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Your Community Press newspaper serving Blue Ash, Montgomery, Sycamore Township, Symmes Township Several hundred people of all ages gathered at The Lodge Retirement Community in Loveland for its annual Easter Party.

All packed up Ursuline Academy students and faculty collected backpacks over the winter to send to school children in Haiti. The backpacks were delivered by Jean-Robert Cadet, a former restavek (child slave) from Haiti who now lives in Cincinnati. See Schools, A7

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New ideas for old car dealerships

City says it has no preferred plan

By Leah Fightmaster

By Jeanne Houck

MONTGOMERY — The man looked at the three large graphics showing alternatives to a proposed mixed-use development for two old car dealership sites on Montgomery Road and turned to Montgomery City Councilman Craig Margolis. “Which one is the city pushing?” the man asked. “None of them,” Margolis said. “The whole idea is to get feedback.” And that they got, Montgomery planners and consultants MSI/ KKG of Covington, from dozens of people — many Montgomery residents – who attended an open house April 18 at Montgomery city hall. Attendees were there to weigh in on Montgomery’s developing vision of what the old Chevrolet dealership and, potentially, the adjoining old Ford dealership could look like with stores and offices and restaurants and housing – phased in over a number of years – instead of many ghost businesses and lots of cracked pavement. "Lorinn’s Used Vehicles is an exception; It is operating with a long-term lease with the owner of the Ford site. . . "All three development alternatives for the nineplus acre area Montgomery is eyeing include a building with 5,000 square feet of retail space on the first floor and 5,000 square feet of office space above it, as well as two restaurants – one 4,700 square feet and the other 4,600 square feet. Beyond that, the differences in the alternatives break down this way:

Montgomery City Councilman Craig Margolis (right) listens to what residents have to say about proposals for old car dealerships in the city. To the left of Margolis is consultant Sukirti Ghosh, an urban planner with MSI/KKG in Covington. JEANNE HOUCK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Frank Davis, Montgomery's community development director (middle), speaks with people at an open house on the future of old car dealerships on Montgomery Road. JEANNE HOUCK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS ·» Alternative one has a threefloor office building with a total of 45,000 square feet of space and a three-floor office building with a total of 24,000 square feet of space, and a three-floor residential building with a total of 60 units, a three-floor residential building with a total of 24 units

and a three-floor residential building with a total of 36 units. ·» Alternative two has a threefloor office building with a total of 45,000 square feet of space and a three-floor office building with a total of 51,000 square feet of See IDEAS, Page A2

Pilot group has plan for airport Blue Ash welcomes efforts to buy facility Community Press Staff Report A representative of a pilots group says it has come up with a way to save the Blue Ash Airport and that it will presens its ideas at the Blue Ash City Council meeting Thursday, April 26. “Our Preserve Blue Ash Airport committee ( is very active and working hard to convince Blue Ash and any other

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“We would welcome an outside group coming together to keep the airport open and viable.” MARK WEBER Blue Ash mayor

interested party of the value in keeping the airport open,” said Steve Sprovach of Indian Hill, a committee member. “We have formulated a very strong economic proposal which would reconfigure and rebuild

the airport and turn it from an eyesore that was not maintained to the state-of-the-art facility we know it can, and deserves, to be. “We are a very successful See AIRPORT, Page A2

As the village of Indian Hill works to make an agreement with the city of Madeira and has already settled one with Hamilton County regarding water supply, one Camp Dennison resident asked why she was not notified. Judy Havill addressed the Symmes Township Board of Trustees, asking why Indian Hill’s 30-year agreement with the county was never explained to her and her neighbors by either the village or township. The water supply agreement with Hamilton County would tack on a surcharge amounting to about $9 each quarter per Camp Dennison property for maintenance. It would raise about $8,000 a year, and once the fund reaches $150,000, it will be suspended. Havill said she was disappointed to hear about the agreement elsewhere, and after searching Symmes Township’s website, found nothing. She said she read a document on Madeira’s website, which she said was “very informative.” “I’m not against the surcharge,” she said, “but to not have any communication back to residents explaining how the process was going and direction and resolution, it’s very problematic.” Trustee Jodie Leis said Havill’s comment was the first she has heard about it, and Administrator Brian Elliff said there was no representative from Symmes Township involved in the negotiations. He added that because the township was not an owner of the infrastructure the surcharge would support, the township was not consistently informed. “If this is a done deal, we’ve dropped the ball in communication,” Trustee Ken Bryant said. Havill said she wants to know the status of the agreement, and that some sort of communication should be sent to Camp Dennison residents to inform them. “I hope the township will bring people in and discuss it with them, instead of 30 to 50 people bringing their water bills and asking what this charge is,” she said. Rob Dowdy contributed to this report.


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group of business people and entrepreneurs who happen to be pilots and know how successful airports operate,” Sprovach said. Sprovach said details of the pilots’ proposal will be presented at the Blue Ash City Council meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at the Blue Ash Municipal & Safety Center on Cooper Road. Blue Ash officials said April 18 that they had declined the city’s right to make a first offer to purchase airport operations

at the Blue Ash Airport from Cincinnati, which owns that portion of the airport and said in March it intends to close. Blue Ash’s decision might not be all bad news, Sprovach said. “This allows other potential buyers to bid on the property, which may be a good thing,” Sprovach said. Kelly Osler, assistant to the Blue Ash city manager, said April 18 that there are two primary reasons for the city’s decision. “First, the city believes the cost of purchasing, reconfiguring and refurbishing the airport would exceed the potential economic benefits of said

work,” Osler said. “Second, by not purchasing the property now, the possibility remains for a private entity to approach Cincinnati to acquire the land and keep the airport operational,” Osler said. Blue Ash already owns 130 of the 230 acres at the Blue Ash Airport on Glendale-Milford Road, which it bought from Cincinnati. Blue Ash plans to begin construction on a new public park there later this year. Cincinnati had planned to reconfigure and operate the airport enterprise on the remaining 100 acres it owns – which includes the taxiways and airport

buildings - but now says those plans have become increasingly financially unfeasible. Osler said Cincinnati has not told Blue Ash what it plans to do with the property when airport operations close. “The Blue Ash Airport means a lot to those in our community who are saddened to see it close,” Blue Ash Mayor Mark Weber said April 18. “While it is not feasible for (Blue Ash), we would welcome an outside group coming together to keep the airport open and viable.” Sprovach said Cincinnati hasn’t posted a price on its portion of the Blue Ash Airport, “but I know they will sell it to Blue Ash for a lot less than they would sell it to anyone else

because of the federal restrictions on use of airport sale proceeds. “Short version; Cincinnati cannot use previous or future sale proceeds from the airport for anything other than aviation purposes. “If Cincinnati sells to anyone but Blue Ash, they will have to litigate to have any chance to get use of either the $37.5 million of sale proceeds from the 2007 sale and money received from the remaining property,” Sprovach said. “Because of the ‘AIR 21’ (federal law) exception, if (Cincinnati sells) to Blue Ash, the sale proceeds from both parcels become unencumbered and there is no need to litigate. “Blue Ash is in a very enviable negotiating position.”


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space; and a three-floor residential building with a total of 30 units and a threefloor residential building with a total of 36 units. » Alternative three has a three-floor office building with a total of 45,000 square feet of space and a three-floor building with a total of 24,000 square feet of space; and a three-floor residential building with a total of 60 units and a threefloor residential building with a total of 24 units. Alternatives one and two have two parking structures; alternative three has one parking structure and more green space. “All three plans are designed so that may be phased in over a number of years if the Ford property is not initially available,” said Frank Davis, Montgomery’s community development director. Planners expect to take about a month to review the information collected at the open house and elsewhere and to put together some sort of presentation to have ready for potential developers, Davis said. For more about your community, visit Montgomery.

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Sycamore awards Maple Dale bids Total cost: More “We’re entering than $13 million an exciting phase By Jeanne Houck

BLUE ASH — The Sycamore Board of Education has awarded more than $13.5 million in construction contracts to rebuild Maple Dale Elementary School and to build district offices on the school campus. Contracts by area of work, winning bidders and price: » general trades Graybach in downtown Cincinnati, $1.83 million. » electric - Sidewinder Electric Co., Inc. in Clarksville, $1.82 million. » masonry - Miter Masonry Contractors in Arlington Heights, $1.74 million. » heating, ventilation and air conditioning at Maple Dale Elementary School - Artic Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Loveland, $1.48 million. » plumbing - Queen City Mechanicals Inc. in Forest Park, $1.1 million. » structural steel - Avenue Fabricating Inc. in Batavia, $1 million. » concrete - John P. Tumlin & Sons in Harrison, $838,900. » roofing - Kerkan Roofing Inc. in Lockland, $829,160. » technology - NorCom Inc. in Hebron, $805,000. » metal walls and ceil-

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Society presents plans for plants and programs at historic Meade House By Leah Fightmaster

Flowers will be in bloom at the Meade House, and so are the ideas for the land on the property. The Cincinnati Horticultural Society presented its upcoming plans for plants and programs at the Meade House, 11887 Lebanon Road, to the Board of Trustees. Julie Singer, horticulture and exhibits manager for the society, showed the board a design of the gardens in mind for the property. Jennifer Barlow, landscape designer for Outside Influence, designed the plan and included rose arbor to be put in later, a medicinal herb garden and a butterfly garden, behind and along the side of the house. In each garden, Singer said, the society will hold different classes for adult and child students alike to learn various plant skills. Part of the 2012 “Fresh Air School,” weekly classes with a different theme each week will be held on Thursdays from June to August. Classes will include themes such as pizza gardening, where students will plant a pizza garden and make a pizza; edible plants, which will involve making jam and planting strawberries; honey and bees, in which a beekeeper will visit, and more. Two camps are planned,

Planters behind the Meade House on Lebanon Road in Symmes Township will be only part of the Cincinnati Horticultural Society's plan for the property. A butterfly garden, rose arbor and vegetable garden are among the plans, as well as classes in the gardens. LEAH FIGHTMASTER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

a veggie camp and a smelly camp. Veggie camp, held June 18 to June 20, will teach students all about vegetable gardening, including planting, composting, cooking and making a scarecrow. Smelly camp, held from July 16 to July 18, will teach all about herbs. Students will learn how to make herbal breads, butters and oils, do herbal crafts and plant an herb garden. Bob Lavieri, past president of the Cincinnati Rose Association, said roses will be donated by the association for the rose arbor on the property. Using EarthKind roses, they will not require chemicals to aid growth and repel predators. “We see a future moving toward fewer chemicals, and there are not many places to publicly go see

roses anymore,” Lavieri said about the rose arbor. Singer said the society will also have programs related to the Meade House at other township events, such as the Ross family log house dedication April 21, where kids will be able to plant potted plants and take them home. While the trustees said they liked the ideas and looked forward to seeing them, a master plan of the society’s ideas for the property is also something they would like to see. Trustee Ken Bryant said many ideas were proposed in 2008, but no comprehensive plan was presented. Trustee Phil Beck said he can tell a “tremendous amount of effort” has gone into the plans for all the plants and programs, and hopes they get “bigger and better each year.”

