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Speeders along 126 a concern Resident asks trustees for help By Leah Fightmaster

Some residents of Camp Dennison are concerned about speed. Ohio State Route 126, or Glendale-Milford Road in that area, runs straight through the middle of Camp Dennison in Symmes Township, between Indian Hill and the Clermont County border. A winding road with several small hills, speeding over the limit is not only illegal but dangerous, especially on this stretch, said D’Arcy Havill, Camp Dennison resident. Havill went to Symmes Township’s Board of Trustees last

month asking the trustees to come up with a solution for cars that speed through on GlendaleMilford Road. While the road is technically state-managed, Havill hoped the township could contact the Ohio Department of Transportation. The intersection Havill is most worried about, at GlendaleMilford and Lincoln roads, is at the top of an area where the road is at an incline. When approaching it from the south, Havill said visibility is at a “bare minimum” and many drivers do not obey the 35-mph speed limit. “People come up over the hill so fast they can’t see or stop,” he said. At the intersection sits Tranter’s Tasty Treats, 7832 GlendaleMilford Road, which attracts

The Ohio Department of Transportation installed this sign and a second identical one across the street to alert drivers of possible pedestrians or cyclists at the upcoming intersection. Camp Dennison resident D’Arcy Havill does not think the sign will be enough to warn drivers. LEAH

many children and families. Havill said a lot of children live on the west side of the road, which

“I’m really kind of looking for some sort of radar and deputies being down more often.” D’ARCY HAVILL


Camp Dennison resident

means they would have to cross the intersection to get to the ice cream shop. Havill originally suggested to the board that ODOT could build a speed study there, but Administrator Brian Elliff was wary to recommend it. He said sometimes ODOT increases speed limits after speed studies, which would not be a productive solution.

Another suggestion was to install a speed radar that when a driver approached it over the designated speed limit, it flashed red. Havill said it was easier to slow drivers because if one was pulled over and the police officer saw the radar, there was little arSee SPEEDERS, Page A2

Memorial Day events around town By Leah Fightmaster

Memorial Day will be observed on Monday, May 28. Here is a list of Memorial Day events in the area:

Blue Ash

The 60th annual Blue Ash Memorial Day parade begins at 10:15 a.m. at a new starging area at Cooper Road and Reed Hartman Highway. The parade will then continue east Cooper Road into downtown Blue Ash before ending at the Bicentennial Veteran’s Memorial Park at Blue Ash Towne Square. Among the highlights of this year’s event will be the 100th Army Band of Fort Knox, who will participate as the featured military band. Reed Hartman Highway will be closed between Plainfield and Cooper roads from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. Eastbound traffic on Cooper Road will be prohibited between Plainfield Road and Reed Hartman Highway from 5 a.m. to

THE MOE THE MERRIER B1 Moeller High School seniors and their dates stepped into an evening of dancing and fun.

11 a.m.; the remaining section of Cooper Road between Reed Hartman Highway and Hunt Road will be closed as the parade progresses into downtown Blue Ash. Access to Sycamore Trace will be open to local traffic only via Locust Lane off Plainfield Road from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. closure period.

Loveland The city’s parade will form at Loveland Elementary School beginning at 8:15 a.m. and will commence at 9 a.m., proceeding to the Veterans’ Loveland Memorial. The Memorial Day ceremony will begin at the Memorial after parade.

Symmes Township » Home of the Brave Park dedication and opening – 5 9 p.m. Friday, May 25, at Home of the Brave Park, 11605 Lebanon Road. Dedication ceremony is 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by refreshments, children’s activities, floating lanterns and other attractions.

Firefighters, families and Sycamore Township residents filled the seats and lobby of the Township Administration Building and lined the halls of the meetng room May 16. LEAH FIGHTMASTER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Fiery feelings fly as Sycamore trustees approve fire budget By Leah Fightmaster

Sycamore Township’s fire department will get smaller – although exactly how much smaller, and how soon, is still unknown. Township trustees last week accepted Fire Chief Willam Jetter’s proposed budget, which calles for layoffs of 14 full-time firefighters and all of about 70 parttime firefighters. A tense but subdued atmosphere permeated the meeting room at Sycamore Township’s Township Administration Build-

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ing May 16. Dozens of firefighters and families, including Sycamore residents, filled the seats in the audience and lined the walls. Still more firefighters stood in the lobby of the building, many from other area departments and others visiting Cincinnati for the bi-annual Ohio Association of Professional Fire Fighters, or OAPFF, conference. Resident and former firefighter Tom Caruthers asked the board not to vote on the budget yet, but rather to table it and leave time for more discussion of other options. He suggested

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bringing in an arbitrator to facilitate fair and open discussion between the union and the township. “I voted for you to make a decision, and I applaud you for making decisions because they’re hard to make and I wouldn’t want to be in your shoes right now,” he said. “There are negotiators out there who can come in.” He added that as a resident, he found the situation “confusing.” Caruthers said he does not know “who is telling the truth,” and that See BUDGET, Page A2

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gument about whether the driver was speeding. “It told the officer that the driver saw the sign, saw it flash red and still chose to speed,” he said. “I would like to see something like that in Camp Dennison. At least, around that intersection.” Hamilton County Sheriff’s Deputy Tom Butler said he would increase patrols in Camp Dennison, which Havill said he has noticed. Elliff said that when he contacted ODOT, something was already being discussed

for the intersection. Installed the first week of May, Havill said the solution was to install two small signs before the intersection alerting drivers. While the signs have only been there a few days, Havill said he has not noticed a difference. He said that while the signs are a passive solution, he believes a more active and effective solution would be the speed radars. “I’m really kind of looking for some sort of radar and deputies being down more often,” Havill said. “… It would be very unfortunate if a child was killed crossing the street.”


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each side is working to remedy the budget shortfall, but “it has gotten out of hand.” Sycamore Township resident Pat Ashcraft said he and his wife, Mary, had been following the situation and felt they could “no longer avoid expressing our opinions.” He discussed his observance of each side claims, including reduced staffing causing unsafe conditions, which he said he has not seen proof that a staffing decrease would make conditions unsafe. Ashcraft also added the township’s mutual aid agreement with surrounding departments. He called a potential levy fight “controversial and expensive,” saying he would like to see the township avoid one. “While numbers are different, the result is the same,” he said. “Firefighters are exceeding the budget, and we don’t have the money. Either cut people, raise taxes or cut other programs.” OAPFF President Mark Sanders said the trustees must discuss the budget problem and resolutions with “others who have got-

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ten through the worst economic times in our state.” Sanders compared the situation to Springfield Township, which passed a 1-mill, five-year fire levy in March. A larger township in size and residential population, Springfield Township’s fire department responded to just more than 5,000 calls in 2011, according to the township’s website, compared to about 4,300 calls in Sycamore Township, firefighter and local union Vice President Craig Creighton noted. Springfield Township has a fire budget of about $5.6 million for 2012, according to the website. “There is genuine concern and you can see it,” Sanders said. Determined by seniority, each full-time firefighter will be offered a part time position with the department. The layoffs will take effect in 45 days, and laid off full-time firefighters will have 15 days to inform the township in writing that they will accept the part-time position. Before adjourning, trustees said the board attempted to explore each option before turning to cutting employees, with Board President Tom Weidman reiterating the board believes the budget is “the only avenue left to live within their means.” Creighton and firefighter Eric Hardesty called the decision “irresponsible,” Creighton said he felt it was premeditated, and they will “do everything in their power within local, state and international unions to fight to get each of the 14 back on staff.”

Brookside hosts open house

Brookside Swim and Tennis Club kicks off its 2012 season with an open house noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 2, and 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 3. Located next to Bechtold Park in Sycamore Township, Brookside is one of the few remaining private swim clubs in the area. For an admission fee of $5 per person, community members will have the opportunity to enjoy the pool and facilities. Brookside offers Red Cross certified swimming lessons, late night theme parties, and youth pool parties every Wednesday night throughout the summer. These events are open to the public. Brookside is at 4400 Sycamore Road. For more information call 891-9832 or visit

Silhouette artist in Montgomery

Silhouette artist Erik Johnson will be at Little Lords & Ladies, 7816 Cooper Road, Montgomery, Sunday, June 3. He creates hand cut silhouette portraits just by looking at a person's profile and cutting with a pair of surgical scissors free hand to get an exact likeness. He visits stores all over the United States to do these special keepsakes for customers.

Symmes seeks committee applicants

Symmes Township has an opening on its Finance/ Audit Committee. The Finance/Audit Committee provides recommendations to the Board of Trustees and Fiscal Officer on local government business relating to budget and other financial matters. To apply you must be a resident of the township. Please call the township office at 683-6644 to request an application or download it at . Please return your completed application as soon as possible to Symmes Township, Attn: Administrator, at 9323 Union Cemetery Road, Symmes Township, Ohio 45140-9312.

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No firm date set for airport’s closing ly favorable price because of existing federal law in which a sale to Blue Ash would give Cincinnati that free rein. A sale to Blue Ash, pilots say, would trigger a Federal Aviation Administration exception that would allow Cincinnati to use sale proceeds from the property now on the block – which holds the airport operations - and from 130 vacant acres Blue Ash bought from Cincinnati six years ago any way it chooses. Blue Ash will pay Cincinnati $37.5 million over 30 years for the land it already bought to build a community park.

By Jeanne Houck

BLUE ASH — Cincinnati officials are not confirming reports the city is considering filing a federal lawsuit to win the right to use sale proceeds from the sale of its property at the Blue Ash Airport as it pleases, no matter who the buyer. It’s an issue that is important to Blue Ash because pilots fighting Cincinnati’s plans to close the airport and who want Blue Ash to buy the nearly 100 acres Cincinnati owns there say Blue Ash should be able to negotiate a high-

“Cincinnati’s asking price makes Blue Ash’s involvement in the purchase of the property highly unlikely whether Blue Ash were to operate the airport or utilize private management,” Blue Ash Mayor Mark Weber said. “Whether our council or administration wants to keep the airport or not isn’t the issue when the cost of its continued operation is well beyond Blue Ash’s means.” Meg Olberding, director of communications for Cincinnati, said, “The city of Cincinnati continues to talk with the (Federal Aviation Administration) and

If Cincinnati sells its remaining property at the Blue Ash Airport to an entity other than Blue Ash, the pilots say, Cincinnati must spend the proceeds on aviation-related expenses. Cincinnati also owns Lunken Airport in the East End. Cincinnati had planned to reconfigure and continue operating the Blue Ash Airport off GlendaleMilford Road, but now says it is financially unfeasible and that it will shut down the airport sometime after June 8. A Cincinnati spokeswoman recently said the city believes the property is worth some $24 million.

