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Two years after Montgomery Road was widened at the Cornell Road intersection, street lighting is still a concern for some residents. Ed Oravec of Sycamore Township said the lack of lighting on the street makes it a “challenge” to turn onto to Cornell Road from

A smorgasbord of more than 140 classes is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute for age 50 and older. From wine appreciation to travel to music, the low-cost classes can expand the horizons of anyone with a will to learn. SEE LIFE, B1 Students at Indian Hill High School recently staged their own “Iron Chef” competition. The contestants were students in the gourmet cuisine class. The judges were counselors and staff. The “battle” ingredient was cheese. SEE SCHOOLS, A5

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Montgomery Road at night. A street light is in place, but it still sits where the old intersection was before the road was widened. Symmes Township Administrator Gerald Beckman said the township is looking into working with Duke Energy on moving the light to increase visibility at the new intersection. “It’s so far out ... it doesn’t do any good,” Beckman said of the old light. The light in question sits on Cornell Road, a Hamilton County road in Symmes Township. Just across the street, the lights on Montgomery Road near the Gate of Heaven cemetery are an Ohio Department of Transportation road in the city of Montgomery. He said the lights are the responsibility of the Ohio Department of Transportation, but the township is looking into working with Duke Energy to pay for moving and maintaining the light. Liz Lyons, a public information specialist with ODOT, said ODOT does not have any lights on at the Montgomery and Cornell intersection. “The old light is just a waste of electricity,” Oravec said. “Either turn it off, or have it moved where it will serve some purpose.”

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The street light at the corner of Cornell and Montgomery roads faces the opposite direction of southbound traffic on Montgomery Road. There is one other street light illuminating the street on the east side of Montgomery Road.

Wagner: Tennis, travel on agenda 1By Amanda Hopkins

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A new theater is in the works for Kenwood Place on Kenwood Road, which has the Sycamore Township Board of Trustees thinking of adding a pedestrian walkway to connect the shopping center and theater to Kenwood Towne Center. SEE STORY, A2

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Outgoing Symmes Township Trustee Kathy Wagner answered a few questions about her time as trustee before the end of her term. Wagner was defeated in the November election by incumbent trustee Ken Bryant and forWagner mer trustee Jodie Leis. Wagner was first elected in 1998 and served as trustee president for four of her 12 years in office as well as serving as president of the Hamilton County Township Association, vice chairman of the Cincinnati Convention Facility Authority and working as a Symmes Township representative on the Montgomery Road widening project.

You have been a Symmes Township trustee for 12 years. What has been the most memorable experience

Kathy Wagner is one of several longtime public servants who have left office since the November elections. Some chose not to run again; others ran, but were defeated. They include former Sycamore Community Schools Board of Education member Mary Overman and former Montgomery Council Member Mark Combs. PROVIDED

Outgoing Symmes Township Trustee Kathy Wagner received a plaque from the Board of Trustees honoring her service at the Dec. 1 meeting. From left; Fiscal Officer John Borchers, Trustee President Ken Bryant, Wagner and Trustee Phil Beck. as an elected official? “The April 1999 tornado. During this period of time, it was amazing how everyone from individuals to businesses and other communities were willing to help Symmes Township and its residents. People just showed up to pitch in and help. The township has the Blong Memorial Park to remember this time.”

What will you do with the free time now that you are not in office? “I will be playing more tennis and traveling. I hope to continue to be part of the great community that makes up Symmes Township.” What will you not miss about being a Symmes trustee?

“I cannot think of anything that I will not miss about being a trustee. I have enjoyed serving the residents and helping to bring position change to this area. I will miss the township employees and being active in township events.” If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would you go, who would you take and why? “I would like to take a trip to either China or Europe with my two children, David and Lindsay.”


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A new theater is in the works for Kenwood Place on Kenwood Road, which has the Sycamore Township Board of Trustees thinking of adding a pedestrian walkway to connect the shopping center and theater to Kenwood Towne Center. The trustees are looking to build a walkway underneath Kenwood Road which would help residents in adjacent neighborhoods access the Towne Center and open more parking for the theater in the Towne Center parking lot. “It would encourage more pedestrian traffic to go

shopping,” Trustee Cliff Bishop said. The underground walkway was proposed because

putting a regular crosswalk across Kenwood Road could prove dangerous, said both township Administrator Rob Molloy and planning and zoning administrator Greg Bickford. There are sidewalks along both sides of Kenwood Road. Bishop said there will still be interest on a pedestrian walkway across Kenwood Road whether the theater is built. The proposed theater would go in where Henredon Furniture Industries is located in Kenwood Place. Henredon will be closing early next year. The plan for the theater will come before the trustees in February.

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Sycamore Township is offering residents a chance to learn how to save hundreds of dollars a month by using coupons. The two-part class will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, and Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Schuler Sports Complex Community Room,

11580 Deerfield Road. Local coupon savings experts Julie Kolbe and Colleen McBride, who regularly save at least 50 percent at the grocery store, will share their tricks and tips about where to find coupons, the best Web site sources to save you time and money, how to regular-

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City Manager David Waltz said. “From the comfort of their homes, requests for any city service can be made through this easy-to-use, Web-based service,” Waltz said. The city has increased its public information outreach efforts throughout the year, which have also included the launch of the “Open City Hall” forum in summer. This additional customer service request system makes it that much more convenient for citizens to communicate with their local government. Virtually any city service can be requested utilizing this system – for example, to report a pothole, to request pickup of a freon-containing appliance, to request a recycling toter, etc. Questions regarding the system can be directed to the public information office at 745-8510.

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Artists showcase talents at Art in Bloom exhibit By Connie L. Moreira nesuburban@communitypress.com

The age old expression “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” thematically and aesthetically framed a recent event at the Cincinnati Art Museum. The worlds of floral and art mingled for an inspirational show of subtle beauty and enlightenment. Local florists, garden clubs, and amateur florists gathered to display their creations at the fifth biennial Art in Bloom. Each artist, igniting a passion for their craft, opened an inner eye for public viewing with their individual interpretations of personally selected pieces of art through flowers. The challenge for each artist was to choose one, from pieces of permanent museum art and construe its meaning through an arrangement of flowers. That interpretation was delivered to the public visually by each artist’s tangible creative display and verbally through a conveyance of their artistic insight at visitors’ requests. Arrangements ran the gamut of imagination from traditional and contemporary to exotic. Branches mimicked body curvatures, flowers burst into color complementing and eliciting powers from their associated art. Each arrangement sparked a creative story lending poetry and life to the art from which it was born. As in years past, there

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Blakely Linz explains her arrangement interpreting Van Gogh’s “Undergrowth with Two Figures” to inquisitive Art in Bloom attendees. were docent-led tours, but there were also many fresh components to the occasion including arrangers as part of the tours, floral demonstrations like the Art of Ikebana and European Floral Arrangements, exposure to techniques, such as Bonsai as Art with a hands-on workshop in collaboration with the Krohn Conservatory. The People’s Choice Award included a ballot this year and inviting the public to pick out their favorites while touring, heightening public involvement and awareness. Community outreach programs were initiated collaborating with Walnut Hills Library for student interaction and Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired who selected their piece by touch-tour of the gallery. “The neatest thing this year is that guests were able to experience our gallery and collections in a whole new way,” said Greg Aukerman, assistant director of

communications of the Cincinnati Art Museum. Art in Bloom boasted 99 designers, with over 6000 attendees. Familiar village names included Indian Hill residents Noriko Fields, Nancy Linz, Mary Jo Beck, Pat Hinkley, Marsha Lindner, Missy Norton, Debra Oliver, Rosemary Ballard and Mary Krombholtz. Entering the stage to a new but comfortable atmosphere is amateur Blakely Linz, daughter of Nancy Linz (Late Bloomers Floral Design) and eighth-grader at Indian Hill Middle School. Nancy participated in Art in Bloom in 2007 and thought it might be fun for her daughter to try her hand at it this year. Seemingly predisposed to a love of flowers at an early age, Blakely said, “I used to steal my mom’s flowers to make bouquets and corsages.” Blakely chose a literal approach to interpret her selected Van Gogh’s “Undergrowth with Two

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Fashioned with structural branches, bedded with moss and frocked with wispy golden rod, wax flowers and lavender, this whimsical interpretation of Van Gogh’s “Undergrowth with Two Figures” painting belongs to Indian Hill eighth-grader Blakely Linz, who won the People’s Choice Award for her arrangement. Figures” painting. She carefully selected Lycopodium (mosses) for the forest floor, sprinkling the dense moss with a covering of tiny wax flowers and golden rod. To capture the bluish effect of Van Gogh’s famous forest, Blakely fashioned irregular lichen-accented tree branches splashed with lavender, climbing precariously. For the figures, a presence of Black Millet adjacent to a portion of green Bells of Ireland. To mirror the painting’s gold frame, she edged her

base with actual gold frame, fastened to a sheet cake pan, donated to the cause by her aunt, Indian Hill resident Marcy Spear. The outcome counters the abstract interpretations of fellow designers, with a very literal approach that speaks to simplification for the lay art enthusiast. Ironically, Blakely arrived at the museum with no intention of working with Van Gogh. “It’s the only artist I wasn’t going to do,” she said. “The whole cutting-off-hise a r- t o - s e n d - t o - h i s - g i r l friend-thing creeped me out!” Yet after seeing “Undergrowth” she was totally enamored with it, feeling it spoke to her in a way that assured her this piece was the perfect choice. Remarking that Blakely has always had a love of fairy tales, Nancy Linz shared a few comments from the public regarding Blakely’s arrangement. One guest was overheard saying, “You can almost see the little pixies and fairies dancing about.” Another posed, “I wonder what Van Gogh would think of her interpre-

tation?” Charlotte Moore and Ingrid Dauod, both of Indian Hill, were co-chairs for the 2009 Art in Bloom. “Blakely’s arrangement was a wonderful interpretation of the very popular Van Gogh that gave such dimension to Undergrowth,” said Moore. “She was accurate in color, and elicited the same emotion as the painting.” Nerves played a small part initially when approached by sometimes up to 20 or 30 interested, inquisitive persons simultaneously, asking Blakely to comment on her work. Of conversations with guests regarding her arrangement, Blakely admitted, “It got smoother as the day went on. I got the jaw-drop look when I said I was thirteen. They expected me to be older.” Speaking of jaw-dropping, Blakely’s arrangement won The People’s Choice. Not too shabby for a 13 year old who is, to date, Art in Bloom’s youngest exhibitor. “It was fun. A real learning experience. I would definitely do it again,” she said.

Princeton program gives students graduation choices Princeton’s Board of Education has approved a graduation requirement policy that includes three options. Credit can be earned through class work, testing out of a class, or through

educational options through the Credit Flexibility Program. That program allows credit through work done outside the classroom, through online assignments or projects outside the classroom. According to the district,

some of these alternatives are being done already, but Princeton “wants to increase the number of kids who take that subject’s next logical step in a college setting,” said Tom O’Neill, director of communications. One example of the approach to 21st century

learning, which integrates skills like critical thinking, problem solving and communications into academic subjects, was in the spotlight at a statewide event. During the Ohio School Boards Association annual meeting in November, school board Member Steve Moore and Princeton parent Eugene Rutz gave presentations on programs that reflect the growing trend in education. The presentations focused on technology edu-

cation, which Princeton High School is teaching in conjunction with academic curriculum. “Expanding flexible credit is good education that puts the student’s needs first,” Superintendent Gary Pack said. “It also allows us to take better advantage of the great opportunities at Greater Cincinnati’s colleges and universities. We want parents’ input into how to best shape this program.” Princeton will hold a

forum during Curriculum Fair Night on T u e s d a y , Pack Jan. 19. Two hour-long sessions will be held at the high school, at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. “A big part of flexible credit, for us,” O’Neill said, “is students being able to test out of (advanced placement) courses for fullweighted credit, then taking college-level courses at a university.”

