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Four more days

You have four more days – until July 17 – to vote for your favorites in the 2011 Community Choice Awards. Show all of your favorites how much you love them by voting. Go online to www.cincinnati.com/community choice. Everyone who votes is entered into a drawing to win a $250 gift card!

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

Waving hello

French and American flags will be unfurling from lamp posts in downtown Montgomery for the 22nd annual Bastille Day Saturday, July 16. The festival designed to honor Neuilly-Plaisance, Montgomery’s French Sister City, will run from noon to 11 p.m. on Montgomery Road between Remington and Cooper roads. SEE STORY, A3

Funky good time

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BLUE ASH – Mahendra Vora chose Blue Ash when he decided to expand the international Vora Group of technology companies to its eighth site – bringing 300 of his 2,100 employees with him to an office building on Alliance Road this spring. “Blue Ash is the technology corridor of Cincinnati,” said Vora, chairman and chief executive officer of the Vora Group, which includes a technology company that is a joint venture with The Kroger Co. “Blue Ash has the right ambiance, the right companies, the right infrastructure and it has an informed, very progressive government that supports economic development and job creation,” Vora said. Blue Ash City Manager David Waltz says companies such as the Vora Group are helping Blue Ash weather the economic storm that has other cities fretting over staples like the size of its police department and how it can manage to fill its potholes. While Blue Ash residents will see no immediate change in services due to the recently approved Ohio state budget, the city expects to lose up to $1.3 million by 2013 or 2014, when the full effect of reductions in state local government funds and the elimination of the state estate tax kick in. Waltz said Blue Ash is not escaping unscathed by the tough economy and that the city has already been cutting costs. “The city for several years has been working to control operating expenses,” Waltz said. “Just one example of this can be seen through attrition efforts – consolidating responsibilities and not filling certain vacant positions. “We’ve also reduced our waste collection expenses by requiring non-profits and apartments, etc. …, to pay for their own waste collection, though they benefit via reduced rates through the city’s contract with Rumpke,” Waltz said. “We also reduced by one third our regional events via elimination of Summerbration.” Then there’s the good news. “Examples of recent economicdevelopment successes can be seen with the recent move to Blue Ash of the Vora Group and the new future office development on the south side of Osborne Boulevard,” Waltz said.

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Mahendra Vora, chairman and chief executive officer of the Vora Group, moved 300 of his employees from company sites across the nation into an office building in Blue Ash this spring. Blue Ash officials say that it is companies like the Vora Group that are helping the city weather tough economic times. Vora says Blue Ash has a reputation as a hot spot for technology companies like his and as a city that supports job creation. An international consulting company based in Bielefeld, Germany, called “itelligence” wants to build its U.S. headquarters on Osborne between Reed Hartman Highway and Kenwood Road. The company, which serves software management and technology firms, is expected to bring as many as 150 computer-related jobs to Blue Ash. Blue Ash often extends tax and infrastructure incentives to help expand its business base.

Montgomery

Montgomery City Manager Cheryl Hilvert said the new state budget significantly reduces future funding to local governments and likely will affect city services in the future. “Beginning in 2013, the loss in revenues may exceed $1 million annually, which is significant for a community that has an operating and capital budget of $19 million,” Hilvert said. “This challenge will require careful and conservative planning, as well as cost containment to remain financially stable in the future. “At the same time, the city will

What they say “We’ve … reduced our waste collection expenses by requiring nonprofits and apartments, etc ..., to pay for their own waste collection, though they benefit via reduced rates through the city’s contract with Rumpke. We also reduced by one third our regional events via elimination of Summerbration. “Examples of recent economic-development successes can be seen with the recent move to Blue Ash of the Vora Group and the new future office development on the south side of Osborne Boulevard.”

David Waltz Blue Ash city manager

“Beginning in 2013, the loss in revenues may exceed $1 million annually, which is significant for a community that has an operating and capital budget of $19 million This challenge will require careful and conservative planning, as well as cost containment to remain financially stable in the future. At the same time, the city will need to build upon its strong efforts in local and regional partnerships and shared services.”

Cheryl Hilvert Montgomery city manager

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Sycamore increasing fines for street dumping By Amanda Hopkins ahopkins@communitypress.com

SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP – Township officials plan to take steps to crack down on construction debris being dumped on township roads. Sycamore Township officials are increasing fines for dumping stone, mulch, dirt, dumpsters and other items into the street and

right-of-way. Trustee President Tom Weidman said there have been problems on several streets in the township and the debris is Weidman tearing up some of the township streets. Sycamore Township sheriff liai-

son Lt. Dan Reid said there has only been one ticket issued – for dumping debris in the street along Bayberry Drive. Reid said it is a traffic violation because it is considered an obstruction in the roadway and is a $124 fine. He said he has heard of at least six other incidents that have not been cited. “We need to set something in

force,” Weidman said. The fines will be set at $350 for the first offense, $700 for the second offense and $1,000 for the third offense. The township plans to alert homeowners and all major contractors who plan to work in the township. The citation will be written to the homeowner.


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Sycamore schools: Some light at end of fiscal tunnel By Jeanne Houck jhouck@communitypress.com

BLUE ASH – Sycamore Community Schools will lose a total of nearly $2.5 million in the 20112012 school year and another nearly $4 million in the 20122013 school year due to revenue reductions in Ohio’s recently approved budget and other funding sources. That’s according to Sycamore Treasurer Beth Weber, who said the figures amount to more than 3 percent and more than 5 percent, respectively, of the school district’s general-fund operating budget. Here are how the losses break down, Weber said. Sycamore will lose: • $1.5 million in tangible personal property tax reimbursement in the 2011-2012 school year and another $3 million in the 2012-2013 school year.

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need to build upon its strong efforts in local and regional partnerships and shared services,” Hilvert said. Montgomery Mayor Gerri Harbison said the $1 million-plus loss in revenues the city will suffer will come from the reduction in local government funds, the repeal of the estate tax and the accelerated loss of per-

• $750,000 in electric deregulation reimbursement in the 20112012 school year and another $750,000 in the 2012-2013 school Adamec year. • $200,000 in federal stimulus aid in the 2011-2012 school year and another $200,00 in the 2012-2013 school year. There is some light at the end of the fiscal tunnel, according to school district officials: some of the funding lost will return in the future and the Sycamore Board of Education will not ask voters to approve an operating levy sooner than planned. “A piece of good news in this budget is that the legislature reinstated tangible personal property tax reimbursements after 2013,” Weber said. “Sycamore should maintain $9 million per year in

sonal-property taxes. “While there are different views on the elimination of the estate tax and how that money will stay within families, this is not the case in the reduction from the local government funds,” Harbison said. “Montgomery’s portion of that money will not be returned to taxpayers but will stay with the state to help fill their budget deficit. Harbison said Montgomery has in the past participated in the Hamilton County Government Coop-

this funding source instead of a complete phase-out through 2019. “We will need to continue lobbying efforts to protect this revenue source in the future.” Weber said the district is also slated to receive a financial award for academic achievement. “Districts achieving either Excellent with Distinction or Excellent status on the Ohio Department of Education report card will receive a financial award from the state,” Weber said. “Due to Sycamore’s ranking of Excellent with Distinction, we will receive approximately $88,000 per year.” Weber said Sycamore has cut expenses and will continue to look for more ways to save money. “For the 2011-2012 school year, 24 positions have been eliminated,” Weber said. “Administrators, teachers and exempt

eration and Efficiency Project program and partnered with other communities when beneficial. “Staff has already begun meeting with representatives from Blue Ash and Sycamore (Community) Schools to brainstorm ideas for future opportunities in some sharing of services and will continue to meet and work together,” Harbison said.

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staff have taken salary freezes. Changes will be made to the health care plan to minimize premium increases. “The district has undertaken an energy conservation project to reduce utility costs,” Weber said. “As always, our team seeks more efficient and effective ways to deliver services. The district will look for additional reductions throughout this year to deal with losses for 2012-2013.” Diane Adamec, president of the Sycamore Board of Education, said the school board has demonstrated a long-term commitment to providing an excellent education for students while maintaining fiscal responsibility to taxpayers. “Knowing our staff, they will do their utmost to make any changes or reductions transparent to students, parents and the community,” Adamec said. “They did so in 2004 to 2006, when we

could affect Sycamore Township's budget. Township Administrator Bruce Raabe said the township averaged $2.7 million in revenue from the estate tax over the last several years. Township Fiscal Officer Rob Porter said the local government funds have brought in $216,829.89 through June 30 of this year. In 2010, the township received $370,586. Porter said he expects a 25 percent reduction for 2012 and another 25 per-

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reduced approximately 100 positions district-wide. “What the regular citizen will not see is a request for an additional tax levy sooner than planned,” Adamec said. “The last increase in operating revenue for Sycamore was granted by the community in 2004. “By holding expense growth to an average of 1.5 percent annually, this district will maintain its promise not to go back to the community until at least 2012 for new taxes for operations - an eight-year span.” Said Weber: “With the excellent academic record, strong community support for education and an outstanding and dedicated staff, we are confident Sycamore will continue to excel despite these challenging times.” For more information about the district’s finances, visit www. sycamoreschools.org and click onto the financial tab.

cent decrease in 2013. All of the local government funds and the estate tax revenue go to the general fund. Porter said the money can be used for any of the township needs. Trustee Cliff Bishop said the next step for the township is to determine where the money is spent throughout the budget. Bishop said the township cannot “sit back and be business as usual.” He said they have to be proactive and start planning for the loss of funds now.

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Symmes Township received $584,830 from local government funds and estate taxes this year. Township Administrator Brian Elliff said the money from the state is put into the

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Events planned for Saturday By Jeanne Houck jhouck@communitypress.com

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Montgomery public works employees David Hensley of Anderson Township (left) and Brian Donnellan of Green Township put up a French flag on a Montgomery Road lamp post for Bastille Day Saturday, July 16. French and American flags will fly on alternate lamp posts for the festival, held in honor of Montgomery’s French Sister City, Neuilly-Plaisance.

MONTGOMERY – French and American flags will be unfurling from lamp posts in downtown Montgomery for the 22nd annual Bastille Day Saturday, July 16. The festival designed to honor Neuilly-Plaisance, Montgomery’s French Sister City, will run from noon to 11 p.m. on Montgomery Road between Remington and Cooper roads. There will be strolling artists, musicians and singers, live music and food from area restaurants offering French cuisine and wine

as well as American standbys ribs, pizza, brats, sandwiches and beer. Clowns will delight children, who will be able to play games, work on art projects and have their faces painted. Bastille Day – named for the French national holiday celebrating the beginning of the French Revolution – is the Montgomery Sister Cities Commission’s largest fundraiser to support Montgomery’s cultural exchanges with NeuillyPlaisance. Some 14 Montgomery residents traveled to Neuilly-Plaisance in October 2010. Residents from Neuilly-Plaisance will visit Montgomery in 2012. “The Sister Cities Com-

mission enjoys the camaraderie we have with Neuilly-Plaisance and the friends we have made during these visits,” said Marcallene Shockey, commission chair. “These visits help to sustain the commission’s motto of ‘Bringing the world together – one friendship at a time’.” Here’s Montgomery’s Bastille Day lineup: • Noon to 1 p.m. – Sycamore Community Band. • Noon to 8 p.m. – Kids cabaret with games, prizes, pony rides, face painters and clowns. • Noon to 8 p.m. – Recycling art sculpture contest. • 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Walking tour of historic buildings.

