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Sycamore Community Schools continue to guard against the H1N1 virus even though it is unsure just how many of its students may have caught the flu. “Sycamore Community Schools only tracks the number of absences, not the reason for absences,” said Erika Daggett, chief information officer for the schools. “So, it is difficult to say ‘how hard’ the flu hit our students.” In the time period between Sept. 28 and Oct. 23, there were a total of 4,274 absences in 2008 and 8,080 in 2009. Those numbers evened out as the school year progressed. There were 4,070 absences from Nov. 2, 2008, to Dec. 1, 2008, compared to 4,169 from Nov. 2, 2009, to Dec. 1, 2009. The numbers were 3,273 from Dec. 2, 2008, to Jan. 4, 2009, and 4,128 from Dec. 2, 2009, to Jan. 4, 2010. Also: 1,108 from Jan. 5, 2009, to Jan. 12, 2009, and 1,122 from Jan. 5, 2010, to Jan. 12, 2010. Daggett said the statistics must be viewed with caution. “These absences could be due to vacations, college visits, funerals, all illnesses – migraines, flu, viruses, injuries, etc. – as well as other reasons.” Daggett also said the numbers reflect absences, not the number of students out of school. Daggett said Sycamore, which hosted vaccination clinics sponsored by Hamilton County Public Health officials at its schools, has not relaxed its efforts to keep schools hygienic and sick students away from healthy ones. “Our policies and procedures have not changed,” she said. The flu incidence at Ursuline Academy in Blue Ash was much lower than anticipated, according to school nurse Cindy Broderick. The absentee rate never rose above 5 percent at Ursuline, Broderick said, and that was only for about two weeks. “We took precautions that we

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The Kroger Co. will be the presenting sponsor for the “Open Your Heart,” dinner at Eddie Merlot’s Feb. 9. The preValentine evening supports Stepping Stones Center for children and adults with disabilities. SEE LIFE, B1

It’s all downhill

See how local students – and some parents and teachers – spent their snow day Jan. 8. SEE PHOTOS, A4

The Symmes Township Board of Trustees approved the purchase of two police cruisers for patrols in the township. The two cruisers will replace two cars that both have logged more than 90,000 miles. SEE STORY, A5

have not taken in the past,” Broderick said. “These included hand sanitizer outside the café and in every classroom. “We also wiped down surfaces a lot more frequently. We had the students wipe down the laptops after use as well.” Broderick said Ursuline students benefited from early vaccinations. “We haven’t changed a lot of procedures post-flu except the wiping of the laptops,” she said. “We still have hand gel everywhere.” St. Vincent Ferrer School in Kenwood had more than 80 percent participation in the H1N1 vaccination clinic that was held at Moeller High School late last year. Principal Doug Alpiger said there is another clinic scheduled at Cincinnati Country Day School for Saturday, Jan. 14. “We never had an attendance issue, neither before the clinic or break nor afterwards,” Alpiger said. Staff writer Amanda Hopkins contributed to this report.

By Jeanne Houck

in December, Harvest Moon festival in October and a recent television segment about Montgomery on Star64. Montgomery recently commissioned a song and video about the city. “There is a social media team that meets monthly to discuss the viability of using social media as a communications tool,” said Ellen Hall, Montgomery’s communications coordinator. “The team is still in the process of determining how we might fully

In its continuing efforts to use cutting-edge ways to promote itself, the city of Montgomery has created its own YouTube channel. Montgomery has uploaded three videos on YouTube, a free video-sharing Web site it joined in November. So far the channel has been accessed nearly 400 times. Featured on Montgomery’s channel are videos about the city’s Holiday in the Village celebration

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Sycamore Blue Ash . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 292 Maple Dale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 302 Montgomery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 410 Symmes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 417 E.H. Greene . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 765 Junior high . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 663 High school . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,425

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Wyoming Vermont . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 226 Hilltop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 322 Elm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 345 Middle school . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 438 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,058 High school . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 667 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,155

Loveland LECC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 390 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 492 Primary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 491.5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 949 Elementary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 468 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,028 Intermediate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 359.5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 882 Middle school . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 450.5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,078.5 High school . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,219.5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 ,993

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Sycamore Township Trustee President Tom Weidman sits with his wife, Dianne, before he is sworn in for his new term on the Board of Trustees.

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Gold “Selling Tips” for the “First Time Seller”

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Cliff Bishop began his seventh term as a Sycamore Township trustee and Tom Weidman started his second term as both were sworn into office by Hamilton County commissioner Greg Hartmann on Jan. 7. Weidman will remain the trustee president with Bishop serving as vice president. Dick Kent is the third trustee on the board.

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Community Press Staff Report Students, parents and staff members of Sycamore Community Schools are organizing efforts to benefit the victims of the Jan. 12 earthquake that struck Haiti. The Montgomery Elementary PTO’s “Make a Difference Committee,” in conjunction with the school’s teachers, is sponsoring a “Helping Others” campaign. Through Friday, Jan. 22, students and staff will com-

pete to see which class can collect the most personal items such as soap, shampoo and deodorant and non-perishable food items. As an incentive to bring in more donations, the winning class will receive a special gym class where they can participate in activities of their choice. The Sycamore Junior High School Beta Club will also sponsor “Helping Hands for Haiti” from Friday, Jan. 15, through Friday, Jan. 22. Students, parents and staff members will col-

lect cleaning products and water and work with Matthew 25: Ministries in Blue Ash to distribute the items. Community members are also welcome to donate items by dropping them off in the junior high lobby. “The junior high Beta Club and the ‘Helping Others’ campaign at Montgomery Elementary are just two of many ways our staff members teach Sycamore students to lead by serving others,” said Erika Daggett, chief information officer for the schools.

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Greater Cincinnati Water Works will be installing water mains throughout Montgomery from March through December and Montgomery officials want to know if residents have any ideas on how to minimize the impact on the city. Weigh in with your suggestions by visiting Montgomery’s open city hall forum

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Budget discussions

College wants to honor distinguished alums

A representative of the International City/County Management Association will lead a discussion on budget prioritization at a Blue Ash City Council work session set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, in a conference room off the main lobby at the Munici-

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Sycamore Township Trustee Cliff Bishop, left, is sworn in to his seventh term on the Board of Trustees by Hamilton County Commissioner Greg Hartmann at the Jan. 7 board meeting.

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Raymond Walters College in Blue Ash is seeking nominations for its annual Distinguished Alumni Awards, which will be presented Friday, April 23. Sign on to for a form to nominate someone. Send the nomination form to the Distinguished Alumni Awards Committee, Raymond Walters College, 9555 Plainfield Road, Blue Ash, OH 45236-1096, no later than Friday, Jan. 22.

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A half foot of snow was just perfect at the Blue Ash Golf Course for some hardy sledding, skiing and hiking during the second weekend of the new year. Temperatures barely reaching the 20s couldn't keep these folks of all ages from taking advantage of the pristine setting for fun and sport. See you on the slopes? PHOTOS BY TERRENCE HUGE/CONTRIBUTOR

The evening will feature:

• Information on the kindergarten curriculum, early entrance testing, kindergarten readiness, attendance areas, program offerings, and the registration process.

Dads like to have fun too. Michael Margolis of Blue Ash shows he’s young at heart as he rides a saucer down a steep slope.

Getting up some speed as they descend a hillside are, from left: Peter Tosh, Andrew Bemmes and Patrick Tosh. Peter and Andrew are seventhgraders at Sycamore Junior High School while Patrick is a fifth-grader at E.H. Greene Intermediate.

• For more information, contact the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at (513) 686-1700, ext. 5022.


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Wintry workout! Sycamore Junior High School teachers, Linda Gartner and Paul Alexander, headed to the rolling hillsides of the Blue Ash Golf Course for some cross country exercise late friday afternoon, Jan. 8. Gartner is the choir teacher while Alexander is a (semi-retired) math teacher and golf coach.

State Rep. Ron Maag (R–35th District) decried the inaction of Chairman Tyrone Yates and Democrats in the House Criminal Justice Committee on House Bill 132, legislation carefully crafted to address sexting(1) between minors in the state of Ohio. “For nearly a year I have reached out numerous times to Chairman Yates including monthly letters, formally asking him to schedule additional hearings and a vote on House Bill 132,” Maag said. “I have spoken directly with Attorney General Richard Cordray and heard from concerned parents and members of the legal community who all gave their staunch support for this legislation. Meanwhile, teens across Ohio are facing felonies for these telecommunicated mistakes.” “Sexting” is not addressed in the Ohio Revised Code. Therefore, a minor who receives or sends a nude photo of themselves or another minor may be charged with a child pornography felony and labeled as a sex offender for life.

House Bill 132 would make the creation, exchange and possession of nude materials between minors by a telecommunications device a misdemeanor of the first degree. A felony charge would not be ruled out, but reserved for cases where the true intent of the crime is malicious. “Protecting the children of the State of Ohio is a fundamental part of the job of a prosecutor,” Warren County Prosecutor Rachel Hutzel said. “As technology changes, the legislature and law enforcement must work together to adequately provide the protection that children need. The failure of the leadership of the House to allow the legislature to move on the ‘sexting’ legislation continues to tie the hands of law enforcement across the state as we try to protect our youth.” House Bill 132 was in response to increased incidents of sexting in Ohio. The first prosecuted case occurred in Mason when nude photos of a 15year-old girl were found on a freshman boy’s cell phone. Both teens were charged with a misdemeanor for contributing to the delinquency of a

minor, but the judge has complete discretion over what sentences they may receive. In addition, the recent death of Jessica Logan has prompted national awareness among teens and families. Logan was an 18-year-old girl from Sycamore High School who committed suicide after a nude picture of herself sent via text message to her boyfriend was later spread throughout the school. Jessica’s mother, Cynthia Logan, has taken Jessica’s story on a national campaign to alert teens of the dangers and implications of sexting. “What these teens need is education about how this type of behavior could affect their lives,” Maag said. “This legislation brings needed balance to Ohio law holding teenagers accountable for their actions without having to charge them as sexual offenders. I hope this effort will also raise awareness amongst parents for how serious and common sexting has become. It will make our young people think twice about what they are sending to one another.”


January 20, 2010

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Symmes buying two sheriff cruisers By Amanda Hopkins

The Symmes Township Board of Trustees approved the purchase of two police cruisers for patrols in the township. The two cruisers will replace two cars that both have logged more than 90,000 miles. Sheriff liaison Lt. Tom Butler said one crusier has mre than 102,000 miles. The other car has over 95,500 miles and has lasted seven years. Butler said police cars last around four years. Two other cars have more than 90,000 miles. The depart-

Symmes Township trustees authorized the purchase of two new police cruisers for 2010.

“It would be well worth the investment.”

Lt. Tom Butler Sheriff liaison for Symmes Township


ment has eight cars running in Symmes Township. Fiscal Officer John Borchers said the fire and

police fund could afford to buy one cruiser, but that money for the second cruiser would have to come from

the general fund. He said the township has been conservative in the spending from the general fund and that a cruiser would not put a big hole in the budget. “It would be well worth

the investment,” Butler said. Borchers said he is budgeting for this year and that he is trying to keep a police and fire levy off of the ballot until 2011 which is why he recommended the money for the second cruiser come from the general fund. “Anything I can do to defer (from the ballot) ... (this purchase from the general fund) helps me to do that,” Borchers said. Borchers said he will


continue discussion with the trustees and it will be determined by June if a new levy is needed. There are currently two police, four fire, one safety and two EMS levies. All are continuing levies. The cruisers, Ford Crown Victoria models, are estimated at $26,028 each. Butler said the price could be taken down after the vehicle trade in at Woody Sander Ford.

