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A record-breaking crowd of approximately 215 local graduates, current students, recently admitted high school seniors and friends of the University of Notre Dame gathered at St. Xavier High School for the Notre Dame Club of Greater Cincinnati’s annual Communion Breakfast. SEE LIFE, B1 JOSEPH FUQUA III/STAFF

Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips walk by as Sycamore High School choir waits to sings the National Anthem before the start of a game last season.

One for Books

Sycamore Junior High School students shared by donating loose change every morning of the week of the recent book fair. The sharing “One for Books” was a promotion in the Connections (homeroom) class. The money collected by each class will be used to donate books for Operation Give Back and Winton Hills Academy, sister school to Sycamore Junior High. SEE SCHOOLS, A5

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Cincinnati Red, Sycamore green fit like a glove By Jeanne Houck

When the Cincinnati Reds Opening Day rolls around, Symmes Township resident Elizabeth Reece will be transported back to a special time last September. Reece and her fellow members of the Sycamore Junior High School Choir had just finished singing the “Star-Spangled Banner” at a Reds game. “I remember hearing the echoes of our last note returning to us off the stadium,” said Reece, who took a soprano part. “I remember standing on the field, looking up into the stands, and thinking that the television doesn’t really do justice to its grandeur. “The entire event was awe-

inspiring, and if I was asked, I would do it again in without question or hesitation,” Reece said. Reece is too old to return with the junior high school choir when it sings the national anthem at the Monday, Sept. 19, game. She’s now a freshmen at Sycamore High School. But one of last year’s oldest singers will be returning. That’s eighth-grade language arts teacher Marc Stern, a 1990 graduate of Sycamore High School widely considered the biggest Reds fan among the school district staff. Stern is a singer; he played the scarecrow in the Sycamore Junior High School’s 1985 production of “The Wizard of Oz.” He said last year’s performance of the “Star-Spangled Banner” at the Reds game was unforgettable.


Symmes Township resident Elizabeth Reece sang the Star-Spangled Banner with the Sycamore Junior High School Choir at a Reds game last September. She’s now a freshman at Sycamore High School. “Although the performance only lasted for a few short minutes, it was thrilling to observe the intricacies of what goes into the preparation of a Major League game,” Stern said. “It’s not something you get to experience in the stands. “Although the sights and sounds while on the field were memorable, what sticks out most in my mind was the smell of the grass,” Stern said. “You would think each blade was individually manicured to be that fresh.” Stern said he doesn’t think this September’s performance will be able to match his September 2010 experience, because that was his first. “It would never be like the first time; however, I’ll get the opportunity to watch new students, par-

“Although the sights and sounds while on the field were memorable, what sticks out most in my mind was the smell of the grass. You would think each blade was individually manicured to be that fresh.”

Marc Stern Sycamore language arts teacher

ents and staff participate in their first time,” Stern said. “That will be rewarding, too.” Although this September will be just the second time the Sycamore Junior High School Choir has sung the national

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Bike master plan remains a priority By Amanda Hopkins

The Evendale bike master plan process has slowed down, but recreation commission chair Michele Gottschlich said it is still a priority. Gottschlich is an active member of the Connecting Active Communities Coalition. The group includes representatives from Blue Ash, Reading, Sharonville, Woodlawn, Glendale and Evendale. She is also the chair of the Evendale Recreation Commission. She said all of the fieldwork

has been completed for the bike master plan and the recreation commission is working on the reports for an upcoming meeting with Gottschlich the stakeholders. Gottschlich said there will also be a public forum in the early summer to let residents have the chance to see the bike master plan. Gottschlich and Evendale Councilman Stiney Vonderhaar are

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The Connecting Active Communities Coalition meet again from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, at the Blue Ash Municipal Complex, 4343 Cooper Road. also working creating a bike logo for the village of Evendale. The two were also part of a group that visited the Evendale portion of the Mill Creek. Gottschlich said the portion is relatively clean and that residents would benefit from a path along

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the Mill Creek to connect neighboring communities. The path would connect Evendale with Reading and Sharonville. Robin Corathers, executive director of the Mill Creek Restoration Project and member of the Connecting Active Communities Coalition, said she would look into Clean Ohio Conservation Fund grant money to help communities with projects along the Mill Creek. The Connecting Active Communities Coalition meet again from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, at the Blue Ash Municipal Complex, 4343 Cooper Road.



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Princeton considers open enrollment By Kelly McBride

Princeton is considering whether to offer open enrollment to students outside the Princeton district. Currently, Princeton employees who live outside the district have the option of enrolling their children in Princeton schools. The board is weighing the possibility of making that offer to the general public, as well.

The economy is playing a part in this discussion. “In these economic times, it makes sense to have this conversation,” Superintendent Gary Pack said. “We’re doing everything we can to bring value to our taxpayers. This is one way to do that,” said Pack. The state of Ohio reimburses school districts $5,670 per student, though it costs more than that to educate a child each year.


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Princeton would receive those funds if the student attended school in the district. Some schools are below capacity, and open enrollment would help fill those seats in the classroom. If one class is made up of 10 students, and another has 20 students, the district still has to hire a teacher for each, and has to light and heat the classrooms. In that case, the extra money per-pupil would benefit Princeton.



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The district has the discretion to choose which school an out-ofdistrict student attends. “The key is to match outside kids with empty chairs,” according to Tom O’Neill, Princeton’s director of communications. Princeton has noted that students who live within district boundaries won’t be displaced. Out-of-district students would be placed in the following order: • children of employees; • students currently attending

surpassed circulation at 15 branch libraries and has been growing at a rate of 300 percent each month in comparison to the same month last year. To meet the demand, the library’s collection of downloadable eBooks is expanding and includes thousands of bestselling titles with no late fees. Learn to use the library’s downloadable collection to borrow eBooks at the Deer Park Branch Library at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, 3970 E. Galbraith Road.

Blue Ash leaf pickup

There is one-time spring curbside leaf collection day by Blue Ash crews scheduled for Monday, April 11. Leaves must be raked to the curb by 6 a.m. Monday for collection by the city. Leaves put out after city crews have already serviced a street will not be collected curbside by city crews.


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Just a reminder also that Rumpke will collect leaves year round on regularly scheduled waste collection day. Rumpke requires leaves be bagged or placed in the Rumpke waste wheeler or personal garbage can. Rumpke will not collect loose piles of leaves. Questions regarding leaf pickup can be directed to the Service Department Center at 686-1250.

Passover celebration

American Jewish Committee, dedicated to global Jewish advocacy, will celebrate Passover, the festival of freedom, with the 18th annual AJC Community Intergroup Seder Thursday, April 14, at the Mayerson Jewish Community Center in Amberley Village. AJC invites people of varied religious, ethnic, and racial backgrounds – diplomats, church groups, high school students, and the pub-

lic – to share the Passover holiday’s theme of freedom for all by joining in the ritual. Rabbi Gary P. Zola, director of the American Jewish Archives at Hebrew Union College, will officiate at the popular event. All who attend will read from the Haggadah, the retelling of the Biblical story of the Exodus from Egypt. Seder chair Andrew Heldman has organized dozens of AJC volunteers, who will serve ritual foods, host the lunch, and answer questions asked by the people at their tables. Because the AJC Seder takes place at noon instead of the usual sunset hour, grape juice will be served instead of wine. For Seder reservations at $12, please call 621-4020 before April 7. After the Seder, guests may take an optional tour of the sanctuary of the adjacent Rockdale Temple.

Continued from A1 “The Sycamore Junior High Boy Choir was the very first group to ever perform the national anthem at the Reds game,” said Erika Daggett, chief information officer for the Sycamore Community Schools. By the way, don’t be surprised if you see district Superintendent Adrienne James warming up her pitching arm this season.

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“If the Sycamore Junior High School sells a certain amount of tickets (now unknown, for the Sept. 19 game), Dr. James will throw the first pitch of the game as well,” Daggett said.

Opening (Day) lines As a celebration of Opening Day (which is tomorrow, by the way), Northeast Suburban Life asked readers to share their favorite Cincinnati Redsrelated memories. “I can’t wait for Opening Day! I am the biggest Reds fan. I asked for Opening Day tickets for my birthday and I can’t wait for the game. I am ruining my pefect attendance at school for this awesome day. I have Reds fever. “I definitely have a Reds shrine in my bedroom. I have Reds bedding, wallpaper, framed jerseys, tons of bobbleheads, and pictures of the players from Redsfest. “I got to meet with Matt Maloney and his wife at Redsfest. We talked about baseball, yoga, and working out. I follow him on Twitter and I love when he replies back to me. I hope he makes the team for Opening Day.”

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Church trip to Belize ‘a tradition’ By Rob Dowdy


Rachel Frappier, member of Horizon Community Church, plays with a child during the church’s recent mission trip to Belize. This is the eighth year the church has gone to Belize. ference in hundreds of people’s lives. Indian Hill resident Dr. Greg Frappier has been on three mission trips to Belize. In previous trips Frappier has educated Belize doctors on using ultrasound equipment as well as assisted them in surgical procedures. Frappier said he plans to bring a Belize doctor to Cincinnati in the coming months for more training with the ultrasound equipment, in hopes that that doctor can train others in his home country. John Kirby, connections pastor at Horizon, said the


Chris Bowman was one of 45 Horizon Community Church members to go on the recent mission trip to Belize. Volunteers saw sick patients and built two homes during the trip.


Surgeons (from left) Allison Holapfel, Chris Savage, Devinder Mangat and Kristina Tansavadti performed more than 100 surgeries during Horizon Community Church’s mission trip to Belize. mission typically takes approximately 45 church members to the same area of Belize for the past eight years. He said this year’s mission was able to eclipse the record amount of work done last year, with surgeons performing 31 more surgeries than last year. Kirby said Horizon members are already looking forward to the next trip. “After all these years, there’s so many people who have gone, it’s a tradition,” he said. For more information on your community, visit www.

Blue Ash fire hydrant maintenance begins The Blue Ash Fire Department is performing its spring service to fire hydrants within the city. This routine maintenance is important to assure continued proper operation of hydrants. Examples of the work to be performed on hydrants include: • flushing hydrants, which will cause sediment and the water to discolor until the sediment settles; • lubricating and operating the hydrants; • replacing worn parts; • weeding around hydrants, either by cutting the weeds or by use of a chemical weed retardant. Selected hydrants will be flow tested, requiring large volumes of water to be run during a longer time to gather accurate readings related to water pressure and quantity. Residents are reminded not to position plantings

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Members from Horizon Community Church recently returned from their annual mission to Belize. The church, which until recently met in Indian Hill, travels to Belize each year, bringing surgeons, doctors and laborers to the country to build homes and offer medical support. During the mission trip, volunteers filled 1,400 prescriptions, saw 900 patients in four villages, performed more than 100 surgeries and built two homes. Indian Hill resident Dr. Devinder Mangat was one of several surgeons on the trip. He said this was his sixth mission trip to Belize, and plans to go back again. “I’ll continue to go as long as I have my surgical abilities,” Mangat said. Mangat, who’s a plastic surgeon, said the trip is a lot of hard work, but it’s worth it because of the kindness of the people there have for the assistance. “They’re probably the most grateful people you’ll ever meet,” said Allison Holzapfel, who went on the trip for the first time this year. Holzapfel said the mission trip was “exhausting,” but she felt the work being done by the Horizon mission trip was making a dif-


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Princeton board OKs funds for construction projects By Kelly McBride

Princeton’s board of education approved spending for several projects related to the construction of a new middle school and high school. The approved contracts will be paid through bond funding approved by taxpayers of the district in November. Among the expenditures: • $24,350 to m.a.c. Paran Consulting Services Inc. for an asbestos management project at Princeton High School, Princeton Community Middle School and Lincoln Heights Elementary. • $10,000 to m.a.c.


Springdale Elementary students provide the insiprational message at the Princeton Board of Education meeting, explaining their fundraising efforts for the Ronald McDonald House. Paran Consulting for hazardous material removal at the transportation and maintenance buildings. • $22,460 to m.a.c. Paran Consulting for the decommissioning and removal of four underground storage tanks at the

transportation department. • $2,953 to MTCI/ Structured Cabling Consultant for a data connection from Princeton Middle School to the field house. • $9,100 to Genesis Mechanical Services for chiller maintenance.

• $27,375 to T&D Construction for fiber optic work from Princeton Technology Department to the Princeton Operations Center. An additional $450 was approved for yearly maintenance labor costs. • $17,350 for the Enriching Spaces Agreement for the RELIS 3 phase design proposal. • $22,239 to Simplex Proposals for additional cameras and gates at the Princeton Operations Center. • $6,821 for the Simplex proposal for RELIS devices, related to a fire alarm system. Other expenditures approved included $7,500 to JAM Entertainment for the Princeton High School

prom, and $23,984 for the after-prom event at Dave & Buster’s in Springdale. During the March 14 meeting, the board honored Princeton senior Jen Irwin, who was named a National Merit Scholarship finalist. Irwin, who will attend Fordham University in the fall, received the Dream Keeper Award. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club, has a 4.02 gradepoint average, and plays ice hockey and softball. She is a member of Princeton High's Student Leadership Team, where she serves on the advisory board, which is helping develop plans for the new high school.


Princeton School Board President Steve Moore presents Jen Irwin with a Dream Keeper Award at the March 14 meeting. Irwin was honored for her academic excellence, as well as being named a National Merit Scholarship finalist.

