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Opening Day is two weeks away, and for the first time in more than a decade, that is more a cause for celebration than for dread. The Cincinnati Reds begin the 2011 season as defending National League Central Division champions, and even more is expected this year. We want to hear your Opening Day stories, and what Reds baseball means to you. Have you met any Reds players? Do you have a Reds shrine in your home? Do you still find a way to sneak out of school or work to watch the game? What is your favorite Opening Day or Reds memory? E-mail us your thoughts to nesuburban@communitypress. com. Include your name, community and a daytime phone number.

Blue Ash race less crowded By Jeanne Houck

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The Blue Ash Idol 2011 competitions were held at the Sycamore High School auditorium. This year more than 40 talented performers advanced to the elimination rounds. Winners receive cash prizes, trophies and on stage performances at the Taste of Blue Ash this summer. SEE LIFE, B1


From left: Sycamore High School senior Emma Majchrzak, a model for Fashion for the Cure, Meggan Sulfsted, owner of Camargo Trading Co., and senior Lily Schwartz, student co-chair of Fashion for the Cure.

Fundraiser honors former teacher By Jeanne Houck

Dancing partners

Seton High School and Mount Notre Dame are two of the most accomplished dance teams in the nation. Both teams consistently rank in the top 10 at the Universal Dance Association national competition, the most prestigious and recognized in the dance community. While they are two of the most competitive teams in Greater Cincinnati, they are not however, bitter rivals. What is so special (and extremely unusual) about these two schools is the special friendship they share. SEE SCHOOLS, A4

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What could be more charming than a bevy of beautiful girls at a charity fashion show? The answer: The hearts beneath the glitzy gowns beating with sympathy for people suffering from cancer. Wednesday, March 23, will be the fifth year that Sycamore High School students will present Fashion for the Cure, an annual fashion-show fundraiser to help people with medical problems and their families. Last year, students raised about $11,000 for pediatric braincancer research. This year’s beneficiary is Cancer Family Care, located in the

Cincinnati neighborhood of Mount Auburn, which provides counseling and comfort to children and adults with cancer and their loved ones. “I am so proud of our students for continually reaching out to support others in need,” said Adrienne James, superintendent of the Sycamore Community Schools. “Fashion for the Cure is one of many student-run events that shows our students are not only talented young adults, but also caring individuals who can come together and make a difference.” Donations to Fashion for the Cure this year will be made in honor of Rob Stoneberger, who was a physical education teacher at Blue Ash Elementary School and a cross country coach at

Rob Stoneberger Sycamore Junior High School in Blue Ash before he died of esophageal cancer in 2009. A student co-chair of Fashion for the Cure, senior Jenlain Coyle of Blue Ash, was in Stoneberger’s physical education classes and credits him with making her the avid runner she is today. “He was a wonderful man and truly impacted more individuals than he could ever imagine,” Coyle said.

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About the event What: Fashion for the Cure When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23 (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) Where: Sycamore High School, 7400 Cornell Road Tickets: $10 for the fashion show; $15 for a Fashion for the Cure Tshirt; $50 for Tshirt, a gift bag and preferred seating. The program includes a raffle and an auction for prizes such as Cincinnati Bengals tickets, sports memorabilia, beauty

and spa gift certificates and a trip to New York. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the fashion show. One ticket will cost $1, six tickets will cost $5 and 30 tickets will cost $20. For more information: Tickets can be purchased at the fashion show or before that by contacting Valerie Schwartz, parent coordinator, at 703-5868.

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Two years ago, five people challenged Blue Ash City Council incumbents for their seats – and lost. This year just one challenger had come forward by the Feb. 2 filing deadline for Republicans and Democrats, although Independent candidates have until May 2 to file with the Hamilton County Board of Elections. People also can mount write-in campaigns for the Nov. 8 ballot. It has some people wondering why the race hasn’t attracted more candidates. Blue Ash bills its “economic force” and office market as second only to downtown Cincinnati in the region. For example, Blue Ash officials recently announced they are negotiating with a German company that could bring as many as 150 computer-related jobs to the city. In spite of the economic downturn and thanks to an earnings tax increase approved by voters in 2006, Blue Ash has expanded and renovated its recreation center, is building a new event center at the city golf course and plans to build a public park at the Blue Ash Airport. But Blue Ash City Council also has a vocal circle of critics, some of whom have their say on, a website where many people complain that the city tends to ignore its residential community. Website posters discussed the paucity of people running against the incumbent city council members, with one writing, “For all the hot air on this site, (it) appears most people really don't care about improving council. Do you lose your right to be overly critical if you don't care enough to organize and put forth a viable alternative?” Democrat John Dillon hopes voters see him as a viable alternative. Dillon is challenging incumbent Republican Rick Bryan for the Ward 3 city council seat. Dillon mounted an unsuccessful campaign in 2009. Clayton Werden also ran unsuccessfully in 2009, for an atlarge seat. Werden is not running

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“The amount of support we have for our cause because it is in honor of Mr. Stoneberger is absolutely incredible.” Tickets are $10 for the fashion

show, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, at Sycamore High School on Cornell Road in Montgomery. Sycamore High School students and staff members will model student-designed clothing and formal wear from local shops. The tickets can be purchased at the fashion show or before that by

contacting Valerie Schwartz, parent coordinator, at 703-5868. For a $15 ticket, people will get a Fashion for the Cure Tshirt and for a $50 ticket, people will get a Tshirt, a gift bag and preferred seating. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for the event, which will also include a raffle and an auction for


Lisa and Andy Star, owners of Bridal and Formal, smile with Jenlain Coyle (left) and Lily Schwartz, Fashion for the Cure student co-chairs. prizes such as Cincinnati Bengals tickets, sports memorabilia, beauty and spa gift certificates and a trip to New York. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the fashion show. One ticket will cost $1, six tickets will cost $5 and 30 tickets will cost $20. Sycamore High School senior Lily Schwartz of Montgomery, the other student co-chair of Fashion


Fashion for the Cure committee chairs are, from left: front row, sophomore Caroline Seiler, senior Maria Marballi and senior Ashley Locke; back row, sophomore Daniella Star, junior Charlotte Harris, junior Haley Geren-Hindegartner, junior Tricia McLaughlin, senior Lily Schwartz and senior Jenlain Coyle.


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for the Cure, hopes for a large turnout. “This event is so important to not only our school, but our community,” Schwartz said. ”It brings people from different areas together for an extremely special and unique event. It is something that includes all grades and individuals are really able to start from the bottom and work their way up.”

from becoming candidates for Blue Ash City Council, declining to elaborate. “It’s just a sad situation in Blue Ash,” Werden said. Bryan thinks there is a situation of a different sort in Blue Ash. “I think when you have a situation where voters are happy with the quality of services they are getting

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from council, when they believe the people representing them are accessible and working to keep the promises they make, people are happy to vote to keep them in office,” Bryan said. None of the other Blue Ash City Council incumbents face challengers for the two-year terms that begin in December, including Republicans Tom Adamec and Lee Czerwonka, now vice mayor, for two at-large seats; Jim Sumner for the Ward 1 seat; Robert Buckman Jr. for the Ward 4 seat and Mark Weber, now mayor, for the Ward 5 seat. Incumbent Stephanie Stoller has said she intends to file for re-election to the Ward 2 seat as an independent by the May 2 deadline for Independent candidates. So far, no one has filed as an independent in the Blue Ash City Council race, according to the board of elections.


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Alternate routes, slower speeds during Loveland-Madeira construction Utility work has already started and construction on a culvert is expected to begin the week of March 14 on Loveland-Madeira Road. As construction on the road widening project picks up with the warmer weather, Dan Durham, project inspector with the Hamilton County Engineer’s Office said there are several changes drivers should expect when driving through the area. • The lanes on Remington Road and southbound LovelandMadeira Road have been narrowed down to accommodate utility work and construction on the storm sewer systems. Durham said drivers slow down when driving through the area. • Traffic will be down to one lane starting the week of March 14 for work on a culvert on LovelandMadeira Road south of Morganstrace. Drivers should

Construction has been delayed by rain but crews will be doing utility work along Remington Road and southbound Loveland-Madeira Road and culvert work on a section of northbound Loveland-Madeira Road south of Morganstrace the week of March 14.

expect delays throughout the entire construction period. Durham said he recommends that drivers find alternate routes if possible to avoid the intersection. • Durham said drivers should

also watch out for lane reassignments during construction.The lanes on southbound Loveland-Madeira Road have already been changed to a mandatory right turn lane and

the center lane is now a left-turn and through lane. Durham said drivers should expect more lane changes throughout construction and drivers who do not follow the changes will be cited by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. • Construction will start most days around 7 a.m. and last through 6 or 7 p.m. Durham said the work crews will have long hours to get the project done quickly. The project runs from Hopewell Road in Symmes Township to the Indian Hill border. It includes the road widening at the State Route 126 and Loveland Madeira Road intersection, retaining walls, upgrading the storm sewer system, widening of Hopewell Road lengthening the left turn lanes onto the Interstate 275 ramps. “Our goal is to get everything done this year,” Durham said.


Orange barrels line State Route 126 and part of Loveland-Madeira Road March 3 as construction starts on the road widening at the intersection of the two streets in Symmes Township.

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Permit fees for some plan reviews and inspection fees from the Sycamore Township Fire Department are increasing. The Board of Trustees approved a resolution to increase fees for reviewing

new commercial construction plans 300 square foot and less, and permit fees for fire hydrant use, welding and hot work, underground tank removal and bonfires. “There’s got to be a little sting to it (if you don’t get a permit),” Trustee President Tom Weidman said. Use of a fire hydrant and

welding and hot work will each cost $25. A bonfire permit fee and underground tank removal permit fee both will cost $100. Reviewing commercial construction plans less than 100 square feet is $50 and 100 square feet to 300 square feet will cost $75.

Sycamore Township Fire Chief B.J. Jetter said sometimes inspections for construction are done after hours. The fee for those inspections are increased to $400 for the first two hours and will cost $150 for every hour after that.

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The Chabad Jewish Center’s Goldstein Family Learning Academy is having A Chat with the Rabbi – Holiday Series on “The Secrete Message of Purim” with Rabbi Yisroel Magel 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, at the center. Cost is $8. RSVP by calling 793-5200 or e-mail Many people look at the confluence of events as “coincidence” – it just “happened” that way. But do accidents really “just happen” in God’s world? At this special Purim program, the nature of luck and chance will be examined, and the timeless mystery of Jewish survival will be unraveled. Purim celebrates the salvation of the Jewish people from Haman’s plot to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews, young and old, infants and women, in a single day. The whole holiday of Purim is a series of miraculous “coincidences,” an impossible coming together of events – Impossible from a limited human perspective. Although Purim occurred some 2,500 years ago, it’s not by chance its story, and observance of the four associated mitzvot, continues to

have a powerful impact even today. The four associated mitzvot are: public readings of the megillah – “Scroll of Esther,” sending food portions to friends, giving gifts of money to the poor, and enjoying a festive meal accompanied with joyous drink. These, too, emphasize and exemplify the Purim theme of Divine Providence – the hidden Hand of God. The “Chat with the Rabbi” series has become one of the center’s most popular events.

Spring fishing begins

The boathouse at Lake Isabella is now open. Lake Isabella Family Fishing Center is now open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekends. The lake was stocked with 1,000 pounds of trout Feb. 25.