Tickling the senses in Montgomery on Sundays By Jeanne Houck

Sensory Sundays – featuring art, music and tasty food – begin Feb. 14 in Montgomery. “A delightful collage for your senses, this three-part series caters to your sight with a variety of displays, your hearing with talented and soulful sounds of standout area musicians and your taste with specialty samplers from local chefs,” said Ellen Hall, Montgomery’s communications coordinator. Sensory Sundays also will be presented Feb. 28 and March 14. All will be from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Terwilliger Lodge, in Dulle Park on Deerfield Road.


Dixie Karas and Friends perform at a recent Sensory Sunday in Montgomery. Guests will be limited to 90. Tickets are $75 for all three events and can be

purchased at Montgomery City Hall on Montgomery Road and via the city’s Web

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event and can be purchased beginning Monday, Jan. 25. Here’s the lineup:

• Feb. 14 – Sculptures by Ray Miller, music by the Wayne Yeager Trio with vocalist Pamela Mallory and Thai food by Sukhothai Thai Cuisine in Montgomery. • Feb. 28 – Stahl Wooden Bowls by Tom Stahl, New Orleans jazz by Ricky Nye Inc. and American food by DeSha's American Tavern in Symmes Township. • March 14 – New Orleans sights by portrait artist Clark Stevens, French eclectic music by Sylvain and Friends and Cajun food by Dee Felice Cafe in Covington, Ky. Call 891-2424 for more information.

Kenwood doctor, patient raise diabetes awareness

Sweets can be tempting, especially during the holiday season, but is especially problematic for diabetics like Bobbie Burwell, who is a self-proclaimed “big sweet eater.” Burwell, who lives in West Chester Township, was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes four and half years ago and has since had to alter her diet and exercise in order to live with the disease which included cutting out sweets and starchy foods. “You can’t just pick up a candy bar,” Burwell said. “You’re going to pay for it later.” When a person has dia-

betes, they do not have ability to regulate glucose in the blood, they are not m a k i n g Frecka e n o u g h insulin or the body is not using insulin properly. Burwell has been able to maintain her diabetes with the help of Dr. James Frecka, an internal medicine physician at Alliance Primary Care in Kenwood. Frecka said he discusses with all of his patients about how important it is to recognize their symptoms and to get tested for diabetes. He tries to raise awareness in his office and waiting rooms

Know your symptoms According to the American Diabetes Association, 6 million Americans are living with diabetes, but it is going untreated. Symptoms include frequent urination, becoming really thirsty or hungry, a drastic change in weight, visual problems, fatigue and elevated blood sugar/glucose in the bloodstream. Dr. James Frecka, an internal medicine physician at Alliance Primary Care, recommends people who experience these symptoms should be screened for diabetes.

The two most common types of diabetes are Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 is more of a genetic type that occurs at a younger age and requires insulin shots because the body is making an insufficient quantity of insulin. Type 2 is more lifestyle related and is diagnosed more in adults who may be overweight or obese. Frecka said Type 2 does not typically require insulin, but patients suffering from Type 2 will need to change diet and exercise habits and could need medication to regulate the disease.

about the dangers of letting the disease go untreated. November was recognized by the American Diabetes Association as American Diabetes Month. Untreated diabetes can lead to other health complications including kidney, eye and cardiovascular problems and could even cause a stroke or heart attack. Frecka said people with a family history or are overweight or obese should be screened regularly for diabetes. Burwell experienced many of the classic symptoms of diabetes, including frequent urination, being thirsty all the time and very tired. “I was just drained,” Burwell said. Her father and brother also have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Burwell now has a daily schedule that includes regular meals and snacks and testing her blood sugar twice a daily. She also takes medication twice a day and has to give herself insulin before bed. Burwell said she does not have it all under control, but she said she has a good support system and has learned a lot from Frecka and other diabetes educators. “A good diet, good educator and doctor and exer-

cising,” Burwell said are the key things to surviving with diabetes. Frecka said patients should monitor their symptoms and need to take care of their diabetes to avoid all of the complications. “Stay positive and keep doctors’ appointments,”

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Students get kick out of martial arts

Students at Indian Hill High School recently learned about the martial arts. However, it wasn’t just a demonstration. The students actually practiced the techniques as part of their physical education curriculum. Instruction was provided by Paul Korchak, a sixth-degree black belt and owner of the Cincinnati Taekwondo Center. “Many (of the students) have never thought about using martial arts as fitness,” said physical edu-

cation instructor Ellen Hughes. “It is something that can save their life as well.” This isn’t the first time the students have participated in a martial arts demonstration. Hughes said for the last five years the school has incorporated wellness, safety and self-defense into the education curriculum. Although it is only recently the state has adopted new physical education standards requiring that personal safety be taught in the physical education classes, according to Hughes, who is a resident of Mt. Airy. “I like the fact Ohio is taking an

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Martial arts instructor Paul Korchak, left, works with freshman Charlie Buchanan during a martial arts demonstration at Indian Hill High School. Selfdefense and safety is a part of the education curriculum at the school.

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Sycamore Junior High School student Ben Boughton, left, got the chance to be principal for a day Dec. 14, shadowing principal Karen Naber, right, on her daily activities. Boughton was randomly selected, as part of the donated canned food drive among students, to be principal for a day.

Fighting cancer with fundraisers

Moeller High School is celebrating its success in fighting cancer. In October, the school raised more than $4,500 in four days, with the varsity football players selling T-shirts for the Homecoming football game and the school’s Houses competing in a penny war. The money raised was divided between the Bubba Hoctor Fund at Fifth Third Bank and Cancer Free Kids. From left is Moeller athletic director Barry Borman, Rose Eckhoff from Cancer Free Kids, Moeller football captain Jeff Aubin, Kim Hauck of Moeller athletics and Dan Dever of Moeller Pastoral Ministry. PROVIDED

initiative to develop (these) standards,” said Hughes. “When you combine fitness and safety, it’s a win-win situation.” Sophomore Steve Bell agreed. “I thought it was fun, and (it) taught us a lot,” said Bell about the recent demonstration. “No one likes to think about when they have to use selfdefense, but this class makes you think about it. “It keeps (you) more aware.” Hughes said upcoming topics will include aerobic dance, yoga and fitness testing.

Seven people have been named to Cincinnati Country Day School’s board of trustees. • Kyle Brooks, a 1981 graduate of CCDS, is a partner with Barron Peck Bennie & Schlemmer Co., LPA and a member of the Cincinnati, Kentucky and Ohio Bar Associations. He and wife Katherine are the parents of two CCDS fifth graders, Jane and Will. They live in Hyde Park. • Duncan Foster is a managing director at Advantage Capital Partners. He also serves as a senior advisor to EHS Partners in New York. Foster, and his wife Shaun, live in Hyde Park and have two children – Katherine, a 2007 CCDS graduate, and Will, CCDS class of 2011. • Jon Hall, who serves as the president of the CCDS Parents’ Association, is co-founder and managing partner of SpencerHall, one of the country’s largest independent research firms. He and his wife Lisa live in Symmes Township with their two children, Sam and Jessica, who attend CCDS. • Amy Hanson has served as executive vice president for Property Development and Credit and Customer Service at Macy’s, Inc. since May 2008. She has also been named to the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber Minority Business Accelerator Board. Hanson

and her and husband Frank live in Indian Hill with children Katherine and Mike, a CCDS sophomore. • Steve Hall Schwartz, a 1980 graduate of CCDS, is President and CEO of Lion Apparel, Inc. He is also the 2009-2010 CCDS Annual Fund Chair and has also served Sweat-Duplechan as board chair of C i n c i n n a t i ’s Contemporary Dance Theater. Schwartz and his wife Melissa live in Amberley Village with their daughter Olivia and son Sam, both CCDS students. • Hemella “Mellie” SweatDuplechan, M.D., is a physician at the Richfield Laboratory of Dermatopathology. She lives in Sycamore Township with her husband Lester, and sons, Heman and Noah, both students at CCDS. • Gordon Wright owns and operates UNITS Mobile Storage of Cincinnati. He and wife Susan live in Indian Hill with their two children, Maggie and Jack, both students at CCDS.

SCHOOL NOTES Alumni speaker series

Moeller High School will hold its 50th anniversary monthly alumni speaker series beginning this month. Paul Keels, the “voice of the Buckeyes” and the Cincinnati Reds’ new TV play-by-play announcer, will be the first guest speaker; the event will be held 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, at the Montgomery Inn. Tom Woebkenberg will chair the event. House Minority Leader John Boehner will headline the event in February, held 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, also at the Montgomery Inn. Bruce Buckley will chair the February

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Moeller High School has admitted several students into the Blessed William Joseph Chaminade Chapter of the National Honor Society. They are, from left: front row, Dominic Geraci (Blue Ash), John Westerkamp (Loveland), Buddy Naber (Montgomery), Daniel Lang (Mason), Zach McKaig (Sharonville) and Nick Lefke (Kenwood); back row, Alex Stagge (Kenwood), John Harbaugh (Kenwood), Ross Geiger (Loveland), Alex Parra (Madeira) and Brendan Holmes (Loveland). Not pictured, Alex Naber (Montgomery).


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School raises hunger awareness By Forrest Sellers

Several Indian Hill High School clubs will join together to promote hunger awareness. During the week of Jan. 25 several activities are planned, including a Fair Share Hunger Awareness Dinner 6:30-8:30 p.m. PROVIDED Wednesday, Jan. 27, at the Indian Hill High School is using this high school, 6865 Drake logo to promote its hunger awareness Road. “With the economy week starting Monday, Jan. 25. hunger is an issue locally, Silvius said an estimated nationally and globally,” 26,500 people a day die of said history instructor hunger. Wendy Silvius, who is helpHowever, senior Olivia ing coordinate events. Morris, who is also helping

organize events, said hunger is an issue that is often overlooked. “It’s an issue that if the right minds and right hearts focus on it can be solved,” she said. Morris, who lives in Kenwood, said this is the first time a project like this has brought so many of the clubs at the high school together for a common cause. More than 10 different clubs will participate. Posters will be displayed around the school and flyers will also be distributed. A time of reflection during which students will have an opportunity to dis-

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Robotics Club

The following students are members of the Cincinnati Country Day School Robotics Club: Anna Beyette, Marissa Beyette, Elizabeth Grace, Ben Paff, Victoria Paff, Brian McSwiggen, Elizabeth Miller and Grant Swinton. The coaches are Robert Baker, Fred Beyette and George Swinton.

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Senior Olivia Morris, left, and history instructor Wendy Silvius put up an image promoting hunger awareness at Indian Hill High School. The school has a number of activities planned for a hunger awareness week starting Jan. 25.

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This week in basketball

• Sycamore High School boys lost to Lakota East High School 69-43, Jan. 8. A.J. Williams was the top-scorer for Sycamore with 12 points. • Sycamore High School boys lost to Anderson High School 60-51, Jan. 9. Wes Yengo and A.J. Williams were Sycamore’s top-scorers with 13 points each. • Ursuline Academy girls beat Mercy High School 5646, Jan. 9. Desirae Ball was the top-scorer for Ursuline with 16 points. • Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy girls beat Cincinnati Country Day 35-33, Jan. 9. Taylor Dixon was CHCA’s topscorer with 21 points. Country Day’s top-scorer was Mariah Reed with 11 points. • Sycamore girls beat Mercy High School 40-26, Jan. 11. Ashley Schaefer was the top-scorer for Sycamore with 12 points. • Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy boys beat Cincinnati Country Day 56-41, Jan. 12. Ian Smith was the top-scorer for CHCA with 15 points, including four three-pointers. • Sycamore girls lost to Princeton High School 53-34, Jan. 13. Sycamore’s top-scorer was Ashley Schaefer with 15 points, including one three-pointer.

