5-0; Powell beat Suess 8-4; Thornberry beat McCrea 6-0; Frueauf beat Tedoldi 4-1; and Denny beat Meyers 10-3. • In boys bowling, Moeller lost to Fairfield 2,663-2,365, Feb. 7. Moeller’s Daniel Oehler bowled a 435. The Oak Hills boys bowling team beat Moeller 2,9812,786, Feb. 9. Moeller’s Charles Mueller bowled a 442. • In boys basketball, Moeller beat Fenwick 41-37, Feb. 8. Moeller’s top-scorer was Josh Davenport with 13 points.
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The Loveland JV boys basketball team played three strong games this past week winning one and losing two heartbreakers. On Feb. 5, coach Jeremy Ward’s team lost a closely fought battle to Kings on the road. The game was close the entire way. Loveland tied the game with under a minute to go on a threepoint bucket, but came up short losing 37-32. Freshman Will Edison led the way with 15 points making five three-point baskets. The Tigers played Wilmington on the road on Feb. 8. The JV team beat Wilmington for the second time this year by the score 45 to 38. Freshman Jake Elfers played an all around game scoring 14 points and grabbing 7 rebounds. Freshman Alex Hesse chipped in 10 points, and freshman J.C. Kraml cleaned up the defensive end with 10 rebounds.
On Feb. 11, Ward’s team battled first-place Milford at home and played one of their best games of the year, but lost in overtime 61-56. Freshmen Austen Funke and Will Edison led all scoring with 18 points each. Sophomore Bryson McGillis netted 13 points, and two other freshmen, Alex Hesse and Jake Elfers, grabbed 6 rebounds apiece. The JV boys finish the season next week with two games on the road at Turpin and Anderson.
The Loveland freshman team went 2-1 this past week. On Feb. 5, the Tigers lost a close one to Kings 30-27. Top scorers for Loveland were Garrett Campbell, Brendan Dzigiel, Reid Waddell, and Brian Bullock. On Feb. 8, Loveland beat Wilmington on the road, 40-15. The Tigers had a big offensive night
with 10 different players in the scoring column. Brian Bullock led the way with 14 points, followed by Luke Groene (5), Reid Waddell (5), Garrett Campbell (4), and Nate Cox (3). Groene and Campbell were strong on the boards, leading the Tigers with seven rebounds each. Bullock also had a strong defensive game with six steals. On Feb. 11, the Tigers had a big win against Milford 38-25. Loveland jumped out to an 11point lead after the first period. The Tigers led throughout the game, but the Eagles closed the gap to 2-points early in the final period. Loveland then went on an 8-0 run to seal the victory. Leading the scoring for the Tigers were Reid Waddell (10), Brian Bullock (8), Bryce Demoret (7), Brendan Dzigiel (4), Garrett Campbell (4), and Charlie Schickel (3). Bullock led the team in assists with seven. The freshman team is 12-6 on the season.
Coach smooths ice – literally – for Crusaders By Scott Springer email@example.com
Mike Reeder, the all-time winningest coach in Moeller hockey history, works at The Cincinnati Gardens and drives the “Zamboni.” And, he loves it. “I work on the ice side of the business,” Reeder said. “I work with youth hockey and high school teams. Other people are working on the Rollergirls, football (Commandos) that kind of stuff.” In his spare time, he coaches the most storied program in Cincinnati high school hockey history. A lot of that’s because most schools don’t offer the sport. Others have club teams. At Moeller, they’ll soon approach their 30th year of existence. “Probably the next closest team would be like Centerville,” Reeder said. “But, in Cincinnati, Moeller was the first in 1982-1983.” Reeder’s been the Crusaders coach for the last seven years and coached the JV team for a year before that. The program will notch its 500th win this season and Reeder’s been on the winning side of the scoreboard for quite a chunk of those. You won’t find a plethora of rinks in the Tristate, but those around them are familiar with Moeller hockey. “Hockey is a strange sport in terms that it’s just not as available,” Reeder said. “Hockey people are driv-
en; they look for it and we’ve got a nice little group.” Because of its established success, Reeder has little problem getting new players to suit up in blue and gold. “I don’t recruit,” Reeder said. “I don’t go out talking to kids or anything. My kids do that. I just kind of let that take care of itself.” What Reeder offers is a lot of hard work and a competitive schedule. The end result has been a pretty dominant run locally. “Everyone works hard, and every year is different,” Reeder said. “We’ve beaten St. X twice this year and tied Sycamore. Elder is still building and the club teams are Lakota East and West, Mason – I like to think we’re at the top of the heap.” The local success can be attributed to Moeller’s travel schedule which might rival Gov. John Kasich’s. “We’ve played the number one team in the state, the number two team in the state and the number five,” Reeder said. “We went to Oxford at Thanksgiving and they bring some good teams into Miami (University). We went to Cleveland over Christmas and Toledo over Martin Luther King weekend. We’ve also scrimmaged a team from Michigan and three teams from Cleveland. Every non-league game that we can play a northern team, we try.” Reeder’s team is young overall with nine sophomores, five juniors (two of which are goalies) and only
three seniors. “They probably can go play ‘club’ anywhere,” Reeder said of his seniors. “When you start talking Divisions III, II and I with scholarships, I might have one kid that could (play) if they’d invest in him (Kyle Bobay).” Senior Bobay is among the league leaders in goals and assists, while captain Ben Fessel and assistant captain Alex Land have “lit the lamp” and shared the puck in numbers just shy of Bobay’s. “They’re just great guys,” Reeder said. “They give me everything they’ve got.” Reeder also has several multi-talented players who take advantage of Moeller’s other offerings and reputation. While some stick to the demanding sport year ‘round, others just switch uniforms. “Bobay plays football,” Reeder said. “Nick Meece (sophomore) plays baseball. Quinn Collison and Alex Burgdorf (also sophomores) play lacrosse. I’d say half of them are multi-sport guys.” Enhancing Moeller’s success on the ice is their ability to skate at the employer of the head coach – Cincinnati Gardens. Modeled after Toronto’s famed Maple Leaf Gardens and once termed, “The Hockey Barn of Bedlam” by one-time Cyclones announcer Terry Ficorelli, the surrounding stone and wood can make for a loud
venue giving Moeller a distinct advantage. Unfortunately, not all of the Crusaders are up on the history of the building that has housed several hockey teams and a NBA team. “I don’t know that they know all that,” Reeder said. “But, they certainly have come to love it. Mr. Robinson’s family has been great to us. The kids come in and they’ve got the old (Cincinnati Mighty) Ducks (American Hockey League) locker room, the old Cyclones (ECHL/IHL) locker room. It’s a hard place to lose in! I don’t know of any other high school that plays in this big of a building. The only one that would be close would be probably Talawanda who plays in Oxford.” If Reeder can’t pass on those history lessons, his chief assistant can. Pat McLeod was a Cyclone back in the day and provides great guidance and inspiration to some of the Crusaders considering playing beyond high school. Last year Moeller switched hockey leagues to Columbus and the Capital Conference, so they’re already exposed to the quality talent players would see at advanced levels. “With the Blue Jackets there, that’s really the hotbed of hockey in Ohio,” said Reeder. “In the next five years I can see the competition being a little bit tougher.” That’s just what Mike Reeder is seeking for his program.
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Intersecting thoughts Visitors to Cincinnati.com/ Symmestownship posted these comments about the planned widening of the Remington Road/Loveland-Madeira Road intersection, scheduled to begin as early as March 1:
most school leaders have absolutely no idea how to run a business (school like anything else is a businss) and they are just as responsible for the mess.” jj100
“It’s about frickin time. But why didn’t they do about 1.5 years ago when they redid that intersection. It would have saved us taxpayers $$$. I bet the guys in charge get raises and bonuses every year for looking ahead and doing a great job on planning.” IDGAFF “So a streetcar project is a boondoggle, but spending billions on roads is just hunky dory?” CincyCapelli “This intersection cost will be about $3 million (with an ‘m’ not a ‘b’), and cost about $10,000 in maintenence per year. Or $3.2 million over a 10-year period. It serves a few thousand people every day. “The choo-choo train’s cost is at least $300-plus million (10 times that) to build (but probably more), and will cost $100 million per year to operate. That’s $1 billion over a 10-year period. Also projected to serve a few thousand people a day. “So, if I’m going to help a thousand people per day, every day, for the next 10 years: which is less: $3.2 million for an intersection or a $1 billion choo choo train? “Easy call, to me.” shallora
Backing away from the trough Visitors to Cincinnati.com posted these comments to a story about how some school districts, including Madeira, that had planned to put a tax measure on the May ballot got cold feet days before deadline thanks to uncertainty over state funding and increased voter pressure. Deer Park Schools have a bond issue on the May ballot: “(Ohio Gov. John) Kasich should live up
Frank Krailler, owner of Montgomery Transmissions on Loveland-Madeira Road, hopes the construction planned for the Loveland Madeira Road and Remington Road intersection helps reduce major accidents and reduce traffic problems around the intersection where he has been in business for 28 years. to his campaign promises and not stand against outsourcing like his predecessor. Ohio should take the lead and outsource education to cut costs. “http://www.tutorvista.com/ will provide our kids better alternatives with quality education at a low price. State funding needs to be redirected here as soon as possible. Cutting salaries will not draw quality teachers to our schools so the best alternative is to outsource education.” masondad “Schools need to get rid of some excess baggage before asking for more money. I worked for a school district for 25 years and when a levy passes they create jobs to spend the money. When time get tight they need to trim the budget before asking for more.” theshern “If suburban districts weren’t increasing numbers of students each year, your advice would make more sense. If schools could have the freedom to make
CHATROOM Feb. 9 questions
What is the most romantic Valentine’s Day gift you’ve received or given? What made it so special? “I’ve been married for 27 years to the most thoughtful and romantic man. He never forgets Valentine’s Day and I always receive beautiful gifts. “No individual one stands out, they have all been romantic and special.” E.E.C. “Most romantic Valentine’s Day gift; being a man, this isn’t a big deal to me. But I think my wife enjoys what I do every year, which is to write her a funny poem, with a few ‘suggestive’ verses sometimes. I wonder if anyone will answer ‘Vermont Teddy Bear’ or ‘Pajamagram?’ Those TV commercials get so annoying at this time of year.” B.B. “After the Super Bowl I would have like some questions on the commercials. There were a few really questionable ones (in my opinion). I would like to know if anyone else thought the same way. “For instance: Pepsi ... ‘I want to go to bed with her ...’ The shoe commercial with her trainer ... ‘you’re the best I’ve ever had ...’ “How bold are we getting and where is the protection of the chil-
Next questions Miami Township officials are exploring the possibility of adopting a vicious dog resolution. Is this a good idea? Why or why not? What do you think of the plans for the new Horseshoe Casino at Broadway Commons, and do you think you will patronize the casino? Why or why not? Every week The Loveland Herald asks readers a questions that they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to email@example.com with “chatroom” in the subject line. dren who are also in the living room? How to bring this up for discussion and awareness.” W.D.
