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Roads weathering winter fairly well By Marika Lee

Though the extreme cold temperatures have created road maintenance problems for some communities, they have not affected planned street resurfacing in Montgomery or Blue Ash. The Montgomery Public Works Department is not aware of any potholes in Montgomery, Faith Lynch, assistant community engagement director said. As part of the city’s annual street resurfacing program 2.34 miles of streets are resurfaced each year. The preliminary list for 2104, which has yet to be approved by city council, has Pfeiffer Road, Peachtree Lane, Bookmark Place, Londonridge Court, Grandoaks Lane, Croton Drive, Mellon Drive, Higgins Court, Trabant Drive and Traverse Court are being resurfaced. The list will be finalized in April and one or more of the streets could become alternates. The Blue Ash Service Department has filled about 40 holes with cold patch asphalt this winter, Blue Ash Community and Public Relations Coordinator Emily Schaffer said. “Damage to pavement is a common side effect of the extreme temperatures experienced this year and is in line with the amount of snow we have received,” Schaffer said. The service department’s paving list for 2014 includes Fallentree Lane, Blackwood Court, Bluewing Terrace, Mil-

Cracks and holes have formed in the pavement on Blackwood Court in Blue Ash. The street is one of the streets that is on the tentative list to be repaved in 2014 MARIKA LEE/ THE COMMUNITY PRESS

YOUR TURN Where are the worst roads in Blue Ash, Montgomery, Sycamore Township and Symmes Township? Email us at Include photos if you have them.

lington Court, Foremark Drive, Classic Drive, Woodlands Way, Woodlands Place, Chidester Lane and Creek Road from Reed Hartman Highway to west corporation limit. Schaffer said the list is subject to change. She said the extreme temperatures did not cause any changes to the paving list, which is based on pavement conditions. All the maintenance costs were within the city’s budget, Schaffer said. “We have already used the

amount of salt that we would typically use in a full snow season,” Blue Ash Public Works Director Gordon Perry said. As of Jan. 24, the city had used 3,153 tons of salt. On average the city uses 2,526 tons in a season, Perry said. He added the cost of the city’s contract with Morton Salt through the city of Cincinnati went down this year compared to last, so the city is paying about $47 a ton compared to $64 a ton the year before. Perry said the city has ordered 1,500 more tons, which was part of its original contract and will not increase the cost to taxpayers. He said Morton has not had any delays in delivering salt. Want to know more about what is happening in Blue Ash and Montgomery? Follow Marika Lee on Twitter: @ReporterMarika

A panel of Sycamore High School juniors and seniors take questions from a packed room of future high school students and their parents about managing time and clubs at the school. MARIKA LEE/ THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Sycamore high school students give advice to future Aviators By Marika Lee

Sycamore Junior High School students are ready for the next step in their education, thanks to those who have gine before them. A panel of Sycamore High School juniors and seniors took

questions from a packed room of junior high students and parents about what it is like to be a high school student. The annual High School Forum took place Feb. 12 and was sponsored by Gifted Education, Advocacy and Resources, See ADVICE, Page A2

Students generate interest in media center By Forrest Sellers

Indian Hill Middle School seventh-graders Kate Marrs, left, and Graham Wyler take advantage of the new collaborative learning area in the media center at the school. New furniture has been added to create a pleasant learning environment. FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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Several Indian Hill Middle School students have taken on the role of designer. Eighth-grader Danny Vanatsky, a resident of Montgomery, said he noticed the media center was less active than he’d expect during a typical day. He and other students in the gifted education program brainstormed on ideas to generate interest and bring more students into the center.

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They submitted a plan for a “collaborative learning area.” “The students were looking for a way to make the media center more student-centered and more of a collaborative work space,” said Principal Josh Kauffman. Last spring the students submitted a proposal that included new furniture, technology additions and even games to stimulate creativity. The improvements cost about $2,500 and were paid for through a grant and PTO dona-

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tions. Students began using the learning area in the fall. “We wanted to choose furniture that was easily movable,” said eighth-grader Eli Reising, a resident of Kenwood. The furniture includes a couch, tables and even a bean bag chair. Even the lighting and color scheme have been changed to create a friendlier ambiance. Eighth-grader Gabrielle Salvado, who lives in Symmes See MEDIA, Page A2 Vol. 50 No. 48 © 2014 The Community Press ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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Landmarks Commission in 2011. Councilman Ken Suer said Speiller encouraged the city to have better communication with historic building owners. “(Speiller) consistently provided thoughtful comments on what issues come before the commission and helped with development projects, such as Parker Brothers Ice Cream,” Suer said. Speiller decided to leave the commission to

spend more time with his family; his wife, 3-year-old daughter and newborn son. “My place is needed for the next year if not two at home,” Speiller said, adding he would have taken a leave of absence if such a thing was offered for committee members. He said he might come back to the commission in the future. City Manager Wayne Davis thanked the council for their support lent to

Mike Brown’s family. Brown, who was an employee of the Public Works department, died in an auto accident last month. The council members each agreed to donate money to the Mike Brown Memorial Fund.

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grams and initiatives. “This event provides students with an understanding of what high school is like so they are prepared to make the most of their high school experience,” said Erika Daggett, Sycamore Schools chief information officer, in a press release. Many of the junior high students asked about how to manage time while juggling school work, being a member of teams and clubs and possibly having a part-time job. “Take classes that you really enjoy, so you want to be doing stuff. Don’t torture yourself just to seem like a better student,” senior Kirttika Chatterjee said. Senior Elizabeth Rosenberg said procrastinating on school work is easier to do in the junior

high than in high school because of the increased work load. “I know it’s hard to believe, but Netflix is not your friend, especially during the week,” she said. Senior Taylor Combs, who is a student chair and team captain for Relay for Life, advised the students not to get involved in too many clubs as a freshmen, but to find one they really like and stay with it. Combs said that for students who are feeling overwhelmed by the course load, the school offers a Fast Track program, which is a study hall where students help younger students with their assignments. The high school students warned the younger students not to spend

every day stressing about getting into college and being the best at everything. Chatterjee said high school has lots of opportunities for students to be ranked against each other, such as class rank, getting into National Honor Society and ACT and SAT scores. “Which means more and more opportunities for you to sometimes not win. That is OK, there are a lot of kids in the high school and a lot of kids that are doing really well. It doesn’t mean you’re not,” she said. Rosenberg, who participates in the theater department and choir and plans to major in vocal performance, said high school is a time for students to find out what they enjoy.

“It might be really painful to see all of your friends get into NHS, but it’s not going to ruin your life. We are all real smart kids – and I know you guys are too – in our own way and if you’re not in NHS, it is OK you are still going to go to college and do want you in life,” Rosenberg said. The high school students’ ending advice to the junior high students was to enjoy their experience at the high school because it will go by faster than they think. “It’s high school, explore. This is not the time for you to decide what you want to do with your life. Don’t stress, have a good time,” senior Nick Hershey said.


specific area of the room. Salvado said the changes have been welcomed by the students. “People like something that is new,” she said. Not only is the learning area used throughout

the day, but teachers have even encouraged their students to take advantage of it. “It feels good we added something to the school that everyone uses and loves,” said

eighth-grader Kaira Fenix, of Indian Hill. Kauffman said this learning area may serve as a prototype for similar learning areas throughout the school.

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Needle exchange van rolls into Springdale By Kelly McBride

The first needle exchange program in Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky is open for business in Springdale. Springdale Health Commissioner Cammie Mitrione said the first day was quiet. “No one stopped by on Monday,” she said. “It gave them the chance to acclimate.” The Cincinnati Exchange Program was created to help fight a dramatic increase in hepatitis C cases linked to intravenous heroin use in the region. The program is the third in Ohio, with others in Cleveland and Portsmouth. The short-term goal of the needle exchange, now housed in a large white van parked twice a week on a shopping center’s parking lot, is to help drug users who are not yet ready for recovery to stay alive and as healthy as possible until they can enter drug treatment. The ultimate goal is seeing them clean from drugs and disease-free. “This is a medical health care facility on wheels,” Springdale Police Chief Michael Mathis said. “People go to medical health care facilities for counseling already.” Dr. Judith Feinberg, who works at the Infectious Diseases Center at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, said in a news release announcing the program, “We don’t want people using heroin, and we certainly want to encourage them to enter drug treatment. If they’re not yet ready for recovery, then we want to keep them healthy and alive until they are.” Public health departments are seeing a dramatic increase in hepatitis C cases, and some have attributed the rise to increased IV drug use and, more specifically, the heroin epidemic in the region. Hamilton County’s health department reported an increase from 941 hepatitis C cases in 2010 to 1,141 a

year later. Hamilton County recorded 204 drug overdose deaths in 2012, according to data from the county coroner’s office, up from 189 in 2011. Most of those were from opioids such as heroin and prescription painkillers such as OxyContin and Percocet. The 204 overdose deaths are the most on record in Hamilton County. “We’re not going to sit outside anybody’s doctor office where they’re trying to get health treatment for a very real problem. But we won’t tolerate lawlessness,” Mathis said. “If we catch people selling drugs or using drugs or coming into the community and causing problems, they’re going to get arrested.” Norwood-based Interact for Health provided a $50,000 one-year grant to pay for the project manager and for sterile syringes, sterile cotton and other items. Feinberg asked Springdale City Council in June to support the project, though Mitrione had the authority to make the decision. Springdale was one of five local health departments Feinberg approached about the program. The others that either declined or made no decision were Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Norwood and Sharonville. Feinberg still hopes to expand the program to other areas. “The board (of health) at this time supports Springdale’s efforts,” Sharonville Health Commissioner Dennis Propes said. “With the van being in such close proximity to our jurisdiction, they felt it would be best to take the a wait-and-see approach to better gauge the need and effectiveness of the program.” Springdale’s City Council supported the initiative, and after Feinberg secured money for the first year, the RV rolled into Springdale Feb. 10, settling into the corner of the shopping plaza. The van will be parked there


The Cincinnati Exchange Program mobile van parked at Olde Gate Plaza on Northland Boulevard in Springdale Feb. 10, the first day for the needle exchange program. THE COMMUNITY PRESS/KELLY MCBRIDE

on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. “That gives people an opportunity to come on their lunch hour or after they get kids off from school,” Feinberg told members of council, “or between work and going home.” The program has set up a website,, with

more information as well as directions to the Olde Gate Plaza on Northland Boulevard. Clients, referred by health professionals and those who hear about the van through word of mouth and media coverage can exchange one dirty, or used, needle for a new one. Clients will receive counseling and will be of-

Mimi Hart, pharmacist and co-owner of Hart Pharmacy, said she serves as the pharmacist consultant for the Center for Chemical Addictions Treatment on Ezzard Charles Drive and the needle exchange project reached out to her about participating in the prescription program. “It’s a good project,” she said. “When you have more people dying from heroin and opioid overdoses than from car accidents, you have a major problem.” Naloxone is a safe drug, in that it’s only effective in treating an overdose, she said. “The medicine can’t be used for anything else,” Hart said. “If you take it when you’re not in an overdose, it’s the equivalent of shooting water up your nose.” Some people may be critical of making a prescription for treating overdoses available, claiming it provides no incentive to addicts to seek help since they know they can take medicine to come out of an overdose, but Hart said she doesn’t see it that way. “You never know when that next overdose will cause someone to turn it around,” she said. “You have to give people the benefit of the doubt.”

fered a prescription for naloxone, an antidote to be used in case of overdose. The prescription would be filled at Hart Pharmacy in

West Price Hill. The program also will provide rapid testing for HIV, hepatitis C and pregnancy.


