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Test your palate against judges’ at Taste of Blue Ash

Here's an artist rendering of the park Blue Ash plans to build at the Blue Ash Airport. The final design of the park may change.

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By Jeanne Houck

COAST backs off pledge to circulate referendum on airport

By Jeanne Houck

BLUE ASH — COAST (Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes) in Hamilton County is backing off its pledge to circulate referendum petitions challenging Blue Ash Funk City Council’s decision to re-do a sales agreement buying 130 acres at the Blue Ash Airport from Cincinnati for a public park. The watchdog group said it would take the action if Blue Ash rescinded a $37.5 million sales agreement with Cincinnati signed in 2006 and amended in 2007 and then approved a new agreement – which Blue Ash City Council voted to do Aug. 9. Late Aug. 14, Blue Ash resident Jeff Capell, a member of COAST, said COAST had not written or picked up referendum petitions.

BLUE ASH — Buffalo rolls from the Firehouse Grill in Blue Ash won best appetizer and filet mignon from Vonderhaar’s Catering in Reading best entree at a competition recently help in anticipation of Taste of Blue Ash. The blueberry pie ice cream sandwich from The Bistro at DoubleTree Suites in Sharonville won best dessert and shrimp pasta with boursin cream sauce from La Petite France in Evendale was Blue Ash Mayor Mark Weber’s choice at the special judging at the Cooper Creek Event Center at the Blue Ash Golf Course off Cooper Road. You’ll get a chance to see if you agree at the 27th annual Taste of Blue Ash from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26 at Blue Ash Towne Square near Hunt and Cooper roads in downtown Blue Ash. Local restaurants will thrill the palate and these musical performances will tickle the ears:

“We are taking another look at the process and determining whether a referendum can definitely accomplish the goal of undoing council’s decision to sacrifice Blue Ash interests to help Cincinnati with their streetcar,” Capell said. Capell “While there is lots of interest in repealing council’s vote, we can’t ask people to work at collecting these signatures if it won’t achieve our goal.” The new sales agreement Blue Ash City Council approved Aug. 9 gives the city a $250,000 credit on the deal and allows it to take possession of the 130 acres of vacant land at the Blue Ash Airport off GlendaleMilford Road no later than Friday, Aug. 31. The property adjoins 98 acres on which Cincinnati operated an airport it is closing Wednesday, Aug. 29. See PARK, Page A2

» Friday, Aug. 24 - Hollywood Nights, a Bob Seger tribute band, will perform at 6:30 p.m. and Roger Hodgson, a singer from Supertramp, will perform at 9 p.m. » Saturday, Aug. 25 - Robert Eric, a Billy Joel tribute artist, will perform at 6:30 p.m. and Dennis DeYoung, a founding member of Styx, will perform at 9 p.m. » Sunday, Aug. 26 - Separate Way the Band, a Journey tribute band, will perform at 5:30 p.m. and 38 Special will perform at 7:30 p.m. Shuttle bus service will be available at Ursuline Academy off Pfeiffer Road and at UC Blue Ash College off Plainfield Road from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, Aug. 24, and Saturday, Aug. 25, and from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26. Entry to Taste of Blue Ash and shuttle service to and from the event is free; food and drink must be purchased. Call 745-6259 or visit for more information.

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Township may buy motel Sycamore looking at purchasing Drake By Leah Fightmaster

Instead of designating a local motel a nuisance property, Sycamore Township is taking an additional step. Law Director Doug Miller is looking into the township’s op-

tions regarding a nuisance injunction for the Drake Motel, 8109 Reading Road. The judgeapproved injunction would allow the township to buy the property from the owner, resulting in several options for the property’s fate afterward, said Greg Bickford, planning and zoning director/assistant township administrator. The motel, which Administrator Bruce Raabe said has had

at least 48 service calls from the Sheriff’s Office since 2010, has a history of drug, alcohol and prostitution problems. Bickford went further and said police and fire departments respond to calls at the motel nearly every weekend. He added that since the investigation into the township’s injunction options are prelimiSee MOTEL, Page A2



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but it’s unclear without further research if the project would be considered a qualifying capital expenditure. Other townships in the Cincinnati area have filed for nuisance injunctions successfully, Raabe said, citing Green and Anderson townships as examples. Don Desi, who identified himself as the owner, said he has not been contacted by the township and did not want to comment without additional information. According to the Hamilton County Auditor’s website, the property owner for the motel is listed as PD Property LLC.

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gomery’s communitywide garage sale is set for Saturday, Sept. 8. It will be held in conjunction with Twin Lakes’ Whale of a Sale, with both running from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Twin Lakes’ Whale of a Sale also will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at 9876 Montgomery Road. To participate in Montgomery’s communitywide garage sale, households can sign up on the city’s website,, or call 891-2424.

nary, what the township would do with the property if it purchased the motel is currently unknown. “I think the trustees want to get the property cleaned up or removed,” he said. “ ... The ultimate goal would be to get the property to be a productive economic member of society.” Both Bickford and Raabe said the money used to make a potential purchase could come out of TIF, or tax increment financing, funds,

Reider to perform in Montgomery

MONTGOMERY — Cincinnati icon and vocalist Rob Reider will perform Tuesday, Oct. 23, as part of the Live at the Uni! music series held at the Universalist Church on Montgo-

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COAST representatives say Cincinnati believes the new agreement will allow the Queen City to skirt Federal Aviation Administration regulations that require it to use money from the sale of Blue Ash Airport property on expenses related to an airport – using it instead for a streetcar system because Blue Ash will take possession of the land slated for a park after Cincinnati closes airport operations. Earlier Aug. 14, Blue Ash demonstrated it was not going to let the referendum threat stand in the way of its development of a public park at the Blue Ash Airport. Blue Ash issued a press release announcing it had chosen MSA Architects to design the first phase of the park, which includes construction of a multipurpose pavilion and an open-air gathering space under a glass canopy overlooking what Blue Ash says will be a “great lawn.” The first phase also may include construction of a restaurant and an observation tower. MSA Architects, which has offices in downtown Cincinnati and in Columbus, also was the city’s choice of architect when it renovated the Blue Ash Recreation Center on Cooper Road from 2007 to 2009. “Given our past experi-

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BLUE ASH — Want to get into shape? Blue Ash has launched the Blue Ash Fitness Minute, a new video series featuring Blue Ash Recreation Center trainers discussing fitness topics and other health-related issues on the Blue Ash Recreation YouTube channel. The videos also can be found on both the Blue Ash Recreation and the city of Blue Ash’s official Facebook pages. Email your fitness questions to

ence and their quality of work, we are excited MSA will now put their talents to use on this (park) project,” said Chuck Funk, Blue Ash’s director of parks and recreation. “We have complete confidence they will produce a park Blue Ash residents and guests will come to enjoy for generations.” Mark Schuster, owner and president of MSA Architects, said his company is pleased to be involved. “I think this is a great opportunity for the city of Blue Ash,” Schuster said. “We want this to be a place where it will be a 365-day park where people feel welcome to come and enjoy a variety of activities.” Blue Ash will negotiate a contract with MSA Architects over the next few months. Aug. 9, Blue Ash City Council approved an emergency ordinance saying the contract with MSA Architects must include hourly rates for employees of the architectural firm that are no more than $180 for the principal staffer, $160 for the project manager, $140 for the project architect, $110 for the architectural designer, $105 for the interior designer, $100 for the senior graphic designer, $95 for the architect/interior designer intern, $80 for the graphic designer, $50 for the production staffer and $50 for the support/administration staffer. Like the Blue Ash Recreation Center, the Blue Ash Airport park project will be funded with proceeds from an earnings tax hike voters approved in 2006. Blue Ash says it is too early to say when it will break ground on the airport park. For more about your community, visit BlueAsh.


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Montgomery considers drug-diversion program By Jeanne Houck

MONTGOMERY — Montgomery City Council is expected to on Wednesday, Sept. 5, discuss establishment of a pre-trial drug diversion program in Mayor’s Court. People charged for the first time with a misdemeanor drug offense would be eligible for the program, which was proposed by Montgomery City Prosecutor Meghan Donnellon and which Montgomery’s Law & Safety Committee will, on Wednesday, Aug. 22, recommend city council approve. Montgomery City Council’s Sept. 5 meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Montgomery city hall on Montgomery Road. Here Donnellon discusses the program proposed for Montgomery Mayor’s Court. Why did you think a pre-trial drug diversion program for first-time offenders was a good idea

for Montgomery Mayor’s Court? “Montgomery currently has a diversion program for first offenders charged with underage consumption. This program has worked very well and has given these individuals the chance to take a look at their actions and choose the right path instead of going down the wrong path into drugs and alcohol. Montgomery Police Chief Don Simpson, Magistrate Rick Gibson and I thought (a drug-diversion program) would be a good program to have in Montgomery, so we can allow these first-time offenders a second chance to correct what we believe to be a one-time error in judgment. We are allowing the defendants to become a productive member of society and treating the first offense as a mistake instead of branding them with a criminal conviction. The city is interested in providing alternative options to first-time offenders by allowing them to attend an educational program to educate them of the dangers of drug use and allow them to become a productive member of so-

Symmes administrator tasked with additional goals and projects By Leah Fightmaster

The job description for Symmes Township’s administrator was recently changed to be more project-specific. The Board of Trustees approved a rewrite of Adminstrator Brian Elliff’s job description at its meeting Aug. 7, taking the threepage document generally outlining what is expected of him and adding more specific tasks and a list of projects, Elliff said. A managerial position which oversees the general operation of the township’s government, the administrator will be required to fulfill specific tasks that

are more hands-on and proactive than the previous description calls for. Elliff will be more involved with creating the annual budget, overseeing tasks designated to other employees, proactively searching for additional economic opportunities for the township and more. “There’s more detail in the description of items they want me to accomplish,” Elliff said about the changes. “More specific goals and objectives are now written down.” Those objectives include township beautification, staffing, hiring practices, township improvements and complaint resolution.

