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What would you do?

We are as tired of looking at it as you are – the empty steel shell which hovers above the otherwise thriving Kenwood retail scene – the skeleton of a failed development of Kenwood Towne Place. Rather that stare and cross our fingers that the crane doesn’t fall over anytime soon, we thought it would be a good idea to have some fun. We are asking you – what would you do with the space? No idea is too crazy – in fact, the crazier the better. Send your ideas to nesuburban@communitypress. com, with “Kenwood Towne Place ideas” in the subject line. We will publish the best ones.

Doing it proud

The Cincinnati Flower Show at Symmes Township Park was more than just flowers. Guests could visit booths that featured flower pots, jewelry gardening tools, window screens, hand soap, furniture, artwork, cutlery, hoses, hot tubs, bug repellent and even learn about plastic surgery or sign up for The New York Times. SEE PHOTOS, B1

Nominate your top athletes

The deadline is near to nominate top athletes who meet the highest of standards both on and off the field for the 2010 Community Press Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year online contest. By midnight Thursday, April 29, go to and click on the Sportsman icon on the right-hand side of the page. Nominations will be put on a ballot that will be available May 13 to midnight June 10. SEE SPORTS, A7

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Rude welcome for Blue Ash visitor

By Jeanne Houck

Karthik Sukumaran slept through a middle-of-the-night shootout April 21 in the parking lot of the Blue Ash apartment building in which he is temporarily staying. “I walked out (that) morning and saw police cars everywhere,” he said. Sukumaran, recently arrived Sukumaran from Chennai, India, for his job as a software consultant for an Indian company, planned soon to send for his family. He’s having second thoughts. “I’m scared,” he said. “I lived in Los Angeles, but I thought this was a safe neighborhood.” Blue Ash police continue to investigate the shooting at the Deercross Apartments on Deercross Parkway. Capt. James Schaffer said officers were dispatched to a building in the complex about 2 a.m. April 21 on a report of multiple gunshots. “Upon arrival, police encountered a male victim with a gunshot wound to the head,” Schaffer said. Schaffer said the man, identified as Antonio Steele, 26, of Wyoming, was taken to The University Hospital in Clifton. “Preliminary investigation revealed that 15 or more gunshots were exchanged between up to three individuals in the parking lot,” Schaffer said. “Three apartments were struck in the


Patrick Schreibeis of Westwood, of R&P Glass Specialists, also of Westwood, fits new glass into one of three sets of sliding doors that needed replacing after a shooting at Deercross Apartments in Blue Ash. exchange of gunfire, however no injuries were reported within them.” Schaffer said that Nathaniel Williams, 30, of Avondale, who was staying at the apartment complex, told police he shot at people after they confronted him in the parking lot and tried to rob him. The evidence suggests that Williams was indeed shot at,

Schaffer said. Nonetheless, Williams was arrested and charged with felony having weapons while under a disability. The afternoon of April 21, glaziers were working behind crime-scene tape, replacing glass in the sliding doors of three apartments located at the front of the apartment building. Sukumaran is staying with

friends in an apartment in the back of the same building. Schaffer said gunplay is unusual at the apartment complex, which a look at police reports shows does draw some police attention. “The only problems we have in this complex are normally not violent such as this was,” Schaffer said. “(They’re) normally property crimes.”

Contract talks get attention

Resident wants Sycamore school board to eliminate one pay scale

By Jeanne Houck

A Montgomery man who keeps a close eye on Sycamore Community Schools’ finances is urging the public to contact school board members and tell them to hold the line on wages while negotiating a contract for employees. The school board and the Ohio Association of Public School Employees Local 243 – which represents about 280 bus drivers, custodians, secretaries, educational assistants and child-nutrition workers – are negotiating an agreement to succeed one that expires June 30. Glenn Welch is unhappy that the employees are being paid according to two scales, resulting in as much as a 30 percent difference between some hourly employees in comparable positions. “School leaders refuse to discuss the negotiations, citing an Ohio law that requires secrecy,”

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Welch said. “I’m left with the impression that the board has no intention of ending this wasteful and unfair spending practice any time soon. “Tell them to stop the practice of paying above-market rates,” Welch is urging residents. “More specifically, tell them to allow no hourly base raise or step raise for two years because of negative inflation last year and no cost-of-living-adjustment in 2010. Freeze total pay (base and step) of first-tier hourly employees until such time that his/her pay equals the market-rate scale,” Welch said. Erika Daggett, chief information officer for the Sycamore schools, said state law requires collective-bargaining sessions be confidential. “When an employer or a union discloses bargaining information to the public during negotiations, including through the news media, a claim of bargaining in bad faith or attempting to circum-

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White interested in council seat A woman who missed being elected to Montgomery City Council by about 200 votes last fall is throwing her hat into the ring for a vacant council seat. Barbara White says she has notified council that she’d like to fill the unexpired term of Vicki Hirsch, whom the city says resigned April 13 for personal and family medical issues. White, 59, came in fifth in a race for four seats on council last November. She’s a pharmacist with The Kroger Co. and has not before held elective political office. Hirsch’s term ends Dec. 7, 2011. She did not respond to a request for comment. See Story, A4 – Reported by Jeanne Houck

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Electric program provides options Spring neighborhood cleanup May 1 in Blue Ash By Amanda Hopkins

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Sycamore Township residents will soon have the option to save on their electric bill. The Sycamore Township Board of Trustees approved a resolution at its April 1 regular meeting that will allow Duke Energy Retail Sales to offer lower electric prices to residents. Chip Wood from Duke Energy Retail Sales said through an electrical endorsement program, the residents can opt-in for either a fixed rate or a guaranteed discount of 18 percent off of the generation charge on the electric bill. The generation fee is

u s u a l l y around 65 percent of the total bill. “The customers have c h o i c e s which is Weidman always a good thing,” Wood said. Wood said if the residents opt in, they will be kept informed on any Duke rate changes that may be lower than their fixed rate. A letter on behalf of both the township and Duke Energy Retail Sales will be sent to residents in the next few weeks and will give them a period of time to opt in to the program. With the opt in program, residents will only be

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Workshop rescheduled

The Sycamore Township Board of Trustees has changed its first May work-

shop meeting to 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 5. The original meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 4, was changed due to the election. The trustees will meet in the conference room at the township administration building at 8540 Kenwood Road. Any questions, contact township administration at 791-8447.

Meeting rescheduled

The Symmes Township Board of Trustees has changed its regular meeting date to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 6. The meeting was changed due to the May 4 election. The meeting will be held at the township safety center at 8871 Weekly Lane. Any questions, contact

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Job seminar

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Seven Gables intersection closing

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John Helmick, an anesthesiologist from Terrace Park (left), and David Weiskittle, a doctor with a practice in Madeira, on their way to Belize in February.

Andrew Orlando (front right) and his mother Melanie Orlando (the dark-haired woman behind him) of Sycamore Township on their way to Belize in February to help residents in a rural and poor area of the Central American country as part of a mission sponsored by The Dwelling Place church in Symmes Township. The church is seeking volunteers for another mission this summer.

Symmes church plans summer Belize medical mission

By Jeanne Houck

Most people planning a week in Belize dream of soaking up the sun in the Central American country and snorkeling along the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. A Symmes Township church,

The Dwelling Place, will be in Belize July 29 through Aug. 5 to help the people who live there – focusing on those in need in the country’s poor, rural northern section. “The plan is to take up to 50 dentists, dermatologists, family practitioners, surgical staff and their family members to offer medical support, construction and

children’s programs for the poor in Belize,” spokesman John Kirby said. “While tourists come from all over the hemisphere for the snorkeling and fishing, most people in this Third World country lack adequate medical services. The summer mission will target those who work and live on the main island

for tourists.” The church on Remington Road has a good track record in Belize, formerly the British Honduras and where English is the official language. During one week in February, it dispatched about 50 people on a similar trip and they performed nearly the same number of ear,

nose, and throat surgeries, evaluated about 1,200 patients in need of medical care and dispensed about 1,500 prescriptions – all for free. “Going on a mission like this not only helps the people of Belize, but it often reignites the faith of those who attend,” said Rich Femia, pastor of The Dwelling Place.

Blue Ash negotiates electric savings with Duke Energy affiliate By Jeanne Houck

Blue Ash City Council recently approved a contract that will allow it to save about $140,000 on its electric bills over the next two years. Council voted in January to contract with Duke Energy to buy electricity and

natural gas for city-owned facilities in 2010 for a maximum of $833,000. But the city subsequently negotiated an electricity contract for 2010 and 2011 with Duke Energy Retail Sales for a guaranteed savings of 18 percent off existing generation and transmission prices. Duke Energy Retail

Sales, an affiliate of Duke Energy that is not regulated by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, also offers a fixed-price option, but Blue Ash passed on that. “Fixed pricing allows for customers like the city to more accurately budget for electricity expenses and would provide a greater savings if the cost of electricity

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increases,” Kelly Osler, assistant to the city manager, said last week. “However, if the price of energy were to dip below the contracted rate, the customer would end up paying more than those without contracts.” Osler said staff recommended the guaranteed 18percent-savings route “as it can be implemented quickly

and is less risky than fixed pricing. Based on today’s energy pricing and last year’s usage, approximate total savings is $140,000 with only $2,000 required for equipment upgrades,” Osler said. Council also agreed last week to buy 20 electric golf carts for its golf course on Cooper Road from E-Z-Go

Textron, which is headquartered in Augusta, Ga., for a total of $51,900. That figure includes credit for trading in 16 carts made in 2004 and four carts made in 2001. The new carts cost $3,635 each – more than $300 less than the city paid in early 2007, the last time Blue Ash bought carts.

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Waldschmidt house open for tours May 2 By Amanda Hopkins

The foundation of the Waldschmidt Homestead was built in the late 1790s by Christian Waldschmidt and with help from the Ohio Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the historical site will open again for tours beginning Sunday, May 2. Pat Young, a member of the Daughters of the Ameri-

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Pat Young, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a trustee of the Christian Waldschmidt Homestead in Camp Dennison, stands in front of the Waldschmidt home. The house will open for Sunday tours May 2. back before the Civil War. Young said the trustees try to bring in items to the

house that can be traced back to the late 1700s to 1830s.

Family wedding dresses, kitchen items, tools, a Conestoga wagon and various other family heirlooms are also on display. Young said the Waldschmidt family had various connections through marriage to the Kugler family, Ulysses S. Grant and the Turpin family. Young said many family descendants still live in Camp Dennison and other local areas. The Daughters of the American Revolution will also hold American History Days Thursday, May 13, through Sunday, May 16. On May 13 and May 14, tours are scheduled for students and the museum will be open on Saturday, May 15 and Sunday, May 16. Young said there will be people dressed as important

A tour of history

To book a private tour of the Waldschmidt Homestead in Camp Dennison, call 2956422 or visit cwhhome.php to learn more about this historic site. The Waldschmidt Homestead is open on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. from May 2 through Oct. 24. It is closed on Sunday, may 9 for Mother’s Day. figures in history such as Abraham Lincoln and Patrick Henry on American history days. Hospital tents will also be set up to give guests an idea of what Camp Dennison looked during the Civil War. To book a private tour of the Waldschmidt Homestead, call 295-6422 or visit w w w. o h i o d a r. o r g / c w h home.php to learn more about this historic site.

White interested in vacant Montgomery council seat By Jeanne Houck

A woman who missed being elected to Montgomery City Council by about 200 votes last fall is throwing her hat into the ring for a vacant council seat. Barbara White says she has notified council that she’d like to fill the unexpired term of Vicki Hirsch,

whom the city says resigned April 13 for personal and family medical issues. Hirsch’s term ends Dec. 7, 2011. She did not respond to a request for comment. White, 59, came in fifth in a race for four seats on council last November. She’s a pharmacist with The Kroger Co. and has not before held elective political

office. “I both live and work in Montgomery, and would like to be part of the future of Montgomery,” White said. “By being an active voice, I can help shape the future decisions as the city grows. “I want to make the city a vibrant and wonderful place to live and work,” White said. So far, no one but White has expressed interest in serving the remainder of Hirsch’s term, said Ellen Hall, Montgomery's communications coordinator. Hirsch served three years on Montgomery City Coun-

cil, having been elected in November 2007. She was on Montgomery’s Landmarks Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals and Bicentennial Steering Commission. Before that Hirsch served four years on the Sycamore Community Schools Board of Education – a position she took after retiring in 2003 from teaching 30 years at Montgomery Elementary School. Montgomery will accept letters of interest – including current and prior community service – and résumés from Montgomery residents interested in serving on city

council until 5 p.m. Monday, May 10. T h e White information should be sent to Mayor Gerri Harbison and Montgomery City Council, City of Montgomery, 10101 Montgomery Road, Montgomery, OH, 45242. To be eligible, applicants must have lived in the city for at least one year prior to taking office and be a qualified elector throughout the term of office. Questions can be directed to Susan Hamm, clerk of council, at 792-8314.

Grants help LSFD buy updated, safer gear By Amanda Hopkins


Assistance to Firefighters Grant are helping keep Loveland Symmes firefighters safe. Fire Chief Otto Huber said the fire department received a grant for $56,500 toward the purchase of a breathing air compressor and two thermal imaging cameras. Huber said the new air compressor replaces the current one that was bought in the 1970s. The new air compressor is equipped with a defragmentation chamber which cuts down the risk for an explosion when firefighters are refilling their air tanks. “We didn’t have that kind of protection before,” Huber said. “The current one is so old it does not have that protection.”

H u b e r said the new air compressor brings the department up to the current safety stanHuber dards. With the two new thermal imaging cameras, all four fire stations in the Loveland Symmes Fire Department will have their own camera. Huber said the department has been very lucky with grant assistance in the last several years, both from Assistance to Firefighters Grant and Homeland Security grants. Huber is in the process of applying for another Assistance to Firefighters Grant for the traffic pre-emption system and for an economic stimulus grant to replace the heating system in the Remington fire station.

