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In an effort to keep the communities connected, the Connecting Active Communities Coalition – or CACC – is creating logos and master plans that will help put the group’s name on the map. SEE LIFE, B1

Their number is up

Chip Kostic and his father, Bud, are looking to help local students with their math homework through a new business venture in Blue Ash. The family recently opened Mathnasium of Blue Ash, at 9525 Kenwood Road, which is a franchise that specializes in teaching students math skills. SEE STORY, A3

Sportsman of Year winners named

The sports department of the Community Press newspapers is proud to present the winners of the 2011 Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year online contest in this week’s issue. Your newspaper’s winners, as voted online by readers, can be found on the sports pages. Voters cast more than 265,000 votes for around 190 nominees. The 35 winners determined will receive a pair of field-box tickets courtesy of the Cincinnati Reds. For a complete list of winners and their inspiring stories, please visit your community page at Cincinnati.com/local. SEE SPORTS, A7

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Matthew 25 gives aid – and receives top award By Jeanne Houck

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BLUE ASH – Matthew 25: Ministries recently took the top award in a ranking of charities, but it’s unlikely anyone at the Blue Ash facility has had much time to celebrate. That’s because staff and volunteers with the international disaster aid and humanitarian relief organization have been busy shipping food, blankets, personal-hygiene products and other supplies to people in need worldwide. Beneficiaries include residents of Haiti, Japan and, most recently, Joplin, Mo., and parts of Alabama suffering from an earthquake, tsunami and tornados, respectively. Matthew 25 has so far shipped three trailers packed with supplies to Joplin and five to Alabama, said Joodi Archer, the group’s community liaison. Charity Navigator, based in Glen Rock, N.J., put Matthew 25 in the No. 1 position of its “10 Slam-Dunk Charities.” “These 10 charities are not only tops in terms of fiscal health, but also for respecting the rights of donors,” Charity Navigator said in a statement posted on its web site. “Charity Navigators has awarded each of these 10 charities

In 2010, Matthew 25: Ministries • shipped 13 million pounds of products valued at $130 million around the world; • helped more than 14 million people; • enlisted the help of some 22,000 volunteers, who donated a total of about 83,000 hours of their time. a 4-star rating for both organizational efficiency and organizational capacity. “Besides outperforming its peers in terms of financial management, each of these charities also has a donor-privacy policy in place. This tells us that these 10 charities are committed to fiscal responsibility and to protecting the personal information of contributors.” Archer said Matthew 25 is pleased to be recognized and that more than 99 percent of its cash and in-kind donations go toward its programs. “Charity Navigator works to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace by evaluating the financial health of over 5,500 of America’s largest charities and Matthew 25: Ministries is honored to be acknowledged by this prestigious organization for their work with the poorest of the poor and disaster victims throughout the U.S.

and worldwide,” Archer said. Archer said that in 2010, Matthew 25: • shipped 13 million pounds of products valued at $130 million around the world; • helped more than 14 million people; • enlisted the help of some 22,000 volunteers, who donated a total of about 83,000 hours of their time. The organization is planning a mission trip to Haiti in June and another to Appalachia in July. People can follow Matthew 25’s work on its blog (http:// m25m.org/blog.aspx) and its web site (www.m25m.org). The organization also is on Facebook and Twitter. Matthew 25 accepts cash, credit-card and product donations and welcomes volunteers at its facility on Kenwood Road. For more information, visit Matthew 25’s web site or call Archer at 513-793-6256.

City wary of housing requirements By Jeanne Houck jhouck@communitypress.com

BLUE ASH – Mayor Mark Weber says Blue Ash’s decision to forego an estimated $75,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant funds was not a rejection of public housing in the city. “It was, however, a statement that Blue Ash is reluctant to compromise its a u t o n o m y , ” Weber Weber said June 14. To pursue the communitydevelopment funds for a threeyear period beginning March 1, 2012, Weber said, Blue Ash City Council would have to sign an agreement with Hamilton County authorizing the county “to exercise any power, perform any function or render any service, in behalf of the city, which such city may exercise, perform or render.” Hamilton County is the local administrator of the community development funds, which are awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Blue Ash City Council voted against the agreement June 9. “We chose not to be unnecessarily subject to the whims and caprices of county and federal governments,” Weber said. “Public housing is a controversial subject which all communities must address. “Too often decisions are made on behalf of local governments

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Brighter signs will light up Symmes By Amanda Hopkins ahopkins@communitypress.com

Street signs are changing color and will – hopefully – be easier to spot in Symmes Township. Township trustees approved changing street signs to white-on-blue and including the Symmes Township logo on the signs. The current street signs are green. Road Foreman Bill Pitman said all signs will have high intensity reflectivity that is now required by both state and federal regulations. Pitman said he is also working on a plan for how to replace all of the signs in the township,

including street signs, stop signs, caution signs and others. He said new regulations require each municipality to have a sign replacement plan by 2012. Stop signs and caution signs will need to be replaced by 2015. Street name signs will all be new by 2018. Stop signs are already being replaced in the township. Pitman is working on an inventory of all of the signs in the township. He did not have the total number of signs in the township. He said a street name sign with the township logo is around $48 each. Stop signs are between $50 to $55 depending on the size.

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families,” Erika Daggett, chief information officer for the Sycamore Community Schools, said June 16. “The district has been able to maintain a self-sustaining food service operation by balancing those targets.” Sycamore Community Schools serves breakfast and lunch at all seven of the district’s schools. More than 5,000 students eat the lunches each school day. Prices for the 2011-2012

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BLUE ASH – Sycamore Community Schools students will pay the same for breakfast and lunch next school year as they did in the school year that just wrapped up. It’s the fourth year in a row with no increases. “Child Nutrition Services works to offer nutritious options that students like and that are affordable for

school year, as approved June 15 by the Sycamore Board of Education, are: • Breakfast – $1.25 for elementary-school students, $1.50 for students in grades seven through 12 and for adults and 30 cents for students whose family income makes them eligible for reduced prices. • Lunch – $2.50 for elementary-school students, $3 for students in grades seven through 12, $3.50 for students in grades seven

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through 12 who want made-to-order deli sandwiches and for adults who want the regular lunch, $4 for adults who want madeto-order deli sandwiches and 40 cents for students whose family income makes them eligible for reduced prices. • Milk – Fifty cents for everybody. Daggett said the school district’s Child Nutrition Services is a self-supporting department.

“Meaning no tax dollars fund the (Child Nutrition Services) department and all (Child Nutrition Services) costs – equipment, supplies and salaries – are paid via students or staff purchasing a school meal and federal reimbursement from the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs,” Daggett said. Students who buy breakfast and lunch at the schools may see some changes next school year,

although it is not clear now exactly what they will be. “Next year we will implement a new nutritionstandards plan,” Daggett said. “This requirement is a result of Ohio’s Healthy Choices for Healthy Children Act. “This will be one of the projects that will be undertaken by our new child nutrition services manager, Jessica Johnson,” Daggett said.

“In this uncertain political climate, we chose not to accept these terms.” M o n t Stoller gomery has not decided whether to participate in the upcoming cycle of Community Development Block Grant funds. Montgomery Mayor Gerri Harbison said Montgomery City Council will discuss the issue at its work session Wednesday, June 22. In Blue Ash, Vice Mayor Lee Czerwonka and Councilmen Thomas Adamec, Rick Bryan, Robert Buckman Jr. and James Sumner joined Mayor Weber in voting against an agreement with Hamilton County for the community development funds. The agreement before Blue Ash also would have required the city and Hamilton County to “cooperate to undertake, or assist in undertaking, community renewal and lower-income housing-assistance activities, specifically urban renewal and publicly assist-

ed housing.” Blue Ash Councilwoman Stephanie Stoller cast the lone dissenting vote June 9. “I believe my fellow councilmen were afraid that Blue Ash would be forced to add more publicly assisted housing,” Stoller said. “My beliefs are a little different. “First of all, I do not believe this would be forced on Blue Ash since we already have quite a few units within our city, and second of all, if we do add more publicly assisted housing, the units would still have to adhere to Blue Ash zoning-code and property-maintenance standards,” Stoller said. “Just because a person is poor or having a hard time in this economy does not mean that he or she will not maintain the property.” The Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority, which provides affordable housing for low- to moderate-income families throughout Hamilton County, has no current plans for Blue Ash and no longer acquires single-family homes anywhere in the county because they are not

cost-effective, Blue Ash administrators said in a memo to city council on the issue. “Also, fewer properties will be purchased in the upcoming round of funding than in the previous one (of which Blue Ash was not impacted),” the administrators said. The administrators said in the memo that city has in the past been eligible for about $30,000 of community-development funds each year – or a total of $90,000 for the three-year funding cycle. “However, (the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) has announced a 16-percent reduction for this round of funding and (Hamilton) county anticipates its allocation to be reduced accordingly,” the administrators said. “Therefore, we anticipate that Blue Ash (would) be eligible for $75,000 during the upcoming cycle for a project in one of the city’s two income-qualifying areas or citywide for the prevention of slums and blight.”

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Indian Hill family opens math tutoring facility By Rob Dowdy rdowdy@communitypress.com

Indian Hill resident Chip Kostic and his father, Bud, are looking to help local students with their math homework through a new business venture in Blue Ash. The family recently opened Mathnasium of Blue Ash, located at 9525 Kenwood Road, which is a franchise that specializes in teaching students math skills. The Mathnasium

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To learn more about Mathnasium of Blue Ash visit www.mathnasium.com/blueas h or call 984-1212. The business is open 3 p.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. approach attempts to reduce student anxieties with math with a friendly atmosphere and games that strengthens understandings of math concepts.

Students who visit Mathnasium of Blue Ash for the first time take an assessment to determine their strengths and weaknesses. Chip and Bud then put together a binder for the student to work through with exercises and problems that focus on their weaknesses. “No two binders have the same work in them,” Chip said. Mathnasium is designed to work for a wide range of students, from those learn-

Chip and Bud went through training, hired two part-time instructors and opened the doors in February. Bud said Mathnasium of Blue Ash currently serves about 20 students each week from schools in the Greater Cincinnati area. Chip said summer looks to be “pretty busy,” as parents are already calling about summer sessions to make sure their children don’t forget all the math lessons from the previous school year.

ing simple addition and subtraction to pre-calculus. Chip said he began working at a couple tutoring businesses after graduate school in 2009. While he liked teaching children, he didn’t want to work in a classroom setting. He said with the help of his parents he looked into opening his own tutoring business, and during his research discovered Mathnasium. “We couldn’t find anything negative about it,” Chip said.

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Indian Hill residents Chip (left) and Bud Kostic recently opened Mathnasium of Blue Ash to serve local students either struggling in math or looking to get ahead in their studies.

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Church has bicentennial present for community By Jeanne Houck jhouck@communitypress.com

MONTGOMERY – It’s the New Church of Montgomery’s 200th birthday and the congregation doesn’t have a minister to help blow out the candles or its own church to host an observance. They hope to change that soon. In the meantime church members, who are meeting temporarily in a Blue Ash funeral home, are not going to let the situation stop them from celebrating their anniversary – or from giving the public an anniversary gift. Members of the New Church of Montgomery are marking their milestone by helping bring a public exhibit to the Taft Museum of Art in downtown Cincinnati called “In Company with Angels: Seven Rediscovered Tiffany Windows.” The exhibit runs through Sept. 11.

“These windows had been installed in (a former site of) the church at Oak and Winslow Streets (in Walnut Hills) in 1902 and were salvaged before its demolition to make way for I-71,” church board member Gloria Toot of Montgomery said. “They were stored in several Montgomery residents’ garages for many years before being sold to a sister church in West Chester, PA., and are now on a national tour.” Eileen Franz of Loveland, a longtime member of the New Church of Montgomery, describes the exhibit as a “homecoming.” “I am looking forward to seeing the exhibit,” Franz said. “I’ve become interested in history, art and theology. These are all encapsulated in the windows.” For the exhibit, Toot said, the New Church of Montgomery also will loan the Taft museum its chancel

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The New Church of Montgomery is celebrating its 200th anniversary and is looking for a new building. The congregation, which is temporarily meeting in a Blue Ash funeral home, demolished its former church on Kemper Road in Montgomery, seen here, and is trying to sell the property. furniture – including the altar from the Montgomery church carved by renowned Cincinnati artist Henry Fry in the mid-1800s – and other historic pieces. Toot said the New Church of Montgomery is a descendent of a Swedenborgian congregation organized by Adam Hurdus in Cincinnati in 1811. The Swedenborgian Church of North America says on its website that it is “an open-minded, forwardlooking Christian church drawing its faith from the Bible as illuminated by the teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg,” a Swedish scientist, inventor, philosopher and theologian who wrote books about the Second Coming that he said were divinely inspired. Swedenborg died in 1772. The Swedenborgian church founded in Cincinnati in 1811 was the first Swedenborgian congrega-

tion established west of the Alleghenies – and just the second in the United States, Toot said. “Originally called the First New Jerusalem Society, it has had many church buildings, from Rev. Hurdus’ home where Indians sometimes attended just to hear the homemade organ being played, to Longworth or Centre Street, then to Fourth and John Streets (and then) to Oak and Winslow Streets in Walnut Hills, where the construction of I-71 finally precipitated their move in 1964 to Montgomery,” Toot said. Toot said the congregation demolished its church building in Montgomery last year and is selling the property on East Kemper Road. “(The congregation is) meeting temporarily at Strawser Funeral Home in Blue Ash while beginning the process of visioning their mission and future,”

Toot said. “(We) will be hiring an interim minister this fall and will be searching for new facilities and location soon.” The New Church of Montgomery also is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year by hosting the Swedenborgian denomination’s convention, to be held June 27 to July 3 at the University of Cincinnati. “Diana Brake McBride, local historian and tour guide will be addressing the body of delegates on the topic of how our city was enriched by the contributions of the early Swedenborgians,” Toot said. “She will speak about men and women such as Daniel Beard, grandson of Adam Hurdus, founder of the Boy Scouts; Henry Fry; Benjamin Pitman; Hiram Powers; Frederick Eckstein and the Ropes sisters’ influence on education and the arts in Cincinnati.”

