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Front-row seats

High school sports seasons begin this month, and Northeast Suburban Life wants to know what it’s like to live right in the middle of the excitement. If you live near a local high school football stadium soccer stadium or other venue, tell us your story. Do you let other fans park in your yard? Do you fly the school flag? Do you go the games or just watch from your porch? Or do you prefer to get away from it all and avoid the hassle? Send an e-mail to nesuburban@communitypress. com with “Local fans” in the subject line. Include your name, address and daytime contact information.

Swing of things

Area high school golfers are heading to the links this week as fall sports officially begins. See what your favorite team’s prospects are in this week’s sports section. You can find stories on many area golf teams at blogs/presspreps. SPORTS, A7


Sycamore Township celebrated 19 years of the Festival in Sycamore July 1516. Sycamore Township Parks and Recreation Director Mike McKeown said the festival had two “great nights.” He said the township work crew had the stage down before midnight on Saturday. SEE LIFE, B1

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Cameras put on cruise patrol Blue Ash adds five to force By Jeanne Houck

BLUE ASH – Blue Ash police are mounting more sophisticated video cameras in their cruisers to better record encounters with citizens, such as traffic stops. Blue Ash City Council agreed in March to allow the police department to outfit five of its 14 marked cruisers with new digital video cameras through Ohio’s Cooperative Purchasing Program for a total of no more than about $55,000 – which includes supporting equipment and the cost of a system that can archive and retrieve recordings. The department hopes to install the digital video cameras in the remainder of the fleet by the end of 2012. “The new cameras replace older systems that were frequently breaking, severely hampering the department’s use of this valuable technology,” Blue Ash Police Chief Chris Wallace said. Blue Ash police initiated a mobile video recording program in 2001. ‘The primary goals of the department’s mobile video recording program are to ensure that audio-visual recordings provide as true and accurate a depiction of events as is reasonably possible in order to provide the best possible evidence and documentation


Blue Ash Police Capt. Jim Schaffer shows equipment that is being set up in the trunks of cruisers to support the more sophisticated video cameras that are being installed in police cars. of events for use in court proceedings, and to provide accurate, reliable recordings that can help defend officers and the department against false accusations,” Wallace said. “The mobile video recording program also provides a mechanism for supervisors within the police department to review officers’ activities to ensure that officers are treating citizens with courtesy and respect as well as demonstrating sound safety practices. “This allows police supervisors to give officers real-time feedback regarding performance in these areas as a means of quality control,” Wallace said.

Next up: Citizen surveys

Police Chief Chris Wallace said Blue Ash police soon will begin surveying citizens after they’ve dealt with officers. “Police supervisors will randomly select names from reports or calls for service from our police log and initiate telephone calls to them to ascertain their level of satisfaction with the services provided,” Wallace said. “The department feels that this new program will offer a snapshot of the public’s opinion of our services and lead us to any adjustments that we may need to make.” Wallace said the department also hopes to in the near future use social media to better gauge the opinion of citizens about police services. “The Blue Ash Police Department is committed to continue evolving to provide excellence in service, whether it be through the use of the latest technology or old and reliable methodology,” Wallace said.

Vintage to offer scaled-down homes, prices By Jeanne Houck

“These efficient yet awesome models are scaleddown and more affordable versions of our most popular plans in the courtyard home collection. On smaller home sites, these homes are designed mainly for empty nesters, almost-empty nesters and professionals seeking easy living.”

Shedding light

The Cincinnati Computer Cooperative awarded Xavier University the 2010 Lamp Lighter award. Phil Taylor of Mount Washington and Doug Hanson of Blue Ash, engineers in the university’s technology support office, have been donating Xavier’s out-of-cycle computers to the Cooperative. SEE SCHOOLS, A6

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Blue Ash police are installing more sophisticated video cameras in their cruisers. Chief Chris Wallace says this will allow officers to better record encounters with citizens, such as traffic stops.

MONTGOMERY – Developers of The Vintage Club of Montgomery say they are adapting to the tough economy by offering scaled-down courtyard homes with less expensive price tags. Great Traditions Homes in Montgomery recently held grand openings of new one-floor model homes at The Vintage Club and at Great Tradition's Harbour Town Village in West Chester Township. Both are part of what Great Traditions Homes is calling the “New Plans and New Prices Program.” Courtyard homes at The Vintage Club of Montgomery – always the least costly of options there – formerly were priced from the upper $400,000s. They now start in the mid$400,000s with the new Magnolia model. The new Aberdeen model at Harbour Town starts in the mid-$300,000s. “These efficient yet awesome models are scaled-down and more


Developers of The Vintage Club of Montgomery say they are adapting to the tough economy by offering scaled-down courtyard homes with less expensive price tags. Here’s the new Magnolia model, a one-floor option. affordable versions of our most popular plans in the courtyard home collection,” said Nancy Young, vice president of marketing for Great Traditions Homes, a division of Great Traditions Land & Development Co. in Blue Ash. “On smaller home sites, these homes are designed mainly for

empty nesters, almost-empty nesters and professionals seeking easy living,” Young said. “They have definitely evolved to meet our clients’ lifestyle needs and pricing requirements in today’s tough economy.” Some 65 lots – some with homes yet to be built – have been

Nancy Young vice president of marketing for Great Traditions Homes

sold at The Vintage Club of Montgomery, located on 68 acres on Montgomery Road just north of Interstate 275. The Vintage Club was the site of the Homearama Luxury Edition show in 2007. Young said area Realtors helped Great Traditions Homes

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Here’s how the Target store under construction on Plainfield Road in Blue Ash looks the week of July 25. It is expected to open in October.

Construction on ‘Target’ Here’s how the demolition at Maple Dale Elementary School on Hagewa Drive in Blue Ash looks the week of July 25. The school is being rebuilt and will reopen in 2013. Here’s how the Cooper Creek Event Center under construction at the Blue Ash Golf Course looks the week of July 25. It is scheduled to open this fall.

design the less-expensive model homes using what they know about the needs and desires of potential buyers. “Hundreds of visitors toured the new models which were built to accommodate today’s new pricing needs,” Young said. “Both furnished models offer innovative, beautifully landscaped courtyards – private outdoor spaces that serve as functional, central gathering areas with access from several areas of the homes. “Finished lower levels add to the homes’ entertainment opportunities,” Young said. Young said the Magnolia model at The Vintage Club of Montgomery has a new architectural option: an atrium with four skylights over a wide, central stairwell and a lighted bookcase at the turn of the stairs. Doug Hinger, president

Continued from A1 “In order to stay afloat in this economy, businesses like ours must be diligent, realistic marketplace watchers and remain competitive by adjusting the business plan.”

Doug Hinger

of Great Traditions Homes, said developers must finetune designs, features and prices to attract customers. “In order to stay afloat in this economy, businesses like ours must be diligent, realistic marketplace watchers and remain competitive by adjusting the business plan,” Hinger said. The plan for The Vintage Club of Montgomery now is for: • 45 courtyard homes. Twenty-nine lots have been sold. • 20 club homes priced from the $700,000s. Eight lots have been sold. • 40 estate homes priced from the $900,000s. Twen-

ty-eight lots have been sold. Plans for The Vintage Club of Montgomery also call for condominiums and the development of a retail, office and restaurant component called “The Village.” “Plans for completion of The Village portion of The Vintage Club community are currently on hold until such time that the commercial marketplace and the lending environment become more positive,” Young said. “The original mixed-use plan will be adjusted as needed by Great Traditions Land & Development Co. to meet new marketplace demands.”

BRIEFLY Computer workshop

The Sycamore Senior Center’s computer tutors are sponsoring Summer Solver Sessions, a free workshop lab which provides personal attention to new or prospective laptop or desktop computer users as well as those having problems with their cell phones, digital cameras, GPS units, IPods, IPads and other technology products. Meeting on Wednesday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the center, participants are urged to bring in their mobile equipment and instruction manuals for problem solving advice. Structured classes in Beyond the Basics, E-mail

and the Internet, and Digital Photography are presently in session and also scheduled for August. Special reduced rates for Center members and further discounts for enrollment in two classes offered simultaneously. The Sycamore Senior Center is at 4455 Carver Woods Road off Reed Hartman Highway in Blue Ash. For further information, call 984-1234.

Monte Carlo night

The Sycamore Senior Center in Blue Ash is hosting its biannual Monte Carlo Night from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 3. The fund raising event will feature a 1920s theme with Vegas style casino games and

prizes will be awarded at all levels. Advance tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple and includes two drink vouchers and $25 in gaming chips per person. Event day tickets: $20 per person, $35 per couple. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be available throughout the evening. Call 984-1234 to RSVP.

Senior center happenings

The Sycamore Senior Center has many summer activities Included on the roster are chair volleyball and yoga, ballroom, line and square


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The Symmes Township Board of Trustees is looking to fill positions on the Board of Zoning Appeals, Finance and Community Reinvestment Area committees due to vacancies. Residents of the township interested in applying for any of these appointments should contact the township office at 683-6644 to request an application or visit the website at to download a copy. The application should then be filled out and returned as soon as possible to Symmes Township, attention: administrator, 9323 Union Cemetery Road.


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dancing lessons, monthly veterans luncheons, daily deli luncheons at the Sycamore Cafe as well as soups, salads, sandwiches or hot entrees featuring Coca Cola fountain drinks Mondays through Fridays. Late night bingo is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 17, with a summer grill out. Food will be served at 4 p.m. and bingo starts at 5:30 p.m. The Sycamore Senior Center is at 4455 Carver Woods Drive, Blue Ash.

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BLUE ASH – A long-gestating plan to transform a major chunk of the Blue Ash Airport into a signature multipurpose park with regional appeal is about to take wing. Blue Ash bought 130 acres of the 228-acre Cincinnati-owned airport in 2007 for $37.5 million, ending more than 20 years of on-and-off negotiations. The plan calls for Cincinnati to move its airport facilities from the north section of the site to the southern section. Cincinnati is waiting to hear whether the Federal Aviation Administration will provide funding to reconfigure its airport operations at the site. If the funds aren’t approved, Cincinnati could decide to close the airport. Either way, Blue Ash can start developing its park on the northern section of the existing airport land on Aug. 1, 2012, according to its agreement with Cincinnati. The park, which will evolve in phases over the next 20 years or more, could include such amenities as bike trails and walking paths, a performing arts and conference center, an amphitheater, a pedestrian plaza, a history museum, a dog park, a nine-hole golf course, a driving range, a golf learning center, athletic fields, water features, green


The Blue Ash Airport as seen from a plane. space and other elements. Although it’s much smaller than West Chester Township’s 435-acre Voice of America Park, the Blue Ash park is likely to have comparable activities and features. It will be one of the larger parks in the area owned and operated by a suburban community. “While you can’t say it will be all things for all people, it will be pretty close to it,” Blue Ash Mayor Mark Weber said. “It will be a place where you can be active or just relax.” The new park is expected to become a primary gathering place and activity center for Blue Ash, a city of 12,000 residents that has received national praise for years as a model suburban community. It has a reputation as a progressive community with a happy balance of residential and commercial development and strong recreation facilities. Blue Ash’s plans to develop a major park come

at a time when many communities are struggling to maintain their parks and other facilities. The purchase of the airport and the development of the park are being financed by a 0.25 percent earnings tax that Blue Ash voters overwhelmingly approved in 2006. The tax initiative, Issue 15, generates an estimated $5 million a year. In addition to the airport park, the revenue from this tax issue was earmarked for the expansion of the Blue Ash Recreation Center and to replace the Blue Ash Golf Course’s clubhouse. The recreation center project has been completed and the clubhouse/banquet center will be finished this fall. “The park is the crown jewel of Issue 15,” Weber said. The key to convincing Cincinnati to sell part of the airport was Blue Ash’s commitment to use the land for a park, not for commercial development that could com-

pete with Cincinnati. The purchase agreement contains a 40-year moratorium on allowing any corporate development on the park land. Blue Ash is soliciting ideas for developing the park from its residents and businesses through an online survey, open houses and public meetings. A final plan will be adopted at the end of the summer. Development will begin next year and proceed in phases. The city has contracted with the KKG Studios planning and design consulting firm in Columbus and Sasaki Associates in Watertown, Mass., to work on this project. “It’s pretty rare to find this large an assembly of ground that is completely unencumbered and is so flexible in how it could be developed over time,” said Clete Benken, principal of KKG (Kinzelman Kline Gossman), which handles projects throughout the Midwest. The first features that probably will be installed are bike trails and walking paths, said Chuck Funk, Blue Ash recreation director. Almost all residents who have contributed ideas want them, and they require less construction and money than many other possible

