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Montgomery, FOP agree on contract Police officers will receive pay 1% raise in 2014, 2% in 2015 By Jason Hoffman

MONTGOMERY — The Montgomery Police Department officers represented by the Fraternal Order of Police have a new contract in place for the next three years. Montgomery City Council approved the contract Wednesday, completing the negotiating process with the union. “We have a very good working relationship with city,” said Bob Otte, Montgomery Police officer and one of three union representatives in the department. “It’s one of respect, and we don’t play games with each other.” Otte has been with the Montgomery Police Department for more than 12 years and this was his third round of contract negotiations. “They all go pretty much the same,” he said. “We understand that every city is still having financial difficulties or budget issues.”

Montgomery Police officers represented by the Fraternal Order of Police have a new contract through 2016 with Montgomery. FILE PHOTO

The 19 officers represented by the union won’t receive a pay increase this year, but will receive a 1-percent increase Jan. 1, 2014, and 2-percent increase July 1, 2015. The only two members of the police department not represented are Montgomery Police Chief Don Simpson and Lt. Jerry Beitman. All 12 members of the union board voted to approve the contract. City Council voted 6-0, with Councilman Barry Joffe absent from the meeting. “It was fine work by our team,” City Manager Wayne Davis said. “This has to be done periodically and it worked out well this time.” Want to know more about the stories that matter in Montgomery? Follow Jason Hoffman on Twitter: @jhoffman_cp.

Montgomery City Manager Wayne Davis, left, said the city’s negotiations the the Fraternal Order of Police went well and the 19 Montgomery Police Department officers represented by the union are under contract through 2016.FILE PHOTO

Soldiers of the 10th Battalion of the Army Reserve Careers Division stand in formation during a change-of-command ceremony at the Blue Ash Veterans Memorial. JASON HOFFMAN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Army unit changes commanders in Blue Ash

Columbus-based reservists host ceremony at Veterans Memorial By Jason Hoffman

BLUE ASH — It wasn’t Veterans Day or the Fourth of July, but the 10th Battalion of the Army Reserve Careers Division filled the Blue Ash Veterans Memorial Sept. 5. The unit was in town to conduct its change-of-command ceremony – the first at the Blue Ash landmark – and although the drive was more than one hour, the soldiers said it was well worth it. “It’s really a beautiful location,” said Sgt. 1st Class Bill Csaszar, who planned the event for the battalion. “I have never met a community so willing to roll out the red carpet for us.” Lt. Col. Amy Massaglia is retiring after more than 30 years in the Army and relinquished command of the unit to Lt. Col. Christopher Henderson. Henderson, a veteran of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom, said Blue Ash was the perfect location. “You can definitely tell this

Army Lt. Col. Amy Massaglia speaks after turning over command of the 10th Battalion of the Army Reserve Careers Division in a ceremony hosted at the Blue Ash Veterans Memorial Thursday, Sept. 5. JASON HOFFMAN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

community supports the military and that always makes it nice to give back.” Blue Ash councilmen Rick Bryan and Robert Buckman attended the ceremony. “It’s an incredible honor for the city to be able to host this change of command,” said Bryan, a retired Army lieutenant colonel. “These are the men and women that make sure the military stays strong in reserve.” Blue Ash Police planned portions of the event and also helped with security during the ceremony. Lt. Steve Schueler of the BAPD said his department was

Blue Ash Police Chief Paul Hartinger, left, was given a certificate of gratitude by Army Lt. Col. Christopher Henderson after he assumed command of the 10th Battalion of the Army Reserve Careers Division at the Blue Ash Veterans Memorial Thursday, Sept. 5. JASON HOFFMAN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

prepared for anything that might happen. “Unfortunately, today we have to think about terrorism and that takes a lot of manpower and planning,” Schueler said. “We planned for politicians to be in attendance and with something like this, you have to plan for things like protests, which fortunately didn’t happen.” Want to know more about the stories that matter in Blue Ash? Follow Jason Hoffman on Twitter: @jhoffman_cp.

Symmes considers joint grant for sidewalks By Leah Fightmaster

Symmes Township is considering applying for a grant with Loveland and Hamilton County. The joint application to the Ohio Public Works Commission would be for various projects on Union Cemetery Road. Hamilton County would work on depth repairs, including the drainage, reditching and adding a twofoot safety berm. Loveland’s portion of the work would include making improvements to the water lines under the road,

and then repaving when the repairs by the county are finished, Administrator Brian Elliff said. The townBryant ship’s work is concerned less with the street than what is along the side of it. The grant would fund, with a township match, building sidewalks to connect neighborhoods with other streets and parks. The sidewalks would be in-

stalled on the north side of Union Cemetery Road, connecting the short stretch on the west side of Lebanon Road and the section in front of Hawthorn Woods Court. After that section, there would be a crosswalk to the south side of Union Cemetery, and the sidewalk would then continue west to the Royal property, Board of Trustees President Ken Bryant said. If the application is granted, the township would be responsible for 10 percent of the sidewalk’s construction, which is about $4,300. It would also have



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to pay the cost of engineering, about $9,000. The trustees discussed the possibility of extending those sidewalks down to Thistlehill Drive, because it would connect those homes and the streets east of it to the Meade property, Home of the Brave Park and Symmes Township Park on Lebanon Road. However, Bryant said that the short timing for the grant and the lack of right-ofway for the township to build them on makes it less likely right now. He added that sidewalks for

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that section of Union Cemetery isn’t off the table for the future. The trustees didn’t officially approve applying for the grant with the county and Loveland, but Bryant said it’s likely to be approved at the next trustees’ meeting on Oct. 1. “We have to go through the formalities, but I can’t see why anyone would oppose it,” he said. Want more updates for Symmes Township? Follow Leah Fightmaster on Twitter: @LCFightmaster.

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Sycamore Schools present ‘State of District’

On Sept. 18, Sycamore Community Schools Superintendent Adrienne C. James, Treasurer Beth

Weber and Board of Education President Jill Cole will host the State of the District Address at 6 p.m. at Edwin H. Greene Intermediate School, 5200 Aldine Drive. The address will highlight the district’s finances, facilities, student and staff accomplishments, challenges facing the district, trends and future planning. All community members are invited to attend the State of the District Address, as well as stay for the regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting, which will begin at 7 p.m.

Amnesty documentary at Blue Ash Library

Concerned citizens are hosting a viewing party for “They Come to America II – The Cost of Amnesty,” 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at the Blue Ash Library Meeting Room, 4911 Cooper Road, Blue Ash 45242. This is the second of two eye-opening documentaries (first – “The Cost of Illegal Immigration”). Filmmaker Dennis Michael Lynch produced and directed this compelling movie focused on the impact of amnesty to our job market and national security. The movie starts


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A multiple family garage sale, with all of the proceeds to benefit Blue Ash YMCA gymnastics program is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 5, at 10711 Shadowcrest Court in Montgomery. Items for sale include sporting equipment, leather barstools, games, books, toys, various children's bikes, housewares, clothing, special occasion dresses for girls and women, game table, baby gear, guitar, loft bed with dresser, dresser with hutch, Christmas tree, holiday decorations, tools including Dremel and kitchen items.

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BLUE ASH — The Sycamore Senior Center in Blue Ash needs volunteer drivers to deliver meals to the homes of the elderly Monday through Friday. If you can spare any time, call Cynthia Holloway at 686-1013.


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Family delivers culture, flavor with olive oil

Mt. Kofinas uses traditional process to create Mediterranean flavor By Jason Hoffman

MONTGOMERY — A family owned business in Montgomery is about more than delivering a premium product to its consumers. Mt. Kofinas Olive Oil is also preserving the family heritage and hoping to bring culture to Greater Cincinnati. “My great grandfather planted the olive trees in Crete 80 years ago,” said Nick Semertzides, sales and operations manager at Mt. Kofinas. Semertzides and his wife Elini Androulaki run the store just off Montgomery Road where they

take pressed olive oil from a village cooperative in Crete, Greece, and infuse it herbs and other flavors through a multiple-month process. The family business opened in 2010 and has grown into a retail operation reaching 11 farmers markets and several specialty grocers around Cincinnati. The decision to open up for retail and expand their business was motivated by the poor economy in Greece. “Before, it was more of a hobby,” Semertzides said. “The problem was the way the economy was in Greece, the sale price (of olive oil) went way down and there wasn’t enough money to water the trees.” Business has been very good for the small shop – Semertzides says the store sold all the olive oil made last year and has grown 45 percent over the last year. The reason for the success, Semertzides said, is

simple. Mt. Kofinas offers pure olive oil infused with real herbs and flavors you can’t find on the shelf in a large grocer. When buying at Mt. Kofinas, each bottle is filled to order depending on customers’ preference and sealed at the time of purchase. “People come here and we bottle the olive oil in front of them,” Androulaki said. “It’s important because they have to know that we don’t buy oil from large manufacturers.” Over time, the family hopes to bring the culture of olive growing, pressing and the health benefits associated with using premium olive oil to cook with, Androulaki said. “There is a whole culture behind it,” Androulaki said. “We want to share that culture, not just bring olive oil here.” The success of the shop means the family’s olive tradition is not only secure, but thriving. If things go according to

plan, Mt. Kofinas will serve more of Greater Cincinnati in the near future. Androulaki said plans are in place for a second location to open soon.

Fustis are used to hold olive oil while it is infused with herbs for four to six weeks at Mt. Kofinas Traditional Cretan Cold Pressed and Infused Olive Oil in Montgomery.

Want to know more about Montgomery government and community? Follow Jason Hoffman on Twitter: @jhoffman_cp.


Party to raise money for schools By Forrest Sellers

Want “More Cowbell?” The upcoming Party on the Hill will have that and more. The Party on the Hill fundraiser will be 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Indian Hill Winter Club, 10005 Fletcher Road. Music will be provided by More Cowbell, a band made up of several fathers from the Indian Hill Exempted Village School

District. “It’s a fun way to raise money for the schools,” said Kelly Thorsen, who is a chairwoman for the event and whose husband, Eric, is one of the band members. Proceeds from the event go to the schools in the district as well as the Indian Hill Boosters. Proceeds will go toward classroom supplies, curriculum materials and technology-related items. “It’s a great way to

meet with other parents and administrators for a common goal which is enhancing the education of our kids,” said Chris Swallow, who is also a chairwoman for the event. In addition to the live entertainment, curling on the ice will be among the activities. A silent auction and raffle is also planned. Tickets are $50 each and can be bought online at

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Spanish teacher embraces technology By Forrest Sellers

Don’t be surprised to see a lot of computers in Spanish teacher Kimberly Engel’s class. Indian Hill High School implemented the “Bring Your Own” technology initiative last school year. As part of this, the students were encouraged to bring their own laptops or other electronic devices to school. This summer Engel took several technology-related workshops. “I’ve never been to a workshop where I haven’t come away with a head full of ideas to implement in class,” she said. Engel recently attended a

workshop on DyKnow, an interactive learning software for teachers. She said this software provides her with quick and easy access to a student’s computer screen. “If I see errors (on an assignment) I can correct them right away,” she said. “I can also do a screen grab to show an example of a great piece of work.” Engel said she would begin using DyKnow is the classroom this school year. Engel said one of the most important aspects of using technology in the classroom is preparing the students for their college and university experience.

