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Sycamore adds ambulance, increases shift staffing By Leah Fightmaster

Sycamore Township is adding an ambulance and more paramedics per shift to staff it. If a firefighter in Sycamore’s department calls off work for vacation, a paid day off, sick or personal day, those positions aren’t filled until a shift drops below nine. Now, the department will try to fill those open spots for all call-off reasons, except sick days, so that staffing is almost always at 12 firefighters. This increase is a result of the township adding a third ambulance, said Greg Bickford, planning and zoning director/assistant township administrator. Sycamore already has the ambulance, which is being housed in the north station, but will run out of the south station in Kenwood. Bickford said that because the department now

Sycamore Township Board of Trustees approved a plan that will allow the fire department to fill full time call off staff positions to part-time firefighters, as well as put an inactive ambulance back into service.LEAH FIGHTMASTER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

bills people for calls for auto accidents and treats no transports – which is when a patient refuses transportation to the hospital – the township is bringing in about $23,000 more. He added that number is fairly conservative,

and could be closer to $42,000. Adding a third squad and the part-time staff to run it will cost the department and the township more than $200,000 total per year, but Fire Chief Perry Gerome said they’re operating

under the current budget for the year. The department also estimated that adding a third squad would bring in more money – because the township has two active squads, if both are tied up, neighboring departments pick those up, as well as the revenue from billing the patient, Bickford said. A third squad would also allow the department to pick up other departments’ runs through mutual aid as well, bringing in what Gerome estimated at about $53,000 more – based on the number of runs the department can’t respond to. He added that he believes about 58 treat no transport calls will be made to Sycamore, adding another almost $9,000. In all, much of that original $200,000 more for staffing might be whittled down to about $11,000 – a cost the joint economic development zones, or JEDZ,

would likely cover. Trustee Cliff Bishop said he supported the plan, adding that he thought paying for that partially with JEDZ money is appropriate because “that’s what it’s for,” referring to the agreement that the township would allocate more resources within the JEDZ. “I’ve been in favor of adding a third squad for quite some time,” he said. “It’s a definite decision for me to go ahead with it.” Assistant Chief Rob Penny said the department is recruiting more part-time firefighters to potentially fill those open positions when others call off, and added it will likely take a few weeks before the new staffing plan is in full swing.

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Birds bring a little music to hospice patients’ final days Owner of supply shop keeps the feeders filled Gannett News Service

Dying is as unique an experience as it is an inevitable one. Every path to the end is as individual as the person walking it. Still, there are common elements. Frequently, when a person knows he or she is dying, the world can begin to feel very small, the walls can begin to close in. Hospice of Cincinnati knows this and tries to combat it. The organization encourages patients at its in-care facility in Blue Ash to remain engaged through arts and music and chaplain visits. End-of-life conversations are encouraged. Instructions are provided. But one of the most effective ways to keep people engaged is the simplest: a bird feeder hangs in front of every patient’s window. The bird feeders are there today because one person, Brett Gilmore of Wild Birds Unlimited, decided this small corner of the world and the people who inhabit it for just a short period at their end of their lives deserve to hear bird songs every morning. The feeders bring nature and life and music. The birds swoop in, eat and chirp. Sometimes they are messy eaters, so chipmunks and squirrels

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visit as well. Sometimes deer join the act. Each window provides an ongoing show because the hospice location in Blue Ash is something of a bird haven. The site has thick trees, a bubbling pond and a small wetland. Laura Marquis, 83, has been in room 400 for 13 weeks. She says her lungs are bad, her kidneys are awful and she has cancer “everywhere.” But her eyes are bright, and on Wednesday she kept visitors waiting nearly 30 minutes while she did her makeup and hair. “Oh, I loved the bird feeders on the first day I got here,” Marquis said. “I noticed it right away. Wow, wow. It’s nature, it’s beautiful.” Marquis said the birds make her feel peaceful. She said the show outside her window is usually better than what is on TV. Colleen Rosario is a nurse manger at the 35-bed facility. She knows the nature show is important for patients and their families at a time when

Laura Marquis enjoys watching the birds at Hospice of Cincinnati.

stress levels can be high. “You will see the families sit and watch, it brings the ‘outside’ in,” Rosario said. “It changes the room. It decreases stress, lets people think about other things.” The bird feeders first came to Blue Ash as a Boy Scout’s Eagle Service Project sometime in the early ’80s, according to hospice staffers, although nobody can remember exactly when or who the Scout was. But over 30 years, the old wooden bird feeders began to fall apart after too many summers and winters and birds. That’s when Gilmore got involved. Wild Birds Unlimited sells bird seed and feeders and caters to bird enthusiasts. Gilmore had been an environmental educator with the Cincinnati Nature Center. He had also been a bird person



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ever since his grandmother bought him a bird feeder when he was 25 years old. “I loved it the first day, I was mesmerized,” said Gilmore, 41. In 2006, he bought Wild Birds Unlimited on Montgomery Road. As a longtime supporter of the hospice, he decided he wanted to get the facility some better feeders. So whenever a customer would buy a new feeder, he would check out the old one. If it was in good

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enough shape, he would ask if he could take it, refurbish it and give it to hospice. He never got a no. Now Gilmore also donates a two-pound bag of bird feed to every new patient so they can keep their feeders filled. He also has a contract with hospice to provide feed every Wednesday. “But that is always gone by See BIRDS, Page A2

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Sycamore’s administrator Raabe on paid leave By Leah Fightmaster

Sycamore Township Administrator Bruce Raabe is on a paid leave of absence. Raabe hasn’t attended a Board of Trustees public meeting since before the July 16 workshop and July 18 regular meetings. Board President Tom Weidman confirmed that Raabe’s on paid leave, but Raabe’s return date is un-

known and up to him. He added that Raabe is still employed by the township. Before Raabe being hired as administrator at Sycamore in 2010, Raabe previously worked for the Delhi Township Public Works Department as the construction/safety/special

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projects manager. His salary was set at $80,000 per year, plus use of a township car, according to the resolution passed by the trustees in 2010 that officially hired him. His township car is at the administration office, Trustee Cliff Bishop said at a Board of Trustees meeting Aug. 1. Weidman declined to comment on the reason for his leave of absence. Planning and Zoning Director/ Asisstant Administrator Greg Bickford has been working as administrator in Raabe’s absence. Raabe didn’t return requests for comment by press time. Follow Leah Fightmaster in Twitter: @LCFightmaster.

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Saturday, so the families of the patients keep them filled,” Gilmore said. “They run out as soon as they are empty.” This week Gilmore and his crew, particularly Andrew Wargetz, who has worked hard to locate used feeders, took down all the old feeders, scrubbed them clean and replaced the ones that were too far gone. They also added some birdhouses that will attract even more birds. “There is really good species diversity here. It’s a great habitat,” Gilmore said. Then he started naming some birds that were watching his crew work. By mid-afternoon Wednesday, patients were beginning to look out the windows, checking to see when they were getting their feeders. They wanted their nature show to continue. “It’s really special for the patient and their families,” Gilmore said. “It brings God right to them.”

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seen an increase in attendance because of the partnership with Wingate and the Business Bash. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society Ohio Valley Chapter set up a booth to spread the word about two fund-raising events over the summer – The Muck Fest in July and Bike MS in August – and look to sign up competitors and volunteers. “People have an idea that Muck Fest is military hard,” said Michelle Maccracken, finance director for the chapter. “But it’s really a lot of fun and it’s a great corporate team-building experience.”

Mike Kohler, far left, and Dawn Gross, left, of the Glendale-Milford Road Buffalo Wild Wings serve free chicken wings to attendees of the fifth annual Blue Ash Business Bash at the Blue Ash Recreation Center. JASON HOFFMAN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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BLUE ASH — The fifth annual Blue Ash Business Bash gave a chance for residents and businesses to spend part of an evening interacting at the Blue Ash Recreation Center. “We usually see about 250 people come through,” said Peggy Behm, Blue Ash special event coordinator. “This offers a nice, relaxing evening and gives people a chance to see what businesses have to offer in and around Blue Ash.” The event had 22 vendors from a variety of industries. Food samples were offered from Buffalo Wild Wings, Donatos Pizza, City Barbecue and more. Also on hand were banks, hotels, nonprofit organizations and a representative from University of Cincinnati Blue Ash. “This is an opportunity to show what niche businesses fill in the network,” said Larry Bresko, president of the Blue Ash Business Association. “Businesses offer a variety of special services and this a chance to get their brand out.” The BABA hosts its annual trade show at the Embassy Suites Hotel with more than 110 vendors, but Bresko said the association is looking to possibly partner with the city next year to grow the Business Bash. Some of the networking opportunities for businesses develop into cooperative ventures across industries. Dawn Gross, Glendale-Milford Road Buffalo Wild Wings general manager, said she has been able to partner with Wingate Hotel. “They let us use their conference rooms to host state-mandated serve-safe food and serve-safe alcohol classes,” Gross said. “And we market for them and they market for us.” In her third year attending the event, Gross said her restaurant has

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Ursuline graduates earn special awards Ursuline Academy celebrated its 183 seniors as they received their diplomas at the school's commencement exercises May 29 in the school gymnasium. The school congratulates the entire Class of 2013 for their spirit, service and scholarships. Their efforts were rewarded this year with 91 percent of the class earning nearly $24.7 million in college scholarships. In addition, there were several special awards given at the cer-

emony. The Senior Scholar Awards (the top three seniors in the class) were awarded to Kelly Kaes of Montgomery, Kelly Kopchak of Sycamore Township and Elise McConnell of Loveland. The Archbishop McNicholas Memorial Award was awarded to Kaes for her scholastic achievement, service to others and Christian ideals. The Christian Leadership Award, which is given to a grad-

uate who demonstrates Gospel values in her personal and school community life, was awarded to McConnell. The Centennial Spirit Award, which is given to a graduate who best exemplifies the spirit of Ursuline with her generosity, service, attitude and overall demeanor, was awarded to Claire Hayes of Mason. The graduation address was delivered by Ellen Hinkley of Indian Hill, who was chosen by her class.

