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More than 50 years combined experience By Jason Hoffman

BLUE ASH — The Blue Ash Police Department is promoting two of its police officers to new, important roles, and both look forward to the challenges ahead. Lt. Paul Hartinger, in late February, was named to succeed Chief Chris Wallace, who will be retiring in May. “It’s very exciting to have this opportunity,” Hartinger said. “I’ve grown with the department and I’m very grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to work with such great people.” Hartinger began his career with Blue Ash in 1989, after five years with the Lockland Police Department. He has spent time working in all facets of police work, and looks forward to utilizing his experience to lead the department under a new command structure. “The command structure will be reduced from six officers in those positions to four,” Hartinger said. “That will give us the ability to put more offi-




cers out and supply the community with more patrols.” Also being promoted is Lt. Rich Riley, who became a captain March 16. Riley also began with Blue Ash in 1989, and has been in charge of the detective section of the department, overseeing criminal investigations. “This is a very exciting opportunity, and I’m honored to have the privilege to serve the city of Blue Ash,” Riley said. “(Hartinger) and I both grew up in Blue Ash, and there’s a reason we’ve both stayed in such a great community.” The department received a lot of attention recently because of active-shooter-scenario training it’s providing to Sycamore Schools as well as city employees and business in Blue Ash. The training teaches people how to respond if they find

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The Christ Hospital is planning a new medical facility that’s expected to jumpstart a long-stalled plan for new retail and office space in Montgomery. Christ is planning an 80,000square-foot outpatient medical building along Montgomery Road on vacant land that now serves as an entrance to the Vintage Club, an upscale residential neighborhood developed by Great Traditions Homes in 2006. The three-story medical office building would be occu-

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shops, restaurants and offices along the more than 10-acre stretch of Montgomery Road adjacent to the Vintage Club. Brandicorp is negotiating to buy most of the land and pursue a similar development plan with Christ as its anchor tenant, Davis said. For its part, the city of Montgomery is planning a $13 million parking garage on the site to serve Christ and the anticipated retailers. It expects to pay for the garage with proceeds from a special tax increment financing district created for the Vintage Club. The special districts use tax revenue generated from newly developed property to pay for

pied entirely by Christ, which could have up to 200 employees at the site, said Frank Davis, Montgomery’s community development director. Plans also call for a 13,000square-foot retail building by Bellevue-based Brandicorp., which is developing the 5.2acre site just north of the Gate of Heaven Cemetery. “I think there will be a lot of interest from others once these two buildings get started,” Davis said. The development lull that ensued after the real estate bust in 2007 quelled plans by Great Traditions for new


Sycamore buys 2 new patrol cars By Leah Fightmaster

Sycamore Township is getting two new patrol cars. Administrator Bruce Raabe said the township hadn’t bought any in a few years, and five have more than 100,000 miles on them. Two Dodge Chargers will be

bought for about $21,500 each, and will cost about $1,600 more to outfit with equipment, Raabe said. Sycamore has 12 cars for the township’s use. Raabe added that because of the budget’s shortfall last year, trustees put off replacing some of the older cars until this year. Tax increment financing, or TIF,

money will be used to purchase the cars. Want more updates for Sycamore Township? Follow Leah Fightmaster on Twitter: @LCFightmaster.

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Symmes Township is hosting its annual “Great Symmes Egg Hunt” at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 23. Children 10 and younger can run through obstacles to collect eggs in the fields at Home of the Brave Park, 11605 Lebanon Road. The Easter Bunny will make a visit to the event, and kids can also get their face painted and play games. Refreshments will be sold by the Symmes Township Historical Society. For more information call (513) 6836644.

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BLUE ASH — The Sycamore School District is jumping into the social media fray in hopes of disseminating information and coverage of district events to parents, teachers and students more quickly. Erika Daggett, chief information officer for

Sycamore Schools, coordinated a party Wednesday night to officially launch the Twitter handle @SycamoreSchools. The party included staff, students, parents, alumni and community members. The Ohio School Boards Association, Fairfield City Schools and a social media class from Northern Kentucky Univer-

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sity also attended. “The reaction for our Twitter party was very supportive and exciting,” Daggett said. “We had 434 new interactions (mentions, retweets, etc ...) during our party.” The Sycamore Twitter feed gained about 70 followers as a result of the party, and now has a 151 followers, Daggett said. Thus far, tweets have consisted of prizes being given to new followers, updates about what students are doing, and information about upcoming events. Daggett will be in charge of the account, and said she looks forward to the interaction and insight the feed would provide for events going on throughout the school district. In the future, and whenever an emergency or school closing occurs, the district will push those notifications immediately through social media in addition to news outlets, Daggett said. Want to know more about Sycamore Schools and Blue Ash? Follow Jason Hoffman on Twitter: @jhoffman_cp.


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By Leah Fightmaster

Several Symmes Township roads are going to get the repair treatment this year. As part of the township’s road resurfacing plan, eight streets will be inspected. The plan follows the 2006 one, which laid out the cycle for the seven years the current .9-mill road levy would fund. It collects about $518,000 each year for road repairs, but will expire at the end of 2013. The streets tapped for repairs this year are Bainwoods Drive, Briarcove Lane, Coachtrail Lane, Hopewoods Court, Gateway Drive, Solon Drive, Swanson Court and Trustee Lane. Symmes plans to resurface about 1.6 miles of pavement this year, which Director of Public Works Bill Pitman expects will cost about $510,000. The township has repaired about 2.5 miles on average each year in the last seven years, but additional work, such as repairs to the base of some streets, means fewer streets will be repaired in 2013. To repave one mile of road, excluding additional work on the base, the

township will pay about $130,700. Replacing a mile of curbs on a road is about $39,600, according to the plan. Of the 1.6 miles of road that will be repaved this year, 1.49 miles have curbs. To continue to fund the resurfacing plan after 2013 according to the 2006 plan, residents will have to pass a replacement levy. The Board of Trustees haven’t decided how much to approve, but staff members recommended a .9-mill, seven-year levy that is identical to the current one. Once a decision is made in the next few months, voters will be able to vote on the levy in November, Pitman said. Administrator Brian Elliff suggested to the board that the township request funds from Hamilton County’s 20 percent fund, which is an accumulation of the township’s share of license fees. Symmes’ portion has about $54,000 and they plan to request that money for the project. The township is accepting bids for the project until 2 p.m. Monday, March 25. Want more updates for Symmes Township? Follow Leah Fightmaster on Twitter: @LCFightmaster.

Deer possibly victim of coyote attack Montgomery resident finds carcass, gory scene while taking out trash By Jason Hoffman


When a Montgomery resident called emergency dispatchers March 8, he asked if the police were busy because he said he had to report a killing. Pat Kraemer, of Shadowhill Way, believes multiple coyotes killed and disemboweled a deer in his front yard sometime between 11:30 p.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. Friday. “I went to take the trash cans out to the street and I saw tufts of hair and blood,” Kraemer said. “Looking at the scene, there must have been two or more coyotes because of the tracks leading away from (the deer carcass.)” Montgomery police responded to the call, and the carcass was removed shortly after by Justin Liming, a city maintenance worker. “It’s hard to believe this happened in my yard,” Kraemer said. “Now, I will not walk down my long driveway in the dark of night.”

Kraemer said he usually sees a couple coyotes per month wandering through his backyard, and four or five deer weekly. Police average about four to six reports of coyote sightings annually, Sgt. Greg Vonden Benken said. “Coyotes usually live around the highway,” Vonden Benken said. “Most of the sightings are along I-75 and I-175 – that’s where they have dens.” Vonden Benken’s advice for citizens who en-

counter coyotes is to make noise to scare them away. If the animals keep coming back, he said citizens are within their rights to contact a licensed trapper, but under no circumstances should anyone attempt to shoot coyotes or any other animals in the city limits – it’s illegal to discharge a firearm in Montgomery. Coyotes hunt small animals – mainly rodents, rabbits and squirrels – so the wooded areas around neighborhoods are ideal feeding grounds. One way to reduce the likelihood of coyotes is to keep outdoor areas clear of dog or cat food and anything else that

could attract the scavengers, Vonden Benken said. To report a coyote sighting, or if you have questions about deterring coyotes, call the Montgomery Police Department at (513) 9851600. Want to know more about Montgomery government and community? Follow Jason Hoffman on Twitter: @jhoffman_cp.

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Sycamore art teacher honored After months of paperwork, exams and assessments, Peiter Griga, Sycamore High School art teacher, has earned certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the highest credential in the teaching profession. “Earning National Board Certification is a lengthy process and quite the accomplishment,” said Frank Forsthoefel, Sycamore assistant superintendent. “Peiter represents Sycamore so well, but more importantly, he represents his students very well. We are very proud of Peiter’s accomplishments and are excited to see what is next for him.” A voluntary process established by NBPTS, National Board Certification is achieved

through a rigorous performance-based assessment that takes nearly a year to complete. Through the assessment process, teachers document their subject matter knowledge, provide evidence that they know how to most effectively teach their subjects to students and demonstrate their ability to manage and measure student learning. The certification process begins in September and ends in mid-April. There are four classroom-based assessments, two of which are videotaped entries that allow people to observe a teacher and class in session. The other two are portfolio entries that showcase a variety of classroom activities. Teachers must also submit

two professional-based assessments – one focusing on community involvement in the classroom and the other on professional steps teachers have taken to enhance their teaching. These six entries are compiled and evaluated by judges nationwide. Meanwhile, participants take a 10-part exam, including four parts that focus on classroom scenarios. According to the NBPTS, the assessment process mirrors the rigor, demands and complexity of an accomplished teacher’s career. Griga, who now joins the ranks of 22 Sycamore teachers who have achieved this high honor, agrees. “The commitment for the National Board process is intense.