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Department decreases firefighters on duty The change, taking effect May 1, is expected to save the township about $200,000 between now and the end of 2012, Jetter said. He added that staff members are not being let go for the change, but when firefighters leave for other jobs, some positions will not be replaced. “It’s a matter of how we’re going to have to do more with less,” he said. “We have to be in budget and this is one way we can do that.” Jetter said it is not uncommon for the fire department to run short, af-

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The latest move to reduce Sycamore Township’s fire and EMS budget came from the fire department itself. Fire Chief William Jetter said that he has decided to reduce the number of full-time staff members on duty in the township from 14 to 12. He said that seven firefighters would be on duty at the south fire station, 8540 Kenwood Road, while five would staff the north station, 11580 Deerfield Road.

collective bargaining agreement. Board of Trustees President Tom Weidman said the costs are net prices, so they should not increase. Miller said he added a part that if the township decides to decrease its number of deputies, it will give the sheriff 60 days notice, and after that he is responsible for those officers. He added the contract did not mention that if the township adds any patrols, the sheriff will cover the cost of half the total price for that year.

Sycamore Township is currently reviewing the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office’s contract for township patrols. LEAH FIGHTMASTER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

ter staff members call off or go home sick. A mutual aid agreement, which means if a fire station needs back up services another department will assist, allows the reduction

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not the case with sheriff patrols, the Board of Trustees discussed the new contract the township received from the sheriff. Law Director Doug Miller said the costs of the township’s patrols begins at about $69,000 and increases $6,000 each year during the three-year contract, being subject to a

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Arbor Day this year, City Arborist Terry Willenbrink will host a free one and half mile nature walk at 10:30 a.m.Friday, April 27, at Pioneer Park, 10513 Deerfield Road. The group will continue on to Johnson Nature Preserve at 10840 Deerfield Road discussing all things related to trees. Visit for more information. “We commend Montgomery’s elected officials, volunteers and its citizens for providing vital care for its urban forest,” said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation. Communities that earn Tree City USA recognition not only have taken the time to meet the four standards, they know that trees: » promote healthier communities by filtering the air we breathe by re-


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Sycamore Township roads have some preventative maintenance in their future. Superintendent Tracy Kellums said the price for the microsurfacing project, intended to extend the life of the township’s roads, was set for about $185,000. The cost falls within the maintenance budget and the work is expected to begin in July. Work will last about a week. Kellums said that while the work might cause some inconveniences, none of the roads will be closedfor the work.

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Indian Hill bus drivers thanked with hot meal By Forrest Sellers

Indian Hill Schools parents treated bus drivers to food and gratitude. As part of Bus Driver Appreciation Week they prepared breakfast and lunch for the drivers. Four meals were prepared. “When the parents are given an opportunity to show their appreciation they go all out,” said Barb Leonard, transportation supervisor for the district. This generosity wasn’t lost on the drivers who were recently treated to fried chicken, pasta salad, vegetables and a variety of desserts. “It makes me cry,” said bus driver Judy Mills, of Milford, who has been a driver in the district for 15 years. “I find it overwhelming.” Mills said parents traditionally give the drivers gifts during Christmas and flowers at the end of the school year. “It’s their way of showing how they appreciate us taking care of their kids,” said Mills. The youngsters contributed as well. They decorated the paper tablecloths and made cards for the drivers. “It’s my job to take care of the kids, but I get more benefits than a 9 to 5 job” said Debbie Friend, of Silverton, who has been a driver with the district for 17 years. “I get to see everything

Indian Hill Schools bus drivers Joyce Schlesiger, left, and Judy Mills, both of Milford, look at decorated cards given to them by students during Bus Driver Appreciation Week. FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

(the children do).” Kenwood parents Janet McMillan and Mandi Taylor organized the event for the third consecutive year. These drivers have an impact on the children, said McMillan. Not only do they oversee the safety of those riding the bus on a daily basis but also the children who go on extracurricular and field trips. “(This) is a simple way to say ‘thank you’ for what they do,” said McMillan. Indian Hill Schools bus driver Tom Weilbacher, of Loveland, gets ready to sample a meal prepared by parents in the district. The parents made lunch and breakfast for the drivers to show their gratitude during Bus Driver Appreciation Week. FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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Ursuline collects backpacks for Haitian children

Emily Gilgoff, a senior at Sycamore High School, plays Red of "Little Red Riding Hood," and John Carroll, a sophomore plays the baker in the high school's upcoming production of "Into the Woods.”


nto The Woods,” a Tony Awardwinning show by Stephen Sondheim, intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm stories. The musical will be performed April 20 and 21at the Sycamore High School theatre. All shows are at 7:30 p.m. All tickets are $10. The musical is directed by John Whapham. For more information, visit or e-mail questions to

Ursuline Academy students and faculty collected backpacks over the winter to send to school children in Haiti. The backpacks were delivered by Jean-Robert Cadet, a former restavek (child slave) from Haiti who now lives in Cincinnati. The children attend the Ecole Communautaire du Canape Vert, a school Cadet chose because the students cannot afford items such as these; and Cadet said the backpacks were well received. "The backpacks increase the students' self-worth on their way to and from school, and in classrooms. They were all smiles. The backpacks also facilitate the building of relationships with both schools and students in order to influence the new generation,” Cadet said. Cadet chose this school because he attended classes there when he was a restavek; the Jean R. Cadet Restavek Organization is paying school fees for three girls there; and the school administration agrees to teach the curriculum based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child that Cadet developed and tested in collaboration with the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash. Ursuline French teacher Barbara Mustard, who has helped Cadet with many relief efforts in Haiti, said that collecting backpacks to send to the children was a project that was very tangible for UA students

and faculty. The students also made key rings to be attached to each backpack. "Being able to add the friendship key ring to each and every bag was important because our students felt they were sending a piece of themselves to Haiti even if they could not be there in person. The support of the Ursuline community for this project has been overwhelming, and I hope we can make it an annual collection effort." Cadet is an advocate for children enslaved in the Haitian Restavek system and the founder of Jean R. Cadet Foundation, based in the United States. He is an author, husband, father and onetime member of the UN Working Group on Contemporary Forms of Slavery. He has collaborated on several documentaries and has testified before the United Nations and the U.S. Congress regarding his experience as a survivor of slavery. No longer involved with Restavek Freedom, which he created in 2006, Cadet now focuses on initiatives which will change the hearts and minds of the Haitian people - initiatives which will bring about change within the culture so the next generation will not tolerate child slavery. "My biggest need is a vehicle to travel to different schools and sensitize the student population on the plight of children in servitude," Cadet said.

Ursuline French students show the backpacks they collected for a Haiti school. From left: front, Anosha Minai (West Chester Township), Jen Mathews (West Chester Township), Erin Yonchak (Liberty Township), Rachel Treinen (Loveland), Sarah Byrne (West Chester Township) and Brooke Kurkjian (Mason); ; second row, AutumnGrace Peterson (Milford), Colleen Johns (Loveland), Alex George (Mason), Jen Schoewe (West Chester Township), Jean-Robert Cadet (Cincinnati), Theresa Roy (Sharonville), Olivia Schwartz (Amberley Village), Ellie Tyger (Mason) and Sam Fry (Indian Hill). THANKS TO

Emily Kissela, a junior at Sycamore High School, plays Cinderella in the high school's upcoming production of "Into the Woods.” LIZ DUFOUR/THE COMMUNITY PRESS Samantha Misali, a senior at Sycamore High School, plays the cow, and Garrett Douthitt, a senior, plays Jack of "Jack and the Beanstalk" in the high school's upcoming production of "Into the Woods.”




The following students have earned honors for the second quarter of 2011-2012.

First honors Freshmen - Alexandra Goss and Abigail Koesterman. Sophomores - Leah Greiner Juniors - Emily Janszen, Camilla MacKenzie and Madeline Reilly. Seniors - Rachel Court, Sarah Kappers, Margaret Rohs, Claire Sheanshang, Maria Thaman and Katherine Woebkenberg.

Second honors Freshmen - Katherine Jones and Elizabeth Shannon. Sophomores - Katherine Abraham and Rebecca Bryans. Juniors - Kaela Shannon Seniors - Madeline Meiners and Elizabeth Zilch.

Mount Notre Dame’s MND announces Jovan playwright debuts show

Zachary Scholarship Jovan Zachary was a warm and pleasant young woman who had an infectious laugh and a strong passion for helping others. While a student at Mount Notre Dame High School, Jovan was a strong member of the school’s athletic programs and left a lasting impression on the college-prep high school. She went on to Tiffin University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2005. Jovan’s life was cut short last spring when she fell victim to an aggravated robbery and was shot and killed. Mount Notre Dame and the

Class of 2000 has established the Jovan Zachary ’00 Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to qualifying incoming freshmen and will give students who may not otherwise have had the opportunity to enjoy the superior education that MND provides. To learn more about Jovan’s scholarship, visit: scholarships. Donations can be made online at: or mailed to Mount Notre Dame, c/o Jovan Zachary ’00 Memorial Scholarship, 711 E. Columbia Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45215.

Mount Notre Dame’s showcasing a romantic comedy that entwines the typical struggles of a young woman and her journey for love with the help of the Greek god’s and goddesses to guide her on this journey. This plays takes a typical love story with an atypical approach and has audience members laughing, learning, engaging and being entertained with “Myth: The Musical.” This comic take combines humor with the timeless test of a quest for love and historic mythical figures that inspire a modern young woman. Tom Geier, MND English teacher of 37 years, wrote this play for MND. His creativity and knowledge of mythology

writing is paired with talent and acting to share the best of mythology and acting. He attributes his inspiration coming from his many years of teaching classical literature and with teaching it in an all young women school. Wayne Peppercorn, MND psychics teacher of 10 years, wrote all the music for this play; Shelly Brauer, MND Art Department chair, created all the artwork for this production. Mark your calendars for April 27 at 8 p.m. and April 28 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. The play will be performed at the Salerno Center for the Performing Arts at Mount Notre Dame.



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Ursuline Lions roar into 2nd half of season Offense shines after spring break By Nick Dudukovich

By Scott Springer

Girls track

» Sycamore won the Mount Healthy Owls Classic April 13. The Lady Aves won the 4x100 relay, Sam Siler won the 3,200 meter run and Tori Swart won the pole vault at 10’. » Sycamore’s 4x100 and 4x800 relay teams won at the Mount Healthy Owls Classic April 13. » Moeller won the Mount Healthy Owls Classic April 13. Junior Zach Hoffman won the 1600 meter run, sophomore Andreas Pfaller the 110 hurdles and senior Kevin Robinson-White the shot put.

BLUE ASH — After a six-day hi-


» Moeller beat Sprayberry (Georgia) 6-0 on April 14. Senior Phillip Diehl had the shutout and struck out eight. Senior Ryan LeFevers and sophomore Riley Mahan drove in three runs each. On April 16, Moeller beat Alter 7-2 as Zach Williams struck out 12 to go to 5-0. Ryan LeFevers, Spencer Iacovone and Nick Edwards all homered. The Crusaders beat Chaminade-Julienne 5-1 on April 17 behind John Tanner. Brian Burkhart won on April 18 as Moeller beat Badin 3-1. » Casey Hutchison pitched Sycamore to a 10-2 win over Princeton April 18. » CHCA blanked Seven Hills April 18. Jacob Banks struck out 16 batters en route to the victory.