Rozzi property park project manager Doug Rack said he is “feeling a lot better about the schedule” of park construction now that the month of June has brought drier weather. Rack, with Turner Construction, addressed the Symmes Township trustees during the June 7 meeting. He said Kelchner, the company in charge of site work, has been working 10-hour days Monday through Friday and also working on Saturdays and Sundays at no charge to the township. “We want to work as long as we can to keep the customer happy,” Rack said. There were 20 working days lost because of the rainy weather during May. Rack said the crew is working on a recovery schedule, but is still planning to finish the park on time. Rack said crews are also draining a pond on the site. Water piping is also expected to start in the next two weeks. The bid opening for playground equipment was scheduled for June 9. Rack said he expected two bids, one from Game Time and one from Create Play. He will have a recommendation for a bid before the July meeting. The trustees decided at the April 5 meeting to rebid the playground equipment that will be installed on three playgrounds at the park.

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World War II veterans take trip of a lifetime By Amanda Hopkins ahopkins@communitypress.com

SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP – Lillian Durham described the trip to Washington, D.C., as a “special gift.” Durham, who served in the United States Coast Guard, and seven other World War II veterans from Seasons Retirement Community in Sycamore Township were part of Honor Flight Tri-State, a group whose mission is to fly as many veterans of World War II to the memorial in Washington, D.C. According to the Honor Flight Tri-State website, there are 3 million living World War II veterans. Frank Holt, who served

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Eight World War II veterans from Seasons Retirement Community in Sycamore Township participated in the Honor Flight TriState, where they took a bus tour of Washington, D.C., and visited the World War II memorial. From left: Joe Sorrentino, United States Army; John Zinke, Navy Air Corps; Mary Lou Busam, United States Navy; Frank Holt, United States Navy; Lillian Durham, United States Coast Guard; Irene Morgan, Navy Nurse Corps; Jack Eling, United States Air Force, and Clarence Hammel, United States Army. in the United States Navy from 1939-1945, was in Pearl Harbor on the USS Helena when the ship was bombed on Dec. 7, 1941. He was also on the ship

when it was sunk in the Battle of Kula Gulf in 1943. Holt said he feels very lucky to have survived both and was “really honored” to be a part of Honor Flight.

“I had tears in my eyes and I am not a sentimental person,” Holt said. Around 170 World War II veterans and 79 guardians attended the

Blue Ash upgrades on golf course By Jeanne Houck jhouck@communitypress.com

BLUE ASH - Blue Ash City Council approved more than $863,000 worth of contracts for improvements at the Blue Ash Golf Course June 9. City council awarded contracts to: • Prus Construction Co. of the Cincinnati neighborhood of Linwood, to replace cart paths at the Blue Ash golf course at Cooper and Plainfield Roads with new concrete paths for no more than $765,000. Blue Ash got five bids for concrete paths and two bids for asphalt paths. Prus’ bid was the lowest, Chuck Funk, director of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, said in a memo to city council. “The base bid submitted by Prus is about $35,000 under the engineer’s estimate of $800,000,” Funk said. “Assuming council accepts this recommendation, construction is expect-

ed to begin in early July and should be complete this fall.” • Restaurant Equipment Distributing Inc. of the Cincinnati neighborhood of Mount Auburn, for restaurant equipment - such as ovens, refrigerators, freezers, sinks and long work tables - for the Cooper Creek Event Center for about $98,300. The center, which is to replace the old clubhouse at

the golf course, includes banquet facilities and is set to open this fall. Blue Ash got five bids for the equipment and one bid came in about 1.4-percent lower than Restaurant Equipment Distributing, Inc.’s bid, Funk said in the memo to city council. “Although Restaurant Equipment Distributing, Inc. was not the lowest bid, the parks and recreation administration recommends them

because the city has worked with this vendor for approximately 30 years,” Funk said. “They are an established and responsive quality service provider.” Blue Ash also is replacing the irrigation system at the golf course. All the upgrades are being financed with proceeds from a 0.25-percent earnings-tax hike approved by Blue Ash voters in 2006 for large projects.

“I'm 89 and I can say it was the best day of my life,” Air Force veteran Jack Eling said. Seasons Retirement Community is working on putting together a fundraiser to raise money for other veterans. Durham said she wants to make sure other World War II veterans have the opportunity to attend. “It's the last great day of our life.” To learn more about the Honor Flight Tri-State, visit www.honorflighttristate.org

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The Indian Hill Exempted Village School District has begun the process of preparing a new master plan for its facilities. The new plan will focus on ancillary facilities, specifically the high school auditorium and athletic facilities. “We are at a point with some of our facilities that we need to make some upgrades,” said Superintendent Jane Knudson. “We want to make certain that we have a long-range facilities master plan as we look to upgrade (these) facilities.” The high school auditorium was built in 1969, said Knudson. Last week the Board of Education approved entering into negotiations with MSA Architects to develop the master plan. The school board is expected to vote at a future meeting on whether to approve the contract. Board member and Operations Committee member Karl Grafe said developing a master plan is preferable to expending funds in a “piecemeal” fashion on improvements. This allows us to come up with “a blueprint for what we may want to do down the road,” said Grafe.

Honor Flight in May. All of the veterans' flights, food, T-shirt and bus are free. Navy Nurse Irene Morgan said she felt like a celebrity on the trip. Many staff members from the Seasons Retirement Community greeted the group at 5 a.m. before they left for the all-day trip. Morgan said they had police escorts on the trip and there were people throughout the day who clapped for them when they were getting on and off the bus.

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Junior High honors May Pride in Excellence winners although the criteria are openended, the students receiving this award are good school citizens who have maintained high-quality grades or have improved significantly. Other involvements with the music program, sports programs, and various clubs are also often part of choices for the Pride in Excellence award.

Every month there is a breakfast for the recipients of the awards as well as their parents and siblings and the nominating teacher. The vice principals of the school give special recognition as well as a certificate to the students. The Sycamore PTO sponsors the breakfast for this event.

SJH news crew participates in ‘Think Before you Send’ This year’s Sycamore Junior High News Crew participated in the B4U Send (Think Before You Send) Contest sponsored by the Ohio State Bar Association. The purpose of this contest was to inform teenagers about cyberbullying, sexting and the dangers with Internet if you are not safe about your use of technology. Although Sycamore Junior

High did not win the contest, the students who participated learned valuable lessons on cyber-bullying, and each student who submitted a video received a certificate for participation. The students first created a video which was worked upon and improved to create the final video, and these were used on the school video announcements.

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Sycamore choirs earn superior rating in Georgia festival

Sycamore Junior High May Pride in Excellence winners, from left: front row, Samuel Myers, Johnna Ward, Abby Bonhaus, Farrah Brown, Morgan Malof and Mackenzie McMullen; middle row, Tyra Hall, Kristopher Pendleton, Max Gottliebson, Tyler Byrd, Tyler Miller, Sam Wyrick, Evelyn Garrett, Alejandra Garcia, and Nidhi Kanchan; back row, Matthew Brown, Jack Augenstein, JaYu Choi, JaLynn Moreland, Emily Augenstein, Ryan Wesssinger, Kelsey Koffel, Michelle Shannon, Donesha Gordon, John Maloney, Patty Blood and Jory Gould. Not pictured, Kari Cole, Cerys Hughes, Courtney Koosman, Anne Rumpke, Emma Schutty and Matthew Sharpe.

Although the staff and administration of Sycamore Junior High bestow many honors upon the students, there is one award that is outstandingly meaningful to the students and their families. The Pride in Excellence award has for many years been a singularly special honor. Students are nominated by staff members, and

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The Cincinnati Ohio State Bar representative, Thomas F. Glassman, presented awards to the students involved. Students felt that although they did not win the contest, they gained knowledge of how not thinking before you send a message can ruin someone’s life. Staff members involved with this event were Kim Jarvis and Melissa Speelman.

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The best of May

The administration and faculty members of Sycamore Junior High School present the May Student of the Week winners, from left: Lucas Nash, Katie Knoechel, Nathan Larson, Austin Schafer, Karen Naber, Principal, Allie Oh, Shoyo Hakozaki, Ross Mather and Steven Pun.

Six chartered buses full of students, parents, and staff members departed May 13 to compete in the Music Showcase Festival competition in Talapoosa, Ga. Members of Chorale, Concert Choir and Eighth-Grade Treble Tones enjoyed a great traffic-free bus ride before arriving in Atlanta. They were treated to a baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies. The following morning, all choirs competed in the Music Showcase Festival, and all three Sycamore choirs received superior ratings. In addition, Concert Choir

Sopranos, Chorale Sopranos and Eighth-Grade Treble Tones-Altos received a special outstanding section trophy. After the competition, students enjoyed a day at Six Flags amusement park. All students had the opportunity to take a tour of the CNN television studio Sunday morning. Prior to departing for home, Students were treated to a driving tour of the Marin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and the Ebeneezer Church where he served as pastor. A great trip was had by all, and another junior high memory is in the books.

Cash for cars

Ursuline Academy drew the prize winners for its second annual car raffle May 16, making one of its science teachers $15,000 richer. Sue Lytle of South Lebanon held the first prize ticket and opted for the $15,000 cash over three optional cars: a Mazda 3, VW Jetta or Kia Soul. “I’ve never won anything but a toaster,” said Lytle when she was called up on stage to claim her prize. In addition to the grand prize, there were 10 $100 cash winners as well. Proceeds will benefit Ursuline Academy. From left: Ursuline special events director Lori Haines (left) with Sue Lytle.

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Junior high students celebrate Memorial Day Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those that have died in service to our nation. On May 26, the students of Sycamore Junior High did just that at an assembly designed to create awareness for this important day. After the entire student body was led in the Pledge of Allegiance by Student Council President Grace Hertlein, the eighth-grade class was invited to the gym for the assembly. The students entered the room in a state of silence and quietly sat on the floor as scenes of flags and memorial statues played across the back wall. The school’s principal, Karen Naber, said a few words about the meaning of Memorial Day to the students and then introduced the afternoon’s speaker, SSG Paul Brondhaver. Brondhaver has served his country in United States Army for over 20 years and has been on 19 active duty missions and operations. Brondhaver spoke to the stu-

dents about his experiences in Operation Iraqi Freedom and other missions. He stressed the importance of remembering those that have lost their life for our country. “If we didn’t have courageous men and women that came before us, we might not have woken up this morning with something in common. We might not have woken up with freedom,” he stated. The students listened intently as he spoke and then had an opportunity to view his Purple Heart medal, one of the highest military distinctions. The assembly concluded with a ceremoniously placed wreath to honor all those that have died in service and the playing of “Taps” by eighth-grade student Gian Carlo Valli. The students filed out of the room silently, no doubt thinking about the significance of this important holiday. This noteworthy assembly was organized by Rob Reis, a social studies teacher at the junior high and is an annual occurrence.

Ivy League student makes free SAT prep tests available To prep or not to prep? For a growing number of high school parents and students, that is the question. And with college admissions getting more competitive every year, many students have begun turning to a short list of pricey test prep companies to help them earn the scores they need to compete. This summer, Nancy Blanks, a 2008 graduate of Sycamore High School and honors student at Cornell University, will launch the

Sycamore-Mason-Loveland branch of Ivy Insiders, an innovative and affordable SAT prep system that was started by undergraduates at Harvard in 2003. Ivy Insiders enables college students with exceptional educational gifts to return to their hometowns to give back to their communities in the form of significantly improved SAT scores. To date, Ivy Insiders has helped more than 10,000 students raise their SAT scores by an average of

254 points, a stellar achievement. As part of her SAT prep efforts, Blanks will host two free SAT practice exams this summer. Blanks will make personalized phone calls to all students completing each SAT practice exam, giving detailed analyses of students’ test results along with a study plan designed to maximize strengths and minimize weaknesses. Blanks graduated in the top 10 percent of her 2008 class at

Sycamore, scored exceptionally well in all areas of the SAT, and achieved perfect fives on four AP exams. During high school, she realized her passion of working with people in mutually beneficial ways. As president of the Random Acts of Kindness Club at Sycamore, she inspired many students to give back to the community. Also, she became involved in community mentoring initiatives, including the established Ohio Reads Program, where she helped

improve elementary school children’s reading skills, and the Fast Track Tutoring Program at Sycamore, where she helped her own peers excel in a number of subjects. At Cornell, Blanks has achieved honors student status. She is involved in a mentoring organization called EARS, and is an enthusiastic member of several business organizations on campus, including the Cornell Business Review.


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Sycamore’s Wolkoff always near net By Scott Springer

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Jeff Wolkoff’s net worth to Sycamore athletics is immeasurable. To say the least, Wolkoff has found a way to be around the net more often than not over the last four years. If he wasn’t scoring goals in soccer or on the ice for the Aves hockey team, he was between the pipes for the lacrosse team keeping intruders at bay. Wolkoff was All-Academic Greater Miami Conference for every season of every sport he played, and is now a back-to-back winner of Northeast Suburban Life’s Sportsman of the Year. Last fall, Wolkoff helped the Sycamore soccer team make the regional finals for the first time and was a first-team, All-GMC selection for coach Scott Sievering. “I scored a district championship goal, and we won 1-0,” Wolkoff said. Sycamore hockey coach Nate Price was at that soccer tournament game and can vouch for Wolkoff’s

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Jeffrey Wolkoff was a first-team allconference player for coach Nate Price’s hockey Aves and was named Cincinnati Enquirer Player of the Year. He was selected to play in the Senior High School All-Star Game in Columbus.

