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‘YOU CAN’T STOP AN ARMY’ Signs point to Civil War Trail

FOLLOWING THE TRAIL To learn more about Morgan’s Raid through eastern Hamilton County, see page B1.

By Jeanne Houck & Leah Fightmaster jhouck@communitypress.com lfightmaster@communitypress.com

BLUE ASH — Here’s how the

story goes: Early July 14, 1863, 10-yearold Wilson Hunt and his father stared glumly from an upstairs window of their home in Blue Ash and watched as Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan’s soldiers stole 10 horses from their barn. The youngster asked his father, John Craig Hunt, what he was going to do about it. “There’s not much that I can do,” the elder Hunt said. “You can’t stop an army.” Of course, Union soldiers eventually did stop Morgan and his Confederate cavalry, but not before the raiders had stolen supplies and struck fear in the hearts of people in a 1,000mile push through Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio in July 1863. Historians and Civil War enthusiasts in the late 1990s hatched plans to commemorate Morgan’s raid and this year – with help in Ohio from the Ohio Historical Society and the Ohio Department of Transportation – communities like Blue Ash will unveil directional signs noting Morgan’s path and/or informational signs at places of importance along the way. Called the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail, the driving trail marks the Confederate raid that came the farthest north and the only major Civil War military action in Ohio. Although the signs are up in many communities, official dedications of the ones in Hamilton County will be held the weekend of Saturday, July 13, 150 years after the raid. One of the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail information-

Chuck Funk, Blue Ash parks and recreation director, stands by a John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail sign at the Hunt House. JEANNE HOUCK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

The historic Hunt House in Blue Ash is open to the public. JEANNE HOUCK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

al signs already is posted at the Hunt House in Blue Ash, where John and Wilson Hunt had their father-son talk. Blue Ash bought the property at 4364 Hunt Road in 2003 because it was owned by the de-

scendants of the Hunt family; one of the city’s founding families. The Hunt House was opened to the public in 2006. Blue Ash also has installed 14 heritage trail directional

signs on Cooper, Hunt and Plainfield roads. “We’re really excited to be included as part of the Morgan Heritage Trail,” said Chuck Funk, Blue Ash parks and recreation director. “It is a unique part of history in that very few people realized the Civil War came so close to their neighborhood.” Historian Mary Lou Rose of Milford, who wrote two books about Blue Ash, also is pleased. “How appropriate to have the Confederate John Hunt Morgan’s raid in 1863 marked in Blue Ash,” Rose said. “The Hunt House stands on ground owned originally by one of the first settlers of Blue Ash and was purchased from Betty Hunt Bell in recent years. “It is a handsome brick 2 ½story home representing the transition period between federal and Greek revival,” Rose said. “Preserving the Hunt House

with its long and interesting history provides the community with its sense of history and Blue Ash’s roots that began in 1791. “Blue Ash has a number of historic homes whose stories and their occupants need to be shared,” Rose said. “Certainly obtaining the Hunt House and marking the Morgan’s Raiders trail is a grand first step.” After Morgan took the Hunt’s horses, he later met up with other factions of his army in Camp Dennison, today a small area part of Symmes Township but once a Union army camp that included a hospital and barracks for the soldiers. As Morgan approached, Post Commander George Neff had rifle pits and felled trees along the roads leading into the town and camp. He also sent most of the horses, surgical instruments, medicine and supplies to Cincinnati and east into Clermont County. But on July 13 and early the next morning, about 1,400 untrained men filtered into the camp. Neff had no weapons to arm them. Some of Morgan’s troops derailed a train carrying dozens of passengers, attempted to burn a bridge crossing the Little Miami River and fought off several groups of soldiers, according to the trail’s guidebook, co-authored by Dave Mowery and Lora Cahill. After fighting off several attacks by Union militia, Morgan and his raiders soon moved east into Clermont County and continued their trek through Ohio. See ARMY, Page A2

JEDZ contracts approved, will appear on May ballot By Leah Fightmaster lfightmaster@communitypress.com

Sycamore Township and two neighboring municipalities are on their way to generating additional revenue. Sycamore Township’s Board of Trustees approved three of four contracts with two munici-

palities to form joint economic development zones, or JEDZ. The city or village partnering with the township would collect a .75 percent income tax on businesses and employees working in one of the JEDZ, and each would keep a portion. People living in the township who work in one of the zones

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can have the tax rebated to them. Both the east and central zones are contracted with Madeira, while the southwest zone is an agreement with Amberley Village. The terms are for 40 years, with the option of three 10-year renewals. A board with three representatives chosen

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The Indian Hill High School cross country team goes the distance for charity. See Story, A4

from the township and municipality each are in charge of the day-to-day operations of the JEDZ, and each side would provide certain services for the shared zone, Sycamore Township law director Doug Miller said. Board members, he said, would have two-year, renew-

able terms and don’t have to be public officials. He added that those appointed to the board wouldn’t be considered public officials. A northwest zone was also supposed to be discussed and approved, but Miller said that

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State Rep. Connie Pillich (D – 28th District) will be holding open office hours from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at Panera Bread, 8115 Montgomery Road. Pillich has open office hours at different locations throughout her district, where residents can come to discuss issues and ideas with her.

Tax aid for seniors

The Sycamore Senior Center in collaboration with AARP volunteer preparation specialists, announces free tax assistance with 2012 tax filings. The service is provid-

Blue Ash offers art workshops

BLUE ASH — The Blue Ash Recreation Center will host three art-related workshops in upcoming months.

ed by appoinment only on Wednesdays in February and March during the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Senior applicants must bring their Social Security card or driver’s license, W-2s, 1099s or 1098s, their 2011 tax return, medical expenses, new car purchase information (sale price and taxes paid) or first-time home buyers real estate purchase information. The preparations are free, however donations made on the venter’s behalf would be greatly appreciated. Please call the Sycamore Senior Center Welcome Desk, 984-1234, to sign up for an appoint-

ment. There is another form required before the appointment available at the Welcome Desk. The Sycamore Senior Center is at 4455 Carver Woods Drive in Blue Ash.

Business group offers scholarship

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Mowery, who is the Hamilton County coordinator for the Ohio Civil War Trail Commission, said it’s a case of the little beating the big guy – the small militia had little time to prepare for Morgan’s arrival, but pre-

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vented him from completely burning the bridges and taking all the supplies as the raiders moved through Ohio to avoid the Union army. An interpretive sign explaining the events at Camp Dennison will be installed at Secrest Monument Park, which sits where Kugler Mill Road meets State Route 126. Signs are already up in the park to honor the Union regiments formed at Camp Dennison during the Civil War, according to Mowery’s guidebook.

— Reporter Leah Fightmaster contributed to this story.

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the partner, Sharonville, decided at its meeting Tuesday to bow out. He added that the council decided it didn’t want the city to participate. As of now, the township doesn’t have time to find another municipality to partner with to replace Sharonville in the northwest zone. Trustee Cliff Bishop said that if the township finds another partner or if Sharonville’s council members change their mind, the issue likely wouldn’t be on the ballot until next year’s primary election at the earliest. The next step is to submit the applications to the Hamilton County Board of Elections to be put on the May 7 primary election ballot so township residents can pass or reject the JEDZ. If passed, taxes would begin to be collected on Oct. 1. Revenue collected through the taxes would be put in the general fund of the township, then applied to various departments and a portion on services within the zones, Miller said.

WHERE THE ZONES ARE: East: Zone includes businesses along Montgomery Road and East Galbraith Road, east of Kenwood Towne Center. Boundary also runs down part of Hosbrook Road and west to Interstate 71. Contract is with Madeira. » Some businesses included: Federal Bureau of Investigation building, LA Fitness, Chi-nnati’s Central: Boundary starts at East Galbraith Road and runs south along Kenwood Road to the Interstate 71 entrance ramp, then running north and parallel to the highway until it meets East Galbraith Road again. Contract is with Madeira. » Some businesses included: Galbraith Road Professional Building Office Condominium, Kenwood Towne Center, Jewish Hospital Southwest: Boundaries include Kenwood Road south of Kenwood Towne Center, Interstate 71 and include the businesses along Montgomery Road west of Kenwood Road. » Some businesses included: First Financial Bank, Graeter’s, BP


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‘We believe it gives our students an equal playing field’ By Jeanne Houck jhouck@communitypress.com

MONTGOMERY — The

Sycamore Board of Education has unanimously approved Superintendent Adrienne James’ recommendation that Sycamore High School students receive one point weighting on all past Daggett and future advanced placement (AP) courses. Principal Chris Davis welcomed the change, effective next school year, at the high school in Montgomery. “We feel the change is appropriate since advanced placement is a national curriculum that is recognized and standardized by the College Board,” Davis said. The College Board is a non-profit organization with national headquar-

ters in New York City that developed a common college entrance exam now known as the SAT. “This change is considered a best practice by many schools that are comparable to Sycamore and research supports having a differentiated weight for accelerated and advanced placement courses,” Davis said. “We believe it gives our students an equal playing field when being compared to their peers for scholarship opportunities.” Here Erika Daggett, chief information officer for the Sycamore Community Schools, explains the advanced placement weighting change. How is a grade point average (GPA) figured now at Sycamore High School? “Currently, when figuring a GPA, four points are assigned to a final class grade of ‘A,’ three points for a ‘B,’ two points for a ‘C,’ one point

for a ‘D’ and 0 points for an ‘F.’ “An additional 0.5 points is added to the final grade for weighted courses. For example, a student who receives a B (three points) as the final average in Biology AP receives an additional weight of 0.5, making the B worth 3.5 points. Advanced placement and accelerated courses are currently weighted courses.” How has this been changed? “The board unanimously approved the superintendent’s recommendation to weight advanced placement courses at one point, starting with the 2013-14 school year. “Next year, a student who receives a B (three points) as the final average in Biology AP will receive an additional weight of one point, making the B worth four points. Accelerated courses will continue to be weighted at 0.5.”

Why did James want the change? “After much discussion with current staff, students and parents as well as graduates and their parents, it was recommended that Sycamore High School increase the weighting of advanced placement courses.” Will the Sycamore schools establish weighted grades in other schools in the future? “No advanced placement courses are offered at the junior high level and most students don’t take advanced placement (courses) until their sophomore year. “Therefore, this does not apply to other grade levels.” For more about your community, visit Cincinnati.com/Montgomery. Get regular Montgomery updates by signing up for our email newsletter. Visit Cincinati.com/Montgomery.

Blue Ash man accused of overdosing on heroin, endangering infant daughter By Jeanne Houck jhouck@communitypress.com

BLUE ASH — Blue Ash police have charged a man with endangering a child and possession of a drug-abuse instrument, saying Steven Vance injected himself with heroin while he was supposed to be caring for his 5-month-old daughter. “Vance overdosed on heroin while he was home alone with the infant,” Blue Ash police Lt. Steve Schueler said. “Neighbors and family found him. We’re not sure how long he’d been unconscious. “Emergency medical services treated Vance and he recovered from the overdose,” Schueler said. “The infant was not injured.” A Blue Ash police re-

port says the 29-year-old Vance took the highly addictive opiate drug via a hypodermic needle or syringe around 3:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at his home on Myrtle Avenue in Blue Ash. Vance had a duty to protect his child and instead exposed the helpless little girl to “a substantial risk to the health or safety of the child,” the police report says. Vance was scheduled to be arraigned on the child-endangering and drug charges — both misdemeanors – Feb. 4, in Hamilton County Municipal Court. For more about your community, visit Cincinnati.com/BlueAsh. Get regular Blue Ash updates by signing up for our email newsletter. Visit Cincinnati.com/BlueAsh.

