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Board: Community expects vote

By Jeanne Houck

Blue thumbs

The community garden concept was initiated in Blue Ash in 2009 with a pilot program, providing the opportunity for seven gardeners to have garden plots within the field area of the city’s historical Hunt House property. Given the success of that pilot year, the program was expanded in 2010 to allow the opportunity for 25 gardeners to work 20 eightfoot-by-10-foot plots, with some plots being shared. SEE LIFE, B1

Words for the wise

Pomp, circumstance, a little humor and some well-turned phrases highlighted high school graduation ceremonies this spring. Read the words of commencement speakers at Sycamore High School and Ursuline Academy. SEE SCHOOLS, A5

Heat waves

To jump-start a new cooking curriculum, Jamie Clark is building a large cob oven at the farm. Clark, a seasonal educator and sustainable living advocate for Gorman Heritage Farm, said the cob oven is highly efficient and the insulation with the sand and the recycled bottles keeps the heat inside and the oven hot for up to nine hours. SEE STORY, A3

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Bernadette Hudepohl admits she is a “Maple Dale Mom,” but thinks a proposed bond issue to replace the 50-year-old Blue Ash school is a bargain. The Montgomery resident who has one child enrolled in Maple Dale Elementary School and will have another in 2011 told the Sycamore Board of Education July 14 that it should expect to fight a perception that Sycamore is “cash rich.” “I just think that it’s going to be a tough sell,” Hudepohl said at the meeting, where no one spoke in opposition to the bond. “But I think $19 per $100,000 (of market value school officials estimate the bond would cost) is extremely reasonable.” The school board will vote today, July 21, on whether to put a 25-year bond issue on the Nov. 2 ballot to replace Maple Dale for $17.5 million. The board unanimously approved a “resolution of necessity” July 14 to ask the Hamilton County Auditor’s Office to certify the property valuation of the entire Sycamore Community School District and the amount of bond millage that would be needed to pay debt over 25 years on the $17.5 million the district would borrow to build a new school. Sycamore Treasurer Beth Weber estimates the millage would be about 0.6 of a mill and that voters would pay an additional $19 annually per $100,000 of their home’s market valuation if the bond is approved. Weber said the school board should have an official amount from the auditor in time for its July 21 meeting, which will begin at 7 p.m. at the E.H. Greene Intermediate School in Blue Ash. Earlier July 14, John Mercurio was the sole school board member


The Sycamore Board of Education will vote Wednesday, July 21, on whether to put a 25-year bond issue on the Nov. 2 ballot to replace Maple Dale Elementary School for $17.5 million. From left: board Member Ken Richter, Vice President Jean Staubach and President Diane Adamec. to vote against a 10-year funding recommendation for capital improvements at all buildings in the district, including Maple Dale. The plan calls for the improvements to be financed with a combination of the bond issue, the district’s cash reserve and other financing methods including issuing debt for energy-conservation projects and applying for federal stimulus funds to reduce interest costs. Instead of using a bond issue to replace Maple Dale, Mercurio wanted to use a certificate of participation in which the district would pay $1.1 million a year for 25 years from the general fund. The other board members said they preferred a bond issue because it would produce money specifically for Maple Dale. They also said they believe voters want to vote on big projects such as the Maple Dale replacement. “I think the community expects to be asked to vote on the bond,”


Bernadette Hudepohl of Montgomery supports a proposed bond issue to replace Maple Dale Elementary School in Blue Ash, but tells the Sycamore Board of Education it could be a tough sell.

Board Vice President Jean Staubach said. “It is a large amount of money.”

Mercurio said he wanted to make it clear that he supports replacing Maple Dale and joined Staubach, board President Diane Adamec and members Jill Cole and Ken Richter in approving the resolution of necessity July 14. Weber noted that the district needs to plan for anticipated reductions in state funding and a $12 million loss annually due to termination of the tangible personal-property tax reimbursements. In addition, Sycamore could face the loss of $700,000 annually in property taxes should Duke Energy win a pending appeal to the Ohio Department of Taxation that it is paying Ohio school districts – including Sycamore – too much tax. The loss of money in combination with the use of some of the district’s cash reserve for capital improvements would reduce Sycamore’s cash reserve from about $41 million as of June 2010 to about $18 million by June 2014.

Symmes trustee deploying to Afghanistan By Amanda Hopkins

Symmes Township Board of Trustees President Phil Beck has

“It’s an honor for me to serve the residents of the township and it’s an honor for me to serve my country.”

Phil Beck Symmes Township Board of Trustees president

been called up for duty. Beck, an officer in the Navy Reserves with the Seabees, learned his unit is mobilizing for a deployment to Afghanistan. “It’s an honor for me to serve the residents of the township and it’s an honor for me to serve my country,” Beck said. Beck will leave for training in Gulfport, Miss., in the middle of August and will officially deploy to Afghanistan in November. Beck said his unit will be in country for six to eight months. Beck expects to be back on the board of trustees by July 2011. Both Ken Bryant and Jodie Leis expressed their gratitude for Beck’s military service after his announcement at the July 6 meeting.

Out of the country

A trustee serving in the military is nothing new for Symmes Township. Eric Minamyer, a trustee from 1996 to 2004, served in the United States Navy and was on active duty 2001 through 2003. During training, he was able to return to Symmes Township for monthly meetings, but missed several meetings in 2003 when he was deployed to the Middle East. Township Administrator Gerald “We’re all very proud of you,” Bryant said. “You’ve been a tremendous asset to the township.” Beck has been previously deployed to Iraq in 2004 and 2005.

Beckman said military absence does not require a trustee to resign and regular meetings will continue with the two trustees, Jodie Leis and Ken Bryant, in Phil Beck’s absence. If there is a split vote, Beckman said no action can be taken in the township. Symmes Township Administrator Gerald Beckman said a military absence does not require a trustee to resign. The trustees will continue regular meetings with the other two trustees, Leis and Bryant.

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Circling key Target dates

BRIEFLY Trustees discuss Rozzi property

The Symmes Township Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 27, for the purpose of awarding a construction contract for the development of the Rozzi property and to discuss and possibly take action on gas and elec-

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tric aggregation. The meeting will be held at the administration building at 9323 Union Cemetery Road. For more information or questions, contact township administration at 683-6644.

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• Sycamore Township residents who live near the proposed site for a Super Target and strip mall in Blue Ash – at the site of Hartzell United Methodist Church – oppose the plan presented by developer Midland Atlantic. Some residents form a group called the Homeowners Opposed to Retail Development that works to persuade Hamilton County to keep the property and not sell it to the developer. The residents’ concerns included traffic, crime, wildlife and property values. • Hamilton County Commission President Phil Heimlich sides with the Homeowners Opposed to Retail Development and says he would not support selling county land to build the Super Target or strip mall. Commissioner Todd Portune also opposes the land sale. • Developer John Silverman of Midland Atlantic tells the Cincinnati Enquirer that the Target development would have created 385 jobs and generated $2.2 million in tax revenue. He also tells the Enquirer that the homeowners group refused to work with him to address concerns about the project. • Hamilton County commissioners approve a lease of 15-acre lot to Sycamore Township on the proposed site for the Super Target – off Plainfield Road and Ronald Reagan Highway in Blue Ash, but bordering Sycamore Township. The lease stops the proposal for the Super Target from Midland Atlantic. • Target submits plans to Blue Ash to build a 137,000 square foot store on 12 acres at the southwest corner of Plainfield Road and the Ronald Reagan Cross County Highway. The store is one-third the size of the original proposal and is not a superstore with groceries. • The Blue Ash Planning Commission recommends Blue Ash City Council approve Target’s plans. The planning commission also attaches 15 conditions, many designed to address traffic, landscaping and neighbor concerns. Neighboring Hartzell United Methodist Church says Target has resolved storm-water drainage issues on the property. • Blue Ash City Council approves Target’s plans with the 15 conditions set by the Blue Ash Planning Commission. City council directs the city engineer to work with Target to ensure lights around the store are positioned so that they do not bother Sycamore Township homeowners who live along the property’s southern border. • Target says its plans are on hold because of the economy. • The Blue Ash Planning Commission gives Target permission to develop a small business on a half acre of the property at the same time it develops its store. Target says a bank has expressed interest in the site. Also, Target applies to Blue Ash for site work and building permits and submits plans to make required changes to Plainfield Road. Target is required to make road improvements to accommodate traffic generated by the development, including widening a portion of Plainfield Road south of the bridge and signal and lane improvements around its Plainfield Road access. • Blue Ash issues a demolition permit for a building on the property and decides the new Target store will have the address of 9099 Plainfield Road. • Deadline by which Target must begin construction on plans approved by Blue Ash.

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Light costs to be determined By Amanda Hopkins




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Sycamore Township trustees won’t make any decisions on how much money to invest in a new light on Kenwood Road until they see the results of an Ohio Department of Transportation study. The Board of Trustees said they will decide if they will contribute the $231,000 that Midland Atlantic is asking for the traffic light. The developer wants to install a traffic light that connects the Kenwood Towne Center and Kenwood Place to offer better pedestrian access and more parking for Kenwood Place at the Towne Center. The entire traffic light project is estimated at $454,000. Trustees Cliff Bishop and Tom Weidman both said they see the benefit to township residents and other guests to help with the parking, traffic flow and pedestrian access, but said they won’t decide on how much to pay until the traffic study results are received at the end of July. “We’re not sure if

($231,000 is) a fair amount,” Bishop said. He said it’s over half of the estimated price of the project which was initiated by Midland Atlantic. Midland Atlantic is the

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developer of the eightscreen, 1,184-seat Kenwood Theater in Kenwood Place that the trustees approved at their Feb. 4 meeting. The traffic study is looking at traffic counts at Kenwood Road and Galbraith Road, Kenwood Road and the Towne Center entrance and Kenwood Road and the Kenwood Place entrance.

“We’re not sure if ($231,000 is) a fair amount.” Cliff Bishop Sycamore Township trustee


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July 21, 2010 Northeast Suburban Life


Farm turns up heat – naturally

By Amanda Hopkins

To jumpstart a new cooking curriculum, Jamie Clark is building a large cob oven at the farm. A cob oven is made of all natural materials including clay, dirt, sand and recycled bottles. Clark, a seasonal educator and sustainable living advocate for Gorman Heritage Farm, said the cob oven is highly efficient and the insulation with the sand and the recycled bottles keeps the heat inside and the oven hot for up to nine hours. Clark said the cob oven will be used for the upcoming chef camp at Gorman Heritage Farm and for new classes Clark is working on to incorporate the use of the oven. The classes will include lessons on knife skills and cutting food, nutrition and baking food from the gardens at the farm. “(The oven will) show


From left: Liz Huff of West Chester Township, Nellie Ashmore of Wilmington, Jamie Clark of Evendale, Ann Kelley of Columbus, Matt Lawson of Anderson and Erica Lee of Hayworth, Calif., are all working on the construction of a cob oven – an oven made using natural materials – at Gorman Heritage Farm in Evendale. the connection between nature and food,” Clark said. Clark said she got the idea to build the cob oven from her experience working with an ecovillage near

Chicago, where she taught others about natural construction. Clark still needs volunteers to help with the building of the oven at the farm, which she hopes to have

complete by early next week. Clark said there will be a pizza party after the cob oven is complete. To volunteer, e-mail


Liz Huff of West Chester Township, right, and Ann Kelley of Columbus, spread clay and lay bricks for the foundation of a cob oven – an oven made using natural materials – at Gorman Heritage Farm in Evendale.

