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Loveland City Council members voted at their Dec. 7 organizational meeting to allow Mayor Rob Weisgerber to continue in the top post.

Newly elected Loveland City Councilwoman Linda Cox (left) celebrates being sworn in during council’s organizational meeting Dec. 7 with former Loveland Valentine Lady Kathryn Undercoffer. Cox was the 2009 Valentine Lady.

Weisgerber retains gavel; Cox takes oath of office By Jeanne Houck

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More than 50 groups and floats lined up in the Meijer parking lot Thursday, Nov. 19, for the annual Miami Township Holiday Parade. SEE LIFE, B1

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First-graders at St. Margaret of York School in Deerfield Township recently got hands-on instruction in how to use a tape measure. SEE SCHOOLS, A5

A church deacon prayed at Loveland City Council’s organizational meeting that God bless them with anger, tears and foolishness. Anger at injustice and tears for those in pain, said Deacon Ed Reising of St. Columban Church in Loveland. And “Enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done,” Reising said. Loveland City Council voted at the Dec. 7 meeting to allow Mayor Rob Weisgerber and Vice Mayor David Bednar to keep the top posts after Weisgerber, Bednar, Linda Cox and Brent Zuch were sworn onto council. All but Cox are incumbents, but Cox is no novice to city council. She retired earlier this year after serving as Loveland clerk of council and administrative assistant since 1991. Her new place on the council dais is on the left, opposite where she used to sit as a city employee. How did it feel to move?

Linda Cox was sworn in by former councilman Joe Schickel, who said Loveland will be well-served by Cox’s intelligence and independent thinking. “It doesn’t matter, just so I’m sitting up there is important to me,” Cox said. Cox was sworn in by former councilman Joe Schickel, who said Loveland will be well-served by Cox’s intelligence and independent thinking. Schickel did not run for re-election in November, leaving Weisgerber, Bednar, Cox and Zuch in an uncontested race for four-year terms. They join incumbent council members Paul Elliott, Mark Fitzgerald and Todd Osborne, whose terms end in 2011. Council will draft goals at a meeting to be scheduled for sometime early next year. Bednar expects the newly configured city council to focus on the same things that concerned for-


Amanda (left) and Haley Zuch, the six-year-old twin daughters of newly elected Loveland City Councilman Brent Zuch, try out Daddy's chair after he is sworn in on council at the body’s organizational meeting Dec. 7. mer councils. “Part of our attention will go to downtown development and to continuing to provide the level of quality services we’ve always provided,” Bednar said. “To making sure Loveland is able to be the place where everybody wants to live, work and play.”

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Loveland unwraps annual Christmas present – and past

The public is invited to attend a farewell reception Thursday, Dec. 17, for Kevin Boys, who is resigning as superintendent of the Loveland City Schools to take a job as president of the Southern State Community College in Hillsboro. The reception will be from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Loveland Intermediate/Middle Schools media center at 757 S. Lebanon Road.

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Weisgerber paid tribute to the families of council members, saying the work of a public servant is so taxing and time-consuming that “I don’t think it can be done without the support of our families.”






A look at this weekend’s Christmas in Loveland: Date: Saturday, Dec. 19, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. New Hope Church’s Mary and Joseph parade at noon. Where: Historic Loveland, Art Studios on Main and Loveland History Museum, and participating businesses. Activities: Live nativity, carriage rides, train rides, Christmas Story, hot cocoa, cookies, bonfire, chestnuts roasting over an open fire, seven-foot reindeer, juggler, church choirs singing carols, public sing-along, Loveland Stage Company’s “Sleigh Bells Swing” (5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.), Santa at the History Museum and so much more. Note: Donations accepted by some businesses will go to benefit LIFE food pantry and Cancer Free Kids in Loveland. For more: • See story, more phoros, page A2


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Loveland will celebrate the annual early arrival of Christmas Saturday, Dec. 19. The 2009 version of the Loveland holiday classic will feature family favorites and unwrap some Christmas surprises too. “The train ride, carriage rides, Santa; the torch-lit bridge, live nativity, music, the bonfire and all the favorites will be back,” said Martin Schickel, event organizer. “Street performers, Tano’s café, Santa at the History Museum, and Caffeine Dreams are new.” Schickel said a new covered stage will be erected for the carolers and music will be amplified to be heard all around town. The Stage Company will be performing a new Christmas show three times in the newly rebuilt theater. “It’s called ‘Sleigh Bells Swing,’” said Marjory Clegg, who will be directing the show along with music director, Stephanie Makris. “We’ll do ‘Sing, Sing Sing,’ Barry Manilow and we’ll have Loveland High School kids involved. All shows are free.” In fact everything out-


Tano Bistro and Catering is another newcomer for Christmas in Loveland this year.

side is free according to Schickel. Tano’s will be only a week removed from opening, but will feature a Christmas tradition bread pudding desert to try. “I’m going in with wide eyes open,” said Gaetano Williams, executive chef and proprietor of Tano’s Bistro and Catering. “I’m anticipating a festival atmosphere, streets packed, people walking up and down; that’s my vision.” Caffeine Dreams is another newcomer this year. They’ll have luminaries lighting the way to your free hot dog and sweet treat as they join in all the reindeer games. “You have the carriage rides and all of that; it has that magical feeling you get at Christmas time,” said Dave Hamilton, owner of


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New Hope Baptist Church has the live nativity scene ready for the arrival of Mary, Joseph and Jesus.

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Caffeine Dreams. “We have a seven-foot reindeer stilt walker making balloon animals for the kids. We just look forward to meeting new people and that general good feeling you get at Christmas time.” The carriage rides includes new stops at the Stage Company Theater and Loveland Hardware. Riders will be able to make ornaments, enjoy a train display and meet Buddy the Elf when the carriage stops at Loveland Canoe & Kayak too. “It’s a wonderful Christmas experience,” said Mark Bersani, aka Buddy the Elf. “You get that small town feel we just don’t get enough anymore; that Norman Rockwell image.” You won’t want to miss Jim Fierro’s chestnuts roasting over an open fire, or visiting Santa Claus and the train display at the History Museum courtesy of Richard Shaver. Warm your heart with a visit to the New Hope Baptist Church live nativity and then warm up with hot chocolate or coffee on Paxton’s patio. Get an early start at noon time by joining in the Mary and Joseph parade across the bridge and into Loveland. Christmas characters juggling, train rides, cookies and treats are sure to raise the Christmas spirit for everyone, and they’re hoping for a little snow too. “Christmas in Loveland is a holiday,” said Kathy Ray, who helps organize the day. “It’s no longer just an event; it’s a holiday for the people of Loveland.”

Vehicle strikes building in Symmes Township Community Press Staff Report A man was cited for operating without reasonable control, a minor misdemeanor, after a motor vehicle crash, in which a building was struck at 9089 Fields Ertel Road, in Symmes Township Sunday, Dec. 6. A 2002 Toyota was being operated in the parking lot of Kentucky Fried Chicken by 87-year-old Donald Treadway. As Treadway attempted to park along the west side of the building he lost control of his vehicle and struck the side of the building. The Loveland Symmes Fire Department responded to assess the damage. Treadway nor his wife, who was a passenger in the vehidle, was injured. No one inside the restaurant was injured. Alcohol and/or drugs were not factors in the crash.

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Miami Twp. police officer, Amelia resident save woman’s life By Mary Dannemiller

As Amelia resident Bonnie Jones was driving home from a friend’s house in September, a police car sped past her and quickly parked in the driveway of one of the homes along the road. Instead of driving by, the licensed practical nurse pulled over and ran toward the sirens and the unconscious woman slumped over in a chair on the front porch. “The cop went right by me so I stopped and looked at the driveway where I saw this guy so upset on the front porch and then just a

lifeless body in the lawn chair,” Jones said. “I grabbed my nursing bad and just bolted past the police officer where I assessed that she had no pulse and no sign of life.” “I was trying to do CPR on the victim and the nurse came up behind me and at first I thought she was a family member,” said Miami Township Police Officer Brent Higgins, who was the first responder on the scene. “The first thing we did was get her off the chair and turned on her back to check her pulse and discovered she wasn’t breathing. It was a great relief to have the nurse there to assist, but it

was all so fast paced.” Higgins, who spent five years with the Cincinnati Police Department before joining Miami Township in April, then continued to administer CPR with Jones’ help. “We just started working on her and must have done six or seven reps before the life squad pulled up,” Jones said. Thanks to Jones’ and Higgins’ quick thinking, the woman’s pulse returned as the ambulance arrived. She was treated at the hospital and released several days later. “It’s kind of strange because you see a lot of


Miami Township Trustees Ken Tracy, Mary Makley Wolff and Karl Schultz, in back, honored Bonnie Jones and Officer Brent Higgins for their heroic efforts. stuff and you go through so much trauma in this job, but this time I was able to make a difference,” Higgins said.

“This was my first time giving someone CPR, so it was also my first success so it feels good. We see so much

trauma and death that it makes you feel good to actually physically help somebody out.” Both were honored at a recent Miami Township trustee meeting for saving the woman’s life. “I am very proud,” said Police Chief Steve Bailey. “This was a very difficult situation and they did exactly the right thing so we had a very good outcome. The key thing is that the citizen didn’t have to help. She was driving by, saw the officer turn in the driveway, saw the victim on the ground and realized she needed to help. That’s remarkable.”∫

Commissioners postpone employee furloughs By Kellie Geist


A few of the buildings on the Rozzi property that will be demolished by Logan Creek LLC.

Demolition contractor set for Rozzi property By Amanda Hopkins

The Symmes Township Board of Trustees awarded a contract to Logan Creek LLC for the demolition of the buildings on the Rozzi property. Logan Creek bid the lowest for the job at $48,300. There were 17 bidders with

the highest bid at $167,700. Symmes Township administrator Gerald Beckman said he met with the contractor from Logan Creek and checked all of his references. He said the bid amount was low because the contractor considered the several buildings set for demolition a “small job”

that was uncomplicated. All of the buildings at the Rozzi property on Lebanon Road have been cleared for demolition after a Nov. 6 explosion on the property. Loveland Symmes Fire Chief Otto Huber said at the Nov. 10 trustees meeting that a build-up of picric acid, a crystallized acid, caused the explosion when two

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The Clermont County commissioners have decided to take a wait-and-see attitude when it comes to employee furloughs. The commissioners discussed the county’s 2010 budget and employee furloughs during a work session Nov. 16. During the meeting, Budget Director Sukie Scheetz presented the board with three budgetary options. In the first option, nonbargaining unit employees in the seven county offices that couldn’t make their 2010 appropriations would take 80 hours of furloughs, or unpaid hours off. Those offices are: County commissioners’ office, clerk of common pleas, juvenile/probate court (part-time magistrates,) prosecutor, public defender, recorder and sheriff. In the second option, those same employees would take 40 hours of fur-

lough in the second half of the year if revenues d o n ’ t improve. This would cost the Croswell county about $165,000 in reserve funds. In the third option, the commissioners would allocate $330,000 from the reserve fund to avoid furloughs all together. Each of the commissioners agreed to go with the second option with some stipulations. They said the employees should plan to take 40 hours of furlough in the second half of the year, but be aware that, if things get worse, there may be additional furlough hours needed and they could come earlier in the year. The commissioners also said they would eliminate the furloughs if revenues improve in the next six months. “I’ve always been one who believes in planning for the worst and hoping for the best. I’d rather plan for the furloughs and be able to cancel them than not plan for them,” said Commissioner Bob Proud. County Administrator David Spinney told the board they would have to be very clear with the employees that the furloughs could be more than 40 hours and could occur earlier in the year. “We need to be up front with the employees. If something doesn’t pan out and revenues tank, then all bets are off,” Spinney said. The commissioners agreed and said they would put off furloughs until the 2010 tax budget is ready in June. “I’m willing to take a six month sabbatical from this and see where the revenues are,” said Commissioner Scott Croswell. “But if things look bad in January and February, we may have to stop the bleeding.” The commissioners approved a plan Nov. 18 to allow workers to retire with 25 years of service rather than 30 years. The plan would be voluntary and open until Dec. 31, 2009. “We are hoping to reduce some of the general fund salary expenses by encouraging early retirement,” Spinney said. About seven employees would be eligible for this option. Another proposal to offer voluntary separation to all employees was dropped because of legal issues, Spinney said.