• 2:30 p.m. – Waiter race. • 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Jazz and soul musician Deron Bell. • 3 p.m. – Best of Bastille awards. • 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Country group Ridge Runner.

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BLUE ASH – A retired registered nurse with a background in cost and quality control says she is running for election to the Sycamore Community Schools’ Board of Education this fall. Candidates for two, fouryear terms up for election Nov. 8 must file with the Hamilton County Board of Elections by Aug. 10. No one has yet to file, but Colleen Greissinger of Blue Ash confirmed June 30 that she’s collecting signatures to put her name on the ballot. “If I am elected to the Sycamore Community School District board of education I plan to advance the goals and high standards of the district in light of the realities of a protracted time of economic challenges and necessary austerity programs instituted at the federal, state and local levels,” Greissinger said. “My mission will be to bring fundamentally conservative values to the management of taxpayer-funded education in the wake of (Senate Bill 5, which restricts state collective-bargaining laws) and other legislation that will be forthcoming as the tools and resources needed to bring

responsibility and accountability to our taxpayers and effective communication strategies. “Continued results will require a strong, effective team, and I look forward to the opportunity to be a part of that team for the next four years,” Cole said. Said Richter: “I told the board of education and administrative staff last February that I would continue serving the Sycamore community for another four years. “We have made great progress as a team and it is important that we continue our work together,” Richter said. The seats held by incumbents Diane Adamec of Blue Ash, now board president, John Mercurio of Montgomery and Jean Staubach of Sycamore Township will be up for election in 2013. Greissinger said she worked as a manager in cost containment and quality improvement during some of her 38 years in the field of health care. “My experience and passion for fiscal restraint and common sense in the medical field will enable me to make a difference for public education in our community,” said Greissinger, now a private piano teacher with child and adult clients. “My goal is for the tax-

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Indian Hill schools eye new food policy By Forrest Sellers fsellers@communitypress.com

Indian Hill schools is in the process of adopting a new food allergy policy. Food allergies are a growing concern and in some circumstances can be potentially fatal, said Assistant Superintendent Mark Ault. A new policy is being adopted to “insure our students are safe,” said Ault. According to Ault, the Indian Hill Exempted Village School District has 53 students who have food allergies and five students who have life-threatening food allergies. A district task force was created in December to research food allergies and gather information. The task force drafted a

policy for managing food allergies by establishing a safe environment and also setting guidelines on the use of food in the classroom. “The more we can do to reduce risk the better off we all will be,” said Ault. Tracy Quattrone, director of pupil services, said the new plan specifies the type of snacks which can be brought into the classroom, generally healthy, nut-free snacks, and also establishes guidelines for staff members. For example, teachers are encouraged to use stickers or praise as a reward instead of food. Quattrone, said checklists will be provided for the staff and students detailing food allergy procedures. “I think the most important thing this policy will do is raise awareness,” said

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parent Kate Brauer-Bell, who was a member of the task force. “I think the new policy is a wonderful step forward.” Brauer-Bell has a 3-yearold son who has food allergies. “We wanted to share our own perspective,” she said about she and her husband's involvement with the task force. A first reading of the policy was approved by the board June 28. The board is expected to vote on final approval of the plan at its August meeting. Ault said the food allergy plan will continue to be reviewed periodically. For more about your community visit www. cincinnati.com/indianhill.

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Solar panels may take over three Loveland soccer fields Gannett News Service SYMMES TOWNSHIP – A small tract of land along the Little Miami River that accommodates hundreds of children’s soccer games a year could be filled within a year or two with long rows of solar panels – 1,100 panels to be exact. Loveland, which owns 7.6-acre Betty Ray Field on Betty Ray Drive in Symmes Township, is considering installing the solar panels to generate 90 percent of the electrical power required to operate the three water wells and the treatment facility on the site. No other local suburban community has a solar panel array that size. “This is something we’ve been contemplating for over a year,” Loveland City Manager Tom Carroll said. The use of solar power would save the city $7,500 to $12,000 in annual energy costs. But the primary

benefit, Carroll said, would be 20 percent reduction of Loveland’s carbon footprint. That would result in a reduction in the city’s use of carbon fuels for its operations and provide more of the electrical power from renewable resources, he said. “We wouldn’t do it for a $12,000 savings,” Carroll said. “That’s not a compelling enough reason. We’re committed to reducing our environmental impact, and this is one way to do it.” Eliminating all three soccer fields at Betty Ray – also known as Bodley Field – raises concerns about where the children ages 6 and 7 who use the fields would play. “If we were no longer to have access to this park, it would reduce our field capacity at this age group by almost 50 percent,” Paul Lippi, president of the Loveland Youth Soccer Association, said by email. “We have no alternative locations.”

But Lippi said his association has a good relationship with Loveland officials and will work with them to find alternate soccer sites if the solar panels are installed. Little Miami Inc., a nonprofit organization working to protect the Little Miami River, has no objections to the installation of solar panels, said Eric Partee, Little Miami president. The solar panels won’t disturb the Little Miami River corridor in any way, he said. His group will work with Loveland to increase the number of trees that would screen the solar panels from the river. “The trees will provide scenic view protection,” Partee said. Residents on Betty Ray Drive, a cul-de-sac, generally don’t oppose the solar panels as long as they’re assured the panels won’t pollute the environment or create noise or other distur-

bances. In fact, many residents would be relieved not to have the heavy traffic on their street generated by the soccer games. “As long as the solar panels aren’t intrusive to us or pollute anything, I don’t see anything wrong with them,” said Thelma Tarpoff, who has lived on Betty Ray for 52 years. One resident on Betty Ray who has written emails to Carroll objecting to the solar panels declined to comment for this story. Before moving forward with the project, Loveland officials will consult with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. The three water wells at Betty Ray generate 1.5 million to 3 million gallons of water a day for 15,000 customers. They’re the city’s only water source, although the city has access to backup water supplies. “We want to make sure that anything we do doesn’t

pollute our water source,” Carroll said. Loveland would contract with a private company to install the solar panels. The city would bear no upfront costs. The company would enter into a $1-per-year, long-term lease with the city and would pay for all of the installation costs. In exchange, Loveland would agree to buy a guaranteed minimum amount of electricity from the company.

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Student chosen by classmates speaks at graduation

Here’s the speech given by Brandon Sosna of Montgomery, whose peers chose him to speak at the graduation ceremony May 29 of Sycamore High School’s class of 2011. “A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that individuality is the key to success.” - Robert Orben. ‘Good evening, Sycamore High School class of 2011, friends, families, teachers, administrators, distinguished guests …’ “Many of the commencement speeches I’ve heard over the years are littered with clichés. “You’ve heard them all: ‘As one door closes, another will open,’ ‘this is the first day of the rest of your life,’ followed by a beautiful recitation of an excerpt of Dr. Seuss’ ‘Oh, the places you’ll go!’ “But I’m not going to feed you those clichés because I don’t know what our future holds. “I can’t speak to the challenges, obstacles, hardships and so forth that we will face, because I have yet to experience them myself. “Not to mention, the world that we live in is evolving at an exponential rate. “Many have seen the Best Buy commercial with the little girl prancing around the front yard singing ‘you bought the wrong TV, Sillyhead’ to her father after he came home with a 3-D TV when 4-D was coming soon. “When this ceremony is over, it’s going to take me at least halfan-hour to catch up on all the tweets and Facebook updates that

I’ve missed. “In fact, this is my longest t w e e t i n g drought, with the exception of when I’m sleeping, in over a year probably. “Not only is Sosna our world changing rapidly, but unfortunately, it seems to be for the worse. “Just go home tonight and turn on the local 11 o’clock news and watch for a few minutes. “You’ll see turmoil in foreign countries, economic crisis, rising gas prices, high unemployment rates, genocide, natural disasters and much, much more. “The easy thing to do is to turn off the TV, turn out the lights and go to sleep. “The easy thing to do is to pretend nothing is wrong. “It is human nature to take the path of least resistance - to take the easy way out of things. “And by turning off that TV and pushing that off button, you are turning off yourself from the world, thus taking the path of indifference, the path of ignorance. “I am here today to challenge you to go down a different path. “That, instead of watching the news and merely accepting that the world can be a terrible, dangerous, unfriendly place, do something to change it. “Edmund Burke, the great philosopher, is most famed for saying, ‘All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.’ “We do not need to resign to the fate of not making a difference.

“I know there are those of you sitting out there, having heard this before, thinking that you cannot possibly make a difference. “So, I will answer that bluntly: You are wrong. “Making a difference is atheist. “Helping people is color blind. “If someone is seriously injured, he or she doesn’t care what religion the first respondent on the scene is. “If someone has no money or food, he or she doesn’t care what skin color the person has that provides life’s necessities. “Help does not discriminate and neither should those who offer it. ‘Because I can’t’ is not a valid excuse; ‘because I don’t know how’ is not a valid excuse; ‘because it doesn’t matter’ is not a valid excuse. “Let me make this clear: There are no excuses, not anymore, not in 2011. “The reason we are in such a disastrous state is because of those who did nothing to fix what was going terribly wrong. “Henry Friedman, the chairman of the Holocaust Education Centre in Washington, said, ‘We are all different; because of that, each of us has something different and special to offer and each and every one of us can make a difference by not being indifferent.’ “As high school graduates and young adults, we are responsible to ourselves and to each other to ignore the impulse to sit back and bask in the attitude that we are powerless to change the world around us. “We all have abilities, we all have talents, we all possess the tools necessary to effect positive results.

“We simply must have the will to do it. “As the old saying goes, ‘if not us, who? If not now, when?’ “Think about all that we as a class have accomplished in four years. “The list is long, so I’ll choose just one example: Fashion for the Cure. This was a fashion show put on by the collective efforts of several Sycamore students that raised almost $20,000 for cancer research. Twenty. Thousand. Dollars. “It’s easy to go through four years of high school and not recognize how lucky you are - all of us. “But look around you. Look at all the support you have. “Our biggest concerns are about what party we’re going to after this, not if there will be food on the dinner table when we get home. “If all of us, all 462 of us, made that same commitment to put on a similar fundraiser wherever we are next year. “I’m not a math genius, Mrs. Helgeson could tell you that, but that’s $9 million - $9 million that could be raised just by the students sitting before me. “A few weeks ago I returned from the March of the Living trip, where our group visited Holocaust sites in Poland. “While I will not overwhelm you with horrifying stories, I want to share one image that has been stuck in my head ever since. “At the death camp Majdanek, we walked out the back door of a gas chamber and crematorium, where we were immediately met with a view of an entire city just seemingly a few feet away.