Indian Hill teachers praise technology in the classroom By Forrest Sellers

Indian Hill Exempted Village School District technology coordinator Arline Pique went to directly to the classroom to show the impact of technology. During a technology update to the Indian Hill Board of Education, Pique invited teachers to share their own stories about how technology has made an impact on their classes. “This is the world we live in,”

said Pique about the utilization of technology and its educational value. From Blackboard to Microsoft Office, teachers illustrated how technology has complemented their lessons. Primary school math teacher Rosa Jason uses a SMART Board in her classroom. “I feel it’s a fantastic resource and tool,” she said. “It’s adding that technological ‘oomph,’” she said. Rosa said the SMART Board provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate their learn-

ing. “It’s hands-on interaction, and they stay engaged.” Elementary school teacher Bridgette Ridley said Google Docs allows for immediate feedback. “I can be part of the process rather than the end product,” she said. “(This technology) allows for teachable moments.” Middle school teachers presented a “book trailers project” in which students prepared a moviestyle trailer using computers, while teachers in the Latin program said technology has been

invaluable in enhancing vocabulary skills. “The technology provides an opportunity to assess the students and provide (immediate) feedback,” said Latin instructor Andrea Weis. High school English teacher Gretchen Bloomstrom said computers provide “a voice” to all of the students, even those who may be less likely to speak during a discussion. “(The students) are able to have an insightful and engaging voice,” said Bloomstrom.

Beyond just the educational benefits, technology is also creating an enthusiasm for learning, according to math teacher Cody Conway. “I’ve seen the excitement it brings,” he said. Pique said projects for this school year will include finishing wireless installation at the primary school and upgrading the technology in the buildings by converting to Microsoft Office 2010 and Windows 7. For more about your community visit

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Sycamore students share books through recent book fair Scholastic Book Fairs, the organization used for the recent book fair, will match money collected with a book donation to three nonprofit organizations that give families more access to books. The organizations are The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, Kids in Need Foundation and Kids in Distressed Situations. Amid the array of books for

junior high interests were also many copies of books by Ohio author Margaret Peterson Haddix, who will be visiting in May. In addition, students were given the opportunity to purchase their own copy of “We Beat the Street,” the All-School Read selection. Nandita Sheth and Kim Lucken, PTO parent volunteers, coordinated all aspects of the book fair.

Ursuline yearbook recognized Ursuline Academy’s yearbook, PawPrints 2009-2010, has received a silver medal from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association and a “First Class” honor ranking and two marks of distinction out of five for Concept/Essentials and Photography from the National Scholastic Press Association. The yearbook, titled “iLive, iLearn, iDream,” was the project of the yearbook staff under the guidance of moderator and technology teacher Ann Brinkmann. During the school year the staff said they worked hard to incorporate the NSPA’s suggestions for making the yearbook a top-notch, journalistic publication. “Last year, our yearbook staff really focused on carrying our theme throughout the entire book, both through writing and photography,” Ursuline senior and coeditor in chief of PawPrints Erin Wallach said. “We chose the theme of the iPod because it was not only very relevant to that time period, but it

also offered a lot of creative ways in which we could express our theme, whether through the ‘i’ titles or the pictures inside of the iPods. Our staff was very small, but we all worked diligently, and we’re proud of our finished product.” Graphic design teacher Jeanine Boutiere, who worked with the editors on the yearbook’s design, said that last year’s PawPrints was a high profile opportunity for the students to work on a real-world, deadline and client-based project. “Each student contributed by illustrating an assigned portion of the cover, a divider spread or a section spread,” she said. “In the end, the whole was much greater than the parts, and the overall visual design of the book was applauded in national competition this year. It’s always a great feeling as a teacher to see our students excel and receive such positive feedback on their efforts.” Brinkmann said the goal now is to achieve an All-American ranking with five marks of distinc-

tion next year for the 2010-2011 PawPrints edition entitled “Finding Harmony.” The other senior co-editor in chief, Chelsea Zoellner, said that she and Wallach want to create a book that is more design orientated and follow a “modern yearbook” layout style with a good deal of white space and stronger feature writing. “Unlike last year, we have two photographers and graphic designers, senior Erin Kirby and junior Kelsey Boyd, and they are really helping to upgrade the overall photography and design of the book,” Zoellner said. “Our theme is much more abstract this year. ‘Finding Harmony’ refers to color harmony, the way in which other colors relate to each other, what different combinations of colors mean. We felt that this truly represented Ursuline in a more symbolic way – how we find our ‘colors’ while at Ursuline and how we are connected by the experience and color of Ursuline.”


Pride in Excellence



Sycamore accepting nominations for award

Sycamore Junior High School recently held a book fair at the school. Students seen here selecting books by their favorite authors are, from left: Ryo Nakahata, Joe Sheehan and Charis Hoard.

Sycamore Junior High School students shared by donating loose change every morning of the week of the recent book fair. The sharing “One for Books” was a promotion in the Connections (homeroom) class. The money collected by each class will be used to donate books for Operation Give Back and Winton Hills Academy, sister school to Sycamore Junior High.


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Sycamore Junior High’s Pride in Excellence students for February are, from left: front row, Grace Louis, Rebecca Wise, Allie Levine, Victoria Smith and Jon Kraft; back row, Emma Galyon, Shelby Rupp, Katherine Koechel, Andrew Smith, Gian Carlo Valli and Steven Paul. Not pictured, Michelle Johnson and Greyson Marks.

Sycamore Community Schools is accepting nominations for the Hamilton County Educational Service Center Celebrate Excellence Educator Award, an award developed to recognize and honor excellent educators within the public schools of Hamilton County. One educator from Sycamore Community Schools will be selected and honored for his or her contributions through the Celebrate Excellence initiative and will be recognized by school, business and civic leaders throughout the city at a breakfast May 27. Teachers, students, parents and community members are invited to nominate a Sycamore educator for this award which recognizes educators who hold a certified license including teachers, nurses, psychologists, counselors, speech therapists and administrators. Nomination forms, which will be accepted through March 28, are available at the Sycamore Board of Education Office, 4881 Cooper Road, and at Completed nomination forms should be sent to: Celebrate Excellence, attn.: Erika Daggett, 4881 Cooper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242. Nominations can also be emailed to daggette@sycamores with “Celebrate Excellence” in the subject line.

Characteristics of an excellent educator might include, but are not limited to: a high commitment toward student achievement; making a positive difference; continually improving personally and professionally; or leadership skills that are motivational and creative. In 2010, Chad Husting, a chemistry teacher at Sycamore High School, received the award for continually improving both personally and professionally, enthusiastically responding to new educational initiatives and being committed to his students and their understanding of chemistry, as well as their personal health and wellness. In 2009, Maggi Fridman, a math teacher at E.H. Greene Intermediate School, received the award for creating a fun and challenging environment and her devotion to understanding the learning needs of each of her students. In 2008, Dana Darbyshire, a social studies teacher at Sycamore Junior High School, was honored with the award for her hands-on learning style. And in 2007, Amy Johnson, a second-grade teacher at Maple Dale Elementary School, was honored with the award for empowering students to learn in a more efficient way and for instilling confidence in students.

HONOR ROLLS Ursuline Academy The following students have earned honors for the second quarter of 2010-2011.


Honors – Grace Adams, Allison Baker, Holly Carota, Sydney Carroll, Sarah Connaughton, Shannon Dowling, Rachel Entrup, Hanna Geisler, Mary Ann Gottschlich, Michala Grycko, Alison Hackman, Allison Hogan, Jacqueline Homan, Michelle Hricovsky, Cassandra Iker, Julie Ivers, Elisabeth Jung, Elizabeth Kiley, Kalee Koetter, Mary Grace McCuen, Natalie Michael, Kristin Rodriguez, Grace Rohs, Lauren Rom, Brooke Sabo, Chandler Sambrookes, Hanna Schlaack, Aleeya Shareef, Caroline Smith, Angelique Stanifer and Erin Tinney.


Honors – Liz Bender, Bridget Blood, Margaret Boyer, Maria Czerwonka, Shivani Desai, Mary Ernst, Darcie Gorsuch, Elizabeth Hellmann, Erin Honebrink, Kelly Kaes, Grace Kallenberg, Kelly Kopchak, Kelly Lutmer, Marissa Mitchell, Madison Nelis, Holly Nurre, Marisa Pike, Maya Prabhu, Katherine Robertson, Sydney Ruehlmann, Hallie Sansbury, Anne Tulisiak and Emily Westerfield.


First Honors – Kelsey Boyd, Melissa Carroll, Lisa Green, Marlena Hansen, Abby Jaspers, Katherine Kaes, Stephanie Lang, Caitlin Mack, Kelly Maloney, Meredith Myers, Brynne Naylor, Katherine Pawlukiewicz, Mallory Perazzo, Renee Prows, Marisa Reddy, Catherine Roberts, Kathleen Smith, Claire Soupene and Dusty Waltz. Second Honors – Marissa Bell, Lana Bonekemper, Kathryn Carrier, Alexis Grycko, Jennifer Holbrook, Kirsten Mosko, Grace Myers, Michelle Suntay, Lisa Tagariello, Katherine Webster and Diana Wiebe.


First Honors – Emily Adams, Sara Carota, Kelly Davidson, Morgan Donovan, Magdalene Egan, Tricia Hengehold, Nicole Hill, Anna Lapp, Nicole McCoy, Brigid McCuen, Mary Robertson, Carolyn Ross, Abby Ruehlmann, Jacqueline Ruggiero, Katherine Sabetta, Annie Sabo, Alexandra Schroer, Lauren Stacey, Kara Strasser, Anna Ulliman, Alison Valentine and Emily Whang. Second Honors – Kelsey Albrinck, Meredith Green, Katherine Lenart, Grace Olscamp, Kelsey Redmond, Elizabeth Tulisiak and Lauren Whang.

Tdap immunization required for incoming seventh-graders The Ohio Department of Health is requiring students entering the seventh-grade to receive a Tdap (a tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis booster) immunization. This requirement will affect the majority of incoming Sycamore Junior High seventh-graders, so parents are encouraged to speak with their primary care physician to see if the Tdap booster is needed for their child and to schedule an appointment to receive the immunization, if necessary. Once the immunization is received, parents should complete the Tdap Immunization Form and return it to the school nurse. Forms are available at, on the “District Forms” web page. Forms must be returned by the beginning of the school year. Any student who completed the original DTP/DTaP/DT series and later received Td or Tdap for any reason (such as an injury) within five years of entering the

seventh grade will not need to be re-immunized. However, parents will still need to complete and return the Tdap Immunization Form. Students who received only Td, rather than Tdap, should be immunized with Tdap five years after the Td immunization. All students entering the seventh grade must receive the vaccination by the start of the school year. Ohio law allows a 14 schoolday period for compliance, but as with other school immunization requirements, students are subject to exclusion from school if they do not provide documentation of Tdap within this time frame. For more information, parents should contact their primary care physician or call Larisa Moore, school nurse at Edwin H. Greene Intermediate School, at 686-1753 or Veronica Dawson, school nurse at Sycamore Junior High School, at 686-1763.


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Students, parents enjoy Odd Couples dance Organizers of Indian Hill High School’s Odd Couples Dance said that this year’s dance can best be described by the old cliché, “A good time was had by all.” The dance, a mother/son and father/daughter dance for juniors and seniors, was held in February in the high school’s cafeteria. Its purpose was to raise money for the Indian Hill After Prom. Event organizers Monique Sewell and Marianna Renfro said they paid attention to every detail. With the help of Leigh Anne Meurer’s creative ideas and decorations, the cafeteria was transformed. By using large silver stars, disco balls and twinkle lights, the “Dancing with the Stars” theme was apparent. They also made use of the cafeteria’s audio-visual equipment by displaying various scenes on the large screen, such as candid photographs taken during the evening and the raffle items for the night. Many area businesses,

Bob Newton (left) is enjoying the conga line with daughter Natalie at the dance.


including Ramouldo, Leslie at the Strand, Mitchell’s, Pure Concepts and Helen Adams Photography, donated items and gift certificates for the raffle. The Kremchek family donated tickets to a Cincinnati Cyclones game and a baseball autographed by Cincinnati Reds player and National League MVP Joey Votto. Also, the Madeira Kroger donated gift cards for the

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Chrissy Fixler, co-chair of this year’s After Prom, is seen her at the dance with her son, Alex.


The event co-chairs were, from left, Monique Sewell and Marianna Renfro. raffle, food and cases of bottled water. Nearly 240 mothers, sons, fathers and daughters attended the dance.

“Monique and I are so excited to reestablish this as a fun and well attended event. We’ve heard a lot of great feedback from the

kids,” said Renfro. “Several girls said it was more fun than Homecoming, and one even said she wished her dad could go with her to prom.” “This year, we raised $5,000 which is nearly double the proceeds from last year,” said Sewell. “Raising money for After

Prom was one of our main objectives, so we feel very satisfied.” The other objective was for everyone to have fun, said the organizers. Jim LaBarbera was the DJ for the evening, helping dancers party to The Electric Slide, the chicken dance and a spontaneous conga line.

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The Sycamore Junior High MathCounts team came in third place at the recent 28th annual MathCounts State Competition at Columbus State Community College. Team members include, from left, Katie Steinberg, Bennett Smith, sponsor Kelly Abbas, Jacob Wang (who placed eighth individually), Joseph Vaz and Maya Sheth. Not pictured, Matthew Vaughn and Jonathan Weng.