Indian Hill High School Spanish teacher Kimberly Engel is taking several technology-related workshops this summer. Engel plans to integrate what she learns at the workshops into her own classroom. FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

COLLEGE CORNER University of Cincinnati graduates

These Northeast Suburban Life-area students graduated from the University of Cincinnati this spring: Danielle Abston, Lauren Adam, Aditiya Aggarwal, Chan Min Ahn, Silvia Arieira, Frank Bakes, Danesh Bansal, Alison Barbro, Peter Beaucage, Amanda Begley, Emily Begley, Brenda Berling, Chelsey Bess, Andrew Bigham, Mitchell Binaut, Jennifer Brahm, Lorie Brogdon, Jessica Brown, Annie Bryans, Meredith Burke, Matthew Buzek, Corey Campbell, Rhonda Carpenter, Vickie Cashen, Kristina Caudill, John Cha, Julie Chase, Marie Christoforou, Julia Clements, Megan Conway, Maureen Corl, Angela Cornejo, Jonathan Cornette, Robin Cornwell, Aaron Crum, Mark Dapkins, Carli Davis, Jennifer Davis Bowman, Kurt Dawson, Heidi Day, Chirantan Deshpande, Summer Dixon, Nathan Dougan, Angela Dreiling, Joseph Duran; Ozlem Erden, Frederick Joe Estera, Sophia Fakoukakis, Adina Farber, Shokhrukh Fazilov, Daniel Finger, Samantha Fleckenstein, Rebecca Fletcher, Laura Flynn, Neil Ford, Joseph Fox, Kara Frazier, Peter Freudenberger, Jonathan Frydland, Kristy Gallaher, Brent Gargano, Nick Gavin, Kathryn Gephart, Alyssa Goard, John Golden, Lina Goldenberg, Amanda Goldner, Chellsie Haas, Chelsea Hahn, Christopher Hannah, John Hasselbeck, Maxwell Helmsworth, Erin Hildebrandt, Joseph Hiudt, Martin Holmes, Scott Holmes, Jessica House, Xiaojun Huang, Michael Huesman, Raymond Hughes; Tara Immele, Takashi Inomata, Anna Jakubczak, LiLing Jiang, Lisa Johnson, Zachary Johnson, Brittany Jones, Aleksandar Jovic, Justin Junker, Lauren Kapuscinski, Adam Karram, Christopher Kasson, Eric Kightley, William Kiley, Amanda Kisor, Brian Knodle, Lauren Koch, Daniel Koehler, Brigitta Kulberg, Holli Lane, Victoria Lang, Lindsay LaRoche, Michael Latessa, Bojan Lazic, Sarah LeConey, Timothy Lee, Stephanie Lessard, Hyung Jin Lim, Crystal Lindsey, Travis Lionberger, Ellen Littmann, Samantha Long; Michael Lovell, Stephanie Macke, Alvaro Martinez, Hirsch Matani, Tara Matthews, Jennifer McQueen, Suseann Meaders, Jessica Mendel, Rachel Merritt, Leesa Miller, Matt Miller, Michael Morgan, Jacqueline Nguyen, Derrick Noble, Nwagbo Nwamu, Kaitlin O'Toole, Jodi Odum, Stephen Owens, Nicholas Pandzik, Payal Patel, Rikenkumar Patel, Ronak Patel, Nick Phelan, Kelly Piening, Katherine Porter, Sarah Pride; Andrea Ramey, Ayla Rapoport, Vitor Rosa, Danielle Rust, Chelsea Sanders, Jennifer Sattler, Jonathan Schaefer, Jason Schapera, Matthew Scheer, Jacqueline Scherl, Thomas Seiple, Niharika Singh, Nishikant Singh, Joshua Smith, Dmitri Sorokin, Matthew Spence, Alexander Spivak, Justin Stepp, Jonathan Trotta, Jeffrey Uckotter, Pamela Valentine, Jessica Walling, Brad Wessel, Krista Wesselkamper, Jennifer Williamson, Zachary Wilsey, Darrell Wilson, Rachel Wolkoff and Chiyu Zhang. » These Loveland-area students graduated from the University of Cincinnati this spring: University of Cincinnat spring semester – Benjamin Adams, Lynn Agee, Justine Ames, Katherine Andrews, Jessica Apland, Eduardo Armas, Thomas Bachmann, Laura Bange, Stephen Bangs, Kelsey Bare, Elizabeth Bauer, Brittany Bayne, Rebecca Beatty, Alexandra Berger, George Berger, Nicholas Bertke, Rebecca Bishop, Kirsten Bladh,

Jessica Blaut, Zoltan Bodor, Amanda Bolton, Corey Boone, Marilyn Bruck, Ian Bulling, Richard Butler, Kimberley Butts, Ashley Cagle, Timothy Carter, Tammy Casper, Matthew Choto, Amber Clark, James Clifton, Charissa Cook, Ashley Cooley, Tyler Cunningham, Ryan Cushenan, Kathrine Daugherty, Nicholas Davidson, Jordan Deardoff, Matthew Dearfield, Rebecca Debra, Tracy Dennin, Karisma Desai, Mark Dickert, Andrew Distasio, Robert Dixie, Gennevieve Dome, Stephanie Donauer, Stewart Dowd, Bethany Dugan, Amanda Dunn, Geanya Dyas, Matthew Dyer; Judith Eckert, Ethan Edwards, Stephanie Ellis, Austin Emerick, Stephanie Eppers, Elise Evans, Caleb Everett, Theresa Faulkner, Kyle Fitzpatrick, Justin Flynn, Robin Fox, Jeffrey Gable, Kimberly Gaffney, Lily Gallagher, Shayla Galloway, Vincent Garnich, Justin Gibbs, David Gillespie, Nicole Giordano, Anthony Giuffre, Lori Gresham, Katie Griffin, Jason Griffis, James Hamann, Lindsey Haney, Matthew Hayes, Meaghan Heling, Sarah Helton, Kees Henskens, Neil Hilderbrand, Kimberley Hill, Nicole Hodac, Megan Hofmann, William Holden, David Hopperton, Ronald Hopson, Robert Householder, Adrienne Hudak, Cassie Huff, Ryan Hunt; William Jester, Felinda Kidd, Kristen Knobbe, Karl Koett, Cheryll Lakes, Sean Little, Sofana Little, Adrienne Mary, Rosa Massaro, Samuel McFarland, Edward McNealy, Daniel Miker, Joseph Moeller, Brendan Moellmann, James Moore, Margaret Morgenroth, Danielle Morris, Keith Mueller, Bryan Nash, Amanda Nichols, Mercedes Nickol, Courtney Oaks, Shelley Oconnell, Elizabeth Ogg, Yuko Okabe, Ryan Paluch, Thomas Paolini, Melissa Parnes, Palak Patel, P Suzanne Perry, Elliott Petrie, Olivia Petrie, Kathleen Pfaltzgraff, Rebecca Phillips, Michael Pierce, Jordan Poff; Rebecca Reeder, Kara Rhein, Taylor Rice, Matthew Richwine, Shawna Riek, Steven Rittenhouse, Taylor Robie, Amy Rogers, James Rogers, Rachel Rohlfs, Christopher Rose, Adam Russell, Abbie Rutherford, Scott Ryan, Joshua Salyer, Dylan Sams, James Schuster, Mary Schutte, Aigul Seidaliyeva, Jeanne Shelanskey, Gary Sheldon, Mary Shumard, David Simmons, Michael Slack, Rebecca Sloan, Ashley Smith, Brandon Smith, Megan Smith, Michele Smith, Steven Snyder, Jhosmar Sosa Pieroni, Stephanie Spence, Yolanda Spradling, Molly Stehn, Jordan Stevens, Anthony Stimetz, Laura Stiteler, Joe Stokes, Emily Sturdy, Meaghan Sturdy, Jacki Surber, Andrew Sweeney, Heidi Swensen, Mary Tassone, Alex Thibodeau, Caitlin Thomas, Marie Thomas, Emily Thompson, Jordon Thompson, Susan Thompson, Zachary Tillotson, Emily Tincher, Elizabeth Torrison, Rushiraj Trivedi, James Turner; Biji Venugopal, Shelbi Vincent, Kyla Vonderhaar, Gabrielle Walter, Tyler Wasson, Benjamin Watson, Michael Watts, Joyce Wendelken, Joseph Willging, Griffin Williams, Angela Wills, Adam Wilmes, Lauren Wilson, Samuel Wilson, Terrence Wilson, Kris Wittwer, Anthony Wolfram, Heather Woodall, Sarah Wygle, Jin Xu, Halina Yaroshenko, Molly Yee and Christopher Yesso.

Locals make UC spring dean’s list

These Northeast Suburban Life-area students made the dean’s list for the spring semester at University of Cincinnati: Yasmine Abdallah, Michael Abeln, Brett Acuff, Lauren Adam, Aditiya

Aggarwal, Sagar Aggarwal, Irfanuddin Aijaz, Zakaria Al-Deneh, Suzie An, Carlie Anderson, Zachary Anderson, Frank Bakes, Brittany Baumer, Todd Baumer, Peter Beaucage, Aaron Beetz, Emily Begley, Nathan Bennett, Jonathan Benvie, Brenda Berling, Daniel Billmann, Robert Breeze, Mark Bricker, Elizabeth Brill, Jessica Brown, Tyler Brown, Grant Brueshaber, James Buckey, Jordan Bultman, Ashley Busam, Matthew Buzek, Alyssa Caligaris, Corey Campbell, Danielle Carlentine, Sarah Carlson, Julie Chase, Belinda Chiang, Nathan Choate, Michelle Clements, Shannon Conners, Tristan Coomer, Thomas Cornelius, Ramiro Cristales, Jesse Crook, Mark Dapkins, Kurt Dawson, Heidi Day, Kyle Dayton, Erin Deeds, Katherine Depeel, Paige Dickman, Derek Dietz, Ajit Dixit, Jeremy Dock, Charles Dong, Nicholas Dougherty, Jeffrey Doyle, Angela Dreiling, Timothy Dunaway, Joseph Duran; Elliot Ebel, Carolyn Eggenberger, David Eilers, Mark Eilers, Tugba Erden, Kevin Ernst, Frederick Joe Estera, Heather Estes, Robert Falick, Adina Farber, Katherine Farnham, Shokhrukh Fazilov, Kari Fazzio, Samantha Fleckenstein, Laura Flynn, Stephanie Fontanez, Benjamin Fraley, Samuel Fraley, Mariah Frese, Peter Freudenberger, Abigail Friend, Kristy Gallaher, Brent Gargano, Mitchell Garner, Bradley Gerbus, Phillip Gildenblatt, Megan Gillespie, Alyssa Goard, Jake Godfrey, Aaron Gold, Lina Goldenberg, Jessica Gordon, Ariel Grubbs, Samantha Grubbs, Don Ranjaka Gunawardena, Eric Guy, Chellsie Haas, Walter Haglage, Rachel Hanks, Christopher Hannah, Marlena Hansen, Kelli Harmon, Alexander Hart, Robert Hasselfeld, Mark Havens, Emily Haynes, Chloe Hess, Emily Hess, Constance Hill, E'Lyse Hill, Mayumi Hiraide, Emily Hoffmeister, Kristin Hogan, Scott Holmes, Christopher Holscher, Sarissa Hooper, Carolyn Hosea, Jessica House, Jacob Howell, Logan Howell, Xiaojun Huang, Jay Hubble, Kimberly Hughes, Raymond Hughes, Alexandra Huller, Daniel Hunsucker, Katherine Hunt; Taryn Imwalle, Kubilay Inanli, Alex Ioannou, Loraine Jackson, Rebecca Jackson, Abby Jaspers, LiLing Jiang, Zachary Johnson, Brittany Jones, Hugh Jones, Brian Kapcar, Ann Kaplan, Lauren Kapuscinski, Martin Kaufman, Eric Kightley, William Kiley, Youngah Kim, Tyler Kirbabas, Lauren Kirgis, Matthew Kirkendall, Michael Knodle, Annemarie Koch, Kateland Koch, Zachary Korb, Bria Kramer, Kelly Kraus, Brigitta Kulberg, Sachin Kumar, Hien Lai, Huy Lai, Leeann Lang, Stephanie Lang, Victoria Lang, Dana Lapinel, Lindsay LaRoche, Adrienne Larson, Allison Latessa, Michael Latessa, Andrea Lee, Benjamin Lee, Jinhee Lee, Bogdan Leshchinsky, Michael Levy, Kendrick Li, Kristin Lin, Crystal Lindsey, Danielle Linz, Lagan Lippard, Ellen Littmann, John Lloyd, Hope Lohmueller, Ethan Lopez, Connor Lotz, Michael Lovell, Qi Lu, Vanessa Lutchmansingh; Stephanie Macke, Lynn Mackey, Thomas Mangold-Lenett, Alvaro Martinez, Hirsch Matani, Jaimie Maxwell, Melanie Mayes, Alexandra McClay, Whitney McKee, Jennifer McQueen, Suseann Meaders, Hilary Meyer, Kaitlyn Miller, Leesa Miller, Jared Minderman, Judith Miracle, Jacqueline MirandaKlein, Michael Moore, William Moore, Elizabeth Morand, Michael Morgan, Kirsten Mosko, Andrew Mulderig, Molly Mullinger, Irene Musgrove, Michelle Muskal, Ruth Myers, Kelsey Naber, Kathryn Napierski, Mhadhumithaa Naresh, Amy Nguyen, Leah Nguyen, Matthew Nickol, Patrick Norwine, Tyler Nunn, Kaitlin O'Toole,