“I felt like I could reach out, grab the city and hold it in my hand. “That city remains there today, just like it was back then. “That city was once full of people who, while knowing atrocities were being committed, chose to do nothing. “That city was full of people who, by being indifferent, made no difference at all, except to encourage what was nightmarish behavior. “My point in sharing this is that I now look over you, the Sycamore High School Class of 2011, the same way I looked upon that city. “And it is my hope for and challenge to this group that we not choose the path of indifference. “But instead that we go out into the world and make a difference everyday by positively impacting those around us. “While Robert Orben’s comments about commencement speeches are indeed humorous, I believe the man is missing the point. “It’s not what you wear on your body or on your head that defines your individuality. “The exterior is immaterial. “Thus, the cap and gown do not matter at all. “It’s what we all have, inside of us, waiting to be unleashed onto the world, that defines us. “So I ask you, each member of the Sycamore High School class of 2011, what are you going to do? “You can do nothing, or we can raise $9 million dollars. “What. Are. You. Gonna’. Do? “Congratulations and good luck.”

Sycamore class president gives graduation speech Here’s the speech given by Aaron Natarus of Blue Ash, president of Sycamore High School’s class of 2011 , at the graduation ceremony May 29. “Welcome to the graduation ceremony of the Sycamore High School Class of 2011. “My name is Aaron Natarus and I am honored to be your class president. “Four years ago, I spoke to the students here tonight as eighthgrade class president. “I began that speech with the immortal words ‘Let’s Roll’ spoken by Todd Beamer on Sept. 11, 2001, just before he and other passengers attacked terrorists controlling United Flight 93, which crashed in a Pennsylvania field. “I finished that speech by challenging us as Aviators to reach for the sky. “Tonight, I can honestly say that we have achieved much together through excellent teachers, the support of our parents and all of you. “I don’t know whether it takes a village to raise a child, but it does take a strong learning community. “This requires excellent teachers and administrators, and we are fortunate to have the best of both. “In this age of extreme technology we can stay connected to our parents almost 24/7. “However, now comes the time when both our successes and mistakes will become our own. “With that said, we know that

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extremely important to the success of our district is the support of our parents. “Not only do they guide us personally but they also provide countless

volunteer hours. “Hopefully, we’ve learned from their example as we set our own course. “Our athletic and academic teams have excelled in many areas ranging from men’s soccer which made it to the regional finals this year to a chess team that has lost only one match in the last four years. “Congratulations to all of our athletes that have worn the green and gold with pride. “Our entire community was saddened this year with the passing of Kathy Barrows, special education teacher, and shocked by the sudden death of Jose Cerda, a student, an athlete, and most of all, a friend. “I hope that your families will always find comfort with us here. “Sycamore Community Schools has always been blessed by a diverse student body. “Our classmates come from many different backgrounds. “Our world has become smaller and much more of an international community both in how we live and how we work.

“I have no doubt that what we learned from each other here will help us be more compassionate toward others and prepare us for the world ahead. “One of the unfortunate legacies we will carry into adulthood is that of being the 9/11 generation. “Ten years ago, our country came together after 9/11. “After the shooting of a congresswoman, among others at a political events this past winter, we once again joined hands. “As I speak to you this evening, I am still not sure enough has changed. “One thing I do know is that we’re all in this together. “As we look back on our years together, we have much to celebrate. “Our school’s success is measured by more than just our achievements on football fields, baseball diamonds and basketball courts. “I would like to thank those of my classmates that have participated in the literally hundreds of clubs, volunteer activities and the fine arts. “Thank you also to all of the families and friends joining my classmates and me tonight and congratulations to the Sycamore High School Class of 2011. “As we go on, we remember “All the times we had together “And as our lives change, from whatever “We will still be friends forever.”

THANKS TO JAN BATTISTINI

Sycamore students honored by the Montgomery Woman's Club for writing include, from left: Evelyn Garrett, Audrey Moeller and Johnna Ward; standing, Patti Billhorn, language arts department chairperson, Ann Sexton, Montgomery Woman’s Club, Cerys Hughes, Jessica Wei, Megan Jiang, Taylor Evans, Jacob Wang, Deborah Fisher, language arts teacher, Lois McGuinness, Montgomery Woman’s Club, and Jan Battistini, language arts teacher. Not pictured, Jennifer Welch.

Sycamore Junior High students excel with top writing awards Montgomery Woman’s Club has supported and sponsored a myriad of opportunities for the Sycamore school district through the Cultural Arts series as well as writing contests to encourage students at all levels of writing. Each year more students are writing creative and polished pieces of poetry, short stories, and essays. Lois McGuinness and Ann Sexton from Montgomery Woman’s Club recently presented the awards and certificates to the winning students. The students honored for poetry contributions were: Megan Jiang, Audrey Moeller nd Evelyn Garrett. Students celebrated for short

stories were: Taylor Evans, Jessica Wei, Jennifer Welch and Jacob Wang. Seventh-grade essay contest winners were: Johnna Ward and Cerys Hughes. The language arts teachers of these students were: Deborah Fisher, Susan Runion, Patti Billhorn and Jan Battistini. Patti Billhorn, language arts department chairperson, coordinated the writing contests. Sycamore School district is grateful to the Montgomery Woman’s Club for the encouragement and opportunities given to students in the important area of writing.

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Young golfers earn top finishes at GCGA event By Nick Dudukovich ndudukovich@communitypress.com

Two area prep golfers aren’t waiting for the high school season to begin to leave their mark on area golf courses. St. Xavier High School juniorto-be Sam Buse, and incoming Sycamore High School sophomore Hanna Lee added Greater Cincinnati Golf Association’s Metropolitan Junior Championships to their golfing resumes with victories at Weatherwax Golf Course, July 1. Buse, a resident of Indian Hill, won the boys division by shooting a two-day total of 2-over par 144. Buse said putting is usually the strong point of his game but credited good swings with his irons as the reason for the win. “I just hit my irons really well,” he said. He added that he struggled in his final round through the first seven holes. “After (the seventh hole) I told myself I can do this and I birdied the next hole, and I felt good

junior championship, give him experience that could come in handy down the road. “It helps nervousness get away from you,” Buse said “ It means a lot winning this tournament...it builds a lot of confidence.” Lee won her title by shooting 3-over-par 144 for her two-day tally. The 15-year-old golfer maintained an even-keel mentality throughout the competition. “It meant a lot to win,” Lee said. “I just went out there and tried to play the best I could. That’s all I could think about.” Lee add she wasn’t happy with her final score and had trouble hitting long irons throughout the event. Despite the setback, she remained in the mix by stayPROVIDED PHOTO Sycamore High School sophomore Hanna Lee ing true to other fundamentals of won the Greater Cincinnati Golf Association’s the game. “I had problems, but kept hitGirls’ Junior Metropolitan Championship, July 1. ting the sweet spot...and that then,” he said. kind of boosted my confidence,” Buse, 16, said he’s tried to play she said. a round every day this summer For more coverage, visit and that tournaments, such as the Cincinnati.com/blogs/presspreps

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St. Xavier student Sam Buse, 16, of Indian Hill won the Greater Cincinnati Golf Association Boys’ Metropolitan Junior Championship at Weatherwax Golf Course, July 1.

Six Steam players make summer All-Star roster Six players from the Cincinnati Steam will represent the squad at the Great Lakes Collegiate Summer League mid-summer classic. Kevin Bower, Zach Isler, Ryan Martin, Nick Priessman, Jake Proctor and Robby Sunderman will suit up for the all-star squad at Great American Ball Park, July 13. Sunderman, who was a graduate of Moeller High School, will be a sophomore on the University of Dayton’s squad next spring. The infielder is fourth on the Steam with a .309 average. He’s also demonstrated stellar glove work by posting a .965 fielding percentage at second base. Proctor, a former Oak Hills High School standout, is second on the Steam with a .348 average while hitting out of the three hole. The centerfielder, who attends the University of Cincinnati, has 13 RBI on the summer. Eastern Illinois University’s Priessman has also put his impressive talents on display this summer. While batting leadoff, the outfielder and former Colerain standout leads the team in hits (20), runs (18) and walks (14). Martin, a Turpin High School graduate who plays for Michigan State University, earned a trip to the game by being lights out relief work. In 12.1 innings pitched, Martin hasn’t allowed a run and has 12 strikeouts, while only allowing three walks and seven hits in six appear-

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Cincinnati Steam second baseman Rob Sunderman was named to the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League All-Star team. He’s fourth on the squad with a .309 average and posted a .965 fielding percentage while playing second base through July 6. ances. He’s 1-0 on the summer. Isler, who graduated from Covington Catholic High School and plays at the University of Cincinnati, has also been one of the

Steam’s more consistent arms. The closer is 2-0 with a 0.90 ERA in eight appearances. In 10 innings, he’s allowed only one earned run, while allowing no walks.

Bower, a native of Indianapolis, Ind., leads the steam with 18 RBIs and is tied for the league lead in home runs (3). He leads the Steam with a .353 average. The GLSCL All-Star

Former CHCA standout and current University of Cincinnati Bearcat Matt Williams takes infield practice inbetween innings during the Cincinnati Steam’s 6-1 loss to the Xenia Scouts, July 6. Williams was hitting .264 on the summer with eight RBI for the Steam following the contest. Game at Great American Ball Park will be July 13 at 6 p.m. Gates will open at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. All stats are based off records through July 6.

Locals enjoy standout summer for Steam Several former preps standouts have played key roles for the Cincinnati Steam this summer:

• Matt Williams

The 2010 Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy graduate will be a sophomore at the University of Cincinnati. “Matt’s another local kid who plays the game hard,” Steam manager Billy O’Conner said. “He busts his butt down the line every single time. He’s a very strong fielder, he’s got a great arm and a lot of potential. I expect him to really blossom as the season goes on. He’s got a lot of talent.” During Williams’ freshman year at UC, he started 56 of 57

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games at third base, hit .250 with 10 RBIs and scored 23 runs. “I think CHCA was a great experience and going to the next level really helped me,” Williams said. “I think the hardest transition was just the speed of the game. Going from CHCA, which is Division III, to Division I college was definitely a whole new experience.” Williams, who was first-team all-state as a junior and senior at CHCA, set school records batting average (.470), RBIs (38), hits (146), runs (154), doubles (38), steals (116), on-base percentage (.585) and games played (105). He said his ultimate goal is to play baseball professionally.

• Brett Cisper

“Brett’s been very consistent in the middle of the lineup,” Steam manager Billy O’Conner said. “He’s a guy we can count on to give us quality at-bats every single time. He’s a line drive hitter who hits to all fields. He’s been very solid for us.” The 2009 Moeller graduate played one year at Eastern Michigan before transferring to Northern Kentucky University. As a senior at Moeller, Cisper was named Division I Player of the Year by the Cincinnati Enquirer after going 8-1 with a 1.57 ERA and hitting .456 with four home runs and 44 RBIs. He led the Crusaders to the state final, where

they defeated Pickerington North 5-2 for the program’s fifth state championship.