Ursuline's Hannah Mehrle throws a ball in from center field during the Lions’ 5-1 win over Seton at the Blue Ash Sports Complex April 18. NICK DUDUKOVICH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS Coaches’ Poll, is also getting nice contributions from West Chester’s Emily Byrd (.345) and Evendale’s Kaitlin Barbiere (six RBI). As the Lions head into the second half of their schedule, Eve said playing good defense, while avoiding injuries, will be important to the team’s success. The Lions’ roster is comprised of just 13 girls. A loss at any position would hurt the team’s depth. “It’s going to be really important for us to stay healthy for the balance of the year because our numbers are low. It’s important we avoid the injury bug,” Eve said.

Ursuline's Danielle Stiene is all smiles after homering against Seton during the Lions’ 5-1 win April 18.

“We’re fortunate we have three very capable pitchers who work at it.”

» Cincinnati Country Day beat Fenwick 16-6 April 18. Cassie Sachs had seven goals. The Indians improved to 5-1 with the win.

Head coach


By Scott Springer

Moeller senior Brian Burkhart delivers the ball April 11 against Loganville (Georgia). THANKS TO SCOTT SIMPSON Baseball America. They’re very, very good; they just had one bad inning. Pope, who we played on the second night, has a kid who

» Ursuline beat Roger Bacon 13-1 April 16. Mackenzie Robinson picked up the win and struck out eight batters. The squad followed up with an 11-3 win over Mount Notre Dame April 17. Hannah Mehrle struck out and eight and got the win. On April 18, Danielle Stiene homered, in addition to striking out 14 as the Lions beat Seton, 5-1. » Sycamore beat Princeton 3-1 April 18 behind Becca Melvin. » CCD beat CHCA behind Caitlin Hilberg’s three RBIs April 16. She was 2-3 at the plate and homered.

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Moeller returns from spring break ball KENWOOD — The idea of a spring break trip in most sports is to get away from the unpredictable Tri-State weather and get some games in against decent competition in a warmer climate. With that in mind, Moeller baseball packed up the Airstream and ventured to Georgia for some good old-fashioned southern hardball April 11-14. What they got was weather very similar to Cincinnati, but some productive days on the ball yards. “They were just like playing GCL South teams,” Crusaders coach Tim Held said. “Loganville was a preseason top 25 pick by


Boys track

atus, the Ursuline Academy softball team was charged with the task of defeating division rival St. Ursula in its first game back from spring break. But rather than taking time to shake off the rust, the Lions looked stellar, as the offense combined for 10 hits while sophomore pitcher Danielle Stiene of Loveland tossed a shutout en route to a 5-0 win April 14. Head coach Brian Eve said the win was a good way to start the second half of the season because his team regularly faces tough opponents in the Girls’ Greater Cincinnati League’s Scarlet Division. “We have the highest respect for everybody in our league,” Eve said. “Our league is always competitive, so it comes down to a pitch there, or a hit there, and often scores are 1-0, 2-2.” Through April 16, Ursuline had won eight games against just two losses and was in hot pursuit of Scarlet division leader McAuley. One of the Lions’ defeats came against Mohawks, while the other came against Boone County (Ky.). The margin in defeat in both games was just two runs. The fact Ursuline has held its own, even in defeat, makes Eve believe the Lions can play with any opponent because of pitching and team defense. In the circle, Stiene is 4-0 with a 0.21 ERA in seven games, while Liberty Township’s Hannah Mehrle is 3-1 with a 0.95 ERA. Robinson has a 1.27 ERA in two games. The trio of hurlers gives the Lions a formidable three-girl rotation. “We’re fortunate we have three very capable pitchers who work at it,” Eve said. “They worked hard in the summer and in their private lessons and we’re just very blessed.” At the plate, Stiene and Mehrle have been helping their own cause with their production in the lineup. At press time, Stiene and Mehrle were tied for eighth in the Scarlet with a .407 average. They combined for eight RBI and10 extra-base hits. The team, which is ranked No. 7 in the Enquirer’s Division I


throws 95 miles per hour. Fortunately, we didn’t have to face him. Sprayberry, who we played Saturday, was solid.”

The results was a 2-1 mark below the Mason-Dixon line and some valuable bonding experience that can’t be duplicated by meeting for a game after a long school day. It’s something Moeller has done in other sports, particularly with their successful basketball program. “I coached under coach (Carl) Kremer early in my career and learned what those trips were about and what goes into it,” Held said. “We have families that are fortunate enough to do a lot of fund-raising, because they’re not cheap.” Since coming back across the mighty Ohio, the Crusaders have continued with good outings with See BASEBALL, Page A9

» Sycamore beat Cincinnati Country Day April 14, 3-2 as Isaac Stern/Nikhil Grandhi and Brian Goodman/Josh Goodman swept the doubles. The Aves also blanked Columbus Academy 5-0 to go to 10-2. In the Coaches Classic April 19, Yuri Karev made it to the finals in third singles as did Stern/Grandhi in first doubles. Sycamore beat St. Xavier 3-2 on April 20. Freshman Deepak Indakranti won in first singles with Stern/ Grandhi and Goodman/Goodman sweeping doubles.


» Moeller beat PurcellMarian 25-4, 25-6, 25-10 on April 17. On April 20, the Crusaders beat St. Xavier 28-30, 25-23, 24-26, 27-25, 15-12.



Cincinnati Country Day hopes to row to nationals By Nick Dudukovich

Lauren Hancher, center, poses with her parents, Dr. Erin Davlin, right, and Dr. Douglas Hancher, left. In the back are her brothers Mark and Andrew.

Sycamore has 2 signings Two more Sycamore student-athletes have signed college letters of intent recently. On April 20, Charlotte Harris signed to swim at Wellesley College. Harris was a Greater Miami Conference second-team swimmer for Dr. Dan Carl. Also, Lauren Hancher signed to play college basketball and soccer at the College of Wooster. Hancher was a starter for coach Paula Hayden’s 23-2 Lady Ave basketball team and was first team GMC in soccer. Photos thanks to Dan Buchanan and Sycamore High School

Sycamore senior Charlotte Harris signs her letter of intent with her parents, Sharon Floro, left, and Robert Harris, right.


INDIAN HILL — Members of the Cincinnati Country Day School rowing team used its spring break to travel Oak Ridge, Tenn., to prepare for the upcoming season. Two months from now, Oak Ridge will host the U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships. Head coach Pedro Palacios and his Indians’ team are hopeful CCD will have representatives at the event come June. This season, the boys team will field two lightweight boats built for doubles competition, and a few other vessels for heavyweight doubles, according to Palacios. For the girls, the squad will also field a lightweight doubles boat, in addition to a heavyweight vessel for a four-person team. To make weight for lightweight doubles, boys must be 160 pounds or less. Girls must be 130 pounds or less. “The spring season looks very exciting…we’ll try and make a qualifier to youth nationals,” Palacios said. CCD’s rowing team features 35 rowers with skill sets ranking from experienced to novice. Key contributors on the boys team should include Alec Bunge, Henry Pease, Kailas Menon and Carter

McMaster, while Isabel Hudson and Celia Macrae will man one of the girls’ boats. For Palacios, the 2012 campaign marks the fifth year he’s coached at Country Day. A former member of the Mexican national rowing team, Palacios said sharing his knowledge of rowing with the kids at CCD has been a rewarding experience. “It’s good to share a lifetime experience so that they can use that for the rest of their lives, not just on the athletic sides, but also on the personal sides,” Palacios said. Palacios is proud of the program he’s helped steer the past five seasons, especially because of the pro-

gram’s ability to produce collegiate rowers. The veteran rower is hopeful his pupils will one day match the fetes of Meredith Freshley, a 2009 graduate of CCD, and Emily Finch, a 2010 graduate. The duo helped the University of Wisconsin win the International Rowing Association’s national championship in the lightweight four-woman rowing division last summer. The Indians practice throughout the spring at East Fork Lake. The team’s home body of water will host the Midwest Scholastic Rowing Championships May 12 and 13. Palacios said he expects up to 2,000 competitors at the event.

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Time for taxpayers to wake up The Sycamore “powers that be” may yet protect the status quo as they are being challenged to eliminate their deficit spending with the assumption and expectation of another tax levy in 2013. A new teacher union contract is being negotiated behind closed doors. Total compensation needs to be brought into line/parity with the compensation of those who pay for the current bloated budget. Concerned taxpayers have researched and offered no less than a dozen options for reducing the Sycamore school budget of $75 million (projected to $78 million by 2015) without harming education or hurting families or property values – quite the contrary. The open letter

from January 2012 and an open document can be read/seen on All voters need to become educated. The issue of tenure and step raises “lives” in the union contract(s), says J.C. Benton, director of board relations at Ohio Department of Education. His was not the answer I had received in January from our board members. Our board talks about being against tenure yet has the power to bring about reform in this area that degrades the education of our children. Their obvious fear of the unions and lack of will or resolve to live within their means continues despite the “commitment to the community” back in (pre-recession) 2005.

CH@TROOM April 18 question Do you believe pastor and author Rick Warren’s assertion that dogs and cats go to heaven? Why or why not?

“I certainly hope that they do! If you take the Bible passage in Isaiah 11:6 literally (“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them”), you would certainly conclude that there will be animals in Heaven. And people will no longer kill the animals ... all will be vegetarians, as death will be a thing of the past for all who reside there. “Many people incorrectly assume that only humans have a spirit, but God puts the breath of life (a.k.a. “spirit”) into each living creature. As long as something can breathe, it has a spirit. When the body dies, the breath/spirit goes back to He who made it and the body is no longer alive (”the dead know nothing ... they are asleep.”) When that breath/spirit is put back into a body, it becomes a living soul (check this out in the book of Genesis). The body without the spirit/breath is not alive, but when Jesus comes again, the spirits will be placed into immortal bodies and will become living souls which will never die. “Based on the Scriptures I have read, I would assume that animals could also become immortal and will be our good friends, no longer fearing that we will kill them for food, fun, medical research, or pleasure. Perhaps this will happen only for those animals whose owners are deemed worthy for Heaven. Who knows? Then again, maybe all animals will be resurrected, as so many of them had to give their lives at the hand of Man. We won’t know until Jesus comes back and takes the righteous to Heaven at His second resurrection. I certainly hope that the animals will be going, as Heaven sure wouldn’t be as much fun without them!” C.H. “That would require that one believes in the concept of heaven and hell in the first place.” J.K.

