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Symmes agrees to additional funds if Mason Rd. project moves ahead

Cost would be triple for sidewalks, street repairs By Leah Fightmaster

A road project for whch Symmes Township and Hamil-

ton County teamed together is getting a second shot at a grant, but at triple the township’s cost. During the trustees’ meeting last September, the board agreed to apply for a grant with the Ohio Public Works Commission on a grant that would help fund repaving and sidewalk installation along Mason Road. The township’s part of the price

would have been 11 percent of the $90,000 estimate, but the township-county team didn’t receive the grant. They have another shot at that grant after more funding became available, but the stakes are higher. The township’s 11 percent commitment is now about $16,500 because the project cost went up, and it

would also be responsible for engineering costs — an additional $16,600. To reapply, the county needs confirmation that if the project is funded, the township will pay its new $33,200 required amount. Sidewalks for the project would be on the west side of the road, from Chapel Square Drive to Montgomery Road. The side-

walk would tie into existing ones on Governors Hill Drive. The board agreed to the cost for the project verbally so the county can reapply for the grant. Trustees are expected to vote on it at the regular meeting Aug. 6.

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Montgomery resident inspired by radio to start Food Share Idea stemmed from programs in Oregon, California By Jason Hoffman

Becky Miller, E.H. Greene Intermediate School assistant principal, with children in South Africa where she joined a group of American teachers improve teaching methods in rural communities. THANKS TO BECKY MILLER

E.H. Greene assistant principal puts service first Miller spends summers building homes, improving situations By Jason Hoffman

BLUE ASH — Becky Miller just finished her first school year as the Edwin H. Greene Intermediate School assistant principal, but life outside

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her new office remains mostly the same. Miller will join Habitat for Humanity for her fourth trip to New Orleans this summer and despite being eight years since hurricane Katrina, areas of the city are still in disrepair. “It is absolutely mindblowing to see that the devastation is still there,” Miller said. “We are definitely working in areas of poverty where people need the help – it’s not just a handout to everybody.”

MONTGOMERY — On the way home from a dinner, Wendy New and her husband heard about food-share programs in Oregon and California and decided to start one in Montgomery. The program is the first of its kind in the area and operates bi-monthly with residents leaving canned foods and dry goods in bags to be picked up and delivered to the Freestore Foodbank downtown. The first collection in June netted more than 800 pounds to create more than 700 meals. “I started by calling neigh-

bors who are civic minded and asked if they would be willing to help create a food donor program,” New said. “I’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity of our neighbors.” The group of 12 neighbors started having meetings in January and they found out quickly each had something to contribute to the effort. “They are a really creative team and each one brings a different area of expertise,” said Faith Lynch, assistant director of community outreach. “Wendy keeps the group focused and on task.” New leads the group and she says her experience as a teacher with Sycamore Community Schools helps her in that role. “I’m a teacher, so I’m used to being a leader and directSee FOOD, Page A2

Although most of her time is spent in the ninth ward of New Orleans, Miller said getting to experience the passion people have for the culture of the city makes each trip more rewarding. “I think that’s why I’ve fallen in love with the city even more,” She said. “We get to meet people and have formed relationships now, it’s not just going down and serving, we know people so when I

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School turf projects to get underway By Forrest Sellers

Installation of artificial turf at both Shawnee Field and Tomahawk Stadium should be completed this summer. The Indian Hill Exempted Village School District Board of Educa-

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the district’s Operations Committee, said the plan to install artificial turf at Shawnee Field next to Indian Hill Elementary School will cost an estimated $650,800. The district decided to implement the turf installation at Shawnee in conjunction with the Tomahawk Stadium project since the bid was lower than originally anticipated. Lutz said the bid was initially estimated to be from $687,500 to $812,500. The artificial turf at Tomahawk Stadium will be replaced with new artificial turf at an anticipated cost of $630,780. The school board had

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go back I find those people and reconnect with them.” Miller’s trips thus far span South Africa, India and Haiti as well – experiences she says help her connect with the diverse student population. To Miller, E.H. Greene is an opportunity to understand 800 different stories that make up the student population. “I think sometimes even though we’re so integrated here with so many cultures we still have pockets and people can still feel isolated,” Miller said. “There were several situations where I was able to say I was in places

Turf replacement at Tomahawk Stadium is expected to be completed by the end of July. Artificial turf will also be installed at Shawnee Field. FILE PHOTO

also considered playground improvements at the elementary school. However, Lutz said this project will be delayed for an indeterminate period because of the cost, which

was estimated to be from $210,000 to $211,000. Lutz said with the turf installation at Shawnee Field it was decided the kids could use that area in lieu of the playground if

necessary. Work on Tomahawk Stadium should be completed July 31. Turf installation at Shawnee Field is expected to be complete Aug. 16.

where their families were from and it was amazing to watch this wall come down and it allowed us to connect at a deeper level – they trusted me and their parents trusted me a little more.”

Over the course of 14 years of service trips, Miller says she has received far more than she’s given. “Everyone has areas of poverty where they need help,” Miller said. “This is

just one area I am able to step out and do that.” Want to know more about Sycamore Community Schools? Follow Jason Hoffman on Twitter: @jhoffman_cp .



Becky Miller, E.H. Greene Intermediate School assistant principal, with children in South Africa where she joined a group of American teachers improve teaching methods in rural communities. THANKS TO BECKY MILLER

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handle their individual focuses for the project. The Montgomery Food Share will be in the July 4 parade and have a booth at the festival in Montgomery Park after. The next round of collections is set for August.

Brookside Swim Club, 4400 Sycamore Road, is hosting youth pool parties every Wednesday throughout the summer for kids in grades five through eight. Time is 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Cost is $3 for members and $5 for non-members. Enjoy open swim, music, games,

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Loveland-Symmes FD offers First Aid/CPR classes

Loveland Symmes Fire Department will host a Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED Course at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 13. The cost is $60. To register, call 513-583-3001. The LSFD also hosts a regularly scheduled CPR class that is held each quarter. This course is the American Heart Association CPR class for nonhealth care providers. The remaining 2013 classes are scheduled for Aug. 10 and Nov. 16. The fee is $50. To sign up for this class you can contact Firefighter/Medic Mike Cotton at 513-583-3001 extension 6257. For more information, visit

District identifies individuals with special needs

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fort to identify, locate and evaluate people with special needs, ages newborn through 21. Special needs include hearing and vision problems, autism, severe behavior, developmental delay, speech and language problems, multiple handicaps, a specific learning disability and health impairments. Local parents who have children with special needs are encouraged to call the Office of Student Services in Sycamore Community Schools at 686-1780. In addition, federal grant funds are available for use by children identified as having special education needs. The district will offer the opportunity for public input on the use of these funds during the 7 p.m. Board of Education meeting Wednesday, June 19, at Edwin H. Greene Intermediate School, 5200 Aldine Drive. For more information, contact the Office of Student Services at 686-1780.



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Sycamore graduate plumbs success story In a time when graduating classes across the region can boast of success stories, Roland Logsdon is a success story. Officially. The Ohio Department of Education is recognizing him as one of 16 graduating seniors who are career-technical education success stories for the class of 2013. Logsdon, a Scarlet Oaks Career Campus student from Sycamore, is completing the plumbing technologies program. As a student, he’s earned industry certification, college credit, induction into the Na-


tional Technical Honor Society, and a job placement with Dupps Plumbing that has led to a career after graduation. His work in Logsdon the Scarlet Oaks plumbing program is even giving him a head start on that career. He’s already reached the third level of apprenticeship through the Pacon Plumbing School, on his way to his journeyman’s license. He gives credit to Scarlet

Oaks plumbing instructor Rick Oakes. “Mr. Oakes is the one who most impacted my success because he motivated me and helped keep my priorities straight. Also, he helped find a job for me and prepared me for the real world. Those real-world skills are what I will treasure for the rest of my life.” Advice to freshmen? “Pay attention, do your best, have a good work ethic, and enjoy life.” Logsdon will be profiled on the Ohio Department of Education website at

Latin event brings out best in students By Forrest Sellers

Indian Hill students aren’t only learning a language. They’re applying it in competition. A group of 36 Indian Hill high school and middle school students attended the annual Ohio Junior Classical League Convention. Competing against 28 other Ohio schools, Indian Hill was recognized as having the largest Latin club in the state and placed fifth overall. Points were awarded based on academic tests as well as graphic and creative arts submissions. “(This event) is a way for Latin students in Ohio to compete and celebrate their enthusiasm for the classical world,” said Indian Hill High School Latin teacher Melissa Burgess. Students achieved top honors in several categories. Connor Klinedinst was awarded Best In Show for art, while Will Jaroszewicz was awarded Best in Show for dramatic presentation. Freshman Adam Sichel’s team placed first in a quiz style competition at the convention. Sichel, who is a resident of Kenwood, was the highest

Indian Hill High School students Connor Klinedinst, left, and Will Jaroszewicz were awarded "Best in Show" ribbons at the recent Ohio Junior Classical League Convention for Latin students. PROVIDED

point getter among the Indian Hill students. “I wanted to take something other than Spanish,” said Sichel about his involvement in the Latin program. Senior Sam Berten, of Kenwood, began taking Latin since she thought it would help in pursuing a career as a doctor. She said her peers in the Latin program have become “a second family.” Berten was the second highest point getter among the Indian Hill students. “It’s a really great way to get to know people and represent your school,” she said about the convention.

