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“We are taught to do the right thing here at Montgomery.”

Firemen rescue stranded family

By Jeanne Houck

Cutting edge

Parent volunteer Brian Hayes, left, of Kenwood holds a piece of wood steady as fourth-grader Bradley Upham of Indian Hill saws. They were making a candle holder during the annual Pioneer Day at Livingston Lodge. The event, which is for fourth-graders at Indian Hill Elementary School, includes a variety of activities ranging from candle making to wool spinning. SEE LIFE, B1

Well founded

Archbishop Moeller High School recently celebrated Founder’s Day Jan. 19 with a special Mass and award presentation. On this day Moeller commemorates its heritage as a Catholic school in the Marianist tradition by honoring the Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, founder of the Society of Mary (Marianists) in France in 1817. SEE SCHOOLS, A5

No coffee, for now

Rick Lawson said it will take three months before he and his wife, Joni, can reopen the Corner Coffee Cafe in Symmes Township. The coffee shop, on Main Street off of LovelandMadeira Road, has been closed since Jan. 29 after a driver fleeing Loveland police crashed into the building. SEE STORY, A3

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Assistant Montgomery Fire Chief Tom Wolf knew what he had to do when he saw a woman and her two young daughters stranded on the interstate after a car mishap on their way to catch a plane in Columbus and surprise her husband, who is in the military. Off-duty, Wolf and other Montgomery Fire Department personnel strapped two child seats into the back of his Dodge Ram and loaded the girls – both under the age of 4 – and their mother into the vehicle and Wolf took off for Port Columbus International Airport. About 90 minutes later, they were at the airport. “They were stranded, they were surprising their husband/dad who was returning from his third tour of duty in Afghanistan, they had non-refundable tickets and it was the right thing to do,” Wolf said. “And we are taught to do the right thing here at Montgomery.” The city of Montgomery recently honored Wolf and the other fire department personnel involved in the Dec. 16 incident, including Lt. Ben Shapiro and firefighters Jordan Hall, John Lynch, Jon Steinker, Jeff Wallace and Jason Witte. “On a professional level, the actions of these fine gentlemen are the very core of our high-performance organization philosophy,” Montgomery Mayor Gerri Harbison said. “On a personal level, their actions show how much they care about people and how deeply committed they are to serving the community. “They – and their entire department – go above and beyond, each and every day.” Wolf said the push to get the


Montgomery Mayor Gerri Harbison, in the purple coat, gives fire department personnel a proclamation in their honor for helping a young military wife and her two daughters, who were stranded in Montgomery after a car accident, get to an airport in Columbus in time to surprise the military wife’s husband. From left: front, firefighter Jordan Hall, firefighter Jason Witte, Lt. Ben Shapiro, Harbison and firefighter John Lynch; back row, firefighter Jeff Wallace, Assistant Chief Tom Wolf, Chief Paul Wright and firefighter Jon Steinker.

“Once the decision was made to try and get her to the airport, we looked like a NASCAR pit crew getting things ready. It had snowed a lot that day so guys were cleaning off the snow and ice on my truck, while at the same time others were loading the suitcases, installing car seats, etc. …”

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military wife and her children to Columbus was a team effort. “Once the decision was made to try and get her to the airport, we looked like a NASCAR pit crew getting things ready,” Wolf said. “It had snowed a lot that day so guys were cleaning off the snow and ice on my truck, while at the same time others were load-

Sycamore contract talks may begin in spring By Jeanne Houck

Contract talks between the Sycamore Board of Education and the teachers’ collective-bargaining unit are expected to begin in the spring. The current agreement between the school board and the Sycamore Education Association expires July 31. Neither party has notified the other of its intention to negotiate changes to the contract, but parties have until around April 1 to do so, said Erika Daggett, chief information officer for the

Sycamore Community Schools. “It is likely we will enter negotiations this spring, but nothing has been scheduled and the topic is Wittman not on an upcoming board agenda,” Daggett said. Kevin Wittman, president of the Sycamore Education Association, agreed. “Yes, we will begin the negotiations process in the spring,” Wittman said.

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Daggett said that in general, collective bargaining issues include wages, fringe benefits and working conditions. Neither Daggett nor Wittman would be more specific about issues in the upcoming negotiations. Ohio law says collective bargaining sessions must be confidential and that they are not open to the public, Daggett said. “When an employer or a union discloses bargaining information to the public including through the news media, a claim of bargaining in bad faith or attempting to circumvent the other bargaining

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ing the suitcases, installing car seats, etc ... “We have a real appreciation for our military personnel,” Wolf said. “In the past few years we have had two of our employees lose family members.” Wolf said the mother and two girls were from Harrison and trav-

eling north on Interstate 71 Dec. 16 when the woman hit a patch of heavy snow near Interstate 275, lost control of her car and hit a guard rail. No one was hurt, but the car was not driveable, Wolf said. The Montgomery Fire Department was dispatched at 2:30 p.m. Wolf left Montgomery with the woman and children at 3:20 p.m. and arrived at the airport at 5 p.m. – in plenty of time for the family to make a 5:40 p.m. flight to Arizona, where their surprise visit was to be held. Was the woman grateful? “Very grateful,” Wolf said. “She was crying as I dropped her off and wished her good luck.”

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February 16, 2011

Sycamore grad turns local landmarks into art By Jeanne Houck

The photograph shows bright lights breaking through the front windows and door of Sam Smyth Imported Car Service in Symmes Township and falling on the windshield and long hood of a car parked outside in the dark, covered in condensation. It’s from a series of photographs called “Ohio Heat” taken in the Little Miami River valley by 2006 Sycamore High School graduate Christopher

Thompson, a 23-year-old photographer from Symmes Township. Now a senior in the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, Thompson is one of 15 junior and senior students from five area colleges and universities to have his work featured in Summerfair Cincinnati’s annual Emerging Artist Exhibit. The exhibit runs through Sunday, Feb. 20, at the Anderson Center at 7850 Five Mile Road in Anderson Township.


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Christopher Thompson, a 2006 Sycamore High School graduate who now is a student in the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, is one of 15 junior and senior students from five area colleges and universities to have his work featured in Summerfair Cincinnati's annual Emerging Artist Exhibit. said. “I plan to work in the publishing industry as a freelance photographer or photo editor and continue to show my work when I grad-


This is one in a series of photographs called “Ohio Heat” taken by Symmes Township resident Christopher Thompson and on display at the Anderson Center in Anderson Township through Sunday, Feb. 20. It is a picture of Sam Smyth Imported Car Service in Symmes Township. uate, so this exhibit is a great stepping stone to future opportunities.” Summerfair Cincinnati is a non-profit organization in Anderson Township that supports and promotes artists and the arts in

On Saturday, Feb. 26, Sycamore High School, Taylor High School (Three Rivers School District) and Lakota West’s respective choral programs’ top ensembles will be performing a joint-concert (about 100 singers in all) and

semi-professional orchestra benefiting the Breast Cancer Alliance of Greater Cincinnati and the Alzheimer’s Association. The concert will feature each school’s groups for an individual set on the first half, and the culmination comes as

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the groups combine to perform the Fauré Requiem masterwork. The 7:30 p.m. concert will take place at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 7701 Kenwood Road, 45236. Tickets are $10 adult/$5 student and are available for pre-sale and at the door by sending payment to: Bret Albright, Taylor High School, 36 Harrison Ave., North Bend, OH 45052, checks made payable to Taylor High School Choral Boosters. All ticket orders will be held at will call. The public can contact Taylor High School choral director Bret Albright at with questions about tickets.

Pillich hosts office hours in Montgomery

State Rep. Connie Pillich (D-Montgomery) will hold office hours to speak one-onone with residents of her district, gather local input on state issues and identify community concerns. Pillich encourages local residents to attend her district


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Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Weekend hours will vary. Call 531-0050 or visit for more information. Thompson describes his photographs as “a geographical scrapbook, allowing me to revisit my past both objectively and through nostalgia. “It is an exploration of atmospheric twilight and humidity of summer in the near south,” Thompson said. The Emerging Artist Exhibit features students who were nominated by their professors. The exhibit was created in 1999 to showcase the next generation of emerging artists in the community. “I’m really excited to be selected for the Emerging Artist Exhibit, and proud to know that I was selected from such a large pool of great artists,” Thompson

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The 2011 Blue Ash Memorial Day Parade is Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day). The 2011 parade will mark the 59th annual community event and parade dedicated to recognize contributions by veterans. Any veterans group, business, community group, neighborhood association, sports team or others interested in participating in this year's parade should call 7458500 for information or stop by the Municipal & Safety Center at 4343 Cooper Road or the Recreation Center at 4433 Cooper to pick up an application. The application is also available online (accessible from the home page – or on the event listing within the calendar of events (on May 30 under the “concerts & special events” category). There is no fee to participate in the parade, but registration is required. The parade will begin at 10:15 a.m., and the route will be the same as past years: beginning on Reed Hartman Highway near Cooper Road, traveling east on Cooper to Kenwood, south on Kenwood to Hunt, and east on Hunt to the Veterans Memorial, where the ceremonies will be held. Applications are requested by May 9. For details, call 745-8500 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. or e-mail

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February 16, 2011 Northeast Suburban Life

Utility work could cause traffic delays By Amanda Hopkins


The Corner Coffee Cafe will be closed for at least three months after a truck crashed into the building on Loveland-Madeira Road around 2 a.m. Jan. 29.

Three months before coffee shop reopens

By Amanda Hopkins

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Remington Road intersection but Lawson said the road widening will not help prevent accidents like this one. He said a guardrail is needed for drivers who may come around the curve too fast. There are no plans to put a guardrail along the road in front of the shop or any of the other businesses on Loveland-Madeira Road as part of the construction. Lawson and his wife are worried another accident could cause even more damage to the shop. “It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when,” Lawson said. The Lawsons are keeping their customers, many of whom are regular visitors, informed on any updates about the shop through social media. “We know the names and faces (of our customers) ... we miss it,” Lawson said. To stay updated on the progress of the Corner Coffee Cafe, visit the shop’s Facebook page.


The newly renovated Shell gas station at 10809 Montgomery Road near Interstate 275 is near completion. The gas station will be opened once the blacktop companies open for the spring season.

Kenwood gas station renovation plan approved By Amanda Hopkins

Another new Shell station complete with a Dunkin Donuts, a Subway and a convenience store is coming to Sycamore Township. The Sycamore Township Board of Trustees approved a plan during its Feb. 3 meeting for a renovated Shell gas station at 8051 Montgomery Road in Kenwood. The plan was previously approved in 2009, but the renovation was never completed and the approval expired. The 4,000 square-foot station will feature eight gas

Workers install a new telephone pole at the intersection of LovelandMadeira Road and State Route 126 (Remington Road) Feb. 10.

Hamilton County Engineer’s Office said drivers in the area should also expect delays when there is underground construction work, work on the traffic signals and during the installation of the retaining wall along Loveland-Madeira Road. Construction plans include adding left turn lanes in both directions along Remington Road, a left turn lane going northbound on LovelandMadeira Road and a continuous right turn lane on southbound LovelandMadeira Road. Construction is set to start March 1.



Rick Lawson said it will take three months before he and his wife, Joni, can reopen the Corner Coffee Cafe in Symmes Township. The coffee shop, on Main Street off of LovelandMadeira Road, has been closed since Jan. 29 after a driver fleeing Loveland police crashed into the building. The driver, Matthew McCarthy, 27, of Miami Township, was reported to be driving almost 80 miles per hour along Loveland-Madeira Road, according to Loveland police. McCarthy was fleeing police after a Loveland police officer tried to stop him for speeding. McCarthy will be charged with operating a vehicle while impaired and failure to comply with an officer’s orders. Lawson said this accident is the third one involving a car hitting the building in the last 10 years. He said there was lots of broken glass throughout the shop, the foundation shifted at least five inches and all of the food will be lost. “It’s a big mess,” Lawson said. Construction is starting next month on the Loveland-Madeira Road and

There could be some traffic delays on LovelandMadeira Road near State Route 126 (Remington Road) this week. New telephone poles and other utility work is in progress before construction starts on the intersection widening project March 1. Tim Gilday, a planning and designing engineer with the Hamilton County Engineer’s Office, said a few of the telephone poles were “in conflict” with the design of the new intersection. Pat Ashcraft with the


pumps, a Dunkin Donuts and a Subway. The renovation also includes removing a large highway sign over Interstate 71. A streetscape that includes a ground-mounted sign will be added at the entrance to the gas station. A similar renovation to a Shell station will be open at 10809 Montgomery Road near Interstate 275 in Sycamore Township. Planning and zoning administrator Greg Bickford said Gilligan Oil will open the new station in the northern part of the township when the weather is warm enough to lay blacktop.

