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Finance committee takes up city cuts Defeat of tax increase leaves city in budget hole

By Jeanne Houck

LOVELAND — Loveland leaders said they would be forced to make severe budget cuts if voters did not approve an income tax rate hike on the Nov. 6 ballot. Now, they are making good on that assertion. Hours after Loveland residents defeated a proposal to increase the city’s income-tax rate from 1 percent to 1.25 percent, Mayor Rob Weisgerber said the Finance Committee would meet Nov. 8 to review cuts it will sometime in the future recommend to Loveland City Council. “I am very disheartened by the outcome of the election,” Weisgerber said of the vote by Loveland residents in Hamilton, Clermont and Warren counties, which totaled 3,592 (58 percent) against the proposed income-tax rate hike and 2,556 (42 percent) for it. “We made every effort to lay out the choice for the community between taxes to pay for services or service cuts to make this a community choice. “We have and will continue to operate with a balanced budget, so (Nov. 8) at the Finance Committee meeting the budget cuts will be reviewed for 2013 and the added cuts in 2014 will be re-

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Poll workers at a precinct at Loveland city hall say voting was brisk Nov. 6. They are, from, left: ballot judge Ray Stratman of Goshen Township, recording clerk Debbie Stratman of Goshen Township, presiding judge Linda Daugherty of Loveland and provisional judge Gene Daugherty of Loveland. JEANNE HOUCK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Bill Pohl says he would rather the city had tried to raise money by no longer crediting Loveland residents who work in other cities with income taxes they pay to those other cities. JEANNE HOUCK/THE

Loveland resident Louann McClary, who was gassing up her car at the United Dairy Farmers on Loveland-Madeira Road in Loveland, says she votes because “it’s my American duty.” JEANNE



Comments sought for Miami Twp. police MIAMI TWP. — The Miami Township Police Department is scheduled for an on-site assessment as part of a program to achieve accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) by verifying that it meets the professional standards of CALEA. As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the Miami Town-

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ship trustees meeting room in the Civic Center, 6101 Meijer Drive. The public also is invited to offer comments about the agency’s compliance with CALEA standards by calling 965-6879 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13. Comments will be taken by a member of the assessment team. Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with


CALEA’s standards. A copy of the standards is available at the Miami Township Police Department, 5900 McPicken Drive. Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Miami Township Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Va., 20155 or

SENIOR SERVICE Loveland High School seniors got a unique opportunity to take a lesson outside of the classroom. See Schools, A4

City wants to seek environmental grants By Jeanne Houck

LOVELAND — Loveland City Council scheduled a public hearing Tuesday, Nov. 13, on whether to seek $400,000 worth of federal grants to test some city-owned property on Chestnut Street and other land slated for redevelopment for contaminants. The hearing was at city hall on West Loveland Avenue. Assistant Loveland City Manager Gary Vidmar told the Loveland City Council at its Oct. 23 meeting that he was asking it to apply for two U.S. Environmental Protection Agency communitywide assessment grants – including a $200,000 grant for hazardous substances and a $200,000 grant for petroleum contamination – at the recommendation of an engineer working with the city. “Essentially we’re asking for the maximum,” Vidmar said. “We may not need it, but in case we identify both petroleum as well as other hazardous materials we would have the funds available to identify both through that testing.” Areas to be tested would include some portions of Chestnut Street, Loveland-Madeira Road and Kemper Road that Loveland is eyeing for potential commercial and/or residential development. Loveland Vice Mayor David Bednar asked, “Other than vast amounts of silver nitrate (in

the Chestnut Street area), have we found anything else in samples that we’ve taken?” Said Vidmar, “There’s a chemical comVidmar pound that we’ve discovered that is over the limit for residential development, and the determination has been made that in all probability that hazardous material has come from outside the property. “So we need to do some additional testing first to determine where that source of material is. “And that’s why we’re going for a community-wide grant rather than a site-specific grant - so that we can enter other properties to determine the source of that compound,” Vidmar said. Vidmar was referring to tetrachloroethane, a solvent used in dry cleaning and to degrease metals, which was detected in a previous groundwater test on Chestnut Street. In response to a question by Loveland City Councilwoman Paulette Leeper, Vidmar said the city has no indication of other hazardous substances or petroleum contamination in the redevelopment areas. For more about your community, or to sign up for our electronic newsletter, visit

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viewed later in the process,” Weisgerber said. “Reduced safety personnel, public works and city hall staff will be minimized the best we can, but headcount reduction is not avoidable. “Items that define community character will be eliminated, like beautification, city-sponsored events and parades,” Weisgerber said. “Unfortunately, our infrastructure spending for road maintenance, snow removal, etc. will be re-

duced to unsustainable levels resulting in deferred maintenance.” Weisgerber, Vice Mayor Dave Bednar and city council members Linda Cox, Paulette Leeper and Brent Zuch voted to place the proposed income-tax rate hike on the ballot largely because of cuts in state appropriations. Those cuts include the elimination of the estate and tangible personalproperty taxes and the reduction and the phase-out by 2014 of the state Local Government Fund. Council members Mark Fitzgerald and Angie Settell voted against putting the proposed income-tax

rate hike on the ballot because it would have been permanent as opposed to containing an expiration date. Loveland already has made budget cuts to close half of a $1.1 million general-fund deficit the city expects to have in 2014. If the additional 0.25percent increase in Loveland’s income-tax rate — which has not changed since it was instituted in 1967 – would have been approved, it would have raised a projected $850,000 a year for the city’s general fund. Leeper thanked Loveland residents who worked to pass the income-tax rate hike, calling the loss “a tough blow to our city.” “I greeted this new day knowing in my heart that we put forth a good and honest campaign and now the people have spoken,” Leeper said. “It was a tough sell in tough economic times and the election results bear this out. “People are strapped,

money is tight and overall economic uncertainty drove the vote against taxes,” Leeper said. “That the campaign for Loveland’s future lost only by a 58-42 margin is a testimony to the steep pitch of this uphill battle.” Voting was brisk in Loveland precincts Nov. 6. Poll workers at a precinct in Loveland city hall said about half of the 300 registered voters there had cast ballots by about 1:30 p.m. Election Day. Presiding judge Linda Daugherty of Loveland said both the presidential election and the city income-tax initiative on the ballot probably contributed to the high turnout. Speaking outside city hall Nov. 6, Loveland resident Gary Stouder said he voted for the income-tax rate hike even though he wished the proposed hike, if approved, would last five years instead of permanently. “We need the funding,” Stouder said. “That’s the bottom line.”

Loveland resident Bill Pohl said Nov. 6 that he did not vote for the rate hike when he cast his ballot at city hall because he would rather the city had tried to raise money by no longer crediting Loveland residents who work in other cities with income taxes they pay to those other cities. “If you live in Loveland and get Loveland services, they shouldn’t let you off the hook,” he said. Pohl wasn’t impressed that Loveland City Council used focus groups to come up with a way to increase revenue. “We don’t elect focus groups to govern,” he said. “If you can’t govern, you should get out.” Pohl also said he normally would have voted for Mitt Romney for president, but voted for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson instead to send Republicans a message. Pohl said the Republican Party is too dominated by the beliefs of right-wing Christians and “(President Barack) Obama is just

wrong.” A Loveland businessman and a Loveland resident wanted to discuss the importance of voting Nov. 6 instead of candidates and issues. “I vote all the time because the country needs me,” Steven Waters of Brown County said as he cut hair at Curt’s Barber Shop on Loveland-Madeira Road in Loveland, where he is co-manager. Loveland resident Louann McClary, who was gassing up her car at the United Dairy Farmers on Loveland-Madeira Road in Loveland, said she votes because “it’s my American duty.” “It’s a privilege in this country to vote,” McClary said. “People in other countries actually die to get that right.”

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National, state issues drive local interest By Leah Fightmaster

Many Symmes Township voters agreed on two things: the importance of the presidential race, and support for the township’s park levy. While there arewereother issues on the ballot, such as state issues 1, 2 and 4, many Symmes voters said the race between


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President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney was a major reason, aside from the importance of voting in general, that they headed to the polls Nov. 6. Resident Steve Snider said as he walked into his polling location at Montgomery Community Church, 11251 Montgomery Road, that he was still confused about who he was going to vote for, but that the “propaganda turns me off to

vote” for certain candidates. “I think Obama inherited a lot of crap four years ago,” he said. “... I think typical issues, such as abortion or the economy, are what candidates focus on, but that’s not what it’s all about.” Another resident, Mike Donnelly, wanted to make sure his vote for who wins the presidency counts, because he thinks “everyone


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needs to be heard.” Both Snider and Donnelly said they supported Symmes Township’s park levy because maintenance for them is important to both themselves and their families. New Symmes resident Sara Muñoz agreed. Muñoz, a Columbus native who returned to Ohio in August from New Jersey, said that supporting the levy was important to her because she and her family enjoy the township’s parks. “There are awesome parks here,” she said. “We were paying more in taxes on the East coast for ones there that weren’t as nice as these.” Symmes Township’s park levy renewal passed with a 58 percent approval. Board of Trustees President Jodie Leis said she’s happy Symmes residents value the parks enough to pass the levy to maintain them.

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Mall hosts O’Keefe fundraiser Community Press staff report SYMMES TOWNSHIP —

You can get your holiday shopping done early and help a badly injured Symmes Township man by buying a $5 wristband for the Tri-County Mall Magical Evening of Giving event Sunday, Nov. 18. All proceeds from the sale of the wristbands will go for medical expenses for Danny O’Keefe, 28. O’Keefe was hurt when he ran to the aid of his sis-

ter after a man who had broken into her home began beating and stabbing her. O’Keefe was stabbed 19 times in his brain, smashed in the head with a weapon called a skull crusher and kicked hard enough to lacerate his spleen during the May 2011 attack in Fairfield. O’Keefe has had five surgeries in the past year and needs extensive rehabilitation, but his insurance has come up short. The Magical Evening

of Giving, an after-hours discounted shopping gala, will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 18 at the TriCounty Mall. Children 12-years-old and younger can get in free. You can stop by the customer service desk at the Tri-County Mall any time between now and Nov. 18 to pruchase a wristband. O’Keefe is in the care of his parents, Kathy and Jim O’Keefe of Symmes Township, who have been forced to turn to the com-

City to see energy savings By Jeanne Houck

munity for help. “ I’ve never asked anyone for anything, but I am asking for help now,” Kathy O’Keefe said. People also can make donations to the O’Keefe family at any Fifth Third Bank and through PayPal at their “I support the O’Keefe Family” Facebook page.

LOVELAND — Loveland residents and businesses could as early as next June see savings in their electric and natural gas bills, thanks to a Nov. 6 vote to allow the city to participate in “opt-out” energy-aggregation programs. Loveland residents approved participation in a natural gas aggregation program by a vote of 3,642 to 1,978 and in an electric-aggregation program by a vote of 3,634 to 1,965. The vote will allow Loveland to solicit bids for electric and natural

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LIFE accepting extra produce

The Loveland Inter Faith Effort (LIFE) Food Pantry would like to remind all those backyard gardeners, that the food pantry, at 101 S. Lebanon Road (Prince of Peace Lutheran Church) is accepting extra produce. Produce can be dropped off during pantry hours – Wednesdays 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.; Thursdays 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Call 513-583-8222 or email The LIFE food pantry is in Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 101 S. Lebanon Road in Loveland. enter the double glass doors of the Parish Life Center.

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LOVELAND – Like to meet people? The Happy Hearts Senior Club with members from Loveland, Goshen and Milford meets the third Thursday of each month at the VFW Hall in Epworth Heights. Every other month, the group has

lunch at a different area restaurant. They also have pot luck lunches, bingo if interested, trips to a variety of places and plenty of fun and conversation. For more information, call D. Gredig at 683-1423 or B. White at 683-2738.