Ursuline senior Grace Ries, Jacob Logeman of Indian Hill High School and contest judge Greg Ullman, senior project manager of Prestige AV & Creative Services, at the Golden Lion Film Festival. THANKS TO MARIANNE LANG

Ursuline hosts Golden Lion Awards Film Festival

Ursuline Academy hosted the Fourth Annual Golden Lion Awards Film Festival in the school’s Besl Theatre. The event brought students from 10 regional schools, and 84 films were pre-judged in categories from comedies and documentaries to news reports and music videos. The main event sponsor was Kroger; other sponsors were Ursuline Academy, Taylor High School, Mariemont High School, Mason High School, Indian Hill High School, St. Ursula Academy and INTERalliance of Greater Cincinnati. Thirteen judges from local news stations, universities, and video companies participated. Watkins College of Art, Design, and Film in Nashville, Tenn. offered scholarships to the top four awards as follows:i » Critic’s Choice – Best of Show: Jacob Logeman of Indian Hill High School for “Stranded – MC Edition.” He received a $10,000 scholarship, payable over four years. » Best Cinematography: Ryan Salamone and Joey Campisano of Taylor High School for “Prescription Drug Abuse.” Principal cinematographer received an $8,000 scholarship, payable over four years. » Best Screenplay: Zoe Cheng and Sophie Leung-Wolf

of Walnut Hills High School for “Contrition.” Principal writer received an $8,000 scholarship, payable over four years. » Most Inspirational: Bryan Hatcher, India Ballew, Maya George, LaRenda Nelms, Wilson Harris, Margan Harris, Aaryn Barnes, Chez’ Gray from Hughes High School. Principal director received an $8,000 scholarship, payable over four years. Ursuline electronic and digital media teacher Ann Brinkmann gives special recognition to Neal Ryan of Taylor High School for co-directing the festival, creating the festival website and handling all video submissions, and to David Valentine of Mariemont High School for coordinating with all the judges. “It is amazing the talent and creativity among students in the Greater Cincinnati area,” Ryan said. “These students are led by top educators that allow them to grow in multi-dimensional ways through their various video classes. The Golden Lion Film Festival provides a real world opportunity to connect students with judges from the work force who offer valuable feedback. This connection between professionals and students allows the learning proc-

ess to transcend the classroom.” Contest judge, UA alumna and Local 12 news anchor Tiffany Wilson ‘03 said, “Ursuline students went over and above to create a true red carpet experience for the Golden Lions Awards. The evening was a wonderful showcase of the best of the best of student cinematography in the Tristate. I was blown away by the creativity, skill and professionalism demonstrated in some of the films. Kudos to all who were involved!” Another judge, Sara Drabik of Northern Kentucky University, said “It was amazing to see so much budding talent represented on the screen and in person at the festival. It was an honor to be a judge, and I can’t wait to see what these young filmmakers create next!” Ursuline senior and one of the event emcees, Grace Ries of Liberty Township, concurred. “The event was a great opportunity for students to showcase their films and meet other like-minded, creative people in their area. The amount of talent among local schools alone is unbelievable, and should make for another competitive round of submissions next year,” she said.

Indian Hill High School freshman Adam Sichel, left, and senior Sam Berten were among the participants in the recent Ohio Junior Classical League Convention for Latin students. Both had the highest scores among the Indian Hill students who attended the convention. FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS


St. Vincent Ferrer School students in Kenwood were served a lunch of rice of March 27 to show them what meals are like for poorer children around the world. From left: second-graders Elizabeth Hillman, Elly Koterba, Samantha Neubauer and Riley Gerwel. THANKS TO AMY FISCHER



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Aves soccer, lax soon will have new turf

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By Scott Springer

SYCAMORE TWP. — As of late June, the former grass field at Sycamore High School looked like a gravel pit surrounded by heavy equipment. Outside of a tractor pull or demolition derby, it could’ve served as Fred Flintstone’s playground. Come August, the Motz Co. will have completed a new artificial surface at the school off Cornell Road that will be home to Aves boys and girls soccer and boys and girls lacrosse. It could also host the occasional junior varsity or freshman football game. “It allows us to practice and play 24/7,” Sycamore athletic director Jim Stoll said. “In the past, with bad weather the football team might have to come inside and share time with volleyball. Now, if it’s only raining, they can stay outside.” Sycamore does have a vast area of practice fields, but wet grass can sometimes lead to injury and other complications. While the playing surface at the high school will change, the

The stands sit in the background as work is done on Sycamore's new artificial field at the high school. Work is scheduled to be completed in August. SCOTT SPRINGER/COMMUNITY PRESS

seating capacity will still require use of Sycamore Junior High for some sports. “Our varsity football stadium will remain at the junior high (Cooper Road),” Stoll said. “I’m sure from time to time we’ll have to access it for various varsity level games or tournaments.” High school athletics have changed over the years. With many districts raising the stakes, facilities and sponsorship agreements are commonplace. Sycamore’s new carpet comes courtesy of a partnership with a major health care provider.

“With tax dollars being very, very tight I wasn’t sure if it would ever get done,” Stoll said. “We entered into an exclusive 10-year agreement with TriHealth to be the official Sycamore sports medicine provider. That gave the district $455,000 to use toward the field. The Sycamore Athletic Boosters are covering the other $225,000. No tax dollars are being used, it’s totally privately funded.” To that end, Sycamore has a “Fund The Field” program with an arrow near the school entrance noting progress. The boosters hope to raise the remaining money in the next cou-

ple of months and have thus far had six individual donors make gifts of $10,000 or more. Additional income could come from rental use of the turf by other area clubs or teams. “We hope to rent it out over the next 10 years to bring in enough private money to pay for replacement of the field 10 to14 years from now,” Stoll said. In less than a month, the red carpet won’t be laid out, but a luscious mat of green and gold should be ready. “It looks like it’s all coming to fruition for the Aug. 1 start date,” Stoll said. “We have 74 teams at the high school. It allows your baseball and softball teams to go out and hit ground balls in weather where you wouldn’t be able to get on a field. It’ll be a year-round venue that almost every sport will be able to enjoy.” If you would like to donate to the “Fund The Field” campaign, you may call Sycamore AD Jim Stoll at 686-1770.

Steam hoping to hit stride in second half By Tom Skeen

PRICE HILL — Coming off a Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League regular season title last season, the Cincinnati Steam are still looking to find their stride in 2013. Sitting at 10-9 on the season and in fifth place, coach Billy O’Conner knows his team should have a better record to this point in the season. “… I feel like we are kind of spinning our wheels a little bit,” he said. “I feel like we are better than a lot of the teams we are playing, but we are not finishing the job sometimes.” Part of the reason for the early struggles has been the absence of various players due to the College World Series and other factors. Brian Korte (Elder High School), Tim O’Conner (Elder High School), Will Nolden and Luke Harrison all missed the early part of the season after being part of the Indiana Hoosiers’ trip to the CWS. With his roster starting to become whole again, O’Conner believes the tide is about to turn for his squad. “I think at some point over the next week or two we are really going to hit our stride and we are going to turn it on and go on a nice little run here.” One of the guys who’s been around since the start of the GLSCL season is former Madeira High School star Cody Kuzniczci. The Northern Kentucky University red-shirt sophomore was recently named the GLSCL Player of the Week after hitting at a .364 clip with three home runs, two doubles, six RBI and three stolen bases over the seven-day stretch. “It was a pretty cool experience,” Kuzniczci said of the honor. “I was just seeing (the ball) really well last week, the team was playing well and it just really clicked for me.” Moeller grad Rob Sunder-

Matt Williams (CHCA) of the Cincinnati Steam tries to lay down a bunt in the first inning of the Steam’s 3-0 loss to the Lexington Hustlers June 28 at Western Hills High School. Williams (University of Cincinnati) is hitting .288 with 21 hits in 2013. TOM SKEEN/COMMUNITY PRESS

man has been seeing the ball really well. Sunderman leads the Steam in hitting and, along with former Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy star Matt Williams, is one of only two players with more than 20 hits on the season. “Rob’s been great offensively,” O’Conner said. “… To watch his progression after his freshmen year to after his sophomore year to where he is now, he’s become such a better player.” The Steam rank in the top half of the 11-team league in offensive, but it’s been their pitching that’s held them back thus far. They rank10th in team ERA (3.46) and are allowing a league high .246 opponents’ batting average. For the Steam to capture another GLSCL title, the pitching must improve. “… We are missing some guys so we have lost some games late because we haven’t had our best guys in the bullpen,” O’Conner said. “… Once we finally get that chemistry of everybody here together and at the same time, I think we are really going to get rolling.”

