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Sycamore has four redistricting plans By Marika Lee

Sycamore High School seniors Sam Levitt (left) and Matt Schneider (right) present the lesson at the Happiness Club they co-founded. THANKS TO MATT SCHNEIDER

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Sycamore High School is now home to a Happiness Club after a topic in the school’s AP psychology class sparked the interest of two seniors. Matt Schneider and Sam Levitt decided they wanted to start a club after going on college visits and seeing how many more clubs are available to students in college. Levitt said there is a Happiness Club at Northwestern University, which first gave them the idea. Schneider added their club is different than the Northwestern club, which is more about doing fun activities together. “Ours is about positive psychology and is more academic based,” Schneider said. The two learned about positive psychology in Laura Miniard’s AP psychology class, which Levitt took last year and Schneider takes now.

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WHAT’S POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY? Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive. The field is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work and play. Source: University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center

Miniard said positive psychology differs from other types of psychology because it is not about trying to fix people. “It is a lot of how to figure out how to make normal people happy,” Levitt said. Schneider added the field is relatively new and data is still See HAPPY, Page A2

After spending months trying to find the best way to relieve overcrowding at Montgomery Elementary School, the Redistricting Committee has four redistricting scenarios. Sycamore Community Schools Superintendent Adrienne James presented the results of the study conducted by the Redistricting Committee at the board’s meeting Feb. 6. Because of overcrowding at Montgomery Elementary School the district is working on plans to move about100 students to either Maple Dale Elementary School or Symmes Elementary School. The last time the schools were redistricted was in 2003, when students from Maple Dale were moved into the newly constructed Montgomery Elementary to balance out the enrollment in the two schools, James said. Now, Montgomery’s student

Scenario 1: 74 students will leave Montgomery; 48 will go to Maple Dale, 26 will go to Symmes Scenario 2: 110 students will leave Montgomery; 72 will go to Maple Dale, 38 will go to Symmes Scenario 3: 100 students will leave Montgomery; 54 will go to Maple Dale, 46 will go to Symmes Scenario 4: 128 students will leave Montgomery; 48 will go to Maple Dale, 80 will go to Symmes

population has risen to 582 students, while Maple Dale has 418. Symmes has 453 students and Blue Ash, which would get no new students from the redistricting, has 490. “This is a problem for us, when I say a problem I mean that in a positive sense. We are pleased that Sycamore Community Schools continues to be a district that is attractive to people,” James said To combat the overcrowding, Montgomery Elementary has turned a computer lab and office space into classrooms. Also, students have special subjects – art, gym and music – on a six-day ro-

tation instead of a five-day rotation like at the other elementary schools. The committee, which is made up James, members of the administrations and the principals at the elementary schools, come up with four possible scenarios. The committee looked at birth rate, residential development, ethnic and socioeconomic diversity and parental concerns, such as keeping neighborhoods together, to come up with the four options. For the first scenario, students living in the West MontgoSee PLANS, Page A2

Montgomery police dealing with speeding concerns By Marika Lee

Though some Montgomery residents believe speeding has gotten out of hand in the city, Police Chief Don Simpson said the city is no different than any other community. “Speeding is something that all communities and all police departments try to deal with. The issue of traffic safety is something that everyone takes seriously. Speeding is something that happens frequently and I believe it is common amongst all societies,” Simpson said. Michael Carroll, a Mitchell Farm Lane resident, said speeding has been an issue on his street for a while and does not feel the police department has done enough to combat the issue. “(Drivers) get off at Ronald Reagan (Highway) and they are barreling through like they are still on 71,” Carroll said. Simpson said he was aware

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that some residents are worried about speeding and appreciates that they are concerned about safety in their neighborhoods. “Most of our speeding concerns are on our cut-through streets, something off of a main drag where people are using it more often than a cul-de-sac street,” Simpson said, adding Mitchell Farm Lane and Zig Zag

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ess for the Happiness Club started in May and, after getting approved by the administration, the first meeting was in September. Miniard said the two

students come up with the lessons themselves and she approves them. “There is a topic for each meeting, one of the pillars of positive psychology. We learn about it, dis-

cuss it and answer questions,” Levitt said, adding the meetings usually end with a fun activity related to the topic. Schneider said the club attracts about 15 to 20 stu-

dents from all four grade levels. Schneider and Levitt said they are not sure if they will study psychology in college next year, but they enjoyed learning

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dents in the West Montgomery Road area, Hazelwood East area and Jones Farm area will be moved to Maple Dale and Montgomery Towne area and Morgan’s Trace area will be moved to Symmes. For the third, the West Montgomery Road area and the Jones Farm area will be moved to Maple Dale and Montgomery Towne area and Morgan’s Trace area will be moved to Symmes. For the fourth, the West Montgomery Road area and Hazelwood East area will be moved to Maple Dale and the Montgomery Towne area and Tanager Woods area will be moved to Symmes. Regardless of which

plan is finally chosen, 49 preschoolers will be moved from Symmes to the new preschool and kindergarten wing in Maple Dale. Maple Dale is under construction and the rebuilding of the school was designed to accommodate for more students moving into the school. James said the goal is to have between 475 and 525 students in each building, which have three kindergarten classrooms and five classrooms for grades one to four. “So, we could eliminate the need to draw the boundaries in the near future. It is very important to us to not have to keep doing this. Nobody enjoys it,” James said.

For each of the plans, the populations at each of the schools would be in that range within five years. Board Member John Mercurio said he is considered with the significant drop in population that would happen with the fourth option. Board Member Jean Staubach said the district should be careful with shifting students around too much. “We need immediate relief, but we don’t want to go too far and then realize we have gone too far. We need to go far enough and then maybe three years from now do a tiny tweak like we have done in the past,” Staubach said. James said the committee’s numbers does not account for families who choice to take the grandfather option, which is only available to students who will be fourth graders next year. For the option, in-

coming fourth-graders are able to choose to stay at Montgomery for their last year before moving onto Edwin H. Greene Intermediate School. If the grandfathered students have younger siblings at Montgomery, they can also be included in the grandfathering for one year. James said she expects the number of students to take the grandfather option to be low, because the district will not be providing transportation for them. Parents at the meeting expressed concerns about how the redistricting would change busing and how students with individualize education plans would be effected. James said transportation costs and changes are something the committee is still looking into. Transportation Director Melissa Horning said for the

first three options the buses would move with the students, but for option four another bus might be needed. James said the IEP teachers from all the schools would be deciding the best course of action for those students and it would be determined on an individual basis. Board President Ken Richter said he thought the committee coming up with one plan of action to present to the board Feb. 19, when the plan will be voted on, would be fine as long as it is explained why the other three were not chosen. James said once the redistricting plan is in place the district will work to make the transition smooth for students and parents. James said anyone with concerns or questions about the redistricting can email her at jamesa


per hour speed limit. The rest were going under it. Carroll said there used to be speed bumps on Mitchell Farm Lane, but they were removed a few years ago. He added putting the speed bumps back might reduce his and his neighbors’ concerns. Simpson said speed bumps and other speed deterrents sometimes help reduce speeding, but also cause other problems. “They may help with one issue, but they might create another. You may get some young drivers who decide to try to ramp them. I have seen some situations in the past when they have put up speed humps in other communities and people end up driving through people’s yards to get around them,” Simpson said. Carroll said the police department seems to devote too much attention to the highways. “A little speeding on the highway is not as bad as on city streets,” Carroll said. Simpson said the department cannot ignore traffic issues on the highways because of the high speeds and risk of more severe injuries. “We do have a responsibility to be out (on the highways), but we also know our residents expect us to be in town in the residential areas. We try to balance our enforcement,” Simpson said. Montgomery Mayor

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I-71 work delayed by sign problems, weather By Marika Lee

Cold temperatures and problems with sign design have delayed a construction project that will help move traffic through Blue Ash and Montgomery. The project will add an extra right lane to Interstate 71 between the Pfeiffer Road exit and Interstate 275. With the extra lane, motorists will no longer have to merge into through traffic on I-71 if they are directly exiting

barrier had to be shifted, slowing the contractor’s progress. This pushed the project into the winter months, further slowing progress due to the early cold temperatures,” Smigielski said. Smigielski said construction had to stop because of the cold temperatures, but is scheduled to

foundation had to be made. That work was completed in December. Smigielski said the design for the overhead sign foundation for I-71 had to be changed because of additional foundation length. The new foundation takes a long time to be made and the installation of it is weather dependent, she added. To make room for the extra lane the sound barrier wall has to be removed. “During these delays, construction on the sound

onto I-275. The project began last January. The original completion date for the project was October, but problems with sign design and the cold weather pushed the date to April, said Sharon Smigielski, spokesperson for the Ohio Department of Transportation, in an email. The project’s first sign issue was the dynamic message sign, on I-71 just north of the Pfeiffer Road exit, being installed incorrectly. A new section of the

resume April 1 and might begin earlier if the weather permits. Montgomery Public Works Director Brian Riblet said the project has not caused any traffic issues within the city and ODOT has done well keeping the city informed about changes with the project. The contract for the

project sold for $3.139 million, but Smigielski said ODOT is expecting a change order regarding the new designs of the sign foundation. Want to know more about what is happening in Montgomery and Blue Ash? Follow Marika Lee on Twitter: @ReporterMarika

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Story Teller (Bridget Katchman, teacher) prepares students to participate in the "Hoop of Life,” an activity that allowed students to compare life before settlers to life after settlers during E.H. Greene School's pow wow. THANKS TO ERIKA DAGGETTE

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dwin H. Green students participated in a pow wow: Native American tribes have special names for their gatherings. The Shoshone tribe gathering is called a pow wow. The Tlingit tribe gathering is called a Pot Latch, during which the host hands out gifts to the quests. Edwin H. Greene Intermediate fifth-graders participated in a combination of the two last week as part of their studies on Native Americans.