State Sen. Shannon Jones (R – Springboro) has been named to several key Senate committees by Senate President Tom Niehaus (R-New Richmond), including serving as vice chair of the powerful Senate Finance Committee. As a member of the Finance Committee, Jones will work with other members to develop the state’s two-year operating budget as well as discuss other proposals that impact state spending. Last year, she served as co-chair of the Budget Planning and Management Commission, a bipartisan panel of lawmakers tasked with developing recommendations for the budget, which is facing a multi-billion dollar shortfall. “Ohio faces major decisions about how to best serve its citizens given our limited resources, and the choices we make in the months ahead will not only help us revitalize our economy and create jobs, but also set the stage for Ohio’s long-term fiscal stability,” Jones said. “I look forward to having robust discussions on the budget and pledge to work to ensure that Ohio lives within its means.” In addition, Jones was appointed to the Energy and Public Utilities Committee, the Health, Human Services and Aging Committee and the Insurance, Commerce and Labor Committee. She will also serve on the State Controlling Board, a bipartisan oversight panel that performs a variety of tasks involving state and federal disbursements, such as reviewing certain state contracts and appropriation levels, transferring money between funds and releasing capital funds. “My committee assignments provide me with a seat at the table on many issues that are important to the people I represent – balancing the budget, keeping energy and healthcare costs in check, and making sure that Ohio’s business environment is competitive and encourages, rather than hinders, job growth and creation,” Jones said.

Pillich introduces bill

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February 16, 2011

Estate tax concerns raised locally By Jeanne Houck

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Montgomery and Symmes Township officials are letting Ohio lawmakers know that eliminating the estate tax with no offsetting funds would hurt them, but Blue Ash is keeping mum. Montgomery collected more than $2.2 million in estate-tax revenue in 2009 and nearly $1.1 million in 2010. “The city of Montgomery is concerned about the proposed repeal of Ohio’s estate tax, without some form of revenue replacement, as this is an important funding for our city and others across the state,” City Manager Cheryl Hilvert said. “The Montgomery City Council has forwarded letters to our state legislators indicating that, given actions already taken by the

state to reduce revenue support to local governments, this action would be yet another ‘hit’ Jetter to city and county governments that are already facing looming budget deficits as a result of the poor economy. “For cities, counties and townships, repealing the estate tax may result in further lay off of workers, the reduction or elimination of services or increases in local taxes,” Hilvert said. “All three options are terrible for the state’s economy at this time.” Blue Ash collected about $543,000 in estate-tax revenue in 2009 and more than $801,000 in 2010. Sue Bennett, public information officer for Blue Ash, said the city does not plan to take a formal posi-

tion on whether the estate tax should be eliminated. “Blue Ash has been aware of the possibility of this tax elimination and will continue our conservative financial-planning efforts as well as to monitor current economic conditions and the effect upon the budget to assure continued fiscal health and sustainability for the good of our citizens,” Bennett said. Symmes Township trustees are stepping up against state legislators plans to cut estate taxes. Trustees Ken Bryant and Jodie Leis approved a resolution opposing House Bill 3 at the Feb. 8 trustee meeting. If House Bill 3 passes, it would eliminate estate taxes. Symmes Township could lose $306,222, or about 17.8 percent, from the general fund. “This is revenue we need or we'll have to raise taxes

... or cut services,” Bryant said. Fiscal Officer John Borchers said other municipalities are also passing similar resolutions to “send a message” to the state that the funding Borchers said there is also talk of cutting local government funds which would account for 16 percent of Symmes Township's general fund. The general fund is used to help with road repairs, cemetery upkeep, large capital expenditures, daily operations and to match funds for sidewalk and sewer projects. Borchers said he hopes there is enough activity from local municipalities that it stops state legislatures from cutting funding. Sycamore Township received $1,608,402 from the estate tax in 2010 – 34 percent of its general fund total of $4,417,696.

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Symmes Twp. approves Rozzi bids By Amanda Hopkins

Communities join together to make case Spearheaded by Springfield Township Administrator Mike Hinnenkamp and Trustee Joe Honerlaw, local governments are joining forces to lobby against the proposed repeal of Ohio’s estate tax. The Ohio House of Representatives is considering a bill, recently changed from the original House Bill 3, that would eliminate the tax in 2013. Originally, the bill would have eliminated the tax retroactive to January. The tax is levied on estates valued at more than $338,333 with 20 percent going to the state and 80 percent divvied up among local governments. Hinnenkamp now sits on a steering committee for a state-wide group and is urging other local leaders to commit to joining a coalition representing this area. He said several coalitions have formed across Ohio. Meeting to discuss the estate tax Feb. 8 before heading to Columbus Feb. 9 to testify before a House Ways and Means committee, Hinnenkamp also was asking for money.

The Cincinnati-based Government Strategies Group is being hired to help local governments. The cost for the firm’s five-month contract is $100,000 to be shared by local governments across the state. “It’s imperative that we are all presenting the same common message and letting residents know what the repeal of the estate tax will mean,” Hinnenkamp said. Without legislators replacing the estate tax funding source, Hinnenkamp said the only option would be cutting services or raising taxes, or both. State Rep. Connie Pillich (D-Montgomery) attended the Feb. 8 meeting and said she believed there was a move “to push this bill through.” “Legislators need to hear from you,” Pillich told the group. Hinnenkamp, Honerlaw, Green Township Trustee Tony Upton and Delhi Township Administrator Gary Schroeder were among those who testified in Columbus Feb. 9. “I think it went well for us as well as the 14 others who testified,” Hinnenkamp said.

“I think we were able to refute some what the proponents have been saying such as that governments just need to slim down their budgets and collaborate more. “What we are trying to say is that without an alternate source of revenue to replace the estate tax, we are all in serious financial trouble.” While Hinnenkamp said he is relieved the proposed implementation date has been pushed back two years, he said the changes to House Bill 3 “are still not acceptable” until a new revenue source is secure. Opponents were to have another chance to voice opposition at a similar hearing Feb. 16. About 40 administrators and elected officials, including Forest Park, Greenhills, North College Hill, Colerain and Delhi townships attended the Feb. 8 meeting at Springfield Township. They were asked to have their individual government bodies approve a resolution opposing the estate tax repeal and contribute to the consultants’ fees. – By Heidi Fallon

Construction can start on the Rozzi property park after Symmes Township trustees approved final bids for the project. Susie Thomas from Turner Construction said the bids for the project came in $58,571 less than the first bid in July. “To get savings from the project after delaying it six months is phenomenal,” Thomas said. The project was originally put out to bid in July, but construction was delayed because of permit problems. Symmes Township Fiscal Officer John Borchers said construction would have cost an extra $260,000. The trustees approved the $2,568,552 project bid. The bids in July totaled

$2,627,123. The project includes baseball and soccer fields, a veterans' memorial wall, bus drop-off, two dry playgrounds, walking paths and two restroom facilities and a shelter. All of the alternates are included in the project two more restrooms, an asphalt path, a wet playground and playground equipment for Symmes Township park. Bids were awarded to Kelchner Inc. for site work, Landform Services Inc. for landscaping, John P. Tumlin and Sons Ltd. for concrete, J.K. Meurer Corp. for asphalt, Solica Construction for general trades, plumbing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning and Amerilect Inc. for electrical work. Construction on the park will start April 4.

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Three honored as part of Founder’s Day Community Press Staff Report

Archbishop Moeller High School recently celebrated Founder’s Day Jan. 19 with a special Mass and award presentation. On this day Moeller commemorates its heritage as a Catholic school in the Marianist tradition by honoring the Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, founder of the Society of Mary (Marianists) in France in 1817. As part of the celebration this year, all students were given a special-edition Marianist tie that was designed by current students and donated by alumnus Gary Hopkins ’78 to mark the school’s 50th anniversary year. Following Mass, the Founder’s Award was given to three honorees who exemplify and promote the five characteristics of a Mar-


Moeller students model their 50th anniversary gift during the Founder’s Day celebration on Jan. 19. From left: juniors Michael Irwin, Brendan Holmes, Nik James and Kevin Burwinkel. ianist Education through outstanding service and dedication to the Moeller students: Barry Borman, athletic director; Charley Blum, advisory board member and current parent, and Blane Collison, principal. Borman was a member

of Moeller’s first graduating class in 1964 and has served as teacher, coach and athletic director when he returned to the school after attending college. Charley Blum, father of Andrew and Michael, Moeller Class of 2011, is a


Guidance department chair Brother Robert Flaherty and President Bill Hunt flank the Founder’s Day Award recipients: from left, Moeller Principal Blane Collison, athletic director Barry Borman and advisory board member Charlie Blum. member of the advisory board and serves as the school’s liaison with the Marianist Province. Hunt said Blum is a supporter of the Pastoral Ministry Center and Moeller’s MACH 1 – Moeller Advocates for a Common Hope – program.

Blum is also an assistant coach for the rugby team. On Founder’s Day, the school surprised Blane Collison, Moeller’s principal and academic leader for the past eight years, with his award. Hunt said Collison has been successful with the

start of the House System and encourages using technology in the classroom. He also supports the Pastoral Ministry Center. “In all aspects, Blane’s leadership has demonstrated what it means to fully live the ‘Marianist Charism,’” Hunt said.

Bench honors former Indian Hill classmate By Forrest Sellers


St. Xavier High School Principal David Mueller, left, and the Rev. Tim Howe congratulate, from left: Doug Kirkpatrick, Max Riestenberg and Ryan Welch on their perfect ACT scores.

Bombers perfect on ACT

Three St. Xavier High School students reached the pinnacle. Seniors Doug Kirkpatrick of Sycamore Township and Max Riestenberg of Delhi Township and junior Ryan Welch of Sycamore Township notched perfect composite scores of 36 on the ACT college entrance test. The ACT consists of timed tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36; a student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores. According to the ACT, the actual number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, though roughly only .1 percent earn the top score. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2010, for example, only 588 among 1.6 million stu-

dents across the country scored a composite of 36. “Having one perfect score in your school is rare, having three is unheard of,” veteran guidance counselor Gary Sabourin said. “I’ve never heard of more than one perfect score here in any given year. People will be asking us what’s in the water. It’s an amazing feat.” Kirkpatrick took the test last summer and learned of his accomplishment in early autumn. Welch and Riestenberg took the test in late fall. All three received recognition from the guidance department, Principal Dave Mueller and President Fr. Tim Howe Feb. 1. “We’re very proud of these guys,” Howe said. “Perfection in anything is rare so it’s exciting to know we have some of it here among us. They obviously used their God-given talents well and to good purpose.”

“I thought I had done well,” Welch said. “You don’t really think about a perfect score though. Actually I wasn’t really perfect, perfect. The way the ACT works you can miss three or four questions and still get a 36. But I’m pretty happy I did do so well.” “While test scores are just one of the many criteria that most colleges consider when making admission decisions, your exceptional ACT composite score should prove helpful as you pursue your education and career goals,” said ACT CEO Jon Whitmore. “That’s what we hope,” Mueller said. “There’s no question these three have fine minds. Our job as Jesuit educators is to make sure their hearts and spirits match their minds. Academics are only a part of an education; we want to educate the whole person.”

Indian Hill alumni have found a unique way to honor a former classmate. Alumni from the class of 1979 have prepared and donated a bench in memory of Mark Groene, who died several years ago. T h e bench was designed by f o r m e r classmate Klinedinst Tim Englert, a development specialist for the Palisades Interstate Park Commission in New York. Englert has made several of the benches for New York parks, but this is the first time Sharp he has created one which will be displayed in the Tristate. The bench will be placed near the football field at Indian Hill High School. Groene had played on the


A red cedar bench prepared and donated by Indian Hill alumni from the class of 1979 will honor former classmate Mark Groene, who died several years ago. The bench will be located in front of the stadium at Indian Hill High School. school’s football team. Lori Klinedinst, executive director of the Indian Hill Public Schools Foundation, said alumni came up with the idea during a 30th class reunion last year. Englert and other alumni created the bench from a red cedar taken from Groene’s and a neighbor’s yard. “It was a labor of love,” said Klinedinst, who is a resident of Indian Hill. The Indian Hill Foundation helped coordinate the preparation of the bench. “It really represents a

community effort to recognize a classmate who was very well thought of,” said Superintendent Jane Knudson during last night’s Board of Education meeting. Board President Tim Sharp complimented the work of the Foundation and the alumni. “(The bench) will be a beautiful addition to the grounds,” he said. The bench is 7 feet long and 15 inches in diameter. The bench was dedicated prior to the start of the Oct. 15 football game.

State requests student body mass index screenings Ohio Senate Bill 210, known as the Healthy Choices for Healthy Children Act, was signed into law June 18. This law is aimed at reducing childhood obesity through several methods including a new state mandate that requires districts and community schools to collect body mass index information for all students in kindergarten, third-, fifth-, and ninth-grade each year. Body mass index is calculated from a child’s weight and height and helps parents and health care providers determine if a

child may be at risk for health issues related to weight such as type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, childhood obesity and eating disorders. Schools can use BMI information to determine what types of programs are needed to support a healthier school environment and community. BMI screenings can be conducted during any visit with a health care professional, including sports physicals. The health care provider will measure the child’s height and weight to

calculate the BMI percentile and should complete a body mass index screening form. Forms are available on the Sycamore Community Schools’ website, www., on the “District Forms” web page under “Health Forms” and at each Sycamore school. Forms should be completed and returned to the student’s school nurse by April 4, 2012. For more information, parents can visit www. or call the school nurse at their child’s school.


Pride in Excellence

Sycamore Junior High’s Pride in Excellence winners for January are, from left: kneeling, Olivia Sandoval, Karen Patrick, Paige Cassidy, Elenore Lopez, Lucas McCutcheon and Jordyn Schuster; standing, Jon Hedrick, Sidney Noah, Douglas Hoffmeister, Scott Multner, William Lawrence, Griffin Ramsey, David Muskal and Victoria Hester. Not pictured, J’mira Bittle, Louis Grace, De’oneiceia Riley and Michelle Johnson.


