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New WWII monument on parade route Replaces old tribute long since forgotten By Jeanne Houck

LOVELAND — Loveland’s Fourth of July parade will wind right by the Veterans’ Loveland Memorial park, but people are invited to check out a new monument erected there to honor Loveland area veterans who served during World War II. The recently unveiled monument has a sloped concrete base facing West Loveland Avenue at its intersection with Riverside Drive and is covered with a granite-like surface into which are engraved the names of some 600 veterans – from Arthur S. Abney to Roger M. Yeats. The new monument has its roots in another monument honoring World War II veterans that stood at the southeast corner of Taylor and Jackson streets (now Grear Millitzer Place and West

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Loveland Avenue) from 1944 to 1954. The old monument was moved for a shopping center, never relocated as planned and is believed to have been destroyed. Members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5749 and American Legion Post 256 – both in Loveland – resurrected the idea of a monument for World War II veterans and donated $5,000 of its $7,500 price. The city kicked in the difference. “Considerable thought was given to the location of the monument within the Veterans’ Loveland Memorial so that future generations could similarly create special monuments without disrupting the symbolism, themes and design consistency of the entire memorial,” Loveland City Manager Tom Carroll said. “The WW II monument (includes) both women and men and both white and black soldiers, sailors and Marines.” The new monument includes an etching of the old monument. Loveland’s Fourth of July parade begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, at Loveland Elementary School and travels north on Loveland Madeira Road and then east See FOURTH, Page A2

Eileen Shwartz makes her way through trees while racing through the woods between Grailville and St. Columban. CHUCK GIBSON/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

City: We want race to continue Committee concerned by last-minute demands

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If it is up to Loveland city officials, Loveland’s Amazing Race 8 will take place in Loveland in 2013. “It is a fantastic event,” City Manager Tom Carroll said. “It is one of the things that demonstrate how special Loveland is. The Amazing Race is a manifestation of how Loveland is a great place. It brings out the best individuals and attributes of our community. I’ve always seen it that way. I want it to con-

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tinue for all of those reasons.” Mayor Rob Weisgerber has been a part of the award presentation following the race, though he was out of town for this year’s race. “It’s a great event,” Weisgerber said. “It’s a great example of public and private partnership. We help provide resources; we help make the event a success. They’ve (the race committee) done the planning. They’ve done the heavy lifting. It is a great event. There’s a lot of value this location brings. We’re not in a posi-

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tion to give that away for free. You have to strike a balance.” The future of the race came into doubt immediately following the completion of Loveland’s Amazing Race 7 June 16. In years past, registration for the next year was opened immediately following the race. This year the race committee posted a message on its website and sent out e-mails informing participants they could not open registration at this time. Registration is still not open for



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2013. “As a committee, we’re still working on it,” committee chair Doug Portmann said. “We’re still trying to gather all our information. No decisions have been made about the future yet.” The e-mails cited “difficulties” with the city and included a link to a story published prior to the race with details about those difficulties. That same e-mail also provided contact information of city officials for people to voice their concerns or support. On June 6 Carroll sent an e-mail to Martin Schickel which requested an additional $5,000 be paid by race officials before permits would be approved and signed. Carroll also cited budgetary constraints resulting from a failed development project and blamed “Martin’s killing” of the development based on sale of property Schickel owns at 126 S. Second St.. “I called (Councilwoman) Paulette Leeper and told her about the permit problem,” Schickel said. “I told her it sounds like bribery. She said she had a

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Founding Loveland's Amazing Race committee members Dr. Gary Huber, Doug Portmann, Kathy Schickel and Martin Schickel. CHUCK GIBSON/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS meeting with Tom that day and would bring this up.” No one on the committee attempted to speak to Carroll, who was at home on vacation. Besides talking to Leeper, Schickel also attempted to reach Weisgerber by email. Weisgerber was travelling on business and was unable to respond. “I called some of the board members and we talked about the fact ‘we’ve got to have this race.’ We owe it to the participants, we owe it to the charities, we owe it to all the people coming into the community to be involved,” Portmann said. The following day Portmann dropped off a check

for the $5,000. He was told Carroll would be in to sign the permit later that day or the next day. With no permit in hand at the end of the day, Portmann contacted Leeper. “I told her ‘I followed Tom Carroll’s letter. I did my part and now I would like them to follow through,’” Portmann said. “She said she’d call Tom Carroll and either she or Tom would get back to me.” Leeper talked to Carroll. When they talked again, Portmann said “Leeper told me ‘Tom is not going to change his position, or release the permit, unless Martin signs the deal on the property.’ She said her hands were tied.”


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“No,” Leeper said. “I tried to explain to him how the situation with the $5,000 was essentially tied to the budget and that they should respect that and do what was necessary. More important they should contact Tom.” They did not call Carroll. Carroll did not call them. Leeper talked to Carroll. What happened? “He said he’d sign it,” Leeper said. “He signed it. He removed 'tentative' (which Carroll had handwritten on the permit he signed). The event happened.” The race committee met Tuesday, June 19, to discuss the future of the event. “The problem this year is a last-minute demand for $5,000 and the direct tying of a permit being issued to the signing of a sales contract,” Schickel said. “That’s the problem. Those are not things we can work through in the future.” “Somebody said its apples and oranges,” Carroll

said. “As city manager, I’m responsible for the whole fruit cocktail. I have to make all of this work.” The race committee does not know why Carroll requested $5,000 to issue the permit. They did not ask him. He did not offer explanation beyond that June 6 e-mail. They paid it, but the money was returned to them. In the past, the city has absorbed indirect costs, while the committee paid direct costs for police, fire and public works the day of the event. This is the first year the committee was providing the insurance for the event. “That’s why the second permit was marked tentative,” Carroll said. “At that time I did not have anything in writing from them about how they were covering special details from police, fire and public works which they had already agreed to pay, but hadn’t put in writing. Moreover they hadn’t provided insurance. The quote I would get would be $2,500. That is an indirect subsidy, all of which adds up easily north of $5,000.” “In the end, there is a set of requirements that have to be met,” Weisgerber said. “If they choose not to meet the requirements, it is their choice. I’m not going to overstep Tom. We won’t put into place something which gives the Amazing Race full authority to do what they want.” Follow Loveland’s Amazing Race updates at: www.lovelandsamazingrace .com Proceeds from Loveland’s Amazing Race 7 benefit the following charity organizations: In Return, Friends of Little Miami State Park, Buckeye Search and Rescue and Ohio Valley Voices


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on West Loveland Avenue to Karl Brown Way. The band “Boo Radley” performs from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the amphitheater in Nisbet Park. A fireworks show visi-

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The newly christened OneMain Financial “Red, White & Blue Ash” Celebration will be 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, at Lake Forest Drive and Glendale-Milford Road adjacent to Reed Hartman Highway. Presented by new sponsor OneMain Financial, the event will feature music, food and fireworks. Huey Lewis & The News will headline the musical lineup. Known for hit records such as “The Power of Love,” the Grammy Award-winning, multiplatinum band will take the main stage at 8:15 p.m. Exile, a country music band, will kick things off earlier in the evening at 5:30 p.m. Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks will put on a fireworks show at 10 p.m. that will be simulcast to music. People may begin setting up chairs at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 4. Personal fireworks, sparklers and pets will not be permitted on site. Backpacks, oversized purses and coolers are subject to search as the public is not allowed to bring alcohol or glass containers to the event. Sections of Reed Hartman Highway between Creek Road and Carver Road as well as sections of Glendale-Milford Road between Plainfield Road and East Lake Forest Drive will be closed at various times during the event.

Nancy Achberger works during a previous "Paint the Town" event. CHUCK GIBSON/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Artists ready to paint town scenes By Chuck Gibson

strate their craft during the easel display and wet paint sale show from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 1. Teaching artists will also be available during the show in Historic Downtown Loveland near the old railroad station and fountain. Any artists interested in participating can pick up a registration packet beginning June 21 at Loveland Hardware, 121 Broadway in Loveland. More information at: www.lovelandartscouncil. org (Click on the facebook link and go to events.) Questions? email

Artists will bring their easels and paint to Loveland June 25 to July 1 for the Loveland Arts Council’s annual “Paint the Town” event. “We can’t say how many artists it will be,” said Theresa Schmid, Loveland Arts Council. “Artists will begin registering and picking up their packets June 21. We’ll know more then.” What they do know now is that artists from all over will be all around Loveland painting local scenery. The artists welcome the public to watch

Works from artists such as Barbara Pask will be displayed wet-paint style after a week of painting all around Loveland. CHUCK GIBSON/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

them work. It is a unique opportunity to see Loveland through the eyes of the artist. For the first time this year artists will demon-


ble from the downtown area will begin at dusk. Motorists can expect intermittent road closures and traffic delays along Loveland Madeira Road and West Loveland Avenue after the fireworks.

Loveland’s Fourth of July festivities will kick off with a parade at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 4. The parade will begin at Loveland Elementary School and travel north on Loveland-Madeira Road and then east on West Loveland Avenue to Karl Brown Way. Motorists can expect traffic delays with intermittent closures of side streets along the parade route. The theme of this year’s float contest is “The American Dream.” The band “Boo Radley” will perform live at the amphitheater in Nisbet Park from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Other activities at the park will include face-painting and custom balloon designing. A fireworks show visi-


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Patriots needed to complete veterans park A trio of Korean War veterans needs help from the community to ensure the Spirit of ’76 Memorial Gardens and Arboretum in Miami Township is completed by July 26, 2013. “That is the 60th anniversary of the armistice that ended the Korean War,” said Bill Knepp of Miami Township. “I know that people will come forward and help us complete the project at Miami Meadows Park. It honors all those who have served in military conflicts, dating back to the Revolutionary War.”

The veterans are hoping to find 100 people willing to donate $500 each to be part of the Gathering of Patriots; those individuals will sign a document, similar to the Declaration of Independence, that will be on display at the entrance of the 8.5-acre park within a park. “We want to remember all those who didn’t make it back home,” said Korean veteran R. J. Vilardo of Milford. The centerpiece of the park will feature a replica of Old Baldy, a battle site during the Korean War.

Robert Sterling, the third member of the Korean veterans group behind the project of Miami Township, said it will be a place where all veterans and their families can talk about what happened, or sit quietly and reflect. “We will make sure they are remembered,” he said. “I have seen a number of veterans at the park already; I hope it can give them some closure.” To become a member of the Gathering of Patriots, contact Knepp at 831-2932.