Ursuline Principal Thomas Barhorst with senior award winners and speakers Ellen Hinkley (Indian Hill), Elise McConnell (Loveland), Claire Hayes (Mason), Kelly Kopchak (Sycamore Township), Kelly Kaes (Montgomery) and President Sharon Redmond. THANKS TO MARIANNE LANG

Primary school garden restored By Forrest Sellers

Indian Hill Primary School teacher Susan Eberle called it “a rebirth.” More than a decade ago, Eberle, who teaches secondgrade, planted a garden at the school. Over the years, interest in the garden declined and upkeep was discontinued. However, with new curriculum standards required by the state, Eberle saw a perfect opportunity to use the garden in conjunction with the school’s new science curriculum. Eberle approached the Indian Hill PTO with her vision for the garden. The PTO then provided resources and volunteers to restore the garden. “I thought it would be a great opportunity for the community to come together,” said Indian Hill resident Erin Starkey, a PTO member and parent volunteer who helped coordinate the project. The garden is now an integral part of the science curriculum, and the students have been maintaining and using it themselves. All of the grades have contributed in some way, said Eberle. For example, the secondgraders developed a plan for plants that would attract wildlife, she said. Kindergartners have helped

Indian Hill Primary School second-graders Will Heekin, left, and Mitch Ford remove weeds from the school's recently restored garden. The Indian Hill PTO provided resources and volunteers to prepare the garden for use by the students. FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

maintain recently planted sunflowers, while the first-graders have been involved in studying insects which are found in the garden. “We learned about gardening, and now we’re learning about nature,” said Erin’s daughter Scarlett Starkey, who is a kindergartner at the school. Eberle said she is thrilled the garden is once again being used by the students. “I can’t wait t to see it in the fall,” she said. “It will be magnificent.”


Valedictorian Chris Kessling signs his academic letter of intent to the University of Chicago. LEAH FIGHTMASTER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Moeller seniors shine at inaugural signing day By Leah Fightmaster


Moeller High School’s top 11 seniors put on suit jackets for an event that was the first of its kind at the school. Moeller recognizes its student athletes who are recruited to play for colleges and universities with a signing day, and Principal Blane Collison felt that students who excel in academics should receive the same recognition. The inaugural event put the spotlight on the top of the class of 2013. Collison said that he felt because this year’s class is Moeller’s 50th, the focus should be on academics. The top 11 seniors represent nearly all Moeller has to offer inside and outside the

These are Moeller’s top 11 seniors who signed letters of intent at the first academic signing day event. » Chris Kessling of Montgomery – University of Chicago » Brian Butz of Mt. Healthy – University of Cincinnati » Andrew Benza of Loveland – University of Miami (Florida) » James Breitenbach of Mason – Miami University » Nick Staresinic of Mason – Franciscan University » Steve Lair of Sharonville – University of Alabama » Sam Bockhorst of Loveland – Miami University » Stephen Spaeth of Blue Ash – Miami University » Mason Eckley of Liberty Township – University of South Carolina » David Faller of West Chester Township – Kenyon College » Zach Bayliff of Indian Hill – Indiana University

classroom, and include athletes, honor society members, mentors, volunteers, social issue group members, interns, actors, writers and more. Parents and families attended the event to see them sign their letters of in-

tent to their chosen schools. “They’re what we hope a young man of Moeller will be,” Collison said. Want more updates for Sycamore Township? Follow Leah Fightmaster on Twitter: @LCFightmaster


The following Northeast Suburban Life-area students have earned honors for the fourth quarter of 2012-2013.


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First Honors – David Arway, Bradley Buller, Nick Byrnes, Jonathan Dowling, John Griga, Patrick Mullinger, Daniel Nymberg, August Painter, David Poch, Shane Poch and Richard Raga. Second Honors – Samuel Bracken, John Paul Greiner, Cooper Hodge, Joshua Huster, Thomas MacVittie, Corey Mohr and Konnor Stang.

Juniors First Honors – Kevin Collins, Justin Deyhle, Ryan Frank, Adam Garbacik,

John Geyer, Christopher Hackman, Kurtis Hoffman, Christopher Kiley, Mitchell Meece, Bradley Munz, Andrew Olinger, Mitchell Poch and Andrew Smith. Second Honors – Michael Bair, Joseph DeNoma, Riely Rufo, Cullan Sanders, Matthew Schneider, Augustin Sharpshair, Peter Sharpshair, Ryan Stofko and James Vogel.

Seniors First Honors – Trevor Betz, Mark Bugada, Andrew Carmichael, John Dickens, Nicholas Geraci, William Gilles, Kevin Morrison, Nolan Morrow, Robert Naber, James Rieger and Nicholas Schlueter. Second Honors – Daniel Abeln, Alexander Bailey, Matthew Boyle, Thomas

Brokamp, Philip Cleves, Chad Crable, Erik Deeds, Samuel Hubbard, Matthew Hugenberg, Zachary Jansing, Richard Jaspers, Gregory Nymberg, Anthony Platz, Joshua Schaefer and Aaron Webb.

Graduated First Honors – Brett Carlin, Christopher Kessling, Eric Kraemer, Stephen Lair, Anthony Pisciotta, Keith Rucker and Eric Scott. Second Honors – Kenton Asbrock, Alexander Burgdorf, John Collins, Quinn Collison, Garrett DeVore, Grant Garbacik, J. Mitchell Hoelker, Zachary Hoffman, John Lynch, Nicholas Maertz, Nicholas Meece, Christien Ramey, Derek Schappacher, Michael Stevenson and Yusuke Yamada.




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Hitters, setters await fall season By Scott Springer and Mark Motz

The nets are up in the local gyms as the high school girls volleyball season begins as schools reopen. The following is a preview of the teams in the Northeast Suburban Life coverage area:

Cincinnati Country Day graduated three players from a team that finished 8-11 overall and fifth in the Miami Valley Conference with a 5-8 record. The Indians also return three starters from that team and look for an improved record. “I’m not hurting in talent,” said head coach Ashley Snell while on vacation in Texas the week before tryouts. “We have three very good, very experienced seniors coming back to lead the team.” They include outside and middle hitter Kat Mates, as well as setters Elizabeth Weisenfelder and Sydney Menifee. Not surprisingly with a pair of veteran setters, Snell said she expects CCD will run mostly a 6-2 offense. “A lot depends on who I have come out for the team,” Snell said. “I also have some players up from the JV and maybe some up from eighth grade who could see playing time. We will play to our strengths. “I have a very positive outlook for the season. It’s really anybody’s game.” Especially in the MVC, where Snell picked Summit Country Day and Seven Hills as the teams to beat in the league. CCD opens the season Aug. 20 at Mars Hill Academy and plays its first home match a week later against St. Bernard.

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Ellen Hughes coached the Lady Braves to an 11-14 mark (6-8 CHL), which tied them with Madeira in the league. Senior CHL second-team middle blocker Lauren Epcke

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HAMILTON COUNTY — As the beginning of the school year nears, tennis courts are busy in preparation for the high school girls season. The following is a rundown of squads in the Northeast Suburban Life coverage area.

The Eagles finished their second-straight winning season under coach Mariah Warburton at 16-7 last season, including a 9-4 record in the Miami Valley Conference good for third place. “We are coming off of an exciting season last year and the girls are ready to get started this year,” Warburton said. “We are getting stronger and more confident in our team. We are excited about getting in the gym and playing some great volleyball.” Senior libero Emily Beckes is a Division I NCAA prospect and returns to lead the team. Classmate Marissa Koob returns at setter and is approaching the school’s career record in assists. Also back is another college prospect in junior middle blocker Rachel Wichman, who could capture the school record for kills and blocks. Classmate Audrey Koob plays outside hitter Morgan Avery and Paige Visagie are also returning starters. CHCA opens the season August 22 at Madeira.