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Musician Wood inspires Indian Hill students By Forrest Sellers


Indian Hill High School engineering students Andrew Longbottom, left, Mikecarl Mootoo, Daniel Valentini and Ari Tepper display some of the toys they made from household items. Some of the toys they designed included a Styrofoam automobile and a slingshot which propels foam balls.

Toy project more than fun and games By Forrest Sellers

Engineering students at Indian Hill High School recently got a chance to be toy makers. As part of the “Engineering Your Future” class they designed their own toys using household items. “I’d always wanted to have a toy design class,” said technology teacher Dennis Dupps. “This was a way to touch on that.” However, it wasn’t just fun and games. The students divided up into teams and created toys that were

“I’d always wanted to have a toy design class. This was a way to touch on that.”

Dennis Dupps Indian Hill High School technology teacher

rated by a panel of judges, including a chemical engineer and a mechanical engineer from Procter and Gamble. “We had to follow guidelines like any other engineer,” said junior Mikecarl Mootoo of Kenwood. Mootoo’s team designed an aqua jet made out of foam blocks. “It takes a lot of planning.” Junior Daniel Valentini of

Kenwood agreed. “Even the simplest things take a lot of effort,” he said. “Once we started building it was challenging.” Valentini’s team created a slingshot from a tube and spring which propelled a foam ball. Each team started by brainstorming ideas and then coming up with a practical design. Mootoo said one of the

stipulations was the toy had to appeal to an 8 to 13 yearold. Some of the other toys the students designed included a Styrofoam automobile and a gumball machine. The winning design was a toy maze. Dupps said the engineering course was at a college level, but did tap into a fondness for youthful things. “Everybody has played with toys,” he said. For more about your community visit

Indian Hill orchestra students recently ventured into rock territory. The students performed a concert with Mark Wood, former orchestra master of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. It’s the third time Wood, who also rehearsed with the students, has visited the Indian Hill Schools. “The star power is cool,” said freshman Delaney Smith, who plays the violin and viola and is a resident of Indian Hill. Smith said it was also an opportunity to explore a different type of music. “It’s nice playing some of the more contemporary songs,” she said. Candace Putz, director of orchestras for Indian Hill schools and a resident of Symmes Township, said a diversity in music is impor-

tant. “I feel students need to have a wellrounded musical education,” she Wood said. “Along with the classics, they need to further their studies with rock and jazz.” Smith said Wood, who plays the electric violin, is very inspirational. “You’d think in two days (with him) you couldn’t pull a concert together, but his excitement and energy brings it together,” she said. The high school orchestra played Trans-Siberian Orchestra material arranged by Wood for the concert. Freshman Sheena Kothari, who plays the violin and is a resident of Kenwood, said, “The music is more challenging, but it’s also very upbeat.”

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Sycamore Junior High students participated in the 2011 District Science Fair Jan. 29 at Sycamore High School. From left: sitting, Pavan Nimmagadda, Isaac Goldstein and Isaac Harmon; standing, Ethan May and Shoyo Hakozaki, science department chairperson Heather Swensen, Principal Karen Naber and Naveen Viswanath.

Sycamore Junior High scores well at district science fair

Three groups and one individual represented Sycamore Junior High at the District Science Fair Jan. 29 at Sycamore High School. Teams consisting of Naveen Viswanath and Pavan Nimmagadda earned an ‘Excellent’ rating with their study of how added yeast affects a closed ecosystem. Students Isaac Harmon and Mish Goldenberg also scored an ‘Excellent’ rating with their study of bacterial resistance to chemical antimicrobial agents. The team of Isaac Gold-

stein and Ethan May scored a ‘Superior’ rating analyzing a swimmer’s reaction time to different frequency starting signals. Shoyo Hakozaki participated individually and also earned a ‘Superior’ rating demonstrating how the speed of the spinning disc of the Wimshurst machine affects the spark created. Teams and individuals earning a ‘Superior’ rating advance to the regional competition held at the University of Cincinnati Science and Engineering Expo March 12.

Indian Hill seeks new principal The Indian Hill Exempted Village School District will conduct a national search for a high school principal for the 2011-2012 school year. The district will be seeking input from the school community on key characteristics desired in the next principal. A survey will be emailed to district parents

and be available on the district’s website in early February. Effron & Associates, an educational consulting firm, will serve as the district’s search consultant. Candidates should submit a cover letter, résumé, and contact information for two references to Roger Effron at by March 4.


The week at CHCA

• The Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy boys swimming team placed sixth with a score of 20 in the Miami Valley Championship, Feb. 5. • In girls swimming, CHCA, placed fourth with a score of 256 in the Miami Valley Championship, Feb. 5. CHCA’s Kendall Hart won the 100 meter flystroke in 1 minute, 1.23 seconds; and Michelle Feeney won the 100 meter breaststroke in 1 minute, 11.05 seconds. • On Feb. 7, the Roger Bacon girls basketball team beat Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy 49-37. CHCA was led by Morgan Prescott with 19 points. • In boys diving, Moorehead placed first with a score of 436.80 in the Mason D2 Finals, Feb. 7. • In boys basketball, CHCA beat Cincinnati Christian 58-53, Feb. 8. CHCA’s topscorer was Nick Lawley with 28 points. • The CHCA girls basketball team lost 42-32 to Cincinnati Christian, Feb. 9. CHCA’s top-scorer was Morgan Prescott with 15 points.

The week at Sycamore

• The Sycamore boys swimming team placed first with a score of 473 in the Greater Miami Conference Championship, Feb. 5. Sycamore’s Manuel Gutierrez won the 200 meter freestyle in 1 minute, 42.53 seconds; Charlie Fry won the 100 meter freestyle in 48.57 seconds; Gutierrez won the 500 meter freestyle in 4 minutes, 41.22 seconds; Matt Schramm won the 100 meter breaststroke in 1 minute, 2.97 seconds; Sycamore won the 200 meter freestyle relay in 1 minute, 29.21 seconds; and the 400 meter freestyle relay in 3 minutes, 13.98 seconds. Sycamore’s Gutierrez was named Swimmer of the Year. Sycamore coach Dan Carl was named Coach of the Year. • In girls swimming, Sycamore placed third with a score of 339 in the Greater Miami Conference Championship, Feb. 5. Sycamore’s Sarah May won the 100 meter flystroke in 1 minute, .01 seconds. • In boys basketball, Sycamore lost 56-50 in overtime, Feb. 8. Sycamore was led by Kevin Clark with 20 points.

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Lady Aviators hang near the top By Scott Springer

Sometime back in the early 80s, in between Baton Rouge and Massachusetts, Paula Hayden decided to visit her brother in med school at UC. That visit proved to be fortuitous for Sycamore High School as the ex-college basketball player decided to inquire about teaching work and was subsequently hired. So much for a job at her old high school back east. The four-time letter-winner at Louisiana State University went from “Bayou Bengal” to a town proud to say, “Who Dey!” to the local Bengals. Sometimes things happen for a reason. Because of that sibling visit, Hayden has been a girls basketball coach at Sycamore ever since (10 years freshman/JV, 19 now with varsity). LSU was ranked No. 1 when she arrived there, so Hayden had been accustomed to winning. Not surprisingly, at Sycamore, the Lady Aves have been successful more often than not. Playing in the ultracompetitive Greater Miami Conference, Hayden racked up league titles in 1993 and 1994 and shared the crown with Colerain and Princeton in 2000. This season, Princeton is again in command, but Hayden's Aves are poised for a tourney attack after overcoming some injuries. “I feel like we’re going to be healthy for the tournament,” Hayden said. Leading scorer Ashley Schaefer (senior) has battled a thumb/wrist issue, junior center Keri Kleist has missed some time and junior Chloe Pavlech has had various “dings” most of the season. “She’s finally playing some good basketball,” said Hayden of the


Sycamore’s Chloe Pavlech (15) guards Mason’s Jenna Gunn (44) in the first period of their Feb. 5 game. Mason won the game at Sycamore in overtime 44-39. Pavlech, a Maryland commit, scored 11 in the Lady Aves’ loss. JOSEPH FUQUA II/CONTRIBUTOR

Sycamore’s Keri Kleist (14) shoots over Mason’s Jenna Gunn (44) in the first quarter of the Lady Aves’ game at Sycamore Feb. 5. Mason prevailed in overtime 44-39. Kleist had six points, three assists and three steals for coach Paula Hayden’s Lady Aves in the GMC contest. future Maryland Terrapin. Pavlech's health issues caused a shooting slump that she admitted recently in a Community Press interview. The veteran coach Hayden offers up the logical explanation. “She’s the type of kid that goes beyond practice,” said Hayden. “She comes up on Sundays or stays after practice to get an extra two or three hundred shots. While she was missing practice from injury, she wasn’t getting her extra shooting and that definitely hurt her.” Pavlech thus far is Hayden's lone Division I recruit, but she thinks Schaefer and Kleist could

attract some looks. Obviously, with those three hurt at different times, the Aviator plane was not firing on all cylinders. With that trio and some others, Hayden hopes to make a late-month run. “I think we’re going to turn it on in the tournament,” Hayden said. “Alexis Newbold (junior guard) has been coming along. All the pieces have been coming together just in time. I’ve got a sophomore, Hannah Locke, that’s jumped into the rotation in the last six or seven games. We’re deeper than we’ve been since the start.” Hayden credits some of the extra shooting the Lady Aves have put in

for her optimism, even though shooting is usually something developed over the summer. “When you get into the season, you take that extra time to get into the gym before practice starts or stay after,” Hayden said. “It’s amazing what 10 minutes can do.” Over 29 years, a coach can influence a lot of students and see a lot of changes. Hayden's seen a lot of families in her tenure and she even recalls the mother of her point guard. “Chloe’s mom (Pavlech), when I first came to Sycamore, I did not have her.” Hayden said. “She was actually a swimmer, but she was a student there. I’ve had tons of sisters.” The current crop of Sycamore girls under Hayden's command squares off Feb. 19 with the Oak Hills/Withrow winner.

Hart, Feeney lead CHCA swimmers By Nick Dudukovich

Backed by the strong performances of junior Michelle Feeney of Montgomery and freshman Kendall Hart of West Chester, the Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy girls swim team turned in a solid fourth-place performance at the Miami Valley Conference Championships, Feb. 5. Feeney finished first in the 100-yard breaststroke and third in the 200-yard individual medley. Hart finished first in the 100-yard butterfly and second in the 200-yard individual medley. Hart, who hopes to qualify for state this season, said she was hoping for a strong performance at the championships and is happy to see her hard work pay off. “Swimming is kind of my life,” Hart said. “It’s a lot of hard work, but at the end of the day, it’s definitely

The week at Ursuline

• The Ursuline girls basketball team beat Mercy 3726, Feb. 8. Ursuline’s topscorer was Ellie Greiner with 10 points. On Feb. 10, Mount Notre Dame beat Ursuline 49-46. Ursuline’s top-scorer was Ellie Greiner with 18 points. • In girls bowling on Feb. 10, McAuley beat Ursuline 2,384-2,288. Ursuline’s Kara Strasser bowled a 384.

The week at Moeller

• The Moeller wrestling team beat Lakota East 51-11, Feb. 5. Moeller’s Andrew Mendel beat Landers 4-0; Brian MacVeigh pinned Brown in 1 minute, 28 seconds; Joey Ward pinned Jenkins in 2 minutes, 57 seconds; Tyler Ziegler beat Miller 5-4; Dakota Sizemore pinned Helton in 1 minute, 56 seconds; Michael Blum pinned Davenport in 3 minutes, 25 seconds; Krieg Greco beat Maness 6-1; Alex Powell beat Burton 3-0; Jerry Thornberry beat Ray 9-2; Chalmer Fureauf pinned Detherage in 23 seconds; and Caleb Denny pinned Bowman in 5 minutes, 22 seconds.

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worth it… I’m only a freshman and I’ve already experienced the exhilaration of winning league and getting payback for all the work I’ve put in.” Feeney, like Hart, is glad to see the returns on her investment of time and hard work. “It’s a long road and when you’re outside in September, it’s hard to think about February,” Feeney said. “There’s times you don’t want to go to the pool, but that’s when it’s most critical. You can look to your hard work and hope that it’s paid off.” Hart and Feeney have also been factors on the Lady Eagles’ relay teams this year. The duo were joined by Stephanie Schlosser and Ellen Russo in the 200-yard freestyle relay, which placed second at the MVC Championships. In the 200-yard freestyle relay, Feeney and Hart teamed up with Russo and

Anna Love to place second. Both Hart and Feeney relish the opportunity to be a part of a team in a sport that is known for its individual merits. “I love relays,” Feeney said. “I got second in the medley relay, and it’s fun to cheer on the rest of the team, especially when it’s close. It’s fun to work together…” Hart said relays bring out the best of her ability. “Those races encourage me to go faster because I’m trying to do it more for my team,” she said. While the Eagles will give their best shots during the postseason, Feeney said that 2010-2011 campaign has already been a fantastic season. “This season has been such a positive experience for all of us involved,” she said. “The whole ride through has been phenomenal, and I couldn’t have asked for a better season.”

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Sycamore diver to districts

Andrianna DiMasso of Sycamore High School dives during the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s Southwest Ohio District Diving Championships at Miami University in Oxford Feb. 9. DiMasso finished 12th with a score of 344.95 to qualify for the district meet.

