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Jo Oury (second from right) says her neighbor Dan Mayak (left) his wife, Laurie (second from left, next to son, Dylan, center) are always willing to lend she and her husband, Don (right), a hand with any sort of task. LEAH FIGHTMASTER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Symmes man finds helping neighbors fun Every family has its holiday traditions. At The Community Press, we annually recognize those folks who go out of their way to help a neighbor or friend. We call it “Neighbors Who Care.”

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Dan Mayak describes himself as “energetic.” What he does with that energy makes him a good neighbor, according to Symmes Township resident Jo Oury. She’s lived across the street from Mayak and his family for about 13 years, and said he’s a “super neighbor.” He goes above and beyond the designation of friendly, she said, and is always willing to help. Oury said Mayak and his wife, Laurie, are willing to lend a hand with the most common tasks, such as putting the newspaper on the Ourys’ doorstep, raking leaves and shoveling the driveway. She added that if the Mayaks can find something to help them with, they don’t have a second thought about offering. “He just can’t do enough for you,” Oury said.

To Dan, it’s just the right thing to do, and he said it started with the Ourys’ kindness when he first moved there. Mayak said when he moved in, the Ourys invited him to dinner after seeing him carrying boxes into his new home. He took them up on their offer, and it started a kind, neighborly relationship. Mayak also said he doesn’t really think of it as a chore, or even a task. Not only is he looking out for them, he sees it as fun. A former runner, Mayak said he has plenty of energy and enjoys using that energy to help his neighbors out. He added that it’s entertaining, because as they get something done together, they make light of the task by talking and having a good time. “I get a kick out of it,” he said. “And from the get-go, they showed me the quality of people they are, and I hugely respect them.” “It’s just who we are. What more could you ask for?”

Giving Tree branches out By Kelly McBride

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Susan Wyder taught at Sharonville Elementary for 30 years, retiring to a life of continuous

volunteerism. The Springdale resident focuses on the needs of the Princeton school district, tirelessly helping those in need. “Susan Wyder has touched many lives over the years with her generosity,” Sharonville teacher Debbie Loewenstine said. “She works endlessly each and every year to ensure that not only children attending Sharonville Elementary have a wonderful Christmas, but their families as well.” The Sharonville Giving Tree began 32 years ago with a single family. This year, 41 families received gifts and household goods through donations organized by Wyder. “Princeton is diverse in every way,” Wyder said. “This is a way of evening things out. “I want every kid taken care of.” After the holiday season, the giving and receiving continues through the Princeton Closet. Wyder collects donations at the district’s administrative facility in Sharonville, where she washes and dries the clothing on site, then organizes and stores them for students in need. “It feels good now, when somebody needs something, they know they can call,” she said. Donors and recipients can contact their neighborhood elementary school to give to or receive from the Princeton Closet, Wyder said. “Everyone is her family,” Sharonville teacher Carla

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Shroyer said. “She thinks of everyone else before herself.” Wyder, who also serves on the Princeton Board of Education, credits the community for helping to fill the holiday with cheer. “My former students came in force,” she said of the Giving Tree. “They brought groceries

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If you are a wartime veteran or the spouse of a veteran, and are in need of assisted living, you may be entitled to a significant monthly income from $1,112 to $2,053 from the Veterans Administration. Carriage Court of Kenwood invites all veterans and their families to a special veterans benefits workshop. “Aid and Attendance” will be presented by Mary Stien with Vets LLC. There is not a cost for the movie or the workshop. The event includes a showing of the movie “Honor Flight" and an informative workshop. "Honor Flight” is a documentary about a National Project called “Stars and Stripes Honor Flight” that was started to bring World War II Veterans to Washington D.C. to see memorials built in their honor. Enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres and learn what benefits are available, who qualifies and how to apply. Individual Q&A afterwards.

Sycamore board organizational meeting Jan. 8

The Sycamore Community Schools Board of Education will hold its organizational Board meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, at Edwin H. Greene Intermediate, 5200 Aldine Drive The board meeting will begin by swearing in re-elected board members Diane Adamec, John Mercurio and Jean Staubach. The board swill then elect officers, adopt a meeting schedule for 2014, choose members to serve in various appointments and review the 2014 tax budget. Following those agenda items, the Board will move forward with regular business. Beth Weber, treasurer, will conduct a hearing on the annual tax budget at 6 p.m., prior to the board meeting. This meeting will also be held at Edwin H. Greene Intermediate. For more information on the Board of Education or its meetings, visit

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Nominations sought for 2014 Blue Ash Business Awards

The City of Blue Ash will once again partner with the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber to host the third annual Blue Ash Business Awards, which will be March 13 at the Cooper Creek Event Center. Through Wednesday, Jan. 15, individuals can nominate one of the 2,000 businesses that call Blue Ash home. Applications are being accepted for the following categories: » Blue Ash Business of the Year – Companies with 1-50 employees; companies with 51-250 employees; companies with 251+ employees; » Emerging Business of the Year » Corporate Community Service Award » Business Mentor of the Year To nominate a business, view rules and guidelines, or register for the event, visit cincinnatichamber.com.

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Princeton recognizes high school students’ achievements By Kelly McBride

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Princeton City Schools has recognized several students for national achievements. Mark Mendoza of Sharonville has been named a National Merit semifinalist. He remains in the running for a National Merit Scholarship, having scored in the top half of 1 percent of those who took the PSAT. He’s among 16,000 semi-finalists of 1.2 million students who took the test nationally. Eight thousand semifinalists will be named

National Merit finalists and receive scholarships. He and Scheile Preston of Sharonville also received National Hispanic Recognition. The program identifies academically outstanding Hispanic and Latino students who have achieved a minimum required score on the PSAT, and nave a minimum GPA of 3.0. Princeton also announced that Lindsay Myers of Sharonville earned a perfect score on the ACT exam. Several students also were recognized as National Merit Commended students. Emily Buisson of Glen-

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Loveland resident Sue Tollefson just wanted to make her friends’ illness go away. She couldn’t, but during Dave Markgraf’s illness, she was like an angel for him and his wife, Diane. “Sue rarely asked to help,” Diane Markgraf said. “She acted.” On Wednesday, Nov. 13, Tollefson was recognized for her actions during the third annual Mary Jo’s Angels ceremony at the Manor House in Mason. The event, hosted by the Bethesda Foundation, honors those who have improved the quality of life for cancer survivors. Mary Jo’s Angels was created to honor the spirit of grace and compassion of Mary Jo Cropper, who succumbed to breast cancer in 2011. Diane Markgraf nominated Tollefson to be a “Mary Jo’s Angels” honoree. In her nomination letter, she described how her husband suffered an aortic dissection and spent weeks in ICU, months on a ventilator, and was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. She wrote how Sue provided “unwavering friendship, prayerful support, and compassion in every circumstance” from the first emergency, through Dave’s cancer treatment. “She didn’t wait for a call,” Markgraf said. “For the next 16 months, she proved the goodness of her heart; not only through visible acts of kindness, but through extraordinary quiet gifts that helped alleviate the suffering of our family.” Many of the gifts were tangible and substantial. Tollefson brought meals, ran errands, arranged

dale, Madeline Burke of Sharonville, Thomas Hayworth of Sharonville, David Svensson of Sycamore Township, Christopher Heaton of Springdale and Preston scored in the top one percent on the PSAT. “In Princeton we are proud to recognize the academic success of these amazing young leaders,” assistant Superintendent Amy Crouse said. “When young people achieve these honors after years of hard work in the presence of their families and the school leadership it reminds us of the power of public education.”