What do you think of Loveland hosting the HeartStone Tour this fall? What kind of events would you like to see associated with the tour? Do you plan to attend? No responses. Work to widen the intersection of Loveland-Madeira Road and Remington Road may begin as early as March 1. What do you think of the widening plans? Will they make the intersection safer? No responses.
educational decisions without intrusion from the state and federal government, they could be more efficient. If demand for educational services increases, then schools should be able to raise prices to meet it. What we have is increased demand and cuts in revenue.” mgs3bes “Online learning is only one source of creating educational efficiencies. It cannot serve the needs of all students, however. It may not be appropriate for some students. Still gotta have classrooms and teachers.” mgs3bes “Probably a little extreme, but in my opinion two things could go a long way to fix the school mess we are in.... “1) I would not necessarily advocate cutting salaries benefits directly. but instead would like to break the union and allow free competition for teaching jobs. There are so many ‘protectionist’ policies/laws in place to keep mediocre teachers in and new ones out. Allowing competition here will resolve salaries/
benefits on their own. “2 )Funding. Using property values in a school district is a horrible way to fund public schools – leading to ‘boom and bust’ cycles. Supreme court of Ohio has ruled it unconstitutional, why are we not fixing it?” cincysinner “Hey realities are changing, some school districts may no longer be able to function on their own anymore. A neighborhood school district is a choice of the community, if it becomes too expensive, then it can merge with another district and save costs. This is what needs to happen with Little Miami. The residents have a threshold for what they will support, and can no longer support that threshold so bye bye, Little Miami. It is just the economic realities of the day. Lockland is another distric facing the same fate. I think Madiera should go too. They could merge with Indian Hill and save their residents considerable tax dollars and have just as good if not a better education. “Fact is, School levies are not about the children, but more about bureaucrats and the mess they created. Secondly,
“Is this what the problem is? You would prefer to lower the salary by cutting individual teacher’s salary/benefits? What are you going to say when your child is now placed in a classroom that holds 75 students with a teacher who is teaching their first year on an accelerated schedule due to mandated testing because the experienced teachers have left the school or taken early retirement? Are you going to complain about how your child is being cheated by the very same system you worked (with 40 people attending a meeting) to pare down? “I say we make teachers a contractor. For every student who graduates that the teacher had taught, the teacher receives $5,000 at the time of the student’s graduation.” fistfoh
Seton school prepares students for 21st century Education should not only teach students concepts and ideas but more importantly how to find their own meaning and use for acquired knowledge. My Catholic education, beginning at St. Andrew-St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Elementary School, has accomplished that goal. As a senior at St. Xavier High School and a graduate of SASEAS, I have benefited from many years of Catholic education. I know my time at SASEAS laid a strong foundation that has benefited me throughout high school, and I believe that it shall continue to serve me well throughout the rest of my life. In fulfillment of their primary mission, Catholic schools promote a strong faith identity. Our Christian beliefs are integral to each day’s routine, not only in tangible expressions of faith through prayer, religion class and Mass, but also through the development of the whole person, as these beliefs guide us and shape our character. A shared commitment to faith is what allows values, morals and discipline to be instilled in students. Religious education constantly encourages reflection. Students are conscious of how their actions affect other people and also how
their decisions affect themselves. In addition, it produces a strong moral compass, rationalizing moral living through theological princiTaylor Luiso ples instead of Community through simply the desire to Press guest avoid punishcolumnist ment. B e s i d e s preparing the heart and the spirit, Catholic education nurtures the mind, offering exceptional academics. As I made the transition to the rigorous workload of high school, I quickly recognized that my quality grade school teachers had equipped me with both the knowledge and the work ethic necessary for success. As I look back over my years at St. Andrew-St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School, I have come to realize that I was part of more than simply a loose association of individuals who happened to belong to same school community – I was part of a strong school family. This larger support system of caring teachers and loving families was not only there on the celebratory occasions, but also during times of
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“According to Ohio Department of Education, the 600 plus school districts spend approximately 85 cents of every tax dollar on salaries, benefits and contractural staffing and pensions. That leaves approximately 15 cents to take care of the buildings and education (yes edcuate Little Suzie and Johnny) who still cannot pass the state proficiency tests in math and reading with a 75 percent or better. “In some districts that cost is more like 91 cents for every tax dollar. That is because the health care we the tax payers are paying for are almost $18,000 per family of four, we pay 95 percent of their health care costs and they pay 5 percent. Do the math, and that is $900 a year they pay or $75 a month or $17 a week. “And teachers complain they have it so rough when again according to the Ohio Department of Education the average salary in Ohio School Districts (average) is $62K per year. Take that with tenure (cannot be fired) retire after 20 years ... and I should have been a teacher.” KnowReality
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sadness and loss. Many of my classmates formed long-lasting friendships that remain strong to this day. Catholic schools promote a spirit of service, both through deeds performed and values taught. This message is encouraged at a very young age and continues through all grade levels at SASEAS. Whether helping needy families at Christmas, sending care packages to troops overseas or helping those in the local community, love of neighbor is instilled in all students. Milford and Miami Township are fortunate to have wonderful schools … both public and parochial. In honor of Catholic Schools Week, I write to thank my elementary school for what it has provided me and to describe the value I see in Catholic education. I know the strong foundation I received at St. Andrew-St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School helped to shape the person who I have become, and also who I hope to be in the future – a loving individual who uses his knowledge in the service of others. Taylor Luiso, is co-editor-in-chief of the St. Xavier student newspaper, captain of the cross country team and is involved in other activities such as Math Club and tutoring.
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Bill Croskey, longtime psychologist for the Loveland City Schools, has been elected to the board of the Character Council of Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky.
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Bill Croskey, longtime psychologist for the Loveland City Schools, has been elected to the board of the Character Council of Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky, a non-profit organization dedicated to positive character development in children and adults. Lisa Desatnik, a spokeswoman for the Character Council, said Croskey was trained by the group years ago and that he and other members of the Loveland Schools Health Advisory Committee were instrumental in bringing character education into the schools. Croskey continues to raise awareness through columns and presentations, Desatnik said. “Mr. Croskey knows the importance of teaching young people positive values,” she said. Croskey was a psychologist in the Loveland City School District for 26 years and filling in for a school
psychologist who is on maternity leave, said Meg Krsacok, communications coordinator for the schools. “Bill is truly committed to helping people reflect on how character plays an important part in their lives,” said Chad Hilliker, principal of Loveland Intermediate School. “He has always looked for ways to communicate ideas that are easily shared from the adults to the children they work with each day. “Not only does Bill teach about character, but he truly lives a life that shows others what it means to have character,” Hilliker said. Croskey said he tries to do just that. “I’ve read that the best way to teach character is for adults to model acts of good character for children, so I continue to believe that it is essential to help educators learn about their own character,” Croskey said. “Then they can pass those lessons on to their students.”
