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Book cover for "My Stone of Hope" by Jean-Robert Cadet. provided photo John-Robert Cadet lost his childhood and innocence in his native Haiti to a system that still allows 300,000 youngsters to be enslaved as domestic servants. Yet a chance meeting in October 2010 with Cady Short-Thompson, Dean of the University of Cincinnati’s Blue Ash College, led Cadet to what is now his most legitimate chance to make significant change in Haiti.




Loveland Symmes firefighters win charity tower climb

To share the holiday spirit with their community heroes, fourth-graders at St. Nicholas Academy assembled care packages for their bus drivers and area police and fire departments. See Schools, A5

His way Elvis is back in the building. Princeton High School is planning its third annual tribute to The King with two concerts at Matthews Auditorium Saturday, Jan. 14. The shows include more than 20 Princeton High School music students, as well as eight alumni in the crew and main band. Full story, A4

Dedicated group Symmes Township will be hosting two dedications this spring. The Ross Family Log Cabin Museum and Home of the Brave Park on North Lebanon Road, will both be dedicated. Full story, A2

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LOVELAND — Three Loveland Symmes Fire Department membersstrappedonnearly100 pounds of protective gear, climbed 45 stories of the Carew Tower — and came back down winners. The team of firefighters Andrew Becker, Jonathan Goecke and Matt Kohl took first place in one of the races at the most recent local Fight for Air Climb by getting to the top of the downtown Cincinnati landmark in a total of 26 minutes, 47 seconds. Their individual times were the top three in a race that included firefighter teams from Cleves, Sugarcreek, Union Township in Clermont County and West Chester Township. Loveland Symmes Fire Department competitors also proved themselves winners in another way. The firefighters collected $300 in donations for theAmericanLungAssociation$100morethanthedepartment’s goal. “We are incredibly proud of the men and women of the Loveland Symmes Fire Department and congratulate them on this well-deserved honor,” Chief Otto Huber said. “The dedication they show every day delivering service to our residents carries over to how they prepare themselves to be fit for duty.” The American Lung Associationsponsorsverticalroadraces in skyscrapers and stadium across the country to raise money to research lung disease. The next Greater Cincinnatiarea race will be Sunday, Feb.19, at the Carew Tower. To participate or make a donation, visit Meanwhile, Huber said the Loveland Symmes Fire Department continues to study a proposal to build a $400,000 firefighter-training tower in Loveland, with other fire departments also using it and sharing

The Corner Coffee Cafe after a pickup truck involved in a high speed chase crashed into the building last Jan. 29. FILE PHOTO

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Loveland-Symmes fire fighters Matt Kohl, left, and Jonathan Goecke, right, hold the trophy they won at the Fight for Air Climb when they raced the 45 stories to the top of the Carew Tower in 26 minutes, 47 seconds. LEAH FIGHTMASTER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS costs. “The tower proposal is still in theplanningphase,”Hubersaid. “We are working with legal counsel on agreements.” The proposal under study is to build—as early as next spring—a three-story tower attached to a two-story residence with two burn rooms on property on EastLovelandAvenueownedby the Loveland-Symmes Firefighters Association, which is separate from the fire department. The Loveland Symmes Fire Department says a tower at that site would not only make for better-trained firefighters and safer citizens, but could be a money-maker for Loveland or the

Loveland-Symmes Firefighters Association should one of them decide to finance and own it. Loveland Symmes Fire Department officials said fire departments in 11 other communities have expressed interest in paying an annual $3,000 subscription fee per community for use of the firefighter-training tower. They said the estimated annual debt payments on the tower would be nearly $36,000 for 15 years, based on a 4-percent interest rate, and that the estimated annual income from fire departments interested now - including the Loveland Symmes Fire Department - would be about $39,000.

Rick and Joni Lawson weren’t sure how long it would take their CornerCoffeeCafetoregainitsold customers when it reopened June 21 after being closed five months. A truck fleeing the police and traveling 80 mph on eastbound Loveland-Madeira Road in Symmes Township had smashed into the popular breakfast-andlunch restaurant at 2 a.m. Jan. 29. The driver was charged with operatingavehicleundertheinfluence and failing to comply with a police officer’s orders. The damage to the building, which includes an antiques shop, was so extensive, it was closed five months for repairs. “Theyhadtoteartherestaurant apart and reconstruct it,” Rick Lawson said. “The ceiling, walls and windows came off.” When it reopened, it looked exactly as it had before. The Lawsons, who have owned it for eight years, worried that many of their regular customers who had changed their morning routines might not return to the cafe. Throughout the five months the cafe was closed, the Lawsons updated the progress of repairs on the eatery’s Facebook page. Their worries proved to be unfounded. It didn’t take much time after thecafe,atMainandLoveland-Madeira Road, reopened for business that it returned to normal. “The first couple of days we were open, the people who had found us on Facebook were mainly the ones who came in,” Rick Lawson said. “It was slow for about a week. But as word got out that we re-opened, we got really busy.” The Lawsons have had many emotionalreunionswhenloyalcustomers returned for the first time after the restaurant re-opened. “There have been some really heartfelt moments,” Rick Lawson said. “People would come in and thank us for reopening.”

Symmes board considers baseball at park By Leah Fightmaster

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Caring students


Fields at Hopewell Meadows Park could see some playing time this summer. Bob Dehume represented the Cincinnati Riverhawks Youth

Baseball Inc. at the Jan. 3 Symmes Township Board of Trustees meeting, requesting to use the fields at Hopewell Meadows Park, 9131 Hopewell Road, as the team’s home field for its upcoming 2012 season. A second-year club, the Riverhawks field teams for 12- and

14-year-old boys and have had trouble establishing a home playing field. “It’s been difficult to find a home field,” he said. Dehume added that they measured the field and it “fit their needs” according to field size reg-

ulations for their teams’ age groups. The field would be used for practice on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays for two hours, and weekSee BASEBALL, Page A2

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Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Symmes Township Branch Library at 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, 11850 E. Enyart Road.

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Pillich meets constituents

Pillich (D–28th District) will have open office hours 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 16, at the Forest Park Starbucks,1150 Smiley Ave. Pillich has open office hours at different locations throughout her district, where residents can come to discuss issues and ideas with her. All are welcome.

District discusses technology

On March 1, Sycamore Community Schools will host a meeting to discuss current and future technology integration in the district. The meeting will be from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Edwin H. Greene Intermediate School, 5200 Aldine Drive. During the meetings, residents, parents and staff members will learn about blended learning courses and future trends with educational technology, as well as share their thoughts on

what new technologies Sycamore should consider implementing and what technology goals Sycamore should work toward. All residents of the district are invited. Both meetings will contain the same information. Two meetings are being offered so residents can choose the date that best fits their schedule. Seating is limited. Please RSVP by contacting Bill Fritz, technology director, at 686-1790 or

How to borrow eBooks

Learn how to use the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s downloadable collection to borrow eBooks for free at the Blue Ash Branch Library at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30; 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, 4911Cooper Road, Blue Ash. Several locations will have presentations on how to use a home computer to search, borrow and download eBooks from the library’s website at www.cin- The library has established its own contract with Overdrive, the company that supports the Ohio eBook Project. The new site is at cincinnatilibrary/lib/ Features of the new site include 21 day loan periods, rotating slideshows that spotlight new additions to the collection, a collection of browser-based Disney books, more user-friendly browsing option and easilyaccessible help pages.

Park, log cabin to be dedicated this spring


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Symmes Township will be hosting two dedications this spring. Thefirst,theRossFamilyLogCabin Museum on the Meade Property at 11887 Lebanon Road, is tentatively set for April 21. Built in the1830s and located along the path near the Union Cemetery Road entrance to the property, the log cabin is under reconstruction by the Symmes Township Historical Society. Society President C.J. Carr updated the board on the log cabin project, announcing the windows and roof are installed, and the workers are continuing to complete the inside and electrical

utilities. He also said that vandals broke the windows of the cabin, continuing the vandalism problem they faced last year. Carr added the Historical Society is considering an 1860s-style baseball game on the property near the cabin during the dedication. Symmes Township’s newest park, HomeoftheBraveParkonNorthLebanon Road, will be dedicated this spring, buttheexactdatehasnotbeendecided. Discussion of the date followed an update of the park’s construction by Doug Rack of Turner Construction. Rack said they are pouring the last of the concrete this week, hoping to set the granite panels for the memorial and installing the gate next week,

matching the signs for the park to the signs used throughout the rest of the township and general cleanup. “The roofing (for the shelters) took a little longer than I thought,” Rack added, also saying there is no cost change for the completion delay to spring. A suggested date for the dedication is Memorial Day, while April 28 is also being considered. A concern with the earlierdateistheweatherforthewater playground,butTrusteeJodieLeissaid she thought they should have other activities for children, such as scavenger hunts. “It should have a festival atmosphere,” Leis said. “We should make it kind of special.”


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ule. Hopewell Meadows Park does not schedule organized sports on the fields, but there is not a written rule prohibiting organized teams from using the fields. Newly-elected Board President Jodie Leis suggested sending a letter to residents of the neighborhood asking whether they are still opposed to the field being used for organized sports, then holding a public meeting to allow residents to voice their opinions. The meeting, set for the end of the month, will allow the township to show residents photos of the park currently and in use, then provide time to share opinions. “We have a park, we should use it,” Leis said.

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ends for games. Dehume said he did not know the exact number of Symmes Township residents on either team, he said that at least half are from within the Indian Hill Exempted Village School District, which includes Symmes Township, and the remainder from surrounding areas, such as Loveland, Mason and Milford. Trustee Ken Bryant asked about alternative parks in Symmes Township for the club’s use, but Symmes Township Park has smaller outfields and Stonebridge would have a conflicting soccer sched-




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Donate old cell phone and save a gorilla in process

Sam Rhoad, a second-grader at Indian Hill Primary School, donates an old cell phone to the Indian Hill High School sophomore class, which is collecting old cell phones to benefit the Cincinnati Zoo's Project Saving Species. THANKS TO GEOFF

rilla population. Cell phones contain an ore called coltan, and one of the only areas to mine it is in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which is the center of gorilla habitat. To help preserve the species and its home, students are recycling as many cell phones as possible. There are currently more than 270 million cell phone users in the United States alone and more than 4 billion worldwide. The average life of a cell phone in the U.S. is about a year and a half. Of these old, unused cell phones, less than 1 percent are recycled. The school will be collecting devices until Jan. 27.