Engineering to start on Camp Dennison water system By Amanda Hopkins

Symmes Township will work with a company on the Camp Dennison water system engineering which already knows a thing or two about the township. The Symmes Township Board of Trustees approved a resolution to contract with JMA Consultants to draw up

the engineering for a new looping water system in Camp Dennison for $8,000. Two other Beckman companies put in bids of $18,500 and $16,800. “The economy gave us a good price … it’s the best

opportunity to move forward,” Loveland Symmes Fire Chief Otto Huber said. Township Administrator Gerald Beckman said he recommended JMA because of work they had previously done on water repairs throughout the township. Huber said once the township has the engineering plans for the project, they can better estimate the


cost of the installation of a new system and will have better opportunities for block grants and funding from the village of Indian Hill and Hamilton County. Indian Hill Water Works provides water to Camp Den-

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“The economy gave us a good’s the best opportunity to move forward.” Otto Huber Loveland Symmes Fire Chief flow, and would also allow for continuous flow. The project, including the cost of engineering, is estimated at $126,000.

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More recycling spots in Sycamore Twp. By Amanda Hopkins

Sycamore Township residents will soon have more recycling options. Township Trustees decided to install two large recycling bins at the location of the old north fire station on Solzman Road. Township road superin-



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Recycling Locations in Sycamore Township are open to the public and free to Sycamore Township residents 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Drop-off recycling locations include: • 8540 Kenwood Road behind administration building • Solzman Road at the old north fire station location adjacent to McDaniel Park Acceptable items include: • plastic bottles No. 1 and No. 2, no lids; • glass jars and bottles of any color; • aluminum, steel and bimetal cans; • empty aerosol cans with lids and tips removed; • brown grocery bags; • computer paper, and other mixed office paper; • corrugated cardboard, broken down to three-feet-bythree-feet; • envelope with or without windows; • junk mail; • magazines; • newspapers with inserts; • paperboard, such as cereal boxes; • telephone books Any questions, please call 513-791-8447. also adopted a home maintenance code at its July 13 workshop meeting. Township planning and zoning Administrator Greg Bickford said the maintenance code in the township is typically standard with state statute. The code also specifies that grass at eight inches or higher is considered a nuisance. Bickford said the home maintenance code in the township had not previously stated a certain height.

Sheriff program focused on service, safety By Amanda Hopkins

He said the main purpose is to Symmes Township busigive the nesses can expect regular businesses visits from their local police. an officer to Hamilton County sheriff call for nonliaison Lt. Tom Butler is Butler emergency working on a new commusituations, nity business check pro- such as loitering or abangram where the eight town- doned cars, who will be ship officers and the four required to respond within county officers who patrol 48 hours. the township will be He said this program is assigned to businesses in also a way for the officers to the community get to know as the owners the commuand managers nity. points of con“ ( T h e tact. businesses) “We’ll give will have them a name more confiand a face and dence, more not just a black s e c u r i t y, ” and gold car,” Butler said. Butler said. B u t l e r Butler said hopes to the officers will have the start the proentire emergram July 12 gency contact by going to list updated Lt. Tom Butler each business, by the end of Hamilton County sheriff meeting with the year. liaison to Symmes the owners and Butler is Township managers and also starting updating emerthe program gency contact in Columbia information Township. which will be given to all He said businesses in officers working in the both townships can also township. contact him directly with Officers will also regular- questions. ly check businesses and To contact Lt. Tom Butler keep the owners and man- with the Hamilton County agers updated on the securi- Sheriff Patrol Division, call ty of the businesses. 683-3444.

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‘We soared through it all’ “The future is an amazing concept to think about. There are so many opportunities, so many undecided decisions and so many experiences waiting to happen. Everyone’s future is different, but one thing you can expect is for the future to be filled with exciteHayes-McInnis . ment. Walking into the doors of Sycamore High School on our first day of freshman year, I can vividly remember Okonji looking around at my fellow classmates with the bad haircuts, mouth full of braces and having that typical freshman lost look in our eyes. We have come a long way since then. Today, I am standing before Sycamore’s graduating class of 2010, and can honestly say that now that our hair has grown back and our teeth are straight, we are looking better than ever in our caps and gowns. “You may be thinking, ‘I don’t know what I’m going to do,’ but no direction is the best direction of all. The fact that you know that you are going to do something is key. We are faced with so many decisions on a day-to-day basis, that opening this new chapter in our life should not be looked at much different from one of the hardest choices most of us have already made in life – ordering chicken at Buffalo Wild Wings (Bdubs). “There is much more to chicken than what meets the naked eye. See, it’s like this: We are given two opportunities in life to get away and start something new. The first is when we graduate high school, and the second is

About this speech

Candice Hayes-McInnis of Loveland and Dumebi Okonji of Montgomery, members of Sycamore High School’s class of 2010, gave this joint graduation speech May 30.

when we graduate college. Just like at Bdubs you have two opportunities to create what you can call your own and start something new; either boneless wings or traditional wings. We are offered a variety of sauces to add to your chicken, ranging from the mild, sweet BBQ to the scorching Blazing sauce. The same way we are offered a variety of post-secondary options to choose from and just like with chicken, we seem to pull through in the end and decide upon what we want. “There are four muscles on each side of our mouth that we use to chew and each pair of muscles represents each year we spend in college. We must savor the taste by working each muscle to our fullest potential and love the chicken like we love ourselves. Then it comes to the point where we near the end with only one last piece of juicy goodness left. Even though our mind is saying to finish off strong, our body just wants to give up. Yeah, reminds you of Senioritis huh? Or as Mr. Lothrop says, ‘The burning, yearning desire from deep within to finish strong.’ “Now is the time to treasure the remarkable year we have had. The winter pep rally was a time of spirit, unity and excitement. We all came together from the jocks to the musicians. From the dancers to the well, the wanna-be dancers. Yes Ms. Allen we are talking about you. (Wait, Ms. Hevia, you’re not excluded, we are talking about you too.) Remember the sad times,

Aviators ready for take-off

when we lost great friends and fellow classmates. But as a family we soared through it all. “We can’t move on until we thank the numerous influential people in our lives. To the teachers, I know we don’t recognize you nearly as much as we should. This right here is coming from the heart, so no tears. Without your patience, time and willingness to stick by us, we would not be where we are today. Even though there were plenty of times we as students did not like the teachers, we want to recognize you for everything you have done for us, and we will continue to thank the extraordinary staff at Sycamore High School for the rest of our lives. “Parents, thank you for all of your support and love. Without you none of this would be possible. I think that any parent that can raise a teenager deserves to win the lottery because we teenagers are crazy. We apologize now for all the suffering we have put you through and the gray hair on your heads. Parents, you have always wished the best for us, but we know you have just wanted us out the house and gone. It is hard now looking at your children and accepting the fact that those little kids are now adults. Yeah we are about to be gone now. “But most importantly, we want to thank all of the 2010 graduates. Take a look to your right, no Ashvin, your other right, and now take a look to your left. Thank your fellow classmates for the 1,460 days of continuous friendship and encouragement. And thank yourself for pushing to the next phase of your life. As said by coach Buchanan, ‘I am but a fraction of the people I have met and you, Sycamore High School class of 2010, are the friends we would prefer never to forget.”

“Good afternoon friends, family, staff, and most importantly, my fellow graduates of the class of 2010! My name is Courtney Bernard and I am, honorably so, the class Bernard president. I would like to welcome all of you to this joyous occasion of graduation and the completion of our secondary-school education. “Every member of the graduating class owes a huge thank you and will be forever indebted to various groups represented today. To our friends and families: Thank you for the unconditional support and love you have given us – even when that means forgiving us of mistakes we have made and for my mother especially, when I procrastinate my graduation speech till the night before it must be completed. “To our educators: Thank you for pushing us and challenging our intellectual limitations. And of course pushing back deadlines and allowing muchneeded leniency during our final semester of high school. “To the administration and support staff: You are probably the least recognized group of people but without you our education and experience at Sycamore High School would not have been possible, so thank you. “This day marks the end of an era of rules, structure and guidance, but also signifies the commencement of time for individualization, self-realization and growth. Most of the graduates sitting here today are itching to ‘get out’ and discover the world as singular people not defined by high-school drama or former perceptions. I definitely feel that tickle to further become my own person, but believe that it is important for each of us to recognize the significance of what we have just accomplished as future alumni of Sycamore High School. “As a class we have faced unimaginable adversity the past four years. Our educational, athletic, theatrical, religious and personal lives have stretched and challenged us, but at the same time made us stronger and more appreciative of the unparalleled opportunities that have been bequeathed to us. To look back and think of the

About this speech

Courtney Bernard of Sycamore Township was president of Sycamore High School’s class of 2010 and gave this speech at graduation May 30. studying, training, practicing, crying and laughing we have done throughout these four years makes today that much more meaningful. “I spent a long time marinating over an appropriate metaphor to symbolize the class of 2010 without employing the cliché of caged birds being set free or vines growing up a fence post ready to bloom. Really, the most suitable comparison is not really a comparison at all. What is the most obscure yet seemingly poetic mascot that any school I have ever heard of has? An Aviator of course. I don’t need to make reaching connections because this is something that each person in this room truly is. “Not all of us are athletes owning closets full of Aves spirit wear, but by graduating from Sycamore High School, we will forever be Aviators. These past four years have been training for the solo flights that we shall embark on after today. Instead of flight school, high school has prepared us to pilot our dreams. Rather than goggles, leather caps and scarves we will always wear the pride of being an aviator and be equipped with the knowledge in our brains. Instead of a license to fly, we will soon have our highschool diplomas, which will take us to heights we never before could have achieved. “We will all become different types of Aviators; some of us civilian pilots, serving people around the world, some of us military pilots ready to defend peace and work towards a greater good and many of us will be aviators of space trailblazing, exploring and inventing. “We have made it through training, have been outfitted by the finest and are ready to head down the runway for take off. “Therefore, I would like to welcome you to the graduation ceremony for the class of 2010. This is our last opportunity to do this as a class, so if you would, graduates, can I get a ‘go Aves’ on three? One-Two-Three!”

Graduation speaker: ‘We will forever be Ursuline girls’ “Welcome, esteemed faculty and administration: beloved parents, siblings and relatives; cherished friends and especially the marvelous class of 2010. Thank you all for coming. It is a great honor to be standing here in front of you tonight, and I am flattered that I was selected to give this speech – especially because usually when I’m speaking publicly, it involves me quoting whole monologues from ‘Anchorman.’ But don’t worry, I’m going to try my hardest to refrain from channeling Ron Burgundy tonight. “Writing this speech proved difficult, mostly because I honestly could not find the words to describe the way I feel about my sisters in the class of 2010 – the love and admiration I have for you girls is phenomenal. However, I tried my best to put those sentiments into words, because doing an interpretive dance of my emotions probably wouldn’t make a great graduation speech. “From the very beginning, our class has been, for lack of a better word, unique. Specifically, we are known for our spirit of unity and independence, and we’ve never been the class

that simply ‘goes with the flow.’ We do things our own way, with a style and flair that Nicolas makes us unforgettable. And although this spirit has landed us in the theater for a stern talking-to more than once, it has also impressed the administration and our fellow classes. I mean, what other class could mobilize a unit of 190-something freshman girls to come to school dressed entirely in black in less than two hours? What other class could pool their resources to collect over 8,000 pounds of canned food during Spirit Week? What other class raised $2,000 for breast cancer research during their spring dance? Answer: No other class. We are exceptional in our unity, and we emanate a strength that has been unparalleled and will likely remain so. “The past four years have proved to be a constant growing experience for us, both individually and as a class. We entered Ursuline Academy in 2006 as strangers – a group of awkward, pubescent girls with

few social skills and way too much orthodontia. But over these past four years, we have become sisters. We’ve bonded with each other and with God on retreats and Kairos; we’ve cried with our classmates in their times of struggle and celebrated with them for their accomplishments. “In the café, you can see the most motley group of girls sitting together at a table – a poetic guitarist, a lacrosse player, a theater enthusiast, a student-council member and an eclectic hippie with bright green hair laughing and stealing each other’s food. As we gathered to sing our school song at our baccalaureate mass, I fought back tears as I saw my classmates lacing their arms around each others’ waists and shoulders and stepping on each others’ feet, lifting our voices together to proclaim St. Angela’s vision. To be honest, the word ‘classmates’ doesn’t even begin to cover the relationship we have with each other – ‘best friends’ or ‘soul mates’ might be more accurate. I personally know that I never would have made it through high school had it not been for the constant love and encouragement I received

from these young women. “And while we’ve had our disagreements and our fights (because all of that estrogen in one place is bound to cause trouble), we’ve never let it tear a rift between us. The bonds that lace us together are impossible to break, and serve as a testimony to the indelible strength and unbreakable unity of our class. “Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, ‘What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us,’ and I cannot help but believe that these words are meant for us, the class of 2010. I look at my fellow classmates, and I see so many beautiful, intelligent and overwhelmingly talented young women with astonishing amounts of strength, resilience and compassion, and with these gifts, I know they are going to make incredible changes in the world. In our class, we have National Merit scholars, Cappie Award winners, champions of the volleyball team, dance team and tugof-war team; we have collectively earned over $20 million in scholarships to esteemed colleges across the country. We have logged over 2,150 hours of community service as we

worked to give back to our school and to our community as a whole. “If the members of the class of 2010 could achieve these undertakings in high school with no visible sweat, then I have no doubt in my mind that we will go on to fulfill even greater accomplishments with ease in the future. In 10 years, when I hear about a former classmate of mine who is working to end poverty in Africa, or campaigning for president of the United States, or traveling the world earning millions of dollars as a rock star, I’m not going to be that surprised. We are an extraordinary group of women with so much to offer, and I cannot wait to see what we do as we move on to college and the real world. “We have many people to thank tonight. To our parents, who have sacrificed so much to put us on the right path and send us to a school that has prepared us for life beyond the classroom. Also, to the teachers here at Ursuline for expanding our knowledge and preparing us for college and beyond. To the administration, we thank you for creating an environment at Ursuline where we can grow and