Adrienne C. James, Sycamore Communtiy Schools superintendent, recognizes Peiter Griga, Sycamore High school art teacher, for earning National Board Certification. THANKS TO ERIKA DAGGETTE

Like anything, it had to be embraced, examined and eventually conquered. “The process is an objective mirror that reflects back higher goals for me and my students.

It’s a strong reinforcement of both the creative and problem solving processes I use in the classroom and studio,” Griga said.

MND physics, engineering students host ONU dean

Ursuline TAP MD students, from left: Elizabeth Kiley (Montgomery), Elizabeth Tyger (Mason) and Anna Levesque (Loveland). THANKS TO MARIANNE LANG

3 UA juniors accepted into TAP MD program Three Ursuline juniors were selected to participate in the 2013 TAP MD program. Elizabeth Kiley of Montgomery, Anna Levesque of Loveland and Elizabeth Tyger of Mason were among other Greater Cincinnati-area high school students chosen for this distinction. TAP's committee selection criteria was based on candidates meeting high academic requirements, namely predicted scores of at least 29 ACT and/or 1,300 SAT; and other cri-

teria such as GPA, letters of recommendation, AP and college coursework, and applicant letters. The TAP MD kickoff event will be Jan. 29 at the Greater Cincinnati Health Council in Norwood. TAP MD's mission is to seek and find "untapped" talented high school students interested in medicine to increase the number of future Tristate physicians. It is a new initiative sponsored by the Cincinnati

Health Council that is designed for those students who have expressed an interest in studying medicine but are still in the investigative stage. Beginning in January the TAP MD students will visit hospitals throughout the tri-state region, speak directly with doctors and health care professionals, see first- hand the emergency room process, surgery, and participate in planned activities and visits outlined by the Health Council.

Mount Notre Dame’s physics and engineering students recently hosted Eric Baumgartner, the dean of the T.J. Smull College of Engineering and a professor of mechanical engineering at Ohio Northern University. Baumgartner came to the school and shared with the students insights about engineering and his work with Mars Exploration. Prior to joining ONU, Baumgartner spent 10 years at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, where he held a number of technical and management positions including a leadership role on the Mars Exploration Rover project that successfully launched, landed and oper-

ated the Spirit and Opportunity rovers on the Martian surface. Baumgartner was honored with the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal in 2004 for his efforts on the Mars rover project and, in May 2008, Baumgartner, along with two of his colleagues at JPL, was presented with the 2008 IEEE Robotics and Automation Award. After his visit to MND, Baumgartner shared, “Thanks for the opportunity to talk with your students. In all my years giving this talk, your students were the most engaging and asked the best questions. It was very enjoyable from my perspective.”

Mount Notre Dame High School physics and engineering students who met wtith Eric Baumgartner include, from left: front, Emmalee Hollowell (West Chester Township), Holly Daniels, (Sycamore Township) and Sydney Johnston (Finneytown); back, Bailey Venner (Indian Hill), Clare Lees (Harrison), Olivia Maly (Kenwood) and Virginia Hollatz (Indian Hill). THANKS TO NATASHA SHULL

Website builds on Indian Hill athletic program By Forrest Sellers

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A school athletic program is measuring success beyond just field goals. Indian Hill Athletic Director Jill Bruder said the website has been an integral part of the Indian Hill Exempted Village School District’s program. “It’s a great work in progress,” said Bruder, referring to the website during a recent presentation to the Board of Education. “This just has a lot of great info,” she said. Bruder said the website has been essential in getting information out. This can range from event cancellations to games scores, she said.

Bruder said she frequently posts ‘tweets’ on the site. “All teams have access to the website (and) can post stats and information,” she said. Bruder said some of the highlights for the upcoming year include speaking at the Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrator Association state conference in November, participating as a guest lecturer at Xavier University and enhancing the relationship between upper and lower school sports teams. The athletic program provides an opportunity to become connected with the school, said Superintendent Mark Miles. It develops skills in working as a team and is a valuable part of the educational program, he

said. Bruder said about 1,000 high school and middle school students are involved in extracurricular athletic activities. School board member Erik Lutz inquired about the percentage of students participating. Bruder said about 62 percent of the high school and middle school students participate in school sports. She said traditionally the number is above 60 percent. “We’d love our number to be higher,” she said. Bruder said studies have shown students who are more active often have a better classroom performance. For updates on Indian Hill school athletics, visit the website





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Hill’s second-leading scorer on attack and is joined on varsity by her sophomore sister, Gabi. Senior Addie Fries is also on attack and is expected to net her share of goals, as is sophomore midfielder Ashton Irvine. Senior midfielder Karson Meurer was named last season’s most improved player and Haag hopes she builds upon those honors. “She started to get real aggressive toward the end of the year,” Haag said. “I think we’ll get a lot of goal production out of her.” The rivals remain the same for Indian Hill; Mariemont and Summit Country Day. Cincinnati Country Day is also up there and the Lady Braves open the season with them April 4. Haag also has scheduled some Division I opponents like Mason to beef up the schedule and get his girls tournamentready in Division II. “The last two years we’ve been to the quarterfinals and I’d like to get beyond that this year,” Haag said.

By Scott Springer and Nick Dudukovich

HAMILTON COUNTY — As the weather slowly turns, high school lacrosse squads are making their way outside. Here’s the early rundown on the lacrosse teams in the Northeast Suburban Life coverage area.

Sycamore boys

The Aviators are coming off a 6-13 season. Coach Greg Cole returns five senior starters with Vlad Jovic on attack, Brandon Mueller on defense and midfielders Brett Osborn, Mitchel Bie and Jon Sussman. Closing in on Sycamore records are Jovic and Osborn. Jovic has 115 points and the record is 160, while Osborn has 152 ground balls as a face-off middle and the record is 265. “We have a lot of new players getting their first taste of varsity level lacrosse and it has fostered an environment of competition for positions, playing time and general tempo of practice,” Cole said. “We are going to be a young team, but a team that is going to compete.” This year’s group features three sets of brothers: Nathan and Philip Silverman, Sean and Nick Cliver and Jack and Phil Farist.

Sycamore girls

Coach Eddie Clark’s Lady Aves are coming off a 13-3 season that saw them win the Southwest District title and make it to the Division I state semifinals. Sycamore has won the league title13 years in a row and returns nine starters. Included in that group is senior attacker and Limestone College commit Kathleen Gassett, senior defender Carrie Berghoff and junior midfielders Kara Marth, Lizzy MacVittie and Ashley Bennoitt. Marth, MacVittie and Bennoitt are also considered Division I prospects. “We are experienced and know what it takes to get to the final four,” Clark said. “We have a lot of scoring and return most of our defense. We are young as well with only five seniors and seven freshmen.” In addition to Gassett and Berghoff, Sara Evans, Lucy Schutty and Sara Barrett are also seniors. Clark is assisted on the sidelines by Meredith Post and Allison Bell.

CHCA boys

At CHCA, coach Brandon Sammons fields an athletic midfield paired with an attack that should put points on the scoreboard. At midfield, Sammons, who is entering his second season, will look for contributions from Nick Marsh, James Gravely and Conner Reynolds. Attackmen Cam Kennedy and Ayrton Kazee should be key offensive players to watch. The defense should be aided with returning starters Kevin Degroft (defender) and Conner Kirbabas (goalie) back on the field this spring. CHCA competes at the Division II level and opens the season against the Dayton Lacrosse Club April 3.

CHCA girls

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Cincinnati Country Day girls

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first season of coaching the Eagles as the program continues to grow. According to Hornsby, many of the girls playing this year are playing the sport for the first time in high school. CHCA competes at the Division II level and opens the season at Little Miami April 2.


The Lady Lions return this season after posting a 10-6 mark last season under head coach Todd Vollmer. Ursuline begins the season at Anderson March 22, and plays rival St. Ursula in its second match of the year April 4.


The Crusaders finished 12-8 last season under fifth-year coach Nate Reed. Moeller returns seven starters including senior captains Quinn Collison, Nolan Frey and Dom Starvaggi. Senior goalie Alex Burgdorf is back as is junior midfielder Sam Hubbard. Hubbard has committed to Notre Dame for lacrosse, but also has several football suitors. Also committed for the Crusaders is Collison to BuckBurgdorf nell, Kreig Greco to Dartmouth, Burgforf to Quinnipiac and junior David Stugris to Robert Morris. “We return a number of starters and talented Collison young players that have a lot of experience and work well together,” Reed said. Notable this season for Moeller is attacker Collison closing in on being one of the top five scorers. Also this is the 25th anniversary of Moeller lacrosse - the first high school program in Cincinnati.

