Page 1



Marcy Gardiner is the host of “Cincy Entertainment.”

Your Community Press newspaper serving Blue Ash, Montgomery, Sycamore Township, Symmes Township Email: Website: We d n e s d a y, J u l y

6, 2011



Volume 48 Number 20 © 2011 The Community Press ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Community Choice Awards

From east to west, north and south, whatever community you’re in, we know you love your local pizza place, have your favorite beauty salon, and won’t miss your favorite local festival. Now you can show all of your favorites how much you love them by voting for them in the 2011 Community Choice Awards! Vote online at www. choice. Everyone who votes is entered into a drawing to win a $250 gift card!

Independence Day images

Northast Suburban Life and want to share your Fourth of July photos. Post photos at, and email them to nesuburban@ Include your name, address (community) and phone number, and a description for each photo.

Getting an ‘Eiffel’

Sycamore Community Singers had a whirlwind tour through Europe last month. SEE LIFE, B1

Awards time

Sycamore schools presented a number of end-ofschool year awards. Found out who won what. SEE SCHOOLS, A6


If you drive through Blue Ash, prepare to navigate orange traffic barrels and cones as crews such as this one on Kenwood Road work on the streets.


Blue Ash is repaving roads and installing new LED-powered traffic signals. Here are workers on Kenwood Road.

Red, yellow, green – and orange New signals mean temporary traffic delays in Blue Ash By Jeanne Houck

Blue Ash is kicking off road and traffic control projects just as quickly as others end, so motorists should expect to see a lot of orange barrels and cones with flaggers stopping and starting lines of vehicles. For example, the city is finishing up a program to install energy-saving LED (light emitting diode) traffic signals downtown while it gears up for its annual street paving program. The new traffic signals along Kenwood Road from Cooper Road to Hunt Road will be coordinated to provide a smooth flow of vehicles on Kenwood during heavy traffic periods. New traffic signal poles also are being installed at the intersections with battery-operated backup systems that will allow the traffic signals to continue to operate during power outages. Crosswalks also will be improved. Blue Ash hopes to eventually replace all incandescent-light traffic signals in the city with LED lights. “The LED lights use significantly less electricity, last longer between failures, provide brighter signals and support battery backup systems at major intersections,” said Gordon Perry, Blue Ash public works director. The city also is installing


Lisa Parker, who owns The Book Rack at 9378 Kenwood Road in Blue Ash, hopes the orange barrels and cones disappear soon. “I know that a lot of traffic passes by here,” Parker said. “But I don’t know whether customers are going to be able to come in here or not” because of all the roadwork around the entrance to her business. “count-down” pedestrian signals – that display the amount of time pedestrians must wait to cross a street – at intersections with wide roadways such as Reed Hartman Highway.

Battery-operated backup units are being installed at major intersections. Much of the work is being funded by grants and the Greater Cincinnati Water Works.

The Greater Cincinnati Water Works finished replacing waterlines in Blue Ash on Cooper and Hunt roads and in the Home Acres

See SIGNALS on page A2

Montgomery: Seeking grants ‘fiscally responsible’ By Jeanne Houck

Up in smoke

The Loveland Symmes Fire Department would like to see a $400,000 firefighter training tower built in Loveland, with other fire departments also using it and sharing the costs to pay for it. SEE STORY, A3

To place an ad, call 242-4000.

Montgomery City Council recently voted unanimously to participate in the federal Community Development Block Grant program for the three-year funding cycle that begins March 1. Blue Ash City Council voted June 9 to forego an estimated $75,000 in community development funds for the upcoming funding cycle because most members did not want to sign an agreement giving Hamilton County power to act on behalf of the city in any public housing matters. Hamilton County administers most of the funds - which come from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – that are distributed locally. Montgomery Mayor Gerri Har-

“While we have no specific project in mind at this moment, we feel it is fiscally responsible to be open to various revenue options in light of the many cuts in state funding which will impact our budget in the upcoming years.”

Gerri Harbison Montgomery mayor

bison said June 23 that, “Over the past 10 years, we have received funds that have been used to demolish the bank building on the Triangle property and for handicapped playground equipment and sidewalks. “While we have no specific project in mind at this moment, we feel it is fiscally responsible to be open to various revenue options in light of the many cuts in state funding which will impact our budget in the upcoming

years,” Harbison said. Harbison said more public housing units could be purchased in Montgomery even if city council had chosen not to participate in the community development program. “The units located in Montgomery have been here a number of years and have not been a problem within our community,” Harbison said. Madeira City Council voted May 23 not to participate in the

upcoming funding cycle for community-development funds primarily because there are no projects in the city that would qualify for the funding. The grants are designed to help local governments provide decent, affordable housing and to create economic opportunities – primarily for people with low and moderate incomes. Loveland City Council voted June 14 to participate in the community-development program. City officials said it was a formality because Loveland successfully lobbied years ago to win a total of $200,000 from the last funding cycle and the upcoming one for public improvements at Loveland Station, a planned retailoffice-residential development downtown at Second and Broadway streets.


Northeast Suburban Life


July 6, 2011

Signals Continued from A1


Keeping the soldiers’ memory alive

Students from the Schilling School for Gifted Students in Sycamore Township presented Symmes Township Trustee Ken Bryant with a check for $200 May 27 to buy brass flag holders for Civil War soldiers buried at Union Cemetery in Symmes Township. From left: front, Colin Keenan, Alan Phelps, Lucas Butler, Ken Bryant, Josh Emery, Derrick Mayes and Dr. Sandra Schilling; back row, Eli Horner, Matt Osubor, Tristan Collins and Connor Weeks. Students not pictured are Riley Kolsto, David Salem and Daniel Frank. To continue to honor the soldiers in this sesquicentennial anniversary year of the start of the Civil War, the students in John Stevens fall of 2011 social studies and science classes will work with the Department of Veterans Affairs to replace several of the headstones that are weather- worn and near illegible. Additionally, Larry Rich and Dan Reigle volunteered many hours to assist the students with their research. With their help, the information from student’s research papers about the Union soldiers will soon be available on the Symmes Township Historical website.



DESTIN. Luxury 2 BR, 2 BA oceanfront condos. Heated pool, spas, kids’ pool & tennis. Sleeps 6. Local owner. . D- 513-528-9800, E- 513-752-1735

PANAMA CITY BEACH The Summerhouse - 2B/2B Family Accommodations . Beach side pools, tennis, WiFi & More. 800/354-1122 THE BEST BEACH VACATION VALUE!


NEW YORK Beautiful Seagrove Beach Rent & Relax. Nr Destin, between famous Seaside & Rosemary Beach. Cozy Cottages to Gulf Front Condos. Web Specials. 1-800-537-5387

MANHATTAN--NYC HOTEL $129/2 persons. Singles $124. Suites $139-$159. Lincoln Ctr area, Hudson River views, 18 flrs, kitchenette, 5 mins to midtown, safe, quiet, luxury area. RIVERSIDE TOWER, Riverside & 80th St. Call 1-800-724-3136 or visit:

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH. Oceanfront condos. 1, 2 & 3 bedroom units with pools, spas & tennis. Hi-speed Internet, kiddie waterslide. 800-345-5617

SEABROOK EXCLUSIVES Villas & Private Homes. Ocean, golf, tennis, equestrian. Pet friendly rentals. Free brochure. Book online! 888-718-7949.


subdivision last October. Blue Ash decided to wait until this summer to repave the streets involved to avoid the possibility of shortening the life of the new pavement were it immediately applied and trenches subsequently settled around the new waterlines. The Greater Cincinnati Water Works has begun replacing waterlines on Mohler Road and is expected to complete the work by late July. Two-way traffic will be


Orange traffic cones are blooming along streets in Blue Ash.

On the surface

These Blue Ash streets are scheduled to be repaved this year: • Home Acres subdivision; • Aston Place; • Cooper Road between Kenwood Road and the city limits; • Cooper Road between Reed Hartman Highway and Blue Ash Road; • Hunt Road from Plainfield Road to the Deercross Parkway; • Hunt Road from West Avenue to Plainfield Road; • Kenwood Road intersections downtown.


Crews in Blue Ash are using orange cones to separate traffic from their work on Kenwood Road. maintained with the use of flaggers. When the project is completed by summer’s end, the road will also be repaved. Blue Ash also plans to install a new eight-footwide sidewalk on the west side of Reed Hartman Highway from Cooper Road to Malsbary Road and along the Blue Ash Airport proper-

BRIEFLY Tackle Trade Days

Reel in a deal during Tackle Trade Days at Lake Isabella from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, July 9 and Oct. 8. A variety of new and used vintage lures, rods, reels and more will be available for the experienced and amateur angler. Tackle Trade Days will showcase local fishing equipment vendors in a flea-market

style setting. Anglers are sure to find that right fishing pole or lure from the large selection of bargain gear. Any dealers or individuals who would like to sell their gently used fishing gear are asked to call the Lake Isabella boathouse at 791-1663 to reserve a spot. Tackle Trade Days open to the public. Lake Isabella is at 10174

NORTH CAROLINA Clearwater/Indian Rocks Beach GULF BEACHES BEST VALUE! Beach condo, 2BR, 2BA, pool. Rent weekly. Local owner. 513-875-4155.

CLEARWATER TO ST. PETE BEACHES Gulf front & bay side condos. All prices & sizes! Florida Lifestyle VAC. 1-800-487-8953. Jan. 2012, Monthly Discounts •



A Beautiful Cabin Getaway Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge. Hot tub, jacuzzi, fireplace, gas grill. $85/nt, 5 nt special $375. 800-793-8699.

Plan a stay with Seashore Vacations. Oceanfront condos. Walk to dine and shop. Golf discounts. Free tennis. Call 1-800-845-0077 or book online at

N. MYRTLE BEACH Coastal Condos, Inc. 1-4 bdrm oceanfront & ocean view units. Call 1-800-951-4880 or visit

NORRIS LAKE. Powell Valley Resort. Upscale 2BR, 1BA, covered porch, deck, lake access. all amenities, $95/nt. Special offer with two night minimum! 432-562-8353

Find news and information from your community on the Web Blue Ash – Hamilton County – Montgomery – Sycamore Township – Symmes Township – News Dick Maloney | Editor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 248-7134 | Rob Dowdy | Reporter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 248-7574 | Jeanne Houck | Reporter . . . . . . . . . . . . . 248-7129 | Melanie Laughman | Sports Editor. . . . . . 248-7573 | Mark Chalifoux | Sports Reporter . . . . . . 576-8255 | Nick Dudukovich | Sports Reporter . . . . . . 248-7570 | Advertising Alison Hauck Account Relationship Specialist . . . . . . . . . . 768-8634 | Kristin Manning Account Relationship Specialist . . . . . . . . . 768-8197 | Delivery For customer service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 576-8240 Ann Leonard | District manager . . . . . . . . . 248-7131 | Stephen Barraco | Circulation Manager . . 248-7110 | Classified To place a Classified ad . . . . . . . . . . . . . 242-4000 | To place an ad in Community Classified, call 242-4000.

Fishing day camp

The Hooked on Fishing Summer Day Camp at the Lake Isabella is a fun an educational experience for kids age nine to 16. Camp will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 11-15. The camp will teach children angling skills, fish biology, life skills, conservation and fishing ethics. The cost is $150 per child which includes lunches, bait, boat rental, rod and reel and tackle box. Space is limited and registration is required online at or by calling Lake Isabella at 791-1663. Lake Isabella is at 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road in Symmes Township. A valid Hamilton County Park District motor vehicle permit ($10 annual; $3 daily) is required to enter the parks.


Calendar ......................................B2 Classifieds...................................C1 Father Lou ...................................B3 Police...........................................B8 Real estate ..................................B8 Schools........................................A6 Sports ..........................................A7 Viewpoints ..................................A8




1-7 Affordable, Deluxe Chalets & Cabin Rentals. Pigeon Forge in the Smokies. Vacation/Dollywood Specials. Free brochure. Call 1-800-833-9987.

Loveland-Madeira Road. A valid Hamilton County Park District motor vehicle permit ($10 annual; $3 daily) is required to enter the parks.



DESTIN, FLORIDA 50 Steps to the beach! Beautiful lowrise condos w/pools. 850-830-8133, email or visit

EMERALD ISLE. Ocean Front luxury vacation homes with community pool. Call for free brochure. 1-252-354-5555 Spinnaker’s Reach Realty

ty to Glendale-Milford Road. “The 2011 sidewalk program will continue the city’s efforts to provide connectivity between neighborhoods and businesses to frequent destinations around Blue Ash such as the Recreation Center, Municipal and Safety Center, downtown, golf course, future airport park, etc ...,” Perry said.

$17,175 -$1480

$15,675 -$1000 $14,675



OnStar, Power Windows, Power Locks






$23,490 -$2000 $21,490







Member of

JOSEPH AUTO GROUP Ask Your Neighbor...They Bought From Us!