Keeping safe the ones who keep us safe Through an Assistance to Firefighters grant, the Loveland Symmes Fire Department bought two new thermal imaging cameras and a new air compressor. The new air compressor replaces one that is more than 30 years old and does not have a defragmentation chamber that reduces the risk of explosion while firefighters are refilling air tanks. The first part of this video shows the type of explosion that happens without the new air compressor. The second part shows how an explosion is contained and reduces the danger risk for firefighters with the new air compressor. To view this video, follow this link: www.makocompressors. com/fire/test-all.php



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April 28, 2010

Northeast Suburban Life


More lights for Symmes residents The Paulmeadows subdivision in Symmes Township will be a little brighter after Symmes Township trustees approved a lighting district that will add 17 streetlights to the neighborhood. The Paulmeadows Homeowner’s Association treasurer Pat Calo said 96 of the 174 households in the proposed lighting district signed a petition in agreement for the new lights, well more than the 88 households – more than 50 percent – needed for trustee approval. The lighting district is funded by the residents through their yearly tax bill. Calo said the lights will add $70.53 per year to every lot for the next 10 years. After that time, the price will drop to $13.93 per year for each lot. There are already 18 streetlights in the neighborhood. The 17 new streetlights will light the cul-desacs in the neighborhood and others will be placed along Paulmeadow Drive


Orange cones surround the new sewer system that was installed along East Galbraith Road late last year as part of the road widening project. Construction has not resumed along the road yet this year.

Galbraith Road widening project resumes in May

By Amanda Hopkins

East Galbraith Road will be closed during work hours from Monday, May 3, through Friday, May 7, to finish work on five water lines. Sycamore Molloy To w n s h i p Rob Molloy said that once that work is finished, construction on the curbs, sidewalks and the road repaving will be finished. He said the road will be closed to accommodate the work so it can be done in a shorter amount of time than if the road remained open during construction. Work has been stalled along East Galbraith Road since last November. Molloy said it is standard policy to close road construction through the holidays. Bad weather kept Sunesis Construction from starting again in January. Molloy said once the weather cleared in March, Sunesis Construction has been unable to get back to work because of other committments.


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Signs on Monroe Avenue in Sycamore Township warn drivers of construction on East Galbraith Road, but crews have not been out on the road since late last year.

Detour ahead East Galbraith Road will be closed during work hours from Monday, May 3, through Friday, May 7, to finish work on five water lines before construction continues on curbs, sidewalks and paving on the road. “When the snow melted, we expected them to be back out there,” Molloy said. The entire project is expected to be completed by the end of July. Some traffic delays should be expected through the course of construction

but no other road closures are scheduled. The Hamilton County Engineer’s Office recommended a detour that will be routed over Blue Ash Road to Kugler Mill Road to Kenwood Road and vice versa while the road is closed.

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would have a cover along the backside to avoid direct light into the houses. Calo said Duke Energy said they will install the lights as soon as possible.


The Paulmeadows subdivision in Symmes Township will see 17 additional streetlights installed in their neighborhood after their lighting district request was approved the Board of Trustees. The 124 households affected live on the following streets: • Paulmeadows Drive • Timberlake Drive • Whisperwoods Lane • Heritage Drive • Ellenwoods Drive • Susanwoods Drive • Barnswood Drive • Cyresswodd Drive • Heathertree Court

The Hamilton County Engineer’s Office recommended a detour that will be routed over Blue Ash Road to Kugler Mill Road to Kenwood Road and vice versa while the road is closed.

and Timberlake Drive. Many of the residents of the neighborhood want to add more lighting to keep children and other residents safe and to deter crime in the neighborhood. Pat Lohse, a longtime resident of the Paulmeadows neighborhood, said she has become more concerned with crime after she said she had items stolen from her garage. She also said there have been reports of other home and car break-ins in the neighborhood over the last year. “It’s becoming a serious issue,” Lohse said. She said she is in favor of the lights because it will keep A few residents opposed the addition of lights because they were worried about too much direct light. Calo said all of the lights


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April 28, 2010


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SCHOOL NOTES ‘The Wedding Singer’

Pep talk



E.H. Greene Intermediate held its annual carnival Feb. 2, with opening ceremonies featuring Dan Ketchum, left, a member of the Sycamore High School class of 2000 and a member of the gold medal-winning, 800-meter free style swim team from the 2004 Summer Olympics. Here, Ketchum talks to students about reaching their goals.

Sycamore High School Theatre students will present “The Wedding Singer”, a musical adaptation of the 1998 romantic-comedy movie, April 30 and May 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the school, 7400 Cornell Road. The musical tells the story of rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart who is the life of the party, until his own fiancée leaves him at the altar. Devastated, Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own, until he meets Julia, a young waitress with whom he falls in love. Advance tickets are $8 and order forms can be found at Tickets at the door are $10.

Art exhibit

The Cincinnati Arts Association will host an exhibition of artwork by local students based on the theme “Identity” in the Aronoff Center’s Fifth Third Bank Theater (Seventh and Main streets, downtown Cincinnati) through Sunday, May 2. Exhibition hours are 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and noon to 5 p.m.

Saturdays and Sundays. Representing students in grades kindergarten through eight, the diverse collection of two-dimensional artwork will include mediums from pencil drawings to textiles to multimedia. The show this year has 132 entries on display from many Greater Cincinnati schools, including E. H. Greene Intermediate School, Montgomery Elementary School and Schilling School for Gifted Children. The Student Art Show is free and open to the public.

‘School House Rock Live, Jr.’

The Symmes Players, a theater group at Symmes Elementary comprised of third- and fourth-graders, will present “School House Rock Live, Jr.” at 7 p.m. May 7 and May 8, and at 2 p.m. May 9 at Sycamore High School, 7400 Cornell Road. Featuring the songs “Conjunction Junction” and “Just a Bill,” the musical focuses on a school teacher who is nervous about his first day of teaching. When he tries to relax by watching TV,

Schoolhouse Rock characters appear and show him how to win his students over with imagination and music. Tickets are $6 and free for children under 3-years-old (lap seating only). To order, e-mail Symmes parent Rachelle Penilla at

Open house

Raymond Walters College will hold an open house 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 6. The event will include tours of the campus, information sessions and opportunities to discuss academic programs and majors with academic representatives. The $50 application fee will be waived for those who register for the 2010 fall term. For more information, visit or call 745-5700.

Welcome to Kindergarten

Kindergarten orientation will be held in all of the Sycamore Community Schools’ elementary schools from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, May 7.

HONOR ROLLS Mount Notre Dame High School

The following students have earned honors for the third quarter of 2009-2010.


First Honors – Kathleen Bohlen, Shannon Boland, Kelsey Green, Austen Gross, Holly Haines, Sarah Huster, Courtney Kinman, Kelly McDonald, Ellen O’Neill, Michelle Strizak and Mackenzie Ward. Second Honors – Stephanie Allaire, Brianna Brooks, Paige Brown, Rachael Fogarty, Elizabeth Guye, Elizabeth Hildebrandt, Susan Hoffman, Laura Jansing, Stephanie Lyons, Tatenda Mandizha, Malorie Mullinger, Sandra Niehaus, Maylen Schlager, Katherine Seither, Elyse Spraul and Hayley Sypniewski.


First Honors – Margaret Ferguson, Rebecca Gomez and Mara Schappacher. Second Honors – Abigail Day, Erin Deeds, Amaji Finnell, Paige Gehrlich, Gabrielle Geraci, Emily Gomez, Brooke Grinstead, Kelli Harmon, Jordyn Hunter, Annemarie Koch, Mary-Kate Mullinger, Nina Posge, Alexandra Recker, Breanna Rucker, Elizabeth Sanz, Laura Schneider and Kelsey Wolf.


First Honors – Carla Becker, Lauren DiNardo, Avery Larkin, Holly Laub and Lisa Renner. Second Honors – Anne Benvie, Katherine Buescher, Kerry Green, Molly Hildebrandt, Haleigh Hopkins, Megan Jansing, Sarah Macke, Kathryn Reynolds, Megan Schmidt, Katherine Schwegman, Jennifer Sheehan, Jennifer Vonderbrink, Jill Vonderhaar, Elizabeth Warning and Mary Wiesenberg.


First Honors – Carolyn Eggenberger and Kaitlin Kinman. Second Honors – Jaclyn Becker, Elizabeth Betz, Sarah Bohlen, Jennifer Burkhart, Andrea Burns, Kelly Dennis, Madeline Duckworth, Elizabeth Fogarty, Ashley Hollingsworth, Jessica James, Sara Kuhlman, Colleen McDonough, Carly Mears, Andrea Morrison, Molly Mullinger, Rebekah Pike, Kiley Powell, Samantha Rahe, Sarah Saalfeld, Namyen Suntiprut, Katherine Teuschl, Alexandra Wilkens and Andrea Wolf.

St. Ursula Academy

The following students have earned honors for the third quarter of 2009-2010.


First Honors – Nicole Renee Hurwitz and Katie Grace Woebkenberg. Second Honors – Betsy Amorette Zilch


First Honors – Michelle Christine Platz Second Honors – Meghan Anne Winter


First Honors – Jessica Parker Hedgebeth

Sycamore High School

The following students have earned honors for the second quarter of 2009-2010.

High honor roll

Freshmen – Aaron Abraham, Stephanie Adamec, Soham Agarwal, Patrick Aguilar, Michael Bacha, Anna Bailes, Lynn Bakes, Brooke Banner, Michelle Bartlett, Brandon Bauer, Caroline Berghoff, Paige Berling, Zoe Bochner, MacKenzie Bower, Carmen Brown, David Brown, Kealy Buckley, Jay Burgin, Katie Caldwell, Evan Chu, Stephanie Cianciolo, Jacob Ciricillo, Marielle Co, Sallie Cohen, Meredith Comerford, Lucas Condeni, Madeline Conrad, Mary Cron, Adam Darwiche, Madison Davies, Katherine Demarest, Mahima Devarajan, Ian Diersing, Rachel Dukart, Michelle Ewert, Jacob Fischer, Matthew Fischer, Kathleen Flavin, Tallin Forshey, Aaron Frankel, Robert Freeman, Charles Fry, Gabrielle Gerbus, Brendan Girten, Ellie Goldman, Hannah Goldman, Eli Goldweber, Laura Gonzalez, Brian Goodman, Nathaniel Green, Daniel Gushin, Amy Ham, Daniel Harmon, Jamie Heiney, Charles Heldman, John Hinzman, Anna

Hoffmeister, Elizabeth Howell, Bradley Huber, Joshua Hunter, Nanki Hura, Pinar Inanli, Stephen Ioas, Aditi Jain, Justas Jodele, Timothy Jones, Abigail Kaluba, Yuri Karev, Grace Keeton , Kelsey King, Allison Klonne, Knowles Colin, Nathan Kolb, Sandhya Krishna, Kelsie Larkin, Sydney Larkin, Kayla Lawson, Angela Lee, Joonhyuk Lee, Mara Leyendecker, Amy Liu, Christine Lu, Sarah May, Mitchell Mazzei, Melissa Mendelson, Alexander Miller, Leah Miller, Lindsey Neville, Jacob Paul, Hanna Peterson, Charles Poff, Maria Prasek, Sarah Pulliam, Jessica Rabin, Marybeth Reinhold, Bianca Rhodenbaugh, Jack Riehemann, Christine Rollins, Paul Salach, Christopher Schipper, Jonathan Seger, Nicholas Setser, Fiona Shaw, Samantha Siler, Nicholas Singstock, Alexandra Smith, Jacquelyn Soellner, Andrew Spiller, Jonathan Stein, Dylan Stern, Stephen Strickland, Jonathan Sussman, Karambir Tatla, Nikita Thomas, Ryan Toomey, Chelsey Wade, Rou Yun Wang, Amelia Wells, Garrett Whitfield, Rachel Willis, Alexis Wilsey, Alexander Winchell, Hannah Wise, Samantha Wolkoff and Tracy Wong. Sophomores – Irfanuddin Aijaz, Catherine Aulicino, Bradi Banner, Erik Lane Bao, Rachel Bauder, Daniel Bayliss, John Beech, Michael Bemmes, Edward Bernard, Molly Bird, Annie Blood, Jennifer Boughton, Joanna Boutilier, Alex Branscome, Adam Brody, Mathew Brody, Katherine Brown, Jessica Buchberger, Claire Buckley, Devon Burris, Caitlin Carey, Benjamin Casuto, Katrina Centner, Jimmy Chau, Katrina Chiang, Vincent Chiang, Cory Chisholm, Rishi Choubey, Patricia Chu, Kristina Cloward, Megan Coddington, Sean Cone, Michelle Conroy, Eleazar Contreras, Brendan Corcoran, Kelsey Craig, Michael D’Angelo, Jason DeFevers, Maulik Desai, Caroline Dewey, S.M. Dipalis, Benjamin Dobler, Kathryn Duff, Carly Edelheit, Emily Edelman, Rachel Eklund, Sara Estes, Sally Evans, Sarah Finer, Jane Finocharo, Hannah Fitch, Alireza Fotouhi, Amanda Frey, Jessie Geer, Andrew Gelwicks, Abigail Geverdt, Peter Giannetti, Emily Gilgoff, Sarah Goldschneider, Karen Goldstein, Michael Gray, Megan Gundler, Aaron Gushin, Clayton Hamre, Si-On Han, Lauren Hancher, Xin Hao, Charlotte Harris, Taryn Heidel, Nicholas Henkel , Jack Henning, Lillian Henry, Alexander Hershey, Victor Hu, Andrew Hugenberg, Jacqueline Ibrahim, Hailey Jardin, Ellen Jordan, Yuta Kambe, Jireh Kay Kang, Benjamin Keel, Celia Keim, Stephanie Kessel, Lauren Kirgis, Moriah Krawec, Shawn Krishnan, Samantha Kruger, Tomoka Kubo, Vibhor Kumar, Jacob LaFrance, Joshua Lee, Ming-En Lee, Joseph Lee Liu, Nicholas Lo, Katherine MacLachlan, Elizabeth Martin, Jamie Maxwell, Adrian McClure, Patricia McLaughlin, Kathleen Mehl, Artur Meller, Jacob Meyers, Riley Miller, Thomas Norris, Gika Okonji, Jonathan Ota, Sheila Palic, Nelson Pang, Chloe Pavlech, Emily Peltz, Amanda Pescovitz, Madeline Pope, Subira Popenoe, Thompson Rivera, Erika Rodriguez, Marissa Rodriquez, Stephanie Rosner, Elizabeth Roth, Jordan Rothchild, Eric Rubeo, Scott Rubeo, Kadie Ruff, Jennifer Scheer, Nick Schraffenberger, Alexandra Shehata, Theodore Simon, Miriam Skapik, Margaret Smith, Olivia Smith, Jacob Sorger, Ariana Speridakos, Megan Stoy, Patrick Stucker, Yubo Sun, Bradley Sweeney, Tial Tinkai, Christine Touvelle, Rukhshona Tulabaeva, Natalie Tyler, Anirudha Vaddadi, Brittany VanWagenen, Ritvik Nirvan Vasudevan, Erin Wahler, Ellen Wang, Natasha Warikoo, Sarah Wasniewski, Sara Wesselkamper, Caleb Whitcomb-Dixon , Shirley Wong, Deborah Wu, Benjamin Wulker and McKenzie Zimmerman. Juniors – Suzie An, Zhongyang Bao, Lauren Bartl, Hannah Beck, Emily Begley, Emily Bell, Alexander Berger, Daniel Berghoff, Kevin Bogenschutz, Leonard Bresler, Daniel Brook, Suttida Buengbon, Brandon Buka, Emma Burgin, Nia Campinha-Bacote, Kevin Carroll, Sua Chang, Chad Chessin, Alan Cheung, Devin Choudhury, Gabriella Chronis, Matthew Cianciolo, Joseph Cleary, Jenlain Coyle, Margaret Cron, Joseph Crusham, Karmela Dalisay, Katie Dalton, Jacob Deitloff, Claire DeLong, Jeremy Dock, Connor Dowlin, Kelsey Drapkin, Casey Dressler-Wright, Mark Eilers, Alexandra Engelhart, Tugba Erden, Jordan Evans, Robert Falick, Jared Farber, Matthew Farr, Charles Fiorenza, Gretchen Fischer, Aaron Grzegorzewski, Sarah Guth, Jose Gutierrez, Sara Hammer, Rachel Hayden, Sarah