Gallery open house

The Green Diamond Gallery is offering baseball fans an opportunity to visit the best collection of baseball memorabilia outside of Cooperstown with a March Madness Open House. On March 17, Green Diamond Gallery will open its doors to the public for our

March Madness Open House. The doors will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The cost is $30 per person and it includes food and beverage. Availability is limited, please make reservations as soon as possible. For more information about the open house or membership call 984-4192 or e-mail JP@greendiamond The Green Diamond Gallery is an exclusive baseball club, offering photos, artifacts, and game-used equipment from the greatest players in the history of baseball. Located in Montgomery, the gallery has hosted Hall-ofFamers Lou Brock, Bob Gibson, Tony Perez, Andre Dawson, Ryne Sandberg, Whitey Herzog and Roberto Alomar in the past year and has upcoming dates scheduled with Jim Palmer and Robin Yount. All proceeds from the Green Diamond Gallery benefit the Character and Courage Foundation which seeks to enrich the lives of youth who are physically handicapped, diagnosed with a life threatening illness, or who live in impoverished areas through baseball. For more information call 984-4192 or

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The Seton dance team, from left: front row, Chelsea Boles, Abby Lutz, Ali Rebholz, Katie Mellott, Casey Reagan and Ashley Roettker; middle row, Jessica Dattilo, Ashley Doyle, Courtney Schmidt, Allison, Smith, Katie McCarthy, Morgan Quatman, Chelsea Geiger and Katarina Gay; back row, coach Theresa Chiodi, Beth Sunderhaus, Olivia Klawitter, Rachel Wink and coach Jill Lamey.

The Mount Notre Dame dance team, from left: front row: Alex Schraer (Loveland), Katie Haas (Hyde Park), Amy McMahan (Cincinnati), Katie Riordan (Reading) and Paige Kelsey (Cincinnati); middle row, Allie Lang (Mason), Nicki Henlein (Mason), Ashley Peters (Deer Park), Jenn Foppe (West Chester Township), Ashley Poland (Loveland), Megan Hupp (Loveland) and Cassidy Layman (Loveland); back row, Erica How (Loveland), Emily Hunt (Loveland), Maddie Haubner, (Liberty Township), Stephanie Hanson (Mason), Dani Damon (Mason), Hannah Lorenz (Milford) and Emily Borgemenke (Mason).

Schools compete, but are friendly rivals Seton High School and Mount Notre Dame are two of the most accomplished dance teams in the nation. Both teams consistently rank in the top 10 at the Universal Dance Association national competition, the most prestigious and recognized in the dance community. While they are two of the most competitive teams in Greater Cincinnati, they are not however, bitter rivals. What is so special (and extremely unusual) about these two schools is the special friendship they share. “We definitely are very competitive,” said MND head varsity

coach Alisia Sullivan Davis of Liberty Township. “You have to be if you plan to compete within in the most respected division on a national level. We are up against the greatest dance teams in the country, so we have to go in with a competitive attitude to earn our spot on that final stage. “Seton is the only other school in Cincinnati to qualify and compete at this level. “Each local competition is a fight to win and that fight provides both teams the fuel and determination needed to keep improving and pushing ourselves

to our limits.” Seton Highlighter’s head coach Theresa Chiodi of Hyde Park explained the special relationship the two schools share. “The relationship we have had with Mount Notre Dame's dance team over the past eight years has been friendly, supportive, rewarding, motivating and just awesome! What is so unique is that we are, at the same time, both incredibly competitive and extremely supportive of each other.“ The two teams have a great way of showing their support for one another, sending cookie bouquets and other good luck mes-

sages to one another the week leading up to nationals. MND senior and Cougar dance team co-captain Alex Schraer of Loveland discusses what it means to have Seton’s support. “As we were preparing to dance at semifinals in pom this year, we were informed that Seton was in the crowd watching. “ Just knowing that we had another team out there cheering us on meant the world to our team. We were able to return the favor at jazz finals when we watched their routine and cheered them on to victory.” Seton senior Casey Reagan of

Green Township adds, “When all the dancing is over and the awards are announced, it is not about who did better, but about our teams celebrating together the achievements we have shared and our ability to represent Cincinnati proudly.” At the UDA National Dance Team Championship in Orlando, FL, earlier this year and scheduled to be televised on ESPN this spring, Mount Notre Dame placed ninth in pom and 10th in the kick categories. Seton placed 11th in jazz and fourth in pom.

Area students coached in building apps for Androids There is a real shortage of qualified programmers for all the local businesses who want to take advantage of the latest mobile app craze, including Google’s Android phones. Members of the INTERalliance of Greater Cincinnati, a nonprofit collaboration of local businesses and educators, are helping fill that void by training bright local high students. Mother of Mercy High School, one of Cincinnati’s more tech-savvy high schools, opened its state-ofthe-art PC lab Feb. 27, under the leadership of Computer Science teacher, Marcus Twyford, and partnered 17 of the region’s sharpest young coders with Droid OS experts and lead facilitators – Bryan Dunbar and Todd Morgan from the IT department of Great American Insurance. Seventeen students from six local high schools – Anderson, Hamilton, Lakota East, Mason, Seven Hills and Sycamore – were coding like crazy for six hours under Dunbar and Morgan, assisted by laboratory coaches Jim Dohrenwend and Mike Perry from Atos Origin, Parminder Saini from ABS LLC, Gregg Kummer from Mason High School, and David McKain from Lakota East High School. Students attending the master class included Anna Lin, now at Ohio State University, and current high school students Dan Griffin,


Bryan Dunbar of GreatAmerican Insurance leads a DroidApp class at Mercy High School. Brandon Jacques, William Osler, Nate Stewart and Tyler Stewart from Mason High School; Ryan Clark, Bradley Sowder and John Stoll from Hamilton High School; Bill D’Attilio, Ian Kirschner, Jeffrey Linn, Trey Schroeder and Akash Umakantha from Lakota East School; Jeff Niu from Sycamore High School; Deepak Kumar from Seven Hills School, and Jimmy Pan from Anderson High School. What all of these students have in common is a reputation with teachers and the business community as accomplished programmers. The mission of the INTERalliance is to connect these budding IT professionals with future employers in the region. “Putting these students in direct contact with young local industry technical leaders like Bryan Dunbar

and Todd Morgan of Great American Insurance gives them a view of the possibilities their own futures here in the Greater Cincinnati market,” said Doug Arthur of Atos Origin and Executive Director of the INTERalliance. “We want to groom these top kids to be the best in the world, and then keep their talents right here in the Queen City.” The INTERalliance of Greater Cincinnati has been placing some of brightest high school students in paid summer and school-year internships at leading local businesses like P&G, GE Aviation, Kroger, Atos Origin, Kao Brands, Crush Republic, Cintas, Scripps, Zakta, and ShareThis since 2006. Companies interested in participatingshould e-mail or call Doug Arthur, executive director, at doug. or 378-2172.


An even dozen St. Xavier High School students recently became National Merit finalists. Seniors Patrick Ahern, Louis Bodkin, Matthew Cooney, Soubhik Das, Andrew Goldschmidt, Logan Herbers, Avinash Joseph, Douglas Kirkpatrick, Andrew McLaughlin, John Riestenberg, Steven Schmidt and Eric Swank all earned the honor.

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An even dozen St. Xavier High School students recently became National Merit Finalists. Named were seniors Patrick Ahern, Louis Bodkin, Matthew Cooney, Soubhik Das, Andrew Goldschmidt, Logan Herbers, Avinash Joseph, Douglas Kirkpatrick, Andrew McLaughlin, John Riestenberg, Steven Schmidt and Eric Swank all earned the honor. St. Xavier Principal Dave Mueller ('72) and President Father Tim Howe S.J. – along with members of the guidance department – recognized the achievement with a ceremony Feb. 25. Honorees received congrat-

ulations and certificates from the National Merit Scholarship Program for their efforts. All 12 – representing the top one percent of PSAT scores across the country – remain in the running for scholarship money from National Merit. The program has been in place since 1955 and will provide more than $36 million in scholarship opportunities this year. Many colleges and universities offer semifinalists and finalists additional scholarships to help boost their academic profile. The National Merit finalists join classmate Marcus Hughes, who became a National Achievement

Scholarship finalist a week earlier. “Obviously you have done wonderful things with your minds,” said Mueller. “We know you will continue doing that. We also want you to continue the good work you do with your hearts, to keep being the men for others you are.” “Thank you for all the hard work you do,” Howe told the semifinalists. “It's a great accomplishment for you personally, but it's also something people from the outside look at to see if St. X is all it says it is. Thank you for helping us let people know this is a great school with excellent and motivated students.”

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Moeller’s crusade continues By Scott Springer


Moeller’s Josh Davenport drives to the basket during Moeller’s 60-52 district final win over Trotwood-Madison. The 6-3 sophomore scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Moeller now meets Withrow Wednesday, March 16, at Xavier’s Cintas Center.

The 20-2 Moeller Crusader basketball team did what they do around this time of year – beat Trotwood-Madison in a district final. On March 13, 2010, the Trotwood Rams fell short against Moeller 51-47. This year on March 12, Moeller eliminated the Rams 60-52. Moeller High School coach Carl Kremer changed his lineup for this one by going with a little more size, and it paid off immediately. 6-3 sophomore Josh Davenport, usually comes off the bench, but responded with 15 points in the first half. He finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds in 21 minutes played. For much of the season, Davenport has been the first substitute for undersized 61 forward Shaquille Jinks. Despite being touted as Moeller’s next Division I prospect, Davenport has understood his role. “I’ve got a senior in front of me,” Davenport said. “He does all the dirty work. He’s a really great athlete.” Also helping Moeller out

on this day was a boisterous student section who made the drive up I-75 to counter a very pro-Trotwood Madison crowd. “Our student section always does a great job supporting us,” Davenport said. “They came and made them miss some free throws with the student chant.” Senior Charlie Byers was Moeller’s high-point man with 18, he also noted the Crusader student presence near the tunnel where Moeller entered onto the Blackburn Court at UD Arena. “I’m glad our fans support us,” Byers said. “It’s going to be a good time for them Wednesday at Cintas (Center).” Moeller now faces yet another long and fast team in Withrow. The Tigers defeated Troy 80-70, prior to the Moeller/TrotwoodMadison tilt. Kremer didn’t watch the Tigers in person at Dayton, but had seen them the week before. (In these situations, Kremer stays with his team while his assistants scout.) “They’re tremendously well coached,” Kremer said. “They play together. You

have to find a way to be competitive on the glass just to stay with them.” That’s been Moeller’s story all season as they’ve often run with four guys of similar size (Alex Barlow, Ben Galemmo, Charlie Byers and Shaquille Jinks) along with 6-6 junior center Tony Sabato. “That’s what it’s going to come down to (rebounding),” Kremer said. “It’s going to take a monumental effort on our part. I just think Withrow’s a very special basketball team. There’s probably three high-major Division I players on that team.” Might starting the 6-3 Davenport be the extra key to success at this juncture? “It was nothing specific,” Kremer said of Davenport’s start against TrotwoodMadison. “We just thought we needed a quick start, and he’s a good finisher. Nothing major, it just was a hunch that we had.” The hunch proved right as Davenport matched his season-high (he also scored 17 against Middletown last month). Kremer’s next “chess move” will be against With-


Moeller’s Charlie Byers celebrates with teammate Marc Gallenstein after Moeller’s 60-52 win over TrotwoodMadison. Byers led the Crusaders with 18 points. Moeller moves on to play Withrow March 16 at Xavier’s Cintas Center. row head coach Tyrone Gibert. Withrow likes to go up and down, while Moeller tends to be more deliberate. Both have played teams that have tried to counter their styles and prevailed. “That’s the fun part of basketball,” Kremer said of the differing styles. “You kind of have to guess what they’re going to do. We change a lot.” The guessing game gets under way at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, at Xavier’s Cintas Center.