. RD

GM EMPLOYEES DAYTON • CENTERVILLE We have special financing plans for GM employees! BIG NEW CAR INVENTORY! Call Gary Grever or Chris Simon


July 6, 2011 Northeast Suburban Life


Fire training tower may be built in Loveland By Jeanne Houck

The Loveland Symmes Fire Department would like to see a $400,000 firefighter training tower built in Loveland, with other fire departments also using it and sharing the costs to pay for it. Loveland City Council expressed support at its meeting June 28 for the concept, which members said would not only make for better-trained firefighters, but could be a moneymaker for Loveland if the


The Loveland Symmes Fire Department conducted a controlled burn March 10 in downtown Loveland.

Possible users

Loveland Symmes Fire Chief Otto Huber said other fire departments interested in supporting the firefighter training tower are: • Blue Ash; • Deerfield Township; • Goshen Township; • Hamilton Township; • Madeira and Indian Hill; • Mason; • Miami Township; • Milford Community; • Sharonville; • Sycamore Township

city were to finance and own the tower. The proposal under study is to build - as early as next spring - a threestory tower attached to a two-story residence with two burn rooms on property on East Loveland Avenue owned by the LovelandSymmes Firefighters Association, which is separate from the fire department. “Keeping our firefighters trained not only keeps them

safe, but our residents as well,” Otto Huber, chief of the Loveland Symmes Fire Department, said. “Normally we would use what we call ‘acquired structures,’ which are old homes being torn down to make way for new construction. “But as our community gets more built out, those opportunities are few and far between,” Huber said. “Our firefighters must

train to maintain their skills routinely. The more resources we can share as local communities, the more we can provide to our residents without duplicated effort or expense.” Loveland Symmes Fire Department officials said 10 other area fire departments – one serving two communities - have expressed interest in paying an annual $3,000 subscription fee per community for use of the firefighter training tower. They said the estimated annual debt payments on the tower would be nearly $36,000 for 15 years, based on a 4-percent interest rate, and that the estimated annual income from fire departments interested now – including the Loveland Symmes Fire Department – would be about $39,000. More departments likely would sign on if the firefighter training tower were built, Loveland Symmes Fire Department officials said, which would mean more income. Loveland City Manager Tom Carroll said it is too early to say whether the


Lt. Brian Hall of the Loveland Symmes Fire Department stands behind the Loveland-Symmes Firefighters Association hall on East Loveland Avenue, where the department would like to see a firefighter training tower built. city or the LovelandSymmes Firefighters Association would finance and own the tower. “If the city (which is eligible for tax-exempt financing) issued debt to build this, our intent would be for subscriptions from other departments to pay for the debt payments through user

fees,” Carroll said. “Since the city would issue the debt, we would be responsible for paying off the bonds even if none of the subscribing entities actually followed through. “So, the city would need more assurances than verbal commitments,” Carroll said.

Kenwood resident publishes first children’s book By Amanda Hopkins

What started as 100word poem has turned into Kim Brown’s first children’s book. The Kenwood resident recently published “Jungle Music,” a book where animals and people unite through African music. Brown said the founder of the Cincinnati Writer’s Project, Carol Laque, encouraged her to change her poem into a children’s book. “Once I had the idea, it didn’t take long at all (to

write the book),” Brown said. She said she is “very pleased with the final product.” “You just let it go and see what happens ... and hope other people like it as much as you do,” Brown said. She said it took almost a year and a half after she completed the book to finally see the book in print. “You just need persistence,” Brown said. She is working on her second book, “Autumn Castles,” which also started as short poem. Brown’s book “Jungle

Music” is available at Joseph Beth Booksellers, Barnes & Noble in Kenwood,,, and Strategic Book Publishing website,

AUTO DETAILING AUTOMOTIVE DETAIL PROFESSIONALS Interior Detailing Exterior Detailing Hand Wash and Wax Bumper Repair and Painting Ding Removal Gift Certificates Available


If your car isn’t all it 9305 Montgomery Road auto be, bring it to us for a (Behind AVIS) superior detail service. CE-0000448692


Invitation An

to come see our Doctor of Audiology


for a

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Amy Holland today!

Montgomery ENT Center Cincinnati Office

9200 Montgomery Rd., Suite 2B


Wilmington Office

Middletown Office



1150 W. Locust Suite 500 Atrium Medical Center Suite 250




Kim Brown of Kenwood recently published her first children’s book, “Jungle Music,” and held her first book signing at Barnes & Noble in Kenwood May 14.


Northeast Suburban Life


July 6, 2011

Transportation software could save district money By Forrest Sellers

A new transportation software could potentially save the Indian Hill School District more than $30,000 per year. Beginning next school year, Indian Hill plans to begin using a computer software called “Versatrans.” The software will assist Barb Leonard, the district’s

“We are going to be able to run our routes more effectively and efficiently. It shows us different options.”

Barb Leonard Indian Hill Schools transportation supervisor

transportation supervisor, with planning and routing the buses. “We are going to be able to run our routes more effectively and efficiently,” Leonard said. “It shows us different options.” Leonard said by using

the software, the district could potentially cut a half mile off each route which could save the district approximately $30,000. She said time could also reduced on the bus routes, which would mean additional savings.

7875 Montgomery Rd Kenwood Towne Centre 513-791-0950

Happy Hour! Half Price Sushi & Draft Beer 3pm - 6pm

7 Days a Week


Not Valid with any coupons


The district currently operates 34 buses which service not only Indian Hill schools, but other schools in the district. Leonard said the buses currently run 27 routes. Other features of the software include e-link, which will provide parents with online information about the bus routes. Leonard said the Versatrans software will also allow her to monitor maintenance of the buses and field trips. Previously, all of this work was done manually. Leonard, who previously used the Versatrans software while serving as transportation supervisor for the Bethel-Tate Local School District, said information can be accessed with the click of a button. The Versatrans software will cost $23,000 with an annual cost of $500. “We have been studying transportation software for several years and have purchased it in order to help make our routes more effec-


Barb Leonard, transportation supervisor for the Indian Hill Exempted Village School District, stands in front of buses operated by the district. The district will begin using a transportation software to reduce costs and improve efficiency.

What other districts do “We are on Versatrans, but Sycamore’s ‘software package’ is different from Indian Hill’s as it includes only the database and routing portion of Versatrans offerings (we are not on e-link),” said Erika Daggett, chief1.007" tive and efficient as well as help to reduce our transportation costs,” Superintendent Jane Knudson said.

information officer for the Sycamore Community Schools. “We have been using Versatrans offerings for approximately 10 years.” The district has 59 bus routes. For more about your community visit

Montgomery residents author book By Jeanne Houck

MONTGOMERY – Two Montgomery residents have


co-written a book called “Connecting Top Managers: Developing Executive Teams for Business Success.” Authors Jim Taylor and Lisa Haneberg are president and vice president, respectively, of MPI Consulting, a management-consulting firm headquartered in Sycamore Township. “We believe in the ‘5/95 Rule,'” Taylor said. “Five percent of your time – the approximately 100 hours per year that you spend together as a team – impacts 95 percent of the success of several organizational systems.” Said Haneberg: “If you can optimize this 5 percent, you will see positive returns in organizational culture, employee engagement and retention, productivity and results and organizational agility.” In “Connecting Top Man-

agers: Developing Executive Teams for Business Success,” Taylor and Haneberg discuss how to assess the performance of a leadership team and ways to improve it – including by encouraging collaboration. Taylor has more than 30 years’ experience in leadership, human resources and employee-labor relations. He’s a former health care executive. Haneberg has more than 25 years’ experience in organizational and executive development and in coaching companies, government organizations and non-profit groups. She's written 10 business books. “Connecting Top Managers: Developing Executive Teams for Business Success” was published by FT Press of Upper Saddle River, N.J. The book costs $34.99.

Tuesday is market day at Kenwood Towne Center


Independent Living apartments starting at $1800

Monthly Rental!


Independent Living | Assisted Living | Skilled Nursing | Rehab 7300 Dearwester Drive | Cincinnati, OH 45236 (513) 984-9400 | CE-0000454014

The Kenwood Towne Center is continuing its unique Farmer’s Market for the second year in a row. The market celebrated its grand opening June 14 and will continue every Tuesday through Oct. 14, from 4 p.m to 7 p.m. It is set up in the valet parking lot at Kenwood Towne Center along Montgomery Road. Vendors at the market include Prairie Winds Farm, Schappacher Farm, Chipotle Chicks, Diane’s Heavenly Delight, The Spice & Tea Exchange, Thunderbird Snow Cones, Valley of the Daylilies, Icon Solar Power, Miss Selby’s Soap, Gholston Coffee & Tea, The Silverlady II, Mr. Genes Dog House, Gutter Shutter, Atticat Insulation, Chick-fil-A, The Pampered Chef, Chipotle,

Our Spirit & Soul, Sleep Number, Moochie & Co., Pretzel Fest, Queen City Greyhounds, Delhi Flower & Garden Center, Mt. Kofinas Olive Oil, Cookies By Design, Pet Want North, Jule, Streetpops, Glamour Shots, Sweaty Bands, The Old Garden Shack, LA Fitness, Little Treasures Jewelry and Clear. The vendors are selling everything from produce, planted pots, gardening tools, jewelry, local boutique items, mall tenants, bakery goods, herbs and spices, salsas, photography, olive oil and more. Live music will also be provided each week. For questions or more information contact Cindy Hart, Kenwood Towne Centre marketing manager, at 745-9100.

Attention Realtors To advertise your Open House or Feature Home, call your advertising representative.

513.768.8335 or 513.768.8319


July 6, 2011

Northeast Suburban Life


Wenstrup to challenge Schmidt in 2012 Gannett News Service Brad Wenstrup, whose surprisingly strong showing in the 2009 Cincinnati mayoral race marked him as a possible political comer, plans to challenge Rep. Jean Schmidt in next year’s Republican primary in the 2nd Congressional District. Wenstrup, a foot surgeon who served a tour of duty in Iraq as a major in the U.S. Army Reserves, said he decided to challenge his fellow Republican because of his belief that his “skill set and leadership potential are better suited” to the needs of the district and the nation. “I’ve been involved in health care for 25 years and the military for 13,” said Wenstrup, 53. “I don’t think there are too many people in Congress who bring that skill set to the floor of the House when decisions are made.” The contested primary will be nothing new for Schmidt, who has faced GOP opposition in each election since winning the 2nd District seat in a special 2005 race to fill the vacancy left by President George W. Bush’s selection of thenRep. Rob Portman to become U.S. Trade Representative. Schmidt, of Miami Township, declined to comment Wednesday about the potential primary. A statement released by Schmidt’s office, however, said she is preoccupied by congressional issues, not her 2012 reelection. “The primary’s about a year away and right now she’s focused on other priorities like getting federal spending under control and helping to grow the economy to create more jobs,” the

statement said. Schmidt’s 5 1/2-year congressional career has had some rocky moments and controversies. Perhaps the most notable came in November 2005 when she was forced to withdraw widely criticized remarks in which she directed the comment “cowards cut and run, Marines never do” at Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania, a Marine veteran decorated for combat service in Vietnam, during debate over a resolution calling for withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. She also has filed a $6.8 million defamation lawsuit against her 2008 opponent, David Krikorian, claiming that Krikorian falsely accused her of taking money from Turkish government-sponsored groups to deny the genocide of 1.5 million Christian Armenians by Muslim Turks during World War I. Krikorian’s attorneys have characterized the suit as an attack on First Amendment rights. Wenstrup said Wednesday, however, that neither Schmidt’s actions nor her policy positions figured largely into his decision. “I’m not running because of anything someone else did or didn’t do, and I haven’t sat down and compared each issue per se” said Wenstrup, who lives in Columbia Tusculum. “It’s more a matter of feeling I can bring a lot of leadership and life experience to Washington to help lead the conservative movement. I hope to be the kind of person sought after for advice.” Wenstrup planned to officially launch his candidacy Thursday with a video on his website - in which he outlines some of

his reasons for running. “Washington’s not working, and it’s not working for us,” Wenstrup says in the video, in which he speaks while standing in front of a burning fireplace. Hamilton County Republican Party Chairman Alex Triantafilou said Wednesday party leaders have yet to decide whether the party will remain neutral in the contested primary. “Right now it’s a wait-

and-see approach,” Triantafilou said. “The good news is we have two very good people running.” To date, no Democrat has entered the 2012 race in the 2nd District, which stretches from eastern Cincinnati to

Portsmouth. The Hamilton County portion of the district also includes Sharonville, Blue Ash, Indian Hill, Madeira and Mariemont. Although his political experience is limited, Wen-

strup said he believes his medical and military credentials can make for a potent resume in a campaign in which health care and American military presence abroad likely will be major issues.

Ugly Tub? B e fo re


R e g la z e It! Ask for our Eco-Friendly 4 Hour Cure Coating!

Expires 9/1/2011

5 1 3 -7 7 1 -8 8 2 7


Glendale Place Care Center is known in the Cincinnati community for offering superb nursing and rehab services growing out of our long history and years of experience.


