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Up in the air

In August 2007, Blue Ash bought 130 acres at the Blue Ash Airport in order to build a public park. Blue Ash bought the property from Cincinnati, which had owned and operated the airport for decades, even though it was in Blue Ash. Cincinnati held onto 98 acres of the airport property surrounding the existing runway in hopes of reconfiguring the airport around the runway. Blue Ash Treasurer Jim Pfeffer discusses plans for the airport property. SEE STORY, A3

‘Nights’ to remember

Indian Hill Middle School boasts a long-standing tradition of quality theater, and the recent performance of “Scheherazade” lived up to that standard. Directed by Emily Martin, the show was an interpretation of the classic story behind the making of the “One Thousand and One Arabian Nights.” SEE SCHOOLS, A4

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And to think that he bought it on Mulberry Street

By Amanda Hopkins

C.J. Carr got a little more than he expected when he bought a house at the corner of Rich Road and Mulberry Street. The Symmes Township resident discovered he now owned a log house that was once owned by John and Mary Ross. According to the Symmes Township Historical Society, the house was built in 1836. Carr, who is now president of the historical society, decided to donate the house back to the township. He said he did it because it was a chance to keep a piece of history in the township. Carr said Addison Clipson Association of Architects Inc. is the architect for the house and the contractors are Architectural Reclamation, Myers Concrete Walls and Roager Daniel Heating. “It’s important that we’re preserving the history of the township,” said Carol Sims, treasurer for the historical society. The Symmes Township Historical Society has been raising money through bake sales, yard sales and Symmesfest to restore the house. The Symmes Township Board of Trustees had approved a longterm lease to put the log house on the Meade Property on Lebanon Road. Carr said the entire house will be rebuilt as it was on Rich Road and will include all of the original material. Carr said he expects recon-


The Symmes Township Historical Society is restoring a log house on the Meade Property on Lebanon Road. C.J. Carr, left, bought the house which was originally on Rich Road and later donated it to the township after he found out it was a log house originally from the 1860s. Carr, who is president of the Symmes Historical Society, is with Carol Sims, treasurer of the historical society. They expect that the log house will be open to the public next spring. struction of the house to be complete next spring. No date has been set for the grand opening. Sims said once the log house is open, visitors and school tours can explore the log house to explore life in the mid1800s and then visit the Meade House for a look at life in the early 1900s. “It’s so unique to have both on the same property,” Sims said. The historical society was also awarded a $100,000 grant from

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Therese Rieger began volunteering as a member of Montgomery’s Parks and Recreation Commission nearly five years ago. “I realized a long time ago that the best way to make improvements is not to complain about the problems, but rather to get involved in the decision-making process,” said Rieger, 48, who has lived in the city 10 years and chairs the commission. “As a frequent visitor to the Montgomery parks, I wanted to help make them the best parks in the area.” Greg Leader began volunteering for Montgomery as soon as he moved there four years ago. The 37-year-old vice president of a national sports radio network is vice chairman of the Montgomery Arts Commission and the “voice” at many city events. “I volunteer with Montgomery because there’s no place like home, and I feel that I’m helping to make a better place to live for my family – even if only in a tiny way,” Leader said.

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“It’s been a great experience. I often do encourage others to get involved with the city.” Montgomery officials hope residents heed those words. The city is looking for volunteers to fill current vacancies and vacancies that will occur in January on Montgomery’s boards and commissions. “Community members serving in this capacity are the backbone of Montgomery’s volunteer program,” said Amber Morris, the city’s Community Relations and Recreation director. “Openings are now available on many of these volunteer teams that advise, approve, discuss and plan for changes and offerings that benefit the community.” Morris said volunteers are needed for the: • Beautification and Tree Commission; • Board of Tax Review; • Landmarks Commission; • Parks and Recreation Commission; • Sister Cities Commission. To apply or for more information, contact Montgomery volunteer coordinator Joyce Yock at 792-8329.

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Volunteer Marcallene Shockey, chairwoman of the Montgomery Sister Cities Commission, oversees teen volunteers at the city’s Fourth of July festival. Montgomery is looking for more volunteers for its commissions and boards Rieger said her experience on the Parks and Recreation Commission has been rewarding, educational and fun. “Rewarding (because) I feel that my concerns and suggestions have always been taken seriously and have made an impact on Montgomery’s parks,” Rieger said. “Educational (because) I have learned more than I ever imagined about how government works. “And fun (because) our group of staff and volunteers on the commission are smart, open to new ideas, professional and enjoy working together as a team.” For more about your community visit

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Former longtime Blue Ash police chief dies By Jeanne Houck

Former longtime Blue Ash police chief Ron Sturgill is being remembered as a man who dedicated himself to protecting others whether serving as a public servant or a private employee. One of his daughters, Brenda Price of Wyoming, says her father died of a massive heart attack Dec. 26 in a Florida hotel while

he and his wife and his youngest daughter were vacationing at Walt Disney World in Orlando. Sturgill was 74, living in Deerfield Township and in his 18th year as security manager for Ethicon EndoSurgery in Blue Ash. He began working for the Blue Ash Police Department in 1967 and was named chief in 1973 – a position he held until he retired in 1992.

Sturgill was past president of the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police and a graduate of the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va. Former Blue Ash Police Chief Mike Allen, who got the top job after Sturgill retired, said that, “Ron loved police work. “He helped with the blueprint of the department as it expanded from eight officers to 30-plus officers. We had a couple of homicides during his tenure and also had a large drug bust at the old Ramada Inn many years ago. “He liked being chief and encouraged us to get involved in the police community as well as the Blue Ash community,� Allen said. Blue Ash police Lt. Paul Hartinger said, “I had the pleasure of being hired by

Ron in 1989 and have kept in contact with him as an associate and friend for many years. “Ron was chief throughout Blue Ash’s major growth period, leading Blue Ash to become one of the state’s top law-enforcement agencies. “He was also well known throughout the country as an expert in lawenforcement management issues and was instrumental in developing the Drug Abuse Reduction Taskforce (DART) - a regional drugenforcement agency that still exists today,� Hartinger said. “He will be missed.� Sturgill also will be missed at Ethicon EndoSurgery, which notified employees of his death in a memo that said he was “instrumental in developing

high standards, policies and procedures for the (Ethicon Endo-Surgery) security team, while keeping our associates and company assets safe whether in the office or on the road. “Ron was well-known throughout the Johnson & Johnson family for his constant drive for excellence, his professionalism and his warm smile,� the memo said. Sturgill is being mourned by his wife, Pat, and his five daughters. “Growing up, our family camped many, many weekends in our trailer at Cave Lake,� daughter Brenda Price said. “We loved to fish. My dad spent more time getting our lines out of the trees and out of his neck than getting the fish off of our lines for us.

“We will a l w a y s remember my dad Sturgill when we have a campfire because when he got the fire going really well we would always say, ‘That’s a dandy fire.’ “The day I heard about my dad, my husband, Todd, moved my mattress into the living room and I just sat all day watching ‘a dandy fire’ and, of course, crying and crying,� Price said. “All of my sisters and I are just in shock.� Sturgill’s other daughters are Carol Graham of Lebanon, Nancy Hessler of Milford, Kuan Li Sturgill of Deerfield Township and Debbie Melford of Deer Park. For more about your community visit Ash

Weidman: Sycamore remains desireable community to live By Amanda Hopkins


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“How long have you been in your community? What was the community like when you were first got here? “I have lived in Sycamore Township for nearly 26 years. When I moved to Sycamore Township, it was a diverse community with a small retail hub in Kenwood, and great residential neighborhoods in Kenwood and Dillonvale. The north section of the township was rural, and included a sig-

“How do you see your community now? What improvements have been made?� “I see Sycamore Township as the same community – full of potential and energy – and it is now one of the most vibrant residential, commercial and recreation centers in the greater Cincinnati area. There have been a substantial amount of improvements in Sycamore Township including updated infrastructure (roads, utilities moved underground, as well as new circuits in several neighborhoods), vastly expanded recreational opportunities and a

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Cincinnati facing airport time crunch By Jeanne Houck

In August 2007, Blue Ash bought 130 acres at the Blue Ash Airport in order to build a public park. Blue Ash bought the property from Cincinnati, which had owned and operated the airport for decades, even though it was in Blue Ash. Cincinnati held onto 98 acres of the airport property surrounding the existing runway in hopes of reconfiguring the airport around the runway. Under terms of the 2007 sale contract, Cincinnati continues to operate the airport, but is facing deadlines next year to find funds to reconfigure it and to allow Blue Ash to proceed with its park. Cincinnati City Manager Milton Dohoney and Mayor Mark Mallory have not responded to requests for comments on how the search for funds is going. Blue Ash is paying for its part of the airport redevelopment and the planned park with proceeds from a 0.25-percent earnings-tax hike voters approved in 2006. Money from the tax hike also is being used to fund other high-profile projects such as the recently renovated and expanded Blue Ash Recreation Center and improvements under way at the Blue Ash Golf Course, including a new clubhouse with banquet facilities. Here, Blue Ash Treasurer Jim Pfeffer discusses plans for the airport property.

Please tell us about the deadlines in the airport contract. “Because both Cincinnati and Blue Ash felt that the continued presence of an airport was important to the cities and the entire region, a cooperative arrangement was included in the contract so that there would be time for applying for, and securing, state and federal grants to

help pay the cost of reconfiguring the ‘old’ really large airport area onto the 98 acres of land Cincinnati did not sell to Blue Ash. The deal gave Cincinnati three years from the closing to get all this rolling, with whatever assistance Blue Ash could provide. It was hoped that Blue Ash could have the 130-acre park land for the start of the phased construction of that park in the fall of 2010.” What happened when that hope fell through? “As things moved ahead, it was clear that finding federal and or state funding – given the way the political and economic climate dramatically changed – would be very tough. Since the airport operations were clearly under the legal control of, and responsibility of, the city of Cincinnati, Blue Ash was not truly authorized to work directly on grants and such. Because we all initially recognized that this delay could have happened, the contract had in it the potential for Cincinnati to request a maximum of two one-year extensions from the intended possession date by Blue Ash of Aug. 31, 2010. Those requests for extensions needed to be related to more time for grants and funding efforts to work out. Since they had to request those extensions six months in advance of the possession date, they had to exercise the first extension options via notice to Blue Ash by the end of February of 2010 – which they did – and if they wish to request another extension, they should send that to Blue Ash by the end of February 2011 – which would give them until Aug. 31, 2012 to turn over the 130

acres to Blue Ash for the start of the park.” Is it possible Cincinnati has despaired of finding funds for this project? “Blue Ash really cannot speak for Cincinnati about just what their specific plans are for the remaining time, as truly the ball is in their court as to securing funding from grants and the Federal Aviation Administration. Blue Ash has committed in the agreement to provide up to $2 million to match funds that Cincinnati might invest in the reconfigured airport from their own budget or sources. Clearly, Blue Ash would like to see a continuing local airport operation in our town, as it is an benefit to the overall community, just as are great schools, a broad array of municipal services, a strong and secure business presence, community organizations, a college, etc ... But, the path today is just not totally clear, and the city of Blue Ash is not calling the shots on what happens to the airport. What happens if Cincinnati cannot find the funds and reconfigure the airport? “I really don’t know that answer. They could ask our council to give them more time, they could cease airport operations and just ‘mothball’ the runway until they are successful in getting the

Fire department earns ambulance accreditation The Loveland Symmes Fire Department has been presented with a certificate of accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (C.A.A.S). Established in 1990, C.A.A.S is an independent, nonprofit corporation with a nine member Board of Directors. The Board sets policy for the Commission’s operations as well as ongoing monitoring/revision of the Commission’s standards. The board includes representatives from the following organizations: American Ambulance Association, American College of Emergency Physicians, International Association of Fire Chiefs, National Association of EMS Physicians, National Association of EMTs, National Association of State EMS Officials and liaison representation from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. To date, only 159 agencies in the nation have completed the accreditation process. In Ohio, there are only three agencies and of that, Loveland Symmes Fire Department is the only Fire Department. A panel of three inde-

pendent reviewers was onsite in October to review LSFD’s documentation. There are more than 100 standards and include all aspects of ambulance operation. The areas that are scrutinized include; agency management, financial management, budgeting and strategic planning, relations with outside agencies, mutual aid and disaster coordination, community education and relations, human resources and personnel management, hiring, credentialing, training, problem resolution, performance evaluations, clinical standards, quality improvement, safe operations, risk management, vehicles, equipment, facilities and communications and dispatch. Accreditation is process that takes quite a bit of time to achieve. Loveland Symmes Fire Department was first accredited by CAAS in 1998 and has successfully renewed every three years. “I am proud to offer our accreditation as a service to the community we serve. Everyone wins, our employees, our neighbors and our citizens all benefit from our accreditation,” said Fire Chief Otto J. Huber.