Indian Hill selects superintendent By Forrest Sellers

The Indian Hill Exempted Village School District Board of Education has selected a candidate for superintendent. After interviews with 13 candidates, the school board selected Mark Miles, a deputy superintendent with the Park Hill School District in Kansas City, Mo. The board submitted a contract offer to Miles following its May 16 special session. "We went through a lengthy process," said board member Kim Lewis, who also serves as chairwoman for the district's Personnel Committee. Executive search firm Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates was contracted to conduct the search. The



board began its initial series of candidate interviews in April. "(Miles) has great leadership skills," said board President Elizabeth Johnston. "He has demonstrated experience and achievements in a high performing district and has engaged the community in his district." Johnston said Miles was chosen by the board unanimously and that the selection process went "very well." Miles has been a deputy

ing that Blue Ash buy the airport and lease property for airport operations to a private-sector entity that would manage airport functions. “The biggest hurdle the committee had to clear was the purchase price Cincinnati is seeking for the property,” Weber said.

the city of Blue Ash to try and work through all parties' needs. “We are hopeful we can all work together to reach a solution,” Olberding said. “However, (Cincinnati) remains convinced that the Blue Ash airport is a money-losing enterprise for us and we will close it as an airport. “We do not have a date identified when that will happen and will provide notice to the tenants,” Olberding said. Blue Ash recently formed a committee with pilots to examine ideas the pilots have to keep the Blue Ash Airport open – includ-

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Pritchard, Feeney speak Sycamore seniors at CHCA graduation to toss their tassels By Leah Fightmaster

With graduations right around the corner, here is a short rundown of some local high school ceremonies.

Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy

» Commencement: 3 p.m. Sunday, June 3, CHCA gymnasium » Diaspeiro (baccalaureate): 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 1, Lindner Theater

» Class of 2012: 104 graduates » Commencement speaker: Beth Guckenberger, author and founder of Back2Back ministries » Diaspeiro (baccalaureate) speaker: Kristen Stutz, Class of 1999 » Valedictorian: Amanda Pritchard of Loveland » Salutatorian: Michelle Feeney of Loveland

Mount Notre Dame High School

» Graduation is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday May 29, at Oasis Conference center in Loveland. » There will be 162 graduating. » Speakers include Larry Mock, head of school; Karen Day, academic dean; Keara Saud, valedictorian, and Eileen Lipps, director of campus ministry.

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MONTGOMERY — Some 431 Sycamore High School seniors will toss the tassel on their mortarboards from right to left during graduation exercises Thursday, May 31. Graduation will begin at 7 p.m. at the Cintas Center at Xavier University. “The Sycamore High School class of 2012 has worked hard throughout their high school careers and have demonstrated outstanding potential,” said Chris Davis, principal of Sycamore High School. “I am confident that they are prepared to make good choices and will meet the challenges that life will present. “We congratulate these young people and are extremely proud of them,”

Harris Vasudevan Davis said. A number of graduating seniors will participate in Sycamore High School’s commencement services. Ritvik Vasudevan of Loveland will welcome guests and then Anirudha Vaddadi of Symmes Township will give the keynote speech. Charlotte Harris of Montgomery will accept the diplomas on behalf of her class. “We are very proud of the class of 2012 and all they have accomplished in earning admission and scholarships to colleges all


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Mortarboards to fly at Ursuline By Jeanne Houck

BLUE ASH — Mortarboards will be flying Wednesday, May 30, at Ursuline Academy as 168 seniors graduate. Graduation will begin at 7 p.m. “This time of year is bittersweet for all of us at Ursuline,” said Tom Barhorst, principal of Ursuline Academy. “We are proud of our senior class, and know they are well prepared for col-

lege and life. “We are also sad that they will be leaving us, and I know that we will miss their leadership and enthusiasm,” Barhorst said. Ursuline Academy does not choose valedictorians or salutatorians, said Marianne Lang, director of communications and public relations for the school in Blue Ash. Instead, Lang said, seniors vote for a student to speak at graduation. That speaker will be announced soon.

Amy Hermanns, a guidance counselor at Ursuline Academy, said the school is proud of the class of 2012. “It is an exciting time for our seniors as they look to their future in college and we wish them all the best as they pursue their studies and dream big,” Hermanns said. “Always remember we believe in you, trust you to make the world a better place and you will always have a home at Ursuline Academy,’” Hermanns said.

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A poem, house draw comments from residents By Leah Fightmaster

With the opening of the new Home of the Brave Park coming up, one Symmes Township resident questioned the poetic choice for the veteran’s

memorial. Resident Larry Riesenberg asked the Board of Trustees why the poem “Fiddler’s Green” was chosen to be featured on a panel for the park’s new veteran’s memorial. A tribute to United States military vet-

erans coinciding with the choice of the park name, the memorial will be made of granite panels and installed within the park. Riesenberg characterized the poem as “offensive,” and said that he did not think its content and

meaning were appropriate for honoring military veterans. A poem that describes war veterans in hell or an old-time bar, it serves as the imagined afterlife of a soldier and was adopted from an old sailor’s tale. References to soldiers committing suicide or horrific events during the American Indian War would expose children to those images, and Riesenberg said he did not think it was appropriate for that type of memorial. “Why expose kids to the idea of putting a pistol to your head?” he asked. Trustees agreed, adding that they did not select the poem that was to be used on the panel. Trustee Phil Beck said it was “presented as a complete package” to the township, that the monument was designed for another community and when it fell through, Symmes received it at a discounted rate. “I agree that (the poem) is not appropriate in this setting,” he said. “It is more personal and war buddyish, but not township and family appropriate.” Beck is a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, and anofficer in the Navy Reserves. He added that he thought the recognizable image from Iwo Jima in World War II of the flag raising would be an acceptable replacement, as well as another poem, which the

trustees voted to replace “Fiddler’s Green” with instead. “The (new) poem speaks to what veterans have done for freedom,” he said. Another Symmes Township resident voiced concerns, instead with a house. A house at 9024 Symmes Knoll Court, which experienced a fire several months ago, has been sitting vacant and unrepaired since, resident Robert Wilson said. He said no one has lived there since the fire and neighbors have been taking turns cutting the grass on the property. Police have been called to the property several times, Wilson said, while the windows have been broken out and the mail is no longer being delivered. Adminstrator Brian Elliff said the board declared the house a nuisance property, which requires the township to give the owner seven days notice before sending a maintenance crew to clean up the property and levy the charges on the owner’s taxes. He added nothing had been done about it before because there is an open insurance claim on the house and the “suspicious nature of the fire.” If the owner does not respond and no further action is taken, the township can get court action to require the maintenance.

BETTER CHOICE OF WORDS Symmes Township trustees decided to remove “Fiddler’s Green” as the poem on the memorial panel and replaced it with the poem below, suggested by Trustee Phil Beck.


Symmes Township remembers… It is the Veteran, not the preacher, who has given us freedom of religion. It is the Veteran, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial. It is the Veteran, not the politician, who has given us the right to vote. It is the Veteran, not the reporter, who has given us our freedom of the press. It is the Veteran, not the poet, who has given us our freedom of speech. It is the Veteran, not the organizer, who has given us our freedom to demonstrate. It is the Soldier, Sailor, Airman and Marine who salute the flag, who serves others with respect for the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag. They are ordinary, yet extraordinary human beings. People who offered some of their life’s most vital years in the service of our country, and who sacrificed their ambitions so others would not have to sacrifice theirs.




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Six from CCD Merit finalists

Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy CAPPIES nominees, from left: first row, Ellen Packer, Kelsey Foreman, Morgan Shiveley and Andrew Minnich; second row, Elizabeth Ottenjohn, Meredith Stutz, Ben Scott, Logan Lally, Megan Terlau, Josh Thiel, Hannah Grubb and Emma Vincent; third row, Ben Stevens, Bridget Simpson, Ryan Black, John Handelsman, Ben Tedrick, Tim Carpenter and Ben Lapps. Not pictured, Kate Bohanan, Matthew Carroll, Cyle Cucinotta, Brian Mashny and Sarah Morgason. THANKS TO LIZ BRONSON

CHCA play earns 19 CAPPIE nominations

Each year, the local chapter of the Cappies (an organization that recognizes the best in high school theater) honors top performances in musicals and plays. Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy’s March production of “Godspell” brought in 19 nominations, the most ever for CHCA. The show’s director, Susan Jung of Anderson Township, says it was one of the most creatively fulfilling productions she’s ever done. “Godspell was one of those shows where everyone was on board and willing to do whatever it took to make the show the best it possibly could be,” she said. “We accomplished exactly what I set out to do and couldn’t have done it without everyone's efforts.” Cappies nominees included: Musical - “Godspell” Song - “We Beseech Thee” Choreography - Bridget Simpson of Loveland Orchestra - The CHCA Combo (John Handelsman of Sycamore Township, Ben Lapps of Mason, Andrew Minnich of Mason and Ben Tedrick of Loveland) Lead actor in a musical - Ben Scott of Loveland Supporting actor in a musical- Ben Stevens of West Chester Township Supporting actress in a musical - Meredith Stutz of Symmes Township Comic actor in a musical Josh Thiel of Liberty Township Comic actress in a musical Cyle Cucinotta of Symmes Township Female vocalist - Megan Terlau of Loveland Female dancer - Emma Vin-

ifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) scores. The six Cincinnati Country Day seniors scored in the top 1 percent and are among the 15,000 students from 22,000 high schools named as finalists nationwide. Approximately 1.5 million students took the PSAT last fall. In addition to the six National Merit Finalists, Country Day also had four Commended Scholars, earning 14 percent of the senior class National Merit recognition. The four Commended Scholars are: Bradley Hammoor of Symmes Township, Jonas Luebbers of Madeira, Victoria MairalCruz of Mariemont and Adriana Ungerleider of Symmes Township.

Cincinnati Country Day National Merit finalists are, in front, Nicholas Niedermeier, Audrey McCartney and Mamar Mehta; and in back, Henry Pease and Michael Morgan. Not pictured is Rebecca Miller. THANKS TO PETER NIEHOFF

Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy CAPPIES commendees, from left: Kellie Hesse, Ge'Ana Ellis and Abby Bowman. THANKS TO LIZ BRONSON cent of Lebanon Featured actor in a musicalTimothy Carpenter of Morrow Featured actress in a musical- Hannah Grubb of Mason Ensemble in a musical - The Followers (Ryan Black of Loveland, Kate Bohanan of Symmes Township, Matthew Carroll of Loveland, Cyle Cucinotta of Symmes Township, Logan Lally of Lebanon, Elizabeth Ottenjohn of Montgomery, Ellen Packer of Loveland, Ben Stevens of West Chester Township, Meredith Stutz of Symmes Township, Megan Terlau of Loveland and Josh Thiel of Liberty Township) Creativity (musicianship)John Handelsman of Sycamore Township and Andrew Minnich of Mason Stage crew - Kelsey Foreman of Mason and Sarah Morgason of

Loveland Special effects and or rechnology (video) - Logan Lally of Lebanon and Ben Stevens of West Chester Township Lighting - Brian Mashny of Montgomery Marketing and publicity Morgan Shiveley of Lebanon Also honored were Cappies Commendees Abby Bowman of West Chester Township, Ge’Ana Ellis of Roselawn and Kellie Hesse of Sycamore Township, seniors selected by Jung for outstanding achievement in high school theater and overall contribution to the CHCA Theater Program. CHCA competed against 22 other area high school productions for the nominations. Winners will be announced at a gala on May 26 at the Aronoff Center.

