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Vintage expansion front, center By Jason Hoffman

MONTGOMERY — After more than a decade, the development of the Vintage Club frontage on Montgomery Road is becoming closer to becoming a reality. At its biweekly meeting Wednesday, Montgomery City Council put in motion necessary steps to secure financing for the publicly funded portions of the development, such as the purchase of land to build Vintage Club Boulevard. The private portions of the plan involving Christ Hospital and the Great Traditions Development and Land Co. are also on track for a January 2015 deadline. “I know it’s taken a long time, and every individual has put in a lot of work,” Mayor Ken Suer said. “(This development) is now gaining momentum and it’s going to happen. I can just envision that along Montgomery Road, and it’s going to look very classy.” Council unanimously agreed to move forward with four ordinances that will allow City Manager Wayne Davis to take the nec-

Tom Humes, president of Great Traditions Land and Development Co., presents future plans for the Vintage Club property development to Montgomery City Council Wednesday, March 6.

Leslie Elrod, professor of behavioral sciences at UC Blue Ash, left, and Jody Ballah, assistant professor of French studies, right, will lead eight students on a service learning trip to Guadeloupe in the West Indies next month. JASON HOFFMAN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Students to make first voyage to Guadeloupe


essary steps to secure financing and enter into contracts with private developers for the project. Davis, who will travel to New York City later this month for a meeting with Moody’s Investor Services, said everyone involved was very comfortable that enough money will come through tax revenues to pay back as much as $12,565,000 in bonds the city is seeking.

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Humphrey sidewalks moving forward By Leah Fightmaster

Humphrey Road residents will soon be able to walk more safely in their neighborhood. Symmes Township trustees officially approved the road as the next location for sidewalks, part of an ongoing project in the township. Many residents who attended a public meeting in December, as well as a virtual meeting online, expressed a sincere interest in seeing the current sidewalks on that road extended. Although there was some opposition, Trustee Jodie Leis felt everyone was on the same page with the project. “I’m glad to hear everyone is on board,” she said. “(I’m glad) we’ve

BLUE ASH — While other students might spend spring break partying in tourist traps, several University of Cincinnati Blue Ash students will spend the week in an exotic locale for a different reason. Students in an international service learning class are traveling to Guadeloupe – a former French colony in the West Indies – to compare local community service experiences with a foreign one. “For many of our students, it’s their first time abroad,” said Jody Ballah, assistant professor of French studies at UCBA. “We want our students to see if when they come back, their focus on service will be different.” Guadeloupe was chosen because it offered a safer environment than Haiti, where Ballah had traveled before, and it also has a service organization – Visions Service Adventures, which offers cross-

worked with (the residents) and compromised with them.” The township will soon start looking for bids for construction on the project. The deadline for companies who want to submit one is March 22. Trustees also began the planning process for two special events they’re adding to the calendar. Leis suggested the option of a family-oriented fitness program called “Get Fit with Symmes.” It would be once or twice a week every week throughout the summer, with yoga on Saturday mornings at Hopewell Park. Leis added that Integrys Energy Services and Energy Alliance Inc. donated $2,200 and See SIDEWALK, Page A2



Rockwern Academy’s “Celebration of the Book” drew families and educators from across the

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cultural service learning to teenagers – already in place. The purpose of the trip is two-fold. First, the trip will expose students to a different culture, language and way of life. Second, the students will be looking at how poverty and societal issues like racism, sexism and oppression affect communities differently. “The students will see through their service what poverty looks like here in Cincinnati versus what it’s like there in Guadeloupe,” said Leslie Elrod, professor of behavioral sciences at UCBA. “People think of the French Carribean normally as a luxurious place, but there is a lot poverty.” The course has eight students making the inaugural trip. For some, it’s their first opportunity to leave the United States, and others a chance to build on their past experiences. “I am looking forward to experiencing another culture and become more socially aware,” said Sam Rahe, a 20-year-old radiation sciences student who volunteers at Tender Mercies downtown. “It’s really fun to learn a new language, but serving a purpose is the most rewarding part of the class.” Melissa Schnerr already has a psychology degree from Miami University and some expe-

rience across the border, but she looks forward to expanding her French-speaking ability. “I studied Quebec, Canada, and I’ve done some research on Guadaloupe, so I’m looking to do a little extra learning,” Schnerr said. For Lizzi Egbers, a 23-yearold graphic design student, the class offers a chance to get back into service. “I went to Ursuline Academy, and I enjoyed doing a lot of community service there, but I haven’t really had the chance to do that in college,” Egbers said. “I am looking forward to learning about the culture building more value in my degree.” The trip is partially funded by dean’s scholarships through the college, and the students also did a fundraiser through LaRosa’s, but it’s unclear how much money they were able to raise. The class trip will be from March 15-23, and students will take part in rebuilding infrastructure, cultivating medicinal gardens, assisting fishermen and teaching English at elementary schools. Want to know more about education, government and community in Blue Ash? Follow Jason Hoffman on Twitter: @jhoffman_cp.

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School to start earlier in 2014 By Forrest Sellers

Classes in the Indian Hill Exempted Village School District will start about a week earlier in 2014. The Board of Education approved a 2014-2015 school calendar during its February meeting. The first day for students will be Thursday, Aug. 14. Superintendent Mark Miles proposed the calendar change after talking with staff members, administrators and PTO leaders as well as through informal conversations with parents. He said an earlier start date will allow for additional instruction time to prepare for assessments

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later in the year such as the Ohio Achievement Assessments and the Ohio Graduation Tests. An earlier start date also means the first semester will conclude before holiday break. “I believe the change in the 2014-2015 school calendar provides an academic benefit for students and staff members.” said Miles. With an earlier start date, the last day for students will also be earlier. The last day for students will be Thursday, May 28. The length of the winter and spring breaks will

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remain the same as in previous years with two weeks allotted for winter break and six days allotted in the spring. Winter recess will be Monday, Dec. 22, through Friday, Jan. 2. Spring recess will be Monday, March 23, through Monday, March 30. The three-day Thanksgiving break will also be retained. During the January school board meeting, Miles said he was investigating whether a similar calendar with an earlier start and end date was feasible for 2013-2014 school year. A survey was issued in which 309 people responded. Based upon the survey results, 49 percent preferred and earlier start date while 30 percent did not. Twenty-one percent of the respondents did not have a preference. However, based on comments from a number of the respondents, Miles said the 2013-2014 school calendar will not be changed. “Changing the 20132014 school calendar would have caused significant conflicts with scheduled camps for students, vacation and other travel plans,” said Miles. Miles said waiting until 2014 will give people time to adjust to the new calendar. “I’m happy we got the community involved in making a decision on the school calendar,” said board Vice President Kim Martin Lewis.

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Onhandtopresentplans to council was Tom Humes, president of Great Traditions Land and Development Co., who said although the development has been through its hurdles, it will be ideal once completed. “The development will be a lifestyle oriented, pedestrian-friendly community that blends the best of suburban and urban living in one area,” Humes said. “ Jerry Royce, vice president of Duke Realty, assured council there wouldn’t be issues getting power and utilities to

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$800, respectively, to fund the program. Trustee Ken Bryant said he thought it was a good idea that could be continued in the future. Trustee Phil Beck also suggested a small ceremo-

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Council also joined leaders from other municipalitiesacrossOhiovoicingopposition to proposed House Bill 5, a bill that, if signed into law, would consolidate tax collection throughout the state and take revenue redistribution authority away from local governments. “This legislation intimates centralization and ny to observe Memorial Day in the township. Last year, he said, a ceremony commemorated the holiday in conjunction with dedicating Home of the Brave Park. A year later, Beck said he wanted to start a tradition the township could continue. Collaboration with local Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Le-

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gion groups is an option, as well as recognizing local veterans and those buried in the three township cemeteries, he said. More plans will be discussed at the trustees’ meeting April 2. Want more updates for Symmes Township? Follow Leah Fightmaster on Twitter: @LCFightmaster.

music from the Pete Wagner Band and the chance to win great prizes. Individuals 21 years and older can pre-register for $15 or pay $18 at the door. Price includes catering from McAlister’s Deli, dancing, great company and a festive evening. Drinks will also be available for purchase at the

event, which will be festival seating. Beer and wine sales will benefit the Sycamore Senior Center. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., and the event runs from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more information or to register, contact the Blue Ash Recreation Center at (513) 745-8546.




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Most cars like this one from the 1950s are used as private taxi cabs. THANKS TO CLIFF GOOSMANN


The government owns and maintains almost all of the buildings in Havana, such as these, which are mostly residential, with some businesses, such as restaurants. THANKS TO CLIFF GOOSMANN

Havana, Cuba: Modern day of yesteryear By Kelly McBride

It was just a year ago, but it was like stepping into the 1950s. Cliff Goosmann took a trip to Havana, Cuba, where he photographed a city that appeared to be stuck in time, with car models of 60 years past, and buildings that hadn’t been updated in many years. He also saw beauty in that snapshot in time, and he captured it in photos. The Montgomery resident will display his col-

lectionduring a photo presentation March 15 at Sharon Woods. It’s the third of eight presCliff entations Goosmann by local photographers of the Photography Club of Greater Cincinnati. Goosmann’s trip was part of a People to People cultural exchange in February 2012, in which small groups of seven were led by Cuban guides.