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ciety.” Which misdemeanor drug charges might be eligible? “All misdemeanor drug charges are eligible for diversion under this program. If an individual has previously been charged with a drug offense they are not eligible for our diversion program. In addition, we have asked that the police officers use their discretion and indicate to the court if they feel the defendant should not be offered the diversion program based upon the cir-

cumstances of the arrest or citation, or based upon the type of drug involved.” How would the diversion program work? “This particular program involves the defendant choosing from a list of possible programs to at-

tend. The defendant is responsible for paying for the cost of the program and completing the requirements for that particular program. Once the program is completed, the defendant will then appear in court for sentencing. If the program has been completed within the required amount of time prescribed by the court, court costs are paid and the charge is then dismissed. The programs that we offer to the defendants are educationoriented and do not include restitution or community service. These drug diversion programs typically involve an individual assessment and counseling tailored to the needs of the individual, thus increasing the likelihood of success.” Isn’t a diversion program like this available in Hamilton County Municipal Court in downtown

Cincinnati? Would this be a way of keeping more of these kind of cases in Montgomery and collecting court costs? “Hamilton County does offer a drug-diversion program, as does the city of Blue Ash. The majority of the misdemeanor drug offenses that the Montgomery police encounter are currently being cited to Mayor’s Court. This drugdiversion program would not impact the number of cases cited to Mayor’s Court versus downtown, nor would it increase the number of drug offenses cited overall. Defendants that complete the program would be eligible to have the charges dismissed and therefore would not be paying any fines other than court costs.”

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Blue Ash loan to help company create jobs Michelman Inc. to get $100,000 By Jeanne Houck



BLUE ASH — Blue Ash City Council has agreed to give Michelman Inc. a forgivable $100,000 loan to help build a new research and development center at its campus on Shell Road, where it also is renovating and expanding its existing facilities. Michelman will not have to pay Blue Ash back so long as the chemical coating company meets certain performance standards, including building the new facility and creating at least 35 new jobs within three years. Ohio recently gave Michelman a $2.5 million grant for the center, a 20,000-square-foot build-

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ing company officials hope to open by next spring. Michelman already employs some 150 people at its headquarters, manufacturing plant and research facility in Blue Ash. The estimated cost for Michelman’s renovations and expansion is $6.5 million, said Kelly Harrington, assistant Blue Ash city manager. “The (city) loan will

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create and preserve job and employment opportunity and improve economic welfare in the city of Blue Ash,” Harrington said. The new center — to be called the Michelman Advanced Materials Collaboration Center – will be designed to help Michelman develop new water-based coatings for paper and flexible packaging as well as water-based surface modifiers, additives and polymers for industries in the business of fiberglass and composite materials, wood and floor care, industrial coatings, inks and construction products. “The word ‘collaboration’ is in the name of the center for a very important reason,” said Rick Michelman, vice president and chief technology officer at Michelman. “It will be physically and conceptually designed so we can collaborate even more closely than we do now with customers and suppliers, related industry research and development organizations and companies, as well as local colleges, to develop and commercialize technologies across all of our core product lines.” For more about your community, visit eAsh. Get regular Blue Ash updates by signing up for our email newsletter. Visit

Cub Scout Pack 489 in the Montgomery Independence Day parade, where they passed out 1,776 bagged s’more kits to spectators. PROVIDED

Sounds of Sycamore takes top parade prize Community Press staff report MONTGOMERY

“Sounds of Sycamore,” the Sycamore Junior High School choir chosen to participate in this year’s World Choir Games in Cincinnati, won “Best Overall” entry in the Montgomery Independence Day parade. “Sounds of Sycamore” were joined in the parade by a choir from New Zealand also participating in the World Choir Games.

Other parade awardwinners: » Twin Lakes Life Enriching Community won the “Best Patriotic Spirit” prize for its enthusiastic patriots and festively decorated vehicles. They also gave out 5,000 ice pops to parade spectators. » The Storybook Acres Neighborhood Association won the “Best Montgomery Spirit” prize for their entry’s characters, which included Robin Hood, Tom Sawyer, King Arthur, Alice

in Wonderland and Cinderella. » The Cincinnati Emerald Society Pipes and Drums won the “Best Musical Entry” prize. For more about your community, visit Montgomery. Get regular Montgomery updates by signing up for our email newsletter. Visit

Sycamore plans future townshipwide projects By Leah Fightmaster

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contains two, six-story buildings designed for office or medical use, according to Neyer’s website. To create a place for excess water to drain from the property, the township will fund the project up to $1 million in tax increment financing, or TIF, funds. The other option for repaying the funds was a 30year bond payback, which Raabe said the Board of Trustees opted against. » Raabe said that trustees agreed to join the Community Development Block Grant Program, which Hamilton County indicated it wanted the town-

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ship to join. Sycamore Township’s membership, as well as other municipalities across the county, could draw more state funding to both the county and township for special projects. » Fire Chief William Jetter told the trustees that the Emergency Management Agency asked the township to transfer two outdoor emergency sirens to Pierce Township in Clermont County. The sirens will not be transferred until Sycamore receives the two replacements in September. » Superintendent Tracy Kellums awarded a bid up to $22,000 to Brandstetter Carroll for the construction administration and inspection services of storm sewer work planned within the Glenellyn subdivision off Montgomery Road in Kenwood. Part of the 2012 road program, a bid for the project was recently awarded to John R. Jurgensen Co. for about $677,000 for the entire project. The cost was accounted for in the maintenance budget, Raabe said. » Raabe also said that discussions between the fire union and the township continue, with the two working on a budget that will retain all full-time firefighters. For more about your community and to sign up for our newsletter, visit SycamoreTownship.



New assistant Princeton fills administrative posts principal at elementary schools By Kelly McBride


Community Press staff report BLUE ASH — A former Mason teacher will be the new assistant principal at both Blue Ash Elementary School and Montgomery Elementary School when school begins Wednesday, Aug. 22. Monya Jones, the new assistant principal, was a third-grade teacher at Mason Heights Elementary School in Mason. Jones has worked in education since 2003 and serves as a teacher’s mentor. She earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Colorado State University, a master’s degree in social work administration from the University of Cincinnati and a master’s degree in elementary

education from Xavier University. Jones formerly worked as an adoption social worker with The Children’s Home of Cincinnati. She succeeds Joe Roach as assistant principal at the Blue Ash and Montgomery elementary schools. Roach left the Sycamore Community Schools to take a job as a principal of Monroe Elementary School in New Richmond. For more about your community, visit BlueAsh. Get regular Blue Ash updates by signing up for our email newsletter. Visit

The Princeton Board of Education appointed several new administrators to fill vacancies as the district reconfigures jobs to manage a tighter budget. The new staffing took effect last week with the start of the 2012-2013 school year. Sharonville Elementary’s principal takes on districtwide tasks next year. Ed Theroux, who came to Princeton in 2000, has served as Sharonville principal since 2008. He is now the director of student services, a position held by Mari Phillips, who retired. Phillips also served as associate superintendent, a position to which Amy Crouse was recently named. “It is with great excitement and enthusiasm that I enter into the position of director of student services,” Theroux said. “Being able to facilitate decisions regarding student growth and achievement on a more global level has been an ultimate goal for me.”



Stephen Meece takes over as director of technology after Tim Dugan retired. Meece comes to Princeton from St. Xavier High School, where he has worked as director of information technology since 2006. He also worked at the Greene County Career Center as technology director from 1999 to 2006. Meece received his bachelor of science degree from Miami University. “I’m very excited to be joining the Princeton team,” Meece said. “I’m looking forward to working with a great group of people, and a very knowledgeable faculty, staff and administration.” Two assistant principal vacancies also have been filled. Heidi Messbarger, currently a teacher of English



as a second language and head of the ESL department, has been employed by Princeton City Schools since 2000. Kristen Coey-Grote, an English teacher and soccer coach, has worked for Princeton for seven years. Coey-Grote also has been a student council advisor for five years. Messbarger and CoeyGrote fill the assistant principal positions previously held by Jacquelyn Cruse and Mike Wilson. Cruse has been named Princeton High School principal, and Wilson now oversees the Princeton Education Foundation. William Sprankles, who

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Bike hitches set to be installed in Montgomery Community Press staff report MONTGOMERY — The Montgomery Citizens’ Leadership Academy Class of 2012 will donate nine bike hitches to install in the city to encourage good health, the use of energy-efficient alternative transportation and shopping at downtown businesses. Three hitches will be located downtown between the Euro Café and Montgomery Inn, in Parrot Alley and next to the magazine racks on Ted Gregory Lane. Three more hitches will be installed at bus

stops along Montgomery Road and the last three will be placed in Montgomery Park, Swaim Park and Weller Park. Applications for the leadership class of 2013 can be found on the city’s website at www.montgomery or by calling Ray Kingsbury, director of citizen engagement, at 792- 8359. For more about your community, visit Get regular Montgomery updates by signing up for our email newsletter. Visit

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Ash/Montgomery Rotary Club has given former Blue Ash Vice Mayor James Cobb a community service award bearing his name. It is the first James R. Cobb Spirit of Rotary Award given out. The award replaces the club’s former Citizen of the Year Award. Cobb is a World War II veteran who started a uniform company and retired as senior vice president of Fechheimer Brothers Uniform Co. in 1995. He served as a consultant and classroom educator at many area high schools for Junior Achievement. After the 2001 riots in Cincinnati, Cobb founded “Pride in Cincinnati,” a six-year initiative that acquainted high-school ju-

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nesses, history, architectural treasures and community-service programs. With the help of five other members of the Blue Ash/Montgomery Rotary Club, Cobb founded Camp Enterprise, an annual three-day program of classes and workshops for high school students interested in the American free enterprise system. A resident of Blue Ash since 1980, Cobb served on its city council for many years and organized the campaign to build a gazebo on the Blue Ash Golf Course that honors local Revolutionary War veterans. The project was completed without the use of tax dollars.




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had held the position of high school principal, has been appointed principal of grades six through 12. Messbarger said she’s seen changes in many aspects of the district over the past decade, “from differentiating our curriculum, moving to a problembased learning environment as well as a massive explosion in technology use.” “Both students and staff at Princeton embrace change,” she said, “and I’m so excited to see how Princeton will continue to grow in these areas and to be a part of leading these efforts. “What is most important to me, however, are the relationships that I have made throughout the district’” Messbarger said. “To be able to connect with so many amazingly talented students and adults on a daily basis is what motivates me,” she said.