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MND students experience the simple life in Liberty, KY Mount Notre Dame students went to Liberty, KY, on a service trip and to get a taste of a more simple way of life – to slow down, breathe and get closer to God. Liberty is a small town tucked into the hills of central Kentucky, and home to many wonderful people and a slower pace of life. For seven years, students and adults have visited Liberty to work with the residents who live lives focused on simplicity and faith. The weekend of Oct. 24-27, 56 students and 12 adults went to experience the way of life in Liberty. While in Liberty, the group worked on several organic farms (picking, planting, sorting, watering, preparing the ground, cleaning plants, trimming), helped elderly and disabled, spent time with residents at the non-profit Galilean Children’s Home, helped install electrical wire in a community church, shoveled manure, helped with construction projects, spent time with the children of the community who have been through some major tragedies the past two years, and much more. The MND team also developed a sense of community among participants and friends in Liberty: together they played volleyball, enjoyed folk music,

Mount Notre Dame students experience the Simple Life in Liberty, Ky. THANKS TO CHARISSA BRINKMAN

have bonfires, lay under the stars and reflect about life. “I believe that no one can really understand what Liberty is until they experience it themselves. To say that Liberty is edu-

cational is an understatement and I look forward to the new stories, the new lessons that I will encounter on future trips,” said MND student from the class of 2016, Maria Beckman of Love-

land, who participated in the trip. MND makes the trip to Liberty three times a year, and they often do a Christmas visit to see the local play. The organizer of

the trip, Todd Forman, MND faculty member, has been taking students and adult chaperones to Liberty since 1988. This is Forman’s seventh year at MND and this was MND’s 23rd trip.

SYCAMORE HIGH SCHOOL HIGH HONOR ROLL SYCAMORE HIGH SCHOOL The following students have earned high honors for the first quarter of 2013-2014.


Freshmen - Sarah Adler, Cagla Akcadag, Brenden Archer, Kyle Arens, Isabelle Augustin, Dean Ayalon, Justin Banke, Hannah Baum, Alejandra Bello Thomas, Cora Bennett, Elsa Benson, Kevin Berghoff, Noah Biegger, Nicholas Bigliano, Ayanna Boben, Bradley Bolotin, Nathaniel Borchers, Jake Borman, Tara Boutelle, William Brabender, Tanner Brarens, Allison Brown, Caroline Bruns, Margaret Busch, Anais Cabello, Elizabeth Carl, Aaron Charnay, Benjamin Charnay, Viviane Chaulvet, Stephen Coleman, William Coleman, Cali Colliver, Megan Combs, Morgan Comerford, Nicole Crone, Amy Deng, Shiva Devarajan, Daniel Dong, Gail Duke; Nathan Estill, Sarita Evans, Alexandra Fanning, James Fields, Allison Flavin, Renee Foster, Hannah Frey, Katherine Funderburk, Victor Garnica, Noah Garon, Anthony Geraci, Joshua Glauser, Sadye Goodman, Kyle Green, Bradley Greenberger, David Greenberger, Benjamin Grossheim, Sarah Guckenberger, Grace Hafele, Abigail Hallock, Claire Hallock, Zachary Hanus, Lena Harper, Megan Hart, Emily Hartwig, Kaitlyn Hayes, Madelyn Heldman, Tyler Hess, Maxwell Hill, Jordan Hoffman, Rebecca Holdren, Michaela Hopkins, Sarah Horne, Kyle Huchison; Elizabeth Izworski, Connor Jarrett, Youbin Jeong, Roneeka Johnson, Umang Joshi, Varun Kalaiarasan, Akshara Kapoor, Rujula Kapoor, Miharu Katayama, Alexander Katz, Alison Keane, Kyuzo Kelly, Natalie Kerr, Sarah Kim, Jackson Kisor, Nathan Kisselle, Nicholas Klein, Sydney Klein, Clare Knife, Marina Kobayashi, Rebecca Kohrman, Allie Kolthoff, Allison Kossen, Lauren Kurtzer, Sydney Lang, Kevin Lawson, Samuel Leach, Francine Levy, Jesse Li, Beverly Liu, Jacob Locke, Jason Logan, Anthony Lombardi; Jooyeon Ma, Supriya Malla, Maliha Mastoi, Stephanie Mather, Hannah May, Duncan McClure, Raechel McCoy, Peter McCutcheon, Erin McElroy, Tasia Meaders, Miles Menyhert, Allison Miller, Matthew Miller, Sydney Miller, Jacob Mortensen, Athulya Murali, Varun Nagendra, Yuto Nakahata, Benjamin Nickol, Jun Nishikawa, Gerardo Orellana De La Torre, Joshua Peck, Andrew Phillips, Esther Pittinger, Danielle Pratt, Oliver Proudfoot; Andrew Quantz, Mitch Radakovich, Lily Retford, Andrew Rines, Samantha Rohr, Karina Rosa, Joshua Rosen, William Roth, Benjamin Ruskin, Haripriya Sakthivel, Abigail Sauerbrunn, Victoria Schaefer, Kevin Schaewe, Kiley Schafer, Eleanor Schmid, Andrew Schneider, William Schramm, Andrew

Schrantz, Grace Schwarzer, Laura Setser, Kevin Sheetz, Olivia Shuholm, Michelle Siddiqui, Jannan Sivaruban, Sarah Sotropa, Jacob Spiegel, Noah Stern, Sydney Stewart, Henry Sun, Visshaal Suresh, Madeleine Sykes, Lindsay Tacy, Mason Taylor, Emily Tyler, Caroline Veraldo, Natasha Wang, Katherine Werner, David Wertheim, Ryan Wick, Emily Wise, Yale Yoon, Julia You, Enshuo Zhang, Xuetong Zhou and Bruce Zou.


Alexandra Abele, Danielle Abramovitz, Gitanjalli Ajay Prasad, Anna Alsip, Prety Amom, Grace Anaple, Savanna Asbrock, Mary Aulicino, Divyesh Balamurali, Animesh Bapat, Michael Beyersdorfer, Wessel Bleesing, Ephrath Bramy, Micah Bresler, Matthew Brown, Maxwell Brown, Jacey Bultman, Hope Bundy, Emma Burge, Astrid Cabello, Krisha Cabrera, Christina Caporale, Paige Cassidy, Mandy Chan, Amara Clough, Mandisa Cole, Gwen Constand, Tamea Craig, Mason Davies, Austin Dick, Julia Diersing, Yangxing Ding, Brianna Dooley, Madeleine Driscoll, Rohan D’Souza, Nora Dukart, Katherine Dunn; Michael Edelheit, Shiloh Eklund, Phillip Farist, Josephine Fernandez, Joseph Fischer, Michael Fischer, Carolyn Fisher, Elizabeth Fitzgerald, Kevin Fitzgerald, Cameron Foy, Mary Fry, Caroline Gao, Alejandra Garcia, Martin Gonzalez, Jack Good, Melissa Goodman, Evelyn Goodyear, Grace Gore, Maxwell Gottliebson, Jory Gould, Nikita Green, Kevin Gunter, Jacob Habib, Alexis Hagenmaier, Nathaniel Halstead, Colby Hanson, Lacey Hardwick, Avery Harris, Cassidy Harris, Cherish Haruyama, Bradley Haupt, Meagan Haupt, Rachel Haupt, Jonathan Hedrick, Michael Herman, Michael Heyn, Rosie Hou, Cerys Hughes, Jeremiah Hunter; Nidhi Kanchan, Zarmina Karimova, Hannah Kast, Sabrina Kaul, Serena Kaul, Leila Kazemi, Paul Kellar, Hayley Kennedy, Mark Kirkham, Marisa Koster, Rebecca Kuhr, Julia Kumar, Brooke Landrum, Yerim Lee, Claire Lefton, Raquel Levitt, Rosalyn Liou, Grace Louis, Sydney Love; Madeline Marsh, Allyson Marth, Josephine Masset, Jacob Mather, Joseph Mattis, John McCann, Kaitlynn McCoy, Abigail McGowan, Mackenzie McMullen, Katelin Melling, Jake Melser, Garrett Merkel, Tyler Miller, Daniel Mills, Emily Misali, Hannah Moskowitz, Rebecca Moskowitz, Samuel Myers, Keerthi Nalluri, Antara Nigam, Sidney Noah, Maya Outlaw, Vrundaben Patel, Amanda Peck, Joshua Pelberg, Max Poff, Logan Price, John Pulliam, Maggie Pustinger; Shifa Qureshi, Dahlia Rapoport, Haley Rayburn, Sanford Reese, Elizabeth Rickert, Alexis Rile, Brielle Robbins, Calista Robbins, Noah Rothchild, Abby Sadler, Amal Saeed, Olivia Salach,

Martin Sanchez Locreille, Olivia Sandoval, Shelby Scaffidi, Orion Schlosser, Zoe Schlosser, Emma Schutty, Christopher Seger, Jiyoung Seo, Asha Sethuraman, Gabriel Severyn, Maya Sheth, Noah Silverman, Mitchell Singstock, Keara Sonntag, Michael Sorger, Thomas Stacey, Emma Steward, Christopher Stoy, Paul Stucker, Michelle Swart, Mikhail Sweeney, Sarah Thompson, William Truncellito, Ella Varley, Ted Vlady, Elizabeth Walden, David Wang, Jessica Wei, Max Weiss, Grace Whaley, Sierra Whittemore, Olivia Wiedmann, Sophia Wiedmann, Andrew Woodside, Priscilla Wu, Benjamin Young, Katelyn Young, Eli Zawatsky and Anna Zhou.


Jennifer Adamec, Charlotte Aguilar, Joseph Ahn, Yazan Aldeneh, Samuel Allison, Talia Bailes, Emily Baker, Alexandra Batsch, Maria Beaucage, Ethan Beck, Abigail Belcher, Andrew Bemmes, Daria Beniash, Nicholas Bierschwal, Benjamin Boughton, MacKenzie Boyd, Blair Braxton, Eva Brod, Hannah Brown, Joanna Brown, Rebecca Bruner, Charles Byers, Diamond Caulton, Kyle Cerna, Nabeel Chaudhry, Daniel Chiodo, Won Choi, Clara Chuey, Benjamin E. Cohen, Benjamin L. Cohen, Maria Consbruck, Nicholas D’Angelo, Brandon DeMaio, Lauren DeMarks, Atiya Dosani; Ana Sofia Esquivel Cerrillo, Taylor Evans, Lucy Farr, Jeffery Ferrell, Stephanie Fleites, Lorna Fletcher, Marie Fort, Ilana Frankel, Nicholas Frankowski, Samuel Fredette, Melody Freeland, Zachary Fritzhand, John Fry, Ryan Gantzer, Francesca Garnica, Anna Garrett, Evelyn Garrett, Molly Gearin, Elizabeth Gibson, Jacob Gibson, Lauren Glynn, Andrea Goldstein, Matthew Green, Caleb Grubba, Rishab Gupta, Hannah Guth, Shoyo Hakozaki, Morgan Hamel, Mark Hancher, Emily Hart, Stephen Hartkemeier, Tyler Hegyesi, John Heldman, Paige Henry, Hunter HerskoFugitt, Grace Hertlein, Drake Heuerman, Connor Higgins, Jessica Hobart, William Hobart, Douglas Hoffmeister, Donald Hosea, Gloria Hu, Benjamin Huffer, Nanci Hunter; Deepak Indrakanti, Adam Ioas, Alishia Isgro, Megan Jiang, Nicholas Johnson, Esther Kaplan, Emily Kelly, Athena Kennedy, Saidjon Khusenov, Stephanie Knechtly, Kelsey Koffel, Jamie Kolthoff, Erin Kroell, Connor Lake, Nathaniel LeRoy, Michelle Leshchinsky, Allie Levine, Elliot Levy, Xinran Li, Brandon Lombardi; Caleb Main, Kashif Malik, Shazia Malik, Morgan Malof, John Maloney, Ellen Martinson, Ross Mather, Julia Mattis, Rachael Maupin, Bailey McCarthy, Rose Menyhert, Samuel Meyers, Abigail Miller, Alyssa Miller, Natalie Miller, Stephen Mills, Audrey Moeller, Delaney Morris, Brittany Murphy, Ryo Nakahata, Nakul Narendran, Allison Nemoff, Pavan Nimmagadda, Rick Niu,