Mount Notre Dame The Cougars are reigning Girls Greater Cincinnati League champions after a 6-0 league finish in 2012 and a 14-4 mark overall. Seventh-year coach Russell Mackey returns starters Moriah Flynn, Anna Shaw, Alex Popken, Olivia Deloatch and Marissa White while Molly McGinney will be one to watch on offense. “A good percent of the team is pretty fast,” Mackey said. “We will need to ensure that transition with the ball beyond running with it is effective to capitalize on the speed. I can see seven to eight scorers per game and five to six assist makers.” Sophomore Moriah Flynn is considered a Division I prospect and is on pace to break into the school’s top10 in scoring and all-time points. Renting a grass field from the city of Reading, the Cougars often have to share space with other teams. Because many schools have their own home turf field, some teams won’t play MND at home and the Cougars are often “road warriors”. Despite that, Mackey’s squads have performed well at 67-36-4 through his career.

Indian Hill boys

The Braves made a deep run in the tournament last season, losing to eventual Division II state champion Columbus DeSales 9-7 last May 30. In his fifth-year as head coach and 10th overall at Indian Hill, coach Spencer Dunning has had four-consecutive winning seasons. Dunning’s squad features senior tri-captains Tanner Landstra (defense), Alec Taylor (midfield) and Tres Irvine (attack). Landstra is a Division I recruit of High Point. Junior goalie Matt Young and junior midfielder Zach Schneider are also expected to be key contributors. “What I like most about our team is that although we are not

deep, our team is extremely dedicated to its values,” Dunning said. “Five years ago when I came in we started talking about hard work, discipline and respect. Our upperclassmen embrace these values. They understand the system and they are a good example for our middle school and youth players.” All three Braves captains came up through the Indian Hill Lacrosse program, which includes 107 youth, 40 middle school and 40 high school players. Dunning’s teams have also engaged the community through service projects and youth camps.

Indian Hill girls

After a state quarterfinal run last season, Indian Hill girls coach Walt Haag hopes to extend the postseason in 2013. This is his fourth year with the Lady Braves. As such, girls he coached as freshmen have been in the system throughout their high school careers. “I’m returning 15 varsity players and I have 12 seniors overall,” Haag said. “It’s about eight starters from last year.” Two of Indian Hill’s returning regulars were Ohio High School Lacrosse Association first team all-district in current junior Elena Horton and senior Nicole Gibson. Fourth-year goaltender Ashley Faulkner made honorable mention. Horton also made second team OHSLA all-state. Horton’s story is unique in that she spent the recent months in Lake Placid, N.Y., training with the Olympic girls hockey team. Needless to say, even without skates, her stick skills are advanced. “She was my most valuable player last year,” Haag said. “She’s fast, enduring and aggressive and has all the hockey skills. Even as a defensive player she has quite a few goals. I expect her to score more this year.” Nicole Gibson was Indian

Pat Dunn enters her 10th year in charge of the CCD lacrosse team, and the Indians could be dangerous. Dunn said this year’s crop of players should be the best lacrosse team CCD has ever fielded. “A large group of returning starters and terrific senior talent and leadership distinguish this team,” Dunn said by email. “The girls have set high goals and we are willing to work for them…” Katie Barton will lead the attack, after scoring 130 goals in her first two seasons. If she can top 200 by the end of the season, she’ll set a school record, according to Dunn. Julia Murphy should also contribute offensively on the attack, while Caroline Blackburn and Cassie Sachs shore up the midfield. Goalie Kat Mapes will count on defenders Sarah Mae Selnick and Amelia Drew as the Indians try and shut down the opposition. CCD opens the season at Indian Hill April 4.

Cincinnati Country Day boys

The Indians return this season competing at the Division II level under coach Chuck McGivern. The squad opens up the season against Little Miami April 4.

St. Xavier

With eight of their 10 starters back from a year ago, things are looking up for second-year coach Nate Sprong and the St. Xavier Bombers’ lacrosse team. Senior Ian King – who will play at Michigan next season – is back following an All-American season in 2012 in which he led his team in scoring. “He makes my job easier,” Sprong said of King. “In addition to being a great scorer, he is a great feeder. He helps make his teammates better players.” Joining King as a team captain are fellow seniors Ryan Berning, Parker Greiwe and Benny Russert. Berning – a defensemen – will play at Richmond next season, while See LACROSSE, Page A7



MSJ names Moeller grad as coach Lee Meyer, a former Ball State University player with an extensive coaching background, has been hired as the men’s assistant volleyball coach at the College of Mount St. Joseph, head coach Ryan Lengerich announced. Meyer, a Cincinnati native, was a two-year starter for the Ball State University Cardinals while a member of the team from 2008-2011. During his career, the Division I team was ranked as high as No. 6 in the country. “Lee brings a strong playing background and high-level coaching experience to the College of Mount St. Joseph program,” Lengerich said. “He comes from a volleyball family and has deep ties to the local volleyball community. His values and commitment to community service is right in line with the mission at the Mount. He will be a huge asset to the program. In 2012 Meyer served as the varsity volleyball assistant coach at Moeller High School, helping lead the team to its seventh state championship and a 25-2 record. He has also served

as the head trainer at the Cincinnati Volleyball Academy, where he helped develop more than 200 athletes. While a player at Moeller High School, Meyer was a threeyear starter from 2005-2007 and helped lead the team to a state runner-up finish in 2006; and championships in 2005 and 2007. He competed two years for Cincinnati Attack Volleyball Club and was a member of the U.S. Youth National A2 team in 2006. In addition, he also competed professionally for one season in Costa Rica for the Rio Grande Atenas, where he also served as a missionary in the local community. “I am extremely excited to have Lee join the Mount family. He is an engaging, positive and well-rounded person,” Lengerich added. On the court, Meyer will focus on training blockers and will work closely with the outside hitters, according to Lengerich. Meyer has a bachelor’s of architecture degree from Ball State University and currently resides in Maineville, Ohio.


Sprong said. “It’s definitely a confidence booster.” After bowing out in the Division I state quarterfinals last season, Sprong is hoping for more in 2013. “… We are trying to focus on the fundamentals and hopefully we pay attention to the details and the big picture falls into place by the end of the year,” the coach said. “We are optimistic and have an excited group coming back.” The Bombers start April 6 against Western Reserve .

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Greiwe will play defense for Holy Cross in 2014. Russert is a four-year starter in goal and provides rare stability seen in high school sports these days in net. “It’s reassuring for everyone having someone back there basically as a coach of the field who can direct the defense besides being a great stopper,”

Ladies pro racquetball tour heats

The Wilson Tour For Hope Racquetball Tournament left its mark on Cincinnati at CourtHouse Fitness Center , recently, when the top-ranked women racquetball players in the world convened for a Tier 1 stop on the 2012-2013 Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour. Top prize went to Paola Longoria, the current world champion and No. 1-ranked player on the LPRT, of Tijuana, Mexico, with second going to twotime world champion Rhonda Rajsich, of Phoenix, Ariz. Nearly 115 amateurs also competed in the event. Proceeds from this event benefit the Cris Collinsworth Pro Scan Fund, providing mammograms to local women in need. Local professional and the No. 7-ranked player on the LPRT Kerri Wachtel of Oakley finished in the top 16. Professional racquetball matches are the best three out of five games. Each game is played to 11 points and each game must be won by 2 points. Points are only scored during a player’s service. Once a player loses a rally on her serve, the service goes to the opponent. The LPRT official partners for the 2012-13 season are Ekelton, Wilson, HEAD, Gearbox-

The Wilson Tour for Hope Ladies Pro Racquetball Tournament comes to CourtHouse Fitness in Madeira. Reigning world champion Paola Longoria of Mexico defeated former World Champion Rhonda Rajsich of Arizona in the title match. This tournament brought in 25 of the Ladies Pros from around the globe. Pictured are Ladies Pro Racquetball Tournament Deputy Commissioner Andy Kulback, champion Longoria, tournament co-director Kerri Wachtel, runner-up Rajsich and tournament co-director Chris Wachtel. THANKS TO LAURAN MCHAFFIE

,, RacquetSKINZ, Racquetspot, Layer Cake Creative, KMK Law, and Gilliam & Associates, P.C. CPAs. Local sponsors for the Wilson Tour for Hope are Gold Sponsor: Life Safety Inspection Services; Silver Sponsors: Keller Williams Pinnacle Group, First Place Bank, Recreations Outlet, Florence Hardware, Banacom Signs, Dr. Chris Leary DDS, Wingate

Packaging, Phelan Fitness, H&T Services , DLS Consulting; and Bronze Sponsors: Madeira Construction, RDI Marketing Services, Jake Sweeney Automotive, Helsinger Plumbing & Pool Service and IHT Insurance Agency Group. CourtHouse Fitness Center is a locally owned fitness center at 8229 Camargo Road. Call 271-3388 or email,


Sportsman nominees

The nomination period for the fifth-annual Community Press and Recorder Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year award is approaching in early April. The CP/CR sports staff seeks starting, stand-out athletes of great character and strong academic standing to

represent each newspaper as its Sportsman or Sportswoman of the Year. Readers will nominate these junior or senior athletes via, names that will be verified through the school as meeting the criteria and placed on ballots for the public’s vote. Readers can vote once a day for their favorite athlete. Winners for 2013 will receive two Reds tickets courtesy of the Cincinnati Reds, a cer-

tificate and a story to be published in a late June edition. The nominations and voting are done online at Neither the articles, nominations forms nor ballots will count against the meter, so you do not have to be a Cincinnati Enquirer/ subscriber to nominate or vote on your favorite candidate. Email with questions.




