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Nominate a Sportsman of the Year candidate The fourth-annual Community Press Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year online contest began Monday, April 2. Readers can nominate any junior or senior starting athlete who demonstrates the highest qualities on the field of play, in the classroom and in the community throughout the 2011-2012 school year. They can do so by clicking on the 2012 Sportsman of the Year logo on, finding their community newspaper and following the prompts. The nomination period ends Monday, April 16. All the nominations will be considered for male/female ballots that represent specific community newspapers, such as Loveland Herald. To vote, readers can get online at the same location, log into through their Facebook accounts and vote for the winners from Monday, April 30, to Friday, May 18. Readers can vote every day during that period but will be limited on the number they can vote each day. Last year, more than 270,000 votes were tallied by online readers. Winners will receive a certificate and full stories on them in their Community Press newspaper June 20-21. Questions? Email with the subject line: 2012 Sportsman of the Year.

A cup of sugar Children’s Meeting House Montessori School held a maple sugaring festival at which fourth- through sixth-graders shared the maple sugaring process with their families and the greater Loveland community. See Schools, A5

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MidSummer at the Meadows cut By John Seney

While Loveland leaders wrestle with how to keep city services - including the park system - afloat after crippling cuts in state revenue, Layla Hargett, 6, of Loveland, and her brother, Dallas Hargett, 7, enjoy a sunny day at Nisbet Park. JEANNE HOUCK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Loveland income tax vote could come April 10 Council to choose from three oprions By Jeanne Houck

LOVELAND — Loveland City Council could decide Tuesday, April 10, whether to put an income tax hike before voters this fall. City council heard first reading March 27 of two ordinances with options for raising Loveland’s income tax rate from 1 percent to either: » 1.2 percent, which would generate nearly $911,000 annually with the city giving Loveland residents who work in other cities credit for up to one percent for income taxes paid elsewhere, or

» 1.25 percent, which would generate just over $857,000 annually with the city giving Loveland residents who work in other cities full credit for income taxes paid elsewhere. Councilman Mark Fitzgerald suggested limiting any income tax rate hike approved Nov. 6 to five years, but his motion failed. Loveland City Manager Tom Carroll said city council will decide April 10 to either pass one of the two ordinances, table them both for more analysis or vote both down – “which would mean the city will begin the process of cutting road repairs, police, fire and economic-development services.” The city expects to lose as much as $1.1 million a year in state appropriations and property tax collections by 2014. Love-

land has made and plans to make close to $1 million-worth of cuts between 2010 and 2014. “Both (income tax options on the April 10 agenda) reset a structural balance to the city’s budget and should enable the city to operate without additional income tax increases for the foreseeable future,” Carroll said. “It should be noted again, however, that a levy is still contemplated and recommended for fire and (emergency medical services) in 2014.” Any income tax hike approved in November would take effect Jan. 1 and not affect retirees or the unemployed. For more about your community, visit

Energy program changes create confusion in Symmes Prices fell after some signed up By Leah Fightmaster

Confusion over energy costs has only gotten more complicated in Symmes Township. John Finnigan, a representative from Duke Energy Retail Services, explained the confusion caused by the company’s mistake regarding two groups of Symmes Township citizens enrolled in its energy aggregation programs. Residents who enrolled in the




program first, called the “opt-in” group, signed a contract to receive their energy from the company at a rate of 6.56 cents per kilowatt hour. The following group, call the “aggregate” group, signed up later and received their energy at 6.25 cents per kilowatt hour, Finnigan said. Prices for energy began to fall after these groups signed up, down to its lowest and current price of 5.99 cents per kilowatt hour. The changes created much confusion with residents, as Duke Energy Retail Services sent multiple letters and communications, which conflicted at times, to residents, Finnigan said.



He added that the call center employees were not trained well enough before the letters went out to residents, so those who called to ask questions were either misinformed or did not get the correct answers. As prices fell, Finnigan said the company could not change all residents’ contracts without their permission to offer them the lower rate, so each resident will get a credit on their bill going back to the January meter reading, assessing their total bill at the 5.99 cents per kilowatt hour rate. Some residents might see the





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MIAMI TWP. — MidSummer at the Meadows, the township’s annual two-day summer festival, has been canceled this year because of budget constraints. “It was an expensive event to put on,” said Administrator Larry Fronk. “Our sponsorships were down considerably.” He said the total cost for the 2011 festival was about $100,000, with sponsors contributing about $20,000. The township got money back from parking and food booth rentals, but not enough to cover all the costs. “We’re certainly very disappointed we had to cancel it,” said Trustee Mary Makley Wolff. “It was a good event for the community.” “But the reality is we have to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars,” she said. Wolff said with shrinking township revenues, it came down to a choice between canceling the festival or cutting critical services such as police and fire. The festival was held for about 12 years, Fronk said, and featured two days of music, food and rides at Miami Meadows Park. Last year’s MidSummer at the Meadows was in July. Fronk said this year’s township summer concert series has been beefed up to offset the loss of MidSummer at the Meadows. When the 2012 budget was approved in December, $30,000 was set aside for concerts. Wolff said she would like to see the festival return in the future, even as a scaleddown, one-day event. “I’m not sure we’re ever going to see MidSummer at the level it was in the past,” she said. Wolff said putting on a future festival will depend on getting partners in the community to help with funding. “We’re open to ideas from the community as to what they think might work,” she said. “It does make me sad,” Wolff said of the cancellation. “But maybe it’s time to try something different.”

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credit applied on their March bill, while others will not see a change until April, Finnigan said. Symmes trustees shared their frustration with the mistakes, saying the township received a lot of phone calls and emails from residents who are upset about the confusion. “This is a complicated issue that we tried to make simple and transparent,” Trustee Phil Beck said. “... It’s something complicated that was made more com-

plicated.” Trustee Ken Bryant said that instead of there only being two groups involved, there is a third that is not enrolled with Duke Energy Retail Services programs, but received letters, which he said confused another set of people who were not originally involved. He added that when he signed up, his bill reflected a different rate than everyone else’s in the township. Finnigan said that the company does not know where the people who joined later came from, whether they moved into the township or joined the program late, but that they are now part

of it. Symmes Township resident Ralph Tedeschi said he did not understand why residents would not receive the credit for energy going back to Jan.1, instead of the January meter reading. He said the 5.99 rate began with the beginning of the agreement on Jan. 1, and the terms of agreement do not mention the rate beginning at the next meter reading. Tedeschi said his meter reading is Jan. 24, and he would not receive the benefit of that credit until the end of the program in December 2014. By then, he added, many residents of

Symmes might have moved out of the area, moved into rentals or nursing homes, or could even die by the end of the program. Finnigan said that while the master agreement is in effect on Jan. 1, it begins for each customer with their first meter reading. He also told the trustees that the company would help the trustees organize information for residents to avoid additional confusion. For more about your community, visit SymmesTownship.

BRIEFLY Schmidt staff in Loveland

The staff of U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt will hold mobile office hours from 2 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, in the Loveland Municipal Building, 120 W. Loveland Ave.. Residents of the Second Congressional District are invited to discuss issues or problems they might be having with the federal government. This will not be a town hall meeting, and Schmidt won’t be present. All mobile office hours are held in public facilities that are

accessible to people with disabilities. Constituents with questions should call Congresswoman Schmidt’s Cincinnati district office at (513) 791-0381.

Employment open house for veterans

Loveland-based RecruitMilitary will host an employment open house from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at RecruitMilitary Headquarters, 422 W. Loveland Ave., in the brick building behind the former church. For more information, call (513) 683-5020 or visit

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Firefighters create exercise business By Emily Sullivan

MIAMI TWP. — Full-time firefighters and paramedics Tom Porter and Ross Pawlak recently opened FireFitt Cincinnati, a business dedicated to developing strength and endurance among firefighters and all individuals who want to get into or stay in shape. One of the owners, Ross Pawlak, will complete a degree in Exercise Physiology with a focus on firefighter fitness early next year, and hopes to use what he has learned to help others. “Our exercise program is unique. For example, we use a five story tower as part of the training program, and I’m not aware of anyone else in Cincinnati

Ross Pawlak, left, and Tom Porter are owners of FireFitt Cincinnati in Miami Township. Behind the business is a tower used for training. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS who offers that,” Pawlak said. “Also, our 16-week classes are limited to just four to six individuals, which means every participant receives the personal attention they need to succeed.” FireFitt Cincinnati of-

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fers personalized programs to participants, said Porter. “We can work with most individuals regardless of their skill level. Our program is dedicated first and foremost to helping fire-

fighters stay in shape, but we also offer programs for individuals who have never worked out before or for those who work out everyday,” added Tom Porter. In addition to working with individuals, FireFitt Cincinnati hopes to offer training programs to companies with groups of employees who want to train together later this year. Enrollment for FireFitt Cincinnati is ongoing and the first class is scheduled to begin mid-January. Firefighters can participate in the 16-week program at a reduced cost. All other individuals can participate for a reasonable fee. For more information, call Tom Porter at 616-9563 or Ross Pawlak at 383-8412.


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Carroll makes final four LOVELAND — Loveland City Manager Tom Carroll is among four finalists for the job of Montgomery city manager. The Montgomery City Manager Search Committee has narrowed a beginning pool of more than 40 people who expressed interest in the job to Carroll and three other finalists: » Wayne Davis, acting Montgomery city manager. » Mike Hinnenkamp, Springfield Township administrator. » Matthew Candland, Sykesville, Md., town manager. The finalists will continue in the assessment process, which will include interviews with the entire Montgomery City Council. Montgomery City council hopes to in May name a successor to Cheryl Hilvert, who retired last year as Montgomery city manager.


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Tracking Loveland’s new dining railcar downtown historic district as well as The Works Brick Oven Restaurant. “The addition of the railcar is a large investment for The Works with expected benefits for the community at large,” Weisgerber said. “As an added destination point, more individuals will discover what Loveland has to offer and will become patrons of other businesses here. “This is truly an example of where a rising tide lifts all ships,” Weisgerber said. Gordon said he has a swift reply when asked, “Why a train car?” “Loveland’s history is deeply rooted with the railroad,” Gordon said. “The Pennsylvania and B&O cross here. The building The Works is in was originally built as a waterfilling station for the steam locomotives. “So adding a train car just seemed right,” Gordon said.

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LOVELAND — Scott Gordon says operating a historic railroad dining car next to his restaurant and bar in Loveland has turned out to be as rewarding as he had envisioned. “I wanted to feel like as soon as you walk from the restaurant to the train car you were being transported to 1921, and I think we achieved that,” said Gordon, owner of The Works Brick Oven Restaurant on Grear Millitzer Place. “People’s comments range from, ‘It feels like when I was a little kid traveling across country,’ to some of my daughter’s classmates - first-graders saying it was ‘Awesome. I feel fancy’,” Gordon said. Gordon named the 1921 Pullman passenger car he brought from Gettysburg, Pa., the “T.R. McManus” after Thomas McManus, the grandfather of Gordon’s wife, Jamie. McManus was a retired engineer from the Pennsylvania Railroad who died at the age of 94 last November, shortly before the railroad dining car opened at The Works Brick Oven

Scott Gordon, owner of The Works Brick Oven Restaurant in Loveland, has named the new railroad dining car there after the grandfather of his wife, Jamie. Her grandfather was a railroad engineer. JEANNE HOUCK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS Restaurant. Having settled on a name for the railroad car, Gordon painted its outside “Tuscan red,” the signature color of Pennsylvania Railroad passenger cars. Gordon converted his passenger car into a dining car with 11 tables seating a total of 44 people. Inside, “I refurbished all the hardware and redid the upholstery, lighting and floors all to match the 1921 style,” Gordon said. The railroad dining car’s hours and menu are the same as those of The Works Brick Oven Restaurant. Food – which includes

Kelly Thomayer of Loveland stands ready to take an order in the new railroad dining car at The Works Brick Oven Restaurant in Loveland. JEANNE HOUCK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

The railroad dining car at The Works Brick Oven Restaurant in Loveland has been refurbished to its 1921 glory. JEANNE HOUCK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

pizza, pasta, sandwiches, soups and salads – does not have to go outside because it is transported from the kitchen to the railcar via an enclosed causeway. “The train car can be

rented for private parties,” Gordon said. “We have already reserved the car for wedding parties, birthdays and a themed party.” Gordon leases the prop-

erty on which the railroad dining car sits from the city of Loveland for $1 a year. Loveland Mayor Rob Weisgerber said Gordon’s new railroad dining car complements the city’s

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Schools: Yes, we teach about Islam By Jeanne Houck

LOVELAND — Yes, Islam is taught in the Loveland City Schools. So are Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism and Judaism. That’s the answer to a question a Loveland man recently put to schools Superintendent John Marschhausen, who says the district is required by the state to teach the world’s major religions. Raising the issue was Jim McGonegle, who

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emailed the superintendent to ask, “Dr. John Marschhausen, is Islam being taught in our LoveMarschhausen land schools?” When the Loveland Herald emailed McGonegle to ask what prompted the question, he responded only with a link to a video. The video shows Brigitte Gabriel, president of ACT! for America, at an anti-Sharia (Islamic law) conference in Nashville. According to ACT! for America’s website, the group’s mission is to combat the threat of radical Islam. Marschhausen said the Loveland City School District follows Ohio’s Academic Content Standards and Model Curriculum for social studies. “All of the world’s major religions are taught in the context of their role in cultural diffusion around the world, as per the statemandated standards adopted in 2010,” Marschhausen said. “World religions are taught from a historical perspective. “Our district would not permit the indoctrination of any specific religion,” Marschhausen said.