necessary funding or they could somehow make accommodations to shift operations to the 98 acres they own around the current runway and continue to operate on a somewhat abbreviated basis until things firm up as to grants, etc ... I guess they could just close the airport if they had no other option. But I personally doubt that is their intent.” What is Blue Ash doing as it waits for Cincinnati to complete its search for funds? “It is impossible for Cincinnati to turn over the 130 acres to Blue Ash for park efforts and keep the airport operating just as it is. From a planning per-

spective, one could say that Blue Ash is moving ahead with the initial framework or infrastructure planning for the new park. We are talking only about traffic access, traffic control, utilities, stormwater protection and retention, sewers and a very general layout of how things might look as the plans firm up. Before moving ahead with the actual design, we plan on securing a lot more input from council, other stakeholders in the city, the business community and of course the citizens of our town. We will have open houses and information sessions to make sure that this park is special, timeless in design and meets the


Blue Ash Treasurer Jim Pfeffer says Cincinnati is facing deadlines next year to find funds to reconfigure a portion of the Blue Ash Airport the Queen City owns so Blue Ash can proceed with plans to build a public park on the airport property Blue Ash owns. interests and needs of our many citizens. So, we are moving ahead in hopes that things work out as initially planned.” For more about your community visit

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Indian Hill’s ‘Scheherazade’ a success

Indian Hill Middle School boasts a long-standing tradition of quality theater, and the recent performance of “Scheherazade” lived up to that standard. Directed by Emily Martin, the show was an interpretation of the classic story behind the making of the “One Thousand and One Arabian Nights.” The opening scene, a present day slumber party, set the stage for the perfect bedtime tale with a moral lesson about the triviality of revenge and the importance of appreciating all kinds of people. Zen Taylor played the powerful Seen here during the production are students, from left, Teja Atluri, Zen Taylor, Zach Sorsher, Madie Roark and Alex Boster. yet vulnerable King Raynah who ing that he was swept way by the is feared in his kingdom because tale’s magical powers and, to the he decides to punish his people by surprise of the audience, he was marrying a woman each day only transformed into a woman, to kill his new bride the following played by Katherine Arnold. morning. PROVIDED That morning as a woman, the The Grand Vizier, played by the Student Alex Boster plays the title character. king traveled with Scheherazade comedic Mark Toler, and his intellito her village and saw the beauty gent daughter Scheherazade, of life around him and the pain his obsession for played by Alex Boster, worked each day to help the revenge had caused. doomed queens escape the king’s palace. This experience softened his heart and he was Exasperated by the perpetual cycle of marriage and escape, Scheherazade married the king so that transformed back into a man with a new appreciation for the people of his kingdom and a love for she may put an end to the king’s nonsense. On the night of her wedding, Scheherazade and Scheherazade. her younger sister Dinny, played by Maddie Roark, Pictured, from left, sitting, Margo Burnette, Hailey Ward, Laura Waltman, employed a plan to change the king’s vengeful Edmond Hooker and Gabrielle Orr; standing, Jack Johnson and Kyle Goold. ways. Scheherazade told the king a tale so entrancPROVIDED


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Sycamore Junior High’s students of the week for November and December are, from left: front row, Saidjon Khusenov, Katie Soellner, Julia Kumar, Monica Prell, Ryan Gantzer; back row, Gitanjalli Ajay Prasad, Sam Bouajram, Abby Miller, Principal Karen Naber, Grace Hertlein, Jake Melser, Amy Blum and Max Brown.

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Adamec re-elected board prez By Jeanne Houck

Diane Adamec was reelected president of the Sycamore Board of Education at the board’s organizational meeting Jan. 5. Adamec lives in Blue Ash and worked 18 years in a variety of management positions for P&G. Jill Cole was elected vice president at the meeting. Cole lives in Montgomery and is co-owner of Cole Realty Associates. The school board also



appointed members to these positions: • Legislative liaison – Adamec; • Policy-revision representative – Cole; • Student-achievement liaison – John Mercurio, who lives in Montgomery and is

an independent environmental-engineering consultant. • Audit Committee representative – Ken Richter, who lives in Symmes Township and worked 30 years for the Avon company. • Sycamore Planning Commission representative – Jean Staubach, who lives in Sycamore Township and is a safety specialist with Kendle International. The school board holds work sessions on the first Thursday of every month at 7:30 a.m. at Blue Ash Elementary School on Plainfield

Road. The board conducts business meetings – which include discussing issues with the public and voting – on the third Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. at E.H. Greene Intermediate School on Aldine Drive in Blue Ash. Students in the Sycamore Community Schools come from Blue Ash, Montgomery, Symmes Township and Sycamore Township. For more about your community visit

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Indian Hill students ‘Key’ in charity effort By Forrest Sellers

For Indian Hill High School senior Molly O’Shea it’s one of her favorite events of the holiday season. For the fourth year in a row students who are part of Indian Hill High School’s Key Club gathered for the annual Christmas Angels Toy Program at St. Vincent de Paul’s West End location. The students unpack and organize gifts which have been donated to the center. The following day the students then assist needy parents in choosing gifts and spend a portion of their time playing with the youngsters who visit the center. “My favorite part is see-

ing (the parents’) faces as they get these gifts,” said O’Shea, who is a resident of Kenwood. Indian Hill High School counselor Sandra Farris, who is also an adviser for the Key Club, said the Christmas Angels Toy Program is among the community service activities with which the Key Club is involved. The students are proud to give service to those in need, said Farris. Maura Carpinello, a volunteer coordinator for St. Vincent de Paul, said more than 200 families will participate in the Christmas Angels Toy Program this year. For more information visit

Student feedback essential at elementary school By Forrest Sellers

Indian Hill elementary students will continue to play an active role in their own education in the coming year. A strategy for this school year has been to involve students in the learning process by actually getting feedback from them, said Indian Hill Elementary School Principal Melissa Stewart. During a recent Indian Hill Board of Education meeting, Stewart provided an overview of goals for the coming year. The students have an opportunity to make suggestions on classroom activities. For example, a number of the students have expressed interest in learning their vocabulary through a Tic-Tac-Toe game. As a result this game has been incorporated into the lesson plan. It’s giving the students choices, said Stewart.

The students also monitor their academic achievements along with the teachers on an ongoing basis. It’s constantly assessing a student’s knowledge rather than waiting till the end of a unit, said Stewart. “It’s great to see not only the teachers are measuring (student achievement), but the students are as well,” said Board President Tim Sharp. Superintendent Jane Knudson agreed. “Mrs. Stewart and her faculty are clearly focused on that which is most important (which is) increasing student learning,” said Knudson. Stewart also talked about the benefits of the “professional learning community,” in which teachers work

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“Only with full disclosure can taxpayers truly evaluate whether our schools are being run in a business-like manner,” said Cocks. School Board President Tim Sharp was unable to be reached for comment.

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Junior Patrick Ryall of Indian Hill sorts through a box of Sudoku games. Students from the Indian Hill High School Key Club unpacked and organized donated toys at St. Vincent de Paul’s West End facility. The following day they also entertained needy families who came to pick up their gifts.

A group monitoring school spending in the Indian Hill School District will continue its outreach efforts to inform. The Committee for Responsible School Spending was formed in March, shortly after the district approved moving 1.25 mills of inside millage to fund permanent improvements. A lawsuit was filed earlier in the year. “We’re working hard to get information into the hands of the taxpayers,” said Richard Cocks, chairman of the committee. “We’re trying to educate taxpayers using Department of Education data.” Cocks, who is a resident of Indian Hill, said the committee took a hiatus starting in August. “We made a conscious decision last summer to not compete with (the November elections),” he said. However, the group has since resumed its efforts to reach others via direct mailings and through submissions to the local media. “We have been seeing a lot of support,” said committee member Fred Sanborn, who is also a resident of Indian Hill. Sanborn, though, said some parents with children attending schools in the district have been reluctant to be identified with the group. Cocks and Sanborn

declined to comment specifically on the lawsuit. Sanborn said the district did not meet state requirements in approving an inside millage increase without a public vote. At a previous meeting before the school board, Sanborn referred to a section of Ohio’s Revised Code which states, “no tax rate shall be levied above that necessary to produce the revenue needed by the taxing district or political subdivision for the ensuing fiscal year ... unless such rate of taxation for the ensuing fiscal year is clearly required.” Sanborn said, “In no way, in my opinion, does the Indian Hill School Dis-


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The week at Sycamore

• In boys basketball, Sycamore lost 61-35 to Mason, Jan. 4. Sycamore’s leading scorer was Joe Cleary with 14 points. • In boys bowling, Colerain beat Sycamore 2,516-2,068, Jan. 5. Sycamore’s Beiman bowled a 317. • In girls bowling, Colerain beat Sycamore 2,314-1,887, Jan. 5. Sycamore’s Katie Ziegler bowled a 286.

The week at Moeller

• The St. Xavier boys bowling team beat Moeller 2,828-2,439, Jan. 4. Moeller’s Daniel Oehler bowled a 396.

The week at Ursuline

• The Ursuline girls basketball team beat Seton 6033, Jan. 6. Ursuline’s Ellie Greiner was the team’s topscorer with 14 points. • The McAuley bowling team beat Ursuline 2,4662,009, Jan. 6. Ursuline’s Madi Stuhlreyer bowled a 332. The Mercy bowling team beat Ursuline 2,417-2,352, Jan. 4. Ursuline’s Madi Stuhlreyer bowled a 358.

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The week at Indian Hill

• The Anderson boys basketball team beat Indian Hill 62-56, Jan. 4. Indian Hill’s top-scorer was Austin Trout with 14 points, followed closely by Jon Griggs with 13 points.

The week in Press Preps

• Nick Dudukovich put the spotlight on CHCA’s Eric Rice, “The Glassman.” • Nick Dudukovich gave an update on the McNick football coach search. • Tony Meale broke down the Sugar Bowl and Rose Bowl, which included some local football players. • An item about the Anderson football team’s Academic All-Ohio status. • Tony Meale previewed the La Salle-Winton Woods game. • Scott Springer offered news and notes on Glen Este bowling, Deer Park’s girls soccer coach search, and the basketball teams from Moeller, Withrow, McAuley, MVCA and Bethel-Tate. • Nick Dudukovich wrote about Mariemont seniors looking tough on the hardwood. See these, our week’s stories and more at cincinnati. com/blogs/presspreps

Moeller’s future bright after trip

By Scott Springer

In the words of former NFL coach Dennis Green, “They are who we thought they were!” The Moeller Crusader basketball team is once again on top of the Greater Catholic League-South, the division they’ve won eight times since 2000. As is tradition, the Moeller boys wrapped up 2010 with an out-of-town tournament. From Dec. 27-30, the “Mighty Men of Moe” won four straight games to take the Chal-

The week at CCD

• The Cincinnati Country Day wrestling team placed 11th with a score of 31 in the Norwood Adam Cox Memorial, Jan. 3. • In boys swimming, Wyoming beat Cincinnati Country Day 112-52, Jan. 4. CCD won the 200 meter freestyle relay in 1 minute, 40.81 seconds; Adams won the 200 meter freestyle in 1 minute, 59.05 seconds; and Warwick won the 100 meter flystroke in 59.27 seconds. • In girls swimming, Wyoming beat Cincinnati Country Day 90-78, Jan. 4. CCD won the 200 meter freestyle relay in 1 minute, 51.93 seconds; CCD’s Leonard won the 200 meter freestyle in 2 minutes, 14.55 seconds; Blackburn won the 200 meter individual medley in 2 minutes, 31.73 seconds; Blackburn won the 100 meter flystroke in 1 minute, 7.92 seconds; and Leonard won the 100 meter freestyle in 58.59 seconds. • In girls basketball on Jan. 6, Finneytown beat Cincinnati Country Day 53-48. CCD’s top-scorer was Ricci Snell with 20 points.