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Editor: Dick Maloney,, 248-7134



‘University’ can empower you

without walls, tests, or Welcome to Empowstudent loans, at er U(niversity) www.empoweruoTired of the ho-hum There are two of the daily routine? sessions a year (spring Tired of short news and fall) of 20 classes clips about important each. The classes are topics like fracking or held in various locaSecond Amendment tions, usually on Tuesrights? Need a night Helen Russo out without breaking COMMUNITY PRESS day and Thursday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m. the bank to meet new GUEST COLUMNIST The color-coded people? website lists the summary of You need to check out and each class, a map for the locaregister for classes that are tion, a bio of the speaker, and a educational, enjoyable and simple registration process. engaging in a “university”

Some classes are virtual so you can view them from the comfort of your home; however, registration is always mandatory. You will see a great variety of topics for all ages and interests. Constitution for Kids is popular with the younger set. Education is always a hot topic so there are courses about school choice and home schooling. Check out who will be addressing the financial woes of the city of Cincinnati. State officials will be explaining tax

reform and the health care system. Crucial Conversations is a top priority for learning how to communicate with others of opposing views from family to government. On the lighter side, you can learn about bees, how to decorate cupcakes for every occasion, start organic gardening, and sip wine to find your favorite. Initiated by Dan Regenold, CEO of Frame USA three years ago, it is volunteer driven effort, and while no

“tuition” is required, donations are always welcome to defray costs. While you may not earn a bachelor or a master degree, you will gain knowledge about a variety of topics and many opportunities to meet fascinating people. If you register and attend 10 classes within a calendar year (spring – fall), you will receive an empowered citizen award. Hope to see you soon! Helen Russo is a volunteer/advisor with EmpowerU.

Take control of home energy usage

a room-by-room assessFor many homement of your home and owners, trying to energy usage, to find keep the house warm where your home loses can be a challenge. the most energy. Cracks around doors » From the audit, you and windows or poor can address the specific insulation can cause issues that your house heat to leak from the poses, such as adding house. This means Nina Creech the heating system is COMMUNITY PRESS insulation to your attic or sealing cracks continually working GUEST COLUMNIST around your foundation to warm cool air and and duct registers. energy consumption is much » Do system maintenance higher than it needs to be. on your heating system. An There are many solutions annual checkup from a qualto help stop this cycle of inified technician can prevent efficient energy consumpminor problems from turning tion. » Seek out an energy audit, into major, costly expenses.

» Install a programmable thermostat and set it to accommodate your household’s schedule. By setting the temperature to drop 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours at a time, you can save 5 percent to 15 percent a year on your heating bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. For low-income homeowners who cannot seek out these solutions with their own financial means, local nonprofit People Working Cooperatively (PWC) provides weatherization or energy conservation services at no cost. PWC works with homeown-

ers in two ways: First by making their homes more energy efficient through physical changes, and then by educating the homeowner on behavioral changes, such as dialing down the thermostat or unplugging electronics. Both efforts help homeowners take control of their energy usage. While many homeowners think of energy consumption during the winter, PWC offers its energy conservation services year round. Houses that are properly insulated perform better throughout all seasons – be it winter and snowing or summer and blaz-

CH@TROOM March 13 question Do you agree with the Transportation Security Administration’s new rules that will allow airplane passengers to bring pocketknives, golf clubs and other sports items aboard, loosening some of the restrictions created after the Sept. 11 terror attacks? Why or why not?

“I join with all of the major U,S, airlines, the Federal Air Marshals Service, the Airline Pilots Association, the Flight Attendants Union and the TSA Screeners Union in objecting to the change in policy allowing knives on planes. It is sheer folly. Even at the limit of 2.36 inches a knife of this size is enough to inflict serious injury to flight crew and passengers alike. The new policy is designed to change the focus of screeners less on objects that TSA director Pistole feels would not bring down a plane and more on 'catastrophic perils.’ He is dead wrong on this one. Focusing on 'catastrophic perils' appears to me to be way above their pay grade. But a two-inch blade is certainly enough to cause a catastrophic situation.” J.V.

“When the rules first went into effect some of the airports would provide mailers so that forgetful folks (like me) could send their favorite pocket knife back to themselves – at their own cost, of course. This process was discontinued and in spite of my best efforts I lost a couple of items that meant a lot to me. “The whole Homeland Security process could be simplified and altered so as not to keep millions of people waiting extensively. If they simply had a

NEXT QUESTION Will Sen. Rob Portman’s support of gay marriage affect his political standing within the Republican Party? How? Will it cause other party leaders to rethink their position? Every week we ask readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with Chatroom in the subject line.

reminder at the check-in counter before you send your bags to be loaded it would solve a lot of the problem. “Other countries manage to control terrorism without subjecting their citizens to the abuses of the U.S. process. All our process does is feed into the cultural paranoia which allows the NRA to go on selling guns to people who wind up shooting their family or themselves, diverts billions of dollars from more productive use and generally degrades our quality of life. “I suppose a trivial loosening is a step in the right direction, however small it may be.” N.F.

“The 9-11 suicide terrorists successfully used box cutters because no one suspected the horror of their goals. Once it was known the passengers on one plane overpowered those wielding the box cutters, but it was too late. “It is ridiculous to think that passengers and flight crews can now be coerced by someone with a small pocket knife or golf club.” R.V.

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driving this decision. I don't recall a big public outcry over the inability to bring a 9 iron or pocketknife on a plane. “The flight attendants and airline professionals seem to be against this decision, so I would think their opinion should carry the day. “In the meantime, why doesn't the TSA look at doing something that would actually make air travel more convenient, such as allowing a fullsize tube of toothpaste or more than a drop of shampoo in our carry on luggage?” R.W.J.

“I think most of the TSA rules, beyond scanning bags and requiring people to pass through a metal detector, fail to offer any meaningful protection. For example, removal of shoes – most foreign countries do not require this. In the hands of a determined terrorist a pen is as dangerous a weapon as a penknife." J.R.B.

“Knives? No. “Golf clubs? How in the world would those fit in the overhead?” J.K.

“Do I agree with the TSA's proposed relaxation of rules regarding carry-on items? With regard to pocket knives and things of that nature, absolutely not. Remember that the Islamic terrorists used simple box-cutters and like instruments to accomplish their horrible deeds on 9/11. “As to golf clubs, my gosh, why can't you check those as baggage?”

“You can stab someone to death with a ballpoint pen. Umbrellas are allowed. Think about how many pieces of sharp metal they contain if disassembled. A broken laptop screen in a gloved hand becomes a jagged knife. The TSA is concentrating on things that can bring down the whole plane. “My understanding is that every other country allows small knives on board so we are coming up to international standards. On a recent flight to Buenos Aires, LAN airlines gave us metal knives with our dinner.” F.S.D.

“No I do not. Maybe if they loosened their grips on after shave, lotions, and other toilet articles, that would be OK with me. But to allow small pocket knives with blades under two inches to be brought on board is asking for trouble. Remember, the box cutters used during the 9-11 attacks were at the max in length of one inch, and look at the damage which was done.” O.H.R.

“Since the air marshals, flight attendants, pilots, etc. are all against it, so am I. It doesn't make any sense. Next the NRA will insist on their right to bear arms on planes. “We have to enforce restrictions on society if it is to survive. With over 300 million souls it would not be unthinkable that there are those nutty enough to do damage to the right to life. I for one am willing to leave my pen knife in my drawer at home.”

Bill B.

394 Wards Corner Road Loveland, Ohio 45140 phone: 248-8600 email: web site:


ing. Get started on improving your home’s energy efficiency today. The changes you make to your home can permanently decrease your energy usage.

Nina Creech is the vice president of operations for People Working Cooperatively. She manages PWC’s Ohio Office of Energy Efficiency’s Electric Partnership Program, Utility Weatherization, Home Repairs, and Modifications for Mobility Programs. To learn more about PWC, visit or call 513-351-7921.

POLITICALLY SPEAKING Comments from local leaders about issues in the news:

The rail star game

“We have an extraordinary opportunity to extend the dynamic transformation that is already happening along our riverfront by bringing passenger rail service – and all of the economic and community benefits that come with it – to Greater Cincinnati. “For the first time since 1988, Cincinnati will host Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game. What a great opportunity to showcase our newly-revitalized riverfront and unveil our new state-ofthe-art transit system while we have the national stage for the All-Star Game.” – Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune, after introducing a resolution to make passenger rail service a reality in Cincinnati by the 2015 MLB All-Star Game.

Long overdue

“This is a fitting symbol of the hard work and dedication women have shown their country over the years. These veterans are deserving of our attention and recognition, and I’m glad our state is taking the steps to memorialize the achievements of women in the Armed Forces. In many cases, they were not only fighting for their country, but for equality and respect as well.” – State Rep. Connie Pillich on the unveiling of the “Ohio Women in the Military” display in the Ohio Statehouse.

Loveland Herald Editor Dick Maloney, 248-7134 Office hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday See page A2 for additional contact information.