Porter wins police award MIAMI TWP. — Police Chief Steven Bailey says Officer Jamie Porter is “an excellent police officer in every aspect of her duties and responsibilities.” Porter was given the department’s 2011 Police Service Award March 20 at the township trustees meeting. Bailey said Porter is assigned to the road patrol as a day shift traffic safety officer, “but this is a far cry from what she actually accomplishes day in and day out.” “Despite her primary assignment as a traffic safety officer, Jamie was assigned as zone patrol officer much of the time she worked due to other employee absences,” he said. “Jamie still exceeded expectations for traffic safety contacts the rest of the year.” During 2011, Bailey said Porter issued 214 traf-

fic citations, issued 151 written warnings, handled 139 traffic crashes and assisted 44 disabled motorists. He said Porter also

compiles monthly and yearly traffic crash analysis reports, installs and maintains speed board devices and meets with residents regarding traffic

complaints. “People always have something nice to say about Jamie,” Bailey said.

Money for clerk office luncheons paid back By John Seney

BATAVIA — The chief deputy of the Clermont County Common Pleas Clerk of Courts has reimbursed the county for three luncheons given for workers in her office. Chief Deputy Alice Fricke said an end-of-year luncheon was held Dec. 15.


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The cost of the luncheon - $399.87 - was paid for with a county procurement card. The money was to come out of the clerk’s certificate of title fund. Clermont County Chief Deputy Auditor Chuck Tilbury said that while reviewing procurement card purchases, he found the luncheon expenditure was not allowed because a policy had not been established by the clerk’s office for using the funds for such a purpose. This was based on a state auditor’s advisory opinion, Tilbury said. Fricke said that while

meeting with Tilbury about the matter, she pointed out that similar luncheons were held in 2009 and 2010 using the same account. She agreed to reimburse the county $1,435.68 for all three luncheons. “She was not aware of the state auditor’s opinion,” said attorney Daniel Hannon, who represented Fricke during the meeting with Tilbury. “As soon as she was aware of it, she repaid the money.” Fricke said the money was repaid from her personal funds. “The matter is closed,”

said Tilbury. Fricke said the luncheon was a way of thanking staff members at the end of the year for their hard work. About 30 people attended the luncheon, she said. Fricke said the clerk’s offices were closed for about an hour and a half during the luncheon, which was held in the jury waiting room at the courthouse. The cost of the luncheon included the food and some poinsettia plants, she said.



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Sticky learning has sugary results Children’s Meeting House Montessori School held a maple sugaring festival at which fourththrough sixth-graders shared the maple sugaring process with their families and the greater Loveland community. Students taught attendees about the history of maple sugaring and how native peoples used hot stones to boil sap into syrup. Students demonstrated how maple sap is collected by tapping trees and the process used to make maple syrup. Most people were surprised to learn that it takes 40 gallons of maple tree sap to get just one delicious gallon of maple syrup. The event culminated in a pancake and maple syrup breakfast with more than 500 pancakes being served. Families and friends from the community were able to sample and enjoy different grades of pure maple syrup to find which type they preferred. The students tap trees on the expansive campus of Children’s Meeting House. This year, the students collected more than 70 gallons of maple sap, resulting in about two gallons of syrup. “The learning process alone makes the small syrup return worth it. The children have a deep understanding of the whole process and it’s history,” teacher John Phenix said. “I only wish the weather had been colder and brought a bit of snow for maple syrup icees! Maybe next time.”

Head of School Meg Thomas and teacher Diane Gersten flip flapjacks as part of Children's Meeting House Montessori School's maple syrup festival. More than 500 pancakes were served at the event.

Braedon Titus demonstrates how early peoples used a stick and a very hot stone to make maple syrup from tree sap. Watching are Abbie Palmer, Sydney Kennedy, Mallory Hanna, Renata Dashevsky, Moira Seger and Morgan Switzer. Also pictured is a modern, stainless steel evaporator. THANKS TO BONNIE MCCNETT


Students Sophia Vance, Katie Hallinan and Chip Riechmann demonstrate how early people made maple syrup from tree sap as part of Children's Meeting House Montessori School's maple syrup festival. THANKS TO BONNIE

Bryce Dillard uses a drill to make a hole in a maple tree stump. The Dillard family participated in Children's Meeting House Montessori School's maple syrup festival. THANKS TO BONNIE MCNETT



The following students have earned honors for the second quarter of 2011-2012.

High Honors Seventh-grade - Evan Abbott, Kristyn Aiello, Jarrett Albin, Anna Azallion, Margaret Baiely, Elizabeth Bartnik, Jacob Bellamah, Justin Benesh, Claire Beran, Rachel Blumberg, Joshua Bodenstein, Andrew Boys, Adam Brulport, Delaney Buehler, Brycen Carle, John Carver, Roshan Chandrakumar, Olivia Cox, Madeline Craft, Rachel Crum, Henry Daumeyer, Anilese Deal, Eden DeAtley, Aiden Dial, Kyle Dunlop, Andrew Dygert, Claire Edison, Noah Elliot, Rachel Ernst, Kaitlin Fackler, Samantha Faingold, Madeleine Feder, Jerald Ferreri, Alec Fields, Dominick Fierro, Veronica Fiorenza, Brady Funke, Molly Gannaway, Emily Geers, Bailey George, Tamar Goldwasser, Alison Goret, Rollie Grinder, David Guzior, Allese Haddad, Christian Harris, Claire Hasenoehrl, Morgan Hastings, Susan Heath, Benjamin Hickey, Julia Hoge, Mason Hytree, Dorothy Jenkins, Luke Jenkins, Visah John, Spencer Johnson, Leah Jordan, Erin Kahle, Brett Kluge, Jacob Korniak, Mitchell LaiFook, Nathaniel Lawry, Grant Leever, Teresa Locasto, Jeffrey Magee, Grace Marlatt, Jordan Marschhausen, Graham Martin, Rachel Martinez, Sean Mary, Katelyn McElveen, James Meckey, Courtney Mennen, Jessica Morey, Daniel Moss, Samari Mowbray, Paige Nash, Jenny Nguyen, Erik Nilsson, Rachel Oberholzer, Madison Orlowski, Madeline Osborne, Kristen Oshima, Kyle Padgett, Jacalyn Parsley, Reagan Patton, Jane Pearson, Ava Peter, Jeremy Peters, Emily Poole, Russell Quisenberry, Cara Rasmussen, Lucy Rawson, Brennan Redslob, Ella Richards, Nathaniel Richmond, Jack Riley, Zachary Robbins, Mitchell Robinson, Jessica Rychlik, Julianna Sabin, Megan Schuster, Benjamin Smith, Logan Smith, Rufus Smith, Jackson Stanley, Jacqueline Stone, Ali Syed, Mackenzie Talbott, John Tereck, Eric Thomas, Jack Vesdos, Sara Villegas, Katherine Vuyk, Luke Waddell, Tarah Wagner, Delaney Walker, Rachel WarmDeutsch, Bethany Weaver, Abigail Wood and Kelsey Zetterberg. Eighth-grade - Rebecca Antrim, Cole Ashmore, Andrew Austin, Ashton Barger, Conner Barnes, Soham Basu, Hailey Bauer, Kelly Baumgarth, Allison Becker, Madison Bennett, Matthew Bezjak, Riley Boucher, Jazmyn Browning, Gloria Bustamante, Caitlin Carlsen, Joshua Carovillano, Jessica Carter,

Kristofer Caudell, Emma Cavano, Chloe Cecil, Sean Chrusniak, Tyler Cook, Cailin Cooper, Leighann Cotter, Sarah Cousino, Ashley Day, Madison DeAtley, Hannah Dee, Cameron DeVille, Pamela Dickman, Gabrielle Dierling, Joseph Distler, Christopher Dombroski, Anne Ellis, Megan Elyamani, Jacob Ferrell, Hannah Fischer, Caroline Fisher, Jennifer Frank, Nadra Fredj, Jared Frees, Alyssa Gilliland, Cooper Goetz, Andrea Gomez-Carrillo, Thomas Griffin, Dania GutierrezFlores, Cole Hankins, Haley Hansberry, David Hansen, Kaylee Harter, Carrie Hawkins, Nekyla Hawkins, Taylar Hayden, Alyssa Heal, Laura Heckenmueller, Maximilian Hensler, Grayson Hodges, Jared Holladay, Luke Holloway, Lillian Huelsman, Brighton Hummer, Erin Iaciofano, Katherine Jacobs, Madison Johnson, Samantha Johnson, Alexandra Jones, Theodore Jones, Brighton Kahrs, Kevin Kes, Timothy Kim, Lydia King, Kya Knect, Brooke Koontz, Irena Kuan, Colton Lakes, Samantha Lawless, Howard Lawrence, Jacob Lesperence, Benjamin Lipp, Kaley Loggins, Emma Lykins, Madeline Mansfield, Rachel Mellet, Makenzie Mercer, Ryan Mesmer, Morgan Meszaros, Emily Michelfelder, Karl Mueller, Kendall Myers, Kathryn Napier, Michael Newbold, Hanna Olberding, Morlan Osgood, Erica Padgett, Jackson Pardue, Dean Parker, Adam Paulson, Stefan Pfaller, Steven Plitt, Jacob Ponchot, Madeleine Porczak, Caroline Prifti, Margaret Purtell, Jonathon Reese, Hayley Roberts, Chelsea Robinson, Claire Ruben, Domas Rubikas, Katelyn Russ, Mallory Russ, Ellen Rust, Ashley Salzl, Kirsten Schneider, Catelyn Shipp, Pamela Shoemaker, Aidan Shumaker, Kevin Sieg, Carley Siekman, Amanda Slager, Mackensie Slyder, Amy Snyder, Courtney Spicer, Andrew Steinbrunner, Eleanor Stiver, Katherine Stuhlfire, Shiza Syed, Ashlyn Taylor, Madison Taylor, Chloe Tenbrink, Anne Tewksbury, Allison Thompson, Elizabeth Toigo, Isabelle Vezeau, Logan Walton and Levi Weaver.

Honors Seventh-grade - Cameron Addington, Sohaib Ahmed, Daniel Allen, Kiley Allen, Antonio Apodaca, Khalil Atwan, Spencer Ausec, Aaron Autin, Declan Baarlaer, Ryan Bagnoli, Katelyn Bailey, Kimberly Bailey, Kristen Bailey, Carly Balzarini, Hanna Bashardoust, Grace Bateman, Stephanie Batsch, Julian Baumann, Cameron Beck, Eleanor Behling, Cole Behrens, Claire Belcik, Ethan Bell, Emma Berryman, Autumn Binford, Kelsey Blanchard, Alexis Breyer, Morgan Brezina, Erin Brophy, Alexandra Brousset,

Ashley Brown, Alexandria Brownfield, Jonathon Buell, Lucy Burns, Evan Cade, Joseph Carver, Lauren Catalfino, Jacob Cecil, Adrian Chan, McKenna Clark, Morgan Clark, Jacob Clements, Diana Coleman, Max Coleman, Adrian Conte, Charles Coons, Kurry Cortright, Devin Courtney, Maxwell Daugherty, Caleb Davis, Anthony Delcimmuto, Michael Dillinger, Andrew Docherty, Evan Dodds, Brady Dotson, Margaret Dowd, Ryan Drapeau, Jennifer Drechsler, Luke Dunning, Kalyn Ebinger, Richard Edwards, Thomas Elam, Hashem El-esses, Christian Elkins, Matthew Ellis, Nicholas Engel, Garrett Fasig, Shelby Fein, Joshua Ferrell, Grace Fjelstul, Brian Fleming, Haley Florence, Taylor Fox, Jonathan Geist, Emma Gillespie, Sabra Gleckler, Jonah Goldwasser, Nicole Goret, Drew Grafflin, Hannah Gray, Kaitlyn Green, Eleanor Grethel, Clarity Gunn, Brian Haberer, Nicklas Haddad, Emily Hageman, Allison Hains, Alex Hansberry, Erin Hansberry, Kayla Hartzler, Nicholas Henthorn, Jackson Herrmann, Andrew Hesse, Abigayle Hickey, Carlie Hicks, Joseph Hilliker, Morgan Hoffman, Karlin Holley, Megan Huether, Bethann Hughes, Rachel Jackson, Luke Jacobson, Regan Jeffrey, Andrew Jodice, Bradley Jodice, Drake Johnson, Kayla Johnson, Paige Johnson, Samuel Joy, Zachary Karp, Elise Kendrick, Alicia Kenny, Danielle Kenyon, Erin Kluenke, Ally Kluender, Drew Kluender, Lindsay Kluender, Daniel Koth, Maxwell LaGreca, Johnny Lendenski, Maggie Luetkemeyer, Hunter McAfee, Alex McClellan, Brett McFarland, Britney McGeorge, Crystal Mills, Hayley Miner, Zoe Missar, Jacob Morra, Andrew Moss, Megan Mueller, Abigail Murphy, Emily Naticchioni, Jenna Nichols, Austin Nuncio, Stephen O'Nan, Luke Oslack, Sean Ovens, Jacob Payzant, Erica Perl, Spenser Perry, Natalie Pfaltzgraff, Emily Phillips, Caroline Poole, Erin Portune, Robert Potts, Lydia Powell, Sadie Presson, Zoe Price, Zachary Ramsey, Mark Reich, Vaughn Richter, Ryan Rolfes, Paul Roman, Alexandra Rose, Michaela Ruark, Mitchell Saatkamp, Dane Sabo, Malorie Scharfenberger, Zachary Seltzer, Jack Sexton, Christopher Shank, Emily Shaver, Maxwell Shilling, Molly Shilling, Kaylie Simms, Victoria Slagel, Carrie Slusher, Dawson Smith, Joseph Smith, Sarah Smith, Emily Stephenson, Andrew Storer, Williams Sturgis, Mitchell Suder, Cole Swartz, Noah Switzer, Connor Thomas, Samuel Toney, Leah Turner, Robert Tuttle, Samuel Vargas, Micayla Veeneman, John Vogt, Andrew Wallace, Sarah Walsh, Katelyn Warden, Braden Watts, Brookelyn Webb, Andrew Wellington, Hunter Wentland, Calvin