Moeller’s Josh Davenport (42) drives to the basket during the Crusaders basketball game at Elder in December. Moeller played in the Challenge in Arizona during the holidays.

lenge in Arizona. Coach Carl Kremer found the western competition a good primer for the rigors of the GCL. “The high schools out there are huge,” Kremer said. “Dobson High School, our first game, they’ve got a lot of tradition and success. It’s a school of about 4,500 kids. Mountain View, the final game we played, is very similar to that.” The only game that was close, was the finale. Moeller defeated Mesa Dobson 62-41, Phoenix Sunnyslope 64-40, Phoenix St. Mary’s 66-43 and Mountain View 36-35 for the title. “We take a trip every year,” Kremer said. “One year we’ll take a plane ride. The next year we’ll take a bus ride. We’ve been to all different types of places. It’s become a tradition for us. The one in Arizona was one of the best run tournaments.” The leaders in the Mesa tournament, were the usual suspects, seniors Alex Barlow and Charlie Byers. They’re two of Moeller’s three players averaging double digit points per game (junior Ben Galemmo is the other). Byers was first-team GCL-South last season, while Barlow was secondteam and the GCL defensive player of the year. “Those two guys, they’re both three-year starters,” said Kremer. “When two of


Moeller’s Alex Barlow drives to the basket during the Crusaders basketball against Elder in December. Moeller finished 2010 by winning the Challenge in Arizona. your guards are three-year starters, you’ve got a chance to be pretty good.” Especially, when both guards come from a state runner-up squad. Much like last year’s crew, the Crusaders don’t necessarily “wow” you in the layup line. With Griffin McKenzie now playing for the Xavier Musketeers, Moeller is even further discounted based on the pre-game “tale of the tape.” However, most coaches will assure you that talent isn’t always measured in size. More than likely, some fans in Mesa made that mistake, particularly in the championship game when Kremer’s “gym rats” took down the “mountains” of Mountain View.

“I’ve been blessed over the years with some really impressive looking teams. I think everybody expects that out of us,” said Kremer. “In our last game, we played the No. 1 team in the state of Arizona (Mountain View). They were big-6-7, 6-6-, 6-5-big, strong kids. I think people questioned if we’d be able to guard them.” With four starters hovering around the 6-foot mark (Byers, Barlow, Galemmo and Shaquille Jinks), the Crusaders obviously proved a lot of folks wrong. Junior center Tony Sabato is the only starter that ducks under any doorways at 6-6. “We’ve got some big guys that come off the bench, but they’re develop-

ing,” Kremer said. “This is more of a scrappy team – very similar to our team last year.” One of those in development is sophomore Josh Davenport. He’s a bit over 6-3 now, but is trying to pound in the GCL at around 160-plus. From a school that has produced numerous Division I players (Byron Larkin, Josh Duncan, Tyler Dierkers, Ryan Childress, Troy Tabler, McKenzie, etc.) Davenport may be the next on the list. “He’s coming off the bench for us now,” Kremer said. “He’s got tremendous upside. He’s eventually going to be a Division I, perhaps even a high-major player. He’s still learning how to defend at the level we want to defend at. And, his body’s still developing.” Next up for Kremer and the Crusaders is the “Big East” of high school hoops – the GCL. Sizing up the competition, Kremer looks no farther than North Bend Road. “I think La Salle is the cream of the crop,” Kremer said. “They’re very well coached and have a lot of weapons. They have a lot of guys that can score the ball. I clearly think they’re the favorite.” The Lancers and Crusaders hook up Friday, Jan. 21, at Moeller, and Friday, Feb. 18, at La Salle.

CHCA boys set new goal for 2011 By Nick Dudukovich

With a 1-6 start to the 2010-2011 season, the Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy boys basketball team has an uphill battle to fight. Head coach Mike Sylvester said the squad had to set new milestones as the Eagles try to add more victories to the win column. “When you start the way we started, you have to take what your initial goals were for the season and ramp them down a little bit,” Sylvester said. “Getting to .500 would be a realistic goal and something we would like to see.”


Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy’s Nick Lawley (34) provides a strong defense as Summit’s Mike Barwick (32) tries to get off an inside shot. Lawley had a strong offensive night, as well. He had a team-high 13 points in the 75-44 loss to SCD.

Sylvester said his team’s woes stem from turnover troubles. He added that his squad is turning over the ball 2025 times a game. “That’s our main focal point,” he said. “We play well enough to win most of our games, but when you turn it over 25 times, it allows other teams too many shots at the basket. If we (fix that), we can turn our season around.” If it weren’t for turnovers, Sylvester believes his squad could be around .500 going into their game against Summit Country Day, Jan. 7. If the squad is to turn things around this season, the Eagles will rely on the continued success of guard Aaron O’Neill. O’Neill is averaging 13.1 points per game this season. “Aaron is really working on defense and guarding the opponent’s best player,” Sylvester said. “We need to get him more shots (on offense)…” On the boards, Eric Rice should continue to help CHCA by limiting opponents’ second-chance opportunities. Rice leads the Miami Valley Conference with 90 rebounds (60 defensive, 30 offensive). “It’s pretty amazing how hard Eric is working,” Sylvester said. I’m proud of him and I use him as an example quite a bit. We need guys working this hard because you have to hustle and he’s doing it quite well.” The Eagles should also


CHCA’s Aaron O’Neill (center) is averaging 13.1 points per game this season as the Eagles try to bounce back from their 1-6 start. improve as senior Nick Lawley continues to heal from the bumps and bruises earned during the school’s postseason football run. Lawley is second on the team in scoring (12.1 points) and first in blocks (16). “I think it will be more time before he gets into the groove, but he’s doing fine,” Sylvester said. With a lot of basketball yet to play, the Eagles are far from folding in the tent this season. Sylvester knows a lot can happen between early January games and the start of postseason tournaments. Until that time comes around, the Eagles will focus on getting better and hitting the .500 mark. “We’re a work in progress and we’re trying to get on the right track,” Sylvester said. See more sports coverage at presspreps


Collision course

Sycamore High School senior guard Courtney Tucker (23) collides with Princeton guard Breanna Rucker (21) during their game Jan. 5 at Princeton High School. The Aviators lost to the Vikings 64-42 – their first loss of the season – bringing them to 9-1.


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Fondly remembered Visitors to Blueash posted these comments about former Blue Ash Police Chief Ron Sturgill, who died Dec. 26: “I remember Ron from when I used to cruise montgomery Frisch’s in my ‘55 chev and hang out at Soupy’s gas station in Blue Ash. Blue Ash was just a wide spot in the road back then. Ron was always smiling and a real easy guy to get along with. Today these words don’t mean much, but back then it was really saying something when you said someone was ‘a good man.’ “Ron Sturgill was a good man.” CaptainSteve

2020 hindsight

Blue Ash

Visitors to posted these comments to the story about Blue Ash officials’ visions for the city in the new decade: “Recreation Center, clubhouse and airport park. Recreation Center, clubhouse and airport park. Can this broken record break, once and for all? Weber is taking lessons from Obama ... blow money and do as he pleases because he knows he is gone at the next election. Fire and police

protection are cut, downtown looks like a ghost town, areas of deterioration within the city are increasing, and the heII with safety, but hey! We have the Recreation Center, clubhouse and airport park. Recreation Center, clubhouse and airport park. Recreation Center, clubhouse and airport park. Recreation Center, clubhouse and airport park.” FreeToSpeak99 “Apparently this vision includes doubling the size of the golf course, during a time when golfing demand is down and golf courses are failing across the country. Nothing like prioritizing your resources on frivilous toys. Whether it’s Cincinnati’s streetcar, Blue Ash’s golf course or Obama’s stimulus, government can always find ways to waste money at record rates.” CincyJeff “‘... A 130-acre park planned on former airport property to contain an executive golf course...’ “Are you ------ me!? Two golf courses. Recall! Recall! Recall! “No wonder the majority of the populus is passing up Blue Ash for Mason and West Chester. “59 percent of you better wake up or quit voting!” northba

CH@TROOM Jan. 5 questions

Have you ever made a New Year’s resolution that you actually kept? What was it? How did you accomplish it? “This is going to make me sound like a boring non-conformist, but I can’t remember ever making a serious New Year’s resolution, and then thinking about honoring it later in the year. “My own style in terms of ‘resolutions’ is to go with the moment, and not depend on a tradition like New Year’s. It worked for me when I quit smoking, and it worked when I went on a brief diet to lose weight and started working out in 1980. “It just makes more sense to me that if there is something you need to change about yourself or your life you do it now and don’t wait for a holiday.” B.B. “I have always found New Year’s resolutions to be a waste of time and effort. It’s like giving something up for Lent. “As humans, we always revolve right back to our habits once the weather gets warmer and the Easter Bunny comes down the bunny trail. “I would encourage everyone to be kinder to others, look out for those in need and put a smile on your faces for the new year and make it last the entire year so it’s a habit not a resolution. “Happy New Year!” E.E.C. “One year, I decided to stop drinking pop (soda, soft drinks ...), mostly because my young daughter, now 12, asked me why it wasn’t good for her but it was good for me. I went five years without any, and I can still count on one hand how many I have in a year. “I will drink a diet 7Up if I get strep, a bad cold or the flu as it makes my throat feel better, but that is about it.” L.A.D.B. “In 2004 I gave up haggis and

Next questions What is your favorite outdoor winter activity? What is your reaction to Marvin Lewis returning as the Bengals head coach? Every week The Northeast Suburban Life asks readers a questions that they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with “chatroom” in the subject line. in 2007 I gave up lutefisk. Since then I have successfully avoided the temptation to eat either.” J.Z. “I made one New Year’s resolution that I’ve kept for years. I quit smoking cold turkey New Year’s Day 1967. That’s 44 years ago. “Best thing I ever did for myself and my family.” J.R.W. “Many years ago I made a New Years resolution that I would never again make a New Years Resolution. I have been able to keep that one (finally). Go figure!” T.D.T. “I don’t make New Year’s resolutions as I neveer keep them. Good way not to carry guilt for breaking the resolution.” R.A.R. “To avoid the ‘trauma’ of making and ultimately breaking the resolution, I always resolve not to make any resolutions. “There! Promised and broken all in the same sentence! On to the next task of 2011. Happy, healthy and prosperous New Year everyone!” D.U.

What should be the top three priorities for your community’s elected officals this year? No responses.

Your input welcome

You can comment on stories by visiting and choosing your community’s home page: “Northba, cincyjeff and freetospeak99, you guys obviously ... have too much time on your hands. This is a great town. I have lived here for 15 years and wouldn’t live anywhere else. To ask anymore from our city government would be asking for perfection. Are you gentlemen perfect? Are your business’ and family affairs perfect? Probably not. Go take your mood swing meds and take a nap.” lifeisgoodsofar “I would venture to say that nobody is asking for perfection from this council. Heck, I would be thrilled if they could even reach a level of mediocre. We can’t even get that.” FreeToSpeak99 “Weber is not qualified to cook fries at a fast food restaurant! The crap spewed out from his mouth and the other six councilmen is nauseating, plus the Silvertonash city manager we have, that

by the way, is doing a great job converting us into Silverton North! I hope the people in Blue Ash are ready to wake up this election! I also hope the Hamilton County Republicans see these so-called Republicans for the inept politicians they are!” opine25


Visitors to Montgomery posted these comments to the story about Montgomery officials’ visions for the city in the new decade: “What exactly is the story with respect to The Vintage Club? I was under the impression this was/is a private development. But didn’t I hear that Montgomery was planning to build a garage on the site? If true, who pays for that? The taxpayers or the eventual users? “My understanding is that the developers originally planned for underground parking, topped by small commercial/retail facilities. The original plans were very promising. The economy has obviously played havoc with the plans. Are we now looking at a hackedup, government-directed mish-mash? “An update from the city or Great Traditions would be welcomed.” VincebusEruptum

Sycamore schools

Visitors to posted these comments to a story about Sycamore Communtiy Schools’ officials visions for the new decade: “A lot of wording here that, when you boil it down, really comes down to: Be on the lookout for a major tax levy to be put on the ballot. “Technology is wonderful, but how many kids can now compose a coherent sentence? The spelling and math skills of the people I interview are increasingly horrible.” VincebusEruptum “’Other people who support the Sycamore Community Schools – employees and volunteers alike–agree that technology will continue to play an increasingly important part in the classroom and that the school district will need the support of the community to tackle financial challenges.’ “Translation: Get ready for the next Diane Adamec tax increase. “Isn’t technology supposed to allow organizations to deliver more at less cost? That seems to be how it works everywhere except the Sycamore School District, where every bright idea requires taxpayers to give more money to Diane Adamec and her tax-and-spend friends.” CincyJeff