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Myron Kilgore of Springfield Township and Terry Horan of Montgomery and were recipients of St. Xavier High School’s top honors. Kilgore will receive the Magis Award recognizing people who have made exceptional contributions of service to St. Xavier High School May 3 at the annual President’s Dinner at Xavier University’s Cintas Center. Horan will receive the Insignis Award at the dinner. The award is the highest honor the school can afford an alumnus, presented to a graduate who has served God, his family and his community in an outstanding manner. “Terry Horan really represents somebody who has taken what he learned at St. Xavier and turned that into an extremely successful business,” said St. Xavier High School President Father Tim Howe S.J. “He is an outstanding

husband and father. He has also given back very generously to the s c h o o l , making sure Horan other young men can benefit the way he did and carry on the tradition of excellence here. “I’ve been struck as I’ve come back here to St. X to hear so many stories of how Myron has impacted people’s lives for the better. “Not just students and alumni, but fellow faculty and staff members, too. He’s done that in a wide variety of roles as teacher, as coach, as trustee, as tutor and as volunteer. “They both serve as a model of what it means to be a Catholic educator, a Catholic man. They have a passion for the school and have been excellent leaders and ambassadors for St. X.” Kilgore was the first

African American teacher at St. X, joining the English department in the 1964-65 school year, where he remained for 10 years. During that time he also served as a track and football coach. He spent six years on the board of trustees starting in 2000. He now serves as a tutor and advisor to the St. X retention program, working primarily with minority students. His grandsons Trey Kilgore (‘13) and Michael Hall (‘14) now attend the school. Horan is president and CEO of Horan Associates, annually one of the top 10 corporate supporters of Cincinnati’s United Way. The company also funds scholarships at Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati, supports arts organizations like the Cincinnati Symphony and many more.

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Lions look to take bite out of GGCL this year By Nick Dudukovich

Other area teams on the diamond

The Ursuline Academy softball team made positive strides last spring by finishing over the .500 mark with a 13-10 record. As the 2011 season gets under way, the Lions will try to build off that record as the team battles through the tough Girls’ Greater Cincinnati League Scarlet Division. Heading into the season, Ursuline head coach Brian Eve said his team was encouraged by what they were able to accomplish last spring. “We finished fifth in the league last year (out of six teams) and we weren’t in the basement for the first time in a long time,” he said. “We are very much looking forward to a difficult and competitive (season)." The Lions will field a youthful bunch this spring and will feature a steady mix of graduation dates. Broken down by class, the Lions roster consists of four freshmen, four sophomores, three juniors and three seniors. Holly Gruber of Blue Ash, Anna Callahan of Milford and ANTHONY AMORINI/CONTRIBUTOR Maria Leichty of Mason are Butler University bound Maria Leichty will be a key asset for the Lions in 2011. expected to provide senior leadership to the squad. average, 16 stolen bases, and 17 freshman. In 2010, Mehrle hit Leichty, who has signed to RBI. She also hit 12 triples. .397 with 10 extra-base hits. continue her softball career at ButSophomore Hannah Mehrle of Despite her offensive prowess, ler University next spring, led the Hamilton will also return in 2011 Mehrle’s real talents were disLions last season with a .486 after posting stellar statistics as a played in the circle.

Fast-pitch Braves back on the diamond for new season By Scott Springer

Indian Hill softball coach John Slonim took Cincinnati Hills League coach of the year honors last season and deservedly so. The Braves won but four games in 2008 and Slonim upped that total to nine wins a year later. Last spring, he doubled the amount to finish 18-8 (86, CHL). As good as he is, it’s doubtful he’ll double the mark again this year. First off, they don’t play that many games. More importantly, he lost a senior pitching-catching tandem in CHL first-teamers Becca Conn and Heidi Wagner. Indian Hill will roll this season with just two seniors, three juniors and a bevy of underclassmen. That might not equate to instant success, but it does bode well for future seasons. “I’m going to have four starting freshman,” Slonim said. “In a smaller league like this, that can happen. Plus, in a sport like softball, there’s not the physicality of soccer or basketball.” Johanna Wagner is expected to take over where her older sister,

Heidi (four-year starter), left off as a pitcher and infielder. Ally Hermes pitches and will do so to frosh receiver Samantha King. Ellie Stokley starts varsity year one in the outfield. The youngsters will be complemented by veteran starters Kelsey Bauer, Christy Wright, Jeannette Jinkinson, Katie Howe and Lindy Howe, with Bauer the only senior of the bunch. Wright is Indian Hill’s top returning player, making CHL second team as a sophomore. The third baseman hit .420 and stole 19 bases. “Real pure athlete,” Slonim said of Wright. “Nice and smooth. She had a real nice year hitting. She’s coming in healthy. Last year she played JV basketball and dinged up her finger coming in.” Wright’s junior teammates also possess some speed as shortstop Jinkinson hit .307 with 19 steals and first baseman Katie Howe was at .304 with 16 thefts. As mentioned, two freshmen, Wagner and Hermes will share the rubber. Johanna Wagner’s sister, Heidi, was Slonim’s catcher last year and he’s

equally as confident of her talent. “She could play all nine positions,” he said. “She can play infield. She’ll be the No. 2 pitcher probably behind Hermes.” Hermes and freshman catcher Samantha King play on travel softball teams, so they bring more competitive experience than Slonim traditionally sees in a freshman player. Having those two for four years is a bonus. “Are you kidding me?” Slonim said with a grateful chuckle. “That’s huge. Pitching and catching – I don’t know what percent of the game it is – but it’s awfully high in softball.” Slonim sees Reading as the CHL team to beat this year. “The coach has been there a long time,” he said. “Deer Park’s another one with a real good coach. Wyoming’s tough and we’re kind of in there. We could be anywhere from second to fifth.” Slonim points to 15 wins as a goal for his youthful team, but cautions that April weather sometimes makes it difficult to reach that figure. The “rain dance” is one move he probably won’t teach these young Braves.


The Lady Eagles and head coach Pat Hessler hope to take a big step from last season’s 11-8 record. Returning starters Alex Jeffers, Kelsie Elliott, Amanda Pritchard and Kenzie Bergh should all prove to be valuable contributors throughout the season. Newcomers Allison Arthur and Olivia Essell should also aid the Eagle’s lineup.

Mount Notre Dame

Cliff Kilian has the tough task of taking over Mount Notre Dame’s softball program after Jackie Cornelius-Bedel’s departure to Oak Hills. The Cougars are coming off a 22-7 mark (7-3 in the GGCL Scarlet) where they lost in the sectional finals to Lakota West. Cornelius-Bedel had four consecutive winning seasons, with last year’s win total her best. Unfortunately, five of MND’s best six players have moved on and this will be a very sophomore-heavy squad.

She tossed 140.2 innings and struck out 208 batters while on her way to a 12-10 record last year. Mehrle also owned a 1.44 ERA, which was the sixth-best average among Scarlet Division pitchers. Freshman Danielle Stiene of Loveland and Mackenzie Robinson of Mason are also expected to eat up some innings, which could help Mehrle stay fresh. Eve said he’s never had three pitchers during his four years at Ursuline, and is looking forward to giving his ace some relief. “Last year, Hannah threw

Kilian will inherit returning senior in Avery Larkin. Larkin catches and was first team all-GGCL in 2010 with a .389 average and 31 runs batted in. Also on the all-GGCL second team last year was Chelsea Jackson who is back as a junior third baseman. Jackson hit .295, drove in 12 runs and stole nine bases.


Sycamore’s softball team is looking for their first winning season since 2006. Last year the Lady Aves were 5-19 (2-16 in the GMC). Coach Mark Weigel returns six starters, including senior shortstop Carrie Tveita, the second leading hitter in the GMC last year at .469. Tveita has signed to play college softball for Butler. Senior Kat Pember is back after a .292 year. Pitching is where the Lady Aves lack experience as sophomore Becca Melvin saw limited action on the mound a year ago.

1,000 pitches in a week,” Eve said. “She’ll get some much needed help from (our new pitchers).” The optimism around the Ursuline program has the Lions hoping they can compete in the GGCL and advance past the sectional finals, which was where the team’s season ended last year. “If we can do those things, I would have done a better job than Dusty Baker did last year getting the Reds to the division championship, which would be monstrous,” Eve said with a laugh. For more coverage, visit

CCD softballers ready for 2011 By Nick Dudukovich

With the graduation of star pitcher Anna Lemen last spring, the Cincinnati Country Day School softball team will turn to junior Caitlin Hilberg and sophomore Caroline Gentile to lead the Indians through the 2011 season. If all goes as planned, the two pitchers should chew up a lot of innings for CCD as the squad tries to improve its 9-10 record from a season ago. Lemen picked up every CCD win last season. Her absence means that Hilberg and Gentile will have ample opportunity to establish themselves as core starters this spring. “Caitlin and Caroline did a really nice job with pitchers and catchers (in the preseason), so we’ll have to see what they do,” Indians head coach Theresa Hirschauer said. On offense, catcher Karis Kosar figures to lead the way for CCD. Kosar hit .317 last season with 19 RBI. Hirshcauer said she is looking for big things out of Kosar, who played last season coming off of shoulder surgery. Junior Rachel Neal should also be one of the squad’s impact players after ending 2010 as the squad’s third best hitter, with a .294 average.


Indian Hill’s Christy Wright goes after the ground ball at third base in a game last season. Wright is one of coach John Slonim’s returning starters. The Lady Braves were 18-8 last spring. Junior Gail Yacyshyn and senior outfielder Amanda Young are also expected to add upperclassmen leadership to CCD’s lineup as the Indians navigate their way through the Miami Valley Conference Gray Division. The Indians, who usually compete in the Scarlet Division, will compete in the Gray against the likes of North College Hill, Cincinnati Christian and St. Bernard because schools such as Summit Country Day and Clark are not field-

ing squads this season. Despite the league changes, Hirschauer and her squad expect to compete for a conference title. “We’re excited and (a league title) is our goal,” she said. “We are going to battle and see what we can do to win the league.” CCD opens up the season with a home game against Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, March 31. For more coverage, visit presspreps

mer at The Summit,” she said. Online registration for summer camps is now open. To see a schedule, find Summer Classes on the Summer Programs page at

ed Soccer Camps run by Jack Hermans and Ohio South are accepting registrations for this year’s camps. Visit to view a schedule of camps in the area, and to register online. Camps are scheduled from June through August.

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Two popular tristate coaches have moved their summer camps to Summit Country Day this year. Michael Bradley, the former NBA player who is in his first season as head basketball coach at The Summit Country Day School, brings his popular basketball camps for kindergarten

through 12th grade to the Hyde Park campus this summer. Pat Collura, Summit Varsity Boys' Lacrosse Coach, has moved his popular Lacrosse camp from his former campus at St. Xavier High School to The Summit. “Many parents will send their children to powerhouse schools for

sports where each child will be one of 150 kids in a camp,” said Kathy Scott, Summit’s summer programs director. “Instead, they could come to The Summit and be in a smaller group with more individualized instruction,” she said. Most of the school’s head coach-

es will conduct summer camps, which are open to all students, not just those enrolled at The Summit. Scott expects the camps offered by coaches Bradley and Collura will be popular because both coaches already have a following in the Tristate. “It’s going to be an exciting sum-

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Teacher union negotiation heading toward discord The prospect for turmoil in the upcoming negotiation between the Sycamore Education Association and the Board of Education is becoming more likely. The current situation is very complex with many interacting factors. Among those factors are the eventual passage of a modified Senate Bill 5, the elimination of automatic annual step raises, an accelerated annual loss of the state’s $12 million reimbursed tangible personal property tax revenue, the district’s growing multi-million dollar budget deficit, average teacher pay that far exceeds local medium income by 46 percent, pro-rated teacher wages over $109,000 annually, health and pension benefits that exceed the private sector, the

CH@TROOM March 23 questions

Why do you think there are so few candidates filed for the Blue Ash council race? “Several reasons: On the positive side, the city continues to provide reliable services and to avoid crises; this reduces interest in the citywide political process generally. On the negative side, Republican men have dominated the council for years and there has been no member from any opposition party, which discourages potential candidates. In fact, the most recent member was first appointed mid-term by the Republican-controlled council when another Republican resigned. This behavior, if repeated, stifles the democratic process even if not illegal. It’s unfortunate that the current council does not see the benefits to be gained by a diverse council staffed by committed people from a variety of backgrounds. My hope is that independent and Democratic candidates will win and take Blue Ash forward to an even greater city.” D.P. Should the United States rethink its nuclear power program and plans because if the situation in Japan? Why or why not? “If you mean by ‘rethink’ that U.S. energy policy should adapt and learn from the best available engineering and safety practices, then yes. If you mean panic, then no. As President Obama has pointed out, nuclear power is an essential part of our (and other countries’) energy future given the need to address global climate disruption. Our biggest problem is NIMBYism (not in my backyard) that precludes safe, secure storage of waste. We must be willing to store some of that waste in Ohio and share the burden, given that we all reap the benefits of abundant energy. And, we must not cut corners on safety and design costs, so that we minimize the chances of a Fukushima Daiichitype incident.” D.P. “The U.S. Department of Energy reports, the last reactor built was the ‘River Bend’ plant in Louisiana. Its construction began in March of 1977. The last plant to begin commercial operation is the ‘Watts Bar’ plant in Tennessee, which came online in 1996. “As America’s population grows so does our need for inexpensive energy. How will we recharge or electric cars? Japan is

prospect of a new 2012 operating levy, a cost per student that is higher than 95 percent of all Ohio districts, declining home values, Glenn Welch weak national Community economy with unemployPress guest high ment, research columnist indicating that teachers who have been on the job longer are not more effective than newer teachers, the debunking of the value of advanced education for K-12 teachers, and declining student enrollment. There are more factors, but you get the idea.