Fourth-grade teacher Amy Campa reads her class the children’s book “What If the Zebras Lost Their Stripes.” The book was read in each classroom at Indian Hill Elementary School as part of an activity teaching tolerance and acceptance.

Tolerance is black and white at elementary By Forrest Sellers

Children have a new appreciation for tolerance after hearing the story of a zebra. Teachers at Indian Hill Elementary School recently read the story “What If the Zebras Lost Their Stripes” to all of their students. The children’s book was written by John Reitano. It was part of a “One Book, One School” program,” in which the same book is read in all of the classrooms followed by a variety of activities related to the book. The book was chosen because of its theme on how to treat others and respect differences, said fourthgrade teacher Amy Campa.

The students in grades three through five continued their study of the book by dressing in black and white, role playing and writing songs and poetry. The theme of the book is important because it teaches children not to simply judge others by their appearance but to consider what is on the inside, said Campa. Earlier in the school year, teachers read the children’s book “The Golden Rule,” which had similar themes. “I loved (seeing) their faces,” said Spanish and science teacher Lisa Schauer, who attended a reading of the book in Campa’s class. “You could see (the students) thinking about what the book is talking about and how it applies to their lives.”

Perfect 2011 Ohio Department of Health Annual Survey Short-term Rehabilitation Program designed to help our residents return to home as soon as possible after a surgery, injury, or illness. Experienced Nursing Care Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapists Individually planned programs to maximize functioning with the goal to return home. 779 Glendale Milford Road (one mile west of St. Rita’s) Call us at 513-771-1779 or visit us online at Where Kindness Costs Nothing CE-0000467245


Northeast Suburban Life

July 6, 2011


ACHIEVEMENTS | NEWS | Editor Dick Maloney | | 248-7134


From left: Sycamore Junior High School Case/White Award winners Mark Hancher, Principal Karen Naber and Grace Hertlein.

Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy valedictorian Brett Shackson of Sycamore Township and salutatorian Sal Mangels of Loveland pose for a photo on graduation day.


Meredith Allgood of Montgomery waits to file into Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy commencement.

Ke’Asha Reed of Mount Airy and Jon Pyles of Loveland wait in line before heading into Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy commencement June 5.

Go Grads!

Sycamore Junior High bestows awards Each year the staff of Sycamore Junior High School recognizes two eighth-grade students who exemplify the qualities of leadership, service and outstanding character. The Karen Case/Becky White Award honors the memory of two former students of Sycamore Junior High School. Both of these young women passed away during their eighth-grade year while at the school, and despite ill health, both


of them had a positive attitude and were full of school spirit. The two eighth-grade recipients of this year’s award were Grace Hertlein and Mark Hancher. Both of these students were quite involved in the life of the junior high school involving themselves in many areas of sports, music, community service, academic clubs and otherwise. In addition, these young people were outstanding academic students.

Maddie Drees of Mason gets a hug from Martha S. Lindner High School Principal Dr. Dean Nicholas before accepting her diploma at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy graduation June 5.

Kelly Canavan of Loveland accepts her diploma from Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy Head of School Randy Brunk at graduation June 5.


Sycamore Junior High School student Margaret Jordan and Marc Stern, teacher.

Drerup awards given to student writers Mikke Drerup was a reading teacher at Sycamore Junior High School for several years and during that time passed away with cancer. Her family has established a fund for students to enter a writing contest each year. Members of the staff select a piece of writing each year that exemplifies the qualities of leadership that Mikke Drerup personified. Pillars of Character were

themes throughout the school year, and these qualities were part of the criteria for the poetry contest. Margaret Jordan, eighthgrade student of Marc Stern, won this year’s contest with her poem “Untitled.” Two honorable mentions were also awarded this year: Hannah Brown (“Possibilities”) eighth-grade student of Caryl Kerns, and Astrid Cabello (“Hoping for a Rainbow”), seventh-grade student of Jan Battistini.

SCHOOL NOTES Sycamore Jr. High Students of the Week

The April Students of the Week at Sycamore Junior High School: Julia Diersing,Yazan Aldeneh, Cas-

sidy Harris, Pavan Nimmagadda, Max Weiss, Noah Pittinger, Mandy Chan, Miguel Palacios, Lucas Nash, Austin Schafer, Katie Knoechel, Shoyo Hakozaki, Steven Pun, Ross Mather, Nathan Larson and Allie Oh.

The Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy Class of 2011 celebrates after receiving their diplomas June 5.

PHOTOS: THANKS TO JUDI ALVARADO Sycamore Junior High School language arts students, from left: first row, Liza Fitzgerald, Kevin Fitzgerald, Allison Rogge, Bridget Sypniewski, Lauren DeMarks, Christine Lee, Maya Sheth and Emma Steward; middle row, Katherine Dunn, Katie Steinberg, Rachit Kumar, Jacob Wang, Bennett Smith, David Wang, Paige Cassidy, Nate Halstead, Chris Segar, Audrey Moeller and Shannon Thomas; back row, Patti Billhorn, language arts department chairperson, Sabrina Kaul, Victoria Widner, Shea Cronin, Joseph Vaz, Gloria Hu, Mackenzie Boyd, Pavan Nimmagadda, Rick Niu, Mac McCann and Mark Hancher. Not pictured, Patrich Co, Nick Frankowski, Molly Gearin and Liam Stojanovic.


Sycamore language arts students first in nation Both the seventh- and eighth-grade language arts students of Sycamore Junior High have secured first place in Ohio as determined by the National Language Arts League.

Again this year, not only did they capture first place in Ohio, the seventh-grade captured fourth in the nation, and the eighth-grade garnered seventh in the nation. Students took a national

test incorporating many components of language arts including grammar, syntax, reading comprehension, and spelling. Staff members and teachers throughout the district can

be proud of these accomplishments of our language arts students. Patti Billhorn, department chairperson of Sycamore Junior High School, coordinated the testing at the junior high.


July 6, 2011

HIGH SCHOOL | YOUTH | Editor Melanie Laughman | | 248-7573

Northeast Suburban Life



Hamilton summer league team no average ‘Joes’ By Nick Dudukovich

HAMILTON - At Hamilton’s Foundation Field, there’s a group of guys who couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend a summer. The names and the faces are familiar to any high school baseball fan. In fact, it wasn’t too long ago that members of the Hamilton Joes collegiate summer league team were dazzling prep diamonds across the greater Cincinnati area. There’s former Princeton High School standout Marcus Davis, who just wrapped up his first season at Walters State Community College in Tennessee. He’s hitting .283 with four extra base hits. The Joes’ left fielder says he’s had fun playing this summer while working to improve his individual skills. He also feels lucky to spend his summer playing ball, while many of his friends are taking summer classes or working summer jobs. “I really enjoy (playing),” he said. “(I’ll) try to play the game as long as you can because it’s better than having a real-world job,” Davis said. Former Glen Este High School


Former Moeller High School graduate Ethan McAlpine takes outfield practice for the Hamilton Joes, June 28.

graduate and 2009 Fort Ancient Valley Conference player of the year Matt Marksberry is there too. Working out of relief, Marksberry, who attends Campbell University (North Carolina) has three saves and 11 strikeouts for the Joes in 14 innings. “(Playing this summer) is awesome,” Marksberry said. “It’s something people dream about and (I) get to do it everyday. It’s pretty cool.” Moeller High School alum Ethan McAlpine, who plays out-

field for the Joes, shares his teammates’ enthusiasm. After redshirting his freshman season at the University of Cincinnati because of injury, McAlpine relished the opportunity to play competitively this summer. “This is a lot of fun. Everybody’s here because they love baseball and possibly want to have a career in baseball. It’s just a lot of fun to come out here and do something you love,” he said. McAlpine is making the most of his time with Joes and led the team with a .358 average through 15 games. He also had six stolen bases. Like McAlpine, former Anderson High School standout Josh Jeffery is also beating the cover off the ball. Through 23 at bats, Jeffrey had eigh hits to go along with seven RBI. The University of Dayton senior-to-be is using the summer to get prepared for his next season of college ball. “It’s about getting better so I’m prepared for when I go back to school,” he said. All agree that those who watch


Moeller graduate Ethan McAlpine (center) sits with teammates in the dugout during the Hamilton Joes game, June 28.

Scouting report Ethan McAlpine, Moeller Through 15 games, McAlpine was batting .357. Joes’ manager Darrel Grissom has a high opinon of the outfielder. “He just plays hard all of the time. He’s like Pete Rose on juice,” Grissom said. “He’s so fun to watch.”

Joes’ facts • Through 17 games, the Joes posted a 7-10 record and were in fourth place of the Great Lakes Collegiate Summer League South Division • The Joes won the 2010 GLCSL championship. • The Joes are named after legendary Cincinnati Reds broadcaster player, Joe Nuxhall, who was a native of Hamilton • Foundation Field serves as the home stadium for the Joes. • Players are suggested to Joes' manager Darrel Grissom by college coaches. Ultimately, Grissom selects the players that he believes can best help his team. • The Joes played their first game in June 2009.


Former Princeton High School baseball player Marcus Davis was batting .283 for the Hamilton Joes through 15 games with eight RBI.


Former Moeller hurler Patrick Curtin throws a pitch for the Hamilton Joes, June 28.

a Joes game will notice heightened competition in the summer league level because the Joes aren’t just competing against their opponents, they are competing against each other for playing time. With college coaches watching the summer stats closely, all of the Joes want to be on the field. “Everybody at your position NICK DUDUKOVICH/STAFF Former Princeton High School standout Marcus can go out and play,” McAlpine Davis takes outfield practice for the Hamilton said. “You’ve got to do your best everytime you go out there.” Joes, June 28.

Patrick Curtin, Moeller Curtin is 3-2 on the summer with a 2.08 ERA for the Joes. The Tiffin University student has impressed Grissom with his progession over the past few seasons. “He’s got a chance to play at the next level,” Grissom said. “I’ve coached him going on five years…he plays hard day in and day out.” Marksberry agreed. “Most of the people that play in this league are tyring to get drafted, so the competition is amazing,” he said. All would contend that playing for the Joes in the Great Lakes Collegiate Summer League ultimately makes them a better player. “To ... get to play in a competive league with a great group of guys, it’s a great opportunity,” Jeffery said. For more coverage, visit

Moeller lax goalie named to all-star team By Scott Springer

Incoming junior Alex Burgdorf of Moeller has been named a Midwest boys all-star at goalie for the Under Armour All-America lacrosse team. Burgdorf will compete with the Midwest team in Baltimore at Johnny Unitas Stadium. The Under Armour AllStars will represent Baltimore, Long Island, N.Y., Upstate New York, Midwest, Philadelphia, New England, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and the newly added South and West. The teams will come to Baltimore on July 1, 2 and 3 to participate in the tournament in front of lacrosse fans and college coaches. Each team will play four games in pool play with the top two seeds from each division advancing to the Final Four to declare an Underclass Championship. Burgdorf played for coach Nate Reed’s 15-7 Crusaders this past season as a sophomore backing up senior starter Hayden Miller, who is going on to play at Bellarmine. The Crusaders were ranked No. 7 in the Midwest according to Lacrosse Magazine. Burgdorf was also on Moeller’s hockey team in the winter.

College bound

Cincinnati Country Day Athletes sign letter of intent to colleges. In front are Alexandra McInturf of Indian Hill, who will play soccer at Williams College; Alanah Hall, who will run track for Wesleyan University; Lilly Fleischmann of Indian Hill, who joined the rowing team at Dartmouth College; and Ramona Weber of Montgomery, who will run track for Dickinson College. In back row are Basil DeJong, who will play football for Sewanee University; Wyatt Tiffany of Milford, who will play football for Trinity University; and Jack Wildman of Indian Hill, who will row for Hamilton College. THANKS TO RALPH JAVENS JR.

Swimming onward

The Cincinnati Aquatic Club competitive swim team is proud to celebrate the graduation of six seniors, each of whom have been swimming with the club for many years. Hailey Booth of Loveland, will swim for the University of Illinois; Stephanie Pearce of Anderson will swim for Miami University; Andy Gorman from Terrace Park has signed at Washington University in St. Louis; Kyle Jackson will go to the University of Cincinnati; Sidney Fischer will attend Purdue and continue with club swimming there; and Adrienne Winning from Ursuline will go to Ohio State University. The swimmers have been Seahawks for many years with most of them starting in the Hawk CAC entry program, participating and competing for close to 10 years right through to being part of the National team. Recently, at the CAC Swim Banquet, they were honored by the team. As is CAC tradition, each swimmer gave a talk to the younger swimmers, CAC families and the coaching staff about what swimming at CAC has meant to them. Funny stories were shared and warm thanks were given, as the swimmers reminisced about the wonderful role CAC swimming has played in their lives to make them healthy, happy and independent individuals. THANKS TO SUSAN TRACY


Northeast Suburban Life

July 6, 2011







Editor Dick Maloney | | 248-7134



County park district making good use of levy funds In May 2002, Hamilton County voters approved a 15-year, 1mill property tax levy to support the Hamilton County Park District. The replacement levy took effect in January 2003. The board, staff and volunteers of the Park District are deeply committed to providing the highest quality parks, facilities and programs. Since we are just over halfway through this levy term, we’d like to take this opportunity to update the residents on their Hamilton County Park District. Since 2003, the park district has protected 1,997 acres of additional greenspace, leveraging levy funds along with over $6.8 million in grants from the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund. As of December 2010, the total greenspace preserved by the Hamilton County Park District is 16,562 acres.