Easter dinner, and a graduation party for Markgraf’s son. She cleaned their home, organized mail, drove Diane to, and from, the nursing home – more than 45 minutes each way – and helped take Dave for testing. “Yet, Sue gave much more, intangibly,” Markgraf said. “When things were going badly, she helped me reason to solve problems. Her much needed emotional support kept me from falling apart so I could be there for my children.” Tollefson constantly gave positive pep talks to Dave – even when he was unresponsive. She helped Dave feel good. She made him laugh. When she saw that he was up to it, she provided candy for him to offer staff and visitors. Subtly, quietly and without herald, she attended to the caregivers at each facility. As a nurse navigator at the Mary Jo Cropper Family Center for Breast Care, Tina German has seen the volunteer efforts of Tollefson make a difference in so many lives she’s touched. Because of that, German also supported Tollefson for the “Angels” honor. “I would get a call from Sue saying she would be late coming in,” she said. “Later, I’d find out Sue had been delivering food to the church, or going to a funeral for someone without any family, or taking someone who didn’t drive to an appointment.” The “Mary Jo’s Angels” banquet raised more than $345,000 to benefit clinical research at the Mary Jo Cropper Family Center for Breast Care on the Bethesda North Hospital campus. She lives in Loveland with her husband, Dr. Drake Tollefson, and continues to humbly serve many around her. “When I thanked her for buying me clothes one day, Sue’s response was a heartfelt: ‘I want to take Dave’s illness away, but I can’t.’” Markgraf said. “Such small efforts – truly the gifts of an angel – made a big difference.”


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Teachers abandon razors for charity By Forrest Sellers fsellers@communitypress.com

Things are getting hairy at Indian Middle School. During November teachers at the school grew beards to help raise money for a staff member’s grandson. Principal Josh Kauffman said the event, which is called No Shave November, is traditionally geared toward raising awareness of men’s health issues. However, Kauffman said the school wanted to help one of its own. The 3-month-old grandson of Kathy Yeager, who is a guidance counselor at the school, has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia. Proceeds raised as part of the event will go to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and leukemia research. Kauffman said more than $500 has been raised. “The middle school family gives me strength and hope, and that carries through to my grandson and daughter,” said Yeager. “It’s the best medicine.” Donations can be made by going online to

Indian Hill Middle School guidance counselor Kathy Yeager, left, is shown with administrative assistant Sherry Murrell. Staff members at the school are growing beards to raise money for Yeager's grandson, who has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia. Murrell is helping with collection of the donations. FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

http://bit.ly/16v2f1N. Please indicate the gift is in honor of Yeager’s grandson. Kauffman said growing a beard has been a unique experi-

ence but well worth it. “Every time I reach for a razor or feel an itch, it reminds me of why we are doing this,” he said.

Anne Van Kirk, Symmes Elementary principal, with the Outstanding School Recycling Program award and Greg Hartmann, Hamilton County commissioner.PROVIDED

Symmes Elementary wins Outstanding School Recycling Award

A number of the teachers at Indian Hill Middle School are growing beards as part of a charity initiative to raise money for a staff member's grandson, who has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia. Among the participants are: back row left, Mike Dietz, Eric Bass, Alex Fries and Mike Duncan; front row left, Steve Tranter, Josh Kauffman, Nick Carpenter and Mike Wahl. PROVIDED

URSULINE ACADEMY HONOR ROLL URSULINE ACADEMY

The following Northeast Suburban Life-area students have earned honors for the first quarter of 2013-2014.

Freshmen Honor Roll – Erica Brower, Regan Carroll, Margarita Francisco, Natalie Hricovsky, Haidyn Isenhart, Mary MacVittie, Emily McCormick, Darby Nelson, Sydney Olszewski, Natalie Ryan, Olivia Sabo, Margaret Smith and Madeleine Stuhlreyer.

Sophomores Honor Roll – Haya Akbik, Kirsten Bailey, Kateri Budo, Claire Cummings, Jennifer

Duma, Lauren Grafton, Erin Inman, Caroline Janssen, Madelyn Joyce, Leah Klosterman, Emma Kowaleski, Leah Maloney, Alison McNamara-Marsland, AnneMarie Morman, Avery Naylor, Margo Nelis, Molly Powers, Madaline Rinaldi, Ellen Rust, Marcella Slack, Paige Thompson, Kara Thornton, Christine Tulisiak and Logan Yeager.

Juniors First Honors – Aysha Ahmad, Colleen Clancy, Sarah Cowperthwait, Lauren Fleming, Nishtha Gupta, Lauren Haney, Claire Hauck, Sara Huber, Elizabeth Jordan, Maura Kopchak, Emma Niehaus, Audrey Phipps, Sara Robertson

and Jennifer Welch. Second Honors – Tess Bellamy, Nicole Callirgos, Grace Cornely, Maria Marshall and Margaret O’Brien.

Seniors First Honors – Ana Aguilar, Sydney Carroll, Kelly Grogan, Allison Hogan, Julie Ivers, Elizabeth Kiley, Mary Grace McCuen, Sarah Neltner, Kristin Rodriguez, Aleeya Shareef, Caroline Smith, Erin Tinney and Tessa-Lynn Wiedmann. Second Honors - Grace Adams, Alison Hackman, Molly Roberts, Lauren Rom, Lisa Ruggiero, Brooke Sabo and Chandler Sambrookes.

At Symmes Elementary, worms and waste proved to be the winning combination as the school took home the Outstanding School Recycling Program award at the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District’s ninth annual Recycling Awards Ceremony. “The honor goes to a school which demonstrates leadership in waste reduction efforts and environmental stewardship,” said Cher Mohring, program specialist at Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District. “Symmes’ administration, teachers, parents and students are dedicated to not just recycling and composting, but to reducing waste, making it our Outstanding School this year.” Mohring became aware of Symmes’ commitment to the environment in 2009 when she worked with the school on worm composting. Since then, Symmes has also participated in districtwide Waste-Less Lunch days during which students who pack their lunches are encouraged to use reusable containers and cafeteria staff serve food with minimal packaging on reusable trays. The Waste-Less Lunch program was so successful districtwide that it encouraged the Sycamore Green Team, a committee of district parents, administrators and staff, to do more to eliminate waste. “Last year, Sycamore High School students did a waste au-

dit and discovered that food waste is a big concern in the cafeteria,” said Elizabeth Bruggeman, Symmes PTO Green Team chairperson. “So, the Sycamore Green Team made commercial composting at Symmes one of our top initiatives, with a goal to institute it at all district schools.” Last summer, Symmes also redesigned the cafeteria line so that students can self-serve their lunch directly onto washable and reusable trays, eliminating the use of disposable trays. The school composts all food waste, diverting approximately 150 pounds of waste per week from landfills. “Because of Symmes combined initiatives, they have reduced their lunch waste from approximately 10 bags of waste per day to only one bag of waste per day,” Mohring said. Anne Van Kirk, Symmes principal, accepted the award on behalf of Symmes Elementary, crediting the Green Team; Bill Bishop, Symmes head custodian; and Chad Lewis, Sycamore’s director of business operations. “The primary goal is to reduce the amount of waste and food going to the landfill,” Van Kirk said. “Perhaps more importantly, though, our students are learning how to be responsible stewards of the environment. Our students are our future and they want to make a difference in their world.”