E.H. Greene students welcome each other to the pow wow. THANKS TO ERIKA DAGGETTE

Students constructed totem poles during the pow wow at E.H. Greene School. Story Teller (Bridget Katchman, teacher) also presented students with a gift of a Totem Pole that could be colored and constructed at home.

Moon Gazer (also known as Ann Marie Brubaker, teacher) prepares "Tribal Treats:” buffalo meat (pepperoni sticks), churned butter (I Can't Believe It's Not Butter), baked flat bread (pita chips), fresh berries and corn muffins during the pow wow at E.H. Greene School. THANKS TO ERIKA



Story Teller, the secret name of Chief Katchamana (also known as Bridget Katchman, teacher), reads "Brother Eagle, Sister Sky" by Susan Jeffers during the pow wow at E.H. Greene School. THANKS TO ERIKA DAGGETTE

Sycamore schedules preschool, kindergarten registration Parents and guardians of students who will be 5-years-old on or before Sept. 30, 2014, can register students for kindergarten in Sycamore Community Schools Thursday, March 6, from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. 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. Parents can learn a child's school of attendance by calling the Transportation Department at 686-1785 after Feb. 21. To register, parents and guardians must provide their child’s current immunization records; official birth certifi-

cate/proof of birth; custody papers (if applicable); proof of residence (mortgage deed, current 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 2014 and returned no later than the first day of school. Kindergarten registration forms and the full-day kindergarten application will be available on the forms page on the district website,, in February. Sycamore offers both fullday and half-day kindergarten options. Students are placed in the full-day program based on the results of a random lottery

held in March. The full-day program includes a tuition, the amount of which will be available in February. Last year’s tuition was $3,200. 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 payable 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 fullday kindergarten class. For more information on kindergarten registration, contact Ann Marie Reinke, assistant director of academic affairs, at 686-1700 or Parents and guardians of students who will be 3- to 5-yearsold on or before Sept. 30, 2014, can apply for a seat in Sycamore Community Schools’ Preschool Program by completing and returning a preschool application, which will be available at each school and on the district website beginning in February. Applications are due March 1. To be eligible for the program, students must be toilet trained, a resident of Sycamore Community Schools, and 3- to 5years-old on or before Sept. 30 of the given year. The program includes a tuition, the amount of which will be available in February. Last year’s tuition was $2,500. Completed applications

should be submitted to Symmes Elementary School, 11820 Enyart Road, and must include a non-refundable application fee of $20. Student acceptance in the program is determined by a lottery drawing. Parents will be notified of acceptance by U.S. mail in late March. Once a preschool application is accepted, registration procedures can begin. Classes are offered both in the morning and afternoon, Monday through Thursday. Morning preschool classes begin at 9:15 a.m. and end at 11:45 a.m. Afternoon preschool classes begin at 1:15 p.m. and end at 3:45 p.m. For additional information, contact Symmes Elementary School at 513-686-1740.




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Prince of CHCA draws attention on and off court, grid By Mark D. Motz

Indian Hill High School announces their winter signings on Feb. 6. From left are Mac Carrier, Butler football; Will Dowling, Middlebury swimming; Paige Gloster, Rochester soccer and Delaney Smith, Williams College swimming. SCOTT SPRINGER/COMMUNITY PRESS


number of student-athletes in the Northeast Suburban Life coverage area signed to participate in college athletics Feb. 5-6. The photos in this package were the ones we received before press deadline. To submit photos from a local Signing Day, email them to For a video with Tinashe Bere, visit

Photos shot/gathered by Scott Springer, Mark Motz and Tom Skeen.

Sycamore High School senior football players Tinashe Bere, left, Max Englehart, center, and Jake Barnhorst are introduced at the GMC football Signing Day event Feb. 6 at D1 and Beacon Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. Bere committed to Duke University, Englehart to the University of Dayton and Barnhorst to the Air Force Academy. TOM SKEEN/COMMUNITY PRESS

Indian Hill golfer Pari Keller signs to play at Montana State in the Big Sky Conference. Keller's coach, Cynthia Annett is in the back row, left.

Five Cincinnati Country Day seniors celebrated signing their national letters of intent to play college sports during a ceremony Feb. 6. Seated from left are Katie Barton (lacrosse, Dickinson), Hanna Gottschalk (rowing, Ohio State University) and Shelley Menifee (track and field, Northern Kentucky University); in back are Elijah Engelke (rowing, Brown University) and Patrick Wildman, (tennis, Claremont McKenna). COURTESY CINCINNATI COUNTRY DAY

SYMMES TWP. — A wee girl carrying black and silver pom poms peeked around a railing, her immense brown eyes staring at the specimen before her. As Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy sophomore Prince Micheal-Sammons walked past, her head tilted up, up, up until the back of her head angled nearly parallel to the floor. “Remember, I’m your biggest fan,” she shyly peeped up to him, drawing a laugh and and a pat on the head. Seems like Micheal-Sammons attracts similar attention wherever he goes. The 6-foot-8, 260-pounder stands out in most crowds, even when he’s not shamelessly singing and dancing to 1980s pop music on the sidelines of a girls basketball game. Which he likes to do. In his own basketball games a sport he’s only been playing for three years - he leads CHCA in scoring at 10.7 points game. His 9.7 rebounds a game not only lead the the team, but stand second in the Miami Valley Conference. He also leads the MVC in blocked shots (2.6) and fieldgoal percentage (54.6). “He’s a man-beast,” CHCA head coach Andy Keimer said. “He’s been around the game a little longer, but this is his first full season of organized basketball. He played the last eight games with us last year, but this is the first time he’s been healthy and there from the start. “He’s improved drastically. From week to week, from day to day. He garners a tremendous amount of respect and faces double and even triple teams. He’s earned everything he’s gotten.” Nothing new for MichealSammons, who grew up the sixth of nine boys in Nigeria before he was adopted and moved to Cincinnati his freshman year. “I grew up playing futbol, soccer, in Nigeria,” he said. “Somebody saw how big I was

Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy sophomore Prince Micheal-Sammons (33) takes the ball up in the post. THANKS TO JUDI ALVARO OF CHCA

and suggested I try basketball. I didn’t really want to, but I did it and I liked it. It’s a fun game to play. Whenever I watch it on TV I feel like I’m challenging myself to be like those guys I’m watching. I’m still learning, but I’m getting better.” Keimer said having a post presence like Prince makes the whole team better. “When the ball goes in to him and comes back out, we shoot almost twice as well from the field than if we just pass it around the perimeter,” he said. “It goes from 18 percent from the three-point line up to almost 40 percent.” As well as he’s done in basketball, he’s even newer at football. And maybe more gifted. Like the conversion from soccer to football, somebody suggested his size might be put to See CHCA, Page A7

PRESS PREPS HIGHLIGHTS By Scott Springer and Mark Motz

Boys basketball

» Sycamore beat Oak Hills 64-54 on Jan. 31. Senior Mitch Hill had 22 points. » Moeller beat Elder in double overtime on Jan. 31, 55-52. Senior Grant Benzinger had 20 points. On Feb. 5, Moeller beat Wilmington 69-32 as Benzinger and junior Nate Fowler had16 points apiece. » Cincinnati Country Day boosted its record to 9-8 with a 72-42 drubbing of New Miami Jan. 31. » Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy picked up a 47-45 road win at St. Bernard Jan. 31 and followed it with a 70-43 home win against North College Hill Feb. 3 and a 54-29 win at St. Bernard Feb. 5. Evan Glaser led the Eagles with 12 points over the Titans.

Girls basketball

» Sycamore beat Oak Hills 36-26 on Feb. 1. Junior Lauren Saxon had 10 points. » CHCA proved consistent, winning its seventh and eighth

ami Valley Conference, while CHCA placed fourth in the team standings.

consecutive games by the remarkably similar scores of 5244 and 51-44 at home against Summit Country Day and Cincinnati Country Day, respectively, Feb. 3 and 5. Naomi Grandison scored 20 against Summit to lead all scorers. » Ursuline Academy won 6055 at Boone County Feb. 1 to even its record at 9-9. Sarah Reilly had 22 points to lead the Lions; Christy Miller added 16.

Girls swimming, diving

Boys swimming, diving

» Sycamore defeated Lakota East and Lakota West on Jan. 29. The Aviators won the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay. In the Greater Miami Conference Championships Feb. 1, the Aves finished second. Senior Mark Hancher was GMC champ in the 100 butterfly. At the Division I sectional diving meet at St. Xavier Feb. 6, Thomas Capouch of Sycamore was sixth. » Moeller was second at the Greater Catholic League meet at Keating Natatorium Jan. 31. The Crusaders won the 200 medley relay and sophomore Cooper Hodge won the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly. At the Fred Cooper District Invitational at St. Xavier Feb. 3, Moeller junior Chris Glaser won

Sycamore’s Molly Gearin is on the run toward the vault Feb. 1 at the Leaps for Levi Forest Hills Flip Fest at Turpin High School. SCOTT SPRINGER/COMMUNITY PRESS

the 100 butterfly. » Indian Hill was second in the Cincinnati Hills League meet Feb. 1. Junior Sam Vester

was league champion in the 50 freestyle. » CCD took second behind champion Seven Hills in the Mi-

» Sycamore beat Lakota East and Lakota West on Jan. 29. The Lady Aves won the 200 and 400 freestyle relays. Sycamore was second in the GMC Championships Feb. 1 with junior Cara Norris winning the 100 butterfly. At the Division I sectional diving meet at Miami University Feb. 6, Sycamore senior Andi DiMasso was third. » Indian Hill was second in the CHL meet Feb. 1. Sophomore Elizabeth Drerup was league champ in the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke; junior Grace Stimson won the 200 individual medley; sophomore Devin Landstra won the 100 freestyle and the Lady Braves won the 200 freestyle relay. Junior Katherine Arnold was also champion in diving. On Feb. 3, Arnold was third, Cassie Wegryn fourth and Kara Korengel seventh at the Division II sectional meet at Miami University. All three qualified for the district meet. » CCD beat CHCA 315.5-242 See PREPS, Page A7