Joseph C. Seta, Robert A. Goering, John T. Reis Community Press guest columnists The park district manages 21 parks and nature preserves and hosts approximately 7.5 million guest visits per year. One of the park district’s levy commitments is to work with appropriate park, recreation and public authorities to protect greenspace and provide outdoor recreation and education. In 2003, we began a joint venture with the

CH@TROOM June 29 questions

Do you think Afghanistan’s military is ready to take responsibilty for fighting Taliban insurgents as the U.S. begins a troop drawdown in July? “Like most Americans, I have never been to Afghanistan, so I cannot necessarily comment accurately on how things are, and how they might be, but based on what I have studied over the years, I can offer some opinions. “It would seem that the country would have to be classified as ‘undeveloped’ based on the news coverage of the poverty of its people, stories on Afghans growing opium poppies to make money, domination of society by Muslim extremists, etc ... “Hamid Karzai was elected as ‘president’ in 2004, and re-elected in 2009 (with allegations of voter fraud, which is not surprising considering the differences between that country and developed nations). “Based on everything I have studied (from my only source – the media), my guess is that the Afghan military is in no way ready to assume responsibility for fighting the Taliban. “However, that does not mean that I give my blessing to the continued U.S. involvement in that country’s fighting. “Oh, to be back in a time when intercontinental transportation was by ship, there was no ‘internet,’ no instant communication, etc. We could relax, and not worry about Afghanistan (or Iran.) “But that is a silly dream.” Bill B. “No, the Afghani military wasn’t able to keep the Taliban from taking over the country in the past and the Taliban is alive and well just across the border in Pakistan. “It is also doubtful Afghanistan’s western neighbor, Iran, will respect an Afghan government that does not embrace Islamic rule. “When the U.S. leaves it will be just a matter of months before that region returns to Islamic/Taliban control.” R.V. “When Russia made incur-

Next questions The Loveland Symmes Fire Department would like to see a $400,000 fire-training tower built in Loveland, funded by communities whose firefighters use it. Is this a good idea? Why or why not? What summer movie do you most look forward to seeing? What is your all-time favorite summer movie? Every week The Northeast Suburban Life asks readers a questions that they can reply to via email. Send your answers to with “chatroom” in the subject line. sions into Afghanistan in the 1970s, many of the tribes came together to fight a common enemy. Taliban were originally displaced Afghani who lived in Pakistan and later returned to Afghanistan. “Once the Taliban made a return they ruled much of Southern Afghanistan, while other Islamic groups ruled the North. “With an extremely low literacy rate many new schools are now making a strong effort to educate the people of Afghanistan, yet their country remains one of the world’s poorest, and with one of the highest rates of corruption of any country in the world. “While the Afghani military are getting closer to being able to provide military defense and protection for their country, I believe that they will not be ready to assume total control for at least another five to 10 years, optimistically. “Sadly, modern medical facilities and educational institutions will not find an easy path, nor will Afghanistan have the infrastructural needs so critical to a modern country, until they can reduce corruption, and maintain a strong protective force presence for a national government.” Dr. W.S.W. What do you think about University of Cincinnati’s decision to change the name of Raymond Walters College to University of Cincinnati Blue Ash? No responses.

Cincinnati Park Board to renovate Fernbank Park in Sayler Park along the Ohio River. This park has undergone a dramatic transformation with expanded walking trails, a new accessible playground, a restroom facility, shelters and the development of Fernbank Lodge. In 2006, we partnered with the city of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Recreation Commission and the Cincinnati Park Board to develop the Otto Armleder Memorial Park and Recreation Complex in Linwood. Armleder is now best known for its immensely popular 10-acre dog park, as well as soccer fields, a paved trail and a canoe / kayak launch accessing the Little Miami River. The park district has invested in several trail systems throughout the county. Most notably, we have worked with the Ohio

Department of Natural Resources to expand the Little Miami Scenic Trail from Milford to the Little Miami Golf Center in Newtown. This 4.5-mile section opened in 2005 and includes the Avoca Trailhead which offers parking, restrooms and a shelter for trail users. The ultimate goal is to connect this trail to Lunken Playfield and then downtown Cincinnati. A four-mile mountain bike trail opened at Mitchell Memorial Forest in 2008; this year, it will be expanded to eight miles thanks to a $25,560 grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Recreational Trails Program. Other major outdoor recreation advancements include the expansion of the Winton Woods Campground, the renovation of the par 3 course at Little Miami Golf Center, upgrades to the Miami Whitewater Forest Golf Course, and

new playgrounds at Lake Isabella, Woodland Mound, Embshoff Woods and Parky’s Farm in Winton Woods. In 2006, the Park District opened Campbell Lakes Preserve, which features four lakes for fishing, kayaking and canoeing. As the Hamilton County Park District continues to fulfill its levy commitments, it sees a very promising future in protecting greenspace and enhancing education and recreation opportunities. Thanks to dedicated staff, volunteers and strong partnerships, the park district will work diligently for the residents of Hamilton County to provide enjoyable regional parks and nature preserves. Robert A. Goering, John T. Reis and Joseph C. Seta are members of the Board of Park Commissioners, Hamilton County Park District.

School districts can learn from health care reforms This is in response to Robert Kissinger’s column, “Sycamore schools doing a good job” (June 29 Northeast Suburban Life). My professional experiences early on convinced me of the waste in our health care delivery system. The advent of “managed care” delivered by health maintenance organizations starting as early as the 1970s is still the model for cost containment and efficiency as the incentives for doing otherwise are indeed, collapse of the system which is what we are now seeing in America. There were and are only a handful of private organizations modeled as such, so no grand scale state or nationwide efforts could be tested. One cannot conclude that health care reform based on the model of fixed doctor salaries with capped pre-paid per member/per month fixed reimbursement systems such as at the successful Mayo Clinic, Geisinger System and Kaiser Permanente could or would not have worked successfully on a larger scale. As Steven Pearlstein with The Washington Post wrote in June, 2009: “If we really want to fix America’s overpriced and underperforming health care system, what really matters is changing the ways doctors practice medicine, individually and collectively.”

“Like many health reformers, Dr. Atul Gawande, a surgeon at Dana Farber Cancer Institute says “the essential problem with Colleen the system is Greissinger that so much of we spend Community what – as much as a Press guest third of the $2.3 columnist trillion spent in 2007 – goes toward care that is either unnecessary or inappropriate.” “Dr. Gawande discovered in talking to doctors in McAllen, Texas – which has the dubious distinction of having the highest per-patient Medicare spending in the country – that’s particularly true when it is the doctors themselves who own the lab that does the tests or the hospital in which the surgery is performed” (reference article June 10, 2009 – see The essential building blocks of health-care reform started back in the 1970s when the first health maintenance organizations demonstrated that a team of salaried docs with proper incentives, delivering “managed care” with a premium on preventing disease, could keep people healthier at a lower cost than any indemnity or government con-

About guest columns

We welcome guest columns on all sides of an issue. Include with your column your name, address, daytime telephone number, and a two-to-three line biography outlining your expertise related to this topic, and a color headshot of yourself. We reserve the right to edit for length, accuracy and clarity. Columns may be no more than 500 words. Deadline: Noon Friday for next Wednesday’s issue. E-mail: nesuburban@ Letters, columns and articles submitted to The Northeast Suburban Life may be published or distributed in print, electronic or other forms. trolled fee-for-service program. There is reason to believe that there is waste and inefficiency in our public education system as well. There is room for improvement, but it will not happen without bold changes through challenging the status quo. Thank you for your response and I do appreciate and take to heart your concern over my motives, attitude, and sincerity to be a part of the solution and not just point blame for the problems. I am planning to run in November for the school board and counting the cost in time, money and energy. I hope to make a difference there. Colleen Greissinger is a resident of Blue Ash.

POLITICALLY SPEAKING Reaction from local lawmakers to issues in the news:

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (ROhio) talks about the release of Ohio’s updated employment data: “While we’re starting to see some signs of improvement in Ohio’s economy, we still have over half a million Ohioans searching for jobs, with a large number of those out of work for more than six months, and an administration in Washington that doesn’t seem to understand that the best way to get our economy really moving is both sides

working together on pro-growth policies, not more spending, which has failed to create the jobs promised while further threatening our nation’s fiscal stability. “A year ago, the president said that we were in for a ‘Summer of recovery.’ Unfortunately, it wasn’t a ‘Summer of recovery,’ in fact it wasn’t a fall, winter, or spring of recovery and here we are a year later with unemployment at 9.1 percent nationally, instead of the 6.7 percent the president talked about a year ago.”

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, after the Bureau of Labor Statistics

reported that the unemployment rate jumped to 9.1 percent in May: “These numbers are discouraging. I just hope they serve as a wake-up call to the Obama Administration and those in Congress who refuse to move forward on common sense ideas to get the economy going and create jobs. “Not only is the unemployment rate going up again, but the number of long-term unemployed increased by 361,000 to 6.2 million Americans. These are families, not statistics, and we need to do all that we can to help get them back to work.”

A publication of Northeast Suburban Life Editor .Dick Maloney . . . . . .248-7134 Office hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday | See page A2 for additional contact information. 248-8600 | 394 Wards Corner Road, Loveland, Ohio 45140 | e-mail | Web site:

We d n e s d a y, J u l y

6, 2011






Faraway voices

The Sycamore Community Summer Singers is a group of 69 auditioned teen and adult singers living in the Sycamore community. The teens represent five different high schools in the area. Choral director Linda Gartner founded the group with the first summer European tour being in 2003. The group travels biennially throughout the continent, singing at a variety of beautiful settings. This year’s 11day tour, June 9-19, included France, Belgium and London, England. The choir sang in Paris, Normandy, Caen, Bruges, Brussels and London. Their “crown jewel” singing performance consisted of three a cappella pieces at the world famous St. Paul's Cathedral in London. Only one or two choirs are invited to sing there each month.

Taylor Bowling (left) and Sarah Birckhead, both Sycamore sophomores, enjoy the picturesque walkways that lead upward to the church atop Mont-Saint-Michel.

Jumping for joy at all the beauty of Brugges, Belgium, are, from elft: Sally Evans, Sarah Birckhead, Caroline Breshnahan and Laura Birckhead.

Taylor Bowling, a Sycamore High School sophomore, sings a soloist selection at the Sainte Bernadette church in Versailles.

Sycamore High School senior, Shaina Bahler, performed as a soloist Faure’s “Pie Jesu” at the Finistere Church in Bruxelles.

A whirling merry-go-round at the foot of the Eiffel Tower attracted multitudes of visitors.

Hugh McKinnon (left) and Andrew Callaway stand on Omaha beach where thousands of Americans died during the 1944 Allied invasion of Normandy. Near them lies the American Military Cemetery where the choir had just sung a program of patriotic music. After a picturesque walking tour, the full choir stopped to sing a few impromptu selections on this grand open square in Brugges, Belgium. A beautiful blue sky, sunny afternoon was perfect for a brief stop at the French coastal beach resort village of Fort-Mahon Plage. Jessica Stuart (left) and her sister, Stacey, outside one of the numerous and colorful seaside restaurants.

Inside the famous Palace of Versailles (France), the Sycamore Summer Singers are overwhelmed by the opulence of the Hall of Mirrors.

Chaperone Ruthanne Werner (left) of Blue Ash, enjoys the fully French atmosphere, especially the walk-around musicians Au Bistrot de la Montagne. The restaurant is near the Pantheon and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Experienced traveller Lee Pittman chats with friends to the right. Yum - Magnum bars! Laura Birckhead (left) and Rachel Handkins enjoy these European ice cream treats made with real Belgian chocolate. The group was making a bus stop at a highway food court called “Relay.”

Chaperones Charlie Dewey (left) and Victor Harris stand in awe of the wall-size memorial map of the 1944-45 Allied war operations in western Europe. The choir had just completed singing at the American Military Cemetery at Coleville-sur-Mer (Normandy campaign).

• More photos at or Montgomery, and in next week’s Northeast Suburban Life.

A tearful moment. Caroline Breshnahan (left) and Tony Birckhead lead the Sycamore Community Summer Singers in “America the Beautiful” at the WWII American Military Cemetery at Normandy, France.

A cold, wet and somber day was actually quite fitting for the Sycamore Community Summer Singers to perform patriotic music at the American Military Cemetery at the site of the Normandy Allied invasion of 1944-1945.

Waiting for escargot? These student choir members await a traditional French dinner. From left: Kal Heyn, Andrianna DiMasso, Giulia Mezzabotta, Jackie Rudich, Elizabeth Rosenberg, Emily Winchell and Jaye Goldschneider.