Ursuline Academy’s Bridget Blood grabbed first place in the 200 individual medley at the Division I Mason sectional championships, Feb. 12. Blood also grabbed the top spot in the 100 breaststroke and was a part of the first-place 200 freestyle relay team, as well as the 200 medley relay squad. LIZ DUFOUR/STAFF


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February 16, 2011

Sports & recreation

Coach smooths ice – literally – for Crusaders By Scott Springer

Mike Reeder, the all-time winningest coach in Moeller hockey history, works at The Cincinnati Gardens and drives the “Zamboni.” And, he loves it. “I work on the ice side of the business,” Reeder said. “I work with youth hockey and high school teams. Other people are working on the Rollergirls, football (Commandos) that kind of stuff.” In his spare time, he coaches the most storied program in Cincinnati high school hockey history. A lot of that’s because most schools don’t offer the sport. Others have club teams. At Moeller, they’ll soon approach their 30th year of existence. “Probably the next closest team would be like Centerville,” Reeder said. “But, in Cincinnati, Moeller was the first in 1982-1983.” Reeder’s been the Crusaders coach for the last seven years and coached the JV team for a year before that. The program will notch its 500th win this season and Reeder’s been on the winning side of the scoreboard for quite a chunk of those. You won’t find a plethora of rinks in the Tristate, but those around them are familiar with Moeller hockey. “Hockey is a strange sport in terms that it’s just not as available,” Reeder said. “Hockey people are driven; they look for it and we’ve got a nice little cpohiosports

group.” Because of its established success, Reeder has little problem getting new players to suit up in blue and gold. “I don’t recruit,” Reeder said. “I don’t go out talking to kids or anything. My kids do that. I just kind of let that take care of itself.” What Reeder offers is a lot of hard work and a competitive schedule. The end result has been a pretty dominant run locally. “Everyone works hard, and every year is different,” Reeder said. “We’ve beaten St. X twice this year and tied Sycamore. Elder is still building and the club teams are Lakota East and West, Mason – I like to think we’re at the top of the heap.” The local success can be attributed to Moeller’s travel schedule which might rival Gov. John Kasich’s. “We’ve played the No. 1 team in the state, the No. 2 team in the state and the No. 5,” Reeder said. “We went to Oxford at Thanksgiving and they bring some good teams into Miami (University). We went to Cleveland over Christmas and Toledo over Martin Luther King weekend. We’ve also scrimmaged a team from Michigan and three teams from Cleveland. Every non-league game that we can play a northern team, we try.” Reeder’s team is young overall with nine sophomores, five juniors (two of which are goalies) and only three seniors. “They probably can go play ‘club’ anywhere,” Reeder said of his seniors. “When you start talking Divisions III, II and I with scholarships, I might have one kid that could (play) if they’d invest in him (Kyle Bobay).” Senior Bobay is among the league leaders in goals and assists, while captain Ben Fessel and assistant captain Alex Land have “lit the lamp” and shared the puck in numbers just shy of Bobay’s. “They’re just great guys,” Reeder said. “They give me everything they’ve got.” Reeder also has several multi-talented players who take advantage of Moeller’s other offerings and reputa-

tion. While some stick to the demanding sport year ‘round, others just switch uniforms. “Bobay plays football,” Reeder said. “Nick Meece (sophomore) plays baseball. Quinn Collison and Alex Burgdorf (also sophomores) play lacrosse. I’d say half of them are multi-sport guys.” Enhancing Moeller’s success on the ice is their ability to skate at the employer of the head coach – Cincinnati Gardens. Modeled after Toronto’s famed Maple Leaf Gardens and once termed, “The Hockey Barn of Bedlam” by one-time Cyclones announcer Terry Ficorelli, the surrounding stone and wood can make for a loud venue giving Moeller a distinct advantage. Unfortunately, not all of the Crusaders are up on the history of the building that has housed several hockey teams and a NBA team. “I don’t know that they know all that,” Reeder said. “But, they certainly have come to love it. Mr. Robinson’s family has been great to us. The kids come in and they’ve got the old (Cincinnati Mighty) Ducks (American Hockey League) locker room, the old Cyclones (ECHL/IHL) locker room. It’s a hard place to lose in! I don’t know of any other high school that plays in this big of a building. The only one that would be close would be probably Talawanda who plays in Oxford.” If Reeder can’t pass on those history lessons, his chief assistant can. Pat McLeod was a Cyclone back in the day and provides great guidance and inspiration to some of the Crusaders considering playing beyond high school. Last year Moeller switched hockey leagues to Columbus and the Capital Conference, so they’re already exposed to the quality talent players would see at advanced levels. “With the Blue Jackets there, that’s really the hotbed of hockey in Ohio,” said Reeder. “In the next five years I can see the competition being a little bit tougher.” That’s just what Mike Reeder is seeking for his program.


Kaitlyn Click of Batavia, left, daughter of Dave and Kristy Click, signs a letter of intent to join the Division I swimming at Miami University in Oxford. Michelle Platz of Montgomery, daughter of Tony and Peggy Platz, signs a letter of intent to play Division I lacrosse at The University of Maryland.

Click, Platz sign on for college sports Two St. Ursula Academy seniors participated in a signing ceremony Nov. 16 for their national letters of intent to play college sports. Kaitlyn Click of Batavia, daughter of Dave and Kristy Click, has committed to Division I Swimming at Miami University in Oxford. Michelle Platz of Montgomery, daughter of Tony and Peggy Platz, has committed to play Division I Lacrosse at The University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Click has spent all four of her years at St. Ursula on the varsity swimming and diving team. She won the Coaches Award for 2010. She was a 2010 sectional, district and state qualifier in the 500-Freestyle. She also received a 2010 Ohio Division I Honorable mention in the 500-Free. She trains with the Anderson Barracudas and excels at the distance events. She is part of the National YMCA Team and a national qualifier in the 500 free, 1000 free and 1650 free. She is said to train with determination and received the Most Improved Award from the Barracudas for 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2010. In addition to her accomplishments in the pool, she is a member of the National Honor Society and has a cumulative grade

Archbishop Moeller High School is conducting its annual Sports Stag on Thursday, Feb. 24, at Moeller, honoring its State Championship athletes, coaches, and Hall of Fame members. “We are very excited about this year’s 50th Anniversary Moeller Sports

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Schoolgirls Lacrosse Coaches Association 2010 All District Award, Ohio Schoolgirls Lacrosse Coaches Association 2010 All State Award, Saint Ursula Academy Lacrosse 2010 Coaches Award Platz is a member of the National Honor Society and has First Honors at St. Ursula with a cumulative GPA over 4.09. Off the field, she also is active in many SUA Clubs and Student Outreach. She is committed to community service and has participated in SUA’s mission trips to Lucy’s Mission in Harlan County, Ky., in Spring 2009, Thanksgiving 2009 and will travel again next week for the 2010 trip to Harlan County, Ky. She is a member of the Catholic Social Teaching Action Team (CSTAT), the Saint Ursula Academy Life Club, and the Girls Athletic Association Platz’s SUA varsity lacrosse coach, Bridget Klare, said this about her: “Michelle has been a defining force for our Lacrosse Program. She is a selfless, natural leader who can intuit when to take over or yield as a support teammate depending on the situation on the field. Michelle's impact at UMBC will be of great magnitude and we wish her the best in her future endeavors.”

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point over 4.1. She also volunteers as part of the St. Ursula Student Outreach Services at the Ronald McDonald Branch. Her SUA swim coach, Ann Gartner, has this to say about Click: “Kaitlyn has been one of the hardest working swimmers I have had at St. Ursula Academy. She has the perfect mindset for a swimmer in that she lives up to the challenge of tough practices each and every day. Her work ethic pays off in the results she achieves. She is continuing to achieve lifetime bests in her events. There is no doubt that she will continue that success as a Miami Redhawk.” Platz became a Member of St. Ursula’s junior varsity and varsity lacrosse team freshman year, played varsity sophomore year, and was the varsity co-captain junior year. In addition to lacrosse, she played SUA soccer her freshman year. Platz is a member of Midwestern Force Lacrosse, where she played from 2008-2010. She has several Girls Greater Cincinnati League awards and accomplishments in Lacrosse, including GGCL 2009 Lacrosse second-team All-Star, GGCL 2010 Lacrosse First Team All-Star, GGCL 2010 Player of the Year Award, Ohio

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Stag,” alumni director Jim Stofko said. “We are going to celebrate the great traditions that have been built over the last 50 years. Former players, coaches, and staff are coming in town to share their experiences with ESPN Radio and NFL Network Host Tom Waddle. Dennis Janson, Channel 9’s sports anchor, will be our emcee.” This year’s Moeller Hall of Fame inductees include: • Dr. Frank Cianciolo, the school’s first team physician • Coach Ted Bacigalupo • Matt Godar ’93 (hockey): He will be the first hockey player to be inducted into the Moeller Hall of Fame. • Greg Hudson ’85 (baseball and football): Football all-state & allAmerican, he went on to play both football and baseball at the University of Notre Dame and is currently

assistant head coach at Florida State University. • Eric Surkamp ’05 (baseball): Surkamp has many school records including first all-time with a career 0.73 ERA. He is currently pitching in the Giants organization. This is a limited-seating even. Sign up online at while seats remain available. Proceeds from this year’s stag will help fund tuition for Moeller alumni sons who need financial assistance. Tickets cost $85 and corporate tables are available for $1,000. The stag begins at 5:30 p.m. with a VIP social. Dinner is at 7 p.m., and new hall of fame inductees will be presented at 8 p.m. At 8:30 p.m., the program begins with the master of ceremonies, ESPN’s Tom Waddle, a Moeller class of 1985 graduate.

SIDELINES Men’s baseball signups

The Anderson Men’s Senior Baseball League (MSBL) is accepting signups for the spring season for its 35-plus league. The league began playing Hardball in fall of 2002. Registration will be Feb. 22 at Buffalo Wild Wings (BW3) from 7- 8 p.m. BW3 is located at 5240 Beechmont Ave. The league will have a practice and registration from 1-3 p.m., Sundays, March 6 and 13, at Riverside Park in Anderson Township. The cost is $145, plus $55 for

MLB Jersey and hat for new players. This is an opportunity for men to play and enjoy the game of baseball. For more information, call John Gruenberg at 254-8221 or e-mail The website for Anderson MSBL is . Signups will also be from 7-8 p.m., Tuesday, March 22, at BW3, for the 18-plus league, which will be starting its fourth year. This league has doubled in size and will continue to expand. The fall 35-plus league will have signups in early August.


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Intersecting thoughts Visitors to Symmestownship posted these comments about the planned widening of the Remington Road/Loveland-Madeira Road intersection, scheduled to begin as early as March 1: “It’s about frickin time. But why didn’t they do about 1.5 years ago when they redid that intersection. It would have saved us taxpayers $$$. I bet the guys in charge get raises and bonuses every year for looking ahead and doing a great job on planning.” IDGAFF “So a streetcar project is a boondoggle, but spending billions on roads is just hunky dory?” CincyCapelli “This intersection cost will be about $3 million (with an ‘m’ not a ‘b’), and cost about $10,000 in maintenence per year. Or $3.2 million over a 10-year period. It serves a few thousand people every day. “The choo-choo train’s cost is at least $300-plus million (10 times that) to build (but probably more), and will cost $100 million per year to operate. That’s $1 billion over a 10-year period. Also projected to serve a few thousand people a day. “So, if I’m going to help a thousand people per day, every day, for the next 10 years: which is less: $3.2 million for an intersection or a $1 billion choo choo train? “Easy call, to me.” shallora

Backing away from the trough Visitors to posted these comments to a story about how some school districts, including Madeira, that

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You can comment on stories by visiting and choosing your community’s home page: had planned to put a tax measure on the May ballot got cold feet days before deadline thanks to uncertainty over state funding and increased voter pressure. Deer Park Schools have a bond issue on the May ballot: “(Ohio Gov. John) Kasich should live up to his campaign promises and not stand against outsourcing like his predecessor. Ohio should take the lead and outsource education to cut costs. “ will provide our kids better alternatives with quality education at a low price. State funding needs to be redirected here as soon as possible. Cutting salaries will not draw quality teachers to our schools so the best alternative is to outsource education.” masondad “Schools need to get rid of some excess baggage before asking for more money. I worked for a school district for 25 years and when a levy passes they create jobs to spend the money. When time get tight they need to trim the budget before asking for more.” theshern “If suburban districts weren’t increasing numbers of students each year, your advice would make more sense. If schools could have the freedom to make educational decisions without intrusion from the state and federal government, they could be more efficient. If demand for educational services

CH@TROOM Feb. 9 questions

What is the most romantic Valentine’s Day gift you’ve received or given? What made it so special? “I’ve been married for 27 years to the most thoughtful and romantic man. He never forgets Valentine’s Day and I always receive beautiful gifts. “No individual one stands out, they have all been romantic and special.” E.E.C. “Most romantic Valentine’s Day gift; being a man, this isn’t a big deal to me. But I think my wife enjoys what I do every year, which is to write her a funny poem, with a few ‘suggestive’ verses sometimes. I wonder if anyone will answer ‘Vermont Teddy Bear’ or ‘Pajamagram?’ Those TV commercials get so annoying at this time of year.” B.B. “After the Super Bowl I would have like some questions on the commercials. There were a few really questionable ones (in my

For some, handmade Valentines are the best gift.