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Jeffrey Wolkoff was Sycamore’s cocaptain in lacrosse and as goalie was picked as the Eastern Region Player of the Week for April 26 by www.laxpower.com. He was also named first team All-Region. tendency to impact any game he’s in. “He’s pretty unbelievable,” Price said. “He’s just as big of a presence. He’s just an athletic threat.” Price knows the National Honor Society student as good as anyone as Wolkoff was a varsity player for the Aves his entire prep career. Over the past three seasons, Wolkoff “lit the lamp” more than anyone. “He’s an unbelievable goal scorer,” Price said. “He had 51 goals this season and there was no one in our league that had combined goals and assists equal to the amount of goals he had.” After moving here from Cleveland at age 3, Wolkoff was in skates and ready for battle when most kids were exploring fingerpainting in kindergarten. “Your first couple of years you just learn how to

s k a t e , ” Wolkoff. Obviously, Wolkoff mastered the art as he was honored after this season as the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Player of the Year. The Aves captain was the bright spot of a 1318-1 squad that featured a lot of young players. “He was a huge presence on the ice with his ability to control the game,” Price said. “He has the ability to make the goalie move and just finish.” That is, when he’s not volunteering at Jewish Hospital, studying or lifeguarding. His Sycamore grade point average was 3.85. Grades like that will help Wolkoff as he goes to the University of Cincinnati to major in biology, with the intent of eventually going to dental school. His spring sport of lacrosse also played a part in that decision. Oddly enough, Wolkoff shoots at the goal in fall and winter,

then protects it during the spring. The dental connection comes from S y c a m o r e ’s goalie coach, Aaron Schaftel, a dentist who has instructed Wolkoff on netminding and the fine art of flossing. Wolkoff’s future vocation choice of dentistry is not due to an affinity for white jackets, latex gloves or fluoride. In fact, it’s rather peculiar. “Ever since I was young, I enjoyed pulling teeth and everything,” Wolkoff said. “I’ve asked him (Schaftel) a lot of questions.” When not dreaming of bicuspids, Wolkoff offers up a unique defense of the goal. An immobile fly swatter, he’s not. “He’s a real, active athletic goalie,” Aves lacrosse coach Greg Cole said. “Jeff is kind of a double-threat. He makes phenomenal saves. Once he makes a save, we have very athletic defense-

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Two-time Northeast Suburban Life Sportsman of the Year Jeffrey Wolkoff joins his family, from left: Front row, David (dad), Jeffrey, Carol (mom); back row, Rachel and Samantha.

Wolkoff’s favorites Movie: Happy Gilmore TV show: Boy Meets World Book: “The Great Gatsby” Music: Hip Hop Team: Cleveland Browns Food: Chipotle or watermelon Your inspiration: All of my opponents have always wanted to be the best Greatest moment in athletic career: Scoring the game-winning goal in the district championship in soccer against Springboro Person you would like to meet: Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins) Something you are not good at: Tennis or foreign languages man and middies. It makes it very tough for teams to defend our clearances.” The job’s belonged to Wolkoff for the past three years. This season, he stopped 218 shots. “He’ll go out as our career saves leader with 671,” Cole said. “He’s also the all-time wins leader.” Wolkoff’s lacrosse talents have gotten him recognized by the Ohio State Lacrosse Association and by the website, www.laxpower.com. “He’s got great hands,” Cole said. “What makes him a great lacrosse goalie is that he plays hockey and has the agility that you need on ice.” As he moves on to UC to begin college, Wolkoff has plans to participate in club sports in both lacrosse and hockey. Once he becomes a fullfledged dentist, there’s bound to be plenty of hockey-related extractions and/or fillings to be made that’ll require the same

Safdar leaves mark on Ursuline tennis program By Nick Dudukovich ndudukovich@communitypress.com

For Ursuline Academy’s Komal Safdar, tennis has been a family affair. As a freshman in 2007, Komal advanced to the Division I state tennis tournament with her sister, Nida, who was a senior at the time. Four-years later, Komal’s high school career ended, just like it started – with a trip to state. Matched with her younger sister, Mehvish, a freshman, the duo stormed through the bracket, never losing more than two sets on their way to 6-4, 6-2 win over a team from Dublin Jerome for the state title. The victory capped off the most stellar tennis career in the school’s tennis program’s history. At singles, Komal went 74-15 in her career for coach Joe and the Lions, according to the Girls’

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Ursuline’s Komal Safdar teamed with her sister, Mehvish, to win the 2011 Division I state doubles championship. Greater Cincinnati League website. She collected accolades like she did wins. Some of her accomplishments include being named First-Team, All-GGCL for four years, in addition to making the First-Team, AllGreater Cincinnati Tennis Coaches Association squad for four consecutive years. She’s also been runner-up at state singles, in addition to

being named a National All-American by the National High School Tennis AllAmerican Foundation. The Mason resident also recently added another highlight, as online readers at Cincinnati.com voted her as the Northeast Suburban Life Sportswoman of the Year. More than 265,000 voters were cast for local athletes. Winners received two field box tickets to a Cincinnati Reds game, courtesy of the team. Komal said she began playing the game when her parents Dr. Shahzad and Wardha Safdar started taking her to the tennis courts around their apartment. At 9 years old, Komal got serious about the sport

and started working with a personal coach. Her success at a high level of play stems from the fact that she was constantly playing tennis growing up. She believes that work ethic helped her get to where she is today. “There are a lot of good players out there,” she said. “In the end, it comes down to how hard you work and having the belief you can win.” What makes Komal’s run through the state’s top competition even more compelling is the fact that she was an honor-roll student at Ursuline. Dr. Safdar believes the game of tennis helped open up the brains of his kids and made them become more

Scouting report • Honors student • Student council member • 2011 Enquirer All-Star • First-Team, All-GGCL for four years • First-Team, All-Greater Cincinnati Tennis Coaches Association for four years • Named National All-American by the National High School Tennis All-American Foundation. • Four-time state tennis qualifier

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Komal Safdar was named the Northeast Suburban Life Sportswoman of the Year. Family at her graduation include, from left, her sister, Nida, her mother, Wardha, Komal, her sister, Mehvish, and her father, Shahzad.

receptive to their surroundings. He added education has been a top priority, to all of his children, and that he’s been impressed with their drive. “It’s amazing. I see all three of them can get away with four, five hours of sleep and playing (sports),” he said. The Safdars, and Komal in particular, have goals. She set one of her personal milestones when she signed her letter of intent to continue her tennis career at Syracuse University, earlier in the year. “These kids have higher dreams, but again, they also have to include their education,” Dr. Safdar said. “Komal wanted to play in college from the very beginning.” Komal has also been able to set herself apart from a sportsmanship standpoint. Nida said her sister’s passion for the game extends into having respect for her competition. “She’s always been on top (of the sport) and you would never be able to tell by talking to her,” Nida said. “She’s modest. Even if she didn’t win the match, she would always (play) with sportsmanship and I think her character on the court makes her the best player.”

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Jeffrey Wolkoff played on coach Scott Sievering’s soccer Aves that made it to the regional finals. Wolkoff was the third-leading scorer and was firstteam All-GMC.

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• Two-time winner of the Northeast Suburban Life Sportsman of the Year award. • 3.85 grade point average, All-Academic Greater Miami Conference for every season of every high school sport played • National Honor Society • Student Athletic Leadership Team • Volunteer at Jewish Hospital • Lifeguard at Blue Ash Recreation Center • Four year varsity hockey player. First-team AllConference and Cincinnati Enquirer player of the year • Selected to play in Senior High School All Star Game in Columbus • Three-year varsity lacrosse player. First-team AllRegion • Two-year varsity soccer player. First-team All-GMC for regional finalists patience and precision Wolkoff exhibited at the rink. Jeff Wolkoff will celebrate his latest Sportsman of the Year honor by attending an upcoming Cincinnati Reds game courtesy of the team.

Komal Safdar’s favorites Food: Steak Book: Harry Potter series Movie: Rush Hour series Sport to play: Tennis Sport to watch: Tennis Athlete: Rafael Nadal Place to shop: Forever 21 Heroes: My older sister and my parents, and my coach, Matt Dektas Pre-game ritual: I have some pump-up music, come up with a game plan, normal warmups, eat a healthy snack and play. In five years, I will be: Trying to enter the professional tennis tour. If that doesn’t work, going to medical school. Most people don’t know this about me, but: I like baking. As Komal prepares to leave for college in the coming months, she’s setting new goals for herself now that she’s moved onto another chapter in her life. She has her sights set on professional tennis, and believes that Syracuse coach Luke Jensen can help make her the kind of player she aspires to be. “He’s won the French Open (doubles). He knows the drills, so he’ll be working us hard,” Komal said. “But I know he’ll bring the best out of me. I think I’m prepared so I’m very excited to go there.” For more coverage, visit Cincinnati.com/blogs/ presspreps


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Eleven from MND to continue sports careers Mount Notre Dame recently conducted its spring athletic sports signing to celebrate 11 seniors continuing their athletic careers at the collegiate level. Family, coaches and friends of the signing seniors joined in the celebration at the MND Salerno Center for the Performing Arts. Four seniors who played soccer for Mount Notre Dame will continue their careers at the collegiate level this fall. Carolyn Hartman of Evendale will play for Lynn University. Melissa DeWitt of Madeira signed to play for the University of Dayton. Anna Rutousky of Miami Township will continue her

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Mount Notre Dame High School seniors celebrate signing letters of intent to play sports in college. Pictured are Jamie Naber, Carolyn Hartman, Anna Rutousky, Melissa DeWitt and Maggie Steele. In back are Cassie Lastivka, Janna Reilly, Beth Warning, Holly Bronner and Gabby West. Not pictured are Erika Ripperger and Candace Crowley. soccer career at Ashland University. Finally, Jamie Naber of Loveland will play for Tiffin University. Two seniors will continue

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Champions Baseball Academy has several upcoming opportunities for players ages 13 and under to improve their skills: • June 20-22 – Loveland Middle School, 9 a.m. to noon. • June 27-29 – Blue Ash Sports Complex, 9 a.m. to noon. Players will have the opportunity to work on skills such as hitting, throwing, defense, base running among other fundamentals of baseball with Champions professor staff. Players will receive a camp T-shirt.

Jay Bruce baseball camp

There are less than 100 spots still available for the second annual CBTS and Fifth Third Bank in partnership with the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum. The Cincinnati Reds Star Outfielder will conduct his annual camp from

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their volleyball careers this fall. Holly Bronner of Reading will join the volleyball team at the University of the Cumberlands. Janna

Reilly of Mason signed to play for Slippery Rock University. Three seniors from the basketball program will sign to play at the collegiate level. Cassie Lastivka of Mason signed with Ohio Northern University. Gabby West of Mason will continue her career at Carnegie Mellon University. Erika Ripperger of Loveland will become a member of the basketball program at Centre College. Two seniors from the field hockey team will continue their careers this fall. Beth Warning of Sycamore Township signed to play for Wittenberg University. Maggie Steele of Deerfield Township will play for DePauw University. Senior Candace Crowley of Liberty Township will join Purdue University’s cheerleading team.

8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., July 25-26 at Prasco Park in Mason. Bruce will be on site the entire camp to direct activities and provide instruction. The camp will be directed by Indiana University head baseball coach Tracy Smith. He will be joined by several of the top prep and collegiate coaches from the Cincinnati area. Camp is open to boys and girls ages 6 to 14. Campers experience various stations, specializing in fundamental skills and the team concept of baseball. Individual groups are small to assure each camper gets maximum personalized instruction. Campers receive an autographed camp team photo with Jay, a camp T-shirt, camp goodie bag and the opportunity to win additional contests and prizes. The cost of the camp is $174.

Additional camp partners include Gillette, Marge and Charles J. Schott Foundation, Powerade, Fox Sports Ohio, and 700 WLW. Additional information and registration is available at www.JayBruceCamp.com, or call 888-389-CAMP.

College coach wanted

The Xavier University Club Football program seek assistant coaches for the 2011 season. Xavier is a member of the Midwest Club Football Conference. Previous coaching experience preferred. The Musketeers club football team practices three to four nights a week, and plays a schedule of 8-10 games. These are volunteer positions. Send resumes to Sean McCormick, head coach, via e-mail, Football@Xavier.edu.

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Moeller catcher Ryan Logan will continue his career at Christian Brothers University. Logan was hitting .313 for the Crusaders going into the postseason.

lege where he will play lacrosse for coach Tom Carmean. Przezdziecki is a four-year member of the Crusaders and plays midfielder. In addition to lacrosse, Przezdziecki plays ice hockey and worked in Pastoral Ministry with the Little Buddies program. Przezdziecki has carried academic honors all four years with a 3.38 GPA. Przezdziecki is the son of Jan and Janice Przezdziecki of Loveland. • James Rogan committed to Mercyhurst College where he will play lacrosse for coach Chris Ryan. Rogan is a four-year midfielder for the Crusaders and has been a member of the lacrosse program for four years. Rogan has received 2009 second team allOHSLA Southwest region honors and Honorable Mention all-OHSLA. In 2010 he received first-team allOHSLA Southwest region, first-team all MSLCA and second team all OHSLA – State. He is a two-time cocaptain of the Moeller Crusaders lacrosse team. Rogan has carried academic honors all four years with a 3.8 GPA, is a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. Rogan participates in intramural sports. Rogan is the son of Joe and Laura Rogan of Loveland. • Collin Joyce will continue his rugby career at Bowling Green University. Joyce will play for Coach Tony

Mazzarella. Joyce is a thirdyear flanker and inside center for the A team and has been a member of the rugby program for three years. Joyce was a member of the 2010 Ohio State Championship Rugby team and remains in a leadership position for the 2011 run for the state title. Joyce is the son of Patrick and Laurie Joyce of Milford. • Brendan Walsh has committed to Heidelberg University where he will wrestle for coach Nathan Shearer. Walsh is a fouryear wrestler for the Crusaders. Walsh is a 2010 state qualifier, 2010 GCL champion and two-time sectional champion. Walsh has carried academic honors all four years with a 3.9 GPA. Walsh has received academic all-Ohio honors in 2010. Walsh is the son of Michael and Millie Walsh of Amelia. • Thomas Tussey has committed to run cross country and track for Muskingum University. Tussey is a four-year member of both the cross country and track and field teams at Moeller High School. Tussey is the son of Michael and Joan Tussey of Hyde Park.

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Good sports

Sycamore Junior High School students Maddie Locke and Ryan Gantzer, pictured with athletic director Lisa Meyer, have been selected to receive the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s prestigious Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award. The award, named for two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin, is presented each year to a male and female student who has been outstanding in efforts to promote sportsmanship in the school and community. This award encompasses students in grades seven through 12. This year’s honorees were presented with their awards at a special awards assembly in the school auditorium Friday, June 3. The Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award, sponsored by the Ohio High School Athletic Association is designed to promote sportsmanship, ethics, and integrity. This association strongly supports good sportsmanship among the youth and adults in our schools and workplaces.

Whatley heads water Crusaders

Coach Bill Whatley will rejoin the Moeller swim program as head swim coach for the 2011-2012 school year. Whatley previously held the position at Moeller from 1997-2008 and currently is the director of competitive swimming for the Blue Ash YMCA where he has served for more than 22 years.

