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By Chuck Gibson

All signs pointed to a light voter turnout on Election Day in Loveland Tuesday, Nov. 5. Hamilton County Board of Elections reported the turnout at 30.3 percent, with 1,919 votes cast in the city council race out of 6,327 registered voters. There were 262 ballots cast in Clermont County and 578 votes cast in Warren County. Unofficial final results show Linda Cox, Pam Gross, Rob Weisgerber and Ted Phelps as the four council winners. Brent Zuch finished eight votes behind Phelps. Cox was the winner in all three counties; Gross was second in all three counties; Weisgerber was third in all three counties. Zuch beat Phelps by six votes in Hamilton County, but Phelps defeated Zuch by 15 votes in Clermont and by seven votes in Warren. Compared to the Presidential election one year ago, Wayne Martin, presiding precinct judge for Precinct B in Loveland, said this year was a “very light” turnout. Last year lines were long before the polls opened. There was no line this year when Martin opened the doors for Precinct B in Loveland. What about compared to other non-presidential election years?


By Jason Hoffman

took place inside the Loveland Safety Center on Lebanon Road. Deborah O’Connell and Ron Marshall were the presiding precinct D and E judges on hand there.

LOVELAND — When the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantries in Hamilton County faced a food shortage, officials called on Loveland High School students. In less than two weeks, students collected more than 4,000 canned and dry goods. “At first, I was a little nervous with the response we would get,” said Kelly Farrell, Loveland High School senior. The senior class organized a Facebook group and Twitter campaign to rally students, and the high school’s administration added the extra benefit of an early dismissal day for the class that collected the most cans. Freshman won the competition. “This senior class is charged with energy,” said Chris Kloesz, Loveland High School principal. “Their reputation of positive energy in the community is on display ... especially when they are helping other people.”


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Signs and campaign helpers point the way for voters at Precinct's D and E in the Loveland Safety Center. CHUCK GIBSON/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

“This is the lightest I’ve ever seen it,” Martin said. “We only had one person here when the polls opened.” The candidates and their helpers were out in force though. At a given moment Tuesday afternoon, a voter

could have spoken with six of the seven candidates for Loveland City Council in the parking lot outside Receptions where Precinct B voting took place. At the same time, turnout was equally light at Precinct’s D and E where polling

County levies important to Symmes voters By Leah Fightmaster

Voter turnout was steady at the Symmes Township branch library during election day. LEAH FIGHTMASTER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Although there were a levy renewal and a trustees’ race on the ballot in Symmes Township, voters were concerned about the fate of the library and zoo levies. By midday, 91 out of about 450 registered voters had stopped in to the polls at the Symmes Township Branch of the Hamilton County Public Library, 11850 Enyart Road. Poll workers said that turnout was at about what they thought it would, and that many regular voters were already in to cast their ballots. Elizabeth Schmidt said she came out to vote because primarily for the library and zoo levies, add-



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ing that she felt residents “can’t let the library and zoo down.” Sally Richards echoed that sentiment, saying those issues were important to her. “People need these assets in their community,” she said. However, she said she wasn’t out to vote for any specific candidates, adding that she’d read their names and campaigns, but felt it was hard to get to know them. By the end of the day, only 2,562 ballots out of 10,582 registered voters were cast across the township, which is about 24 percent of the voting population in Symmes Township. Current township trustees Ken Bryant and Jodie Leis got 1,729 and 1,709 votes,

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respectively, defeating challenger Eric Minamyer, who got 738 votes, according to the unofficial results from the Hamilton County Board of Elections. Fiscal Officer Carol Sims also defeated her challenger, Vince Wallace, with 1,469 votes to his 853, according to the results. The township’s 0.9-mill road levy renewal was approved by about 80 percent. The county library and zoo levies also passed by about 80 percent each as well. Results are unofficial until the board of elections certifies the election later this month. Want more updates for Symmes Township? Follow Leah Fightmaster on Twitter: @LCFightmaster.




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Senior Emily Hoff said helping the needy is a tradition her class is proud to carry on. “I was a little apprehensive because we didn’t have too much time to plan, but it came together quickly,” Hoff said. The drive was the first service project of the year for the senior class, which spearheads the Community Service Program and Senior Service Day benefiting 13 organizations in the Greater Cincinnati area. “As a food pantry volunteer I regularly have to tell families of five that they may have one can of

Loveland High School Spanish teacher Bre Sambuchino, left, along with students Kelly Farrell, center, and Emily Hoff, right, organized a canned-food drive benefiting the nine Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantries of Hamilton County, resulting in more than 4,000 items being collected. JASON HOFFMAN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

tuna or a jar of peanut butter for their protein allotment; now I have to say

that there are no protein sources available and it is heartbreaking,” said Bre Sambuchino, Loveland High School Spanish teacher and organizer of the food drive.

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DONATING IN LOVELAND The Loveland Inter-Faith Effort operates year-round, serving about 375 people each month through its food pantry and other programs. It began in 1998 and is supported by area churches and the Loveland-Symmes Fire Department to serve needy families and individuals in the Loveland City Schools District. For more information, visit or call (513) 583-8222.


CAIN (Churches Active in Northside) – 4230 Hamilton Ave.; 591-2246; Caring Place – 6313 Kennedy Ave.; 841-1999 Fairfield Church of God – 6001 Dixie Highway; 8742434; Food Pantry of Fairfield – 1085 Maggie Ave.; 8299047; Loveland InterFaith Effort, 101 S. Lebanon Road; 583-8222; Mt. Healthy Alliance – 7717 Harrison Ave, Mt. Healthy; 521-3700; www.mthealthyalliance,org Northeast Emergency Distribution Services (NEEDS) – Kenwood Baptist Church, 8341 Kenwood Road; 8910850 Valley Interfaith Food and Clothing Center – 420 W.Wyoming Ave.;; 821-3233


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“It is light, but it is always light in this precinct,” O’Connell said. “We are at about 12 percent of voters today. Very low.” “I’d say medium,” was Marshall’s response to how he would characterize turnout for Precinct D in Loveland. “Maybe light. We’ve had 187 of 950.”


Candidate Clermont Hamilton Warren Total Cox 260 1,087 135 1,972 Gross 239 1,036 133 1,408 Weisgerber 207 980 74 1,261 Phelps 175 885 68 1,128 Zuch 168 891 61 1,120 Bednar 187 771 59 1,017 Kuhn 118 477 48 643


Candidate Clermont Hamilton Warren Total Blumberg 930 1,660 58 2,648 Bontrager 812 1,293 41 2,146 Pennington 813 1,395 53 2,261 Phelps 811 1,307 46 2,164

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Police chief retires on Election Day By Keith BieryGolick

MIAMI TWP. — It’s no se-

cret Miami Township Police Chief R. Steven Bailey planned to retire. Township officials created an assistant chief position in 2011 to prepare for this, and essentially hired Sue Madsen from Union Township to replace him. On Election Day, he made it official. “Change is inevitable. Change is a part of live,” said Trustee Mary Makley Wolff. “Any time you have change you have the opportunity to get better.” Wolff said Bailey most likely had an opportunity to become a teacher, which was the reason Fire Chief Jim Whitworth retired in August. “The chief has always been interested in education, and does a lot of that on his own time,” she said. “When you have a very long career (sometimes) you kind of just want an opportunity to try something a little different.” Bailey could not be reached for comment. Trustee Karl Schultz said Bailey came to the township in a critical development time. “That was at a time ... when we were really working our way through becoming more of an urbanized type of community,” Schultz said. “He’s developed a highly recognized, certified police department. We owe him an awful lot for that.” Despite the kind words from both Schultz and Wolff, the chief’s relationship with trustees appeared to be strained. Bailey requested to travel to Philadelphia for a police conference recently, but trustees denied his request. “We’re in the middle of changing forces with the fire chief,” Trustee Mary Makley Wolff said at the time. “This just isn’t a good time.” Trustee Ken Tracy said officials made it clear de-

partment heads need to evaluate out-oftownship travel and make sure they are getting a Bailey return on the investment. “Obviously, this is something we’ll have to address going forward,” Tracy said. Trustees also pushed back against the department’s request to buy a sport-utility vehicle instead of a sedan. “I’m not hearing a plan,” Wolff said. Trustees OK’d the purchase, but Wolff warned the department “I will not get in the habit of being forced into making decisions because we are under the gun.” She called the reasoning for the vehicle “a little wonky.” Wolff said she was “just being an advocate for the careful use of taxpayer dollars” and denied any rift between Bailey and the trustees. “We have no issue with the chief,” she said. “I think we all respect each other.” Wolff said Bailey improved relations with the school district and increased the professionalism of the organization. The chief does leave with a murder in the township still unsolved. A 65-year-old Pinebluff Drive resident was killed Feb. 11, around 8 p.m. Paul Leiter died in his chair, shot to death through a window from outside his home. Police last provided an update in March, when Crime Stoppers offered a $2,500 reward for helpful information. “It’s easy to criticize that, but people do not understand we are hamstrung by the fact we don’t want to jeopardize the ongoing investigation,” Wolff said. “There are things we can’t say because it could interfere. I think we have been on top of the murder situation all along.”

BRIEFLY Police, high school sponsor food drive

The Loveland Police Division, in partnership Loveland Kroger and Loveland High School “Tigers in Service” community service club, are sponsoring a food drive Saturday, Nov. 16, to benefit the Loveland LIFE Food Pantry. The Police Division is hoping to stuff one or more cruisers with donated, non-perishable items. “As Thanksgiving approaches and folks are thinking about stuffed turkey, we wanted to reach out to help those in need by stuffing a cruiser,” Police Chief Tim Sabransky said. “We are looking forward to working side by side with our 'Tigers in Service' students to help our community.” Kathy Schroeder, LIFE food drive coordinator, is also excited about this venture. “LIFE Food Pantry is grateful to the City of Loveland and its people. They have a history of being generous to

their neighbors in need,” Schroeder said. The "Stuff A Cruiser" food drive will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Loveland Kroger, 800 Loveland-Madeira Road. A list of suggested items will be available at the collection site.

Loveland Schools host community technology meeting

The Loveland City School District welcomes all members of the Tiger

Family to attend a community technology meeting 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Loveland Intermediate School/Loveland Middle School Media Center. Participants will be involved in small-group discussion to provide the district feedback on the following areas: What technology based learning equipment or resources does the district currently utilize that you like? What improvements would you like to see the

district make to current practices? What direction do you believe the district should go? What advancements are needed? In addition, Loveland teachers will present the innovative ways technology is being used to strengthen learning opportunities for students at all levels in the district. Please RSVP to Julie Dunn (dunnju to confirm your attendance.

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LHS paper wins international award Loveland High School’s student newspaper, The Roar, has received an International First Place Award in the 2013 International Awards for School News Media, sponsored by the Quill & Scroll Honorary Society for High School Journalists. First Place Award winners are rated as having made “superior achievement.” The award covers work done during the 2012-13 school year. “An award of this caliber from such

an esteemed organization should serve as notable public acknowledgement of the talent and dedication of the students whose cooperative efforts produce the extraordinary news publication that is The Roar at Loveland High School,” said Chris Kloesz, Loveland High School principal. “Congratulations to this outstanding journalistic staff.” The following students comprised The Roar’s staff last school year: editors-in-chief Bridget Landis and Jenna

Myklebust; fellow 2013 graduates Matt Becker, Andrew Bessey, Mitch Casperson, Laura Doppler, Mallory Jackson, Danny McManus, Ryan Moss, Erin Pogue, Carla Weismantel and Maddie Whitaker; and current seniors Megan Day, Sydney Dudley, Brad Faust, Sarah Goldenberg, Rachel Griswold, Kayla Herrmann, Mackenzie Johnson, Anne Lehmann, Darby Moloney, Ricky Mulvey, Anna Niemeyer and Erin Richmond. Neil Schmidt served as faculty

adviser. In its evaluation, Quill and Scroll wrote, “You obviously have an extremely dedicated staff that cares about the quality of the product you’re delivering to the audience. You’re also more advanced than most publications because you’re harnessing a mixture of print and online media to reach students.” Follow The Roar on Twitter (@lovelandroar) for frequent updates on school news and sports.