Stephanie Simpson throws the rock Feb. 1 at the Indian Hill Winter Club. SCOTT SPRINGER/COMMUNITY PRESS

No stone left uncurled at Indian Hill Winter Club By Scott Springer

Darrell Brown, left, and Darby Forcum sweep around a curling stone to guide its path Feb. 1 at the Indian Hill Winter Club. SCOTT

INDIAN HILL — With the

2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi cranked up, a few quadrennial terms will be entering our vocabulary. Throughout February, our video screens will be infiltrated by the likes of Scott Hamilton, Brian Boitano, Kristi Yamaguchi, Mike Eruzione, Apolo Ohno and the red-headed snowboarder, Shaun White. You will hear of the triple salchow, the flying camel, luge, icing and curling. Oddly, you will be drawn to watch these activities as Bob Costas spins results next to a perpetual fire. That’s what happened to Shawn O’Connor four years ago. Inspired by Olympic curling, he investigated an event at the Indian Hill Winter Club. Fast forward to 2014, the Cincinnati Curling Club member could easily filibuster Congress on the sport for a couple days. “It’s a pretty easy sport to get into and it becomes highly addictive,” O’Connor said. “It’s easy for a beginner person to feel progress almost immediately.” What looks like some elaborate kitchenware and a few mops is actually far more intricate. The stone is granite and weighs about 42 pounds. A used one might run $500, with a new model around $800. Rolling it

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down prepared ice takes more than rudimentary bowling skills. “It really just takes a lot of practice,” thrower Stephanie Simpson said. “A lot of it is muscle memory. As you curl more often, you get better at balancing and your aim.” The aim is aided by a pair of sweepers. Scrubbing the surface like caffeine-crazed custodians, the object is to create a viable path. “It takes more muscle than you think,” veteran curler Darrell Brown said. “You need to put some weight on the broom so that you’re actually melting the ice a little bit. You reduce the friction so the rock will follow the path.” The object is a circular target at the other end of the rink. There is also strategy involved in “defensively” placing a stone and in bumping one to your benefit. Four-person squads compete and the order of throwing is similar to a baseball batting order with a lead-off thrower and clean-up person. Wooden cupholders are nearby where each member puts their drink in

their assigned slot. In “social curling” the popular beverage includes hops, but it is certainly not a prerequisite. “It’s one of the few sports where your drink always stays cold,” O’Connor said chuckling. What started as an icy inquiry in 2010 has become a winter Saturday routine for O’Connor and numerous enthusiasts. A recent gathering had 40 curlers on the Indian Hill Winter Club ice. If you’re new, rubber soles are provided to slip over your shoes and a box of brooms are available. O’Connor assumes crowds will grow. “Prior to the last Olympics, there was zero curling in Cincinnati,” O’Connor said. “Through an article and a TV spot we got 300 people to come out. We’re expecting about 800 to sign up this year.” The Cincinnati Curling Club offers social curling Saturday nights at 8 p.m. For those who catch the bug, a league runs March 1 through the end of April. The Indian Hill Winter Club phone number is 5769444 or you can go to www.CincinnatiCurling Club .com.

What may look like the ice rink cleanup crew is actually the Cincinnati Curling Club getting ready for a Saturday night at the Indian Hill Winter Club. SCOTT SPRINGER/COMMUNITY PRESS

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good use on the gridiron. And like the transition to basketball, Micheal-Sammons was reluctant. “I got hit by somebody and that hurt,” he said, mimicking the cringe and laughing at the memory. “I didn’t like it. I thought I better be the one to hit them. I can take my anger

out on the field to back my team up.” The Eagles were unbeaten in the regular season and won their firstround playoff game before losing to Hamilton Badin in the regional semifinals. “I’m so proud of my team,” Micheal-Sammons said. “We played as a brotherhood. We win together and we lose together. It was sad for my seniors, but there is a prom-

ise to them that we will keep playing in a brotherhood for them after they’re gone.” Micheal-Sammons looks forward to continued improvement in both his sports. “My dream is to play both in college, but the education is more important than either of them,” he said. “That is why I came here, for the education. The sports are just fun for me.”

The St. Margaret of York third-grade basketball team wins the St. Columban Holiday Tournament with a 4-0 record. In front are Will Brock and Brady Cameron. In back are Ben Jacob, Jack Smith, Nolan Krekeler, Ben Kirlin, Drew Reinhold and Luke Mattix. THANKS TO PAUL KREKELER

SIDELINES Youth soccer program

Boys and girls ages 3-9 years old are invited to sign up for Blue Ash YMCA youth soccer. The team will practice once per week and have a soccer game on Saturday morning. The season runs April 7-May 31. Registration begins Feb. 10 for members and Feb. 20 for program participants. Last day to register is March 31. A coaches meeting will be conducted at 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 2, for those coaching 3-4 years old and 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 2, for those coaching 5-6 years old. Cost is $50 for Members and $90 for program participants. Late registration fee is $10. If interested, contact sport coordinator Mary

Chesko at 791-5000 or

Adult volleyball registration

Blue Ash YMCA is having registration for coed competitive volleyball for ages 18 and up. The Sunday coed volleyball league is 4 to 6 p.m. Sundays. The league starts April 13 and ends May 25. There is a requirement for a minimum of six players on the roster and a maximum eight players per roster. Registration starts now and ends April 7. League fee is $125 per team plus $25 cash per game for referee fee. If you are interested, please contact Sport Coordinator Mary Chesko at 791-5000 or


to take the Miami Valley Conference girls swimming and diving championship. » Ursuline won the GGCL meet for the 30th consecutive season, beating runner-up St. Ursula 404-343.


» Sycamore was fourth at the Greater Miami Conference Championships Feb. 1. Senior Tinashe Bere was GMC champ at 220 pounds. Finishing runner-up for the Aves were sophomore Salman Isakov (126), senior Ronnie Williams (170), sophomore Gary Traub (182) and senior Noah Koehne (285).



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It’s time to replace state Rep. Stautberg

This guest column is written on behalf of The Anderson Tea Party, but it reflects the views of similar liberty groups in Ohio House District 27. Group leaders representing these groups have decided unanimously that state Rep. Peter Stautberg should be replaced. Our position to replace Rep. Stautberg has not been taken frivolously. It comes after in-depth conversation and consideration by a diverse cross section of conservative voters. The action is being initiated on behalf of concerned conservatives throughout the district; Republicans, Independents, Libertarians, etc. While some Republicans in the district may not be particularly enamored with the Tea Party, based on an erroneous

perception created by the media, we believe that they heartily support this initiative that is dedicated to preserving the Judy Guju COMMUNITY PRESS rights of individual liberty GUEST COLUMNIST and personal property for everyone in Ohio House District 27. At issue is not just Rep. Stautberg’s lack of conservative votes, but also his absence of leadership and continuous failure to take a public position on critical issues affecting constituents. » Common Core. There are many reasons why Ohio parents, teachers and taxpayers are concerned about Common Core. If allowed to stand, state and local school board mem-

bers, along with parents and teachers, will cede local control of assessments - and by default curriculum - to unaccountable bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. Rep. Stautberg will not co-sponsor HB237 legislation that seeks to repeal Common Core in Ohio, nor will he go on record opposing this federal takeover of our local school districts. Note: The Republican National Committee and the Hamilton County Republican Party have passed a resolution condemning and rejecting Common Core. » Medicaid expansion in Ohio. It is deeply disappointing that conservatives in Ohio 27 had to work tirelessly for 10 months in an attempt to get Rep. Stautberg to take a stand against Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion in Ohio. While Treasurer Josh Man-

del, along with conservative Ohio legislators, made immediate and forthright statements condemning Medicaid expansion, Rep. Stautberg has refused to go on record. Ohioans in a clear majority reject this backdoor means of ceding federal health care in Ohio. » Former Anderson Trustee Kevin O’Brien. Rep. Stautberg’s apathy, in excess of three and a half years, to introduce legislation allowing for a recall election for incompetent trustees exposed Anderson residents to four years of liability and fiduciary risks. Waiting until a few months before O’Brien’s term expired failed to mitigate any of these potential damages. » Allegiance to lobbyists. Rep. Stautberg undermines his representation of District 27 constituents’ local wants

and needs in favor of business interests from outside our district, specifically, interests involving the utility industry. Critical to Ohio’s future and District 27, is a representative we can trust to represent us, like our former Rep. Tom Brinkman, who served admirably before he was termlimited. There are a number of other highly qualified Republicans in our district, who should consider running and are worthy of the support of all conservatives in the district. It is our intention to reach out to them and to other interested individuals. Judy Guju is a Republican Party Central Committee member of Anderson Township and Hamilton County.