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The Indian Hill High School cross country team is going the distance for charity. For seven years, the team has gathered school supplies for Pierce Elementary School at Fort Knox. Team members also personally deliver the items to the school. According to members of the team, funding for many schools on military bases is very tight during war time. “The schools get overlooked,” said senior Johnny Stephen, a captain of the cross country team. Cross country coach Susan Savage learned about the economic challenges these schools face from a friend of hers who is a teacher at Pierce Elementary School. “(Savage) introduced the cross country trip as a community service opportunity done annually by the team,” said sophomore Sabrina Bulas. “It’s an amazing experience to bond with the children there. “They get really attached to us.” The team collects school supplies for first-graders at the school as well as collect donations from baked goods. These donations go toward chartering a bus to Fort Knox.

State regulations prevent the students from using a school bus for the trip. The team’s goal is to raise $1,250 in donations to cover the cost of the trip. The one-on-one interaction with the students is a highlight. “Just being there for a day makes such a profound impact,” said junior Josh Leibel. While at the school, the team participates in a variety of activities with the first-graders. “It’s amazing to see the teacher’s faces when we bring in the boxes of school supplies,” said sophomore Lauren Vanatsky referring to the warm reception the team typically receives when it arrives. The one-day trip will be Monday, Oct. 15.

Sycamore kindergarten registration set for Feb. 7

Indian Hill High School sophomore Lauren Vanatsky, left, and senior Austin Hughes coordinate a baked goods donation drive at the school for the cross country team. The team is also collecting supplies for an elementary school at Fort Knox. FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS Students at Indian Hill High School donate money for baked goods provided by the cross country team. The donations will go toward a trip the team makes to an elementary school at Fort Knox. FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Summit students’ illustrations in book Sixteen works of art from 15 Summit Country Day School students are published in a new picture book, “Cincinnati, Our City, Our Story,” which made its debut at the recent Books by the Banks: Cincinnati USA Book Festival. The book is a guided tour of Cincinnati people, places and history. Out of 250 submissions of artwork from children age 7 to 13, 44 illustrations of familyfriendly scenes from across the Tristate were chosen to be in the book. A panel of childrens’ librarians judged the artworks in categories representing locations in the city – such as the zoo, the ballpark, the Museum Center,

Among the 15 Summit Country Day School students whose artwork is featured in "Cincinnati, Our City, Our Story," are, in front, from left, Eric Meeks, Jamie Gieseke, Caroline Kubicki and Maya Mehlman; and in second row, Grace Anderson, Mia Semler, Evan Hunt and Grace Gilligan. THANKS TO DARREN WEIGL

etc. Photos were selected based on the quality of the illustration as well as alignment with text and layout of the book, said Heather Muzumdar, a spokes-

woman for the project. Summit students whose work will be displayed in the book include fourth-graders Eric Meeks, Hyde Park; Gabri-

elle Burns, East Walnut Hills; and Jamie Gieseke, Hyde Park; sixth-graders Noor Amir, Mason; Grace Anderson, Villa Hills, Ky.; Grace Gilligan, Hyde Park; Evan Hunt, Delhi Township; Caroline Kubicki, Montgomery; Maya Mehlman, Clifton; and Mia Semler, Hyde Park; and seventh-graders Margherita Favagrossa, Hyde Park; Garrison Herfel, Hyde Park, and Mary Towell, Anderson Township. Works by former Summit students Kendall Kearney, Clifton, and Emma Rademacher, Loveland, also appear in the book. Text in the book has been written by award-winning author Louise Borden.

Parents and guardians of students who will be 5years-old on or before Sept. 30 can register students for kindergarten in Sycamore Community Schools from 3 p.m.to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at the child’s school of attendance. Students do not need to be present to register for kindergarten. Those who cannot make this registration time should call their child’s school of attendance to make a registration appointment. To find out a child's school of attendance, call the Transportation Department at 6861785. To register, parents and guardians must provide their child’s current immunization records; official birth certificate/proof of birth; custody papers (if applicable); proof of residence (mortgage deed, rental/lease agreement); child care provider’s name, address and phone number (if applicable); and completed kindergarten registration forms. A physician’s report and dental report should also be completed in 2013 and returned no later than the first day of school. Sycamore offers both full-day and half-day kindergarten options. Students are placed in the fullday program based on the results of a random lottery held in March. The full-day program tuition is $3,200 and financial assistance is available for those who qualify. Parents and guardians interested in full-day kindergarten must also complete a kindergarten application form and include a $100 deposit, in the form of a check made out to Sycamore Community Schools, at the time of application. The deposit will be refunded if the district is unable to place a student in a full-day kindergarten class. Kindergarten registration forms and the full-day kindergarten application are available at tinyurl.com/aoz2pn5. For more information on kindergarten registration, contact Ann Marie Reinke, assistant director of academic affairs, at 686-1700 or reinkea @sycamoreschools.org.

Ursuline students inducted into Spanish Honor Society Twenty Ursuline students in the Spanish class of Blanca Risdon of Fairfield, were inducted into the Spanish Honor Society Nov. 13. The new members are Ana Aguilar of Loveland, Brenna Barber of Mason, Monica Bockhorst of Loveland, Camille Borders of Mason, Sarah Connaughton of Sharonville, Erin George of Mason, Katie Georgopoulos of Springfield Township, Hannah Hoffer of Maineville, Paige Kebe of Loveland, Fatima Khalid of Mason, Shannon Kronenberger of Kenwood, Kayla McCarthy of Maineville, Susan Morand of Loveland, Sarah Reilly of Hyde Park, Caroline Smith of Montgomery, Kelly Spiller of Lib-

erty Township, Diana Suarez of Mason, Elizabeth Tyger of Mason, Lauren Vesprani of Finneytown and Elizabeth Zappia of Miami Township. Cate Brinker (president) of Anderson Township and Ellen Hinkley (co-president) of Indian Hill, who were inducted last year, presided the induction ceremony. According to Risdon, membership into the Spanish Honor Society is by invitation of the Ursuline Spanish teachers, who have the sole responsibility for the Society and its by-laws. Membership is based on the honor average in Spanish of A- for three consecutive semesters of study and that the students be of good character as defined by

the handbook of Ursuline Academy. The Honor Society students must demonstrate enthusiasm and continued interest in the Spanish language and the Spanish-speaking people of the world. In addition, the students must pay yearly dues to help support the Society’s “adopted” child in a Spanish-speaking country. Risdon said, “We sponsor a child in Guatemala through Children International, and the students write her letters for her birthday, for Christmas and Easter,” adding that there will be other community service opportunities during the school year for the students to participate in.

Ursuline students inducted into the school's Spanish Honor Society, from left: front, Hannah Hoffer, Elizabeth Zappia, Erin George, Elizabeth Tyger and Fatima Khalid; middle row, Brenna Barber, Sarah Connaughton, Kayla McCarthy, Monica Bockhorst and Ana Aguilar; back row, Ellen Hinkley (co-president), Diana Suarez, Katie Georgopoulos, Shannon Kronenberger, Sarah Reilly, Paige Kebe, Kelly Spiller, Lauren Vesprani, Camille Borders and Cate Brinker. Not pictured, Susan Morand and Caroline Smith. THANKS TO MARIANNE LANG


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Aves pin hopes on postseason Optimistic coach: ‘We’re still not done.’ By Scott Springer sspringer@communitypress.com

SYCAMORE TWP. — Though they don’t participate in a running sport, the Sycamore High School wrestling team has had a decent “kick” going into the postseason. With a win at the Sycamore Invitational and a second-place finish at the Milford Invitational, the Aves are ready to notch a few falls on the February mats. “We’re real optimistic,” coach Jeremy Pletz said. “The kids have been wrestling hard. We’re still not done yet in my mind.” They may have even fared better in the Milford Invitational had junior Tinashe Bere not been on a college visit for football. According to Pletz, Bere has offers from some of the Big 10 schools and from Kent State. First-team Greater Miami Conference a year ago at 220 pounds, Bere has contributed to Sycamore’s depth this season by allowing younger wrestlers some action. “Bere actually went down a weight class,” Pletz said. “He offered to go down.” Bere finished the season tops in the league at 195, though he did win the Sycamore Invitational at 220. What allowed the Aves to develop this season was the flexibility of Bere and a batch of promising freshmen. “I knew at the start of the season we’d be better as the season went on,” Pletz said. “We had a lot of kids clustered at certain weights.” As the freshmen developed, they began pushing the juniors. Among those were Cole Sutton who won at 195 at the Sycamore Invitational, and Gary Traub, a runner-up at 182 in the Milford Invitational. Traub’s father is a Sycamore grad and coach. “It’s been a long time coming,” Pletz said. “He’s been waiting for his time to get here. He’s still learning and he still makes mistakes. He makes the other

Sycamore senior Brad Huber makes his move at 145 pounds. Huber was champion at the Milford Invitational Jan. 26. THANKS TO SYCAMORE WRESTLING/LINDA KURZ

guys better though.” Along with the “new blood,” several Sycamore veterans are likely to advance in the wrestling postseason. At the Sycamore and Milford meets, senior Brad Huber and juniors Ronnie Williams and Ryan Gaffney all won titles. Huber has more than 100 wins and is at 145 pounds this season. “He’s top five all-time in wins in Sycamore’s history,” Pletz said. In the lower weights, senior Aaron Frankel at 106 and junior Victor Kurz at 113 have made consistent contributions. “He’s had some tough matches,” Pletz said of Frankel. “That’s been a pretty loaded weight class the last two years. He’s beat some really good kids.” Moving up from league leader Huber’s 145 pounds, Williams at 160 and Gaffney at 170 have

Junior Ronnie Williams takes the mat for the Aviators at 160 pounds. Williams was champion at the Milford Invitational. THANKS TO SYCAMORE WRESTLING/LINDA KURZ

been clutch. Gaffney hopes to extend his season further than last year. “He was just a match away from going to state,” Pletz said. “He broke an elbow in his last football game. We’ve been wait-

PRESS PREPS HIGHLIGHTS sspringer@communitypress.com ndudukovich@communitypress.com

Girls basketball

» Sycamore beat Fairfield 49-35 on Jan. 26. Senior Imani Outlaw led the Lady Aves with 15 points. On Jan. 28, Sycamore beat Loveland 51-31. Senior Hannah Locke had 12 points. » Ursuline beat Walnut Hills, 61-38, Jan. 26. Sarah Reilly scored 17 points, while Megan Ogilbee added 11.