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park amenities, he said. Blue Ash officials consider the bike trails and walking paths important for making the park easily accessible as well as providing fitness benefits. The city wants bike trails and walking paths within the park to be connected to others outside the park. Joyce Seeger, who has lived in Blue Ash for 43 years, views bike trails and walking paths as essential components for creating a pleasant park environment that can be enjoyed by all ages throughout the year. She would also like to

see the park include a big gazebo for cookouts and parties, a few restaurants, and ponds that could be used for ice-skating in the winter. “Since this park is the highest point in the city, I’d like to see a decorative observation tower there,” Seeger said. “I want the park to be a nice place for people to meet and congregate.” The observation tower also appeals to Marc Sirkin, a recreational pilot who has lived in Blue Ash for 13 years, because of its potential tie-in with the park’s aviation history.

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Twin Lakes owner eyeing more property Sycamore updating

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MONTGOMERY – The owner of Twin Lakes in Montgomery is considering buying 3.7 acres of land on Montgomery Road just north of the development for seniors. “We have no immediate plans for the property,” Connie Kingsbury, vice president of marketing for Life Enriching Communities in Miami Township, said July 20. Kingsbury said the organization has a purchase


The owner of Twin Lakes in Montgomery is considering buying 3.7 acres of land on Montgomery Road just north of the development for seniors. The property used to be a Honda car dealership. agreement with Automanage of Fairfield, which owns the Montgomery property, for the land at 9876 Montgomery Road. She said the agreement has a Sunday, July 31, deadline by which Life Enriching Communities is to complete its “due diligence” of the property, a task that generally entails investigating whether there are any problems with buying it. The property Life Enriching Communities is eyeing

in Montgomery is the former site of a Honda car dealership and has two buildings. Asked how much Life Enriching Communities would be willing to pay for the property, Kingsbury said, “We won’t know that until the due diligence is complete.” The Hamilton County Auditor’s website says the Montgomery property has a market value of $5.5 million. Twin Lakes offers homes and

apartments for residents, as well as amenities that include a bank, chapel, library, walking paths, gardens, game rooms, a spa and fitness equipment. Life Enriching Communities also operates Twin Towers in College Hill, which offers patio homes and apartments for seniors. It is opening a new health pavilion in 2012. Both Twin Lakes and Twin Towers offer assistedliving services.

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A resident complaint is pushing Sycamore Township officials to update its park rules. In an email complaint sent to township officials bfore the festival July 15, J. Janus said a sandwich board was posted in the park that prohibited carrying concealed weapons during the Festival in Sycamore at Bechtold Park. According to Ohioans for Concealed Carry, it is legal for permit holders to carry weapons into a park. Sycamore Township Board of Trustees passed a resolution updating their park rules to allow permit holders to carry a weapon into the park at Nov. 5, 2009, trustees meeting. McKeown said the change reflected permit holders to carry, but not to discharge the weapons. The change had never been made on the township website. Sycamore Township

Trustee President Tom Weidman said the township has a Class F liquor license for the festival at Bechtold Park, but it does not prevent residents from carrying a concealed weapon into the park. In September, Ohio law will change to permit those with a concealed carry license to carry a weapon into a park and other public places even when alcohol is being served. The signs have been removed from the park. Township parks and recreation director Mike McKeown said during the July 19 trustees workshop meeting that the weapons section of the park rules will be updated in September when the law changes. To read a copy of minutes from the Nov. 5, 2009 trustees meeting or other Sycamore Township meetings, visit For more about your community, visit www.

Where you cannot carry a concealed weapon According to Ohioans for Concealed Carry, there are many places where even people with a concealed carry license cannot bring a weapon. All information is from Ohioans for Concealed Carry, • Police stations; • Sheriffs’ offices; • Highway Patrol posts; • Premises controlled by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation; • Correctional institutions or other detention facilities; • Airport terminals or commercial airplanes; • Institutions for the care of mentally ill persons; • Courthouses or buildings in which a courtroom is located; • Universities, unless locked in a motor vehicle or in the process of being locked in a motor vehicle; • Places of worship, unless the place of worship permits otherwise; • Child day-care centers; • Licensed D-Liquor permit premises in which any person is consuming liquor. Concealed firearms are banned in premises for which a D permit has been issued or in an open air arena for which a permit of that nature has been issued. There are some exceptions to this

prohibition. The prohibition does not apply to principal holder of D permit as long as principal holder is not consuming liquor. The prohibition does not apply to an agent or employee of the principal holder who is also a peace officer who is also off duty. Possession of a concealed firearm is allowed in a retail store with a D-6 or D-8 permit as long as concealed carry license holder is not consuming liquor. Class D permits are issued to an establishment that sells alcohol for consumption on the premises; • Government facilities at which government employees are regularly present in the performance of their duties that are not used primarily as a shelter, restroom, parking facility for motor vehicles, or rest facility and is not a courthouse or a building or structure in which a courtroom is located; • School safety zones, unless you are immediately in the process of picking up or dropping off a child and you do not exit the vehicle. • Any private business which posts a sign prohibiting firearms or makes you aware of a policy prohibiting firearms. Visit

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Two separate busts have yielded several arrests at the Drake Motel in Sycamore Township. Sycamore Township Sheriff Liaison Lt. Dan Reid said there were arrests made for drug possession. He said there has been undercover activity at the motel for several months. “It’s an ongoing issue and we are working on it,” Reid said. The motel is at 8109 Reading Road. Reid said the most recent bust was June 30. Officers were responding to a call and noticed suspicious activity. He said the five people arrested for drugs and prostitution were also wanted for other offenses. Here are a list of those arrested from reports provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office: • Ronald Crittenden, drug abuse instruments and drug paraphernalia, June

30. The supplement to the arrest for Crittenden included that the arresting officer discovered Crittenden had two rooms at the hotel. He stated in the report that one room was for him and one was for the females. Findings during a search of the rooms included several hypodermic needles, scales, glass pipes, crack pipes and a loaded hypodermic needed with heroin and blood. There was also $1,725 cash seizure. Crittenden was on probation at the time of his arrest. • Ginny Massengill, 28, drug abuse instruments and probation violation, May 24 and drug possession, drug abuse instrument and drug paraphernalia, June 30. • Kristen Kurtz, 28, drug paraphernalia, June 21. • Victoria A. Hosbrook, 25, drug possession, drug abuse instrument and drug paraphernalia, June 30. • Sarah Klink, 32, drug possession, drug abuse instrument and drug paraphernalia, June 30.


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Local grads win National Merit college scholarships By Jeanne Houck

MONTGOMERY – Seven 2011 Sycamore High School and Ursuline Academy graduates have won National Merit Scholarship Corp. scholarships sponsored by the colleges and universities they will attend. Scholarships range from $500 to $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study. The winning graduates of Sycamore High School in Montgomery are: • Alexander Berger of Montgomery, who plans to study at The Ohio State University. His major is unde-





cided. • Aaron Kaufman of Blue Ash, who plans to study medicine at Boston University. • Emily Mills of Montgomery, who plans to study medicine at The Ohio State University. • Ravi Sheth of Blue Ash, who plans to study engineering at Rice University in Houston.



• Michael Shi of Symmes Township, who plans to study medicine at Washington University in St. Louis. • Alexandra Smith of Blue Ash, who plans to study education at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. “By winning these scholarships, our students have shown that hard work in

high school reaps many rewards throughout life,” Sycamore High School Principal Chris Davis said. “I also applaud our staff, parents and community members who help make achievements like these possible. I am sure these young people will continue to refine their talents and will see much success in the future as

they continue the tradition of excellence that is Sycamore.” The winning graduRuggiero ate of Ursuline Academy in Blue Ash is: • Jacqueline Ruggiero of Blue Ash, who plans to study business at Indiana University in Bloomington. “We are so very proud of Jackie,” said Sharon Redmond, president of Ursuline Academy. “Jackie has always demonstrated an eagerness to learn, to develop to her fullest potential, to lead as

The play’s the thing for graduating senior By Forrest Sellers

Recent Indian Hill High School graduate Ben Langhorst believes it’s important not to have regrets. It’s not only a philosophy, but thanks to Langhorst’s scripting, it’s also a musical. As part of his senior project earlier this year, Langhorst wrote and directed “Life and Other Variations” for the Essex Studios. He prepared 16 songs for the production. His project received a “distinguished” rating from a panel of judges at the high school. “The message is don’t try to rush through life,” he said. “Every choice you make is important.” The play was performed

at the Essex Studios in May. A tape was made of the performance and submitted to the judges at Indian Hill High School. The focus was on a couple celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary in 1985 with flashbacks to their youth in 1945. “It’s (about) not having regrets and letting those regrets control your life,” he said. This is not the first production Langhorst, a resident of Kenwood, has organized. He has been involved with several others as a member of the Cincinnati Actor’s Studio and Academy. Langhorst was also a part of the drama department at Indian Hill High

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Walt Fischer, Cincinnati Computer Cooperative board chair; Judy Molnar, Xavier University director of technology support; Phil Taylor, Xavier technology support engineer and Doug Hanson, Xavier technology support engineer.

Xavier University earns Lamp Lighter Award

The Cincinnati Computer Cooperative awarded Xavier University the 2010 Lamp Lighter award. Phil Taylor of Mount Washington and Doug Hanson of Blue Ash, engineers in the university’s technology support office, have been donating Xavier’s out-of-cycle computers to the Cooperative. The computers are refurbished and donated to CCC’s “Computers for Homes” or “Computers for Schools” programs. CCC also offers them at a nominal price to qualified buyers, including students, senior citizens and those

receiving state or federal assistance. The computers come loaded with basic software. Eighty-five percent of the technology taken in is recycled. Pieces and parts that cannot be reused go to certified end-of- life recyclers after the hard drives are removed and crushed. Nothing goes overseas or into landfills. Taylor and Hanson have saved Xavier money because the university does not have to pay a recycling company to haul the old computers.

They have found a way to help the Cincinnati community at the same time. “These folks need it,” says Walt Fischer with Cincinnati Computer Cooperative.” There are schools that call us that can’t afford to buy computers, and we make P4s available to them. As the economy turned down, the need has risen and we’re trying to fill it.” More information about Cincinnati Computer Cooperative can be found at:




Students of Winton Hills Academy enjoying one of the many indoor activities with students of Sycamore Junior High.