This week in ice hockey

• Moeller High School boys beat Gahanna 4-2, Jan. 8. Moeller’s Rosselot and Fessel each scored one goal; Visalli scored two points. Moeller advances to 12-6-3 with the win. • Sycamore High School boys beat Springboro 4-1, Jan. 9. Sycamore’s Brandon Nazek scored two goals and Curtis Robertson scored one goal. Sycamore advances to 15-3-1 with the win. • Sycamore beat Alter 4-0, Jan. 9. Sycamore’s Brandon Nazek scored two goals and Simon Vincze scored one.

This week in bowling

• Moeller High School boys beat Sycamore High School 2,725-2,39, Jan. 11. Moeller’s Oehler bowled a 469. Sycamore’s Grannen bowled a 405. Moeller advances to 7-3 with the win. Sycamore falls to 1-7. • Mount Notre Dame girls beat Sycamore High School 2,531-1,961, Jan. 11. Sycamore’s Katie Ziegler bowled a 339. Sycamore s to 4-4 with the loss. • Moeller boys lost to Mason High School 2,5602,398, Jan. 12. Moeller’s Honerlaw bowled a 401. • Sycamore High School boys lost to Mason High School 2,717-2,414, Jan. 14. Sycamore’s Lafrance bowled a 459. Sycamore falls to 1-8 with the loss. • Sycamore girls lost to Mason 2,176-2,071, Jan. 14. Sycamore’s Katie Ziegler bowled a 342.

Senior bowl selection

College of Mount St. Joseph senior Anthony Walsh, a Moeller High School graduate, was selected to play in the Inaugural 2010 OhioCollegeFootball.Com Senior Bowl on Saturday, April 17. The game will be played at Marv Moorehead Stadium in Columbus, Ohio with the kick off slated for 1 p.m. The game will also be televised on Sports Time Ohio. Walsh is an offensive tackle.

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Sycamore girls basketball gears up for tough stretch By Mark Chalifoux

The Sycamore girls basketball team made a statement in the first half of the season, going 9-1 and establishing itself as one of the top teams in the city. Now comes the hard part for the Aviators, who play seven top-10 teams in January and Feburary and also play two top-rated teams in Toledo. “We'll be ready for the tournament, that's for sure,” said head coach Paula Hayden. If there's one positive for the Aviators, it's that Hayden doesn't think the team has started to play its best basketball. “It's a great feeling to be 9-1 and feel like you can be that much better but I don't think we're a very good team offensively right now,” she said. “We're having some trouble finishing but once we start clicking on offense we will be very tough to beat.” The Aviators have been tough to beat for the first part of the season and that has been largely due to the team's defense. “Our defense is consistently intense and smart and it's been amazing,” Hayden said. “I've been so pleased with our defense.” Hayden said the key to the team's success has been the team cohesiveness, which is a carry-over from last season. Still, Hayden said she was surprised this team was able to pick up where last year's team left off. “We graduated four outstanding seniors who were great team players,” she said. “But this group has picked up from where they



Sycamore guard Ashley Schaefer blocks a shot by Princeton’s Alexus Chinn.

Other hoops happenings A look around the area

• The CHCA girls are 8-2 and 4-0 in conference coming off a Jan. 9 win over CCD 5333. The Eagles are off until a Jan. 20 game against Cincinnati Christian. • CCD girls The Cincinnati left off and they care about each other on and off the floor and I think that is what makes us such a great defensive unit.” The 2010 Aviators are led by a much younger

Country Day girls defeated Clark Montessori 63-24 on Jan. 13 to push their record to 8-1 on the season. The Indians were led by Mariah Reed's 18 points and 13 points from Ricci Snell. • Ursuline Academy has now won 10 games in a row after a 51-41 win over Kings. Desirae Ball is the team’s leading scorer with 11 points per game. group, as the standouts are sophomores Chloe Pavlech and Alexis Newbolt and junior Ashley Schaefer. “Schaefer has become very consistent and dependable and her work ethic has

Sycamore’s Chloe Pavlech (5) and Princeton’s Mikell Chinn(22) battle for a loose ball. improved tremendously,” Hayden said. “The sophomores can be inconsistent at times but they are great players and I'm really optimistic about the future.” Pavlech leads the team in scoring, rebounding and assists. Schaefer is second in scoring with 11 points per game and leads the team in field goal percentage. Several other players have stepped up in crucial moments to lead the team to victory, including seniors Amy Isaacs and Allison Setser. “I've been pleased with the seniors, they are instrumental in every game we play,” Hayden said. “I

always tell our seniors that we'll only have success if they set the way.” Sycamore is at the top of the GMC at the start of their difficult stretch and have several big games at home coming up. Sycamore is at home against Mason on Jan. 23 and against Princeton on Jan. 30. “Our kids will play hard if two people are in the stands or 1,000 people, but I think it would be great for the fans to see us,” Hayden said. “I think they would be impressed. If you come out and watch the Lady Aves play, you will be back. It won't be a one and done, you'll want to come back.”

Indian Hill leads CHL in girls’ hoops By Mark Chalifoux

The Indian Hill girls’ basketball team, which started the season 8-1 and jumped to the top of the CHL, is considered one of the top teams in the city. The ranking – No. 1 in week six Enquirer’s Division II-IV poll – isn’t something head coach Dr. Scott Rogers is concerned with. “Rankings have no bearing on anything in the middle of the year. The only time we care about a high ranking is at the end of the season,” Rogers said. “Until then, the biggest game is the next one, and that’s the mentality our team needs.” Rogers said the team is much better defensively than the Indian Hill team that went 13-1 in the CHL and won the conference crown in 2008-2009. “We have the ability to get a stop when we need one,” he said. “Our next step is to know we can get a bucket when we need one.” Rogers said he’s pleased with what he’s seen from the Braves so far but that


Indian Hill forward Kelly Dunham ties up a Finneytown forward with help from teammate Amanda Sheeran. the team did have areas they could improve in. “We need to improve the consistency in how we practice,” he said. “I’m not unhappy with the way they practice, they are having a lot of success, but with the goals they set this year they can focus more in practice.” The Braves have asserted their control over the CHL early as no team has come within 25 points of Indian Hill and only

Madeira was able to come within 30. Indian Hill is led in scoring by sophomore Nicole Bell at 14.4 points per game. She also leads the team in assists with 4.7. Junior Kelsey Matthews averages 13.2 points per game and 3.2 assists. “Nicole and Kelsey have understood and bought into the fact that they don’t have to score 20 points a game for us to win,” Rogers said.

“The team’s willingness to share the basketball is part of what has made us successful.” Senior forward Kelly Dunham is another key player for the Braves. Dunham averages 9.3 points per game and is the second leading rebounder. Katie Markesbery leads the team in rebounding with 6.8 a game. The Braves have also had big contributions from Aubrey Rogers, Natalie Newton, Sarah Arington and Kasey Schumacher. Indian Hill is also getting contributions from a few younger players. Freshman Mattie Meyer has started to play well and sophomore Amanda Sheeran is starting to develop as well. Rogers said the team has exhibited quite a bit of growth in the past few years. “Their ability to compete has skyrocketed and that was the goal,” he said. “Kids have to buy into how hard you practice and make that commitment. These girls are very close and committed to each other, and that’s an intangible


Indian Hill’s Kelsey Matthews blows past Finneytown guard Bernadette Riddle for a lay-up during the Braves win on Jan. 15. that’s huge at any level.” Rogers said the defense has been strong and that he’s noticed the team is doing a much better job at scoring off of turnovers. “We’ve been much better in that area,” Rogers said. Indian Hill has several big games on the horizon, including a home game against Wyoming at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 23 and a home game Jan. 25 against Kings.

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MND hoops reeling without Reynolds


Mount Notre Dame junior guard Kathryn Reynolds, seen here playing defense in the Division I State Final against Toledo Start last March, is out for the season after sustaining a torn ACL in late December. MND has won four straight state titles and has appeared in six consecutive state finals. who said his team was outworked and out-hustled, decided to send a message to his girls: He stripped them of their new uniforms and forced them to wear old ones instead. “They didn’t deserve to wear new jerseys,” he said. “You have to earn that.” The move had mixed results. Harlan said the team had two of its best practices all season on Jan. 11-12. But on Jan. 13, MND dropped a home game 50-46 to McAuley, a game in which MND led by seven after the first quarter. “Hats off to McAuley because they wanted the game more than we did,” Harlan said. “But they’re not better than the teams we played the first four weeks of the season. It should’ve been a 20-point (win for us).” Despite MND’s recent slide, Harlan said his team’s goals of winning league, sectional, district, regional and state titles remain intact. “You never change your goals because injuries are part of the game; it happens, and every team has to deal with it,” he said. “What changes is your approach. You have to see it as an opportunity for another kid to step in and solidify a role.” More than anything, what Harlan wants to see from his team, which starts only one senior in forward

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Dante Harlan said Kathryn Reynolds’ surgery to repair a torn ACL went well and no schools have rescinded their scholarship offers. “It was a clean tear directly in the center of the ACL,” he said. Reynolds has official scholarship offers from several schools, including Kentucky, Louisville and Michigan State. Harlan expects her to be back for a healthy and successful senior season. “She’ll be fine,” he said.

defensive player, was like losing the heart and soul of the team. MND still boasts sophomore stud Raeshaun Gaffney, who leads the entire Girls’ Greater Cincinnati League in scoring at 19.0 points per game. But without Reynolds to keep teams honest, Gaffney has had less room to operate. With Reynolds in the lineup, Gaffney averaged 21.0 points per game; without her, she is averaging 17.3. “You miss that other kid,” Harlan said. “When you have two good scorers, you can’t overplay either of them.” Still, Harlan has been impressed with the secondyear juggernaut, who is third in the GGCL-Scarlet in assists with 2.0 per game. “The kid’s doing the best she can,” he said. “She’s had to assume a large role. She’s trying to be a scorer, a leader and get everyone involved. That’s a lot for a sophomore.” Aside from Gaffney, no other Cougar is averaging more than 5.0 points per game. “It’s time for the other kids to assume their roles,” Harlan said. Following a 23-point loss to defending D-III state champion South Euclid Regina on Jan. 9 – MND’s worst loss of the season – Harlan,

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By Tony Meale Dante Harlan knew. “I think everybody in the gym knew,” the Mount Notre Dame High School girls’ basketball coach said. Two minutes into MND’s game against Archbishop Carroll (Pennsylvania) Dec. 28, junior guard Kathryn Reynolds dribbled in transition and jump-stopped for a pull-up in the lane. “Her knee went the other way,” Harlan said. Torn ACL. Out for the season. Entering the game against Carroll, Reynolds was averaging 11.2 points, 2.3 assists and 2.2 steals for MND, whose only losses were a one-point letdown at Lakota West in the season-opener and a 79-60 defeat against Potter’s House Christian (Jacksonville, Fla.), which is rated No. 22 nationally in the MaxPreps Top 25 rankings. Harlan said Reynolds, who had taken accountability of the team, was less concerned about her injury than she was about being unable to help MND continue its unrivaled tradition of four straight state titles and six consecutive title-game appearances. “Her being the kid she is, she didn’t think about herself; it was about her teammates and the girls from last year and the year before,” Harlan said. “It’s never been about just her. That’s what makes her special.” MND, which went 15413 (.922) from 2004 to 2009, has six losses this season alone and has now lost five of six. “I think as losses occur, (the girls) start feeling like they’re not carrying on the legacy,” Harlan said. MND has also been without sophomore forward Breanna Rucker, who has missed the last five games with a knee injury of her own. She, however, is expected back soon. Harlan said losing Reynolds and Rucker, who he labeled the Cougars’ best