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Goosmann’s group toured with a local photographer. “The emphasis was on meeting and photographing Cuban people as they went about their everyday life,” he said. Among the group’s destinations were a furniture factory, dance school, and the former Hershey’s sugar factory, which is now used as an electric train repair center. “This really is a very poor country, frozen in time,” Goosmann said, “and isolated from the

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District addresses school safety By Forrest Sellers

With recent concerns about gun violence in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shootings, many schools are taking a proactive approach toward security. The Indian Hill Exempted Village School District is considering plans to upgrade security and install additional security cameras at all of its facilities. The upgrades are part of a five-year capital improvement plan presented to the school board during its January meeting. The plan has not yet been voted on. During the meeting Superintendent Mark Miles and Indian Hill Middle School Principal Josh Kauffman also provided an update about safety and se-

curity measures in the buildings. These measures incorporate fire drills, tornado drills which are also referred to as shelter in place drills, and intruder response measures among others. “(It’s) timely to remind staff and the community,” said Miles. Miles said he has considered safety a priority since he started as superintendent of the district last year. “Each school has an up-todate emergency plan,” he said. Each building has multiple safety drills so staff know what to do, said Miles. Miles said updated plans are submitted to the Ohio Attorney General’s office every three years. Kauffman said fire drills are conducted on a monthly basis and shelter in place drills are

typically conducted once a month during tornado season, which is generally considered between April and June. A shelter in place drill is also conducted in the fall. The schools also have a lockdown drill which involves students and staff confining themselves to a classroom during an emergency situation. Board Vice President Kim Lewis said it is important that safety training be age appropriate, adding that younger aged children might not necessarily know what to do in a certain situation. Miles said staff and administrators regularly participate in safety training sessions. Both Miles and Kauffman said the district has a good relationship with the Indian Hill Rangers and the local fire department.

Students arrive in the lobby at Indian Hill High School. Security upgrades and the installation of additional security cameras in not only the high school but other buildings in the district are under discussion. FILE PHOTO

Ursuline receives Sule grant for Judd Scholarship

Fourth-graders Estelle Vogt, Julia Staat and Margot Leary work together to write cards and letters, thanking their heroes for their service to our community. THANKS TO ANN FALCI

The caring kind Christmas care packages were created and assembled by the fourth-graders at St. Nicholas Academy for their community heroes. Students baked cookies, made ornaments and wrote letters and cards to their local police and fire departments and St. Nicholas Academy's bus drivers. Teachers Kara Seither and Melissa Stoeckel supervise students as they assemble the packages. The teachers and students also created invitations for the bus drivers and the police and fire departments, inviting them to Mass and breakfast in their honor. These fourth-grade classes served breakfast to their heroes Feb. 8.

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Ursuline Academy has received a grant for a $25,000 scholarship from the Elsa M. Heisel Sule Charitable Trust, in the name of Morgan Judd ‘11, who passed away Dec. 6, 2011. This scholarship will be awarded to students entering their sophomore, junior or senior years at Ursuline. “Elsa’s biggest passions were education and the arts. With Morgan, you get the arts and education – this scholarship is a perfect fit because Elsa always wanted to promote women,” says V. Ruth Klette, Trustee, adding that her daughter Valerie was best friends with Morgan and they studied together at the Studio for Dance in Blue Ash. Sule was a generous woman who was deeply involved in helping many local organizations in the Greater Cincinnati area. She was best known for her role as program director and script writer for the (late) Ruth Lyons “50-50 Club” Show. She lived a life of passion and involvement, committed to the needs of the local community. Her generous philanthropy and work has benefitted many organizations. Through her charitable trust, Sule’s life-long interests are being served in the areas that were most important to her – education, the arts, music, children’s programs, women’s welfare and animal preservation. Judd, who lived in Hyde Park, had graduated from Ursuline in 2011. She was a freshman at Wake Forest University, where she performed and competed in dance, and studied business. She was an exceptional dancer at Ursuline as well, and performed at numerous events that called for her talent in ballet, tap, clogging and other dances that she had been doing since seventh-grade. At the Studio for Dance in Blue Ash, Judd and her dance team competed and performed throughout Ohio, including dancing with the Cincinnati Pops, other venues, and in Windsor, Canada. In addition to dance, Judd was a fine student who was an AP Scholar with Distinction and she earned several college scholarships. She was well liked by her

Ursuline Academy has received a grant for a $25,000 scholarship from the Elsa M. Heisel Sule Charitable Trust, in the name of Morgan Judd '11, who passed away suddenly Dec. 6, 2011. PROVIDED

teachers and peers who considered her a kind and genuine friend, someone who had a contagious smile and kindness she generously shared with others. In addition to her studies, dance and other activities she also cared about those in need by participating in community service both at Ursuline and in Winston-Salem, where her college was located. “Morgan was an amazing young woman of great strength and grace. She truly loved her school and the wonderful relationships she had with her friends and teachers. We are very grateful for the opportunities the Sule grant will provide for future Ursuline women to attend this school through the spirit of our sweet angel Morgan,” Ursuline President Sharon Redmond said.





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Moe’s effort falls short By Scott Springer

DAYTON — His name was Maverick Morgan, 6-foot-10 center from Springboro. His team was Moeller’s opponent in a Division I district final at the University of Dayton March 9. The Crusaders staff had him scouted precisely, just as they do most of their foes. In the Greater Catholic League, schools prepare to win every step and every second. However, in March the only stat that matters is the final score and often the third month of the year is the cruelest for those who bounce a ball competitively. An early deficit of 14-4 in the first quarter and 30-16 at the half was too much for Moeller to overcome as Springboro held off the Crusaders’ mad second-half dash to win 57-56. “Give their kids and their coach credit,” longtime Moeller coach Carl Kremer said. “They really had a great game plan. They got up on us.” Kremer recalled a December game in Florida where Moeller dug such a hole, but there had been no previous occurrence in Ohio. Morgan had nine points in the first half and nine more in the second to lead the Panthers with 18. He also pulled down 11 rebounds. Springboro outrebounded Moeller 32-26 and outshot them 49 to 40 percent. The biggest difference was at the charity stripe where Springboro was 24-32, getting to the line 15 more times than the Crusaders. “We had to make the game ugly to get back in it,” Kremer said. “We were able to get back into it, but I give credit to Springboro. They won this game. We did enough to get back into it. They made every free throw they had to down the stretch.” Sophomore Nate Fowler led Moeller in scoring with 14 points, while senior Keith Watkins and fellow senior Josh Davenport had 12 and 11, respectively, in their final games. Despite not starting and being hampered early in the season from a football injury, Watkins led Moeller’s resurgence in the second half. “I thought Keith Watkins willed us back in the game,” Kremer said. “They made the free throws and plays they had to do to win.” Moeller finishes the season at 22-3, while Springboro goes to 22-4. Instead of a Crusaders’ clash with Walnut Hills at Cintas Center March 13, the Panthers will drive south to play the Eagles. Even with the tough loss, Kremer was thankful for the time spent with his seniors who have seen many tournament games. “This is one of the most fun teams I’ve ever had to coach,” Kremer said. “It’s going to be near impossible getting out of this locker room tonight. These seniors are crushed. We knew we had a team that could go deep in this tournament and we ran against a senior-oriented team.” Now, Kremer and company refuels, reenergizes and reorganizes for another run. Starters Tre’ Hawkins, Grant Benzinger and Nate Fowler return .


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Sycamore, CHCA expect success on court in 2013 By Ben Walpole

Mike Teets has led the Sycamore High School boys tennis program to a lot of success during his 13 years as head coach, so when he starts talking historical context, you’d be wise to pay attention. “I’m excited because this is as deep of a team as I’ve ever had,” said Teets of this year’s Aviator squad. “We’ve had some great teams here, so I don’t want to say this is the best team I’ve had, but it’s certainly in the discussion.” High praise, indeed. So why such optimism?

It starts with two of the top three doubles teams in the state last year. Senior Yuri Karev and sophomore Nakul Narendran played singles for most of the regular season but joined forces as a doubles team in the postseason and finished as the Division I state runners-up. Seniors Nikhil Grandhi and Dylan Stern also return to the Sycamore lineup, having played most of last year together at first doubles. They finished third in the Division I state tournament. Add in senior Brian Goodman, returning first singles starter Deepak Indrakanti, a bevy of talented players on the

varsity ‘B’ team, and the return of Mustafa Ahmad, who moved out of the Sycamore district last year but now is back, and it’s easy to see why Teets is so excited for the new season. If anything, the Aviator players’ toughest challenges may be in practice, trying to win spots in their own team’s lineup. “They all know nothing is guaranteed,” Teets said. “It’s very competitive. They’re going to have to earn their spots.” The pressure will be on Teets to find the right lineup combinations. Not that he’s complaining. “I love it,” Teets said. “What a great problem to have, when you have that many quality players. “Is it going to be challenging? Yes. But I would rather

have this than the opposite problem.” At Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, Lynn NaborsMcNally returns for her 18th season as the Eagles’ head coach. She has two returning state qualifiers on which to build. Senior Logan Henize is back at first singles after reaching the Division II state singles tournament last year. Classmate Colin Kenney advanced to the Division II state doubles tournament as a junior. Nabors-McNally also looks for major contributions from returnees senior Ben Wittkugel, senior Joe Kabalin, and sophomore Chris Dolzinger, as well as a talented group from last season’s JV team. “Hopefully they can step up to the plate,” Nabors-McNally said.

Braves to return with bigger game By Scott Springer

Indian Hill senior Jon Griggs puts up a runner at the basket against Wilmington as the two teams faced off Feb. 27 at Mason High School in a Division II sectional battle. TOM

INDIAN HILL — Playing with their most experienced veteran injured and a cast of new characters in the starting lineup, Indian Hill’s boys basketball team ended the season Feb. 27 just two wins shy of last year’s mark. The Braves lost to Wilmington 70-53 in a second round Division II tournament game as senior guard Jon Griggs scored 15 in his Indian Hill finale. Their season finished at 14-10. The game took place a little over six months after Griggs tore his ACL as the Braves quarterback in their football opener against New Richmond Aug. 24 last year. Electing not to have surgery, he rehabilitated back well enough to return for Indian Hill’s basketball season under coach Tim Burch. He finished the year averaging12.8 points per game and was second in the league in assists with 4.7 per game. He was a unanimous pick for first team in the Cincinnati Hills League. “Jon had his surgery,” Burch said after the Wilmington loss. “He got that taken care of the day after, so he’ll be ready to go in college.” Ohio Wesleyan and Centre College in Kentucky are a couple interested in the 6-foot Indian Hill guard.


