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Loveland resident Susan Branscome has been named a YWCA Career Woman of Achievement.

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Amazing Moms Contest

Nominate the Amazing Mom in your life and she could have the chance to win a $100 gift card to Mitchell’s Salon & Day Spa. To enter, visit the Contests page located on Click on the Amazing Moms Contest and upload a photo of your nominee along with a caption of 100 words or less on the why this mom is amazing. Deadline to enter is Monday, April 25, at 9 a.m. Winner will be determined by public voting from April 25 through May 2.

The wheel deal

Milford Preschool students got a first-hand look at a fire truck, a police motorcycle, service department trucks and even an Army Hummer during the school’s Vehicle Day. Miami Township firefighters, a police officer and service department employees also were there to speak to the children about the vehicles they use. SEE LIFE, B1

Foundation grants

The Loveland Schools Foundation has awarded minigrants to Loveland City Schools teachers for the past decade – including five teachers this year. Every year, teachers apply for the minigrants, which individually cannot exceed $300. The money can be used for classroom speakers, field trips, academic classroom projects, supplementary texts and other reading materials, supplies and equipment. SEE SCHOOLS, A6

Election opinions

Loveland Herald will accept election-related letters and guest columns until noon Friday, April 22, for publication April 27. Since this will be the last issue before the election, the only letters and guest columns we will publish are those which respond directly to previously published letters and columns. We will print as many letters and columns as space permits.

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City works to get dining car on track

Concerns delay lease approval

By Jeanne Houck

Loveland City Council will on April 26 take up the issue of leasing city property next to The Works to owners of the pizzeria and bar, who want to park a railroad dining car on the land. After Loveland administrators at a city council meeting April 12 could not agree on whether a proposed lease before council was a draft or the real thing, a “surprised” Mayor


The 1921 Pullman passenger train car that Scott and Jamie Gordon, owners of The Works, want to park next to their Loveland pizzeria and bar and turn into a dining car.

Rob Weisgerber took the unusual step of calling a five-minute break to allow staff to hash it out. City council subsequently agreed to push the matter to its April 26 meeting to allow time for administrators to tweak the proposed lease. It’s unclear what Loveland staffers want to change in the proposed lease with Scott and Jamie Gordon, who own The Works on Grear Millitzer Place. City officials have said that they have not been able to convince the Gordons to change

the proposed lease to further protect Loveland’s financial interests should the Gordons or any successor go out of business and the city be stuck with the costs associated with removing an abandoned railroad car. “While both parties worked cooperatively, coming up with contingencies that ensured the city would run little to no risk of being left with costs associated with removing the rail car should The Works or its successor go out of

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Loveland prom moving By Jeanne Houck

Loveland High School prom organizers thought it would be a good idea to switch venues this year – but some students apparently have reservations about the change. After years of dressing up and riding limousines to Music Hall in Over-The-Rhine, prom-goers will be at the Savannah Center in West Chester Township from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, April 30. Tickets are $50 and include a buffet dinner. “Every few years we have changed our prom venue just to keep things fresh for the students,” said Catherine Belknap, a math teacher at Loveland High School who is helping students organize the prom. “For a number of years we held the dance at Music Hall downtown, but thought it might be fun for the students to see a new, closer-to-home place. “The Savannah Center was brought up by a few staff members, so we are trying it,” Belknap

Loveland High School students, from left: Tara Paugh, Lauren Brooks and Chelsea Boeres rock the 2010 prom. They currently are seniors. said. “The dinner provided was mandatory to use the Savannah Center,” Belknap said, as opposed to a move to cut down on the amount of time students were driving back and forth to various restaurants. “I think that dinner being pro-

vided will save us money, but also takes some of the fun out of prom,” said Clare Ernst, a senior at Loveland High School. “I think most students look forward to making dinner reservations and renting a limo almost as much as they look forward to prom itself.

Symmes rebids Rozzi playground By Amanda Hopkins

Trees and other debris have been cleared and equipment is being moved on site as the construction on the Rozzi property park gets under way. Susie Thomas with Turner Construction said during the April 5 trustees meeting that dirt will be moved in several areas over the next month as part of the grading process. The Symmes Township Board of Trustees also decided at the April 5 meeting to re-bid the playground equipment that will be installed on three playgrounds at the park. Trustee Jodie Leis said she was not satisfied with the equipment that was scheduled to be installed during construction because it looked very similar to other parks in the township.





“It’s not to the quality I was looking for,” Leis said. She said she wants playground equipment that is more “unique and modern” to set the Rozzi park apart from other parks in the township. The project includes baseball and soccer fields, a veterans’ memorial wall, bus drop-off, two dry playgrounds, walking paths and two restroom facilities and a shelter. All of the alternates are included in the project two more restrooms, an asphalt path, a wet playground and playground equipment for Symmes Township park. The trustees approved the $2,568,552 project bid. Thomas said the bid opening for the playground equipment is set for Tuesday, May 3. Turner Construction will have a recommendation for the Board of Trustees for bid approval by June 15. The new bid will not affect the construction timeline. Thomas said the construction will be finished in October.






“But now that dinner’s included, renting a limo is pretty much pointless, and who wants to make dinner reservations and have to pay for two dinners,” Ernst said. The after prom will be held at Loveland High School from midnight April 30 to 5 a.m. May 1.

In the works

Symmes Township Trustee Jodie Leis said she is looking into a grant from the Marge and Charles G. Schott Foundation that would help finance the baseball fields at the Rozzi park property. Leis said she would like to organize a meeting that would include township Administrator Brian Elliff and members of the foundation. The baseball fields are part of the complex to be built that is not part of the current construction phase at the park. She said the foundation is interested in providing grant money that will help youth programs that will be using the fields.

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BRIEFLY Tea Party meets May 12

with the Eucharist and evening meal. Good Friday is a day of quiet and reflection, with an afternoon ritual remembering the suffering of Jesus and our awareness of the suffering of our Earth and her creatures. Holy Saturday, a day of preparation and discussion, culminates in the evening Easter Vigil. On Easter Sunday the Eucharistic celebration in the Oratory is followed by a potluck brunch in the Grailville dining room. Accommodations at Grailville are available for those who wish to stay for part or all of the week. Details are avail-

Miami Township Tea Party’s May meeting will focus on the first 100 days of the Kasich Administration. The meeting is at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 12, in the Miami Township Civic Center Trustees Room, 6101 Meijer Drive. For details, contact Contact Paul Odioso, 300-4253, or email, or Larry Heller, 575-0062 or email

Holy Week at Grailville

Grailville is celebrating Holy Week beginning at 6 p.m. April 21, Holy Thursday,

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MIAMI TOWNSHIP – Official are offering residents a chance to safely dispose of their unwanted prescription drugs from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30, at the Miami Township Civic Center, 6101 Meijer Drive. Miami Township Police Officer Skip Rasfeld said old or unused medications, syringes, patches and inhalers will be accepted.

Participants can e-mail Granny with gardening questions and will be invited to twice monthly in-the-garden learning activities. Families simply need to register at www.grannysgardenschool.c om and then pick up their kits at Granny’s Garden School, 20 Miamiview Drive in Loveland. For more information about the Family Garden Project or any other Granny’s Garden School programs, refer to, call 324-2873 or email Roberta Paolo (Granny) at

Mammography van

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The Jewish Hospital mammography van will be at the Loveland Kroger, 800 Loveland Madeira Road, April 22. Screening mammograms on the van take only 15 minutes or less. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 686-3300. Most appointment times are between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Those who have never been screened before can have their records transferred to Jewish Hospital from another health care provider. More information can be provided at the time of scheduling an appointment.

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In an effort to encourage families to plant vegetables, flowers and other creative and fun landscape features in their backyards, Granny’s Garden School has established the Family Garden Project. For a donation of $25, enrollees will receive a garden starter kit, which includes a selection of more than 20 varieties of vegetable/flower seeds, discounts on compost, a bucket and coupons for free flower, vegetable and herb plants from area growers and nurseries.

The popularity of digital books has been skyrocketing at the library. As of February, digital borrowing on a monthly basis surpassed circulation at 15 branch libraries and has been growing at a rate of 300 percent each month in comparison to the same month last year. To meet the demand, the library’s collection of downloadable eBooks is expanding and includes thousands of bestselling titles with no late fees. Learn to use the library’s downloadable collection to borrow eBooks at the Loveland Branch Library at 10 a.m. Tuesday April 26, 649 Loveland-Madeira Road.

Used book sale

The Friends of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County will be having a number of used book sales in 2011, including some new locations. The sale at Symmes Township Branch Library, 11850 Enyart Road, will be noon to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 28; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, April 29, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 30. There is also a great selection of books for children and adults, with prices starting at 50 cents.


Scott Gordon at The Works pizzeria and bar in Loveland.

Dining car business, but also ensuring that Mr. Gordon has sufficient time and control of the property to recover his investment, proved impossible,” Loveland City Manager Tom Carroll said. Staff suggested at the April 12 city council meeting that one way out of the dilemma would be for Loveland to sell the property to the Gordons. Council did not act on the sales option April 12, although city officials could resurrect the idea April 26. Scott Gordon said before the April 12 meeting that buying the property from Loveland appeared to be a good idea. “By selling the property to The Works, it provides the security needed in order to invest the time, effort and money to improve The Works as well as the historic downtown area,” Gordon said. Carroll said Loveland could sell the property to the Gordons for $1 and have the right to buy the property back for $1 should the restaurant close. Under terms of the proposed lease, as written now, the Gordons would pay the

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city $1 a year in rent. Scott Gordon has said the railroad car he wants to park next to his business is a 1921 Pullman passenger car now in Gettysburg, Pa. He’d like to bring it to Loveland this summer, transform it into a dining car seating 40 and open it by Christmas. “I feel the addition of the train car will contribute to the charm of our city,” Gordon said. “This is one more example of the city helping to foster growth and hopefully attract future development at Loveland Station,” a proposed office, retail and residential project planned for the downtown. While how to convey the city property to the Gordons remains to be decided, Loveland officials emphasized they like the idea of the railroad dining car at The Works – saying it would attract customers from the city and outside the city and produce jobs and tax revenue. The Tuesday, April 26, city council meeting will begin at 8 p.m. at city hall on West Loveland Avenue.

Why These Loveland Area Realtors Will Vote YES for the

Loveland School Levy

Ellie Kowalchik

Brenda Conner

Ralph Fruechtemeyer

Nancy W Wagner agner

Excellent schools are of primary importance to corporate transferees relocating to our area. Strong schools keep our resale market strong and help everyone’s property values. As the parent of one current Loveland school student and two recent graduates, I recognize the superior educational opportunities available to our students. Protect your real estate investment and our children’s future by supporting the Loveland School District Levy.

As a 35 year resident of Loveland, and as a Realtor® for 26 years, I’ve had the pleasure of watching our area grow into a premier community. Our “Excellent With Distinction” rating tells us that our residents have supported the prudent decisions of The Loveland Schools. Let’s keep Loveland a desirable place to live, work, and raise our children. Please vote “YES” for the Loveland Schools – protect your real estate investment and our children’s future.

I’ve lived and worked in the Loveland area for many years and my daughter is a recent Loveland graduate. I can’t stress the importance of supporting this school levy. We have built a great community that continues to grow based on our great location and excellent schools. Even with the country’s current economic problems, we cannot afford the black eye that not supporting our schools would inflict and the negative effects it could have on our property values.

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As a resident of the Loveland area for over 16 years, I have enjoyed watching this area grow and prosper. As a proud parent of two children in the Loveland School District, I am delighted to see the schools continue to earn their esteemed "Excellent with Distinction" rating. And, as a real estate professional, I know how crucial it is to our property values and our families' futures to maintain the high quality of our Loveland schools by voting "YES."

My family moved to Loveland last year from another school district due to Loveland's excellent reputation. We couldn't be happier with the choice and the kids love their school. I think to pass the levy and keep our district strong is a no brainer. As we can all see by other districts in the area, the strength of ours schools is critical to keeping the value of our property up. We have a great thing going with our schools, and I will definitely vote "YES" for our levy!

Loveland is nationally recognized for its charm, character and schools. The Loveland School District has worked long and hard to get to the high standard it is today, and it's up to the residents of Loveland to support their effort in every way possible. In order for our properties to compete with other "excellent" school systems, we MUST gather together to support our schools. It is imperative to vote “YES” for our levy.

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April 20, 2011


Howell Rehab Center opens in Miami Township By Mary Dannemiller


Jeff Angeline opened a branch of The Howell Rehab Center in Miami Township.

After years of waiting for the perfect location, Jeffrey Angeline has finally opened a branch of The Howell Rehab Center in Miami Township. The center, located in the Mulberry Square Shopping Center on Ohio 28, specializes in orthopedic and sports medicine related to injuries and offers outpatient physical therapy, cold laser therapy and aquatic therapy, Angeline said. “I live in Miami Township and I’ve been eye-

balling this spot for about 13 yeas,” he said. “There really is not another physical therapy provider on this side of I275, except for one in old Milford.” One unique feature the new location offers is an underwater treadmill as part of the aquatic therapy program, Angeline said. “All the electrical outlets are housed outside the treadmill and an axle is attached to a series of gaskets to keep water from getting out of the pool and drives the treadmill belt,” he said. “It’s helped a lot of

people.” Helping people regain function and use of their bodies after accidents or injuries is Angeline’s favorite part of being a physical therapist. “Seeing people return to the function levels they previously couldn’t attain on their own is great,” he said. “That’s when you realize that you’re a big part of getting somebody’s life back so they’re able to do things they enjoy or need to do. It’s very fulfilling.” The center accepts most insurance plans and accepts prescriptions and can take

appointments late in the day and early in the morning to accommodate a patient’s schedule, Angeline said. “A physician’s prescription is usually not required for insurance to cover Howell’s services,” he said. “However, if a patient has seen a physician, Howell will gladly work with him or her to ensure the best possible treatment outcome.” For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 575-7878 or email Angeline at

Loveland seeks ruling on legality of estate tax group The city of Loveland joined forces with the cities of Shaker Heights and Oakwood, along with Springfield Township, to file a declaratory judgment lawsuit in the Court of Common Pleas in Cuyahoga County. The lawsuit seeks to have the court confirm that Loveland and the other communities involved are legally allowed to form councils of governments which, among other things, seek to prevent the loss of revenue from the proposed repeal of the estate tax. The complaint was filed after Loveland and other communities

received taxpayer demand letters threatening lawsuits from individuals in Shaker Heights, Oakwood and Loveland opposed to each participating in The Council to Protect Ohio’s Communities (CPOC), a council of governments permitted under Ohio law, which is funded by and comprised of municipalities across the state of Ohio. Loveland Mayor Rob Weisgerber noted that Loveland reluctantly felt compelled to take this action to protect its interests in light of the threatened lawsuits. “As a city which proves basic

yet essential services to taxpayers, Loveland needs to protect its right to work with other communities both to be more efficient and to voice our concerns to our legislators in Columbus on the importance of our services to our community.” Weisgerber went on to note Loveland is a member of several councils of government already and he believes the taxpayer demands which prompted Loveland to join the other communities in the declaratory action would have far-ranging and negative consequences for municipalities

across Ohio. “Taken to a logical conclusion, the taxpayer demands that Loveland not join with other local governments to help shape state-wide policy would mean that local governments have no collective voice. Local governments have already seen our home rule powers chipped away by Columbus and Washington, D.C. I for one think the best decisions are made by elected officials closest to and most accountable to the residents themselves.” The city of Loveland has taken a number of positions in 2011 on

legislation impacting local governments, including collective bargaining reform, the state budget, prevailing wage and the estate tax. The declaratory judgment action filed today asks the court to rule that the communities have the legal authority under Ohio law to form a council of governments, which can hire professionals for lobbying and marketing and to express Loveland’s views. The lawsuit was filed in Cuyahoga County because CPOC and the finance director of Shaker Heights, who serves as the fiscal officer for CPOC, are located there.

Loveland Initiative extends scholarship application deadline The Loveland Initiative has extended the application deadline for two Tracy L. Johnson scholarships worth $1,500 each to Friday, April 29. One scholarship will be awarded to a 2011 graduating high-school senior living in the Loveland City School District and one will be awarded to a community member living in the school district for use at a college or a trade or technical school. “Awardees will be chosen based on a combination of financial need, community service and academic

achievement,” said Terri Rogers, executive director of The Loveland Initiative. Applications for the Tracy L. Johnson scholarships can be picked up at the Loveland Initiative offices at 11020 S. Lebanon Road in Loveland, within NorthStar: a Community of Grace church. Hours are 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Completed applications must be returned by 5 p.m. April 29.