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21 UA students honored by Merit program

Ursuline National Merit students, from left: front, Kelly Kopchak, Sydney Ruehlmann, Emily Lotterer, Anastacia Taylor, Grace Castelli, Shivani Desai, Anosha Minai and Megan Darlington; back row, Candace Borders, Kelly Kaes, Alexandra Schirmer, Holly Nurre, Kathryn Berus, Kristen Behrens, Elise McConnell, Erin Donnelly, Sarah Jaun, Catherine Brinker. Not pictured, Kaitlin Burnam, Alexandra George and Patrice Graziani. THANKS TO MARIANNE LANG

Ursuline Academy in Blue Ash announces its 21seniors who were recognized by the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. The seven semifinalists are: Catherine Brinker of Anderson Township, Megan Darlington of Mason, Erin Donnelly of Maineville, Sarah Jaun of Loveland, Emily Lotterer of West Chester Township, Elise McConnell of Loveland and Anosha Minai of West Chester Township. The National Achievement Semifinalist is Candace Borders of Mason.

The 13 commended students are: Grace Castelli of Finneytown, Shivani Desai of West Chester Township, Alexandra M. George of Mason, Patrice D. Graziani, Kelly L. Kaes of Montgomery, Kelly J. Kopchak of Sycamore Township, Holly G. Nurre of Mason, Sydney V. Ruehlmann of Indian Hill, Alexandra R. Schirmer of Maineville, Anastacia E. Taylor of Amberley Village, Kathryn L. Berus of Milford, Kaitlin M. Burnam and Kristen N. Behrens of Anderson Township.

Loveland students participate in first Senior Service Day Community Press staff report LOVELAND — Loveland High School seniors got a unique opportunity to take a lesson outside of the classroom, participating in the first Senior Service Day. More than 300 students volunteered at one of seven agencies, as they learned a valuable lesson on giving back. “This project involved our

entire senior class,” said Chris Kloesz, Loveland High School principal. “They are the perfect class to participate in such a virtuous opportunity, and I know they will take so much away from this unique experience.” The seniors began the Loveland Senior Service Day listening to speakers and doing small group work before taking a break for lunch then heading out

to put their service lesson into practical use. Near Loveland’s C. Roger Nisbet Park, students planted nearly 1,000 dogwood trees for the city of Loveland to enjoy for years to come. Over in Blue Ash, another 50 Loveland seniors got busy completing projects for Matthew 25 Ministries, while back in Loveland at the elementary school dozens more seniors gave Granny’s Garden a facelift.

The other agencies benefiting from the lesson included Cincinnati Parks, Grailville, Green Acres and the Cincinnati SPCA. “Getting this hands-on experience is a tremendous opportunity for our students to understand what it means to be a member of this community,” said John Marschhausen, Loveland superintendent. “In just a few, short months this class will leave our halls for

good and make their way in the world. “We see this project as one more way we are working to think outside the box to prepare our students for tomorrow, today,” Marschhausen.

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» Jenny A. Klein of Loveland was named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at the University of Vermont. Klein is a senior biological science major. » Christopher James Henderson and Elizabeth Cristiana Russo, both of Loveland, were recently named to the spring dean’s list at Clemson University. Henderson is a mechanical engineering major. Russo is a bioengineering major. » Jeremy Pellington of Loveland is on the spring dean’s list at the University of Toledo. Pellington is a film and video major. » David Hill, a Loveland resident and business administration major, was named to the dean’s list at Ithaca College for the spring semester. » Jack Ogilvie of Loveland was named to the spring semester dean’s list at Denison University. » Making the dean’s list for the spring semester at Miami University are Loveland residents Amanda Marie Craig, Catherine Elizabeth Ewen, Samantha Rose Thurman, Fred Denver Coulson, Evan Robert Geist, John Michael Rieger, Katherine Elizabeth Rieger, Sara Audrey Wiener, Rachel Renate Von Holle, Ryan Jones McHenry, David Scott Gayda, Kimberly Tate Foster, Anna Ruth Wilson, Mitchell Andrew Poole, Sarah Ashley Kruse, Alexsa Marie Schrader, Ian Andrew Stigler, Robert Trent Compton, Lucinda Adrienne Carl, Tatyana Sophia Hinks, Paige Elise Glesige, Jaclyn Nicole Deutsch, Erica Marie Bockhorst, Meredith May Bush, Dylan Joseph Elmore, Abigail Elizabeth McIver, Jenna Marie Pilipovich, Natalie Taylor Pippa, Kasey E. Hawk, Juliette Marie Marcello, David Michael Smith, Sarah Elizabeth Blumberg,

Jamie Catherine Luther, Olivia Christine Kerringa, Timothy Robert McNaul, Anna Joy McQuade, Anne Alexandra Butler, Karin Goitman, Krista Lauren Adkins, Vanessa Anne Becker, Abigail Michelle Brown, Angela Christina Wolf, Laura Marie Horton, Heather Marie Ruwe, Megan Christine Pacitti, Matthew David Schnee, Emily Sarah Lehmann, Tyler Robinson Peters, Abigail Katherine Diss and Jasmine Renee Hill.

President’s list

» Loveland resident Katherine Bulling is on the president’s list at James Madison University for the spring semester. Bulling is a history major.


» Andrew Bunker of Loveland received a bachelor of arts degree from Wake Forest University in the spring. » Whitney Faber of Loveland graduated from Ithaca College’s School of Communications with a major in journalism. » Elizabeth Louise Black and Francis Joseph May, both from Loveland, graduated from Denison University. Black earned a bachelor of arts degree in English literature. She minored in psychology. A dean's list student, she was a recipient of a Denison Alumni Scholarship, the Ohio Academic Scholarship and the Turpin C. and Charlotte Thomas Bannister Scholarship. Black studied abroad with the Advanced Studies in England Program in the United Kingdom. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, the national English honorary and Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. May was awarded a bachelor of science degree in biology. He minored in chemistry. May received the Denison Founders Scholarship.

» Several Loveland natives graduated from Northern Kentucky University. John Attanasio earned an entrepreneurship undergraduate degree; Christina Cook received an English graduate degree; John Dwyer received an accouting undergraduate degree; Carol Jackson received a nursing undergraduate degree; Murat Kotsoev earned an international studies undergraduate degree; Chelsea Megie received a marketing undergraduate degree; Dennis Osborn earned a public relations graduate degree; Matthew Overla earned an electronic media and broadcasting undergrad degree; Whitney Payne received an elementary education undergrad degree; Katherine Polzin earned an Englis undergraduate degree; Taylor Russell received a sports business undergraduate degree; Matthew Stephens earned a construction management undergraduate degree; William Tedrick earned an entrepreneurship undergraduate degree.


Loveland resident Emily Leary, who graduated this year from Washington and Lee University, received a John and Mimi Elrod Fellowship from the university. The fellowship gives recent W&L graduates the opportunity to develop a lifelong commitment to civic engagement and to prepare for civic leadership. The program connects young alumni with innovative public service organizations that address poverty and significant social issues in the fields of health care, law, education, economic development and housing. Leary, a psychology and global politics double major, will work with Pathways to Housing DC in Washington, D.C., on her Elrod Fellowship.

Andrea Dilibero reads to first-graders at Loveland Early Childhood Center. THANKS TO JEN STEINER

Author visits LECC first-graders


n Friday, Oct.19, Andrea DiLibero, formerly a preschool teacher in Loveland, shared her newly published book, “Patti's Perfect Profession,” with first-graders at LECC. The students were amused with the colorful pictures and humorous rhymes found in the story. They had the opportunity to ask questions about what it takes to be an author. Her second book, “Patrick Pretends,” is also available. Author Andrea Dilibero with Macy Steiner and Emma Steiner. THANKS TO JEN STEINER








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Lions make ‘Case’ for a dynasty

Ursuline VB comes together to win 5th state volleyball title By Nick Dudukovich

Ursuline Academy and the state volleyball tournament: The two entities are becoming a rite of fall in the southwest Ohio. The Lions have been a participant in four of the last five state final-four meetings. There have been teams with better records and ranked higher in the state polls, but in that span, only the 2009 team was able to claim the name of champion — until now. The Lions (23-6) celebrated the fifth state volleyball title in school history after beating Massillon Jackson 25-20, 25-16, 25-10 in the Division I state final at Wright State University’s Nutter Center Nov. 10. “We didn’t know we were going to be here. It makes it so much better when you’re not expected to win,” said Lions’ head coach Jeni Case. Ursuline’s record from 20082010 was phenomenal. The program suffered just two defeats during that span, while the current version of the Lions dropped six matches. One defeat—the last loss of the season - in particular stands out.

Ursuline's players grab the state championship trophy after sweeping Massillon Jackson, 3-0, in the state final Nov. 10. TONY TRIBBLE/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

The Lions had fallen on the road to McAuley and Case decided the team needed to air its grievances. “We had issues this year with girls not wanting to listen and things with coaches and players,” Case said. “We hashed it out after McAuley for two hours without a ball. We sat there and we talked, and I told them what I thought…and they told me some things and…it made us so much more of a team…”

Sam Fry, who along with Paige Kebe, co-led the Lions with 11 kills in the championship game, said the Lions tight-knit. “Really, we’re all like sisters,” she said. “I love all of my teammates and I was so happy I was able to win it with them.” Kebe, who took GGCL honorable mention, finished the year with 211 kills.



Abby Williams of Loveland, OH/DS, So. Sam Fry of Indian Hill, MB/OH, Jr. Abby Weisenburger of Springfield Township, S/DS, Sr. Lilly Stein of Hamilton, OH/RS, Sr. Cory Wiener of Loveland, DS, Sr. Brenna Barber of Mason, OH/RS, Jr. Alyssa Steller of Maineville, S/RS, Fr. Paige Kebe of Loveland, MB/OH, Jr. Avery Naylor of Montgomery, DS, Fr. Claire Tulisiak of Symmes Township, DS, Fr. Ali Hackman of Sycamore Township, DS/S, Jr. Courtney Grafton of Montgomery, L/DS, Sr. Lauren Wilkins of Mason, OH/MB, So. Katherine Edmondson of Loveland, MB/RS, So. Rachel Garnett of Liberty Township, RS/MB, Sr. Mallory Bechtold of Finneytown, RS/OH, So. Sarah Wandtke of Mason, DS, Sr.