Loveland students get good start back to school By Chuck Gibson

The new school year got off to a very special good start for several Loveland students and their families. With the help and collaboration of The Loveland Initiative and Loveland Interfaith Effort (LIFE) Back to School fair, several students got the supplies they needed for a fresh start to the new school year. Terri Rogers, executive director for the Loveland Initiative, said the goal of the collaboration is to ensure every child has new backpacks and school supplies for the new school year. “We succeeded in reaching that goal with the generous donations from members of our community,” Rogers said. “Through the Back to School Fair, we have made a positive impact on the lives of children and families in our community.” Through this effort, both organizations have demonstrated their continued commitment to making life better for families affected by poverty. On Aug. 17, the program distributed backpacks filled with grade-appropriate school supplies to 208 students. The children also received new shoes, hooded sweatshirts and other products. School, library, and assistance information booths were also available for families during the Back to School fair. While offering thanks to the many donors throughout the community, and to the “hard-working” volunteers who support the efforts of the two organizations, Rogers stressed the importance of the back to school program. “We feel that children are more optimistic and encouraged to start the school year focusing on learning and not on too small shoes or hand-me-down bags,” she said. “It is about generating excitement and joy at the prospect of returning to

Back-to-school supplies like these were distributed to 208 Loveland children to help give them a fresh start to the new school yearCHUCK GIBSON/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS


The Loveland Initiative and Loveland Interfaith Effort's back-to-school fair was Aug. 17 at Prince of Peace Church in Loveland- School children received new school supplies for a fresh start to the new school year. THANKS TO TERRI ROGERS

school.” About The Loveland Initiative and the Loveland Inter-Faith Effort (LIFE) Both are 501(c)(3) registered charities. For more information on The Loveland Initiative, please contact Terri Rogers at 677-1057. For more information on LIFE, contact Barb Wood, 683-4147. The donors ImpactGFC, Pheasant on the Lake,

River Hills Church, Mosaic Cincinnati, LCNB, Salon Rapport, Saint Columban Church, Tina Pickle, Zumba Gold, Prince of Peace, Pop Kids, Belle Meade, Loveland Music Academy, Epiphany United Methodist Church, Miami Trails Neighborhood Network, Angilos Pizza, Northeast Community Church, New Hope Baptist Church, Kroger, Earth-Shares, and many others.

Both are 501(c)(3) registered charities. For more information on The Loveland Initiative, please contact Terri Rogers at 677-1057. For more information on LIFE, contact Barb Wood, 683-4147.


ImpactGFC, Pheasant on the Lake, River Hills Church, Mosaic Cincinnati, LCNB, Salon Rapport, Saint Columbian Church, Tina Pickle, Zumba Gold, Prince of Peace, Pop Kids, Belle Meade, Loveland Music Academy, Epiphany United Methodist Church, Miami Trails Neighborhood Network, Angilos Pizza, Northeast Community Church, New Hope Baptist Church, Kroger, Earth-Shares, and many others.

CHCA students recognized

Ten Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy students were named National Merit Commended students. They're ten of about 34,000 nationally commended students. The commended students are Sarah Ottenjohn of Montgomery, Kendall Hart of West Chester, Ellie Coggins or Montgomery, Hannah Chait of West Chester, Josh Mangels of Loveland, Chris Zhang of Symmes Township, John Wells of Mt. Lookout, Kevin Bao of Mason and Kimmi Bolsinger of West Chester. Morgan Shiveley of Lebanon is not pictured. THANKS TO CHCA

Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy’s Zachary Alvarado, of Symmes Township, was named a Hispanic Scholar by the National Hispanic Recognition Program. He is one of about 5,000 named in the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Mariana Islands and the Marshall Islands, as well as U.S. citizens attending schools abroad. Ten Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy students were named National Merit Commended students. They’re 10 of about 34,000 nationally commended students. The commended students are Sarah Ottenjohn of Montgomery, Kendall Hart of West Chester Township, Ellie Coggins of Montgomery, Hannah Chait of West Chester Township, Josh Mangels of Loveland, Chris Zhang of Symmes Township, John Wells of Mount Lookout, Kevin Bao of Mason, Kimmi Bolsinger of West Chester Township and Morgan Shiveley of Lebanon (not pictured). Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy’s three National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists will continue in the competition to potentially be named National Merit Scholars and be awarded scholarships to college. The semi-finalists are Andrew Minnich of Mason, Angela Carver of Loveland and Sarah Cunningham of Sycamore Township.

Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy's three National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists will continue in the competition to potentially be named National Merit Scholars and be awarded scholarships to college. The semifinalists are Andrew Minnich of Mason, Angela Carver of Loveland and Sarah Cunningham of Sycamore Township. THANKS TO CHCA

Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy's Zachary Alvarado of Symmes Township was recently named a Hispanic Scholar by the National Hispanic Recognition Program. He is one of about 5,000 named in the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Mariana Islands and the Marshall Islands, as well as U.S. citizens attending schools abroad. THANKS TO CHCA



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Residents oppose zone change request By Keith BieryGolick

MIAMI TWP. — For the second time in as many months, the Miami Township Zoning Commission delayed its decision about Irvine Wood Recovery’s proposed zone change. “Each hearing we tend to learn more and more. I think it is premature for us to even discuss this tonight,” said Kevin Malof, Zoning Commission member. “I would recommend

we continue this for yet another month to give us an opportunity to review evEthridge erything.” Irvine Wood Recovery is a wood grinding and mulching business on 110 Glendale Milford Road. Les Irvine, the company’s president, recently bought about eight acres of land where the

Lake Remington trailer park used to be located. About 1 acre of the property is zoned industrial, but the other acreage is restricted for mobile park homes. Irvine requested a zone change to fully utilize the land, but has been met by vocal opposition from residents. Representatives from both sides of the issue spoke to the commission at a recent meeting where extra chairs were brought in to accommodate the large, impas-

sioned crowd. Lou Ethridge, the director of community development, recommended the commission approve the zone change. Tom Keating, an attorney representing a significant number of affected residents, stated the residential nature of the current zoning should not be ignored. “We all have to agree there were real life people there living there (in the trailer park). Maybe they were down on their luck, but they were liv-

ing there,” Keating said. Residents complained about the noise and possibility of polluted air coming from the operation. Irvine addressed both. “There have been reports that our operation will double in size and bring in more grinders – that’s simply not the truth,” he said. Irvine wants to move the company’s mulching operation, which currently abuts the bike trail, to his new property

– not buy more grinders. Keating declared the Irvine operation illegal, citing language regarding outside industrial operations in the township’s zoning code. Lasserre Bradley, a zoning commissioner member, asked the township’s law director to look into Keating’s claims and provide some clarity at the next meeting. The case will ultimately be approved or denied by township trustees.

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Miami Twp. voters elect incumbents ing team. I think the community sees that,” he said. “Any time you have an election it is either a vote of confidence or a vote the other way.” Even without considering the changes in leadership, Wolff said safety services will be the township’s most difficult task moving forward. “We are going to be challenged to maintain that level of service because of changes in the state (funding),” she said. “I can succinctly tell you that the future funding of safety services is the biggest issue. It’s an expensive, important service.” Wolff said she would like to bring back advisory groups made up residents and staff to focus on such issues. “Sometimes people will talk to their neighbors, but maybe are intimidated about talking to elected officials,” she said. “Anytime you make it easier for people to tell you how they feel it is better for everyone involved.” Schultz said he will focus on improving the township’s infrastructure. “Before we had the (state) Route 28 improvements, the biggest detriment to us was a lack of access,” he said. “We are approaching 41,000 people in our township – but if you look at Goshen Township and Stonelick Township, those people come

By Keith BieryGolick

MIAMI TWP. — Miami Township is going through a transition. Trustees recently hired a new fire chief, and longtime Police Chief R. Steven Bailey announced his retirement Nov. 5. With key safety service departments in flux, voters chose to go with Wolff more of the same in the race for Miami Township trustee. Incumbents Mary Makley Wolff and Karl Schultz Schultz defeated challenger Michael Collins on Election Day. Wolff said stability played a role in the election and was a good thing for voters. “I think the community is happy with how Miami Township is being managed and the direction the township is going,” she said. “It’s very important to balance experience along with new energy — (that way) you get the best of both worlds.” Schultz said he received a lot of positive feedback during election season. “We are a hardwork-

through our area and we have to accommodate the entire traffic area so that our businesses have accessibility.” Schultz said businesses are picky, and the community needs them to continue to grow. “I don’t see in the near future an influx of additional revenue (from the

state), so we are going to have to work for that. For that to happen, we are going to have to have the types of businesses that will help us get that so we don’t put so much burden on the homeowners,” he said. “That’s why economic development is so ... important.”

MIAMI TOWNSHIP RESULTS (TWO OPEN SEATS) » Mary Makley Wolff: 40.12 percent » Karl Schultz: 33.97 percent » Michael Collins: 25.91 percent


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Loveland’s Darren Sackett and Tanner Griffin break up a pass intended for a Vandalia Butler player Nov. 8. Loveland defeated Butler 54-0.TONY TRIBBLE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Loveland football makes it 11-0 By Scott Springer

LOVELAND — “Back in Black” for a home playoff game, the Loveland High School Tigers racked up 34 points in the second quarter alone as they routed Vandalia Butler 54-0 on Nov. 8. The Tigers have not been scored on since Walnut Hills crossed the goal line in “garbage time” during Loveland’s 63-15 win Oct. 18. They have outscored their last three opponents 142-0. “We have a championship defense and they displayed that in shutting them out,” coach Fred Cranford said. Freshman Luke Waddell got the Tigers on the board with an 85-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Early in the second quarter, Waddell found the endzone from 15 yards out and the rout was on. It was 41-0 at the half and all but over. “We’ve been working to make the playoffs all year,” Waddell said. “We wanted to go 10-0 and we wanted to win the ECC. It’s just one game at a time. We just have to move on to next week and try to win the next game.” In addition to the offensive onslaught, Loveland had two defensive scores as seniors Max Mather and Mike Weber both played “pick six” in the second quarter. On the ground, senior Gun-

Loveland running back Luke Waddell (37) runs for a touchdown in the first quarter of the Tigers’ 54-0 win over Vandalia Butler. Waddell finished with 130 yards and two scores.TONY TRIBBLE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

ner Gambill complemented Waddell’s 130 yards with 113 yards and two touchdowns of his own. Through the air, sophomore Drew Plitt finished 10-11 with a touchdown to senior tight end Jake Elfers. Plitt also added a two-yard score. Loveland (11-0) now moves on in Division II action against the No. 4 seed Northwest. The Knights defeated No. 5 seed Harrison 56-35 Nov. 8. The Tigers and Knights square off Friday, Nov. 15. (Gannett News Service contributed to this report)

Moeller In a game that could have filled some stadiums beyond the capacity of Lockland Memorial’s 6,000, Moeller started its 2013 run in the Division I playoffs with a 42-17 rout of St. Xavier. After taking a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, the Bombers got within a touchdown at 21-14 at the half. However, the second half belonged to Moeller as they outscored St. Xavier 21-3 to win by 25. Senior Gus Ragland was Moeller’s top rusher with 157 yards and three touchdowns.

Nearly half of those yards came on a 72-yard fourth-quarter scamper. He also was 10-13 passing for 264 yards and two touchdowns to senior Isaiah Gentry. Ragland missed Moeller’s first win over St. Xavier back on Sept. 27 with an injury. Gentry had 229 yards receiving on five grabs with touchdowns of 55 and 81 yards. Moeller’s other touchdown was a Dean Meyer two-yard run in the fourth quarter. Also contributing in the victory was Sterling Noes, who ran for 135 yards with a long run of 75. Defensively, Ohio Statebound Sam Hubbard had two interceptions and Will Mercurio added another pick. The Crusaders outgained the Bombers 631-302. St. Xavier’s season ends at 5-6. Moeller is now 10-1 with their lone loss coming at Lakewood St. Edward on Oct. 26. Next up on Nov. 16 is the Elder Panthers. Elder defeated Northmont 16-7 to advance. Moeller won the regular season feature at The Pit 35-14 on Oct. 11.


This one goes to 11. The one in this instance being the Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy football team. The Eagles went one higher than their 10-0 regular season with a19-0 shutout of Madeira in the opening round of the Divi-

sion V playoffs Nov. 9. Nick Marsh scored on a 20yard touchdown with 56 seconds left in the first half to give CHCA a 7-0 edge at the break As it happened, those were all the points CHCA would need against an injury-riddled Mustangs club, not that head coach Eric Taylor relaxed. “At 7-0 I was very uncomfortable,” he said. “Even 13-0 was still uncomfortable. They’ve come back on some very good football teams this year.” Quarterback Conner Osborne felt much better after the first score. Despite starting the game with eight consecutive incomplete passes, he warmed up enough to engineer the first scoring drive and then cut loose in the fourth quarter. Osborne hit Dave Bechtold for a 44-yard score to give the Eagles some breathing room at13-0. Kyle Davis added a five-yard touchdown run after a Madeira fumble for the final margin. “Our offense knew we needed one good drive to put a score in the end zone,” Osborne said. “Our defense played lights out all night. It was great.” And not surprising; CHCA had four shutouts in the regular season. CHCA advanced to the second round against Hamilton Badin Nov. 16. The Rams dispatched Mariemont 37-13 in their playoff opener and come into the regional semifinals with a 9-2 record.