From injured knees to EKGs.


& HELP SUPPORT THE FIGHT AGAINST BREAST CANCER Tuesday, May 3rd 11am – 10pm The Works 20 Grear Millitzer Lane, Loveland, OH 45140 Support our team the Blister Sisters as we walk 60 miles this August 5-8 in Chicago, IL for the Susan G Komen Foundation 3 Day for a Cure.

Emergency Care in Kenwood

Our team is committed to raise over $32,000 Before the race and The Works has generously offered to donate 10% of their business on the 3rd to support the cause. Please come and help support the fight against breast cancer!! If you can’t make it, call in your order for pick up. The Works 20 Grear Millitzer Lane, Loveland, OH 45140 Visit: for menu selections!


We will have t-shirts, hats, & other items for sale! There will be themed raffle baskets with winners drawn at the conclusion of the night and you do not need to be present to win! Raffle tickets are $2 or 10 for $15! For more information go to

Emergencies are never expected. That’s why it’s good to know Jewish Hospital is located directly across from the Kenwood Towne Centre, with convenient parking and short wait times for patients of all ages—including children. There’s even bedside testing for a quicker diagnosis. So whether it’s a sports injury, an advanced illness or anything in between, you can expect the best from the Jewish Hospital Emergency Department. CE-0000451739


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April 20, 2011

Loveland schools keep it close to the bone, studies say By Jeanne Houck

Teachers in the Loveland City Schools number just over the required minimum. The school district’s average per-pupil expenditure long has been below the average of comparable districts and the state average. That’s according to staffing analyses conducted by the Ohio Department of Education and the John

Thomas Educational Consulting Group based in Delaware, Ohio. The district sought the analyses before asking voters to approve a 3.5-mill operating levy May 3. “The staffing analysis data supported what we already suspected; Loveland provides an exceptional product in an extremely efficient manner,” Loveland Superintendent John Marschhausen said. John Thomas, president

of the John Thomas Educational Consulting Group, said, “The ranking information is very revealing and demonstrates a pattern of conservative staffing by the Loveland City Schools. “Loveland clearly employs fewer staff per student than either of their comparison groups,” Thomas said. “While there are many factors that contribute to the lower expenditure per pupil found in the Loveland data,

it is likely this staffing pattern is the most significant.” T h e analyses found that Marschhausen as the Ohio Department of Education continued to rate the Loveland City Schools “excellent with distinction,” Loveland’s average per-pupil expenditure of general fund money was:

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Public meeting to cover U.S. 50 improvements Citizens who live, work and travel along the U.S. 50 corridor between the Interstate 275 interchange and Techne Center Drive in Miami Township are invited to attend a public meeting from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, at Tata Consultancy Services, 1000 Summit Drive in Miami Township, to discuss possible improvements to the roadway in that location. Citizens are invited to stop by anytime. The Clermont County Transportation Improvement District (CCTID), in cooperation with the Clermont County Engineer’s Office, Miami Township, and the Ohio Department of Transportation, is launching a series of studies and public involvement meetings, to determine

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what improvements are necessary to accommodate expected traffic volume increases in that location over the next 20 years. In the next several months, representatives from a professional engineering firm will be working on the U.S. 50 corridor from Ohio 450 to Techne Center Drive, to assess the needs for roadway and safety improvements for this gateway into Miami Township. All information obtained from the study and public involvement meetings will be incorporated into preliminary plans for the roadway. For additional information about the U.S. 50 corridor study, contact Clermont County Engineer Patrick Manger at 732-8068.

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tions are 10 to 12 teaching positions in the areas of music, art, physical education and library. “I truly believe these programs are essential in providing a well-rounded, complete educational program,” Marschhausen said. But, “The reality of the situation is we need to balance the budget and without additional revenue, programs will be reduced.” Loveland employees who are represented by collective-bargaining units and employees who are not have accepted salary freezes expected to save the district more than $500,000. “I am proud of the dedication and support from our staff,” Loveland Board of Education President Kathryn Lorenz said. “All of our employees have stepped up to be part of the solution. It truly takes everyone to come together to keep our schools and community strong.” If approved, the levy will cost homeowners an additional $107 per $100,000 of home valuation a year and generate about $2.7 million annually for the Loveland City Schools. If the levy fails, not only could some employees lose their jobs, but bus service could be cut and students could have to pay fees to participate in most extracurricular activities – the exception being sports, where students already pay a fee to participate. Fees for sports could increase.

The Clermont County commissioners are going to change their regular meetings to make more time for discussions. The plan is to meet from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a break for lunch Tuesdays, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays. There will be on-camera formal sessions Mondays and Wednesdays and informal discussion sessions, often called “work sessions,” Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays as needed. The board currently meets about three hours Mondays and Wednesdays for regular sessions and work sessions combined. Commissioners Archie

Wilson said he wanted more time for informal discussion, especially since there are a number of items he wants to talk about including county’s transportation improvement district, humane society and law library. All of the meetings will now be classified as regular sessions so the commissioners will be able to take action or add agenda items as needed. However, Commissioner Ed Humphrey said he didn’t want to take action in the informal sessions unless the motions are being videotaped, which is being discussed. For now, only the formal sessions are recorded. For exact meeting times, dates and agenda items, visit


Local quartet’s star rising

Loveland boasts the latest “Rising Stars” in the world of music and song. No, they’re not moving on to the next round of “American Idol” on television. Three sisters, Elaine, Theresa and Irene Whitaker, joined with Courtney Smalley to form the Fourtune Cookies Quartet that just earned champion honors in the Rising Stars competition for the Region 4 Sweet Adeline’s International. “Teresa and I started doing this in a previous quartet with two of our cousins,” said Elaine, 23, and the oldest of the Whitaker sisters that make up three-fouths of the quartet. “Our Aunt, Nancy Werden, was part of the Cincinnati Sound Chorus. During the summer she took us to sing with the chorus for fun. They suggested we could make a quartet.” Elaine was a teenager and Teresa was about 10 then. They did it for about three years until their cousins dropped out. That was before Irene, the youngest of the Whitaker sisters at 13, was able to join in. “It just fell by the wayside for a while,” Elaine said. “We started this particular quartet because Irene, who was really little when we’d done the other one, just mentioned one day ‘I wish I could have been in it.’ We looked for someone who could fill in the fourth part. That way Irene could have the chance to be involved.” Courtney Smalley is a close friend of Teresa – they went through grade school and high school together. She joined the three sisters to become the fourth member of the Fourtune Cookies Quartet. “I always loved to sing since I was little,” Courtney

said. “When I was a freshman in high school I started taking voice lessons. It was with a woman named Melanie Wallace who is an excellent voice teacher.” She and Teresa sang it the choir at Ursuline throughout high school. “I joined the quartet because Teresa asked me if I wanted to do it,” Smalley said. “It seemed fun so I said yes.” The Whitakers are sisters. Courtney is a close friend and went through school with Teresa. They all love to sing. Their connection is obvious; their bond is tight. “We were friends in grade school too,” Smalley said. “All four of us have gone to the same grade school and high school.” All four went to St. Columban School and Ursuline Academy for high school. They all continue to sing at St. Columban Church. Blending the voices is the key for any successful barbershop quartet. For the three sisters, the blend comes naturally. “As sisters, their voices naturally blend. Plus they’ve been singing together for years,” Smalley said, describing the challenges of singing in a barbershop quartet. “I had to get in there and figure out how I was going to do that with my voice.” Courtney sings tenor which she calls “the icing on the cake” in a barbershop quartet. If the other three are singing well, you should be able to hear an overtone that is the tenor notes. “My sisters and I sing together in harmony just for fun,” Teresa said. “In a way it’s not much different from what we do normally because we sing pretty much 24/7. We have to be told to shut up sometimes.” Elaine sings baritone which is the middle range

while Irene also sings middle range as the lead, but the difference is the lead sings melody. Teresa provides the foundation with the lowest notes in her role singing bass. “The bass primary role is to be the foundation,” Teresa said. “They have a full resonant tone. They have to be a strong presence. They found I had the lowest range, so they made me the bass. I’ve been singing bass ever since.” Singing harmony with her cousins, hers sisters and her friend just started out as fun on Monday nights during the summer. “I love singing in harmony so much,” Elaine said. “When you have a quartet, automatically it’s like you have your own orchestra.” “I’ve always had a love for singing,” Teresa said. “I’ve been doing it for as long as I can remember.” “Barbershop is a whole different genre,” Courtney said. Everyone I’ve met in barbershop is really excited about it and loves it. We get a lot of encouragement.” However it began, the Fourtune Cookies Quartet developed a tight bond into just the tight harmony needed to strike a winning chord as a barbershop quartet. They won the Rising Star competition for the

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The Fourtune Cookies quartet, from left: Courtney Smalley, Teresa Whitaker, Elaine Whitaker and Irene Whitaker. The Loveland girls were first-place winners of the Region 4 Barbershop Quartet Rising Stars competition. They will travel to Houston for the national championship in late October.


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Frontier Days grand marshals support troops By Kellie Geist-May

This year’s Frontier Days Parade will be led by a group of people who are usually more behind the scenes. The grand marshals for the parade will be a variety of groups who support the military and their families including The Motorcycle Patriots Guard, the Let Us Never Forget organization, Hole in My Heart military family support group, The Thank You Foundation and Military Support Group and the Yellow Ribbon Support Center. “With the 10th anniversary of 9/11 coming up, we felt it would be great to support those groups who support the troops and their families,” Frontier Days Committee member and Milford Fire Chief John Cooper said. “It’s important for us to show our respect and honor these groups.” Like in previous years, the grand marshals will be at the front of the parade, just after the police cruisers, fire trucks and ambulances. June Izzi-Bailey, of Let Us Never Forget, said she’s pleased that her group will be part of the grand marshals. “I think it’s really awesome that they’ve asked all these organizations, includ-

ing ours, to be a part of the parade. We are all out to support the fallen heroes, the troops and their families and, by supporting us, I think Milford is really stepping up to the plate,” she said. Hole in My Heart military and family support group founder Bob Proud, who is also a Clermont County commissioner, said that while his group has been in the parade for the last couple of years, it’s special to be recognized as grand marshals. He said they are planning to have a trailer with service men and women setup for the parade. “Having us as grand marshals will be two fold – it will help people see the men and women who have fought for their freedom and it will give citizens a chance to express their appreciation and support for that dedication,” he said. The parade will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 2, rain or shine. Applications to be in the parade are available at or at the Milford-Miami Township Chamber of Commerce Office, 983 Lila Ave. The 2011 Frontier Days celebration will be Thursday, June 2, through Sunday, June 5. Visit www. or call 831-2411.


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April 20, 2011

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By Jeanne Houck

The Loveland Schools Foundation has awarded mini-grants to Loveland City Schools teachers for the past decade – including five teachers this year.

Loveland Primary School second-grade teachers Kim Shelton (left) and Heidi Weber won a $200 mini-grant to buy Graph Club, a software program for collecting, organizing and interpreting data. It can be used with a smart board. Some of their students are, from left: Lilly Rohling, Ben Adams, Gio Johnson, Matthew Copfer, Mildren Morroquin Olazaran, Abby Hall, Mia Carver and, standing by the smart board, Elise Reynolds.

“The Loveland Schools Foundation is proud to be able to provide teachers and students with materials that the school district is unable to fund through the normal budgetary process,” said Linda Slusher, executive director of the foundation. “Since its beginning in 2001, the foundation has provided teachers with 74 grants totaling $24,000.” Every year, teachers apply for the mini-grants, which individually cannot exceed $300. The money can be used for classroom speakers, field trips, academic classroom projects, supplementary texts and other reading materials, supplies and equipment. “The district is so appreciative of the generosity of the Loveland Schools Foundation to enable our teachers and students to be given opportunities that we simply cannot fund in our budget right now,” said school Superintendent John Marschhausen. Here are this year’s mini-grant winners:


Loveland Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Nancy Croskey won a $280 mini-grant to buy a Kindle, a wireless device that can be used to download reading material. With her are students (from left) Jayden Solomon, Lauren Williams and Taylor Owens.



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Betty King, an intervention specialist for students with physical limitations and autism at Loveland Primary School won a $270 mini-grant to buy multi-sensory educational devices to stimulate the children. Here King works with second-grader Connor Muehlenkamp. JEANNE HOUCK/STAFF

Loveland Intermediate School fifthgrade teacher Amy Bush won a $300 mini-grant to purchase a digital projector, a portable document camera that works with a classroom projector to display classwork. THANKS TO MEG KRSACOK


Two Ursuline students are National Chemistry Olympiad semifinalists Two Ursuline Academy students, senior Katie Brewer of Montgomery and junior Kaitlyn Manley of Loveland, have been named semifinalists in the 2011 U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad, placing them among the top 10 percent of chemistry students in the country. The local exam was taken by 150 top chemistry students in the Greater Cincinnati area and more than 10,000 across the country.

Brewer and Manley now qualify to compete for a spot on the International Chemistry Olympiad Team. An awards ceremony to honor the local student qualifiers, their parents and teachers was held at northern Kentucky University April 13. Chemistry teacher Diane Rose said that in AP chemistry Katie and Kaitlyn Manley are very different learners but both are extremely hardworking, creative and highly motivated.

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SCHOOLS NOTES Scholarships

and James Martin, plans to major in advertising at Xavier.

Grace Reifenberg of Loveland has received a Presidential Scholarship from Xavier University. She will graduate from Ursuline Academy this year and is active in athletics, newspaper and leadership. Reifenberg, the daughter of Mollie and Phil Reifenberg, plans to major in occupational therapy at Xavier.

Overture Award winner

Jacqueline Tso of Loveland was named a winner of the 2011 Overture Awards Scholarship Competition. The competition annually awards $2,500 scholarships to six area students for post-secondary education, with 18 runners-up each winning $500 scholarships. Students are nominated by their schools to compete in one of six disciplines, which include creative writing, dance, instrumental music, theater, visual art or vocal music. Tso, a freshman at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy who won in the instrumental music category for violin, studies with Kurt Sassmannshaus at the University of Cincinnati. She debuted with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra at 8-years-old and played there again at 13. Tso has also performed with the Blue Ash Symphony and the Beijing Broadcasting Orchestra.


Ursuline Academy junior Kaitlyn Manley (left) and senior Katie Brewer are National Chemistry Olympiad semifinalists. “This class is an absolute joy to teach. I have the opportunity to encourage enthusiasm for science in a

select group of young women, many of whom will be leaders in science in the years to come.”

Tiffany Dority of Loveland has received a Dean’s Award from Xavier University. Dority will graduate from Goshen High School this year and is active as vice president of student council and in National Honor Society and athletics. The daughter of Rodney Dority and Jeanne Flynn, Dority plans to major in nursing at Xavier.

Allison Martin of Loveland has received a Dean’s Award from Xavier University. She will graduate from Sycamore High School this year where she is active in varsity tennis and basketball and leadership. Martin, the daughter of Mary Beth


Several students from Loveland have been named to the 2010 fall semester dean’s list at the University of Dayton. They are: Stephanie Bales, Rebecca Bradley, Matthew Buse, Margaret Gluntz, Christopher Hall, Matthew Hammer, Jennifer Hanzel, Jacqueline Hicks, Carl Kindel, Kara Kindel, Eileen Klug, Christopher Kovaleski, Kelly Lackey, Gabrielle Maresco, Alex O’Keefe, Marc Robinett, Catherine Shea, Maria Stowell and Richard Weigand. • Four students from Loveland have been named to the 2011 winter quarter dean’s list at Ohio Northern University. They are Corban A. Bailey, Nicholas S. Baker, Catherine L. Merchak and Abby L. Vargo. • Matthew Berger has been named to the 2010 fall semester dean’s list at West Virginia University. He is the son of Mark and MaryAnne Berger of Loveland.

Merit list

Six Loveland students have been named to the 2010 fall semester academic merit list at Wilmington College. They are Stacey Abbott, Jennifer Smoot, Alicia M. Davis, Derrick E. Dews, Michele Lynn Doll and Robin Ann Maynard.

Honor roll

Marissa Boswell has been named to the 2010 fall semester president’s honor roll at Oklahoma Baptist University. She is from Loveland.

Joel Campbell has been named to the 2010 fall semester honor roll at Lipscomb University. He is from Loveland.