Cara Norris, Oluwafisayo Oginni, Allison Oh, Katherine Oh, Jillian O’Leary, Ysaith Orellana Ascencio, Allison Overholt, Taylor Overholt, Jose Palacios, Christine Park, Karen Patrick, Jamie Pescovitz, Paul Phillips, Noah Pittinger, Anthony Popenoe, Ivan Porollo, Benjamin Proudfoot; Griffin Ramsey, Jacie Ray, Alma Rechnitzer, Reily Reddy, Hebeh Refaei, Allison Rogge, Megan Rogge, Jonathan Rollins, Enrique Rosen, Anupama Roy-Chaudhury, Kristen Russell, Abbagail Sanders, Lauren Saxon, Austin Schafer, William Schrantz, Megan Schroeder, Sarah Schuetz, Matthew Sevrence, Brennon Shanks, Elizabeth Sheetz, Brenda Shen, Philip Silverman, Ethan Smilg, Victoria Smith, Melissa Sodi, Kaitlyn Soellner, Rachel Spohr, Neha Srivatsa, Scott Stefani, Katherine Steinberg, JoAnn Su, Megan Sulfsted, Victoria Swart, Jeffery Tang, Kailin Tang, Laurel Taylor, Julia Temple, Kathryn Tenbarge, Benjamin Thiss, Shannon Thomas, Alexander Toney, Peter Tosh, Hunter Tumulty, Gian Valli, Joseph Vaz, Aditya Venkitarama, Jorge Vinales, Naveen Viswanath, Ryan Wahler, Abigail Walsh, Jacob Wang, Jennifer Weber, Olivia Wells, Jonathan Weng, Ryan Wessinger, Steven Wessinger, Ellyn Willis, Alexander Wittenbaum, Alex Wright, Marissa Wyrick, Samuel Wyrick, Yuan Zhang, Allan Zou and Meredith Zukor.


Hannah Abrahamson, Mustafa Ahmad, Munazza Aijaz, Ryan Aleksa, Lauren Altemuehle, Prativa Amom, Jacob Barnhorst, Ana Barros, Sari Baum, Jacob Belcher, Christopher Bell, Tinashe Bere, Helen Berger, Elisa Berry, Rajat Bhageria, Jake Biegger, Sarah Birckhead, Ashley Bonnoitt, Kelly Borman, Parker Brarens, Dylan Brown, Emily Callaway, Bethany Caspersz, Jenna Celek, Krittika Chatterjee, Rishabh Chatterjee, Brian Cleary, Julia Cole, Laura Cole, Dana Coleman, Jacob Collier, Taylor Combs, Dylan Consbruck, Sara Constand, Alexis Corcoran, Megan Crone, Nun Cung Bik, Miguel Dalisay, Jason Darpel, Pedro Del Moral Lopez, Nimit Desai, Kathryn Diaz, Kristen Diaz, Andrianna DiMasso, Paige Domhoff, Madelyn Dukart, Elena Duran; Kathryn Eberhart, James Ekstedt, Jordan Elder, Lydia Fang, Adam Finer, Sarah Frey, Samantha Games, Cristina Garcia Galisteo, Natalia Garcia Vina, Madeline Garrett, Jordan Gause, Thomas Gerrety, Caroline Gilmore, Dan Ginsburg, Grant Girten, Erin Glass, Gabriela Godinez-Feregrino, Michael Goldenberg, Benjamin Goldschneider, Rachel Gore, Nathan Gregg, Azante Griffith, Leah Grinshpun, Sarah Grout, Lindsay Grzegorzewski, Morgan Grzegorzewski, Gavin Gundler, Stephanie Gunter, Arushi Gupta, Lauren Guy, Kyle Hackett, Carolyn Halstead, Jenny Ham, David Hamburg, Nicholas Ham-

burg, Daniella Hamden, Ross Hamilton, Benjamin Hammer, Andrew Hanus, Emily Hayes, Julia Henkel, Brianna Hensley, Nicolas Hershey, Kalman Heyn, Jennifer Hill, Mitchell Hill, Vijay Holtkamp, Quincy Huchison, Hayley Huge, Jackson Hughes, Parker Hughes; Natalie Itrich, Rupali Jain, Sabrina Jamal-Eddine, Jonathan Jih, Elizabeth Johnson, Gil Kaplan, Elias Kapourales, Allyson Karnell, Faith Kaufman, Grace Kays, Kristen Keane, James Keefe, Holly Kemp, Alison Kerry, Omar Khan, Ryan Khosla, Aaron Kiner, Anne Kitchin, Rachel Klein, Stephanie Kley, Melanie Klyop, Noah Koehne, Christopher Kuhne, Adam Kuhr, Nicolas Kumar, Victor Kurz, Kathryn Ledbetter, Carly Lefton, Jonathan LeNeveu, Rachel Levey, Samuel Levitt, Sarah Li, Yao-Yu Liu, Noah Loftspring, Alexandra Logsdon, David Lopez, Pete Andrian Lopez, Kathryn Lothrop, Anan Lu, Wendy Lu, Robert Lucian, Genna Lukshus, Elizabeth MacVittie, Alexander Malone, Kara Marth, Michael Masset, Logan Mather, Cassidy McDowell, John McLaughlin, William Meaders, Ricardo Medina Cortes, Laura Mendez Ortiz, Adam Merk, Giulia Mezzabotta, Evan Moeller, Kristine Monaghan, Anna Mondro, Gerson Moreno, Trevor Morgan, Alonna Motley, Karin Oh, Martina Oroz, Hadis Palic, Aaron Pang, Elina Panteleyeva, Shyam Parikh, Gabrielle Paroz, Nicholas Pavlakis, Brandon Peck, Gabrielle Peck, Christopher Pendergast, Joseph Peralta, Angela Phillips, Whitney Philpott, Nicholas Pinkerton, Kami Previte, Connor Pruitt, Katherine Pruitt; Jonathan Quantz, Elise Reardon, Rachel Reddy, Elizabeth Reece, Alora Reiff, Mark Reinhart, Cayden Richter, Matthew Rickert, Edward Rivin, Ayla Robinson, Elizabeth Rosenberg, Jamie Ross, Hannah Roth, Aditya Roy-Chaudhury, Jacquelyn Rudich, Kelly Ryan, Soo Yeon Ryu, Andrew Sadler, Allison Salach, Zachary Samuelson, Monica Sandoval, Michael Saxon, Gabriel Schenker, Jordan Schneider, Matthew Schneider, Noah Severyn, Cameron Seyler, Christina Shehata, Marissa Shor, Daniel Siddiqui, Nathan Silverman, Kailyn Smith, Madeline Smith, David Sorger, Alexander Sorokin, Rieko Sotojima, Ryan Stoneberger, Hanna Suggs, Rachael Sun, Zachary Swadner, Andrew Swart, Elizabeth Swofford, Nikita Tandon, Ruochen Tang, Mark Tenenholtz, Lauren Thompson, Margaret Thompson, Jackson Thurnquist, Katherine Touvelle, Geet Tripathi, Jacqueline Tso, Justin Van Wagenen, Benjamin Vasunia, Megan Vorpe, John Vuotto, Hope Wang, Bryan Waterhouse, Samantha Weiss, Alexander Weisser, Benjamin Wells, Helen Wessinger, Nathan Whitney, Emily Wick, Emily Winchell, Shawna Wing, Morgan Winnestaffer, Abigail Wise, Joseph Wislocki, Chun Wong, Rachel Wright and Samuel Yengo.





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Postseason strikes for Sycamore bowling By Scott Springer

Six Ursuline Academy senior athletes signed letters of intent to play their respective sports at the college level. Christine Frederick of West Chester will run cross country and track at Ohio State University; Abigail Main of West Chester will play field hockey at Ball State University; Alisabeth Marsteller of Mason will swim for Princeton University; Emma Meyer of Maineville will play golf at University of Dayton; Sarah Seedhouse of Pleasant Ridge will play soccer at Morehead State University; and Allison Werner of Madeira will play soccer at Eastern Kentucky University. THANKS TO URSULINE ACADEMY



hile National Signing Day was Feb. 5, several area schools had to delay their celebrations because of inclement weather. Ursuline Academy, Cincinnati

Hills Christian Academy and Sycamore High School all hosted events for student-athletes planning to continue their athletic and academic careers on the college level.

A pair of Sycamore High School seniors recently signed to continue their athletic careers in college. Left is Michaella Keyes, Tennessee Tech University, soccer, and Erin Glass, Mercyhurst University, water polo.THANKS TO TRISH GLASS Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy senior Nick Marsh signed his letter of intent to play football for Amherst College, during a ceremony Feb. 12. Marsh, pictured with his mother, Elaine, is a Symmes Township resident. He plans to major in English leading to a path of pre-law or economics. THANKS TO JUDI ALVARADO/CHCA

SYCAMORE TWP — Though they’ve hovered near the middle-of-the-pack of the Greater Miami Conference, Sycamore High School bowling coach James Lee thinks his Aviator boys might be able to roll their way to Columbus. At least some of them. Competing in the GMC comes with its hard knocks, but sometimes tougher competition is a benefit. For example, Sycamore just defeated Milford at Crossgate Lanes on Feb. 11. Milford recently took down Eastern Cincinnati Conference powerhouse Glen Este. The lesson learned is don’t judge the Aves by their record. “We have a lot of teams from the west side that kill it every year,” Lee said. “We always tend to start out slow then we reach a point toward the end of our season where we start picking it up. We’re looking good to go to districts, which we went to last year for the first time.” Lee’s crew starts with a huddled cheer of the Tuskegee Airmen from the movie, “Red Tails” before the three-holed spheres start flying. Seniors Joey Morris and Chad Estill lead with averages ranging from 194 to 206. Adam Merk and John McLaughlin are Lee’s other seniors and a pair of freshmen, Gerry Orellana and Nathan Estill have factored in the equation. “One has a 180 average and the other a 170 average,” Lee said. Estill, McLaughlin, Merk and Morris have been with Lee for the duration of his three years at Sycamore. “Of the four seniors I have, I expect three will go on to collegiate bowling,” Lee said. “This is going to be a bittersweet ending for me.” Once that quartet departs, Lee will rely on Orellana , the younger Estill, and a few others being groomed. The highlight of the current season for the Aves actually came last Dec. 22 at Eastern Lanes in Middletown when the boys team bowled a Baker 300. “It’s pretty rare to do,” Lee said. “It’s what we’re kind of feeding off of. One struck, the other one said, ‘I’m going to do

Allison Rolfes is Sycamore’s top girl bowler averaging around 150 with a high of 202. SCOTT SPRINGER/COMMUNITY PRESS

Joey Morris tops the Sycamore boys bowlers averaging nearly 204 with a high game of 257. SCOTT SPRINGER/COMMUNITY PRESS

the same.’ The rest of them said, ‘It’s your turn,’ and it kept going and going. I loved every minute of it!” The Sycamore girls have struggled as a team but have been led by seniors Allison Rolfes and Lindsay and Morgan Grzegorzewski. Rolfes tops the averages around the 150 mark. Three years ago, Lee started with five boys and five girls total and has since seen the squad grow to include a boys junior varsity team. He figures he’ll be roaming the halls laying his sales pitch down again after this year. “Anybody that’s a bowler will tell you bowling’s 90 percent mental and 10 percent skill,” Lee said. “If you can get out of your own head, you can throw the ball. Bowling’s a sport for everyone. It doesn’t matter what your body shape is or your athleticism is. If you can walk four steps and hold a 10-15 pound ball, you can bowl.” Sycamore rolls into the sectionals Feb. 19-20.