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Sycamore grad A.J. Williams gets bigger in Michigan’s Big House By Mark D. Motz mmotz@communitypress.com

ANN ARBOR (Mich.) — Tough game, college football. Ask Sycamore High School graduate A.J. Williams, a rising star at tight end for the University of Michigan. The 6-foot-6, 265pound sophomore made his first career reception for a touchdown Williams against Iowa Nov. 23. And got a minus on his report card for the effort. “To be completely honest, I ran the route a little short,” Williams said. “The defense was a little slow and I got into the end zone in a little pocket, but on my first touchdown, yeah, I got a minus grade. “They were excited about the catch and the score, but the coaches here expect us to be perfect. That’s what we’re shooting for.” The Northeast Suburban Life caught up with Williams after a session in the Wolverine weight room getting ready for the Dec. 28 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl in Tempe, Ariz., against Kansas State. The Wolverines left for the desert Dec. 22. Williams said Christmas carols blared through Michigan Stadium in an effort to simulate some of the crowd noise they would hear in

Sycamore High School graduate A.J. Williams (84) celebrates his first career catch and touchdown for the University of Michigan football team against the University of Iowa at Kinnick Stadium Nov. 23. PHOTO COURTESY THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Sun Devil Stadium. Williams didn’t catch a pass his senior year at Sycamore, but had the physical tools that made Michigan recruit him. He likes the idea of becoming more of a receiver while maintaining his blocking skills. “It’s actually been fun,” he said. “I mean, at Sycamore we

maybe threw three times a game. I only had to run three routes. Now I’m watching myself learn more every day, learn to run better routes, to be an option for my team. I’m becoming a more complete player, which I want to be.” So does Michigan head coach Brady Hoke.

“He will only continue to improve and we look forward to him becoming more of an allaround tight end as he continues to get experience,” Hoke said. “What’s been great about him is the development you see each day on the field. He’s still young as a true sophomore and I think he’s playing his best football to

date. “He had the touchdown catch at Iowa and had probably his best game since he’s been here against Ohio (State in the regular season finale). He was really, really good in the blocking game. See WILLIAMS, Page A5

CATCHING UP WITH COLLEGE ATHLETES the Tigers to victory and winning the conference tournament. With that win Georgetown got an automatic bid into the NAIA National Championships. Georgetown College made it to the top 12. They finished the season ranked 10th in the country in the NAIA. Courtney’s parents are Rose and Marc Grafton of Montgomery.

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The Northeast Suburban Life asked college athletes’ family and friends to submit information so our readers can get caught up on their activities. Their offerings:

Sydney Bell

» Sydney Bell, sophomore at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., is a forward on its Division I women’s ice hockey team. Sydney is a 2012 graduate of Ursuline Academy. Besides ice hockey, during her freshman year, Sydney was a member of the St. Lawrence University’s outdoor track and field team, participating in the Penn Relays and the NCAA Division III National Championships. Sydney is the daughter of Jim and Mary Bell.

Mary Crema

» Mary Crema, a 2012 Mount Notre Dame graduate, just com-

Annie Juenger

Sydney Bell plays hockey for St. Lawrence University.THANKS TO JIM BELL

pleted her sophomore season with the Campbell University volleyball team. It was Crema’s first season with the Fighting Camels after spending her

freshman season at the University of Cincinnati. This season the sophomore earned Big South Defensive Player of the Week twice, while setting the school record for digs (680) and digs per set (5.5) – which also ranked14th in the nation in Division I NCAA women’s volleyball. She also led the Big South with 17 matches with 20-plus digs. She posted a career-best 40 digs in a 3-2 loss to Radford Oct. 12. Crema currently holds a 3.8 GPA. She is the daughter of Rick and Karen Crema.

Ursuline Academy graduate Courtney Grafton, in white, and teammate Rachel Eubanks of Oak Hills chase down a ball in a volleyball match for Georgetown College. THANKS TO ROSE GRAFTON

and second in the conference with aces at 48. Courtney had a season-high 30 digs against Lindsey Wilson in the Mid-South Conference Tournament that helped lead

» Senior Annie Juenger, a graduate of Ursuline Academy, has been a four-year starter, and all-around player for the Otterbein University Cardinals Volleyball team, an NCAA Division III program. Otterbein University is located in Westerville, Ohio, and is part of the Ohio Athletic Conference, Great Lakes Region. Annie has participated in the NCAA Division III volleyball tournament all four years. Her accomplishments this year are as follows: Tallied 12 or more See CATCHING UP, Page A5

Courtney Grafton

Mary Crema, right, passes the ball to her teammate Katelyn Layden for the Campbell University Fighting Camels. Crema set the school record for digs and digs per set in her first year with the program.THANKS TO KAREN CREMA

» Courtney Grafton, a graduate of Ursuline Academy, finished her first collegiate season as a Tiger by being selected on the Second-Team All-Mid-South Conference volleyball team. Courtney was moved from a defensive specialist position to the libero position in October, where she finished second in the conference with digs at 564

Senior Annie Juenger, No. 21, a graduate of Ursuline Academy, has been a four-year starter and all-around player for the Otterbein University Cardinals volleyball team, an NCAA Division III program. THANKS TO MARY ANN JUENGER


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PRESS PREPS HIGHLIGHTS By Scott Springer and Mark Motz sspringer@communitypress.com mmotz@communitypress.com

Girls basketball

» Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy doubled up Cincinnati Country Day Dec. 14, winning 54-27 behind Marissa Koob’s 14 points. Sydney Menifee scored 13 for

CCD, who doesn’t play again until Jan. 4. CHCA lost 64-34 at Clinton-Massie Dec. 19 and beat the Cincinnati Trailblazers 56-47 Dec. 20 to level its record at 4-4. » Mount Notre Dame defeated Ursuline 71-54 on Dec.19 as senior Naomi Davenport had 26 points.

Boys basketball » Cincinnati

Hills

Christian Academy beat Community Christian Academy 75-52 Dec. 19, evening its record at 3-3. Will Drosos and Blake Southerland each scored 14 to lead the Eagles. CHCA played in New Richmond’s River City Classic Dec. 28 and 29. » Cincinnati Country Day beat Hillcrest 72-42 Dec. 20 to level its record at 3-3. The Indians played

in the Rock Holiday Classic in Orlando Dec. 27 and 28. » Sycamore beat Colerain 58-53 on Dec. 20. Senior Mitch Hill led the Aves with 33 points. » Indian Hill beat Wyoming in overtime Dec. 20, 43-40. » Moeller defeated Western Hills 86-49 on Dec. 20. Junior Nate Fowler led the Crusaders with

18 points. On Dec. 21, the Crusaders beat Mount Healthy 66-36 as senior Grant Benzinger hit for 25 points.

Wrestling

» Moeller won the Glenn Sample Holiday Classic Dec. 21-22. Champions for the Crusaders were junior Connor Borton at 126 pounds and

sophomore Jacoby Ward at 132. Sophomore Joseph Hensley was runner-up at 285. Making the semifinals was freshman Drew Hobbs at 138. » Sycamore was eighth out of 41 teams at the Glenn Sample Holiday Classic Dec. 21-22. Senior Tinashe Bere was runnerup at 220 pounds. Sophomore Gary Traub was in the semifinals at 182.

Sycamore freshman to compete in World Karate Championships

Ursuline Academy students committing to participate in collegiate sports, are, in front, from left, Sam Fry, Abigail Wellens, Sarah Reilly, Temarie Tomley, Mehvish Safdar and Emily Slabe. In second row are Danielle Stiene, Kaitlin Barbiere, Paige Kebe and Claudia Rafi.