Julia Mattis, a sophomore at Sycamore High School, tours the student-made art exhibit at the 51st annual Sycamore Band and Boosters Pancake Day Saturday, March 2. JASON HOFFMAN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

A shift on the pancake-cooking line at the Sycamore Band and Boosters Pancake Day is fun work for Gary Hayes, left, of Montgomery, Denny Carroll, center, of Montgomery, and Ron Sheetz, right, of Sharonville. JASON HOFFMAN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Breakfast, concerts, art exhibition benefit Sycamore programs Proceeds donated to fine arts programs throughout school district

Members of the Sycamore Winds, from left: Nicholas Kumar, Andrew Swart, Garrett Whitfield, Chris Kearns and Caroline Gilmore, played the 51st annual Sycamore Bands and Boosters Pancake Day Saturday, March 2. JASON HOFFMAN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

By Jason Hoffman

SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP — For the 51st consecutive year, the Sycamore schools community spent a Saturday morning eating pancakes for a good cause. “It’s really a great family day,” said Jeff Bieler, music director for Sycamore Schools. “The kids get to spend time with their parents, they eat a meal together and then the parents get to see their kids play.” The event technically ran from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., but work began hours before that, with most of the volunteers arriving to cook pancakes and set things up before 6 a.m. More than 150 volunteers worked to serve the more than 2,000 attendees of the event, which benefits music programs from fifth- to 12th-grade orchestras and bands. “All the money we raise goes back to the kids,” Beiler said. “It pays for instruments, equipment and scholarships to help with their expenses.” In addition to the pancake breakfast, guests were treated to concerts from bands and orchestras throughout the day, and were also able to tour an arts exhibit showcasing work from students.

Eric Yelmgren was one of five Sycamore Junior High School students who made custom pencils to be sold for charity at the 51st annual Sycamore Band and Boosters Pancake Day. JASON HOFFMAN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Alto Saxophonists Mallory Comerford and Eric Moeller play for the Edwin Greene School sixth-grade band at the Sycamore Band and Boosters Pancake Day Saturday, March 2. JASON HOFFMAN/THE COMMUNITY

Max Leyendecker, left, and Bryn Lewis, right, play clarinet as part of the band performances at the 51st annual Sycamore Band and Boosters Pancake Day Saturday, March 2. JASON HOFFMAN/THE COMMUNITY



Want to know more about Sycamore Schools? Follow Jason Hoffman on Twitter: @jhoffman_cp.

Watch organizers talk about the pancake breakfast. Go to video.

More than 2,000 people took part in the 51st annual Sycamore Band and Boosters Pancake Day at Sycamore High School Saturday, March 2. JASON HOFFMAN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Student works of art were on display at the 51st annual Sycamore Band and Boosters Pancake Day at Sycamore High School Saturday, March 2. JASON HOFFMAN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS




Art & Craft Classes

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Open Create, 7-9 p.m., Hyatt Art Studio, 7813 Laurel Ave., Choose surface you want to paint on and receive individual attention as you paint artwork for your home or garden. $25. 561-0677; Madeira.

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


Along the Bourbon Trail with Ilene Ross and Molly Wellman, 6:30-9 p.m., Cooks’ Wares, 11344 Montgomery Road, Sample bourbons with meal designed to compliment. Ages 21 and up. $50. Reservations required. 489-6400. Symmes Township.

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

Health / Wellness Advance Directives for Healthcare, 5:30-7 p.m., Meadowbrook Care Center, 8211 Weller Road, Representative from Hospice of Cincinnati discusses advance directive options such as a living will, a healthcare power of attorney and resuscitation code status. Free. 489-2444; Montgomery.

Home & Garden Designing Hot Kitchens and Cool Baths, 6:30-8 p.m., Neal’s Design Remodel Gallery, 7770 E. Kemper Road, Project consultants and designers discuss trends in kitchen and bath design. Light fare provided. Ages 18 and up. Free. 489-7700; Sharonville.

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

On Stage - Comedy

Art Exhibits

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

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


Cooking Classes The Loveland Stage company presents "Thoroughly Modern Millie" from 7:30-10 p.m., Thursday, March 21, 22 and 23, at the Loveland Stage Company Theatre, 111 S. 2nd St., Loveland. Tickets are $15. Call 443-4572, or visit Pictured, cast members practice a dance routine during a rehearsal for Loveland Stage Company's "Thoroughly Modern Millie" which opens March 8 at the Loveland Stage Company Theater. CHUCK GIBSON/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS Nick Vatterott, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $8-$14. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.

On Stage - Theater Red, White and Tuna, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, Third installment in Tuna trilogy takes audience through another satirical ride into the hearts and minds of the polyester-clad citizens of Texas’ third smallest town. Along with Tuna’s perennial favorites, some new Tuna denizens burst into the 4th of July Tuna High School Class Reunion. Directed by Norma Niinemets. $17. Through March 24. 684-1236; Columbia Township. Thoroughly Modern Millie, 7:30-10 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, 111 S. Second St., Taking place in New York City in 1922, play tells story of young Millie Dillmount who has just moved to the city in search of a new life for herself. $15. Through March 23. 443-4572; Loveland.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Free, donations accepted. Through April 25. 800-0164. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, 4309 Cooper Road, Youth room. Big book/ discussion meeting. Brown bag lunch optional. Open to everyone who desires healthy loving relationships. Donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous Inc. 673-0174; Blue Ash.

FRIDAY, MARCH 22 Art Exhibits The Art of Charley and Edie Harper in Needlepoint, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., The Barn Gallery. Needlepoint reproductions of Harpers’ prints stitched by Richard Gegner, who has 75 needlepoints on display on his 75th birthday. Colorful, geometric images of nature appeal to children and adults. Free. 272-3700; Mariemont. British Panoramic, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Gallery Veronique, 5305379; Symmes Township.

Dining Events Hartzell United Methodist Church Fish Fry, 4-7 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, 8999 Applewood Drive, Macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, bread, dessert and drink served with entree choices of shrimp basket, two pieces grilled chicken, two slices cheese pizza or all-you-can-eat-cod. $9, $4 ages 5-10, free ages 4 and under. Through March 29. 891-8527, ext. 1. Blue Ash.

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

Health / Wellness Health Screenings, 10 a.m.-

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

On Stage - Comedy Nick Vatterott, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $8-$14. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.

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

SATURDAY, MARCH 23 Art & Craft Classes Open Create, Noon-5 p.m., Hyatt Art Studio, $25. 561-0677; Madeira.

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

Benefits Cycle for a Cause, 8 a.m.-noon, Blue Ash YMCA, 5000 YMCA Drive, Doors open 7 a.m. Participants are asked to ride between one and four hours during indoor cycling marathon. Cyclists who prefer to ride their own bicycle, rollers or trainers are welcome. Pledges must be submitted by March 23. There will be prizes and raffles. Benefits Blue Ash YMCA Membership for All program. Pledges: $50 for two or more hours; $25 for ever hour completed. Registration required. 791-5000; Blue Ash.

Cooking Classes Good Foods for Easter: A Kid’s Class with Alysia Fuchs, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Cooks’ Wares, 11344 Montgomery Road, $35. Reservations required. 489-6400. Symmes Township.

Associates, 4460 Red Bank Expressway, Suite 100, Topic: Preventing complications. Small group discussions of Type 2 diabetes led by Jan Kellogg, certified diabetes educator. For people with prediabetes and/or type 2 diabetes. $30 all four sessions; or $10 per session. 271-5111; Madisonville. MELT Hand And Foot Treatment Workshop, 11 a.m.-noon, Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Erase pain and tension in your hands, feet, neck and low back brought on by everyday stress, overuse and age. Ages 18 and up. $50. Reservations required. 290-8217; Blue Ash.

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

Music - Blues Diamond Jim Dews Band, 7-11 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, 697-9705; Loveland.

Music - Classical

Music - Rock The Gamut, 7:30-11 p.m., deSha’s American Tavern, 11320 Montgomery Road, 247-2380; Montgomery.

On Stage - Comedy Nick Vatterott, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $8-$14. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery. Red, White and Tuna, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township. Thoroughly Modern Millie, 7:30-10 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, $15. 4434572; Loveland.

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

Health / Wellness Diabetes Conversation Maps, 10 a.m.-noon, Lisa Larkin, M.D. &

On Stage - Theater Red, White and Tuna, 2 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

MONDAY, MARCH 25 Art Exhibits British Panoramic, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Gallery Veronique, 5305379; Symmes Township.

Clubs & Organizations Cincinnati Toastmasters Club No. 472 Meeting, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Paul Community United Methodist Church, 8221 Miami Road, Public speaking and leadership skills meeting. Family friendly. Free. Through July 22. 351-5005; Madeira.

Exercise Classes

On Stage - Theater

Exercise Classes

Nick Vatterott, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, $8-$14. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Music - Concerts

Opera, Wine and Dine, 6:30 p.m., Greenacres Arts Center, 8400 Blome Road, Cincinnati Opera performs selections from variety of operas. Followed by dinner paired with specially selected wines. $80. Registration required. 891-4227; Indian Hill. A Peek into Pinterest, 2 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Learn how to use Pinterest, an online community pin-board. Ages 18 and up. Free. 369-4450. Deer Park.