THE 2013 CINCINNATI STEAM ROSTER: Vinny Nittoll - Xavier University Will Drake - University of Cincinnati Brian Korte - Indian University (Elder High School) Adam Hall - Xavier University Cody Kuzniczci - Northern Kentucky University (Madeira High School) Alex Bolia - Northern Kentucky University (Elder High School) Kyle Nowlin - Eastern Kentucky University Phillip Diehl - Evansville University (Moeller High School) Scott Kiever - Xavier University Michael Hanzlik - University of Charleston Will Dorton - University of Charleston Luke Harrison - Indiana University Will Nolden - Indiana University Shane Kriss - Miami University Wynston McMartin - Miami University Brian Bien - Bowling Green State University (Roger Bacon High School)

Eric Martin - University of Tennessee (Turpin High School) Derek Lance - University of Tennessee Colin Hawk - University of Cincinnati Matt Williams - University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy) Josh Ungerbuehler - Marietta College (Roger Bacon High School) Rob Sunderman - University of Dayton (Moeller High School) Conner Stevens - Duke University Tim O’Conner - Indiana University (Elder High School) Matt Jefferson - Northern Kentucky University Ryan James - Transylvania University (Elder High School) C.J. Gant - St. Catherine College Selby Chidemo - Xavier University (Elder High School) Drew Campbell - Northern Kentucky University (La Salle High School) Max Andresen - Miami University


Former Crusader back on diamond By Mark D. Motz

GEORGETOWN, KY. — He’d been away too long. Moeller High School graduate Brad Macciochi - after helping the Crusaders to a 2012 Division I state baseball championship - had to sit out a season as a redshirt at Wright State University. So landing a spot on the Hamilton Joes of the Great Lakes Collegiate Baseball League scratched a nearly year-long itch to get back on the diamond. “It feels great (to be playing again),” Macciochi said. “It feels like home.” And - for as long as he’s been away from the game - it feels like he never left. “Brad leads our team in RBIs,” said Joes manager Adam Grissom. “He can hit for a little bit of power, but he’s really good at going the other way and doing whatever he can to get runs in.” Grissom - better known as AG - is head coach at Northwest High School during the school year. He said working with college players varies considerably from is high school charges. “It’s a big difference,” Grissom said. “You have guys from all over the country, not just your district. “We basically have the best players from every high school team. It’s premiere talent, guys who are looking to get better in the summer and maybe position themselves to be drafted in the future.” Macciochi agreed. “I think that would be a great opportunity if it happened,” he said. “If it doesn’t though, I’ll still get to play ball for four years, get a great college education and be prepared for the future.” The big first baseman said there were other differences between his high school and college experiences and playing with the Joes. He had an RBI in a 5-4 loss in the first game. The second game didn’t begin until 9 p.m. He went 3-for-4 with a run scored in a 7-2 loss in the second - the Joes dropped to 8-10 on the season before the long trek home. Macciochi is not the only former Crusader on the Joes. Ethan McAlpine - who recently completed his redshirt sophomore season at the University of Cincinnati - also plays. “Ethan is in his third year with us,” Grissom said. “He is a spark plug for us. He leads off, he plays center field. He’s a leader. Unfortunately, he had a car accident (June 26) and is a little banged up. Thankfully nothing serious, but we’re going to miss him for a few games.”

Moeller High School graduate Brad Macciochi - a redshirt freshman at Wright State University - stretches to make a play at first base for the Hamilton Joes June 27 against the Lexington Hustlers in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League. MARK D. MOTZ/THE COMMUNITY PRESS



Moeller grad earns all-freshman league selection at Furman By Scott Springer

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es loaded and ended up putting one out. When went up 9-5 and held on to win.” Also pretty cool for Simpson is knowing his teammates brought home the Division I state title again. “It was pretty cool to be part of that first one,” Simpson said.

Sycamore senior Kelly McDonald will take her basketball talents into Crescent Springs, Ky., to play for Thomas More College. Kelly played for the Sycamore Lady Aves the past three years. Her highlight this season was hitting the game-winning shot on Senior Night. McDonald led the team in minutes played, assists and threepoint shooting. She led the Greater Miami Conference in assists, was second team all-league and Sycamore co-captain. Kelly also ran cross country and track the past three years. Off the court, McDonald had a 3.9 GPA and volunteers her time working with younger kids teaching basketball. THANKS TO DAN



and nine hitters,” Simpson said. “When you’re in that nine-hole you really expect that fastball and it definitely helps.” Twice he expected fastballs and deposited them over the wall for Furman. However, his most memorable round-tripper comes from his GCL days. “My senior year we were playing at St. X,” Simpson recalled. “It was a tie ballgame in the seventh inning and a lot was at stake. I came up with bas-

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KENWOOD — As improbable as it may seem in the Greater Catholic League, it is possible for an athlete to transition from blue and gold to purple. Jordan Simpson, 2012 Moeller grad, did just that when he had to give up his Crusader colors for an “Elder shade” when he became a Purple Paladin at Furman University in South Carolina. “It was a little rough to start out with wearing that purple,” Simpson said. Simpson is back in the old stomping grounds after a brief summer league stint with the Rockbridge Rapids in Virginia. Feeling a little tired after a long college season, he opted to return home to add some playing weight for next season. “We had a pretty solid year actually,” Simpson said of Furman’s 32-25 season. “We were one win short of tying the school record. We beat up on Georgia, split with South Carolina and beat up on Coastal Carolina as well.” His first season with the Paladins was a success individually also as he started 53 games at second base and only missed one game due to injury. He hit .317 with a pair of homers and 29 runs batted in and had a .955 fielding percentage. For his efforts, Simpson was named to the Southern Conference allfreshman team after one year at second. At Moeller, Simpson played third base and shortstop. “To start, it was pretty difficult,” Simpson said of the move to the right side of the infield. “The ball’s spinning the other way and you work around second base a little differently on double plays.” Helping in the transition was the previous year’s second baseman moving to center field. By doing so, it created an opening for the new player from Moeller. At the plate, he was fourth on the team in average. “It was a lot higher than I was initially expecting,” Simpson. “Hitting in the nine-hole benefited me. Guys were coming right at me and I think I got a lot of pitches to hit.” The downside of hitting last is the opposition often broadcasts such information in a negative fashion. “They’ll yell out, ‘Bottom!’ for the seven, eight


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VIEWPOINTS The silence of the stores A6 • NORTHEAST SUBURBAN LIFE • JULY 3, 2013

Editor: Dick Maloney,, 248-7134


Most of us must have noticed the large number of vacant commercial properties during the last several years. How many of us have considered the true meaning of what they represent? Briefly, they represent broken dreams and shattered hopes of business people and the workers they had or would have hired. They also represent mortgages that probably have been unpaid and/or charges absorbed by financial institutions. We can not just shrug our shoulders and consider it as bad luck for others. Eventually those losses will affect us personally. A sinking economy is almost like a sinking ship. Some of the lucky ones are in

lifeboats, but they may only offer temporary salvation. Let us skip the grisly comparison and try for a more Edward Levy pleasant soluCOMMUNITY PRESS tion. GUEST COLUMNIST Each job lost eventually represents someone who must compete for any job available. This means that wages do not have to be very high to attract a worker. It is even much more serious than that. Those who are lucky enough to still have jobs are well aware of the rising prices in the economy and they require a way to combat their shrinking purchasing

power. How many of those who lost jobs or simply cannot find the start of a career merely elect to become consumers on the public dole? Anyone who doesn’t think this is personally costing them money is sadly mistaken. These costs become taxes that are eventually paid by businesses, consumers and working people. Either way that affects the well being of the public. Until we recognize that all unpaid bills or benefits become our personal debts we will allow this corrupt government to stay in power by buying the votes of needy people. Now that we have looked at the results of the silent stores, let us etch them on our memo-