Nicholas Blankenship and Valerie Grosso recently became members of the HOPE Christian fellowship at Ashland University. Blankenship, the son of John and Pat Blankenship of Loveland, is majoring in integrated mathematics education at Ashland. Grosso is the daughter of Ronald and Sally Grosso of Loveland and is majoring in intervention specialist mild to moderate.


Three Loveland students have graduated from Wilmington College. Tyler N. Scheid received a bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, in sport management. Donna J. Ziegler earned a bachelor’s in business administration and

accounting. Alicia M. Davis received a bachelor’s in business administration. • Ellen Kothman of Loveland received a master’s degree in business administration from Xavier University in December. She received her undergraduate degree in economics from the Ohio State University and is a legal manager in the office of the corporate secretary at Procter & Gamble. • Ohio University – Baxter Layman, Luke Owens and Paul Wevers. • University of Akron – Blythe Gromelski • University of Cincinnati – Tamara Allegra-Smith, Sarah Armstrong, Jennifer Baeza, Lisa Bange, Jeffery Bastian, Nick Bess, Kierston Brickweg, Kimberley Butts, Krista Couch, Alexander Crosby, Michael Daniel, Bryan Deye, Melissa Draeger, Cassandra Eaton, Ian Evans, Chad Fessenden, Kathryn Freeman, Andrew Gage, Brandi Goins, Mika Havens, Michael Hawk, Amy Heikkila, Sarah Hejma, Kyle Howland, Dana Kasselmann, Whitney Kyles, Christopher Loch, Frank Lucas II, Gregory Lutz, Tracy Mackey, Kurt Magoteaux, Andrew Malone, William McAleenan, Kaylee Milyo, Channing Miracle, Luke Padgett, Anthony Paolo, Whitney Payne, Robert Rathje, Erin Ridder, Jason Ridder, Neal Ridenour, Jessica Ross, Dmitry Rozumovich, Mieke Schaffner, Julia Schulkers, Kristen Short, Lea Shultz, Mitchell Sipus, Joseph Sonenshein, Karie Sutherland, Ervin Tormos and Rahat Wadhwa Desai.


Ashley Freeland of Loveland received the Gasiewicz Political Science Award and was inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu at Xavier University’s All Honors Day April 9. The Gasiewicz Political Science Award was established by Edward C. Gasiewicz and is presented to an outstanding junior political science major for demonstrating high achievement in the field of political science and contributing valuable service to the community. Alpha Sigma Nu is the Jesuit honor society. Candidates must be outstanding in scholarship, loyalty and service. Ashley’s parents are Mike and Elaine Freeland.


Anne Higgins received the Achieving Seniors Award and Academic Excellence Award at Xavier University’s All Honors Day April 9. The Achieving Seniors Award is given to those seniors who have participated

at Xavier in an NCAA Division I sport for four years and, after seven full semesters, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. The Academic Excellence Award is is given to those student-athletes on each team who have maintained a cumulative grade-point average of 3.67 or higher over at least three full semesters at Xavier.

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Maria Gallagher of Ibold Road in Loveland has received a Deans Award from Xavier University. Gallagher will graduate from Mount Notre Dame High School in 2011. The daughter of Mary and Thomas Gallagher, Maria plans to major in nursing at Xavier. All incoming freshmen are evaluated for Xavier’s Trustee and Presidential Scholarships and the Dean’s and Schawe Awards and award levels vary. • Andrew Tanner of Miamilake Drive in Loveland has received a Presidential Scholarship from Xavier University in Cincinnati. Andrew will graduate from Moeller Hgh School in 2011 and is active in music, theatre and improv. The son of Martha and Thomas Tanner, Andrew plans to major in communication at Xavier. All incoming freshmen are evaluated for Xavier’s Trustee and Presidential Scholarships and the Dean’s and Schawe Awards and award levels vary.

On campus

Ashland University student Niko Blankenship of Loveland presented at the spring meeting of the Ohio Section of the Mathematics Association of America March 25-26 at Youngstown State University. Blankenship was also on one of the three teams in the 2011 Leo Schneider Student Mathematics Competition as part of the meeting. Blankenship is the son of John and Pat Blankenship and is majoring in mathematics. He is a 2007 graduate of Milford High School. At the MAA, Blankenship presented “A Different Look at March Madness.” On the second Sunday in March when the NCAA announces its tournament field, many businesses or groups of friends get together in a pool of who can predict the bracket most accurately. “Based on the statistics of the previous 26 tournaments, my talk will take a look at who you should pick in some of the different styles of pools to give you the best chance to win,” said Blankenship.

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The week at Loveland

• The Loveland boys lacrosse team lost 11-4 to Summit, April 9. • In boys tennis on April 12, Elder beat Loveland 3-2. Loveland’s Chase Giles beat Paity 6-1, 6-0; and Shawn Eldridge and John Treloar beat Coles and Walroth 6-4, 6-2. • In girls lacrosse, Loveland lost 17-3 to Indian Hill, April 12. Loveland’s Maggie Stancliff scored one goal, and Katie Henke scored two goals. Health made five saves. • The Loveland baseball team beat Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy 6-0, April 13. Loveland’s Ryan Altman was 3-4 and had two RBI.

The week at CHCA

• The Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy baseball team beat Coldwater 7-6, April 9. CHCA’s Evan Jelley had three RBI. • The Seven Hills boys tennis team beat CHCA 5-0, April 12. On April 13, CHCA beat Kings 4-1. CHCA’s Henize beat Leo 6-1, 6-2; Wittkugel beat Freudenderg 6-0, 6-0; B. Tedrick-A. Tedrick beat DeVita-Palmer 6-1, 6-0; and Difabio-Kabalin beat PaulsonMcClelland 6-1, 6-0. On April 14, St. Xavier beat CHCA 5-0.

The week at Moeller

• The Moeller boys track team placed first with a score of 117 in the Vince Mercure Colerain Invitational, April 12. Frey won the high jump at 6 feet, 2 inches; Kraus won the long jump at 20 feet, 7.50 inches; Walker won the 110 meter hurdles in 14.40 seconds; and Ashbrock won the 300 meter hurdles at 42.84 seconds. • In tennis, Moeller beat Mason “Green” 4-1, April 12. Moeller’s Ansgar Stenzel beat Srinath 7-5, 6-4; Mitchell Patterson beat Schweppe 6-3, 61; John Westerkamp and Logan Wacker beat Kraus and Sahai 7-6, 6-1; and Tommy Sullivan and Brett Carlin beat Curtis and Michimi 7-5, 6-0. On April 14, Moeller beat La Salle 5-0. Moeller’s Ansgar Stenzel beat Heckle 6-3, 6-2; Mitchell Patterson beat Bush 6-1, 6-0; Stefan Wies beat Robertson 6-2, 6-0; John Westerkamp and Logan Wacker beat Gundlach and Samoya 6-1, 6-3; Tommy Sullivan and Brett Carlin beat Pieper and Hoeweler 6-1, 6-2.

Boxing champs

On April 2, Cincinnati High School Boxing Team members Anthony Hall and Sean Scott from Moeller High School and Cristi Farwick from McAuley High School won their division and weight class in the Regional Golden Glove tournament at the Western Hills Sports Mall. It’s the first time since the beginning of the high school program that athletes from the team made it this far in post season bouts. The Cincinnati High School Boxing Team is comprised of novice and intermediate level athletes from various high schools around the Tristate area. Participating schools include Moeller, Elder, La Salle, Lakota, Badin, McAuley, Mercy, Walnut Hills, Western Hills, Princeton, Mason and Oak Hills. High school boxing, being a seasonal sport, gives the students a chance to learn boxing in a safe, organized forum. The emphasis of the high school team is academics, sportsmanship, and leadership skills. “The boxers showed their skill and superior conditioning winning all of their bouts Friday and Saturday,” said Coach Kenny Christo. The Cincinnati High School Boxing Team went undefeated in the tournament.

April 20, 2011

HIGH SCHOOL | YOUTH | Editor Melanie Laughman | | 248-7573


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Tigers focus on improvement, not records

By Tony Meale

A 2-6 mark might give some coaches heartburn, but not Mark Lynch. He doesn’t mind the record – for now, anyway. “Going into the season, that’s kind of the record I expected,” the Loveland High School boys lacrosse coach said. “We have a very young team, and I scheduled aggressively.” The Tigers opened the season with losses to Mariemont and Hilliard Davidson – during which they were outscored 19-4 – before knocking off Milford 11-10 March 29. They’ve since lost four of five and are 2-6 entering play April 13. “I’m not concerned about our record; I’m concerned about getting better as a team and as a program,” Lynch said. “I knew upgrading the schedule would benefit us in the long run. I always tell the boys, ‘It’s not where we start; it’s where we finish.’” Loveland, which rosters six freshmen (several of whom start), has certainly improved. The Tigers fell just 7-6 to Sycamore April 6. “I try to stay away from moral victories because I don’t want to foster an attitude of ‘It’s OK to lose,’ but you try to take positives from each game,” Lynch said, “Against Sycamore, we didn’t play that well fundamentally, but we still had a chance to win the game. I


Loveland senior Marc Werner has provided veteran leadership for a young Tigers squad.

Lynch acknowledges assistance coaches


Loveland High School lacrosse senior Austin Nugent has been a valuable contributor for the Tigers. told the guys, ‘If we can play well for four quarters, we can be competitive with some of the top teams in the city.” Two freshmen, attackers Brian McElveen and Corey Cotsonas, lead Loveland with 12 and eight goals, respectively. “Brian’s done a good job of being a finisher and putting the ball in the back of the net,” Lynch said. “Corey is good at being in the right place at the right time, which is a trait that’s hard to teach. That’s just having

a good athletic and lacrosse IQ.” Lynch, a second-year head coach, has been impressed with all of his freshmen, including Tanner Griffin, Max Mather, Scotty Miller and Mike Shaver. “You’re talking about 14-year-old kids going up against 17- and 18-year-old young men,” Lynch said. “The physicality was tough for them to handle at first, but they’re getting better.” There is, of course, some veteran leadership. Senior captain Marc Werner leads

Third time’s a charm

Loveland Youth Basketball’s sixthgrade boys travel team celebrate capturing its third consecutive regular season league title and third consecutive end-of-season league tourney championship. The Tigers won their third league title in as many years with a 19-1 regular season league record, and a 31-4 overall record. The team finished the season with a thrilling 38-36 overtime victory over Mason to claim the Cincinnati Area Youth Basketball sixth grade tournament championship. The sixth-grade Tigers finished with a 101-13 record over their three years with Loveland Youth Basketball. All 10 players attend Loveland Intermediate School. In front, from left, are Drew Docherty, Sean Mary, Luke Waddell, Brady Funke and Cameron Beck. In second row are Alec Fields, Mitch Robinson, Kyle Hook, Mitch Suder and Jacob Campbell. Coaches, from left, are Kip Funke, Todd Robinson, Steve Mary and Eric Waddell. PROVIDED

Loveland pitcher has no-hitter The following is a submitted summary. Loveland sophomore pitcher Bryce Plitt pitched a complete-game no-hitter for Loveland varsity baseball team Friday afternoon, April 15, against Walnut Hills at Roselawn Park as the Tigers defeated the host Eagles 100 in a run rule shortened six inning game. The Tigers took an early lead in the top half of the first inning after two were out on a single and a stolen base by sophomore Aaron Malloy, followed by an RBI single by Joe Moran. The Tigers pushed a second run across in the top of the second on an RBI single by Dylan Bodley after Andrew Lay had led the inning off with a single. Another scoring opportunity presented itself in the top of the fourth with a leadoff

single by Moran and his steal of second base. After a walk by Lay the two pulled off a double steal putting runners at second and third. Moran later raced home for the third run on a wild pitch by the Eagles pitcher. In the sixth inning Loveland put the game out of reach by sending 12 batters to the plate and scoring seven runs with Bodley and Moran each picking up hits and highlighted by RBI doubles by Malloy and Mitch Lendenski. But the real highlight of the game was the no hit performance thrown by Bryce Plitt. As it turned out that single run in the top of the first was all Plitt would need to work with, and go to work he did. Supported by error free defense and a couple nice plays in the out-

field, Plitt pitched efficiently and effectively. By repeatedly getting ahead in the count and changing speeds, Plitt kept the Walnut Hills hitters off balance the entire game, facing just 2 hitters over the minimum while striking out four. The 10-run output was the most by the Tigers so far this season. The win was their third straight as well as their second consecutive shutout. After a rough start to the season, including three one run losses, the Tigers hope to hit their stride while improving to 2-5 in the league, 4-5 overall. Hitting leaders for Loveland in the game include: Moran 3-3, R, RBI; Bodley 3-4, 2 R, RBI; Lendenski 24, 2 2B, 2 RBI; Malloy 2-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI; Altman 2-5, 2 RBI; Lay 2 R.

Loveland High School boys lacrosse head coach Mark Lynch credited his assistant coaches for all the work they’ve done. Among his assistants are Joe Fedders, Kyle O’Neal, Kevin Bissmeyer and Aaron Hagerdorn. “It’s an excellent staff,” Lynch said. “They’ve done a great job of instructing and relating to the boys. They’ve really helped grow the program.” the team with a whopping 20 assists. “Marc has done a good job distributing, he has good vision and he’s been unselfish with the ball,” Lynch said. Other captains include juniors Evan Beck (midfield), Kody Griffin (defense) and Jay Hubble (midfield), while sophomore goalie Paul Newbold has a .630 save percentage. “In lacrosse, that’s very high,” Lynch said. “He’s seen a lot of shots and definitely kept us in some games.”

While Lynch isn’t concerned with records, he does want his team to remain competitive in each match and maintain its focus, which hasn’t been an issue thus far. “What I love about my guys is that they play hard for four quarters,” Lynch said. “They understand what we’re trying to do. They don’t back down against teams that are bigger, stronger, faster, better. They accept the challenge. For me, as a coach, it’s very rewarding to see that.”

Namian lays foundation with tough schedule By Tony Meale

The Loveland High School girls lacrosse team has started the season 0-4 – albeit to tough competition. The Lady Tigers have lost to GlenBrook South, which is ranked among the top 15 teams in Illinois; Mariemont and Sycamore, which are both ranked in the top 15 in Ohio; and Indian Hill, which is ranked just outside the top 25. Head coach Glenn Namian, who is in his first year at Loveland, attributed the slow start to a program in rebuilding mode. “We just have more work to do than expected, but hard work usually pays off,” he said. Namian preferred not to single any girl out for her accomplishments, opting instead to focus on the concept of team. “To me, every player is important,” he said. “They all contribute to success and share our challenges.” Among the seniors on the team are Chandler Smith, Katherine Henke, Caitlin Khwaja, Alexandra Dolbier and Kelsie Olberding. Juniors are Jillian Kemmet, Stella Norris, Brittany Breitholle, Lauren Czebatul, Kayla Burton, Stefanie Dever, Maggie Stancliff, Stephanie Jacob and Abby Mullowney.

Underclassmen include sophomores Erin Pogue, Hannah Hope, Brianna Belperio, Grace Dolan and Allison Stewart, as well as freshmen Alyssa Stubbers, Rachel Heath, Sally DeNoma, Whitney Housley, Lauren Thomas, Olivia Lee and Hannah Bellamah. “We have had some moments of brilliance despite what our record shows,” Namian said. “I expect more of those moments as we move forward.” Namian said the strength of the team is its character. “These are good kids, they are smart kids and they care about doing well,” he said. “There are no egos. There are no cliques. They are in this together. Those are good traits on which to build a program.” Namian did, however, stress the need for balance and said his team could improve in all aspects of the game. He believes that playing a tough schedule, as his squad is doing, can accomplish all of those objectives. “We could have easily scheduled down and had more wins, but that does not grow a program,” said Namian, who led Lakota West to the state final in 2008. “I have done this before. A good foundation leads to success, and I feel strongly that the process is repeatable with Loveland.”

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April 20, 2011

Loveland Herald


Moeller lacrosse on the attack By Scott Springer


Moeller’s No 31, senior James Rogan passes against Indian Hill in a game last season. Rogan is a midfielder for the Crusaders and one of eight seniors on coach Nate Reed’s squad.


Moeller senior goalie Hayden Miller is one of coach Nate Reed’s captains and will continue his career in college at Bellarmine.


Moeller senior midfielder Tyler Mikolajewski is one of the Crusaders’ senior captains.