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Indian Hill High School senior Dario Spasic cuts lemons for a garnish during the gourmet cuisine class competition. For more photos from the event please see page A5.

Junior Krista Hoffsis stirs whipped cream for a blueberry dessert. Also shown is freshman Adam Francisco.

Juniors Reetie Tarver, left, and Angie James help with clean up.

IH students hope to cook up success By Forrest Sellers

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Junior Andrew Sapinsley sprinkles cheese for a macaroni and cheese dish.

Freshman Samson Staff grates white chocolate for a dessert garnish.

Students at Indian Hill High School recently staged their own “Iron Chef” competition. The contestants were students in the gourmet cuisine class. The judges were counselors and staff. The “battle” ingredient was cheese. Dishes ranged from a three-cheese macaroni dish to a blueberry cream cheese dessert. Students in the class, which is part of the school’s family and con- Senior Claire Painter uses a beater to prepare whipped cream while senior Jessica Quible sumer science curricu- works at the stove. lum, welcomed the opportunity to improve their culinary skills. “It’s applicable to my life,” said senior Parker Bell. “I’m going to college so I’ll need to know how to cook.” Senior Claire Painter’s group prepared a crepe with strawberry filling and cream cheese. “It’s a fun class where you learn how to make healthy dishes,” she said. Patricia Pritz, an instructor in the family and consumer science department, said she wants the gourmet class to benefit the students. “I hope they are able to prepare food (which is) good for them and develop skills that will make them successful in managing their Freshman Ritesh Kashyap, left, and William Ottenjohn prepare items for a fajita. lives,” she said.

Sycamore hosts all-male pageant Jan. 29 to benefit diabetes research Male athletes, debaters, scholars, musicians and thespians at Sycamore High School have competed against some of the city, state and nation’s most talented competitors and walked away as champions. On Jan. 29, 10 male Aviators will compete against each other in a much more unfamiliar arena: the runway. Benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, freshmen

Xavier Jimenez and Ryan Gamber; sophomores Zim Zimmer and Jimmy Chau; juniors Michael Streicher, Max Riehemann and Andrew Adler, and seniors Tim Andrews, Neil Krishnan and Ben Keefe will compete for the title of Mr. Sycamore during an all-male pageant hosted by Student Council. The pageant will begin Jan. 25 with a preliminary competition to see which contestant can raise the most money for JDRF.

Each contestant will then begin the Jan. 29 pageant, with points representing the amount of money he raised. Then, a panel of judges comprised of Spanish teacher Meredith Blackmore, assistant principal Renee Hevia, superintendent Adrienne C. James, Ed.D., and a representative from JDRF will provide a light-hearted score to students in the categories of formal wear, introductions, dance, casual

wear, Aviator spirit and trivia, as well as on their response to a surprise question. In addition, one young man will win the title of “fan favorite” based solely on the donations he raised for JDRF. “This is a special event that is open to the community,” said Courtney Bernard, student body president. “We encourage everyone to attend to help us fundraise to find a cure for diabetes.”

Seniors Eric Greene, left, and Jeremy Dollin prepare a blueberry cream cheese dessert.

Senior Jessica Quible gets ready to flip a crepe.

One young man will win the title of “fan favorite” based solely on the donations he raised for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The pageant will be 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, at the school, 7400 Cornell Road. Tickets to the event are $5 and can be purchased between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Jan. 25-Jan. 29 at the school. Call 686-1770 or visit www.sycamoreschools.org.


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Former CHCA senior Samuel Powell, who graduated in 2009, hits a return during his first match in the Divison II Ohio High School Athletic Association State Tournament at the Stickney Tennis Center in Columbus May 29. Powell was the first Eagle to qualify for the state tournament in singles since Stephen Havens in 2006.

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Ursuline Academy senior Dani Reinert, right, gets a hug from junior teammate Olivia Johnson after the Lions dispatched previously unbeaten Dublin Coffman 3-1 in the Division I State Final at the Ervin J. Nutter Center at Wright State University in Dayton Nov. 14. With the win, UA won its first state title since 2002 and capped an undefeated 29-0 season. The Lions went a combined 571 in 2008 and 2009, as Reinert was named Enquirer Player of the Year. She has 34 aces, 47 blocks, 160 digs, 72 kills and 911 assists. She has committed to play for the University of Buffalo.

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UA junior Komal Safdar performs in the Division I State Tournament in October. Safdar defeated three opponents before falling in the state final. She went 31-3 this past season and was named Enquirer Player of the Year. She is 75-19 in her career.

2009 ends in style …

Local high school athletes and teams had much to celebrate during the last calendar year. Here is a look back at some of the best pictures and highlights from 2009.

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Sycamore High School freshman Samantha Siler performs in the 35th Annual Mason Cross Country Invitational Sept. 12. Siler finished first out of 110 runners in the 5K race with a time of 18:55.56. Siler was named Enquirer Division II-III Honorable Mention.

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Former Moeller High School seniors Brett Cisper (top) and Sage Iacovone (bottom), both of whom graduated in 2009, celebrate after defeating Pickerington North 5-2 in the Division I State Final at Huntington Park in Columbus June 6. The duo went a combined 3-for-5 at the plate, and Cisper pitched the final two innings in relief. For the year, Cisper hit .456 with four home runs, eight doubles, two triples and 44 RBIs. On the mound, he was 8-1 with a 1.57 ERA and 56 strikeouts. He was second-team all-state and named Enquirer Division I Player of the Year, while Iacovone, a catcher, was honorable mention.

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CHCA sophomore Holly Dahmus performs in the 34th Annual OHSAA State Tournament at the Stickney Tennis Center in Columbus Oct 23. Dahmus was an Enquirer Division II All-Star.

Sycamore senior midfielder Ben Dhiman scored 10 goals and dished out seven assists this past season for the Aviators, which finished 15-2-1 (7-1-1) and second in the Greater Miami Conference. Dhiman was first-team all-state and an Enquirer All-Star.

Sycamore senior Gabby Gray sets the ball during a match with Mount Notre Dame Sept. 8. The Aviators lost 3-0, but Gray was later named GMC Co-Player of the Year with Lexi Dannemiller of Lakota West. Gray, who was an Enquirer All-Star, was also second-team allstate and had 261 kills, 277 assists, 144 digs and 39 aces. She is committed to play for Northwestern. ERNEST COLEMAN/ENQUIRER

UA senior Desirae Ball, then a junior, scores two points against Winton Woods Feb. 12. Ball, who had a teamhigh 18 points in the 66-53 loss, led the GGCL-Scarlet in scoring last year with 14.3 points per game. Also a soccer player, Ball scored 17 goals this past season and was named second-team all-state and an Enquirer AllStar. She has committed to play basketball for Saint Louis University.

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UA senior Jade Henderson goes for the kill against Rocky River Magnificat in the Division I State Semifinal Nov. 12. The Lions won 3-0, as Henderson was named an Enquirer All-Star. She was first-team all-state and finished the year with 366 kills, 209 digs, 41 bocks, 19 aces and five assists.

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CHCA quarterback Alec Swartz drops back to throw against Madeira Sept. 4. Swartz threw for 180 yards and one touchdown in the 21-0 win. Swartz amassed 2,192 yards through the air on the season, leading the Eagles to a 7-3 record.

Former CHCA senior Drake Browne, who graduated in 2009, speaks after receiving the “That’s My Boy” award at the 42nd Annual ScholarAthlete Awards Banquet at the Cincinnati Hilton Netherland Plaza on Feb. 17. Browne was also recognized as “Defensive Lineman of the Year.”

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Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy senior Matt Williams, then a junior, knocks in an RBI for the Eagles last season. Williams, a shortstop, earned first-team all-state honors last season and was an Enquirer All-Star. He hit .500 with doubles, 30 RBIs and 33 stolen bases.


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Moeller wrestling faces early tests The Moeller High School wrestling team has faced some stiff competition early in the season and has given head coach Jeff Gaier a sense of where his team stands with other area competition. The team wrestled in one of the toughest tournaments

in the country, the Ironman tournament, and followed that up with an appearance in the Southwest Ohio Wrestling Coaches Association Glenn Sample Classic Tournament, which was Dec. 19-20 at Harrison High School. The Crusaders finished third behind Elder and Mason. “We know we have some improvement to do

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Moeller High School freshman 140-pounder Wyatt Wilson, bottom, feels for an escape against Ryle senior Zack Roland during the opening round of the Southwest Ohio Wrestling Coaches Association Glenn Sample Tournament, which was held at Harrison High School Dec. 19-20. Wilson lost 7-2.

and I think it will help motivate us to get better,” Gaier said. “We will see Elder again in a dual meet and in the league tournament and it will help motivate us to get a little better, which we need to do.” Moeller finished No. 15 out of 63 teams at the Ironman tournament, which is quite an accomplishment, given the Crusaders’ youth. Moeller had two placers in that tournament. Senior Pierce Harger placed in the 160 lbs. weight class and freshman Stefan Meijers placed fourth at 112. “To place as a freshman, in that tournament, is quite an accomplishment,” Gaier said. “He’s a pretty special kid but to do that well in only his second event in high school is quite a feat.” Meijers was unseeded going into the coaches’ classic but ended up winning the tournament in his weight class. Harger also won, along with senior Drew Hammer at 130 lbs. Gaier said his top performers are wrestling very

well but that he wasn’t sure what to expect from his freshmen. “We have four freshmen in the lineup and with our tough schedule they are thrown to the wolves but have improved quite a bit and have done well. I think we’ll be all right,” Gaier said. Another key factor for the Crusaders early in the season has been the absence of senior standout Jake Corrill. Corrill is expected to be a state contender after finishing third in the state tournament as a junior. He’s been out with an injury and is being held out of action until January as a precaution. “He makes a huge difference,” Gaier said. “He’s one of the top two kids on the team and he’s one of our leaders. His style helps motivate everyone else so not having him in the lineup hurts, but we’ll get him back and once we do, it will make us a better team.” Junior Brian MacVeigh has filled in for Corrill at the

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All star players from the Cincinnati Elite Fall Baseball League celebrate winning first place in the National competition in Tennessee for the third year in a row after competing in the Champion Baseball Academysponsored All-Star Showcase championship, which preceded the national competition. More than 60 college and pro-baseball scouts attended the showcase. Pictured are Joel Bender, Logan Kunkel, Joe Cronin, Jake Forrester, James Jewell, Brandon Howard, Nick Burrus, Cody Leichman, David Lenhardt, Sam Liggett, Wes Minton, Ryan Riga, Seth Varner, Darrin Vestring, Matt Williams, Logan Schmidt, Ryan Atkinson, Luke Bowman and coaches Mike Bricker, Mark Knose and Steve Marshall.