Hayes, Hailey Hess, Matthew Hill, Corinne Hirotsu, Alyssa Hoeper, Emily Hoffmeister, Yu Lan Hsu, Grace Hulett, Sonali Jain, Zane Jamal-Eddine, Anna James, Sarah Janning, Eunsol Jeon, Erik Johnson, Lindsey Johnson, Sara Jolley, Katie Jump, Adam Kapuscinski, Aaron Kaufman, Danielle Kearns, Carmen Keeton, Sania Khan, Hana Kim, Victoria Kindred, Alan Kissinger, Michael Knodle, Faith Koehne, Kyle Korn, Trevor Kress, Stephanie Kuhne, Mihir Kulkarni, Joonsue Lee, Troy Lee, Nikita Lillaney, Ryan Livingston, Ashley Locke, Alejandra Lopez, Marisa Lucian, Haruka Maeno, Emmalin Majchrzak, Adeel Mohammad Malik, Amanda Malone, Maria Marballi, Allison Martin, Laikyn McClelland, Michele McDonald, Paige Meiser, Rachael Mendelson, Marisa Ann Merk, Rose Mervis, Robert Meyer, Emily Chung-Shin Mills, Emily Minevich, Steven Miraglia, Sarah Montague, Samuel Moody, McKenzie Morgan, Rachel Morris, Corinne Murphy, Kathryn Napierski, Aaron Natarus, Jeffrey Niu, Scott Owen, Frank Pan, Shivani Parikh, Michael Pelfrey, Kathleen Pember, Jeffrey Peter, Corinne Peters, Kelsey Peterson, Caroline Pineo, Michael Proudfoot, Carolyn Raithel, Mansha Rastogi, Amona Refaei, Brielle Reiff, Adam Reinhart, Alexis Rhodenbaugh, Maxwell Riehemann, Jason Robke, Daniel Roth, Kevin Saeks, Jon Eric San Miguel, Teresa Ann Sandoval, Meagan Schipper, Samantha Schlie, Allison Schloss, Lily Schwartz, Caroline Seyler, Kimberly Seymour, Ravi Sheth, Michael Shi, Janie Silverman, Steven Simpkins, Austin Sirkin , Alexandra Smith, Nathan Smith, Brandon Sosna, Shira Spiegel, Robert Stein, Michael Streicher, Pimpisa Suriyamongkol, Sariah Suryadevara, Catherine Tate, Ryan Thompson, Angela Tregubov, Michael Tufts, Julia Turkevich, Carrie Tveita, Jacquelyn Weber, Megan Wells, Steven Winkler, Megan Wittenberg, Jessica Wolfe, Jeffrey Wolkoff and John Yengo. Seniors – Lama Al-Nammari, William Andrews, Natasha Arentz, Daniel Ashton, Arielle Bachrach, Brittany Bader, Stephen Barr, Samuel Benson, Emily Bere, Courtney Bernard, Colleen Bird, Sean Bonnoitt, Bornali Borah, Alisa Bornemann , Emily Boutilier, Anne Brant, John Brooker, Kristin Brown, Charles Bundy, Dallas Burris, Elizabeth Caldwell, Alyssa Caligaris, Caroline Cameron, Laura Cameron, Jordan Chen, Janice Choi, Bria Clough, Jonathan Coddington, Lauren Cohen, Christopher Cole, Briana Conners, Abigail Costello, Christopher Culin, Keith Diederich, Alexandra DiMasso, Elliott Dirr, Erin Doherty, Kevin Doherty, Megan Doherty, Tyler Dowdall, Hannah D’Souza, Ryan Ebstein, Molly Fitch, Danielle Fleming, Ross Fletcher, Melissa French, Elise Gelwicks, Megan Gillespie, Joshua Goldman, Natalie Goodwin, Amy Gordon, Claire Gordon, Ellen Gordon, Nitisha Gupta, Caitlin Harley, Lindsey Harris, Jessica Hartman, Candice Hayes-McInnis, Kimberly Heldman, Emily Hersman, Valerie Hill, Elizabeth Hoopes, Rachel Howard, Muhammad Iqbal, Andrew Jensen , KyungHyun Jin, William Jones, David Jungerwirth, Urim Kang, Sophie Kanter, Hallie Kantor, Keiko Kato, Aniruddha Kaushik, Elizabeth Keefe, Madelaine Keim, Victoria Kim, Chelsie King, Christopher King, Matthew Kirkendall, Mark Kohmescher, Jordan Kolb, Kyle Konerman, Matthew Korn, Erin Kosel, Neil Krishnan, Logan Kruger, Sukhada Kulkarni, Benjamin Lee, Joseph Saeyong Lee, Nicole Lefton, Christopher Lerner, Alexandra Liberatore, Danielle Linz, Emily Mapes, Jacob Maxwell, Josephine McKinnon, Christine McLaughlin, Erin McLean, Laura McLean, Maria Mendez Ortiz, Angela Messina, Anna Nicole Meyer, Stephen Moore, Elizabeth Morand, Erik Morris, Rachel Myers, Brandon Nazek, Gracia Yan Qi Ng, Donald Norman, Alexandra Norris, Kelsey Norton, Jaclyn Orent, Caitlin Palmieri, Bianca Patel, Dev Patel, Sheena Patel, Kelsey Pauly, Nicholas Peltz, Elana Pentelnik, Ashley Phillips, Austin Pierson, Michelle Pohl, Ruchika Porwal, Elizabeth Potter, Tiffany Quan, Hannah Rashkin, Kathryn Rosenberg, Andrew Ross, Merle Rotzoll, Akshay Roy-Chaudhury, Jenna Ruff, Allison Setser, Evan Shafer, Larry Shockley, Madeline Skopin, William Sloss, Erinn Sonntag, Cody Sparks, Jefferey Spitz, Ashvin Srivatsa, Rebecca Streeter, Katherine Strickland , Bryan Summerlin, Michael Sussman, Max Swartz, Walter Taylor, Kyle Templeman, Trevor Thomas, Michela Tindera, Kathryn Tolley, Danielle Tsevat,

Michael Udom, Spencer Wade, Alexis Walker, Sophia Wall, Rosalie Wei, Adrienne Wessinger, Madeline Williams, Jennifer Williamson, Kevin Witt, Samuel Wocks, Annie Xie , Jing Aileen Xing, Ellean Zhang, Joyce Zhang and Leah Zimmer.

Honor roll

Freshmen – Devin Arbenz, Maclister Auciello, Conor Baas, Molly Balk, Sara Barrett, Brian Beaudry, Natalie Beck, Matthew Benson, Molly Bernfeld, Michel Bie, Taylor Brendamour, Scott Brody, Nicole Brown, Randall Buka, Alison Buzek, Eric Byers, Cathleen Capouch, Ana Mollinedo Castillo, Samuel Chandler, Hanna Chang, Jerald Cobb, Jack Cohen, Maria Contreras, Joelle Davidson, Samuel Dhiman, Adam Dick, ZaVon Douglas, Bradly D’Souza, Michael Edelson, John Eifert, Virginia Elliott, Brooke Esper, Mitchell Evans, Sara Evans, Elizabeth Fleming, Drew Follmer, Benjamin Fryxell, Samantha Furtwengler, William Gawin, Daniel Glauser, Rishabh Goud, Nikhil Grandhi, Madeline Haines, Nichole Hamburg, Elliot Handkins, Rachel Handkins, Alexander Harpring, Marshall Hortel, Morgan Imwalle, Katherine Jaccod, James Jolley, Madison Jones, Corey Kandil, Julie Kays, Cade Kerry, Alexander Kessler, Eunsol Kim, Bradley Kirkendall, Emily Kissela, Christopher Koffel, Jacob Lampe, Jenetta Lehn, Ram Tha Len, Trevor Leonard, Graham Livingston, Hannah Locke, Nayan Mandan, Daniel Manion, Alexander Martinson, Wesley McKie, Lydia McWilliams, Rebecca Melvin, Karolina Meskyte, Alana Miller, Yanessa Morillo-Delerme, Brandon Mueller, Venkateswaran Naresh, Samuel Niederhelman, Connor O’Leary, Max Paul, Saeed Piracha, Austin Post, Emily Proudfoot, Claire Pustinger, Orion Radtke, Casey Rayburn, Carmel Rechnitzer, James Reece, Kristina Reese, Sarah Refaei, Samuel Roth, Brady Sanford, Jordan Schwartz, Daniel Seibert, Aditi Sharma, Madeline Shaw, Margaret Shirley, Will Sloan, Katharine Sohlden, Alexander Southward, Alexandra Stacey, Daniella Star, Cheyenne Straughn, Nicole Streicher, Sufyaan Syed, Cole Tameris, Elisabeth Taulbee, Jill Tochtermann, Caitlin Toler, Mariana Troncoso, Jon Vardanyan, Joseph Vuotto, Hailey Wagers, Lexis Waterman, Reina Yamada, Jared Young and Chandler Zulia. Sophomores – Nicholas Alston, Nicholas Aube, Hayley Baas, Shaina Bahler, Miranda Baldwin, Avni Bapat, Kristina Bartlett, Jonah Bettman, Thomas Biegger, Alexandra Bierschwal, Elizabeth Bitzer, Caroline Bresnahan, Nicholas Bruner, Jordan Bultman, William Bundy, Brian Burnett, William Busch, Andrew Callaway, Pauline Cappel, Lina Cardenas, Samuel Casuto, Michael Celek, Evan Cohen, Adam Cole, Nicholas Dougherty, Allen Duke, Jennifer Eaton, John Egan, Marissa Finlay, Maya Fogelson, Emily Fry, Haley Geren-Hinegardner, Tamara Goldner, Nicolas Golubitsky, Joshua Goodman, Eric Guy, Katie Hamilton, Lyndsay Henry, Michael Herrington, Jacob Howell, Carla Ibarra Lavat, Joanna Ibrahim, Addison Ingle, Sarah Inskeep, Kwang Hyun Jin, Ross Johnstal, Charmay Jones, Zachary Jones, Bennett Kaplan, Mamoonah Khokhar, Derrick Kihembo, Alex Kirschner, Nicole Kissela, Alexander Knorr, Lisa Kohmescher, Megan Kolthoff, Kristina Lane, Elizabeth Lenhart, Kendrick Li, Mishi Ashley Liang, Meghan Linz, Molly Loftspring, Jeremy Mapes, Colin Robert Marth, Benjamin Mather, Jie Yi Mei, Dominic Miller, Janie Miller, Daniel Moler, Katherine Monaghan, Elizabeth Moore, Emily Moore, Hayley Moore, Christine Mulvaney, Kristen Myers, Emily Norman, Emilia Oh, James Perryman, Amanda Plaatje, Noelle Plageman, Ryan Rasulis, Jordan Reed, Henry Reid, Abigail Ripberger, Jennifer Rissover, Courtney Robertson, Allison Rogers, Brooke Rosen, Emma Rosen, Jessica Schoen, Alexis Schramm, Zachary Semones, Kyle Sess, Shayna Siegel, Anastasia Smith, Shelby Smith, Victoria Smith, Erin Soller, Brigitte Sotto, Dylan Sparks, William Spellman, Alec Stamper, Alexandria Steele, Rebecca Steinberg, Joel Tate, Juttenbir Tatla, Cassidy Thomas, Michael Tochtermann, Dominick Troendle, Noah Velleca, Llana Vinnik, Celeste Webb, Joanna Wegner, Connor Winnestaffer, Daniel Wones, Alicia Zavala, Zicheng Zhao and Emory Zimmer. Juniors – Mathew Adams, Abrar Arabeiat, Gregory Austrow, Cheyanne Avery, Liora Bachrach, Brandon Baum, Jean Beaver, Stephanie Behrens, Hannah Belfeld, Bryan