“I think he’s going to have a great career in college,” Burch said. “With him rehabbing so well, I think he’ll have the opportunity to play next year.” Griggs actually tore more cartilage in his knee in the first quarter of the tournament

game against Wilmington and had to come out early. “I thought he was done,” Burch said. “Then, he was back in 30 seconds. He went out to the hallway and jogged around a little bit and came right back in. You won’t find a tougher kid.”

His high game of the season was against Mariemont when he had 26 on Jan. 4. His lowest output was six on Jan.18 against his brother Adam Griggs, coach of Finneytown’s team. “I think he was about half speed,” Burch said. “I still think he might be one of the best players on the court all the time in every game. On a good knee, I don’t think anyone would’ve stopped him all year.” Indian Hill next year will feature twin towers as junior 6foot-8 centers Lucas Gould and Karl Koster will play more minutes. Gould started the last 10 games for the Braves. “Not only Gould, but Karl Koster had great games the last two times in the tournament,” Burch said. “We won’t look like a normal Indian Hill team. We’re going to look like a big physical team and you’re going to have to deal with our big guys underneath.” Gould averaged 10.2 points and seven rebounds, with Koster coming off the bench in relief. Both were in double figures down the stretch in February. The Braves also return starting guard Zach Schneider, who averaged 8.5 points and four assists. “We’ll have some youth, too,” Burch said. “We have some real good young players coming through the program that could contribute at an early age.”



Summit still the team to beat By Nick Dudukovich

DAYTON — Summit Country Day senior and University of Cincinnati commit Kevin Johnson of Westwood walked into the media room following the Silver Knights’ 63-49 win over West Liberty-Salem in the Division III district finals sporting a championship belt (think WWE). The 14-point victory at UD Arena March 7 made one thing clear: Summit is still the champion. Silver Knights’ head coach Michael Bradley bought the belt to let his team know that Summit is still the team to beat. “I wanted the kids to get in their mind frame that we’re the champs...People have to come through Summit if you

want to be the champion. It’s an old Ric Flair quote, ‘If you want to be the man you got to beat the man,’” Bradley said. For Johnson, the belt symbolizes the ultimate goal: A second-consecutive state title: “We just hold the title. We don’t plan on losing any games. We plan on repeating it,” Johnson said; “ (The belt) really to give our team swagger and that arrogance we fell gives us that oomph on the court.” Being the reigning state champ, Summit is the team at the top of the mountain the opposition is trying to take down, and Bradley believes the belt helps his squad stay loose as it fights through the tournament. “I think it relaxes them

a little bit, but it also puts the attitude in them that once we get off the bus that nobody is going to take this from us,” he said. Bradley said when he played in the NBA, he saw the Detroit Pistons use the tactic, after Ben Wallace, Rasheed Wallace and Chauncey Billups won the 2003-2004 title. With the win, Summit set up a regional semifinal match-up against Roger Bacon at Kettering’s Trent Arena March 13. Johnson goes into the contest after scoring a game-high 29 points against Salem. He also grabbed 15 rebounds and swiped five steals. Junior Antonio Woods added 13 points and five assists in the effort. Back in the state Sweet 16 for the third-consecu-

tive year, Summit is living up to the potential many predicted. The Silver Knights went wire-towire by holding the No. 1 spot in the state Associated Press poll all season long. Bradley credited Johnson and Woods, along with experienced varsity veterans Mike Barwick (Forest Park) and Jake Rawlings (Loveland), for helping the program get to a point where it’s expected to contend for a state championship. “It’s changed each year we’ve been here,” Bradley said. “The first year I was here, we weren’t expected to win road games, now we’re almost going undefeated in the regular season and people are expecting you to win a championship again.”

Summit Country Day senior guard Kevin Johnson scored 29 points and hauled in 15 rebounds en route to a 63-49 win over West Liberty-Salem in the Division III District Finals at UD Arena March 7. JOSEPH FUQUA II/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

SIDELINES Mitts to speak at dinner

Three-time Olympic gold medalist and Cincinnati native Heather Mitts will be the speaker for the 20th anniversary awards dinner for the Greater CincinnatiNorthern Kentucky Women’s Sports Association, Tuesday, April 23, at the Savannah Center in West Chester. She is a graduate of St. Ursula Academy, where she played high school soccer. Nominations for the awards will be taken through Thursday for the dinner, honoring the individual and team achievements of girls and women in sports in the Greater Cincinnati area. Awards categories include Coach of the Year, College Sportswoman of


the Year, High School Sportswoman of the Year, Master’s Sportswoman of the Year, Senior Sportswoman of the Year, Wilma Rudolph Courage Award, Donna deVarona Spirit of Sport Award, Lifetime Service Award, Legacy Award, Special Recognition Award, Administrator of the Year and Mentally or Physically Challenged Sportswoman of the Year. In the last 20 years the Greater Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Women’s Sports Association has honored more than 260 athletes, coaches, administrators and teams in the Tristate. For more information on the dinner, nominations and tickets, visit

Presented by Bi-Okoto Cultural Institute MARCH 16, 2013 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. PERFORMANCES &( *0&% ,)! (-00%#% $ /&.'" '!%,'%+ The Bi-Okoto Cultural Institute takes you on a journey to experience Africa with their program, “E Sin Mi d’Afrika.” The program presents African culture, language, geography, and history through authentic songs and folk stories, and features drumming and dances from the countries of Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Senegal, Mali, Guinea, and South Africa.

The Mites Select Team of the Indian Hill Winter Club, the Blizzards, win the Bowling Green 2012 Mites ShootOut tournament on the campus at Bowling Green State University. They went undefeated winning all five games, beating the Bowling Green host team in the championship game. This was the team’s first tournament of the season. The Mites are all third-graders. In back, from left, are Peter Cimpello (head coach), Dan Good and Shawn Crowley. In middle are Michael Hyland, Jack Peirol, Beck Graham, Jack Good, Conner Martin, Luke Cimpello and Patrick Crowley. In front are Seamus Donovan, Brian Driscoll, Zach Del Bello, Fritz Graham and Dominic Bosco. THANKS TO JEFF GRAHAM




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Time to address global warming

Drought and fires in 2011 cost Texas over $5.5 billion. In 1991, a drought-induced fire in Oakland cost the city $1.5 billion. The drought of 2012 cost our national economy between $75 billion and Doug Bell $150 billion. COMMUNITY PRESS This is the cost GUEST COLUMNIST of global warming. It’s just beginning and it will get worse. The debate over the reality

of global warming is over. Since 1991, 13,950 peer-reviewed climate articles have been written, of which only 24 rejected global warming. The only remaining debate is a fake one, manufactured by the oil and coal industries. Even the premier climate skeptic Richard Muller, funded by the Koch brothers, now agrees that global warming is real and man-made. It’s time for solutions. The best overall plan is to enact a revenue-neutral carbon fee. This would be assessed on each ton of carbon whenever fossil fuels are drilled, mined or

imported. For example, the fee would be assessed on an oil company when it produces enough oil that when burned, would create a ton of carbon dioxide. This would make coal, oil, and natural gas slightly more expensive. The fee would then be offset, and made revenueneutral, by returning the revenue to taxpayers. This offset could be achieved using any of a variety of methods, e.g. by reducing other taxes or with a rebate. By returning the fee revenue to taxpayers, the cost to our overall economy would be zero.

Enacting a revenue-neutral carbon fee would help America move to a clean economy, one where we pollute less, waste less and use more clean renewable energy. It would also create millions of new jobs throughout America. One argument against this that you may hear is that “cheap” coal, oil, and natural gas are good for the economy. Actually, they aren’t cheap at all, even if one ignores the onrushing costs of global warming. Other costs of their pollution are asthma, heart attacks, strokes, several types of can-

cer, and abnormal brain development in fetuses and breastfeeding babies. All of that is far more costly than any carbon fee. We have a moral responsibility to future generations, an obligation to pass on to them the same life our parents gave to us. A revenue-neutral carbon-fee is the best way to fulfill our obligation.

when I'm doing 65, at a clearly much higher rate of speed. “It's a tough law to enforce universally and uniformly, and to be honest I'd like to see it enforced a little better (except in those places known as 'speed traps.') Bottom line is that Ohio would not be the only state to have a speed limit higher than 65, and I don't see a problem with it. “I'll have to do some further study to find out what Maag's motivation for introducing this legislation was.”

in such a dangerous environment, would you? “Slow down, get off your phone, stop texting, pay attention, arrive alive, and save money, too."

Doug Bell is a resident of Kenwood and a volunteer with several environmental organizations.

CH@TROOM March 6 question State Rep. Ron Maag has proposed raising Ohio’s interstate speed limit to 70 mph. Is this a good idea? Why or why not?

“The legislature should raise the limit if and only if it assures law enforcement agencies have the staffing and commitment to enforce the law strictly (as Arlington Heights has done). Otherwise, interstate speed limits are just a buffer around how fast illegal drivers are willing to speed – a 'suggestion' if you will. Our freeways are like Reed Hartman Highway: drivers cruise at 50 mph or more, but in years I have yet to see Blue Ash's finest pursue anyone for illegal speed on that road.” D.P.