WRESTLING/LINDA KURZ

Ring-ing day

Boys swimming

» Sycamore defeated Middletown 73-67 as junior Zach Farquhar had 28 points. » Moeller won at home against Roger Bacon Jan. 29 as junior Grant Benzinger had 21 points. The Crusaders won on Feb. 1 against Carroll 51-50. Tre’ Hawkins had 16 points.

Ursuline’s Mattina Girardot looks to pass against Mount Notre Name’s Abbie Scholz, left, and Naomi Davenport during the Lions’ 55-52 overtime loss Jan. 31. The loss left the Lions (15-4, 8-1) one game ahead of Mercy in the GGCL Scarlet . JEFF SWINGER/THE

Wrestling

at 170. Freshman Gary Traub was runner-up at 182 pounds. » At the Division I state team tournament, Moeller beat Glen Este and Loveland on Jan. 30. Recording pins against Glen Este were junior Johnathan Tallarigo at 138 pounds, junior Austin Bohe-

» Sycamore was second at the Milford Invitational on Jan. 26. Senior Brad Huber was the champion at 145 pounds, junior Ronnie Williams was the winner at 160 and senior Ryan Gaffney won

Senior Ryan Gaffney (170 pounds) engages his opponent for Sycamore. Gaffney won his weight class at the Milford Invitational. THANKS TO SYCAMORE

nek at 145, senior Wyatt Wilson at 152, junior Dean Meyer at160, junior Jerry Thornberry at 195 and junior Chalmer Fruehauf at 220. Against Loveland, the pins were by sophomore Conner Ziegler at 113, freshman Jacoby Ward at 126, Wilson at 152, and Fruehauf in the heavyweight division.

By Scott Springer and Nick Dudukovich

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ing for him to come back. He’s back to where we expected him to be.” After the conclusion of the state team tournament, the Division I sectionals begin for Sycamore on Feb. 15.

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» Sycamore defeated Lakota West and Lakota East in a tri-meet Jan. 30. The Aviators swept all three relays. » Moeller was second in the Greater Catholic League meet on Jan. 30. The Crusaders won the 200 freestyle relay and sophomore Kevin George won the 500 freestyle.

Girls swimming

» Ursuline Academy took first in the Girls’ Greater Cincinnati League swimming championship, with a team score of 414. The Lions won all three relays: The 200 medley relay, 200 freestyle relay and the 400 freestyle relay. Standouts for Ursuline included Temarie Tomley, Emily Slabe and Alisabeth MarSee HIGHLIGHTS, Page A7

Members of the Ursuline Academy volleyball team received championship rings during a ceremony at the school Jan. 31. THANKS TO MARIANNE LANG

Members of the Ursuline Academy volleyball team received their championship rings during a ceremony in conjunction with the school’s Catholic Schools Week assembly Jan. 31. The Lions won the Division I title by defeating Massillon Jackson at the Nutter Center in Fairborn, Ohio last November. The squad went 23-6 en route to capturing the program’s fifth championship. Girls on the team live in communities that include: Loveland, Symmes Township, Finneytown, Mount Healthy, Montgomery, Sycamore Township and Indian Hill.

Here is Ursuline Academy's 2012 state championship volleyball ring. THANKS TO MARIANNE LANG


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Reeder ices 200th hockey win at Moeller KENWOOD — Now in his 10th season, Moeller varsity ice hockey coach Mike Reeder won his 200th game on Saturday, Jan. 26, with a 6-3 victory over Dublin Coffman. When asked if any one of the wins stuck out in his memory, Reeder replied, “Wow, I would have to say all the victories have been special. There was the one over St. Charles in 2004-2005 that sent us on our first trip to the State Final Four. I think my first win was a special one to me; I guess I would say this win over Coffman to hit the milestone was pretty nice as well.” “When I joined the program, I never thought I would still be here 10 seasons later. I never even considered this win and how it would feel, it seemed so far off in the future. I think back to how much I have experienced over the last 10 years. There have been a lot of changes in amateur hockey in Cincinnati and the rest of the state. There were a couple of people who have been with me from the beginning. I guess I would say I will treasure the relationships that I have made with the coaches, players, the staff at Moeller, and all those who are a part of each and every one of those 200

The Moeller hockey team surrounds coach Mike Reeder, center, as he celebrates his 200th career win at the school. The Crusaders defeated Dublin Coffman 6-3 on Jan. 27. THANKS TO MOELLER HIGH SCHOOL

victories.” At the beginning of Reeder’s career, Moeller competed in the Southwest Ohio High School Hockey League. After his first trip to the Final Four, Reeder said that if Moeller wanted to get back to the Final Four they needed to toughen the schedule. Reeder started looking north for tougher opponents, playing tournaments in Cleveland and Toledo every year, and eventually moving the team to the Columbus Capital Conference. “When the Blue Jackets started in Columbus, amateur

hockey exploded in Columbus. The number of kids in amateur hockey grew tremendously overnight, and in a few years that resulted in a growth of the number of high school programs. The talent and the competition in Columbus grew much stronger. I knew that was where we needed to be playing,” he said. “I am focused on getting my team ready for the state tournament. I take every season one a time, so the future is the next few weeks, and what we can do to be ready.”

TWICE AS NICE

The St. Columban sixth grade girls A team goes undefeated for two years in a row. This year, the team won its league and the CYO City Tournament. In front, from left, are Elizabeth Nelson, Tori Luckhaupt and Siena DiCari. In back are Rachel Wiehe, Allie Scholz, Emma Shaffer, Rebecca Kemper and Christina Poole. Coaches are Kirsten Shaffer and John Nelson. THANKS TO KIRSTEN SHAFFER

Moeller senior Josh Davenport (34) goes up to dunk the ball against Roger Bacon’s Jake Westerfeld (30) Jan. 29. Davenport finished with 12 points. JOSEPH FUQUA II/THE

HIGHLIGHTS Continued from Page A6

steller, who each won multiple individual events. Tomley won both the 50 freestyle, 0:24.34 and 200 freestyle, 1:55.81. Slabe took first in 100 butterfly with a 0:57.70, and 100 backstroke in 0:56.95. Marstell-

er also won two events, which included the 200 individual medley in 2:08.29, as well as the 100 freestyle in 0:53.14. » Sycamore beat Lakota East and Lakota West on Jan. 30. Freshman Mary Fry won the 200 freestyle and the100 breaststroke.

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» Sycamore beat Beavercreek 8-2 on Jan. 26. » Moeller beat Dublin Coffman 6-3 on Jan. 27. It was Coach Mike Reeder’s 200th victory with the Crusaders. Zach Bayliff lit the lamp four times for Moeller.

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Moeller fries Bacon Moeller jumped out to a14-2 first-quarter lead at home on Jan. 29 against Roger Bacon and never relinquished it. The Crusaders won 61-35 to go to 15-2 in the battle of South and Central divisions of the Greater Catholic League. Junior Grant Benzinger led Moeller with 21 points. Senior Josh Davenport had 12 points, five rebounds and four blocks.


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Editor: Dick Maloney, rmaloney@communitypress.com, 248-7134

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Lessons learned from Cincinnati’s ‘Hat Man’ Cincinnati lost a piece of its heart last month. Avtar Gill died quietly in the motel room he has called home for many years. About 50 people attended a beautiful memorial today at Findlay Market in his honor, and Lisa Desatnik COMMUNITY PRESS images taken of him through GUEST COLUMNIST the years are surfacing all over the internet including a new Facebook page with hundreds of likes already. In the final years of his life,

he gave smiles to countless faces. His impact touched thousands. Avtar, in case you haven’t heard, is the “Cincinnati Hat Man.” If you have attended any large public gatherings downtown, you have more than likely seen him. Dressed in casual slacks and mostly colorful t-shirts, he was always adorned with his signature ball cap attached to a piece of poster board decorated in bright colors with positive messages. Among them – “Mother’s Day: Be proud to be a mother.” “Rejoice. World Choir Games comes to town. Wow!” I remember seeing him at events. I remember uplifting

billboards. He was hard to miss. I never said hello. I never asked him his name or why he made it his life mission to hand out joy. I never told him he brightened my day. I never said thank you. Sadly, only now in the wake of his absence, am I learning about the man whose messages of hope and inspiration touched our hearts in meaningful ways. How many of you can say the same? Why is it that so often we wait until a person is gone to memorialize their gifts? Please don’t get me wrong. I think it is wonderful to see and read the outpouring of emotions of people who were

touched by Avtar. I have no doubt that Avtar is smiling looking down upon this city right now. I only wish that he could have seen this outpouring of admiration while he was still with us. In our busy lives, it is so easy for us to go about our routines without taking the time to let others know of their value. Or we put off saying things thinking we can say them later. It isn’t because we don’t care or that others don’t matter. For whatever reason, we just don’t say what is in our heart. Life can be short. None of us know what is in store for our

tomorrow. Caring and being there for each other is what makes our time here so special. We need to practice voicing our appreciation. There is a lesson to be learned from the passing of Avtar Gill ... aka the “Cincinnati Hat Man.” In his honor and memory, let’s rejoice in life and in each other. Today, tomorrow, next week and all year, make a point to let others know they are important. Let’s celebrate and cherish gifts in the here and now. Lisa Desatnik is a public relatiosn consultant and Dillonvale resident.

Making the most of your charitable donations ‘With so many good causes and organizations out there, how do you pick the right one? Here are some tips on how to make the most out of charitable donations throughout the year: 1) Follow your heart. Heidi Jark Pick a charity COMMUNITY PRESS or non-profit GUEST COLUMNIST organization you are passionate about. Not only will your donation help the organization, but choosing a cause you deeply care about will make the gift more meaningful to you.

2) Try to have impact. You probably get requests all the time from neighbors, colleagues and even at the grocery store to support local causes and fundraisers. Five dollars or $20 here and there to support your friends and family and their activities is totally fine as long as it fits your budget. But if you really want to make an impact through charitable giving, pick the top two or three charities you care about the most and divide your donation amounts among them. By focusing your donations on a few causes, your money will go further to help those in need. 3) It is OK to say no. No one likes to say no, but it is impos-

sible to support every request you may receive. Be respectful to the organizations you cannot support and let them know honestly that you are contributing to other causes. This will help you prioritize your giving, and it actually will help the non-profit focus its fundraising efforts on other potential donors. Remember, wasting an organization’s time can be worse than saying no. 4) Do your homework. Besides picking a charity you are passionate about, research the organization. Review its annual report to see how the organization is doing financially and how donations are being used. You also can review

financial information for charities through your local Better Business Bureau. 5) Don’t wait until the end of the year. The holiday season is a popular time to donate, but non-profits need support yearround. Consider donating earlier in the year to help organizations offset costs and to help manage your budget before holiday expenses start rolling in. 6) Get the whole family involved. Be an example for your children. Kids learn how to be charitable by watching their parents, and you can help pass on philanthropic behavior by involving your kids in the giving process. Let them pick the charity or encourage them

to donate toys or clothing to a local non-profit to get more involved. 7) Volunteer. Non-profit organizations always need volunteers for programs, services and events. Donating your time will help you gain exposure to the organization you support, and you also can see in action how your donations are being used. Above all else, any way you can support those in need is an important part of helping your community to grow and succeed. Heidi Jark is vice president and managing director of the Fifth Third Foundation Office at Fifth Third Bank.