Aug. 28 - Lakota East, L, 3-1 Aug. 30 - Notre Dame, L, 3-1 Sept. 4 - at Alter, W, 3-2 Sept. 6 - at Seton, W, 3-0 Sept. 8 - Dublin Coffman, W, 3-0 Sept. 11 - at MND, L, 3-1 Sept. 13 - Mercy, W, 3-0 Sept. 15 - at Butler, W, 2-0 Sept. 15 - at Toledo St. Ursula, W, 3-0 Sept. 18 - McAuley, W, 3-1 Sept. 20 - St. Ursula, W, 3-1 Sept. 22 - Mason, W, 3-0 Sept. 25 - Seton, W, 3-0 Sept. 27 - MND, L, 3-0 Sept. 29 - at Bowling Green, W, 2-0 Sept. 29 - at Walsh Jesuit, L, 3-0 Sept. 30 - Lakota West, W, 3-1 Sept. 30 - at Magnificat, W, 3-0 Oct. 2 - at Mercy, W, 3-0 Oct. 4 - at McAuley, L, 3-1 Oct. 9 - at St. Ursula, W, 3-1 Oct. 11 - at Lakota West, W, 3-0 Oct. 20 - Princeton, W, 3-0 Sectional tournament Oct. 22 - Loveland, W, 3-0 District tournament Oct. 27 - Centerville, W, 3-0 District finals Nov. 1 - Lakota West, W, 3-2 Regional semifinals Nov. 3 - at Lakota East, W, 3-1 Regional final Nov. 8 - Toledo St. Ursula, W, 3-1 state semifinals Nov. 10 - Massillon Jackson, W, 3-0 state final

Loveland bowlers have strikes to spare this winter By Scott Springer

LOVELAND — With the late fall nip in the air, the upcoming bowling season will be starting soon in the various establishments across the Tristate. The following is a rundown of the bowling squads in the Loveland Herald coverage area:


Along One Tiger Trail, coach Brad Walker’s Loveland girls bowling team was the final league champion in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference and would like its name on the top of the new Eastern Cincinnati Conference trophy. Walker’s Lady Tigers were 21-1 last season (18-1 FAVC). For that, he earned coach of the year honors and now departed senior Toni Gardner was bowler of the year. “We lost three seniors,” Walker said. “We’ve got a really good freshman, Taylor Hayden, we’ve got others we’re working with and we’re ready to compete again.” Key returning starters are senior Rachel Leever, senior Alicia Sullivan and sophomore Kassie Naughton. Leever was first-team all-league in 2011-12 and Naughton was second team. Sullivan might be the most improved. “Alicia Sullivan should be fighting for the top spot in the ECC this year in my mind,” Walker said. “She’s one of those kids that doesn’t have any worries about anything. She just goes out there and rolls. Those are the ones that can do it all.” League-wise, the nemesis will again be Glen Este. The Lady Trojans handed Loveland their one loss less than a year ago. “It looks like Turpin’s also going to have a shot,” Walker said. “Turpin, ourselves and Glen Este should be big matches. She (Kathy Demarko of Glen Este) has her starting five again and it’s going to be a tough haul for us. We’re still young. We’ll just see what hap-

Summit Country Day's Ellie Adams of Loveland brings the ball upfield during the Silver Knights' state semifinal match against Fenwick Nov. 6 at Hamilton. TOM SKEEN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Summit girls wrap history-making season By Nick Dudukovich ndudukovich @ communitypress .com

Junior Danny Tringelof is one of coach Jennifer Brannock’s top returners. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Lefty Kyle Schweer adds some twist to his shot at Cherry Grove Lanes for Loveland in a match last year. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS pens.” The ladies of Loveland open at Eastern Lanes with Middletown on Nov. 19. The Loveland boys bowling team finished in the upper eche-

lon of the the old FAVC last season behind talented teams like Anderson, Wilmington and league champ Glen Este. See BOWLING, Page A7

This time the ball bounced Bishop Fenwick’s way. In a rematch of last year’s memorable Division III state semifinal, Fenwick ousted the Lady Knights’ from the playoffs in overtime, 1-0, at Hamilton’s Virgil M. Schwarm Stadium Nov. 6. In 2011, Summit celebrated an overtime victory – and went on to win the state title – but this season’s moment would belong to Fenwick forward Meghan Blank. After more than 87 minutes of play the game remained scoreless. But Blank placed her shot just inside the right upright to lift her squad to the state final. Summit (19-2-2) finished its season ranked No. 1 in the Enquirer DIII coaches’ poll and No. 2 in the state. Its only two losses were to Fenwick, the state’s top-ranked team. Summit won the Miami Valley Conference by going undefeated (6-0) in league play. “We’ve accomplished things the past three years that’s noth-

ing close to what we’ve done here before,” said Summit head coach Michael Fee. “We’ve got some talented kids back next year. I’m proud of what we’ve been able to do here.” The 2012 campaign witnessed senior Elizabeth Williams become the school’s alltime leader in goals with 65. Tess Akgunduz, who played from 2006-2009, held the previous mark of 49. Williams also broke Akgunduz’s points record. Williams had 16 goals to go along with eight assists this fall, which gave her 154 career points, shattering Akgunduz’s mark of 120. Senior goalie Ayanna Parker, who has verbally committed to play for the University of Kentucky, also left her mark on the history books by netting 16 shutouts. Liz Arnold set the previous mark of 12 in 2011. Bryce Hueber also was a key offensive threat throughout the season as the midfielder scored 12 goals to go along with 12 assists. Gannett News Service contributed to this report



No place like ‘The Nipp’ for Moeller By Scott Springer

CORRYVILLE — Though they’ve never really had a “true” home field, Moeller High School is familiar with several venues. Lockland Stadium is currently their official home field. Before that, the Crusaders played at old Galbraith Field near Kings Island. However, they’ve always managed to have a game or two at the University of Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium. Recently, the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown and playoffs have brought the Crusaders to UC. Their meeting with Lakota East Nov.10 was there-

fore nothing new and the Crusaders played that way, thrashing the Thunderhawks 46-20. Moeller coach John Rodenberg didn’t see that type of convincing win coming. “They have a pretty good team,” he said. “It’s been a while since we played against the option. We got shook up early, then we came back and got disciplined. It was a good win for us.” Lakota East held a 7-3 first quarter lead thanks to an opening drive that lasted 8:35. The second quarter then quickly became the “Keith Watkins Show” as the Northwestern-bound running back scored on runs of

Moeller fans cheer for their team against Lakota East in the first quarter at Nippert Stadium Nov. 10. Moeller defeated the Thunderhawks 46-20. JOSEPH FUQUA II/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

17, 40 and 80 yards to give Moeller a 24-7 halftime lead. “(The) offensive line made some key blocks,” Watkins said. “I love them to death. I can’t do it with-

out them.” The lead was so substantial that Watkins, suffering from heat cramps from the Indian summer temperature, didn’t play in the second half. Playing just two

Bowling Continued from Page A6

The Summit Country Day boys soccer team prepared to board the bus that would take the squad to the state championship match in Columbus. THANKS TO DARREN WEIGL

‘D’ propels Summit to state soccer title By Nick Dudukovich ndudukovich @ communitypress .com

COLUMBUS — “Surreal.”

That’s the way Summit Country Day head coach Barnard Baker described winning the Division III state boys soccer championship. They secured its second soccer trophy in school history by shutting out Gates Mills Hawken, 2-0, for the title at Crew Stadium Nov. 10. It’s the Silver Knights’ first boys soccer championship since 1999. Holding the opposition scoreless is nothing to new to the boys of the Summit. The squad didn’t allow a postseason goal despite playing a Murderers’ Row of competition. Five of the schools the Silver Knights had to take down en route to the title were ranked in the top 10 of the Ohio coaches’ poll. Baker said his program has usually taken an “attack” first mentality — but that changed this season. “From our forwards to our goalie, we had a mantra — defend first,” Baker said. Summit goalie Ryan Hall played a big hand in propelling the Knights to a title, despite battling a shoulder injury that nearly kept him out of the state semifinal against Worthington Christian Nov. 7. But the senior persevered, and will leave Summit as the state’s career leader in shutouts with 47. “Ryan’s fearless and he’s tough and you’re never going to get this moment back,” Baker said. Hall knows Summit’s defense wouldn’t have been as dominant if it weren’t for the guys who play in front of him. “Shutouts are never just me,” Hall told Gannett News Service. “It’s a team effort. Not giving up a goal in the

ROSTER Ryan Hall of Cleves, GK, Sr. David Smith of Newtown, F/M, Sr. Jack Meininger of Mariemont, D, Sr. Ben Emery of Hyde Park, D, Sr. Christian Hay of Mt. Carmel, D, Jr. Mosi Clark-Cobbs of Greenhills, F, Sr. Matt De Jesus of Anderson Township, M/D, Jr. Robby Wellington of Hyde Park, M/D, Sr. Brandon Lorentz of Dent, M, Sr. Charlie Maciejewski of Dent, M, Fr. Jake Rawlings of Loveland, M, Sr. Carlos Garciamendez of Sycamore Township, F/M, Jr. Philip McHugh of Indian Hill, D, So. Austin Smythe of Mariemont, F, So. Isaiah Chapman of Mt. Airy, D/F, Jr. Theo Austin of North College Hill, M, Sr. Joey Kunkel of Delhi Township, D, Sr. Taylor Jones of Goshen, M, Jr. Caelan Hueber of Newtown, F, Sr. Matt Eustace of Hyde Park, D, Jr. Matt Meister of Hyde Park, D/GK, Jr. Brendan Jones of Goshen, M/F, Fr. Alex Fance of Hyde Park, GK, Jr. Varsity staff: Barnard Baker, Dan Cosgrove, Ryan Johnson, Terry Malone and Craig Salvati. Athletic trainer: Amber Gerken


Aug. 18 - Miami Valley School, W, 7-0 Aug. 21 - Purcell Marian, W, 11-0 Aug. 25 - Worthington Christian, L, 2-0 Aug. 30 - at St. Bernard, W, 6-0 Sept. 6 - Cincinnati Christian, W, 2-1 Sept. 13 - at Clark, W, 1-0 Sept. 15 - Springfield Central Catholic, W, 5-0 Sept. 20 - Seven Hills, W, 2-0 Sept. 22 - Tree of Life, W, 3-0 Sept. 26 - at CHCA, W, 6-0 Sept. 28 - at Collegiate, W, 2-0 Oct. 3 - at Badin, W, 7-0 Oct. 6 - at Madeira, L, 1-0 Oct. 13 - at CCD, T, 1-1 Oct. 18 - Georgetown, W, 6-0 postseason Oct. 22 - Mariemont, W, 2-0 postseason Oct. 25 - at CCD, W, 1-0 postseason Oct. 31 - Springfield Catholic Central, W, 2-0 regional semifinals Nov. 3 - at Madeira, W, 2-0 regional final Nov. 7 - at Worthington Christian, W, 3-0 state semifinals Nov. 10 - at Gates Mills Hawken, W, 2-0 state final

entire tournament is unexplainable.” The combination of Jake Rawlings of Loveland, Joey Kunkel , Jack Meininger and Ben Emery have formed what Baker believes might be the best

back line he’s ever seen during his time at Summit Country Day. Rawlings began 2012 as a member of state championship basketball team, and he’ll leave the current year with a state title.

Coach Jennifer Braddock’s Tigers were 13-9 (11-5 FAVC). Back for Braddock are senior Kyle Schweer and junior Danny Tringelof, both first-team all-league picks. Second-team senior Ben Clawson also returns as does honorable mention junior Will Kern. Schweer averaged 196.5 last season, with Tringelof at 187.1 and Clawson at 181.1. Kern was not far behind at 178.2. The Tigers are on the road with Middletown Nov. 19 and at Kings Nov. 27 before returning to host the Kings Knights Nov. 29 at Loveland Lanes.

quarters, he still raced for 168 yards. “It was just a heat thing,” Watkins said. “It’s been awhile since we played in the heat. It was just dehydration. I didn’t hydrate enough. I could’ve gone back in, but there really wasn’t any need to.” Moeller went on to add rushing touchdowns from Joe Eramo, quarterback Spencer Iacovone and back-up Gus Ragland to earn the 26-point win and another chance to play. “Just keep running it and keep the time off the clock,” Rodenberg said with a smile. In a game that featured 11 total passes from both teams, Moeller’s Iacovone was 2-3 for13 yards, but ran

10 times for 95 yards. In a reserve role, senior Joe Eramo had 13 carries for 80 yards. “We thought we were going to run the ball pretty well,” Iacovone said. “Keith had a really good game and played out of his mind. Somebody plays like that and it’s kind of hard to stop them.” Iacovone will sign to play baseball with Marshall Nov. 14. He says there is a chance he could doubleup and also play football for the Thundering Herd. The Crusaders face Colerain Nov. 17 back at Nippert Stadium. The Cardinals squeaked by Elder 3534 in overtime a few hours after Moeller and Lakota East played.