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Generosity fills the trucks By Kelly McBride

Residents throughout the Cincinnati area stepped up over the holidays with donations for several organizations that help those in need. Fill The Truck, an initiative of Dan Regenold and Frame USA, grew from one truck in the lot of his Springdale store to 11 containers sprinkled around the Interstate 275 loop. Two trucks, the one in Springdale and one in Wyoming were filled, and the other nine were partially filled. "It is through the great work by all that we were able to accomplish this

goal of Filling The Truck," Regenold said. "Many local customers, vendors, schools and individuals were involved in helping make this initiative happen. "The 20,00-plus donations that were on the truck that went to the Healing Center (in Springdale) will help a lot of people struggling in the area for the next several months." Volunteers delivered donations of 20,986 items from the Frame USA truck on Northland Boulevard to the Healing Center in Springdale Dec. 23. Donations from the truck at Spring Valley Bank in Wyoming were de-

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Filing deadline creates surprise primaries Gannett News Service The filing deadline for candidates in the March 6 primary came and went, with Hamilton County Republicans still looking for a real candidate to take on Democratic county commissioner Todd Portune; and a former Cincinnati city councilman ready to take on Republican county commissioner Greg Hartmann. The candidate filings also produced some potentially explosive GOP March primary battles for county commission seats in Butler and Clermont counties; and primary battles in Hamilton County for state legislative seats for both the Republican and Democratic parties. In the 2nd Congressional District, David Krikorian of Madeira who has battled Rep. Jean Schmidt, R-Miami Township, in court and on the

ballot, filed as a Democratic candidate. For Hamilton County Commissioner, the Democrats have recruited former Cincinnati council member Greg Harris, a 40-year-old West Price Hill resident. GOP leaders have been trying to convince Chris Bortz, who lost his bid for reelection to Cincinnati City Council last month, into running against Portune, but Bortz has yet to commit to the race. That forced the Republican party to file the name of a “placeholder” candidate - party finance director Maggie Nafziger Wuellner, who has served the party as a placeholder before. Placeholder candidates can withdraw after the primary and be replaced by the party up until Aug. 13. The Hamilton County GOP is hoping that replacement candidate will be Bortz, a developer who

‘(State Rep. Peter Stautberg) is more concerned about keeping the lobbyists happy (than) he is about serving his constituents.’ FORMER STATE REP. TOM BRINKMAN JR., IN ANNOUNCING HIS FILING served three two-year terms on council. Bortz said he is considering running against Portune but is not ready to make that decision yet. “I’m giving it serious consideration, talking to advisers, looking at the impact on my career,’’ said Bortz, who lost a bid for a fourth term on City Council in November. In a surprise move, former State Rep. Tom Brinkman Jr., of Mt. Lookout, filed petitions to take on State Rep. Peter Stautberg, R-Anderson Township, in a GOP primary in the 27th Ohio House District, which includes much of south-

eastern Hamilton County. Brinkman was termlimited out of the Ohio House four years ago, and Stautberg replaced him. Brinkman said in a release that Stautberg “is more concerned about keeping the lobbyists happy (than) he is about serving his constituents.” Stautberg could not be reached for comment, but Hamilton County GOP chairman Alex Triantafilou said Stautberg has “been an outstanding legislator.” “I think Tom Brinkman just needs a job,’’ Triantafilou said. Other interesting

races to follow include: » Republican John Williams and Democrat Tracie Hunter - who are still locked in a legal battle in federal court over their 2010 juvenile court election - will apparently face each other this fall in a second juvenile court judgeship, one to which Williams was appointed by Gov. John Kasich in November. Hunter filed petitions to run for the remainder of the term to which Williams was appointed. The two were separated by only 23 votes in that election, which is still in legal limbo over the counting of provisional ballots. In other filings: » State Rep. Louis Blessing Jr. is prevented by term limits from running for the Ohio House. His son, Louis Blessing III, entered the race and will face two Republicans, Heather Harlow and Pakkiri Rajagopal.

» Republicans in the legislature created a new majority Democratic district in central Hamilton County called the 31st; and there will be a fourway Democratic primary there. State Rep. Denise Driehaus’ West Side district was blown apart by GOP redistricting, so she moved to the 31st, where she will face former Democratic state Rep. Terry Tranter, Louis Brockmeier and Sandra Queen Noble in the Democratic primary. » Former Cincinnati Council member Leslie Ghiz filed petitions to run in a field race for two Hamilton County Common Pleas Court judgeships, possibly endangering a Republican incumbent, Dennis Helmick. In addition to Helmick and Ghiz, Democratic incumbent Nadine Allen and Democrat challenger Mark B. Weisser are running.

Hunters kill 209 deer in Indian Hill By Rob Dowdy

Approximately 215 hunters registered in Indian Hill have killed 209 deer so far this deerhunting season, according to police. Last year’s mark of 292 deer killed is still within reach, according to Indian Hill Rangers Detective Shawn Perdue, who manages the program. “It’s right on track

compared to where I thought we’d be,” he said. The deer culling program, meant to curb the deer population in Indian Hill, has been successful, though the village stopped its annual deer count in 2009 due to budget concerns. Perdue said there are correlations between the number of deer killed, the number of hunters and the remaining deer. He said if the number of deer killed remains at

approximately 300 and the number of hunters remains at approximately 215, then the number of remaining deer should be a little more than 300. “There’s definitely a pattern,” Perdue said. The deer culling program was established in 2000 to reduce the deer herd in order to lower the number of deer-related car accidents and the damage done to residential landscaping. Hunters registered

with the village must pass a background check and complete a hunter safety course to be allowed to hunt in the village. They can only hunt on property that is at least three acres and must have permission from the owners. Last year’s mark of 292 deer killed in Indian Hill is still within reach, according to Indian Hill police detective Shawn Perdue. PROVIDED

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Princeton welcomes Elvis for third year By Kelly McBride

Elvis is back in the building. Princeton High School is planning its third annual tribute to The King with two concerts at Matthews Auditorium Saturday, Jan. 14. The shows include more than 20 Princeton High School music students, as well as eight alumni in the crew and main band. Several adults will perform, including Matthews Auditorium Manager Don Freeman as Elvis. The other band members include music teacher Ligaya Deleon-Baumann as backup singer, Jerry Linger on guitar and five singers from Nashville, Tenn. Bass singer Richard Harris put together a gospel quartet for the show, to provide back-up singing, just as J.D. Sumner and the Stamps did. Harris had worked with

Elvis. "There are a lot of professional performers in this show," Freeman said of the production's size and scope. "This ranks next to the Princeton Music and Theater's yearly musical." The cast is to scale of Elvis's actual 1970s shows, he said. "This show not only has people singing and playing as Elvis' people did, but the stage is the same layout as his was, also," Freeman said. "We are trying very hard to make this an experience of an actual show," he said, "not just the songs. This year, Freeman added the Nashville Quartet, and there will be new songs, plus the older favorites. Jan. 14 is the date Elvis performed his famous Hawaii concert on worldwide TV, via satellite, so the evening show will feature many songs from that Hawaii performance.

Between the two shows, more than 40 songs will be performed, though the concerts won't be identical. As a kid, Freeman was a big Elvis fan. "I would go home from school and sing to his records," he said. "My parents and even vocal teacher in Nashville would say Elvis taught me to sing." "It's not easy throwing together a full cast like this," he said, "so this is a dream come true." The tribute concerts, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., cost $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Tickets can be ordered at, or purchased at the door. "The best part of this show to me is that everyone gives their time and talent," Freeman said. "No one gets paid, and we do it because we all love to perform, hopefully to big crowds."



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Moeller High student honored by Rotary Club The Blue Ash/Montgomery Rotary Club honored Matt Kanetzke, a senior at Moeller High School, as its December Student of the Month. Kanetzke, son of John and Carol Kanetzke of Loveland, received the award at the club’s Dec. 6 meeting. Students are chosen for the award based on their demonstrated leadership qualities, academic achievement, and

community service. An honor roll student, Kanetzke, has received numerous school awards for scholarly, athletic, and community service achievements. He is a member of the Moeller Student Council, volleyball team, National Honor Society, and the Moeller Student Admissions Team. Kanetzke has organized food drives and fundraising cam-

paigns for local and international relief projects, served as a coach/ counselor at a sports camp for youth, and is a block captain for Moeller’s Little Buddies program, a mentoring project that pairs high school students with inner-city youth who need a friend and role model. Kanetzke’s college plans include a major in health sciences or business.

demic dean, thanked Rotarians for their youth recognition programs as he cited Kantezke's academic achievements and community service. The club’s Youth Development Committee works with area school administrators and counselors to identify candidates for the Student of the Month award. Information is on the club’s website:

Sycamore Junior High celebrates senior citizens

Using all kinds of art supplies, students make cards and letters to go inside the care packages. From left: Ben Lohmueller, Lainey Rankin, Maddi Downie, Dominic Sumner, Nolan Burwinkel and Ryan Sand. THANKS TO ANN FALCI

Seeds of Service

In presenting the Rotary award, Dr. Kimberly L., Koss, chair of the club’s Youth Development Committee, said Kanetzke exemplified the Rotary InKanetzke ternational motto, “Service Above Self.” Chris Wilke, Moeller’s aca-

To share the holiday spirit with their community heroes, fourth-graders at St. Nicholas Academy assembled care packages for their bus drivers and area police and fire departments. As a part of the Seeds of Service program, students wrote letters and decorated cards, crafted Christmas ornaments and baked cookies. Teachers Kara Seither and Melissa Stoeckel helped the children assemble the ornaments, cards and letters, and cookies into packages for the children to take to their heroes.