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Sycamore High start dates differ By Jeanne Houck

MONTGOMERY — Classes at Sycamore High School begin on different datesthis week based on students’ grade levels and whether they are new to the school district - a first for the school in Montgomery. “In the past, all students in grades one through 12 started on the same day,” said Frank Forsthofel, assistant superintendent of the Sycamore Community Schools. “However, we wanted to provide students who would be new to Sycamore High School with the opportunity to learn more about high school life and become acclimated to the building, so we are implementing a staggered start at the high school.” Wednesday, Aug. 22, is the first day of school for students in grades 10 through 12 who are new to the district and for students in kindergarten through ninth grade. Thursday, Aug. 23, is the first day of school for all returning students in grades 10 through 12. “The high school staggered start will also allow students to meet in small groups with teachers and counselors to learn about behavioral and academic expectations and become comfortable with district technology,” said Erika Daggett, chief information officer for the Sycamore Community Schools. “For years, Sycamore has also had a staggered start for kindergarten students to help them transition to the school environment. “That will continue this year and kindergartners

HOURS FOR THE SYCAMORE SCHOOLS » Sycamore High School – 7:20 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. » Sycamore Junior High School – 8:02 a.m. to 3:07 p.m. » Edwin H. Greene Intermediate School – 8 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. » All elementary schools – 9:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. » Morning kindergarten – 9:15 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. » Afternoon kindergarten – 12:50 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. » Morning preschool – 9:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. » Afternoon preschool – 1:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. » Morning Head Start – 8:35 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. » Afternoon Head Start – 12:35 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

will begin school on either Aug. 22, 23 or 24,” Daggett said. Daggett said school officials will mail letters to parents of kindergartners notifying them of their children’s starting dates and times and that all kindergarten students will report to school Monday, Aug. 27. Preschool and Head Start students will begin school Tuesday, Sept. 4, with their parents also be notified as to starting times, Daggett said. Food service, including school breakfasts, will be on board beginning Wednesday, Aug. 22. For more about your community, visit Montgomery.

Dustin Rabin, 11, of Sycamore Township, (in the white shirt in the middle) takes aim at the ball in a high-spirited game of ping pong at the Blue Ash Recreation Center. JEANNE HOUCK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

PADDLES & PERSONALITY The pool was not the only hot spot at the Blue Ash Recreation Center this summer. Ping pong tables also were in swift rotation. Austin Lucas (left), and Andy Greenberger, both 11 and residents of Sycamore Township, prepare to paddle a ping pong ball headed their way. JEANNE

Dustin Rabin, 11, of Sycamore Township (left) and Evan McCarthy, 11, of Blue Ash, demonstrate a little teamwork during a ping-pong game at the Blue Ash Recreation Center. JEANNE HOUCK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS


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Budget balances bring financial confusion By Leah Fightmaster



While looking over past budgets for Sycamore Township, resident Al Early said the “numbers didn’t work.”

At the end of 2009 on Dec. 31, the township’s budget had a balance of $2,003,426. The beginning balance on Jan. 1, 2010, then said the balance was $618,426. Early said money seemed to be missing and he didn’t “know what happened to it, but it’s gone.” Fiscal Officer Rob Porter said at the July 19 meeting that while he wasn’t certain why the numbers didn’t match up, but the budget had been audited by the state. Betsy Jameson, accounting director for the township, said the difference is from an audit adjustment by the state, which transferred money out for bond payments that required repayment from the general fund. Additionally, another entry didn’t make sense to Early. Under the budget category of “transfers out,” for 2011, there is a total of $416,273 listed, but when all expenditures are added, the total doesn’t equal the balance listed. Jameson said this was a mistake, adding that the unaccounted $416,273 should have been included in the total for other expenses under the administrative expenditures.




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Moeller Main Event kicks off Aug. 24

From left: Ursuline Academy Principal Tom Barhorst (Mason)with senior awards winnersAngela Bird (Springfield Township), Lindsey Johnstone (Springfield Township), Ritu Narayan (West Chester Township), Kathleen Smith (Montgomery), Megan Fleming (Loveland), Marisa Reddy (Indian Hill) and President Sharon Redmond (Cold Spring, Ky.) THANKS TO MARIANNE LANG

Ursuline grads receive scholarships, awards Ursuline Academy celebrated its 168 seniors as they received their diplomas at the school's commencement exercises May 30 in the school gymnasium. The Class of 2012's efforts were rewarded this year with 90 percent of the class earning more than $22.8 million in college scholarships. In addition, there were several special awards given at the ceremony. The Senior Scholar Awards (the top three seniors in the

class) were awarded to Megan Fleming of Loveland, Marisa Reddy of Indian Hill and Kathleen Smith of Montgomery. The Archbishop McNicholas Memorial Gold Medal Award was awarded to Marisa Reddy of Indian Hill for her scholastic achievement, service to others and Christian ideals. The Christian Leadership Award, which is given to a graduate who demonstrates gospel values in her personal

Ursuline mission group, from left: bottom row, Hallie Sansbury (Evendale), Leah Anderson (Evendale) and Grace Kallenberg (Evendale); middle row, Emma Meyer (Maineville), Sydney Feldhaus (Deer Park), Katie Brown (Hyde Park), Brianna Tomasi (Mason), Caroline Smith (Montgomery), Kristin Oliphant (Mason), Rachel Entrup (West Chester Township) and Kira Hinkle (Mount Washington); back row, Natalie Koren (West Chester Township), Jeanine Boutiere (North College Hill), Sarah Wetterer (Liberty Township), Emily Holmes (Loveland), Anna Rusconi (Hyde Park), Anna Hecht (Mason), Cate Brinker (Anderson Township), Emmi Abel-Rutter (Loveland), Sarah Seedhouse (Pleasant Ridge) and Kim Brewer (West Chester Township). THANKS TO MARIANNE LANG said, “It was the most life changing experience ever. It was a different world inside our own country and it completely taught us to be thankful for everything we are given. It was a culture shock. I loved the experience and it was a pleasure to bond with my Ursuline sisters and create relationships with the Native Americans. I didn’t know what to expect, but it was overall the most amazing week of my life.” Hinkle said that culture shock was an understatement. “There were many times when volunteering on one of the construction sites, driving through one of the clusters of homes and trailers on the reservation, or playing with some of

then attending it next spring is a great way for families to get involved at Moeller and make our school an even better place to develop leadership in young men.” New Main Event director Louise Hoelker said, “The kick-off parent social is a great way for everyone to learn more about the event, sign up to be a volunteer, meet other parents, and get to know our school leadership. However parents choose to get involved at Moeller, they’ll have a chance to meet new people that will help them appreciate the importance of the Family Spirit at Moeller High School.” To RSVP, contact Betsy Morgan at 791-1680, ext. 1303, or email her at More information about the kick-off event is available online at (see “Support Moeller”). To become involved in the Main Event Auction by being a sponsor, a volunteer, or a donor, call Hoelker in the Main Event Office at 791-1680, ext. 1304, or email her at

and school community life, was awarded to Angela Bird of Springfield Township. 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 Lindsey Johnstone of Springfield Township. The graduation address was delivered by Ritu Narayan of West Chester Township, who was chosen by her class.

Ursuline students serve in SD Eighteen Ursuline Academy students spent a part of their summer in service to others in Pine Ridge, S.D., June 23-June 29. The students, accompanied by UA faculty members Kim Brewer, Jeanine Boutiere and Kira Hinkle, spent a week doing outreach with the Oglala Lakota people. During that time they volunteered with Re-Member, an agency on the reservation that provides various services for locals in need. The students and chaperones worked on a variety of construction projects including building a wheelchair ramp, skirting and insulating two trailers, replacing a roof of a house, building decks and stairs, and constructing outhouses. “Not only did our students learn to use a variety of power tools from drills to chop saws, but they also learned extensively about Lakota culture, language and history from the locals. We hiked in the Badlands, toured the reservation including a stop at the site of the Massacre at Wounded Knee, watched and participated in a Pow Wow at the Oglala Lakota College, shut off our cell phones and watched both sunsets and sunrises,” Community Service Coordinator Hinkle said, adding that Pine Ridge is the third poorest county in the country, with an unemployment rate of 90 percent, and was featured in a “20/20” special with Diane Sawyer entitled “A Hidden America: Children of the Plains.” In spite of all the hard work, at the end of the day the students felt rewarded. Sophomore Emma Meyer

Archbishop Moeller High School announces the parents who will lead this year’s Main Event Charity Auction: Chris and Theresa Hoffer and Dom and Lisa Iacovone of Liberty Township. Both families have sons who will be seniors this fall and sons who have graduated. They have been actively involved in Moeller’s academic and athletic programs throughout their sons’ years, but they say they are particularly looking forward to this special event that supports the school’s tuition assistance programs. The co-chairs will hold the annual Main Event Kick-Off Event & Parent Social from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, in the school’s activity center. “We’ve seen first- hand the importance of a Moeller education for young men who without tuition assistance a Moeller catholic education would not be possible,” Dom Iacovone said. Said Theresa Hoffer, “The Main Event also gives families a wonderful opportunity to volunteer at their son’s school. Planning for the event all year and

the kids that I had to remind myself of where we actually were. This week all too frequently felt that we were volunteering in a third world country, not our own. The poverty is tragic and at a level I have never witnessed anywhere else. Yet during this week, our students made concrete contributions to the Pine Ridge community through their construction projects, formed relationships with the locals, pushed themselves out of their comfort zones, and learned about the importance of being an advocate for others. I am excited to see how our group of 21will continue our relationship with the Lakota people and how we will bring our experiences and stories to the whole Ursuline community.”

Moeller Main Event Charity Auction Gala co-chairs are, from left: Chris and Theresa Hoffer and Dom and Lisa Iacovone. THANKS TO LOUISE HOELKER

Sycamore Junior High students win Griffin Award Sycamore Junior High School students Ray Berling and Grace Louis have been selected to receive the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award. The award, named for twotime Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin, is presented each year to a male and female

student who has been outstanding in their efforts to promote sportsmanship, ethics and integrity in their school and community. Sycamore Junior High School strongly supports good sportsmanship among the youth and adults in our schools and workplaces.

Sycamore Junior High School students Ray Berling and Grace Louis have been selected to receive the Ohio High School Athletic Association's Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award. THANKS TO JESSICA RUGGIERO


Evan Pineo of Blue Ash graduated from the University of Tole-

do with a bachelor of business administration degree in marketing.



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CH@TROOM Aug. 1 question Do you agree with Chickfil-A President Dan Cathy’s public support of traditional marriage and the “biblical definition” of families, or with government officials in Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and other cities who want to block the restaurant from opening new restaurants because of the company’s public stance? Why?