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Dance Classes

Dining Events


The State of the Secular Movement, 1-3 p.m., Hannaford Suites Hotel, 5900 E. Galbraith Road, Representing two major secular movement organizations focused on youth, August Brunsman (executive director, Secular Student Alliance) and Amanda K. Metskas (executive director, Camp Quest Inc.) share perspectives on where secular movement in United States is heading in next few years. Free. 404-8191; Sycamore Township.

JS Chamber Ensemble, 7:30-9 p.m., St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 10345 Montgomery Road, Performing J. S. Bach’s Keyboard Concerto No. 3 in D, the Art of Fugue and Antonio Vivaldi’s the Four Seasons. Free. Presented by JS Chamber Ensemble. 970-631-3844; Montgomery. Music at Ascension, 7:30 p.m., Ascension Lutheran Church, 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Sanctuary. Playing Schumann to Bolcom. Robert Conda, piano, and Jennifer Cluggish-Leong, violin. Free, donations accepted. 793-3288. Montgomery.

Shopping Macy’s Prom Shopping Party, 1 p.m., Macy’s-Kenwood, 7800 Montgomery Road, See the hottest trends while shopping with store’s in-house stylist. With mini-makeovers, sips and sweets, prizes and more. 7458980; Kenwood.

SUNDAY, MARCH 24 Art & Craft Classes Open Create, Noon-5 p.m., Hyatt Art Studio, $25. 561-0677;


Art Exhibits

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

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

Summer Camp - Sports Skyhawks Spring Break Multisport Camp, 9 a.m.-noon, TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Daily through March 28. Athletic camp includes baseball, basketball and soccer. Ages 5-9. $85. 985-0900. Montgomery.

Cooking Classes Daveed’s NEXT! Stocks and Sauces with Do-Ahead Menu with David Cook, 6:30-9 p.m., Cooks’ Wares, 11344 Montgomery Road, Learn how to make the best stocks and sauces from David Cook. $45. Reservations required. 489-6400. Symmes Township.

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

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

Nature What You Don’t Know About Bees, 7-8:30 p.m., Blue Ash Branch Library, 4911 Cooper Road, Free. Presented by Empower U Ohio. 250-4116; Blue Ash.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27 Art & Craft Classes Portrait Painting and Drawing Class, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Drawing and Painting from a clothed model. $120 per session of four classes. Reservations required. 259-9302. Mariemont. Free Knitting Classes, 7-8:30 p.m., Milford Heights Church of Christ, 1646 Ohio 28, Basic knitting techniques, fresh ideas and short devotional time. Free. 575-1874. Milford.

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

Dance Classes Zumba, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, $15. Registration required. Through April 24. 290-8217; Blue Ash. Zumba, 6-7 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash.

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

Home & Garden Winter Gardening Series, 6:30-8 p.m., Turner Farm, 7400 Given Road, Theme: Friends and Foes. Learn organic methods for protecting garden from pests and attracting beneficial insects and animals. With Melinda O’Briant and panel of experts. $12. 561-7400; Indian Hill.

Music - Acoustic Kevin Fox, 7-10 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, Free. 324-7643. Loveland.



Rita shares Passover brisket, glazed berry tart One of my most memorable catering jobs was preparing a Seder supper for a Jewish family. The research I had to do was daunting since I knew almost nothing about this holy ceremony. I knew the Rita Seder, or Heikenfeld Passover RITA’S KITCHEN meal, relived the story of the Israelites’ deliverance from bondage in Egypt. I knew too the term Passover meant that the angel of death “passed over” those doorposts marked with lamb’s blood, so that the firstborn son would not be slain. My knowledge about what foods to serve was just about nil, so you can imagine the time spent in learning! One of the recipes I used was this one for brisket.

Delicious Passover brisket

Adapted from Zel Schulman’s book “Let My People Eat!” I love this brisket. I like to make mine in a slow cooker. 3 pounds brisket 1 12 oz. bottle chili sauce 1 ⁄2cup dark brown sugar, packed or bit more to taste 1 10 oz. can beef broth 1 really large onion, sliced 1 ⁄4teaspoon ground cloves

2 bay leaves

Put everything in sprayed slow cooker and cook on low 8-10 hours or until tender. Or bake, covered, in preheated 325 degree oven for about 50 minutes per pound. Remove bay leaves.

Glazed Three-Berry Tart

I consider recipes people share with me “food gifts.” And I usually can’t wait to make it for myself and then share with you. That’s how I feel about this tart. I first tasted this at daughter-in-law Jess’ home. She got the recipe from her friend, Amy Obermeyer. This is a stunning recipe for a holiday dinner or any time you want to have a special dessert that looks a lot harder to make than it is. It does require a tart pan. I’ve adapted the recipe only slightly. Preheat oven to 350. Tart shell: Approximately 9 soft coconut macaroon cookies, crumbled fine (2 cups) 1 cup ground pecans 2 tablespoons butter, softened

Combine macaroons, pecans and butter and press firmly into a 10- to 11-inch tart pan. Bake for 15-18 minutes. Cool. This can be made a day ahead and kept covered in the

refrigerator. Filling: ⁄2cup whipping cream 8 oz. cream cheese, softened 1 ⁄3cup sugar 1 tablespoon orange juice 2 teaspoons vanilla 1/2teaspoon almond extract (optional, but very good) 1

Whip cream until soft peaks form. Set aside. Beat cream cheese and sugar until blended. Add orange juice, vanilla and almond extract. Fold in whipped cream. Chill at least 2-4 hours. Spoon into tart shell, smoothing top. Fruit topping: About 3 cups fresh berries (raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, etc. are good)

Arrange on top of tart, and then glaze. Glaze: Mix together and heat until warm.

for 1 hour and 10 minutes, and it was delicious,” she said.

Quiche recipe a hit

From Debbie Motz: “My husband has made your quiche recipe two times since the Feb. 27 publishing. We both love the simplicity of the recipe and it is so delicious. Thank you for sharing.”

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White chicken chili from Nick & Tom’s Bridgetown Restaurant. Reader Mary Ellen T. visited this restaurant for the first time. “What a treat. The white chicken chili is to die for. Lean meat and no beans.” When Mary Ellen asked if the restaurant would share the recipe, the answer was no, but the chili is available for take-

Glazed Three-Berry Tart is a stunning recipe for a holiday dinner or any time you want to have a special dessert that looks a lot harder to make than it is. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD

out. So now Mary Ellen hopes someone has a similar recipe.

Fun recipes for Easter

Check out my blog for naturally colored Easter eggs and marbled eggs.

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

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Tips from readers’ kitchens

Blender banana bread redo: Jean Heenan made a more healthful version of my blender banana bread. She lowered the sugar to 2⁄3 cup and used cinnamon applesauce instead of oil. She added a cup of fresh blueberries to the bread, as well. “I had to bake it

Tye president of Realtors group Community Press staff report MONTGOMERY — Montgomery real estate professional Derek Tye has been elected president of the Southern Ohio Association of Realtors’ 2013 board of directors. Tye recently was named president of the Montgomery Chamber of

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RELIGION Ascension Lutheran Church

The church is observing Lent with Wednesday evening services at 7 p.m. (through Wednesday, March 20). Soup supper is offered Wednesday, March 20. Worship is quiet and contemplative, focusing on observing the season of Lent. The first Spring Concert at Ascension will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23. This begins the ninth year for this series. The concert will feature former Ascension musician, pianist Robert Conda, along with another musician who has played at Ascension services, violinist Jennifer CluggishLeong. The concerts are free and open to the community. Two women’s groups gather regularly at Ascension. The Women’s Bible Study meets Thursdays (except the second week) at 9:45 a.m. The women are reading a book from the Sisters Series entitled “Unfailing love: Growing Closer to Jesus Christ.” The Wheel of Friendship meets monthly on the second Thursday at 9:30 a.m. for Bible Study, fellowship and outreach. Childcare is provided for both groups and guests are always welcome. Worship services are at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday School, confirmation and adult forum are at 9:45 a.m. Ascension is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 793-3288.