Job resource assistance a way to clear employment hurdle Few of us have lived during a time when our community has suffered so much. At Jewish Vocational Service, we hear about it every day: • People who once donated to food pantries are now going to the same food pantries for groceries. • People who once lived comfortable lives are now losing their homes to foreclosure. • People who once wore fashionable clothing have had to accept donations of business attire just to look presentable during job interviews. Many are experiencing these problems for the first time. Some must cobble together several jobs to pay their heating bills or put gas in their car. It can take more than a year to find a job, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, especially if you’re older than 45. Getting help finding a job is important, but the seemingly simple act of acknowledging the need for that assistance can be painful. The effort to reach out for help is made more difficult by a lack of knowledge about where to turn. A professional career consultant – someone who can enhance

an individual’s job search skills – can be the answer. Yes, it’s important to have impressive work skills and a strong employment Peter Bloch history. Here’s Community s o m e t h i n g just as Press guest ithat’s mportant: columnist learning how to write an effective resume and cover letter, sharpening interviewing skills and polishing professional networking techniques. Many come to Jewish Vocational Service for that help. Our Cincinnati Career Network coaches people in job search skills. We’re committed to helping people rebuild their lives whether they’re unemployed or underemployed, entry-level workers or top executives. We’re not the only ones offering such assistance. Other nonprofit and government agencies in Greater Cincinnati that can help are the SuperJob Center in Cincinnati, the Job Search Focus Group

To find help

Cincinnati Career Network – SuperJobs Center Ohio Department of Job and Family Services – Job Search Focus Group – United Way – in Hyde Park and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Many colleges have career advisors for their students and graduates. In addition, private placement firms provide similar services for a fee. The United Way of Greater Cincinnati has a telephone referral service (2-1-1) that can help with many needs, including finding a job. Landing a job can be difficult at any time. With unemployment soaring, it’s even more difficult now. Seeking professional advice can make a big difference. Peter M. Bloch is president and chief executive officer of Jewish Vocational Service in Blue Ash. Cincinnati Career Network is a JVS service.

QUOTEBOOK fish. My dad spent more time getting our lines out of the trees and out of his neck than getting the fish off of our lines for us. “I volunteer with Montgomery because there’s no “We will always remember my dad when we have place like home, and I feel that I’m helping to make a campfire because when he got the fire going really a better place to live for my family – even if only in a well we would always say, ‘That’s a dandy fire.’ tiny way. It’s been a great experience. I often do “The day I heard about my dad, my husband, Todd, encourage others to get involved with the city.” Greg Leader moved my mattress into the living room and I just sat Montgomery volunteer. all day watching ‘a dandy fire’ and, of course, crying See story, A1 and crying. All of my sisters and I are just in shock.” A compilation of quotes from this week’s Northeast Suburban Life:

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Glendale resident shares Heartfelt message for women’s health By Kelly McBride

“Did you know that heart disease is the No.1 killer of women?” Cyndi Brown asks everyone who calls her. It’s her voicemail message, and the message she shares with others every day. Brown, of Glendale, has devoted herself to women’s awareness of their heart health, and has planned a fundraiser as part of her participation in WomenHeart, a national organization that focuses on prevention and early detection, accurate diagnosis and proper treatment of women’s heart disease. Though the invitation event may bring a handful of women to Glendale’s Piccolo wine room on Jan. 16, her message is much larger. “This event is to bring awareness of heart disease and promote the organization that educates, legislates and advocates for women with heart disease,” Brown said. One challenge, she said, is informing people that not all heart disease is blocked arteries. “Men and women are different, and there are many types of heart disease,” Brown said. Because of that, she said, women are often dismissed when they report symptoms, and potential heart disease may not be detected early or at all. “If there is something that feels not right, don’t take ‘no’ for an answer,” she advised.

Brown, now 57, knows about this struggle firsthand. Six years ago, she began to recognize unusual fatigue, heaviness in her chest and irregular heartbeat. “I couldn’t golf or walk up the stairs,” she said. “These are things I could do my whole life, and I wasn’t that old. “Why was I feeling this way?” She went to several doctors, and struggled to advocate for herself and her symptoms before discovering genetic anomalies that have led to years of treatment. That’s why she became involved with WomenHeart. The organization was founded in 1999 by three women who had heart attacks when they were in their 40s. The trio, who lived in California, New York and Washington, D.C., formed a bond that spans the country, working to empower women who have heart disease. According to their webs i t e ,, their obstacles included misdiagnosis, social isolation and the realization that few services and information were available for women with heart disease. Today, the organization boasts thousands of women, including Brown. Awareness is essential, Brown said of her efforts. Her dream? “To see NFL players with red dresses on their helmets, not just wearing pink.”


The Wellness Community Executive Director Rick Bryan of Blue Ash, second from left, hangs out with former Reds players, from left, Jim O’Toole, Tommy Helms and George Foster at the John Morrell All-Star Blast at the Ballpark, at Great American Ball Park. Nearly 320 friends and supporters of the Wellness Community raised $83,000 at the event while mingling with former Reds players, toured behind-the-scenes areas of the stadium and the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and enjoying a dinner buffet in the FOX Sports Ohio Champions Club before viewing the WEBN fireworks for the upper deck of the ballpark.

$83K raised for wellness at fall ballpark event buffet in the FOX Sports Ohio Champions Club before viewing the fireworks for the upper deck of the ballpark. A record-setting $83,000 was raised at the event to support The Wellness Community, a nonprofit cancer support agency that provides free and professionally led programs of emotional support, education, and hope for people with cancer, their loved ones and caregivers, and cancer survivors. In addition to title sponsor, John Morrell & Co, other event sponsors include Bartlett & Co., Bob Sumerel Tire & Service, CTS Telecommunications, Enerfab, Kroger, Mercy Health Partners, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, LOCAL 12-WKRC, Jeff Wyler Automotive Family, KOI Auto Parts, Lithko Contracting, Oil Distributing Co., O’Rourke Wrecking Co., Print Management, Rough Greenhouses, AAA, Barnes Dennig, Frost Brown Todd LLC, Hospice of Cincinnati, ILSCO, Kohnen & Patton, Miller Valentine Group, Sunrise Advertising, Total Quality Logistics, Hyde Park Blast, Patty Brisben Foundation, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Aramark, John Henry Homes, Klosterman Baking Co., North American Properties and Legacies. Planning for the event was led by event co-chairs Craig Sumerel and Rick Setzer, along with committee members Joe Desch and J. Kampinga. The Wellness Community offers approximately 150 professionally led programs a month for people affected by cancer, all at no cost to the participants. Programs include cancer and care-

Friends and supporters of The Wellness Community enjoyed all-star treatment and an unbeatable view of the WEBN/Cincinnati Bell Riverfest fireworks at the Second Annual John Morrell All-Star Blast at the Ballpark, at Great American Ball Park. Nearly 320 guests mingled with former Reds players George Foster, Tommy Helms and Jim O’Toole, toured behind-the-scenes areas of the stadium and the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame, and enjoyed a delicious dinner


Former Reds star George Foster (center) greets Wanda and Dr. Robert Taylor-Smith of Montgomery at the John Morrell All-Star Blast at the Ballpark, at Great American Ball Park. Nearly 320 friends and supporters of the Wellness Community raised $83,000 at the event while mingling with former Reds players, toured behind-the-scenes areas of the stadium and the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and enjoying a dinner buffet in the FOX Sports Ohio Champions Club before viewing the WEBN fireworks for the upper deck of the ballpark.


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Jubilant youth wanted

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Quarter Auction, 7-9 p.m., St. Columban Church, 894 Oakland Road, Refreshments available. Split-the-pot and Queen Paddle for free bidding all night. Items from vendors such as Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple, lia sophia, Avon, Arbonne, Tupperware, Gold Canyon and more. Benefits Teen Challenge. $2. Presented by Cincinnati North Networking Group. 965-1806; Loveland.


An Evening with Mark Twain, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township.


New Year, New You 2011, 6-9 p.m., Mitchell’s Salon, 5901 E. Galbraith Road, Makeover event featuring wine, hors d’oeuvres, shopping, Mitchell’s Salon & Day Spa services and latest trends in fashion for 2011. Free. Registration available online. Presented by Cincy Chic. 793-0900; Kenwood. S A T U R D A Y, J A N . 1 5



Vibrant Winter Vegetables, 6:30-9 p.m., Cooks’ Wares - Symmes Township, 11344 Montgomery Road, With Dan Berger owner and chef of Maple Grove Farm Catering in Lebanon. Tasty recipes for red cabbage, carrots, Turkish cauliflower, salad greens and sweet potato. $40. Registration required. 489-6400; Symmes Township.


Women on Weights, 6-7 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Weekly through March 3. Focus on losing weight, decreasing body fat percentage and increasing strength and flexibility. Ages 18 and up. $200, $160 members. Reservations required. 985-0900; Montgomery.


Karaoke, 10 p.m., Silverton Cafe, 7201 Montgomery Road, 791-2922. Silverton.


Bob Cushing, 6-10 p.m., Applebee’s, 10635 Techwood Circle, Free. 769-6201. Blue Ash.


An Evening with Mark Twain, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, Preview, all seats $10. By Samuel Langhorne Clemens, directed by Eleanor Shepherd and starring Bill Hartnett as Mark Twain. $17. Presented by Mariemont Players Inc. 6841236; Columbia Township.


Codependents Anonymous, 7 p.m., Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Free, donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous, Inc. 503-4262; Montgomery. F R I D A Y, J A N . 1 4


Cardio Dance Party, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Oakley Community Center, 3882 Paxton Ave., Highenergy class with mix of dance styles including jazz, Latin, hip hop and more. First class free. $40 for five-class punch card; $10. Presented by Cardio Dance Party. Through Aug. 27. 533-9498. Oakley.


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


Karaoke, 10 p.m., Silverton Cafe, 791-2922. Silverton.

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. Family friendly. $30 for four sessions; $10 per session. 271-5111. Madisonville.

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MUSIC - CLASSIC ROCK Blue Birds Big Band, 9 p.m., Allyn’s, 3538 Columbia Parkway, $3. 871-5779. Columbia Tusculum.


Birding at Armleder, 4:30 p.m., Otto Armleder Memorial Park and Recreation Complex, 5057 Wooster Pike, Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Linwood.


John Fox, 8 p.m.-midnight, InCahoots, 4110 Hunt Road, With Suzanne Arnold. Rock and folk music from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. Requests taken. 793-2600. Blue Ash.


An Evening with Mark Twain, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township.


Hang at the J, 7-11 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Indoor water park, games, dinner, movie and snack. Wear gym shoes and socks and bring swimsuit and towel. Children only. $27, $20 siblings; $20, $15 siblings for members. Registration required. 761-7500. Amberley Village.


Grand Slam Saturday Night, 7:30-9:30 p.m., The Green Diamond Club, 9366 Montgomery Road, For parents of children ages 10 and under in Jewish community, in which at least one partner is Jewish. Includes favorite ballpark fare, beer and other beverages and memorabilia including rare items from Hall of Famers such as MickBrowning ey Mantle, Babe Ruth, Joe Morgan and more. Tom Browning, former Reds pitcher, special guest. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. Presented by Shalom Family. 703-3343. Montgomery. Saturday Night Staycation, 9-11:59 p.m., Grand Sands, 10750 Loveland-Madeira Road, Tropical drinks and appetizers, music, mechanical surfboard and more. For Jewish young professionals ages 21-35. Non-Jewish significant others welcome. Family friendly. Free. Registration required by Jan. 13. Presented by Access: Social Events for Jewish Young Professionals Ages 21-35. 3730300. Symmes Township.


Codependents Anonymous, 9:30 a.m., Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, 1345 Grace Ave., Room 206. Book discussion group. Donations accepted. 583-1248. Hyde Park. S U N D A Y, J A N . 1 6

EDUCATION Good Earth Good Eats, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Breadmaking for the Family: Adults with children ages 6-12 pair up to learn how to make whole-grain bread. Bring aprons. $75 pair, call for individual’s price. Registration recommended. 6832340; Loveland.



An Evening with Mark Twain, 7 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township. Dis/Troy, 1-2 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Based on Homer’s “The Iliad.”. Free. Presented by Playhouse in the Park. 7617500; Amberley Village.