10 Ursuline athletes commit to the next level On the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 13, 10 Ursuline Academy senior athletes signed letters of commitment to play at the college level. » Kaitlin Barbiere of Evendale will play softball at Bellarmine University; » Sam Fry of Indian Hill will play volleyball at the University of Notre Dame; » Paige Kebe of Loveland will play volleyball at Harvard University; » Claudia Rafi of Mason will play lacrosse at Denison University;

» Sarah Reilly of Hyde Park will play basketball at the U.S. Naval Academy; » Mehvish Safdar of Mason will play tennis at the University of Minnesota; » Emily Slabe of Liberty Township will swim at the University of North Carolina; » Danielle Stiene of Loveland will play softball at Hillsdale College; » Temarie Tomley of Anderson Township will swim at the University of Alabama; » Abigail Wellens of

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kills in 21 different outings; had a career-best 23 kills vs. Carnegie Mellon University; OAC Player of the Week, Sept. 9; Named OAC Scholar Athlete of the Month, Nov. 4; led all conference players in OAC in kills per set (3.85/set); ranked in the top 30 nationally in kills; ranked second in OAC in service aces (.44/set); named First-Team All-OAC and All-Great Lakes Region; voted First-Team Academic, All District; voted All-American by AVCA All America Committee, Division III. Her parents are Steve and Mary Ann Juenger of Loveland. Other family members are: Brother and sisterin-law Paul and Jaime Juenger, and sister, Kimmie Juenger, and Kimmie’s fiancé Greg Harrell.

Noelle Langenkamp

» Sophomore Noelle Langenkamp just finished up a 27-6 (17-1 Sun Belt) season of volleyball with Western Kentucky. The 6-foot-2 middle hitter was third on the team in kills, second in attack percentage at .411 and second in blocks with 97. She had several double-digit kill games, including tying a career high with 15 against Georgia State. As a freshman, she started in all 37 matches

Sophomore Noelle Langenkamp goes up for the spike for the Hilltoppers of Western Kentucky.THANKS TO WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

in 2012 and made second team Sun Belt. She also had six blocks and four kills in Western Kentucky's first NCAA tournament win over Loyola Marymount and six kills against No. 2 Stanford. At Ursuline, she won three letters and was allstate twice. She holds the school’s single game, season and career record for blocks. She also played on Ursuline’s 29-0 state championship team as a sophomore. Langenkamp is a journalism major and comes from an athletic family. Father, Steve, played football at Ohio State and brother, Steven, just finished as an offensive lineman on Moeller’s Division I state championship team. Steven will continue his career at Ohio University.

Springboro will play golf at Bradley University. “We are incredibly proud of all of our student athletes,” said Diane Redmond, Ursuline Academy Athletic Director. “All of these students have worked hard, have proven themselves to be leaders, and we are excited to see what they do in college.” Students were joined by their parents, siblings, and several friends, along with members of the Ursuline administration for the signing ceremony. The event was held in the Ursuline Academy Library.

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Williams said his favorite Sycamore memory came in a playoff loss to Moeller his senior year. “We gave them a pretty good game, better than people expected, I think,” he said. “I was just so exhausted and I thought in that moment I was leaving it all behind, the high school game, but I was so proud of what we accomplished getting to the playoffs. I knew I was ready. “I’m proud to be from the GMC. I’m a proud Sycamore alum. Without them I’m not here doing what I love.” Williams said fellow Greater Miami Conference alumnus – Michigan linebacker Joe Bolden of Colerain - gives him some grief about how the Cardinals owned the league. But Williams is quick to point out Colerain didn’t play the Aviators his senior year. “I think playing in the GMC really helped make my transition to college a lot easier,” Williams said. “I was used to playing against some of the best every week.” But nothing could prepare him for taking the field at Michigan Stadium. “There’s no other experience I can think of that comes close to coming out of that tunnel, touching that banner and running onto the field in front of 116,000 people,” he said. “There’s nothing I can talk about that compares. It’s honestly indescribable.”

Fourteen-year-old Zachary Hanus of Montgomery is one of 35 teens selected to represent the United States at the World Karate Championships in Munich, Germany, Jan. 24- 26. As part of the U.S. National Karate Team, Hanus, a Sycamore High School freshman, will compete against other 14-17 year old advanced/black belt level competitors from around the world in kumite (sparring) and kata (forms). This will be his first international competition abroad; he won silver at the 2012 International Karate Championships in Chicago. Hanus has studied under Sensei Ben Nishime of Nishime Family Karate at Kid’s First (Sycamore Township) and Bright, Ind., competing in karate at various levels for six years. Hanus is thrilled and humbled to have this op-

Zachary Hanus, 14, of Montgomery will compete in the World Karate Championships in Munich, Germany, Jan. 24-26. THANKS TO JERRI HANUS

portunity given he is just coming back from a fractured and severely dislocated elbow due to a bike accident. He credits his surgeon, Dr. Junichi Tamai, Sensei Ben and his discipline from karate train-

ing for getting him back into elite competition form in record time following his injury and surgeries. Hanus is a carrier for the Northeast Suburban Life Community Press newspaper.


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Deciding custody: What’s new As a Hamilton County Domestic Relations judge, I decide custody of children in divorce cases. The standard of decision is “the best interest of the child.” Until recently, the only process for deciding contested custody issues was to order a lengthy parenting report from the Court’s Parenting Services Department. This investigation routinely took two to three months to complete and required the parties’ children to be interviewed. If the divorcing parents did not agree with the recommendations, a custody trial was necessary. An unintended consequence of this process was to increase the animosity between the parties. Under the leadership of Administrative Judge Susan

cial. I stress the importance of maintaining the children’s continuing relationship with each parent as necessary for their healthy development. These conferences also give me an opportunity to start the process of resolving other issues in the case by ordering a settlement conference, setting deadlines or requiring appraisals of property in dispute, for example. As a result of this early judicial intervention, families have been able to complete the often wrenching process of divorce in a manner that is less destructive to the ongoing relationship between the parties and their children. In addition, late this year, the Court initiated a pilot project called Early Neutral Evaluation (known affectionately

Tolbert, in 2011, the Court began to require cases with disputed parenting issues to meet with the judge assigned to their case soon Elizabeth after it was Mattingly COMMUNITY PRESS filed. I use this GUEST COLUMNIST meeting to describe the options for deciding custody issues and suggest that the best option for the parties is to make these decisions together. As the mother of four children myself, I tell the litigants that I would much prefer to make decisions about my children, and not give up this responsibility to an elected offi-

Can a fish climb a tree?

Albert Einstein once said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” We talk a lot about the five senses: sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. I would simply like to add one more …“imagination.” Einstein’s quote, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” is true, but I would go one step further and say: that to advance beyond basic text knowledge, one must first have imagination. Intelligence is the ability to take imagination and knowledge, and mold them into what I call “Creative Intellectual Thinking"or CIT. To put it in an Einstein type formula or a simple equation: (“CIT = Imagination + Intelligence”). The CIT score is the ability to solve life’s problems using previous text knowledge experience and imaginative thought. This CIT comprehension of a new image conception evolves eventually into a clear idea. The IQ score shouldn’t be the true gauge for a person’s intelligence. Einstein, in his understanding of intelligence writes, “Everybody is a genius. But if

you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it’s stupid.” Many students today carry the same burden of stress as Einstein’s “climbing Wes Adamson fish.” ImagiCOMMUNITY PRESS nation needs GUEST COLUMNIST to have a place on the standardized testing charts. A story of two different students stopping to aid an elderly woman with a flat tire, speaks to my point. The older woman, who did not have a cell phone, was stranded with a blowout tire on a back road. A college student heading back to school after a weekend break spotted her in distress and pulled his car to the side. After observing the situation and studying the flat tire, he told her, “According to my calculations, the tire in question has a calculus rate of change of minus 35.3 pounds of air pressure. This is based upon my understanding of relationship between the radius diameter

and circumference of your tire.” He then told her, this was the best he could do, as he wanted to get back to his classroom studies. Another student returning to school also stopped to help her. Taking one look at the situation, and checking the trunk to discover that the elderly woman’s spare tire was flat as well, he offered to put his car’s spare “donut tire” on her car. After quickly changing the tire, he followed her to ensure she made it to the next auto service station. Which student has a higher IQ? Most people would say, student No. 1; because of the student’s mathematically cognitive reasoning. Which student has a higher CIT or creative intellectual thinking? Definitely…student No. 2. My hope is that, amidst our focus on text knowledge testing, we find the time to encourage students to develop their imaginative “fish swimming” CIT skills and leave the comparing of tree climbing abilities…strictly to the monkeys! Was Adamson is a resident of Wyoming.