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BRIEFLY • Moeller High School boys beat Rummel 68-33, Dec. 28. Charlie Byers was Moeller’s top-scorer with 13 points, including one threepointer. Moeller’s Alex Barlow scored five points; Josh Morelock scored three, including one three-pointer; Shaquille Jinks scored eight; Ben Galemmo scored two three-pointers; Cody Wacker scored seven; Alex Voss scored 10, including two three-pointers; Marc Gallenstein scored seven; Pat Crace scored four; Hayden Frey scored one and Kyle Sauerland scored four points. • Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy girls beat Holy Cross 40-21, Dec. 29, in the CHCA Holiday Tournament. Erin Lloyd was CHCA’s topscorer with 14 points, including two three-pointers. Lloyd’s Hannah Lambert scored four points, Alex Jeffers scored one three-pointer, Taylor Dixon scored four, Jamie Prop scored two and Morgan Prescott scored 13 points. • Sycamore High School boys beat Kings High School 43-30, Dec. 29. Wes Yengo was Sycamore’s top-scorer with 17 points. Sycamore’s Kevin Clark scored seven points, Frank Myers scored two points, E.J. Higgins scored four points, Danny Berghoff scored four and A.J. Williams scored nine. • Moeller boys beat St. Joseph (N.J.) 67-55, Dec. 29, in the St. Pius X Christmas Tournament in Atlanta, Ga. Josh Morelock was Moeller’s top-scorer with 24 points, including four three-pointers. Moeller’s Alex Barlow scored 10 points; Charlie Byers scored 19; Ben Galemmo scored eight, including two three-pointers; Cody Wacker scored two; Marc Gallenstein scored two and Jon Ward

scored two points. • CHCA girls beat Seven Hills 47-39, Dec. 29. Hannah Lambert was CHCA’s topscorer with 15 points, including one three-pointer. CHCA’s Erin Lloyd scored five points, Taylor Dixon scored 14, Jamie Prop scored six and Morgan Prescott scored seven points. • Sycamore girls beat Middletown 49-27, Dec. 29. Chloe Pavlech was Sycamore’s topscorer with 12 points, including one three-pointer. Sycamore’s Alexis Newbolt scored three 3-pointers, Emily Elsbrock scored four, Isaacs scored four, Ashley Schaeffer scored five, Allison Setser scored five, Lauren Hanscher scored four, Jackie Weber scored two, Allie Martin scored two and Quisia Dockery scored two points. • Ursuline Academy girls beat Glen Este High School 52-15, Dec. 29. Murphy O’Neill and Brigid McCuen

were Ursuline’s top-scorers with 11 points each. Ursuline’s Annie Hauser scored two, Maggie Allard scored two, Morgan Donovan scored three, Ellie Greiner scored eight, Desirae Ball scored four, Amanda Miller scored two, Molly Paquette scored four, Meredith Myers scored three and Rebecca Lang scored two points.

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Party affiliations Visitors to Cincinnati.com/ Symmestownship posted these comments to a story about former Symmes Township resident Jack Greenberg stipulating in his will that a trust pay for a special birthday annually for 20 years or until the $1.5 million runs out. The party includes: lunch and limousine service for 37 friends and their guests, a nice speech about himself, group photographs, and gifts of $1,500 for each invitee: “What a way to go! More power to him. If I had the money, I’d do the same thing!” ter61 “He would have enjoyed it more if he had done it when he was alive.” skylight “I want to be this guys friend!!”

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“Not mentioned in the article is that Jack Greenberg was a strong Republican and shared his conservative views with people when asked about politicial opinions. You sure wouldn’t find a liberal in this world who would be anywhere near as generous as Mr. Greenberg.” KWVeteran “Good thing for Greenberg to give to his pals $ every year, but he could have helped poor people ... and other organizations beside his own race! To do so proves one is a true Christian!” Bugaboo2 “This is so true, a liberal actually understands the meaning of the expression ‘let not the right hand know what the left is doing.’ You hear about the Republicans because they’re like the rich man in the temple who ‘devour widows’

houses, and for show make lengthy prayers.’ LanceGose “Yes, Jack Greenberg was a very good conservative Republican and a generous person. However, I do not confuse one’s political views with their tendancies towards generosity, humility or kindness. Jack Greenberg was all of those, but I cannot say that either party has a corner on those markets. Good people come from all persuasions, races and political views. I would resent any other opinion, as would he, as it would be bigoted and unjust. “Great article, though. Great man.” Bearcats83 “Did anyone notice that the sun is shining brightly today?? Maybe Mr. Greenberg is smiling down upon us. What a great story!!” CoastalFun “Replying to Bugaboo2: “What part of ‘In addition to bequeathing millions to Jewish charities” did you not understand? By the way, other than lip-service ... how many millions have you personally given to the poor? “Exactly!” govtsux

The bills come due Visitors to Cincinnati.com/ hamiltoncounty posted these comments to a story about how local municipalities and governments are cutting their budgets because of the economy: ‘Well, of course the ‘public servants’ make the cuts in the way that will be most visibly painful for the taxpayers. That’ll show ‘em for not paying enough in taxes to support our government. “But the plain fact is that there has been too much spending in good times, because political folks feel continuing

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Residents in the Indian Hill Exempted Village School District can expect a tax hike. The Board of Education approved moving 1.25 mills of inside millage to fund permanent improvements. The millage move will generate $1.7 million annually for the district and cost the owner of a home with a market value of $500,000 an additional $218.75 per year starting in 2011, according to district officials. What do you think of the tax hike? No responses. What advice would you give to new Cincinnati Archbishop Dennis Schnurr? What do you think should be his top priority? What is his greatest challenge? No responses.

Next questions Fees for false alarms are increasing in the new year in Sycamore Township. The first three will still be free, but starting in 2010, the fourth false alarm is $50, the fifth is $100 and each false alarm after that will cost a business $150. Do you think this is a good idea? Why or why not? Do you think requiring passengers to go through a body scanner, which produces an image of one’s naked body, at airports would help increase security? Every week The Northeast Suburban Life asks readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answer to nesuburban@community press.com with Chatroom in the subject line.

QUOTEBOOK A compilation of quotes from this week’s Northeast Suburban Life:

“The April 1999 tornado. During this period of time, it was amazing how everyone (from individuals to businesses and other communities) were willing to help Symmes Township and its residents. People just showed up to pitch in and help. The township has the Blong Memorial Park to

remember this time.”

Kathy Wagner Former Symmes Township trustee. See Story, A1

“The old light is just a waste of electricity. Either turn it off, or have it moved where it will serve some purpose.”

Ed Oravec Sycamore Township resident. See Story, A1

pressure to spend what they have – and more, rather than to conserve. I suggest a review of every program that did not exist 25 years ago to determine if it was/is really necessary to continue them at present levels, or kill them entirely. We have to distinguish between what’s necessary and ‘what would be nice to have,’ and make cuts accordingly.” NOTaMajorMarket “Budget cuts bring layoffs, except for the Cincinnati Police Department, they get ‘overtime.’ This has to stop asap. No reason for this waste of taxpayer money.” skylight “Of course, if it were you working overtime, I’m guessing, you’d want to get paid for it.” MrWhipple “Even in good times there is not enough money to do all of the things necessary to improve the quality of life in any community. Much of the fluff has already been cut. Public employees are being asked to do more to cover shortages of personnel. It’s often cheaper to pay overtime than to hire or recall employees. “I recall that the Enquirer posted the city expenditures by department. I wonder how many reviewed those with suggestions for cuts. I’m sure that community leaders would welcome NOTaMajorMarket’s review of unnecessary programs. A good start would be one of the communities cited in this article.” CincyTom “Why no mention of Cincinnati $51 million dollar deficit? City streets have been in disrepair for years! “Garbage pick up is spotty, and winter salting of streets is minimal! Problem isn’t the bad economy! The problem is all departments’ overhiring of city employees, police, firemen thru nepotism, poltical paybacks and past/present city councils doing nothing to cut the deficit! They just announced no layoffs in 2010,

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and will borrow $27 million! They caved in to the FOP/Firemen’s strong arm unions, (police get a 2 percent raise Jan.1), which adds to the deficit). Next year by their coward actions, taxpayers will be forced to pay a tax increase in order to keep the non caring above elitist happy!” Bugaboo2

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“You mean you actually cut spending when revenues are down? Has anyone contacted Washington about this approach? As a country we’ve been living beyond our means for decades, and the lesson still hasn’t been learned. We’re all in for a rude awakening when we realize this socialistic utopia the left has promised won’t work here anymore than it has in France, China or Russia.” billvor

“Problem is that bureaucrats and politicians become comfortable with the status quo. Every program is ‘necessary’ to someone, and officials are reluctant to cut anything, for fear of losing support. It’s easier to whine about being ‘underfunded,’ or to point the finger of blame elsewhere. In many places, voters have yet to elect people who actually would do much to reduce spending. “So the people choose and have chosen the course of inaction, punctuated by ‘emergencies.’ That’s probably best for the politicians, and so it’s likely to continue.” NOTaMajorMarket

‘Billvor, you need to check some facts. For the last decade this country was run by the right and China is doing quite well. FWIW, China is considered a communist state, France is a republic and Russia is a federation. The last time we had a budget surplus was under the ‘leftist-socialist’ Bill Clinton. Go figure.” CincyTom “For once these municipalities must deal with problems that the private sector has dealt with all the time. The solution is simple. Layoffs, pay cuts, benefit cuts and going non-union are possible solutions. But most will chose to discontinue vital services that harm the people in order to extort more money in the form of higher taxes.” FriendlyRider ‘Why is it that Blue Ash was able to secure some of the $1,000,000,000,000.00 ‘stimulus’ to repave parts of Reed Hartman, but we are going to forego getting a couple of roads repaved in Springfield Township? With that much money being spent by the feds there should be a front loader doing work on every street corner.” just2comment

“I went over the Cincinnati city manager’s budget line by line. I found not only fluff, but plenty of fat, gravy, dessert, frills and glitter. While other cities larger than Cincinnati are cutting out the handouts, city hall fudged a budget to keep the libs happy and in their pockets. The crisis looms closer.” TalkTalk “Yeah, as a result of Clinton, this country is in a mess. Does the palatial housing boom with big SUVs in the driveway ring a bell with you? How about the fuzzy math on mortgages and consumer loans back in Bill’s day, refresh your memory? Pay up time has come and gone. What’s left is a nation barely moving & the politicos in DC pile on more debt. Tax and spend a country’s way out of a fiasco. I guess the thinking is China has more money to put up for financing. Eventually, they’ll be able to buy the U.S. at a fire sale price. And the libs keep blaming Bush & hold Willie harmless.” TalkTalk

Sick penguin harbinger of a healthy future for rest of us A new year is upon us and it is probably safe to say that not many of us are sad to see 2009 draw to a close. We are a nation at war that has serious economic woes, and are facing some critical issues, including healthcare. Despite all of the bleakness, I am optimistic, and it is because of a penguin. Many of you will have read about the penguin at Newport Aquarium that has cancer, and is being treated with the help of donations, including donated rides to and from his treatment clinic in a refrigerated truck. (Newport Aquarium, by the way, is a fine institution, but is for profit.) Why does our sick penguin friend make me optimistic for tomorrow? It’s simple really. You see, I figure if we can come together to help the penguin get over its cancer, surely we can come together to ensure that the most needy in our communities get adequate health care? I know that there must be plenty of people in Northern Kentucky with cancer in desperate need of treatment and financial help, but they did not make the front page of The Enquirer. Not one of them. And yet, I have hope that our penguin friend is a symbol of our caring, deeply, for other living beings, and that

we would not deny our fellow humans the same chance as the penguin. Surely we would not. Our penguin also gives me Bruce Healey hope for other Community reasons. If in these Press guest tough economic columnist times, companies can find ways to squeeze in a free round trip for the penguin in a refrigerated truck to the treatment center, for example, surely things are on the mend. There is hope in this economy because someone cares enough to spend some of the profit on a penguin. There is a profit and so things must be picking up. Someone sees a light at the end of the tunnel. That sick penguin shows me that we are capable of joining hands over something that matters to us. What is my wish for 2010? That we, as a society, join hands to show the world that we are strong; that we are strong enough to care for a penguin, and strong enough to care for our fellow Americans, be they someone poor, someone without healthcare, and especially, our veterans.