Moeller Moeller’s boys finished 11-8 last season and were 8-6 in the Greater Catholic League-South for fourth place. Philip Cleves is the top returner with a 193.4 average. Those numbers were good enough to make him GCL-South second team last winter. Joining Cleves on the squad are T.J. Snyder, Greg Lind, Steven Snyder, Grant Godbey, Joe Niemiller and Connor Kelso. “We have a very young team with a lot of energy and great potential,” coach Bob Orr said. “Two of the bowlers have rolled at least nine strikes in a row during the past two weeks. They’ve worked hard over the summer to hone their skills.”

Moeller starts Nov. 27 at Crossgate Lanes against Carroll and Roger Bacon.

Mount Notre Dame

Taking over as Mount Notre Dame’s bowling coach is Mollie Holtman. In 2011-12, the Cougars were 4-18 (3-12 Girls Greater Cincinnati League-Scarlet). Their top returner is senior Liz Gilkey, who made allleague honorable mention last season. Gilkey averaged 139.1 with a high game of 224. Senior Maggie Tucker returns with a 129.6 average, senior Kamvia Fletcher was at 124.5, Jen Finley 122.2, Emily Webb at 120.1 and junior Kenzie Beard at 108.5. MND begins Nov. 27 at Stones Lanes against St. Ursula.

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National debt hard to grasp Seniors should get did I learn? Much more Candidates for politithan I could possibly cal office make signifiput in this article, but a cant claims about our few points are worth country’s economic noting. health. A hot button I learned that the issue this election cycle size of the U.S. governis the national debt and ment’s civilian work deficit spending. Most force, as a percentage every candidate acDavid C. of the population, is knowledges that persis- Calderhead currently smaller than tent deficit spending is COMMUNITY it has been in decades. not good for our nation- PRESS GUEST This fact is ignored by al economic health. The COLUMNIST many who claim that path to remedying the the size of government has run problem is a great point of disamuck. agreement in the political arena I learned that the current and among private citizens. annual federal income tax paid As a voting citizen, I have is the lowest in many a year. In felt rather uninformed about 2010, the individual income tax the issue. The debate often gets was 6.2 percent of GDP, the muddled as each political party lowest since 1950. claims to have a silver bullet I learned that a very small solution to eliminate the debt. portion of the national annual Frankly, I do not trust the politibudget, approximately 20 percal candidates’ stump speeches cent, is spent on things other to provide information untaintthan national defense, Medicaid, ed by the dogma of each party’s Medicare and Social Security. spin doctors. How can an ordiPractically speaking, two-thirds nary citizen get solid data about of our annual spending is spothe debt issue and potential ken for before Congress casts a solutions? single vote on spending. This This summer I resolved to leaves very little fat to trim if become better informed on the the big four (national defense, national debt. To accomplish Medicaid, Medicare and Social this goal, I read two books on Security) are considered unthe topic: “White House Burntouchable. ing,” Johnson and Kwak; and I learned that cutting taxes “Red Ink,” David Wessel. What

and cutting the national budget at the same time will not eliminate the deficit, but will make it worse. I learned that raising taxes alone fails to solve the debt problem. I learned that our government has failed to pay for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq; only making the debt situation worse. I learned the Medicare prescription benefit was enacted a few years ago without any attempt to pay for it. I learned that running a budget deficit is not always bad, but running persistent deficits is eventually problematic. I learned that a bipartisan commission, the SimpsonBowles Commission, has suggested solutions to the problem. While Simpson-Bowles is certainly not a panacea, it is a bipartisan option that should be given serious consideration. Having obtained my new found knowledge, I certainly have a better understanding of the work needed to put our country on a path toward sound financial footing. I value having taken the time to learn more about this issue.

David C. Calderhead lives in Miami Township.

CH@TROOM Nov. 7 question Developers are studying the feasibility of building a hotel on the “Purple People Bridge” between Cincinnati and Newport. Do you think a hotel on the bridge is a good idea? Why or why not?

“I do wonder about our leaders and their priorities. I will be sure to hop on the streetcar to head downtown rounding out my stay at the new hotel for a little romantic barge watching with my husband. How about fixing our bridges before something happens?” M.F. “I think the Purple People Bridge as a hotel is a great idea. Newport and the Bellevue, Ky., areas have developed into great places for both local and out of town residents. “As Cincinnati’s banks development continues to expand, along with the more northern areas of the city such as the southern sections of Over-theRhine, Cincy will become a very nice tourist destination, particularly regionally, for long weekends. “It would be such a unique setting and the access to both sides of the river would be fantastic. I don’t see any downside to it at all. I hope that the studies come back positive and development of the project can start in the near future.” I.P. “Such a building would need to be designed to withstand the stresses and strains of a structure that vibrates and moves. This is costly. Seems a better structure could be built on good old terra firma at less cost. “Deliveries and trash pickup would be a problem along with exposed utilities. But, given current city of Cincinnati thinking, they could seek to have the streetcar buzz by.” T.J.

their flu shots

age 65 and older. Both Had your flu shot vaccines protect against yet? Me neither, but I the same flu viruses. will get it at my next The higher-dose vaccine doctor’s appointment in a should result in a strongcouple of weeks. er immune response. For seniors, the seaTalk to your health care sonal flu can be very provider about which serious, even deadly. Linda Eppler vaccine is right for you. Ninety percent of fluAlong with the vacrelated deaths and more COMMUNITY PRESS GUEST COLUMNIST cine, take everyday than half of flu-related preventive actions inhospitalizations occur in cluding covering coughs, washpeople age 65 and older. ing hands often, and avoiding It has been recognized for people who are sick. many years that people 65 years Seek medical advice quickly and older are at greater risk of if you develop flu symptoms to serious complications from the see whether you might need flu compared with young, medical evaluation or treatment healthy adults. This is because human immune defenses become with antiviral drugs. It's very important that antiviral drugs be weaker with age. So influenza used early to treat flu in people can be a very serious disease for who are very sick with flu, espeolder adults. cially those who have a greater How can you protect yourself chance of getting serious flu from the flu? complications. The best way to prevent the As a senior, you are at an flu is to get the flu vaccine, and increased risk of getting pneuas soon as possible. It’s available monia, a complication of the flu, now. Getting the flu vaccine so talk to your health care proprotects you and prevents you vider about the pneumococcal from spreading the flu to your vaccine, too. The pneumococcal spouse, children or grandchilvaccine will protect you against dren. The Center for Disease pneumonia. Control (CDC) recommends that Will Medicare cover flu vaceveryone 6 months of age and cine? Yes, Medicare will cover older get a seasonal flu vaccine . the flu vaccine once every flu People 65 years and older season. have two flu shots available to Linda Eppler is the director of choose from - a regular dose flu Community Services for Clermont vaccine and a newer, higher dose Senior Services. flu vaccine designed for people

Quality, affordable housing CMHA goal What a hotel on the “Purple People Bridge” between Cincinnati and Newport might look like, from a 2010 proposal. “Do I think a hotel on the Purple People bridge is a good idea? Not hardly. “Why do some people have such an urge to be different? There are many reasons why this isn’t a good idea, but for openers a bridge isn’t usually designed to support the weight of a building like a hotel, and I doubt there is anything that can be done to make it perfectly safe. “What’s wrong with the triedand-true method of building things like hotels on the ground? What’s next? Building a church on a runway at Lunken? Say, wait a minute ... that is an interesting thought. Just kidding!” Bill B. “Whatever addle-brain nincompoop came up with this birdbrain idea isn’t working with a full deck. How about pup tents?” M.F.D. “Personally I thought it was a joke when I first read it. Where is the money going to come from for this ridiculous venture. I thing we need to spend our money more wisely, downtown has more needs than a hotel on a bridge.” D.D. “This is one of the reasons America is so great! Free men rich or poor can do what they want. If a guy is successful and has a wad to spend, let him spend



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it ... he will rise or fall (unlike GM/Chrysler/Wall Street) by his success or failure.” K.P. “It certainly is an unusual idea. It will be a good idea if it is successful. It will be a bad idea if it fails. “I believe the mountain of red tape involved with constructing a new building onto an existing structure that spans a state boundary will be daunting. The next challenge is determining if that very special niche in downtown accommodations will attract enough customers. “If it goes forward I see it as an initial success, but a failure when the novelty wears off in five years or so.” R.V.

NEXT QUESTION Do you think Congress will be able to work out a deal to avoid the upcoming “Fiscal Cliff,” the expiration of almost every tax cut enacted since 2001 and the first $110 billion of $1.2 trillion in spending cuts set to occur over 10 years. Why or why not? Every week The Loveland Herald asks readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with Chatroom in the subject line.

CMHA residents to In July, I joined the transition out of our Cincinnati Metropolitan programs. Housing Agency with A second discussion several goals in mind, point during the Wyoincluding talking with ming meeting involved local communities about CMHA’s voucher proour programs and congram. Throughout our tinuing CMHA’s drive to coffeehouse visits these be an asset to the comGregory past few months, we’ve munity. Johnson Combining these two COMMUNITY PRESS found that many community members are congoals will help CMHA GUEST COLUMNIST cerned that CMHA conachieve its overarching centrates housing by telling mission to provide quality, afpeople where to live. That is not fordable housing. the case. Voucher holders choose To achieve the first goal, the area and home that best fits CMHA hosted several coffee and their family needs; CMHA is not conversation meetings with resipermitted to tell voucher holders dents in neighborhoods throughwere they should live. out Hamilton County, including a What we have found is that meeting last week in Wyoming. most residents don’t move far These coffeehouse meetings from where they grew up, for the provided an opportunity to hear comfort and familiarity of home. what community members think We hope that dispelling these about CMHA, and discuss what misconceptions will help commuwe can do to work together. nity members understand our During CMHA’s most recent programs so we can partner as a coffeehouse visit at Bilog Coffee, good neighbor. Tea and Gelato, we touched on The agency has also develseveral thought-provoking points oped a gold performance stanthat opened lines of communicadard to hold ourselves accounttion. able for providing quality, affordOne discussion during our able housing throughout HamilWyoming visit revolved around ton County. Becoming more the 90,000 Hamilton County resieffective in our communication dents who live below the poverty efforts will help guide CMHA in line. CMHA provides affordable its mission to become a commuhousing for nearly 40,000 resinity asset. dents, but the gap between peoYou can help us by calling our ple who need assistance and CMHA Talk 2 Us hotline at (513) people who have assistance is 721-CMHA (2642) if you have still very wide. comments, questions or conIt is important for CMHA to cerns. partner with organizations that address the root of the issue. Gregory Johnson is Cincinnati MetConnecting our clients with comropolitan Housing Authority’s execmunity services for education utive director. and employment empower

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Craig Slusher returns a "hide-a-key" geocache container to its original hiding place after signing the logbook. CHUCK


PEOPLE | IDEAS | RECIPES Treasure items found in the guitar case geocache in Loveland - part of the high tech scavenger hunt called "geocaching"." CHUCK GIBSON/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS


GEOCACHING? Techno scavengers find cache all around Loveland By Chuck Gibson


housands of treasures are hidden all around Loveland. They’re called geocaches and they’re part of a hightech game called geocaching. Who knew? Definitely not Loveland’s city engineer, Cindy Klopfenstein. That all changed when she received a request for permission to hide a “geocache” in one of the city parks. “I never even heard of it before Earl contacted us,” said Klopfenstein referring to the request she received from resident Earl Slusher. “I don’t know that anyone else had ever gotten permission from the city to put these geocaches in our parks … unless they’ve called the police department or someone instead of me; which is very possible.” Geocaching is a high-tech game of treasure hunt going on in Loveland and all around the world. The idea is to go outside and find these hidden treasures called geocaches using a GPS device. You can register and find the GPS coordinates for geocaches at Anyone can register and play for free. All you do is plug the coordinates into your GPS, and head out to find the geocache. Earl Slusher and his family began “geocaching” about