as “ENE”). This alternative dispute resolution process is also implemented early in the divorce process. Divorcing parties come with their attorneys to a session before a team of neutral evaluators to state their position on how they believe parenting should be arranged post-divorce. After input from their attorneys, the evaluators, who are an experienced magistrates and social workers, advise the parties how they believe their custody issues will likely be decided by the assigned judge The benefit of this process is that it allows the parties to state their concerns, giving them and their attorneys a better appreciation of the other parent’s views. Again, this process presents another opportunity for the parties to

Reduce waste in the first place An extra 25 million tons of waste is produced COMMUNITY between PRESS GUEST COLUMNIST Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Easy ways everyone can help reduce holiday waste this season are to bring your own reusable bags when shopping, reuse gift boxes, plan meals wisely to minimize food waste, and purchase rechargeable batMichelle Balz

teries.

Don’t forget about recycling

Remember to recycle items from holiday gatherings in your curbside bin/ cart or community recycling drop-off: » Gift boxes and wrapping paper (not foil). It’s even better to save boxes to reuse later. » Christmas cards and envelopes. » Glass bottles and jars, and metal caps from beer bottles. » Paper cards, envelopes, newspaper, advertisements and junk mail. » Aluminum and steel food and drink cans. » Eggnog cartons and juice boxes. For a complete list of acceptable recyclables, visit hamiltoncountyrecycles.org.

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St. Vincent de Paul volunteers visit the homes of neighbors in need and experience the heart-wrenching effects of poverty first hand. When a family slips into distress, the pain is almost tangible. A mother who lives in a Westside neighborhood, worn down by worry because her utility bill is late and her children are sleeping on the cold floor. An adult man on the brink of tears because his children have nothing to eat for dinner in their small city apartment. An elderly couple, living in an Eastside suburb, forced to decide between losing their home and foregoing their life-saving prescription medications. Our communities have experienced a lot of changes this year: food stamp cuts, health care changes, and an economy that seems to be turning around for some, but has left many families behind. We see the direct effects of these changes first hand each day, the most devastating being the impact on children. Every day, our volunteers visit the homes of parents who work multiple part-time jobs so they can keep food on the table, or who have sold the last

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Let your Christmas tree live on

(and Colerain Avenue) in Colerain Township.

After the holidays, plan to recycle your Christmas tree and holiday greenery at the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District’s free yard trimmings drop-off program. Yard trimmings drop-off sites will be open Saturday, Jan. 4, and Saturday, Jan. 11, from noon to 3 p.m. to turn Christmas trees and other yard trimmings into mulch. Remove all decorations, tinsel, ornaments and tree bags from greenery. Locations for the yard trimmings drop-off sites are: » East: Bzak Landscaping, 3295 Turpin Lane (off Ohio Route 32) in Anderson Township; » West: Kuliga Park, 6717 Bridgetown Road in Green Township; » North: Rumpke Sanitary Landfill, 3800 Struble Road

Recycle your old electronics

A publication of

Elizabeth Mattingly is a judge in Hamilton County Domestic Relations Court. She lives in Colerain Township.

Miracles all year round

Ways to trim your holiday waste The Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District wants to remind everyone there are easy ways to reduce your waste and recycle odd items this holiday season.

settle the parenting issues in the divorce without a contentious custody trial. Early Neutral Evaluation has enjoyed a 60 percent success rate in Marion County, Ohio. While the process is new to Hamilton County, it is already showing signs to being very helpful to divorcing parents making difficult decisions in the best interest of their children. I am hopeful that as the first urban county in Ohio to implement ENE, we will enjoy similar success and help the children and families of Hamilton County.

CH@TROOM Dec. 25 question

Recycle any unwanted computer equipment or televisions. The Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District’s free computer/TV drop-off program will be open Saturday, Jan. 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Colerain High School parking lot at 8801 Cheviot Road. This program is for Hamilton County residents only; businesses, churches, schools and non-profit organizations are prohibited. For a list of acceptable items, or to find other outlets for electronic waste, visit hamiltoncountyrecycles.org. Michelle Balz is assistant solid waste manager for Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District.

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of their possessions so that they can keep the lights on. When our volunteers deliver gifts to the homes of neighbors in need, they are blessed to witness what one act of kindness can Liz mean to a Carter COMMUNITY PRESS struggling family. A child GUEST COLUMNIST giggling with joy as they bounce on their new bed, a mother with tears streaming down her face as her children’s Christmas gifts are carried into her home, a family gathered together with hope for a brighter new year. You can inspire hope and make love grow in the hearts of a family in need by: » Supporting “Food From the Heart” the next time you visit a local Kroger by Jan. 4. » Making a donation in honor of a loved one. » Visit www.SVDPcincinnati.org or call 513-421-HOPE to make a donation or lean more. Liz Carter is executive director, Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Cincinnati.

Should Ohio allow online voter registration, which would allow for an immediate cross check of license records and help prevent illegal voting? Why or why not?

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NEXT QUESTIONS Should the U.S. adopt an advisory panel’s recommendations to end the government's systematic collection of logs of all Americans' cellular phone calls and require those to be kept in private hands 'for queries and data mining' only by court order? Why or why not? Every week we ask readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to nesuburban @communitypress.com with Chatroom in the subject line.

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LIFE

PEOPLE | IDEAS | RECIPES

Thousands of racers lined up for the start of the M25M Fighting Hunger 5K Run/Walk in Blue Ash Saturday morning, Nov. 9. They helped raise more than $32,000 to help fight hunger in the U.S. and 40 countries globally. CHUCK GIBSON/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

After 5K for the hungry, M25M shifts to disaster relief

By Chuck Gibson nesuburban@communitypress.com

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housands of runners and walkers wound their way through Blue Ash early Saturday morning, Nov. 9, for the eighth annual “Fighting Hunger” 5K to benefit Matthew 25: Ministries fight against hunger throughout the U.S. and in 40 other countries globally. Cold morning air greeted the racers as they lined up at the start line on Kenwood Road for the National Anthem sung by local vocalist Pam Noah Leonard. Then, under a clear blue sky with bright sunshine, it was local TV news anchor Tiffany Wilson who gave the start signal sending runners and walkers on their way. The race also signaled the beginning of Matthew 25’s annual “Fighting Hunger” local food drive. Less than 17 minutes later, in just 16 minutes, 17 seconds, Blake Meyer was the first male to cross the finish line. Leslie Krans was the first to cross the finish line for the females; completing the 5K run in just 19:15. Prizes were awarded to the top finishers in several age divisions, all the way up to the spry fastest 80 year-old male finisher. Food, massages, drinks, and music was there for every one of the 3,282 finishers; their family, and friends. Fast times and finishes were important for those who participated, but the funds raised makes the real difference. Leading the way among individual fundraisers was Casey Provo whose donations reached $1,000. Itelligence, a local company, set the standard for team donations raising more than $2,300 for this year’s event. Total donations exceeded $32,000 for the 2013 M25M Fighting Hunger 5K Run/Walk according to a running tally on their website. This is also the ninth year M25M is collecting canned and non-perishable food for the “Fighting Hunger” food drive. All food collected is for distribution to local food pantries and shelters during the holiday season. The Fighting Hunger Food Drive has distributed approxi-

Team "Will Run 4 Food" was one of the top fundraising teams raising over $1,000 – from left: Barb Hinners, Kim Watson-Kuwatch, Rick Persichetti, Sue Gibson, John Hinners, and Brenda Wertz. CHUCK GIBSON/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

mately 360,000 pounds of food for Greater Cincinnati’s poor since 2005. While runners and walkers crossed the 5K finish line Saturday morning, M25M was already shifting into high gear to begin disaster relief efforts in response to Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. They are preparing shipments, and working with partners in the Philippines to arrange for shipments of disaster relief for the victims. Three days after the category 5 storm hit the Central Philippine Islands Friday; thousands of people are struggling to survive. Thousands of homes have been destroyed, the death toll is climbing, and food, water, shelter, and medicine are needed. “This is a disaster of major proportions,” said Tim Mettey, CEO and Disaster Relief Coordinator of Matthew 25: Ministries. “The damage and loss of life is comparable to the Southeast Asian Tsunami in 2004.

