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Davis makes first Montgomery cut By Jeanne Houck

Words in Bloom Sam Bloom, a 2011 Newbery Award Committee Member, visited Rockwern Academy to speak to the fourth- through sixth-graders about his experience. Bloo said he was inspired to attempt to be on the Committee in 2009, when he went to a convention with lots of famous authors, such as Mo Willems. See schools, A4

MONTGOMERY — – Acting Montgomery City Manager Wayne Davis is among nine applicants to survive the first cut made from more than 40 people who expressed interest in becoming Montgomery city manager. TheMontgomeryCityManager Search Committee said Friday, March 2, that members will interview Davis – who served as assistantMontgomerycitymanagerunder former city manager Cheryl Hilvert - and the eight other appli-

cants by phone over the next few weeks. Others who made the cut are: » Patti Bates, Williamsburg village administrator » Matthew Harbison Candland, Sykesville, Md., town manager » Tom Carroll, Loveland city manager » Mike Hinnenkamp, Springfield Township administrator » David Kennedy, New Richmond village administrator

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City Council member While more than 40 people expressed interest in becoming Montgomery city manager, just 27 were considered because they submitted all the paperwork that advertisements for the post said was required: a cover letter, resume and completed application. Some of the people disqualified as applicants submitted two of the three required submissions; one person simply emailed Montgomery. Some people withdrew their apSee DAVIS, Page A2

Primary colors It may have been a dress rehearsal, but yesterday's primary elections had the feel of the "real thing," from presidential primaries to statehouse primaries and local issues. Find out who won and who lost, and share your thoughts at

Winter heats up And speaking of winners and losers, the high school winter tournament season continues. Follow your favorite team and find out where they go next, or if they have gone home. See Sports, A7

David Lienhart of Madeira has proposed a roundabout as a solution to traffic problems on Ronald Reagan Highway and Interstate 71. At left is the intersection as it is currently constructed; at right is Lienhart’s proposal for a roundabout.

‘Roundabout’ solution suggested for Reagan

ODOT: Suggestion will be considered

“It takes some getting used to, but they’re a lot safer than an intersection with a traffic crossing.”

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With car wrecks on the uptick at a Sycamore Township intersection, the state is taking another look at its design and taking the suggestion of a retired Madeira engineer into consideration. The southbound Interstate 71 exit onto Ronald Reagan Highway presents a challenging choice to drivers. To travel westbound is as simple as merging with oncoming traffic, like any other highway entrance ramp. But to travel eastbound, drivers must slow down quickly, halt at a stop sign, cross two lanes of westbound traffic and merge with the traffic moving east. Even on paper it sounds

tough, and attempting the turn can be a feat during rush hour. A sign reading “One car in median” was set up several years ago and seemed to help the traffic situation at the intersection, but crashes have increased during the last two years and have forced the Ohio Department of Transportation, or ODOT, to take another look at its configuration, said Jay Hamilton, district 8 planning engineer for the department. “It was incumbent upon us to take another look at that intersection,” he said. David Lienhart, a retired geological engineer from Madeira,

offered a possible solution to the problem — a roundabout. An idea he got from traveling roads across Europe, he thinks a roundabout is a safer design for the intersection, as well as less expensive for drivers. “Europeans have a lot of good ideas to keep traffic moving, and the price of gas makes it better to keep traffic moving,” he said. “Stop and start traffic uses more fuel.” With a roundabout in the current location, vehicles exiting I-71 south would move around the circle past the westbound traffic, merging with traffic traveling east. Cars would be

able to slow down before merging and would eliminate the troublesome crossing of westbound traffic. Traffic would also move in a continuous flow, preventing drivers from slamming on their brakes at the stop sign. “It takes some getting used to, but they’re a lot safer than an intersection with a traffic crossing,” Lienhart said. “(Traffic crossings are) never a good idea.” Hamilton said that while a roundabout is highly unlikely for that location, because of the high speed cars are traveling at and the multi-vehicle traffic, the idea would be considered as a potential solution. ODOT is considering four solutions for modifying the intersection, the most likely being a combination between closing the ramp altogether, directing trafSee REAGAN, Page A2


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Harbison said. Harbison, Mayor Ken Suer and Councilman Barry Joffe are members of city council’s search committee. “We also received applications from the private sector, which we believe is reflective of the strength of ourcommunityasabusiness enterprise,” Harbison said. The Montgomery City Manager Search Committee said in its release that the nine candidates who remain in the applicant pool will be reduced to three or four and those people further evaluated with tools that include an analysis by an outside as-

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plications. Applicants for the Montgomery city manager post who sent in all required paperwork hail from Maryland to California. Many of the local applicants made the first cut. “We reviewed an impressive array of candidates from around the country, most of whom have worked in the public sector for several years,” Montgomery City Councilwoman Gerri


the median sign first and is now debating alternatives. Another option was to separate the eastbound traffic from I-71 and building a separate bridge to reduce the conflict when turning left, but with a high price tag, that option is the least likely to be imple-

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mented. The least expensive is directing traffic toward Kenwood Road and looping it back, then a type of signal, next a roundabout and then the separate bridge, Hamilton said. He added that while a roundabout might look like a simple solution from an aerial view, which Lienhart provided a drawing of, it can become problematic because of differentials in the area and that roundabouts need to be relatively flat. “I don’t know where we’ll end up, but we’ll look at it all,” Hamilton said. “… It’s definitely something worth looking into.” For more about your community and to sign up for our newsletter, visit SycamoreTownship.

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Indian Hill High School alumnae Jennifer Lightcap, center, has helped organize a Powder Puff football game, which will be played 7 p.m. Friday, March 9, at the high school. Also shown are senior Teddy Kremchek and junior Tanner Landstra, who are both serving as coaches. The game is a fundraiser for the After Prom event in May. FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Powder Puff football returns to Indian Hill By Forrest Sellers

After nearly 20 years Powder Puff football returns to Indian Hill. Indian Hill High School junior and senior girls will compete against one another in a game 7 p.m. Friday, March 9, at the high school, 6865 Drake Road. “My fondest memory was playing my junior year,” said 1982 graduate Jennifer Lightcap, of Indian Hill, who came up with the idea for the event and helped organize it as a fundraiser for the After Prom Committee. “We played in the upper field without turf, and it was honestly a mud bowl.

“I could recall scooping the mud from my eyes just so I could see.” This game will likely be a lot cleaner, but Lightcap anticipates the atmosphere will be just as enjoyable. There is a camaraderie among the participants, she said. For senior Teddy Kremchek, who is coaching the senior team, it’s a chance to witness something his mother, Hilary, has fond memories. “She was on the junior team that beat the seniors,” he said. “She scored four touchdowns.” Lightcap said the senior girls would traditionally win the games, which were played around Thanksgiving.

Years later that rivalry may continue. “Both teams think they are going to win,” said Kremchek. “There is definitely a competitive spirit.” As part of the celebration a tailgate-style cookout will precede the game 5:30-7 p.m. A raffle, split-the-pot and bake sale will also be part of the event. Fireworks will be shot off for each touchdown. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 high school students and $2 children. Proceeds will go toward the After Prom event in May. For information, contact Lightcap via email at

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Curb cuts, canopy tree: Conflict, compromise By Leah Fightmaster

Neighborhood residents and Mercy Health staff members have come to a compromise for now regarding the proposed new parking lot at Jewish Hospital in Kenwood. About a dozen Sycamore Township residents raised concerns to the Board of Trustees about the proposed parking lot construction at Jewish Hospital, 4777 E. Galbraith Road. Although the planning and zoning commission provided six conditions with the approval of the zoning change to Mercy Health’s submission, residents took issue mainly with two. Tom Kronenberger, a resident of Happiness Way, began asking that the curb cuts, or driveways, that give the hospital and former bank access to Happiness Way from their parking lots be closed. He added that allowing access between the bank’s parking lot and the hospital’s increases

the likelihood cars will leave via Happiness, adding to traffic on the street. “I would recommend that you go beyond the (planning and zoning commission’s) recommendation,” he said, “and close the curb cuts off.” Kronenberger said that while he appreciates the township’s good record of creating effective landscaping buffers in residential areas, the submitted plan seems to adhere to the base of the zoning code’s requirement of a buffer. He added that the current amount of buffering is “well below what it should be,” and the design shows no landscaping for half of the west side of the parking lot. He suggested keeping the commission’s recommendation of fencing to provide adequate shielding from noise, pedestrian traffic and lights. In addition to the fencing, he asked that the final landscaping plan be brought back to the pub-

A rendering of what a new parking lot at Jewish Hospital would look like. Happiness Way is to the bottom; Frolic Drive to the left. PROVIDED lic for approval instead of allowing Mercy Health’s staff to make the final call. Jean Bresnen, another Happiness Way resident, agreed with Kronenberger on both accounts. She, too, asked that the curb cuts be closed on Happiness, citing that the traffic will increase in the neighborhood if they are not. “I definitely think you should consider closing the two (curb cuts) on Happiness Way,” she

said. David Wright, senior project manager from Kleingers and Associates for Mercy Health, said keeping one curb cut open would allow emergency vehicles to be able to access the hospital quicker. “We are operating a hospital, and we’re hoping emergency vehicles are able to get in (to the hospital),” he said. He added that instead of installing decorative fencing, Mercy Health

agrees to add enough additional landscaping to increase the buffer to 100 percent opacity, making the fence unnecessary. When a final decision was reached, the trustees decided that instead of closing off both or one of the curb cuts, they would stay open, but with specific limitations. One curb cut will be a designated entrance that would only allow drivers on Happiness from Kenwood Road to enter, and the second will only allow

drivers to leave the parking lot and turn right onto Happiness toward Kenwood, eliminating the issue off additional traffic traveling through the neighborhood. “It’s reasonable to have two curb cuts (on Happiness),” Trustee Cliff Bishop said, “but I’m not in favor of traffic going through the neighborhood.” He added that the landscaping on the Frolic side of the parking lot be extended to the parking garage to provide a buffer for the houses across the street. Bishop said additional landscaping should be put in along Happiness, eliminating the necessity of a fence. “The township hasn’t been in a habit of putting up fences, and with the proper screening, it’s not necessary,” he said. For more about your community and to sign up for our newsletter, visit SycamoreTownship.