Whitaker, Alexis Wiebel, Owen Wilhoite, Matthew Williams, Alyssa Wilson, Delaney Wilson, , Kaleb Young, Martin Zimmer and Cynthia Zink. Eighth-grade - Jordan Adair, Marshal Amon, Kyle Baker, Courtney Barnes, Owen Bayer, Kaitlynn Bays, Corey Bender, Cole Boeres, Jake Boerger, Ashley Bolin, Austin Bota, Audrey Boyd, Sean Brison, Owen Brown, Allison Brugger, Trevor Bush, Kyle Butts, Anthony Caniglia, Ethan Carle, Zachary Chapman, Jonathan Cindric, Travis Clark, Julia Copfer, Miranda Corbett, Brandon Crowe, Alexis Czulewicz, Parker Davenport, Emily Davis, Samuel Dearden, David Denzy, Dominic DiStasio, Trace Dunning, Nicholas Dusold, Amanda Eldridge, Miranda Eldridge, Emily Ellis, Michael Fackler, Courtney Ferguson, Jillian Ferguson, Darby Flanagan, Brianna Gabbrad, Francesca Gear, Mark Geiger, William Gilliland, Ellen Goldenberg, Isaac Gordon, Kyle Graham, Grace Groene, Sarah Habermaas, Bailey Hansen, Dylan Havens, Kathryn Heath, Victoria Heyob, Matthew Hoffman, Sierra Holden, Lauren Hole, Connor Homan, Mark Jang, Colin Johnson, Matthew Johnston, Morgan Kaesemeyer, Chelsie Kahle, Alan Kendrick, Sophia Kiser, Justin Kling, Adrianna Krois, Nicholas LaChapelle, Benjamin Lawry, Kathleeen Locasto, Lydia Loukoumidis, Taylor Lowenstein, Ryan Lutz, Joseph Lynch, Sydney Mahon, Ryan Mangan, Joshua Mathews, Ashley Mays, Erin McCarthy, Christopher McDowell, Cole Miller, Christian Montgomery, Jacob Morrison, Kyle Oblong, Katherine Parks, Nathaniel Paskal, Jordan Paul, Gary Payne, Elliot Peet, Michael Peters, Devon Pfarr, Megan Phelan, Collin Piper, Eric Popp, Madison Preston, Julia Querol, Jason Ratterman, Jeffry Ray, Preston Reeves, William Reverman, Madalyn Ribeiro, Mekayla Rickett, Gabhriel Rose, Garrett Royer, Megan Rubenacker, Machiko Sato, Jacob Saunders, Cooper Scanlon, Blake Schlesner, Kevin Shaknaitis, Sarah Sheeler, Kyla Sizemore, Caelum Smith, Zoie Smith, Brody Smolenski, Andrew Snyder, Charles Spieser, Trent Spikes, Timothy Stansbury, Tanner Stinnett, Claire Taggart, Peyton Terry, Elaine Thomas, James Truesdell, Julianne Wagoner, Connor Wallace, Hannah Wallis, Olivia Weinle-Hadley, Haley West, Alexandra Westley, Ali Whalen, Sydney Williams, Mackey Willis, Erin Wilmanns, Arianna Wilson, Zachary Winoker, Marissa Witt, Gabrielle Woehler, Lucas Woehler, Mark Woehler, Chase Woodall, Cade Woolston and Andrew Worcester.


» Deborah Ann Gilkey of Loveland was among nearly 1,250 Marshall University students who were recognized at the university’s winter commencement. Gilkey earned a masters of science degree. » Loveland natives Louis Michael Cavallaro, Erin Corrine Findsen, Vance Frederick Towler and Stephanie Ann Winterman recently received degrees from Miami University during fall commencement. Cavalarro received a bachelor of science in business degree. Findsen received both a bachelor of science in family studies and a bachelor of arts degree. Towler received an associaties in applied science. Winterman received a bachelor’s degree in education.

Education accolades

» Valerie Grosso and Katherine McClure, both from Loveland, are both members of Kappa Delta Pi at Ashland University. Grosso is an intervention specialist major. She is the daughter of Sally and Ronald Grosso and is a 2009 graduate of Kings High School. McClure is an early childhood education intervention specialist major, and a 2009 graduate of Milford High School. Kappa Delta Pi recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to education and to promote development of worthy educational ideals. Membership requires a 3/2 GPA and specific academic requirements.

President’s list

» Jeremy Pellington, a film and video major and resident of Loveland, was recently named to the fall president’s list at the University of Toledo. » Audrey Lauren Turchick of Loveland was named to the president’s list at Clemson University for the fall semester. Turchick is majoring in genetics.





Editor: Melanie Laughman,, 513-248-7573


Tiger baseball picks up 3 wins

Defeat Glen Este in Reds Showcase

The following are submitted summaries on the varsity baseball games.

Loveland v. Kings

The Loveland Tigers varsity baseball team kicked off the first week of their 2012 season with three wins over FAVC rivals including a sweep of their twogame series with Kings, 7-5 on March 26 and 12-8 on March 27 along with an11inning 3-2 victory in the Reds Future Stars game at Midland Field Thursday vs. Glen Este. In Monday’s game the Tigers offense got the year off to a quick start scoring three first inning runs on a walk, a double by Joe Moran, an RBI ground ball by Mitch Lendenski and an RBI single by Dylan Bodley.

After Kings scored a run in the second, the Tigers added another run in the fourth with a walk and an RBI double by Reed Schlesner to go back up by three. Loveland iced the game in the top of the seventh scoring three more runs beginning with a double by Sophomore Reid Waddell, a bunt single by Schlesner, a walk to Moran, an RBI single by Jacob Meyer and a sacrifice fly by Bodley in what would be a 7-5 victory for Loveland. Michael Louis (1-0) pitched five strong innings for the Tigers earning the win. Sam Timmerman pitched the last two innings for the save. Hitting leaders for the game for Loveland include: Moran 2-3, 2B, R, 2 RBI; Bodley 2-3, SF, 2 RBI; Schlesner 2-4, 2B, R, RBI; Bullock 2B; Waddell 2B, R; Meyer RBI; Lendenski RBI In Tuesday’s game the Tigers offense again got off to a quick

start, with a little help from the Kings defense, and came out on top. Trailing by three heading into their half of the first, the Tigers erupted for 8 runs with the help of two hit batsmen, 2 -2 out errors, an RBI single by Darren Sackett, three walks and RBI doubles by Reed Schlesner and Joe Moran to take an 8-3 lead. Loveland scored single runs in the second and third on a double by Jacob Meyer followed by an RBI single by Sackett and a single by Schlesner and an RBI single by Dylan Bodley, respectively, to make it 10-3. Kings then mounted a five-run error and walk fueled rally of their own in the top of the fourth to cut the Tiger lead to two, but that would be as close as they would come as Loveland scored two runs in the sixth for the 12-8 final score. Brian Bullock (1-0), who came into the game in relief and

pitched 3-1/3 innings, got the win for the Tigers and Hunter Ewing (5 Ks) earned the save with 3-2/3 shutout innings. Hitting leaders for the game for Loveland include: Sackett 3-4, 3 RBI; Schlesner 3-5, 2 RBI; Moran 2B; Meyer 2B

Loveland v. Glen Este

In Thursday’s game Ryan Altman made a welcomed return to the lineup with 2 RBI singles, including the game-winner, which scored Jacob Meyer after he had singled in the top of the 11th inning, in Loveland’s 3-2 victory over Glen Este in the Reds Future Stars Game at Midland Field. Altman, who had been out for the Loveland Tigers first two games with a sprained ACL, also recorded the save pitching a shutout final inning. The game was an offensive challenge throughout, although the first batter of the game came

Lady Tigers lace up the cleats

Six seniors lead Loveland softball By Scott Springer

LOVELAND — In recent years,

the Loveland softball team has been around the middle of the pack in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference. That rap could be changing as Mike Rapp takes over as head coach after serving as an assistant the last two seasons. He inherits a deep, experienced team with 10 Lady Tigers returning, including six seniors, four of whom are four-year letterwinners. “We only lost one senior from last year and our catcher who left for personal reasons,” Rapp said. “We have some experience and we’re hoping that pays off.” The early returns indicate that it has as Loveland started with wins over Kings and defending league champ Glen Este. Prior to that, the Lady Tigers hadn’t beaten the Lady Trojans in five years. In the circle, Rapp returns two sophomore pitchers, Oliva Pifer and Olivia Stanton. “Pifer was the No. 1 last year,” Rapp said. “Stanton’s coming back from a back injury last year. When they’re not pitching, we’ll rotate them in at third base. They’re both pretty good hitters, so it will work out well for us.” With last year’s catcher gone, Rapp moved senior Haley Shuemake from third to behind the dish. At the plate, Shuemake has already poked a home run. “She’s been our three hitter

around to score for Glen Este’s first run after being hit by a pitch, advancing to third on a fielder’s choice two batters later, then scoring on a single for a 1-0 Glen Este lead. In the bottom of the third Loveland scored when Darren Sackett led off with a walk, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ryan Terry and scored on Altman’s first RBI single. Glen Este scored again in the fifth inning after a walk and a stolen base put a runner on second base with two outs. The next batter swung at strike three, which was in the dirt and got away from the Tiger catcher. The ensuing throw to first was too late to complete the play for an out as was the return throw back to the catcher as the runner advanced all the way from second to score, making it 2-1 Glen



» Loveland defeated Kings 7-5 on March 26. Michael Louis got the win. Joe Moran and Dylan Bodley drove in two runs each. The Tigers beat Kings 12-8 on March 27 as Reed Schlesner went 3-5 with a double. Loveland held off Glen Este 3-2 in 11 innings March 29. Sam Timmerman had the win, Ryan Altman the save. » Moeller beat Ross 4-2 on March 6. Zach Williams got the win and Ryan LeFevers drove in two runs. Cameron Whitehead had a run-scoring double. The Crusaders beat Glen Este 13-3 on March 27. Ty Amann was 2-3 with a triple and three runs batted in.


» Mitchell Lendenski’s name was misspelled in last week’s Loveland baseball preview. Mitchell is a second baseman receiving college interest from Shawnee State.


Loveland senior Nicolette Hayes creeps in against Glen Este March 30 at Loveland High School. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS for four years,” Rapp said. Slick-fielding shortstop Nicolette Hayes is also back for the Lady Tigers and will be playing for Northern Kentucky University next season. Allie Suder, Ashley Frees, Amy Simone and Bridget Landis also saw significant at-bats in last year’s postseason run. The lead-off hitter for Loveland is gymnast/left fielder Tara Spencer, who also plans to play more softball in college at Mount Union. “She’s a slapper with tremendous speed,” Rapp said. “We count on her to set the table and

get on base.” In the league, even though they finally beat Glen Este, Rapp thinks the Lady Trojans are still the team to beat. “Bailey Miller (Glen Este) is a tremendous pitcher and hitter,” Rapp said. “Turpin’s pretty good they have a lot of talent. (And) we don’t have a win over Milford since we’ve been in the FAVC.” After a rematch at Glen Este April 2, Loveland is against Little Miami April 4 at home and on the road April 5. “We’ll just take one game at a time as they say,” Rapp said.

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» Loveland beat Kings 7-4 on March 26. Senior Haley Shuemake broke a 4-4 tie in the fifth inning with a two-run homer. The Lady Tigers beat Kings again 7-2 on March 28 as Olivia Pifer struck out eight. On March 30, Loveland beat Glen Este 2-1on Amy Simone’s sixthinning single.