Joodi Archer, Matthew 25: Ministries, announced winners and handed out prizes during the "after party" for the M25M Fighting Hunger 5K Saturday, Nov. 9, in Blue Ash. CHUCK GIBSON/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

This will be a long-term relief effort for us. We are working with several partners in the Philippines to get critical aid to the victims as quickly as possible.” To learn more about how you can help, call 793-6256 or visit www.m25m.org.

Members of team "Will Run 4 Food" posed for a photo before the start of the Matthew 25 Ministries Fighting Hunger 5K run/walk Saturday, Nov. 9, in Blue Ash.. From left: Rob Edgar, Terri Kerley, Marge Dunbar, Sue Gibson and Jane Edgar. All finished the race CHUCK GIBSON/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Feeding the hungry racers was the order of the day inside the M25M processing center after the 2013 "Fighting Hunger" 5K Run/Walk held there Saturday morning, Nov. 9. CHUCK GIBSON/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS


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THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, JAN. 2 Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 7-8 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, 8999 Applewood Drive, $5. 917-7475. Blue Ash.

Health / Wellness Mercy Health Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Walgreens Loveland, 10529 Loveland Madeira Road, Fifteen-minute screening. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. 686-3300; www.e-mercy.com. Loveland.

Literary - Libraries Kid’s Club, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Arts and crafts, presenters, board games and more. Ages 5-12. Free. 369-4450. Deer Park.

Recreation Winter Break Camp, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Waterpark, gym, art room and game room. Kindergarten-sixth grade. $58 per day, $48 per day for members. Registration required. 761-7500; www.jointhej.org. Amberley Village.

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

FRIDAY, JAN. 3 Literary - Libraries Anime Club, 6-8 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Watch anime, draw manga, play Yu-Gi-Oh and interact around these favorite pastimes. Ages 13-18. Free. 369-4450. Deer Park.

Recreation Winter Break Camp, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, $58 per day, $48 per day for members. Registration required. 761-7500; www.jointhej.org. Amberley Village.

SATURDAY, JAN. 4 Education Aquababies, 10-10:30 a.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Weekly through Feb. 22. Bring baby, ages 3 months to 3 years, and teach them how to love the water. Experienced instructors are American Red Cross certified. $100. 985-0900. Montgomery.

Health / Wellness Diabetes Conversation Maps, 10 a.m.-noon, Lisa Larkin, M.D., 4460 Red Bank Expressway, What is type 2 Diabetes, prediabetes? Small group discussions of Type 2 diabetes led by Jan Kellogg, certified diabetes educator. $30 all four sessions; or $10 per session. 7910626. Madisonville.

Music - Jazz The Hitmen, 8 p.m.-midnight, Tony’s Steaks and Seafood, 12110 Montgomery Road, Free. 677-1993; www.tonysofcincinnati.com. Symmes Township.

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

Music - Religious Children’s Concert, 11-11:45 a.m., Isaac M. Wise Temple, 8329 Ridge Road, Judy and David, critically acclaimed children’s performers, sing, dance and rejoice. For ages 6 and under and their parents,

grandparents and older siblings. Free. 793-2556; www.wisetemple.org. Amberley Village.

MONDAY, JAN. 6 Youth Sports Girls Mini Volleyball Clinic, 6-7:30 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Weekly through Jan. 27. Learn volleyball skills and fundamentals. Led by professional instructor, lessons are set up for instruction and game play. Ages 7-12. $65. Reservations required. 9850900. Montgomery.

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

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

Health / Wellness Lifesteps Open House, 6-7 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Preview class materials and learn more details about successful weight-management program. Ages 18 and up. Free. 985-0900. Montgomery.

917-7475. Blue Ash.

Health / Wellness Lifesteps Open House, 10-11 a.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, Free. 985-0900. Montgomery.

Literary - Libraries Lego Club, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Design and build creations with provided Legos. Ages 5-12. Free. 3694450. Deer Park. Kid’s Club, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, Free. 369-4450. Deer Park.

Recreation Martial Arts Class, 7-8 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Weekly through Jan. 30. Class incorporates elements of karate, kung fu, tae kwon do, kickboxing and practical selfdefense. Ages 18 and up. $140. Reservations required. 9850900. Montgomery.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, Free, donations accepted. 800-0164. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, Donations accepted. 673-0174; www.coda.org. Blue Ash.

FRIDAY, JAN. 10

Literary - Story Times

Dining Events

Preschool Story Time, 10:30-11 a.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Books, songs, activities and more, while building early literacy skills. For preschoolers and their caregivers. Ages 3-6. Free. 369-4450. Deer Park. Book Break, 3-3:30 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Children’s librarian reads aloud from some favorite books. Make craft to take home. Ages 3-6. Free. 369-4450. Deer Park.

Empty Bowls Dinner Event, 5-7 p.m., Madeira Middle School, 6612 Miami Ave., Booths, activities and homemade soups and desserts. Help seventh grade service learning group raise awareness about poverty, homelessness and hunger. Benefits local or international hunger association. $10, $5 children. 561-5555. Madeira.

Support Groups Caregiver Support Group, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Andrew Church, 552 Main St., Undercroft. To support caregivers of elderly or disabled parents (relatives). Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. 929-4483. Milford.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 8 Art & Craft Classes Knitting, Crochet and Needlecraft Class, 7-8 p.m., Milford Heights Church of Christ, 1646 Ohio 28, Basic handwork techniques and fresh ideas in knitting, crochet and other handicrafts along with short devotional time. Free. 575-1874. Milford.

Parenting Classes Proven Parenting: Seven Week Group Series, 6-8:30 p.m., The Children’s Home of Cincinnati, 5050 Madison Road, Emery Building, Room 101. Weekly through Feb. 19. Learn proven, research-based skills that address communication, discipline, decision-making, relationships and self-control. $500 per family; child care per class is $10 per child. Registration required. 272-2800; www.thechildrenshomecinti.org. Madisonville.

On Stage - Theater A Little Night Music, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, This captivating tale of romance in turn of the century Sweden follows the amorous adventures of Desiree, a touring actress. When her past and present lovers, and their wives, show up for a weekend in the country, surprising liaisons, passions, and a taste of love’s endless possibilities are all brought to light. The lilting score features the haunting classic, “Send in the Clowns.” $18. Presented by Mariemont Players Inc. 6841236; www.mariemontplayers.com. Columbia Township.

SATURDAY, JAN. 11 Art & Craft Classes Look See Do: Down on the Farm, 10-11 a.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., The Barn. Art workshop for children. See Chagall’s painting, listen to an Eric Carle story and make your own feathered friend to take home. Ages -1-1. $5. 272-3700; www.artatthebarn.org. Mariemont.