Next questions Where are the worst potholes or roads in your community? What do you think of the way the U.S. has responded to the demonstrations in the Middle East, including Libya and Egypt? What should we have done differently? Every week The Northeast Suburban Life asks readers a questions that they can reply to via email. Send your answers to with “chatroom” in the subject line. the world’s largest importer of LNG (liquefied natural gas) and coal and the third largest net importer of oil. “The earthquake operators of the Fukushima Dai complex told safety regulators they failed to inspect 33 pieces of equipment including a motor and backup generator for the No. 1 reactor. “The argument of nuclear power or not has many issues to consider. The United States should rethink its nuclear power plans in light of the situation in Japan. If we were victims of a quake like the one in Japan how would we react? “God bless the Japanese people. Please pray for them.” C.M. “Yes, I think the risk is far greater than the reward. While I don’t really like what burning coal does to the environment or the health risks to the coal miners it is still much safer than nuclear energy. “There are also hydro, solar and wind solutions that are not being used enough!” J.W. “Let us move ahead. Technology keeps changing and more precautions are being built into the plans. We need to get something going for energy instead of Washington just talking about it. “Where is the push for our abundance of natural gas? Why aren’t we drilling here? Oh no, let’s force car makers into electric car manufacturing so that China makes more money because they supply the batteries. “Why can’t we build the United States up through industry to be more self-sufficient?” C.A.S. “I think all of the security and safety precautions should be revisited. We should also take advantage of what they find through the investigations in Japan.” B.N.

Board members Diane Adamec, Jill Cole, John Mercurio, Ken Richter and Jean Staubach are on the hot seat. Will they take a stand, say enough is enough, and exercise their control in a fiscally responsible manner? Will they take decisive actions like reducing pay scale dollar amounts, or will they be reluctant to stand firm during collective bargaining because they want to avoid political battles and discord? Will they give in to union demands like past boards? Will they delay settling the contract until after the SB 5 bill becomes law and is fully understood? What about Kevin Wittman, teacher and president of the local teacher union Sycamore Education Association? What could pos-

sibly be on his mind? He was recently quoted as saying, “The teachers are interested in providing the best opportunities for the students of the Sycamore Community School District. We look forward to working with the board of education to accomplish this objective.” Maybe he hopes the district will not intensify its focus on becoming more efficient. Maybe he’s hoping to avoid the adoption of a two-tiered pay schedule which could be used to control costs. Maybe he hopes the taxpayers won’t become aware that his own salary increased 32 percent during the past six years. His FY10 contracted salary was $85,545 for working 7.25 hours per day

and 185 days per year. The prorated pay would be $131,802. The pro-rated pay represents what the teacher would make for working a typical 2,080 hour job based on the hourly rate made for working roughly 1,350 hours required in a 185-day school year. Mr. Wittman’s pay increase is mild compared to other Sycamore teachers whose pay has increased roughly 55 percent. Top pay is currently $91,857. Maybe he and fellow teachers are hoping to continue the compensation pattern of the past. After all, as some say, it is a people business and compensation only accounts for 86 percent of total expenditures. Glenn Welch is a resident of Montgomery.

Different courts in Ohio The primary function of the judicial branch is to fairly and impartially settle disputes according to the law. There are a number of different courts in Ohio that have been established either by the Ohio Constitution or by the legislature. The Supreme Court of Ohio is the highest court in Ohio. Most of its cases are appeals from a court of appeals. The Supreme Court chooses whether to hear most criminal and civil appeals. However, the Supreme Court must accept death penalty appeals and cases in which there have been conflicting opinions from two or more courts of appeals. The Supreme Court establishes rules governing practice and procedures in Ohio’s courts such as the Rules of Evidence, Rules of Civil Procedure and Rules of Criminal Procedure. The Supreme Court also has authority over the admission of attorneys to the practice of law in Ohio and may discipline attorneys and judges who violate the rules of practice. The Courts of Appeals primary function is to hear appeals from the common pleas, municipal and county courts. Ohio is divided into 12 appellate districts. Each district is served by one court of appeals. Each case is heard and decided by

a three-judge panel. The Court of Claims, in Columbus, has original jurisdiction for all civil actions filed against the state Brad of Ohio and its Greenberg agencies. The of Claims Community Court also hears Press guest appeals from columnist decisions made by the attorney general on claims allowed under the victims of crime act. The Court of Common Pleas is the only trial court created by the Ohio Constitution. In Hamilton County there are four separate divisions of the Court of Common Pleas: general, domestic relations, juvenile and probate. The general division has original jurisdiction in all felony criminal cases and in all civil cases where the amount in controversy exceeds $15,000. Domestic relations court has jurisdiction over divorce, dissolution, annulment, legal separation, spousal support and allocation of parental rights and responsibilities. Juvenile court hears cases involving minors charged with

acts that would be crimes if committed by an adult. Juvenile court also hears cases involving unruly, dependent and neglected children and adult cases regarding paternity, nonsupport and child abuse. Probate court has jurisdiction over the probate of wills and the administration of estates and guardianships. Probate court also has jurisdiction over the issuance of marriage licenses, adoption proceedings and sanity determinations. Municipal and county courts have jurisdiction over misdemeanor crimes, traffic violations and civil cases where the disputed amount is less than $15,000. These courts also conduct initial bond hearings in felony criminal cases. Mayor’s courts are not a part of the judicial branch of Ohio government and are not courts of record. In fact, Ohio and Louisiana are the only two states that allow mayors to preside over mayor’s court. A mayor is not required to be a lawyer, but may appoint a lawyer to hear cases in mayor’s court. A person convicted in mayor’s court may appeal the conviction to the local municipal or county court. Judge Brad Greenberg presides in Hamilton County Municipal Court.

Social Security tax reminders Q. My husband and I intend to file for Social Security benefits next year when we are both full retirement age. Between the two of us, we will have a combined Social Security benefit of almost $3,000/month. Will we have to pay federal income tax on that amount? A. Perhaps. You will have to pay federal taxes on your benefits if you file a joint tax return and you and your spouse have a total income that is more than $32,000. If you file as an “individual,” you will have to pay taxes on your benefits and your total income is more than $25,000. For more information, call the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) toll-free at 1-800-829-3676 and ask for IRS Publication Number 915, Social Security and Equivalent Railroad Retirement Benefits. People who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the IRS toll-free number, 1-800-829-4059. If you wish to have federal taxes withheld from your check,

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Montgomery woman gets Exemplar Award

A record-breaking crowd of approximately 215 local graduates, current students, recently admitted high school seniors and friends of the University of Notre Dame gathered Jan. 9 at St. Xavier High School for the Notre Dame Club of Greater Cincinnati’s annual Communion Breakfast. The Rev. Paul Kollman (classes of 1984,1990) a Cincinnati native who graduated from Moeller High School and an associate professor of theology at Notre Dame, traveled from South Bend to celebrate the Mass. Chaired by Don Karches (class of 1982) of North Bend, the event included

the presentation of the club’s 2011 Exemplar Award to Carole Adlard (class of 1974). A breakfast buffet followed. Carole Adlard, a resident of Montgomery, received the 2011 Exemplar Award at the breakfast. The Exemplar Award was established as an annual club award in 2002 to promote and hold up as an example the ideals and achievements of Greater Cincinnati or University individuals who have provided exemplary, life-long service to humanity through career or volunteer involvement. The 2011 award honors Adlard for her exceptional


The Notre Dame Class of 1971 is well represented at the Notre Dame Club of Greater Cincinnati’s annual Communion Breakfast, Jan. 9, by Pat Weber of Delhi Township, Don Feldmann of Finneytown, Dan Koppenhafer of Symmes Township and Paul Dillenburger.


Stephanie Sieswerda, a junior at Notre Dame, talks with with Suzanne Brungs and Dana Sieswerda during the Notre Dame Club of Greater Cincinnati’s annual Communion Breakfast.


The Foley family of South Lebanon, Amy, Andrew, Todd and Adam, enjoy the Notre Dame Club of Greater Cincinnati’s annual Communion Breakfast.

contributions in the field of adoption education and teenage health and development, particularly as executive director of Healthy Visions. Founded by Adlard in 1986, Healthy Visions (formerly called Adoption Option Inc.) is a Cincinnatibased nonprofit educational agency that provides programming to help people make better choices to build stronger relationships during adolescence, marriage and parenting. Originally established to educate people about adoption and to counter its negative misunderstandings, Adlard later expanded the organization’s vision to include teen health/relationship education, premarital compatibility assessments, marriage skills training and parenting skills for at-risk parents. Healthy Visions promotes self-respect, healthy dating, and successful marriages to cultivate healthier families and a stronger, healthier society. Healthy Visions programs have been offered in cooperation with hundreds of schools and social service agencies in Greater Cincinnati and beyond, reaching more than 200,000 youth, parents and couples. Adlard graduated from St. Ursula Academy and was among the first group of undergraduate women to be admitted to Notre Dame, graduating in 1974. She and her husband, Ed, live in Montgomery and have four children. In addition to chair Don Karches, others assisting with the event included Paul Dillenburger, Exemplar Award committee chair Don Feldmann, club president Mike Gearin, Kevin McManus, Bob McQuiston, St. Xavier liaison John Schrantz, club treasurer Courtney Weber, Marc Wolnitzek, musicians Julie Bartish and Jeannine Groh, liturgical ministers Hannah Karches, Holly Karches, Zach Karches, Louise Redden, and Keith Ruehlman and Tracy Duwel of Taste of Class Catering. The Notre Dame Club of Greater Cincinnati is an


The 2011 Exemplar Award recipient Carole Adlard (Montgomery), celebrates Notre Dame Club of Greater Cincinnati’s annual Communion Breakfast Jan. 9 with Exemplar Committee chair Don Feldmann of Finneytown, left, Event chair Don Karches of North Bend and the Reverend Paul Kollman, C.S.C., Associate Professor of Theology at Notre Dame and formerly a Montgomery resident.


Megan and Molly McShane enjoy the Notre Dame Club of Greater Cincinnati’s annual Communion Breakfast, Jan. 9. PROVIDED

Jim and Eileen Simon of Montgomery, Michelle Simon of Symmes Township and Sarah Ritter of North College Hill enjoy the Notre Dame Club of Greater Cincinnati’s annual Communion Breakfast.


Club Treasurer Courtney Weber of Mount Adams and Young Alum Coordinator Caroline White of Hyde Park enjoy the Notre Dame Club of Greater Cincinnati’s annual Communion Breakfast. active local organization serving the more than 1600 graduates, students and friends of the University of Notre Dame in the Tristate area. In addition to providing nearly $100,000 in scholarship support each year to local students attending Notre Dame, the club also sponsors more than 50 events or programs annually, including opportunities for community service, continuing education, and Catholic/Christian spirituality. Membership and club events are open to friends of Notre Dame, whether or not they attended the University. For more information, visit the club website at\


Moeller High School senior Brendan Holmes, who was recently accepted to Notre Dame, enjoys the morning with parents Jim and Cathy, all of Loveland, during the Notre Dame Club of Greater Cincinnati’s annual Communion Breakfast.


Sister John Miriam Jones, S.C., club chaplain and former assistant provost at Notre Dame center, of Delhi Township, is greeted by club President Mike Gearin and his wife, Maureen, of Sycamore Township at the Notre Dame Club of Greater Cincinnati’s annual Communion Breakfast.



The Karches family, Jane, Holly, Zach, Don, and Hannah of North Bend, enjoy the Notre Dame Club of Greater Cincinnati’s annual Communion Breakfast.

Local graduates from the class of 1984 welcome back classmate Rev. Paul Kollman at the Notre Dame Club of Greater Cincinnati’s annual Communion Breakfast. From left: Tom Breitenbach of Anderson Township, Mary Beth and Bob Lucian of Symmes Township, Kollman, formerly of Montgomery, Jamie Eifert of Blue Ash, Bob Stewart of Anderson Township and Mike Schmitt of Mount Lookout.

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

Fish Fry-Days, 5-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Includes fried fish, fish sandwich, shrimp, salmon and child’s dinners, soup, sides, desserts, sodas and beer. Carryout and Drive thru available, drinks not included. Benefits Youth ministry’s mission trip to Kanawha County, West Virginia. Fifty cents-$10. Presented by Community of the Good Shepherd. 489-8815; Montgomery.


Blues Merchants, 7:30-11 p.m., deSha’s American Tavern, 11320 Montgomery Road, 247-9933; Montgomery.


Boot Camp, 6-7 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, For all levels, sizes and ages. Fastest way to get in shape for any event or get rid of unwanted pounds. Ages 18 and up. $120 for 10 classes; free for members. 985-6742. Montgomery.


Karaoke, 10 p.m., Silverton Cafe, 7201 Montgomery Road, 791-2922. Silverton.


LoHeat, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., H.D. Beans Cafe, 6721 Montgomery Road, Jam with rock and blues music. 793-6036; Silverton.


Chris Porter, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $10, $5 college and military night. Ages 18 and up. Special engagement; no coupons or passes accepted. 984-9288; Montgomery.


The Fantasticks, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, Music by Harvey Schmidt, book and lyrics by Tom Jones and directed by Rosco Mlinek. $17. Presented by Mariemont Players Inc. Through April 3. 684-1236; Columbia Township.


JCC Spring Break Camp, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Grades K-6. Before-camp 8-9:30 a.m. and after-camp 3:30-6 p.m. programs available. $58, $48 members. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.