Bergman, Laura Birckhead, Kelsey Bird, Matthew Blascak, Alec Bochner, Timothy Bonner, Brian Boyle, Shariah Brewster, Joseph Bruscato, Jose R. Cerda Navarro, Joann Chandler, James Chisholm, Vincent Chu, Andrew Coddington, Mallory Condron, Ellise Cook, Rohan Dalal, Christina Daniyan, Alixandria Davis, Michael Dobler, Aamna Dosani, Bailey Dowlin, Steven Doyle, Ryoto Endo, Aaron Englander, William Fennessy, Grace Furtwengler, Brandon Gardner, Hannah Goedde, Karin Goitman, Andrew Goldfarb, Raphael Goldfarb, Aaron Goldhoff, Jessica Gordon, Alyssa Greco, Erik Gunnarsson, Lauren Guy, Samantha Hammer, Kyle Hart, Daniel Haskett, Kevin Haynes, Nicholas Healey, Natalie Heltman, Michelle Herlihy, Johnny Hill, Darius Hillary, Austin Hoard, Alexander Hong, Kubilay Inanli, Steven Itrich, Juan Jaimes, Michael Jervis, Sarah Jobmann, Tomas Jodele, Catherine Johnston, Ryan Kast, Andrew Katz, Brian Klonne, Madeline Knauer, Andrew Kozlove, Madeline Kroell, Michael LeNeveu, Mason Levy, Sara Lindsay, Kelsey Malof, Thomas Mangold-Lenett, Jennifer Merz, Anthony Michalak, Kaitlyn Miller, Colin Murray, Aravind Nair, Mathew Nickol, Molly Niederhelman, Kotori Ota, Jacob O’Toole, Zachary Parnell, Garrett Patrick, May Phyu, Taylor Pike, Amy Poliner, Rebecca Pollak, Samuel Pyles, Pierce Quinn, Benjamin Reinhold, Daniel Rickert, Thomas Riggs, Megan Risk, Jeanne Rixe, Martin Rixe, Rebecca Roessler, Rebecca Rogers, Joshua Rogoff, Gina Romeo, Lindsey Rothe, Matthew Schramm, Eliot Schwartz, Taylor Schwartz, Ann Seiple, Barry Shen, Aditya Singh, Jarred Smith, Terry Smith, Jordan Sonneville, Nathan Spektor, Chase Spicer, Jill Streck, MaryKatherine Taulbee, Joshua Toney, Grace van Amerongen, Taylar Ventura, Kali Wade, Michael Walling, Andrew Wick, Rebecca Woods, Wyant Julia, ChiaYi Yeh, Miraim Zakem and Kathryn Ziegler. Seniors – Yasmine Abdallah, Jamie Alemagno, Adrian Amrine, Katie Anders, Ronald Apke, Carol Attebery, Kayla Belmonte, Mitchell Billman, Katherine Bitzer, Kaley Bridgewater, Emma Bryce, Matthew Burke, Kaitlin Burt, Elizabeth Cameron, Nicholas Capozzoli, Danielle Carlentine, Alexandra Carss, Rebecca Caspersz, Daniel Castillo Mollinedo, Samuel Cleary, Emily Cohen, Maxim Coninx, Thomas Cornelius, J. Ivan Coronel, Molly Cramer, Harlan Dannenberg, Andrew Davis, Paul DeBruine, Ben Dhiman, Rachel Dick, Celina Evans, Demetre Evans, Kayla Forshey, Rebecca Freeman, Lauren Friday, Nicholas Fry, Matthew Geier, Regan Girten, Amanda Goldner, Michael Grannen, Gabrielle Gray, Michelle Grosser, Alex Grzegorzewski, Jenna Haaser, Brent Hankins, Sean Harrington, Collin Hart, Caitlin Hauff, Matthew Hinzman, Allison Hochgesang, Holly Horner, Lauren Huber, Maxwell Hunter, Quratulan Ikram, Taryn Imwalle, Gerard Irwin, Amy Isaacs, Aubrey Johnson, Glynn Jones, Adam Kahan, Joshua Kaplan, Ashleigh Karnell, Benjamin Keefe, Daniel Keith, Alyssa Kelly, Hannah Kelp, Claire Kincaid, Justin Kirschner, Kelly Kraus, Kevin Kreutz, Philip LaFrance, Brittany Larkin, Bogdan Leshchinsky, Daniel Makutonin, Meghan Marth, Maria A. Martinez Puentes, Daniel McCarthy, Stephanie McFarland, Brandi McGuigan, Ellie Mendelsohn, Jessica Meyer, Anders Miller, Christian Miller, Jacqueline Miranda-Klein, Seth Mishne, Sarah Moore, Brittany Morgan, Katelynn Muething, Brandon Murphy, Franklin Myers, Jacob Newton, Savannah Norris, Catlynn O’Connor, Dumebi Okonji, Whitney Osborne, Georgia Ottoni, Pan Jarann, Dorian Patterson, Catherine Pensyl, Samuel Perryman, Paul Pescovitz, Hannah PetkoBunney, Zachary Philpott, Sara Ringenbach, Noel Ripberger, Curtis Robertson, Jacqueline Rogers, Kylie Rook, Sophie Ross, Michael Rozzo, Mark Rubeo, Karly Saeks, Sydney Salguero, Jenna Samuelson, Athanasios Sarlis, Alexander Schatz, Brett Schibler, Elizabeth Schornak, Sess Ryan, Brynn Sharp, Ares Slone, Samuel Sohlden, Andrew Soloman, Zachary Steele, Garrett Steinbuch, Oliver Suggs, Susan Symons, Miaoyan Tan, Brandon Telljohann, Nishanth Thiyagarajah, Vincze Simon, Leo Volkov, Damien Walsh, Xiaotian Wang, Elizabeth Warren-Novick, Richard Werden, Ryan Whitney, Ian Spencer Wilson, Nelson Wong, Paul Yanow, Needli Yarchi, Sophia Yasgur, Dae Hyuc Yim, Taylor Young, Hong Liang Yu and Katherine Zimmer.


This week in baseball

• Sycamore beat Lakota West 14-13 in eight innings, April 16. Sycamore’s Brent Perlman was the winning pitcher, and Kyle Hart was 25, scored a homerun and had three RBIs. • Moeller beat McNicholas 12-2 in five innings, April 20. Moeller’s David Whitehead pitched nine strikeouts, and Kevin Thamann was 3-4, hit a triple and scored three runs. • Badin beat Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy 2-0, April 20. CHCA’s Jacob Schomaker hit a double.

This week in softball

• Lakota West beat Sycamore 1-0, April 20. • Ursuline beat Seton 2-1, April 20. Ursuline’s Hannah Mehrle pitched 12 strikeouts, and Leichty hit a triple. • Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy beat Seven Hills 168, April 21. CHCA’s Alex Jeffers was the winning pitcher, and was 2-5 and hit a double. • McAuley beat Ursuline 50, April 21. Ursuline’s Tricia Moser was 2-3. • Colerain beat Sycamore 6-5, April 21. Sycamore’s Carrie Tveita was 3-4, hit a double and a triple and had two RBI. • Ursuline beat Finneytown 10-5, April 22. Ursuline’s winning pitcher was Hannah Mehrle, who also was 3-5 and scored a homerun. • Mason beat Sycamore 11-1 in five innings, April 22.

This week in tennis

• Moeller beat Northwest 5-0, April 20. Moeller’s Ahmed Zaman beat Klei 6-0, 6-0; Mitchell Patterson beat Gustafson 6-0, 6-0; Tommy Sullivan beat Teed 6-0, 6-0; Brady Bauer and John Westerkamp beat Aho and Nguyen 6-0, 6-0; Logan Wacker Jon Opdycke beat Tran and Kellerman 6-2, 6-4. Moeller advances to 1-6 with the win. • Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy beat Summit Country Day 3-2, April 20. A. Todech beat Krieg 6-3, 6-3; B. Todech-Henize beat Chasnoff-Leibold 6-2, 6-2; DiFabio-Kenney beat SchulerSchroder 6-7, 6-4, 6-2. • Sycamore beat Lakota East 3-2, April 20. Sycamore’s Dylan Stern beat Umakantha 2-6, 6-4, 6-2; David Jungerwirth and Jake Maxwell beat Witzman and P. Abunka 6-1, 6-1; Nikhil Grandhi and Jeffrey Kaplan beat Fraley and Naufer 6-1, 6-2. Sycamore advances to 8-4 with the win.

This week in boys’ volleyball

• Lakota East beat Sycamore 25-23, 25-15, 2523, April 20. • Lakota West beat Sycamore 25-11, 25-19, 2516, April 21.

This week in lacrosse

• Ursuline girls beat St. Ursula 14-9, April 20. Ursuline’s Glaser, Tranter, Hannah Besl and Ryan scored one goal each; Joseph scored two goals and Platz scored three goals each. • Ursuline girls beat Seton 16-7, April 22. Ursuline’s Annie Hauser, Kate Olsen and Sara Wiener scored one goal each; Megan Schnicke scored five goals; Kara Strasser scored two goals; and Maggie Egan and Josie Male scored three goals each. Ursuline’s Alyssa McCarthy made eight saves. Ursuline advances to 8-2 with the win.

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Sycamore tennis team rolls in GMC By Mark Chalifoux

The Sycamore High School boys’ tennis team dropped some matches early in the season, but the Aves have picked up considerable steam in Greater Miami Conference play, going 7-0 and sitting on top of the conference. “We’ve played an extremely tough schedule so far,” head coach Mike Teets said. “Most of our losses have come to teams that have won state championships or made it to that stage.” Teets said the GMC is usually the toughest conference in the state and that the showdown with Lakota East on April 20 would be a big test for the Aves. Sycamore pulled off the big win in a tightly contested match 3-2. Another positive for the Aviators is the team’s rela-


Sycamore senior Jake Maxwell, shown in a 2009 match, plays a key role in bringing along the newcomers. He’s part of the No. 1 doubles team. tive youth. Sycamore starts only two seniors and has two freshmen in the top three. Sycamore is led by Adam Reinhart (9-3), who is one of the top singles players in the conference. Freshman Yuri Karev plays No. 2 singles and has played “very

well,” according to Teets. Freshman Dylan Stern (93) plays No. 3 singles. Sycamore was forced to rely more heavily on the underclassmen as the original No. 2 singles player suffered an injury early in the season. The No. 1 doubles team for the Aves is composed of seniors David Jungerwirth and Jake Maxwell. The senior leaders for the Aves set the tone on and off the court for Sycamore. “Their experience is absolutely huge for us,” Teets said. “They have expectations for how the team competes, and they are passing it on to the younger guys, who are very receptive. And they are a very, very tough doubles team.” St. Xavier eliminated Sycamore from the state team tournament, but Teets said he expects several individuals to advance in the postseason. The first priori-

Seniors sought for softball league Super Senior Slow Pitch Softball League, which draws players from all over the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area, has five teams and at least 12 more seniors ages 73 and older are needed to make up a sixth team to balance out the league. The purpose of the league is for fun, exercise and camaraderie among seniors who enjoy playing slow pitch and making friends. Super Senior Slow Pitch Softball will host an opening day Wednesday, May 19, at the Blue Ash fields on Grooms Road. All seniors will play and bat. Cost for the season is $15 per player. Call Bob Holbert at 8315709 for more information. There is no admission to watch a game.


Senior David Jungerwirth, shown in a 2009 match, plays No. 1 doubles for Sycamore tennis this season and sets the tone for the team on and off the courts. ty for the team, though, is winning the GMC. Teets called Lakota East the favorite to win the GMC tournament but Sycamore

has to be considered a favorite until another team in the league can defeat them. Lakota East, Lakota West, Mason and Princeton are a few of the other top teams in the GMC. Sycamore beat West, Mason and Princeton by a combined score of 13-2. Teets said Sycamore is a little deeper this year than they were last year, adding that Reinhart is a nice luxury to have at No. 1 singles. He also said the team does a great job representing the school. “I love to watch them play because of how they represent the school,” Teets said. “They play hard and compete with all they have and they handle themselves how you would want them to. I’m extremely proud of how they do things and how they represent the school.”

Run support

Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy sophomore Parker Roe adds to the run total as his home run helped the Eagles route Seven Hills 18-4 April 22. As of April 25, CHCA had a 13-3 record. GEOFF BLANKENSHIP/CONTRIBUTOR

Time to nominate Sportsmen of Year More than 90,000 votes were cast in last year’s inaugural Community Press and Community Recorder Sportsman and Sportwoman of the Year online contest. Now, it’s time for high school fan bases to rally once again for 2010. Here’s the gameplan: Online readers will select 30 high school athletes (half male, half female) on 15 different newspaper ballots in Ohio and Kentucky who

meet the highest standards both on and off the field. Voting occurs in two waves. Readers can nominate an athlete until April 29 by going to the page and clicking on the yellow/green Community Press Sportsman of the Year icon on the right side. In their

nominations, they s h o u l d explain why this athlete deserves the honor. T h e nominations will be used to create ballots that online readers will vote on from May 13 to midnight June 10. Online vistors will be

able to vote more than once. The top vote-getters will be featured on and in your local newspaper June 24. Public voting on the nominations will begin Thursday, May 13. As with sports, the greatest effort on the final ballot gets the greatest result in this contest. Questions? E-mail Melanie Laughman at or call 248-7573.