Beautiful statuary accents the awe inspiring towering stained glass windows at Sainte-Chapelle in Paris.


A cluster of choir members and chaperones contemplate their surroundings amid thousands of graves of Americans who died there on the Normandy beaches during the grand invasion of 1944.


Northeast Suburban Life

July 6, 2011


T H U R S D A Y, J U L Y 7


Blooms & Berries Farm Market, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Blooms & Berries Farm Market, 9669 S. Ohio 48, 513-697-9173; Loveland. The Market, 3 p.m.-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. 513-745-5685. Blue Ash.

Billy Rock Band, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Slatt’s Pub, 4858 Cooper Road, Late night food menu. Free. 513-791-2223. Blue Ash.


Blue Ash Concerts on the Square, 8 p.m. The Modulators perform eclectic rock., Blue Ash Towne Square, Cooper and Hunt roads, Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Free. Presented by Blue Ash Recreation Department. 513745-8550; Blue Ash.

For more about Greater Cincinnati’s dining, music, events, movies and more, go to


Dan Davidson, 8 p.m. $12. Ages 18 and up., 10:30 p.m. $12. Ages 18 and up., Go Bananas, 513-984-9288; Montgomery.

Montgomery Farmers’ Market, 9 a.m.12:30 p.m., Montgomery Elementary School, 9609 Montgomery Road, More than 20 vendors, including seven local growers. 513659-3465; Montgomery.



Dan Davidson, 8 p.m. $8, $4 college and military night. Ages 18 and up., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, 513-984-9288; Montgomery.

Same Time, Next Year, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, Doris and George, both married to others, meet by chance at a retreat and begin a love affair that lasts for a quarter century. They help each other through their separate crises, cajole the silliness, support the tragedies and succumb, happily, to the bliss of love one weekend a year. $17. Presented by Mariemont Players Inc.. Through July 24. 513-684-1236; Columbia Township.





Sonny’s Solo Blues, 7 p.m.-11 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, 513697-9705; Loveland.


Turner Farm, 2:30 p.m.-9 p.m., Turner Farm, 7400 Given Road, Working organic farm and educational center. May sell produce (varies each week) and eggs. Flower CSA, April through frost. $50 for 10 bouquets of 25 stems. Through Dec. 2. 513-561-7400; Indian Hill.


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.. 513-503-4262; Montgomery. F R I D A Y, J U L Y 8

DINING EVENTS Friday Night Grillouts, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Music by Katie Pritchard, vocals and acoustic guitar., Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road. Includes specialty, a la carte and children’s dinners. Music, fishing demonstrations and naturalist’s wildlife programs. $3.95$9.25; parking permit required. 513-7911663; Symmes Township. DRINK TASTINGS

Wine Bar Tasting, 4 p.m.-7 p.m., The Wine Store, 9905 Montgomery Road, Friday tastings with John, the wine-bar-keep. Fifty cents per taste. 513-984-9463; Montgomery.


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. 513-7840084. Silverton. Healthy-U Diabetes Self Management Program, 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Sycamore Senior Center, 4455 Carver Woods Drive, Six-week workshop for adults with diabetes to help manage their symptoms, improve their quality of life and save money on health care expenses. Free. Reservations required. 513-345-8628. Blue Ash.


Karaoke, 10 p.m., Silverton Cafe, 513-7912922. Silverton.


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. 513-791-1663; Symmes Township. S A T U R D A Y, J U L Y 9


Access’ Bootlegger’s Ball, 8:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m., Greenacres Arts Center, 8400 Blome Road, Gatsby-style soiree out of the pages of an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. Jazz band, Prohibition-inspired desserts, make-yourown-martini bar (with other drinks), croquet and Framester photo shoot. Ages 21 and up. Free. Registration required. Presented by Access: Social Events for Jewish Young Professionals Ages 21-35. 513373-0300; Indian Hill.


Adaptive Group Swim Lessons, 9 a.m.-11 a.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Small group lessons for non-traditional students taught by exploration, experimentation and discovery method. Family friendly. $10. Reservations required. 513-985-6742. Montgomery. High Style Flower Arranging, 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Weekly through Aug. 13., Peachy’s Floral Design School, 7400 Montgomery Road, Using flowers and herbs, learn basic principles of floral arranging and create beautiful centerpieces. University of Cincinnati Communiversity course. Ages 18 and up. $149. Registration required. Presented by Communiversity at UC. 513-556-6932. Silverton.

Ice Cream Social, 3 p.m. Annual car show features antique and classic cars as well as restored farming equipment., Bethel Murdoch Presbyterian Church, 9602 Murdoch Goshen Road, Includes homemade ice cream in eight flavors made in 5-gallon, old-fashioned Amish-built churns. 513-583-9676; Loveland. Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 201 Riverside Drive, 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. 513-683-5692; Loveland.


Dan Davidson, 8 p.m. $12. Ages 21 and up., 10:30 p.m. $12. Ages 21 and up., Go Bananas, 513-984-9288; Montgomery.


All-Night Fishing, 8 p.m., Lake Isabella, $16 for 24-hour permit, $9.75 for 12-hour 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. 513-791-1663; Symmes Township.


Garden Volunteers Needed, 6:30 a.m.11:30 a.m., Loveland Primary/Elementary School, 550 Loveland-Madeira Road, Working in vegetable/flower gardens, on nature trail and in orchard. What is done on particular day depends on current needs of gardens. Free. Reservations required. Presented by Granny’s Garden School. 513-324-2873; Loveland. S U N D A Y, J U L Y 1 0


John Kuhnell Silverton Train Station Museum, 2 p.m.-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. 513-936-6233. Silverton. Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, Free. 513-683-5692; Loveland.

PAVILION MEDICAL ASSOCIATES Dr. James Konerman & Staff are pleased to welcome

MICHELLE YEE LOUIS MD, F.A.C.P. Michelle Yee Louis MD brings to Pavilion Medical Associates more than 12 years of experience in Internal Medicine. She and Dr. Konerman work together, utilizing their extensive clinical experience in combination with exercise and nutritional supports, to assist patients in developing a healthier lifestyle and achieving better disease management. Pavilion Medical Associates is welcoming new patients. Dr. Konerman and Dr. Louis look forward to partnering in your care. They accept most insurance plans. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 513.346.5160. Pavilion Medical Associates James P. Konerman MD Michelle Yee Louis MD, F.A.C.P. 6200 Pfeiffer Road • Suite 330 Cincinnati, OH 45242 513.346.5160


Mariemont Players perform “Same Time, Next Year,” a comedy by Bernard Slade, at the Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, Friday, July 8 through July 24. This is the first of the six shows in the players’ 75th annivesary season. Doris and George, both married to others, meet by chance at a retreat and begin a love affair that lasts for a quarter century. Performances will be at 8 p.m. July 7 (preview), July 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21 and 22; at 7 p.m. July 10; at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. July 17; at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. July 23; and at 2 p.m. July 24. For more information or to order tickets call 513-684-1236. All seats are reserved and cost $17 each; non-reserved seats for the preview only are $10 each. Pictured are Katey Blood-Rebholz as Doris and Eric Day as George.


Dan Davidson, 8 p.m. $8, $4 bar and restaurant employee appreciation night. Ages 18 and up., Go Bananas, 513-984-9288; Montgomery. M O N D A Y, J U L Y 1 1

CIVIC Free Computer and TV Recycling DropOff, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 2trg, Free. 513-9467766; Blue Ash. FARMERS MARKET

Blooms & Berries Farm Market, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Blooms & Berries Farm Market, 513697-9173; Loveland.

About calendar

To submit calendar items, go to “” and click on “Share!” Send digital photos to “” along with event information. Items are printed on a space-available basis with local events taking precedence. Deadline is two weeks before publication date. To find more calendar events, go to “” and choose from a menu of items in the Entertainment section on the main page.


Farmers Market, 4 p.m.-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. 513-7459100; email; Kenwood.


Balance and Fall Prevention Screening, 10 a.m.-noon, Cincinnati Sports Club, 3950 Red Bank Road, Brief history and exam designed to troubleshoot and modify activities and exercise programs. Free. Reservations required. Presented by Christ Hospital Physical Therapy. 513-527-4000. Fairfax. Why Can’t I Sleep? Tactics and Resources for a Restful Sleep, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Continues July 18, July 25 and Aug. 11., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Four-session speaker series on solving sleeping issues. Ages 18 and up. $60, $30 members for series. Reservations required. 513-985-6722. Montgomery.

Loveland Farmers’ Market, 3 p.m.-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.; Loveland.



Blue Ash Recreation Swim Registration, 9 a.m. Session 2. Daily through July 22. With rain dates July 25 & 26. Adults and toddlers. Fee $40., Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road, Presented by City of Blue Ash. 513-745-8550; Blue Ash.

W E D N E S D A Y, J U L Y 1 3


Network Security 3.0: Raising Your Information Security Knowledge, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Full Service Networking, 9987 Carver Road, Learn about latest in network security threats. Email for more information. Free. Registration required. 513-782-4200, ext. 623; Blue Ash.


Blue Ash Concert in the Park, 7 p.m. Music by Frank Simon Band., Blue Ash Amphitheatre, 4433 Cooper Road, Concessions available. Bring seating. Free. Presented by Blue Ash Recreation Department. 513-745-8550; Blue Ash.

Farmers Market, 1 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Sycamore Senior Center, 4455 Carver Woods Drive, Fresh produce from Wilfert Farms. Sycamore Senior Center members receive discount on purchases. 513-686-1010; Blue Ash.


Funniest Person in Cincinnati Contest, 8 p.m. Semi Finals., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, Aspiring comedians perform. Amateur and semi-pro categories. Ages 18 and up. $5. Reservations required. 513-984-9288; Montgomery.


Open Sand Volleyball, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $15, free for members. 513-985-6722. Montgomery.


Blue Ash Tiny Trackers Camp, 9 a.m.-noon Daily through July 15., Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road, Structured activities, play time and a daily drink and snack. Stress-free environment. Ages 4-5. $50 a session. Registration required. Presented by City of Blue Ash. 513-745-8550; Blue Ash. Blue Ash Adventure Excursion Camp, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Daily through July 14. Overnight: July 13 through July 15, 6 p.m.9:30 a.m., Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road, Outdoor challenges including a ropes course, group games, activities and an overnight outing in park. Ages 12-14. $100. Registration required. Presented by City of Blue Ash. 513-745-8550; Blue Ash. T U E S D A Y, J U L Y 1 2

CIVIC Free Computer and TV Recycling DropOff, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 2trg, Free. 513-9467766; Blue Ash. DINING EVENTS

Half Price Pints, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Stone Creek Dining Company, 9386 Montgomery Road, 513-489-1444. Montgomery.


The Goo Goo Dolls come to the PNC Pavilion at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 13. Guest is Michelle Branch. Tickets are $63, $51 and $33, plus fees. There will be a free pre show cookout. Visit or call 800-745-3000.


July 6, 2011

Northeast Suburban Life


Just you and me and our furry baby makes three At bedtime one night recently, my husband Tom said, “Not tonight Sweetie, I have a headache.” And he wasn’t referring to what you might think; he was referring to our dog Nosey sleeping on the bed. Now, we discussed where pets should sleep a few columns back, but haven’t addressed what pet ownership can mean to fledgling romantic relationships. When I was single and lived in a condo, I had a white teddy bear hamster named Squeaker Snow. He was the perfect single-girl pet. To make a long story short, my co-workers and I began a running joke about things like the martinis that Squeak was going to have waiting for me when I got home from work, what Squeak and I were going to have for dinner or what Squeak and I were going to do that weekend.