Codependents Anonymous, 7 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Free, donations accepted. 5034262; Montgomery. F R I D A Y, A P R I L 1


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


Wine Bar Tasting, 4-7 p.m., The Wine Store, 9905 Montgomery Road, Friday tastings with John, the wine-bar-keep. Fifty cents per taste. 984-9463; Montgomery. Hartzell United Methodist Church Lenten Fish Fry, 4-7 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, 8999 Applewood Drive, All-you-can-eat fried cod dinner with sides, beverages and desserts. Also, grilled chicken breast, shrimp, shrimp basket and cheese pizza dinners with sides, beverages and desserts. Carryout menu is a 3-piece fish sandwich. $9, $5 carryout only, $4 ages 510, free ages 3 and under. 891-8527. Blue Ash.

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St. Columban Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., St. Columban Church, 894 Oakland Road, Grilled salmon, shrimp and fish dinners, fish sandwich, pizza, sides and beverages. Drivethrough available. $1-$12. 683-0105; Loveland. St. Margaret-St. John/Prince of Peace Fish Fry, 5:30-7:30 p.m., St. Margaret of Cortona Church, 6000 Murray Road, St. Margaret cafeteria. Includes fried or baked fish with two sides and a drink. Also available are desserts, a la carte and drinks. Carryout available. Benefits Prince of Peace School. $7 dinners. Presented by St. Margaret of Cortona. 271-0856; Madisonville. Boy Scout Triple Nickel Fish Fry, 5-7 p.m., St. Gertrude School, 6543 Miami Ave., Cafeteria. Eat in or carryout. Dinner includes choice of fish, fish sandwich, or cheese pizza; with fries or macaroni and cheese; and coleslaw or apple sauce; a beverage and dessert. Family friendly. $7, $5 children. Presented by Boy Scout Troop 555. 6523477. Madeira. Silverton Deer Park Firefighters Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., Silverton Deer Park Firefighters Protective Association, 3875 Alta Ave., Fish or shrimp plate with sides and dessert. Senior or children’s fish with dessert. Call for delivery or carryout. Delivery available in Silverton and Deer Park only. $6.50-$7.50; individual items $1-$5.50. 791-2500. Silverton.


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.


Karaoke, 10 p.m., Silverton Cafe, 791-2922. Silverton.


Chris Porter, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $15. Ages 18 and up. 984-9288; Montgomery.


The Fantasticks, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township. S A T U R D A Y, A P R I L 2


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


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

Chris Porter, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $15. Ages 21 and up. 984-9288; Montgomery.


The Fantasticks, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township. S U N D A Y, A P R I L 3


Family Puppet-Making Workshop, 1-3 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Create dragon sock puppet with big teeth. Instructor: Judy Workman. Family friendly. $27, $20 members for parent/child combo; $5 additional child. Plus $8 material fee per person. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

Trinity Community Church of Deer Park has Trinity Together Time from 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5. The outreach program for children ages 5 and younger and parents or caregivers is offered the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Pictured is Farmer Frank, of Sunrock Farms, in Wilder, Ky, showing off one of the farm’s lambs during a past visit to Trinity Together Time. For more information, call 791-7631.



Chris Porter, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, $10, $5 bar and restaurant employee appreciation night. Ages 18 and up. 984-9288; Montgomery.


The Fantasticks, 2 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township. M O N D A Y, A P R I L 4


Boot Camp, 6:30-7:30 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $120 for 10 classes; free for members. 985-6742. Montgomery.


Karaoke, 9 p.m., InCahoots, 4110 Hunt Road, $2 well drinks and domestic bottles, $3 22oz domestic drafts. Free. 793-2600. Blue Ash. T U E S D A Y, A P R I L 5


Poetry Workshop for Women, 7-9 p.m., Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, For women interested in writing as a spiritual and creative practice. Includes instruction in the art and craft of poetry, writing time and opportunities for participants to share what they have written. Poetry craft sessions held on alternate Tuesdays to provide opportunities for constructive feedback. $175 weekly with craft session. Registration required. 683-2340; Loveland.


Boot Camp, 6-7 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $120 for 10 classes; free for members. 985-6742. Montgomery.



Samba Jazz Syndicate, 7-10 p.m., Cactus Pear Southwest Bistro, 9500 Kenwood Road, No cover. 791-4424. Blue Ash. TBS presents the Rooftop Comedy College Competition, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, Ohio State University vs. Miami University. Ages 18 and up. $5. 9849288; Montgomery.


Trinity Together Time, 1-2:30 p.m., Trinity Community Church, 3850 E. Galbraith Road, Outreach program for children and parents or caregivers. Ages 5 and under and their parents/caregivers. Family friendly. Free. 791-7631. Deer Park. W E D N E S D A Y, A P R I L 6


Hadassah Donor Luncheon, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Kenwood Country Club, 6501 Kenwood Road, Rita Rothenberg honored. Music by Gayna Bassin, violin, and Claire Lee, piano. Benefits Hadassah. Additional optional donation to benefit Jewish National Fund to plant trees in Carmel area of Israel devastated by recent fire. Benefits Hadassah. $30, plus $75 minimum donation. Registration required. Presented by Hadassah. 8216157; Madeira.

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Boot Camp, 6-7 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $120 for 10 classes; free for members. 985-6742. Montgomery.


Karaoke, 10 p.m., Silverton Cafe, 791-2922. Silverton.


John Evans, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $8, $4 college and military night. Ages 18 and up. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery. F R I D A Y, A P R I L 8

COOKING CLASSES Adult Cooking Classes by Chef Jamie, 6-8 p.m., Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road, French Cooking for the Home. With personal chef and instructor of Out of Thyme, Ltd. Personal Chef Service. $65$70. Presented by Blue Ash Recreation Department. 417-6062. Blue Ash. FOOD & DRINK


Gloriously Gluten-Free, Noon-1 p.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Erin Swing, expert gluten-free organic chemist and chef, showcases culinary innovations. Ages 18 and up. $15. 985-0900. Montgomery.

St. Columban Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., St. Columban Church, $1-$12. 683-0105; Loveland. St. John the Evangelist Fish Fry, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m., St. John the Evangelist Church, 7121 Plainfield Road, Cafeteria. Includes fried or baked fish, shrimp, pizza, sides, beverages and desserts. Carryout available. Fifty cents to $8. 791-3238. Deer Park. St. Margaret-St. John/Prince of Peace Fish Fry, 5:30-7:30 p.m., St. Margaret of Cortona Church, $7 dinners. 271-0856; Madisonville.

Wine Bar Tasting, 4-7 p.m., The Wine Store, Fifty cents per taste. 984-9463; Montgomery. Hartzell United Methodist Church Lenten Fish Fry, 4-7 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, $9, $5 carryout only, $4 ages 5-10, free ages 3 and under. 8918527. Blue Ash.

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About Boating Safely, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Raymond Walters College, 9555 Plainfield Road, This beginner boating class will give you the knowledge needed to obtain a boat license or safety certification in many states. Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete About Boating Safely. $25. Registration required. Presented by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. 271-3362; e-mail; Blue Ash.


Boot Camp, 6:30-7:30 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $120 for 10 classes; free for members. 985-6742. Montgomery.


Pro-Am Night, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, Aspiring comics, amateurs and professionals take the stage. Ages 18 and up. $5. 984-9288; Montgomery. T H U R S D A Y, A P R I L 7



Be part of the science adventure, “Tornado Alley,” the new OMNIMAX film at the Cincinnati Museum Center, with Sean Casey, star of Discovery Channel’s “Storm Chasers.” Witness the beginnings of a tornado and travel with a scientific team in the film. For show times and information, call 513-287-7000 or visit

Parent Information Session, 7-8 p.m., Brain Balance Achievement Center of Cincinnati, 12084 Montgomery Road, Learn about Brain Balance Program and how it can help your child succeed academically, socially and behaviorally. Family friendly. Free. 257-0705. Symmes Township. Working With Your Local School District and State Board of Education, 7-8:30 p.m., Robert L. Schuler Sports Complex, 11532 Deerfield Road, Panel discussion on how to communicate with your school board with State School Board Rep. Debe Terhar, Randy Smith and Jay Groenke. Free. Reservations required. Presented by Empower U Ohio. 202-3140; Sycamore Township.


“In the Mood,” a 13-piece big band orchestra and singer/swing dance show with the music of the 1940s, comes to the Aronoff Center Saturday, April 2. Hear the music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and more. Performances are at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $27.50 through $57.50. Call 513-6212787 or visit


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Dear body of mine, are you my friend or are you my foe? ience.” Wrong! It’s not just the inconvenience or the pain. It’s our too obvious aging, our mortality, our turncoat body that irritates us. Betrayal by a friend. Now it seems our bodies shout an assessment for all to hear. “This person is not worth as much as before because their body is losing it.” People begin to send us funny birthday cards about going downhill, being impotent, wrinkled and irrelevant. But wait! If a human person in composed of more than a mere physical component to their being; if the purpose of living is the development of inner characteristics; if spiritual qualities like love count more than lust, wisdom more than strength, and compassion more than skin tone – then perhaps our bodies remain more of a friend than we realize. In a sense, our bodies

slowly turn us around to look inside for our value rather than outside. Our changing bodies gradually erode pretenses, pride, and illusions. They reveal what we’re really made of. Our slackening bodies level the playing field between all of us and measure us by the same standards of inner character compassion, integrity and love. We come to realize that we are a mystery larger than the confines of our body. Not only are we responsible for raising our children, we are also responsible for raising ourselves – especially in the second half of life. The long-term neglect of the growth of self, and a backward yearning to regain youth, will have its effects on us. Commonly it’s expressed in that crankiness that is the leakage of repressed anger. As Dr. Hollis notes, “Rather than mellowing

Is an extended service warranty worth it? During this recession many people are buying used rather than new cars as a way to save money. Often, they’ll buy an extended service warranty to try to cover any problems that arise. But, what happens if the warranty company won’t pay for needed repairs? I’ve received several complaints about this over the years from people like Marybeth Camp of Eastgate. She said everything was great with the used car she bought in 2008 – until last December when the vehicle started sounding funny and then would not start. “Originally, we were quoted about $5,400 to fix the problem. They were working with our warranty service contract folks for inspections and various things to get the claim approved and get it done,” said Camp. The warranty company raised questions with the repair shop about the cause of the problem. “Come to find out their original diagnosis was wrong. Now they believe it was an oil pump failure which caused so much damage to the engine. It requires a total engine replacement,” said Camp. Unfortunately, the warranty company still disagrees with the repair shop about the cause of the problem. “From what they know, and the facts they have, the problem was caused due to lack of lubrication and maintenance – and they have denied my claim,” Camp said. Camp said her oil change records show she’s done

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have turned into our foe. Yet it is our bodies, more than any other physical thing, that teach us the temporary nature of this world – and nudge us to hear the wisdom we need to hear. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@ or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.





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Gradually we begin to meet tired legs and shorte n e d breath at the top of the stairs; Father Lou h a m Guntzelman strings and Perspectives skin that lose elasticity; aches and cramps after minimal exertion; heartburn; difficulty in sleeping and a stomach that insists on preceding us wherever we go. Middle age and after is when we work out thinking in another couple months we’ll be back to normal. But the old normal has forgotten where we live. A new normal winks at us in the mirror. Ever notice how we experience a low-level of irritation when little injuries occur and seem to hang on and on. “It’s not the pain,” we say, “it’s the inconven-


“The Church says the body is an occasion of sin; science says the body is a machine; advertising says the body is a business; the body says ‘I am a fiesta.’” So writes Eduardo Galeano in “Walking Words.” What would you say? Typically our attitude toward our body changes. When we’re young our body is our friend. Our bodies are like a benefactor who keeps his wallet open willing to freely give us energy, strength, sleep, sex appeal and resilience. Supple bodies enable us to run up flights of stairs, do cartwheels, play demanding athletic games, dance uninhibitedly, study and cram all night without sleep, jog for miles, watch a game in the rain and get over a cold in a day or two. We can always count on our bodies. What a blow it is when our bodies begin to change. Thankfully, it’s done slowly.


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March 30, 2011

Don’t pass up pasta when looking for healthy meal Everybody has a story. And today’s “Guru in our Backyard,” Amy Nichols, has an inspiring one. Amy, a Withamsville reader, is a fitness instructor at the gym where I go with Maggie, my daughter-inlaw Jess’ mom. Back in January, Maggie cajoled me into going – I have never been a “gym” person, figuring I get enough exercise hoeing the garden, splitting wood, or just being in survival mode out here on my little patch of heaven. Anyway, I’m the one at the gym in the back row, messing up on a regular basis while Maggie performs splendidly. (Maggie is my personal cheerleader). Between Maggie and Amy, I enjoy the workouts. Amy’s always encouraging, but doesn’t make me feel weird about it. I was curious as to how she landed in the fitness field. Amy grew up in Connecticut in an Italian family.

“ M y grandm o t h e r, A n n a Trombetto, lives in Connecticut and is a fabulous Rita cook. She Heikenfeld i n s p i r e d Rita’s kitchen my love of cooking. In an Italian family, food equals love,” she said. Amy earned a degree in baking and pastry arts from Johnson & Wales and lived in the South working at an inn and on a plantation. Her husband’s job brought them to Cincinnati. Now comes the inspiring part. Amy told me “after starting a family and having been diagnosed with lupus at 22, I found it increasingly difficult to continue in the culinary industry.” After daughter Sophia’s birth (she’s now 7) Amy decided she wanted to get

healthy “and just plain feel better.” She looked for a natural way to manage the pain and symptoms of a chronic disease. In 2006 she joined Fitworks. “It was amazing to see and feel the changes I was making to my body. I no longer needed any medication and I have never felt better,” said Amy. “A few years ago I decided to train to be a group fitness instructor and share with others what fitness has done for me. It is so inspiring, for example, to see a woman battling cancer and going through chemo still find the energy to workout. The power of fitness on the mind and body is truly amazing,” she said. With March being nutrition month, I asked Amy to share a healthy recipe, and she shared this one, which is daughter Sophia’s favorite. Amy is a wonderful example of trying to stay healthy by eating well and

living well. She and Sophia cook this dish together. As Amy exclaims, “Super healthy!”