Health / Wellness Diabetes Conversation Maps, 10 a.m.-noon Healthy Eating., Lisa Larkin, M.D., $30 all four sessions; or $10 per session. 791-0626. Madisonville.

Support Groups

Literary - Libraries

Caregiver Support Group, 2-3:30 p.m., Sycamore Senior Center, 4455 Carver Woods Drive, Conference Room. To support caregivers of elderly or disabled parents (relatives). Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. 929-4483. Blue Ash.

Teen Advisory Board, 2-3 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Motivated teens discuss means for making library’s programs and materials to be most in tune with their needs. Ages 13-19. Free. 3694450. Deer Park.

THURSDAY, JAN. 9 Civic Meet the Candidates for the Primary Election, 6:30 p.m., Robert L. Schuler Community Room, 11580 Deerfield Road, With Hamilton County Republican Women’s Club, Greater Cincinnati Women’s Republican Club, Northeast Republican Women’s Club and Young Republican Women of Cincinnati. Election is May 6. Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. 383-5586. Sycamore Township.

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

Music - Jazz The Hitmen, 8 p.m.-midnight, Tony’s Steaks and Seafood, Free. 677-1993; www.tonysofcincinnati.com. Symmes Township.

On Stage - Theater A Little Night Music, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $18. 684-1236; www.mariemontplayers.com. Columbia Township.

SUNDAY, JAN. 12 Health / Wellness End-of-Life Public Forum, 3 p.m., St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 10345 Montgomery Road, Presentation by panel of specialists including elder-law attorney, member of the Council on Aging, representative

Enjoy a free concert at the Mary M. Emery Carillon on Pleasant Street in Mariemont from 4-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5. A carillonneur plays bells using a keyboard in the upper tower. Tours of the tower are available. Call 271-8519 or visit www.mariemont.org for more information.FILE PHOTO from TriHealth Senior Link, Hospice of Cincinnati member and gerontologist or palliative care specialist. Discussions followed by question-andanswer exchanges to give families information and resources to be better prepared to discuss critical issues with elderly family members. Free. 683-6177. Montgomery.

Music - Classical Carillon Concert, 4-5 p.m., Mary M. Emery Carillon, Free. 271-8519; www.mariemont.org. Mariemont.

On Stage - Theater A Little Night Music, 2 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $18. 684-1236; www.mariemontplayers.com. Columbia Township.

MONDAY, JAN. 13 Health / Wellness UC Health Mobile Diagnostics Mammography Screenings, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., UC Health Primary Care, 9275 Montgomery Road, Cost varies by insurance. Financial assistance available to those who qualify. Registration required. Presented by UC Health Mobile Diagnostics. 585-8266. Montgomery.

TUESDAY, JAN. 14 Education Changemakers: Center City Investment: Continuing the Momentum, 7-9 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Stephen G. Leeper, president and CEO of 3CDC, discusses changes and impact of 3CDC’s work, implications and effects on community and new projects. Free. Registration required. 761-7500; www.jointhej.org. Amberley Village.

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

Farmers Market Loveland Farmers Market, 4-6 p.m., Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 683-0491; www.lovelandfm.com. Loveland.

Health / Wellness Cancer Wellness Program, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Tuesdays and Thursdays through March 13. Eight-week, twice-per-week small group exercise class for those undergoing cancer treatment or those who recently have completed treatment. Physician consent form required. Ages 18 and up. Free. Reservations required. 9856722. Montgomery.

Literary - Story Times Preschool Story Time, 10:30-11 a.m., Deer Park Branch Library, Free. 369-4450. Deer Park. Book Break, 3-3:30 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, Free. 369-4450. Deer Park.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 15 Art & Craft Classes Knitting, Crochet and Needlecraft Class, 7-8 p.m., Milford Heights Church of Christ, Free. 575-1874. Milford.

Support Groups Caregivers Support Group, 12:30-2 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 25. To

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THURSDAY, JAN. 16 Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 7-8 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, $5. 917-7475. Blue Ash.

Literary - Libraries Kid’s Club, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, Free. 369-4450. Deer Park. Food, Facts and Fun, 3:45-4:45 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Learn about eating healthy, fitness and food safety. Ages 5-12. Free. 369-4450. Deer Park.

On Stage - Theater A Little Night Music, 7:30 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $18. 684-1236; www.mariemontplayers.com. Columbia Township.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, Free, donations accepted. 800-0164. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, Donations accepted. 673-0174; www.coda.org. Blue Ash.

FRIDAY, JAN. 17 Health / Wellness Pre-Diabetes Class, 9-11 a.m., Weight Management Solutions, 8001 Kenwood Road, Information on making healthy food choices, exercise and blood sugar control and monitoring blood sugar levels. $20. 9563729; www.e-mercy.com. Sycamore Township.

On Stage - Theater A Little Night Music, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $18. 684-1236; www.mariemontplayers.com. Columbia Township.

Recreation School’s Out Day Camp, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Weekly through Feb. 14. Pack a bag lunch (no peanuts). $35. Reservations required. 985-0900. Montgomery.

SATURDAY, JAN. 18 Art & Craft Classes Look See Do: Cultural Celebrations, 10-11 a.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., The Barn. Art workshop for children. Look at artifacts, learn about cultural celebrations around the world, then make your own pendant necklace based on native American traditions. Ages 1-4. $5. 272-3700; www.artatthebarn.org. Mariemont.

Exercise Classes Let’s Get Fit: Winter Boot Camp for Kids, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and

Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Weekly through March 1. Ages 8-12. Boot camp-style program offers skills training and competitions. Children work in groups and/or individually to complete tasks or circuit work. $85. Reservations required. 985-0900. Montgomery.

Health / Wellness Diabetes Conversation Maps, 10 a.m.-noon, Lisa Larkin, M.D., What do the numbers mean? $30 all four sessions; or $10 per session. 791-0626. Madisonville.

Music - Jazz The Hitmen, 8 p.m.-midnight, Tony’s Steaks and Seafood, Free. 677-1993; www.tonysofcincinnati.com. Symmes Township.

On Stage - Theater A Little Night Music, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $18. 684-1236; www.mariemontplayers.com. Columbia Township.

SUNDAY, JAN. 19 Music - Classical Carillon Concert, 4-5 p.m., Mary M. Emery Carillon, Free. 271-8519; www.mariemont.org. Mariemont.

On Stage - Children’s Theater Madcap Puppets Presents: Aladdin & Friends, 1-2 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, With giant puppets and audience participation. Stories presented are: Aladdin and the Magic Lamp (Middle Eastern folk tale) and The Girl and the North Wind (Norwegian). For families and children ages 5 and up. Free. Registration required. 761-7500; www.jointhej.org. Amberley Village.

On Stage - Theater A Little Night Music, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $18. 684-1236; www.mariemontplayers.com. Columbia Township.

TUESDAY, JAN. 21 Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 7-8 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, $5. 917-7475. Blue Ash.

Farmers Market Loveland Farmers Market, 4-6 p.m., Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 683-0491; www.lovelandfm.com. Loveland.

Literary - Story Times Preschool Story Time, 10:30-11 a.m., Deer Park Branch Library, Free. 369-4450. Deer Park. Book Break, 3-3:30 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, Free. 369-4450. Deer Park.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 22 Art & Craft Classes Knitting, Crochet and Needlecraft Class, 7-8 p.m., Milford Heights Church of Christ, Free. 575-1874. Milford.