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Word one thing, actions another

In State Rep. Connie Pillich’s June 26 Viewpoints column in the Northeast Suburban Life she stated, “It is time we hold the right people accountable and protect those who cannot protect themselves. I praise your courage and the boldness of your statement. However, I am saddened and disappointed by your abortion voting record. Your actions state otherwise. Ms. Pillich, are you aware that from the time of conception embryology tells us a fetus, a zygote, or an embryo, (all synonyms for a baby) is a complete, living, and whole human being? From the time of conception, science tells us that a baby’s hair color,

eye color, etc. have all been determined. Why is killing a child to benefit another not considered a moral wrong? From that time on, although very, very small, all that baby needs is a safe, nurturing place to thrive and survive. He needs a mother’s womb, just as a nursing baby needs a mother’s breast or bottle, and/or a toddler needs a parent’s helpful hands. Why should a child’s size determine its relevance? Why does a child’s level of development determine its value? Why does an 8-inch trip down a birth canal suddenly change that child’s status? And why doesn’t the person’s level of dependence secure its protection? Ms. Pillich, at least 50 times a week a man in your district numbs and drugs

women so that he may force larger and larger metal instruments into her cervix. Once it is mostly dilated he grasps that baby with forceps, pulls it into position and begins dismembering body pieces, suctioning them out and throwing them in red disposable bio-hazard bags. When he reaches the head, it is too big to slip through the cervix, so he must cut a hole, vacuum the brain, then crush the head to make sure he can remove it. Ms. Pillich, after reading what is happening in your own district on a weekly basis, why do you continue to refuse to do as you say and “protect those who cannot protect themselves?

Christy Kellner Sharonville

CH@TROOM June 26 question Do you think Edward Snowden, a former contractor for the National Security Administration, is a hero or a traitor for leaking classified information about the agency’s system of collecting U.S. citizens’ phone and Internet data. Why or why not?

“Because he planned to do this by securing that particular job, I think he’s a traitor. However, having said that, I wonder if he hasn’t done us a favor by calling attention to the unnecessary spying on Americans. “It seems to be another infringement on our rights. We’re not allowed to profile, so everyone’s privacy can be violated? Following on the heels of the IRS fiasco, the Bengazi horror, the secret deals with Putin, and the crooked Washington politics, this just is another straw on the proverbial camel’s back. “What a waste of time to be listening in on my conversations with my sister!” J.K.

“Snowden has been acting in interests of liberty and exposing violations of privacy for citizens by the government, not for any per-

NEXT QUESTION What do you think about the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that invalidated a section of the 17-year-old Defense of Marriage Act that denied federal benefits to married gays and lesbians in a dozen states? Do you agree or disagree with the decision? Why or why not? Every week we ask readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with Chatroom in the subject line.

sonal gain (until, of course, he writes his book). This makes him much more of a hero. In the post-9-11 world where we have sacrificed some privacy in favor of imagined security, that makes him appear as a traitor to many Americans.” T. Rog

“I don’t think the subject of is Snowden being a hero or a traitor is justified, as there are pros and cons for both sides. If further issues continue to be exposed, then the ‘T’ factor becomes an issue and he needs to be labeled and arrested. I think he is trying to make a name for himself for future mon-



ies. “I think the real problem stems back to the number of ‘clearances’ that are issued to not only government employees but independent contractors. This goes to show, when there is no control, this stuff happens. “Someday, our government has to wake up and smell the roses and get their heads out of their ‘you know whats.’” D.J.

“If Snowden was heroically exposing wrongdoing by the USA, fleeing to China, Russia and planning to go onto Cuba hardly bolsters his patriotism. “Whistleblowers have plenty of protection in America; the fact Snowden chose to do his exposing in a nation whose relations with America are strained, to say the least, suggests he is a traitor.” R.V.

“Hero?! Anytime anyone sends any information on any citizen or organization from the United States to foreign countries for monetary or other gains, that person is considered a traitor.”

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ries and our consciences to understand what they are telling us. If they could speak, we would learn that they are victims of government over-regulation, imposed costs, taxes and a population unwilling to trade benefits for a starting wage that could well lead to independence or even a much better lifestyle. As a former businessman, I had many sad experiences with both government and labor unions that ultimately led to shifting production overseas or to non-union contractors. They turned my loyal and efficient work force from an asset into a liability. With friends like those, working folks don’t need many other enemies. This essay is too short to detail

those problems, but they seriously hurt my employees and were a major inconvenience to me. Suppose the government and the unions got together with business people and actually decided to work together to increase employment by rewarding businesses and employees for increasing job creation and efficiencies. Slowly the vacant properties would come to life and people would put smiley faces on their windows. Wouldn’t that be a wonderful change from our failing and morbid economy?

Edward Levy is a resident of Montgomery and a former college instructor.

We are all Republicans – let’s talk After the gerrymander of Indian Hill into District 1 we may as well all be Republicans. Our views differ. Are we going forward, dealing with our fiscal problems; or, are we going back into time when only white landholders were allowed to vote, and women were less valuable than slaves because they could not be sold. Our government was a Plutocracy then; and, it is a Plutocracy now. It is not a representative Republic, and certainly not a democracy. Why? Because most legislators and votes are hired and purchased by big money interests. We could suggest the Republican idea of cutting the tax deductions for all political contributions. This would reduce the amount given and shift the direction of Congress more toward democracy. It would also reduce the debt. If the debt is the main problem, and it is, what is the debt? The debt we hear discussed, $16/17 trillion dollars, is basically the annual payment on the debt. The real debt is all that has been promised to be paid, minus all that is expected as income during that time frame. The real debt is “$222 trillion” over several decades. Put that, with quotation marks, into Google and read. These are OMB figures. The United States (WE) are bankrupt. There are those who can convene, who have the background, and the ideas, to dig us out of this fiscal hole, without destroying the currency, the economy, our safety nets, and our personal lives. The question is are we Republicans willing to listen, and act? The teaching of history should include a thorough schooling in all documents written by the Founding Fathers. I believe that the Founding Fathers considered these to be idealistic goals, as many

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certainly were not in practice during their lifetimes. For instance, none of them lived to see slavery James end. Women Baker did not have COMMUNITY PRESS say in governGUEST COLUMNIST ment until the 20th century. Who were those Founding Fathers? If we are to solve our problems we must have leadership with the brains and independence to take us there. The diversions of abortion, birth control, gun control, and a host of other social issues must not detract from the irresponsible fiscal management of this country. None of these issues will matter if the majority of the population is Dumpster diving and stealing food from their neighbors, due to a collapse of the economy.

James Baker is a 36-year resident of Indian Hill

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Jean Phillips, left, teaches second-grade students at Maple Dale Elementary about the importance of conserving resources during the inaugural Earth Week Fair. JASON HOFFMAN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Maple Dale Elementary hosts inaugural Earth Week Fair Students receive hands-on education, learn importance of conserving energy, resources By Jason Hoffman

MONTGOMERY — The last year for the current Maple Dale Elementary School is the first year students participated in a parent-led Earth Week Fair, learning about environmental issues. “We focus on simple things,” said Jean Phillips, Parent Teacher Organization and Green Team member. “The children learn to turn off the water when they brush their teeth, use both sides of the paper and conserve energy – things children can do every day.” Although the event is in its infancy, the PTO and its Green Team have been leading the school’s green initiatives for nearly a decade. The Recycle Rangers – a group of fourthgrade students who recycle waste from classrooms – has been around for about seven years. “The administration has been very supportive and given us their full-fledged support,” said Melanie Atkinson, PTO and Green Team member. “This is definitely a school that says ‘yes,’” The PTO’s Green Team has been working to enhance the school’s green profile and give the students ways to learn about conservation and the importance of recycling, reusing, reducing waste and using renewable sources of energy, Atkinson said. Parents partner with workers in the cafeteria as well as teachers in the classroom to educate the students and get hands-on learning for things like having a zero-waste lunch and composting. The cafeteria initiative started about five years ago when the district started using plastic milk containers instead of paper cartons, said Georgia

Peas in the Discovery Garden at Maple Dale Elementary are grown and cared for by third-grade students. JASON HOFFMAN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

SYCAMORE SCHOOL DISTRICT GREEN INITIATIVES Symmes Elementary held a poster contest to promote the Symmes Nature Trail. » Tami Miller’s kindergarten class at Blue Ash Elementary planted sunflowers in the school garden to help beautify the school and learn more about our earth and plant life. » Sycamore Junior High School participated in the Cincinnati Zoo’s “Party for the Planet ... An Earth Day Celebration” by decorating a rain barrel for display at the zoo. A single barrel captures and stores rain water to reuse for watering plants. » Sycamore High School students, through collaboration with Montgomery City Hall, completed a tree-planting project in 2012. » Three Sycamore schools have installed rain gardens. » The district has lights that use less wattage and save money. » Heating and cooling systems have been upgraded to better systems that included better controls for setting temps during occupied and unoccupied times. » Motion sensors have been put on lights and heating and cooling systems for energy efficiency. » The district is working on human behavior elements, sharing with staff to turn off computers and screens when not in use and unplugging electronics that are not in use regularly.