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Archbishop Moeller High School announces the following college signings for spring: • Ryan Logan has committed to Christian Brothers University where he will play baseball for coach Phil Goodwin. Logan is a twoyear catcher, outfielder for the Crusaders and has been a member of the baseball program for four years. Logan has carried academic honors all four years with a 3.8 GPA. Logan participates in men’s vocal ensemble and house basketball. Logan is the son of Mike and Barb Logan of Symmes Township. • Shaquille Jinks will play football for coach Lee Owens at Ashland University. Jinks is a four-year member of the football program. Jinks celebrated first-team, All-GCL and honorable mention all-city honors. Jinks has maintained honors every quarter. Jinks is the son of Jacqueline Tilford of Bond Hill. • Michael Lynch has committed to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he will play lacrosse for coach Jim Townsend. Lynch is a midfielder for the Crusaders and has been a member of the lacrosse program for four years. Lynch has carried academic first honors all four years with a 4.0 GPA and received the honor of valedictorian for 2010-2011 Moeller High School. Lynch is a co-captain for the Crusaders. Lynch is the son of Mike and Colleen Lynch of Madeira. • Hayden Miller has committed to Bellarmine University where he will play lacrosse for coach Bart Sullivan. Miller is a fouryear goalie for the Crusaders and has been a co-captain of the lacrosse program for two years. Miller received second team all-Midwest honors as a junior and received the Tom Kennedy Spirit Award. Miller has carried academic honors all four years with a 3.8GPA. Miller is the son of Sheila Miller of Loveland and Bill and Leslie Miller of Indian Hill. • Justin Przezdziecki has committed to Guilford Col-


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June 15 questions

Symmes Township trustees approved changing street signs to white-on-blue and including the Symmes Township logo on the signs. The current street signs are green. Do you think this is a good decision by the township? Why or why not? “I really believe the sign changes are mandated by the federal government and the township like so many other communities do not have a choice. Signs must meet the new standards by 2015 or 2018. The township’s only real decision was to pick the color of its signs. “I personally believe the blue signs with the logo will be a great improvement over the existing green signs. While I think the mandate comes at a time when communities like Symmes are trying to conserve dollars I really don’t think they can avoid the change. At least Symmes plans to do it over a long period of time rather then all at once. Good job Symmes Township.” S.L.B. Should teachers be allowed to defend themselves against aggressive students? Why or why not? “Of course, teachers should be able to defend themselves against aggressive students. If that teacher were a pedestrian on the sidewalk and was being threatened by an aggressive person, he/she would certainly be able to defend him/herself – even if that aggressive person was of student age. Why take that ability away from a person just because he/she happens to be a teacher and the situation happens to occur within the four walls of an educational facility? Schools are so fearful of reprisal and litigation that they have taken away tools from their teachers and administrators which, unfortunately, include those a ‘regular’ person would be allowed to use to defend him/herself in a serious situation. A sad commentary both on society and on our educational system.” J.D. “Absolutely! I hardly think a reason is necessary; everyone has a right to protect and defend himself, especially from assault. Why should teachers be excluded? “I can just imagine that question being asked when I went to school (1942-1954). It would have elicited a big laugh.” B.B. “Yes I think teachers should be able to defend themselves against aggressive students. Not only are the teachers in danger, but also the other students. “There would have to be guidelines, but no one should have to go to work worried about their safety.” D.D.

Next questions What kinds of things can a local business do to get you or keep you as a customer? What are some of the more creative promotions which you have seen? Should Ohio open state parks to oil and gas drilling? Why or why not? Every week The Northeast Suburban Life asks readers a questions that they can reply to via email. Send your answers to nesuburban@communitypress.com with “chatroom” in the subject line.

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Election ‘fraud’ non-existent problem

I feel compelled to weigh in on House Bill 159 about voter ID after reading the rather illinformed case for supporting this bill made in a guest column by Ric McPike. There is no question this legislation is a solution to a problem that does not exist. There are so few documented cases of in-person voter fraud prosecuted in any of the states enacting and/or pushing this legislation that there is no effect whatsoever on elections. McPike states that the bill “requires voters to present an ID” and this is not what the legislation says at all. The legislation requires specific government-issued photo ID and there is a huge difference. A survey by the Brennan Center found that more than 21 million US citizens do not have a governmentissued photo ID. The American Association of Persons with Disabilities estimates that 10 percent of people with disabilities lack current state-issued ID.

M c P i k e accuses a political party of “erecting a straw man and then knocking him down” and then does exactly the same Sandra thing. He says Mowell there are voter occurCommunity fraud rences that are Press guest never discovcolumnist ered and then states as his evidence the fact that “phony registration attempts have been made by liberal groups.” Again, there is a world of difference between registering to vote and actually voting. Ask the more than 75 percent of people who are registered to vote in Hamilton County who never bothered to show up to vote in the last election. Let’s think about the cost of legislation that a “fiscally conser-

vative” party is pushing. To enact voter ID legislation Ohio taxpayers will have to spend thousands upon thousands of dollars. For states that have enacted this legislation there have been enormous costs involved in litigating the legislation and in providing voter education on the law. It costs states money to comply with the Supreme Court’s ruling to provide “free” government photo ID. You do not just walk into a government office, ask for an ID, they wave a magic wand and give you one. The individual has costs associated with gathering all the documentation these offices require before issuing the ID, the state has costs for the materials to make the ID and the personnel involved in issuing the IDs. This is not free. You have to wonder why some people are so anxious to throw away taxpayers’ money when we have had serious budget cuts to real problem areas. There is no way to enforce a

voter ID law equally because poll workers, no matter how much training they receive, make mistakes disenfranchising legitimate voters. I have seen this first hand. For those really concerned about the integrity of elections you should question this legislation as it relates to absentee voters and voters by mail. Who do they show the photo ID to before voting? HB 159 does not change the identification required for absentee voters to be the same identification required for in-person voting. So, if for no other reason than to see all voters treated equally and not waste a bunch of money, I can find no good reason to support legislation that “fixes” a problem that doesn’t exist. Sandra Maddux Mowell is a “new” Blue Ash resident, having recently relocated after 12 years in Indianapolis, where she was on the boards of and volunteered for several organizations and served as a poll worker for numerous elections.

LSFD evaluates community risk One of our jobs as your fire department is to continually evaluate the communities’ risk against the ravages of fire and other emergencies. One of the ways we accomplish that is to inspect buildings and industrial sites to insure compliance with fire and building codes. During those inspections, we evaluate the fire protection systems to insure they meet the needs of the owner and how they are conducting business. Businesses change how they manufacture and we need to insure the system will still protect that change. We use virtually the same method as when we evaluate the communities’ risk as a whole. Another one of those systems that we evaluate is the public water system. A good example occurred recently as we evaluated the water system in Camp Dennison. This is a system that was developed and installed in the early 1950s with six-inch mains.

These mains, on many streets, were not looped, but at the time provided for ample domestic and fire protection needs. New homes Otto Huber have been built Community that are more and Press guest modern i n c l u d e columnist increased energy in a fire due to the material they were built with and furnished with, not to mention the square footage of the home is much greater. The greater the square footage and the energy created by the fire, the greater need for water to extinguish. As we evaluated this system, it was apparent to us that we needed a closer look at the system’s condition and its ability to provide the needed protection. Symmes Township trustees engaged the services of an engineering firm to

conduct a study. That study resulted in recommendations to improve the system. We have asked the township trustees to work with the responsible parties to seek improvements to bring Camp Dennison’s water system up to meet the challenges of the future. The trustees have been working with local and county officials to seek grants and other opportunities to insure this system is improved for the future. I want to assure the residents of Camp Dennison that they are not in peril regarding the existing water service that has been meeting the community’s needs as it was designed to do for many years for a majority of exposure. Another system we evaluate on a regular basis is the service delivery by our fire suppression department. The Loveland Symmes Fire Department is evaluated by the Insurance Services Office and ranked with a rating of 1-10; with one being the best. Our department is ranked an ISO

2, the most favorable rating given to a community our size and with our risk. Even though we have this very favorable rating, we continue to evaluate the department’s ability to provide service annually and make recommendations to the elected officials on how to maintain, and in some cases, improve the system. This occurs with the improvements in training our firefighters, maintaining and replacing our equipment on a scheduled basis and increasing staffing if the numbers warrant. The LSFD participates in the ICMA’s (International City Managers Association) national program of performance measures for communities. Our communities stack up very well against communities our size for fire protection. This again is another way we continue to insure your services are constantly evaluated to meet the community’s needs. Otto Huber is chief of the Loveland Symmes Fire Department.

Ways to stay a step ahead of coyotes Blue Ash has been aware of and has been dealing with coyote-related problems for several years. Occasional attacks of family pets have occurred involving both single and multiple coyotes, tragically, with some attacks resulting in the loss of those pets. Cooperation from residents has helped us try to manage the problem by supplying information on the patterns of coyote individuals and packs so control efforts can be properly focused. Below are a few tips that resi-

dents can do to avoid encouraging coyote visits to their properties: 1. Don’t leave pet food outside. 2. Tightly Chris Wallace secure garbage Community can and dumpster lids – coyPress guest otes will get columnist food where they can. 3. Don’t leave pets unattended

outside for long periods of time. Coyotes will jump fences. Packs can and have attacked large dogs. 4. If you see a coyote near your home, make noise. Make yourself appear larger by waving your arms. 5. Though coyotes are rarely aggressive to humans, if confronted, do not turn your back; however, back up slowly. 6. Pick up any fallen fruit in your yard. Remember that coyotes are omnivores – they eat both plants and animals. Coyotes can roam from five to

25 miles. Ones you see on a given day may be quite a distance away the next day. However, they often will be seen returning to the same areas, frustrating efforts to control problematic coyotes. Coyotes are here to stay, and cooperation is essential to minimize conflicts. Blue Ash residents should report coyote problems/attacks by calling Dispatch at 745-8555. Chris Wallace is chief of the Blue Ash police department.

QUOTEBOOK A compilation of quotes from this week’s Northeast Suburban Life:

“We chose not to be unnecessarily subject to the whims and caprices of county and federal governments. Public housing is a controversial subject which all communities must address. “Too often decisions are made on behalf of

local governments pursuant to funded and unfunded mandates. “Such mandates are often forged by political expedience rather than even-handed pragmatism. In this uncertain political climate, we chose not to accept these terms.”

Mark Weber Blue Ash mayor. See Story, A1

“I believe my fellow councilmen were afraid that Blue Ash would be forced to add more publicly assisted housing ... Just because a person is poor or having a hard time in this economy does not mean that he or she will not maintain the property.”

Stephanie Stoller Blue Ash council member. See Story, A1

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Madeira girls Lexi Born, 8, at left, and Cassidy Mason, 7, raised more than $120 for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Girls raise funds for SPCA with sale By Jeanne Houck

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Two Madeira girls recently raised more than $120 for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals after hosting a sale of eclectic items. It was the fruition of some eight months of planning by Lexi Born, 8, and Cassidy Mason, 7, who sold marigold seeds, vegetable seedlings, hand-loomed potholders and homemade dog biscuits shaped like dog bones, squirrels, boots and hearts. With the help of friends, neighbors and Madeira Elementary School teachers, the girls also collected dog toys, dog carriers, towels, bleach and rubbing alcohol

for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. More donations will be collected through Thursday, June 30, at The Nutrition Niche and Little Treasures Jewelry, both on Laurel Avenue in Madeira. People can drop off dog and cat food, dog and cat toys, dog and cat crates and carriers, non-clumping cat litter, towels, blankets, sheepskin pads, laundry detergent, bleach, grooming clippers, rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, antibiotic ointment, bandages and large and medium-sized plastic trash bags. The merchants also will be selling the homemade dog biscuits for the cause.

In an effort to keep the communities connected, the Connecting Active Communities Coalition – or CACC – is creating logos and master plans that will help put the group’s name on the map. Michele Gottschlich, a member of CACC and the Evendale Recreation Commission, said during the May 25 meeting that consistent bikes laws, creating a logo for the group and aligning master plans from each community could help with grant applications and receiving funding for possible projects. “We need to show cooperation and consistency,” Gottschlich said. All of the communities involved with the group – Evendale, Blue, Glendale, Woodlawn, Sharonville and Reading – are studying each communities bike laws. At a previous meeting, the group decided to approach public officials to make changes for more consistent bike laws. Gottschlich said she is working on plans for a trail along the Mill Creek in Evendale. Other members of CACC said they would be interested in view-

THANKS TO DAVID NICHOLS

Mary Angela Guye, left and Jack Carmody were the winners of new bikes donated from Wal-Mart during Evendale’s Bike Rodeo May 14.

What the communities are doing

• Evendale hosted the second annual Bike Rodeo May 14. Recreation commission member Michele Gottschlich said attendance was double the amount from last year’s event which features a safety course taught by police officers from Glendale and Evendale. The Evendale Wal-Mart also donated two bicycles that were raffled off during the bike rodeo. Phase Two is also complete for Evendale’s bike master plan. Gottschlich said there will be meetings with stakeholders, and public forums. She said the recreation commission will present the plan to village council for consideration for funding. Phase Three of the bike plan will involve prioritizing projects that could include adding sidewalks, bike lanes and other pedestrian-friendly amenities in the village. • Blue Ash continues to work on plans for the park at the Blue Ash Airport. Public works director Gordon Perry said the city will be hosting public input sessions on the 130-acre park. “We want to make it something unique to the area,” Perry said. • Cyndy Chandler from Woodlawn said the city just received funding for a trail project that will connect to the Wyoming Trail. It will also run through Glenwood Gardens and connect to Hamilton County Parks.

ing the plans because one of the ultimate goals of the group is to connect each community using sidewalks and bike trails, particularly along the Mill Creek. Gordon Perry, public works director for the city of Blue Ash, said seeing the plans other communities have would help to prioritize where to put future sidewalks and trails. “We’ll see if it has applicability to our communities,” Perry said. The Connecting Active Communities Coalition will meet again in August.

THANKS TO DAVID NICHOLS

Rainy weather forced the Evendale Bike Rodeo inside, but did not keep Evendale residents and children away May 14.