It was all great, giggly fun. At the same time there was a man I fancied who Marsie Hall worked in Newbold another diviMarsie’s sion of the Menagerie company. W e seemed to have a mutual attraction, but he never asked me out. One day, we were having lunch together in the break room. “So, how long have you been married?” he asked, conversationally. I was surprised. “I’m not married,” I replied, “Where did you get that idea?” “Well, I always hear you talking about Squeak, so I just assumed,” he trailed off. You should have seen the look on his face when I explained that my “hus-


Being on the same page when it comes to pets can keep a relationship strong. Here, Marsie and Tom share some quality time with Nosey. band” was in fact, an albino rodent. So, needless to say I know firsthand how pets can come between two consenting adults. Doris Marks Callis of Mount Lookout also does. “I was unmarried and looking for three years,” she says. “I dated tons, but could never find someone who would embrace my zoo of three dogs and two cats. I was not willing to settle for someone who merely tolerated them like the guy who said, ‘Sorry Babe, I’m just

not a pet lover.’ “My pets are like children to me,” she explains. “So, I came up with a simple hurdle, I would only get married if I met someone I would rather wake up next to than my dog, Nancy.” It took some time, then she met “The Guy,” Marc. He was a kindred soul who owned a dog named Elvis to whom he was very attached. Now she wakes up next to him and Nancy and they all slept together happily until Elvis ran away. Jenny Durbin of Silverton is still miffed over one of her experiences. “I was dating a doctor,” she says, “And it was going really well until my puppy licked his hand and he freaked! ‘Is there a place where I can wash up?’ he asked holding his hand like it was on fire.” “Yes, your house,” I said. “It’s really hard to believe his reaction consid-

cle,” she said. Hugentobler went back to the store that sold her the tires. “We got them inspected and they said the tires were fine. I would hope they’d be fine. When there are only 26,000, 27,000 miles on a tire you would hope they were fine, that they would last longer.” Hugentobler said she’s not sure what to do. One shop says she needs new tires. The other shop says the tires are perfectly fine. All she wants is to be safe. So I checked her tires and found two were made in 2007, and the other two were made in 2008. You can determine the age of the tire by checking the tire identification number on the sidewall of the tire. It begins with the letters “DOT,” and the last four digits state the week and then the year in which the tire was manufactured. Federal regulators say the effects of aging may not be visible on a tire, but the

age does matter. Hugentobler said, “I was pretty upset that they did that. The put two-year-old tires on an SUV that could destroy it if the tire went out.” The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said tires tend to last about six years from the date of manufacture, so Hugentobler should have a few years left on her tires. NHTSA said tire degradation occurs over time, mostly from chemical reactions. Generally, it said, your tire tread will wear out before aging becomes a concern – unless they were old when they were first put on your vehicle. However, spare tires are prone to aging problems because they are not generally rotated onto your car. They stay unused until needed and, depending on how long that is, when you do need them they may be hazardous – even if there is a lot of tread remaining. So, it’s not the tread you need to check on your spare

know. She has been happily married for 13 years and her counsel is, “Make sure you are both on the same page about animals before you bring one home. Your pet, your relationships and ultimately your marriage will thank you!” For more pet care tips, visit If you have any ideas for future stories please contact Marsie Hall Newbold at

July 8, 9, 10, 2011 FREE Parking & Shuttle

Admission $2 Kiddie Land Ride pass Sunday -

How ‘new’ are the new tires you just bought? The next time you buy new tires you need to do more than figure out which brand to buy, you need to make sure the tires you get are really new. That’s right, there’s a chance the tires you buy could have been sitting on a store shelf for years before being put on your vehicle. Kristin Hugentobler of Fairfield said she never gave it a second thought when she bought a set of tires for her SUV back in 2009. “They just put them on and we paid them. We got a good deal out of it and we assumed it was a good deal,” she said. So, Hugentobler said she was very surprised when she got her vehicle inspected recently. “He checked the tires and said the tires are dry rotted and to have them replaced before the fall. … He also showed me the manufacture date – they sat on the shelf for approximately two years before they put them on our vehi-

ering when we met it was at a nursery and I had a 20pound bag of manure on my shoulder. Right next to my head!” she giggles. Well, if dog slobber, pee or poop were poison, Jenny and I agree, we both would have been dead long ago; so Doctor Man probably didn’t assume room temperature because of his “injury.” My friend, Mona Bronson-Fuqua of Westwood, is one of the wisest people I

tire, but the date it was manufact u r e d because Howard aging can Ain impair the structural Hey integrity of Howard! the tire. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRCTV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

All you can ride 1-5 pm $15 $

WIN 24,000 Tickets $50 each! Only 5,000 tickets sold!

Sponsors: Bahmann Foundation, Cargill Flavors,

Everdry Waterproofing, Omni Fireproofing Co., LLC, Vi-Cas Mfg. Co., Western & Southern Financial Fund.


Adult Day Program


Being a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia can be a very rewarding, yet challenging job. The goal of the Adult Day Program at Legacy Court is to help create a support network which allows those affected with memory loss to enjoy life on their own terms, and allows caregivers the peace of mind to attend to everyday life.

Call us today to see how the Adult Day Program can add balance and peace of mind to your life. (513) 457-4209 Monday through Friday 7AM to 7PM $

65 per day

(includes 2 meals per day)

Legacy Court Purposeful activities, socialization & companionship are provided for our adult day participants in the secure environment at Legacy Court. Peace of mind is provided to our caregivers, knowing your loved one is engaged and cared for by the qualified, loving staff of Legacy Court.

From east to west, north and south, whatever community you’re in, we know you love your local pizza place, have your favorite beauty salon, and won’t miss your favorite local festival. Now you can show all of your favorites how much you love them by voting for them in the 2011 Community Choice Awards!

Vote online at: Voting starts June 29th and ends at midnight July 17.


Independent Living | Assisted Living Memory Care | Rehabilitation Skilled Nursing | Adult Day Programs 230 West Galbraith Road | Cincinnati, OH 45215 (513) (513)948-2308 457-4209 |

Everyone who votes is entered into a drawing to

win a $250 gift card!

No purchase necessary. Must be a resident of Ohio, Kentucky or Indiana who is 18 years or older to enter. Deadline to enter is 7/17/11 at 11:59 p.m. Winner will be selected randomly. One sweepstakes entry per person. For a complete list of rules go to: communitychoice or visit The Enquirer Customer Service Center, 312 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202 during regular business hours.


Northeast Suburban Life


July 6, 2011

Grandkids ‘eyeing’ new potatoes in the garden When I was 11⠄2 pounds eye of tilling the garden round beef roast, the other day, I tied accidentally tilled Small new potaup some potatoes. toes, 1 to 11⠄2 pounds They were tiny, of Shallots: about a course, but darned pound, peeled, cute and fit nicely trimmed and cut in around an eye of half lengthwise Rita round roast beef Olive oil Heikenfeld that I made for Garlic powder dinner. Salt and pepper Rita’s kitchen I must have missed picking up Preheat oven to some, though, because 400 degrees. Toss potatoes granddaughter, Eva, found and shallots with a small two more when she was amount of oil and add salt helping hoe the rows. and pepper and a bit of garShe was excited to find lic powder to them. Pour potatoes so soon (it’s onto rimmed baking sheet always a contest when the or roasting pan. grandkids dig potatoes to Rub roast with a bit of oil see who can find them first, and season with salt, pepper so Eva won by default this and garlic powder (not too year). much garlic powder) and She insisted we fry them, place in center of baking unpeeled and sliced, along- sheet or pan. side her morning eggs. That Surround with veggies. was fine with me as pota- Roast, tossing veggies occatoes have lots of potassium sionally, until beef registers and vitamin C. 130 degrees for medium rare, about 50 to 60 minutes or so. Roast beef with new Let meat rest, loosely potatoes and shallots covered with foil, about 10 Sunday dinner! minutes. Serves four.

Gilding the lily: Toss potatoes and shallots with 2-3 tablespoons minced rosemary along with the other seasonings..


Like Marzetti’s slaw dressing

Cream cheese topping:


â „3 cup water 1 pint berries 1 â „2 cup sugar 2 tablespoons each: cornstarch and butter 3 oz. cream cheese, room temperature 2 tablespoons butter, softened 11â „2 teaspoons vanilla 1 cup powdered

For Frances Ridge. I’ve made this for years and it’s a really COURTESY RITA HEIKENFELD good dressing. Rita’s clone for Marzetti slaw dressing is equally good Now it’s a little on salads as it is with cabbage. thinner than sugar Marzetti’s (they use xanthan gum which helps make Mini berry tarts Bring water, berries, it thick, creamy and stable) What few black raspberbut it’s made with common ries we have this year will sugar, cornstarch and 2 ingredients you probably be made into a nice filling tablespoons butter to a boil. have on hand. for tarts, since I don’t have Boil one minute, stirring I just whipped up a batch enough to make a batch of constantly. Remove from heat and let cool. today and served it over a jam. Stir together cream fresh tomato salad with I think I pruned the canes green onions from the gar- back too far in early spring. cheese, 2 tablespoons butden. Yum! As my husband Frank likes ter, vanilla and powdered to say, “I can tell you sugar. Spoon filling into tart Whisk together: shells and top with dollop of weren’t raised on a farm!� 1 cup mayonnaise cream cheese mixture. 1 ⠄3 cup sugar 1 package phyllo tart Makes 15 to 20 tarts. 2 3 tablespoons cider shells, thawed or make your Tips from Rita’s vinegar own pie shells in mini-muf- kitchen: The filling makes 1 scant tablespoon Dijon fin tins with homemade or a good topping, served or regular mustard warm, over ice cream. store-bought pie crust

Homemade shower gel

This is fun for the kids to make and just may encourage them to take a bath! I like to make this with the little ones when they start with the “I’m bored – there’s nothing to do� lament. 3

â „4 cup distilled water â „4 cup unscented shampoo 1 teaspoon salt Essential oil for scenting (opt.) Food coloring (opt.) 1

Heat water and shampoo over low heat until shampoo is completely liquefied. Add salt and stir until well blended and thickened. Stir in food coloring and essential oil, as many drops as you like. Don’t go too heavy on the coloring. Let cool. Pour into squeeze bottle or jar. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen� in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

" $    !

!%& #  $#              

4/3 97 43 91< 8. ,46 ' )440498 43 8.+ "89*+38 +38+6 1';3 ,4114;+* (< = 3 )'*+2/)  "89*+38 "+6:/)+7 (64;7/3- ,'/6 = *2/77/437 /3'3)/'1 /*  "89*+38 /,+ /3,4 7+77/437 =  )'2597 8496 ;/8. 789*+38 '2('77'*467

#4 !"%  )'11 8.+ >)+ 4, *2/77/437


46 :/7/8



"#  #  #"  &!   ! 


PERSON 2 PERSON Gardiner hosting television show By Amanda Hopkins

A Deer Park resident is the host of a new show called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cincy Entertainment.â&#x20AC;? Marcy Gardiner hosts a 30-minute entertainment, news and variety television series being pitched to the local networks in the Cincinnati area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love the diversity that Cincinnati has always offered both residents and guests alike. We have created a positive project that not only highlights local entertainment, but also local business, which could help boost commerce in our

area,â&#x20AC;? Gardiner said in a press release. The show highlights entertainment and other aspects of the city. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cincy Entertainmentâ&#x20AC;? crew has spent the past six months filming all over the Tristate and compiling footage of live performances, interviews, and events for the program. The pilot was aired June 9 at the Art of Entertaining on Madison Road. The show is being pitched to local television networks for airtime. Cincy Entertainment is collaborating with area businesses, venues and artists, and earned support

across the Tristate from o r g a n i z a - Gardiner tions such as The Cincinnati Zoo, Know Theatre of Cincinnati, Go Bananas Comedy Club, Duke Energy Convention Center, The Redmoor, Jefferson Hall and the American Sign Museum. To learn more about the show, visit The show can also be found on Youtube, Vimeo, Itunes, Blip TV, Internet Film Archive, Facebook and Twitter.

A: Their concern is understandable. Many people that call us express the same concern, and have a right to know the qualiďŹ cations. Cambridge Home Health Care takes hiring quality staff very seriously. We have the following requirements: previous health care experience in a hospital, nursing home or home care agency, positive reference checks, state-required background check and written tests prior to hiring. All of our staff are supervised by a Registered Nurse. In addition, we always keep in mind the question, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Is this someone I would want taking care of my loved one?â&#x20AC;? If the above requirements are met, we then proceed with orientation of policies and procedures and positive completion of our skills testing. Before start of care, we offer to meet with family that may be considering receiving services. That way, they have a chance to â&#x20AC;&#x153;interview the agencyâ&#x20AC;? and should they then decide to use our service, we are able to select the appropriate person(s) needed and match needs and personality.

513-793-4555 or 1-800-440-7894 When you call, please ask about our guarantee CE-0000466978

Northeast Suburban Life

Beginning July 8, adults with diabetes and their caregivers can attend a workshop to help manage their symptoms, improve their quality of life and save money on health care expenses. The Healthy-U Diabetes Self-Management Program (Healthy-U) will be offered at the Sycamore Senior Center in Blue Ash. Registration is required: call Birdie Wickerham at 513-345-8628. The program is 9 a.m. to

11:30 a.m. Friday, July 8, at the center, 4455 Carver Drive. Since last August, Council on Aging has been partnering with organizations throughout southwest Ohio to offer Healthy-U workshops that help adults and caregivers better manage their chronic disease symptoms. The workshops are led by trained facilitators. Participants meet for 2.5 hours, once a week for six weeks,

and learn simple ways to control their symptoms, including healthy eating diet and exercise; problem solving; preventing complications; using medications correctly; and better communication with family members, friends and health care providers. For information or to register for the Healthy-U Diabetes Self-Management Program at Sycamore Senior Center, call Birdie Wickerahm at 513-345-9628.

Proudly Honoring Our Veterans



It has been our privilege to care for honored veterans and those they served. Our individualized programs oďŹ&#x20AC;er Physical, Occupational and Speech therapy for patients in need of short-term rehabilitation or post-hospital care. Call us or go online to learn more.

