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Sycamore schools looking toward future By Marika Lee


Sycamore Community Schools will see updates to their media centers, technology and buildings as part of the district’s 10-year plan. Director of Business Operations Chad Lewis presented the district’s 10-year plan to the board of education. Lewis said one part of the plan is to modernize media centers across the district. “The way they are currently set up is very traditional. There is a push for a more 21st Century environment to do more,” Lewis said. Lewis said he has received the most requests for more functional media centers from employees at Edwin H. Greene Intermediate School, Sycamore Junior High School and Sycamore High School. He said there will be significant changes in the media centers in the next few years. Assistant Superintendent Frank Forsthoefel said the district is looking to create more flexible learning space for students that can be adapted to different students’ learning styles. Forsthoefel said the fact that $800,000 of the district’s annual budget goes to technology shows that the school is trying to keep up with the latest trends to create the best learning environment for the students. He said there is flexibility on where the money is spent: in some years it is on new devices and in others it is spent on infra-

Edwin H. Greene Intermediate was allotted the most funds in the Sycamore Community Schools 10-year budget plan, but Director of Operations Chad Lewis said the district is unsure if the school will be replaced or renovated in the future. MARIKA LEE/ THE COMMUNITY PRESS

structure, such as updating the network when bring-your-owndevice programs were implemented at the junior high and high school. “We are thinking about what we can do for upgrades. It is not just a student issue, we are thinking about teachers’ devices also,” Forsthoefel said. With \construction of the Maple Dale Elementary School nearing an end, Board Member Jean Staubach said many parents have asked her which school is going to be renovated or replaced next. “I think we need to have a long-range plan on what we are going to do with our seven school buildings and (the district office),” Staubach said. Board Member Jill Cole said that in the last 10 years the district has been good at acting pre-emptively, so it is more likely that the school buildings

Blue Ash Elementary School: $800,000 Maple Dale Elementary School: $100,000 Montgomery Elementary School: $675,000 Symmes Elementary School: $640,000 Edwin H. Greene Intermediate School: $5.8 million Sycamore Junior High School: $2.5 million Sycamore High School: $4.35 million

SCHOOL BUILDINGS BY YEARS BUILT Blue Ash Elementary School: 2002 Maple Dale Elementary School: 2013 Montgomery Elementary School: 2003 Symmes Elementary School: 1988 Edwin H. Greene Intermediate School: 1964 Sycamore Junior High School: 1925 Sycamore High School: 1974

could be renovated instead of replaced. Lewis said there is no plan to replace a school in the next 10 years, but Greene school was allotted the most funds – $5.8 million – of all the buildings for the tentative 10-year budget summary. See FUTURE, Page A2

David Howard, of Blue Ash, puts on his fire on the last day of filming for "Fat Guys in the Woods," a reality show that takes average guys and teaches them survival skills. PROVIDED


By Marika Lee

Local schools find ways to make up snow days tions Johanna Kremer, the school has no calamity days to make up.

By Jennie Key

A hard winter resulted in most schools in the area exceeding the five alloted calamity days given to schools each year. On March 26, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed into law Amended Substitute House Bill 416, which requires the Ohio Department of Education to waive up to four additional days a school is closed due to a public calamity, such as hazardous weather conditions, for the 2013-2014 school year. Local schools have their plans in place.

Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy

Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy used seven calamity days this year, Marketing and Communication Director Jennifer Murphy said in an email. The schools are going to make

A Blue Ash resident, who normally uses his skills to fight computer security, can be seen battling against Mother Nature in a new competition reality show airing later this year. David Howard wrapped up filming in February for

Mount Notre Dame High School

So-called blizzard bags, assignments to help students make up instructional time lost due to winter weather will be or have been sent home by some area school districts.KELLY MCBRIDE/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

up the extra days Friday, April 18, and Monday, April 21, which would have been part of Easter Break, Murphy said.

Moeller High School

According to Director of Marketing and Communica-

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“Fat Guys in the Woods,” a new reality show that will air on the Weather Channel beginning in August. Howard said the “fat guy” moniker is more a general term and the contestants are guys who used to have physical careers and gained some amount of weight after switching to different careers. “I used to be in the military; now I work in IT and sit behind a desk all day. I fit the model of being a couch potato,” Howard said. Howard spent 12 years in the United States Army, becoming an infantry man right out of high school. Now, he works as a certified ethical hacker. “I hack for the good guys so we can keep the bad guys out,” he said. Howard said he heard about casting for the show while he was in Chicago. He made a video of himself in his hotel room and sent it. While the contestants in other episodes got heat blankets or fire starting material, Howard was placed in the eighth and hardest episode. See REALITY, Page A2

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Blue Ash City Council honors Mark Weber By Marika Lee

Blue Ash City Council began its meeting on March 27 with a moment of silence for former Mayor and Councilman Mark Weber, who died March14. Weber was first elected to city council in 2001. He served as vice mayor from 2005 to 2009 and as mayor from 2009 to 2013.

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“We will miss our council mate. He did a fine job for the city for a long, long time,” MayWeber or Lee Czerwonka said. Councilman Rick Bryan said Weber was a vibrant and engaging public servant. “When you talk to the people in (Ward 5), it is clear that he was a passionate public servant. We will be missed by the people he served so loyally for so long,” Bryan said. The Sycamore School Board had a moment of silence for Weber at its meeting March 19.


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SIRKIN CHOSEN TO REPLACE WEBER After the unexpected passing of Councilman Mark Weber March 14, Blue Ash City Council has offered a resident and local businessman the vacant Ward 5 position. Sirkin Council plans to appoint Dr. Marc Sirkin, a 16-year resident, to fill the position at the April 10 meeting. The term expires Dec. 1, 2015. “Council felt it was most appropriate to bring Dr. Sirkin on board based on his involvement with the city. Dr. Sirkin has been on the Blue Ash Board of Zoning Appeals and Site Arrange-

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“Greene School is a concern. I don’t intend to spend any large dollars on a huge facility upgrade until we have an idea of what we are going to do with Greene school,” Lewis

ment for the past eight years, which he was recruited for by Mark Weber. Dr. Sirkin and Mr. Weber were neighbors for a number of years, their children attended Sycamore Schools together, and Dr. Sirkin supported Mr. Weber on Council. Dr. Sirkin has consistently taken interest in our city and we believe he will be a great fit for the position on city council,” Mayor Lee Czerwonka said. Sirkin, 51, has been practicing dentistry in Blue Ash since 1988. He is a 1980 graduate of Walnut Hills High School and attended the Ohio State University for both undergraduate and graduate studies. He and his wife, Wendy, have been married for 25 years and their two sons, Benjamin

and Austin, are both Sycamore Community School graduates. Sirkin was on the Blue Ash Board of Tax Review from 2004-2006, the Blue Ash Airshow Committee from 2005-2009, and participated in Citizens for Blue Ash Recreation (PAC supporting Issue 15) in 2006. He is the chair of the Blue Ash Board of Zoning Appeals and Site Arrangement and is also a Blue AshIlmenau Committee Member. “It was Mark Weber who motivated me to get involved in the city some 10 years ago. He impressed upon me how important it was for Blue Ash citizens to be involved and engaged in decisions and changes affecting their community,” Sirkin said.

nessee with only a liter of water, a knife and a hatchet. The competition aspect of the show comes into play when the contestants break off the group and have to spend the last day and night alone. Creek Stewart, the show’s

host, decides who impresses him the most. “For our episode, that was me,” Howard said. “I would encourage anyone to get out there and give it a shot. It was really exhilarating and it was pretty awesome,” Howard said.

said. Lewis said the best plan is to do renovations at Greene that could be incorporated into a new school. The cafeteria and one of the gyms at Greene are new and could be kept for a new building, as the gym from the old Maple Dale was made part of the new Maple Dale.

Lewis said roofs on district buildings have been well maintained and the district has avoided having to replace many of their roofs. Lewis said the district’s pavement was in good condition before the freezing temperatures created many potholes on streets this winter.

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Sycamore Community Schools Sycamore Community Schools had seven calamity days this year. The district used two blizzard bags and will not have to make up any days, Chief Information Officer Erika Daggett said.

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Ursuline Academy used nine calamity days this year, Director of Communications Sally Neidhard said. The school was able to plan ahead and used two blizzard bags. The other two days have been or will be made up with online learning days March 28 and April 28, Neidhard said. The school was scheduled to be off both days for an in-service day and professional development day, respectively.