In other CACC news

The Connecting Active Communities Coalition is connecting more communities. The city of Wyoming joined the group during the May 25 meeting. The CACC already includes Evendale, Blue Ash, Glendale, Sharonville, Woodlawn and Reading. Wyoming will join the mission of the group which is “to coordinate and integrate a multi-jurisdictional approach to the Engineering, Education, Encouragement, Enforcement and Evaluation of Bicycle and other non-motorized transportation plans, projects, programs and policies of the member communities and beyond. Our mission also includes seeking funding opportunities for active transportation projects on a multi-jurisdictional level.”

Don’t climb the walls – climb a tree instead Trees are cool. And if you want to be cool, plant a tree! A couple weeks ago, someone asked me to list as many benefits as I could to help justify why we should be planting trees. And you know what? Once I started jotting down some notes, I felt like I could have kept going on forever! Let’s see, the benefits of planting trees. Funny, my mind went right back to when I was a kid. My sister and I used to climb trees better than most monkeys in the zoo. Don’t know too many kids that get to do that anymore, but we certainly did. Hug out in those big trees all day.

But let’s get past that. So, what are some really good benefits for planting trees? Trees please. Think about it – trees please … Ron Wilson they really do. Trees clean In the garden the air, provide oxygen, cool the streets, cities and backyards, conserve energy, save water, help prevent soil erosion and water pollution, provide food, provide a canopy and habitat for wildlife, increase property values, and make good visual and wind

screens. They add beauty and help improve our personal health, reduce noise pollution, modify local climates, make life more pleasant, provide wood, are an investment that grows every year, and yes, they’re fun to climb. Trees really do please. So what do you say? Why not get out and plant a tree or two this spring? If anything, plant them for the future generations of tree climbers (like I was), so one day they can sit up in a tree and wonder who was responsible for planting their great place to “hang out.”

Award-winning trees

Each year the Society of Municipal Arborists choose an “Urban Tree of the Year.” For 2011, it’s koelreuteria paniculata, commonly known as golden raintree. This flowering ornamental tree was first introduced into the U.S. back in 1763 (native in China, Japan and Korea). Medium growth rate, this tree grows 30 feet high and wide, has doubly compound green leaves turning golden yellow in fall, yellow summer flowers held upright in pyramid shaped clusters 12 to 18 inches long, followed by small three-sided papery lantern-like fruit with small black seeds inside.

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When the wind blows, it sounds like rain. Adapts to many soil types, tolerates air pollution, drought, loves the sun, and has few pests or diseases. Great for street tree, small lawn tree, patio tree. Past winners include bur oak, Heritage River Birch, Allee lacebark elm, autumn blaze maple, Chanticleer pear, Kentucky coffeetree, bald cypress, black tupelo, chinkapin oak, and the 2010 winner, Redbud. For information, visit www.urban-forestry.com. Ron Wilson is marketing manager for Natorp’s Garden Stores and is the garden expert for 55KRC-AM and Local 12. Reach him at columns@communitypress.com.


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Free Computer and TV Recycling DropOff, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 2trg, 11093 Kenwood Road, Proof of Hamilton County residency required. Includes TVs, monitors, CPUs, hard drives, mice, keyboards, laptops, docking stations, back-up batteries, power cords, modems, external hard drives, memory chips, cell phones, printers, scanners and fax machines. Program prohibits participation by businesses, churches, schools and non-profits. Free. Presented by Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District. Through Oct. 31. 946-7766; www.hamiltoncountyrecycles.org. Blue Ash.

EXERCISE CLASSES

Pre- and Post-Natal Water Fitness, 5:306:30 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Certified instructors lead safe and appropriate exercises in variety of class formats. Doctor’s note required. Ages 18 and up. $45 per month, free for members. 985-6742. Montgomery. Teen Cross-Training, 4-5 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, High-energy workout. Classes taught in boot camp style format using resistance training, spinning and drills. Family friendly. $10, free for members. 985-0900. Montgomery. Arthritis Foundation Land Exercise, 1:302:30 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Taught by certified Arthritis Foundation instructors. Ages 18 and up. $120 for 10 classes, free for members. 985-6742. Montgomery. Spin and Pilates Transformation, 5:15-6:15 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Exercise program that transforms your whole body and creates a healthier state of mind. Ages 18 and up. $20, $10 members. Reservations required. 985-6742. Montgomery.

FARMERS MARKET

The Market, 3-7 p.m., Raymond Walters College, 9555 Plainfield Road, More than 15 vendors offer plethora of foods and other goods including certified organic produce, cider, variety of vegetables, homemade pasta, flowers, gluten-free items, cheeses, meats and more. Rain or shine. 745-5685. Blue Ash.

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An Evening with Bob Huggins, 7:30 p.m., Montgomery Inn Montgomery, 9440 Montgomery Road, Cash bar and appetizer cocktail reception 6:30 p.m. Spring dinner with West Virginia University’s head basketball coach. Kids’ menu available for ages 12 Huggins and under. Benefits the Greater Cincinnati/Dayton Alumni Chapter of WVU’s Mountaineer Scholarship Fund. $70, $50 members, $25 ages 16 and under. Reservations required. 304-550-1983; www.midwestmountaineer.com. Montgomery.

DRINK TASTINGS

Wine Bar Tasting, 4-7 p.m., The Wine Store, 9905 Montgomery Road, Friday tastings with John, the wine-bar-keep. Fifty cents per taste. 984-9463; www.theewinestore.com. Montgomery. Wine Tasting, 6-8 p.m., Kroger Symmes Township, 11390 Montgomery Road, Massimo malbec, Brazin zinfandel, Loedonna viogner and Foghead sauvignon blanc. $1 per taste. With snacks. $1 per taste. 247-7740; www.kroger.com. Symmes Township.

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Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program, Noon-1 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Taught by certified Arthritis Foundation aquatics instructors. Ages 18 and up. $120 for 10 classes, free for members. 985-6742. Montgomery.

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Standard First Aid with CPR/AED - Adult, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., American Red Cross Blue Ash Chapter, 10870 Kenwood Road, Learn to recognize and respond appropriately to cardiac, breathing and first aid emergencies. $55. Registration required. Presented by American Red Cross Cincinnati Area Chapter. 792-4000; www.cincinnatiredcross.org. Blue Ash.

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Mike Vecchione, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $8, $4 college and military night. Ages 18 and up. 984-9288; www.gobananascomedy.com. Montgomery.

SUPPORT GROUPS

Motherless Daughters Support Group, 78:30 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 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Free, donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous Inc. 503-4262; www.coda.org. Montgomery.

St. Vincent Ferrer Parish Festival, 6 p.m.midnight, St. Vincent Ferrer Church, 7754 Montgomery Road, Basket splash Father George 6-9 p.m. Music by Midnight Special 8 p.m.-midnight. Rides, raffle, games, food, music, Bid ‘N’ Buy booth, split-the-pot and more. Free. 791-9030; www.svfchurch.org. Sycamore Township. St. Columban Festival, 6-11 p.m., St. Columban Church, 894 Oakland Road, Fish Fry is back. Music by Rusty Griswolds. Rides, food and games, funnel cakes, Sweet Maize kettle corn, great teen tent, kid’s tent and more. Beer with wristband and ID. Free. Through June 26. 683-0105; www.stcolumban.org/ festival.aspx. Loveland. Madeira Centennial Criterium and Family Festival, 4:30-11 p.m., Downtown Madeira, Miami Avenue, Bike racing. Novice race at 4:30 p.m. Racing level categories increase until pro race at 8:15 p.m. Women pros at 8 p.m. Children’s race at 7 p.m. Includes outdoor dining, children’s activity area and music. Food, beer and wine available. Benefits Arthritis Foundation. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Madeira Chamber of Commerce. 561-2400. Madeira.

FOOD & DRINK

Friday Night Grillouts, 5-8 p.m., Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road, Outdoor covered patio or air-conditioned dining area. Music by Ben Alexander, acoustic rock. Includes specialty, a la carte and children’s dinners. Music, fishing demonstrations and naturalist’s wildlife programs. $3.95-$9.25; parking permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. Through Sept. 2. 791-1663; www.greatparks.org. Symmes Township.

HEALTH / WELLNESS

Health Screenings, 10 a.m.-noon, Owens Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center, 7319 Montgomery Road, Blood pressure screenings, stress screenings and consultation about your wellness needs. Free. 784-0084. Silverton.

MUSIC - BLUES

LoHeat, 9 p.m., HD Beans and Bottles Cafe, 6721 Montgomery Road, Jam with rock and blues music. 793-6036; www.loheatlive.com. Silverton.

ON STAGE - COMEDY

Mike Vecchione, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $12. Ages 18 and up. 984-9288; www.gobananascomedy.com. Montgomery.

RECREATION

All-Night Fishing, 8 p.m., Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road, Fish from the bank, dock, by rental boat or bring your own. Four horsepower or less electric and gas motors permitted. Light visible 360 degrees required on boats after dark. All ages. $16 for 24-hour permit, $9.75 for 12hour permit, free ages 12 and under and ages 60 and up; rowboat rental $11.27 for 12 hours, $9.39 six hours; vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 791-1663; www.greatparks.org. Symmes Township. S A T U R D A Y, J U N E 2 5

DRINK TASTINGS

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

EDUCATION

Adaptive Group Swim Lessons, 9-11 a.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Small group lessons for nontraditional students taught by exploration, experimentation and discovery method. Family friendly. $10. Reservations required. 9856742. Montgomery.

EXERCISE CLASSES

Pre- and Post-Natal Water Fitness, Noon-1 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $45 per month, free for members. 9856742. Montgomery.

FARMERS MARKET

Montgomery Farmers’ Market, 9 a.m.12:30 p.m., Montgomery Elementary School, 9609 Montgomery Road, More than 20 vendors, including seven local growers, fresh European-style bread, locally roasted coffee, local baked goods, homemade granola, pastured meat and chicken and pork, artisan gelato, artisan cheese, local herbs, honey, maple syrup and more. Includes weekly musical acts, cooking demonstrations and community events. 659-3465; montgomeryfarmersmarket.org/. Montgomery.

FESTIVALS

St. Vincent Ferrer Parish Festival, 6 p.m.midnight, St. Vincent Ferrer Church, Basket splash a student 6-9 p.m. Music by NKG 8:30 p.m.-midnight. Free. 791-9030; www.svfchurch.org. Sycamore Township. St. Columban Festival, 6-11 p.m., St. Columban Church, Music by Midnight Special with Rozzi fireworks. Free. 683-0105; www. stcolumban.org/festival.aspx. Loveland.

THANKS TO STEPHEN SHAW.

The Madeira Centennial Criterium and Family Festival is 4:40 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, June 24, in downtown Madeira. Novice race is at 4:30 p.m. Racing level categories increase until the pro race at 8:15 p.m. Women’s pro is at 8 p.m., and a children’s race is at 7 p.m. The event includes outdoor dining, a children’s activity area and music. Food, beer and wine will be available. This event benefits the Arthritis Foundation. Call 561-2400 for more information. The nation’s top cycling teams flocked to Madeira to race in its first bicycle Criterium last year.

HEALTH / WELLNESS

CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and the Healthcare Provider, 8:30 a.m.4:30 p.m., American Red Cross Blue Ash Chapter, 10870 Kenwood Road, Learn skills needed to respond appropriately to breathing and cardiac emergencies. Includes use of automated external defibrillator to care for a victim of cardiac arrest. $70. Registration required. Presented by American Red Cross Cincinnati Area Chapter. 792-4000; www.cincinnatiredcross.org. Blue Ash.

HOME & GARDEN

Mosaic Stepping Stone Workshop, 2-4 p.m., Loveland Greenhouse, 11924 Lebanon Road, Create your own colorful stepping stone. $40. 683-1581. Symmes Township.

LECTURES

Civil War Weapons, 1:30-4 p.m., Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 201 Riverside Drive, Power Point presentation on Civil War Weapons. View Civil War memorabilia, priceless historical artifacts gathered from attics, closets and private collections. In conjunction with Sesquicentennial of the Civil War exhibit. Free. 683-5692. Loveland.

MUSEUMS

Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, 1-4 p.m., Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 201 Riverside Drive, Norman Neal, Civil War historian, presents Civil War weapons, their histories and uses, and demonstrates some of the weapons. View weapons, ordnance, soldiers’ personal effects, historic photos, period documents, maps, money, medals, books, newspapers, flags and more from attics, closets and private collections. Exhibit continues through Aug. 7. Free. 683-5692; www.lovelandmuseum.org. Loveland.

VOLUNTEER EVENTS

Grailville Garden Volunteer Day, 9 a.m.noon, Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Harvest and cure garlic, plant winter squash and summer crops in garden and fall crops in greenhouse. Work in organic garden and kitchen. Wear clothes and footwear that can get dirty. Bring gloves, water, sunscreen, hat and snacks. No experience required. Work one day or the whole season. Free. 683-2340; www.grailville.org. Loveland. S U N D A Y, J U N E 2 6

FESTIVALS

St. Vincent Ferrer Parish Festival, 4-10 p.m., St. Vincent Ferrer Church, Wii room open 5-9 p.m. Basket splash a teacher 6-9 p.m. Music by Ooh La La and the Greasers 6:30-10 p.m. Free. 791-9030; www.svfchurch.org. Sycamore Township. St. Columban Festival, 3-9 p.m., St. Columban Church Music by the Modulators., Free. 683-0105; www.stcolumban.org/ festival.aspx. Loveland.

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CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Cincinnati Toastmasters Club No. 472 Meeting, 7:30-8:30 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. 3515005. Madeira.

EXERCISE CLASSES

Tai Chi for Arthritis, 1:30-2:30 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Taught by certified Arthritis Tai Chi instructor, class is easy and enjoyable to learn, bringing with it many health benefits both safely and quickly. $120 for 10 classes. 985-0900. Montgomery.

NATURE

Worms, 2-3 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Presentation by the Soil and Water Conservation District. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. Presented by Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District. 369-4450; www.hcswcd.org. Deer Park.

SUMMER CAMP - ARTS

Dance Camp with Tippi Toes Inc., 9:3010:30 a.m. (Ballet, tap and jazz) and 10:3011:30 a.m. (Hip-hop), TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road. Daily through July 1. For families with children ages 3-12. $80. Reservations required. 9856747; www.trihealthpavilion.com. Montgomery.