Aviator Wesselkamper flies at state By Scott Springer


With their district trophy are SCD players Jake Rawlings (Loveland), Tommy Kreyenhagen (St. Bernard), Holden Hertzel (Indian Hill), Milton Davis (Colerain), coach Michael Bradley, Antonio Woods (Forest Park), Kevin Johnson (Westwood), Ryan Glass (Blue Ash), Armand Walker (Roselawn), Matt Fry (Madeira), Mike Barwick, (Pleasant Run), Brett Tepe (Norwood), Brad Fisk (Mason), Not pictured: Jack Gustafson (Indian Hill) and Christian Melson (Sycamore).

Johnson, Glass guide SCD to district title

By Tony Meale

The Summit Country Day High School boys basketball team marches onward. The Silver Knights defeated Greenview 54-36 in the Division III district finals March 10 at University of Dayton Arena. “We knew Greenview had two or three really good guys, so we tried to focus in on them defensively,” Summit head coach Michael Bradley said. “I think our team played a really great overall game and really focused on what we needed to do. It seems we’re peaking at the right time and getting the most out of this group right now.” Sophomore Kevin Johnson of Westwood and senior Ryan Glass of Blue Ash have led Summit all season, and the district final was no different; they scored 17 and 14 points, respectively. “They’ve led us statistically but even more so by example,” Bradley said. “We’re going to go as far as those guys take us.” Freshman point guard Antonio Woods of Forest Park, meanwhile, had 11 points and just one turnover

against Greenview. “He’s done a great job handling the team and getting everybody in the right place,” Bradley said. Summit (20-3) is now 30 in the postseason. The Silver Knights defeated Williamsburg 6843 in the sectional semifinals March 2 and Shroder 33-32 in the sectional finals March 4. “I think confidence is everything in this type of setting,” Bradley said. “In the tournament, you have to win a bunch of different types of ways. You’re not going to be able to play the same style of game. We just have to adjust our game and play to our strengths.” Summit (20-3) advances to play Heath in the regional semifinals March 16 at Kettering Fairmont. If victorious, Summit faces the winner of Taft vs. Clark Montessori in the regional finals March 19. Bradley said his team, if it advances, has no preference on its regional-finals opponent. “If you want to win a state title, you have to play everybody at some point,” he said. “We’re just rolling with it. Whoever we get paired up with, we’re just

going to throw the ball up and try our best.” Summit last advanced to the state tournament in 1980, when it finished state runner-up. Bradley said his team isn’t feeling any pressure as it strives to accomplish something the program hasn’t done in 30 years. “We’re trying to keep the team as loose as possible, and I think we’re getting the most out of them,” said Bradley, a first-year coach. “Whether this thing ended (against Greenview) or ends the next game or in three or four more games, I think we’ve accomplished a heck of a lot for year one under me and for being a small school.” Regardless of when their tourney run does conclude, the Silver Knights will graduate only three seniors and should be solid for the next several years. “Things are looking good,” Bradley said. “To have a backcourt with a freshman (Woods) and a sophomore (Johnson) – two kids who I think down the road could be Division I basketball players – is something nice to have in the pipeline.”

Sycamore’s Sara Wesselkamper just returned from an appearance at the Ohio state gymnastics championship where she finished 27th in the allaround competition. The lone member of Sycamore’s gymnastics squad scored 8.850 on the bars, 8.825 in the floor exercise, 8.375 on beam and 8.250 on the vault, for a total score of 34.30. After her return, she answered the following questions for The Community Press: How long have you been active in gymnastics? “I have been doing gymnastics since I was 3. I started with Tumblebees. When I was 8, I started competing for Queen City and quit there after freshman year. I took a year off, and this year was my first year competing in high school gymnastics for Sycamore.” What’s been the most memorable thing you’ve experienced in the sport? “It sounds cheesy, but the friends are definitely the most memorable things. I won’t always have gymnastics and the skills I have now, but I’ll always have the friends I’ve made at Queen City and throughout this high school season.” What is your strongest event and why? “My strongest event is actually floor, but I had a little mess up at districts so I didn’t place top six, so I didn’t qualify for e finals on floor at State. Bars and beam are about equally as strong, but I’d say I am more consistent on bars.” Is there a specific gymnast or mentor that you

admire? “I have always admired all of the Olympic gymnasts because I realize how hard they work to get that good. I especially admire and appreciate every coach that has ever coached me. They helped me with so much over the years and I’d never have gotten this far without them.”

“I did diving last year during the winter season instead of gymnastics. I liked it a lot and did pretty well, but I picked gymnastics over it this year. I also did pole vaulting for track last year and will most likely do it again this year. I would do soccer or lacrosse for the school also, but I don’t have the time with school and work. I pretty much love all sports.”

At Sycamore, you ARE the team. How did that hap pen? Do you have a favorite “Well, I guess Sycamore Sycamore athlete (besides doesn’t have a lot of girls yourself, of course)? that want to be on the team. “I’m not sure of anyone Lisa Kohmescher was going in particular, but I love to be on the watching footteam with me Sara Wesselkamper ball and the but she unforguys and girls scored 8.850 on the soccer games. tunately got hurt before the girls bars, 8.825 in the Our season startlacrosse team is floor exercise, 8.375 ed.” pretty awesome on beam and 8.250 too.” Do you feel on the vault, for a lonely walking total score of 34.30. youWphreattty goaorde out at events as quote at that most the entire team? people aren’t “I guess it’s a little lonely aware of? and awkward. I would usu“I’m pretty good at being ally go out with the CCD lazy. After school, sports, girls, who are practically my friends and work, I’m pretty team. I also know a good much a professional at sitamount of the girls around ting on the couch and me at meets so I talk to watching TV.” them.” If you listen to music What was the best before you compete – who advice you had about going and what is it? to state? “I listen to anything “To just have fun. It was upbeat that pumps me up, the last meet of the season, like Beyonce and Lady Gaga so I just went out there and or some rap.” did what I had practiced and If you had one move to had a good time.” make for an Olympic gold, Any more gymnastics what would it be? from here? “I would do an aerial on “I don’t plan on doing beam which I can do now, any gymnastics after high just because it’s a pretty difschool. It’s not a sport you ficult move, but not too can do forever, and I don’t scary for me to do. Or, I think my body could take it would do some sort of tumvery much longer.” bling pass on floor like a full-in double back, which I Have you participated in have no idea how to do, but other sports at Sycamore? it would be fun to learn.”

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Gresham, Ward: Wrestling prodigies By Scott Springer

Goshen’s Chaz Gresham and Moeller’s Joey Ward figure they’ve been training as wrestlers together since around their sixth-grade year. They’ve been at a variety of places, but in recent years, they’ve been making nearly a hour’s drive north to the Prodigy Training Center in Springboro. While many kids spend their summers at pools, camps or just hanging out. Gresham and Ward have been hitting the mats and perfecting their craft. It’s worked out well. Gresham just won the Division II state title for Goshen and coach Dallas Rise at 189 pounds, while Ward won the Division I title at 125 pounds for Moeller and coach Jeff Gaier. As it played out, Ward had first crack at his title at Value City Arena in Columbus, before Gresham. “I got the job done first and put the pressure on him,” Ward said teasingly. “He pulled through, and we both just fed off of each other the whole tournament. It worked out for the best for both of us. It was really sweet.” Ward’s approach to winning was to be loose and low-key. “Your techniques are the same, your strengths are probably the same, what sets you apart is your mentality,” Ward said. “Just knowing you can win is a big part. You look over at the other guy when you’re warming up and you see


Goshen Division II 189-pound wrestling champ Chaz Gresham, Nate Carr, director of wrestling at Prodigy Training Center in Springboro, and Joey Ward, 125-pound Division I champ from Moeller, got together to talk about their working relationships March10. him shaking and your mentality is, ‘I know I can do it,’” Kagan Squire of Wadsworth had beaten Ward three times this season, but all Ward needed was one win for the medal. “I knew coming into the state final it was going to be close,” Ward said. “I just thought I could win it at the end if I kept it close with him.” Despite his confidence, Ward said he had no appetite that day due to the excitement. Ditto for his long-time training partner Gresham, who still had enough energy to defeat a guy who had beaten him a few times, Huston Evans of St. Paris Graham. Gresham figured the one with the first takedown would win it, so he came out on the attack. Now, after placing as a freshman and sophomore (third last year at 152) Gresham has the title at 189. His secret? “I stopped cutting weight,” Gresham said.

“I’ve been working out and eating what I want and I’m stronger than everyone else.” Gresham had struggled last year cutting from the lower 170s to 152. Now, he appears comfortable at 189. “I think I’ll stay,” he said. “I don’t think I have the body type for 215.”

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Determining what is a ‘true’ investment Our old version of the Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary says an investment is, “the investing of money or capital for income or profit.” I am also old enough to have used this dictionary and to have studied business administration with professors who actually taught business. Today, our economy is afflicted with professors who allegedly teach business, but have never actually experienced having to produce a profit or meet a payroll and the associated taxes. Somehow, business in their minds, is a means to some sort of social justice. This is evident in the use of the

word “investment” in public use. For the sake of this essay, “investment” will be used to indicate the government concept of an outlay that has little or no chance of a profitable return to the tax paying public. An investment by a business entity is a calculated risk that is intended to, and has a high potential of producing a profit for the business. On the other hand, an “investment” by any government agency has an entirely different purpose. The sole purpose is to ensure that elected officials maintain their offices and power. So, let’s start with “investments.” To make it easy, I’ll pick one close to home. How about the

streetcar? How many of us think a private investor would stake his or his clients money on this? Well, not without some detailed research indicating a strong likelihood of a profit on the venture. A politician has no personal stake in the project except for reelection. This is done by satisfying groups who would gain income and jobs at public expense. The cost to the general public in taxes and lost jobs for those who are not his favored constituents is not his or her concern. The few jobs gained are more than offset by monetary losses in the local economy. The thing that the public has to

CH@TROOM March 9 questions

Do you agree with the Supreme Court’s decision allowing protesters at military funerals? Why or why not? “While I believe in First Amendment rights, I think the demonstrations at military funeral are outrageous and cruel. I was disappointed that the Supreme Court couldn’t see how hurtful this is to friends and families of those who served their country bravely.” E.E.C. “I have not read the opinion. I understand freedom of the press and freedom of speech. While I understand those freedoms of ‘expression,’ there are ‘protections’ for invasion of privacy. What could be more private than a funeral? “You lose your freedom to be left alone when you make yourself a ‘public figure.’ A fallen military hero did not choose to be a ‘public figure.’ They had the privilege of serving all of their fellow countrymen. “We owe them and their families the decency of privacy at their time of grief. The court could have easily ’carved out’ an exception based upon the fact that the fallen hero was not a ‘public figure.’ They did not. Shame on them. It is a price we pay for freedoms secured by these fallen heroes.” J.S.D. “As much as I despise the group that is besmirching the memory of our fallen soldiers, I value the First Amendment more. “Our freedom to speak our minds is unique in the world. No matter how offensive that speech might be our right to say what we want should be protected at all costs. “The Supreme Court has reaffirmed that the government cannot abridge this fundamental freedom, no matter how lofty or how vile the agenda. “The best way to counter these despicable fanatics is to confront them at every turn and exercise our First Amendment right to counter-demonstrate against their disgusting disregard for the right of grieving friends and loved ones to be left in peace. Perhaps if an noisy crowd showed up outside their church every week and picketed them they might feel differently.” F.S.D. “I realize that many people are against war, but if these religious freaks would just sit down and pray for themselves they may realize what this country was founded on and why they are able to live in this country of their own