At Moeller High School, the athletic program is nationally known for its achievements. Football, basketball, wrestling, hockey and baseball have all had tremendous success. With that success comes the high expectations of upholding tradition. Not just in the socalled “core” sports, but in all athletic endeavors. Lacrosse is no different off of Montgomery Road. Moeller had a team long before anyone did locally. “We are the most established program in Southwest Ohio,” coach Nathan Reed said. “This is our 24th season. We’ve won two Division I state championships (1992-93), a Midwest championship and produced hundreds of allstate players as well as countless numbers of collegiate players.” The Moeller grad (Class of 1998) now is in his third year leading the Crusaders and is looking for his first winning season. This year’s team has eight seniors whom he hopes to send out on a winning note.

“The biggest challenge we have is that we have so many successful athletes that, as they get older, they tend to specialize and focus in just one sport,” Reed said. “We also offer a wider variety of sports than most schools so there is some competition for athletes.” The good news is, the future is bright for the sport. Rarely does a player come out now who hasn’t had contact with a stick. “Ninety-five percent of my freshman class are experienced players,” Reed said. “When I played, everyone’s first time playing lacrosse was their freshman year in high school.” Reed also challenges his squad with a demanding schedule. The bulk of the teams have winning records and/or are established programs. “We pride ourselves on our schedule,” Reed said. “There is no one team in Ohio that plays a schedule any harder than the one we play. We play some Columbus teams and this year we play some Michigan teams.” Senior captains for the Crusaders are goalie Hayden

Miller, midfielder James Rogan, defender Justin Liggett and midfielders Michael Lynch and Tyler Mikolajewski. Reed’s top attacker is junior Jacob Fuller. “He’s a three-year starter,” Reed said. “He’s started from the day he walked into the school.” On defense, Moeller is led by the “man in back.” “Our No. 1 defensive player is our goalie, Hayden Miller,” Reed said. “He’s going to continue his career at Bellarmine. Goalies are a little different than anyone else. We’re very fortunate that we’ve had Hayden here for three years.” If people think lacrosse is a sport where sticks are handed out, balls are rolled out and it’s a free-for-all, they are sadly mistaken. A video peak of Moeller practice (see below courtesy ESPvideos 2010) would prove otherwise. “We approach each practice much like football or basketball,” Reed said. “Every minute of our practice is planned out. We try to work in 15-minute segments throughout our two hours. Every coach knows

what we’re doing when we walk up onto the practice field.” The Crusaders play some of their home games behind the school. The night games are at Lockland Stadium. The team prefers the school site. “I think they like playing around the school,” Reed said. “It attracts more of our student body. When the kids come out of their prac-

tices, our kids look up and see the baseball team, or the rugby team. We have a little more sense of comfort here.” Naturally, Moeller’s biggest rival is Saint Xavier. However, Reed points out Mason might have the best squad in southwest Ohio with their growth in the sport. Moeller visits the Comets May 20.


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CHCA lacrosse program witnesses growth in 2011 By Nick Dudukovich


CHCA’s James Stagnaro (left) and Ryan Hartsig (right) stop a Summit attacker during the Eagles’ 15-3 loss, April 13.

In its third year of existence, the Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy boys lacrosse team is playing its first season as a schoolsanctioned sport. The Eagles, who had been playing outside CHCA as a club team, have a healthy program with 35 students spread between the varsity and junior varsity level, according to head coach Kurt Tholking. Despite the change, Tholking said the program’s philosophy remains the same as when the Eagles took their first face-off. “We’re still building a program and we still have guys learning the game,� he said. For the 2011 season, the Eagles should be strongest at midfield, according to


CHCA senior Brad Tepfenhart scoops up the ball during the Eagles’ 15-3 loss to Summit, April 13.

Tholking. The duo of Jeff and Jamie Stagnaro should provide offense at the position while Anthony Corrado, Brad Tepfenhart and freshman Cam Kennedy will try to contribute at the attack position. Other key players returning for CHCA include Joe Terry (midfield), Jasper Holford (midfield) and Ryan Hartsig (face-off specialist). On defense, senior Eric Rice, who along with juniors Tyler Tepfenhart and Tyler Kirbabas will try to protect freshman goalie Nick Marsh. While the Eagles are 0-4 to start the spring, two of the squad’s losses have come to teams ranked in the Enquirer coaches’ poll, such as No. 5 Summit and No. 6 Indian Hill. With the move to

becoming a school-sponsored sport, the Eagles will compete at the Division II level of the Ohio High School Lacrosse Association. Other Eagle squads, such as the football team, usually compete at the Division V level of the Ohio High School Athletic Association, but OHSAA is not the state’s governing body of lacrosse. Playing at the Division II level means the Eagles will compete against teams with larger student bodies. Regardless of who the Eagles play, Tholking is dedicated to growing the game at CHCA. “We’re matching up against larger schools so our goals are to take small steps and keep scores down and to improve every game, and for the kids to have fun as well,� he said.

SIDELINES Alumni football games

Past high school football players are forming teams in one more full contact football game representing their old high school against a top rival. The games will be Loveland vs. Kings and Loveland vs. Milford. These are complete high school rule games. Equipment will be supplied. Players supply the greatest hits. To sign up, go to Players should click on their state and find their team. Players can also call Beau at 877578-8547 to get on a team. Those who don’t see their team can also call Beau and tell him they want to play. Only the first 40 guys on each team will get to play. Teams fill up fast. More than 300 guys from Ohio schools signed up already.


Mount Notre Dame lacrosse player Claire Whitaker, right, is second on the team in goals this season.

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Russell Mackey could have taken the easy way out. After all, the Mount Notre Dame High School lacrosse coach graduated eight senior starters from last season, making this year’s squad largely inexperienced by comparison. Nevertheless, he opted against watering down his schedule. In addition to playing their usual Girls’ Greater Cincinnati League opponents, the Cougars have played Carmel, ranked No. 1 in Indiana, as well as traditional stalwart Worthington Kilbourne. MND, which lost to both, is 2-3-1 (1-1) entering play April 12. “From a coaching standpoint, we’re at expectations,� Mackey said. “We knew these would be tough games.� After winning a league title in 2009 and finishing runner-up in 2010, however, the girls were hoping for a better start. “In their heads, they thought not much was going to change,� Mackey said. “I think we’re fine. We’re improving, and (we’re hoping to) get back to .500 before facing some big-time competitors like Sycamore (April 26).� Leading this year’s young squad are captains Biz Goslee of Mason and Claire Whitaker of Mariemont. Goslee, a junior midfielder, leads the team with 15 goals, while Whitaker, a senior attacker, is second with 10. “They’ve meant almost everything to us,� Mackey said. MND runs much of its offense through Goslee, who played varsity as a freshman, while Whitaker is a hard-nosed athlete and competitor.

Junior midfielder Kelli Harmon of West Chester, meanwhile, leads the team with eight assists. “She’s the kind of player who loves an assist more than a goal,� Mackey said. “She’s the kind of player who, as a coach, you just love.� Mackey said Harmon’s greatest asset might be her ability to stay clam in pressure situations, even while getting double- and tripleteamed. “Most girls would be freaking out,� Mackey said, laughing. “It’s amazing how calm she stays.� MND’s top underclassman is freshman attacker McKenna Polak of Loveland, who has perhaps gotten more playing time than any freshman in the history of the program, which began in 2005. “She’s a rising star,� Mackey said. Mackey also credited senior attacker and captain Maddy Hall of West Chester. “She’s not scoring a lot of goals, but she starts every game and is just a consistent player,� he said. “Without her leadership, our team wouldn’t be where it is.� Mackey said the biggest growing pains have come on defense, which had to replace three starters from last season. “We don’t have the speed on defense, so we’re trying to up the communication and change our strategy a little bit,� Mackey said. MND has gone 1-1-1 in the GGCL, tying Mercy, defeating Ursula and falling to Ursuline. The Cougars play McAuley April 28. “The girls came into it this year really wanting to win league,� Mackey said. “I think our goal now is not to lose anymore league games and finish second in the GGCL.


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Get rid of school waste

It is my opinion that voters should vote the way they please, and be able to voice their reasons without fear of the community. How hateful some of the responses, personal attacks and no regard for others long term goals or finances. As for me I believe we should vote against these levies until the state of Ohio gets the message on a way to constitutionally fund our schools. We know the current system is illegal and flawed. Until levies fail on a regular basis statewide our state legislators are never going to address or resolve

school funding problems plaguing all our districts. My family pays more than $4,000 per year to the Loveland district. I don’t object, but there is waste in our system. Pay to play, why is that so terrible, gifted programs – why not spend your time with the ones who are not thriving, they need more help, and stop teaching for the “test.” Teachers do not require a master’s degree to teach elementary education. They do it because the unions require it for increased compensation. The kids are not benefiting, only the teachers and faculty. This could/should be con-

CHATROOM April 13 questions

Do you participate in Loveland’s Great American Cleanup? What do you do? What parts of town are most in need of cleanup? No responses.

Do you support efforts to repeal Senate Bill 5, and Ohio Democrats’ proposals to allow recalls of state office holders? Why or why not? “In regards to Senate Bill 5, I do support the efforts to repeal this bill. “First of all, this bill is poorly written and not well thought out in regards to the consequences towards the public safety personnel it affects the most. “It was rushed through the Senate and the House primarily due to partisan politics. “If you don’t think this is true, then why were two senators removed from their chair positions in the committees that could have kept this from reaching the floor of the Senate for the vote? “It was because they would have cast the votes needed to kill the bill before it ever left those committees. “Secondly, it removes binding arbitration from the collective bargaining law. “Binding arbitration is a process that is used not only when negotiations reach an impasse between public safety personnel and the government entities, it is also used in the discipline process to protect public safety personnel from the ‘good ole boy’ network that some political entities have created and sustained over the years. “For instance if a police officer writes the mayor’s brother a ticket, the mayor may just tell the chief to punish or fire that officer, or single him out for other unfair treatment just for doing his job. “With the grievance process and binding arbitration, this unfair treatment can be fought. Take it away, and you might as well just invite the corruption and politics back into public safety that the public has fought so hard to end over the last forty years. “This bill is not about transparency and budgets, its about ‘union busting’ pure and simple. “To ask public safety to trust in the same politicians that mismanaged the taxpayers’ money in the first place, to decide a fair wage and benefits for them is like asking sheep to invite the wolf to their pasture.” J.H.

Next questions How do you plan to vote on the Loveland School’s operating levy May 3? Why? Do you think the levy will pass? Symmes Township is accepting new bids for playground equipment at the Rozzi property park after Trustee Jodie Leis said she wanted something “unique” for the park. Do you agree with Leis? What kinds of play equipment would you like to see at the park? What plans do you have for your garden this year? How much do you plan to spend? How does that compare to last year? Every week The Loveland Herald asks readers a questions that they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with “chatroom” in the subject line. “It should be repealed as it is an American ‘right’ to organize and have representation. If our economy were in a more normal balance of workers and available jobs this would not be happening.” C.S. “I don’t have a problem with allowing recalls in Ohio. Democrats need to realized that recalls can be used against them also. “It should take a huge amount of signatures to put them on the ballot, though. After all, every election is a recall. “On the other hand, I totally oppose eliminating Senate Bill 5 through a referendum. “Senate Bill 5 levels the playing field for state and local governments and school districts. “Readers should spend five minutes, go to, and look at the salaries of employees in the Forest Hills Local School District. “If you look at those who have been there for the last five to six years, you will see that they have been getting very hefty raises over that period of time. “That is because state law has been stacked against school boards in favor of teachers unions. Senate Bill 5 makes it a fair fight. “If Senate Bill 5 is overturned it will lead to higher employee compensation, which is 85 percent of our school budget. “And that will inevitably lead to one of two things: higher real estate taxes or more teacher layoffs and more crowded classrooms. “Vote against the referendum in November!” T.H.

sidered “waste.” Loveland started out long ago as a bedroom community, no real businesses to help with school funding a choice that has come back to hurt us at this time of financial hardship. I have never voted against a levy in all my 40 years of voting here in Loveland, but will continue to research this levy to help me decide what way to go. I have lived here all my life and if someone wants to accuse me of not liking children or pets, I invite you to meet my kids (all Loveland alumni) and our pets. I live here, it is my home and their homes are

here too. When you have been around as long as I have, you see waste and unnecessary expense daily everywhere, not just the school district. We as a nation must learn to do more with less. Work smarter, not harder. I do believe that the employees of the district need to make some sacrifices too. In many instances they have better benefits than a lot of us, and all employers have been asking employees to accept more of the burden, and so should the district. Debbie Werk Lindsay Loveland

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I have noticed new building signs at the Loveland Early Childhood Center and the Loveland Primary/Elementary school campus. I was pleased to learn and want to thank the Loveland PTA for providing 100 percent of the funding to purchase these signs. It is wonderful to live in a community where private donations like this are made to improve our schools and our community for the benefit of everyone. Again, thanks to the Loveland PTA for your support of our community. Mary Beth Molloy Loveland

Wage freezes a good reason to support school levy I’m not your typical rabid prolevy advocate whose columns frequent these pages. In fact, I ran unsuccessfully for the school board in 2009 to bring fiscal sanity and transparency to the Loveland School District. I endured email smear campaigns and even received personal email impugning my character from one of my opponents! All that aside, I will vote for the upcoming levy. The agreement between the teacher’s union and the school board to forego cost of living and step increases for the 2012-2013 fiscal year sealed the deal. That kind of “shared sacrifice” goes a long way to show those of us without kids attending Loveland schools that the administration and teachers understand that the budget should reflect more than the needs of the Loveland education apparatus. It must also appreciate the difficult economic state of the community as a whole and those among us least able to afford the increase in taxes successful levies impose upon them. Is this agreement mere political expediency designed to insure passage of the levy? Probably. Should the school board have insisted upon no cost of living increases when negotiating the

current collective bargaining agreement? You bet. Should the administration and levy advocates have told us that even a Michael successful levy Lubes would require levy in Community another two years ($2.7 Press guest million raised columnist annually beginning Jan. 1, 2012, but a $5 million projected deficit in fiscal year 2013-2014 beginning July 1, 2013)? Of course. But I also realize that the community shouldn’t disparage the good for the perfect. The impending sharp decrease in federal and state funding will force all local governments (counties, cities, townships and school districts) to streamline expenses before they place levies on the ballot seeking to maintain current services. With this coming flurry of levies, school districts will have to justify their expenses and services against other local government services – police, fire, EMS, parks etc ... – not just other school districts. Using children as human

shields and deriding levy opponents will no longer ensure levy passage in the upcoming environment. No matter what your opinion of Senate Bill 5, the rise in labor costs driven by current collective bargaining agreements will be the major driver in the increase in the cost of local government for the foreseeable future. For my friends with whom I fought previous levy campaigns, I understand any “no” vote you may cast next month. Times are tough and money is tight. To those in the administration and teachers’ union, I hope that the $500,000 in projected savings this agreement represents could be used to lower the number of layoffs, maintain busing and/or limit the increase in extracurricular fees should the levy fail. These tried-and-true “promised results” don’t help the children achieve the quality education they need and deserve. I’m hopeful this agreement to freeze teacher cost of living and step increases represents the beginning of the new era in local governance. For that reason, I will vote yes on the Loveland school levy. Michael Lubes is a resident of Symmes Township and president of the Symmes Board of Zoning Appeals.

Vote for levy is a vote for strong community values As the Loveland schools levy vote approaches May 3, it is easy to get focused on all of the school specific statistics – rating of excellence with distinction for 10 straight years, one of the lowest per pupil spending in the area and well below the state average, etc. … , but the reality is that this measure is more than about the schools, it is a reflection on how we as voters value our community. We all know that maintaining property values is a joint community responsibility. In today’s economic climate, trying to maintain property values is more important than ever. From a purely selfish standpoint, I’m guessing my property value would take a bigger hit if the levy fails than the $107 per year per $100,000 of home value increase from a successful levy. If your kids are in the school district music, extra-curricular or athletic programs, or want to be in

the future, you will likely spend more in pay-toparticipate fees than the needed levy amount. This levy asks us to consider the type of Rich community that Myklebust we live in and Community the quality of life Press guest thatAwekeywant. factor columnist that families consider when moving to our area is the quality of the schools. This is about protecting our property values and our quality of life. This is about maintaining a thriving community where people want to come to live, work and play. For a modest amount being requested we have an opportunity to protect our community values.

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Loveland resident Susan Branscome, president and founder of Q10 Triad Capital Advisors of Cincinnati Inc., has been named a YWCA Career Woman of Achievement.