PRESS PREPS HIGHLIGHTS By Scott Springer and Mark Motz

Fall senior moments Senior Night is an important time in an athlete’s high school career and the Community Press & Recorder, along with, would like to highlight those moments.

Please send a photo from your Senior Night to Include the names of the people in the photo as they are shown, the school and the sport by Friday, Nov. 22. The photo can be of all the team’s seniors or a photo of athletes with their parents. Photos relevant to the Community Press weeklies will run in print sometime in December and all will be used in a photo gallery. Questions can be directed to mlaughman@

Catching up with College Athletes

The Community Press & Recorder, along with, would like to give readers over the holidays the ability to catch up with local high school stars doing well in college ath-

letics. In what has become an annual readership project, parents/ friends of college athletes are welcome to send a photo and brief description of their college athletes’ accomplishments over the last calendar year to Include the names of the people in the photo as they are shown, the college name and sport, parents’ names, where the athlete

lives, what weekly newspaper they get at home and their accomplishments by Friday, Dec. 13. Photos relevant to the Community Press weeklies will run in print Jan. 1 and all will be used in a photo gallery. Questions can be directed to mlaughman@




CATCHING UP WITH COLLEGE ATHLETE Loveland’s Gilligan helps win award

Conor Gilligan of Loveland helped the University of Evansville win its second straight AllAcademic Award in the Missouri Valley Conference.

In a total team effort comprised of the 13 sports in the MVC, the University of Evansville finished the 2012-2013 academic year with a cumulative GPA of 3.283 en route to its second MVC All-Academic Award in a row.

The award is given to the institution that finishes with the highest grade point average among its student-athletes that participate in the Valley. Evansville received the award at its annual academic breakfast on Wednesday morning.


Mount Notre Dame players celebrate with the championship trophy as the Cougars won the Division I state volleyball championship over Toledo St. Ursula in four sets Nov. 9 at Wright State.TONY TRIBBLE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

All is right at Wright State for MND girls

After their regular spring softball season on various softball leagues, these Loveland girls play together on a competitive fall ball team. After tying for third with an 8-2 record in regular season play, they took first place in the single-elimination Lebanon 12U Fast Pitch Tournament, defeating extremely tough competition, including the undefeated league winners. From left are: First row, Lexi Braun and Tessa Wilkerson; second, Lindsay Smith, Lexi Sneed, Paige Miller and Jensen Knecht; third, coach Carrie Owens, Jayme Eversole, Trinity Givens, Katie Kramer, Sydney Wright, Taylor Owens and coach Johanna Kramer. PROVIDED

By Scott Springer

FAIRBORN — Mount Notre Dame High School’s 11th trip to the state volleyball tournament resulted in their seventh state title as the Cougars beat previously unbeaten Toledo St. Ursula in four sets Nov. 9 at Wright State’s Nutter Center. MND trailed in each set, but prevailed 25-27, 25-23, 25-19, 26-24. The 2013 trophy will now join the Cougar hardware from 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2006 and 2011. Head coach Joe Burke also defeated the Arrows in the Nutter Center finale two years ago. “Winning state is a feeling you’ll never forget,” Burke said. “These girls have been talking about it, really, since the beginning of the season. That’s what we wanted our goal to be. We wanted to be practicing the final day and we wanted to walk out as a state champion.” Though Ursuline and Rocky River Magnificat were the only two shared opponents the teams had, Burke and his girls were somewhat familiar with Toledo St. Ursula from the 2011 state game and a preseason exhibition. The Cougars had scrimmaged the Arrows early in the year and it was close. Burke thought his squad was dead even with them. Considering they both wound up in the Division I final, it was quite visionary. MND’s girls were also somewhat visionary set-

Mount Notre Dame’s bench reacts as the Cougars win the Division I State Volleyball Championship over Toledo St. Ursula Nov. 9.TONY TRIBBLE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

ting lofty goals at the beginning of the year. Despite winning the state championship in 2011, many would not have assumed another finale in Wright State this year. “We obviously lost a lot from last year, but we knew we had a lot of talent,” Burke said. “We knew we were going to be able to continue to get better every day. We have a great mix of seniors and sophomores and they improved every single day. We didn’t want to just get back here, we wanted to be playing on Saturday.” To get to the final, MND beat Hudson 25-10, 25-16, 18-25, 25-13 on Nov. 7. The four set triumph over Toledo St. Ursula was the Cougars’12th consecutive win since a Sept. 26 loss to Ursuline. Right-side senior hitter Christine Chandler led the charge for the Cougars with 24 kills and 22 digs. Sophomores Dani Szczepanski and Sydney Mukes had 14 and 12 kills,

respectively. Junior libero Margo Wolf had 28 digs and junior setter Jessica Towle had 58 assists. “The defense kept telling me, ‘We’ve got your back. Just swing away,’” Chandler said. “That was really helpful and let me have confidence every time I went up to swing.” The Cougars fan support was tremendous as expected. From painted vehicles to signs along the way on I-75 and I-675, Mount Notre Dame’s 534 girls and their fans stepped up their game. After having an estimated 2,000 at their regional championship match with Ursuline, Burke wasn’t sure if the powder blue pupils could do much more. “Our fans are awesome,” Burke said. “At the pep rally I asked them to do it again and do it louder. Boy, did they do that! They came out in numbers and were fun.” Gannett News Service contributed to this report

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Tearing down the wall: Better serving veterans in digital age Nearly 24 years ago, American leadership helped bring down the Berlin Wall without firing a shot. Now, our service members and veterans are up against a new wall, a wall of bureaucracy. This wall complicates nearly every facet of life as Brad they transition Wenstrup from active COMMUNITY PRESS duty service to GUEST COLUMNIST veteran status. This Veterans Day, we must renew our commitment to those who have served us. Our task begins by ensuring that their medical records, which document years or decades of service, seamlessly follow them from uniformed to veteran status. The House of Representatives is taking action to push both the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to realize this goal. Our troops face numerous challenges after they serve: transitioning to civilian life, finding a career or

continuing their education, to name just a few. Our veterans should not have to serve as couriers between the DoD and VA too. It’s an additional and unnecessary burden. Our two biggest departments are still not fully capable of digitally communicating in the 21st century. Early in his presidency, President Obama charged these two departments to “build a seamless system of integration with a single goal: when a member of the Armed Forced separates from the military, he or she will no longer have to walk paperwork from a DoD duty station to a local VA health center; their electronic records will transition along with them and remain with them forever.” This vision has devolved into a series of missed milestones, shifting priorities and ballooning budgets. The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee learned earlier this year that these failures have led President Obama and both departments to abandon the original goal of one system, and instead plan continued reliance on separate

systems integrated together to connect electronic health records. I served as an Army combat surgeon in Iraq and still serve as a Reservist. I know that my fellow military members, when they retire, should not have to continue to wage war at home against bureaucracies and paperwork. And yet, a doctor treating veterans cannot seamlessly access the medical history of their patient because that history is housed in a separate Defense Department system. VA doctors report that initial steps are improving this digital sharing, while still on separate systems. The House of Representatives is working to tackle these issues through the bipartisan H.R. 1960. Important sections call for basic interoperability capabilities within a year, meaning that doctors on both sides will be able to readily view medical history files. By 2016, we are demanding full system integration between the two departments. These are essential steps towards realizing a system that

seamlessly communicates medical history files between the departments, without forcing the burden on to the shoulders of our transitioning veterans. Ultimately, I believe one system will best serve our troops and veterans as they seek care, and full integration is steering the departments in the right direction. Fully integrating these electric health records isn’t just about helping transitioning veterans, it’s also essential to reducing our veterans’ disability backlog. We know that fully developed disability claims, those with complete medical history files, take half the amount of time to complete compared to claims filed with incomplete or missing data. It’s discouraging for our troops, our veterans, and our doctors to face a wall of bureaucracy that hinders care. Brad Wenstrup represents Ohio’s 2nd Congressional District and serves on both the House Armed Services and Veterans’ Affairs Committees. Contact him through his Website,

Cancer support resources available Another breast cancer awareness month is behind us. It is amazing the strides that have been made in the early detection and treatment of the disease. But did you know that the excellent medical resources available for the treatment of cancer are only half the story? In October 2007, the InRick Bryan stitute of MediCOMMUNITY PRESS cine of the National AcadeGUEST COLUMNIST mies of Science published a report “Cancer Care for the Whole Patient” which recognized that the standard of care for people with cancer should include both excellent medical treatment and support for the psychological and social support (psychosocial) problems that accompa-

ny a diagnosis of cancer. The report states that “attention to patients’ psychosocial health needs is the exception rather than the rule in cancer care today.” Fortunately, in the greater Cincinnati region there are two organizations that provide exactly the services that are called for in the report – Cancer Family Care and Cancer Support Community. As the director of the Cancer Support Community I will talk about CSC services, but readers should know that both organizations are well equipped to provide psychosocial support services. Our two organizations collaborate, serve on many of the same committees, share staff and cross refer to the organization best equipped to meet an individual’s needs. A diagnosis of cancer can be physically, financially and emo-


City council – meets at 8 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month in city hall, 120 W. Loveland Ave. Call 683-0150. Mayor’s court – meets at 6 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of the month in city hall, 120 W. Loveland Ave. Call 683-0150. Planning and zoning commission – meets at 7:30 p.m. the first Monday of the month in city hall, 120 W. Loveland Ave. Call 683-0150. Tree and environment committee – meets at 7:30 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at city hall, 120 W. Loveland Ave. Call 683-0150.


Board of education – will conduct regular monthly business meetings at 6 p.m. in the media center of the Loveland Intermediate School on South Lebanon Road on these Tuesdays: Nov. 19. No monthly business meetings are scheduled for July or December. The Loveland Board of Education also will conduct regular monthly meetings primarily as work sessions at 6 p.m. at the Loveland Board of Education offices on South Lebanon Road on these dates: Tuesday, Dec. 10.



tionally devastating. It is frequently accompanied by significant stress and feelings of loss of control, connection, and even hope. It not only impacts the person with the disease, but also their families, neighbors and co-workers. Help is available right in our community and all services are offered at no cost. Cancer Support Community is part of a national organization which has a 30-year history of helping people reduce stress and improve quality of life from diagnosis, treatment and beyond to survivorship. Services are a complement to traditional medical care; not a substitute, which is why CSC has great working relationships with all area oncology services and hospitals. Among the free services are professionally facilitated support groups, networking groups, stress reduction programs

(yoga, tai chi, guided imagery, education programs often featuring oncologists from local medical institutions, nutrition classes, and social opportunities where people affected by cancer can spend time with people similarly impacted in a safe and comfortable environment. People with cancer and their caregivers and can find the world class, evidence based emotional support the Institute of Medicine suggests, right here at home. Programs are offered in Blue Ash, Northern Kentucky and 10 other locations around the Tristate. All Cancer Support Community programs are offered free of charge. Please call us at 513-791-4060 or on line at Rick Bryan is executive director of Cancer Support Community in Blue Ash.

CH@TROOM Nov. 6 question

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State Sen. Bill Seitz has introduced legislation which would redefine the standards or third parties to appear on Ohio’s ballot, including a minimum requirement of 56,000 signatures to get on the ballot and receiving at least 3 percent of the vote in a presidential election to stay on the ballot. Do you support Seitz’s proposal? Why or why not?

“Because I am ignorant of the current process, if any, for third parties getting onto the ballot, I can’t gauge the value of this proposal. If the proposal is more restrictive – or less restrictive – then I would like for Sen. Seitz to justify his reason for the change.”

“There needs to be some minimum requirement to get on the Ohio state ballot. 56,000 signatures seem like a rational number to use along with at least 3 percent of the vote minimum. Lately with the failures of both the Democrats and Republicans to accomplish anything expect increasing the debt, I welcome a third-party influence. There is always the write in candidate line A publication of



“Yes, I do support Sen. Seitz’s proposal, especially because it could get the tea party hypocrites on the ballot against Democrats and Republicans. This can only mean more Democrats getting elected to legislative office as the conservative vote gets broken into smaller and more meaningless chunks!”