Think spring with Schoolyard Nature Network Workshop Series Granny’s Garden School’s Schoolyard Nature Network is offering a series of workshops regarding various aspects of establishing and operating a school garden program. Each workshop is $25 per person and requires preregistration. For more information or to register, email email@example.com. All workshops (except for the March 26 session, which will take place at the gardens in Loveland) will be held at Natorp’s Garden Store, 5373 Merten Drive, Mason. The schedule: • Saturday, Feb. 26, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – Fundraising and Securing In-Kind Donations. How to utilize the resources unique to your school to secure the supplies you need. • Saturday, March 12, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – Establishing a Garden – What to Plant, When and Why. What to consider, beyond sun and water, when selecting a garden location? How to decide what plants/seeds
to plant and when to plant them. Easy way to create a new garden. • Saturday, March 26, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – Making the All Important Connections Between the Garden and Classroom. It includes a tour of the school gardens in Loveland, an overview of how the gardens and educational components support each other and the nuts and bolts of establishing and maintaining a school garden. The Schoolyard Nature Network is the natural outgrowth of the requests for information and training from nearly 100 institutions coming to tour and observe our methods since 2002. As thousands of educators rush to create school gardens, there is a great shortage of practical, common sense information from people who actually have experience in the field. Founded in 2002, Granny’s Garden School is the largest and most comprehensive school garden program in the Midwest.
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Miami Township firefighter/paramedic Dan Berkebile spent time last summer working in a free medical clinic in Nauta, Peru and Iquitos, Peru, with Springdale Nazarene Church. As a paramedic, he helped provide medical care to Peruvians who oftentimes had nowhere else to turn. “It was a lot of primary care because they don’t have access to doctors the way do,” he said. One case Berkebile said he’ll always remember involved a sick 10month-old boy whose mother had traveled three days by boat so he could be treated. “They were turned away by the clinic in town because they didn’t have any money,” he said. “He was a sick little kid. He had been dehydrated for five days, but we were able to help him. It’s pretty exhilarating to know the skills you took there could potentially save a little boy’s life.” Berkebile and the other doctors and nurses he was with also handed out free multi-vitamins and parasite medication to anyone who came by their clinics. “The biggest thing we did was give everybody the parasite medication and the 30- to 60-day supply of multivitamins,” he said. “They pretty much all have parasites over there so by treating them, we’re really helping.” Assistant Fire Chief Dan Mack also volunteered in another country this summer by helping South African fire departments respond to calls during the World Cup. Miami Township Trustee Karl Schultz said both men showed great courage and compassion. “They’re highly qualified and they put a lot of their heart and soul into it and you see that by their volunteer activities,” he said. “This was (Berke-
Miami Township firefighter/paramedic Dan Berkebile cares for a young patient in Peru whose mother traveled three days by boat so her child could be treated. Berkebile spent several days there earlier this summer helping run a free medical clinic.
Miami Township firefighter/paramedic Dan Berkebile spent time in Nauta, Peru and Iquitos, Peru, with Springdale Nazarene Church. bile’s) time and his mission so God bless him. That’s just the kind of people we have in Miami Township. They’re reaching out to the rest of the world.” Berkebile also said he was touched
by how grateful and patient the Peruvian people were. “Here in the suburbs, everybody gets bent out of shape when they have to wait, but these people would show up before we opened the clinic in the morning, take a number and sit there until 5 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. and just smile at you,” he said. “They never said a word.” Though the firefighter/paramedic said he learned valuable medical lessons, he said most of his experiences taught him something deeper. “Anytime you’re using your skills, you’re sharpening them,” he said. “The biggest thing I learned is just to be incredibly grateful for what we have here. So many people talk about the health care system being broken and it has its issues, but it’s still the best in the world.”
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Queen City Coin Laundry expands By Mary Dannemiller firstname.lastname@example.org
Dave Menz wants to change your opinion about laundromat. His Queen City Coin Laundry locations in Amelia and Miami Township aren’t dingy, dimly lit places with decades-old machines. They’re bright, cheery places with state-of-the-art machines, big screen televisions and porcelain floors. Menz opened the Miami Township location, 923 Ohio 28, this month and plans to add stores throughout Clermont County. “One thing we’ve learned since we’ve been in the business is a lot of laundromats are run by people who don’t really have ‘nice’ in their vocabulary,” he said. “We want to define ourselves as a top-notch, high quality laundry facility. We believe in treating people the right way and we see a tremendous demand in Cincinnati and Clermont County for a nice laundry facility.” The location in Amelia opened in April and has been a success. So when the space in Miami Township became available, Menz decided to go for it and spent the next several
Queen City Coin Laundry owners Dave Menz and Carla Menz at their new location in Miami Township. months renovating the building, formerly known as Milford Commons Laundry. “Queen City Coin Laundry is a passion for me,” he said. “It’s something I’ve wanted to do since I was 5years-old. This is a passion I’ve carried with me for 25 years, anybody who wants anything for 25 years is going to approach it the right way.” The store features 37 new machines, laundry carts, tables, new rest rooms and a high definition video
surveillance system. Menz also said his stores offer customer service that’s hard to find at other laundromats. “You’re lucky if you can find a phone number if you have a problem, but we have a rapid refund policy if customers lose money or have trouble with the machines,” he said. “They fill out a voucher and are guaranteed to have their money back in three business days. My personal cell phone number is on five dif-
ferent signs so a customer can call me for emergencies at 2:30 a.m. and if I can’t help over the phone, I’ll jump out of bed and go down to the store.” Miami Township Assistant Administrator Jeff Wright said Queen City Coin Laundry was just one of several businesses moving into the township. “Miami Township is proud to welcome Queen City Coin Laundry to our community and we have no doubt that they will be very successful at their location on (Ohio) 28,” he said. “This new business is another confirmation that a variety of retail outlets and corporations are selecting us as a desirable place to do business. While new commercial construction may still be slow in all locations, Miami Township continues, month after month, to have new enterprises opening in existing spaces since we are recognized as a businessfriendly community.” In March, the Miami Township store will offer $1 prices for double-load machines which are normally $2.25, Menz said. For more information about the laundry mat, which is open 24 hours a day, visit queencitycoinlaundry.com.
February 16, 2011
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Caregiving 101, 6:30-8 p.m., Barrington of Oakley, 4855 Babson Place, Third Floor Activity Room. Information on maintaining balance as caregiver, how to solve caregiving problems, learning from experience of others and guilt/stress. With Margaret Iannaci, coordinator of the Caregiver Assistance Network, and Barbara Thompson, director of community development. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Caregiver Assistance Network. 929-4483. Oakley.
HOLIDAY - BLACK HISTORY MONTH
National Great Black in Wax Museum Exhibit, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Macy’s, 7800 Montgomery Road. Lower Level Entrance. Figures of uplifting and inspiring AfricanAmerican role models. From superstars to lesser-known historical characters. Free. 247-6411; www.macys.com. Kenwood.
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HEALTH / WELLNESS
Health Screenings, 10 a.m.-noon, Owens Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center, 7319 Montgomery Road. Blood pressure screenings, stress screenings and consultation about your wellness needs. Free. 784-0084. Silverton.
MUSIC - ACOUSTIC
Bob Cushing, 6-10 p.m., Applebee’s, 10635 Techwood Circle. Free. 769-6201. Blue Ash.
MUSIC - BLUES
Sonny’s Solo Blues, 7-11 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, 697-9705; www.mamavitas.com. Loveland.
ON STAGE - COMEDY
Shane Mauss, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $8, $4 college and military night. Ages 18 and up. 984-9288; www.gobananascomedy.com. Montgomery.
MUSIC - ROCK
MUSIC - BENEFITS
Shane Mauss, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $12. Ages 18 and up. 984-9288; www.gobananascomedy.com. Montgomery.
Cincinnati Brass Band, 7 p.m., Deer Park High School, 8351 Plainfield Road. Auditorium. Winter Concert. With Carmon DeLeone, Michael Chertock and Nancy James. Larry Handley, WCPO Channel 9 on-air personality, master of ceremonies. Free refreshments. Benefits FreeStore FoodBank. $10, $5 seniors and students. Presented by Cincinnati Brass Band. 729-1950; cincinnatibrassband.com. Deer Park.
MUSIC - BLUES
Earth Day Celebration, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Blue Ash Nature Park, 745-8644; e-mail pbehm@ blueash.com; www.blueash.com. Blue Ash. S A T U R D A Y, F E B . 1 9
Improving Your Golf Game with Yoga, 10 a.m.-noon, Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road. Build strength, focus, calm, flexibility and manage pain in off season while you prepare for next year’s golf outings. Ages 18 and up. $50. Reservations required. Presented by Roger Null and Dan Erdman. Through March 19. 745-6261. Blue Ash.
Earth Day Celebration, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Blue Ash Nature Park, 4433 Cooper Road. Volunteers needed for April 15. Presented by Blue Ash Recreation Department. Through April 14. 745-8644; e-mail pbehm@blueash. com; www.blueash.com. Blue Ash. F R I D A Y, F E B . 1 8
BENEFITS Deer Park Athletic Boosters Ball Drop, 6 p.m., Deer Park High School, 8351 Plainfield Road. Balls dropped from gym ceiling; ball that lands closest to designated spot wins half the pot. Maximum of 1,000 balls sold. Benefits Deer Park High School. $5 per ball purchase. Presented by Deer Park Athletic Boosters. 891-0010. Deer Park. FOOD & DRINK
Wine Bar Tasting, 4-7 p.m., The Wine Store, 9905 Montgomery Road. Friday tastings with John, the wine-bar-keep. Fifty cents per taste. 984-9463; www.theewinestore.com. Montgomery.