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» Moeller beat Elder 3-2 on March 28. Junior Logan Wacker recorded a singles win.

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Mitchell Lendenski will play second base for Lovelandin 2012. BRANDON SEVERN/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

On March 29 Moeller defeated Summit Country Day 4-1.


» Moeller beat Mason 11-5 on March 28.

Boys volleyball

» Moeller beat La Salle 2516, 25-13, 25-20 March 29.

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Midwest’s 1st box lacrosse arena to open LOVELAND — The national youth box lacrosse spotlight shone in the Midwest Feb. 11 as Inside Lacrosse and IL writer Brian Shanahan was the keynote speaker at the annual Southwest Ohio Spring Lacrosse Kickoff meeting in Loveland. In April, the first and only dedicated outdoor box lacrosse arena in the Midwest is slated for completion in Loveland. “In five to six years, a lot

more people will be playing box lacrosse. You guys will have the jump on them,” said Shanahan of Loveland’s plan to bring the youth box game to Ohio. Mike Cotsonas, director of the youth boys field and box lacrosse teams for Loveland, said they were lucky Shanahan was the featured speaker. During his talk, Shanahan’s shared 40 years of box lacrosse experience and the sport’s impact on

field lacrosse to a standingroom only crowd. He spoke of the creativity that box allows, with less coaching in box lacrosse than in field, enabling players to become more creative in plays and shots. “It’s my opinion that it’s a much easier transition from box lacrosse to field,” said Shanahan. “To score goals in box, players have to learn to shoot accurately, to make a goalie move with

fakes, and to utilize their teammates with picks, rolls and short passes. Box lacrosse players drool at the space available and the size of the nets in field lacrosse.” A local youth coach with ties to upstate New York, Cotsonas is well aware of the pluses of the box game. “Growing up and playing high school field lacrosse at LaFayette High School, which has such a significant influence from

Native players from the Onondaga Nation, I know first-hand how box skills can be a competitive edge for field players,” said Cotsonas. “When I started coaching youth eight years ago, I saw pretty quickly one thing lacking in local player development was exposure to box. From then on, our group has been working to get this facility built.” Cotsonas noted the significant amount of plan-

ning and preparation spent on the project since 2005. “This box will be in the tradition of the fabled outdoor box on the Onondaga Nation. But also it’s being put up with a nod to some of the other Syracuse-area box facilities, like the ones in LaFayette, Tully, Marcellus and Shove Park,” said Cotsonas.

Moeller’s sticks of spring in swing By Scott Springer

Moeller's Riley Mahan makes the throw to first base against Elder March 28 at UC’s Marge Schott Stadium. JEFF SWINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Crusaders hit GCL roadblock Moeller won its first two games of the season before running into Elder March 28 at the University of Cincinnati’s Marge Schott Stadium. The Panthers pounced on the Cru-

KENWOOD — Much like their hockey team, rugby team and sometimes the football team, Moeller’s lacrosse squad often logs miles to schedule competitive opponents. This year is no different for coach Nate Reed’s Crusaders as they could easily be sponsored by AAA. For parents, a vehicle with good gas mileage is advisable. “We play five schools out of Columbus, two from Detroit and a school from Cleveland,” Reed said. The logic is that even though lacrosse is growing like wildfire in Cincinnati, the northern schools still have a leg up. “Historically, yes,” Reed said. “They’re a little bit deeper and kids have been playing longer. The Columbus market is still, from top to bottom, the top region in the state of Ohio. But, we’re catching them.” Moeller finished 15-7 as

saders 12-2 in six innings. The GCL-South rematch is now set for April 25 at Schuler Park at 6 p.m.

city champs last season before eventually losing to Worthington Kilbourne in the state semis by a goal. Those that follow the high school game have them right back in contention in 2012. “I’d like to think we were,” Reed said. “We have a lot of experienced players and a lot of talented players. We have a good mix of some youth and some upperclassmen. In my four years at Moeller, this is the most talented team I’ve had the opportunity to put on the field.” Senior midfielder Mitch Catino, senior attack Jacob Fuller and senior defenseman Matthew Klever are the Moeller captains. “This is our first year of having a senior class that was with us as freshmen,” Reed said. “As they come up through the ranks, they kind of know what we’re doing. We also have a great junior class and a really talented sophomore class.”

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Quinn Collison is a junior and is in his third year starting at attack. Collison will play at Bucknell. In addition, junior goalie Alex Burgdorf has committed to play at Quinnipiac and sophomore midfielder Sam Hubbard is slated to go to Notre Dame, the No. 3 ranked team in the country. Also at midfield, Nolan Frey and Dominic Starvaggi are in their third year as starters. If anything, the Crusaders should be as tough as anyone as Burgdorf and Collison come from coach Mike Reeder’s hockey team, with Catino, Frey and Starvaggi being a part of coach John Rodenberg’s gridiron group. In the early going, Moeller beat Thomas Worthington out of the central region 9-8, lost to Dublin Jerome of the northwest 4-3 and beat Mason 11-5.

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Este. Loveland got that run back in the sixth after a lead-off walk and two hit batsmen loaded the bases. Mitchell Lendenski hit an RBI ground ball to the first baseman who could only get the out at first for which tied the game at 2. All the while the Tigers were getting outstanding pitching. Reed Schlesner, making his first varsity pitching start, pitched 5-1/3 solid innings giving up only one earned run and two hits while recording three stikeouts. Sam Timmerman (1-0, 6 Ks) relieved pitching the next 4-2/3 innings without giving up a run and only 1 hit and Ryan Altman finished the game pitching a shutout final inning to get the save. Hitting leaders for the game for Loveland include: Altman 2-5, 2 RBI; Lendenski 2-5, RBI; Meyer 2-5, 2B, R.

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Moeller's Jordan Simpson makes the throw to first base against Elder during their baseball game at the University of Cincinnati March 28.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Re-elect Obama? Count the ways

The recent letter to the editor by Calvin Pauley entitled “Looking for reasons to re-elect the president” does a disservice to your paper. I can’t believe you would print a letter with statements saying “President Obama doesn’t have a friend in the world” or that he “wants civil rights only for blacks.” Clearly these and many other statements in the letter have no basis in reality. If Mr. Pauley really wants us to compare where we are today with where we were three years ago I would probably list the following as positives: 1. We are out of Iraq. 2. We have a timetable for being out of Afghanistan. 3. Unemployment is headed down. 4. The economy is growing as opposed to spiraling out of control.

7-year-old Drew Messmer displays the gifts the Cincinnati Res sent to his family. THANKS TO ANDREA KIMMEY

Why Reds are our favorite team I do not have a picture or a fantastic story of a Reds player. I do have a great appreciation for the entire Reds organization ... and here is why. Several weeks ago, my husband received a call from the Reds organization, a sales rep, to present to him a deal to renew his yearly mini-season package. Due to the premature birth of our son and the unknown of his situation, my husband let her know, “I’m sorry I am not interested this year.” She began her sales pitch, and to stop her before she wasted her time, he said to her, “It’s not a matter of wanting to do this, I love taking my 7-year-old son to the ball park ... we have a son in the NICU and do not know when he is coming home. I can not make a commitment to set games.” She thanked him and the phone call had ended. She called back ... she asked him a little more information about our preemie son and our 7-year old, and asked if she may be able to do something for us. My husband said “thank you,” but that it wasn’t necessary. She suggest-

THE POWER OF RED Loveland Herald asked readers to submit talk about what the Cincinnati Reds mean to them. Share your thoughts and photos about the Reds. E-mail them to

A Reds blanket covers Austin Kimmey, the infant son of Andrea Kimmey. THANKS TO ANDREA KIMMEY

ed perhaps a T-shirt or something for our 7-year old son. My husband agreed that would be fine and gave her our address. Weeks had passed and a knock on the door. A large box is delivered. My 7-year-old and I open the package. It is full of Reds T-shirts and onesies... one for each one of us! There were

Reds baseball caps, baseball visors, a shoulder bag, a souvenir batting helmet, bobble heads, stuffed animals, vinyl wall decals ... you name it! It was amazing! My 7-year-old son was elated! My family and I have always been Reds fans. We really enjoy a day at the ballpark. I have always wondered about large organizations and what they’re all about ... but I can tell you I know one thing for sure.... the Reds organization has the right way of doing things! They sent the “Reds to us” since we are not sure we will make it out to them this year! What a great team and organization! Andrea Kimmey Loveland

Taxing our brains for alternatives

Loveland Herald asked Loveland residents their thoughts on the city’s plans to ask for an increase of its earnings tax. “Reading of the conflicted and emotional council meeting about a city budget and possible need for additional taxes one cannot help but wonder if there is not a third, better way than increased taxes or a cut back in services?

“Yes, Loveland, like so many other communities, is confronted with the competing pressures of stable to declining tax revenues and upward operational costs of city government. In our favor however is size. If we, with local thought leaders and positions of power can move beyond silo living, and protection of long held (virtually in cement) habits of thinking, opportunities for new, revenue



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producing growth are limited only by our willingness to put the (earned) welfare of Loveland ahead of old, outdated and ineffective 20th century models. “Should we find that resolve we can not only move past two disagreeable options, but become a model of prosperity for other American cities.”

5. Retirement savings have increased (based on performance of the various market indices over the last three years). 6. Individuals who couldn’t get health insurance due to preexisting conditions are now assured coverage. 7. Domestic oil production has grown significantly. 8. America’s image in the world is much improved. In my travels and conversations with people who have been overseas we are no longer seen as torturers intent on forcing on will on other nations. 9. The inflation that was feared has not arrived. That’s enough for me to give serious consideration to voting for the current president unless one of the Republican candidates can come up with some specific plans and not just the campaign rhetoric we’ve heard so far. Steve Young Loveland

One man, one vote for the CMHA board In 1964 the United States Supreme Court established the idea of “one man, one vote.” In Reynolds vs. Sims, the court determined that state legislative districts had to be roughly equal in population. Before this ruling urban counties were often drastically underrepresented. The idea of equitable representation was favored by progressives at the time to counter balance the dominance of rural and suburban coalitions. Today, two local state legislators are proposing to correct a similar long standing inequity in the make up of the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) board. But now some progressive politicians and activists are opposing this overdue move to make the CMHA board truly representative of the area it serves, all of Hamilton County with the exception of one small portion of Harrison Township. Currently, CMHA’s board includes five appointees. The appointments are made by the Hamilton County Commissioners, the Court of Common Pleas, the Court of Appeals and by the city of Cincinnati city manager. One of the appointments must be a CMHA program participant. Three appointees are selected by public officials representing the entire county

(which includes the city of Cincinnati), but two more are exclusively named by the Cincinnati city manager. State Dusty Rhodes Rep. Louis Terhar’s and COMMUNITY PRESS GUEST State Sen. Bill COLUMNIST Seitz’ bill would add two more representatives, one from the county’s suburban municipalities and one from the county’s townships. Why should the city of Cincinnati have disproportionately excessive representation on a board making decisions well beyond their boundaries? Why can’t suburban communities and townships have equal representation on a board making decisions which significantly impact them? The current unfairness in CMHA board membership is indefensible. Thanks to Representative Terhar and Senator Seitz for introducing this bill to assure equal representation for all county residents. The inequity the status quo perpetuates by practicing the politics of exclusion must be addressed. Dusty Rhodes is the Hamilton County auditor. He lives in Delhi Township.

CH@TROOM March 28 question What are your expectations for the Reds this season? Do you have an Opening Day tradition? If so, what is it?

No responses.

H. Lee Lapole

394 Wards Corner Road Loveland, Ohio 45140 phone: 248-8600 email: web site:

NEXT QUESTION How do you think the Supreme Court will rule on the health care law? Why? Every week The Loveland Herald asks readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with Chatroom in the subject line.

Loveland Herald Editor Dick Maloney, 248-7134 Office hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday See page A2 for additional contact information.

L IFE Book reveals heart LOVELAND




of well-known family By Chuck Gibson

Joseph Schickel had a very special bond with his father. It was that very special bond that inspired the writing of his book: “Face to Face – Conversations with My Father.” “I just thought it was a good story,” Schickel said. “It’s a son’s account of his elderly father coming to live with him, with his family, with his wife and three boys after his mom died. That in a nutshell, and the fact that dad is an interesting old codger.” The “interesting old codger” is the late William Schickel, a well-known Loveland artist with strong ties to the literary community. Joe remembers his dad having dinner with Evelyn Waugh at Grailville. He says the book started out as a personal journal when his dad came to live with his family. He worked on other book projects with his dad. “I like to write,”Joe Schickel said. “Part of my job promoting dad’s work was writing.” Joe Schickel is a Cincinnati firefighter, not a writer. He loves books and managed his father’s interests as director of the “William Schickel Gallery” in Loveland. That combination helped develop his writing. Throw in: husband to Susie and father to his three sons: Will, Tom, and Charlie and you understand why he says time was their biggest challenge. “We actually had three book projects on the table,” he said. Joe was helping his dad write “What a Woman” (a tribute to his mom) while working on the photography for “Sacred Passion: The Art of William Schickel,” and writing the journal which became “Face to Face.” Those were the three projects when his dad moved into his house. His 48hour shifts at the firehouse became a welcome respite from the challenges of caring for his aging father in his family home. “I think there’s a lot of opportunity for people to relate,” Schickel said. “It’s very common situations. It has the common element of family, an elderly parent, a parent dying, and trying to balance the three-generation family.” Joe believes the story will strike a familiar chord for any-

The Cincinnati Zoo expects its spring flowers, such as these tulips, to be in peak color a little earlier this year because of the warm weather.