Codependents Anonymous, 7 p.m., United Church of Christ in Oakley, 4100 Taylor Ave., 12-step group. Donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous, Inc. Through Jan. 30. 231-0733; Oakley. Divorce Care, 6 p.m., Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, 1345 Grace Ave., With 13-week seminar, find help, discover hope and experience healing. $15. Registration requested. 871-1345; Hyde Park. M O N D A Y, J A N . 1 7


Lil’ Chef’s Camp Crazyfood, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Fun-filled food adventure for grades 1-4. Cook variety of kid-tested recipes, including making your own lunch and snacks under direction of registered dietitian. Includes games and crafts. $55, $45 members. Reservations required. 985-0900; Montgomery.


Open Mic Night, 7-11 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, Hosted by Bob Cushing. Free. 697-9705. Loveland. Karaoke NOW, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., Mount Lookout Tavern, 3209 Linwood Ave., With DJ Konnann. Six for $10 buckets, $3 shots all night and $2.50 Coors Light bottles. 871-9633. Mount Lookout.


A Linton Peanut Butter and Jam Session, an interactive and educational children’s chamber music series for preschoolers and their families, is scheduled for 10-10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Jan. 22, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Kenwood, 7701 Kenwood Road. The session is for ages 2 to 6. Cost is $12 for a flexbook of four tickets; or $4. Call 381-6868 or visit


MLK Day Camp, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Water park, games gym, crafts and new Club J room. Ages 0-6. $58, $48 members; add $6 for before care and $8 for after care or $12 for both. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village. T U E S D A Y, J A N . 1 8

BUSINESS SEMINARS Job Skills Retraining and WIA Informational Meeting, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, 1345 Grace Ave., Discuss Job Skills Retraining and Workforce Investment Act funding for those who are out of work and how one can apply for $5,000 in training dollars. Free. 825-1555; Hyde Park. CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS


If You Knew Sushi, 6:30-9 p.m., Cooks’ Wares - Symmes Township, 11344 Montgomery Road, Jeff Simmons shares his wealth of information about the best kinds of seafood to use for sushi and the best techniques for making and serving it at home. $50. Registration required. 489-6400; Symmes Township.




Karaoke NOW, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., Mount Lookout Tavern, 871-9633. Mount Lookout.


Story Time with Miss Gail, 10:30-11 a.m., Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road, Stories, finger plays and singalongs. Ages 2 and up. Free. 731-2665; Oakley.



Faux Frenchmen, 6:30-9 p.m., Allyn’s, 3538 Columbia Parkway, 871-5779; Columbia Tusculum. Happiest Baby on the Block, 6:45 p.m., Bethesda North Hospital, 10500 Montgomery Road, How to turn on your newborn’s calming reflex, the “off-switch” for crying. Includes a parent kit containing Happiest Baby on the Block DVD. $50 per couple. Registration required. 475-4500; Montgomery.

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Eastside Neighborhood 912 Meeting, 7-8 p.m., Madeira Branch Library, 7200 Miami Ave., Discuss constitutional matters, current events and avenues of citizen activism. Group’s goal is to educate public about Constitution, government and impact of government policies on lives of citizens. Free. 859240-3702; Madeira. Burgers: Taken to the Next Level, 6:30-9 p.m., Cooks’ Wares - Symmes Township, 11344 Montgomery Road, Chris Weist, Catering Chef for McHale’s Catering, shares recipes and strategies for the best burger in town. Recipes include beef, bison and shrimp burgers with duck fat French fries and Belgian chocolate shake. $45. 4896400; Symmes Township.


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Prevent Disease with Health Screenings, 6:30-7:30 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Discussion on preventative health care with Dr. Scott E. Woods, associate program director for the Bethesda Family Medicine Residency Program and Pavilion Medical Advisory Board member. Ages 18 and up. $15. 985-0900. Montgomery.

Preschool and Kindergarten Open House, 6:30-8 p.m., Rockwern Academy, 8401 Montgomery Road, Community Jewish day school offering superior and balanced academic program that is integrated with and informed by Jewish culture, values and identity. Personal tours available. Free. Sitter service available with advance registration. 984-3770; Kenwood. T H U R S D A Y, J A N . 2 0

RELIGIOUS - COMMUNITY Tu B’shvat Celebration 12:30-1:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Includes dedication of PJ Patch, new kids play area. Stories, crafts, music and more. Ages 6 months-5 1/2 years and parent or caregiver. Free. 761-7500. Amberley Village.

Advanced Weight Training, 6-7 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Weekly through Feb. 8. Learn new exercises and tricks to help you take next step toward your conditioning goals. Ages 18 and up. $200, $160 members. Reservations required. 985-0900; Montgomery.


Healthy-U, 2 p.m., Madisonville Recreation Center, 5320 Stewart Road, All chronic diseases. A small group workshop led by facilitators focusing on problem solving and building self-confidence to help people maintain their health and manage chronic health conditions. Participants meet for 2.5 hours, once a week for six weeks, and learn simple ways to control their symptoms. Registration required. Presented by Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio. 352-4012 or 4768852; Madisonville.


Open Mic with LoopManDan, 8:30 p.m.midnight, Allyn’s, 3538 Columbia Parkway, All musicians welcome, bring your instrument. Free. 871-5779. Columbia Tusculum.



Latin and ballroom dance set ablaze in “Burn the Floor,” a direct-from-Broadway live dance spectacular. It is Jan. 18-30 at the Aronoff Center and features “So You Think You Can Dance” alums Ashleigh Di Lello, Ryan Di Lello, Robbie Kmetoni, Janette Manrara and Karen Hauer. “American Idol” second runner-up Vonzell Solomon is the show’s female vocalist. Performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $22.50$62.50. Call 800-982-2787 or visit

Newborn Massage, 6:30-7:30 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Learn therapeutic massage techniques to comfort and soothe your newborn baby, which may improve your baby’s digestion and lead to more restful sleep. Recommended for infants up to 4 months. Ages 21 and up. $40 couple, $25 single. Reservations required. 985-0900; Montgomery.


The Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular comes to the Taft Theatre at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15. This Elvis birthday tour features Shawn Klush, pictured, Donny Edwards, Brandon Bennett, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer DJ Fontana, The Sweet Inspirations and The Fabulous Ambassadors. For information visit For tickets visit or call 877-598-8497.


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Some characteristics of a mature and immature religion The first time I read the statement years ago I was stunned. In his book, “The Individual and His Religion,” Gordon Allport, former chairman of the Social Relations Department at Harvard University, wrote, “In probably no region of personality do we find as many residues of childhood as in the religious attitudes of adults.” Bluntly stated, “We are more childish in our religious thinking than we are in other areas of human endeavor.” Recalling this bold statement is not to diminish religion or religious-minded people. It’s to encourage spiritual growth in a culture that is increasingly becoming more spiritually illiterate. Our spiritual development has great importance. In a practical way it helps us deal with various momentous issues that confront us in life. Without it we are left illequipped to deal with the mighty questions about life, suffering,

death, contemporary moral problems, tragedies, interior peace, coping with illness, etc. In other areas of life we become rather Father Lou skilled and profiGuntzelman cient. But all the Perspectives while we hang on to childish ways of understanding God and the spiritual dimension of our nature. For centuries, theology (the study of God) was considered the “Queen of the Sciences.” Why? Because God is the ultimate mystery. Long ago, St. Anselm described God as, “The One beyond what is able to be thought.” God is the deepest exploration the human mind can make. Yet today many boringly say, “Been there; done that; I explored

between essentials and lessimportant accidentals. This aspect of mature spirituality should grow over time and become more and more free of the ego-centric concerns of childhood when we used religion just “to get what we want” or considered God a Divine Dispenser.

God when I was in Sunday school or elementary school” – thereby fulfilling Allport’s findings about adults. So, in the face of death, suffering or serious problems, we tend to despair. Childhood insights and an undeveloped faith just don’t suffice. Instead, questions are posed asking, “Why is God doing this to me?” – as though God likes to see us suffer. We settle moral struggles with simplistic solutions, “This is a free country and I have my rights to do what I want!” We stop praying because, “God never gives me what I ask for, anyway.” In his book, Allport suggests some characteristics of a more mature, adult-like faith. Several of his characteristics are:

2) “Dynamic” is another attribute of the religion of maturity. This means that our beliefs are so much ours that they actually affect and direct our lives, motives and behavior. As some say, “We walk what we talk.” At the same time a mature religion is balanced, not fanatical or compulsive, and has a realistic view of life and our humanness. 3) “Heuristic” is a third characteristic Allport proposes of a mature religion. This means that with time, more study and scriptural attentiveness, some beliefs are dropped or open up to deeper

1) “Well differentiated.” This means our personal spiritual beliefs are reflective and critical, recognizing the difference

understanding. This necessitates that we eventually lay aside some childish concepts in order to expand our smaller thoughts for grander, more divine ones. Adults who are growing more mature in their religion keep realizing that the God they thought they knew was far too small. St. Paul testifies to this aspect when he writes: “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became an adult I put away childish ways.” (1Corinthians 13:11) “The religion of maturity makes the affirmation ‘God is,’ but only the religion of immaturity will insist, ‘God is precisely what I say He is,’” states Allport. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@community or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Blue Ash band in Xavier concert Jan. 23 The Bone Voyage Jazz Band, familiar to fans in Blue Ash, will head downtown for a special concert at Xavier Universiy this month. The seven-member ensemble, which has held forth at the Cactus Pear Southwest Bistro in Blue Ash on Thursday nights since the restaurant opened in 2005, will take the Xavier Student Center Theater stage at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23, in the university’s popular Masters of Swing Series. Bone Voyage is noted for

its versatility, belting out New Orleans classics from the Roaring 20s, reprising numbers from the Big Band Era or serving up its own arrangements of mainstream or Latin jazz. The group transitions from vintage jazz stompers like Louis Armstrong’s Struttin’ With Some Barbecue to mellow arrangements from the Four Freshmen without missing a beat. “This band’s repertoire encompasses not only the great Swing Era, but also the wonderful traditional jazz that preceded swing

and the more mainstream jazz that came after,” according to Rod Barr, coordinator of the Xavier swing series. Co-leaders Tom Hyatt and David Haldeman both play trombone, as does Dave Petrik – hence the whimsical “Bone Voyage” name. Hyatt multitasks musically on trumpet, flugelhorn and vocals, while Petrik adds vibes to the mix. Joe Lucasik, a favorite with the Buffalo Ridge Jazz Band, now also swings regularly with Bone Voyage on clarinet and sax.They are

backed by Jim Clark on piano, Steve Strider on drums and Bart Johnson on string bass. Tickets for the Xavier concert, labeled “Swing that Music,” are $25; seniors are $22, students $3. For tickets or information, call 513745-3161


Members of the Bone Voyage Jazz Band play regularly at Cactus Pear in Blue Ash. From left: Dave Petrik, David Haldeman, Tom Hyatt, Steve Strider, Jim Clark and Bart Johnson. Not pictured, Joe Lucasik. pictured).


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Bring on the biblical barley for healthier meals One of the most worthw h i l e things I do each week is talk to B r i a n Patrick on Rita S a c r e d Heikenfeld Heat radio on ThursRita’s kitchen day mornings during the Sonrise Morning Show (740AM at 7:20 a.m.). The topic is foods and herbs of the Bible, how they were used in Bible days and how we can use them today. What I’ve found is that many of the health foods we should be eating today have their roots in the Bible. Take barley, for instance. It’s been a health-giving staple since antiquity and it’s all the trend today to use it in soups, pilafs and

breads. And since today is a soup and bread kind of day, I’m sharing my version of Ezekiel quick bread using barley. Try the bread with one of these soups, and you’ll have a really good meal.

Easy chicken soup for the kids to help make

Getting the little ones involved in cooking makes them more adventurous and more apt to eat healthy. Keep the leaves on the celery – they contain calcium. 2 cans, 14 oz. each, chicken broth plus enough water to equal 4 cups liquid 1 carrot, sliced or handful or some shredded carrots 1 rib celery, sliced 1 ⁄2 cup alphabet pasta, whole grain if possible Chopped or shredded cooked chicken: a couple of cups

Salt and pepper to taste Bring broth, carrot and celery to a boil. Stir pasta and chicken into broth. Reduce heat to medium and cook 10 minutes or until pasta is tender.

stir. It will be lumpy. Gradually stir in broth and broccoli. Cook until broccoli is tender, stirring frequently. Reduce heat and stir in milk and soup. Season to taste.