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Blumberg thanks voters

I am both thankful and honored that the voters of the Loveland City School District have given me the privilege of serving our community on the Loveland Board of Education. I would like to thank all of you who offered their yards for signs, donated money, offered thoughts and prayers, and most of all supported me through your votes. I was particularly taken when a neighbor, disabled from a serious back injury, nevertheless walked down the street to my home and asked simply, “How can I help?” I am truly blessed to live in this incredible community and now, with the support from my wonderful family, I am eager to begin working for the district constituents to provide the best schools possible. With gratitude for your past – and continuing – support, I look forward to the challenges and opportunities ahead. Thank you all for those that are involved in any way in contributing to support our wonderful school system. Dave Blumberg Symmes Township

Thank you, Symmes Township

I would like to take this opportunity to say “Thank You” to the residents of Symmes Township who voted Nov. 5. The position of Fiscal Officer carries with it significant and serious responsibilities. It is indeed an honor and privilege to be able to continue to serve the citizens of Symmes Township in that capacity. I would also like to thank my friends and supporters who helped me canvass the many subdivisions. Thanks, too, to those who placed my yard sign in your front yard. Your gesture sent a very important message to your neighbors and those driving past your house. The opportunity to meet and speak with many of the residents also helped me gain important insights into your thoughts and concerns. As before, I will continue to bring your perspectives to the trustees and the township staff. Please feel free to contact me any time you have a question. Lastly, I would like to say a special thank you to the many dedicated precinct workers who make it easy for us to cast our vote. Theirs is a very important job and these people are some of our unsung champions.

Carol A. Sims Fiscal officer, Symmes Township

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






Fan takes his passion for ‘Ghostbusters’ to new heights by making exact replica of iconic car Loren Baldwin of Loveland with his replica of the Ectomobile from the film Ghostbusters. The 1959, 7300 pound, converted Cadillac ambulance is perfect in nearly every detail.GLENN HARTONG/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Love of ‘Ghostbusters’

exemplified in man’s Ecto-1 By James Pilcher


ike any other 3-yearold boy, Loren Baldwin fell in love with the movie “Ghostbusters” when he first

saw it. The jokes (”He slimed me”). The Stay Puft marshmallow man. The cool proton packs. And the car ... especially the car. But unlike other fans of the movie, Baldwin kept his passion alive for nearly three decades, finally turning that love into the real thing: a modified 1959 Cadillac/Miller Meteor combination ambulance/ hearse re-created by Baldwin and a team of area businesses as the beloved Ecto-1. Many fans consider Baldwin’s version to be one of the most exact replicas of the real thing, and it almost didn’t come to be. “I had always wanted to do this, but had given up on ever finding a frame of the car after looking for nearly nine years,” says Baldwin of Loveland. “I was just out on the Internet looking for another car and just happened to come across this one. When I found it, I completely freaked, as did anyone who knew me because everyone knew what it meant to me. “So when I found it, it was all or nothing,” says Baldwin, now 30 and an engineer/captain for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Baldwin is a car buff as it is; he owns 18 cars due to what he calls “a sickness I learned from my dad.” Baldwin spent two years transforming that original $2,500 purchase of the dis-

assembled car into the iconic Ecto-1. Prior to construction, Baldwin spent an entire day with the original in California to take pictures and measurements, a day he calls the “one of the happiest in my life.” (The original is stored at a repair/storage facility on behalf of the movie studio.) “It took a lot of convincing to get in there and to show that I wasn’t just a random fanboy,” Baldwin says. “But now I can say that everything on my car is within an inch of the original.” Where he couldn’t find parts, he had local fabricating shops make them in exchange for promotional consideration (he displays a sign that shows all the people who helped him any time he shows the car). That also extends to anyone who did work on the vehicle during its restoration, including a fledgling paint and body shop in Hamilton. Baldwin explains that since the Ecto-1 relies on trademarks, he can’t charge or profit from it. “We knew this was going to be big for us, and we had just opened, so we threw ourselves into it,” says Cliff Byrd, who owns the paint and body shop where the work was done (it was called Queen City Customs and is now called On The Spot Automotive). Byrd estimates that he was paid about $5,000, but probably put about $25,000 worth of work into the project, including body, chassis, paint and final assembly. “This is just a huge hit for us,” Byrd says. “And you should have seen Loren. His attention to detail was amazing.” Indeed, the vehicle itself


Model: 1959 Cadillac modified by the Miller/Meteor Co. Height: 8 feet Length: 21 feet Width: 6.5 feet Weight: 7,300 pounds Engine size: 390 cubic inch V8 Horsepower: 325 Torque: 385 foot pounds

The from license plates on Loren Baldwin's replica of the Ectomobile from the film Ghostbusters. The 1959, 7300 pound, converted Cadillac ambulance is perfect in nearly every detail. It is 21 feet long and 8 feet high.GLENN HARTONG/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

features recreations of all of the gizmos on top, including a “storage tank” for captured ghosts and ghouls, as well as working blue lights and the unique siren heard in the movies. Fabrication shops from throughout the area helped create some of the “devices,” and others were adopted from old military equipment. It stands more than 8 feet tall, is 21 feet long, and weighs nearly four tons (7,300 pounds). Baldwin even found an old gurney of the same model to hold those proton packs, although he is still working on creating those. The Ecto-1 currently sits at The Antique Auto Shop in Hebron, Ky., where it received new brakes, not an easy task given its age and rarity. Shop owner Terry Kesselring says the project is certainly one of the more unusual he has helped on, and he has done everything from antique fire trucks to the first production car manufactured by Henry Ford.

TURNING HEADS See the Ecto-1 in motion, in a video at

“You can tell how much love went into this vehicle, and I’ve seen a lot of restoration projects,” says Kesselring. All told, Baldwin says he put about $20,000 of his money into the project, but it probably cost more than $100,000. But he also says that the first time he put it on the road, he didn’t know what to expect. “We were all scared to death that it wouldn’t run or it would break down ... there were a lot of sleepless nights getting this thing on the road,” Baldwin says. “But to be honest, people just went crazy over it.” In the end, he feels it was worth it, especially based on the feedback he’s gotten from other car and Ghostbusters fans. One includes actor Ernie

Hudson, who saw Baldwin’s version of the Ecto-1 up close when in town two years ago for a horror/science fiction movie convention. Baldwin says Hudson, who played the fourth Ghostbuster “Winston” in both movies, raved over the car, saying it was the closest replica he had ever seen. “That was high praise indeed, because he rode in the real thing in the movie,” Baldwin says. Hudson’s signature adorns the dashboard, as does that of anyone else in the movie who has been around the car. Baldwin is on the hunt for the movie’s main actors, Bill Murray, Dan Akryod and Harold Ramis, and may even get a chance to get Annie Potts’ autograph when she is in the area next spring for a sci-fi convention. Yet Baldwin is considering retiring the Ecto-1 and starting work on creating his own version of the vehicle seen in “Ghostbusters 2,” which does have some differences from the first movie. Still, he gets a thrill out of the reactions the vehicle can elicit, remembering specifically how a terminally ill 9-year-old boy loved his time inside during a charity event. “That validated all the effort I put into this,” Baldwin says. “I wouldn’t change a thing.”m




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Message Reveal Workshop, 10 a.m.-noon, Loveland Greenhouse, 11924 Lebanon Road, Reveal your message or quote using mixed medium on 16by-20 canvas for unique wall art. $30. Registration required. 325-9832. Symmes Township. Art Peace Photo Charm or Gift of Words Workshop, 7-8 p.m., Loveland Greenhouse, 11924 Lebanon Road, Create mini “artpeace” or meaningful words charms to wear or give as a gift. $20. Registration required. 325-9832. Symmes Township.

Lisa Landry, 8 p.m., Go Bananas Comedy Club, $8-$14. 984-9288; Montgomery. Doug Loves Movies Podcast, 8 p.m., Go Bananas Comedy Club, 8410 Market Place Lane, Doug Benson and his guests record podcast featuring conversations and games about movies. $20. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Cooking Classes Everything’s Better with Bacon with Ilene Ross, 6:30-9 p.m., Cooks’ Wares, 11344 Montgomery Road, Ilene guides you through the great, unexpected variety of bacon recipes. $50. Reservations required. 489-6400. Symmes Township.

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Education Toastmasters: Improve Your Communication and Leadership Skills, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Technical Center, 11450 Grooms Road, Conference Room No. 2. Practice skills by speaking, organizing and conducting meetings and motivating others. Ages 18 and up. Free. Reservations required. 387-7030; Blue Ash.

Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 7-8 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, 8999 Applewood Drive, $5. 917-7475. Blue Ash. Zumba Fitness Classes, 6:307:30 p.m., Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 101 S. Lebanon Road, Parish Life Center. Free will donation at door. For ages 12 and up. 683-4244. Loveland.

Health / Wellness Baby’s Amazing Journey, 6:45 p.m., Bethesda North Hospital, 10500 Montgomery Road, Workshop helps parents navigate the waters of infancy by offering strategies for dealing with typical eating, sleeping and fussiness issues, as well as tips to guide you through developmental milestones. $35 per couple. Registration required. 475-4500; Montgomery.

Madeira High School, 7465 Loannes Drive, presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14-16 and 2 p.m. Nov. 16. Tickets are $10, $8 for students. For more information, call 891-8222. Pictured rehearsing are, from front left, Maggie Griffin, Luke Graeter, Eryn Kramer, Maria Ramos, Sarah Andrews, Ben Holliday and Taylor Kneip; second row, George Grandi and Ted Graeter.PROVIDED. Columbia Township.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Free, donations accepted. Through Nov. 21. 800-0164. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, 4309 Cooper Road, Youth room. Big book/ discussion meeting. Brown bag lunch optional. Open to everyone who desires healthy loving relationships. Donations accepted. 673-0174; Blue Ash.

FRIDAY, NOV. 15 Art & Craft Classes Inspiration Art Workshop, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Loveland Greenhouse, 11924 Lebanon Road, Transfer image/photo on 6-by-6 canvas and add your own touch. $20. Registration required. 325-9832. Symmes Township.


Art Exhibits

Town Hall Lecture Series, 11 a.m., Montgomery Assembly of God, 7950 Pfeiffer Road, Mara Liasson, NPR political correspondent: The Changing Face of American Politics. $120 series of four lectures; $40 single lecture. Reservations recommended. 684-1632; Montgomery. Miniature Rooms as an Art Form Lecture, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., The Kenwood by Senior Star, 5435 Kenwood Road, The Kenwood by Senior Star. Lecture on history and making of miniature room boxes by artist Robert Off. $35. Reservations required. Presented by Eisele Gallery of Fine Art. 791-7717, ext. 109; Kenwood.

Greenacres Artists Guild Inaugural Show, 5-9 p.m., Greenacres Arts Center, 8400 Blome Road, Showcasing work by 27 area artists including Cole Carothers, Will Hillenbrand, Richard Luschek, Chris (C.F.) Payne, John Ruthven and Carl Samson. 793-2787. Indian Hill.

On Stage - Comedy Lisa Landry, 8 p.m., Go Bananas Comedy Club, 8410 Market Place Lane, $8-$14. 984-9288; Montgomery.

On Stage - Student Theater The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, 7:30 p.m., Madeira High School, 7465 Loannes Drive, Medert Auditorium. Musical comedy. $10, $8 students. Through Nov. 16. 891-8222. Madeira.

On Stage - Theater The Lion in Winter, 7:30 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, Set during Christmas 1183, this epic story plays out the spectacular strategies for power and love between two of England’s most formidable and yet very human rulers, King Henry II and Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, and their three sons, hungry for the crown. Motivated by spite as well as sense of duty, Henry and Eleanor maneuver against each other to position their favorite son in line for succession. $18. Presented by Mariemont Players Inc. Through Nov. 24. 684-1236;

Craft Shows Holiday Art Sale, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Mud Slinger Studio, 6888 Clubside Drive, Handmade pottery, original watercolors and prints, woven items, earrings, handmade scarves, Raku jewelry, wooden trays and woodworking, quilted handbags and felted creations. Free parking and refreshments. 697-7070; Loveland.

Exercise Classes Get through the Holidays Stress-Free, 5-6 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Includes healthy foods, stress-management techniques such as stretching and guided imagery, massage and shopping at Nordstrom. Ages 21 and up. $155. 891-0605; Montgomery.