• Rob Sunderman

“His average doesn’t reflect how well he’s hitting,” O’Conner said. “He’s had probably close to 25 at-bats, and I can’t think back to a single one where I thought, ‘That’s not a good at-bat.’ He hasn’t had the results he’s looking for with regards to hits, but he’s getting on base, drawing walks, and he’s had a lot of great at-bats for us. I really think his line drives are going to start falling for us as the season progresses.” Sunderman, a 2010 Moeller graduate, will be a sophomore at the University of Dayton. He

started eight games as a freshman, played in 18 overall and hit .300 in 30 at-bats. Sunderman, the winning pitcher in the 2009 state final, helped the Crusaders to a 79-14 record and three consecutive league titles during his preps career. As a senior in 2010, he went 9-0 with a 1.96 ERA and hit .364 with five home runs in leading Moeller to the state semifinals.

• Ross Oltorik

“He’s been good,” O’Conner said. “He’s coming off a shoulder injury, so we’ve been slowly working him in. He’s only pitched a couple innings for us, but he’s done well in those situations.”

Jonathan Spatz admitted Tuesday he beat Griffin McKenzie unconscious when the current Xavier University basketball player intervened in a Sycamore Township incident a year ago. Spatz, 23, of Indian Hill, pleaded guilty to felonious assault and was sentenced by Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Martin to two years in prison, a sentence agreed to by prosecutors and Spatz as part of a plea deal. The 6-foot-9, 220-pound McKenzie was hospitalized for days after Spatz broke his jaw in three places and broke his nose in a June 19, 2010, incident in Sycamore Township. McKenzie also lost several teeth and suffered facial nerve damage as a result of the incident. McKenzie, starting his sophomore year, said he was trying to intervene in an incident where Spatz was alleged to have detained two Moeller students, preventing them from leaving a party. McKenzie, a Moeller graduate, addressed Spatz at Tuesday’s court hearing. “I want you to think about how my poor mother felt when she got called at 4 a.m. saying her son is in the hospital. She didn’t know what happened, she rushed up there and she found out,” McKenzie told Spatz. “My dad and my sister and my brother, they are all shocked. All my friends and family are shocked, angered. I think that’s what you need to think about, not me, but how you wronged my family.” The original charges against Spatz carried a maximum sentence of 18Ω years in prison. Prosecutor Joe Deters allowed a special prosecutor in the case because Deters also works part time as a private attorney for Stan Chesley, whose firm is representing McKenzie in a civil suit stemming from the incident. McKenzie’s civil suit is set for an April 2012 trial.


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Mission complete, Symmes trustee comes home Early summer greetings to my family, friends and neighbors from Camp Moreell, Kuwait (on my way home from Afghanistan). I am extremely happy to report that my unit’s mission is complete and we have turned over our assets to the Seabee battalion relieving us. For me, this meant transferring responsibility for 800 vehicles and construction equipment worth $157 million in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait and Bahrain – so it is a relief to have been relieved! You can be very proud of our Navy Seabee accomplishments in the Mid-East. My unit’s focus was to starve the insurgency and bleed them dry. We built COPs (combat outposts) and FOBs (forward operating bases) in strategic locations along the border of Pakistan for the express purpose of cutting off existing insurgent supply routes. The local Afghan population equated our efforts with freedom – the new infrastructure effectively displaced the insurgents who previously ruled by intimidation and terror. We

even placed a fortified COP in Mullah Omar’s neighborhood (the Zhari District, west of Kandahar City). We logged more than 5,000 miles of self-performed and self-secured convoys throughout Kandahar Province to deliver personnel, materials and equipment to our various build sites. Convoy security was achieved with our own fleet of 30-ton armored gun trucks and specially trained Seabees. Our well drilling teams insured that the remote bases – and the surrounding local Afghans – would have a reliable and plentiful supply of fresh water. Our blade team constructed new roads which severed the insurgents supply routes into Kandahar Province. PTDS (Persistent Threat Detection System) technology – tethered blimps outfitted with sophisticated highdefinition and infra red cameras – would be anchored within the walls of our outposts to track and communicate insurgent activity and movement to our ground troops. With what little free time we had, we volunteered our time and construction knowhow to meaningful organizations including the Wounded Warrior Project, the USO and

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What summer movie do you most look forward to seeing? What is your all-time favorite summer movie? “I just saw this wonderful film, ‘Super 8,’ written and directed by J.J. Abrams. I was prompted to see the movie because I saw a great interview of Abrams on Charlie Rose. It is a science fiction movie with superb acting and unbelievable special effects and cinematics. It runs you through a range of emotions. It is a comming of age film. It is a love story. It is the best film of the year to date! It will dominate the Academy Awards.” R.O.S. “Probably ‘Bad Teacher,’ even though we don’t go to movies much. I like Cameron Diaz, and the flyers for the movie on TV have been pretty interesting. “All time favorite summer movie? ‘Soylent Green’ – I loved the line where Charlton Heston says, ‘Soylent Green is people!!’ B.B. “I’m looking forward to seeing ‘Cars II’ with my grandchildren. Hollywood hasn’t made many movies in recent years that make me want to buy a ticket, but I get a

Next questions What services would you be willing to do without in order for your community or school district to cut its budget because of decreased state revenue? Which TV commerical really annoys you? Why? Every week The Northeast Suburban Life asks readers a questions that they can reply to via email. Send your answers to nesuburban@communitypress.com with “chatroom” in the subject line. real kick out of being in a theater with lots of children who have a unique way of expressing their delight over a movie that doesn’t have sex, swearing and violence. The last time I had such an experience was when we saw ‘Wall-E.’” R.V.

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? No responses.

REMEMBERING FATHER LOU Here are some of the comments readers of Father Lou Guntzelman’s weekly column left at cincinnati.com after hearing about his passing last month. “Father Guntzelman did, indeed, touch many lives and my own, in many different ways. His insightful columns added spirituality, guidance, comfort and enlightenment into many aspects of my life. “It seemed as if each weekly column touched on exactly the sentiments I needed to read on that day. I have saved many of his columns since I started reading them in 2003. His inspirational writings will be greatly missed. May he rest in peace.” Joan Greenwood “This news hurts my heart. I’m not Catholic, but I have been reading, enjoying and saving Father Lou’s columns for years now. I hope that the Community Press will consider re-printing all of his

columns in some sort of memorial book form. The proceeds could go to a charity that he chose, or perhaps to the research foundation of his particular cancer? I would definitely buy a compilation that included all of his columns! RIP Father Lou – you touched more people than you know.” bombermama10 “Father Lou’s columns were compiled into a couple of paperbacks. I bought them years ago at Borders, I believe. They are listed on Amazon: ‘So Heart and Mind May Fill’ and ‘A Country Called Life.’ itcouldbeyou “I will miss his columns and his wisdom. Adieu.” LivingSimply “A Humble Servant. A Good Shepherd. You will be missed, Father Lou.” ensembleme

the Roll 3 trauma hospital located on our Kandahar Air Field base. Our daily pace was driven by a sense of urgency, and the deployment seemed to pass quickly because we kept busy. Despite the risks, all 600 of our Seabees came home in one piece. As I conclude my final deployment editorial, I would like to emphasize my appreciation for the overwhelming support I have received from family, friends, Symmes Township neighbors and fellow veterans. Most recently, Miss Day’s entire class of Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy Middle School sixth-grade students sent me very sincere, spiritual and patriotic hand-written letters – a touching and uplifting show of support. Thanks to all for keeping the “Bees” of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 26 in your thoughts and prayers over the past 10 months. Phil Beck is president of the Symmes Township Board of Trustees. He returned last week from a deployment to Afghanistan as a member of Seabees.

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Lieutenant Commander Phil Beck flying the colors in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Working to make Ohio more conducive to job creation The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services recently reported that Ohio’s unemployment rate for April was 8.6 percent, its lowest level in more than two years. In addition to dropping below the national rate, April’s numbers also mark the 14th straight month that the unemployment rate has decreased. While this news is encouraging, we still have a long way to go. Although many experts agree that the economic downturn of the past few years has ended and our economy is now growing – albeit slowly – it will likely take several years for the job market and other sectors to completely recover. Understanding that the best way to get Ohio’s economy back on track is to make our state an attractive place for businesses to locate and expand, legislators and the governor’s office have been working over the last few months on a variety of initiatives designed to create a business environment that encourages job growth for all Ohioans. Last month, Gov. Kasich announced a new partnership between the state and the National Federation of Independent Businesses to help get more of Ohio’s small businesses using the

Ohio Means Jobs website. This site – established in 2007 – allows any employer in Ohio to post their job openings, as well as State Sen. review resumes Shannon posted to MonJones ster.com’s database, at no cost Community to them. Press guest By better columnist promoting Ohio Means Jobs, we hope to enable companies with job openings to more easily find employees with the skill sets they are looking for and provide a onestop shop for Ohioans looking for work to search available positions and apply. For more information, or to post a job opening or resume, please visit www.ohiomeansjobs.com. Lawmakers are also looking at ways to promote job creation in Ohio. Earlier this year we passed House Bill 1, which created JobsOhio, a new nonprofit corporation that will focus exclusively on job creation and retention. We also approved Senate Bill 2, legislation that seeks to improve the state’s regulatory environment in

order to reduce government red tape create a business climate that helps, rather than hinders, those companies seeking to locate or expand in Ohio. Senate Bill 2 establishes the Common Sense Initiative Office, which was originally created by Gov. Kasich via executive order. This office will be responsible for helping state agencies determine whether new rules or regulations could have an adverse impact on small businesses. It also creates the Small Business Advisory Council, a nine-member panel that will advise the governor, lieutenant governor and CSIO on those findings. From the beginning of this General Assembly, my colleagues and I in the Ohio Senate have been focused on job creation and reforming the way government serves its citizens. As you can see, we have already accomplished a great deal in just a few short months, but we realize there is still a great deal of work ahead of us. In the months ahead, we will continue to develop and implement innovative policies that will keep Ohio on the road to recovery. Contact State Sen Shannon Jones at Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, OH 43215.

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

Issue

Ohio House passes House Bill 78, which prohibits abortions if a heartbeat is detected in the fetus:

Reaction

“It was necessary to pass these strong pro-life bills. I am 100 percent pro-life and I feel strongly about protecting the unborn. They are the weakest among us and deserve a chance at life.” – State Rep. Ron Maag (R35th District)

Issue

Ohio House passes budget

Reaction

“Despite the faltering economy and previous mismanagement of the state budget, we closed an

enormous budget gap without raising taxes. This General Assembly we were able to create long-term solutions to budget problems, instead of relying on one-time funds. We reexamined state spending to reform education so Ohio students can compete in a global economy and help our state become more competitive. This budget will help our state and local economies become more fiscally efficient. As a result, the state will attract job-creating businesses that will lead to a prosperous Ohio once again.” – State Rep. Ron Maag (R35th District) “Republicans passed the largest spending budget in Ohio history. Yet this budget slashes funding for schools, the elderly and the disabled. Instead, it

diverts money to the pet projects of the wealthy donors of the GOP. It is shameful.” – State Rep. Connie Pillich (28th District)

Issue

House Bill 54, legislation that allows for restoration of gun ownership rights under certain conditions, was signed by Gov. John Kasich

Reaction

“I am honored to have the governor sign House Bill 54 into law today. It was a long process, but I am happy to see gun ownership rights restored to those who had previously been prevented from their rights under former law.” – State Rep. Ron Maag (R35th District), a sponsor of the bill

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Among others, these four tenors, from left: Kal Heyn, Scott McLaughlin, James Reece and Ben Goldschneider, all of Sycamore High School, sang brightly at the Finistere Church in Bruxelles, Belgium.