“First, everyone should have freedom to love and marry with the legal perks (if there are any left after they strip us if our constitutional rights)! "Second, I support free speech and the corporation and the readers/writers freedom to believe and comment. “Third but biggest! Although these topics are important, they are being used by politicians/bankers/big business/ lobbyists/etc ... as a smoke screen folks!! “They are to distract us all from our immediate issues: 1, two candidates owned by big business stripping away our civil rights, neither representing we the people; 2, bankers/ federal reserve/wall street/ bought political leaders, who leaders do actually represent; 3, fake money thats in itself worth nothing, based on debt not value based; 4, wars that are draining our pockets and padding the war producing material elites; 5, upcoming shortages of food due to 2012 weather; 6, USA's constitutionally guaranteed rights, stripped daily by the shadow government who does own our government. "We all need to keep our eyes on the big prize, i.e. freedom, rights, food, peace. Of course, the freedom to love and live is so important; but please, please don't let them distract us from the reality of what is happening to our valued American way of life!” L.L.

Aug. 15 question Do you agree or disagree with the Boy Scouts of America's policy banning gay scouts and troop leaders? Why or why not?

“I am in complete agreement with the Boy Scout policy not to accept openly gay volunteers. National surveys continue to show that many Americans believe that sex outside of heterosexual marriage is sinful and immoral, as has been the case across most cultures for thousands of years. (Many of them continue to crowd into Chickfil-A.) “The Boy Scouts' policy assures the many parents who hold that belief that their moral values will not be undermined when their boys participate in scouting. Those who disagree can start their own organization. “The Boy Scouts' position is protected by the First Amendment's protections of freedom of religion, speech, and assembly. “Interestingly, the Girl Scouts have no such problem with gay volunteers and in fact have a record of actively promoting same sex relationships and other feminist positions. Fortunately, conservative parents have a viable alternative in the American Heritage Girls.” T.H.

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‘scouts;’ rather, it prohibits openly gay people from serving in leadership positions. “I also understand that the scouts do not make any effort to determine the sexual orientation of its members, and therefore, a homosexual who decides to ‘come out’ to the BSA must accept some responsibility for the consequences (like the recent ‘Don't Ask, Don't Tell’ policy the military employed). “Having said that, I believe that homosexuality is an unfortunate disorder, and gays do not choose their orientation, and for most of them, it is a burden. However, our society must use common sense in complex matters like this. “Some people are convinced that male homosexuals present a threat of molestation to young boys. I do not know of any way to confirm or refute this belief, but this question resulted in a terrible situation for the Catholic Church and priests. “It isn't a perfect solution, but if homosexuals can avoid revealing their sexual orientation to the BSA they shouldn't have any difficulty with membership.” Bill B. “I totally disagree with the Boy Scouts of America banning gay scout and troop leaders. Come's 2012 and it's America, the melting pot of all races, ethnicities, ages, genders, faith traditions, countries of origin and lifestyle preferences. “How can the Boy Scouts ban any one from being a volunteer scout or troop leader? It's unAmerican! “This year, I made sure that not one cent of my United Way donation went to the Boy Scouts. Parent alert....get your boys out of the Boy Scouts unless you want them to grow up to be bigots and racists. E.E.C. “Personally, I disagree with the policy. I think it is unfortunate that there are still people and organizations that feel the need to discriminate. “However, this country was founded on principles that give private groups the right to exercise free speech and religion, so therefore I support their right to make this policy.” B.P . “First, are the potential members and leaders of the troop leading an ‘I'm gay and proud of it!’ lifestyle or are they persons who are gay but leading a quiet life of celibacy? “There is no condemnation of homosexuals in the Bible, only those who practice that lifestyle are condemned. To openly lead a homosexual lifestyle is a total contradiction of believing and fearing God and that alone is reason enough to exclude such persons.” R.V.

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Voters say that Blue Ash Airport price tag too high Blue Ash city officials have said Cincinnati’s asking price of $24 million for the Blue Ash Airport is too high, and voters in a poll seem to agree. We asked: Do you think the city of Blue Ash should pay Cincinnati $24 million for the Blue Ash Airport property? 19 people voted no; 14 voted yes, and one had no opinion. In another poll, most Sycamore Township residents think the recent contact agreement be-

tween township fire fighters and township officials is a good deal for both. The question: Was the contract agreement recently reached between Sycamore Township and its firefighters union a good deal for all parties, including residents? 103 voters said the agreement was good for all parties; only seven said it wasn’t. This week we are asking you to e-mail your responses to this question:

Which local high school football team will win the most games this season - Cincinnati Hills, Indian Hill, Princeton, Moeller or St. Xavier? E-mail your responses to by Wednesday, Aug. 29. We will share results in an upcoming issue. If you have an idea for a poll question about a local issue or topic, send an e-mail to

Three cheers for the strange land of Boobash Readers may recall my travels to the land of Boobash some years ago. Well, I wanted to report on more strange happenings in that far off land of tranquility, where all the people are happy and the government monitors eternal bliss. It seems the airport was actually owned by another country, and so when that country would no longer pay the bills with money it was given by a far off benefactor (the locals call him Uncle Samuel) for the express purpose of paying those bills, the airport closed and is to be sold off. Locals don’t seem interested in the fate of the airport, because they can play golf and get fit in the facilities the Boobash Government provides them. Who needs infrastructure when you can play golf or lose weight? Years ago, the Boobash population voted to erect a park on part of the land occupied by the airport, encouraged by the local government that insisted the path to happiness lay in spending money on a park. No sooner was the park land bought when it was revealed the land was full of lead. “Don’t let lead weigh down your happiness!” exclaimed the president.

“We will make it go away.” And lo! No more was ever said about lead. Because nothing is ever logical in Boobash, soon Bruce problems apHealey COMMUNITY PRESS peared with the sale of the GUEST COLUMNIST airport. The government sold the park land back to the other country, with the proviso that they would immediately buy it back with a $250,000 discount! Such benevolence! Such negotiation skills! Such faith in the neighbors! Of course, in following with the local logic, the president now voted against the park, saying it would not bring, after all, the happiness he had thought it would. But too late! His happiness campaign had already taken hold and the other members of government voted him down, clamoring for the joyful park. Yes, it is a strange land indeed. This is a land where the Planning Commission rids itself of a pesky graduate in urban planning with the idea of replacing her with a dentist. Now the Planning Commission can roll on

with renewed confidence and a pearly white smile! This is a land where the people tell the government, “We don’t want these buildings here!” and the government responds “We want these buildings here!” (Only louder). They do after, all, know what brings happiness. They have proven it for many years, so people accept their word when it comes to that. Yes indeed. The culture of Boobash is one of unquestioning loyalty to a government that provides for the people. Unlike our backward land, the people of Boobash accept cost overruns in projects as the necessary price of happiness. No one has ever thought it odd that there is never an election for an open seat in parliament, since everyone is always an incumbent. It is a miracle of Democracy! We have much to learn from Boobash, where dissent is considered unseemly and those that display that trait are branded as troublemakers and malcontents. If only everywhere was like Boobash! Bruce Healey is a former resident of Blue Ash.

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Sycamore reloads for GMC By Scott Springer

SYCAMORE TWP. — The key to the Sycamore High School football season would be avoiding the second-half slump. After a 7-0 start in 2011, the Aviators lost three of their last four, including a 41-31 finale against Moeller in the playoffs. With that loss, the Aves said goodbye to Greater Miami Conference rushing leader Kyle Sess, one of the league players of the year, defensive lineman Ben Mather and a massive offensive line featuring A.J. Williams (Michigan Wolverine). Coach Scott Dattilo has turned the ship around at Sycamore before and is ready to do it again with another group of talented athletes. “I think that’s the sign of a good program,” Dattilo said. “We’ll move on. We’re going to be a little bit younger on the offensive side than last year. Defensively, we’ve got a lot of returners and some nice size and speed. Hopefully, they can hold their own while our offense matures.” The big holes come where the guys that make the big holes work - the offensive line. The Aves graduated center Nick Dougherty, guard Otis Miller and the 6’6”, 275-pound tackle/ tight end Williams. “It would take three guys to match his size,’ Dattilo said. “A.J. was a special guy. On paper, you would just erase the


Sycamore’s offensive talent includes junior running back Greg Simpson, left, senior tackle Cole Tameris and senior quarterback Joey Gruden. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

other side. We’ve had some guys get the job done in the weight room in the offseason. We’ll find out if we can fill those big shoes.” Replacing the scrambling Sess at quarterback could be some form of a hybrid. Junior Greg Simpson was at running back last season for 643 yards and could take over the running role. There’s also senior Joey Gruden, son of Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden and nephew of former Tampa Bay and Raider coach Jon Gruden

“He came about week seven to us (last season),” Dattilo said. “He does a really nice job at quarterback.” Might the Aves borrow a play or two from Bengal land? “We’ll see how bad we need them,” Dattilo said laughing. “We might need the help; we might not. We’ll see.” The Aves also have some flyers in the backfield who could find some carries. “Marques James will be a three-year guy at running back and Alex Tillman played in spots last year,” Dattilo said. “Both

The long and the short of the Aviators: Josh Hunter, left, is 5’6” and a ferocious-hitting linebacker, while Mason Morgan is 6’6” and expects to receive some looks at tight end for Sycamore. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

are small kids, but very quick and very skilled runners.” At tight end, Sycamore has Mason Morgan at 6-foot-6, 235 pounds. The Aves don’t throw it much, but that could change with a target like Morgan. “We have to find ways to get him the ball,” Dattilo said. “He’s really improved a lot.” Morgan has some MAC offers from the likes of Bowling Green, Akron and Ball State. In the GMC, Sycamore will likely chase Colerain, which has at least shared the title every year since 2000. “It’s got to stop with Colerain until somebody can do some-

Aug. 24 Anderson, 6 p.m. Aug. 31 East Central Sept. 7 Springfield Sept. 14 at Hamilton Sept. 21 Colerain Sept. 28 Fairfield Oct. 5 at Lakota East Oct. 12 Princeton Oct. 19 at Oak Hills Oct. 26 Mason All games are 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted

thing about it,” Dattilo said. “Middletown with Jalin (Marshall) is going to be really good still. Mason will have a good team. Princeton will be good. Lakota West always has talent. It’s the same old GMC.” Sycamore’s non-conference schedule is far from soft with Anderson, East Central (Indiana) and Springfield. “We’ll get challenged early,” Dattilo said.