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Loveland High show choir ready to take world stage By Jeanne Houck

LOVELAND — Loveland High School’s show choir, “By Request,” will perform at the World Choir Games Thursday, July 12. The performance begins at 11:45 a.m. in the Aronoff Center for the Arts in downtown Cincinnati. “By Request” will perform a second time that date: with a choir from China at a “Friendship Concert” to begin at 7:30 p.m. at Middletown High School. The choir is directed by Sean Miller. “We are thrilled that our show choir will share their talents on the world stage,” said John Marschhausen, superintendent of the Loveland City Schools. “I commend the hard work of Mr. Miller and his students on their successful year and know they will continue to make Loveland


proud.” Meg Krsacok, communications coordinator for the Loveland City Schools, said members of ‘By Request’ apparently intend to do just that. “I have heard that all of the seniors who graduated have been willing to come back and rehearse this summer for their performance,” Krsacok said. Krsacok said both “By Request” and the Loveland Middle School show choir, called “Revolution,” are directed by Miller and have had excellent seasons. “‘By Request’ is coming

off of their most successful year ever,” Krsacoksaid. “They are ranked 31st in the country at the end of regular competition season and they placed in the finals in all six of their competitions. “Loveland Middle School’s ‘Revolution’ won grand champion in four out of five competitions,” Krsacok said. The World Choir Games — touted as the “Olympics of Choral Music” – is expected to bring as many 20,000 participants and thousands of visitors from up to 70 countries to Cincinnati from Wednesday, July 4, to Saturday, July 14. For more about your community, visit Loveland. Get regular Loveland updates by signing up for our email newsletter. Visit





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From left: Ursuline Academy Principal Tom Barhorst (Mason)with senior awards winnersAngela Bird (Springfield Township), Lindsey Johnstone (Springfield Township), Ritu Narayan (West Chester Township), Kathleen Smith (Montgomery), Megan Fleming (Loveland), Marisa Reddy (Indian Hill) and President Sharon Redmond (Cold Spring, Ky.) THANKS TO MARIANNE LANG

UA graduates receive scholarships, awards Ursuline Academy celebrated its 168 seniors as they received their diplomas at the school's commencement exercises May 30 in the school gymnasium. The Class of 2012's efforts were rewarded this year with 90 percent of the class earning more than $22.8 million in college scholarships. In addition, there were several special awards given at the ceremony. The Senior Scholar Awards (the top three seniors in the class)

were awarded to Megan Fleming of Loveland, Marisa Reddy of Indian Hill and Kathleen Smith of Montgomery. The Archbishop McNicholas Memorial Gold Medal Award was awarded to Marisa Reddy of Indian Hill for her scholastic achievement, service to others and Christian ideals. The Christian Leadership Award, which is given to a graduate who demonstrates gospel values in her personal and school

Mangels wins Rudin Award at OSU Loveland resident Elizabeth Mangels won the Walter M. Rudin Junior Achievement Award from Ohio State University. The award is presented each year to the most outstanding junior undergraduate student in the college. Established in 1982, the award is given in recognition of both academic and leadership excellence. It is named in honor of Walter Rudin, a Pace Setters emeritus council member, and commemorates his contributions to Pace Setters. Mangels is a memner of OSU’s Honors Cohort. With a major in accounting and a minor in Spanish, she also is actively involved in Students Consulting for Non-Profit Organizations, Fisher Citizenship Program and the Spanish Conversation Club. She studied abroad in Argentina during winter quarter 2011 and has traveled to London, Paris, Greece, Italy, New Zealand, Fiji, Ireland and Australia in addition to making four mission trips to Mexico. Last year she interned at Ca-

community life, was awarded to Angela Bird of Springfield Township. The Centennial Spirit Award, which is given to a graduate who best exemplifies the spirit of Ursuline with her generosity, service, attitude and overall demeanor, was awarded to Lindsey Johnstone of Springfield Township. The graduation address was delivered by Ritu Narayan of West Chester Township, who was chosen by her class.


» Alexander Smith of Loveland received a Buschmann Award from Xavier University. The son of Cynthia and Craig Smith, he graduated from Milford High School this spring and is active in JROTC. Smith plans to major in business. » Elizabeth Mangels of Loveland received The Walter M. Rudin Pace Setters Junior Achievement Award, which recognizes both academic and leadership excellence by the top member of the junior class at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business. Our 2012 recipient is a member of our Honors Cohort. With a major in accounting and a minor in Spanish, she also is actively involved in Students Consulting for Non-Profit Organizations, Fisher Citizenship Program, and the Spanish Conversation Club. She studied abroad in Argentina during winter quarter 2011 and has traveled to London, Paris, Greece, Italy, New Zealand, Fiji, Ireland and Australia in addition to making four mission trips to Mexico. Last year she interned at Career Max; next she heads to an internship with PwC in Assurance in Denver. She aspires to travel to and work or volunteer in South America.

Resident assistant

Ted Schaible from Loveland was selected to serve as a resident assistant in Ratrie Hall at the University of Charleston during the upcoming fall semester. Resident Assistants are talented and motivated student leaders who live on campus and assist other students with problems and concerns relating to college life.

Who’s Who

Kris Burgess of Loveland, a senior at Huntington University, has been included in the 2012 edition of Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Campus nominating committees and editors of the annual directory have included the names of these students based on their academic achievement, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities and potential for continued success. Burgess, a senior history major, joins an elite group of students from more than 2,000 institutions of higher learning in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and several foreign nations.

Graduates Elizabeth Mangels of Loveland accepts the Walter Rudin Pace Setter Award from Ohio State University. PROVIDED reer Max; next she heads to an internship with PwC in Assurance in Denver. She aspires to travel to and work or volunteer in South America.

nati graduated from the University of Evansville with a bachelor of science degree. Quinn majored in theater. » Charles Eiser of Loveland graduates from Xavier University with degrees in Social Sciences and Criminal Justice. Charles will branch as an engineer and serve with the 450th Engineer Co, United States Army Reserve, Fort Thomas, KY. While in ROTC Charles participated in Ranger Challenge and Pershing Rifles, and held leadership positions of First Sergeant, Ranger Commander, MSIII Trainer and Company Commander. » Recent graduates of Otterbein University include Loveland residents Jacob Robinson (magna cum laude); Katherine Fuller (magna cum laude); Sarah Nye; and Kristin Osborn (cum laude). » James Gutman of Loveland graduated with a associate of arts degree in business from Urbana University. » Brian James Kokal and Ryan Emerson Orcutt, both of Loeland, recently graduated from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. Both earned bachelor’s degrees in business administration. » Ryan Orner of Loveladn graduated from McDaniel College with a master’s in exercise science and physical education.

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» Joshua Kincaid, Jessica Veite, Susan Dicken, Steven Rohdenburg and Adam Combs, all from Loveland, were named to the spring dean’s list at Wilmington College. » Nicholas S. Baker, son of Alan and Beth Baker of Loveland, has been named to the Ohio Northern University deans’ list for the spring semester. He is a senior majoring in mechanical engineering. » Abby L. Vargo, daughter of Loveland, has been named to the Ohio Northern University deans’ list for the spring semester. She is a sophomore majoring in early childhood education. » Loveland residents Drake Browne, son of David Browne, Debbie Browne; and Courtney DeVoe, daughter of Bruce DeVoe, Suzanne DeVoe; were both recently named to the spring dean’s list at Furman University. » Rachel Voss of Loveland, daughter of David and Melinda Voss and a 2009 graduate of Loveland High School, was recently named to the dean’s list at Bucknell University for the spring semester.

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MND’s ‘Paving the Way’ project Mount Notre Dame’s Campaign for the Future has been developing funds for the new expansion of the high school, scheduled to open in August. With the grand opening of the newly renovated school, there is a “Paving the Way Engraved Brick Project,” where community members, alumnae, current students, parents, faculty and staff can purchase a brick for the new courtyard and have it personalized with an engraving.

This patio, “Julie’s Garden,” named after MND’s Foundress St. Julie Billiart. will be used for a variety of events for the students and alumnae of MND. There are three sizes of bricks available for engraving options with different price points. The engraving will be sandblast-sunken, black-painted text. To reserve your brick you must place an order by July 6. The installation will begin prior

to the new school year, and will be prominently displayed in front of the newly renovated school. To reserve your brick today, visit mnd/paving-way. For more information, contact Alumnae Director Megan Seibert at (513) 821-3044 Ext. 141;, or Director of Annual Giving Cheri Lehrter at (513) 821-3044 Ext. 106;

Summit Country Day Lower School fourth-graders, from left: Haley Platt (Mount Carmel), Gabriella Ortiz (Loveland), Keelin Rademacher (Dillonvale) and Samuel Kohlhepp (Sharonville) listen intently to Karen Cruse Suder's presentation on forensic anthropology, as human skeletal remains lie in front of them. THANKS TO DARREN WEIGL



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Loveland teen sprints way to success Wins three events at Hershey regionals LOVELAND — Loveland Middle School student-athlete Connor Thomas just followed a successful Catholic Youth Organization outdoor track and field season with two impressive meets in early June. On June 9, Connor swept the Hershey’s Regional Track Meet in the 100 meters, 200 meters, and long jump to advance to the state finals at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus this July. Only individual event winners move from the regional stage to the state meet. On June 10, Thomas won his

first United States Track & Field (USATF) 400 meter dash at age 13 in the competitive Youth Division (13-14). This past spring, Connor was named to three CYO All-Star teams; the 400 meters, 4 X 200, and 4 X 400. Connor anchored the winning 4 X 400 to a club record and the Division I city championship. Connor was also named Newcomer of The Year as a seventh-grader on his SMAC Club Track Team. Connor had previously been named to four other All-Star teams as a fifth and sixth grader; the 75 meter dash, 100 meters, and the 200 meters twice. He also just made the National Junior Honor Society at Loveland Middle School.