Jean Phillips, left, teaches second-grade students at Maple Dale Elementary about the importance of conserving resources during the inaugural Earth Week Fair. JASON HOFFMAN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

St. John, who runs the kitchen and started by taking all the plastic bottles to Blue Ash Recycling on her own. “There used to be too much food waste,” St. John said. “Now, once per quarter we have ‘No Waste Lunch Day.’” Any unused food, outside meat and dairy products, is collected and taken to Gorman Heritage Farm in Evendale, where the farm feeds pigs with the collected food. School parents are encouraged to visit the farm with their children for nature walks and to pet the pigs.

All of the efforts of the Green Team, one teacher says, help students learn in the classroom. “The parents have been unbelievable,” said Michael Henry, second-grade teacher. “Students are excited to get outdoors in the environment and experience science naturally, and this gives them the opportunity to get their hands dirty, which they definitely like.” Want to know more about Sycamore Schools? Follow Jason Hoffman on Twitter: @jhoffman_cp.

Students at Maple Dale Elementary complete water relay races to illustrate the difficulty of attaining water in developing countries during the school's inaugural Earth Day Fair Thursday, April 25. JASON HOFFMAN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS



Music - Big Band

Art Exhibits

Exercise Classes

Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society Show, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., The Barn Gallery. Work by local artists working in all types of water media, including transparent watercolor, gouache, tube acrylics, fluid acrylics, water soluble inks, casein and egg tempera. Free. 272-3700; Mariemont.

Cardio Dance Party, 10-11 a.m., Eric Thomas’ Professional Fitness Academy, $10. 617-9498; Madisonville.

Summer Concert Series: Patriot Brass Cincinnati, 7-8 p.m., Twin Lakes Senior Living Community, 9840 Montgomery Road, Professional brass and percussion musicians play rousing marches and patriotic songs. Free. 247-1330. Montgomery.


Exercise Classes

Farmers Market

Cardio Dance Party, 6-7 p.m., Eric Thomas’ Professional Fitness Academy, 4865 Duck Creek Road, Classes incorporate variety of dance styles, including jazz, hip-hop, Latin, jive and more danced to popular music. $10. Through Sept. 7. 617-9498; Madisonville.

On Stage - Comedy



Red, White and Blue Ash Fireworks, 10 p.m., Blue Ash Summit Park, 4335 GlendaleMilford Road, Famous Fireworks display with simulcast music from Warm 98-FM 10 p.m. Entertainment and concessions available. Free. 745-6259; Blue Ash.

Holiday - Independence Day Blue Ash Red, White and Blue Ash, 4-10:35 p.m., Blue Ash Summit Park, 4335 GlendaleMilford Road, Northwest corner of Reed Hartman Highway and Glendale-Milford Road. Music by Midnight Special 5:30 p.m. and Foreigner 8:15 p.m. Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks display with simulcast music from Warm 98-FM 10 p.m. Musical entertainment, food and family activities. Free. 745-6259; Blue Ash. Montgomery July Fourth Festival, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Montgomery Park, 10101 Montgomery Road, Children’s games, prizes, pony rides, bounce house and food and beer booths. All-Star baseball game. Free. 891-2424; Montgomery.

Recreation Holiday Kids’ Fishing Tournament, 10 a.m.-noon, Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road, Boathouse. All fishing will be done from the shore. All children who compete will receive a certificate. The largest fish caught in each category receives a trophy and prize. Bait and tackle available. Space is limited. Ages 12 and under with an adult. Free; vehicle permit required: $10 annual, $3 daily. 521-7275; Symmes Township.

Cincinnati Toastmasters Club No. 472 Meeting, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Paul Community United Methodist Church, 8221 Miami Road, Public speaking and leadership skills meeting. Family friendly. Free. Through July 22. 351-5005; Madeira.

Small Group Personal Training, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Strength movements to build lean muscle, cardio bursts to keep your heart racing, personal training direction and supervision to lead you to fitness goals. Registration required. 290-8217. Blue Ash.

Literary - Libraries Anime Club, 6-8 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Watch anime, draw manga, play Yu-Gi-Oh and interact around these favorite pastimes. Ages 13-18. Free. 369-4450. Deer Park.

On Stage - Comedy Geoff Tate, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $8-$14. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Support Groups

Red, White and Blue Ash is 4 p.m. to 10:35 p.m. Thursday, July 4, at Blue Ash Summit Park, 4335 Glendale-Milford Road. Music will be performed by Midnight Special at 5:30 p.m. and Foreigner at 8:15 p.m. Rozzi's Famous Fireworks display with simulcast music from Warm 98-FM starts at 10 a.m. Enjoy music, food and family activities. The event is free. Call 745-6259, or visit SAM GREENE/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Basics II: A Master Series Class with Chris Weist, 6-9 p.m., Cooks’ Wares, 11344 Montgomery Road, Class builds on techniques learned in Basics I Series and highlights special ingredients, techniques and cooking methods. $250. Reservations required. 489-6400; Symmes Township.

Exercise Classes


Cooking Classes

Small Group Personal Training, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 5-6 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, Registration required. 2908217. Blue Ash.

Films Summer Movies for Kids, 10:30 a.m., Mariemont Theatre, 6906 Wooster Pike, “SpongeBob Square Pants.” Rated PG. All seats are first-come, first-served basis. Doors open 9:45 a.m. Free. 272-0222; Mariemont.

Summer Camps Academic Academic Enrichment Camp, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, 6320 Chandler St., Campers extend their academic learning. Ages 6-12. $50 per week; pay as you go. Registration required. 794-9886; Madisonville. Girls Singing Ensemble, 9-11 a.m., Dulle Park, 10530 Deerfield Road, Terwilliger Lodge. Daily through July 12. With Gina Jasinoski, professional. Ages 9-12. $60. Registration required. 891-2424; Montgomery.

Exercise Classes

Open House, 7-8 p.m., Leaves of Learning, 7131 Plainfield Road, Classes and full-day programs for students age 3-18. Meet teachers, learn about philosophy and talk with program director. Free. 697-9021. Deer Park. Montgomery. Skyhawks MiniHawks Soccer, Basketball and Baseball Camp, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Weller Park, 10021 Weller Road, Daily through July 11. Children experience fun and positive first step into athletics. Through games and activities, campers explore balance, hand/eye coordination and skill development at own pace. Ages 5-8. Ages 5-8. $69. Registration required. 891-2424; Montgomery.

Codependents Anonymous, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, 4309 Cooper Road, Youth room. Big book/ discussion meeting. Brown bag lunch optional. Open to everyone who desires healthy loving relationships. Donations accepted. Presented by C673-0174; Blue Ash.

Friday Night Grillouts, 5-8 p.m., Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road, Ben Alexander. Items available a la carte. 521-7275, ext. 285; Symmes Township.


Clubs & Organizations

Summer Camps - Arts

Dining Events

Ryan Singer, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $8-$14. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Geoff Tate, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $8-$14. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Support Groups


On Stage - Comedy

Montgomery Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Montgomery Elementary School, 9609 Montgomery Road, Vendors grow/ produce what they sell. More than 20 vendors offering vegetables, fruits, herbs, meat, eggs, honey, goat’s milk products, coffee, olive oil, hummus, cheese and baked goods. 9844865; Montgomery.

Summer Camps Miscellaneous Laffalot Summer Camps, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Columban Church, 894 Oakland Road, Daily through July 12. A variety of sports, games and activities for campers. An all boy and all girl format runs concurrently, but separately. Wear gym shoes. Bring lunch, water bottle and softball glove. Ages 6-12. $110 per camper. Registration required. 313-2076; Loveland.

Summer Camps Religious/VBS Vacation Bible School, 6:308:30 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, 8999 Applewood Drive, Monday-Friday. Dinner served at 6 p.m. Kick-off celebration July 7 following worship (noon). Theme: Everywhere Fun Fair. Hot dogs, popcorn and snow cones, along with games and prizes. Free. 891-8527, ext. 1. Blue Ash.