A geocache can be very smallthis one was found along the Little Miami Scenic River banks. CHUCK GIBSON/F OR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

15 months ago. Slusher first learned of geocaching while updating his GPS unit before a family vacation trip. His GPS provider system offered to give several different locations of geocaches. “It’s like a scavenger hunt; a GPS scavenger hunt,” Slusher said. “I thought it was something the kids might like; trying to find stuff. You have to do puzzle solving with it. The GPS coordinates get you in the area.” The Slushers tried it on their trip to Dragon’s Tail, Tenn., but you don’t have to travel far to find a geocache. Klopfenstein learned pretty quickly when she looked at the geocaching web link Slusher sent her in his email request for permission. “I typed in 45140 and they’re in Anniversary Park, they’re in Veteran’s Park, they’re downtown in Nisbet, they’re on the bike trail; they were all over the place,” she said. “I started counting how many were in parks I recognized. Once I got to 30, I stopped counting. I had no idea. It was out of the blue. You learn something new every day.” As city engineer, she worried about liability for the city and safety for the people. She wondered about the size of the containers, where they would be hidden, and what might be in them. Initially she wanted to say no to geocaches in Loveland. Klopfenstein found about 970 online pages for the Loveland zip code on the geocaching web link. “Each page has 20,” she said. “So 20 times 968 are just in our ZIP code. There are literally thousands in our zip code. We have so many and somebody is going to ask us for permission! How can we say no if they’re already out there?” They are out there; more than 19,000 in Loveland alone and nearly 2 million geocaches worldwide according to the geocaching website. The Slusher’s and more than 5 million players (geocachers) around the world are out there hiding and seeking the hidden treasures. The geo-

Craig Slusher of Loveland displays the log sheet signed by "geocachers" who have found the guitar case geocache the Slushers hid in Loveland.


cachers try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using a smartphone or GPS and can then share their experiences online. “A smartphone works great,” Slusher said. “A smartphone is perfect,” echoed his son, Craig, who took a reporter too find a “really neat” one at Veteran’s Park. “When you see it, you think it’s a frog,” Craig said. “You jump when you find it. I was nervous about it.” The geocaches can be all shapes and sizes, hidden anywhere, and filled with just about anything. Slusher’s created one in a guitar case hidden somewhere in Loveland. That one is pretty big, but a geocache can be as small as a hide-a-key; like one found along the Little Miami Scenic River Trail. “On the website you can list a reason you chose the spot, or you can say something about the community, the restaurant or business you are trying to promote,” Klopfenstein said. “There’s definitely a good opportunity with the geocache to put a plug in for Loveland. Hide it in a scenic spot where people otherwise wouldn’t go.” What do you do when you find one? There should be a logbook to sign. If you take one of the treasure items out,

leave another item of equal or greater value for the next geocacher to find. Make sure you rehide the geocache in exactly the same spot you found it. Then go back to the geocaching website to share your experience. It’s all free. Geocaching hasn’t just filled Loveland with hidden treasures, it takes people to places they’d never go, shows them things they’d never see, and share their experience with people they’d never meet. The Slushers have tracked one of the items they hid more than 8,000 miles … and it’s still on the move. They currently have five geocaches hidden in and around the Loveland area. Why? “I just find it fun,” Craig said. “I think its unique. It takes me places I wouldn’t necessarily go otherwise. It’s really good for vacations. A lot of times there will be places you wouldn’t realize are there unless you do this.” To join the hunt or just learn more:

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THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, NOV. 15 Cooking Classes Evening in Provence with Yen Hsieh, 6:30-9 p.m., Cooks’ Wares - Symmes Township, 11344 Montgomery Road, Learn menu from Provence that you can share with family and friends over the holiday season. $50. Reservations required. 489-6400; Symmes Township.

Exercise Classes Cardio Dance Party, 6-7 p.m., Eric Thomas’ Professional Fitness Academy, 4865 Duck Creek Road, Classes incorporate variety of dance styles, including jazz, hip-hop, Latin, jive and more danced to popular music. $10. 617-9498; Madisonville.

Films Twilight Marathon, 11:30 a.m., Kenwood Theatre, 7815 Kenwood Rd, All five films. “Twilight” at 11:30 a.m., “New Moon” at 2 p.m., “Eclipse” at 4:45 p.m., “Breaking Dawn Part 1” at 7:15 p.m. and “Breaking Dawn Part 2” at 10 p.m. Disturbing images, violence, sexuality, partial nudity and some thematic violence. Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. Rated PG-13. $25 for marathon; $10 part 2 only. 984-4488; Kenwood.

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

Lectures Town Hall Lecture: Thane Maynard, 11 a.m.-noon, Montgomery Assembly of God, 7950 Pfeiffer Road, Director of the Cincinnati Zoo speaks. Ages 18 and up. $120 series of four lectures; $40 single lecture. 684-1632; Montgomery.

On Stage - Theater West Moon Street, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, Young Lord Arthur is deliriously happy when a mysterious palm reader predicts that he will commit a murder. A proper English gentleman, Arthur believes it is his duty to get this killing business over with before he marries. $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township. Legally Blonde the Musical, 7 p.m., Loveland High School, 1 Tiger Trail, Fast-paced comedy about knowing who you are and showing what you’ve got. Light-hearted musical based on popular movie. $10, $8 students and seniors. Through Nov. 18. 697-3857; Loveland.

Religious - Community A Short Course in Quakerism, 7-8:30 p.m., Cincinnati Friends Meeting, 8075 Keller Road, Paul Buckley, Quaker author presenting. Ages 16 and up. $5 per session or $45 for all 10 sessions. Through Feb. 21. 207-5353; Madeira.

Support Groups Motherless Daughters Support Group, 7-8:30 p.m., Montgomery Community Church, 11251 Montgomery Road, For adult women who have lost or miss nurturing care of their mother. Free. 489-0892. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Free, donations accepted. 800-0164. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, 4309 Cooper Road, Book discussion group. Open to everyone who desires healthy loving relationships. Donations accepted. 673-0174. Blue Ash. Family Education and Support Group for Addiction and Codependency, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 10345 Montgomery Road, For people who suffer from addiction, their families and friends, to come together in a supportive, confidential support environment. Free. 432-4182; Montgomery.

FRIDAY, NOV. 16 Art Openings

screening. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. 686-3300; Loveland.

Brush and Palette Painters: Art for the Holidays, 6-9 p.m., Frame Designs, 9475 Loveland Madeira Road, Artist present to share process. Refreshments served. Free. 891-4434. Loveland.


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Thanksgiving School Break Camp, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Children splash in waterpark, play games in gym, create great art projects and enjoy game room. Drop off as early as 8 a.m.; pick up as late as 6 p.m. Add $6 for before care; add $8 for after care; $12 for both. Ages 0-6. $58, $48 members. Registration required. 761-7500. Amberley Village.

Springerle Workshop with Connie Meisinger from House on the Hill, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Cooks’ Wares - Symmes Township, 11344 Montgomery Road, During workshops, students observe and then work hands-on with various aspects of preparation. Learn answers to any and all Springerle and molded cookie questions. $110. Reservations required. 489-6400; Symmes Township.


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Karaoke and Open Mic

Holiday Art Sale, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Mud Slinger Studio, 6888 Clubside Drive, Handmade pottery, original watercolors and prints, woven items, earrings, knitted scarves, Raku and glass jewelry, wooden bowls and stained glass. Free parking and refreshments. 697-7070; Loveland.

Health / Wellness Health Screenings, 10 a.m.noon, Owens Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center, 7319 Montgomery Road, Blood pressure screenings, stress screenings and consultation about your wellness needs. Free. 784-0084. Silverton.

Music - R&B Basic Truth, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., MVP Sports Bar & Grille, 6923 Plainfield Road, $5. This show was postponed from September. 794-1400; Silverton.

On Stage - Student Theater A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 7-8 p.m., Indian Hill High School, 6865 Drake Road, Auditorium. Fun-loving comedy tells tale of four Athenian lovers, a jealous King, his stubborn Queen and a few silly performers who are putting on a play for the Duke’s wedding. $6. 272-4642; Indian Hill.

On Stage - Theater West Moon Street, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township. Legally Blonde the Musical, 7 p.m., Loveland High School, $10, $8 students and seniors. 6973857; Loveland. Oklahoma, 7:30-10 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, 111 S. Second St., Music by Richard Rogers. Book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein. Director: Cathryn Alter. Producer: Pat Furterer. Musical Director: Jack Hasty. Choreographer: Majory Clegg. $15. Through Nov. 17. 443-4572; Loveland.

SATURDAY, NOV. 17 Cooking Classes Healthy Cooking Classes, Noon-1:30 p.m., Peachy’s Health Smart, 7400 Montgomery Road, Peachy Seiden discusses nutrition and health while preparing two delicious, simple and easy meals. Ages 18 and up. $30. Registration required. Through Dec. 8. 315-3943; Silverton.

Craft Shows Sycamore Arts and Crafts Show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sycamore High School, 7400 Cornell Road, Jewelry, clothing, floral arrangements, home decor, housewares, paintings, photographs, ceramics and more from 190 vendors. Benefits Sycamore Community Schools’ instrumental music departments. Free admission. 686-1770; Montgomery.

Exercise Classes Cardio Dance Party, 10-11 a.m., Eric Thomas’ Professional Fitness Academy, $10. 617-9498; Madisonville.

Health / Wellness Diabetes Conversation Maps, 10 a.m.-noon, Lisa Larkin, M.D. & Associates, 4460 Red Bank Expressway, Suite 100, Small group discussions of Type 2 diabetes led by Jan Kellogg, certified diabetes educator. $30

The Brush and Palette Painters are preparing for a new show for the holiday season at Frame Designs, 9745 Loveland-Madeira Road, Symmes Township, beginning with an opening reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 16. The show runs through Dec. 29. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. These painters have painted in venuse like old Milford, Findlay Market, the new Washington Park and private gardens this past summer, and recently returned from a three-day painting jaunt in the Brookville Lake area. Artists include Montgomery residents Helen Fondacaro, Adele Garneret, Nathalie Gerberick, Susan Grier and Marilynn Hesford; Blue Ash resident Kathi Blake; Laurie Arshonsky of Symmes Township, Nancy Achberger of Milford, Carolyn Muller of Sharonville, Martha Carmody of Evendale, Maineville resident Barbara Chenault, Joy Kashdan Glaser of Sycamore Township, Mount Washington resident Joyce Meier, Nancy Nordloh Neville of Pleasant Ridge and Maineville resident Mary Jean Weber. For more information, call 891-4434. THANKS TO LAURIE ARSHONSKY all four sessions;or $10 per session. 271-5111. Madisonville.

On Stage - Children’s Theater The Button People, 11 a.m.noon and 1-2 p.m., UC Blue Ash College Muntz Theater, 9555 Plainfield Road, Multimedia adventure in world music. Laughter and learning come together as audience embarks upon musical voyage that introduces them to cross-section of rhythms and sounds and incorporates more than 30 unique instruments from around the world. $5. 745-5705; Blue Ash.

On Stage - Student Theater A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 7-8 p.m., Indian Hill High School, $6. 272-4642; Indian Hill.

On Stage - Theater West Moon Street, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township. Legally Blonde the Musical, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Loveland High School, $10, $8 students and seniors. 697-3857; Loveland. Oklahoma, 7:30-10 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, $15. 443-4572; Loveland.