“Yes, absolutely! It is about time that Ohio matches up with all surrounding states. “I'm sure there will be some remaining sections of highway that will need to stay at lower limits, which is fine. However, the vast majority of our interstate highway system is more than capable of handling higher speeds. “In addition, automobile technology such as suspension and braking systems are far better today than years ago when the 65 limit was established. Speed it up, Ohio!”

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“Neighboring states have 70 mph speed limits and I haven't heard complaints or concern from law enforcement. “I've traveled through Kentucky, Tennessee, Michigan, Missouri, Alabama, etc., without noticing any problems. Plus 70 seems to be the average speed on I-275 during rush hour.” R.V.

“I do favor raising the speed limit. Other states have done so without a major increase in traffic accidents, and our cars are safer, better engineered than they were 25 years ago when the limit in Ohio was higher.

“We are more endangered by all the cars and trucks passing the vehicles that are actually going 65 mph. I would rather have a higher speed limit that is enforced than a low one that is widely ignored by both drivers and law enforcement agencies." J.R.B.

“Is Rep. Ron Maag's proposal to raise Ohio's interstate speed limit to 70 a good idea? Truthfully, no one can predict with accuracy if the simple addition of 5 mph to the speed limit will result in a significant increase in accidents, injuries, and fatalities. “The difference in speed limits from state to state demonstrates clearly the arbitrariness of such laws, which have been imposed for a number of reasons, including the conservation of fuel. “Back in 1757 in Boston, the speed limit was defined as 'walking pace,' and violators were given a stiff fine. There was a time in the United States (from 1974 to 1987) when the national speed limit was 55 mph. (In 1995, that legislation was totally repealed). “I remember being a little apprehensive when the limit was raised to 65 mph, but I've relaxed since then. However, I am still troubled by the drivers on the interstate who pass me,

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“Several studies have shown that high vehicle speed on highways, such as 70 mph, increases traffic accidents and deaths dramatically. It sort of is a no brainer, that speed kills. “Studies have also shown that traveling at any speed over 60 mph vastly increases fuel consumption, often at 25 percent or more. Given the climate of high gas prices, numerous texters and those using cell phones while they drive, plus the importance of trying to wean the United States off of foreign oil, raising the speed limit to 70 mph is an awful idea. “Time consumed by a higher speed of driving gives an earlier arrival time of merely minutes. I would not want to risk my life or the life of my loved ones


“OK, 70 outside of cities is about right, on I-75 trucks go that now, as do autos. Especially use higher limits on interstates in 'cities' like the one near GE that builds their coffers on speeders. State should designate limits in cities, not villages and towns.” Walter

“If State Rep. Maag wants motorists to drive 70 or 75 mph he can just leave the speed limit where it is. If he wants speeds of 75 or 80 he should raise the limit to 70. “However, how raising the speed limit makes Ohio the place where businesses want to settle is beyond me." F.N.

“A moot point. Anyone who has driven an interstate lately knows most of the traffic already exceeds 70 mph. There should be exceptions such as oversize loads, towed vehicles etc. These roads were designed to handle this speed and they once did.” T.J.

Library a finalist for national medal In mid-February, we learned that the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is a finalist for The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor Kim Fender conferred on COMMUNITY PRESS museums and GUEST COLUMNIST libraries for service to the community and celebrates institutions that make a difference for individuals, families and communities. Medal finalists are selected from nationwide nominations of institutions that demonstrate innovative approaches to public service, exceeding the expected levels of community outreach. Finalists are

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While it is always wonderful to receive recognition for the work we do, especially on a national level, our true motivation comes from knowing that we are making a difference in our community. The services mentioned in our Library’s nomination deal with three community issues: childhood poverty, grade level reading, and adult education. When we learn of an issue like the high rate of childhood poverty in Cincinnati, the third highest in the country, we don’t just accept it. We set about changing it.

Community impact a top priority

It may not be immediately obvious how our library can have an impact on something like childhood poverty. But I believe we can. To do so, we looked at services that would address both sides of this coin: meeting the immediate needs

of children living in poverty and providing educational opportunities that would lift children out of poverty. So, in 2012 our library worked with Cincinnati Public Schools and the FreestoreFoodbank to offer summer lunches at 14 library locations. Together 6,700 lunches were served to children at these locations. This is a program we plan to continue because it’s hard for a hungry child to pay attention and learn. A good education is crucial to getting out of poverty. Data tells us that students who are prepared for kindergarten and reading at grade level by grade three are more likely to succeed academically and in life. To address this challenge, the library has developed a wide range of programs to get children off to a good start. From summer reading programs to Brain Camps, to extra teacher collections for schools with

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more students reading below grade level to visits to in home childcare providers, we are putting our resources to work for the good of our community. And, that’s what really matters. Share your library story and why you think we should win. Each day the Institute of Museum and Library Services will be highlighting one of the finalists on its Facebook. Our day to be featured is Thursday, March 21. Share your Library story on their wall and the reason you think our library should win. Tell them how the library has made a difference in your life at IMLS Award winners will be announced in May. Kim Fender is the Eva Jane Romaine Coombe Director of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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Quint Kaufman, Brad Gallop and Ian Rafalo show off their pupper creation. THANKS TO JULIA WEINSTEIN

Peninnah Schram with an audience in Boymel Synagogue. THANKS TO JULIA WEINSTEIN

‘Celebration of the Book’ program fills Rockwern with storytelling Rockwern Academy’s “Celebration of the Book” program was an exciting and energetic event for all, drawing families and educators from throughout the city. Jewish author Peninnah Schram highlighted the event, with both a storytelling performance in Boymel and a workshop for Jewish educators. The children's puppet-making station with Kathy Wise in the Mayerson Room was a huge hit, bustling with activity, along with scenery painting with The Art Spark and quilt making with the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education, while other storytellers from the Norwood and Deer Park libraries wove tales in the school library.

Sara Rosenthal, Neriya Rosenthal, Katie Katzman and Christine Katzman share books. THANKS TO JULIA WEINSTEIN

Rockwern Academy student Arielle Lewis paints scenery. THANKS TO JULIA WEINSTEIN

David Finnell and Peninnah Schram with Cincinnati Jewish educators. THANKS TO JULIA WEINSTEIN Garrette Smith, Mary Lamping and Peninnah Schram at Rockwern Academy's Celebration of the Book. Students gather at a puppet-making station during Rockwern Academy's Celebration of the Book. THANKS TO JULIA WEINSTEIN

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THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, MARCH 14 Art & Craft Classes Open Create, 7-9 p.m., Hyatt Art Studio, 7813 Laurel Ave., Choose surface you want to paint on and receive individual attention as you paint artwork for your home or garden. $25. 561-0677; Madeira.

Art Exhibits British Panoramic, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Gallery Veronique, 11324 Montgomery Road, Photographic works by David Osborn. Prints sandwiched between sheet of crystal-clear acrylic and sheet of aluminum composite for clean finish. 530-5379; Symmes Township.

Clubs & Organizations 40 Years of Philanthropic Support, 5:30-7 p.m., Bethesda North Hospital, 10500 Montgomery Road, Goetz Conference Room. Presentation about programs that Bethesda Foundation supports and how it impacts the community. Ages 18 and up. Free. 985-6711; Montgomery.

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

Lectures Town Hall Lecture: Louis Freeh, 11 a.m.-noon, Montgomery Assembly of God, 7950 Pfeiffer Road, Former FBI director speaks. Ages 18 and up. $120 series of four lectures; $40 single lecture. Presented by Montgomery Woman’s Club. 684-1632; Montgomery.

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

On Stage - Theater Red, White and Tuna, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, Third installment in Tuna trilogy takes audience through another satirical ride into the hearts and

Line Dancing, 6-7 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Group Fitness Studio. Music from variety of genres. Ages 18 and up. $10-$15. Registration required. Through April 23. 290-8217; Blue Ash.

minds of the polyester-clad citizens of Texas’ third smallest town. Along with Tuna’s perennial favorites, some new Tuna denizens burst into the 4th of July Tuna High School Class Reunion. Directed by Norma Niinemets. $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

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

Seminars Conspicuous Families: Helping Children Develop Healthy Identities, 7-9 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Judy Stigger uses her professional and personal knowledge to guide families in gaining skills needed to navigate tasks of raising trans-racially adopted children with strong and positive racial and adoptive identities. Childcare available with reservation by March 11. $15. $25 per family. Reservations required. 218-5958; Amberley Village.

The Wheaton College Jazz Ensemble will perform at Armstrong Chapel Friday, March 15, en route from its Chicago-based campus to performances in New York City and the east coast as part of its winter tour. The hour-long concert begins at 7 p.m. and is offered free of charge. Dinner begins at 6 p.m., in the church atrium. Dinner reservations can be made at Cost is $5 for each person, and $20 for a family of four or more. Babysitting will be provided for children ages 5 and under. Pictured, members of the Wheaton College Jazz Ensemble are performing across the midwest and east coast, including a one-night stop in suburban Cincinnati. THANKS TO SUE PORTER

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Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Free, donations accepted. 800-0164. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, 4309 Cooper Road, Youth room. Big book/ discussion meeting. Brown bag lunch optional. Open to everyone who desires healthy loving relationships. Donations accepted. 673-0174; Blue Ash.

FRIDAY, MARCH 15 Art Exhibits The Art of Charley and Edie Harper in Needlepoint, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., The Barn Gallery. Needlepoint reproductions of Harpers’ prints stitched by Richard Gegner, who has 75 needlepoints on display on his 75th birthday. Colorful, geometric images of nature appeal to children and adults. Free. 272-3700; Mariemont. British Panoramic, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Gallery Veronique, 5305379; Symmes Township.