Lion lacrosse closes in on GGCL title

Ursuline at 8-2 overall, 4-0 in GGCL play

By Anthony Amorini

Ursuline Academy’s varsity lacrosse team is closing in on reclaiming the Girls’ Greater Cincinnati League championship in 2010 following a 4-0 start in the conference for the Lions. The Lions won its only GGCL lacrosse title in 2008 with Mt. Notre Dame winning the GGCL championship in 2009. However, an early-season win April 13 over MND, 8-5, has fourth-year head

coach Todd Vollmer hoping a GGCL title is just around the corner for his Lions, he said. “This is the best team I’ve had since I’ve been at Ursuline so they are certainly capable of (making it to state),” Vollmer said. “Our main goal is to win the GGCL.” MND has won three GGCL titles with Saint Ursula earning two league titles and Ursuline earning one since the conference began playing lacrosse in 2005. Standing at 8-2 overall, Ursuline only has two GGCL remaining on its schedule including Mercy and Fenwick. “We have started off strong and I’ve been very pleased,” Vollmer said. “We’ve had slow starts in a

few games but we are still right in the thick of things. “We still have quite a few games left so we just have to keep at it,” Vollmer added. Ursuline traveled to face Mercy on Tuesday, April 27, after Community Press deadlines. The Lions travel to Fenwick at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29, before concluding its season with home games against Dublin Coffman (2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 1), Mason (6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 4) and Loveland (6 p.m. Thursday, May 6). Through six games, second-place MND stood at 5-1 overall with a GGCL record of 3-1. St. Ursula was 5-3

through eight games and stood third in the GGCL with a 3-2 conference record. “It’s a little topsy-turvy right now,” Vollmer said of the parity in the GGCL this season. A total of 13 varsity players return from Ursuline’s 10-8 squad from last spring including senior captain Annie Hauser (midfield), senior captain Julia Tassett (defense), senior Josie Male (midfield), senior Caroline Tobin (defense), junior Kara Strasser (attack), senior Diana Campbell (attack), midfield), junior Megan Schnicke (attack), senior Sarah Wiener (midfield), junior Nikki Hill (attack), junior Maggie Egan

(attack), senior Becca Brizzolara (defense), senior Alex Dressman (defense) and senior Alyssa McCarthy (goalie). Tassett plans on playing collegiate lacrosse at the University of Cincinnati. Through 10 games, Egan was fifth in the GGCL with 19 goals. Egan also had seven assists through the same span. Strasser was close behind at 18 goals and 10 assists with Schnicke adding 16 goals and Male contributing 12 goals. A trio of new additions will also be key contributors including juniors Kathrine Bubbilitz (midfield, defense) and Tricia Henghold (goalie) and freshman Kate Olson, Vollmer said.


Northeast Suburban Life

April 28, 2010



“What tax refund?”


“Our refunds were directdeposited into our checking account, and the first thing I did was write a check for the ‘fair share’ of the refunds for my wife, based on her separate income. “I put the rest of it into a sort of ‘escrow’ fund in our checking account. I’ve maintained that ‘escrow’ fund as a cushion against bouncing checks for many years now. (I treat it as an ‘outstanding check’ every time I balance my checking account each month.) “It was about the same as last year, because I always have a lot more withheld than necessary, because I enjoy the feeling of a big refund. However, I have had to dip into the escrow fund because of a landscaping project that has cost us over $3,000, and a driveway repair that will cost us some more in the next few weeks. But I’m glad it was there!” B.B. “We used ours to pay the first quarter estimated taxes for 2010.” J.S.B. “As a practicing CPA, I suggest that substantial tax refunds are usually the result of poor prior year planning (interest free loan to the government) or unexpected events. “We usually try to owe the government at the end of the year, but this year we both got a refund because of energy credits, stimulus rebates and unexpected 401(k) contributions. We applied ours to 2010 estimated payments (first one due 15 April) for our self-employment businesses.” F.S.D.

April 21 questions

Symmes Township is taking steps to recognize and bring in more businesses to the community. Some of the ideas include presenting them with a Symmes Township valued business certificate that could be put on display in the business and starting a business recruiting page on the township website. Is this a good idea? Why or why not? No responses.

Next questions Montgomery resident Glenn Welch who keeps a close eye on Sycamore Community Schools’ finances is urging the public to contact school board members and tell them to hold the line on wages while negotiating a contract for employees (see story, A1). Do you agree with Welch? Why or why not? How do you think the Cincinnati Flower Show at Symmes Park went this year? What worked and what didn’t? What changes would you suggest for next year? Do you, or would you, allow your high school-age child to go on a spring break trip? Why or why not? Every week The Northeast Suburban Life asks readers a questions that they can reply to via email. Send your answers to with “chatroom” in the subject line.




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How did you spend, or how do you plan, to spend your tax refund? Was it more or less than last year? “Support FairTax!” S.B.


Control school costs

Negotiations are under way for a successor agreement to a Sycamore hourly contract that expires June 30. Currently about 40 percent of Sycamore hourly workers are being paid 14 percent to 30 percent more than other Sycamore hourly employees. These other employees are being paid according to a market rate scale. The same custodian pay scale was found listed at The three-year contract being negotiated by our board of education and union representatives covers about 283 bus drivers, child nutrition, custodian, educational assistants, grounds, maintenance, mechanical and secretarial personnel, etc. School leaders refuse to discuss the negotiation citing an Ohio law requires secrecy. I was told you’ll just have to wait until the contract negotiation is concluded. Using freedom of information requests I did learn that the excessive payments have been made for more than a decade, dating back to July 1998. There are two pay scales (first tier and second tier) for each employee group. Here is an example of two actual Sycamore custodians both at the top (step 20) of their respective pay scale. One (let’s call Don) is paid $21.47 per hour, which is 30 percent higher than the other (let’s call Tom), who is paid $16.48 per hour. The only difference being Tom was hired after 7/1/98. I’m left with the impression that the board has no intention of ending this wasteful and unfair spending practice any time soon. History shows only minor yearly adjustments are made while waiting for the higher paid group to retire and leave the system. Taxpayers say, “But, what can I do about it?” My answer is call your elected board members at 686-1700 now! Tell them to stop the practice of paying above market rates. More specifically, tell them to allow no hourly base raise or step raise for two years because of negative inflation last year and no cost-of-living-adjustment in 2010. And, freeze total pay (base and step) of first tier hourly employees until such time that his/her pay equals the market rate scale. Glenn Welch Stonehenge Lane Montgomery

Zwissler the smart choice

Why am I voting for Vicky Zwissler for the Ohio 28th District seat? Any voter, despite your political influence cannot ignore the dire situation that the state of Ohio faces. Our elected officials in Columbus have turned Ohio into a debacle. We need new and strong legistrators that will take a stand and are not afraid of any personal political fallout they may face from the decisions they make. Take a position, because in your heart you believe it to be right. Do the right thing despite the pressures and the political outcome ... that is Vicky Zwissler. Vicky has earned her stripes and paid her dues. As a small business owner she understands and deals with the struggles and challenges placed upon every



LETTERS TO THE EDITOR small business owner in this state. She knows first hand why things need to drastically change to make this a business friendly state. Let’s see ... a small business owner ... hard working ... children in the school system ... homeowner ... a conservative with the true core values that are the basic foundation of being a conservative. Say what you mean and mean what you say. That is Vicky Zwissler. Dan O’Hara Abilene Trail Wyoming

A true public servant

As I watch the terrible destruction from the numerous hurricanes that hit our country, I’m reminded of the tornado that swept through Sycamore Township in 1999. Our neighbors were in shock, as their houses fell down around them, family members were injured, and their personal belongings were strewn over three miles away. Through all of the turmoil and confusion, there was one community leader that helped keep order and provided meaningful assistance within hours. That person was Tom Weidman. Within hours after the tornado passed, Tom had set up a supply center in a large commercial tent, right in the middle of the ruins at the corner of Marlette and Glenmill. When the tent was erected, he went to work filling it with supplies that all of the neighbors required through these trying times. Tom had various stores supply food, baby formula and cleaning supplies, as well as work gloves, shovels and buckets to help neighbors dig through the rubble to find their belongings. By noon, Tom had enlisted Holzman Meats, and convinced them to join him in the relief effort. Within hours, they had sandwiches in the tent for the neighbors, and Tom convinced Holzman’s to supply lunches and hot dinners for five straight days that they served out of the relief tent to all of the affected neighbors and emergency personnel. Tom took the week off work and convinced two others to join him so they could man the supply tent, as new supplies arrived daily. His team of volunteers assembled 1,200 boxes donated by Green Bay Packaging, and walked them to all of the affected homes, so residents could collect their belongings. There wasn’t a thing that residents asked for during the post tornado week that Tom didn’t supply. For those that have never lived through the nightmare of a tornado ripping apart your home and endangering your family, you will never know the helpless feeling. But Tom Weidman’s effort turned the resident’s deep despair into hope. And he accomplished all of this as a regular citizen and neighbor. Unfortunately, I relocated from Sycamore Township after the tornado, and have been unable to vote for Tom for trustee. But I can assure you, I can vote for him now and there isn’t another person that I would want representing me in Columbus. Mike Bochnovich Zig Zag Road Montgomery

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Support Third Frontier

The Ohio primary election is just around the corner, and Issue 1 is especially important for small startup businesses that fuel the local economy. We can vouch for that personally because Ohio Third Frontier funds have helped the business we co-founded, Blue Ash Therapeutics LLC. Our company was founded to develop azimilide, a drug that helps control heart rhythms in people who have implantable cardioverter-defibrillators to stabilize life-threatening heartbeat disturbances. Support for Issue 1 is a smart vote. Issue 1 will help renew Third Frontier tech funding, a high-impact initiative that began in 2005 to support early-stage businesses, develop new technology and create new employment opportunities. Since it was created, Third Frontier has helped create 55,000 jobs and nearly 600 start-up businesses in Ohio, including ours. And by the way, Issue 1 is not a tax increase. As the founders of Blue Ash Therapeutics, and as Ohio taxpayers, we encourage Ohioans to vote yes on Issue 1. Greg Flexter, CEO Kevin Malloy, COO Blue Ash Therapeutics Lake Forest Drive Blue Ash

The time is now

Over the past few months a number of letters to this paper have opined on the new construction of the Princeton middle and high school. All have voiced valid reasons to support the new construction: great teachers, great special education programs, IB and AP programs, “Excellent” rating on the 2009 Ohio report card, community access to the facilities, increasing property values, the lowest property taxes in all of Hamilton County’s 23 school districts, local construction jobs and an economic stimulus for local businesses. However, to me, these letters have not emphasized the main point: the schools are falling apart. The high and middle schools were built in 1958 and 1962, respectively. They were built for a 50-year life span. For the high school, that life span ended in 2008. For the middle school, it ends in 2012. Thus, even with proper maintenance, the boiler operates at 15-25 percent efficiency, roof leaks have fostered mold growth and precipitated ceiling collapses, and the asbestos insulation is a lawsuit waiting to happen. In short, the buildings are unpleasant (some classrooms are consistently above 80 degrees during the warm months), unsafe (my daughter was almost struck by the cafeteria ceiling) and a lia-

Deadline: Noon Friday E-mail: nesuburban@ Fax: 248-1938 U.S. mail: See box below Letters, columns and articles submitted to The Northeast Suburban Life may be published or distributed in print, electronic or other forms. bility (asbestos). To me, it is a no-brainer. Building new middle and high schools is the right economic decision. And the time is now. Please vote for the bond levy May 4. Thomas Hales Renoir Place Evendale

Princeton meets challenges

I wanted to write about the upcoming Princeton levy, however maybe with a different spin than most of the letters that have come in. I wanted to hit on the more human aspect of the levy as not only a parent with children in the system, but as a proud graduate. I was fortunate enough to go through the Princeton schools from kindergarten all the way through and including graduating in 1990. I like to think this gives me some inside knowledge of the two buildings that are going to be replaced. The middle school especially is a very poorly designed building – period. There are very few windows, giving more of a penitntiary feeling to it than that of a school. The heating and cooling systems are sub-standard, to the point where we usually had extra clothing on hand because you never really knew what the temperature would be. Being in such an environment makes it trying on everyone, staff included – which in turn makes learning very challenging. But speaking of challenge ... that’s what Princeton has always seemed to excel at! Even with aging buildings, Princeton still rises to the challenge. Princeton as we all know is a diverse district, that’s part of what makes it so great. I have always said that going to Princeton will get you “a real world education” and it will. The same holds true at Princeton. Princeton is one of, if not the most diverse districts in the area. This gives the students and staff a whole new perspective on learning and on life. It’s very much a two-way street at Princeton, where the staff learn from the students about culture and issues as much as the students learn from the staff about math and science. The high school in fact, is probably the most diverse high school in the state to have achieved an “excellent” rating. Tell me that isn’t taking on and overcoming a challenge? No one wants to pay more in taxes, me included. But when we have such a great resource in our own back yard, with such a rich history of education, achievement and athletics – how can we not vote yes? It may not seem like it, but the time is right and the time is now – vote yes May 4. Tom D. Benjamin Sr. Congress Avenue Glendale

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Police Officer Dale Hahn has been elected treasurer of the Ohio Crime Prevention Association.

Officer named to statewide crime prevention board By Kelly McBride Reddy

For 25 years, Dale Hahn has served the city of Wyoming as a police officer, with a focus on crime prevention learned on the job and as a member of the Ohio Crime Prevention Association. He will continue that tradition for the next year as a member of its board. Hahn was recently elected treasurer of the organization that serves as the professional voice on crime prevention. Its goal, according to the organization, is “to make our communities safer places to live, work and raise a family.” That’s Hahn’s goal as well. Wyoming Police Chief Gary Baldauf has helped make it possible for Hahn to serve on the board through schedule considerations since the position demands a commitment of time. The board of four: Hahn, President Eric Franz of the Cincinnati Police Department, Vice President Jeff Newman of the West

Chester Township Police Department, and Secretary Carol Harper of the Grandview Heights Police Department, near Columbus, will meet monthly in Columbus, as well as every other month for a regional meeting. The organization holds training programs on topics including thefts from autos, buildings and construction sites. “Crime is basically opportunistic,” Hahn said. “We teach people to lock things up, because most crimes occur because cars and homes are unlocked. “The approach is common sense.” Hahn said the organization is valuable to law enforcement departments. “It’s a huge resource for crime prevention in Ohio,” he said. “If I need a program I can go to (other members) for resources. “That way, we’re not creating the wheel every time.” Hahn has also benefited from networking. “Everybody gets together and compares notes,” he said.

The Paris, Ky., Garden Club enjoyed lunch before checking out the rest of the Cincinnati Flower Show.