New support groups reaches out to modern families Sycamore Community Schools is reaching out to nontraditional parents and guardians with a new support group, Parenting the Second Time Around. “The world and our school district are diverse. The definition of ‘family’ is changing. More and more parents and guardians are not the biological parents of the children in a family,” said Sue Soldo, a counselor at Montgomery Elementary and Symmes Elementary. “Parent-

INDIAN HILL — Each of the six Country Day National Merit semifinalists have been named finalists. They are: Audrey McCartney of Anderson Township, Amar Mehta of Blue Ash, Rebecca Miller of Indian Hill, Michael Morgan of Indian Hill, Nicholas Niedermeier of Loveland and Henry Pease of Indian Hill. Of the semifinalists nationwide only 15,000 are named National Merit Finalists and compete for scholarships worth more than $34 million. In the spring, approximately 8,300 of the 15,000 finalists will receive college scholarships. The finalists were selected based on their preliminary SAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qual-

ing the Second Time Around reaches out to those people – the aunts, uncles, grandparents, family friends – who are nontraditional caregivers for school-age children. The group works to create positive attitudes about the modern family unit while offering support and understanding to those who need it.” Topics the group covers include abandonment issues, pop culture and trends, helping biological children adjust to new

members of a household, college planning, new responsibilities, legal rights, understanding today’s educational world, talking about family situations with others and more. “The goal of this group is to see each other through these situations,” Soldo said. “Everyone can come to a meeting and share something they know and leave knowing something new.” For more information, contact Soldo at or 686-1700, ext.1508.

Summit Country Day adds 41 to National Honor Society HYDE PARK — A total of 41 eighth-grade students from The Summit Country Day School were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society in The Summit’s Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel. The National Junior Honor Society is an academic honorary for middle school students which recognizes and promotes scholarship, leadership, service, character and citizenship. Inductees from the Class of 2016 are Maddie Amend, Colerain Township; Dustin Argo, Wyoming; Justin Ayer, Anderson Township; Taylor Ayer, Anderson Township; Jacob Barnes, Green Township; Sydney Beckmeyer, Amberley Village; Sara Bissantz, Anderson Township; Janel Bond, Madisonville; Neil Bostick, Columbia-Tusculum; Logan Bush, Hyde Park; Dylan Chambers, Amelia; Missy Dieckman-Meyer, Amelia; Ceci Donovan, Downtown; Ellen Hall, An-

derson Township; Jack Harsh, Anderson Township; Allison Haussler, Amberley Village; Henry Heekin, Columbia Township; Elizabeth Herfel, Hyde Park; Alexis Hogya, South Lebanon; Jodie Hutchins, Montgomery; Reece Jackson, Morrow; Courtney Joseph, Hyde Park; Cara Kirkpatrick, Montgomery; Caroline Kranz, Hyde Park; Nate Lucas, Hyde Park; Clare Mathile, East Walnut Hills; Elena Montag, Indian Hill; Alex Murtha, Amberley Villate; Tiernan Nelson, Hyde Park; Josh Rademacher, Sycamore Township; Sarie Russert, Hyde Park; Peter Settle, Hyde Park; Nisha Shabbir, Mason; Connor Shaw, Symmes Township; Maddie Shelton, Hyde Park; Calvin Spanbauer, Anderson Township; Elisa Stanis, Green Township; Gunnar Suranjan, Anderson Township; Maggie Taylor, Amelia; David Temming, Anderson Township; and George Thurner, Hyde Park.

Students from The Summit Country Day School are inducted into the National Junior Honor Society in The Summit's Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel. THANKS TO NANCY BERLIER




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Ursuline softballers leave mark on 2012 Upset doesn’t diminish stellar year By Nick Dudukovich

BLUE ASH — The outcome of Ursuline Academy’s sectional final contest against Colerain may have not shaken out the way the Lions would’ve liked, but the loss doesn’t diminish a stellar season, according to head coach Brian Eve. Ursuline finished with a 16-8 record. The victories were the most ever for a single season, according to Eve. The Lions placed second in

the GGCL Scarlet Division, which is the school’s best league finish. In the sectional final, the Lions were up 3-1 going into the seventh inning, but the squad was undone by allowing five unearned runs and lost 6-3. Reports from the game indicate some calls didn’t go Ursuline’s way. Regardless, Eve believes one game doesn’t make a season. Ursuline finished the season ranked No 8 in the Enquirer’s Division I Coaches’ Poll. With a squad that featured two juniors, three sophomores, and five freshmen, the Lions could be a force in city softball

Ursuline sophomore pitcher Danielle Stiene of Loveland posted a 0.62 ERA during the 2012 season. FILE PHOTO

circles for years to come. Sophomore Danielle Stiene emerged as one of the best pitchers in Cincinnati and posted a 0.62 ERA, which was the lowest

in the GGCL, as well as the third lowest in the city. Eve is impressed with how Stiene improved from her freshman season. He believes the hurler truly learned her craft. “She’s learned a lot. She came to me and Ursuline like just about every eighth grade pitcher that has come to me,” Eve said. “She came to me as a thrower but didn’t know how to pitch. I teach them how to pitch and there’s a significant difference between throwing and pitching, as it re-

lates to speed, location and movement. .” The squad also received power production from sophomore Hannah Mehrle of Hamilton, who hit the first grand slam in school history against Youngstown Ursuline during the end of April. For the season, Mehrle was tied for first in the Scarlet with five home runs. Combined with her seven triples and three doubles, she recorded 15 extra-base hits, while batting .434. Seniors Molly Inman and Tricia Moser, who hit over .300, as well as Abby Wulf , who caught every game, also sparked the Lions.



» Both Sycamore doubles teams advanced at the Division I tournament at the Lindner Tennis Center in Mason. Junior Yuri Karev and freshman Nakul Narendran and juniors Dylan Stern and Nikhil Grandhi both advanced to the state tournament in Columbus. Karev/Narendran defeated pairs from Springboro and Turpin, with Stern/ Grandhi winning over St. Xavier and Troy. » CHCA singles standout Logan Henize advanced to the Division II state tournament in Columbus May 25-26. The doubles team of Roger Phelps and Colin Kenney also advanced.

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Junior Nikhil Grandhi returns a shot at Sycamore practice May 4. Grandhi is the doubles partner of Dylan Stern. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS


Doubles teams advance to state tournament By Scott Springer

SYCAMORE TWP. — Prior to this

tennis season, the Sycamore Aviators won back-to-back Greater Miami Conference titles and their coach Mike Teets had consecutive Coach of the Year awards to boot. Teets also had successful seniors like Adam Reinhart, Frank Pan and Jeffrey Kaplan moving on though and a freshman, Mustafa Ahmad, who literally moved. Coming into the spring, he figured he’d be doing some mixing and matching and he knew of a pair of talented freshman, Deepak Indrakanti and Nakul Narendran, who would be out. What he didn’t know was the impact they would have. “I knew they were coming in, but I didn’t know where they would fit in the lineup,” Teets explained. “I hadn’t really seen them play against these older guys. It’s was nice that they were able to come in and jump to the

top of the lineup. It’s also tough to do that against the competition that we played.” Playing first singles, Deepak Indrakanti was 13-9 overall (6-1 GMC) and a district qualifier. On a down note, Indrakanti’s season ended against Springboro sophomore Zach Berry May 17 at the Lindner Tennis Center in Mason. It was Indrakanti’s third loss of the season to the No. 1 Springboro player. “That’s been a real tough match for Deepak,” Teets said. “He’s been playing the top players in the state, so it’s a tough road sometimes.” Still, Indrakanti was just one of two freshmen to advance to the Southwest District Division I singles tournament. Come next spring, as he physically grows, he’ll be a known commodity. “When they don’t know him, they might underestimate him a little bit,” Teets said. “I think most people know him now. You may be tempted to underestimate him ‘til you see him hit tennis balls.” Likewise, freshman Nakul Narendran had a successful season going 13-7 in second singles (5-0 GMC) be-

The following individuals qualified for the regional meets in Dayton: » Sycamore: Nick Alston, 200 meters, first; Artur Meller, 800 meters, second; Sycamore, 4x100 relay, second » Moeller: Kevin Robinson-White, shot put, second; Gabe Stiver, shot put, third; Zach Hoffman, 800 meters, third; Andreas Pfaller, 300 hurdles, first;Isaiah Gentry, 400 meters, second; Moeller, 4x400 relay, second;Moeller, 4x200 relay, third » CHCA: Connor Staarman, 100 hurdles, fourth; 300 hurdles, fourth; Logan Lally, pole vault, second

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Freshman Deepak Indrakanti, left, and junior Nikhil Grandhi pause during Sycamore tennis practice May 4. Coach Mike Teets is in the background with the yellow hat. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

fore teaming up with junior Yuri Karev in doubles. The relatively new pairing advanced to the state tournament based on their district showing. “It was a slow start for them, but they improved rapidly,” Teets said. Karev and Narendran will be joined by veteran juniors Dylan Stern and Nikhil Grandhi, who also advanced to Columbus. The two were also recently honored as being first team GMC. “They’ve played a lot together, so it’s just a matter of trying to play well,” Teets said. “They know what they’re supposed to do and it’s just a matter of doing it.” During the regular season, Stern and Grandhi were remarkably undefeated at 20-0 (6-0 GMC). They didn’t lose until the district semifinals in Mason. See TENNIS, Page A9

The following individuals qualified for the regional meet in Dayton: » Sycamore: 4x800 relay, second; Sam Siler, 3,200 run, first; 1,600, second; Rosie Menyhert, 3,200 run, second; 1,600, fourth Bianca Rhodenbaugh, 400 meters, fourth; Sycamore, 4x100, second » Ursuline: Sydney Bell, 100, third; 200, second; Katrina Maricocchi, 800, fourth; Megan Kowalski, pole vault, third


» Moeller eliminated Lakota West 11-2 in the Division I sectional final at Milford May 17. Brian Burkhart got the win and Spencer Iacovone homered and drove in three runs. In the district final at Western Hills on May 19, Moeller beat Lakota West 7-2 to advance on against Anderson at UC’s Marge Schott Stadium on May 24. » CHCA Junior pitcher Jacob Banks struck out eight batters, as he improved to 7-0 on the season, to help the Eagles advance in the postseason with an 8-3 win over Reading May 17. Banks’ 31 consecutive scoreless innings streak was snapped in the first inning as Reading jumped out to an early 2-0 lead. The Eagles’ playoff run came to an end with a 6-1 loss to Badin in the district finals May 19.


» Moeller beat Princeton in the Division I South regional tournament May 17, 25-10, 25-12, 25-7. The Crusaders then beat La Salle May 19 to move onto the state quarterfinals May 24, when they play Hilliard Bradley.