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

Recreation Hang at the J, 7-11 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Games, swimming, crafts, movie or special activity and childfriendly dinner. Bring swimsuit and towel. $27, $20 members. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

Runs / Walks HeartChase Madeira, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Downtown Madeira, Miami Avenue, Communitywide competition to uncover clues, solve puzzles and complete challenges in a race to the finish line. Benefits American Heart Association. $50. Registration required. 827-1648; Madeira. HeartChase, 10 a.m., Sellman Park, 6700 Marvin Ave., Clues lead teams of two-five to various checkpoints throughout Madeira where they complete task before moving to next spot. Smartphone for each team required. Prizes for winning team. Benefits American Heart Association. $50. Registration required. 281-4048; Madeira.

Shopping Bake Sale, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., St. George Russian Orthodox Church, 4905 Myrtle Ave.,

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

FRIDAY, NOV. 23 Health / Wellness Health Screenings, 10 a.m.noon, Owens Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center, Free. 784-0084. Silverton.

Music - Rock The Gamut, 7:30-11 p.m., deSha’s American Tavern, 11320 Montgomery Road, 247-2380; Montgomery.

SATURDAY, NOV. 24 Cooking Classes Healthy Cooking Classes, Noon-1:30 p.m., Peachy’s Health Smart, $30. Registration required. 315-3943; Silverton.

Exercise Classes Supports the building of new church building on Lebanon Road. Free admission. 400-3191; Blue Ash.

SUNDAY, NOV. 18 Art & Craft Classes Kolobok: Puppet Making Workshop, 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., St. Columban Church, 894 Oakland Road, Make character from Kolobok show. Benefits St. George Russian Orthodox Church and Cultural Center. $10. Reservations required. 379-7653; Loveland.

Art Events Women of Reform Judaism Art Show, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Rockdale Temple, 8501 Ridge Road. Artist showcase array of art forms including pottery, jewelry, fiber arts, handmade books/journals, photography, paintings and glass. Free admission. 891-9900; Amberley Village.

On Stage - Children’s Theater Kolobok: The Russian Gingerbread Boy, 2:30-4:30 p.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m., St. Columban Church, 894 Oakland Road, Russian folktale about adventures of a little Butterball named Kolobok. Family friendly. $10, $5 children, free under age 2. 379-7653; Loveland.

On Stage - Theater West Moon Street, 2 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township. Legally Blonde the Musical, 2 p.m., Loveland High School, $10, $8 students and seniors. 6973857; Loveland.

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

MONDAY, NOV. 19 Cooking Classes Parkers Fall Harvest Dinner, 6:30-9 p.m., Cooks’ Wares Symmes Township, 11344 Montgomery Road, Centered on basics of using classic products of fall and letting them shine in a meal that can be prepared at home for entertaining friends and family. $45. 489-6400; Symmes Township.

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Music - Acoustic Bob Cushing, 8 p.m., Shady O’Grady’s Pub, 9443 LovelandMadeira Road, 791-2753. Symmes Township.

TUESDAY, NOV. 20 Cooking Classes It’s in the Bag, 6:30-9 p.m., Cooks’ Wares - Symmes Township, 11344 Montgomery Road, Classes honor nature’s bounty by featuring freshest in-season ingredients each month in all-new recipes. $50. Reservations required. 489-6400; Symmes Township.

Drink Tastings Wine and Cheese Mix and Mingle, 4:30-6:30 p.m., The Kenwood by Senior Star, 5435 Kenwood Road, Complimentary wine and cheese tasting. Free. Reservations required. 561-9300. Kenwood.

Farmers Market Loveland Farmers Market, 4-6 p.m., Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 101 S. Lebanon Road, Presented by Loveland Farmers’ Market. 683-0491; Loveland.

Health / Wellness Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Shops at Harper’s Point, 11340 Montgomery Road, Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. 686-3300; Symmes Township.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 21 Art & Craft Classes Portrait Painting and Drawing Class, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Deborah discusses, with weekly demonstrations and one-on-one instruction, how to achieve spontaneity, character and life in your figure painting. $80 per month. Reservations required. 259-9302; Mariemont.

Cooking Classes Kid’s Healthy Cooking Classes, 4-6 p.m., Peachy’s Health Smart, 7400 Montgomery Road, Peachy Seiden. Ages 11-14. $40. Registration required. 315-3943; Silverton.

Karaoke and Open Mic

Health / Wellness

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

Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Walgreens Loveland, 10529 Loveland Madeira Road, Fifteen-minute

Cardio Dance Party, 10-11 a.m., Eric Thomas’ Professional Fitness Academy, $10. 617-9498; Madisonville.

Pets Cat Adoptions, 1-3 p.m., Ohio Alleycat Resource, 871-7297; Madisonville.

MONDAY, NOV. 26 Clubs & Organizations Cincinnati Toastmasters Club No. 472 Meeting, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Paul Community United Methodist Church, 8221 Miami Road, Public speaking and leadership skills meeting. Family friendly. Free. 351-5005; Madeira.

Health / Wellness Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Braxton F. Cann Memorial Medical Center, 5818 Madison Road, Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. 686-3300; Madisonville. Managing Holiday Stress, 6 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Expert advice on managing stress of doing it all during the holiday season. Create action plan for eating right, staying fit and completing your holiday to-do list. Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. 369-4450; programs. Deer Park.

Karaoke and Open Mic Acoustic Open Mic, 7-10 p.m., Shady O’Grady’s Pub, 791-2753. Symmes Township.

Music - Acoustic Bob Cushing, 8 p.m., Shady O’Grady’s Pub, 791-2753. Symmes Township.

TUESDAY, NOV. 27 Civic Post-Election Analysis, 7 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Political experts show local, state and nationwide results, discuss controversies and upsets and explain impact of 2012 elections. 985-1500; Amberley Village.

Cooking Classes Holiday Appetizers and Starters with Dan Berger from Maple Grove Farm, 6:30-9 p.m., Cooks’ Wares - Symmes Township, 11344 Montgomery Road. $50. Reservations required. 489-6400; Symmes Township.



Brigadeiros double as dessert, holiday gift When I opened “America’s Test Kitchen DIY Cookbook” ($26.95), I intended to skim through it for a couple of minutes. An hour later I was still reading. This is going to be a book that Rita I turn to Heikenfeld again and RITA’S KITCHEN again. The staffers share their favorite from scratch recipes, so that you can make store-bought staples and gourmet faves right in your own kitchen. Ovendried tomatoes, refrigerator jams, potato chips, pickles, condiments, root beer, salted caramels, even your own harissa and Worcestershire sauces are just a few of the treasures. The recipes have been tested a bunch of times so you know they’ll work for you the first time. Their brigadeiros recipe intrigued me. Doubles as a dessert and gift from the kitchen!


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Rita’s white and wild rice dressing with sausage and mushrooms For Erin P. She wrote: “I need a quantity recipe to feed a crowd. We’re making Thanksgiving dinners for the needy and I’d like a rice side that’s different and holds up well.” This is a class favorite, easily divided in half.

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Grailville hosts herbal beer workshop Get into the festive spirit with some holiday herbal beer. Join Grailville Retreat & Program Center in Loveland in a toast to the coming holidays with a Holiday Herbal Beers workshop, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18. Learn to brew “festive” beer using herbs, and other natural materials, while exploring the history of

brewing and its sacred role in various cultures and celebrations. Brewer Christopher Smyth will teach participants to brew a seasonal holiday beer, just in time to share with friends and family for the Holidays. Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss modern brewing techniques, as well as historical sacred brewing.

Experience the entire brewing process: from choosing the herbs and recipes, to bottling your own brew. Cclass sized is limited, so sign up soon. Tuition is $35 plus $5 material fee paid to the instructor. Reservations are required. Some scholarships may be available. Contact (513) 683-2340 or

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RELIGION Ascension Lutheran Church

Ascension’s community food drive for NEEDS emergency service gathered 300 food items for the NEEDS food pantry. The congregation donated 115 health kits and 20 pounds of soap for Lutheran World Relief. The women’s weekly Bible study participants are reading “Unfailing Love, Growing Closer to Jesus Christ.” Guests are welcome. The women meet on Thursday mornings at 9:30 except the second Thursday of the month when they join the women’s Wheel of Friendship monthly gathering.


Worship services are at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday School, Confirmation and Adult Forum are at 9:45 a.m. Ascension is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 793-3288.

Epiphany United Methodist Church

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

Wee Three Kings Preschool has openings for the 3-year-old afternoon and 18-36 month Parent’s Day Out classes. Parents Day Out meets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Parents may choose one or two days a week. The 3-year-old class meets two afternoons per week, from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Spots are filling fast. Call 683-4256. 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 10:30 a.m. is a traditional service. The church is at 6635 LovelandMiamiville Road, Loveland; 677-9866.

Chabad Jewish Center

Loveland Presbyterian Church

Brecon United Methodist Church

At 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, Cafe Chabad will hold a film screening of “Welcome to the Waks Family,” along with a soup, salad and theater-style snack buffet. The fee for the evening, is $12 paid by Nov. 12, $15 after Nov. 12, $118 sponsor. For adults Only. Reservations and more information at Chabad Jewish Center is at 3977 Hunt Road, Blue Ash; 793-5200.

Church of the Saviour United Methodist

Ralph and Annette Popp celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on November 10, 2012. They were married on November 10, 1962 at St. Anthony’s Church in Bellevue, KY by Father Joseph P. Collins. They are celebrated by family and friends for their accomplishment

Weekday Children’s Activities – Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays (9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.). Afternoon session is available on Tuesday. Register on-line at Cookies and Santa is 10 a.m. to noon, Dec. 1. No registration is necessary. The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242; 791-3142.


UNITED METHODIST Sat. Contemporary: 5:00 p.m. Sun. Contemporary: 9:00 a.m. Sun. Traditional: 10:30 a.m.

New Worship times are: Sunday School 9:15-10 a.m.; fellowship 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; worship 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Bible Study began at 9:15 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 16, with “The Four Gospels,” a book by Chester Wilkins and led by LPC Elder George Kopittke. On the same Sunday, Pastor Stephen Melton started his class on the meaning of the Presbyterian symbol. Sunday School is available for all ages. The youth group for grades seven to 12 meets monthly and conducts fundraisers for their activities. The church is at 360 Robin, Loveland; 683-2525.

Loveland United Methodist Church

The Worship team recently began offering two services: “Classic Tradition” at 9 a.m.; “Engage!” – a contemporary worship offering at 10:30 a.m. The Children’s team will be offering nursery care all morning, and Sunday school for all ages up through grade six during both worship services. In addition, the Sunday morning experience will provide life-changing teenage studies, including confirmation class, as well as adult learning opportunities. The ministry leaders are working on finalizing plans for these offerings. Visit for Sunday class times for teenagers and adult . To find out about all the ministry offerings at Loveland UMC, visit, or call Pat Blankenship, director of ministry operations, at 683-

1738. Explore small groups, Bible studies, children’s ministry, youth ministry, adults ministry, seniors ministry and “Hands On/Off Campus” mission/outreach opportunities. The church also offers opportunities to connect in various worship arts ministries such as music, drama, video, sound and visuals. The church is at 10975 S. Lebanon Road, Loveland; 683-1738.

Milford Christian Church

The church is having a community meal at 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17. All are welcome and there is no cost. The church is at 844 state Route 131, Miami Township; 831-0196.

Milford First United Methodist Church

The special worship series for October and November is “Living the Lord’s Prayer.” Service times are 9:25 a.m. and 11 a.m. Join the church as it explores Jesus’ dynamic vision for Christian lives. For more information contact Seneca Taylor, The church is at 541 Main St., Milford; 831-5500.