Anthony Ogg, Gika Okonji, Kyle Otten, Stephen Owens, Nicholas Pandzik, Natalie Park, Stephanie Park, Tia Parr, Ketul Patel, Nirav Patel, Ravikumar Patel, Rikenkumar Patel, Andrew Pearson, Emily Peltz, Aaron Perez, Caroline Pickering, Evan Pierson, Rebekah Pittman, Elizabeth Prickel, Sarah Pride; Matthew Quantz, Samantha Rahe, Mark Raithel, Julie Rasfeld, Ryan Rasulis, Matthew Reber, Amona Refaei, Shannon Reilly, Lisa Renner, Alexis Rhodenbaugh, Claire Rickards, Brandy Riddle, Jennifer Rissover, Jose Fernando Rodriguez Chappell, Patrick Roe, Vitor Rosa, Jenna Ruff, Rebecca Russo, Sarah Saalfeld, Shelby Salzl, Connor Sambrookes, Chelsea Sanders, Dory Sanders, Vaseleke Sarlis, Julie Scalf, Jonathan Schaefer, Jason Schapera, Justin Schapker, Matthew Scheer, Jacqueline Scherl, Emily Schlager, Matthew Schmidt, Alexis Schramm, Courtney Schubert, Benjamin Seebohm, Thomas Seiple, Brynn Sharp, Claire Sheanshang, Natela Shonia, Jeffrey Silverstein, Theodore Simon, Joshua Smith, Kathleen Smith, Gretchen Sorosiak, Alexander Spivak, Sarah St. Cyr, Rebecca Streeter, Andrew Stubblebine, Julia Tasset, Jason Testa, Carolyn Torres, Joshua Toth, Clare Towle, David Tromblay, Jonathan Trotta, Philip Trotta, Daniel True, Kelsey Turner, Natalie Tyler, Kerry Verdier, Ellen Verschoor, Ilana Vinnik, Yulia Vinnik, Elena Vitori, Jessica Walling, Ellen Wang, Emily Warner, Olivia Weir, Beverly Weiss, Zachary Wilfong, Jennifer Williamson, William Willis, Darrell Wilson, Katherine Woebkenberg, Michael Woebkenberg, Matthew Woeste, Shirley Wong, Jessica Yeckel, Taylor Young and Kathryn Ziegler.

Church, Clark honored at Wilmington

Melanie Marie Church and Angela D. Clark made the spring semester dean’s list at Wilmington College.

Nolan graduates on dean’s list of Loyola Chicago

Max A. Nolan, a 2009 graduate of Sycamore High School, was named to the Dean’s List of Loyola University of Chicago in the spring semester. Nolan graduated from Loyola in May with a degree in visual communications. Nolan served as pledge educator for Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity in 2011, and has organized fundraising events for St. Baldrick’s Foundation to support research for cancer in children. He has served as spokesperson for Surviving the Teens, a Cincinnati Children’s Hospital program developed by R.N. and Suicide Prevention Expert, Cathy Strunk, to help teens suffering from depression. Nolan started his own disc jockey business, DJ Hazmax, in 2012. He lives in Chicago Nolan’s parents, John and Nancy Nolan, live in Montgomery.

Reed makes Hillsdale dean’s list

Blue Ash resident Lincoln Reed has made the spring semester dean’s list at Hillsdale College. Reed, the son of Keith and Rebecca Reed, is a 2012 graduate of Moeller High School. He majors in business at Hillsdale.

Inman receives scholarship from XU

Molly Inman of Montgomery received a Transfer Scholarship from Xavier University. The daughter of Debi and Ron Inman, she graduated from Ursuline Academy last year, where she was active in Earth action team, softball and Relay for Life. Inman plans to major in accounting.

Local students visit Israel

Thanks to a grant from The Jewish Foundation, Xavier University took 20 students –10 undergraduate and 10 graduate level – to study in Israel in May. The trips were open to students from Greater Cincinnati studying at any University. The trips are unique in that business and religion were taught together. Israel is the seat of all three Abrahamic religions and No. 1 in the world for innovation and start-up companies. View their Tumblr with photos at These local students made the trip: » Scott Feltrup of Sycamore Township (Xavier student) – MBA trip; » Joey Reed of Montgomery (Xavier student) – MBA trip; » Bogdon Leshchinsky of Symmes Township (UC student) – undergraduate trip; » Elliot Dirr of Montgomery (UC student) – undergraduate trip; » Emily Dirr of Montgomery (Kent State student) – undergraduate trip.

Kao graduates from Boston

Jennifer M. Kao (45242) graduated with a doctor of medicine degree from Boston University at the school’s spring commencement.

Area students make Wright State dean’s list

James Able, Jason Defevers, Claire DeLong, Anna Handelsman, Kelly Mack, Jennifer McCord, Chris Pickard, Zachary Steele and Ellen Streng made the dean’s list for the spring semester at Wright State University.

Jordan, Rau on BU dean’s list

Ellen C. Jordan (45249) and Justin A. Rau (45249) were named to the spring semester dean’s list at Boston University.

Gray makes UD dean’s list

The University of Dayton has named more than 2,600 students to the dean's list for the spring semester of the 2012-2013 academic year. To be named to the dean's list at UD, a student must achieve a superior academic record, which is a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Area students who made the dean’s list include: Daniel Aielli, Anna Albain, Jonathan Ashbrock, Lauren Banfield, Carolyn Bender, Michael Bender, Kelsey Bergman, Kevin Bogenschutz, Luke Bugada, Kevin Carroll, Donald Clancy, Lauren Dinardo, Clare Egan, Magdalene Egan, Nick Fry, John Gearin, Peter Giannetti, Gregory Gottschlich, Melissa Gottschlich, Michael Gray, Alexis Grycko, Jessica James, Kelly Maloney, Alyssa McCarthy, Zachary Moore, Andrea Morrison, Jenna Naber, David Niehaus, Faisal Rahman, Kristen Recker, Bradley Reinert, Jacob Rumpke, Trevor Schnedl, Laura Schneider, Kyle Sess, Alexandra Shehata, Robert Sunderman, Adam Tardio and Alexander Zuboski.






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PRESS PREPS HIGHLIGHTS By Scott Springer and Mark Motz


» Sycamore defeated Springfield 33-14 on Sept. 13 as quarterback Greg Simpson ran for 101 yards and had a touchdown pass to Ryan Wahler. Solomon McMullin also had two rushing scores for the Aves. Sycamore hosts Middletown Sept. 20 to open up Greater Miami Conference competition. » Moeller downed Toronto St. Michael 64-13 Sept. 14 with a 43-point first quarter. Senior quarterback Gus Ragland ran for two touchdowns and threw one to Chase Pankey. The Crusaders play Louisville St. Xavier Sept. 20 at Lockland’s Roettger Stadium. » Cincinnati Country Day drubbed Aiken High School 4614 at home Sept. 12. The Indians improved to 3-0 on on the season. CCD opens Miami Valley Conference play Sept. 21 at Lockland.

Girls soccer

» Mount Notre Dame beat Evansville North 3-0 on Sept. 7. Seniors Maddie Volz and Kelly Hinkle and freshman Grace Wilson scored. » MND shut out McAuley 1-0 on Sept. 11 as sophomore Hannah Martin scored. » (Correction from last week) MND tied Saint Ursula Academy 1-1 on Sept. 4.

Girls volleyball

» Mount Notre Dame knocked off Ursuline 23-25, 2522, 25-17, 25-19 on Sept. 10. The Cougars beat Saint Ursula on Sept. 12, 24-26, 25-22, 25-18, 2325, 15-6. » Sycamore beat Hamilton 5-1 on Sept. 10. Juniors Allie Oh and Ashley Thiss had two goals each. » Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy posted its second win of the season with a 5-0 whitewash of St. Bernard Sept. 12.

Boys soccer

» Sycamore blanked Hamilton 8-0 on Sept. 10. On Sept. 12, the Aves tied Fairfield 0-0. » Cincinnati Country Day blanked Cincinnati Christian one of only two teams to beat the Indians last season - 4-0 at home Sept. 12. » Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy notched a 7-0 shutout at home against St. Bernard Sept. 12 to improve its record to 3-2-3.

Girls golf

» Sycamore beat Lakota East and Middletown on Sept. 11 at Weatherwax. Kellen Alsip was See PREPS, Page A7

Moeller’s Ben Sattler takes a swing on the first tee at Western Hills Country Club Sept. 10 as part of the GCL Quad match involving Moeller, St. Xavier, Elder and La Salle. TOM SKEEN/COMMUNITY PRESS

Moeller senior quarterback Gus Ragland throws for a touchdown against Covington Catholic Sept. 7.GREG LORING/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Moeller’s Ragland leads to riches By Scott Springer

KENWOOD — Most wide re-

ceivers who catch 30 passes for 358 yards and four touchdowns as a junior would probably spend the following summer catching more to be sharp for their senior year. Not Moeller High School’s Gus Ragland. After his innings on the mound ended as a pitcher for Moeller’s Division I championship baseball squad, Ragland was off to football camps to play without receiving gloves. Though he had outstanding


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year on Moeller’s state title football game receiving passes, he’s been throwing them since he was in the first grade. His first two years as a Crusader were also spent at quarterback. Because Moeller had Spencer Iacovone back, coach John Rodenberg moved the 6-foot-3, 200-pound Ragland to wideout for his junior year. “It was a lot different,” Ragland said. “There’s a lot more

responsibility at quarterback. Playing receiver was enjoyable. It helped me understand my receivers a little bit more.” For the Crusaders coaching staff, moving Ragland back simplified their 2013 offense. Like a chess board, Moeller moved their pieces. The blue and gold reloaded with No. 14 at quarterback, speedsters Chase Pankey and Isaiah Gentry at receiver and a 6-foot-5 Jake Hausmann, who looks like your prototypical Moeller rugged tight end. “We thought going into this year that Gus was very similar to Spencer (Iacovone) so we

LOOKING AHEAD What: Moeller v. Louisville St. Xavier football game When: 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 20 Where: Moeller’s home field, Roettger Stadium, 124 Anna St. Lockland, OH 45215 Fun fact: Quarterback Gus Ragland has talked to Indiana State, Lafayette and TennesseeChattanooga for football and attended camps at Bowling Green and Akron. For baseball, he’s being recruited by Miami University and Xavier.

knew we could keep the same scheme,” Rodenberg said. “We knew he needed a little bit of experience throwing the football, but he’s a leader and a leader in the school.” Thus far, Pankey, Gentry, seniors Jack Gruber and Jamie Rieger and the sophomore See MOELLER, Page A7

Aves golf steers hopes toward GMC title By Scott Springer

SYCAMORE TWP. — The man who drives the Sycamore High School girls golf team from venue to venue will have them parked and ready to putt and pitch at Weatherwax Sept. 17. Veteran coach Keith Brackenridge is the driver in charge of the Lady Ave drivers, irons, wedges and putters. He is the man with the plan and the van. Once the chauffeur/coach gets his girls to the first tee of the Greater Miami Conference tournament at Weatherwax, he’ll be trying to steer them to a win over arch-rival Mason. The Lady Comets have already outclubbed Sycamore once. “Mason is certainly the top competition in the league,” Brackenridge said. “We lost to them by nine during the season. We were with them almost all nine, but we had one bad hole. We’ll have to play really well to beat them in the league meet.” Leading the way for Sycamore is sophomore Kellen Alsip. “She’s been doing good,” Brackenridge said. “You’re usually one of the top players in the city if you shoot under 40 and she’s right there. She was good last year, but she’s gotten