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15th Showdown to include 42 schools By Scott Springer

In-Game Sports, the owner and operator of the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown, announced the 15th anniversary schedule of prep football games on May 15 at the University of Cincinnati. The list includes 42 schools playing 21 games over a 10-day period and will utilize several venues. The 2012 event starts Aug. 17 at Dixie Heights High School with defending district champion Campbell County playing Covington Catholic at 6 p.m. The nightcap will feature Dixie Heights and defending district champ Newport Central Catholic at 8:30. The first Ohio game is Aug. 22 with Reading and Roger Bacon meeting at 5:30 at Colerain High School. Following that, at 8 p.m. will be Mount Healthy and North College Hill. Aug. 23 will shift the games to Sycamore where Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy and Madeira will have a rematch of their first-round playoff game. The Eagles spoiled the Mustangs’ perfect season last fall with a 16-10 victory. After that 5:30 game, Wyoming will square off under new head coach Aaron Hancock against Bishop Fenwick. A new wrinkle takes

place Aug. 24 at UC’s Sheakley Athletics Complex, where the Bearcats use “the bubble” during the winter months. Finneytown and Northwest will have a 7 p.m. kick-off at that 1,500 seat field. The same night, Anderson and Sycamore play at 6 p.m. at Nippert. “It’ll be a real challenge for us,” Sycamore coach Scott Dattilo said. “Anderson’s such a good program with great coaching. They’re not too far removed from a state championship and state runnerup (2007 and 2008).” It’s been a while since Sycamore’s been in the kick-off event and the Aves are happy to be on the big field. “When we told them we’d be playing in it, that was the first thing they asked me, ‘Are we going to be playing at UC?’,” Dattilo said. Following Anderson/ Sycamore, it’ll be Middletown and St. Xavier at 8:30 on Aug. 23. The Bombers advanced to the state semis last season, while the Middies feature Ohio State commit Jalin Marshall. On Friday, Aug. 24, Elder gets into the mix by hosting Centerville at “The Pit” at 7:30. Across the river, it’ll be a Northern Kentucky double-header with Simon Kenton hosting the Beechwood Tigers at 6. The late game is district champion Cooper against

the defending Division 2A champion Holy Cross. The games return to Nippert Stadium Aug. 25, opening with Walnut Hills clashing with Oak Hills at 3 p.m. The Eagles made their Showdown debut a year ago with a win over Wyoming. Walnut Hills eventually made their first playoff appearance. “I think it (the Wyoming game) was the catalyst that took us over the top,” head coach George Kontsis said. “It really changed the culture of our program. It was a championship program with championship coaches and we came from behind twice to win.” Like Sycamore, Walnut Hills savors the idea of playing in a college stadium. “That was huge motivation for our guys coming back in the offseason,” Kontsis said. “Last year, we played a great game at Colerain, but this year we’re on a big stage at Nippert Stadium. To play in that venue is really exciting.” At 5:30 on Aug. 25, Colerain takes on Ohio DI runner-up Pickerington Central. The final game of the day is an 8 p.m. kick-off between La Salle and Lakota West. However, there are more Aug. 25 games as Dayton’s Welcome Stadium will host four contests. Hamilton and Springfield start the day at noon, followed by Northmont

and Princeton at 2:45. The third game is Wayne and Winton Woods at 5:30, with Dayton Dunbar and Valley View wrapping things up at 8:15. The Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown concludes at Kings High School Aug. 26 with defending DII state champ Trotwood-Madison playing University School from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., as part of the ESPNHS Kickoff Classic. The second game (times to be determined) involves the Gilman School from Baltimore against seventime Ohio state champion Moeller. “We’re excited, the team we’re playing is really good and has a lot of players committed to college,” Moeller coach John Rodenberg said. “We’re honored to finish up the ‘Crosstown.’ We like being in it.” Moeller is also celebrating its 50th year of football with special Nike uniforms, and Rodenberg hopes to give the Crusaders a taste of nostalgia while at Kings. “I told the guys we’ll take them across the street because the scoreboard is still there at the Hall of Fame (Galbreath Field) where Moeller used to play. It’s kind of like going back to our original roots.” Showdown tickets will be available July 1 at the participating schools. Advance tickets to multigame sessions will be $10.

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Narendran and Karev suffered the same fate, but both tandems still advance to the state tournament May 25 at Ohio State. While the futures of Stern and Grandhi appear to be playing together. Narendran will likely return to singles next season as a sophomore. “He’s got a lot of touch


It was "deja vu" all over again for the Sycamore girls lacrosse team as they easily handled St. Ursula May 16 in the first round of Division I postseason action. The Lady Aves winning score of 18-6 was identical to that of an earlier May 3 confrontation with the same Bulldogs. Here's senior midfielder, Hailey Jardin, using strength and leverage to overpower two defenders in scoring a first half goal. Jardin scored three on the night. THANKS TO TERRENCE HUGE

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The Mayerson JCC is honoring the 1966 World Champion Flame Club Basketball Team and coach Rod McKinley at the 18th Annual JCC Adams Golf Classic and Tennis Open on Thursday, June 7, at Losantiville Country Club. The JCC is honoring the 1966 Flame Club that won the Pan American Maccabiah Games in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Coach Rod McKinley repre-

sents all the Flame Club members over the years. Proceeds from this event benefit the Steve Adams Memorial Endowment and many vital programs and services of the Mayerson JCC, including Meals On Wheels, Day Camp at the J, JCC Maccabi Games for teens, sports programs for all ages, and more. The JCC appreciates the support of the Platinum Sponsors already on board in-

cluding: Katz, Teller, Brant and Hild; Montgomery Inn; and Dick Weiland. Leadership sponsorships are available at presenting, platinum, gold, silver, and bronze levels. Other sponsorship levels include meal and course sponsorships. Detailed benefits are available on the JCC website. The JCC Adams Golf Classic and Tennis Open begins with a continental breakfast at 7:15 –


Sycamore High School’s Haley Bass and Amanda Frey will both continue their lacrosse careers in college.

8 a.m., casual lunch at 11:45 a.m., and, new this year, the choice of two golf scrambles at 8 a.m. or 1:15 p.m., with a shotgun start. The all new Tennis Open begins at 1 p.m. The dinner reception and raffle drawing begins at 6 p.m. Attendees have the option to participate in all the activities or solely the evening reception. This year’s top raffle prizes include a 60-inch LG television, a seven-day condo vacation in South Florida, Apple iPad 3 (16 GB), Reds scout tickets, JCC membership, personal training and more. Also new this year is the “Barrel of Booze” raffle featuring fine spirits and gourmet snacks. Raffle tickets may be purchased at the JCC before the event, and winners need not be present. For sponsorship information, to register for golf or tennis or to volunteer at the outing, contact Betsy SingerLefton at the JCC at 761-7500 or visit

Sycamore High School's Amanda Frey signs a letter of intent to play lacrosse at Cannon University, while parents Bob and Beth Frey support her. THANKS TO DAN BUCHANAN

Sycamore High School student Haley Bass gets ready to sign a letter of intent to play on the women's lacrosse team at Marquette University, while her parents Mark and Lauren Bass support her. THANKS TO DAN BUCHANAN


and hits every shot in the book,” Teets said. “It’s a matter of him being consistent and how he approaches the net, what to do at the baseline and developing his mental game.” Regardless of the combinations next year, the Aves only lose senior Josh Goodman (second-team GMC), and return the rest of their lineup with those already mentioned and Brian Goodman, Josh Goodman’s (not related) doubles partner.

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Giving help to military, families

For over a decade our nation has been at war. Our brave soldiers have stood up for our nation to protect our freedoms and keep us safe. Without question these men and women in uniform deserve our utConnie Pillich respect COMMUNITY PRESS most and gratitude. GUEST COLUMNIST While we stand in appreciation of their dutiful service this Memorial Day, we must not forget their families. It is our military families whose support and dedication give our heroes the strength they need to

serve our country. Given the often overlooked sacrifices made by military families, it is only fitting that our nation celebrates Military Spouse Appreciation Day the Friday before Mother’s Day. Although the sacrifices made by military spouses are admirable, it is our job as lawmakers to lessen the burden where we can. That is why I introduced House Bill 449. Currently, Ohio’s unemployment compensation program disqualifies workers from receiving unemployment benefits for voluntarily leaving work. This means an individual who leaves a job to move with his or her spouse to a new military assignment would

Should Ohio eliminate its state income tax? Why or why not?

“I think the elimination of a state's income tax, substituting sales tax and taxes on energy, gambling and alcohol, is attractive. But if Ohio were to do something like this it should be done by steps. “The biggest problem in our tax code today is that it is used as a playground by lawmakers who see so much special subsidy in the existing law that they can't resist the temptation to add more. “In my opinion, the second biggest problem is that we are cheating our children out of a good education by all the goofy provisions in school funding. Maybe the solution to the first problem will come if we solve the second problem. “Ohio needs a tip-top school system, and it should be funded equally in every district, regardless of who has what power plant or which industry makes it's home where. It is encouraging to see progress in recent years, and it would be good to get recommendations from the Cleveland and Cincinnati school administrators as to why they are able to make progress. “It isn't all about more money, but some of it is. And some of it is spent poorly, on buildings that ought to last until next century but are going to require energy as if it were priced during the last century. “Let's not give in to the temptation to dumb our own dialogue down. Eliminating the state income tax is potentially a vehicle for really smart tax reform. But it could also be used to exaggerate the inequities and further skew the overall tax code. “One thing is for certain Ohio's government works better when all three branches (House, Senate and governor's office) are not in the hands of the same party. That's just history. If we want to talk about changing the tax code we should talk about the details.” N.F. “Ohio income tax ... how does the state currently use it? I just know I have to pay it, but I'm not sure how the state allocates the money received from individuals who pay their state income tax. “For residents of Ohio who are still unemployed, not having to pay Ohio income tax would be wonderful. For those having a very rough time making ends meet not having to pay income

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tax would make a difference. I'm all for eliminating it unless the state can tell me how they use it and I feel the purpose does benefit us all.” E.E.C. “I worked for several years before Ohio income tax was deducted from my paychecks in the early 1970s. I am also old enough to recall a 3 percent state sales tax with no local option for an added tax; that was half of what it is today. “The inflation-adjusted amounts that Ohio now gets from these newer sources of income far exceeds what it once needed to run the entire state. For the life of me I cannot see any added benefits I personally receive from this huge inflow of cash. “On top of all that, the governor tells us that the replacement for the Brent Spence bridge must be a toll-bridge in order to pay for it. The state will surely squawk if the income tax is done away, but it might be the shock therapy it needs to get its priorities finally straightened out!” R.V. “I do not like having to pay Ohio state income tax, nor do I like the nuisance of filing a return. But I have nothing on which to base an opinion on repeal of that tax, other than selfishness. “I have a strong hunch that the state would really suffer if that tax were not available. What I would like to see is a report from the state regarding how the collected taxes are allocated. I did some cursory research, and couldn't find anything on it.” Bill B. “I think it should. As my wife and I are retired we do not have any state taxes withheld from our retirement checks, so at the end of the year we owe in the hundreds. The state of Florida eliminated their income taxes years ago since so many living there now are migrated retirees. I say ‘Dump the Income Tax!'” O.H.R.



tremendous costs associated with serving our country, especially now in times of active mobilization. Our military spouses make tremendous sacrifices with frequent moves, school transitions for their children, and separation of the family. A military spouse often must work to meet the financial needs of the family, not unlike the general population who depend upon dual income to avoid hardship. I understand the budgetary concerns of our current state government. The cost of this benefit would comprise less than one hundredth of one percent (0.01 percent) of our total unemployment compensation budget: a negligible cost compared to the sacri-

fices of our military families. Moreover, under HB 449, unemployment compensation rates of individual businesses would not be affected. Instead, benefits would be paid from the general unemployment compensation fund. With surplus revenues available in state coffers, it is only fair that Republicans at the State House begin to give these men and women the attention they deserve. Now is the time for our elected officials to support those who support the defenders of our freedoms and liberties. State Rep. Connie Pillich is ranking member on the House Veterans Affairs Committee.