Summer Camps - Sports Skyhawks Tinyhawks Soccer and Basketball Camp, 9-10 a.m., Weller Park, 10021 Weller Road, Daily through July 11. Children experience balance, hand/eye coordination and skill development in basketball and soccer. Ages 3-4. $50. Registration required. 891-2424;

Art & Craft Classes Eco Art, 2-3 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Eco-friendly art. Ages 11-18. Free. 369-4450. Deer Park.

Cooking Classes Meat-Free Italian with Karen Harmon, 6:30-9 p.m., Cooks’ Wares, 11344 Montgomery Road, Summer is perfect for this satisfying, flavorful menu that happens to be meat-free. $45. Reservations required. 489-6400; Symmes Township.

Education Library eBooks for Tablets and Smartphones, 6 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Learn how to use your smartphone or tablet to find, borrow and download free eBooks from library’s website. Compatible devices include: Android tablets/phones and iOS devices (iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone). Ages 18 and up. Free. 369-4450. Deer Park.

Exercise Classes Core Adrenaline, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Blend functional strength training movements with Pilates sequences. $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash. Hatha Yoga, 5-6 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Gentle introductory journey into the world of yoga. $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash. Small Group Personal Training, 4-5 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, Registration required. 290-8217. Blue Ash.

Farmers Market Loveland Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m., Loveland Station, W. Loveland Avenue, E. Broadway and Second streets, Parking lot. Featuring 32 vendors from area offering vegetables, fruits, meat, eggs, bread, pizza, pastries, cookies, syrup, lavender products, soaps, lotions, gourmet Popsicles, gelato, herbs, alpaca products, hummus, honey, coffee, olive oil and cheese. Free. 683-0150; Loveland.

Health / Wellness Cancer Wellness Program, 6-7 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Program meets two times a week for exercise and once a week for educational session on various topics related to dealing with cancer. Ages 18 and up.

Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Free, donations accepted. 800-0164. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, Donations accepted. 673-0174; Blue Ash.



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Dining Events

Free. 985-0900. Montgomery.

Music - Concerts Mio’s Pizzeria Concert Series, 7-9 p.m., Blue Ash Amphitheatre, 4433 Cooper Road, Free. Music by Ricky Nye, Inc. 7458550; Blue Ash.

Religious - Community A Summer World Religions Series: The Buddha’s Path to Awakening, 7-8:30 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Rooms 7 and 11. Weekly through Aug. 13. Explore the basics of Buddhism with guest instructor Richard Blumberg. Ages 18 and up. Free. 489-8815. Montgomery.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 10 Art & Craft Classes Knitting, Crochet and Needlecraft Class, 7-8:30 p.m., Milford Heights Church of Christ, 1646 Ohio 28, Basic handwork techniques and fresh ideas in knitting, crochet and other handicrafts along with short devotional time. Free. 575-1874. Milford.

Exercise Classes Zumba, 6-7 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, $15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash. Zumba, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Latin-based cardio workout. $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash. Small Group Personal Training, 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 5-6 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, Registration required. 2908217. Blue Ash.

Films Summer Movies for Kids, 10:30 a.m., Mariemont Theatre, Free. “SpongeBob Square Pants.” Rated PG. 272-0222; Mariemont.

Literary - Libraries Teen Board Gaming, 2:30-4 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Teens and tweens play board games of their choice. Games played most often are Apples to Apples, Scrabble, Forbidden Island, Zombie Fluxx, Uno and Skip-Bo. Ages 11-18. Free. 369-4450. Deer Park. Gaming Night, 6:30-8 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Games on PS II including Guitar Hero. 3694450. Deer Park.

Music - Acoustic Kevin Fox, 7-10 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, Free. 324-7643. Loveland.

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; Montgomery.

THURSDAY, JULY 11 Business Seminars Yes, You Can Get Business Through LinkedIn, 10-11:30 a.m., Dimalanta Design Group, 4555 Lake Forest Drive, No. 650, Learn how to use LinkedIn and how it can help you grow your business with Ernie Dimalanta, founder of Out-&-Out Marketing and owner of Dimalanta Design Group, and Wendy Hacker, PR and social media consultant of Dimalanta Design Group. $10. Reservations required. 588-2802. Blue Ash.

Cooking Classes Clean Out Your Fridge Night with Courtney Rathweg, 6:30-9 p.m., Cooks’ Wares, 11344 Montgomery Road, Courtney shows how to create meals utilizing basic items you probably already have. $40. Reservations required. 489-6400; Symmes Township.

Dance Classes Line Dancing, 6-7 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Music from variety of genres. $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash.

Exercise Classes Cardio Dance Party, 6-7 p.m., Eric Thomas’ Professional Fitness Academy, $10. 617-9498; Madisonville. Pilates Playground, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Works entire body through series of movements performed with control and intention. $15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash. MELT Method, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Unique handsoff bodywork approach that helps prevent pain, heal injury and erase negative effects of aging and active living. $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash. Yoga/Pilates Infusion, 5-6 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Contemporary blend of flowing yoga movements and core-centric Pilates sequences. $10-$15. 290-8217; Blue Ash.

Friday Night Grillouts, 5-8 p.m., Lake Isabella, Kevin Fox. 521-7275, ext. 285; Symmes Township.

Education Teen Financial Literacy Workshop, 11 a.m., Symmes Township Branch Library, 11850 Enyart Road, Designed to engage teens with hands-on activities, games and materials for better understanding of personal finance topics. Ages 12-18. Free. Reservations required. 369-6960. Symmes Township.

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

Music - Concerts Mio’s Pizzeria Concert Series, 8-11 p.m., Blue Ash Towne Square, Cooper and Hunt roads, Free. Music by Modulators. Presented by City of Blue Ash. 745-8550; Blue Ash.

On Stage - Comedy Ryan Singer, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $8-$14. 984-9288; Montgomery.

On Stage - Theater Blue Moon Dancing, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, Blue Moon Dancing, by Ed Graczyk and directed by Ed Cohen. In a small West Texas town the Blue Moon honky-tonk is the place where lonely gals hang out in the daytime, swigging Lone Stars and jabbering at each other about every little ol’ thang, sharing dreams and sad stories. A Cincinnati premiere by Ohioan Ed Graczyk (A Murder of Crows and Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean). $17. Through July 28. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

SATURDAY, JULY 13 Exercise Classes Cardio Dance Party, 10-11 a.m., Eric Thomas’ Professional Fitness Academy, $10. 617-9498; Madisonville.

Farmers Market Montgomery Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Montgomery Elementary School, 984-4865; Montgomery.

Health / Wellness Diabetes Conversation Maps, 10 a.m.-noon, Lisa Larkin, M.D., 4460 Red Bank Expressway, Theme: What is type 2 diabetes Prediabetes? $30 all four sessions; or $10 per session. 7910626. Madisonville.

On Stage - Comedy Ryan Singer, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $8-$14. 984-9288; Montgomery.



Easy meatball, key lime pie recipes

I’m so excited I can hardly contain myself. For a while now I have been yearning to get beehives. We had them when the boys were little and the taste of raw honey, with its super nutritional profile, had me hooked. Tony Poe, our local beekeeper, came out to our little patch of heaven to see if his bees could make a happy Rita home here. Heikenfeld Our neighRITA’S KITCHEN bors have agreed to have the hives along the property line so they will be protected. I’ll let you know what the final assessment is. Here’s hoping …

Cyndi’s porcupine meatballs

Last month I did a cooking demo with friends Giovanna Trimpe, author of “Holy Chow,” and Annie Mitchell, news director at Sacred Heart Radio, at the CincItalia festival at Harvest Home Park. Annie made these delicious meatballs as an appetizer. No kidding, these are simple and really good. Annie told me she grew up with these meatballs that her mom, Cyndi, made for them. “It’s one of my favorite meals from childhood until now. We eat them with mashed potatoes


Annie Mitchell’s porcupine meatballs recipe is a childhood favorite from her mother. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD

and succotash,” she told me. I love the fact that these are versatile: Make them small for appetizers or larger for dinner. For photos of the festival, including the biggest cannoli I’ve ever eaten, check out my blog. Meatballs Mix together gently: 1 pound ground chuck 1 cup uncooked rice 1 teaspoon salt 1 ⁄4 teaspoon pepper

Sauce Stir together in pan large enough to hold meatballs. 1 can tomato soup 16 oz. can tomato sauce 4-5 shakes of soy sauce (optional, but recommended)

Roll the meat mixture into balls and place them in the sauce; roll them around in sauce to make

sure they’re covered. Cook over medium heat. If you make small meatballs, cook them for 25-30 minutes after the sauce starts bubbling. If you make larger meatballs (the kind that a toothpick couldn’t handle) cook them for about an hour after bubbling.