Princeton earns award for clean audit By Kelly McBride

Princeton City Schools has received an award for financial reporting. During the Feb. 13 school board meeting, a representative of the state auditor's office presented the district's treasurer with the Auditor of State Award with Distinc-

tion for its 2011 report. Agencies that receive the award must earn a clean report in their yearly financial audit. That means there are no significant deficiencies or findings, no material citations or weaknesses, and no single audit findings or questioned costs. The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,

which outlines the financial status of the school district, must also be filed on time, with deficiencies. Princeton Superintendent Gary Pack said the award was an honor that recognized the hard work of Treasurer Jim Rowan and his staff. "The state Audit Award indicates the

amount of detail that Mr. Rowan and his staff have implemented using the current state and national standards around accounting, disbursements and expenditures with no reporting errors for the past year," Pack said. "This is a significant award for a local school district the size of Princeton."


School Board President Steve Moore, right, congratulates Treasurer Jim Rowan as he is presented with the Auditor of State Award with Distinction. KELLY MCBRIDE/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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bids received, if any come in at all. Sycamore Township Fire Fighters Association President Kelby Thoreson said theunion’sproposalgavethe fire fighters a12.5-to-25 percent pay cut, while the current contract signed provided a 20 percent healthcare increase and no pay raise. Sycamore Township Fire Chief William Jetter used dispatchcoststoputthebudget into perspective for the residents, saying that dispatch calls increased by $1.50 per call, and that every time a person calls to dispatch Sycamore’s emergency services, the township is charged $18.60, and double that cost if the sheriff’s deputies are needed as well. While Weidman added that he was not telling residents to not call dispatch for emergencies, the amount the township was charged for dispatch fees alone in 2010 was about $273,000. While aspects such as staffing, the department’s scheduling and future quality of service were discussed, many of the problems came back around to communication. “Balance the budget using our men and women, and they’re more than willing,”retired Sycamore Township firefighter Trace Lawless said. “Look at the numbers, it can be balanced.” For more about your community and to sign up for our newsletter, visit SycamoreTownship.



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CHCA High School Principal Dean Nicholas with CHCA Cum Laude Scholarship winners, from left: Jeremy Devin (Commended Scholar), Christian Duborg (Commended Scholar), Zachary Stiles (Distinguished Scholar) and Joshua Debo (Commended Scholar). THANKS TO LIZ BRONSON

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Newbery Medal committee member Sam Bloom talks to students at Rockwern Academy in Kenwood. THANKS TO JULIA WEINSTEIN

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Sycamore Junior High School's January Pride in Excellence winners, from left: front, David Wertheim, Matthew Miller, Jack Kays, Justin Banke, Lauren Kurtzer, Hannah May, Snigdha Porwal, Taylor Chrisman, Antara Nigam, Liza Fitzgerald, Khalilah Muhammad and Anthony Geraci; back, Nick Cassidy, Tyler Hess, Sydney Klein, Madelyn Lane, Kayla Kramer, Christopher Sheehan, Jack Gruden, Ayanna Boben and Ethan Abney. THANKS TO JESSICA RUGGIERO

SJHS honors January Pride in Excellence winners The Pride in Excellence award has been a long time treasured tradition at Sycamore Junior high. Although the criteria for the award is open ended, students are selected by their teachers to receive this monthly recognition. The students that are selected for this prestigious honor generally display excellent character and academics, or have improved significantly. Nominees may also

have contributed to the school in a positive way, such as participation in a club, activity, sport, or special event. A breakfast is held each month for the winners of the award and their families, along with the nominating teachers. The principal and assistant principals give special recognition as well as a certificate to the students. The Sycamore PTO sponsors the breakfast for this event.

Sam Bloom, a 2011 Newbery Award Committee Member, visited Rockwern Academy to speak to the fourth- through sixth-graders about his experience. Bloom, who works at the Groesbeck Public Library Branch, said he was inspired to attempt to be on the Committee in 2009, when he went to a convention with lots of famous authors, such as Mo Willems. About his luck of being in the Committee, Bloom said, “Normally, you have to get on a ballot, and hope the other librarians and teachers will vote for you. I got lucky, because your other choice is to call the President of the Committee. I called them but they said there wasn’t an opening for me.” Later they called him back and gave him the job. “I was reading like crazy,” he said. “Every day, I got a package in the mail full of books to read. At first you think, ‘Cool, free books,’ but then you realize, “I have to read all these!” As he read the books he was shipped, he took notes. He start-


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nominate and went to the committee meeting. He said, “We were in a sealed-off room, and no one was allowed to hear us. The whole thing was top secret. It took us a long time for them to choose a winning book, but we came to a conclusion at around midnight the next day.” Bloom and the students then played the game, “Why didn’t it win the Newbery?” We started with “Harry Potter,” which couldn’t get the award because its author, J.K. Rowling, is from Britain. “Twilight” didn’t make the cut because it didn’t fit the age group, birth to age 14 “ Diary of a Wimpy Kid” couldn’t get it because most of the story is told in pictures, and to win the Newbery, most of the story needs to be told with the words. After the experience, he said, “I’m never, ever going to say any people are crazy for choosing a book to win the Newbery, especially after all the work it took being on the committee.” Rockwern Academy sixth-graders Asher Weinstein and Robert Wetzler wrote this article.

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Centerville High School Garrett Conner battles Sycamore High School Ben Mather during their 195-pounds championship Match during Division I Southwest district Wrestling Tournament at Fairfield High School Feb. 25. Conner won the match. JOSEPH FUQUA II/THE COMMUNITY PRESS


Sycamore wrestlers wins one at state By Scott Springer


With Caleb Whitcomb-Dixon just missing as an alternate at 138 pounds, Sycamore High School sent just one wrestler to the state meet in195-pound district runner-up Ben Mather. The senior captain was a reliable weapon for Aves coach Jeremy Pletz all season. “He wrestled all four years and got 98 varsity wins (going into State) for us,” Pletz said. “He saw limited varsity time his freshman year, his sopho-

more year he finished about .500, then his junior year was his breakthrough year. He started around 171 as a freshman, then went to 189 and then to the new weight class of 195.” After helping the Aves to a successful football season on the defensive line, Mather took his array of maneuvers to the mat and posted a 38-5 mark. Part of that comes from the “apple/tree” theory. “His dad was a former Sycamore wrestler and football player years ago,” Pletz said. “He’s got good genes.” In Columbus, Mather made

Sycamore defensive lineman Ben Mather peers at his opposition at practice during August. Mather led the Aves in sacks last season with four. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

it to the second day with a loss and a win March 1. Evan Rosborough of Painesville Riverside beat him 10-5, then Mather rebounded with a win over Josh Murphy of BrecksvilleBroad Heights. Unfortunately, on the second day Mather was defeated by Garrett Conner of Centerville (who also beat Loveland’s Kylee Knabe locally). From here, Mather is currently undecided on college plans according to his coach. “He’s pursuing wrestling in college but has not made a choice,” Pletz said.

He wraps up a diversified athletic career at Sycamore that saw him compete in track and field, along with football and wrestling. He also completed a somewhat rare combination for a guy his size. “It is odd, but he’s been on the diving team the last couple of years now,” Pletz said. “Our two biggest guys do it. Ben and heavyweight Ryan Gamber. I actually watched them one day, they can do it, flips and everything.” Apparently the diving board at Sycamore is wellreinforced.