Next questions Sycamore Community Schools and the Sycamore Education Association (the teachers bargaining unit) have about another month to notify the other side that they want to reopen negotations on their contract, which is set to expire in August. What changes, if any, would you like to see in the contract? What do you think of the plans for the new Horseshoe Casino at Broadway Commons, and do you think you will patronize the casino? Why or why not? Every week The Northeast Suburban Life asks readers a questions that they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with “chatroom” in the subject line. opinion). I would like to know if anyone else thought the same way. “For instance: Pepsi ... ‘I want to go to bed with her ...’ The shoe commercial with her trainer ... ‘you’re the best I’ve ever had ...’ “How bold are we getting and where is the protection of the children who are also in the living room? How to bring this up for discussion and awareness.” W.D.

Work to widen the intersection of Loveland-Madeira Road and Remington Road may begin as early as March 1. What do you think of the widening plans? Will they make the intersection safer? No responses.

increases, then schools should be able to raise prices to meet it. What we have is increased demand and cuts in revenue.” mgs3bes “Online learning is only one source of creating educational efficiencies. It cannot serve the needs of all students, however. It may not be appropriate for some students. Still gotta have classrooms and teachers.” mgs3bes “Probably a little extreme, but in my opinion two things could go a long way to fix the school mess we are in.... “1) I would not necessarily advocate cutting salaries benefits directly. but instead would like to break the union and allow free competition for teaching jobs. There are so many ‘protectionist’ policies/laws in place to keep mediocre teachers in and new ones out. Allowing competition here will resolve salaries/ benefits on their own. “2 )Funding. Using property values in a school district is a horrible way to fund public schools – leading to ‘boom and bust’ cycles. Supreme court of Ohio has ruled it unconstitutional, why are we not fixing it?” cincysinner “Hey realities are changing, some school districts may no longer be able to function on their own anymore. A neighborhood school district is a choice of the community, if it becomes too expensive, then it can merge with another district and save costs. This is what needs to happen with Little Miami. The residents have a threshold for what they will support, and can no longer support that threshold so bye bye, Little Miami. It is just the economic realities of the day. Lockland is another distric facing the same fate. I think Madiera should go too. They could merge with Indian Hill and save their residents considerable tax dollars and have just as good if not a better education. “Fact is, School levies are not about


Frank Krailler, owner of Montgomery Transmissions on Loveland-Madeira Road, hopes the construction planned for the Loveland Madeira Road and Remington Road intersection helps reduce major accidents and reduce traffic problems around the intersection where he has been in business for 28 years. the children, but more about bureaucrats and the mess they created. Secondly, most school leaders have absolutely no idea how to run a business (school like anything else is a businss) and they are just as responsible for the mess.” jj100 “According to Ohio Department of Education, the 600 plus school districts spend approximately 85 cents of every tax dollar on salaries, benefits and contractural staffing and pensions. That leaves approximately 15 cents to take care of the buildings and education (yes edcuate Little Suzie and Johnny) who still cannot pass the state proficiency tests in math and reading with a 75 percent or better. “In some districts that cost is more like 91 cents for every tax dollar. That is because the health care we the tax payers are paying for are almost $18,000 per family of four, we pay 95 percent of their health care costs and they pay 5 percent. Do the math, and that is $900 a year they pay or $75 a month or $17 a week. “And teachers complain they have it

so rough when again according to the Ohio Department of Education the average salary in Ohio School Districts (average) is $62K per year. Take that with tenure (cannot be fired) retire after 20 years ... and I should have been a teacher.” KnowReality “Is this what the problem is? You would prefer to lower the salary by cutting individual teacher’s salary/benefits? What are you going to say when your child is now placed in a classroom that holds 75 students with a teacher who is teaching their first year on an accelerated schedule due to mandated testing because the experienced teachers have left the school or taken early retirement? Are you going to complain about how your child is being cheated by the very same system you worked (with 40 people attending a meeting) to pare down? “I say we make teachers a contractor. For every student who graduates that the teacher had taught, the teacher receives $5,000 at the time of the student’s graduation.” fistfoh

Colon cancer screening important for anyone over 50 March is colon cancer awareness month. Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in the U.S. with 6 percent of the population developing this preventable disease in their lifetime. It affects all races and is equal in women and men, occurring more frequently after age 50. People at higher risk include those with a family history of colon cancer or polyps (especially if less than age 60 at time of diagnosis), family history of other cancers (uterus, ovary and kidney), personal history of ulcerative colitis, Crohns disease, diabetes, or obesity. Colon cancer tends to develop slowly over years as some polyps (growths in the colon lining) may become cancerous. If polyps are removed early, colon cancer can be prevented. Symptoms may occur later when the disease is more advanced and may include: change in bowel habits, frequent constipation or diarrhea, rectal bleeding, unexplained weight loss or anemia, abdominal discomfort or bloating. Many other conditions could cause these same symptoms and should be discussed with your physician. Life style modification and screening can reduce the risk of colon cancer. Maintaining an ideal body weight, regular exercise, smoking cessation, decreasing red meat and increasing vegetable and fruit

consumption can be helpful. P r o p e r screening can significantly reduce the risk of colon cancer by up to 90 percent. Dr. David UnfortunateMangels ly, only about 50 percent of Community Americans have Press guest been screened. columnist S e v e r a l screening options are available and many are covered by Medicare and major insurance carriers. A full colonoscopy is the most complete examination and the only method that simultaneously allows for removal of polyps during the procedure. Testing stool for hidden blood, flexible sigmoidoscopy and barium enema may be useful, but are not as accurate in detecting polyps or cancer as colonoscopy. Many medical organizations recommend a screening colonoscopy be performed at least every 10 years for average risk patients beginning at age 50. If polyps are found, follow-up intervals may be shorter than 10 years. Higher risk patients may need to be screened earlier. The American College of Gastroenterology recommends African-Americans of average risk start screening at age 45. Colonoscopy is considered the

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best test to prevent colon cancer when performed by a qualified physician. Colonoscopy is effective, safe and comfortable for the vast majority of patients. Newer bowel preparations done to cleanse the colon use smaller amounts of laxatives and are commonly split into two doses to improve the process. Expert ambulatory outpatient centers follow strict quality and safety guidelines. Your physician’s personal quality standards to ensure a safe and successful examination include: specialized intensive training (generally a gastroenterologist), evaluation of the entire colon for polyps for more than six minutes, and detection and removal of pre-cancerous polyps in more than 15 percent of examinations for women and more that 25 percent of examinations for men. Colon cancer is a preventable disease. Screening and early detection can significantly reduce the risk of colon cancer and needs to be done even when no symptoms are present. It is important to be screened and to encourage family and friends as well, it could save your or a loved one’s life. Dr. David G. Mangels is with the Ohio Gastroenterology and Liver Institute ( on Cornell Road and governor, Southern Ohio, The American College of Gastroenterology ( He lives in Loveland.



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Pioneering spirit Fourth-graders from Indian Hill Elementary School once again visited the past. They participated in a Pioneer Day at Livingston Lodge. The youngsters, a number of them dressed in period costume, made candles, churned butter, spun yarn and sawed wood. The event, which is coordinated by the school’s Parent Teacher Organization, has become an annual tradition.


Columbia Tusculum resident Dinese Young, a volunteer at Livingston Lodge, details some of the activities in which the youngsters can participate.

Master spinner Pat Maley, center, of Delhi Township shows kindergartner Eloise Young of Columbia Tusculum and fourth-grader Connor Morris of Kenwood how to spin yarn on a spindle.

Fourth-grader Emily Moreria, left, of Indian Hill, learns how to play “Hot Cross Buns” on a dulcimer with the help of dulcimer player Russ Childers and his wife, Barb, of Batavia. Fourth-graders Lauryn James, left, of Camp Dennison and Rachel Volk of Indian Hill use rocks to hammer a heartshaped design into strips of tin.

Fourth-grader Henry DiGennaro of Indian Hill learns the art of basket weaving.

Parent volunteer Jacki Perry, left, of Indian Hill and fourth-grader Billy Tull of Kenwood wash and mold butter before putting it in a butter churn.

Parent volunteer Kristen Ackermann, left, of Indian Hill shows fourthgrader Trey Skidmore of Indian Hill how to quilt with a long stitch.

Fourth-grader Elizabeth Woods, left, of Indian Hill molds a corn husk into an arm for a corn husk doll. She is watched by her mother, Teri.

Fourth-graders Ingrid Ackermann, left, and Jessica Silver, both of Indian Hill, go through the process of making candles.


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Caregiving 101, 6:30-8 p.m., Barrington of Oakley, 4855 Babson Place, Third Floor Activity Room. Information on maintaining balance as caregiver, how to solve caregiving problems, learning from experience of others and guilt/stress. With Margaret Iannaci, coordinator of the Caregiver Assistance Network, and Barbara Thompson, director of community development. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Caregiver Assistance Network. 929-4483. Oakley.


National Great Black in Wax Museum Exhibit, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Macy’s, 7800 Montgomery Road. Lower Level Entrance. Figures of uplifting and inspiring AfricanAmerican role models. From superstars to lesser-known historical characters. Free. 247-6411; Kenwood.

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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.


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


Sonny’s Solo Blues, 7-11 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, 697-9705; Loveland.


Shane Mauss, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $8, $4 college and military night. Ages 18 and up. 984-9288; Montgomery.



Shane Mauss, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $12. Ages 18 and up. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Cincinnati Brass Band, 7 p.m., Deer Park High School, 8351 Plainfield Road. Auditorium. Winter Concert. With Carmon DeLeone, Michael Chertock and Nancy James. Larry Handley, WCPO Channel 9 on-air personality, master of ceremonies. Free refreshments. Benefits FreeStore FoodBank. $10, $5 seniors and students. Presented by Cincinnati Brass Band. 729-1950; Deer Park.



Earth Day Celebration, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Blue Ash Nature Park, 745-8644; e-mail pbehm@; Blue Ash. S A T U R D A Y, F E B . 1 9


Improving Your Golf Game with Yoga, 10 a.m.-noon, Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road. Build strength, focus, calm, flexibility and manage pain in off season while you prepare for next year’s golf outings. Ages 18 and up. $50. Reservations required. Presented by Roger Null and Dan Erdman. Through March 19. 745-6261. Blue Ash.


Earth Day Celebration, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Blue Ash Nature Park, 4433 Cooper Road. Volunteers needed for April 15. Presented by Blue Ash Recreation Department. Through April 14. 745-8644; e-mail pbehm@blueash. com; Blue Ash. F R I D A Y, F E B . 1 8

BENEFITS Deer Park Athletic Boosters Ball Drop, 6 p.m., Deer Park High School, 8351 Plainfield Road. Balls dropped from gym ceiling; ball that lands closest to designated spot wins half the pot. Maximum of 1,000 balls sold. Benefits Deer Park High School. $5 per ball purchase. Presented by Deer Park Athletic Boosters. 891-0010. Deer Park. FOOD & DRINK

Wine Bar Tasting, 4-7 p.m., The Wine Store, 9905 Montgomery Road. Friday tastings with John, the wine-bar-keep. Fifty cents per taste. 984-9463; Montgomery.

Sonny’s Solo Blues, 4-6 p.m., Guitar Lovers, 7342 Kenwood Road. 793-1456; Sycamore Township.


The Gamut, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Silverton Cafe, 7201 Montgomery Road. Free. 791-2922. Silverton.


Shane Mauss, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $12. Ages 21 and up. 984-9288; Montgomery. S U N D A Y, F E B . 2 0



The Cemetery Club, 8 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road. By Ivan Menchell. Directed by Steve Suskin. $15, $12 students and with groups of 10 or more in advance. Presented by Stagecrafters. Through March 3. 793-6237. Amberley Village.


Blues Merchants, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Shady O’Grady’s Pub, 9443 Loveland-Madeira Road. 791-2753. Symmes Township.



Designing Hot Kitchens and Cool Baths, 6:30 p.m., Neal’s Design Remodel Gallery, 7770 E. Kemper Road. Project consultants and designers discuss trends in kitchen and bath design. Light fare provided. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Neal’s Design Remodel. 489-7700. Sharonville.

Designing Hot Kitchens and Cool Baths, 10:30 a.m., Neal’s Design Remodel Gallery. Free. 489-7700. Sharonville. Bells of the World, 1-4:30 p.m., Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 201 Riverside Drive. Collection of bells from around the world by Marilyn Grismere, bell collector since 2004. Free. 683-5692. Loveland.

The Hanky Panks, 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m., Silverton Cafe, 7201 Montgomery Road. 791-2922. Silverton.




Laurel and Hardy Film Evening, 6:45 p.m., Seasons Retirement Community, 7300 Dearwester Drive. Auditorium. Films are a cartoon, an “Our Gang” a Little Rascals short and a Charley Chase sound short. Laurel and Hardy in “The Finishing Touch,” One Good Turn” and “Busy Bodies.” Plus extra film surprises and raffle. Bring snacks and beverages to share. $5, free ages 12 and under. Registration required. Presented by The Sons of the Desert. 559-0112; www.thechimp Kenwood.


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


Macy’s Black History Month Program, Noon-3 p.m., Macy’s, 7800 Montgomery Road. African-American storytelling by Omope Carter Daboiku, crafts by Annie Ruth and the Eye of the Artist and others. Music by the Cincinnati Super Choir and a performance of “A Black Anthology of Music” by Kathy Wade. Family friendly. Free. 2476411; Kenwood.