Ben Owens and Charlie O'Donnell cut out dough with cookie cutters. THANKS TO ANN FALCI

Lainey Rankin and Maddi Downie work on cards to share Christmas greetings with their community heroes. THANKS TO ANN FALCI

For more than 25 years, Sycamore Junior High School has been celebrating and honoring the senior citizens of the community through a program held during December called Adopt-ASenior Day. It’s during this festive time of year that the school reaches out to a group that may otherwise be forgotten. Coordinated by the Beta club, Adopt-A-Senior Day has become a tradition that the whole school supports and looks forward to each year. More than 100 senior citizens are invited to the school for a day of fun and interaction with the students and staff of the junior high. The seniors enjoy many activities throughout the day including an informal time to play games, talk with students, and snack on homemade treats that are prepared by groups of students. The seniors are also treated to a magic show given by staff member Tom Bemmes and enjoy listening to the sounds of the “Saxophone Santas” led by David Swift, a teacher at Sycamore

High School. The students also served a complete holiday meal for the seniors, which was been prepared by the school nutrition staff, headed by Kimberly Bouldin-Bryant. After the meal has concluded, the seniors, staff, and students assemble in the auditorium for the last delight of the day. The band, orchestra, choir, and the Sycamore Singing Company provide additional entertainment during the afternoon by bringing holiday songs of many different eras and cultures to life on the auditorium stage for the entire school to enjoy. Kathy Nagel and Dana Darbyshire, staff member of Sycamore Junior High, are co-sponsors of the Beta Club. While many other staff member and students help support this day, the Beta Club is primarily responsible for the organization of the activities in which the seniors participate. It is a day that many area seniors look forward to each year and has become a tradition that Sycamore Junior High takes great pride in hosting

Takiya Hagler and Michael Mullins bake cookies for Christmas Care Packages for their community heroes. THANKS TO ANN FALCI

Jack Burke, Sydney Jacobs and Megan Von Lehmden shake sprinkles on their cookies for Christmas care packages. THANKS TO ANN FALCI

Students talk with senior citizens and share holiday treats during Sycamore Junior High School's Adopt-a-Senior Day. THANKS TO JESSICA ROGGIERO

Great Oaks announces 2011 Distinguished Alumni Graduates of Great Oaks programs can be found in almost every career field and at the top of their professions. Each year, the Great Oaks Education Foundation honors the top nominees among those who have excelled in their professional and personal lives. This year, three alumni were honored as Distinguished Alumni at a Dec. 14 dinner, sponsored by the Foundation. They are: Kenneth ‘Doc' Kilgore A police specialist for the Cincinnati Police Department, Kilgore is known to listeners of local radio stations Warm 98 and MOJO as popular host Doc Kilgore. Kilgore graduated from the broadcast arts program at Scarlet Oaks in 1979. After brief stints on several local radio stations, he

spent 14 years as a broadcaster in Houston at KMJQ, KWWJ and KSBJ and in Chicago at WBMX. He is a police specialist for the Kilgore Cincinnati Police Department. Kilgore also serves his community as a frequent volunteer and emcees and hosts the Inner City Tennis Projects annual fund raiser. He was nominated by Great Oaks instructor Joanne Easley, who said “The quality and drive of who he is speaks loudly through his achievements.” Kilgore lives in Kenwood. Jerry Turner A 1975 graduate of the Live Oaks Carpentry program, Turner has owned Turner’s Jet Construc-

tion and Family of Bethel for more than two decades, building high-end homes and light commercial building. He began his career in conTurner struction while still a senior at Live Oaks, with Frank Fisher Construction. As a successful construction company owner, Turner has hired dozens of other Great Oaks graduates. He serves on the advisory board of the Laurel Oaks Construction Framing and Finishing program, and helps judge local student competitions. His generosity extends to the community as well; his company has worked on four homes for Habitat for Humanity and he helped to build the

Ruth Lyons House to raise money for charity. “Jerry continues to give back to his community, and his passion for construction and the future of Great Oaks students is obvious to all who know him,” said nominator Tom Bixler. Shawn Wilkin In the early 1970s the first Great Oaks students attended Laurel Oaks, staying overnight during the week in converted barracks. Shawn Wilkin was one of those students, and he became part of the original graduating class of 1973. After completing the Masonry program, he spent the next 25 years working in the field before accepting the opportunity to return to Laurel Oaks and begin teaching. He earned his teaching certificate at Wright State Uni-

versity, and for the past 14 years has prepared hundreds of students to become successful masons. In fact, his program was featured in the national publiWilkin cation of the Masonry Contractors Association of America. He maintains strong relationships with industry leaders for the benefit of students, and he has led students in supporting the community by building structures at schools and in parks throughout Highland and Clinton counties. He has helped to raise thousands of dollars to send students to regional, state and national competitions. Wilkin lives in Hillsboro.



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Keimer thrilled to coach Eagles

Team a work in progress By Nick Dudukovich

SYMMES TWP. — It’s been a slow start for the Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy boys basketball team, but first-year head coach Andy Keimer is finding his niche. Keimer, who was hired in May, was attracted to the position because of his goal to become a head coach. He also has an affinity for smaller schools after playing for Margaretta High School in the small northern Ohio village of Castalia. The chance for Keimer to share his faith within the basketball proKeimer gram was also an important factor. “(The faith aspect) is important to me and being able to share that within basketball as a coach is important,” he said. Keimer played basketball, baseball and football during his prep days, and attended Adrian College in Michigan, where he continued his pursuit of athletics on the hardwood and on the gridiron. And while the Eagles’ 2-6 start could have even the most veteran head coaches rushing to grab some Tums, Keimer is optimistic about the future of his program. The Eagles have demonstrated the ability to stay in games. The margin of defeat in four of the Eagles’ losses through Jan. 5 have been by fewer than five points. The most notable loss for CHCA game in the season opener, when the squad lost by just two points to North College Hill, who is ranked No. 6 in the Enquirer Division II-IV coaches’ poll. “We just want to be more consistent,” Keimer said. “We have great kids doing great things. We just have to more consistent in our competitiveness and continue to improve each day.” Ben Tedrick (left) will CHCA has also attempt to play a role for lost two fourththe Eagles as CHCA tries to quarter leads this rebound from its 2-6 start. season, which could FILE PHOTO have resulted in wins over Dayton Christian and Little Miami. “We just need to learn to finish and learn to put teams away, and a lot of times, you learn that from being in that situation,” Keimer said. Keimer, a former Mason assistant, believes the team is capable of turning its fortunes around, and could even pick up some wins come tournament time. If the Eagles are to get hot down the stretch, the squad should continue to look for Jon Price to be an offensive catalyst. Price leads the team with 16.8 points per game. “I’m excited to see him evolve as a player and as a leader,” Keimer said. “He’s stepped up to the challenges we’ve presented him.” Jordan Smith, brothers Andrew and Ben Tedrick, as well as guard Cody DiFabio have also been impressive, according to Keimer. As Keimer enters the second half of his first season, he’s excited for the Eagles to tackle the challenges that lay ahead. “I love (the job),” he said. “The parents have been supportive and I have an outstanding staff. We’re looking forward to the future....We’re trying to create a family program over here and hopefully we’ll keep getting better each day and we’ll keep improving.”

NORTHEAST SUBURBAN LIFE Moeller head coach Carl Kremer addresses his team on the bench at the Junior Orange Bowl Classic in Florida. The Crusaders won two of three playing teams from the Miami area Dec. 28-30. THANKS TO WWW.LETSGOBIGMOE.COM

Moeller goes

ORANGE BALLIN’ Crusaders take 1st loss in Florida tournament By Scott Springer

MONTGOMERY — The Griswold family wagon is back somewhere off Montgomery Road as the Moeller Crusaders have returned from their post-Christmas vacation in south Florida. Moeller’s holiday hardwood trip this season was to the Junior Orange Bowl Classic. This year’s adventure didn’t feature “Cousin Eddie” but did have coach Carl Kremer’s crew lighting up some pretty formidable opponents as they won two of their three games. “The way it fell, we wound up playing three teams from Miami,” Kremer said. “Three hard-fought games.” Moeller beat Coral Reef 63-58 on Dec. 28; Sagemont on Dec. 29, 67-54; and lost to Hialeah Gardens 65-59 on Dec. 30. This is something the Crusaders do annually. In 2010, Kremer took his squad to Arizona. The yearly experiences often prepare the team for the rigors of the Greater Catholic League. “I think athleticism was definitely good,” Kremer said of the tourney. “Every team we played had at least two Division I players. The last team we played (Hialeah Gardens) I thought was exceptional. They were big, physically mature and very, very skilled. It’s hard to imagine we’ll play a much better team than them all year.” That said, Moeller only lost the game by three buckets.

Senior Ben Galemmo lets fly against Sagemont (Fla.) in Moeller's 67-54 win at the Junior Orange Bowl Classic. Galemmo hit for 22 points in this game on Dec. 29. THANKS TO WWW.LETSGOBIGMOE.COM

“I think the score might make it look a littler closer than it was,” Kremer said. “We played better in the second half and kept it around 10. We ended up getting it down to two and they ended up winning by six.” During the tournament, 6-3 junior Josh Davenport continued to find the basket by scoring 71 points in the three games, including a season-high 30 in the opener against Coral Reef. “He is really, really playing well offensively,” Kremer said. “His ability to finish at the rim is good and guys are doing a really good job of getting him the ball in places where he can score. He was very effective scoring in all three games.” Senior guard Ben Galemmo also scored in double figures in all three games, highlighted by a 22-point, six assist perfomance against Sagemont. Kremer wasn’t the only one to notice Galemmo’s efforts.

Moeller junior Josh Davenport goes to the hole against Sagemont Dec. 29 at the Junior Orange Bowl Classic. Davenport scored 71 points in three games at the tournament. WWW.LETSGOBIGMOE.COM

“I thought Ben’s leadership helped us and I think he really improved his stock,” Kremer said. “He shot it well and really had great floor leadership.” Berry College offered Galemmo while he was in Florida, according to Kremer, and he’s been attracting some Division II interest. That interest could get intensify based on his year-end efforts. “The coach from Sagemont (Fla.) apparently has a lot of college connections,” Kremer said. “He was going to call a lot of people. Ben’s a tough kid with a lot of skills and he’s starting to show that.” Despite returning home with their first loss of the year, Kremer continues to be a fan of the out-ofstate, out-of-school experiences. A few 85 degree days were also quite agreeable to the veteran coach. “For us there’s so many different levels of benefit,” Kremer said. “There’s a lot of skill and a lot of different levels of play. Also, I think for a school like us, it’s just great bonding.” The only casualty of the trip was 6-5 senior Alex Voss injuring his nose in the final game. It was thought that Voss would miss a few games, but he appeared in a mask to protect the nose Jan. 6 against St. Xavier, prompting “Hannibal Lecter” jeers from the Bomber student section. Voss responded with 11 points in the 46-38 win. Moeller’s next scheduled home game is Jan. 13 against Purcell Marian. Their rematch with state champion La Salle is on the Lancers’ floor Jan. 20.