About this speech

Cara Elizabeth Nicolas gave the graduation speech June 7 at Ursuline Academy in Blue Ash. Nicolas was elected by fellow members of Ursuline’s class of 2010 to give the speech. She is the daughter of Connie Nicolas of Kenwood and Victor Nicolas of Franklin. thrive as strong and independent women. And we need to thank the parents, teachers and the administration for nurturing our gifts and talents and supporting us in all of our endeavors. We stand now on the cusp of adulthood, and these people have built a strong and solid foundation for us to continue to build upon. “As we leave here tonight, we will no longer be students at Ursuline – but we will forever be Ursuline girls. I will always treasure the memories I have made with these 178 amazing women, and I look forward to the future knowing that I will always have the support of these young women and the entire Ursuline community. “I love you all, and I thank you again for the honor of being able to speak in front of you tonight. Thank you.”


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July 21, 2010


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Sycamore tennis has 1st reunion July 24

By Mark Chalifoux

The Sycamore High School tennis program is having its first reunion for men’s tennis players at Sycamore from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 24, at the high school courts “This is our first time doing it, so we hope to get a good turnout,” said current head coach Mike Teets. “We would love to

get more guys from years past who probably don’t know any of the current players and it would be fun to see the guys who really helped build the tradition.” Teets said he got the idea after watching a number of players he coached in eighthgrade basketball playing in a summer league together. “We have so many guys who have achieved so much on the state level and the league level so I thought, why not take

advantage of that tradition and build on it?” Teets said. He said there will be a doubles roundrobin tournament for people who want to play, but he’d also welcome any former players that just want to come to socialize. “This is an experiment and we’re just looking forward to having a great afternoon,” he said. “I’m excited to see some new faces and I encourage anyone who has been a part of Sycamore tennis to be there.”

Teets also said the event could become annual if it goes well and recognizing the program’s past is an important part of building excitement around the program. “We always talk about the tradition and kids see the names on the signs, but to put faces to those names and that tradition and to get to see the guys that put Sycamore on the map will be a good thing,” Teets said. Those interested in attending should email

Steam poised for second half By Mark Chalifoux

The Cincinnati Steam summer baseball team had a solid start to the season, going 12-10 through the first half of the season, and manager Joe Regruth thinks the squad is poised for a strong finish. “We’re at fifth-place in the league, but we are just starting to gel and come together. It’s taken a little longer than last year because we have a lot of new players, but they are starting to find their comfort level with each other so I anticipate good play through the end of the season,” he said. Regruth said the quality and depth of the pitching staff has been a big strength to the team. “In this league, it takes the hitters awhile to get reaccustomed to using the wood bats. They are usually behind the pitching, but they have been better lately,” Regruth said. The team is led by a pair of pitchers that made the league All-Star game, Nathan Smith and Sam Dawes (Furman, Princeton High School). Both have ERAs under 1.5. The Steam also had a pair of pitchers selected in the MLB draft. Mike Jefferson (Louisiana Tech, Clermont Northeastern High School) was drafted by the New York Mets and Steve Matre (College of Mount St. Joseph, Purcell Marian High School) was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Jefferson is fourth in the league in strikeouts with 24. “We have a number of guys who have put together impressive numbers through the first half,” Regruth said. In terms of position players, Tim Issler (Ball State, St. Xavier High School), Mike Morris (Tennessee Tech, Sycamore High School) and Jordan Keur also made the All-Star game. Ben Thomas leads the team in hitting with a .356 batting average and Cory Farris (Kentucky, Boone County High School) and Zach Isler (Cincinnati, Covington Catholic) were also selected to participate in the All-Star day workouts for the professional scouts. “We had about 29 pro scouts at the All-Star day and that’s huge for the guys because they have to get on the radar, so to speak, of the pro scouts by showing their abilities in the summer league. That lets them follow you in the fall and spring when you’re really in game-shape and hopefully leads to an opportunity to carve out a pro career,” Regruth said. Regruth said the team’s


Cameron Satterwhite was a standout at Moeller high school and played collegiate baseball the University of Cincinnati. Satterwhite went undrafted after his college baseball career but has flourished this summer for the Dayton Dragons, the Single-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds.

Moeller product thriving with Dragons By Mark Chalifoux


Cincinnati Steam players Sam Dawes (Miami University), left, Tim Issler (Ball State University), center, and Michael Morris (Tennessee Tech) pose before the 2010 Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League All-Star Game at Western Hills High School July 14. Dawes, a 2007 Princeton grad, entered the game with a 1.04 ERA, one save and 10 strikeouts in 17.1 innings pitched; Issler, a 2008 St. Xavier grad, was hitting .333 with eight RBI and five runs scored; and Morris, a 2009 Sycamore grad, was hitting .322 with nine runs and three RBI. The Steam were 12-10 overall at the break.

Morris an All-Star Mike Morris, a Sycamore High School alumnus who plays collegiate baseball for Tennessee Tech, was selected as one of the All-Stars from the Cincinnati Steam this summer. Morris is third on the team in hitting with a .322 batting average and has 19 hits on the season. Morris hit .217 as a freshman at Tennessee Tech this spring. goal is to win but is also to develop players and to send them back to their college teams as better players. “That’s been a very positive aspect of what we’re about and we get calls from college coaches asking us to take players because of that,” he said. Regruth, who coaches Mariemont’s baseball team,

said working with college players again helps him as a high school coach as well. “No matter what level it is you work on improving the fundamentals of the game but I get the best of both worlds. I have an opportunity to work with guys at the high school level that aspire to be college guys and all the fun things that entails and in the summer I get to work with a more finished product,” Regruth said. “The lessons I learn by seeing the finished product allow me to maybe speed the development of some of the high school guys.” The Steam have games through the end of July and then the playoffs are the first week of August. Regruth said the Steam create a fun environment for

The Cincinnati Steam summer baseball team had a solid start to the season, going 12-10. fans and that other teams in the league love playing in front of their crowds. “Cincinnati is a great baseball town and the west side is a great baseball area. Our fans are knowledgeable , enthusiastic and big. The organization handles the games like minor league games, so there’s betweeninning entertainment and things like that throughout the night,” Regruth said. “We put a good product on the field but fans will have a good time in the stands.”

Moeller High School product Cameron Satterwhite went undrafted when he finished his collegiate baseball career at the University of Cincinnati, but Satterwhite has stormed through independent ball and was signed by the Dayton Dragons, the single-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. Satterwhite was recently honored as the team’s hitter of the month for June as he hit .374 and led the Midwest League in total bases (57) and in slugging percentage (.626). “It’s going well,” Satterwhite said. “I’m learning a lot and my teammates are great, the staff is great, and the fans are great and I’m really, really enjoying myself.” He said he was honored to be recognized for his play in June, and that his trophy is on his fiancé’s desk. He also said his first game with the Dragons was the first time he was nervous to play in a baseball game. “Standing out there in front of 9,000 fans was unbelievable,” he said. “Sure enough, a ball was hit to me in the first inning. I froze a little, but it was unbelievable. It’s something I’ll never forget.” Satterwhite said he loves playing the game of baseball and that it’s cool to play in front of so many supportive fans and that his family gets to watch him play so much. “Being able to sleep at home and my family gets to see me play, it’s a lot more than I expected,” Satterwhite said. Through July 14, Satterwhite was hitting .318 as an outfielder for the Dragons with five homeruns and 23 RBI. He said his favorite

memory so far from the 2010 season came in a late June game against Lansing. “We were losing with two outs in the ninth inning with the bases loaded and I hit a game-tying grand slam,” Satterwhite said. “That’s something I’ve never done before.” He said his biggest challenge in minor league baseball has been staying evenkeeled. “When it’s going really well it’s easy to be up, but when you’re struggling it’s easy to get down,” he said. “There are so many games and so many at-bats and successes and failures. One thing I’ve really tried to work on moving forward is not getting too high or too low.” He said his hard work and the great coaching staff at Dayton has really benefited his game. He said he’s trying to learn as much as he can and is always asking Ken Griffey Sr., the Dragons hitting coach, questions. Satterwhite, a 2005 Moeller graduate, said playing baseball at Moeller prepared him well for collegiate baseball. “I was definitely well prepared to perform well in college baseball. Moeller, in my opinion, is the best high school in Ohio. I love everything about Moeller and still try to keep up with them as much as I can. I still see a lot of the coaches I had and they definitely helped get me ready to do my thing in college.” Satterwhite said his advice for younger players would be to really have fun. “Work hard and have fun; that’s what paid off for me,” he said. “It’s a game so really have fun with it. I always wanted to be the best, and having fun while trying to be the best and working hard is what worked for me.”

Sports & recreation

July 21, 2010

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U-19 girls a foundation for Ohio Elite soccer

The Ohio Elite Soccer Academy has developed an impressive reputation for its ability to develop players, especially when it comes to girls teams. And a major reason for the continued success has been the U-19 team, which has found success at every age group along the way. That team won eight consecutive state championships, played in five regional championship games, won two regional championships and appeared in the national final in 2009. They were regional runner-ups this season, the last with the club for many of the girls, as U-19 is the oldest age group they can play. “They were pretty successful for us,” said head coach Doug Bracken. Bracken is also the girls director of coaching for Ohio Elite. “This team was the start of building a very successful program. I’ve coached them since they were 10 years old. They were the first team I worked with when I came to Cincinnati and they have been our most successful team. “These girls have


Elizabeth Burchenal was a standout at St. Ursula and was also one of the standouts for Ohio Elite over the past few years. Her team was the academy's most successful and helped develop Ohio Elite's strong reputation in the area. received some impressive accolades. They all play Division I soccer, three of the kids are in the national team pool and one of them made the ESPN Rise AllDecade team. This is a team I will always remember. They were not only great players but they are great kids and, in a lot of ways, they helped us establish Ohio Elite.” Some of the top players on the team were Elizabeth

Burchenal, a St. Ursula graduate who will attend the University of North Carolina, Tara Campbell, a McNicholas alumna who was an All-ACC player as a freshman at Duke University last season, Alyssa Rich, a Milford alumna who made the ACC All-freshman team this year at the University of North Carolina, and Meredith Snow, an Indian Hill grad who was a captain for Ohio Elite and was also a captain at the University of Mississippi in her sophomore season. Alix Hildal, a Sycamore alumna who went on to play with Snow at Ole Miss, was another standout. Bracken said he knew this team would be special when they won their first regional title when they were 14 years old. “We went to nationals and learned some lessons, but you could tell the kids were hungry to keep getting better,” he said. “That was the first time I knew they had a chance to be special.” Even though Bracken was a college coach for 10 years and played soccer for much of his life, he said he learned a lot from his years coaching that group of girls. “They gave me the

opportunity to coach in a lot of big games and when you coach in big games you learn and get better,” he said. “They really put me in every situation you can be in as a coach. I’m a way different coach now than I was nine years ago.” The Ohio Elite girls teams are now strong all the way through the academy as many won state titles and the U-17 team won a regional championship. “We have some very good teams now, but the

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Hockey sign-ups

The Queen City Railers House League Hockey team is conducting registration for ages 7 to 14, at Sports Plus, 10765 Reading Road, Evendale. The times and dates are as follows: • 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 27, “Mites” (2002-2003 birth dates) and at 8 p.m. “Squirts” (2000-2001 birth dates). • 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 28 , “PeeWees” (1998-1999 birth dates) and at 8 p.m “Bantams” (1996-1997 birth dates). • 6 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 24, “Mites” (2002-2001 birth dates) and at 7p.m. “Squirts” (2000-2001 birth dates). • 6 p.m., Wedesday, Aug. 25, “PeeWees” (1998-1999 birth dates) and at 7 p.m. “Bantams” (1996-1997 birth dates).