Sycamore’s Alex Schlie is in position for the Lady Aves as coach Greg Ulland looks on.SCOTT SPRINGER/ COMMUNITY PRESS

returns along with senior honorable mention hitter Maddi Bennett. Added experience comes from junior middle hitter Mackenzie McMillan and junior outside hitter Julia Sewell. “I think we’ll have a very strong offense with most of the team returning,” Hughes said. “We have a lot of hard workers who will really come together. I have a very talented junior class and most of them played varsity as sophomores.” Indian Hill’s season begins with a tri-match at Milford featuring the Lady Eagles and McNicholas on Aug. 24. The Lady Braves have road games at Cincinnati Christian, Mariemont and Taylor before returning home Sept. 3 to face Deer Park.

overall record of 13-11 under coach Greg Ulland. Back for the fall is senior Kara Marth, who was GMC first team last year after 455 digs. Marth was also second team all-city. Others due to contribute for Sycamore are twin seniors Julia Cole and Laura Cole and Julia Henkel, plus juniors Alex Schlie, Olivia Wells and Kristy Russell. Wells and Russell are threeyear starters, while Henkel returns in the middle. Six-footone Laura Cole came on very strong in the postseason for the Aves. Sycamore starts the season at Loveland on Aug. 19 and returns home to face Little Miami on Aug. 20 and St. Ursula on Aug. 21.

Mount Notre Dame

Ursuline Academy

The Cougars snared another GGCL-Scarlet title in 2012 by going 25-1 and 10-0 in the league. MND’s had 15 straight winning seasons and Joe Burke has been there for each, including the last five as head coach. After going unblemished until a Nov.1tournament loss to Lakota East, Burke was named GGCL-Scarlet Coach of the Year. “The Cougars are hard working and motivated to excel at the highest level,” he said. “This team will have a good mix of leadership and experience, combined with energy and determination that should make for an exciting year.” MND returns three starters in senior right side hitter Christine Chandler, junior libero Margo Wolf and sophomore outside hitter Sydney Mukes. All are college prospects and Chandler was GGCL-Scarlet second team as a junior. Burke is also expecting valuable time from senior middle hitter Sara Priest and junior setter Jessica Towle. “We look to replace last year’s seniors with returning varsity players and players moving up from an undefeated JV team in 2012,” Burke said. MND starts out at St. Henry on Aug. 20, then the varsity returns home against Chaminade-Julienne on Aug. 24.


The Lady Aves were fourth in the Greater Miami Conference and finished 2012 with an

The Lions finished tied for second in the GGCL behind MND, but went on to win the Division I state championship. “You always want to win this league because it’s so strong, but you realize your world doesn’t come to an end if it doesn’t happen,” said head coach Jeni Case. “Our schedule gets us ready for the tournament.” Case graduated six players from her state title team - including regulars at setter, defensive specialist, libero and outside hitter - but returns a strong contingent to make a run at defending the title. Senior Sam Fry - committed to play at Notre Dame next year - returns at middle hitter and will co-captain the team with senior outside hitter Paige Kebe. Classmate Ali Hackman, who began her career as a setter, will be a defensive specialist. Also back are juniors Lauren Wilkins Katherine Edmondson and Abby Williams. Sophomore Avery Naylor dressed varsity last season, but primarily played on the JV. Classmate Alyssa Stellar is one to watch at setter. “We’ve lost some very good players, but we have some very good players ready to step up,” Case said. “We’re excited to get going and see how the season goes. We have a lot of potential.” Ursuline opens the season Aug. 20 at home against Lebanon.

Cincinnati Country Day comes off one of its best seasons in school history, earning a piece of the Miami Valley Conference title for the first time in 2012. (The Indians tied for the league lead with perennial power Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy.) In addition, Danielle Wolf finished in the top eight of the Division II state tournament, while the doubles team of Caroline Blackburn and Mackenzie Patterson qualified for state. Five seniors graduated from that team, but Wolf and Patterson – now juniors – each return. Also back are senior Katie Barton and junior Moriah Boyd. Veteran head coach Lynne Schneebeck didn’t begin tryouts until Aug. 5 – after Journal deadlines – but said she was hopeful more younger players would come out to help fill the remaining roster spots. Goals for the team include holding on to the MVC crown. “We have a very tough league with CHCA, Summit and Seven Hills, so that’s always one of our goals, to win the league,” Schneebeck said. “We have the confidence to do it, but it’s going to be difficult.” Schneebeck also hopes for a return trip to Columbus at the end of the season. “We’re usually pretty strong in doubles; I think all but maybe two years I’ve coached there we’ve sent a team to state,” she said. “It’s been nice to have Danielle going in singles each of the last two years and I think she can get back.” The Indians open the season Aug. 15 against Turpin and host the CCD Invitation Aug. 16 and 17.

Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy

CHCA finished the 2012 season tied with Cincinnati Country Day for first place in the Miami Valley Conference. The Eagles graduated one player from that team and another left to be home schooled. Tryouts did not begin for CHCA until Aug. 5 – after Press deadlines – so while head coach Lynne Nabors-NcNally knew she had a trio of returning starters and two more players with varsity experience, she had yet to determine the lineup or the other players who would round it out. Seniors Carlee Orner, Kimi Bolsinger and Ali Harker all enter their fourth year as starters. Senior Emily Martin and sophomore Emily Kabalin bring additional experience Nabors-McNally said she expected the MVC race to be “very good, very competitive like it usually is.” The Eagles will get a glimpse of league competition when they open the season Aug. 16 and 17 in the CCD Invitational.

Indian Hill

Perennial CHL champion (16 consecutive years) Indian Hill was perfect in the league last fall and 27-8 overall under

Mike Teets took GMC Coach of the Year honors in both girls and boys tennis in the 2012-13 season.

coach Gary Samuels. The results netted Samuels the CHL Coach of the Year honor. Five starters return for the Lady Braves in sophomores Caroline Anderson, Meredith Breda and Maren McKenna and juniors Alex Skidmore and Abigail Singer. Breda and Anderson were CHL first team; McKenna and Skidmore made second and Singer was honorable mention. Returning juniors Gabi Gibson and Jessie Osher were also honorable mention. “We return all of our singles players from a team that was ranked third in Ohio and No. 1 in Cincinnati last year out of approximately 300 Division II schools,” Samuels said. “There are also many promising freshmen who will compete for varsity roster spots.” The Lady Braves begin with home matches Aug. 12, 13 and 15 against Magnificat (near Cleveland), Walnut Hills and Lakota West. “We hope to have a long and successful journey as long as everyone is in this together,” Samuels said. “It will take great attitudes, maturity and determination to continue to have a great run like last season. Being third in Ohio was nice, but eventually becoming the No. 1 team in the state would be even better.”

Mount Notre Dame

MND finished second to powerhouse Ursuline in the GGCL-Scarlet Division last year. The Cougars will have to overcome the loss of two-time league Player of the Year Sandy Niehaus to graduation and Ohio State. Returning juniors are Catherine Murphy, Sonya Sasmal and Ali Staun. Sophomore Sophia Anderson is also back. MND gets right down to business early, facing defending league champ Ursuline Aug. 15 at home.


Off Cornell Road, the Lady Aves return as defending Greater Miami Conference champs and Coaches Classic champs. Sycamore was 16-3 overall under coach Mike Teets, the GMC Coach of the Year. Players to watch for Sycamore are senior Grace Kays, junior Jamie Pescovitz and sophomores Alexa Abele, Maggie Skwara and Caroline Gao. Kays and Gao made GMC first team in doubles for the Lady Aves in 2012; Abele and Skwara were second team in singles; and Pescovitz was second team in doubles. As usual, some roles shifted in postseason. “Last year, Alexa (Abele) and Maggie (Skwara) qualified for state as a doubles team,” Teets See TENNIS, Page A7



Team-first CUP Gold U17 just misses national title By Scott Springer

CINCINNATI — Rarely in sport does a team’s season end in victory. Any team of note typically makes a tournament, with each gathering wrapping up with one championship trophy. In today’s competitive environment, a runner-up finish is nothing to be ashamed of; particularly when it comes in a national setting. Such was the case for the Cincinnati United Premier Gold U17 boys when they fell short 1-0 in overtime to the West Coast FC of California in the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships on July 28. On a day featuring defense, one ball crossing the line determined glory for teams on opposite sides of the United States meeting in the middle in Overland Park, Kan. “The game was backand-forth,” coach Bobby

The Cincinnati United Premier Gold U17 squad finished as runner-up July 28 in Overland Park, Kan., in the national championships. From left are: Back, assistant coach Colin Mullaney, assistant coach Rob Scheper, Greg Bohn, Caleb Griffith, Christian Hay, Dominic Isadore, Wes Mink, Gabe Welp, Thomas Moore, Joe Gallagher, and head coach Bobby Puppione; front, Josh McDaniel, Jake Scheper, Josh Grant, Hunter Stiger, Sam Conkright, Jack Clark, Trevor Thompson and Austin Harrell. THANKS TO BILL GALLAGHER

Puppione said. “Both teams had chances to put some goals in the back of the net and didn’t convert. Each team also had a goal that was called back.” When time had expired, the goose eggs on the scoreboard called for overtime in Overland Park. “They scored a little bit of a fluke goal, but a goal

nonetheless,” Puppione said. “We were pushing forward and created quite a few chances during the overtime period. We just weren’t able to tie it up.” The West Coast squad used two goalkeepers, while CUP Gold used Cincinnati Country Day’s Wes Mink the whole match. Puppione estimates his squad got off 10

shots against the Californians. To make the championship match, CUP Gold won their pool play games against teams from Lehigh Valley (Pennsylvania), Santa Clara (California) and Waukesha (Wisconsin). In addition to being National Finalists, Cincinnati Country Day’s Jake

Scheper and Mason’s Josh Grant were named to the “Best XI” for the event by coaches. Other members of U17 squad were: Loveland’s Greg Bohn; Mason’s Jack Clark, Sam Conkright and Caleb Griffith; Clark Montessori’s Joe Gallagher; St. Xavier’s Austin Harrell; Summit Country Day’s Christian Hay; CCD’s Dominic Isadore; Turpin’s Josh McDaniel and Trevor Thompson; Milford’s Thomas Moore; and Hunter Stiger and Gabe Welp of Lakota West. CUP Gold’s fruitful season also featured a sixth-straight State Cup, a National League title, the Disney Showcase Championship, Midwest League title and the Region II Championship. “We’ve been to quite a few places and the team has had nothing but success,” Puppione said. “They just came up short on this one.”