LIONS ROAR IN POOL Emily Slabe, an Ursuline Academy sophomore, swims for a win in the girls 100-yard backstroke at the Larry Lyons Invitational hosted by Sycamore High School Jan. 7. Slabe's time was 58.58. Slabe helped her team take the overall team win for the girls. She was also part of two winning relays, The 200 yard Medley and the 400 yard Freestyle. LIZ DUFOUR/THE COMMUNITY PRESS



Sycamore Jr. High has good cross country year

The Sycamore Junior High Cross Country teams, under the coaching staff of Rick Shomo, Ashley Marinich and Jessica Ruggiero, had a very successful year. The seventh-grade girls finished third in the Greater Miami Conference district race. Team members and places: Kamaria Walton (eighth), Kate Bachman (18th), Kaitlyn Grega (21st), Allison Kossen (24th), Jessica Wocks (25th), Laura Setser (38th) and Kate Funderburk (49th). The eighth-grade girls also finished third. Team members and places: Katie Vorpe (fourth), Katie Busch (sixth), Rachel Haupt (23rd), Lauren Shassere (28th), Grace Anaple (29th), Liza Fitzgerald (35th) and Olivia Salach. The seventh-grade boys completed their season with numerous title wins. They placed first in Greater Miami Conference district meet. Miles Menyhert won the race with a time of 11:37 and was quickly followed by Andrew Schrantz (sixth), Noah Darwiche (seventh), Max Hill (eighth), Kevin Lawson (ninth) Clayton Bennett (15th) and Josh Peck (45th). The seventhgrade boys also ran to a victory at all-city meet at Colerain High School. The eighth-grade boys can boast an undefeated record for the season with key title victories. They won the Greater Miami Conference district meet with Ray Berling wining with a time of 11:05. He was followed by a strong showing from Kyria Graves (third), Martin Gonzalez (fourth), Paul Stucker (seventh), Nathan Cole


Boys basketball

» Moeller beat Sagemont (Fla.) 6754 Dec. 29 at the Junior Orange Bowl Classic. Senior Ben Galemmo led the Crusaders with 22 points. Moeller lost to Hialeah Gardens (Fla.) Dec. 30, 65-59. Josh Davenport led in the defeat with 21. Back in the area for their Jan. 6 game with St. Xavier, the Crusaders rebounded with a 46-38 win. Davenport again led with 13 points. On Jan. 7, Davenport hit for 14 points as Moeller defeated Hughes 6449. » Sycamore lost to Lakota East Jan. 3, 35-33. A.J. Williams was the only scorer for either team in double figures with 11 points. On Jan. 7, the Aves defeated Loveland 62-46. Sophomore Zach Farquhar led Sycamore with 18 points.

Girls basketball

The Sycamore Junior High School girls cross country team placed fourth out of 22 teams. From left are: Back, Lexy Rile, Haya Akbik, Grace Anaple, Jessica Wocks, Nora Dukart, Lauren Shassere, Katie Busch, Kate Bachman, Katie Vorpe, Kamaria Walton; front, Kaitlyn Grega, Liza Fitzgerald, Allison Kossen and Rachel Durkart. THANKS TO RICK SHOMO

» Sycamore beat Faith Baptist (Fla.) 65-42 at the Braggin’ Rights Classic at Mason Dec. 28. Senior Lauren Hancher had16 points for the Lady Aves. On Jan. 4, Sycamore hammered Hamilton 59-34. Lexxi Newbolt was high scorer with 19 points. On Jan. 7, Newbolt again led with 18 points as Sycamore flogged Fairfield 82-57. » Ursuline beat Lakota East Dec. 28, 51-38. Kate Reilly had 28 points.

Boys bowling

» Moeller beat St. Xavier 2,5892,342 Jan. 3. Daniel Oehler had the

The Sycamore Junior High School boys cross country team places fourth out of 22 teams at state. From left are: Back, Masayuki Okamoto, Animesh Bapat, Nick Cassidy, Martin Gonzalez, Ray Berling (center with trophy), Nathan Cole and Kevin Lawson; front, Max Hill, Kevin Fitzgerald, Kyria Graves, Noah Darwiche, Andrew Schrantz, Clayton Bennett, Paul Stucker and Mile Menyhert. THANKS TO RICK SHOMO

(eighth, Nick Cassidy (13th) and Kevin Fitzgerald (21st). The eighth grade boys also completed their regular season with a victory at the all-city meet. To top off their impressive regular season schedule, the Sycamore Junior

High cross country boys placed first at the at the Middle School State Meet, while the Sycamore Junior High cross country girls placed fourth out of 22 teams! The meet was located at Groveport Madison High School.

high series for the Crusaders with a 430. The Crusaders edged out Sycamore 2,414-2,408 Jan. 6. Senior Nick Kadon led Moeller with a 403 series. Sycamore’s Jake LeFrance led all bowlers with a 412 series.

Girls bowling

» Sycamore beat Lakota West on Jan. 4 1,525-1,296. Senior Riley Miller had the high series for the Lady Aves with a 287.

Boys swimming

» Moeller finished second at the Larry Lyons Invitational Jan. 7. The Crusaders set a pool record in the 200 medley relay with a 1:38.55. Matthew Hobler won the 50 freestyle and Christian Josephson won the 100 butterfly. » Sycamore finished third at the Larry Lyons Invitational behind Moeller and Centerville Jan. 7.

Girls swimming

» Sycamore was fourth at the Jan. 7 Larry Lyons Invitational. » Ursuline won the Larry Lyons Invitational Jan. 7 as junior Bridget Blood and sophomore Emily Slabe won multiple events.


» At the Indian Cup Jan. 7, Sycamore’s Sara Wesselkamper won on balance beam (9.125) and at all-around (35.7).


» Sycamore was sixth at the Ron Masanek Fairfield Invitational Jan. 7. Senior Caleb Whitcomb-Dixon (152) and sophomore Tinashe Bere (220) finished second in their divisions.



Burch’s Braves have bounce By Scott Springer

INDIAN HILL — In what could turn out to be a threering circus, Indian Hill’s boys basketball team is hovering near the top of the Cincinnati Hills League and is ready to aggressively attack their league schedule. They started off the new year by thumping the Anderson Redskins at Anderson by twenty points, showing no signs of extensive holiday feasting or sluggishness. Outside of 6-6 Steve Bell, the Braves were outsized by Anderson’s collection of 6-4 to 6-8 post players, but Redskins’ length was never a factor. “We knocked a little of the rust off,” coach Tim Burch said of the 71-51 win. “We hadn’t played in two weeks.” Burch’s Braves have faced a similar situation with Sycamore (where they won by 16) and still have size issues with Clark Montessori and Aiken to come. Though having Ball Statebound offensive lineman Bell in the pivot helps, the Braves played without him last year and have the quickness and discipline to outfox their large opponents. “We have two different

Indian Hill junior guard Jon Griggs, No. 2, practices the art of lobbying during a break in the Braves' 71-51 win at Anderson Jan. 3. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

looks,” Burch said. “We have big Steve (Bell) in the middle who we can run picks off of; he’s still learning to move. Then, we can put guards out and get up and down a little bit.” Thus, when Bell gets into foul trouble, Indian Hill rarely loses a beat as seniors Austin Trout and Teddy Kremchek (averaging 12 and 16 points respectively) are accustomed to defending taller players. “Austin Trout is 6-2 and can guard anybody out there,” Burch said. “He can guard a guard. He can guard a ‘big.’ He’s just so valuable to this program.” Trout is a third-year varsity player and teamed with Kremchek to make plays on Indian Hill’s football team. Banging bodies is nothing

new to them and junior guard Jon Griggs plays with an “in-your-face” style at the point. “(He’s) one of the best point guards in the city of Cincinnati,” Burch proclaimed. “I’ve told plenty of college coaches that I think he’s going to be better at the college level than at the high school level because of how physical he is. He loves that physical game.” Playing larger teams like Sycamore and Anderson should serve Indian Hill well with the bulk of the CHL schedule ahead. “In the CHL, we really don’t push ‘til they push us,” Burch said. “We don’t turn the ball over and we can move the ball. Our defense is playing well and we’re real proud of that. Hopefully, we can continue that. With our out-of-league schedule and with what we do in the preseason and the summertime, we don’t worry about the physical stuff.” At presstime, the Braves’ lone loss was at Finneytown Dec. 9, 58-55. Burch now looks forward to the next meeting Jan. 20. “We get another shot at them at our place,” Burch said. “They’re a good team. The CHL’s being represented well this year. I think it’s going to be a good league.”



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Is it time for school consolidation?

The Indian Hill School Board has a rare window of opportunity to make an interesting business decision. Past boards were advised to consider the possibility of consolidating school districts. It would be best to consider the wise use of taxpayer money by using this potential cost reduction. There would be immediate cost reduction due to an overlap of expenses. It is possible that we could immediately save twice more per year, than with our healthcare costs. There would be an ability to share facilities for certain subjects. During this time of declining enrollment from the village of Indian Hill, it would offer greater utilization of our facilities, which we are told, are in “excellent condition.” Everyone on the school board has an important job to accomplish when not acting as board members. The future of our schools and the trust of the Indian Hill taxpayer are equally important. Two such equally important jobs can require more brain energy than each member may be able to offer. This investigation will require a lot of time and effort.

There will be the need for travel and meetings with prospective candidates. Does the board have the time to consider these things; or, will their day jobs be too demanding? It took many years to decide to do something about our school healthcare costs. I suspect that it James Baker COMMUNITY PRESS was difficult to do the homeGUEST COLUMNIST work, and finalize the process, due to the time required by each member for his or her regular duties. Will this recognized need, that the day job comes first, be too pressing to give their all to the task of running the school as an efficient business? Business executives make these types of decisions quite frequently. They often involve many more dollars, and may be international in scope. These executives are paid to devote long hours to the task of getting their companies profitable. Can our board members offer the time and energy needed to consider

school consolidation, on a timely basis? Europe will be in a recession during 2012. This is the majority opinion of their leading economists. According to the BBC, “Europe faces an enormous overhang of accumulated government and private-sector debt, much of which is now not repayable.” When bad debts are written off, someone takes a loss. Some of these debts are held here in the US. According to the office of the U. S. Trade Representative, “U.S. exports to the EU accounted for 21 percent of overall U.S. exports in 2008; and, it is directly responsible for roughly 7.1 million jobs.” With Europe in a recession, and imports of our goods down, how will this affect our economy next year? The good news, housing has bottomed here, and car sales are up. We need this 1-2 economic punch to begin to pull our economy up. We must do all in our power to maximize our tax dollars. Anything less is theft! James Baker is a 35-year resident of Indian Hill

Homes should be tested for radon levels Did you know that one in every two homes in Ohio have elevated levels of a dangerous carcinogen that can easily be tested for and remedied if found? Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Exposure to high levels of radon – a Tracey colorless, odorCapuano less gas found COMMUNITY PRESS in rock, soil and GUEST COLUMNIST water naturally through the breakdown of uranium – is the leading cause of 21,000 cases of lung cancer in nonsmokers per year, according to the Environ-

mental Protection Agency. While radon levels pose a low threat to human health outdoors, radon can accumulate to dangerous levels indoors. During the month of January, the EPA and the Ohio Department of Health have partnered with the Ohio Association of Radon Professionals to sponsor National Radon Action Month, urging all homeowners to test their homes for radon concentrations. Testing for radon in a home or business is relatively inexpensive. Radon test kits are available through the Ohio Department of Health, local home improvement stores and by state licensed radon professionals. Radon is measured in picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L), a measure of radioactivity. Know your

number! If levels are above 4 pCi/L, mitigation is recommended. A reading of 4.0 pCi/L is equal to the radiation of 200 chest rays per year or 8 cigarettes per day. Radon does not discriminate between old or new homes or those with or without basements, and testing is the only way to know your number. For more information mention the Ohio Department of Health at for low cost test kits and licensed testers in your area or check with your local county health department for test kit coupons. Tracey Capuano is president of the Ohio Association of Radon Professionals and owner of Radon Protection LLC in West Chester.