Next questions Why do you think there are so few candidates filed for the Blue Ash council race? In light of reports of teachers cheating to prepare their students for standardized tests, what changes would you make to the testing and school evaluation system? What actions, if any, should be taken against the teachers? Every week The Northeast Suburban Life asks readers a questions that they can reply to via email. Send your answers to with “chatroom” in the subject line. free will. “I was in the service during the Vietnam period and not appreciated very well, but I still pray every day for today’s soldiers safe return and am proud to fly the flag that we as American can be proud.” D.J. “I have to agree with the decision. All people have the right to assemble in America. Do I find the practice vile and disgusting? Yes! It is morally wrong, but not constitutionally wrong.” K.S. “I understand freedom of speech, but I also understand we have ‘hate laws’ on the books. All the demonstrators I’ve seen are spewing hate which contradicts their Christian principles. I’d like to see massive demonstrations outside their little church, wherever it is, to see how they like it.” R.V. “Relucantly, in the interest of freedom of speech, although what these protestors are doing is horrible, I would have to say ‘let them rant.’ There are probably other ways to deal with them without breaking the law. “It’s sad that the families of those people who have been killed defending our country have to endure this contemptible behavior. If there truly is a God and an accounting after death they’ll get what’s coming to them.” B.B.

Sycamore Township will sell energy credits, earned through installation of solar panels in Schuler Park, to First Energy for $375 a credit. Should more communities install solar panels in public spaces? Is the investment worth it? Why or why not? No responses

learn here is that when a politician uses the term “investment” it is almost always a selfish vote gathering device. If the politician felt there was any financial benefit in the project, you can be sure he would find a way for private industry to do it and that he would have money invested in it. Now, what about investments? Yes, I mean real investments! The kind you make on a house or your retirement income. You have a stake in it and carefully research all of the possibilities. If you thought the streetcar was a possible money winner, you would only invest if you could hire proper management. Before you tore up streets and laid tracks you

would most likely consider an alternative. A bus made to look like a trolEdward Levy ley is in use in many cities. It Community can be disconPress guest tinued at little columnist expense. You would also insist on competitive bidding to be sure your costs are in line. A recent look at state capitols including our own is a good example of the cost of “investments” to the public. Edward Levy is a longtime resident of Montgomery and a former college instructor.


What do Ohio school superintendents have to say about allday kindergarten? We heard from State Rep. Connie Pillich, “I strongly support allday kindergarten because of the value of early childhood education. At the same time I am sensitive to the financial costs to local school districts.” We also heard from another politician, State Sen. Bill Seitz, “It would be better to restore funding that was taken from early childhood education and leave halfday kindergarten as it is.” Glenn Welch Montgomery

Mandate unnecessary

The lead article for the March 2 Northeast Suburban Life was entitled “Kindergarten challenges.” This rather well-written article discussed the matter of whether Sycamore schools could, or would continue, to provide all-day kindergarten sessions for the residents’ preschool children. According to Erika Daggett, information officer of the Sycamore school district, the district has been providing this allday kindergarten service for the past 10 years. Further, she noted that district had received a waiver from the state that allowed them to charge participants tuition for the service in 2010. Daggett also pointed out that it costs the district about $500,000

a year to provide this program. That is a lot of money for sure. But, she further mentions that the school district charged a tuition of $2,800 per student for the year in 2010. OK, by my “old” math this means the school district takes in $560,000 per year to fund a $500,000 per year program? So it looks like parents in this district are willing to pay for this this program/service. I’ll guess it is probably because two working parent families, having to pay for day care anyway, see this all-day school arrangement as a more nurturing environment for their children? So barring space issues (e.g, available classrooms etc.) isn’t this a no brainier? Unless I am missing something it looks like the program is wanted by the parents and that it more than pays for itself. Further, it is not additional burden to the taxpayers who perhaps do not have children of school age. Further still, it provides meaningful jobs for the kindergarten teachers? What is the problem? A quick look at the kindergarten “mandate history” provided in a sidebar along with the article tells you why there is a “problem.” And I say it is a great example of how the Democrat-liberal style of governance is driving our state and our nation into the ground. Last year, Gov. Strickland and the his supporters in the Ohio state house passed a bill (House

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VOICES FROM THE WEB Slower? Fine! Visitors to Montgomery posted these comments to stories about Montgomery toughening its speeding laws for people with prior convictions and easing them for first-time offenders: “Changing the penalty is one thing; enforcing the ordinances is another.” jbacinti “All about the money. Anybody know what the traffic violation revenue number was? Protect and serve! Well, at least get those speeders dollars.” watswrong “More revenue enhancement from the worthless bullying tax collectors with badges, huh?” UCHM1 “I didn’t think it was possible to go over the speed limit in Montgomery because there are so many ‘slow’ drivers already. The speed limit on Montgomery Road is currently either 20 or 25 through town. Enforce what you already have

before making changes. As a consumer I think I will drive by Montgomery and spend my hard earned money elsewhere.” colorless “There are plenty of other things Montgomery should be doing. “How about raising the ridiculous 25 mph limit on Weller, from Weil to Montgomery Road? There are plenty of other areas where 25 is just too low. “And I could fund the city’s monthly budget in a day by handing out tickets to those who ignore the stop signs on Kemper at Weller and Terwilligers. “And don’t even get me started on all of those who make the illegal left turn on Kemper out of Kroger (yeah, I know that’s Symmes) and the idiots who park in the fire lane in front of Kroger.” VincebusEruptum “They should make it a felony with jail time for the third offense within a year. That will make the city more money. Oh I’m only kidding, we all know it is all about the money with all these local cities and their own court system. You can watch the police in these areas come up to a red light and turn on their lights, go through

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This year’s first place finisher in the teen division was Parisa Samavati. This theater lover has participated in three previous East Side Players shows. She’s a junior at Springboro High School.

Having participated in 10 previous shows with the East Side Players, Abby Walsh of Blue Ash is at ease on stage. She’s in the eighth grade at Leaves of Learning.

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Sam Clemons Jr. goes country as he competes in the adult division where he garnered a second place finish. He lives in Florence, Ky., and has participated in 11 previous shows with East Side Players.

The Blue Ash Idol 2011 competitions were held at the Sycamore High School auditorium Feb. 19 and 26. Produced by the East Side Players, and in cooperation with the Blue Ash Recreation Department, the vocal competition is open to Tristate contestants of all ages. This year more than 40 talented performers advanced to the elimination rounds at the high school. Winners receive cash prizes, trophies and on stage performances at the Taste of Blue Ash this summer. The East Side Players, a community theater group based in Blue Ash, will be presenting two full-length musicals at the amphitheater in 2011 – “Cinderella,” in June, and “Children of Eden,” in August.

Superstar!! After all the auditions and multiple elimination rounds the overall top scorer earns the title as “Blue Ash Idol Superstar.” Melissa Campbell emerged from the junior division to earn this year’s honor. She’s from Reading and is a seventh-grader at Wyoming Middle School.

Competing in the teen division is Rachel Handkins of Blue Ash, who is a sophomore at Sycamore High School. Her last performance with ESP was in “Bye, Bye, Birdie.”

Bennett Heyn of Blue Ash earned a third place in the junior division. He’s a fifth-grader at E.H. Greene Intermediate School.

Jojo Arbenz of Blue Ash engages in some light preperformance dialog with the assistant emcee, Kristina Bartlett. Arbenz is a third-grader at Blue Ash Elementary.

Tony Popenoe of Blue Ash earned a first place in the Junior Division this year. He’s already performed in six previous East Side Players shows, is in the eighth-grade at Sycamore Junior High School, and delivers papers for the Community Press.


Rib City moves to Springdale By Kelly McBride

Rib City’s move from Fairfield has brought more space, a full bar, and a following of regular customers. The Fort Myers, Fla., based restaurant chain has only one location in the Cincinnati area, across the street from Springdale’s Showcase Cinemas, above Hooters at 12183 Springfield Pike. It’s the smoked, slowcooked ribs that bring them

to the table, owner Mike Harding said of the menu that includes baby back ribs, St. Louis ribs and chicken, among other dishes. Harding said he moved the restaurant because of the location near Interstate 275 and the cinema, as well as the extra space, which has a capacity of 250 customers. The restaurant is filling with memorabilia, as Harding collects license plates and other items to hang on

the walls. A full bar sports five TVs, with an additional two in the dining room. There are two meeting rooms that seat 50 each, and outdoor seating will be offered as weather permits. At the table, the menu includes desserts and side dishes made fresh at the restaurant each day. “We hand cut our chicken tenders, bread our own fish and slowly smoke the meat on-site,” Harding said. “That makes a difference

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Introduction to Horse Driving for Farming Purposes, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Turner Farm, 7400 Given Road, Two-day workshops to learn the basics of harnessing, hitching and driving. Classes will integrate participants into the normal activities at the farm. Farming with draft animals provides the farmer an important connection to the land and the work of farming. Ages 12 and up. $150 for two days. Registration required. Through April 29. 561-7400; e-mail; Indian Hill.


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


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

Fish Fry-Days, 5-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Includes fried fish, fish sandwich, shrimp, salmon and child’s dinners, soup, sides, desserts, sodas and beer. Carryout and Drive thru available-drinks not included. Benefits Youth ministry’s mission trip to Kanawha County, West Virginia. 50 cents-$10. 4898815; Montgomery. St. Columban Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., St. Columban Church, 894 Oakland Road, Grilled salmon, shrimp and fish dinners, fish sandwich, pizza, sides and beverages. Drivethrough available. $1-$12. 683-0105; Loveland. St. Margaret-St. John/Prince of Peace Fish Fry, 5:30-7:30 p.m., St. Margaret of Cortona Church, 6000 Murray Road, St. Margaret cafeteria. Includes fried or baked fish with two sides and a drink. Also available are desserts, a la carte and drinks. Carryout available. Benefits Prince of Peace School. $7 dinners. Presented by St. Margaret of Cortona. 271-0856; Madisonville. Boy Scout Triple Nickel Fish Fry, 5-7 p.m., St. Gertrude School, 6543 Miami Ave., Cafeteria. Eat in or carryout. Dinner includes choice of fish, fish sandwich, or cheese pizza; with fries or macaroni and cheese; and coleslaw or apple sauce; a beverage and dessert. Family friendly. $7, $5 children. Presented by Boy Scout Troop 555. 6523477. Madeira.


Taking the Savvy Path to Personal Finances Safety, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Twin Lakes at Montgomery, 9840 Montgomery Road, Montgomery Room. Find out what you need to know to protect your financial information. Free. Presented by TriHealth Seniority. 247-1330. Montgomery. F R I D A Y, M A R C H 1 8


Grapevine Winter Wine Tasting Series, 711 p.m., Greenacres Arts Center, 8400 Blome Road, Benefits Greenacres Student’s Transportation Fund. Ages 21 and up. $40. Reservations required. Presented by Greenacres Foundation. 793-2787. Indian Hill.