Free time meant shopping time in Brugges, Belgium. From left: Shaina Bahler, Aaron Natarus, and Kelsey Drapkin check out some T-shirts.

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Chaperone Victor Harris catches up on some news from the Northeast Suburban Life at a busy London street corner. The Sycamore Junior High School School history teacher leans against a telephone “box” as a doubledeck bus wisks by.

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 11-day 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. Here is a collection of photos from the tour. PHOTOS BY TERRENCE HUGE/CONTRIBUTOR

“Pineapple,” an actors’ and theatrical workshop in London, afforded the teens a chance to expend some energy. From left are Maddie Knauer, Hannalee Goldman, Emily Callaway, Griffin Levy and Gabe Schenker.

The Sycamore Community Summer Singers, under the direction of Linda Gartner, performed three a cappella selections at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, England, June 17. The three pieces were “Ubi Caritas,” “Every Time I Fell the Spirit” and “The Lord Bless You and Keep You.” This marked the musical culmination of the group’s 11-day European singing tour where they performed in Paris, Normandy, Caen, Bruges, Brussels and London.

Caroline Dewey, a Sycamore High School senior, shows mock frustration with her lace making efforts. Students and chaperones alike were treated to a Brugge, Belgium, lace workshop.

Giving choir director Linda Gartner their rapt attention are these four front row sopranos, from left: Sally Evans, A.J. Bierschwal, Stephanie Kley and Kelsey King. The Sycamore students were performing in Bruxelles, Belgium.

Choir director Linda Gartner implores the altos for “tall vowels” in some warmup exercises at the Finistere Church in Bruxelles, Belgium.

Enjoying the lace making at a workshop in Brugges, Belgium, is Sycamore sophomore Hayley Huge. To her immediate right is choir director Linda Gartner.

A hilarious piece, “Whistle Maggie, Whistle” was performed by a number of the male singers including, from left: Tony Birckhead, Paul Alexander, Brett Kissela and Hugh McKinnon.

Altos (from left) Kelsey Green, Maddie Garrett and Carolyn Dewey, along with the entire choir, are “In the Swing”, at the Welcome Home Concert, June 23, at the Sycamore Junior High School. At the Welcome Home Concert, staged June 23 at the Sycamore Junior High School, we see (from left) Linda Gartner, director; Alex Thio, accompanist, and Victor Harris, chaperone; all enjoying a laugh – probably about the berets they’re wearing.


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THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD T H U R S D A Y, J U L Y 1 4

CIVIC

Free Computer and TV Recycling DropOff, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 2trg, 11093 Kenwood Road, Proof of Hamilton County residency required. Includes TVs, monitors, CPUs, hard drives, mice, keyboards, laptops, docking stations, back-up batteries, power cords, modems, external hard drives, memory chips, cell phones, printers, scanners and fax machines. Program prohibits participation by businesses, churches, schools and non-profits. Free. Presented by Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District. 9467766; www.hamiltoncountyrecycles.org. Blue Ash.

DINING EVENTS

Yelp Eats!: Stone Creek Dining Company, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Stone Creek Dining Company, 9386 Montgomery Road, Features half off select menu items. Reservations not required, but highly recommended. Half off deals do not include tax/tip or additional items. For all 25 locations: www.yelp.com/events/cincinnati-yelp-eats. 489-1444. Montgomery. Yelp Eats!: Izzy’s Madisonville, 4 p.m., Izzy’s, 4766 Red Bank Road, Features half off select menu items. Reservations not required, but highly recommended. Half off deals do not include tax/tip or additional items. For all 25 locations: www.yelp.com/events/cincinnati-yelp-eats. 376-6008. Madisonville.

EXERCISE CLASSES

Pre- and Post-Natal Water Fitness, 5:306:30 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Certified instructors lead safe and appropriate exercises in variety of class formats. Doctor’s note required. Ages 18 and up. $45 per month, free for members. 985-6742. Montgomery. Teen Cross-Training, 4-5 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, High-energy workout. Classes taught in boot camp style format using resistance training, spinning and drills. Family friendly. $10, free for members. 9850900. Montgomery. Arthritis Foundation Land Exercise, 1:302:30 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Taught by certified Arthritis Foundation instructors. Ages 18 and up. $120 for 10 classes, free for members. 985-6742. Montgomery. Spin and Pilates Transformation, 5:156:15 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Exercise program that transforms your whole body and creates a healthier state of mind. Ages 18 and up. $20, $10 members. Reservations required. 985-6742. Montgomery.

FARMERS MARKET

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

MUSIC - BLUES

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

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ON STAGE - COMEDY

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

ON STAGE - THEATER

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. Through July 24. 6841236; www.mariemontplayers.com. Columbia Township.

PUBLIC HOURS

Turner Farm, 2:30-9 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. 561-7400; www.turnerfarm.org. Indian Hill.

DRINK TASTINGS

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

EXERCISE CLASSES

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

FESTIVALS

Festival in Sycamore, 6 p.m.-1 a.m., Bechtold Park, 4312 Sycamore Road, Food, drinks, rides and entertainment from local and national musical acts. Free. Presented by Sycamore Township. 792-7270; www.sycamoretownship.org. Sycamore Township.

HEALTH / WELLNESS

Health Screenings, 10 a.m.-noon, Owens Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center, 7319 Montgomery Road, Blood pressure screenings, stress screenings and consultation about your wellness needs. Free. Through Nov. 25. 784-0084. Silverton.

MUSIC - CONCERTS

Information Night, 7-8 p.m., Leaves of Learning, 7131 Plainfield Road, Learn about innovative approach to education: non-profit educational program for traditional and homeschooled students ages 3-18. Free. 6979021; www.leavesoflearning.org. Deer Park.

Blue Ash Concerts on the Square, 8 p.m., Blue Ash Towne Square, Cooper and Hunt roads, Forever Diamond, a Neil Diamond tribute band. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Free. Presented by Blue Ash Recreation Department. 745-8550; www.blueashevents.com. Blue Ash.

SUPPORT GROUPS

ON STAGE - COMEDY

SCHOOLS

Taking Care When Giving Care, 3-4:30 p.m., Jewish Family Service, 8487 Ridge Road, Support and resource group for caregivers of elderly or disabled. Topics include maintaining balance, how to cope with feelings of guilt and stress, finding resources and long-distance care-giving. Ages 21 and up. Free. Presented by Jewish Family Service Aging and Caregiver Services. 469-1188; www.jfscinti.org/aging-caregiver-services/ support-and-education/. Amberley Village. F R I D A Y, J U L Y 1 5

DINING EVENTS

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

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

ON STAGE - DANCE

Music and Dance in the Park: Debut of Le Jeune Ballet National, 7-10 p.m., Blue Ash Amphitheatre, 4433 Cooper Road, Debut of Cincinnati’s newest professional ballet company. Repertoire includes sexy, dynamic, out-of-the-box choreography by internationally renowned dance stars. Free. Presented by Le Jeune Ballet National. Through July 23. 257-8083; www.lejbn.com. Blue Ash.

RECREATION

Parent’s Night Out, 6-10 p.m., Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road, Activities includes swimming, games, crafts, a movie and dinner. Ages 6-12. $20, $15 siblings. Registration required. Presented by City of Blue Ash. 745-8550; www.blueash.com. Blue Ash. All-Night Fishing, 8 p.m., Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road, Fish from the bank, dock, by rental boat or bring your own. Four horsepower or less electric and gas motors permitted. Light visible 360 degrees required on boats after dark. All ages. $16 for 24-hour permit, $9.75 for 12hour permit, free ages 12 and under and ages 60 and up; rowboat rental $11.27 for 12 hours, $9.39 six hours; vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 791-1663; www.greatparks.org. Symmes Township. S A T U R D A Y, J U L Y 1 6

AUCTIONS Dessert Auction, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Columban Church, 894 Oakland Road, Homemade desserts auctioned. Preview at 11 a.m. with auction starting at noon. Free. Presented by Cincinnati Sound Chorus. 554-2648; www.cincinnatisound.org. Loveland. EDUCATION

FILE PHOTO.

Montgomery’s Bastille Day Celebration is noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 16, in downtown Montgomery. Enjoy a FrenchAmerican celebration with food, drinks and entertainment for the whole family. The celebration is free. Call 891-2424, or visit www.montgomeryohio.org. Pictured, Can Can dancers help celebrate a past Bastille Day.

FESTIVALS

Bastille Day Celebration, Noon-11 p.m., City of Montgomery, French-American celebration. Food, drinks and entertainment for the whole family. Free. 891-2424; www.montgomeryohio.org. Montgomery. Festival in Sycamore, 6 p.m.-1 a.m., Bechtold Park, Music by Basic Truth at 6 p.m. Free. 792-7270; www.sycamore township.org. Sycamore Township.

HEALTH / WELLNESS

Diabetes Conversation Maps Sessions, 10 a.m.-noon, Lisa Larkin, M.D. & Associates, 4460 Red Bank Road, Suite 100, Small group discussions of Type 2 diabetes led by Jan Kellogg, certified diabetes educator. Family friendly. $30 for four sessions; $10 per session. Through July 30. 271-5111. Madisonville. Simple Health-Smart Cooking, Noon-1:30 p.m., Cincinnati Nutrition Counseling Center, 7400 Montgomery Road, Weekly through Aug. 27. Asian, Mexican and Mediterranean cooking includes cooking demonstrations and lunch. Ages 18 and up. $159. Registration required. Presented by Communiversity at UC. 556-6932; www.uc.edu/ce/commu/ noncreditreg. Silverton.

MUSIC - BIG BAND

Thirty-Piece Ohio Military Band Concert, 2-4 p.m., Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 201 Riverside Drive. In conjunction with Sesquicentennial of the Civil War exhibit. Light refreshments provided. Free. 6835692; www.lovelandmuseum.org. Loveland.

MUSIC - CABARET

Midsummer Masquerade MMXI, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., Loveland Castle, 12025 Shore Road, Masked cabaret with dancing, steampunk, burlesque, magic and sideshow. 683-4686; www.queencitycabaret.com/Home.html. Symmes Township.