Moeller's Zach Shannon speaks with Midland Redskins third base coach Kris Glazier June 12 after flying out deep to right. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Moeller’s Shannon mashing for Midland Program has history of preparing players

By Scott Springer

AMELIA — The list of legends is growing. The 18 and under Midland Redskins baseball team traditionally features the best of the best from the Tristate and around the country. Most of their players are heading to Division I powerhouses. Some get drafted and signed by the pros before they get there. Last year, Madeira’s Andrew Benintendi made the Midland 18U team at age 16 after his sophomore year. Those sharing the honor of doing that include Ken Griffey Jr., Barry Larkin, Cameron Maybin, David and Ricky Bell. That’s two Hall of Famers and a total of five big leaguers. This year, joining Benintendi for at least part of the 18U schedule is Moeller’s Zack Shannon, who slugged five homers for the Crusaders’ DI state title team. Zack Shannon just finished his sophomore year and is15. He can drive a baseball, but can’t legally drive home alone. “Zack’s a tremendous talent and had a great year for Moeller,” Midland co-manager Dave Evans said. “He’s got unbelievable power.” Evans has assisted the legendary “Papa” Joe Hayden for years and has a field named for him at Loveland High School where he coached the Tigers for 27 years. He’s seen all the youngsters that have sprouted and grace the “Wall of Fame” at the complex in Amelia. Shannon played on the 16U

Midland teammates Andrew Benintendi and Xavier Turner return to the dugout after an inning in the outfield. Benintendi has one more season to play at Madeira, Turner played in Sandusky and is committed to Vanderbilt.

Loveland Middle School student Connor Thomas is making a name for himself this summer in teen track events. THANKS TO JANEL A. THOMAS


team last year as a 14-year-old and now has made a monumental jump on the baseball food chain. “Nobody in the history of this program has ever done it, maybe Griffey played a little bit at 15, but he’d be the only one,” Evans said. In his inaugural GCL season, Shannon hit .319, made Greater Catholic League second team and over half of his hits were for extra bases. He also gained a championship ring and is looking for more hardware in the years to come. “I didn’t really expect to get one and now I have a chance to get three,” Shannon said. In 2011, he played on Moeller’s freshman team when he could’ve played varsity at many schools. He decided to attend Moeller as a seventh-grader and has already verbally committed to play at Ohio State, doing so prior to his sophomore season. “I had a bunch of friends commit there and it just felt like the right idea,” Shannon said. After a year playing outfield, first base and pitching some for the Crusaders, Shannon is now

swinging the traditional wood bat for the Redskins. As a frequent visitor to the cages, the “old school” lumber is nothing new to the 6-2, 225-pound basher. “I’m more comfortable swinging wood because it makes me swing for base hits instead of swinging for home runs all the time,” Shannon said. “We played with a wood bat most of the year at 16U, but when we played with aluminum I hit my share (of home runs).” Early plans are for Shannon to be up and back on the 18U and 17U teams as the Midland brass would prefer that he play over sitting. Of course, if his production picks up like Benintendi’s did a year ago, it’ll be hard to move him. The only similarity between the two young stars ends with the name printed across their summer jersey. Andrew Benintendi is 5-10 when standing upright and might weigh170. He reminds Dave Evans of Lenny Dykstra. Zach Shannon wears size 16 See SHANNON, Page A7

A few of the 34 members of the Queen City Trampoline and Tumbling team inspect their winnings after the announcement of State Awards. They are, from left: Front, Rachel Cogen (Blue Ash), Alex Frodge (West Chester), Annie Garretson (Indian Hill), Anna Fischesser (Mason); middle, Rachel Darrah (Mason), Tori Smith (Blue Ash), Zach Busam (Northern Kentucky), Savannah Williams (West Chester); back, coach Annette Sargent (Mason), Lindsey Miller (Loveland), Grant Fischesser (Mason), Lauren Satcher (West Chester), Katie Garretson (Indian Hill), Kayla Wirtz (Oak Hills) and coach Steve Anderson. THANKS TO AMY ROSENBERG

Queen City wins 10th trampoline title The Queen City Trampoline and Tumbling team at Kids First Sports Center conducted the OH/ KY state meet recently in the Ronnie Grandison Academy Gym. There were 13 teams and 173 athletes from across Ohio and Kentucky vying for individual athlete scores to qualify for the

Junior Olympic National Championships in Long Beach, Calif., in July. High Point scores for all events-trampoline, double mini trampoline, tumbling and synchronized trampoline-are awarded based on level with no variaSee TITLE, Page A7


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cleats which move fast enough to get him triples. “Completely different players,” Evans said.

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tion to gender or age. Ohio and Kentucky High Point scores are tallied to award team championships. The team has enjoyed an undefeated season with a 36-0 record. For the 10th year run-


“Zack’s a hitting phenom with tremendous power. He’s probably going to be a huge draft (pick) when he’s a senior. Andrew will probably get drafted, but I think he’ll probably go to college. He’s gotten stronger and he’s going to be a great

one.” Either one is a treat to watch, though you may see No. 30 (Shannon) trotting through the parking lot on occasion in search of a foul ball. He is still 15. “You’ve got to pay your dues,” Evans said.

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Miami Twp. program manages speed issues specific information including the peak times of the violation. The police department will then asJim Young sess the situaCOMMUNITY PRESS tion and deterGUEST COLUMNIST mine the best location for the speed board. The speed board will be installed and programmed to operate during these peak times in an effort to inform drivers of their speeds and make them aware of the proper speed limit. The speed board is normally left in place for a period of seven to 10 days and then removed. Afterwards, the traffic safety officer will contact the concerned citizen again to follow up and solicit feedback from them to see if vehicles are still per-

ceived to be speeding. In most instances the implementation of a passive speed control device will be successful in slowing traffic. In the event the speed board does not slow drivers to an acceptable speed, the police department will implement enforcement activity specifically targeting the area. The Miami Township Police Department believes in working with the community, in partnership, to help maintain the excellent quality of life we enjoy. We strongly encourage our citizens to contact us with concerns of speeding or other unsafe driving that is observed. If you have an issue you feel needs attention, please contact us at 248-3721

Sgt. Jim Young is a member of the Miami Township Police Department.

CH@TROOM June 6 question Should the Ohio General Assembly consider a ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks in an effort to combat obesity? Why or why not?

“No! Ohio should not ban large-size sugary sodas. “Isn’t it amazing that we Americans founded this country based on individual freedom, but now the majority has chosen to create a government that wants to dictate our behavior on the most personal level? “The Libertarian Party respects and trusts individuals to make their own choices. I’m voting Libertarian!” John T.

June 20 questions Would you be willing to pay a toll for using the Brent Spence Bridge? Why or why not?

“A toll is not needed, because the bridge is not needed. “For the Brent Spence Bridge problem, we should think ‘out of the box’ and come up with the following solution: convert the bridge from a roadway into a scenic river overlook with restaurants, bars and hotels. “All traffic can be directed onto (Interstate) 275 east and west. The Brent Spence bridge is not needed - we already have bridges that cross the river with (I 275). “Use the Big Mac and the Clay Way Bailey bridges for crossings for local traffic.” Ted D. Are you concerned that if Greece drops the Euro it will affect the U.S. stock market and the U.S. economy? Why or why not?

“Yes I am concerned about Greece dropping from the Euro Union. “The Euro concept was ill-fated from the beginning. Even Socialist Germany was not able to unify Europe back in the 1930s with force. Europe can not continue to be unified now with the Euro. “Greece public employees take home salary and benefits at an amount of five times the pri-

NEXT QUESTIONS Are you concerned about your privacy now that the FAA has been ordered to give unmanned aircraft, or drones, greater access to civilian airspace by 2015? Why or why not? Every week The Loveland Herald asks readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with Chatroom in the subject line.

vate sector employees - that pay the public employees. “Greece employees retire with full benefits at age 50. This is Richard Trumpka’s (union president) dream - over compensate workers with borrowed money and destroy your country. “Other countries such as Poland and Germany are more prudent and fiscally responsible. Greece is like a retarded criminal stepchild - as are Italy and Spain of parent states. Greece is the first to fail. “U.S. owners of IRAs and 401K planes have money invested to the European market. As Europe falls, so does America - pulled down with the gluttony of irresponsible union controlled European States such as Greece, Italy and Spain. “Say goodbye to your lifelong savings in 2013 , and say hello to a worldwide depression for 10 lasting 10 years or more.” Ted D. “When Greece drops the euro or more realistically thrown out, it will have a domino effect. “We will have another socialist economy fall, with another one Spain about to go. Spain did go Greece one better by investing heavily in alternative energy. Sound familiar ? Can you spell Solyndra? The road that the world and Obama have lead us down will have a dramatic effect on us. Or do you want four more years of this?” J.H.D. “Everything seems to affect the stock market. Greece is just one more influence. “To the long term investor, 'This too shall pass.' I am a lot



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The Miami Township Police Department is dedicated to keeping our streets and roadways safe. In an effort to address our citizens’ concerns regarding speeding within our neighborhoods the police department has implemented a program by which residents can request a passive speed enforcement device, otherwise known as a “speed board.” In 2009, the Miami Township Police Department purchased two speed boards to implement within the township when citizens believe there is a speeding problem in their neighborhood. Citizens can phone the police department or email with their concerns and the Miami Township police will implement a process to try and identify the problem and correct it. The citizen will be contacted by a traffic safety officer who will document the concerns and


more concerned about the do nothing Congress we have elected affecting the stock market. One way or another, we have got to get some cohesion to get things done. “Any majority that can pass effective legislation would be better than what we have. Tax the rich, give everything to the middle class, socialize health care, privatize healthcare, just make a decision that business can plan around. Do something effective! Then maybe we will see some jobs. “Are you going to take your team out on the field to play a game where the rules are being decided as you play. No way!” F.S.D. “The population of Greece is less than the population of Ohio. Greece has a population that is 3 percent of the United States and 3 percent of the Eurozone. “The media overplays the effect of the Greek fiscal problems. Most individuals have no concept of the miniscule size of the Greek problem. “The American stock market is valued upon the intrinsic value of the corporations whose stocks are traded. Greece has almost no impact on the earnings (intrinsic value) of Proctor & Gamble and General Electic. How much did Kroger sell in Greece ? “When there is any economic event people react. Most of the time it is irrational and irrelevant. When the Twin Towers collapsed in September of 2001 the American Stock Market went down almost immediately. By December it was back to where it had been before that catastrophe. “Greece has little or no effect on the American economy. Compare its size. It buys very little from America. America exports $250 million more (balance of trade) in a year than it buys from Greece. What does that mean? A General Electric GE-90, which is currently the most powerful jet engine in the world and is also installed on the 777, go for well over $10 million a piece. Greece is not really a market for America. A couple of dozen GE jet engines.” J.S.D.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Is one better than the other?