CH@TROOM Jan. 30 question Do you agree or disagree with Duke Energy’s request for a 24percent increase in electric rates and an 18-percent increase in gas rates when some of the money is expected to be used to move utilities for the streetcar project in Cincinnati? Why or why not?

“Disagree! Duke has been a very poor provider of electric service. More and longer outages than ever in the history of CG&E before then. As I understand it, that is true all across the Duke Energy nation too. Fix your problems, then ask for a reasonable rate hike!” C.G.

“I disagree. As a Kentucky girl I don’t care about a street car. I work downtown and I am sure the taxpayers are paying for it anyhow. Also Duke is a joke, things are tough for people and they want to raise rates for a street? I work across the street from them on Fourth and Main they moved the train display. Now you have to pay to see it and I would like to know how much money they put into the walkway in the front of the building. Duke is awful and they can be what other alternative is there ?” R.F.

“No! It is a silly project that will not benefit me in any way. Plus didn't they just petition to have their tax rate reduced thus reducing funding to schools? Ridiculous!” K.S.

“I like to think that I stay in-

NEXT QUESTION How does Greater Cincinnati Airport’s announcement that a low-cost carrier, Frontier Airlines, will be operating from the airport, affect you? Are you more or less likely to fly from CVG as opposed to another regional airport? Every week we ask readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to nesuburban@communitypress.com with Chatroom in the subject line.

formed about important things, but I confess that I did not know about this planned increase by Duke. “I can understand, especially in these times, why service providers have to periodically raise their rates for their products and services, but 24 percent and 18 percent seems exorbitant, especially if the move is really being driven by this ultra-silly 'streetcar project,’ something that most of us agree we do not need. “Compare this increase to the post office's increase in first class postage from 45 cents to 46 cents. That is a 2 percent increase, and the post office is in a lot worse financial shape than Duke.” Bill B.

“No, I certainly don't agree with the raise in rates and get even more upset when I think that some of that money is going for the streetcar project. “I still don't understand why

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we in the county have to pay for it, but weren’t allowed to vote on it? Seeing how high my electric bill was for December I thought the rates were already raised.” Dave D.

“I wasn't aware that part of my increase is slated to pay for moving utilities for the streetcar. That is outrageous. The increase should only be paid for by residents of the city of Cincinnati. I'll have no need to ride the streetcar.” T.H.

“That Duke is asking for rate increases of this magnitude, regardless of the reason, is the best argument I have ever seen for why public utility providers should not be privately held, for-profit companies.” J.R.B.

“Duke Energy is a regulated business that must justify its rate increases based on its costs. It will or won't make the case with the Public Utilities Commission, whether you agree or not. This is like asking if you agree with the sun coming up in the morning. Your opinion has nothing to do with it. “Some will say they disagree because their budgets are already stretched, So what? Would you rather have Duke become unprofitable and provide lousy service like Long Island Lighting? Would you rather wait for two weeks to get your power restored after a storm? Cut back on the data plan for your cell phone or your cable TV service. Reliable gas and

electricity are much more important.” F.S.D.

“I disagree completely.The economy is in the toilet, people are taking less money home in their paychecks and Duke wants us to pay for the relocation of utilities for a street car that isn't needed or wanted. “The people of Cincinnati want the street car? Let them pay for it. This is Paul Brown Stadium all over again. “How many times do the people of Hamilton County have to be fleeced before they wake up and smell the rank stench coming from City Hall?” J.S.K.

“Duke Energy has had profits of $1.61 billion in the last 12 months, and now they want to increase utility rates 24 percent. It has nothing to do with moving utility lines for the streetcar, it is all about profits for the out-of-state corporation. “One only need to look back at rate increases since the sale of CG&E to see that Duke doesn't need a streetcar to jack up rates. “The residents of Cincinnati would be wise to review the impact of selling CG&E to an outside corporation before handing over the city's parking assets to yet another out-of-state company. If that happens, we can expect similar rate hikes in parking too.” B.P.S.

“This is wrong, wrong, wrong! There is absolutely no

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justification for non-residents of the city of Cincinnati to fund a trolley system we had no vote on nor are we likely to use. “Taxation without representation is tyranny and so is paying higher utility rates. I hope the lawyers are preparing a class-action lawsuit to stop Duke's gross misuse of ratepayers' funds.” R.V.

Jan. 23 question What are your expectations for President Obama’s second term?

“Impeachment!”

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CONFEDERATE GENERAL’S RAID COMES TO LIFE THROUGH TRAIL By Leah Fightmaster lfightmaster@communitypress.com

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uring the summer of 1863, a storm like no other rolled through parts of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. It was not a storm of thunder, rain and lightning, but a band of raiders. During the height of the Civil War in 1863, Ohio saw the most action it would see throughout the entirety of the war. Confederate Brig. Gen. John Hunt Morgan and his troops, known as “Morgan’s Raiders,” brought Civil War battlefields to the Buckeye State and Hamilton County. After entering the state through the city of Harrison, in the northwest corner of the county, Morgan and his raiders moved through smaller cities and towns while avoiding the Union army strongholds of Cincinnati and Hamilton. But while stories about the troop preceded them, they blew through relatively quickly, wreaking havoc mostly in the form of stolen horses and goods, said Dave Mowery, the Hamilton County coordinator for the Ohio Civil War Trail Commission. Morgan, Mowery said, was a gentleman. Born in Huntsville, Ala., and hailing from outside Lexington, Ky., he embodied the idea of the Southern gentleman. Few citizens were killed unless they threatened Morgan’s army, and no rapes or murders were documented during his trek through several states. Where citizens living in cities and towns Morgan marched his troops through lost is economically. Families were forced to cook for the soldiers and stores were looted. Farmers were likely to lose their horses to the army, and many times were given the exhausted ones soldiers had been riding, Mowery said. “It’s a misconception — the victors write history,” he said about Morgan’s army. “We have a lot of great records from both sides saying he wasn’t a demon or marauder. They were very much a Confederate group of soldiers that had a job to do. He did everything within the rules of war.”

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DEER PARK

The sign outside the John Schenck House, 4208 Schenck Ave. in Deer Park, says:

A COURAGEOUS BLUFF

“While many Ohioans panicked in the path of Confederate Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan’s cavalry – hiding their valuables and fleeing their homes – the Schencks and the Thompsons resolved to defend both. During the Civil War, this house belonged to farmer John Schenck and his wife, Amelia. They lived here with their six children, a female house servant, and, at the time of Morgan’s Raid, also provided refuge for escaped Kentucky slaves John Henry Thompson, his wife and his five children. “Around 5 a.m. July 14, 1863, a group of Morgan’s advance guard arrived looking for horses and food, A Schenck woman, disguised in nurse’s garb, greeted the soldiers at the door. When the raiders demanded food, she offered to feed them outdoors, warning that a child was sick with the smallpox and was quarantined to the parlor. Seeing the front door covered with a sheet and the shutters closed, the raiders believed the ruse.

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The John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail directional sign on East Galbraith Road near its intersection with Montgomery Road in Madeira says: “John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail 1863.”

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Where you can find the John Hunt Morgan Trail signs, and what they say:

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GLENDALE

Morgan’s Raiders entered Glendale from the west. The destination: train depot. At the depot, George “Lightning” Ellsworth, considered to be Morgan’s “Wizard of the telegraph,” coded erroneous messages to Union headquarters to deceive the Union forces about the strength and location of Morgan’s troops. After sending the misleading wire telegraphs, Morgan’s troops tore up the railroad ties on the tracks in Glendale.

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EVENDALE

When Morgan and his men left Sharonville, they stopped at the Brown farm in Evendale, known today as the Gorman Heritage Farm. The farm’s Marketing and Events Manager Vicki Foster said Morgan took two horses from the Browns, as well as food and drinking water. Foster said that she thinks the sign will be a good addition to the farm, and will help to give the farm’s past some factual perspective of where it lies in association with the rest of history. “It will definitely be a nice thing for the farm,” she said. “It kind of puts our place in the history of the region.” “Morgan himself later rested at the Schenck farm to wait on his troopers en route from Reading. The general and his staff sat outside while the Schenck women served them breakfast. When the Raiders rode off thirty minutes later, they remained ignorant of the Thompsons and the two prized horses hidden in the parlor.”

A FAMOUS FAMILY

“John Thompson and his wife, Clara Jane, remained at the Schenck farm after the war. Despite the challenges African Americans faced during Reconstruction, four Thompson children attained widespread fame. Garland Yancy became an award-winning wood carver. Younger siblings — Aaron Bedford, Priscilla Jane and Clara Ann — became renowned poets in the early 20th century. “The John Schenck House is private property. Please be respectful and remain on the sidewalk.”

CAMP DENNISON

After Morgan took the Hunt family’s horses in Blue Ash, he later met up with other factions of his army in Camp Dennison, today a small area part of Symmes Township, but once a Union army camp that included a hospital and barracks for the soldiers. As Morgan approached, Post Commander George Neff had rifle pits and felled trees along the roads leading into the town and camp. He also sent most of the horses, surgical instruments, medicine and supplies to Cincinnati and east into Clermont County. But on July 13 and early the next morning, about 1,400 untrained men filtered into the camp. Neff had no weapons to arm them. Some of Morgan’s troops derailed a train carrying dozens of passengers, attempted to burn a bridge crossing the Little Miami River and fought off several groups of soldiers, according to the trail’s guidebook, co-authored by Dave Mowery and Lora Cahill. After fighting off several attacks by Union militia, Morgan and his raiders soon moved east into Clermont County and continued their trek through Ohio.

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SHARONVILLE

Morgan’s Raiders burned a bridge at Canal Road, and trying to burn another before stopping at what was then the Sharon Hotel. Now called the Twelve Mile House at Sharon and Reading roads, Morgan set up a headquarters, resting while he fed his troops and collected information before moving on toward Montgomery.

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The John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail informational sign at the historical Hunt House on Hunt Road in Blue Ash says: “On the morning of July 14, 1863, John Craig Hunt and his 10-year-old son, Wilson, watched from their Blue Ash farmhouse as Confederate raiders led six horses from the barn. When the boy asked his father about his intentions, the father replied, “There’s not much that I can do. You can’t stop any army!” “Confederate Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan’s cavalry had separated into groups of between two and 20 men in search of food, water, and fresh horses. Eight hours later Union Brigadier General Edward Hobson’s forces arrived in Blue Ash to forage for new mounts. To their dismay, the new arrivals discovered that Morgan’s men had confiscated nearly all useful horses within a three-mile radius.

THE RAIDERS THROW OUT A NET

“Morgan had sent his troopers on multiple routes from Sharonville to conceal their crossing of the Little Miami River and to maximize foraging. Colonel Basil W. Duke’s 1st Brigade marched southeast toward Montgomery by way of Creek Road, Glendale-Milford Road and Zig Zag Road. To screen his left flank, Duke sent large detachments northeast from Sharonville along the wagon paths now known as Lebanon Road, Kemper Road and Cornell Road. “Morgan led the other column, composed of Colonel Adam “Stovepipe” Johnson’s 2nd Brigade, along Reading Pike and Cooper Road to Carpenter’s Run Schoolhouse, then south on Plainfield Turnpike through East Sycamore (now Rossmoyne) to the rendezvous at Montgomery.