How will tea party resolve nation’s debt? Purveyors of tea party philosophy propose, “Would the Founding Fathers have wanted this”? Is this question relevant? Are the ‘Founding Fathers’ important to today’s politics? Who were the ‘Founding Mothers’? Life in the 18th century was unacceptably different from life today. Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear, when Native Americans were not considered human, driven from their lands; and, African Americans were mostly slaves, bought and sold like used cars at slave auctions. Many ‘Free Blacks’ (with papers) were taken hostage and sold into slavery. Women could not own property; they were considered to be ‘property’. The only people

who could vote, or hold office, were white, male, of European descent, and they had to own land. Women James Baker COMMUNITY PRESS would not win the right to GUEST COLUMNIST vote for almost 150 more years, 1920. Women would not have significant property rights until 1900. Women and children were routinely ‘whipped’, often by professional ‘whippers’, when they disobeyed their husbands/ fathers. I believe this tradition survives today; although, there are no longer ‘professionals’ in the whipping business. The founding fathers were

control freaks, frightened of Democracy. This is why we have a Representative Republic, where we vote for those who will ‘independently’ represent us in Congress. The founding fathers were somewhat afraid of their wimmin, as most of them, like their European counterparts, married well above their financial stations, in order to afford the luxury of philosophical musings over beer with their buds, running for political office, and serving as officers in the wars with England. Their wimmin did all the work! They tended the farms and families, buried the dead, and fought off small invasions by thieves, and the English. They made things work with their force and fortunes, while

CH@TROOM Feb. 5 question The Bengals have asked Hamilton County for control of the naming rights to Paul Brown Stadium. Should the county turn over the naming rights? Why or why not? What names would you suggest for the stadium?

No responses

Jan. 29 question President Obama has said addressing income inequality will be the focal point of his agenda for the rest of his term. What can be done to address income inequality?

“I am afraid that the president looks at people as if they were all cattle and each should have the same amount of feed since all cows should have ‘equal outcomes’ to their life. “The president has the same mentality as a thief and his strategy for income equality is to steal from the ‘haves’ (with high taxes) and give to the ‘have nots.’ This is the strategy of destruction. “In America people are born with equal opportunity not the promise of ‘equal outcomes.’ With our God-given freedom of choice capability, we all have the freedom to select our path in life given our capabilities.

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“In a classroom , should the hard working ‘A’ students give part of their grades to ‘F’ students who sleep in class – thereby rewarding all students with a ‘C ‘ grade? In business, should the successful people be punished to provide ‘equality’ to others? To address so called ‘income inequality,’ thegovernment should allow businesses to grow with less regulation, lower taxes and no political harassment. “Allowing easier business startups, and business growth – with less government interference will provide more income for everyone.” T.D.

“Our free enterprise system provides unlimited opportunities if you are willing to work hard and smart. All jobs


this paper suggested that another representative needed to be removed do to one or two independent thoughts he may have had. Our major problem continues without discussion. It is the debt; over $222 trillion, and how to pay it down. Most people, who rant about the debt, cannot define it! Our economy will not properly recover until we develop a practical plan to resolve our debt. So…tea party…who gives a rats patoot about the ‘Founding Fathers”? What is your plan to resolve the $222 trillion debt? James Baker is a 37-year resident of Indian Hill.




the men played politics and soldiers, gone months at a time. Republican senators and representatives are increasingly finding that they have little latitude when it comes to ‘Independent Thought’, as they represent us. The tea party has tilted toward cannibalism, suggesting they eat their own, should a governor or representative have an independent thought that may stray from the very narrow party line of their sponsors (political contributors). There was recent serious talk about running an opposing tea party candidate in the primary election for governor. They must have counted the votes, as this thought was just as publicly withdrawn. More recently, an article in

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have different pay scales based upon value, difficulty, experience, and responsibility. Unlike Socialistic systems, we all have the right to accept or refuse a $7 or a $700 an hour job. We also have the right to be self-employed. What is so unfair and unequal about that? Our president’s socialistic agenda must be stopped.” D.M.

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Blue Ash

City council – meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of the month in the municipal building, 4343 Cooper Road. In June, July, August and December, meetings are the second Thursday only; in November, meetings are the second and third Thursdays. The next meeting is Feb. 13.

Indian Hill Schools

Indian Hill Exempted Village Schools Board of Education: 6855 Drake Road. Phone: 272-4500. Web site: Indian Hill school board meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at Indian Hill High School, 6845 Drake Road. Executive sessions begin at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are typically the second Tuesday of the month with the exception of April, May and August, which are the third Tuesday. No July meeting is held.


City council – meets at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month in city hall, 10101 Montgomery Road. The next meeting is Wednesday, Feb. 5. Work sessions begin at 7 p.m. two weeks before each regular session. The next work session is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 19. Call 891-2424. Landmarks commission – meets at 7:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month at city hall, 10101 Montgomery Road. The next meeting will be Wednesday, Feb. 12. Call 891-2424. Parks and recreation commission – meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Thurs-

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day of each month at city hall, 10101 Montgomery Road. The next meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13. The location of these meetings changes in the warmer months to rotate among city parks. Call 891-2424. Planning commission – meets at 7:30 p.m. the first and third Mondays of each month at city hall, 10101 Montgomery Road. Sister cities commission – meet at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at city hall, 10101 Montgomery Road. The next meeting is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18.

Princeton City Schools

Board of education – meets at 7:30 p.m. the second Monday of the month in the main library, Princeton High School, 11080 Chester Road. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 10. Call 771-8560.

Sycamore Community Schools

Board of education – The board meets at 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at Edwin H. Greene Intermediate School, 5200 Aldine Drive in Blue Ash, and at 7:30 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month. Those meetings from January through August will be held in the University of Cincinnati education wing at Blue Ash Elementary School, 9541 Plainfield Road. The meetings after August will be located at a place to be announced. Call 686-1700. Planning commission – meets monthly in the faculty lounge at Sycamore High School, 7400 Cornell Road.

Loveland Herald Editor Dick Maloney, 248-7134 Office hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday See page A2 for additional contact information.





The Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution presented William "Bill" Hargis with the Society's Wounded Warrior Award at its Thanksgiving Day Luncheon at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Blue Ash. PROVIDED

Dyer and 22 other members of the Lima Company who were killed in action were part of the Eyes of Freedom exhibit, which Evendale hosted on Veterans' Day weekend. LEAH FIGHTMASTER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Evendale honors Dyer, Lima Company mates By Leah Fightmaster

WATCH: Exhibit visitors discuss its tribute to the Lima Company and Dyer:

“When I look at the young men, I see them looking back at me, and I feel like I can thank them.” East Walnut Hills resident Jeanne Dinnerstein was speaking about an exhivit in Evendale that honored 23 Marines, one of which is the village’s own. The Eyes of Freedom exhibit was created by artist Anita Miller, who Dyer spent two and a half years painting 23 lifesize portraits of Marines from Lima Company 3/25. The company of Marines is considered one of the hardest hit units in Operation Iraqi Freedom, losing 23 members, including Evendale native Lance Cpl. Christopher Dyer, said Stiney Vonderhaar, event host and village council member. Vonderhaar said that he’s been working on bringing the exhibit here for about a year, and was finally able to open it in Evendale, where Dyer’s father still lives. “It’s something sacred to be able to honor Chris and his family,” he said. Dinnerstein, also a family friend of Dyer, said the tribute was a reminder of what service men and women do to protect freedom. “It helps us remember what freedom is and what people have given up to give us freedom,” she said. Her husband, Steve, called the exhibit “powerful,” and noted that instead of the men

Evendale Marine Christopher Dyer in Iraq

Lance Cpl. Christopher Dyer, an Evendale Native, is featured in the Eyes of Freedom exhibit that was open at the Evendale Recreation Center Nov. 8 to Nov. 11. The exhibit showcases paintings of 23 members of the Lima Company, which was the hardest hit unit in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Dyer was killed in action Aug. 3, 2005, and is pictured in the center of the portrait. His boots are also under his name. LEAH FIGHTMASTER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

in the paintings looking stern like many do, they seem happy and smiling. “It’s a wonderful tribute to a wonderful group of guys,”

he said. The memorial was unveiled at the Ohio State House Rotunda in 2008, and is a traveling exhibit.

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Evendale Elementary students Hannah Runyan and Zach Lichtenberg stand in front of the grave-site of former student Christopher Dyer who was killed in Iraq. The class does a private ceremony at the site each year to honor him and all the soldiers who have lost their lives so we can live in peace. THANKS TO MARJORIE MILLENNOR

Blue Ash veteran honored as ‘Wounded Warrior’ On Saturday, Nov. 16, the Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution presented William “Bill” Hargis with the Society’s Wounded Warrior Award at its Thanksgiving Day Luncheon at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Blue Ash. Hargis, a Blue Ash resident, is a World War II veteran who served in the U.S. Navy. Several minutes after midnight on July 29, 1945, while off the coast of Okinawa, Hargis had just completed his watch aboard the USS Callaghan DD-792, manning his battle station, a 5 inch gun positioned at the bow of the ship, when he heard general quarters. Finding out that an enemy plane had been spotted on radar, Hargis returned to his gun and began loading it when a Japanese Kamikaze plane struck the ship. By 1:45 a.m., the ship was abandoned and sank beneath the waves. Hargis, covered with oil and holding onto a wooden crate that floated near him, treaded water for several hours until rescued by another U.S. ship. Forty-seven of his shipmates lost their lives in this attack. The USS Callaghan was the 13th and last American destroyer to be sunk in the battle of Okinawa, and the last destroyer to be sunk in WWII. Hargis, 90, has been a resident of Blue Ash since 1956. He began part-time work with the City of Blue Ash nearly 25 years ago, and still works every day maintaining the Blue Ash Bicentennial Memorial Park and the Veterans Memorial located there. The Sons of the American Revolution is a fraternal and civic society composed of lineal descendants of the men who fought in the American Revolution or those who otherwise supported the cause of American Independence. The non-profit organization has over 28,000 members in more than 500 chapters worldwide


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, FEB. 13 Business Meetings Lunch, Learn and Leads: State Treasurer Office, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Wright Brothers Inc., 7825 Cooper Road, Marcy Longnecker, State Treasurer Office. Ages 21 and up. Free. 543-3591. Montgomery.

Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 7-8 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, 8999 Applewood Drive, $5. Presented by Zumba with Ashley. 9177475. Blue Ash. Zumba Fitness Classes, 6:307:30 p.m., Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 101 S. Lebanon Road, Parish Life Center. Free will donation at door. For ages 12 and up. 683-4244. Loveland.

Films Mayerson JCC Jewish and Israeli Film Festival, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Held at various theaters and the JCC, schedule to be available online. Features the best of Israel’s thriving film industry from contemporary dramas to documentaries, as well as international films by established as well as emerging filmmakers. Through Feb. 27. Festival pass: $75, $65 members. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

Holiday - Valentine’s Day Decorate Cookies, 5 p.m., Loveland Branch Library, 649 Loveland-Madeira Road, Decorate cookies to give to your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day. Ages 12-18. Free. 369-4476; Loveland.

Home & Garden Gardening Series, 6:30-8 p.m., Turner Farm, 7400 Given Road, “Seed Starting.” All about seed starting and how to care for your seedlings. $15, plus supplies. Reservations required. 561-7400; Indian Hill.

Literary - Libraries Kid’s Club, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Arts and crafts, presenters, board games and more. Ages 5-12. Free. 369-4450. Deer Park. Food, Facts and Fun, 3:45-4:45 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Learn about eating healthy, fitness and food safety. Ages 5-12. Free. 369-4450. Deer Park.

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

6906 Plainfield Road, Staged readings of excerpts of “Writings To Stop Violence Against Women and Girls,” collection of monologues by world-renowned authors, edited by Eve Ensler and Mollie Doyle. For women only. Benefits YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter. $20 suggested donation. Registration required. 272-1171; Silverton.

Shopping Cookies for Cora Bake Sale, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Kyle Veterinary Hospital, 11734 Conrey Road, Lobby. Proceeds go to offset costs for Cora’s surgery. She’s an 8-year-old terrier mix who needs work done to her because she has large mammary cyst. Free admission. 469-6427; Sycamore Township.

SATURDAY, FEB. 15 Cooking Classes Healthy Cooking Classes, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Peachy’s Health Smart, 7400 Montgomery Road, Peachy Seiden discusses nutrition and health while preparing two delicious, simple and easy meals. Ages 18 and up. $30. Registration required. 315-3943; Silverton.

Films Mayerson JCC Jewish and Israeli Film Festival, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, Festival pass: $75, $65 members. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

Holiday - Valentine’s Day Daddy/Daughter Valentine’s Dance, 6-8 p.m., Kids First Sports Center, 7900 E. Kemper Road, Royalty theme: Princesses and their Prince. $16 per couple, $6 each additional daughter. 489-7575; Sycamore Township.

Music - Jazz The Hitmen, 8 p.m.-midnight, Tony’s Steaks and Seafood, 12110 Montgomery Road, Free. 6771993; Symmes Township.

On Stage - Theater Murder Mystery Dinner, 6:30-10 p.m., Receptions Banquet and Conference Center Loveland, 10681 Loveland Madeira Road, Buffet dinner followed by solving of murder mystery by Whodunnit Players. Ages 18 and up. $35. Reservations required. Presented by Cincinnati Downtown Lions Club. 520-3504. Loveland.

SUNDAY, FEB. 16 Films Mayerson JCC Jewish and Israeli Film Festival, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, Festival pass: $75, $65 members. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

MONDAY, FEB. 17 Cooking Classes

Romancing Through Dancing, 8-10 p.m., Arthur Murray Dance Studio, 9729 Kenwood Road, Wine, hors d’oeuvres, group class, demonstrations, social dancing and French-themed entertainment. Ages 21 and up. Free. Reservations required. 791-9100. Blue Ash.

Lunch and Learn: Filled, Rolled and Stuffed with Flavor with Sarah Wagner, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Cooks’ Wares, 11344 Montgomery Road, Sarah will demonstrate that there are a variety of grains, breads, fruits and vegetables and even other meats that can be used as fillings in some of your favorite dishes. $45. Reservations required. 489-6400. Symmes Township.



Mayerson JCC Jewish and Israeli Film Festival, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, Festival pass: $75, $65 members. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

The Underground Railroad: Its History, Its People, Its Glory, 2-3 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Look at history of slavery and the Underground Railroad. Using timeline, pictures, slave shackles, photographs, navigational tools and true stories of actual historical figures; children recreate elements of this incredible journey. Free. 369-4450. Deer Park.

FRIDAY, FEB. 14 Dance Classes

Health / Wellness Mobile Heart Screenings, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Walgreens Loveland, 10529 Loveland Madeira Road, Several screening packages available to test risk of heart attack, stroke, aneurysm and other major diseases. Appointment required. 866-8190127; Loveland.

Holiday - Valentine’s Day A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant and a Prayer, 7-9 p.m., Women Writing for a Change,

Films Mayerson JCC Jewish and Israeli Film Festival, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, Festival pass: $75, $65 members. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

TUESDAY, FEB. 18 Business Classes What Every Student Needs to Know About Business, Free Markets and Capitalism, 7-8:30 p.m., Connections Christian Church, 7421 E. Galbraith Road, Learn how capitalism and free markets fund our schools, our government and our charities, while providing our jobs and opportunities. Free. Registration required. Presented by Empower U Ohio. 478-6261; Madeira.

Cooking Classes Kid’s Healthy Cooking Classes, 4-6 p.m., Peachy’s Health Smart, 7400 Montgomery Road, Peachy Seiden, registered dietitian and nutrition science instructor, teaches children to be more health conscious by encouraging them to make healthy food choices and teaching them how to prepare and cook nutrientdense meals. Ages 11-14. $40. Registration required. 315-3943; Silverton.

Education Outsmarting Investment Fraud, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Information provided is relevant not just for seniors but for caregivers, family members and anyone who is interested in keeping their personal information safe. For seniors. Free. 639-9146; Deer Park. Outsmarting Investment Fraud, 6:30 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Learn how to keep yourself and family members safe from fraudsters, scammers and other potential financial risks. For adults. Free. 369-4450. Deer Park.

Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 7-8 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, $5. 917-7475. Blue Ash. Zumba Fitness Classes, 6:307:30 p.m., Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 683-4244. Loveland.

Farmers Market Loveland Farmers Market, 3-6 p.m., Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road. 683-0491; Loveland.

Films Mayerson JCC Jewish and Israeli Film Festival, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, Festival pass: $75, $65 members. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

Literary - Story Times Preschool Story Time, 10:30-11 a.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Books, songs, activities and more, while building early literacy skills. For preschoolers and their caregivers. Ages 3-6. Free. 369-4450. Deer Park. Book Break, 3-3:30 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Children’s librarian reads aloud from some favorite books. Make craft to take home. Ages 3-6. Free. 369-4450. Deer Park.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 19 Cooking Classes Cooking with Beer with Ilene Ross and Madtree Brewing Company, 6:30-9 p.m., Cooks’ Wares, 11344 Montgomery Road, The addition of beer to certain foods can really enhance the flavor. Ages 21 and up. $50. Reservations required. 489-6400. Symmes Township.

Films Mayerson JCC Jewish and Israeli Film Festival, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, Festival pass: $75, $65 members. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

Support Groups Caregivers Support Group, 12:30-2 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 25. To support caregivers of elderly or disabled parents (relatives). Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. 929-4483. Montgomery.

THURSDAY, FEB. 20 Business Seminars

Learn all about seed starting and how to care for seedlings from 6:30-8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 13, at Turner Farm, 7400 Given Road, Indian Hill. Cost is $15 plus supplies. Reservations are required. Call 561-7400, or visit You’re More Than a Face on Facebook, 10-11:30 a.m., Dimalanta Design Group, 4555 Lake Forest Drive, No. 650, Learn dos and don’ts of Facebook for your business and how it can help you grow with Ernie Dimalanta, founder of Out-&-Out Marketing, and Wendy Hacker, social media consultant of Dimalanta Design Group. $10. Reservations required. 588-2802; Blue Ash.

Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 7-8 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, $5. 917-7475. Blue Ash. Zumba Fitness Classes, 6:307:30 p.m., Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 683-4244. Loveland.

Films Mayerson JCC Jewish and Israeli Film Festival, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, Festival pass: $75, $65 members. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

Home & Garden Designing Hot Kitchens and Cool Baths, 6:30-8 p.m., Neal’s Design Remodel, 7770 E. Kemper Road, Project consultants and designers discuss trends in kitchen and bath design. Light fare provided. Ages 18 and up. Free. 489-7700; Sharonville. Gardening Series, 6:30-8 p.m., Turner Farm, $15, plus supplies. Reservations required. 561-7400; Indian Hill.

Literary - Libraries Lego Club, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Design and build creations with provided Legos. Ages 5-12. Free. 369-4450. Deer Park. Kid’s Club, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, Free. 3694450. Deer Park.

Support Groups Motherless Daughters Support Group, 7-8:30 p.m., Montgomery Community Church, 11251 Montgomery Road, For adult women who have lost or miss nurturing care of their mother. Free. 489-0892. Montgomery. 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; Blue Ash.

FRIDAY, FEB. 21 Films Mayerson JCC Jewish and Israeli Film Festival, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, Festival pass: $75, $65 members. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

Health / Wellness Pre-Diabetes Class, 9-11 a.m., Weight Management Solutions, 8001 Kenwood Road, Information on making healthy food choices, exercise and blood sugar control and monitoring blood sugar levels. $20. Presented by Mercy HealthPlex Fairfield. 956-3729; Sycamore Township.

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SATURDAY, FEB. 22 Cooking Classes Healthy Cooking Classes, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Peachy’s Health Smart, $30. Registration required. 315-3943; Silverton.

Films Mayerson JCC Jewish and Israeli Film Festival, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, Festival pass: $75, $65 members. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

Home & Garden Designing Hot Kitchens and Cool Baths, 10-11:30 a.m., Neal’s Design Remodel, Free. 489-7700; Sharonville.