Bethel Baptist Temple

Uprising, an exciting new student ministry, is coming to Bethel on Friday nights from 7


p.m. to 9 p.m., beginning Friday, April 5. All teens are invited to a time of worship, fun and making new friends. The adult, teen and children’s Sunday School classes come together for an hour of skits from the drama team, children’s songs, games, penny wars and more during Round Up Sunday, offered during Sunday School hour on the first Sunday of each month. Visitors and their families are welcome to join the fun. Sunday School is 10 a.m.; Sunday worship is 11 a.m. The church offers AWANA children’s Bible clubs during the school year at 7 p.m. Wednesdays for children ages 2 through sixth grade. Contact the church for information. A small group Bible study is offered Wednesday evenings at the church at 7:30 p.m. The church is at 8501 Plainfield Road, Sycamore Township; 891-2221;

Blue Ash Presbyterian Church

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a.m; Easter breakfast, 9 a.m.; Celebration of the Resurrection Worship, 10:30 a.m.; and an Easter Egg Hunt – immediately following 10:30 a.m. Worship service on March 31. Join the Thoughtful Christian group on Sundays at 9 a.m. in the church library. Jacob’s Ladder is the theme for Sunday School (pre-K through 12thgrade); these classes are taught after the children’s sermon in the worship service. Sunday worship services are at 10:30 a.m. Nursery care is available. Sunday sermons are recorded and available on the church website. The church is at 4309 Cooper Road; 791-1153l;

Brecon United Methodist Church

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

Chabad Jewish Center

This year, in Cincinnati, the Chabad Jewish Center is opening its doors once again for their community-wide family public Passover Seder. This special event is open to all members of the Jewish community, regardless of affiliation, synagogue membership or financial means. The evening will be integrated with Chassidic tales, spiritual insights and Jewish humor and an inviting atmosphere of warmth and acceptance. Held Tuesday, March 26, at the Chabad Jewish Center, the unique Seder experience will be led by Rabbi Yisroel Mangel and will feature explanation and commentary based on mystical and Kabbalistic insights, humor and song. A sumptuous four-course holiday dinner will be served with hand-baked Matzah and choice of wine. Admission is $33 for adults, $23 for children. Space is limited; reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Bring a new family to our Seder and your whole family will receive 50 percent off. Nobody will be turned away for lock of funds or financial difficulties. For more information and to RSVP, call 513-793-5200, or visit

Chabad is at 3977 Hunt Road, Cincinnati; 793-5200;

Church of the Saviour United Methodist

Lighthouse Baptist Church

Breakfast and the Easter Bunny is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 23. Everyone is invited to a free morning of Easter fun, including clowns, live animals, pancake breakfast, Easter crafts, bounce house, pictures with the bunny, games and multiple Easter egg hunts. Call for details. Holy Week worship is as follows; Maundy Thursday, 7:30 p.m. March 28; Good Friday, 7:30 p.m., March 29; and Easter Sunday, 8:20 a.m., 9:40 a.m. and 11 a.m., March 31. Men’s basketball plays every Thursday night at 7 p.m. All skill levels are welcome. Weekday Children’s Activities – Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays (9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.). Afternoon session is available on Tuesday. Register on-line at The annual rummage sale is coming, at 7 p.m, May 29 and 9 a.m. May 30. The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242; 791-3142.

Community Lighthouse Church of God

Sunday services are 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Wednesday service is 7 p.m. The church is at 4305 Sycamore Road, Sycamore Township; 984-5044.

Hartzell United Methodist Church

New members class meets at 5:30 p.m., Sundays in the pastor’s office. For more information, call the Rev. Robert Roberts at 891-8527, ext. 2. Adult Bible Study meets Wednesdays at 1 p.m. in the Pastor’s Office. Current book: “Why Am I A United Methodist?” The Way, The Truth & The Life Seekers Small Group meets Sundays 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. for dessert and drinks, usually in Fellowship Hall. Contact David or Melissa Dennis for more information on this group at 984-6395. Lent fish fry Fridays are 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. through March 29, at the church. Adults are $9, children ages 5-10 are $4 and children ages 4 and under dine free. Menu includes maraconi and cheese cole slaw, bread, homemade dessert and drink served with entree choice of shrimp basket, two-piece grilled chicken breast or two slices of cheese pizza or all you can eat cod. For additional information,

Sunday 9:30 &11:00 a.m. Loveland High School, off of Rich Rd. 683-1556

call 891-8527. The church is at 8999 Applewood Drive, Blue Ash; 8918527.

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

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

Service times are 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Holy Week services are: Tennebrae, 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 27; Maundy Thursday, 7 p.m. March 28; Good Friday, 7 p.m., March 29; Stations of the Cross at noon and 7 p.m. and Easter Vigil 7 p.m. Saturday, March 30; and Easter Sunday 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. March 31. St. Barnabas serves a large scale dinner on the fourth Friday of each month at Churches Active in Northside. Call the church office for details or to offer to provide a dish, help service or do both. St. Barnabas Book Club will meet Wednesday, April 3, to discuss “Prague Winter: A Personal Story of War ad Remembrance.” St. Barnabas Choir rehearsals are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays. There is no requirement other than a willing heart and a desire to serve. The St. Barnabas Youth Choir rehearses after the 10 a.m. service on Sunday. Children in second-grade and older are invited to come and sing. Calling all acolytes. If you are fourth-grade or older, please call or email the church office to help serve during the services. An Intercessory Healing Prayer Service is held the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. The Order of St. Luke, Hands of Hope chapter, meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7:15 p.m. in the library. A Men’s Breakfast group meets on Wednesday mornings at 8:30 a.m. at Steak N Shake in Montgomery. Ladies Fellowship/Religious Study Group meets on Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. at the church. The group is discussing “Desire of the Everlasting Hills” by Thomas Cahill. Friends in Fellowship meets the second Tuesday of each month

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at 6:15 p.m. for a potluck dinner at the church. Ladies Bridge meets the first and third Thursdays of the month. Contact the church office for further information. A Bereavement Support Group for widows and widowers meets the second and fourth Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The church is at 10345 Montgomery Road, Montgomery; 984-8401.

Sycamore Christian Church

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

Sycamore Presbyterian Church

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

Moeller Main Event April 20 Moeller High School will host a night of festivities Saturday, April 20, as it celebrates with parents, alumni and past parents during its annual charity auction benefiting tuition assistance. This year’s theme is “An Evening in Tuscany.” This is the 28th year for the Main Event, which supports tuition assistance at the all-boys Catholic school. The night begins with a Mass at 5 p.m. and is followed by a silent auction and raffles. Some of the bigger items up for bid this year include: » condos in Park City and Reynolds Plantation; » Reds diamond seats; » a baseball weekend in Chicago to see both the White Sox vs. Twins and the Cubs vs. Reds; » Jewelry pieces from Jester’s Jewelers, EDB’s and James Free; » Ohio State Varsity “O” football tickets and much more. Tickets for the evening are $125 per person and can be bought online at For additional information, call or email Louise Hoelker at (513) 791-1680 ext. 1304 or .



NEWSMAKERS Lefton a ‘Super Lawyer’ Symmes Township resident David H. Lefton has been recognized by 2013 Ohio Super Lawyers. Ohio Super Lawyers showcases outstanding Lefton lawyers in Ohio who are recognized by their peers for professional accomplishments. Only five percent of Ohio lawyers are chosen as Ohio Super Lawyers. In selecting this year’s group of honorees, candidates were evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Lefton achieved this recognition by focusing his practice on helping individuals, families and business owners achieve their estate planning goals. He provides comprehensive estate plans based on the unique needs

of each client. Lefton maintains an estate planning blog at Lefton has also been nominated for the position of division secretary for the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division (GPSolo Division) of the American Bar Association. As secretary, Lefton will become a member of the divisions’ executive committee, which governs the division between meetings of the division’s council. Lefton is an equity partner in the law firm of Barron, Peck, Bennie & Schlemmer.

Reynolds a select advisor

Montgomery resident Scott Reynolds has been named one of a select group of Waddell & Reed’s financial advisors who qualifies for the firm’s Career Development Conference. Reynolds, 31, has been a professional in the financial services industry

for two years, and counsels clients throughout the Cincinnati community on their ongoing financial affairs and goals. He joined Reynolds Waddell & Reed in 2011. Reynolds is a member of the board of directors for the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce, and earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from Mercyhurst University.

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Bradly Ivan D'Souza, a senior at Sycamore High School, has been invited to attend the Cambridge College Programme for the summer of 2013 to study for three weeks at Cambridge University in England. D’Souza is the member-cum-ambassador of The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS).

Fleet Feet donates shoes to help recovering addicts Fleet Feet Sports, based in Blue Ash, gave more than 20 women in City Gospel Mission's long-term addiction recovery program running shoes and held a fitting Jan. 23. The women are gearing up to run in the Flying Pig Marathon as part of City Gospel Mission's Step Forward running team. Fleet Feet general manager Meredith Rair-

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Florist donates sales to Cancer Support Community In March, you can send beautiful flowers and send hope to people fighting cancer at the same time with the special “Hope Springs Eternal” floral arrangement created by Jones the Florist in honor of Cancer Support Community. As part of their Charity in Bloom program, Jones

the Florist will donate 15 percent of all “Hope Springs Eternal” sales to CSC to help fund the nonprofit agency’s free programs of support, education, and hope for people with cancer, their family and friends, and cancer survivors. The floral arrangement features white hydran-

geas, yellow and blush roses, yellow alstroemeria, and greenery to create a beautiful springtime bouquet that is perfect to celebrate the first day of spring, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Passover or any other special occasion. “Hope Springs Eternal” will be available in three sizes priced at

$49.95, $59.95, and $69.95 and can be picked up at either Jones the Florist location (Blue Ash or downtown) or delivered locally (additional delivery fee applies). To order, call 513961-6622 or visit “We’re proud to support Cancer Support Community,” Jones the Florist

president Joe Rozier said, “because their free programs do so much to offer help and hope to local families dealing with cancer. We created 'Hope Springs Eternal' as a beautiful and uplifting tribute to the work they do and to celebrate the hope of spring.” Rick Bryan, CSC’s ex-

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YMCA partners with Jersey Mike’s for Make a Difference Month The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati is joining forces with Jersey Mike’s Subs restaurants throughout the area for the third annual March Month of Giving fundraising campaign. Money donated at local Jersey Mike’s restaurants will help the Y transform the lives of individuals throughout Greater Cincinnati by supporting their needs and helping them reach their fullest potential. During the month of March, customers can make a donation to the YMCA of Greater Cin-