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Where is Grandma?

937 seniors enrolled in classes at OLLI “Where are grandma and grandpa?” might just become a familiar refrain. No, they are not in their rocking chair, but actively engaged in a smorgasbord of more than 140 classes offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute for age 50 and older. Grandma might just be tasting wine, planning her next trip, learning about investments or learning about Civil War generals. Grandma and grandpa are taking educationally fun classes through OLLI. What is unique about OLLI is that its members (age 50 and above) take as many classes as desired for a single quarterly membership fee of $80 – not $80 a class, but $80 to pursue the variety offered in more than 100 classes. Whatever grandma and grandpa might want to learn – there is probably a class on that subject. Class categories include specific topics related to history, health. finance, travel, music, art, food and these classes are interactive and fun.

What’s an OLLI?

This 20-year-old program was begun at UC and originally named the Institute for Learning in Retirement. However, due to the series of grants from the Bernard Osher Foundation (currently totaling $1.25 million) the name was changed to OLLI. The moderators are generally individuals who were highly successful in their respective fields or individuals who just had a passion for a particular subject area such as wine, the civil war, etc ... They teach for the sheer love of teaching – no salary involved. The locations of classes are convenient to most areas; Raymond Walters College, Tangeman Center at UC, Adath Israel in Amberley Vilage, the Sycamore Senior Center, Maple Knoll, Joseph-Beth Bookstore, National Underground Freedom Center, Spring Grove and Voice of America in West Chester.

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Professor Gerri Henderson’s Appalachian Literature and Music class featured an Appalachian band for entertainment. The band leader describes the history of the dulcimer.

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OLLI members proudly display their doves made in Linda Kegg’s origami class. The origami class lasted eight weeks. and including China. When he and his wife retired they had moved to Williamsburg, Va., for the warm weather, four seasons and an ocean. His passion then became the Civil War and he attended classes and visited many of the historical sites. The desire to spend time with grandkids was the pull that brought him back to Cincinnati. Dempsey now teaches a course on Civil War generals: Thomas, Meade and Sheridan for the Union and Longstreet, Johnston and Hood for the Confederacy. In this class, Dempsey uses an actual video clip of Civil War soldiers that met in the 1930s. His Power Point presentations show the generals, their families, homes, monuments, and Civil War sites that he has visited. You will see the actual topography that at times could be a challenge. He uses his laser pointer to demonstrate the fish hook battle plans of the generals on maps. Biographical information is presented so that the generals will become more than just names in history books. So many of the

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New moderator Jim Dempsey was a supply chain manager with Procter & Gamble and had managed the purchasing activities for Asia. During this time the Northern Kentucky resident had traveled extensively throughout the region from Austrailia, to India

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Magician Tom Bemmes dazzles some members at OLLI’s annual picnic with his sleight of hand.

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Dr. James Daiker’s Do Less Yard Work by Going Green class takes a field trip to the Cincinnati Zoo. Daiker (in green jacket) and class members learn how to build a green roof.

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Visionaries and Voices – North is hosting “The Great Holiday Wrap Up” from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, at Visionaries and Voices North Branch Studio, 225 Northland Blvd., Springdale. It is celebrating art from 2009. Seasonal gifts, cards, ornaments and more by Visionaries and Voices artists are available for purchase. Call 7712999.

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generals were actually best friends at West Point and now they were to be on opposite sides. While some generals such as Lee had no demerits and were high in class rank, there were other top generals who not only were at the bottom of the academic rankings at West Point, but lead the way in most number of demerits. Another moderator, David Yockey, was a Milford social studies department head, then school board member for eight years and a member of the Great Oaks Board of Directors. Yockey said, “That at 15 years old I was interested in world studies, so I became involved in amateur radio as a way to interact with people in other countries.” His travel interest became a second career passion. Since retirement, he has traveled to more than 65 countries. His top four most memorable experiences have been: 1, flying around Mount Everest in a small plane; 2, landing in Kalahari Desert in Botswana; 3, seeing the absolutely gorgeous Taj Mahal, and 4, walking into the sobering gas chambers of Auschwitz. On each trip I try an experiment such as which is the best way to exchange money or call home,” Yockey said. “I teach from practical real life experience.” His class offers best practices for car rentals, travel insurance. European rail travel, insurance, and best prices. Batavia resident Yves Parnes lived most of her life in New York, where she was a nurse practitioner, published in the field of thanatology, and had worked in the very first HMO in Syracuse, N.Y.. Her Cincinnati move at retirement was to be closer to her airline pilot son. Since her involvement in OLLI she has a group of new friends and is a teacher moderator also. Parnes loves to cook and her recipes have been published in Gourmet and McCalls magazines. Her class, Culinary Capers, emphasizes recipes with a theme such as Christmas morning breakfast, tree trimming party, holiday foods, barbeque, etc ... The class

Little Miami River Wines is hosting the After Hours Wine Tasting from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday,

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More signing

Signing Safari, LLC., is hosting the parenting class “More Signing, Less Whining” at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, at Bethesda North Hospital, 10500 Montgomery Road, Montgomery. The class includes preverbal communication, earlier speech development, enhanced intellectual development, pictorial dictionary

divides the menu and each participant returns with enough for a fun tasting. Classes are fun, very social and informal. There are always special guests to welcome such as Richard Flannigan of Trader Joes, who speaks and provides samples to the class. There is a saying that happiness comes from turning a beloved hobby into your profession and Montgomery resident Mary Fruewald has accomplished that fete. Fruewald’s husband’s job as a sales representative for a wine distributor just encouraged that growth. Fruewald joined the American Wine Society and attended conferences for the last eight years. She took three years to complete her training as a wine taster and is now a certified wine judge of the American Wine Society. Participants in her class will learn the varieties of wines such as Caberet, Merlot and Chardonnay. They will gain basic knowledge of how to handle, pour and store wine. Since she was trained in wine tasting, she will demonstrate methods to taste wines. Moderator Arnold Morelli of Mariemont said, “I knew I wanted to be an attorney from the age of 14, I admired Abraham Lincoln, such a humble great man who had very little formal education.” Morelli, son of Italian immigrants, graduated from Harvard Law School. Morelli’s passion was Constitutional Law during his 40year law career. He had worked at the Cincinnati branch of the U.S. Attorneys Office of the Department of Justice and taught law at the Chase College of Law. Morelli teaches a course on his passion, the Constitution, and brings in his other two academic passions of science and history. The class studies the constitution and hears

PROVIDED

Dr. Dean Moore shows his grandmother’s 100plus-year-old porcelain platter with a bread and cherry jelly recipe created by his grandmother. The class focused on how our grandparents lived.

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Book club

The Historical Fiction Book Club of Cincinnati meets from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, at the Madeira Branch Library, 7200 Miami Ave., Maderia. The Janurary meeting will discuss “War and Peace.” Call 745-7003.

The Wednesday Wows

For those seniors who just want a one-day specialized class, those are most often held at the Sycamore Senior Center. The Cincinnati Museum Center offered a program concerning the digs that happened in the old downtown Cincinnati privies The digs provided much historical insight. There were dishes, animal bones, and historical police uniforms that were found. Research provided the names of the residents at the time and their stories came to life. If a home was bought the deed often stated whether you owned a privy or one had to be shared with neighbors – not the most pleasant thought.

Cookie sampling a success

Participants support OLLI as evidenced by attendance and most recently the cookie brigade during the first week of class. Curriculum chair Jim Goyette sent out an email asking OLLI members for cookies for the hospitality table. OLLI participants provided 1,700 cookies, cupcakes and treats. There are various luncheons throughout the year that provide fun, good food and fellowship.

Becoming a part of OLLI

Go to communitypress.com and click on Share! to get your event into the Northeast Suburban Life. and Signing Safari CD. The cost is $45 per couple. Registration is required. Call 475-4500.

many interesting stories about the history of our nation. Milford resident Kirtland Hobler, a retired surgeon general, who moved to Cincinnati six years ago has taken OLLI classes as well as taught a class concerning “The Evolution of Life on Earth.” Hobler had been teaching medical students in Raleigh, N.C.. Hobler quickly became involved in Cincinnati activities. He and his wife are members of the Indian Hill Church, and Joanna, a retired social worker, has trained to become a docent at the Cincinnati Art Museum. “Once I discovered OLLI I took as many classes as I could,” Hobler said.

Wedding showcase

The Cincinnati Wedding Showcase is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, and Sunday, Jan. 10, at the Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road, Sharonville. There are more than 100 vendors of wedding products and services. The event includes giveaways. Admission is $10, $8 advance. Call 8914701 or visit www.cincinnatiweddingshowcase.com.

To join, view the class curriculum, and register use the Web site www.uc.edu/ce/olli or call 513556-9186 and ask for a catalog of upcoming classes. Winter classes with registration began online in early December. Classes fill very quickly and there are many classes that have waiting lists. Winter session is Jan. 19March 12; spring session is April 15 to May 28.


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BARS/CLUBS Trivia Night, 7:30 p.m. Bar Seventy-One, 8850 Governors Hill Drive. Free. Through April 1. 774-9697; www.barseventyone.com. Symmes Township. EDUCATION

Intuitive Development Training, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Whatever Works Wellness Center, 7433 Montgomery Road. Develop psychic skills using tarot cards and spirit artwork. Learn old-fashioned art of tea leaf reading, flame messages and clairvoyantly seeing with inner eyes. Beginners start 6:30 p.m.; advanced, 7 p.m. Ages 21 and up. $10. Reservations required. 791-9428; www.accessingangels.com. Silverton. Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Weekly through April 8. Blue Ash YMCA, 5000 YMCA Drive. Information on how to get out of debt, cash flow planning, saving, insurance and investment basics, how to achieve your financial goals and other money related topics. With Sandra Faith Hall, Dave Ramsey Certified Counselor. Family friendly. $93 per family. Registration required. 550-3337. Blue Ash.