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“I am not so sure heaven will be there when I need it. Why should I be worried about dogs and cats? What about snakes and pet skunks. I don’t want to be cleaning up pet poop in heaven. I hope not.” F.S.D. “Who really knows for certain if there is a heaven or not? I hope there is, but I wish I could find proof. “My childhood training in parochial schools insisted that only human beings go to heaven, but no one can know for certain. We simply do not know if there is a life after death, though many intelligent people (like Dinesh D’Souza) have made persuasive arguments in favor of belief. Since we cannot prove ‘heaven’ we obviously can’t prove that animals don’t go there, nor do we really know what existence in heaven would be like. I keep hoping.” Bill B. “Well, being a believer of God and Jesus Christ, I am certain they do, and why not? “Just as we are taught the belief of heaven and hell, what animal, especially our beloved pets do something that bad to deserve the abusive treatment as you see on the ASPCA commercials by the way they suffer. Unconditional love is what a pet brings us, no matter how we feel, or how they are treated. So, my answer is a firm YES, there is a pet heaven!” O.H.R. “I have never heard about this, but from what I see of people the cats and dogs are much better candidates for heaven.” D.D.



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Enrollment is down/flat, waste and duplication (ex: paying membership fees to 29 arms of the unions totaled $32,676 just in Colleen 2011) is ramGreissinger COMMUNITY PRESS pant, addiction to spending is GUEST COLUMNIST hurting families/taxpayers, and continued denial of the facts with “business as usual” is unconscionable and unacceptable. This district has all the power, money, and resources to educate the community yet felt a need to try to block the taxpayer’s voice, also. I wrote about the “EducateOhio” domain as a

post-election way to continue to bring light to our community. However, in early 2012 a school administrator took the liberty of buying this local domain. “EducateSycamore” branch is sadly now being run not as it was originally created, designed and intended – but rather is being paid for and controlled by a Sycamore administrator who apparently could not resist the opportunity presented by “special interests” intent on further controlling what the taxpayer reads and learns. Mighty General Motors fell at the hands of its own private unions. The reality is that public unions are bankrupting this country with their costs and unreasonable demands that they

are imposing on our society. Even marginal reform can have a major impact, as Wisconsin is finding out under Gov. Scott Walker. We will never return to the ideal of public service until the rest of us start speaking honestly as well. Currently our growing public service industry has the private sector working for them, since public sector union members now outnumber their private sector counterparts for the first time in American history. Again, I am exhorting the taxpayers to wake-up and get involved. Colleen Greissinger is a resident of Blue Ash.

Economics closing airport

After the city of Cincinnati’s announcement of its intent to close the Blue Ash Airport, many have expressed their dismay at its imminent demise. While there is considerable nostalgia associated with the airport, fond memories are no substitute for prudence in making decisions about the Airport’s future. There are those who have encouraged Blue Ash to buy the airport property and either operate the airport or delegate that responsibility to another entity. Unfortunately, these are not viable options at this time. It has been suggested, without any basis in fact, that Blue Ash buy the airport for $1. The property’s market value is estimated to be at least $10 million. It would be highly unlikely for Cincinnati to sell the airport property for a price well below its fair market value. Additionally, the cost to reconfigure the airport is estimated to be $20

million. This does not include $1 million to construct the necessary access road to the airport and approximately $4 million to Bruce Weber COMMUNITY PRESS rebuild the runway which GUEST COLUMNIST is nearing the end of its useful life. The $35 million needed to purchase, reconfigure and build the new airport is simply not within Blue Ash’s financial means. Even if the necessary resources were available, such expenditures would be an inappropriate use of taxpayer funds. It has not been demonstrated that a reconfigured airport would generate an appropriate return given the anticipated cost of such a project. The city of Blue Ash does not revel in the closing of a facility that has been part of the fabric

of our city for generations. In fact, for the last six years, we have encouraged the city of Cincinnati, the FAA, federal legislators and various pilots organizations to find a way to help keep the airport open. The FAA has had numerous opportunities to fund the reconfiguration of the airport and has failed to come through. With no such assistance, Blue Ash would be compelled to bear the full burden of keeping the airport open. I personally would prefer the airport to remain a functional part of our community. However, for the city of Blue Ash to purchase, reconfigure and operate the airport, an expenditure equal to $3,000 for every resident of Blue Ash would be required. For Blue Ash to incur that cost would be patently irresponsible. Mark Weber is mayor of Blue Ash.

Indian Hill can reduce costs Saving money does not always involve cuts in services, or lowering the quality of materials. You can save money by investing in products, systems, and services that will reduce your-long term operating costs. Industry has made much progress, designing systems that use less energy. This type of spending requires some knowledge of the systems you have, knowing which innovative systems are available, and how to apply them to your needs. Such investigation is also time intensive, and it requires an incentive, a desire to value the taxpayer. t would be wise to put a school janitor on the school board. Consider the $30,000 replacement of a school boiler. I’m not an HVAC expert; however, my limited knowledge informs me that the school has one system for heating, a multiple zoned hot-water heating system, and another system for cooling, which would logically be convection air. The hot water system runs in several loops to various parts of the building. Each loop is a

‘zone’ with its own hot water pump, which is controlled by a preset thermostat. The first question would be, “Is it oil James Baker COMMUNITY PRESS fired or gas fired?” If it is GUEST COLUMNIST oil fired, and you must have the boiler, you may wish to consider converting to a gas boiler. Gas is much less expensive, burns cleaner, and does not require a large storage tank, which can become an environmental nightmare, if it rusts and leaks. Our school buses should be running on natural gas. If the school is air conditioned there is a separate system, likely using convective air to cool the building. This air runs through large metal ducts, just as it may in your home. This system may also be ‘zoned’, using automatic dampers within the ducts to redirect the airflow to the hottest areas. The best long-term solution may be to replace the boiler with a geothermal heat pump, as

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the village of Indian Hill did a couple of years ago. This could be connected to the air conditioning ducts, using ‘air handlers’, and should be much less expensive to operate than both the old fashioned boiler and the traditional above ground heat pump. In fact, it would replace both the expensive boiler and the existing obsolete air conditioning system. If this cannot be accomplished, for cost or technical reasons; then, one should consider a switch to gas as the fuel, which could reduce operating costs, and make the system more environmentally friendly. There is no reason to replace the old boiler with another boiler of the same design. You may be able to continue this process of reducing operating costs by applying film to the windows to reflect heat in the summer and retain heat in the winter. If it is possible, adding insulation may further reduce the heating and air conditioning costs. James Baker is a 35 year resident of Indian Hill.

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The Easter Bunny greets 3-year-old Boston Noland, grandson of Lodge staff member Diana Jarvis. SHELLY SACK/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS Jamie Blodgett and Caroline Sack, grandchildren of Mary Osterhaus, enjoy the petting zoo, especially the bunnies. SHELLY SACK/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Lodge resident Ida Hoffer holds Ella Rose Krug, granddaughter of Connie Krug, staff member. SHELLY SACK/FOR THE COMMUNTIY PRESS


Resident Mary Osterhaus, with great-grandchildren Caroline Sack (l) and Jamie Blodgett (r) enjoy the petting zoo. SHELLY SACK/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

everal hundred people of all ages gathered at The Lodge Retirement Community in Loveland for its annual Easter Party. Activities included a jelly bean counting contest, an egg hunt, a stuffed bunny animal raffle, petting zoo, magician and, of course, the Easter Bunny. Another favorite event is the egg drop contest where residents and families package raw eggs in containers to be dropped from the balcony to see if it survives. Some of the creative packaging included marshmallows and jello.

Kay Carless, Mary Osterhaus and Agnes Ohlmanisiek, all Lodge residents, enjoy each other’s company during the Easter Party. SHELLY SACK/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

The main dining room of The Lodge was full of Easter fun. SHELLY SACK/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Mary McGowen, Dick Hagee and Sally Wehmer, all Lodge residents, get ready for the afternoon's festivities. SHELLY SACK/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Jamie Blodgett and Caroline Sack, grandchildren of Mary Osterhaus, enjoy the petting zoo, especially the bunnies.

Volunteer Shirley Ponchot serves sweet treats to residents Gloria Marshall and Millie Werk and visitors. SHELLY SACK/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS A magician from “Over the Line Productions” shows a trick to several visitors. SHELLY SACK/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, APRIL 26 Art Exhibits Juried Exhibition, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Original art works submitted by women artists. 272-3700; Mariemont.

Clubs & Organizations Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati Meeting, 6-8 p.m., Isaac M. Wise Temple, 8329 Ridge Road, Celebrate success in providing shelter and hospitality to families. Includes light refreshments. Presented by Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati. 471-1100; Amberley Village.

Holiday - Earth Day Kids Garden, 4 p.m., Madisonville Branch Library, 4830 Whetsel Ave., Children plant seeds and spuds in library’s garden, then celebrate with dirt cake. Ages 6-12. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-6029. Madisonville.

Home & Garden Compost in Your Backyard, 6 p.m., Francis R. Healy Community Center, 7640 Planfield Road, Learn how to balance a compost bin, what materials are compostable and where to purchase a compost bin. Includes free kitchen collector, “Simple Guide to Composting in Your Backyard,” magnet and $20 coupon for purchase of bin. Free. Presented by Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District. 946-7734; Deer Park. Bed Preparation and Fertilization, 7 p.m., Madeira Branch Library, 7200 Miami Ave., Get ready for spring planting with Doug Young of H.J. Benken Florist & Greenhouse. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-6028. Madeira.

Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke, 9 p.m., Tap House Grill, 8740 Montgomery Road, 891-8277. Sycamore Township.

Lectures Town Hall Lecture Series, 11 a.m.-noon, Montgomery Assembly of God, 7950 Pfeiffer Road, $40. Jeffrey Toobin: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court. Senior analyst for “CNN Worldwide,” staff writer for the New Yorker and best-selling author of “The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court.” Presented by Montgomery Woman’s Club Inc. 6841632; event/1646686283. Montgomery.

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

Music - Classical Matinee Musicale Concert Series, 11 a.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, With Scott Ramsay, tenor. Meet the artists. Refreshments follow concert. $45 full season; $15, $3 students. Presented by Matinee Musicale. 469-9819; Amberley Village.

Recreation Young Professionals Open Gym, 7-10 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Full-court basketball games for men. $15. 985-0900. Montgomery.

Motherless Daughters Support Group, 7-8:30 p.m., Montgomery Community Church, 11251 Montgomery Road, For adult women who have lost or miss nurturing care of their mother. Free. Presented by Motherless Daughters Ministry. 489-0892. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Family friendly. Free, donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous Inc. 800-0164. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, 4309 Cooper Road, Book discussion group. Open to everyone who desires healthy loving relationships. Family friendly. Donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous Inc. 673-0174. Blue Ash.

FRIDAY, APRIL 27 Art Exhibits Juried Exhibition, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 272-3700; Mariemont. Blossom II: Art of Flowers, Noon-5 p.m., Greenacres Arts Center, 8400 Blome Road, Second in on-going series of national traveling exhibitions of artworks depicting and interpreting flowers of all kinds. Juried exhibition is sponsored by Susan K. Black Foundation and David J. Wagner LLC. Free. Presented by Greenacres Foundation. Through May 18. 8914227; Indian Hill.