Policemen, firemen and teachers (PFT) are perfectly fine people. But better than the rest of us? What about about the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker (BBCM)? The noteworthy difference between these two groups is that the former (PFT) are public sector workers, the latter (BBCM) private sector. Yet many politicians thrive on demonizing the private sector (BBCM) while pontificating 24/7 to canonize PFT. These calculated efforts are specifically employed to prop up politicians careers by trying to fool the electorate (you & me) into believing one group is superior to the other. Not so! Yes, PFT are essential to a thriving, safe and successful culture, but also are medical doctors, nurses, engineers, plumbers and a host of other professions. Politicians do not sanctify them – simply put, because they are their own agents, not depending on the oppressive hand of government for care and feeding. Then too BBCM are the taxpayers who make the public sector (PFT) professions possible. And forget not, everyone chose their own profession. How about we force politicians to get off the backs of private sector workers? That done we'll all be better off. H. Lee Lapole Loveland

The danger of peanuts

It was with shock and dismay that I read the article “Fest to Rain Peanuts” in the June 13 Loveland Herald, referring to Symmesfest. Symmes Township officials and the Loveland Symmes Fire Association thought it was a good idea to “rain” peanuts on a crowd of people? For someone with a peanut allergy, this would be their greatest nightmare! Evidently the color of the peanuts was matched with a prize. I hope one of the prizes was a free ambulance ride to the nearest emergency room! Peanut allergies are the most life threatening of all the allergies. More than 3 million people in the U.S. report being allergic to peanuts, tree nuts or both. As a mother of a peanut allergic adult, it has taken a lifetime of vigilance and cautiousness to keep my son safe. He has to constantly ask questions in restaurants and read labels of everything he eats. Peanuts can be hidden in many foods that you might not suspect. The Epi Pen is his constant companion. To think that he might not be safe walking around at a public festival without peanuts raining down on his head is ridiculous. On the other hand, I am glad to have the opportuntity to bring attention to the seriousness of peanut allergies. For more information, consult FAAST at or FAAN at Let’s not make this a tradition at Symmesfest! Leslie Westcott Loveland

Senior health: How to Live a ‘Balanced Life’ If you’ve ever lost your ity. Before footing or found yourself beginning reaching for a chair or wall these, howevto steady yourself, you’ve er, it’s imporcome face-to-face with a fact tant to elimof life. As we age, our ability inate any to balance ourselves dephysical iscreases. For many, that loss sues that of balance is negligible and Linda Eppler might be does not interfere with daily COMMUNITY PRESS contributing activities. For others, it can GUEST COLUMNIST to the problimit mobility and personal lem. Here are confidence. three good steps to begin While good balance is with. important at any age, it is First, have your eyes especially critical for seniors. checked. Studies indicate that According to the National our brain uses visual signals Institutes of Health, balancefrom our surroundings to related falls are the second help balance our bodies. It leading cause of accidental could be that a vision correcdeath for seniors, and the tion will help your balance. number one cause of emerNext, have your ears gency room visits. Statistics checked. Ears are a key facshow that one in three adults tor in maintaining good balover the age of 65 falls each ance. Inside our ears is a year with as many as 30 percomplex system of bones and cent resulting in severe intissue that detect when the juries. There’s an emotional head and body move. cost as well. Last, check your medicaBalance is the intangible tions. I was surprised recentforce that allows us to perly to learn that more than 200 form the daily activities we medications are known to take for granted. If you are cause balance disorders. experiencing balance issues, Linda Eppler is director of there are a number of balancCommunity Services for Clermont ing and stretching exercises Senior Services. that may improve your stabil-

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The Loveland United Methodist Church Friends United Everlasting Love FUEL youth ministry and men's ministry participate in Journey to the Tomb: "The Last Supper." THANKS TO ROBIN KERTH

Loveland UMC has service in the community LOVELAND — Members of Loveland United Methodist Church have served those in the Loveland area and surrounding communities in a variety of ways through outreach and worship offerings. They led others in times of worship, prayer, and providing opportunities to experience the Living Word of God as the Easter Story was shared through drama and music. In April, one of Loveland UMC’s senior’s ministries offered drive-thru prayer in the afternoon. Six seniors served in this ministry, and four people pulled in for prayer during the one hour community offering. This ministry celebrates its second year of reaching out to those driving by Loveland UMC who are in need of others to pray for them offering a word of hope, comfort, peace, and love in the name of Christ. The Dittos serve the first Wednesday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. On Holy Thursday, the church’s seniors ministry led two worship services at local care centers: Loveland Health Care Center and The Lodge, providing an opportunity for more than 70 to worship together. Sharing with the residents the Gospel accounts of the Passion

Story of Jesus, celebrating Holy Communion together, reflecting on a drama and special music with “Mary” walking the “Via Dolorosa” (Way of Suffering) following her Son to the cross, helped those gathered for worship, experience Jesus’ love in a powerful way. Later that evening, Loveland UMC’s worship team offered a Maundy Thursday service at the church, sharing a dramatic reading of the Passion Story of Jesus, celebrating Holy Communion, reflecting on the Upper Room and Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples as the Chancel Choir shared the account of the Passover meal through music, and concluded with a drama and special music with Mary , Jesus’ mother, at the foot of the cross. The service concluded with those gathered being invited to process outside in silence, following those who carried the cross, placing it on the hillside of our campus. Pastor Doug Sonnenberg gave the benediction on the hillside, followed by an invitation to depart in silent reverence. Good Friday, LUMC presented the fourth annual offering of “Journey to the Tomb,” an 11-station guided walk thru presentation of the Passion Story of Jesus presented through drama and

music, with a cast of more than 70 servants. In addition, throughout the week leading up to the free community offering, the church had a construction team building sets, a decorating team designing sets and costumes, and persons handling logistics that made the city of Jerusalem all come together. On Holy Saturday, reporter Shannon Kettler, from Channel 9, WCPO, covered the community offering of “Walking the Road to Calvary,” an outdoor, seven-station prayer walk guiding persons to experience the Passion Story of Jesus as they reflected at each stop. The outside prayer walk on the church campus provided guests opportunities to recall Jesus’s Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, remember Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples in the Upper Room, walk up the hill to the “Garden of Gethsemane” and recall Jesus’ prayer to the Father on the night he was betrayed by Judas, follow Peter into the courtyard of the Sanhedrin, experience the crowd calling out for Pilate to release a prisoner, and conclude at the crosses, reflecting on the crucifixion of Jesus. On Easter Sunday hundreds gathered at Loveland UMC celebrating the Risen Christh.

Ginger Kroncke portrays Mary, Jesus' mother, at the cross as the Loveland United Methodist Church Dittos lead worship at Loveland Health Care. THANKS TO ROBIN KERTH

Participating in Maundy Thursday Worship at Loveland United Methodist Church are, from left: Richard Kerth, Ken Richardson and Mike Dial. THANKS TO ROBIN KERTH



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July 4 Parade and Festival, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., City of Montgomery, Montgomery Road, Parade starts 10 a.m. along Cooper Road from junior high school east to Montgomery Road and north to Schoolhouse Lane. Festival starts 11 a.m. in Montgomery Park with food, games, music and baseball game. Free. 891-2424; Montgomery.

Art Exhibits We Love Cincinnati, Painting the Queen City, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, 5729 Dragon Way, Unique works of favorite scenes, landmarks and haunts that make Cincinnati unique. Work by Jeff Morrow, Margot Gotoff, Jacob Pfeiffer, Kate Lackman, Ray Hassard and Cindy Nixon and others. Free. 791-7717; Fairfax.

Music - Classical Summer Carillon Concerts, 2 p.m., Mary M. Emery Carillon, Pleasant Street, Listen in park as the carillonneur performs on a keyboard connected to 49 bells inside the tower. Tours of keyboard room and bells may be arranged through the carillonneurs. Free. Presented by Village of Mariemont. 271-8519; Mariemont.

Civic Electronics Recycling Event, 3-6 p.m., UC Blue Ash College, 9555 Plainfield Road, Farmers Market. Collection of unwanted household electronic waste. Drive-through drop-off station. $10 per item to recycle each CRT television, CRT monitor, and LCD monitor. $20 cash fee charged to recycle each console television and rear projection TV. Free for all other acceptable items. 761-5333, ext. 110. Blue Ash.

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

JCC Summer Cinema Series, 7-9 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, "This is Sodom" (Zohi Sdom). $10, $8 members. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

Health / Wellness Cancer Grads Networking Group, 6:30-8 p.m., Cancer Support Community, 4918 Cooper Road, Cancer survivors that have completed treatment connect and support each other through professionally facilitated networking group. 791-4060; Blue Ash.

Home & Garden Vertical Gardening Workshop, 7-8:30 p.m., Loveland Greenhouse, 11924 Lebanon Road, Bring wooden picture frame sized for 8-by-10 photo. $15, plus materials. 683-1581; Symmes Township.

On Stage - Comedy

Montgomery is having its July 4 Parade and Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Independence Day. The parade starts at 10 a.m. and runs along Cooper Road from the junior high school, east to Montgomery Road, and north to Schoolhouse Lane. The festival starts at 11 a.m. in Montgomery Park with food, games, music and a baseball game. The events are free. Call 891-2424, or visit THANKS TO FAITH DICKERHOOF

FRIDAY, JUNE 29 Art Exhibits We Love Cincinnati, Painting the Queen City, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 791-7717; Fairfax.

Dining Events

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

Friday Night Family Grillouts, 5-8 p.m., Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road, Music by Brad Martin. Freshly grilled meals and music on dock. Meals: $7.75-$9.25. Parking permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. Through Aug. 31. 791-1663; Symmes Township.

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Exercise Classes

Musical Instruments and Inventions, 3-4 p.m., Symmes Township Branch Library, 11850 Enyart Road, With Steve Featherston, Interactive Music Musician and High Tech Musical Instrument Inventor. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-6001. Symmes Township.

AquaStretch, Noon-1 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Involves being stretched by trained instructor in shallow water with 5-10 pound weights attached to body. Price varies. Registration required. 985-0900. Montgomery.

Karaoke and Open Mic

Music - Blues Sonny’s Solo Blues, 7-11 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, 697-9705; Loveland.

On Stage - Comedy

Music - Concerts Blue Ash Concerts on the Square, 8-11 p.m., Blue Ash Towne Square, Cooper and Hunt roads, Robin Lacy and DeZydeco. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Free. Presented by Blue Ash Recreation Department. 7458550; Blue Ash.

Cash Levy, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $8-$12. 984-9288; Montgomery. Brian Hoffman, 2 p.m., Madeira-Silverwood Presbyterian Church, 8000 Miami Ave., Las Vegas comedian will perform tribute to Red Skelton. $20. 731-6152. Madeira.