Sonny’s Solo Blues, 4-6 p.m., Guitar Lovers, 7342 Kenwood Road. 793-1456; www.guitarlovers.net. Sycamore Township.
MUSIC - ROCK
The Gamut, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Silverton Cafe, 7201 Montgomery Road. Free. 791-2922. Silverton.
ON STAGE - COMEDY
Shane Mauss, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $12. Ages 21 and up. 984-9288; www.gobananascomedy.com. Montgomery. S U N D A Y, F E B . 2 0
ON STAGE - THEATER
The Cemetery Club, 8 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road. By Ivan Menchell. Directed by Steve Suskin. $15, $12 students and with groups of 10 or more in advance. Presented by Stagecrafters. Through March 3. 793-6237. Amberley Village.
Blues Merchants, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Shady O’Grady’s Pub, 9443 Loveland-Madeira Road. 791-2753. Symmes Township.
MUSIC - BLUES
ON STAGE - COMEDY
Designing Hot Kitchens and Cool Baths, 6:30 p.m., Neal’s Design Remodel Gallery, 7770 E. Kemper Road. Project consultants and designers discuss trends in kitchen and bath design. Light fare provided. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Neal’s Design Remodel. 489-7700. Sharonville.
Designing Hot Kitchens and Cool Baths, 10:30 a.m., Neal’s Design Remodel Gallery. Free. 489-7700. Sharonville. Bells of the World, 1-4:30 p.m., Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 201 Riverside Drive. Collection of bells from around the world by Marilyn Grismere, bell collector since 2004. Free. 683-5692. Loveland.
The Hanky Panks, 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m., Silverton Cafe, 7201 Montgomery Road. 791-2922. Silverton.
HOME & GARDEN
HOME & GARDEN
Laurel and Hardy Film Evening, 6:45 p.m., Seasons Retirement Community, 7300 Dearwester Drive. Auditorium. Films are a cartoon, an “Our Gang” a Little Rascals short and a Charley Chase sound short. Laurel and Hardy in “The Finishing Touch,” One Good Turn” and “Busy Bodies.” Plus extra film surprises and raffle. Bring snacks and beverages to share. $5, free ages 12 and under. Registration required. Presented by The Sons of the Desert. 559-0112; www.thechimp tent.com. Kenwood.
FOOD & DRINK
Wine Bar Tasting, 2-6 p.m., The Wine Store, Fifty cents per taste. 984-9463; www.theewinestore.com. Montgomery.
HOLIDAY - BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Macy’s Black History Month Program, Noon-3 p.m., Macy’s, 7800 Montgomery Road. African-American storytelling by Omope Carter Daboiku, crafts by Annie Ruth and the Eye of the Artist and others. Music by the Cincinnati Super Choir and a performance of “A Black Anthology of Music” by Kathy Wade. Family friendly. Free. 2476411; www.macys.com. Kenwood.
The nationally recognized children’s drawing program, Young Rembrandts: Cartooning, will be offered from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, at the Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road. The program runs weekly through March 24 and is designed for ages 6-13. Cost is $70. Registration is required. The program is presented by Blue Ash Recreation Department. Call 779-5858, or visit www.youngrembrandts.com for more information. Pictured are drawings by 7-year-olds in a past Young Rembrandts program. M O N D A Y, F E B . 2 1
AUDITIONS Leading Ladies, 7 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road. Cast requirements are: five men, stage ages 20 to 60, and three women, stage ages 30 and older. Auditions will consist of readings from the script. Free. Presented by Mariemont Players Inc. Through Feb. 22. 451-6338; www.mariemontplayers.com. Columbia Township. COOKING CLASSES
Young Chef’s Academy Cooking Class, 6:30-8 p.m., Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road. Celebration sticks, meringue snowflakes and biscotti. Ages 714. Learn joy of cooking in child-friendly environment. $35; $30 when you register with a friend. Registration required. Presented by Young Chefs Academy Cincinnati. 7458550; www.youngchefsacademy.com/cincinnati. Blue Ash.
Bread Making Workshop, 1-4 p.m., Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road. Learn to make whole-grain bread with Grail member Elizabeth Robinson. Part of Grailville’s 2011 Good Earth/Good Eats Series. $45. Reservations required. 683-2340; www.grailville.org. Loveland.
Happiest Baby on the Block, 6:45 p.m., Bethesda North Hospital, 10500 Montgomery Road. How to turn on your newborn’s calming reflex, the “off-switch” for crying. Includes Parent Kit containing “Happiest Baby on the Block” DVD. $50 per couple. Registration required. 475-4500; www.trihealth.com. Montgomery.
My Story, My Voice, 1-4 p.m., Women Writing for a Change, 6906 Plainfield Road. Weekly through March 20. Workshop for girls grades 4-7 to strengthen voices through art of writing and creation of community. Each class contains writing, art, movement, and group activities. $149. Registration required. Presented by Women Writing for a Change Foundation. 272-1171. Silverton.
HOLIDAY - BLACK HISTORY MONTH
National Great Black in Wax Museum Exhibit, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Macy’s. Free. 2476411; www.macys.com. Kenwood.
ON STAGE - COMEDY
Shane Mauss, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, $8, $4 bar and restaurant employee appreciation night. Ages 18 and up. 984-9288; www.gobananascomedy.com. Montgomery.
ON STAGE - THEATER
The Cemetery Club, 3 p.m., Mayerson JCC, $15, $12 students and with groups of 10 or more in advance. 793-6237. Amberley Village.
Earth Day Celebration, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Blue Ash Nature Park, 745-8644; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; www.blueash.com. Blue Ash. T U E S D A Y, F E B . 2 2
HypnoBirthing, 6:45 p.m., Bethesda North Hospital, 10500 Montgomery Road. Childbirth series rejects myth that suffering must accompany labor. $200 for 10-week package. Registration required. 475-4500; www.trihealth.com. Montgomery.
Earth Day Celebration, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Blue Ash Nature Park, 745-8644; e-mail email@example.com; www.blueash.com. Blue Ash. T H U R S D A Y, F E B . 2 4
MUSIC - ACOUSTIC Bob Cushing, 6-10 p.m., Applebee’s. Free. 769-6201. Blue Ash. MUSIC - BLUES
Sonny’s Solo Blues, 7-11 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 697-9705; www.mamavitas.com. Loveland.
ON STAGE - THEATER
The Cemetery Club, 8 p.m., Mayerson JCC, $15, $12 students and with groups of 10 or more in advance. 793-6237. Amberley Village.
Earth Day Celebration, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Blue Ash Nature Park, 745-8644; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; www.blueash.com. Blue Ash. F R I D A Y, F E B . 2 5
Leading Ladies, 7 p.m., Walton Creek Theater. Free. 451-6338; www.mariemontplayers. com. Columbia Township.
Friday Night Flicks N’ Fun, 6-8:30 p.m., Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road. Games, crafts, dinner and movie. Ages 6-10. $15. Presented by Blue Ash Recreation Department. 745-8550; www.blueash.com. Blue Ash.
HOME & GARDEN
FOOD & DRINK
In the Garden: It’s a Family Affair, 7-8:30 p.m., Turner Farm, 7400 Given Road. The Allium Family. A discussion on the bulbs: Onions, scallions, leeks and shallots. With Melinda O’Briant, Turner Farm garden manager. Gardening classes for the whole family with focus on vegetables by families or similarities. $12 per class. Registration required. 561-7400; www.turnerfarm.org. Indian Hill.
Wine Bar Tasting, 4-7 p.m., The Wine Store, Fifty cents per taste. 984-9463; www.theewinestore.com. Montgomery.
For more about Greater Cincinnati’s dining, music, events, movies and more, go to Metromix.com. Grapevine Winter Wine Tasting Series, 711 p.m., Greenacres Arts Center, 8400 Blome Road. Benefits Greenacres Student’s Transportation Fund. Ages 21 and up. $40. Reservations required. Presented by Greenacres Foundation. 7932787. Indian Hill. S A T U R D A Y, F E B . 2 6
ART & CRAFT CLASSES
Canvas and Kids, 10 a.m.-noon, Cheers to Art!, 7700 Camargo Road. Participants take home one-of-a-kind paintings, ready to hang on the wall. Family friendly. $25. 271-2793. Madeira.
Deer Park Band Cake Walk, 6:30-10 p.m., Deer Park High School, 8351 Plainfield Road. Gym. Door prizes, musical chairs, bid and buys, basket raffles and grand raffle. Grand Raffle tickets: $1 each or six for $5. Benefits Deer Park Band Programs. $2, $1 ages 12 and under; free children under age 2. Presented by Deer Park Band Sponsors. 3684489; www.deerparkbands.com. Deer Park. A’Cat’emy Awards Extravaganza, 6:30-10 p.m., Maggiano’s Little Italy, 7875 Montgomery Road. $50. Reservations required. Presented by Ohio Alleycat Resource & Spay/Neuter Clinic. 675-0628; e-mail email@example.com; www.ohioalleycat. org. Sycamore Township.
MUSIC - JAZZ
Samba Jazz Syndicate, 7-10 p.m., Cactus Pear Southwest Bistro, 9500 Kenwood Road. No cover. 791-4424. Blue Ash.