UA’s Tomley takes top GGCL swimming honors Senior says ‘Fast. I just want to be fast.’

By Mark D. Motz

BLUE ASH — One word to describe one goal. “Fast,” said Ursuline Academy senior Temarie Tomley, who knows something about the subject of speed. Tomley earned 2014 Girls Greater Catholic League swimmer of the year honors for her prowess in the pool. She’s been to the state meet three times already and is gearing up for a fourth run at Canton, beginning with a victory in the 50 freestyle at the Division I Mason sectional Feb. 8. She also took third behind teammate Alisabeth Marsteller and Mason’s Ashley Volpenhein in the 100 free, less than half a second off the pace. The Anderson Township resident - who has been swimming with the SeaWolves at the Mercy HealthPlex for the last nine years - isn’t concerned with her

time when it comes to setting tournament goals. “Fast. I just want to be fast,” Tomley said. “I’m just going to go out with no fear and kill it.” Tomley’s need for speed came at a young age. She tried to keep pace with her older sister Tatiana, a 2012 Ursuline graduate, swimming with and against her sister’s age group more than her own. “Oh yeah, I caught her,” Tomley said. “She was more of a breaststroker, though, so we were really different kinds of swimmers. But I always wanted to beat her.” And she’s beaten a lot of people since. “To do well at the district meet or the state meet you have to have somebody you know is going to get points for you,” said Ursuline head swimming coach Brad Isham. “To be able to know and count on top-level points like she’s been able to give us is so valuable. “This year being a senior she’s come in more relaxed. It’s important for her - for all swim-

Ursuline Academy sprinter Temarie Tomley was the 2014 Girls Greater Catholic League swimmer of the year. The senior is gearing up for her fourth appearance at the Division I state meetMARK D. MOTZ/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

mers - not to be tense or feeling pressure so they can just go out and swim, let their bodies do what they’ve been training to do. I think Temarie has been very good about doing that this year. “She has an incredible ability to just turn it on, which is amaz-

ing. She’s an incredibly talented swimmer, but she can go get you in a race if she’s down. She’s an excellent racer.” Which is part of what Tomley likes about swimming. “When I was younger I swam everything, but I kind of went to-

ward sprinting,” she said. “Sprinting is just a flat-out race. It’s just who can get to the wall first. You don’t have to think about it too much, you just go.” The Lions finished second behind Mason in the sectional meet, but Tomley isn’t worried. “We know that sectionals and even districts aren’t really our focus,” she said. “We like having the competition and having people push us, but our focus is on state. When we get there, I like how we all come together as a team and get focused. “You start riding this momentum that keeps getting bigger and bigger. The people in the stands are cheering and it just builds and builds and it’s just the best feeling.” Isham agreed. “Any time you see a teammate win an event, it can’t help but get you fired up for your own event,” he said. “It kind of builds on itself.” Tomley has a full scholarship to swim at the University of AlaSee SWIM, Page A7



PRESS PREPS HIGHLIGHTS By Scott Springer and Mark Motz

Boys basketball

» Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy beat Cincinnati Country Day 48-39 Feb. 7 led by Evan Glaser’s 10 points. The Eagles beat Deer Park 68-35 at home Feb. 10 as Glaser led four players in double figures with 15 points. CCD bounced back with a 69-35 home win over Middletown Christian Feb. 11 before losing 64-58 to St. Bernard Feb. 15. CHCA lost 47-42 at Cincinnati Christian Feb. 15. » Sycamore beat Princeton 76-67 on Feb. 7 as senior Mitch Hill had 21 points. The Aves defeated Miamisburg 93-73 on Feb. 11as senior Zach Farquhar had 25 points. » Moeller held off La Salle 40-33 on Feb. 7 as senior Tre’ Hawkins had 14 points. Moeller beat Roger Bacon 59-48 on Feb. 11 as senior Grant Benzinger had 19 points. Benzinger had 28 on Feb. 15 as Moeller downed St. Xavier, 6333. » Indian Hill beat Reading 43-39 on Feb. 7. On Feb. 10, the Braves beat Goshen 48-34 as senior Lucas Gould had 14 points.

Girls basketball

» Cincinnati Country Day closed the regular season with a pair of road wins, beating Roger Bacon 52-31 February 8 as Missy Dieckman-Meyer scored 15 points. The Indians beat Aiken 53-25 Feb. 10 behind 16 points from Sydney Menifee and 14 from Dieckman-Meyer. » Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy closed the regular season with a 41-32 win at Franklin Feb. 10; Marissa Koob led the scoring with 17 points as the Eagles ended the season 14-7 (10-3, Miami Valley Conference). » Ursuline Academy closed the regular season with a 65-41home win over Seton Feb. 8 to finish with a 10-9 record (5-5 GGCL). Sarah Reilly led all scorers with 18 points.

Boys bowling

» Sycamore defeated Milford by 53 pins on Feb. 11. Senior Joey Morris had a 503 series.

Tournament girls basketball

» Cincinnati Country Day fell 40-28 against Middletown Christian in the opening round of the Division IV sectional at Monroe Feb. 13. » CHCA beat Carlisle 37-14 in the first round of the Division III sectional at Wilmington Feb. 15. The Eagles advanced to face Madison Feb. 18, with the winner going to the sectional finals Feb. 24 against either Georgetown or Ripley. » Sycamore beat Harrison 35-32 at the Division I sectional at Lakota East Feb. 15. Junior Nancy Hunter had 11 points for the Lady Aves. » Ursuline beat Walnut Hills 67-58 Feb. 15 in the first round of the Division I sectional at Kings. The Lions advanced to face

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bama, where she plans to study exercise and sports science with an eye to be-

Fairfield Feb. 19. he winner advances to play either McAuley or Withrow of the sectional title Feb. 22.

Tournament boys swimming

» Cincinnati Country Day placed fifth in the Division II sectional meet Feb. 8. Several swimmers advanced to the district meet Feb.14 at Miami University, including Alexander Maier (50 freestyle, 100 free), Malcolm Doepke (200 free, 500 free), as well as the the 200 and 400 free relay teams. The Indians finished 14th in the district team standings as Doepke advanced to state in the 500 free. » Sycamore junior Mark Hancher won the 100 butterfly at the Feb. 7 Division I sectional meet at Mason. Hancher qualified for the state meet in the 100 free and Sycamore advanced in the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay. Hancher was Sycamore’s top finisher at the Division I district meet Feb. 14. Hancher took third in the 100 butterfly. The Aviators were seventh as a team. » CHCA finished eighth in the Division II sectional meet Feb. 8. The Eagles advanced to district as an alternate in the 400 freestyle relay. » Moeller won the Division I sectional meet at Mason Feb. 7. Sophomore Cooper Hodge won the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke and junior Noah Worobetz took the 100 backstroke. The Crusaders won the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays. At the Division I district meet at Miami University Feb. 14, sophomore Cooper Hodge won the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke to qualify for the state meet. Noah Worobetz qualified by finishing second in the 100 back and senior Greg Nymberg was second in the 100 butterfly. Moeller was district champion in the 200 medley relay (sophomore Jake Peloquin, Nymberg, Hodge, N.Worobetz). The Crusaders were second in the 200 free relay (senior Kyle Smith, senior Tory Worobetz, Peloquin, Nymberg) and the 400 free relay (junior Kevin George, Nymber, Hodge, N. Worobetz). Other state qualifiers were George and N. Worobetz in the 200 free; Peloquin and T. Worobetz in the 100 fly; George and senior Fritz Josephson in the 500 free and Peloquin in the 100 back. » Indian Hill was second at the Division II sectional meet at Mason Feb. 7. Junior Sam Vester won the 50 freestyle and senior Will Dowling took the 100 backstroke. At the district meet at Miami University Feb. 13, Vester won the 100 freestyle to advance to the state meet in Canton. Vester also qualified in the 50 free; senior Noah Brackenbury made it in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke; senior Will Dowling in the 100 back; junior Jack Dowling in the 500 free and the Braves 200 medley relay made it.

coming a physical therapist. She’s taking a philosophical approach to the end of her high school career. “I think I’ll be trying to take it all in more and be

Sycamore High School’s Bradley Greenberger dives as he competes in the 200 freestyle during the Division I boys sectional at Mason High School Feb. 7.JOSEPH FUQUA II/COMMUNITY PRESS

Tournament girls swimming/diving

» Cincinnati Country Day finished fourth in the Division II sectional meet Feb. 8. Several swimmers advanced to the Feb. 15 district meet at Miami University, including Celia MacRae (50 freestyle), Allie Wooden (sectional champion 100 and 200 free) and Holly Jacobs (100 free, 100 backstroke). The Indians 200 and 400 free relay and 200 medley relay teams also advanced. CCD finished ninth in the district meet as Wooden advanced to state meet in two events (district champion champion 100 free, district runner-up 200 free). The Indians 200 and 400 free relay teams also advanced. » Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy finished 13th in the Division II sectional meet; senior Kendall Hart won the sectional title in the 100 butterfly and advanced to the district meet in the 100 backstroke. The CHCA 200 free relay and 200 medley relay teams also qualified for districts. CHCA finished 22nd in the Division II district meet Feb. 15. Hart advanced to state competition in the 100 butterfly and the 100 backstroke. » Sycamore was third at the Division I sectional meet at Mason Feb. 8. Junior Cara Norris won the 100 butterfly and was second in the 200 freestyle. Sophomore Priscilla Wu was second in the 100 breaststroke and senior Andi DiMasso was the sectional champ in diving. At the Division I district meet Feb. 15, Norris qualified for the state meet in the 100 fly and 200 free and the Lady Aves advanced in the 200 and 400 free relay. On Feb. 15 at the Division I district meet, junior Cara Norris was second in the 100 butterfly to qualify for the state meet. At the Division I district meet at Miami University Feb. 12, DiMasso finished fifth to make the state tournament in diving. » Mount Notre Dame sophomore Graci Doll was second in the 50 freestyle at the Division I sectional meet at St. Xavier Feb. 8. » At the Division II district meet Feb. 15, Indian Hill sophomore Devin Landstra won the 100 backstroke and was second in the 50 freestyle to qualify for the state meet in both events. Also qualifying were senior Sarah Vester in the 200 free; junior Grace Stimson in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke; sophomore Elizahappier,” she said. “I’m really serious when I swim and I’m going to be serious, but I want to have the joy with it. When you have that joy, you swim better. I want to spread that joy around to my team.”

beth Drerup in the 50 free and 100 back; senior Delaney Smith in the 50 free and 100 fly; sophomore Bridget Pavlick in the 500 free and the Lady Braves qualified all three relays. At the Division II district diving meet Feb. 10, senior Cassie Wegryn was fourth and juniors Kara Korengel and Katherine Arnold were sixth and seventh, respectively. Wegryn and Korengel qualified for the state meet » Ursuline finished second behind Mason in the Division I sectional meet Feb. 8 and again by a 380-304 score in the Division I district meet Feb.15. Several Lions moved on to state competition, including Temarie Tomley (50 freestyle, 100 free), Alisabeth Marsteller (100 free, district title 200 free), Julia Moran (100 free, 200 free), Rollie Grinder (100 butterfly), Sydney Lofquist (500 free, district title 200 individual medley), Christine Van Kirk (500 free), Allie Wade (500 free) and Emily Slabe (100 backstroke, 100 butterfly).