Skill positions key for CHCA

Experience at WR, QB and RB could help fill graduation void on offensive line By Nick Dudukovich


SYCAMORE TWP. — Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy might play in one of the most highly anticipated match-ups of the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown. The Eagles will go up against Madeira in a rematch of last year’s state playoffs. Madeira trounced CHCA during the 2011 regular season, but the Eagles shocked nay-sayers when they upset the Mustangs during the first round of the postseason. Eagles’ wide receiver Jordan Smith is eager to have a big rival on the schedule to kickoff the year. “I’m very much looking forward to it…Madeira has been our rival since I started seventh- or eighth-grade football,” Smith said. “It’s been great playing against them each year and we’ll come out and compete the best we can and play hard.” The Eagles’ offense will go as far as its skill-position players take it. The squad didn’t just lose offensive linemen to graduation; they lost 300-pound stalwarts. Fortunately for head coach Eric Taylor, CHCA will be experienced at quarterback, wide receiver and halfback. Quarterback Conner Osborne is back for his junior season after getting the starting nod as sophomore. Osborne could be poised for a big season with a year of varsity experience under his belt. “Conner looks like a completely different quarterback at this

Aug. 23 Madeira, 5:30 p.m. @ Sycamore Stadium Aug. 31 @ Reading Sept. 7 @ Lexington Christian Academy Sept. 14 Cincinnati Christian Sept. 21 @ Cincinnati Country Day, 7 p.m. Sept. 27 Summit Country Day Oct. 4 @ Lockland Oct. 12 Clark Montessori Oct. 19 @ New Miami, 7 p.m. Oct. 28 North College Hill All games start at 7:30 p.m unless otherwise noted.

CHCA quarterback Conner Osborne enters the 2012 as a junior with a year of varsity experience under his belt. NICK DUDUKOVICH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy captains from left, Brad Feldman, Adam Chappelle, Jordan Smith and Nick Weaver will kick off their season playing Madeira in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown Aug. 23. NICK DUDUKOVICH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS time, compared to last year,” Taylor said. Osborne was asked to manage

the game and not make mistakes as a sophomore. But when the whistle blows against Madeira,

he’ll be given the keys to the Corvette—and Smith is ready to help him take it for a spin. “Last year was hard to adjust, having a new quarterback and getting into the swing of things…so this year, we know each other pretty well and we’re ready to go,” he said. At wide receiver, seniors Smith, Nick Weaver and Adam Chappelle will be Osborne’s main targets, while senior Nick Marsh and junior Tyler Renners take the bulk of the carries at tailback. While the offensive line will be inexperienced, the unit should be anchored by 6-foot-3, 235-pound returning starter Ryan Prescott. On defense, graduation took its toll again, as many of the Eagles played on both sides of the ball last season. The defense will be smaller, and will have to be more active in

the trenches to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks. “We don’t have the big 250- to 300-pound guys that are going to be able to get a lot of movement up front,” Taylor said. “Our focus will be on quickness and athleticism.” Besides Madeira, which plays in the Cincinnati Hills League, the Eagles should be in store for another tough go-round through the Miami Valley Conference. The league sent five of its eight teams to the postseason last fall. Seemingly perennial contender, North College Hill, is favored to take the top spot, but the Eagles will have their say in the matter when they host the Trojans in the regular season finale at home Oct. 28. CHCA will also play a division game that’s sure to bring attention to the league. The Eagles host Summit Sept. 27. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Ohio as the station’s “Game of the Week.”



Crusaders bring national ranking to the field

Moeller gets coaching help from big names

Moeller offensive lineman Alex Gall watches a drill at practice at the Gerry Faust Complex. Gall is committed to the Miami Hurricanes. SCOTT

By Scott Springer

KENWOOD — With some of the best talent in the area, Moeller High School is ranked tops in the city, tops in the preseason Ohio poll and No.14 nationally by USA Today. This year, not only does coach John Rodenberg have an all-star roster, he has an all-star coaching staff as Jim Lippincott has returned from the Bengals pro personnel department to be the Crusaders defensive coordinator. “So far, he’s doing pretty good,” Rodenberg said with a laugh. “He’s hanging in there. He does a great job. He coordinated defense back in the ‘80s.” On the other corner of the field at the Gerry Faust Complex is Moeller’s last state championship coach, Steve Klonne. He won a national title in 1982 and the last state title in 1985. After a mysterious departure and a career resurrection at McNicholas, Klonne is back coaching the offensive line along with one of his former players, ex-UC center Doug Rosfeld. Among the players returning, offensive lineman


Moeller senior Keith Watkins returns as a Crusader running back. Watkins recently committed to Northwestern. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS Alex Gall will play for the Miami Hurricanes and running back Keith Watkins for Northwestern. Quarterback Spencer Iacovone is back and could generate interest to go along with his baseball offers to Xavier and Marshall. Offensive linemen Chris Henke and Matthew Noble and tight end Evan Jansen add to the Crusaders’ arsenal. “Evan’s committed to Indiana and he’s going to

step in and give a little athletic edge out there,” Rodenberg said. “I think he’ll have a good season and help us replace (Monty) Madaris. We have a slew of guys on offense that are back.” Running back Watkins ran for 625 yards and nine scores in 2011 and is healthy and ready to go. Quarterback Iacovone led the Greater Catholic League in passing yards with 1,976 and 22 touch-

downs. He also ran for 579 yards and 11 touchdowns. “Spencer’s the guy, but (junior) Gus Ragland can do some of the same things that Spencer can do,” Rodenberg said. “If something were to happen with Spencer, we’ve got an option where we can run the same offense with Gus.” Ragland will also play some receiver and will be an Iacovone target along with senior Max Foley and sophomore speedster Chase Pankey. On defense, there’s Michigan State commit Shane Jones at linebacker along with senior Jimmy Rodenberg and senior de-

fensive back Logan Kelleher. At safety, Moeller has a high school oddity in 6’5” safety Sam Hubbard. “I’ll make a bold prediction,” Rodenberg said. “Sam Hubbard will be one of the top 10 players in the state of Ohio as a junior. He’s a free safety that’s committed to Notre Dame for lacrosse. I think by the time it’s all said and done, he’ll play football and lacrosse at Notre Dame.” In their 50th year of football at Moeller, Rodenberg’s job would be a dream to many. As he seeks to live up to preseason expectations, he credits the staff behind him for preparing Moeller’s “mighty.” “I really like the lowerlevel coaches,” Rodenberg said. “We all run the same program. Their responsibility is to get guys ready for varsity and I think they do a great job.”

GAME DAYS Aug. 26 Gilman School, 2 p.m. Sept. 1 Grand Rapids Christian, 1 p.m. Sept. 8 at Detroit Catholic Central, 2 p.m. Sept. 14 at St. Xavier, Ky., 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at St. Xavier, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at La Salle, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5 Elder, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at Cathedral, Ind., 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20 St. Edwards, 2 p.m. Oct. 27 Trinity, Ky., 2 p.m.

As they seek a regional title, Moeller’s schedule is another Murderer’s Row with schools from Maryland, Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana and northern Ohio. Their local menu boasts St. Xavier, La Salle and Elder.

Braves try to stay among elite By Scott Springer

INDIAN HILL — The Indian Hill Braves would like to return to the Cincinnati Hills League championship form that saw them win five straight from 2004 to 2008. After a down year in 2010, coach Mike Theisen’s crew finished near the top last season with a 7-3 mark behind undefeated Madeira. However, graduation changed Theisen’s lineup this fall as all-league offensive performers Teddy Kremchek, Tyler Marrs and Austin Trout have moved on. The new quarterback replacing Marrs is Jon Griggs, who made first-team CHL as a defensive back in 2011. Indian Hill’s plan is to gain yards the good, old-fashioned way on the ground using the mid-line and triple option. “He’s going to have the ball 80 percent of the time in his hands,” Theisen said. Griggs is receiving interest from the Air Force and Naval academies for football and also is an Indian Hill starter in basketball. Behind Griggs, Indian Hill will have Clayton Hosmer and Kyle Niekamp alternating at fullback, with Matt Carrier and James Brendamour on the wings. Carrier brings some family football knowledge into the picture as his father is Bengals defensive backs coach, Mark Carrier. Blocking for the crew is senior offensive lineman Sami Kassem. At 6’5” and 315 pounds, Kassem is the big-

Indian Hill seniors Robert Stephens and Jon Griggs will lead the Braves on opposite ends of the ball. Stephens, left, will be middle linebacker, while Griggs takes over at quarterback. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

GAME DAYS Aug. 24 New Richmond Aug. 31 at Middletown Madison Sept. 7 at Taft Sept. 14 Wyoming Sept. 21 at Mariemont Sept. 28 Taylor Oct. 5 Madeira Oct. 12 at Finneytown Oct. 19 Deer Park Oct. 26 at Reading All games are 7:30 p.m.

Indian Hill senior linebacker Tanner Landstra, left, joins fellow senior Sami Kassem at an early Braves practice at Tomahawk Stadium. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS gest Brave along with 6’4” junior Sam Smith. According to Theisen, Kassem has had more than 100 college inquiries with Smith receiving 50 to 60. The reason for the switch in offensive philosophy is in part due to the loss of receiver Teddy Kremchek, who caught 58 passes for 1,019 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior.

Kremchek plays basketball at Wittenberg now, but Theisen’s receiving corps still has potential. “We have Shay Bahner, a 6’5” wideout. We think he’s pretty good,” Theisen said. “He’s only going to be a junior. We’ve got some people that can catch the ball. But, we’re going to be primarily a running team. Probably 70-30.” Defensively, the Braves play a 4-3 and will be anchored by senior linebackers Robert Stephens and Tanner Landstra. Both will also see some time on offense.

“They both started for us last year,” Theisen said. “They’re both more than capable of going both ways.” Indian Hill numbers have been down in recent years, which has forced Theisen’s hand in playing kids all game. He estimates four or five Braves will consistently play on both sides of the ball. Despite lacking depth, Indian Hill nearly had a playoff year and is looking for more of the same. “We were a couple snaps away from a 10-0 season,” Theisen

said. “We wind up 7-3, if things had gone the other way we could’ve gone 10-0. We have a good group of young men and we expect to have a fine football team.” In the CHL, Theisen sees Taylor as an up-and-coming team but still expects rival Madeira to be the frontrunner. “Until somebody knocks you off the top,” Theisen said of Madeira. “I think they still have some pretty good players coming back.” The Braves get the Mustangs at Tomahawk Stadium this season on Oct. 5.