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Northeast Suburban Life

January 20, 2010







Editor Dick Maloney | | 248-7134



VOICES FROM THE WEB Changing tunes

Visitors to posted these comments to a column by Blue Ash city treasurer Jim Pfeffer about the city’s financial situation: “Funny how we, the voters were told before the Council election that: "Everything is fine, we are financially sound, and we even have huge reserves"! They are talking about this on the "Best For Blue Ash: community site.” opine25 “Reduce office heating & air settings by 5 degrees. Buy smaller vehicles. Install motion sensitive light fixtures. Ensure all computers are turned off when not needed, and at end of the day. Aim to increase the average mpg of the City fleet by 10% every year until 2016 - including police & fire. Conduct a complete written review of positions as they become vacant due to resignations and retirement, as a requirement for filling the position. Aggressively draw down debt. Introduce printers that automatically print on both sides of a sheet of paper. Increase rec. center fees by $10 dollars. Hey,these should be coming from City Hall! WHy am I giving all the good ideas? Come on Blue Ash!” BlueAshBruce “Excuses, excuses, excuses. The author’s message is much different from the pre-election BS used to sway voters. Blue Ash has been mismanaged for five years and now they cant hide it. Shame

on the council and the city employees who spew false info on their behalf. Recall the election ! Where are the residents ? Where are the residents who challenged the dishonest incumbents?” Deirdra_Lewinski


Visitors to posted these comments to a story about Sycamore High School graduate Scott Michael Roberson, who was one of seven people killed in a suicide bombing in southeastern Afghanistan: “My thoughts and prayers are with the family. This is regrettable, but he seemed to be doing what he needed to do. Keep this man and his contemporaries in your prayers. Brave men are called to do brave things.” whyhateearp “Put a black star on the wall at CIA headquarters for Roberson. We thank you for the years of service to our country. Heroes like yourself don’t get the honor and the respect that they should get for the protection of our country and the sacrifice that you made to your home life. You may have traveled the world to protect u,s but now you are back home and shall rest in peace. May God Bless you and your family through this tragic event. Our thoughts and our prayers go out to your family and love ones.” SOURKREME “Civilian contractors like these brave men are almost always ex-military who have served with distinction and often

CH@TROOM Jan. 13 questions Sycamore Township Fire Chief B.J. Jetter and planning and Zoning Administrator Greg Bickford said that the township will look into regulating the kiosks in Kenwood Towne Center. Is this a good idea? No responses.

What have been the biggest accomplishments and biggest failures during the first yer of the Obama Administration? “There have been absolutely no achievements or accomplishments as a result of the worst failure of a presidency in U.S. history, unless you consider lies, incompetence, malfeasance and socialism to be ‘achievements.’” J.G. “Biggest accomplishments are few. When you have minority leaders who do not care one whit about the people, only about their party regaining control, they throw up road blocks everywhere instead of trying to work out compromises. “Whether health care, environment, or some Republican senator holding up a nomination (TSA designated head, as an example) they put us, the people, in jeopardy. “I don’t expect agreement on all issues all the time, but the current Republicans are a hindrance to our well being. “Bring back the moderate Republican leadership.” J.Z.

Jan. 13 question

Do you think requiring passengers to go through a body scanner, which produces an image of one’s naked body, at airports would help increase security? “My wife and I are presently traveling in Jordan and Egypt. We

Next questions Sycamore Community Schools residents may be asked to approve a bond issue for improvements to Maple Dale Elementary School and the board of education offices. What concerns or questions do you have about the bond issue? At this point, are you likely to support it? Why or why not? Will you still watch “American Idol” after Simon Cowell leaves? Every week The Northeast Suburban Life asks readers a question they can reply to via email. Send your answer to with Chatroom in the subject line. travel a lot so security is important to us. If anybody wants to look at a profile of our bodies to make us more secure, great. “What we have noticed is that in the Middle East they go to great lengths to give the appearance of security, but don’t really check much of anything. “For example, the entrance of our hotel has a metal detector and an X-ray belt for luggage, but they don’t ever stop anyone. “Most tourist sites have metal detectors, but none of the armed guards ever seem to care if they go off. I have two artificial knee replacements and frequently they fail to trigger the detectors. This never happens in the U.S. “I would rather see people use what they have to full advantage rather than buy some new and expensive technology that they then ignore. “The capability to see more does not necessarily mean that anyone will look, or better yet take action, based on the information.” F.S.D.

Your input welcome You can comment on stories by visiting and choosing your community’s home page: officers who have close relations to the intelligence community and are invaluable to our govt and military. They were doing what they loved and unfortunately it meant operating in dangerous war zones where Taliban or Al Qaeda operate. “Rest in Peace. “Never Forget.” indianhillbilly “We should get the hell out of Iraq and Afghanistan and let them solve their own problems. Since when the the USA become the world’s police department? Didn’t we have our own civil war in 1861 to 1865 where millions of people died? Sending our citizens to die where they hate our guts and don’t want us is insane.” zbd21 “You’re joking, right? Would you rather continue fighting these fanatics on our soil? Do you remember 9/11?” knowitall1000 “That’s like saying the next time there is a criminal breaking into cars on your

street, don’t call the police. Or when there is a fire in an apartment building, don’t call the fire department. Both of these things threaten lives and well being of all around them ... and the police/firefighter responding may live on the other side of town, so why should he care to help? This behavior/threat spreads. The more people want to ignore it (ie pre 9/11, first World Trade Center bombing in 1993, embassy bombings, railway bombings) the more they run rampant (9/11, shoe bombers, London bus bombing ... etc). Nip it in the bud before it grows, its a virus.” MarineDish “The saddest thing about the many deaths that have occurred in Iraq & Afghanistan are that they are truly tragedies and our hearts go out to their families. We also feel their pain and pray for them as they continue on with their lives but also for the lost lives of those so young that they had many years ahead in their lives. But many were doing what they wanted to do and for that I have the utmost respect and honor for them. Many of those in Washington, D.C., (our ,outstanding, president and politicians) have no family serving in the military and they have no clue the devastation these families are feeling and they never will. If they’ve never defended this country nor been in the military or any other means of serving our freedoms, then I can never honor them as I do those who give of themselves to protect us. The White House is a joke this past year _ nothing has changed and nothing will with the

man in office that is there.”


“God Bless this brave man who defended our freedom and his family. This should be a larger headline story!” Capdinkeed “When a CIA operative is killed his/her name is usually never released. Their missions could be put in jeopardy along with the men/women they were working with.The CIA honors these individuals with a black star carved in a wall of Vermont granite at CIA Headquarters. This wall is known as The Wall of Honor. There are very few names with these black stars. It’s like the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, but there are no bodies. Very few people know the names of the person the star is for,where or when they were killed or what was their mission. When the surviving spouse finds out about the death he/she is warned not to tell how or where their loved one was killed and not to reveal the person was a CIA operative. After the funeral a CIA officer will give the spouse the medals awarded to the individual and read a letter from the CIA. The letter will be taken back by the CIA officer along with the medals.These items will be returned to CIA headquarters and put inside the agents personel file.” SOURKREME

Energy hot topic in Columbus Energy bills go up in the winter as we crank up the heat to combat the cold outside. Energy cost is a bread and butter issue for Ohio families businesses. Where there is a need, there is an opportunity: in the State House, we are taking that to heart. Green energy, technology and products present gigantic new research and manufacturing markets for the 21st Century. The Ohio Legislature is driving policy to make Ohio the national leader in these markets and to capitalize on the enormous opportunity they present. This is a boon to the economy as well as a protective measure for our environment. Two initiatives in the Ohio House place our State in the lead in the green energy area. I introduced House Bill 7 to require green building standards for any building that is constructed using funds from the state capital budget. It also encourages the use of Ohio products and materials, mandates highly efficient heating and air conditioning systems, and requires environmentally sustainable building techniques. H.B. 7 allows flexibility when going green. The LEED building standard is the pre-eminent national green building standard in the United States. We also allow the Green Globes program (common in Canada) or an equivalent (to provide for future tech-

nology advancements). When drafting H.B. 7, I incorporated suggestions from a broad coalition of groups such as Connie Pillich the Sierra Club, Community the Ohio ChemPress guest istry Technology U.S. columnist Council, Green Building Council, American Institute of Architects, the League of Women Voters and BASF. LEED certified buildings operate comfortably with 25 percent to 30 percent less energy. They use less water, enhance the local economy, protect the environment and encourage the redevelopment of our cities, towns, and urban cores. Many public and private institutions are going green. We are seeing LEED certified hospitals, museums, universities, schools, stores, court houses, military installations, and federal agencies. H.B. 7 will spur the growth of green collar jobs, products, technologies and industries: this is a huge market and Ohio is poised to be the national leader by approving this bill. I voted yes. It awaits consideration by the Ohio Senate. H.B. 87 creates the Ohio Energy Resource Center at Ohio University's Voinovich School of

About the meeting

What: Town Hall with State Rep. Connie Pillich to discuss Ohio energy issues When: 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25 Where: Blue Ash City Hall, 4343 Cooper Road. Leadership and Public Affairs. The Energy Resource Center will be a knowledge hub for clean and advanced energy efficiency projects. The center will maintain data on research and development projects on energy efficiency, provide technical assistance to state and local governments in the Appalachian counties, and supply both private and public entities in the energy field with information on financial and technical assistance. This one-stop-shop approach will welcome the development of a variety of energy-related products, technology, and markets. I voted yes. It awaits consideration in the Ohio Senate. To learn more about green energy initiatives in Ohio, come to my Town Hall Meeting on this subject at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, at the Blue Ash City Hall, 4343 Cooper Road. State Rep. Connie Pillich represents Ohio’s 28th House District in the Ohio House of Representatives. Contact her by phone at 614-466-8120, toll free 1800-282-0253 or by email to

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

Ellen Hall Montgomery communications coordinator. See Story, A1.

“The team is still in the process of determining how we might fully take advantage of social media applications.”

“You can never have too much fire protection.”

Jodie Leis Symmes Township trustee. See Story,

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“Any portable heater needs attention ... it’s just a matter of safety.”

B.J. Jetter Sycamore Township Fire/EMS chief. See Story, A5



Office hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday | See page A2 for additional contact information. 248-8600 | 394 Wards Corner Road, Loveland, Ohio 45140 | e-mail | Web site:

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Tommy Evans of Madeira has raised more than $150,000 for cancer research.