Dining Events Hartzell United Methodist Church Fish Fry, 4-7 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, 8999 Applewood Drive, Macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, bread, dessert and drink served with entree choices of shrimp basket, two pieces grilled chicken, two slices cheese pizza or all-you-can-eat-cod. $9, $4 ages 5-10, free ages 4 and under. Through March 29. 891-8527, ext. 1. Blue Ash. Montgomery Presbyterian Church Fish Fry, 5-7 p.m., Montgomery Presbyterian Church, 9994 Zig Zag Road, Baked or fried fish, chicken tenders or macaroni and cheese dinners, sides, drink and homemade desserts. Carryout available. $5-$8.50, $5 ages 12 and under. 891-8670; Montgomery. St. John the Evangelist Fish Fry, 5:30-7:30 p.m., St. John the Evangelist Church, 7121 Plainfield Road, Baked or fried fish, shrimp, salmon, macaroni and cheese, French fries and pizza. $7.50. 791-3238. Deer Park. St. Gertrude Fish Fry, 5-7 p.m., St. Gertrude School, 6543 Miami Ave., Also presented by Knights of Columbus. Dine-in or carryout. Dinner includes choice of fish, fish sandwich or cheese pizza plus two sides, beverage and dessert. $8, $6 children. 652-3477; Madeira.

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

Health / Wellness Health Screenings, 10 a.m.noon, Owens Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center, 7319

Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township. Thoroughly Modern Millie, 3-5:30 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, $15. 4434572; Loveland.

MONDAY, MARCH 18 Art Exhibits

Montgomery Road, Blood pressure screenings, stress screenings and consultation about your wellness needs. Free. 784-0084. Silverton.

Music - Jazz The Wheaton College Jazz Ensemble, 7 p.m., Armstrong Chapel United Methodist Church, 5125 Drake Road, A 24-based ensemble from Chicago. Free. 561-4220; Indian Hill.

On Stage - Theater Red, White and Tuna, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township. Thoroughly Modern Millie, 7:30-10 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, 111 S. Second St., Taking place in New York City in 1922, play tells story of young Millie Dillmount who has just moved to the city in search of a new life for herself. $15. Through March 23. 443-4572; Loveland.

SATURDAY, MARCH 16 Art & Craft Classes Open Create, Noon-5 p.m., Hyatt Art Studio, $25. 561-0677; Madeira.

Art Exhibits The Art of Charley and Edie Harper in Needlepoint, 2-5 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; Mariemont. British Panoramic, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Gallery Veronique, 5305379; Symmes Township.

Benefits A Cupcake Affair with a Kenyan Flair, 7-10 p.m., Peterloon Estate, 8605 Hopewell Road, Kenyan-inspired food and music with silent auction featuring items from around the world. Cupcake sculpture, design and taste competitions judged by Megan Ketover, chef of the Orchids at Palm Court; Nathaniel Jones, judge; and John Morris Russell of Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. $50. Reservations required. Presented by SOTENI International. 729-9932; Indian Hill.

Small group discussions of Type 2 diabetes led by Jan Kellogg, certified diabetes educator. For people with pre-diabetes and/or type 2 diabetes. $30 all four sessions; or $10 per session. 271-5111; Madisonville.

Music - Benefits Irish Songs from the Heart, 6-10 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Amberley Room. Performances by McGing Irish Dancers and music by the Midnight Rose Trio. Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls and Furniture Fair spokesman, “Little Ed” Hartman, hosts. Dinner, silent auction and raffle. Benefits Franciscan Haircuts from the Heart. $50. Reservations required. 381-0111; Amberley Village.

On Stage - Children’s Theater E Sin Mi d’Afrika, 11 a.m.-noon and 1-2 p.m., UC Blue Ash College Muntz Theater, 9555 Plainfield Road, Bi-Okoto Cultural Institute takes audience on journey to experience Africa, presenting culture, language, geography and history through authentic songs and folk stories, featuring drumming and dances from Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Senegal, Mali, Guinea and South Africa. $5. 745-5705; Blue Ash.

On Stage - Theater Red, White and Tuna, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township. Thoroughly Modern Millie, 7:30-10 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, $15. 4434572; Loveland.

Religious - Community Healing Touch for Self Care, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Community Room. Learn what Healing Touch is and how to do energy techniques on yourself and others. Free. Registration required. 859-572-0474. Montgomery.


Exercise Classes

Art & Craft Classes

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

Open Create, Noon-5 p.m., Hyatt Art Studio, $25. 561-0677; Madeira.

Garden Shows Bare Root Rose Sale by Greater Cincinnati Rose Association, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Corner of Ivyfarm and Indian Hill Roads, 5105 Ivyfarm Road, From nationally certified rose grower. $5 per bare root rose. Benefits Greater Cincinnati Rose Association. 336-0323. Indian Hill.

Health / Wellness Diabetes Conversation Maps, 10 a.m.-noon, Lisa Larkin, M.D. & Associates, 4460 Red Bank Expressway, Suite 100, Topic: What do the numbers mean?

Art Exhibits The Art of Charley and Edie Harper in Needlepoint, 2-5 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; Mariemont.

Auditions Shrek the Musical Auditions, 1:30-5 p.m., Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, 4309 Cooper Road, East Side Players production. Open to all ages. Reservations required. 871-7427; Blue Ash.

On Stage - Theater Red, White and Tuna, 2 p.m.,

British Panoramic, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Gallery Veronique, 5305379; Symmes Township.

Business Classes National Social Security Advisor Training Class, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Premier Social Security Consulting, 4555 W. Lake Forest Drive, Suite 650. Through March 19. For CPAs, enrolled agents, financial advisors and insurance agents. Educational training on navigating Social Security in order to help clients optimize lifetime benefits. Ages 21 and up. $295. Reservations required. Through April 22. 251-5707; Blue Ash.

Cooking Classes Italian Pastries from Barresi’s with Sarah Wagner, 6:30-9 p.m., Cooks’ Wares, 11344 Montgomery Road, Creative desserts, made from scratch. $40. Reservations required. 489-6400. Symmes Township.

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

Exercise Classes Pilates Playground, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Group Fitness Studio. Works entire body through series of movements performed with control and intention. Ages 18 and up. $15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash. Camp Crush, 6-7 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash. Gentle Moves and Strength, 3-4 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash. Yoga/Pilates Infusion, 5-6 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $10-$15. 290-8217; Blue Ash. Vinyasa Yoga, 7-8 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Group Fitness Studio. Fluid style of Hatha Yoga incorporates elements of Ashtanga yoga in an inspiring, heat-producing workout. Ages 18 and up. $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash.

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

TUESDAY, MARCH 19 Art Exhibits British Panoramic, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Gallery Veronique, 5305379; Symmes Township.

Dance Classes

Wine Friends Tasting, 6:30 p.m., The Wine Store, 9905 Montgomery Road, Three whites and three reds. Sample and learn about $9.99-andunder wines. Includes cheeses and other accompaniments. $7. Reservations required. 984-9463; Montgomery.

Education Spring Core Classes, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Women Writing for a Change, 6906 Plainfield Road, Weekly through May 7. Featured focus is writing in community over a period of several weeks. Ages 21 and up. $249. Registration required. 272-1171; Silverton.

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

Farmers Market Loveland Farmers Market, 4-6 p.m., Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 101 S. Lebanon Road. 683-0491; Loveland.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20 Art & Craft Classes Portrait Painting and Drawing Class, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Drawing and Painting from a clothed model. $120 per session of four classes. Reservations required. 259-9302. Mariemont. Art Evenings, 6-9 p.m., Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road, Teen Art Discovery Workshop, $35. Classes taught by Beth Goldstein, MAAE Art Academy of Cincinnati, BS Fine Art Brown University, local studio artist and art educator. Registration required. 745-8550; Blue Ash. Free Knitting Classes, 7-8:30 p.m., Milford Heights Church of Christ, 1646 Ohio 28, Basic knitting techniques, fresh ideas and short devotional time. Free. 575-1874. Milford.

Art Exhibits The Art of Charley and Edie Harper in Needlepoint, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; Mariemont. British Panoramic, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Gallery Veronique, 5305379; Symmes Township.

Benefits Fashion for the Cure, 6 p.m., Sycamore High School, 7400 Cornell Road, Fashion show at 7:30 p.m. Runway fashion show, preceded by reception and basket raffles. Students and teachers from high school will be modeling. Guest speaker halfway through show. Basket from raffles will be handed out at end of night. Benefits ProKids. $10. 967-5252; Montgomery.

Dance Classes Zumba, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, $15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash. Zumba, 6-7 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash.

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



Go ‘green’ with champ, soda bread


This has a puddle of butter in the middle. Eat from outside to inside, dipping each bite into butter.

2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled, chunked up and cooked 1 ⁄2cup whipping cream or half & half 1 ⁄2stick butter 1 leek, sliced thin or 4 green onions, sliced Salt and pepper to taste

While potatoes are cooking, bring cream and butter to simmer and stir in leeks. Remove from heat, cover and let steep while potatoes cook. Mash potatoes, add enough cream mixture to make potatoes creamy.

Rita’s moist and buttery soda bread is sweeter than most recipes. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD.

Make well in center, put dab of butter there to melt and make puddle.