Bell plays a forward position for Team Pittsburgh and a defenseman on the Badin team. Bell was awarded the Defensive Player of the Year for the Badin team. She recently completed her sophomore year at Ursuline Academy where she is a varsity cross country and track and field athlete. Bell lives in Colerain Township with her parents, Jim and Mary Bell.

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around the country and see a lot of those kids play this year and it’s fun to watch that. I remain close with all of those kids and keep up with them. We want to help them get to whatever level they want so to see them get that is the fun part of coaching.”

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Colerain girl in national hockey program Sydney Bell, an Ursuline Academy student, was recently selected by USA Hockey to participate in their Girls’ Select 16 National Player Development Program this summer at St. Cloud University, Minn. Bell was one of only four girls selected from the Mid America District, which consists of Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Western Pennsylvania to participate in the program. During the 2009-2010 season, Bell played regionally with Team Pittsburgh U16 AAA girls’ team and locally with Badin High School boys’ team. This past spring, Team Pittsburgh represented the Mid America District at the USA Hockey National Tournament.

important part is that we helped develop a lot of individual players,” Bracken said. “Even more than team success we want to help individuals develop and become successful in high school and college. We have a lot of good players, and not just on that one team.” Bracken did say he developed a special bond with the U-19 girls since he’s been coaching them for the last eight years. “It’s fun to see them progress. I was able to go


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Coming to terms with a changing Blue Ash The city of Blue Ash has, arguably, one of the more efficient city administrations in the Cincinnati area. However, signs of stress are appearing, in part due to the current economic situation, which are showing some weaknesses in the way things are being done in Blue Ash. When a city is flush with money many sins are washed away in the shower of greenbacks. Now the shower has ended, we can see the drains. The biggest emerging problem is the city council itself. Recently there have been several examples of citizens’ requests being simply ignored, or more frustratingly, sandbagged under administrative foot dragging and requests for

more “discussion.” Park Manor was one example of this, where local residents pleaded with council and their council person not to Bruce Healey go ahead and Community create an apartcomplex Press guest ment where towncolumnist houses were meant to go. They were simply ignored. Another example is the pleading of the residents of Hazelwood who have requested – repeatedly – a public bathroom outside the existing sports courts in that

July 14 questions

How can local police departments build relationships with citizens in their community? What kinds of outreach programs help? No responses.

“I believe the two-cent increase in the first class rate is very reasonable. The post office is having financial difficulties for a number of reasons, one of which is that they have always been a generous employer, paying their employees very good salaries and benefits. “I don’t begrudge post office employees these perks, but in today’s economy there aren’t many non-government employers who can afford to do that. “The other reason for the post office’s problems is, of course, the decline in the use of ‘postal mail’ for correspondence; electronic communication like cell phones, texting, twittering and other

Next questions What suggestions do you have for how the Sycamore school district can cut its budget to make up for the potential loss of tax revenue because of a Duke appeal? Should Congress extend unemployment benefits? Why or why not? For how long? Every week The Northeast Suburban Life asks readers a questions that they can reply to via email. Send your answers to with “chatroom” in the subject line.

habit of ignoring citizen requests, and listen only to themselves and others in city hall. Our city council has one member who has been on it for more than 36 years. That is a career, and in most companies she would be encouraged to retire. Other members have been there many years, and the council, as is well known, has a nasty habit of grooming candidates, then allowing incumbents to resign part way through their tenure, replacing them with the groomed candidates who then have only to run for “re-election.” Check the public records to find out when the last “fresh” candidate was elected. You will be surprised. None of this is healthy. In fact,

as each month passes in this recession, we are seeing the effects of this political inbreeding and lack of fresh air. There is an agenda; a plan. Blue Ash has always prided itself on this. Up until now, it has been working. However, as money becomes short and new needs become apparent to the citizenry, “keeping to the plan” while ignoring the people, smacks of arrogance borne from too many years in office. The plan, a grandiose vision borne of another time when money was flush is not what Blue Ash needs. I think what Blue Ash urgently needs is term limits. And fresh thinking. Bruce Healey lives in Blue Ash.

Safe summer driving for teens


The post office has announced plans to raise its price for a first class stamp from 44 cents to 46 cents, effective in January. Do you think this increase is reasonable? Why or why not? “The post office is losing business at a frightening rate and operating in the red. This appears to be caused by a change in the way companies advertise and the way people correspond and pay their bills, not anything to do with the price. “USPS will have to trim their operations and probably cut back service, but these things require political approvals and take a long time. In the meantime, they have no choice but to raise rates. “If you don’t like it do what everyone else has done and start corresponding and paying your bills electronically.” F.S.D.

neighborhood as well as extended hours for the public “civic center” located there. They have been hemmed and hawed at, but nothing has been done. Other issues are percolating in the background. Meanwhile, ambitious plans are afoot for new parks, a golf clubhouse and amazing sidewalks that link nothing to nowhere (until the park is built). I am the happy recipient of one of these sidewalks that lines Mohler Road. I love it, and it makes life much safer – for me. However, I feel a tinge of guilt as downtown languishes in the 1970s and the neighborhoods there are slowly deteriorating through lack of investment in some basics. Especially since the council makes it a


The post office wants to add 2 cents to the cost of first class postage. means have encouraged a lot of people to use these methods of communication. That’s a shame, too, because there is a lot of pleasure and satisfaction in the trading of actual ‘letters’ between friends and family. “The only people who I think will suffer from this nominal increase are those who employ mass mailing of first-class mail, and I feel for them. “The bottom line is that a twocent increase isn’t that difficult for most ordinary people to handle.” B.B. “Does it really matter whether it is reasonable or not, no, because we have no say in these types of government affairs. “The government doesn’t know how to run businesses and this is the perfect illustration why they run everything in debt. “Someday, the public must stand up and say: enough is enough. Whether it be local, city, state, or federal – get your house in order. Mine has to be.” D.J. “No, this increase isn’t reasonable – rates were increased from 42 cents to 44 cents just last May. “Plus, the increase is counterproductive; the higher the rates, the less mail people send and the more money the post office loses. “They should take the WalMart approach, and go for volume. The mail carrier walks the same route whether carrying a bagful or five pieces of mail!” J.S.B. “Probably it is reasonable, however. I buy the forever stamps so it does not matter when they change the price. “Recently I read that they were thinking of cancelling one mail day and only delivering mail six days a week. I think that would be great since most mail that I receive is junk.” K.S.

With the summer already upon us, it is exciting to think about the activities, road trips and events we may have planned. Among those who especially look forward to the summer break are teenagers, anxious to shed the school mentality for a few short months and embrace the freedom of road trips, concerts and other activities with friends. During this exciting time of the year, teenagers are also under less supervision and spend more time on the road. Unfortunately, the summer months have become the deadliest on the roads for the youth of our country, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. One of the problems teens face is not only drunk driving, but drugged driving; which accounts for many of the teen fatalities in car crashes during the summer. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, drugged driving is driving under the influence of any drug that acts on the brain which may impair one's motor skills, reaction time and judgment. As part of the Obama Administration's recently released inaugural National Drug Control Strategy, reducing drugged driving is a major component in the

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five-year plan. Part of this Strategy, developed by the Office of National Drug Control Policy, outlines a collaborative approach in communitybased prevention with a goal of reducing drugged driving by 10 percent in the next five

years. Locally, the Northeast Community Challenge Coalition works on a parallel initiative during the holiday season. The Drunk and Drugged Driving campaign, which investigates the use of marijuana while driving, provides education and resources for parents and teenagers in the efforts to promote safe and sober driving. Not only should we address the fundamental steps in safe driving – texting, curfew, wearing seatbelts – but we also need to be role models ourselves. Teens need to be reminded that driving is not only a freedom, but a responsibility. Not only should teens be ready for warm weather with their

Not only should teens be ready for warm weather with their swimsuits and car keys, but also the skills and knowledge needed for safe driving all year round. Some NHTSA guidelines for safe driving include absolutely no alcohol, always wear a seatbelt, no talking or texting, a set curfew and no more than one passenger. swimsuits and car keys, but also the skills and knowledge needed for safe driving all year round. Some NHTSA guidelines for safe driving include absolutely no alcohol, always wear a seatbelt, no talking or texting, a set curfew and no more than one passenger. For more information on tips for safe driving, visit Ashley Stachel is Northeast Community Challenge Coalition intern and a community health major at the University of Cincinnati. The NECC Coalition, with representation from all community sectors, works to promote the development of Healthy Communities ~ Healthy Youth.

County hazardous waste program open until October Did you know the average home stores between 60 and 90 pounds of hazardous products? These products include pesticides, fertilizers, automotive fluids, cleaning supplies and other chemicals which, when managed or disposed of improperly, pose a threat to human health and the environment. When used, stored, and disposed properly, these products can make our lives easier. However, improper disposal of these products can injure your waste hauler. Sometimes, these chemicals are illegally dumped or poured down sewers and into waterways. Other residents store the products for years in their basements and garages which can increase the risk of spills or, even worse, accidental poisonings. In light of these facts, the

Hamilton County Solid Waste Management District continues to offer residents a convenient opportunity to properly dispose of the hazHolly ardous materials Christmann stored in their Community homes. The free Press guest drop-off procolumnist gram is open through Oct. 16. This program is part of Hamilton County’s Home Safe Home program whose goal is to educate residents on the proper use and management of household hazardous products. This year, there is a new location for the drop-off. The location and operating hours are: 4879

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Spring Grove Ave., Tuesdays 2-6 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Acceptable items include: gasoline, motor oil, antifreeze, pool chemicals, fertilizers, pesticides, solvents/thinners, cleaning products, fire extinguishers, propane tanks, fluorescent bulbs, mercury, and batteries. Please visit or call 513946-7700 if you have any questions. Each year, the district responds to thousands of residents looking for ways to properly manage their hazardous products. I encourage you to take advantage of this convenient opportunity to make your home and community a safer and cleaner place to live. Holly Christmann is manager of the Hamilton County Solid Waste Management District.



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Katie DePeel received the first Sharonville Chamber of Commerce scholarship for community service.