â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘

Daniel and Paula Harmon of Blue Ash are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter Allyson Elizabeth to James Vincent Falk, son of Michael and Mariann Falk of Twinsburg, Ohio. The couple was united in marriage on May 28, 2011 at St. Francis deSales Catholic Church, East Walnut Hills. Cocktails were held in the courtyard followed by dinner at the Cincinnati Art Museum in Eden Park. The bride is a 2004 graduate of Sycamore High School and a 2009 graduate of Xavier University with a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy. She is currently working at Summa Healthcare in Akron, Ohio. The groom graduated from The Ohio State University in 2008 with a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has completed his third year of medical school at the Northeast Ohio College of Medicine. The newlyweds will honeymoon in San Francisco, Yosemite and Napa Valley. They reside in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

13 bed full service rehab center Physical, occupational & speech therapy Dine and recover with other rehab patients Separate entrance to rehab area Dedicated staff with many years of service

30 years

S e m H av e n

C e l e b r at i n g

Phone 513-248-1270 â&#x20AC;˘ SEMHAVEN.ORG â&#x20AC;˘ Milford OH 45150


smashburger locations

now open! Sterling Silver charms from $25

Blue Ash 4752 Cornell Road

(at Reed Hartman Highway)

Cincinnati, Ohio 45242 513.376.7565 7598 Cox Road I-75 and Tylersville Road

Experience :

(Across from Voice of America Shopping Center)

West Chester, OH 45069 513.847.4840







Diabetes workshop in July at Sycamore Senior Center

Nurseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Notes Q: My parents are nervous about having someone help them in their home with things like bathing, laundry and shopping but they really do need Nancy Diller-Shively, RN Chairman & Founder the assistance. What qualiďŹ cations do you have for choosing your staff?

July 6, 2011 Š 2010 Smashburger Master LLC. All rights reserved. SmashburgerŽ, Smash. Sizzle. Savor.Ž, the concentric oval design, and related trademarks are the property of Icon Burger Development Company LLC SB_OH_NowOpen_Ad_0611

3 0

y e a r s



Northeast Suburban Life

July 6, 2011

Misunderstood 4-H members By Hannah Capannari | 4-H member

4-H (Head, Heart, Hands, and Health): Is it just cows and chickens or is there more to it? I attended the National 4-H Congress back in November. While I was riding in an elevator with a friend, two men entered the elevator. They asked us if we were at a teen conference or something. We told them we were at the National 4-H Congress. They said: “Oh, that cow and pig program” and got off the elevator. My friend and I felt insulted, but that wasn’t the first time either of us had that kind of thing happen. There is so much more to 4-H and its members than cows and chickens, but there are many misconceptions. Many people hear 4-H and think farm animals when really they should think young leaders. 4-H creates leaders by helping members build the skills necessary for leadership and giving them responsibility. 4-H members are young, strong, confident leaders who are respectful, know where they want to go, and will work hard to get there. They are responsible, driven, and

determined; these qualities set them apart from the crowd. The Hamilton County Fair 2010 Rules and Regulations Book defines 4-H in Ohio as “an experiential, educational, development program of the Ohio State University Extension and Development and is open to all youth ages 5-18. The 4-H philosophy is to strengthen youth’s mental, physical, moral, and social development, therefore helping develop more desirable citizens and leaders. The development of boys and girls occurs through participation in projects, events, and various educational competitive activities.” 4-H teaches youth to be respect- Hannah Capannari ful of other people and other ideas. each other or the ideas that are preTeenage 4-H members have the sented. opportunity to become 4-H camp Another way 4-H members learn counselors. Camp counselors are to be respectful is through particiinvolved in the pre-camp organiza- pating in competitions. When a 4-H tion and planning of activities for member takes an animal project, camp. During camp they are they show their animal at the counexpected to keep the campers safe ty fair. as well as oversee activities. During a competition a 4-H At camp counselor training member needs to be respectful of where the counselors plan the the judge at all times even if they camp, they have to be able to step don’t agree with the judge. This can up and lead committees or work be one of the hardest things for a together as a team. Either way they always have to be respectful of See MISUNDERSTOOD on page B7

After School Programs offer great opportunities

Are you looking for an opportunity to expand your students’ opportunities for learning? The Ohio State University Extension-Hamilton County provides programming that is exciting, engaging, and standardsbased. OSU extension provides innovative, research-based, state content standards correlated programming that teaches through hands-on learning experiences, allowing students to learn by doing.

4-H after school programs keep children engaged while challenging them to grow and become successful socially, emotionally, physically, and academically. We have programs in Environmental Science, Money Management, Healthy Living, General Science, Wildlife, Farming, and more! All are adaptable for any developmental level and any size group up to 30 students with only a nominal fee for each session or for the entire program.



Practice of Large & Small Animals

Michael A. Frederick, D.V.M. Robert C. Rosing, D.V.M. Peter J. Linko, D.V.M.

Environmental Science

This program helps students learn about how to take care of our planet, planting trees, and how we can monitor our streams to see a picture of our environmental health in our local area.

Wacky Science

This program covers topics such as why bubbles form, making air do work, making things go boom, why rockets fly, and how things go from solid to liquid to gas and back again!

Real Money, Real World

This is a signature OSU program that makes youth aware of the financial skills needed to be successful in the Real World! It features a real life simulation where students must make lifestyle and budgeting decisions. They learn the correlation between education and earning power, and how occupational choices affect income. Stu-

dents also learn about using bank accounts and how the effects of paycheck deductions and taxes impact their budgets.

Chick Quest

This program covers all the standards and indicators for third grade math and science! By watching the miracle of life unfold before them in the development of an egg, students have the opportunity to learn science, math, health, language arts, art, geography and cultural awareness. Other programming choices include, Green Thumb Club, Pumpkin Science, Wildlife, Making Cents of It, Sewing Fun, Dairy Fun, For Your Infarmation, Stepping Out, Healthy Divas, Auto B Good, and Bullying. If you have specific needs that don’t fit into a program mentioned, let us tailor a program to fit your needs! Contact Steve Carson, 4-H Program Coordinator, at 513-946-8984 or for more information.

Meeting schools’ life skills gap for youth In Hamilton County 4-H, Cincinnati kids learn important life skills, like cooking, planning a nutritious menu, being a savvy consumer, managing money, and sewing. Historically taught in schools, these subjects have been almost completely eliminated from middle and high schools due to budget cuts (with the exception of very basic economics, which is being re-integrated). In 4-H, youth who take Food & Nutrition projects learn about nutrition, planning balanced menus, balancing eating and exercise, and how to prepare healthy meals and snacks. They are able to demonstrate this knowledge at their 4-H club meetings and every summer at the fair. At the 4-H Community Fair, each youth who takes the same project competes against the others to see who did the best job. Every 4-H youth is interviewed by an adult judge about their project, what they leaned, and how they worked through problems. In addition to the interview, they show the judge a food they have prepared as part of their project. Finally, youth have the opportunity to participate in the annual “4-H Youth Bake-Off.” At this event, each youth brings all the ingredients and tools they need to prepare a preselected recipe. All youth prepares the recipe at the same time, while being observed by a judge. They are evaluated on how well they prepare the recipe – cleanliness, accurate measuring, following directions, etc., and on how their food product tastes and looks when it comes out of the oven! Youth who take Clothing & Textiles projects learn about clothing, fashion, taking care of clothing, making new clothes and accessories, and smart shopping on a budget, just to name a

Best of Luck to all 4-H Participants

few! Just like with the food projects, youth demonstrate new skills and teach others at their 4-H club meetings. They also have the opportunity to attend several sewing clinics each year. These clinics are a few hours or even an overnight event where young seamstresses and tailors learn new skills, make fun projects, and meet other youth with similar interests. At the 4-H Community Fair, youth who sew also participate in project judging. They have an individual interview with a judge who asks questions about what they learned, how they selected their project, and how they approached each step and worked through problems. The judge also evaluates the clothing or accessory that the youth made. They look for how well the item was constructed. The top projects for each project book receive ribbons. After judging, youth participate in the Style Revue. This is a fashion show where each youth models the garment he/she made. The Style Revue is a chance for youth to wear their work proudly and to develop self-confidence, poise, and presentation skills. This year’s 4-H Community Fair will be held July 10-14 at Stricker’s Grove in Hamilton (11490 Hamilton-Cleves Road). Complete details can be found at hamilton4hcf. The 4-H Youth Bake Off will be Sunday, July 10 at 6 p.m., and the Style Revue will be Wednesday, July 13 at 6 p.m. This is a great time to bring youth in your life who might be interested in or benefit from 4-H. Give them a taste of what 4-H is all about and come meet other 4-H families. Don’t miss this chance to help the youth in your life develop leadership and citizenship while learning important creative skills!

BUD HERBERT MOTORS Complete Line of Power Lawn & Garden Equipment Sales • Service • Parts

Office Hours By Appointment Telephone: (513) 353-1229


5990 State Route 128 (1/4 mile South I-74) Cleves, OH 45002



Hamilton County Storm Water District


4050 Spring Grove Avenue Cincinnati, Ohio 45223 Phone (513) 541-3290 Fax (513) 541-0960

July 6, 2011


Once upon a time: A 4-H experience

Misunderstood Continued from B6

4-H member to learn. It’s important for the members to exhibit good sportsmanship. 4-H members are responsible and hardworking. 4-H instills strength, independence, and confidence in youth. One of the ways these skills are built is through 4-H projects. These projects range from cows and chickens to shooting sports, small engines, creative arts, clowning, cooking, sewing, natural resources, and more. The 4-H member picks whichever project or projects interest them. The projects are designed to be completed independently with little help from others. This process of completing Project Judging builds confidence especially when it is repeated over the years. However sometimes things don’t go as well as the 4-H member hoped. This presents them with an opportunity to grow and realize that just because they didn’t win it doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be proud of what they accomplished. 4-H members can learn as much from losing as they can from winning and they develop the strength to keep moving toward their goals. Another way 4-H instills independence and confidence is through international hosting and traveling opportunities with the 4-H International Program. A 4-H family can host a foreign exchange student or 4-H members can travel to Japan, Australia, Costa Rica, Norway, Finland, or Argentina. 4-H members are driven and determined when it comes to competition and goal setting. They like to win and they have a drive that is not usually seen in schools. 4-H gives its members choices. Each member chooses what project they want to do and because they want to do it they have the drive and determination to do it well! While many people still hear 4-H and think cows and chickens, more and more people are realizing that 4-H members are really young leaders. Young leaders who are confident talking to people; who have learned to be responsible for themselves, their animals, and other people; and who have learned to set goals and achieve them. They are respectful of other people and other ideas. The leadership skills of 4-H members set them apart from the crowd. The 4-H Pledge sums up the 4-H philosophy: I pledge my Head to clearer thinking, my Heart to greater loyalty, my Hands to larger service, and my Health to better living, for my club, my community, my country, and my world. 4-H: It’s not just cows and chickens, it’s young leaders.

Northeast Suburban Life

By Avery Slusher | 4-H member

Avery Slusher and Sapphire

Once upon a time, a 9-yearold girl was so excited to be an actual 4-H member. As a Cloverbud, she hadn’t been able to show an animal at the fair. She had chickens and really wanted to show them. Now she could! She studied everything she needed to know about chickens and practiced showmanship with her favorite chicken, Sapphire. Then the fair was finally here! She brought her chicken to the poultry barn and made her comfortable with hay, water, food, and Sapphire’s favorite treats. She put a picture of her holding

Sapphire on the cage so Sapphire wouldn’t miss her. The next morning, it was her turn to compete in the Poultry Show! She was nervous, but couldn’t wait to show everything that she’d learned, especially because she was a city girl and not everyone expected her to be able to know these things. But she loved animals, knew how to care for them. As she was waiting for her class, all of a sudden, “Spwack!” She looked down and saw that Sapphire had just pooped on her jeans! A super big poop! She realized that her chicken must be just as nervous as she was. She whispered, “Don’t be scared. I’m with you,” into Sap-

phire’s ear. Her mom giggled and helped her hose it off and it wasn’t a moment too soon. It was her turn to show. She was ready and Sapphire was too! She followed the judge’s directions and answered all of his questions perfectly. The judge announced, “Reserve goes to …” her! He called her name! Then the fair queen handed her a huge trophy and red ribbon. The little girl walked out of the ring with the biggest smile you’ve ever seen! It was something she would never forget. But, do you want to know the best part of this memory story? I’m the little girl and this best 4-H memory ever is mine!

Children learn to balance budgets, meet responsibilities

In Hamilton County 4-H, Cincinnati kids learn important life skills, like how to manage their finances, make a budget, balance a checkbook, and be a smart consumer. In 4-H clubs, youth have the opportunity to take four different ageappropriate personal finance projects. Youth learn about making a budget, record keeping, goal setting, communicating about money, credit, banking, advertising, and becoming a smart con-

sumer. They are able to demonstrate this knowledge at their 4-H club meetings and every summer at the fair. At the 4-H Community Fair, each youth who takes the same project competes against the others to see who did the best job. 4-H also goes into schools to do group money management programs for an entire grade level or for an individual classroom. For older youth, our most popular program is called Real

Money, Real World. It is an active, hands-on experience that gives young people the opportunity to make lifestyle and budget choices similar to those they will make as adults. The highlight of the program is a simulation, where students assume the role of a 25-year-old adult who must support a family. They have a job, a monthly salary, and the number of children they are raising. Students learn to subtract savings, taxes, and health insurance

amounts from their income. The amount of money left over is what they have to spend during the simulation activity. At the simulation, students must visit stations representing real-life businesses. Throughout the activity, students keep track of their finances and attempt to complete the simulation with a positive balance. For younger youth, our most popular program is called Making Cents of It. In this program, students

The Cincinnati Herald is proud to be a sponsor of the Hamilton County 4H Community Fair!