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Brandon Turner of Loveland helps Kennedy Feathers of Loveland measure his head while Corinne Lerma of Maineville (between Turner and Feathers) and Will Tobin of Loveland (right background) look on.

The measure of a student


First-graders taught by Monica Schatzle at St. Margaret of York School in Deerfield Township recently got hands-on instruction in how to use a tape measure. Here, Zach Braun of Loveland (left and standing) is measured by Josh Barker of Maineville.


Alex Davy of Maineville helps Nora Cheeseman of Loveland measure his forehead.



Rachael Eiben of Loveland measures the forearm of Matthew Reinhold of Mason.

Grace Fletcher of Mason and Elizabeth Mazza of Loveland demonstrate the fine art of measuring.


Emma Drees of Loveland concentrates on getting a good reading of Gabe Ogdan of Morrow’s arm.

HONOR ROLLS Ursuline Academy The following students have earned honors for the first quarter of 2009-2010.

First Honors

Alexandra Abbate, Nichole Abla, Maria Albino, Mary Allen, Molly Allen, Christina Arand, Lauren Banfield, Claire Barrett, Abigail Bartish, Molly Basch, Kathleen Beach, Sarah Beall, Christina Beer, Natasha Bell, Carolyn Bender, Kelsey Bergman, Erica Bockhorst, Priyanka Bodalia, Alexandra Bren, Katherine Brewer, Rebecca Brizzolara, Jessica Butherus, Rebecca Byrne, Elizabeth CaJacob, Anna Callahan, Ashley Campbell, Diana Campbell, Emily Cleary, Melissa Clement, Erin Coddington, Molly Cowan, Virginia Dickens, Morgan Donovan, Cynthia Donovan, Alexandra Dressman, Magdalene Egan, Kristen Elias, Grace Ferguson, Alexandra Fiehrer, Mary Franke, Amy Frederick, Lauren George, Jamie Goldschmidt, Melissa Gottschlich, Eleanor Greiner, Holly Gruber, Caroline Gruber, Tara Hammann, Mackenzie Harrell, Anne Hauser, Caprice Hausfeld, Gabrielle Hausfeld, Tricia Hengehold, Nicole Hill, Katherine Hoban, Beatrice Hobson, Julia Hom, Colleen Huster, Taylor Johannigman, Carolyn Johnson, Olivia Johnson, Morgan Judd, Bethany Kaylor, Sarah Keller, Olivia Kempf, Margaret Kirk, Laura Komoroski, Jacklyn Kramer, Kerry Kurkjian, Virginia Lacker, Colleen Ladrick, Rebecca Lang, Maria Leichty, Laura MacMorland, Kathryn Maglocci, Josephine Male, Shannon Manley, Katelyn Marples, Marisol Mason, Indre Matulaitis, Christine Mauch, Caroline May, Nicole McCoy, Brigid McCuen, Katherine McCuen, Lynessa McGee, Kara Meyer, Amanda Miller, Claire Miller, Madeline Miller,

Scarlett Minnie, Marilyn Mitchell, Christina Mondi, Nicole Muni, Ariel Neumann, Elizabeth Neyer, Cara Nicolas, Megan Ollier, Grace Olscamp, Murphy O'Neill, Mollie Paquette, Christine Phan, Hilary Pitner, Trisha Reddy, Mary Roberts, Mary Robertson, Jennifer Robertson, Carly Rohs, Carolyn Ross, Abby Ruehlmann, Jacqueline Ruggiero, Katherine Sabetta, Komal Safdar, Gina Sanitato, Emily Schlager, Catherine Schomaker, Halie Schottelkotte, Paige Schroder, Alexandra Schroer, Sheridan Seitz, Caitlin Shaffer, Pamela Showman, Carly Shumrick, Courtney Smalley, Katherine Smidl, Kathryn Snow, Dana Sorter, Michelle Spotts, Chloe Stagaman, Nicole Stagge, Olivia Stephenson, Mary Kathryn Strang, Kara Strasser, Bridget Sullivan, Emily Sullivan, Julia Tasset, Abigail Tennant, Maria Thomas, Caroline Tobin, Elise Trachsel, Kimberly Treiss, Anna Ulliman, Alison Valentine, Nicole Vice, Sarah Volpenhein, Kelsie Walker, Erin Wallach, Emily Warman, Lauren Wenstrup, Teresa Whitaker, Laurel Wiebe, Brigid Wimberg, Elizabeth Zerhusen and Chelsea Zoellner.

Second Honors

Catherine Abele, Andrea Acus, Margaret Allard, Caroline Allen, Abby Ankenbauer, Emily Bauer, Rebecca Berus, Hannah Besl, Kayla Boehner, Alaina Bompiedi, Kathleen Bourgeois, Lynn Brotherton, Amy Burns, Sara Carota, Megan Carter, Melvi Chacko, Molly Connolly, Julia Dalia, Kelly Davidson, Savannah Derrick, Abby Engdahl, Blake Eve, Sydney Fisher, Cecily Foote, Kathryn Ford, Ellen Fox, Allison Frey, Marykate Frietch, Rebecca Gallagher, Clare Gilligan, Megan Gilligan, Jennavieve Goard, Isabel Gonzalez del Rey, Kathleen Grow, Emily Haynes, Jade Henderson, Lindsey Hogan, Mary Holt, Annie Huynh, Margaret Kane,

Colleen Koenig, Chelsea Kuchik, Lindsey Kuvin, Anna Lapp, Anne Loper, Kathryn Lucas, Shannon Mahoney, Mary Malloy, Emma Manier, Emily Manning, Lauren Marlatt, Monica Melink, Morgan Moone, Annie Morgan, Samantha Moscarino, Kori Moster, Jenna Naber, Katherine Nash, Bailey Norris, Alyssa Paxson, Jocelyn Pettit, Katherine Purdy, Ashley Raabe, Allison Rayome, Kristen Recker, Grace Reifenberg, Caroline Reilly, Lauren Reiniger, Molly Remenowsky, Julia Rizkallah, Chelsea Rolfes, Lisette Rossman, Katie Rust, Annie Sabo, Ashley Sarama, Megan Schnicke, Hannah Schulte, Lillian Sedacca, Katherine Shadley, Alexandra Shultz, Brooke Skyllingstad, Lauren Stacey, Sarah Strietmann, Stephanie Treiss, Elizabeth Tulisiak, Caitlyn Turner, Megan Valerio, Samantha VonHoene, Megan Wandtke, Kelly Wells, Emily Whang, Lauren Whang, Sara Wiener, Erin Williamson, Adrien Winning and Kristen Wintzinger.

Freshman-Sophomore Honors

Ashley Abbate, Emily Abel-Rutter, Serena Ajbani, Leah Anderson, Courtney Arand, Sydney Ashe, Virginia Bailey, Abigail Ballard, Kristen Beck, Morgan Beer, Kristen Behrens, Marissa Bell, Sydney Bell, Liz Bender, Amy Berg, Kathryn Berus, Amaryllis Biduaka, Angela Bird, Elizabeth Bittner, Bridget Blood, Lana Bonekemper, Candace Borders, Kelsey Boyd, Margaret Boyer, Iris Brewer, Catherine Brinker, Lianna Brown, Caroline Brown, Kathryn Bublitz, Anna Burkett, Kaitlin Burnam, Emily Byrd, Sarah Byrne, Kathryn Carrier, Melissa Carroll, Erica Casanta, Caitlin Cashman, Grace Castelli, Michele Christy, Bridget Clancy, Jennifer Cone, Julia Court, Melanie Crucitt, Abigail Cundiff, Zoe Curry, Danielle Dailey, Megan Darlington, Giana

Dawod, Carley DePasquale, Shivani Desai, Mary Elyse Deters, Anna Dewey, Madison DeWitt, Amanda DiSalvo, Erin Donnelly, Elizabeth Dowling, Ashley Driscoll, Emily Duderstadt, Clare Egan, Amber Elsen, Mary Ernst, Makiah Estes, Jessica Ewen, Allison Fenter, Katherine Finke, Sarah Fitzpatrick, Megan Fitzwater, Megan Fleming, Molly Frost, Meghan Garanich, Morgan Geiger, Alexandra George, Kristin George, Erin Gibbons, Maria Gittings, Violet Goodwin, Annalee Gordon, Darcie Gorsuch, Emily Graumlich, M Graves, Patrice Graziani, Lisa Green, Emily Greve, Kaitlyn Gronauer, Marcella Grow, Emma Gruber, Smiti Gupta, Stephanie Hagedorn, Maria Hale, Anastasia Hall, Marlena Hansen, Jaikin Harrell, Jessie Haskamp, Corinne Havey, Claire Hayes, Jacqueline Healey, Emma Heise, Abigail Hellmann, Elizabeth Hellmann, Grace Hermanns, Ellen Hinkley, Jennifer Holbrook, Emily Holmes, Stephanie Homan, Erin Honebrink, Erin Howett, Hannah Jarvis, Abby Jaspers, Sarah Jaun, Christine Jaun, Sarah Jenkins, Corinne Jenkins, Colleen Johns, Haley Johnson, Lindsey Johnstone, Morgan Jones, Kelly Kaes, Katherine Kaes, Alexandra Kalkhoff, Grace Kallenberg, Erika Karle, Rachel Kelly, Madeline Kennard, Anna Kerr, Rachel Kim, Heather Knorr, Kelly Kopchak, Katie Korneffel, Megan Kowalski, Lindsay Krammes, Anna Kremer, Santana Kulis, Dakota Kulis, Julia Kunkel, Brooke Kurkjian, Katherine Kurz, Stephanie Lang, Mackenzie Levine, Emily Lotterer, Kelly Lutmer, Mary Lynch, Caitlin Mack, Kelly Mahoney, Morgan Main, Meagan Majchszak, Loretta Malloy, Kelly Maloney, Allison Manares, Kaitlyn Manley, Katrina Maricocchi, Kelly Marquardt, Emily Marshall, Kelly Martin, Katherine Masterson, Jennifer Mathews, Elise McConnell, Katherine