Rita’s amazingly easy and amazingly good key lime pie Don’t look for a bright green color here unless you add food coloring. True key lime juice looks a bit like lemon juice. I once made this with real key limes. It took close to a week’s earnings to purchase enough key limes. (OK, I’m exaggerating here, but you get the point.) The key limes were so tiny and exuded hardly any juice. Key lime juice is the answer here! This

is one of colleague Brian Patrick’s favorite pies. Shell Either purchase one or make your own by combining 11⁄2 cups graham cracker crumbs, 4 tablespoons sugar and 6 tablespoons butter, melted. Pat into pan and bake in 350 degree oven for about 7-10 minutes, depending upon how crisp you want your crust. Filling 4 large egg yolks, room temperature, lightly beaten 12 oz. sweetened condensed milk 1 ⁄2cup key lime juice

Whisk everything together. Pour into shell and bake in 350 degree oven about 20-25 minutes, until center looks set but is still wobbly. Refrigerate at least 1 hour. Garnish with whipped cream and berries.

Annie Mitchell shows off her porcupine meatballs at the CincItalia festival. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD

Tips from readers’ kitchens Mary Jane Kenyon’s pineapple coleslaw: I’m liking this one! Mary Jane, a Blue Ash reader, sent this to share: “A quick refreshing salad using a fresh package of coleslaw. I use Marzetti Light Original Slaw dressing along with a can of crushed pineapple including juice. I make ahead in the day to blend flavors. This is great when you need a salad and not a lot of time to prepare.”

Readers want to know

Puff pastry tops for stews, etc.: “They don’t

stick to the bowls.” Wet rims of bowls before putting on pastry, and then stretch firmly over rim. This helps it stick.

Can you help?

Karlos’s Restaurant, Florence, chicken pepe/ chicken spinach angel hair pasta: For Carol T. “It recently closed. Anyone have a recipe for chicken pepe penne or chicken spinach angel hair pasta?” Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Find her blog online at Cincinnati.Com/blogs. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.



Be careful when getting ‘free’ credit score These days it’s not only important to carefully check your credit reports regularly, it’s a good idea to know your credit score. You need to know it before buying anything on credit. But while many websites claim to offer free or low-cost credit scores, unless you’re careful it could end up costing you more than you expected. Elaine Huntley, of Covington, found a website offering a low-cost credit score. “It stated for a dollar you could get three credit scores. So, they asked me for my credit card number and I gave it to them. Not only

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to paying a dollar for her credit score, Huntley had agreed to pay nearly $30 a month for identity theft protection, something she says she never realized. Huntley searched the Internet and found she’s not the only one who feels misled by that company. “I went on the Internet and I pulled them up online and there are more than 150 complaints against them, where they’ve done this same thing to people – charged them without their knowledge,” Huntley said. I checked the website and found the charges are disclosed, but they’re very easy to miss. The Better Business Bureau

has more than 2,000 complaints about that company. The BBB says customers complain they don’t understand the requirement to cancel within seven days, and don’t understand they are agreeing to a monthly membership. Huntley filed a police report and has disputed the charges with her bank. My advice, if you want your credit score and credit monitoring, you can get both without paying anything. There’s a company called Credit Karma that, for free, provides your score and monitors your credit so you’re alerted every time someone accesses your credit report. You can sign up at Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

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Go west at BAMSO July 3 concert July 3 will be the beginning of Montgomery’s annual celebration of the Glorious Fourth with an Independence Day Concert in Montgomery Park performed by the Blue Ash/Montgomery Symphony Orchestra. This 7:30 p.m. concert is sponsored by Twin Lakes at Montgomery. The concert’s theme – “Musical Stories of the Old West” – celebrates some of the most iconic music of the American west. The orchestra will play two dances from Aaron Copland’s “Rodeo,” themes from “The Magnificent Seven," “Bonanza," “Dances with Wolves” and the “William Tell Overture.” Bass-baritone Tom Sherwood will be on hand to perform “Ghost Riders in the Sky” and

“The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” as well as leading the audience in a sing-along featuring “The Yellow Rose of Texas” and “Home on the Range.” Suzanne Bona, host of WGUC's “Sunday Baroque,” will again emcee the concert plus she’ll be the featured flute soloist for Mozart's “Flute Concerto No. 2 in D Major.” An appropriate reprise of Robert Johnson’s “Western (An Overture),” premiered by the orchestra in 2012, will be played as well. The concert is free and open to the public. Food and drink will be available at booths manned by members of various local organizations. The Orchestra appreciates the support provided by its sponsors.

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POLICE REPORTS Herbert Stephens Jr., 32, 176 Huntington Drive, domestic violence (physical harm) at Northbound Interstate 71, June 23. Shamara Ware, 32, 176 Huntington Drive, domestic violence (physical harm) at Northbound Interstate 71, June 23. Iva Price, 35, 2117 Oakbrook Place, petty theft at 4150 Hunt Road, June 18. Laura Anastcia Buchanan, 25, 2156 Oakbrook Pace, petty theft at 4150 Hunt Road, June 18. Ivette Price, 29, 942 Markley Road, petty theft at 4150 Hunt Road, June 18. Tammy Linn Binns, 41, 211 Leonard St., petty theft at 4150 Hunt Road, June 19. Tabbitha Reanee Landis, 23, 2584 Honeyhill Court, petty theft at 4150 Hunt Road, June 19. Randall Austin Hall, 49, 7769 Trailwinds Drive, petty theft at 6151 Pfeiffer Road, June 21. Evangeline Becky Smith, 22, 3350 Boudinot Ave., traffic warrant at 10415 Kenwood Road, June 18. David J. Austin, 52, 10215 Kenwood Road, misuse of credit card at 10415 Kenwood Road, June 18. Christopher R. Millard, 25, 4405 Cody Brook Drive, possession or use of a controlled substance at 4334 Glendale-Milford Road, June 18. Charles Bryan Worlds Ii, 21, 11134 Snider Road, drug paraphernalia at Ridgeway Avenue and Cooper Road, June 21. John J. Ridel, 45, 1004 Kennedy's Landing, disorderly conduct at 10300 Alliance Road apartment 160, June 18. James Michael Heffner, 37, 1060 Nutt Road, operating a vehicle impaired (refusal within 20 years of prior conviction), operating a vehicle impaired (under the influence of alcohol/ drugs), rules for driving in marked lanes at Westbound Interstate 275 at Reed Hartman Highway, June 20. James Scott Davis, 51, 10618 Sarazen Court, operating vehicle impaired (under the influence of alcohol/drugs), operating vehicle impaired (breath.08 to.169), rules for driving in marked lanes at 4433 Cooper Road, June 22. Tricia L. Flannery, 42, 1741 Woodbine Ave., felony warrant, obstructing official business at 4500 Cornell Road, June 19. Juvenile, 14, obstructing official business, underage cigarette and tobacco violations at 4555 Hunt Road, June 19.

Incidents/investigations Assault (knowingly harm) At 5001 Cornell Road, June 20. Breaking and entering, criminal damaging At 36 Carpenter's Ridge, June 19. Criminal mischief At Plainfield Road and Cooper Road, June 23. Endangering children At 9525 Kenwood Road apartment 3, June 21. Menacing At 9270 Plainfield Road, June 18. Petty theft Someone took purses, handbags and wallets, value $20; $300 cash, and an Ohio driver's license from Oncology/Hematology Care at 4350 Malsbary Road, June 21. A woman said someone took an LG Accolade, value $100, and $12 cash from Blue Ash Recreation Center at 4433 Cooper Road, June 19. A woman said someone took a garage door opener, value $40; documents, and a personal photograph from Bill's Auto and Towing Service at 6810 Cornell Road, June 19. A woman said someone took $600 from Ethicon Inc. at 4545 Creek Road, June 19. A juvenile male said someone took $20 from Blue Ash Recreation Center at 4433 Cooper Road, June 21. Theft A woman said someone took an Olympus Stylus TG-630 camera, value $169.99, and a Panasonic Lumix TS20 camera, value $149.99, from Target at 9099 Plainfield Road, June 24. A woman said someone took a Cynthia Rowely purse, value $395; a Mac Book Pro, value $3,000; a driver's license, value $5; a Huntington debit/credit card; aderol and sertraline,

value $1;an iPod Touch, value $200, and a Nikon Coolpix, value $200 at 5000 YMCA Drive, June 18. A man said someone took an air conditioning unit, value $1,500, from Dandenmark Lt. at 11130 Kenwood Road, June 19. A woman said someone took a license plate, value $45, from Bill's Auto and Towing at 6810 Cornell Road, June 24.