Sharonville Chamber awards first scholarship to Princeton student By Kelly McBride

Katie DePeel carved out time in her busy high school schedule for community service, and the Sharonville Chamber of Commerce recently recognized that commitment with a scholarship award. The chamber, active in its outreach to the city’s business community, created a scholarship to honor community service among students in the Princeton School District. The $250, first-ever scholarship, based on community service, was awarded to DePeel during a recent Chamber luncheon. The 2010 graduate headed to the University of Cincinnati to study radiology or physical therapy. “I was honored to get the scholarship,” she said. DePeel was involved in Key Club and Vikings, both community service groups, as well as band, a cappella choir, bowling and softball. She said community service is an important part of her life. “The more we help other people, and help them

improve their lives, the better they feel,” she said. “That makes us feel good, too. “Community service might take time, but (students) should get involved,” DePeel said. Rich Arnold, the Chamber’s executive director, said the scholarship “truly gets to the heart of the issue.” The three-year old organization has focused on businesses, “but we’re also there for the community.” The Chamber has grown from fewer than 100 people to 270 businesses today. “We’re becoming a viable option for businesses, but at the same time, we want to help the surrounding community,” Arnold said. “We got to the point economically where we said what can we do for the young people?” he said. “Presenting scholarships to young people who are the future of our country is one of the reasons, we, the Sharonville Chamber, work so hard to raise funds for our scholarship and community programs,” Arnold said. After all, he said, “they are tomorrow’s leaders.”



Blue Ash community gardeners work the soil duriing planting day in mid-May.

Blue Ash community garden up and growing The community garden concept was initiated in Blue Ash in 2009 with a pilot program, providing the opportunity for seven gardeners to have garden plots within the field area of the city’s historical Hunt House property. Given the success of that pilot year, the program was expanded in 2010 to allow the opportunity for 25 gardeners to work 20 eight-foot-by-10-foot plots, with some plots being shared. The city provides the land, soil preparation (including additional compost) and water (via rain barrels collecting run-off from the Hunt House parlor roof); the gardeners do all the planting, provide all the seeds and materials, and are required to provide continual maintenance of their plot throughout the growing season. The official opening planting event was held on a beautiful Saturday in mid-May. The gardeners planted a variety of vegetables, with just a few

examples including corn, squash, tomatoes, peppers, beans, and cucumbers. Blue Ash resident and volunteer Ann Scranton of the Kenridge Lake neighborhood has been the main coordinator for this project. Scranton arranged for a home vegetable gardening educational seminar held in April in Blue Ash (with more than 50 participants), held a preplanting orientation for the participating gardeners, and coordinates other social interaction opportunities for group members. Scranton has informed the city that she is very pleased with the project and is impressed with the participants. She noted that “on planting day, everyone was positive, helpful, and very interested in making the garden the best it can be.” Community gardens have been utilized successfully in other communities both locally and nationwide.

Wine, women, fashion

Cincy Chic is hosting “Wine, Women & Wowing Fashion” from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 22, at Eddie Merlot’s Prime Aged Beef and Seafood, 10808 Montgomery Road, Sycamore Township. The event includes wine tastings, mingling and shopping with JennaClaire Handbag Studio, Shout! Boutique, Elysium Originals, Heaven Essence, Pure Romance by Leslie, Jewels by Park Lane and Tastefully Simple. The event is free. Visit

Library programs

• Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District is hosting the Summer Library Program “Pur Water Treatment” from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 27, at the Madeira Branch Library, 7200 Miami Ave., Madeira. The program is free. Call 369-6028 or visit • The Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County is hosting Snakes and More at

3 p.m. Tuesday, July 27, at the Symmes Township Branch Library, 11850 Enyart Road, Symmes Township. It is led by Peggy Fille of the Cincinnati Herpetological Society. The free program is open to ages 6 and up. Call 369-6001.

Farm adventures camp

Gorman Heritage Farm is hosting Gorman Heritage Farm Camp “Farm Adventures” from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday, July 26, at Gorman Heritage Farm, 10052 Reading Road, Evendale. It runs daily through July 30 and is open to ages 5-12. Extended day care is available. Campers discover workings of family farm, work with animals and explore the garden. The cost is $200-$220, $160$180 members. Registration is required. Call 563-6663 or visit

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Mike Egan and his daughter, Hilary, plant a garden together.



Sharyn Fox tends to her garden in the Blue Ash community garden.

Just some examples of the benefits of a community garden include that it can give people from different cultures and socio-economic groups the opportunity to interact, it can improve social networks between neighbors and can foster networking between geographically separate neighborhoods, and it can teach leadership skills and a sense of community responsibility. “I am grateful that the city has allowed this community garden project to continue into 2010,” Scranton said. “I am certain that the garden project has the potential to produce much more than just vegetables,” she added. While the city is not accepting participants for this program, interested Blue Ash residents should look for information posted at the garden site this fall, beginning with the Heritage Day event.

Duke, United Way offering fans to beat summer heat As the summer heat continues, the Duke Energy Foundation and United Way of Greater Cincinnati are partnering to bring welcome relief to those who need it most. Duke Energy Foundation is providing a $20,000 grant to buy fans and air conditioners for elderly, lowincome and disabled residents of the region. United Way will administer the program, distributing funds to non-profit agencies that serve the needs of those populations. The Cincinnati Enquirer reported recently that agencies could not meet the demand for cooling equipment in the face of the extreme temperatures

the area has been experiencing. After learning of the need, Duke Energy reached out to help. “The high temperatures and high humidity can cause more than discomfort; they also can cause or aggravate health problems,” said Karen Monday, vice president of Foundation for Duke Energy. “We were happy to work with our community partner, United Way, to help alleviate those problems.” Individuals that have a need can call United Way 211, United Way's 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week health and social services information and referral helpline, by dialing 2-1-1 or contact their local United Way office

directly for a list of agencies that will be distributing the fans and air conditioners. Funds will be available in Duke Energy's service territory of Southwestern Ohio and Northern Kentucky. “We are grateful to Duke Energy for this generous contribution in response to a clear community need,” said Robert C. Reifsnyder, president, United Way of Greater Cincinnati. “The fans and air conditioners that can be purchased through this donation will help ease health and safety concerns for people who don't now have access to equipment that can keep them cool in times of heat emergencies.”


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Anytime Happy Hours Lunch Hour with the Reds, 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Chi-nnati’s Pizza, 7980 Hosbrook Road. $5. Presented by Anytime Happy Hours. 985-4445; Madeira.


Fresh Air School, 10 a.m.-noon Pizza Pesto School. Meade House, 11887 Lebanon Road. Children learn about food and where it comes from, cooking, plus international activities and crafts all while getting some fresh air. Ages 410. Must be accompanied by an adult. Family friendly. $10 per class; $9 Symmes Township resident. Registration required. Presented by Cincinnati Horticultural Society. 8725193,; Symmes Township.


Madeira Farmers’ Market, 3:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. City of Madeira,, Intersection of Dawson and Miami. Wide variety of locally and sustainably grown foods, made-from-scratch goodies and various artisanal products. Presented by Madeira Farmers Market. 6238058; Madeira.


Search for Extra-terrestrial Intelligence, 2 p.m. Symmes Township Branch Library, 11850 Enyart Road. With Dean Regas from the Cincinnati Observatory. Ages 8 and up. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-6001. Symmes Township.


Shout! The Swingin’ 60s Sensation, 8 p.m. Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road. Musical revue. $17. Reservations required. Presented by Mariemont Players Inc. 684-1236; Columbia Township.


Pick a Bouquet Club, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Loveland Primary/Elementary School, $35 donation. Registration required. 5133242873; Loveland.


Acoustik Buca, 7:30 p.m. deSha’s American Tavern, 11320 Montgomery Road. 2479933; Montgomery.


Blue Ash Concert Series, 8 p.m.-11 p.m. Country music by Coy Taylor. Blue Ash Towne Square. Cooper and Hunt roads, Bring seating. Free. Presented by City of Blue Ash. 745-6259; Blue Ash.

Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund, 8:30 a.m.4:30 p.m. American Red Cross Blue Ash Chapter, 792-4000; Blue Ash.


Blooms and Berries Farm Market and Summer Produce Stand, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Blooms & Berries Farm Market, 697-9173; Loveland. Turner Farm, 9 a.m. Turner Farm, 561-7400; Indian Hill.


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


Health Screenings, 9 a.m.-noon, Owens Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center, 7319 Montgomery Road. Blood pressure, weight, foot and spinal screenings. Walk-ins welcome. Free. Appointment requested. 7840084; Silverton.


Pick a Bouquet Club, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Loveland Primary/Elementary School, $35 donation. Registration required. 5133242873; Loveland.



Elemental Groove Theory, 9 p.m. Play by Play Cafe, 6923 Plainfield Road. Latin, funk and jazz band from Athens, Ohio. 793-3360; Silverton.


The Music Man, Jr. 7:30 p.m. Loveland Stage Company Theatre, 111 Second St. Children’s summer workshop production. American musical classic following fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill and his visit to River City, Iowa. $8. Presented by Loveland Stage Company. 683-4950; Loveland.


Shout! The Swingin’ 60s Sensation, 8 p.m. Walton Creek Theater, $17. Reservations required. 684-1236; Columbia Township. S A T U R D A Y, J U L Y 2 4


A Laughter Yoga Experience, 9 a.m.-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. Family friendly. $10. Registration required. 985-6732. Montgomery.

Live Music Saturday, 7:30 p.m. deSha’s American Tavern, 11320 Montgomery Road. Variety of groups perform. 247-9933; Montgomery.


The Hitmen, 8 p.m.-midnight, Tony’s, 6771993; Symmes Township.


The IROCS, 10 p.m. Bar Seventy-One, 8850 Governors Hill Drive. Ages 21 and up. 80s party rock band. $5. 774-9697. Symmes Township. Zach Deputy, 9 p.m. Play by Play Cafe, 6923 Plainfield Road. Songwriter, guitarist and soulful singer with a four plus octave vocal range. Ages 18 and up. $12, $10 advance. 793-3360; Silverton.


The Music Man, Jr. 7:30 p.m. Loveland Stage Company Theatre, $8. 683-4950; Loveland.


Shout! The Swingin’ 60s Sensation, 4 p.m. 8 p.m. Walton Creek Theater, $17. Reservations required. 684-1236; Columbia Township.


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Blooms and Berries Farm Market and Summer Produce Stand, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Blooms & Berries Farm Market, 697-9173; Loveland. Turner Farm, 9 a.m. Turner Farm, 561-7400; Indian Hill. Montgomery Farmers’ Market, 9 a.m.12:30 p.m. Downtown Heritage District Public Parking Lot, Shelly Lane and Straight Street, Locally grown and organic produce, meats, pastries, granola and more. Weekly demonstrations include cooking, composting and nutrition. Free. 535-1514. Montgomery.


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


Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 201 Riverside Drive. Bonaventure House with exhibits, gift shop and library, 1797 Rich Log Cabin and 1879 Bishop-Coleman Gazebo. Featuring works by internationally known photographer Nancy Ford Cones (1869-1962), who was a resident of Loveland and used local people and scenes in many of her pictorial photographs. $3 donation. 683-5692; Loveland.

Grailville Garden Volunteer Day, 9 a.m.noon Planting fall crops, cleaning garlic and making garlic powder. Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road. Work in organic garden and kitchen. Wear clothes and footwear that can get dirty. Bring gloves, water, sunscreen, hat and snacks. No experience required. Free. Through Oct. 23. 683-2340; Loveland. S U N D A Y, J U L Y 2 5


Blooms and Berries Farm Market and Summer Produce Stand, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Blooms & Berries Farm Market, 697-9173; Loveland.


Wine Tasting, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Sample five varieties of Stone Brewing Co. beers. Dillonvale IGA, 3950 East Galbraith Road. $5. 9845249; Sycamore Township.


Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, $3 donation. 683-5692; Loveland.


Pick a Bouquet Club, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Loveland Primary/Elementary School, $35 donation. Registration required. 5133242873; www.grannysgardenschool. com. Loveland.


The Music Man, Jr. 3 p.m. Loveland Stage Company Theatre, $8. 683-4950; Loveland.