Sycamore sophomore Kellen Alsip chips out of the beach for the Lady Aves. THANKS TO TERRENCE HUGE

noticeably better in the year since.” At presstime, Alsip’s aver-

age was 39.88, putting her fourth in the GMC behind two Mason golfers and Courtney

Piatt of Fairfield. “She’s very good with the longer irons,” Brackenridge said of his top Sycamore swinger. “She’s also improved her putting and her chipping to the greens. She’s taken about two and a half shots after her average from last year.” Brackenridge has three Lady Aves in the league’s top 20 in Alsip, junior Hannah Brown and senior Caitlin Guy. Brown has been medalist once this year and Guy has improved her game since her junior year. “She’s been a pleasant surprise and has taken two shots off of her average from last year,” Brackenridge said. The rest of Sycamore’s seven have all moved up from what was a very competitive junior varsity squad. Seniors Stephanie Kley and Amy Kohmescher are the veterans, while Maya Outlaw and Hannah Zeldenstein are only sophomores. The 2011 GMC golfer of the year, Hanna Lee, moved away after that season, but moved back last year. She was ineligible in 2012, but hasn’t been cleared to play this season. “I’m still hoping to get her back sometime,” Brackenridge said. “She hurt herself on the See GIRLS, Page A7



Feet don’t fail CHCA grad helping CHCA soccer senior Bearcat special teams Shoes on the other hand... By Mark D. Motz

SYMMES TWP. — The feet never stop moving so much so that Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy senior soccer forward Evan Glaser currently keeps them enclosed in a pair of two-year-old electric orange Adidas Predator cleats. “It’s all about the team and all about where I can be on the field to help,” he said. “If it’s up top or in the midfield or in the back third, I’m always going.” But why the old kicks? Because he’s worn through two other pairs of shoes in the last year. The Predators - which Glaser said were not an intentional match for his closecropped dark ginger hair still had some life in them. Glaser himself has found new life on the pitch for the Eagles. “Evan has been a work in progress for us the last few years,” said firstyear head coach Bryan Daniel. “He had always been a score-first player. This year, he’s looking to distribute the ball more. “He’s so much more valuable to us when he looks for his teammates. He can help orchestrate and build our attack. To see him embrace that has been pretty exciting.” Which isn’t to say Glaser doesn’t put the ball in the net. The 5-foot-10 West Chester resident led his team and was 10th in the Miami Valley Conference in scoring through Sept. 12. It’s just that he has an equal number of assists to go with the goals. “Every single moment I spend out here is a memorable moment,” he said. “When I look around the people I’m playing with guys I’ve known 10 to 13 years - I enjoy it. To see the joy when they get a goal or make a stop or a

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driving range at Ohio State over the summer. If I

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medalist with a 39. » Ursuline won the GGCL quad meet Sept. 10 at Weatherwax with a team score of 319, 11 strokes ahead of runnerup St. Ursula Academy. The Lions followed with a 176-189 victory over Mount Notre Dame Sept. 12 to go 8-1 in dual matches on the season.

Boys cross country

» Sycamore was ninth at the Mason Invitational in Section I on Sept. 7.

Girls cross country

» Sycamore was 14th at the Mason Invitational in Section I on Sept. 7. » Ursuline Academy finished sixth in the Mason Invitational Section I Sept. 7. Junior Catherine Finke led the Lions with a 19:13.86 run good for 15th place individually.

Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy graduate John Lloyd trotted onto the field at Nippert Stadium, booted his first collegiate punt 41 yards and pinned Purdue University on its Lloyd own 12yard-line Aug. 31. Lloyd played behind all-Big East punter Patrick O’Donnell the last two years. He turned down a scholarship to one of UC’s biggest rivals to play for his hometown school.

“Louisville actually offered me (a scholarship),” said Lloyd, an Evendale resident. “And there were some other schools in the mix. I was also looking at Michigan, a couple MAC schools, N. C. St. and Texas A & M, but this was home for me.” After standing on the sideline with his helmet in his hand for two seasons, Lloyd was asked to recall his thoughts as he trotted on the field to make his first college punt on Saturday afternoon. “It was great,” he said. “Honestly, it was a little bit of a blur. It was exactly how I thought it would be, and I was hap-

py to get the chance. All the cards fell in the right places. I’ve been working hard all summer, and Sam (Geraci) has been pushing me, so I think that helped a lot.” Lloyd follows some excellent punters at UC, including Kevin Huber of the Bengals. He readily admits he needs to be more consistent, but when he hits the ball well, it flies off his leg and the redshirt junior is happy to be on the field. Lloyd played a variety of positions at CHCA. “I played all over,” he said. “I also played some tight end and back-up quarterback. I did a little bit of everything.”


with a dismantling of Covington Catholic going 20-25 for a pair of touchdowns. “We took an approach where we were working on our pass game all week,” Ragland said. “We went out and let loose. We’re just trying to get better at little things every week.” Rodenberg thinks the year at wide receiver helped Ragland in hitting his routes. He also admits that he doesn’t mind chucking the ball, even if the statue of Gerry Faust looks on at every practice. “We want to (throw),”

Rodenberg said. “We got sort of locked with Keith (Watkins) last year. We weren’t throwing efficiently. This year we’re kind of forcing ourselves to do it.” In baseball, Ragland’s developed a unique habit of following through so hard that his hat falls off of his head. Fortunately, the football Crusaders headgear contains a strap so Ragland’s kept his “head about him” in more ways than one this season. “Thank goodness, because then he’d have to come out a play,” Rodenberg said.

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Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy senior Evan Glaser passes into the box during a 7-0 rout of St. Bernard Sept. 12. MARK D. MOTZ/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

great pass, that makes me happy.” Glaser began playing soccer at age 3. This fall likely will be his last season as a competitive player. He plans follow in the footsteps of his parents Lynn and Robyn - and become a mechanical engineer, studying at the University of Cincinnati. “It will be very tough to give up,” he said. “I’ve spent so many years, so much time playing soccer. The moments we have out here, the fun we have, I’ll miss that. But engineering is a tough major and I have to focus on that. I will probably play some intramural for fun.” For now, though, the fun lies focusing on his teammates and watching his sophomore brother Keaton - a defender on the CHCA JV team - develop as a player. “I’d tell him to never

give up,” Evan said of his little brother. “I’d tell him what my dad always told me. ‘Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re probably right.’ I don’t know whose quote that it, but it’s true. You have to keep a good attitude.” Daniel appreciates this aspect. “The sacrificial aspect of the game,” he called it. “Playing a position you might not like for the good of he team. Making that run full speed when you’re dead tired. Doing things the right way. “These selfless acts have started to come easier for us. Our guys have bought in. They legitimately like each other, enjoy each others’ company. They’d go through a wall for each other. That unity, that trust in one another, is starting to show on the field.”

can get her over it, I’ll get her back in there. I just don’t know about that. It’s amazing, you would think you couldn’t get hurt in golf, but we’ve had a couple kids that have been

hurt.” After the GMC tourney, Sycamore’s cards are on the table against McAuley Sept. 23 and Mount Notre Dame Sept. 26 at Glenview.

Girls tennis

emy graduate Annie Juenger was Ohio Athletic Conference player of the week in volleyball the league office announced Sept. 9. Juenger helped the Cardinals to a 4-0 record at the Washington and Lee Invitational, including a win over fifthranked Christopher Newport University. Otterbein is 8-0 on the young season. Juenger posted double-digit kills in each match. In addition to her hitting, Juenger recorded 30 digs and seven service aces.

» Sycamore shut out Wyoming 5-0 on Sept. 9. Alexa Abele, Maggie Skwara and Jamie Pescovitz swept singles. » Ursuline blanked Mother of Mercy 5-0 Sept. 12, bouncing back from a 3-2 loss against Mason High School Sept. 11.

Boys water polo

» Sycamore beat Mason 17-10 on Sept. 10 to give coach Nick Hellwig his 100th career win.

Girls volleyball

» Sycamore beat Fenwick 25-12, 25-19, 25-21 on Sept. 11. The Lady Aves beat Fairfield Sept. 12, 2516, 25-20, 25-9. » CHCA beat Seven Hills in straight sets Sept. 12 to run its record to 5-0 in the Miami Valley Conference and 8-2 overall.

College volleyball

» Otterbein University senior and Ursuline Acad-

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR Sims does it all for township

The fiscal officer race in Symmes Township affects all residents and warrants your attention. Fiscal Officer Carol Sims has 24 years experience as assistant fiscal officer. She works closely with township trustees and citizen committees – finance, zoning, planning, etc ... Sims averages 30 hours each week overseeing the financials of Symmes. Everything from planning the 2014 $8.5 million budget, filing state mandated reports, payroll. She does it all. The more I learn about the FO position, the more impressed I am with Sims’ expertise. Sims’ list of endorsements is

telling. Trustees, former fiscal officer, committee members, civic group officers, citizens have all worked with Carol and know she is the person to continue the tradition of excellence residents expect. Carol is engaged in the community, serving the Historical Society and neighborhood civic association. Residents like Carol make Symmes a great place to live. That last point is crucial. The other candidate has not made an effort to get to know Symmes. He has scheduled fundraisers for his campaign downtown. He hasn’t attended a trustee meeting over the last year to familiarize himself with the business of the township. We need the professionalism


and commitment to community exemplified by Carol Sims. Karen Diehl Camp Dennison

Berger leaves legacy in township

Wilma Berger served Symmes Township from 1980 through 1985, first as the township clerk (now known as fiscal officer) and then as trustee. Wilma passed away Sept. 7 and I just wanted the residents of Symmes Township to be aware of her passing. There are many residents who are new to our community and did not have a chance to know Wilma. There are many more who did knew her. She was responsible for my start

with Symmes Township in 1989 and it was her guidance and knowledge of Township government that made me understand what it means to be a public servant. Wilma Berger was always looking out for what was best for our community and contributed significantly to the township’s effort to maintain a planned, balanced and orderly growth of residential and commercial development which is the foundation for Symmes Township as we know it today. She was instrumental in the site acquisition and development of our first park on Lebanon Road. Wilma Berger will be missed. Carol A. Sims Camp Dennison

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Nailing shut forever Pandora’s Box

Most observers are convinced that Assad has used chemical nerve poisons Syrian civilians. This is akin to the opening of a modern Pandora’s Box. Today, inside this Box, once confined to Mediterranean mythology, are weapons of mass destruction such as atomic, biological and chemical arms. While there is doubt as to atomic/nuclear weapons, it is certain that Syria has large stockpiles of chemical arms and the capacity to make more. Now we are once again faced with the reality of the opening of Pandora’s Box in anger, perhaps also in desperation, but unleashed neverthe-


less to horrific effect. But as Zeus first packed all the world’s scourges and evils into a box as a not-to-beopened gift to Pandora, inevitably the box from time to time has been

opened. The story goes that even the gods grew so tired of the evil and got sick of the suffering caused by the opening of Pandora’s Box that they debated the annihilation of the entire human race. The best method

was thought to be uncommon fire started by thunderbolts from the sky. However, Zeus was restrained by another’s argument that the all-consuming flames might set fire to his own backyard thereby reducing the magnificence of Mount Olympus to hot ash. The 21st century paradox is that because of the experience of the terrible wars of the last century, weapons of mass destruction are so deadly that one would have to think very hard about using them in anger, especially when the other side also has such weapons. The world survived the Cold War for the simple reason that the United States and the Soviet

Union were rationale decisionmakers. But what about an irrational tyrant or a madman who thinks nothing of his own destruction? Or a desperate one facing a nothing-more-to-lose situation? Another happier version of Pandora’s Box is that knowing that her uncontrollable urges would guarantee their release, another deity also slipped Hope into the box, and it was released as well. The Hope today, is that the leading nations of the world, all of whom have agreed through international convention to the elimination of chemical and biological weapons (and the limitation of nuclear arms as well) will come togeth-

er and agree on a feasible and determined plan to not only get the evil back into the box but forever nail it shut so that none may be able to open it again. Postscript: Chemical nerve agents, a redesigned version of modern organophosphate insecticides, can be permanently destroyed by thermal or chemical treatment. While the control technology has been known since the creation of such hideous chemicals, the safe deployment of such processes, especially under battlefield conditions, is tedious and must be carefully performed.

the Anderson Redskins. YES, I think this tradition should continue mainly because this is the school’s chosen name and mascot from many years ago. If some are offended ... that is life!”