RECREATION

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. 791-1663; www.greatparks.org. Symmes Township. Kayak River Trip, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road, A 7.5 mile trip down the scenic Little Miami River. Begin at Lake Isabella and take out at Jim Terrell Park in Milford. Transportation back to Lake Isabella provided. Bring a lunch. All equipment provided and flotation devices will be worn at all times. Participants must be able to get in and out of their boat unassisted, be able to help haul boats and adequately maneuver their boat on open water. Led by ACA certified instructor. Children must be accompanied by adults. $30, $25 ages 6 to 18; vehicle permit required. Registration required. 521-7275; www.greatparks.org. Symmes Township.

SPORTS

Ohio Valley Volleyball Tour Tournament, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Hahana Beach, 7605 Wooster Pike, Men’s and Women’s Open. Spectators welcome. $60 per team. Presented by Ohio Valley Tour. 533-0831; www.goovt.com. Columbia Township.

VOLUNTEER EVENTS

Garden Volunteers Needed, 6:30-11:30 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. 324-2873; www. grannyusgardenschool.com. Loveland. S U N D A Y, J U L Y 1 7

FARMERS MARKET

Blooms & Berries Farm Market, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Blooms & Berries Farm Market, 6979173; www.bloomsandberriesfarmmarket.com. Loveland.

MUSIC - CLASSICAL

Summer Carillon Concerts, 7 p.m., Mary M. Emery Carillon, Pleasant Street, Richard Watson, carillonneur. A Mid-Summer “Pops” Recital. Selections include songs by Stephen Collins Foster, ragtime tunes from Scott Joplin, songs about stars by Franz Schubert, I.B. Woodbury and Hoagy Carmichael and more. Listen in park as the carillonneur performs on a keyboard connected to 49 bells inside the tower. Tours of keyboard room and bells may be arranged through the carillonneurs. Free. Presented by Village of Mariemont. 271-8519. Mariemont. M O N D A Y, J U L Y 1 8

HEALTH / WELLNESS

Summer Safety, 7-8 p.m., Baker Chiropractic Madeira, 7907 Euclid Ave., Learn dangers of harmful rays and toxic sunscreens and how to avoid them. Ages 21 and up. Free. Registration required. 272-9200; www.bakerchiropractic.org. Madeira.

NATURE

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

RECREATION

Blue Ash Recreation Swim Registration, 9 a.m, Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road,. Session 2. Daily through July 22. With rain dates July 25. Adults and toddlers. $20. Presented by City of Blue Ash. 745-8550; www.blueash.com. Blue Ash.

For more about Greater Cincinnati’s dining, music, events, movies and more, go to Metromix.com. T U E S D A Y, J U L Y 1 9

FARMERS MARKET

Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m., Kenwood Towne Centre, 7875 Montgomery Road, Valet Parking Lot along Montgomery Road. Fresh tomatoes, corn, apples, mums, pumpkins and more. Seeking vendors. 745-9100; email jean.ohnmeis@ggp.com; www.kenwoodtownecentre.com. Kenwood. Loveland Farmers’ Market, 3-7 p.m., Loveland Station, W. Loveland Avenue, E. Broadway and Second Streets, parking lot, corner of E. Broadway and Second streets. Socially and environmentally responsible produce, meat and market items grown or made within 100 miles from Loveland. info@lovelandfm.com; www.lovelandfm.com. Loveland.

MUSIC - CONCERTS

Blue Ash Concert in the Park, 7 p.m., Blue Ash Amphitheatre, 4433 Cooper Road, Music by Jim Jones and Matt Snow. Concessions available. Bring seating. Free. 7458550; www.blueashevents.com. Blue Ash. W E D N E S D A Y, J U L Y 2 0

FARMERS MARKET

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

HEALTH / WELLNESS

Doc Talk: UV Skin Protection Screenings, 12:15-1:15 p.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Host: Good Samaritan’s Skin Center Coordinator Tammy Maxwell. Followed by sun skin health discussion and question/answer session. Free. Reservations required. 985-6732. Montgomery.

ON STAGE - COMEDY

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

RECREATION

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

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

EXERCISE CLASSES

Laughter Yoga, 9-10:30 a.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Combines laughter exercises and yoga breathing to give health benefits of hearty laughter. With Patrick Welage. Family friendly. $10. Registration required. 985-6732. Montgomery.

FARMERS MARKET PROVIDED

The Cincinnati Museum Center opens the exhibit, “Inspired by Anne,” Saturday, July 16, in the Cincinnati History Museum. The exhibit celebrates the life and work of Covington resident Anne Wainscott, 94. She was fashion illustrator for Shillito’s Department Store and the Cincinnati Enquirer for nearly five decades. The exhibit includes sketches, artwork, hand-made garments and a replica of her studio. It is through Sept. 4. Admission is free for members and included in an all museums pass: $12.50, adults; $11.50, ages 60 and up; and $8.50, ages 3-12. Visit www.cincymuseum.org or call 513-287-7000.

Montgomery Farmers Market, 9 a.m.12:30 p.m., Montgomery Elementary School, 9609 Montgomery Road, More than 20 vendors, including seven local growers, fresh European-style bread, locally-roasted coffee, local baked goods, homemade premium granola, pastured meat and chicken and pork, artisan gelato, artisan cheese, local herbs, honey, maple syrup and more. Includes weekly musical acts, cooking demonstrations and community events. 6593465; www.montgomeryfarmersmarket.org. Montgomery.

GARY LANDERS/STAFF

The first Queen City Sausage Festival will be 5-11 p.m. Friday, July 15, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 16, and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, July 17, at Newport’s Riverfront Levee, below the Newport Aquarium. The festival celebrates the region’s rich culture and history of local sausage making with local food vendors, local beer and local musicians. Each vendor will offer their own specialty dishes using Queen City sausages (brats, metts, Italian, Andouille, Chorizo, etc.). The festival will also include a beer garden, live music, games, kids’ rides, cornhole tournaments, eating contests, festival T-shirts and hats, and more. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.queencitysausage.com. The event is hosted and presented by Queen City Sausage and Provisions LLC. Pictured is the company flag and flying pig sculpture on the roof at Queen City Sausage in Camp Washington.


Community | Life

July 13, 2011

Northeast Suburban Life

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Soggy spring a set-up for summer slugfest

With all the rainfall this spring, slug populations have been at an all-time slimy high. And these “slime balls” will destroy you favorite plants when you aren’t looking. So how do you control these slow-moving slimy leaf eaters? First, you need to learn a little bit about them.

What are slugs and what do they do?

Slugs are simply shell-less snails. These slimy creatures are mollusks, vary in size from 1⁄4 inch to 5 inches-plus, range from dark black-brown to orange in color, are hermaphroditic (male and female) laying up to 100 eggs or more (spring and summer), and are highly dependent on moisture in the ground and surrounding habitat. The slime trails they leave behind (when moving) become silvery when dry, and are used to identify the presence of slugs (along with holes in the plant’s foliage). Slugs over-winter as adults hiding in the ground. In the summer, they hide during the day under garden debris, mulch, rocks, boards, weeds and groundcover, to

stay out of the sun and wind. A slug is 80 percent water, and its slime is 98 percent water, so cool, dark and damp living conditions are important, and the main reason they feed at night, or during cloudy days. Slugs are especially active after rainfalls or irrigation periods. Slugs (snails) feed on a variety of living plants as well as decaying plant matter. They have chewing mouthparts and cause plant damage by creating large irregularly shaped holes in leaves with tattered edges. They prefer succulent foliage or flowers, seedlings, herbaceous plants, and fruit lying on or close to the ground, etc., but eat anything from garbage to feeding on bones. Hostas, by the way, are definitely one of their favorite plants.

How can I control slugs in my garden?

There are several ways to help control slug populations, and in most cases, a combination of methods works best. Cultural controls: Eliminate places where slugs can

hide, like stones, debris, weeds, and heavy mulches, and try to use plants less susRon Wilson ceptible to In the Garden slug dama g e s . Open up the areas to more sunlight and airflow, which slugs do not like. Handpicking: Have a “Slugfest” to see who can pick the most slugs. Pick at night with a flashlight in hand. This is effective if done on a regular basis. Water the area before picking to entice the slugs out. Trapping: Inverted melon rinds or grapefruit halves make excellent traps. Scrape off the accumulated slugs daily and destroy them. Beer-baited traps work nicely. Use empty tuna cans, place in the ground around plants and fill with beer (non-alcoholic beer works best). Slugs are attracted to the beer, fall in the can and drown. Empty and refill with beer as needed. Barriers: Copper barriers

around beds will keep slugs from entering. Using coarse sand, crushed egg shells or used coffee grounds around desirable plants creates a border to help keep slugs out. Sprinkling the soil and or foliage with *diatomaceous earth acts as a barrier; when slugs crawl across it, they are sliced and dehydrate. Even using pine straw for mulch seems to deter slug populations. Baits: Slug baits are probably the most consistent method of slug control, but not all are labeled for around edibles (read the label). Covered containers or bait traps can be used to minimize poisoning concerns. Bonide’s *SlugMagic or Espoma’s *Slug & Snail Control are slug baits (less toxic/much safer) and can be used around children, pets, wildlife, the garden, etc. Natural enemies: Slugs have natural enemies, including ducks, geese, chickens, snakes, toads, turtles, birds, beetles, spiders, ants, harvestmen and firefly larvae. Invite these guys to your slugfest! *Note: Always read and follow the label/directions on each recommended product

before use. Actual slug control will vary due to many factors, and rarely is there ever 100 percent control. We do not recommend the use of salt in or on top of the soil for

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July 13, 2011

Easy dishes to pull out for any picnic, potluck

Rita is on vacation for the next two weeks. The following is a selection of her “best of” recipes.

It’s summer and that means lots of folks celebrating the season with family cookouts, potlucks and picnics. Here are some good “take-along” recipes that can be done in advance. And that’s a bonus for everybody, especially the cook!

Bodacious baked beans

Is there a picnic that doesn’t include baked beans? Don’t think so. But baked beans don’t have to be boring. Elevate them to new heights with this recipe which is one of my most requested picnic side dishes. Adapted from my good friend Barbara Bond’s recipe. To see a video of me making this, log onto my blog at Cincinnati.com (Cooking with Rita). 32 oz. baked beans 1 can regular, plain beans, your choice, drained 1 generous cup favorite

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barbecue sauce or more 1 ⁄2 cup b r o w n sugar 1 medium onion, chopped 1 Granny S m i t h a p p l e , chopped

but not peeled 6 strips bacon, sautéed and cut up Mix everything together. Pour into sprayed casserole. Bake in 350 degree oven about 40 to 50 minutes, until bubbly and no longer real runny. It gets thicker as it cools. Delicious hot, room temperature or cold. Serves six to eight.

Rita’s seven-layer salad

Anywhere from half to a pound of bacon, cut into small pieces, fried and drained 1 head of iceberg lettuce, enough to make two nice layers in a big bowl 6-7 hard-boiled eggs,

sliced 10 oz. or so pkg. of frozen peas, thawed 4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese 1 bunch green onions, sliced Enough mayonnaise for last layer, a cup or so Salt and pepper Put half the lettuce in the bottom of a big bowl and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Put egg slices on top, enough to cover. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Layer half the green onions on. Sprinkle peas on top of that, the bacon, the rest of the lettuce, 2 cups cheddar. Spread mayonnaise on top making sure you cover the entire top. Cover and chill eight to 24 hours. To serve, sprinkle the rest of the cheddar on top and the rest of the green onions. Now if you don’t like that many green onions, leave them off of the top.