Sophia’s pasta

Red, yellow and orange bell peppers, roasted in the oven until skins are blackened 2 tablespoons olive oil 10 oz. baby spinach 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1 teaspoon salt Freshly ground pepper, to taste 1 ⁄4 cup dry white wine 2 cups chicken broth 1 lb. bow-tie pasta 1 ⁄4 cup fresh chopped basil 2 tablespoons olive oil (extra virgin) 1 ⁄4 cup freshly grated Parmesan Peel and seed roasted peppers and cut into julienne strips. In a large sauté pan over high heat, warm 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add spinach, 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic,


⁄2 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste. Sauté spinach until soft, two to three minutes. Transfer to a plate. Reduce heat to medium and add rest of garlic, peppers, wine, broth and rest of salt. Simmer until sauce begins to thicken, eight to 10 minutes. Meanwhile cook pasta until tender to bite. Stir basil, spinach and extra virgin olive oil into the roasted pepper sauce. Toss pasta and sauce. Sprinkle with cheese and serve. Serves six. For more awesome health tips from Amy, check out my online column at Just do a search for “Heikenfeld.”

Rita’s easy couscous

For Mrs. Johnson, who wanted to know how to make it more flavorful. “Just cooking it in water doesn’t do it,” she said.

2 cups broth 1 teaspoon garlic, minced Salt and pepper to taste 1 cup couscous, whole wheat if you can find it Garnish: Shredded Parmesan or feta, chopped tomatoes, green onions Bring broth and garlic to a boil. Stir in couscous. Turn off heat, cover and let stand five minutes. Fluff with fork and garnish to taste.

Tip from Rita’s kitchen

If I have leftover greens, I’ll shred them up and add them to the couscous after it’s cooked. They wilt nicely. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.


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Ascension Lutheran Church

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

Religion news is published at no charge on a spaceavailable basis. Items must be to our office no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, for possible consideration in the following edition. E-mail announcements to nesuburban@communitypress. com, with “Religion” in the subject line. Fax to 248-1938. Call 248-8600. Mail to: Northeast Suburban Life, Attention: Andrea Reeves, Religion news, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, Ohio 45140. con Mark Westendorf at 489-8815 ext. 718. The church has Roman Catholic Mass with contemporary music Sundays at 4 p.m. Good Shepherd’s contemporary music Mass is a little livelier, a little more upbeat, but remains grounded in the traditional Roman Catholic liturgy. Worshipers will recognize popular Christian worship songs by artists such as Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman and Tim Hughes, as well as familiar Catholic liturgical hymns played to a livelier beat. At key points in the service, Contemporary Mass Music Director Bruce Deaton and his band strike up energetic praise music that has the congregation singing and clapping their hands. The Mass draws worshipers of all ages. Come early to get acquainted with the new songs which begin at 3:45 p.m. Stay after Mass on the first Sunday of each month for food, fun, and fellowship. The church is located at 8815 E. Kemper Road, Montgomery; 5034262.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

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

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

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Blue Ash Presbyterian

The church hosts Sunday School at 10 a.m. and worship is at 11 a.m. Sundays. Bible Study is at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. The church is at 8105 Beech Ave., Deer Park; 793-7422.

Church of the Saviour United Methodist

Midweek Lenten Service begins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12. The service in the chapel is a time of worship, prayer and reflection. Children’s programs are 9-11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Call for details. Breakfast with the Easter Bunny is coming from 9 a.m. to noon, April 16. The event is free, and all are welcome. The Women’s Salad Luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m., April 11, with speaker Dena Hipskind of Comfort Food. Call the church for details. Traditional worship services are 8:20 a.m. and 11 a.m.; contemporary music is 9:40 a.m. every Sunday. The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati; 791-3142;

Connections Christian Church

The church has contemporary worship at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. The church is at 7421 E. Galbraith Road, Madeira; 791-8348.

Forest Dale Church of Christ

The church will present “Cross Purposes: An Easter Play,” at 7 p.m. on both Thursday, April 21 and Friday, April 22. The play is a contemporary retelling of the Easter story from the perspective of the two thieves. Dessert will be served following each performance. Tickets are required, and cost $5 each or 4 for $18, and are available through the church office, located at 604 W. Kemper Road. Information is available by calling the church office. The church is at 604 W. Kemper Road, Springdale; 825-7171.

Good Shepherd Catholic Church

The church recently kicked off its Honduras Project. The church will interact with their friends in Honduras in joint-faith sharing and development, help build a new bilingual elementary school, establish a new parish in Santa Lucia, travel to Honduras to meet their new Catholic brothers and sisters and help faith formation students connect with the children of Intibuca. For more information, call Dea-

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

Kenwood Fellowship Church

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

Lighthouse Baptist Church

The Shawnee Baptist Tour Group will sing at the church on the evening of April 10. Bro. Rick Moon, also from Shawnee, will preach. Lighthouse Baptist Church has Sunday School at 10 a.m., Sunday morning service at 11 a.m., Sunday evening service at 6 p.m. and Wednesday service at 7 p.m. The church uses the King James Bible, sings traditional hymns and has conservative music. Sunday School classes are available for all ages. A well-staffed nursery is provided for each service. The church is at 11330 Williamson Road, Blue Ash; 709-3344.

Madeira-Silverwood Presbyterian Church

A healing service will be conducted at 7 p.m., Friday, April 1, at the church. The guest healing team, Ed and Annette Eckart from Bridge For Peace Ministry, travel around the world leading healing services focused on prayer, worship and intercession. We hope you will join us as we seek the

healing presence of our Lord in emotional, physical and relational areas of our lives. The church is located at 8000 Miami Road; 791-4470.

Montgomery Baptist Church

The church is having special singing by the Hands of Praise deaf choir at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 23. Everyone is welcome. The church is at 11251 Montgomery Road; 489-0892.

New Church of Montgomery

The church is temporarily conducting Sunday services at Strawser Funeral Home, 9305 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash. The church conducts worship at 10:30 a.m., Sundays and Study Group the first four Sundays of the month from 9 to 10 a.m. The study group is now studying “Divine Love and Wisdom” by Emanuel Swedenborg. All are welcome. The church is temporarily having services at 9503 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash; 489-9572;;

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church

Pop Corks, a small church group of wine enthusiasts participating in an evening of friendship and wine tasting will meet at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 2. The theme will be wines from Australia. Contact the church for reservations and more information. First Communion is April 16 and 17. Materials will be provided for work at home with the family and in worship six weeks prior to the first communion. Two half-day workshops for the child to attend with a parent will be 9-11 a.m., Saturdays, April 2 and 16. There is no age requirement. Most children are communing by third grade. For more information, contact the church. Senior ministries Young at Hearts will celebrate a special Easter Lunch April 28 in the atrium at the church. The Wednesday morning Bible study, 10-11:30 a.m., will study Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. Worship service times are 5 p.m. Saturdays; and 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sundays. The church is at 101 S. Lebanon Drive, Loveland; 683-4244;;

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

Three Lenten series studies will be offered: “Embracing an Adult Faith, “Death and Resurrection of the Messiah” and “Nooma.” Contact the church for information. Explorer’s Classes are taught each week during Lent in the library during the 9:30 a.m. service. The church will host a Passover Seder Dinner at 5 p.m., on Sunday, April 10. Call the church to sign-up. St. Barnabas Community Dinner groups are forming for food and fellowship. Sign-ups and more information are in the Great Hall. The Findlay Street After School Program is seeking donations of paper plates, cutlery, grain products and fresh dairy products for the snacks provided for up to 50 children. Volunteer cooks are also needed. Please contact the church. The St. Barnabas Book Club meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, in the library to discuss “Little Bee” by Chris Cleave. An Intercessory Healing Prayer Service is conducted the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. A Men’s Breakfast group meets on Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. at Rombe’s in Blue Ash. Ladies Bible Study meets at 10 a.m. Tuesdays at the church. A Bereavement Support Group for widow and widowers meets the second and fourth Saturdays, 1011 a.m. The Order of St. Luke is studying the 26 miracles of Jesus and how they apply to life today. Meetings are from 7-8:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month in the library. Sunday worship services are 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Parent Church School meets at 9:30 a.m. the second Sunday of each month. The church is at 10345 Montgomery Road, Montgomery; 984-8401;

St. Paul Community United Methodist Church

The church invites people to join them as they continue the Lenten series, “Dream On: Torning Life’s Obstacles into Faithful Opportunities,” with the April 3 sermon, “Dreams to Reality; Setting Godly Goals,” based on Matthew 26:1425; 47-50. On Palm Sunday, at 4 p.m., April 17, St. Paul is having a presentation in honor of the Rev. Randy Sterns’ five years of service as district superintendent of Ohio River Valley District. Donations benefit Wings of the Morning – Caravan Project, a United Methodist aviation ministry in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Checks should be made payable to ORV and “Wings should be indicated on the memo line.

St. Paul Church services are 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. for traditional worship and 9:30 a.m. for contemporary worship with Praise Band. Sunday School and child care is provided for all services. The church is at 8221 Miami Road, Madeira; 891-8181;

Sharonville United Methodist Church

Sycamore Christian Church

Sunday Worship Service is at 10:30 a.m. Bible Study is at 9 a.m. every Sunday. The church is hosting Ladies WOW Study Group (Women on Wednesdays) at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month. The event includes light refreshments and a study of Beth Moore’s “Stepping Up.” The church hosts Adult and Youth Bible Studies at 7 p.m. every Wednesday. The church is at 6555 Cooper Road, Sycamore Township; 891-7891, www.sycamorechristianchurch.

The current sermon series by Pastor Tad Glover is based on the book “Five Practices of Fruitful Living.” Short-term classes on Wednesday and Sunday evenings are using the book for discussion. Services can be heard on Channel 24. Lenten season small group discussion series will center on the bestselling book, “One Month to Live,” which hopes that life will be different for readers who apply its transformational principles. The youth group is preparing for a July mission trip to Washington D.C. The trip requires helping in three different service projects. There will be a fundraising spaghetti dinner from 5-6:30 p.m. April 6. A Bereavement Support Group meets for lunch on the first Thursday of each month. The choir is preparing an Easter Cantata for 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., April 17. Interfaith Hospitality Network homeless families will be housed at the church the week of April 10, provided with dinner, breakfast, sack lunches for the Day Center, where they are counseled and helped to find permanent housing. The church is at 3751 Creek Road, Sharonville; 563-0117;

The church is having a Pancake Breakfast from 9-11 a.m., Saturday, April 2. Cost is $5 for adults, $3.50 for children 10 and younger. Pancakes, sausage, fruit and beverage will be served. Gluten-free pancakes and sugar-free syrup will be available. The Choir will present “The Seven Last Words of Christ” at 4 p.m., April 10. Trinity will also launch a new Contemporary Worship Service, called “The Source,” at 6 p.m., April 9. Pastor Randy Wade Murphy with deliver the message and The Source live band will provide music. Pizza and drinks will follow worship. The church has Trinity Together time, 1-2:30 p.m., on the first and third Tuesday of each month. This is an outreach program that gives families to opportunity to spend quality time together in structured activities that promote healthy relation-



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ships and positive interactions. It is free to the public and geared toward the ages of birth to 5 years old. This program includes special guests throughout the year as well as crafts, games, story time, snack and getting to know other parents and grandparents and their children. Park in the lot of Trinity Community Church, and enter through the doors of Fellowship Hall. Call the church office for schedule information. The church hosts a free meal for all its neighbors, 6-7 p.m., the last Tuesday of each month in Fellowship Hall at the church. Whether you need a break from cooking, have run low on groceries by the end of the month, or just want to relax and eat while socializing, you are invited to enjoy Trinity’s hospitality. Park in the church parking lot, and enter through the doors of Fellowship Hall. The church is at 3850 E. Galbraith Road, Deer Park; 791-7631;

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The church is having its fourth annual Women’s Retreat Saturday, April 9, at its newly expanded facility. Regina Brett, author of the New York Times best-selling book, “God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life's Little Detours,” will be the keynote speaker. The event begins at 9 a.m. with a continental breakfast, followed by the keynote address, interactive sessions, testimonials, guest vocalists Liz Youngs and Kelly Haney, pianist Serena Tsuang, and a skit featuring women from Armstrong. Resource centers will be open during lunch and there will be time for meditation. The retreat ends at 2 p.m. Admission, including breakfast and lunch, is $20. Ticket order forms can be found at The church is at 5125 Drake Road, Indian Hill; 561-4220;

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March 30, 2011

Matthew 25: Ministries prepare disaster relief for Japan survivors Matthew 25: Ministries, an international humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization at 11060 Kenwood Road in Blue Ash, is moving quickly to respond to the urgent need for aid as the result of an earthquake which struck off the shore of Japan on Friday, March 11, triggering tsunami waves in Japan. The devastation resulting from the earthquake and the resulting tsunami has been intensified by an explosion which occurred Saturday at one of Japan’s nuclear power plants. Authorities struggled to combat the threat of nuclear reactor meltdowns in addition to the hundreds of thousands of displaced people struggling to find food and water in the aftermath of the disaster. The estimated death toll from Japan’s earthquake and tsunami currently exceeds 10,000. Matthew 25 has been in contact with national and

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international partners since the earthquake struck, working to identify areas of need and the most urgently needed disaster relief. Based on reliable reports from these partners, Matthew 25 is mobilizing disaster relief supplies. Matthew 25: Ministries’ vice president and disaster relief coordinator Tim Mettey said, “The magnitude of this disaster is almost inconceivable. Imagine the destruction of an earthquake stronger than the one in Haiti followed by the power of a tsunami as deadly as the one that struck southeast Asia complicated by a potential nuclear disaster. Japan is an advanced, technologically modern country – but no country or government, however well prepared, is prepared for this. Matthew 25: Ministries is working with our partners to alleviate as much of the resulting suffering as we can.� Matthew 25: Ministries is accepting the following items for disaster relief for Japan:

1. Cash donations 2. Canned and non-perishable food 3. Personal care products 4. Cleaning products Matthew 25: Ministries will continue to post information on their website and their blog regarding their response to this escalating disaster. For additional information on Matthew 25: Ministries’ response to this most recent disaster, please visit their website at Mathew 25: Ministries accepts cash, credit card and internet donations for ongoing disaster aid and humanitarian relief programs; Matthew 25: Ministries also welcomes volunteers to their 132,000 square foot facility five and a half days a week. For additional information about Matthew 25: Ministries’ humanitarian and disaster relief efforts please contact Joodi Archer at (513) 793-6256 or visit their website at

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The Blue Ash Civic League honored Nick Haar, who is a recent Eagle Scout of Troop 299. His Eagle Scout project was creating a hiking trail for the Sycamore Senior Center. He is attending the University of Cincinnati and majoring in nursing. The Civic League presented Nick with a $50 Saving Bond. From left: Civic League trustees Jack Buckman, Pete Osterbrock, Walt Reuszer, President Ron Borgatti, Vice President Ken Berry, Haar, Secretary Joel Schapp and Treasurer Bev Gill.