Not your mama’s Tips from Rita’s kitchen: Ezekiel bread Any kind of pasta will

do, or rice or noodles Rice: to rinse or not? Check out my blog at

Fast broccoli cheese soup

1 cup chopped onion 6 tablespoons each: melted butter and flour 4 cups chicken broth 16-20 oz. chopped frozen broccoli, thawed 1 cup milk or cream or more if needed 1 can cream of chicken soup Salt and pepper to taste Sauté onion in butter until tender. Add flour and

I shared this recipe with Brian Patrick of Sacred Heart radio during my weekly segments on Bible foods & herbs. You can buy Ezekiel bread or make it yourself. It typically contains barley, spelt, wheat, beans, lentils and millet. It’s a yeasted bread, which takes some time to make. The ingredients are ground into a flour, or sometimes allowed to sprout before using in the bread. Check out my online column for the yeasted recipe. Here’s one, though, that is

Debbie Gardner hosting self-defense class in Sycamore Community Press Staff Report

Self defense expert and Survive Institute director Debbie Gardner will present her self defense seminar at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, at the Community Room in the

Robert L. Schuler Sports Complex on Deerfield Road. The seminar is part of Sycamore Township’s Community Education Classes series. The seminar is a courage based program that teaches personal protection

information that could help during an attack. It covers simple techniques for protection, including the power of breathing and how to focus when faced with dangerous situations. Class size is limited, so

early registration is suggested. The cost is $10 for residents, and $20 for non residents. Call Debbie Campbell at 792-7259, or e-mail, for information and registration.




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delicious and quick and contains nutritious grains. It’s a quick bread and really delicious. The millet gives it a wonderful crunch and has iron. Barley is great for lowering cholesterol and, as a low sodium food, helps lower blood pressure. Wheat germ is good for your heat and bones. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 3 cups self rising flour 2 tablespoons each: quick cooking barley, wheat germ and millet * 2 tablespoons honey 1 can, 12 oz., beer (I used light beer) 2 tablespoons butter or substitute, melted Mix flour and grains together. Add honey and then stir in beer. Don’t overmix. You’ll get a thick, lumpy batter. Pour into sprayed loaf pan.

Pour melted butter over. Bake 45 to 55 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. *Tip from Rita’s kitchen: bread is delicious even without the grains, but it won’t be Ezekiel bread. Also, substitute 2 cups buttermilk if you like for the beer. More good soup and bread recipes are in my online column at The real deal, from scratch soups and bread • Beef barley mushroom soup • My clone of Panera’s broccoli cheese soup • Real Ezekiel bread Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

New Year fun at the rec center Blue Ash Recreation Center has lots of programs to offer in the New Year. All programs are open to the public. Check the Parks and Recreation section of for the latest brochure describing these and other program offerings available at the recreation center.

Cooking classes

Young Chef’s Academy Cooking Class. This is a cooking class just for kids that teaches children the joy of cooking in a kid-friendly environment. Advanced registration and release form is required. Ages: 7-14. Dates and Times: Monday, Jan. 17, 6:30 8 p.m., Monday, Feb. 21, 6:30 p.m.8 p.m., Sunday, March 13 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, April 10 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, May 16 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.. Fee: $35 per class (register with a friend and save $5) Register at, or call the Blue Ash Recreation Center at 7458550 for more information. Adult cooking classes by Chef Jaime Chef Jaime, a personal chef and instructor of Out of Thyme, Ltd. Personal Chef Service, will be presenting four sessions of cooking classes for adults. These classes will be held the second Friday of each month. Dates: Jan. 14, Comfort Foods Made Healthy; Feb. 11, Treat Your Sweet; March 11, Amazing yet Easy Appetizers; April 8, French Cooking for the Home Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fee: $65 to $70 per session Register through Chef Jaime at 513417-6062 or call the Blue Ash Recreation Center at 745-8550 for more information.


Photography Workshop for Kids This workshop will teach kids how to shoot that perfect photo. They will learn all about the basic controls on a common point-and-shoot digital camera, good composition and lots of little tricks to improve their chance of getting that great shot. A digital camera is required for this workshop. Ages: 8-14 Dates and Time: Class meets four times, Feb. 1, Feb. 8, Feb. 15 and Feb. 22 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Fee: $40 for all four classes Register through the Blue Ash Recreation Center 513-745-8643

Family Photo Legacy

Today’s digital cameras, personal computers and software programs have made us the first generation with the ability to affordably create and pass on our family legacies to our children and grandchildren. This class will share the tricks and some very creative techniques using all those photos you’ve taken to create heirlooms for your family! Dates and Time: Jan. 18 or April 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fee: $15 per person Register through the instructor, Larry Bresko of Magic Moments Pho-

tography 513-253-1006 or email or for more information contact the Blue Ash Recreation Center 513-745-8550.


Star Glazers Pottery for Families These classes are designed for families to participate in together! Kids (5+) must be supervised by an adult. All supplies are provided. Star Glazers will lead your family through the pottery process (finished products will be returned to the Blue Ash Recreation Center for pick-up). This class is in partnership with Ann Flynn from Star Glazers. Dates and Time: This is a two part class meeting Feb. 3 and Feb. 10 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fee: $20 per person Register with Star Glazers 513-4746364, cash or check only, or for more information contact the Blue Ash Recreation Center 513-7458550.

Circus classes

My Nose Turns Red Circus Class Let you child run away and join the circus without leaving home! This class will be taught by Steve Roenker, a professional clown and youth circus educator. This is an eight week session that will teach skills such as stilt walking, wire walking, plate spinning, juggling and more! Ages: 7-16 Date and Time: This 8 week session starts Wednesday, Feb. 23, 6:15 7:45 pm Fee: $125, siblings $100 To register: or call 859-581-7100. For more information contact the Blue Ash Recreation Center at 513-745-8550.

Indoor climbing

Teen Climb Come rock wall climbing with your friends. We’ll belay you and feed you dinner (pizza and drinks). Space is limited so don’t miss out! Ages 12-15 Date and Time: Feb. 5, 4 p.m. to 6p.m. Fee: $15 Contact the Blue Ash Recreation Center to register or for more information at 745-8550. Kids Klimb Join us for fun, games and indoor climbing with your friends. Belayers provided. Pizza, snacks and drinks served at 5:30PM Ages 6-11 Dates and time: March 5 and April 9, 4 p.m. to 6p.m. Fee: $15 Contact the Blue Ash Recreation Center to register of for more information at 745-8550.


Friday Night Fun n’ Flicks Join us for some games, crafts, dinner and a movie. We will be showing Kid Friendly movies! Ages 6-10 Dates and time: Jan. 21 and Feb. 25, 6 8:30 p.m. Fee: $15 Contact the Blue Ash Recreation Center to register or for more information at 745-8550.


Adler honored for adoption education The Notre Dame Club of Greater Cincinnati is pleased to announce the selection of 1974 Notre Dame graduate Carole Rechtsteiner Adlard of Montgomery as the club’s 2011 Exemplar Award recipient. The award was to be presented at the club’s 2011 Communion Breakfast Jan. 9 at St. Xavier High School. With this award, the Notre Dame Club of Greater Cincinnati honors Adlard for her many contributions in the field of adoption education and teenage health and development, particularly as executive director of Healthy Visions. Founded by Adlard in 1986, Healthy Visions (formerly called Adoption Option Inc.) is a Cincinnatibased nonprofit educational agency that provides programming to help people make better choices to build stronger relationships during adolescence, marriage and parenting. Originally established to educate people about adoption and to counter its negative misunderstandings, Adlard later expanded the organization’s vision to include teen health and relationship skills education, premarital compatibility assessments, marriage skills training, and nurturing parenting programs for at-risk parents. Healthy Visions programs have been offered in cooperation with hundreds of schools and social service agencies in Greater Cincinnati and beyond, reaching more than 200,000 youth, parents and couples. In addition to traditional settings such as high school health classes, the programs have also been offered in wellness centers, hospitals, homeless shelters, pregnancy testing centers, churches, professional groups and many other venues. Healthy Visions programs present facts based on careful research from

respected sources and are considered the “gold standard” by teachers, students and Adlard the federal government, which lists them as best practices programs. Importantly, the effectiveness of the curriculum has been documented via before and after surveys of participants which indicate that after participating in Healthy Visions programs 92 percent say they would recommend the program to their friends. According to Adlard, “The cornerstone of many Healthy Visions programs is the personal testimony of “real people” who speak to student groups and others about their own experiences with teen pregnancy, sexually-transmitted diseases, substance abuse, cyber bullying, pornography, sexting, harassment, dating violence and rape. Teens are taught ways to establish boundaries for themselves, how to say yes to their hearts and back up their position with facts, how to forgive themselves for transgressions, and most importantly to realize when it is not their fault, as in the case of rape.” The Adoption Option program has become a catalyst for a broad array of adoption support activities in Southwestern Ohio including a video-based curriculum for schools, agencies and pregnancy centers, an adoption mentoring program for unwed pregnant teenagers, an adoption mediation program for birth and adoptive parents, a professional adoption education program for medical and mental health professionals and a media initiative to publicize accurate adoption information to help communities be better informed and more adop-

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tion-friendly. In honor of Adlard’s support for teens, Adlard has been recognized by St. Ursula Academy as one of their Centennial Alumnae Greats in 2010 and recently Healthy Visions was selected by the Community Foundation of West Chester and Liberty Township to receive their 2010 Power of the Purse Fund, a $10,000 award to offer Healthy Visions programming to strengthen teens in Lakota school district. Additionally, as a tribute to her outstanding advocacy of adoption issues, Adlard was recognized as a 2009 Angel in Adoption by U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt and the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. Other significant recognitions Adlard has received include the Elaine Boynton Memorial Award presented by Speaking of Women’s Health in 2004 and the Citizens Award presented by Ohio Child Conservation league in 1992. Adlard has been published in a professional journal, written newspaper editorials, and been featured in books, newspapers and magazines, including “Rolling Stone.” Her speaking engagements and conference presentations have been at the state, national and even international level as a member of a U. S. delegation to St. Petersburg and Moscow encouraging intra-Russian adoptions. Carole graduated from St. Ursula Academy and was among the first group of undergraduate women to be admitted to Notre Dame, graduating in 1974. She and her husband, Ed, live in Montgomery and have four children. Through the years she has been active in various committees at her children’s schools, including St. Ursula and Moeller, and involved in many local community and professional groups.

Kristoffer Brandenburg of Sycamore Township has joined the law firm of Strauss & Troy as an associate. He will be located in the firm’s Brandenburg Ohio office and concentrate his practice in the areas of commercial litigation and intellectual property. Brandenburg is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and obtained his juris doctorate from Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of Law. He is admitted to practice in Ohio.


Abstract Displays, a Blue Ash-based trade show exhibit company, has been named the “Woman-owned Business of the Year” by the

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Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. The award was presented to Abstract Displays President and CEO Carla Eng at a breakfast ceremony Dec. 8 at the Duke Energy Center. The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber Women Excel (WE) Celebrate Awards honors women and women-owned businesses for their “achievement, innovation, social responsibility and mentoring.” Abstract Displays was named “Woman-owned Business of the Year” for companies with less than 25 employees. This is the third consecutive year that the company has been recognized by this program.


Less than 1 percent of all 28,935 organizations certified to ISO fall into the language services category.

Affordable Language Services is one of only a handful of language services companies nationwide to hold this certification. “We take quality very seriously,” owner Lynn Elfers said. “For us, obtaining ISO 9001:2008 Certification was certainly a rigorous process, but well worth it. Ensuring our clients receive the best possible service from us is paramount.” Affordable Language Services offers translation, interpretation, telephonic interpretation and language training services. The ISO 9001:2008 Certification lasts for three years, requires a yearly audit and is one of the highest certifications a company can receive. The certification covers interpretation and translation services offered by Affordable Language Services, which is in Blue Ash.

Did you or someone you know take thalidomide during pregnancy between 1958 and 1965?

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Kenwood Towne Centre is offering a chance to win a $3,000 shopping spree when shoppers enter a used gift card from the mall or any mall retailer by Monday, Jan. 17. A January Jingle entry box is located at the Kenwood Towne Centre food court. All participants must be 18 years or older. The drawing will be Jan. 31.

Did you prescribe thalidomide to women of child-bearing age between 1958 and 1965? Looking for information about the identity of dispensing physicians, or information provided to doctors or patients about the drug. If you have information please contact Kay Reeves at Gordon & Reeves LLP, 1-800-343-9167.


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Dan Dennis, left, serves lunch to Blue Ash Target construction supervisor Bill Cooper. to build a youth annex building on the Hartzell United Methodist property and provide all kinds of programs for youth in the area. As the Target construction workers get closer to completion of their project,

Dennis said that At Hand Alliance, in concert with Hartzell UMC, will provide a sitdown luncheon and entertainment for the workers in the Fellowship Hall at Hartzell–again as a gesture of being a good neighbor.