Northern Hills Synagogue

Northern Hills Synagogue's Sisterhood Gift Shop will hold a special Hanukkah Fair from Sunday, Nov. 18, through Sunday, Dec. 2, featuring for sale a fine selection of Judaica and other gifts. Items include menorahs, decorations, dreidels, games, serving pieces, cookbooks 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 (513) 931-6038. Registration has begun for the new school year for the Kehilla School for Creative Jewish Education, a Jewish religious school for preschool through grade seven co-sponsored by Northern Hills SynagogueCongregation B’nai Avraham and Congregation Ohav Shalom. This partnership enables students to make new friends outside their own synagogues, and the small class sizes enable teachers to get to know each and every child. As part of the Kehilla curriculum, students will learn about Torah, holidays, Israel, life cycle events, Jewish history, prayers, and Hebrew. The school is

ABOUT RELIGION Religion news is published at no charge on a spaceavailable basis. Items must be to our office no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, for possible consideration in the following edition. » E-mail announcements to loveland@community, with “Religion” in the subject line. » Fax to 248-1938. Call 248-8600. » Mail to: Loveland Herald, Attention: Andrea Reeves, Religion news, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, Ohio 45140. open to families that are unaffiliated with any synagogue. During the fall semester, Sunday morning classes will meet at Ohav Shalom, 8100 Cornell Road, while Wednesday afternoon classes, for grades three to seven, will meet at Northern Hills, 5714 Fields Ertel Road. The locations will switch during the spring semester. Parents are encouraged to visit the Kehilla website at for information regarding their child’s school or contact Maksim at 931-6040 or at The synagogue is at 5714 Fields Ertel Road; 931-6038.

River Hills Christian Church

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

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

Permanent change in service hours: 8 a.m. – spoken Holy Eucharist; 10 a.m. – Eucharist with music. St. Barnabas Choir rehearsals are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, There is no requirement other than a willing heart and a desire to serve. Come and make a joyful noise. The St. Barnabas Youth Choir rehearses after the 10 a.m. service on Sunday. Children in second-grade and older are invited to come and sing. Calling all acolytes. If you are fourth-grade or older, please call or email the church office to help serve during the services. An Intercessory Healing Prayer Service is held the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. The Order of St. Luke, Hands of

Hope chapter, meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7:15 p.m. in the library. OPALS (Older People with Active Lifestyles) will host Patrick Henry (aka Tony Steer) at 11 a.m. Nov. 14 in the Great Hall. Call the church with your lunch reservation. A Men’s Breakfast group meets on Wednesday mornings at 8:30 a.m. at Steak N Shake in Montgomery. Ladies Fellowship/Religious Study Group meets on Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. at the church. The group is currently discussing “Desire of the Everlasting Hills” by Thomas Cahill. Friends in Fellowship meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:15 p.m. for a potluck dinner at the church. Ladies Bridge meets the first and third Thursdays of the month. Contact the church office for further information. A Bereavement Support Group for widows and widowers meets the second and fourth Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The church is at 10345 Montgomery Road, Montgomery; 984-8401.

Sycamore Presbyterian Church

Thanksgiving Eve Service is 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 21 in the chapel with choir and handbells. Childcare will be provided for ages 4 and under. The service is casual dress. Join in worship at 8:45 a.m., 9:45 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday School for age 3 to grade 12 meets at 10:45 a.m. Childcare is available in the nursery during the 9:45 a.m. and 10:45 services for infants through age 2. Weekly adult study opportunities are also offered. Details on these and other programs can be found on the website calendar or by calling the church office. The church is at 11800 MasonMontgomery Road, Symmes Township; 683-0254.

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Brush & Palette Painters set holiday show The Brush & Palette Painters, a longtime painting group, have painted in venues like old Milford, Findlay Market the new Washington Park and a number of private gardens this past summer. They just returned from a three-day painting jaunt to Brookville Lake area. The Brush & Palette Painters are preparing for a grand new show for the holiday season. It begins with an opening re-

ception, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at Frame Designs, 9745 LovelandMadeira Road. The show runs through Dec. 29. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. MondayFriday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. The artists in Brush & Palette Painters include: Helen Fondacaro, Adele Garneret, Nathalie Gerberick, Susan Grier, Marilynn Hesford (all from Montgomery). Kathi Blake (Blue Ash),

Laurie Arshonsky (Symmes Township), Nancy Achberger (Milford), Carolyn Muller (Sharonville), Martha Carmody (Evendale), Barbara Chenault (Maineville), Joy Kashdan Glaser, (Sycamore Township) Joyce Meier (Mount Washington), Nancy Nordloh Neville (Pleasant Ridge) and Mary Jean Weber (Maineville). For more information, call Laurie Arshonsky 891-4434.

Mud Slinger holiday art sale Nov. 16 Mud Slinger Studio is hosting its sixth annual holiday art show featuring unique, hand made pottery, woven items, wooden bowls, stained glass, jewelry, knitted scarves, original watercolors, lotions and lip balms just in time for the upcoming holiday season. “This is an opportunity to support local craftspeople and to peruse their one of a kind, hand made 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,” potter Bonnie McNett said.

Artists that will have will be showing their work include: » Bonnie McNett – wheel thrown and hand built pottery; » Bob Jenkins – hand woven place mats, table runners, coasters, etc ...; » Joe LeGrand – wood turned bowls, ornaments, lidded vessels, and platters; » Mary Moser – beautiful stained glass; » Michael Moser – turned pepper grinders, rolling pins, and pens; » Jennifer Pottner – raku and glass jewelry; » Nancy Sullivan – original water colors and unique greeting cards;

» Bethany Butler – jewelry made with real butterfly wings; » Maerin Hodge – crocheted purses, flowers, and coasters; » Kurt Hizar – wood carvings of owls, bears, morels, eagles and turtles; » Stephanie Eicher – hand knitted scarves; » Barbara Gheddari – hand-crafted soaps, lip balms, lotions, and gift sets; » Kevin Abbott – recycled paper earrings. The show is 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at 6888 Clubside Drive just off of Route 48. For more information call 697-7070.

Mobile Mammography to visit The Lodge Mercy Health’s mobile mammography unit is coming to several locations this month. The Mercy Health Mobile Mammography Units offer women screening mammograms in 15 minutes at locations convenient to their home or workplace. Mercy Health Mobile Mammography includes The Jewish Hospital Mobile Mammography program and has expand-

ed to include three mobile units. Any woman who receives a mammogram Dec. 31, at any Mercy Health location, including Mercy Health’s Mobile Mammography Units, is eligible to win a Mercy Health – HealthPlex spa package (valued at $200). Mercy Health will draw a winner at the end of each month. Per federal law, Medi-

care/Medicaid beneficiaries are not eligible. Make an appointment (required) by calling 6863300 or 1-855-PINK123 (1855-746-5123). Upcoming locations are: » Symmes Township, Harpers Point11340 Montgomery Road, Nov. 20. » Loveland, Walgreens, 9520 Fields Ertel Road, Loveland, Nov. 21.

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More than 2 percent of the today’s population is affected by epilepsy–this adds up to more than 3 million Americans living with epilepsy. It is equal in prevalence to Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease combined. The gala, which is being held during Epilepsy Awareness month, aims not only to raise funds for epilepsy but to also educate the public about epilepsy. The types of programs that will benefit from this event include: counseling, support groups, community education, group homes, a camping program, an adult day program and much more. To learn more, call 7212905.

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The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Cincinnati will pay tribute to Roger Heldman, in naming the longtime epilepsy advocate as its “Seize Hope” honoree at the first Seize Hope fundraising gala beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati. Seize Hope Gala celebrates individuals living with epilepsy who did not allow the challenges of epilepsy stop them from achieving their goals. Enjoy an evening with others who have “Seized Hope,” attained success through their accomplishments and have been instrumental in addressing the Epilepsy Foundation’s mission to lead the fight to stop seizures, find a cure and overcome the challenges created by seizures. Individual tickets are $100. The gala is an empowering way for community leaders from Cincinnati and surrounding areas to get involved and join the movement to raise awareness and celebrate individuals whose efforts have made a difference in the lives of others. The gala will feature a silent auction, raffle prizes, cocktail reception, dinner program and dancing. Heldman was born and raised in Cincinnati, and has had an exceptional career with the uniform industry. He served on the board of directors of the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Cincinnati in the 1980s while working with Fechheimer Uniforms. After moving to Seattle and becoming a partner in Blumenthal Uniforms, Heldman joined the board of directors of the Epilepsy Foundation of Washington in 2001 prior to merging with the Epilepsy Foundation of Oregon, creating the Epilepsy Foundation Northwest. Heldman was named chair of EFNW from 2006-2008. In 2010, Heldman joined the National Board of Directors of the Epilepsy Foundation of America and most recently began serving as treasurer of the Na-

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POLICE REPORTS MIAMI TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Peggy A. Knapp, 48, 4000 Limerick, assault, Oct. 27. Juvenile, 17, disorderly conduct in school zone, Oct. 29. Jared S. Burgdorf, 20, 5527 Scarlet Maple Court, drug possession, paraphernalia, Oct. 25. Ashlie C. Rutherford, 20, 695 Austrian Court, drug possession, paraphernalia, Oct. 25. Jeffery T. Johnston, 18, 5618 Betty Lane, menacing, Oct. 29. Juvenile, 17, noise resolution, Oct. 24. Joshua D. Alloway, 36, 333 Red Bird, resisting arrest, driving under suspension, Oct. 27. Renee S. Marovich, 32, 233 S. Riverside, disorderly conduct while intoxicated, Oct. 26. Chester E. Heater, 24, 475 Old Boston Road, warrant, Oct. 22. Stephen Croswell, 32, 199 W. Glen, warrant, Oct. 27. Peggy A. Knapp, 48, 4000 Limerick, assault, Oct. 27. Juvenile, 17, disorderly conduct in school zone, Oct. 29. Jared S. Burgdorf, 20, 5527 Scarlet Maple Court, drug possession, paraphernalia, Oct. 25. Ashlie C. Rutherford, 20, 695 Austrian Court, drug possession, paraphernalia, Oct. 25. Jeffery T. Johnston, 18, 5618 Betty Lane, menacing, Oct. 29. Juvenile, 17, noise resolution, Oct. 24. Joshua D. Alloway, 36, 333 Red Bird, resisting arrest, driving under suspension, Oct. 27. Renee S. Marovich, 32, 233 S. Riverside, disorderly conduct while intoxicated, Oct. 26. Chester E. Heater, 24, 475 Old Boston Road, warrant, Oct. 22. Stephen Croswell, 32, 199 W. Glen, warrant, Oct. 27.

Burglary Purse, etc. taken from vehicle; $5,174 at 1423 Cheltenham, Oct. 25. Chainsaw taken; $349 at 1103 Sophia, Oct. 28. Criminal damage Mailbox damaged at 1159 Ohio 131, Oct. 23. Fraud Female stated credit card used with no authorization at 1244 Weber Road, Oct. 29. Menacing Female was threatened at 5618 Betty Lane , Oct. 29. Theft Jewelry taken; over $1,600 at 729 Maple Ridge, Oct. 23. Make-up items taken from Meijer; $13 at Ohio 28, Oct. 23. Shoes taken from Kohl's; $70 at Ohio 28, Oct. 24. Guitar, other band equipment taken from vehicle; $2,480 at 1006 Arrowhead Trail, Oct. 24. Cellphones taken at 1087 Heatherstone Way, Oct. 25. Gasoline not paid for at Thornton's; $28 at Ohio 28, Oct. 26. Copper taken from M & R Recycling at Ohio 28, Oct. 27. Clothing taken at 1131 S. Tim-

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value removed at 11410 Tewilligers Valley Lane, Oct. 18. Refrigerators of unknown value removed at 10900 LovelandMadeira Road, Oct. 23. $10 removed from vehicle at 8803 Appleseed Drive, Oct. 18. Currency and jewelry valued at $3,700 removed at 10014 Morgans Trace, Oct. 18. Vehicle entered and credit cards removed at 11251 Montgomery Road, Oct. 16. Reported at 11339 Montgomery Road, Oct. 25. Pistol valued at $300 removed at 11999 Timberlake Drive, Oct. 28. Purse of unknown value removed at 9801 Misty Morn Lane, Oct. 28. Vehicle removed at 8900 Ohio 126, Oct. 28. Campaign signs removed at 10390 Stablehand, Oct. 28. Credit card removed at 9207 Gourmet, Oct. 18.