All three Lions relays advanced, including a district title and meet record in the 400 free relay and championship in the 200 medley relay.

Tournament wrestling

» CCD finished 16th in the sectional tournament at Blanchester. Eric Christine (126 ), Kit Morgan (132) and Will Brady (170) each took sixth place individually. » CHCA took10th in the Division III sectional tournament team standings Feb. 14 and 15. Zach Alvarado (126) won a sectional title to advance to the district meet Feb. 21 and 22 in Hobart Arena. Kealii Cummings (152) was sectional runner-up to advance to district. » At the Division II sectional tournament at Western Brown, Indian Hill’s Jeff Kuhn was third at 113 pounds. George Schneider (145) and Sammy Szames (285) were sixth. » Moeller won the Division I sectional at Lebanon

Feb. 15. Champions were Conner Ziegler (120), Connor Borton (126) and Dakota Sizemore (182). Runners-up were Jaelen Summerours (113), Jacoby Ward (132), Stuart Morton (145), Quinton Rosser (170), Gerald Thornberry (195), Chalmer Frueauf (220) and Jack Meyer (285). Drew Hobbs (138) and Austin Bohenek (160) were third and Cooper Graves (106) were fourth and Johnathan Tallarigo (152) was sixth. » Sycamore was sixth at the Division I sectional at Lebanon. Tinashe Bere was sectional champion at 220 pounds. Kyle Green (106) and Gary Traub (182) were runners-up. Alex Masset (160), Matt Rickert (195) and Noah Koehne (285) were fifth and Salmon Isakov (126) and John Vuotto (132) were sixth.


» CHCA athletic director Matt Coleman announced Leah Crouch as the new varsity head softball coach for the Eagles. Crouch is a 1994 Lakota High School graduate, where she played tennis, basketball and softball all four years. She was team captain in all three sports earning all-city honors and second team all-Ohio recognition in softball. She was inducted to the Lakota Hall of Fame in 2004. Crouch went on to Northern Kentucky University and played four years of softball, setting several program records and earning NKU female Athlete of the year honors in 1998.

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A conservative philosophy helps schools

California, New York, Illinois. It’s no secret that liberal philosophies are running these states into bankruptcy. On the other hand, states like Wisconsin that have embraced conservatism are making an amazing turnaround. Local school boards have traditionally been dominated by the liberal education establishment. Those policies have school districts constantly pleading for more money at both the state and local level. But now, after getting nowhere with the same ole, same ole approach towards education, some communities are giving conservatism a try. And, it’s working. Liberals in education have told us that without more money there’s no way to offer the current level of service “to the children.” Their template for arm twisting taxpayers for more loot is to threaten important services for kids and parents: no busing, no new books, high class sizes, high fees, no field trips, and no athletic programs.

Communities across the state of Ohio and beyond are recognizing that the one cost control liberals in education Jim Rigano COMMUNITY PRESS never consider is the hyGUEST COLUMNIST perbolic rate of increase on their union driven salaries and benefits that comprise 70-80 percent of your typical school budget. Citizens are stunned to learn that for years they’ve been coerced into passing levies “for the children” when the reality was more money was necessary to sustain the unsustainable increases in school employee compensation. Now let’s pause for a moment. Conservatives believe in fair compensation. But what’s fair about a community average household income increasing at 1 percent per year, or declining in some cases, while school compensa-

tion increases at 6 percent per year? What’s fair about community members paying through the nose for their own medical insurance and paying 80-90 percent of the freight for a Cadillac plan for their school employee counterparts? The reality conservatives have brought to school boards is that by managing the cost of compensation the budget becomes manageable. Suddenly, there is money for bussing, books, technology, field trips and more teachers. This doesn’t mean harming teachers and it certainly does not harm children – unless you see maintaining bussing and books as something bad. To a conservative, “managing” does not mean “cutting,” it means balancing priorities within fiscal constraints. The prime difference between the philosophies is that conservatives are willing to stand on principle and not yield to the increasingly powerful unions. To conservatives, educational services for

children are not something to be bargained way for excessively large pay increases and ginormous insurance benefits for adults. Of course, this doesn’t set well with the unions. They’re out organizing teachers and parents against conservative school board members labeling them as “extremists” and using their other 12 Rules for Radicals to wrestle back control and return to the status quo. They are quite good at making noise. When conservatives are managing your school board, the union is screaming. Citizens, be alert. If you want fiscal responsibility, balanced priorities, and a “children-first” approach to managing school resources, then elect conservatives to your local school board. And by all means, stay clear of the philosophy that sent Detroit into bankruptcy.

Jim Rigano is a two-term conservative school board member from Springboro.

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

“My simple answer is no, but I would urge both sides to negotiate. I can understand that naming rights are a valuable asset and since the county owns those rights they should not just give them away. On the other hand, I can appreciate the Bengals not wanting to play in a stadium that might bear a name not consistent with their team or the NFL. Personally I like the current name, Paul Brown Stadium, and wish that sign on the stadium was more prominent than the current one.” R.V.

Feb. 12 question Colorado and Washington have legalized retail sale of marijuana. Is this a good idea? Should Ohio follow suit? Why or why not?

“It would probably be a good idea to legalize marijuana in the long run. All Cheech and Chong jokes aside, it is already illegally a major cash crop in Kentucky. However, policies would have to be in place to keep it out of hands of minors, away from the unhealthy addicts, and easier to obtain for chemotherapy patients.” TRog

“I have not smoked anything in over 44 years but I don’t see why we should continue to spend huge amounts of law enforcement and incarceration funds on the relatively harmless practice of smoking pot. I don’t care who smokes what as long as they don’t pollute the air around me. “Our police have a lot more productive things to do to enhance our safety than catching pot growers and smokers.” F.S.D.

“Yes. But it won't happen

NEXT QUESTION Do you agree with premise of Sen. Rand Paul’s, R-Ky., lawsuit that the Obama administration is violating the Fourth Amendment by the National Security Agency (NSA) collecting Americans’ phone metadata and requesting a ruling that would halt the program and purge all previously collected data from government databases? Why or why not? Every week we ask readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to nesuburban with Chatroom in the subject line.

here anytime soon. Enforcing the laws against use and possession of marijuana costs the taxpayers millions of dollars every year, and I believe that possession of small amounts of marijuana is harmless to the general public. “Having that on one's record will seriously impede one's future, whether it is applying for financial aid to go to college, trying to obtain certain kinds of finances, and prohibiting specific types of employment. “According to Harvard drug economist Jeffrey Miron: ‘$8.7 billion in savings to our government would result from legalization of marijuana.’ This is just savings from trying to enforce the prohibition. It doesn't include the potential income from taxes, employment opportunities for retail establishments, and by-products that could be used throughout our industrial businesses. Frankly, we need the money. “Aside from that, a recent article (October, 2013) by the Huffington Post states that 58 percent of the American people are in favor of allowing the plant to be legal. No one has ever died from a marijuana overdose. About 40 percent of Americans admit to having tried it, including more than one president of the United States. “We have been mislead by the ‘addictive properties’ of the drug. Marijuana leads to dependence in around 9-10 percent of adult users. Cocaine hooks



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about 20 percent of its users, and heroin gets 25 percent of its users addicted. “The worst culprit is tobacco, with 30 percent of its users becoming addicted. The medical uses of marijuana are already well-known and perhaps that is a solid first step that could be realized in Ohio.” D.P.

“It always amazes me that many of those who support marijuana being legalized are against cigarettes being smoked! That aside, this issue really comes down to analysis. “Some would say that marijuana is considered a gateway drug: one that is a first step into a world of harder, more impactful drugs, like cocaine, crack, and heroin, as if those participating will continue non-stop down a path seeking the next high. “Make no mistake, there are those tendencies in some. Others would say that it is nothing more than drug war propaganda. “One of the greatest things about this country is the ability to have different laws and behaviors in different states as part of this great American experiment. With two states already testing this ground, and several more doing so by ignoring pot in general, statistical analysis will determine if those in society will: take to the option to smoke in similar numbers to those currently participating illegally, or in wild abandon dramatically increase the number of ‘ne'r do well potheads.’ “Additionally, we will see if the drug truly acts as a gateway and these two states see steady increases in usage of other illicit drugs. The beauty of this for Ohioans is the ability to sit back and watch the results. “Those desiring a more participatory role can always book a flight! Just remember to pack snacks...” C.T.

“Sure, tax it and use money to educate public on dangers of the strong drugs especially herein. “Medical use has proven to be a relief for debilitating pain.

This is especially needed for elderly who have exhausted pills. Also marijuana is cheaper than Rx pills in some cases.” Walter

“Yes, I think it would be a great idea for Ohio to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Once other states start to realize the benefits of legalization, which will far outweigh the detriments, they will follow suit. “Over the years the myths and propaganda about marijuana have largely been proven false. It's no more of a gateway drug than alcohol (alcohol was the first drug I tried) and it is far less hazardous to your health than alcohol. “ Making it legal will not make it more accessible to kids and more kids will not start using it. In The Netherlands, where pot is decriminalized and tolerated, the teenage pot use rate is among the lowest in the western world. “Saying that everyone is going to be stoned if marijuana is legalized is ridiculous. If heroin were legalized would you rush out and try it? I know I wouldn't. “People that want to smoke marijuana will, those that don't, won't. It will be no different than it is now except the smokers won't be hiding in their basements.” J.S.K.

“The opium dens of the 19th century did not turn out to be as harmless as everyone thought, nor did the ‘harmless’ LSD experimentation of the 1960s. “Ohio should not follow suit in marijuana legalization because it is against the entire premise of anti-drug, smart choices campaigns like Just Say No. It teaches ‘Just Say No…Except…’ “If marijuana is to be used for medical purposes, it should be by doctor’s prescription only.” L.B.

“Yes, I think we should allow it, after all if someone wants to smoke they will and while it is legal we can regulate and tax the product.”