Music - Classical CSO String Quartet, 2 p.m., Madeira Branch Library, 7200 Miami Ave., World-class sound of members of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Free. 369-6028; Madeira.

Zumba Fitness Classes, 6:307:30 p.m., Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 683-4244. Loveland.

Farmers Market Loveland Farmers Market, 3-6 p.m., Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 683-0491; Loveland.

Films Mayerson JCC Jewish and Israeli Film Festival, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, Festival pass: $75, $65 members. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

Literary - Story Times Preschool Story Time, 10:30-11 a.m., Deer Park Branch Library, Free. 369-4450. Deer Park. Book Break, 3-3:30 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, Free. 3694450. Deer Park.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 26 Cooking Classes


Cooks’ Wares Creates: Comfort Food with CW Staff, 6:30-9 p.m., Cooks’ Wares, 11344 Montgomery Road, Staff has taken the challenge and created next adventure – comfort food. $40. Reservations required. 489-6400. Symmes Township.



Mayerson JCC Jewish and Israeli Film Festival, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, Festival pass: $75, $65 members. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

Mayerson JCC Jewish and Israeli Film Festival, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, Festival pass: $75, $65 members. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

Music - Jazz The Hitmen, 8 p.m.-midnight, Tony’s Steaks and Seafood, Free. 677-1993; Symmes Township.



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Brown Dog Cafe on a Winter Night with Shawn McCoy, 6:30-9 p.m., Cooks’ Wares, 11344 Montgomery Road, Chef Shawn McCoy brings some of his family’s cold weather favorites to soothe and revive our spirits on this late winter evening. $50. Reservations required. 489-6400. Symmes Township.

For the Love of Oatmeal with Lisa Cooper-Holmes, 6:30-9 p.m., Cooks’ Wares, 11344 Montgomery Road, Take this great grain, and combine it in all kinds of delicious delectable treats. $45. Reservations required. 489-6400. Symmes Township.

Films Mayerson JCC Jewish and Israeli Film Festival, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, Festival pass: $75, $65 members. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

Support Groups Companions on a Journey Understanding Your Grief Adult Support Group, 7-8:30 p.m., Moeller High School, 9001 Montgomery Road, Free. Presented by Companions on a Journey Grief Support. 870-9108; Kenwood.

TUESDAY, FEB. 25 Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 7-8 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, $5. 917-7475. Blue Ash.

Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 7-8 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, $5. 917-7475. Blue Ash. Zumba Fitness Classes, 6:307:30 p.m., Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 683-4244. Loveland.

Films Mayerson JCC Jewish and Israeli Film Festival, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, Festival pass: $75, $65 members. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

Literary - Libraries Kid’s Club, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, Free. 3694450. Deer Park. Food, Facts and Fun, 3:45-4:45 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, Free. 369-4450. Deer Park.



Bread recipe easy for beginners seeds on the bread after shaping.

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Film nonstick pan with olive oil, about a tablespoon. Add onion and cook a couple of minutes until soft, then add tomatoes and cook another minute. Put in bowl and set aside. Beat eggs together. Pour into skillet and cook until almost set, stirring frequently. Drain excess liquid from tomato mixture and stir into eggs. Stir in dill, season to taste.

Stir yeast in warm water, adding a pinch of sugar to “feed” the yeast. It’s ready when it looks foamy on top, a few minutes. Pour into mixing bowl and add sugar, salt and 3 cups flour. Beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. Pour in remaining flour and mix on low to form soft dough. On very lightly floured surface, knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes or so. It may be sticky at first, but will get smooth, like a baby’s bottom. Place in greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in warm place until doubled, about 1 hour or so. Punch dough down. Divide in half. Shape each into a loaf. There are two ways to do this: Simply make loaf shape with your hands about 12 inches long, or roll dough into an approximate 12inch by 7-inch rectangle. Roll up tightly from long side, pinch seams to seal

Italian bread for beginners and everyone else I like this recipe for its simplicity. The flavor and texture is like the kind you get at a bakery. The crust is a bit crisp and pale gold. I’m giving detailed instructions here. Check out my blog for tips on kneading and step-by-step photos. If you want, sprinkle poppy

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Rita’s Italian bread recipe is perfect for beginners.THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD

Freezing avocados: Yes, you can. Jungle Jim’s had them on sale so I bought a lot, mashed the flesh, squirted with lemon juice to keep the color and froze it.

and place seam side down on sprayed or parchmentlined pan. Cover and let rise until doubled, 30-45 minutes. With sharp knife, make four shallow slashes across top of loaf. Bake at preheated 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes, or until golden.

Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator, Jungle Jim's Eastgate culinary professional and author. Find her blog online at Cincinnati.Com/ blogs. Email her at with "Rita's kitchen" in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.


» Make this by hand? Of course, and you get a workout, too! » Measure accurately.


Flour settles as it sits. Whisk a bit or stir before measuring. Measure by spooning lightly into cup and leveling off with knife. » How warm is 110-115 degrees? Best to use an instant read thermometer, which is inexpensive and accurate. Water is just right when you put some on your wrist and it’s warm enough for a baby to drink from a bottle. » How to tell when dough is doubled. Rising time is a guide only. Use fingers to make indentation about 1⁄2 inch into dough. If the indentation remains, the dough has doubled. For the second rise after shaping, make

a small indentation in the dough near its side. If the dent remains, the dough is ready to bake.

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Adapted from an Ellie Krieger recipe. February is heart month, so here’s a recipe that fills the bill for health but doesn’t sacrifice flavor. I like this stuffed into a whole wheat pita spread with mashed avocado and sprinkled with a little Feta. Olive oil ⁄2 cup red onion, diced 2 Roma tomatoes, diced 4 whole eggs 4 egg whites Palmful fresh dill, chopped,



Today is a bread baking day. The idea actually started yesterday when my friend Joanie Manzo, a Loveland reader, brought me a loaf of homemade cinnamon bread. Divine! So it got me in the bread baking mood. I didn’t have time for Rita cinnamon Heikenfeld bread but RITA’S KITCHEN knew I’d have time to make this easy recipe for Italian bread. I kept one loaf for us and sent the other to Tony and Debbie, our neighbors. With this wicked icy weather, a warm loaf of bread with a bowl of steaming stew is a comforting supper.

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Amelia coach heads CSC giving campaign

Amelia High School’s varsity baseball coach, Jeff Hurt, is working on a different kind of pitch this fall as he leads the annual giving campaign for Cancer Support Community Greater Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky. In addition to being a coach, Hurt is also a senior project manager at The Midland Group, a brain tumor survivor, and a participant at CSC. “As a coach, I know a lot about teamwork, commitment and playing to win – but when cancer is the opponent, the stakes are higher than ever,” Hurt said. “My family and I have benefited greatly from CSC's programs and truly appreciate the financial support that makes it possible for CSC to provide their programs and services free of charge. I hope many people will join

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me in making a generous donation to the annual giving campaign to help ensure that no one will have to fight cancer alone.” In a heartfelt letter Hurt sent to friends and supporters, he shared some of his medical struggles since being diag-

nosed with a brain tumor in 2004 as a 28-year old newlywed who had just started coaching baseball at his alma mater. “I’ve had three brain surgeries, dozens of radiation treatments and almost a year and a half of chemotherapy, so I know

great medical care is essential,” Hurt said. “But just like in baseball, you need intangibles, too. That is what Cancer Support Group offers – help with the emotional, psychological, and practical issues of fighting cancer.” CSC offers more than

220 programs a month including support groups, healthy lifestyle and stress reduction classes, and educational presentations, all designed to complement medical care, improve the recovery process and help restore a sense of control. “Over the past nine years my family and I have taken advantage of many programs including

networking groups, cooking and nutrition classes, and workshops on finances and career issues,” Hurt said. “We are so thankful that there is never a fee to participate, but we know that CSC incurs considerable costs to provide these programs. We are honored to help raise funds to make sure these programs remain available and free of charge to help others battling cancer.” Contributions to CSC’s Annual Fund may be made by mail (4918 Cooper Road; Cincinnati, 45242), online or by phone (513791-4060). All funds raised stay in the local community to support programs in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. For more information about CSC’s free programs, call 513-791-4060 or visit

RELIGION The Women’s Bible Study meets Friday mornings at 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. They are using

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monthly Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Their Bible study is called “In Good Company: Stories of Biblical Women.” Women of the community are invited to both groups. Healing Touch Ministry is offered on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. Please call the church office at 793-3288 for more information on this outreach opportunity. Rejoice! worship service is at 11 a.m. Rejoice! is a more contemporary, upbeat style worship with music and Bible readings reflecting the preference of many people today. Heritage (traditional) worship service is at 9 a.m. Sunday School, Confirmation and Adult Forum are at 9:45 a.m. Ascension is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery, Ohio 45242;;


Blue Ash Presbyterian Church

NEEDS item for the month of January is macaroni and cheese. The book of the month is “The Light Between Oceans.” 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. Bible 101 and Thoughtful Christian classes are offered for adults each Sunday morning. These meet at 9 a.m. in the fellowship hall. 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; 791-1153;

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Community Lighthouse Church of God

Services are 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays; 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Pastor is Keith Mapes. The church is at 4305 Sycamore Road, Cincinnati.