Home & Garden Annuals at the Zoo, 1-2:30 p.m., Greenacres Arts Center, 8400 Blome Road, Greenhouse. Stephen Foltz, director of dorticulture at the Cincinnati Zoo, discusses selection, planting and maintenance of zoo’s large annual gardens. $10. Reservations required. Presented by Greenacres Foundation. 891-4227; Indian Hill.

man Highway, Gain comfort, strength and empowerment to move forward with your life. Led by licensed social worker. $35 per two-hour session. Registration required. 891-1533. Blue Ash.

SATURDAY, APRIL 28 Art & Craft Classes

Acoustik Buca, 7:30 p.m., deSha’s American Tavern, 11320 Montgomery Road, 247-9933. Montgomery. Bob Crawford, 9 p.m.-midnight, Bucks Tavern, 3299 W. U.S. 22/Ohio 3, Solo acoustic covers of popular rock music from the ’60s to the present. Ages 21 and up. Free. 677-3511. Loveland.

Heartsongs: A Day of Quiet for Girls, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Day of celebrating strength and spirit as a young woman. With Jennie Mertens and Joy France. $25. Reservations required. 683-2340; Loveland. The Art of Nature, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Artist/naturalist Marjorie Bledsoe guides experience of unique and useful pairing of art and nature. $35. Reservations required. 6932340; Loveland.

Music - Blues

Art Exhibits

Diamond Jim Dews Band, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Traci’s Sports Lounge and Grill, 784 LovelandMiamiville Road, 697-8111. Loveland.

Blossom II: Art of Flowers, Noon-5 p.m., Greenacres Arts Center, Free. 891-4227; Indian Hill.

Music - Jazz


April Aloisio, 7:30-10:30 p.m., Dilly Cafe, 6818 Wooster Pike, 561-5233; Mariemont.

Model Auditions, 1-4 p.m., Starfire Council, 5030 Oaklawn Drive, Models of all shapes and sizes are needed for Urban Glam to be held at Tower Place Mall, Downtown, on June 16. Bring recent photograph, measurements, but no make up. 281-2100; Madisonville.

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Recreation Pickup Basketball, 10:30 a.m.noon, TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Men and women ages 25 and up. $15, free members. 985-0900; Montgomery.

Senior Citizens Veterans Luncheon, 12:30-2 p.m., Sycamore Senior Center, 4455 Carver Woods Drive, Luncheon to honor veterans of any American war. Box lunches and desserts from Kroger provided. With John Matarese, WCPO-TV Channel 9 News, answering your questions. $4. Reservations required. 745-0617; Blue Ash.

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Israel Memorial Day and Independence Day, 5:30-8 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Remember soldiers lost during Israeli wars with prayers and readings. Honor community’s connections to Israel. Celebrate with performance by members of Israel Defense Forces choir, tween Gaga tournament, teen party, Taste of Kosher Cincinnati and other Israeli-themed games and activities. Family friendly. Free. Registration required, includes Israeli souvenir. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

Sports Card, Memorabilia and Autograph Show, 4-9 p.m., Moeller High School, 9001 Montgomery Road, Buy, sell or trade from 150 dealer tables. Cincinnati Royals Reunion Show. Former Royals Hall of Famers Jerry Lucas and Adrian Smith as well as Connie Dierking, George Wilson and Tom Thacker. Also, Pedro Borbon and Tony Pike. $3, $6 three-day pass. 290-5225; Kenwood.

Support Groups

The Cincinnati Horticultural Society Ladies Day event will be 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, at the Kenwood Country Club, and will feature Kentucky native and award-winning garden designer, writer, author and lecturer John Carloftis, as speaker. Guests will also enjoy a delicious gourmet luncheon, "do it at home" horticultural demonstrations, plenty of time to shop with Flower Show gardening vendors and great raffle prizes. Shannon Carter, US co-chair of the World Choir Games, will introduce the Southern Gateway Chorus, a group that will appear at the games. Tickets are $75 each. For reservations and tickets, visit Proceeds benefit programs of the Cincinnati Horticultural Society, including children's educational programs and the Meade House in Symmes Township. THANKS TO MARIE HUENEFELD

Cooking Classes Healthy Cooking Classes, Noon-1:30 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. 315-3943; Silverton.

Exercise Classes TRX Bootcamp, 9:15-10:15 a.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Designed for the intermediate to advanced exerciser. Total body workout, bootcamp style. $6-$15. Registration required. 985-0900; Montgomery.

Exhibits Exploring History Through Textiles, 1-4:30 p.m., Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 201 Riverside Drive, Quilts on display on loan and from GLHSM collection. 6835692; Loveland.

Support Groups

Health / Wellness

Women’s Separation/Divorce Support, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Comprehensive Counseling Services Inc., 10999 Reed Hart-

Diabetes Conversation Maps Sessions, 10 a.m.-noon, Lisa Larkin, M.D. & Associates, 4460 Red Bank Road, Suite 100,

ABOUT CALENDAR To submit calendar items, go to and click on “Share!” Send digital photos to along with event information. Items are printed on a spaceavailable basis with local events taking precedence. Deadline is two weeks before publication date. To find more calendar events, go to and choose from a menu of items in the Entertainment section on the main page. Theme: What is Diabetes? What do I do about it? Small group discussions of Type 2 diabetes led by Jan Kellogg, certified diabetes educator. For . $30 for four sessions; $10 per session. Presented by Lisa Larkin, M.D. & Associates. 271-5111. Madisonville. Total Food Makeover, Noon-2 p.m., Blue Ash YMCA, 5000 YMCA Drive, Transform the way you shop, look at food, eat and approach health. $10. Registration required. Presented by Baker Chiropractic. 272-9200; Blue Ash.

Literary - Libraries Gold Star Chilimobile, 2 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Register for Summer Reading Program and receive free coney. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-4450. Deer Park.

Music - Acoustic Toast, 7:30 p.m., deSha’s American Tavern, 11320 Montgomery Road, Free. 247-9933; Montgomery.

Recreation Young Professionals Open Gym, 7-10 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $15. 985-0900. Montgomery. Be A Hero Nationwide Cycling Event, 10-11 a.m., Urban Active Kenwood, 8133 Montgomery Road, Indoor bike ride to grant wishes for those in need. Benefits Wish Upon a Hero Foundation. $25. Registration required. 791-4444; Sycamore Township.

Shopping Sports Card, Memorabilia and Autograph Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Moeller High School, $3, $6 three-day pass. 290-5225; Kenwood.

SUNDAY, APRIL 29 Art Exhibits Juried Exhibition, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 272-3700; Mariemont. Blossom II: Art of Flowers, Noon-5 p.m., Greenacres Arts Center, Free. 891-4227; Indian Hill.

Exhibits Exploring History Through Textiles, 1-4:30 p.m., Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 683-5692; Loveland.

Recreation Young Professionals Open Gym, 7-10 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $15. 985-0900. Montgomery.

Shopping Sports Card, Memorabilia and Autograph Show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Moeller High School, $3, $6 three-day pass. 290-5225; Kenwood.

Volunteer Events Helping Hands YP Workforce, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Help brighten the day of home-bound seniors and others in need of a helping hand by working with a team of Jewish young professionals ages 21-35 to do light chores such as flipping mattresses, switching out seasonal clothing, changing batteries and light bulbs, yard work and more. Part of Give-aDay. Free. Registration required. Presented by ACTout. 373-0300. Amberley Village.

MONDAY, APRIL 30 Health / Wellness Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Braxton F. Cann Memorial Medical Center, 5818 Madison Road, Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 686-3300; Madisonville.

Karaoke and Open Mic Acoustic Open Mic, 7-10 p.m., Shady O’Grady’s Pub, 9443 Loveland-Madeira Road, Hosted by Bob Cushing. 791-2753. Symmes Township.

Recreation Pickup Basketball, 10:30 a.m.noon, TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $15, free members. 985-0900; Montgomery.

TUESDAY, MAY 1 Health / Wellness Balance and Stability Class, 8:20-9:20 a.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Weekly through June 6. Jodi Waywood, TriHealth physical therapist, guides group exercise class to learn how to prevent injuries from falls with exercise and education. Class utilizes balance foams, chairs, railings, mirrors, stability balls and therabands to

make it the safest and most effective balance class possible. $80-$90. Registration required. 985-0900; Montgomery.

Lectures Cincinnati Horticultural Society Ladies’ Day, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Kenwood Country Club, 6501 Kenwood Road, Music by the Southern Gateway Chorus. Gourmet luncheon, vendors, horticultural demonstrations and prizes. Jon Carloftis, Kentucky native and award-winning garden designer, writer and author, will speak. Benefits Cincinnati Horticultural Society and the Meade House. $75. Reservations required. Presented by Kenwood Woman’s Club. 561-7482; Madeira.

Nature Free Firsts Appreciation Days, 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road, Residents can enjoy any park without the need for a motor vehicle permit, while enjoying a host of other free and discounted activities. Dress for weather. Family friendly. Free, no vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Symmes Township.

Recreation Young Professionals Open Gym, 7-10 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $15. 985-0900. Montgomery.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2 Cooking Classes Kid’s Healthy Cooking Classes, 4-6 p.m., Peachy’s Health Smart, 7400 Montgomery Road, Peachy Seiden, registered dietitian and nutrition science instructor, teaches children to be more health conscious by encouraging them to make healthy food choices and teaching them how to prepare and cook nutrient-dense meals. Ages 11-14. $40. Registration required. 315-3943; Silverton.

Literary - Libraries Gold Star Chilimobile, 3:306:30 p.m., Madeira Branch Library, 7200 Miami Ave., Register for Summer Reading Program and receive free coney. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-6028. Madeira.

Religious - Community Shelter of God’s Promises, 7:30-9 p.m., Church of the Saviour United Methodist Church, 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Bible study with by Sheila Walsh. Bi-weekly ending on Sept. 5. Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. 791-3142; Montgomery.



Refrigeration helps Subway clone cookies Ever since I was a little girl “experimenting” in the kitchen, I have been fascinated with the science of food. Many happy hours were spent with my sister, Judy, underneath our huge wild cherry tree making mud pies. Years later, I was going to bake chocolate chip cookies and had the dough ready to be portioned out. Something came up and I couldn’t bake the cookies right away. In fact, the Rita dough sat Heikenfeld for two RITA’S KITCHEN days in the refrigerator. Well, that was a blessing in disguise. Those cookies were better in flavor than usual, and the texture was wonderful: soft, chewy and crisp in different parts of the cookie, just like a bakery cookie! Quoting Shirley Corriher, my food science guru, “What happens is the dough and other ingredients fully soak up the liquid, in this case, eggs, which makes the cookie bake to a better consistency.” In fact, Mrs. Wakefield, the originator of the Toll House cookie, chilled her dough overnight. That information was never put in the recipe for this iconic cookie. The reason I’m sharing these nuggets of foodie information is because the recipe for the Subway cookie clone recommends – guess what – refrigerating the dough!

On my blog Crazy Cake (soy- and egg-free) from Regina Martin.