The story of this work of art by William Schickel and son, Ben Schickel was featured in Joe's book "Face to Face." CHUCK GIBSON/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

ABOUT THE BOOK “Face to Face – Conversations with My Father” by Joe Schickel is available at: » The William Schickel Gallery Online Gift shop at » The Grailville Store » Loveland Historical Museum Shop » Kindle

Joe Schickel holds his book, "Face to Face," and "Sacred Passion: The Art of William Schickel,” which he also worked on with his father. CHUCK GIBSON/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

one who ever had to care for an elderly parent. He also made a point to emphasize it’s a Loveland story. Any reader who ever lived here will find familiar people, places and things in the story. “It’s very much a Loveland story,” he said. “There are stories about The Works, about Cindy’s, a lot of it takes place right here in Loveland, The Gym, and the art gallery here in Loveland.” You’ll see, feel and know Loveland. The story tells about the Schickel’s special connection to Grailville and reveals some Catholic religious history in Loveland too. “Major literary figures came there during the ’40s and ’50s,” Schickel said. “We obviously have a connection to Grailville beyond most. Hopefully, it’s a little bit of a window to some of

those things.” While opening a window into Loveland, “Face to Face” also opens a window to how his family met the challenge of caring for his dad. He tells how much Susie and the boys helped meet his dad’s needs. The stories already hit home for Loveland’s Gina Donisi. “I have a 90 -year-old father I’m very close with,” Donisi said. “I spend a lot of time with my father, so it really hit home for me. I was extremely impressed with the book in general. It was very well written.” Donisi said it touched her emotionally. There were times when she laughed and times when she cried. She denies any favorable bias just because she knows the family and said she even passed the book along to a friend who does not know the family at all.

Throughout the writing process, Joe shared his work with others; including his wife, Susie. He says while she was often quite critical, she was a huge help. Feedback was mostly positive, and he was pleased by the number of people who thought it was funny. There is one other thing Joe Schickel hopes comes out in the book. “It’s a tribute to Loveland because of the way the town looked out for pop,” he said. Joe Schickel is literary and artistic executor for his late father, artist William Schickel, and curator of the traveling museum exhibit “William Schickel: Spirit Made Manifest.” Susie and his three sons continue to allow him to live in their Loveland home. “It’s the first time I actually felt like I wrote a book,” Schickel said. “It’s the first time it’s ever been my story. It was more work than I realized it would be. Once I got going, I really enjoyed it.”

Travel the world through photos The Hamilton County Park District presents the 2012 Photography Travel Series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, 20 and 27 at Sharon Woods Sharon Centre. These programs offer a unique look around the world with commentary by local photographers. » April 13 – “Crossing the Continental Divide” – Fr. Dale

Peterka explores nearly 50 different crossings along the Continental Divide, many with interesting history stories attached. His tour takes us from Alberta to New Mexico. » April 20 – “Cruising the Caribbean” – Alan Lloyd’s experience is life aboard a Tall Ship sailing vessel as he traveled ’round the Treasure Islands of


the eastern Caribbean. » April 27 – “Faces of Tibet and China” – China is the 21st century giant; yet in the foothills of the Himalayas the ancient ways still exist. Guests can join Neville Duffield to see the beautiful faces of the people in their traditional costumes as they work and play. The Photography Travel Se-

ries is free and open to the public. Sharon Centre is at 11450 Lebanon Road (US 42), Sharonville. A valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($10 annual; $3 daily) is required to enter the parks. For additional information, please visit or call 521-7275.

Mercy Health Senior Rehabilitation

Zoo blooms may be early this year After a mild Cincinnati winter, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is ready to bloom with more color and tulips than ever before. Zoo Blooms, dubbed “Tulip Mania,” sprouts in April and will showcase more than 100,000 tulips and solidify the zoo’s standing as one of the largest tulip displays in the Midwest. As one of two accredited botanical gardens in Ohio, the zoo will also display more than 1 million daffodils, hyacinths, flowering trees, bushes other spring bulbs exploding with color throughout the zoo. To accompany the beautiful backdrop, the Cincinnati Zoo will also feature free concerts to rock the garden every Thursday evening during Zoo Blooms 6-8:30 p.m. Admission is free after 5 p.m. (Parking not included). The Tunes & Blooms concert series kicks off on April 5 with performances by The Newbees and The Seedy Seeds, followed by the Comet Bluegass All Stars and Magnolia Mountain on April 12, The Tillers and Shiny and the Spoon on April 19 and Jake Speed and the Freddies and The Turkeys on April 26. The zoo’s Easter Celebration will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 7. On April 14 and 15, the Southwest Ohio Daffodil Society will present the annual Daffodil Show, “Daffodils in the Treetops.” The “Tip-Toe through the Tulips Luncheon” will be Wednesday, April 18. Proceeds will benefit the zoo’s botanical collection and educational efforts. Tickets for the Tulip Luncheon are $75 a person. Those who would like to attend or would like more information contact Allison Gibbs at 487-3327 or at Zoo Blooms is free with general zoo admission. Admission prices are $15/adults, $10/children (2-12), children under 2 are free and parking is additional. The zoo opens daily at 9 a.m. Admission to the Tunes & Blooms concert series is free after 5 p.m. Parking is not included. For more information, call 281-4700 or, visit

Mercy Health can offer expertise in senior rehabilitation services, including physical, occupational and speech therapy as part of the Mercy Health continuum. Let us help you get better so you can Be Well.


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, APRIL 5 Juried Exhibition, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Original art works submitted by women artists. 272-3700; Mariemont.

required. 683-2340; Loveland. Journey to the Tomb, 6-9 p.m., Loveland United Methodist Church, 10975 S. Lebanon Road, Passion Story of Jesus, shared through drama and song in a guided, 11-station, 30-minute walking tour. Free. 683-1738. Loveland.

Health / Wellness


Art Exhibits

Four-Part Headache Series, 6:30-7:30 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, With Dr. Doug Linz, TriHealth Pavilion’s medical director. Weekly through April 26. Series of avenues to manage headaches. $20. 985-0900; Montgomery.

Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke, 9 p.m., Tap House Grill, 8740 Montgomery Road, 8918277. Sycamore Township.

On Stage - Comedy Ryan Singer, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, College and Military Night, $4. $8-$12. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Recreation Young Professionals Open Gym, 7-10 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Full-court basketball games for men. $15. Through May 27. 985-0900. Montgomery.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Family friendly. Free, donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous Inc. 800-0164. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, 4309 Cooper Road, Book discussion group. Open to everyone who desires healthy loving relationships. Family friendly. Donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous Inc. 673-0174. Blue Ash.

FRIDAY, APRIL 6 Art Exhibits Juried Exhibition, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 272-3700; Mariemont.

Dining Events Hartzell United Methodist Church Lenten Fish Fry, 4-7 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, 8999 Applewood Drive, All-you-can-eat fried cod dinner with sides, beverages and desserts. Also, grilled chicken breast, shrimp, shrimp basket and cheese pizza dinners with sides, beverages and desserts. Carryout menu is a 3-piece fish sandwich. $9, $5 carryout only, $4 ages 5-10, free ages 3 and under. 891-8527. Blue Ash. Dinner with Salsa Friends, 8-10 p.m., Cactus Pear Southwest Bistro, 9500 Kenwood Road, Private Room. Group dinner held on the first Friday of the month. $10. Presented by MidwestLatino. 791-4424; Blue Ash.

On Stage - Comedy Ryan Singer, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $8-$12. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Recreation Pickup Basketball, 10:30 a.m.noon, TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Men and women ages 25 and up. $15, free members. Through Dec. 28. 985-0900; Montgomery.

Religious - Community Community Passover Seder, 7:30 p.m., Chabad Jewish Center, 3977 Hunt Road, Follows Maariv evening services 7:30 p.m. Includes recitation of the Mah Nishtanah, hand-made matzah, wine, dialogue, kosher meal and special children’s Seder. $32, $22 ages 11 and under. Reservations required. 793-5200; Blue Ash. Lenten Day of Quiet, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Take the time to reflect on the Lenten season and to contemplate the hopes of Spring. $25-$45. Reservations

984-9288; Montgomery.

Recreation Young Professionals Open Gym, 7-10 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $15. 985-0900. Montgomery. Spring Break Camps, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, $58 per day, $48 members; before and after care available. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

Art Exhibits Juried Exhibition, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 272-3700; Mariemont.

Support Groups

Cooking Classes Healthy Cooking Classes, Noon-1:30 p.m., Peachy’s Health Smart, 7400 Montgomery Road, Peachy Seiden discusses nutrition and health while preparing two delicious, simple and easy meals. Ages 18 and up. $30. Registration required. Through Dec. 8. 315-3943; Silverton.

Exercise Classes TRX Bootcamp, 9:15-10:15 a.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Designed for the intermediate to advanced exerciser. Total body workout, bootcamp style. $6-$15. Registration required. 985-0900; Montgomery.

The Green Diamond Gallery, 9366 Montgomery Road, Montgomery, is having an Opening Day Eve Kick-Off Event from 6 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 4. The event features current Reds Bronson Arroyo and Mike Leake, speaking about clubhouse stories and their outlook on upcoming season. Food and beverages are included. Dress is business casual. Cost$125. Reservations are required. Call 984-4192 or visit Pictured are Durek Zinn and his son, Ethan, of Anderson Township checking out a baseball display at the Green Diamond Gallery. THANKS TO THOMAS E. SMITH niversity at UC. 556-6932; Blue Ash. Young Professionals Open Gym, 7-10 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $15. 985-0900. Montgomery. Spring Break Camps, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, $58 per day, $48 members; before and after care available. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

Exhibits Exploring History Through Textiles, 1-4:30 p.m., Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 201 Riverside Drive, Quilts on display on loan and from GLHSM collection. 6835692; Loveland.


Holiday - Easter

Cooking Classes

Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m.-noon, Meadowbrook Care Center, 8211 Weller Road, Egg hunt for ages 10 and under. Featuring visits with Easter Bunny, games, bake sale, entertainment, snacks and more. Professional face painting, $2. Free. 489-2444; Montgomery. Montgomery Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt, 10-11 a.m., Montgomery Park, 10101 Montgomery Road, Children released to pick up 640 plastic eggs filled with jelly beans. Of these, 150 contain mini candy bar that can be traded for a stuffed bunny. Ages 1-9. Free. Presented by Montgomery Kiwanis Club. 984-1038. Montgomery.

Kid’s Healthy Cooking Classes, 4-6 p.m., Peachy’s Health Smart, 7400 Montgomery Road, Peachy Seiden, registered dietitian and nutrition science instructor, teaches children to be more health conscious by encouraging them to make healthy food choices and teaching them how to prepare and cook nutrientdense meals. Ages 11-14. $40. Registration required. 315-3943; Silverton.

Literary - Libraries Madeira Hunger Games: Fear Factor, 2 p.m., Madeira Branch Library, 7200 Miami Ave., Get hungry and challenge your friends to eat some of the weirdest, stinkiest, creepiest food on the planet. Afterwards, cleanse your palate with a sweet snack. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-6028; Madeira.

Cincinnati Reds Mascot Mr. Redlegs will again be part of the Oepning Day parade April 5. FILE PHOTO

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MONDAY, APRIL 9 Clubs & Organizations

Blues Merchants, 7:30 p.m., deSha’s American Tavern, 11320 Montgomery Road, 247-9933; Montgomery.

Cincinnati Toastmasters Club No. 472 Meeting, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Paul Community United Methodist Church, 8221 Miami Road, Public speaking and leadership skills meeting. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Cincinnati Toastmasters Club No. 472. 351-5005; Madeira.

On Stage - Comedy

Karaoke and Open Mic

Ryan Singer, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $8-$12. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Acoustic Open Mic, 7-10 p.m., Shady O’Grady’s Pub, 9443 Loveland-Madeira Road, Hosted by Bob Cushing. 791-2753. Symmes Township.

Music - Blues

Recreation Young Professionals Open Gym, 7-10 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $15. 985-0900. Montgomery.

SUNDAY, APRIL 8 Exhibits Exploring History Through Textiles, 1-4:30 p.m., Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 683-5692; Loveland.

Holiday - Easter Easter Brunch, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Embassy Suites Blue Ash, 4554 Lake Forest Drive, Special Easter menu. Main Entrees: Champagne Chicken, Lemon Pepper Tilapia with Burre Blanc. $26.95. Reservations required. 981-3758. Blue Ash.

Recreation Young Professionals Open Gym, 7-10 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $15. 985-0900. Montgomery.