“None of these terms suggest weakness, failure or shame. Yet if we use anything other than an inanimate object or an animal we run the risk of offending someone. “Reminds me of the public grade school my kids went to in another large city – we couldn’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in school unless it was referred to as Green Day. No Christmas party just a red and green holiday party. “Geez, give me a flippin’ break!!! Get a life. We can’t protect our kids from everything one might find offensive, alien or not of their custom. “Life is, after all, terminal – no one gets out alive. Deal with it.”

Charleston C.K. Wang is a resident of Montgomery.

CH@TROOM Sept. 11 question Should local high schools have American Indian nicknames or use American Indian mascots. Why or why not?

“I wish to strongly and unequivocally speak against the use of Native American nicknames and mascots for local high school football teams; or, for that matter, in any other inappropriate context. While I love my country, I cannot help but be ashamed and saddened at the treatment Native Americans have received at the hands of our government. Their systematic physical displacement, or wholesale elimination, was done solely in the interest of land acquisition, monetary gain, and power attainment. In this present day, it is my opinion we that we owe them a heartfelt apology. Thus, our use of nicknames and mascots at their expense serves only to fortify our perception of superiority; and, is tantamount to mockery. I can’t help but wonder how they felt about illegal immigration.” JAL

“The use of American Indian mascots never used to be a concern. Miami University at Oxford changed from Redskins to Red Hawks in 1997. Somehow it had been OK from 1888 till then. I think if there is a large population of Native Americans located in the area of a school they should have a say on this matter. E.G the Florida State University polled the local Native Americans who had no problem with the moniker of Seminoles. I am quite sure most names are fine with Native Americans.

NEXT QUESTION If negotiations fail to secure Syria’s chemical weapons should the U.S. conduct military strikes against Syria? Why or why not? Every week we ask readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with Chatroom in the subject line.

However the term Redskins does seem to cause some concern for the NFL Team in Washington and should be re-evaluated. I can only hope the Reds are not asked to change their moniker from Reds because it denotes WWII communists. Now what to do about those Cleveland Glenville Tarblooders? Go figure!” T.D.T.

“No, American Indian names should not be used by schools. Why? Because they don’t want us to use their names, just like Blacks don’t want certain names used for them, Italians don’t want certain names used, and so forth. “It’s not for us to decide. We have to respect their wishes.” MHH

“This is a simple question for me. I have a deep respect and affection for Native Americans. I have lived near reservations, had Native American friends and learned about the culture and the present day challenges. “However, I had a child that graduated from Anderson (Redskins) High School and spent many times on football



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and baseball fields yelling “Go, Redskins!” It seems to me that there are so many names in the English dictionary that certainly every high school and college in this country could select a non-Native American name and build loyalty and competition around it. “In business and even nonprofit organizations, names change all the time. It can be fun to celebrate a new name. Let’s support our schools in developing new names that don’t disrespect Native American tribes and culture.” E.E.C.

“Only school teams located on reservation lands should be allowed to use traditional Native American names. Miami University even changed its mascot to Redhawks some time ago for this reason. “American settlers and soldiers stole the whole continent from Native Americans; it isn’t too much to ask to allow native people the cultural dignity of changing offensive, stereotypical names. “People will try to argue that a new name doesn’t reflect heritage accurately; well, that’s the same argument used by racists in the South who preserve the Confederate flag.” TRog

“Syria, Common Core, ObamaCare, Quantitative Easing, Benghazi, Hillary 2016 ... Think the country has more important things to worry about. Go Redskins!” L.D.

“I think you are referring to

Otto Roth

“Native American nicknames and mascots have been around for at least a century. When any school chooses a mascot the choice is always made for persons or objects that are easily recognized as symbols for qualities to be admired and emulated. Native Americans are no exception whether they are Seminoles, Braves, Redskins, Warriors, Illini, Eskimos, Indians, Blackhawks, Aztecs, etc. “According to personal online research several years ago, the only opposition comes from a small modern activist group known to pressure schools, teams and similar organizations with their only goal being their acceptance of large sums of money to be quiet and go away. “So far I have never heard of a school choosing to be known as the Fighting Boneheads or Ohio Birdbrains. Would blacks be offended if a school chose to be known as the Freedom Fighters? Are churches offended by the New Orleans Saints? How about the Fighting Irish?” R.V.

“Our society is becoming too politically correct and over sensitive. I am not sure why it is so derogatory to use the Indian as a mascot- strength, bravery, athleticism, etc.

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“Yes, until they get rid of the Washington Redskins or change Indian Hill to Red Hawk Mountain!” D.J.H.

“Disrespect to American Indians for sure. But more importantly, this is the vital question of the week from the new near monopoly of the papers in Clermont? You have got to be kidding. “How about this: Is it treason to collaborate on Inauguration Day to bring down the presidency (show disrespect) of the newly elected black president? I say darn close. “But like American Indians, Obama earned his disrespect by being born, unlike Bush, who earned his by his now reviled actions. I know I’ll never see this comment in the paper.”

Loveland Herald Editor Dick Maloney, 248-7134 Office hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday See page A2 for additional contact information.






Blue Ash Mayor Mark Weber sits inside a replica Union Army general's tent. He's joined by William McGuire dressed as a Union Army soldier. TERRENCE HUGE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

David Mowery, author of "Morgan's Great Raid," and Bernie O'Bryan, clad as Gen. Lew Wallace, discuss the newly unveiled marker at the Hunt House. It describes the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail and the important role Ohio played during the Civil War. TERRENCE HUGE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS


The open house included some very lively Bluegrass music. Kathy Woods plays fiddle here with the trio "Bridgewood Players." TERRENCE HUGE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

The historic Hunt House of Blue Ash was the venue for a special open house celebration. The afternoon commenced with the official unveiling of the “John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail” marker and a number of dignitaries were in attendance. Included were Blue Ash Mayor Mark Weber, Councilman Jim Sumner, author David Mowery, Hunt family descendent Tom Bell and Civil War Gen. Lew Wallace (Bernie O’Bryan), who paid a posthumous visit. The afternoon was kept quite festive with musical group performances, Civil War displays, a petting zoo and welcome refreshments.

Margie Selm is ready to perform on the dulcimer with the Buckeye Strings. The group played a variety of Civil War-era tunes honoring both sides of the great conflict. TERRENCE HUGE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

With three gentlemen clad in replica Civil War uniforms and bunting and American flags prominently displayed, the historic Hunt House of Blue Ash stands ready to welcome visitors for an open house celebration July 14. TERRENCE HUGE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

As part of the Hunt House celebration, children and their parents had an opportunity to interact with various farm animals. A survey from the 1850s called the Hunts "gentlemen farmers." TERRENCE HUGE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Monday 7 PM Tuesday 11 AM & 7 PM Let’s Talk Bridge 6:30 PM Friday 11 AM Free Lecture 10:30 AM Saturday 10-12 AM Supervised Play & Lesson


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, SEPT. 19 Art Exhibits Colored Pencil Society of America District 119 Exhibit, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., The Barn. Exhibition of colored pencil works by local members of the Colored Pencil Society of America. Artwork is incredibly detailed, often almost photo-realistic. Free. Presented by Woman’s Art Club Foundation. 272-3700; Mariemont.

Education Toastmasters: Improve Your Communication and Leadership Skills, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Technical Center, 11450 Grooms Road, Conference Room No. 2. Practice skills by speaking, organizing and conducting meetings and motivating others. Ages 18 and up. Free. Reservations required. Through Dec. 19. 387-7030; Blue Ash.

Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 7-8 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, 8999 Applewood Drive, $5. Presented by Zumba with Ashley. 917-7475. Blue Ash.

Home & Garden Designing Hot Kitchens and Cool Baths, 6:30-8 p.m., Neal’s Design Remodel, 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.

Music - Bluegrass Summer Concert Series: Retread Bluegrass Band, 7-8 p.m., Twin Lakes Senior Living Community, 9840 Montgomery Road, Bluegrass, old time and gospel music. Free. 247-1330; Montgomery.

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

On Stage - Theater Barefoot in the Park, 7:30 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, Newlyweds Paul, a buttoned-down lawyer, and Corie, his free-spirited wife, have a passionate relationship. But dealing with their tiny fifth floor walk-up, a nosy neighbor who lives in the attic, a loopy mother and bad plumbing, leads to loads of laughs and learning to live and love. $18. Presented by Mariemont Players Inc. Through Sept. 29. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Free, donations accepted. Through Sept. 26. 800-0164. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, 4309 Cooper Road, Youth room. Big book/ discussion meeting. Brown bag lunch optional. Open to everyone who desires healthy loving relationships. Donations accepted. 673-0174; Blue Ash.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 20 Art Exhibits Colored Pencil Society of America District 119 Exhibit, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-8 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; Mariemont.

Health / Wellness Pre-Diabetes Class, 9-11 a.m., Weight Management Solutions, 8001 Kenwood Road, Information on making healthy food choices, exercise and blood sugar control and monitoring blood sugar levels. $20. Through Nov. 15. 956-3729; Sycamore Township.

Literary - Libraries Around the World: Journey to Peru, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Learn about the people, culture, food and dance of Peru. Free. 369-4450. Deer Park.

On Stage - Comedy Adam Cayton-Holland, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas,

$8-$14. 984-9288; Montgomery.

On Stage - Theater Barefoot in the Park, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $18. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 21 Art & Craft Classes Marlene Steele Pastel Portrait Workshop, 1-5:30 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., The Barn. Through Sunday. Experience making of portrait in pastel from start to finish. Learn to see and analyze shapes and edges. Experience working with live model with pro sharing expertise in drawing, color mixing and composition. Ages 18 and up. $225. Registration required. Presented by The Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati. 272-3700; Mariemont.

Farmers Market Montgomery Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Montgomery Elementary School, 9609 Montgomery Road, Vendors grow/ produce what they sell. More than 20 vendors offering vegetables, fruits, herbs, meat, eggs, honey, goat’s milk products, coffee, olive oil, hummus, cheese and baked goods. Presented by Montgomery Farmers Market. 984-4865; Montgomery.

Health / Wellness Diabetes Conversation Maps, 10 a.m.-noon, Lisa Larkin, M.D., 4460 Red Bank Expressway, What do the numbers mean? Small group discussions of Type 2 diabetes led by Jan Kellogg, certified diabetes educator. $30 all four sessions; or $10 per session. Presented by Lisa Larkin, M.D. & Associates. 791-0626. Madisonville.

Home & Garden Designing Hot Kitchens and Cool Baths, 10-11:30 a.m., Neal’s Design Remodel, Free. 489-7700; Sharonville.

On Stage - Comedy Adam Cayton-Holland, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $8-$14. 984-9288; Montgomery.

On Stage - Theater Barefoot in the Park, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $18. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 22 Art Exhibits Colored Pencil Society of America District 119 Exhibit, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; Mariemont.

Music - Classical Carillon Concert, 4-5 p.m., Mary M. Emery Carillon, Pleasant Street, Open air concert. Carillonneur plays bells using keyboard in upper tower. Tours of tower available; playground, restroom and shelter house on site. Free. Presented by Village of Mariemont. Through March 30. 271-8519; Mariemont.

On Stage - Comedy Adam Cayton-Holland, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, $8-$14. 984-9288; Montgomery.

On Stage - Theater Barefoot in the Park, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $18. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

MONDAY, SEPT. 23 Education Social and Business Dining Etiquette, 6:45-8:45 p.m., deSha’s American Tavern, 11320 Montgomery Road, Learn to navigate the table, the silent service code and the five most common dining mistakes. $39, plus $32 for dinner. Registration required. 556-6932. Montgomery.