By Tom Skeen


Bombers poised for another run in 2012

St. Xavier running back C.J. Hilliard (8) runs the ball against Moeller in a Division I playoff game at Nippert Stadium. Hilliard takes over as the No. 1 running back after the graduation of Conor Hudley, but coach Steve Specht said they will operate as a “running back by committee” to start the season.


The tradition continued for the St. Xavier Bombers in 2011, as they went to the state semifinals before bowing out to Pickerington Central 14-7. Even though the Bombers graduated nine AllGreater Catholic League players, including Player of the Year Nathan Gerbus, coach Steve Specht reloaded his roster and is ready to make another run in 2012. At the quarterback position it has been a battle between senior Trey Kilgore and junior Nick Tensing. Kilgore was named secondteam All-GCL in 2011 for his production at wide receiver and was named to the 2012 Preseason All-Tristate High School Football FirstTeam. While both bring different skill sets under center, it will be difficult to replace Griffin Dolle, who tossed for more than 1,100 yards in 2011. “It’s been a really good competition this summer between Trey and Nick,” Specht said. “Nick has a stronger arm in the pocket. Trey is more of a runner, but he can throw the ball, too. It’s been a really good competition and I feel good about where we are.” Senior Matthew Mooney could find himself under center as well in 2012. Junior running back C.J. Hilliard will look to fill the void left by all-league back Conor Hundley. While Specht will not compare the two because of how differ-


St. Xavier's Kevin Milligan runs for the touchdown during the first half of the Bombers’ regional final against the Pickerington Tigers. TONY TRIBBLE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS ent they are, he knows this is a transition year at the running back position, even though Hilliard was named to the Preseason All-Tristate First-Team. “(C.J.) doesn’t compare to Conor, just like I wouldn’t compare Conor to Darius Ashley,” Specht said. “They are just different style runners. We don’t have the guy that is going to carry the ball 25 times a game; it’s a by-committee situation right now.” Others who will see time at the position are Randy Merchant and Ben Glines. Kilgore will see time at wideout and add to what is already a talented and experienced group. The Bombers return four-year varsity player and three-year start-

er Kevin Milligan, along with Ryan Frey and Cameron Dunn. In 2011, the quartet combined for 778 yards receiving and


By Scott Springer

Boys golf

» Sycamore was seventh at the Princeton Invitational Aug. 14 at Glenview Golf Course. Alan Carr shot 75. Sycamore “Green” tied for sixth at the Badin Bash Invitational Aug. 17. Senior Jake Lampe shot 73. » Moeller was second at the Anderson Invitational at Legendary Run on Aug. 17.

» On Aug. 13, the Sycamore “A” squad was fourth at the Lady Elk Invitational at Yankee Trace in Centerville. The Lady Aves “B” was sixth. Marybeth Reinhold shot 76 for Sycamore.


» Sycamore beat Columbus Academy 3-2 on Aug. 17. Winning in singles for the Lady Aves were freshman Maggie Skwara and senior Nanki Hura

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Septembeer 13, 13 2 012 0 12 September 2012 Join us for a smorgasbord of delectables including roast pork sirloin and vegetarian options. Take a tour of the Paul Brown Stadium, including conservation highlights. Bring your family and take a picture of everyone on the field. Reservations are limited for the dinner and tours. Cost is $15.00 per person includes parking. Tours start at 3:00pm, 4:00pm and 5:00pm. Dinner is at 6:00pm with a business meeting to follow at 6:45pm.

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five touchdowns. Specht believes his wide receiving corps will be the strength of his offense. On the offensive line, senior Garrett Campbell is the only returning starter and will be joined by Zach Ruter, who was a reserve in 2011, along with William Burke and Rich Kurz. “We’ve had good competition at all the spots all year long,” Specht said. “But it is our biggest question mark.” The Bombers return three from last year in the secondary in cornerback Ben Carroll, Robbie Ries and Joe Barrett. “We expect big things from them,” Specht said of

his defensive leaders. “All three are quality players and we are excited about those guys.” Senior Mark Jacob is back at linebacker. With St. Xavier ranked No. 3 in the Preseason Enquirer Division I Coaches’ Poll, Specht likes where his team is but knows the Bombers need to work out some kinks. “We have a good core group to build around,” Specht said, who is entering his ninth season with the Bombers. “We graduated three up front (on the defensive line), so there has been a lot of competition up there as well.”

GAME DAYS Aug. 24 at Middletown, 8:30 p.m. Aug. 31 at Indianapolis Cathedral Sept. 7 Colerain Sept. 14 at Louisville Trinity Sept. 21 Moeller Sept. 28 at Elder Oct. 5 at La Salle Oct. 13 at St. Edward, 2 p.m. Oct. 20 St. Ignatius, 2 p.m. Oct. 26, Louisville St. Xavier All games are 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.



Princeton ready to take step forward in 2012 Vikings ranked No. 9 in preseason polls

Princeton halfback DeMarco Thomas finds a hole to run between during a scrimmage against Turpin Aug. 7. NICK DUDUKOVICH/THE

By Nick Dudukovich



ton High School football program took a huge step under first-year head coach Gary Croley last season. The Vikings ended 2011 with a 7-3 record, which is the first time the team won more than five games since it won eight in 2008. This fall, Princeton will look to take another step forward. “That’s our expectation. We definitely hope that our kids will be building of what was re-established last year,” Croley said. The city is taking notice of the up-and-coming program, evidenced by Princeton’s No. 9 ranking in the Enquirer’s coaches’ poll. The Vikings enter the 2012 campaign with two viable options at quarterback in junior Tyrell Gilbert and senior William Blevins. According to Croley, both are pushing each other and the squad expects big-play potential from both players. Blevins, who was lined up at

Princeton defensive back Anton Hendrix, right, sticks to Turpin receiver Larry Eckert during a scrimmage at Princeton High School Aug. 7. NICK DUDUKOVICH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

wide receiver during a scrimmage against Turpin Aug. 7, made an eye-opening catch, beating his man downfield for a 60-yard touchdown pass. “He’s a great athlete. He makes plays that you really think couldn’t be made,” Croley said. The Vikings’ offense should also get contributions from halfbacks DeMarco Thomas and Darrell Davis. Thomas rushed for 900 yards

and seven scores on 158 attempts a season ago. He also caught 15 balls for 196 yards and three touchdowns. Davis tallied 344 offensive yards. At defensive back, he recorded two interceptions. The duo will run behind an offensive line anchored by 6foot-6, 270-pound senior offensive lineman Mac Bosel. Davis, a 5-foot-8, 180-pound senior, believes the play of the Vikings’ younger players will be

crucial to Princeton’s success. “I feel like we’ve got a lot of work to do to compete with where we were last year. We took a big step back when we lost all of our seniors, so we’re going to need a bunch of the young guys to fill in to do what they can and help out the team,” he said. On defense, the Vikings might be strongest at linebacker, a position that is welcoming back a slew of seniors. Jelani Parrish and Darian Perkins, along with senior defensive lineman Darian Tucker, should anchor the unit. The Vikings open the season playing Clayton Northmont Aug. 25 at Dayton’s Welcome Stadium as part of the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown. For Croley, receiving an invite and having an opportunity for his kids to showcase their talents is an honor. “They get to play in a college setting, and for us, it’s a great thing. We just want to go up there and take care of business,” Croley said.

GAME DAYS Aug. 25 @ Northmont, 2:30 p.m. @ Dayton Welcome Stadium Aug. 31 @ Pickerington North Sept. 7 La Salle Sept. 14 at Colerain Sept. 21 Oak Hills Sept. 28 @ Lakota West Oct. 5 Hamilton Oct. 12 @ Sycamore Oct. 19 Mason Oct. 26 @ Middletown All games are at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

CCD sets quick learning curve Indians will look to fill void left by graduating seniors By Nick Dudukovich

INDIAN HILL — A Cincinnati Country Day team loaded with senior experience went 7-3 and qualified for the Division VI playoffs a season ago. Now, head coach Tim Dunn has just seven starters returning. For Dunn, the answer to being competitive is easy: The Indians need to have a quick learning curve to hang with conference power houses such as North College Hill and CHCA. “They’ve got to really kind of pick it up,” Dunn said. “They’ve got to get a year ahead of schedule; that’s what we’re hoping they can do.” Senior running back/linebacker Zach Higginbotham will be a factor on both sides of the ball. Offensively, he’ll see his workload increase from about eight carries per game to 20. “He’s going to have to carry the load offensively and defensively,” Dunn said. “He’s a big, physical back and hopefully teams will have trouble stopping him.” Higginbotham might not be a bad player to bet all your chips on. As a junior, he received Enquirer honorable mention after rushing for 586 yards on 106 attempts (5.5 average). At linebacker he forced three fumbles and recovered two. At quarterback, junior J.R. Menifee will transition to life under center after playing wide receiver a season ago. Menifee is quick and athletic, and should cause headaches for opposing coaches. Menifee also will line up at defensive back, along with junior Carson Aquino, to form a formidable secondary. The offensive line will be anchored by senior captain Jack

GAME DAYS Aug. 25 Indianapolis Lions Football, 5 p.m. Aug. 31 @ Pendleton County Sept. 7 St. Bernard Sept. 14 @ Clark Montessori, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 CHCA Sept. 28 North College Hill Oct. 5 @ New Miami, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 @ Summit Country Day Oct. 19 Lockland Oct. 26 @ Cincinnati Christian, 7:30 p.m. All games are at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Cincinnati Country Day senior linebacker Jack Victor should be a cornerstone of the Indians’ defense this fall. NICK DUDUKOVICH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Dunn Victor and junior Brooks Warner. Dunn said the rest of the line is young, and that the team will try and run behind Victor as much as it can. Dunn, who has a lifetime record of193-74, and the Indians kick off the season against the Indianapolis Lions at home Aug. 25. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m.