Art Exhibits

Flower Hour, 4-6 p.m., Loveland Greenhouse, 11924 Lebanon Road, Manager specials. 6831581. Symmes Township.

We Love Cincinnati, Painting the Queen City, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 791-7717; Fairfax.

Support Groups Motherless Daughters Support Group, 7-8:30 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. Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Family friendly. Free, donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous Inc. 800-0164. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, 4309 Cooper Road, Book discussion group. Open to everyone who desires healthy loving relationships. Family friendly. Donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous Inc. 673-0174. Blue Ash.

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

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

Home & Garden Vertical Gardening Workshop, 10-11:30 a.m. and 2-3:30 p.m., Loveland Greenhouse, $15, plus materials. 683-1581; Symmes Township.

Literary - Story Times Books Alive For Kids Summer Library Tour, 3-4:30 p.m., Madisonville Branch Library, 4830 Whetsel Ave., Combines sight, sound and touch by presenting a book, engaging children in performance and providing hands-on make-itand-take-it craft. Free. Present-

ed by Learning Through Art Inc. 242-6028; Madisonville.

Music - Acoustic Waiting on Ben, 7-11 p.m., Corner Pub, 7833 Cooper Road, Patio. Band Show. Inclement weather moves performance inside 9 p.m. 791-3999. Montgomery.

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

Pets Cat Adoptions, 1-3 p.m., Ohio Alleycat Resource, 5619 Orlando Place, Volunteers answer questions about the cats. Presented by Ohio Alleycat Resource & Spay/Neuter Clinic. Through Dec. 30. 871-7297; Madisonville.

Recreation Ultimate Frisbee, Noon-2 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Ages 20-35. Held outdoors on front lawn. Free. 985-0900. Montgomery.

SUNDAY, JULY 1 Clubs & Organizations Free Inquiry Group Meeting, 7-9 p.m., Hannaford Suites Hotel, 5900 E. Galbraith Road, Performance of Revival Brother Sam Singleton, Atheist Evangelist. Free. Presented by Free Inquiry Group. 404-8191; Sycamore Township.

Education Introduction to Self Defense for Women and for Men, 8-10 a.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Master RJ Trusty teaches basic self defense techniques that can be applied to everyday life. $20-$30. Registration required. 985-0900. Montgomery.

Nature Free Firsts Appreciation Days, 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road, Residents can enjoy any park without the need for a motor vehicle permit, while enjoying a host of other free and discounted activities. Dress for weather. Family friendly. Free, no vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Symmes Township.

On Stage - Comedy Cash Levy, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, $8-$12. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Pets Cat Adoptions, Noon-2 p.m., Ohio Alleycat Resource, 8717297; Madisonville.

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MONDAY, JULY 2 Karaoke and Open Mic Acoustic Open Mic, 7-10 p.m., Shady O’Grady’s Pub, 9443 Loveland-Madeira Road, Hosted by Bob Cushing. 791-2753. Symmes Township.

Summer Camp Miscellaneous Camp at the J, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Continues weekdays through July 6. Sports, art room, game room, swim lessons, indoor waterpark, outdoor pool, day trips, nature, crafts and music. For kindergarteneighth grade. Varies. 761-7500; Amberley Village. Camp Blue Fish, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Blue Ash Nature Park, 4433 Cooper Road, Daily through July 6. Group sports and games, arts, crafts and water-based activities. Dress for weather. Ages 6-11. $100 per session. Presented by Blue Ash Recreation Department. 745-8550; Blue Ash.

Summer Camp - Sports Kidsports Day Camp, 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Cincinnati Sports Club, 3950 Red Bank Road, July 2-6: Jungle Boogie/field trips-Cincinnati Zoo, jungle animal masks. Activities include arts and crafts, sports and games on the indoor soccer field and gyms, weekly offsite field trips, weekly onsite guests and presentations/activities, outdoor play, swimming and play in the outdoor pool and splash pad. Before and after camp available. Half-day camp options also available. Ages 3-12. $210, $190 member for three days a week; $275, $250 member for five days a week. 527-4000; Fairfax.

Loveland Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m., Loveland Station, W. Loveland Avenue, E. Broadway and Second Streets, Located at Loveland Station parking area: Route 48 and W. Loveland Ave. Presented by Loveland Farmers’ Market. 683-0491; Loveland.

Fireworks City of Madeira Independence Fireworks, 10 p.m., Sellman Park, 6700 Marvin Ave., Entertainment and fireworks. Bring seating. Family friendly. Free. Presented by City of Madeira. 561-7228; Madeira.

Holiday - Independence Day City of Madeira Independence Day Festivities, 8 p.m., Sellman Park, 6700 Marvin Ave., Music by Stagger Lee. Madeira Mile starts on Miami Avenue at 6:30 p.m. Parade begins 7 p.m. and travels from Madeira High School to St. Gertrude Church. Food booths, activities and entertainment. Fireworks display at 10 p.m. Free. Presented by City of Madeira. 561-7228; Madeira. Montgomery Independence Day Patriotic Concert, 7:309:30 p.m., Montgomery Park, 10101 Montgomery Road, Music by Blue Ash Montgomery Symphony Orchestra. Theme: Great American Songwriters. Songs by Billy Joel, Dolly Parton, Cole Porter and Ray Charles. Free. Presented by City of Montgomery. 891-2424; Montgomery.

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Tuesday Concerts in the Park, 7-9 p.m., Blue Ash Nature Park, 4433 Cooper Road, Music by Frank Simon Band. Dress for weather. Bring seating. Free. Presented by City of Blue Ash. 745-6259; Blue Ash.

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Practice of Poetry: Summer Series, 4-6 p.m., Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, House of Joy. Bi-weekly workshops and weekly options available, through July 31. For women interested in writing as a spiritual and creative practice. Sessions provide opportunities for writing and sharing with other women as well as guidance in the art and craft of poetry. $60-$90. Reservations required. 683-2340; Loveland.

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Fireworks Red, White and Blue Ash Fireworks, 4-10:30 p.m., Blue Ash Sports Center, 11540 Grooms Road, Entertainment and concessions available. Exile on stage at 5:30 p.m., Huey Lewis & the News on stage at 8:15 p.m., Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks from 10-10:15 p.m. Family friendly. Free spectators. Presented by Blue Ash Recreation Department. 745-6259; Blue Ash.

Holiday - Independence Day

Geoff Tate, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $8-$12. 984-9288; Montgomery.

FRIDAY, JULY 6 Auditions The Fox on the Fairway, 7 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Free. For more information, please email the director at Presented by Mariemont Players Inc. Through July 8. 321-0762; Columbia Township.

Dining Events Friday Night Family Grillouts, 5-8 p.m., Lake Isabella, Music by Ben Alexander. Meals: $7.75$9.25. Parking permit required. 791-1663; Symmes Township. Dinner with Salsa Friends, 8-10 p.m., Cactus Pear Southwest Bistro, 9500 Kenwood Road, Private Room. Group dinner held on the first Friday of the month. $10. Presented by MidwestLatino. 791-4424; Blue Ash.

Exercise Classes AquaStretch, Noon-1 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, Price varies. Registration required. 985-0900. Montgomery.

Music - Choral Friendship Concert, 7:30-9 p.m., Kenwood Baptist Church, 8341 Kenwood Road, Sanctuary. Featuring four choirs from competitions. Gifu Mukunoki Choir from Japan, the Fort Thomas Youth Choir, the St. Michael Music Ministry and the Coro PolifÃ3nico Rafael Suarez choir from Venezuela. Free. Presented by 2012 World Choir Games. 791-0355. Kenwood.

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

Support Groups Women’s Separation/Divorce Support, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Comprehensive Counseling Services Inc., 10999 Reed Hartman Highway, Gain comfort, strength and empowerment to move forward with your life. Led by licensed social worker. $35 per two-hour session. Registration required. Through July 20. 891-1533. Blue Ash.

SATURDAY, JULY 7 Cooking Classes Healthy Cooking Classes, Noon-1:30 p.m., Peachy’s Health Smart, $30. Registration required. 315-3943; Silverton.

Health / Wellness Diabetes Conversation Maps Sessions, 10 a.m.-noon, Lisa Larkin, M.D. & Associates, 4460 Red Bank Expressway, Suite 100, Small group discussions of Type 2 diabetes led by Jan Kellogg, certified diabetes educator. $30 for four sessions; $10 per session. Presented by Lisa Larkin, M.D. & Associates. 271-5111. Madisonville.



Herbs, spices are links to biblical times Did you know that many of the common herbs and spices we use today have Biblical roots? I have always been fascinated with the historical signifRita icance of Heikenfeld Biblical herbs and RITA’S KITCHEN spices so often mentioned throughout the Old and New Testaments. They’re living links to our past, and many of the trendy herbs and spices common to cuisines all around the world trace their roots to Biblical and pre-Biblical times. Even before people could write, they used herbs and spices to season and preserve their foods. The people of Bible days were herbalists out of necessity. Herbs and spices were also used in cosmetics, dyes and medicines. All households, whether rich or poor, cultivated an herb garden and the plants were highly valued. My own Lebanese cooking and healing heritage is rich with facts and folklore regarding herbs of Bible days. I remember my parents telling stories of their families who immigrated from “the old country,” Lebanon. Mint, one of the tithing herbs, was carefully nurtured during the long voyage to America. We used Bible herbs and spices in everyday cooking in our traditional Lebanese household. All nine of us children learned at an early age how to distin-

guish oregano (the hyssop of the Bible) from marjoram, which mint was to be picked for kibbee, and how many sprigs of thyme it took for a kettle full of dolmathas. (Thyme grew wild in the Jerusalem hills). Some of the herbs doubled as medicines, as well. Mom gave us anise tea for cramps, and babies recovering from illness were given barley water sweetened with honey and anise. Barley was a popular grain during Bible days and honey was the main sweetener. She came upon this naturally, learning from her mother holistic ways to heal. To this day, my Aunt Margaret still cooks with Bible herbs and spices. She is in her 90s and going strong! One of my most prized possessions is the huge ancient cast iron “spider” kettle that I inherited from my mother. She grew enough herbs for our family of 11 in that kettle. It now sits in a place of honor in my garden, and my “hobbit”/basil grows happily there. (The legend is that basil sprang up in the ground near Christ’s tomb after the resurrec-

tion). I ask the Lord to bless her as I scatter seeds on the surface, patting them into the soil with bare hands. There is a burgeoning interest in holistic health and aromatherapy, and many herbs and spices mentioned in the Bible are included in natural remedies. There is dill, another tithing herb, for “gripe water” to soothe colicky babies; mint tea for digestion and in spritzers to refresh and cleanse the air; cilantro/coriander (analogous to Biblical manna) for removing heavy metals from the body. Flax, out of which linen was made, helps lower cholesterol and cinnamon helps stabilize blood sugar. Bay (athletes were crowned with bay)


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“Bible” bean salad

I adapted this from a chick pea salad daughterin-law Jessie shared. Perfect for that July 4 gathering. Note all the Bible foods and herbs included: vinegar, olive oil, cumin, garlic (which was eaten as a vegetable during Bible times), oregano, beans, onions and, of course, salt.