Sycamore Student groups assist with Winton Hills field day Three prestigious organizations at Sycamore Junior High School went to Winton Hills Academy and assisted with a field day. The groups represented were the Athletic Board, sponsored by Lisa Meyer, athletic director; the Principal’s Advisory Council, sponsored by Karen Naber, principal, and the Builder’s Club, sponsored by Kathy Nagel and Dana Darbyshire. The students on these organizations represent the ultimate in what a “Sycamore Aviator” should be. Due to inclement weather, the students in the organizations made creative changes in developing mainly indoor activities and

stations for the event. Some of those included were tug of war, parachute, balloon toss, bowling, football toss, basketball, scooter relays and others. The leadership demonstrated good role modeling and encouragement to the young students of Winton Hills Academy. The field day concluded with popsicles and Blue Ribbon participant field day ribbons which were donated by Sycamore Junior High. In addition to the many other acts of kindness and giving to our larger Cincinnati community, the junior high students felt they had made a difference in the lives of the students they had touched.

SJH social studies team nation’s best For the second year in a row, eighth-grade students from Sycamore Junior High School placed first in the nation in the 2011 National Social Studies Challenge. The National Social Studies Challenge is a contest that eighthgrade students from across the United States compete in to test their knowledge of general social studies. Students answer questions in the areas of geography, government and American and World

history. Sycamore scored a 470 out of possible 500 in finishing first. The students whose scores were submitted were Shannon Thomas and Mark Hancher, who both received medals for achieving school high scores of 48 out of 50. Other students whose high scores were submitted were: Jacob Gibson, Eva Brod, Matthew Woolhiser, Christian Fernandez, Alma Rechnitzer, Hunter Hersko-Fugitt, Patrich Co and Tori Smith.


Sycamore Junior High School’s social studies team, from left: front row, Christian Fernandez, Shannon Thomas, Alma Rechnitzer and Tori Smith; back row, Victor Harris, department chairperson, Jacob Gibson, Hunter Hersko-Fugitt, Matthew Woolhiser, Patrich Co and Mark Hancher.

Sixty-seven student volunteers receive Simon Lazarus Jr. awards Sixty-seven teens were recently presented with the 46th annual Simon Lazarus Jr. Human Relations Award by American Jewish Committee Cincinnati Region. AJC honored 10 finalists who excel in volunteerism at a ceremony May 2 at Rockdale Temple. They received award books and savings bonds. Forty-six high schools throughout Greater Cincinnati nominated juniors and seniors for recognition of their contributions to the community. Each nominee received a certificate and each school library received a book. Junior class winner is Kelsey Cramer of Wyoming High School, who coordinated events dedicated to eradicating hunger, both through the Free Store locally and through an organization working in Africa. She organized students

to put a peanut butter and jelly drive on Youtube and set up a walkathon mirroring the walk of African students to their school. She convinced her school administration to promote the cause during school time through an assembly on “Hunger: Here, There and Everywhere.” Her recommender showed that she effectively motivates other students and always “makes sure others feel included in the activity.” Senior class winner is Blake Barlow of St. Henry District H.S. in Erlanger, who volunteered at a pharmacy providing free medication to low income people. He refurbished a city park shelter, soliciting donations of materials from construction companies and organizing other volunteers to complete the project. He is especially proud of making the park

accessible to people with disabilities. He also carried out humanitarian aid to people with leprosy in Cuba, an adventure which he shared with others upon his return, to increase local understanding of another culture. His recommender says, “Helping others is not just part of the job for our nominee. His selfless acts inspire everyone who comes into contact with him.” Junior class finalists are: • Grace Bolan of St. Ursula Academy, whose interest in social justice has led her to fight sex trafficking and to spread awareness of forced labor and sweatshops; • Raina Graham of Clark Montessori, who works with homeless adults and children with disabilities; • Katharine Hassey of

Mariemont High School, who organized a canned food drive, raised money to buy a school bus in Haiti, and volunteered at a shelter for single mothers; • Emma Lindle of Seton High School, who works with the homeless and involves other teens in volunteering. Senior class finalists are: • Mariel Beausejour of Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, who teaches English as a second language to youngsters, builds awareness of trafficking and slavery, and spends summers at a home for impoverished children in Mexico; • Kara Driscoll of Mount Notre Dame High School, whose tutoring experiences and volunteering at an Over-the-Rhine housing agency have given her understanding of how others feel and

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inspired her to advocacy; • Christina Ingle of Winton Woods High School, who combats racism through a youth service at her church and cares for a public park near her home; • Taylor Ourada of Lakota West High School, who organized a Halloween food drive, orients children awaiting surgery, and encourages other students to volunteer at a hospital. Marcia Scacchetti served as this year’s AJC Awards Committee chair: “These students have big hearts and helping hands. Their unselfishness, caring and leadership enrich our community. Jewish tradition teaches that it is according to our deeds that God’s presence descends. The students’ actions show they value deeds of loving-kindness, one of Judaism’s guiding principles.”


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Crusaders out to crush the greens again By Scott Springer

Returning Greater Catholic League golf coach of the year Rick Bohne of Moeller High School is in the Ohio High School Golf Association Hall of Fame and might well be the longest-tenured prep golf coach in the area. “This will be my 25th year; if I’m not, I know I’m among,” Bohne said. “I’ve got pictures when my hair was black, and now it’s gray. It’s been a lot of fun. Moeller gives you all the support you need.” And, the CruTHANKS TO WWW.LETSGOBIGMOE.COM/ saders give ROBERT EBEL Bohne all the Moeller head golf coach Rick Bohne was the support he Greater Catholic League coach of the year last needs. Moeller season for the Crusaders. has a string of state tournament appearOther area schools ances of which Eckley Sycamore they’re very The Sycamore boys golf squad proud. was fifth out of seven in the Greater “We’ve gone the last nine Miami Conference in 2010. Their top years and the kids want to keep losses were Brandon Baum and Ben that going,” Bohne said. Reinhold who both made second team The challenge for Bohne will be GMC. getting the Crusaders back in conTop returners for the Aves are tention when they lost a crop of senior Zach Jones (41.80 average), talented seniors, including GCL junior Ben Belmonte (45.10), junior player of the year, Andrew Dorn. Jake Lampe (45.80), and junior Macalister Auciello (46.7). “That’s an understatement,” Bohne said with a chuckle about CHCA rebuilding. “We lost seven of our The Cincinnati Hills Christian top eight players. Our top returnAcademy Eagles and head coach ing kid, Mason Eckley, who Jonathan Williams will get juniors played at state, has a shoulder Bobby Kelley and Nick Caruso back for injury. We’re hoping to have him, the 2011 season. but that’s still questionable.” Both golfers will try and improve Eckley was a second team GCL off last season’s sectional tournament. South selection a year ago. Until Kelley shot an impressive 38 he’s physically fit, the Crusaders during the first-round of the event, will have to rely on some of last while Caruso posted a 40 at Walden Ponds Golf Course. year’s bench strength. “In addition to Mason Eckley, I’ve got five other returning letter- Kenwood Country Club, but that will only be for three matches. men,” Bohne said. “We travel more than we play Matt Bitter, Casey Gilligan and Robby Thompson are all seniors around here,” Bohne said. “We on the squad, while Andrew play our GCL tournament here, we Benza, Matthew Wetherill and host a tournament and we play in the St. X InvitaEckley make up tional. Other than the junior class. that, we play in At a school like “They all had Columbus, Daynice seasons for us Moeller, the ton, Toledo or last year, but other than Mason, none competitive pressure Cleveland.” In terms of of them played in is seemingly always league competiany pressure sitution, the usual ations last year,” on. They’re suspects are back Bohne said. essentially one team, in play shooting “They’ve got the for the Blue and talent, but the but with a “varsity” Gold. question is can “Elder should schedule and a they play when have a good the pressure’s “varsity Gold” team,” Bohne on?” said. “They’ve At a school like schedule. got a really nice Moeller, the comnucleus back. X is petitive pressure is seemingly always on. They’re St. X. They’re kind of like us with essentially one team, but with a one starter back. Also, Lakota “varsity” schedule and a “varsity East and Mason should have nice teams.” Gold” schedule. After back-to-back league Ohio High School rules allow 18 matches or tournaments and titles, a sectional title and a district Bohne divides the talent up title, the proverbial “target” is between both schedules. Based on again squarely on the back of the performance, a golfer could play Moeller golf shirts. For more sports coverage, visit on both schedules and go “up” or and “down.” The Moeller home course is

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Ursuline looks to reload for upcoming season By Nick Dudukovich

With one fewer spot at the state tournament available to southwest Ohio district teams, Ursuline Academy head golf coach Marianne Utz Sahms expects some stiff competition between the area’s elite golf teams. Fortunately for the Lions, Ursuline will welcome back Girls Greater Cincinnati League Scarlet player of the year, Megan Tenhundfeld, back for the 2011 campaign. Tenhundfeld helped the Lions capture third place at the Division I state championships last fall, after averaging 37.72 strokes-pernine holes throughout the season. Despite being the top player in the GGCL as a junior, Tenhundfeld is still working on improving her game and will try and reduce the number of putts she takes per round this season, according to Utz Sahms. The Loveland resident’s drive to be the best should set her apart from the rest of the field in the GGCL. “She’s pretty fierce. She really hates to lose,” Utz Sahms said. “She looks at other players and when they shoot a better score than her, she says, ‘Wait a second, I’m better than that,’ and I think that motivates her.” The Lions will also look to get a boost from Montgomery’s Mika Suntay. Suntay posted the GGCL Scarlet’s third best average with 39.32 strokes-per-nine holes last season. According to Utz Sahms, Suntay can hit the ball longer than any player on the Ursuline squad. “She’s a little thing but hits the ball a ton,” Utz Sahms said. “She had putting woes as well…but she played in tournaments over the summer and I expect her to come back. She kind of leads by example and works really hard at her game.” Seniors Megan Skelly of West Chester and Meghan Garanich of Maineville.should also be major contributors to the squad this fall. Skelly was Ursuline’s No. 5 player at state last year, while Garanich, who was the team's sixth player last fall, enters the season motivated to be a factor on the team’s run through the 2011 postseason. “She was so disappointed not to play in sectionals, districts and state (last season). She’s purely motivated…to be in starting lineup. She’s been working all winter, hitting balls indoors…she’s coming ready,” Utz Sahms said. The squad also features newcomers in Abigail Wellens and Ali-


Ursuline Academy’s Megan Tenhundfeld averaged 37.72 strokes per nine holes during the 2010 season.

Other area schools CHCA

Ann Marie Kadnar returns for this Eagles this season seeking to build off her 2010 postseason performance. Kadnar placed seventh in the individual bracket at the 2010 Division II tournament, which was played at Heatherwoode Golf Course with a tworound total of 83.


The Lady Aves were third in the GMC in 2010 led by senior S.M. Dipali who averaged 40.03, junior Marybeth Reinhold (41) and senior Erin Soller (41.77). All three were GMC first team

cia Lang. Utz Sahms said both players performed stellar this summer playing in junior tournaments. In 2010, the tandem was a part of a talented junior squad that Utz Sahms believes could be playing at the varsity level at other schools. “They all want to move up to varsity and I’ve got kids with a lot of athletic ability playing junior

selections last year. Senior Maggie Smith is also back after being a second team pick as a junior, averaging 41.41.