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Blue Ash denies wrongdoing in service animal lawsuit By Marika Lee

The city of Blue Ash claims it did nothing wrong in the dispute with resident Ingrid Anderson over a service animal that has resulted in the city being sued in federal court. Anderson and Housing Opportunities Made Equal, or HOME, filed a lawsuit in federal court against the city Feb. 18 accusing Blue Ash of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by not allowing Anderson’s 13year-old daughter, Chloe, to keep her miniature horse, Ellie, as a service animal. The city filed a motion for a summary judgment March 26, asking the court to dismiss Anderson’s claims with prejudice, meaning Anderson could not file a suit against the city on the same grounds again. The court has yet to respond to the request. Both sides had a status conference March 27 and a preliminary pretrial conference is set with Judge Timothy Back for April 14. The city filed a response to Anderson’s complaint March 14. The city denied Anderson’s accusation and asked for the court to dismiss the complaint. The city said it acted in a proper and lawful manner and did not violate any federal laws. The city’s response stated “Ellie is not a ser-

HIPPOTHERAPY DEFINED IN BLUE ASH’S MEMORANDUM Hippotherapy is not a horseback riding lesson. It is physical, occupational or speech therapy, which is prescribed by a physician and delivered by a team that includes a licensed, credentialed therapist. Hippotherapy is completed by a professional therapist (occupational therapist, physical therapist or speech language pathologist) in conjunction with a professional horse handler and a specially screened and trained therapy horse. Source: The Children’s TherAplay Foundation, Inc.

vice animal or assistance animal as defined by the ADA or (Fair Housing Act).” Anderson said something similar in her deposition taken March 10. “Ellie doesn’t perform therapy for Chloe. She helps Chloe with her stability while walking, helping her pull up from falls,” she said. Anderson admits later in her deposition she told Blue Ash Police officers that Ellie was used for therapy. In a memorandum field by the city, the city points out that Anderson never appealed decisions by the Blue Ash Board of Zoning Appeals, Blue Ash City Council, Blue Ash Mayor’s Court and Hamilton County Municipal Court that she could not keep Ellie at her home under the ADA and FHA. “Boiled down, this case is about one thing: (The Andersons) want to house a miniature horse in the backyard of a two-tenths of an acre lot they rent on Myrtle Avenue in Blue

Rich Road on county ‘to-do’ list By Jennie Key jkey@communitypress.comds

Some residents yearning for spring will see a sure sign in their neighborhoods in coming days. Orange barrels, the official flower of road crews everwhere will begin blooming along Daly and West Fork roads as crews begin doing concrete work as part of a $1.1 million resurfacing project by the Hamilton County Engineer’s Office. The project will resurface just more than three miles of county roads in Cincinnati and Springfield, Green, Columbia and Symmes townships, and will include curb, gutter and catch basin work where it already exists. Streets included in the project are: Bilamy Court from Winton Road to the dead end; Camargo Road from the Cincinnati corporation line to the Madeira corporation line; Daly Road from North Bend Road to the Cincinnati corporation line; Rich Road

from Fallis Road to Brentmour, and West Fork Road from North Bend Road to Gaines Road. Hamilton County Engineer Ted Hubbard said the county has several resurfacing projects planned. “We have a lot of streets that need attention,” Hubbard said. “But it costs money. We are only able to do so much at a time.”

Ash. This lot is located in the middle of a residential neighborhood,” the court documents read. Anderson said Ellie was donated to the family as a baby in 2012. Anderson said she has been training Ellie to help her daughter navigate their backyard and do hippotherapy, which is physical, occupational and speech therapy done with horses. Hippotherapy was prescribed by a doctor at Children’s Hospital in 2010, but the city states in

court documents that a therapist must be present for hippotherapy. The city also pointed out that Anderson removed Ellie from her property on her own. Anderson said in court documents that she did so from fear of further prosecutionafter she was convicted of violating the city’s farm animals ordinance. The city claims that since Ellie does not assist Anderson’s daughter inside their home, in public places or at school, the horse does not qualify as a service animal. The city and Anderson said the horse is not housebroken. According to court


documents, the city has received numerous complaints about the amount of animal waste and the stench from the number of animals Anderson has kept at the property.

Anderson said in her deposition that she has five dogs. She admitted there have been seven dogs on the property at one time, plus the miniature horse.

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Moeller teacher nominated for 2014 ‘Stoker’ Award Girard’s ‘Project Cain’ a top 5 book

The Horror Writers Association nominated Archbishop Moeller High School’s English Department Chair Geoffrey Girard’s new teen novel, “Project Cain,” for a Bram Stoker award. This award recognizes “Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel,” and names the novel as one of the top five teen books of 2013. The Bram Stoker Awards are an international prize for literary achievement in dark fantasy and horror writing. The final award ceremony will be held in Portland in May and will include nominees in other categories, including Stephen King and script writers from “The Walking Dead.” Last fall, Simon & Schuster published two novels by Girard. The first, “Cain’s Blood,” is a techno thriller from Touchstone Books. The second, “Project Cain,” is a stand-alone companion novel for teen readers from Simon & Schuster. Last September, Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Rookwood launched Girard’s novels, and he spoke to a record crowd about his books and writing. To view a slideshow of this event, please go to “Cain’s Blood and Project Cain are two different novels written about the same fictional


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event,” Girard said. “In both, scientists have been doing unpleasant things for the military and these unpleasant things escape. The two books explore the trouble/adventure that ensues… and simply do so differently.” He discussed how he became interested in science fiction/horror novels and how he hopes readers will see his current books as a combination of two authors who inspire him the most: Isaac Asimov and Stephen

King. Girard also spoke about how a former teacher that he admired first inspired him to write and now to teach. Early reviews called the books a combination of Michael Crichton and “Silence of the Lambs.” Horror superstar R.L. Stine said, “Here’s a book that truly deserves to be called horrifying. I swear, this book kept creeping me out long after I finished reading it!”

Girard is an award-winning author of several books and has been featured at local events. Last October he was a guest author in Cincinnati’s “Books by the Banks” USA Book Festival, which involved more than 100 authors around the nation. You can learn more about all his work at His books are available at local bookstores and at

Josh Simon Goldman, a Denison University student, was one of 20 seniors presented with the prestigious 2014 Distinguished Leadership Award. Denison annually recognizes graduating seniors who have demonstrated exemplary leadership and service to the college through their involvement in student organizations, in co-curricular activities, on the residential education staff, and as athletes and scholars. Nominations of deserving students are made by faculty, staff and student peers.

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Ursuline dance team grand champions at Ameridance regionals

Ursuline Academy’s Dance Team won the Grand Champion title at the Ameridance Regional Competition, over the more than 80 routines presented by teams from across Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. The Ursuline Varsity Dance team took first place in the varsity pom and varsity hip hop competitions. The Ursuline Elite Dance team took first place in the open hip hop competition. Additionally, the Var-

sity Dance team received the high point award, the Wow Choreography Award, and a golden ticket automatic bid to the final round at nationals for their “Flying Monkeys” routine. The team also received the title of grand champion for their “Flying Monkeys” routine by receiving the top score throughout the entire competition. Elite Dance team members: Danielle Brinkmann ‘16 of Lib-

erty Township, Amelia Dahm ‘16 of Mason, Kate Debbane ‘17 of Hamilton Township, Monica Dornoff ‘16 of Sharonville, Danielle Driscoll ‘15 of West Chester Township, Tiffany Elmore ‘15 of Loveland, Hanna Geisler ‘14 of Indian Hill, Alden Gerstner ‘16 of West Chester Township, Madeline Johnson ‘14 of Liberty Township, Megan McShane ‘16 of Deerfield Township, Christina Pan ‘15 of Evendale, Kaylyn Robin-

son ‘15 of Miami Township and Audrey Seminara ‘15 of Mason. Varsity Dance team members: Erica Behrens ‘15 of Anderson Township, Lindsey Clemmons ‘16 of Deerfield Township, Maria Geisler ‘15 of Indian Hill, Maddie George ‘16 of Deerfield Township, Lauren Grafton ‘16 of Montgomery, Emma Guenther ‘15 of Fairfield, Grace Hellmann ‘16 of Hyde Park, Lily Hofstetter ‘16

of Hyde Park, Katie MacVittie ‘17 of Montgomery, Rebecca Mefford ‘15 of Batavia, Meagan Morgan ‘16 of Woodlawn, Madaline Rinaldi ‘16 of Blue Ash, Elysia Ruiz ‘16 of Mason, Melani Seilkop ‘17 of Fairfield, Macy Sigward ‘16 of Mason, Mary Clare Van Hulle ‘16 of Madeira, Maria Ventura ‘16 of Deerfield Township, Jennifer Welch ‘15 of Blue Ash, and Dance Team coach Brenda Elmore of Loveland.



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Coach Ray’s Aves begin circling the track By Scott Springer and Mark D. Motz

SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP — The starting guns have fired and the high school track and field season is underway. The following is a rundown of teams in the Northeast Suburban Life coverage area.


» Hank Ray heads up both Sycamore teams this season off of Cornell Road. Ray earned Greater Miami Conference coach of the year last season as the Aviators finished second among GMC boys. Top returners are senior shot put/discus thrower Todd Lewis, sprinter Ronnie Williams and hurdler John Vuotto. Lewis was second team GMC, Vuotto made third team and Williams was second team on the 4x100 relay and honorable mention in the 100. Lewis was a state qualifier in 2013 and will be pushed by teammate and Duke football commit Tinashe Bere. “I see big things from both of those two,” Ray said. Leading the boys distance runners is Ray Berling, Sycamore’s top cross country performer. “He has more competitiveness than anyone on our team,” Ray said. “He has a will to win. He’s the leader of our distance program as a sophomore.” There’s only seven seniors between both Sycamore teams, but Ray has some young performers that should mesh well with his veterans in the short distances. “Our strength is in our sprints with Ronnie Williams, Jamar Hunter, Clarence Dawson, Kedarius Bell, Jeremiah Hunter and Brendon Archer,” Ray said. “All of them are going to be very hard to beat. A couple are freshman, but they showed they had experience during indoor. They’ve been practicing with our main guys. Our 100, 200, 4x100 and 4x200 relays should be tough.” Sycamore’s Lady Aves features junior distance runner Rosie Menyhert, who steps from the shadows of the graduated Sam Siler. Menyhert was GMC honorable mention as a sophomore and made second team as part of the 4x800 relay “She’s the hardest working girl that I’ve ever been around,” Ray said. “She wants to be the best. She doesn’t stop and she trains with our guys. She can beat half of them. It makes her work harder. We think this is going to be her best year yet.” In field events, Sycamore returns junior pole vaulters Tori Swart and Molly Gearin. Swart made honorable mention allleague a year ago. The girls will feature many new faces as much of last spring’s second-place GMC team graduated. “I’m going to be surprised to see how the girls do because we have a lot to replace from last year,” Ray said. Sycamore participates in the Coaches Classic meet April 9 and 11.

Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy

» The Eagle boys are small in number with just14 athletes, but head coach Julie Dietrich thinks they should be competitive in the Miami Valley Conference and beyond. “We are a mixed bag,” she said. “We have some talent in several events. We might be young, but we have some pretty good athletes who can fill a lot of

Sycamore senior Todd Lewis gets ready to heave his weighted sphere as he practices his shot put skills March 26. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

play football at Miami University. Indian Hill will participate in the Madeira Invitational April 9 and the Cincinnati Country Day Invitational April 11.


Junior Tori Swart lands in the pole vault pit at practice March 26 at Sycamore High School. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Senior John Vuotto returns for Sycamore to run the hurdles and 4x400 relay. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

spots. Where we end up on that final podium is hard to say, but they’re like sponges soaking things up and working hard. They’re a very versatile team because they don’t have any preconceived notions of what events they should be doing.” Seniors Matt Overstreet is in his second year of sprinting, while classmate Alex Stevens was a regional qualifier in the pole vault last season and should clear 12 feet this year. Sophomore Prince Sammons returns for his second season in the shot put and discus. A pair of freshmen - Adam Baker and Ben Collado - should help in the jumps and sprints. Dietrich has 16 girls out for track and field, an admittedly small number, but one twice the

size of last year’s team. Only two team members ran last season. Sophomore Lane Downey is approaching the school record in the 400 meters and could go under a minute in that event before she graduates. Junior Cynthia Aguilar ran cross country in the fall and will compete in the mile and middle distances. Senior Marissa Koob joined the team for the first time following outstanding volleyball and basketball seasons; she’s slotted into the throws and will run some relays. “I’m looking forward to the future of my girls,” Dietrich said. “They’re going to be special. Most of my speed is in my freshman class. They are going to keep learning and growing and getting better.”

Indian Hill

» The Indian Hill girls were fourth and boys sixth in the Cincinnati Hills League a year ago under the direction of veteran coach Susan Savage. For the Indian Hill girls, juniors Sabrina Bulas and MacKenzie Owen were members of the regional qualifying 4x800 relay and were CHL first team. However, Owen was recently injured on a ski trip, leaving holes to fill. “The task will be to (also) replace seniors Sara Lance and Jenny Blazic,” Savage said. “I’m hoping freshmen Sydney Miles

and Sarah Borden are up for the challenge.” Junior Sara Schwanekamp was CHL second team in the 400 and was part of the 4x400 relay along with senior Emma Lowe and junior Kelli Gerlinger. Junior Julia Sewell is expected to join that group. The 4x100 relay returns senior Liza David and junior Andrea Francisco. Sophomore Anna Defendiefer will handle the 3200-meter run, freshman Karen Folz will be featured in the 100 and 200 and junior Chloe Wentland will help in the throwing events. Indian Hill’s boys feature senior Drake Stimson who made it to the state meet in the high jump last season and has soared as high as 6-feet-6-inches. Stimson was CHL first team, while junior Wells Coalfleet made second team as a sophomore in the 400 and 4x800 relay and third team in the 4x400 relay. “The boys 4x800 relay of Coalfleet, sophomore Trent Geyer, senior Joe Majchszak and freshman Ben Warstler will be exciting to watch develop,” Savage said. The Braves will also feature senior Noah Brackenburg as an all-purpose athlete, running hurdles, throwing shot and discus, jumping and running the 4x400 relay if needed. Back in the throwing events after missing his junior season with a shoulder injury is senior Sam Smith. Smith recently signed to

» Heading up the Crusaders’ track and field efforts this season is Jason Crockett. Crockett has been Moeller’s jump coach in recent years. Senior Isaiah Gentry hopes to back to Greater Catholic League-South first team form in the 400 meters, but was battling injury early in the spring. Gentry is a Minnesota football commit. “He’s waiting to be cleared by the doctor,” Crockett said. Leading Moeller’s sprint efforts is Chase Pankey in the 100 and 200 meters, Michael Wilkinson in the 200 and 400 and a returning Crusader. “Mitch Gentile was hurt all last year, but I think he’s going to bring a lot to the team this year,” Crockett said. “He’s going to be a 200 and 400 type of guy.” All events have taken a hit at Moeller as many fresh faces surround Crockett at practice. “Two-thirds of my team are freshmen and sophomores,” he said. “Trying to get times on these young guys have been rough.” Assisting the youth in throwing events will be a familiar name. Former Bengal Brian Milne is a friend of the program who has volunteered his services. Distance events should be led by junior Mitch Poch and sophomore Matthew Dewine. Moeller will next compete at the Coaches Classic at Winton Woods April 9 and 11.

Mount Notre Dame

» Mike Sickles heads up the Cougars for a fourth year. Last year, MND had honorable mention 4x100and 4x200 relay teams. Returning from the 4x200 is junior Taylor Luckhaupt who was also honorable mention in the 400 meters. Morgan Collins, Kristi Duncan, Sophie Sikora, Chase Bauer, Carley Kline and Maddie Gentile are also expected to be key contributors. Bauer, Kline, Sikora and Collins join Luckhaupt with valuable relay experience. “We are very young and have See TRACK, Page A7



Moeller volleyball back with a new crop of Crusaders By Scott Springer


his third season as volleyball coach at his alma mater, Matt McLaughlin has amassed a 49-4 record. State champions in 2012, the last loss of 2013 in the state semifinals still stings. Another Moeller tournament run was ended by Hilliard Darby last May as the Crusaders finished 24-2 (6-0 Greater Catholic League South). Both losses came against Darby a month apart.

Defending Coach of the Year McLaughlin lost three allleague players Corey Pieper from that squad, including Athlete of the Year Casey Pieper. This year’s roster features seniors Ben Land, Greg Partin, Braden Baldwin, Carson Susich, Danny Abein and Corey Pieper; juniors Connor Peed, Chris Hackman, Harry Savarese, Blake

Crowley, Ryan Frank, Logan Sheets, Justin Deyhle, and Nick Wright; and sophomores Jonny Rickert, David Wernery and Connor McNamara. Setter Pieper, middle blocker Susich and libero Hackman should lead the Crusaders this spring. “None of the players on this team saw much playing time last year on a senior-dominated team,” McLaughlin said. “They’re excited to prove themselves and show what they can do. This is a very hard-working group of kids.”

McLaughlin’s men began the season in Louisville with a loss to (Louisville) St. Xavier and a win over Trinity. They also played a weekend tournament in Chicago. “Our league and region will be very tough, as they both always are,” McLaughlin said. “We have one of the toughest schedules the varsity team has ever faced, which is only going to allow this team to get better.” Upcoming games are at St. Xavier April 11 and home with Elder April 15.


» The Aves were 5-9 last year (2-6 Greater Miami Conference). Two players made all-league, but Joey Gruden and Ryan Banning have since graduated. The only returning players from 2013’s senior-heavy roster are current seniors Ben Jervis and junior Andrew Bemmes. Upcoming home games for the Aviators are April 9 against Milford and April 10 with Princeton.

Moeller coach Matt McLaughlin is a former player who led his alma mater to a Division I state title in 2012. He was also GCL South Coach of the Year last season when Moeller went 24-2.SCOTT SPRINGER/COMMUNITY PRESS

PRESS PREPS HIGHLIGHTS By Scott Springer and Mark D. Motz

Boys lacrosse

» Sycamore defeated Lakota East 14-2 on March 28. » Moeller beat Thomas Worthington 12-6 on March 29. » Indian Hill got by Elder 13-12 April 2. Senior captain Ben Frazier had five goals, fellow captain Brad Collins had four and Karl Koster three.

Girls lacrosse

Moeller runners Chase Pankey, left, and Mitch Gentile in red lead a group of Crusaders in practice April 2. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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grown more knowledgeable about track and field,” Sickles said. “We only have two seniors.” MND is on the road at Louisville Male April 12, then back in town with Colerain April 15.