Betsy Davis’ clone of Subway cookies. Betsy said she found this on the Internet a couple of years ago and think’s its pretty close to Subway’s. This is for Sarah, who wanted the recipe to freeze. To bake from frozen state, leave cookies frozen and bake at the same temperature a bit longer. I did buy a couple Subway cookies to sample. 2¾ cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 cup light brown sugar, packed ½ cup granulated sugar 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon salt ½ cup butter ½ cup vegetable shortening, butter flavor 2 large eggs 2 cups chocolate chips – see tips below 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Combine flour and baking powder in a small bowl, set aside. Combine sugars, salt and vanilla in mixing bowl, set aside. Place butter and shortening in bowl and microwave, stopping and stirring every 15 seconds. Stop when butter mixture is more of a paste (about 45-60 seconds). Pour over sugar mixture and beat well. Add each egg separately, beating until creamy. Add flour mixture ½ cup at a time while beating. Stir in

Rita offers a recipe for roasted rhubarb, rather than using the sour stalks for the usual pie. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD. chips and nuts. Refrigerate 1-3 hours in a covered bowl. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Drop cookie dough onto parchment paper-lined sheet. (Tip from Rita’s kitchen – there is no amount given for how large the cookies should be, so I would use a very generous tablespoon or small scoop – enough to fit about eight cookies on each sheet). Bake 10-12 minutes, checking frequently towards end of baking for a golden brown appearance.

Tips for Subway cookie variations

Use M&Ms instead of chocolate chips. For macadamia white chocolate chip cookies, use white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts.

Roasted sweet rhubarb topping

Rhubarb is called “pie plant” because most folks make a rhubarb and strawberry pie with it. Rhubarb is good for our skeletal system. It’s really sour, though, so some sweetener is necessary.

1 pound rhubarb Zest and juice of a large orange 1 ⁄3 to ½ generous cup sugar


or equivalent substitute Couple shakes cinnamon (optional)

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Like Busken’s brown bread for John Meier, a Covington reader. “It was served at their old Sixth Street location. Somewhat sweet, but not overly so. It was dense, but not heavy.” John ate it with cream cheese and strawberries and it was one of his favorite lunches downtown.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut rhubarb into chunks. Toss with zest, juice and sugar. Put in small baking dish, cover with foil and roast 20 minutes. Remove foil and roast until the juices get a bit syrupy. Add cinnamon. Serve hot, warm, room temperature or chilled or as a topping for cake and ice cream.

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

Tip from Rita’s kitchen

Only the stalks of rhubarb are edible, not the

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In less than one month, the Moeller Locker Room project is one-third of the way toward making the renovation “dream” a reality. The Moeller athletic and advancement departments, along with M-FAN (Moeller Football Alumni Network), are spearheading a capital campaign project to renovate the school’s 50-year-old facility. “This is the locker room that (Gerry) Faust (former Moeller football coach) used from day one in 1960 when he built Moeller’s national championship teams,” athletic development director Mark Doran said. “The door to this locker room says ‘Through These Doors Walk the Men of Moeller,’ and that has meant something to every athlete who has used this facility.”

nates locker signage that includes a player’s name, class year and jersey number written inside a locker. Although the fundraising for this project is being initiated by M-FAN, the leaders want to emphasize that this is not just about Moeller football. “Anyone may contribute a sponsorship and tribute for the locker room,” Foley said. “it’s not just about football. The locker room was used by many sports throughout the years. Donors may designate lacrosse players, baseball coaches, Moeller family members who have passed away, whatever they choose.” The project is ambitious, and the timeframe to make it work is even more ambitious. They need to have all the funding by May 1 to move forward

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JFC Give a Day set for April 29 “It is not your duty to complete the work, but neither are you free to refrain from it.” This line from the Talmud refers to tikkun olam, or repairing the world, and it is what the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati’s Give a Day (this year on April 29) is all about. Give a Day is a community-wide day of service. Congregations and agencies from all across the Jewish community have organized 35 social action projects that take place throughout the greater Cincinnati area. Some projects specifically benefit members of the Jewish community. For example, volunteers can garden at Cincinnati Hillel, Rockwern Academy or Cincinnati Hebrew Day School. Or they can paint at Jewish Vocational Service or spring clean at Ohav Shalom. With the recognition that it isn’t only the Jewish world that needs to be repaired, most Give a Day projects benefit the larger community. Volunteers

can head to Valley Temple to make fleece blankets for children in hospitals and others in need. Or they can meet at Northern Hills Synagogue and then go out into the area to provide home repair for low-income families. Others can clean up at Drake Park or Sharon Woods with the Jewish Federation’s Young Adult Division (YAD) or even provide childcare or serve lunch at The Church of Our Savior’s morning service through Beth Adam. These organizations are relying on volunteers to make their Give a Day projects successful. The individuals helped by the projects rely on the volunteers even more. Without volunteers, Ronald McDonald House guests won’t have a home-cooked meal that night, homeless people who are discharged from hospitals won’t have the companionship they need, the mural at Interfaith Hospitality Network will stay unpainted and homebound seniors won’t have the help they need

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Sam Lobar, left, and Bayta Boxt work on a fleece blanket for Project Linus at last year's Give a Day THANKS TO ELIZABETH SKIPPER

with their household chores and yard work. Pick your project and register today at giveaday or by texting GIVEADAY to 51818. Give a Day is presented by Women’s Philanthropy and the Young Adult Divi-

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A one-time appearance of the Israel Defense Force Choir will be part of the remembrance of Yom HaZikaron (Israel Memorial Day) and celebration of Yom HaAtzmaut (Israel Independence Day), Israel’s 64th anniversary, at the Mayerson JCC Thursday evening, April 26. The JCC is at 8485 Ridge Road in Amberley Village. Beginning at 5:30 p.m. an outdoor service in the courtyard of the JCC building will serve as a solemn remembrance of those lost in Israel’s wars and victims of terror. There will be a flag lowering, wreath laying, prayers, poems and songs by the Cincinnati Hebrew Day Schools boys choir. A Yom HaAtzmaut ceremony follows the service to mark the transition between the memorial and independence days. This ceremony will highlight Cincinnati’s many connections to Israel with a flag and drum parade with Kulanu and Mercaz students, the Rockwern Academy girls’ and boys’ choirs, and a torch lighting ceremony. The IDF Choir highlights the celebration of Israel Independence Day with a free performance at the JCC. Several IDF military bands have been

formed over the years since the establishment of Israel, and IDF bands present a youthful style of Israeli music. Song writers and composers like Naomi Shemer Haim Hefer, Yair Rosenblum and Yoram TaharLev created Israeli music with a style that resonates with audiences. Between the Six Day War and the Yom Kippur War, military bands multiplied, becoming popular with civilians and soldiers. IDF choir songs became classics and are heard all year round, especially on Israeli memorial and independence days. One of the most popular IDF choirs that has performed all over the world will be at the JCC for this exclusive, onetime concert. Attendance is free and open to everyone. In addition to the choir, this celebration includes activities for the whole family. Enjoy “A Taste of Kosher Cincinnati” food court. Children can play on free inflatables and free carnival games, and tweens can show their skills in a Ga-Ga (Israelistyle dodgeball) tournament. For more information about the event, contact the JCC at (513) 761-7500.

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Schools tackle leukemia at flag football game Ursuline Academy will team up with St. Ursula Academy, St. Xavier High School and Archbishop Moeller High School April 29 to compete in the schools’ second annual Orange and White Flag Football Game. Last year’s inaugural event was a huge success, raising nearly $10,000 for research efforts in the fight against leukemia and lymphoma at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Ursuline seniors Giana Dawod of Anderson Township and Rachel Kelly of Glendale, and St. Ursula seniors Grace Bolan of Mount Lookout, Kelli Miller of Mount Lookout and Dawn Thomas of Woodlawn, have been involved in all aspects of organizing the event from football practices to selling tickets and T-shirts, to arranging for security the day of the event. While the two girls’ schools compete in the flag

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football game, a group of Moeller boys will provide cheerleaders and a dance team for Ursuline, and the St. X boys will do the same for St. Ursula. Dawod says the goal this year is to raise at least $15,000 and to make a difference for those who suffer from leukemia and lymphoma. “I believe this game is important because it is promoting community service for a good cause as well as having fun and uniting the schools together,” said Dawod, adding that orange and white are the designated colors for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society awareness.

The American Cancer Society is in need of volunteers to help patients get to treatment for its Road to Recovery® program. For just a few hours a month, you can make a big difference. If you have more time, we are also looking for coordinators to match drivers and patients. For details, call your American Cancer Society at 1.800.227.2345. | 1.800.227.2345

Last year'sOrange and White flag football game raised almost $10,000 for Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Presenting the check are, from left: front, Dr. Ashish Kumar, researcher and clinician at CCHMC, Ursuline science teacher Elizabeth Thomas, Ursuline student Giana Dawod (Anderson Township), Ursuline student Laura Schoettmer (Hyde Park), Ursuline student Laurel Wiebe (Indian Hill), St. Ursula student Courtney Ott (Hyde Park), St. Ursula student Lauren Billy (East Walnut Hills), St. Ursula student Meghan Winter (Loveland), and Dr. John Perentesis, CCHMC. THANKS TO MARIANNE LANG


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Keydel brings leadership to church You could say that Rev. John Keydel is a priest who adopts churches. Keydel, 57, was appointed interim priest in charge at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Montgomery Jan. 1, upon the retirement of the church’s founding rector, Rev. George A. Hill III. As a “transition specialist,” Keydel’s job is to assist parishes in the Episcopal church who are looking for new leadership. Typically, a church will spend one to two years between rectors, refining their missions and financial situations and defining the qualities desirable in a new head priest. “First, congregations need to acknowledge and come to terms with the impending change, while also embracing the past,” Keydel said. “Through that process the parish can arrive at an emergent sense of identity. This is far more difficult to do when the departing rector is also the founding rector, because the organization has never known other leadership.” “St. Barnabas has a wonderful set of strengths, or assets,” Keydel said. “The obvious one is the building and the property, but the much more important ones are the human

ones. The church has a marvelous depth of human and financial resources. Our people bring wide Keydel ranges of backgrounds and talents in both the church and the world. Many people have been around since the beginning, or almost. That too is a real treasure, because we can ask, rather than wonder, why things evolved the way they did.” Keydel was drawn to the work of transition expert after experiencing transition at his own church, as member of a search committee. “I have studied many aspects of transition that often go by more familiar names like anthropology, management, marketing communications, individual group and organizational change and development,” Keydel said. “While I was on diocesan staff in Michigan, I probably worked with something like 60 congregations in nine years. “I see transition as a marvelous opportunity to help individuals and congregations come to real clarity about the key ques-