Introduction to Horse Driving for Farming Purposes, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Turner Farm, $150 for two days. Registration required. 561-7400; e-mail; Indian Hill.

Health Screenings, 10 a.m.-noon, Owens Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center, 7319 Montgomery Road, Blood pressure screenings, stress screenings and consultation about your wellness needs. Free. 784-0084. Silverton.


Kevin Brennan, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $12. Ages 18 and up. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.


Guys and Dolls, 7:30 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, 111 Second St., Highlyacclaimed Broadway and movie hit. $16, $14 students and seniors. Presented by Loveland Stage Company. Through March 26. 683-9687; Loveland. The Fantasticks, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township. S A T U R D A Y, M A R C H 1 9


Introduction to Horse Driving for Farming Purposes, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Turner Farm, $150 for two days. Registration required. 561-7400; e-mail; Indian Hill.



Hartzell United Methodist Church Lenten Fish Fry, 4-7 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, 8999 Applewood Drive, All-you-can-eat fried cod dinner with sides, beverages and desserts. Also, grilled chicken breast, shrimp, shrimp basket and cheese pizza dinners with sides, beverages and desserts. $9, $5 carryout only, $4 ages 510, free ages 3 and under. 891-8527. Blue Ash.

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


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

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What Are You Doing On Purpose, 7-8:30 p.m., Kenwood Baptist Church, 8341 Kenwood Road, With Dr. David Stevens; humanitarian, teacher, author and speaker. Learn how to better respond to natural disasters, poverty and pandemics. Free. 791-0355. Kenwood.


Bells of the World, 1-4:30 p.m., Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 201 Riverside Drive, Collection of bells from around the world by Marilyn Grismere, bell collector since 2004. Free. 683-5692; Loveland.


Diamond Jim Dews Band, 7-11 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, No cover. 697-9705; Loveland.


Rhythm N Blue Ash, 8 p.m., Raymond Walters College Muntz Hall, 9555 Plainfield Road, An Evening of Gershwin. Featuring David Leonhardt Jazz Group with the Shelley Oliver Tap Dancers. $27 three concerts; $15, $10 advance. Reservations recommended. Presented by Raymond Walters College. 745-5705; Blue Ash.


Tap and Jazz for the Kids, 11 a.m.-noon and 1-2 p.m., Raymond Walters College Muntz Hall, 9555 Plainfield Road, Muntz Theater. With The Shelley Oliver Tap Dancers & The David Leonhardt Jazz Group. Tappers join forces with jazz trio in educational and interactive presentation. Through popular songs and audience participation, learn how jazz and dance artists use imaginative improvisation, rhythm and melody to create unique and joyful performance every time. Family friendly. $5. Presented by ARTrageous Saturdays. 745-5705; Blue Ash.


Guys and Dolls, 7:30 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, $16, $14 students and seniors. 683-9687; Loveland.


Antique and Art Show, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sycamore High School, 7400 Cornell Road, Works by artists from the area working in multitude of media: sculpture, painting, ceramics and multimedia. All work available for purchase. Benefits variety of local charities and educational programs. $7, free ages 12 and under. Presented by Montgomery Woman’s Club Inc. Through March 20. 6861770. Montgomery. S U N D A Y, M A R C H 2 0


Introduction to Horse Driving for Farming Purposes, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Turner Farm, $150 for two days. Registration required. 561-7400; e-mail; Indian Hill.


Sunday Supper, 5:30 p.m., Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, $15, $10 children ages 10 and under. Reservations required. Through May 1. 6832340; Loveland.


Mariemont Players will perform “The Fantasticks,” with music by Harvey Schmidt and book and lyrics by Tom Jones, at the Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, March 18-April 3. This fable of “a boy, a girl, two fathers and a wall” has warmed the hearts of generations. With an original off-Broadway run of 42 years and 17,162 performances, “The Fantasticks” has earned the title of “the world’s longest-running musical.” Performances will be at 8 p.m. March 17, (preview), March 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 31 and April 1; at 7 p.m. March 20; at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 27; at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. April 2; and at 2 p.m. April 3. For more information or to order tickets call Betsy at 513-684-1236. All seats are reserved and cost $17 each; non-reserved seats for the preview only are $10 each. Pictured are Victoria McDevitt and Rick Kramer.


Third Sunday Poetry, 2 p.m., Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, A panel of local songwriters discuss their songs. Songwriting workshop by poet/singer/songwriter Roberta Schultz of Raison D’Etre. Part of A Feast of Music and Words, which includes MUSE Cincinnati Women’s Choir concert, 4 p.m. and Sunday Supper, 5:30 p.m. Learn from and with accomplished poets. Open to men and women. $15 each. Reservations required. 683-2340; Loveland. M O N D A Y, M A R C H 2 1


Open House, 4-6 p.m., Owens Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center, 7319 Montgomery Road, Stress screenings, blood pressure screenings, massage and more. Registration required. 784-0084. Silverton.


Karaoke, 9 p.m., InCahoots, 4110 Hunt Road, $2 well drinks and domestic bottles, $3 22oz domestic drafts. Free. 793-2600. Blue Ash.


Bob Cushing, 8 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, 697-9705. Loveland.


No Saints, No Saviors, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Shady O’Grady’s Pub, 9443 LovelandMadeira Road, 791-2753. Symmes Township.

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Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Curves-Loveland, 531 LovelandMadeira Road, Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 686-3300. Loveland.


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


Cafe Conversations Series, 7-8 p.m., Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road, Presentations that enlighten, educate and entertain. Presented by Blue Ash Recreation Department. 745-8550; Blue Ash.


Pro-Am Night, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, Aspiring comics, amateurs and professionals take the stage. Ages 18 and up. $5. 984-9288; Montgomery.

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Fashion for the Cure, 6:30 p.m., Sycamore High School, 7400 Cornell Road, Fashion show, 7:30 p.m. Runway fashion show, preceded by reception and raffle. Held in honor of Rob Stoneberger, a Sycamore teacher who passed away from esophageal cancer in 2009. Benefits Cancer Family Care. $15 includes T-shirt, $10. 686-1770; Montgomery.


HypnoBirthing, 6:45 p.m., Bethesda North Hospital, 10500 Montgomery Road, Childbirth series rejects myth that suffering must accompany labor. $200 for 10-week package. Registration required. Through March 30. 475-4500; Montgomery.


MUSE Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir Benefit Concert, 4 p.m., Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Concert entertains, inspires, motivates, heals and creates a feeling community with it audience. Part of A Feast of Music and Words, which includes Third Sunday Poetry Series, 2 p.m. and Grailville Sunday Supper, 5:30 p.m. $15; two Feast of Music and Words programs, $25; three Feast of Music and Word, $35. 683-2340; Loveland.


Kevin Brennan, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, $8, $4 bar and restaurant employee appreciation night. Ages 18 and up. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.



Bakesta King plays the role of Sadie in “Gee’s Bend,” a look at African-American quilters in Alabama from the 1930s to 2002. It shows at the Playhouse in the Park through April 9. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $25-$64. Call 800-582-3208 or visit

Guys and Dolls, 3 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, $16, $14 students and seniors. 683-9687; Loveland.


Antique and Art Show, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sycamore High School, $7, free ages 12 and under. 686-1770. Montgomery.


See fantastical sculptures created out of canned and packaged foods in “CANstruction,” an exhibit through March 20 designed to call attention to the issue of hunger in Greater Cincinnati. Pictured, members of the BHDP Architects, and Messer Construction team, build their sculpture, a large baseball mitt and ball, their entry in “CANstruction,” at the Weston Art Gallery at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. The sculptures will also be on display at the Duke Energy Headquarters Building on Fourth Street, the Scripps Center on Walnut Street, the downtown branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, and the Contemporary Arts Center. The pubic is asked to donate a non-perishable food item when visiting the exhibit. All food used in the collection of sculptures, which will require more than 30,000 canned goods to complete, as well as the donations from the public, will be delivered to the Freestore Foodbank at the close of the exhibit. Call 513-977-4165 or visit

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It takes an informed conscience to make the truest decisions Conscience is vaguely understood today. Many equate it with pragmatism, self-interest, or our strong feelings about something. To others it’s the “little voice within me,” or, “my parent tapes from long ago.” None of these are adequate. Conscience is the process humans go through in discerning right from wrong, good from evil. It enables us to make good moral choices in the many situations we face every day. It determines our integrity. The first step in conscience’s formation is called synderesis. It occurs when we’re still very young. We begin to realize that there is a good and evil in this world, and that good is to be done and evil avoided. Psychologist Jean Piaget calls this stage “moral realism.” The second step in conscience formation is the search for truth. Competing values whisper to us on every side. The complexity of life makes it

very difficult at times to discern truth. If we are honest in our search for truth, we may turn to a variety of sources for guidFather Lou ance (but not Guntzelman slavish adherPerspectives ence): the scriptures, our church, the physical and human sciences, tradition, competent professional advice, etc. We think, pray, discuss and gather information and insights. Our prejudices or partisanship can easily delude us. The third stage in forming our conscience is reaching our actual judgments and convictions we’re convinced are good and right. These judgments take place “in the individual’s most secret core and sanctuary where one is alone with God,” as the Church’s II Vatican Council puts it.

In freedom we make our choices and are so judged by God. Forming and following my conscience does not mean doing what I feel like doing. It does mean that after doing the hard work of discerning what is right and wrong to the best of my ability, I reach a conviction and then follow it. Kenneth Overberg, S.J., writes of an informed conscience: “The human conscience is the individual’s Supreme Court; it’s judgment must be followed.” When Martin Luther reached this final point in his conscience’s deliberations he made his famous statement, “Here I stand, I can do no other.” Joan of Arc chose fidelity to her conscience and paid the ultimate price by being burned at the stake. Thomas More was beheaded by his king for refusing to violate his conscience. It’s most important that our conscience be informed – i.e. a person has studied, reflected, questioned and sought help from

moral and spiritual mentors if necessary. Here are some brief descriptions that have been used over the years to “put a handle” on the other types of consciences we can develop other than the desired informed conscience. Informed: shaped by solid and true education as mentioned above. Also by good moral examples, solid reflection, experience and prayer. Rigid: a conscience that only considers the letter of the law, justice without mercy, unbending righteousness, and a disallowance of our humanity, etc. Scrupulous: an unreasonable, obsessive need to “do things right.” A moral perfectionism which often leads to needless repetition, often combined with the fear or guilt that no matter how well we’ve discerned, we’ve missed something. Erroneous: arises from arrested cognitive development, cultlike indoctrination, or a personal disinterest in a genuine search for

truth that may cramp our style. In criminal history, Ma Barker taught her sons stealing was right, not wrong. Lax: laziness in knowing and performing good behavior or a coziness with evil. A purposeful “just don’t care” attitude toward moral truth, conformism to secular or ambitious dictates, and being devoid of mature insight. Dead: failure to develop an internal sense of guilt or shame. People termed psychopathic or sociopathic usually fall into this category. They lack a sense of right and wrong, empathy or concern for others. One can wonder whether among politicians, bureaucrats, ambitious ecclesiastics, CEOs and money moguls there are also quite a few of what we may call “wimpy consciences.” Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@community or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

With foreclosure rates up, so are condo fees The nation’s housing crisis has not only led to a dramatic drop in home prices, it’s also dealt a blow to a segment of the condominium industry. When a house is foreclosed upon and taken over by a bank, it often sits empty for months before selling for a fraction of its former value. When a condo is taken over by a bank, it not only brings down nearby condo prices, it can adversely affect the entire condominium community. Condominium association fees have skyrocketed to record levels in the past two years. There are two reasons for this. First, many condos have been foreclosed upon leaving them vacant, and second many condo owners are not able to pay the condo fees. Jane Anderson owns one of the 229 homes in the Rolling Meadows Commu-

nity in Fairfield. S h e said the h o m e owners association relies the Howard Ain on monthly Hey Howard! dues for the upkeep of the common areas. “If we have 229 units that doesn’t mean 229 owners are actually paying those dues,” said Anderson. “So it’s going to fall on the rest of us that are here (to make up for the deficit).” Last year the condo association had to write off $32,000 in bad debts because of foreclosures. A total of 61 homeowners have failed to pay their dues. Now the rest of the homeowners have to make up for that loss – and have been hit with a 50 percent hike in their dues. “I think 50 percent is just

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Go green for St. Patricks’s day and for your health eating healthy right More signs of from our back door. spring! The maple March is nutritrees are budding tion month, and the out and my first recipe uses friends, Laura and quinoa, a whole Oakley Noe, have grain, gluten free, been tapping their loaded with nutrisugar maples for ents and fiber. I syrup. Rita think you’ll really The dill and Heikenfeld like it. cilantro seeds And for that St. planted last fall Rita’s kitchen Patrick’s Day celelook like slender bration, try my green hairs in the herb garden. Soon we’ll be newest version of easy soda

bread. Also, guru in our backyard Debbie Goulding shares her quinoa salad with lemon dressing recipe.