Cincinnati Country Day

» Veteran head coach Howard Brownstein has 21 boys out for the Indians this spring, more than half of them returning athletes. “Our strength will be our short sprints and we’ll be fairly competitive in the field events,” he said. “We’ll be able to fill every event, but we’ve got some holes to fill. We’ve won the district the last two years, but I don’t know if we have the points win again.” Senior Carter McMaster and Darryn Jordan lead the team; they run sprints with junior Nate Gibson. Junior Alex Warner and sophomore Ian Hayes return in the pole vault, as does junior Mantero Moreno-Cheek in the shot put and discus Sophomore Davis McMaster - Carter’s brother - runs middle distances with classmate Cooper Ebersbach, who also competes in the high jump. On the girls side, head coach Steve Conner has a deep roster he hopes can win another league and district title. The Indians

have won the Miami Valley Conference every year but six of its existence and 22 of the last 29 district meets. Shelley Menifee qualified for the state meet in the 100, 300 hurdles and 4x100 relay; she returns for her senior season, along with twin sister Sydney who runs sprints, relays, long jumps and can fill a variety of other spots on the track or field. Senior Paige Bennett set a school record and finished 10th in the state in the 1,600 last season; she also owns the MVC record in the 800. Junior Kaitlin Hardinhigh jumps and runs anything from sprints to the 800. Sophomore Haven Watson ran the second leg of the state 4x100 team last season and also long jumps. Junior Mia Fatuzzo returns in the distance events. Sophomore Emma Rust returns in the hurdles In the field look for senior Nia Blasigame in the shot put and discus, along with sophomores Katie Jamison and Tiara Atwaters. Sophomore Abbie Bryant was a regional qualifier in the pole vault last season. Conner has a quartet of freshmen who should make an immediate impact including Grace Pettenigill (distance), Erica Glosby (sprints), Deidre Mohan (distance) and Sophie Hudson (sprints, jumps and throws).

Ursuline Academy

» The Lions have 32

athletes out this spring, 17 of them returning. While head coach Megan McAuley said the numbers are a little down, she likes the look of her team. “In my first three seasons, we were third (in the Girls Greater Catholic League) last year and second the two before that,” she said. “We might not have as many girls, but we’re a little deeper all around. We have a lot of options and I think we can really go for the league title this year.” Senior Christine Frederick leads a strong distance group that also includes juniors Grace Kelly, Chatherine Finke, Miranda Grigas and Colleen Johnston. Frederick, Kelly Grigas and Johnston qualified for the state meet in the 4x800 relay last season. Senior Cayla Carey, a transfer from Princeton, will be one of the top sprinters for Ursuline and is already long jumping at 18 feet. Junior Christina Hallmann anchors the throwers in shot put and discus, while sophomore Courtney Ruehlmann should be one of the Lions best hurdlers. McAuley said most of her sprint group comes from the freshman class, but frosh Anna Herriott is showing promise in the middle distances like the 400 and 800. Ursuline has had two meets canceled by rain, so will begin its season April 9 and 11 in the Coaches Classic.


Exercise with others in a safe, friendly environment in the Great Parks by joining Walk Club, open to adults 50 and up who want to get moving and stay motivated with new friends in Great Parks of Hamilton County. Led by Great Parks volunteers, this free group is an opportunity

for fitness and fun in the great outdoors. Walk Club groups meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8:30 a.m. through Nov. 12, at five parks: Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, Fernbank Park, Miami Whitewater Forest, Sharon Woods and Winton Woods. Members can choose where, when and how often they want to walk. Members can also attend

exclusive, members-only nature hikes, health programs and brown-bag luncheons hosted by Great Parks every month during the Walk Club Season. For a registration form and full list of activities, call 5217275, ext. 240, or visit For additional information, please visit or call 521-7275.

» Ursuline Academy beat GGCL rival St. Ursula Academy 10-9 April 1. The Lions improved to 3-2 with the win, while the Bulldogs slipped to 3-2. Both are 1-1 in GGCL play.


» Sycamore got by Colerain 7-5 on March 31. Senior Matt Groene got the win and junior Sam Fredette was 2-2. The Aves beat beat Goshen 8-2 April 1. Junior Ethan Beck got the win and senior Sean Clayton was 2-2 with a double and two runs batted in. » Moeller got by Turpin 4-2 March 31. Senior Nick Voss got the win and junior Jordan Ramey was 2-3 with a triple and a run batted in. » Cincinnati Country Day shut out BethelTate 2-0 to open the season April 1. » Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy shut out Milford 8-0 in its season opener March 31.


» Mount Notre Dame shut out Turpin 2-0 on March 31 behind senior

Gabby Phillips. » Ursuline Academy beat Ross 3-2 in extra innings to win its season opener March 31.


» Moeller blanked Wilmington 5-0 on March 31. Senior Kevin Morrison, sophomore Michael Tepe and freshman Max Berky swept singles. » Cincinnati Country Day opened the season April 1 with a 5-0 sweep of CHCA. The Indians had to move indoors to face Seven Hills April 3, but beat the Stingers 5-0 to improve to 2-0 on the season.

Boys volleyball

» Moeller swept Beavercreek 25-23, 25-16, 25-18 on April 1. On April 3, the Crusaders swept La Salle 25-14, 25-10, 25-18.

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Background on Loveland fire levy May 6 voters will be asked to support a 1.75 mil levy to maintain your community fire department. Allow me to provide a little background on the levy: » The last levy request was in 2006 and was approved by nearly 70 percent of the voters – thanks for your confidence and support. » The 2006 levy was projected to adequately meet fire department expenses for five years; thus through good management we were able to squeeze three more years from that levy. How did we make a fiveyear levy last eight years? » “Belt tightening.” For example firefighters received no raises for three years. » Reducing costs by forming purchasing and operating cooperatives with neighboring fire departments. » Deferring the replacement of ambulances and fire equipment. Who are we? We have always been a community fire department; operated by your neighbors to serve and keep our community safe. From the time of our first


chief, Julius Defossit, and his neighbors who started this department 75 years ago we have always been about the community – neighbors helping neigh-

bors. We’re more than just your fire and EMS department – we are about shaping and maintaining the quality of life in our community. Where do we stand? We stand for and with our community. When times got tough for all of us during the great recession your firefighters stood up and did what was necessary to insure quality service and maintain fiscal solvency. What did we do? During the last eight years we elevated the department to the best ISO (insurance service organization) rating a department can earn. We were accredited nationally for both fire and EMS all the while keeping a balanced budget.

What is the next step? We’ve gone as far as we can go with the 2006 levy. Without your approval of this levy, funds will run dry by the end of 2015. This levy will cost the owner of a one hundred thousand dollar home $61.25 per year. We have always stretched levies farther than ever expected and remained good stewards of your tax dollars – never seeking more than what is absolutely necessary. As Chief Defossit always told me: “Never ask for more than you need, spend even less,” and “the best place for taxpayers dollars is with them, only ask them to reach into their pockets when absolutely necessary.” We believe we’ve earned your trust and hope you will support us May 6. Otto J. Huber is the fire chief of the Loveland-Symmes Fire Department. He also serves as the president of the Clermont County Fire Chief's Association, and is on the Board of Directors for the Loveland Area Chamber of Commerce. He is a graduate of the Ohio Fire Executive Program conducted at the Ohio State University, Fischer College of Business.


The Block Party at The Banks is full of people on Opening Day.LEIGH TAYLOR/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

April 2 question There is a campaign both locally and nationally to make baseball’s Opening Day an official holiday. Do you think this is a good idea? Why or why not?

“As the Reds are the oldest professional baseball organization in American history, going back to 1869, if this were to officially happen Cincinnati would be a good place to try it out as a local holiday. Whether or not you’re a baseball fan you have to admit that.”


“I think this is a very good idea. Baseball is king in this city and we take this day every year to honor that.”

Terry Garvin

“Things are just fine here in Cincinnati on Opening Day. If others wish to do the same thing they should be able to do it without bringing in the local or national governments.”


THIS WEEK’S QUESTION Would you support tolls for a new Brent Spence Bridge if that was the only way to get the bridge replaced? Every week we ask readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with Ch@troom in the subject line.

“Why not? Since a great deal of people take off work for Opening Day on any professional baseball team, and watch their parades, might not be a bad idea. I think Cincinnati should be the first selected for this since they had the first professional baseball team!”


“I’m not really sure if other cities celebrate Opening Day in the same fashion as Cincinnati. There is a lot of activity



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that is exhibited on Opening Day from early morning and till late in the evening. I know the stadium only seats approximately 40,000, but many many more take off work that day, due to sickness or whatever, and boost our economy by frequenting a local establishment somewhere to watch on TV. I also understand that Opening Day causes some of the highest absenteeism within our school systems, and possibly the lowest production within most companies. Did you ever try to get anything done with a local or county office on this day? I know when I was working, we always had a TV and refreshments for our customers in the lobby and had the employees dress in their Reds garb. This is a day of enjoyment and socializing amongst thousands of people, and if we can’t do this just for one day, maybe we should just keep on as is and continue to play hooky.”


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Yum! Oliver Stuart, 4, with an assist from mom, loads up some syrup for a stack of hot cakes at the Sycamore High School "Pancake Day.”TERRENCE HUGE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Parent volunteers were busy making thousands of pancakes. TERRENCE HUGE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS


Sycamore senior Andrew Seide describes his photographic techniques to an interested couple. TERRENCE HUGE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS


he 52nd annual “Pancake Day” at Sycamore High School was hosted by the Sycamore Band and Orchestra Boosters to benefit the various district music programs. The March 1 breakfast featured pancakes, sausage, beverages, plenty of syrup and even free second helpings of pancakes. Last year, 170 gallons of pancake batter, 26 gallons of syrup, 1,800 cups of coffee, 2,000 cartons of milk and 300 pounds of sausage accommodated more than 2,200 hungry attendees. Parent volunteers cook and serve the breakfast. In addition, free live musical entertainment was provided by district bands and orchestras. Pancake Day is also part of the Sycamore Community School’s Fine Arts Fair - a free exhibition that showcases the students’ works of art, architecture, fashion, wheel throwing, woodworking, photography and other media. Here are a few scenes.