After the Boxes are Unpacked: Making Cincinnati Your Home, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Montgomery Community Church, 11251 Montgomery Road. Garden Room. Weekly through April 5. Class for women who are new to Cincinnati or are looking to connect with community. Ages 21 and up. Free. 4890892. Montgomery. W E D N E S D A Y, F E B . 2 3
EDUCATION My Nose Turns Red Circus Class, 6:157:45 p.m., Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road. Weekly through April 13. Learn skills such as stilt walking, wire walking, plate spinning, juggling and more. Ages 716. $125, $100 siblings. Presented by Blue Ash Recreation Department. 859-581-7100; www.blueash.com. Blue Ash. LECTURES PROVIDED
Bringing together paintings of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the exhibition “The American Impressionists in the Garden” opens Saturday, Feb. 19, and features 40 pictures of European and American gardens created by American artists and four bronze sculptures for gardens by American sculptors at the Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., downtown. The exhibit runs through May 15. Cost of admissions is $8 adults, $6 seniors and students and free to youth 18 and under and to all on Sundays. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. For details, call 513-241-0343 or visit www.taftmuseum.org. (Pictured) Childe Hassam, “Reading,” 1888, oil on panel.
Cafe Conversations Series, 7-8 p.m., Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road. “Ballet in Blue Ash.” Demonstration of ballet class, rehearsal and performance. Presentations that enlighten, educate and entertain. Presented by Blue Ash Recreation Department. 745-8550; www.blueash.com. Blue Ash.
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The Cincinnati Museum Center exhibition, “Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt” opens Friday Feb. 18. On view through Sept. 5, the exhibition will feature nearly 150 artifacts from Cleopatra’s time and will take you inside the present-day search for the elusive queen, which extends from the sands of Egypt to the depths of the Bay of Aboukir near Alexandria. Individual tickets for “Cleopatra” range from $15 to $23, which includes an audio tour. Tickets are timed and dated, and admission is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays (last entry at 5 p.m.), 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (last entry at 8 p.m.), 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays (last entry at 6 p.m.). There are discounts available for groups of 15 or more and for Museum Center Members. The museum center is located at 1301 Western Avenue, downtown, For further details, call 513-287-7000 or visit www.cincymuseum.org. (Pictured) A diver is illuminating hieroglyphic inscriptions of a door jamb’s fragment, discovered in Alexandria’s ancient Great Harbour and dating from the 26th dynasty.
February 16, 2011
Some suggestions for the blahs and down times Menninger frequently said, “When certain depressed people come to me, to some of them I say, ‘Lock up your house, go down the street, and help someone.’ ” 3.) Recognize and eliminate self-imposed suffering. We’re not always innocent bystanders to our bleak times. We cause or compound our problems by poor decisions, by mentally chewing on negative thoughts and fears, by noticing what’s wrong instead of what’s right. We pull ourselves down when we attack and bruise our selfimage, when we tell ourselves how inadequate we are and think that we’re just a victim of life. We must have a certain gentleness for ourselves. 4.) Think of courageous role models. We are attracted to heroes and heroines because of similar mutations. They lead us to
the moon gave us a No one’s life is comprised stunning view of earth of all highs. We are all expeno one ever had rienced sufferers of “down before. times.” We saw ourselves There is no life without and our world as times of depression, vulnerspecks in an immense ability, and fear. They are as universe and particimuch our human birthright pants in an astounding as joy, wonder and love. Father Lou mystery. In her book, “After The Guntzelman In hard times, trust Darkest Hours,” Kathleen Brehony deals at length Perspectives this mystery and where it is taking us with a dozen strategies to through our good and help us cope with our darkbad times. est hours. 2.) Show compassion and I mention here six of her dozen strategies and express them with help others. It expands the heart comments of my own. They’re and eases our troubles when we appropriate for our unsettled times realize we all suffer. Helping others develops a sense of togetherand the blah months of the year. 1.) Discover a larger per- ness and empathy. It leads us beyond personal spective. One of the reasons difficult times frequently result in a navel gazing and feeling sorry for personal spiritual uplift is because ourselves. Helping others doesn’t they lead us to see our lives in a mean we deny our own feelings. That would be unhealthy. larger perspective. Former psychiatrist Dr. Karl The pictures of our journey to
realize that others, like us, undergo extreme trials and surmount them. A hero starts small and vulnerable, then courageously handles difficult times that come along, and comes out shining on the other side of them. Such people can inspire us and remind us of an inner strength we also have, but have kept unused. 5.) Express your feelings. Longfellow wrote, “There is no grief like the grief that does not speak.” A priority after a disaster or trauma, is to give survivors the chance to tell their stories, cry, be angry, etc. Actually, we have two choices about expressing our pain and intense downness. Either do it now, cleanly and consciously – or leave it fester, torment us within, and seep out unconsciously in bits of anguish throughout a lifetime.
Blessed are those who have a friend to genuinely listen. 6.) Silence, prayer and meditation. There are momentous lessons to learn during life. Paradoxically, we learn them more readily in life situations than in classrooms; in hard times rather than in comfortable times; and in solitude and silence more than in occasions of busyness, chatter and noise. As a wise old lady explained to a young visitor, “All my teachers are dead now, except silence.” Poet Rainer Rilke speaks with her when he writes: “Our task is to listen to the news that is always arriving out of silence.” Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@community press.com or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.
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Curry ‘flavor’ with healthy edamame and rice dish Well, after all the Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day calories, it’s nice to kick back with healthier recipes that taste awesome. Here are two completely different ones that actually go well together. I love the aroma of curry in the kitchen – it makes me think of friend and expert Sri Lankan cook, Triset DeFonseka, who is legendary in this town for her own blend of curry powder and healthy cooking.
Rice with edamame
Sound exotic? Well, now that our world’s grown smaller and a lot of wonderful, healthy items are available at the grocery, you’ll be able to find everything you need. This can be a side or main dish. If you like, augment with deli chicken, seafood or firm tofu. If using tofu, drain and cut into cubes. Stir in when you add the rice. This is a riff on Susan Parker’s wonderful recipe. Susan is proprietor of Susan’s Natural World in Anderson Township, and her vegetarian recipes are always bursting with flavor and nutrition.
Susan rinses her rice. I usually don’t. Brown rice is nutritionally superior to Rita white, and Heikenfeld e d a m a m e Rita’s kitchen c o n t a i n s vitamin A, C, calcium, iron, protein and fiber. 1
1 ⁄2 cups basmati or jasmine brown rice 2 teaspoons garlic, minced 1 small onion, chopped, about a cup or so Curry powder to taste: start with 1 teaspoon Vegetable broth or your favorite (I like chicken broth) – use as much as rice package directions require (mine took about 4 to 41⁄2 cups) 2 cups shelled edamame, steamed and set aside Chopped parsley for garnish (opt.) Film pan with olive oil (a couple of tablespoons). Cook onions, garlic and curry powder for a couple of minutes, until onions start to soften.
Stir in rice and 4 cups broth. Bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer, cover and cook 30 to 40 minutes or until rice is cooked. Stir in steamed edamame and garnish with parsley. Remove from heat and let stand five minutes, then fluff with a fork. Tips from Rita’s kitchen: Curry powder is a super healthful blend of Indian spices: turmeric, cumin, coriander, cardamom, etc. Regular brown rice or white rice can be substituted for the basmati/jasmine. Read package directions for amount of liquid needed. Substitute frozen peas, thawed and lightly cooked, for the edamame. Or toss in your favorite cooked vegetable. To steam edamame: Put in microwave safe bowl, cover with water and cook on high three to four minutes. Store curry powder in the refrigerator or freezer to keep it nice.
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For Stuart, who is looking for a soft, white, Cubanstyle bread. For those of you whose
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Brown rice and edamame makes a good side or main dish. therapy is kneading dough, this recipe is for you. The loaves do come out soft textured with a nice crust that is also fairly soft. It reminds me of a homemade white bread. Make sure you use rapid rise yeast, as it tolerates hotter water and can be added right with the flour. 6 cups all purpose flour, divided 2 packages rapid rise yeast 2 cups water 2 tablespoons sugar 2 teaspoons salt Cornmeal (optional but good) Combine 2 cups flour and yeast in mixing bowl.
Mix and set aside. Combine water, sugar and salt. Heat until hot, about 120 to 130 degrees. Add to flour mixture and stir until dry ingredients are mixed. Beat until smooth, about three minutes. Add enough flour to make a stiff but not dry dough. Turn out on lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic. You can do this in your mixer if it has a dough hook. Place in greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise in warm (85 degrees) place about an hour or until doubled in bulk. Punch down and divide into three portions: Roll
each into a 12-by-8-inch rectangle. Roll up jellyroll style, starting at long end. Pinch seams and ends together well to seal. Grease or spray two baking sheets and sprinkle lightly with cornmeal. Place loaves seam side down on sheets. Cut four to five diagonal slashes about 3 ⁄4-inch deep in top of each loaf. Brush with water or melted butter. Butter will make it brown a bit better and keep the crust softer. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 20 minutes or so. Bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes (don’t preheat oven) or until loaves sound hollow when tapped. Cool on racks.