Mount Notre Dame

The Mount Notre Dame Cougars were 11-4 overall in 2010 and 8-3 in the Girls Greater Cincinnati League, placing fourth. Key losses include Rachel DeLord and Chelsea Theobald who both made GGCL honorable mention. Also making GGCL honorable mention was junior Mackenzie Ward, who posted an average of 44 last season. Joining Ward in that junior class is Marjorie Mullinger who posted a 46.30 average in 2010.

varsity that would be on somebody else’s varsity,” she said. “There’s some competition near the back end, which is great. Coaches love to see that.” Ursuline opens the season in a four-team event at Glenview Golf Course, Aug. 5, followed by the Notre Dame Invitational at Twin Oaks, Aug. 8. For more coverage, visit

SIDELINES Baseball tryouts

The Cincy Chargers 15U will have tryouts for the 2012 season at Clete McDaniel Sports Complex (formerly Solzman) Field No. 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 7, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 13, and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16. The Chargers, whose home field is the Robert Schuler Sports Complex in Sycamore Township, look forward to building on the success of the 2011 season in which the team went 17-7 including winning the American Silver Central title. All those interested in attending any of the tryouts should contact Coach Geoff Blankenship at 513-237-1851 or by email at • A new baseball team, the 11U River-

Dawgs, is being formed with a passionate, experienced, professional non-parent coaching staff. The team will be led by Jeff Gatch, a seasoned coach and veteran teacher. A former Division I player, Gatch was drafted in the 35th round in the 1998 draft by the Baltimore Orioles; Bill Doran Sr. one of the most well respected and positive coaches in the game with 50-plus years of experience; Tim Stidham a coach with 25 years of youth baseball experience, a founding member of the Flames organization, a volunteer asssistant Lakota West High School coach and a former board member of SWOL; and Mike Stidham a member of the Lakota West State Championship team. He is in his senior year at UC Clermont. The goal of the team is to develop outstanding all around baseball players. The

emphasis will be on skill development, increasing field playing knowledge and having fun. The team will play a 40- to 50-game schedule with one or two out of town tournaments. The rest of the games will be played locally. Tryouts are at Lakota West High School on the following dates: • 1-3 p.m., Aug. 6. • 5-7 p.m., Aug. 7. • 1-3 p.m., Aug. 13. • 3-5 p.m., Aug. 14. Players are encouraged to attend more than one tryout (although it is not required). Private tryouts are available; please call to schedule. Contact or Chris Larger at 515-7144.

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Crediting my daughters for life lessons learned Like many educators, I am humbled by the tremendous responsibility of preparing young people to lead and succeed amidst the challenges of the world around us, and in my case at Mount Notre Dame, doing so within the character and spirit of the Catholic faith. The narrower focus of which I am a part – educating high school-aged young women – is even more dear and personal to me. As the father of all girls, aged 10 to 32, my wife Barbara and I know firsthand the astronomical value of this juncture in a young woman’s life. What my daughters have taught me is that high school plays a critical part in shaping the

women they will become. They enter MND more as children than women, and during the next four years discover not only a sense of who Larry Mock they are, but Community what in life may them Press guest make most happy. columnist It will be my mission to deliver against this responsibility each and every day. I feel fortunate and blessed to be able to do so. As the new head of school at Mount Notre Dame, I plan to leverage my professional experi-

ences – as a former vice president and worldwide manager at Procter & Gamble, private school board member, field hockey coach, teacher at two local Catholic schools and adjunct professor at Xavier University – to develop students academically, spiritually, socially and emotionally in order to best prepare them to meet future challenges. While the lessons learned in those settings were great, I can tell you my most valuable and transformative lessons have come from my daughters. I’ve celebrated with them as they were accepted to college and, choking back tears, helped them move from our home to their schools and eventually to their own homes. I’ve shared their

frustration as they have been passed over for jobs they deserved, and cheered for them as they successfully competed for the jobs they have now. Through it all, they impressed upon me the importance of grace under pressure and belief in oneself, demonstrating the integrity, strength and value young women bring to our world. I carry these lessons with me into my greatest challenge and newest position as head of school at Mount Notre Dame. I promise to remember what my own girls have taught me, and am eager to learn more from the nearly 700 other young women with whom I’ll be sharing my days during the 2011-2012 academic year.

While the job is difficult, educators have no choice but to succeed because the stakes are huge. It’s worth reminding ourselves that success requires no less than the best each of us has to give: from educators, students and their families; to alumnae, donors, volunteers, and school administrators. I invite all members of the community to call or write me at any time to talk about our important work. I can be reached at or 513-8213044, ext. 101, or follow me on Twitter at Larry Mock is the new head of school at Mount Notre Dame. He lives in Amberley Village.

Auditor’s conferences wrap up Last week marked the conclusion of some six weeks of Auditor’s Neighborhood Conferences across Hamilton County. A total of 7,325 residential property owners participated while about 6,000 more contacted us by mail or email about their tentative new property values. Property owners may still submit comments and information through our website or in the mail through Aug. 5. Over the next few months we will be reviewing what owners have provided. In a project as large as this (350,000 total parcels) we understand there will be errors and omissions. That is why we give owners an “early look” and the chance to comment on their tentative values. By the end of the year we will be mailing final value information to all who contacted us and any FILE PHOTO

A variety of rides isn’t enough to draw folks to the Hamilton County Fair, which some say needs to be better publicized.

CH@TROOM July 27 questions

What changes could Hamilton County Fair organizers make to get you to attend the fair? “Sending armed guards to my house might work :)” J.G. “How about free beer’ ... that would work.:-)” Bill B. “I have only attended one time since 1970, when my kids were little. It was hot, had cheesy attractions, like the ‘world’s biggest rat’ (really a possum) and I was never inclined to go back. “If they can’t make money and attract sufficient people, they should shut it down. Residents of Hamilton County have a lot of trouble identifying with farming. It’s not what most of us do.” F.S.D. “For me, nothing. I grew up in Philadelphia, Pa., lived in Baltimore, Md., and now Cincinnati. “I am a city-suburbs person and have always associated county fairs with either the rural or agrarian life, so I never developed an interest.” M.A.M. “More publicity before the fair, not after. Most of these events have great coverage about what happened, but not much to inform

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“It’s been years since I attended the Carthage Fair. Please note that name because if you Google the Hamilton County Fair you get zilch. “But even the Carthage Fair website lacks any real information such as costs, parking availability, rides, featured entertainment, hours of operation, etc ... For contrast, Google the Clermont County Fair and see how it should be done! “I’d like to visit our fair and perhaps take my grandchildren, but I need clearer picture of what to expect. I just might choose the Clermont Fair for the reasons stated.” R.V.

What do you do to “beat the heat?” No responses.

others that may have been changed as a result of our continuing review. Of course, owners still have the right to file a Dusty Rhodes formal comCommunity plaint with the of ReviPress guest Board sion between columnist Jan. 1 and March 31 next year if they do not agree with our final value. Surprisingly, a significant number of people were disappointed with lower property values this time. Our numbers reflect the market place but remember these values are “as of Jan. 1, 2011” and may well be outdated should they decide to sell their

property in two or three years. When our numbers are final they go to the state tax commissioner who will recalculate the millages of most voted levies. This is done so taxing entities receive no more or no less than voters approved. We cannot estimate anyone’s property taxes until the millages are reset and until we know if any new or increased tax levies are passed by the voters this November. Our thanks to the fine institutions which allowed us to use their facilities, to the police officers who provided security and most of all to the property owners who took the time to meet with us and take part in the process. Their participation will allow us to have a better final product. Dusty Rhodes is the Hamilton County auditor.

Water protects public health, provides family fun Summertime and water. What would summer be like without a dip in the pool, a run through the sprinkler or a cold glass of tap water on a hot muggy day? People use water every day for both recreational uses and household uses such as cooking, cleaning and bathing. At Greater Cincinnati Water Works, our job is to provide you with a dependable supply of the highest quality water each and every time you turn on the tap, fill up the pool or let your children run through the sprinkler. During the past century, many improvements in the health, prosperity and longevity of the US population can be attributed to improvements in water quality. For the past 100 years, GCWW has been a leader in developing and implementing those improvements. In 1907 amidst a national typhoid outbreak, GCWW built the second water treatment plant in the U.S. to use rapid-sand filtration and cases of typhoid in Cincinnati dropped dramatically. In 1928 water works pioneered powdered activated carbon filtration. Then in 1992, we became the first utility in the nation to implement granular activated carbon treatment with the ability to clean the carbon on-site so it can be

reused. GAC is cited by the USEPA as one of the best available treatment technologies to remove impurities, such as pharmaceutiBiju George cals, during drinking water Community treatment. Press guest Soon we'll columnist add another step – ultraviolet disinfection (UV) to protect against potential micro-organisms like cryptosporidium. When operational at the end of 2012, GCWW will be the largest water utility in North America to use UV following sand filtration and GAC. At GCWW we have our eye on the future. Our engineers, water quality experts and water distribution and supply specialists constantly assess the needs of our customers, identifying areas of demand, monitoring and upgrading our infrastructure and developing a plan to keep water flowing. All the while members of our information technology, business and billing teams research and implement the latest technologies to help keep us on the cutting edge of quality and service. On behalf of every GCWW

In 1907 amidst a national typhoid outbreak, GCWW built the second water treatment plant in the U.S. to use rapid-sand filtration and cases of typhoid in Cincinnati dropped dramatically. employee, I am proud to report that our water meet or exceeded all state and federal health standards in 2010, as it always has. So the next time you fill your swimming pool or water glass, wash your fruits and vegetables or bathe your children, take comfort in knowing that more than 600 people at Greater Cincinnati Water Works take care each and every day to bring you life's necessity – water. To view our 2010 Water Quality Report, which highlights our extensive water quality monitoring and state-of-the-art treatment process, visit Biju George is interim director, Greater Cincinnati Water Works. GCWW serves 1.1 million people in parts of Hamilton, Butler, Warren and Clermont counties in Ohio and Boone County in Kentucky.

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Former public information officer Sue Bennett has left the city of Blue Ash after 32 years and will no longer be taking minutes at city council meetings. Bennett is studying to be a veterinary technician.

‘Face of the city’ leaves Blue Ash

Mike Allen of Deer Park, Polly Cromer of Deer Park and Ken Gast of Sycamore Township represent Trinity Community Church at the Festival in Sycamore at Bechtold Park. Brian Bentley of Silverton attempts to give Captain Jack Sparrow a really tall high-five.

By Jeanne Houck

BLUE ASH – A woman Blue Ash Mayor Mark Weber says is widely regarded as “the face of the city” is leaving after 32 years of service. Sue Bennett held the title of public information officer, but also prepared the agenda, legislation to be voted on and related paperwork for Blue Ash City Council meetings, where she took the minutes. Bennett, who declined to be interviewed, also was the city’s citizen liaison and oversaw operations of the reception desk at city hall. She began her career with Blue Ash as a recreation center employee in 1979. “Sue was an invaluable member of the administrative team,” Weber said. “A complete job description for Sue would have been the thickness of a telephone book. “She was a fixture at most city events with her ever-present camera chronicling the modern history of Blue Ash,” Weber said. Bennett’s departure doesn’t mean she’ll be relaxing on a sofa somewhere. She’s been taking college classes to pursue a career as a veterinary technician and will be a full-time student this fall at UC Blue Ash College, until recently called Raymond Walters College. “Given her love for animals, this is not a surprise to anyone who has met Sue,” said Kelly Osler, assistant to the Blue Ash city manager, who will be picking up or delegating Bennett’s former public information duties. Karla Plank, administrative assistant, will be in charge of Bennett’s former city council duties, among others. Osler said no group of city employees can truly fill Bennett’s shoes. “Sue’s institutional knowledge is so deep, that replacing her is impossible,” Osler said. For more about your community, visit ash.

Marc Louis and Julie Louis of Hyde Park got their lawn seats early to hear the opening musical act “Gee Your Band Smells Terrific” at the Festival in Sycamore at Bechtold Park.

Festival in Sycamore celebrates 19 years Sycamore Township celebrated 19 years of the Festival in Sycamore on July 15 and July 16. Guests were entertained with live music from Gee Your Band Smells Terrific, Ambrosia, Grand Funk Railroad, The Modulators, Basic Truth and After Midnight. Sycamore Township Parks and Recreation Director Mike McKeown said the festival had two “great nights.” He said the township work crew had the stage down before midnight on Saturday. Next on the list for the summer in Sycamore is the twilight concert at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 31, behind the administration building at 8540 Kenwood Road. Live music will be performed by The Bloody Tinth. The township is also hosting the first annual car show at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at Schuler Park on Deerfield Road.