Health / Wellness Pre-Diabetes Class, 9-11 a.m., Weight Management Solutions, 8001 Kenwood Road, Information on making healthy food choices, exercise and blood sugar control and monitoring blood sugar levels. $20. 9563729; Sycamore Township.

On Stage - Comedy Lisa Landry, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas Comedy Club, $8-$14. 984-9288; Montgomery.

On Stage - Student Theater The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, 7:30 p.m., Madeira High School, $10, $8 students. 891-8222. Madeira.

On Stage - Theater The Lion in Winter, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $18. 684-1236; Columbia Township. I Remember Mama, 7:30 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, 111 S. Second St., The story of how Mama, with the help of her husband and Uncle Chris, brings up the children in their modest San Francisco home during the early years of the century. Mama, a sweet and capable manager, sees her children through childhood, manages to educate them and to see one of her daughters begin her career as a writer. $15. Presented by Loveland Stage Company. Through Nov. 24. 697-6769; Loveland.

SATURDAY, NOV. 16 Art & Craft Classes Message Reveal Workshop, 10 a.m.-noon, Loveland Greenhouse, $30. Registration required. 325-9832. Symmes Township. Circle of Love Workshop, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Loveland Greenhouse, 11924 Lebanon Road, Create stamped metal word charms. $20. Registration required. 325-9832. Symmes Township.

Art Exhibits Greenacres Artists Guild Inaugural Show, Noon-5 p.m., Greenacres Arts Center, 7932787. Indian Hill.

Business Seminars Starting Your Business Seminar, 8:30 a.m.-noon, CMC Office Center Blue Ash, 10945 Reed Hartman Highway, Room 105. Combines classroom instruction with hands on work to develop your own plan for success. $40 or $120 for four seminars. 6842812. Blue Ash.

Cooking Classes Teen Cuisine - Thanksgiving Sides with Karen Harmon, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Cooks’ Wares, 11344 Montgomery Road, Teens learn how to prepare some new dishes, a few traditional dishes and some nice variations. Ages 13-16. $40. Reservations required. 489-6400. Symmes Township.

Dining Events Holiday Wine and Food Fest, 3-6 p.m., The Wine Store, 9905 Montgomery Road, Wine and beer tastings, gourmet food and cheese tastings. 984-9463; Montgomery. Marine Corps Birthday Ball, 6:30 p.m., Montgomery Inn, 9440 Montgomery Road, Celebrate life, friendship and years of dedicated service to the United States of America. Families and friends encouraged to attend. Reception followed by dinner, silent raffle and guest speaker. Signature menu with side and non-alcoholic drinks, tax and gratuity included. $35, $30 advance. Montgomery.

Health / Wellness Diabetes Conversation Maps, 10 a.m.-noon, Lisa Larkin, M.D.,

4460 Red Bank Expressway, Theme: What do all those numbers mean? Small group discussions of Type 2 diabetes led by Jan Kellogg, certified diabetes educator. $30 all four sessions; or $10 per session. Presented by Lisa Larkin, M.D. & Associates. 791-0626. Madisonville.

Music - Concerts Music at Ascension Chamber Concert Series, 7:30 p.m., Ascension Lutheran Church, 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Alexandra Mullins, 19-year-old, solo harp recital. Winner of multiple national and international competitions, including Grand Prize of the 2013 AHS National Competition. Free, donations accepted. 793-3288; Montgomery.

Music - Jazz The Hitmen, 8 p.m.-midnight, Tony’s Steaks and Seafood, 12110 Montgomery Road, Free. 6771993; Symmes Township.

On Stage - Comedy Lisa Landry, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas Comedy Club, $8-$14. 984-9288; Montgomery.

On Stage - Student Theater The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Madeira High School, $10, $8 students. 8918222. Madeira.

On Stage - Theater The Lion in Winter, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $18. 684-1236; Columbia Township. I Remember Mama, 7:30 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, $15. 697-6769; Loveland.

SUNDAY, NOV. 17 Art Exhibits Greenacres Artists Guild Inaugural Show, Noon-4 p.m., Greenacres Arts Center, 7932787. Indian Hill.

Lectures Women of the Wall: Stunning Recent News, 7-8 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Professor Shulamit Magnus of Oberlin College, who was there when the Israeli courts dramatically reversed policy and allowed Women of the Wall to assemble and worship at Jerusalem’s Western Wall, shares her thoughts about this stunning reversal. Free. 761-7500. Amberley Village.

Music - Classical Carillon Concert, 4-5 p.m., Mary M. Emery Carillon, Pleasant Street, Open air concert. Carillonneur plays bells using keyboard in upper tower. Tours of tower available; playground, restroom and shelter house on site. Free. Presented by Village of Mariemont. 271-8519; Mariemont.

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The Lion in Winter, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $18. 684-1236; Columbia Township. I Remember Mama, 3 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, $15. 697-6769; Loveland. Sounds of Stetl, 2:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Musical journey following Eastern European Jewish immigrants on their path to America at start of 20th century. Experience culture of significant period in Jewish history. $3. 761-7500. Amberley Village.

MONDAY, NOV. 18 Art & Craft Classes Art Peace Crinkled and Wrinkled Heart Art, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Loveland Greenhouse, 11924 Lebanon Road, Create textured wall art on 16-by-20 canvas. $20. Registration required. 325-9832. Symmes Township.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Classes, 6:307:30 p.m., Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 683-4244. Loveland.

Health / Wellness Frankly Speaking About Multiple Myeloma, 6:30-8 p.m., Cancer Support Community, 4918 Cooper Road, Program to help patients and families deal with complexities by addressing treatment options, choosing and communicating with your health care team, managing side effects and finding the support and tools to help regain control, maintain hope and improve quality of life. Free. Registration required. 791-4060; Blue Ash.

Music - Classical Encore! Linton Chamber Music Series, 7:30-10 p.m., Congregation Beth Adam, 10001 Loveland-Madeira Road, Music for Piano Four Hands with artistic directors Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson. Music by Handel, Schumann, Schubert, Stravinsky and some Dvorak Slavonic Dances. $30, $10 students. Presented by Linton Music. 381-6868; Loveland.

Parenting Classes Happiest Baby on the Block, 6:45 p.m., Bethesda North Hospital, 10500 Montgomery Road, How to turn on your newborn’s calming reflex, the “off-switch” for crying. Includes Parent Kit containing “Happiest Baby on the Block” DVD. $50 per couple. Registration required. 475-4500; Montgomery.

TUESDAY, NOV. 19 Art & Craft Classes Art with Friends, 6 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Stress-free space to explore your creativity. Beginners and experienced artists welcome. Ages 18 and up. Free. 369-4450. Deer Park. Botanica Monthly Classes, 6-8 p.m., Botanica, 9581 Fields Ertel Road, Design class. Stay after to create your own arrangement with help of instructor 7-8 p.m. Free. Registration required. 697-9484; Loveland. Painting in Layers, 6 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Discover ways to use acrylic paint and collage techniques to make multilayered artwork. Free. Registration required. 369-4450. Deer

Park. Message Reveal Workshop, 1:30-3 p.m., Loveland Greenhouse, $30. Registration required. 325-9832. Symmes Township.

Business Classes Blast Toastmasters Club, Noon-1 p.m., Kroger KP-1 Building, 11300 Cornell Park Drive, Fifth Floor. Develop and practice speaking, organizing and conducting meetings. Ages 18 and up. Free. Reservations required. 387-1324. Blue Ash.

Cooking Classes Daveed’s NEXT - Cabernet for Carnivores with Liz and David Cook, 6:30-9 p.m., Cooks’ Wares, 11344 Montgomery Road, Chef David Cook combines these classic dishes with some classic sauces to show you how to take French approach to cooking. Ages 21 and up. $65. Reservations required. 489-6400. Symmes Township.

Drink Tastings Wine Finds Tasting, 6:30 p.m., The Wine Store, 9905 Montgomery Road, Sample and learn about $9.99-and-under wines. Reservations required. 984-9463; Montgomery.

Education Changemakers: Correcting Injustices in the Legal System, 7-9 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Mark Godsey, co-founder and director of the Ohio Innocence Project, works to exonerate individuals who have been wrongfully convicted. Godsey and an exoneree share stories. Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 7-8 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, $5. 917-7475. Blue Ash.

Farmers Market Loveland Farmers Market, 4-6 p.m., Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Presented by Loveland Farmers’ Market. 683-0491; Loveland.

Health / Wellness Memory Screenings, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., The Kenwood by Senior Star, 5435 Kenwood Road, In honor of National Memory Screening Day, annual initiative of Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. Free. 823-3029. Kenwood.

Shopping Ladies Shopping Night, 6-9 p.m., Five Seasons Family Sports Club, 11790 Snider Road, Club Lobby. More than 20 ladies merchandise vendors, holidays drinks and light appetizers, holiday hair and makeup by salon/spa. Free admission. 469-1400. Symmes Township.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 20 Art & Craft Classes Knitting, Crochet and Needlecraft Class, 7-8 p.m., Milford Heights Church of Christ, 1646 Ohio 28, Basic handwork techniques and fresh ideas in knitting, crochet and other handicrafts along with short devotional time. Free. 575-1874. Milford. Art Peace Photo Charm or Gift of Words Workshop, 10:3011:30 a.m. and 3:30-4:30 p.m., Loveland Greenhouse, $20. Registration required. 325-9832. Symmes Township.

Business Classes T.A.L.K. Toastmasters of Milford, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Andrew Church, 552 Main St., Discover how membership in Toastmasters will improve your speaking skills, increase your thinking power and build your selfconfidence. Meets first and third Wednesdays of every month. Free. Presented by Milford T.A.L.K. Toastmasters. 831-3833; Milford.



Liqueur, salad recipes kick off holiday season Vote for ToolBank to win Toyota

Local nonprofit organization Cincinnati Community ToolBank is one of 250 finalists in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program. The program awards new vehicles to100 nonprofit organizations based on votes from the public, which began Oct. 1. Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program has been showcasing five nonprofit organizations at Each day for 50 days, online voters can select which of five nonprofit organizations are most deserving of new Toyota vehicles. Visitors to the page will receive two votes each day to select two separate organizations. The Cincinnati ToolBank will be one of the five organizations highlighted for voting Nov. 16. Local residents are encouraged to support Cincinnati ToolBank in their quest for a new Toyota Tundra by casting their vote Nov. 16. If the Cincinnati ToolBank receives the most votes and is awarded the vehicle, we will use that vehicle to expand our services by offering delivery of tools to our member agencies. The Cincinnati ToolBank has an inventory consisting of more than 100 different types of tools in volumes large enough to equip thousands of volunteers at a time. Many of the nonprofit agencies that the ToolBank serves do not have a vehicle large enough to transport some of our bigger tools, such as wheelbarrows and ladders, limiting the types of service projects they are able to complete.

Thanksgiving will be here before you know it and some of you are already preparing your grocery list. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday since it’s just about food, family and friends – no presents required. Yes, it can get stressful, especially if you’re hosting the feast. As I tell you every year, it’s not only about the food, but who sits in the chairs. Some advice Rita from one who Heikenfeld has been there, RITA’S KITCHEN done that: Parsley and whipping cream are great culinary Band-Aids. During one of my recent classes, the subject of limoncello for the holidays came up. If you want to give this as a gift or serve it at Christmas, it’s best to start the process now.

Double Citrus Limoncello

The great thing about this is it keeps just about forever in the freezer. You can use all lemons for classic limoncello. This year I made some with a combo of lemons and limes. It was different, and good. 2 pounds lemons, thick skinned 4 limes, thick skinned if you can find them 4 cups good quality 100 proof vodka 3 cups sugar 3 cups water

Pour vodka in large gallon glass jar or container. Wash fruit very well using hot water to remove wax coating. Pat dry. Remove zest with a vegetable peeler. The zest is the colored part. If some of the white part underneath the

1 cup milk

Let sit in refrigerator several hours before serving.

Hot buttered cider

Add more or less of any ingredient, to your taste. This is a nice offering before the Thanksgiving dinner.