Crusaders converge on Columbus Moeller prepares with other schools

By Scott Springer

MONTGOMERY — The wrestling room at Moeller High School was a busy place prior to the state meet in Columbus March 1-3. That’s because the Crusaders were preparing as they always do – by letting other schools join them in practice. As competitive as the Southwest district is, once area wrestlers make State, they often join forces for strategy and more demanding practices. Several Tristate schools sent their coaches and grapplers over to coach Jeff Gaier’s “Crusader laboratory” early in the week. “It’s pretty common,” Gaier said. “The schools that have a lot of qualifiers invite the other schools over. It’s nice to be able to host--our room’s pretty big. The schools with only one or two guys, it’s hard to practice on your own.” Moeller qualified eight for the festivities at the Schottenstein Center, including defending 126-pound champion Joey Ward. Up six pounds due to the change in weight classes this season, the future

Moeller's Coner Zielger (bottom) wrestles during the first round of the OHSAA state meet in Columbus March 1, 2012, NICK DUDUKOVICH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

North Carolina Tarheel had his work cut out for him. He beat Kagan Squire of Wadsworth again to make the final against Edgar Bright of Lakewood St. Edward. In an epic final, Ward shined in the end over Bright 2-1 in overtime to become champion for the second consecutive year. Back for return state runs as sophomores were Dean Meyer (145), Dakota Sizemore (152), Michael Blum (170) and Chalmer Fruehauf (220). Blum wrestled a good part of the season with an injured knee. “It wasn’t going to get any better until the season was



over and he got some time off,” Gaier said. “He just did what he needed to do. It was a great accomplishment for him to grind it out and qualify.” Blum was eventually eliminated on March 2 by Loveland’s Michael Weber. At 145 pounds, Dean Meyer also lost to a defending state champion in Anthony Collica of Solon and Travis Luft of Asheville Teays Valley. Of all of Moeller’s qualifiers, there was a surprise at 182 for coach Gaier. “The one that kind of came out of nowhere was sophomore Quinton Rosser at 182 pounds,” Gaier said. “Second

half of the year he was one of the hardest workers we had. The improvement he made in the last month and a half was incredible.” At State, Rosser couldn’t keep the momentum against some seasoned wrestlers, losing to defending state champion Michael Baker of Twinsburg and Isaiah Wheeler of Akron Copley. In the lower weights, it was the first time at State for senior Tyler Ziegler (126) and his freshman brother, Conner (106). Conner Ziegler won his first two matches before dropping a pair on March 2 to exit. Tyler Ziegler placed “He worked hard,” Gaier said of Tyler Ziegler. “I give a lot of credit to his partner Joey Ward, they fed off each other a lot this year. Conner had a great year as a freshman. I think his brother being around him helped a lot.” At 152, Dakota Sizemore was again a placer, as was fellow sophomore Chalmer Fruehauf at 220. Sizemore took third beating Chase Delande of Hilliard Davidson; Fruehauf was fourth after a loss to Almonte’ Patrick of Maple Heights. The reloading for Moeller began March 4. Of their eight qualifiers, six return.


Sara Wesselkamper of Sycamore reaches the pinnacle of her routine. The Lady Aves senior has competed at the state meet in back-to-back years. THANKS TO SARAH TAYLOR

Sycamore’s Wesselkamper back at state Sycamore gymnast ninth all-around By Scott Springer

SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP — Last year, Sycamore’s one-girl team made it to the state gymnastics meet. A year later, the Lady Aves team expanded to three and senior Sara Wesselkamper graced the mats of Columbus again. At the Southwest district meet, Wesselkamper was third in the floor exercise (9.3), second on the vault (9.125), first on bars (9.125) and first all-around (36.175). Senior Lisa Kohmescher was injured last year, making Wesselkamper the lone Lady Ave. She rejoined Wesselkamper this year along with freshman Molly Gearin at their practices held at Cincinnati Country Day. The Sycamore trio shared in Sara’s district accolades. “I honestly had no clue going into awards that I had won the all around,” Wesselkamper said. “It was so surprising when my name was called, I almost got a little misty. It was just an amazing feeling to know that my hard work over my gymnastics career and the last two years had paid off.” Given the very competitive spotlight stage at state, Wesselkamper was realistic of her chances. Placing would be nice, but the emphasis was to have fun. She described her last meet as “bittersweet.” The size of the meet wouldn’t matter thanks to her club gymnastics experiences. The skill level and the finality of it were more worrisome. “The competition in our district is really tough, but some of the teams from up north are even tougher,” Wesselkamper said. At the Hilliard Bradley state gathering March 3, Wesselkamper finished an admirable ninth in the all-around with a 35.875, just barely below her district totals. Her best event was the bars where she was third at 9.35. She scored 9.175 on the floor exercise, 9.050 on the vault and 8.3 on beam. From here, Sara Wesselkamper will eventually return to Columbus, minus the acrobatics. “I will be attending Ohio State University,” Wesselkamper said. “I don't believe I'll be doing any more gymnastics. I don't think my body could handle it, it's practically falling apart now. If I do end up missing it too much, I might try to find a club team up there I could practice with.”


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Council acted in haste with airport

I read with some interest Mayor Weber’s response to my article. As can be expected, what he did not say is as important as what he did say. With regard to the explicit, it was sad to note that he did use the past tense when describing the airport and the city’s dealings with it. Surprising was the announcement that we had offered to pony up an additional $2 million to make the park idea work, which was 10 percent or less of the approximate cost to Cincinnati, but rather a lot of money for us. Either way, it would not take a genius to see that for the price quoted the airport’s continuing

existence was a pipe dream unless the Federal Government ponied up a cool $20 million. None of these nuances were made clear to voters at the time of the issue 15 campaign. Mr. Weber failed to mention the early efforts by the city council to have the Veterans Memorial removed from the town center and placed in the “world class park” he envisions, which would have then included some kind of World War II aircraft exhibition located on the park property (there was a WWII bomber being restored at the Blue Ash Airport at the time). Without an airport, such an idea seems rather pointless now. Just as well the public outcry

against the move (which was questionable from the outset) stopped that folly. Mr. Weber also failed to mention whether Cincinnati has completed cleanup of the site that allegedly held a target range sometime in the Bruce Healey COMMUNITY PRESS ’50s or ’60s on the land Blue GUEST COLUMNIST Ash bought for the park. Indeed I have never heard them comment on this aspect at all – whether it be to deny that the target range was ever there or admit that cleanup

The future of Blue Ash Airport These days there are rumors and speculation galore, but little real data nor hard facts regarding the fate of the Blue Ash Airport have been made available to the citizens of Blue Ash. Should we even care about the future of the airport? I give a strong yes answer to that question. Why? It is a deep part of the history of our city. It is an asset to our businesses, to the pilots among us, and it is just cool to see the planes and helicopters come and go. It also offers the opportunity to get on a small plane for a visit anywhere without the hassle and expense of CVG. There are undoubtedly many who would be happy to see the airport go away. They don’t like the noise, they did not like the traffic of previous “Airport Days” events. They don’t like, perhaps, much of what makes Blue Ash, Blue Ash. Those who do want the airport to continue to exist in Blue Ash, see it as an asset to businesses and the city. People come and go, parts and equipment can be delivered and more. Most know that

the airport proper is actually owned by the city of Cincinnati. In 2006 Blue Ash was able to buy 130 of the total of 230 acres of airport land for the purpose of building a park. That park will also be an asset to our city. For years the City of Cincinnati has allowed our Airport to languish. They gave money and Jim Dyer COMMUNITY PRESS attention to Lunken Airport. GUEST COLUMNIST It is reported that Blue Ash Airport is barely profitable, if at all. Our city administration and council took a bold step with the park land purchase. Can they take another bold step and negotiate the purchase of the remaining100 acres to preserve the airport? There are questions about the viability of reconfiguring the airport function on the remaining 100 acres, but if Blue Ash owned all 230 acres they could add some needed acres to the100 to properly configure the “new” airport.

The airport is an asset now, but how much more of an asset could it be if Blue Ash owned it and assigned our excellent Economic Development Department to the task of marketing and improving the airport image? Has anyone thought to contact firms interested in running the airport for profit? The adjacent park with restaurants would be a plus to a commercially minded airport administration. Can our council and manager see the potential and rise to the challenge? Many of us truly hope they can. Lunken Airport is an asset to Cincinnati and Butler County Regional Airport is an asset to that area. Let's keep and improve our own airport for Blue Ash. Talk personally to council members and the City Manager David Waltz. Please let them know that you care! More importantly, let them know you are against losing another part of our heritage. Jim Dyer is a retired chemical engineer and a resident of Blue Ash. He has an interest in Blue Ash and the workings of Blue Ash government.

Beware Greece’s slippery slope If you have been watching the news lately, you can not have missed the rioting in Greece. It is sad to see what is happening there. The destruction not only will cause greater hardships for the very people who are rioting, but will create great costs to restore the businesses that produce wealth for the economy. None of this should have happened. Prudent management of an economy rather than political favoritism to special groups is the root cause of the problem. If nothing else, the Greek public should recall their history when former democracies were destroyed in similar circumstances. Without major changes in our financial structure, we will have the same problems. Except that our public is heavily armed. There will be the historic riots but they may be bloody. I certainly hope I am wrong. The lesson to be learned here is that humanity doesn’t change. Corruption and political power are unshakably related. The founders of our Constitution were well aware of this. They took great care to create a republic rather than a democracy for this very rea-

son. One of my favorite quotes is attributed to either Benjamin Franklin or James Madison. On leaving a meeting one was asked whether we would have a republic or a democracy. The answer was, "A republic if we can keep it." The differEdward Levy ence is small, COMMUNITY PRESS but powerful. GUEST COLUMNIST Democracy translated from the original Greek means power of the people. Republic means public law. In a republic the people rule, but law prevails. We are drifting toward a political despotism where, like Greece and several other countries, power has created political favoritism. The ultimate result will be a dictatorship where the wealthy will flee and the average citizen will become a dependent slave of the entrenched bureaucracy. You don’t have to look any farther than Cuba or Venezuela. The good news is that we still have time to avoid the rioting and bloodshed if we



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balance our budget and reform our tax system. Much needs to be done. Every citizen should be involved in the process. This will mean some outlandish benefits will have to be pared back to reasonable terms. The age for Social Security will have to be raised. Taxes will have to be adjusted so that all citizens have an "ownership" involvement in the national budget. Especially important is that the tax system should make it profitable to hire people and an incentive to take a job. Getting people back to work and balancing the budget should not be too difficult if the American people would become less political and more patriotic. We are rapidly destroying our country by antagonistic arguments based on mindless political propaganda. We have put ourselves in a position that will take all citizens to remedy by making sacrifices in the best interests of peace and future security. It is worth it for the sake of our children Edward Levy is a longtime resident of Montgomery and a former college instructor.

has been completed. Either way, Mr. Weber, it behooves you as mayor of Blue Ash to be open and clear about this. Nothing ruins a “world class park” like lead exposure. Finally, I must reiterate that the article I wrote was not about the park, which I assume will be built come lead or high water. It is about the airport, which is indeed out of the hands of Blue Ash, as it always was, in fact. As time goes on, it becomes increasingly clear that the city of Blue Ash had precious little idea of how little control it had over the future of the airport, which is one of the most important assets in the city, regardless of ownership.