Remember Lot’s wife turned to salt. Healthy, too. Dressing: Go to taste on this, adding more vinegar, etc. if you like. ¼ cup red wine vinegar ½ cup olive oil 1 teaspoon cumin or more to taste ½ teaspoon chili powder or more to taste 2 teaspoons garlic 1 teaspoon dried oregano Salt to taste Red pepper flakes to taste (optional go easy on


Salad: 3 cans beans: your choice, drained and rinsed 1 bunch green onions, chopped 3 tomatoes, chopped Handful chopped parsley 2-4 ribs celery or more to taste, diced 1 large bell pepper, diced

Whisk together dressing ingredients. Set aside while mixing salad ingredients. Pour dressing over salad. Toss gently to blend.


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First Mary Miller Memorial 5K run a huge success The first annual MMM Mary Miller Memorial 5K was April 14 and it attracted 148 participants who ran or walked through Miami Meadows Park in Miami Township. More than $4,000 was raised and will be put to work in the community through Milford Miami Ministry (MMM). MMM provides food and emergency financial assistance to families in Milford and Miami Township who live within the Milford Exempted Village School District. Gold sponsored were Calderhead, Lockemeyer & Peschke Law Office, International TechneGroup Inc., Signal Hill Chiropractic and Kohl’s. For more information about Milford Miami Ministry, visit

Amber Brown and Jennifer Horning prepare to walk in the inaugural MMM Mary Miller Memorial 5K April 14. PROVIDED

Loveland man part of blood pressure study Dr. Bill Thistlethwaite of Loveland is the first patient to enroll in a groundbreaking, national clinical study at The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati evaluating a radically different approach to treating high blood pressure. Typically treated with medication, this study evaluates a procedure that disrupts nerves in the renal artery to lower high blood pressure. The investigational Symplicity Renal Denervation System involves inserting a catheter at the groin and advancing it to the renal arteries where radiofrequency energy is delivered to disrupt the sympathetic nerves which surround the renal arteries. Nerve disruption prevents neurotransmitters that are normally released by these nerves from triggering a hormone response that increases heart rate, constricts blood vessels and raises blood pressure. Thistlethwaite, a community pediatrician, has struggled with high blood

pressure for several years and has been on medications for the last five years. After many attempts by the internist to control his blood pressure with medications, it was obvious that this approach would not be successful. He was then referred Dr. Dean Kereiakes at The Christ Hospital, who informed him about the Symplicity trial. The principal investigators for the Symplicity trial at The Christ Hospital are Kereiakes and Dr. Eugene Chung. Approximately 90 centers nationwide are participating in this trial with The Christ Hospital being the only participating center in the Greater Cincinnati region. For more information about Symplicity and enrollment requirements, contact The Lindner Research Center at (513) 585-1777. Patients can also visit for more information about the clinical trial.

BUSINESS NOTES Kluender hired

The start of the first annual MMM Mary Miller Memorial 5K Walk/Run took place at Miami Meadows Park April 14.




Loveland resident Neil Kluender was named project manager at Hixson, a Cincinnati-based architecture, engineering and interior design firm. In this position, Kluender will lead project teams, consist-

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Symmes Township resident John Whitney is one of the leaders of People Working Cooperatively's Repair Affair. THANKS TO KATIE SCULLY

Symmes man serves for nearly 20 years

John Whitney is a prime example of someone who pays it forward. When he and his wife, Jennifer, moved to Cincinnati in the late 1980s, the newlyweds spent one spring day helping residents improve their homes with People Working Cooperatively during its annual spring volunteer event, Repair Affair. Nearly 18 years later, the Symmes Township resident has recruited friends and fellow Procter & Gamble employees to join his crew by donating a morning to help PWC clients in need of critical home repairs. In the course of nearly two decades, Whitney said, “I’ve become closer with my co-workers and friends through this event. I’ve seen families grow and generations give back.” For many, building decks, installing handrails and repairing gutters are intimidating tasks. For Whitney, it’s nearly second nature; he learned to be handy at a young age from his father, Daniel Whitney. “My dad would work seven days a week, 12-hour shifts as a printer when I was growing up. In his free

TO VOLUNTEER To learn more about People Working Cooperatively or to volunteer, call Sara Bourgeois at (513) 351-7921 or visit www.pwchomerepairs .org.

time he was always fixing things around our house – repairs to the garage, attending to the roof. When he was at work, I would step in to help with those projects.” Like father like son, he passed his penchant for home repairs onto his two sons, Ryan and Nathan. The Whitney family has bonded by helping Cincinnati homeowners live safely in their homes through the annual Repair Affair event. “There are loads of special moments I’ve experienced throughout my Repair Affair years,” Whitney said. “I have very fond memories of working at a house with my boys and my dad—three generations of volunteers.” PWC celebrated its 30th anniversary for Repair Affair May 12 with more than 800 volunteers helping low-income, dis-

abled and elderly homeowners in the Tristate area live safely in their homes. This year, Whitney and his crew of P&G team members assisted a resident in Norwood, repairing the front porch of the home and fixing a leak in the tub. “PWC succeeds because of people like John,” said Sara Bourgeois, volunteer manager at PWC. “We are always in need of skilled volunteers for Repair Affair to serve our PWC clients in need.” Whitney laughs, recalling a Repair Affair day with inclement weather. “We were building a deck and stairs on the back of a client’s house. The gutters needed to be replaced as well. We worked on the gutters first; once they were removed from the house, the rain started to pour. We still joke about building the deck in a foot of water. It’s a learning experience.” Whitney said he always looks forward to reconnecting with friends he has made during the years. “It’s a great deal of fun,” he said, “to work with people with great hearts. That’s why I love the PWC team.”

With the click of a computer mouse button, anyone can access a wealth of data covering health conditions in Hamilton County. Called Community AHEAD, an acronym for Access to Hamilton County Epidemiology and AssessmentData,thispowerful, user-friendly database provides an up close and personal look at health conditions affecting the entire county. The AHEAD tool also allows users to zoom in on a specific area within the county and look at health issues affecting individual neighborhoods. “Information is power,” Hamilton County Health Commissioner Tim Ingram said. “By putting this information directly into the hands of community leaders and the general public, we’re working to develop a good, basic un-

derstanding of the health issues that we in public health deal with every day. Understanding health conditions will ultimately lead to prevention and better health practices countywide.” Categories covered within the AHEAD database are maternal and infant health, communicable disease, mortality and injury. “These categories allow the public to understand the impact of specific diseases and injuries and recognize trends in their communities.” said Ted Folger, Hamilton County Public Health director of epidemiology and assessment. “Because information is power, it’s important to understand how to operate the AHEAD tool and how to best understand the information it provides. It’s basically the same data we

use in conducting epidemiological surveillance throughout the county, so understanding the data and how it affects individual communities can lead to positive change.” Community leadership and the public can learn how to operate the AHEAD tool through an instructional video available at The instructional video and the AHEAD program are available from the homepage. For more information on accessing, operating or understanding any of the data available, call Ted Folger at 513-946-7873. Hamilton County Public Health works to assure the 460,000 citizens living outside the cities of Cincinnati, Norwood, Sharonville and Springdale are safe from disease, injury and contamination.

Mayerson JCC hosts Summer Cinema Series Based on feedback from the winter Jewish & Israeli Film Festival, the Mayerson JCC will offer more award-winning films and more comfortable seating at a great price at the JCC Summer Cinema Series, June 2628. The series began June 26, with “Melting Away” (Namess Ba'geshem), a 2012 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival Audience Favorite, and the first feature film in the history of Israeli cinema that deals with the topic of parents and their relationships with their transgendered children. This drama is an emotional tale that touches on real issues of sexuality and how everyday people

handle themselves when forced to deal with life and death and what is left in the wake. On Wednesday, June 27, at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., enjoy the comedy, “Arab Labor” (Avoda Avarit). Meet the Palestinian Seinfield, Amjad, a hapless but good-hearted journalist, who darts in and out of hilarious and poignant confrontations with his sassy wife, their smart-as-a-whip daughter, his overbearing parents and his hound-dog younger friend. He neurotically tries to conform to expectations in both Jewish and Arab worlds, and generally bungles it. Ending the Summer Cinema Series, “This is Sodom” (Zohi Sdom),

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Senior Competition Team Lauren Hoffman, Erica Padgett and Alexis Taylor of Broadway Bound Dance Academy get ready to compete at the Stage One Dance Competition. THANKS TO EMILIE LAROSA


Broadway Bound Dance Academy kicked off the competition season with a bang. The teams scored first place and finished in the top 10 of their division at the Stage One Dance Competition. The studio is at 10580 Loveland-Madeira Road in the CVS shopping plaza. For more information, please go to or call the studio at 774-9474.

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When the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati brought Pam Barbash to the current Jewish Family Service Food Pantry, she saw that the steep stairs and modest space would limit how well members of our community in need could be helped. Soon afterward, she and her husband, Bernie, decided to commit to the largest gift of their lives to help transform the JFS Food Pantry into a pioneering new facility – the Barbash Family Vital Support Center – to be located on the Cincinnati campus of He-

brew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. The Barbashes’ gift, which will exceed $1 million, propelled forward an unprecedented collaborative investment that will include the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, private donors and The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati. Funded by this partnership, the Barbash Center will be the first project to go live under the sponsorship of Cincinnati 2020, the community-wide collaboration to make Cincinnati a model community and a Jewish destination. Of the $2.1 million total private donations required to open the Barbash Center by early 2013, $800,000 must still be raised. To meet this goal, the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati

will partner with JFS to launch a sustainability campaign, co-chaired by Pam Barbash, Bret Caller and Beth Guttman. The transformative investment by The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati, which will total $3.2 million over a 10-year period, will be used for initial expenses of developing the Barbash Center and the increased costs of the expanded services. However, the bulk of the Center’s ongoing operating budget will continue to rely on donations given through both the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati’s Community Campaign and Jewish Family Service’s Friends Campaign.