⁄2 stick butter ⁄2 cup dark brown sugar 1 ⁄2 gallon apple cider 2 oranges, sliced and seeds removed Dash or two ground cloves 2 3-inch long cinnamon sticks 1 ⁄2 cup dark rum (optional)



Lemon peel steeps in vodka for 1-3 weeks to make limoncello, a liqueur originally made in Italy.THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD

skin is visible, cut it off. That’s the pith and it’s very bitter (though it is the most nutritious part of the peel). If you can’t get it all off, do the best you can. Place zest in jar with vodka and cover. Let sit at room temperature for at least a week, or up to three weeks. The vodka will take on the color and flavor of the citrus as it steeps. Bring sugar and water to a simmer and stir until sugar dissolves and thickens a bit. Let cool and then add that to vodka mixture and stir. Strain and put in pretty bottles. Seal and chill in refrigerator for a couple of weeks, at least. To use, serve straight over ice chips, mix with sparkling wine or mineral water and a lemon curl, toss with fresh fruit, serve over ice cream, frozen yogurt or simple cake.

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Melt butter and add brown sugar. Add cider and cook until sugar is dissolved. Add orange slices, cloves, cinnamon sticks and rum. Bring to boil and then simmer 10 minutes. Serves about 10.

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Orangecello It’s on my blog!

Holiday Waldorf salad

For Will, a Colerain Township reader. For the life of me, I can’t remember the origin of this recipe. I think it was from another reader whose name I obviously misplaced. Regardless, this is one of the tastiest Waldorf salads you’ll ever eat. Mix together: 11⁄2 to 2 pounds grapes, mixture of red and green, halved 2 ribs celery, sliced thin 1 cup raisins 1 cup chopped English walnuts 3 diced apples

Mix and blend with above: 1 cup mayonnaise 1 tablespoon vinegar or more to taste

Horseradish mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving. “How much horseradish do I add and when do I add it?” For three pounds potatoes, stir in a generous 1⁄4 cup bottled horseradish (not horseradish sauce) after mashing. Check your bottled horseradish if it’s been in the refrigerator a while. It should be nice and white. If it tastes vinegary or not really spicy, it’s old and needs to be replaced.

Coming soon

Cranberry celebration salad like Kroger.

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

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RELIGION Brecon United Methodist Church

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

Community of the Good Shepherd Catholic Church

The entire Montgomery Community is invited to a Thanksgiving Ecumenical Prayer Service offering thanks and praise to God, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24. The Rev. Michelle McSwain Bacon, Pastor at Montgomery Presbyterian Church, will preach and Pastor Josh Miller, Pastor at Ascension Lutheran Church, will deliver a children’s reflection. Special music will be provided by the musicians and choir members from the participating churches. A free-offering will be taken for NEEDS, Northeast Emergency Distribution Services, which is sponsored by many local churches of different faiths. The evening is being sponsored by the Montgomery Ministers’




Association and cordially invites the community to attend. The church is at 8815 E. Kemper Road, Montgomery; www.

Epiphany United Methodist Church

The church is taking part in the Partnership for Mental Health Interfaith Mental Health Initiative collaborative along with other faith-based organizations from the southwest Ohio, northern Kentucky and southeastern Indiana region to address the increasing mental health needs of congregations. The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon Thursday, Nov. 14, at Child Focus Inc. Training Center at 551-B Cincinnati-Batavia Pike, Cincinnati, Ohio 45244. Experience the QPR Suicide PreventionTraining and learn about mental health community resources. QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer – three simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying “Yes” to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor. To register, visit and click on Training tab or contact

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Marsha Skaggs at mskaggs@child-focus.orgor 752-1555. For more information about the Interfaith Mental Health Initiative, contact Epiphany’s associate pastor, Lisa Kerwin, at Wee Three Kings Preschool, a ministry of Epiphany United Methodist Church, has a few openings for the upcoming school year. There are openings in the 18-24 months class. Parent’s Day Out class as well as the 4-year-old and PreK afternoon classes. The purpose is to provide a place where children can learn in a loving Christian atmosphere. For more information, call 683-4256. A new grief support group is meeting at 7 p.m. Mondays in Meeting Room 1. To be a part of this group, call the church office. The church offers three worship services – two contemporary and one traditional. Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m. are

contemporary services and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. is a traditional service. All services have Sunday school and a professionally staffed nursery available for infants through 3-yearolds. For more information, call the church office. The church is at 6635 LovelandMiamiville Road, Loveland; 677-9866;

Loveland Presbyterian Church

Worship times are: Sunday School 9:15 a.m. to 10 a.m.; Worship 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Fellowship 11:30 a.m. Sunday School is for all ages. Youth Group for grades seven to 12 meets monthly and conducts fundraisers for their activities. The church is at 360 Robin, Loveland; 683-2525;;


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At 9 a.m. Sundays, the church offers Classic Tradition, a traditional worship experience where persons can connect to God through a Biblically-based message, times of prayer and beautiful choral music. At 10:30 a.m. Sundays is Engage, a “contemporary praise and worship experience” leading persons into God’s presence through powerful and uplifting music, a relevant message based on God’s Word, and the joyful welcoming of the Holy Spirit. Engage is a full Sunday school program for children up to sixth-grade. High school students lead to Sunday school after the praise band’s opening set. A professionally-staffed nursery is available for children under the age of 2. The church is at 10975 S. Lebanon Road, Loveland; 683-1738;

Northern Hills Synagogue

Northern Hills Synagogue’s Sisterhood Gift Shop will hold a special pre-Hanukkah sale through Sunday, Nov. 17, featuring a fine selection of Judaica and other gifts. Items include beautiful menorahs, from traditional styles to modern designs, along with decorations, dreidels, games, tableware, jewelry, books and much more, with complimentary gift wrapping. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday and Sunday; and by appointment by calling 931-6038. The synagogue is at 5714 Fields Ertel Road, Symmes Township; 931-6038.

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church

The church invites the community to worship at 5 p.m. Saturdays and at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sundays. Sunday school is at 9:30 on Sunday. Challengers is a community of caring for parents of people with cognitive, emotional or physical challenges. Are you feeling overwhelmed? Would you like to explore options and opportunities with like-minded people? Would you like to be able to just talk about your life and its successes with people who understand? The next meeting is at Prince of Peace from 7-8:30 p.m. Nov. 18.

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Gather with Pastor Jonathan and Lorne at the Wednesday Bible Study from 10 a.m to 11:30 a.m. in the atrium. On the second Sunday of each month, a new Bible study is offered from 7-8:30 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month. Titled “In Good Company, a Women’s Bible Study,” participants will meet women of the Bible who might be good company for their faith journey. All are welcome for free community dinners on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 5:45 p.m. in the Parish Life Center. Zumba fitness classes are open for the community on Monday and Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Life Center. Questions? Call 312-9498. The church is at 101 S. Lebanon Road, Loveland; 683-4244;

Sycamore Presbyterian Church

Come visit the church Sunday mornings in its new sanctuary at 9:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Childcare is available in the nursery during both services for infants through age 2. Sunday School classes for preschoolers through grade 12 are offered at 10:45 a.m. service. The public is invited to help at Matthew 25 Ministries, Kenwood Road, 10 a.m. to noon, Nov. 23. Thanksgiving Eve Service is 7 p.m. Nov. 27, in the chapel, with pumpkin-pie fellowship to follow. The next new member class is 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. New member classes are conducted periodically throughout the year. Folks looking for a church home can call the church office to register for the next class. Deacons’ Christmas Basket Program: Gift tags for needy children, as well as Adopt-aFamily information are now available at the Deacons’ Christmas table in the Connector. Student Ministries (grades 7-12) welcomes all students to participate in our activities. Events are listed on the calendars available at the Student Ministries Kiosk. Habitat for Humanity will build a home on Nov. 23. Call the church office if interested in helping. The church is at 11800 MasonMontgomery Road, Symmes Township; 683-0254;

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Judges select Maple Knoll flower show winners “Autumn Rhapsodies,” held recently at Maple Knoll Village Auditorium, Springdale, invited the public to embrace the spirit of the season and enjoy a standard flower show. Sponsored by Federated Garden Clubs of Cincinnati & Vicinity and Garden Club of Ohio-Cincinnati District, the Oct. 18-19 event featured floral designs, horticulture, artistic crafts and educational exhibits from garden club members and others from throughout the region. In addition, a special section of “Autumn Rhapsodies” was dedicated to horticulture, design and artistic crafts exhibits from residents of Maple Knoll Retirement Center.

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Horticulture Excellence: Karen Weingartner, Shaker Farms Garden Club; » Judges Study Class Trophy for Best Collection/Display: Deborah Wyght, Oakley Garden Club;

» Hagerman Trophy for Best Petite Design: Betty Bruce, Mt. Healthy Garden Club; » Kranz Trophy for Best Designer’s Choice Arrangement: Jeri Timon, Western Hills Garden Club; » Kinder Trophy for Table Artistry: Kathleen Weber, Western Hills Garden Club; » Staples Trophy for Distinction/Best AllDried Arrangement: Jeannette Hagerman, Finneytown Garden Club; » Anniversary Trophy for Best Artistic Craft: Deborah Wyght, Oakley Garden Club; » Design Excellence: Kathleen Weber, Western Hills Garden Club; » Grower’s Choice Award: Susan McCamey,

Symmes Late Bloomers; » Grower’s Choice Award: Marcie Ware, New Richmond Garden Club; » Grower’s Choice Award: Karen Weingartner, Shaker Farms Garden Club; » Arboreal Award: Susan McCamey, Symmes Late Bloomers; » Educational Award: Mary Lou Smith, Shaker Farms Garden Club; » Maple Knoll Retirement Center Resident Winner/Horticulture: Marian Hill; » Maple Knoll Retirement Center Resident Winner/Design: Ann Harlin; » Maple Knoll Retirement Center Resident Winner/Artistic Craft: Corrine Blanton.

Loveland residents packing joy into shoeboxes for needy children overseas With holiday supplies already covering the store shelves, Loveland area individuals, families, churches and groups are working to make Christmas a reality for needy kids around the world by filling shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement. Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, is ramping up as Loveland area residents prepare to collect 750 giftfilled shoeboxes during National Collection Week (Nov. 18–25). At these local collection sites in the Loveland area, anyone can drop off

a gift-filled shoebox to send to a child overseas. Then using whatever means necessary – trucks, trains, boats, bikes and even elephants – the shoebox gifts will be delivered to children worldwide. For many children, the shoebox gift will be the first gift they have ever received. Loveland’s collection site is Loveland United Methodist Church, 10975 S Lebanon Road. Operating hours are: Monday, Nov. 18; Wednesday, Nov. 20, and Friday, Nov. 22, 4 p.m. to 7p.m.; Tuesday, Nov.19,10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21; 9 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov.

23; noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, and 9 noon Monday, Nov. 25. Though the shoebox gifts will often travel thousands of miles, Operation Christmas Child offers a way for participants to follow their box by using the donation form found at Donors will receive an email telling the country where their shoeboxes are delivered. Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 100 million shoebox gifts to suffering children in more than 100 countries since 1993. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Operation Christmas Child

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CHCA volleys for breast cancer awareness By Leah Fightmaster

The Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy Lady Eagles traded in their purple and black volleyball jerseys for pink ones at their Volley for a Cause Oct. 3 for breast cancer awareness. Both varsity and junior varsity teams participated. The game was played against Cincinnati Country Day School at CHCA, and a ceremony took place before the varsity game to recognize CHCA and CCD families who are survivors.

Before the CHCA teams played on the court, the team sold Tshirts the week before to raise money. Baskets were also raffled off. All money raised went to the Stephanie Spielman Foundation for Cancer Research at the James Cancer Hospital at Ohio State University. In addition to the raffle and T-shirt sales, players also had a pregame bake sale to raise money. Their efforts raised the minimum $1,000 to earn a matching donation from an anonymous donor.

The Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy Lady Eagles traded in their purple and black volleyball jerseys for pink ones at their Volley for a Cause on Oct. 3 for breast cancer awareness. Both varsity and junior varsity teams participated. The game was played against Cincinnati Country Day School at CHCA, and a ceremony took place before the varsity game to recognize CHCA and CCD families who are survivors. THANKS TO JENNIFER MURPHY

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The Cincinnati Health Department, Hamilton County Public Health and Northern Kentucky Health Department urge citizens and health care professionals to maintain vigilance and follow vaccination guidelines for pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough. Case reports in both the City of Cincinnati and Southwest Ohio for the month of October were higher than average – a trend that health officials throughout the region are monitoring closely. In the City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 46 cases of pertussis were reported in October. An additional eight were reported in Northern Kentucky. Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly-contagious respiratory disease. The disease usually starts with cold-like symptoms and perhaps a mild cough or fever. After one to two weeks, severe coughing can begin. Unlike the common cold, pertussis can become a series of coughing fits that continues for weeks. Pertussis is most dangerous for babies. More than half of infants younger than one year of age who get the disease must be hospitalized. Early symptoms of pertussis can last for one to two weeks and usually

include: » runny nose; » low-grade fever (generally minimal throughout the course of the disease); » mild, occasional cough; » apnea – a pause in breathing (in infants). Because pertussis in its early stages appears to be nothing more than the common cold, it is often not suspected or diagnosed until the more severe symptoms appear. If a cough persists for two weeks or longer without any other symptoms, individuals are advised to see a doctor as those infected with pertussis are most contagious up to two weeks after the cough begins. Antibiotics may shorten the amount of time someone is contagious. Often close contacts are also given antibiotics to prevent the spread of the disease. Vaccination is the best way to protect against pertussis. Children are routinely vaccinated with the DTaP as part of their regular schedule of immunizations, with a five dose series that starts at eight weeks of age and ends with a booster between age 4 and 6. The protection provided by the pertussis vaccination fades over time, so Tdap boosters are recommended for several groups, includ-

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Grailville – needs volunteers for the garden in Loveland. Volunteer days are 9 a.m. to noon selected Saturdays. For a complete list visit or call 683-2340. Volunteers will work in the kitchen and herb gardens. No experience is needed, volunteers may participate once or for the entire season. Volunteers should bring gloves, water bottle, sunscreen, hat, footwear that can get dirty and a snack if desired. Tools are provided. GRRAND – Golden Retriever Rescue and Adoption of Needy Dogs takes in needy displaced, abandoned or unclaimed stray golden retrievers and places them in volunteer foster homes until adoptive families are found. Call 1-866-981-2251 and leave your name and phone. Visit email League For Animal Welfare – A no-kill shelter needs volunteers 16-and-older to help socialize cats and 18-and-older to socialize and walk dogs. Other opportunities available. Call 735-2299, ext. 3. Save the Animals Foundation – Needs people 18 and older to staff its shelter for homeless cats and dogs. Call 378-0300 for cats and 588-6609 for dogs. Tri State County Animal Response Team (CART) – Is at 11216 Gideon Lane in Sycamore Township. Meetings are open to the public. Visit for monthly subjects or more information. Call 702-8373.


Executive Service Corps of Cincinnati – Professionals can use their administrative skills to help a busy, growing nonprofit manage its projects and members. Executive Service Corps of Cincinnati is looking for someone with experience in Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook to assist in the Blue Ash office. Volunteers set their own days and hours and enjoy nice working conditions and friendly, bright volunteers and staff. Help the ESCC help other nonprofits succeed. Contact Darlyne Koretos for more information at 791-6230, ext. 10. ESCC is at 10945 Reed Hartman Highway, Suite 108.


American Diabetes Association – Seeks volunteers in its area office downtown for clerical support, filling requests for educational materials from phone requests, data entry, special events support and coordinating the health fair. Call 759-9330. American Heart Association – Volunteers needed to assist with the American Heart Association’s cause campaigns, Power to End Stroke, Go Red For Women, Start!, and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Assignments include clerical work, event specific duties and community outreach. Contact the American Heart Association at 281-4048 or Bethesda North Hospital – has openings for adult volunteers in several areas of the hospital. Call 865-1164 for information and to receive a volunteer application. Cancer Free Kids – is looking for kids who need service hours to do an “Athletes For Alex” used sports equipment drive in their neighborhood or at your sporting event, and fight childhood cancer. Visit Cancerfreekids.organd click on Athletes for Alex for more information. Captain Kidney Educational Program – Needs volunteers one or more mornings or afternoons a month during the school year to educate children in first- through sixth-grades about kidney function and disease. Training provided. Call 961-8105. Crossroads Hospice – Crossroads Hospice seeks compassionate volunteers to join its team of “Ultimate Givers,” who strive to provide extra love and comfort to terminally ill patients and their families throughout the Cincinnati region. “Ultimate Givers” visit with patients in their homes, assisted living facilities and nursing facilities, and help with clerical duties at the Crossroads office.

They provide emotional support and companionship to patients and family members, assist with errands, or provide respite for those caring for terminally ill loved ones. Crossroads Hospice is also seeking volunteers to support its signature programs inspired by Jim Stovall’s novel, “The Ultimate Gift.” The “Gift of a Day” program asks patients what their perfect day is and staff and volunteers work to make it a reality. For more information or to sign up as an “Ultimate Giver,” please call 793-5070 or complete an application online at Before becoming a Crossroads Hospice “Ultimate Giver,” participants must complete an application, TB skin test, and training session lead by members of the Crossroads team. Volunteers must wait a minimum of one year after the death of an immediate family member or loved one before applying. Destiny Hospice – is seeking caring and compassionate people to make a difference in the life of a person living with terminal illness. No special skills or experience needed; simply a willingness to help provide comfort and support. Orientation is scheduled to fit the volunteer’s schedule. Opportunities are available throughout the Cincinnati, Middletown and Butler County area. Contact Angie at 554-6300, oramclaughlin@destiny-hospice. com . Evercare Hospice and Palliative Care – is seeking volunteers in all Greater Cincinnati communities. Evercare provides care for those facing end-of-life issues and personal support to their families. Volunteers needed to visit with patients and/or assist in administrative and clerical tasks. Volunteers may provide care wherever a patient resides, whether in a private home or nursing facility. Call 1-888-8668286 or 682-4055. Grace Hospice – is looking for volunteers. Grace Hospice has about 90 patients from Hamilton, Brown, Clermont, Butler, Warren, Montgomery, Greene, Preble and Adams counties on its census who would benefit from volunteer support. Each year, more than 450,000 give more than 20 million hours of service. Grace Hospice volunteers are an integral part of the care team, and have a vital role in the life of every hospice. Opportunities include direct companionship and relief care for patients and care givers, administrative assistance, help with the bereavement program, and they also welcome your talents and skills appropriate to their mission. Extensive training provided. Unwavering appreciation and support for your gift of time. Contact Christyl Johnson Roberts for more information: or 479-8916. Heartland Hospice – is seeking volunteers to assist with patients and their families. Heartland will train interested persons who are needed to sitting

at the bedside and providing vigils for persons without families available. They could also use some extra people to work in the office. Call Jacqueline at 513-831-5800. Hospice of Southwest Ohio – Seeks volunteers to help in providing hospice services. Call 770-0820, ext. 111 or email Hoxworth Blood Center – Hoxworth is recruiting people to help during community blood drives and blood donation centers in the area. Positions include: Blood drive hosts, greeters, blood donor recruiters and couriers. Call Helen Williams at 558-1292 or The Jewish Hospital – 4777 E. Galbraith Road, Kenwood, needs adult volunteers to assist at the front window in the pharmacy and also to assist with clerical duties, sorting patient mail, etc. They also need volunteers to assist staff in the family lounge and information desk and a volunteer is also needed in the Cholesterol Center, 3200 Burnet Ave., to perform clerical duties. Shifts are available 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Volunteers receive a free meal ticket for each day he or she volunteers four or more hours, plus free parking. Call 686-5330. The hospital also needs adult volunteers to assist MRI staff and technologists at the reception desk of the Imaging Department in the Medical Office Building, located across from

the hospital at 4750 E. Galbraith Road. Volunteers are also needed to assist staff in the family lounge and at the information desk in the main hospital. Shifts are available Monday through Friday. Call 686-5330. Mercy Hospital Anderson – Seeks volunteers for the new patient services team, the Patient Partner Program. The volunteers will assist in the day-to-day non clinical functions of a nursing unit such as reading or praying with the patient; playing cards or watching TV with the patient; helping the patient select meals; running an errand; cutting the patient’s food. Call the Mercy Hospital Anderson volunteer department at 624-4676 to inquire about the Patient Partner Program. Sycamore Senior Center – is in need of volunteers to deliver meals to the homebound elderly in northern Hamilton County as part of its home delivered meals program. Volunteers deliver food to the elderly one day a week, any day Monday through Friday. Pickup is between 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Most drivers complete their deliveries by noon depending on the amount of time a volunteer spends at each home while delivering. Families and groups sharing a route are welcome. The need for volunteers is immediate. Service areas include Amberley Village, Arlington Heights, Blue Ash, Camp Dennison, Deer Park,

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Change a life – Volunteer to tutor an adult with low-level literacy skills or GED preparation needs. Call 621-READ. Granny’s Garden School – Volunteers needed from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays to work on behind-the-scenes projects. Volunteers also needed to help with developing Web pages. Call 489-7099; Granny’s Handson Gardening Club is looking for new gardeners, to work with garden manager Suellyn Shupe. Experienced gardeners, come to share your expertise and enjoy the company of other gardeners while supporting the Granny’s Garden School program times: 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays; 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The school is at the Loveland Primary and Elementary, 550 Loveland-Madeira Road. Email Raymond Walters College – Needs volunteers to serve as tutors to skills enhancement students. The class meets from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and


Center for Independent Living Options – Seeking volunteers to staff Art Beyond Boundaries, gallery for artists with disabilities. Volunteers needed noon to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Call 241-2600.


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Loveland High School drama brings comedy to the stage By Chuck Gibson


Students from Loveland High School bring back comedy in their fall drama production of “You Can’t Take it With You” Nov. 14-16 in the high school auditorium. “It’s basically Romeo and Juliet,” said Shawn Miller, Loveland High School drama director; “two people in love from two different sides of the tracks.” Tony (Aaron Marshall) comes from a very buttoned-up business oriented family, while the family of Alice (Josie Puchta) is all about being care free and happy. They make fireworks, print messages inside candy boxes, they paint, and they do not pay income taxes. All that makes them seem a bit mad, or even crazy, to the rich, boring, and unhappy Kirby family. Then the two kids fall in love. “That’s where the clash of the families happens,” Miller said. “Funny lines and a few things we put into it to make it a little more current; a little more about today.” It may be familiar from the 1938 Frank Capra film which included the comedic talents of Jimmy Stewart. Compared to the large casts from the recent run of musicals performed by Loveland students, this three act comedy has a cast of less than 20, with about 20 more students managing the set, stage, sound and lighting for the show. Junior Josie Puchta has been involved in dra-


It is a much smaller cast and crew for the Loveland High School comedy production of "You Can't Take it With You" at the high school Nov. 14-16. CHUCK GIBON/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

ma since seventh-grade here at Loveland. “I’ve been really excited about this show,” she said, “because you really do get to enhance the acting side of things.” Music, dance, choreography, and the large cast takes away from the opportunity to go deep into the character for Puchta. “It’s been really cool just exploring the different characters,” Puchta said. “Not one person on the stage is the same. This is an awesome play to dig into different aspects of human nature.” As the relationship develops between her Alice and Aaron Marshall’s Tony, those “different aspects of human nature”

are revealed when the members of their two families get together. Junior Nick Huber plays Mr. Anthony Kirby, father of Tony, and tries to impose his serious business-like approach to life upon his son. He experiences a kind of culture shock when he meets the family of Alice. “He starts out like a stuck-up, big, I’m better than you, businessman,” Huber said. “He meets her family. It’s different than any of the formal settings he’s used to in his life. His son Tony, in love with their daughter, tries to convince him this is how it’s supposed to be.” Zany antics and crazy fun fills the stage as the

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» Opens: Thursday, Nov. 14, and runs through Saturday, Nov. 16 » Evening performances Thurday-Saturday start at 7 p.m. » Saturday matinee starts at 2 p.m. » Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors. Tickets are available beginning Nov. 4 at the attendance desks at Loveland Intermediate School, Loveland Middle School and Loveland High High School. Tickets will also be available at the door day of show. All performances in the auditorium at Loveland High School.

days.” He plays Tony – the Romeo to Alice’s Juliet. Marshall says there is chaos; everything is crazy with no order. The whole conflict is the same as “Romeo and Juliet.” Act three is his favorite part just because all the chaos plays out and reveals everything for the audience. “It’s really cool to see how everything falls back into place,” Marshall said. “People will have a good time if they come, because we’re always having a good time,” Simone said. More at: (search drama for complete cast list).