Shout! The Swingin’ 60s Sensation, 2 p.m. Walton Creek Theater, $17. Reservations required. 684-1236; Columbia Township. M O N D A Y, J U L Y 2 6


Cincinnati Toastmasters Club No. 472 Meeting, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Kenwood, 7701 Kenwood Road. Public speaking and leadership skills meeting. Free. Presented by Cincinnati Toastmasters Club No. 472. 351-5005. Kenwood.


Pick a Bouquet Club, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Loveland Primary/Elementary School, $35 donation. Registration required. 5133242873; Loveland. PROVIDED

John Mayer performs at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 27, at Riverbend Music Center. Train also performs. Tickets are $105 four-pack, $69.50, $49.50, $36 lawn. Call 800745-3000 or visit

KARAOKE AND OPEN MIC Open Mic Night, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Hosted by Bob Cushing. Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike. Free. 697-9705. Loveland.


ProCamps, Ltd. is hosting Chad Ochocinco Youth Football Camp from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, July 22, at Sycamore High School, 7400 Cornell Road, Montgomery. Camp continues July 23. The camp includes instruction from Ochocinco, games each day, a t-shirt, autographed camp team photo with the Bengals wide receiver and pro bowl player, contests and prizes. It is open to boys and girls ages 7-14. The cost is $185, plus a $6 convenience fee if paying by credit card. Registration is required. Call 247-3032 or visit


Zumba Gold, 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Humana Guidance Center, 11316 Montgomery Road. Designed for those not used to exercising, older adults or those with physical limitations. Free. 247-2100. Symmes Township. Moving Forward: Seniors, Transportation and Independence, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Sycamore Senior Center, 4455 Carver Woods Drive. Council presents the results of the Senior Transportation Needs Assessment. Seniors can share transportation opinions and concerns with community leaders. With guest speaker Representative Connie Pillich (D-Montgomery). Refreshments. Free. Registration required. Presented by Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio. 984-1234. Blue Ash.


Blue Ash Camp Blue Fish, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Session 4. Daily through July 30. Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road. Twosession limit. Sports, games, arts and crafts, outdoor adventures, water activities and social events. All forms must be completed. T-shirts on registration day available. Ages 611. $100, 10 percent family discount on sessions. Registration required. Presented by City of Blue Ash. 745-8550. Blue Ash. Space & Rocketry Science Camp, 9 a.m.noon Daily through July 30. Swaim Park, Zig Zag and Cooper roads, Using power of air pressure and water, kids launch own ecofriendly hydro-rocket. Includes experiments, individual projects and engaging science. Taught by Champion Science Adventures instructors. Ages 6-12. $150. Registration required. Presented by City of Montgomery. 891-2424; Montgomery. Junior Farmer Camp, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Daily through July 30. Turner Farm, 7400 Given Road. Hands-on higher-level activites and working with the resources and products on the farm. Ages 11-14. $175. 561-7400; Indian Hill. Camp Primrose, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Daily through July 30. Primrose School of Symmes, 9175 Governors Way. Snacks, lunches, activities and field trips. Each month is themed with activities at museums or fun centers. Extended child care at no charge available. For Ages 12 and under. Weekly: $235 for one-seven weeks; $220 for eight11 weeks. Registration required and starts March 22. 697-6970; Symmes Township.

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Pick a Bouquet Club, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Loveland Primary/Elementary School, $35 donation. Registration required. 5133242873; Loveland.


Tuesday Concerts in the Park, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Miami Steel Band. Blue Ash Nature Park, 4433 Cooper Road. Bring seating. Free. Presented by City of Blue Ash. 7456259; Blue Ash.


Snakes and More, 3 p.m. Symmes Township Branch Library, 11850 Enyart Road. With Peggy Fille of the Cincinnati Herpetological Society. Ages 6 and up. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-6001. Symmes Township. Summer Library Programs, 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Madeira Branch Library, 7200 Miami Ave. “Pur Water Treatment.” With Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District. Ages 1-7. Free. Presented by Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District. 369-6028; Madeira.


Fun Fit & Balanced, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Humana Guidance Center, 11316 Montgomery Road. Learn to reduce risk of falling. Use chairs, tables, music, balls and more to learn simple ways to increase strength, coordination, endurance and balance. Ages 55 and up. Free. 247-2100. Symmes Township. Community Tea, 2 p.m.-3 p.m. Lodge Retirement Community, 12050 Montgomery Road. Hear about new transportation option for seniors and adults with visual impairments. 559-2200; Loveland.

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Country Music and Line Dancing, 7 p.m.11 p.m. Bar Seventy-One, 8850 Governors Hill Drive. Line dance lessons 7-8 p.m. $5. Country music by DJ Ed with open dancing until 11 p.m. Live country bands on select Wednesdays. Ages 18 and up. 600-8476; Symmes Township.


Tai Chi Class, 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Humana Guidance Center, 11316 Montgomery Road. Instructed Tai Chi for beginners with Jennifer. Family friendly. Free. Reservations required. 247-2100. Symmes Township.


Blooms and Berries Farm Market and Summer Produce Stand, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Blooms & Berries Farm Market, 697-9173; Loveland. Turner Farm, 9 a.m. Turner Farm, 561-7400; Indian Hill.


Youth Pool Party, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Brookside Swim and Tennis Club, 4400 Sycamore Road. DJ, open swim, activities and snack bar. For grades 5-8. $6, $4 members. 8919832; www.brooksideswimandtenni Sycamore Township.

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Ballroom Night, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Bar SeventyOne, 8850 Governors Hill Drive. Beginner lessons 7-8 p.m. $5. Open dancing to mix of ballroom, Latin, swing, country, disco and more. Ages 18 and up. 600-8476; Symmes Township.


Zumba, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Cincy Dance Studio, 8143 Camargo Road. Suite B, $10. Registration required. 859-630-7040; Madeira. Aquatics Fitness 101, noon-1 p.m. 6 p.m.-7 p.m. TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road. Learn about aquatic exercise programs and equipment. Family friendly. $20. Registration required. 9856732. Montgomery. Israeli Folk Dancing, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road. $5 per session. 444-8514; Amberley Village.


The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company presents “Blithe Spirit,” a romantic comedy of the supernatural, though Aug. 8, at 719 Race St., downtown. Pictured is Annie Fitzpatrick as Madame Arcati, who holds a séance, in which a lost love comes back to haunt another character. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $22-$28. Call 513-3812273 or visit


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There is a reason why grace is called amazing There’s something peculiar about the appeal of the hymn “Amazing Grace.” It’s a religious song, yet popular in a secular age. Its language expresses human powerlessness during an era of technological genius and human success. Its theme is even about a subject that can’t be accurately defined or scientifically scrutinized. Why its popularity? Why is it sung with such gusto? On an unconscious level it lets us acknowledge a truth we count on dearly – the help of God as we live out our lives. In his book, “The Magnificent Defeat,” Frederick Buechner writes, “For what we need to know is not just that God exists, not just that beyond the steely brightness of the stars there is a cosmic intelligence of some kind that keeps the whole show going, but that there is a God right here in the thick of

our day-by-day lives. … It is not objective proof of God’s existence what we want but the experience of God’s presence.” And that’s exactly the “amazing” truth that the hymn professes. Many of us come to a point where we can look back and recognize certain accomplishments we’ve experienced exceeded our own strength. The word “grace” has as its root the Latin word gratis, for “gift.” We get grace all mixed up with good fortune. Grace teaches us the opposite. When I am lying flat on my face in the dark and someone hands me a lit candle, that is God’s grace. And when I am flying high enjoying my own success and powers and I run into a flock of geese, that is God’s grace too. If God is God, then grace is active just as much in the things that threaten and humble me as in the

events that help me endure or lift me up on eagles’ wings. It is God’s presence that makes grace, whatever the circumstances. As Barbara Brown Taylor states, “With grace my spiritual math collapses. One plus one does not equal two but at least three and perhaps 3,000.” We are offered more of everything than our own notions of ourselves can hold. Again, Taylor writes, “To give into grace is to surrender our ideas about who God should be in order to embrace God’s idea of who we are and to have the good sense to say ‘Thank you.’ ” Interestingly, we may approach the notion of God’s presence in our lives with ambiguous sentiments. Certainly we want God’s help in life. Yet … we’re somewhat afraid of losing our human individuality and freedom. In a sense, a person

may fear God “messing around with my life.” If that’s the case, we might benefit from knowing something else about grace. Its purpose is not to stifle our humanity but intensify it. Grace is an awesome partnership in which God remains utterly sovereign and we become authentically free. God contributes all that God can and we can open and contribute (if we so choose) all that we can. Grace is God’s self-gift, our response is our self freely unwrapping and accepting the gift. Yet, paradoxically, the ability to open the gift (our freedom) is Godgiven too. It came when we were created. Sound complicated? What do we expect when dealing with mystery, free will, and a God beyond all our words? Theologian Karl Rahner wrote, “It is clear from the nature of God’s

self offer that the initiative (of grace) must lie with God. But Father Lou we are not thereGuntzelman by condemned to Perspectives passivity. A ‘salvation’ that did that would hardly be salvific. Still, the fulfillment of our openness is also something which we receive as a gift, not a product of our own making. ‘We love, because he first loved us’ (1 John 4:19).” It is always emphasized in discussing grace, that no human being can be saved as a result of his or her own goodness, virtue, success or religious practice or belief; we can only be saved by God’s grace. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@community or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Always get used car inspection before purchase Used car sales are up these days as buyers look to save money during this recession. But, before you buy a used car, there are certain things you need to do to make sure you don’t buy what had been someone else’s headache. Most people realize they need to take a used car for a test drive, but during that drive be sure you take it on the highway as well as local roads. That’s important so you get a chance to see how well it accelerates, and how smoothly is handles at high speeds. But a test drive is only the beginning. Unless you’re a trained auto mechanic it’s important to get the vehicle checked out by an ASE certified mechanic. If the seller won’t let you take it to be inspected, walk away and do business elsewhere. Sharon Hines of Delhi

Township learned the importance of such an inspection. “There was no Howard Ain warranty. paid Hey Howard! I $4,400 – $4,977, with taxes and fees,” she said. “I love the car. It needed an oxygen sensor and our salesman said other than that it had no mechanical problems.” Unfortunately, when the used car dealer sent the car for the repair, a great many more problems developed. The repair shop kept the car for more than two weeks. “They wouldn’t give me a loaner, so for 16 days I had to find a way to work and a way home,” said Hines. Once she got the car back she found it still had problems and returned it for more repairs. “I had the car for 28

days and they had it for 25,” Hines said. But, she said, the mechanics at the repair shop were never able to fix it. “Never – and until I contacted you they weren’t going to fix it. They wanted me to pay and that’s why I contacted you,” she said. I suggested Hines take the car to an independent ASE certified mechanic to try to diagnose the problems. She did and, working with the dealer and that repair shop, Hine’s certified mechanic was able to fix a lot of things. The dealer who sold the car has agreed to pay for all the repairs – which so far come to more than $3,300. Hines said she’s learned a valuable lesson. “Get a used car inspected before you buy. It’s a lifelesson learned – big time,” she said. Such an inspection will cost about $100, but it is well worth it if it can keep

Northern Hills hosts ‘Shabbat on the Range’ The Wild West will be the theme as the Men’s Club of Northern Hills Synagogue – Congregation B’nai Avraham sponsors its Shabbat on the Range dinner. Featuring roasted bison, the dinner will take place following the 6 p.m. service Friday, July 23. Vegetarian and children’s options will also be available. The evening will also feature a western singalong, said Marc Tyler, event chair. “This has become a real

fun tradition in the congregation, bringing together people of all ages,” Tyler said. “The Men’s Club will handle all aspects of the evening. It is a terrific group of guys to work with.” Brett Handmaker, Men’s Club president, added, “I am really proud of all the things the Men’s Club has accomplished in just a few years. Dinners, social events, working on the building and grounds. And Mens’ Club is assuming responsibility for

providing outreach to intermarried families.” The dinner will be held at the Synagogue, at 5714 Fields Ertel Road in Deerfield Township, between Interstate 71 and Snider Road. The cost is $18 for adults, and $9 for children ages 4-10. Younger children eat for free. The maximum family charge is $50. For more information or to make reservations, call Northern Hills Synagogue at 931-6038.