MORGAN’S GREAT RAID

“Modern historians have listed Morgan’s IndianaOhio Raid as among the top 20 in world history. Though Morgan’s “Great” Raid did not affect the outcome of the Civil War, it set a significant precedent. The German Blitzkrieg of World War II and Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 extrapolated from the “lightning war” tactics of John Hunt Morgan. “Morgan’s Raid counts among the longest raids in the Civil War and reached the farthest north of any Confederate force from the contiguous southern states. The raid included the longest nonstop cavalry march in American military history (85 miles in 35 hours, from Sunman, Indiana, to Williamsburg, Ohio). Finally, it was the largest military action of the Civil War in Indiana and Ohio.”


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THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, FEB. 7 Art & Craft Classes Open Create, 7-9 p.m., Hyatt Art Studio, 7813 Laurel Ave., Choose surface you want to paint on and receive individual attention as you paint artwork for your home or garden. $25. 561-0677; HyattArtInteriors@gmail.com. Madeira. Art Evenings, 6-9 p.m., Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road, Print Making, ages 18 and up, $40. Classes taught by Beth Goldstein, MAAE Art Academy of Cincinnati, BS Fine Art Brown University, local studio artist and art educator. Registration required. 745-8550; beth@bethgoldstein.com. Blue Ash.

Cooking Classes Mardi Gras with Wild Bill Schroeder, 6:30-9 p.m., Cooks’ Wares, 11344 Montgomery Road, Bill shares some of his favorite recipes for the perfect Mardi Gras celebration. $50. Reservations required. Presented by Cooks’ Wares - Symmes Township. 489-6400. Symmes Township.

discussion group. Free, donations accepted. 800-0164. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, 4309 Cooper Road, Youth room. Big book/ discussion meeting. Brown bag lunch optional. Open to everyone who desires healthy loving relationships. Donations accepted. 673-0174; www.coda.org. Blue Ash.

Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, $15. Registration required. 290-8217; www.fitnessphysiques.net. Blue Ash. Zumba, 6-7 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; www.fitnessphysiques.net. Blue Ash.

Exercise Classes Pilates Playground, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $15. Registration required. 290-8217; www.fitnessphysiques.net. Blue Ash.

FRIDAY, FEB. 8 Art Openings

Films

Insightful Reflections, 6-9 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Showcasing last year’s best paintings on paper and canvas by the Brush and Palette Painters. Exhibit continues through Feb. 24. Free. 272-3700; www.artatthebarn.org. Mariemont.

Exercise Classes Camp Crush, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; www.fitnessphysiques.net. Blue Ash.

Laurel and Hardy Film Event Celebrating the Year 1933 is from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Seasons Retirement Community, 7300 Dearwester Drive, Kenwood in the main auditorium on lower level. Enjoy an evening of classic film comedies released in 1933. Scheduled to screen are Laurel and Hardy's "Dirty Work," “The Midnight Patrol” and "Me And My Pal." Plus film surprises and raffle. $5. Call 559-0112, or visit www.thechimptent.com. PROVIDED

Education

Health / Wellness

Email Basics: Getting a Free Email Account, 1-3 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Class includes: setting up free email account, sending and receiving email and tips for keeping your account secure. Free. Registration required. 369-4450; www.cincinnatilibrary.org/programs. Deer Park.

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

Recreation

Exercise Classes Cardio Dance Party, 6-7 p.m., Eric Thomas’ Professional Fitness Academy, 4865 Duck Creek Road, Classes incorporate variety of dance styles, including jazz, hip-hop, Latin, jive and more danced to popular music. $10. Presented by Cardio Dance Party. 617-9498; www.cardiodanceparty.com. Madisonville. Core Adrenaline, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Group Fitness Studio. Blend functional strength training movements with Pilates sequences. Ages 18 and up. $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; www.fitnessphysiques.net. Blue Ash. MELT Method, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Group Fitness Studio. Unique hands-off bodywork approach that helps prevent pain, heal injury and erase negative effects of aging and active living. Ages 18 and up. $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; www.fitnessphysiques.net. Blue Ash. Camp Crush, 6-7 a.m. and 6-7 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Group Fitness Studio. Run the gamut of strength, endurance and heartpumping drills. Recommended for intermediate to advanced clients only. Ages 18 and up. $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; www.fitnessphysiques.net. Blue Ash. Gentle Moves and Strength, 3-4 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Group Fitness Studio. Learn to safely work with your limitations and enjoy exercising your body. Ages 18 and up. $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; www.fitnessphysiques.net. Blue Ash. Yoga/Pilates Infusion, 5-6 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Group Fitness Studio. Contemporary blend of flowing yoga movements and core-centric Pilates sequences. Ages 18 and up. $10-$15. 2908217; www.fitnessphysiques.net. Blue Ash. Hatha Yoga, 7-8 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Group Fitness Studio. Gentle introductory journey into the world of yoga. Ages 18 and up. $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; www.fitnessphysiques.net. Blue Ash.

Religious - Community A Short Course in Quakerism, 7-8:30 p.m., Cincinnati Friends Meeting, 8075 Keller Road, Paul Buckley, Quaker author presenting. Ages 16 and up. $5 per session or $45 for all 10 sessions. 207-5353; www.cincinnatifriends.org. Madeira.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature

Recreation Young Professionals Open Gym, 2-4 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Full-court basketball games for men. $15. 985-0900. Montgomery.

SATURDAY, FEB. 9 Art & Craft Classes Open Create, Noon-5 p.m., Hyatt Art Studio, $25. 561-0677; HyattArtInteriors@gmail.com. Madeira.

Art Events Explorations of the Divine: A Visual Art Contemplation by Three Young Women Artists, 3-5 p.m., Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Part of Macy’s Art Sampler. Works by Amy Tuttle, Marjorie Bledsoe and Megan Suttman-Divelbiss. Focuses on journey of women grappling with understanding of the divine, its effect on their daily life and the expression of divine in art. Free. Reservations required. 683-2340; bit.ly/Zguv7m. Loveland.

Art Exhibits Insightful Reflections, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Showcasing last year’s best paintings on paper and canvas by the Brush and Palette Painters. Free. 272-3700; www.artatthebarn.org. Mariemont.

Exercise Classes Cardio Dance Party, 10-11 a.m., Eric Thomas’ Professional Fitness Academy, $10. 617-9498; www.cardiodanceparty.com. Madisonville.

Films Laurel and Hardy Film Event Celebrating the Year 1933, 6:30-10 p.m., Seasons Retirement Community, 7300 Dearwester Drive, Main auditorium on lower level. Evening of classic film comedies released in 1933. Scheduled to screen: Laurel and Hardy’s “Dirty Work,” “The Midnight Patrol” and “Me And My Pal.” Plus film surprises and raffle. $5. 559-0112; www.thechimptent.com. Kenwood.

Young Professionals Open Gym, 2-4 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $15. 9850900. Montgomery. Skate the Summit, 1-5 p.m., Blue Ash Summit Park, 4335 Glendale-Milford Road, Skate on synthetic ice skating pad. Good for beginner skaters. Limited sizes of ice skates available. Concessions available. Free. 745-8550; www.blueash.com. Blue Ash. Midwest Moms and Minis Beauty Pageant, Noon, Crowne Plaza Hotel Blue Ash, 5901 Pfeiffer Road, A natural beauty pageant for ages 1-15 and their moms. Cash prizes and awards. Registration required. 793-4500. Blue Ash.

Religious - Community Sacred Path: A Labyrinth Workshop, 12:30-3:30 p.m., Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Guidance from Tracy Jo Duckworth, licensed massage therapist and certified Yoga teacher. Learn to use silence, guided meditation, prayer and movement to experience the sacred space of the Labyrinth. $25. Reservations required. 683-2340; bit.ly/SknLSO. Loveland.

SUNDAY, FEB. 10 Art & Craft Classes Canvas and Cupcakes at the Barn, 1-3 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Children create winter-themed painting on canvas alongside instructor Keli Oelerich, and enjoy a cupcake. All materials supplied including take-home canvas. $15. 859-8668777; www.artatthebarn.org. Mariemont. Open Create, Noon-5 p.m., Hyatt Art Studio, $25. 561-0677; HyattArtInteriors@gmail.com. Madeira.

Art Exhibits Insightful Reflections, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; www.artatthebarn.org. Mariemont.

Recreation Skate the Summit, 1-5 p.m., Blue Ash Summit Park, Free. 745-8550; www.blueash.com. Blue Ash. Lunch Bunch, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Music, games and more. Bring lunch or order one from J Cafe. Free. 761-7500; www.jointhej.org. Amberley Village.

Holiday - Valentine’s Day

MONDAY, FEB. 11

Team Tonk Valentine’s Dance, 8 p.m., Francis R. Healy Community Center, 7640 Planfield Road, DJ and dancing. Beer, wine and snacks included. Raffles, door prizes, split-the-pots and more. Benefits Team Tonk to fight ALS. $15 single, $25 couple. 295-2789. Deer Park. Cupid’s Mad Dash Valentine’s Day Sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Crowne Plaza Hotel Blue Ash, 5901 Pfeiffer Road, Special and one-of-a-kind gifts for guys and gals. Free. 793-4500. Blue Ash.

Clubs & Organizations

Music - Blues Diamond Jim Dews Band, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., HD Beans and Bottles Cafe, 6721 Montgomery Road, Free. 793-6036; www.hdbeans.com. Silverton.

Cincinnati Toastmasters Club No. 472 Meeting, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Paul Community United Methodist Church, 8221 Miami Road, Public speaking and leadership skills meeting. Family friendly. Free. 351-5005; cincinnati.toastmastersclubs.org. Madeira.

Music - Acoustic

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Dance Classes Zumba, 6-7 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Group Fitness Studio. Latin-based cardio workout. Ages 18 and up. $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; www.fitnessphysiques.net. Blue Ash.

Exercise Classes Supersized Knock Out Workout Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, High-intensity class combines cardio and strength training by mixing intervals of roping and boxing skills. Ages 21 and up. Free. Registration required. 761-7500, ext. 1237; www.facebook.com/CincyJCC. Amberley Village. Pilates Playground, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Group Fitness Studio. Works entire body through series of movements performed with control and intention. Ages 18 and up. $15. Registration required. 290-8217; www.fitnessphysiques.net. Blue Ash. Camp Crush, 6-7 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; www.fitnessphysiques.net. Blue Ash. Gentle Moves and Strength, 3-4 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; www.fitnessphysiques.net. Blue Ash. Yoga/Pilates Infusion, 5-6 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $10-$15. 290-8217; www.fitnessphysiques.net. Blue Ash. Vinyasa Yoga, 7-8 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Group Fitness Studio. Fluid style of Hatha Yoga incorporates elements of ashtanga yoga in an inspiring, heat-producing workout. Ages 18 and up. $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; www.fitnessphysiques.net. Blue Ash.