Pillich spends day as railcar inspector State Rep. Connie Pillich (D-Montgomery) joined one of her constituents on the railroad as he inspected railcars in the Cincinnati area. The time spent allowed Pillich to see a job performed by a worker who would be negatively impacted by Senate Bill 5, the anti-working family legislation. Pillich issued the following statement: “As legislators it is important to recognize the impacts our decisions will have on the people in our communities. Today I learned what it is like to do a dangerous job that many people probably don’t even know exists. Railcar inspectors spend their days in, on and around trains that travel throughout our state. They make sure equipment like the brakes are properly working. They are highly trained, certified professionals that keep us safe. It is hardworking men and women like this that will be negatively impacted by legislation that takes away their rights and reduces their wages. I’m thankful for the opportunity to see first-hand how one of my constituents works tirelessly to protect the citizens of Ohio.�


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Nationally recognized comedian Joel Chasnoff will bring his unique look at the funnier side of Jewish life to the Mayerson Jewish Community Center (JCC), 8485 Ridge Road, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 10. The event is co-sponsored by Northern Hills Synagogue, Congregation Ohav Shalom, and the Mayerson JCC, and will follow the Jewish Federation's Give A Day activities. The event is open to the community. Chasnoff has performed in eight countries, was a featured performer at the Montreal Comedy Festival, and participated in a USO comedy tour of Japan and Korea, entertaining American Marines. On tour, he has appeared with Jon Stewart and Lewis Black of The Daily Show as well as stand-up comedian Gilbert Gottfried.

He has supplied his voice to numerous cartoons and has performed at more than 500 colleges, clubs and conferences, tackling topics such as politics, technology, relationships, and the warped way we Americans see themselves in the world today. Born and raised in Evanston, Ill., Chasnoff attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he spent two summers with the Philadelphia Phillies organization as an on-field performer in a fruitless attempt to entertain 40,000 of the world’s heaviest-drinking sports fans. After graduating from Penn, he decided to relax a bit by serving in the Israeli Army. He spent many a chilly night sleeping in a metal tank in the Golan Heights and South Lebanon. Chasnoff’s memoir, “The

188th Crybaby Brigade: A Skinny Jewish Kid from Chicago F i g h t s Chasnoff Hezbollah,� published in 2010, is a hilarious and poignant account of his military experience. Opening for Chasnoff will be local comedian John Bunyan. Bunyan has performed numerous times at local comedy clubs and was the 2010 winner of the “Funniest Person in Cincinnati� contest at Go Bananas Comedy Club. A dessert reception will follow the performance. Tickets are $30, and are available at Northern Hills, Ohav Shalom, and the Mayerson JCC. For more information, please contact Northern Hills Synagogue at 931-6038 or Congregation Ohav Shalom at 489-3399.




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Juvenile female, 17, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 24. Juvenile female, 17, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 24. Juvenile male, 14, theft at 7106 Kenwood Road, Feb. 28. Leevon Lee, 31, 915 Ferguson, disorderly conduct at 7913 Montgomery Road, March 2. Samuel Williams, 28, 2338 Catalpa Ave., aggravated menacing, criminal trespassing at 2338 Catalpa

On the Web Our interactive CinciNavigator map allows you to pinpoint the loction of police reports in your neighborhood. Visit: township township

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: Ave., March 2. Tony Stone, 45, 217 W. 12th Street, assault, criminal trespassing at Plainfield and East Galbraith Road, March 1. Morgan Barnhart, 22, 5877 Crittenden Drive, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, March 2. Iesha Oalesby, 21, 1019 Orchard Hill Drive, theft, criminal tools at 7875 U.S. 22, March 5. Sharon McNary, 19, 3674 Karwin Drive, obstructing official business at 7875 Montgomery Road, March 5. Douglas Hudson, 54, 4335 Manville Road, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, March 5. Juvenile female, 15, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 26. Juvenile female, 15, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 26. Delaney Barton, 19, 4549 Ellmon Ave., theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 10. Juvenile female, 17, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 20. Juvenile female, 15, theft at 7913

Blue Ash, Chief Chris Wallace, 745-8573 Montgomery, Chief Don Simpson, 985-1600 Sycamore Township, Lt. Dan Reid, 792-7254 Symmes Township, Lt. Tom Butler, 774-6351 or 683-3444. Montgomery Road, Feb. 25. Juvenile female, 16, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 25. Ashley Jones, 29, 1952 Fairmount Ave., theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 25. John Emmons, 54, 4454 Crystal Ave., breaking and entering at 8661 Tudor Ave., March 1. Damon Pate, 39, 124 Craft St., theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, March 5. Katie White, 29, 972 Paxton Lake Drive, possession of marijuana at 7875 Montgomery Road, March 6.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering

Reported at 7100 Dearwester, Feb. 28.

Criminal damaging

Vehicle doors damaged at 7875 Montgomery Road, March 1.


DEATHS Lane, March 1. Copper pipes and wiring of unknown value removed at 7501 Montgomery Road, March 2. Glasses valued at $450 removed at 7800 Montgomery Road, March 2. $1,300 removed at 10858 Lake Thames Drive, March 2. Ipad valued at $529 removed at 7578 U.S. 22, March 5.

SYMMES TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Christopher Sumner, 39, 509 Meadow Springs, criminal mischief at 9370 Fields Ertel Road, Feb. 28.

Incidents/investigations Misuse of credit card

Reported at 12184 Mason Road, March 6.


Wallet and contents of unknown value removed at 11390 Montgomery Road, Feb. 28.

Theft, forgery

Gift cards and checks removed and forged at 12101 Crestfield Court, March 3.


Asbury Lane: Eagle Land Development At Asbury LLC to Ufret Carlos J. & Nathania Rodriquez; $150,000. 7112 Silver Crest Drive: Schwallie Grace to L. & P. Co.; $135,000.

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Information is provided as a public service by the office of Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes. Neighborhood designations are approximate. 8518 Donegal Drive: Morse Amelia L. to Donahue Marcus P.; $87,500. 8726 Decima St.: Schlotman Sally to Mclennan Christopher S. & Jessica F.; $312,000. 9001 Rolling Lane: Strubbe Tina M. to Royer Simon J.; $125,000.

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Wallet and contents of unknown value removed at 7875 U.S. 22, Feb. 25. Debit card removed at 11430 Giden


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$335,000. 9531 Appomattox Court: Eberenz Linda W. Tr to Yates John & Shi Hui Lou; $317,500. 9998 Bentcreek Drive: Kessinger Steve & Charity L. to Tandon Ritesh & Preeti; $240,000.

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to get high just last year. By the time a student reaches the eighth-grade, one in five will have used inhalants. In Ohio, 6 percent of students reported sniffing glue or inhaling aerosol products to get high in the past 30 days, according to the most recent statewide Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Inhalants are ordinary household products such as glue, shoe polish and aerosol sprays. These products are safe when used as intended, but they can be dangerous and even deadly when sniffed or “huffed” to get high. Nearly all abused products produce effects similar to anesthetics, which slow down the body’s functioning. Depending upon level of dosage, the user can experience slight stimulation, euphoria, lowered inhibitions or loss of consciousness. In extreme cases, the user can also suffer from Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome. “Experimenting with these substances is like playing Russian Roulette. A person can die the 1st, 10th

or 100th time a product is misused as an inhalant,” Hall said, adding that huffing can be a “gateway” to further substance abuse. In fact, 17.2 percent of adolescents who initiated illicit drug use during the past year indicated that inhalants were the first drug that they used, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. National Inhalants & Poisons Awareness Week (NIPAW) is an annual media-based, communitylevel program that takes place the third week in March. NIPAW is designed to increase understanding about the use and risks of inhalant involvement. It is an inclusive program that involves youth, schools, media, police departments, health organization, civics groups and more. It has proven to be an effective means of mobilizing communities to reduce inhalant use. To learn more, visit qs.htm.

IN THE SERVICE Kelley promoted

Paul Kelley has been promoted to the rank of private first class in the U.S. Army.

Kelley, a mechanic with one year of military service, is assigned to the 572nd Mac, 8th Engineer Battalion at Fort Hood, Killeen, Texas. Kelley is the son of Ken-

neth Kelley of Loveland, and Teresa Schuh of Blue Ash. His wife, Rosaline, is the daughter of Barbara Cross of Blue Ash.

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Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Cassidy announce the engagement of their daughter, Christina Lavonne Cassidy to Mr. Bradley Michael Powers, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Powers. The wedding is scheduled for June 17, 2011.

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State encourages parents to discuss dangers of ‘huffing’ with kids They’re all over your house. They’re in your child’s school. Chances are you probably purchased some the last time you visited the grocery store. Educate yourself. Find out about inhalants before your children do. That’s the message the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services hopes to impart as it invites families and communities to join with the Cabinet-level state agency in observing “National Inhalants & Poisons Awareness Week” March 20-26. “Many parents don’t know that inhalants are as popular among middle school students as marijuana. Even fewer know the deadly effects the poisons in these products have on the brain and body when they are inhaled or huffed,” ODADAS director Orman Hall said. “It is never too early to teach your children about the dangers of inhalants.” According to national surveys, more than a million people used inhalants

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James Samuel Kelm, 61, of Symmes Township died March 17. Survived by son, James Samuel Kelm Jr.; daughter, Elizabeth (Paul) Marsolan; father, Kelm Robert P. Kelm; brothers Warren Kelm, Brian (Kathy) Kelm and Jon (Jacqueline) Kelm; and sister, Deanna (Steve) Danner. Preceded in death by mother, Ruth (nee Nold) Kelm. Services were March 21 at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Cincinnati. Memorials to: The Ohio State University Foundation, referencing the OSU Kelm Family Scholarship, attn: Lester Barnhart, OSU College of Engineering, 201 W. 19th Ave., Suite 350F, Columbus, OH 43210.

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11136 Wood Ave.: Schmurr Kathy M. to U.S. Bank N. A.; $46,000. 4299 Berryhill Lane: Ruehr William C. &Suzanne Cassady Ruehr to Dotson Natalie L. & Gary Scott Dotson; $315,000. 9190 Kenwood Road: Federal National Mortgage Association to Jsl Development LLC; $51,000. 9190 Kenwood Road: Federal National Mortgage Association to Jsl Development LLC; $51,000.