Debbie’s quinoa salad

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Kroger shopper, ask Deb to put this on her menu again. 1 cup quinoa 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 ⁄2 cup dried apricots, coarsely chopped 2 cups water 1 ⁄4 teaspoon salt 2 ⁄3 cup Moroccan-spiced lemon dressing, divided 1 cup cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes, halved 1 small red onion, chopped 8 cups baby spinach 1 ⁄4 cup sliced almonds, toasted Toast quinoa in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring often, until it becomes aromatic and begins to crackle, about five minutes. Transfer to a fine sieve and rinse thoroughly. Even if you don’t toast it, quinoa has to be washed very well to remove a natural, bitter coating, unless you purchase a pre-washed brand of quinoa. That information will be listed on the package. Quinoa is pronounced either “keenwah” or “kee-NOwah.” Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until golden, about one minute. Add apricots and the quinoa; continue cooking, stirring often, until the quinoa has dried out and turned light golden, three to four minutes. Add water and salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, until the quinoa is tender and the liquid is absorbed, 15 to 18 minutes. Meanwhile, make Moroccan-spiced lemon dressing. Transfer the quinoa to a medium bowl and toss with 1 ⁄3 cup of the dressing. Let cool for 10 minutes. Just before serving, add tomatoes and onion to the quinoa; toss to coat. Toss spinach with the remaining 1⁄3 cup dressing in a large bowl. Divide the spinach among four plates. Mound the quinoa salad on the spinach and sprinkle with almonds. Note: Quinoa is available in natural foods sections of

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Debbie Goulding will head up the 35th anniversary celebration, Les Chefs DeCuisine of Greater Cincinnati Scholarship Dinner Fund, for the American Culinary Federation of Greater Cincinnati Sunday, March 27, at The Phoenix. For details, contact Debbie at or Stephen Spyrou at Stephen.spyrou@ supermarkets. Toasting this grain before simmering enhances its flavor. Serves four.

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St. Pat’s soda bread

Got an hour? Bake a loaf of this crusty bread to serve alongside your St. Pat’s Day feast. Self-rising flour already contains leavening, so no need to add baking soda or powder. This is a good recipe for the kids to try their hand at. They’ll be so proud. 3 cups self-rising flour 1 can, 12 oz., room temperature beer OR 2 cups buttermilk Melted butter Optional but good: handful fresh dill, 2 teaspoons dill seeds or sesame, poppy seeds, etc. Put flour in bowl. Make a well. Pour in beer. Mix gently. Don’t overmix. Batter will be lumpy. Pour into sprayed or greased 9-by-5 pan. Pour several tablespoons melted butter or substitute on top. Bake in preheated 375degree oven near top for 55 to 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Serve hot with plenty of butter. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.


Easy soda bread is a perfect treat for St. Patrick’s Day.

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Books and Brunch gets new venue The ninth annual Books and Brunch, conducted by Assistance League of Greater Cincinnati, will be at a new venue Thursday, April 28 – the Schiff Banquet Hall at the Cintas Center at Xavier University. Co-chairmen Jan Stahl of Clermont County and Pam Brackett of Montgomery report that a fantastic brunch is planned and we are honored to present four renowned authors as speakers. Sharon Draper is a New York Times bestselling author and educator who will talk about her book, “Out of My Mind.” Melody, a disabled child, is 11 years old and has never spoken a word. Love gives her strength to get through each day and to look to the future. Among Draper’s best known novels are “Copper Sun,” “The Battle of Jericho” and “Tears of a Tiger.” Judi Ketteler, author of Sew Retro, has been featured in dozens of national magazines, writing about health/fitness and home/garden. She has written stories for Better Homes and Gardens. Her book, “Sew Retro, a Stylish History of the Sewing Revolution” combines her love of writing with her love of sewing and fabric in a charming and creative book. Included are pictures and written instructions for making your own retro-inspired accessories. Sena Jeter Naslund is a New York Times bestselling author. Her new

book, “Adam and Eve,” explores the contrasting views of evolutionists and creationists in the tale of an ordinary woman guarding two extraordinary secrets. Naslund is Distinguished Teaching Professor and Writer in Residence at the University of Louisville. Heather Henson, is the author of “That Book Woman,” which is a Junior Library Guild Selection and A Parenting Magazine Best Books 2008 Selection. “ “That Book Woman” honors the Pack Horse Librarians of eastern Kentucky who, during the 1930s and 1940s, climbed the Appalachian Mountains in all kinds of weather to deliver books to children so they could see the “stories amid the chicken scratch.” Other books by Henson include “Angel Coming,” “Grumpy Grandpa” and “Making the Run.” The Bookshelf of Madeira will have books for sale. The authors will be happy to sign books and chat personally with guests. There will be a basket raffle, each basket containing a minimum of $300 worth of merchandise. Proceeds will benefit the philanthropic programs of Assistance League of Greater Cincinnati. The ticket price is $45, a portion of which is tax deductible. For reservations: www. For more information, e-mail algc@fuse. net, or call 221-4447.

circulation, reduces pain, soothes tired feet, and encourages overall healing. Ishaya also practices Palpation of the Cranial Pulse, a therapy developed in the late 19th century that optimizes the movement of cerebrospinal fluid through the spinal cord. It can help with mental stress, back and neck pai n, migraines, TMJ syndrome and chronic pain conditions. Both of these modalities open pathways to healing, so each individual’s innate divine healing intelligence is engaged. The Sages’ Touch makes it possible for WholeCare Chiropractic to offer these services for the first time. Later this spring, The Sages Touch will announce a training program. “We are very excited to welcome Himavat Ishaya and The Sages’ Touch to our team of outstanding holistic health practitioners at WholeCare,” said Lisa James, manager of WholeCare Chiropractic. “He is a blessed match, both as a practitioner and for what he brings to us and our clients through compassionate care and the heart-body-mindsoul connection.” Appointments at The Sages’ Touch can be made at www.thesagestouch. com/appointment, or by calling 513-288-1306.

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Purim visits China with Chabad Center It’s Purim time again and that means it’s time for Chabad Jewish Center’s famous Purim Around the World, now in its 15th year. This year’s theme is Purim in China and will feature a delicious Chinese buffet and fabulous entertainment, presented in a beautiful Oriental setting. The party will take place at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 20. Due to the growth of this annual event, the party will be at Blue Ash Elementary, 9541 Plainfield Road The star performer this year hails from Chicago and has made a name for himself as the Rope Warrior. The Rope Warrior – professional athlete/ entertainer/ author – is a lean, mean, jumping machine who executes stunts that most of us can’t even imagine, while using a jump rope, and is the current Guinness World Record holder for the most “rump jumps” (jumping rope while reclining on his bottom) in one minute: 56. The subject of a recent feature story on “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!,” he performs at more than 15 school assemblies nationwide per week during the school year (reaching more than 5,000 kids per week) as well as at an assortment of public events and private parties. A member of The United


The “Rope Warrior” will perform at the Chabad Jewish Center’s Purim in China celebration, March 20. States Amateur Jump Rope Federation, The Rope Warrior doesn’t limit himself to school playground-variety jump roping; his amazing repertoire includes such razzle-dazzle techniques as: glow-in-the-dark ropes; power jumping, where the rope passes under his feet up to four times per jump; jumping rope while sitting and lying on the floor (”rump jumps” or “tushups”); rope-jumping versions of practically any dance step; dribbling a ball with his feet while jumping rope –all to a background of pulsating, contemporary music. His rope speed has been clocked at more than 100 mph.

The Chinese buffet will include such favorites as sesame chicken, beef stirfry, vegetable lo-mein, fried rice, eggrolls, fortune cookies, and more. Back by popular demand, every attendee will once again take home a professional instant photo, compliments of “Purim is the Jewish festival that commemorates the salvation of the Jews from imminent annihilation at the hands of the evil Haman, the Prime Minister of the Persian Emperor Achashverosh, in the year 356 BCE,” said Rabbi Berel Cohen, Youth and Family Program Director at Chabad


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Jewish Center. “Today we mark the holiday of Purim with community celebration, feasting, sending food baskets to friends, helping the poor, and listening to the story of Purim as told in the Megillah. It’s also customary to dress up in costume.” Purim in China starts at 5 p.m. with a Migillah reading. Then a Chinese buffet will be served at 5:30 p.m., followed by entertainment. Cost for adults is $17, and children ages 2-12 are $13. A sponsorship is $180. For reservations and more information, call 7935200, visit, or e-mail

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Sages’ Touch hosts open house in Blue Ash The Sages’ Touch is a new holistic health service provider specializing in reflexology and other modalities that open pathways to healing. On Monday, March 21, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the public is invited to an open house to celebrate the opening of The Sages’ Touch at WholeCare Chiropractic, 4434 Carver Woods Drive, Blue Ash. Himavat Ishaya, reflexologist and founder of The Sages’ Touch, will also announce a partnership with the Cincinnati-based nonprofit organization Tender Mercies. The open house is an opportunity to meet Himavat and learn more about the services and benefits offered by The Sages Touch. The event is free, and donations to Tender Mercy will be accepted. For more information, visit www.thesagestouch. com, call 513-288-1306 or E-mail himavat@thesages Ishaya opened The Sages’ Touch to bring relief to those suffering from chronic and short-term pain and discomfort by focusing on the connection between the heart, mind, body and soul. Reflexology, an ancient healing art, promotes relaxation, improves

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Jacqueline Carroll, 26, 1140 Gilsey, possession of marijuana, theft at 7913 Montgomery Road, Feb. 18. Lisa Goldfus, 20, 18945 River Reagan Drive, possession of drugs at Bethesda North Hospital, Feb. 23. Juvenile female, 16, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 19. Juvenile female, 15, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 19. Juvenile female, 16, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 19.