McCormack, Mary McShane, Abigail Meehan, Hannah Mehrle, Katherine Melink, Alexandra Migely, Anosha Minai, Maria Minnie, Marissa Mitchell, Tricia Moser, Kirsten Mosko, Brittany Muldoon, Sanda Mullin, Grace Myers, Meredith Myers, Ritu Narayan, Brynne Naylor, Madison Nelis, Margaret Noschang, Holly Nurre, Megan O'Brien, Josephine O'Connell, Meghan O'Keefe, Erica Olkes, Madison Oravec, Lydia Osborne, Katherine Pawlukiewicz, Mallory Perazzo, AutumnGrace Peterson, Andrea Pham, Marisa Pike, Maya Prabhu, Renee Prows, Allison Purdy, Sara Putman, Madeleine Rayome, Marisa Reddy, Katherine Reilly, Mary Rentschler, Christi Richter, Grace Ries, Kelsey Riley, Catherine Roberts, Katherine Robertson, Emma Rogge, Amanda Rolfes, Katharine Rolfes, Ellen Rootring, Julie Ruehl, Sydney Ruehlmann, Margaret Rusconi, Noor Saeed, Hallie Sansbury, Alexandra Schirmer, Laura Schoettmer, Lea Schwietert, Abigail Secker, Sarah Mae Selnick, Hanna Sherman, Lauren Shouse, Charlotte Sinkula, Megan Skelly, Elizabeth Smidl, Kathleen Smith, Amanda Sosnowski, Claire Soupene, Lillian Stein, Meghan Stifel, Hannah Stoker, Madison Stuhlreyer, Michelle Suntay, Lauren Tassone, Anastacia Taylor, Christina Tefend, Megan Tenhundfeld, Tatiana Tomley, Megan Toomb, Rachel Treinen, Kara Trusty, Anne Tulisiak, Gabrielle Ventura, Linda Venturato, Nicole Volpenhein, Ellen Wagner, Khara Walker, Dusty Waltz, Kristen Weickert, Kathryn Weinheimer, Abby Weisenburger, Karen Wernke, Emily Westerfield, Taylor Westerfield, Kathryn Wheeler, Emily White, Diana Wiebe, Molly Wilkinson, Claire Williams, Carly Williford, Taylor Woellert, Abigail Wulf, Erin Yonchak, Gabrielle Young, Jessica Zinnecker and Emily Zoellner.



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This week in basketball

• Loveland High School girls beat Glen Este High School 56-44, Dec. 5. Abby McIver was Loveland’s top-scorer with 22 points, including one threepointer. Loveland’s Mollie Kuramoto scored five points; Ali Dee scored one threepointer; Alex Kamm scored two; Presley Benzinger scored 10, including two three-pointers; Katelyn Tracey scored one; Ellie Iaciofano scored 11, including one three-pointer and Emily Holzderber scored two. • Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy beat Middletown Christian, 43-39, Dec. 4. Wes Carlson was CHCA’s top-scorer with 23 points. CHCA’s Andrew Wallace scored one point; Brandon Walker scored five points, including one three-pointer; Aaron O’Neil scored six points; Joe Reifenberg scored two points and Nick Lawley scored six points. • Moeller High School boys beat Northmont 60-44, Dec. 5. Charlie Byers was Moeller’s high-scorer with 17 points, including one threepointer. Alex Barlow scored 12 points, including one threepointer; Josh Morelock scored two three-pointers; Ben Galemmo scored eight, including two three-pointers; Alex Voss scored two; Shaquille Jinks scored two and Griffin McKenzie scored 13, including two threepointers.

This week in wrestling

Loveland High School beat Mt. Healthy High School 57-21, Dec. 4. Loveland’s Shea pinned Barron in 1 minute, 33 seconds and scored 112 points; Lewis pinned Watts in 45 seconds and scored 119 points; Lewis pinned Perdue in 4 minutes 51 seconds and scored 125; Sarnecki won by major decision over Evans 16-2, and scored a 130; D. Sarnecki pinned Dunklin in 3 minutes, 31 seconds and scored 135; Dent pinned Darling in 3 minutes, 59 seconds and scored 152; Lawrence beat Greene 19-2 and scored 160; Knabe pinned Richardson in 42 seconds and scored 171; Burke pined Washington in 42 seconds and scored 215 and Brown pinned Davis in 3 minutes, 48 seconds and scored 285. Loveland advances to 2-0 with the win.

This week in bowling

• Loveland High School boys beat Mount Healthy High School 2,730-2,417, Dec. 7. Loveland’s Ron Tipton bowled a 469. Loveland advances to 2-0 with the win. • Loveland girls beat Mount Healthy 1,933-1,670, Dec. 7. Loveland’s Toni Gardner bowled a 352. Loveland advances to 2-0 with the win. • Moeller High School boys beat La Salle High School 2,656-2,613, Dec. 10. Moeller’s Daniel Oehler bowled a 439.

This week in swimming

• Moeller High School boys beat Wyoming High school 86-84, Dec. 8. The 200-meter freestyle relay went to Moeller in 1:33.82. Moeller’s Harry Hamiter won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:55.30; Foos won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:01.37; Foos won the 100-meter breaststroke in 49.98; Christian Josephson won the 100-meter flystroke in 55.43 and Hamiter won the 500-meter freestyle in 5:06.20.

December 16, 2009

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Williams, Wheeler set to lead Tigers

By Tony Meale

Most high school swimming teams would consider it a privilege to have one future Division-I athlete ripping through the water. Loveland, however, has two. Seniors Brandon Williams and Sammie Wheeler have signed letters of intent to swim for Michigan State University and the University of Cincinnati, respectively. “I think they’re both going to have a great season,” first-year head coach Dan Ketchum said. “(Their scholarships) show that there are a lot of people out there who see their potential.” A four-year varsity swimmer, Williams is a three-time all-conference performer in the 100 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and the 200 medley relay. At the Division I State Meet last February, he finished 10th in the 50 freestyle (21.53) and 16th in the 100 breaststroke (1:00.82). Wheeler, meanwhile, is the reigning Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye division Swimmer of the Year. She excels in the 100 breaststroke and last season finished fifth in that event at state (1:06.00). She also has a 3.90 GPA and was recently named an Academic All-American by U.S. Swimming.


Loveland High School swimmer Sammie Wheeler will lead the girls’ team this season. She is the reigning FAVC-Buckeye Swimmer of the Year and finished fifth in the 100 breaststroke at the Division I State Meet last February. Williams and Wheeler have also led several successful Loveland relay teams. Williams competed at state last year in the 200 medley relay (1:38.88) and 400 free relay (3:17.91) along with junior Austin Caldwell and seniors Christopher Wells and Austin Bessey. Wheeler competed in both of those events as well with senior Elizabeth Bangs and juniors Alex Dschaak and Hailey Booth, recording times of 1:52.15 and 3:44.75, respectively. Booth was a state-qualifier in the 500 free

(5:16.66) “My hope is for our relays to only get better from last year,” Ketchum said. “I’d like to get all six relays to state. Last year we had four, so we’ll need a few people to step up.” Loveland may also send more individual qualifiers to state this season. At districts last year, Wheeler finished 19th in the individual medley (2:12.63), while Booth (59.01) and Bangs (1:00.59) each swam the 100 fly. For the boys’ team, Caldwell performed in the 50 free (22.41). The Tigers also have sev-

eral young swimmers who figure to be in the mix. Ketchum said that three boys – Casey Shumaker, Ryan Moss and Danny McCarthy – have a lot of raw talent, and he labeled freshman girl Taylor Dschaak “a rising star.” “I’m really looking forward to coaching her for four years,” he said. Ketchum, who is replacing Randy Simons as head coach – Simons will remain on staff and coach the divers – also hopes for a big year from senior Gabby Bailey, a returning districtqualifier in one-meter diving (208.35).

Ketchum said that several important meets – including the Milford Dual Dec. 15 and the Coaches’ Classic Jan. 16-17 – will serve as a gauge for the Tigers heading into the FAVC championships, which are slated for Feb. 6 at Miami University. Last year the boys finished second, while the girls finished third. “I think we’ll be a real good team and surprise some people with how many swimmers we get to state and how well we perform at all the championship meets this year,” Ketchum said.

Loveland girls open season with 2 wins The following basketball summaries were submitted.

Girls’ varsity basketball

Loveland 67, McNicholas 47. The Loveland Lady Tigers opened the season Dec. 2 by beating McNicholas at home. After building an 11-point lead at halftime, McNicholas made a strong run to close the gap to three in the third quarter. Loveland’s size proved to be too much for the visiting Rockets in the fourth quarter with Loveland outscoring McNicholas 24-7, securing a 20-point victory. A key statistic in the win was Loveland’s 53-23 rebounding advantage. Loveland was led by strong performances from seniors Abby McIver and Ellie Iaciofano, who both contributed double-doubles; with Abby McIver leading all scorers with 20 points and 10 rebounds and Ellie Iaciofano scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and five steals. The Lady Tigers got key contri-

butions from Alex Kamm with 11 points, Emily Holzderber with nine, Ariel Fischer five and Mollie Kuramoto, Katelyn Tracy and Rachel Baker each with two points. Loveland 56, Glen Este 44. The Lady Tigers opened Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye league play at Glen Este Saturday afternoon Dec. 5 with a hard-fought 12point win. Loveland got off to a slow start only scoring 19 points in the first half. Loveland’s defense, however, limited Glen Este to 22 percent shooting enabling Loveland to go into halftime with a 19-16 lead. The Lady Tigers came out strong in the second half outscoring Glen Este 20-11 in the third quarter resulting in a 12-point victory. Abby McIver led the team in scoring with 22 points and 9 rebounds, while Ellie Iaciofano added 11 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. Junior Presley Benzinger delivered 10 points. Mollie Kuramoto added five points, Ali Dee with 3, Emily Holzderber and Alex

Kamm with 2 each. Loveland had five players hit threes (McIver two, Benzinger two, Iaciofano, and Dee). Loveland continued their strong rebounding performance with a 4017 advantage against Glen Este.

Boys’ junior varsity

Indian Hill 39, Loveland 38 – The Loveland Tigers Junior Varsity basketball team opened their season Dec. 8 with a non-league game playing host to the Indian Hill Braves, losing 39-38. The game was close throughout with the Braves opening up short leads several times in the first three quarters only to have Loveland rally to tie the score at the half and at the end of the 3rd quarter. In the decisive 4th quarter Indian Hill extend their lead to 29-22 before the Tigers mounted their final rally behind pressure defense, scoring 5 points in the last few seconds but falling short to the Braves by 1. Loveland was led in scoring by Anthony Wolfram with 13 points, Jarron Talbot had 9, Austin Stall 7,

Ryne Terry 4 Bryce Plitt and Bryson McGillis each scored 2 and Jeremy Sears 1. Glen Este 44, Loveland 37 – Loveland JV Tigers hosted Fort Ancient Valley Conference and Buckeye Division rival Glen Este Friday night, Dec. 11, losing 44-37. Loveland controlled the game early jumping out to a 10-5 lead after the 1st quarter and scoring the first 2 baskets of the 2nd quarter. As the game continued however the Trojans fought back to take a 16-14 lead at the half. The game remained close in the beginning of the second half as the teams were tied at 27 after the 3rd quarter. The 4th quarter became a shootout and the competition became a little heated as Glen Este was able to pull away from Loveland for the 44-37 final score. Scoring leaders for Loveland included Bryson McGillis with 11, Austin Stall 8, Bryce Plitt 7, Jarron Talbot 6, Anthony Wolfram 3 and Ryne Terry 2.