Join Mayerson JCC for Yom HaZikaron The entire community is invited to the observance of Yom HaZikaron (Israel Memorial Day) and celebration of Yom HaAtzmaut (Israel Independence Day), Israel’s 64th anniversary, at the Mayerson JCC Thursday, April 26. The JCC is located at 8485 Ridge Road, across from the Ronald Reagan highway. Remember those lost in Israel’s wars and the victims of terror by joining us at the 5:30 p.m. service outdoors in the courtyard of the JCC building. There will be a flag lowering, wreath laying, prayers, poems and songs by the Cincinnati Hebrew Day Schools boys choir. This year there will be a Yom HaAtzmaut ceremony to mark the transition between the memorial and in-

dependence days. This ceremony will highlight Cincinnati’s many connections to Israel with a flag and drum parade with Kulanu and Mercaz students, the Rockwern Academy girls’ and boys’ choirs, and a torch lighting ceremony. Immediately following is the celebration of Israel Independence Day inside the JCC. “A Taste of Kosher Cincinnati” food court offers delicious Israeli, Indian and international food including sushi, bagels, chocolates, ice cream and other desserts. There will be a free performance by the Israel Defense Force (IDF) Choir. For more information call the JCC at 761-7500 or visit

tions of how, when, who and especially why we do the things that we will do as we move forward.” In 1980, Rev. George Hill was appointed by Bishop William Black to establish a parish in Montgomery. After holding services for a decade at Sycamore High School, the parish built its current home in 1991, at 10345 Montgomery Road. The contemporary limestone structure is a local landmark with its gabled roof and bright red doors. The church has been a major player in community life, hosting musical events and working with the city of Montgomery on a variety of activities. Hill continues to serve as chaplain for the city’s police and fire departments. In 1999, the church served as a coordinating center for volunteers who assisted victims of the tornado that devastated many homes and businesses in the area. St. Barnabas remains one of the largest in the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Ohio. As St. Barnabas grapples with how the future will look, its members have an opportunity to take a look at current practices and consider how they will fit into a future that will include a leader who won’t be

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Volunteers honored for logging hours at libraries Last year, 13 volunteers contributed more than 1,000 hours to the Library Friends’ Shop, located on the mezzanine of the Main Library downtown. Three of the volunteers belong to the “Club of 88,” having contributed thousands of hours since they all began working there in 1988. Rosemary Auer, Roberto Mattamira, and Janet Smith have been fixtures at the shop since they began volunteering in 1988. “We’re extremely grateful for the dedication of our volunteers who donate their time and expertise to the shop,” said Shop Manager Tracy Lanham. “Our volunteers are the heart of the Friends’ organization. Rosemary, Roberto and Janet epitomize what it means to volunteer at the shop. .” The gift shop opened in 1983 in a small nook on the Walnut Street side of the building. Through the years it has expanded and quadrupled in size into the area on the mezzanine near the Vine Street entrance, offering unique gift items, as well as a large area of used books, DVDs, and CDs. Auer, of Ft. Thomas, Ky., works every other Friday at the shop. She has also

Volunteering at the Library Friends Shop are, from left, Roberto Mattamiro, Rosemary Auer and Janet Smith. THANKS TO RICK HELMES

from a 25-year career as a physical education teacher. Mattamira, 87, travels from Delhi to work every other Monday at the shop. “I meet the most interesting people here,” she said. Mattamira has logged more than 1,500 volunteer hours. Smith, of Terrace Park, keeps busy working fulltime in external relations for Procter & Gamble, but still finds the time to volunteer one Saturday a month at the shop. “When I was in college I practically lived at the library,” she said. “It piqued my interest in books, and I love giving something back.” She loves interacting with people, as well as

volunteered at Good Samaritan Hospital for 30 years, and decided to attend a volunteer open house held by the Friends in 1988. After a career at the IRS, she decided she needed something else to fill her time, as well as give back to the community. “My favorite thing is meeting all the people,” she said. “I’m 92, but I am very active and love coming here.” Auer has volunteered over 1,700 hours of her time since 1988. For Mattamira, working in a library was a natural choice after retiring as a schoolteacher and elementary librarian for the Oak Hills School District, and

the bargains that are found in the shop. Despite working a full-time job, Smith has volunteered more than 750 hours. “Since it opened in 1983 volunteers have contributed more than 54,037 hours,” said Lanham. Volunteer sales associates assist shoppers, organize bookshelves, and provide directions to areas within the library. Volunteers can commit to working on a specific day or to substituting when needed. The Friends’ Shop is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are seven other shop volunteers who also assist in the day-to-day shop operation: » Esther Bindler – Delhi Township. » Paul George – Kenwood. » Doris Hoskins - East Walnut Hills. » Elaine Liller – Montgomery. » Susan McHugh - Roselawn, Golf Manor. » Barbara Mueller – Bridgetown. » Dora Schield - Clifton. For more information call 369-6020, email, or visit

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POLICE REPORTS BLUE ASH Arrests/citations Christian A. Kahn, 19, 6647 Windmill Drive, theft at 9555 Plainfield Road No. 349, April 5. Juvenile, 15, petty theft at 9470 Kenwood Road, April 6. Sedrick D. Lillard, 25, 19914 Longbrook, possession or use of a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia, drug possession, drug possession at 4260 Hunt Road, April 3. Randel Raymond Helton, 51, 4556 Elizabeth Place, possession drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor warrant, misdemeanor warrant at 4100 Hunt Road, April 4. Simeon C. Coleman, 29, 217 12Th St., disorderly conduct, criminal trespass at 9470 Kenwood Road, April 9. Preston David Lawhorn, 23, 335 Longworth St., operating a vehicle impaired (under the influence of alcohol/drugs), operating a vehicle impaired (breath .08 to .169), speed limits at Westbound Ohio 126, April 7. Shabba Isaiah Travis, 19, 1815 Highland Ave., unauthorized use of vehicle at 9555 Plainfield Road, April 4. John W. Peskin, 58, 2885 Royal Glen Drive, criminal trespass, possessing criminal tools, petty theft at 4100 Hunt Road, April 5. Erik V. Peskin, 36, 382 Kandigwa Drive, complicity, carrying concealed weapons at 4100 Hunt Road, April 5. Amy M. Mckinney, 30, 1948 Knoll Lane, possession drug paraphernalia, felony warrant, obstructing official business, possessing drug abuse instruments at 6151 Pfeiffer Road, April 10. John M. Wallace, 55, 9981 Whippoorwill Lane, misdemeanor warrant at 6063 Cornell Road, April 13.

Rudy Lee Harris Jr., 30, 7817 Cincinnati, criminal damaging/ endangering, attempt at 11479 Deerfield Road, April 13. Andrew G. Thurney, 22, 487 Yale Drive, possession or use of a controlled substance at Northbound Interstate 71 at Ohio 126, April 12. Benjamin Thomas Mccraw, 19, 9760 Highland Ave., drug possession at 9470 Kenwood Road, April 14. Joseph L. Bonner, 31, 8914 Summit Ave., traffic warrant, drug possession at Kenwood Road and Zig Zag Road, April 16. Shelby K. Grose, 30, 8914 Summit Ave., traffic warrant, drug possession at Kenwood Road and Zig Zag Road, April 16. Ariel D. Finkenstadt, 20, 48248 Preakness, drug paraphernalia at 4116 Glendale-Milford Road, April 13. Steven R. Linville, 20, 421 Beaver Creek, misdemeanor warrant, misdemeanor warrant, misdemeanor warrant, misdemeanor warrant at 4116 GlendaleMilford Road, April 13.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering Someone took a carton of Merit cigarettes, value $25, from FoodMart at 10440 Plainfield Road, April 8. Burglary Someone took $1,000 worth of copper piping at 11032 Margaretta Ave., April 6. A woman said someone broke two windows, total value $275 at 4722 Hunt Road, April 14. Disorderly conduct At 9270 Plainfield Road, April 10. Domestic violence (physical harm) At 9012 Blue Ash Road, April 6. At 9365 Cardinal Court, April 7. At 11435 Reed Hartman Highway, April 14. Drug possession At 4894 Hunt Road apartment 408, April 8. At 5900 Pfeiffer Road, April 10.

Misuse of credit cards At 11059 Labelle Ave., April 9. Petty theft Someone passed a counterfeit $100 bill at Speedway at 4775 Cornell Road, April 8. Someone took two catalytic converters, total value $180, from Cawood Flooring at 10852 Millington Court, April 16. Theft A woman said someone took a 13-inch MacBook, value $1,500 at 4331 Hunt Road, April 5. A man said someone took cedar boards, value $114; a PVC J-channel, value $24; a PVC H-channel, value $19.20, and broken aluminum, value $1,000, from Active Day of Cincinnati at 9280 Plainfield Road, April 4. A woman said someone took a diamond ring, value $3,900, from Hyatt Place at 11435 Reed Hartman Highway, April 16. Theft from elderly person or disabled adult A man said someone took a brown leather artificial leather bi-fold wallet, value $15, and its contents, including $16 cash, from Kmart at 4150 Hunt Road, April 14. Theft of drugs Someone took $500 worth of various drugs at 3813 Fox Run Drive apartment 1202, April 9. A man said someone took $800 worth of drugs from Cincinnati Spine Institute at 9250 Blue Ash Road, April 10.

MONTGOMERY Arrests/citations Anthony F. Shane, 30, 11623 Timber Ridge Lane No. 2, possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia at Sterling Point Drive, April 5. Ronald R. Asbury, 62, 4551Taylor Ave., assault at 6200 Pfeiffer Road, April 3. Daniel R. Gill, 22, 9500 Cunningham Road, disorderly conduct at 9759 Montgomery Road, April 2.

ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Community Press publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: » Blue Ash, Chief Chris Wallace, 745-8573 » Montgomery, Chief Don Simpson, 985-1600 » Sycamore Township, Lt. Dan Reid, 792-7254 » Symmes Township, Lt. Tom Butler, 774-6351 or 683-3444 Juvenile, 17, forgery at 9770 Montgomery Road, April 1. Nathaniel L. Valenti, 26, 9599 Lansford Drive, disordery conduct at 9390 Montgomery Road, March 31. Matthew E. Mcswain, 22, 10775 Wyscarver Road, disorderly conduct at 9390 Montgomery Road, March 31. Lydia C. Daniel, 35, 2535 U.S. Highway 50 103, disorderly conduct at 9390 Montgomery Road, March 31. Shawn P. Wylie, 26, 8727 Tiburon Drive, obstruction of official business at 9390 Montgomery Road, March 31. John M. Charney, 18, 8655 Birchbark Drive, possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia at Montgomery Road, March 31.

Incidents/investigations Telecommunications harassment At 10357 Birkemeyer, April 5. Theft Someone pumped $73 worth of gasoline without paying at 9759 Montgomery Road, April 2. Theft-without consent, criminal damaging A woman said someone took a catalytic converter, value $200, and gasoline, value $10, and damaged a vehicle's exhaust system, value $200 at 10500 Montgomery Road, April 5. Unauthorized use of motor vehicle At 8407 Capricorn Drive, March


Sycamore Township Arrests/citations Sarah Powell, 18, 8624 Grandstone Lane, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, April 5. Benjamin Rosenberg, 22, 8301 York St., furnishing alcohol to a minor at 8301 York St., April 5. Juvenile female, 17, underage consumption at 8301 York St., April 5. Juvenile male, 17, underage consumption at 8301 York St., April 5. Juvenile female, 17, theft at 7913 Montgomery Road, April 5. Megan McDonough, 19, 2362 Flora Street, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, April 5. Timothy Glier, 30, 6001 St. Regis, theft at 7888 Montgomery, April 3. Juvenile male, 14, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, March 30. Juvenile male, 15, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, March 30. Juvenile male, 15, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, March 30.