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Demonstrating respect for the office

The federal holiday we know as Presidents’ Day is officially “George Washington’s Birthday.” The holiday was first enacted in 1879 to honor our nation’s first president and commander-in-chief of the Continental Army. Originally celebrated on Washington’s birthday, Feb. 22, it was moved to the third Monday in February by the Uniform Monday Holiday Act (Jan.1,1971), which ironically prevents the federal holiday from ever falling on Washington’s actual birthday. Although our 16th President Abraham Lincoln never had a federal holiday of his own, the third Monday in February falls between Lincoln’s birthday (Feb. 12) and Washington’s birthday, making it an appropriate day to honor both of these great men. Many states that officially observed Lincoln’s birthday created a joint holiday for both Lincoln and Washington, often calling it Presidents’ Day. Most would view Presidents’ Day (Washington’s Birthday) not only as a holiday to honor two of the most influential leaders in our nation’s history, Washington and Lincoln, but as a day to honor and reflect upon the office of the presidency of the United States. As a Republican, I do not share the views of President Barack Obama, but I think it is important that as Americans we show respect for the office and for what it represents…the idea that the power is held by the people and that we alone choose our elected representatives. Presidents’ Day is a reminder to all Americans that we must engage in the political process, demonstrate free speech, and exercise our right to vote in both primary and general elections. We must not take for granted the freedoms and liberties that our forefathers fought so hard to preserve, and that so many brave men and women risk their lives to protect today. Let us respect the office of the presidency and let us demonstrate our respect by showing up on Election Day to vote. And whether a Republican, Democrat or Independent, it doesn’t hurt to research the issues and candidates ahead of time. Zachary Haines Symmes Township

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The Bell Tones perform at Montgomery Woman’s Club’s holiday luncheon at Kenwood Country Club.PROVIDED

Woman’s Club enjoys holiday events M

ontgomery Woman’s Club members and guests learned about flower arranging Nov. 21 and listened to the Bell Tones perform at the club’s holiday luncheon at Kenwood Country Club Dec. 12. For additional information about the club, call 513-852-1901.

Montgomery Woman’s Club members and their guests learned about flower arranging during their November meeting.PROVIDED

Girl Scout Troop captures Best in the Village at Festival of Trees contest Girl Scout Troop 48471’s creativity and original and natural themes with their “Homemade Christmas” tree caught the eye of the Festival of Trees judges and won the Best in the Village prize for the Festival of Trees contest. Popcorn and berries strung as garland, dried oranges and cloves as ornaments and pinecone topper were featured on their tree. Troop Leader Cindy Blunt, along with twelve girls in the troop, who are all 10-years-old and go to Montgomery Elementary, said they had fun stringing popcorn and cranberries and drying out the orange slices. In addition to Best in the Village prize, the tree with the highest votes from each of the

four locations each won a prize and these prize winners included: » Universalist Church, “All I Want for Christmas is a Rainbow Loom” created by Grace and Ava Mirande; » Bethesda North, “Magical Mickey” created by Ashley Ellis; » Twin Lakes Life Enriching Community, “Homemade Christmas” created by Girl Scout Troop 48471, and » Ohio National Financial Services, “Peter Pan Neverland” created by Colleen Neumann and the Indian Woods Homeowners Association. Winners were selected by attendees who placed votes for their favorite tree at Montgom-

ery’s annual Holiday in the Village event. These four locations included Ohio National Financial Services, the historic Universalist Church, Twin Lakes Life Enriching Community and Bethesda North Hospital and displayed a total of eleven trees submitted by different businesses, community members, volunteer groups, a neighborhood association and others. The trees added to the holiday festivities of the annual Holiday in the Village event. Many of the trees exploded with creative twists on this traditional holiday icon. Thanks to the following entries. » Barrie Marten, “Holiday Masquerade, Under the Big Top” (two entries);

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» TriHealth Early Learning Center, “Children of the World;” » Jann Doering-Woodson, TriHealth Facilities; “Christmas Confectionaries;” » Avis Geygan, “Globe Tree;” » Melissa Slay, “Twin Lakes 10th Anniversary;” » Cindy Blunt & Girl Scout Troop 48471, “Homemade Christmas;” » Grace and Ava Mirande, “All I Want for Christmas is a Rainbow Loom;” » Colleen Neumann & Indian Woods Homeowners Association, “Peter Pan’s Neverland;” » Ginny Warzon, “Angels of the Season;” » Ashley Ellis, “Magical Mickey”

Girl Scout Troop 48471Õs creativity and original and natural themes with their ÒHomemade ChristmasÓ tree caught the eye of the Festival of Trees judges and won the Best in the Village prize for the Festival of Trees contest. PROVIDED


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, FEB. 20 Business Seminars You’re More Than a Face on Facebook, 10-11:30 a.m., Dimalanta Design Group, 4555 Lake Forest Drive, No. 650, Learn dos and don’ts of Facebook for your business and how it can help you grow with Ernie Dimalanta, founder of Out-&-Out Marketing, and Wendy Hacker, social media consultant of Dimalanta Design Group. $10. Reservations required. 588-2802; Blue Ash.

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

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

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

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

Support Groups Motherless Daughters Support Group, 7-8:30 p.m., Montgomery Community Church, 11251 Montgomery Road, For adult women who have lost or miss nurturing care of their mother. Free. 489-0892. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Free, donations accepted. 800-0164. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, 4309 Cooper Road, Youth room. Big book/ discussion meeting. Brown bag lunch optional. Open to everyone who desires healthy loving relationships. Donations accepted. 673-0174; Blue Ash.

FRIDAY, FEB. 21 Art Exhibits Abstraction 1, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., The Barn. Works from local artists who practice painting with Fran Watson. Abstraction involves great imagination, involvement and learning to see more than the actual subject. Free. 272-3700; Mariemont.

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

Health / Wellness Pre-Diabetes Class, 9-11 a.m., Weight Management Solutions,

8001 Kenwood Road, Information on making healthy food choices, exercise and blood sugar control and monitoring blood sugar levels. $20. 9563729; Sycamore Township.

SATURDAY, FEB. 22 Art Exhibits Abstraction 1, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; Mariemont.

Cooking Classes Healthy Cooking Classes, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Peachy’s Health Smart, 7400 Montgomery Road, Peachy Seiden discusses nutrition and health while preparing two delicious, simple and easy meals. Ages 18 and up. $30. Registration required. Through Jan. 3. 315-3943; Silverton.

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

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

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

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

Join the Lego Club in designing and building creations with provided Legos from 3:30-4:30 p.m Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Deer Park. This free activity is for ages 5 to 12. Call 369-4450 for more information. Pictured, Tonia Korte of Miami Heights works with her daughter Emily Korte on a Lego build at the Miami Branch Library in Cleves where a similar Lego Club meets. TONY JONES/THE ENQUIRER elderly or disabled loved one. Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. 929-4483; Mariemont. Companions on a Journey Understanding Your Grief Adult Support Group, 7-8:30 p.m., Moeller High School, 9001 Montgomery Road, Free. Presented by Companions on a Journey Grief Support. 870-9108; Kenwood.

TUESDAY, FEB. 25 Art Exhibits


Abstraction 1, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; Mariemont.

Art Openings

Exercise Classes

Abstraction 1, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., The Barn. Works from local artists who practice painting with Fran Watson. Abstraction involves great imagination, involvement and learning to see more than the actual subject. Exhibit continues through Feb. 26. Free. 272-3700; Mariemont.

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

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

Music - Classical Carillon Concert, 4-5 p.m., Mary M. Emery Carillon, Pleasant Street, Open air concert. Carillonneur plays bells using keyboard in upper tower. Tours of tower available; playground, restroom and shelter house on site. Free. 271-8519; Mariemont.

MONDAY, FEB. 24 Cooking Classes Brown Dog Cafe on a Winter Night with Shawn McCoy, 6:30-9 p.m., Cooks’ Wares, 11344 Montgomery Road, Chef Shawn McCoy brings some of his family’s cold weather favorites to soothe and revive our spirits on this late winter evening. $50. Reservations required. 489-6400. Symmes Township.

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

Garden Clubs Greater Cincinnati Rose Association Meeting, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Theme: ARS Arrangements and Technique., Cincinnati Sports Club, 3950 Red Bank Road, Meet other rose gardeners and learn about growing roses in the Cincinnati area. Free. 442-4301. Fairfax.

Support Groups Caregiver Support Group, 10-11:30 a.m., Marielders Inc., 6923 Madisonville Road, Library. For those responsible for care of

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

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

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

Support Groups Comprehensive Grief Support Group, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Crossroads Hospice, 4360 GlendaleMilford Road, Helps people move beyond pain of any loss and achieve healing. Free. Registration required. 786-4717; Blue Ash.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 26 Art & Craft Classes Knitting, Crochet and Needlecraft Class, 7-8 p.m., Milford Heights Church of Christ, 1646 Ohio 28, Basic handwork techniques and fresh ideas in knitting, crochet and other handicrafts along with short devotional time. Free. 575-1874. Milford.

Art Exhibits Abstraction 1, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; Mariemont.

Cooking Classes

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

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

Support Groups Caregiver Support Group, 6:30-8 p.m., Barrington of Oakley, 4855 Babson Place, For those responsible for the care of an elderly or disabled loved one. Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. 929-4483; Oakley. Comprehensive Grief Support Group, 1-3 p.m., Cancer Support Community, 4918 Cooper Road, Helps people move beyond pain of any loss and achieve healing. Free. Registration required. 786-3743; Blue Ash.

THURSDAY, FEB. 27 Cooking Classes For the Love of Oatmeal with Lisa Cooper-Holmes, 6:30-9 p.m., Cooks’ Wares, 11344 Montgomery Road, Take this great grain, and combine it in all kinds of delicious delectable treats. $45. Reservations required. 489-6400. Symmes Township.

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

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

Literary - Libraries Kid’s Club, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, Free. 3694450. Deer Park. Food, Facts and Fun, 3:45-4:45 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Learn about eating healthy, fitness and food safety. Ages 5-12. Free. 369-4450. Deer Park.

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


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SATURDAY, MARCH 1 Cooking Classes Healthy Cooking Classes, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Peachy’s Health Smart, $30. Registration required. 315-3943; Silverton. Ordinary to Outstanding Cake Decorating with Damaris Loretz, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Cooks’ Wares, 11344 Montgomery Road, Come join Damaris Loretz and learn some quick and trendy cake decorating techniques. $45. Reservations required. 489-6400. Symmes Township.

Health / Wellness Diabetes Conversation Maps, 10 a.m.-noon, Lisa Larkin, M.D., 4460 Red Bank Expressway, What is type 2 diabetes, prediabetes? Small group discussions of Type 2 diabetes led by Jan Kellogg, certified diabetes educator. $30 all four sessions; or $10 per session. 7910626. Madisonville. Toddler Tantrum Survival Guide, 10 a.m.-noon, Bethesda North Hospital, 10500 Montgomery Road, Learn ways to avoid conflict without crushing your child’s spirit, ways to help your child more effectively communicate their wants and needs without resorting to tantrums, and strategies for boundary setting. $30 per person or couple. Registration required. 475-4500; Montgomery.

Music - Folk Ohio Sacred Harp Singing Convention, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Little Red Schoolhouse-Indian Hill, 8100 Given Road, Traditional religious folk music from the Sacred Harp. Presented by Ohio Sacred Harp. 861-1137. Indian Hill.

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

SUNDAY, MARCH 2 Music - Classical Carillon Concert, 4-5 p.m., Mary M. Emery Carillon, Free. 2718519; Mariemont.

Fairy Tales, 2-3 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., The Barn. Tale unfolds with giant puppets, audience participation and surprise twist. $5. Registration required. 272-3700; Mariemont.

MONDAY, MARCH 3 Cooking Classes Alfio’s Buon Cibo: Italian Argentine with Alfio Gulisano, 6:30-9 p.m., Cooks’ Wares, 11344 Montgomery Road, The award-winning dish from “The Taste of Blue Ash” this year was created by Alfio Gulisano from Alfio’s, one of the newest restaurants in Hyde Park Square. $45. Reservations required. 489-6400. Symmes Township.