Cincinnati Country Day will start J.R. Menifee at quarterback during the season. Menifee is pictured during practice at CCD Aug. 6. NICK DUDUKOVICH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS



MVCA moves to full varsity schedule Numbers nearly tripled since 2010 By Mark D. Motz

NEWTOWN — The Miami Valley Christian Academy varsity football team wants to be the best. And while the third-year high school program won’t even be eligible to compete be for the Ohio High School Athletic Association playoffs until next year, the Lions are building a foundation that could lead them to the top. The Lions have 38 players out this season, the first it will play an entire nine-game varsity schedule. MVCA began with 13 players in 2010 while playing one varsity and seven JV games. Last year they went 8-1 in a season with four varsity and five JV contests. Third-year head coach Rob Vilardo – who has been instrumental as an assistant coach for successful teams like the Anderson squads of the 1990s and perennial Kentucky state champs Highlands High School in the 2000s – believes big aspirations are important. “Every successful school at some point was where we are, the beginning,” he said. “Whether it was Cincinnati St. Xavier, Highlands, Colerain, whoever, they had to start somewhere and they made a decision they were going to build and sacrifice and create a winning tradition. We have the opportunity to do that from the ground up, which is rare and exciting. I’m all in.” The increased numbers alone are cause for optimism. “We can actually practice 11on-11 sometimes now,” Vilardo said with a chuckle. “That’s huge for us.” Juniors Gavin Carson and Bethel-Tate High School transfer

Miami Valley Christian Academy head coach Rob Vilardo instructs his team before a pre-season practice. MARK D. MOTZ/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS Layne Cherry will compete for the starting quarterback job. Senior Daniel Hallberg and junior Josh Degonckheere anchor the offensive line that will protect them. Sophomore Jeff Dedeker returns at running back and junior Alex Ammerman joins him in the backfield. The Lions will run a spread offense to capitalize on its speed and athleticism, and turn its undersized line into a strength. “You have a small school; you’re going to have kids on the line who would be tailbacks at bigger schools,” Vilardo said. “Every kid who thinks he wants to be a tight end, you turn into a tackle. Guys who want to be running backs, you have to say, ‘No, you’re a guard.’ Very few people say, ‘Yeah, I want to play O line,’ but they’re the backbone of any offense. We’re putting athletes

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MVCA SCHEDULE Aug. 24 Hillcrest, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 1 at Middletown Christian, 7 p.m. Sept. 7 Riverview East, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 Landmark, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 St. Bernard, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5 Gamble Montessori, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 Oyler TBA Oct. 19 Manchester, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 Cincinnati College Prep, 7:30 p.m.

A transfer from Bethel-Tate High School, junior Layne Cherry will compete for the quarterback role with junior Gavin Carson at Miami Valley Christian Academy.

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THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, AUG. 23 Civic Susan B. Anthony List Bus Tour, 10 a.m., Wornick Foods, 4660 Creek Road, Parking Lot. With Jean Schmidt, Ohio Congresswoman, Paula Westwood, Cincinnati Right to Life executive director, and Bobbi Horvath, Concerned Women of America of Ohio director. Fivestate tour theme: Women Speak Out: Abortion is Not Health Care.” Featuring former Rep. Marilyn Musgrave and Jill Stanek. Free. 728-7870; Blue Ash.

Farmers Market Farmers Market, 3-6 p.m., UC Blue Ash College, 9555 Plainfield Road, College campus parking lot. Locally grown produce available to enhance healthy eating and healthy lifestyle. Local growers/producers: Lobenstein Farm, Kartal Honey, The Olde Garden Shack, Breezy Acres and Backyard Orchards. Free admission. 745-5685; Blue Ash.

Health / Wellness Cancer Grads Networking Group, 6:30-8 p.m., Cancer Support Community, 4918 Cooper Road, Cancer survivors that have completed treatment connect and support each other through professionally facilitated networking group. 791-4060; Blue Ash.

Home & Garden Designing Hot Kitchens and Cool Baths, 6:30 p.m., Neal’s Design Remodel Gallery, 7770 E. Kemper Road, Project consultants and designers discuss trends in kitchen and bath design. Light fare provided. Ages 18 and up. Free. 489-7700; Sharonville.

Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke, 9 p.m., Tap House Grill, 8740 Montgomery Road, 8918277. Sycamore Township.

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

Music - Concerts Summer Concert Series, 7-8:30 p.m., Twin Lakes at Montgomery, 9840 Montgomery Road, Outdoors. New Horizons Dixieland Band: toe-tapping melodies. Bring seating. Free. 2471330. Montgomery.

On Stage - Comedy Keith Bender, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, Comedian. $8-$12. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Support Groups Motherless Daughters Support Group, 7-8:30 p.m., Montgomery Community Church, 11251 Montgomery Road, For adult women who have lost or miss nurturing care of their mother. Free. Through Dec. 20. 489-0892. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Free, donations accepted. 800-0164. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, 4309 Cooper Road, Book discussion group. Open to everyone who desires healthy loving relationships. Family friendly. Donations accepted. 673-0174. Blue Ash.

FRIDAY, AUG. 24 Dining Events Friday Night Family Grillouts, 5-8 p.m., Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road, Music by Katie Pritchard. Freshly grilled meals and music on dock. Meals: $7.75-$9.25. Parking permit required. 791-1663; Symmes Township.

Festivals Taste of Blue Ash, 6-11 p.m., Blue Ash Towne Square, Cooper and Hunt roads, Music by Roger Hodgson, known as voice of Supertramp, on main stage 9 p.m. Various types of cuisine from local restaurants, entertainment, rides and family fun area. Free. 745-8500; Blue Ash.

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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 May 3. 784-0084. Silverton.

to spice up current routine. Free. 985-0900. Montgomery.

Health / Wellness Health Talk, 7:15-8 p.m., Baker Chiropractic Cincinnati, 4781 Red Bank Road, Weekly meetings to answer questions and give information to help make decisions about your health and your life. Free. Registration required. 561-2273; Madisonville.

Music - Acoustic The Foles, 7:30 p.m., deSha’s American Tavern, 11320 Montgomery Road, Free. 247-9933; Montgomery.


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Sonny Moorman Group, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Shady O’Grady’s Pub, 9443 Loveland-Madeira Road, 791-2753. Symmes Township.

Farmers Market, 3-6 p.m., UC Blue Ash College, Free admission. 745-5685; Blue Ash.

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Taking Back Your Vitality: Toxicity Awareness Seminar, 6-7:30 p.m., Robert L. Schuler Sports Complex, 11532 Deerfield Road, First 10 people to purchase detox program receive complimentary Bio-electrical Impedance Analysis. Includes follow-up consultation. With Dr. David Bradford of Everybody’s Health and Vince Pitstick, special guest speaker. Ages 18 and up. Free. 469-0016; Sycamore Township.

Keith Bender, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $8-$12. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Tours Kool Down Fridays, 2-4 p.m., The Kenwood by Senior Star, 5435 Kenwood Road, Complimentary Graeter’s ice cream bar while touring community and mingling with staff and residents. Free. Through Aug. 31. 561-9300; Kenwood.

SATURDAY, AUG. 25 Art & Craft Classes Open Create Time, Noon-5 p.m., Hyatt Art Studio, 7813 Laurel Ave., Walk in off the street and choose to paint flower pot, garden stone or canvas in any design. Bring snack. $20, $15 ages 12 and under with painting adult. 561-0677; Madeira.

Cooking Classes Healthy Cooking Classes, Noon-1:30 p.m., Peachy’s Health Smart, 7400 Montgomery Road. Ages 18 and up. $30. Registration required. 315-3943; Silverton.

Festivals Taste of Blue Ash, Noon-11 p.m., Blue Ash Towne Square, Music by Dennis DeYoung, founding member of the band STYX, on main stage at 9 p.m. Free. 745-8500; Blue Ash.

Health / Wellness Get Fit for Life, 2-3:30 p.m., Whole Care Chiropractic, 4434 Carver Woods Drive, Information session on safe, rapid weight loss, doctor supervised and supported, non-drug, lifestyle education for permanent results. Ages 18 and up. Free. Reservations required. 489-9515; Blue Ash.

Home & Garden Designing Hot Kitchens and Cool Baths, 10:30 a.m., Neal’s Design Remodel Gallery, Free. 489-7700; Sharonville. The Way of Worms: Vermiculture for the Home Gardener, 1-4 p.m., Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Workshop on how to improve your soil and the life of your garden. Begins with discussion of art and science of backyard turning-bin composting. Instruction on composting with worms in containers. $25. Reservations required. 683-2340; Loveland.

Music - Acoustic My Girl Friday, 7:30 p.m., deSha’s American Tavern, 11320 Montgomery Road, Free. 2479933; Montgomery.

Music - Religious Romola CD Launch, 7-9 p.m., Beth Messiah Messianic Synagogue, 9054 Columbia Road, Concert with special choreographed dances. CDs available for purchase. Free. 683-8817; Loveland.

On Stage - Comedy Keith Bender, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $8-$12. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Pets Cat Adoptions, 1-3 p.m., Ohio Alleycat Resource, 5619 Orlando Place, Volunteers answer questions about the cats. Presented by Ohio Alleycat Resource &

Coupon blogger Andrea Deckard from will lead a workshop on grocery savings at the Sharonville Branch Library at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, 10980 Thornview Drive, Sharonville. Gain a better understanding of how to shop with coupons using strategic couponing and menu planning techniques and achieve a savings of 50 percent or more. Call 369-6049 for more information. FILE PHOTO

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Clubs & Organizations

Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke, 9 p.m., Tap House Grill, 891-8277. Sycamore Township.

Music - Blues Sonny’s Solo Blues, 7-11 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 697-9705; Loveland.

On Stage - Theater Mike Lukas, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place. $8-$14. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, Free, donations accepted. 800-0164. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, Donations accepted. 673-0174. Blue Ash.



Cincinnati Toastmasters Club No. 472 Meeting, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Paul Community United Methodist Church, 8221 Miami Road, Public speaking and leadership skills meeting. Family friendly. Free. 351-5005; Madeira.


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Oklahoma!, 2-5 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, 111 S. Second St., Singers: Please be prepared to sing one chorus of any Rogers and Hammerstein song. A song from the Oklahoma is acceptable. An accompanist will be provided. Please provide your own sheet music. Dancers: Please dress appropriately and bring jazz or tap shoes. Come prepared to dance and read from the script. Free. 478-6015; Loveland.