FARMERS MARKET

Greenacres Farm Store, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Greenacres Farm Store, 8255 Spooky Hollow Road. Grassfed Black Angus beef, free-range chicken, produce, lamb, turkey, eggs and honey. 891-4227; www.greenacres.org. Indian Hill. Turner Farm, 8:30 a.m. Turner Farm, 7400 Given Road. Market includes organic meat and eggs, seasonal produce and flowers. Closes at dusk. 561-7400; www.turnerfarm.org. Indian Hill.

LITERARY - SIGNINGS

Tami Hoag, 7 p.m. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road. Author discusses and signs “Deeper Than Dead.” 396-8960; www.josephbeth.com. Norwood.

ON STAGE - COMEDY

Brendon Walsh, 8 p.m. $8. Ages 18 and up. Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place. Reservations required, available online. 984-9288; www.gobananascomedy.com. Montgomery.

SUPPORT GROUPS

Codependents Anonymous, 7 p.m. Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 8815 E. Kemper Road. Room 31. Literature discussion group. Free, donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous, Inc. Through Dec. 30. 503-4262. Montgomery. F R I D A Y, J A N . 8

ART EXHIBITS Stemming the Tide, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Gallery Salveo at the Health Foundation, 458-6600. Hyde Park. From Moscow to St. Petersburg: A New Collection of Russian Impressionism and Realism, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Phyllis Weston-Annie Bolling Gallery, 321-5200; westonbollinggallery.com. O’Bryonville. World War I Poster Exhibit, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Jack Wood Gallery, 321-7077; www.jackwoodgallery.com. O’Bryonville. Por-ce-la-ne-ous, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Funke Fired Arts, Free. 871-2529; www.funkefiredarts.com. Oakley. Dhani Jones: Senegal, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Country Club, 792-9755. Oakley.

FARMERS MARKET

Greenacres Farm Store, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Greenacres Farm Store, 891-4227; www.green-acres.org. Indian Hill. Turner Farm, 8:30 a.m. Turner Farm, 5617400; www.turnerfarm.org. Indian Hill.

FOOD & DRINK

Casual Wine Tasting, 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike. Pub. Includes music. $5. 697-9705; lucy@mamavitas.com; www.mamavitas.com. Loveland. Casual Wine Tastings, 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Little Miami River Wines, 10490 LovelandMadeira Road. Featured wines and light appetizers. Fifty cents per taste. 677-3333; www.littlemiamiriverwines.com. Loveland. After Hours Wine Tasting, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Little Miami River Wines, 10490 Loveland-Madeira Road. Sample five or six wines, each paired with an appetizer. $30. Reservations required. 677-3333; e-mail info@littlemiamiriverwines.com. Loveland.

HEALTH / WELLNESS

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; www.owenschiroandrehabcenter.com. Silverton.

MUSIC - BLUES

Sonny’s Solo Blues, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Deer Park Inn, 7228 Blue Ash Road. 791-3178. Deer Park.

ON STAGE - COMEDY

Brendon Walsh, 8 p.m. $12. Ages 18 and up. Go Bananas, Reservations required, available online. 984-9288; www.gobananascomedy.com. Montgomery. S A T U R D A Y, J A N . 9

AUDITIONS

American Girl Fashion Show Model Auditions, 9 a.m.-noon, Kings Toyota, 4700 Fields Ertel Road. Girls ages 4-13. Required to model in one of six shows. Show dates: April 23-25 at Music Hall, Over-the-Rhine. Free. Presented by Aubrey Rose Hollenkamp Children’s Trust Foundation. 728-2680; www.aubreyrose.org. Deerfield Township.

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS

Amnesty International Group 86 Cincinnati Meeting, 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Panera Bread-Hyde Park Plaza, 3806 Paxton Ave. Discuss current Amnesty actions worldwide, upcoming local and national level events and developing Amnesty’s presence in Greater Cincinnati area. Free. Presented by Amnesty International Cincinnati Group 86. 3005181; www.aiusa86.org. Oakley. The Hearing Loss Association of America Southwest Ohio Chapter Open House, 1 p.m. Jewish Hospital, 4777 E. Galbraith Road. Conference Room AB, second floor. Presentations by representatives from Ohio Relay and Sprint CapTel providing information about new phones and services to help those with loss of hearing. Cathy Kooser presents information on The Kooser Program. Free. Presented by Hearing Loss Association Southwest Ohio. 683-5855. Kenwood.

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; www.allaboutkidslc.com. Symmes Township.

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FARMERS MARKET

Turner Farm, 8:30 a.m. Turner Farm, 5617400; www.turnerfarm.org. Indian Hill.

MUSIC - BLUES

Sonny’s Solo Blues, 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Guitar Lovers, 7342 Kenwood Road. 793-1456. Sycamore Township.

MUSIC - OLDIES

John Fox, 8 p.m.-midnight, InCahoots, 4110 Hunt Road. Rock and folk music from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Requests taken. 7932600. Blue Ash.

ON STAGE - COMEDY

Brendon Walsh, 8 p.m. $12. Ages 21 and up. Go Bananas, Reservations required, available online. 984-9288; www.gobananascomedy.com. Montgomery.

PUBLIC HOURS

Loveland Castle, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Weather permitting-call ahead. Loveland Castle, 12025 Shore Road. Small-scale, authentic castle. Picnic area. Group tours and special events available. $3. Through March 28. 683-4686; www.lovelandcastle.com. Symmes Township. S U N D A Y, J A N . 1 0

ART EXHIBITS Por-ce-la-ne-ous, noon-4 p.m. Funke Fired Arts, Free. 871-2529; www.funkefiredarts.com. Oakley. BARS/CLUBS

Live Music and Industry Night, 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Apsara Restaurant, 4785 Lake Forest Drive. Includes drink specials for all and 30 percent off starters and sushi for industry employees. Acoustic music by Jeff Hickenlooper begins 6:30 p.m. Through Dec. 26. 554-1040. Blue Ash.

ON STAGE - COMEDY

Brendon Walsh, 8 p.m. $8. Ages 18 and up. Go Bananas, Reservations required, available online. 984-9288; www.gobananascomedy.com. Montgomery.

PROVIDED.

Signing Safari LLC., is hosting the parenting class, “More Signing, Less Whining,” at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, at Bethesda North Hospital, 10500 Montgomery Road, Montgomery. The class includes preverbal communication, earlier speech development, enhanced intellectual development, pictorial dictionary and a Signing Safari CD. The cost is $45 per couple. Registration is required. Call 475-4500. Sharon Said, founder of Signing Safari, signs to parents and toddlers during a workshop at the Mason Community Center. T U E S D A Y, J A N . 1 2

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS

Southwest Ohio Crochet Guild Monthly Meeting, 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Community of Christ Church, 623 Paxton Ave. Promoting heart and soul of crochet for crocheters of all skill levels. $20 annual membership. Presented by Southwest Ohio Crochet Guild. Through March 9. 683-1670; www.southwestohiocrochetguild.net. Loveland.

EDUCATION

What Parents Should Know about Reading and Comprehension Development, 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Langsford Learning Acceleration Center, 9402 Towne Square Ave. Presentation series for parents and caregivers on reading, comprehension development and current research. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. 531-7400. Blue Ash.

FARMERS MARKET

Greenacres Farm Store, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Greenacres Farm Store, 891-4227; www.green-acres.org. Indian Hill. Turner Farm, 8:30 a.m. Turner Farm, 5617400; www.turnerfarm.org. Indian Hill.

PUBLIC HOURS

Loveland Castle, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Weather permitting-call ahead. Loveland Castle, $3. 6834686; www.lovelandcastle.com. Symmes Township.

RELIGIOUS SERVICES

Worship Services, 8 a.m. St. Gertrude Parish, 7630 Shawnee Run Road. Free. 561-5954. Madeira. Worship Services, 8:20 a.m. Armstrong Chapel United Methodist Church, 5125 Drake Road. Free. 561-4220. Indian Hill. Worship Services, 8:45 a.m. St. Paul United Methodist Church, 8221 Miami Road. Free. 891-8181. Madeira. Worship Services, 9 a.m. Madeira-Silverwood Presbyterian Church, 8000 Miami Ave. Free. 791-4470. Madeira. Worship Service, 8 a.m. Indian Hill Church, 6000 Drake Road. 561-6805. Indian Hill. Worship Service, 10:45 a.m. Montgomery Assembly of God, 7950 Pfeiffer Road. 7936169. Montgomery.

HEALTH / WELLNESS

Foot and Ankle Screening, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Cincinnati Sports Club, 3950 Red Bank Road. Grandin Room. Christ Hospital Physical Therapy Center provides screening with brief history and exam to troubleshoot. Free. Registration required. Presented by Christ Hospital. 527-4000; www.cincinnatisportsclub.com. Fairfax. LifeSteps Weight Management Program, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through March 30. TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road. Incorporates current medical research with physical activity and group support. Registered dietitian teaches 12-week program. $295. Registration required. 985-6732; www.trihealthpavilion.com. Montgomery.

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KARAOKE AND OPEN MIC

Karaoke Night, 9 p.m.-midnight, Crowne Plaza Hotel Blue Ash, 5901 Pfeiffer Road. Lobby Lounge. 793-4500; www.crowneplaza.com/blueash. Blue Ash. Gravy Karaoke, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Gravy, 1513 Ohio 28, Free. 576-6789. Loveland.

LITERARY - SIGNINGS

Beth Hoffman, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Barnes & Noble Kenwood, 7800 Montgomery Road. Author discusses and signs “Saving Ceecee Honeycutt.” 794-9440. Kenwood. Jerry Dowling, 7 p.m. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road. Artist discusses, sketches and signs “Drawing Super Wars: The Early Years of Bengal Football in Drawings.” 396-8960; www.josephbeth.com. Norwood.

PARENTING CLASSES

More Signing, Less Whining, 6:45 p.m. Bethesda North Hospital, 10500 Montgomery Road. Includes preverbal communication, earlier speech development, enhanced intellectual development, pictorial dictionary and Signing Safari CD. $45 per couple. Registration required. 475-4500. Montgomery.

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BARS/CLUBS

Two of a Kind, 7 p.m.-midnight, Crowne Plaza Hotel Blue Ash, 5901 Pfeiffer Road. Twopiece band featuring Jay, guitar, and Amy, vocals, presents classics from yesterday and today. Through Dec. 29. 793-4500. Blue Ash.

FARMERS MARKET

Greenacres Farm Store, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Greenacres Farm Store, 891-4227; www.green-acres.org. Indian Hill. Turner Farm, 8:30 a.m. Turner Farm, 5617400; www.turnerfarm.org. Indian Hill.

MUSIC - JAZZ

Cincinnati Gypsy Jazz Society, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Dilly Cafe, 6818 Wooster Pike. Jamming encouraged. Ages 18 and up. Free. 561-5233. Mariemont.

ON STAGE - COMEDY

Pro-Am Night, 8 p.m. Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place. Aspiring comics, amateurs and professionals take the stage. Ages 18 and up. $5. Reservations required. 984-9288; www.gobananascomedy.com. Montgomery.

RELIGIOUS SERVICES

Worship Service, 7 p.m. Montgomery Assembly of God, 793-6169. Montgomery.

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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; www.whateverworkswellness.com. Silverton.

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS

Hamilton County Republican Women’s Club Meeting, 5 p.m. Guest speaker: Publisher of Charles Foster Kane’s The Whistleblower Newswire, Jim Schifrin. Cash bar available at Southerby’s Pub. National Exemplar, 6880 Wooster Pike. Meeting begins 5:30. $25. Reservations required. Presented by Hamilton County Republican Women’s Club. 383-5586; LDH@one.net. Mariemont.