Youth Sports Youth Basketball by Ohio Ballstars, 6-9 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Weekly through Oct. 14. Provides instruction on fundamentals of basketball and

Take a painting class and sip cocktails at Wine and Canvas, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Flipdaddy's Burgers and Beers, 7453 Wooster Pike, Columbia Township. Cost is $35. Reservations are required. Call 317-1305, or visit ERNEST COLEMAN/THE ENQUIRER provides expert training. Ages 6-15. $65. Reservations required. 985-0900; Montgomery.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 24 Art & Craft Classes Wine and Canvas, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Flipdaddy’s Burgers & Beers, 7453 Wooster Pike, Painting class with cocktails. No experience necessary. $35. Reservations required. Presented by Wine and Canvas. 317-1305; Columbia Township.

Art Exhibits Colored Pencil Society of America District 119 Exhibit, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; Mariemont.

Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 7-8 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, $5. 917-7475. Blue Ash.

Farmers Market Loveland Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m., Loveland Station, W. Loveland Avenue, E. Broadway and Second streets, Parking lot. Featuring 32 vendors from area offering vegetables, fruits, meat, eggs, bread, pizza, pastries, cookies, syrup, lavender products, soaps, lotions, gourmet frozen pops, gelato, herbs, alpaca products, hummus, honey, coffee, olive oil and cheese. Free. Presented by Loveland Farmers Market. 683-0150; Loveland.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 25 Art & Craft Classes Knitting, Crochet and Needlecraft Class, 7-8 p.m., Milford Heights Church of Christ, 1646 Ohio 28, Basic handwork techniques and fresh ideas in knitting, crochet and other handicrafts along with short devotional time. Free. 575-1874. Milford.

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 26 Art Exhibits Colored Pencil Society of America District 119 Exhibit, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; Mariemont.

Business Seminars You’re More Than a Face on Facebook, 10-11:30 a.m., Dimalanta Design Group, 4555 Lake Forest Drive, No. 650, Learn dos and don’ts of Facebook for your business and how it can help you grow with Ernie Dimalanta, founder of Out-&-Out Marketing, and Wendy Hacker, social media consultant of Dimalanta Design Group. $10. Reservations required. 588-2802; Blue Ash.

Education Toastmasters: Improve Your Communication and Leadership Skills, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Technical Center, Free. Reservations required. 387-7030; Blue Ash.

Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 7-8 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, $5. 917-7475. Blue Ash.

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

On Stage - Theater Barefoot in the Park, 7:30 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $18. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

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.

Colored Pencil Society of America District 119 Exhibit, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; Mariemont.


Health / Wellness

Art Exhibits

TriHealth Women’s Services Van Mammography Screening, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Loveland Family Medicine, 411 W. Loveland Ave., No. 102, Reservations required. Presented by TriHealth Women’s Services Van. 569-6565; Loveland.

Colored Pencil Society of America District 119 Exhibit, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-8 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; Mariemont.

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

Literary - Libraries Gaming, 6-7:30 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Gaming with friends. Ages 11-19. Free. Through May 23. 369-4450. Deer Park.

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 28 Farmers Market Montgomery Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Montgomery Elementary School, 984-4865; Montgomery.

Health / Wellness Diabetes Conversation Maps, 10 a.m.-noon, Lisa Larkin, M.D., Preventing Complications. $30 all four sessions; or $10 per session. 791-0626. Madisonville. Frankly Speaking About Coping with the Cost of Care, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Cancer Support Community, 4918 Cooper Road, Practical guide to navigating challenges of managing the cost of cancer care. Free. 791-4060. Blue Ash.

Music - Choral Songs From Our Heart with the Southern Gateway Chorus, 7-8 p.m., Greenacres Arts Center, 8400 Blome Road, Grand Tent. A cappella potpourri of hits and original compositions. $15. Purchase tickets in advance. Presented by Greenacres Foundation. 8914227; Indian Hill.

On Stage - Comedy Tom Simmons, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $8-$14. 9849288; Montgomery.

On Stage - Theater Barefoot in the Park, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $18. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

Shopping Junktique and Antique Sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 3006, Free admission. 683-4757; Loveland.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 29 Art Exhibits

Tom Simmons, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $8-$14. 9849288; Montgomery.

Colored Pencil Society of America District 119 Exhibit, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; Mariemont.

On Stage - Theater

Dining Events

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

Barefoot in the Park, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $18. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

On Stage - Comedy


Pro-Am Night, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, Aspiring comics, amateurs and professionals take the stage. Ages 18 and up. $5. 984-9288;

Junktique and Antique Sale, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 3006, 127 Karl Brown Way, Electronics, furniture, collectibles, antiques, toys, tools,

Farm to Fork II: A Celebration of Women Farmers, 5-8 p.m., Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Celebration of women in agriculture and the food they provide. Feast on local food and show support for women farmers in Tristate area. $45. Reservations required. 683-2340; Loveland.

Music - Acoustic

On Stage - Comedy

Music - Classical Carillon Concert, 4-5 p.m., Mary M. Emery Carillon, Free. 2718519; Mariemont.

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

On Stage - Theater Barefoot in the Park, 2 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $18. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

TUESDAY, OCT. 1 Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 7-8 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, $5. 917-7475. Blue Ash.

Farmers Market Loveland Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m., Loveland Station, Free. 683-0150; Loveland.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 2 Art & Craft Classes Knitting, Crochet and Needlecraft Class, 7-8 p.m., Milford Heights Church of Christ, Free. 575-1874. Milford.

Business Classes T.A.L.K. Toastmasters of Milford, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Andrew Church - Milford, 552 Main St., Discover how membership in Toastmasters will improve your speaking skills, increase your thinking power and build your self-confidence. Meets first and third Wednesdays of every month. Free. Presented by Milford T.A.L.K. Toastmasters. 831-3833; Milford.

Cooking Classes Simply Sushi Cooking Demo, 6:30-7:30 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, With Chef Kris from the Atrium Cafe. Kris demonstrates how to make sushi and provides samples including vegetarian sushi. Ages 21 and up. $10. Reservations required. 985-0900; Montgomery.

Music - Acoustic Kevin Fox, 7-10 p.m., Mama Vita’s, Free. 324-7643. Loveland.

On Stage - Comedy Pro-Am Night, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, $5. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Parenting Classes HypnoBirthing, 5:45 p.m. and 8 p.m., Bethesda North Hospital, 10500 Montgomery Road, Weekly through Oct. 30. Childbirth series rejects myth that suffering must accompany labor. $200 per birthing team. Registration required. 475-4500; Montgomery.



Rita ushers in baking season with crust, pecan pie puffed and golden and jiggle a bit in the center but that’s OK. Cool a couple of hours before serving.

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Hotel Sinton’s pea salad for Jan B. This Western Hills reader said she made it a lot and everyone loved it. She lost her recipe.

You’ll think you’re in cooking class with these detailed instructions, but they are worth following. 2 cups all-purpose flour ⁄2 teaspoon baking powder (the secret ingredient) 1 ⁄4 teaspoon salt 1 cup Crisco shortening, chilled (I use Crisco sticks) 1 ⁄2 cup ice cold water 1

Whisk together dry ingredients. Cut shortening into 1⁄2-inch pieces. Scatter over flour mixture and, using a fork or pastry blender, cut shortening into flour until mixture resembles coarse crumbs with some large pieces remaining (about the size of peas – yes, it will work!). This is what will give you flakiness. Sprinkle half the cold water over and stir and draw flour with fork from bottom to top, distributing water evenly. Add more water until dough is moist enough to hold together when you roll a little bit into a ball.

I usually use up all the water. Divide in half and shape into two balls. Flatten balls into round disks. I like to refrigerate dough anywhere from 30 minutes to overnight, but that’s not necessary. (You can also freeze the dough for a couple of months, thawing in refrigerator before using). Roll out on lightly floured surface from center out. I sprinkle a bit of flour on top of the dough so it doesn’t stick to the rolling pin, or you can skip flour and roll it out between wax or parchment paper. Roll into a circle inches wider than pie plate.

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Rita made her pecan pie using her friend Perrin’s no-fail pie crust.THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD.


For years it was like a gray culinary cloud over my head. I called it pie crust envy. My mom was the first to try to teach me to make a flaky and tender pie crust. “Just don’t overwork the dough, use a light hand,” she told me. At the time I read something in a cookbook that said “work the Rita shortening Heikenfeld into the RITA’S KITCHEN flour until it’s all the size of small peas.” So I tried to do just that. The crust rolled out easily and I baked what I thought was the most beautiful apple pie in the world. I took it to our church kitchen for bingo and I’ll never forget the look on Ruth Haglage’s face as she tried to cut into the crust. She sawed and sawed at that crust and finally broke through. I was so embarrassed. Ruth knew I was a novice pie baker and told me not to worry, that the filling was delicious and the crust was OK. After that disaster, every time I made pie crust by hand I was filled with anxiety. Then I met Perrin Rountree. Perrin is an Anderson Township reader and excellent Southern cook and baker. She worked with me at my cooking school at McAlpin’s. Perrin shared her recipe for pie crust with a secret ingredient. That was years ago and the crust has never let me down. No more pie crust envy!

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RELIGION Ascension Lutheran Church

Music at Ascension chamber concert series begins its 10th season at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. Woody Woodrey and the ensemble “Consensus” will perform songs of faith in a jazz/swing style. The concert is open to the community and is free of charge. The congregation is collecting health kits and wrapped bar soap for Lutheran World Relief. School supplies were collected for theNortheast Emergency Distribution Services and for Navajo Lutheran Mission in Arizona. A group of Ascension members traveled to the Lutheran Mission this summer and Ascension is now responding to many of the Mission’s needs. Healing Touch Ministry is offered on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. Please call the church office at 793-3288 for more information. Rejoice! worship service is 11 a.m. Rejoice! is a more contemporary, upbeat style worship with music

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and Bible readings reflecting the preference of many people today. Heritage (traditional) worship service is 9 a.m. Sunday school, Confirmation and Adult Forum are at 9:45 a.m. Ascension is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 793-3288.

Bethel Baptist Temple

Join high school and college students from around the city the first Friday of each month from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for a night of encouragement, praising God and fun. Included is a free Starbucks Coffee bar, food, giveaways, a live band, games, a photo booth and more. Look for the Uprising sign. Find Uprising on Facebook at “The Uprising – Student Outreach of Cincinnati” and on Twitter @CincyUprising. The adult, teen and children’s Sunday School classes come together for an hour of skits from the drama team, children’s songs, games, penny wars and more during Round Up Sunday, offered during Sunday School hour on the first Sunday of each month. AWANA children’s Bible clubs are offeredfor children ages 2 through high school from 7-8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays during the school year. Each club meeting features council time, which includes flag ceremony, music and Bible lesson; handbook time, in which clubbers earn awards through memorization and handbook completion; and game time. Contact the church for information, or visit the AWANA page on Facebook: search for “Bethel Baptist AWANA.” Several father/son activities, as well as family activities, are being planned for the fall and upcoming months. Visit the church website for details. Plans are in the works for a once-a-month women’s gettogether. A small group Bible study is offered Wednesday evenings at the church at 7:30 p.m. Sunday School is 10 a.m.; Sunday worship is 11 a.m. The church is at 8501 Plainfield Road, Sycamore Township; 891-2221;

Lewis and Stephen Thiel of Montgomery, and David Lewis of Blue Ash are proud to announce the marriage of their son, Brant David Lewis to Miranda Lee McKnight, of Leslie daughter McKnight and Steve Lee of Dayton, on September 6, 2013. The ceremony was held Montgomery, Blue Ash The couple currently re- Presbyterian Church sides in Ft. Pierce, FL.