Moist and buttery soda bread

You can’t eat just one slice. For readers who wanted a sweeter tasting soda bread. I use my food processor, but you can use a mixer or do it by hand. Check out my blog for step-by-step photos. 2 cups all-purpose flour 3 ⁄4teaspoon baking soda 1 ⁄2teaspoon salt 3 tablespoons sugar 1 stick butter, softened 1 ⁄2heaping cup dried cherries, raisins or your favorite dried fruit 1 cup regular sour cream Melted butter for brushing on top

Turbinado sugar for sprinkling on top (optional, but good)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place piece of parchment on cookie sheet and spray parchment. Mix flour, soda, salt, sugar and butter until mixture is crumbly. Add cherries. Toss to combine. This keeps the fruit suspended in the bread. Blend in sour cream. Form into moundshaped circle about six inches wide and two or so inches tall. Place on cookie sheet and make a cross in the middle. (This is to let the devils out, or is it to keep them from coming in?!) Brush with butter and sprinkle with sugar. Bake 40-50 min-

utes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Check after 40 minutes.

Tip from Rita’s kitchen

Turbinado sugar is golden in color and crystals are large.

Terry Pettit’s famous fish fry cole slaw

of Mary Church serves over 1,000 people and they come, in part, to enjoy the slaw that’s served alongside the fish. This is for the reader who loves that slaw and wants to make it at home. I talked to Terry Pettit, who shared this family recipe. “The recipe was from a restaurant that my wife and I owned in the early ‘90s and was developed for that purpose,” Terry told me. I haven’t had time to test paring it down, but here’s a guideline. Start with 1 bag shredded cabbage (12-16 oz.), 1⁄2 cup carrots, 1⁄4 cup red cabbage and enough slaw mix dressing to coat nicely. For the dressing, I’d start with 2 cups mayo, 2 tablespoons vinegar, 1⁄4 cup sugar and a scant teaspoon of celery seeds. I’d go to taste and add more of whatever. I’m thinking I’d like more vinegar, but I haven’t tasted Terry’s slaw at IHM. I would stir in enough dressing to coat the slaw nicely. Here’s Tom’s big batch recipe. Slaw: Mix together and coat with 1 gallon dressing 10 pound bag shredded cabbage 6 cups carrots, shredded 4 cups red cabbage, shredded

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creating a new cycle of growing up safe and confident. Items included in the raffles include two Louis Vuitton handbags, mini IPad, two Mega Tickets from Riverbend, two lawn tickets for Jimmy Buffet, Ohio State tickets, two tickets to the sold out concert featuring New Kids on the Block, 98 Degrees, and Boyz II Men, Beats headphones any many other items.


Dissolve sugar in vinegar. Add mayo and celery seed. Mix thoroughly. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Find her blog online at Cincinnati.Com/blogs. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

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‘Fashion’ For the Cure’ benefits ProKids Sycamore High School students will again host “Fashion For the Cure,” a fundraiser and fashion show to benefit ProKids foster children. The event is Wednesday, March 20, at Sycamore High School, 7400 Cornell Road. Basket raffles begin at 6:30 p.m.; the fashion show begins at 7:30 p.m. Eddie Hedges of Blessid Union of Souls will make a personal appearance the event.

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I remember one St. Patrick’s Day in particular. I was a first-grader at St. Margaret of Cortona School in Madison Place. Sister Justina asked me why I wasn’t wearing a green ribbon in my hair. “Because I’m Lebanese,” I replied timidly. Rita The real Heikenfeld reason, I suspect, is RITA’S KITCHEN that Mom couldn’t afford to buy green ribbon to make bows for us eight girls. But you know, after all these many years, even I’m a bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. The story goes that in the fifth century, St. Patrick went to Ireland, killed all the snakes and converted the people. What were they eating? For starters, cress, leeks and cabbage, all of which are ... green!


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RELIGION Ascension Lutheran Church

The church is observing Lent with Wednesday evening services at 7 p.m. (through Wednesday, March 20). Soup supper is offered Wednesday, March 20. Worship is quiet and contemplative, focusing on observing the season of Lent. The first 2013 Spring Concert at Ascension will be at 7:30 p.m.


Saturday, March 2. This begins the ninth year for this series. The March 23 concert will feature former Ascension musician, pianist Robert Conda, along with another musician who has played at Ascension services, violinist Jennifer CluggishLeong. The concerts are free and open to the community. The annual “Jerusalem Market” will convert Ascension’s fellowship hall into an Ancient


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Join us for worship at 9:15 A.M. and 10:45 A.M.

“Hope with Any Risk,” Dr. Lawrence W. Kent Sat. Contemporary: 5:00 p.m. Sun. Contemporary: 9:00 a.m. Sun. Traditional: 10:30 a.m. Child care/Sunday School at all services. 6635 Loveland-Miamiville Road 513-677-9866

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

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Sunday School (age 3 - grade 12) meets at 10:45 A.M. Nursery Care both services for age 2 and under

MAUNDY THURSDAY MARCH 28 Join us for worship at 7:30 P.M.

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EASTER SUNDAY MARCH 31 Join us for worship at 9:15 A.M. and 10:45 A.M.

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Jerusalem Market Saturday, March 16. Festive booths will offer beading, leather and wood crafting, sand art, face painting, pretzel baking and a café for snacks or lunch. The cost is $5 for a bag of shekels to experience the various crafts. Children ages 4-11 are invited to come to Ascension from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to enjoy the fun. Two women’s groups gather regularly at Ascension. The Women’s Bible Study meets Thursdays (except the second week) at 9:45 a.m. The women are reading a book from the Sisters Series entitled “Unfailing love: Growing Closer to Jesus Christ.” The Wheel of Friendship meets monthly on the second Thursday at 9:30 a.m. for Bible Study, fellowship and outreach. Childcare is provided for both groups and guests are always welcome. Worship services are at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday School, confirmation and adult forum are at 9:45 a.m. Ascension is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 793-3288.


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. Visitors and their families are welcome to join the fun. Sunday School is 10 a.m.; Sunday worship is 11 a.m. The church offers AWANA children’s Bible clubs during the school year at 7 p.m. Wednesdays for children ages 2 through sixth grade. Contact the church for information. A small group Bible study is offered Wednesday evenings at the church at 7:30 p.m. The church is at 8501 Plainfield Road, Sycamore Township; 891-2221;

Blue Ash Presbyterian Church

God Squad (youth group) presents its annual intergenerational dance from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day Jig. Finger food and beverages will be served. Cost is $2 per person. A silent auction to benefit funds generated through the auction will allow the church to continue its commitment to Dawn Johnson’s mission work in Haiti. Support provides the salary for an auxiliary nurse in one of the dispensaries of the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Haiti. Please contact the church office for details. Items are needed for the silent auction to be held in conjunction with the Intergenerational Dance March 17. Donations of gift cards, gift baskets, goods, and services are needed to make this event a success. All proceeds of the silent auction benefit Dawn Johnson’s ministry at HAS Haiti, specifically the salary of the auxiliary nurse position at the Liancourt Dispensary. Please contact the church office for information on

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. how to make a donation. Join the church for the “Art in Heart: Artistic Gifts” Lenten Series 2013. A simple meal of soup and salad begins at 6 p.m., and then from 6:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., one or more church members share their artistic gifts. The Lenten Series continues through March 20. Please join the Thoughtful Christian group on Sundays at 9 a.m. in the church library. Jacob’s Ladder is the theme for Sunday School (pre-K through 12th-grade); these classes are taught after the children’s sermon in the worship service. Sunday worship services are at 10:30 a.m. Nursery care is available. Sunday sermons are recorded and available on the church website. The church is at 4309 Cooper Road; 791-1153l;

“Why Am I A United Methodist?” The Way, The Truth & The Life Seekers Small Group meets Sundays 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. for dessert and drinks, usually in Fellowship Hall. Contact David or Melissa Dennis for more information on this group at 984-6395. Lent fish fry Fridays are 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. through March 29, at the church. Adults are $9, children ages 5-10 are $4 and children ages 4 and under dine free. Menu includes maraconi and cheese cole slaw, bread, homemade dessert and drink served with entree choice of shrimp basket, two-piece grilled chicken breast or two slices of cheese pizza or all you can eat cod. For additional information, call 891-8527. The church is at 8999 Applewood Drive, Blue Ash; 891-8527.

Brecon United Methodist Church

Lighthouse Baptist 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 the Saviour United Methodist

Breakfast and the Easter Bunny is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 23. Men’s basketball plays every Thursday night at 7 p.m. All skill levels are welcome. Weekday Children’s Activities – Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays (9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.). Afternoon session is available on Tuesday. Register on-line at The annual rummage sale is coming, at 7 p.m, May 29 and 9 a.m. May 30. The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242; 791-3142.

Hartzell United Methodist Church

New members class meets at 5:30 p.m. Sundays in the pastor’s office. For more information, call the Rev. Robert Roberts at 891-8527, ext. 2. Adult Bible Study meets Wednesdays at 1 p.m. in the Pastor’s Office. Current book:

Sunday school is at 10 a.m. Sunday morning service is 11 a.m. Sunday evening service is 6 p.m. Wednesday service is 7 p.m. Master Clubs are 7 p.m. Wednesdays. The church uses the King James Bible, sings traditional hymns and conservative music. Sunday School classes are available for all ages. A nursery is provided for each service. The church is meeting at Raffel’s Blue Ash Banquet Center, 11330 Williamson Road, Blue Ash; 709-3344.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church

The last church Friday fish fry is 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. March 15 in the activity center. Cost is $8 for adult dinners, $5 for kids’ dinners. Call 733-0614 for carry out. The church is at 177 Siebenthaler Ave., Reading; 733-4950.