As a 23 year employee of Seasons I felt that Seasons was the right place for Mom. But I wanted the decision to be hers. After touring several local communities, Mom decided Seasons was where she wanted to call home. We no longer worry, we have peace of mind that Mom has a full social calendar, and is having fantastic Resident Mary Lou Busam and meals prepared by Chef Dennis Glosser. Employee/Daughter Betsy Flynn She participates in programs that are entertaining and educational. We recently had a conversation with Mom, she told us she doesn’t miss her house of 33 years. That’s when we knew, Seasons had truly become her home.


Members of the Blue Ash construction Target crew with At Hand Executive Director Dan Dennis (right).



Church outreach group serves lunch to Target workers On Nov. 17 a new nonprofit organization, At Hand Alliance, based out of Hartzell United Methodist Church (next door neighbor to the Blue Ash Target construction site), served a hot lunch to the workers as a gesture of being a good neighbor and welcoming Target to the area. Dan Dennis, creator and executive director of At Hand Alliance, which provides programs for “youth” of all ages, delivered a hot lunch, salad, and drinks to the workers at the Target site. He told Bill Cooper, the superintendent at the site, “Welcome to the neighborhood!” Cooper said, “We didn’t think anyone really wanted us here.” The At Hand Alliance is a new non-profit organization which ultimately wants

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RELIGION Ascension Lutheran Church


Rev. David L. Bittinger





9:30am & 11:00am

6:00pm - Buffet Dinner 6:45pm - Programs and

Worship and Small Group Classes for all ages.

Classes for all ages.

The church is participating in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America Malaria Campaign. The campaign focuses on the prevention, treatment and containment of malaria. The children of the Sunday School and the Wheel of Friendship women’s group are making special donations along with general donations from members of the congregation. The Monday morning Women’s Bible Study is beginning a new study called Encouraging One Another. The women meet from 9:45 to 11:15 a.m. to share prayer concerns and praises and to study the Bible together. Babysitting is available and guests are welcome. Worship services with Holy Communion are 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Christian education for all ages is 9:45 a.m. The church welcomes all people from Montgomery and surrounding communities to participate in worship and other activities. The church is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 793-3288,

Brecon United Methodist Church

EPISCOPAL ST. BARNABAS EPISCOPAL CHURCH 10345 Montgomery Rd. Montgomery, OH 45242


Sunday Worship: 8:00, 9:30* and 11:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. childcare provided*

(513) 984-8401

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

Church by the Woods

ST. PATRICK’S-LEBANON 232 E. Main St (corner of East & Main) Rev. Jacqueline E. Matisse, Pastor

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

Sharonville United Methodist

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

3751 Creek Rd.

Sunday Worship Services are 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. with Adult Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. Children’s Church is during the 10:45 a.m. hour. All guests and visitors are welcome. The church is at 7388 East Kemper Road, Sycamore Township; 4897021.


The church offers traditional Sunday worship at 10 a.m. The church is handicapped-accessible. The church conducts English-as-asecond-language classes Saturday mornings. If you need to learn English, or know someone who does, call 563-6447. The church is at 3755 Cornell Road, Sharonville; 563-6447;

Church of God of Prophecy

The church hosts Sunday School at 10 a.m. and worship is at 11 a.m. Sundays. Bible Study is at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. The church is at 8105 Beech Ave., Deer Park; 793-7422.

Church of the Saviour United Methodist

Social Security, Medicare, and LongTerm Care issues will be discussed in this short-term class from 6-7 p.m., Wednesday evenings, Jan. 12, 19 and 26. Call the church to make a reservation. New member classes begin with a Meet the Pastors gathering at 11 a.m., Jan 16. Call the church of details. Moms Group meets from 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 25. All are welcome. Children’s programs are 9-11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Call for details. Traditional worship services are 8:20 a.m. and 11 a.m.; contemporary music is 9:40 a.m. every Sunday. The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati; 791-3142;

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

The church is hosting Scrapbooking and More Crafts, 5:30-8:30 p.m. every third 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, cardmaking 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. Upcoming dates include Jan. 24, Feb. 14, March 21, April 18, May 16, June 13, July 18 and Aug. 15. The church is located at 7701 Kenwood Road; 891-1700.

Hartzell United Methodist Church Sunday Worship Services are 9 and 10:30 a.m. with Adult Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. Children’s School is during the 10:45 a.m. hour. All guests and visitors are welcome. Youth Groups, Bible Studies weekly; child care and transportation provided. The church is at 8999 Applewood Drive, Blue Ash; 891-8527.

Kenwood Fellowship Church

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

New Church of Montgomery

The church is temporarily conducting Sunday services at Strawser Funeral Home, 9305 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash. The church conducts worship at 10:30 a.m., Sundays and Study Group the first four Sundays of the month from 9 to 10 a.m. The study group is now studying “Divine Love and Wisdom” by Emanuel Swedenborg. All are welcome. The church is temporarily having services at 9503 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash; 489-9572;;

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

The church will be “adopting” families from the West End and is seeking donations of food, gifts and money. An Intercessory Healing Prayer Service is held the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. A Men’s Breakfast group meets on Wednesday mornings at 8:30 a.m. at Rombe’s in Blue Ash. A Bereavement Support Group for

5910 Price Road, Milford 831-3770

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

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LUTHERAN ASCENSION LUTHERAN CHURCH 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery (East of I-71 on Pfeiffer Rd) Worship Schedule 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. Worship and Holy Communion Babysitter Provided 9:45 Christian Education Hour for all ages

Pastor Josh Miller Visit our website at:

Good Shepherd (ELCA)

7701 Kenwood Rd.



(1 mile west of Montgomery Rd) Services & Sunday School: 9:00am & 10:45am Nursery Available www.fbccincy.or 513-489-1114

Vineyard Community Church Sunday 10:00 a.m. Loveland High School, off of Rich Rd. 683-1556

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

Dr. Cathy Johns, Senior Pastor Rev. Doug Johns, Senior Pastor Worship Services Contemporary Sat 5pm & Sun 9am Traditional Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Full childcare & church school at all services. 513-677-9866 Dr. Doug Damron, Sr. Pastor (across from the Oasis Golf Club) Rev. Lisa Kerwin, Assoc. Pastor

6635 Loveland Miamiville Rd Loveland, OH 45140



8999 Applewood Dr Blue Ash 891 8527 (off Larchview, off Plainfield at Cross County Hwy.)

Sunday School & Worship 9 AM & 10:30 AM Child Care provided 10:30AM Rev. Robert Roberts, Pastor


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4309 Cooper Rd. At Reed Hartman Hwy 791-1153 • Rev. Michael Brewer, Pastor • 9:00 AM Sunday School for Teens & Adults • 10:30 AM Worship • 10:45 AM Sunday School for Grades K-6 Nursery Care Provided Fellowship Hour following Worship Service


f your mom lives by herself, it’s only natural to worry about her during the course of your day. After all, you remember a time when she was constantly on the go.

Nowadays, she stays home more and more. You find yourself constantly wondering: Is she lonely? Is she safe? Is she happy? Help quiet your worries by looking into senior living at Amber Park. Many seniors are energized with a whole new zest for life as they socialize with people their own age, people they can relate to. She’ll be too busy rediscovering some of the things she loves to do like exploring the Cincinnati Museum Center, shopping at Kenwood Towne Center or taking in a Broadway play in Cincinnati’s Theater District. And you’ll feel good, too, knowing that your mom is safe and happy. See for yourself why seniors living at Amber Park experience an invigorating sense of independence, freedom and optimism. Your story continues here…

MADEIRA-SILVERWOOD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 8000 Miami Ave. 791-4470 Contemporary Worship 9:30 am Fellowship 10:30 am Traditional Worship 11:00 am Christian Education for Children and adults at 9:30 & 11 am

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Child Care provided

Montgomery Presbyterian Church 9994 Zig Zag Road Mongtomery, Ohio 45242

Worship Service 10:30am Nursery Care Available website:

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St. Paul Community United Methodist Church

The church is ringing in the new year with the sermon series “More Like Jesus This Year,” adapted from a series by Rick Warren. On Jan. 16, the sermon, “Stress-free Christ-like Living” will be based on John 8:12-14 and 28-30. St. Paul Church services are 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. for traditional worship and 9:30 a.m. for contemporary worship with Praise Band. Sunday School and child care is provided for all services. The church is at 8221 Miami Road, Madeira; 891-8181;

Sycamore Christian Church

Saturday night at 5:00 and Sunday morning at 8:00, 9:00, 9:30 & 11am Sunday School at 9:30am


widow and widowers meets the second and fourth Saturdays, 1011 a.m. Mother Linda Young is leading Parent Church School from 9:30 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. Sundays. Stay in the undercroft after bringing your children to Sunday School and discuss “In the Midst of Chaos: Caring for Your Children as Spiritual Practice” by Bonnie MillerMcLenore. The Order of St. Luke is studying the 26 miracles of Jesus and how they apply to life today. Meetings are from 7-8:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month in the library. Sunday worship services are 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The church is at 10345 Montgomery Road, Montgomery; 984-8401;

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

FAITH BIBLE CHURCH 8130 East Kemper Rd.


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

Religion news is published at no charge on a spaceavailable basis. Items must be to our office no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, for possible consideration in the following edition. E-mail announcements to nesuburban@communitypress. com, with “Religion” in the subject line. Fax to 248-1938. Call 248-8600. Mail to: Northeast Suburban Life, Attention: Andrea Reeves, Religion news, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, OH 45140.

Sharonville United Methodist Church


(across from Kenwood Towne Centre)


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

Temple Sholom

Temple Sholom will hold a special Munchkin Minyan Shabbat Service at 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 15. This service will be a new and exciting Shabbat experience for families with young children. Join us for some singing, dancing, storytelling, art projects and more as we celebrate Shabbat together in a service led by student Rabbi David Gerber. This service will be for children ages birth-7 (siblings welcome) and open to the whole community. Temple Sholom is at 3100 Longmeadow Lane in Amberley Village. Visit for more information. Temple Sholom will honor the holiday of Tu B’shvat as part of a communal Shabbat Unplugged musical service followed by a hands-on learning seder for all ages at 6:30 p.m., Jan. 21. Rabbi Miriam Terlinchamp will lead the Tu B’shvat seder and take us through the journey of the seasons through the sharing of plenty of wine (or juice), mixed fruits and nuts and discussions regarding our own personal cycles in life and who we aspire to be as individuals. Tu B’shvat is a time to reflect on our environment, the role we play within it and to celebrate with those we love. The service will be also available online at Please RSVP with the office at 7911330 or via email at to attend the seder. Temple Sholom is at 3100 Longmeadow Lane in Amberley Village; 7911330;


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Call engineer for foundation inspection Do you have foundation cracks, wall cracks, sticking doors and windows and sloping floors? Consult an independent professional engineer first to determine the cause of the problem. Foundation cracks due to differential foundation settlement can be caused by several conditions. The building code requirement for at least 30-inch footing depth was established to resist frost heave from ice expansion in the ground during the winter months. The top layer of soil has gone through these types of changes over the decades and is typically not very compacted. Some of the soils in the Greater Cincinnati area are classified as expansive clay. This type of soil changes volume when the moisture content changes. The soil shrinks in the dry summer and fall, when the rain quits

falling as seen by cracks in ground. When the moisture returns to the soil durMichael ing the winMontgomery ter and Community spring due Press guest to higher of columnist quantities rain and snow, the soil swells back to its previous volume. This type of differential movement can be seen in houses that have cyclical cracks which open and close, doors rubbing the frames part of the year, etc., during the various seasons. Watering along the exterior house foundation may help control this movement, but should be started very early in the year. Foundations that are supported at different soil

depths are likely to settle differentially. This condition is typical when a shallow foundation is placed near a deeper basement foundation or on sloping lots. In older homes, underground waste piping and/or underground downspout piping can crack or break. When the piping fails water leaks along the footing, softening the soil, causing the foundation to settle differentially. The typical repair for differential foundation settlement is underpinning piers that extend the foundation deeper into the soil. There are several types of underpinning repairs. The foundation pier systems offered by foundation repair contractors cost in the range of $130 to $200 per foot of wall to be supported. The work is expensive and there are many variables in the soil, house construction and

support methods to consider. A professional engineer can evaluate all of these factors and offer an unbiased opinion for the most permanent and efficient method of stabilization. An independent professional engineer should inspect the property first to determine the actual cause of the differential movement and suggest the appropriate repairs, if repairs are even necessary. All cracks are not a foundation problem. If foundation repairs are suggested, the engineer can provide an engineering design plan with the appropriate type of pier placed in strategic locations that several contractors can use to make their bid. The plan may be used to obtain a building permit and provide a record of the repair for the future, such as during the sale of the property. Foundation contractors

typically send out a sales person that does not have any formal training and needs to sell their product, not an unbiased professional engineer. Only a professional engineer is legally allowed to practice engineering. Contractors cannot suggest they are an engineer, unless they are state licensed professional engineers. Michael Montgomery of Buyers Protection Group, is licensed Engineer in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. He can be reached at 800-285-3001 or www.