Honoring Ohio’s patriots, families Last month, the Ohio House and Senate joined together to honor Ohio’s fallen heroes—the men and women in uniform who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Many of the families of those who died in battle recently accepted the Ohio Military Medal of Distinction on their loved ones’ behalf at the Statehouse. I was honored to have been in attendance for this solemn occasion. The medal was established in 2009 as a commemoration of Ohio’s brave service members who lost their lives in battle. Legislators from the House and Senate met in the House chamber for the ceremony to show our appreciation, gratitude and deep respect for those Ohioans who were called to the fight for freedom and were willing to put their lives on the line for it. The honorees of the Medal were heroes who exhibited exemplary leadership, selflessness and courage on the battlefield.

It is important that we forever hold a prominent place in our hearts for our military men and women. Their service allows us to live in comfort and peace. I sincerely extend my admiration to those who are fighting or have fought for our country. Their sacrifice and allegiance has not gone unnoticed. Some men and women pay Ron Maag the ultimate COMMUNITY PRESS price so that we GUEST COLUMNIST many live free. It is through their service that we know we are being protected each and every day by people who are willing to put themselves in harm’s way for their country. The Ohio Military Medal of Distinction ceremony serves as a humbling reminder that Ohio service members play a vital role in our military efforts, and these patriots deserve our ever-



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lasting gratitude and appreciation. Many in our area know firsthand how difficult it can be to have a loved one engaged in combat, and to those that have lost loved ones, you will always have our state and nation’s deepest gratitude. Sadly, our area lost a cherished member of the armed forces. Army Spc. David S. Morrison of Cincinnati died serving our country. His sacrifice serves as a reminder of just how costly the defense of freedom can be. While we will never be able to give Spc. Morrison all that he gave us, the Ohio Military Medal of Distinction symbolizes our unwavering recognition of him for standing tall in the face of danger and fighting for our nation’s most worthy cause. State Rep. Maag may be reached by calling (614) 644-6023, e-mailing, or writing to State Rep. Ron Maag, 77 S. High St. Columbus, Ohio 43215.

CH@TROOM Jan. 4 questions Do you think Iraq will deteriorate into sectarian violence after the U.S. pulled its troops out of the country? Why or why not?

“Why should Iraq be any different from any of the other Middle Eastern countries where deeply entrenched segments of the population seem to be completely intolerant of each other? “In hindsight, perhaps Sadaam Hussein's assassination, brutality and torture were the only glue that could maintain civil order. Much like Yugoslavia, when the brutal dictator was gone, the country fell apart. “I would like to believe we have given them a chance for a new start, but I am not hopeful that they won't waste the monumental effort we invested.” F.S.D. “Who cares? I just want our troops stationed in Iraq back in the U.S. “War gets us nowhere.” E.E.C. “There is no doubt that this will happen. The reason is that as politically incorrect it is to say this, Islam is not a ‘peaceful religion,’ as all the terror and violence of recent years has proven (most recently the Christmas bombing of the Catholic church in Nigeria.) “The Sunnis and Shiites are at war, and when they are finished fighting each other they will come after us, make no mistake about it. “Recently a local doctor active in the Islamic community in Ma-

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son wrote a guest column condemning the bombing in Nigeria, and I was grateful for that. However, the quote he provided from the Qur'an to make his point was disingenuous. It was very selective in trying to portray Islamic teachings and actions as ‘tolerant.’ “There are many other quotes from the Qur'an which tell a different story, but there isn't enough room here to document them all. “There are many good books about Islam about there which will help those who want to understand know more about my concerns, books by Robert Spencer, David Horowitz, Andrew Bostom, Serge Trifkovic and others. “The most significant evidence, however, is the lack of tolerance of non-Muslims in countries which are controlled by a Muslim government or majority. “I wish we could all get along, but I don't have much hope.” Bill B. “Yes. Our type of government doesn't work in areas of the world where tribalism and violence have been the rule for thousands of years. “If you read the Bible, the events could very well be the identical events that are happening today, same problems, different day. “It might have been a better idea to divide the country into three sectors, one for each of the main religions, each with a ruling government within Iraq.” J.K.

Dec. 21 questions Should the annual basketball game between the University of Cincinnati and Xavier University be discontinued after the brawl between the two teams Dec. 10?

“Yes the ball games should continue , but let them play with boxing gloves on so they will be equally balanced as far as the playing goes. Maybe it will wake up the players to the stupidity of their actions.” D.D.

Why should taxpayers get stuck with tab for Amtrak hot dogs? Amtrak train passengers aren’t the only ones being taken for a ride. The railroad system loses more than $60 million a year on food and beverages, and taxpayers are picking up the tab. That’s outrageous. How does Amtrak manage to lose money while selling a hot dog for $4.50? Consider that passenJean Schmidt COMMUNITY PRESS gers would pay an astounding GUEST COLUMNIST $6.60 for the same hot dog if you took away a subsidy provided to Amtrak by taxpayers. Revenue from food and beverages sold aboard Amtrak trains in fiscal year 2010 totaled $131 million, but the cost of providing the service was $192 million. That loss of $61 million means taxpayers provided a subsidy of nearly 32 percent. Keep in mind that this isn’t gourmet fare that requires a French chef. We’re talking about zapping hot dogs in micro-

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waves, brewing coffee, serving soda pop, and making change. Amtrak has been required since Oct. 1, 1982, to break even or make money on food and beverage service. In nearly 30 years since then, Amtrak has not once complied with the federal law. So I’ve introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives to halt the runaway deficit spending aboard Amtrak trains. My bill, called the Amtrak Food and Beverage Service Savings Act, would require the Federal Railroad Administration to seek competitive bids. Amtrak would be allowed to compete with outside companies in bidding to provide food and beverages. If Amtrak can’t cut the mustard, the job of serving up a hot dog should be privatized. The National Taxpayers Union, which has 360,000 members, has endorsed my bill. The bottom line is this: When it comes to covering the cost of hot dogs served on Amtrak trains, taxpayers are fed up. U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt represents Ohio’s 2nd Congressional District.

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Haitian author, scholars team to fight child slavery

They develop course for kindergartners Gannett News Service

MADEIRA — John-Robert Cadet lost his childhood and innocence in his native Haiti to a system that still allows 300,000 youngsters to be enslaved as domestic servants. Cadet believes he is 56 years old but does not know his birth date. He has spent much of his adult life fighting for those children. They’re known in Haiti as restaveks, a French term whose meaning “staying with” is an attempt to disguise the true nature of the arrangement. Cadet, a former French teacher in Cincinnati Public Schools and at Madeira High School, has fought the system formally and informally. He wrote two books about his life. “Restavec” came out in 1998, its sequel “My Stone of Hope” in October. He created two foundations, the first in 2007 that he split from in 2010 to form another, the Jean R. Cadet Restavek Organization. “They are bricks and mortar. I am advocacy,” is Cadet’s explanation for the change. He has spoken tirelessly in the United States, Haiti and Europe – primarily in France and Great Britain – against the practice. Oprah Winfrey, the United Nations and CNN have provided high-profile platforms. Yet a chance meeting in October 2010 with Cady ShortThompson, Dean of the University of Cincinnati’s Blue Ash College, led Cadet to what is now his most legitimate chance to make significant change in Haiti. After meeting with Cadet, Short-Thompson gathered seven academicians from UC-Blue Ash and Northern Kentucky University, where she’d previously headed the Communications Department. The team consisted of two education specialists, an adjunct NKU professor who has organized medical mission trips to Haiti and three English professors and a biology professor from UC-Blue Ash. They developed a curriculum for kindergarten students using, in part, a Haitian folk story of a young girl handed into domestic servitude after her mother’s death, Ti Sentaniz, that is designed to help sensitize children to their environment, history and human rights of their peers. They wrote and illustrated the story. Cadet’s presentation of his life story to students and faculty moved Short-Thompson to action. “He is one of the most inspiring, mission-driven people I’d ever heard,” she said. “I

Jean-Robert Cadet, of Madeira, an internationally known abolitionist fighting child slavery in his native Haiti, has worked with area professors to develop a curriculum for Haitian schools. PROVIDED

NEW BOOK Jean-Robert Cadet’s first book, “Restavec: From Haitian Slave Child to Middle-Class American,” has sold more than 25,000 copies. Its sequel, “My Stone of Hope: From Haitian Slave Child to Abolitionist,” with Jim Luken, is available by calling University of Texas Press at 800-252-3206, online at sites such as or through Cadet’s foundation, the Jean R. Cadet Restavek Organization, at

John-Robert Cadet, a former restavek, has separated from his original foundation. He has hired laywers and is seeking to re-estalish a foundation devoted to his mission of rescuing Hatian children from childhood slavery. For use with Mark Curnutte story. MICHAEL E. KEATING/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

knew I would do something to help him.’’ Cadet and three members of the team returned Thursday from Port-au-Prince, where 50 Haitian teachers underwent training on the coursework and offered their ideas on how to improve it. In addition to the story of Ti Sentaniz and the curriculum, the Haitian teachers received a copy of the excerpts from the