The coach now hands off the crew to their respective high schools. He looks forward to productive prep seasons for all. “All of these guys are leaders on their high school teams,” Puppione said. “Jack Clark was the MVP for everyone last year at Mason. Christian Hay won a state title at Summit. Gabe Welp at Lakota West and Josh Grant at Mason are also leaders. Every single one of them is a standout.” Puppione’s difficult job is managing personalities and putting out the competitive club that’s expected. “What’s nice about this team is they put their egos aside and focus on the team first,” he said. “They know that no one player is no more important than the other on the team. We’ve definitely come together as a family.” The CUP Gold squad reconvenes in November.

Kings Hammer girls reach national stage again By Adam Turer

For the second straight year, Kings Hammer Academy’s girls U16 red team placed second at the 2013 U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships. The squad advanced to the championship match before falling in penalty kicks on Sunday, July 28, at the Overland Park Soccer Complex in Overland Park, Kan. Last year, Kings Hammer lost the National Championship 1-0. This year, Kings Hammer extended the championship match into overtime, before losing on PKs, 2-2 (5-3). The loss stings, but there is definitely comfort in playing at the highest level against the best teams the country has to offer. Following the tournament, Kings Hammer was awarded the Fair Play Award, given to the team that all coaches and administrators voted on as the best overall team at

the championships. “Our expectation going into this year after losing last year was to go one better and win it all,” said Kings Hammer coach Jon Pickup. “That being said, to reach a National Championship two years in a row is something special in itself.” In the first match of the championships, Kings Hammer routed Toms River (New Jersey) Elite United FC, 5-1. Four of the goals were scored by Oak Hills High School Highlanders — Sydney Kilgore, Bayley Feist, Brittany Mahoney, and Katie Murray — while the fifth was notched by Summit Country Day’s Mia Schreibeis. The second match was tighter, Feist and Dixie Height High School’s Lauren Nemeroff scoring late goals to give Kings Hammer a 2-1victory over Match Fit Colchesters (N.J.). Nemeroff scored the lone Kings Hammer goal in a 1-1 draw with 97 Louisiana Fire Navy. The

2-0-1mark in pool play was enough to advance Kings Hammer to the National Championship, where they faced Southern California’s DMCV Sharks Elite. “The girls played very well together and jelled very quickly this year as we had quite a lot of turnover at the end of last season,” said Pickup. “That’s what has impressed me the most this year as the girls really took off where they left off in 2012.” The core of the team has been together for three to four years, with several players growing up with the program since they began playing select soccer at age 7. Captain Payton Atkins (Turpin High School, University of Kentucky commit) has been playing for Kings Hammer since she was 7. While many of the girls compete against one another each fall, team chemistry has not been an issue for Kings Hammer. “Playing as a team is

our best attribute. We obviously have great players but we work hard for each other and the team concept is our main focus,” said Pickup. “The players’ dedication and drive also impresses me. We try to play the game the right way so in regards success our possession of the ball was key.” In the final, Mahoney gave KHA numerous opportunities to win the game in regulation and

then again in overtime after leading in both periods,” said Pickup. “We played well enough to win the game so it was hard going all the way to penalties only to lose especially after losing last year as well.” Despite the heartbreaking loss, there were plenty positives to take away from the experience. Nemeroff was named the MVP of the tournament, and she was

joined on the Best 11 by Murray. Their individual efforts were recognized, but it was the total team effort that has brought Kings Hammer so much success in recent years. “These girls, with a few new additions, will return as always focused and ready to try and achieve their ultimate goal of becoming National Champions,” said Pickup. “Third time is lucky is what I am hoping for!”

The Kings Hammer Academy U16 girls finished as finalists of the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships in Kansas.THANKS TO DIANE NEMEROFF

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said. “Grace (Kays) and Jamie (Pescovitz) were district qualifiers in singles.” Sycamore’s title last year was their first since 2004.

Ursuline Academy

Ursuline Academy went 22-1 in dual matches last season and finished second in the state coaches association tournament. Head coach Joe Hartkemeyer graduated his

second singles player and first doubles team from the 2012 squad, but has plenty of returning firepower. Mehvish Safdar – who went to the Division I state tournament in doubles as a freshmen, won a state singles championship as a sophomore and took third place in singes last season – returns for her senior season. “You have a reliable first-court performer every match with her,” Hartkemeyer said. “That really sets the tone for our team.” Also back are sophomore Jenny Duma, senior

Brooke Sabo and juniors Lauren Haney and Lauren Fleming. Hartkemeyer has 26 players out so far in a program that will field varsity A and B teams, as well as a JV squad. Ursuline opens its season on the road Aug. 15 against Girls Greater Cincinnati rival Mount Notre Dame. Are the Lions the favorite in the league this year? “I would think we are,” Hartkemeyer said. “I would think based on the players coming back, we have a very good chance to win the GGCL. It’s always tough, every match.”

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Changing future of Blue Ash housing

The city of Blue Ash is on the cusp of a significant change in the makeup of its housing stock. On Aug. 8, Blue Ash City Council will cast a vote which has long-term ramifications for Blue Ash’s future. Council will be asked to approve a zoning change which would permit the construction of 250 new rental apartment units on Kenwood Road opposite Osborne Boulevard. The proposed development is not unattractive, but its pleasant appearance belies its real impact on Blue Ash. There are more than 1,100 rental apartment units in Blue Ash. More than 20 percent of the housing units in Blue Ash are rental apartments. With the proposed Kenwood Road development and the Hills devel-

ing stock will end with the Kenwood Road project. Recently there has been a spike in the demand for residential apartment units. Some say this is a market shift establishing a new normal. There are number of complicated and contradictory explanations which support or debunk this theory. If the new paradigm is to build more rental apartment units to the exclusion of owner occupied residences, what will be effect on our community? Blue Ash has succeeded because of sound long-term planning, not by yielding to the trend de jour. Imagine 475 more families belonging to the Blue Ash Recreation Center. Will Sycamore Community Schools be able to assimilate

opment at the old Thriftway site downtown, approximately 475 new apartment units will be added to the 1,100 units, a 43 perent inMark Weber COMMUNITY PRESS crease. With just these new GUEST COLUMNIST units, 28 percent of the housing units in Blue Ash would be rental apartments. By way of comparison, Montgomery and Evendale each have apartment units which are 8.1 percent and 3.6 percent respectively of the total number of each community’s residential units. Don’t for a minute think that the expansion of Blue Ash’s rental hous-

the influx of students that the apartments will create? The typical apartment complex does not age well. Blue Ash has several that are looking rather tired. As they age, they become less desirable and tenant quality declines. Look at any number of neighborhoods in Cincinnati experiencing the negative impact of aging rental housing stock. It is not a pretty picture. Ask any realtor what segment of the housing market is selling like hotcakes. The answer is single family homes in the $250,000 to $450,000 range. Homes in this price range are often selling before they make it to the MLS. Blue Ash should not ignore this segment for future development even as it courts expedient rental pro-

The code of the west

Recent incidents, including legal proceedings involving gun killings, have reminded me of the Code of the West, perhaps better remembered as the Cowboy’s Code of Conduct. Back in the days when the nation was a youth and in places where rattlesnakes abounded on the trail, our hardy forefathers lived and died by this code. Some of us can only remember the gunslinger’s law which says “shoot first and ask questions later.” This quip is a gross oversimplification of a complex situation. For instance the code says that when a stranger

bate whether to have one. Only last week a bill was introduced into the Ohio legislature to allow concealed carry of firearms into public places such as churches, day cares, and government buildings. Are we reverting to a nation of gunslingers who in days long gone wore six-guns out of necessity, but always openly and with an honor code on their use? Are our communities so broken and the citizens so overwrought with fear of assault that we must live by the point of our gun because that is the only law that the outlaw understands? Before the invention of “stand your ground,” our com-

wanders into camp, one must provide him with a meal and drink. Further one must not ask about the stranger’s Charleston background C.K. Wang COMMUNITY PRESS and certainly never insult GUEST COLUMNIST his mother. Otherwise he is liable to draw his six shooter. At that point and if he does, then one may shoot first and ask the hard questions later. Today 30 states of the Union have “stand your ground” statutes, and the rest will de-

Recycling is one thing we can all do

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jects. As the apartment bubble wanes, the demand for them will decrease, rents will abate, tenant quality will slide, and demand for city services will increase. At the risk of sounding unduly pessimistic, if apartment construction outpaces new single family home construction in Blue Ash, prospective homeowners will begin to avoid Blue Ash, as its single family housing stock ages and is not augmented or replaced. Already with a disproportionate percentage of rental units, Blue Ash’s reign as the pre-eminent suburban community in Southwestern Ohio may be threatened. It is not too late to put on the brakes. Mark F. Weber is Blue Ash mayor.


mon law required a man to retreat from an assault before one is justified in shooting the assailant. A finer point of common law, now apparently forgotten, is that a man claiming self defense cannot be the one who initiates a confrontation. I can write about the Code of the West with trepidation and also with some fond admiration because under that code, the good cowboy must never gun down an unarmed man and certainly never ever a woman or child. Charleston C.K. Wang. is a Cincinnati attorney practicing immigration and nationality law. He lives in Montgomery.