These young brass section members wait anxiously for their next performance. TERRENCE HUGE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS Various Sycamore Community School District bands and orchestras played in the "Commons" on "Pancake Day" March 1. TERRENCE

Hannah Potter's "St. Basil Cathedral" (of Moscow, Russia) was a colorful wheel throwing project. TERRENCE HUGE/FOR THE




This artwork of seventh-grader Grant Gvozdanovic seems to be watching the appreciative onlookers. TERRENCE HUGE/FOR THE

Xylophone players get expert direction as a large crowd of parents and friends enjoy the day's entertainment. TERRENCE HUGE/FOR THE COMMUNITY




THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, APRIL 10 Art Exhibits Juried Exhibition, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Original art works submitted by women artists. 513-272-3700; Mariemont. Fine Artist Monica Anne Achberger, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., River Hills Christian Church, 6300 Price Road, Free. Through May 4. 513-677-7600. Loveland.

Business Seminars Lunch, Learn and Leads: Computer XPress with Steve Pollack, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Wright Brothers Inc., 7825 Cooper Road, Computer Xpress seminar. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Montgomery Ohio Chamber of Commerce. 513-5433591. Montgomery.

Dance Classes Line Dancing, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Music from variety of genres. $10-$15. Registration required. 513-2908217; Blue Ash.

Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 7 p.m.-8 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, 8999 Applewood Drive, $5. Presented by Zumba with Ashley. 513-917-7475. Blue Ash.

Health / Wellness LifeSteps Weight Management Program Open House, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Led by registered dietitian, combines behaviorchange techniques with nutrition and physical activity. Includes education, exercise, group support and accountability. Free. 513-985-6706. Montgomery.

Home & Garden Designing Hot Kitchens and Cool Baths, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Neal’s Design Remodel, 7770 E. Kemper Road, Project consultants and designers discuss trends in kitchen and bath design. Light fare provided. Ages 18 and up. Free. 513-489-7700; Sharonville.

Lectures Town Hall Lecture Series, 11 a.m. Michael Feinstein, musician: Ambassador of Song., Montgomery Assembly of God, 7950 Pfeiffer Road, Also Wednesdays 8 p.m. at Sycamore Junior High School Auditorium. $120 series of four lectures; $40 single lecture. Reservations recommended. Presented by Montgomery Woman’s Club. 513-6841632; Montgomery.

Literary - Libraries Kid’s Club, 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Arts and crafts, presenters, board games and more. Ages 5-12. Free. 513-369-4450. Deer Park.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 7 p.m.-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Free, donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous Inc.. 513-800-0164. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, 4309 Cooper Road, Youth room. Big book/ discussion meeting. Brown bag lunch optional. Open to everyone who desires healthy loving relationships. Donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous Inc.. 513-673-0174; Blue Ash.

FRIDAY, APRIL 11 Art Exhibits Juried Exhibition, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 513-272-3700; Mariemont. Fine Artist Monica Anne Achberger, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., River Hills Christian Church, Free. 513-677-7600. Loveland.

Dining Events Hartzell United Methodist Church Fish Fry, 4 p.m.-7 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, 8999 Applewood Drive, All-you-can-eat. Atlantic cod, dipped in batter and deep fried to golden brown with homemade tartar sauce provided.

Dinners come with sides of homemade macaroni and cheese and coleslaw, complemented with breads and beverages. Desserts. Also offered: two-piece grilled chicken breast, shrimp basket dinner or twopiece cheese pizza dinner. $10, $5 ages 6-10, free ages 5 and under. Carry-out fish sandwich: $5. Through April 18. 513-8918527, ext. 1. Blue Ash. Fish Fry, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., St. John the Evangelist Church, 7121 Plainfield Road, Baked or fried fish, shrimp, salmon, macaroni and cheese, french fries, pizza and more. No fish fry March 28. 513-791-3238; Deer Park. Boy Scout Troop 555 Fish Fry, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., St. Gertrude School, 6543 Miami Ave., Dine in or carry out. Dinner includes choice of fish, fish sandwich, cheese pizza, plus two sides, beverage and dessert. $8, $6 children. Presented by Boy Scout Troop 555. 513-561-5954; Madeira.

Exercise Classes Yoga Happy Hour, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Yoga Fit Boutique, 10776 Montgomery Road, Studio. Invigorating practice modified to accommodate all participants ending in deep relaxation. BYOB and enjoy complimentary healthy snack. Ages 21 and up. $15. 513-237-5330. Sycamore Township. Small Group Personal Training, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Session covers challenges in strength, stability, balance, core and metabolic training. Ages 18 and up. $115 per month. Registration required. 513-290-8217; Blue Ash.

On Stage - Children’s Theater The Short Tree and the Bird that Could Not Sing, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road, Performed by Playhouse in the Park, presented by ArtsWave and supported by the Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trusts. Free. Registration required. Presented by Blue Ash Recreation Department. 513-745-8550. Blue Ash.

The historical Hunt House, one of Blue Ash's oldest residential structures once owned by descendants of one of Blue Ash's founding families, is having an open house from 1-4 p.m., Saturday, April 12. The open house is free. The event is presented by the Blue Ash Historical Society. Call 745-8550, or visit AMANDA DAVIDSON/THE ENQUIRER

6051; Blue Ash.

Historic Sites Historic Hunt House Open House, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Historical Hunt House, 4364 Hunt Road, One of Blue Ash’s oldest residential structures once owned by descendants of one of Blue Ash’s founding families: the Hunt Family. Free. Presented by Blue Ash Historical Society. 513-745-8550; Blue Ash.

Holiday - Mother’s Day


This Little Piggy Handprints Trunk Show, 3 p.m.-5 p.m., Little Lords & Ladies Children’s Boutique, 7816 Cooper Road, Make lasting memory of your child’s hands and/or feet in ceramic. Price varies upon order. Reservations required. 513-8911569. Montgomery.

Art & Craft Classes

Home & Garden

Macy’s Arts Sampler: See, Touch, Make Native American Crafts, 9 a.m.-noon, Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., The Barn. Families learn about local Native American culture and make pinch pots and beaded bracelets. Family friendly. Free. 513-272-3700; Mariemont.

Designing Hot Kitchens and Cool Baths, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Neal’s Design Remodel, Free. 513-489-7700; Sharonville.

Art Exhibits Juried Exhibition, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 513-272-3700; Mariemont. Fine Artist Monica Anne Achberger, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., River Hills Christian Church, Free. 513-677-7600. Loveland.

Cooking Classes

Literary - Libraries Teen Advisory Board, 2 p.m.-3 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Motivated teens discuss means for making library’s programs and materials to be most in tune with their needs. Ages 13-19. Free. 513-369-4450. Deer Park.

Music - Jazz The Hitmen, 8 p.m.-midnight, Tony’s Steaks and Seafood, 12110 Montgomery Road, Free. 513677-1993; Symmes Township.

Music - Rock

Healthy Cooking Classes, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Peachy’s Health Smart, 7400 Montgomery Road, Peachy Seiden discusses nutrition and health while preparing two delicious, simple and easy meals. Ages 18 and up. $30. Registration required. Through Jan. 3. 513-315-3943; Silverton.

CD Release Party with the Infinity Ball, 8 p.m.-11:30 p.m., MVP Sports Bar & Grille, 6923 Plainfield Road, Admission includes copy of new CD “Saturday Night” as well as copy of graphic novel that accompanies it. $10. Presented by The Infinity Ball. 513-794-1400. Silverton.


Religious - Community

Honoring Our Emotions, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Women Writing for a Change, 6906 Plainfield Road, Using Eve Ensler’s text “We Are Emotional Creatures” as inspiration, use personal journals, poetry and story-telling to explore how our intuition is interconnected with emotions and how they lead us to our true passions in life. For grades 10-12. $65 per session, $115 series. Reservations required. Presented by Young Women Writing for (a) Change. 513-2721171; Silverton.

Journey to the Cross, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, 5433 Madison Road, Walk in Jesus’ footsteps from Palm Sunday through Easter. Attendees touch, taste, smell, see, hear and experience events of Holy Week. Free. 513-271-4147. Madisonville.

Health / Wellness Seniors’ Second Saturdays, 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m., Blue Ash Branch Library, 4911 Cooper Road, Community educational event presented by lawyers and health professionals to tackle elder law, end of life planning or senior citizen medical topics. Ages 45-99. Free. Presented by Graves & Graves, LLC. 513-369-

SUNDAY, APRIL 13 Art Exhibits Juried Exhibition, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 513-272-3700; Mariemont. Fine Artist Monica Anne Achberger, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., River Hills Christian Church, Free. 513-677-7600. Loveland.

Religious - Community The Way, The Truth and The Life Seekers, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, 8999 Applewood Drive, Guided in self-examination with focus on understanding lan-


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MONDAY, APRIL 14 Exercise Classes Small Group Personal Training, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $115 per month. Registration required. 513-290-8217; Blue Ash.

Health / Wellness UC Health Mobile Diagnostics Mammography Screenings, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., UC Health Primary Care, 9275 Montgomery Road, Cost varies by insurance. Financial assistance available to those who qualify. Registration required. Presented by UC Health Mobile Diagnostics. 513-585-8266. Montgomery.

TUESDAY, APRIL 15 Art Exhibits Fine Artist Monica Anne Achberger, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., River Hills Christian Church, Free. 513-677-7600. Loveland.