Flower Show brings variety of people, exhibits The Cincinnati Flower Show at Symmes Township Park was more than just flowers. Guests could visit booths that featured flower pots, jewelry gardening tools, window screens, hand soap, furniture, artwork, cutlery, hoses, hot tubs, bug repellent and even learn about plastic surgery or sign up for The New York Times. AMANDA HOPKINS/STAFF The Cincinnati Flower Show, in its 21st year and its second year in A peacock with feathers made of flowers greets guests at the Cincinnati Flower Show at Symmes Park April 20. Symmes Township Park, wrapped up Sunday, April 25. Many in attendance go to the show every year. Abby Tribby and Chloe Lewis are fourth generation flower show enthusiasts from southeast Ohio and attend the show with their mothers and grandmother with tickets bought for them by their great-grandmother. Garden clubs from all over including Urbana, Ohio, and Paris, Ky., bring a group to spend the day socializing over tea and checking out the latest gadgets in gardening. The show featured several guest speakers, afternoon teas and a Ladies’ Day. ALL PHOTOS BY AMANDA HOPKINS/STAFF

THINGS TO DO Flower power

Hamilton County Park District is hosting “Flower Power!” at 10:45 a.m. Friday, April 30, at Highfield Discovery Garden at Glenwood Gardens, 10623 Springfield Pike, Woodlawn. Find out about the power behind flowers. The cost is $5, $2 ages 2-12; parking permit required. Call 521-7275 or visit

Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 201 Riverside Drive, Loveland. The auction includes four Nancy Ford Cones Prints, Rookwood vase, antiques frames, silver pieces, four piece 1930s patio furniture set, red globe antique ceiling fixture, 35th Bonaventure ornament by Carole Lannom and more. Viewing begins at 5 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Greater Loveland Historical Society. Call 683-5692 or visit


It’s a family tradition for Abby Tribby, far left, grandma Rae Hill and cousin Chloe Lewis who attend the flower show every year. All three are from southeast Ohio, but make the trip every year because Hill’s mother from Colerain Township buys tickets for the show. The girls’ mothers also attended but are not pictured.


Nene Riddick, left, with Shea Butter Secrets shows Karen Ward of Urbana, Ohio, some handwashing secrets at the Cincinnati Flower Show at Symmes Park. Shea Butter Secrets is owned by Janicy Howard of Pine Lakes, Ga.

Faculty exhibit


Margaret Cones, above, daughter of James and Nancy Ford Cones, the piano teacher, is one of the four featured Nancy Ford Cones prints to be auctioned at the Benefit Auction.


Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum is hosting a Benefit Auction at 6 p.m. Friday, April 30, at the JoAnn Richardson History House at

The Art Institute of OhioCincinnati is hosting the exhibit “Faculty Show” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 1, in the Gallery at The Art Institute of Ohio – Cincinnati, 8845 Governor’s Hill Drive, Suite 100, Symmes Township. It features artwork from variety of media including mixed media, digital film, graphic design, interactive media, culinary arts, fashion marketing, interior design and more. Admission is Free. The exhibit continues through July 9. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Call 833-2400.

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Cincinnati Flower Show patrons enjoy a break by the lake at Symmes Park.


An exhibitor from the Horticultural Institute of Southern California demonstrates the power of the ultimate home nozzle for garden hoses at the Cincinnati Flower Show at Symmes Park April 20.


Sheila Richey from the Ohio State University Extension Hamilton County Master Gardeners group answers gardening questions from guests at the Cincinnati Flower Show at Symmes Park.


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Faculty Show, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. The Art Institute of Ohio - Cincinnati, 8845 Governor’s Hill Drive. Suite 100, Gallery. Artwork from variety of media including mixed media, digital film, graphic design, interactive media, culinary arts, fashion marketing, interior design and more. Free. Presented by The Art Institute of Ohio-Cincinnati. 833-2400. Symmes Township.


Beginning Line Dancing Lessons, 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Humana Guidance Center, 11316 Montgomery Road. With Melissa. Ages 50 and up. Family friendly. Free. Reservations required. 247-2100. Symmes Township.


Carlos Vargas and Ben Alexander, 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Bucks Tavern, 3299 W. U.S. 22/Ohio 3, Soft dinner music to start, easing into smooth groovy James later. Presented by Buck’s Tavern. 677-3511; Loveland.


Drew Hastings, 8 p.m. $15. Ages 18 and up. Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.


Social Security, 8 p.m. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road. Comedy about couple, both art dealers in New York City, whose domestic tranquility is shattered by wife’s sister, brother-in-law and archetypal Jewish mother. Family friendly. $15, $12 students with ID; $12 with groups of 10 or more in advance. Presented by Stagecrafters. Through May 9. 793-6237. Amberley Village. F R I D A Y, A P R I L 3 0


Benefit Auction, 6 p.m. Viewing begins at 5 p.m. Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 201 Riverside Drive. JoAnn Richardson History House. Includes four Nancy Ford Cones Prints, Rookwood vase, antiques frames, silver pieces, four piece 1930s patio furniture set, red globe antique ceiling fixture, Local Artist Nancy 35th Bonaventure S u l l i v a n ’ s , ornament by interpretation of a Carole LanNancy Ford Cones nom and photograph is more. Beneanother item to be fits Greater auctioned. Loveland Historical Society. 683-5692; Loveland.


Lighting The Way Scholarship Fundraiser, 6 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Receptions Banquet and Conference Center Loveland, 10681 Loveland Madeira Road. Tropical party, casual attire (no jeans), cocktails, buffet dinner, music by band and DJ, silent auction and raffle. Benefits Envision Learning Center. Ages 18 and up. $65. Presented by Envision Learning Center. 772-5437; Loveland.


Wine Bar Tasting, 4 p.m.-7 p.m. The Wine Store, 9905 Montgomery Road. Fifty cents per taste. 984-9463; Montgomery. Staff Favorites, 5 p.m.-6 p.m. microWINES, 7292 Kenwood Road. Includes six wines, hot and cold appetizers and beginner level wine education. $50. Reservations required. 7949463. Kenwood.


Acoustik Buca, 7:30 p.m. deSha’s American Tavern, 11320 Montgomery Road. 2479933; Montgomery.


Drew Hastings, 8 p.m. $20. Ages 18 and up. Go Bananas, Reservations required. 9849288; Montgomery.


The Wedding Singer, 7:30 p.m. Sycamore High School, 7400 Cornell Road. Directed by John Whapam, Sycamore High School theatre teacher. Musical adaptation of 1998 romantic-comedy movie. $10, $8 advance. Tickets available online. Through May 1. 686-1770; Montgomery.


The Path of the Lover, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Daily through May 2. Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road. Workshop designed to help participants find “the Beloved” within so they may answer the call of their greatest longings. Includes lunch Saturday and Sunday. With Trebbe Johnson author of “The World is a Waiting Lover: Desire and the Quest for the Beloved.” Ages 18 and up. $275. Registration required, available at Presented by Lygthel Rohrer Inc. 310-2541. Loveland.


Don’t Worry.. Be Happy Hour, 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Free mini back massage and paraffin hand treatments available. Humana Guidance Center, 11316 Montgomery Road. Non-alcoholic frozen drinks, salty snacks and calypso music. Ages 50 and up. Free. 247-2100. Symmes Township. S A T U R D A Y, M A Y 1


Mother/Daughter Doll Tea, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Stitch Studio, 7835 Camargo Road. Tea party. Bring a doll or stuffed animal. Create an outfit for the doll and the girl. $50. Registration required. 561-4555; Madeira.


Faculty Show, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The Art Institute of Ohio - Cincinnati, Free. 833-2400. Symmes Township.


Trivia, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Through the Garden Restaurant, 10738 Kenwood Road. Chance to win gift certificates and other prizes. Free. Through Dec. 18. 791-2199. Blue Ash.


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Room to Bloom, 10 a.m. Loveland Hardware, 131 Broadway St. Seminar on container gardening. Free. Reservations required. 6774040. Loveland.


Live Music Saturday, 7:30 p.m. deSha’s American Tavern, 11320 Montgomery Road. Variety of groups perform. 247-9933; Montgomery.


Cincinnati Community Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. “Music of Americana.” Church of the Saviour United Methodist Church, 8005 Pfeiffer Road. Free. Presented by Cincinnati Community Orchestra. 791-7815; Montgomery. Music at Ascension Chamber Concert Series, 7 p.m. The Adagio Trio. Lin Grieser, harp; Evelien Wollard, flute; Tom Guth, cello. Ascension Lutheran Church, 7333 Pfeiffer Road. Free, donations accepted. 793-3288; 237-3636. Montgomery. Linton Music’s Peanut Butter and Jam Sessions, 10 a.m.-10:40 a.m. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Kenwood, 7701 Kenwood Road. The Madcap Puppets join Peanut Butter and Jam musicians to tell exciting stories set to chamber music. For ages 2-6 and their families. Free Graeters cookies at concert. $12 flexbook of four tickets, $4. 381-6868; Kenwood.


Swimsuit Models, 9:30 p.m. Bar SeventyOne, 8850 Governors Hill Drive. $5. 7749697; Symmes Township.


Drew Hastings, 8 p.m. $20. Ages 21 and up. Go Bananas, Reservations required. 9849288; Montgomery.


The Wedding Singer, 7:30 p.m. Sycamore High School, $10, $8 advance. Tickets available online. 686-1770; Montgomery.


Social Security, 8 p.m. Mayerson JCC, $15, $12 students with ID; $12 with groups of 10 or more in advance. 793-6237. Amberley Village.

A Night at the Derby, 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave. The Barn. Features dinnerby-the-bite, two drink tickets and five gaming chips. Broadcast of 136th Kentucky Derby, silent auction, gaming tables, “Teacher Pies” Auction and grand raffle. Music by Matt Cohen. Benefits Mariemont Elementary PTO. Ages 21 and up. $25. Presented by Mariemont Elementary PTO. 272-3081. Mariemont.




You Deserve a Night Out, 4:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Apsara Restaurant, 4785 Lake Forest Drive. Sushi and select wine bottles available at 30 percent off. Reservations suggested. 554-1040. Blue Ash.

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Show Me A Story, 3:30 p.m. Opening reception. Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road. Multi-media exhibit of art that tells stories by Jennifer Choto and Janet Zack. Exhibit continues through May 31. Free. 683-2340; Loveland.


Lag B’Omer Square Dance, 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road. With professional square dance caller. Family friendly. Free. 761-7500. Amberley Village.


Spring Feast Sunday Supper, 5:30 p.m. Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road. Featuring Grailville-grown food and other seasonal delights. $15, $10 children. Reservations required. 683-2340. Loveland.


Drew Hastings, 8 p.m. $15. Ages 18 and up. Go Bananas, Reservations required. 9849288; Montgomery.



Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 201 Riverside Drive. Bonaventure House with exhibits, gift shop and library, 1797 Rich Log Cabin and 1879 Bishop-Coleman Gazebo. Featuring works by internationally known photographer Nancy Ford Cones (1869-1962), who was a resident of Loveland and used local people and scenes in many of her pictorial photographs. $3 donation. 683-5692; Loveland.

Turner Farm, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Turner Farm, 561-7400; Indian Hill.


The Art Institute of Ohio-Cincinnati is hosting the exhibit “Faculty Show” in the gallery at The Art Institute of Ohio, 8845 Governor’s Hill Drive, Suite 100, Symmes Township, through July 9. It features artwork from a variety of media including mixed media, digital film, graphic design, interactive media, culinary arts, fashion marketing, interior design and more. Admission is free. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Call 833-2400. Pictured is “Classroom Drawing” by Mark Hanavan.

Spring Garden Party and Plant Sale, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Loveland Primary/Elementary School, 550 Loveland-Madeira Road. Granny’s Garden School. Annual, perennial, herb and vegetable plants for the home and professional gardener. Workshops available. Free. 324-2873; Loveland.

Social Security, 3 p.m. Mayerson JCC, $15, $12 students with ID; $12 with groups of 10 or more in advance. 793-6237. Amberley Village.


Miami Hills Garden Club Perennial Plant Sale, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Downtown Madeira, Miami Avenue, Corner of Miami Avenue and Dawson Road. Benefits civic planting. Part of Madeira Art Fair. Presented by Miami Hills Garden Club. 984-8530. Madeira. Spring Garden Party and Plant Sale, noon3 p.m. Loveland Primary/Elementary School, Free. 324-2873; Loveland. M O N D A Y, M A Y 3

ART EXHIBITS Faculty Show, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. The Art Institute of Ohio - Cincinnati, Free. 833-2400. Symmes Township. Show Me A Story, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road. Multi-media exhibit of art that tells stories by Jennifer Choto and Janet Zack. Free. Through May 31. 683-2340; Loveland.

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Faculty Show, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. The Art Institute of Ohio - Cincinnati, Free. 833-2400. Symmes Township. Show Me A Story, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Grailville Education and Retreat Center, Free. 6832340; Loveland.

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Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund, 8:30 a.m.4:30 p.m. American Red Cross Blue Ash Chapter, 792-4000; Blue Ash.


Team Trivia, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Village Tavern, 9390 Montgomery Road. Free. Through Dec. 28. 793-7882. Montgomery.


Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund, 8:30 a.m.4:30 p.m. American Red Cross Blue Ash Chapter, 792-4000; Blue Ash.


Red Cross Pet First Aid, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road. Learn to care for illness and injury in cats and dogs, bandaging, splinting and CPR. Bring four-legged stuffed animal. $50. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.


Zumba, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Cincy Dance Studio, 8143 Camargo Road. Suite B, $10. Registration required. 859-630-7040; Madeira.


Turner Farm, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Turner Farm, 561-7400; Indian Hill.


Karaoke Night, 9 p.m.-midnight, Crowne Plaza Hotel Blue Ash, 5901 Pfeiffer Road. Lobby Lounge. 793-4500; Blue Ash.


Adoption S.T.A.R. Orientation Session, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Symmes Township Branch Library, 11850 Enyart Road. Learn about adoption. Free. Registration required. Presented by Adoption S.T.A.R. 631-6590,; Symmes Township.


Tai Chi Class, 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Humana Guidance Center, 11316 Montgomery Road. Instructed Tai Chi for beginners with Jennifer. Free. Reservations required. 247-2100. Symmes Township.


Turner Farm, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Turner Farm, 561-7400; Indian Hill.