YWCA CAREER WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT Loveland entrepreneur Branscome founded investment firm


Milford Preschool students climb atop a Miami Township Service Department vehicle Wednesday, April 6. From left: Kole Bradburn, Declan Vaughn, Emma Skowronek and Madelyn O’Donnell.

Milford Preschool hosts Vehicle Day

By Jeanne Houck

A Loveland entrepreneur is one of eight women chosen as this year’s YWCA Career Women of Achievement. Susan Branscome, president and founder of Q10 Triad Capital Advisors of Cincinnati Inc. in Madisonville, will be honored at a luncheon Thursday, May 19, in the Grand Ballroom at the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati. Q10 Triad Capital Advisors is a commercial real-estate lending and mortgage banking firm. “For 32 years, the YWCA Career Women of Achievement luncheon has recognized women who have made major contributions to the workplace and Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky community,” said Charlene Ventura, president of the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati. “These eight women will join the ranks of 250 professional women who now comprise the YWCA Academy of Career Women of Achievement.” Ventura said Branscome manages a loan portfolio of more than $600 million and is: • one of only two women in the United States to start her own commercial mortgage banking business; • the first woman in Ohio to be an owner in a commercial mortgage banking firm; • the first female president of the Cincinnati chapter of National Association of Industrial and Office Properties; • founder of the Cincinnati chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women; • in the Midwest Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame. Branscome and the other seven women honored this year were selected from nearly 100 nominees submitted by business organizations and individuals. “An independent panel of five community leaders selected those best exemplifying personal career success, dynamic leadership qualities and the unique ability to serve as role models,” Ventura said. Ventura said the luncheon is the largest fundraiser for the YWCA, which serves more than 35,000 women and families. Call 241-7090 for tickets to the luncheon, which cost $50. Corporate-sponsored tables are available.

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Milford Preschool students got a first-hand look at a fire truck, a police motorcycle, service department trucks and even an Army Hummer during the school’s Vehicle Day Wednesday, April 6. The vehicles were parked in the school’s back parking lot and while students weren’t allowed to get on the motorcycle or fire truck, several climbed in and out of a semi-truck, a convertible and several other vehicles. Miami Township firefighters, a police officer and service department employees also were there to speak to the children about the vehicles they use. Members of the U.S. Army Reserve based out of Fort Thomas also were there with Army vehicles.



Milford Preschool student Aidan Robinson gets behind the wheel of a semi-truck at the school’s Vehicle Day.

Miami Township Service Department employee Chris Burdsall helps Milford Preschool student Matt Schulte off of one of the department’s vehicles.


Milford Preschool student Christopher Howell is in awe of a motorcycle used by the Miami Township Police Department at the school’s Vehicle Day.


Milford Preschool student Cole Huffer climbs inside an Army Hummer at the school’s Vehicle Day Wednesday, April 6.


One of the Miami Township Service Department’s salt trucks was on display at the Milford Preschool Vehicle Day.


Miami Township firefighter Jeff Childers talks to a group of students at Milford Preschool Wednesday, April 6, for Vehicle Day.


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Juried Exhibition, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Original art works submitted by women artists. Presented by The Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati. 272-3700; Mariemont.


Career Management Workshop, 6 -8 p.m., CMC Office Center Blue Ash, 10979 Reed Hartman Highway, Leasing office. Weekly through May 5. Take the MBTI assessment, define short and long term career plan, grow your self-promotion skills and update your knowledge on resumes and job search strategy. $249, $229 advance. Registration required. Presented by EQ Coaching Solutions. 312-7856; Blue Ash.


Introduction to Horse Driving for Farming Purposes, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Turner Farm, 7400 Given Road, Two-day workshops to learn the basics of harnessing, hitching and driving. Classes will integrate participants into the normal activities at the farm. Farming with draft animals provides the farmer an important connection to the land and the work of farming. Ages 12 and up. $150 for two days. Registration required. 561-7400; email; Indian Hill. Parent Information Session, 7-8 p.m., Brain Balance Achievement Center of Cincinnati, 12084 Montgomery Road, Learn about Brain Balance Program and how it can help your child succeed academically, socially and behaviorally. Family friendly. Free. 257-0705. Symmes Township.


Boot Camp, 6-7 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, For all levels, sizes and ages. Fastest way to get in shape for any event or get rid of unwanted pounds. Ages 18 and up. $120 for 10 classes; free for members. 985-6742. Montgomery.


Earth Day Celebration, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., M&R Recycling, 1272 Ohio 28, Raffle of 20-inch flat-screen TV, premium price paid for aluminum cans, drinks, snacks and annual Earth Day festivities. Free. 575-0661; Loveland.

LITERARY - STORY TIMES Easter and Passover Story Time, 11 a.m., Barnes & Noble Kenwood, 7800 Montgomery Road, 794-9440. Kenwood.


Sonny’s Solo Blues, 7-11 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, 697-9705; Loveland. LoHeat, 9 p.m.-midnight, HD Beans Cafe, 6721 Montgomery Road, Jam with rock and blues music. Presented by H.D. Beans Cafe. 7936036; Silverton.


JCC Spring Break Camp, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Grades K-6. Before-camp 8-9:30 a.m. and after-camp 3:30-6 p.m. programs available. $58, $48 members. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.


Codependents Anonymous, 7 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Free, donations accepted. 5034262; Montgomery.

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

Introduction to Horse Driving for Farming Purposes, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Turner Farm, $150 for two days. Registration required. 561-7400; email turnerfarm@zoomtown. com; Indian Hill.


Wine Bar Tasting, 4-7 p.m., The Wine Store, 9905 Montgomery Road, Friday tastings with John, the wine-bar-keep. Fifty cents per taste. 984-9463; Montgomery. Hartzell United Methodist Church Lenten Fish Fry, 4-7 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, 8999 Applewood Drive, All-you-caneat 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 three-piece fish sandwich. $9, $5 carryout only, $4 ages 5-10, free ages 3 and under. 891-8527. Blue Ash. St. John the Evangelist Fish Fry, 5:30-8 p.m., St. John the Evangelist Church, 7121 Plainfield Road, Cafeteria. Includes fried or baked fish, shrimp, pizza, sides, beverages and desserts. Carryout available. Fifty cents to $8. 791-3238. Deer Park.


Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Kroger Loveland, 800 LovelandMadeira Road, Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 686-3300. Loveland. Health Screenings, 10 a.m.-noon, Owens Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center, 7319 Montgomery Road, Blood pressure screenings, stress screenings and consultation about your wellness needs. Free. 784-0084. Silverton.


JCC Spring Break Camp, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, $58, $48 members. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.


HealthRhythms, 1-2 p.m., Sycamore Senior Center, 4455 Carver Woods Drive, Weekly exercise program uses music and percussion to “drum up health” for seniors. Reduce stress, promote wellness and improve quality of life. No musical experience required. Free. Presented by Cincinnati Music and Wellness Coalition. 315-7393; Blue Ash. S A T U R D A Y, A P R I L 2 3

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

Juried Show, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Browse the exhibit. Original art works submitted by women artists. Includes art activities. All ages. Part of ArtsWave Sampler Weekends. Free. Presented by ArtsWave. 272-3700; Mariemont.


Introduction to Horse Driving for Farming Purposes, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Turner Farm, $150 for two days. Registration required. 561-7400; email turnerfarm@zoomtown. com; Indian Hill.


Wine Bar Tasting, 2-6 p.m., The Wine Store, Fifty cents per taste. 984-9463; Montgomery.



Turner Farm in Indian Hill is offering Introduction to Horse Driving for Farming Purposes, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday and Saturday, April 22 and 23, at the farm, 7400 Given Road. Cost is $150 for two days. Registration is required. Call 561-7400, or e-mail Visit for more information. Tim Marshall, who’s teaching an introductory class on horse driving at Turner Farm, teaches Sally Godschalk, education and outreach director at Turner Farm, how to properly drive a horse while farming.


Waiting on Ben, 7-11 p.m., Corner Pub, 7833 Cooper Road, 791-3999. Montgomery.


Omope Daboiku, 11 a.m.-noon, Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Join this award-winning storyteller and wordsmith as she spins yarns that reflect traditional Appalachian and other cultural tales. All ages. Part of ArtsWave Sampler Weekends. Free. Presented by ArtsWave. 272-3700; . Mariemont. Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, 3 p.m., Silverton Paideia Academy, 6829 Stewart Road, Adapted from book by Kevin Henkes. Part of Playhouse Off the Hill series, price varies by location. Family friendly. Presented by Playhouse in the Park. 363-5400; Silverton. M O N D A Y, A P R I L 2 5


Earth Day Celebration, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., M&R Recycling, Free. 575-0661; Loveland.

Walks in the Parks, Noon, Village of Mariemont, , Meet at the Graeter’s on Wooster Pike. For those with Parkinson’s, family, friends, caregiver and anyone interested in learning about Parkinson’s. Part of Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Free. 5580113; Mariemont.

Cincinnati Toastmasters Club No. 472 Meeting, 7:30-8:30 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. 3515005. Madeira.



Adventure Boot Camp for Women, 5:306:30 a.m., Kids First Sports Center, 7900 E. Kemper Road, Outdoors. Weekdays through May 20. Fitness instruction, nutritional counseling and motivational training. Ages 18 and up. $219-$299 for four-week camp. Registration required. 407-4665; Sycamore Township. Boot Camp, 6:30-7:30 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $120 for 10 classes; free for members. 985-6742. Montgomery.


Hand-Painted Glassware Workshop, 2-4:30 p.m., Loveland Greenhouse, 11924 Lebanon Road, Learn to paint on glass. Choose wine glasses, glass dishes or glass mugs. $35. 683-1581. Symmes Township.

Earth Day Celebration, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., M&R Recycling, Free. 575-0661; Loveland.


The Juice, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Hahana Beach, 7605 Wooster Pike, Formerly known as II Juicy. Free. 272-1990. Columbia Township.

Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m.-noon, Meadowbrook Care Center, 8211 Weller Road, Egg hunt for ages 10 and under. Featuring entertainment, face painting, games, bake sale, popcorn and hot dogs. Free. 489-2444; Montgomery.




Bring out the Whale, 10 p.m.-1 a.m., HD Beans Cafe, 6721 Montgomery Road, Jam band. Free. Presented by H.D. Beans Cafe. 793-6036; Silverton.

Bells of the World, 1-4:30 p.m., Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 201 Riverside Drive, Collection of bells from around the world by Marilyn Grismere, bell collector since 2004. Free. 683-5692; Loveland.



Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Braxton F. Cann Memorial Medical Center, 5818 Madison Road, Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 686-3300. Madisonville. T U E S D A Y, A P R I L 2 6

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Container Gardening, 6:30-8 p.m., Loveland Greenhouse, Cost is materials used. 6831581. Symmes Township.


Town Hall Lecture Series, 11 a.m., Montgomery Assembly of God, 7950 Pfeiffer Road, With Nick Clooney. Topic: The Movies That Changed Us. Benefits scholarships and other educational projects. $35. Reservations required, available online. Presented by Montgomery Woman’s Club Inc. 852-1901; Montgomery.

LITERARY - BOOKSTORES NOOK Tutorial Event, 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble Kenwood, 7800 Montgomery Road, Learn about the original and color NOOK, a brand of electronic-book readers developed by Barnes & Noble, based on the Android platform. 794-9440; Kenwood.


JCC Spring Break Camp, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, $58, $48 members. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village. T H U R S D A Y, A P R I L 2 8

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Town Hall Lecture Series, 8 p.m., Sycamore Junior High School, 5757 Cooper Road, With Nick Clooney. Topic: The Movies That Changed Us. Benefits scholarships and other educational projects. $35. Reservations required, available online. Presented by Montgomery Woman’s Club Inc. 852-1901; Montgomery. Town Hall Lecture Series, 11 a.m., Montgomery Assembly of God, With Nick Clooney. Topic: The Movies That Changed Us. $35. Reservations required, available online. 8521901; Montgomery.

LITERARY - STORY TIMES Springtime Animals Story Time, 11 a.m., Barnes & Noble Kenwood, 7800 Montgomery Road, 794-9440. Kenwood.


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

Billy D. Washington, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $8, $4 college and military night. Ages 18 and up. 984-9288; Montgomery.




Introduction to Horse Driving for Farming Purposes, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Turner Farm, $150 for two days. Registration required. 561-7400; email turnerfarm@zoomtown. com; Indian Hill.


Boot Camp, 6-7 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $120 for 10 classes; free for members. 985-6742. Montgomery.


Mini Escapes, 6:30-8 p.m., Loveland Greenhouse, Cost is materials used. 683-1581. Symmes Township.

Taking the Savvy Path to Injury Prevention, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Twin Lakes at Montgomery, 9840 Montgomery Road, Montgomery Room. Learn to gain awareness and avoid injury. Free. Presented by TriHealth Seniority. 247-1330. Montgomery.


Motherless Daughters Support Group, 78:30 p.m., Montgomery Community Church, 11251 Montgomery Road, For adult women who have lost or miss nurturing care of their mother. Free. Presented by Motherless Daughters Ministry. 489-0892. Montgomery.


Same Time Next Year, 7 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, Bring head shots and resumes, if possible. Auditions will consist of readings from the script. Free. Presented by Mariemont Players Inc. 215-8308; Columbia Township.


Boot Camp, 6-7 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $120 for 10 classes; free for members. 985-6742. Montgomery.


Container Gardening, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Loveland Greenhouse, 11924 Lebanon Road, Create your own ‘gold medal’ container flower pot. Bring your own container or purchase one. Cost is materials used. 6831581. Symmes Township. Mini Escapes, 2-3:30 p.m., Loveland Greenhouse, 11924 Lebanon Road, Create your own mini-world/vacation in a container. Bring your own pot or terrarium or purchase one. Cost is materials used. 683-1581. Symmes Township.


Samba Jazz Syndicate, 7-10 p.m., Cactus Pear Southwest Bistro, 9500 Kenwood Road, No cover. 791-4424. Blue Ash.

PROVIDED Cirque Du Soleil’s “Ovo” comes to Coney Island under its Grand Chapiteau, Thursday, April 21 through May 15. “Ovo” takes the viewer into a world of insects crawling, fluttering and playing. Performances are 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sundays. No 4 p.m. performances on April 22 and May 7; the May 7 evening performance is at 8:30 p.m.; dark on Tuesday, May 10; there will be a 4 p.m. performance on Wednesday, May 4 and on Thursday, May 12. Tickets are: $45-$350 for adults; $31.50-$275 for ages 2-12; and $40.50-$212.50 for students ages 13 and up, seniors 65 and up and military. For tickets, visit or call 800-450-1480.


Sneak Peek Ladies Night, 5-8 p.m., Blooms & Berries Farm Market, 9669 S. Ohio 48, Check out what plants and products are available before the garden center officially opens for spring. Wine, food and ten percent discount on purchases. Free. 697-9173; Loveland.


The Cincinnati Ballet presents “Infamous Love Songs” with the band Over the Rhine, Friday and Saturday, April 29-30, at the Aronoff Center. Over the Rhine performs live with with the contemporary ballet work. Performances are at 8 pm., with an additional show at 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $30-$70. Call 513-6215282 or visit


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April 20, 2011


Why I believe in Easter’s message: Christ’s and our resurrection Each of us has our own reasons for believing or not believing unprovable religious events like Easter. In spiritual terminology, we basically call our subjective reasons, buffered by God’s grace, our faith. If someone asked for some of my personal reasons, here are a few that sustain my faith that Jesus Christ rose from the dead and promised that we will too. 1. The insufficiency of all that is attainable. All through our lives we yearn for the fulfillment of our dreams, our needs and desires. We are constantly reaching out for what we think will fulfill us, intensify our living, end all our restless searching, and bring us into the arms of a perfect love that is final and lasting. Yet, the longer we live, complete satisfaction appears futile. Yes, our dreams are partially

satisfied at times by dear people and events that occur in our lives. And though pleasing to us, their presence eventually reminds us of the Father Lou more we don’t Guntzelman have. St. Augustine Perspectives noticed this and said: “You have made us for yourself, O God, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” So what do we do about life’s insufficiency? One option is that we can become cynics and see our lives as years tinged with a tantalizing sadism – a wanting and needing of that which will never occur. This option is well stated in Shakespeare’s MacBeth, “Life is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury signifying nothing.”