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Kellie Hinton, 21, 4950 Oaklawn Drive, theft at 7913 Montgomery Road, Feb. 11. Jacklyn Teater, 33, 5122 Mead Ave., drug paraphernalia at 7322 Kenwood Road, Feb. 10. Shawnece Hughes, 19, 3211 Beresford Ave., criminal trespassing, disorderly conduct at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 17. Victoria Conlon, 27, 438 Stanley Ave., theft, forgery at 7322 Kenwood Road, Feb. 18. Allison Cook, 18, 1311 E. Bigelow Ave., theft at 7901 Montgomery Road, Feb. 19. William Higgins, 39, 6721 Miami Hills Drive, criminal trespassing at 8020 US 22, Feb. 19. Bryce Moser, 24, 4138 Landsdowne Ave., theft at 4138 Landsdowne Ave., Feb. 19. Devein Gardner, 21, 631 Bouner Drive, disorderly conduct at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 11.

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The Community Press publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: Blue Ash, Chief Chris Wallace, 745-8573 Montgomery, Chief Don Simpson, 985-1600 Sycamore Township, Lt. Dan Reid, 792-7254 Symmes Township, Lt. Tom Butler, 774-6351 or 6833444. value removed at 11210 Montgomery Road, Feb. 23. Merchandise of unknown value removed at 11390 Montgomery Road, Feb. 8. Counterfeit money passed at 8586 East Kemper Road, Feb. 14. Laptop and cord of unknown value removed at 10453 Shadyside, Feb. 12. Purse and contents of unknown value removed at 8850 Governors Hill, Feb. 20. Xbox and components valued at $820 removed at 8739 Wales Drive, Feb. 15.


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Tamara Schlake, no age given, 7890 Ohio 350, operating vehicle impaired at 9011 Fields Ertel Road, Feb. 16. Janice Coffry, 66, 10278 Willow Drive, domestic violence at 10278 Willow Drive, Feb. 24. Juvenile female, 17, theft at 9201 Fields Ertel Road, Feb. 12. Bridget Stickman, 18, 10049 Pleasant Renner, theft at 9201 Fields Ertel Road, Feb. 12. Benjamin Lawson, 47, 3945 May St., obstructing official business, drug paraphernalia at I 275, Feb. 16. Devontae Ferguson, 18, 11758 Olympia Way, possession of drugs at Montgomery Road and Mason Road, Feb. 7. Zulema Carcams, 32, 5316 Lester Road, disorderly conduct at 7913 Montgomery Road, Feb. 15.

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Mr. & Mrs. Larry Bolton of Burlington would like to announce the engagement of their son, Jeremy to Kelly Sams, the daughter of Barry Sams and Cynthia Keissler. Jeremy is a 2003 graduate of Conner High School and a 2007 graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a bachelors degree in Criminal Justice. Jeremy is employed as a deputy with the Boone County Sheriff’s Department in Burlington, KY. Kelly is a high school graduate of Conner High School and graduated NKU in 2007 with a bachelor degree in Psychology. Kelly is employed as a Social Worker for the state. The wedding is being held March 18th at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Burlington. The couple will enjoy a honeymoon in Hawaii. They will reside in Florence, KY. Find your community news at

Many older adults share a common fear of falling that is so strong they actually limit their activities. Up to 50 percent of Americans over the age of 65 who live independently experience a fear of falling and one out of three fall every year. When older adults limit their activity due to this fear, it can reduce their mobility and independence, affecting quality of life and actually increases the risk of future falls. These who are most likely to be afraid of falling are likely to have already fallen once. Did you know when you avoid daily activities such as walking outdoors, shopping or visiting with friends, these restrictions can lead to a decline in general health, reduced muscle strength, flexibility and balance. All of which are needed to perform daily living activities. The fear of falling can lead to a downward spiral marked by a loss of confidence and reduced activity, resulting in a loss of independence and mobility. It can also negatively impact your mental health and overall well-being. As we age, the fear increases causing additional falls. The good news is that there are several ways to curb the fear of falling. Have a discussion with your physicians regarding your fears. Together you can review your medications and potential side effects, conduct tests to review any bal-

ance issues and learn exercises that can be done to increase strength and mobility. Physicians can also recommend assistive devices such as a walker or cane that will allow senior adults to remain mobile. There are several factors that will impact the likelihood of a fall. Understanding and avoiding these risks can greatly reduce your chances of falling. Here are several things you can do to decrease your chances of falling: • Regular exercise can add strength and improve your balance and coordination. It can increase mobility, lessen depression and improve socialization, ultimately leading to a longer, more independent lifestyle. Talk to your doctor and begin slowly with perhaps with a two- to five-minute walk. • Have your eyes checked annually and use up to date prescription lenses. Poor vision is associated with an increase for falling. Make sure to improve the lighting in your home. Install night lights and use maximum wattage light bulbs allowed for that light fixture. • Talk to your doctor and pharmacist about all medications or over-the-counter medicines you are taking. Taking four or more medicines increases the risk for a fall For more information on fall prevention visit or call 946-7807.


The church will conduct a Lenten series through Wednesdays, April 13 with dinner (bring salad or dessert; main dish provided) at 6 p.m., followed by a program from 6:30-7:30 p.m., titled “A Lenten Study: Learning Forgiveness,” written by Marjorie Thompson. Each week will be self-contained with a different presenter. A children’s program will be offered. Call Debbie Ostendorf at 779-1753, or the church office to register. The church is at 4309 Cooper Road, Blue Ash; 791-1153;

Church of the Saviour United Methodist

The church will have a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 25, with The Epworth Singers and Ringers from First UMC of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. The group will present “Who is the One.” Midweek Lenten Service begins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12. The service in the chapel is a time of worship, prayer and reflection. Children’s programs are 9-11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Call for details. Breakfast with the Easter Bunny is coming from 9 a.m. to noon, April 16. Event is free, and all are welcome. Traditional worship services are 8:20 a.m. and 11 a.m.; contemporary music is 9:40 a.m. every Sunday. The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati; 791-3142;

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

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

Continuing a tradition begun last year, Northern Hills Synagogue - Congregation B’nai Avraham and Congregation Ohav Shalom are again teaming up for a joint Purim celebration. Purim commemorates the saving of the Jews of ancient Persia from destruction by the evil Haman. The festivities begin on Saturday evening, March 19, at Ohav Shalom, with the Maariv evening service preceding the reading of the Megillah, the Book of Esther, beginning at 8:30 p.m. A Klezmer band will entertain before and between the reading of the chapters of the Megillah, as well as accompany the singing of traditional Purim songs afterwards. There will be hamantaschen for all, prepared by the Ohav Shalom Sisterhood. Everyone is encouraged to come in costume. On Sunday, March 20, the celebration resumes at Northern Hills Synagogue with the morning service beginning at 9 a.m. Continuing an Ohav Shalom tradition, Rabbi David Weisberg will read the Megillah with a Purim Spiel (skits) performed by students of Kehilla, the congregations’ joint religious school. At 11:30 a.m., the Purim Carnival will begin, with games, food and fun activities for children. Ohav Shalom is at 8100 Cornell Road in Sycamore Township; 489-3399. Northern Hills Synagogue is at 5714 Fields-Ertel Road, Deerfield Township, 931-6038.

Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center

The community is invited to a new series “Finding a Deeper Spiritual Life” offered the second Monday of the month 5:30- 6:30 p.m. Each month a different priest will give a talk on some aspect of Spirituality, followed by discussion on topics such as taking a spiritual audit, the rosary, spiritual books and action you can take to increase your relationship with Our Lord. For questions, call Claire or Sue, Our Lady of Light Office, 531-6279. The event is free. The center is at 5440 Moeller Ave., Norwood; 351-3800;

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

Three Lenten series studies will be offered: “Embracing an Adult Faith, “Death and Resurrection of the Messiah” and “Nooma.” Contact the church for information. The church will have the lecture “A Vision of Inclusive Leadership: Religious Diversity in the Public Arena” from 4-5 p.m. Sunday, March 20. Douglas A. Hicks,

Kenwood Fellowship Church

The church has a new contemporary worship service, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Saturdays. The services will feature contemporary worship music in a relaxed atmosphere with biblical teaching that will resonate with the fast-paced lifestyles that many of us find ourselves in today. The church is at 7205 Kenwood Road; 891-9768.

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The church has Trinity Together time, 1-2:30 p.m., on the first and third Tuesday of each month. This is an outreach program that gives families to opportunity to spend quality time together in structured activities that promote healthy relationships and positive interactions. It is free to the public and geared toward the ages of birth to 5 years old. This program includes special guests throughout the year as well as crafts, games, story time, snack and getting to know other parents and grandparents and their children. Park in the lot of Trinity Community Church, and enter through the doors of Fellowship Hall. Call the church office for schedule information. The church hosts a free meal for all its neighbors, 6-7 p.m., the last Tuesday of each month in Fellowship Hall at the church. Whether you need a break from cooking, have run low on groceries by the end of the month, or just want to relax and eat while socializing, you are invited to enjoy


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Saturday, March 26, 1:00-2:30 p.m.

New Church of Montgomery

The church is temporarily conducting Sunday services at Strawser Funeral Home, 9305 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash. The church conducts worship at 10:30 a.m., Sundays and Study

Tenor Eric DeForest, who has performed internationally in opera, oratorio and musical theater, will sing at the church at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 20. DeForest, assistant professor for voice and opera at Northern Kentucky University, will sing works from his classical repertoire as well as lighter numbers. No admission will be charged. St. Paul Church services are 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. for traditional worship and 9:30 a.m. for contemporary worship with Praise Band. Sunday School and child care is provided for all services. The church is at 8221 Miami Road, Madeira; 891-8181;

Open Spiritual Discussion

Hartzell United Methodist Church

The church is having its Lenten Fish Fries from 4-7 p.m., all Fridays during Lent, including Good Friday, April 22, at the church. The fries include all-you-can-eat fresh Icelandic cod, sides of homemade macaroni and cheese, cole slaw, and breads, desserts, and beverages. Also being offered is a two-piece grilled chicken breast dinner, a shrimp basket dinner or a two-piece cheese pizza dinner. Carry out menu offers a threepiece fish sandwich for $5. The whole meals are $9 for adults, and $4 for children. Sunday Worship Services are 9 and 10:30 a.m. with Adult Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. Children’s School is during the 10:45 a.m. hour. All guests and visitors are welcome. Youth Groups, Bible Studies weekly; child care and transportation provided. The church is at 8999 Applewood Drive, Blue Ash; 891-8527.

St. Paul Community United Methodist Church

days) at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month. The event includes light refreshments and a study of Beth Moore’s “Stepping Up.” The church hosts Adult and Youth Bible Studies at 7 p.m. every Wednesday. The church is at 6555 Cooper Road, Sycamore Township; 891-7891, www.sycamorechristianchurch.