Religion news is published at no charge on a spaceavailable basis. Items must be to our office no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, for possible consideration in the following edition. » E-mail announcements to nesuburban@community, with “Religion” in the subject line. » Fax to 248-1938. Call 248-8600. » Mail to: Northeast Suburban Life, Attention: Andrea Reeves, Religion news, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, Ohio 45140. Contribute to NEEDS by bringing rice and boxed potatoes to the church. Join the choir. Rehearsals are starting now. Please contact the church office for details. Jacob’s Ladder is the theme for Sunday School (pre-K through 12th-grade); these classes are taught after the children’s sermon in the worship service. Bible 101 and Thoughtful Christian classes are offered for adults each Sunday morning. These meet at 9 a.m. in the fellowship hall. TWO will meat at noon, Sept. 25 in the fellowship hall for a brown bag lunch and program. Dessert and beverages will be provided. The program is about identity theft. Want to know more about our congregation or about being a Presbyterian? Come to an informal meeting after church this fall. Call the church office for details. A pet blessing is 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, on the church lawn. The annual church picnic is Oct. 6, immediately after morning worship. Sunday worship services are at 10:30 a.m. Nursery care is available. Sunday sermons are recorded and available at The church is at 4309 Cooper Road; 791-1153;

Brecon United Methodist Church

The church offers worship services on Sundays at 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. Sundays. Samaritan Closet hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Samaritan Closet offers clothing and food to


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Chabad Jewish Center

It’s time to put on your dancing shoes and get ready to dance the night away on Simchat Torah at Chabad Jewish Center on Thursday, Sept. 26. RSVP and donations are appreciated. The evening begins with a children’s celebration, from 5:30-7 p.m. with a kid’s menu buffet dinner, Israeli dancing and prizes for all ages, including stuffed Torahs and sandy candy flags. “This event is guaranteed to be fun for the whole family” said Rabbi Yisroel Mangel, director for Chabad Jewish Center. At 7:30 p.m. the adult’s party begins with traditional Simchat Torah celebration at Chabad Jewish Center. Holiday services, sushi and martinis will gear everyone up for singing and dancing with the Torahs in the famous Chassidic spirit that is unparalleled elsewhere, as seven celebratory "hakafot" (circling) are made around the Bimah. Friday morning, Sept. 27, will celebrate the conclusion of the yearly cycle of reading the Torah, and the starting of a new year’s Torah reading, with more singing, dancing and rejoicing. Simchat Torah literally means, “Joy of the Torah.” On this holiday, it is customary to dance and rejoice while holding the Torah scrolls. Each person may have a different capability when it comes to learning Torah, but when it comes to rejoicing with the Torah, everyone can join in as one. Simchat Torah is a holiday where we rejoice in our unity as Jews. Chabad Jewish Center is at 3977 Hunt Road, Blue Ash; 793-5200;

Church of the Saviour United Methodist

Weekday children’s programs run Monday mornings, Tuesday

Young at Hartz is a group for the over-55 crowd, and is open to anyone who would like to join. The group has monthly outings or lunch and a movie at the church. For more information, contact Sue Watts at 891-8527. Hartzell United Methodist Church women’s annual rummage and bake sale is Saturday, Oct. 5. The Way, The Truth & The Life Seekers small group meets almost every Sunday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. for dessert and drinks, usually in Fellowship Hall. “A Disciples’ Path” by James A. Harnish is the current six-week study that satisfies a “Divine Discontent” that resides in all of us, regardless of religious background. Contact David or Melissa Dennis to be sure they are meeting on any given Sunday at 984-6395. Worship Sundays in September is as follows: adult Bible study, Coffee and Cat and first service is 9 a.m.; second service and Camp service is 10:30 a.m. Come meet the new senior pastor, Will Leasure, and his family. The church is at 8999 Applewood Drive, Blue Ash; 891-8527.

Lighthouse Baptist Church

Sunday school is at 10 a.m. Sunday morning service is 11 a.m. Sunday evening service is 6 p.m. Wednesday service is 7 p.m. The church is meeting at Raffel’s Blue Ash Banquet Center, 11330 Williamson Road, Blue Ash; 709-3344.

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

Service times are 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. St. Barnabas serves a large scale dinner on the fourth Friday of each month at Churches Active in Northside. Call the church office for details or to offer to provide a dish, help service or do both. Throughout the summer, the church runs a day camp for children of the Findlay Street Neighborhood House. Help with meals and paper goods is needed as well as volunteers to help with the scheduled weekly activity and overnight camping trips. St. Barnabas Choir rehearsals are

Sycamore Christian Church

Sunday worship and junior worship services at 10:30 a.m. Sunday Bible study for all ages at 9 a.m. Women’s Study Group at 6:30 p.m. every second Wednesday. The church is at 6555 Cooper Road, Cincinnati; 891-7891.

Sycamore Presbyterian Church

Come visit the church Sunday mornings in its brand new sanctuary at 9:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Childcare is available in the nursery during both services for infants through age 2. Sunday School classes for preschoolers through grade 12 are offered at 10:45 a.m. service. Weekly adult study opportunities are also offered. Details on these and other programs can be found on the church website calendar, or by calling the church office. (683-0254) A new member class will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 5. Please call the church office to register (683-0254). The church is at 11800 MasonMontgomery Road, Symmes Township; 683-0254;


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7:30 p.m. Thursdays. There is no requirement other than a willing heart and a desire to serve. The St. Barnabas Youth Choir rehearses after the 10 a.m. service Sunday. Children in second-grade and older are invited to come and sing. Calling all acolytes. If you are fourth-grade or older, please call or email the church office to help serve during the services. An Intercessory Healing Prayer Service is held the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. The Order of St. Luke, Hands of Hope chapter, meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7:15 p.m. in the library. A Men’s Breakfast group meets on Wednesday mornings at 8:30 a.m. at Steak N Shake in Montgomery. Ladies Fellowship/Religious Study Group meets on Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. at the church. The group is discussing “Desire of the Everlasting Hills” by Thomas Cahill. Friends in Fellowship meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:15 p.m. for a potluck dinner at the church. Ladies Bridge meets the first and third Thursdays of the month. Contact the church office for further information. A Bereavement Support Group for widows and widowers meets the second and fourth Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The church is at 10345 Montgomery Road, Montgomery; 984-8401.

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Elizabeth and Robert Veite of Loveland, Ohio would like to announce the marriage of their daughter, Jessica Marie, to Charles Robert Eister, son of Matt and Sue Howard of Loveland, OH and Robert Eiser of Blue Ash, Ohio. The bride graduated in 2008 from Loveland High School and is a 2012 graduate from Wilmington College, Summa Cum Laude. She is currently pursuing her M.D. at The West Virginia University School of Medicine and recently commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army. The groom also graduated from Loveland High School in 2008 and is a 2012 graduate from Xavier University where he completed the ROTC program. He is a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army and completed the Engineer Officer Leadership Course at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri. He will join his wife at West Virginia University to acquirer his law degree. The wedding took place on July 13th at St. Columban Church and the couple honeymooned in Costa Rica.

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Forums focus on end-of-life issues Many families are faced with sensitive challenges in talking with elder relatives about how to handle the inevitable end to their lives – what to do, how to go about it. Hospice of Cincinnati and St. Barnabas Episcopal Church are teaming up to provide a series of discussions that will offer pertinent information from professionals well versed in these issues. The goal of these discussions, to be followed by question and answer exchanges, is to give families information and resources that may help them be better prepared to discuss these critical issues with elderly family members. The five discussions, all free and open to the general public, will begin Sept. 22 and conclude in March. All of them will take place at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 10345 Montgomery Road, Montgomery. Details of the events and topics: » “Conversations of a Lifetime,” Sunday, Sept. 22, at 4 p.m. This presentation emphasizes the importance of end-of-life conversations among patients, families, and caregivers. Volunteers will give their experiences discussing these issues with their parents. » “How to Talk to Your Doctor,” Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Rebecca Bechhold, chief medical officer of Hospice of Cincinnati, will lead the discussion. She will offer information about talking with with your doctor about discussing serious illness and possible outcomes. » “Hospice 101.” Wednesday, Nov. 20, at noon. Basic information about services offered by the Hospice organization, the costs, available resources, family support, and counseling. » “Panel Discussion.” Sunday, Jan. 12, at 3 p.m. Presentation by a panel of specialists including an elder-law attorney; member of the Council on Aging; representative from TriHealth Senior Link; Hospice of Cincinnati member, and a gerontologist or palliative care specialist. All will be available for questions from the audience. » “Ethical and Spiritual Issues in End of Life Care.” March (specific date to be announced). This discussion will be led by an Episcopal priest. The prior series of talks will be reviewed, focusing on the major ethical and spiritual issues involved. Audience members will be encouraged to discuss what they have learned from the prior discussions, and to offer suggestions they have for future presentations.

Free tuition welcome for UC Blue Ash students

One week after West Chester Township Kyle Walker lost his father to a massive heart attack, he learned that he was the winner of free tuition for the summer session at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College. “It was amazing news and a big relief during a very difficult time,” said Walker, who was devastated about death of his father and also concerned about how he was going to pay for college. The sophomore wants to become a physical therapist, a program that demands a doctorate degree for new graduates. The free tuition is the result of a program at UC Blue Ash that encourages students to register early for the upcoming semesters. Those who register by the designated deadline are automatically entered into a drawing to win free tuition. The college offered this opportunity to students for the summer sessions, as well as the upcoming fall semester. Of the more than 2,700 students who were eligible, two winners were selected, Walker for the summer and Jessica Proffitt for the fall. The summer tuition has a value of approximately $1,700, while the fall tuition is $2,500. “We are always excited to provide scholarships, grants or financial aid that help our students

Sharonville resident Jessica Proffitt meets with Dean Cady Short-Thompson after learning she is the winner of free tuition for the fall semester at UC Blue Ash. THANKS TO PETE BENDER

pursue their education and follow their dreams,” said Cady Short-Thompson, Dean of UC Blue Ash. “Having lost my mother in my early 20s, I empathize with Kyle in his loss. It is satisfying for me to know that we are all rooting for him at UC Blue Ash.” Proffitt, who is a junior from Sharonville and graduate of Mount Notre Dame High School, works part-time while taking classes toward an associate degree in medical assisting. “I truly appreciate this gift of free tuition, it really means a lot,” said Jessica. She added that it was a ‘great feeling’ when she learned that the cost of her classes would be covered for the upcoming fall semester.

West Chester Township resident Kyle Walker meets with Dean Cady Short-Thompson after winning free tuition for the summer semester at UC Blue Ash. THANKS TO PETE GEMMER

Hamilton County t ic r t is D n io t a v er s n o C er t Soil and Wa 68th Annual Meeting October 10,, 2013

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Beacons of light More than 450 people attended the Lighthouse Beacon of Light Awards Gala, which raised more than $300,000 to benefit Lighthouse Youth Services. This year’s honorees included Herbert R. Brown, Brynne F. Coletti and Terence L. Horan. Fran and Larry Unger served as the 2013 Beacon chairs. Lighthouse Youth Services started more than 43 years ago as a single group home for girls. Today, Lighthouse serves more than 6,000 children, youth and families in need annually. Photos by Helen Adams

Fran Unger, of Glendale; Terence L. Horan, of Montgomery; and Tim Timmel, of Covington, Ky., were honored during the Lighthouse Beacon of Light Awards Gala

Phil and Nancy Shepardson, of Anderson Township; Nancy Cassady, of Symmes Township; Alison De Villiers; and Mike Cheetham, of East End.

Iva Brown, of North College Hill; and Carole Kennedy Reilly, of Montgomery.

Tabatha Anderson, Elaine Rosenberg, Marvin Butts, and Marvin Rosenberg, all of downtown Cincinnati. Eileen Chalfie, of Wyoming; Tim Timmel, of Covington, Ky.; Kevin McDonnell, of Indian Hill; and Karen Abel, of Wyoming.

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POLICE REPORTS BLUE ASH Arrests/citations John Christian Schaefer, 18, 9496 Lansford Drive, petty theft, Sept. 7. Edin Siles Rivera, 31, 5435 Lester Road, driving in marked lanes/ continuous lines, driver's license or commercial driver's license required, possession or use of a controlled substance, Sept. 6. Dinaker P. Singh, 32, 7765 Haverhill Lane, misdemeanor warrant, possession or use of a controlled substance, traffic warrant, Sept. 9. Andrew M. Spampinato, 26, 269 Edwards Road, operating motor vehicle with invalid license plate or ID mark, having physical control of vehicle while under influence, Sept. 8.