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Welcome guests with pineapple dishes My husband, Frank, is anxiously awaiting the first of the corn. I’m anxiously awaiting ripe elderberries for jelly. Doesn’t take much to please either of us, does it?

Mary Carol Cox’s special occasion pineapple cake

I know this talented Kenwood reader as “MC,” my dear friend Joanie Manzo’s sister. This has been in my file a while, and it dawned on me the other day that the cake and icing that readers have been requesting may just be this one, since the pineapple icing was a cooked one that they requested. 1 package yellow cake mix 1 can, 30 oz., crushed pineapple, undrained 1 ⁄2 cup sugar 1 ⁄3 cup cornstarch Dash salt 2 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon vanilla 3 cups whipping cream Prepare m i x according to directions and Rita bake in Heikenfeld two layCool Rita’s kitchen ers. on racks, split layers, creating four total layers. Combine pineapple, sugar, cornstarch and salt in pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until clear and thick. Remove from heat and stir in butter, lemon juice and vanilla. Cool. Whip cream and spread each layer with about half cup of cream; then spread each layer with pineapple filling. Stack layers and spread with rest of whipped cream. Chill until ready to serve.

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Marinated grilled shrimp recipe made by Robin Maynard.

Robin Maynard’s ‘gotta try this’ shrimp

Robin Maynard is a Mason reader and an enthusiastic and very good cook. Her original name for this recipe was “marinated grilled shrimp.” I think it goes way beyond that, so I’ve renamed it. She told me, “I love to create recipes. Many times I’ll eat at a restaurant and then go home and try to recreate the dish.” Her co-workers are guinea pigs (lucky them) and she recently enrolled in the Midwest Culinary’s program for pastry arts. Her goal? “To own a restaurant

skewer. Place a sheet of foil on grill grate and heat grill on medium. Place skewers on foil and cook for five minutes. Turn shrimp and cook another five minutes or until shrimp is done and golden brown. Serves four.

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Mix all ingredients in a bowl and whisk together. Place shrimp in a gallon Ziploc bag and add mixture. Shake to evenly coat shrimp and marinate in refrigerator for one hour. Soak bamboo skewers in water for 30 minutes so they won’t burn on the grill. Remove shrimp from bag, discard remaining liquid. Slide 5 shrimp on each

Hot slaw like Heritage Restaurant: David Waters, a reader who used to live in Mariemont and loved the hot slaw served at the Heritage, asked me for a recipe. I sent him one that I’ve published here before and he said, “The slaw was delicious and so reminiscent of what the Melvins served at The Heritage; our favorite dining spot during the 23

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Robin’s Hawaiian teriyaki chicken recipe is on my online column as well. If you don’t have Internet access, call 513591-6163 to have my editor Lisa mail you a copy. years in Mariemont.” (I can vouch for the popularity of this restaurant and its good food, as well, since my husband was their general manager. It closed several years ago). David said after retiring from P&G, they moved south and now live in Chapel Hill, N.C. David served it with a pork loin that he rubbed with pepper, salt and a bit of thyme. Yum. Buffet bread & butter pickles a hit: Jean Heenan made these and said “they are amazing.” She wanted to know if the brine could be used again since “the pickles won’t last long.” No, it cannot but it makes a nice marinade for fresh cukes. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

Cafe returns to Blue Ash with deli items Café Chabad is back for the summer. Café Chabad has made a name for itself in Cincinnati for providing Jewish adults with social events that feature delicious food, great entertainment and good company. The summer Café Chabad features a wide menu of New York Kosher deli favorites, including a choice of classic sandwiches

such as corned beef, pastrami and smoked turkey and of course, authentic sour pickles (vegetarian option available). While diners kick back and enjoy, Café Chabad presents special guest Rabbi Abba Perelmuter, who will entertain the crowd with his witty humor and also lead an interactive couples game show.

Perelmuter comes from Long Beach, Calif., where he is the popular leader of Shul By the Shore. About past events, Simon Groner said, “Cafe Chabad is a lively community party. The food and merriment are wonderful, and enhance the enjoyment of being with old friends, renewing old acquaintances, and meeting new people

in our community.” The Café Chabad will take place at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1, at Chabad Jewish Center, 3977 Hunt Road, Blue Ash. The fee for the evening, is $15 paid by July 27, $19 after July 27, $118 sponsor. For adults only. Reservations and details at or 793-5200.


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Hadassah donor luncheon was an elegant affair More than 100 Hadassah members attended the donor luncheon at the Kenwood Country Club. Ariella Perlman, daughter of renown violinist Itzhak Perlman, gave a 30minute flute recital, and Adele Gutterman and her daughter Renee Sandler were honored for their outstanding contributions to Hadassah. The event began at 11:30 a.m. as guests arrived and mingled in the spacious lobby. Jewelry creations by Ariella Perlman and Rita Rothenberg were available for purchase, as were Hadassah gift cards, Israeli teas and Vazu reusable vases. Ariella Perlman performed a varied and delightful program, accompanied by pianist Heather MacPhail. She opened with two movements from a


From left: Heather MacPhail, pianist; Ariella Perlman, flutist; Robert Johnson, and Tobe Snow, Hadassah Cincinnati Chapter president. “Sonata by Georg Philip Telemann,” followed by a contemporary piece, “Arcana,” by Elizabeth Brown. Arcana had been commissioned in 2004 by Ariella’s parents, Itzhak and Toby Perlman, in honor of Ariella’s 21st birthday and featured a recorded accompaniment of a theremin, an eerie-sounding electronic

instrument, played on an iPod. Ariella was warm and engaging as she spoke to the audience between pieces. The next selection, “Theme from Schindler’s List” by John Williams, was an arrangement of the award-winning soundtrack that her father recorded for the movie. Her final selection was a movement from

the “Sonata for Flute and Piano” by Francis Poulenc. After the concert, everyone enjoyed sumptuous buffet lunch in the dining room. Carol Ann Schwartz, Hadassah Central States Region president, led the singing of Hatikvah and the Star Spangled Banner. Michele Sandler led the Invocation, and Jonah Sandler made the HaMotzi blessing over the bread. Tobe Snow, president of Cincinnati Chapter, welcomed everyone and spoke about the new slate of officers who will be installed in September. Bobbi Handwerger and Sharon Casper will be the new co-presidents. Paula Jarnicki introduced the two honorees, Adele Gutterman and her daughter, Renee Sandler, and spoke about their many accomplishments and contributions to Cincinnati


From left are: Renee Sandler, her brother and sister-in-law Hiram and Julie Gutterman, and Adele Gutterman. Chapter of Hadassah. She presented each of them with a beautiful Hadassah certificate in honor of the occasion. Donor Committee Chair Ghita Sarembock thanked everyone who contributed to the event and gave potted flowers to Tobe Snow, chapter president, and Bess

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The church is hosting Scrapbooking from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. nearly every third Monday. Free child care is provided. You must register by 5 p.m. Friday before the Monday event. Remaining date is Aug. 16. The church is at 7701 Kenwood Road, Kenwood; 891-1700.

Hartzell United Methodist Church

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

Kenwood Fellowship Church

The church has a new contemporary worship service from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturdays. The services will feature contemporary worship music in a relaxed atmosphere with biblical teaching that will resonate with the fast-paced lifestyles that many of us find ourselves in today. The church is at 7205 Kenwood Road; 891-9768. All youth groups now meet at 6 p.m. every Sunday night beginning with supper, a short worship service and group sessions. The church is at 360 Robin Ave., Loveland; 683-2525;

Loveland United Methodist Church

The new service times are 8:15 to 9 a.m. for the “Rise and Shine” Traditional Service, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. for the “A Little Bit Louder Now” Contemporary Service and 11 a.m. to noon for the “Morning Glory” Traditional Service. A free Hot Breakfast Bar is located in the Gathering Area, just outside the sanctuary, and is open from 8 to 8:15 am. In June, they will be serving biscuits, sausage, eggs, fruit, yogurt, assorted Danish and juices, and freshly ground and brewed Eight O’Clock Coffee. Join the United Methodist Women from 9:45 a.m. to 11 a.m. the first Thursday morning of each month for UMW, a time of fellowship, devotion and ministry at LUMC. The purpose of the UMW is “to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.” The church is at 10975 S. Lebanon Road, Loveland; 683-1738.

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The church conducts worship at 10:30 a.m., Sundays and Divine Providence Study Group the first four Sundays of the month from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The church is located at 9035 E. Kemper Road, Montgomery; 4899572.

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church

Summer Worship times: 5 p.m. Saturday, and 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The church is at 101 South Lebanon Road, Loveland; 683-4244.

PromiseLand Church

The church is hosting Prayer Revival every Tuesday beginning at 7:30 p.m. Open Format. Everyone is welcome to come and pray. Sunday Worship Service is at 11 a.m. The church is located at 6227 Price Road, Loveland; 677-5981,

River Hills Christian Church

Thriving Moms is a group for moms of infants through high school students; meets weekly to receive encouragement and instruction, make friends and have fun; held 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; child care provided. There is a Christian counselor as the parent coach, as well as a mentor mom. Call 583-0371. The church is at 6300 Price Road, Loveland; 677-7600.

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

St. Barnabas VBS will be held Thursday, July 22, through Sunday, July 25. The times are 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday; and 9 a.m. to noon Sunday. The theme is “High Seas Expedition: Exploring the Mighty Love of God.” The service project for the children will be El Hogar Mission in Honduras. Children ages 3 to 10 are welcome to attend. There is no fee for this program. Call the church office at 984-8401 or register online at St. Barnabas works with children from the Findlay Street neighborhood on a Summer Camp outreach Monday to Friday through Aug. 6. Volunteers are needed for field trips, craft projects, sports and overnight camp. Donations of food or materials for craft projects are welcome and can be coordinated through the St. Barnabas office. St. Barnabas will host a book club, a canoe trip and a day at the Great American Ball Park this summer. Sunday worship services are 8, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. with summer church school at 9:30 a.m. The church will hold services all summer during the construction on Montgomery Road. The church is at 10345 Montgomery Road, Montgomery; 984-8401;

St. Paul Community United Methodist Church

St. Paul Church services are 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. for Traditional Worship and 9:30 a.m. for Contemporary Worship with Praise Band. Sunday School and childcare is provided for all services. The church is at 8221 Miami Road, Madeira; 891-8181;

Sharonville United Methodist Church

Sharonville United Methodist Church has services; 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. are traditional worship format, and the 9:30 a.m. service is contemporary. SUMC welcomes all visitors and guests to attend any of its services or special events. The church is at 3751 Creek Road, Sharonville; 563-0117.

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The staff of Springhill Camp will be at the church for five days of adventure, friends and a chance to conquer challenges. The camp is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 26-30. Kids who have completed kindergarten through fourth grade can sign up. Day camp is full of activities in a fun, safe and nurturing environment. It is open to the community. The cost is $149 for the whole week. Register or find out details at www. Worship times are: Contemporary worship at 5 p.m. Saturdays, contemporary worship at 9 a.m. Sundays and traditional worship at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. The church is at 6635 LovelandMiamiville Road, Loveland; 6779866.