A good season

The SMAC boys cross country team, made up of middle school students from St. Margaret of York, St. Columban and St. Susanna, celebrate recent victories. They won the All-City Small School Cross Country Championship, Oct. 19, at Colerain High School for the third straight year, then came in second on Oct. 25 at the first State Middle School Championship in the division 2-3 team race. In front, from left, are Sayre Stejbach, Jake Weisgerber, Charlie Schulthesis and Brian Heldman. In second row, from left, are Nicholas Mendel, Kevin Thomasi, Steven Tomasi, Alex Gebhardt and Philip McDonald. In third row, from left, are Coach Phil McDonald, Sebastian Grucia, Michael Carlin, Evan Reid and Jack Griffin. Not pictured are Brendon McConnell, Andrew Shannon and Jacob Morand. PROVIDED.

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December 16, 2009


CCD brings back state qualifiers more Kate Pawlukiewicz. Ursuline brought home a seventh-place finish from state last winter with 104 team points. St. Ursula, Ursuline’s conference rivals, finshed 22nd at state with 28 points. The Lions also won a Girls Greater Cincinnati League Scarlet Division title over Saint Ursula. Alongside her state title, McDowell took fifth place in the 500 freestyle finals (4:57.31) at state last winter. Brotherton’s trip to state included a 14th-place finish in the 100 butterfly finals (58.23) and a 16th-place finish in the 200 freestyle finals (1:55.84). Pitner took 18th place in the 100 butterfly (58.38)

The high school swimming season has resumed as local aquatic enthusiasts return to the pool for the winter campaign. Here’s a look at the local teams:

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Ursuline Academy’s Breann McDowell tears through the water en route to her state championship in the 200-yard freestyle during the finals of the Division I State Championships last February. without graduated senior Brooke Eberly, a state-qualifier in the 100 breaststroke, but returns sophomore Michelle Feeney, who as a freshman placed eighth in that event at state (1:09.05). Feeney was also a district-qualifier in the 200 individual medley (2:21.58), as well as the 400 free relay (4:03.16) with Eberly and then-seniors Heather Hess and Becca Russo. Other returners include senior Morgan Feeney, junior Jessica Wilhite and sophomore Emily Greinwald. For the boys’ team, the top returner is junior Nathan Conway, who at state finished 10th in one-meter diving (341.20).

Moeller will be led by Kevin Schwab and Christian Josephson and the Crusaders have an influx of young talent. “We have five freshmen so that should help with depth,” said Frentsos, the District Coach of the Year last season. “We want to keep building the team and pick up where we left last year. We will be strong, but maybe not as strong as last year.”

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Head coach Marshall Adams begins his 27th year at the helm for CCD with a sextet of returning state qualifiers at his disposal. All six swimmers competed at the Division II State Championships last winter with Indian relays including junior Elizabeth Blackburn, sophomore Katie Leonard, senior Isaac Guttman, senior Jimmy Stafford, senior J.R. Strubbe and sophomore Nathaniel Adams. Both the Indian boys and girls won Miami Valley Conference team titles last winter before traveling to state. At state, the CCD girls finished in 22nd place in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:52.53. Blackburn and Leonard were joined by 2009 CCD graduates Mary Jordan Higgins and Amanda Meixner on the relay. Higgins also swam as individual at state last winter while taking 16th place in the 200 freestyle at 2:00.42. The CCD boys took 22nd place in the 200 freestyle relay (1:32.87) and 24th place in the 400 freestyle relay (3:27.72) at state last winter. Both relays consisted of Guttman, Stafford, Strubbe and Adams. In addition to the returning state qualifiers, a number of other swimmers will also be key contributors for CCD including junior Kathryn Black, junior Kate Taylor, junior Ramona Weber, sophomore Lily Cohen, freshman Caroline Blackburn, sophomore Charlie Warwick, sophomore Kyle Goins and freshman George Koglmeier, Marshall said.

with Jenkins taking 19th place in the 100 butterfly (59.82) at state. As for the Ursuline relays, the 200 freestyle relay brought home the best finish from state as the Lions took fourth place at 1:37.89. In the 400 freestyle relay, Ursuline took sixth place at 3:33.59. Brotherton, Donovan and McDowell return for both of the relays. Pawlukiewicz and Donovan return for the 200 medley relay following a 12thplace finish (1:50.98) at state last winter.


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December 16, 2009







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True holiday spirit found in society’s work According to Hamilton County Job and Family Services, unemployment in the Greater Cincinnati area is at a 25-year high with 316,000 adults and 167,000 children living in poverty. During home visits to the needy, volunteers with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul see first hand the suffering this causes – elderly people who sleep on the floor because they have no bed; children who go to school dirty because the water has been disconnected; families with no heat, facing eviction, or with too little food each day. If I didn’t see it with my own eyes, I would never have thought such need could be possible here in Cincinnati. We also see moving examples of the very best the human spirit has to offer. I have seen families

who stay strong and faith-filled during times of unbearable hardship. I have seen a young boy who gave up his bed so his little brother would have a place to sleep; parents that go hungry so their children can eat; a man who walks miles to work each day because he doesn’t have bus fare. At the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, we receive more than 250 calls each day from people in desperate need – double the number of calls compared to 2008. Sometimes it can feel overwhelming. As the days grow shorter, I am aware that virtually every night of the week, St. Vincent de Paul volunteers are heading out into the cold to meet with a family in need. It is also a great comfort to know that there are many others in Greater Cincinnati who share

At the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, we receive more than 250 calls each day from people in desperate need – double the number of calls compared to 2008. our concern for those who are suffering, giving generously of their time and resources to help local neighbors. When we all work together to help one another, incredible things happen. There are ways to help: • Adopt-A-Family: Fulfill a child’s wish list by adopting a family for Christmas. You will receive a wish list of gifts to purchase and may either deliver them to the family or bring them to St. Vincent de Paul for distribution. If you do not have time to shop, a

CH@TROOM Dec. 9 questions

Loveland City School District Superintendent Kevin Boys was hired last week as the new president at Southern State Community College in Hillsboro. How do you evaluate Boys’ tenure as Loveland superintendent? No responses. President Obama has called up 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. Would you support a “war tax” to pay for this deployment? “Absolutely not. Perhaps Our Dear Leader hasn’t had time to check how our national budget works, but if he would ask someone to show him, he would see that the category of ‘defense’ already takes 21 percent of our total budget, or $613 billion. That’s where the cost of our national defense is handled. Perhaps if he spent less time giving empty speeches, and more time trying to understand how things are supposed to work, he and his friends wouldn’t even consider such a proposal. They could use some of the billions they are giving away in their ‘stimulus’ programs to pay any extra costs for the efforts in Afghanistan. (Or maybe this new approach to paying for defense is part of the ‘change’ he campaigned on?).” B.B. “Absolutely not! The federal budget was increased exponentially during the last year. Take a look especially at the budget of the EPA. It was increased by a crazy amount, all based on the lie of global warming. We should just go back to the budget levels of last year, and that will pay for the war and then some.” T.H. “No! We already have an income tax structure that should be able to produce the revenue. War taxes have typically been imposed on telephone service and habit of sticking around long after the war. They get forgotten by the public. “The telephone excise tax was imposed to pay for the Spanish American War. It expired in 1902 and was reinstated from 1914 to 1916 and again from 1919 to 1924. During the depression in 1932 it was again reinstated and stayed with us until in various forms until 2006. “Today, a telephone tax would be a very regressive and excep-

A thanks to the community

What qualities should Loveland’s board of education look for in a new superintendent? What is your favorite Christmas or holiday tradition? What makes it special? Every week The Loveland Herald asks readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answer to with Chatroom in the subject line. tionally broad based tax on everyone who uses a phone. For wealthy people, it would be a minor annoyance because it would be a small part of their income. For businesses, it might be a major new expense and for the average Joe, it would add to already high cell phone bills.” F.S.D. “I have to say no! I think that it is time for the United States to refocus our resource to the United States. We as a democratic nation will never have the impact on other countries of different philosphy of governing their own people and we need to stop wasting the tax payers dollars trying. We need to pour our energy into building our country back up. We need to focus on strengthening the business model so that we can once again create sustaining jobs for those who are without employment. We need to get them off public assistance and back to being productive citizens.” G.G.F.


“No! This is one of the very few reasons we have the constitutional government we have, military support. Stop the other spending and take care of the military.” M.C. “Yes. We actually have to win there first and it should be funded by a war tax the same as World War I and World War II were paid for (the last wars the United States won). If we leave before we really win; we’ll face a worse threat from this area than we did before 2001. The Taliban would return, and with them, their friends in Al Qaeda. We need to declare victory and get out.” Duke

To the residents of Symmes Township: For 12 years, I have served as a trustee for this community. My neighborhood walks have afforded me an insight into the views and opinions of my neighbors and residences. Many told me what they would like for this area and that helped me initiate new programs and improve those in place. Through it all, I maintained high standards of integrity and openness with the entire community. My election campaigns were honest and straight forward. I

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Maybe there oughta be a law With the University of Cincinnati football team’s recent emergence as a major element on the national sports scene, it is probably time to seriously begin debating exactly how the Bearcats can lock in an annual game with Ohio State University, the state’s traditional gridiron grandee. Is there near parity? At this point, nobody can say for sure. Evidence from this year’s national rankings – with UC on top of OSU for the first time in 58 years – suggests that the Bearcats are no longer anyone’s patsy. The birth of such a contest would instantly create a huge, and fresh, natural rivalry. These two public universities are this state’s largest institutions of higher education, and many also would say they are Ohio’s most important academic engines. In all likelihood, pitting OSU against UC would overshadow the Bengals vs. Browns clashes that are already embedded in every National Football League schedule. At present, athletic officials at OSU and Cincinnati determine when the schools shall play. They are next scheduled to meet in Columbus at Ohio Stadium in 2012. Then in 2014, again in Columbus. Clearly the good and loyal football fans of this state deserve to see more in the years that follow. Perhaps they shouldn’t have to rely on athletic officials to determine when and where they might get to see it. Starting as early as possible in the next decade, the game should

become an annual event. Just like Alabama vs. Auburn. Or Kentucky vs. Louisville; Florida vs. Florida State; Michigan vs. Michigan Judge Jody State; UCLA vs. Luebbers USC; WashingCommunity ton vs. WashState; Press guest ington LSU vs. Tulane; columnist Illinois sv. Northwestern and a host of other in-state rivalries. The rivalries are engaging, entertaining and economically important events. Ohio deserves no less. It seems probable that some type of intervention or pressure from various public bodies might be necessary to influence the schedule-makers to embrace annual Buckeyes vs. Bearcats football games. Without delay, city councils and county commissioners should consider weighing in with resolutions encouraging such a match. The Ohio Board of Regents – an agency that functions as the policy setting body over Ohio’s public colleges and universities – also might be disposed to offer a nudge. Then there is the Ohio General Assembly, which surely could voice an influential opinion about annualizing the game. A resolution supporting the game would certainly be almost impossible to ignore. If it was ignored, and if legisla-

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gift of $150 will purchase gifts for a family of four. Contact LaMonica Sherman at 513-235-3353 or • Organize a drive: Organize a drive or event at schools, workplaces or churches. Contact Julie Rack at 562-8841 Ext. 225 or • Make a financial gift to keep a family from becoming homeless, or towards the purchase a child’s bed, by sending your contribution to 1125 Bank St., Cincinnati, OH 45214,s or visit As the Society of St. Vincent de Paul continues to address the most pressing needs of the poor in our community, I am grateful to every person who gives their time or financial support. And I am honored to be part of such a caring community, working together

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tors really wanted to give Ohioans a game that would create major in-state rivals, they could pass a measure ordaining its establishment on the football schedule. Nothing like that has ever happened in Ohio, and maybe it’s not quite the moment for dramatic action. But that option ought to be explored if encouragement fails to get OSU and UC into an annual rivalry. Admittedly, the idea of having two big-time college football programs meeting in-state in Ohio is new. Up until now, OSU has been the whole show. It draws the biggest crowds. It has drawn the best talent. It has the most followers statewide. There is an argument that it also has the most to lose: A win by UC would put OSU in second place on the home state turf. That kind of argument hasn’t deterred Florida from playing Florida State. Both programs have flourished although one, or the other, is a loser every year. Both big programs in Florida play the University of Miami, a national power in its own right. There are stories floating around that official action was taken to prod Florida into playing Florida State and Kentucky into its annual match with Louisville. So there may be precedent. Now that those rivalries are established – and fan favorites the games point to more gain than pain. Let’s kick it off. Judge Jody M. Luebbers presides in Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas. She is a Sycamore Township resident.