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RELIGION Epiphany United Methodist Church
Epiphany UMC will be sponsoring a blood drive 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. Feb. 24, in the social hall. Open to the public. Join the church for the first-of-its-kind new ministry for stepfamilies at Epiphany United Methodist Church in Loveland. Most churches and communities have not yet tapped into the needs of this growing sector of the population. Unfortunately, the divorce rate is high and statistics show that more than 50 percent of US families are remarried or re-coupled and 1,300 new stepfamilies are forming every day. Meg King, founder of the ministry, recently became certified as a Stepfamily Coach through the National Stepfamily Foundation in New York and will lead the workshop on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at BlackHorse Run Clubhouse beginning March 1 for eight weeks. This will be an interactive format and will give couples an opportunity to talk with other couples in a similar scenario and share their experiences, questions, challenges. Contact Meg King at firstname.lastname@example.org or 8337986 to register. Worship times are: Contemporary worship at 5 p.m. Saturdays, contemporary worship at 9 a.m. Sundays and traditional worship at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. The church is at 6635 LovelandMiamiville Road, Loveland; 6779866.
Loveland Presbyterian Church
Worship service time is 10 a.m. on Sundays. Sunday School has several Bible study classes for adults and children from 11:30 a.m. to noon. The new Connect Family service is on the second and fourth Thursdays. Join the group for free dinner, fellowship and study classes. The church has youth groups for preteens ages 7-8 and teens in ninth through 12th grades from 67:30 p.m. on the first and third Sundays of each month. The church is at 360 Robin Ave., Loveland; 683-2525; www.LPCUSA.org.
Loveland United Methodist Church The new service times are 8:15 a.m. to 9 a.m. for the “Rise and Shine” Traditional Service, 9:30-10:30 a.m. for the “A Little Bit Louder Now” Contemporary Service and
11 a.m. to noon for the “Morning Glory” Traditional Service. The church has a time “Especially for Children” at both the 9:30 and 11 a.m. worship services. All children are invited to come to worship with their families in the sanctuary. Following “Especially for Children,” the children will have an opportunity to go to Sunday school or return to sit with their family in worship. For those with children under the age of 2, the church has a professionally staffed nursery which is open to children at all services. Sunday school for all ages is offered at 9:30 a.m. Additional classes for pre-kindergarten through sixth grade are offered at 11 a.m. Join the United Methodist Women, 9:45-11 a.m., the first Thursday morning of each month for UMW, a time of fellowship, devotion and ministry at LUMC. The purpose of the UMW is “to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.” The church is at 10975 S. Lebanon Road, Loveland; 683-1738.
Northern Hills Synagogue
The synagogue is having a special educational program focusing on Shabbat as the central concept in Jewish life as part of Shabbat morning services on Saturday, Feb. 26. Services will begin 15 minutes earlier than normal, at 9:15 a.m. Services that morning will use the “Chavurat Shabbat” format, providing programming choices to congregants after the main morning service. They can participate in a traditional Torah reading of Parashat Vayak-hel. Or, they can join Rabbi Barnard, who will build on two Torah verses which, together with their Talmudic interpretation, have become the basis of many of the traditional laws of Shabbat. His presentation, “Tabernacle and Cosmos,” sheds light on some surprising parallelisms in the Torah which, in turn, will help us understand the place of work and Shabbat in our lives. Simultaneously, Tracy Weisberger, Northern Hills’ Director of Education and Programming, will present Parasha for Kids, focusing on the main Torah portion. Following that segment, in place of a sermon,
ed to the LIFE Food Pantry that are marked “Feinstein” will be counted and assigned a value of one dollar per item. Non-perishable donations can be dropped off at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church on the corner of Lebanon and West Loveland Avenue across from the Loveland Safety Center. Bins for the food pantry are located just inside the main entrance of the church. Please make an appointment when delivering perishable food items by calling 513-583-8222. These items cannot be left in the drop off bins. All monetary donations made during these months will also be counted toward our totals if they are designated as “Feinstein Chal-
lenge” in the memo line. Monetary donations can be sent to: LIFE, 101 S. Lebanon, Loveland, OH 45140. LIFE’s share of the Feinstein Challenge money is based solely on food and monetary donations during the designated months of March and April. All donations are tax deductable. For more on the Loveland InterFaith Effort visit www.lovelandinterfaith.org. For more information on the Feinstein Foundation visit www.feinsteinfoundation.org.
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two parallel programming sessions will be conducted. In one, two families from the congregation will speak about their own Shabbat traditions, and in the other, Weisberger will tell Shabbat stories. The Chavurat Shabbat program and service will conclude with lunch. There is no charge, and no reservations are required. The synagogue is at 5714 Fields Ertel Road, Mason; 931-6038; www.nhs-cba.org.
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Worship service times are 5 p.m. Saturdays; and 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sundays. The church is at 101 S. Lebanon Drive, Loveland; 683-4244; www.popluther.org; www.poppastors.wordpress.com.
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River Hills Christian Church
Thriving Moms is a group for moms of infants through high school students that meets weekly to receive encouragement and instruction, make friends and have fun; held 9:30-11 a.m.; child care provided. There is a Christian counselor as the parent coach, as well as a mentor mom. Call 583-0371. The church is at 6300 Price Road, Loveland; 677-7600; www.riverhillscc.com.
ing Hills and dinner for two in the Great Hall, and a Cincinnati Hilton Romance Package including dinner and a show. In addition to watching the awards ceremony live via a giant screen, guests will receive the same official program distributed to guests that night at the Oscar presentation at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. The event goes from 5:30 p.m. to midnight with the raffle prize drawn at 10 p.m. Tickets for Oscar Night are $150 per person and are available for purchase at www.pwchomerepairs.org/ or by calling 351-7921.
Mason United Methodist Church 6315 S. Mason-Montgomery Rd. (near Tylersville Rd. intersection) 513-398-4741 8:30 & 11:00 AM Traditional Worship 9:45 AM Contemporary Worship 1:30 PM Esperanza Viva, Hispanic Worship 9:40 & 11:00 AM Sunday School Childcare available www.masonumc.org
ST. PATRICK’S-LEBANON 932-7691 Holy Eucharist 10:30am Sunday School 10:30am Nursery Care Provided 5 min. from K-71 via Rt. 48
The church is hosting Prayer Revival every Tuesday beginning at 7:30 p.m. Open format. Everyone is welcome to come and pray. Sunday Worship Service is at 11 a.m. The church is located at 6227 Price Road, Loveland; 677-5981, plclovelandoh.com.
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Services 8:00 am, 9:15 am & 11:00am Steve Lovellette, Senior Pastor Nursery proivided at all services
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LUTHERAN ASCENSION LUTHERAN CHURCH 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery (East of I-71 on Pfeiffer Rd) Worship Schedule 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. Worship and Holy Communion Babysitter Provided 9:45 Christian Education Hour for all ages
NON-DENOMINATIONAL FAITH BIBLE CHURCH 8130 East Kemper Rd.
(1 mile west of Montgomery Rd) Services & Sunday School: 9:00am & 10:45am Nursery Available www.fbccincy.or 513-489-1114
Pastor Josh Miller Visit our website at:
Good Shepherd (ELCA) www.goodshepherd.com
7701 Kenwood Rd.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. Loveland High School, off of Rich Rd. 683-1556 www.golovelive.com
(across from Kenwood Towne Centre)
Saturday night at 5:00 and Sunday morning at 8:00, 9:00, 9:30 & 11am Sunday School at 9:30am
PRINCE OF PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH (ELCA)
101 South Lebanon Rd. Loveland, OH 45140 683-4244 Lead Pastor Jonathan Eilert Pastor Grant Eckhart Saturday Service 5:00pm Sunday Services 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00am Sunday School 9:30am http://www.princeofpeaceelca.org
Mr. and Mrs. James William Ellis of Cincinnati, OH announce the engagement of their daughter, Amy Caroline Ellis, to John People Working Coopera- nati, Northern Kentucky includes a $5,000 grand Goebel Eades, son of Mr. tively invites Tristate resi- and southeast Indiana. The prize, a two-night stay at and Mrs. Keith Michael dents to experience the red event will specifically sup- Ravenwood Castle in Hock- Eades of Charlotte, NC. port PWC’s Modifications for Mobility program, which provides vulnerable clients with complicated home modification projects to improve their daily mobility and independence. The evening includes a red carpet welcome, cocktails, entertainment, appetizers and a three-course gourmet meal. With its theme Fantasy and Fairytales, guests will enjoy an enchanted forest, their favorite fairies and storybook characters. Throughout the evening, guests will have the opportunity to participate in live and silent auctions, and a raffle giveaway that
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carpet treatment of the Academy Awards at the only official Oscar night event in Cincinnati – Oscar Night America, Humana’s Fantasy and Fairytales, Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza. The 14th annual event is one of only 50 official parties sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held across the country on Oscar Night. Supported in part by title sponsor, Humana, the gala benefits PWC’s mission to provide critical home repair services to low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners in Greater Cincin-
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Amy attended Ursuline Academy in Cincinnati, OH. She received a B.A. from the University of Kentucky and was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. John is a graduate of Charlotte Catholic High School and the University of Maryland, where he was a four-year member of the Varsity Golf Team. The wedding will take place on May 21, 2011 at St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Charlotte, NC.
UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF THE SAVIOUR 8005 Pfeiffer Rd Montgmry 791-3142 www.cos-umc.org "Life Changing Love Letters: Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing!" based on 1 John 4: 7-8, 15-21
Traditional Worship 8:20am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship 9:40am Sunday School (All ages) 9:40 & 11am Nursery Care Provided
Dr. Cathy Johns, Senior Pastor Rev. Doug Johns, Senior Pastor Worship Services Contemporary Sat 5pm & Sun 9am Traditional Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Full childcare & church school at all services. 513-677-9866 Dr. Doug Damron, Sr. Pastor (across from the Oasis Golf Club) Rev. Lisa Kerwin, Assoc. Pastor www.epiphanyumc.org
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PRESBYTERIAN (USA) LOVELAND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
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4309 Cooper Rd. At Reed Hartman Hwy 791-1153 • www.bapcweb.net Rev. Michael Brewer, Pastor • 9:00 AM Sunday School for Teens & Adults • 10:30 AM Worship • 10:45 AM Sunday School for Grades K-6 Nursery Care Provided Fellowship Hour following Worship Service
MADEIRA-SILVERWOOD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH firstname.lastname@example.org 8000 Miami Ave. 791-4470 Contemporary Worship 9:30 am Fellowship 10:30 am Traditional Worship 11:00 am Christian Education for Children and adults at 9:30 & 11 am
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the Loveland community, has accepted this challenge. In 2007, the LIFE Food Pantry served an average of 120 households each month. In 2010, this number increased to an average 160 households each month. The need in the Loveland community has grown by 9-18 percent each of the past four years. LIFE has seen similar increases in the demand for its holiday food basket program that provides Thanksgiving and Christmas meals as well as its LIFE of Giving Shoppe which allows families to shop for household goods, clothing and personal care items for their families as Christmas gifts. All perishable and nonperishable food items donat-
The Loveland Inter-Faith Effort (LIFE) is issuing a challenge to the Loveland community. Participate in Alan Shawn Feinstein’s Million Dollar Challenge to feed the hungry. Make a donation to the LIFE Food Pantry between March 1 and April 30 and increase the value of the donation by helping LIFE claim a share of the matching funds provided by the Feinstein Foundation. Feinstein is challenging local communities to feed the hungry. He has set aside $1 million that will be divided among food pantries across the United States in an attempt to increase the awareness of hunger in the U.S. The LIFE Food Pantry, which exclusively serves
February 16, 2011
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5783 Buckwheat Road, Todd & Carlee Coffman to Clermont Metropolitan Housing Authority, $120,000. 5685 Crooked Tree Lane, Laurie Benedum & Sarah Amyotte to Gregory & Patricia Neff, 0.5000 acre, $199,000. 5661 Highland Terrace Drive, Michael Martin to Shayla & Jeffrey Becze, $166,900. 5702 Longfield Drive, Daniel Hadley to William Goodwin, $109,000.
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9 am - 3 pm ages 12 and under. NOTE: you can register for camps and indoor leagues online. Individual private lessons are available for baseball and softball players
(Players will play a small 6-on-6 indoor game on the ﬁeld. Each team consists of up to 8 players per team who rotate per inning. Coach Keith spends time on the ﬁeld during the game no only coaching the players to improve their fundamentals, but he coaches them through game situations) 7-8 year olds start Feb. 18th starting at 6 pm or 7:30 pm and 9-10 year olds start Feb. 20th games played at 11 am or 12:30 pm. This is a 5 week session. 10U Softball Indoor League: The league will start on Saturday, February 19th. Games will be played every Saturday through March 12th at 6:00 and 7:45 pm. Each team will play 5 games. Games will be played with a regulation softball. Umpires will be provided. There will be a time limit of 1 1/2 hours per game.
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James David Hanson, 46, 803 Commons Drive, passing bad checks, Feb. 1. Matthew R. McCarthy, 26, 1411 Arrowhead Trail, speed, operating a vehicle impaired-refusal, operating a vehicle impaired, failure to comply with police officer-elude or flee, Feb. 3. Kees Henskens, 20, 550 E. Loveland Ave., drug paraphernalia-use/possess, Feb. 5. Gregory M. Davidson, 23, 11373 Avant Lane, drug abuse-possess/use, signal before changing course, turning, stopping, Feb. 5.
George S. Kennedy, 23, 401 Commons Drive, domestic violence, Jan. 25. Hannah Patton, 19, 4572 Hallandale, underage consumption, open container, Jan. 25. James M. Hayes Jr., 23, 141 Cardinal, keg law, open container, Jan. 25. Kenneth Rummel, 31, 300 Russell, disorderly conduct, Jan. 27. Lindsay M. Vaske, 20, 5602 Trenton Court, obstructing official business, Jan. 28. Ryan N. Werner, 21, 1164 Ronlee, resisting arrest, obstructing official business, Jan. 31. Kenneth Rummel, 31, 300 Russell, open container, Jan. 31. Charles R. Donaldson, 30, 83 Park Ave., open container, Jan. 31.
Incidents/investigations Aggravated robbery
At 513 Loveland-Madeira Road, Feb. 2.
Breaking and entering
At 112 Englage Ave., Feb. 6.
TVs and jewelry taken; $3,600 at 582 Wards Corner, Jan. 24. TV taken; $3,200 at 1891 Pebble Ridge No. 7, Jan. 29.
At 237 Navaho Drive, Feb. 4.
At 200 W. Loveland Ave., Feb. 5.
Cedar Drive: Carr C. J. to Griesdorn Carl P.; $800. Cedar Drive: Carr C.J. to Griesdorn Carl P.; $100. Maple Drive: Carr C.J. to Griesdorn Carl P.; $800. Maple Drive: Carr C.J. to Griesdorn Carl P.; $100. Oak Drive: Carr C.J. to Griesdorn Carl P.; $100. Oak Road: Carr C.J. to Griesdorn Carl P.; $800. 10130 Plantation Pointe Drive: Fischer Single Family Homes II LLC to Brinck William E. Jr. & Rebecca J.; $347,320.
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Motor home damaged at Storage Unlimited at Ohio 28, Jan. 25. Door damaged on RV at Storage Unlimited at 1294 Ohio 28, Jan. 27. Vehicle driven through yard at 6071 Donna Jay, Jan. 28.
At 20 Grear Millitzer Place, Feb. 6.
At Commons Drive, Jan. 25.
At 624 Oak St., Feb. 5.
At 890 W. Loveland Ave., Feb. 2.
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Roger Carroll, 28, 9621 Waterford, obstructing official business at 9918 Escort Drive, Jan. 22.
Female stated ID used with no authorization at 5694 Willnean, Jan. 24.
Male received a counterfeit $20 bill at 1362 Lela Lane, Jan. 25. Money paid for work not done; $950 loss at 1411 Blackstone Place, Jan. 25. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $49 at Branch Hill Guinea Pike, Jan. 25. Cash taken; $140 at 10 Meadow Drive No. 13, Jan. 25. Food not paid for at O’Charley’s; $24 at Ohio 28, Jan. 25. Cash lost through phone scam; $2,800 at 5882 Stonebridge, Jan. 26. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $100 at 469 Wards Corner, Jan. 26. Tools taken from trailer; $6,010 at 1238 Ohio 131, Jan. 26. TV taken; $1,500 at 18 Meadows Drive No. 28, Jan. 28.
Violation of protection order
Female reported this offense at 1244 Kent Drive, Jan. 28.
DEATHS John Edwin Clifford
John Edwin Clifford, 82, of Loveland died Feb. 7. Survived by wife, Margaret “Peg” (nee Finn) Clifford; children John E. (Patti) Clifford II, Dr. Barbara Ann (Bill Sloan) Clifford, M.D., and Anne Marie (Rick) Nelson; grandchildren Sarah (Kent) Brockwell, Jenni (Andy) Croll, Susanne (Brian) Chapman, Dan (Anna Clifford McLaughlin) Clifford, Erin Nelson, Will Sloan, Byan Nelson, Sean Nelson and Caroline Sloan; greatgrandchild, J.P. Clifford; sister, Helen (Nelson) Crawford; and brother, Howard Clifford. Preceded in death by father, Alfred Edwin Clifford; and mother, Gladys Mariah (nee Haynes) Clifford. Services were Feb. 11, at St. Columban Church, Loveland. Memorials to: Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH
45263; or St. Columban Building Fund, 894 Oakland Road, Loveland, OH 45140.
Maxine Davis, 93, of Loveland died Feb. 7. Survived by nieces and nephews Rayette Hearne, Ranezza Smith, Sheryl Rowe, Samuel Bolden Jr., Lott Smith III, Milton Smith, Anita Smith, Shelly Smith, Rosalyn Smith and Mary Ferguson; and great-nieces and nephews Pamela Pearson, Brenda Johnson, Norman Ferguson, Davis Anita Ware, Allan Ferguson and Tasha Childress and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Preceded in death by parents Lott and Mary (nee Bass) Smith; husband, Byron M. Davis; brothers and sisters Dorothy Van Hook,
Rowena Montgomery, Anna Bell Rickman, Vernon Smith, Catherine Laine, Carolyn Peagler, Lott Smith Jr., Rosalind Bolden, Rev. Raphael Smith and Orville Smith; and niece, Sharon Johnson. Services were Feb. 12 at Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Home, Loveland. Memorials to: Dan Beard Council Boys Scouts of America, 10078 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45141; or Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly Cincinnati Chapter, 5530 Colerain Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45239.