Incidents/investigations Assault (knowingly harm) At 4260 Hunt Road, Sept. 4. Petty theft Someone took $279.42 worth of meat from Kroger at 4100 Hunt Road, Sept. 6. A woman said someone took an iPhone S, value $350, Blue Ash YMCA at 5000 YMCA Drive, Sept. 6. Petty theft, forgery A woman said smeone took range time, value $20, from Point Blank Range and Gun Shop at 10930 Deerfield Road, Sept. 4. A woman said someone used a counterfeit $20 bill at Walgreen's at 9580 Kenwood Road, Sept. 5. Theft A man said someone took audio and video recordings, value $5; a steel work horse, value $1,200, and scrap metal, value $200 at 11316 Williamson Road, Sept. 5. A woman said someone took $50 from her checking account at 4275 Berryhill Lane, Sept. 5.

MONTGOMERY Arrests/citations Dawann D. Hollis Jr., 26, 709 Hopkins Ave., obstructing official business, Sept. 6. Eric F. Hoerlein, 44, 7850 Campus Lane, domestic violence, domes-

ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Community Press publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: » Blue Ash, Chief Chris Wallace, 745-8573 » Montgomery, Chief Don Simpson, 985-1600 » Sycamore Township, Lt. Tom Butler, 774-6351 or 683-3444 » Symmes Township, Lt. Tom Butler, 774-6351 or 683-3444 tic violence, Sept. 4. Yvonne Michelle Pavlik, 31, 1920 Noblestown Road, drug abuse, Sept. 5. Matthew Leo Mchugh, 26, 1554 Shenandoah Ave., operating under influence alcohol drugs choice, operating vehicle impaired (breath .17 or higher), Sept. 4. Sean E. Huneke, 24, 2404 Madison Ave. Apartment 3, disorderly conduct, Sept. 2. David A. Curtin, 22, 5222 Wandering Way, disorderly conduct, Sept. 1. Vladyslav I. Vovrychko, 18, 5277 Hagewa Drive, drug abuse, use, possess or sale of drug paraphernalia, Sept. 3. Blake Thomas Lindsley, 30, 584 Tillman St. Apartment 8, speeding, drug abuse, carrying concealed weapon, use, possess or sale of drug paraphernalia, Aug. 30. Kristof Luehrmann Rattermann, 21, 6019 Scothpine Drive, drug abuse, use, possess or sale of drug paraphernalia, Sept. 1. Nathanial R. Frederick, 20, 269 Mulberry Meadows Court, prohibitions/minors/low alcohol content/use, possess or sale of drug paraphernalia, Aug. 3. Joseph Lee Ledford, 18, 499 E. Mason Morrow Millgrove Road, prohibitions/minors/low alcohol content/use, possess or sale of drug paraphernalia, Aug. 3. Juvenile, 17, obstructing official business, curfew violation, Aug. 3.

Incidents/investigations Burglary/breaking and entering A woman said someone took a

television, value $600 at 10618 Weil Road, Aug. 29. Harassment At 7830 Hartford Hill Lane, Sept. 2. At 10499 Cinderella Drive, Aug. 31. Theft Someone took three purses and contents from a closet off the choir room at St. Barnabas Church at 10345 Montgomery Road, Sept. 8. A man said someone removed a DirecTv satellite dish from the rear of his residence at 10555 Montgmery Road apartment 77, Sept. 9. A woman said someone took a black leather purse/handbag, value $500, from a vehicle at 9946 Forestglen Drive, Sept. 7. Vandalism/criminal damaging A man said someone smashed the driver's side window of a vehicle at 10555 Montgomery Road apartment 51, Sept. 9.

SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Juvenile male, 16, theft, Aug. 17. Juvenile male, 17, theft, Aug. 17. Alexander Repasky, 18, 4213 Glenwood, theft, Aug. 17. Juvenile male, 17, curfew, Aug. 16. Juvenile male, 15, curfew, Aug. 16. Juvenile male, 15, curfew, Aug. 16. Sidra Gardner, 27, 881 W. Liberty Ave., theft, Aug. 16. Matthew Mueller, 45, 4888 Bayberry, theft, Aug. 12. Mazion James, 26, 8920 Dayl Road, theft, Aug. 17. Juvenile Female, 16, theft, Aug.

REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS 17. Paris Gunterman, 19, 818 Glenwood Ave., theft, Aug. 17. Ann Sieman, 41, 8561 Plainfield Lane, domestic violence, Aug. 17. Tresca Washington, 26, 192 Charles Ave., defrauding rental agency, Aug. 13. Cassandra Reese, 19, 27 Winderness Court, attempt theft, Aug. 13.

Incidents/investigations Aggravated burglary Residence entered at 10929 Barrington Court, Aug. 13. Domestic violence Reported at Darnell Ave., Aug. 19. Theft Merchandise of unknown value removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, Aug. 17. Vehicle entered and items valued at $1,524 removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, Aug. 16. Merchandise of unknown value removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, Aug. 17. Wheelchair valued at $800 removed from driveway at 8471 St. Clair Ave., Aug. 17. Merchandise valued at $160 removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, Aug. 16. Scrap metal valued at $500 removed at 7812 Reosky Drive, Aug. 16. Vehicle entered and shoes and checks of unknown value removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, Aug. 14. Medication of unknown value removed at 7300 Dearwester Drive, Aug. 14. Visa of unknown value removed at 7800 Montgomery Road, Aug. 13. Speaker system valued at $400 removed at 8491 Donna Lane, Aug. 13. Merchandise of unknown value removed at 8072 Richmond Ave., Aug. 20. Mower valued at $500 removed at 11969 3rd Ave., Aug. 20. Unauthorized use of motor vehicle Vehicle used without consent at 8740 Montgomery Road, Aug. 15.


8898 Brittany Drive: Keller, Dorothy M. Tr. to APD Capital Associates Ll; $95,000. 8898 Brittany Drive: APD Capital Associates LLC to Golden Real Estate Investment LLC; $110,000. 4385 Creek Road: Krug, Gary to Blue Ash Land LLC; $125,000. 6584 Donjoy Drive: Linneman, Mary Jane to Wisman, Douglas E.; $165,000. 4454 Edenton Lane: Northrop, Properties LLC to Clark, Holly L. & Wesley S.; $280,000. 4464 Leslie Ave.: Moksin, Simon to Wethington, Harold G. & Dorothy L.; $147,000. 3646 Lobelia Drive: Rauckhorst, Richard J. to Bramy, Mireille; $240,000. 4966 Meyers Lane: Selvey, Laura to Hampton, April; $190,500. 10 Muirfield Lane: Iwanusa, Ken & Adele to Sweeney, Saundra; $312,500. 9701 Ridgeway Ave.: Gibson, Robin J. & Ragen L. to Sylvester, Steve; $115,000. 9826 Timbers Drive: Gillespie, Peter A. & Natalie J. Lindquist to Cohen, Oscar J. & Barbara B.; $135,500. 9857 Timbers Drive: Burgess, Patrick Lawrence to Lin, Li & Xuefu Zhou; $76,000. 4903 Twinbrook Court: Wilburn, Sanda L. Trs. & L. Thomas Trs to Butler, Patrick J. & Teresa D.; $275,000.


9760 Bunker Hill Lane: Frick, Jan to Frick, Patti; $45,750. 11385 Grandstone Lane: Monahan, Terrence J. Jr. & Marlo A. Teramana-Monahan to Cheviot Savings Bank; $715,000. 7884 Mitchell Farm Lane: Balitsis, Ruth to Gunning Investments LLC; $205,000. 10704 Woodgate Lane: Gralen Investments Ltd. to Champa,

Michael & Katherine M.; $474,000.


12178 Cedarbreaks Lane: Metz, Matthew C. & Cara L. to Petrisko, Nicolette M.; $147,500. 8613 Darnell Ave.: McDaniel, Seth to Mertens, Jennifer & Kevin Vandevoorde; $126,000. 4379 Grinnell Drive: Rush, Matthew M. to Fakoukakis, Sophia; $165,000. 7280 Kenwood Road: RRP Sycamore Plaza LP to BRE DDR Crocodile Sycamor Plaza LLC; $79,000,000. 7386 Kenwood Road: RRP Sycamore Plaza LP to BRE DDR Crocodile Sycamor Plaza LLC; $79,000,000. 8725 Kenwood Road: Duvall, Kay F. Tr. to Bhandari Sadhana; $438,668. 7800 Montgomery Road: RRP Sycamore Plaza LP to BRE DDR Crocodile Sycamor Plaza LLC; $79,000,000. 7852 Montgomery Road: RRP Sycamore Plaza LP to BRE DDR Crocodile Sycamor Plaza LLC; $79,000,000. 7888 Montgomery Road: RRP Sycamore Plaza LP to BRE DDR Crocodile Sycamor Plaza LLC; $79,000,000. 7896 Montgomery Road: RRP Sycamore Plaza LP to BRE DDR Crocodile Sycamor Plaza LLC; $79,000,000. 8953 Plainfield Road: Vaughn, John D. & Kimberly A. Yaeger to Tolliver, Whitney L.; $97,000. 7144 Silver Crest Drive: Schierling, Ross M. to Murphy, Jon; $109,000. 4566 Sycamore Road: Armstrong, Sarah M. & Benjamin J. Tepe to Tavallali, Roodabeh & Mehdi Roohianfard; $92,500.

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



Health Council honors health care champions at awards gala

The Greater Cincinnati Health Council presented a trio of prestigious awards to individuals and teams who led the area’s hospital and health care community in patient safety, innovation and service at its annual meeting. The awards include the 11th annual Gawne Richard M. Smith, MD, Leadership in Patient Safety Award, which was presented to Dr. Berc Gawne, The Christ Hospital Health Network, and Janice Maupin, Mercy Health Anderson Hospital. The Innovative Solutions in Patient Care Award went to Mercy Health for its nurse care coordination pilot and a special first-time award, the Servant Leadership Award, was given to Michael Linke, Veterans Affairs Medical Center. “All of our award win-

ners have demonstrated a dynamic ability to innovate, collaborate and serve the Tristate health care community, and it is our privilege to honor them for their outstanding leadership and service,” said Craig Brammer, CEO of the Health Council, the Health Collaborative and HealthBridge. “Their work is a stellar example of the diverse health care successes being achieved in Greater Cincinnati that are improving care and helping to lower costs.”

Dr. Berc Gawne of The Christ Hospital and Janice Maupin from Mercy Health Anderson Hospital (center) received the Greater Cincinnati Health Council's Leadership in Patient Safety Award from Linda Smith Berry (far left) and Health Council CEO Craig Brammer (far right).

Patient Safety Award

Gawne, a Sycamore Township resident, is vice president and chief medical officer at the Christ Hospital Health Network, and leads Christ’s Target Zero work to reduce medical errors and improve patient safety. He successfully championed the addition of “safety” to Christ’s Core Values, presents a “safety moment” at weekly senior leader-


ship meetings and presents a monthly safety moment award as recognition for employees who take steps to keep safety a priority in their daily jobs. Gawne also implemented a Transition of Care Committee at Christ, a multi-disciplinary group of individuals from within Christ and also

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from community organizations (such as hospice, home health, skilled nursing and The Council on Aging) whose mission is to provide safe and effective patient hand-offs and communication among providers. Maupin, director of quality service at Mercy Health Anderson Hospi-

tal, has been a steadfast promoter of achieving a culture of safety. She developed the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Safety Across the System model and spread it to all Mercy hospitals in the area. She collaborated with executive leaders and helped implement culture change among

frontline staff, a process that involved continuous coaching, education and employee engagement. Through this culture change, Mercy Health Anderson Hospital had significant improvements in fall rates, deepvein thrombosis rates, surgical site infections and handoff procedures.

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