Recreation Pickup Basketball, 10:30 a.m.noon, TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $15, free members. 985-0900; Montgomery. Spring Break Camps, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Water park, gym, game room and art room. Ages 0-6. $58 per day, $48 members; before and after care available. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

TUESDAY, APRIL 10 Clubs & Organizations Tri State County Animal Response Team Volunteer Meeting and Training, 6:308:30 p.m., Best Friends Pet Care, 11216 Gideon Lane, Hands-on training with throw nets and other equipment. Screening of “The Elephant in the Living Room,” a documentary focusing on exotic animal ownership and its surrounding issues in Ohio.

Discussion following screening. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Tri State County Animal Response Team. 702-8373; Sycamore Township.

Education How to Lobby the Legislature and the Intiative Process, 7-8:30 p.m., Connections Christian Church, 7421 E. Galbraith Road, Ron Alban will give you the confidence and tools to propose change and see it through to completion using the Initiative (petition) process. Jack Boyle, chief lobbyist for the End Ohio’s Estate Tax Initiative, will discuss specifically how to go about lobbying the Ohio General Assembly. Free. Presented by Empower U Ohio. 250-4116; Madeira.

Health / Wellness Eating for Health, 5:30-6:30 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Nutrition class highlighting healthy nutrition principles. Topics include nutrition minicourse, truth about whole foods or nutrition for women. With Kathy Haugen, registered dietitian. $10, free for members. Registration required. 985-0900; Montgomery.

Recreation ScubaDiving: The Basics, 6:30-10:30 p.m., Scuba Unlimited, 8966 Blue Ash Road, Weekly through May 22. Enjoy same sense of fun and excitement of scuba divers world-wide in safety of a pool. Open Waters Certification available. Family friendly. $85. Registration required. Presented by Commu-

Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, Free, donations accepted. 800-0164. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, Donations accepted. 673-0174. Blue Ash.

FRIDAY, APRIL 13 Art Exhibits Juried Exhibition, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 272-3700; Mariemont. Blossom II: Art of Flowers, Noon-5 p.m., Greenacres Arts Center, 8400 Blome Road, Second in on-going series of national traveling exhibitions of artworks depicting and interpreting flowers of all kinds. Free. Presented by Greenacres Foundation. Through May 18. 891-4227; Indian Hill.

Music - Acoustic Acoustik Buca, 7:30 p.m., deSha’s American Tavern, 11320 Montgomery Road, Through April 27. 247-9933. Montgomery.

On Stage - Comedy Nick Griffin, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $10-$15. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Recreation Pickup Basketball, 10:30 a.m.noon, TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $15, free members. 985-0900; Montgomery.


On Stage - Comedy

Art Exhibits

Pro-Am Night, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, Aspiring comics, amateurs and professionals take the stage. Ages 18 and up. $5. 984-9288; Montgomery. Foster Parent Training, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Diversion Foster Care, 10921 Reed Hartman Highway, Suite 315. Begin process of becoming licensed foster parent. Family friendly. Free. Through Feb. 11. 984-2031; Blue Ash.

Juried Exhibition, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 272-3700; Mariemont. Open Studios, 6-10 p.m., Loveland Art Studios on Main, 529 Main Ave., Open studios where more than 40 artists are showing their works in one building. Free. Through Aug. 11. 6837283; Loveland. Blossom II: Art of Flowers, Noon-5 p.m., Greenacres Arts Center, Free. 891-4227; Indian Hill.


Clubs & Organizations

Pickup Basketball, 10:30 a.m.noon, TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $15, free members. 985-0900; Montgomery. Spring Break Camps, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, $58 per day, $48 members; before and after care available. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

Blue Ash Women’s Club Spring Luncheon, 11-2 p.m., Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, 4309 Cooper Road, Victorianthemed program with high tea luncheon. Silent auction and split-the-pot. $25. Reservations required. Presented by Blue Ash Women’s Club. 891-4043. Blue Ash.

Parenting Classes

THURSDAY, APRIL 12 Art Exhibits Juried Exhibition, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 272-3700; Mariemont.

Art Openings Blossom II: The Art of Flowers, 6-9 p.m., Greenacres Arts Center, 8400 Blome Road, Festive cocktail reception celebrating opening of Greenacres Greenhouse and debut of new art exhibit: national traveling show depicting flowers of all kinds. Exhibit continues through May 18. Benefits Students’ Transportation Fund. $50. Reservations required. Presented by Greenacres Foundation. 8914227; Indian Hill.

Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke, 9 p.m., Tap House Grill, 891-8277. Sycamore Township.

On Stage - Comedy Nick Griffin, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, College and Military Night, $4. $10-$15.

Cooking Classes Healthy Cooking Classes, Noon-1:30 p.m., Peachy’s Health Smart, $30. Registration required. 315-3943; Silverton.

Exercise Classes TRX Bootcamp, 9:15-10:15 a.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $6-$15. Registration required. 985-0900; Montgomery.

Exhibits Exploring History Through Textiles, 1-4:30 p.m., Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 683-5692; Loveland.

Health / Wellness Autism Sports Day, Noon-4 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Open to any families with an autistic child. Variety of interactive presentations and sports activities. Free. 985-0900; Montgomery.



Slow cooker casserole perfect for Easter breakfast I’m anxious to get all the window boxes up and planted with spring flowers. I’ll use pansies Rita and violas, Heikenfeld since they RITA’S KITCHEN are both edible, and they add a pop of color to spring salads, drinks and pastries. Creeping thyme and marjoram will be my fillers. Both of these herbs are two of my favorite culinary herbs, and as the thyme grows, it’s so attractive as it tumbles down the front of the boxes. The marjoram is a lighter green making for a pretty contrast among the flowers. The bonus is that as I replace the pansies with heat-tolerant flowers, the herbs don’t need to be replaced and grow happily until the cold weather forces them to shut down.

Slow cooker breakfast casserole

I used bacon and cooked some extra for garnishing. A nice brunch dish for Easter.

2 lbs. frozen shredded hash brown potatoes 1 lb. sausage, bacon, ham, etc. cooked plus extra for garnish, if you like 2 cups shredded cheese, your choice (I used 1½ cups cheddar and ½ cup Parmesan) plus extra for garnishing ½ cup julienned or diced sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, drained

1 18.25 oz. box yellow sugar-free cake mix ¼ cup packed Splenda Brown Sugar Blend 1 teaspoon cinnamon 2 ripe bananas mashed, a little over 1 cup 1 cup water ½ cup canola oil 3 large eggs

1 bunch green onions, sliced thinly 12 eggs 1 cup milk Salt and pepper to taste

Spray large slow cooker. A 6-quart works well. Layer half the potatoes on bottom. Add half the meat, half cheese, half tomatoes and half onions. Repeat. Beat eggs, milk, salt and pepper and pour over. Cook on low 5-8 hours or on high 3-4 hours, or until eggs are cooked. Turn off slow cooker and sprinkle with additional cheese and meat. Put lid on until cheese melts. Serves 8-10.

Preheat oven to 350. Donna used a bundt pan and heated it to 325. Lightly grease and flour pan or use cooking spray. Put everything in mixer bowl and mix together. Blend on low for one minute. Scrape sides and beat two minutes, until blended. Pour into pan and place on center rack. Bake 40-50 minutes until lightly browned. Toothpick inserted in center will come out clean. Cool and frost. Donna used a butter cream and walnuts. She says cream cheese frosting would be good, too.

Dick Bader’s cheesecake

Dick and I struck up a conversation at grandson Will’s basketball game. He makes one awesome cheesecake and was happy to share it. Dick told me: “I’ve been using this recipe for over 15 years and made my wedding cake and two other wedding cakes using it.” He says it’s better than Jerry’s cheesecakes that you buy. Wouldn’t this be nice for an Easter buffet? Crust for two cheesecakes: 3 cups crushed graham crackers ½ cup sugar ½ tsp. cinnamon 2 ⁄3 cup melted butter

Blend together dry ingredients. Add in enough melted butter to lightly coat crumbs and blend. Press into bottom of 9- to 10-inch springform pan. Cover outside bottom of pan with foil to prevent

Can you help? Rita's slow cooker breakfast casserole is an easy dish for Easter breakfast or brunch. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD.

MATZOH CRUNCH CLARIFICATION Recipe included saltines as a substitute for matzoh for those who may not observe Passover, but would like to make the recipe.

butter from leaking out. Filling: 6 8 oz. packages cream

cheese, room temperature 1 cup sour cream 2¼ cups sugar 6 large eggs, room temperature 1 tbsp. vanilla ½ teaspoon salt 2 tbsp. lemon juice

Preheat oven to 300. Cream the cheese, add in sour cream and sugar and blend on low speed until smooth, then add in eggs, vanilla, salt and lemon juice. Pour into pan. Bake one hour, then lower heat

to 275 and bake another hour. Turn off oven and let cool in oven for an hour. Can be made ahead of time and frozen. Serves 10-12.

Donna Kluba’s sugar-free banana cake Donna is my farmer neighbor and is one of the healthiest cooks and bakers I know. Here’s her latest creation:

Donna needs a soy- and egg-free cake.

Donna’s Depression cake for wedding Check out my blog for this recipe.

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Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

Statements Salons recruit March For Babies walkers Inspired by her late granddaughter, Loveland hair stylist Joyce Downey has led a team of walkers and raised thousands of dollars for the March of Dimes since the 1998 March for Babies. This year Downey’s employer, Pam Brooks, owner of Statements Salon in Glendale and Statements in Hair in West Chester Township, decided to involve the entire staff and their clients. “Team Statements” is recruiting team members

and donations for the 2012 March for Babies Saturday, April 29, at Paul Brown Stadium. “We have always supported Joyce by either walking or making a donation to her team,” Brooks said, “but this year with two salon locations we want to take a lead role in helping raise our pledged amount of $5,000 for the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Chapter of the March of Dimes.” To become a member of

Team Statements or make a donation, sign up on line at this link or go to, click on “Join a team,” and then enter “Team Statements.” Registration for the sixmile March for Babies begins at 8 a.m., and the walk gets under way at 9 a.m. at Gate D on the Plaza Level of Paul Brown Stadium. For more information, call 513-772-7262, or 513769-3588.

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County park district opening boathouses Spring season will be here very soon, which means we can finally start enjoying some fishing and boating. The boathouses at Miami Whitewater Forest, Winton Woods and Sharon Woods open this month. Miami Whitewater Forest Boathouse is open weekends from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and will open daily 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The lake will be stocked with hybrid bluegills in April, 500 pounds of shovelheads and blue catfish in May, and channel catfish in June. Winton Woods Boathouse will open weekends from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. start-

ing Saturday, March17, and opens daily 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.. Winton Woods Lake is best known for great spring crappie and bluegill and will be stocked with 500 fingerling channel catfish in May. Sharon Woods Boathouse will open daily from10 a.m. to 8 p.m.. The lake is a popular spot for bass fishing and will be stocked with 500 fingerling channel catfish in May. A valid Hamilton County Park District motor vehicle permit ($10 annual; $3 daily) is required to enter the parks. Miami Whitewater Forest is at 9001 Mount

Hope Road in Harrison; Winton Woods is at 10245 Winton Road in Springfield Township; and Sharon Woods is at 4631 E. Kemper Road in Sharonville. For additional information, go to or call Miami Whitewater Forest Boathouse at 513-367-9632, Winton Woods Boathouse at 513931-1849 or Sharon Woods Boathouse at 513-769-4326. Also, be sure to check out the district’s Facebook page and follow it on Twitter to find out more about what’s happening at the parks.

Come Worship with us at Easter Saturday Eve, April 7 8:30 pm Easter Vigil Mass (Fulfills Easter Sunday obligation; includes Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist for those becoming Catholic.)