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Matthew Kuhr, center, and his dad, Scott, right, check out Sharonville City Councilman Greg Pugh’s seat on the dais.

Scout learns citizenship at source By Kelly McBride Reddy

When Matthew Kuhr set out to earn his citizenship badge the Cub Scout Webelo went to the source. He attended a recent Sharonville City Council meeting and experienced government firsthand. “I’m learning about local government,” said Kuhr, a fifth-grader at St. Michael School. “It sounds interesting to hear them,” he said of the committee reports discussions before voting on ordinances and resolutions. His father, Scott Kuhr, attended the meeting with him to confirm his attendance as he completed requirements to bridge from Cub Scouts into Boy Scouts. To become a Boy Scout boys who have achieved Webelos status as Cub Scouts must complete a variety of requirements. They must be active in their Webelo den for at least six months and show knowledge in several areas, such as the Scout oath,

motto, sign, salute and handshake. And they must know how to tie a square knot. Among the activity badges they could earn are fitness, citizen, readyman and outdoorsman. The council meeting was part of the process for Kuhr to earn his citizen badge. “Kids don’t have the same perspective,” Scott Kuhr said of his son. “It’s interesting that people can overrule other people,” Kuhr said. “That’s the democratic process.” He said he knew that his local government had a process to follow, but hadn’t known what that was previously. “You know a clock works, but you don’t know exactly how,” he said. Councilman Greg Pugh chatted with the pair after the meeting, and took Kuhr to the dais to show the place where councilmembers sit during the meetings. “I think it’s fantastic,” Pugh said, “that he chose to come down here.”

THINGS TO DO Crafts with Santa

Sharonville Community Center is hosting Cookies and Crafts with Santa from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, at Sharonville Community Center, 10990 Thornview Drive, Sharonville. The event includes mats and obstacle courses and visit from Santa. It is open to ages 5 and under. The cost is $4, $2 advance. Call 563-2895.

Christmas in Loveland

Loveland Arts Council is hosting Christmas in Loveland from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, in Downtown Loveland, West Loveland Avenue. The event features carriage rides, cookie decoration and entertainment. It is free. Call 683-0413 or visit

Gift wrapping

The Container Store is hosting a gift wrapping and bow demonstration at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at The Container Store, 5901 E. Galbraith Road, Sycamore Township. The event is free and includes giveaways. Call 7450600 or visit


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trict is hosting Santaland from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at Sharon Centre at Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville. The event features the Amazing Portable Circus Kids Rock Show with music and dancing, large train display, talking Christmas tree, hot chocolate and other treats and more. Photos with Santa are available: $5 single, $30 Best Value Package. The event is free. Call 521-7275 or visit

Holiday lights

Hamilton County Park District is hosting Holiday in Lights from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville. It is a one-mile drive-through outdoor lights and themed figures display. The cost is $12 per car, $45 for buses and 15-passenger vans, $2 coupon available online. Call 769-0393 or visit

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The Miami Township Service Department helped Santa pull his sleigh in the holiday parade.

The Miami Township Holiday Parade was held Thursday, Nov. 19. The route stretched down Oho 28 from Meijer to K-Mart.

Steve Heck, a Milford Junior High science teacher who is part of the Teachers in Space program, was the Grand Marshal for the 2009 Miami Township Holiday Parade. From left are: Heck, Donna Heck, Jenna Cook, Jackson Cook, and Marge Heck.

Miami Township Holiday Parade an annual hit

More than 50 groups and floats lined up in the Meijer parking lot Thursday, Nov. 19, for the annual Miami Township Holiday Parade. The parade, which started just after 7 p.m., traveled from Meijer down Ohio 28 to K-Mart. Floats and groups from high school marching bands and Santa to Lykins fuel tankers and Girl Scout troops participated this year.


The Milford High School cheerleaders and marching band represented the high school in the parade.

Ron Lykins, of Milford, puts white Christmas lights on one of the fuel trucks for the parade.

The Miami Township trustees brought Rudolph to walk alongside their float.

Walking in a wild wonderland of lights More than one million energy-saving, light-emitting diodes (LEDs) lights have been added to the 27th annual PNC Festival of Lights. The Cincinnati Zoo’s commitment to conservation is demonstrated through its sustainable approach to the management of its facilities. In keeping with this commitment for PNC Festival of Lights, the Zoo has replaced 100 percent of its old incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs, using 85 percent less energy and making the event the green-

est in 27 years. Experience the spectacular sights and sounds of the new Wild Lights Show on Swan Lake as a 21-foot-tall computer-controlled tree with thousands of LED lights dance to the beat of popular holiday songs. Kids can visit Santa in his new location near the Rhino Café in Santa’s House and visit his reindeer in Gingerbread Village and write their very own letter to Santa and send it straight to the North Pole at the Holiday Post Office, across from the Rhino Café. Enjoy the breath-taking 35-

foot-tall International Tree, blanketed with more than 20,000 LED lights. Back by popular demand, watch life-size puppets come to life right before your eyes during live stage performances of “Winter Wonders” by Madcap Puppet Theatre. Each amazing black theaterstyle show features an array of holiday themes including snowmen, ice skating and even dancing marshmallows. Enjoy three shows nightly at 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at the Wings of Wonder Theater. The always popular, The

Polar Express 4-D Experience, is back at the Special FX 4-D Theater. Also showing is the new Glacier Run 4-D. Purchase tickets in advance online. The Zoo opens daily at 9 a.m. The PNC Festival of Lights is open 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. nightly through Jan. 3 (closed Christmas Eve and day). Half-priced admission Dec. 16. To buy admission tickets, or timed-tickets to The Polar Express 4-D Experience or new Glacier Run 4-D, visit


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Business Networking, noon-1 p.m. Loveland Chamber of Commerce, 442 W. Loveland Ave. For current and future members. Free. Presented by Loveland Area Chamber of Commerce. 683-1544; Loveland.


Children’s Gingerbread House Tea, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Gazebo Tea Garden, $19.50, $10.50 per child. Reservations required. 985-0027. Blue Ash. Casual Wine Tasting, 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike. Pub. Includes music. $5. 697-9705;; Loveland.


Six Sigma White Belt Course, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. ISSSC, 9902 Carver Road. Suite 203, Discover if Six Sigma is the right solution for your company and learn methodology. $99. Online registration required. 834-8332; Blue Ash.

Health Screenings, 9 a.m.-noon, Owens Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center, 7319 Montgomery Road. Blood pressure, weight, foot and spinal screenings. Walk-ins welcome. Free. Appointment requested. 7840084; Silverton.



Children’s Gingerbread House Tea, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Gazebo Tea Garden, 10461 Kenwood Road. Includes each child decorating and taking home a gingerbread house. $19.50, $10.50 per child. Reservations required. 985-0027. Blue Ash.


Bone Voyage Band, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Cactus Pear Southwest Bistro, 9500 Kenwood Road. 791-4424. Blue Ash.


Geoff Tate, 8 p.m. $8. Ages 18 and up. Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place. 984-9288; Montgomery.


Motherless Daughters Support Network, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Montgomery Community Church, 11251 Montgomery Road. For adult women who have lost or missed nurturing care of their mother. 677-5064. Montgomery. Celebrate Recovery, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Montgomery Community Church, 11251 Montgomery Road. For those who suffer from hurt, hang-ups, or habits. Free. 5872437. Montgomery. F R I D A Y, D E C . 1 8


Computer and TV Recycling Drop-Off, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 2trg, $20 TVs over 60 pounds, $10 TVs under 60 pounds, free for other items. 946-7766. Blue Ash. Silverton Block Watch Canned Food Drive. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Silverton Municipal Building, 936-6233. Silverton. Silverton Block Watch Canned Food Drive. 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Osterwisch Company, 791-3282. Silverton. Silverton Block Watch Canned Food Drive. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Meier’s Wine Cellars, 8912914. Silverton.


Greenacres Farm Store, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Greenacres Farm Store, 891-4227. Indian Hill. Turner Farm, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Turner Farm, 561-7400. Indian Hill.


Wine Tasting, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Christmas treats and last minute gifts for the wine lover. Spirits of Madeira, 6917 Miami Ave. With hors d’oeuvres. $1 per sample. 561-2702. Madeira. Wine Bar Tasting, 4 p.m.-7 p.m. The Wine Store, 9905 Montgomery Road. Fifty cents per taste. 984-9463; Montgomery.

Geoff Tate, 8 p.m. $12. Ages 18 and up. Go Bananas, 984-9288; Montgomery.


The Nutcracker Jazzed Up, 8 p.m. Cincinnati Country Day School, 6905 Given Road. Duke Ellington twist on Tchaikovsky classic. $18, $12 seniors, students with ID and ages 12 and under. Presented by de la Dance Company. Through Dec. 19. 871-0914. Indian Hill. S A T U R D A Y, D E C . 1 9

EDUCATION All About Kids Open House, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. All About Kids Childcare and Learning Center, 11210 Montgomery Road. Tours of new 10,000 square foot facility available. Includes refreshments and raffles. Free. 489-5437; Symmes Township. FARMERS MARKET

Turner Farm, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Turner Farm, 561-7400. Indian Hill.


Wine Bar Tasting, 2 p.m.-6 p.m. The Wine Store, Fifty cents per taste. 984-9463; Montgomery. Children’s Gingerbread House Tea, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Gazebo Tea Garden, $19.50, $10.50 per child. Reservations required. 985-0027. Blue Ash.


First Aid Basics, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. American Red Cross Blue Ash Chapter, 10870 Kenwood Road. Course on basic first aid. Includes three-year certification. $40. Registration required. Presented by American Red Cross Cincinnati Area Chapter. 792-4000; Blue Ash.