SUMMER CAMP - NATURE Turner Farm Day Camp, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Turner Farm, 7400 Given Road, Daily through July 1. Experience life on a working farm and discover the way food connects us to the soil, sun, water and each other. Ages 8-10. $175. Registration required. 5617400; www.turnerfarm.org. Indian Hill. T U E S D A Y, J U N E 2 8

DRINK TASTINGS

Wine Tasting, 6:30 p.m., The Wine Store, 9905 Montgomery Road, Eight California icon wines paired with food. Reservations due by June 27. $35. Reservations required. 984-9463; www.theewinestore.com. Montgomery.

FARMERS MARKET

Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m., Kenwood Towne Centre, 7875 Montgomery Road, Valet Parking Lot along Montgomery Road. Fresh tomatoes, corn, apples, mums, pumpkins and more. Seeking vendors. 745-9100; email jean.ohnmeis@ggp.com; www.kenwoodtownecentre.com. Kenwood.

Loveland Farmers’ Market, 3-7 p.m., Loveland Station, W. Loveland Avenue, E. Broadway and Second Streets, parking lot, corner of E. Broadway and Second streets. Socially and environmentally responsible produce, meat and market items grown or made within 100 miles from Loveland. Presented by Loveland Farmers’ Market. info@loveland fm.com; www.lovelandfm.com. Loveland.

RECREATION

Open Sand Volleyball, 2-4 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, Adults, $15, free for members. 985-6722. Montgomery. W E D N E S D A Y, J U N E 2 9

FARMERS MARKET

Farmers Market, 1-5:30 p.m., Sycamore Senior Center, 4455 Carver Woods Drive, Fresh produce from Wilfert Farms. Sycamore Senior Center members receive discount on purchases. 686-1010; www.sycamoreseniorcenter.org. Blue Ash.

HOME & GARDEN

Hypertufa Trough Workshop, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Loveland Greenhouse, 11924 Lebanon Road, Learn to make your own hypertufa containers. $45. 683-1581. Symmes Township.

MUSIC - CONCERTS

Midweek Concert Series, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Sycamore Senior Center, 4455 Carver Woods Drive, Music by Jim McBride (oneman band). Lunch in cafe available. Free. 984-1234; www.mapleknoll.org/community/sycamore. Blue Ash.

ON STAGE - COMEDY

Funniest Person in Cincinnati Contest, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, Aspiring comedians perform. Amateur and semi-pro categories. Ages 18 and up. $5. Reservations required. 984-9288; www.gobananascomedy.com. Montgomery.

RECREATION

Open Sand Volleyball, 2-4 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $15, free for members. 985-6722. Montgomery. T H U R S D A Y, J U N E 3 0

EXERCISE CLASSES

Triathlon Preparation Clinic, 7:30-9 p.m., Venus Fitness For Her, 9401 Montgomery Road, Information about race-day preparation, answers to questions, go through the course and more. Free. 368-9319; www.venus4her.com. Montgomery.

ON STAGE - COMEDY

Jamie Lissow, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $8, $4 college and military night. Ages 18 and up. 984-9288; www.gobananascomedy.com. Montgomery.

MUSEUMS

John Kuhnell Silverton Train Station Museum, 2-5 p.m., John Kuhnell Silverton Train Station Museum, 7054 Montgomery Road, Houses historic photographs and artifacts from the Silverton’s past, including the Olympic uniform of Barry Larkin, a retired Reds player and Silverton native son. The museum is operated by the Silverton Block Watch Association. “History of the City of Silverton: Late 1700s to 2006” book by James R. Replogle Jr. available for sale. Cost $15. Free.Through Sept. 25. 936-6233. Silverton.

RECREATION

THANKS TO ELLIOT GROSSMAN

Ohio River Way Paddlefest, a canoe and kayak paddling event down the Ohio River, with music, food and activities, is Thursday-Saturday, June 23-25. It will feature recreation, entertainment and education for children and adults on and along the Ohio River. It begins with the educational Kids Outdoor Adventure Expo at 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 23 at Coney Island. The Ohio River & Outdoor Festival begins with Paddlefest registration at 10 a.m. June 24. Live music is 5-11:30 p.m. On June 25, the Ohio River Paddlefest Finish Line Festival is 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Yeatman’s Cove. Visit www.ohioriverway.org/paddlefest. Pictured is a scene from the 2010 Ohio River Way Paddlefest.

JSPN Summer Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Loveland Bike and Skate Rental, 206 Railroad Ave., Hit the trail with the JSPN crew and other Jewish young professionals ages 21-35 for leisurely cycle excursion to famous Schoolhouse Restaurant. Bring own bike or rent one for $12. Includes lunch. Bike rentals must be paid in advance by June 24, available online. Free. Reservations required. Presented by Access: Social Events for Jewish Young Professionals Ages 21-35. 3730300; www.jypaccess.org. Loveland.

PROVIDED

Country singer Kenny Chesney comes to the Riverbend Music Center at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 30. Guests are Billy Currington and Uncle Kracker. Tickets are $79.50, pavilion and $39.50, lawn, plus fees. Visit www.riverbend.com or call 800-745-3000.


Life

• June 22, 2011

Northeast Suburban Life

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What happens when we keep on keeping on? This is a reprint of a Father Lou column from 2010. Father Lou passed away this week after a long struggle with cancer. For further information, go to www.cincinnati.com/local.

Somewhere in our lives we chose a road. There will always be Frost’s two paths that diverge in an unknown woods. Maybe even more than two. Once we reach a reasoned conviction of which of the two to follow – which is not always easy to accomplish – we set out on one on them. Then what? Then it’s time for perseverance, to continue steadfastly. Colloquially, it’s time to keep on keeping on. Untrustworthy negative thoughts can pester us again and again: “Should I have chosen a different path; if this is the right one shouldn’t it always be easy and enjoyable?” “Why these prob-

lems? Are they signs of a wrong choice and a directive to go backward?” “Did I blow it?” If you wonder about your life in similar ways Father Lou then you were Guntzelman s y m b o l i c a l l y present years ago Perspectives when a man came for an appointment. Though he smiled politely, feelings of disappointment and sadness accompanied him. As his life story unfolded, he lamented, “ You know, Father Lou, I’ve always thought that if you worked hard at handling your life when you were younger, things would eventually get better. “To me, life is like climbing a

mountain. I’ve always had the expectation that by this time in my life I would come to a kind of plateau where the troubles of life level off. “Now I’m beginning to wonder if there will ever be a plateau. The mountain just keeps going up – and I’m getting so tired of climbing.” I had known this man for years and had a great respect for him. This was one of those times that many of us clergy wish we had a special word or prayer to salve someone’s troubled mind. I realize now that all I have is the same humanness, a listening ear, and a heart that cares. “As a mountain-climber, what are your options?” I inquired. “Well,” he mused, “I guess I could just sit and weep or wait for someone to come by and help me; or I could slide down to the bottom

and stop climbing. “Then again, I could give up completely and jump off the mountain and end all the climbing and worrying.” After a long, thoughtful pause, he sighed and suggested, “Or – I can keep on climbing.” You can tell in people’s voices and eyes when they have arrived at an answer that is really the answer, not just an expected or temporary reply. He realized that the true solution called on him for much courage – to change his negative attitude and just keep on keeping on. I asked him whether, in his solution of just keeping on, there was any benefit for him, or for any of us as we climb our mountains, to keep going even when we wonder about stopping. He paused, looked out the window thoughtfully as though he

couldn’t think of any benefit. But then he did. He smiled, turned, looked me in the eye and resolutely said, “When you keep on climbing the view gets better.” Before me sat a very wise man. A man becoming even wiser. A man gaining insight into himself and many of the perplexing paradoxes of life. Life is not a disease, not a picnic, nor a punishment. It is a path on which we travel somewhere. We look for meaning, not comfortableness. Our climb may be hard for us at times and call for every ounce of courage we have, but it rewards us by becoming more revealing as we go. Life whispers to us many of its secrets. We learn in our hearts to choose life, not quitting. It’s said: “When you climb a mountain, you feel like you’re meeting God halfway.”

Know the policy before using layaway for purchases During these tough economic times we’ve seen layaway become an increasing popular method of shopping at several area stores. You can put down a little money over time until you’ve paid enough to buy the item. But, just what are your rights when you buy something on layaway? Meg Corcoran of Price Hill said she was surprised when she couldn’t immediately get her money back after she changed her mind about buying a patio set. She found the furniture in a

store last April. “ T h e guy says, ‘Well you can put it on layaway.’ I Howard Ain s‘ Tah ia td’ s, Hey Howard! g r e a t because I do like to do that.’ So, I put down $200, and then I sent him another $200 later on,” Corcoran said. All those payments were noted on the receipt she received from the store.

Corcoran had every intention of buying the items until she saw another patio set at another store a few weeks later. “I saw a nicer set for the price,” Corcoran said. “It was bigger so it fit my deck better because this was a smaller set. So I decided to go with the other set.” After buying the second set, she contacted the first store and asked to get back the $400 she had put down on layaway for the first set. Corcoran said the salesman told her, “I couldn’t have my money back until

Under Ohio’s Layaway Law, consumers wishing to cancel a layaway must do so in writing. he sold the set I ordered, sold it to somebody else. We went round and round about it and he said he put out his own money for the set.” Like many people, Corcoran said she had no idea there is an Ohio law governing layaways, and didn’t know what it was. “No, I didn’t. It wasn’t on

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June 22, 2011

Wooden bowl holds memories, salad dressing When we pick the first tomatoes and cucumbers from the garden, I like to make my mom, Mary Nader’s, lemony salad dressing. I would have liked to teach it in class, too, but she, and I, never measured.

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Well, I finally bit the bullet and did just that: measured ingredients as they went Rita in. I’m Heikenfeld s h a r i n g Rita’s kitchen that recipe today and hope you like it as much as we do. And when I make the dressing, I’m reminded of the time that we didn’t have salad for supper. Let me explain. My mom never had a lot of mixing bowls – she used hand-hewn wooden bowls from Lebanon for the most part. But for our salad (and we did have salad almost every day to accompany the meal) she used a stainless steel bowl. It was a bit battered and it was the only bowl she had for this purpose. Mom also used a wooden pestle called an “in-duhuh” to crush her garlic with salt and pepper for the dressing. Well, one day she

Salt and pepper to taste 2 teaspoons lemon juice 1 tablespoon olive oil Mix garlic, salt and pepper together. I use my wooden pestle (in-duh-uh) for this but a fork works well. Stir in juice and olive oil. You won’t have a lot of dressing but don’t be fooled. This is enough for 3 to 4 cups chopped lettuce, a tomato and some cucumber.

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Rita Heikenfeld’s mom’s salad with lemony dressing. The bowl was also handed down from her along with the pestle. couldn’t find the bowl so we didn’t have salad! My sisters blamed me – they said I took it out into the yard to make some mud-pie creation. What I find amusing is that our yard was the size of a postage stamp so why it took over a day to locate the bowl is beyond me. Anyway, whenever I see a serving bowl that I “just have to have,” I stop and remember how few serving pieces Mom had, so I smile and leave it on the shelf.

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My mom’s lemon salad dressing

This is typical for Middle Eastern dressings. It is quite lemony and is not a “fancy” salad. This is a base recipe, so go to taste on it. If you add tomatoes, cukes, onions, etc., add them to the dressing first and some of their juices will go into it, flavoring it nicely. If you add parsley, mix it in with the greens. Cheese should be sprinkled on after mixing if you want some. But don’t overdo on the cheese. A little goes a long way and you don’t want to mask the flavor of the dressing. This amount serves two but is easily increased to your needs.

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Patt Sayer’s slaw from Fish Hopper Restaurant

Pat Sayer, a Western Hills reader, sent me this favorite cloned recipe. “One of my hobbies is recreating recipes from foods that we have enjoyed at restaurants. The coleslaw we ate at the Fish Hopper Restaurant in Kailua Kona, Hawaii, during our 49th anniversary is different than any coleslaw we have eaten,” she said. Sounds good to me!

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8 cups shredded mix of green cabbage, red cabbage, carrots (your choice of proportions) 1 cup golden seedless raisins 1 cup chopped papaya (Libby’s canned, welldrained, or fresh) Enough Marzetti’s cold slaw dressing to moisten well. 1 cup chopped Macadamia nuts Variation: Add orangeflavored cranberries and minced onions to taste.

Mango jicama slaw

Someone gave me this recipe during a class I was teaching. I didn’t get his name – he just pressed the recipe in my hand and said “try it.” I haven’t tried it yet but intend to. If you do, let me know how you like it. Jicama may be unfamiliar to you, but it’s a tuberous root veggie that’s juicy and crunchy. It tastes a little bit like an apple and can be eaten raw or cooked. 1 mango, julienned 1 ⁄2 cup carrots, julienned 1 pound jicama, peeled and julienned 1 red bell pepper, seeded and julienned 1 ⁄4 cup chopped fresh cilantro 1 ⁄2 cup fresh lime juice Salt and pepper to taste Combine all ingredients and refrigerate until serving. This makes four servings.

Recipe correction

According to Pam Anderson, the recipe for the strawberry pie needs to be altered slightly. “I think there may be 1 tablespoon too much water in the pie. It’s not setting perfectly for some. Just reduce water in cornstarch slurry from 1⁄4 cup to 3 tablespoons,” she wrote. Thanks Pam. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community press.com with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

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Community

June 22, 2011

Northeast Suburban Life

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Rector of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church to retire The Reverend Canon George A. Hill III, rector of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Montgomery, has announced his retirement effective June 30. Canon Hill was appointed by Bishop William Grant Black to establish St. Barnabas Mission in June 1980, with the support of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Sycamore Township, and St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Terrace Park. St. Barnabas held services at Sycamore High School until 1991, when a building was constructed at its current location, 10345 Montgomery Road. The parish grew from a handful of families at its inception to more than 800 members by 2011. The Vestry of St. Barnabas will undertake a search for a new rector and hope to have one seated in 2012. Until a replacement is found, an interim rector will be appointed by the Bishop of Southern Ohio. Under an agreement with the Church Pension Fund, Hill will con-

tinue his duties as rector of St. Barnabas until an interim is appointed. Hill grew up in the United Methodist Church, where both his parents served as clerics. Accepted in 1964 to study percussion at the Jacob’s School of Music at Indiana University, he graduated with a liberal arts degree in religion and music. He did his professional studies at the Methodist Theological School and Boston University School of Theology. Ordained in the United Methodist Church in 1973, he served as pastor of Walker’s Chapel and Garrison Chapel in Bloomington, IN. While there he married fellow music student and Bloomington native Amy Liva Edgeworth. They moved to serve Bath Church and Springfield Church in Bath, IN, and then were called by the Reverend Canon Robert D. Gerhard to St. Thomas Church, Terrace Park. He was ordained in the Episcopal Church in 1978.