Mayerson JCC Jewish and Israeli Film Festival, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Mariemont Theatre, 6906 Wooster Pike, “Numbered,” about Auschwitz survivors who show how they have thrived and refused to live their lives as victims. Accompanying short: “Just the Two of Us,” about last two survivors of Treblinka. Panel discussion following movie. Ages 18 and up. Per showing: $10, $8 members. Festival pass: $75, $65 members. 761-7500; www.mayersonjcc.org/filmfestival. Mariemont.

11344 Montgomery Road, Get a start on planning your perfect Valentine’s Day date. Ages 18 and up. $40. Reservations required. 489-6400. Symmes Township.

Dance Classes Line Dancing, 6-7 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Group Fitness Studio. Music from variety of genres. Ages 18 and up. $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; www.fitnessphysiques.net. Blue Ash.

Education Smart Borrowing, 6-7 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Learn to borrow smart: how to compare loan offers, repair poor credit history and increase chances of qualifying for loans. Ages 18 and up. Registration required. 369-4450. Deer Park.

Kevin Fox, 7-10 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, Free. 324-7643. Loveland.

THURSDAY, FEB. 14 Art & Craft Classes Open Create, 7-9 p.m., Hyatt Art Studio, $25. 561-0677; HyattArtInteriors@gmail.com. Madeira.

Art Exhibits Insightful Reflections, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; www.artatthebarn.org. Mariemont.

Education Email Basics: Using Email, 1-3 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Lesson covers: replying to and forwarding messages, sending an email to multiple recipients, up- and downloading attachments, managing and organizing folders and creating contact lists. Free. Registration required. 369-4450; www.cincinnatilibrary.org/programs. Deer Park.

Exercise Classes

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 13

Cardio Dance Party, 6-7 p.m., Eric Thomas’ Professional Fitness Academy, $10. 617-9498; www.cardiodanceparty.com. Madisonville. Core Adrenaline, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; www.fitnessphysiques.net. Blue Ash. MELT Method, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; www.fitnessphysiques.net. Blue Ash. Camp Crush, 6-7 a.m. and 6-7 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; www.fitnessphysiques.net. Blue Ash. Gentle Moves and Strength, 3-4 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; www.fitnessphysiques.net. Blue Ash. Yoga/Pilates Infusion, 5-6 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $10-$15. 290-8217; www.fitnessphysiques.net. Blue Ash. Hatha Yoga, 7-8 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; www.fitnessphysiques.net. Blue Ash.

Karaoke and Open Mic

Art & Craft Classes

Music - Religious

Acoustic Open Mic, 8 p.m., Shady O’Grady’s Pub, 9443 Loveland-Madeira Road, Hosted by Bob Cushing. 791-2753. Symmes Township.

Portrait Painting and Drawing Class, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Drawing and Painting from a clothed model. $120 per session of four classes. Reservations required. 259-9302. Mariemont.

Brothers McClurg, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Paul Community United Methodist Church, 8221 Miami Road, Sanctuary. Touring sixmember Christian band from Buffalo. Free. 891-8181; stpaulmethodist@zoomtown.com. Madeira.

Art Exhibits

On Stage - Comedy

Insightful Reflections, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; www.artatthebarn.org. Mariemont.

Josh Sneed, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $10-$16. Reservations required. 984-9288; www.gobananascomedy.com. Montgomery.

Parenting Classes Foster Parent Training, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Diversion Foster Care, 10921 Reed Hartman Highway, Suite 315. Begin process of becoming licensed foster parent. Family friendly. Free. 984-2031; diversionfostercare.org. Blue Ash.

Cooking Classes

TUESDAY, FEB. 12

Brazilian Carnival with Liliana Gebran, 6:30-9 p.m., Cooks’ Wares, 11344 Montgomery Road, Liliana introduces to flavors of Brazil and shows traditional meal that they call Feijoada, a stew with black beans, dried meat and smoked meat. $45. Reservations required. 489-6400. Symmes

Art Exhibits Insightful Reflections, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; www.artatthebarn.org. Mariemont.

Cooking Classes The Food of Love with Ilene Ross, 6:30-9 p.m., Cooks’ Wares,

Exercise Classes Core Adrenaline, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; www.fitnessphysiques.net. Blue Ash. MELT Method, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; www.fitnessphysiques.net. Blue Ash. Camp Crush, 6-7 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; www.fitnessphysiques.net. Blue Ash.

Recreation Blue Ash Recreation Community Cafe Series, 7-9 p.m., Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road, Free, no registration required. Bricks4Kidz LEGO demonstration, fitness question-and-answer session and Hyatt Arts painting class. 745-8550; www.blueash.com. Blue Ash.

Cooking Classes

Support Groups

Napa Valley Wine Country Cooking with Marilyn Harris, 6:30-9 p.m., Cooks’ Wares, 11344 Montgomery Road, Marilyn presents selection of winefriendly dishes. $65. Reservations required. 489-6400. Symmes Township.

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

Dance Classes Zumba, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Fitness


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Necessity is the mother of recipe invention

Two-way macaroni and cheese

If you want a Crockpot version that starts with uncooked macaroni, check out my blog at Cincinnati.Com/blogs. 8 oz. dry elbow macaroni or other short pasta, cooked (2 cups) 12 oz. evaporated milk 1 egg (Lottie uses 2) 4 cups extra sharp or sharp cheddar cheese, shredded Salt and pepper

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huge hit with readers. Kit Whiteman gave her own signature twists to it (find her version on my blog) and I understand it was served at a ladies luncheon, as well. “We called it Rita’s soup,” the reader said.

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Herb- and spice-rubbed fish filets with lemon butter sauce

1 pound tilapia or other mild white fish, cut into 3-4 pieces 3 ⁄4 teaspoon each sweet paprika and pepper 1 ⁄2 teaspoon each dried thyme and salt 1 ⁄4 teaspoon dry mustard Cayenne to taste: start with a dash Olive oil

4 tablespoons butter Lemon juice to taste

Combine herbs and spices together. Brush fish with a bit of the olive oil on both sides and rub spice mixture all over. Film a nonstick skillet with oil and when it’s hot, add fish and sear until cooked through, a few minutes per side. Meanwhile, melt butter and stir in lemon juice to taste, or melt butter in small skillet and cook until butter is a pretty amber color, about 3 minutes over medium heat, but watch so it doesn’t burn. Stir in lemon juice to taste. (By cooking butter in skillet,

you’ll have “browned butter,” a nuttier flavor than simply melted butter and lemon juice). Spoon butter mixture over fish. I like to serve with a side of couscous that’s been cooked in vegetable broth and seasoned with garlic and green onions.

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3 honored for service to Jewish community

The Jewish Federation of Cincinnati recognized three area young adults for their service to the Jewish community. Edward R. Kuresman of Montgomery and Benjamin Schneider and Tamar Smith of Amberley Village received their awards at the Jewish Federation’s annual dinner honoring its major donors. Kuresman began his involvement with the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati through its Young Adult Division by participating in the first class of the annual leadership development program LEAD. He has since chaired the YAD campaign, overseeing the fundraising solicitations of the young adults in the Federation’s donor base,

and is now president of the YAD board. He also volunteers for the Planning & Allocations committee – helping determine how the funds raised by the Federation’s Community Campaign will be allocated to programs in the community – and sits on the Finance & Administrative Board committee. Kuresman received the Kate S. Mack Award, which was established in 1966 in honor of Mack’s 80th birthday. The purpose of the award is to further the work of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati by helping young community leaders, present and prospective, to study charitable activities in Israel. The Mack Award provides the recipient with a trip to Isra-

Tamar Smith of Amberley Village, Ed Kuresman of Montgomery and Ben Schneider of Amberley Village were honored by the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati as major donors. PROVIDED

el on a mission sponsored by the Jewish Federation. Schneider applies his passion for the Jewish community both in Cincinnati and nationally. He is immediate past president of Rockwern Academy and a past President of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Cincinnati. Schneider is a founding

member of Congregation Sha’arei Torah. He has supported the Jewish Federation as a member of the Financial Oversight committee and a campaign solicitor. He is also entering his fourth year on the Jewish Federation of North America’s National Young Leadership Cabinet; he planned

HUC honors women of leadership The Cincinnati Associates of Hebrew Union College held its 29th annual tribute dinner at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Cincinnati. More than 600 attended and paid tribute to four women whose examples of leadership, achievement and vision have inspired others to strive towards their own goals and aspirations. The evening’s honorees include Kay Geiger (Maineville), regional president of PNC Bank and community leader; Mona Kerstine (Montgomery), award-winning community leader; Joan Pines (Chicago), Jewish educator and chair of the Central Region Board of Overseers of HUC-JIR, and Phyllis Shapiro Sewell (Hyde Park), former senior vice president of Federated Department Stores and esteemed community leader.

their annual retreat and co-chaired a trip to Israel with his wife, Ronna. Schneider received the Allen A. Cowett Award, named for a longtime dedicated Jewish Federation professional who was a pioneer in developing and administering the allocations process for distributing funds to worthy agency recipients. The Cowett Award provides the recipient with either a trip to JFNA’s General Assembly or participation in a JFNA Young Leadership conference. Smith demonstrates her drive and enthusiasm by actively engaging in many of our vital community initiatives, including the Mayerson JCC board, the Cincinnati Community Mikveh and Congrega-

tion Sha’arei Torah. She is also a graduate of the LEAD program and now volunteers on the Jewish Federation’s Planning & Allocations committee as a Council Chair. Smith received the Clara Greller Award. Greller was the respected Women’s Division Director for the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati for many years. The Greller Award, which recognizes a woman under 40 years old, provides the recipient with either a trip to JFNA’s General Assembly or participation in a JFNA Young Leadership conference. The Young Leadership Awards were last given in 2010, to Jewish Federation volunteers Debbie Brant, Chase Kohn and Daniel Lipson.

UC Blue Ash offers scholarships

The Cincinnati Associates of Hebrew Union College held its 29th annual tribute dinner Oct. 20 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Cincinnati. The evening’s honorees include, from left: Mona Kerstine, (Montgomery) Kay Geiger, (Maineville), Phyllis Shapiro Sewell (Hyde Park) and Joan Pines (Chicago). PROVIDED

The University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College is offering a wide range of scholarships to students who excel in the classroom. The deadline to apply for the 2013-2014 scholarships is Feb. 8. UC Blue Ash College already provides one of the best values in higher education, with tuition costs that are about half of most colleges and universities. The college is also offering current and incoming students some help in managing their expenses through 49 scholarships totaling more than $41,000. The scholarships cover several different areas of study and require that students maintain a specific grade point average to qualify; most set the re-

quirement at 3.0 or higher. “We are delighted to reward our students who are leaders in the classroom and in their community; they are working toward very successful careers and setting the standard for our college,” said Cady ShortThompson, dean of UC Blue Ash College. Most of the scholarships are for current UC Blue Ash College students, but there are opportunities as well for incoming freshman that qualify. More information on the scholarships is available at www.ucblueash.edu where the application form is also posted. The scholarship winners will be notified by March 15 and will be honored at a special eventhosted by the college April 5.