Or, if we believe in the promises of God, we can choose to see the insufficiency of this world and our hunger for sufficiency as a foretaste and prediction of the unimaginable afterlife into which death ushers us. I believe the latter. 2. Which is more difficult: to create or sustain? If we are brought into existence from nothingness by a Creator, isn’t that a greater action than the Creator sustaining us forever as a person already existing? If a characteristic of the Creator is that he is true to his word and says “Yes” to our existence, why would his love ever vacillate and say “No?” 3. The presence of eyewitnesses. The public death of Jesus Christ was witnessed by many people and followers. After his resurrection, he seemed to them changed in some ways and his identity was recognized as valid.

He ate with them, spoke with them, permitted a doubter to touch him, etc. His presence was judged so authentic that many were eager to spread the word about him though sometimes it led to their death. 4. My losses of people I’ve loved. When I stood beside my mother’s body just minutes after her death, besides my grief there also surfaced from the core of my being a crucial question. For I am a human who is a priest, not just a priest who is human. My heart and mind are mine, not pages from a “rightanswer book.” My core question was, “Lou, what do you really believe has just happened to your mother? “As she died, did this kindly person merely disintegrate and evaporate into the emptiness of the universe and she is no more? “Or, is her person still living and existing in a state of beatitude

unimaginable to her before this? Is she more alive than she has ever been?” I had to say “Yes” to my final questions. I realized that it would be more difficult for me to believe in her evaporation than her fulfilled and continued existence. Her person was so important to me, what must it be to her Creator? The magnificence of resurrection and an astounding afterlife cannot be scientifically proven. The best summation for such a faith might merely be this:

To those who believe in God, no explanation is necessary. To those who do not believe in God, no explanation is possible. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@ or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Granny’s Garden school launches nature network Granny’s Garden School in Loveland has launched the Schoolyard Nature Network, a program that offers information, support and training to school garden developers. According to Roberta Paolo, the “Granny” of Granny’s Garden School, “It’s easy to plant a school garden. The challenge is to launch a school garden program that is going to survive past the first two years and continue to thrive, even if the people with the original spark move on.” Granny, along with her team of experts and volunteers, knows what it takes

to make a school garden program work. Granny’s Garden School is the largest and most comprehensive school gardening program in the Midwest. Since its founding in 2002, Granny’s Garden School has delivered more than 3,000 hours of garden-based education to more than 7,000 students in a public school environment. Drawing on that vast base of knowledge and experience, the Schoolyard Nature Network aims to strengthen the school garden movement – not by duplicating Granny’s Gar-

den School – but by sharing expertise, lessons learned and helping school garden program developers to identify and take advantage of their own unique resources to create a program that is successful and sustainable. The Schoolyard Nature Network was formed to address the numerous requests for information and training from nearly 100 institutions that have toured and observed the success of Granny’s Garden School since 2002. The Schoolyard Nature Network offers workshops, training camps and free curriculum-based lesson guides

and season schedules, available from Granny’s website at One of the key concerns school garden developers have is how to connect the garden to the classroom. Granny’s lesson guides integrate everything the garden has to offer – plants (including weeds), soil, compost, garden animals, habitats and the connectivity and interdependence of all of them – and relate the garden lesson to standards based classroom lessons in mathematics, science, social studies, history, reading, nutrition, art and even bullying.

This summer, the Schoolyard Nature Network will offer a comprehensive “Teaching in the Garden Camp” for school garden developers from June 13 to June 17 in Loveland. This weeklong, outdoor camp will focus on practical lowcost methods for establishing a school garden program and ways to integrate the garden with classroom curriculum objectives. Featuring a variety of hands-on learning opportunities and development techniques, the camp includes best practice guidelines, the practical application of teaching outdoors

and the opportunity to share knowledge, expertise and challenges from a diverse group of educators. The majority of each day will be spent hands-on in the gardens and/or on the nature trail at Granny’s Garden School, and includes the opportunity to actually work with students. For more information on the Schoolyard Nature Network, the Teaching in the Garden Camp or other upcoming workshops, visit w w w. g r a n n y s g a r d e n, call 324-2873 or email Roberta Paolo (Granny) at schoolgarden@

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French toast, stuffed peppers are good Easter brunch items In my family, you’re never too old to receive an E a s t e r Basket. All of the little ones get their own and the parents share one between Rita them. E a c h Heikenfeld year I Rita’s kitchen make a promise to myself not to overdo on the candy and each year I break the promise. But I am getting better – I’ll put some savory items in the baskets, like salted nuts and cheese crackers. And, of course, the colored hardboiled eggs. I guess my idea of an abundant basket goes back to my childhood. No matter how meager Easter Bunny’s budget may have been, each of us nine kids got a basket overflow-

ing with sweet treats. Granted, there were an awfully lot of generic jelly beans but in the center sat a Papas chocolate-covered egg. Opera cream heaven! I hope you enjoy the holiday with family and friends. Remember those folks who may be alone. Give them a call, send a card – or better yet, invite them to your table.

Mitzi Gelter’s baked French toast

I enjoyed this at a brunch daughter-in-law Courtney gave for family and friends. I loved the fact that it can be assembled the night before and asked Mitzi, a Western Hills Press reader and Courtney’s grandma, to share the recipe. Wouldn’t this be an easy addition to for Easter brunch? Now if you don’t like nuts, leave them out.

1 loaf white bread 1 dozen eggs 1 pint half-and-half 2 teaspoons vanilla 1 tablespoon cinnamon 1 ⁄2 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1 ⁄2 cup chopped nuts 4 tablespoons margarine or butter The night before: Break a loaf of bread into pieces and place in a sprayed 9-by-11 baking dish. Whisk eggs, half-andhalf and vanilla in mixing bowl. Pour mixture over bread, Cover and refrigerate until morning. Before baking, mix together brown sugar, cinnamon and nuts. Sprinkle over egg-bread mixture. Dot margarine on top. Bake at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes, until bread is set. Serve just the way it is or sprinkle with powdered sugar or dip in maple syrup.

Western & Southern cafeteria’s stuffed peppers

I was so excited to receive this recipe. Thornton Kindred and Mary Ann Williams both sent it in for Ann, a Delhi reader who was looking for it. This is what makes this column so fun for me – the community sharing of recipes that everyone thought were long lost. Mary Ann retired four years ago – she worked at the company almost 37 years and found the recipe in their monthly news magazine. Thornton said this recipe was in the magazine back in the 1960s! Seems like everyone enjoyed them.

Meat and rice stuffing:

4 large or 5 medium peppers 11⁄2 lbs ground beef 1 ⁄4 cup chopped onions 1 cup tomato sauce 3 tablespoons flour 1 tablespoon salt added

to water to cook rice 1 teaspoon black pepper 1 teaspoon Accent (see tip) 1 ⁄4 cup rice (boil according to package directions, in salted water, until done and stir in pepper and Accent.)


3 cans, 101⁄2 oz. each, condensed tomato soup 24 oz. can tomato juice 2 teaspoons salt Pinch of black pepper

Mix all ingredients and bring to a boil. Note: One cup of this sauce is to be used in the meat and rice mix. In a heavy skillet cook and stir beef until crumbly. Add onions and continue cooking until meat starts to brown. Remove from heat, add flour and mix well. Add seasoned rice and one cup of tomato sauce. Mix and set aside.


Wash and cut peppers in half. Remove seeds. Put in boiling water. Remove from heat and let set for 20 minutes. Drain. Stuff peppers with meat and rice mix. Put in baking pan and pour sauce over peppers. Bake in moderate oven, 350 degrees, about 11⁄2 hours or until peppers are tender. Baste peppers with the sauce during baking.

Tip from Rita’s kitchen

Accent is monosodium glutamate, or MSG, a flavor enhancer. Some people may be allergic to it. If you don’t want to use it, you may want to add a bit more salt. Or substitute seasoning salt. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

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Grace Wharton of Hyde Park, Audrey Wilson of Fruit Hill and Emma Heines of Amberley Village make treats for donation to HART.

Girl Scouts at the Seven Hills School exceeded their goal, along with their wildest dreams, by making 164 knotted-fleece cat toys during a recent afternoon meeting. The only reason the fourth- and fifth-grade girls stopped at 164 was that they ran out of material, say troop leaders. The toy making was part of a troop service project to benefit homeless pets in the community.

In addition to cat toys, the girls baked more than 12 dozen dog biscuits and filled three shopping bags with hand-braided pull toys for dogs. The girls donated the treats and toys to HART (Homeless Animal Rescue Team) of Cincinnati, a nonprofit organization that cares for homeless animals. HART’s efforts to rescue animals from death, abandonment and abuse caught the immediate and enthusi-

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Pets need a place in your will as well as your heart “That’s it, I am so out of here!” Nosey cried, running toward the door. I had just admonished her for sneaking into the bathroom and chewing up the toilet paper for the third time that day. “You’re not going anywhere,” I replied firmly. “Yes, I am!” she declared, a piece of toilet paper still hanging from her mouth. “Now open that darned door, I’m going to find another home.” “One where they will let you tear up the toilet paper?” I asked. “Amongst other things,” she said, testily. “Just let me walk down the street, with this face I’ll have another home in five minutes, tops!” If only it were that easy for pets to find new homes. Just last weekend my friend Joellen Ivey of Greenhills called to tell me a sad story. One of her neighbors died suddenly and no one knew what to do with his three dogs. His next of kin lives out of town and even she didn’t know what to do. “The police and coroner wanted to take the pets to the S.P.C.A. immediately,” Joellen said. “We didn’t want that to happen, so neighbors stepped up and agreed to let the pets stay with them for at least the night until the niece could arrive.” The next morning, Joellen started calling rescue organizations and was gratified by how many called back and offered to help. “It hurts to lose a neighbor,” she said, “But honestly, seeing those pets adrift was heart rending. Working to find a solution made me see how important my circle of friends are and how important having a conversation with my own family about who is going to take my pets if something happens to me.” People need to include their pets in their estate plans. According to The Humane Society of the United States, the nation’s largest animal protection organization, too many animals end up in shelters because their owners have failed to make provisions for them after their deaths.

T o address this, they have created a document called, “Providing for Your Pet’s Marsie Hall Future WithNewbold out You.” fact Marsie’s This s h e e t Menagerie i n c l u d e s legal language for wills and trusts and suggestions on how to protect pets through power of attorney. It is available at: sets/pdfs/pets/pets_in_wills _factsheet.pdf. For more information, you can call 202-452-1100 or e-mail This has certainly made my husband, Tom, and I consider what would happen to Nosey if we were to pass away. Our circumstances have changed through the years. We are now older, he is 63, I am 51. Nosey will live 1318 years. Potentially he will be 81 and me 69 when she reaches the end of her lifespan. Right now we are in good health, but what if that changes? His parents are gone, his brothers and sisters live far away. My parents are elderly and not in the best of health. I had always assumed that they would take care of my pets if something were to happen to me, but I no longer have that luxury. I am an only child with no real close relatives. We are currently in the process of asking a younger niece (who is currently our heir) to agree to take Nosey, determining what the plan is and taking action by making an appointment with our attorney to make an amendment to our wills. We pamper and spoil our pets. Just imagine how you would feel if your precious cat, dog, ferret or bird were to go homeless because you didn’t think ahead. I’m taking action now and suggest you do as well. For more pet care tips, visit www.marsiesmenagerie.coman d look for Marsie’s segments on FOX19.

Air Force Airman 1st Class Michael A. Denke graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Airmen who complete

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Civil War hostilities began on April 12, 1861, when Confederate forces attacked a U.S. military installation at Fort Sumter in South Carolina. President Abraham Lincoln responded by calling for a volunteer army from each state to recapture federal property. Now is the time for the opening reception at the Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, commemorating the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 7. Plan

to view a treasure trove of Civil War memorabilia. 1:30 – ribbon cutting and refreshments 1:40 – Marzan Brass Quintet concert 2:30 – Meet James A. Ramage, author of “Rebel Raider” See priceless historical artifacts gathered from attics, closets and private collections. Ramage earned his Ph.D. in history at the University of Kentucky. He came to Northern Kentucky Univer-

sity in 1972 and in 1988, he was awarded Outstanding Professor of the Year and Regents Professor. He is the author of three books; “Rebel Raider, the Life of Gen. John Hunt Morgan;” “John Wesley Hunt: Pioneer Merchant, Manufacturer and Financier” and “Gray Ghost: The Life of Co. John Singleton Mosby.” In 2004 Ramage received a University-Community Partnership Grant through NKU’s Scripps Howard center for Civil Engagement for

the Battery Hooper Project. On June 30, 2005, the Battery Hooper Project culminated with the opening of a museum on the site. Mayor Gene Weaver and the Fort Wright City Council named the museum in honor of Ramage. As of Sept. 1, 2006, more than 5,000 people had visited the James A. Ramagae Civil War Museum. Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum is at 201 Riverside Drive, Loveland, OH 45140. Call 513683-5692.

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RELIGION Epiphany United Methodist Church The church is accepting donations for Japan (Pacific Emergency). To donate, make check payable to Epiphany UMC and write on the memo line and drop the check by the church office; or make check payable to “ADVANCE GCFA” and write “Japan UMCOR Advance #3021317,” on the memo line and send check to Advance GCFA, P.O. Box 9068, GPO, New York, NY 10087-9068; online at; or by credit card by calling 1-888-252-6174. A total of 100 percent of the gifts will go directly to the


people of Japan through the United Methodist Relief Emergency Fund. Worship times are: Contemporary worship at 5 p.m. Saturdays, contemporary worship at 9 a.m. Sundays and traditional worship at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. The church is at 6635 LovelandMiamiville Road, Loveland; 6779866.

Loveland Presbyterian Church

Worship service time is 10 a.m. on Sundays. Sunday School has several Bible study classes for adults and children from 11:30 a.m. to


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noon. The new Connect Family service is from 6-7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays. Join the group for free dinner, fellowship and study classes. The church has youth groups for preteens ages 7-8 and teens in ninth through 12th grades from 6-7:30 p.m. on the first and third Sundays of each month. The church is at 360 Robin Ave., Loveland; 683-2525;

Loveland United Methodist Church

Holy Thursday will be observed at Epiphany United Methodist Church at 7 p.m., April 21. Journey to the Tomby with Loveland UMC at the church form noon until 3 p.m. and again from 6-9 p.m., Friday, April 22. Easter services will be at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. on April 24. The Dittos, a part of the seniors ministry at Loveland UMC, has composed a cookbook, “Heavenly Delights,” a hard-bound cookbook containing all The Dittos’ favorites that are enjoyed on Wednesdays during their ministry gatherings. Included are recipes for appetizers and beverages; soups and salads;

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vegetables and side dishes; main dishes; breads and rolls; desserts; cookies and candy; and even a this-and-that section. Price is $10. All the proceeds will go back into the community through The Dittos outreach in Loveland and surrounding neighborhoods. To buy a copy, contact Patti Miller at 3983687 or the church office. Also, community members are invited to join The Dittos from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays at the church. The group meets each week for Bible study, a time of prayer, and of course fellowship. Breaking bread together is always a part of the gatherings. In addition to studying God’s Word, The Dittos serve together in the community at least twice a month. The first Wednesday of the month they offer Drive Thru Prayer from noon to 1 p.m. outside in the LUMC parking lot. They also design and lead a worship service monthly, alternating between the Loveland Health Care Center and The Lodge Retirement Community. The Dittos meet at Loveland UMC, Rooms L3 & L5. Contact Pat Blankenship at 6831738 or The new service times are 8:15 a.m. to 9 a.m. for the “Rise and Shine” Traditional Service, 9:30-10:30 a.m. for the “A Little Bit Louder Now” Contemporary Service and 11 a.m. to noon for the “Morning Glory” Traditional Service. The church has a time “Especially for Children” at both the 9:30 and 11 a.m. worship services. All children are invited to come to worship with their families in the sanctuary. Following “Especially for Children,” the children will have an opportunity to go to Sunday school or return to sit with their family in worship. For those with children under the age of 2, the church has a professionally staffed nursery which is open

to children at all services. Sunday school for all ages is offered at 9:30 a.m. Additional classes for pre-kindergarten through sixth grade are offered at 11 a.m. Join the United Methodist Women, 9:45-11 a.m., the first Thursday morning of each month for UMW, a time of fellowship, devotion and ministry at LUMC. The purpose of the UMW is “to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.” The church is at 10975 S. Lebanon Road, Loveland; 683-1738.