RELIGION Ascension Lutheran Church

The summer worship schedule is now in progress with one service at 10 a.m. each Sunday. There is a nursery and visitors are always welcome. Various members of the congregation will provide special music at each service. The Wheel of Friendship is collecting health kits for Lutheran World Relief. Their goal is 100 kits. Ascension will donate school supplies to the Northeast Emergency Distribution Services (NEEDS.). Collections include backpacks and dry erase markers. NEEDS services 16 schools in the area. In July the youth will participate in Lutheran Outdoor Ministries day camp at the church. A Healing Touch ministry is beginning at Ascension.Call the church office at 793-3288 for more information. The church is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 7933288,

Brecon United Methodist Church

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

Church of the Saviour United Methodist

Swing Series honors Clooney Nancy James will lead a musical tribute to another great Cincinnati vocalist, Rosemary Clooney, to launch the Xavier Masters of Swing Series’ new season at the Gallagher Student Center Theater at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9. Season tickets for the series are $134. Single tickets are $25, with seniors $22 and students $3. For tickets, call 745James 3161, where tickets are also available for Xavier’s Classical Piano and Classical Guitar Series. The concert schedule after the Clooney tribute, with all at 3 p.m. Sundays at the Gallagher Center, 3800 Victory Parkway: Oct. 7: Randy Reinhart. Nov. 11: Trumpeter Byron Stripling, who recorded with giants like Dizzy Gillespie and played the role of Louis Armstrong on Broadway. Jan. 20: The Faux Frenchmen . March 24: Cincinnati vocalist Petra van Nuis . April 14: Today’s Four Freshmen, outstanding vocalists and instrumentalists (there’s a $5 addiitional charge for the freshmen). May 5: Cornetist Ed Polcer will take local fans on a fanciful trip down the Big Apple’s “Swing Street.”

Summer children’s camps are 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Register online at Register for morning Vacation Bible School at Son Rise National Park VBS is 9:30 a.m. to noon, June 25-29. Evening Vacation Bible School at Operation Overboard VBS is 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 6-10. The annual craft show is recruiting vendors to buy space at the show, which will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 10. Register at htm. The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242; 791-3142;

Epiphany United Methodist Church

Wee Three Kings Preschool has openings for the 3-year-old afternoon and 18-36 month Parent’s Day Out classes. Parents Day Out meets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays. Parents may choose one or two days a week. This is a great opportunity for children to learn to play with children their age, while parents get some much-needed time to themselves. The 3-year-old class meets two afternoons per week, from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Spots are filling fast. Call 6834256. The church is at 6635 LovelandMiamiville Road, Loveland; 677-9866.

Good Shepherd Catholic Church

The church has Roman Catholic Mass with contemporary music Sundays at 4 p.m. The Mass draws worshipers of all ages. Come early to get acquainted with the new songs which begin at 3:45 p.m. Stay after

Mass on the first Sunday of each month for food, fun, and fellowship. The church is at 8815 E. Kemper Road, Montgomery; 503-4262.

Lighthouse Baptist Church

Sunday school is at 10 a.m. Sunday morning service is 11 a.m. The church is meeting at Raffel’s Blue Ash Banquet Center, 11330 Williamson Road, Blue Ash; 709-3344.

Loveland Presbyterian Church

Sunday worship time is 10 a.m. followed by fellowship classes and Sunday School classes.The church has a youth group for seventh- through 12th-grade. The church is at 360 Robin, Loveland; 683-2525.

Loveland United Methodist Church

Sunday morning chapel is 8:15 a.m.; 9:30 a.m. is the Engage! contemporary service; and 11 a.m. is the classic traditional service. Sunday school for all ages is at 9:30 a.m. Sunday School for children is 11 a.m. for ages 4 through sixth-grade. Nursery care will be provided all morning on Sunday. The church is at 10975 S. Lebanon Road, Loveland; 683-1738;

Montgomery Community Church

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

mery Road; 489-0892;; theboxes.

PromiseLand Church The church has prayer revival at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays.Sunday Worship Service is at 11 a.m. The church is located at 6227 Price Road, Loveland; 677-5981,

River Hills Christian Church

Thriving Moms is a group for moms of infants through high school students that meets weekly to receive encouragement and instruction, make friends and have fun; conducted 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; child care provided. Call 583-0371. The church is at 6300 Price Road, Loveland; 677-7600.

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

New summer worship service hours are now in effect. Spoken Holy Eucharist is 8 a.m. and Eucharist with music is 10 a.m. Save the dates for Vacation Bible School: Thursday, July 19 through July 22. The theme is “SKY: Where kids discover that everything is possible with God. The St. Barnabas Youth Choir practices following Holy Communion at the 9:30 a.m. service and ends promptly at 11:15 a.m. All young people are welcome. The St. Barnabas Band practices from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sundays. Youthful singers and instrumentalists are needed. The Older People with Active Lifestyles would like to Ride the Ducks in Newport, Ky. Wednesday, July 18. Space is limited. Call the church for details. The annual St. Barnabas Canoe Outing will be 10 a.m. Saturday, June 30. Call the church for details and to reserve a spot. An intercessory healing prayer service is conducted at 7 p.m.

Reds fans donate 10K pounds of canned goods Will provide for more than 8,500 pantry meals The Society of St. Vincent de Paul thanks Reds fans for helping to Strike Out Hunger. Fans who attended the June 13 Reds game at Great American Ballpark donated 10,000 pounds of canned goods – enough to help our network of food pantries provide 8,500 meals. For contributing to

the food drive, fans received tickets to the July 30 game between the Reds and the San Diego Padres. The Cincinnati Reds and WLWT partnered with St. Vincent de Paul to sponsor the drive. “We are grateful to the fans who donated food. Their generosity will help struggling families in our community feed their children this summer,” said Liz Carter, executive director of St. Vincent de Paul. “We would also like to

thank our friends at the Cincinnati Reds and WLWT for their support and commitment to serving our neighbors in need.” St. Vincent de Paul provided more than 75,000 people with groceries in 2011, with half of that food given to families with children. For more information about donating or volunteering at St. Vincent de Paul, please contact 513562-8841, ext. 220 or visit www.SVDPcincinnati. org.

the first Minday of each month. A men’s breakfast group meets at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday morning sat Steak N Shake in Montgomery. Ladies Bible study meets at 10 a.m. Tuesday mornings at the church. Friends in Fellowship meets at 6:15 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month for a potluck dinner at the church. The Bereavement Support Group for widows and widowers meets from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., the second and fourth Saturdays. The church is at 10345 Montgomery Road, Montgomery; 984-8401;

St. Paul Community United Methodist Church

St. Paul Church services are 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. for traditional worship and 9:30 a.m. for contemporary worship with Praise Band. Sunday School is 9:30 a.m. for all ages and 11 a.m. is children’s mission hour. Nursery care is provided for all services. Small group prayer and share meets at 7:30 a.m. every Wednesday morning in the chapel to discuss the upcoming Sunday morning scripture. The church is at 8221 Miami Road, Madeira; 891-


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Sycamore Presbyterian Church

Join us in worship at 8:45 a.m., 9:45 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday School for age 3 to grade 12 meets at 10:45 a.m. Childcare is available in the nursery during the 9:45 and 10:45 services for infants through age 2. Sycamore Presbyterian PreSchool is now enrolling for the 2012-2013 school year. The church is at 11800 MasonMontgomery Road, Symmes Township; 683-0254;


Sharonville United Methodist

8:15 & 11amTraditional Service & Kingdom Kids 9:30am Adult & Children’s Sunday School 7:00pm Wednesday, Small Groups for all ages Infant care available for all services

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Sunday worship and junior worship services at 10:30 a.m. Sunday Bible study for all ages at 9 a.m. Adult and Youth Bible studies each Wednesday at 7 p.m. Women’s Study Group at 6:30 p.m. every second Wednesday of the month. Includes light refreshments and special ladies study. The church is at 6555 Cooper Road, Sycamore Township; 891-7891.


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

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


8005 Pfeiffer Rd. Montgomery 791-3142 "Bustin’ Out: Change The World, Move Up!" Traditional Worship 8:20am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship 9:40am Sunday School (All ages) 9:40 & 11am Nursery Care Provided

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POLICE REPORTS LOVELAND Arrests/citations Sophie M. McDole, 18, 1405 Gibson Road, littering, June 12. Erron S. Jones, 24, 1766 Fairmount Ave., arrest-other agency/county warrant, June 13. Juvenile, 16, domestic violencebelief of imminent physical harm, aggravated menacing, June 14. Felny G. San Vicente Mers, 39, 8678 Arrowhead Drive, sale of liquor to underage person, June 15. Dijon Lakendre Davis, 19, 381 Timrick Place, criminal mischief, June 16. Jennifer Lynn Tokich, 41, 4148 North Ave., capias, June 17. Kenneth Michael Doud, 21, 260 Riva Ridge Court, criminal damaging-knowingly, June 19.

Incidents/investigations Assault-knowingly At 409 Loveland-Madeira Road, June 12. Criminal damaging-knowingly At 102 Arcaro Drive, June 18. Criminal mischief At 793 W. Main St., June 16. Domestic violence-belief of imminent physical harm,

aggravated menacing At 600 Park Ave., June 14. Littering At 600 Loveland-Madeira Road, June 12. Re-cite other department At 401 W. Loveland Ave., June 17. Sale of liquor to underage person At 106 W. Loveland Ave., June 15. Theft At 1008 Sunrise Drive, June 15.

Amy M. Wells, 21, 1806 Parker, theft, drug instrument, June 8. Juvenile, 15, underage consumption, June 8. William R. King, 56, 3150 Wehr Road, improper handling of firearm in vehicle, driving under influence, June 9. Juvenile, 17, underage consumption, June 9. Thomas Zapf, 64, 3226 Ohio 131 No. A, driving under suspension, June 12.


Assault Female was assaulted at KCs Pub at 1033 Ohio 28, June 10. Burglary Gas can and fishing poles taken; $233 at 1061 Hayward, June 6. Golf equipment taken; $2,125 at 518 Blackhawk Trail, June 7. Tool box taken; $850 at 5510 Betty Lane, June 9. Criminal damage Dome light removed from van at 453 Wards Corner, June 5. Vehicle damaged at 5828 Jeb Stuart Drive, June 10. Criminal mischief Benches written on with markers at Miami Meadows Park at Ohio 131, June 5. Vehicle driven through lawn at 1200 Retswood, June 6.