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The 2012 World Choir Games

July 4-14

See hundreds of choirs from Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia, North America and South America competing in 23 categories over 11 thrilling days. There will be parades, singing in the streets, dramatic competitions and exciting ceremonies. For tickets or to get the latest updates on choirs, venues and other breaking news, visit Presenting Sponsor

Beware of Internet ticket brokers When it comes to buying concert tickets on the Internet, you need to beware Howard of ticket Ain brokers – HEY HOWARD! some of whom are posing as “official” concert websites. That’s what a Cherry Grove woman learned when she went searching for tickets for an upcoming concert at Riverbend. Linda Shrader is a fan of the rock group Radiohead and rushed to the Internet when she heard they were coming to play at Riverbend. She wanted tickets for all four members of her family. “I typed in Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, Radiohead June 5. I hit the return button and the search results came up and the very first one said ‘Riverbend Music Center Offical ticket Service Online for Riverbend Music Center,’” Shrader says. Believing that was the real website for Riverbend, Shrader clicked on it. “It showed a map of Riverbend. The whole thing looked very official. It had the tickets, but the tickets were very expensive … For the

“They won’t give the tickets yet, they claim they won’t be sent out until May 29 ... So, I’m a little leery about the fact they’re not going to be in my hand.” LINDA SHRADER area that I was looking at in the pavilion, it was $345 for each ticket,” Shrader says. Later, when she told her sons she had bought the tickets, they told her she paid way too much money. In addition, they told her tickets for the show hadn’t even gone on sale yet at Riverbend. She contacted the website and tried to cancel the purchase but was told she couldn’t. Her credit card company also refused to cancel the purchase. “They won’t give the tickets yet, they claim they won’t be sent out until May 29, which is just a few days before the concert. So, I’m a little leery about the fact they’re not going to be in my hand,” Shrader says. Shrader complained to the website about its use of the word “official.” She says they told her they also state on the site “We are a resale marketplace, not a box office or venue.” Shrader recently found another website

from a ticket broker that clearly states at the top, “No affiliation with official site.” Shrader says she’d like to alert others to be aware of these websites. A spokeswoman for Riverbend said the music center is very concerned about these ticket broker websites. She says it is currently looking into what legal rights it has to stop companies from using the words “official” and “official ticketing site.” At this point, Shrader says she just hopes she will get the four tickets for which she has already paid $1,700. Bottom line: If in doubt, call the venue where the concert will be held and ask for its website address and when tickets will go on sale. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRCTV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

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Free tax return help from AARP Free tax help and return preparation by trained and certified Tax-Aide volunteers is being offered at several sites in Clermont County and eastern Hamilton County. Focus of the program is helping low- and moderate-income taxpayers with special attention to those age 60 and older. Tax-Aide is an AARP program offered in conjunction with the IRS. To find a site near you call AARP at 1-888-


687-2277 or call one of the following sites for an appointment. O’Bannon Terrace, 6716 Ohio 132, Goshen, 575-9946, second and fourth Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Loveland City Hall, 120 W. Loveland Ave., 683-0150, first and third Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Miami Township Senior Center, 6101 Meijer Drive, 536-4160, Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Honeymoon Paper Products of West Chester Township was one of four greater Cincinnati firms awarded "2012 Perfect 10 Corporate Culture" certified status for working to improve respect, trust and healthy confrontation within their organizations. From left: Gerry Preece, vice president of Perfect 10 Corporate Cultures; Lynne Ruhl, president of Perfect 10 Corporate Cultures; Rob Stease, CEO of Honeymoon Paper Products of West Chester Township, and Karin Maney of Perfect 10. THANKS TO OAK TREE COMMUNICATIONS

Honeymoon Paper lauded for culture Loveland resident Rob Stease, chief executive officer at Honeymoon Paper Products in West Chester Township, was honored March 22 for his company’s positive corporate culture, earning it “Perfect 10 Corporate Culture” certified status. The award was given by corporate culture expert Lynne Ruhl, president of Perfect 10 Corporate Cultures of Fairfield. Awards were presented at a Metropolitan Club luncheon in Covington. Honeymoon Paper Products manufactures quality corrugated and folding carton food service packaging Other companies honored for their positive corporate cultures were Afidence IT Consulting of Mason; Clayton L. Scroggins, a

business management consultancy in Cincinnati; and Tripack of Florence, Kentucky, a manufacturer of shrink sleeve application systems and special product handling solutions. Perfect 10 performs corporate “cultural audits” to help management recognize areas of commendation and concern in their corporate cultures, then works with management and employees to develop and maintain an atmosphere of respect and trust within the organization.

Mercy Health offers orthopaedic presentations

Mercy Health will host free orthopaedic presentations. The orthopaedic series, which is being offered in collaboration with Wellington Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine, features experts in orthopaedic care sharing information and answering questions on a variety of topics related to knee, hip, foot and ankle pain. The orthopaedic series runs through the fall. The full schedule of dates and topics are as follows: » April 18, Suresh Nayak, orthopaedic surgeon, hip arthritis and advances in treatment, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Mercy Health-Clermont Hospital » May 16, Arthur Lee, orthopaedic surgeon: knee/hip arthritis and treatment, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Anderson Center. » Aug. 29, Charles Miller, orthopaedic surgeon: knee arthritis and treatment, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Mercy HealthClermont Hospital. » Sept. 19, Robert Rhoad, orthopaedic surgeon: hand/ wrist/elbow injuries and treatment, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Anderson Center. » Oct. 17, John Favorito, orthopaedic surgeon, shoulder arthritis and treatment, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Anderson Center. The events are free, but seating is limited. Register by calling 95-MERCY (513-9563729). Mercy Health is a premier healthcare provider that has been serving Greater Cincinnati for more than 160 years.

Dessert Fairy opens in Loveland

The home bakery world is expanding with the introduction of The Dessert Fairy in Loveland. The Dessert Fairy opened in

November 2011 serving the Loveland area with fresh, homebaked desserts. “As a personal dessert business, our focus is to provide delicious treats for you, your friends, clients and special events direct from my home to yours. We strive to use only the best quality ingredients to create our cookies, scones, brownies and pies,” said Tricia Libby, aka The Dessert Fairy. They specialize in providing desserts to both individuals and retail establishments. The Dessert Fairy brings together favorite recipes learned from a lifetime of baking with her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. These family recipes along with Tricia’s new creations make up the core of The Dessert Fairy’s menu including the classic Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, and some new favorites with Cinnamon Brownies and the very popular White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Cookies. For more information, call 513-509-5912 or send an email to You can see the full menu at You can also find their treats at various locations in the Loveland area.

Orcutt books helps entrepreneurs

Greg Orcutt, owner of Orcutt & Co. CPAs Ltd. in Milford and resident of Anderson Township, has co-authored a book titled “Six Steps to Small Business Success,” aimed at helping entrepreneurs successfully navigate starting, operating, buying and selling a small business. The book was written by five CPAs with combined experience of 100-plus years in operating their own businesses and assisting thousands of other business owners. Each CPA wrote separate chapters in the book depending on his areas of expertise. Six Steps has only been available since November of 2011, but has already been awarded the Professional Association of Small Business Accountants’ (PASBA) Book of the Year Award. PABSA represents certified public accountants, public accountants, and enrolled agents who provide accounting services to small businesses throughout the United States. “Good financials are the lifeblood of any business,” said Chuck Proudfit, president of SkillSource business consultancy

in Cincinnati. “This book covers all the financial bases, but it does much more. ‘Six Steps to Small Business Success’ touches expertly on many of the important leadership and operational dimensions of growing a business with excellence.” Orcutt said he had the idea for the book and convinced fellow CPAs to write chapters pertinent to their businesses. Co-authors are: Bert Doerhoff of Bert Doerhoff CPA Tax Preparation Service of Jefferson City, Mo.; Lowell Lillge of Lillge and Associates, Inc. of Grafton, Wis.; David Lucier of Lucier CPA of Johnston, Rhode Island; and R. Sean Manning of Manning & Co. CPAs of Denver, Colo. Cost of the book is $21.99 for a printed edition, and $3.99 for an electronic edition. For more information about “Six Steps to Small Business Success,” go to Books can also be ordered at or Orcutt & Co. CPAs offers accounting, taxes, payroll and investment services to individuals and small business owners at the Orcutt Financial Center in Milford. For more information, call 576-1989 or go to

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The following individuals are delinquent on their rental payments and their personal property will be sold at public sale on Friday, April 13, 2012 at Landen Store & Lock, 2575 W. U.S. Route 22/3, Maine ville, OH 45039 at 1:00p.m..GINA SOVINE(UNIT 173)2133 RIVER DRIVE MAINEVILLE, OH 45039 KIM McKIER NAN (UNIT 71)-2491 OLD MILL RD. MAINEVILLE,OH 45039 These units contain general merchandise and furniture. The last day to pay delinquent rent and charges is FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012 at 12:00p.m. 1001696981


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POLICE REPORTS LOVELAND Arrests/citations Amberlea R. Jones, 31, 890 W. Loveland Ave. L3, disorderly conduct-offensive gesture/ noise, March 24.

Incidents/investigations Criminal damaging/endangering At 204 Highland Ave., March 21. At 322 S. Riverside Drive, March 21. At West Loveland Avenue, March 22. At 513 Loveland-Madeira Road, March 22. At 655 Loveland-Madeira Road, March 24. At 980 Loveland-Madeira Road, March 25. Disorderly conduct-offensive noise or gesture At 890 W. Loveland Ave., March 24. Domestic violence At 1400 Tuscarora Drive, March 21. Theft

At 890 W. Loveland Ave., March 22. Theft, criminal damaging/endangering At 920 Sunrise Drive, March 25.

MIAMI TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Tanner R. Herrington, 18, 2927 Rontina Blvd., drug paraphernalia, marijuana possession, March 14. Kristin Wells, 34, 6001 Grist Mill, endangering children, March 16. Kevin L. Downs, 47, 1807 Louis Lane, driving under influence, open container, 72 hour hold, March 17. Eric M. Thoms, 31, 5866 Monassas Run, drug paraphernalia, drug possession, domestic violence, March 17.

Incidents/investigations Aggravated menacing Male was threatened at 6095 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, March 15. Attempted felonious assault

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Shots fired in direction of juveniles at area of 969 Ohio 28 at 8th St., March 16. Breaking and entering Money taken from maintenance building at Oasis Golf Center at Loveland Miamiville Road, March 14. Burglary Electronics, etc. taken at 70 Glendale-Milford Road No. 83, March 18. Criminal damage Sidewalk spray painted in front of Eastside Christian Church at Montclair Blvd., March 17. Three tires punctured on vehicle at 608 Wards Corner, March 19. Criminal mischief Speed signs spray painted at 900 block of Woodcreek, March 15. Substance thrown on van at 6586 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, March 17. Paper bag set on fire on porch at 5679 Cypress Way, March 18. Criminal trespass Trespassing on property at 1197 Ridgewood Drive, March 15. Trespassing on property of Meijer at Ohio 28, March 16. Endangering children Three small unknown children found unattended at 6017 Grist Mill, March 14. Three small unknown children found unattended at 6213 Mill Stone, March 16. Fraud Female stated ID used with no authorization at 664 Jannie Lane, March 16. Menacing Threatening note thrown at residence at 969 Ohio 28 No. 90, March 15. Misuse of credit card Female stated card used with no authorization; $220 at 5588 Garrett Drive, March 14. Public indecency Reported at Meijer at Ohio 28, March 17. Sexual imposition Offense involved female juvenile at dead end of Happy Hollow, March 6. Theft Merchandise taken from Kohl's; $110 at Ohio 28, Feb. 28. Merchandise taken from Kohl's;

ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Community Press publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: » Loveland, Chief Tim Sabransky, 583-3000 » Miami Township, Chief Stephen Bailey, 248-3721 » Symmes Township, Lt. Tom Butler, 774-6351 or 683-3444 $320 at Ohio 28, Feb. 28. Laptop computer taken from vehicle ; $800 at 6591 Miami Trails, Feb. 28. Delivery package taken; $28 at 1444 Ohio 131, Feb. 29. Clothing taken from Kohl's; $164 at Ohio 28, March 2. Male stated money lost through money scam; $1,236 at 1081 Ohio 131, March 2. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $12 at Branch Hill Guinea Road, March 2. Knife taken from vehicle at 5463 Country Lane, March 2. Cartons of cigarettes taken from Circle K; $50 at Ohio 28, March 2. Merchandise taken from Meijer; $161 at Ohio 28, March 1. Clothing taken from Kohl's; $78 at Ohio 28, March 1. Merchandise taken from Meijer; $43 at Ohio 28, March 1. Female reported a money phone scam at 5804 Melody Lane, March 5. Female stated credit card used with no authorization at 1700 Smoke House Road, March 5. Garbage can taken at 264 Beech, March 6. Merchandise taken from Meijer; $37 at Ohio 28, March 7. Pair of boots taken from Meijer; $120 at Ohio 28, March 7. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $15.58 at Ohio 50, March 7. Jewelry taken; $10,100 at 6533 Covey Court, March 8. Gasoline not paid for at Shell Oil; $30 at Ohio 28, March 8. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $10 at Wards Corner Road, March 9. Diamond ring taken; $2,400 at 6400 Pheasant Run, March 9. Merchandise taken from Meijer; $52 at Ohio 28, March 9. Money taken; $700 at 826 Ohio 131 No. 3, March 9. Credit cards taken from purse in restroom of Meijer at Ohio 28,

March 10. Lawn glass globe taken; $55 at 1000 Birdhaven Way, March 11. Appliances and copper piping taken; $6,070 at 5699 W. Day Circle, March 12. Copper wire taken from Duke Energy power station; $700 at Branch Hill Guinea Pike, March 12. Merchandise taken from Meijer; $133 at Ohio 28, March 12. Firearm taken from truck; $250 at 977 Newberry St., March 13. Attempt made to enter vehicle at 1052 Rainbow Trail, March 14. Coins taken from vehicles at 5813 Elwynn Drive, March 14. Medication taken from vehicle at 1298 Deblin Drive, March 14. Checks taken from vehicle at 1161 Ronlee Lane, March 14. Female stated card used with no authorization at 949 Hidden Ridge, March 16. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $57 at Wards Corner Road, March 16. Money obtained through phone scam; $1,204.75 at 500 block of Lodgepole Drive, March 17. Medication taken from residence at 518 Black Hawk Trail, March 18. GPS unit, I-Pod, etc. taken from vehicle; $455 at 1270 Deblin Drive, March 18.