PROVIDED

Celebrate winter at Holiday Fest The Beach on Ice with ice skating on an outside rink, a toboggan slide, visiting and feeding animals and seeing a miniature train display. The fest is 5-10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8; 3-10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9; and 3-8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10. Visit www.thebeachwaterpark.com.

FARMERS MARKET

Greenacres Farm Store, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Greenacres Farm Store, 891-4227; www.green-acres.org. Indian Hill. Turner Farm, 8:30 a.m. Turner Farm, 5617400; www.turnerfarm.org. Indian Hill.

PROVIDED

Curious George takes to the stage in “Curious George Live!” from Friday, Jan. 8, through Sunday, Jan. 10, at The Bank of Kentucky Center at Northern Kentucky University. It is the first original musical stage production for Curious George. Performances are 7 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12-$28, with additional fees. For information, call 859-442-2652 or visit www.curiousgeorgelive.com. For tickets, call 800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.


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New Year resolutions mean time to get up again There are two classes of people, those who fall and stay down, and those who fall and get up again. Whether our fall is away from a diet, from a responsibility, or from grace; whether it is a fall in something minor or major, we all fall occasionally. That’s because we’re fallible humans. The important thing is that we get up again. Resolutions are genuine resolves to get up and try again. They’re necessary for people who want to improve their personality and character. Customarily the beginning of a new year is chosen as an opportunity to make resolutions. An old monastic custom led monks to undertake even a daily, personal “examination of conscience.” At the end of every day, a monk quietly took stock to see

where he failed that day in his resolution. That realization enabled him to get up and start over with the beginning of day. Father Lou a new Life is usually Guntzelman a series of getPerspectives ting-up-agains, especially for successful people. Resolutions are important because they counteract one of our major tendencies to seek comfort more than growth. We can find 10 reasons to stay down for every one to get up. Members of Alcoholics Anonymous or former drug addicts willingly admit that before they achieved sobriety they were experts at finding excuses to stay

down. They’d cry, become angry or self-deprecating, and promise to start “next week,” anything but resolve to get up now. They conned themselves and others into thinking they were really making a serious resolution. But inside they just wanted to be let alone so they could stay where they were. Serious resolutions spring from honesty, humility and commitment to a goal. Olympic gold medal winners have a compelling goal in mind long before they have the medal draped around their neck. Fulfilled spouses have a commitment to the goal of a loving relationship long before they celebrate a 50th anniversary. Dieters need to be drawn by a healthy image of themselves standing at the goal-line of self-

improvement. Making and remaining faithful to good resolutions also has psychological and spiritual advantages. It encourages our inner development, and leads us to a deeper respect for ourselves. We see we have willpower, a sense of discipline, and a commitment to our own good. We realize our life is not as out of control as we first thought, and that we have many options in the ways we move ahead as a person. We feel proud of ourselves when we make and keep resolutions. Ruts are the opposite of resolutions. Remaining in ruts of unhealthy behavior introduces us to mediocrity. We feel so familiar with the thoughts, habits and defenses we’ve formed – even though some of our habits are unhealthy – that we prefer their comfortable securi-

ty to new growth. Leaving ruts requires humility to recognize the state into which we gotten ourselves, a willingness to change, and perseverance to figure and find the way out. Poet W.H. Auden writes of the human comfort level found in sameness, and the resistance to growth: We would rather be ruined than changed. We would rather die in our dread Than climb the cross of the present And let our illusions die. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Reach him at columns@community press.com 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.

Beware of free trial offers that require S&H fee I’ve repeatedly warned about Web sites that offer free trial offers for just a small shipping and handling fee. Too often, hidden in small print at the bottom of the page it says you will automatically be enrolled in the company’s program unless you cancel within 10 days – and you’ll be charged a high monthly fee for the service. Now the Better Business Bureau, Federal Trade Commission and Visa are also warning about this. The FTC stated, “Free trial marketing can be convenient for consumers – if the terms are clearly spelled out beforehand. Legitimate marketers don’t hide critical information about costs or cancellation policies to get their customers to agree to future changes.”

T h e FTC said some companies even make cancellations or returns difficult for Howard Ain those who Hey Howard! do read the fine print. It noted many of these firms use e-mail or Webbased promotions. Wanda Wade of Southgate was looking for work on the Internet and responded to an ad she saw on a news Web site. She said she thought it looked legitimate. “You were supposed to receive a kit for just paying $1.97 for shipping and handling,” Wade said. That was in early December and as soon as she signed up, giving her per-

sonal information and bank debit card number, she received a phone call that made her very leery of the company. “They called me and immediately tried … to get me to sign up for additional things.” Wade immediately cancelled with the company and so was shocked when, just days later, unauthorized charges starting showing up on her bank statement. The first was for $1.94, but the second was for more than $77 and that caused her bank account to be overdrawn. “They had no right to do that and I have called and contacted the company. I’ve spoken with eight or nine different people – a lot of foreign people that I can’t understand,” Wade said. “I canceled my card. I

have to keep the checking account open. It overdrew my account and I’ve been charged three overdraft fees,” Wade said. I told her to go in person to her bank to file written unauthorized withdrawal statements. She did and now has

received all the money back, including the overdraft fees. Wade said she will now be more wary of these free trial offers and will never put her debit card number on the Internet. “Definitely don’t use a debit card. A credit card is bad enough, but a debit card

is worse,” she said. Troubleshooter Howard Ain answers consumer complaints and questions weekdays at 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts on WKRC-TV Local 12. You can write to him at Hey Howard, 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

Acting Up to host open auditions Acting Up will be holding open auditions for “Disney’s Mulan Jr.” from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, at the Northern Cincinnati Youth Ballet (836 Reading Road, Mason); or from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11, at Mason Intermediate School 45 cafeteria (6307 Mason-Montgomery Road,

Mason). Actors only need to attend one of these sessions. No appointment is needed. Prepare a short monologue and song – together not more than two minutes. Dress to dance. Also, bring a completed audition form and recent photo.

“Mulan” will be directed by Dan Docherty; musical direction by Jack Hasty and choreography by Cindy Wilmes. The performances will be April 16,17 and 18 at the Mason High School Theater. For more information and an audition form, see www.ActingUp.com.

Stepping Stones Center is expanding its summer day camp for children with disabilities with more activities, a lower staff-to-camper ratio and openings for even more children. “We’re expanding to 14 camper units, which will allow us to serve up to 168 campers each day,” said day camp coordinator Amanda Kay. In 2009 the camp served 130 campers a day and close to 300 children through the summer at two locations: Stepping Stones Center in Indian Hill and Camp Allyn in Batavia. “This should let us serve most of the waiting list from last year,” said Kay. The popular Stepping Stones Center Day Camp was founded in 1963 and is Greater Cincinnati’s oldest summer day camp for children with disabilities. The program serves children age 5 through 22 with disabilities.

Camper units are limited to 12 children with two staff per unit plus volunteers. “We offer a safe environment that allows kids to fit in who wouldn’t fit in otherwise,” Kay said. “We modify activities to fit the unique needs and abilities of each camper.” The program includes swimming, boating, crafts and games. “This year we’re adding Music and Movement and Sensory Time,” said Kay. “Music and Movement will include dance, drama and lots of singing,” she said. A sensory specialist will direct Sensory Time, with activities that include playing in sand, rice and water. Stepping Stones Center’s summer day camps run from mid June through mid August. Cost is $45 a day. Children can be registered for a week of camp, for Tuesdays and Thursdays or for Mon-

days, Wednesdays and Fridays. Registration opens at the end of January. Day Camp Stepping Stone is on 23 acres in Indian Hill, with a lake and inground pool. Stepping Stones’ Day Camp Allyn is on 47 acres at Camp Allyn in Batavia, which is owned by the Rotary Club of Cincinnati. Camp Allyn includes lakes, an in-ground pool and miniature golf. For registration and program information, contact Stepping Stones Center, 831-4660 or visit www. steppingstonescenter.org. Volunteers should contact Sarah Bosley Woeber at sarah.bosley@steppingstonescenter.org. Inquiries about summer camp staff positions should go to Amanda Kay at akay@steppingstonescenter.org for the Indian Hill location or Tabbie Ross at t.rossssc@gmail.com for Camp Allyn.

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‘Queen of Housewares’ talks cookware

I laugh at a title jokingly given to me by customers at Macy’s – “The Queen of Housewares.” I not only demonstrate everything we sell but I also do the training for the region for our employees. That means I get to test all kinds of fun cookware, electrics, cutlery and gadgets. What that also means is I’m a huge advocate for good quality cookware and cutlery. Every year right after the holidays, I’m deluged with questions about cookware and knives. Checking with my other writer colleagues, I’ve found that these two subjects are ones that their readers have lots of inquiries about, too. I suppose it’s because they’re among the best selling houseware gifts and there’s such a huge variety available that it can be really confusing as to what’s good, what’s not, etc. So today I’m going to

address cookware. In a future column, I’ll talk about cutlery.

Rita Material It can

Heikenfeld Rita’s kitchen

be stainless steel, a l u minum, anodized aluminum, copper with a tinned or stainless inside surface, cast iron, cast iron with enameled inside, and nonstick, to name just a few.

Clad stainless steel

On its own, stainless is a poor conductor of heat. That’s why you should always buy a stainless pan with some copper or aluminum in it. The best cookware is “clad” which means it has an aluminum or copper core

that is sandwiched, or clad, between stainless steel. It’s usually called triple-ply. There are two kinds of clad: fully clad like what I just described where the sandwiched core extends from the bottom of the pan all the way up the sides (creating three layers) or bottom clad which have a disk of aluminum or copper, or both, on the bottom only. Both perform well but the fully clad is my choice and the highest quality. You can use metal utensils in these pans.

Aluminum

Look for anodized aluminum which means the pan has been put through a process that changes the aluminum structure to be non-reactive to foods, just like stainless and you can use metal utensils. You get great browning with this cookware.

CINCINNATI CENTER FOR FOOT CARE PROUDLY ANNOUNCES THE EXPANSION OF OUR FAIRFIELD OFFICE

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Copper

The best conductor of heat but expensive and needs maintaining to look good. You also get great browning.

Cast iron

I call this the original nonstick. I use mine every day. The downside is it’s heavy and needs to be seasoned and dried right away after washing. The perk is you get a boost of iron every time you cook with it. Some cast iron pieces, like Le Creuset, have an enameled cooking surface which gives you the benefit of cast iron without the work. Another line of cookware that gives great browning.

Nonstick

A lot of debate about this being a safe cooking surface. Bottom line is that you can still use your nonstick pans as long as they’re not

chipped or peeling. The surface is safe with normal use. For complete information, log onto www.goodhousekeeping.com about nonstick or check out my video showing all kinds of cookware at www.abouteating.com.

Browning in nonstick?

Nonstick does not brown as well, for the most part, as regular pans, though there are nonstick pans that offer decent browning. Nonstick is wonderful for eggs, waffles, cheese sandwiches, low fat cooking, sauces, etc. You need no oil in the pan except for flavor, and clean up is a breeze. Unless otherwise stated, use plastic or wooden utensils. Most nonstick is not dishwasher safe, though there are some that can be put in the dishwasher.