Had the city council paid more attention to hard reality, it may have set aside some monies to purchase the airport (which could have been a revenue generator in the right hands). Instead it chose to offer residents costly – but remarkable attractive – projects, without adequately investigating the future possibilities for existing assets. The council in this case is not guilty of anything but providing only one, attractive, alternative without explaining that it may well cost the citizens more than the money on the ballot. Bruce Healey is a former resident of Blue Ash who now lives in Indian Hill.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Let residents determine fire department’s fate

Being a resident of Sycamore Township for more than 40 years, I wanted to express my feelings about the issue concerning the funding for the Sycamore Township Fire Department. We moved our family to Sycamore Township in 1967, because of the excellent schools, the excellent (volunteer) Rossmoyne fire department, becoming the (STFD in1995) and the close proximity of several Catholic high schools. Over the last several years, our family has had to call on the STFD in emergency situations and we have found their responses to be quick, and their firemen to be professional, knowledgeable and a calming presence to our family, during our crisis. So now Sycamore Township does not have the money to pay for the (STFD) because of the cut in state funds. I would hope that our trustees are doing their best to work this out, but I also believe that it should be the residents to decide, and not a select few. What ever happened to, "by the people, for the people"? Someone once said, "if everyone is thinking alike, no one is thinking.” Gene Medl Dillonvale

Obama does care

Mike Wilson gave an opinion that our religious freedoms are under attack from the regulation of health insurance coverage for birth control and contraception, and from "ObamaCare.” Mr. Wilson states that our constitutionally protected religious freedoms are "so much more than the freedom to worship.” Indeed!

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Christians understand that Jesus, by His sacrifice, set man free from his enslavement to sin, and He invites man to be His disciple. In the New Testament, Jesus never spoke of birth control or contraception, but He did command His disciples to heal the sick and to care for those in need of clothes and those who hunger and thirst, for the widows and orphans, and for the poor, the downcast, and the downtrodden. The act of providing health care for tens of millions of Americans without adequate health care or insurance is an example of exercising the freedom given by Jesus, and follows the command given to His disciples. So it seems, Obama Does "Care.” Dan Nesbitt Montgomery

CH@TROOM Feb. 29 question Should the United States provide military support to the opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime, similar to the actions taken in Libya? Why or why not?

“Do you mean so the people of another eastern country can hate us? Let's upend Hugo Chavez in Venezuela instead. It is a lot closer and they have oil. “The U.S. needs to stop being the world's police force. Let Jordan, or Saudi Arabia or some other country that lives nearby do it. If they don't want to die for their neighbors, why should we?” F.S.D. “No. We should stay out of Syria. We have allies in the region

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who have more at stake than we do. We should learn from our last few wars that we don't seem to be able to figure out the internal politics in these Islamic countries. It's too easy to get mired down in their messes.” P.C.

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Patrick Reis, youth minister leader from Immaculate Heart of Mary, initiates an ice breaker: bear, hunter, Ninja - similar to rock, paper, scissors. THANKS TO RUTHY TRUSLER


Wayne Topp, from theArchdiocese of Cincinnati Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry. THANKS TO RUTHY TRUSLER

ast Your Nets reeled in 200plus teens for a fun evening of music, socializing with other youth around Cincinnati, prayer, reconciliation, Eucharist, and last , but not least, pizza. The youth rally, sponsored by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati's Offices of Youth and Young Adult Ministry and Vocations, (The Rev. Kyle Schnippel and Wayne Topp, respectively) was Sunday, Jan. 29, at Community of the Good Shepherd in Montgomery. High energy performer Paul Kindt along with other members of the Credo Band brought down the house with lyrics -- "... Cast out my sins ... Cast out my fear ... Cast out my doubt and I’ll become…A fisher of men!" "This is the 13th Cast Your Nets since 2007," Topp said "Seminarians have (now) increased from 29 to 40. In fact, one seminarian said he 'just had to come' (to Cast Your Nets) and he is now in his second year at the seminary." "It's important to build awareness of vocation choices to the youth," Topp said. "Therefore, invitations were sent to all religious members. This year yielded the highest response: 17 religious orders were

represented. Informational displays and literature were available for teens to peruse and ask questions. Sister Jackowski at St. Clare Convent initiated interests in the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor by mingling among the teens – providing literature and answering questions. "They may not read this tonight, but they will set it aside for another time,” she said. Patrick Reis, youth minister leader from Immaculate Heart of Mary, initiated an ice breaker: bear, hunter, Ninja – similar to rock, paper, scissors – that got the teens and religious to mingle and laugh. Topp, Reis, Emily Meyer, youth minister at Good Shepherd along with Jeff Rosfeld, Catherine Fasano, Brad Bursa and Mary Orite-Shea were all on the team that planned this event. Rev. Ezra Sullivan, (St. Gertrude Parish) had the audience's full attention with his topic Boldly live out your faith in service of Christ. Sullivan spoke of fear, risk, doubt – (same message as lyrics from the evening's opening song). He advised "...spending time with God which gives one faith and boldness in difficult times, and sharing that faith."

The Credo Band with The Rev. Kyle Schnipple, Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Office of Vocations, looking on as one of the attendees showcases his Cast Your Nets T-shirt with the message: Be Bold. THANKS TO RUTHY TRUSLER

Sister Jackowski from St. Clare Convent shares information and answering questions regarding the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor to a couple of interested youth. THANKS TO RUTHY TRUSLER

Keynote speaker The Rev. Ezra Sullivan, St. Gertrude Parish, relays the message on the "Virtue of Boldness: Boldly Live Out Your Faith in the Service of Christ." THANKS TO RUTHY TRUSLER


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, MARCH 8 Business Meetings International Fellowship of Christian Businessmen Luncheon Meeting, 11:45 a.m., Crowne Plaza Hotel Blue Ash, 5901 Pfeiffer Road, $12 for lunch; free attendance. Reservations required. Presented by International Fellowship of Christian Businessmen. 984-1513. Blue Ash.

Dining Events Cincinnati International Wine Festival Winery Dinner, 6:30 p.m., Eddie Merlot’s Prime Aged Beef and Seafood, 10808 Montgomery Road, With Trichero Family Estates. Visiting winemakers from around the world join area’s finest chefs in own restaurants to create multicourse dining and wine-tasting experience. Ages 21 and up. $150. Registration required, available online. Presented by Cincinnati International Wine Festival. 489-1212; Sycamore Township. Cincinnati International Wine Festival Winery Dinner, 6:30 p.m., Embers, 8170 Montgomery Road, With co-owner Kevin O’Connor of LIOCO. Visiting winemakers from around the world join area’s finest chefs in own restaurants to create multi-course dining and winetasting experience. Ages 21 and up. $150. Registration required, available online. Presented by Cincinnati International Wine Festival. 984-8090; Madeira. Wine Dinner, 6:30 p.m., Kroger Harper’s Point, 11390 Montgomery Road, Hosted by Cheryl InDelicato, principal owner of Delicato wines. Wines include Loredona, 337, Gnarley Head, Brazin and more. Talk about new project, Handcraft wines. Features four varietals of Handcraft: chardonnay, pinot noir, petite sirah and cabernet sauvignon. Paired to four courses of food by Executive Chef Scott Hailey. $30. Reservations required. 247-7740. Symmes Township.

Health / Wellness Healthy Living with Diabetes Dinner Lecture, 6-8 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Experts discuss self-management tools, medications, appropriate exercise and nutrition strategies. $20. Registration required. 985-0900; Montgomery. Baby’s Amazing Journey, 6:45 p.m., Bethesda North Hospital, 10500 Montgomery Road, Workshop helps parents navigate the waters of infancy by offering strategies for dealing with typical eating, sleeping and fussiness issues, as well as tips to guide you through developmental milestones. $35 per couple. Registration required. 475-4500; Montgomery.

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

Donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous Inc. 673-0174. Blue Ash.

FRIDAY, MARCH 9 Antiques Shows Antique and Junktique Sale, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 3006, 127 Karl Brown Way, Electronics, furniture, collectibles, antiques, toys, household items, books and baby and seasonal items. Benefits Children’s Meeting House Montessori School in Loveland. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Children’s Meeting House Montessori School. 683-4757; Loveland.