Rides and games attracted families early to the Festival in Sycamore.

Former Sycamore Township Administrator Rob Molloy, left, of Miami Township and Sycamore Township resident Jim LaBarbara work the beer booth at the Festival in Sycamore at Bechtold Park July 15.

Kids are already lined up outside the ticket booth a few minutes before the rides open at the Festival in Sycamore at Bechtold Park. Kelly Collins, Nina Collins, Gwen Klonne and Tabitha Klonne offer face painting and other body art at their booth sponsored by “Face and Body Art by Anne Marie and Tabitha” at the Festival in Sycamore at Bechtold Park.

John West, left, and Krista West take a break in the shade at the Festival in Sycamore at Bechtold Park.

“Gee Your Band Smells Terrific” was the opening act at the Festival in Sycamore at Bechtold Park July 15. The festival also featured music from The Modulators, Ambrosia, Basic Truth, After Midnight and Grand Funk Railroad.



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

Marriage Enrichment: The Third Option, 79 p.m., Montgomery Community Church, 11251 Montgomery Road, Skills-based group program the helps participants build stronger, more fulfilling marriages. Free. Presented by The Third Option. 398-9720; Montgomery. F R I D A Y, A U G . 5


Friday Night Grillouts, 5-8 p.m., Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road, Music by Ben Alexander, acoustic rock. 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.


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


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

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


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


Days in the Park Festival, 6 p.m.-midnight, Chamberlin Park, 7640 Plainfield Road, Music by Prizoner. Rides, food, beer and games. Benefits Chamberlin Park. Family friendly. Presented by Deer Park Park Board. 794-8860; Deer Park.


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


Blues Merchants, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Hahana Beach, 7605 Wooster Pike, With Amy McFarland. 272-1990; Columbia Township.


Crafty Kids, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Mariemont Branch Library, 3810 Pocahontas Ave., Make-it-and-take-it crafts. Sponsored by Kersten Fund. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-4467; www.cincinnatilibrary. org. Mariemont.


Greg Hahn, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $12, $6 college and military night. Ages 18 and up. 984-9288; Montgomery.


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


Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Family friendly. Free, donations accepted. 503-4262. Montgomery.

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To submit calendar items, go to “” and click on “Share!” Send digital photos to “” along with event information. Items are printed on a space-available basis with local events taking precedence. Deadline is two weeks before publication date. To find more calendar events, go to “” and choose from a menu of items in the Entertainment section on the main page. All-Night Fishing, 8 p.m., Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road, Fish from the bank, dock, by rental boat or bring your own. Four horsepower or less electric and gas motors permitted. Light visible 360 degrees required on boats after dark. All ages. $16 for 24-hour permit, $9.75 for 12hour permit, free ages 12 and under and ages 60 and up; rowboat rental $11.27 for 12 hours, $9.39 six hours; vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 791-1663; Symmes Township. Flying Trapeze Lessons, 5-6:30 p.m., Cincinnati Circus Company Flying Trapeze Summer Location, 126 W. Loveland Ave., New class progression designed to take students all the way up to professional level of training. Intro level students work on basics of flying trapeze and advanced students start working on catches. Family friendly. $45. Registration required. Presented by Cincinnati Circus Company. 921-5454. Loveland. Bowl-a-Thon, 7-10 p.m., Madison Bowl, 4761 Madison Road, Skyline Chili, refreshments and T-shirts for all participants. Event also at Brentwood Bowl in Finneytown. Benefits Starfire Council. $30. Registration required. Presented by Starfire Council. 281-2100; Madisonville. S A T U R D A Y, A U G . 6

AUDITIONS 2011-2012 Season, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-5 p.m., The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Offices, 5020 Oaklawn Drive, Ages 9-17 and adults. Prepare monologue of 90 seconds or less in comedic and child-friendly in tone. Prepare memorized song that shows vocal range-bring piano sheet music. Accompanist provided. Bring 8”x10” head shot and performance resume. Dress to dance. Bring schedule conflicts. Detailed descriptions and appointment forms at website. Productions: “The Wizard of Oz” Oct. 14-23, “Holiday Follies” Dec. 2-11, “Disney’s My Son Pinocchio Jr.” Feb. 10-18, and “Rapunzel!” March 2331. Registration required. Presented by The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. Through Aug. 14. 569-8080, ext. 21; Oakley. EDUCATION


Blue Ash Concerts on the Square, 8 p.m., Blue Ash Towne Square, Cooper and Hunt roads, Ooh La La will perform oldies and classic rock. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Free. Presented by Blue Ash Recreation Department. 745-8550; Blue Ash.


Greg Hahn, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $18. Ages 18 and up. 984-9288; Montgomery.


Parent’s Night Out, 6-10 p.m., Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road, Activities includes swimming, games, crafts, a movie and dinner. Ages 6-12. $20, $15 siblings. Registration required. Presented by City of Blue Ash. 745-8550; Blue Ash.

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


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


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


Days in the Park Festival, 6 p.m.-midnight, Chamberlin Park, Music by DJ Wildman Walker 6-8 p.m. and The Rusty Griswolds 8 p.m.-midnight. 794-8860; Deer Park.


Dog Days, 2-3 p.m., Loveland Branch Library, 649 Loveland-Madeira Road, Bring your dog and register to speak with a pet communicator. Free. Registration required. 369-4476; Loveland.


Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, 1-4 p.m., Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 201 Riverside Drive, View weapons, ordnance, soldiers’ personal effects, historic photos, period documents, maps, money, medals, books, newspapers, flags and more from attics, closets and private collections. Exhibit continues through Aug. 7. Free. 6835692; Loveland.


Noah’s Wish Disaster Response Training, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Concludes Aug. 7. Program simulates conditions you may experience when responding to disaster. Info on animal first aid and CPR, animal intake and sheltering, effective communications and conflict resolution and more. Ages 18 and up. $75-$125; $85 students and seniors. Registration required. 916-9399474; Loveland.


All-Night Fishing, 8 p.m., Lake Isabella, $16 for 24-hour permit, $9.75 for 12-hour permit, free ages 12 and under and ages 60 and up; rowboat rental $11.27 for 12 hours, $9.39 six hours; vehicle permit required. 791-1663; Symmes Township. Renie’s Montgomery Woods Neighborhood Three-Mile Run/Walk, 8-9:30 a.m., Johnson Nature Preserve, 10826 Deerfield Road, In honor of longtime resident Renie Taylor, an active volunteer in Montgomery for many years; friends and neighbors follow route Renie took for many years. Dogs and strollers welcome. Free. Presented by City of Montgomery. 641-6990. Montgomery.


Ohio Valley Volleyball Tour Tournament, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Grand Sands Volleyball, 10750 Loveland-Madeira Road, Men’s and Women’s Open. Spectators welcome. $60 per team. Presented by Ohio Valley Tour. 533-0831; Symmes Township.


Garden Volunteers Needed, 6:30-11:30 a.m., Loveland Primary/Elementary School, 550 Loveland-Madeira Road, Working in vegetable/flower gardens, on nature trail and in orchard. What is done on particular day depends on current needs of gardens. Free. Reservations required. Presented by Granny’s Garden School. 324-2873; Loveland. S U N D A Y, A U G . 7


Days in the Park Festival, 4-10 p.m., Chamberlin Park, Community picnic precedes festival at Kenwood Baptist Church. All you can ride for children 4-7 p.m., $12. Music by Gamut 5-9 p.m. Car cruise-in 5-8 p.m. Dash plaques awarded to first 50 cars. 794-8860; Deer Park.


Days in the Park Festival in Deer Park is 6 p.m. to midnight, Friday, Aug. 5 and Saturday, Aug. 6; and 4-10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, at Chamberlin Park, 7640 Plainfield Road. Enjoy music by Prizoner, Gamut and DJ Wildman Walker and the Rusty Griswolds as well as rides, food, beer and games. A community picnic precedes the festival on Sunday at Kenwood Baptist Church. Enjoy all you can ride for children for $12 from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday. Also on Sunday, check out the Car Cruise-in from 5-8 p.m. Dash plaques will be awarded to the first 50 cars. The festival benefits Chamberlin Park. The festival is family-friendly, and is presented by the Deer Park Park Board. Call 794-8860, or visit Pictured, Deer Park residents Don Luck and Pat Ketteler play in a past corn hole tournament during the Days in the Park Festival. T U E S D A Y, A U G . 9


Tri State County Animal Response Team Meeting and Training, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Best Friends Pet Care, 11216 Gideon Lane, Animal Handling (dog and cat) Hands On Training. Volunteer meeting and disaster preparedness training for animal rescue. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Tri State County Animal Response Team. 489-6300; www. Sycamore Township. Team Challenge Half Marathon Training Program Information Meeting, 6:307:30 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, Fund-raising program trains participants to walk or run a half marathon. Free. Presented by Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Southwest Ohio Chapter. 772-3550; Montgomery.


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


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

Travel Tales, 7-8 p.m., Madeira Branch Library, 7200 Miami Ave., Topic: Libya and Syria. Presented by Neville Duffield of the Photography Club of Greater Cincinnati. Adult. 3696028; Madeira.


Funniest Person in Cincinnati Contest, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, Finals. Aspiring comedians perform. Amateur and semi-pro categories. Ages 18 and up. $5. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery. T H U R S D A Y, A U G . 1 1

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



More Brain Power, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Twin Lakes at Montgomery, 9840 Montgomery Road, Discover 12 things you can do to increase your brain power. 257-1330; Montgomery.

Open Sand Volleyball, 2-4 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Adults. $15, free for members. 9856722. Montgomery.

Bingo Night, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Bingo for children. Prizes awarded. 3694450; Deer Park.



Julius Caesar, 7 p.m., McDonald Commons, 7351 Dawson Road, Shakespeare in the Park. Chairs provided. Free. Presented by Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. 3812273; Madeira.


Flying Trapeze Lessons, 2-3:30 p.m. and 45:30 p.m., Cincinnati Circus Company Flying Trapeze Summer Location, $45. Registration required. 921-5454. Loveland. M O N D A Y, A U G . 8


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


Glier’s Goettafest will be 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, on Riverboat Row at Newport on the Levee. Celebrate the pork and oat product, goetta, with goetta nachos, corn dogs, burritos, pizza, rangoon and burgers while enjoying live music, games, rides and more. Presented by Glier’s Meats. For more information, call 859-291-1800, ext. 211 or visit Pictured is Kyle Lung cooking goetta at the Cincinnati Grill booth during a previous Glier’s Goettafest at Newport on the Levee.

Happiest Baby on the Block, 6:45 p.m., Bethesda North Hospital, 10500 Montgomery Road, How to turn on your newborn’s calming reflex, the “off-switch” for crying. Includes Parent Kit containing “Happiest Baby on the Block” DVD. $50 per couple. Registration required. 475-4500; Montgomery.


The Greater Cincinnati Radio Control Club Annual Flying Circus is 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 6-7, at the Butler County Regional Airport, 2820 Bobmeyer Road, Hamilton. The Flying Circus features more than 200 model aircraft of all kinds, from helicopters to jets. Rocket-controlled modeling will be demonstrated for family entertainment. Free admission. Parking, one person, $5; two or more people, $10. Call 513-608-8521 or visit


August 3, 2011

Northeast Suburban Life

Here’s a real peach of a good cobbler

I have the best neighbors. Sandy Shelton, our neighbor across the road, brought us some warm peach pecan cobbler last evening. We had just finished dinner, so we had it for dessert. Oh my gosh, it was so good. Since peaches are coming into season now, it’s a good time to try this out. And if your peaches aren’t quite ripe, put them in a paper bag in a single layer. They won’t actually ripen more, but will become soft enough to use. Check out the area closest to the stems. If it’s creamy yellow, it has ripened on the tree. If it’s green, it may have been picked before it was ripe.