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are all around us, so we hope this March, you will join us to make a difference in someone’s life.” Local participating Jersey Mike’s locations include: 9525 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash; 4776 Cornell Plaza, Blue Ash; 7346 Kenwood Road, Kenwood, and 12133 Royal Point Drive, Fields Ertel. For more information about the Month of Giving campaign, visit the websites or

Greater Cincinnati President and Chief Executive Officer Sandy Walker. Last year’s Month of Giving campaign raised nearly $858,000 for 74 different charities nationwide. “I would like to extend a personal invitation to come in and enjoy a Jersey Mike’s sub during our Month of Giving in support of your local YMCA,” said Peter Cancro, Jersey Mike’s founder and CEO. “The opportunities to give

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POLICE REPORTS BLUE ASH Arrests/citations Danielle S. White, 23, 3156 Elkhord, domestic violence (physical harm) at 10856 Reed Hartman Highway, March 10. Theresa A. Niehaus, 49, 8549 Wicklow Ave., disorderly conduct, petty theft at 4100 Hunt Road, March 11. Anthony N. Weisbrod, 26, 1005 Second St., criminal mischief at 9012 Blue Ash Road, March 7. John Kelly Kody Junkins, 23, 2415 Queen Ave., misdemeanor warrant, possession of marijuana at Westbound Interstate 275, March 10. Errol K. Boykin, 45, 5361 Cornell Road, disorderly conduct; intoxication at 5900 Pfeiffer Road, March 5.

Incidents/investigations Aggravated robbery Someone took $3,992 from Bob Evans Restaurant at 5875 Pfeiffer Road, March 9. Breaking and entering Someone took a Samsung laptop, value $600, and $20 change from Blue Ash Transmissions at 9221 Blue Ash Road, March 9. Criminal damaging/endangering Someone damaged two wall and air conditioning units, value $300 each, at Maple Dale Elementary School at 6100 Hagewa Drive, March 11. Runaway At 5095 Cook Ave., March 9. Theft

A man said someone took $199 at 3795 Fox Run Drive apartment 107, March 8.

MONTGOMERY Arrests/citations William M. Bundy, 18, 8725 Tiburon Drive, drug abuse at 10446 Deerfield Road, March 9. Shawna L. Butts, 34, 5854 Pameleen Ave., open container at 6150 Pfeiffer Road, March 8. Ellen Danielle Thieken, 20, 6245 Greenbrier Glen, prohibitions/ minors/low alcohol content/keg law violation at Northbound Interstate 71, March 8.

Incidents/investigations Destruction/damage/ vandalism of property A man said someone approached his vehicle asking for gas money and then pushed his window into the vehicle door when he refused at 9939 Montgomery Road, March 5. Lost or stolen property A man said he misplaced a bank envelope and a handicap placard at 10550 Montgmery Road, March 7. Missing person At 10500 Montgomery Road, March 10. Telecommunications harassment At 9929 Zig Zag Road, March 7. Theft A woman said someone took her purse and its contents, including $100 at 7770 Jolain Drive, March 8. Vandalism/criminal

damaging A man reported a large dent in the rear quarter panel of his vehicle at 10659 Indianwoods Drive, March 6.

SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Juvenile female, 17, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 23. Juvenile female, 15, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 22. Juvenile female, 10, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 24. Juvenile female, 16, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 24. Juvenile female, 15, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 24.

Incidents/investigations Burglary Residence entered and account compromised at 7804 Cincinnati Ave., Feb. 28. Domestic violence Female reported at Kenwood Road, Feb. 22. Identity theft Reported at 8310 Gwilada Drive, Feb. 28. Theft Counterfeit bill passed at 8057 Montgomery Road, Feb. 25. Reported at 7800 Montgomery Road, Feb. 23. Iphone valued at $700 removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 24. Purse and contents of unknown

value removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 25. Reported at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 26. Theft, misuse of credit card Credit card removed and used without consent at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 28.

Ertel Road, Feb. 21. Heather Wright, 23, 440 Shademoore Park, disorderly conduct at 10440 Loveland Madeira Road, Feb. 19. Melvin Bartley, 48, 8895 Daly Road, theft at 9131 Fields Ertel, Feb. 19.



Arrests/citations Michael Swank, 42, 6418 Sauterine Drive, theft at 9201 Fields Ertel Road, Feb. 25. Barry Nenter, 66, 4188 Fox Hollow Drive, theft at 11390 Montgomery Road, Feb. 23. Samantha Delamarche, 19, 113 West Line, theft at 9201 Fields

ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Community Press publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: » Blue Ash, Chief Chris Wallace, 745-8573 » Montgomery, Chief Don Simpson, 985-1600 » Sycamore Township, Lt. Tom Butler, 774-6351 or 683-3444 » Symmes Township, Lt. Tom Butler, 774-6351 or 683-3444



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Burglary Residence entered and DVD player, television of unknown value removed at 8700 Creekscape Lane, Feb. 26. Criminal damaging Tires of unknown value removed at 8915 Harper’s Pointe Drive, Feb. 15. Theft

Wallet and contents of unknown value removed at 11850 Enyart Road, Feb. 23. Vehicle removed at 8900 Glendale-Milford Road, Feb. 24. Purse and contents of unknown value removed at 11251 Montgomery Road, Feb. 26. Medication of unknown value removed at 8693 Harper's Point, Feb. 23. Keys of unknown value removed at 8871 Weekly Lane, Feb. 22. Ice cream chest valued at $850 removed at 10090 Kemper Road, Feb. 17.



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Reflecting Afinia Dental’s commitment to always provide its patients the highest quality service, Afinia has added the Vatech PaXDuo3D Plus imaging system to its new, state-ofthe-art location located at 9415 Fields Ertel Road near Mason. This device produces superior image quality, giving Afinia’s dentists a clear view of a patient’s particular dental issue, and allowing them to make a fast and accurate diagnosis. It also ensures patient comfort and promotes patient safety. The PaX-Duo3D Plus is a dental imaging sys-

tem that provides multiple views of a patient’s mouth and jaw. Its 3D imaging creates an innovative way for dentists and endodontists to quickly evaluate which treatments would be best for their patients. The PaX-Duo3D Plus offers patients a much lower x-ray dose than other imaging equipment, reducing radiation by 40 to 60 percent. This helps ensure the safety of Afinia patients. For more information about Afinia Dental and its focus on patient care, please visit or call (513) 746-8228.

Blue Ash youth earns Ad Altare Dei emblem Rohan D'Souza was awarded the Ad Altare Dei Emblem, by the Most Rev. Joseph R. Binzer Jan. 27 at The Cathedral of Saint Peterin-Chains. D’Souza is a freshman at Sycamore High School and lives in Blue Ash. The Ad Altare Dei program is designed for Boy Scouts of the Catholic Church, 13- to 14-

years-old. Ad Altare Dei is organized into steps based on the seven Sacraments. The goal of the program is to foster faith growth within the Scout. D'Souza, 14, is a first class in Boy Scouts Troop 18 at Saint Saviour Catholic Church and the son of Harold and Dancy D'Souza.

Sycamore High School students Aaron Myers, John Grossheim, Daniel Harmon and James Reece share details of their Eagle Scout projects which enhanced the Symmes Nature Trail during a recent Board of Education meeting. At left is Steve Reinke, a Symmes teacher who has been committed to ongoing expansion and improvements to the trail. THANKS TO ERIKA DAGGETTE

Eagles spotted on Symmes Nature Trail It began more than 20 years ago, when Symmes Elementary staff members and parents created the Symmes Nature Trail. “We are really fortunate to have a beautiful extension of nature in the backyard of Symmes Elementary,” said Anne Van Kirk, Symmes principal. “Since 1992, the nature trail has offered tranquility, education and beauty all in one.” For the last five years, the trail has flourished with the help of Sycamore students and parents under the guidance of Steve Reinke, a Symmes teacher who has been committed to ongoing expansion and improvements to the trail. “My vision for the trail

is to create and firmly establish an inquiry-based school and community land lab for use by all Sycamore students, families and community organizations,” Reinke said. The urban, forested property is complete with streams and other natural features that offer handson outdoor learning. In addition to box turtles and other wildlife, recently some Eagles were spotted on the trail. Eagles, as in Eagle Scouts. Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America. In addition to earning at least 21 merit badges, an Eagle Scout must plan, organize, lead and manage a

service project. And thanks to the Eagle Scout projects of five Sycamore High School students, bridges and bird blinds, trail steps and learning areas were all recently added to the nature trail. John Grosshiem, a junior, and James Reece, a senior, earned the highest rank already: Grossheim built a bird blind, offering a close up view of wildlife. Reece cut part of a new one-mile loop trail. On their way to the top rank, Aaron Myers, a junior, finished the other half of the trail and built bridges over gullies. Robby Lucian, a junior, built 24 steps from the top of the trail to the stream using railroad ties and con-

touring. Still under way is an environmental working area: Daniel Harmon, a senior, has cleared a 40-by-40 foot section of honeysuckle and weeds to build four decks that would provide a flat area where students and community members can work. His project should be completed this summer. “These projects enhanced students’ knowledge of environmental stewardship and sustainability, while allowing them to fulfill volunteer requirements,” Reinke said. “They have benefited the district and community by improving our nature trail and providing enhanced learning opportunities for students.”

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