Exercise Classes Zumba, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, $15. Registration required. Through Dec. 23. 513-290-8217; Blue Ash. Zumba Class, 7 p.m.-8 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, $5. 513-917-7475. Blue Ash. Zumbini Program, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, For ages 3 and under and parents. $135. Registration required. 513-290-8217; Blue Ash.

Health / Wellness LifeSteps Weight Management Program, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Led by registered dietitian, combines behavior-change techniques with nutrition and physical activity. Includes education, exercise, group support and accountability. Registration required. 513-985-6707. Montgomery.

Literary - Story Times Preschool Storytime, 10:30

a.m.-11 a.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Books, songs, activities and more, while building early literacy skills. For preschoolers and their caregivers. Ages 3-6. Free. 513-369-4450. Deer Park. Book Break, 3 p.m.-3:30 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Children’s librarian reads aloud from some favorite books. Make craft to take home. Ages 3-6. Free. 513-369-4450. Deer Park.

Support Groups Caregivers Support Group, 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 25. To support caregivers of elderly or disabled parents (relatives). Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. Presented by Catholic Charities SouthWestern Ohio. 513-929-4483. Montgomery. Comprehensive Grief Support Group, 1 p.m.-3 p.m., Cancer Support Community, 4918 Cooper Road, Helps people move beyond pain of any loss and achieve healing. Free. Registration required. Presented by Crossroads Hospice. 513-7863743; Blue Ash.



Art Exhibits

Book Fair, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Meadowbrook Care Center, 8211 Weller Road, Discounted new books and gifts. Free. 513-4892444; Montgomery.

Juried Exhibition, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 513-272-3700; Mariemont. Fine Artist Monica Anne Achberger, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., River Hills Christian Church, Free. 513-677-7600. Loveland.

Support Groups Comprehensive Grief Support Group, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Crossroads Hospice, 4360 Glendale-Milford Road, Helps people move beyond pain of any loss and achieve healing. Free. Registration required. Presented by Crossroads Hospice. 513-7864717; Blue Ash.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16 Art & Craft Classes Knitting, Crochet and Needlecraft Class, 7 p.m.-8 p.m., Milford Heights Church of Christ, 1646 Ohio 28, Basic handwork techniques and fresh ideas in knitting, crochet and other handicrafts along with short devotional time. Free. 513-575-1874. Milford.

Art Exhibits Juried Exhibition, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 513-272-3700; Mariemont. Fine Artist Monica Anne Achberger, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., River Hills Christian Church, Free. 513-677-7600. Loveland.

Exercise Classes Small Group Personal Training, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $115 per month. Registration required. 513-290-8217; Blue Ash.

Literary - Libraries Robotics Club, 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Learn to build Arduinos, EV3 Mindstorms and We Dos with the pros. Ages 8-18. Free. 513-369-4450. Deer Park.

Religious - Community Lent Bible Study, 1 p.m.-2 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, 8999 Applewood Drive, Free. 513-891-8527, ext. 1. Blue

Dance Classes Line Dancing, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $10-$15. Registration required. 513-290-8217; Blue Ash.

Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 7 p.m.-8 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, $5. 513-917-7475. Blue Ash.

Health / Wellness LifeSteps Weight Management Program, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, Registration required. 513-985-6707. Montgomery.

Literary - Libraries Lego Club, 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Design and build creations with provided Legos. Ages 5-12. Free. 513-3694450. Deer Park. Kid’s Club, 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, Free. 513-369-4450. Deer Park.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 7 p.m.-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, Free, donations accepted. 513-8000164. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, Donations accepted. 513-673-0174; Blue Ash.

FRIDAY, APRIL 18 Art Exhibits Juried Exhibition, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 513-272-3700; Mariemont. Fine Artist Monica Anne Achberger, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., River Hills Christian Church, Free. 513-677-7600. Loveland.



Sharing hot cross bun recipe, and legend I may be jinxing myself, but I think we’ve finally transitioned into spring. The last few days have convinced me, and in our little patch of woods, I’m seeing true harbingers: watercress in our spring fed pool and trilliums, bloodroot, anemones and spring Rita beauties Heikenfeld all poking RITA’S KITCHEN up through the leaves. The dandelions and wild onions are all over the place. Both nutritious wild edibles. Meanwhile, we’re gearing up for Easter. One of my favorite yeast buns to make is hot cross buns. Now these aren’t extremely sweet, like a sweet roll (they’re a bun, remember), but just sweet enough to really enjoy with a cup of tea or glass of milk. Legend has it that if you make yeasted hot cross buns for Good Friday and hang one up in the kitchen, you’ll

have success with anything you make with yeast all year ‘round. That won’t be happening at my house! Let the kids help Granddaughter Eva loved making the cross decoration. You can also simply use the icing as a glaze over the whole bun.


1 pkg. (1/4 oz.) active dry yeast, regular or rapid rise 1 tablespoon plus 1/2 cup sugar, divided 1 cup warm milk (110° -115°) 1/4 cup softened butter Couple dashes salt 1/2 to 1 cup raisins 1 large egg, room temperature 3-1/2 to 3-3/4 cups all-purpose flour Preheat oven to 375. In mixer bowl, dissolve yeast and 1 tablespoon sugar in warm milk. Let stand for 5 minutes. It will foam up. Add butter, raisins, egg, salt and remaining sugar; beat until smooth. On low speed, pour in enough flour to form soft dough - I used 3-1/2

cups. Turn onto very lightly floured surface (not too much flour or buns will be tough); knead until smooth like a baby’s bottom, about 5 minutes. I used the dough hook so avoided hand kneading and extra flour. Place in sprayed or buttered bowl, turning once to coat top. Bless dough! Cover and let rise in warm place until doubled, 1 hour or more. Stick a finger in gently, if indentation remains, you’re good to go; if it springs back, it needs to raise more. Punch dough down. Divide into 12 portions. Shape into balls. Place in sprayed or buttered 13x9 pan. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes. Bake 25-30 minutes or until golden. Mine were done at 25 minutes.


Whisk together: 2 cups confectioner’s sugar 1 tablespoon vanilla 4 tablespoons water or more if needed. Make a cross shape on each


Tip from Rita’s kitchen:

Raising in frig: As an experiment, I divided dough in half and let half raise at room temperature and half in frig, covered, overnight. The dough from the frig took longer to raise, but both batches came out great.

Hawaiian roll clone

Leave out raisins and icing and you have a roll that, to me, tastes like store-bought Hawaiian rolls. The crust is not as soft, but the sweet flavor is there!

Yeast basics

Back in the old days yeast came in the form of moist little cakes and had to be refrigerated. Now we can buy dry yeast in the store. It comes in many forms, from regular yeast to rapid rise to bread machine yeast. All easy to use!

Is it fresh?

To make sure your yeast can still leaven, add a little to some

Hot cross buns: Make them, and hang one up in the kitchen to ensure success in future yeast recipes.THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD

warm water with a pinch of sugar. It should foam up within minutes. If not, toss it. Yeast kept in freezer stays fresh longer.

of friends? Applebee’s hot bacon dressing. Wanda R. has tried “to no avail” to make this. Do you have a similar recipe?

Can you help?

Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator, Jungle Jim’s Eastgate culinary professional and author. Find her blog online at Email her at columns with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

Yeasty flavor in breads: Lois B. has a friend who wants to know how to make the flavor of yeast more prominent in her baked goods. Using regular, not rapid rise may help. Any suggestions from bakers in our Community circle

Historic Hunt House opening with fashion show The Blue Ash Historical Society will host The Ladies Living History Society of Greater Cincinnati at the historic Hunt House Saturday, April 12. A fashion show featuring clothing worn during

the Civil War era will be featured and the organization will also talk about the role women played during an important time in American history. The Hunt House will be open for tours from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and the

fashion show will take place from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. The Blue Ash Historical Society is dedicated to collecting, preserving and telling the story of

Blue Ash history from the first settlement in 1791 to the present. In addition to quarterly programs at the Hunt House, other activities for 2014 include a tour of the Carpenter’s Run Cemetery (details to be

released at a later date). Meetings for the organization are held monthly on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Blue Ash Recreation Center. New members are welcome, and residency in Blue

Ash isn’t a requirement to join. For more information, visit or contact President Tom Bell at

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‘Play for José’ event at Sycamore April 11 Sycamore High School is hosting the event “Play for José” the evening of April 11. The event is dedicated to former alum José Cerdá, who passed away his senior year on Oct. 26, 2010. In keeping with the tradition created by former high school students the day after José’s passing, the students will wear red T-shirts at the event and encourage all others attending to join them in wearing red as well. “Play for José” is a competition among Sycamore High School club teams including National Honors Society, Aves

Theatre, Band, Mock Trial, Model UN, French Club, Math Club and JournalCerda ism among Navarro others. Two representatives from each team will be playing games to entertain the audience. Kathryn Korchok, Sycamore High School Student council advisor, propelled students to make a difference in the community. The Student Council “Play for José” commit-

tee, led by sophomore Max Weiss and junior Clara Chuey, originated the idea for the event and enrolled fellow students for the idea to become a reality. When asked for her impressions about the event; Korchock described it as “a reflection of the great spirit of Sycamore High School; which prepares individuals to be compassionate and in-tune with their community, teaching them ways to make a positive impact.” All teams participating in the “Play for José” event have pledged to donate all prize winnings to the José Cerdá Navarro

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Aquatic Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization created in José’s memory to support the sports he loved: water polo and swimming. For Luisa Cerdá, mother of the late José, this event is very meaningful. “I am very proud José attended Sycamore since elementary school,” she said. “These young students have a blast and learn a lot at these events, just like my son did. José lives in all that JCAF touches.” A social media contest “Play4José” with a $400 prize has also been created. The contest is open to all students who post a picture in social media using the hashtag #PLAY4JOSE describing how they exemplify dedication and perseverance to an active lifestyle. Autumn Heisler and Jesse Jenkins, the two advertising students at the Art In-

This program is free and please enjoy a complimentary chef prepared dinner.