The nationally recognized children’s drawing program, Young Rembrandts: Cartooning, will be offered from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, at the Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road. The program runs weekly through March 24 and is designed for ages 6-13. Cost is $70. Registration is required. The program is presented by Blue Ash Recreation Department. Call 779-5858, or visit for more information. Pictured are drawings by 7-year-olds in a past Young Rembrandts program. M O N D A Y, F E B . 2 1

AUDITIONS Leading Ladies, 7 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road. Cast requirements are: five men, stage ages 20 to 60, and three women, stage ages 30 and older. Auditions will consist of readings from the script. Free. Presented by Mariemont Players Inc. Through Feb. 22. 451-6338; Columbia Township. COOKING CLASSES

Young Chef’s Academy Cooking Class, 6:30-8 p.m., Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road. Celebration sticks, meringue snowflakes and biscotti. Ages 714. Learn joy of cooking in child-friendly environment. $35; $30 when you register with a friend. Registration required. Presented by Young Chefs Academy Cincinnati. 7458550; Blue Ash.


Bread Making Workshop, 1-4 p.m., Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road. Learn to make whole-grain bread with Grail member Elizabeth Robinson. Part of Grailville’s 2011 Good Earth/Good Eats Series. $45. Reservations required. 683-2340; Loveland.

Happiest Baby on the Block, 6:45 p.m., Bethesda North Hospital, 10500 Montgomery Road. How to turn on your newborn’s calming reflex, the “off-switch” for crying. Includes Parent Kit containing “Happiest Baby on the Block” DVD. $50 per couple. Registration required. 475-4500; Montgomery.



My Story, My Voice, 1-4 p.m., Women Writing for a Change, 6906 Plainfield Road. Weekly through March 20. Workshop for girls grades 4-7 to strengthen voices through art of writing and creation of community. Each class contains writing, art, movement, and group activities. $149. Registration required. Presented by Women Writing for a Change Foundation. 272-1171. Silverton.


National Great Black in Wax Museum Exhibit, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Macy’s. Free. 2476411; Kenwood.


Shane Mauss, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, $8, $4 bar and restaurant employee appreciation night. Ages 18 and up. 984-9288; Montgomery.


The Cemetery Club, 3 p.m., Mayerson JCC, $15, $12 students and with groups of 10 or more in advance. 793-6237. Amberley Village.

Earth Day Celebration, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Blue Ash Nature Park, 745-8644; e-mail; Blue Ash. T U E S D A Y, F E B . 2 2


HypnoBirthing, 6:45 p.m., Bethesda North Hospital, 10500 Montgomery Road. Childbirth series rejects myth that suffering must accompany labor. $200 for 10-week package. Registration required. 475-4500; Montgomery.


Earth Day Celebration, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Blue Ash Nature Park, 745-8644; e-mail; Blue Ash. T H U R S D A Y, F E B . 2 4

MUSIC - ACOUSTIC Bob Cushing, 6-10 p.m., Applebee’s. Free. 769-6201. Blue Ash. MUSIC - BLUES

Sonny’s Solo Blues, 7-11 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 697-9705; Loveland.


The Cemetery Club, 8 p.m., Mayerson JCC, $15, $12 students and with groups of 10 or more in advance. 793-6237. Amberley Village.


Earth Day Celebration, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Blue Ash Nature Park, 745-8644; e-mail; Blue Ash. F R I D A Y, F E B . 2 5



Leading Ladies, 7 p.m., Walton Creek Theater. Free. 451-6338; www.mariemontplayers. com. Columbia Township.

Friday Night Flicks N’ Fun, 6-8:30 p.m., Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road. Games, crafts, dinner and movie. Ages 6-10. $15. Presented by Blue Ash Recreation Department. 745-8550; Blue Ash.



In the Garden: It’s a Family Affair, 7-8:30 p.m., Turner Farm, 7400 Given Road. The Allium Family. A discussion on the bulbs: Onions, scallions, leeks and shallots. With Melinda O’Briant, Turner Farm garden manager. Gardening classes for the whole family with focus on vegetables by families or similarities. $12 per class. Registration required. 561-7400; Indian Hill.

Wine Bar Tasting, 4-7 p.m., The Wine Store, Fifty cents per taste. 984-9463; Montgomery.

For more about Greater Cincinnati’s dining, music, events, movies and more, go to Grapevine Winter Wine Tasting Series, 7-11 p.m., Greenacres Arts Center, 8400 Blome Road. Benefits Greenacres Student’s Transportation Fund. Ages 21 and up. $40. Reservations required. Presented by Greenacres Foundation. 793-2787. Indian Hill. S A T U R D A Y, F E B . 2 6


Canvas and Kids, 10 a.m.-noon, Cheers to Art!, 7700 Camargo Road. Participants take home one-of-a-kind paintings, ready to hang on the wall. Family friendly. $25. 271-2793. Madeira.


Deer Park Band Cake Walk, 6:30-10 p.m., Deer Park High School, 8351 Plainfield Road. Gym. Door prizes, musical chairs, bid and buys, basket raffles and grand raffle. Grand Raffle tickets: $1 each or six for $5. Benefits Deer Park Band Programs. $2, $1 ages 12 and under; free children under age 2. Presented by Deer Park Band Sponsors. 3684489; Deer Park. A’Cat’emy Awards Extravaganza, 6:30-10 p.m., Maggiano’s Little Italy, 7875 Montgomery Road. $50. Reservations required. Presented by Ohio Alleycat Resource & Spay/Neuter Clinic. 675-0628; e-mail; www.ohioalleycat. org. Sycamore Township.


Samba Jazz Syndicate, 7-10 p.m., Cactus Pear Southwest Bistro, 9500 Kenwood Road. No cover. 791-4424. Blue Ash.


After the Boxes are Unpacked: Making Cincinnati Your Home, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Montgomery Community Church, 11251 Montgomery Road. Garden Room. Weekly through April 5. Class for women who are new to Cincinnati or are looking to connect with community. Ages 21 and up. Free. 4890892. Montgomery. W E D N E S D A Y, F E B . 2 3

EDUCATION My Nose Turns Red Circus Class, 6:157:45 p.m., Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road. Weekly through April 13. Learn skills such as stilt walking, wire walking, plate spinning, juggling and more. Ages 716. $125, $100 siblings. Presented by Blue Ash Recreation Department. 859-581-7100; Blue Ash. LECTURES PROVIDED

Bringing together paintings of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the exhibition “The American Impressionists in the Garden” opens Saturday, Feb. 19, and features 40 pictures of European and American gardens created by American artists and four bronze sculptures for gardens by American sculptors at the Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., downtown. The exhibit runs through May 15. Cost of admissions is $8 adults, $6 seniors and students and free to youth 18 and under and to all on Sundays. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. For details, call 513-241-0343 or visit (Pictured) Childe Hassam, “Reading,” 1888, oil on panel.

Cafe Conversations Series, 7-8 p.m., Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road. “Ballet in Blue Ash.” Demonstration of ballet class, rehearsal and performance. Presentations that enlighten, educate and entertain. Presented by Blue Ash Recreation Department. 745-8550; Blue Ash.


The Cincinnati Museum Center exhibition, “Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt” opens Friday Feb. 18. On view through Sept. 5, the exhibition will feature nearly 150 artifacts from Cleopatra’s time and will take you inside the present-day search for the elusive queen, which extends from the sands of Egypt to the depths of the Bay of Aboukir near Alexandria. Individual tickets for “Cleopatra” range from $15 to $23, which includes an audio tour. Tickets are timed and dated, and admission is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays (last entry at 5 p.m.), 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (last entry at 8 p.m.), 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays (last entry at 6 p.m.). There are discounts available for groups of 15 or more and for Museum Center Members. The museum center is located at 1301 Western Avenue, downtown, For further details, call 513-287-7000 or visit (Pictured) A diver is illuminating hieroglyphic inscriptions of a door jamb’s fragment, discovered in Alexandria’s ancient Great Harbour and dating from the 26th dynasty.


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Some suggestions for the blahs and down times No one’s life is comprised of all highs. We are all experienced sufferers of “down times.” There is no life without times of depression, vulnerability, and fear. They are as much our human birthright as joy, wonder and love. In her book, “After The Darkest Hours,” Kathleen Brehony deals at length with a dozen strategies to help us cope with our darkest hours. I mention here six of her dozen strategies and express them with comments of my own. They’re appropriate for our unsettled times and the blah months of the year. 1.) Discover a larger perspective. One of the reasons difficult times frequently result in a personal spiritual uplift is because they lead us to see our lives in a larger perspective. The pictures of our journey to the moon gave us a stunning view of earth no one ever had before.

Menninger frequently said, “When certain depressed people come to me, to some of them I say, ‘Lock up your house, go down the street, and help someone.’ ” 3.) Recognize and eliminate self-imposed suffering. We’re not always innocent bystanders to our bleak times. We cause or compound our problems by poor decisions, by mentally chewing on negative thoughts and fears, by noticing what’s wrong instead of what’s right. We pull ourselves down when we attack and bruise our selfimage, when we tell ourselves how inadequate we are and think that we’re just a victim of life. We must have a certain gentleness for ourselves. 4.) Think of courageous role models. We are attracted to heroes and heroines because of

We saw ourselves and our world as specks in an immense universe and participants in an astounding mystery. times, Father Lou trustIn hard this mysGuntzelman tery and where it Perspectives is taking us through our good and bad times. 2.) Show compassion and help others. It expands the heart and eases our troubles when we realize we all suffer. Helping others develops a sense of togetherness and empathy. It leads us beyond personal navel gazing and feeling sorry for ourselves. Helping others doesn’t mean we deny our own feelings. That would be unhealthy. Former psychiatrist Dr. Karl

similar mutations. They lead us to realize that others, like us, undergo extreme trials and surmount them. A hero starts small and vulnerable, then courageously handles difficult times that come along, and comes out shining on the other side of them. Such people can inspire us and remind us of an inner strength we also have, but have kept unused. 5.) Express your feelings. Longfellow wrote, “There is no grief like the grief that does not speak.” A priority after a disaster or trauma, is to give survivors the chance to tell their stories, cry, be angry, etc. Actually, we have two choices about expressing our pain and intense downness. Either do it now, cleanly and consciously – or leave it fester, torment us within, and seep out

unconsciously in bits of anguish throughout a lifetime. Blessed are those who have a friend to genuinely listen. 6.) Silence, prayer and meditation. There are momentous lessons to learn during life. Paradoxically, we learn them more readily in life situations than in classrooms; in hard times rather than in comfortable times; and in solitude and silence more than in occasions of busyness, chatter and noise. As a wise old lady explained to a young visitor, “All my teachers are dead now, except silence.” Poet Rainer Rilke speaks with her when he writes: “Our task is to listen to the news that is always arriving out of silence.” Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@community or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Don’t fall further in debt with for-profit relief companies Credit card debt rose in December for the first time since 2008. While it is a possible sign consumers are more confident about the economy, a lot of people are still having problems paying that debt. But, you need to be careful about companies claiming they can help you. Many people are getting calls from firms claiming they can reduce the interest rates on your credit cards. Alice Swigert, 83, of Carthage received a letter from a debt relief company last September. At the time she had more than $37,000 in debt on six credit cards.




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five payments and they’ve got $2,900, and basically our account is only showing $200 to pay the bills.” He said nothing has been paid to any of the credit card companies, and that’s the problem. “Right now we’re five months behind on the bills waiting for them to do something. But the credit cards, they say they really





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In addition, this amendment to the Federal Trade Commission Telemarketing Sales Rule, says consumers must be told how long it will take to get results and how much it will cost – before they sign up. Bottom line, there are still for-profit debt relief companies looking for new clients, so you need to know your rights and be aware. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

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Curry ‘flavor’ with healthy edamame and rice dish Well, after all the Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day calories, it’s nice to kick back with healthier recipes that taste awesome. Here are two completely different ones that actually go well together. I love the aroma of curry in the kitchen – it makes me think of friend and expert Sri Lankan cook, Triset DeFonseka, who is legendary in this town for her own blend of curry powder and healthy cooking.

Rice with edamame

Sound exotic? Well, now that our world’s grown smaller and a lot of wonderful, healthy items are available at the grocery, you’ll be able to find everything you need. This can be a side or main dish. If you like, augment with deli chicken, seafood or firm tofu. If using tofu, drain and cut into cubes. Stir in when you add the rice. This is a riff on Susan Parker’s wonderful recipe. Susan is proprietor of Susan’s Natural World in Anderson Township, and her vegetarian recipes are always bursting with flavor and nutrition. Susan rinses her rice. I

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usually don’t. Brown rice is nutritionally superior to white, and edamame contains vitamin A, C, calcium, iron, protein and

11⁄2 cups basmati or jasmine brown rice 2 teaspoons garlic, minced 1 small onion, chopped, about a cup or so Curry powder to taste: start with 1 teaspoon Vegetable broth or your favorite (I like chicken broth) – use as much as rice package directions require (mine took about 4 to 41⁄2 cups) 2 cups shelled edamame, steamed and set aside Chopped parsley for garnish (opt.) Film pan with olive oil (a couple of tablespoons). Cook onions, garlic and curry powder for a couple of minutes, until onions start to soften.