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Local artists gather for holiday art show Mud Slinger Studio is hosting its seventh annual Holiday Art Show from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, at 6888 Clubside Drive just off of Ohio Route 48. The show features unique, locally made pottery, fiber and paper art, weavings, fine woodworking, jewelry, hand felted crafts, accessories and quilted handbags in time for the upcoming holiday season. “This is an opportunity to support local artists and craftspeople and to browse their one of a kind arts and crafts. You can find items here not available at the mall or in catalogues. In addition, artists will be on hand to answer questions and can even take special orders,” show organizer Bonnie McNett said. Local artists and crafts

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Yard trimmings drop-off sites close Nov. 24 The Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District’s free yard trimmings drop-off sites will close for the season Sunday, Nov. 24. This program is for Hamilton County residents only. Residents who drop-off yard trimmings must bring proof of residency, such as a driver’s license or utility bill. Landscapers and commercial establishments are not eligible to participate. Locations: » East: Bzak Landscaping, 3295 Turpin Lane (off Ohio Route 32) in Anderson Township. (Also open Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in addition to hours listed below.) » West: Kuliga Park, 6717 Bridgetown Road in Green Township » North: Rumpke Sanitary Landfill, 3800 Struble Road (and Colerain Avenue) in Colerain Township All sites will be open on Saturdays and Sundays, from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Nov. 24.

Guidelines: » landscapers and commercial establishments are not eligible to participate in this program; » Hamilton County residents only; » no large trailers or trucks larger than pickups; » cut brush and tree branches into lengths of four feet or less – must not exceed 1 foot in diameter; » bundle brush and tree branches with a material such as twine – must not be heavier than 50 pounds; » bring yard trimmings to the locations in containers or bags—brown paper bags preferred; » containers and plastic bags will be returned; » no pallets, boards, nails, fence or wire accepted; » no bricks, stones or soil accepted; » all children must stay inside vehicles. For more information, call 946-7766.

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and accessories; » Mat Nedeljko Woodworking – fine wood serving trays, decorative cutting boards, and marquetry crafts; » Arriving in Style – Donna Owen uses soft yarn to create colorful and fashonable ear and neck warmers; » Linda Fischer – original paintings, paper

crafts and frames; » Blue Owl Studio – Pamela Hall makes jewelry with metals, semi precious stones, and natural objects; » B.J. Weavery – Bob Jenkens hand weaves place mats, table runners, coasters and scarves; » Do~Si~Do Handbags – Doris Williams quilts stylish purses and handbags; » Moira Seger – imaginative accessories, rings and headbands from duct tape; » Simple Elegance – Maerin Hodge crochets purses, flowers, coasters and accessories; » Jabebo Earrings – Kevin Abbott uses recycled paperboard to fashion earrings inspired by nature and science. For more information call 697-7070 or

These restaurants keep it clean People expect and deserve a clean and safe experience when dining in restaurants and food service facilities. The Hamilton County Public Health “Clean Kitchen Award” recognizes the best-of-the-best in maintaining safe food service operations. “We started the Clean Kitchen Award to recognize food service facilities in the County that are exemplary in maintaining clean, well-cared-for and ultimately, safe environments for serving food,” said Greg Kesterman, assistant Hamilton County Health commissioner. “Since we began issuing the award in 2011, it has really become popular with the County’s food service operations and we are seeing applications increase nearly every month.” The requirements for receiving a Clean Kitchen Award are

stringent. To be considered, facilities must: » have fewer than three violations in the previous two years prior to applying; » have no “critical” or repeat violations in the previous two years; » maintain at least two staff members with Level I Food Handler certification or at least one staff member with a current ServSafe certificate; » submit applications along with corresponding documentation; » have a minimum of

two years of inspection data on file with Hamilton County Public Health. “The award is a real honor for our operators,” Kesterman said. “It’s not easy to receive one of these awards and our winners are diligent in maintaining sanitary operations. If you are out and about and find one of our awards displayed in a restaurant or other food service facility, you can be sure that these operators take sanitation very seriously,” he added. Inspection data for all

food service facilities and listings for all Clean Kitchen Award winners are available on the Hamilton County Public Health website at The Clean Kitchen Award reflects inspection data from the previous two years and is not necessarily indicative of current conditions. Winning operators for the third quarter of 2013: » Schoolhouse Restaurant, 8031 Glendale-Milford Road, Symmes Township;

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POLICE REPORTS LOVELAND Arrests/citations Jeremy Shane Anderson, 37, 2572 Ohio 133, arrest – other agency/county warrant, drivers license, mc endorsement, fail to obey traffic control lights, Oct. 24. Sarah Crosby, 21, 9154 Dominion Circle, re-cite other department, DUS/violate driving restrictions, Oct. 25. Adrian D. Gonzales, 20, 10421 Beech Drive, drug paraphernalia – use/possess, drug abuse – possess/use, capias, Oct. 25. Monica J. King, 51, 8340 S. Ohio 48, license plates – display of, Oct. 25. Robert G. Webster, 41, 1024 Bellwood Drive, violate court order, Oct. 26. James Charles Lawler III, 18, 10251 Fawncrest Court, capias, Oct. 26. Nathan Joiner Jr., 26, 674 Park Ave., domestic violence, Oct. 26.

Incidents/investigations Curfew – hours of Reported at 11668 Rich Road, Oct. 25. Domestic violence Reported at Lindenhall Drive,

Oct. 26. Reported at Park Ave., Oct. 26. Reported at W. Loveland Ave., Oct. 30. Drug abuse - possess/use Reported at 100 Preakness Lane, Oct. 25. Drug paraphernalia – use/possess Reported at 100 Preakness Lane, Oct. 25. Re-cite other department Reported at 101 Shingle Oak Drive, Oct. 25. Theft Reported at 800 LovelandMadeira Road, Oct. 25. Reported at 13 Iroquois Drive, Oct. 29. Reported at 667 Park Ave., Oct. 30. Theft – dangerous drug Reported at 1760 Lindenhall Drive, Oct. 26. Violate court order Reported at 1024 Bellwood Drive, Oct. 26.

MIAMI TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Anthony .F Neulist, 22, 1394 Deerfield, theft, drug instruments, Oct. 25. Peggy S. Kelly, 48, 1160 Teak-

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 wood, driving under influence, endangering children, Oct. 26. Tyler J. Lung, 18, 5075 Cross Creek, drug possession, paraphernalia, Oct. 28. Juvenile, 16, drug possession, paraphernalia, Oct. 28.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering Chain saw taken at 645 Wards Corner, Oct. 22. Tools, chainsaws taken; $10,400 at 850 Wards Corner, Oct. 24. Nail gun taken; $1,000 at 6464 Bonnie Lane, Oct. 27. Burglary TV taken; $500 at 5852 Monassas Run, Oct. 23. Golf clubs taken; $3,000 at 1437 Wade Road, Oct. 28. Criminal damage

DEATHS Billy Clark Billy Clark, 83, Loveland, died Nov. 3. He was a minister. He was an Army veteran. Survived by children Diana Barnett, Kevin (Robyn) Clark; grandchildren Crissy Godbey, Brandon Barnett, Lauren, Cameron, Chapman Clark; greatgrandchildren James, Catherine Godbey, Olivia, Sophia Barnett; siblings Brenda, Barbara, Peggy, David, Darrel; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceded in death by wife Carole Ann Clark, siblings Roy, Helen, Patty, Bobby. Services were Nov. 7 at the Fairfield Church of God. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home.

Betty Walborn

Door frame damaged at 654 Wards Corner, Oct. 22. Mailbox damaged at 1192 Valley Forge, Oct. 27. Window broken in vehicle at 1216 Red Roan Lane, Oct. 25. Domestic violence At Meadow Drive, Oct. 26. Forgery Bad check forged at Checksmart; $5,290 at Ohio 28, Oct. 21. Fraud Male stated ID used with no authorization at 5638 Pleasant View, Oct. 23. Misuse of credit card Male stated card used with no authorization; $2,098 at 5703 Mellie Ave., Oct. 25. Safecracking Guns, jewelry and cash taken from safe; $1,855 at 5673 Sally

St., Oct. 24. Theft Money taken from Circle K; $225 at Ohio 28, Oct. 21. Merchandise taken from Meijer; $60 at Ohio 28, Oct. 21. 2001 Chevrolet truck taken at 638 Wards Corner, Oct. 22. I-pad taken from vehicle; $600 at 1592 Hunt Club, Oct. 22. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $35 at Branch Hill Guinea Pike, Oct. 22. GPS unit taken from vehicle; $500 at 1105 Cooks Crossing, Oct. 21. Bottle of Vodka taken at Wine Connection; $67 at Ohio 28, Oct. 22. Mints taken from Meijer; $8 at Ohio 28, Oct. 22. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $58 at Branch Hill Guinea Pike, Oct. 23. Handicap placard taken from vehicle at 5711 Trenton Court, Oct. 23. Purse taken from vehicle at 1404 Miami Lake, Oct. 24. Game controllers taken from Meijer; $115 at Ohio 28, Oct. 25. Merchandise taken from Meijer; $95 at Ohio 28, Oct. 25. Gym bag taken from vehicle at 6670 Loveland Miamiville Road,

Oct. 25. Money paid to Eli’s Lawn Care has not been completed at 857 Cannes Court, Oct. 26.

SYMMES TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Herman Quarles, 29, 245 S. Sycamore, theft, complicity, Oct. 20. Wesley Howard, 20, 2968 Glady Road, complicity, Oct. 20.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering $800 removed at 11913 Montgomery Road, Oct. 26. Criminal damaging Tire damaged at 9132 Union Cemetery Road, Oct. 25. Misuse of credit card Reported at 10606 LovelandMadeira Road, Oct. 25. Theft Coffee maker valued at $900 removed at 9201 Fields Ertel, Oct. 20. Food stamp card removed at 9958 Washington Ave., Oct. 25. Rings valued at $13,100 removed at 9258 Steeplechase, Oct.


Mary “Betty” Elizabeth Kramer Walborn, 95, Loveland, died Nov. 5. Survived by son William J. Walborn; grandchildren Emily (Matt Galyon), Elizabeth, Michael (Heather Campbell) Walborn; great-grandson Landon Walborn; sister Lillian Hine; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband William A. Walborn, children Dennis, Cheryle Walborn, parents Frank, Mary Kramer, nine siblings. Services were Nov. 9 at the Church of the Assumption. Arrangements by Paul R. Young Funeral Home. Memorials to the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society or Hospice of Southwest Ohio.


801 Debra Lane: Kristy E. Brulport to Kyle & Sarah Zimmerman; $156,500. 1848 Vanderbilt Drive: Yongtae Kang to Maria I. Guerra; $161,000.


6281 Arrowpoint Drive, Jerry & Rebecca Day to Chritina Dattiol, 0.499 acre, $216,500. 1190 Deblin Drive, Edgar Construction LLC to Kristin Morris & Jeffrey Hacker, 0.47 acre, $117,000. 6246 Deerhaven Lane, Dennis & Jill Jonassen to Sean & Jodi Cannell, 0.463 acre, $232,000. 6031 Delfair Lane, Kenneth Tedrick to American Homes 4

Rent Poperties Seven LLC, 0.222 acre, $192,000. 6235 Farlook Lane, Bonnie Funk to Raymond Spencer, 0.559 acre, $148,500. 6925 Glenellyn Drive, Kirk & Tracey Harkwick to Eric & Lydia Ellis, 5.02 acre, $720,000. 5707 Mellie Ave., Joe Elam to Robert & Rose Wagner, 0.538 acre, $99,000. Lots 5 & 6 Middleton Way, ACFH Development LLC to Schmidt Builders Inc., 0.742 acre, $64,000. 5678 N. McCormick Trail, Greycliff Development LLC to Fischer Single Family Homes III Ltd., 0.4181 acre, $62,607. 1106 N. Muscovy Drive, David & April Honig to D’Ann Hoover, 0.294 acre, $217,500. 6110 Oakbridge Way No. 202,

Estate of Robert Hulley to Christina Rumsey, $88,000. 3 Rose Lane Farm, Paul & Mary Ann Benzing, Trts. to Michael Masterson, 3.45 acre, $750,000. 6356 Trail Ridge Court, Kimberly Kinsella to Oliver & Monica Theiss, 0.71 acre, $332,000. 2304 Traverse Creek Drive, Estate of Frances Eken to Nancy Pennington, $155,500. 718 Wards Corner Road, Wilmington Savings Bank to Jennifer Schirmer & Dennis Kuntz, 0.741 acre, $133,000. 5634 Water Mills Drive, Potterhill Homes LLC to Deanna Kissick & Peggy Kissick, 0.141 acre, $153,990. 5636 Water Mills Drive, Potterhill Homes LLC to Timothy McCray & Jessica Brown, 0.141 acre, $180,521.

6044 Weber Oaks Drive, Danny Buttram Jr. to Michael Blaine Berry, 0.181 acre, $193,000. 5629 Wittmer Meadows Drive, Conrad Meadows LLC to NVR Inc., 0.2939 acre, $37,000.


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