To spray or not to spray

I don’t recommend using

a pressure type spray, like Pam, on cookware. The pump units you fill yourself are fine, as is an oiled paper towel. What happens is the Pam-type cooking spray may sometimes bond to the bottom of a pan, creating a yellowish surface that is impossible to wash off. It won’t hurt the pan, but it may disqualify the warranty and may also compromise the nonstick surface.

I want your feedback!

What’s your favorite cookware, and why? Is it an heirloom pan, or a brandspanking new pot that you just had to have? Rita Nader Heikenfeld is Macy’s certified culinary professional and family herbalist, an educator and author. E-mail her at columns@communitypress.com with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Or call 513-2487130, ext. 356. Visit Rita at www.Abouteating.com.

Park district part of show The Hamilton County Park District is part of the 2010 Travel, Sport and Boat Show at the Duke Energy Convention Center, Jan. 15 through Jan. 17, and Jan. 20 through Jan. 24. As one of Cincinnati’s most popular events, the show is a onestop shop for those seeking the best in vacation and recreational opportunities. This year, the Hamilton County Park District booth has a camping theme, complete with a makeshift campsite of pine trees, pic-

nic tables, a fire pit and more. This year’s theme highlights the camping facilities at Miami Whitewater Forest, Woodland Mound and the new campground expansion at Winton Woods, which features eight deluxe luxury cabins, 25 RV back-in sites, 12 RV pull-through sites and a sustainable campground office. Those who stop by the park district booth can climb the 23-foot rock climbing wall for just $2 and visit

with park district naturalists who will have live animals. The kids can even make their very own pinecone birdfeeder for $1. Park district staff will be on hand to answer any questions and the 2010 Hamilton County Park District motor vehicle permits will be available for $5. Admission into the show is $10 for adults and free for children 13 and under. For Travel, Sport and Boat Show dates and times, visit www.hartproductions.com.

Spend evening with local author Noted author and Indian Hill resident Jon Entine will discuss his research on the genetic origins of the Jewish people at a special program at Northern Hills Synagogue – Congregation B’nai Avraham 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10. Entine will explain findings set forth in his book “Abraham’s Children: Race, Identity and the DNA of the Chosen People.” Interweaving genealogy, archaeology, history and genetics, Entine will explore

the connection between genetics and identity using breakthroughs in genetic research to reconstruct the ancient Jewish past, and analyze the genetic relationships between Jews and peoples around the world. His work was cited in a recent “Newsweek” article by Lisa Miller itled “Who is a Jew?” The program will be held at the synagogue, 5714 Fields Ertel Road, between Interstate 71 and Snider Road.

Entine was Tom Brokaw’s long-time producer at NBC News, and also produced ABC’s “20/20” and “Prime Time Live.” He has won more than 20 awards. The entire community is invited to attend. Books will be available for purchase and signing. A dessert reception will follow. There is no charge, but reservations are requested by calling Northern Hills Synagogue at 931-6038.

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January 6, 2010

Northeast Suburban Life

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Hope ‘glitters’ at fine jewelry event The recent “Hope Glitters” preview party celebrated more than just the beginning of the sixth annual Jewelry event at Legacies, the upscale home furnishings resale shop in Hyde Park Plaza that supports the free cancer support programs at The Wellness Community. Partygoers also toasted the store’s 15th anniversary and their recent move next door in Hyde Park Plaza to a bigger space. More than 200 shoppers and supporters attended the event hosted by honorary chairs and event cofounders April Davidow, Dianne Bohmer McGoron, and Moe Rouse. There was no cost to attend the event but, as always, 100 percent of the Legacies profits were directed to The Wellness Community. In addition to enjoying hors d’oeuvres generously provided by Forkable Feast, Fresh Market and Hyde Park Gourmet, guests also had an early opportunity to preview and buy the exceptional jewelry, donated and consigned by some of Cincinnati’s most stylish citizens. “The Hope Glitters party was a huge success,” said Legacies manager, Susan Clayton. “Everyone associated with Legacies, including many of our customers, are very proud to know that we’ve been helping people with cancer for 15 years by providing major funding for The Wellness Community’s free cancer support pro-

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Partygoers also toasted the store’s 15th anniversary and their recent move next door in Hyde Park Plaza to a bigger space.

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10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; noon to 4

p.m. Sundays, and is closed on Mondays. It is staffed primarily by volunteers and features a wide array of upscale furniture, artwork, jewelry, crystal, china, and other accessories that has been donated or consigned.

All profits benefit The Wellness Community’s free and professionally facilitated programs of support, education, and hope for people with cancer, their loved ones, and cancer survivors at TWC’s Lynn Stern Center in Blue Ash, a dedi-

cated facility in Fort Wright, and offsite outreach locations in Clifton, downtown and Western Hills. Donations to Legacies are tax-deductible and free pick-up is available. For more information about Legacies, call 8718899 or visit www.LegaciesConsignmentShop.com. For more information about The Wellness Community, call 791-4060 or visit www.TheWellnessCommunity.org/cincinnati.

Local girls, American Girl Dolls rock the catwalk in our community and around the world. Ticket price includes the performance, a meal and souvenirs for children. Aubrey Rose Hollenkamp died suddenly and unexpectedly two days shy of her third birthday. She endured a heart and double lung transplant at 18 months and smiled continuously throughout her life. The foundation has helped thousands of local families since founded in 2000 through grants, scholarships, gifts and more. The foundation also helped their second international child, Hannah (4year-old from the Philippines) who came to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital last summer to receive a lifesaving heart surgery.

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January 6, 2010

RELIGION Brecon United Methodist Church

ASSEMBLIES OF GOD

UNITED METHODIST

MONTGOMERY ASSEMBLY OF GOD

7950 Pfeiffer Rd.

793-6169

9:30 am Sunday School 10:45 am Sunday Morning Worship 6:30 pm Sunday Eve Service 7:00 pm Wednesday Family Night

Church of the Saviour United Methodist

www.montgomeryag.org

EPISCOPAL ST. ANNE, WEST CHESTER 6461 Tylersville Road (1/2 mile W. of Cin-Day) 513-779-1139

Sundays 7:30, 9:00 & 10:45am Nursery Sun 9:00am-noon Church School Classes for All Ages, 9:45am www.saintanne-wc.org

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. The church is at 7388 East Kemper Road, Sycamore Township; 4897021.

Mason United Methodist Church 6315 S. Mason-Montgomery Rd. (near Tylersville Rd. intersection) 513-398-4741 8:30 & 11:00 AM Traditional Worship 9:45 AM Contemporary Worship 1:30 PM Esperanza Viva, Hispanic Worship 9:40 & 11:00 AM Sunday School Childcare available www.masonumc.org

Sharonville United Methodist

8:15 & 11am Traditional Service & Kingdom Kids 9:30am Contemporary Worship & Sunday School 7:00pm Wednesday, Small Groups for all ages Infant care available for all services

3751 Creek Rd.

A new Knitting Group will meet at 1:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month (Jan. 7 and 21). Knitters of all skill levels are invited to join. Bring your own project or use their supplies. 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. The Moms Group will meet from from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19; and from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 25. All moms are invited.

513-563-0117

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932-7691 Holy Eucharist 10:30am Sunday School 10:30am Nursery Care Provided 5 min. from K-71 via Rt. 48

EVANGELICAL FREE 5910 Price Road, Milford 831-3770 www.faithchurch.net

Services 8:00 am, 9:15 am & 11:00am Steve Lovellette, Senior Pastor Nursery proivided at all services

Take I-275 to exit 57 toward Milford, Right on McClelland, Right on Price, church soon on Right

LUTHERAN ASCENSION LUTHERAN CHURCH

7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery (East of I-71 on Pfeiffer Rd) Worship Schedule 10:00 a.m. Worship and Holy Communion Baby sitter provided Pastor: Josh Miller ascensionlutheranchurch.com

8221 Miami Rd. (corner of Galbraith)

513-891-8181

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. The church is starting a new message series beginning the weekend of Jan. 9 and Jan. 10. Build-

Your Family . . . • Knows exactly what you want • Will not have to make difficult decisions on the worst day of their lives • Will not overspend • Will have “Peace of Mind” knowing your wishes were honored

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Traditonal Services 8:45 & 11:00am Sunday School 9:30 & 11:00am www.stpaulcommunityumc.org

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FAITH BIBLE CHURCH 8130 East Kemper Rd.

513-853-1029

(1 mile west of Montgomery Rd) Services & Sunday School: 9:00am & 10:45am Nursery Available

for your free “My Life” planning guide and consultation.

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NorthStar Vineyard

Skip Phelps

Community Church

Sunday 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. Loveland High School, off of Rich Rd. 683-1556 www.northstarvineyard.org

Epiphany United Methodist Church

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Connections Christian Church

The church has contemporary worship at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. The church is at 7421 East Galbraith Road, Madeira; 791-8348.

“We’re in the business of helping families make simple, sensible, and affordable arrangements.”

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ST. PATRICK’S-LEBANON

Family Lego Night is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9. Bring your Legos and a favorite dessert. Prizes will be given for each Biblical creation. Childcare is provided for those too little to participate. Senior Men’s Fellowship meets at 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday for lunch at the church. Bring your lunch; coffee is provided, and no reservations are necessary. The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 791-3142; www.cos-umc.org.

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ing a satisfying marriage that can go the distance is no easy task. Sometimes you need some help to either save your marriage or to take your most important human relationship to the next level. The new series, “Marriage 911,” may be the help you’re looking for. It will cover issues such as the purpose of marriage, faithfulness in marriage, spirituality in marriage, etc. This may be the best gift you can give your spouse and yourself. Services are at 5 p.m. Saturdays and 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sundays. Childcare at all services. 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; www.LPCUSA.org.

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 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

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 nesuburban@communitypress. com, with “Religion” in the subject line. Fax to 248-1938. Call 248-8600. Mail to: Northeast Suburban Life, Attention: Teasha O’Connell, Religion news, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, OH 45140. four Sundays of the month from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The church is located at 9035 E. Kemper Road, Montgomery; 4899572.

River Hills Christian Church

Thriving Moms is a group for moms of infants through high school students; meets weekly to receive encouragement and instruction, make friends and have fun; held 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; child care provided. There is a Christian counselor as the parent coach, as well as a mentor mom. Call 583-0371. The church is at 6300 Price Road, Loveland; 677-7600.

St. Paul Community United Methodist Church

St. Paul Church services are 8:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. for Traditional Worship and 9:30 a.m. for Contemporary Worship with Praise Band. Childcare is provided for all services. The church is at 8221 Miami Road, Madeira; 891-8181; www.stpaulcommunityumc.org.

Sharonville United Methodist Church

Sharonville United Methodist Church has services; 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. are traditional worship format, and the 9:30 a.m. service is contemporary. SUMC welcomes all visitors and guests to attend any of its services or special events. The church is at 3751 Creek Road, Sharonville; 563-0117.

Sycamore Christian Church

Sunday Worship Service is at 10:30 a.m. Bible Study is at 9 a.m. every Sunday. The church is hosting Ladies WOW Study Group (Women on Wednesdays) at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month. The event includes light refreshments and a study of Beth Moore’s “Stepping Up.” The church hosts Adult and Youth Bible Studies at 7 p.m. every Wednesday. The church is at 6555 Cooper Road, Sycamore Township; 891-7891, www.sycamorechristianchurch.