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Perfectly grilled salmon

The 70-30 rule applies to any seafood on the grill. Have the grill hot, lightly brush both sides of the fish with oil, and start grilling skin side up with the grill closed as much as possible. (Or just put a disposable pan over the fish). Leave it alone until about 70 percent of the fish is done on the first side. You’ll know it by the looks and also if it will release easily. This allows the fish to form a nice crust. Turn it and finish cooking. The rule about seven to 10 minutes per inch of thickness works well, too. Here’s how I season mine: Brush four salmon fillets, about 6 ounces each, with skin (or not) on both sides with olive or other oil. Season both sides with salt and 1⁄4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (this is enough for all four) and the juice of a lime (about 2 tablespoons). Grill as indicated above. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community press.com with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

Beginning to sound like … Christmas in July The Salvation Army has set a goal of $50,000 for this year’s “Christmas in July” Campaign. The campaign is taking place at 35 area Kroger stores, using The Salvation Army’s iconic red kettles

and bell-ringers. Funds raised through the “Christmas in July” campaign are used to send local children to summer camp, day camp and summer enrichment programs. Volunteers are needed to

help ring bells for Christmas in July. Those interested in volunteering to “stand” a kettle this season should send an e-mail to Denise Martin, kettle coordinator, at denise.martin@use.salvationarmy.org.

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PERSON 2 PERSON Madeira Woman’s Club fetes one of its own By Jeanne Houck jhouck@communitypress.com

MADEIRA – Jean Orloff has been named Woman of the Year by the Madeira Woman’s Club. Orloff has been a member of the 52-year-old service, education and entertainment organization for 15 years. She’s served as first vice president, membership chairman and recording secretary and lent her skills to the Scholarship, Social and Clothes Closet Committees. “She was always willing to extend a helping hand with a wonderful smile on her face,” said Nancy Silvers, a club representative. The Madeira Woman’s Club itself also is in line for accolades. Earlier this year it received the second place Jessie June Magee Junior Achievement Cup from among all clubs in the Ohio Federation of Women’s Clubs. The Madeira Woman’s Club was recognized for its volunteer work and community projects, including a program in which members have knitted about 1,000 hats for premature infants and female chemotherapy patients since 2005. The club funds college scholarships and donates monies to organizations

Jean Orloff is the Madeira Woman’s Club Woman of the Year. ranging from Shriners Hospitals for Children – Cincinnati to the Madeira and Indian Hill Joint Fire District. Each member serves at least six hours a month at The Clothes Closet in the historic Cleo Hosbrook House on Miami Avenue, where members raise money by selling quality used clothing.

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Northeast Suburban Life

BUSINESS BRIEFS Viking Partners names Ryan Lucas asset manager

Viking Partners LLC, a private equity real estate investment firm, has h i r e d Symmes To w n s h i p resident Ryan Lucas as asset manager for Lucas the operations of its commercial properties. Lucas will be responsible for overseeing the general portfolio operations for Viking Partners Fund I and future investments. The properties Lucas will oversee as part of Fund I currently consists of seven real estate investments in Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Georgia and Colorado. His role also includes execution of asset level strategic plans, asset dispositions and financing. Lucas brings valuable work experience from his previous position working for Midland Loan Services, a division of PNC Bank, where he managed the resolution of non-performing real estate loan assets to minimize loss-

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es and maximize value for Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities investors. Prior to his work with Midland Loan Services, Lucas worked as an assistant vice president, commercial real estate at National City Bank, and loan officer for U.S. Bank Commercial Real Estate. Lucas is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, where he earned a bachelor of business administration with a focus in finance and concentrations in real estate and international business with a business certificate in Spanish.

Hollywood designer coming to local boutique

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Children’s Boutique, 7816 Cooper Road in Montgomery, will host a a trunk show for Hollywood designer Johnetta Boone at 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 16. Boone has become one of Hollywood’s most sought after costume designers. She was born and raised in Washington, D.C., attending Duke Ellington School for Performing Arts and later attended the New York Institute of Technology. Boone’s latest project was launched last fall, Z2 Wear, a tween clothing line. Through her new tween clothing line, she’s hoping to positively influence young girls with respectable and age-appropriate clothing.

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Steve Wanamaker, Venue magazine publisher, left, awards Chuck Proudfit of At Work on Purpose a Venue civic leadership and service award at a June 21 Venue luncheon. Forty Cincinnatians were honored at the Cintas Center at Xavier University for their philanthropic and volunteer efforts. At Work on Purpose is based in Blue Ash.

Democrats FUNdraiser July 19 at Go Bananas For the third year in a row, the Blue Ash Northeast Democratic Club will host a comedic FUNdraiser at Go Bananas Comedy Club in Montgomery, 8410 Market Place Lane. This year’s comedy show is set for 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 19. “Last fall, Democrats got a shellacking, but this year and next we are positive that Democrats will have the last laugh,” said Julie Brook, president of Blue Ash Dems. “We are so pleased to be, once again, working with Go Bananas Comedy Club of Montgomery and having attorney Dan Donellon as our emcee. Thanks to the election of Gov. Kasich and Republican-led legislation such as Senate Bill 5, guns in bars and attacks on a women’s health, our club and interest in the Democratic Party is growing. We expect a large crowd, so purchase your tickets early.” Advanced tickets for the Go Bananas Comedy Club event are discounted at $12.50 per ticket and can be purchased on-line at www.gobananascomedy.co m. On the night of the event, tickets are $15 at the

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Community RELIGION

Ascension Lutheran Church

The summer worship service is at 10 a.m. with children’s message and special music. There is no sunday school in the summer. Child care is provided. The community is invited to worship and participate in the many fellowship and serving activities throughout the summer. Ascension is working with the Eastside Coalition to build one of three homes this year in the Cincinnati area. The next build date is Saturday, July 23. Interested volunteers may call Ascension at 793-3288 for more information. Community and world donations continue throughout the summer. Backpacks and dry erase markers are collected for people served by the Northeast Emergency Distribution Service (NEEDS) as well as various food items. Health Kits for Lutheran World Relief will be collected until Sunday, Sept. 18. Other collections include empty pill bottles and aluminum cans and items for the NICU University Hospital (receiving blankets, onesies sleepers and four-ounce baby bottles). The community is invited to participate. Call Ascension at 7933288 for more information. Ascension is participating in the Southern Ohio Synod ELCA Malaria Campaign through education about the disease and donations from members and various

church groups. The church is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 793-3288, www.ascensionlutheranchurch.com.

The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati; 791-3142; www.cosumc.org.

Brecon United Methodist Church

Movie Nite will be Friday, July 22. The 1981 Academy Award Winner, “Chariots of Fire� will begin promptly at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Popcorn and refreshments will be served prior to the start of the movie. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The movie will be shown in the church’s Activity Center. The church is at 8645 Kenwood Road; 791-7323.

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St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

The church offers worship services on Sundays at 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. All are welcome. Samaritan Closet hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The Samaritan Closet is located next to the church. The church is at 7388 E. Kemper Road, Sycamore Township; 4897021.

A Wednesday worship service is being conducted at 7:30 p.m. through Aug. 10. Evening Vacation Bible School is 6 p.m. 8:30 p.m. Aug. 8-12. Register online at www.cos-umc.org. The Bible school is free. Fall Adult Mission Trip planning is under way. If interested in an Oct. 6-9 service project to Appalachia Tenn. area, call the church for details. The church is searching for crafter and vendors to join the Fall Craft Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 12. Register at www.cosumc.org/craftshow.htm. Traditional worship services are 8:20 a.m. and 11 a.m.; contemporary music is 9:40 a.m. every Sunday.

Mount Carmel Baptist Church

Vacation Bible School with an artistic and musical emphasis will be held Thursday July 28 to Sunday, July 31. Kids will learn about God through vocals, instrumentals, drumline, bells, fine art and drama. Contact the church to sign-up. All kids in the community third through sixth grade are welcome. The next Habitat for Humanity work day is Saturday July 16. The last work day of the season is Sept. 10. Contact the church for sign-up information. The church is collecting non-perishable grocery items for the Findlay Street food pantry and seeking volunteers to deliver bread daily from Kroger and Panera. Findlay Street summer camp started June 6 and continues Monday

through Friday throughout the summer. Volunteers are need to help chaperone field trips, direct craft projects, make sandwich lunches and more. Contact the church for further information. Summer fellowship events: Reds Outing at 1:10 p.m. Sunday, July 31, vs. the San Francisco Giants and the annual parish picnic Sunday, Aug. 28. An Intercessory Healing Prayer Service is held the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. The Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 30, in the library. Join the group to knit for others or come for fellowship. A Men’s Breakfast group meets on Wednesday mornings at 8:30 a.m. at Steak ‘n’ Shake in Montgomery. Ladies Bible Study meets at 10 a.m. on Tuesday mornings at the church. Friends in Fellowship meets at 6:15 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month for dinner at the church. A Bereavement Support Group for widow and widowers meets from 10-11 a.m. the second and fourth Saturdays. Sunday worship services are 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Parent Church School meets at 9:30 a.m. the second Sunday of each month. The church is at 10345 Montgomery Road, Montgomery; 984-8401; www.st-barnabas.org.

Sycamore Christian Church

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

Trinity Community Church

Trinity recently launched a new Contemporary Worship Service, called “The Source.� Trinity Together time is on the first and third Tuesday of each month. This is an outreach program that gives families the opportunity to spend quality time together in structured activities that promote healthy relationships and positive interactions. It is free to the public and geared toward the ages of birth to 5 years old. This program includes special guests throughout the year as well as crafts, games, story time, snack and getting to know other parents and grandparents and their children. Park in the lot of Trinity Community Church, and enter through the doors of Fellowship Hall. Call the church

About religion

Religion news is published at no charge on a spaceavailable basis. Items must be to our office no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, for possible consideration in the following edition. E-mail announcements to nesuburban@communitypress. com, with “Religion� in the subject line. Fax to 248-1938. Call 248-8600. Mail to: Northeast Suburban Life, Attention: Andrea Reeves, Religion news, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, OH 45140. office for schedule information. The church hosts a free meal for all its neighbors, 6-7 p.m. the last Tuesday of each month in Fellowship Hall at the church. Whether you need a break from cooking, have run low on groceries by the end of the month, or just want to relax and eat while socializing, you are invited to enjoy Trinity’s hospitality. Families, singles, couples and all ages are welcome. Park in the church parking lot, and enter through the doors of Fellowship Hall. The church is at 3850 E. Galbraith Road, Deer Park; 791-7631; www.trinitycincinnati.org.