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

Service times are 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. St. Barnabas serves a large scale dinner on the fourth Friday of each month at Churches Active in Northside. Call the church office for details or to offer to provide a dish, help service or do both. St. Barnabas Choir rehearsals are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays. There is no requirement other than a willing heart and a desire to serve. The St. Barnabas Youth Choir rehearses after the 10 a.m. service on Sunday. Children in second-grade and older are invited to come and sing. Calling all acolytes. If you are fourth-grade or older, please call

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or email the church office to help serve during the services. An Intercessory Healing Prayer Service is held the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. The Order of St. Luke, Hands of Hope chapter, meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7:15 p.m. in the library. A Men’s Breakfast group meets on Wednesday mornings at 8:30 a.m. at Steak N Shake in Montgomery. Ladies Fellowship/Religious Study Group meets on Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. at the church. The group is discussing “Desire of the Everlasting Hills” by Thomas Cahill. Friends in Fellowship meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:15 p.m. for a potluck dinner at the church. Ladies Bridge meets the first and third Thursdays of the month. Contact the church office for further information. A Bereavement Support Group for widows and widowers meets the second and fourth Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The church is at 10345 Montgomery Road, Montgomery; 984-8401.

Sycamore Christian Church

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

Sycamore Presbyterian Church

Join the church Sunday mornings in its brand new worship center at 9:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Childcare is available in the nursery during both services for infants through age 2. Sunday School for age 3 through grade 12 meets at 10:45. Weekly adult study opportunities are also offered. Details on these and other programs can be found on the church website calendar or by calling the church office. Dr. Larry Kent’s lenten sermon series is entitled “Choosing Hope.” On Palm Sunday, March 24, hear and be lifted by “Hope with Any Risk.” Rev. Shirley Hutchins will lead worship at 7:30 p.m. Maundy Thursday, March 28. Childcare is provided for children age 2 and under. Easter Sunday worship is 9:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. with the sermon “Hope is the Ultimate Victory,” by Dr. Lawrence W. Kent. Special music will feature the Chancel Choir, Chancel Bells and Instrumental Ensemble. Nursery care is offered for children ages 2 and under. The church is at 11800 MasonMontgomery Road, Symmes Township; 683-0254;



Email advertising can be lots of sparkle, little value I read a study a while back that said 95 percent of email ads sent from unknown companies were just trying to cheat you. After you read what happened to one area man, you may think that study was right on the mark. Tom Newhouse of Sycamore Township received an email shortly before Valentine’s Day. The ad was from a jewelry store and it offered what appeared to be a great deal. “It was an advertisement, I opened it up and read it. It was getting close to Valentine’s and I thought for $5.95 they’re giving away a piece of jewelry. I figured I’d send for this and just have to pay that shipping cost,” Newhouse said. Newhouse ordered a heart-shaped necklace and a few days later a nice box from the company arrived. “When I opened it up I saw it was the wrong thing, so I didn’t even give it to my wife. I just put it in a drawer,” he said. Instead of a heart-

shaped necklace, the company had sent him a man’s bracelet. “I wasn’t Howard thinking Ain any more HEY HOWARD! about it and then there was, on our credit card statement, a charge for $98 from the company,” Newhouse said. Newhouse immediately emailed the company to complain. The company replied that he couldn’t get his money back because it was past the 14-day trial period, something of which Newhouse was totally unaware. “I would not have bought it. I don’t buy things sight unseen for $98,” he said. Under state law the ad must state the terms and conditions clearly and conspicuously next to the price. But the ad simply said the price of $5.95 and, in small print, said “Terms and conditions apply.” Newhouse wrote back

to the company explaining he didn’t see those terms and conditions and the company refunded $49. But remember Newhouse failed to get the jewelry he had ordered for his wife and didn’t want to pay $50 for the man’s bracelet he received. So, Newhouse wrote more emails complaining about having to pay anything for what he received. “I told them I had contacted the Channel 12 Troubleshooter and that I would be having an interview with them. They’ll probably see something on the news about their company,” he said. Sure enough, the company responded that it had reviewed the situation again and decided to refund him the rest of the money. The Better Business Bureau says it has received 10 complaints about the company in just the three months its been in business. Complaints allege bait-andswitch advertising and unauthorized charges – the same things that

happened to Newhouse. The BBB reports the company responded to complaints by giving partial or full refunds. When I called the company I was told there was a more complete disclosure of the terms and conditions on another page as you place your order.

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UC Blue Ash College holds spring open house The University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College will host its spring open house for prospective students Wednesday, March 13. The event begins with refreshments at 6:30 p.m. and a presentation on UC Blue Ash College at 7 p.m. in Muntz Hall on the college campus, 9555 Plainfield Road, Blue Ash, Ohio 45236. All prospective students and their parents are invited to attend and learn more about the academic programs, meet faculty, staff and students, receive a tour of the campus, and gather information on financial aid op-

tions. Students who apply to UC Blue Ash during the open house will receive $50 off their application fee. “The open house offers a great opportunity to hear directly from our professors and students, meet with our advisors, and see our campus up close,” said Chris Powers, director of enrollment services at UC Blue Ash. “Anyone who is interested in attending our college can really get a true sense of everything we have to offer.” UC Blue Ash College offers more than 60 programs and degrees through the University of Cincinnati, including asso-

ciate and bachelor degrees. Many students enjoy the benefits of taking their general education and preparatory classes at a fraction of the price for most colleges and universities, in a setting that is close to home, and that offers smaller classrooms and more individual attention from faculty and staff. The college also offers a wide range of highly respected health care programs, including the largest dental hygiene program in the state. To learn more about the UC Blue Ash College spring open house, go to or call (513) 745-5700.

Student ambassadors at UC Blue Ash College will be at the spring open house to answer questions about student life at the college. THANKS TO PETE BENDER

Stepping Stones to host open house

Families of teens and adults with disabilities are invited to explore overnight respite opportunities at a free open house and dinner March 16 at Stepping Stones Camp Allyn in Batavia. Families can tour the Stepping Stones over-

night facilities, see a respite program in progress and eat dinner in the dining hall with participants in that weekend’s respite program. “Parents are always concerned the first time they think about allowing their child to go to an over-

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING OF SYMMES TOWNSHIP Notice is hereby given that the Board of Trustees of Symmes Township, Hamilton County, Ohio, will hold a Special Meeting on March 19 at 7:00 p.m. for the purpose of discussing and approving 2013 Permanent Appropriations and for the purpose of entering Executive Session to discuss the appointment of a public employee and to take possible action in regular session. This meeting will be held at Township Admin. Bldg., 9323 Union Cemetery Road. John C. Borchers Fiscal Officer, Symmes Township 1752231 PUBLIC HEARING SYMMES TOWNSHIP BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held by the Symmes Township Board of Zoning Appeals on Monday, April 1, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. for the purpose of hearing an Appeal (#2013-05) filed by Robert Wassel Jr., 11714 Darbyshire Court (45140), appellant, from Notice of Refusal for a zoning certificate for the construction of a six (6) foot privacy fence to be located in the side yards for the property located at 11714 Darbyshire Court. This hearing will be held at Township Admin. Bldg., 9323 Union Cemetery Road. Plans are on file and open for public inspection. Brian ElliffTownship, Zoning Inspector 1751395

night program - no matter how old that child is,” said Amanda Kay, manager of Recreation and Leisure Services at Stepping Stones. “At the open house they will be able to see an actual respite weekend happening. They will see what mealtime looks like and see the dietary safeguards. They will have the same dinner. They will see the cabins and the nurse on site and the staff interacting with campers,” she said. This is the first time Stepping Stones has offered an open house during a respite. Stepping Stones offers year-round weekend respites that include indoor and outdoor activities, evening dances and parties and trained staff assuring safety and individualized care. The Stepping Stones food service professionals are trained in food textures and can deal with an array of dietary needs including allergies, diabetic diets, restrictions on gluten, red dye, salt and other needs. “A lot of kids start staying overnight at friend’s house when they are 8 or 9, but we see a lot of people who are in their 20s who have never spent a night away from home or away from their parents,”

said Kay. “Staying overnight away from home helps develop confidence and a different kind of independence than they could experience at home.” The respite programs, serving ages 12 through adult, are recreational programs, but participants also learn independence skills like making their own bed, getting dressed, making some food choices and clearing their dishes. “Our activities help develop fine motor skills. We have music and art and active sports and get out into nature,” said Kay. One-on-one aides are available for participants who need 24-hour care or supervision. Karen Hahn Kuhlman of Mt. Airy has been sending her son, Brian, to Stepping Stones respites for more than 15 years. “He started out in the kids respites and moved into the adult respites. He’s 27 now,” she said. Brian is non-verbal and needs assistance with some daily living activities. “The first time I sent Brian to an overnight I was all nervous, thinking something could happen to him. But when you pick him up and he’s OK and he



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had fun, you get more confident,” said Kuhlman. “I think some parents are scared to do it. I’ve been in their shoes, but Brian’s been doing the respites for so long it’s part of our routine. I love Stepping Stones. I don’t know of any other place in this whole area that has the same kind of program as Stepping Stones has. It takes me a good 45 minutes to an hour to take him out to Camp Allyn, but it’s worth it.” Kuhlman said the respite programs benefit the whole family. “We love when we get a weekend when we can go out and do some things that we can’t do as easily with Brian,” she said. Most respites are over a weekend, but one of the family’s favorite respite programs is a longer one called Winter Camp. It’s usually held Dec. 26 to Jan. 1 and includes several days of winter-themed activities culminating in a New Year’s Eve dinner and party. For information or to register for the open house, call Kay at 965-5101 or email


County offers free composting class Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District is teaming with the Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati to offer a free comprehensive three-week backyard composting training. articipants will learn about where to locate a compost pile, different types of compost bins and the biology of a compost pile. Course times and dates are 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, March 13 and 20 and April10, and you must attend all three at the Civic Garden Center, 2715 Reading Road. Class size is limited and registration is required. To register, call 513-221-0981, ext. 18, or email Learn tips and advice on backyard composting on the Confessions of a Composter blog at For more information, call 946-7766, visit www.HamiltonCounty