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Rita predicts food trends for 2014 At the start of each new year with you, I like to talk about food trends. Locally sourced continues to be a big factor, along with homemade biscuits instead of buns and bread for sandwiches. Another trend is healthier kids meals: yogurt, applesauce and baked fries for fried. Gluten-free (no surprise) items will be abundant in restaurants and at the grocery. Chefs will use nuts as coating for poultry and fish instead of flour. Veggies galore, especially cauliflower, will be cooked simply or with flavorful herbs and spices as mains and sides. Heirloom beans and peanuts are “in” and are easily grown. Peanuts hide under the ground and kids love to harvest these. Rice is big this year. You’ll see a dizzying variety, from instant to brown to the new darling of the food world: Carolina Gold. This is the grandfather of long-grain rice here and, depending upon the way it’s cooked, can be made into fluffy rice or creamy risotto. Tea is here to stay. Get out mom’s tea set and enjoy a relaxing and healthy cup of tea. Tea contains polyphenols, antioxidants that are good for our heart, teeth, eyes and general good health. As far as wild edibles, I’m right on top of it. I’ve made pine needle tea (high in vitamins A and

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C) for years and now it’s hit the big time. It has a minty, piney flavor. Look for ground pine needle tea at health food

stores. Ditto for sumac lemonade. We have sumac trees (not the poison sumac!) growing along our old country road and in late August they bear a beautiful, cone-shaped red fruit perfect for tart, healthy lemonade. A caution here: Always make a positive identification when picking wild edibles. There are many non-edible look-a-likes out there.

Rita’s vegetarian red beans and rice

My twist on Hoppin’ John, the traditional New Year’s dish. Rice and beans together make a protein-filled dish. Add sautéed shrimp or chicken for a non-vegetarian meal. Use your favorite beans.

1 very generous cup chopped onion 2-3 teaspoons garlic, minced 2 teaspoons cumin or to taste 2 bay leaves 1 teaspoon chili powder blend or to taste 2 cups rice 2 cans red beans, drained 4 cups vegetable or chicken broth, or bit more if needed Salt and pepper to taste

Rita’s red beans and rice is her take on the traditional New Year’s Hoppin’ John.THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD

To stir in after cooking: Favorite greens (If using kale, add when you put rice in as it takes longer to cook). Garnish: Thinly sliced green onions, chopped tomatoes Film pan with olive oil. Add onion, garlic, cumin, bay and chili powder. Sauté until onion looks almost clear. Add rice, beans and broth. Bring to boil. Cover and lower to a simmer and cook until rice is tender. Remove bay leaves. Health aspects Beans: Lower cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar and reduce risk of cancer and heart disease. Onions and garlic:

Great for your heart. Tomatoes: Contains antioxidants and is good for the prostate. Brown rice vs. white: Nutritionally superior, your body absorbs nutrients from brown rice more slowly. Bay: Helps blood sugar levels.

Easy Southern “light” biscuits

Try a Southern flour like White Lily, which has a lower gluten/protein content than Northern flours and produces a lighter textured biscuit. 2 cups self-rising flour ⁄4 cup shortening 2 ⁄3 to 3⁄4 cup buttermilk

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


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RELIGION Ascension Lutheran Church

The Women’s Bible Study meets Friday mornings at 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. They are using “Namesake: When God Rewrites Your Story” for their discussion. The women’s Wheel of Friendship shipped 100 health kits and 30 pounds of soap to Lutheran World Relief. The group meets monthly Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Their Bible study is called “In Good Company: Stories of Biblical Women.” Women of the community are invited to both groups. Healing Touch Ministry is offered on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. Please call the church office at 793-3288

for more information on this outreach opportunity. Rejoice! worship service is at 11 a.m. Rejoice! is a more contemporary, upbeat style worship with music and Bible readings reflecting the preference of many people today. Heritage (traditional) worship service is at 9 a.m. Sunday School, Confirmation and Adult Forum are at 9:45 a.m. Ascension is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery, Ohio 45242; ascensionlutheranchurch.com; 793-3288.

Bethel Baptist Temple

AWANA children’s Bible clubs are offered for children ages 2 through high school from 7

p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays during the school year. The club will resume Jan. 8. Contact the church for information, or visit the AWANA page on Facebook: search for “Bethel Baptist AWANA.” The adult, teen and children’s Sunday School classes come together for an hour of skits from the drama team, children’s songs, games, penny wars and more during Round Up Sunday, offered during Sunday School hour on the first Sunday of each month. Small group Bible studies, including a women’s Bible study, are offered Wednesday evenings at the church at 7:30 p.m. Sunday School classes for all ages are 10 a.m.; Sunday worship is 11 a.m. Kings Kids, a

children’s worship service, is offered during the 11 a.m. service. The church is at 8501 Plainfield Road, Sycamore Township; 891-2221; bethelbaptisttemple.org.

Blue Ash Presbyterian Church

Jacob’s Ladder is the theme for Sunday School (pre-K through 12th-grade); these classes are taught after the children’s sermon in the worship service. Bible 101 and Thoughtful Christian classes are offered for adults each Sunday morning. These meet at 9 a.m. in the fellowship hall. The BAPC Bowling Group will be meeting at 10 a.m. Thursdays

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each week at Crossgate Lanes. Sunday worship services are at 10:30 a.m. Nursery care is available. The church is at 4309 Cooper Road; 791-1153; www.bapc.net.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

In the spirit of giving, Good Shepherd will donate $5 in each visitor’s name to the local homeless shelter, www.IHNCincinnati.org. An additional $5 match has been offered by an anonymous member, totaling $10, to help those without homes this Christmas season. Good Shepherd is a large church that offers a variety of styles of worship and service times: Saturdays, 5 p.m. - Woven worship (mix of traditional and contemporary). Sundays, 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. – traditional worship. Sundays, 9:30 a.m. – Contemporary worship. Sundays, 5:45 p.m. – “NOSH” dinner and worship offsite at UC Campus Ministry Edge House. GSLC offers preschool and student Sunday School at 9:30 a.m., September through May. ‘Worship Without Worry” Sunday School is also offered at 11 a.m. for families of children with special needs and kids of all ages. Faith-building classes, fellowship and outreach opportunities, and small groups are offered each weekend and throughout the week for adults to connect. The church is at 7701 Kenwood Road, Kenwood; 891-1700; goodshepherd.com.

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

Service times are 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. An Intercessory Healing Prayer Service is held the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m.. The Order of St. Luke, Hands of Hope chapter, meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7:15 p.m. in the library. Ladies Fellowship/Religious Study Group meets on Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. at the church. Friends in Fellowship meets the

second Tuesday of each month at 6:15 p.m. for a potluck dinner at the church. Ladies Bridge meets the first and third Thursdays of the month. Contact the church office for further information. A bereavement support group for widows and widowers meets the second and fourth Saturdays from 10 a.m.to 11 a.m. The church is at 10345 Montgomery Road, Montgomery; 984-8401; www.st-barnabas.org .

Sycamore Presbyterian Church

Come visit the church Sunday mornings in its new sanctuary at 9:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Childcare is available in the nursery during both services for infants through age 2. The next FX! (Family Experience!) will occur at 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, in the Chapel. (Please note time change.) Theme: Knowledge. Title: The Man vs. Wild. Enjoy an evening of music, worship, praise, and fun. Coffee and Conversation, 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, Fellowship Hall, features Mamie Johnson, author of When God Doesn’t Stop the Rain, presenting “The Pathway to a New You in the New Year.” All are welcome. Eunice Circle is collecting layette/ newborn through size 6 clothing for Sunset Gap Community Thrift Store. Place donations in the Sunset Gap collection box (Adult Ministries) in the Narthex. Dinners for 6, 7 & 8 begins in January and runs through April. Participants will meet at a designated host’s home monthly for dinner and fellowship. Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University will be offered in January. Sunday School classes for preschoolers through grade 12 are offered at 10:45 a.m. service. The church is at 11800 MasonMontgomery Road, Symmes Township; 683-0254; www.sycamorechurch.org.

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