Northern Hills Synagogue

author and professor of Leadership Studies and Religion at the University of Richmond, will present. The lecture is free. St. Barnabas Community Dinner groups are forming for food and fellowship. Sign-ups and more information are in the Great Hall. The Findlay Street After School Program is seeking donations of paper plates, cutlery, grain products and fresh dairy products for the snacks provided for up to 50 children. Volunteer cooks are also needed. Please contact the church. OPALS (Older People with Active Lifestyles) will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Wednesday, March 16, with lunch at the Dingle House Restaurant in West Chester. Reservations required. Confirmation Preparation and Explorer’s classes begin 9:30 a.m. Sunday March 20. Call the church office to sign up. The St. Barnabas Book Club meets at 7:30 .m. Wednesday, April 6, in the library to discuss “Little Bee” by Chris Cleave. An Intercessory Healing Prayer Service is conducted the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. A Men’s Breakfast group meets on Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. at Rombe’s in Blue Ash. Ladies Bible Study meets at 10 a.m. Tuesdays at the church. A Bereavement Support Group for widow and widowers meets the second and fourth Saturdays, 1011 a.m. The Order of St. Luke is studying the 26 miracles of Jesus and how they apply to life today. Meetings are from 7-8:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month in the library. Sunday worship services are 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Parent Church School meets at 9:30 a.m. the second Sunday of each month. The church is at 10345 Montgomery Road, Montgomery; 984-8401;

101 South Lebanon Rd. Loveland, OH 45140 683-4244 Lead Pastor Jonathan Eilert Pastor Grant Eckhart Saturday Service 5:00pm Sunday Services 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00am Sunday School 9:30am

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

Sharonville United Methodist

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

3751 Creek Rd.


4309 Cooper Rd. At Reed Hartman Hwy 791-1153 • Rev. Michael Brewer, Pastor • 9:00 AM Sunday School for Teens & Adults • 10:30 AM Worship • 10:45 AM Sunday School for Grades K-6 Nursery Care Provided Fellowship Hour following Worship Service

MADEIRA-SILVERWOOD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 8000 Miami Ave. 791-4470 Contemporary Worship 9:30 am Fellowship 10:30 am Traditional Worship 11:00 am Christian Education for Children and adults at 9:30 & 11 am

Child Care provided

Montgomery Presbyterian Church 9994 Zig Zag Road Mongtomery, Ohio 45242

Worship Service 10:30am Nursery Care Available website:


Blue Ash Presbyterian

Group the first four Sundays of the month from 9 to 10 a.m. The study group is now studying “Divine Love and Wisdom” by Emanuel Swedenborg. All are welcome. The church is temporarily having services at 9503 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash; 489-9572;;



Ascension Lutheran Church

Ascension will worship on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. throughout the Lenten period. Pastor Josh’s sermon series is entitled, “What is Faith?” Sunday worship services are at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. with Sunday School for all ages at 9:45 a.m. The community is invited. Ascension is participating in the Southern Ohio Synod ELCA Malaria Campaign through education about the disease and donations from members and various church groups. “Encouraging One Another” is the focus for the women’s weekly Bible study. The women meet, 9:45-11:15 a.m., every Wednesday morning. Babysitting is available. Pastor Josh is attending the Montgomery Citizens’ Leadership Academy. The course covers a variety of subjects affecting the Montgomery community from Sycamore schools, to civics, to public works and parks, to leading local industries. The community is invited to participate in all activities of the church and to attend worship services (8:30 and 11 a.m.) and Sunday School (9:45 a.m.). The church is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 793-3288,

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March 16, 2011

March is month for Red Cross awareness For nearly 100 years, U.S. presidents have called on people to support the Red Cross and its humanitarian mission. President Obama’s proclamation of March 2011 as Red Cross Month continues a tradition begun in 1943 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The Cincinnati Region of the American Red Cross has been helping those in need for 106 years. The nation’s largest nonprofit humanitarian organization, the Red Cross: • Responds to an average of more than 600 disasters every a year, providing shelter, food, emotional support and other necessities. • Teaches thousands of people lifesaving skills like first aid, CPR and water safety. March is the perfect time to take one of these classes. • Provides a round-theclock link between those in the military and their families wherever help is needed. During March, people can join that effort by becoming a Red Cross volunteer, taking a preparedness class, or making a donation. With the help of nearly 2,000 volun-

teers, the Cincinnati Region of the American Red Cross serves 2 million people in 25 counties in the Tristate area. To find out more information, please visit Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Division of Emergency Medical Services is encouraging Ohioans to work together to prepare their communities for disasters or emergencies. “Our EMTs and firefighters offer Ohioans the highest level of trauma care possible when responding to injury, illness, fire or other disasters,” said Richard N. Rucker, director of the Division of Emergency Medical Services. “However, there are some simple precautions that citizens can take to assist first responders when responding to emergencies.” In the spirit of The Red Cross and emergency preparedness, the division is challenging individuals, businesses and communities to take responsibility for the safety of their families, employees, homes and neighborhoods. Ohio EMS offers five

basic steps Ohioans can take to prepare for an emergency or crisis: 1. Get trained. Learn to save lives. The Red Cross offers classes year round to individuals and businesses on first aid, CPR, defibrillator use and much more. 2. Volunteer. Don’t wait until disaster strikes. Learn how to help now. 3. Donate blood. Become a regular and frequent blood donor to ensure a blood supply that meets everyone’s needs, all of the time. 4. Make the right call. Call 911 immediately when someone is badly hurt, suddenly sick, or anytime someone’s life is in danger. If you are ever in doubt that someone is having a medical emergency, you should call EMS by dialing 911. 5. Get involved. Become familiar with your neighbors and discuss the skills you posses that may prove vital in the event of a neighborhood emergency. For more information on emergency preparedness, visit or visit Red Cross online at



Bed & Breakfast Feature of the Week

The Rooster’s Nest is a unique Bed and Breakfast located in Winchester, Ohio, off State Route 32, about an hour east of Cincinnati.


THE ROOSTER’S NEST Charming log cabin B&B located in Adams Co. 3 queen rms w/pvt baths offer sophistication and old fashioned hospitality. Featured in 2009 Best of Midwest Living 877-386-3302


ANNA MARIA ISLAND Luxury Mediterranean style villa (3 or 4 BR). It’s a 2 minute stroll to the beach or relax by your private pool! All amenities. For details, pics & rates, call 513-314-5100

The B&B consists of a log building constructed of logs dating back to 1788, yet is complete will modern amenities. There are three rooms available, each with a queen bed and private bath. The Rooster’s Nest is a perfect place to relax and enjoy a break from busy routines. Walk on the 25 acres of woodlands, fish in the 1.25 acre stocked pond, curl up with a book or sit outside by the campfire. Breakfast is served in the spacious gathering room overlooking the pond while birds and squirrels entertain at the feeders. Innkeepers Sally and Dave White promise to tantalize your taste buds with scrumptious dishes like Rooster Egg Bake, Rhode Island Red Stuffed French Toast, Chanticleer Bananas & Ice Cream or Banty Fruit Parfait along with freshly baked breads, juice and coffee. The Inn’s convenient location allows guests to experience all that Adams County has to offer.

There are many Amish shops with baked goods, furniture and cheese. If you are hunting for unique items for yourself or someone special, you can check out the antique shops and art gallery. For outdoorsy adventures within a short drive, you will find Adams Lake Nature Walk, Chaparral Prairie, Edge of Appalachia, Lynx Prairie, Buzzards’ Roost and Serpent Mound. An oasis of sophistication, The Rooster’s Nest was featured in the 2009 Best of Midwest Living. It offers a memorable retreat, a romantic getaway or a mid-week respite. It is a perfect location for smaller business meetings or receptions or for a Mom’s scrap-booking weekend. Gift certificates are available.

The Rooster’s Nest B&B Winchester, Ohio 877-386-3302


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CLEARWATER - Indian Rocks Beach 2 BR , 2 BA Gulf Front con do. Heated pool, balcony. Many upgrades. 513-771-1373, 448-7171

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Practice saving lives

Hannah Glorius, left, and Marguerite Tryling practice their lifeguarding skills on Albert Kiser at the Blue Ash YMCA Each year the YMCA brings lifeguards together for a fun night of testing their life saving skills. In a critical water emergency situation, YMCA of Greater Cincinnati lifeguards know how they’re able to communicate with each other and the person in imminent danger plays an important role in their ability to save a life. Teamwork is critical. Those skills were tested in heart pumping, fast past life rescue competitions at the 10th annual YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Lifeguard Competition.

YWCA taps women as ‘Rising Stars’ The YWCA of Greater Cincinnati recently announced the selection of the 2010 class of Rising Stars, a program for younger career women who were identified as young

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MANHATTAN--NYC HOTEL $129/2 persons. Singles $124. Suites $139-$159. Lincoln Ctr area, Hudson River views, 18 flrs, kitchenette, 5 mins to midtown, safe, quiet, luxury area. RIVERSIDE TOWER, Riverside & 80th St. Call 1-800-724-3136 or visit:

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100’s of Oceanfront/view Homes & Condos

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professional women with proven leadership qualities who would benefit from interaction with Academy members and other Rising Stars. The YWCA Academy of Career Women of Achievement consists of women who have received the YWCA Career Women of Achievement Award during the past 32 years. Included in this year’s honor are: • Leigh Anne Benedic, of Independence, Ky., Counsel, Procter & Gamble; • Dr. Shannon K. Bolon of Hyde Park, research assistant professor, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Department of Family and Community Medicine; • Jill Brinck, of Oakley, director, Workplace Giving, United Way of Greater Cincinnati; • Heather Britt, dance education specialist, Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy; • Kathleen A. Carnes, of Edgewood, Ky., associate, Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP; • Rebecca L. Cull of Columbia-Tusculum, associate, Kohnen & Patton, LLP; • Rachel Fausz of Edgewood, Ky., senior associate, major gifts, United Way of Greater Cincinnati; • Jessie Fleetwood of Springfield Township, corporate counsel, Great American Insurance Company; • Michelle Gannon, R&D section manager, Bounty Hubsite, Procter & Gamble; • Ameenah C. Hall of Wyoming, president, Kamaria Productions; • Tywauna D. Hardy of Colerain Township, laboratory manager, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center; • Simone Harris of Blue Ash, director, retail services, Macy’s Inc.; • Wendy Herrington of Anderson Township, group manager – Global Family Care R&D Finance and Upstream Analysis, Procter & Gamble; • Kristel Herzog of Hyde Park/Mount Lookout, vice president, financial center manager, Fifth Third Bank; • Tekeia Howard of North College Hill, associate director of multicultural affairs, Xavier University; • Tricia M. Knowles of Hyde Park, designer man-

ager Via C/Collectors, Nordstrom; • Sarah Landsman, of Mount Washington, senior assistant brand manager, Procter & Gamble; • Margaret McClanahan, of Ft. Thomas, Ky., analyst, client consulting, Nielsen BASES; • Joani Means of Anderson Township, senior manager, Ernst & Young; • Sarah Grace Mohr, of Bellevue, Ky., operations and communications director, Mackey Advisors; • Shannon Mullen of White Oak, director of finance, Cincinnati Bell; • Bethany L. Nicholson, of Newtown, vice president, treasury management, Fifth Third Bank; • LaRhonda Preston of Springfield Township, R&D section manager, Bounty Franchise, Procter & Gamble; • Annie Radel of Greenhills, interim health & safety director, American Red Cross, Cincinnati Region; • Erin Schreyer of Anderson Township, president, Sagestone Partners; • Reema Singh of Blue Ash, senior manager, Deloitte & Touche LLP; • Monica A. Stoops, reproductive physiologist, Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens; • Amy E. Thomas of Crescent Springs, Ky., marketing associate, U.S. Bank; • Megan Timberlake of Anderson Township, senior category account executive – Beauty & Grooming, Procter & Gamble; • Vanessa VanZant of Covedale, director of Cincinnati History Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center; • Tiffany Williams, associate, Thompson Hine LLP. National studies have shown that this is the first generation of young women professionals that have a substantial base of existing, high-level career women as potential mentors. By allowing the Rising Stars to interact and network with career women of diverse backgrounds, this program provides these younger leaders with the opportunity to receive priceless advice and build relationships that will enhance their ability to further their career success.

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