Dining Events Hartzell United Methodist Church Lenten Fish Fry, 4-7 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, 8999 Applewood Drive, All-you-can-eat fried cod dinner with sides, beverages and desserts. Also, grilled chicken breast, shrimp, shrimp basket and cheese pizza dinners with sides, beverages and desserts. Carryout menu is a three-piece fish sandwich. $9, $5 carryout only, $4 ages 5-10, free ages 3 and under. 891-8527. Blue Ash. Fish Fry-Days, 5-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Includes fried fish, fish sandwich, shrimp, salmon and child’s dinners, soup, sides, desserts, sodas and beer. Carryout and Drive thru available, drinks not included. Benefits Youth ministry’s summer mission trip. $5$10. 489-8815; Montgomery. Boy Scout Triple Nickel Fish Fry, 5-7 p.m., St. Gertrude School, 6543 Miami Ave., Cafeteria. Eat in or carryout. Dinner includes choice of fish, fish sandwich, or cheese pizza; with fries or macaroni and cheese; and coleslaw or apple sauce; a beverage and dessert. Family friendly. $7, $5 children. Presented by Boy Scout Troop 555. 652-3477. Madeira. Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., St. Columban School, 896 Oakland Road, 683-7903; Loveland.

Education Refresh Your Soul Conference, 6-8:15 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Concludes March 10. With Episcopal Retirement Homes’ Parish Health Ministry. Keynote speaker: Doug Smith; professional speaker, trainer and consultant. Discussions focus on how to develop a spiritual model of care which can complement the medical model of care, as well as how to help people find meaning and value in the midst of pain and suffering. For caregivers, health professionals and anyone going through trial or loss. $55. Registration required. Presented by Episcopal Retirement Homes. 800-835-5768, ext. 4545; Montgomery.

Health / Wellness

Young Professionals Open Gym, 7-10 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Full-court basketball games for men. $15. 9850900. Montgomery.

Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Walgreens Loveland, 6385 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, Fifteen-minute screening. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 686-3300; Loveland.


Music - Rock

Prospective Student Open House, 6-7:30 p.m., Silverton Paideia Academy, 6829 Stewart Road, Currently enrolling for 2012-2013 academic years in all grades. Meet students, staff, key community members and education partners to see what makes Silverton Paideia unlike any other school in Ohio. Free. 363-5400; Silverton.

Waiting on Ben, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., MVP Sports Bar & Grille, 6923 Plainfield Road, With Mark Samson subbing in on drums. 794-1400. Silverton.


Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Family friendly. Free, donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous Inc. 800-0164. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, 4309 Cooper Road, Book discussion group. Open to everyone who desires healthy loving relationships.

On Stage - Theater Cole, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, Revue devised by Benny Green and Alan Strachan and directed by John Langley. Story of Cole Porter’s life “ from Yale to Paris to Manhattan to Broadway to Hollywood. Musical tribute to the King of Musicals includes such hit tunes as "I Love Paris,"€ "Take Me Back to Manhattan,"€ "Love for Sale,"€ "Night and Day"€ and "I Get a Kick Out of You."€ $17. Presented by Mariemont Players Inc. 684-1236; Columbia Township. The Producers, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, 111 S. Second St., Hilarious, satirical American classic. Mature audiences, adult humor. $15. Reservations required.

Presented by Loveland Stage Company. Through March 18. 443-4572; Loveland.

Recreation Pickup Basketball, 10:30 a.m.noon, TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Men and women ages 25 and up. $15, free members. Through Dec. 28. 985-0900; Montgomery.

SATURDAY, MARCH 10 Antiques Shows Antique and Junktique Sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 3006, Free. 683-4757; Loveland.

Art & Craft Classes Caffeine and Crafts, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Caffeine Dreams, 123 Railroad Ave., Bring your current project and work on it while drinking coffee and socializing. Free. 289-9713. Loveland.

Art Exhibits Just Add Water, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., The Gallery. Works of artists in Nancy Nordloh Neville’s painting class. Free. 272-3700; Mariemont.

Benefits A Cupcake Affair with a Kenyan Flair, 7-10 p.m., Peterloon Estate, 8605 Hopewell Road, Kenyan music, Kenyan-inspired foods, silent auction featuring items from around the world, cupcake sculpture, design and taste competitions and more. Bob Herzog from Channel 12, emcee. Includes cupcake sculpture design and taste competitions judged by celebrity and professional judges. Benefits SOTENI International programs in Kenya that focus on HIV/AIDS prevention through sustainable community development. Family friendly. $50. Reservations required. Presented by SOTENI International. 961-2100. Indian Hill.

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

Exercise Classes Intro to Pilates Reformer Workshop, Noon-4 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Learn skills necessary to start taking Pilates Reformer Classes. Ages 18 and up. $100, $80 members. Reservations required. 985-0900; Montgomery. TRX Bootcamp, 9:15-10:15 a.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Designed for the intermediate to advanced exerciser. Total body workout, bootcamp style. $6-$15. Registration required. 985-0900; Montgomery.

Health / Wellness Diabetes Conversation Maps Sessions, 10 a.m.-noon, Lisa Larkin, M.D. & Associates, 4460 Red Bank Road, Suite 100, Theme: Diabetes and Healthy Eating. Small group discussions of Type 2 diabetes led by Jan Kellogg, certified diabetes educator. Family friendly. $30 for four sessions; $10 per session. 271-5111. Madisonville. Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, $110, $100 members. Reservations required. 985-0900; Montgomery.

On Stage - Theater Cole, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township. The Producers, 7:30 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, $15. Reservations required. 443-4572; Loveland.

Recreation Young Professionals Open Gym, 7-10 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $15. 985-0900. Montgomery.

SUNDAY, MARCH 11 Art Exhibits Just Add Water, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; Mariemont.

Auditions Disney’s My Son Pinocchio: Geppetto’s Musical Tale Auditions, 1:30-5 p.m., Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, 4309 Cooper Road, With music by Steven Schwartz and including classic favorites "When You Wish Upon a Star" and "I’ve Got No Strings" from the Disney movie. Parts for all ages including speaking roles, singing solos and featured dancers. Production dates: June 7-10 and 13-16. Free. Presented by East Side Players. 791-1153; Blue Ash.

On Stage - Theater Cole, 7 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township. The Producers, 3 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, $15. Reservations required. 443-4572; Loveland.

Parenting Classes Foster Parent Training, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Diversion Foster Care, 10921 Reed Hartman Highway, Suite 315. Begin process of becoming licensed foster parent. Family friendly. Free. Through Feb. 11. 984-2031; Blue Ash.

Recreation Young Professionals Open Gym, 7-10 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $15. 985-0900. Montgomery.

MONDAY, MARCH 12 Clubs & Organizations Cincinnati Toastmasters Club No. 472 Meeting, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Paul Community United Methodist Church, 8221 Miami Road, Public speaking and leadership skills meeting. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Cincinnati Toastmasters Club No. 472. 351-5005; Madeira.

Education Summer Camp Registration Open House, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Learn about different summer programs being offered, ask questions and register. 9850900; Montgomery.

Health / Wellness LifeSteps Weight Management Open House, 4-6 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Learn more about 12-week weight management program. Preview materials, hear program details, and get questions answered. Free. 985-0900; Montgomery.

Karaoke and Open Mic Acoustic Open Mic, 7-10 p.m., Shady O’Grady’s Pub, 9443 Loveland-Madeira Road, Hosted by Bob Cushing. 791-2753. Symmes Township.

Mariemont Players is performing "Cole," as devised by Benny Green and Alan Strachan, at the Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, just East of Mariemont, March 9 through March 25. Cole is the story of Cole Porter's life - from Yale to Paris to Manhattan to Broadway to Hollywood. For more information or to order tickets for “Cole,” call Betsy at 684-1236. All seats are reserved and cost $17 each; non-reserved seats for the preview only are $10 each. THANKS TO THOMAS STOREY

ABOUT CALENDAR To submit calendar items, go to and click on “Share!” Send digital photos to along with event information. Items are printed on a spaceavailable basis with local events taking precedence. Deadline is two weeks before publication date. To find more calendar events, go to and choose from a menu of items in the Entertainment section on the main page. Young Professionals Open Gym, 7-10 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $15. 985-0900. Montgomery.

Youth Sports Peewee Soccer, 10-10:45 a.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Tuesdays or Wednesdays through April 18. For ages 4-6. Introduces essentials of soccer. Parents have option of picking between two days to practice. $55-$65. Registration required. 985-0900. Montgomery.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14 Health / Wellness Why Can’t I Sleep?, 6-7 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Experts promote importance of sleep. $30-$60. Registration required. 985-0900; Montgomery.

Recreation Pickup Basketball, 10:30 a.m.noon, TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $15, free members. 985-0900; Montgomery.

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Pickup Basketball, 10:30 a.m.noon, TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $15, free members. 985-0900; Montgomery.

St. Patrick’s Day Beaded Safety Pins, 4-5 p.m., Mariemont Branch Library, 3810 Pocahontas Ave., Make St. Patrick’s Day design with beads and safety pins. Sponsored by the Kersten Fund. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-4467. Mariemont.