Diving for research dollars By Jeanne Houck Tommy Evans of Madeira has helped raise more than $150,000 for breast cancer research in an underwater dart tournament at his dive store. Evans, owner of Central Coast Dive Center in Edgewood, Ky., started the tournament, called “Bosom Buddies,” in 2000. He conducts the Bosom Buddies tournaments in a 70,000-gallon, heated indoor pool at his center every October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. “Our goal is to aid in ending this disease,” Evans said. “My hopes are that other dive stores in America would start their own dart tournament and together raise $1 million for breast cancer research.” Statistics show one in eight American women develop breast cancer and Evans’ family has been hard-hit by the disease, according to his wife Sarah,

the former mayor of Madeira. “Tommy lost both his sisters – Pam Evans Smith and Susan Joseph – to breast cancer, his mother and two aunts are survivors, a cousin is presently battling the disease,” she said. The American Cancer Society says nearly 200,000 U.S. women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 and more than 40,000 women died of the disease. Those are unacceptable numbers for Tommy Evans, who said his Bosom Buddies tournaments are easy to arrange and cost little to sponsor. “Word of this unique tournament has spread,” he said. “Dive stores across America – even the Netherlands – are asking how to start their own tournaments. “Anyone can play – divers, non-divers and snorkelers. “It’s a simple idea with great rewards,” Evans said.

THINGS TO DO Art exhibits

If you are still suffering from the post-holiday blues, stop by The Great Holiday Wrap Up art exhibit, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, and Friday, Jan. 22, at Visionaries and Voices North Branch Studio, 225 Northland Blvd., Springdale. The exhibit celebrates art from 2009. Seasonal gifts, cards, ornaments and more by Visionaries and Voices artists available for purchase. Call 771-2999.

Step backwards

Take a stroll through the past at Heritage Village Museum in Sharon Woods Village. Winter hours are by appointment only. Heritage Village Museum is at 11450 Lebanon Road. Tour historic buildings depicting life in the 1800s. Cost is $5, $3 ages 5-11. Call 563-9484; visit

Movie experience

Blue Ash Recreation Center hosts Friday Night Flicks ‘N’ Fun, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at 4433 Cooper Road. Enjoy games, crafts, dinner and a movie. For ages 6-11. $15. Presented by Blue Ash Recreation Department. Call 745-8550 for details.

Call a buddy

Bill Goodman’s Gun and Knife Show will run 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, at the Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road, $7, $1 ages 12 and under. Call 502-538-3900; visit





Open your heart to support the Stepping Stones Center



Storm warning

Come out for Cyclones Hockey Night, 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road. Includes transportation to Cyclones game, admission and food. Ages 10-14. $15. Presented by Blue Ash Recreation Department. Call 745-8550; visit

Cooking classes

Cooking with the Chef is 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, at the Five Seasons Country Club, 11790 Snider Road. The cooking demonstration will be followed by sampling of items with chefs from area restaurants. Ages 21 and up. Cost is $28. Registration required. Call 469-1400; visit www.fiveseasonssportsclub. com/cincinnati.

Wednesday walk

Strap on your walking shoes for Morning Miles, 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road. Enjoy a 2.6mile walk around Sharon Lake. Meet at the harbor. Free; vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. For details, call 521-7275; visit www.great

The Kroger Co. will be the presenting sponsor for the “Open Your Heart,” dinner at Eddie Merlot’s Feb. 9. The pre-Valentine evening supports Stepping Stones Center for children and adults with disabilities. The event feeds two passions, said Kroger President Geoffrey Covert, who is an unabashed fan of the food, wine and service at Eddie Merlot’s in Montgomery, and also is committed to giving back to the community. “The food here is phenomenal and they have a great wine list,” said Covert. “One of our core values is giving back to the community. We have a lot of people with disabilities working at our stores. ‘Open Your Heart’ fits with what we do and what we believe.” Eddie Merlot General Manager Bill Vezeau shares that passion. “I have a special interest in Stepping Stones,” said Vezeau. PROVIDED “It has a lot to do with my son, who has a disability. I know how Mary McGraw of Indian Hill works on invitations for “Open Your Heart.” important Stepping Stones’ programs are. “For Eddie Merlot’s this is very simply our founder’s passion – to support local charities, particularly children’s charities. In tough times, most charities have a difficult time raising funds. We have been very fortunate and we want to give back. Our guests are benevolent in nature, so it’s a good fit.” “Open Your Heart” is Eddie Merlot’s only on-site charity event and a major gift to Stepping Stones Center, assuring that more than 75 percent of the ticket price goes directly to Stepping Stones Center. Tickets are $125 per person with a limit of 250 guests at the elegant Eddie Merlot’s, 10808 Montgomery Road, at Interstate 275, in Montgomery. Guests also can buy Valentines that support camperships at the Stepping Stones Center day and residential camps for children and adults PROVIDED with disabilities. Raffle prizes include Geoff Covert and Bill Vezeau share a glass of wine at Eddie Merlot’s during a planning meeting for “Open Your Heart.” pink corundum and diamond earrings from D’Elegante, an original painting four for $800. Sponsorships include by Cincinnati artist Leslie Birckhead, signage and special recognition. The Chairperson is Mary McGraw and an exclusive skin care package by of Indian Hill. For tickets or informaDillards. The dinner opens with a 6 p.m. tion, contact Theresa Ciampone, specocktail hour of passed hors d’oeu- cial events coordinator for Stepping vres, wine and beer. The three-course Stones Center at 831-4660, ext. 12, or dinner is at 7 p.m. with salad of e-mail specialevents@steppingstonesassorted field greens, fresh fruit, Stepping Stones Center is a 46almonds and strawberry balsamic vinaigrette. Main course is duet of filet year-old United Way partner agency mignon and white wine poached and a Better Business Bureau-certified Atlantic salmon accented with red charity with programs at Stepping wine demiglace and a white wine gar- Stones Center in Indian Hill and at lic beurre blanc, accompanied by wild Camp Allyn in Batavia. Stepping Stones was Greater mushroom risotto and fresh asparagus. Dessert is vanilla tart with fresh Cincinnati’s first summer camp for children with disabilities and now berries and a white wine sabayon. Corporate and individual sponsors offers year-round programs including are welcome. “Braveheart” corporate the region’s first alternative education PROVIDED sponsorships of $2,500 include a table program for students with autism who for 10; “Cupid” table sponsorships have exhausted options in the tradi- This original painting by Cincinnati Artist Leslie include a table for eight for $1,500, a tional school system because of severe Birckhead, of Montgomery, is a raffle prize at “Open Your Heart.” table for six for $1,200 and a table for behavior challenges.

Matthew 25 prepares disaster relief for Haiti Matthew 25: Ministries, an international humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization located at 11060 Kenwood Road in Blue Ash, is responding quickly to requests for aid as the result of a 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti Jan. 12. “We anticipate heavy damage and casualties as a result of this disaster,” said Matthew 25: Ministries’ vicepresident and disaster relief coordinator Tim Mettey.

“Haiti is an extremely poor country. Many houses are made of fragile and impermanent materials and quite a few are built on mountainsides. We already know a hospital has collapsed. We expect the results of this disaster to be catastrophic.” Matthew 25: Ministries is already in contact with their partners in Haiti, working to identify areas of need and the most urgently needed disaster relief.

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The organization is accepting these items for disaster relief: cash donations; canned and nonperishable food; personal care products; and cleaning products Shipments of aid will be departing from Matthew 25 as soon as the organization is able to confirm access to the affected areas. For additional information, contact Matthew 25 at 793-6256 or visit


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Greenacres Farm Store, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Greenacres Farm Store, 8255 Spooky Hollow Road. Grass-fed Black Angus beef, freerange chicken, produce, lamb, turkey, eggs and honey. 891-4227; Indian Hill. Turner Farm, 8:30 a.m. Turner Farm, 7400 Given Road. Market includes naturally raised meat and eggs and certified organic seasonal produce and flowers. Closes at dusk. 5617400; Indian Hill.


New Options for Women in Surgical Weight Loss, 6 p.m. Cincinnati Sports Club, 3950 Red Bank Road. With Dr. Lisa Martin Hawver. Free. Presented by Christ Hospital. 585-1000. Fairfax.


Vince Morris, 8 p.m. Ages 18 and up. $8, $4 college students and military. Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, 984-9288; Montgomery.


Stage Fright, 8 p.m. Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road. Black comedy. Explores recesses of critic’s black heart and actor’s wounded soul. $17. Reservations recommended. Presented by Mariemont Players Inc. Through Jan. 31. 684-1236. 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. Through Dec. 30. 503-4262. Montgomery. F R I D A Y, J A N . 2 2


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


Friday Night Flicks N’ Fun, 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road. Games, crafts, dinner and movie. Ages 6-10. Ages 6-10. $15. 7458550. Blue Ash.



Wine Bar Tasting, 4 p.m.-7 p.m. The Wine Store, 9905 Montgomery Road. Fifty cents per taste. 984-9463. Montgomery. Casual Wine Tastings, 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Little Miami River Wines, 10490 LovelandMadeira Road.Fifty cents per taste. 6773333; Loveland.


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


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


Stage Fright, 8 p.m. Walton Creek Theater, $17. Reservations recommended. 6841236. Columbia Township. S A T U R D A Y, J A N . 2 3


Exercise for People with Parkinson’s, 2 p.m. St. Paul Village, 5515 Madison Road. Weekly through April 24. $98. Presented by Tri-State Parkinson’s Wellness Chapter. 9481100; Madisonville.


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


Wine Bar Tasting, 2 p.m.-6 p.m. The Wine Store, Fifty cents per taste. 984-9463; Montgomery.


Fancy Nancy Story Time, 11 a.m. Barnes & Noble, 7800 Montgomery Road. Posh stories by author Jane O’Connor and illustrator Robin Glasser. With Miss Linda. Free. 7949440. Kenwood.


Linton Peanut Butter and Jam Sessions, 10 a.m. “Hit It.” Hands-on concert with percussion music of North and South America, Africa and Asia. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Kenwood, 7701 Kenwood Road. Educational and interactive chamber music performance. Ages 2-6. Family friendly. $12 for four tickets; $4. Presented by Linton Peanut Butter & Jam Sessions. 381-6868. Kenwood.


After Midnight, 9:30 p.m. Bar Seventy-One, 8850 Governors Hill Drive. Ages 21 and up. $5. 774-9697. Symmes Township. Firelight Duo, 8 p.m. InCahoots, 4110 Hunt Road. 50s to current rock. Free. 793-2600. Blue Ash.


Vince Morris, 8 p.m. Ages 21 and up. $12. Go Bananas, 984-9288; Montgomery. Comedy Show, 8 p.m. With Landon Faulkner, Ray Mills, Rich Jones, Adam Minnick and Larry Love. Gravy, 1513 Ohio 28. Free. Reservations required. 576-6789. Loveland.


Stage Fright, 8 p.m. Walton Creek Theater, $17. Reservations recommended. 6841236. Columbia Township.


Loveland Castle, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Weather permitting – call ahead. Loveland Castle, 12025 Shore Road. Small-scale, authentic castle. Picnic area. Group tours and special events available. $3. Through March 28. 683-4686; Symmes Township.


Teen Night, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Blue Ash YMCA, 5000 YMCA Drive. Hang out with friends and meet new ones, participate in basketball, soccer, swimming, cornhole, rock climbing, movies, YMCA Dance Club, Guitar Hero and Sing Star. Pizza and drinks available for purchase. Bring school ID. $6, $4 member. Registration required. 791-5000. Blue Ash.

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Cyclones Hockey Night, 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road. Includes transportation to Cyclones game, admission and food. Ages 10-14. $15. Presented by Blue Ash Recreation Department. 745-8550; Blue Ash. S U N D A Y, J A N . 2 4

ON STAGE - COMEDY Vince Morris, 8 p.m. Ages 18 and up. $8, $4 bar and restaurant employees. Go Bananas, 984-9288; Montgomery. ON STAGE - THEATER

Stage Fright, 2 p.m. Walton Creek Theater, $17. Reservations recommended. 6841236. Columbia Township.