Christmas in Loveland, 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Downtown Loveland, West Loveland Avenue, Carriage rides, cookie decoration and entertainment. Free. Presented by Loveland Arts Council. 683-0413; Loveland.


Rusty McClure, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Barnes & Noble Fields-Ertel, 9891 Waterstone Blvd. Author discusses and signs “Cincinnatus: The Secret Plot to Save America.” Free. 4743537. Deerfield Township.


Bob Cushing, 9 p.m. G. Bailey’s, 9521 Fields Ertel Road. 683-2011. Loveland.

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Comedy Show, 8 p.m. Six comedians. Gravy, 1513 Ohio 28, Free. Reservations required. 576-6789. Loveland. Geoff Tate, 8 p.m. $12. Ages 21 and up. Go Bananas, 984-9288; Montgomery.


The Nutcracker Jazzed Up, 8 p.m. Cincinnati Country Day School, $18, $12 seniors, students with ID and ages 12 and under. 8710914. Indian Hill.


Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 201 Riverside Drive. Bonaventure House with exhibits, gift shop and library, 1797 Rich Log Cabin and 1879 Bishop-Coleman Gazebo. $3. Through Dec. 27. 683-5692; Loveland.


Gift Wrapping and Bow Demonstration, 1 p.m. The Container Store, 5901 E. Galbraith Road. Includes giveaways. Free. 745-0600; Sycamore Township. Christmas Bazaar, 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Loveland Fitness, 106 Karl Brown Way, Vendors have goods and services for sale. Tours of facility available. Christmas card craft station for children; cards will be sent to men and women in military. 677-5683; Loveland. S U N D A Y, D E C . 2 0

FOOD & DRINK Children’s Gingerbread House Tea, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Gazebo Tea Garden, $19.50, $10.50 per child. Reservations required. 985-0027. Blue Ash. MUSIC - WORLD

Bi-Okoto Drum and Dance Theater, 3 p.m. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road. Authentic African music, folk stories, songs and dances. Part of Family Time Series. $6, $5 advance by Dec. 18. Reservations recommended. 722-7226. Amberley Village.


Loveland Arts Council is hosting Christmas in Loveland from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, in Downtown Loveland, West Loveland Avenue. The event features carriage rides, cookie decoration and entertainment. It is free. Call 683-0413 or visit M O N D A Y, D E C . 2 1

ART & CRAFT CLASSES Beginning Art/Painting Class, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Whatever Works Wellness Center, 7433 Montgomery Road. $15. Registration recommended. 791-9428; Silverton. CIVIC

Computer and TV Recycling Drop-Off, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 2trg, $20 TVs over 60 pounds, $10 TVs under 60 pounds, free for other items. 946-7766. Blue Ash.


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CIVIC Computer and TV Recycling Drop-Off, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 2trg, $20 TVs over 60 pounds, $10 TVs under 60 pounds, free for other items. 946-7766. Blue Ash.

Geoff Tate, 8 p.m. $8. Ages 18 and up. Go Bananas, 984-9288; Montgomery.

Greenacres Farm Store, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Greenacres Farm Store, 891-4227. Indian Hill. Turner Farm, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Turner Farm, 561-7400. Indian Hill.

Greenacres Farm Store, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Greenacres Farm Store, 891-4227. Indian Hill. Turner Farm, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Turner Farm, 561-7400. Indian Hill.





Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, $3. 6835692; Loveland. Loveland Castle, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Weather permitting-call ahead. Loveland Castle, $3. 6834686; Symmes Township.


Gift Wrapping and Bow Demonstration, 1 p.m. The Container Store, Free. 745-0600; Sycamore Township.

Children’s Gingerbread House Tea, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Gazebo Tea Garden, $19.50, $10.50 per child. Reservations required. 985-0027. Blue Ash.



Children’s Gingerbread House Tea, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Gazebo Tea Garden, $19.50, $10.50 per child. Reservations required. 985-0027. Blue Ash.


Preventing Disease Transmission, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. American Red Cross Blue Ash Chapter, 10870 Kenwood Road. Learn about OSHA bloodborne pathogens regulation and how communicable diseases are spread and prevented. $25. Presented by American Red Cross Cincinnati Area Chapter. 792-4000; Blue Ash.


Ryan Singer & Dave Waite, 8 p.m. $8, $4 college students and military. Ages 18 and up. Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Open Mic Night, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike. Pub. Hosted by Jerome. Free. 697-9705. Loveland. T U E S D A Y, D E C . 2 2

CIVIC Computer and TV Recycling Drop-Off, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 2trg, $20 TVs over 60 pounds, $10 TVs under 60 pounds, free for other items. 946-7766. Blue Ash. FARMERS MARKET

Greenacres Farm Store, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Greenacres Farm Store, 891-4227. Indian Hill. Turner Farm, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Turner Farm, 561-7400. Indian Hill.


Children’s Gingerbread House Tea, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Gazebo Tea Garden, $19.50, $10.50 per child. Reservations required. 985-0027. Blue Ash.


Karaoke Night, 9 p.m. Crowne Plaza Hotel Blue Ash, 5901 Pfeiffer Road. Lobby Lounge. 793-4500; Blue Ash.



The Cincinnati Museum Center celebrates Train Weekend Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 19-20. Already hosting Holiday Junction in the history museum, a large collection of model trains in a winter wonderland (through Jan. 3,) Train Weekend celebrates the mode of transportation with an extra focus on the holidays. “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” a live recreation of a 1940s radio program, is in the Newsreel Theater at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Character interpreter William Turner will offer stories from the Pullman porter days at Union Terminal from the 1940s at 2 p.m. Saturday, in the history museum. For more activities and information, visit or call 513-287-7000.

Children’s Morning Story Time and Activities, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Barnes & Noble Fields-Ertel, Free. 683-5599. Deerfield Township.

RELIGIOUS - COMMUNITY Praise and Worship Practice, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Living Word Fellowship, 9781 Fields Ertel Road. Dave and Beth Kenniv, worship ministry. Presented by Equipping Ministries International. 677-8500. Loveland.


The Cincinnati Ballet performs its yuletide tradition, “The Nutcracker,” from Thursday, Dec. 17, through Sunday, Dec. 27, at the Aronoff Center. The production will feature Tchaikovsky’s score performed live by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Opening night tickets are $30; remaining performances are $30-$70. There will be Sugar Plum Parades after the 2 p.m. performances Dec. 22 and Dec. 26, in which parents can escort their children across the stage to be greeted by the performers. For tickets and information, visit or call 513-621-5282. Pictured is ballerina Janessa Touchet.


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December 16, 2009


Messy lives attract a loving God

The scene was messy and scary to say the least. It was dark, turbulent and chaotic – until God began the work of creation. That’s how the JudaicChristian scriptures describe the creation of the world as God began to bring order and beauty out of futile nothingness. Works of grandeur often emerge gradually from chaotic messiness. Many an excellent musical composition is born from a troubled life or tortured mind. Another stupendous God-event we’re about to celebrate, Christmas, follows the same principle. We envision the original Christmas with a certain pious romanticism. Handel’s “Messiah,” crib scenes with sparkles in the straw, wide-eyed shep-

herds, adoring animals, angels heralding on high, and Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus comfortable centerpieces. This warm and fuzzy scenario is more the work of our imagination than reality. That’s all right for celebrations, but we leap over the messiness that can mean so much to the development of our spirituality. We suppose messy lives before God mean unloved souls. Don’t we have to be pure, perfect and eminently prayerful to have God notice us and love us? The universe, the incarnation, and the coming of God to our individual souls are all usually accompanied by less than ideal situations. There is inevitably a complexity and messiness to it. At the first Christmas there was the anxiety of a

man named Joseph, worried about his financée’s unexplained pregnancy and what to do about it. There is Mary his wife, pulled from an ordinary life and confused by sudden events, “How can this be since I do not know man?” A recent law necessitated their travel in the last week of her pregnancy, creating fears of roadside robbers as real as those who rip off people at malls today. Add to this the fact that there was no place to stay, then a begged and borrowed stable for a birthplace, the smell of manure, the effort to find food and medical attention if necessary. Wouldn’t you say there was a certain messiness to it all? A combination of stress, inconvenience, worry and puzzlement? The first Christmas was far from

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pretty. We need to remember this about the coming of God into our lives. It rarely occurs in a milieu of perceived perfection. Doubts, darkness and chaos may not be far away. As a clergyman I have had the privilege of being privy to the inner life of many people. Most of them, and I as well, resonate to the description of messiness being present in our lives. We usually don’t see ourselves as holy specimens that God is proud of and whom he loves to be around. Yet it is stumbling and imperfect people who have taught me the most about the coming of God and his wonderful work of love within us, despite the cluttered messiness we create. And one characteristic

has been made clear to me – the coming of God, whether at the beginning, at the first Christmas, or today to you and me, is achieved because of and in the midst of the messiness of life. God comes close to the woman feeling so abandoned by her husband who has left her for another woman; to a couple who have lost a child; to someone trying to kick the drug habit. God comes along with the sullenness of a lasting depression; along with a suspicious mammogram; a person who lost a job; or a single parent doubting their effectiveness with their children. It may sound contradictory, but about Christmas we know more than we can say. If we have opened our

hearts and Father Lou messiness to God, we Guntzelman know a Perspectives good news t h a t exceeds our ability to spell out what it is. The essence is always more than we can know. Although the lower can acknowledge the higher, it cannot comprehend it. We can only use images, stories and metaphors to try and express the loving God who was willing to become one with us. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Reach him at columns@community or contact him directly at P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242. Please include a mailing address or fax number if you wish for him to respond.

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Mom’s hot chicken salad

For Delhi reader Sydney Davis, who said her mom made this back in the ’60s. “After she died, I found many of her recipes but not this one, which was always one of our favorites.

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There’s no doubt in my mind that a gift from the hands is a gift from the heart. It’s even more meaningful this year when budgets may be tighter and there’s not a lot of “wiggle room” for purchasing gifts. But you know what? Even if you can afford an expensive store-bought gift, try making something homemade to give, perhaps as an accompaniment to the gift or just as a stand-alone present.


Loveland lights: One show this season you don’t want to miss The holidays are already upon us and as turkey decorations are coming down, Christmas lights are going up. For Christopher Wells, 18,000 Christmas lights, to be exact. Loveland teen and modern day Clark Griswold, Christopher Wells has gone above and beyond in the spirit of Christmas. For the fourth year in a row, Wells has decorated his home with thousands of red and white lights and synchronized them to contemporary Christmas music. This year the show consists of a series of six songs by artists like Mariah Carey, Reliant K and the Trans Siberian Orchestra. This 15minute spectacle can be enjoyed from the comfort

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and warmth of the family car. By simply tuning into an FM radio broadcast, the songs can be heard through the car radio. The show began Dec. 1 and is at 256 Glen Lake Road off of McKinney Road. The light show begins at 7 p.m. and plays continuously until 10 p.m. every night

of December. Stop on by to see the magic and enjoy the show over and over again. From my house to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas! For pictures, videos, directions, and more visit: – Submitted by Elizabeth Wells


BUSINESS UPDATE Cengel promoted

Independent consultant Nancy Cengel has been promoted to lead team mentor with Tastefully Simple. She lives in Loveland.