“News you can’t get anywhere else!” CE-0000467608

learn how to recognize and count cash and coins, as well as how to make change. They also learn the history of money, the difference between wants and needs, and how to make a financial goal and save for it. Money management has never been a more important skill for people of all ages than it is today. For more information about 4-H money management programs, please contact Betsy DeMatteo at

Northeast Suburban Life



July 6, 2011


BIRTHS | DEATHS | POLICE | Editor Dick Maloney | | 248-7134


Frederick Ertel

Frederick Ertel, 87, of Symmes Township died June 26. Survived by wife Catherine (nee Reeves) Ertel; sons Joe (Suzette) Ertel and David Ertel; daughters Jane (Dan) Zimmerman, Barbara Phillips and Susan Antoun; brother, Larry Ertel; sister, Donna Hart; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by parents Fred and Grace (nee McInt) Ertel; and brother, Earl Ertel. Services are private. Memorials

to: Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263.

Clifford Schatzman

Clifford Schatzman, 78, of Camp Dennison died June 22. Survived by children Cliff Jr, Craig (Robyn) and Judy Schatzman; grandchildren Samantha, Craig Jr., Paige and Jacob Schatzman and Jason and Michael Hopkins; and siblings Richard, Anne, Ruby, Norman and Loretta. Preceded in death by wife, Irene

Idalia Ave.: Fluker Sherry Lynn to Moore Cheryl D.; $3,330. 5231 Belleview Ave.: Farnham John L. III to Lund Jeffrey K.; $170,000.


12059 Cooperwood Lane: Bock Dennis Darrell & Joan to Wegener Matthias; $480,000. 7465 Baywind Drive: Dowdall Jennifer P. & Mark P. to Brenkert Timothy E.; $332,500.

7715 Shadowhill Way: Fifth Third Bank to Michele Stanley Homes LLC; $204,500. 8892 Castleford Lane: Stubbins Christine U. to Emery Amy L.; $265,000. 9740 Zig Zag Road: Reber Robert G. Tr to Kehoe Kimberly S.; $230,500.


1934 Chaucer Drive: Federal National Mortgage Association to Heritage Capital Resource; $3,800. 3839 Mantell Ave.: Shelton Eunice M. to Land Debra M.; $98,500. 4455 Emerald Ave.: Bobka Alan M. & Darlene A. to Fifth Third Mortgage; $48,000. 4649 Orchard Lane: JLT Investments LLC to Falcone John; $179,000. 8825 Tulipwood Court: Bosco Christopher R. & Emily E. to Mack Kristen; $332,150.


Basic obituary information and a color photograph of your loved one is published without charge. Call 248-7134 for a submission form. To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 242-4000 for pricing details.


Schatzman. Services were June 30 at CraverRiggs Funeral Home and Crematory, Milford. Memorials to: the American Heart Association, 5211 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227.


Humphrey Road: Johnston Parke B. & Mary M. to Land Resource LLC; $70,000. Johnston Lane: Johnston Parke B. & Mary M. to Land Resource LLC; $70,000. Loveland Trace Court: Mckinney Developers LLC to Two G. Holdings LLC; $100,000. Loveland Trace Court: Mckinney Developers LLC to Two G. Holdings LLC; $100,000. 11942 Riveroaks Drive: Henry Jerry K. & Jennifer A. to Julian Dominc J.; $328,000. 11969 Carrington Court: Hutchens Kelli A. to Nagendra Doddaballapur; $270,000. 9246 Witherbone Court: Spatz Kristin M. to Gansle Kristina; $418,000. 9830 Union Cemetery Road: Metzger Mark D. & Traci L. to Schymanski Meghan; $150,000. 9925 Stonebridge Drive: Slack Jay P. & Delane B. to Ross Ronald Douglas; $215,750.

Diane Weatherspoon, 51, 5904 Cary Ave. apartment 3, petty theft at 4150 Hunt Road, June 23. Katherine G. Burton, 23, 7373 Elizabeth St. apartment 10, theft of drugs at 4630 Creek Road apartment 233, June 27. Kelly Doherty, 18, 1190 Alwil Drive, possession drug paraphernalia, drug possession at Ramp from Hunt Road to westbound Ohio 126, June 21. John Daryl Dempsey, 34, 2316 Victor St., possession drug paraphernalia, traffic warrant, drug possession at 5887 Cornell Road, June 23. Justin M. Forbes, 31, 502 East, open container prohibited, drug possession at Plainfield Road at eastbound Ohio 126 entrance ramp, June 25. Timothy Lawrence Burns, 28, 3358 Twilight Drive, possession drug paraphernalia at Brown Avenue at Cooper Road, June 25. Stephanie E. Wiesner, 29, 8578 Huddleston, obeying traffic control devices, operating a vehicle impaired (under the influence of alcohol/drugs), operating a vehicle impaired (breath .17 or higher) at 4230 Hunt Road, June 24. Lana Lyons, 29, 3287 Broadwell, possession drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor warrant, misdemeanor warrant, misdemeanor warrant, misdemeanor warrant, misdemeanor warrant, petty theft, possessing criminal tools at 9511 Kenwood Road, June 21. Robin L. Hill, 33, 4281 Race Road, restriction against owner lending vehicle for use of another, complicity at 9511 Kenwood Road, June 21. Willie L. Lindsey, 40, 2764 North Bend Road Apartment 4, driving under fra suspension or cancellation, complicity at 9511 Kenwood Road, June 21.

Incidents/investigations Criminal mischief

Someone damaged a First Aid kit, value $20, and a fire extinguisher, value $20 at 11330 Williamson Road, June 26.

Petty theft



8999 Applewood Dr Blue Ash 891 8527 (off Larchview, off Plainfield at Cross County Hwy.)

Sunday School & Worship 9 AM & 10:30 AM


A woman said someone took three metal patio chairs with cushions, value $150, and other property, value $75 at 4829 Fairview Ave., June 22.


(1 mile west of Montgomery Rd) Services & Sunday School: 9:00am & 10:45am Nursery Available

A woman said someone took a check for $22 at 4153 Fox Hollow Drive, June 21.

10345 Montgomery Rd. Montgomery, OH 45242

Sunday Worship: 8:00, 9:30* and 11:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. childcare provided*

Rinks Flea Market Bingo



Worship at 5:00pm Saturday and 8:00, 9:00, 9:30 & 11:00 Sunday mornings Pastors Larry Donner, Pat Badkey, Jess Abbott & Alice Connor


101 South Lebanon Rd. Loveland, OH 45140 683-4244 Lead Pastor Jonathan Eilert Pastor Grant Eckhart Saturday Service 5:00pm Sunday Services 9:00 & 10:30am No Sunday School


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

Sharonville United Methodist

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

3751 Creek Rd.

8005 Pfeiffer Rd Montgmry 791-3142 "God’s Amazing Love: When I Feel Misunderstood"

683-2525 •

PRESBYTERIAN MADEIRA-SILVERWOOD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 8000 Miami Ave. 791-4470 Contemporary Worship 9:30 am Fellowship 10:30 am Traditional Worship 11:00 am Christian Education for Children and adults at 9:30 & 11 am

Montgomery Presbyterian Church CE-1001598507-01

Nursery Care Provided

Dr. Cathy Johns, Senior Pastor Rev. Doug Johns, Senior Pastor

360 Robin Av (off Oak St) Loveland OH

Child Care provided

CHURCH OF THE SAVIOUR Traditional Worship 8:20am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship 9:40am Sunday School (All ages) 9:40 & 11am


Worship Service ...................... 10:00am Church School......................... 11:15am Fellowship/Coffee Hour after Worship Nursery Provided/Youth Group Activities

9994 Zig Zag Road Mongtomery, Ohio 45242

Worship Service 10:30am Nursery Care Available website:


7701 Kenwood Rd 513.891.1700 (across from Kenwood Towne Center)

A Loving, Praying, Caring Church Join us for Sunday Services


Good Shepherd

Passing bad checks

Someone passed a bad check for $265.19 to Audible Elegance at 9464 Montgomery Road, June 11.

SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Jessica Owens, 23, 303 E. U.S. Highway 22-3, theft at 7913 Montgomery Road, June 15. James Huddleston, 51, 7946 Clough Pike, theft at 7913 Montgomery Road, June 17. Charles Williams, 49, 1033 Crosley Ave., theft, obstructing official business at 7913 Montgomery Road, June 14. Juvenile female, 16, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, June 11. Juvenile female, 16, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, June 11. Juvenile female, 15, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, June 11. Juvenile female, 17, theft at 7875

Serving Greater Cincinnati

Payout Each Night!

(513) 984-8401

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

Someone spraypainted a question mark on the rear of the Frame House Gallery building at 7836 Cooper Road, June 24.

$4,500 Guaranteed Fri, Sat Nights

Incidents/investigations Criminal damage/mischief


$5 - 6-36 Faces $10 - 90 Faces Computer $1

513-931-4441 • 513-931-0259

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


Juvenile, 17, theft at 4611 Belleview Ave., June 23. Juvenile, 18, possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia at Weil Road, June 20. Justin B. Zapencki, 26, 8517 Bayberry Drive, soliciting without permit at 9861 Montgomery Road, June 23. Andres M. Juarez, 21, 8517 Bayberry Drive, soliciting without permit at 9861 Montogmery Road, June 23.

Instant Players Special Package Price


5910 Price Road, Milford 831-3770


& RYAN Sunday 10:00 a.m. Loveland High School, off of Rich Rd. 683-1556


Someone broke into three vehicles and took thse items: a black leather soft-sided briefcase, value $350; two signed martial arts books, value $300; a black Baggallini purse, 8-by-11, value $60; an Ohio driver’s license; six credit cards; a Barnes and Noble goft card, value $20, and a GPS unit at 11283 Foremark Drive, June 23. Someone took three Sanyo LCD projectors, value $1,000 each, from Embassy Suites Hotel at 4554 Lake Forest Drive, June 23. A woman said someone a large black purse, value $30; a Chanel wallet, value $500; two credit cards; three store cards; an iPod, value $220; a pager, value $30; an Ohio driver’s license, value $35; perfume, and a DEA license card at 9483 West Ave., June 26.

www.fbccincy.or 513-489-1114

Child Care provided 10:30AM Rev. Robert Roberts, Pastor




About obituaries



Family Owned Since 1876

Montgomery Road, June 10. Jared Moore, 27, 7902 Frolic Drive, operating vehicle intoxicated at Montgomery Road, June 18.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering

Garage entered at 8522 Darnell Ave., June 10. Tool shed entered and tools valued at $3,700 removed at 4401 Kugler Mill Road, June 12.

Misuse of credit card

Reported at 7639 Montgomery Road, June 14.


Ladders valued at $1,000 removed at 12141 Evans St., June 15. GPS unit valued at $1,000 removed at 8008 Camer Ave., June 14. Merchandise valued at $204 removed at 3400 Highland Ave., June 13. Cell phone valued at $450 removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, June 12. Vehicle entered and stereo equipment and currency valued at $257 removed at 12035 6th Ave., June 12. Merchandise valued at $200 removed at 7875 US 22, June 12. $55 in gas not paid for at 12147 Montgomery Road, June 9. Golf cart valued at $5,000 removed at 7300 Dearwester, June 17.

SYMMES TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Christopher Calloway, 26, 190 Hobart Ave., theft at 9201 Fields Ertel Road, June 13. Juvenile male, 17, curfew violation at Cammet Way, June 15. Juvenile male, 16, curfew violation at Cammet Way, June 15. Juvenile male, 14, curfew violation at Cammet Way, June 15. Juvenile male, 15, curfew violation at Cammet Way, June 15. Juvenile female, 15, curfew violation at Cammet Way, June 15. Juvenile male, 15, curfew violation at Calmut Way, June 15.

Incidents/investigations Assault

Reported at 12173 Sycamore Terrace, June 5.

Criminal damaging

Wall damaged at 12097 Mason Way, June 3.

Identity fraud

Reported at 9730 Farmstead, June 17. Reported at 11942 Millstone Court, June 18. Reported at 9871 Farmstead Drive, June 13.

Identity theft

Reported at 11581 Symmesgate Lane, June 11.

LOCKLAND 310 Dunn Street 513-821-0062 NORWOOD 5501 Montgomery Rd. 513-631-4884 SPRINGDALE 11365 Springfield Pike 513-771-2594




SeeSIGNALSonpageA2 BlueAshisrepavingroadsandinstallingnewLED-poweredtrafficsignals.Hereareworkerson KenwoodRoad. ““WWhhiillee wwee hhaavvee...