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church

The church is having Holy Days services at 7 p.m. on the following night: Maundy Thursday, April 21, the church will have foot washing, Holy Community and the stripping of the altar; Good Friday, April 22, hear the Passion according to St. John, pray and reflect on the meaning of the cross; and on April 23, gather for the Easter Vigil in which the church will light a new fire as the Paschal candle leads into the sanctuary to hear portion of the salvation history in scripture. The church will also celebrate baptism and Christ’s Easter victory over the grave with the Eucharist. Easter Sunday services will be at the regular times in the Parish Life Center. Senior ministries Young at Hearts will celebrate a special Easter Lunch April 28 in the atrium at the church. The Wednesday morning Bible study, 10-11:30 a.m., will study Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. Worship service times are 5 p.m. Saturdays; and 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sundays.

About religion

Religion news is published at no charge on a spaceavailable basis. Items must be to our office no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, for possible consideration in the following edition. E-mail announcements to m, with “Religion” in the subject line. Fax to 248-1938. Call 248-8600. Mail to: Loveland Herald, Attention:Andrea Reeves, Religion news, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, OH 45140. The church is at 101 S. Lebanon Drive, Loveland; 683-4244;;

PromiseLand Church

The church is hosting Prayer Revival every Tuesday beginning at 7:30 p.m. Open format. Everyone is welcome to come and pray. Sunday Worship Service is at 11 a.m. The church is located at 6227 Price Road, Loveland; 677-5981,

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 9:30-11 a.m.; child care provided. There is a Christian counselor as the parent coach, as well as a mentor mom. Call 5830371. The church is at 6300 Price Road, Loveland; 677-7600;


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Veterans’ Services elects 2011 officers Howard Daugherty serves as president of the Veterans’ Services Commission in 2011. Bob Derr serves as vice president and Don Chandler is secretary. “As a member of the Veterans’ Services Office team, we look forward to a very productive year working with these gentlemen,”

said acting office director Frank Morrow. “When it comes to providing much needed services to our county’s veterans and their dependents, we are all committed to the highest standards.” Ken Cook was reappointed to a new five-year term as the Veterans of Foreign Wars representative to

the commission. The Clermont County Veterans’ Services Commission oversees the Batavia office that provides outreach and services to thousands of veterans in the county. The office is at 76 S. Riverside Drive in Batavia. Call 732-7363 or visit


Red, white and Brew

About 100 residents of The Lodge watched the Opening Day game between the Cincinnati Reds and Milwaukee Brewers while being served cold beer,popcorn, peanuts and Cracker Jack. Many residents made pennants for Opening Day decorations. The tables were decorated with popcorn boxes and Reds logos. One Lodge resident, “Spike” Warren Spicer (blue shirt) was a very sad Brewers fan. Lodge residents are looking forward to going to games later this season.

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Granny hosts summer school garden camp

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About Granny’s Garden School Founded in 2002, Granny’s Garden School is the largest and most comprehensive school garden program in the Midwest. Though located on the 25-acre campus of the consolidated primary and elementary schools in Loveland, it is a separate 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and is not funded by the school district. The schools are attended by approximately 1,700 students and feature more than 100 vegetables gardens, many flower gardens and a .75 mile nature trail.

About the Schoolyard Nature Network

The Schoolyard Nature Network was formed to address the numerous requests for information and training from nearly 100 institutions that have toured and observed the success of Granny’s Garden School since 2002. Currently, the Schoolyard Nature Network offers workshops, training camps and free curriculum-based lesson guides and season schedules, available from Granny’s website at prepared by a local chef featuring produce from the gardens. Thursday, author, chef and herbalist Rita Heikenfeld, will lead a cooking session featuring simple dishes that can be made with students using herbs and fresh produce. After the lesson, the meal will be shared among camp participants. Educators participating in the Teaching in the Gardens program are eligible to earn graduate credit from the University of Cincinnati, through the Economics Cen-

ter for Education and Research. Registration for the Teaching in the Garden camp is $500 and includes breakfast, lunch and five nights lodging at Grailville in Loveland, plus a variety of value-added items such as seeds, plants, lesson plants and floral and herb bouquets. For more information, to register or to view a video featuring testimonials from last year’s participants, visit w w w. g r a n n y s g a r d e n


For the third consecutive summer, Granny’s Garden School in Loveland will offer its comprehensive “Teaching in the Garden Camp” for school garden developers. A part of the Schoolyard Nature Network, the camp will be 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 13-June 17. The majority of each day will be spent in the gardens and/or on the nature trail at Granny’s Garden School and includes the opportunity to actually work with students. The weeklong outdoor camp will focus on practical, low-cost methods for establishing a school garden program and ways to integrate the garden with classroom curriculum objectives. Featuring a variety of hands-on learning opportunities, the camp includes best practice guidelines, the practical application of teaching outdoors and the opportunity to share knowledge, expertise and challenges from a diverse group of educators. Breakfast and lunch throughout the week and dinner on Thursday are included in the registration fee. Breakfast is self-serve and lunch is a gourmet treat

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Symmes library hosts book sale What better way to celebrate spring than by stocking up on books, CDs, DVDs, VHS movies, audio books and more? Join the Friends of the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County as they host a used book sale for avid readers at the Symmes Township Branch Library the weekend of April 28-30. The branch is at 11850 Enyart Road in Loveland. In addition to audiovisual offerings, there will be a wide selection of items offered, including fiction and nonfiction books for children and adults. Cash, check, Visa and MasterCard are accepted. Prices begin at 50 cents. Sale hours:

• Thursday, April 28, noon-8 p.m. • Friday, April 29, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. • Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Friends fund thousands of free programs at the Main Library and 40 branches for children and adults, and also sponsor the annual summer reading program, purchase items for the Library’s collection, and provide items for the library not in its regular budget. Did you know that you can also buy used books and other items at the Friends’ Warehouse in Hartwell or the Library Friends’ Shop downtown at the Main Library? The Warehouse is open

for sales several times each month. The Warehouse, 8456 Vine Street (Hartwell), is open every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; the second Monday of the month from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and the fourth Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Warehouse also offers thousands of vinyl records, all priced at $1 apiece. The Library Friends’ Shop has a “Book Nook” open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (phone: (513) 369-6920). There, you will find fiction and nonfiction in nearly every genre, for children and adults, and a limited supply of CDs, DVDs, and

more. For more information contact the warehouse at 369-6035 or the Symmes Township Branch at 3696001. You can also email, or visit Visit the Friends on Facebook to keep up with the latest book sale and Library Friends’ Shop news: www. We gratefully accept donations of gently used books, CDs, DVDs, videotapes, audiobooks and LPs. Call 513-369-6035.


Symmes Township library hosts a book sale the weekend of April 28-April 30.


Symmes Township library hosts a book sale the weekend of April 28-April 30.

Just in time for Mother’s Day: Granny’s plant sale Wrap up your Mother’s Day shopping or get everything you need for your garden or landscaping at Granny’s Plant Sale, Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at Loveland Elementary School, 550 Loveland-Madeira Road. In addition to 37 types of

tomato plants (including 21 heirloom varieties), customers will be delighted by the vast selection of annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs and brambles. A special offer for Mother’s Day will include a you-pick bouquet, vase and card handmade by special education students from Love-


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if they are unsure of what plants to buy; there will be garden experts on hand both days to answer questions. In observance of National Herb Day Saturday, May 7, chef, syndicated columnist and author Rita Heikenfeld will be on site from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to share her exten-

sive knowledge about herbs. There is abundant parking on and around the sale area. Guests arriving before 3:30 p.m. Friday should park in the shopping center lot across the street. For details about special guests and workshops, please visit

Phonathon offers assistance to uninsured Over the past two years, an additional 9 million Americans lost their health insurance, raising the number of Americans in 2010 without health insurance to 52 million. The vast majority of the newly uninsured either lost their jobs (and health coverage) or work for a company that has eliminated their health plan or raised out-ofpocket expenses so high that coverage is no longer affordable. Many find themselves without health insurance for the first time in their lives and don’t know where to turn. Too often, the uninsured discontinue routine medical care, putting themselves at risk for future health problems. The fact is, nationally, 22,000 uninsured Americans die every year, one every 23 minutes, because they lack health insurance to get medical care for otherwise treatable conditions. “One of the sad facts about the uninsured is that many qualify for Medicaid and don’t know it. Too often, people believe that because they have a job and bring home a weekly paycheck, they don’t qualify. This isn’t necessarily true,”

From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., April 20, the uninsured will be able to dial (513) 749-9400 and talk with an advisor. said Trey Daly, senior attorney for Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati. “The rising cost of health insurance/health care has made it possible for the growing ranks of the ‘working uninsured’ to qualify for Healthy Start / Healthy Family Medicaid. For instance, a family of four with a household income of $44,700 per year can qualify for Healthy Start / Healthy Family Medicaid for their kids. This program covers doctors, hospitals, medicine, glasses, dentists and most other medical care,” Daly said. On April 20, during Cover The Uninsured Week, WCPO (channel 9) will host an all day phonathon. From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., the uninsured will be able to dial (513) 749-9400 and talk with an advisor, who will take the caller’s information. A team of experts, who will also be at the station, will immediately transfer the information to Medicaid

application forms. Callers will have to sign the application. They will have the option of having the forms mailed to them or going to the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati’s office (located at 215 E. Ninth St., Suite 200) Saturday, April 23, to sign the forms. Those choosing to have the forms mailed to them will also receive a self-addressed, stamped envelope for returning the forms. The first 400 to submit their signed Medicaid forms will receive a $10 Kroger gift card, donated by Kroger. To help get the word out, “Call Now” advertisements will air on various radio stations all day on April 20. WCPO will also air commercials throughout the day, with live coverage of the phonathon during their news programs. Local Cover The Uninsured Week sponsors include: Channel 9/WCPO, Christ Hospital, Kroger, Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati, Mercy Health Partners, SC Ministry Foundation, Tri Health and United Way of Greater Cincinnati. For information call Vuka Stricevic at 546-9888 or visit

Hamilton County Public Health warns of health inspector scam Hamilton County Public Health is warning food service operators of a potential scam of people claiming to be health inspectors. This is occurring throughout Ohio, according to the Ohio Department of Health, and has been reported in Hamilton County. These individuals identify themselves as health inspectors, request to schedule an inspection of the food service operation and attempt to collect personal information from the operators. According to recent

reports, businesses are targeted to both extort money and allow the scammers to set up fake identities via websites in order to fraudulently sell goods and services, possibly on Craig’s list. Hamilton County Public Health’s inspectors will always identify themselves with an ID badge and uniform clothing bearing the HCPH logo. Regular restaurant inspections are conducted unannounced and facilities are often familiar with their HCPH inspector. “We recommend food

service operators verify credentials of anyone representing themselves as an inspector,” Tim Ingram, health commissioner, said. “Do not give out any personal, private or secure information without confirming the person’s identity.” Any restaurant or food service operation who has received suspicious calls should contact the police. For questions about food service inspections in Hamilton County, please contact 513-946-7800.



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Donald Carl Dean

Donald Carl Dean, 84, of Loveland died April 10. He was a Navy veteran. Survived by sons James C. Dean and Donald K. Dean; daughter, Juanita J. Adams; and numerous grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. Preceded in death by daughters, Donna C. Loman and Dean Delores J. Limer; and parents Alfred and Nellie (nee Knabe) Dean. Services were April 16 at Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Home, Loveland. Memorials to: the American Cancer Society, 2808 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45206.

Tracie Rieman

Tracie Sue Rieman, 47, died March 31. She was co-owner and office manager for Convention Products. Survived by husband Frank “Tony� Rieman; sons Joe, Kevin, Mark Rieman; parents Barry, Maxine Cooperstein; brother Tom (Cindy) Cooperstein; mother-in-law Barb Rieman of Cincinnati; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, brothersand sisters-in-law, and Uncle Bill. Services were April 5 at Rodman Neeper Funeral Home, Delaware, Ohio. Memorials to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Harriet L. Seward

Harriet L. Seward, 79, of Symmes Township died April 9. Survived by husband, Jack Seward; children Debbie (Jerry) Wilson, Paula Seward, Cindy Seward and Kelly Seward; grandchildren Karla (Scott) Colegate, Andy (Shawnna) Wilson, Kari (Rich) Brandenburg and James Hill; six greatgrandchildren; siblings George Buchanan, Charles Buchanan,

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Basic obituary information and a color photograph of your loved one is published without charge. Call 248-7134 for a submission form. To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 242-4000 for pricing details. Ralph “Pete� Buchanan, David (Cheryl) Buchanan and Margie Parsons; and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by son, Seward Jack D. Seward Jr.; siblings John Buchanan, James Buchanan and Lillian Parker; and parents Raymond and Frances (nee Brayton) Buchanan. Services were April 12 at Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Home, Loveland. Memorials to; Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263.

Betty F. Sharpless

Betty F. Sharpless, 87, of Loveland died April 8. Survived by children Greg Sharpless, Judy Turner, Tom Sharpless III and Ray Sharpless; sister, Violet Chilcoat; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-greatgrandchild. Preceded in death by father, Arthur Belin; mother, Alberta Belin; husband, Thomas SharpSharpless less; daughter, Donna Charlton; and brothers Robert, Ronald and Donald Belin. Services were April 14 at Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Home, Loveland.

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230 Cordero Trail: Huhn Sharon to Einhorn Bonita; $206,000.


6590 Branch Hill Guinea, Todd & Beth Riley to William & Heidi Weber, $155,000.

About real estate transfers

Clermont County real estate transfer information is provided as a public service by the office of Clermont County Auditor Linda L. Fraley. Hamilton County real estate transfer information is provided as a public service by the office of Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes. Neighborhood designations are approximate. 1158 Falcon Ridge Court, John Renz to Craig Gonyou, 0.4330 acre, $224,000.

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Lauren N. Chestnut, 19, 5585 Sugar Camp Road, capias, April 5. Justin S. Brown, 31, 820 Carrington Place 205, assault-knowingly, aggravated trespass, April 6. Andrew Amos Bauer, 21, 1649 Olive Branch Stonelick Road, re-cite other department, driving under suspension/violate license restrictions, re-cite other department, April 7. Jamahladin Tully-Chenault, 23, 8088 Creekwood Place, re-cite other department, April 7. Robert J. McGregor, 26, At Large, recite other department, April 8. Joshua S. Scarberry, 29, 1723 Scranton Court, liquor; open container, April 9. Jeffrey Howard Seaman, 37, 890 W. Loveland Ave. J9, re-cite other department, April 10. Johnathan Michael Maskiell, 20, 259 Sunny Meadow Drive, arrest-other agency/county warrant, April 10. Patrick Sean Leary, 19, 11833 Hawthorn Woods Court, parks; regulations, April 10. Xavier Trout, 18, 6650 Epworth Road, lights; tail light required, drug abuse-possess/use, April 10. Ross Wayne Martin II, 31, 1548 E. Meadowbrook, re-cite other department, April 11. Scott E. Addler, 21, 1000 Marbea Drive, re-cite other department, April 11. Jenna R. Eldridge, 19, 6877 Stonehedge Circle, liquor; underage possession, April 11.

Incident/investigations Aided case

At 330 Loveland-Madeira Road, April 5.

Assault-knowingly, aggravated trespass At 161 Commerce Blvd., April 6.


At 103 Whispering Knolls Court, April 11.

Drug abuse-possess/use

At 1400 W. Loveland Ave., April 10. At 120 W. Loveland Ave., April 10.

Liquor; open container

At 111 Loveland-Madeira Road, April 9.

Parks; regulations, liquor; underage possession Re-cite other department

At 112 Englage Ave., April 7. At 120 W. Loveland Ave., April 7. At South Riverside Drive and Main Street, April 8. At 101 Arcaro Drive, April 10. At 678 Park Ave., April 11. At 1700 W. Loveland Ave., April 11.

About police reports

The Community Press 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 6833444. No. 76, warrant service, March 30. Tasha A. Barrett, 27, 969 Ohio 28 No. 76, marijuana possession, obstructing official business, March 31. Juvenile, 15, domestic violence, March 31. Clifford Butts, 36, 1280 Pebble Brooke Trail No. 3, abduction, March 31. Donald W. Barnes, 38, 6547 Abingdon Hall, obstructing official business, driving under suspension, April 1. Nathan W. Stephens, 18, 55 Steam Furnace Road, open container, underage consumption, April 2. Drew J. McFarland, 18, 135 Ty Drive, open container, underage consumption, April 2. Blake Justice, 18, 1675 Jacksonville Road, open container, underage consumption, April 2. Juvenile, 16, theft, April 3. Jeff Puttoff, 39, 411 Tarkington, child endangering, driving under influence, April 3. Brandy Roach, 27, 1785 Ohio 28 No. 282, open container, April 3.