Loveland Presbyterian Church

NORWOOD 5501 Montgomery Rd. 513-631-4884

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101 South Lebanon Rd. Loveland, OH 45140 683-4244 Lead Pastor Jonathan Eilert Pastor Grant Eckhart Saturday Service 5:00pm Sunday Services 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00am Sunday School 9:30am

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Disciple Bible Study Classes are registering for the fall. Call for classes offered and meeting times. New member classes begin Sept. 19. Call for details. Children’s summer camps are available from 9 a.m. to noon every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The cost is $10 for one child and $15 for families. Reservations can be made by calling the church. The church is hosting evening Vacation Bible School, “Galactic Blast… A Cosmic Adventure Praising God,” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. July 26-30. Register at Call for details. Worship on Wednesday is at 7:30 p.m. through Aug. 18. It is casual worship with Holy Communion weekly. The seventh annual Fall Craft Show is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Saturday, Nov. 6. They are looking for crafters and vendors to join the show. Call the church for details. The church is located at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati; 791-3142;



Pastors: Larry Donner, Pat Badkey, Jesse Abbott


The church is hosting Baobab Blast, this summer’s Vacation Bible School from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. July 26-29. VBS includes songs, theme-inspired crafts, games, snacks and stories about Jesus. Baobab Blast is free. Call 7933288 to reserve a spot. Morning Blend worship services at Ascension are on the third Sunday of each summer month, combining contemporary and traditional elements. Summer worship is at 10 a.m. and everyone is welcome. The church is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 793-3288,

Church of the Saviour United Methodist



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

Church by the Woods

The church offers traditional Sunday worship at 10 a.m. The church is handicapped accessible. The church conducts English as a Second Language classes Saturday mornings. If you need to learn English, or know someone who does, call 563-6447. The church is at 3755 Cornell Road, Sharonville; 563-6447;



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Armstrong Chapel United Methodist Church is offering its third 13week session of “DivorceCare.” It began May 11. A scripturallybased support group, DivorceCare is for men and women who are going through separation or divorce. Meetings are at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the church. They are free and open to all. Meetings run through Aug. 3. For more information and registration, visit or call 561-4220. The church will host Vacation Bible School from 9:30 to noon Aug. 26. Programming with a heroes theme is planned for children who are 4-years-old by Sept. 1 through those who have completed fourth grade. Church membership is not necessary to participate. Entry forms are available by calling the church at 561-4220 or online at The chapel is at 5125 Drake Road, Indian Hill; 561-4220.

and 10:45 a.m. with Adult Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. Children’s Church is during the 10:45 a.m. hour. All guests are welcome. The church is at 7388 East Kemper Road, Sycamore Township; 4897021.


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.




July 21, 2010

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




None reported.

Incidents/investigations Passing bad checks

A woman said someone passed a bad check for $2,000 at 10035 Windzag Drive, July 9.



Robert Kershaw, 44, 217 W. 12th St., criminal trespassing at 7331 Kenwood Road, June 16. Joseph Wolf, 29, 217 W. 12th St., criminal trespassing at 7331 Kenwood Road, June 16. Juvenile female, 15, domestic violence at 4044 Trebor, June 18.

Sandra Moore, 49, 316 N Roosevelt, inducing panic at 8063 U.S. 22, June 3. Antoine Lee, 32, 2850 Melrose, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, June 19. Al Hunter, 52, 1308 Madison, robbery at 3986 E. Galbraith Road, June 18. Juvenile female, 15, theft at 3950 E. Galbraith Road, June 13. Jesse Fields, 32, 8846 School Run, assault at 8046 School Road, June 13. Joshua Langford, 20, 4215 Appleton, obstructing official business, criminal damaging, disorderly conduct at 7752 Montgomery Road, June 7.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering

Storage shed entered and leaf blower and lawn mower of unknown value removed at 8350 Plainfield Road, June 21.

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Vehicle scratched at 7875 Montgomery Road, June 9. Lamp posts damaged at Hetz Drive and Ponds Lane, June 8.


Reported at 11316 Marlette Drive, June 8.

Interference with custody

Reported at 7817 Cincinnati, June 17.


Victim threatened and merchandise of unknown value removed from store at 4020 E. Galbraith Road, June 16.


10143 Zig Zag Road: Milam Bruce Tr to Nickol Marilynne; $255,000. 4243 St Andrews Place: Farmer C. Barry & Patricia C. Jones to Zigoris Mark & Irene; $344,500. 4332 Villa Drive: Kuhns Barbara A. to Kang Kirandeep; $45,000. 5381 Hagewa Drive: Rath Pamela K. to Jacobsen Kristi J. & Ole H. Jacobsen IV; $145,000. 9461 Bluewing Terrace: Cosciello David M. & Rebecca to Kraus Jeremiah & Erin; $260,000. 9617 Cooper Lane: Clare L. Habeeb LLC to Vennemann Eileen; $210,000.



Credit card used to make unauthorized purchases at 5440 E. Galbraith Road, June 5. Laptop, power cord valued at $3,000 removed at 11215 Marlette, June 3. Tire removed from vehicle at 7875 Montgomery Road, June 3. Cell phone valued at $130 removed at 7565 Kenwood, June 6. Medication of unknown value removed at 8551 Vorhees Lane, June 20. Purse and contents valued at $575 removed at 8311 Montgomery Road, June 16. Vehicle entered and various items of unknown value removed at 8120 Walcot Lane, June 12.

11763 Winthrop Lane: Sandler Randy & Michele to Ochs Philip IV & Christy; $696,300. 11953 Snider Road: Hillberg Theodore J. & Edith to Moran Benjamin L.; $220,000. 11987 Fourth Ave.: Jones Dan to Hensley Teresa & Wendell; $81,000. 12167 Fieldsted Drive: Valentine Stuart & Kathy L. to Disch Bernice S.; $150,000. 1950 Chaucer Drive: Federal National Mortgage Association to Joesting Scott; $33,500. 4062 Limerick Ave.: Crystal Soul Investments LLC to Humbel Mark J.; $94,500.


Elmfield Drive: Plantation Pointe LLC to Fischer Single Family Homes II LLC; $75,000. 10526 Stablehand Drive: Klasing Robert L. Jr. to Suffield Peter M. & Lori K.; $303,500. 12059 Crestfield Court: Moksin Simon & Zhanna to Wang Hwaiching Danny & Wei Cai; $393,000. 7914 Clement St.: Caldwell Woodruff J.R. to Haffner Andrea L.; $159,900. 7920 Clement St.: Caldwell Woodruff J.R. to Haffner Andrea L.; $159,900. 8675 Remington Road: Pfeil Shawn to Wells Fargo Bank National Association Tr; $128,000.



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Reported at 4990 E. Galbraith Road, June 15.

SYMMES TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Juvenile female, 16, domestic violence at 8009 Glendale Milford Road, June 14. Bradley Baker, 19, 8901 Terwilligers Trail, possession of marijuana at Terwilligers Valley, June 9.

Incidents/investigations Burglary

Residence entered at 11383 Donwiddle Drive, June 6.

Criminal damaging

Reported at 9591 Fields Ertel Road, June 16. Reported at 9390 Loveland-Madeira Road, June 10.

Sexual imposition

Reported at 11600 Lebanon Road, June 19.


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$550 removed from purse at 11312 Snider Road, June 15. Counterfeit bill passed at 12006 Montgomery Road, June 6. Counterfeit bill passed at 12006 Montgomery Road, June 6. Counterfeit bill passed at 12006 Montgomery Road, June 6. Reported at 8793 Brooks Creek Road, June 13.

Front window damaged by rock at 11294 Montgomery Road, June 5.

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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, 792-7254. Symmes Township, Lt. Dan Reid 683-3444. Briefcase, cell phone, glasses, check book and contents of unknown value removed at 8175 Hetz Drive, June 11.


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BRIDGES for a Just Community recognized four honorees at the organization’s 60th annual Awards Dinner. More than 800 people attended the event in support of BRIDGES’ mission to create an inclusive and just community. Serving as BRIDGES major fundraiser, the event was chaired by John F. Cassidy, president and CEO of Cincinnati Bell, and raised $345,000. From left: Shakila Ahmad, BRIDGES board chair, a resident of Mason; honorees Anthony Muñoz, resident of Mason; Alice S. Sparks, a resident of Crescent Springs, Ky.; Dr. Stanley M. Kaplan, a resident of Amberley Village; Michael W. Hawkins, a resident of Montgomery; Robert C. “Chip” Harrod, BRIDGES President and CEO, a resident of Montgomery, and John F. Cassidy, a resident of Indian Hill.

BUSINESS UPDATE Mullen promoted

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Sycamore Township fire and EMS calls from June 10 to June 30: June 10, Sommerset Chase, alarm activation June 12, Techwood, alarm activation June 13, Montgomery, alarm activation June 13, Creek, alarm activation June 13, Lake Hurst, structure fire June 13, Montgomery, fall June 13, Northlake, medical emergency June 13, Darnell, medical emergency June 13, Vorhees, assault June 13, Donna, fall June 14, Mason Montgomery, structure fire June 14, Butler Warren, emergency to property June 14, Mason, lightning strike June 14, Creek, overheated motor June 14, Kenwood, alarm activation June 14, I 275 @ Montgomery, overheated motor June 14, Mosteller, appliance fire June 14, School, alarm activation June 14, I275 @ 48, motor vehicle accident June 14, Loveland Madeira @ Kemper, no patient contact June 14, Sixth, medical emergency June 14, Plainfield, fall June 14, Keller, medical emergency June 14, Montgomery, medical emergency June 14, Montgomery, fall June 14, Galbraith, fall June 15, Gateway, overheated motor June 15, Kenwood, alarm activation June 15, Fourth, medical emergency June 15, Marlette, medical emergency June 15, Miami Hills, medical emergency June 15, Dearwester, medical emergency June 15, Pine, medical emergency June 16, Stratford, alarm activation June 16, Terwilligers Knolll, alarm activation June 16, Kenwood, alarm activation June 16, Tenderfoot, medical emergency June 16, Montgomery, medical emergency June 17, Gwilada, gas leak June 17, Reed Hartman, medical emergency June 17, Dearwester, medical emergency June 17, Mayfield, medical emergency June 17, Montgomery, fall June 17, Montgomery, medical emergency June 18, Governors Hill, alarm activation June 18, Bridge, structure fire June 18, Montgomery, alarm activation June 18, Longford, fall June 18, Galbraith, medical emergency June 18, Reading, medical emergency June 18, Galbraith, medical emergency June 18, Kugler Mill, medical emergency June 18, Bridge, cooking fire June 18, Falcon, structure fire June 18, Montgomery, medical emergency June 18, Chancery, medical emergency

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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 25, Galbraith, fall June 26, School, oil spill June 26, Kenwood, alarm activation June 26, Kingslake, medical emergency June 26, Fields Ertel @ Fourth, motor vehicle accident June 26, Montgomery, medical emergency June 26, Dearwester, fall June 26, Galbraith, medical emergency June 26, Quail Hollow, medical emergency June 26, Plainfield, medical emergency June 27, Deerfield, alarm activation June 27, Grooms, alarm activation June 27, Fields Ertel, good intent June 27, Illinois, alarm activation June 27, Dearwester, medical emergency June 27, Tiki, good intent June 27, Quailhollow, medical emergency June 27, Larchview, lift assist June 27, Galbraith, fall June 27, I71 @ Ronald Reagan, motor vehicle accident June 28, Kenwood, alarm activation June 28, Creek, alarm activation June 28, Hillsmith, structure fire June 28, Chancery, medical emergency June 28, Trowbridge, fall June 28, Montgomery, medical emergency June 28, Pine, medical emergency June 28, Autumnwood, fall June 29, Fields Ertel, cancelled call June 29, Fourth, false call June 29, Brittany Woods, medical emergency June 29, Ponds, lift assist June 29, Donegal, no patient contact June 29, Montgomery, medical emergency June 29, Wexford, fall June 29, Longford, medical emergency June 29, Keller, medical emergency June 29, Kenwood Crossing, medical emergency June 29, Merrymaker, medical emergency June 29, Tiki, medical emergency June 29, Monroe, medical emergency June 30, Cornell, alarm activation June 30, Montgomery, alarm activation June 30, Beck, medical emergency June 30, Dearwester, fall June 30, Galbraith, medical emergency June 30, Galbraith, medical emergency June 30, Kingslake, fall June 30, E I 275, motor vehicle accident June 30, Millbank, medical emergency


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