Rubber Stamping 101, 4 p.m.-5 p.m. Humana Guidance Center, 11316 Montgomery Road. Beginners stamp and create handmade greetings cards. With Beth of Stampin Up. Free. 247-2100. Symmes Township.


Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund, 8:30 a.m.4:30 p.m. American Red Cross Blue Ash Chapter, 792-4000; Blue Ash.


Turner Farm, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Turner Farm, 561-7400; Indian Hill.


Open Mic Night, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike. Pub. Hosted by Jerome. Free. 697-9705. Loveland. Karaoke, 9 p.m. InCahoots, 4110 Hunt Road. Free. 793-2600. Blue Ash.



See Olympic silver medalists Qing Pang and Jian Tong, pictured, skate with Smuckers Stars on Ice at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, at U.S. Bank Arena. Also on the tour are 2010 Olympic silver medalists Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto, 2010 Olympian Jeremy Abbott, silver medalist Sasha Cohen, World Champion Todd Eldredge, bronze medalist Michael Weiss and more. Tickets are $26.50-$131.50. Call 800-745-3000 or visit

Linton Chamber Music Series, 7:30 p.m.9:30 p.m. Encore! Linton. Works of Mozart, Schumann, Bruch and Faure. Anthony McGill, clarinetist, and Michael Tree and Anna Polonsky of the Schumann Trio. Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson, artistic directors. Congregation Beth Adam, 10001 Loveland-Madeira Road. $30, $10 students at door. Presented by Linton Music. 381-6868; Loveland.


Cirque du Soleil - Alegria comes to The Bank of Kentucky Center Thursday, April 29, through Sunday, May 2. Pictured is the tribal and magical Fire-Knife Dance from a previous performance. “Alegria” is a mood piece about the passage of time, youth, old age and the handing down of power. It features artists using trapeze, hand balancing, manipulation and clowns and singers. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. April 29-30 and May 1; 3:30 p.m. April 30 and May 1; and 1 and 5 p.m. May 2. Tickets are $97-$42 for adults and $78-$34 for ages 2-12; plus fees. Visit


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Dealing with our Whatifs and Worries

“Last night while I lay thinking here, some Whatifs crawled inside my ear, and pranced and partied all night long, and sang their same old Whatif song:… Whatif I start to cry? Whatif I get sick and die? … Whatif nobody likes me? Whatif a bolt of lightning strikes me?” In this poem in, “A Light in the Attic,” author Shel Silverstein describes many of the worries that beset childhood minds. But don’t forget that the Whatifs grow up with us. For even as adults we have our own Whatifs crawling inside our ears at night, don’t we? For us, their content is different. They suggest such other things such as, “Whatif our love doesn’t last? Whatif the kids grow up too fast? Whatif my job is lost? Whatif I get a rotten boss? Whatif that ache is something serious? Whatif I age and become delirious?

Whatif I didn’t lock the house? Whatif I’m left by my spouse?” Worries are a constantly buzzing around our heads. If we Father Lou take them seriGuntzelman ously, they destroy peace of Perspectives mind, develop suspicions, and diminish enjoyment. They always threaten us with woeful events allegedly waiting around the corner. It doesn’t matter that studies show 80 percent of our worries never happen. Then we worry that the studies are wrong – especially in our case. What to do about handling our worries? First, make the distinction between angst and anxiety. Angst is the German word for the

anticipatory dread that is present in all of us as we recognize just how vulnerable we are. Angst is existential, which means it comes along with existing as a human being. Though we develop strategies to avoid it, there is no person who avoids all worries. So, what to do? For one thing, do not deny the fact that some stress or angst comes along with the living of life. As analyst James Hollis Ph.D. states, “An acceptance of this angst as normal is healthy; its denial is pathological, and will sooner or later result in some lifeestranging behavior, or worse, the trivialization of the journey.” Anxiety, on the other hand, is a free-floating condition which may be activated by almost any specific event in our lives: such as giving a speech before a large crowd, going through an important interview, a court appearance,

a medical operation, a wedding ceremony, etc. Its intensity is partly determined by one’s particular history. The more unsettled one’s family of origin, cultural setting, or environment was, the more anxiety is usually experienced. Beneath an anxiety one is going through there is usually buried a thread that reaches back to a childhood fear. It’s greatly advantageous to us to discover our early fear that still exercises such power over us. To be free entirely of angst or anxiety in our lives is unrealistic. That’s good to remember as we try to contain our worries. It also enables us to have a certain compassion for not only for ourselves but also for others. To possibly alleviate anxiety, someone has remarked that we already know the worst that can happen to us. We will die someday. Can we

be aware of that and still live as fully as possible all the days and years God gives us? Hollis believes we can help ourselves in dealing with our worried anxiety if we (1) accept the normality of anxiety, (2) seek the roots of the identifiable fears in our anxiety, then (3) simply do the best we can in living our lives fully, and forgive the rest. We are more important than what we fear. A great move toward personal liberation is accomplished when we can acknowledge our existential angst directly, know ourselves to be fragile beings clinging to a spinning planet hurtling through space, and at the same time be grateful for such a grand ride. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@community or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Air duct cleaning not a necessity, regardless of deal

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I’ve reported on this in the past but feel compelled to do it again because I’m seeing several companies advertising for air duct cleaning. The ads say the companies will clean your air ducts for as little as $39 or $49. But, the need for such cleaning is very questionable. Brent Melvin responded to one such ad for his Amelia house and now says he regrets it. “When I was on the phone I asked them about the ad, about it being $49, and she said, ‘Yes, $49, for the number of vents,’ ” said Melvin. After he ordered the cleaning and the technicians came to his house, they immediately began working and then presented a bill. “They really didn’t explain the bill but said it’s $2,000 to get everything done,” he said. Melvin objected to the cost, which covered everything from cleaning mold they said they found on a brand-new humidifier to cleaning dust mites. The technician then wrote up another bill. Melvin said the technician told him, “Well, if all you want is what we did

then it’s going to cost this much.” T h a t price was a b o u t $590, and Melvin Howard Ain says he Hey Howard! told them that was still way too high. “I said four or five times, I said, ‘I don’t have that kind of money,’ ” he said. Melvin said the charge came as quite a surprise. “I said, ‘If I would have known before you did this I wouldn’t have had this done – because that’s why I called you was the ad for $49.’ He said, ‘Well that’s what we did.’ ” Reluctantly, Melvin said he ended up paying $553, because that’s as low as the supervisor on the phone would approve. “I felt like I was kind of forced and I couldn’t say, ‘OK, well leave.’ They were already packing up and getting ready to leave after they did the job,” he said. Later, Melvin inspected the air ducts and found uncovered holes – and vents that will no longer fit into the duct work. “I guess they didn’t put this vent back on and they

broke it off and didn’t say anything. I couldn’t put it back up so I just put duct tape over the hole they left,” he said. Under Ohio law you must be given an estimate for the cost of the work to be performed. The estimate can be either written, oral, or you can sign that you don’t want to get any estimate at all. You just can’t be given a bill after the work is already done. In addition, Ohio law requires you to get a tear-off cancellation form with the contract – a form you send back to the firm within three days if you wish to cancel. Melvin didn’t get a tearoff cancellation form so I told him to write the company and cancel now. He did that and has now received all his money back. The company is also paying for another firm to come over and repair the problems caused by the duct cleaning company. You need to know the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said duct cleaning has never been shown to actually prevent health problems. It said studies show dust adheres to duct surfaces and does not necessarily enter the living space. In fact, the

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Eat like a winner with Derby Day recipes the word “farm” never enters my vocabulary, since we don’t own one. Yes, our home sits at the end of an old country road, but unlike some of the homes on the road, ours is fairly new. And you can see my clothes hanging on the line from the highway opposite our field. Although we grow a whole lot of different kinds of produce and have a nice amount of fruit trees, we

I guess it’s a matter of perception. When I talk about my little patch of heaven Rita here in Heikenfeld C l e r m o n t Rita’s kitchen C o u n t y , someone will usually come up and ask to visit “the farm.” I have to laugh, because

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Ingredients (Makes two hot browns):

2 ounces butter (1⁄4 cup) 2 ounces all-purpose flour (1⁄2 cup) 1 quart heavy cream (I’d use whipping cream) 1 ⁄2 cup Pecorino Romano cheese, plus 1 tablespoon for garnish Salt and pepper to taste 14 ounces sliced roasted turkey breast 2 slices of Texas toast (crust trimmed) 4 slices of crispy bacon 2 Roma tomatoes, sliced in half Paprika and parsley In a two-quart saucepan, melt butter and slowly whisk in flour until combined and forms a thick paste (roux). Continue to cook roux for two minutes over medium-low heat, stirring frequently. Whisk whipping cream into the roux and cook over medium heat until the cream begins to simmer, about two to three minutes. Remove sauce from heat and slowly whisk in Pecorino Romano cheese until the Mornay sauce is smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. For each Hot Brown, place one slice of toast in an oven safe dish and cover with 7 ounces of turkey. Take the two halves of Roma tomato and set them alongside the base of turkey and toast. Next, pour one half of the Mornay sauce to completely cover the dish. Sprinkle with additional

Pecorino Romano cheese. Place entire dish under a broiler until cheese begins to brown and bubble. Remove from broiler, cross two pieces of crispy bacon on top, sprinkle with paprika and parsley, and serve immediately.

Mint juleps

Make a simple syrup: combine 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar and a generous 1⁄2 cup roughly chopped spearmint leaves in a pan. Bring to a boil and cook until sugar dissolves. Let cool, then strain. Fill your frozen goblets (or even regular glasses, not frozen) with crushed ice and pour about 4 ounces good bourbon and 1⁄4 cup mint syrup in each. Go to taste on this! Top each with a sprig of mint and a straw which has been trimmed to barely come up to the top of the cups.

More Derby recipes

Go to Rita’s column online at for her clone of the beloved Kentucky Derby pie.

Rick Bayless’ Mexican chimichurri sauce

Perfect for Cinco de Mayo coming up. Rick is one of the most talented chefs I’ve met. One of my favorites during a class he taught for me was a delicious grilled shrimp marinade that dou-

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Each Thursday morning at 7:20 on Sacred Heart Radio 740AM, I talk with Brian Patrick about Bible herbs and foods. This week it’s how to make a Mary Garden. Visit for all the good info plus relevant recipes. bled as a dipping sauce. Here’s how Rick did it: Set a dry skillet over medium heat. Lay 1⁄2 head of unpeeled garlic cloves and 3 serrano chilies in the pan. Roast, turning frequently, for about 10 minutes for the chilies and 15 minutes for the garlic, or until soft and blotchy brown in spots. Let cool until they can be handled, and then slip the skins off the garlic and pull the stems off the chilies and, wearing rubber gloves, roughly chop (no need to remove the seeds). Place in a food processor along with 1 bunch each cilantro and parsley (lower stems removed), 1⁄2 cup olive oil, and up to 2 teaspoons salt. Process until nearly smooth (it will be pasty). Remove 1⁄3 cup and stir in 3 tablespoons water. This will be your extra sauce for dipping, whatever. Use the remaining sauce to brush on shrimp, poultry, beef, etc. and grill as desired. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is Macy’s certified culinary professional. Email columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.


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African Acrobats to perform May 2


The African Acrobats will perform at the Chabad Jewish Center’s Lag B’Omer celebration at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 2, at Bob Meyer Park, next to Rockwern Academy, 8511 Sturbridge Drive, Cincinnati. The cost is $9 advance reservation, $13 at the door. For more information, call Rabbi Cohen at 793-5200 or visit

Chabad Jewish Center is gearing up for the most spectacular Lag B’Omer celebration yet with a performance by The African Acrobats. The Lag B’Omer event will also feature a delicious barbeque, father and son softball, and more. The African Acrobats are a high-energy troupe that specializes in gravity-defying moves including human pyramids, tumbling, balancing, contortions, limbo and more. Originally from Mombassa, Kenya, with a current base in Las Vegas, the African Acrobats have astonished audiences in more than 25 countries, including crowds at NBA games, theme parks and national television shows. Lag B’Omer, which this year occurs Sunday, May 2, commemorates the cessation of a tragic plague that occurred over 2,000 years ago during the weeks between Passover and Shavuot, wiping out 24,000 disciples of the great Talmudic sage Rabbi Akiva. The plague was brought about as a result of their lack of respect toward one another. The dying ceased on Lag B’Omer, so on this day we unite and emphasize unconditional love and respect of

The African Acrobats are a high-energy troupe that specializes in gravity-defying moves including human pyramids, tumbling, balancing, contortions, limbo and more. one’s fellow, whoever and wherever they may be. This day also marks the passing of the great sage and mystic Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, who is attributed as the author of the Zohar, the foundational book of Kabalah. On the day of his passing, Rabbi Shimon instructed his disciples to mark the date as “the day of my joy.” Each Lag B’Omer we celebrate Rabbi Shimon’s life, whose teachings continue to this day to be an inspiration to the Jewish People. The event will be at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 2, at Bob Meyer Park, next to Rockwern Academy, 8511 Sturbridge Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45236. The cost is $9 advance reservation, $13 at the door. For more information, call Rabbi Cohen at 793-5200 or visit

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Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, Judge Yvette Brown, meets with some of her supporters.

Blue Ash Dem president meets lieutenant gov. candidate Brown Blue Ash Northeast Democratic Club President Julie Brook and nearly 50 other Democratic activists attended a reception for Judge Yvette McGee Brown, candidate for Ohio lieutenant governor and running mate of Gov. Ted Strickland, Feb. 19 at the offices of Manley Burke LPA. Brown is a lifelong resident of Columbus, Ohio, a graduate of Ohio University and The Ohio State University College of Law. From 1993 to 2002 she was the first African-American and second woman to serve as Judge on the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Division of Domestic Rela-

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Brecon United Methodist Church

Sunday Worship Services are 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. with Adult Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. Children’s Church is during the 10:45 a.m. hour. All guests and visitors are welcome. The church is at 7388 East Kemper Road, Sycamore Township; 4897021.