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Health / Wellness Eating for Health, 9:30-10:30 a.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Nutrition class highlighting healthy nutrition principles. Topics include nutrition minicourse, truth about whole foods or nutrition for women. With Kathy Haugen, registered dietitian. $10, free for members. Registration required. 985-0900; Montgomery.

Holiday - St. Patrick’s Day Mcging Irish Dancers, 6:30 p.m., Loveland Branch Library, 649 Loveland-Madeira Road, Celebrate day with traditional dancing. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-4476; Loveland.


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

On Stage - Theater Cole, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township. The Producers, 7:30 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, $15. Reservations required. 443-4572; Loveland.

Recreation Young Professionals Open Gym, 7-10 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $15. 985-0900. Montgomery.

mous, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, Donations accepted. 673-0174. Blue Ash.

FRIDAY, MARCH 16 Dining Events Hartzell United Methodist Church Lenten Fish Fry, 4-7 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, $9, $5 carryout only, $4 ages 5-10, free ages 3 and under. 891-8527. Blue Ash. Fish Fry, 5-7 p.m., Montgomery Presbyterian Church, 9994 Zig Zag Road, Heart-healthy baked tilapia fillets with veggies and rice, or hand-dipped fried cod fillets with fries and hush puppies. Macaroni and cheese child’s plate. Tea, lemonade, coffee or water. Homemade dessert included. Dine in or carryout. Allergen alert: fried items are deep fried in peanut oil. $8, $5 children. 891-2893; Montgomery. Fish Fry-Days, 5-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, $5-$10. 489-8815; Montgomery. Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., St. Columban School, 683-7903; Loveland.

Health / Wellness Yoga, a Benefit to Your Health at Any Age, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., The Kenwood by Senior Star, 5435 Kenwood Road, Luncheon and lecture presented by Joan Riemar of YogahOMe in Mariemont. Riemar discusses health benefits of yoga in your daily routine and demonstrates various yoga techniques. Registration at 11:30 a.m. Lunch at noon. Program begins 12:45 p.m. Includes giveaways. Free. Reservations required. 223-3921; Madisonville.

On Stage - Theater Cole, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township. The Producers, 7:30 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, $15. Reservations required. 443-4572; Loveland.

Recreation Pickup Basketball, 10:30 a.m.noon, TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $15, free members. 985-0900; Montgomery.


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Mom’s salmon patties perfect for Lent Our friends down the road, Bert and Bob Villing, just planted the first of their spring crops: carrots, peas and spinach. This makes me literally itch to get the garden tilled. Talk about spring fever! The watercress in our little spring-fed pool is spreading by leaps and bounds, and the maple trees are budding out. The herb garden still looks pretty forlorn, though. Chickweed is taking over so I’ll have to do some serious weeding. But all’s not lost: Our “girls”/ Rita chickens Heikenfeld love chickRITA’S KITCHEN weed. Did you know that chickweed is highly nutritious? I like to add it to salads. Just make sure it’s clean, without pesticides, etc.

Heritage house dressing

The former Heritage Restaurant on Wooster Pike holds many good memories for me, since that’s where my husband, Frank, and I met and worked. Their house dressing was the most popular dressing. I’ve had many requests for it over the years. So I went to the source: Proprietors Howard and Jan Melvin, who were gracious enough to share the recipe. It has an interesting history. Howard told me the original recipe was from the Netherland Plaza Hotel and it was a quantity

one. Jan and chef Jerry Hart developed a recipe for the home cook. I’ll have to warn you – it makes quite a lot, but you’ll be happy to have it on hand. It reminds me of an elegant Caesar-type dressing with a bit of a bite. I’ve adapted the recipe only slightly. And yes, it uses raw eggs. That doesn’t bother me. I don’t think you could substitute pasteurized whites since this recipe contains yolks, as well. Check your local grocer to see if they carry pasteurized whole eggs if you are not comfortable with using raw eggs. Go to taste on seasonings. ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 tablespoon cracked black pepper 1½ teaspoons each ground black pepper and salt 1 tablespoon granulated dried garlic ¼ cup each water and red wine vinegar Up to 2½ teaspoons fresh lemon juice Up to 1 teaspoon hot sauce 1 teaspoon Worcestershire 2 large egg yolks 1 large egg 2 cups vegetable oil

Combine Parmesan, peppers, salt and garlic and set aside. Combine water, vinegar, lemon juice, hot sauce and Worcestershire and set aside. Combine yolks and eggs in mixer. Whip on medium high until very thick. Mixture will be light lemon colored. Jerry’s note said “and we mean very thick.” With the whip attachment still on, turn to high and slowly, in a thin, thin, stream, pour half the oil in. When egg mixture

Financial fair at JCC March 8 Identity theft, scams and privacy issues are on the rise, with thieves often targeting seniors. The Mayerson JCC is joining with Attorney General Mike DeWine and other government and nonprofit organizations to address these problems. Annual National Consumer Protection Week is March 4-10. On Thursday, March 8, the JCC will host an event to groups nationwide share tips and information that help consumers protect their privacy, manage money and debt, avoid identity theft, and avoid frauds and scams. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 8, the JCC will host a financial fair and panel discussion to help consumers make informed financial decisions. Come learn about the latest scams, how thieves are accessing personal information and how to protect yourself. The J is at 8485 Ridge Road, across from Ronald Reagan Highway. This financial fair is free and the public is welcome. Go to www.Ohio Attorney, to read, view, download and order multiple copies of educational materials and check out a calendar of NCPW events nationwide. The website’s blog features posts from consumer experts nationwide, and allows consumers to connect directly with them about a variety of consumer protection resources. For information about the Thursday, March 8 Financial Fair

Rita's mom's salmon patties are pictured with fried potatoes and mixed vegetables. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD.

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Judy and Tom Sr. celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on 02/17/12 in the company of family and friends in sunny and warm Siesta Key, FL. Tom Sr. is retired from Meridian Diagnostics and Judy is retired from Backus Insurance. The couple is orginally from Montgomery, OH, however they moved to East Hampton, CT to be closer to their children, Alison and Tom Jr. as well as their four lovely grandaughters, Hannah, Haley, Matilda and Rosie. The couple are planning a family vacation this summer to celebrate their 50 years of marital bliss.

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Be cautious when giving dogs chicken jerky In an effort to reward their dogs, many people give them little treats. But the Food and Drug Administration is cautioning about products containing chicken jerky, including chicken tenders, strips or treats. More than 350 dogs have reportedly become ill after eating these items – and some have died. Joetta Caudill-Metzger of Alexandria recently lost her 6-year-old miniature schnauzer, Molly. “I’ve been buying these dog treats because she loved them. They were

chicken jerky and I thought, ‘OK, this is great.’ My dog loved these treats so when she’d been Howard a good dog Ain I said, ‘Oh, HEY HOWARD! you’ve been a good dog today and you can have a treat,’” Caudill-Metzger said. Molly had been eating those treats for more than a year. But, Caudill-Metzger says, “She’s been get-

ting more of them lately. Before, it was like one or two. For the last month or so I’ve given her one every day.’ Suddenly she started getting lethargic, then she got sick to her stomach and she started lying down.” Molly was then taken to the vet to be examined. “The vet said she’s already shut down 75 percent. I don’t want anybody else who owns a dog to go through what we’re going through right now. It’s heartbreaking because a dog is your child,” Cau-

dill-Metzger said. The vet says Molly died of kidney failure and he suspects it was caused by the chicken jerky. The maker of that brand of dog food says it has a program to ensure the safety of its products. The FDA first issued a cautionary warning about these products back in 2007. Despite exhaustive testing, the FDA has not found any contaminant in the Chinese-made products that could cause any illness. None of the chicken jerky products have been recalled. The FDA says

these products should not be substituted for a balanced diet and are intended to be fed only occasionally and in small quantities. Caudill-Metzger says she was cutting in half the treats she had been feeding Molly. Natasha Beranek of Fairfield wrote me that she too had been feeding her small dog one to two chicken jerky treats each day, per the weight guidelines on the back of the package. But her dog also became sick and was put on a diet of sensitive stomach food and capsules by her vet. “I have now ab-

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Among the performers scheduled to appear in "Down in Brazil" at University of Cincinnati lue Ash, are, from left: Suzanne Bona (flute), Richard Goering (guitar), Annette Shepherd (vocals) and Tom Schneider (piano). PROVDED

UC Blue Ash heats up with Music of Brazil Brazil is famous for its gorgeous natural beauty, flavorful culture, intoxicating cities, and, of course, its music. Traditional musical styles such as mambo, samba, bossa nova, and choro as well as classical Brazilian music create a soundtrack that is unique to Brazil, and, at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 24, these musical styles will heat up the stage at UC Blue Ash College as the Rhytmn ‘N’ Blue Ash concert series goes “Down in Brazil.” The first half of the concert will highlight Brazilian classical music, including solo guitar pieces by Laurindo Almeida and Baden Powell, the “Sonata for

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musical styles with “polish, grace, and passion” (Kentucky Educational Television). Other musicians on the program will include flutist and host of the nationally-distributed “Sunday Baroque” radio program Suzanne Bona, singer Annette Shepherd, cellist Micah Fusselman and pianist Tom Schneider. The Rhythm ‘N’ Blue Ash concert series at UC Blue Ash College is proud to present the finest local and international musicians. F For more information, please call (513) 745-5705 or go to

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Celebrate Purim with Italian theme Dr. Daniel and Leslie Podberesky and their children Arielle and Jonah enjoy the Chinese dinner at last year's Purim in China at the Chabad Jewish Center. THANKS TO RABBI BEREL COHEN

custom to dress up in costume on Purim,” said Rabbi Cohen, Youth and Family Program Director at Chabad Jewish Center, “so we take the custom one step further and put the entire event into “costume.” This is where the idea of Purim Around the World came from. We

transform the entire Purim celebration into another place or time, complete with décor and delicious food. “ Purim around the world is always a grand party. Each year features a theme from another location; past years’ themes have included, “Purim in China”, “Wild

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The Affinity Center hosts 'Positive Parenting' seminar The Affinity Center is pleased to announce a seminar to be held in March helping parents and caretakers of pre-adolescent and adolescent children understand how to create and implement positive discipline techniques, geared toward your child’s unique strengths and skills. “Positive Parenting” will take place 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 10, and will be repeated 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday,

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some in other costumes of choice. Of course, there is always the requisite number of little girls in princess costumes. All children who come in costume will be invited to partake in a fun costume contest. This year, the contest will be led by Matthew Tyler, who will also be performing his exclusive magic show. The menu is an important part of the evening. This year’s menu will feature Italian favorites including a variety of pastas, insalata (salad), and zuppe (soup). There will also be an area where kids can make their own pizzas!