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always be remembered for her many years of outstanding dedicated service to the JCC Early Childhood School. Her involvement with the JCC Early Childhood School spanned more than 40 years, and she also served as a JCC summer camp director. Sachs was born and raised in Cincinnati, she graduated from Woodward High School in 1961, and she attended the University of Cincinnati. A wife and mother of three boys, Sachs never sought the limelight, at home or at the JCC Early Childhood School.

“Jackie gave a lot of her life to the children of this community,� said Judy Neugebauer, administrator at the JCC Early Childhood School and Sachs’s longtime friend. “We worked together for more than 40 years and I saw how she provided the children with a fulfilling experience. For many of them this was their first experience away from their primary caregiver.� Working side by side, Sachs and her coworkers became like family. Her kind, loving and funny spirit lives on today at the JCC Early Childhood School.

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POLICE REPORTS

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Arrests/citations

Sherri Dawn Cordell, 48, 4335 Hunt Road, criminal trespass, petty theft at 4150 Hunt Road, July 4. Ladonna R. Gann, 37, 9478 Longren Court, open container prohbited, drug possession at 4171 Hunt Road, June 29. Mark Timothy Mays, 111, , misdemeanor warrant, misdemeanor warrant, traffic warrant, traffic warrant at 4171 Hunt Road, June 29. Rickey Lamont Reed, 36, 1524 Yarmouth Ave., possession or use of a controlled substance at 5900 Pfeiffer Road, July 2. Sheila D. Garrett, 37, 1118 Sr 949, possession drug paraphernalia, operating a vehicle impaired (under the influence of alcohol/drugs), driving under suspension or in violation of license restriction, turn and stop signals, drug possession at Ohio 126 westbound connector at Kenwood Road, July 4. Ryan Tyler Evans, 20, 1238 Glen Haven Lane, open container prohinited, operating a vehicle impaired (under the influence of alcohol/drugs) at Kenwood Road at Glendale-Milford Road, July 3. Azrielle G. Flynn, 18, 4183 Heritage Glen, drug paraphernalia, open container prohibited at Kenwood Road at Glendale-Milford Road, July 3.

Incidents/investigations Burglary

A man said someone took a MacBook Pro laptop computer, value $2,000; an XBox 360 gaming system with a Wifi plug, value $300; an iPod Classic, value $250; a pair of Oakley Ducati sunglasses, value $185; personal papers; a Blue Ash recreation card; a GameStop card; a Sony 17-inch LCD television, value $1,200; an iPod Classic, value $250; a stereo docking station for an iPod with speakers, value $200; $80 cash, and three gift cards, total value $80 at 4481 Classic Drive, July 3.

Petty theft

Somene took $80 from Buffalo Wild Wings at 4550 Glendale-Milford Road, June 30. Someone took $20 from Bob Evans Restaurant at 5875 Pfeiffer Road, July 2.

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At 10810 Kenwood Road, June 30.

Theft

A woman tok a Paul Mitchell flat iron, value $100; a Chi flat iron, value $150; three cutting shears, value $750; a mannequin head, value $100; a hand mirror, value $50; six round hair brushes, value $300; three aprons, value $150; three plastic cases with brushes, combs and clips, value $350; a Marcel curling iron, value $150; a Paul Mitchell water bottle, value 430; a binder

About police reports

The Community Press publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: Blue Ash, Chief Chris Wallace, 745-8573 Montgomery, Chief Don Simpson, 985-1600 Sycamore Township, Lt. Dan Reid, 792-7254 Symmes Township, Lt. Tom Butler, 774-6351 or 6833444. with personal papers, value $1; six Paul Mitchell DVDs, value $500; a Paul Mitchell cutting card, value $150, and luggage, value $125 at 9323 Blue Ash Road, July 3. A man said someone took an iPhone 4, value $600 at 9997 Carver Road, July 2.

Theft ($500 or more)

A woman said someone took two Key bank debit cards; CitiBank Visa and Orchard Bank credit cards; a Verizon LGNV2 cell phone, value $130; a pair of glasses, value $200; a house and car key ring, value $10, and an Ohio driver’s license, value $25, from Ahn’s Martial Arts at 11100 Kenwood Road, June 29.

MONTGOMERY

Arrests/citations

Bryan A. Honnerlaw, 25, 8000 Hamilton Ave. No. 2, possession of drugs at Convo Court, June 30. Daniel V. Robinson, 37, 890 W. Loveland Ave. H3, open container, driving while under the influence at Northbound Interstate 71, June 25. Ryan P. Kast, 18, 8010 Elbrecht Drive, drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs at 11353 Grandstone Lane, June 25. Joshua M. Newman, 32, 230 N. Sycamore St., drug abuse instruments at Intertstate 275, June 25.

Incidents/investigations Theft

A woman said someone took a car stereo, value $100, and roller blades, value $350 at Northbound Interstate 71, June 28.

Unauthorized use of motor vehicle At 10357 Birkemeyer, June 30.

SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP

Arrests/citations

Brittany Price, 19, 4808 Chalet, theft,

Our interactive CinciNavigator map allows you to pinpoint the loction of police reports in your neighborhood. Visit: Cincinnati.com/blueash Cincinnati.com/montgomery Cincinnati.com/sycamoretownship Cincinnati.com/symmestownship criminal trespassing at 7875 Montgomery Road, June 18. Victoria Hosbrook, 24, 1877 Losantiville, soliciting, prostitution, drug abuse instruments at 8075 Reading Road, June 16. Valissa Hall, 25, 2400 Harrison Ave., disorderly conduct at 1916 Chaucer Drive, June 17. Nate Brock, 32, 1916 Chaucer, obstructing official business at 1916 Chaucer Drive, June 17. Kristen Kurtz, 29, 1514 Deeny Drive, drug paraphernalia at 8109 Reading Road, June 21.

Incidents/investigations Aggravated robbery

Victim threatened and jewelry valued at $220 removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, June 16.

Arson

Mailbox set on fire at 8765 Sturbridge Drive, June 21.

June 14, Chelton, medical emergency June 14, Kirtley, medical emergency June 15, Autumnwood, medical emergency June 15, Galbraith, medical emergency June 15, Largo, alarm activation June 15, Terwilligers, alarm activation June 15, Ponds, medical emergency June 15, Euclid, medical emergency June 15, Montgomery, fall June 15, Trebor, lift assist June 16, Kemperwoods, alarm activation June 16, 275 @ Montgomery, motor vehicle accident June 16, Plainfield, medical emergency

About Fire, EMS reports

The Community Press obtains fire and emergency medical dispatches from the Sycamore Township Fire EMS Department, 489-1212 (North Station) and 792-8565 (South station). June 16, Longford, medical emergency June 16, Merrymaker, medical emergency June 17, Trebor, CO alarm

Theft

Sunglasses and shorts valued at $62 removed at 9201 Fields Ertel Road, June 14. Credit cards of unknown value removed at 9420 Loveland Madeira Road, June 7. Wallet and contents of unknown value removed at 8532 Governors Hill, June 10. Motorcycle of unknown value removed at 9360 Union Cemetery Road, June 13. License plates removed at 11320 Terwilligers Creek Drive, June 11. Purse and contents of unknown value removed at 8850 Governors Hill Drive, June 11. Tools valued at $174 removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, June 10. License plate removed at 11458 Enyart Road, June 19.

Theft

12 Muirfield Lane: Kuehnle Leonard W. to Hancher Robertl; $330,000. 3833 Chimney Hill Drive: Chimsky Jean to Park Haewon; $350,000. 4340 Chidester Lane: Wright Margaret O. to Walker Robert; $440,000. 4359 Victor Ave.: Beck Michael R. & Tracey K. Glancy to Chapman Rebecca L.; $145,000. 9582 Lansford Drive: Gore Marie L. Tr to Lee Mina; $214,900. 9587 Heather Court: Krantz Lawrence P. & Deborah J. to Gilman Scott P.; $335,000. 9645 Linfield Drive: Weatherston Andrew N. & Nicola K. to Collins Douglas Paul; $285,000.

MONTGOMERY

10555 Montgomery Road: Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. to Blagojevic Bogdan; $58,000. 7455 Huckleberry Lane: Toogood Christine M. Tr to Grablovic Alan A.; $284,000.

About real estate transfers

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

7835 Shadowhill Way: Schold John D. & Mitsue Peterson to Heinen Blake A.; $258,500. 7859 Bicentennial Place: Daniels James A. & Kathy M. to Outt Benjamin W.; $889,900.

SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP

11945 Fifth Ave.: Sparks Nancy J. to Dominique Tracy; $74,679. 1883 Chaucer Drive: Holden Tina to Bank Of New York Mellon T.; $54,000. 3679 Langhorst Court: Wall James J.

Donald H. Koehl

Donald H. Koehl, 82, of Blue Ash died June 30. He was a volunteer at the Sycamore Senior Center. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. Survived by wife, Carolyn L. (nee Witker); children Karen L. Hosea Koehl, Susan M. (Eric) Bardes and Joyce A. (Michael) Hall; grandchildren Elisa (Beau), Susie and Donald Hosea, Edward and Andrew Bardes and Madison, Taylor and Shelby Hall; sister, Phyllis Garbrecht; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by sister, Betty Hucke; and brother, Jim Koeph. Services were July 6 at MihovkRosenacker Funeral Home, Evendale. Memorials to: St. Paul Lutheran Church, 5433 Madison Road,

Mountain bike valued at $700 removed at 8454 Plainfield Road, June 15. Furniture set valued at $100 removed at 5771 Kugler Mill, June 16. $290 taken through deceptive means at 11573 Deerfield Road, June 16. $100 removed from purse at 7796 Evans, June 16. $10,312 removed through deceptive means at 4700 E. Galbraith Road, June 20. Catalytic converter valued at $474 removed from vehicle at 7300 Dearester Drive, June 21.

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Safe and contents of unknown value removed at 8586 E. Kemper Road, June 16.

Burglary

Residence entered at 11915 Harbortown, June 18. Residence entered and TVs, game systems, games valued at $6,070 removed at 12179 Brisben, June 16.

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Vehicle window damaged at 12021 Carrington, June 15. Reported at 8737 Windfield, June 22.

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June 17, Madisonville @ West, structure fire June 17, Montgomery, fall June 17, Dearwester, fall June 17, Emerald, medical emergency June 17, Kugler Mill, medical emergency June 17, Dearwester, medical emergency June 17, Glenelleyn, medical emergency June 17, Chaucer, medical emergency June 18, :9 Galbraith, possible fuel spill June 18, Trade, alarm activation June 18, Mason Montgomery, structure fire June 18, Montgomery, fall June 18, Dearwester, medical emergency June 18, Dearwester, fall June 18, Third, medical emergency

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SYMMES TOWNSHIP

10690 Loveland-Madeira Road: Eppert-Trimbell Investment Corp. to Riley Todd P.; $625,000. 11561 Stablewatch Court: Gibbs Jeffrey A. & Joyce A. to Jones Leigh B.; $550,000. 11925 Riveroaks Drive: Marsolan Norman F. Jr. & Maureen O. Meara Marsolan to Partin Brett M.; $320,000.

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