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Northeast Emergency Distribution Services pantry volunteers Jackie Cutshall, Bob Cutshall and Sally McConaughy. PROVIDED

Help NEEDS meet the Feinstein Challenge If you are a member of an organization that supports the Northeast Emergency Distribution Service (NEEDS) you know we’re not nearing the end of winter, but the beginning of Feinstein Challenge season. The Feinstein Challenge divides and distributes $1 million among agencies that feed hungry families in their community. Since 1998 Rhode Island resident and philanthropist Alan Shawn Feinstein has been helping hunger-fighting agencies raise funds by challenging their supporters to “up the ante.” From March 1 thru April 30 The Feinstein Foundation will match monetary donations as well as in-kind food pantry contribu-

tions. Participating agencies, like NEEDS, can expect to receive a check in August for a minimum of $250 and a maximum of $35,000. NEEDS is a community of churches and civic organizations whose mission is to do God’s work through caring for their neighbors by providing basic emergency assistance. There are approximately 25 churches and civic organizations that form the NEEDS Board. NEEDS is an all-volunteer cooperative located in the Kenwood Baptist Church and NEEDS does not receive government support. The NEEDS board oversees

an active foodbank, as well as provides neighbors-in-need with housing and utility payment assistance. During the year NEEDS sponsors a school supply drive, a holiday season “Adopt-A-Family” and in January the board collects socks, mittens and scarves for schoolage children. NEEDS serves more than 2,000 people in northeastern Hamilton County. Here’s how you can help NEEDS: The Feinstein Challenge is between March 1 and April 30. Each can/box/package of food donated during that time counts as $1. The total of in-kind items donated and the dollars collected during those two months will be added together

as part of the challenge. If you would like to make a financial contribution to NEEDS, you can write a check to NEEDS noting “Feinstein Challenge” in the memo line, and mailing it to: NEEDS, 8341 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45236. You or any community group can also collect canned goods and other non-perishable food items for NEEDS. The NEEDS food pantry is at the Kenwood Baptist Church, 8341 Kenwood Road, 45236 and is open Tuesday and Thursdays from 9 1 p.m. For pick-up of donated food items or to ask questions call: Jackie Cutshall 583-0323 or e-mail

The local non-profit organization Lighthouse Youth Services conducted its annual fall fundraiser at a local country French Normandy home. “Fall into Marche de France” included an afternoon of boutique shopping, lunch, French wines by the glass and special guest Julia Baker, founder and CEO of Julia Baker Confections and “chocolatier to the stars.” A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Paris, Baker focuses exclusively on luxury chocolates and custom cake creations. She has created confections for Bono, U2, Paris Hilton, Jennifer Aniston, Britney Spears and others. Karen Cassidy and a committee of 45 women planned the benefit, which brought together 250 Lighthouse supporters to help raise more than $63,000 to provide funding for Lighthouse programs and wish list items for the youth they serve. Area restaurants donated all the food, and participating boutiques donated a percentage of their sales to Lighthouse.

Attending "Fall into Marche de France" for Lighthouse Youth Services are Lis Faber of Montgomery, Marcia White of Union, Ky., and Ann Hernick of Montgomery. THANKS TO TAMARA SULLIVAN



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Monday, March 11th at 11:00am

Thursday, March 21, 2013 Sharonville Convention Center 11355 Chester Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45246 5:00 - 8:00 PM

Patty Heimbuch, CFP® Private Wealth Advisor

Book Signing and Presentation By Bob Webster

Beverly Hills Supper Club, The Untold Story Behind the Worst Tragedy

Wednesday, March 20th at 2:30pm

Presentation by: Katie Weaver, VA Accredited Attorney

US Veteran Resources; Understanding Your VA Aid & Attendance Benefit

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7775 Jolain Drive: Vice Sherry to Stephenson James L.; $243,000.




Arrests/citations Nigel W. Austin, 34, 720 Dalton St., possessing drug abuse instruments at 10415 Kenwood Road, Feb. 27. Laurie Anne Reyes, 48, 6700 Miami Ave. Apartment 1, operating vehicle impaired (under the influence of alcohol/drugs), speed limits at 9082 Kenwood Road, Feb. 28.

Aggravated theft A man said someone took 63 boxes of Adidas apparel, value $120,000 at 4540 Cornell Road, March 4. Criminal damaging/endangering At 4650 Cornell Road apartment 120, March 1. Identity fraud At 4926 Laurel Ave., Feb. 28. At 4701 Creek Road apartment 200, March 1. Misuse of credit cards At 4343 Cooper Road, Feb. 26. Petty theft Someone took $10 worth of toxic gas from Coca Cola at 10151 Carver Road, Feb. 28. Someone pumped $46.99 worth of gasoline without paying, at Speedway at 9215 Plainfield Road, March 1. Petty theft, criminal damaging/endangering At 10979 Reed Hartman Highway, March 4. Runaway At 4525 Ellman Ave., March 3. Telecommunications fraud At 4280 Glendale-Milford Road, March 1. At 9508 Lansford Drive, March 4. Theft A woman said someone took various items, including $250, from Buffalo Wild Wings at 4550 Glendale-Milford Road, March 2.

influence of alcohol or drugs at 9609 Montgomery Road, March 4. Arturo Alderete Jr., 27, 9822 Mccauley Road, disorderly conduct at 9770 Montgomery Road, March 2. Kyle Gregory Goetz, 24, 122 Mill St., driving under influence of alcohol or drugs at 5757 Cooper Road, March 1. Mark A. Phillips, 28, 7513 Kennedy Lane, turn signal violation, marked lanes, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs at 9771 Montgomery Road, Feb. 28. Nicholas Dominic Mitchell, 23, 11972 Grandstone Lane, drug abuse, use, possess or sale of drug paraphernalia at 8180 Hopewell Road, Feb. 27. Thomas Matthew Dennis, 23, 154 Virginia St., possession drug paraphernalia at Westbound Interstate 275, Feb. 24.



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2013 Contest Winners Announced Turning ideas into realistic solutions is the key to improving our local watersheds

Thank you to all of the students, teachers and volunteers who participated in the Caring For Our Watersheds Final competition on March 2, 2013, at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. The top entries presented their project ideas on how to improve their local watershed.

Emily Winchell from Sycamore High School placed first in the 9-12th grade competition for her idea to plant Blue Stem Grasses along Sycamore Creek in Pioneer and Dulle Parks to help prevent erosion and filter runoff from Deerfield Road. Each of the top contestants won a cash prize plus a matching cash prize for their school. $12,000 was awarded to Hamilton County students and schools. Agrium will also provide $10,000 to help

students implement their ideas.

Caring for our Watersheds 9-12 Category Award

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Emily Winchell

Pioneer and Dulle Park Creek Protection

Sycamore HS



Willie Lutz & Casey Smith

Loveland Composting Program

Loveland HS

3rd tie


Rian Boland & Bailey Venner

Grease Runoff Prevention within Restaurants

Mt Notre Dame HS

3rd tie


Elisabeth Schnicke & Kelsey Green

Washing at the Carwash

Mt Notre Dame HS



Michelle Strizak, Courtney Kinman & Lindsay Darkins

Utilizing Rain Barrels for Landscaping

Mt Notre Dame HS



Elizabeth Guye, Maria Rojas & Clare Lees

Keep Your Pills From Polluting

Mt Notre Dame HS



Julia Love, Thomas Fagin, Janae McClair & John Brewer

Changing Community Behaviors and Attitudes by Raising Awareness & Education

Arlington Heights Academy



Alexander Nocks

Halt the Aquatic Invasion: Slow Zebra Mussel Infiltration!

Wyoming HS



Malorie Mullinger, Katie Hendy, Stephanie Hanson & Colleen Eck

Rain Garden Runoff Prevention Program

Mt Notre Dame HS



Maddie Peters & Caitlin Williams

One Rain Garden at a Time

Mt Notre Dame HS


Arrests/citations Wendell Quincy Reed, 21, 3969 Zinsle Ave., use, possess or sale of drug paraphernalia at 10101 Montgomery Road, March 5. Hanguyen N. Nguyen, 27, 6916 Sheed Road, obeying traffic control devices, operating a vehicle impaired (refusal within 20 years of prior conviction), operating a vehicle impaired (under the influence of alcohol/drug of abuse) at 9500 Montgomery Road, March 3. Xavier Knox Trout, 20, 8319 Curzon Ave. Apartment 2, headlights, driving under the

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. Tom Butler, 774-6351 or 6833444 » Symmes Township, Lt. Tom Butler, 774-6351 or 683-3444

Theft A man said someone took $30 worth of non-precious metals at 9321 Montgomery Road, Feb. 25. Vehicle stuck in mud At Westbound Ronald Reagan Highway, Feb. 27.

SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Juvenile female, 15, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 23. Juvenile female, 16, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 24.

Juvenile female, 10, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 24. Juvenile female, 15, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 22. Juvenile female, 17, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 22. Kyisha Lewis-Hall, 20, 416 W. Ninth St. theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 23. Juvenile female, 16, theft, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 23.

Incidents/investigations Burglary Residence entered and laptop and jewelry of unknown value removed at 7804 Cincinnati Ave., Feb. 28. Domestic violence Female reported at Kenwood Road, Feb. 22. Identity theft Reported at 8310 Gwilada Drive, Feb. 28. Theft Copper wiring of unknown value removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 26. Wallet and contents of unknown value removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 25. Iphone valued at $700 removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 24. Fragrance bottles of unknown value removed at 7800 Montgomery Road, Feb. 23. $20 removed at 8057 Montgomery Road, Feb. 25.

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