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Vivian and Jim Schwab, left, honorary co-chairs of the event, and Dr. Susan Weinberg, the lead volunteer for the Art Auction, and her husband, Dr. Nolan Weinberg of Montgomery, show off the painting “Fairest of them all” by Roger Hueck of Cincinnati at a reception and art auction at the Mary Jo Cropper Family Center for Breast Care at Bethesda North in September. Approximately 165 supporters attended. More than $42,000 was raised at the event, sponsored by The Auxiliary of Bethesda Hospital, to support clinical research performed at the Breast Center. The annually rotating art exhibit at the Mary Jo Cropper Family Center for Breast Care at Bethesda North changed this month. Selected by a juried competition, the exhibit features 170 new pieces, including eight that were selected as award winners and purchased by the Bethesda Foundation for the collection. Many of the artists are inspired by personal experiences with cancer or other illnesses to create their art and motivated by the cause to donate it.

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Doug and Mary Kauffman of Loveland are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Elizabeth Kauffman to Mr. Philip Ledford, son of Glenn and Colette Ledford of Loveland. Elizabeth is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing. Phil is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Business. Their wedding will take place in October 2011.

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Fall fundraiser

The John L. Magro fall fundraiser was Sunday, Nov. 7 at Peterloon. The foundation celebrated its 11th year of supporting scholarships for college-aged students pursuing careers in music and art. PROVIDED Louise Aug, Vicki Aug and Peggy Kite (Indian Hill and Mongtomery) meet at the John L. Performers Magro fall fundraiser. included a classical pianist, violinist and four soloists from CCM under the direction of CCM Professor Sylvia Plyler. Visual artists included painters, sculptors and a graphic designer from Northern Kentucky University.

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New American Red Cross license plate Red Cross in Ohio is recognized as a leader in service to citizens and with these funds we will only get better,” she said. You can show your support by purchasing the plate in addition to basic registration. The cost for the new plate is an additional $25, with $15 being credited to your American Red Cross to assist with disaster readiness and response across Ohio. The plates are available for purchase through the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles at any Deputy Register’s office, online at or by calling 1-800-589-8247. For more information, contact Nikki Williams at 513-579-3910.

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The American Red Cross is pleased to announce the new American Red Cross specialty Ohio license plate. In cooperation with state officials, the Red Cross is now able to drive home the awareness of the American Red Cross everywhere you go with the new “Proud Supporter of the American Red Cross” Ohio license plate. “The Red Cross in Ohio is eager to give Ohioans the opportunity to proclaim that they are a ‘Proud Supporter of the American Red Cross’ by purchasing the new specialty plate,” commented Sara Peller, chapter executive. “The funds raised from the plate will help the Red Cross serve the public during times of disaster. The

PUBLIC NOTICE The following storage units from Stronghold of Blue Ash will be sold at public auction by Don Bates Auctioneers, at 6963 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45249 on Tuesday January 25th, starting at 11:30 a.m. and will continue until all items are sold. The Unit Number, Name and last known address is as follows: E0059U, Norma Lynne White, 3148 Mapleleaf Square Lexington, KY 40509 1615168

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Northeast Suburban Life



January 12, 2011



Eva Draud

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

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Eva (nee Lessel) Draud, 84, of Montgomery died Jan. 4. Survived by children Steve (MaryPat) Draud and Sue (Mark) Schneider; grandchildren Craig, Aimee (John) Timemrs and Douglas; greatgrandchildren Ciara, Olivia, John and Elise. Preceded in death by husband, Edward J. Draud. Services were Jan. 7 at St. Catharine Church, Westwood.

Memorials to: Meadowbrook Care Center “In memory of Eve Draud,” 8211 Weller Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242.


About real estate transfers


3637 Lobelia Drive: Prudential Relocation Inc. to Juan Noah & Datina Diego Juran; $237,000. 3637 Lobelia Drive: Fix Laurel A. to Prudential Relocation Inc.; $237,000. 9851 Old Chimney Court: Savine Gary N. & Irene S. to Duff Jason & Mandy; $368,300.


9705 Bunker Hill Lane: Walsh Mary L. to Herman Samantha E.; $105,000. 9727 Delray Drive: Stephens Lynda K. @2 to Stephens Lynda K.; $45,000. 9727 Delray Drive: Stephens Lynda K. @3 to Stephens Lynda K.@2; $45,000. 9740 Zig Zag Road: Sonny Michael J. & Betty J. to Ireland Holdings LLC; $225,000. 9740 Zig Zag Road: Ireland Holdings LLC to Reber Robert G. Tr; $215,000.

Information is provided as a public service by the office of Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes. Neighborhood designations are approximate.

SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP 4228 Kugler Mill Road: Ross Todd M. to Taylor Emily A.; $110,500. 7232 Bobby Lane: Puryear Shirley Ann@3 to Davis Stephen R. Tr; $220,000.


10241 Elmfield Drive: Fischer Single Family Homes II LLC to Sottile Michael & Marica; $360,309. 10250 Richland Park Drive: Fischer Single Family Homes II LLC to Faulhaber Alan M. & Carol R.; $437,665. 10562 Stablehand Drive: Rim Charles P. & Myung to Weeden Julie & Mark; $319,900. 9587 Main St.: Overbeck Karen D. to Sanctuary Holding Group L.; $30,000.





Shiloh Brandt McClelland, 39, 4816 Prospect Ave., criminal damaging/endangering, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, domestic violence (physical harm, with two prior 1 conviction) at 4816 Prospect Ave., Dec. 29. Steven Mueller, 56, 10853 Fallsington Court, domestic violence (physical harm) at 10853 Fallsington Court, Jan. 2. Christopher W. Cunningham, 35, 3111 Troy Ave., criminal damaging/endangering at 6151 Pfeiffer Road, Dec. 29. Juan A. Rainey, 35, 2570 Talbott Ave. Apartment 2, deception to obtain a dangerous drug at 4100 Hunt Road, Dec. 29. Johnathan D. Lilly, 21, 3220 Colerain Ave., open container prohibited at Kenwood Road at eastbound Ohio 126 connector, Jan. 2.

Incidents/investigations Criminal damaging/endangering A man said someone damaged a kitchen window and screen, value $100 at 9095 Kenwood Road, Dec. 28.

Domestic violence (physical harm) At 10104 Kenwood Road, Jan. 2.


At Tillsam Court and Blue Ash Road, Dec. 30. At 4300 Rossplain Road, Dec. 29.

Petty theft

A woman said someone took a Nintendo DS, value $179 at 5240 Myerdale Drive, Jan. 3.

Petty theft, criminal mischief

A man said someone took 20 pavement marking sticks, value $4, and threw eggs and toilet paper at his house at 5494 Kenridge Drive, Dec. 30.

Possession drug paraphernalia, aided case At 6057 Ashley Court, Dec. 29.


A woman said someone took $926 at 3807 Fox Run Drive apartment 1008, Dec. 28. A woman said someone took a Verizon cell phone, value $700 at 9555 Plainfield Road, Jan. 3. at 4100 Hunt Road, Dec. 29.

MONTGOMERY No reports this week.

SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Shamaya Hill, 22, 3495 Burnet Ave., complicity to theft at 7875 U.S. 22, Dec. 11. Tommy Brundidge, 36, 9 Booth Ave., domestic violence at 4646 Largo Drive, Dec. 10. Christopher Collins, 28, 6501 German Town, possession of marijuana at 7800 Montgomery Road, Dec. 11.

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April Edwards, 27, 2817 W. Galbraith Road, possession of marijuana at 7730 Montgomery Road, Dec. 17. Sarah Winders, 32, 136 Winding Brook Lane, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Dec. 10. Ariel Thompson, 19, 4314 Hays Ave., theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Dec. 11. Karissa Caldwell, 19, 1703 Cedar Ave., theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Dec. 14. Susie Costa, 41, 6718 Montgomery Road, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Dec. 12. Juvenile female, 13, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Dec. 12. Devaughn Lowe, 23, 7875 Montgomery Road, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Dec. 11. Juvenile male, 17, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Dec. 6. Juvenile female, 16, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Dec. 6.

Incidents/investigations Domestic violence

Male reported at Blue Ash Road, Dec. 13.


Checks forged reported at 7699 Montgomery Road, Dec. 13.


Victim threatened and wallet and contents of unknown value removed at 8600 block of Donna Lane, Dec. 12.


Video games valued at $392 removed at 7800 Montgomery Road, Dec. 11. Phone valued at $200 removed at 7875 U.S. 22, Dec. 4. Purse and contents of unknown value removed at 8954 Blue Ash Road, Dec. 12. Purse and contents of unknown value removed at 8670 Darnell, Dec. 13. Laptop and equipment valued at $935 removed at 11525 Snider Road, Dec. 13. Phone valued at $450 removed at 7875 U.S. 22, Dec. 4.

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 6833444. Wallet and contents of unknown value removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, Dec. 13. $596 removed at 7875 U.S. 22, Dec. 10. Vehicle removed at 4559 Lamont, Dec. 12.

SYMMES TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Juvenile male, 16, domestic violence at 12115 Mason Way, Dec. 15. Karen O’Hara, 39, 2210 Raleigh Lane, theft at 9201 Fields Ertel Road, Dec. 13.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering

Currency removed at 9443 LovelandMadeira Road, Dec. 10.

Public indecency

Reported at 10941 Shadowglenn Drive, Dec. 14.

Sexual imposition

Female victim reported at Camp Road, Oct. 28.


Wiper blade of unknown value removed at 11390 Montgomery, Dec. 11.

ODOT analysis shows crashes with deer likely to spike An updated safety analysis by the Ohio Department of Transportation shows that Ohio’s roadways are likely soon to see a spike in car and truck crashes with deer. The problem is not limited to rural areas: last year, the highways with the highest number of deervehicle crashes were in urban areas. The number of deervehicle crashes often spikes as summer shifts to fall. ODOT’s safety analysis shows that the number of crashes last year tripled from September to October, jumping from an average of 40 each day to more than 120. In 2009, there were a total 25,149 deer-vehicle crashes statewide with 1,137 people injured and three people killed. November saw the most crashes last year with 6,043 – an average of 200 per day Wildlife experts say the combination of fewer daylight hours with the increased movement of deer due to mating season and hunting season increases the risk of collisions between deer and vehicles. Though most people would expect these crashes to be more likely in rural areas, motorists in urban regions of the state also need to watch out for these dangerous – and sometimes deadly – accidents involving deer. Last year, the areas with the highest number of deervehicle crashes were the Mansfield area (Richland County) with 717 crashes, the Canton area (Stark County) with 653 crashes, and the Cincinnati area (Hamilton County) with 615 crashes.

An in-depth analysis further details which twomile stretches of state highways have the most number of deer-vehicle related crashes. ODOT is posting a map of the Top 12 Deer Crash Hot Spots on-line at www.transportation.ohio.g ov. Ohio has 8 million drivers, 121,000 miles of roadway, and 600,000 deer. Trying to predict when and where a deer and motorist will meet is an impossible task. Drivers who understand how deer behave are more likely to avoid a crash. ODOT advises motorists to use these driving tips to help avoid collisions with deer: • See the signs: Deer-crossing signs are posted in high-risk areas. Drive with extreme caution, especially in the posted areas. • Deer don’t roam alone: Deer often run together. If you see one deer near or crossing the road, expect that others will follow. • Danger from dusk to dawn: Watch for deer especially at dawn and after sunset. About 20 percent of these crashes occur in early morning, while more than half occur between 5 p.m. and midnight. • Safety begins behind the wheel: Always wear safety belts and drive at safe, sensible speeds for road conditions. If a vehicle strikes a deer, motorists should report the crash by calling local law enforcement, the sheriff’s department, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, or the Ohio Department of Natural Resources – even if there is no damage to the motorist’s vehicle.

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