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989). “This is the most sustainable project for Haiti,” Cadet said. Team member Frank Wray, a biology professor at UC-Blue Ash, designed the environmental curriculum and presented it to Haitian teachers. Also presenting from Cadet’s team were NKU education professors Missy Jones and Helene Harte. “It was amazing, considering that we were asking them to consider new material and new strategies (of teaching),” Wray said. “Teachers stand in front of the class, and children learn by repetition.” A film crew from a French television station filmed the

sessions and interviewed Cadet about the new materials. Haiti, of course, suffered before the catastrophic earthquake of Jan. 12, 2010, as the Western Hemisphere’s most impoverished nation. About 40 percent of Haitian children never attend school, and only about 25 percent of high-schoolaged students are enrolled, according to the U.S. State Department. The majority of Haitian children attend foreignrun, religious-based schools. Haiti’s literacy rate is about 53 percent. Cadet has the ear of Haiti’s president, Michael Martelly, whose May 2011 inauguration Cadet attended. “He said Haiti will have free and mandatory education,” said Cadet, who then presented an

earlier draft of the anti-slavery curriculum to officials in the Ministry of Education in Haiti. “They told me he could pass it if we had a section about the environment,” Cadet said. Fewer than 100,000 acres of forest remain in Haiti. The country, about the size of Maryland with a population of 9 million, has lost 98 percent of its tree cover. More than 70 percent of all fuel consumed in Haiti is wood or charcoal, a primary source for cooking, according to the U.S. Agency for International Development. Once corrections are made, the curriculum will be tested in several Haitian elementary schools before formal presentation to the government for inclusion in Haiti’s national standards. Martelly, a former musician who performed under the stage name “Sweet Micky,” said he plans a world tour to raise money for Haiti’s ambitious national education initiative. Cadet is helping to pay for the curriculum. His foundation paid teachers $10 a day to attend the training and provided breakfast. His earnings from sales of “My Stone of Hope” are going to train teachers and produce teaching materials. “I will not stop for those kids,” Cadet said of the restaveks. “I can’t leave this in the hands of foreigners who don’t know anything about the culture.”

“He is one of the most inspiring, mission-driven people I’d ever heard.’’ CADY SHORT-THOMPSON, dean of the University of Cincinnati’s Blue Ash College


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, JAN. 12 Art Exhibits Directions: An Exhibit of Paintings, Photography, Watercolors, Mixed Media Assemblages and Quilts, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Gallery Salveo at the Health Foundation, 3805 Edwards Road, Suite 500, Works by Maureen Holub, David Rosenthal, John Humphries, Jenny Grote and Heather Jones. 513458-6600. Hyde Park. Gift of Art: Original Works for the Holidays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, 2005 1/2 Madison Road, Diverse group of artists and styles of artwork hand selected and beginning at $25. Through Jan. 14. 513-3215200; O’Bryonville.

Civic Christmas Tree Drop-off, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Bzak Landscaping at Turpin Farm, 3295 Turpin Lane, For Hamilton County residents only. Bring proof of residency, such as a driver’s license or utility bill. Remove all decorations, tinsel, ornaments and tree bags from holiday greenery. Other yard waste also accepted. Free. Presented by Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District. Through Jan. 14. 513946-7737. Newtown.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road, $5. 513-379-4900. Anderson Township. Yoga Care Plus, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Class 1. Weekly through Feb. 16., Beech Acres Park RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave., Next level of yoga builds upon foundation of yoga care basics, and is designed to give benefits of yoga at gentle pace. Ages 18 and up. Classes 1 and 2: $58, $48 residents. Classes 3 and 4: $42, $32 residents. Registration required. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 513-388-4513. Anderson Township.

Literary - Bookstores Miss Meghan’s Music, 9:45 a.m.-10:15 a.m. 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m., Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road, Move, sing songs and mostly enjoy time together. Ages 4 and under. $8. Registration required. 513-731-2665; Oakley.

Pets Cat Toy Crafting, 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Confetti Cats, 3165 Linwood Road, New twist on catnip, bringing cat lovers and crafters together. Make own cat toy, donate craft materials or make a purchase. Sales benefit Save the Animal Foundation. Family friendly. Free. 317-4461533. Mount Lookout.

Recreation Cornhole League, 8:30 p.m., Beech Acres Park RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave., Ages 21 and up. Family friendly. $40 per team. Registration required. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 513-388-4514. Anderson Township. Pre-school Open Gym, 9:30

a.m.-11:30 a.m., Beech Acres Park RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave., Playground atmosphere indoors. Unstructured playtime for parents and pre-schoolers. Ages 4 and under. Family friendly. $2. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 513-3884515. Anderson Township.

friendly. $5. Registration required. 513-731-2665; Oakley.

Literary - Libraries Introduction to eBooks Workshop, 6 p.m.-7 p.m., Mariemont Branch Library, 3810 Pocahontas Ave., Learn how to use your home computer to search, borrow and download free eBooks from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s website. Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 513-369-6026; Mariemont.

FRIDAY, JAN. 13 Art Exhibits Directions: An Exhibit of Paintings, Photography, Watercolors, Mixed Media Assemblages and Quilts, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Gallery Salveo at the Health Foundation, 513-4586600. Hyde Park. Gift of Art: Original Works for the Holidays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, 513-3215200; O’Bryonville.

Music - Concerts An Evening with Shelby Lynne, 8 p.m., 20th Century Theatre, 3021 Madison Road, Grammy Award-winner performs. $30, $25 advance; plus fees. 800-745-3000; Oakley.

Business Seminars Job Search Learning Labs, 1 p.m.-2:45 p.m., Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave., Technically-oriented learning opportunities for those in job transition. Free. Presented by Job Search Learning Labs. Through Dec. 14. 513-474-3100; Anderson Township.

The Chabad Jewish Center, 3977 Hunt Road, Blue Ash, will have the Bagel Babies program for 10 weeks from 9:45-10:45 a.m. Monday or Tuesday mornings. For more information and to register, call 793-5200, visit or e-mail Sharon Bramy helps son, Eyal, 2, with a fall session cooking activity while Charlotte Gosdin, 16 months, observes. THANKS TO RABBI BEREL COHEN

Civic Christmas Tree Drop-off, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Bzak Landscaping at Turpin Farm, Free. 513-946-7737. Newtown.

On Stage - Theater You Can’t Take it With You, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, Play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart and directed by Tom Storey. Classic comedy takes us back to the delightful madness of the Sycamore family. Mix basement fireworks, an aspiring playwright, a xylophone, a tipsy actress, subversive leaflets, an income tax man, ballet lessons and a Russian Countess, then stir in a budding office romance. $17. Presented by Mariemont Players Inc.. 513-684-1236; Columbia Township.

SATURDAY, JAN. 14 Art & Craft Classes January Family Open House: Snowflakes, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Bring family to design unique snowflakes using cut glass pieces to be fused into hanging piece of fused glass art. No experience necessary. Family friendly. $15. Registration required. Through Jan. 28. 513321-0206; Oakley.

Art Exhibits Gift of Art: Original Works for the Holidays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, 513-3215200; O’Bryonville.

Auditions American Girl Fashion Show Model Auditions, 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Beechmont Toyota, 8667 Beechmont Ave., Girls ages 4-13 of all ethnic backgrounds who would like to model historical and contemporary American Girl Doll fashions at the American

ABOUT CALENDAR To submit calendar items, go to and click on “Share!” Send digital photos to along with event information. Items are printed on a spaceavailable basis with local events taking precedence. Deadline is two weeks before publication date. To find more calendar events, go to and choose from a menu of items in the Entertainment section on the main page. Girl Fashion Show the weekend of April 27-29 at Music Hall. Free. Presented by Aubrey Rose Hollenkamp Children’s Trust Foundation.; Anderson Township.

Civic Christmas Tree Drop-off, noon-3 p.m., Bzak Landscaping at Turpin Farm, Free. 513-9467737. Newtown.

Clubs & Organizations Cincinnati Tri-State Knitting Guild Monthly Meeting, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Learn from professional photographer how to best photograph your knitting or stash for Etsy, Ravelry, your blog or just to share., Oakley Branch Library, 4033 Gilmore Ave., Bringing knitting individuals together for social, educational and charitable activities. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Cincinnati Tri-State Knitting Guild. 859-462-3333; Oakley.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 513-3794900. Anderson Township.

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

for four sessions; $10 per session. 513-271-5111. Madisonville.

Literary - Bookstores July in January Party, 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road, Make glass sun catcher with friends from Brazee Street Studios, hear some summery stories, make a hot sun print and have a snack to cool you down. Ages 4-10. $18. Registration required. 513-7312665; Oakley.

Music - Classic Rock The Foxx, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Latitudes Beechmont, 7454 Beechmont Ave., 513-827-9146. Anderson Township.

Music - R&B The Special Band, 8:30 p.m.midnight $10., Redmoor, 3187 Linwood Ave., Soul and rock band. 513-871-6789; Mount Lookout.

Nature Winter Skies Weekend, 1 p.m. 2 p.m. 3 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Seasongood Nature Center. Kids and adults can join the naturalist inside the traveling indoor planetarium to learn what objects and constellations are visible this time of year. There also will be hands-on discovery stations. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 513-5217275; Anderson Township.

On Stage - Theater You Can’t Take it With You, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 513-684-1236; Columbia Township.

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Nature Winter Skies Weekend, 1 p.m. 2 p.m. 3 p.m., Woodland Mound, Free, vehicle permit required. 513-521-7275; Anderson Township.

On Stage - Theater You Can’t Take it With You, 7 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 513-684-1236; Columbia Township.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 7 p.m.-8 p.m., United Church of Christ in Oakley, 4100 Taylor Ave., Twelve-step group. Family friendly. Donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous Inc.. Through Feb. 29. 513-231-0733. Oakley.

Pre-school Open Gym, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Beech Acres Park RecPlex, $2. 513-388-4515. Anderson Township.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18 Art & Craft Classes School of Glass Kids After School Masterpieces: Pollock + Frankenthaler, 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Become familiar with paintings of Frankenthaler and Pollock, two American abstract expressionists, and use “frit paints†to create 5-inch bowl based off of their work. Ages 9-12. $30. Registration required. 513-321-0206; Oakley. STACKS, 1 p.m.-3 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Students design and create own STACKS 11-inch bowl using new cutting skills. $75. Registration required. 513-321-0206; Oakley.

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Directions: An Exhibit of Paintings, Photography, Watercolors, Mixed Media Assemblages and Quilts, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Gallery Salveo at the Health Foundation, 513-4586600. Hyde Park.