Peach pecan cobbler

Sandy got this recipe from a magazine. Serves 12 to 15. 12 to 15 fresh peaches, peeled and sliced (about 16 cups)* 3 cups sugar 1 ⁄3 cup all-purpose flour 1 ⁄2 teaspoon nutmeg (opt.) 11⁄2 teaspoons vanilla 2 ⁄3 cup butter 2 (15 oz.) packages refrigerated pie crusts 1 ⁄2 cup chopped pecans, toasted 1 ⁄4 cup sugar Vanilla ice cream, whipped topping, whipped cream (opt.) Combine first four ingredients in a pan, and let stand 10 minutes or until sugar dissolves.

Bring p e a c h mixture to a boil; reduce heat to low, and simmer 10 minutes or Rita until tenHeikenfeld d e r . Rita s kitchen R e m o v e from heat; add vanilla and butter, stirring until butter melts. Unfold two pie crusts. Sprinkle 1⁄4 cup pecans and 2 tablespoons sugar evenly over one pie crust; top with other pie crust. Roll to a 12-inch circle, gently pressing pecans into pastry. Cut into 11⁄2-inch strips. Repeat with remaining pie crusts, pecans, and sugar. Spoon half of peach mixture into a lightly greased or sprayed 13-by-9-inch baking dish. Arrange half of pastry strips in a lattice design over top of peach mixture. Bake at 475 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Spoon remaining peach mixture over baked pastry. Top with remaining pastry strips in a lattice design. Bake 15 to 18 more minutes. Serve warm or cold. *2 (20-ounce) packages frozen peaches may be substituted. Reduce sugar to 2 cups, flour to 3 tablespoons, and nutmeg to 1⁄4 teaspoon. Proceed as directed. Note: To make ahead of time, let baked cobbler cool; cover and freeze up to one

month. Thaw in refrigerator overnight. Uncover, and reheat in the oven at 250 degrees for 45 minutes. Online: Want another peach cobbler that’s even easier? Check out “Easy Peach Cobbler” on my blog at (Cooking with Rita).

Rita’s clone of Bigg’s chicken salad

Before Bigg’s was sold to Remke’s, I cloned its deli chicken salad. I poach my chicken in broth and let it cool in broth before dicing for added flavor and moistness. Taste as you go, adding 1 rib celery, 1 onion, the lesser amount of seasoning, etc. Add more if needed.


Rita’s neighbor SandyShelton’s peach cobbler. mixture, tasting as you go.

Salsa fresca

For Mary Ann, who enjoyed this in Texas. “It had fresh tomatoes, onions and cilantro, but no garlic,”

she said. The recipe from “Williams-Sonoma Essentials of Latin Cooking” (Oxmoor House, $34.95) should be what she wants. This book gives menu suggestions, along with a history and map of Latin food. 2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and finely diced 1 ⁄4 white onion, finely diced 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro Sea salt Combine everything and

mix well. Taste and add more salt or cilantro. Serve right away or store, covered, in refrigerator up to three days. Bring to room temperature and adjust seasoning before using. Pico de gallo salsa variation: Add 1 serrano or jalapeño chile pepper, minced with its seeds, and fresh lime juice to taste. 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.

1 pound cooked chicken, diced or shredded 1 2 ribs celery, diced 1 2 green onions, sliced very thin Green grapes, cut in half, and salted cashew halves or pieces – you choose how much 1 cup Hellman’s mayonnaise or to taste 1 ⁄4 to 1⁄2 teaspoon or so each: Lawry’s seasoning salt and chicken base (use a good quality moist base like Minor’s) Mix chicken, celery and onions together. Whisk chicken base and salt with the mayo. Pour over chicken and mix gently. Stir in grapes and nuts. To make curried chicken salad: Start sprinkling curry powder in the mayo


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The University of Cincinnati and the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services congratulate our alumni! Recipients of the 2011 Celebrate Excellence Awards Educators of the Year

Dan Boles MEd ‘06, Oak Hills High School Jennifer Kreimer BSEd ‘01, Northwest Local School District Diane Roland BSEd ‘79, Cincinnati Public Schools Maria Schaefer BSEd ‘84, Princeton City Schools Tom Schmittou MEd ‘89, North College Hill Joy Sprite BSEd ‘75, Hamilton County Educational Service Center

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August 3, 2011

Community | Life

Check the start date of your extended warranty I’ve often warned about buying third-party extended warranties for used cars because some of the companies do little more than take your money. But now I’ve got an alert when buying such war-

ranties directly from the auto manufacturers. While those are the warranties I prefer, you do have to check to see exactly what you’re getting. Doris Stemmer of Anderson Township bought

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a used Lincoln LS in 2007. At the time the salesman sold her an extendHoward Ain ed service Hey Howard! w a r r a n t y from Ford. “ H e told us the extended warranty would kick in at the end of the manufacturer’s limited warranty, which was 50,000 miles. This would take us to 75,000 miles,” Stemmer said. Stemmer said she was mostly concerned with how many miles she’d get on the


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great. However, Stemmer said she has since discovered her Lincoln is not the only one that has had problems. “I started finding a lot of stuff that was wrong with the 2004 Lincoln LS in particular, and they were things that they just had to fix on mine,” she said. Stemmer said she’s learned some valuable lessons. First, whenever buying a used car always check out auto websites to see if there were problems reported with that year’s make and model. Consumer Reports also has an extremely useful, very extensive auto history edition it publishes every year. These are invaluable tools to use before you decide to buy a particular vehicle. The key is not to fall in love with a used car at first

site. First, check out the model’s history by using the various publications. Next, check out that particular vehicle by asking the seller for a Carfax report which details any accidents. Then, get the used car checked out by an ASE Certified auto mechanic. It may cost you about $100 – but it is well worth it to make sure you’re not buying someone else’s problems. Finally, when you buy an extended service warranty from the manufacturer remember it is not all uncommon that the mileage and time limit both began on the date the vehicle was first put into service, not the date of your purchase. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

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car before the warranty expires. “It comes with 72 months or 75,000 miles, whichever comes first. When I had a problem I thought it was under the warranty. I took it in and they said, ‘Nope, your warranty was up 10 days ago,’ ” she said. It turns out her warranty actually began two years before she ever bought the car – it began the day the vehicle was purchased for the first time. “The salesman said nothing about when the date started. If I knew when I was purchasing the extended warranty, which cost me about $1,200, that it started two years before I even owned the car, I wouldn’t have bought it,” Stemmer said. After paying more than $1,600 for the repairs Stemmer said the car now runs

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City of Montgomery Mayor Gerri Harbison, meals-on-wheels client Mimi Ninio, and The Rev. Stephanie Tunison, CEO, Wesley Services Organization participate in March for Meals Week in March. At least 13 local, state and congressional representatives delivered meals-onwheels to their constituents in the fight to end senior hunger by 2020. Said Ninio, “This was a privilege that I will never forget,” and “It’s something wonderful going on with the meals-on-wheels ... It’s really a good thing you are doing.”

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Blue Ash resident Leonard Weibel has joined Executive Service Corps of Cincinnati as volunteer consultants. ESCC is a nonprofit organization that provides

full management consulting services to other nonprofit organizations in the Greater Cincinnati area. Weibel has been a business development contractor with various companies for the past five years. Prior to that he held a business development position with ITI Manta. Weibel earned his MBA in economics and finance from Xavier University, and his B.S. degree in economics, math/physics from Xavier.

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Retired attorney Steve Eberly, a Blue Ash resident, was re-elected for a new board term at the Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, a Walnut Hills based agency celebrating 100 years of offering people who are blind or visually impaired opportunities to seek independence, announces its new board members. First elected to CABVI’s board in 1985, he has served on many committees during his 26 year tenure. Eberly served as CABVI’s board president from 2000 to 2005 and is a member of the agency’s Personnel/Industries Program Committee and Program Services Committee. His first experience with CABVI came during his career when he served as the agency’s legal counsel. Using the latest technologies, the Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired’s array of services include low vision, vision rehabilitation therapy, access technology, orientation and mobility, early childhood and youth, and Radio Reading Services. Also offered are counseling, Talking Book Machines and other information services.


August 3, 2011

Northeast Suburban Life


Pondarama tour highlights homes in Evendale, Loveland


From left: Hagit Caspi and Dr. Ethan Katz with friends Jared Dinkes and Dr. Ilana Ressler enjoy the CafÈ Chabad comedy night in February.

Grill the Rabbi at Cafe Chabad this summer

Café Chabad, the premier night out for Jewish adults in Cincinnati, featuring delicious food, great entertainment and good company, is back for the summer. Conducted several times throughout the year, these evenings are a wonderful time to meet up with old and new friends in a relaxed atmosphere. This summer’s Café Chabad features an upscale barbeque prepared by local professional Jewish chefs. The menu caters to all tastes and diets, with ribeye steaks, beef, chicken and vegetarian kabobs, sides including baked potatoes and grilled corn, and desert. Wine and beer will be available for purchase. While diners kick back and enjoy, they are invited to “Grill the Rabbi.” Any and all questions about Judaism (and anything else the Rabbi may know) will be game, no questions too big or too small. Opportunity will be given for questions to be asked


From left: Dr. Eric and Michael Jacobson, Yehudit and Itshak Muskal have a great time with friends at the CafÈ Chabad Wine and Cheese tasting in November. both in person and anonymously. For those who don’t have any questions? Come anyway, the food’s great. From past experience, Rusty and Gale Goldner say, “Cafe Chabad is a wonderful and memorable evening. To enjoy good food, drink and conversation in the Café Chabad setting is well worth ones time.” This event promises to be an evening not to be missed, and we invite you to partake and bring along a friend or two. The Café Chabad will take place at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, at Chabad Jewish Center, 3977 Hunt

Road, Blue Ash. The fee for the evening, is $18 paid by Aug. 7, $23 after Aug. 7, $180 sponsor. The event is for adults only. Reservations and more information are at or 793-5200.

The Pondarama Series 3 tour is Saturday, Aug. 6, and Sunday, Aug. 7. This is a free self-guided tour of beautiful features located in private homes. Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Visitors can download the locations at or call 513-941-8500. Ponds on this weekend’s tour: 8604 Eagle Ridge Drive, West Chester Township – New this year, this 12-x-12 newly constructed pond has a 15-foot stream with waterfalls. Sandstone rock was used to build this pond stocked with lilies and lots of marginal plants surrounded by beautiful perennial landscaping. Walk across the bridge to get a better view for a photo moment. Saint Ives Place, West Chester Township – Enjoy this breathtaking pondless water feature with more than 40 tons of weathered limestone used to create the water feature and retaining walls. This feature has two streams, on the left side is a 30-foot stream tucked away into the hillside with three waterfalls and the other on the right with a 20-foot stream and waterfalls. The


This Loveland backyard pond features a pond under a four-season room.