It’s time to meet the ‘evil 1 percent’

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be disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits because the job separation was not directly caused by the employer. HB 449 would remedy this difficult situation by permitting unemployment compensation for military spouses who leave an Ohio job due to such a military transfer. This change is just one thing we can do to lighten the burden on military families and to show our support for those who protect and serve our country Currently, only six states (Utah, North Dakota, South Dakota, Ohio, Virginia, and Vermont) exclude military spouses from such a benefit. I’d like to reduce that number to five. Military families experience

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A few words about the “evil” 1 percent. Are they truly evil? Actually, only if you are totally against creating jobs and wealth for the rest of the population. As a former employer, I have some experience with how employers react. I was very employee friendly for a long time. As the federal and state governments and the union made it impossible to Edward Levy COMMUNITY PRESS compete I reluctantly shiftGUEST COLUMNIST ed production to more cost-friendly suppliers. This cost my employees jobs, and in many cases, increases in pay. You have only to examine the lack of hiring in the United States to see the economic devastation that is due to mandated costs. The reality is that high and middle income people spend money in ways that create jobs for working folks. Those working folks make a living and spend money which creates more jobs. When the economy tightens everyone cuts expenditures, both business and personal.

If this sounds like “trickle down” that is exactly what it is. The fact is that the more there is at the top, the more comes down to the folks closer to the bottom. That only happens when there is reasonable assurance that the economy will prosper. The bad news for working folks today is that businesses are not sure what costs will be imposed on them in the future. Businesses are retaining money instead of investing in new ventures. You can see this in the stock market. Dividends are high to keep the value of the stock high. If the government or the states create more costs, business will use the accumulated cash to invest in more promising areas. Growth is a normal function of business, but the safety of any investment comes first. More bad news for the unemployed is that older people are not retiring. They are staying on the job due to the economy. There is some hope if we look at what the history of recessions and depressions tells us. The economic situation has had a major shift. This has happened before. When jobs are eliminated new ones open up in unforeseen trades and places.

Consider the period where farming started to be mechanized. At that point it took about 90 percent of the population to feed the rest. Now the number is under 5 percent. This caused a massive shift to the cities where many were seeking charitable help. However, entrepreneurs started factories and industrial jobs appeared. Now we are faced with the basically unprepared “occupy” people who have no job prospects due to the transfer of many jobs overseas. They seem unwilling and unfit for employment. Added to this is the influx of well trained and competitive immigrants who are eager for work and willing to prove their value. If you were an employer, who would you choose, an antagonistic applicant or one who is wanting to prove his/her worth? The service industry appears to be a good prospect. You should go into an interview with the idea that you can be very helpful and are willing to prove that you are the best person they can hire. Then prove it! Edward Levy is a longtime resident of Montgomery and a former college instructor.

Good time to plan your financial future Spring is officially here. That means it’s time for spring cleaning! People everywhere are shedding the effects of fall and winter. What about dusting off your long-term financial plan? April is National Financial Literacy Month – the perfect Sue Denny time to spring action COMMUNITY PRESS into GUEST COLUMNIST when it comes to planning your financial future. If you already have a plan, this is a great opportunity to take review and update it, if there have been changes in your family situation or circumstances. According to a 2011 survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute, more than half of workers report they’ve put away less than $25,000 in total savings and investments; about 30 percent have less than $1,000

saved for the future. It is never too late to begin saving for your retirement – no matter what your age. If retirement is near, you’ll want to jump into the fast lane right away. If you’re younger and retirement seems a lifetime away, it’s still in your best interest to begin saving now, as compound interest will work to your advantage. Experts agree that saving when you’re young will make a world of difference when the time comes to draw on your retirement savings. Don’t take our word for it. You can check out the numbers yourself. A great place to start figuring out how much you will need for retirement is to learn how much you could expect from Social Security. You can do that in minutes with Social Security’s online Retirement Estimator. It offers an instant and personalized estimate of your future Social Security retirement benefits based on your earnings record. Try it out at

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

estimator. We encourage saving for retirement, but there are reasons to save for every stage of life. A great place to go for help is, the federal government's website dedicated to teaching Americans the basics about financial education. Whether you are planning to buy a home, investing in your 401(k) plan, or simply balancing your checkbook, can help you. Another excellent resource is the Ballpark E$timator at This online tool takes complicated issues, such as projected Social Security benefits and earnings assumptions on savings, and turns them into language and numbers that are easy to understand. Spring into action during National Financial Literacy Month. Make your first priority a visit to Sue Denny is a public affairs specialist for the Social Security Administration,

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





Mount Notre Dame High School senior Adrienne Smith (middle) smiles with her fellow MND seniors, twins Allison Janka (left) and Megan Janka (right) at Moeller High School's prom on April 27. THANKS TO JOHANNA

Senior Keilin Clim sits with his date, Lakota West High School senior Chazmyn Lane, at Moeller's prom on April 27. THANKS TO

Moeller senior Colin Foos stops for a photo with his prom date, Mount Notre Dame High School senior Kelly Cutter. THANKS TO






oeller High School seniors and their dates stepped into The Phoenix downtown for an evening of dancing and fun on April 27. Donning their suits and dresses, students dressed for the simple and appropriately named theme of “Prom.”

Moeller senior Nicks: Nick Buehler (left), Nick Ford (middle) and Nick MacArthur (right). THANKS TO JOHANNA KREMER

Moeller seniors Gustavo Lopez (left) and Nick Rippe (right) smile with their dates, Mount Notre Dame High School junior Taylor Simmons (left) and Ursuline Academy senior Perry Littlejohn (right). THANKS TO

Senior Keith Rucker smiles with his prom date, Lakota West High School junior Kylie Ann Dawson.



Junior Kenton Asbrock stops on the stairs of The Phoenix for a photo with his date, Mount Notre Dame High School junior Caitlin Dunkley. THANKS TO JOHANNA KREMER

Senior Nick Edwards stops for a photo with his date, Lakota West High School student Alexia Wainscott, at Moeller High School's prom. THANKS TO JOHANNA KREMER

Moeller junior Andrew Mendel introduces his prom date, Mason High School sophomore Alison Berry, to prom chaperones Abby and Doug Rosfeld. THANKS TO JOHANNA KREMER

Mount Notre Dame High School seniors Aubrey Hord (left) and Kelly Harmon (right) boast their twin purple dresses at Moeller High School's prom on April 27. THANKS TO JOHANNA KREMER

Gold-clad senior Ty Amann poses with his gold-matching date, Loveland High School student Kendall Fein. THANKS TO JOHANNA KREMER

Moeller senior dances with his date, Mount Notre Dame High School senior Ashley Keppler. THANKS TO JOHANNA KREMER

Vest-clad seniors Anthony Spuzzillo and Nick MacArthur pause for a photo together at Moeller's prom. THANKS TO JOHANNA KREMER


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, MAY 24 Art Exhibits Audubon’s River, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., River Hills Christian Church, 6300 Price Road, Art works inspired by John James Audubon’s exploration of the Ohio frontier. Family friendly. Presented by Greater Milford Area Historical Society. 248-0324; Loveland.

Dining Events All-in Deep Dish Pizza Challenge, 6-9 p.m., Chi-nnati’s Pizza, 7980 Hosbrook Road, Consume 12-inch, all-in, deep dish pizza in 30 minutes or less, to qualify to win free pizza and $100. Through May 31. 9854445; Madeira.

Health / Wellness

Low Country Boil, 7:30 p.m., deSha’s American Tavern, 11320 Montgomery Road, free. 2479933; events. Montgomery.

On Stage - Comedy Shane Mauss, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $8-$12. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Recreation Pickup Basketball, 10:30 a.m.noon, TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Men and women ages 25 and up. $15, free members. Through Dec. 28. 985-0900; Montgomery.

Support Groups Women’s Separation/Divorce Support, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Comprehensive Counseling Services Inc., 10999 Reed Hartman Highway, Gain comfort, strength and empowerment to move forward with your life. Led by licensed social worker. $35 per two-hour session. Registration required. 891-1533. Blue Ash.

Cancer Grads Networking Group, 6:30-8 p.m., Cancer Support Community, 4918 Cooper Road, Cancer survivors that have completed treatment connect and support each other through professionally facilitated networking group. 791-4060; Blue Ash.


Karaoke and Open Mic

Cooking Classes

Karaoke, 9 p.m., Tap House Grill, 8740 Montgomery Road, 8918277. Sycamore Township.

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

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

On Stage - Comedy Shane Mauss, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $8-$12. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Recreation Young Professionals Open Gym, 7-10 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Full-court basketball games for men. $15. Through May 27. 985-0900. Montgomery.

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

FRIDAY, MAY 25 Art Exhibits Audubon’s River, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., River Hills Christian Church, 248-0324; Loveland.

Dining Events Friday Night Family Grillouts, 5-8 p.m., Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road, Freshly grilled meals and live music on the dock. Visit for pricing. Parking permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. Through Aug. 31. 791-1663. Symmes Township.

Craft Shows Crazy Crafters Fair, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Crowne Plaza Hotel Blue Ash, 5901 Pfeiffer Road, More than 40 booths with one of a kind items. 793-4500. Blue Ash.

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

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

Music - Acoustic Vintage Gear, 7:30 p.m., deSha’s American Tavern, 11320 Montgomery Road, free. 247-2380. Montgomery.

Music - Concerts Music at Ascension Chamber Concert Series, 7 p.m., Ascension Lutheran Church, 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Stars of Tomorrow Concert. With some of Cincinnati’s talented musicians ages 16-19. Free, donations accepted. 793-3288. Montgomery.