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School of Glass Kids After School: Imagining Animals, 4 p.m.-5 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Create your own animal, real or imaginary, and slump it into a standing glass creature of your own design. Ages 6-9. $30. Registration required. 513-321-0206; Oakley.

Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 513-3794900. Anderson Township.

Art Exhibits Directions: An Exhibit of Paintings, Photography, Watercolors, Mixed Media Assemblages and Quilts, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Gallery Salveo at the Health Foundation, 513-4586600. Hyde Park.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 513-3794900. Anderson Township.

Music - Blues Sonny Moorman Group, 7:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m., Anderson Bar and Grill, 8060 Beechmont Ave., $5. 513-474-2212. Anderson Township.

Literary - Story Times Story Time, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m., Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road, Ms. Gail leads story time on LaPage Stage. Ages 2 and up. Family friendly. Free. 513-731-2665; Oakley.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., United Church of Christ in Oakley, Donations accepted. 513-2310733. Oakley.

THURSDAY, JAN. 19 Art Exhibits Directions: An Exhibit of Paintings, Photography, Watercolors, Mixed Media Assemblages and Quilts, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Gallery Salveo at the Health Foundation, 513-4586600. Hyde Park.


Codependents Anonymous, 9:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m., Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, 1345 Grace Ave., Book discussion group. Room 206. Family friendly. Donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous Inc.. Through Feb. 25. 513-583-1248. Hyde Park.

TUESDAY, JAN. 17 Directions: An Exhibit of Paintings, Photography, Watercolors, Mixed Media Assemblages and Quilts, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Gallery Salveo at the Health Foundation, 513-4586600. Hyde Park.

Anti-Bully Workshop, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., CincinnatiNorthern Kentucky Hwa Rang Do, 6448 Sherman Ave., Workshop for parents, children and teachers to learn and share techniques and tactics to not be victims or participate in hazing, bullying, etc. Free. 513-346-0540. Mount Washington.


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Yoga for Youngsters, 10 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road, Stretch, relax and have fun. Ages 3-5. Family friendly. $5. Registration required. Through Feb. 28. 513731-2665. Oakley.

Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 513-3794900. Anderson Township.

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The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is hosting "Johnny Bench: A Celebration of Baseball's Greatest Catcher." Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is $10, $8 ages 60 and older, and students, $6 for active members of the military and veterans with military ID, and free for children ages 4 and younger. For more information, call 765-7923 or visit MICHAEL E. KEATING/THE COMMUNITY

annual winter blues sale. Favorite stories and songs. Winter blues sale runs Jan. 15-21. Family friendly. Free. 513-731-2665; Oakley.


Cardio Kick Boxing, 6 p.m.-7 p.m., Anderson Taekwondo Black Belt Academy, 8510 Beechmont Ave., Led by George Sizemore, third-degree black belt and co-owner of ATA Black Belt Academy. $5. 513-293-0293; Anderson Township.

Literary - Story Times Big Blue Story Time, 2 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road, Kick-off of

Art Exhibits

Literary - Bookstores Make a Bigger Mess at the Manatee, 3:30 p.m.-4 p.m., Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road, Ages 4-7. Explore art materials and methods while discovering each session’s secret theme. Family

On Stage - Theater You Can’t Take it With You, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 513-684-1236; Columbia Township.

Pets Cat Toy Crafting, 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Confetti Cats, Free. 317446-1533. Mount Lookout.



Homemade soup, stock perfect warmup for cold winter’s day It’s a soup day at my house. We spent most of the day outside. We cleaned out the flue on the woodstove, spread some ashes and chicken manure on the garden, and took down the last of the outdoor Rita decoraHeikenfeld tions. I RITA’S KITCHEN meandered through our little patch of woods down to the river and the sun made the water positively sparkle. It’s cold enough that small patches of ice hung onto the bank. Today was the perfect day to hang out bedding, too. When my head touches the pillow tonight and the fresh aroma of a winter’s day surrounds my senses, all will be right with my world.

Joy of Cooking’s version of U.S. Senate bean soup Cathy, an East reader, wanted a recipe for this famous soup, which to this day is still served in the Senate’s restaurant in Washington, D.C. One story goes that the bean soup tradition began around 1900 at the request of Sen. Fred Dubois of Idaho. Regardless, it’s a soup that’s stood the test of time, and there have been a bunch of recipes

replicating it. The best that I have found is from, Ethan and Susan Becker’s online site. It’s a fun and easy site to maneuver through, and tells the history of the Joy of Cooking family. When they lived in Cincinnati, both Ethan and Susan were always ready and willing to share their abundant talents. And they’re still doing it, but now from their Half Moon Ridge retreat in the mountains of East Tennessee. I made a version of this in my pressure cooker. Check out my blog, Cooking with Rita, at for details. 1¼ cups small dried white beans, such as navy or Great Northern, rinsed and picked over 1 small ham hock 7 cups cold water

Soak beans. Drain and place in a soup pot with ham hock and water. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer until the beans are tender, about 1¼ hours. Remove the ham hock (leave the soup at a gentle simmer). Discard the bone, skin, and fat; dice the meat. Return it to the pot and add: 1 large onion, diced 3 medium celery ribs with leaves, chopped 1 large potato, peeled and finely diced 2 garlic cloves, minced 1½ teaspoons salt ½ teaspoon black pepper

2 tbsp. chopped parsley

Simmer until the potato pieces are quite soft, 20 to 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and mash with a potato masher until the soup is a bit creamy. Stir in parsley.

Immune-boosting homemade vegetable stock For Frank, a Dayton reader who gets this column online and who is leaning toward becoming vegan. “I want to make my own stock so it’s completely natural,” he said. This is lighter in taste and texture than stock made with bones or meat. If you like, add a bit of soy sauce (check label for ingredients) or the vegan equivalent at the end of cooking time for a deeper flavor. 2 large cloves garlic 1 generous cup each: carrots, celery and onions, chopped 1 leek, chopped, white part only 2 bay leaves Handful fresh parsley 2 sprigs thyme, about 2 inches each 1 whole clove Shake or two of dried tarragon or a 3-inch fresh sprig, optional 8-10 peppercorns 1 teaspoon dried oregano 8 cups water

Put everything in soup pot and bring to a boil. Cover, lower to a simmer

and cook for 1 hour. Strain. Season with salt and pepper. Can be refrigerated up to a week or frozen three months. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

Tips from Rita’s kitchen Why this stock is good for you: Onions, leeks and garlic are good for your cardiovascular system Carrots are good for your eyes Bay is a salt buster Parsley is like a vitamin pill in a plant Thyme has a peppery flavor and is both antiseptic and anti-bacterial Cloves have anti-inflammatory qualities (some dentists still use clove oil) Tarragon has a savory licorice flavor, and has potassium, which can help blood pressure Pepper has antioxidant qualities Oregano fights colds and soothes joints

Members of the planning committee for the Bethany House Services 2011 Wine Tour of Down Under are, from left, Julie Sullivan (Hyde Park), Jenny Jostworth, co-chair (Colerain Township), Dr. Carolyn McCabe, co-chair (Blue Ash), Laura Middendorf (Hebron), Jackie Carroll (Villa Hills), Sister Mary Stanton (Western Hills), Lisa Phipps (Symmes Township), Susan Emerson Ansel (Clifton), Amber Long (Mt. Lookout), Sue Rutherford (Dillonvale), Brooke Ratterman (Villa Hills) and Gail Myers (Delhi). Not pictured: William Willet (West Chester). THANKS TO GAIL MEYERS.

Wine tasting raises $28,000

Bethany House Services’ eighth annual Wine Tasting Nov. 5 raised $28,000 to support the programs and services of Bethany House Services. BHS, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2010, collaborates with others to provide a full range of housing, education and assistance programs to homeless and disadvantaged women and children. Bethany House is located in Westwood. The wine tasting, whose theme this year was Wine Tour of Down Under, has grown from a party in the chairperson’s home for 50 people, raising $2,700, to an event that attracted 200 people and raised $28,000 this year. Dr. Carolyn

McCabe and Jenny Jostworth chaired the event, assisted by a committee of volunteers. The event traveled to a new location this year – Venue 222 in Historic Over The Rhine. Featured Australian and New Zealand wines were poured by Piazza Discepoli and Piccolo Wine Room, and paired with appetizers and desserts donated by Funky’s Catering. Guests enjoyed the music of Stoopid Rooster. More than 100 silent auction items were featured, along with a raffle for designer purses and another one for a case of the evening’s featured wines. Go to to learn about donation and volunteer opportunities.

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Check refund policy on daily deal websites Daily deal and couponing websites are attracting many people on the Internet. There are many great deals offered, but what happens if you don’t get the deal for which you paid? Lisa Anderson of Hidden Valley Lake says she’s used the Living Social website about a half dozen times and likes the variety of offers it has. “I’ve used them before for manicures and pedicures and things like that. I saw a coupon for an auto detailing package that was a really good price and decided I would go ahead and try that,” Anderson said. After paying half price with the offer, $45, Anderson tried to contact the detailing company.

“I tried over a period of two weeks to schedule the appointment by phone. I got no response, not even a call back to say were busy,” she says. She tried to contact them over the Internet but also got no response. Finally, Anderson contacted the website Living Social and requested her money back. She was told to wait because sometimes a vendor may be overwhelmed by the huge response received for an offer. Eventually, Anderson received an e-mail saying she can’t get a refund. “They do not refund. You get a credit toward some future purchase with Living Social,” she says. There are plenty of offers on the Living Social

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RELIGION Brecon United Methodist Church

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

Church of the Saviour United Methodist

Children’s weekday program is Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Call the church for details. A six week study of “Exploring

World Religions” starts at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12. Call to register. Beat the Winter Blues Workshop is 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 24. Call to register. The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242 (791-3142 and

Good Shepherd Catholic Church

The church has Roman Catholic Mass with contemporary music Sundays at 4 p.m. The Mass draws worshipers of all ages. Come early to get acquainted with the new songs which begin at 3:45 p.m. Stay after Mass on the first Sunday of each month for food, fun, and fellowship. The church is at 8815 E. Kemper Road, Montgomery; 503-4262.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

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Monday. Free child care is provided. Those interested in attending must register by 5 p.m. Friday before the Monday event. All paper projects are welcomed including, but not limited to, scrapbooking, stamping, card-making and photo-frame keepsakes. Crafters should bring their own photos, albums and specialty items. Most other tools and supplies will be provided. There is no charge for use of supplies.