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CH@TROOM July 31 question Should school districts adopt a policy to allow trained and qualified principals and other school officials to carry loaded handguns in schools like the Edgewood school district? Why or why not?

“Absolutely yes! The police do not prevent crime, as evidenced in the Newtown, CT, horror. They show up to count the bodies and to write reports. One or two properly trained and armed school officials could have greatly reduced, if not totally prevented, the disaster at Sandy Hook.” D.D.

“Yes I do think all schools should have at least one trained, qualified, armed staff member in each building. We live in an evergrowing deranged society and new laws won’t stop the violence and bloodshed, just as the existing laws do not. While we have armed guards in banks and armored cars to protect our money, our most precious asset, our children, should be afforded the same protection. “Now many like to cite the cost of this, but there is a very cost effective solution. Most schools have daytime custodians in their buildings such as we do here in Wyoming, one in each primary and two each at the high school and middle school. Now there can’t be much for them to do during the day given the fact that school is in session, the classrooms, offices, gym and restrooms are all in use and at least here in Wyoming we outsource the lawn care and maintenance of

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our buildings and grounds. “It’s high time the liberal society wake up and realize cops can’t be everywhere and the only way to stop a bad person with a gun is a good, trained person with a gun, because no matter how much some hate guns, they are here to stay and they belong in the hands of rational people for protection. The criminals and the insane aren’t giving theirs up, and they generally attack the so-called “Gun free zone”. “To my knowledge all school personnel are required to be fingerprinted and BCI checked, routinely and before employment. “We owe it to our children to give them the utmost protection that is available while at school.” Vernon Etler

July 24 question After the George Zimmerman acquittal in Florida, Attorney General Eric Holder has said his department will review so-called “standyour-ground” laws that allow a person who believes they are in danger to use deadly force in self-defense. Do you support “stand-your-ground” laws? Why or

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“The legal argument aside, responses to the question, as printed in the July 31 edition, were rife with convoluted reasoning. Two respondees declared, ’I don’t believe in using guns.’ So, do they believe other weapons are acceptable? Martin was using his own weapons of choice, his fists and the concrete pavement, and was well on his way to killing Zimmerman had not the beaten and bloodied Zimmerman defended himself to preserve his life. “Yet another insists that a situation can be defused by for ‘one of them to withdraw.’ This is supposed to guarantee that the other will not pursue the attack? “’As soon as you draw a gun in a fist fight you become the aggressor?’ That’s insane! It takes more than ‘opposite and equal’ response to repel an attack, and if your physical abilities are not equal, then you are within your legal rights to increase your odds of survival by whatever means possible. “’I don’t support ‘stand-yourground’ if it means someone has to die.’” Well, suppose I do not stand my ground and I am the one who dies? Then what? If we must always run away, then criminals and ne’er-do-well vermin will dominate society, as innocent citizens cower in fear behind locked doors. The police do not prevent crime; they show up to write a report after the fact. The evidence in favor of responsible armed citizens is overwhelming. “

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Moeller graduates Adam Brinkmann of Liberty Township and Brian Butz of Mt. Healthy Heights get together for a photo before graduation. THANKS TO JOHANNA KREMER

Moeller seniors give each other the Sign of Peace during their baccalaureate Mass May 12. THANKS TO JOHANNA KREMER


Moeller High School marked its 2013 graduation with a milestone. This year’s graduating class is the school’s 50th class, graduating 225 students May16. Students, friends and family gathered at St. Susanna Catholic Church in Mason to celebrate the graduates and their accomplishments. For the first time, seniors received their diplomas in alpha-

Moeller graduates Matt Messina of Montgomery and Jimmy Rodenberg of Springfield Township hang out waiting for the school's graduation ceremony to start. THANKS TO JOHANNA KREMER

betical order according to their house – a system that splits students up into six houses to encourage students to develop leadership skills, foster school spirit and build close relationships at Moeller. A baccalaureate Mass for the graduating class was May 12 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Montgomery. Want more updates for Sycamore Township? Follow Leah Fightmaster on Twitter: @LCFightmaster.

Zehler house seniors Ryan Hankins of Loveland, Matt Wetherill of Kenwood, Justin Worland of Norwood, Alex Wright of Roselawn and Nick Izzi of Loveland get close before graduation. THANKS TO JOHANNA KREMER

Moeller graduate Josh Davenport and his parents, Sheila and Darren, of Cincinnati proudly display his high school diploma after graduation. THANKS TO JOHANNA KREMER

Before graduation May 16, Moeller seniors Elliot Hidy of Liberty Township, Robert Hopkins of Sycamore Township and Joe Kammerer of Mt. Lookout get together for a quick photo. THANKS TO JOHANNA KREMER

Moeller seniors file into Good Shepherd Catholic Church May 12 with candles for their baccalaureate Mass. THANKS TO JOHANNA KREMER

Moeller seniors John Barnaclo of Cincinnati and Kevin Altimier of Loveland and Milford hang out before graduation. THANKS TO JOHANNA KREMER

Jelan Boyd of Evendale gets a photo with several family members after Moeller's graduation. THANKS TO JOHANNA KREMER

Quiroga house Dean Mike Shaffer looks either impressed or surprised at senior Michael McGrath of West Chester as fellow seniors John Collins of Montgomery, Nattha Dhamabutra of Thailand and Sam Distler of Loveland look on before graduation. THANKS TO JOHANNA KREMER

Moeller senior Harry Wahl of Madeira receives the Man of Moeller award, one of the highest honors for a graduating senior, from Principal Blane Collison at graduation.

Moeller senior James Breitenbach of Mason goes in for a fist bump with Trinity house Dean Dan Dever before graduation. THANKS TO



Moeller senior Max Foley of Loveland shows his excitement for graduation before the ceremony. THANKS TO JOHANNA KREMER



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Art Exhibits Three Important Art Collections, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, 5729 Dragon Way, Consisting of three recently acquired collections of paintings by Cincinnati’s most noted 19th and 20th Century artists: Frank Duveneck, Herman and Bessie Wessel, John E. Weis, T.C. Lindsay, L. Meakin and special exhibition of paintings by Moshe Rosenthalis. Free. 791-7719, ext. 109; Fairfax.

Happy Hours Happy Hour, 2-6 p.m., Toot’s Restaurant, Free. 697-9100. Loveland.

Music - Concerts Mio’s Pizzeria Concert Series, 7-9 p.m. Music by Pete Wagner Band., Blue Ash Amphitheatre, 4433 Cooper Road, Free. Presented by City of Blue Ash. 745-8550; concert-series.php. Blue Ash.

Benefits Needs-n-Dreams Kick-Off Bash and Networking Event, 6-9 p.m., The Club at Harper’s Point, 8675 E. Kemper Road, Network and celebrate launch of foundation dedicated to helping underprivileged children and teens. Wine, appetizers, silent auction and more. For ages 17 and up. Benefits Needs-n-Dreams Foundation. Free. Registration required. 620-4633; Symmes Township.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 14 Art & Craft Classes

Business Seminars Twitter: Your Small Business PR Platform, 10-11:30 a.m., Dimalanta Design Group, 4555 Lake Forest Drive, No. 650, Learn basics for setting up and managing your Twitter account; rules to following and getting followed; how, what and when to tweet and using hashtags and other techniques for successful tweets. $10. Reservations required. 588-2802. Blue Ash.

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

Exercise Classes Pilates Playground, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Works entire body through series of movements performed with control and intention. $15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash. MELT Method, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Unique handsoff bodywork approach that helps prevent pain, heal injury and erase negative effects of aging and active living. $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash. Yoga/Pilates Infusion, 5-6 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Contemporary blend of flowing yoga movements and core-centric Pilates sequences. $10-$15. 290-8217; Blue Ash. Zumba Class, 7-8 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, 8999 Applewood Drive, $5. Presented by Zumba with Ashley. 9177475. Blue Ash.

Happy Hours Happy Hour, 2-6 p.m., Toot’s Restaurant, 12191 Montgomery Road, $2 domestic pints and half-price appetizers. Free. 697-9100. Loveland.

Health / Wellness Joint Screening, 5-7 p.m., Cincinnati Sports Club, 3950 Red Bank Road, Complimentary joint screening. Brief history and exam designed to troubleshoot and modify activities and exercise programs covered. Free. Reservations required. 527-4000. Fairfax.