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. Tom Butler, 774-6351 or 683-3444 » Symmes Township, Lt. Tom Butler, 774-6351 or 683-3444

MONTGOMERY Arrests/citations Matthew Francis Summerlin, 24, 9158 Dominion Circle, operating vehicle impaired (under the influence of alcohol/drug of abuse), driving under suspension or in violation of license restriction, driving under ovi suspension, display of license plates and validation stickers at 8699 Weller Road, June 24. Shawna A. Price, 27, 1431 West Ave., open container at 9275 Montgomery Road, June 22. Fredrick Aungwa Abunku, 20, 8351 Country Oaks Station, sale to underage persons/underage possession, forgery of identification cards at 9390 Montgomery Road, June 22. Derrick Bagorogoza Kihembo, 19, 9829 Timbers Drive, sale to underage persons/underage possession, forgery of identification cards at 9938 Knollbrook Terrace, June 23. Robert D. Thompson, 19, 6576 Seay Court, sale to underage persons/underage possession at 9938 Knollbrook Terrace, June 23. Juvenile, 17, curfew violation, sale to underage persons/ underage possession at 10510 Deerfield Road, June 21. Juvenile, 17, offenses involving underage persons (possess), curfew violation at 10510 Deerfield Road, June 21. Ahmmad Fuad Al-Nammari, 25, 9270 Liberty Hill Court, operating vehicle impaired (refusal within 20 years of prior conviction), operating vehicle impaired (under the influence of alcohol/drug of abuse) at 10131 Montgomery Road, June 21. Joquen Kyshawn Ramsey, 18, 7880 Village Drive, drug abuse at 9941 Orchard Club Drive, June 20. Juvenile, 17, curfew violation at 9941 Orchard Club Drive, June 20. Anthony Vincent Corrado, 20, 7972 Symphony Lane, drug abuse, use, possess or sale of drug parapheralia at 6200 Pfeiffer Road, June 20. Nicholas Christian O'Toole, 21, 6446 Lewis Clark Trail, drug abuse, use, possess or sale of drug parapheralia at 6200 Pfeiffer Road, June 20. Juvenile, 17, curfew violation at 7795 Cooper Road, June 18. Juvenile, 16, curfew violation, drug abuse, use, possess or sale

of drug paraphernalia at 9840 Montgomery Road, June 16. Andrew Calhoun, 30, 1913 Hale Road, possession drug paraphernalia at Southbound Interstate 71, June 18. Jennifer L. Baughn, 29, 737 Ogden Road, possession drug paraphernalia at Southbound Interstate 71, June 18. Brynn Catherine Crowgey, 21, 530 W. Pidgeon Road, one way traffic, operating under influence alcohol drugs choice at 9352 Main St., June 15. Katherine Irene Cowperthwait, 20, 7715 Trailwind Drive, sale to underage persons/underage possession, in park after hours at 10505 Deefield Road, June 16. Juvenile, 17, sale to underage persons/underage possession at Westbound Ronald Reagan Highway, June 17. Olivia Grace Berling, 18, 8569 Plainfield Road, sale to underage persons/underage possession at Westbound Ronald Reagan Highway, June 17. Robert Francis McAndrews II, 64, 8067 Timbertree Way, marked lanes, operating under influence alcohol drugs choice, operating vehicle impaired with prior conviction in 20 years at 10620 Montgomery Road, June 16. Timothy Westfall, 53, 8211 Margaret Lane, animal at large at 10431 Buxton Lane, June 14. Christine Jordan, 50, 8775 Arcturus Drive, animal at large at 10243 Hightower Court, June 12. Joquen Kyshawn Ramsey, 18, 7880 Village Drive, use, possess

or sale of drug paraphernalia at 9802 Zig Zag Road, June 13.

Incidents/investigations Fire Reported in Mayfair unit 92 at 10555 Montgomery Road, June 24. Theft Someone took $100 worth of goods from Kroger at 9939 Montgomery Road, June 23. A woman said someone took a Fifth Third debit card at 9939 Montgomery Road, June 22. Someone took drugs from a shipment intended for The Endoscopy Center at 10600 Montgomery Road No. 101, June 21. A man said someone tok a Stihl trimmer, value $160, and a Stihl blower, value $250 at 9796 Delray Drive, June 19. A man said someone took a battery charger, value $130,

Legal Notice The Reading Board of Zoning Appeals will meet on Thursday, July 11, 2013, at 6:30 pm in Council Chambers. The purpose of the meeting is to hear an appeal for curb cuts, impervious surface and off street parking at 8794 Reading Road. The public is invited to attend. Patrick Ross Safety Service Director 1001768587

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SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Todd Gibbs, 42, 7152 Montgomery Road, disorderly conduct while intoxicated at 7752 Montgomery Road, June 17. Juvenile male, 14, criminal damaging at 7875 Montgomery Road, June 10. Ciara Luciano, 19, 2300 Ravine St., theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, June 9.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering Golf equipment valued at $2,325 removed at 7237 Nodding Way, June 12. Criminal damaging Fire extinguisher case damaged at 7875 Montgomery Road,

SYMMES TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Eric Whyte, 32, 14 Cherokee Trail, drug paraphernalia at 11605 Lebanon Road, June 12. Juvenile male, 16, theft at 9201 Fields Ertel Road, June 12. Juvenile male, 16, complicity at 9201 Fields Ertel Road, June 12.

Incidents/investigations Theft Vehicle entered and laptop valued at $1,000 removed at 10429 Hopewell, June 14.


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Red Cross teaches leadership skills to youth at Xavier Area teens can develop their leadership skills this summer at the Leadership Development Center, an annual program offered by The Cincinnati Area Chapter of the American Red Cross for 120 youth participants at Xavier University July 18 to July 21. LDC is a four-day, three-night leadership conference for teens age 13 to 16 who will enter grades eight to 11 in the fall. Now in its 30th year, LDC 2013 will continue a tradition of introducing

RELIGION Ascension Lutheran Church

“Splash in God’s Word!” VBS is scheduled for July 8-12. Call 793-3288 to make reservations. Summer worship is at 10 a.m. Ascension is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 793-3288.

participants to new ideas about leadership, diversity, team-building, communication skills and how they can contribute to the mission of the Red Cross. LDC also gives youth participants an opportunity to get a taste of college life, and to meet new friends from different walks of life. For more information about the Leadership Development Center or to apply, visit http:// ldccincinnatiarc.

Bethel Baptist Temple

High Power Soccer Camp runs 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays through July 10, at the Holmes Elementary field. The camp is free. Kids go through soccer skills, drills and games and will enjoy Bible lessons, stories and skits. An optional T-shirt is $5. Deer Park Dominoes Pizza and Blue Ash Starbucks are sponsoring the next Uprising, a student ministry for high school and college-age students at Bethel. Uprising is offered on the first

Friday of each month from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The next event is July 5. The adult, teen and children’s Sunday School classes come together for an hour of skits from the drama team, children’s songs, games, penny wars and more during Round Up Sunday, offered during Sunday School hour on the first Sunday of each month. Sunday School is 10 a.m.; Sunday worship is 11 a.m. The church is at 8501 Plainfield Road, Sycamore Township; 891-2221;

Blue Ash Presbyterian Church

The church Book Club will meet July 18. Sunday worship services are at 10:30 a.m. Nursery care is available. The church is at 4309 Cooper Road; 791-1153;

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Brecon United Methodist Church

The church offers worship services on Sundays at 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. Sundays. The church is at 7388 E. Kemper Road, Sycamore Township; 489-7021.

Church of the Saviour United Methodist

Vacation Bible School is 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. July 22-26. Sign up online at Weekday Summer Camps are 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Afternoon session is available on Tuesday. Camps are in session through Aug. 6. Register on-line at The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 791-3142;

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Community of the Good Shepherd Catholic Church

This summer Good Shepherd presents “The Buddha’s Path to Awakening” at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, July 9 through Aug. 13. The group will explore “The Basics of Buddhism,” with guest instructor Richard Blumberg. There are no fees and no reservations required. For a map and directions go to The church is at 8815 E. Kemper Road, Montgomery.

Hartzell United Methodist Church

Vacation Bible School is July 8-12 at the church. Dinner is served at 6 p.m., followed by VBS from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “Everywhere Fun Fair Where GOD’s World Comes Together. Kickoff is Sunday, July 7, with a fun fair. The church is at 8999 Applewood Drive, Blue Ash; 891-8527.


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