The pond at 8604 Eagle Ridge Drive in West Chester Township includes a bridge and several waterfalls. streams come together and drop into a six-by-six pooling area and together they travel into the pondless basin. At the end of the basin in a dry creek bed that continues into a natural creek bed behind the property. Ron and Patti Grycko, 3660 Vineyard Ridge, Evendale – A complete back yard make over. This loca-


tion had a very steep sloping hill which now has a 40-foot long stream with large sandstone boulders which goes into a basin at the bottom of hill. Take the stone steps down the hill along the stream to a paver patio and a sitting wall. The upper area near the house has an outdoor living space perfect for relaxing and entertaining. Jason and Jill Pyles, 10721 Weatherstone Court, Loveland – This is a very private wooded setting which the backyard was transformed from a wooded 40-x-20 area to a beautiful quaint outdoor space. Follow the natural stone steps from the four-season room around the 8-x-10 pond with a 12-foot stream and three waterfalls to the deck.


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Ascension Lutheran Church

The summer worship service is at 10 a.m. with children’s message and special music. There is no Sunday school in the summer. Child care is provided. The community is invited to worship and participate in the many fellowship and serving


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activities throughout the summer. Ascension is working with the Eastside Coalition to build one of three homes this year in the Cincinnati area. Interested volunteers may call Ascension at 793-3288 for more information.

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Community and world donations continue throughout the summer. Backpacks and dry erase markers are collected for people served by the Northeast Emergency Distribution Service (NEEDS) as well as various food items. Health Kits for Lutheran World Relief will be collected until Sunday, Sept. 18. Other collections include empty pill bottles and aluminum cans and items for the NICU University Hospital (receiving blankets, onesies sleepers and 4-ounce baby bottles). The community is invited to participate. Call Ascension at 7933288 for more information. Ascension is participating in the Southern Ohio Synod ELCA Malaria Campaign through education about the disease and donations from members and various church groups. The church is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 793-3288, m.

Brecon United Methodist Church

The church offers worship services on Sundays at 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. Sundays. Samaritan Closet hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Samaritan Closet offers clothing and food to people with demonstrated needs. Bread from Panera is available on Thursdays

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and Saturdays. The Samaritan Closet is located next to the church. Vacation Bible School will be offered to all children in the community from 6:30-8:45 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7 through Thursday, Aug. 11. The theme is Shake It Up Café. Ages 4 years through fourth grade completed are eligible to attend. Visit to register your child or call the church office. All parents and children are invited at 10 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 14, to a free breakfast and the children are invited to sing their VBS songs at the 10:45 a.m. worship service for their parents and congregation. The church is at 7388 E. Kemper Road, Sycamore Township; 4897021.

Church of the Saviour United Methodist

Evening Vacation Bible School is 6 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. Aug. 8-12. Register online at The Bible school is free. The Labor Day Walk to benefit the African Well Fund is Sept. 3. Contact the church office for details. Disciple Bible Study groups are forming for the fall. Disciple I, Disciple II and Christian Believer are being offered. Sign-up deadline is Aug. 7. Call the church for details. New Member Classes are starting with a “Meet the Pastors” at noon, Aug. 21. Call the church for details. The church is searching for craftersand vendors to join the Fall Craft Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 12. Register at Traditional worship services are 8:20 a.m. and 11 a.m.; contemporary music is 9:40 a.m. every Sunday. The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati; 791-3142;

Hartzell United Methodist Church Sunday Worship Services are 9 and

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

Lighthouse Baptist Church

Lighthouse Baptist Church has Sunday School at 10 a.m. Sunday morning service at 11 a.m., Sunday evening service at 6 p.m. and Wednesday service at 7 p.m. The church uses the King James Bible, sings traditional hymns and has conservative music. Sunday School classes are available for all ages. A well-staffed nursery is provided for each service. The church is meeting at Raffel’s Blue Ash Banquet Center, at 11330 Williamson Road, Blue Ash; 7093344.

New Church of Montgomery

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

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

The church is collecting non-perishable grocery items for the Findlay Street food pantry and seeking volunteers to deliver bread daily from Kroger and Panera. Findlay Street summer camp started June 6 and continues Monday

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Loveland Health Care Center is pleased to announce John Shaw as the Employee of the Quarter for the Second Quarter of 2011. Mr. Shaw works for Loveland Health Care Center in our Nursing Department as a STNA and has shown outstanding work ethic and performance. John is an extremely caring individual who is loved by all of our residents and employees. He has received a recognition certificate, his name and picture on our Employee of the Quarter plaque and a $300.00 bonus. Loveland Health Care Center would like to congratulate John and thank him for the amazing dedication he gives to our facility and to our residents.


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through Friday throughout the summer. Volunteers are need to help chaperone field trips, direct craft projects, make sandwich lunches and more. Contact the church for further information. Youth Summer Choir camp started Saturday, July 9 and runs six Saturday mornings from 9-10:30 a.m. through Aug. 13. The camp includes ear training exercises, vocal technique practice and rehearsal of pieces for fall services. Contact the church for sign-up and for further information. Summer fellowship events: the San Francisco Giants and the annual parish picnic Sunday, Aug. 28. An Intercessory Healing Prayer Service is held the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. A Men’s Breakfast group meets on Wednesday mornings at 8:30 a.m. at Steak ‘n’ Shake in Montgomery. Ladies Bible Study meets at 10 a.m. on Tuesday mornings at the church. Friends in Fellowship meets at 6:15 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month for dinner at the church. A Bereavement Support Group for widow and widowers meets from 10-11 a.m. the second and fourth Saturdays. Sunday worship services are 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Parent Church School meets at 9:30 a.m. the second Sunday of each month. The church is at 10345 Montgomery Road, Montgomery; 984-8401;

Sycamore Christian Church

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

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7912 Jolain Drive: Kuznar Zachary A. & Carey M. to N.P. Dodge Jr. Tr; $235,000. 7912 Jolain Drive: N.P. Dodge Jr. Tr to Xiao Nianzhou; $235,000. 8014 Deershadow Lane: Powell Erik James & Karen A. to Stephenson Gina; $315,000. 9002 Bordeaux Court: Decenso Anthony J. Jr. & Paula K. to Newberg Lelsie P. & Douglas A.; $537,000. 9845 Forestglen Drive: Leman Marvin G. & Deborah P. to Hoge Mark A. & Sonya L.; $435,000. 9889 Forestglen Drive: Rudd Tracey M. to Lensges Guenter & Marcia; $415,000.


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About real estate transfers

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

Stephen C.; $290,000. 9510 Bainbrook Court: Rothwell Geraldine S. Tr to Hong Christian I. & Linda; $262,000. 9822 Mistymorn Lane: Meyers Thomas E. & Kimberly S. to Benedict Russell B. & Katherine F.; $682,500. 9861 Humphrey Road: Demarco Anthony T. Jr. & Gail V. to Gopalakrishnan Deepak; $355,000. 9883 Mistymorn Lane: Embi Peter J. to Goldstein Bryan H. & Jaime E.; $710,000.


Roy S, Roberts, 31, 10144 Kenwood Road, domestic violence (physical harm with one prior conviction) at 10144 Kenwood Road, July 19. James M. Huddleston, 51, 7646 Clough Pike, possession drug paraphernalia, possessiing drug abuse instruments at Southbound Interstate 71 at Ohio 126, July 23. Kimberly Dawn Watkins, 40, 6201 Beechmont Ave. Apartment 2, possession drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor warrant, misdemeanor warrant, misdemeanor warrant, misdemeanor warrant, misdemeanor warrant, misdemeanor warrant, misdemeanor warrant, misdemeanor warrant, misdemeanor warrant, felony warrant, drug possession, drug possession at Southbound Interstate 71 at Ohio 126, July 23. Donald Joseph Ahlers, 21, 4163 Glenway Ave. Apartment 2, misdemeanor warrant, drug paraphernalia at Cooper Road and Hunt Road, July 22. Carson Scott Lewis, 59, 3506 Harvey Ave., disorderly conduct, traffic warrant at 4100 Hunt Road, July 22. Vanessa Nicole Clark, 21, 214 Pike

St., possessing drug abuse instruments at Westbound Ohio 126 at Ridge Road, July 22. Michael J. Kern, 25, 5 Lake Drive, misdemeanor warrant at Westbound Ohio 126 at Ridge Road, July 22. Paul Mathew Chisenhall, 33, 6134 Belfast Road, possessing drug abuse instruments, drug possession at Westbound Ohio 126 at Ridge Road, July 22. Tasha N. Campbell, 25, 9149 U.S. 52, traffic warrant at 4556 Perry Ave., July 21. Ronald Crittenden, 58, 3700 Reading Road Apartment 701, menacing at 4556 Perry Ave., July 21. Margaret Mary Birkigt, 29, 4556 Perry Ave., traffic warrant, traffic warrant, traffic warrant, traffic warrant, traffic warrant, traffic warrant at 4556 Perry Ave., July 21. David Eugene Hubbard, 28, 7759 Reading Road Apartment 104, complicity at 5310 Florence Ave., July 20. Michael Larry Crouse, 51, 7759 Reading Road Apartment 172, breaking and entering at 5310 Florence Ave., July 20. James W. Werling, 28, 2328 Stratford Ave. Apartment 1, criminal damaging/endangering, operating a vehicle impaired (under the influence

of alcohol/drugs), operating a vehicle impaired (breath .08 to .169), occupant restraining devices, turn and stop signals, drug possession at 4150 Hunt Road, July 19. Antonio Jones, felony warrant, felony warrant at 5233 Hagewa Drive, July 16. Seth E. Doughman, 27, 204 Bramblewood Drive Apartment 2A, possession drug paraphernalia, traffic warrant, traffic warrant, drug possession at Highand Avenue and Hunt Road, July 25. Austin James, 19, 11050 Centennial Ave., drug paraphernalia at Kemper Avenue and Florence Avenue, July 24. Cody M. Manis, 20, 1243 Fuhrman Road, misdemeanor warrant, possession or use of a controlled substance at Eastbound Ohio 126 at Plainfield Road, July 24. Frederick Lee Thomas, 18, 6828 Stewart Road, drug possession at Reed Hartman Highway and Ashwood Drive, July 24. David Ryan Gonzales, 19, 11217 Grandon Ridge, drug possession at Reed Hartman Highway and Ashwood Drive, July 24.

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Gertrude M. Noschang

Gertrude M. (nee Koehler) Noschang, 89, of Blue Ash died July 27. Survived by children Nancy Noschang, Daniel (Mary) Noschang, Stephen (Anne) Noschang and Linda (David) Newnam; grandchildren Charles and Pamela McCormich and Adam, Kevin and Sarah Noschang; great-grandchildren Rick McCormick and Samantha Bjurstrom; and siblings Edward, William, Albert, Robert and Richard Koehler and Joan Flick. Preceded in death by husband, Edward Noschang; Services were July 30 at St. Saviour Catholic Church, Rossmoyne. Memorials to: Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263.

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August 3, 2011

POLICE REPORTS From B7 with chargers, value $250; 50 fabric clamps, value $200, and paperwork with a federal business ID number, from Cincinnati Awnings at 11316 Tamarco Drive, July 23.

Criminal damaging/endangering

Someone damaged the side doors of a Dodge Caliber, $1,000 damage at 4550 Perry Ave., July 21.

Criminal mischief

Someone sprayed a sign with paintballs, $50 damage, at Mo's Marathon at 4116 Glendale-Milford Road, July 18. Someone damaged a passenger door window on a vehicle, $150 damage at 3632 Cooper Road, July 16. Someone damaged a vehicle window, $100 damage at 9465 Oakhurst Court, July 16.

Found property

A 9-millimeter hi point, value $150, was found at 4630 Creek Road, July 26.