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

On Stage - Comedy Stewart Huff, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $8-$14. 984-9288; Montgomery.

On Stage - Theater The Wizard Of Oz, 7:30-10 p.m., Blue Ash Amphitheatre, 4433 Cooper Road, Dorothy and her three friends trot delightfully and tunefully down that fabled yellow brick road. Outdoor amphitheater, bring seating. $8. Through Aug. 17. 871-7427; Blue Ash.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the

Tackle Trade Days is coming to Lake Isabella from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road, Symmes Township. Purchase new and used vintage lures, rods, reels and more in a flea-market style setting. The event is free. A vehicle permit is required. Call 791-1663, or visit THANKS TO JIM RAHTZ Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Free, donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous Inc.. Through Sept. 26. 800-0164. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, noon to 1 p.m., Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, 4309 Cooper Road, Youth room. Big book/ discussion meeting. Brown bag lunch optional. Open to everyone who desires healthy loving relationships. Donations accepted. 673-0174; Blue Ash.

FRIDAY, AUG. 9 Art Exhibits Three Important Art Collections, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 791-7719, ext. 109; Fairfax.

Cooking Classes Quick Fresh Mediterranean with Diane Phillips, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Cooks’ Wares, 11344 Montgomery Road, Mediterranean variety and flavor. $65. Reservations required. 489-6400. Symmes Township.

Dining Events Friday Night Grillouts, 5-8 p.m. Kevin Fox., Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road, Items available a la carte. Presented by Great Parks of Hamilton County. 521-7275, ext. 285; Symmes Township.

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

Happy Hours Happy Hour, 2-6 p.m., Toot’s Restaurant, Free. 697-9100. Loveland.

Music - Blues Sonny Moorman Group, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., Shady O’Grady’s Pub, 9443 Loveland-Madeira Road, 791-2753. Symmes Township. Ricky Nye, 7-10 p.m., Julian’s Deli and Spirits, 200 W. Loveland Ave., 583-1725; Loveland.

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

On Stage - Comedy

SATURDAY, AUG. 10 Art Exhibits Three Important Art Collections, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 791-7719, ext. 109; Fairfax.

Business Seminars So You Want To Start Your Own Business, 8:30 a.m. to noon, CMC Office Center Blue Ash, 10945 Reed Hartman Highway, Seminar to provide you with basics to start your own business, including how to find resources to evaluate your business idea and bring it to reality. Ages 21 and up. $10, $5 advance. Through Dec. 14. 684-2812; Blue Ash.

Clubs & Organizations Community Resilience in Action: Summer Transition Initiative, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Groups taking local action to increase community resilience in response to global challenges. Working groups meeting around local food, renewable energy/green building and interpersonal relationships/communication. Free. 683-2340; Loveland.

Education How an Idea Becomes a Book: Exploring the World of Book Publishing, 10 a.m. to noon, Women Writing for a Change, 6906 Plainfield Road, Collaborative workshop on book publishing with Kelsey Swindler of Orange Frazer Press. Workshop will hone in on many paths to book publication and will be open to input, questions and personal experiences. Free. Registration required. 272-1171; Silverton.

Exercise Classes Cardio Dance Party, 10-11 a.m., Eric Thomas’ Professional Fitness Academy, 4865 Duck Creek Road, Classes incorporate variety of dance styles, including jazz, hip-hop, Latin, jive and more danced to popular music. $10. 617-9498; Madisonville.

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

Happy Hours

Stewart Huff, 8-10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $8-$14. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Happy Hour, 2-6 p.m., Toot’s Restaurant, Free. 697-9100. Loveland.

On Stage - Theater

On Stage - Comedy

The Wizard Of Oz, 7:30-10 p.m., Blue Ash Amphitheatre, $8. 871-7427; Blue Ash.

Stewart Huff, 8-10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $8-$14. 984-9288;

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On Stage - Theater The Wizard Of Oz, 7:30-10 p.m., Blue Ash Amphitheatre, $8. 871-7427; Blue Ash.

Recreation Madisonville Cup Soap Box Derby, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Bramble Park, Bramble and Homer avenues, Youth gravityracing event. Ages 7-17 build cars and race downhill powered only by gravity at speeds reaching up to 30 miles-per-hour. Rental cars available to try. $35. Registration required. 885-1373; Fairfax.

Shopping Tackle Trade Days, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road, Purchase new and used vintage lures, rods, reels and more in a fleamarket style setting. Free, vehicle permit required. 7911663; Symmes Township.

SUNDAY, AUG. 11 Auditions I Remember Mama, 2-6 p.m. Callbacks 6/13 if necessary., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, 111 S. Second St., Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Please bring a complete theatrical resume and identifying photograph. Be prepared to list scheduling conflicts. Free. 683-6599; Loveland.

Happy Hours Happy Hour, 2-6 p.m., Toot’s Restaurant, Free. 697-9100. Loveland.

On Stage - Comedy Stewart Huff, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, $8-$14. 984-9288; Montgomery.

On Stage - Theater Shakespeare in the Park, 7 p.m. “Romeo and Juliet.”, McDonald Commons, 7351 Dawson Road, Shakespeare classic. Coolers, picnics, bottle of wine, blankets and chairs welcome. City provides chairs for performance. Free. 561-7228; Madeira. Shakespeare in the Park: Romeo and Juliet, 7 p.m., McDonald Commons, 7351 Dawson Road, Free. No phone; Madeira.

MONDAY, AUG. 12 Art Exhibits Three Important Art Collections, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free.

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

Art Exhibits Three Important Art Collections, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 791-7719, ext. 109; Fairfax.

Exercise Classes

I Remember Mama, 6-10 p.m. Callbacks 6/13 if necessary., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, Free. 683-6599; Loveland.

Zumba, 6-7 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, $15. Registration required. Through Aug. 28. 290-8217; Blue Ash. Zumba, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Latin-based cardio workout. $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash. Small Group Personal Training, 10:30-11:30 a.m.; 5-6 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, Registration required. 290-8217. Blue Ash.

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Small Group Personal Training, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; 5-6 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, Registration required. 290-8217. Blue Ash.

Summer Movies for Kids, 10:30 a.m. “Shark Tale.” Rated PG., Mariemont Theatre, Free. 272-0222; Mariemont.


Happy Hours

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

Happy Hour, 2-6 p.m., Toot’s Restaurant, Free. 697-9100. Loveland.

791-7719, ext. 109; Fairfax.


Happy Hours Happy Hour, 2-6 p.m., Toot’s Restaurant, Free. 697-9100. Loveland.

TUESDAY, AUG. 13 Art Exhibits Three Important Art Collections, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 791-7719, ext. 109; Fairfax.

Auditions Annie Jr., 1-5 p.m., Kenwood Towne Centre, 7875 Montgomery Road, Visit for more information. Free. Reservations required. 569-8080 x22; Kenwood.

Exercise Classes Core Adrenaline, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Blend functional strength training movements with Pilates sequences. $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash. Hatha Yoga, 5-6 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Gentle introductory journey into the world of yoga. $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash. Small Group Personal Training, 4-5 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, Registration required. 290-8217. Blue Ash. Zumba Class, 7-8 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, $5. 917-7475. Blue Ash.

Farmers Market Loveland Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m., Loveland Station, W. Loveland Avenue, E. Broadway and Second streets, Parking lot.

Health / Wellness Mercy Health Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Walgreens Loveland, 10529 Loveland Madeira Road, Fifteen-minute screening. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. 686-3300; Loveland. Muscle-Tendon-Ligament Screening, 6-7 p.m., Cincinnati Sports Club, 3950 Red Bank Road, Complimentary screening. Sports medicine doctor shows how these issues are evaluated using ultrasound. Free. Reservations required. Presented by Christ Hospital. 527-4000. Fairfax.

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

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

Music - Blues Open Jam with Nick Giese and Friends, 8-11:30 p.m., HD Beans and Bottles Cafe, 6721 Montgomery Road, Bring instrument. Amps, drums and PA provided. Free. 793-6036. Silverton.

On Stage - Comedy Pro-Am Night, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, Aspiring comics, amateurs and professionals take the stage. Ages 18 and up. $5. 84-9288; Montgomery.



Garden harvest makes for good baked breads I can tell what’s going on, food wise, from my readers simply by the requests sent in. This week zucchini and cucumbers dominated. Apparently everybody’s zucchini is producing nonstop, just like mine. I like the fact that our Community Press family wants to find ways to use this summer Rita veggie. Heikenfeld Most of the RITA’S KITCHEN requests were for zucchini bread recipes. Zucchini bread freezes well and is pretty easy to make. And the variations are endless, like the two recipes I’m sharing today. Both are in my Recipe Hall of Fame. Requests for cucumber recipes were slightly behind the zucchini inquiries. I always think of my German mother-inlaw, Clara, when I make my version of her marinated cucumbers with fresh dill from my garden.