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Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden – needs volunteers in the volunteer education program. Volunteers will receive training, invitations to special events and a monthly newsletter, among other benefits. There are numerous volunteer opportunities now available, including: “Ask Me” Station Program, Slide Presenters Program, Tour Guide Program, Animal Handlers Program, CREW Education Program. Each area has its own schedule and requirements. Certified training is also required. Must be 18 or older and have a high school degree or GED diploma. For more information, call the zoo’s education department at 559-7752, or e-mail volunteereducator@cincinnatizoo.o rg, or visit Grailville – needs volunteers for the garden in Loveland. Volunteer days are 9 a.m. to noon selected Saturdays. For a complete list visit or call 6832340. Volunteers will work in the kitchen and herb gardens. No experience is needed, volunteers may participate once or for the entire season. Volunteers should bring gloves, water bottle, sunscreen, hat, footwear that can get dirty and a snack if desired. Tools are provided. Granny’s Garden School – needs help in the garden. Granny’s is growing produce for needy families in the area, with support from the Greenfield Plant Farm. Greenfield Plant Farm donated their surplus tomato and green pepper plants to the Granny’s Garden School program. Granny is seeking help with maintaining the gardens, planting and harvesting more produce. Granny’s is at Loveland Primary School, 550 Loveland-Madeira Road. Call 324-2873 or e-mail, or visit GRRAND – Golden Retriever Rescue and Adoption of Needy Dogs takes in needy displaced, abandoned or unclaimed stray golden retrievers and places them in volunteer foster homes until adoptive families are found. Call 1-866-9812251 and leave your name and phone. Visit Email League For Animal Welfare – A no-kill shelter needs volunteers 16-andolder to help socialize cats and 18-and-older to socialize and walk dogs. Other opportunities available. Call 735-2299, ext. 3. Save the Animals Foundation – Needs people 18 and older to staff its shelter for homeless cats and dogs. Call 378-0300 for cats and 588-6609 for dogs. Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum – has a new horticulture volunteer program. Volunteer opportunities include working side by side Spring Grove’s nationallyrenowned horticulture team at this National Historic Landmark. Groups of volunteers will be developed to help in the following areas: Keeping the front entrance area looking spectacular, controlling invasive species, taking care of the tree and shrub collection. They are also looking for a volunteer, or volunteers, to help with the hybrid tea roses. New volunteers join the volunteer docents who are ambassadors for the cemetery and arboretum. Information sessions, conducted the last Saturday and first Wednesday of each month, will explain the volunteer opportunities. Sessions are at 10 a.m. in the Historic Office, just inside the main entrance to the cemetery. For more information, contact Volunteer Coordinator Whitney Huang, Spring Grove horticulturist at 853-6866. Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum is the nation’s second-largest cemetery and arboretum which consists of 730 acres. Spring Grove serves the Cincinnati area but has welcomed visitors from all over of the world. As part of the arboretum, more than 1,200 plants are labeled and serve as a reference for the public. Spring Grove is looking for volunteers to help maintain specialty gardens, photograph plants, and help with computer work. Please call 513853-4941 or email Tri State County Animal Response Team (CART) – Is at 11216 Gideon Lane in Sycamore Township. Meetings are open to the public. Visit for monthly subjects or more infor-

mation. Call 702-8373. Winton Woods Riding Center – is in need of volunteers to assist with the Special Riders Program, which provides training and competition opportunities for children and adults with disabilities, and to help with barn duties, horse shows and a variety of other tasks. No experience is necessary and training is provided. Interested individuals ages 14 and older are invited to contact the Winton Woods Riding Center at 931-3057, or at


Anderson Senior Center – Computer Instructors and Assistants needed to teach older adults in basic computer skills. 10-week classes are held at the Anderson Senior Center and offered 3-4 times per year. Classes are held Monday-Friday. Instructors teach the curriculum while assistants help the students. If interested please email Change a life – Volunteer to tutor an adult with low-level literacy skills or GED preparation needs. Call 621READ. Cincinnati Reads – a volunteer tutoring program working with K-4 students in Cincinnati Public Schools. Volunteers receive free training to work one-on-one with children who are struggling to read. Call 621-7323 or e-mail Jayne Martin Dressing, Clermont 20/20 – and its college access program, Clermont Educational Opportunities, offer a mentoring program that matches adults to work with a group of high school students from local high schools. Volunteers are needed to become mentors to help students stay in school and prepare to graduate with a plan for their next step. Call Terri Rechtin at 753-9222 or 673-3334 (cell) or e-mail for more information. Granny’s Garden School – Volunteers needed from 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays to work on behind-thescenes projects. Volunteers also needed to help with developing Web pages. Call 489-7099; Granny’s Hands-on Gardening Club is looking for new gardeners,

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to work with garden manager Suellyn Shupe. Experienced gardeners, come to share your expertise and enjoy the company of other gardeners while supporting the Granny’s Garden School program times: 1:30-4 p.m. Mondays; 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The school is located at the Loveland Primary and Elementary, 550 Loveland-Madeira Road. E-mail or visit Inktank – Group looking for volunteers to help children and adults improve their skills in writing-based initiatives across the city. Call 5420195. Raymond Walters College – Needs volunteers to serve as tutors to skills enhancement students. The class meets from 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays and from 5-8 p.m. Thursdays. Call 745-5691. Winton Woods City Schools – Wants to match community members who are interested in volunteering in the schools with the students. Volunteer opportunities at Winton Woods Primary North and South, middle school and high school. Volunteers who would have oneon-one contact with students outside of a classroom are required to have a background check. To volunteer, contact Gina Burnett at or 619-2301. The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati’s College Readiness Program that inspires and encourages teens of color toward paths of success is looking for caring professionals who want to make a difference, and for young people who can benefit from positive adult role models. Part of a national YMCA initiative, the local program incorporates mentoring, career exploration and college readiness; and helps students develop a positive sense of self, build character, explore diverse college and career options. Volunteers, many of whom are sponsored by area companies, share their own personal insight and encouragement. Contact Program Director Darlene Murphy at the Melrose YMCA, 961-3510 or visit YMCA – The Ralph J. Stolle Countryside YMCA is looking for volunteer trail guides for school groups. Call 932-1424 or e-mail


Business Volunteers for the Arts – BVA is accepting applications from business professionals with at least three years experience, interested in volunteering their skills within the arts community. Projects average six to eight months in length and can range from marketing or accounting to Web design or planning special events. A one-day training program is provided to all accepted applicants. Call 871-2787. Center for Independent Living Options – Seeking volunteers to staff Art Beyond Boundaries, gallery for artists with disabilities. Volunteers needed noon to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Call 2412600. Cincinnati Museum Center – Needs volunteers to work in all three museums, the Cincinnati History Museum, the Museum of Natural History and Science and the Cinergy Children’s Museum, and special exhibits. Call 287-7025.

Health care

American Diabetes Association – Seeks volunteers in its area office located downtown for clerical support, filling requests for educational materials from phone requests, data entry, special events support and coordinating the Health Fair. Call 759-9330. American Heart Association – Volunteers needed to assist with the American Heart Association’s cause campaigns, Power to End Stroke, Go Red For Women, Start!, and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Assignments include clerical work, event specific duties and community outreach. Contact the American Heart Association at 281-4048 or e-mail Bethesda North Hospital – has openings for adult volunteers in several areas of the hospital. Call 8651164 for information and to receive a volunteer application. Captain Kidney Educational Program – Needs volunteers one or more mornings or afternoons a month during the school year to educate children in first through sixth grades about kidney function and disease. Training provided. Call 961-8105. Clermont Recovery Center – Needs volunteers to fill positions on the board of trustees. Clermont County residents interested in the problem of alcohol or drug abuse, especially persons in long-term recovery and their family members, are encouraged to apply. Contact Barbara Adams Marin, CQI manager and communications coordinator, at 735-8123 or, Kim King, administrative assistant at 735-8144. Crossroads Hospice – Seeking volun-

teers to assist terminally ill patients and their families. Call 793-5070. Destiny Hospice – is seeking caring and compassionate people to make a difference in the life of a person living with terminal illness. No special skills or experience needed; simply a willingness to help provide comfort and support. Orientation is scheduled to fit the volunteer’s schedule. Opportunities are available throughout the Cincinnati, Middletown and Butler County area. Contact Angie at 554-6300, or Evercare Hospice and Palliative Care – is seeking volunteers in all Greater Cincinnati communities. Evercare provides care for those facing end-of-life issues and personal support to their families. Volunteers needed to visit with patients and/or assist in administrative and clerical tasks. Volunteers may provide care wherever a patient resides, whether in a private home or nursing facility. Call 1-888-866-8286 or 682-4055. Heartland Hospice – is seeking people with an interest in serving terminally ill clients and their families. Volunteers are needed for special projects such as crochet, knitting, making cards and lap robes, as well as making visits to patients. Training is provided to fit volunteers’ schedules. Call Jacqueline at 731-6100, and Shauntay 8315800 for information. Hospice of Southwest Ohio – Seeks volunteers to help in providing hospice services, Call 770-0820, ext. 111 or e-mail Hoxworth Blood Center – Hoxworth is recruiting people to help during community blood drives and blood donation centers in the area. Positions include: Blood drive hosts, greeters, blood donor recruiters and couriers. Call Helen Williams at 558-1292 or The Jewish Hospital – 4777 E. Galbraith Road, Kenwood, needs adult volunteers to assist at the front window in the pharmacy and also to assist with clerical duties, sorting patient mail, etc. They also need volunteers to assist staff in the family lounge and information desk and a volunteer is also needed in the Cholesterol Center, 3200 Burnet Ave., to perform clerical duties. Shifts are available 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Volunteers receive a free meal ticket for each day he or she volunteers four or more hours, plus free parking. Call 686-5330. The hospital also needs adult volunteers to assist MRI staff and technologists at the reception desk of the Imaging Department in the Medical Office Building, located across from the hospital at 4750 East Galbraith Road. Volunteers are also needed to assist staff in the family lounge and at the information desk in the main hospital. Shifts are available Monday through Friday. Call 686-5330. Mercy Hospital Anderson – Seeks volunteers for the new patient services team, the Patient Partner Program. This team will provide volunteers with the opportunity to interact directly with the patients on a non-clinical level. Volunteers will receive special training in wheelchair safety, infection control, communication skills, etc. The volunteers will assist in the day-today non clinical functions of a nursing unit such as reading or praying with the patient; playing cards or watching TV with the patient; helping the patient select meals; running an errand; cutting the patient’s food. Call the Mercy Hospital Anderson Volunteer Department at 624-4676 to inquire about the Patient Partner Program. Wellness Community – Provides free support, education and hope to people with cancer and their loved ones. Volunteers needed to work at special events, health fairs, bulk mailings and other areas. Visit and click on “volunteer” to sign up. Call 791-4060, ext. 19.


AARP – Tax aide for low and moderate income, with emphasis on senior citizens. Will provide necessary IRS and administrative training. If you balance your checkbook or prepare your own tax returns you could be a prime candidate. In addition to volunteer help, we would be grateful for laptop computer donations or funds. Call 1-888-227-7669 or visit for more information. Community Shares of Greater Cincinnati – Seeking volunteer campaign assistant to plan workplace employee giving campaigns and campaign project support volunteers to assist with campaigns. Call 475-0475 or e-mail No experience necessary – Seeking volunteers to help with autism program based on the book “SonRise” by Barry Neil-Kaufman. No experience necessary. Call 2311948. Sayler Park Community Center – is looking for volunteers to help with

youth instructional sports and art classes between 2-6 p.m. weekdays. Volunteers need to be at least 18 years of age and a police check is required. Contact 9410102 for more information. SCORE-Counselors to America’s Small Business – A non-profit association seeking experienced business people to counsel others who are or wish to go into business. Call 684-2812 or visit Tristate Volunteers – For adults of all ages, supporting some of the best-known events in the area. Call 766-2002, ext. 4485, visit or email U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary – The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary supports the U.S. Coast Guard (MSD Cincinnati) in Homeland Security, marine environmental protection, radio watch standing and Marine events, such as Tall Stacks and the WEBN Fireworks all without pay. They also teach Ohio Boating Safety, boating/seamanship and give free boat safety checks per the Ohio, Kentucky or Indian regulations. To volunteer, call 554-0789 or e-mail Youth In Planning – Teen volunteers needed for network project to inform communities about public planning. Visit or e-mail


Anderson Senior Center – needs volunteers to teach computer courses in the evening. Computer sessions in basic computer instruction, intermediate computer instruction run once a week for five weeks. Instructors are also needed to teach one time classes of buying on ebay, digital photo, simple excel. The center has a baby grand piano and is in need of someone to play from 10:3011:30 a.m. Call Libby Feck at 474-3100. Clermont Senior Services – invites area residents to get to know seniors in their communities by engaging in the Meals-on-Wheels and Friendly Neighbors/Shoppers programs. Volunteer opportunities are available in the Milford, Loveland, Union and Miami townships, Owensville, and Batavia Township. Call volunteer coordinator Sharon Brumagem at 536-4060. Meals on wheels – Seeks volunteers to deliver meals for Sycamore Senior Center’s program in the Loveland, Blue Ash, Indian Hill, Montgomery, Sycamore Township, Symmes Township and West Chester areas. Call 984-1234 or 686-1013. To volunteer in Mount Washington or Anderson Township, call 474-3100. ITNGreaterCincinnati – Seeking volunteer drivers to provide dignified transportation to seniors and visually impaired adults 2 hours per week. Volunteer drivers may be reimbursed in cash for occupied miles and earn Transportation Social Security(tm) credits for their unoccupied miles. ITNGC is part of the Deaconess Foundation Full Life initiative, which strives to find healthcare solutions for seniors and their caregivers. For additional information call Nancy Schuster at 513-559-2200 or email at

Social Services

American Cancer Society – Seeks volunteers for office help, assistance in resale shop, new recruits for the Young Professionals group, Relay For Life team captains, cancer survivors to help with support groups and more. Call 1-888ACS-OHIO. Cincinnati Association for the Blind – Seeks volunteers in all areas, especially drivers available during the day. Weekend and evening hours also available. Call at 4874217. Clovernook Center for the Blind – contact Christine Sevindik, coordinator of volunteer services at 7286261 or for volunteer opportunities. Council on Child Abuse – Looking for volunteers who care about babies and their families. Volunteers will reinforce positive ways to manage infant crying and distribute information on the dangers of shaking babies. Call 936-8009. The Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Division of the March of Dimes – needs office volunteers. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. MondayFriday, at 10806 Kenwood Road in Blue Ash. Contact Carol Panko at or call 769-3588. Inter Parish Ministry has a variety of volunteer jobs available – work in the Choice Pantry, help in the office, organize and sort clothing for client families or help with special events. Also needs volunteers to assist with its Elder Ministry program at a local nursing home. Volunteers help residents play bingo on Monday afternoons for about an hour. Contact Connie at 561-3932 or visit for more information.


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