Into the Vietnamese Kitchen with Sang Nguyen, 6:30-9 p.m., Cooks’ Wares, 11344 Montgomery Road, Traditional Vietnamese cooking is greatly admired for its fresh ingredients, minimal use of oil and reliance on herbs and vegetables. $45. Reservations required. 489-6400. Symmes Township.

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

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

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

Support Groups Caregiver Support Group, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Andrew Church, 552 Main St., Undercroft. To support caregivers of elderly or disabled parents (relatives). Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. 929-4483. Milford. Comprehensive Grief Support Group, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Crossroads Hospice, Free. Registration required. 786-4717; Blue Ash.


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Art & Craft Classes

Ohio Sacred Harp Singing Convention, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Little Red Schoolhouse-Indian Hill, 861-1137. Indian Hill.

Art for Homeschoolers at the Barn, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Weekly through April 9. $145. Registration required. 562-8748; Mariemont.

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Don’t peek in the pot if you want these dumplings to be fluffy.THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD

Comfort food can help you get through winter

No-peek herbed dumplings

First, have your soup, stew or even canned broth boiling. I like to put these on top of chicken soup. The secret to fluffy dumplings? Don’t peek! 1 cup all-purpose flour, spooned lightly into cup and leveled off 11⁄2 teaspoons baking powder 1 ⁄4 teaspoon each salt and pepper or to taste Palmful fresh minced parsley (optional) 1 ⁄2 cup milk or bit more, if needed 3 tablespoons butter

Whisk flour, baking powder and salt together. Add parsley. Make a well in center. Heat milk with butter until butter melts. Pour into well

and mix. Dough will look sort of shaggy. Add a bit more milk, if necessary. Don’t over mix. Sometimes there’s a bit of dry mixture in the bottom of the bowl. Just leave it. Turn heat down on soup to simmer. Use an ice cream scoop sprayed with cooking spray to drop dumplings carefully on top of liquid, leaving space in between for expansion. Put lid on. No peeking! Simmer anywhere from 8 to 10 minutes, or until largest dumpling is done: cut in half to test. Dumpling will be cooked through and not soggy in middle. Dumplings expand to double or even triple. Depending upon size, you’ll get eight or more.

Slice beef across grain 1⁄4-inch wide strips, then cut strips in half. Film bottom of pan with oil and heat to medium high. Add beef and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Remove and add onion, garlic, seasonings and mushrooms to pan and cook until mushrooms are tender, adding a bit more oil if necessary. Reduce heat to medium. Mix 1⁄4 cup beef broth with flour to make a paste. Add to pan along with beef, stirring well. Stir in 1-1⁄4 cups broth, cover and cook until sauce thickens. Adjust seasonings. Stir in sour cream, green onions and butter. Serve over noodles and pass sour cream.

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Thriftway’s tortellini salad. Western Hills reader Mark Wiggershaus would like to have this recipe or something similar. “It had an earthy taste and was very good,” Mark said. Like Frisch’s or Jock’s batter for deepfried fish. Reader Tom Ohmer would love to have a similar recipe. Blue Ash Chili’s coleslaw. Reader Mike R. said: “Everywhere I go, I never find two coleslaws alike. Everyone has his or her own taste

I only know her by her first name, Sherry. We almost collided at the store. Sherry was buying ingredients for this recipe and when I told her it sounded so good, she gave me her copy! “I have another at home,” she said. I followed her recipe pretty close, with a few adaptations. Worth sharing!

1 pound flank steak Olive oil 1 cup chopped onion 1 ⁄2 to 3⁄4 teaspoon minced garlic (optional) Salt and pepper to taste Hot paprika or a little cayenne, to taste 6-8 oz. fresh exotic mushrooms or regular mushrooms, sliced 11⁄2 cups beef broth 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons flour 1 ⁄3 cup sour cream plus more for garnish Several green onions, sliced Nice pat of butter, about a tablespoon or so Cooked noodles

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Proposed legislation would license auto repair shops Motor vehicle repairs continue to top the list of consumer complaints received by the Ohio Attorney General. In most cases, that office is very limited in its ability to help solve the consumer problems. That’s why Ohio State Sen. Joe Uecker (RMiami Township) has introduced legislation that would require mechanic repair facilities to be licensed. Right now there are more than 4,000 such repair shops operating without any oversight. Only body repair shops are currently licensed in Ohio. “This bill will not only level the playing field, it will also protect

consumers by ensuring businesses have proper liability insurance should something Howard happen to Ain their vehiHEY HOWARD! cle while at the repair shop,” Uecker said. The state licensing agency would also help resolve complaints filed by vehicle owners, such as Kimberly Thorpe of Liberty Township. She was told she needed a new engine for her 2004 Chrysler Sebring. So, she took it to a repair shop where, she said, it

sat for more than a year. Thorpe eventually took the vehicle to a dealership and was told some parts were missing. In addition, she was told a new engine would cost $5,500 to $6,000 – yet she had already spent more than twothirds that amount with that first repair shop. Thorpe says she gave that first shop owner one more chance to fix the vehicle, but she never got her engine. Instead she has parts in the back seat and the trunk of her vehicle, but no engine under the hood. Angel Hale-Frater, of Blue Ash, is also upset with the dealership to

which she took her overheating SUV. She paid $1,500 for the repair but, after getting it back, she discovered the SUV was still overheating. She returned the vehicle to the dealership and said the manager told her, “We make mistakes all the time.” Then she was told new repairs needed would cost nearly double what she had already paid. “If they had presented me with, ‘Your car needs upwards of $2,000 plus of work,’ I would have said, ‘No.’ I bought it seven years ago, it had 35,000 miles on it, its now got 130,000 miles,” Hale-Frater said. Fortunately, after

filing a complaint with me, the dealership agreed to deduct the cost of that first repair from Hale-Frater’s second bill. However, she still ended up paying more than $2,000 for the repairs. Uecker said he hopes the repair shop licensing legislation will be passed by the end of this year. I suggested, and the legislature will consider, requiring shop owners to post a small bond. That would assure vehicle owners get compensated should there be a problem collecting from a repair shop “The board could verify and monitor compliance with state laws,

giving consumers the ability to identify those service centers that are registered. Every Ohioan deserves to feel confident that repairs on their vehicles are performed safely and professionally,” Uecker said. No such licensing is currently required in Kentucky. If you’d like to express your feelings about the bill write to Sen.Joe Uecker at Howard Ain’s column appears bi-weekly in the Community Press newspapers. He appears regularly as the Troubleshooter on WKRC-TV Local 12 News. Email him at

Sycamore students rock with acclaimed jazz violinist

Community members are invited to “rock out” with music-loving friends and families at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, when SEE 1, Sycamore High School’s electric ensemble, performs an electric rock concert with Christian Howes, premiere jazz and rock violinist. The concert, complete with light show, will include works by Imagine Dragons, Led Zeppelin, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, 311, Guns N’ Roses and Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Directed by David

Smarelli, SHS music teacher, SEE 1 was the Cincinnati area’s first high school rock orchestra. Students who are selected for the group play a variety of electric string instruments, guitars, keyboards and drums and are regularly joined by professional musicians for concerts. Widely regarded as one of the leading educators in jazz and improvisational music, Howes, who has taught at the Berklee College of Music, will also host workshops for Sycamore High School and

Sycamore Junior High School from 8:15 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 20. The workshops, which directly support Sycamore’s curriculum, will show students practical ways to incorporate and feel comfortable with improvisation, composition and being creative with music. “This performance and these workshops provide Sycamore students with an excellent opportunity to grow in the area of improvisation, as well as pushing them to reach a high level of technical

proficiency by performing with and learning from a world-class performer,” Smarelli said. “Christian’s insights into music will motivate and inspire our students to be more creative musicians. You can only imagine how wonderful it is to hear thunderous applause, screams and whistles for a group of individuals who are used to the polite, if not subdued, applause at a typical orchestra concert.” Tickets to the SEE 1 concert featuring Howes, which will be held at Syca-

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RELIGION Ascension Lutheran Church

The Women’s Bible Study meets Friday mornings at 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. They are using “Namesake: When God Rewrites Your Story” for their discussion. The group meets monthly Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Their Bible study is called “In Good Company: Stories of Biblical Women.” Healing Touch Ministry is offered on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. Please call the church office at 793-3288 for more information on this outreach opportunity. Rejoice! worship service is at 11 a.m. Rejoice! is a more contemporary, upbeat style worship with music and Bible readings reflecting the preference of many people today. Heritage (traditional) worship service is at 9 a.m. Sunday School, Confirmation and Adult Forum are at 9:45 a.m. Ascension is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery, Ohio 45242;; 793-3288.

Bethel Baptist Temple

AWANA children’s Bible clubs are offered for children ages 2 through high school from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays during the school year. Kids enjoy games, Bible studies and lessons and special events. Contact the church for information, or visit the AWANA page on Facebook: search for “Bethel Baptist AWANA.” The adult, teen and children’s Sunday School classes come together for an hour of skits from the drama team, children’s songs, games, penny wars and more during Round Up Sunday, offered during Sunday School hour on the first Sunday of each month. Small group Bible studies, including a women’s Bible study, are offered Wednesday evenings at the church at 7:30 p.m. Sunday School classes for all ages are 10 a.m.; Sunday worship is 11 a.m. Kings Kids, a children’s worship service, is offered during the 11 a.m. service. Nursery care is available during worship service. The church is at 8501 Plainfield Road, Sycamore Township; 891-2221;

Blue Ash Presbyterian Church

The book of the month is “The Light Between Oceans.” Jacob’s Ladder is the theme for Sunday School (pre-K through 12th-grade); these classes are taught after the children’s sermon in the worship service. Bible 101 and Thoughtful Christian classes are offered for adults each Sunday morning. These meet at 9 a.m. in the fellowship hall. Sunday worship services are at 10:30 a.m. Nursery care is available. Sunday sermons are recorded and available on the church website. The church is at 4309 Cooper Road; 791-1153;

Church of the Saviour United Methodist

Ash Wednesday worship service is 7:30 p.m. March 5. Breakfast with the Easter Bunny is 9 a.m. to noon April 12. Register for egg hunts at Call the church for details. Maundy Thursday Last Supper drama is 7:30 p.m. April 17. Good Friday cantata “Return to Me” is 7:30 p.m. April 18. Weekday Children’s Programs run Munday mornings, Tuesday mornings and afternoons and Thursday mornings. Register on the website. Sunday worship services are 8:20 and 11 a.m. for traditional worship and 9:40 a.m. for contemporary worship. The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati; 791-3142;

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ABOUT RELIGION 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@community, 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, Ohio 45140. Bolivia through Quaker Bolivia Link is scheduled for 12:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 2, at the Cincinnati Friends Meetinghouse. All are welcome Regular meeting for worship is 11 a.m., Sundays followed by fellowship in the Fireside room at noon. First Day/Nursery School is available at 11 a.m. The church is at 8075 Keller Road, Cincinnati; 791-0788;

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

Service times are 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. The annual Pancake Supper prior to Ash Wednesday will be March 4. The Order of St. Luke, Hands of Hope chapter, meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7:15 p.m. in the library. A men’s breakfast group meets at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday mornings at Steak ‘N Shake in Montgomery. Ladies Fellowship/Religious Study Group meets on Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. at the church. Ladies Bridge meets the first and third Thursdays of the month. Contact the church office for further information. A bereavement support group for widows and widowers meets the second and fourth Saturdays from 10-11 a.m. The church is at 10345 Montgomery Road, Montgomery; 984-8401;