Stir in rice and 4 cups broth. Bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer, cover and cook 30 to 40 minutes or until rice is cooked. Stir in steamed edamame and garnish with parsley. Remove from heat and let stand five minutes, then fluff with a fork. Tips from Rita’s kitchen: Curry powder is a super healthful blend of Indian spices: turmeric, cumin, coriander, cardamom, etc. Regular brown rice or white rice can be substituted for the basmati/jasmine. Read package directions for amount of liquid needed. Substitute frozen peas, thawed and lightly cooked, for the edamame. Or toss in your favorite cooked vegetable. To steam edamame: Put in microwave safe bowl, cover with water and cook on high three to four minutes. Store curry powder in the refrigerator or freezer to keep it nice.

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Brown rice and edamame makes a good side or main dish. this recipe is for you. The loaves do come out soft textured with a nice crust that is also fairly soft. It reminds me of a homemade white bread. Make sure you use rapid rise yeast, as it tolerates hotter water and can be added right with the flour. 6 cups all purpose flour, divided 2 packages rapid rise yeast 2 cups water 2 tablespoons sugar 2 teaspoons salt Cornmeal (optional but good) Combine 2 cups flour and yeast in mixing bowl.

Mix and set aside. Combine water, sugar and salt. Heat until hot, about 120 to 130 degrees. Add to flour mixture and stir until dry ingredients are mixed. Beat until smooth, about three minutes. Add enough flour to make a stiff but not dry dough. Turn out on lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic. You can do this in your mixer if it has a dough hook. Place in greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise in warm (85 degrees) place about an hour or until doubled in bulk. Punch down and divide

into three portions: Roll each into a 12-by-8-inch rectangle. Roll up jellyroll style, starting at long end. Pinch seams and ends together well to seal. Grease or spray two baking sheets and sprinkle lightly with cornmeal. Place loaves seam side down on sheets. Cut four to five diagonal slashes about 3 ⁄4-inch deep in top of each loaf. Brush with water or melted butter. Butter will make it brown a bit better and keep the crust softer. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 20 minutes or so. Bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes (don’t preheat oven) or until loaves sound hollow when tapped. Cool on racks.

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years. About 500 people attended last year. "Christianity is a faith for the work week, not just the weekend," said Chuck Proudfit, AWOP founder and president. "We spend most of our waking hours at work, yet few of us make them spiritually significant. Living out your faith values in the way you treat others and accomplish work can make you appreciate and understand more fully how what you do every day can transform your life and the lives of others." Proudfit will also interview Paul Utnage, executive pastor at Montgomery Community Church, who has just completed a doctoral dissertation on faith applications for the market-

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Monday, May 30, 6 p.m., Blue Ash Towne Square: Composer and conductor Paul Philips will be a featured guest. Also, in honor of veterans, Mark O’Connor’s “Ashokan Farewell,” Ives’ “Variations on America.” The Blue Ash Youth Symphony, directed by Dale Swisher, will perform during the second half. Rain Site: Sycamore Junior High, 5757 Cooper Road.

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Sunday, July 3, 7:30 p.m., Montgomery Park, Schoolhouse and Montgomery roads: The theme is “The Golden Age of Radio!” with the Blue Ash/Montgomery Symphony Orchestra’s salute to the ’20s, ’30s, ’40s and even ’50s, when Americans clustered around their radios to hear the latest.

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p.m., Montgomery assembly of God, 7950 Pfeiffer Road: As in the past, the Blue Ash/Montgomery Symphony Orchestra will present its annual Kindel Memorial Holiday Concert on the first Sunday in December. This concert has become the traditional beginning to the holiday season for Blue Ash and Montgomery residents. All concerts are free to the public. The orchestra appreciates the support provided by the City of Blue Ash, the City of Montgomery, ArtsWave, the Ohio Arts Council, the William O. Purdy, Jr. Foundation, the Montgomery Women’s Club and the Montgomery Arts Commission as well as that of our individual contributors.

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On Dec. 17 at Deer Park girls varsity home basketball game vs. Finneytown, the newly formed non-profit group, At Hand Alliance, based out of Hartzell United Methodist Church, presented all the girls and coaches a goodie bag with sports drink, fruit, power bar, candy and a motivational note. The girls varsity coach, Laura Wilder, was very appreciative that At Hand Alliance cares for her team in giving all the girls and coaches a gift bag, especially at this special time of the year. Dan Dennis, founder and executive director, said, “This event represents an ongoing infusion of ‘being neighbors’ as part of the At Hand Alliance’s mission to be actively involved in creating, or collaborating, community activities for youth of any age. As the Alliance gains funding, we will be continuing this kind of outreach to other teams and other sports at several schools in the area.”

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Summerfair Cincinnati exhibition spotlights college art students Summerfair Cincinnati, a non-profit 501-3 (c) with offices in Anderson Township, will host the Emerging Artist Exhibit, featuring the artwork of students from five area colleges and universities. Fifteen local art students have been selected to display their artwork in the exhibition, on displa through Sunday, Feb. 20. The Emerging Artist Exhibition will feature students who were nominated by their professors and juried into the exhibit. They represent the next generation of artists emerging in the local arts community. “The art these students submit is outstanding,” said Sharon Strubbe, executive director of Summerfair Cincinnati. “This exhibit is a wonderful opportunity for the students to showcase their best work, and for the community to see the young up-and-coming talent that Cincinnati has to offer.” The exhibition will showcase a diverse collection of art, where art enthu-

siasts can expect to see everything from photography and sculptures to fabric design, printmaking and much more. Participating schools and students: University of Cincinnati DAAP – Ann Flavin, Emily Sites Christopher Thompson Xavier University – Paula Baumann, Abby King, Matt Maloney Mount St. Joseph – Anne Berlier, Lauren Kent and Amber Krimmer Northern Kentucky University – Peta Niehaus, Dean Reynolds, Spencer Sturr Miami University – Ben Griffen, Sarah Robison, Rachel Smith New to the exhibit this year are the Summerfair Cincinnati Purchase Award, a $1,000 scholarship that will be awarded to one junior or senior-level college student participating in the Emerging Artist program,

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and the Malton Gallery’s Gallery Choice Award, an opportunity to showcase a collection of work at the gallery presented to one artist for outstanding artistic concepts, development and execution. Malton Gallery will also conduct a Professional Development Gallery Workshop for participating students to discuss issues that pertain to young artists and the details they need to know regarding the business aspect of the art world. “With this workshop, we are perpetuating an ongoing vibrant artist community,” said Sylvia Rombis, owner of the Malton Gallery. “Part of the gallery’s mission is to attract and disseminate new art, so we want to make sure that the area’s young talent have the tools and knowledge they need to succeed as artists.” Additional information about Summerfair Cincinnati and the Emerging Artist exhibit can be found by visiting or calling 531-0050.



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School psychologist tapped for Character Council board Bill Croskey, longtime psychologist for the Loveland City Schools, has been elected to the board of the Character Council of Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky, a non-profit organization dedicated to positive character development in children and adults. Lisa Desatnik, a spokeswoman for the Character Council, said Croskey was trained by the group years ago and that he and other members of the Loveland Schools Health Advisory Committee were instrumental in bringing character education into the schools. Croskey continues to raise awareness through columns and presentations, Desatnik said. “Mr. Croskey knows the importance of teaching young people positive values,” she said. Croskey was a psycholo-


Bill Croskey, longtime psychologist for the Loveland City Schools, has been elected to the board of the Character Council of Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky. gist in the Loveland City School District for 26 years and filling in for a school psychologist who is on maternity leave, said Meg Krsacok, communications

RELIGION Ascension Lutheran Church

Ascension is participating in the Southern Ohio Synod ELCA Malaria Campaign through education about the disease and donations from members and various church groups. “Encouraging One Another” is the focus for the women’s weekly bible study. The women meet, 9:45-11:15 a.m., every Wednesday morning. Babysitting is available. Pastor Josh is attending the Montgomery Citizens’ Leadership Academy. The course covers a variety of subjects affecting the Montgomery community from Sycamore schools, to civics, to public works and parks, to leading local industries. The community is invited to participate in all activities of the church and to attend worship services (8:30 and 11 a.m.) and Sunday School (9:45 a.m.). The church is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 793-3288,

Church of the Saviour United Methodist

Women’s Day is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 26. Sandy Morganthal of the Professional Pastoral Institute is the speaker. Cost of $10 includes lunch and continental breakfast. Discussion will be on topics near and dear to women’s hearts. Call the church for details. Moms Groups meets from 7-9 p.m., Tuesday Feb. 22. All mothers are welcome. Lenten study begins at 10 a.m., March 9 with “Blessing of the Cross.” Call for details. Children’s programs are 9-11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Call for details. Family Movie Night is 6:30 p.m., Friday, March 4. Join the church for free movie watching, popcorn and drinks. Traditional worship services are 8:20 a.m. and 11 a.m.; contemporary music is 9:40 a.m. every Sunday. The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati; 791-3142;

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

The church is hosting Scrapbooking and More Crafts, 5:30-8:30 p.m. every third Monday. Free child care is provided. Those interested in attending must register by 5 p.m. Friday before the Monday event. All paper projects are welcomed including, but not limited to, scrapbooking, stamping, card-making and photo-frame keepsakes. Crafters should bring their own photos, albums and specialty items. Most other tools and supplies will be provided. There is no charge for use of supplies. Upcoming dates include March 21, April 18, May 16, June 13, July 18 and Aug. 15. The church is located at 7701 Kenwood Road; 891-1700.

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

Kenwood Fellowship Church

The church has a new contemporary worship service, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Saturdays. The services will feature contemporary worship music in a relaxed atmosphere with biblical teaching that will resonate with

the fast-paced lifestyles that many of us find ourselves in today. The church is at 7205 Kenwood Road; 891-9768.

Montgomery Community Church

Join the church for “After the Boxes are Unpacked – Making Cincinnati Your Home.” MCC is offering a seven-week class for women who are new to Cincinnati or are looking to connect with their community. Attendees do not have to be a member or attend MCC to take part in the class. The next session begins from 9:30-11:30 a.m., Feb. 22.. Child care is available. To register contact Susan Glenn at or call MCC at 489-0892. The church is at 11251 Montgomery Road; 489-0892;

New Church of Montgomery

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

Northern Hills Synagogue

The synagogue is having a special educational program focusing on Shabbat as the central concept in Jewish life as part of Shabbat morning services on Saturday, Feb. 26. Services will begin 15 minutes earlier than normal, at 9:15 a.m. Services that morning will use the “Chavurat Shabbat” format, providing programming choices to congregants after the main morning service. They can participate in a traditional Torah reading of Parashat Vayak-hel. Or, they can join Rabbi Barnard, who will build on two Torah verses which, together with their Talmudic interpretation, have become the basis of many of the traditional laws of Shabbat. His presentation, “Tabernacle and Cosmos,” sheds light on some surprising parallelisms in the Torah which, in turn, will help us understand the place of work and Shabbat in our lives. Simultaneously, Tracy Weisberger, Northern Hills’ Director of Educa-

coordinator for the schools. “Bill is truly committed to helping people reflect on how character plays an important part in their lives,” said Chad Hilliker, principal of Loveland Intermediate School. “He has always looked for ways to communicate ideas that are easily shared from the adults to the children they work with each day. “Not only does Bill teach about character, but he truly lives a life that shows others what it means to have character,” Hilliker said. Croskey said he tries to do just that. “I’ve read that the best way to teach character is for adults to model acts of good character for children, so I continue to believe that it is essential to help educators learn about their own character,” Croskey said. “Then they can pass those lessons on to their students.”