Church of the Saviour United Methodist

Summer Vacation Bible School will be from 9 a.m. to noon June 21-25; and 6 to 8:30 p.m. July 26-30. Registration is now open. Senior Men meet at 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday for lunch and fellowship. Children’s weekday groups meet from 9 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with lunch and an afternoon session available on Tuesday. The cost is $10 for one child and $15 for families. Reservations can be made by calling the church. Adult Mission Weekend will return to Mountain T.O.P., serving the people of Appalachia Tennessee Oct. 7-10. No experience is necessary, just a heart for serving others and the desire for a spiritual weekend retreat in the beautiful Tennessee mountains. If you are 18 or older and have an interest in joining, contact Dave Corfman at 3368129 or The church is located at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati; 791-3142;

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

The church is hosting Scrapbooking from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. nearly every third Monday. Free child care is provided. You must register by 5 p.m. Friday before the Monday event. The dates are: May 17, June 7, July 19 and Aug. 16. The church is at 7701 Kenwood Road, Kenwood; 891-1700.

today. The church is at 7205 Kenwood Road; 891-9768.

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New Church of Montgomery

The church conducts worship at 10:30 a.m., Sundays and Divine Providence Study Group the first four Sundays of the month from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The church is located at 9035 E. Kemper Road, Montgomery; 4899572.

St. Paul Community United Methodist Church

Hartzell United Methodist

Women of Hartzell United Methodist Church will be hosting a Rummage Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 8. It will include bargains as well as homemade bakery items. Sunday Worship Services are 9 and 10:30 a.m. with Adult Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. Children’s School is during the 10:45 a.m. hour. All guests and visitors are welcome. Youth Groups, Bible Studies weekly; Childcare and Transportation provided. The church is at 8999 Applewood Drive, Blue Ash; 891-8527.

Kenwood Fellowship Church

The church has a new contemporary worship service from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturdays. The services will feature contemporary worship music in a relaxed atmosphere with biblical teaching that will resonate with the fast-paced lifestyles that many of us find ourselves in

Bernstein, A r n o l d Horowitz, D e n n i s Manes, Ron Richards, Orly Rumberg, George Simon Smulian, W a r r e n Shapiro, Steve Weiss, Mark Bratslavsky, Sonia Milrod and Herb Brass. Chanan Jaakobovitch, Fred Joffe, Brian Leshner, Henry Spitz, Margie Stayton, Marc Tyler, and Joseph Zukor will continue to serve as trustees. Barb Goldstein, Steven Pentelnik and David Zucker will serve on the board as past presidents. Rabbi Simon will install the new officers and trustees of the Men’s Club. Northern Hills’ Sisterhood will also install officers and trustees on that evening. On

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The church is continuing the series “Meeting Jesus Along the Way.” On May 2, the sermon “Holding it together in the Parting of the Ways...Jesus and Judas!” will be based on the scripture reading John 13:31-35. Communion will be offered. St. Paul Church services are 8:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. for Traditional Worship and 9:30 a.m. for Contemporary Worship with Praise Band. Sunday School and childcare is provided for all services. The church is at 8221 Miami Road, Madeira; 891-8181;

Sycamore Christian Church

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

Harvey S. Meier

Harvey S. Meier, 82, of Sycamore Township died April 12. Survived by children, Harvey and Joan Meier, Debbie and David Pendl, Rebecca and Charles Fleishmann, and Steve Meier; and eight Meier grandchildren. Preceded in death by father, Harvey Meier; mother, Catherine (nee Stansbury) Meier; wife, Janice (nee Willer) Meier; and sister, Jean Schoernhorst. Services were April 17 at All Saints Catholic Church. Memorials to: Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 452633597.

Saturday, May 1, Simon will speak at the morning service, at 9:30 a.m. He will discuss FJMC’s Keruv project. Both services will take place at the synagogue, at 5714 Fields Ertel Road. For more information, call 9316038.

PUBLIC HEARING SYMMES TOWNSHIP BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held by the Symmes Township Board of Zoning Appeals on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. for the purpose of hearing an Appeal (#2010-07) filed by appellant, John Holloway, 12180 Maple Drive (45140) from Notice of Refusal for a zoning certificate for the construction of a residential addition on an existing single family residence with less front yard setback than required for the property located at 12180 Maple Drive (45140) . This hearing will be held at Township Admin. Bldg., 9323 Union Cemetery Road. Plans are on file and open for public inspection. Gerald L. Beckman Township Zoning Inspector 1312931/1552880


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Piening; 34 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband, Ralph J. Tepe. Services were Jan. 22 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Montgomery. Memorials to: Greater Cincinnati Right to Life Educational Fund, 1802 W. Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, OH 45239.

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Northern Hills Synagogue installs officers Northern Hills Synagogue – Congregation B’nai Avraham will welcome Rabbi Charles Simon as its special guest for its installation of officers weekend, April 30 and May 1. Installation of officers will take place Friday, April 30, at a special 8 p.m. service, followed by a gala reception. Simon will speak about his new book, “Creating a Successful Volunteer Culture.” In addition to Miller, officers being installed include vice presidents David Goldstein, Joe Lazear, Barry Wolfson and Lynn Kohel; treasurer Phyliss Shubs: financial secretary Matt Lee; recording secretary Michelle Shapiro; corresponding secretary Judy Knapp, and cemetery warden Matt Yosafat. Trustees being installed include Jeff Bassin, David

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UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF THE SAVIOUR 8005 Pfeiffer Rd Montgmry 791-3142 "Because He Lives: Identity"

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Fellowship/Coffee Hour after Worship Nursery Provided/Youth Group Activities 360 Robin Ave. (off Oak St.), Loveland OH

5910 Price Road, Milford 831-3770


Services 8:00 am, 9:15 am & 11:00am Steve Lovellette, Senior Pastor Nursery proivided at all services


Take I-275 to exit 57 toward Milford, Right on McClelland, Right on Price, church soon on Right


7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery (East of I-71 on Pfeiffer Rd) Worship Schedule 8:30 & 11:00 a.m. Worship and Holy Communion 9:45 a.m. Sunday School and Adult Forum Pastor: Josh Miller Baby sitter provided Visit our website at:

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

Good Shepherd (E LCA)

7701 Kenwood Rd.


(across from Kenwood Towne Centre) Saturday night at 5:00 and Sunday morning at 8:00, 9:00, 9:30 & 11:00am Pastors: Larry Donner, Pat Badkey, Jesse Abbott

Sharonville United Methodist

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

3751 Creek Rd.


4309 Cooper Rd. At Reed Hartman Hwy 791-1153 • Rev. Michael Brewer, Pastor • 9:00 AM Sunday School for all ages • 10:30 AM Worship Nursery Care Provided Fellowship Hour following Worship Service

MADEIRA SILVERWOOD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 8000 Miami Ave. 791-4470 Contemporary Worship 9:00 am

Church School for Everyone 10:10 am

Traditional Worship 11:15 am Child Care available at all times

Montgomery Presbyterian Church 9994 Zig Zag Road Mongtomery, Ohio 45242

Worship Service 10:30am Nursery Care Available website:



April 28, 2010


Northeast Suburban Life

On the record

April 28, 2010

POLICE REPORTS Arrests/citations

Melinda J. Morgan, 20, 47 Highridge Drive, petty theft at 4700 Ashwood Drive apartment 401, April 14. Laurence Rivers, 27, 3912 Kirkup Ave. Apartment 4, disorderly conduct at 4300 Rossplain Road, April 13. James Ferguson, 53, 375 W. Galbraith Road, disorderly conduct; intoxication at 4300 Rossplain Road, April 13. Michael Pfeiffer, 53, 5233 Hagewa Drive, disorderly conduct at 4343

On the Web

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

About real estate transfers

Information is provided as a public service by the office of Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes. Neighborhood designations are approximate.

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Incidents/investigations Burglary

A woman said someone took a silver Armsrong flute, value $2,000, and an Armstrong piccolo, value $829.99 at 4235 Peppermill Lane, April 13. A man said someone took a 46-inch LCD television, value $800; a Dell computer monitor, value $200; a Sony Blu-Ray player, value $540; a TV wall mounting bracket, value $89; a DVD player, value $100; a Canon digital camera, value $350, and a Sony Handycam digital camcorder at 4890 Hunt Road apartment 209, April 16. A woman said someone took a pink and black electric motorcycle, value $400 at 4278 Berryhill Lane, April 19.

Criminal damaging/endangering A man said someone damaged a Pioneer stereo head deck, value $750; a vehicle window, value $207, and a vehicle dash, value $200 at 9272 Deercross Parkway apartment 3C, April 16.

Petty theft

A man said someone took $50 cash and a GPS unit, value $150 at

9471 Tramwood Court, April 18. A man said someone took skull candy headphones, value $20, from Blue Ash Elementary School at 9541 Plainfield Road, April 19.

Petty theft, forgery

Someone took $100 and changed a $5 bill to a $100 bill at Skyline Chili at 5005 Cornell Road, April 13.


Someone took 20 circular metal discs, value $1,200, from Lange Precision Inc. at 6971 Cornell Road, April 19.



Jaya Wilson, 23, 9981 Trapp Lane, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, April 5. Keidra Lay, 22, 3410 Lees Crossing, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, April 5. Erica Warren, 27, 262 Lakeview Drive, criminal trespassing at 7875 Montgomery Road, April 3. Amanda Allison, 18, 4701 Charlies Place, theft at 7913 Montgomery Road, April 1. Todd Gibbs, 39, 724 Chalfonte, crimi-

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Incidents/investigations Burglary

Residence entered, laptop and guitars of unknown value removed at 8367 Beech Ave., March 31. Residence entered and video games, controllers, discs, jewelry boxes and contents valued at $3,200 removed at 7752 Montgomery Road, April 6.

Criminal damaging

Vehicle damaged at 8238 Bonanza Lane, March 16.

purse of unknown value removed at 6307 E. Galbraith Road, March 28. Vehicle entered and GPS, credit cards of unknown value removed at 8480 Beech Ave., March 30. Denture valued at $1,600 removed at 8017 Village Drive, April 6. Rear license plate removed at 7875 U.S. 22, April 3.

SYMMES TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Juvenile female, 17, theft at 9201 Fields Ertel Road, April 5. Laura Tomlison, 21, 2214 Lawn Ave., theft at 9148 Union Cemetery Road, April 1.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering

Rock thrown through window at 11406 Montgomery Road, March 22.

Criminal damaging, theft

Criminal damaging

Criminal mischief




Tools valued at $3,180 removed at 4561 Elizabeth, March 18. Graffiti found at 7701 Kenwood Road, March 29. Wallet and contents removed from

Rear view mirror damaged at 11309 U.S. 22, March 28.

Reported at 8925 Harper’s Point Drive, 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, 7927254. Symmes Township, Lt. Dan Reid 683-3444. taken at 8675 Fields Ertel Road, March 31.


Merchandise valued at $183.44 removed at 10554 LovelandMadeira Road, March 27. Necklace valued at $11,000 removed at 11339 Avant Lane, April 1. $10,000 removed at 9180 Union Cemetery Road, April 1.

Victim threatened and newspaper


Of New York Mellon The; $90,000. 4456 Elsmere Ave.: Barnhart Gerald L. to Suntrust Mortgage Inc.; $58,000. 4572 Ellman Ave.: Art Robert J. to Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. Tr; $70,000.

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$350,000. 9476 Hunters Creek Drive: Federal National Mortgage Association to Wang Xiaohong; $105,000.


10223 Hightower Court: Bac Home Loans Servicing LP to Corn Gary K.; $175,000. 10473 Storybook Drive: Meyer Henry & Donald Rein to Wead Jeanne M.; $242,000. 11632 Grandstone Lane: Lareau James F. & Stacey K. to Johnson Gerald F. & Beth; $865,000. 8722 Tanagerwoods Drive: Elliott Joyce R. to Fong Ho Yin & Ken Richied; $270,000. 9119 Kemper Road: National Residential Nominee Services Inc. to Cronstein Dan E.; $519,500. 9610 Ross Ave.: Wolverton Jeffrey S. & Patricia H. to Moeddel Melissa A.; $665,000. 10620 Brandywine Lane: Ross Ben R. & Connie E. to Fannie Mae; $200,000.


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Compare home sales on your block, on your street and in your neighborhood at: ship ship to Moore Jason P. & Denise N.; $135,000. 7752 Montgomery Road: Mayer Patrick A. P. & Gillian S. to Babiak Bradley M.; $89,000. 8580 Wicklow Ave.: Skeen William P. Jr. & Jennifer L. to Nationstar Mortgage LLC; $64,000. 8636 Tralee Court: Darling Suzanne J. to Sok Vannak; $129,500.


10033 Bentcreek Drive: Fulks Doug & Anne to Mulhollen John E. & Tina L.; $305,000. 11339 Avant Lane: Goldston Ada C. Tr to Price Gary R. & Lesley B.; $650,000. 11529 Kemperwoods Drive: Prudential Relocation Inc. to Greve Matthew J. & Kelly R.; $323,500. 11529 Kemperwoods Drive: Rankin Thomas Paul & Tara Z. to Prudential Relocation Inc; $323,500. 12000 Carrington Lane: Danis Donald to Li Yunxia; $77,000. 9093 Solon Drive: Stuckey John to Bank Of America National Association; $190,000. 9259 Geromes Wy: Heartwood Builders LLC to Mason Lisa M. & Dale K.; $748,000. 9325 Loveland Madeira Road: Edwards Harry G. III Tr to Depue Thomas W.; $82,500.

FIRE/EMS CALLS Sycamore Township fire/EMS calls from March 19 to April 17: March 19, Galbraith, medical emergency March 19, Montgomery, medical emergency March 19, Owlswood, lift assist March 20, School, medical emergency March 20, Dearwester, medical emergency March 20, Montgomery, fall March 21, Snider, cancelled call March 21, Saint Clair, vehicle fire March 21, Montgomery, alarm activation March 21, Walnut, structure fire

About Fire, EMS reports

The Community Press obtains fire and emergency medical dispatches from the Sycamore Township Fire EMS Department, 489-1212 (North Station) and 792-8565 (South station). March 21, Kugler Mill, medical emergency

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