Ronda J. Duermit
Ronda J. Duermit, 52, of Loveland died Feb. 5. Survived by husband, David Farley; son, Adam Duermit; daughter, Jessica Duermit; parents Adam and Sarah Petrey; brothers Roger Petrey and Gary Yagley; and grandson Andrew Alan Duermit. Services were Feb. 10 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home, Amelia. Memorials to; Make-A-Wish Foundation, 10260 Alliance Road, Suite
Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering
Apartment entered at 11513 Villagebrook Drive, Jan. 22. At 9040 Union Cemetery Road, Jan. 20.
Residence entered and flat screen valued at $1,000 removed at 12050 Rapind Drive, Jan. 21.
Cell phone valued at $450 removed at 11390 Montgomery Road, Jan. 25. Counterfeit currency removed at 12184 Mason Road, Jan. 25. Vehicle removed at 293 E. Kemper Road, Jan. 19. Purse and contents of unknown value removed at 12090 Mason Road, Jan. 20. Debit card, checkbook and insurance card of unknown value removed at 9520 Fields Ertel Road, Jan. 21.
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Elaine Seigle Gruber
Elaine Seigle Gruber, 89, formerly of Loveland died Jan. 21. Survived by daughters Diann Gruber and Cathy Gruber; son-in-law, Jack Spicer; grandchildren Sylvia and Ben Gruber Spicer and cousins, nieces Gruber and nephews. Preceded in death by husband, Louis Gruber. A memorial will be conducted in Loveland at a future time.
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Cincinnati band members take a photo break during the joint New Horizons concert in January. part of an international network of New Horizons Bands across the country and overseas, counts 50 members and plays everything from familiar marches to Broadway showstoppers. The Cincinnati band is conducted by longtime Colerain High School director Lee Suman and sponsored by Buddy Roger’s Music. For more information,
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Summerfair Cincinnati exhibition spotlights college art students Summerfair Cincinnati, a non-profit 501-3 (c) with offices in Anderson Township, will host the Emerging Artist Exhibit, featuring the artwork of students from five area colleges and universities. Fifteen local art students have been selected to display their artwork in the exhibition, on display through Sunday, Feb. 20. The Emerging Artist Exhibition will feature students who were nominated by their professors and juried into the exhibit. They represent the next generation of artists emerging in the local arts community. “The art these students submit is outstanding,” said Sharon Strubbe, executive director of Summerfair Cincinnati. “This exhibit is a wonderful opportunity for the students to showcase their best work, and for the community to see the young up-and-coming talent that Cincinnati has to offer.” The exhibition will showcase a diverse collection of art, where art enthusiasts can expect to see everything from photography and sculptures to fabric design, printmaking and much more. Participating schools and students: University of Cincinnati DAAP – Ann Flavin, Emily Sites Christopher Thompson Xavier University –
Paula Baumann, Abby King, Matt Maloney Mount St. Joseph – Anne Berlier, Lauren Kent and Amber Krimmer Northern Kentucky University – Peta Niehaus, Dean Reynolds, Spencer Sturr Miami University – Ben Griffen, Sarah Robison, Rachel Smith New to the exhibit this year are the Summerfair Cincinnati Purchase Award, a $1,000 scholarship that will be awarded to one junior or senior-level college student participating in the Emerging Artist program, and the Malton Gallery’s Gallery Choice Award, an opportunity to showcase a collection of work at the gallery presented to one artist for outstanding artistic concepts, development and execution. Malton Gallery will also conduct a Professional Development Gallery Workshop for participating students to discuss issues that pertain to young artists and the details they need to know regarding the business aspect of the art world. “With this workshop, we are perpetuating an ongoing vibrant artist community,” said Sylvia Rombis, owner of the Malton Gallery. “Part
BUSINESS NOTES Symmes wine store sommelier honored
Eric Faber, staff sommelier and wine manager at A Bottle Or Two in Symmes Township, has earned the distinction of being one of the top 22 New Sommelier’s under 30 in the United States. Faber’s first round test score brought him one step closer to competing for the Southern Wine and Spirits Trophy and title of Top New Somm 2011. Faber will compete against three other new somms at the Great Lakes Regional Final April 4 in Chicago. A win in Chicago would earn him a trip to the finals which will be held at the South Beach Food & Wine Festival in Miami later this year. Faber has worked at A
who founded the first New Horizons Band 20 years ago in Rochester, N.Y. More than 180 bands or orchestras now play across the U.S. and in several other countries. Since 1864
Bottle Or Two in Symmes Township since it opened in November 2009. Originally hired as the beer manager, he quickly developed a passion for wine and has completed the Level I and Level II sommelier examinations. He is a certified sommelier and is studying to be an advance sommelier (Level III). In addition to making wine buying recommendations to management, Faber also coordinates the store’s wine clubs, tasting events and wine education programs. He is available at the store Tuesdays through Fridays and most Saturdays to help customers make their wine selections. A Bottle Or Two is at 11920 Montgomery Road; 583-8163; www.ABottleOrTwo.com
of the gallery’s mission is to attract and disseminate new art, so we want to make sure that the area’s young talent have the tools and knowledge they need to succeed as artists.” Additional information about Summerfair Cincinnati and the Emerging Artist exhibit can be found by visiting www.summerfair.org or calling 531-0050.
LEGAL NOTICE The personal property listed below will be sold at public sale to satisfy self storage liens. The items are claimed by and the sales will be held at Infinite Self Storage of Loveland, 10686 Loveland Madeira Rd., Loveland, Ohio on Friday, 45140 February 25th, 2011 at 12:00 noon. Cash only. Unit # D641 – Ralph Dixon, 17282 West Morning Glory Street, Goodyear, AZ 85338 (Mattress, box spring, exercise bench, assorted cartons, assorted plastic tubs); Unit #D180 – Scott Patterson, 38 High Ridge Drive, Loveland, OH 45140 cartons, (Assorted clothes); Unit #D513 – Jerry Berling, 3916 O’Leary Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45236 cartons, (Assorted plastic bags). 1620107 PUBLIC HEARING SYMMES TOWNSHIP BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held by the Township Symmes Board of Zoning ApMonday, on peals March 7, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. for the purpose of hearing Case (#2011Jack by filed 04) 4135 Stauffer, Socialville-Foster Road, Mason, OH 45040, appellant, for the approval of a transient vendor use. The subject property located at 10910 Loveland Madeira Road, is presently zoned "F" Light Industry. Transient vendor sales are permitted in this District a "Conditional as Use". This hearing will be held at Township Admin. Bldg., 9323 Union Cemetery Road. Plans are on file and open for public inspection. Brian E. Elliff Township Zoning Inspector 621576
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LEGAL NOTICE Symmes Township Notice is hereby given that the Cash Basis Annual Financial Report of Symmes Township, Hamilton County, Ohio for the year ended December 31, 2010 has been completed and is available for public inspection at the Township Administra tion Building, 9323 Union Cemetery Road, Symmes Twp., OH 45140-9386 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. A copy of the report can be provided upon request. John C. Borchers Fiscal Officer, Symmes Township 1001620059 PUBLIC HEARING SYMMES TOWNSHIP BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held by the Township Symmes Board of Zoning Appeals on Monday, March 7, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. for the purpose of hearing an Appeal (#2011-02) appellant, by filed Jeffery Iles, 7685 Glendale Milford Road (45111), from Notice of Refusal for a zoning certificate for the construction of a six (6) foot privacy fence located in the front yard for the at located property 7733 and 7737 Glendale Milford Road. This hearing will be held at Township Admin. Bldg., 9323 UnPUBLIC HEARING SYMMES TOWN SHIP BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held by the Symmes Township Board of Zoning Appeals on Monday, March 7, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. for the purpose of hearing an Appeal (#2011-03) appellant, by filed Jaqueline Steffen, 7733 Glendale Milford Road, Camp Dennison, OH 45111, from Notice of Refusal for a zoning certificate for the construction of a privacy fence to be located in the front yard of a residential property and on a vacant lot for the property located at 7733 and 7737 Glendale Milford Road. This hearing will be held at TownAdmin. Bldg., ship 9323 Union Cemetery Road. Plans are on file and open for public inspection. Brian Elliff, Township Zoning Inspector 1620994 Bldg., 9323 Un min. ion Cemetery Road. Plans are on file and open for public inspection. Brian Elliff Township Zoning Inspector 1621569
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The New Horizons Band of Cincinnati, which last month hosted a concert for affiliated senior bands from 13 states and Canada, invites inactive former musicians and those who have never played to attend a get-acquainted rehearsal at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Montgomery. Instructors will be on hand at the open house to can help those who feel they need more guidance to get up to speed, musically speaking. An introductory band makes it easy to get started. No audition is required, just an interest in making music. St. Barnabas, at 10345 Montgomery Road in Montgomery, has been the band’s home since a handful of seniors gathered for an inaugural rehearsal in January 1999 to struggle through a few simple melodies. Today’s band,
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