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DEATHS John Henry Hadley

John Henry Hadley, 68, of Loveland died Nov. 1. Survived by wife, Sherry L. (nee Roark) Hadley; children Bridget Broyles, Lori (Dan) Johnson, John W. (Brenda) Hadley and Angela Spraunce; grandchildren Daniel Joshua, Matthew, Ashley and Hadley Kaithlynn; great-grandchildren Hayden, Ashtin and Trentin; and brother, Bill Hadley. Preceded in death by father, William Herschel Hadley; mother, Mary Ellen (nee Bailey) Hadley; and siblings Bob Hadley and Mary Meadors. Services were Nov. 6. at Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Home, Loveland.

Elnora Virginia Spinks

Elnora Virginia Spinks, 95, of Loveland died Nov. 8. Survived by husband, John Carrolton Spinks; son, Darel (Janet) Titus; daughter in law, Rita Titus; grandchildren Duane (Kimberly) Titus, Ronnie Titus and Wendy Goodloe; greatgrandchildren Madison Titus, Braedon Titus, Carson Titus, Summer Brown and Kayla Titus; great-grandchild, Maleah Brown; step-children Gene Pelfrey, Debbie Broady and Paul (Judy) York; step-grandchildren Christian Pelfrey, Rebecca Pelfrey, Loni Basich, Lori Bromen-

schenkel, Danielle Stonage, Danice Johnson, Daniel Nesbitt, Adam York, Chris York, Chrystal Bell and Tim York; 19 greatgrandchildren; siblings Marie Battig and Stanley Dollenmeyer; and numerous nieces and nephews and many friends. Preceded in death by parents Ottow Dollenmeyer and Mary Frances (nee George) Dollenmeyer; son, Larry Titus; and sister, Mary Alice Breving. services were Nov. 12 at Holy Name Chapel, St. Columbkille Church, Wilmington. Memorials to: St. Columbkille Catholic Church, 73 N. Mulberry St., Wilmington, OH 45177.

Ruth S. Wess

Ruth S. (nee Schmitz) Wess, 102, of Loveland died Nov. 6. Survived by grandchildren Brian and Jane Wess Johnson, Dr. mark and Kathryn Wess, Michael and Elizabeth Wess, David and Lanie Wess, Robert and Renee Wess Ziliak, Andrew and Suzanne Wess Madewell, Ronald and Julie Wess Nelson and Jeremy and Deborah Wess long; 18 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and npehews. Preceded in death by husband, Charles A. Wess; children Richard L. (Adele) Wess, Lawrence A. (Marjorie) Wess and Sr. Mary Jeannette Wess, SND. Services were Nov. 10 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Montgomery, Memorials to: sister mary Jeannette Wess scholarship fund, St. Claire Medical Center, 222 Medical Circle, Morehead, KY 40351; or Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263.


1848 Poplar Drive: Wessel Jason A. & Suzanne M. to Rogers James M.; $189,900.


5535 Mt. Zion Road, Maronda Homes of Cincinnati, LLC to Eric and Ashley Miller, $193,780. 5472 Brandywine Lane, Edwin Murphy, Sr. to Jeremy and Korinne Morrison, $186,000. 959 Paul Vista Drive, Federal National Mortgage Assoc. to David Smart, $192,500. 6251 Hunterwood Lane, Helena Lawson to Jason and Lindsay Doepke, $324,000. 5458 Hillside Terrace, Raymond and Connie Lindemann to Kelli Helms, $140,000. Branch Hill Miamiville Road, Walker Builders, LTD to Anthony and Carrie Strittholt, $300,000. 5637 Baines Holding, Unit 157, Debra Osborne to Imbus Enterprises Limited Partnership, $84,250. 1754 Ohio 131, James Theile to Donna Theile, $43,100. 239 Apache Trail, Richard Robb to Raymond Disalvo, $143,000. 5971 Buckwheat Road, George Masadeh, et al. to Lana Marie Lloyd, $110,000. 6268 Ryan Circle: Priscilla Hall to Emily Miller and David Lemen, $194,000. 1238 Baywood Cove: Peter Wiedmann, et al. to Shane and Allison Wirth, $304,500. 895 Carpenter Road: Michael and Dori Friend to Deborah and Steven Smith, $109,900.

6052 Floyd Place: T.E.H. Co., Inc. to Kenneth Slate, $77,900. 822 Town Scapes Court: MBS Development Co., LTD to Richard and Lynn Graham, $235,000. 1073 Oasis Pointe Drive: Dwayne and Melinda Maserang to Phyllis Reichle, Trustee, $539,500. 5664 Day Circle West: Estate of Judith Franklin to Donna and Steven Fisher, $117,502. 1042 Bridle Path: Robert and Dorothy Hayden to Christopher and Samantha Brandser, $240,000. 6053 Bridgehaven Drive: Rebecca and Herbert Hudson, Jr. to Kenneth Rogers, $139,000. 6054 Floyd Place: Boone Vernon, Jr., et al. to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., $60,000. 5800 Mount Vernon Drive: Cariann Long, et al. to Bank of America, NA, $76,667. 2704 Traverse Creek: Lois Theuring, Successor Trustee to Joseph and Marilyn Brewer, $130,000. 5437 Country Lane: Edward Kuznicki to Federal National Mortgage Assoc., $102,750. 5663 McCormick Trail: Fischer Single Family Homes II, LLC to Brenda and Darrin McWhorter, $294,700. 1050 Red Bird Road: Eugene and Inna Kopaygorodsky to Scot and Michelle Ruble, $420,697. 6094 Drum Hill Lane: Russell and Kimbley Hilmandolar to George and Heather Gooch, $250,000.


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Trust Co. Of Oxford; $90,000. 11309 Terwilligers Valley Lane: Skoglund Michael A. & Mae H. to Caro Vique; $400,000. 11406 Terwilligersridge Court: Kieffer Mark T. & Vanessa J. to Ciafardini Andrew D.; $403,350. 9131 Pinewood Drive: Salatin Ronald A. & Susan E. to Stevens James; $346,000. Plantation Pointe Drive: Fischer Single Family Homes II LLC to Adams Kathy M.; $385,025. 10257 Fawncrest Court: Zimmerman Michael D. & Amanda L. to Hamilton Barry; $203,000. 11604 Lebanon Road: Byrd Shirley Loraine@4 to Byrd Shirley Loraine@2; $29,061. 11604 Lebanon Road: Byrd Shirley Loraine@5 to Byrd Shirley Loraine@4; $29,061. 11604 Lebanon Road: Byrd Shirley Loraine@6 to Byrd Shirley Loraine@5; $29,061. 11604 Lebanon Road: Harrison Daniel R. @(5) to Byrd Shirley Loraine@6; $58,122. 12051 Carrington Lane: Brower Josephine to Haynes Mitchell L.; $80,000. 9323 Loveland Madeira Road: Harrington Kathy to Bohn Emily C.; $91,000. 9323 Loveland Madeira Road: Hueber Daniel J. Tr to Schmidt Phyllis D.; $76,900. Plantation Pointe Drive: Plantation Pointe LLC to Fischer Single Family; $76,000. 10425 Gateway Drive: Geisler Jay S. & Kim to Schlussel Alicia L.; $302,500. 10684 Betty Ray Drive: Snellgrove Lola to Federal Home Loan Mortgag; $70,000. 10790 Weatherstone Court: Clemens Gregory D. & Kristine M. to Pascale Pietro; $357,600. 10790 Weatherstone Court: Clemens Gregory D. & Kristine M. to Pascale Pietro; $357,600. 12001 Carrington Lane: Swango William F to Moore Peggy; $82,500. 12023 Timberlake Drive: Seeskin Penny P. to Mays Kevin M.; $284,000. 8355 Fields Ertel Road: Burr James D. & Julie M. to Ufkes Frank P.; $170,000. 9617 Stonemasters Drive: Hott Douglas Allen & Jennifer Trang Pham-Hott to Esmaili Neama; $459,900.

NOTICE TO IDDERS STATE OF OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Columbus, Ohio Office of Contracts Legal Copy Number: 120663 Sealed proposals will from accepted be pre-qualified bidders at the ODOT Office of Contracts until 10:00 a.m. on December 2012. Project 13, 120663 is located in County, Clermont SR-28-6.80 and is a M I S C E L L A N E O US project. The date set for completion of this work shall be as set forth in the bidding proposal. Plans and Specifications are on file in the Department of Transportation. 1001735829 PUBLIC HEARING SYMMES TOWNSHIP BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held by the Symmes Township Board of Zoning ApMonday, on peals December 3, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. for the purpose of hearing an (#2012-16) Appeal filed by Barry Durham, 9281 Gourmet Lane (45140), appellant, from Notice of Refusal for a zoning certificate for the elimination of two (2) parking required spaces due to the conversion of a garage into living space for the property located at 9281 Gourmet Lane. This hearing will be held at Township Admin. Bldg., 9323 Union Cemetery Road. Plans are on file and open for public inspection. Brian Elliff Township Zoning Inspector 6346

SVDP goal: 4,000 coats The Society of St. Vincent de Paul and WLWT News 5 announce the 11th annual 5 Cares Coat Drive, which runs through Dec. 1. Coat drive partners are Gold Star Chili, City Dash, Kemba Credit Union, Starr Printing and local fire departments. With convenient dropoff locations across the Tristate at Gold Star Chili restaurants, Kemba Credit Union branches, Stor-All, local fire stations, and other locations, it is easy to make a difference by donating a new or gently used coat along with hats, scarves and gloves. St. Vincent de Paul distributes winter coats directly to local families, as well as providing them to other local agencies that work with those in need across the Tri-State. The 5 Cares Coat Drive relies on the generosity of Greater Cincinnati residents for the donation of new and gently-used coats towards its goal of 4,000 coats. Along with donating coats or making a financial contribution, you can get involved by volunteering your time. You can help sort, hang or distribute the coats. Simply visit or for more information. For a complete list of drop off locations, go to or For more information about donating or helping with the drive, please call St. Vincent de Paul at 513-562-8841, ext. 217. For information on how to receive a coat, call (513) 421-0602 in Cincinnati or (859) 3413219 in Northern Kentucky, or visit

PUBLIC HEARING SYMMES TOWNSHIP BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held by the Township Symmes Board of Zoning ApMonday, on peals December 3, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. for the purpose of hearing an Appeal (#2012-17) filed by Keating Muething & Klekamp, 1 East Fourth Street Cincinnati, #1400, 45202, appelOH lant, from Notice of Refusal for a zoning compliance letter that would confirm that an existing nonconform ing 444 multi-family could development be rebuilt to original density if destroyed, for the premises designed as 8501-8711 Harpers Point, 87138885 Harpers Point and 8890-8963 Harpers Point. This hearing will be held at Admin. Township Union 9323 Bldg., Cemetery Road. Plans are on file and open for public inspection. Brian Elliff Township Zoning Inspector 1736348

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