Loveland Castle, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Weather permitting – call ahead. Loveland Castle, $3. 683-4686; Symmes Township.


Open House, noon-3 p.m. St. Gertrude School, 6543 Miami Ave. For families interested in touring school building. View state-of-the-art computer and science labs, interactive boards, art room, and Catholic classic artwork throughout building. Talk to staff about Kindermusik, Orton Gillingham and differentiated instruction methods used by teachers and more. Free. 561-8020; Madeira. M O N D A Y, J A N . 2 5


Scrapbooking, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Kenwood, 7701 Kenwood Road. Childcare is provided. Registration required. 891-1700. Kenwood. Beginning Art/Painting Class, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Whatever Works Wellness Center, 7433 Montgomery Road. $15. Registration recommended. 7919428; Silverton.


Rep. Connie Pillich Town Hall Meeting: Green Energy in Ohio, 7 p.m. Blue Ash City Hall, 4343 Cooper Road. 614-4668120; Blue Ash.


Cincinnati Toastmasters Club No. 472 Meeting, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Kenwood, 7701 Kenwood Road. Public speaking and leadership skills meeting. Free. 351-5005. Kenwood.


Cooking with the Chef, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Five Seasons Country Club, 11790 Snider Road, cafe. Cooking demonstration followed by sampling of items with chefs from area restaurants. Ages 21 and up. $28. Registration required. 469-1400; Symmes Township.


Five Seasons Sports Country Club is hosting the cooking class Cooking with the Chef from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, in the Cafe at Five Seasons Country Club, 11790 Snider Road, Symmes Township. It includes a cooking demonstration followed by sampling of items with a chef from an area restaurant. It is open to ages 21 and up. The cost is $28. Registration is required. Call 469-1400 or visit


Open Mic Night, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, Pub. Hosted by Jerome. Free. 697-9705. Loveland.


No Saints, No Saviors, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Shady O’Grady’s Pub, 9443 Loveland-Madeira Road. 791-2753. Montgomery. T U E S D A Y, J A N . 2 6


Greenacres Farm Store, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Greenacres Farm Store, 891-4227; Indian Hill.


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


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


Bluegrass Jam Session, 6:30 p.m.9 p.m. Gravy, 1513 Ohio 28, With HardDrive. Others welcome to play. Free. Reservations recommended. 576-6789. Loveland.


Overeaters Anonymous, noon, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Kenwood, 7701 Kenwood Road, Room 13. Presented by Greater Cincinnati O.A. Intergroup. 921-1922. Kenwood.

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Anytime Happy Hours Networking Event, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. InCahoots, 4110 Hunt Road. For business professionals. Group helping current job seekers and career-minded individuals explore and discuss employment opportunities. Free. E-mail registration required: Presented by Anytime Happy Hours. 766-2600; Blue Ash.


Greenacres Farm Store, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Greenacres Farm Store, 891-4227; Indian Hill.


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


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


Overeaters Anonymous, 10:30 a.m. Church of the Saviour United Methodist Church, 8005 Pfeiffer Road. Call 791-3142 at least 24 hours in advance for childcare. Presented by Greater Cincinnati O.A. Intergroup. 9211922. Montgomery. T H U R S D A Y, J A N . 2 8


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


Stage Fright, 8 p.m. Walton Creek Theater, $17. Reservations recommended. 6841236. Columbia Township.


Motherless Daughters Support Network, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Montgomery Community Church, 11251 Montgomery Road. For adult women who have lost or missed nurturing care of their mother. Free. Presented by Motherless Daughters. Through Dec. 16. 677-5064. Montgomery.


JCC Teen Beauty and Skin Care Class, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road. Learn about proper skin care, simple makeup application and products. Take home sample skin care kits. $45. 7617500; Amberley Village.


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



See cold-climate animals at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden during its Penguin Days Half-Price Zoo Admission daily through Feb. 28. There are special animal encounters on Saturdays and Sundays, such as penguin parades and polar bear Fish-Cicles. There are also indoor animal exhibits. Regular priced admission is $14, adults; $9, ages 2-12 and 62 and up. Under 2, free. Visit

Foot and Ankle Screening, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Cincinnati Sports Club, 3950 Red Bank Road, Grandin Room. Christ Hospital Physical Therapy Center provides screening with brief history and exam to troubleshoot. Free. Registration required. 527-4000; Fairfax. JCC Next Step Nutritional Series with Jewish Hospital Weight Management, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road. Class addresses issues such as eating fast and lean in fast-food world, correct portion sizes, quick healthy meals and more. Ages 18 and up. $30. Registration recommended. 761-7500; Amberley Village.


Madcap Puppets tell the story of “Toby and the Ice Goblin,” Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 23-24, at the Cincinnati Art Museum. The Ice Goblin has kidnapped the elves who make winter snow and Toby must save them. Performances are at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday. For tickets, call 513-721-ARTS (2787). Visit


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Bookstores, atheists and spiritual hunger Bookstore titles reveal much about a people. One of many noticeable content changes in recent years is the increase of books by atheists. We might wonder why such authors are motivated to expend all that time and effort writing about something they believe doesn’t exist. The reason they write, of course, is because there’s a market for their books. We live at a difficult moment in history. We’re stuck between a growing secular system with which we are uncomfortable, and a religious system we may feel we cannot fully embrace. Countless people sense an emptiness or confusion and wonder “What do I really believe in?” A spirituality revolution is taking place. On one side of the current indecision are writers who are atheists or agnostics. They present their arguments implying it’s foolish to still fall for the God stuff, organ-

ized religion, and beliefs other people instill in us. “Think for yourself and you’ll come to the same conclusion we do,” they insinuate. Currently many people are uneasy saying they are religious. They prefer to say they are spiritual rather than religious. Spiritual indicates they believe in God, prayer, the Bible, Jesus Christ, doing good for others, and possibly an afterlife in heaven. Religious implies an adherence to all the beliefs a particular church may espouse, an association with that church’s historic or present flaws, a perceived legalism rather than personalism, and a moral prudishness. Recent polls have shown a surge in “nones,” i.e. people who profess they are not associated any longer with any religion. “The spirituality revolution is also discovered in the recent upwelling of spiritual feeling in young people throughout the

world, who increasingly realize, often with some desperation, that society is in need of renewal, and that an awareness of spirit holds the key to our personal, social, and ecological survival,” writes David Tacey in “The Spirituality Revolution.” Is this an era becoming more open to being led by God’s Holy Spirit, or, in our arrogance, do we imagine that we have outgrown the sacred and that the notions of soul and spirit are archaisms of a former era? Yet the hunger for the sacred has increased in our time and we don’t know how to respond. What is wisdom and what is delusion? What comprises spiritual health and unhealthiness in ourselves and others? Traditionally churches have distributed catechisms containing summations of beliefs. What seems needed now among searching and intelligent people are adequate contemporary explanations

of beliefs. No longer can people be told just what to believe but convincingly explained why it is believed as truth. One Catholic cardinal recently lamented the degree of “theological illiteracy” among the Church’s membership. Sandra M. Schneiders writes, “The theology which undergirded our spirituality in the past cannot be resuscitated, and intelligent people cannot live a spirituality which is theological bootless. We are, to large extent, running on theological empty.” In a scientific and technological culture, are there still intelligent people around whose hearts grasp the legitimacy of also living a belief in the transcendent? Consider the words of Albert Einstein: “The most beautiful emotion we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and

stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead, a snuffed out candle. “To sense that behind anything that can be experienced there is someFather Lou thing that our Guntzelman minds cannot Perspectives grasp, whose beauty and sublimity reaches us only indirectly: this is religiousness. In this sense, and in this sense only, I am a devoutly religious man.” Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Reach him at columns@community or contact him directly at P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242. Please include a mailing address or fax number if you wish for him to respond.

Watch for exclusions on travel insurance policy When you book an airline ticket on the Internet these days the airlines ask if you’d like to buy travel insurance. But, you need to know not all travel insurance is alike. In fact, many of the disasters that drive the sale of these particular insurance policies are just not covered. Laura Mieling of Clifton thought she was protecting herself when she went on Delta Air Line’s Web site and booked a plane ticket for a vacation three months later. “They give you the option of travel insurance. I looked at the page and it says it’s covered if you and your family gets sick or dies, so that’s why I did it,” she said. Mieling’s 69-year-old mother had been home bat-

tling cancer for the past year and a half so she said she bought the insurance just in case she had to cancel the plane trip. A month before her trip her mother did become seriously ill. “She went into hospice, basically. We had the meeting and she decided to do hospice. The doctor with hospice said she had two weeks to live,” she said. Mieling immediately canceled her plane ticket and applied to the insurance company for a refund of the air fare. Her mother died the day before she was to have left on that vacation. A few days later she spoke with the travel insurance company about the refund. “They said, ‘Well, did

she have cancer?’ I said, ‘Yeah.’ She said, ‘Well, that’s a pre-existing condition so we can’t do it,’ ” said Mieling. Mieling said she never imagined this could happen, but after checking carefully through the insurance policy she did find that exclusion. She said, “They had the 20-something page policy that I didn’t bother to read – I don’t know who does. It said if it’s a pre-existing health condition you can’t get coverage. So, I said, ‘OK, they got me.’ ”

Mieling checked the Internet and found dozens of other complaints about this same type of thing involving insurance policies sold on the Internet. A spokesman for that insurance company told me the policies sold on these Web sites are very inexpensive and so have exclusions contained in them. Instead of buying travel insurance from these Web sites, that insurance company spokesman said you can buy a policy from your travel agent and, while it will cost you more money, it will

not have these exclusions. He said that insurance company is considering adding a more comprehensive policy option to the Delta Air Lines Web site. If this option were offered, consumers would not only be more aware of the exclusions, but they could have a choice of which type of policy to buy. A Delta spokeswoman told me the airline is following up with the insurance company on this suggestion. Bottom line, before buying a travel insurance policy

it’s important to carefully check out all the Howard Ain possible exclusions Hey Howard! to make sure it will suit your needs. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints and questions weekdays at 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts on WKRC-TV Local 12. You can write to him at Hey Howard, 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

Girl Scout cookies now on sale stay in the local community. “Our annual Girl Scout Cookie activities, in addition to United Way funding, help us make the Girl Scout experience available to all girls who wants to participate,” said Barbara J. Bonifas, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio CEO. In addition to money earned by the girls, Girl Scout cookie proceeds fund vital services such as leader training and camp operations, as well as a wide variety of Girl Scout program initiatives.



Now through Jan. 26, girls in the greater Cincinnati area will be taking Girl Scout cookie orders. This year Girl Scout cookies are available in eight varieties and sell for $3.50 per package. Varieties include Thin Mints, Shortbreads, Caramel DeLites, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Peanut Butter Patties, Lemonades, Thanks-A-Lots and Reduced Fat Daisy Go Rounds (a crispy cinnamon snack). All proceeds from the sale of Girl Scout cookies


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January 20, 2010

A ‘roasty’ dinner for cold weather meals

Beef pot roast with garlic and ginger

Perfect for this bonechilling weather. Try roast-

ing in the oven, covered, at about 300 degrees for a couple or so hours.