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RELIGION Two women’s groups gather regularly at Ascension. The Women’s Bible Study meets Thursdays (except the second week) at 9:45 a.m. The women are reading a book from the Sisters Series entitled “Unfailing love: Growing Closer to Jesus Christ.” The Wheel of Friendship meets monthly on the second Thursday at 9:30 a.m. for Bible Study, fellowship and outreach. Childcare is provided for both groups and guests are always welcome. Worship services are at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday School, confirmation and adult forum are at 9:45 a.m. Ascension is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 793-3288.

Bethel Baptist Temple

Sunday School is 10 a.m.; Sunday worship is 11 a.m. The church offers AWANA children’s Bible clubs during the school year at 7 p.m. Wednesdays for children ages 2 through sixthgrade. Contact the church for information. A small group Bible study is offered Wednesday evenings at the church at 7:30 p.m. The church is at 8501 Plainfield Road, Sycamore Township; bethelbaptisttemple.org.

Blue Ash Presbyterian Church

The church is looking for volunteers for the church Angel List. The angels can supply a covered dish, help in the kitchen with set up/clean up for funeral services or delivering flowers. Contact the church office for details. God Squad, the youth group, is meeting regularly and planning new events. Youth in grades seven to 12 are invited to attend. Please join the Thoughtful Christian group on Sundays at 9 a.m. in the church library. Jacob's Ladder is the theme for Sunday School (pre-K through 12th grade); these classes are taught after the children’s sermon in the worship service. Sunday School classes (Bible 101 and the Thoughtful Christian) meet at 9 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The BAPC Bowling Group will be meeting on every Thursday at 9:45 a.m. at Crossgate Lanes. Sunday worship services are at 10:30 a.m. Nursery care is available. Sunday sermons are recorded and available on the church website. The church is at 4309 Cooper Road; 791-1153l www.bapc.net.

Word” Nursery School is provided at each church’s worship services. Bible studies are offered by all churches. The church is at 3755 Cornell Road, Sharonville.

Sunday School classes are available for all ages. A nursery is provided for each service. The church is meeting at Raffel’s Blue Ash Banquet Center, 11330 Williamson Road, Blue Ash; 709-3344.

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Loveland Presbyterian Church

All-church Lenten study (six weeks) starts Feb. 10. Call the church for details. Men’s basketball plays every Thursday night (7 p.m.). Weekday Children’s Activities – Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays (9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.). Afternoon session is available on Tuesday. Register on-line at www.cos-umc.org. The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242; 791-3142.

Community Lighthouse Church of God

Sunday services are 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Wednesday service is 7 p.m. The church is at 4305 Sycamore Road, Sycamore Township; 984-5044.

Gospel Baptist Church

The church’s first annual Sweet Sale and Vendor Sale will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at the church. The church is at 6477 Cooper Road, Montgomery; www.gospelbaptistchurch.org.

Lighthouse Baptist Church

Sunday school is at 10 a.m. Sunday morning service is 11 a.m. Sunday evening service is 6 p.m. Wednesday service is 7 p.m. Master Clubs are 7 p.m. Wednesdays. The church uses the King James Bible, sings traditional hymns and conservative music.

Church by the Woods

The church building is the home of four different ministries. Church By the Woods is a multicultural and multiethnic church whose mission is to love and serve God, each other and our neighbors. Sunday worship service is traditional in English and begins at 10 a.m. From 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, classes in English as a Second Language are offered for ages 14 to 94. Taiwanese Presbyterian Ministry has Sunday traditional worship at 2 p.m. in their language of Taiwanese. On Saturdays they offer a ministry on the UC campus. Freedom Church has its contemporary worship service at 10:30 a.m. in English. “It’s Not About Religion; It’s About Relationships;” tinyurl.com/ a7yroqe. Seventh Day Adventist Church, has worship on Saturdays at 10 a.m. in Spanish. “Loving, Caring, Sharing God’s

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

Service times are 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. St. Barnabas serves a large scale dinner on the fourth Friday of each month at Churches Active in Northside. Call the church office for details or to offer to provide a dish, help service or do both. St. Barnabas Choir rehearsals are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays. There is no requirement other than a willing heart and a desire to serve. The St. Barnabas Youth Choir rehearses after the 10 a.m. service on Sunday. Children in second-grade and older are invited to come and sing. Calling all acolytes. If you are fourth-grade or older, please call or email the church office to help serve during the services. The St. Barnabas Book Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6. “The Circus Fire: A True Story of an American Tragedy” will be discussed. An Intercessory Healing Prayer Service is held the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. The Order of St. Luke, Hands of Hope chapter, meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7:15 p.m. in the library. A Men’s Breakfast group meets on Wednesday mornings at 8:30 a.m. at Steak N Shake in

St. Paul Community United Methodist Church

St. Paul CUMC services are 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. for traditional worship and 9:30 a.m. for contemporary worship with Praise Band. Sunday School at 9:30 for all ages. Children’s Mission hour at 11 a.m. Nursery care provided for all services. The church at 8221 Miami Road, Madeira; 891-8181.

Sharonville United Methodist Church

At 8:15 a.m. there is a traditional service; at 11 a.m. there is a blended service, with contemporary and traditional styles of worship; at 9:30 a.m. there are

Sunday School classes and short term study groups with videos. The youth group is preparing for its mission trip to Brooklyn in July. Also, they will be going to the Dare 2 Share Youth Conference in Columbus, Feb. 22-23. The Missions Committee is planning a trip to the Henderson Settlement Mission in southeastern Kentucky the week of April 14-20. The church will be participating in mission activities and learning about the mission we have been serving for a number of years. The Bereavement Support group meets for lunch the first Thursday of the month. The Serendipity Seniors meet for lunch the fourth Thursday of the month. The church is at 1751 Creek Road, Sharonville; 563-0117.

Sycamore Christian Church

Sunday worship and junior worship services at 10:30 a.m. Sunday Bible study for all ages at 9 a.m. Adult and Youth Bible studies each Wednesday at 7 p.m. Women’s Study Group at 6:30 p.m. every second Wednesday of the month. Includes light refreshments and special ladies study. The church is at 6555 Cooper Road, Cincinnati; 891-7891.

Sycamore Presbyterian Church

ings in its brand new worship center at 9:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Childcare is available in the nursery during both services for infants through age 2. Sunday School for age 3 through grade 12 meets at 10:45. Weekly adult study opportunities are also offered. Details on these and other programs can be found on the church website calendar or by calling the church office. A new member class will be 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2. Please call the church office to register. Sycamore Presbyterian PreSchool, a 3-Star Step Up To Quality award winning school, is accepting registrations for the 2013-2014 school year. For more information or to schedule a tour, contact pre-school director Jamie Coston at 683-7717 or visit the church website. The church is at 11800 MasonMontgomery Road, Symmes Township; 683-0254; www.sycamorechurch.org.

Trinity Community Church

Spaghetti dinner is 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the church. Cost is $8 for adults, and $3 for children. Reservations can be made by calling 791-7631. A free community dinner is 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26. The church is at 3850 E. Galbraith Road, Deer Park; 7917631; www.trinitycincinnati.org.

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The canceled Loveland Habitat For Humanity project will be conducted in the spring. The church is at 360 Robin, Loveland; 683-2525; lovelandpresbyterian@gmail.com.

Montgomery. Ladies Fellowship/Religious Study Group meets on Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. at the church. The group is discussing “Desire of the Everlasting Hills” by Thomas Cahill. Friends in Fellowship meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:15 p.m. for a potluck dinner at the church. Ladies Bridge meets the first and third Thursdays of the month. Contact the church office for further information. A Bereavement Support Group for widows and widowers meets the second and fourth Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The church is at 10345 Montgomery Road, Montgomery; 984-8401.

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Sycamore grad to perform with ND choirs The Notre Dame Handbell Choir will perform at All Saints Catholic Church Sunday, Feb.10. PROVIDED

On Sunday, Feb. 10, two liturgical choirs from the University of Notre Dame will travel to Cincinnati to offer sacred music during the 11 a.m. Mass at All Saints Catholic Church, 8939

Montgomery Road in Kenwood, followed by a short concert from 12:15 p.m.to 12:45 p.m. Approximately 50 Notre Dame students, including local student, Gabe DeVela, a 2009 graduate of Sycamore High School, will be featured as singers, instrumentalists and handbell ringers with the Notre Dame Handbell and Celebration choirs, directed by Karen Schneider Kirner and assisted by Will George. In addition to the hymns and psalms dur-

ing Mass, the choirs will present “Sacred Music: A Celebration of the Year of Faith,” featuring spiritual music interwoven with some of the pope’s texts declaring this year as the time to enter through porta fidei – the door of faith. The free concert will begin 15 minutes following the conclusion of the Mass (approximately 12:15 p.m.) and is open to the public. For more information, contact All Saints music director Ron Miller at (513) 792-4614.

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UC Blue Ash offers open house on new bachelor’s program The University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College is hosting three open house events in February to provide information about the new applied administration bachelor’s program. The open houses are free and open to the public. They will include professors and current students from the program who will answer questions and provide information about course requirements and schedules. The open house events will be at the following times in Walters Hall on the UC Blue Ash College campus, 9555

Plainfield Road, Blue Ash. » Feb. 12, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. (lunch provided); » Feb. 13, 5:30p.m.-6:30 p.m. (light refreshments); » Feb. 25, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (lunch provided). The college launched the applied administration bachelor’s program in fall 2011. It is designed for students that have earned an associate degree in a technical field, such as nursing, electronic media, radiology or dental hygiene. “The Applied Admini-

stration program provides the education, training and degree that can help you advance into managerial or administrative roles in your chosen profession,” said Marlene Miner, associate dean of academic affairs at UC Blue Ash College. “It is a great opportunity to earn your bachelor’s through a program that is tailored to your schedule.” More information about the applied administration program and the open houses is available at www.ucblueash.edu or by calling (513) 745-5785.

Hadassah hosts community education day Cincinnati Chapter of Hadassah invites the community to its annual Education Day, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, in the Teller Student Lounge at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Rabbi Judy Chessin will lead a unique experience, “A Chocolate Seder: Chocolate Dips and Seder Tips,” featuring

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Programming for three years. She received a doctor of divinity, honoris causa, from HUCJIR at its Cincinnati graduation ceremony June 7, 2009, at Isaac M. Wise Temple. Along with her duties at Temple Beth Or, Chessin speaks extensively in Dayton area universities, churches, synagogues and organizations on topics of Jewish interest. She also serves as a mentor to rabbinic students at the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion who are preparing for a career in the rabbinate. Additionally, she spends a several weeks each summer teaching Jewish youth at the Goldman Union Camp Institute in Zionsville, IN. She is president of the Synagogue Forum of Greater Dayton and was honored in 2004 as a Woman of Influence by Dayton’s YWCA. Chessin is married to Michael Cook, who teaches at HUC-JIR. They have two sons, Brett and Chad. Hebrew Union College is located at 3101 Clifton Avenue in Clifton. The Teller Student Lounge is located on the first floor of the HUC Faculty and Student Center. There is an admission fee of $18 per person. Please send checks to Hadassah, P.O. Box 42396, Cincinnati, OH 45242 by Thursday, Feb. 7. For questions or to RSVP, please contact Hadassah at (513) 821-6157 or email cincinnati@hadassah.org or Bea Goodman at (513) 489-2668 or email igoodman@cinci.rr.com.