Classic marinated cucumbers/aka German cucumbers with vinegar and sugar

Feel free to add sliced onions when adding dressing, like Clara did. 2 large or several small cucumbers (1-1⁄2 pounds) sliced thin 1 tablespoon salt


Dressing: mix togeth-

⁄2 cup vinegar - cider or clear (I like cider) 3 tablespoons sugar or to taste Pepper to taste Generous palmful fresh dill, chopped (to taste)


Put cucumbers in colander and sprinkle with salt. Let sit 20 minutes, stirring now and then. Drain and pat dry. Pour dressing over. Stir and put in frig to chill a couple of hours or over-

Cucumbers and dill make for an excellent marinated salad.THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD


Chocolate zucchini bread/cake

It’s a cross between a bread and a cake, so you decide what you want to call it. Try milk chocolate chips for a milder flavor. 1 -1⁄2 cups shredded packed zucchini 1 cup flour 1 ⁄2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 ⁄4 teaspoon baking powder 1 ⁄4 teaspoon salt 1 ⁄2 to 3⁄4 teaspoon cinnamon 1 ⁄4 teaspoon allspice 1 ⁄2 cup canola oil 1 ⁄2 cup sugar 1 ⁄2 cup light brown sugar 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 3 ⁄4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. Spray 9 x 5 loaf pan. Set aside shredded zucchini. Whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and allspice. Set aside. Beat oil, sugars, eggs, and vanilla until well blended and fold in zucchini. Add flour mixture, mixing just until combined. Fold in chips. Bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 55 to 65

minutes. Place on wire rack to cool 10 minutes, then remove and finish cooling.

Butterscotch zucchini bread

Don’t take it out of the oven too soon. I baked one pan 50 minutes – it looked great coming out of the oven, but it sunk in the middle when it cooled – a sure indication of underbaking. 3 eggs 1 cup oil 2 teaspoons vanilla 2 cups sugar 2 cups grated zucchini (squeeze moisture out before measuring) 2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 ⁄4 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 to 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1 ⁄2 teaspoon ginger 1 ⁄2 teaspoon nutmeg 1 ⁄2 cup rolled oats 1 package (3.4-ounce size) instant butterscotch pudding mix 1 cup nuts, raisins or other dried fruit

Beat eggs, oil, vanilla and sugar together well. Add zucchini. Then mix the flour and the rest of the dry ingredients together and then add to the egg mixture, blending

well. Pour into 2 greased, floured, wax paper lined pans. Bake 1 hour at 350oF degrees or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Lemon frosting Mix and spread on bread after it cools: 2 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted 2 tablespoons lemon juice 4 tablespoons butter, softened

Check out my blog for more zucchini bread recipes and how to freeze zucchini recipes. Readers want to know: How do you freeze zucchini? Shredded: I don’t peel mine, though colleague and professional baker

and canner Cheryl Bullis does. I don’t blanch but do pack mine in a little more than 2 cup measures, since when you thaw it, you’ll lose volume as liquid drains out. Slices: Cut into slices, 1 ⁄4 to 1⁄2 inches thick. Blanch in boiling water for 3 minutes. You’ll want the water boiling and enough to cover the zucchini. You can blanch several batches in the same water; just add more water if necessary. Cool immediately after blanching in ice water, drain very well, and pack in freezer containers or freezer baggies. (One reader likes to lay the slices in a single layer and freeze hard, uncovered, and then pack into baggies). Smoosh out all air to prevent freezer burn. Do with a straw and just suck out air or lay bag flat, smoosh out air with your hands, and freeze. Frozen zucchini should be thawed slightly,

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Meet Ohio gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald will be visiting Blue Ash at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10. This free event will be a meet-andgreet, and will be at 4280 Glendale-Milford Road, in the office of SmarTravel. Bobbie Kalman, a leader of Organizing for America 2012 Team Blue Ash and a key organizer of this event, said, “The com-

tional and social issues.” FitzGerald has been a lifelong public servant. Trained at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA, he took an oath to serve the public and put people first, a commitment that has shaped his adult life. As an FBI agent, he was assigned to the Organized Crime Task Force in Chicago, working to hold corrupt politicians accountable.

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Following his FBI service, FitzGerald returned to Ohio, serving as an assistant county prosecutor and eventually mayor of Lakewood, a town in northern Ohio. As mayor, he shrunk the size of government and made it more efficient, while still bringing major investments in public safety and job creation. Under his leadership, Lakewood was recognized as being

Cincinnati Community Toolbank celebrates one year, 20,000 volunteers

Cincinnati Community ToolBank is celebrating its one-year anniversary from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, at the ToolBank. The Cincinnati Community ToolBank, the fourth affiliate under the ToolBank USA national umbrella, lent its first tool in July 2012 and has been gaining momentum since. In its first year of operation, the ToolBank equipped more than 20,000 volunteers with tools to complete more than 1,000 projects

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ing program and how our member agencies are using ToolBank tools to impact the community.” The community is invited to join in the celebration at The ToolBank, 2001 Central Ave.. There will be food, drinks, door prizes and much more. Event Sponsors include MadTree Brewing, Alpine Valley Water, UPS and The Home Depot. The Cincinnati Community ToolBank is a non-profit organization that strives to be the premiere local tool lending

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Arrests/citations Joseph E. Doscher, 49, 4902 Fairview Ave., operating vehicle impaired (under the influence of alcohol/drugs), operating vehicle impaired (whole blood .08 to .169) at Hunt Road and Blue Ash Road, July 23. Grzegorz Przemyslaw Holota, 29, 11401 Reed Hartman Highway Apartment 721, operating vehicle impaired (under the influence of alcohol/drugs), operating vehicle impaired (breath .08 to .169), rules or driving in marked lanes at Reed Hartman Highway and Cornell Road, July 26. Brian J. Schmadel, 33, 3126 Regal Lane, operating a vehicle impaired (refusal within 20 years pf previous conviction). operating vehicle impaired (under the influence of alcohol/drugs),

Incidents/investigations Assault (knowingly harm) At 9470 Kenwood Road, July 26. Burglary, petty theft A woman said someone took a Dooney and Bourke cognaccolored purse, value $400, from Extended Stay America at 11145 Kenwood Road apartment 214, July 27. Criminal mischief A man said someone damaged a 2000 Toyota Corolla, value $2,000 at 8902 Summit Ave., July 24. Deception to obtain a dangerous drug At 9580 Kenwood Road, July 25. Grand theft A man said someone took a 2006 Interstate enclosed trailer, value $9,000; sectional couches, value $100, and a heavy duty dolly,

value $200 at 11318 Tamarco Drive apartment A, July 25. Identity fraud At 9214 Hunters Creek Drive, July 26. Petty theft A woman said someone took a Samsung Galaxy Note II, value $700, from Bob Sumerel Tire at 9401 Kenwood Road, July 27. Someone took two Target gift cards, value $100 each, from Hills Property Management Inc. at 4901 Hunt Road, July 29. Petty theft, criminal damaging Someone broke into vehicles and took a coin container, value $5; coins, value $5, and change, value $5 at 8922 Cherry St., July 24. Possession of marijuana, illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia At 9636 West Ave., July 23. Theft






A woman said someone took a license plate, Ohio FGP2626, value $50, from Courtyard by Marriott at 4625 Lake Forest Drive, July 25. Someone took a PNC Bank checking/debit card from Contract Roofing and Siding at 6501 Cornell Road, July 26. Theft, criminal damaging/endangering Someone broke the windows on three vehicle at Blue Ash YMCA and took a black purse, value $25; a Chase Bank check book, value $15; a BP Visa credit card; a Chase Visa credit card; a J.C. Penney store credit card; a Macy's credit card; a Discovery credit card; two signed checks (value $5); a Social Security card; work keys (value $20); a Cincinnati Bell cell hpone, value $200; an olive green bag, value $40; a work bag with notebooks, value $40; a calculator, value $40, and reference books, value $40 at 5000 YMCA Drive, July 25.

MONTGOMERY Clarification An arrest report in the July 24 Northeast Suburban Life listed an arrest at 8623 Old Stone Court. Police list the closest address to where they pull someone over and, in this case, among others, the address bears no relationship to the crime.

Arrests/citations Bryon Angelo Brown, 28, 6194 Whippoorwill Court apartment 52, disorderly conduct at 9390 Montgomery Road, July 28. Annaliese M. Koontz, 18, 7966 Cooper Road, sale to underage persons/underage possession at 9939 Montgomery Road, July 27. Jacob Paul Tasset, 18, 8200 Remington Road, sale to underage persons/underage possession at 9939 Montgomery Road, July 27. Matthew P. Tepe, 18, 171 Brocdorf Drive, sale to underage persons/underage possession at 9939 Montgomery Road, July 27. David Samuel Jacobs, 19, 7646 Trailwind Drive, disorderly

ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Community Press publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: » Blue Ash, Chief Chris Wallace, 745-8573 » Montgomery, Chief Don Simpson, 985-1600 » Sycamore Township, Lt. Tom Butler, 774-6351 or 683-3444 » Symmes Township, Lt. Tom Butler, 774-6351 or 683-3444 conduct at 10039 Windzag Lane, July 26. Juvenile, 14, disorderly conduct at 10039 Windzag Lane, July 26. Juvenile, 17, disorderly conduct at 10039 Windzag Lane, July 26.

Incidents/investigations Bad checks At 9897 Montgomery Road, May 22. Theft A woman said someone took $2,500 worth of jewelry at 10280 Gentlewind Drive, July 26. A woman said someone took a ring, value $14,400 at 8813 Castleford Lane, July 26. A man said someone took purple bushes from the entrance on Grandstone Lane to The Reserve at 12017 grandstone Lane, July 24.

SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Kenyon Clay, 24, 3153 Mayridge, possession of drugs, July 12. Michael Stevenson, 48, 1912 Colerain Ave., disorderly conduct at Montgomery Road and Kenwood, July 14. Juvenile female, 17, theft, criminal tools at 7875 Montgomery Road, July 12. Juvenile female, 17, theft, criminal tools at 7875 Montgomery Road, July 12. Daniel Bracden, 31, 4454 Crystal Ave., theft at 4060 E. Galbraith, July 13. Anthony Holland, 50, 325 Pike St., theft, complicity at 11390 Montgomery Road, July 10.

Incidents/investigations Burglary

Games and console valued at $450 removed at 4021 Estemarie, July 10. Criminal damaging Vehicle door damaged at 8415 Wexford Ave., July 9. Domestic violence Reported at Donegal Drive, July 14. Passing bad checks Reported at 3904 Mantell Ave., July 8. Robbery Attempt made at Monroe and Taylor, July 5. Theft Credit card removed at 6350 E. Galbraith Road, July 10. Purse valued at $15 removed at 8740 Montgomery Road, July 13. Watch valued at $4,000 removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, July 8. Tripod valued at $30 removed at 7600 E Kemper, July 11. Vehicle damaged at 7736 Highgate, July 8. Theft, forgery Check forged in the amount of $705 at 7265 Kenwood, July 9.

SYMMES TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Thomas Williams, 23, 6661 Kugler Mill, vandalism at 9001 Montgomery Road, July 7. Juvenile female, 15, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, July 5. Juvenile female, 16, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, July 5. James Rea, 20, 5986 Trowbridge, theft at 9201 Fields Ertel Road, July 8. Ankit Raghuvanshi, 19, 7977 Timbercreek Drive, theft at 9201 Fields Ertel Road, July 8.

More than 500 Smiles…and Counting! The University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College thanks our generous sponsors for their support of the UC Smiles program, which provides area school children with access to dental care and an introduction to the possibilities of a college education.

• UC Smiles has served more than 550 local school kids over the past three years.

• Each child receives an assessment of their oral health, toothpaste, a toothbrush, floss, and tips for good nutrition.

• The check ups include a full oral health exam and teeth cleaning by qualified students in the Dental Hygiene program at UC Blue Ash College (the largest Dental Hygiene program in Ohio).

• Many of the children served in the UC Smiles program have never had access to dental care.

None of this would be possible without the generous support of Crest + Oral B, the Dental Care Plus Group and the Delta Dental Foundation.

Thank you for giving us all a reason to smile!




RELIGION Ascension Lutheran Church

Healing Touch Ministry is offered on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. Please call the church office at 793-3288 for more information. Summer worship is at 10 a.m. On Aug. 18 and Sept. 8 Pastor Josh will lead the worship in a simplified manner. The service will include a children’s message, readings from “The Message, the Bible in Contemporary Language,” sermon, prayer and upbeat music complementing the message of the day. Ascension is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 793-3288.

Bethel Baptist Temple

Uprising is offered on the first Friday of each month from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. All are invited to this non-denominational time of worship, fun, group games and connecting with other students. Included is a free Starbucks Coffee bar, food, giveaways, a live band, games, a photo booth and more. Look for the Uprising sign. Find Uprising on Facebook at “The Uprising – Student Outreach of Cincinnati” and on Twitter @CincyUprising. The adult, teen and children’s Sunday School classes come together for an hour of skits

from the drama team, children’s songs, games, penny wars and more during Round Up Sunday, offered during Sunday School hour on the first Sunday of each month. AWANA returns Wednesday, Sept. 4. The church offers AWANA children’s Bible clubs during the school year at 7 p.m. Wednesdays for children ages 2 through sixth-grade. Contact the church for information, or visit the AWANA page on Facebook: search for “Bethel Baptist AWANA.” A small group Bible study is offered Wednesday evenings at the church at 7:30 p.m. The church is at 8501 Plainfield Road, Sycamore Township; 891-2221;

Road; 791-1153;

Hartzell United Methodist Church

The Vendor and Craft Show is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept . 7, in the church fellowship hall. Spaces are available, contact Kelli Coffey at 891-8527. Cost is $30 for a space and table. Young at Hartz is a group for the over-55 crowd, and is open to anyone who would like to join. A trip to Findlay Market is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22. For more information, contact Sue Wat ts at 891-8527. The Way, The Truth & The Life Seekers small group meets almost every Sunday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. for dessert and

Backpacks and divider tabs are still being collected for NEEDS. Bring donations to the church and deposit them in the school supplies box. Dinner for Six will be offered Saturday, Aug. 10. Call the church office for details. Middlers end-of-summer picnic will be at the Ostendorfs’ home at 5 p.m. Aug. 17. The church service day at Matthew: 25 Ministries is 9-11 a.m. Aug. 17. The church is at 4309 Cooper

Elizabeth Shirley Schuler, 88, of Symmes Township died July 30. Survived by children Frank (Lonnie) Schuler, Elizabeth “Beth” (Jim) Bischoff, Dan (Dee) Schuler, Greg (Annie) Schuler, Teresa (John) Garnich, Karl (Mary) Schuler and Tim Schuler; 21 grandchildren; and numerous

great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by parents Carl Walker and Elizabeth Johanna (nee Muethler) Walker; and husband, Frank Harold Schuler. Services were Aug. 5, at Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Home, Loveland. Memorials to: Tri State Parkinson’s Wellness Chapter, 4 Triangle Park Drive, Suite 404, Cincinnati, OH 452463401.



5910 Price Road, Milford 831-3770

Services 9:15 am & 10:45 am Nursery provided at all services

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

ABOUT RELIGION Religion news is published at no charge on a spaceavailable basis. Items must be to our office no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, for possible consideration in the following edition. » E-mail announcements to nesuburban@community, with “Religion” in the subject line. » Fax to 248-1938. Call 248-8600. » Mail to: Northeast Suburban Life, Attention: Andrea Reeves, Religion news, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, Ohio 45140. Sunday, Sept. 15. Lunch will be served. To attend, call 891-8527. Worship for Sunsays, Aug. 11, 18 and 25: 9 a.m., adult bible study, coffee and chat and first service. 10:30 a.m., second service and

camp kids. Come meet new senior pastor, Will Leasure and his family. The church is at 8999 Applewood Drive, Blue Ash; 891-8527.

Blue Ash Presbyterian Church

Marigolds or Petunias?

You make small choices every day.

DEATHS Elizabeth Shirley Schuler

drinks, usually in Fellowship Hall. Contact David or Melissa Dennis to be sure they are meeting on any given Sunday at 984-6395. Thank You to the community for its support and attendance of 2012 Hartzell United Methodist Church presents “Glory of the King!” Plan to attend church at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 28 to see plans, storyline and set mock up for this year. August auditions are 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9; and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10. If interested in set-up crew and staff/tech, meetings have been scheduled. for more information, contact Zach Riggins at Pastor Will is offering a membership class from noon to 1:30 p.m.

FAITH BIBLE CHURCH 8130 East Kemper Rd. (1 mile west of Montgomery Rd) Services & Sunday School: 9:00am & 10:45am Nursery Available www.fbccincy.or 513-489-1114



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Summer Worship Hours Saturday: 5:00pm Sunday: 9:00am and 10:30am ...+"#"$,/(-0+#0*

Sunday 9:30 &11:00 a.m. Loveland High School, off of Rich Rd. 683-1556


UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF THE SAVIOUR 005 Pfeiffer Rd. Montgomery 791-3142 "Called By God"

Traditional Worship 8:20am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship 9:40am Sunday School (All ages) 9:40 & 11am Nursery Care Provided

Dr. Cathy Johns, Senior Pastor


With something as big as cancer care why wouldn’t you make your own choice?


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

OHC treats every form of adult cancer or blood disorder. We offer access to more leading-edge clinical research trials than any other community practice in the tri-state area. With more than 60 physicians and advanced practice providers, OHC delivers innovative, compassionate care close to home at 17 convenient neighborhood locations.

Sunday School .........9:15 - 10:00am Fellowship ...............10:00 - 10:30am Worship Service .....10:30 - 11:30am 360 Robin Av (off Oak St) Loveland OH Sat. Contemporary: 5:00 p.m. Sun. Contemporary: 9:00 a.m. Sun. Traditional: 10:30 a.m.

683-2525 •

Make the best choice for your cancer or blood disorder care. Choose OHC.

Child care/Sunday School at all services. 6635 Loveland-Miamiville Road 513-677-9866

Sharonville United Methodist

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

3751 Creek Rd.


To learn more about the OHC choice, visit or call (513) 751-CARE.

Reform Judaism

The Valley Temple Reform Judaism

145 Springfield Pike Wyoming, OH 513-761-3555

A meaningful, joyful, modern approach to Reform Judaism. • Small and Intimate • Creative Education Programs for Adults and Kids • Contemporary Music

Temple Open House

Oncology Hematology Care, Inc.

Friday, August 16 at 7:00, Service at 7:30 Featuring Friday Night Live Band




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