The entire Jewish community is invited to take part in the festivities, whether affiliated or not. The party will be held Thursday, March 8, at the Chabad Jewish Center. The evening begins with the reading of the Megillah at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. The Chabad Jewish Center is located at 3977 Hunt Road in Blue Ash. The cost for the evening, including all food and entertainment, is $9 per child (age 2-12), $13 per adult, with advanced paid reservations by March 4. After March 4, the cost will be $13 per child (ages 2-12), $17 per adult. Sponsorship for the evening begins at $180. Reservations may be made at or by calling 7935200.

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RELIGION Christian-Muslim Relations is being studied by the Adult Forum. The basis for the eightweek series is material prepared by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and looks at both the Christian faith and the Muslim faith. The forum meets at 9:45 a.m. Sunday mornings. All are welcome. The Women’s Bible Study is studying the Book of Samuel. The eight-week study is a part of the Book of Faith Series. The women meet on Wednesdays 9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Childcare is provided and guests are welcome. Lenten services will include “Holden Evening Prayer,” a simplistic and moving musical worship setting written for the Holden Village Retreat Center in Washington State. These services conclude at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome. On alternating Wednesdays (March 14, and March 28), a light soup supper will be offered at 6:15 p.m.,

prior to worship. Call 793-3288 for more information. Sunday worship services are at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. with programs for all ages at 9:45 a.m. The church is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 793-3288,

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Examine the faith of many of the nation’s founders, study original texts, including the Bible and learn to reason as they did, from these sources to the nation’s founding documents, during Institute on the Constitution, a 12-week. 90minute-per-class course on the U.S. Constitution. The class runs from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, beginning March 5, at 5426 West Chester Road, West Chester Township. The class is limited to 100 attendees and is free. Optional student handbook and related materials are $35. To assist in ordering, please RSVP and let us know

how many student kits you will need. If you are unsure, we invite you to visit the first class to see why others say this course changed their lives. To register, contact Nathan Jacobson at 860-1099, or at The church is at 8501 Plainfield Road, Sycamore Township; 891-2221;

Brecon United Methodist Church

The church offers worship services on Sundays at 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. Sundays. Samaritan Closet hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Samaritan Closet offers clothing and food to people with demonstrated needs. Bread from Panera is available on Thursdays and Saturdays. The Samaritan Closet is next to the church. The church is at 7388 E. Kemper Road, Sycamore Township; 489-7021.

Church of God of Prophecy

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The church is having its famous Lenten Fish Fry, voted by the “Cincinnati Enquirer” as the Greater Cincinnati area’s No. 1 best nine years ago when the paper rated Church Lenten Fish Frys. The frys are 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., every Friday through Good Friday, April 6. Menu includes all you can eat fresh icelandic cod dipped in our famous batter and deep fried to a golden brown with our homemade tarter sauce on the side. Dinners come with sides of our homemade macaroni and cheese, homemade cole slaw, complemented with breads and beverages. Almost everything is homemade. A two-piece grilled chicken breast dinner is also available as well as a two-piece cheese pizza dinner. Ony our fish dinners are all you can eat. Carry out menu offers a threepice fish sandwich for $5. Whole meals are $9 for adults, and $4 for children. Children ages 4 and under are free. The church is at 899 Applewood Drive, Blue Ash; 891-8527.

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Our Lady of the Sacred Heart

The church has fish frys from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., March 16, 23, and 30, in the parish activity center. Cost is $8 for an adult meal and $5 for a kids meal. Dine in and carry out is available. For carry out, call 7330614. The church is at 177 Siebenthaler Ave., Reading; 733-4950.

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

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POLICE REPORTS BLUE ASH Arrests/citations John Michael Charney, 18, 8655 Burchalk, drug paraphernalia at 9555 Plainfield Road, Feb. 16. David Q. Chapman, 23, 11220 Foremark Drive, operating a vehicle impaired (refusal within 20 years of previous conviction), operating a vehicle impaired (under the influence of alcohol/ drugs) at 4140 Hunt Road, Feb. 17. Miles L. Swegman, 25, 3350 Harrison Ave., open container prohibited at Northbound Interstate 71, Feb. 18. Martel W. Eubanks, 23, 1920 Chaucer Drive Apartment B, misdemeanor warrant, traffic warrant, obstructing official business, misdemeanor warrant, traffic warrant, misdemeanor warrant, traffic warrant, traffic warrant at Kenwood Road at westbound Ohio 126 connector, Feb. 19. Christopher L. Ringer, 37, 1697 Lakenoll Drive, drug possession at 9070 Plainfield Road, Feb. 22. James D. Eger, 21, 5588 E. Kemper Road, drug possession at Northbound Interstate 275, Feb. 23. Alex D. Weaver, 19, 1100 Behles Ave,, possession or use of a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia at GlendaleMilford Road at Plainfield Road, Feb. 24. Theresa Taylor, 18, 4161 Linden Ave., sales to/use by underage person; secure public at Glendale-Milford Road at Plainfield Road, Feb. 24. Jeremy B. Friedman, 32, 4896 Hunt Road Apartment 110, possession drug paraphernalia, operating vehicle impaired (under the influence of alcohol/ drugs), operating a vehicle impaired (urine .11 to .237), having physical control while under the influence, abusing harmful intoxicants at 4896 Hunt Road, Feb. 26. Heather D. Wilkes, 29, 2449 White Oak Road, possession drug paraphernalia at 9210 Plainfield Road, Feb. 27. Jonathan David Clark, 42, 21

Virginia, complicity at 9210 Plainfield Road, Feb. 27. Scott Wilkes, 32, 2449 White Oak Road, deception to obtain a dangerous drug at 9210 Plainfield Road, Feb. 27. Michael James Ellsworth, 22, 9712 Jefferson Ave., traffic warrant, drug possession at Victor Avenue and Cardinal Court, Feb. 27. Curt R. Mueller, 50, 1703 Gorman Lane, disorderly conduct; intoxication at 4230 Hunt Road, Feb. 25. Jeffrey A. Reich, 41, 239 Vista Ridge Drive, operating a vehicle impaired (under the influence of alcohol/drugs) at Reed Hartman Highway at GlendaleMilford Road, Feb. 22. Juvenile, 12, criminal trespass at 9470 Kenwood Road, Feb. 22.

Incidents/investigations Aggravated menacing At 4100 Hunt Road, Feb. 22. Assault (knowingly harm) At 4140 Hunt Road, Feb. 15. Burglary Someone broke open a residential rear door, value $250 at 4501 Leslie Ave., Feb. 24. Identity fraud At 4504 Victor Ave., Feb. 20. Petty theft Someone took Daily’s margarita mix, value $1.99, from CVS Pharmacy at 955 Kenwood Road apartment 1, Feb. 17. A man said someone took a catalytic converter, value $500 at 4477 Malsbary Road, Feb. 14. A woman said someone took a catalytic converter, value $100 at 9267 Deercross Parkway apartment 3C, Feb. 15. A man said someone took an iPod Touch, value $150 at 9210 Hunter’s Creek Drive apartment C, Feb. 24. Runaway At 4469 Ellman Ave., Feb. 14. At 4478 Elsmere Ave., Feb. 16. At 9470 Kenwood Road, Feb. 21. Theft A man said someone took a ruby bracelet, value $285; a 14-karat tatered wedding ring, value $189.07; a 14-karat wedding band, value $199; S bracelets with gold, value $1,430; a 14-karat rope necklace, value

ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Community Press publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: » Blue Ash, Chief Chris Wallace, 745-8573 » Montgomery, Chief Don Simpson, 985-1600 » Sycamore Township, Lt. Dan Reid, 792-7254 » Symmes Township, Lt. Tom Butler, 774-6351 or 683-3444 $335; a 14-karat "I Love You" diamond band, value $145; a half-karat MRT white gold pendant, value $285; a halfkarat white gold round pendant, value $715; a BOLD gold necklace, value $285; a diamond access white gold pendant necklace, value $145; a sapphire white gold ring, value $285; an 18-karat gold/emerald pendant, value $265; a halfdiamond solitair gold ring, value $999; an 18-inch 14-karat gold cahin, value $110; a 14karat gold band, value $110; an 18-inch 14-karat gold chain, value $815; a tanzanite ring, value $430; three stone jewelry, value $499, and a 14-karat gold millennium ring, value $1,500 at 8915 Summit Ave., Feb. 18. A woman said someone took a U.S> Bank Visa debt card, value $1; a Coach wallet and change ourse, value $50; an Ohio dirver’s license, value $30; an L.L. Bean tote bag, value $50; miscellaneous school paper work and lesson plans; a CitiGroup MasterCard, and a U.S. Bank Visa debt card at 5000 YMCA Drive, Feb. 24. A woman said someone took a GE Credit Union debit card; Versace eyeglasses, value $500; Social Security cards, value $25; two sets of house keys, value $20; GE Credit Union checks, value $50; two Ohio dirver’s licenses, value $50; a United Health Care medical card; a Kroger credit card; a Kohl’s credit card, and s Choice Health Care dental credit card, from Embassy Suites Hotel at 4554 Lake Forest Drive, Feb. 27. A man said someone took scrap copper and fittings, value $200; miscellaneous Kelin tools/and

saw/batter drill, value $2,650; a Hobart generator/miscellaneous tools, value $1,000; tools, value $80, and welding material/air compressor, value $2,500, from Itelligence Inc. at 10856 Reed Hartman Highway, Feb. 24. Theft of drugs At 5783 Brasher Ave., Feb. 23.

Theft, criminal damaging/endangering A man said someone broke a side window on a 1998 Ford van, $200 damage at 4480 Lake Forest Drive apartment 304, Feb. 27.

Seay Court, offenses involving underage persons at Pfeiffer Road, Feb. 20. Benjamin L. Graziani, 27, 7909 Stonehouse Road, resisting arrest, driving while under the influence at Southbound Interstate 71, Feb. 21. Michael Sparks, 25, 2757 Montana Ave. No. 1, open container at Westbound Ronald Reagan Highway, Feb. 19. Kevin F. Donovan, 21, 5670 Bayberry Drive, disorderly conduct at 9390 Montgomery Road, Feb. 19. Juvenile, 17, in park after hours at 8830 Weller Road, Feb. 17. Juvenile, 18, in park after hours at 8830 Weller Road, Feb. 17. Jacob A. May, 22, 11430 Gideon

MONTGOMERY Arrests/citations Juvenile, 16, offenses involving underage persons at 9979 Montgomery Road, Feb. 26. Juvenile, 17, offenses involving underage persons at 9979 Montgomery Road, Feb. 26. Kyle R. McGeorge, 25, 8723 Harpers Point A, open container, driving while under the influence at Eastbound Interstate 275, Feb. 23. Robert D. Thompson, 17, 6576

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DEATHS Raymond W. Dieckman


Raymond W. Dieckman, 91, died Feb. 29. He worked for the Internal Revenue Service. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Survived by daughters Donna (Bob) Mayer, Cheryl (Bob) Manning; grandchildren Chris (Jenny), Tim, Mary Mayer, Mark, Kevin Manning; greatgrandchildren Daniel, Caroline, Elizabeth; sister Bernetta Dieckman. Preceded in death by wife Dieckman Anne Dieckman, siblings the Rev. Vincent, OFM, Marie Dieckman. Services were March 6 at St. Jude Church. Arrangements by B.J. Meyer Sons Funeral Home. Memorials to: Pregnancy Center West, 4900 Glenway Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45238 or Right to Life, 1802 W. Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, OH 45239.

Frank L. Savage

Frank L. Savage of Blue Ash died Feb. 22. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served as an elder at Northeast Church of Christ. Survived by wife of 57 years, Joyce Laws Savage; children Gayle Davidson, Bryan Savage, Byron Savage and Jill Martin; grandchildren Amber, Shane and Megan Davidson and Ava Martin; sister, Mary Lou Young. Preceded in death by parents Nephi and Marion Savage; and brothers Neal and David Savage. Services were Feb. 27 at Northeast Church of Christ. Memorials to: Northeast Church of Christ, 12020 Southwick Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45241.

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10343 Peachtree Lane: Herron John to Rentschler Matthew C. & Stephanie A.; $313,000. 7744 Kennedy Lane: Harlyn V. LLC to Baird Douglas M. & Jennifer L.; $145,000. 8267 Mellon Drive: Robinson Marilyn F Tr to Wallace Thomas F & Kathleen; $210,000. 9549 Montgomery Road: Montgomery Office LLC to 9549 Montgomery Road Holdings LLC; $700,000. 9937 Zig Zag Road: Dees Beverly Ellen Kemp Tr@3 to Guckenberger John C. & Corrie; $246,000.


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POLICE Continued from Page B7 Lane, disorderly conduct at 9390 Montgomery Road, Feb. 18. Phillip J. Cipollone, 30, 3545 Pembrook Ave., possession of drugs-schedule iii, iv, drug paraphernalia at 10475 Mont-

Nicholas Heaton; $115,000. 7120 Silver Crest Drive: Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. to Clark Matthew & Kate Fiessinger; $105,000. 7129 Garden Road: Frank Katherine to Flanagan James; $152,000. 7277 Chetbert Drive: Bauman Edilma Estella to Newbury Reo III LLC; $132,000. 7647 Montgomery Road: Watson Shelagh & Jennifer to Morano George & Margaret; $89,000. 7675 Spirea Drive: Luthman Adam T. to Budke Donald R. & Peggy L.; $162,500. 3655 Guam Court: Fannie Mae to Ddd Restoration LLC; $116,500. 8311St. Clair Ave.: Mitchell Morris to Gmac Mortgage LLC; $45,750.


Plantation Pointe Drive: Fischer Single Family Homes II LLC to Kung Daniel; $385,249. 10145 Sleepy Ridge Drive: Walters Kenneth J. & Elizabeth to Matuszak Alan M.; $370,000. 10751Weatherstone Court: Fannie Mae to Hassel Bruce Tr; $315,000. 11830 Carter Grove Court: Gartmann Pascal & Patricia L. to Dyson Robert; $259,000. 9651Stonemasters Drive: Wetherington Anthony P. & Heather A. to Schmalz Fred J. III; $354,000. gomery Road, Feb. 17. Phillip J. Cipollone Sr., 50, 3545 Pembrook Ave., driving while under the influence at 10475 Montgomery Road, Feb. 17. Vivian R. Kniight, 52, 7506 Golfgreen Drive, vicious animals prohibited at 10150 Montgomery Road, Feb. 9. Aaron L. Haruyama, 22, 8974 Terwilliger’S View Court, in park after hours at 7650 Cooper Road, Feb. 17.

Students travel with Cincinnati, Israeli peers Jewish high school students, age 16–18, can join JQuest this summer and travel to Israel, Berlin and Prague. On this trip, designed and directed by the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, participants will travel with peers from Cincinnati and its Israeli sister city, Netanya. “This trip is unique because it includes travel to three countries and because it is designed so the participants travel with their friends from Cincinnati as well as with peers from Israel,” said Yair Cohen, community shaliach (emissary from Israel). “JQuest participants will get to see Israel through the eyes of their Israeli peers, and then they will all visit Berlin and Prague for the first time together, earning them not only the experience but also lifetime friendships.” The JQuest trip will take place June 26–July 22. The entire cost of the trip, including airfare, can be covered by an Israel travel grant of $6,500 from The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati. Cincinnati students will first spend three weeks in Israel, during which they will experience the beauty

and history of the country—climbing Masada at sunrise, swimming in the Dead Sea, kayaking on the Jordan River, snorkeling in the Red Sea, touring Haifa and the Galilee and exploring the simultaneously old and new city of Jerusalem. They will also learn about modern Israel, its beginnings and its current challengesbyparticipating in an interactive visit at the Palmach Museum, touring Yad Vashem (the Holocaust Remembrance Museum), joining a political briefing and meeting with many segments of Israeli society. Sharon Spiegel, director of youth Israel experiences at the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, said, “JQuest participants won’t just see Israel from the window of a tour bus. While they’ll hit all the ‘don’t miss’ highlights of the country, they’ll do it in the company of Israeli friends, getting an insider’s view; learning how Israeliteensfeelaboutpolitics, the army, music, movies and more; and creating lifelong bonds.” The Israelis and Cincinnatians will then travel together to discover the rich heritage of Jewish life in Berlin and Prague, learn about the tragic losses dur-

ing the Holocaust and experience the dynamic contemporary life of Jews in Europe. Highlights of the week in Berlin and Prague include visiting the Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie, touring the Jewish Quarter in Prague, visiting Prague Castle and Karl Bridge and spending time with individuals from the Jewish community in both cities. Beforethetrip,students will get to know their fellow Cincinnati travelers by preparing together for the trip. During the trip, their tourist and educational activities will be balanced with leadership training and social action programs and an opportunity to be hosted in the homes of their Israeli peers. Those same Israeli peers will visit Cincinnati in 2013, to stay with the students and experience life as a Jew outside of Israel. For details about registering for JQuest and applying for an Israel travel grant, call Sharon Spiegel at (513) 985-1536 or visit More information about the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati can be found at or by calling (513) 985-1500.

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