A potluck lunch and presentation from Bonita Porter and Bob LaFeesse of Oxford, Ohio and Ken Bordewell and Mary Anne Curtiss of Community Friends Meeting on their experiences working among Friends in Bolivia through Quaker Bolivia Link is scheduled for 12:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 2, at the Cincinnati Friends Meetinghouse. All are welcome Regular meeting for worship is 11

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Sat. Contemporary: 5:00 p.m. Sun. Contemporary: 9:00 a.m. Sun. Traditional: 10:30 a.m. Child care/Sunday School at all services. 6635 Loveland-Miamiville Road 513-677-9866

Sharonville United Methodist

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

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A Loving, Praying, Caring Church Join us for Sunday Services Sunday School .........9:15 - 10:00am Fellowship ...............10:00 - 10:30am Worship Service .....10:30 - 11:30am 360 Robin Av (off Oak St) Loveland OH

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Hope chapter, meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7:15 p.m. in the library. A men’s breakfast group meets at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday mornings at Steak ‘N Shake in Montgomery. Ladies Fellowship/Religious Study Group meets on Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. 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 10-11 a.m. The church is at 10345 Montgomery Road, Montgomery; 984-8401;

Sycamore Presbyterian Church

Come visit the church Sunday mornings 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 classes for all ages, including adults, are offered at 10:45 a.m. service. Student Ministries, grades seven to 12, welcomes all students to participate in our activities. Calendars are available on the Student Ministries’ Kiosk. Sycamore Presbyterian Preschool is registering students for 201415 school year. Please visit church website or contact Director Jamie Coston (683-7717) for further information and registration forms. Wednesday Women’s Bible Study will begin a new study based on the book “Gideon: Your Weakness, God’s Strength.” Class meets from 9:30-11:15 a.m. in room 120. Monday Women’s Bible Study will begin a study of the book “Killing Jesus” by Bill O’ Reilly and historian Martin Dugard. Class meets from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Media Center. Eunice Circle is collecting layette/ newborn to size 6 clothing fo Sunset Gap. Please mark “Sunset Gap and place in the collection box in the connector. Sunday morning Adult Bible Study meets from 10:45-11:45 a.m., room 120. The current study is Joshua. Contact the church office if interested. StoneMasons’ Bible Overview: All men are invited. Classes begin 8:30-10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, Room 120. Sign up at Adult Ministries Table in Connector. The church is at 11800 MasonMontgomery Road, Symmes Township; 683-0254;



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It’s February and the Delta Kings are offering romantic singing valentines once again to Cincinnati sweethearts. The Cincinnati Chapter Quartets will travel to most anywhere in the Greater Cincinnati area between Feb. 12 and the Feb. 14 in their colorful costumes to serenade one, two or even groups of people with a sweet love song or two. It is usually a complete surprise for the recipient, making it an unforgettable and memorable romantic event. In addition to the four-part harmony singing, the quartet will present a long stem red rose and a small box of candy to their “victim.” The non-profit Delta Kings Chorus has offered this romantic service to local lovebirds, every Valentines Day, since 1992. It is a primary fundraising activity for the 70-yearold chorus. The price for this romantic package is $50. Information and ordering instructions are available at or call 1-888-796-8555. The Delta Kings Chorus were organized in 1944 and are the performing unit of the Cincinnati Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. The 25-man chorus contains men from all walks of life and from all parts of the Tristate area. They en-


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The Delta Kings Smooth Transition Quartet, from left: Jerry Wallman, Ken Huber, Jay Berry with Steve King front.




tertain at public, private and community events year round throughout Greater Cincinnati. Beside Singing Valentines and concerts the chorus will present their annual show at the Masonic Center downtown on June 14 and a Cabaret Show in October. They perform several of their concerts on a paid basis and have donated 10 percent of those concert proceeds to the Cincinnati Ronald McDonald House for the past several years. The Delta Kings cosponsor the Annual Youth Harmony Festival singing camp. They welcome

more than 100 male and female students from several local and neighboring states high schools for an unequalled a cappella music learning and performing experience that will be at Miami University June 18 to June 21. Barbershop harmony is a uniquely American a capella musical art form. It is known for its fourpart harmony and the “expanded sound” created by its consonance, unique chord structure and vocal placement. The Delta Kings Chorus were competitors at the World Choir Games in Cincinnati in 2012.

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Arts scholarships available for women The Three Arts Scholarship Foundation is accepting applications from women in their junior and senior years who are furthering their educations in music, musical theatre/ drama and visual arts, while attending colleges within a 75-mile radius of Cincinnati. Scholarships are not limited to paying tuition, but may be used to cover other expenses related to the recipient's chosen art. For more information, an application form, and a breakdown of awards and award categories, visit the Foundation's website

at There is a deadline: completed applications and accompanying required materials must be postmarked no later that Feb. 8. The Three Arts Foundation was founded in 1911 as the Three Arts Club by a group of resourceful Cincinnati women who recognized the need for lodging and financial support for the young women coming to their culturally rich city to further their study in the arts. Today the Foundation's endowment enables it to continue granting signifi-

cant scholarships to women preparing for careers in Music (Voice, Instrument, Electronic); Visual Arts (Graphic Design, Fabric, Dimensional; and Musical Theater and Drama. Students from the following schools are expected to participate in this year's Three Arts Scholarship program: Art Academy of Cincinnati, College of Mount St. Joseph, Northern Kentucky University, University of Cincinnati DAAP, Xavier University, Wright State University, and Miami University.



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YMCA honors local Boy Scout Spencer Kuhlman of Boy Scout Troop 243, along with six other scouts from the Cincinnati area, were recognized for their outstanding community service by the Blue Ash YMCA. Spencer completed his Eagle service project during a period of seven months at the Y by reforesting a large section of the Y’s campus. Dave Meyer, director of campus improvements at the Blue Ash Y, worked closely with Spencer to support him in his service project. Bob Harris, a manager at the Hamilton County Park District, also served as a dedicated mentor in

Spencer Kuhlman of Indian Hill Boy Scout Troop 243 is honored by Dave Meyer, director of campus improvements at the Blue Ash YMCA for his Eagle Scout project – reforesting a section of the YMCA's Blue Ash campus. PROVIDED

Spencer’s reforestation project at the Y. Spencer is a resident


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Arrests/citations Micah Khalid Pouncey, 19, 11066 Grand Ave., aggravated robbery (weapon), Jan. 13. Daniel Lawrence Moore III, 18, 10480 Storybook, aggravated robbery (weapon), Jan. 13. Darlene Loretta Jean Naydenov, 29, 1336 Manss Ave., traffic warrant, misdemeanor warrant, possession of drugs (schedule III, IV or V), Jan. 8. Amberley Joy Chasteen, 34, 30 Eland Court, misdemeanor warrant, traffic warrant, felony warrant, possessing drug abuse instruments, possession of heroin, misdemeanor warrant, misdemeanor warrant, Jan. 8. Alfred T. Carter, 37, 528 Poplar St., possession of marijuana, Jan. 9. Gregory A. Rahm, 48, 4850 Grand Haven Court, operating vehicle impaired (under the influence of alcoho/drugs), operating vehicle impaired (breath .08 to .169), Jan. 12.

Incidents/investigations Grand theft Someone took $22,650 worth of silverware and jewelry at 37 Carpenter's Ridge, Jan. 11. Grand theft of motor vehicle A woman said someone took a 2004 Black Lincoln LS 4D sedan, value $20,000, at 1945 CEI Drive, Jan. 10. Telecommunications harassment At 9545 West Ave., Jan. 7. Theft Someone took $3,020 worth of items from Cincinnati Controls at 6580 Corporate Drive, Jan. 13.

MONTGOMERY Arrests/citations Chaz D. Snow, 21, 1625 Brighview, drug abuse, Jan. 22.

Incidents/investigations A woman said someone took an iPhone 5S, value $600 at 9769 Montgomery Road, Jan. 26. A woman said someone took a DVD/Blu-Ray player, value $100 at 9939 Montgomery Road, Jan. 24. A man said someone took $1,000 at 9378 Main St. apartment D, Jan. 23. A male juvenile said someone paid $560 in counterfeit money for a video game console at 9546 Montgomery Road, Jan. 22.

SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Juvenile male, 16, assault, criminal damaging, Jan. 14. Juvenile male, 17, assault, Jan. 14. Harriet Johnson, 65, 2515 Burnett

The Community Press publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: » Blue Ash, Chief Chris Wallace, 745-8573 » Montgomery, Chief Don Simpson, 985-1600 » Sycamore Township, Lt. Tom Butler, 774-6351 or 683-3444 » Symmes Township, Lt. Tom Butler, 774-6351 or 683-3444 Ave., obstructing official business, Jan. 14. Joshua Lovell, 27, 731 Box Lick Creek Road, theft, Jan. 22.

Incidents/investigations Aggravated burglary Victim reported at 7501 School Road, Jan. 25. Victim struck and knives and cash of unknown value removed at 7700 Montgomery Road, Jan. 25. Breaking and entering Reported at 8109 Reading Road, Jan. 24. Copper pipes of unknown value removed at 8109 Reading Road, Jan. 21. Criminal mischief Victim reported at 10873 Ponos Lane, Jan. 22. Identity theft Victim reported at 7269 Kenwood, Jan. 21. Theft Gas removed at 8919 Rossash Road, Jan. 27. iPod valued at $700 removed at 11525 Snider Road, Jan. 10. Guitars valued at $2,500 removed at 12168 Second Ave., Jan. 17. Speakers valued at $600 removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, Jan. 24. Attempt made at 8220 Montgomery Road, Jan. 21. $11,000 removed at 11730 Marksberry Lane, Jan. 23. Cell phone of unknown value removed at 9001 Montgomery Road, Jan. 16. $75 in gas not paid for at 8919 Rossash Road, Jan. 23. iPods and iPads valued at $1,000 removed at 11525 Snider Road, Jan. 19. Jewelry valued at $2,885 removed at 7875 Montgomery, Jan. 16.