March 17. Theft GPS of unknown value removed at 10808 Kingslake Drive, March 30. Reported at 11622 Millbank Lane, March 30. $40 removed at 6730 Michael Drive, April 2. MP3 player of unknown value removed at 9001 Montgomery Road, March 29. Leaf blower, trimmer, saw valued at $1,075 removed at 3901 Trebor Drive, April 3. Purse and contents of unknown value removed at 8401 Montgomery Road, April 4. Lawnmower and weedeater valued at $200 removed at 8138 Queens Ave., April 4. Transmission valued at $1,000 removed at 8402 St. Clair, April 2.

SYMMES TOWNSHIP Incidents/investigations Theft $845.53 removed at 8955 Fields Ertel Road, April 5. Dresses valued at $300 removed at 11913 Stone Mark Lane, April 4. Purse, wallet and contents of unknown value removed at 11790 Snider, April 5. Bank cards removed at 11359 Montgomery, April 3.

Incidents/investigations Assault Reported at 12048 First Ave., April 3. Identity theft Charges made to credit card without consent at 11940 Derby Day Court, March 29. Taking identity of another Reported at 5607 Kugler Mill,

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George Huff

George Huff, 76, of Sycamore Township died April 17. Survived by daughter, Teresa Huff; step-daughter, Christian Carnes; brother, Forest “Jerry” Huff; two sisters Wanda Tudor and Roberta Thompson; wife, Gail Carnes; sons Randy Huff and George Huff Jr.; daughters Karen (Bruce) McCoy, Cheryl Huff, Kristy (Mark) Hamilton and



Joan Marie Madden

Joan Marie (nee DuPont) Madden, 80, of Blue Ash died April 11. Survived by husband of 59 years, Philip Madden; children Stephan, Scott and Christopher Madden and Kristin Valenti; four grandchildren Nate and David Valenti and Philip and Sean Madden Madden. Preceded in death by parents Laura and George DuPont; sister Rita Foulkes. Services were April 18 at All Saints Church, Kenwood. Memorials to: the SPCA, 11900 Conrey Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249.



Norma Huff; brother, Chuck Huff; and 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by parents Robert and Ollie Huff. Services were at NeidhardSnow Funeral Home, Mount Healthy.









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Barbara T. (nee Tattersall) Duncan, 65, of Montgomery died April 27. Survived by husband, Donald W. Duncan; children Katherine D. (Jeff) Schottmiller and W. Robert (Courtney) Duncan; grandchildren Lauren and Meredith Schottmiller and Tucker Duncan; mother, Helen Tattersall; and siblings William and Fred Tattersall. Preceded in death by father, William Tattersall. Services were April 21 at Mihovk-Rosenacker Funeral Home, Evendale. Memorials to: the CJD Foundation, P.O. Box 5312 Akron, OH 44334.


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CITY OF BLUE ASH, OHIO NOTICE OF DEMOLITION BY GOVERNMENTAL ACTION Pursuant to Section 1711.86 of the City of Blue Ash, Ohio Code of Ordinances and the Blue Ash City Manager’s March 29, 2012 Decision, please take notice that the property located at 4463 Ellman Avenue, Blue Ash, Ohio (Parcel ID No. 612-00600080-00) has been declared to be unfit for human occupancy under the City of Blue Ash, Ohio Code of Ordinances. Therefore, pursuant to the City Manager’s Decision and in the interest of public safety, health, and welfare, the City of Blue Ash, Ohio will demolish the property located at 4463 Ellman Avenue, Blue Ash, Ohio by governmental action on May 15, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. Please take notice that any and all property, personal or otherwise, located on or inside of 4463 Ellman Avenue, Blue Ash, Ohio must be removed prior to May 14, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. or it will be considered abandoned. David M. Waltz City Manager 1001699289

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RELIGION Armstrong Chapel United Methodist Church

Now registering for Parent’s Morning Out on Tuesday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon for the 2012-2013 school year. During the program, children are engaged in Bible stories, crafts, games, music and playtime with friends in a safe and fun, nurturing Christian environment. Open to children ages 1-5 years. Annual tuition is $510 for one child (based on $15/day) and $850 for two children (based on $25 a day). Registration forms are online at http://www.armstrong preschool.html. Contact Jennifer Hock at for more information or to schedule a visit. The church is at 5125 Drake Road; 561-4220;

Ascension Lutheran Church

The Women’s Bible Study is studying the Book of Samuel. The eight-week study is a part of the Book of Faith Series. The women meet on Wednesdays 9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Childcare is provided and guests are welcome. Sunday worship services are at


8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. with programs for all ages at 9:45 a.m. The church is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 793-3288, www.ascensionlutheran

Brecon United Methodist Church

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

California Columbia United Methodist Church The church is at 5751 Kellogg Ave. Service is at 9:30 a.m. Call 232-5077.

Christ Church Cathedral

Music Live at Lunch, Christ Church Cathedral's weekly concert series, will feature the following performers in May.

These free concerts are presented on Tuesday at 12:10 p.m. Patrons may bring their lunch or buy one at the cathedral for $5. Christ Church Cathedral is at 318 E. Fourth St., downtown Cincinnati. All performances are in the Centennial Chapel unless listed as being in the cathedral nave. For more information, call 621-1817. The church is at 318 E. 4th St., Cincinnati; 842-2051;

Church of God of Prophecy

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

The children’s choirs will lead worship on April 29. The choirs will present “The Lost Boy... Young Jesus in the Temple” at 8:20 a.m. and 11 a.m. Summer children’s weekday program is 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Register online at Register for vacation Bible school at Morning VBS is 9:30 a.m. to noon, June 25-29; and evening VBS is 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 6-10. The rummage sale is coming from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., May 31; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 1.

The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242 (791-3142 and

Good Shepherd Catholic Church

The church has Roman Catholic Mass with contemporary music Sundays at 4 p.m. 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 at 8815 E. Kemper Road, Montgomery; 503-4262.

Kenwood Fellowship Church

Weekly watercolor classes for beginners are being offered on Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $8 per session at the church. Call Mary Lou DeMar for information at 891-5946. The church offers adult bible study at 9 a.m. Sunday, a teen Sunday school class and a pre-kindergarten program during worship service from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sundays. A buffet luncheon follows. The church is at 7205 Kenwood Road; 891-9768.

Lighthouse Baptist Church

Sunday school is at 10 a.m. Sunday morning service is 11 a.m. Sunday evening service is 6 p.m. and Wednesday service is 7 p.m. Master Clubs are 7 p.m., Wednesdays. The church is meeting at Raffel’s Blue Ash Banquet Center, 11330



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Loveland Presbyterian Church

Sunday worship time is 10 a.m. followed by fellowship classes and Sunday School classes. The church has a youth group for seventh- through 12thgrade. The church is at 360 Robin, Loveland; 683-2525.

Loveland United Methodist Church

Sunday morning chapel is 8:15 a.m.; 9:30 a.m. is the Engage! contemporary service; and 11 a.m. is the classic traditional service. Sunday school for all ages is at 9:30 a.m. Sunday School for children is 11 a.m. for ages 4 through sixth-grade. Nursery care will be provided all morning on Sunday. The church is at 10975 S. Lebanon Road, Loveland; 683-1738; Sunday school for all ages is at 9:30 a.m.

Montgomery Community Church

The church is offering a sevenweek class entitled “After the Boxes are Unpacked” for women who are new to the Cincinnati area or are looking to connect with their community. Child care is provided. Call the church or e-mail for more information. The church is at 11251 Montgomery Road; 489-0892;; theboxes.

PromiseLand Church

Sunday Worship Service is at 11 a.m. The church is located at 6227 Price Road, Loveland; 677-5981,

Thriving Moms is a group for moms of infants through high school students that meets weekly to receive encouragement and instruction, make friends and have fun; conducted 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; child care provided. Call 583-0371. The church is at 6300 Price Road, Loveland; 677-7600.

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church


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Save the dates for Vacation Bible School: Thursday, July 19 through July 22. The theme is “SKY: Where kids discover that everything is possible with God.” The St. Barnabas Youth Choir practices following Holy Communion at the 9:30 a.m. service and ends promptly at 11:15 a.m. All young people are welcome. The St. Barnabas Band practices from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sundays. The band is seeking a sound person and will provide on the job training. An Intercessory Healing Prayer Service is held the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m.. A Men’s Breakfast group meets on Wednesday mornings at 8:30 a.m. at Steak N Shake in Montgomery. Ladies Bible Study meets on Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. at the church. Friends in Fellowship meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:15 p.m. for a potluck dinner at the church. A Bereavement Support Group for widows and widowers meets the second and fourth Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday worship services are 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The church is at 10345 Montgomery Road, Montgomery; 984-8401; .

St. Paul Community United Methodist Church

Join the church Sunday, April 29 with Rev. Deb. Egloff, associate pastor of children’s ministry at Christ Church United Methodist Church, Kettering, as she preaches “The Icing on the Cake.” The scripture will be Mark 9:33-37. 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 is 9:30 a.m. for all ages and 11 a.m. is children’s mission hour. Nursery care is provided for all services. Small group prayer and share meets every Wednesday morning at 7:30 a.m. in the chapel to discuss the upcoming Sunday morning scripture. The church gathers from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. each Wednesday for Wonderful Wednesdays with something for the entire family including children’s choir. The church is at 8221 Miami Road, Madeira; 8918181;www.stpaulcommunityumc .org.

Sharonville United Methodist Church

There is a traditional service at 8:15 a.m. at 9:30 a.m. there are study groups and Sunday school classes for all ages and at 11 a.m. a service of a blend of contemporary and traditional styles of worship. This year's Missions Celebration Weekend will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 28, with a dinner provided by the Missions Committee.. The dinner will be followed by Pastor Tad presenting highlights of his mission trips to Vietnam. There will be a rummage sale at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 28. Sign-ups for this year’s men’s softball team are available at the Ministry Link Board. A bereavement group meets for lunch on the first Thursday of the month. Serendipity Seniors meet for lunch on the fourth Thursday of the month. Guests and visitors are welcome at all services and events. The church is at 3751 Creek Road, Sharonville; 5630117;www.sharonville-

Sycamore Christian Church

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

Sycamore Presbyterian Church

Join us in worship at 8:45 a.m., 9:45 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.. Sunday School for age 3 to grade 12 meets at 10:45 a.m. Childcare is available in the nursery during the 9:45 and 10:45 services for infants through age 2. Weekly adult study opportunities are also offered. Details on these and other programs can be found on the church website calendar or by calling the church office. A new member class is offered at 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, May 5. Lunch will be provided. Call the church office to register. The church is at 11800 MasonMontgomery Road, Symmes Township; 683-0254;


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