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Retired surgeon, apparel exec build unlikely partnership Retired Cincinnati surgeon Dr. Joel Korelitz and Chuck Hellman, a former CEO of Robert Graham Apparel and 28-year veteran of the apparel industry, have teamed up with the intent of providing Cincinnati with a service of making accessible clothing and brands they would not normally enjoy. Having originally met through Blaine’s while Korelitz was a customer and Hellman was an industry insider, the two had no idea their acquaintance would lead to a partnership that would provide Cincinnati men with a unique clothing shopping experience. Hellman had another reason for his visits from New York City to Cincinnati, because his father was ill. Korelitz visited the hospital regularly and provided the family the comfort of knowing they were receiving quality care, as well as interpret daily procedures. “I felt indebted to him for all of the help and visitations that he gave to my family and dad and I thought here’s a person I’d love to be in business with,” Hellman said. Their relationship grew as Korelitz retired from medicine and his role at Blaine’s changed from customer to parttimer working in an indus-

Chuck Hellman and Joel Korelitz in Blaine’s Men’s store in Montgomery. PROVIDED

try that he could enjoy as an enthusiast and businessman, while Hellman provided the apparel industry expertise that Korelitz could rely on to excel in his chosen second career. Korelitz, Hellman and partner and CFO Tim Needham acquired Blaine’s and they set about taking Blaine’s to new heights, focusing on increasing exclusivity through brand relationships such as Paul and Shark, Canali, Brioni, Eton, and J Brand and many others. Building on Hellman’s relationship with Robert Graham, they have constructed a Robert Graham "store within a store,” carrying the full line rather than just a few select pieces, which is the industry norm. Blaine’s is intent on tailoring customer service

to every client that comes through the door whether it is Cincinnati glitterati from the sports and entertainment industries, CEO’s and business executives or women that shop for their men, that demand the very best. “We think that Blaine’s should be the ultimate men’s shopping experience with serious ‘wow’ factor,” Hellman said. Korelitz added, “It is common for our clients to spend over an hour in the store each visit going over new arrivals and continuing to build their wardrobe. We take this time to get to know each client by name. Current and prospective clients can learn more about Blaine’s apparel lines, trunk shows, and future events at www.blainesapparel.com .

MOVE Muscle Therapy is open at 7800 Cooper Road in Montgomery, operated by pain relief specialist Keith Friedman. Friedman provides therapeutic massage and also deliverers a unique brand of manual therapy, designed to provide pain relief - often in one session. It addresses both acute and chronic pain resulting from injury,

overuse, aging and other factors. His sessions also help teach you to prevent injuries, rehabilitate an injury, and enhance athletic performance. You may contact Friedman at (513) 2770092.

Realtors honor Geiger

Sycamore Township real estate agent Rebecca Geiger was recognized by the Cincinnati

Area Board of Realtors for her achievement in home sales. The “Circle of Excellence” Award was earned by her in her first full year of selling homes for Comey & Shepherd Realtors. Earlier this year, Geiger also earned the President’s Sales Club Award of Achievement from the Ohio Association of Realtors. Both awards are typically earned by only the top 10 percent of agents who sell homes.

Blue Ash company an OSHA ‘safety elite’ Ohio Valley Electrical Services of Blue Ash has been recertified as a Star Mobile Workforce participant in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Voluntary Protection Program. The recertification recognizes Ohio Valley’s safety systems as exceeding OSHA requirements, and VPP Star status allows OVES crews to work without routine jobsite inspections. OVES is one of only a handful of VPP electrical contractor participants nationally, and the only Star-rated electrical contractor in the Cincinnati region. The company and its strategic partner, Parks OV Electric, have worked on high-profile local projects such as The Banks, the Washington Park renewal and a recently completed medical office building/parking garage at Good Sa-

maritan hospital. This is the second VPP Star award for OVES, which employs 120 people in the area. According to OSHA regional administrator Nick Walters: “VPP participants achieve a level of worker protection that goes beyond compliance with government regulations. They serve as models for other employers, workers and unions.” “This certification is a testament to the type of people and level of professionalism we bring to every job site,” OVES president Steve Ortner said. “The VPP Star means that our crews plan for safety, as well as productivity, before starting a job or project. Our crews have a level of safety awareness that is rare in any industry.” The VPP certification is one of OSHA’s highest honors. Among its many requirements are an in-

cident rate below the national average for the company’s industry, active hazard prevention and remediation and continuing education. “One of the things we do that sets us apart is our ‘100-percent glove policy’ that has greatly reduced hand injuries,” Ortner said. “We also provide additional training, education and oversight for the special services we offer, like confined space work.” OVES has also seen the business advantages of the OSHA certification. “The Star rating is a strategic asset for our business,” Ortner said. “It lowers our worker’s comp experience modification rating (EMR), which in turn reduces our worker’s comp premiums and allows us to be more competitive” To learn more about OVES, visit ohiovalleyelectric.com.

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POLICE REPORTS BLUE ASH Arrests/citations Kira Nicole Hood, 27, 9818 Timbers Drive, domestic violence (physical harm with one prior conviction), felony warrant at 9818 Timbers Drive, Jan. 26. Ryan D. Harris, 31, 6622 Simons Lane, misdemeanor warrant, petty theft at 4150 Hunt Road, Jan. 27. Ricky L. McNeal, 53, 2237 Fern Lane, open container prohibited, operating a vehicle impaired (refusal within 20 years of prior conviction), operating a vehicle impaired (under the influence of alcohol/drugs), failure to comply with order/ signal of officer, lanes of travel upon roadway, driving under suspension (OVI or ALS suspension) at Reed Hartman Highway and Cornell Park Drive, Jan. 25.

Incidents/investigations Identity fraud At 4365 Classic Drive, Jan. 27. Misuse of credit cards A man said someone took $60 at 4660 Cooper Road apartment 2, Jan. 24. Petty theft A man said someone took a Nintendo Wii, value $300 at 4549 Ellman Ave., Jan. 22. Theft, forgery, receiving stolen property At 9525 Kenwood Road, Jan. 24.

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MONTGOMERY Arrests/citations Juvenile, 15, disorderly conduct at 7400 Cornell Road, Jan. 24. Stuart Benjamin Burke, 24, 1562 W. Galbraith Road Apartment C21, drug abuse, drug equipment violations at 5035 Cooper Road, Jan. 18. Juvenile, 15, disorderly conduct at 7400 Cornell Road, Jan. 14.

Incidents/investigations Burglary A man said he found the rear door of his residence open at 7944 Schoolhouse Lane, Jan. 24. Identity theft At 8743 Tanagerwoods Drive, Jan. 28. Theft A woman said someone took $202 at 10500 Montgomery Road, Jan. 17. A man said someone took a saw, value $1,000; a 150-foot welding lead, value $500; a welding whipm value $200, and a 100-foot extension cord, value $100 Theft from motor vehicle A woman said someone broke

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SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Damyka Jewell, 24, 5033 Winneste Ave., criminal trespassing at 7875 Montgomery Road, Jan. 14. Juvenile male, 17, theft at 4020 E. Galbraith Road, Jan. 14.

Incidents/investigations Theft iPad of unknown value removed at 7896 Montgomery Road, Jan. 17. Speakers valued at $300 removed at 7790 U.S. 22, Jan. 15.

SYMMES TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Juvenile male, 17, theft at 9201 Fields Ertel Road, Jan. 15. Juvenile male, 17, theft at 9201 Fields Ertel Road, Jan. 15. Michael Perkins, 35, 5120 Hunter Ave., theft, criminal trepassing at 9201 Fields Ertel Road, Jan. 14. Clifton Singleton, 40, 5118 Hunter Ave., theft at 9201 Fields Ertel Road, Jan. 14.

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9089 Fields Ertel Road: Fff Management Inc. to Chicken Little Real Estat LLC; $890,000. Loveland Trace Court: Frank T. Schroeder Construction Corp. to Hawks Justin D.; $445,847. 10264 Stablehand Drive: Hershey Andrew D. & Gurjit K. Khurana Hershey to Dumes

Joel M.; $440,000. 10804 Oakvalley Court: Horner Barbara R. to Jacobs Roger; $292,500. 11540 Kemperwoods Drive: Schlueter William & Shirley to Yarto Meredith Lynn; $315,000. 11725 Retview Lane: Chappell Charles John & Christine Gesche Trs to Hazelbaker Alan T.; $300,000. 12014 Oak Drive: C.&M. Woodcrafters Inc to Luning William E.; $184,300. 8384 Susanwoods Court: Baker Martin R. to Erck Paul; $460,000. 9003 Symmes Ridge Lane: Worsham James E. Jr. to Jpmorgan Chase Bank; $230,000.

UC Blue Ash student receives free tuition Ryana Wright couldn’t have asked for a better gift for the holidays. The University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College student was selected as the winner of a raffle held by the college; her prize is free tuition for the spring semester, which began Jan. 7. Students at UC Blue Ash College who registered for their spring classes by Dec. 3 were eligible for the drawing. The semester runs from January 7 through April 19. More than 3,300 students registered in time, but only one was fortunate enough to have her name drawn. “I am so happy and thankful I was chosen for this opportunity,” said Wright, a graduate of North College Hill High School who is working toward a degree in dental hygiene. “I want to thank

Visit Cincinnati.com/giveaways for your chance to win tickets to see The Nutcracker! Winners will be chosen at a random drawing on February 8, 2013 at 9:00AM. No purchase Necessary. Must be a resident of ohio, Kentucky or Indiana who is 18 years or older to enter. Deadline to enter is February 8, 2013 at 9:00aM. For a complete list of rules visit cincinnati.com/giveaways. CE-0000536059

Ryana Wright, left, with Dr. Cady Short-Thompson, Dean of UC Blue Ash College. Wright was selected as the winner of a raffle held by the college; her prize is free tuition for the spring semester, which began Jan. 7. THANKS TO PETE BENDER

Dean Short-Thompson and everyone at the college for this incredible gift.” The free tuition covers all instructional costs for the semester and is valued at just under $2,000. This is the second semester in a row that UC

Blue Ash College has offered the free tuition raffle. “This is a great way to motivate our students to register early for their classes to help ensure they get the schedules they desire,” said Dr. Cady Short-Thompson, dean of UC Blue Ash College. “It’s also a nice way to give back to our students; we are very proud of the bright and ambitious students who choose UC Blue Ash College as a path to pursue their dreams.” UC Blue Ash College serves more than 6,000 students and offers 60 programs and degrees. The college added a new Bachelors degree in applied administration as part of ongoing enhancements to the academic curriculum. More information is available at www.ucblueash.edu.

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