For more information contact Sarah Ostrow 513-272-5573.

BINGO IS BACK IN LOVELAND! Every Monday Night! CE-1001801272-01

This program is free with reservation by contacting Sarah Ostrow 513-272-5573.

of Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio co-sponsors a Caregiver Resource Connection Group here at Hyde Park Health Center.


This program is free and please enjoy complimentary refreshments.

A roundup of local Easter egg hunts: » Montgomery Kiwanis, 10 a.m. Saturday, April 19, at Montgomery Park (corner of Montgomery Road and School House Lane). Most of the 500 plastic eggs hidden in the grass will contain jelly beans, but the 100 prize eggs will contain a candy bar. The candy bar wrapper can be taken to the shelter and traded for a stuffed bunny. Each person entering the park will be given a ticket for the drawing for the remaining bunnies and the two big prize bunnies. The park will be divided into three areas for the different age groups 1-3, 4-6, 7-9. Areas will be marked with signs along the paved path. Once the signal to begin is given all eggs will be picked up in about one minute.

Caregiver UC Blue Ash to host silent auction The University of Cin- that is open to the public. ni Award winners. Connection cinnati Blue Ash College Metz is the superintenIt’s part of the UC Blue will host a silent auction Ash 2014 Distinguished dent of water quality and Meeting Awards ceremony sched- treatment at Greater Cin-

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Keeping the Keys Helping mature drivers Auditorium Driving Presentation find their Safest Fit by IfTerrace you are a caregiver whether you as much as 24 hours a day, 1:00 PM Occupational Therapists, ordevote as little as 5 minutes a week, to someone you care for...The CareTerrace Auditorium Bob Sumerel 12-point Car giver Assistance Network, a program A workshop to help keep Inspection, Car Wash, seniors driving as long Fundraiser, refreshments and safely as possible. and giveaways!

stitute of Ohio who created this media contest, wanted to leverage the “Play for José” event at Sycamore High School. They were inspired by José’s dedication and perseverance to sports throughout his life and commented: “It is our hope that this social media campaign drives others to dedication and perseverance”. The winner of the “Play4José” social media contest will be announced at the fourth annual Dinner Gala of JCAF April 26. JCAF’s mission is to support water polo and swim teams improve competitiveness of their athletes and foster unity among teams. Check contributions to JCAF can be addressed to P.O. Box 12918 Cincinnati, OH 45212 or online via PayPal on the website or the memorial website:


Starting March 31st Doors Open 5PM Bingo Promptly at 7PM Benefits Veterans Charities American Legion Post 256 897 Oakland Road Loveland, OH 45140

We Help Build Tomorrow, Today

uled for Thursday, April 10, at the Cooper Creek Event Center at the Blue Ash Golf Course, 4040 Cooper Road. The silent auction is from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and is followed by the awards ceremony. The event will raise money for the UC Blue Ash Scholarship Fund that benefits current and future students. Items up for bid this year feature several family fun packages, including passes to Perfect North Slopes and Beach Waterpark, as well as a membership to the Cincinnati Art Museum. Two admission tickets to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC, will also be available. The Distinguished Awards ceremony will honor several faculty and staff from the college, as well as three former students – Deborah Metz, Tamara Miles, and Yief Tien – who have been named 2014 Distinguished Alum-

cinnati Water Works. She said she is humbled by the honor and still has fond memories about her time at the college. “I remember receiving an excellent technical education from dedicated professors, the warmth in the college engendered by the small class sizes, and the great teamwork environment.” Miles works for the U.S. Department of Energy in Cincinnati, where she is the chief, Operations Division A – Office of Contracting/EM Consolidated Business Center. Tien is an entrepreneur who has achieved considerable success in the medical education field. He has been profiled in Forbes Magazine, was CEO of the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, and is the founder of Rocky Vista University, an osteopathic medicine college based in Colorado.

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Spring programming at Sycamore Senior Center, 4455 Carver Road, Blue Ash. For more information on these programs, call 984-1234:

Golf leagues in full swing

The Men’s Thursday Golf League will have a season kickoff meeting from 11 a.m. to noon April 10 at the Sycamore Senior Center. Play will start April 24 at Eagles Nest Golf Course. Greens fees, cart fees will be discussed. More information is available from Giles Ramler at 984-6939. New golfers welcome.

» The Center also has a Monday morning men’s league at Sharon Woods Golf Course. Call Tim McLane at 769-0729 or Joe Komer at 518-1328 for moreinformation. » The Wednesday Men’s League will play at Reeve Golf Course (Lunken Airport) and is also welcoming new golfers. Call Art Thomas at 7918207 or Steve Thomas at 203-1091for more information. » Ladies interested in playing casual golf on a regular basis beginning May 1 at the GE Employees Golf Course. Call Betsy Schenck at 891-1946 for more information.



POLICE REPORTS Arrests/citations Marcus Lovett, 28, 5368 Hamilton Ave., possession of marijuana, Jan. 28. Justin Fisher, 24, 2125 Dale Road, possession of marijuana, Jan. 28. Jocqui Shemar, 18, 12117 Mason Way, carrying concealed weapons, possession of marijuana, paraphernalia, Jan. 28. Juvenile male, 11, theft, Feb. 18. James Jones, 34, 1735 Seymour, theft, Feb. 12. Christine Edward, 32, 8805 Reading Road, theft, Feb. 12. Clifford Fellows, 29, 9320 Marker Drive, possession of marijuana, Feb. 14. Jason Schlake, 20, 10914 Willfleet, possession of controlled substance, Feb. 17. Robert Hoffman, 33, 2588 Honeyhill Court, operating vehicle intoxicated, Feb. 12. Amanda Caldwell, 25, 3566 E. Stonecreek, operating vehicle intoxicated, March 14. Laura Taylor, 31, 719 Meadow Wood Drive, theft, drug abuse instruments, drug possession, Feb. 16. Timothy S. Davis, 48, 4571 Smith Road apartment 10, resisting arrest, operating vehicle impaired (refusal within 20 years of previous conviction), operating vehicle impaired (under the influence of alcohol/drugs), receiving stolen property, March 14. Vincent Scott Perry, 21, 3526 Burke Ave., possession of marijuana, March 11. Steve Chase Michael Penman, 19, 5600 E. Kemper Road, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, March 11. Michael A. Gavin, 23, 11105 Centennial Ave., possession or use of a controlled substance, March 14. Anna Lynn Finkelman, 27, 6530 Adams Ave., speed limits, driving under suspension (FRA suspension), illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia, March 17. Allyce Louise Jones, 24, 1921 Maple Ave., misdemeanor warrant, possession of marijuana, misdemeanor warrant, March 22. Derrick Eugene Green II, 28, 3415 Goebel Ave., possession or use of a controlled substance, March 24. Jordan Taylor Hall, 29, 1570 Meredith Drive Apartment 45, misdemeanor warrant, obstructing official business, misdemeanor warrant, March 23. Garrett Kohler, 23, 5548 Longhunter Chase Drive, operating vehicle intoxicated, Jan. 17. Rhonda White, 43, 3764 Vine St., theft, Jan. 21. George Crandall, 18, 8615 Plainfield Lane, theft, Jan. 21. Wayman Stepp, 42, 1516 Sprin-

glawn Ave, theft, illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia, Jan. 21. Keyo Smith, 35, 7129 Hirsch Drive, possession of marijuana, Jan. 21.

Incidents/investigations Criminal damaging Reported at 10000 Kenwood Road, Jan. 21. Identity fraud At 9800 block of Old Chimney Court, March 24. Menacing At 4300 block of Rossplain Road, March 20. Petty theft A woman said someone took a white Apple 32G iPod, value $300 at 4300 block of Rossplain Road, March 12. A man said someone took an iPad, value $350 at 4600 block of Cornell Road, March 13. A man said someone took a wallet at 4100 block of Hunt Road, March 24. Possession of heroin, possession drug abuse instruments At 4100 block of Wenbrook Drive, March 12. Telecommunications harassment At 10000 block of Reed Hartman Highway, March 11. Theft A man said someone took a brown leather wallet and its contents, including $20 cash at Myers Lane, March 12. At 5000 block of Catalpa Creek Drive, March 13. A man said someone took HVAC/ mechanical tools, value $3,500 at 4300 block of Cornell Road, March 15. Victim reported at 4700 block of Lake Forest Drive, Jan. 21. Purse, phone, wallet and contents of unknown value removed at 4000 block of Cooper, Jan. 21. Reported at 3700 block of Mohler Road, Jan. 21. Generator, iPad of unknown value removed at 5000 block of Meyers Lane, Jan. 21. Trailer valued at $1,800 removed at 11000 block of Deerfield Road, Jan. 21. Shoes of unknown value removed at 10000 block of Deerfield Road, Jan. 21. Reported at 11000 block of Cornell Park Drive, Jan. 21. Mastercard removed at 4200 block of Glendale Milford Road, Jan. 21. Items valued at $2,597.55 paid for but not received at 9600 block of Ash Court, Jan. 21. Someone took tools from Deyhle Electric at 10300 block of Williamson Road, March 13. Reported at 9000 block of Plainfield, Feb. 11. Purse and contents removed at 4000 block of Hunt Road, Feb. 17.