Kenwood Fellowship Church

Weekly watercolor classes for beginners are being offered starting from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12. Cost is $8 per session at the church. Call Mary Lou DeMar for information at 891-5946. The church offers adult bible study at 9 a.m. on Sunday, a teen Sunday school class and a pre-kindergarten program during worship service from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.,Sundays. A buffet luncheon follows. Join us for an inspirational time of worship and fellowship. The church is at 7205 Kenwood Road; 891-9768.

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Trinity has launched a new Contemporary Service called The Source at 6 p.m. the third Saturday of every month. Pastor Randy Wade Murphy and guest speakers will give the message as well as a live band leading worship music. Pizza and drinks will follow each service. Trinity Together Time is an outreach program that gives families the opportunity to spend quality time together in structured activities that promote healthy relationships and positive interactions. It is free to the public, geared toward the ages of birth-5 years old. The church is at 3850 E. Galbraith Road, Deer Park; 7917631;

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Tickets on sale SENIOR SINGERS to see Mandy Patinkin at JCC Broadway’s master song man, Mandy Patinkin, accompanied by Paul Ford on piano, will bring his critically acclaimed theater concert to Mayerson JCC for one performance only at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 3. More than 400 tickets will be available beginning Monday, Jan. 16. This special concert performance is presented by the Wolf Center for Arts & Ideas at the JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, across from Ronald Reagan highway. Limited seating is available at the JCC for this intimate, one-night performance, and tickets are expected to sell out fast. Tony and Emmy awardwinner Patinkin has an extensive list of theater credits that include Broadway, off-Broadway and regional theater. He won a Tony Award for his 1980 Broad-

way debut as Che in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Evita” and was again nominated in 1984 for his starring role in the Pulitzer Prize winning musical “Sunday in the Park With George.” Limited seating is available at the JCC for this intimate, one-night performance, and tickets are expected to sell out fast. Sponsorships may be available (with preferred seating). Reserved patron seat: $75; general admission: $45. J Member advantage: $36 (only 100 tickets available at this price before Jan. 31 or until sold out). Visit the JCC website to purchase tickets online beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, Jan. 16. Tickets are not being sold at the JCC. For information, contact Courtney Cummings, JCC Cultural Arts Manager, or visit

Fundraiser to benefit animals at SPCA Reds Hall of Fame historian Greg Rhodes and former Cincinnati Reds pitcher Tom Browning will speak during The SPCA Cincinnati’s fundraiser “A Night at the Green Diamond Gallery” 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 9366 Montgomery Road, Montgomery. Rhodes will present a light-hearted look at the fortunes and foibles of

the Reds throughout their history and Browning will discuss humorous anecdotes from his days as a pitcher with the Reds. Tickets cost $100 and proceeds benefit the animals at the SPCA Cincinnati’s shelters. Beer, wine and appetizers will be provided. Call Judy Recker at 588-5055 or email her at for more information.

Dressed for the occasion, Sycamore Senior Center choir members regale party-goers at the center's holiday party Dec. 20. PROVIDED The choir from the Sycamore Senior Center sang for the annual Christmas/ Holiday party Tuesday, Dec. 20. They sing for various holidays throughout the year and are always looking for new participating members. Sycamore Senior Center is at 4455 Carver Woods Drive in Blue Ash. It provides services and activities for senior citizens in 16 surrounding communities. Any senior interested in the Center or learning more about the choir, please call 984-1234.

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Annual Montgomery contest seeks photo submissions Award-winning photo opportunities are all around for the photographer with a keen eye. Those with unique images are encouraged to submit them for the 25th annual Montgomery photo competition, sponsored by the Montgomery Arts Commission and the city of Montgomery. Up to 20 cash prizes of $100 will be offered. Awards will be determined by an entirely new panel of judges in 2012. The contest offers student and nonstudent categories, including the return of the Montgomery Parks Category introduced last year. Photo submissions will be accepted from Feb. 20 to March 6 at Montgomery City Hall between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Entry forms are available at montgomeryo- Initiated in 1988 to recognize photographic excellence within the Greater Cincinnati area, the competition is open to all photographers from beginners to serious enthusiasts. The 2012 edition of the annual contest seeks diversity of approaches to subject matter and more personal vision. A reception and awards presentation will be held Sunday, March 11, at the Universalist Church on the corner of Montgomery & Remington roads. Open to the public, the reception begins at 1 p.m. with awards presented at 2 p.m. Photos will remain on exhibit until 3 p.m. Call 891-2424 or visit for more information.

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POLICE REPORTS 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, Lt. Dan Reid, 792-7254 » Symmes Township, Lt. Tom Butler, 774-6351 or 683-3444

BLUE ASH Arrests/citations Russell E. Lawson, 40, 11145 Kenwood Road Apartment 349, domestic violence (physical harm with one prior conviction) at 11145 Kenwood Road apartment 349, Dec. 28. Larry D. Frazier Jr., 35, 11145 Kenwood Road Apartmert 328, misdemeanor warrant at 11145 Kenwood Road apartment 349, Dec. 28. Katherine J. Mills, 21, 205 Maple St. Apartment 2Fl, misdemeanor warrant, complicity, theft, misdemeanor warrant at 9470 Kenwood Road, Dec. 31. Tosha M. Metcalf, 31, 5404 N. Timber Creek Drive, theft, theft at 4150 Hunt Road, Dec. 31. Nicholas A. Wells, 27, 1108 Blackwell Drive, operating a vehicle impaired (under the influence of alcohol/drugs),

operating vehicle without reasonable control at 5110 Pfeiffer Road, Dec. 30. Katie E. Hedge, 26, 11497 Kenn Road, disorderly conduct at 10375 Kenwood Road, Jan. 1.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering Someone tried to force entrance into Gold Star Chili at 9124 Plainfield Road, Jan. 1. Criminal damaging/endangering A man said someone damaged a Toyota T 100, $900 damage at 11110 Grand Ave., Jan. 2. Criminal mischief A man said someone did $500 damage to lawn and landscaping at 8996 Applewood Drive, Dec. 31. Misuse of credit cards At 5572 Brasher Ave., Dec. 27. Petty theft Someone took $60 worth of cigarettes from Speedway at

9215 Plainfield Road, Dec. 28. Someone took a catalytic converter, value $300, from a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier at 1945 CEI Drive, Dec. 29. Someone took a catalytic converter, value $800, from a vehicle at 10200 Anderson Way, Dec. 29. A woman said someone took a catalytic coonverter, value $600, from a vehicle at 4540 Cooper Road apartment 101, Dec. 30. A man said someone took a four-cycle engine, value $300, from Rogers Pavement Maintenance at 11061 Deerfield Road, Dec. 28. A woman said someone took a beige bifold wallet and its contents from United Dairy Farmers Theft At 9470 Kenwood Road, Dec. 29. Someone took truck and heavy equipment rires, value $1,000 at 11263 Williamson Road, Jan. 2.

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SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Douglas Martin, 22, 7836 Concord Hills, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest at 8544 Concord Hills Circle, Dec. 15. Ashley Earls, 24, 730 Enright Ave., drug abuse instruments at I71, Dec. 13. Zachary Blair, 27, 1256 Troy Court, drug possession at I71, Dec. 17. Tabitha Collier, 21, 195 E. McMillan, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Dec. 12. Mecca Freeman, 19, 213 Oak St., theft at 7875 U.S. 22, Dec. 16. Stephanie Milano, 20, 47 Woods Field Court, theft at 7875 U.S. 22, Dec. 16. Veronica Roscoe, 29, 207 Linden, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Dec. 17. Ashley Hardin, 19, 217 Mulberry St., theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Dec. 15. Jacorie Smith, 20, 1811 Catalpa Ave., theft at 7913 Montgomery Road, Dec. 15.

Incidents/investigations Aggravated robbery Victim threatened and struck at 7902 Frolic Drive, Dec. 14. Criminal damaging Vehicle damaged at 8466 Blue Ash Road, Dec. 12. Domestic violence Female reported at Sycamore Road, Dec. 14. Identity fraud Reported at 11100 Kuertzmill

Lera Casada

Lera (nee Cooper) Casada, 90, of Loveland died Dec. 31. Survived by children Larry Casada, Brenda Casada and Beverly (Todd) Batchelor; grandchildren Zachary Hammonds, Alexandra and Hannah Motz; and sibling, Stone F. Cooper. Preceded in death by husband, Warren H. Casada. Services were Jan. 3 at Parkview Mausoleum at Rest Haven Memorial Park. Memorials to: the American Heart Association, 4050 Executive Park Drive, Suite 402, Cincinnati, OH 45241.

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Sue Blust Knapp, 58, of Union Township died Dec. 28. Survived by brother, Thomas (Joyce) Blust; niece, Emily (John


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Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering Door jamb damaged at 121012 Snider Road, Dec. 12. Burglary Residence entered and coins valued at $500 removed at 9319 Arnold Lane, Dec. 17. Criminal damaging Lights damaged at 9891 Misty Morn Lane, Dec. 17. Sexual imposition Reported at Link Road, Dec. 17. Theft Vehicle entered and camera, laptop and currency valued at $1,360 removed at 11374 Terwilligers Creek Drive, Dec. 17.

Branch) Blust; grandchildren Gradon and Lliam; daughter-inlaw, Lori Knapp; and other family members Adam (Cassandra) Retzler, Shaylee, Kyle, Alyssa, Ashley (Mike) Brock, Ethan, Emma and Lilly; and numerous friends and colleagues from Feicheim Bros. in Blue Ash. Preceded in death by son, Chad Edward Knapp; and parents Joellen and Robert Blust. Services were Jan. 1 at CraverRiggs Funeral Home and Crematory, Milford. Memorials to: Hamilton Co. SPCA, 3949 Colerain Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45223; or Humane Society of the United States, 2100 L. St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20037.



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FIRE/EMS RUNS Sycamore Township Fire and EMS runs from Nov. 22 to Nov. 26: Nov. 22, School, medical emergency Nov. 23, Myrtlewood, medical emergency Nov. 23, Merrymaker, medical emergency Nov. 23, Montgomery, code violation Nov. 24, Grooms, fall Nov. 24, Myrtle, medical emergency Nov. 24, Galbraith, medical emergency Nov. 24, Longford, medical emergency Nov. 24, Galbraith, medical emergency Nov. 24, Montgomery, fall Nov. 24, Montgomery, good intent Nov. 24, Carnaby, open burn

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