Electronics, etc. taken; $8,180 at 5784 Buckwheat Road, March 29. Guitar and record player taken; $1,567 at 1428 Cheltenham, March 30. Stove, refrigerator, AC unit, etc. taken; $2,300 at 1183 Ohio 50, March 31.

Criminal damage


Cash taken from vehicle; $10 at 6590 Miami Trails, March 30. Copper wire taken from Cincinnati Bell cell tower at 5871 Montclair, March 30.


Vehicle keyed at Milford High School at 1 Eagles Way, April 1. Eggs thrown at residence at 5327 Oakcrest Court, April 3.

Domestic violence

At West Day Circle, March 30. At Oasis Point Drive, March 30. At South Timber Creek, March 31.


Misuse of credit card




Female stated card used with no authorization; $776 loss at 6228 Whileaway, March 29. Gasoline not paid for at BP; $53.59 at Ohio 131, March 29. Camera, etc. taken from vehicle; $288 at 1278 Woodville Pike, March 29. Clothing taken from Kohl’s; $218 at Ohio 28, March 29. Oil container taken from truck at Marks Donuts at Ohio 131, March 29.



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Incidents/investigations Abduction

Female stated she was held against her will at 1280 Pebble Brooke No. 3, March 31.

Aggravated arson

Fire started, possibly with Molotov cocktail at Main Event Reception Hall at Ohio 50, March 31.

Attempted abduction

Male reported this offense at 1711 Arrowhead Trail, April 1.






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MIAMI TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

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If you’re not finding overall symptom relief,† ask your doctor if AMITIZA can help. Millions of people suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation (IBS-C). †Symptoms are defined as abdominal discomfort, abdominal pain, bowel habits, and other IBS symptoms.

AMITIZA (8 mcg) twice daily is approved to treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation (IBS-C) in women 18 years of age and older.

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Initial U.S. Approval: 2006 BRIEF SUMMARY OF PRESCRIBING INFORMATION – Please see package insert for full prescribing information. INDICATIONS AND USAGE Chronic Idiopathic Constipation Amitiza ® is indicated for the treatment of chronic idiopathic constipation in adults. Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation Amitiza is indicated for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C) in women ≥ 18 years old. DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION Amitiza should be taken twice daily orally with food and water. Physicians and patients should periodically assess the need for continued therapy. Chronic Idiopathic Constipation 24 mcg twice daily orally with food and water. Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation 8 mcg twice daily orally with food and water. DOSAGE FORMS AND STRENGTHS Amitiza is available as an oval, gelatin capsule containing 8 mcg or 24 mcg of lubiprostone. • 8-mcg capsules are pink and are printed with “SPI” on one side • 24-mcg capsules are orange and are printed with “SPI” on one side CONTRAINDICATIONS Amitiza is contraindicated in patients with known or suspected mechanical gastrointestinal obstruction. WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS Pregnancy The safety of Amitiza in pregnancy has not been evaluated in humans. In guinea pigs, lubiprostone has been shown to have the potential to cause fetal loss. Amitiza should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus. Women who could become pregnant should have a negative pregnancy test prior to beginning therapy with Amitiza and should be capable of complying with effective contraceptive measures. See Use in Specific Populations (8.1). Nausea Patients taking Amitiza may experience nausea. If this occurs, concomitant administration of food with Amitiza may reduce symptoms of nausea. See Adverse Reactions (6.1). Diarrhea Amitiza should not be prescribed to patients that have severe diarrhea. Patients should be aware of the possible occurrence of diarrhea during treatment. Patients should be instructed to inform their physician if severe diarrhea occurs. See Adverse Reactions (6.1). Dyspnea In clinical trials conducted to study Amitiza in treatment of chronic idiopathic constipation and IBS-C there were reports of dyspnea. This was reported at 2.5% of the treated chronic idiopathic constipation population and at 0.4% in the treated IBS-C population. Although not classified as serious adverse events, some patients discontinued treatment on study because of this event. There have been postmarketing reports of dyspnea when using Amitiza 24 mcg. Most have not been characterized as serious adverse events, but some patients have discontinued therapy because of dyspnea. These events have usually been described as a sensation of chest tightness and difficulty taking in a breath, and generally have an acute onset within 30–60 minutes after taking the first dose. They generally resolve within a few hours after taking the dose, but recurrence has been frequently reported with subsequent doses. Bowel Obstruction In patients with symptoms suggestive of mechanical gastrointestinal obstruction, the treating physician should perform a thorough evaluation to confirm the absence of such an obstruction prior to initiating therapy with Amitiza. ADVERSE REACTIONS Clinical Studies Experience Because clinical studies are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical studies of a drug cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical studies of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice. Chronic Idiopathic Constipation Adverse reactions in dose-finding, efficacy, and long-term clinical studies: The data described below reflect exposure to Amitiza in 1175 patients with chronic idiopathic constipation (29 at 24 mcg once daily, 1113 at 24 mcg twice daily, and 33 at 24 mcg three times daily) over 3- or 4-week, 6-month, and 12-month treatment periods; and from 316 patients receiving placebo over short-term exposure (≤ 4 weeks). The total population (N = 1491) had a mean age of 49.7 (range 19–86) years; was 87.1% female; 84.8% Caucasian, 8.5% African American, 5.0% Hispanic, 0.9% Asian; and 15.5% elderly (≥ 65 years of age). Table 1 presents data for the adverse reactions that occurred in at least 1% of patients who received Amitiza 24 mcg twice daily and that occurred more frequently with study drug than placebo. In addition, corresponding adverse reaction incidence rates in patients receiving Amitiza 24 mcg once daily is shown. Table 1: Percent of Patients with Adverse Reactions (Chronic Idiopathic Constipation) Placebo System/Adverse Reaction1

Gastrointestinal disorders Nausea Diarrhea Abdominal pain Abdominal distension Flatulence Vomiting Loose stools Abdominal discomfort2 Dyspepsia Dry mouth Stomach discomfort Nervous system disorders Headache Dizziness General disorders and site administration conditions Edema Fatigue Chest discomfort/pain Respiratory, thoracic, and mediastinal disorders Dyspnea

N = 316 %

Amitiza 24 mcg Once Daily N = 29 %

Amitiza 24 mcg Twice Daily N = 1113 %

3 <1 3 2 2 <1 <1 <1 <1

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29 12 8 6 6 3 3 2 2 1 1

5 <1

3 3

11 3

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3 2 2




Includes only those events associated with treatment (possibly, probably, or definitely related, as assessed by the investigator). 2 This term combines “abdominal tenderness,” “abdominal rigidity,” “gastrointestinal discomfort,” and “abdominal discomfort.”


Nausea: Approximately 29% of patients who received Amitiza 24 mcg twice daily experienced an adverse reaction of nausea; 4% of patients had severe nausea while 9% of patients discontinued treatment due to nausea. The rate of nausea associated with Amitiza (any dosage) was substantially lower among male (7%) and elderly patients (18%). Further analysis of the safety data revealed that long-term exposure to Amitiza does not appear to place patients at an elevated risk for experiencing nausea. The incidence of nausea increased in a dose-dependent manner with the lowest overall incidence for nausea reported at the 24 mcg once daily dosage (17%). In open-labeled, long-term studies, patients were allowed to adjust the dosage of Amitiza down to 24 mcg once daily from 24 mcg twice daily if experiencing nausea. Nausea decreased when Amitiza was administered with food. No patients in the clinical studies were hospitalized due to nausea. CE-0000456793


Diarrhea: Approximately 12% of patients who received Amitiza 24 mcg twice daily experienced an adverse reaction of diarrhea; 2% of patients had severe diarrhea while 2% of patients discontinued treatment due to diarrhea. Electrolytes: No serious adverse reactions of electrolyte imbalance were reported in clinical studies, and no clinically significant changes were seen in serum electrolyte levels in patients receiving Amitiza. Less common adverse reactions: The following adverse reactions (assessed by investigator as probably or definitely related to treatment) occurred in less than 1% of patients receiving Amitiza 24 mcg twice daily in clinical studies, occurred in at least two patients, and occurred more frequently in patients receiving study drug than those receiving placebo: fecal incontinence, muscle cramp, defecation urgency, frequent bowel movements, hyperhidrosis, pharyngolaryngeal pain, intestinal functional disorder, anxiety, cold sweat, constipation, cough, dysgeusia, eructation, influenza, joint swelling, myalgia, pain, syncope, tremor, decreased appetite. Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation Adverse reactions in dose-finding, efficacy, and long-term clinical studies: The data described below reflect exposure to Amitiza 8 mcg twice daily in 1011 patients with IBS-C for up to 12 months and from 435 patients receiving placebo twice daily for up to 16 weeks. The total population (N = 1267) had a mean age of 46.5 (range 18–85) years; was 91.6% female; 77.5% Caucasian, 12.9% African American, 8.6% Hispanic, 0.4% Asian; and 8.0% elderly (≥ 65 years of age). Table 2 presents data for the adverse reactions that occurred in at least 1% of patients who received Amitiza 8 mcg twice daily and that occurred more frequently with study drug than placebo. Table 2: Percent of Patients with Adverse Reactions (IBS-C Studies)

N = 435 %

Amitiza 8 mcg Twice Daily N = 1011 %

4 4 5 2

8 7 5 3

Placebo System/Adverse Reaction


Gastrointestinal disorders Nausea Diarrhea Abdominal pain Abdominal distension

Includes only those events associated with treatment (possibly or probably related, as assessed by the investigator). Less common adverse reactions: The following adverse reactions (assessed by investigator as probably related to treatment) occurred in less than 1% of patients receiving Amitiza 8 mcg twice daily in clinical studies, occurred in at least two patients, and occurred more frequently in patients receiving study drug than those receiving placebo: dyspepsia, loose stools, vomiting, fatigue, dry mouth, edema, increased alanine aminotransferase, increased aspartate aminotransferase, constipation, eructation, gastroesophageal reflux disease, dyspnea, erythema, gastritis, increased weight, palpitations, urinary tract infection, anorexia, anxiety, depression, fecal incontinence, fibromyalgia, hard feces, lethargy, rectal hemorrhage, pollakiuria. One open-labeled, long-term clinical study was conducted in patients with IBS-C receiving Amitiza 8 mcg twice daily. This study comprised 476 intent-to-treat patients (mean age 47.5 [range 21– 82] years; 93.5% female; 79.2% Caucasian, 11.6% African American, 8.6% Hispanic, 0.2% Asian; 7.8% ≥ 65 years of age) who were treated for an additional 36 weeks following an initial 12–16-week, double-blinded treatment period. The adverse reactions that were reported during this study were similar to those observed in the two double-blinded, controlled studies. Postmarketing Experience The following adverse reactions have been identified during postapproval use of Amitiza 24 mcg for the treatment of chronic idiopathic constipation. Because these reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure. Voluntary reports of adverse reactions occurring with the use of Amitiza include the following: syncope, allergic-type reactions (including rash, swelling, and throat tightness), malaise, increased heart rate, muscle cramps or muscle spasms, rash, and asthenia. DRUG INTERACTIONS Based upon the results of in vitro human microsome studies, there is low likelihood of drug–drug interactions. In vitro studies using human liver microsomes indicate that cytochrome P450 isoenzymes are not involved in the metabolism of lubiprostone. Further in vitro studies indicate microsomal carbonyl reductase may be involved in the extensive biotransformation of lubiprostone to the metabolite M3 (See Pharmacokinetics [12.3].). Additionally, in vitro studies in human liver microsomes demonstrate that lubiprostone does not inhibit cytochrome P450 isoforms 3A4, 2D6, 1A2, 2A6, 2B6, 2C9, 2C19, or 2E1, and in vitro studies of primary cultures of human hepatocytes show no induction of cytochrome P450 isoforms 1A2, 2B6, 2C9, and 3A4 by lubiprostone. No drug–drug interaction studies have been performed. Based on the available information, no protein binding–mediated drug interactions of clinical significance are anticipated. USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS Pregnancy Teratogenic effects: Pregnancy Category C. [See Warnings and Precautions (5.1).] Teratology studies with lubiprostone have been conducted in rats at oral doses up to 2000 mcg/kg/day (approximately 332 times the recommended human dose, based on body surface area), and in rabbits at oral doses of up to 100 mcg/kg/day (approximately 33 times the recommended human dose, based on body surface area). Lubiprostone was not teratogenic in rats or rabbits. In guinea pigs, lubiprostone caused fetal loss at repeated doses of 10 and 25 mcg/kg/day (approximately 2 and 6 times the highest recommended human dose, respectively, based on body surface area) administered on days 40 to 53 of gestation. There are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. However, during clinical testing of Amitiza, six women became pregnant. Per protocol, Amitiza was discontinued upon pregnancy detection. Four of the six women delivered healthy babies. The fifth woman was monitored for 1 month following discontinuation of study drug, at which time the pregnancy was progressing as expected; the patient was subsequently lost to follow-up. The sixth pregnancy was electively terminated. Amitiza should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus. If a woman is or becomes pregnant while taking the drug, the patient should be apprised of the potential hazard to the fetus. Nursing Mothers It is not known whether lubiprostone is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk and because of the potential for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants from lubiprostone, a decision should be made whether to discontinue nursing or to discontinue the drug, taking into account the importance of the drug to the mother. Pediatric Use Safety and effectiveness in pediatric patients have not been studied. Geriatric Use Chronic Idiopathic Constipation The efficacy of Amitiza in the elderly (≥ 65 years of age) subpopulation was consistent with the efficacy in the overall study population. Of the total number of constipated patients treated in the dose-finding, efficacy, and long-term studies of Amitiza, 15.5% were ≥ 65 years of age, and 4.2% were ≥ 75 years of age. Elderly patients taking Amitiza (any dosage) experienced a lower incidence rate of associated nausea compared to the overall study population taking Amitiza (18% vs. 29%, respectively). Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation The safety profile of Amitiza in the elderly (≥ 65 years of age) subpopulation (8.0% were ≥ 65 years of age and 1.8% were ≥ 75 years of age) was consistent with the safety profile in the overall study population. Clinical studies of Amitiza did not include sufficient numbers of patients aged 65 years and over to determine whether they respond differently from younger patients. Renal Impairment Amitiza has not been studied in patients who have renal impairment. 1


Hepatic Impairment Amitiza has not been studied in patients who have hepatic impairment. OVERDOSAGE There have been two confirmed reports of overdosage with Amitiza. The first report involved a 3-year-old child who accidentally ingested 7 or 8 capsules of 24 mcg of Amitiza and fully recovered. The second report was a study patient who self-administered a total of 96 mcg of Amitiza per day for 8 days. The patient experienced no adverse reactions during this time. Additionally, in a Phase 1 cardiac repolarization study, 38 of 51 patients given a single oral dose of 144 mcg of Amitiza (6 times the highest recommended dose) experienced an adverse event that was at least possibly related to the study drug. Adverse reactions that occurred in at least 1% of these patients included the following: nausea (45%), diarrhea (35%), vomiting (27%), dizziness (14%), headache (12%), abdominal pain (8%), flushing/hot flash (8%), retching (8%), dyspnea (4%), pallor (4%), stomach discomfort (4%), anorexia (2%), asthenia (2%), chest discomfort (2%), dry mouth (2%), hyperhidrosis (2%), and syncope (2%). PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION Dosing Instructions Amitiza should be taken twice daily with food and water to reduce potential symptoms of nausea. The capsule should be taken once in the morning and once in the evening daily as prescribed. The capsule should be swallowed whole and should not be broken apart or chewed. Physicians and patients should periodically assess the need for continued therapy. Patients on treatment who experience severe nausea, diarrhea, or dyspnea should inform their physician. Patients taking Amitiza may experience dyspnea within an hour of the first dose. This symptom generally resolves within 3 hours, but may recur with repeat dosing. Chronic Idiopathic Constipation Patients should take a single 24 mcg capsule of Amitiza twice daily with food and water. Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation Patients should take a single 8 mcg capsule of Amitiza twice daily with food and water. Marketed by: Sucampo Pharma Americas, Inc., Bethesda, MD 20814 and Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc., Deerfield, IL 60015 Amitiza® is a registered trademark of Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. AMT0509-R1/brf L-LUB-0509-8


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