Acoustic Open Mic, 7-10 p.m., Shady O’Grady’s Pub, 9443 Loveland-Madeira Road. 7912753. Symmes Township.

Health Screenings, 10 a.m.noon, Owens Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center, Free. 784-0084. Silverton. Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., First American Loans, 6835 Montgomery Road, Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. 686-3300; Silverton.

Ultimate Frisbee, Noon-2 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Ages 20-35. Held outdoors on front lawn. Free. 985-0900. Montgomery.

Benefits Shindig for Tim and Toby Banks, 3-5 p.m., Montgomery Inn Montgomery, 9440 Montgomery Road, Buffet of pulled pork sandwiches, coleslaw, chips and drink. Tim and Toby Banks will share their testimony and experiences caring for 20 orphaned girls in Croix des Bouquets, Haiti. Benefits Servants in Fellowship H.O.P.E. Center for Orphaned Girls. Free, donations accepted. Reservations required. 891-4564. Montgomery.

Festivals Taste of Blue Ash, Noon-9 p.m., Blue Ash Towne Square, Music by .38 Special, southern rock sextet, on main stage at 7:30 p.m. Free. 745-8500; Blue Ash.

On Stage - Comedy Keith Bender, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, $8-$12. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Pets Cat Adoptions, Noon-2 p.m., Ohio Alleycat Resource, 8717297; Madisonville.

MONDAY, AUG. 27 Auditions Oklahoma!, 7-9 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, Free.

Music - Acoustic Bob Cushing, 8 p.m., Shady O’Grady’s Pub, 9443 LovelandMadeira Road, 791-2753. Symmes Township.

TUESDAY, AUG. 28 Farmers Market Loveland Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m., Loveland Station, W. Loveland Avenue, E. Broadway and Second streets, Located at Loveland Station parking area: Route 48 and W. Loveland Ave. 683-0491; Loveland.

Health / Wellness Health Talk, 6-7 p.m., Baker Chiropractic Madeira, 7907 Euclid Ave., Weekly meetings to answer questions and give information to help make decisions about your health and your life. Free. Registration required. 272-9200; Madeira.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 29 Cooking Classes Kid’s Healthy Cooking Classes, 4-6 p.m., Peachy’s Health Smart, 7400 Montgomery Road, Peachy Seiden, registered dietitian and nutrition science instructor, teaches children to be more health conscious by encouraging them to make healthy food choices and teaching them how to prepare and cook nutrientdense meals. Ages 11-14. $40. Registration required. 315-3943; Silverton.

Exercise Classes TRX QuickBlast, 4:30-5 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Learn new training techniques

Dining Events Friday Night Family Grillouts, 5-8 p.m., Lake Isabella, Music by Ben Alexander. Meals: $7.75$9.25. Parking permit required. 791-1663; Symmes Township.

Music - Acoustic Acoustik Buca, 7:30 p.m., deSha’s American Tavern, 11320 Montgomery Road, 247-9933. Montgomery.

On Stage - Theater Mike Lukas, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $8-$14. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Senior Citizens Veterans Luncheon, 12:30 p.m., Sycamore Senior Center, 4455 Carver Woods Drive, Music by the Fresh Spirit Trio. Luncheon to honor veterans of any American war. Box lunches and desserts from the Kroger Store provided. $4. Reservations required. 745-0617; Blue Ash.

Tours Kool Down Fridays, 2-4 p.m., The Kenwood by Senior Star, Free. 561-9300; Kenwood.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 1 Clubs & Organizations Alabama Game Watch Party, 8-10:30 p.m., Firehouse Grill, 4785 Lake Forest Drive, Join other Alabama alumni, fans and parents to cheer on the Tide for 2012 football season. Bring non-perishable food items to benefit the Freestore Foodbank. Free. 733-3473; www.bama- Blue Ash.

Cooking Classes Healthy Cooking Classes, Noon-1:30 p.m., Peachy’s Health Smart, $30. Registration required. 315-3943; Silverton.

On Stage - Theater Mike Lukas, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $8-$14. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Pets Cat Adoptions, 1-3 p.m., Ohio Alleycat Resource, 871-7297; Madisonville.

Reunions Sycamore High School Class of 1982 Reunion, 7-11 p.m., Firehouse Grill, 4785 Lake Forest Drive, Other events: Friday night home football game and Village Tavern, golf outing Sunday. $75 at door, $65 advance. Reservations required. 602-1501; Blue Ash.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 2 Holiday - Labor Day Fireworks Dinner Train, 6 p.m., Cincinnati Dinner Train, 4725 Madison Road, Boarding begins 4:30 p.m. Train departs BBQ Revue at 6 p.m. Arrives at Montgomery Inn Boathouse at 8 p.m. Train departs boathouse at 10:25 p.m. after fireworks. Arrive back at restaurant at 11:25 p.m. Luxury private car: $250 per person. Dining cars: $110. Airconditioned long distance coach: $50. Reservations required. 791-7245; Madisonville.

On Stage - Theater Mike Lukas, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, $8-$14. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Pets Cat Adoptions, Noon-2 p.m., Ohio Alleycat Resource, 8717297; Madisonville.

MONDAY, SEPT. 3 Karaoke and Open Mic Acoustic Open Mic, 7-10 p.m., Shady O’Grady’s Pub, 791-2753. Symmes Township.

Music - Classical Summer Carillon Concerts, 2 p.m., Mary M. Emery Carillon, Pleasant Street, Listen in park as the carillonneur performs on a keyboard connected to 49 bells inside the tower. Tours of keyboard room and bells may be arranged through the carillonneurs. Free. 271-8519; Mariemont. Blue Ash/Montgomery Symphony Orchestra Labor Day Concert, 6-8 p.m., Sycamore Junior High School, 5757 Cooper Road, Auditorium. Special 25-year anniversary concert displaying talents of board members Manisha Patel, piano, and Dirk Wonnell, flute. Program includes Mozart’s Symphony No. 25 in G minor, Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor, Western (An Overture) by Robert O. Johnson and Shostakovich’s Festive Overture. Free. 549-2197; Montgomery.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 4 Education Practice of Poetry: Fall Series, 7-9 p.m., Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, House of Joy. Weekly or bi-weekly through Nov. 13. $125 bi-weekly; $190 weekly. Reservations required. 683-2340. Loveland.

Farmers Market Loveland Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m., Loveland Station, 6830491; Loveland.

Health / Wellness Health Talk, 6-7 p.m., Baker Chiropractic Madeira, Free. Registration required. 272-9200; Madeira.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 5 Cooking Classes Kid’s Healthy Cooking Classes, 4-6 p.m., Peachy’s Health Smart, $40. Registration required. 315-3943; Silverton.



Readers offer tasty barbecue recipes When we were kids and attending St. Margaret of Cortona’s school in Madison Place, one of my favorite hot lunches was the barbecue. You could smell it the minute you stood on the steps going down to the cafeteria. It was stringy and coated with just enough sauce to make it a bit drippy so when you took a bite, some would fall onto your plate – a bonus to savor with that last forkful of slaw. Apparently Rita school Heikenfeld lunches RITA’S KITCHEN bring back a flood of memories for many of you.

Lockland School’s barbecue from the ‘50s Ann Seebohm, a Montgomery reader, sent this for Marilyn Morris, who was looking for St. Bernard School’s barbecue from the 1950s. Ann said: “The recipe I have is not from St. Bernard School but from Lockland School. However it is from the 1950s and is also called barbecue, but is more like sloppy joe. Hope this is what Marilyn Morris is looking for.”

Rita suggests roasting tomatoes to preserve them for winter cooking.

Brown 2 pounds ground beef with 4 medium onions and 2 bell peppers, chopped

Add the following and simmer: 2 tablespoons each: Worcestershire, barbecue sauce, vinegar and sugar


Add 1 bottle of ketchup. Though Ann doesn’t say how much, I would start out with a very generous cup and go from there, tasting and adding more as needed.

Grandma Weaver’s and Lisa Mauch’s mom’s barbecue Lisa Mauch, my former editor, came to the rescue, too. Actually, her mom did. “My mom says the recipe she’s sharing isn’t precise since she just adds stuff until it looks and tastes right. She says the secret is to keep smushing the mixture. She also says she sometimes adds a dash of cinnamon and/or chocolate.” Sounds like a confident cook to me! We get a bonus here, too: Two generations sharing. Grandma Weaver’s recipe 1 pound hamburger 1 ⁄3 cup ketchup 1 onion (chopped) 1 green pepper (diced) 1 tablespoon vinegar

1 tablespoon mustard 1 tablespoon sugar ½ teaspoon salt

2 carrots, sliced thin or shredded 1 bell pepper, chopped 1 cup onion, chopped

Lisa’s mom’s recipe

Dressing: Bring to a boil, then simmer, uncovered, 10-15 minutes or so, until slightly thickened:

3 pounds ground sirloin (browned) 1 chopped onion and green pepper 2 tablespoons vinegar 2-3 tablespoons mustard 1 cup sugar ½-¾ bottle of ketchup (24 oz.)

Rita’s do-ahead, marinated slaw

Pour dressing over cabbage mixture. Cover and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Stir before serving.

This is delicious with the barbecue and a bit different than the norm. Salad:

Combine and set aside while making dressing: 6-8 cups shredded cabbage or cole slaw mix

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Incidents/investigations Assault (knowingly harm) At 1116 Corine Ave., Aug. 9. Breaking and entering Someone took $100 from Performance Alignment Co. at 11551 Grooms Road, Aug. 13. Criminal mischief A woman said someone damaged a mailbox, value $10 at 5249 Cook Ave., Aug. 10. Failure to comply with order/signal of officer At Westbound Ohio 126 at Plainfield Road, Aug. 11. Petty theft A man said someone took an iPad 2, value $450, from Embassy Suites Hotel at 4554 Lake Forest Drive apartment 356, Aug. 9. A man said someone took $43 from Blue Ash Recreation Center at 4433 Cooper Road, Aug. 11. Theft A man said someone took an Echo backpack blower, value $499; an Echo Pro trimmer, value $339.99; an Echo Pro trimmer, value $339.99, and an Echo backpack blower, value $499, from the Brickman Group at 4620 Carlyn Drive, Aug. 9. Theft, misuse of credit card A woman said someone took a wallet and its contents, including $30 cash, from Skyline Chili at 9254 Plainfield Road, Aug. 9.

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