Good Shepherd (E LCA) www.goodshepherd.com

7701 Kenwood Rd.

513.891.1700

(across from Kenwood Towne Centre) Saturday night at 5:00 and Sunday morning at 8:00, 9:00, 9:30 & 11:00am Pastors: Larry Donner, Pat Badkey, Jesse Abbott

PRINCE OF PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH (ELCA)

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

UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF THE SAVIOUR 8005 Pfeiffer Rd Montgmry 791-3142 www.cos-umc.org "Faith and Science: Genesis-Galileo- Darwin")

Traditional Worship 8:20am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship 9:40am Sunday School (All ages) 9:40 & 11am Nursery Care Provided

Dr. Cathy Johns, Senior Pastor Rev. Doug Johns, Senior Pastor

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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PRESBYTERIAN BLUE ASH PRESBYTERIAN

4309 Cooper Rd. At Reed Hartman Hwy 791-1153 • www.bapcweb.net Rev. Michael Brewer, Pastor • 9:00 AM Sunday School for all ages • 10:30 AM Worship Nursery Care Provided Fellowship Hour following Worship Service

MADEIRA SILVERWOOD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH www.madeirachurch.org 8000 Miami Ave. 791-4470 Contemporary Worship 9:00 am

Church School for Everyone 10:10 am

Traditional Worship 11:15 am Child Care available at all times

Montgomery Presbyterian Church 9994 Zig Zag Road Mongtomery, Ohio 45242

Worship Service 10:30am Nursery Care Available website: www.MPChurch.net

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Coat drive exceeds goal The Society of St. Vincent de Paul and WLWT Channel 5 collected 5,124 new and gently used coats during the ninth annual 5 Cares Coat Drive between Oct. 19 and Dec. 4 with the help of partners Gold Star Chili, City Dash, local fire departments and Starr Printing Services, Inc. This year’s total collection surpassed the goal by more than 25 percent. St. Vincent de Paul supplies coats to its own clients, as well as to other agencies that also work directly with those in need. “Thanks to the generous community support and our corporate partners, we are able to provide coats, to help our neighbors and their

children stay warm this winter,” said Liz Carter, executive director of St. Vincent de Paul. “There was this little girl at one of the coat distributions, with the most infectious smile and giggle. She found a shiny purple coat with fur on the collar,” she said. “When I complimented her, she said she loved it because her mom’s coat is shiny and purple. How blessed we are that we were able to make that happen for her, and other children like her.” For details about donating or getting involved, call St. Vincent de Paul at 5628841, ext. 225, or visit www.svdpcincinnati.org.


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BIRTHS | DEATHS | POLICE | Editor Dick Maloney | rmaloney@communitypress.com | 248-7134

POLICE REPORTS

BLUE ASH

Arrests/citations

Mario Duane Summerour, 34, 11083 Wood Ave., assault (knowingly harm) at 11083 Wood Ave., Dec. 24. Randy P. Audas, 39, 10568 Kenridge Drive, domestic violence (physical harm with one prior conviction) at 10568 Kenridge Drive, Dec. 27. Cameron E. Smith, 25, 4021 Delaney St., possession or use of a controlled substance at Eastbound Ohio 126, Dec. 22. David P. Monroe, 29, 2834 Harrison Ave. Apartment 29, drug possession at Ramp from westbound Ohio 126 to Kenwood Road, Dec. 23. Stephen M. Baumgartner, 29, 6716 Fayetta Drive, driving under suspension or in violation of license restriction, traffic warrant, failure to comply with order/signal of officer, operating with number of former owner at Southbound Interstate 71, Dec. 22.

Incidents/investigations Criminal mischief

Someone destroyed $700 worth of bagel dough at Marx Hot Bagels at 9701 Kenwood Road, Dec. 24.

Dogs/animals running at large

At 9796 Cooper Woods Court, Dec. 28.

Lost property

A woman said she lost a Verizon LG cell phone at Marx Bagels at 9701 Kenwood Road, Dec. 25.

Petty theft

Someone stole $285.10 worth of telephone service from Paul R. Rigney Co. at 4866 Cooper Road apartment 113, Dec. 23. At 4150 Hunt Road, Dec. 29.

Theft

Someone took $20 cash, a Discover card, a Chase Toys R Us card, a T-Mobile Wing cell phone, value $200; a MasterCard; a Macy's credit card, and $24 at 9567 Bluewing Terrace, Dec. 24. Someone took a catalytic converter, value $875, from a vehicle belonging to Ardus Medical at 11297 Grooms Road, Dec. 23. Someone took a catalytic converter, value $1,200, from a vehicle belonging to Covap Inc. at 10829 Millington Court, Dec. 24.

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Sycamore Lane, drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs at Westbound Interstate 275, Dec. 18.

Incidents/investigations Aggravated burglary

A man said someone broke out a rear glass door window and took $380 cash; a jewelry box, value $100, and jewelry, value $400 at 7906 Symphony Lane, Dec. 18.

Passing bad checks

A man said someone transferred $94.69 from his checking account at 10226 Hightower Court, Dec. 17.

Telecommunications harassment

At 6690 Cooper Road, Dec. 18.

Theft

Someone took a cell phone, value $120, from a student at Sycamore Junior High School at 5757 Cooper Road, Dec. 18.

Theft-without consent

Someone took $10 worth of groceries from Kroger at 9939 Montgomery Road, Dec. 18.

SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP

Arrests/citations

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering

People using vacant house under rehab without authorization at 11941 Seventh Ave., Dec. 16.

Arrests/citations

Timothy W. Peirsall, 34, 1196

About police reports

The Community Press publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: Blue Ash, Chief Chris Wallace, 745-8573. Montgomery, Chief Don Simpson, 985-1600. Sycamore Township, 7927254. Symmes Township, Lt. Dan Reid 683-3444.

Burglary

Door kicked in, TV valued at $900 taken at 4485 Harrison Ave., Dec. 10.

Front lawn driven through at 3769 Glengary Court, Dec. 16.

Criminal mischief

Vacant house damaged at 10941 Third Ave., Dec. 16.

Identity fraud

Reported at 4750 E. Galbraith Road, Dec. 1. Reported at 7321 Vinnedge Court, Dec. 10.

Theft

Purse taken at Banana Republic at 7875 Montgomery Road, Dec. 16. Cash and ring taken at 8338 Willa Drive, Dec. 8.

SYMMES TOWNSHIP Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering

Our interactive CinciNavigator map allows you to pinpoint the loction of police reports in your neighborhood. Visit: Cincinnati.com/blueash Cincinnati.com/montgomery Cincinnati.com/sycamoretownship Cincinnati.com/symmestownship

3556 Lobelia Drive: Denza William M. Jr. to Asher Ryan M.; $155,000. 62 Carpenters Ridge: Wolfe Charles S. & Marian A. to Degrot Ann E. Tr; $249,250.

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10636 Brandywine Lane: Baden Jeffrey T. & Rabbi Ilana G. Baden to Pandilidis Andrew William; $257,500. 43 Traditions Turn: Robert Lucke Homes Inc. to Wittnbaum Bradley; $1,199,900. 9707 Bunker Hill Lane: Simons Richard V. to Simons Tina G.; $109,000.

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About Fire, EMS reports

The Community Press obtains fire and emergency medical dispatches from the Sycamore Township Fire EMS Department, 489-1212 (North Station) and 792-8565 (South station).

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Apartment entered, laptop valued at $1,400 taken at 8915 Harper’s Point Drive, Dec. 15.

Identity theft

Man reported someone used his American Express number online to buy phones valued at $764.98 at online, Dec. 16.

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Man armed with BB gun entered and robbed Taco Bell at 9067 Fields Ertel Road, Dec. 13.

Vehicle window broken, purse containing identification, cash and credit cards taken at Golden Corral at 12090 Mason Road, Dec. 11. $39.13 in gas pumped and not paid for at Speedway at 10440 Loveland-Madeira Road, Dec. 8. Check taken from mailbox at 9427 E. Kemper Road, Dec. 11.

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About real estate transfers

Information is provided as a public service by the office of Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes. Neighborhood designations are approximate. Home Buyers LLC to Velasquez Nicole; $355,000. 10534 Tanagerhills Drive: Begley Kevin H. & Maureen E. to Remedy Home Buyers LLC; $328,000. 10534 Tanagerhills Drive: Remedy Home Buyers LLC to Velasquez Nicole; $355,000. 11716 Lebanon Road: Vance Joyce L. Tr to Wilmes James W. Tr; $162,850.

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Nov. 26, Galbraith, medical emergency Nov. 27, Mason Montgomery, electrical Nov. 27, East Ronald Reagan @ 17, motor vehicle accident Nov. 27, Pine, medical emergency Nov. 27, Montgomery, medical emergency Nov. 27, Galbraith, fall Nov. 28, Woodlawn, gas leak

NOTICE OF SYMMES TOWNSHIP ZONING COMMISSION Notice is hereby given that the Zoning Commission of Symmes Township, Hamilton County, Ohio, will hear Symmes #95-01, Waterstone (Pier One sign alteration), at its meeting scheduled for January 20, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. The Zoning Commission will review for approval a minor modification to the Final Development Plan to amend the approved signage plan to alter the sign plan for the ground mounted identification sign that fronts Fields Ertel Road. This meeting will be held at the Township Administra tion Building, 9323 Union Cemetery Road. Information is on file and open for public inspection. Carol A. Sims Zoning Secretary 937435/100159416

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Juanita to Speed Alicia Raye; $147,274. Loveland Trace Court: Mckinney Developers LLC to Robert Lucke Homes Inc.; $100,000. 10294 Plantation Pointe Drive: Plantation Pointe LLC to Fischer Single Family; $75,000. 10297 Plantation Pointe Drive: Plantation Pointe LLC to Fischer Single Family; $75,000. 10401 Gateway Drive: Eilers Kenneth G. & Janice L. to K. & T. Homes Ltd.; $180,000. 10437 Gateway Drive: Levine Charles F. & Beverly S. to Meier Steven M.; $275,000. 10534 Tanagerhills Drive: Begley Kevin H. & Maureen E. to Remedy Home Buyers LLC; $328,000. 10534 Tanagerhills Drive: Remedy

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Penny Lewis, 44, 313 Jefferson No. 2, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Dec. 10. Ariel Gresham, 19, 1755 Avonlea St., theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Dec. 16. Vivienne Measah, 35, 2517 Spindlehill No. 5, disorderly conduct at 7913 Montgomery Road, Dec. 10. Juvenile male, 16, theft at 7913 Montgomery Road, Dec. 9. Sakinan Johnson, 18, 4616 W. Mitchell Ave., theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Dec. 11. Ariel Thomas, 19, 11423 Farmington Road, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Dec. 11. Markeya Evans, 18, 1664 Lantana, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Dec. 11. Tyisha Phillips, 19, 575 Liberty St. No. 302, theft at 7913 Montgomery Road, Dec. 10. Jessica Owens, 26, 1420 Main St. No. 3, theft at 7913 Montgomery Road, Dec. 11.

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