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Religion news is published at no charge on a spaceavailable basis. Items must be to our office no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, for possible consideration in the following edition. E-mail announcements to nesuburban@communitypress. com, with “Religion” in the subject line. Fax to 248-1938. Call 248-8600. Mail to: Northeast Suburban Life, Attention: Andrea Reeves, Religion news, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, OH 45140. tion and Programming, will present Parasha for Kids, focusing on the main Torah portion. Following that segment, in place of a sermon, two parallel programming sessions will be conducted. In one, two families from the congregation will speak about their own Shabbat traditions, and in the other, Weisberger will tell Shabbat stories. The Chavurat Shabbat program and service will conclude with lunch. There is no charge, and no reservations are required. The synagogue is at 5714 Fields Ertel Road, Mason; 931-6038;

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

The Findlay Street After School Program is seeking donations of paper plates, cutlery, grain products and fresh dairy products for the snacks provided for up to 50 children. Volunteer cooks are also needed. Please contact the church for more information. An Intercessory Healing Prayer Service is held the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. A Men’s Breakfast group meets on Wednesday mornings at 8:30 a.m. at Rombe’s in Blue Ash. A Bereavement Support Group for widow and widowers meets the second and fourth Saturdays, 1011 a.m. The Order of St. Luke is studying the 26 miracles of Jesus and how they apply to life today. Meetings are from 7-8:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month in the library. Sunday worship services are 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The church is at 10345 Montgomery Road, Montgomery; 984-8401;

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

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


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LEGAL NOTICE The City of Blue Ash, Ohio (Parks & Recreation Department) is soliciting bids for the purchase of twenty Year 2011 electric golf cars for the Blue Ash Golf Course. A nocost bid packet may be obtained at the Blue Ash Municipal & Safety Center, 4343 Cooper Road, Blue Ash, Ohio 452425699. The bid packet can also be downloaded from the City’s website at (within Municipal Services/Public Bidding Opportunities). Please call 745-8500 to request a packet be mailed or before coming to pick up the packet. Bids, including the required bond, must be returned to the Receptionist Desk at the Municipal & Safety Center, 4343 Cooper Road, Blue Ash, Ohio 45242-5699 by 9:00 AM local time, Thursday, March 3, 2011, at which time and place they will be publicly opened and read aloud. J.S. Pfeffer,Treasurer 1001621726


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LEGAL NOTICE Symmes Township Notice is hereby given that the Cash Basis Annual Financial Report of Symmes Township, Hamilton County, Ohio for the year ended December 31, 2010 has been completed and is available for public inspection at the Township Administra tion Building, 9323 Union Cemetery Road, Symmes Twp., OH 45140-9386 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. A copy of the report can be provided upon request. John C. Borchers Fiscal Officer, Symmes Township 1001620059 PUBLIC HEARING SYMMES TOWN SHIP BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held by the Symmes Township Board of Zoning Appeals on Monday, March 7, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. for the purpose of hearing an Appeal (#2011-03) filed by appellant, Jaqueline Steffen, 7733 Glendale Milford Road, Camp Dennison, OH 45111, from Notice of Refusal for a zoning certificate for the construction of a privacy fence to be located in the front yard of a residential property and on a vacant lot for the property located at 7733 and 7737 Glendale Milford Road. This hearing will be held at Township Admin. Bldg., 9323 Union Cemetery Road. Plans are on file and open for public inspection. Brian Elliff, Township Zoning Inspector 1620994 PUBLIC HEARING SYMMES TOWNSHIP BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held by the Symmes Township Board of Zoning Appeals on Monday, March 7, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. for the purpose of hearing an Appeal (#2011-02) filed by appellant, Jeffery Iles, 7685 Glendale Milford Road (45111), from Notice of Refusal for a zoning certificate for the construction of a six (6) foot privacy fence located in the front yard for the property located at 7733 and 7737 Glendale Milford Road. This hearing will be held at Township Admin. Bldg., 9323 Union Cemetery Road. Plans are on file and open for public inspection. Brian Elliff Township Zoning Inspector 1621569 PUBLIC HEARING SYMMES TOWNSHIP BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held by the Symmes Township Board of Zoning Appeals on Monday, March 7, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. for the purpose of hearing Case (#201104) filed by Jack Stauffer, 4135 Socialville-Foster Road, Mason, OH 45040, appellant, for the approval of a transient vendor use. The subject property located at 10910 Loveland Madeira Road, is presently zoned "F" Light Industry. Transient vendor sales are permitted in this District as a "Conditional Use". This hearing will be held at Township Admin. Bldg., 9323 Union Cemetery Road. Plans are on file and open for public inspection. Brian E. Elliff Township Zoning Inspector 621576


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Tinia Lyn Daniels, 56, 4425 Hunt Road, domestic violence (physical harm) at 4425 Hunt Road, Feb. 6. Richard P. Fournier, 49, 4900 Cooper Road, disorderly conduct; intoxication at 4900 Cooper Road, Feb. 7. Diana A. Lilley, 51, 607 Howell Ave., open container prohibited at 4900 Hunt Road, Feb. 5.

Incidents/investigations Menacing

vinyl checkbook, value $20 and a small clutch purse, value $10, from a vehicle at 9727 Bunker Hill Lane, Feb. 6. Someone pumped $64.34 worth of gasoline without paying, at United Dairy Farmers at 9759 Montgomery Road, Feb. 4.

The Community Press publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: Blue Ash, Chief Chris Wallace, 745-8573 Montgomery, Chief Don Simpson, 985-1600 Sycamore Township, Lt. Dan Reid, 792-7254 Symmes Township, Lt. Tom Butler, 774-6351 or 6833444.



At 4300 Rossplain Road, Feb. 4.

Petty theft

A woman said someone took personal papers and an Apple iPhone 4, value $400, from a vehicle at 9254 Plainfield Road, Feb. 1.


A woman said someone used her U.S. Bank credit card/debit card number at 5126 Brasher Ave., Feb. 5.



Benjamin P. Ramsey, 27, 4409 Lesher Drive, soliciting without permit at Delray Drive, Feb. 4. James M. Ramsey, 31, 4197 Pleasanton Road, soliciting without permit at Delray Drive, Feb. 4. Monica L. Elias, 30, 8138 Traverse Court, barking dogs at 10150 Montgomery Road, Feb. 3. Shawnell C. Wade, 25, 514 Friendship Ave., possession of drugs at Southbound Interstate 71, Feb. 4.

Incidents/investigations Identity fraud

Juvenile male, 16, theft at 7913 Montgomery Road, Jan. 23. Val Skuron, 53, 3745 Mantell, assault at 8524 Wexford, Jan. 21. John Leurck, 49, 8407 St. Clair Ave., disorderly conduct while intoxicated at 8450 Blue Ash Road, Jan. 26. Sara Honeycutt, 28, 1205 Groesbeck Road, receiving stolen property, obstructing official business at 7875 Montgomery Road, Jan. 26. Juvenile female, 16, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Jan. 19. Juvenile female, 15, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Jan. 19. Juvenile female, 16, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Jan. 19.

Incidents/investigations Assault

Reported at 7951 Richmond Ave., Jan. 26.

Domestic violence

Female victim reported at Reading Road, Jan. 26.

Identity theft

Reported at 11745 Thayer Lane, Jan. 24.


Female victim reported at Frolic Drive, Jan. 23.


A man said someone made fake checks using his name at 9904 Zig Zag Road, Feb. 8.


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Wallet and contents of unknown value removed at 7300 Deerwester Drive, Jan. 24. Stereo of unknown value removed at

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8317 Kenwood Road, Jan. 26. Projector valued at $150 removed at 11774 Winthrop Lane, Jan. 24. GPS valued at $300 removed at 8651 Lancaster Ave., Jan. 27. Amp, laptop, access card valued at $3,650 removed at 10808 Lakehurst Court, Jan. 19. Amp valued at $400 removed at 10927 Brookgreen Court, Jan. 19.

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Residence entered and flat screen valued at $1,000 removed at 12050 Rapind Drive, Jan. 21.


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Cell phone valued at $450 removed at 11390 Montgomery Road, Jan. 25. Counterfeit currency removed at 12184 Mason Road, Jan. 25. Vehicle removed at 293 E. Kemper Road, Jan. 19. Purse and contents of unknown value removed at 12090 Mason Road, Jan. 20. Debit card, checkbook and insurance card of unknown value removed at 9520 Fields Ertel Road, Jan. 21.

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Montgomery Women’s Club members, from left: Laura Harmon, Montgomery; Ann Sexton, Montgomery; Barb Sexton, ovarian cancer survivor; Ann Flory, speaker and advocate for ovarian cancer awareness, and Karen Vanover, Montgomery, get together at a club meeting, where the topic was “Breaking the Silence on Ovarian Cancer.” Flory, a local volunteer with the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Chapter of the National Ovarian Center Coalition was the keynote speaker. Flory’s mother had ovarian cancer, but it was in the late stages when discovered. Since then, Flory has been an advocate for this “silent killer” and wanted everyone to be aware of the symptoms in order to catch this little-known cancer early when it can be treated and save the lives of many women. Sexton, an ovarian cancer survivor, also spoke to members. She thought she had a variety of illnesses, but didn’t have symptoms that might alert her physicians to anything specific and none of the doctors she saw nor any of the tests she was given, lead them to believe she had ovarian cancer. Sexton’s cancer was found early in stage 1. She is now cancer free, but will continue to undergo test and be seen by her doctor every few months.

Ohio bedbug group issues final report The Ohio Department of Health released the Ohio Bedbug Workgroup report. Workgroup members from a diverse group of professional backgrounds and perspectives, including pest management, housing, government, and public health worked together to develop 10 recommendations which outline strategies that will assist future bedbug prevention and control efforts. “There is no simple fix to Ohio’s bedbug resurgence,” said ODH Director and Ohio Bedbug Workgroup Chair Dr. Alvin D. Jackson. “The workgroup has found that not only must the federal government work tirelessly with pesticide manufacturers on a chemical solution that is safe, effective, and affordable, but that state and local governments must work just as hard in educating Ohioans on awareness and

prevention measures.” Bedbugs feed on human blood and are often found near sleeping areas in the seams of mattresses, box springs and crevices of bed frames. The bugs also hitchhike into homes on used furniture, clothing or other items brought from infested areas. While they are not known to transmit diseases to humans, bedbugs are a pest of significant public health importance because of the negative physical and mental health implications of their blood feeding behavior. “During the past decade, bedbug complaints in Ohio have increased dramatically,” Jackson said. “The workgroup has determined the best possible approaches to assist Ohio communities in dealing with these pests.” The workgroup convened five meetings and two subgroup meetings to research and develop the


Closeup of a bedbug report. The recommendations from the report include: • Collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to find pesticides which are effective and safe alternatives to those that are currently available. • Improved coordination between state and local authorities. • Increased education and awareness efforts. The report can be found online at www.odh.ohio. gov/features/odhfeatures/b udbugsfeature.aspx

Power outage and winter weather safety tips The threat of winter weather advisories bring up the concern of what should be done during a power outage. In many cases, heavy ice weighs down on trees that snap, bringing down power lines and resulting in families searching for alternative heat sources. It is important to understand what to do in these situations to prevent fire hazards or other dangerous situations. In case of a power outage, a few items you should

have in your home include: • inexpensive coolers, Styrofoam coolers work well and ice; • water and non-perishable food; • flashlights (candles are an extreme fire risk); • extra batteries; • battery-powered or hand-crank radio; • First aid kit; • medications; • cell phone; • family and emergency contact information; • have a full gas tank. In the event of a power

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Northeast Suburban Life

February 16, 2011






Local Residents in Amazement Yesterday As Collectors Provide A Stimulus Package to Florence! By KEN MCINTOSH STAFF WRITER ICCA will be placing ads in newspapers, radio and running television spots this week asking people to bring in any old silver and gold coins made before 1965. Those that do bring in their coins will be able to speak with collectors one on one and have their coins looked at with an expert set of eyes. With the help of these ICCA members offers will be made to those that have coins made before 1965. Offers will be made based on silver or gold content and the rarity of the coins. All coins made before 1965 will be examined and purchased including gold coins, silver coins, silver dollars, all types of nickels and pennies, Those that decide to sell their coins will be paid on the spot. If you are like a lot of people you might have a few old coins or even a coffee can full lying around. If you have ever wondered what they are worth now might be your chance to find out and even sell them if you choose. They could be worth a lot according to the International Coin Collectors Association also known as ICCA. Collectors will pay a fortune for some coins and currency for their collections. If they are rare enough one coin could be worth over $100,000 according to Eric Helms coin collector and ICCA member. One ultra rare dime an 1894S Barber sold for a record $1.9 million to a collector in July of 2007. While that is an extreme example many rare and valuable coins are stashed away in dresser drawers or lock boxes around the country. The ICCA and its collector members have organized a traveling event in search of all types of coins and currency. Even common coins can be worth a significant amount due to the high price of silver and gold. says Helms, even Washington quarters and Roosevelt dimes and worth many times their face value. Recent silver markets have driven the price up on even common coins made of silver. Helms explains: all half dollars, quarter and dimes made before 1965 contain 90% silver and are sought after any time silver prices rise. Right now it’s a sellers market he said.

What We Buy: COINS

Any and all coins made before 1965, rare coins, entire collections, Silver Dollars, HalfDollars, Quarters, Dimes, Half Dimes, Nickels, Three Cent Pieces, Two Cent Pieces, Cents, Large Cents, Half Cents and all others.


The rarest coins these collectors are looking for include $20, $10, $5 and $2 1/2 gold coins and any coin made before 1850. These coins always bring big premiums according to the ICCA. Silver dollars are also very sought after nowadays. Other types of items the ICCA will be purchasing during this event include U.S. currency, gold bullion, investment gold, silver bars, silver rounds, proof sets, etc. Even foreign coins are sought after and will be purchased. Also at this event anyone can sell their gold jewelry, dental gold or anything made of gold on the spot. Gold is currently trading at over $1,100.00 per ounce near an all time high. Bring anything you think might be gold and the collectors will examine, test and price it for free. If you decide to sell you will be paid on the spot – it has been an unknown fact that coin dealers have always paid more for jewelry and scrap gold than other jewelers and pawn brokers. So whether you have one coin you think might be valuable or a large collection you recently inherented you can talk to these collectors for free and if your lucky you may have a rarity worth thousands. Either way there is nothing to lose and it sounds like fun! For more information on this event visit the ICCA website at


Here’s How It Works:








DIRECTIONS: (859) 371-4400 SHOW INFO: (217) 787-7767

All denominations made before 1934.



Including $20, $10, $5, $4, $3, $2.5, $1, Private Gold, Gold Bars, etc.

Recent Finds:


Kruggerands, Canadian Maple Leafs, Pandas, Gold Bars, U.S. Eagles and Buffalos, etc.



1893 Morgan PAID $1,800


Broken and unused jewelry, dental gold.

1916 Mercury DIme


PAID $2,800


1932 Washington Quarter

Diamond rings, bracelets, earrings, loose diamonds, all gem stones, etc. Anything made of platinum.


Flatware, tea sets, goblets, jewelry, etc. and anything marked sterling. CE-0000447463


PAID $250

1849 Gold Dollar PAID $8,500

1803 $10 Gold PAID $14,000


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