Sycamore Presbyterian Church

Worship with us Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Childcare is available in the nursery during both services for infants through age 2. Sunday School classes for all ages, including adults, are offered at 10:45 a.m. service. The next New Member Class will be 8:30-noon, March 29. Childcare will be provided, as well as



lunch. Call the church office to register. A food drive for Sugartree Ministries in Wilmington will take place through Sunday Feb. 23. Please take food items to designated tables in the fellowship hall. Student Ministries, grades seven to 12, welcomes all students to participate in our activities. Calendars are available on the Student Ministries’ Kiosk. Matthew 25: Ministries can use help from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 22. Famillies with children of all ages are welcome. Please meet at Matthew25 on Kenwood Road. The next Stonemasons’ Men’s Breakfast will occur Sunday, March 2. All men are welcome. The group will meet in the church kitchen at 7:45 a.m. for food and fellowship. Sycamore Presbyterian Preschool is registering students for 201415 school year. Visit the church website or contact Director Jamie Coston at 683-7717 for further information and registration forms. Wednesday Women’s Bible Study is studying the book “Gideon: Your Weakness, God’s Strength.” Class meets from 9:30-11:15 a.m. in room 120. Monday Women’s Bible Study is studying the book “Killing Jesus” by Bill O’ Reilly and historian Martin Dugard. Class meets from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Media Center. Eunice Circle is collecting layette/ newborn to size 6 clothing fo Sunset Gap. Please mark “Sunset Gap and place in the collection box in the connector. Sunday morning Adult Bible Study meets from 10:45-11:45 a.m., room 120. The current study is Joshua. Contact the church office if interested. The church is at 11800 MasonMontgomery Road, Symmes Township; 683-0254;


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BA/Montgomery Orchestra riffs on ‘From The Top’

The Blue Ash/Montgomery Symphony Orchestra presents its own version of the popular show “From the Top,” featuring several winners of the Orchestra’s 2013 Jack & Lucille Wonnell Young Artist Concerto Competition. Suzanne Bona, host of “Sunday Baroque,” heard on WGUC, will co-host with BAMSO Music Director Michael Chertock. The concert is at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 10345 Montgomery Road. All concerts are free to the public. There is no lack of mu-

sical talent in Cincinnati, and these young soloists, two of whom are firstplace winners of the Orchestra’s 2013 Young Artist Competition, plus cellist Benjamin Fryxell, a first-place winner of the 2012 competition, are reflective of this abundance. Isabella Geis, 16, a sophomore at Walnut Hills High School, is a member of the chamber orchestra and an active cross-country runner. Last year she was a finalist in the Overture Awards at the Aronoff Center. Christina Nam, 11, is a

sixth-grader at Freedom Elementary in West Chester Township. She is the youngest member of the Starling Chamber Orchestra at University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music where she studies with Kurt Sassmannshaus. Fryxell, now studying a Julliard in New York City, is returning to Cincinnati to perform in the world premiere in Frank Proto’s Divertimento for Cello and Orchestra. He last appeared with the Blue AshMontgomery Symphony Orchestra in February 2013.

Knesset member speaks at JCC Dov Lipman, an Orthodox rabbi with roots in Cincinnati, is the first American-born member of the Knesset (Israeli parliament) in almost 30 years. He is at the forefront of combating religious segregation in Israel. On Thursday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m., at the Mayerson JCC, Lipman will share his vision for the Jewish State and discuss his efforts to create Jewish unity in Israel and throughout the world. “Religious Tolerance in Israel” – part of the ISRAELITY speaker series – is free and open to the public. Lipman grew up in Maryland, the son of a U.S. federal judge. Shortly after he moved to Israel in

2004, he was hit by a rock while observing a Haredi protest near his home in Beit Shemesh. “That’s where this switch went off in my head,” Lipman said. “I have to do my part to heal these wounds and get this society back on track.” Lipman’s goal is to bring all Jews – ultra-Orthodox, secular and everyone in between – together as a people. He asked, “How can it be that the Jewish people, who were scattered for generations and – with thanks to God, the IDF and the merit of Torah study – have returned to live in Israel, remain scattered here as well?” Believing that isolation breeds extremism, Lipman works to bring mem-

bers of the ultra-Orthodox community “into the fold” by providing them with generaleducation,encouraging them to work while they continue to study Torah, and requiring their military or civil service. “How a person serves God or doesn’t serve God is a personal thing, and we have to find a way to create a Jewish country where people can be themselves and everybody respects each other regardless,” he said. Lipman’s presentation is part of “ISRAELITY: Redefining Reality in Israel,” a series of open dialogues presented by the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati’s Israel Center and its Jewish Community Relations Council, along with the Mayerson JCC.



POLICE REPORTS BLUE ASH Arrests/citations Angela Maria Miller, 49, 1622 Ridgewood Circle, petty theft, petty theft, Jan. 16. Angela Maria Miller, 49, 1622 Ridgewood Circle, petty theft, petty theft, Jan. 15. Peter D. Auel, 42, 10243 Storm Drive, petty theft, Jan. 14. James E. Schnitzler, 47, 1057 Winfield Ave., petty theft, Jan. 14.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering A man said someone took heavy duty batteries, value $3,510; a circular saw, value $125; a nail gun, value $175, and 1,020 feet of black “O” guage wire, value $1,856, from Leyman Manufacturing at 10900 Kenwood Road, Jan. 15. Grand theft (firearm/dangerous ordnance) A man said someone took a Pietro Beretta PX4 Storm, value $450, from Point Blank Range and Gun Shop at 10930 Deerfield Road, Jan. 16. Grand theft of motor vehicle A woman said someone took a 2004 black Lincoln LS fourdoor sedan, value $20,000 at 1945 CEI Drive, Jan. 10. Petty theft A man said someone took $252 at 5901 Pfeiffer Road, Jan. 10. A woman said someone took an iPhone 4, value $250 at 4150 Hunt Road, Jan. 15. Theft At 4100 Hunt Road, Jan. 15. A woman said someone took laptop computers, value

$1,400, from Oncology Hematology Care at 4350 Malsbary Road, Jan. 16. Violating protection order At 11240 Cornell Park Drive, Jan. 15.

violation, Jan. 9. Christina M. Hull, 24, 238 Ringling Ave., possessing drug paraphernalia, drug possession, possessing drug abuse instrument, Jan. 10. Michelle H. Sack, 40, 7740 Hartfield Place, liquor law violation, Jan. 10. William C. Jones, 21, 9832 Zig Zag Road, disorderly conduct while intoxicated, Jan. 11. Matthew M. Zimerman, 18, 10418 Hopewell Hills Drive,

MONTGOMERY Arrests/citations Edward Kenneth Mcqueary, 29, 126 Eaton Ave. apartment 1, criminal trespassing, Jan. 8. Theotis J. Holmes, 50, 8165 Remington Road, operating vehicle impaired (refusal within 20 years of previous conviction), operating vehicle impaired (unde the influence of alcohol/drug of abuse), assured clear distance ahead, firearms in motor vehicle, Jan. 18. Andre Lomar Carter, 32, 6919 Montgomery Road, criminal trespass, menacing, Jan. 21. Brittany M. Hansen, 26, 5501 W. Bancroft St., consuming alcohol in motor vehicle, operating vehicle impaired (refusal within 20 years of previous conviction), operating vehicle impaired (under the influence of alcohol/drug of abuse) possessing drug paraphernalia, Jan. 19. Andre L. Carter, 32, 6919 Montgomery Road, criminal trespass, drug possession, Jan. 18. Danielle Kay Sirkin, 21, 210 Sioux Drive, use, possess or sale of drug paraphernalia, Jan. 17. Rian N. Beckham, 24, 6163 Chapellfield Drive, operating vehicle impaired (under the influence of alcohol/drug of abuse), Jan. 16. Benjamin Bauer, 36, 4239 Langland St., income tax

use, possess or sale of drug paraphernalia, Jan. 12. Anthony Lamont Walker, 19, 9303 Wynnecrst Drive, drug abuse, use, possess or sale of drug paraphernalia, Jan. 12. Christopher I. Ashcraft, 25, 417 Lake Front Drive, drug possession, Jan. 12.

Incidents/investigations Burglary/breaking and entering At 7703 Cooper Road, Jan. 14.

Suspicious vehicle At 10150 Montgomery Road, Jan. 13. Telecommunications harassment At 8149 Monte Drive, Jan. 10. At 10620 Montgomery Road apartment 212, Jan. 13. Theft At 9431 Shelly Lane, Jan. 18. At 9838 Forestglen Drive, Jan. 14. At 9848 Zig Zag Road, Jan. 15. At 10545 Montgomery Road

apartment 201, Jan. 16. At 9939 Montgomery Road, Jan. 10. Theft At 7400 Cornell Road, Jan. 6. Vandalism/criminal damaging At 7400 Cornell Road, Jan. 13.

SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations See POLICE, Page B8

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DEATHS Elizabeth K. Day

Elizabeth “Libby” K. (nee Clifton) Day, 64, died Feb. 10. Survived by children Clifford, Clinton (Diana) and Steve; grandchildren Kyleigh Studt, Jonathan Kimmick and Kristin Billger; husband, George Day;

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and step-daughter, Mary Day. Preceded in death by children Mark Studt and Nick (Rachael) Kimmick. A memorial service is being planned for the spring. Memorials to: United Ministries, P.O. Box 18430, Erlanger, KY 41018.



37 Carpenters Run: Miller Kenneth J. & Leslie R. to Cady Roger Prescott; $550,000. 9512 West Ave.: Rental Property Management LLC to Quinn Patrick R.; $126,000.

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10835 Deerfield Road: Games Dax T. & Robin G. to Regner Matthew Robert; $231,000. 8993 Legendary Pass: House Robert B. & Rita to Metalitsky Dennis; $465,000.

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Plantation Pointe Drive: Fischer Single Family Homes III Ltd. to Caccamo John F.; $492,017. 9186 Link Road: Wilson Kimberly to Dorenbusch Beverly T.; $25,000.

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Continued from Page B7 Juvenile female, 17, theft, Jan. 27. Marshall Adams, 28, 1269 Palmwood , theft, Jan. 30. Ryan Sweeney, 25, 640 Cherwood Drive, theft, Jan. 29. Brandon Stephenson, 24, 7991 Festive Court, receiving stolen property, Jan. 31. James Resch, 31, 7875 Montgomery Road, receiving stolen property, Jan. 31.

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Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering Garage entered and tools valued at $1,050 removed at 8138 Queens Ave, Jan. 27. Identity fraud, forgery Victim reported at 7100 Dearwester Drive, Jan. 31. Misuse of credit card Victim reported at 6623 Branford Court, Jan. 30. Theft

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SYMMES TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Cory Cumins, 22, 747 Willow Pond Court, drug trafficking, drug paraphernalia, drug


abuse instruments, Jan. 29. Sidney Jones, 19, 3704 Green Haven Way, drug trafficking, drug paraphernalia, drug abuse instruments, Jan. 29.

Incidents/investigations Criminal mischief Eggs thrown at vehicle at 10083 Bentcreek Drive, Feb. 1. Domestic violence Female victim reported at Terwilligers Valley Lane, Jan. 26. Theft Merchandise valued at $700 removed at 3400 Highland, Feb. 5. Theft, misuse of credit card, criminal damaging Victim reported windows of vehicle damaged and wallet and contents removed at 11301 Montgomery Road, Jan. 20. Theft, passing bad checks Victim reported at 11978 Carrington Court, Feb. 3.

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