Upon learning that no Episcopal parish existed in the city of Montgomery in Cincinnati’s northeast corridor, Hill requested permission from the diocese to organize one with the consent of the vestries of St. Thomas and Holy Trinity. The Hills then moved to Montgomery in 1982. In 2003, St. Barnabas and St. Patrick Church (Lebanon) assisted the diocese in organizing St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church in Hamilton Township. In addition to his work at St. Barnabas, Hill has served as a chaplain for the FBI since 1991. He was deployed by the bureau to both the Pentagon and the World Trade Center in 2001. He also serves as chaplain for Hamilton County and for the Montgomery police and fire departments. He will continue in those positions. The Hills plan to maintain their residence in Montgomery. Their two adult children, George and Emily, live in Indianapolis with

Film supports release of captive soldier The Jewish community in Cincinnati is honoring an Israeli soldier being held captive in Gaza with two showings of a film, “Family in Captivity.” Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit has been held in captivity in an unknown location in the Gaza Strip by Hamas since June 2006. June 25 marks the fifth year of his capture. The Mayerson JCC and Cedar Village Retirement Community are partnering to provide two opportunities for the Cincinnati area community to view this landmark film. The first showing is at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 23, at Cedar Village, 5467 Cedar Village Drive in Mason. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 513-754-3100. The showing of this film at Cedar Village is co-sponsored by the Berg Family Fund. As an extension of the Jewish and Israeli Film Festival, the film will also be shown at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 26, at the Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, next to Ronald Reagan Highway, in Amberley Village. The showing at the Mayerson JCC is co-sponsored

by the Jewish Community Relations Council and the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati. Shalit Cost is $10 for each adult and $7 for seniors (ages 60 and older) and students. All proceeds from the screening will go to the “Free Gilad Shalit” efforts. “Our Cedar Village family has followed the plight of Gilad Shalit throughout his captivity,” said Carol Silver Elliott, CEO and president of Cedar Village. “Sharing this film with our residents, and community, is an important opportunity to share his story.” From June 21-28, communities across North America are showing support for the family of Gilad Shalit by showing the film and educating the public. The Shalit family’s plight propagates the current national debate in Israel between core Jewish values and political considerations. To learn more about the film, visit www.israelfilmcenter.org/family-in-captivi-

ty. To learn about the Shalit family or to assist the “Free Gilad Shalit” efforts, go to www.gilad.org/eng.

their spouses. The Hills have two grandchildren, Boston and Braylen. “Fr. Hill had a vision for a church in Montgomery, and his energy, passion, creativity and faith made it a reality,” St. Barnabas' Senior Warden Ed McCormick said. “Father Hill is the ‘first responder’ of clergy. He's infused his firefighting, music heritage and passion into his Episcopalian calling, making St.

Barnabas a unique place, where parishioners in need come first, and the music is always the best.” After the tornado that struck Montgomery in 1999, St. Barnabas was appointed by the city as the volunteer coordination center, assisting neighboring churches to provide clothing and food to families in need. St. Barnabas supports numerous ministries that provide services to commu-

nities, including Findlay Street and Northside. It also provides volunteers and funding to Habitat for Humanity, and for overseas missions in Belize and Honduras. St. Barnabas Episcopal Church holds services every Sunday at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. For more information, call 513.984.8401 or visit the church website at www. st_barnabas.org.

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The summer worship service began on Sunday, June 6, with one service at 10 a.m. Sunday School for all ages is at 9:45 a.m. The community is invited. Nine youth and five adults left for the annual Mission Trip on Sunday, June 12. The youth and adults will help with various community projects such as the local Kids’ Club, minor home repairs and community beautification. They return on June 17. At the 10 a.m. youth service on Sunday, June 19, the youth and adults will lead the worship service and share pictures and stories of their experience in Tennessee. Ascension is participating in the Southern Ohio Synod ELCA Malaria Campaign through education about the disease and donations from members and various church groups. Women of Faith women’s Bible study group meets 9:45-11:15 a.m. Wednesday mornings (except the second Wednesday). The next series is titled “Living Above Worry and Stress.” New participants are welcome. Babysitting is provided. The community is invited to participate in all activities of the church and to attend worship services

(8:30 and 11 a.m.) and Sunday School (9:45 a.m.). The church is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 793-3288, www.ascensionlutheranchurch.com.

Church of the Saviour United Methodist

A Wednesday worship service is being conducted at 7:30 p.m. through Aug. 10. Weekly summer camps began the week of June 7, and have a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday schedule. Visit www.cos-umc.org for details and registration. Vacation Bible school is 9 a.m. to noon, June 27 to July 1; and 68:30 p.m., Aug. 8-12. Call the church for details or to register. Fall Adult Mission Trip planning is underway. If interested in an Oct. 6-9 service project to Appalachia Tenn. area, call the church for details. The church is searching for crafter and vendors to join the Fall Craft Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Nov. 12. Register at www.cosumc.org/craftshow.htm. Traditional worship services are 8:20 a.m. and 11 a.m.; contemporary music is 9:40 a.m. every Sunday. The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati; 791-3142; www.cosumc.org.

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Congregation Ohav Shalom is having its annual Summer Picnic on Sunday, June 26. This will be a lively summer evening of food, family fun, drinks and games. Starting at 5 p.m., guests will enjoy an allyou-can-eat picnic dinner and will be invited to participate in a Cincinnati Reds-themed raffle with great prizes such as an autographed Scott Rolen baseball, four single tickets to a Reds game and more. The evening will culminate with the big annual sweepstakes, a long-term tradition at Ohav

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Shalom. This year’s top cash prize is $2,000. Second prize is $1,000, followed by two $500 prizes. Winners need not be present. Sweepstakes tickets are $100 each, or two for $150, and are available from the Ohav Shalom office at 489-3399. Visa and MasterCard are accepted. The cost for the evening is $8/person, which includes the picnic dinner. Children under age 2 are free. The event will take place at 8100 Cornell Road in Sycamore Township, and is open to the public. For information, contact Steve Segerman at 339-0579 or ohavshalompresident@gmail.com. Congregation Ohav Shalom is at 8100 Cornell Road, Sycamore Township; 489-3399; ohavshalom.org.

Good Shepherd Catholic Church

The church recently kicked off its Honduras Project. The church will interact with their friends in Honduras in joint-faith sharing and development, help build a new bilingual elementary school, establish a new parish in Santa Lucia, travel to Honduras to meet their new Catholic brothers and sisters and help faith formation students connect with the children of Intibuca. For more information, call Deacon Mark Westendorf at 489-8815 ext. 718. The church has Roman Catholic Mass with contemporary music Sundays at 4 p.m. Good Shepherd’s contemporary music Mass is a little livelier, a little more upbeat, but remains grounded in the traditional Roman Catholic liturgy. Worshipers will recognize popular Christian worship songs by artists such as Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman and Tim Hughes, as well as familiar Catholic liturgical hymns played to a livelier beat. At key points in the service, Contemporary Mass Music Director Bruce

Deaton and his band strike up energetic praise music that has the congregation singing and clapping their hands. The Mass draws worshipers of all ages. Come early to get acquainted with the new songs which begin at 3:45 p.m. Stay after Mass on the first Sunday of each month for food, fun, and fellowship. The church is located at 8815 E. Kemper Road, Montgomery; 5034262.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

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

Hartzell United Methodist Church Sunday Worship Services are 9 and 10:30 a.m. with Adult Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. Children’s School is during the 10:45 a.m. hour. All guests and visitors are welcome. Youth Groups, Bible Studies weekly; child care and transportation provided. The church is at 8999 Applewood Drive, Blue Ash; 891-8527.

Lighthouse Baptist Church

Lighthouse Baptist Church has Sunday School at 10 a.m., Sunday morning service at 11 a.m., Sunday evening service at 6 p.m. and Wednesday service at 7 p.m. The church uses the King James Bible, sings traditional hymns and has conservative music. Sunday School classes are available for all ages. A well-staffed nursery is provided for each service.

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

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

A special service will honor Mother Terri and Mother Linda at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 26. Brunch will follow. There will be no 11:30 a.m. service June 26. The next Habitat for Humanity work day is Saturday, July 16. The last work day of the season is Sept. 10. Please contact the church for sign-up information. The church is collecting non-perish-

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able grocery items for the Findlay Street food pantry and seeking volunteers to deliver bread daily from Kroger and Panera. Findlay Street summer camp started June 6 and continues Monday through Friday throughout the summer. Volunteers are need to help chaperone field trips, direct craft projects and more. Contact the church for more information. Opera Goes to Church, a collaborative between Cincinnati Opera and area churches, will be hosted by St. Barnabas at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 1. The cost if free, but call the Cincinnati Opera box office at 241-2742 for tickets. Internationally acclaimed artists and local talent will perform gospel/sacred music, jazz and classical music. Youth Summer Choir camp begin Saturday, July 9 and runs six Saturday mornings to Aug. 13, 910:30 a.m. The camp will include ear-training exercises, vocal technique practice and rehearsal of pieces for fall services. Contact the church for sign-up and further information. Summer fellowship events: Reds Outing at 1:10 p.m., Sunday, July 31 vs. the San Francisco Giants, Annual Canoe Trip on Sat. July 9 and Annual Parish Picnic on Sunday, Aug. 28. 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 dinner at the church. A Bereavement Support Group for widow and widowers meets the second and fourth Saturdays, 1011 a.m. Sunday worship services are 8, 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Parent Church School meets the second Sunday of each month at 9:30 a.m. The church is at 10345 Montgomery Road, Montgomery; 984-8401; www.st-barnabas.org.

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Montgomery resident Robert C. “Chip� Harrod, president and CEO, BRIDGES for a Just Community, is presented with the Joseph A. Hall Award for Promoting Diversity at United Way of Greater Cincinnati’s Leaders and Legends luncheon April 7. Harrod’s professional and volunteer work has focused on promoting inclusion in the region. He is the volunteer co-chair of Agenda 360’s Inclusion Support Team and contributed an essay on social relations to United Way’s 2010 The State of the Community report. He also originated the concept for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in 1994 and served as its founding president. In addition to his professional work, Harrod has championed efforts related to gay rights, inter-religious understanding and other critical dialogues in our community. He is presently a member of the Ohio Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. More than 550 people attended the Leaders and Legends event, which also showcased United Way’s highlights of 2010 and other volunteer honorees.

Kamine & Schilling LLC, Attorneys at Law, have moved to 9220 Montgomery Road Unit 22B, Montgomery Station. They offer a full range of estate planning and estate administration services as well as real estate, corporate and small business law. To arrange a consultation please call 513-721-6151.

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Hello from the Sycamore Community Summer Singers! We are 65 high school students (representing five schools) and 30 adults performing choral concerts for 10 days throughout Europe. We departed Cincinnati June 9. Our itinerary has included thus far, Paris, Versailles, Normandy, Mont St. Michel and Brugge. For example, the group sang at the American cemetery at Normandy to honor those who died during the 1944 invasion. Today, June 15, we are taking a day trip to Brussels for a church performance. On Friday we will take the Eurostar train to London and have our final perform-

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The Sycamore Community Summer Singer’s European concert tour continued on Wednesday with a sacred music concert at Finistere church (Brussels) which was a huge success. The audience was in awe of the choir’s rendition of Durufle’s “Sanctus� a particularly difficult piece to perform. Other selections included Handel’s “Sing Unto God� and “Ubi Caritus� composed by Kidd. The choir also gave tourists a treat when they gave an impromptu performance of “Every Time I Feel The Spirit� on Brussels main city square. In route we stopped at Waterloo, the famous site where Napoleon was defeated in 1814. Upon arrival in Brugge, arguably one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, the students enjoyed a dusk walking tour

of the medieval town. Today we will enjoy a Belgian lacemaking workshop and a boat ride through Brugge’s canals. Our last evening in Belgium will include an additional evening church performance in Brugge.

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Today, June 17, was the culmination of the Sycamore Community Summer Singers European tour with an a cappella performance at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. The performers were keenly aware that this would be a moment the would never forget. Following the performance they participated in an actor’s workshop and are at this very moment are relishing the West Side production of “Billy Elliot.� The day also included an old English dinner and an Eurostar train ride through the Chunnel from Brussels to London.

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team of the month and they secured The Maids of Cincinnati’s Team of the Year in 2009. Team 5, which represents the Great Lakes Region, was selected in part for top scores in customer survey results and consistently outshining other teams in scores like customer satisfaction, cleanliness, attentiveness and likelihood to recommend. The awards were given out at the recent annual convention of The Maids International in Omaha, Neb. For more about The Maids, call 513-396-6900 or visit www.maids.com.

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A woman said someone shattered the driver's side window of a vehicle, value $150 at 11109 Oak Ave., June 9. A woman said someone broke a rear cozy window on a vehicle, value $250 at 10300 Alliance Road, June 12.

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Juvenile, 16, , failure to comply at 10327 Kenwood Road, June 12. Kevin K. Rogers, 18, 1412 Athens Drive, drug possession at Reed Hartman Highway and Cooper Road, June 9. Donzell D. Boyd, 44, 3522 Reading Road Apartment 35, oepn container prohibited at Pfeiffer Road and Kenwood Road, June 12.

Petty theft

Someone pumped $25 worth of gasoline without paying, at Speedway at 4775 Cornell Road, June 7.

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Incidents/investigations Burglary

A woman said someone took a ladies golf bag and golf clubs, value $1,000 at 21 Trailbridge Drive, June 10.

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Someone took three sewer/water gratings, value $2,000 at 10895 Indeco Court, June 13.

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A man said someone took a Toshiba laptop, value $700; a tool box and tools, value $50, and a three-ton car jack, value $40 at 11353 Reed Hartman Highway apartment 450, June 12.

Someone took a Troy Bilt portable generator, value $3,000; a Milwaukee circular saw, value $150, and a wheel barrow, value $150 at 11511 Reed Hartman Highway, June 13.