Business opening

Christopher Wells has decorated his Glen Lake Road home with an elaborate light and sound show that plays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

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Centro Properties Group has announced that a 2,500-square foot Cincinnati Tan Co. opened at Harpers Station Shopping Center, in the northeast corner of I-275 and Interstate 71, on the southwest corner of Montgomery Road and East Kemper Road. Marie Ellis of Site Advantage represented Cincinnati Tan Co. Centro Properties Group is the owner of Harpers Station and was represented by Elizabeth Houser with Centro Properties Group. For leasing information at Harpers Station, contact

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Lambdin promoted

Bankers Life and Casualty Co., a national life and health insurer, has promoted Jeffery Lambdin to branch sales manager responsible for its sales office at 6279 Tri Ridge Boulevard in Loveland. Lambdin joined Bankers in 2002. He served as a field trainer and a unit sales manager at Bankers’ sales office in Toledo, Ohio, before being promoted. A Certified in Long-Term Care designee, Lambdin lives in Milford.

New online delivery service

Indianapolis-based Farm Fresh Delivery has launched its online membership-

based home and business food delivery service to Cincinnati area residents. Farm Fresh Delivery’s produce is certified organic and grocery items are all natural and free of additives or preservatives. They offer members multiple fruit and vegetable bin options as well as a wide variety of locally produced natural groceries and frozen meats. Farm Fresh Delivery’s Web site features online customization and payment options as well as food preparation tips and recipes, nutritional advice and a member newsletter, The Healthy Times. Members can even set up their own delivery schedule online. The Cincinnati regional manager for Farm Fresh Delivery is John Freeland. For more information, visit at

Sharing your estate plan with heirs


often the most critical of your life. That is, after all, one of the reasons to prepare a plan in the first place. If you prepare a health care directive and are silent about your health care wishes, how will your heirs know your intent and how you want to be treated, unless you share your plan with them? The benefits of sharing your plan further allows you to rest comfortably knowing that the people you care about the most will have a way to help you in a time of need by making decisions in accordance with your wishes and by carrying out your wishes as you’ve instructed in your estate planning documents. Further, discussing your plan with your heirs to let them know where the

plan documents are located or the name and contact information of the attorney that prepared the plan should eliminate the administration issues associated with remaining silent Naturally, every family situation will be different, and some parents will have good reasons for keeping their plans secret. However, in most circumstances, whether your intention with your estate plan is to ease the way for your heirs or merely to ensure that your wishes are carried out to the letter, open communication with your heirs is the best way to accomplish these goals. David H. Lefton is an estate planning and probate attorney who lives in Symmes Township.

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December 16, 2009

Applications now available for Summerfair 2010 ASSEMBLIES OF GOD MONTGOMERY ASSEMBLY OF GOD

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PRESBYTERIAN (USA) LOVELAND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH A Loving, Praying, Caring Church Join us for Sunday Services Worship Service........................10:00am Church School............................11:15am CONNECT Youth Service.............6-8pm Fellowship/Coffee Hour after Worship Nursery Provided/Youth Group Activities 360 Robin Ave. (off Oak St.), Loveland OH



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Blue Ash Presbyterian Church

The Blue Ash Presbyterian Church’s youth group, God Squad, will be presenting their 6th annual Christmas Play. This year’s play is “The Case of the Missing Meaning.” It is a comedy detective spoof for Christmas by Ben Fry. Twenty members of the youth group have parts in the play, with a special guest appearance by BAPC Pastor Mike Brewer. The play will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19. On Sunday, Dec. 20, the play will be presented around 5 p.m. There will be a Carol Fest at 4 p.m. and a dinner sponsored by the Fellowship Committee after the play. Reservations are required for the dinner. There will be no charge for the play on Saturday or for the play and dinner Sunday. A freewill offering will be taken. For dinner reservations, contact the church at 791-1153. The church is at 4309 Cooper Road, Blue Ash; 791-1153.

Brecon United Methodist Church

Sunday Worship Services are 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. with Adult Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. Children’s Church is during the 10:45 a.m. hour. All guests and visitors are welcome. There will be one service at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 20. The choir will present the Christmas Cantata. The Christmas Eve Candlelight Service is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24. During both worship services Sunday, Dec. 27, a Memorial Service will be held. Members, guests and friends are encouraged to submit names of loved ones who have passed on. The church is at 7388 East Kemper Road, Sycamore Township; 4897021.

Church of the Saviour United Methodist

Christmas Eve Services are at 5 p.m. (Children’s Pageant), 7 p.m. (Contemporary Worship), 9 and 11 p.m. (Traditional Worship). Childcare is provided at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. Kids Morning Out is from 9 a.m. to noon every Monday through Thursday. It is open to children 6 months-kindergarten. The cost is $10 for one child and $15 for families of two or more. “Robotics” is the theme of the Adventurer’s meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13. Dr. Ernie Hall, Professor of Robotics, School of Engineering at UC will present the program. Dinner reservations can be made by Monday, Jan. 11, at 791-3142 or just attend the program at 6 p.m. Christmas Fun Camps are available from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 21-23 and Dec. 28-30. Call the church for details. Cost is $10 per day, $15 for families of two or more. The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 791-3142;

Epiphany United Methodist Church

Worship times are: Contemporary worship at 5 p.m. Saturdays, contemporary worship at 9 a.m. Sundays and traditional worship at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. The church will host DivorceCare at 7 p.m. Wednesday evenings beginning Jan. 20. If you have, or are going through a divorce, this class, led by Tom Kyle and April Office, offers hope and healing. Make your reservation by contacting Pastor Lisa, 677-9866. ext. 202. Christmas Eve services at Epiphany United Methodist Church, 6635 Loveland-Miamiville Road, will be 4 p.m. Children’s Service; 5:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Service led by the Youth; 7 p.m. Contemporary

Communion Service with candlelight; and 11 p.m. Traditional Lessions and Carols with communion and candlelight. The church is at 6635 LovelandMiamiville Road, Loveland; 6779866.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

The church is hosting Scrapbooking from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. nearly every third Monday. Free childcare is provided. You must register by 5 p.m. Friday before the Monday event. For more information, call the church at 891-1700. The dates are: Jan. 25, Feb. 22, March 15, April 19, May 17, June 7, July 19 and Aug. 16. The church is at 7701 Kenwood Road, Kenwood; 891-1700.

Kenwood Fellowship Church

The church has a new contemporary worship service from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturdays. The services will feature contemporary worship music in a relaxed atmosphere with biblical teaching that will resonate with the fast-paced lifestyles that many of us find ourselves in today. The church is at 7205 Kenwood Road; 891-9768.

Loveland Presbyterian Church

All youth groups now meet at 6 p.m. every Sunday night beginning with supper, a short worship service and group sessions. The church is at 360 Robin Ave., Loveland; 683-2525;

Loveland United Methodist

The new service times are 8:30 to 9:20 a.m. for the Traditional Service, 9:40 to 10:40 a.m. for the Contemporary Service and Sunday School and 11 a.m. to noon for the Blended Service and Sunday School. Join the United Methodist Women


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About religion

Religion news is published at no charge on a spaceavailable basis. Items must be to our office no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, for possible consideration in the following edition. E-mail announcements to m, with “Religion” in the subject line. Fax to 248-1938. Call 248-8600. Mail to: Loveland Herald, Attention: Teasha O’Connell, Religion news, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, Ohio 45140. from 9:45 a.m. to 11 a.m. the first Thursday morning of each month for UMW, a time of fellowship, devotion and ministry at LUMC. The purpose of the UMW is “to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.” The church is at 10975 S. Lebanon Road, Loveland; 683-1738.

New Church of Montgomery

The church conducts worship at 10:30 a.m., Sundays and Divine Providence Study Group the first four Sundays of the month from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The church is located at 9035 E. Kemper Road, Montgomery; 4899572.

Northern Hills Synagogue

Friday, Dec. 18, members of Northern Hills Synagogue - Congregation B’nai Avraham will share actual letters and responses from “A Bintel Brief: 60 Years of Letters from the Lower East Side to the Jewish Daily Forward” by Isaac Metzker. The program will follow Shabbat services, which begin at 8 p.m. Often separated from family and bewildered by life in a new country, thousands of Jewish immigrants wrote to the offices of this Yiddish-language newspaper founded in 1897. The paper’s founder and editor, Abraham Cahan, would answer back with practical and sometimes very wise advice. Many of their challenges are still being played out today, and much of the advice is still relevant. For more information, contact Northern Hills Synagogue at 931-6038. Northern Hills Synagogue - Congregation B’nai Avraham is hosting a kosher Chinese buffet and movie night at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24. The menu will feature hot and sour cabbage soup, egg rolls, fried and steamed rice, spicy eggplant with tofu, broccoli chicken, chicken nuggets, stir fry vegetables, and much more. Following dinner and Chinese games, two movies will be shown. For children, “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” will be shown, while adults can enjoy “The Hebrew Hammer.” The cost is $15 for adults, and $6 for children ages 3 to 10. Children under 3 are free. The maximum charge per family is $40. Reservations are required by Dec. 17. For more information, contact Northern Hills Synagogue at 931-6038. The synagogue is at 5714 Fields Ertel Road, Deerfield Township; 9316038;

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church

Advent Soup Suppers and Midweek Worship will be held every Wednesday, Dec. 16. Supper is at 6:15 p.m. followed by worship at 7:15 p.m. The church is hosting the Women’s Christmas Breakfast. Celebrate the Christmas season with a pot luck breakfast Saturday, Dec. 19. A craft will be offered. Sign up at church.

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| DEATHS | POLICE | Editor Dick Maloney | | 248-7134 BIRTHS




Brett M. Bitzer, 18, 803 Andrea Drive, possession of drugs, Dec. 1. Joan M. Edwards, 46, 6225 Tanglewood Drive, operating a vehicle impaired-refusal, Dec. 3. Judy Russo, 48, 506 Main St. No. 1, domestic violence, Dec. 3. Juvenile, 16, disorderly conduct, assault, Dec. 3. Juvenile, 17, disorderly conduct, Dec. 3. Michael S. Hickland, 30, 4795 Woodbrough, re-cite other department, Dec. 3. Melvin L. Barnes, 28, 3827 Vine St., re-cite other department, re-cite other department, Dec. 3. Sean M. Miller, 22, 713 Mohican Drive, violating protection order, Dec. 4. Robert Carl Carpenter, 38, 225 Hart St., theft-petty, Dec. 5. Liberty Crawford, 85, 720 Carrington 205, misconduct at emergency, Dec. 5. Brandon J. Burch, 33, 6778 Loveland-Miamiville Road, disorderly conduct-intoxicated annoy or alarm, re-cite other department, Dec. 6.

Incidents/investigations Disorderly conduct, assault

About police reports

The Community Press the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: Loveland, Chief Tim Sabransky, 583-3000. Miami Township, Chief Stephen Bailey, 248-3721. Symmes Township, Lt. Dan Reid, 683-3444.

Re-cite other department

At 120 W. Loveland Ave., Dec. 3. At 890 W. Loveland Ave., Dec. 3. At 134 Wall St., Dec. 6.

Disorderly conduct-intoxicated annoy or alarm

At 678 Park Ave., Dec. 6.

Domestic violence

At 204 Highland Ave., Dec. 3.


At 509 W. Loveland Ave., Dec. 2.

Misconduct at emergency

At 720 Carrington Place, Dec. 5.