Purse and contents removed at 10000 block of Cornell Park, Feb. 12. Attempt made at 8000 block of Cherry Street, Feb. 14. Merchandise valued at $211 removed at 4000 block of Hunt Road, Feb. 15. Theft, criminal mischief Reported at 4100 block of Hunt Road, Jan. 21. Theft, vandalism At 10400 block of Plainfield Road, March 21.

Larry Evans, 62, 217 W. 12th Street, disorderly conduct, March 11. Eric Carl, 25, 3904 Mantell Ave., resisting arrest, March 15. John Stapleton, 52, 37 McMicken Ave., obstructing official business, March 14. Margaret Mucualey, 53, 341 W. Galbraith Road, disorderly conduct, March 13. Brian Rose, 34, 665 Beatrice Drive, drug paraphernalia, March 14.



Arrests/citations Steven Wallace, 21, 11995 Sixth Ave., domestic, March 5. William Jones, 36, 5121 Kenwood Road, operating vehicle intoxicated, March 4. Anthony Morris, 22, 550 Mt. Zion Road, imporoperty handle firearm in motor vehicle, March 5. Charles Johnson, 24, 7713 Greenland , drug possession, drug paraphernalia, March 6. Thomas Williams, 48, 1056 Linn St., theft, March 4. Thomas Williams, 48, 2012 Carpenter Drive, burglary, March 6.

Aggravated trespassing Victim reported at 8300 block of St. Clair Ave., March 13. Breaking and entering Copper pipes removed at 8600 block of Monroe Ave., March 17. Burglary Residence entered and vehicles, safe, currency, laptops of unknown value removed at 7800 block of Columbia Township, March 11. Residence entered, TV and guitars valued at $1,000 at 7500 block of School Road, March 6. Domestic Victim reported at Lynnfield Court, March 2.

Identity theft Victim reported at 7600 block of Montgomery Road, March 5. Victim reported at 9000 Eldora Drive, March 12. Theft Money card valued at $470 removed at 8700 block of Montgomery Road, March 11. Cell phone of unknown value removed at 7700 block of U.S. 22, March 10. Wallet and contents of unknown value removed at 7800 Montgomery , March 5.

Chairs and tables valued at $1,200 removed at 8100 block of Montgomery Road, March 4. Phone valued at $200 removed at 7800 block of Montgomery Road, March 4. iPhone valued at $400 removed at 7700 U.S. 22, March 5. Victim reported at 8900 block of Montgomery Road, March 5. Phone valued at $200 removed at 7800 block of Montgomery Road, March 8. Vehicle removed at 4100 block of Kugler Mill Road, March 12.

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RELIGION Blue Ash Presbyterian Church

Start Easter Sunday with a continental breakfast at 9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Then celebrate Easter as students and graduates of CCM, a brass quartet and the church choir perform the “Hallelujah” chorus at the 10:30 a.m. Easter service. A community Easter egg hunt for all preschool and school-age children will follow the service. BAPC Book Club is reading “Orphan Train.” The next meeting is April 10. Jacob’s Ladder is the theme for Sunday School (pre-K through


5910 Price Road, Milford 831-3770

Services 9:15 am & 10:45 am Nursery provided at all services

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12th-grade); these classes are taught after the children’s sermon in the worship service. Bible 101 and Thoughtful Christian classes are offered for adults each Sunday morning. These meet at 9 a.m. in the fellowship hall. Sunday worship services are at 10:30 a.m. Nursery care is available. The church is at 4309 Cooper Road; 791-1153;

Chabad Jewish Center

The Chabad Jewish Center is opening its doors once again for


Sharonville United Methodist

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

3751 Creek Rd.


their community-wide family public Passover Seder. Held Tuesday, April 15, at the Chabad Jewish Center, the unique Seder experience will be led by Rabbi Yisroel Mangel and will feature explanation and commentary based on mystical and Kabbalistic insights, humor and song. A sumptuous fourcourse holiday dinner will be served with hand-baked Matzah and choice of wine. Admission: $33 for adults, $23 for children. Space is limited; reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information and to


(1 mile west of Montgomery Rd) Services & Sunday School: 9:00am & 10:45am Nursery Available www.fbccincy.or 513-489-1114



8005 Pfeiffer Rd. Montgomery 791-3142 • PALM SUNDAY - "Return to Me When You Want Abundant Life!" • 4/17/14 Maundy Thursday "The Last Supper" Drama - 7:30 pm • 4/18/14 Good Friday Cantata "Return to Me" - 7:30 pm Traditional Worship 8:20am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship 9:40am Sunday School (All ages) 9:40 & 11am Nursery Care Provided

Dr. Cathy Johns, Senior Pastor

SUNDAY MORNINGS 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Traditional Worship 9:30 a.m. Contemporary Worship 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Sunday School

Sunday 9:00 & 11:00 a.m. 11020 S. Lebanon Road. 683-1556

Sat. Contemporary: 5:00 p.m. Sun. Contemporary: 9:00 a.m. Sun. Traditional: 10:30 a.m. Child care/Sunday School at all services. 6635 Loveland-Miamiville Road 513-677-9866

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Church of the Saviour United Methodist

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny is 9 a.m. to noon April 12. Register for egg hunts at Call the church for details. Weekday Children’s Programs run Monday mornings, Tuesday mornings and afternoons and Thursday mornings. Register on the website. Sunday worship services are 8:20 a.m. and 11 a.m. for traditional worship and 9:40 a.m. for contemporary worship. The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati; 791-3142;

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

Service times are 8 a.m. and 10


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a.m. The Order of St. Luke, Hands of Hope chapter, meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7:15 p.m. in the library. Ladies Fellowship/Religious Study Group meets on Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. at the church. Ladies Bridge meets the first and third Thursdays of the month. Contact the church office for further information. A bereavement support group for widows and widowers meets the second and fourth Saturdays from 10-11 a.m. The church is at 10345 Montgomery Road, Montgomery; 984-8401;

Sycamore Presbyterian Church

Worship Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Childcare is available in the nursery during both services for infants through age 2. Sunday School classes for all ages, including adults, are offered at 10:45 a.m. service. During the April 13 service: Dr. Lawrence Kent will continue his “Jesus Leads Me” series. ”Jesus

ABOUT RELIGION Religion news is published at no charge on a spaceavailable basis. Items must be to our office no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, for possible consideration in the following edition. » E-mail announcements to nesuburban@community, with “Religion” in the subject line. » Fax to 248-1938. Call 248-8600. » Mail to: Northeast Suburban Life, Attention: Andrea Reeves, Religion news, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, Ohio 45140.

PRESBYTERIAN (USA) A Loving, Praying, Caring Church Join us for Sunday Services

RSVP, call 793-5200, or visit The center is at 3977 Hunt Road, Blue Ash; 793-5200;

Leads Me to the Streets.” Choristers’ Practice: Sunday mornings from 10-10:30 a.m. in the Choir Room. Children grades Kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to join Choristers. Coffee and Conversation is 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday, April 12. “Blessed to be a Blessing” Program will feature four workshops (card stamping, sewing, knitting, cuisine). All women, ages 10 and over are invited. Looking for a fun-filled family night? The next FX (Family Experience!) will be 6 p.m. April 13 in the Chapel. Praise Band begins at 5:45 p.m. Theme is humility. Men: Explore all the books of the Bible in this Bible Overview: Every Saturday from 8:30-10 a.m. in Room 120. Refreshments provided. Eunice Circle is collecting new layette/newborn to size 6 clothing for Sunset Gap. Please mark “Sunset Gap” and place in Collection Box in Connector. “Lenten Study: The Way by Adam Hamilton.” Retrace Jesus’ footsteps from His baptism to final week. Classes are 10:30 a.m. to noon (women only), Monday; 7-9 p.m. Wednesday; and 9:15 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. Sunday. Prime Timers will explore beautiful Ohio on a two-day, onenight getaway, June 5-6. Reservations needed. Check Kiosk in Welcome Center for details. Vacation Bible School is scheduled for June 23-27, mornings. The church is at 11800 MasonMontgomery Road, Symmes Township; 683-0254;

DEATHS Judith Lynn Morand

Judith Lynn (nee Gunning) Morand, 59, died March 26. Survived by husband, Dr. Tom Morand; children Tricia (Tom) Clemandot, Lindsay (John) Harper, Frank and Ross Morand; grandchildren Isabella, Tommy,

Charlie and Sam Clemandot and Trenton and Trinity Harper; siblings Linda (Steve) Brill, Pat (Francie) Gunning, Sue (Ken) Wurtzler; step-mother, Libby Gunning; sisters-and-brothers-inlaw Rob (Shirley), Tim (Suzanne), Bill (Jane) Morand and Sue (Bill)

Schmidt; and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by sister-inlaw, Edda Gunning; parents Jim and Patricia Gunning. Services were March 31 at All Saints Catholic Church, Kenwood. Memorials to: Back2Back Ministries.

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