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Incidents/investigations Burglary

Someone took $40; a set of keys, value $10, and an Apple MacBook, value $2,000, from Montgomery Gospel Baptist Church at 6477 Cooper Road, June 12.

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Theft

A man said someone took an antique brass bed frame from his house at 10315 Birkemeyer Drive, June 8.

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Brandice Sparkman, 51, 5536 E. Galbraith Road, criminal trespassing at 9556 Main, June 5. Michael Malone, 22, 4902 Greenlee Ave., theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, May 27. Felix Taylor, 54, 3520 Trimble Ave., disorderly conduct at Kenwood at 71, May 27. Spring London Shockley, 38, 10813 Lake Thomas Drive, disorderly conduct at 11532 Deerfield, May 29. Heather Alter, 24, 6857 Lynnfield Court, drug abuse instruments, paraphernalia at 6857 Lynnfield court, May 29. Thomas Clark, 47, 8357 Beech Ave., assault at 8808 Blue Ash Road, May 30. Sidney Schnee, 18, 11120 Hughes Road, open container at 6037 Trowbridge, June 5.

Incidents/investigations Burglary

PUBLIC HEARING SYMMES TOWNSHIP BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held by the Symmes Township Board of Zoning Appeals on Monday, July 11, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. for the purpose of hearing an Appeal (#2011-08) filed by Self Services, P.O. Box 59421, Pittsburgh, PA 15210, appellant, from Notice of Refusal for a zoning certificate for the construction of three (3) canopy signs exceeding the size permitted for the property located at 10630 Loveland Madeira Road. This hearing will be held at Township Admin. Bldg., 9323 Union Cemetery Road. Plans are on file and open for public inspection. Brian Elliff Township Zoning Inspector 1001646027

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SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP

Residence entered at 7280 Tiki Ave., May 28. Residence entered and $300 removed at 10865 Lake Toames, May 21. Residence entered and Jewelry and medication valued at $1,200 removed at 5536 E. Galbraith Road, May 28.

Criminal damaging

Reported at 8450 Blue Ash Road, June 2.

Domestic violence

Female reported at Monroe, May 24.

Theft

Leaf blower valued at $450 removed at 7714 U.S. 22, June 3. Merchandise valued at $975 removed at 7913 Montgomery Road, June 1. Merchandise clothing valued at $150 removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, June 2. Clothing valued at $99 removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, May 26.

Lights valued at $60 removed at 4064 Larkview Drive, May 27. Cast iron tub of unknown value removed at 7601 Montgomery Road, May 28. Debit card used without consent at 7742 Highgate Place, May 26. Vehicle removed at 7600 E. Kemper Road, May 29. Ladders valued at $227 removed at 8362 Blue Ash Road, May 26. Flashlights, copper valued at $2200 removed at 7754 E. Kemper, May 31. Computer, credit card, cash of unknown value removed at 5408 Kugler Mill Road, May 30. $50,000 removed at 7900 E. Kemper Road, May 31.

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 6833444.

Theft, assault

Victim struck and vehicle removed at 8109 Reading Road, June 2.

SYMMES TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Juvenile male, 12, criminal damaging, May 13. Juvenile male, 12, criminal damaging, May 13. Amanda Rocher, 25, 8109 Southern Pines, theft at 9201 Fields Ertel Road, May 21. Clinton Steelman, 28, 421 Sunaire Terrace, drug possession at Fields Ertel Road, May 22. Veronica Merrilli, 48, 87 E. Meadow Drive, disorderly conduct at 12184 Mason Road, May 28. William Rabney, 44, 1818 Hewitt Ave., receiving stolen property at Fields Ertel Road and Mason Road, May 28. Artur Bender, 18, 7820 Camp Road,

open container at 7820 Camp Road, May 27. Terry Baker, 40, 7733 Arrowhead Drive, drug abuse instruments, possession of drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia at Mason Road, May 29. Philip Trotta, 22, 8663 Harper’s Point, possession of marijuana at 8663 Harper’s Point, June 2.

Incidents/investigations Burglary

Residence entered and Laptop computer valued at $5,000 removed at 9218 Terwilligers Wood Court, May 21.

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June 22, 2011

REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS BLUE ASH

4400 Victor Ave.: Albl Christopher D. to Merritt Katherine Lynn; $110,000. 4618 Belleview Ave.: Blevins Craig D. to Roesch Devin J. & David T.; $122,500. 4750 Ashwood Drive: Summer Street Capital Partners LLC to Cheviot Savings Bank; $1,422,000. 5769 Florence Ave.: Camerliz LLC to Lipp Sonia L.; $130,000. 9537 Park Manor: Park Manor LLC to Dhingra Rishi & Ruchika; $610,000.

MONTGOMERY

Main St.: 7900 Remington Road LLC to Mccormick 101 LLC; $400,000. Main St.: 7900 Remington Road LLC to Mccormick 101 LLC; $400,000. Main St.: 7900 Remington Road LLC to Mccormick 101 LLC; $400,000. Main St.: 7900 Remington Road LLC to Mccormick 101 LLC; $400,000. Remington Road: 7900 Remington Road LLC to Mccormick 101 LLC; $400,000. Remington Road: 7900 Remington Road LLC to Mccormick 101 LLC; $400,000. Remington Road: 7900 Remington Road LLC to Mccormick 101 LLC; $400,000.

Remington Road: 7900 Remington Road LLC to Mccormick 101 LLC; $400,000. 7715 Shadowhill Way: Powell Jan B. & Laura L. to Fifth Third Bank; $196,000. 7900 Remington Road: 7900 Remington Road LLC to Mcmormick 101 LLC; $370,000. 7981 Schoolhouse Lane: Schlager Thomas M. & Molly E. to Vergari Rachelle & Dylan; $355,000. 9500 Main St.: 7900 Remington Road LLC to Mcmormick 101 LLC; $350,000. 9504 Main St.: 7900 Remington Road LLC to Mcmormick 101 LLC; $350,000.

9939 Zig Zag Road: Presar Richard to Yochum Sara E.C. & Gary J.; $292,000. 9955 Zig Zag Road: Henkel Noreen Miller to Nationstar Mortagae LLC; $190,000. 9955 Zig Zag Road: Nationstar Mortagae LLC to Varwig William; $212,555. 7775 Hartfield Place: Oliver Michael J. & Cindy to Sahnd Jack J.; $225,000.

SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP

11915 Third Ave.: Cromer Carol D. & Sherman D. to Wood Chris; $75,000. 8733 Kenwood Road: Rac Family

FIRE/EMS RUNS Sycamore Township EMS/fire runs from May 8 to May 31: May 8, Wicklow, fall May 8, Jethve, medical emergency May 8, Frane, medical emergency May 8, Darnell, medical emergency May 8, Reed Hartman, fall May 8, School, medical emergency May 9, Montgomery, motor vehicle accident May 9, Pine, fall May 9, School, medical emergency May 9, Glenover, fall May 9, Montgomery, medical emergency May 9, Galbraith, medical emergency May 9, Keller, medical emergency May 9, Midpines, smoke scare May 10, Wetherfield, lift assist May 10, Montgomery, fall May 10, Montgomery, fall May 10, Buckland, fall May 10, Cornell, medical emergency May 10, Kemper @ Kemper Woods, no patient contact May 10, Montgomery, alarm activation May 11, Harpers Point, smoke scare May 11, Wetherfield, lift assist May 11, Mantel, medical emergency May 11, Montgomery, medical emergency May 11, St. Regis, medical emergency May 11, Columbia, medical emergency May 11, Duneden, no patient contact May 11, Brill Cooking fire May 12, Dearwester, fall May 12, Sandymar, medical emergency May 12, Reed Hartman, no patient contact May 12, Snider, medical emergency May 12, School, fall May 12, Northcreek, medical emergency May 12, Pine, medical emergency May 12, Tiki, medical emergency May 12, Montgomery, fall May 12, Orchard, grill fire May 13, Wetherfield, lift assist

May 13, Kemper, medical emergency May 13, Montgomery, medical emergency May 13, Galbraith, fall May 13, Dearwester @ Montgomery, motor vehicle accident May 13, Wicklow, assault May 13, Montgomery, medical emergency May 13, Avair, alarm activation May 14, Kemper, medical emergency May 14, Kemper, medical emergency May 14, Langhorst, medical emergency May 14, Kirtley, medical emergency May 14, Reed Hartman, medical emergency May 14, Miami, motor vehicle accident May 14, Montgomery, medical emergency May 14, Reading, medical emergency May 14, Montgomery, medical emergency May 14, Chaucer, medical emergency May 14, Kemper, smoke scare May 15, Beech, medical emergency May 15, Glengary, medical emergency May 15, Kenwood, no patient contact May 15, Montgomery, fall May 15, Dearwester, medical emergency May 15, Eldora, medical emergency May 15, Reed Hartman, medical emergency May 15, Montgomery, motor vehicle accident May 15, Myrtlewood, smoke scare May 16, Galbraith, medical emergency May 16, Reed Hartman, fall May 16, School, medical emergency May 16, Kugler Mill, medical emergency May 16, Montgomery, motor vehicle accident May 16, Galbraith, medical emergency May 17, Galbraith, alarm activation May 17, Dearwester, fall May 17, Grooms, medical emergency May 17, 275 W @ 48.8, motor vehicle accident

May 17, Silvercrest, fall May 17, 71 N @ 14, motor vehicle accident May 17, Galbraith, medical emergency May 17, Glenover, medical emergency May 17, Silvercrest, fall May 17, 275 W @ 48.8, motor vehicle accident May 17, Yakima, gas leak May 18, Montgomery, CO alarm May 18, Dearwester, fall May 18, Galbraith, no patient contact May 18, Kenwood Crossing, medical emergency May 18, Kenwood, medical emergency May 18, Columbia, alarm activation May 19, Larchview, no patient contact May 19, Sycamore, medical emergency May 19, Fifth @ Evans, gas leak May 19, Tamarco, alarm activation May 19, Belfast, medical emergency May 19, New England, medical emergency May 19, Cooper, medical emergency May 20, Buckland, medical emergency May 20, Marlette, intoxicated person May 20, Millbank, medical emergency May 20, Reed Hartman, medical emergency May 20, Deerfield, fall May 20, Merrymaker, medical emergency May 20, Montgomery, medical emergency May 21, Galbraith, medical emergency May 21, Dearwester, medical emergency May 21, Montgomery, medical emergency May 21, Pine, medical emergency May 21, Belfast, medical emergency May 21, 71 @ Cross Country, motor vehicle accident May 21, Wicklow, medical emergency May 21, Montgomery, fall May 21, Reed Hartman, medical emergency May 21, Limrick, fall

May 21, School, no patient contact May 21, Kugler Mill, rubbish fire May 22, Seventh, medical emergency May 22, Dearwester, medical emergency May 22, Montgomery, medical emergency May 22, Grooms, assault May 22, Montgomery, medical emergency May 22, Deerpath, alarm activation May 22, Kemper, alarm activation May 22, Cornell, alarm activation May 23, Chancery, medical emergency May 23, Chelton, medical emergency May 23, Reed Hartman, fall May 23, Wicklow, fall May 23, Montgomery, fall May 23, Darnell, fall May 23, Galbraith, fall May 23, Montgomery, fall May 23, York @ Taylor, wires down May 23, Bayberry, tree fire May 23, Blue Ash, cancelled call May 23, Firethorn, tree fire May 23, Keller, alarm activation May 24, Bayberry, alarm activation May 24, Galbraith, medical emergency May 24, Montgomery, no patient contact May 24, Kings Island, structure fire May 24, Brookbridge, alarm activation May 24, Kenwood, wires down May 24, Bayberry, alarm activation May 24, Largo, alarm activation May 24, Hosbrook, structure fire May 25, Galbraith, medical emergency May 25, Darnell, lift assist May 25, Montgomery, fall May 25, Montgomery, medical emergency

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About real estate transfers

Information is provided as a public service by the office of Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes. Neighborhood designations are approximate. Properties LLC to Heyne Michael A. & Donna L. Freeman; $420,000.

SYMMES TOWNSHIP

11164 Loveland Trace Court: NVR Inc. to Wilmanns Laura A.; $306,720. 11948 Streamside Drive: Binenfeld Richard S. & Naomi to Mcmaster Kevin J. & Jill M.; $232,500. 11983 Olde Dominion Drive: Kutler Jane L. to Bodley Mary Jo;

About Fire, EMS reports

The Community Press obtains fire and emergency medical dispatches from the Sycamore Township Fire EMS Department, 489-1212 (North Station) and 792-8565 (South station). May 25, Trotters Chase, medical emergency May 25, Seventh, fall May 26, School, gas leak May 26, Montgomery, electrical Fire May 26, Montgomery, alarm activation May 26, Montgomery, power outage May 26, Montgomery, alarm activation May 26, Galbraith, no patient contact May 26, Pine, medical emergency May 26, Galbraith, fall May 26, Galbraith, medical emergency May 26, Dearwester, fall May 26, Dearwester, medical emergency May 27, Wexford, medical emergency May 27, Seventh, fall May 27, Montgomery, fall May 27, Kenwood, fall May 27, Galbraith@ Montgomery, medical emergency May 27, Merrymaker, fall May 27, Blue Ash, medical emergency May 27, Chaucer, medical emergency May 28, Galbraith, fall May 28, Solzman, good intent May 28, Reed Hartman, fall May 28, 275 E @ Montgomery, motor vehicle accident

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DEATHS Bessie V. Richmond

Bessie Victoria Richmond, 92, of Camp Dennison died June 5. Survived by nieces Bessie M. Raines, Dorothey E. Frazier, Janie Richardson and Barbara Jane Gaither; nephew, Paul W. Raines Jr.; Richmond numerous other nieces and nephews, many greatnieces and great-nephews; and many dear cousins and friends. Preceded in death by father, William Lee Frazier; mother, Mildred (nee Wallace) Frazier; siblings Dorothea Stancil, Mary Alice Frazier, Elsie Frazier Gray, Thelma Frazier, Ruby K. Raines, Lester W. Frazier, Joseph Lee Frazier, James Russell Frazier and Richard E. Frazier. Services were June 13 at Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Home, Loveland. Memorials to: American Heart Association, 15120 Collections Center Drive, Chicago, IL 60693.

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