Possession of drugs

At 11801 Rich Road, Dec. 1.

Male was assaulted at Mt. Repose Tavern at 1296 Ohio 28, Nov. 26. miamitownship symmestownship

Breaking and entering

Entry made at 5684 Cromley Drive, Nov. 29.


TV, jewelry, etc. taken; $4,300 at 360 Front St., Nov. 27.

Criminal damage

Sign damaged at Milford Assembly of God at Ohio 131, Nov. 28. Vehicle driven through soccer field at VFW at Epworth Road, Nov. 28. Vehicle keyed at 1064 Ohio 28, Nov. 29. Christmas decorations damaged at 6669 Miami Woods, Nov. 30.

Criminal simulation

Counterfeit $50 bill passed at Family Dollar at Ohio 131, Nov. 27.

Violating protection order

Bad check passed at Milford High at 1 Eagles Way, Nov. 25.

At 713 Mohican Drive, Dec. 4.


At 11801 Rich Road, Dec. 3.

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At 800 Loveland-Madeira Road, Dec. 5.


Jeanette E. Bell, 37, 1051 Bobby Court, endangering children, operating vehicle under influence, Nov. 27. Christian J. Bothe, 22, 969 Ohio 28 No. 45, theft, Nov. 26. Shelley A. Hrycyk, 24, 1732 E. Day Circle, drug paraphernalia, marijuana possession, open container, Nov. 26. Shea E. Hanley, 34, 1297 Michael Drive, keg law, Nov. 28. Derek C. Hofmann, 23, 5487 Wolfpen

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Pleasant Hill Road, criminal damage, Nov. 29. Bryce C. Gray, 28, 211 Arrowhead Trail, failure to control dog, Nov. 30.

Incidents/investigations Assault

Forgery Theft

Gasoline not paid for at Kroger; $20 at Branch Hill Guinea Pike, Nov. 24. Merchandise taken from Meijer; $55 at Ohio 28, Nov. 26. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers at Branch Hill Guinea Pike, Nov. 27. Male stated money taken from account with no authorization; $229 at 969 Ohio 28 No. 96, Nov. 25. DVDs, etc. taken from Meijer; $85 at Ohio 28, Nov. 29. Money lost in Internet scam; $2,900 at 5818 Monassas, Nov. 30. MP3 player taken from locker at Mil-

ford High; $268 at 1 Eagles Way, Nov. 30.

SYMMES TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Issa Salko, 29, 5297 E. Knoll Court, disorderly conduct at 1000 Sycamore Terrace, Nov. 23. Kyle Sylvester, 34, 3079 Buell Road, criminal trespassing at 12184 Mason Road, Nov. 20. Alex Landers, 22, 9959 Jackson St., domestic violence at 8871 Weekly Lane, Nov. 22.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering

Barn entered and riding equipment valued at $1,200 removed at 9666 Union Cemetery Road, Nov. 21.


Victim threatened at 12030 Mason Way Court, Nov. 22.


Calculators and pennies of unknown value removed at 8382 Patrilla Lane, Nov. 23. Medication of unknown value removed at 9420 Loveland Madeira Road, Nov. 5. Letters of unknown value removed at 9975 Somerset Drive, Nov. 25. $20 removed at 9001 Fields Ertel Road, Nov. 25.

DEATHS Reverend Garfield Harris

Joseph R. Helm

Reverend Garfield Harris, 77, of Loveland died Dec. 3. Survived by wife, Nora (nee Meadows) Harris; children, Annette (Charlie) Wells, Gary (Nancy) Harris, Doug (Sherry) Harris, Kenneth (Debbie) Harris, Jim (Kim) Harris and Debbie Harris (Patrick) Loedwyck; grandchildren, Melissa Harris, Brandon Harris, Gary Harris Jr., Amy Butler, Ashley Harris, Amanda Harris, Joshua Harris, Tyler Harris, Bud Harris, Cody Harris, Megan Harris, Jake Harris, Kate Harris, Jessica Hargis, C.J. Hargis, Mason Harris, Abigail Lodewyck and Crystal Lodewyck; great-grandchildren, Gunnar Baker, Chloe Harris, Garrett Butler, Alyson Butler, Samantha Benson, Madison Riley, Jakobi Riley, Emily Redmond and Noah Harris; and siblings, Virgil (Annamae) Harris, Opal Burch and Emma Allen. Preceded in death by father, Walter Minus Harris; and mother, Susie (nee Peters) Harris. Services were Dec. 7 at Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Home, Loveland.

Joseph R. Helm, 80, of Seminole, Fla., and formerly of Loveland died Dec. 6. Survived by wife of 57 years, Millie (nee Freeze); children, Barbara (Johnny) Fields, Susan (Mark) Flanigan, Joseph (Annette) Helm II and Lisa (James) Craig; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; and brother, Kenneth (Jinnie) Helm. Preceded in death by parents, Joseph L. and Mary B. Helm; and brother, M. Lee (Pat) Helm; and numerous relatives and friends. A celebration of life will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, at Milford Firefighter’s Hall, Lila Avenue, Milford. Memorials to: D Company Association (Korean War Vets), 3360 Moxadarla Road, Zanesville, OH 43701.

Lelia Blanche Hopkins-Murphy

Lelia Blanche Hopkins-Murphy, 87, of Loveland died Dec. 5. Survived by husband, Robert Murphy; sons, Ronald (Darlene) Hopkins and Anthony (JoAnn) Hopkins; daughter, Elaine Hopkins-Murphy (Michael) Polling-

ton; brothers, Floyd Craft and Lawrence Craft; sister, Nettie Runyon; 10 grandchildren and 13 greatgrandchildren; step-children, Sandy Bledsoe and Bob Murphy; five stepgrandchildren and eight step-greatgranchildren. Preceded in death by parents, James and Vivie (nee Gulley) Craft; brothers, Fred Craft, Dou-


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10028 Fox Chase Drive: Chambers Julie D. to Gebhart Edward B.; $183,000. 120 Carrington Lane: Nunn Bonnie D. to Goldcamp William F. Tr; $76,000. 13 Shady Crest Lane: Pyott Andrew F. & Denise Ato De Beaumont Sandra M.; $152,000. 13 Shady Crest Lane: Pyott Andrew F. & Denise Ato De Beaumont Sandra M.; $152,000. 701 Mohican Drive: Osborne Todd & Mary to Mechley Daniel P.; $90,000.


1685 Cooks Grant Drive, Lisa & William Kelp to Andrew Rumpler & Lawrence Rumpler, $80,000. 6284 Deerhaven Lane, Carole Sherk, trustee to Todd Presar, 0.2140 acre, $219,000. 6803 Fairwind Court, Robert Bachtell to Eric & Diana Mueller, $269,000. 1080 Hayward Circle, NVR Inc. to Adam Ward, et al., $171,440. 1189 Mellie Ave., Thomas Feldman, et al. to Chase Home Finance LLC., $83,334.34 . 5815 Needleleaf Drive, John & Nancy Wilcox to Richard & Vicky Wright, 0.4130 acre, $355,000. 6128 Second St., Lane Sturgeon to GMAC Mortgage LLC., 0.4100 acre, $114,098.56 . 1531 Summit Ridge, Christopher & Lauren Victory to Christopher & Erica Martin, 0.1950 acre, $187,000. 6567 Trailwoods Drive, Gerald & Cynthia Nosewicz to Lori Fiedler, 0.7398 acre, $658,000. 870 Trapp, White Farm Development LLC. to NVR Inc., $28,000. 789 Twin Fox Drive, Elain Brewer, Sole Tustee to Dennis Lobes, $164,000.


10660 Loveland Madeira Road: Restaurant Management Inc. to Sher Jack A. Tr; $850,000. 9699 Loveland Madeira Road: Ohr Robert T. & Mary Ellen to Mcintyre Stacey L. Tr; $350,000.

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About real estate transfers

Clermont County real estate transfer information is provided as a public service by the office of Clermont County Auditor Linda L. Fraley. Hamilton County real estate transfer information is provided as a public service by the office of Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes. Neighborhood designations are approximate.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON TAX BUDGET Copies of the Tax Budget as tentatively adopted for the Board of Education of the Loveland City School District In the County of Hamilton, ohio are on file in the office of the Treasure of said Board of education. These are for public inspection; and a Public Hearing on said budget will be held at the : Loveland Intermedi ate School Media Center, 757 S. Lebanon Road, Loveland, Oh 45140. In the said School District, on Tuesday the 12th day of January, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. Loveland City School District, Brett Griffith Treasurer/CFO. 1001524778

LEGAL NOTICE The Loveland Board of Education will hold a Special Board Meeting on December 14, 2009, at 7:30 p.m., at the Loveland Board of Education Administrative Offices. The purpose of the meeting is to enter into Executive Session for the purpose of considering the employment of a public employee or official. 4960 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 Appeals on Monday, January 4, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. for the purpose of hearing an Appeal (#2010-01) filed by appellant, Gregory Davis, 5733 West Fork Road, Cincinnati, OH 45247, from Notice of Refusal for a zoning certificate for the addition of a variable message center to be located on a freestand ing monument sign for the property located at 11210 Montgomery Road. This hearing will be held at Township Admin. Bldg., 9323 Union Cemetery Road. Plans are on file and open for public inspection. Gerald L. Beckman Township Zoning Inspector 921072/1001525054


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NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING OF SYMMES TOWNSHIP TRUSTEES Notice is hereby given that the Board of Trustees of Symmes Township of Hamilton County, Ohio, will meet on December 17, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. for the purpose of making year-end adjustments. This meeting will be held at Township Admin. Bldg., 9323 Union Cemetery Road. John C. Borchers Fiscal Officer, Symmes Township 922438/1001525333


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December 16, 2009

Loveland Music Academy hosts ‘cool’ music experience for juniors By Chuck Gibson

The Loveland Music Academy was one of five locations hosting about 750 music students for the Junior Music Experience Saturday, Nov. 21.

“This is for all kids, not just superstars. For more Everybody can do it.” information The other locations included the Cincinnati More about the Junior Music Music Academy in Experience at: More about the Loveland Music Kenwood, Mount Academy at: Washington ian Church, The Fine Arts Center at Wyoming and Northdent received a personal ern Kentucky University. certificate and a colored ribAbout 150 music students, bon identifying their level of their parents and siblings performance. poured into LMA through“The judges determine out the day Saturday for the level of performance for their chance to be evaluat- each student,” said ed. That meant a lot of extra Bergholz, who is also manbusiness for downtown aging partner of LMA here Loveland shops and eater- in Loveland. “Students can ies. also receive a ‘Special Merit The students are not Award’ from judges. That judged against one another, earns them the right to play but rather on what they in the award ceremony.” play and how long they’ve The Junior Music Experibeen playing. Typically the ence happens twice a year. students range in age from LMA will be a host site 5 to 18, but there’s an occa- when it happens again in sional adult looking for April. areas to improve. Every stu“Any event has its challenges,” Bergholz said. “But 99 percent came out of this one saying this is really cool. There were a lot of very happy and excited music students.”

“The Junior Music Experience is not a competition,” explained Linda Bergholz, co-founder and executive director of the program that provides judging and critical evaluation to help music students identify their level of performance.



Some of the students at the registration table during the Junior Music Experience at the Loveland Music Academy.

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