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

Holiday - Memorial Day Armstrong Memorial Day Observation, 10:30 a.m., Armstrong Chapel United Methodist Church, 5125 Drake Road, Service to honor veterans. With music, flag ceremony, hymn, reading, recognition of living veterans and current military personnel, roll call of deceased veterans, moment of silence and more. 561-4220; Indian Hill.

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

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

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

SUNDAY, MAY 27 Art Exhibits Audubon’s River, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., River Hills Christian Church, 248-0324; Loveland.

AquaStretch, Noon-1 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Involves being stretched by trained instructor in shallow water with 5-10 pound weights attached to body. Price varies. Registration required. 985-0900. Montgomery.

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

Music - Country

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Shane Mauss, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $8-$12. 984-9288; Montgomery.


Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Jewish Hospital, 4777 E. Galbraith Road, Fifteenminute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. 686-3300. Kenwood.


On Stage - Comedy

Exercise Classes

Health / Wellness

The community is invited to a Shavuot rockwall and ice cream party from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, May 27, with an evening option from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Chabad Jewish Center, 3977 Hunt Road. The event is in celebration of Shavuot, the day the Jews received the Torah with the revelation on Mount Sinai. The party is free. For more information, call 793-5200, or e-mail, or visit Pictured, children learn about the art of scroll making and biblical calligraphy at a past Shavuot event at Kroger. THANKS TO RABBI BEREL COHEN

On Stage - Comedy Shane Mauss, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, $8-$12. 984-9288; Montgomery.

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

MONDAY, MAY 28 Clubs & Organizations

TUESDAY, MAY 29 Art Exhibits Audubon’s River, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., River Hills Christian Church, 248-0324; Loveland.

Farmers Market Loveland Farmers’ Market, 3-7 p.m., Loveland Station, W. Loveland Avenue, E. Broadway and Second Streets, Located at Loveland Station parking area: Route 48 and W. Loveland Ave. Presented by Loveland Farmers’ Market. Through Oct. 30. 6830491; Loveland.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 30 Art Exhibits Audubon’s River, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., River Hills Christian Church, 248-0324; Loveland.

Cooking Classes Kid’s Healthy Cooking Classes, 4-6 p.m., Peachy’s Health Smart, 7400 Montgomery Road, Peachy Seiden, registered dietitian and nutrition science instructor, teaches children to be more

health conscious by encouraging them to make healthy food choices and teaching them how to prepare and cook nutrientdense meals. Ages 11-14. $40. Registration required. Through Dec. 5. 315-3943; Silverton.

Exercise Classes TRX QuickBlast, 4:30-5 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Learn new training techniques to spice up current routine. Free. 985-0900. Montgomery.

Health / Wellness Caregivers Assistance Network: Legal and Financial Planning for Long-Term Care, 1-2:30 p.m., Madisonville Recreation Center, 5320 Stewart Road, Addresses financial and legal impact of caregiving on caregivers and care receivers, including Medicaid eligibility, living wills and powers of attorney. Ages 21 and up. Free. Presented by Catholic Charities SouthWestern Ohio. 929-4483. Madisonville.

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

THURSDAY, MAY 31 Art Exhibits Audubon’s River, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., River Hills Christian Church, 248-0324; Loveland.

Dining Events

accepted. 800-0164. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, Donations accepted. 673-0174. Blue Ash.

FRIDAY, JUNE 1 Art Exhibits Audubon’s River, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., River Hills Christian Church, 248-0324; Loveland.

Dining Events Friday Night Family Grillouts, 5-8 p.m., Lake Isabella, Visit for pricing. Parking permit required. 7911663. Symmes Township. Dinner with Salsa Friends, 8-10 p.m., Cactus Pear Southwest Bistro, 9500 Kenwood Road, Private Room. Group dinner held on the first Friday of the month. $10. Presented by MidwestLatino. 791-4424; Blue Ash.

Exercise Classes AquaStretch, Noon-1 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, Price varies. Registration required. 985-0900. Montgomery.

Festivals All Saints Parish Festival, 6 p.m.-midnight, All Saints Church, 8939 Montgomery Road, Friday: over 21 night, music by the Naked Karate Girls; $5 admission. Food, music, games and raffle. 792-4600; Sycamore Township. Mediterranean Food Fest, 5-11 p.m., St. James Orthodox Church, 6577 Branch Hill Miamiville Road, Food, games and rides for children, cultural photo opportunities and caricatures, belly dancers, cooking lessons, dance lessons and Middle Eastern music. $1. Through June 3. 544-4925; Loveland.


Sonny’s Solo Blues, 7-11 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 697-9705; Loveland.

Free Firsts Appreciation Days, 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road, Residents can enjoy any park without the need for a motor vehicle permit, while enjoying a host of other free and discounted activities. Dress for weather. Family friendly. free, no vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. Through Aug. 1. 521-7275; freefirsts. Symmes Township.

On Stage - Comedy

On Stage - Comedy

Kevin Brennan, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $8-$14. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Kevin Brennan, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $8-$14. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Support Groups


Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, Free, donations

Pickup Basketball, 10:30 a.m.noon, TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $15, free mem-

All-in Deep Dish Pizza Challenge, 6-9 p.m., Chi-nnati’s Pizza, 985-4445; Madeira.

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

Music - Blues

bers. 985-0900; Montgomery.

SATURDAY, JUNE 2 Benefits Starshine Charity Cornhole Classic, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Hahana Beach, 7605 Wooster Pike, Double elimination, split-thepot and prizes. Benefits StarShine Hospice of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. $60. 2721990; Columbia Township.

Cooking Classes Healthy Cooking Classes, Noon-1:30 p.m., Peachy’s Health Smart, $30. Registration required. 315-3943; Silverton.

Exercise Classes Aqua Zumba, 9-10 a.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Weekly through Aug. 25. Safe, challenging, water-based workout. $99-$120. Registration required. 985-0900. Montgomery.

Festivals All Saints Parish Festival, 5:30 p.m.-midnight, All Saints Church, Saturday: music by the Rusty Griswolds. 792-4600; Sycamore Township. Mediterranean Food Fest, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., St. James Orthodox Church, $1. 544-4925; Loveland.

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

SUNDAY, JUNE 3 Art Exhibits Audubon’s River, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., River Hills Christian Church, 248-0324; Loveland.

Festivals All Saints Parish Festival, 3-10 p.m., All Saints Church, Sunday: music by the Remains. 792-4600; Sycamore Township. Mediterranean Food Fest, 1-10 p.m., St. James Orthodox Church, $1. 544-4925; Loveland.

On Stage - Comedy Kevin Brennan, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, $8-$14. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.

MONDAY, JUNE 4 Karaoke and Open Mic Acoustic Open Mic, 7-10 p.m., Shady O’Grady’s Pub, 791-2753. Symmes Township.



Rita shares friend’s tabouleh recipe

Helen Sarky’s tabouleh (tabooli salad) Helen and I are “sitties,” Lebanese grandmas. We both make tabouleh, the famous wheat and parsley salad. I’m Rita sharing Heikenfeld Helen’s RITA’S KITCHEN today. This is a wonderful salad for that Memorial Day celebration. In fact, at the Lebanese Festival at St. Anthony of Padua Church, which is June 3 this year, it’s always one of the most popular offerings. “Sometimes I add seedless cucumbers. Everyone in my family loves it,” she told me. Like me, Helen uses

browned (I would check after about 9 minutes and go from there) and when cool, roll in granulated sugar.

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Wiedeman’s Pastry Shop kipfel (crescent nut cookies) When a reader asked for this beloved cookie from the now-closed Fort Thomas, Ky., bakery, it brought on a slew of requests along with great memories from former customers. I spoke to Carole, sister of owner Pete Wiedeman, and she found a recipe close to what the bakery offered.

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I was going to use that recipe, but then I got really lucky. I was able to contact Pete, her brother, who owned the bakery and is now 86 years old. It has an interesting history. Their father was the head pastry chef at Hotel Metropole. He and his wife started the bakery in Cincinnati in 1940 and moved to Fort Thomas in 1941. All eight kids helped in the bakery. When Carole was 6 she counted raisins for fruitcakes. Pete eventually took over ownership and sold it after many years. He developed a kipfel recipe for the home cook. “I am amazed and thrilled that anyone would remember a cookie after 22 years,” he said. I know I’m making some readers very happy with this recipe. Thanks,

Become a county master recycler Week four – June 27 Topic: “Composting – ABCs of Small-scale and Large-scale Composting” Location: Civic Garden Center, 2715 Reading Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45206 To register, contact Susan Schumacher at 946-7734 or at susan.schumacher@ For more information visit www.HamiltonCounty

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Memorial Day is approaching and, with it, we honor our veterans. It’s a day for remembering all those who have gone before us. Three generations of our family attend outdoor Mass at St. Philomena Church. My mom and dad are buried there, so afterwards I decorate their graves with mom’s mint along with marigolds and zinnias, my dad’s favorite flowers. Memorial Day signals the start of the picnic season, and these recipes fill the bill.

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Parent support group meets Parenting the Second Time Around, Sycamore Community Schools’ support group for non-traditional parents and guardians, will hold its next meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at Montgomery Elementary School, 9609 Montgomery Road, and will feature Ross Evans, who will share information on custody legalities. Babysitting will be

provided. “The world and our school district are diverse. The definition of ‘family’ is changing. More and more parents and guardians are not the biological parents of the children in a family,” said Sue Soldo, a counselor at Montgomery Elementary and Symmes Elementary. Topics the group covers include abandonment

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Consider full value moving insurance May is National Moving Month, the start the busiest time of the year for changing homes. But if you’re planning to move, there’s something you need to consider buying, even if the move is only a short distance. Judy Woods and her husband were only moving from one part of Maineville to another. They hired a moving company and everything went well at first. “The day after, I did laundry. I had done laundry about a day before we moved, I cleaned the sheets and stuff like that they moved with. I noticed that the washer wouldn’t spin out,” Woods said. Woods said she called the moving company and reported it after the washing machine stopped working completely. “There was a young fellow named Jason who came out here, he was a mover. He looked at it and he said he was going to have to call someone who worked on washers,” Woods said. She thinks the washer was damaged as a mover bounced the machine down a flight of steps in order to get it out of their other house. After a week, she says, a second man came to look at the washer, but “he said because the washer was too new he’d have to call someone who was used to

working on new washers,” Woods said. However, no one ever showed up Howard even Ain though HEY HOWARD! Woods says she called the moving company several times. “They’re not going to help us … We read the contract and thought there would be no problems that someone would come out and fix our washer and that would be the end of it – but no one came out,” Woods said. So two weeks after the move, Woods said she decided to replace the washer. She paid about $500 for a new machine because, she says, the moving company couldn’t seem to fix it and she really needed a washer. “We need to have our washer working. We’ve been to the laundromat now three times in between calls and it’s ridiculous,” Woods said. So I contacted the moving company and was told, “The Woods informed us they would hire a certified electrician to inspect the unit and would let us know the result. To date we had not heard the outcome of the inspection, and we had not denied any claims.” Fortunately, in this

case the moving company has a good record with the Better Business Bureau and is a BBB member. Therefore, I suggested Woods file a complaint with the bureau and ask it to act as a mediator or arbitrator of this dispute. The American Moving Association recommends consumers purchase full replacement value insurance when they move. It does cost more upfront, but it can eliminate a lot of headaches if something goes wrong later. Any lost or damaged articles will be repaired or replaced, or a cash settlement will be made to repair the item or replace it at its current market value regardless of age. Without such insurance you’re limited to the coverage the mover provides and the minimum required coverage is just 60 cents per pound. That certainly will not cover the replacement cost of a washing machine or flat panel television. In fact, a new federal law for interstate moves requires the cost of full value protection to be included in the estimate you receive. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.