1 chuck or other inexpensive roast, approx. 3 lbs. Oil for browning 1 ⁄4 cup hot water 3 ⁄4 teaspoon powdered ginger or 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger 1 tablespoon garlic, minced 1 ⁄4 cup soy sauce or more to taste 2 large onions, sliced 2 teaspoons cornstarch mixed with 1⁄4 cup cold water Salt and pepper to taste Brown beef in a small amount of oil. Cover with water, ginger, garlic, soy sauce and onion. Cover and simmer about two to three hours, until tender, adding water as needed, about 1 cup. Remove meat. Add cornstarch mixture to sauce and stir until thick. Adjust seasonings. (May need to add a bit more cornstarch dissolved in a small amount of cold water). Serve over noodles or mashed potatoes.

Pogue’s French dressing

I can’t believe I finally

found this recipe in a stack, sent last year to me by Rosemary Auer who lives downtown. She and I had a nice chat when I was doing a demo at Macy’s Fountain Place. I hope Rosemary forgives me for just now finding it. You can add more ketchup or more vinegar and/or oil.

Whisk together: 1

⁄2 cup each: ketchup and sugar 1 ⁄3 cup each: oil and red wine vinegar 21⁄2 tablespoons grated onion (I’d go to taste on this) 1 ⁄2 teaspoon each: paprika, chili powder, salt, dry mustard, celery seed

Campbell’s Barn Restaurant & Saloon’s peanut butter pie

This restaurant on Ohio Pike, near Amelia, is serving up some mighty good food. I can’t wait to go there again and check out all the new offerings. I’ve had several requests for this pie, including Diana Salmon, who absolutely loves it. Tracy Luginbuhl, owner, graciously shared this recipe, which originated

with Our Place Restaurant. Campbell’s makes this pie in large quantities, and I appreciate them working out a home version. Now if you can’t find a 10-inch pie shell, go ahead and use what you have, knowing that you may have some filling left over. The Restaurant also serves a much-requested red wine vinegar Catalina type salad dressing, also originating from Our Place Restaurant.

1 pie shell, 10-inch, baked and cooled 16 oz. crunchy peanut butter 1 pound confectioner’s sugar Large container Cool Whip, thawed, or use whipping cream and whip until stiff Large box vanilla instant pudding Mix peanut butter with sugar. It should be crumbly. Add a bit more sugar if you need to so it crumbles between your fingers. Mix pudding according to directions, add 1 cup Cool Whip and allow to chill. Then mix 3⁄4 peanut butter mixture in with pudding mixture.

Cover top with rest of Cool Whip and sprinkle rest of peanut butter mixture on top.

Good cookie icing

This icing dries hard so cookies can be stacked After you make the icing, color as desired. For Marlene, a Northern Ky. reader.

Mix together:

1 cup confectioner’s sugar, sifted 2 teaspoons milk or water 2 teaspoons light corn syrup

Guru in our backyard

Tips from Stephanie’s Seasoning Blends: Stephanie Laybourne is the proprietor of Stephanie’s Seasoning Blends, which are sold locally. Her blends make excellent marinades when mixed with extra virgin olive oil and vinegar, a 4:1 ratio. One of my favorites is her sea salt blend sprinkled on steamed veggies, grilled salmon and roasted potatoes. Her blends are wonderful when you’re starting children out with seasonings, as they are ultra flavorful

Handheld counter

A while back, a reader wrote in wanting to know where she could buy one of those handheld counters that were popular back in the 1970s for adding up grocery and store purchases. Known as "Handy Adder," "Quick Adder" or "Pocket Adder," these little plastic calculators are no longer made and hard to track down. My editor Lisa's mom recently found hers. If anybody knows where to buy one, write in and let us know.

and healthier than simply sprinkling on salt, which we tend to use too much of. Check her out at Rita Nader Heikenfeld is Macy’s certified culinary professional and family herbalist, an educator and author. E-mail her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Or call 513-2487130, ext. 356. Visit Rita at

She knew immediately why we should move here. The people who live here, the extraordinary staff, all the amenities we could want, and a continuum of high level care all under one roof. But the most unique thing is we will never be asked to leave for financial reasons. Not all retirement communities can promise that. She knew that would cinch the deal for me and our family. And it did. Jim and Imogene Imbus RESIDENTS SINCE 2009

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Every January I clean out my files. The problem is, I have a hard time pitching much out. But this year I was ruthless and had five gargantuan garbage bags filled. Rita A n d Heikenfeld I’m lookRita’s kitchen ing at four filing cabinets (and they’re large ones) stuffed to the gills still. My kids tell me I should get rid of all my paper files. I tell them these files are my security blanket. I don’t trust computer-generated anything. I did find a whole bunch of wonderful recipes from readers like Mary Pollock, who sent me a wheat-free gingerbread muffin recipe for Pat Landrum, and a nice lady who personally delivered a “perfect pound cake recipe.” I hope to get to all of these soon.


January 20, 2010

Northeast Suburban Life


The Red Cross encourages everyone to get vaccinated against the H1N1 flu virus


Last year’s Montgomery Woman’s Club scholarship recipients and their families were honored at the club’s April meeting. Some of last year’s scholarship winners, from left: first row, Caitlin Camfield, Chen Yin, Anuja Kapil, Rachel Bucalo and Kelly Gilton; second row: Constance Hill, Jessica Kirschner, Kathryn Kirschner, Michael Guthrie, John Stucker and Erica Wittkugel.

Woman’s club scholarships available ship is awarded to a Sycamore area high school senior who plans to pursue a career in art or an artrelated field. Applications are available online at College students, whose primary residence is in the Sycamore Community School District, may apply for financial assistance through the Montgomery Woman’s Club Inc. Undergraduate Grant Program. Students must attend an

accredited college or university, have a grade point average of at least 3.0 and demonstrate financial need. Applications for Undergraduate Grants can be obtained online at Applications must be received by Feb. 22. For additional information, contact the Montgomery Woman’s Club Inc. Scholarship Committee, P. O. Box 42114, Cincinnati, OH 45242, or call 852-1901 or 677-8568.

BUSINESS UPDATE The Montgomery Chamber of Commerce will host a fitness challenge, as part of its Business After Five series, 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, at the TriHealth Fitness Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road. The TriHealth team will be available to share its expertise on a variety of Pavilion programs and health topics. “Ask an Expert” booths will be available from 5-6 p.m. with a registered dietitian, a personal trainer and group fitness staff. Scheduled guided tours of the facility will be at 5:45 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. Montgomery Chamber members will also be eligible to participate in a special three-month “Smart Steps” membership challenge and then receive as much as 50

Movies, dining, events and more

percent off annual enrollment fees. All attendees will receive a free one-week guest pass to the Pavilion and can enter a raffle to win a free massage from the Pavilion spa.

Because of limited space, an RSVP is requested by Jan. 20. To RSVP or for more information, contact executive director Paul Myers at 574-0957 or pmyers@

The Cincinnati Area Chapter is also available to present the “Pandemic Flu – Are You Prepared?” presentation for workplaces, schools and community organizations. For more information visit or contact Nikki Williams at 579-3910.

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Even though the number of people getting the flu is decreasing, the H1N1 virus is still a threat. In the past, seasonal flu usually peaked in January or February and occurred as late as May. H1N1 first appeared in the spring of 2009, and reoccurred in the fall. Officials for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention caution that they still don't know what seasonal flu outbreaks will be like this year, and if there will be additional waves of H1N1. Besides vaccination, there are also other simple steps to take to help prevent the spread of the flu: • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve; cough into the elbow area, not hands. • Wash hands often, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective. • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. • Stay home if sick. The Red Cross has educational tools available to help households, schools and workplaces be well informed and promote healthy habits that help reduce the spread of the flu.

The family and staff of Mihovk-Rosenacker Funeral Homes cordially invite you to a

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Chaplain Ed Bastien and Fr. Bernie Weldishofer will officiate Ken Czillinger, Bereavement Counselor will be our guest speaker

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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.


Montgomery Woman’s Club Inc. offers Senior Scholarships to area high school seniors living in the Sycamore Schools District. Applications are available at all area high school guidance offices. Candidates must have a grade point average of at least 3.0, participate in extra-curricular activities and be able to provide proof of financial need. Applications must be received by Feb. 22. The Radia S. Pfingstag Memorial/ MWC Scholar-

The H1N1 flu virus is still prevalent across the nation and the American Red Cross encourages everyone to get vaccinated against the virus, now that the vaccine is widely available. To find out where vaccinations are offered, visit for a list of locations by ZIP Code. “Although the second wave of the H1N1 influenza pandemic is on the decline, it is important to be prepared for a potential third wave,” said Susan Duncan, Lead Disaster Nurse for the Cincinnati Area Chapter of the American Red Cross. “Keep in mind that the best defense against H1N1 and any seasonal influenza virus is a good offence: eat right, get plenty of rest, drink plenty of water and practice good hand washing etiquette.” In the fall of 2009, the supply of H1N1 vaccine was limited, but now the vaccine is readily available. The vaccine was developed in the same manner as the seasonal flu vaccine, manufactured using the same standards and quality control measures and is considered safe.



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January 20, 2010

Loveland residents Karen Martino, Sarah Germano, Jennifer Sturgis, Stephanie Quehl, Sally Kurz, Lisa Sloan and Ann Infantino.

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More than 300 friends and supporters of The Wellness Community, a local non-profit cancer support agency, enjoyed an evening of fun, food, entertainment, and of course shopping, at Saks Fifth Avenue during an in-store preview party. The event ushered in Saks’ 11th annual Key to the Cure charitable shopping initiative to fight

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Toby Hazen of Eden Park and TWC Board President Lucy Ward of Hyde Park. and hope for people with cancer and their loved ones offered locally in Blue Ash, Fort Wright, Clifton, downtown and Western Hills. A committee of TWC volunteers including event chair April Davidow along with committee members Lynne Boles, Flannery Higgins, Ginger Kelly and Molly Sandquist, planned the event along with Saks

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January 20, 2010

RELIGION Brecon United Methodist Church

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

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

Men's Basketball meets from 7-9 p.m. every Thursday in the church gym. All able bodied men (and maybe not so able bodied men) are invited for some exercise. New Knitting Group will meet at 1:30 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of each month - February 4 and 18. Knitters of all skill levels are invited. Knitters can bring their own project or use provided supplies. A Welcome Coffee for women will be 9:30 a.m., on Jan. 29, in the church parlor. Call the church to reserve childcare. Kids Morning Ou 9 a.m. to noon every Monday through Thursday. Open to children 6 months to Kindergarten. The cost is $10 for one child and $15 for families of two or more. Senior Men’s Fellowship meets at 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday for lunch at the church. Bring your lunch; coffee is provided, and no reservations are necessary. The church is located at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati; 791-3142;

Connections Christian Church

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

Epiphany United Methodist Church

The church’s winter Hoxworth Blood Drive will be 2-8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 28, in the Social Hall. Call the church office to make an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome. Worship times are: Contemporary worship at 5 p.m. Saturdays, contemporary worship at 9 a.m. Sundays and traditional worship at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. DivorceCare starts from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20. Childcare is available. Contact Pastor Lisa to register at New Sermon Series at all services “Marriage 911.” It offers practical help to save or strengthen your marriage. Topics will include expectations, fidelity and communication in marriage and important

relationships. Along with this series, check out the church’s resource table that will include books, curriculum, and small group studies for couples, singles, widowed, and young people looking toward a future including marriage. The church is at 6635 LovelandMiamiville Road, Loveland; 6779866.