Notice of Petition for Termination of Parental Rights G.L. c. 210 Section 3 Docket No. 11A 0089CW C o m m o n wealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court In the matter of: Brandon Quin Anderson To: any unknown or unfather, named the of parent(s) above named child. Probate Middlesex and Family Court 208 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 (617)768-5800 *A putative father will not have standing as a party to this case without a voluntary acknowl edgement of parentage or an adjudication of paterni t y . A petition has been presented to said court by W i d e Horizons for Children Inc. Waltham, 02451 r e p r e MA the that senting parent(s) of the child lack(s) current ability, capacity, fitness and readiness to assume parental responsibili ty for the child; that the petitioner’s plan for the child will serve the child’s best interests; and, requesting that this Honorable Court enter a decree under the provisions of the General Laws Massachusetts, of Chapter 210, section 3, that shall have the effect of terminating the rights of the person(s) named herein to receive notice of or to consent to any legal proceeding affecting the cusguardianship, tody, adoption or other disposition of the child named herein. IF YOU DESIRE TO OBJECT THERETO, YOU OR YOUR ATTORNEY MUST FILE A WRITTEN APPEARANCE IN COURT AT: SAID C am bridge ON OR BEFORE TEN O’CLOCK IN THE MORNING (10:00 AM) ON: 08/22/2011 YOU ARE ENTITLED TO THE APPOINTMENT OF AN ATTORNEY IF YOU ARE AN INDIGENT P E R S O N . An indigent person is defined by SJC RULE 3:10. The definition includes but is not limited to persons receiving AFDC, EAEDC, poverty related veteran’s benefits, food stamps, refugee resettlement benefits, medicaid, and SSI. The Court will determine if you are indigent. Contact an Assistant Judicial Case Manager/ of Clerk Adoptions the Court on or before the date listed above to obtain the necessary forms. WITNESS Hon. Peter C. DiGangi, First Justice of this Court Tara E. DiCristofaro Register of Probate Date: June 20, 2011 1001652119

Grand theft

A man said someone took a 2008 Suzuki SX4, value $4,000 at 11325 Reed Hartman Highway apartment 144, July 26.

Misuse of credit cards

A woman said someone charged $364.09 to her credit card at 9516 West Ave., July 16.

Lost wallet

Drive, July 23.


A man said someone took a man's wrist watch, value $2,500 at 9636 West Ave., July 22. Someone took four Speedy Rewards cards at 6661 Corporate Drive, July 18.

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Petty theft

William E. Buford, 53, 11 Bowman Terrace, possession of drugs, obstruction of official business at Southbound Interstate 71, July 25. Macarthur B. Taylor, 58, 1817 Ridgeway Ave., pedestrian violation at 6151 Pfeiffer Road, July 18. Melissa D. Miller, 40, 204 Poplar Point Estates Drive, open container at 10500 Montgomery Road, July 20.

A man said someone took $1,810 at 9000 Plainfield Road, July 23. Someone took 16 inches of miscellaneous steel and copper pipe, value 4200 at 6954 Cornell Road, July 22. Someone took eight boxes of Tide, value $165, and dog food, value $12.12, from Kroger at 4100 Hunt Road, July 18. Someone took miscellaneous snacks, value $2.58; $93.42 cash, and 43.60 worth of gasoline from Speedway at 4775 Cornell Road, July 25.

Petty theft (less than $500)

A woman said someone took a black carabiner with house key and car key, value $100 at 5000 YMCA

Notice of Petition for Termination of Parental Rights G.L. c. 210 Section 3 Docket No. 11A 0089CW C o m m o n wealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court In the matter of: Tia Rose Preston To: any unknown or unnamed father, parent(s) of the above named child. Middlesex Probate and Family Court 208 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 (617)7685800 *A putative father will not have standing as a party to this case without a voluntary acknowledgement of parentage or an adjudication of patern i ty . A petition has been presented to said court by W i d e Horizons for Children Inc. Waltham, MA 02451 r e p r e senting that the parent(s) of the child lack(s) current ability, capacity, fitness and readiness to assume parental responsibili ty for the child; that the petitioner’s plan for the child will serve the child’s best interests; and, requesting that this Honorable Court enter a decree under the provisions of the General Laws of Massachusetts, Chapter 210, section 3, that shall have the effect of terminating the rights of the person(s) named herein to receive notice of or to consent to any legal proceeding affecting the custody, guardianship, adoption or other disposition of the child named herein. IF YOU DESIRE TO OBJECT THERETO, YOU OR YOUR ATTORNEY MUST FILE A WRITTEN APPEARANCE IN SAID COURT AT: C am b ridge ON OR BEFORE TEN O’CLOCK IN THE MORNING (10:00 AM) ON: 08/22/2011 YOU ARE ENTITLED TO THE APPOINTMENT OF AN ATTORNEY IF YOU ARE AN INDIGENT P E R S O N . An indigent person is defined by SJC RULE 3:10. The definition includes but is not limited to persons receiving AFDC, EAEDC, poverty related veteran’s benefits, food stamps, refugee resettlement benefits, medicaid, and SSI. The Court will determine if you are indigent. Contact an Assistant Judicial Case Manager/ Adoptions Clerk of the Court on or before the date listed above to obtain the necessary forms. WITNESS Hon. Peter C. DiGangi, First Justice of this Court Tara E. DiCristofaro Register of Probate Date: June 20, 2011 1001652003


Incidents/investigations Domestic violence

At 10130 Woodfern Way, July 24.

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A woman said someone tok a Garmin GPS, value $300, and an iPod, vaue $200, from a vehicle at 10725 Escondido Drive, July 14. Someone took $20 from Fifth Third Bank at 9990 Montgomery Road, July 12. A woman said someone took assorted clothing from her porch, value $213.81 at 7740 Jolain Drive, July 14. A woman said someone took an iPad at 7703 Shadowhill Way, July 25. A woman said someone took a bicycle from her garage at 9920 Delray Drive, July 21. Someone took two bottle of Dom Perignon, total value $335, from Kroger at 9939 Montgomery Road, July 23. A woman said someone broke a window in a vehicle and took a purse and its contents at 9510 Montgomery Road, July 21. A man said someone took a Redmax trimmer, value $300, and a Redmax backpack blower, value $500 at 10583 Deerfield Road, July 19.

Theft, criminal damaging

A woman said someone smashed out a car window and took a backpack, value $100 at 7400 Cornell Road, July 24.

Vandalism, theft

A woman said someone took two concrete urns and overturned two grave markers at Pioneer Cemetery at 10259 Montgomery Road, July 13.

PUBLIC NOTICE In compliance with Ohio Revised Code, Section 117.38, the 2010 Annual Financial Report for the City of Blue Ash has been filed with the Auditor of State. A copy of the 2010 Annual Financial Report is available for public inspection weekdays between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM at the Finance Office, 4343 Cooper Road, Blue Ash, Ohio 45242-5699, and is also available through the City’s website at (on the Municipal Services / Finance page). David M. Waltz City Manager 1001655035



Lewis David, 26, 5474 Bahama Terrace, disorderly conduct at 5221 Kugler Mill Road, June 25. Juvenile female, 17, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, June 25. Chatondra Jones, 26, 4242 Branch Bend Lane, domestic violence at 7875 U.S. 22, July 5. Juvenile female, 17, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, July 6. Chelsie Owens, 21, 6006 Vereker Drive, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, July 8. Lindsey Thompson, 19, 3795 Huston Road, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, July 8. Emerald Fowler, 22, 120 Malvern Place, theft at 7875 U.S. 22, July 8. Shannon Butler, 40, 4428 Verne Ave., disorderly conduct at 8469 Beech Ave., July 11. Aries Coleman, 19, 2016 Ryan, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, July 7. Ronald Crihenden, 58, 3700 Reading Road, drug possession at 8901 Reading Road, June 30. Victoria Hosbrook, 25, 1877 Losantiville, drug possession at 8909 Reading Road, June 30. Sarah Klink, 32, 3184 Sunny Hollow Lane, drug possession, paraphernalia at 8909 Reading Road, June 30. Ginny Massengill, 29, 1224 Todds Run, drug possession, drug paraphernalia at 8901 Reading Road, June 30. Domenique Shamblee, 27, 940 Crossing Pointe, drug possession at 7875 Montgomery Road, July 6. Stacy Williamson, 32, 53 Wandling, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, July 4. Brenda Williamson, 34, 53 Wandling Road, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, July 4. Barry Evers, 47, 4234 Amelia Drive, obstructing official business at 8109 Reading Road, July 6.

Incidents/investigations Aggravated robbery

Victim threatened with a knife and jewelry valued at $618 removed at Mantell at Belfast, June 24.

Breaking and entering

Building entered without consent at 8915 Blue Ash Road, July 8.


Residence entered at 7951 Richmond, June 25. Attempt made at 7812 Village Drive, July 10.

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Criminal damaging

Tires and vehicle damaged at 11135 Marlette Drive, June 24. Mailbox damaged at 11949 Second Ave., July 5.


Victim threatened and $220 removed from victim at 8109 Reading Road, June 26.


Counterfeit money passed at 7875 Montgomery Road, June 22. Purses valued at $3,438.90 removed at 7801 Montgomery Road, June 21. AC unit and stainless steel valued at $570 removed at 3956 Limerick Ave., June 24. License plate removed from vehicle at 8470 Beech Ave., June 23. Phone valued at $400 removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, June 23. Cell phone valued at $200 removed at 7875 U.S. 22, June 24. Camera valued at $250 removed at 8688 Donna Lane, July 11. Sunglasses valued at $2,160 removed at 7875 U.S. 22, July 10. $500 removed from purse at 11384 Brittany Woods Lane, July 7. $120 in currency removed at 12020 Fifth Ave., July 9. Wallet and contents of unknown value removed at Kenwood and Montgomery Road, July 8. $90 removed at 7916 Montgomery Road, July 8. Downspouts of unknown value removed at 8701 Lancaster Ave., July 8. Currency of unknown value removed at 8901 Lancaster Road, July 9. Metal boxes of unknown value removed at 7811 Palace Drive, July 5.

Unauthorized use of vehicle

Reported at 11990 Sixth Ave., June 26.

Unlawful sexual conduct with a minor

Reported at 8017 Village Drive, June 24.

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Zachary Bowling, 19, 12168 Second, possession at Fields Ertel Road, June 24. Steven Webster, 24, 12137 S. Pine Drive, disorderly conduct while intoxicated at 8770 Wales Drive, June 25. John Ascher, 20, 12 Hill and Holcon Lane, disorderly conduct while intoxicated at 9919 Stonebridge Drive, June 25. Terrance Barnes, 39, 5609 Tompkins Ave., passing bad checks at 11902 Montgomery Road, June 25. Jonathan Lamke, 36, 1408 Finch Lane, operating vehicle intoxicated at I275, July 2. Samuel Zawosky, 20, 1104 Deerfield Road, receiving stolen property at 9148 Union Cemetery Road, July 9. Juvenile male, 13, theft at 9201 Fields Ertel, June 29. Juvenile male, 7, theft at 9201 Fields Ertel, June 29.

Incidents/investigations Burglary

Residence entered at 9973 Adams Road, July 8.

Criminal damaging

Vehicle window damaged at 10163 Meadowknoll Drive, July 8.

Disorderly conduct

Reported at 11300 Snider, July 6.

Identity fraud

Reported at 10319 Riverwalk, July 6.


$400 used to purchase bracelet that turned out to be fake at 11330 Montgomery Road, June 24. Catalytic converter valued at $300 removed at 11364 Montgomery Road, June 24. GPS of unknown value removed at 9832 Farmstead Drive, June 27. Tennis bag and racquet and golf clubs valued at $550 removed at 12008 Millstone Drive, June 27. $49.50 in gas not paid for at 9420 Loveland-Madeira Road, July 8. Wallet and contents of unknown value removed at 9520 Fields Ertel Road, July 5.

Theft, criminal damaging

Vehicle damaged and medication of unknown value removed at 11994 Streamside Drive, June 27.

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