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2012 Environment Contest Winners Announced The top entries presented their project ideas on how to improve their local watershed Montgomery Elementary School teacher Linda Furlong and her third-grade students arrive at Twin Lakes to meet their pen pals. THANKS TO SHARON MENKE

Thank you to all of the students, teachers and volunteers who participated. In a verbal competition on May 5, 2012, at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden the top entries presented their project ideas on how to improve their local watershed. Sanoma Capps, Julia Love and Janae McClair from Arlington Heights Academy placed first in the 9-12th grade competition for their idea to plant a rain garden to filter runoff from I-75. Each of the top contestants won a cash prize plus a matching cash prize for their school. $12,000 was awarded to Hamilton County students and schools. Agrium will also provide $10,000 to help students implement their ideas.

Students pen pals with Twin Lakes residents Schwandner said. The letter writing experience also taught students to learn to communicate with someone they did not know, ask questions in writing, and eventually introduce themselves when first meeting their Pen Pal. “These are all skills the students will use throughout their lives, and what a fun way to learn them,” Schwandner said.

than just an intergenerational program.” She and Linda Furlong, third-grade teacher at Montgomery Elementary, knew they had created something special when their program was asked about and looked forward to the second year. “In a world of texting, Linda and I both believe the art of writing a letter is more important than ever,”

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of-a-kind souvenirs. The Torah Factory will be at two locations. Sunday, May 20, at the Blue Ash Kroger, 4100 Hunt Road, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., and Tuesday, May 22, at Barnes and Noble Kenwood, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 pm. The workshop is free and open to the entire community. The community is also invited to a Shavuot rockwall and ice cream party 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, May 27, with an evening option at 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 pm at the Chabad Jewish Center, 3977 Hunt Road, Blue Ash. The party is free. For more information , please call Rabbi Cohen at 513-793-5200, email RabbiCohen@ or visit

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“Educators of the Year” from 23 public school districts in Hamilton County will be recognized and honored at the sixth annual “Celebrate Excellence” breakfast Friday, May 25, at the Sharonville Convention Center. The event is presented by the Hamilton County Education Foundation, which provides annual scholarships to two K-12 educators who are pursuing their masters degrees in special education. Krista Ramsey, a columnist with the Cincinnati Enquirer and member of its editorial board, will present the keynote address. Bengals legend, Pro Football Hall of Fame member and youth advocate Anthony Munoz serves as emcee for the sixth consecutive year. “Celebrate Excellence” is open to the public; tickets are $50. For information about table sponsorships, donations, and individual tickets, contact HCEF president Karen Muse at, 513674-4224, or visit Ramsey's areas of special interest are education, families, health, religion, and women and children’s issues. A former high school teacher, she covered education for the Enquirer for a decade and wrote a weekly education

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POLICE REPORTS BLUE ASH Arrests/citations Geoffrey D. Todd, 48, 4900 Cooper Road, menacing at 4900 Cooper Road, May 10. John D. Barbara, 44, 11145 Kenwood Road Apartment 332, possession or use of a controlled substance at 11145 Kenwood Road, May 12.

Incidents/investigations Animal bites: reports and quarantine At 9636 West Ave., May 14. Theft A woman said someone took purses/handbags/wallets, value $50, from Kroger at 4100 Hunt Road, May 8. A woman said someone took a purse and its contents from Speedway at 9215 Plainfield Road, May 9.

Don’t miss’s Metromix Stage at Taste of Cincinnati 2012! Along with a great band lineup, there will be more than 40 restaurants gathered along 6 blocks of 5th Street in downtown Cincinnati Memorial Day Weekend: Saturday and Sunday, May 26 & 27, Noon – Midnight and Monday, May 28, Noon – 9pm. Cost is FREE! Before you go, don’t forget to download your Taste of Cincinnati App, available for the iPhone & Android! Create your agenda for the day by browsing menu & drink items with a map of booth locations and entertainment schedules! It’s a must have for Taste of Cincinnati 2012!

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Incidents/investigations Aggravated menacing At 10500 Montgomery Road, May 9. Burglary/breaking and entering A man reported a male suspect inside his garage at 9800 Delray Drive, May 16. Criminal damaging/ vandalism/mischief Someone paintd obscene words on skylight windows in the boys locker room at Sycamore High School at 7400 Cornell Road, May 7. Domestic At 8002 Deershadow Lane, May 3.

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ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Community Press publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: » Blue Ash, Chief Chris Wallace, 745-8573 » Montgomery, Chief Don Simpson, 985-1600 » Sycamore Township, Lt. Dan Reid, 792-7254 » Symmes Township, Lt. Tom Butler, 774-6351 or 683-3444

ON THE WEB Our interactive CinciNavigator map allows you to pinpoint the location of police reports in your neighborhood. Visit: montgomery sycamoretownship symmestownship Identity fraud At 9891 Zig Zag Road, May 15. Possession of drugs At 10500 Montgomery Road, May 10. Theft At 10039 Windzag Lane, May 14. At 1007 Windzag lane, May 11. A man said someone took a Samsung laptop computer, value $500, from a bookbag at 7400 Cornell Road, May 7. A man said someone took $300 from a wallet in a locker room at Tri-Health pavilion at 6200 Pfeiffer Road, May 8.

SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Michael King, 3, 7274 E. Galbraith Road, operating vehicle intoxicated at 7276 E. Galbraith Road, April 30. Juvenile female, 17, theft at 1909 Chaucer Drive, May 5. Sheri Amison, 27, 3655 Irving St., theft at 7800 Montgomery Road, May 4. Chad Sturgill, 25, 8661 Tudar Ave., domestic violence at 6881 Tudor Ave., May 5. Juvenile male, 14, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, May 4. Richard Thomas, 31, 5336 Globe Ave., possession of marijuana at 7880 Kenwood, May 4. Christina Hewitt, 31, 4945 Oaklawn Drive, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, May 5.

Incidents/investigations Criminal damaging Vehicle window damaged at 4006 Longford Lane, May 3. Menacing by stalking Reported at 11501 Northlake, May 2. Theft Jewelry, sunglasses of unknown value removed at 3955 Belfast, May 4. Credit card removed at 8709 Tudor Court, May 6. Reported at 8727 Montgomery Road, April 27. Metal skids and sandals valued at $800 removed at 7275 Edington Drive, May 7. Tools valued at $1,890 removed at 5701 Kugler Mill Road, May 2. GPS valued at $100 removed at

8044 Montgomery Road, May 3. Reported at 7752 Montgomery Road, April 30. Phone of unknown value removed at 7916 Montgomery Road, April 4. Vehicle and GPS and CDs of unknown value removed at 7265 Kenwood Road, May 3. Wallet and credit cards of unknown value removed at 12500 Reed Hartman Highway, May 4. Reported at 6937 Lynnefield, May 4.

SYMMES TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Andrew Wenning, 22, 8350 Patricia Lane, operating vehicle intoxicated at 9501 Union Cemetery Road, April 26. David Bane, 34, 410 Cambridge Drive, theft at 9201 Fields Ertel, May 5. John Powers, 27, 3866 Spring Mill Way, carrying concealed weapon at 9201 Fields Ertel, May 3. Kathleen Martin, 58, 194 W. Northwood Drive, theft at 9201 Fields Ertel, April 26. Gregory Melton, 35, 2319 Washington Ave., domestic violence at 11381 US 22, April 30. Robert Ravenscraft, 20, 2491 Old Mill Road, assault on a police officer, resisting arrest at 8560 Fields Ertel, April 27. Kevin Jones, 25, 202 Hallie Court, theft, resisting arrest at 9201 Fields Ertel, April 30. Robert Burt, 20, 155 N. Front St., drug possession at Fields Ertel Road, May 5. Ryan Johnson, 28, 984 Shephers Way, theft at 9201 Fields Ertel, May 4. Ana Ash, 21, 119 E. Main St., theft at 9201 Fields Ertel, May 4.

Incidents/investigations Burglary Attempt made at 11164 Terwillingers Hill, April 24. Residence entered and $200 removed at 12174 Sycamore Terrace, May 3. Criminal damaging Brake line damaged at 12114 Sycamore Terrace, April 28. Theft Cell phone valued at $500 removed at 9162 Union Cemetery Road, April 24. Currency of unknown value removed at 9136 Union Cemetery Road, April 28. Batteries valued at $540 removed at 9570 Fields Ertel Road, April 30. Window damaged at 8755 Fields Ertel Road, April 30. Purse and keys of unknown value removed at 11790 Snider Road, May 1. Vehicle removed at 8705 Creekscape Lane, May 3.

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10151 Carver Road: Neyer/Carver Road LLC to Hawthorne Associates Lp; $16,600,000. 10229 Kenwood Road: Locke Steven W. to Federal Home Loan Mortgag; $104,000. 15 Hickory Hollow: Schwartz Barbara C. to Herriott Brian W.; $450,000. 4270 Hunt Road: River City Capital LLC to Kaiser George M.; $575,000.


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DEATHS Michael Ryan Pursifull

Michael Ryan Pursifull, 33, of Blue Ash died May 14. Survived by mother, Donna (nee Lutz) Pursifull; aunt and uncle Linda and Barry Talley; cousins Amy (nee Talley) and Mandy (nee Talley) Halsey; and many friends, including his dog,

Blue. Preceded in death by grandmother, Ruth (nee Schickner) Lutz. Services were May 19 at Mihovk-Rosenacker Funeral Home, Evendale. Memorials to: Life Center, 615 Elsinore Pl., Cincinnati, OH 45202; or the SPCA, 11900 Conrey Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249.

RELIGION Ascension Lutheran Church

Music at Ascension presents its fifth annual “Stars of Tomorrow” concert at the church on Saturday, May 26, with some of Cincinnati’s brightest and most talented young solo performers. The program features 14-year old violinist Spencer Sharp; 16-year old pianist Kevin Bao; 16-year old cellist Benjamin Fryxell and 18-year old violinist Jacqueline Kitzmiller. All of the perform-

ers are prize winners at various competitions. The concert begins at 7 p.m., is free and open to the community. Pastor Josh is leading a Sunday morning adult forum series on selected articles from “The Lutheran” monthly publication. The six weeks’ series includes topics such as “Sabbath,” “Ten Trends to Watch” and “Blessings or Privileges” and will conclude Sunday, May 27. Visitors are welcome to

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9093 Solon Drive: Lohman Steven & Michelle to Allen Jonas W; $279,500. 9162 Symmes Landing Drive: White Joy to Zinnecker Kathleen A.; $139,000. 9373 Bainwoods Drive: Enia Jeffrey M. & Janis E. to Shova Grant M. & Amy L.; $321,500. 10239 Humphrey Road: Beblo Jean M. Tr to Land Resource LLC; $395,000. 9200 Old Coach Road: Hamm Jeffery & Tabitha to Fcof Ust Reo LLC; $220,000.