Faith Christian Fellowship Church

Rock Church ministry for seventh through 12th grade meets the third Saturday of each month 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Features DJ, dancing, games, prizes and concessions. The church is at 6800 School St., Newtown; 271-8442.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

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

Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church

The church is offering weekly adult Sunday school classes and monthly mid-week contemplative services and labyrinth walks. Visit for dates, times and locations. Nursery care for infants is provided each Sunday from 8:15 to 11:45 a.m. The church is at 1345 Grace Ave.; 871-1345.

Kenwood Fellowship Church

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

Loveland Presbyterian Church

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

Loveland United Methodist

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

day School. Join the United Methodist Women from 9:45 a.m. to 11 a.m. the first Thursday morning of each month for UMW, a time of fellowship, devotion and ministry at LUMC. The purpose of the UMW is “to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.” The church is at 10975 S. Lebanon Road, Loveland; 683-1738.

Mount Washington Presbyterian Church

Sunday morning services are the 9:30 a.m. Morning Glory service and the 11 a.m. traditional worship service. The church is at 6474 Beechmont Ave.; 231-2650,

New Church of Montgomery

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Sharonville United Methodist Church

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church

Sycamore Christian Church

Thriving Moms is a group for moms of infants through high school students; meets weekly to receive encouragement and instruction, make friends and have fun; held 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; child care provided. There is a Christian counselor as the parent coach, as well as a mentor mom. Call 5830371. The church is at 6300 Price Road, Loveland; 677-7600.

St. Paul Community United Methodist Church

St. Paul Church services are 8:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. for Traditional Worship and 9:30 a.m. for Contemporary Worship with Praise Band. Sunday School and childcare is provided for all services. The church is continuing the 2010 New Year Sermon Series: “Shortcuts for a Faith-Filled Future!” On Jan. 24, the sermon “BFF! (Best Friends Forever... the Model of True Friendship)” based on the scripture readings John 15:12-15; Proverbs 18:24. The church is at 8221 Miami Road,

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.

Truelight Missionary Baptist Church

The church offers services at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays, and 7 p.m. Wednesdays. The pastor is Chris Mobley. The church is at 4311 Eastern Ave., Columbia Tusculum; 256-0132.

immediate needs following disaster. Donations from the community enable the Cincinnati Area Chapter of the American Red Cross to continually provide these services. Four out of 10 home fire deaths resulted from fires with no smoke alarms, according to the National Fire Prevention Association; a donation of $10 can provide two smoke alarms for a home. To donate go to or mail donations to American Red Cross, Cincinnati Area Chapter P.O. Box 5216 Cincinnati, 45201-5216.


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happening.” The Red Cross works hard to enforce its mission of preparing and preventing disasters, and would like the community to keep in mind the following fire safety tips when heating homes this winter: • Have an escape plan: Make sure you have at least two ways out of every room and choose a safe location outside for your family to meet. Practice your escape route at least twice a year. • Check your smoke alarms: According to the National Fire Prevention Association, in 2006, 74 percent of home fire deaths were a result of homes that didn't have smoke alarms or the alarms did not work properly. Daylight savings time is a good reminder to replace any batteries that may be low. • Have a fire extinguisher on hand: Most large fires begin as small fires and can be put out with a fire extinguisher. Each home should be equipped with at least one fire extinguisher. In October alone the Red Cross Disaster Action Team responded to 31 fires and assisted 185 people with



Zion Lutheran Church

Worship services are held weekly at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., both services offer nursery care and children’s church is available for the 11 a.m. service. A variety of interesting Christian education opportunities are offered for young children, youth, high schoolers and adults at 9:45 a.m., between worship services each week. The church is at 1175 Birney Lane, Mount Washington; 231-2253.

Fire sparks safety precautions The Cincinnati Area Chapter of the American Red Cross Disaster Action Team was called to an apartment fire in Florence, Ky., where a total 32 people were displaced. Disaster volunteers provided food, clothing and short-term lodging were also provided to those affected. Just two weeks prior, 10 families were displaced following an apartment fire in Symmes Township. The Red Cross Disaster Action Team was there to assist those affected with food, clothing, short-term lodging and any immediate needs such as medication or prescriptions that needed to be filled. “These are unfortunate situations, but we see this everyday especially during the winter months,” says Linda Fink, deputy director of emergency services for the chapter. “There have been five fatalities (this season) due to house fires. Many of the fires occur because people try to use alternative heating sources. We want to encourage people to have working smoke alarms and take necessary measures in order to prevent fires from


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

River Hills Christian Church


About religion

The church conducts worship at 10:30 a.m., Sundays and Divine Providence Study Group the first four Sundays of the month from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The church is located at 9035 E. Kemper Road, Montgomery; 4899572. Women’s Ministry meets the third Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. On Feb. 20 the guest speaker will be Pastor Grant Eckhart who will talk about women in the Bible. Seniors are invited to the Epiphany Party at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 21 for lunch at O’Charley’s 5262 Fields Ertel. Sign up at the church. The church is at 101 South Lebanon Road, Loveland; 683-4244.

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Residents join YMCA Youth City Council Blue Ash resident Robert Marshall, a student at St. Xavier High School, and William Donovan, a student at Summit Country Day School, were elected to the 2009-2010 YMCA Cincinnati Youth Council. The election of the council members was the culmination of a two-day conference in downtown Cincinnati that immersed area high school students in

hands-on, interactive exercises aimed at teaching them responsible citizenship. At the YMCA Youth in City Government Conference, teens of diverse abilities and socio-economic, cultural and religious backgrounds worked together and independently to learn how government works and how they can be full participants in their community. PROVIDED

The YMCA Youth City Council is, from left: first row, Patrick Reagan, William Donovan, T’Erica Byse, Samantha Bowling, Jasmine Renee Riley, Colleen Flynn, Tiarra Costen and Robert Marshall; second row, Andrew Naab, YMCA Youth mayor, and Ian Martin, YMCA Youth vice mayor.


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Adult mentors encourage young people to be caring, responsible, respectful, and honest through sports, summer camps, structured child and afterschool care, and leadership building programs. Branches offer quality time for families, resources for parents, and a variety of opportunities for seniors to be active.

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Serving our troops

Matthew Baas was welcomed home by the staff of the Plainfield Gold Star Chili restaurant location after serving overseas for the U.S. Army in Iraq. Baas and his family received complimentary meals and a celebratory cake to thank him for his service. Gold Star Chili honors the brave men and women who serve the U. S military through “welcome home receptions” hosted as part of the company’s “Serving Our Troops” program.





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Sherri Dawn Cordell, 24, 4335 Hunt Road, domestic violence (physical harm) at 4335 Hunt Road, Jan. 5. Jesse James Carter, 18, 66 Gorman Ave. Apartment 1, drug abuse warrant at 1000 Market St., Jan. 10. Charles A. Figgins, 65, 8211 St. Clair Ave., open container prohibited, operating a vehicle impaired (under the influence of alcohol/drugs), turn and stop signals at 9100 Plainfield Road, Jan. 5.

Incidents/investigations Forgery

Someone passed a counterfeit $50 bill and a counterfeit $20 bill at Time Warner Cable at 11254 Cornell Park Drive apartment 400, Jan. 7.

Identity fraud

At 4343 Cooper Road, Jan. 11.

Lost property

A man said he lost his Jamaican citizenship paperwork at 4426 Hunt Road apartment E, Jan. 11.

Petty theft

A woman said someone tok a Samsung Wireless phone, value $400, from Kmart at 4150 Hunt Road, Jan. 5.

Telecommunications harassment

At 11223 Cornell Park Drive, Jan. 11. At 5500 Belleview Ave., Jan. 9.

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Unauthorized use of a vehicle At 4719 Alma Ave., Jan. 6.



Joe Wuebben, 19, 6538 Minnewauken Drive, offenses involving underage persons at Southbound Interstate 71 at 15-mile marker, Jan. 2.

Incidents/investigations Liquor laws

At Southbound Interstate 71, Jan. 5.

Telecommunications harassment At 7865 Pfeiffer Road, Jan. 5. At 9020 Winthrop Drive, Jan. 6.


A woman said someone took an Insigna television, value $450 at 10620 Montgomery Road, Jan. 11. Someone took a 42-inch Panasonic television, value $900, from a common area at Valley Creek apartments at 10620 Montgomery Road, Jan. 9. A man said someone took an iPod, value $180, from a motor vehicle at 7972 Jolain Drive, Jan. 10. A woman said someone took a ring, value $10,000, from a room at Twin Lakes at 9840 Montgomery Road No. 224, Jan. 8. A man said someone took two amplifiers, value $1,700, and a stereo

faceplate, value $300, and did $200 damage to a driver's side door of a vehicle at 9975 Tollgate Lane, Jan. 8.

gomery Road, Dec. 13. Rebecca Rolfs, 26, 4650 Duneden Ave., operating vehicle intoxicated at 4777 E. Galbraith road, Dec. 19. Steven Gentry, 27, 8924 Plainfield Road, domestic violence at 8924 Plainfield Road, Dec. 24.

Theft-without consent

A woman said someone took a Blackberry, value $400; Blackberry case, value $40, and $1,900 in cell phone service at 10500 Montgomery Road, Jan. 9.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering

Residence entered at 3764 Lyndon Center, Dec. 6.



Residence entered at 10871 Ponds Lane, Dec. 19.

Criminal damaging


Vehicle damaged at 3990 Longford, Dec. 23.

Sarah Harlelson, 19, 593 Miami Crest Drive, theft at 7913 Montgomery Road, Dec. 17. Anthony Gonzales, 44, 11983 Fourth Ave., domestic violence at 11983 Fourth Ave., Dec. 21. Michael Halger, 29, 4173 Pleasure Drive, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Dec. 18. Raeshawna Mccoy, 20, 2142 Selim Ave., theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Dec. 13. Antonia Mccoy, 22, 2142 Selim Ave., theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Dec. 13. Chantnie Tuck, 21, 1143 Elmwood Ave., theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Dec. 13. Lashanta Dunklin, 20, 2739 W. North Bend Road, theft at 7875 Mont-

Gross sexual imposition

Reported at Monroe Ave., Dec. 28.

Identity fraud

Reported at 8736 Wicklow, Dec. 15.


Wallet and contents of unknown value removed at 7885 Montgomery Road, Dec. 19. $69.70 taken through deceptive means at 7875 Montgomery Road, Dec. 19. Laptop valued at $1,500 removed from vehicle at 7875 Montgomery Road, Dec. 19. Radios, GPS valued at $2,400 removed at 6552 Lisa Lane, Dec. 19. Purse and contents removed at 7885 Montgomery Road, Dec. 18.

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Northeast Suburban Life

January 20, 2010

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At Take Care Clinics, our SM

board-certified Family Nurse Practitioners understand that even though their symptoms might be the same, every patient is different. We take the time to listen and answer your questions to ensure we’re treating more than just the illness, we’re treating the person who has it. From everyday illnesses to prevention and everything in between, we can take care of that.



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1747 Patrick Dr S

606 Buttermilk Pike

2840 Alexandria Pike

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4090 E Galbraith Rd

2320 Boudinot Rd

6355 Dixie Hwy

10529 Loveland Maderia Rd

9775 Colerain Ave



719 Ohio Pike

8193 Mall Rd

4605 Montgomery Rd

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Patient care services provided by Take Care Health Services,SM an independently owned professional corporation whose licensed healthcare professionals are not employed by or agents of Walgreen Co., or its subsidiaries, including Take Care Health Systems,SM LLC. *Available for patients ages 2+ while supplies last.


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