SYMMES TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Amber Jessee, 29, 4704 Beechwood Road, drug abuse instrument, Jan. 13. Jeff Farmer, 26, 9527 Main Ave., domestic, Jan. 13. Juvenile male, 15, theft, Jan. 19. Liberty Wesley, 18, 5166 Derby Court, theft, Jan. 23. Megan Gohman, 25, 3176 Locust Lane, fields ertel, Jan. 26. Melissa Cordell, 29, 4681 Hunt

Road, theft, Jan. 16. Markeith Larkin, 24, 12111 Mason Way Court, domestic violence, Jan. 26. Janice Coffey, 69, 10278 Willow Drive, domestic violence, Jan. 26.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering Furniture and tools valued at $7,500 removed at 10686 Loveland Madeira Road, Jan. 16. Criminal damaging Vehicle damaged at 9570 Fields Ertel, Dec. 28. Deception to obtain a dangerous drug Victim reported at 11123 Montgomery Road, Jan. 22. Disrupting public services Gas meter turned off at 4233 Williams Ave., Jan. 26. Identity fraud Victim reported at 5730 Kugler Mill Road, Jan. 19. Victim reported at 10401 Gateway Drive, Jan. 20. Theft $30 in gas pumped and not paid for at 12147 Montgomery Road, Jan. 13. Vehicle entered and purse and contents of unknown value removed at 7650 GlendaleMilford Road, Jan. 14. $2,000 removed at 8975 Cypress Point Lane, Jan. 14. Gift cards and debit cards and jewelry of unknown value removed at 12195 Sycamore Terrace, Jan. 13. Mic valued at $170 removed at 9148 Union Cemetary Road, Jan. 22. Video games valued at $2000 removed at 8954 Blue Ash Road, Jan. 20. Phone valued at $650 removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, Jan. 15. iPads and computers valued at $2,300 removed at 10750 Loveland Madeira Road, Jan. 15. Purse and contents of unknown value removed at 9035 Shadetree Drive, Jan. 24. Victim reported at 8720 E Kemper Road, Jan. 22. $15 in gas not paid for at 12147 Montgomery, Jan. 20. Theft, misuse of credit card Wallet and contents of unknown value removed at 11390 Montgomery, Jan. 21.

Blue Ash Police sergeants Rob Gerhardt and Scott Noel attended the Police Executive Leadership College.

Blue Ash sergeants complete police leadership program Two Blue Ash Police sergeants completed a three-week executive leadership course for police supervisors and leaders around Ohio. Sgt. Rob Gerhardt and Sgt. Scott Noel attended the Police Executive Leadership College, an educational program that provides law enforcement executives with unique and innovative leadership experience geared towards today’s demands and tomorrow’s needs. “Attending PELC is an intensive and enormous undertaking,”

Blue Ash Police Chief Paul Hartinger said. “These officers achieved a high level of executive training that puts them at the top of their profession. Lessons learned from PELC increase the officer’s awareness and attention to a broad spectrum of issues and topics which have a direct, positive benefit on the community and department.” The program consists of three, one-week sessions with approximately one month intervals between the second and third weeks. The curri-

culum is comprehensive and challenging, developed by a committee of police executives and academicians to help better prepare future leaders of police agencies. Gerhardt and Noel have both been with BAPD since 2002. They are graduates of the 64th PELC class, adding to the other 11 BAPD officers that have also gone through the program since 1992. “I am proud of these officers for their achievement and applaud their hard work,” Hartinger said.

Do You Suffer from Frequent Aches and Pains? Do You Have Fibromyalgia? You may be able to participate in an investigational medication research study.

What This is a research study to find out more about the safety and tolerability of an investigational medication. Researchers want to see whether it can help people with fibromyalgia. An “investigational” medication is a medication that is being tested and is not approved for use in the United States by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Who Men and women, age 18 to 65 years old, who have fibromyalgia may be eligible for participation. Pay Participants will be compensated for time and travel. Details For more information, contact Alicia Heller, RN at 513-558-6612 or



10300 Alliance Road: Duke Realty Ohio to Ohio National Life Insurance Co. The; $20,250,000. Cold Springs Lane: Fohlen, Stephen W. & Debra A. to Cranberry Financial LLC; $600,000. Cooper Road: Fohlen, Stephen W. & Debra A. to Cranberry Financial LLC; $600,000. 3460 Cooper Road: Abbott, Thomas L. to Cooper, Johnathan; $127,500. Cooper Springs Lane: Fohlen, Stephen W. & Debra A. to Cranberry Financial LLC; $600,000. 5372 Hickory Trail Lane: Hicks, Jeremy M. to Voegtly, Susan Ritchie Tr.; $140,000. 9436 Hunters Creek Drive: Tipp, Michelle Lynn to Hurley, Candace G. & Patrick J.; $129,000. 9726 Sycamore Trace Court: Talley, Barry L. to Rice, James A. III & Donna M.; $277,300. 4530 Victor Ave.: Robertshaw, Katherine Kruse to Robertshaw, Molly; $141,000. 9216 Bluewing Terrace: Schwartz, Peter J. to Copley, Kevin & Ashley; $522,770. 9628 Conklin Road: Adams, Michael to Miller, David E. Tr.; $60,000. 4608 Cooper Road: Spence, Matt A. & Sarah M. Cearley to U.S. Bank NA Tr.; $66,000. 8896 Kenwood Road: Bradley, Deborah A. to Homan, Douglas A.; $255,000.


Candlewood Circle: Vintage Club Associates Ltd. to Great Traditions Homes Lt; $173,000. 11385 Grandstone Lane: Cheviot Savings Bank to Oh, Hiroshi &

ABOUT REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS Information is provided as a public service by the office of Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes. Neighborhood designations are approximate. Gyokusen; $710,000. 11732 Laurelview Drive: Wermeling, William J. Tr. & Nancy E. Tr. to Weber, Daniel & Jennifer K.; $355,000. 9809 Tollgate Lane: Waltham Properties LLC to Gunning Investments LLC; $220,000. 9825 Tollgate Lane: Benz, Terry C. Tr. to Gunning Investments LLC; $205,000. 10907 Windhaven Court: Kuhnell, Matt & Holly L. to Kohn, Pamela M. Tr.; $305,000. 10707 Shadowcrest Court: Guntzelman, Mary E. to Whited, Donna; $227,000.


12176 First Ave.: Adkins, Scott D. & Linda to Cokl, Cynthia A. & Dennis P. Abrams; $70,000. 3681 Glengary Ave.: Bogetto, Jeffrey A. & Stefanie C. to Schweppe, David J.; $157,500. 4103 Jud Drive: Willingham, Jonathan O. to Clayton, Joshua Michael; $98,000. 3948 Limerick Ave.: Jennings, John M. to Buken, Kenneth C. & Linda D.; $102,300. 7708 Montgomery Road: Kenwood Shoppes Center LLC to Fifth Third Bank; $2,395,000. Montgomery Road: Kenwood Shoppes Center LLC to Fifth Third Bank; $2,395,000. 8711 Plainfield Road: Lanman, Charles F. & Tracy E. to Federal National Mortgage Association; $92,000.

8825 Raiders Run Road: Cutter, Marian G. to Cutter, James D. & Maura G.; $241,240. 8911 Rossash Road: Johnston, Jerry L. to Samgam LLC; $550,000. 8664 Sturbridge Drive: Byers, Matthew D. & Tracey A. to Wachtel, Christopher R. & Kerri F.; $346,000. 3932 Trebor Drive: Richey, Desirae L. to Rix, Thomas & Amelia Stultz; $115,000. 6093 Bayberry Drive: Bleau, David R. II & Shannon to Villane, Anthony & Rebecca; $317,000. 8682 Darnell Ave.: Hughes, Joy to Bank of New York Mellon The; $73,000. 7268 Galbraith Road: Thompson, David L. & Roberta A. to Lipa, Kylie K.; $77,500. 6548 Michael Drive: Wessel, Thad A. & Cynthia Wessel to Hutchinson, Mark D. & Megan E.; $209,500. 8579 Plainfield Road: Gibbons, Jackie to Homan, Melissa L.; $95,500. 11770 Winthrop Lane: Westerbeck, Lawrence F. & Deborah M. to Deupree, Joyce Schultz; $600,000.


11652 Rising Wind Court: Kasturi, Kirsty J. & Krishna C. to Howard, Henry D. & Holly M.; $329,000. 11317 Terwilligersknoll Court: Kavka, John A. Jr. & Patricia J. to Edmondson, Paul; $730,000.

IT’S MORE COMMON THAN YOU THINK Millions of adults suffer with bowel incontinence • Do you have problems with control of your stool? • Have you strained or soiled yourself because you can’t get to a restroom in time? • Do you feel your bowel incontinence has had a negative impact on your lifestyle?

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Cincinnati Woman's Club members Sherry Goodson, Linda Appleby, Jean Crawford, Ellen Schaengold, Joyce Mueller, Sandy Harte, Suzi Lenhart and Louise Cottrell, all enjoyed the Philanthropic Gift Research Presentations. PROVIDED.

Local charities benefit from Cincinnati Woman’s Club

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Each year, the membership of The Cincinnati Woman’s Club considers the presentations of club members about their gift research activities with a variety of local charitable agencies. This year, nine non-profit organizations were selected to share in the $26,000 awarded by the CWC. The agencies recognized with grants were: Assistance League of Greater Cincinnati; Building Blocks for Kids; Community Arts Initiatives; Healthy Moms and Babes; Katie’s House; Madisonville Education and Assistance Center (MEAC); Pro-Seniors; Resource, and The Visiting Nurse Association. Supporting charitable agencies to continue their services to those in need within our commu-

Kacey Schmitt (Hyde Park), Cincinnati Woman's Club member who researched the charity ProSeniors Inc., was part of the program that day. PROVIDED

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lanthropy valued by members of the Cincinnati Woman’s Club.



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