SYMMES TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Michael Fisher, 22, 7581 Hopkins Road, operating vehicle intoxicated at Governors Way, Feb. 25. Hadi Mansy, 24, 8374 Cypresswood Drive, criminal damaging at 8871 Weekly Road, Feb. 24. Glen Ramsey, 49, 6701 Stoll Lane, obstructing official business, drug possession at Highland Avenue and Kennedy Avenue, Feb. 23. Nathaniel Webster, 34, 9811

Farmstead, sexual battery at 9811 Farmstead Drive, Feb. 21. Timothy Schuler, 48, 6667 Epworth Road, possession of cocaine, drug paraphernalia at 10652 Loveland Ave., Feb. 28. Shawn Pfeil, 35, 9419 LovelandMadeira, disorderly conduct at 9491 Loveland Madeira Road, March 2. Michael Sparks, 57, 10132 Lincoln Road, operating vehicle intoxicated at 7721 Ohio 126, March 10. Frederick Riffle, 36, 2003 Hudson Ave., theft at 9201 Fields Ertel, March 12. Johnathon Lamont, 23, 12177 Sycamore Terrace, domestic violence at 12177 Sycamore Terrace, March 11. Scott Brenner, 44, 12128 Birch Ave., domestic violence at 12128 Birch Drive, March 11. David Meredith, 54, 8892 Harper’s Point, criminal trespassing at 8675 E. Kemper Road, March 18.

Incidents/investigations Criminal damaging Window frame damaged at 11790 Snider Road, March 7. Forgery Reported at 11643 Almahurst Court, Feb. 29. Rape Female reported at Paul Meadows, Feb. 10. Theft Various tools valued at $1,200 removed at 12063 Brisben Place, Feb. 29. Gift cards valued at $275 removed at 11390 Montgomery Road, Feb. 29. $150 removed at 9569 Union Cemetery Road, March 5. Jewelry of unknown value removed at 9099 Symmes Ridge Lane, March 10. Vehicle removed at 9507 Main St., March 11. Durrel bag and contents of unknown value removed at 11776 Gable Glen, March 9. $20 in gas not paid for at 12147 Montgomery Road, March 11. Merchandise of unknown value removed at 10554 Loveland, March 17. Washing and drying machines valued at $750 removed at 8748 Donovan Court, March 15. Counterfeit $20 removed at 12184 Mason Road, March 19.



April 7 10:00 AM: Inflatables & Music

124 Colonial Drive, Drees Premier Homes Inc. to Kenneth Ray Brown III, 0.4489 acre, $363,830. 148 Mission Court, John Henry Homes Inc. to Heath & Nicole Geiger, $500,353.

19 Williams St., Vantium REO Captial Markets to CDS Floodteam, 0.1720 acre, $44,000.


1500 Loveland Ave.: Wright Gary V. Jr. & Andreia D. to Fifth Third Mortgage; $78,000.

10:30 AM: Popcorn, Cotton Candy, Snow Cones, Coffee 11:00 AM: Egg Drop followed by Egg Hunt!




1247 Blue Ridge Way, Patricia McConkey to Gregory Tissot & Ashley Thompson, $147,000. 1202 Cobblestone Court, Unit 301, Rian Keller, successor trustee to Pamela Rogers, $90,000. 5732 Cromly Drive, Bank of America NA to Muddy River Homes LLC, $53,000. 6067 Delfair Lane, MorEquity Inc. to Paula & J.C. Smith, 0.2330 acre, $132,000. 1123 Glen Echo Lane, Thomas Deeds, et al. to Josh & Sarah Falter, $225,500. 6248 N. Shadow Hill Way, Amanda & Matthew Palmer to Jeffrey Dayton, et al., $219,000. 6112 Oakbridge Way Unit 304, John Murray & Tammy Murray to Teresa Patsfall, $107,000.


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Gregory James Johnson

Gregory James Johnson, 59. of Loveland died March 24. Survived by wife, Alana Johnson; daughters Ariel Lea and Allegra Jane Johnson; sister, Johnson Jana (Pat) Mulherin; and sisters-in-law Monica (John) Boals, Theresa Morr, Cam (Greg) Grayson and Mint Mosier. Preceded in death by parents Leslie and Janet Johnson. Services were March 29 at Sycamore Presbyterian Church, Cincinnati. Memorials to: the Queen City Balladeers, P.O. Box 9122, Cincinnati, OH 45209.



RELIGION Brecon United Methodist Church

The church offers worship services on Sundays at 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. Sundays. Samaritan Closet hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Samaritan Closet offers clothing and food to people with demonstrated needs. Bread from Panera is available on Thursdays and Saturdays. The Samaritan Closet is next to the church. The church is at 7388 E. Kemper Road, Sycamore Township; 489-7021.

Chabad Jewish Center

The Chabad Jewish Center is opening its doors once again for their community-wide public Passover Seder. This special event is open to all members of the Jewish community, regardless of affiliation, synagogue membership or financial means. Conducted Friday, April 6, at the Chabad Jewish Center, the unique Seder experience will be led by Rabbi Yisroel Mangel and will feature explanation and commentary based on mystical and Kabbalistic insights, humor and song. A sumptuous four-course holiday dinner will be served with hand-baked Matzah and choice of wine. Admission is $32 for adults, $22 for children. For more information and to RSVP, call 793-5200, or Chabad Jewish Center is at 3977 Hunt Road, Blue Ash; 793-5200;

Church of the Saviour United Methodist

Holy Week Worship: Maundy Thursday April 5 is 7:30 p.m.; Good Friday April 6 is 7:30 p.m., and Easter Sunday services are 8:20 a.m., 9:40 a.m. and 11 a.m. Childcare will be provided. Children’s weekday program is Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Call the church for details. Register for vacation Bible school at Morning VBS is 9:30 a.m. to noon, June 25-29; and evening VBS is 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 6-10. The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242 (791-3142 and

The church is at 6635 LovelandMiamiville Road, Loveland; 677-9866.

Loveland United Methodist Church

Lenten sermon series, “24 Hours that Changed the World” began Sunday, Feb. 26. Sunday morning chapel is 8:15 a.m.; 9:30 a.m. is the Engage! contemporary service; and 11 a.m. is the classic traditional service. Sunday school for all ages is at 9:30 a.m. Sunday School for children is 11 a.m. for ages 4 through sixth-grade. Nursery care will be provided all morning on Sunday. The church is at 10975 S. Lebanon Road, Loveland; 683-1738; Sunday school for all ages is at 9:30 a.m.

Montgomery Community Church

The church is offering a sevenweek class entitled “After the Boxes are Unpacked” for women who are new to the Cincinnati area or are looking to connect with their community. Child care is provided. Call the church or e-mail for more information. The church is at 11251 Montgomery Road; 489-0892;; theboxes.

PromiseLand Church The church is having an Enditme

Ministry series by Irvine Baxter through April 11, every Wednesday beginning at 7:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Sunday Worship Service is at 11 a.m. The church is located at 6227 Price Road, Loveland; 677-5981,

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; conducted 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; child care provided. Call 583-0371. The church is at 6300 Price Road, Loveland; 677-7600.

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

Holy Week services: Tenenbrae at 7 p.m. Wed. April 4; Maundy Thursday, 7 p.m. April 5; Good Friday Station of the Cross at Noon and Service at 7 p.m. April 6; Easter Vigil Service, 7 p.m. Sat. April 7. Easter Sunday services are 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Earth Day Volunteers (Sun. April 22) needed to work on the church grounds and at the Hamilton County SPCA. Call or email the church for details. The St. Barnabas Youth Choir practices following Holy Communion at the 9:30 a.m. service and ends promptly at 11:15 a.m.. All young people are welcome.

The St. Barnabas Band practices from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sundays. The Band is seeking a sound person and will provide on the job training. An Intercessory Healing Prayer Service is held the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m.. A Men’s Breakfast group meets on Wednesday mornings at 8:30 a.m. at Steak N Shake in Montgomery. Ladies Bible Study meets on Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. at the church. Friends in Fellowship meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:15 p.m. for a potluck dinner at the church. A Bereavement Support Group for widows and widowers meets the second and fourth Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday worship services are 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The church is at 10345 Montgomery Road, Montgomery; 984-8401; .

Sycamore Presbyterian Church

Easter Sunday worship schedule is as follows: 8 a.m. in the chapel; 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. in the sanctuary featuring the Chancel Choir with brass. The church is at 11800 MasonMontgomery Road, Symmes Township; 683-0254;

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101 South Lebanon Rd. Loveland, OH 45140 683-4244 Lead Pastor Jonathan Eilert Pastor Grant Eckhart Saturday Service 5:00pm Sunday Services 8:00, 9:30am & 11:00am Sunday School 9:30am

Sunday 9:30 &11:00 a.m. Loveland High School, off of Rich Rd. 683-1556

UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF THE SAVIOUR 8005 Pfeiffer Rd. Montgomery 791-3142

Maundy Thursday, 7:30 pm "When Love Speaks: One of You Will Betray Me" Good Friday, 7:30 pm "When Love Speaks: Into Your Hands I Entrust My Spirit" EASTER, 8:20, 9:40 & 11:00 am "Our Buoyant Easter Hope!" Nursery Care Provided

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Contemporary Sat 5pm & Sun 9am Traditional Sunday at 10:30 a.m. 6635 Loveland Miamiville Rd Full childcare & church Loveland, OH 45140 school at all services. 513-677-9866 Dr. Doug Damron, Sr. Pastor (across from the Oasis Golf Club) Rev. Lisa Kerwin, Assoc. Pastor

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Epiphany United Methodist Church

The church is having a Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m. April 5. The service will be “The Living Last Supper,” a dramatic musical experience of Christ’s last evening with His disciples. There will be a lay-lead service for Good Friday at 7 p.m. April 6; and Easter services will be 5 p.m. Saturday, April 7; and 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday, April 8.


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Zoo’s lecture series features scientists

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens’ 20th annual Barrows Conservation Lecture Series features a lineup of internationally acclaimed scientists, explorers and conservationists – including Sharon Matola, recipient of the 2012 Cincinnati Zoo Wildlife Conservation Award. Since 1993, the series has brought a slate of esteemed naturalists and scientists to Cincinnati to address wildlife issues and global conservation efforts. On Wednesday, April 25, 7 p.m., Sharon Negri will present, “Why Cougars Matter: An Ecological and Cultural Perspective.” Dedicated to protecting wildlife and wild places, Negri founded the Mountain Lion Foundation in 1986 and served as its director until 1990. Today, she directs WildFutures, a non-profit organization that works to bridge the gap between science and conservation, and promotes an understanding of large carnivores through education and community involvement. Negri was instrumental in the passage of the California Wildlife Protection Act of 1990, coedited the book, “Cougar Ecology and Conservation,” and co-produced the award-winning film, “On

Nature’s Terms: People and Predators Coexisting in Harmony.” On Wednesday, May 9, at 7 p.m., Dr. Shirley Strum will present, “Darwin’s Monkey: Smart, Sophisticated, and Adaptable.” Strum, a professor of anthropology at the University of California, has studied baboons in Kenya for more than 40 years through the Uaso Ngiro Baboon Project (UNBP). Her longterm research has revealed how baboons use intelligence, flexibility, and social skills to manage their complex world. This adaptability is the key to their success. Strum will explain how understanding baboon behavior helped create innovative conservation and management techniques. On Wednesday, May 23, at 7 p.m., Sharon Matola will present, “Thinking (and playing) out of the box: Conservation Strategies That Rock!” If you really want an audience to embrace biodiversity conservation, Matola, founding director of the Belize Zoo, and recipient of the 2012 Cincinnati Zoo Wildlife Conservation Award, believes that you need to engage people in fun and creative ways. Highly successful, Matola’s innovative techniques have made

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Dr. Shirely Strum is a speaker in the Barrows Conservation Lecture Series at the Cincinnati Zoo. She will speak on May 9. PROVIDED. a significant impact throughout Belize. During her presentation, Matola discusses her creative planning process and shares some of her fun and engaging techniques. All Barrows Conservation Lectures will be held in the Cincinnati Zoo’s Frisch’s Theater in the Harold C. Schott Education Center. All lectures begin promptly at 7 p.m. WGUC 90.9 is the media partner for the 2012 series and the Hilton Hotel Group is the hotel partner. The Barrows

Conservation Lecture Series is made possible by the ongoing support of the family of Winifred & Emil Barrows. Tickets: Zoo members/ volunteers $10 single, zoo members/volunteers $38 series, non-zoo members $12 single, non-zoo members $46 series. For more information call 513-487-3318 and to purchase tickets call (513) 559-7767 or for online purchases please visit

Sharon Matola will speak about "Conservation Strategies That Rock" during the Barrows Conservation Lecture Series at the Cincinnati Zoo. She will speak on May 23. PROVIDED Sharon Negri will presnt "Why Cougars Matters" during the Barrows Conservation Lecture Series at the Cincinnati Zoo. She will speak April 25. PROVIDED

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