LEGAL NOTICE Notice is hereby given that pursuant to ORC 511.32 and 511.326, the Board of Trustees of Symmes Township on May 1, 2012 adopted Resolution PR2012-01, amending the Rules and Regulations for Symmes Township Parks to provide fees for Home of the Brave Park in the Rules and Regulations. This resolution will become effective May 26, 2012. Copy of the "Rules and Regulations" are available for review at the Township Administration Building, 9323 Union Cemetery Road. As required, this notice shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the Township for two consecutive weeks. 1001704192 Legal Notice The Reading Board of Zoning Appeals will meet on Thursday, June 14, 2012, at 6:30 pm in Council Chambers. The purpose of the meeting is to hear an appeal of a 6’ fence at 312 Rainbow Ridge and a variance for lot and yard regulations at 201 Walnut Street. The public is invited to attend. Patrick Ross Safety Service Director 1705449



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RELIGION Continued from Page B9 join the group for the 9:45 a.m. forum. The church is participating in the Feinstein Challenge to fight hunger. Donated food and money given to the Challenge will help raise money for anti-hunger agencies, including the local Northeast Emergency Distribution Services. The Women’s Bible Study is studying the Book of Samuel. The eight-week study is a part of the Book of Faith Series. The women meet on Wednesdays 9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Childcare is provided and guests are welcome. Sunday worship services are at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. with programs for all ages at 9:45 a.m. The church is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 793-3288,

Brecon United Methodist Church

The church offers worship services on Sundays at 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. Sundays. Samaritan Closet hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Samaritan Closet offers clothing and food to people with demonstrated


needs. Bread from Panera is available on Thursdays and Saturdays. The Samaritan Closet is next to the church. The church is at 7388 E. Kemper Road, Sycamore Township; 489-7021.

Chabad Jewish Center

Sunday, May 27, commemorates the holiday of Shavuot, the day the Jews received the Ten Commandments (Torah) with the revelation on Mount Sinai. In celebration, Chabad Jewish Center will be hosting a Shavuot party complete with a 25-foot rock-wall! There will be duplicate events in the morning at 10:30 a.m. and evening at 6:30 p.m. At both events, adults are invited enjoy a delicious dairy social while children of all ages can re-enact Moses’ ascent up “Mount Sinai” to receive the Torah. The reading of the Ten Commandments and an ice cream bar will cap the festivities. The Shavuot rockwall and ice cream parties will be Sunday, May 27, 10:30 am and 6:30 p.m., at the Chabad Jewish Center, 3977 Hunt Road – Blue Ash. The events are free of charge, compliments of Chabad Jewish Center and generous sponsors including Additional sponsorship opportunities are still available. But first, don’t miss out on Chabad’s popular “Sleepless in


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UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF THE SAVIOUR 8005 Pfeiffer Rd. Montgomery 791-3142 "Roadblocks In A Believers Path: Winning Over Worry" Traditional Worship 8:20am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship 9:40am Sunday School (All ages) 9:40 & 11am Nursery Care Provided

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Summer children’s weekday program is 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Register online at Register for vacation Bible school at Morning VBS is 9:30 a.m. to noon, June 25-29; and evening VBS is 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 6-10. The rummage sale is coming from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. May 31, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 1. Making Love Last a Lifetime small group study begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, and lasts eight weeks. Register online at The annual craft show is recruiting vendors to buy space at the show. Register at craftshow.htm. Adult Sunday School Classes: » Encounters Class–11 a.m. (Room 12). "31 Christians Everyone Should Know” by Mark Galli and Ephesians by Max Lucado. Kirk Page facilitates the class. Books are available is class. » Explorer Class–9:40 a.m. (Chapel). "World Religions: An Indispensable Introduction by Gerald R. McDermott.” Books are available in class. » Seeker Class–9:40 a.m. (Room

Community Lighthouse Church of God

Join the church for outdoor singing from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 19. Sunday services are 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday service is 7 p.m. The church is at 4305 Sycamore Road, Sycamore Township; 984-5044.

Good Shepherd Catholic Church

The church has Roman Catholic Mass with contemporary music Sundays at 4 p.m. The Mass draws worshipers of all ages. Come early to get acquainted with the new songs which begin at 3:45 p.m. Stay after Mass on the first Sunday of each month for food, fun, and

fellowship. The church is at 8815 E. Kemper Road, Montgomery; 503-4262.

Lighthouse Baptist Church

Sunday school is at 10 a.m. Sunday morning service is 11 a.m. Sunday evening service is 6 p.m. and Wednesday service is 7 p.m. Master Clubs are 7 p.m., Wednesdays. The church is meeting at Raffel’s Blue Ash Banquet Center, 11330 Williamson Road, Blue Ash; 709-3344.

Montgomery Community Church

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

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

Save the dates for Vacation Bible School: Thursday, July 19 through July 22. The theme is “SKY: Where kids discover that everything is possible with God.” Jawin’ with John is back. Bring wine and cheese and speak with Father John in an informal setting. Upcoming dates are from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday, May 25, and Thursday, May 31. The St. Barnabas Youth Choir practices following Holy Communion at the 9:30 a.m. service and ends promptly at 11:15 a.m. All young people are welcome. The St. Barnabas Band practices from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sundays. Youthful singers and instrumentalists are needed. The next meeting of the St. Barnabas Book Club is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, in the library. The group will discuss the novel “My Father’s Paradise” by Ariel Sibar. The book club will also have a Downton Abbey Night at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, in the Great Hall. All are welcome. OPALS (Older People with Active Lifestyles) would like to Ride the Ducks in Newport, Ky., Wednesday, July 18. Space is limited. Call the church for

details. An Intercessory Healing Prayer Service is held the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. A Men’s Breakfast group meets on Wednesday mornings at 8:30 a.m. at Steak 'N’ Shake in Montgomery. Ladies Bible Study meets on Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. at the church. Friends in Fellowship meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:15 p.m. for a potluck dinner at the church. A Bereavement Support Group for widows and widowers meets the second and fourth Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday worship services are 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The church is at 10345 Montgomery Road, Montgomery; 984-8401;

Sycamore Christian Church

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

Sycamore Presbyterian Church

Join us in worship at 8:45 a.m., 9:45 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday School for age 3 to grade 12 meets at 10:45 a.m. Childcare is available in the nursery during the 9:45 and 10:45 services for infants through age 2. Weekly adult study opportunities are also offered. Details on these and other programs can be found on the church website calendar or by calling the church office. Vacation Bible School: “Operation Overboard” will be June 18-22. Space is still available for first through sixth grades. Register online (Children’s Ministries link) or by calling the church office. Top-rated Sycamore Presbyterian Pre-school is now enrolling 2012-2013 school year. The church is at 11800 MasonMontgomery Road, Symmes Township; 683-0254;


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12). "Max Lucado’s book, Facing Your Giants: The God Who Made a Miracle Out of David Stands Ready to Make One Out of You.” Books are available in class. » Upper Room Class–9:40 a.m. (Conference Room). Study and discussion uses The Upper Room Disciplines 2012. You are welcome at any time to join the discussion. Starla Clark and Larry Southwick facilitate the class and books are available upon request. Adult classes and small groups: You are invited to register on-line for any of the classes or small groups below at » ”Making Love Last a Lifetime: Biblical Perspectives on Love, Marriage and Sex” by Adam Hamilton – Tuesdays, through July 10 (7 p.m.). This eightweek study includes topics such as “What Women Wish Men Knew about Women,” “What Men Wish Women Knew about Men,” and “The Habits of Unhealthy Marriages.” » Wednesday Morning Study with Pastor Doug—10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (Room 2); “Dangerous Wonder” by Michael Yaconelli. Contact Pastor Doug (791-3142) for more information or to obtain a book for this study. Register on-line for any of the weekday classes above. The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242; 791-3142;

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



Cincinnati.” Saturday night, May 26, Chabad Jewish Center will offer its annual Shavuot Torah-discovery seminar on the inner dimension of G-d's Torah and the mystical Kabalistic teachings of the holiday. Study sessions will be conducted throughout the night by Rabbi Yisroel Mangel & Rabbi Yitzchok Lifshitz, as well as by special guest scholars who will be present for the traditional all-night study program. Sessions will expound on subjects such as "The Real Big Bang - When Heaven Touched Earth" and "The Significant Role of Women and the Holiday of Shavuot.” For more information on the Climb “Mount Sinai” ice cream party or Sleepless in Cincinnati, call 793-5200, e-mail, or visit Chabad is at 3977 Hunt Road, Cincinnati; 792-5200;


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LEGAL NOTICE The City of Reading at the City Hall Building, 1000 Market Street, Reading, Ohio 45215 will receive sealed bids until 10:00 a.m. local time on June 8, 2012. Bids will be opened and read in the Council Chambers immediately thereafter, for the purpose of entering into a contract for KNOLLCREST DRIVE IMPROVEMENTS . Each bid must be made in accordance with the plans & specifications which are now on file in the general offices of the City of Reading. Cost of the plans & specifications is $25.00 (non-refundable). Bid envelopes should have the date of the bid on the outside and be plainly marked: "KNOLLCREST DRIVE IMPROVE MENTS". Each proposal shall contain the full name and address of every person, firm or corporation interested in the same and if a corporation, the name and address of the president and secretary, and shall be accompa nied by a bond given in favor of the City of Reading, Ohio for an amount equal to at least 10% of the total amount of the bid, with surety or sureties satisfactory to the City of Reading from a surety company authorized to do business in Ohio. The bond shall provide that the bidder shall, within 30 days after notice of acceptance of his proposal, enter into a contract and give an acceptable bond in the sum of not less than 100% of the contract price to properly secure performance within the contract time. The amount of the bond to be paid to the City as stipulated or liquidated damages in case of failure or refusal to enter into the contract as provided. If the proposal is not accompanied by a bond, then it must be accompanied by a certified check on a solvent bank for an amount equal to at least 10% of the total amount of the bid, made payable to the City of Reading which shall be forfeited to the City if the bidder fails to enter into a contract with the City and furnish the 100% of the contract price for the faithful performance thereof within 30 days after notice of acceptance of proContractors must comply with all posal. federal and state laws regarding safety standards, etc. Prevailing wage project. The City of Reading reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive irregularities. The bond/check of unsuccessful bidders, or the amounts thereof, will be returned. City of Reading, Ohio Patrick Ross Safety Service Director 1705462

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