Arrests/citations Kurtis A. Stuart, 19, 812 Cove Court, domestic violence, June 6. Charles W. Wells, 43, 1031 Ohio 28, domestic violence, June 6. John T. Griffith, 19, 755 Woodbourne, underage consumption, June 7. Kelley R. Panko, 35, 912 Honeysuckle, child endangering, open container, June 6. Rachel Olsen, 33, 3800 Meadow Lark, drug instrument, June 7. Juvenile, 16, drug paraphernalia, June 8. Cynthia J. Shields, 22, 661 Park Ave. No. 3, complicity to theft, drug instrument, June 8.


ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Community Press publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: » Loveland, Chief Tim Sabransky, 583-3000 » Miami Township, Chief Stephen Bailey, 248-3721 » Symmes Township, Lt. Tom Butler, 774-6351 or 683-3444 Disorderly conduct Fight reported in area at 1020 Anthony Lane, June 4. Domestic violence At Briar Cove Court, June 6. At Ohio 28, June 6. At Valley View Drive, June 8. Fraud Male stated ID used with no authorization at 1337 Mills of Miami, June 5. Male stated ID used with no authorization at 1205 Ridgewood, June 7. Theft Female stated ID used with no authorization at 1207 Ridgewood, June 4. Miscellaneous paper work from vehicle at 5760 Lynn Clara, June 4. Trailer taken at 423 Wards Corner, June 5.

DEATHS Matthew David Burson


The following individuals are delinquent on their rental payments and their personal property will be sold at public sale on Friday, July 6th at Landen Store & Lock, 2575 W. U.S. Route 22/3, Maineville, OH 45039 at 1:00p.m.. GINA SOVINE(UNIT 173)-2133 RIVER DRIVE MAINEVILLE, OH 45039 These units contain general merchandise and furniture. The last day to pay delinquent rent and charges is FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2012 at12:00p.m. 1712020

Matthew David Burson, 24, died June 11. Survived by parents Ronald and Nancy (Underwood) Burson; brother, Andrew Burson; grandfather, Melvin Underwood; grandparents Herbert and Pauline Burson; Burson aunts and uncles David (Debbie) Underwood, Diana (Robert) Haman and John Burson; four cousins, cat, Sweet Pea; and many friends from Ohio University and Gahanna Lincoln High School. Preceded in death by grandmother, Kathleen Elaine (Norris) Underwood. Services were June 18 at Schoedinger Northeast Chapel, Gahanna, Ohio. Memorials to: the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 75816, Topeka, KS 66675. The family requests that no flowers be sent due to allergies.

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Game cards taken from Meijer; $17 at Ohio 28, June 6. GPS unit and gas card taken from vehicle; $15 at 433 Wards Corner, June 6. Horse equipment taken from trailer; $3,600 at 902 Carpenter Road, June 3. Boots, etc. taken from Meijer; $125 at Ohio 28, June 8. Wallet taken from vehicle at 5699 Greiman, June 8. Golf equipment taken; $2,500 at 971 Caribou, June 8. Merchandise taken from Kohl's; $236 at Ohio 28, June 8. Merchandise taken from Kohl's; $326 at Ohio 28, June 8. Purse taken; $95 cash at 5765 Mount Vernon, June 9. Jewelry taken; $3,600 at 762 McCelland, June 9. Female stated ID used with no

authorization at 1009 Redbird, June 9. Unauthorized use 2006 Pontiac taken at 6273 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, June 9.

SYMMES TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Sandra Meyer, 31, 8889 Remington Road, domestic violence at 8889 Remington Road, June 4. Manuel Williams, 51, 285 Lake St., domestic violence at 12093 Mason Way, June 3.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering AC units, copper pipes, bike of unknown value removed at 9721 Loveland-Madeira Road, May 30. Criminal damaging Vehicle damaged at 12165 Sycamore Terrace, June 5. Discharge firearm Reported at 12038 Mason Way, June 1. Misuse of credit card Reported at 11820 Hawthorn Woods Court, June 3. Theft Catalytic converter removed from vehicle at 9670 Waterford Place, June 4.

REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS Loveland (Clermont Co.) 113 Ramsey Court, DZ Investment Co. LLC to The Drees Co., 0.4202 acre, $66,500.


1313 Main St.: Warren Christine to Durbin Lisa M.; $57,500. 2 Iroquois Drive: West Debra Sue to Smith Karen L.; $82,000. 248 Riva Ridge Court: Kasper Matthew P. to Mehbod William M. & Barbara J. Williams; $231,000. 415 Ohio Ave.: Schickel Martin D. to Green Deborah; $74,000. 713 Mohican Drive: Miller John Carl to Federal National Mortgage Association; $56,000. Miami Township 803 Almahurst Lane, John & Lori Sence to Jeffrey & Lori Martin, $355,000. 6102 Balsam Drive, Katherine Whitcome & Nancy Whitcome to Andrew & Alison Martin, $268,900. 877 Blackpine Drive, Cyndee & James Seals Jr. to Jeffrey & Jody Morgan, $312,500. 878 Blackpine Drive, Patricia

Brandstetter to Denise Esteves-Hicks, $365,000. 1127 Broadview Place, Burdell Jones Jr., et al. to U.S. Bank NA, as trustee, $60,000. 5724 Buckwheat Road, Wang Jing LLC to Jared Neal Hamm, $83,500. 5951 Castlewood Crossing, Marilyn Geiger to Nancy Johnson, $190,000. 5737 Crabapple Way Drive, Steve Peacock to U.S. Bank NA, as successor trustee, $76,666.67. 5952 Creek Side Drive, Thomas & Beverly Susman to David & Stephanie Gresham, $260,000. 6250 Forest Crest Court, Charles & Alysa Chapman to Lauren & Kyle Kellum, $168,100. 1123 Fox Run Road, Edward & Roxie Schuster to Renata Fuhrman, $133,765. 6326 Greensboro Court, Randall & Lisa Riddle, et al. to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., $180,000. 1084 Hayward Circle, Melissa Glover to Chris Farnsworth & Brooke Fransworth, $218,000. 5699 Highland Terrace, Edward Gatrell, et al. to U.S. Bank NA,

as successor trustee, $110,000. 5653 Highland Terrace, Cassandra & Frank Prastine to Christina Humbach, $168,000. 5866 Irish Dude Drive, Michael Thompson to Andrew & Leah Crouch, 2.9850 acre, $399,000. 5981 Meadowcreek Drive, Unit 4, Eric & Mary Bales to Michael & Rae-Jean Hargraves, $54,500. 722 Miami Heights Court, Paul & Pamela Albrecht to Tracey Spikes, $355,000. 1574 Orchard Valley Drive, Patrick & Janine Sullivan to Luke Jones, $157,000. 6645 Paxton Guinea Road, Gregory Rogers to Lori Keller, $212,000. 6914 Paxton Road, Diane Lombardo, et al. to Federal National Mortgage Assoc., $140,000. 6245 Seattle Rule Court, Timothy Caldwell, trustee to Eric Waginger, 0.5810 acre, $236,000. 6659 Smith Road, Nathan & Sara Long to Daniel & Shannon Willoughby, 0.9200 acre, $230,000. 907 Stone Court, NVR Inc. to Robert & Jennifer Jordan,

0.5268 acre, $364,854. 5864 Stonebridge Circle Unit 304, Carol Alf to Shelby & Erica Baird, $148,000. 1003 Tech Valley Drive, CenterBank to Galsc II LLC, 3.7000 acre, $500,000. 6102 Weber Oaks Drive, Jeffrey & Jody Morgan to Brandon Bird, 0.2110 acre, $200,000. 2005 Weber Road, David & Laura Moser to Mitch Rath, 0.1810 acre, $193,000. 5706 West Day Circle, Estate of Edith Loreen Mooney to Alison Wright, $92,000. 5643 Wittmer Meadows, Conrad Meadows LLC to Maronda Homes of Cincinnati LLC, 0.2940 acre, $27,250.


10563 Tanagerhills Drive: Johnson Clark J. & Marea L. to Bruck Christopher & Elizabeth; $275,000. 12110 Montgomery Road: Djgn LLC to Cyb LLC; $900,000. 9262 Solon Drive: Rezene Aden T. & Haile to Paeth Joshua M. & Cheryl J.; $229,000.

Cancer nonprofit adds three faces to leadership board Cancer Support Community Greater CincinnatiNorthern Kentucky (CSC, formerly The Wellness Community), a local nonprofit that provides free and professionally-led programs of support, education and hope for people affected by cancer, recently welcomed three new trustees to their board. » Ted Inman, CEO of OHC, a 50-physician group specializing in cancer and blood disorders with 20 locations throughout the Tristate. Inman is a graduate of the University of Michigan where he received his bachelor’s and law degrees. Prior to moving to Cincinnati in 2011, Inman held senior management positions with two medical groups and a large law firm in western Michigan. » Brian McHale, owner and CEO of Sunrise Advertising. McHale is a graduate of Miami University and has been recognized as a “Media Maven” by Advertising Age and as one of the Cincinnati Business Courier’s “Top 40 Under 40.” Prior to launching Sunrise, he served as president of Empower MediaMarketing.

Cancer Support Community Board President Craig Sumerel of Indian Hill, left, and Board President-Elect Richard Moore, right welcomes new board members, in center from left, Shanda Spurlock of Ludlow Ky., Ted Inman of Loveland and Brian McHale of Anderson Township. THANKS TO RICK BRYAN » Shanda Spurlock, attorney with Dinsmore & Shohl. Spurlock earned degrees from Olivet Nazarene University and University of Dayton School of Law prior to beginning her legal career at the Children’s Law Center. She was a YWCA Rising Star in 2011 and named to the Ohio Super Lawyer’s list of Rising Stars in 2009 and 2010.

“We are fortunate once again to have a truly impressive group of individuals willing to share their expertise and leadership to help Cancer Support Community continue to expand our free and professionally-led programs for people affected by cancer and help us build awareness in the community,” said Rick Bryan, Executive Director

of CSC. “These local leaders each have a stellar background in terms of their professional achievements and community involvement and we are so grateful for their commitment to our board.” For more information, call 791-4060 or 859-3315568, or visit www.CancerSupport


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