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There will be a yard sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23 and 24, at 802 Town Scapes Court in Loveland to raise money for Team Theresa V for the Walk to Defeat ALS. Theresa Vomacka of Symmes Township, second from left, was diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, last September. Her family has stepped in to help her with daily chores and have been fundraising for the ALS Association. With Vomacka are here sisters, from left: Liz Mullikin of Montgomery, Sue Howard of Mount Carmel and Mickey Stark of Loveland.

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You can find this story on our Web site this week: • Loveland leaders are amped that a company that converts new cars and vans into electric vehicles is moving into the city’s commerce park but there will be no celebratory horns tooting in Blue Ash. CINCINNATI.COM/BLUEASH

A time to reflect

The Northeast Fire Collaborative hosted a 9/11 Memorial at Nisbet Park in Loveland. The ceremony included music from the Clermont County Philharmonic Orchestra, a helmet blessing and keynote speaker retired New York Fire Department Battalion Chief Steve Mormino. SEE LIFE, B1

Stacking the DECA

Ten Sycamore/Great Oaks marketing students attended the Ohio DECA Summer Leadership Retreat from July 15-18 at Camp Muskingham in Carrollton. SEE SCHOOLS, A7

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‘I was cutting grass last year and now I can’t even walk in the grass.’

Yard sale to benefit Team Theresa V in ALS Walk By Amanda Hopkins

Household chores and working have gotten more difficult for Theresa Vomacka, but she still has her sense of humor and her family to support her. The Symmes Township resident was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis - ALS also know as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. “I was cutting grass last year and now I can’t even walk in the grass,” Vomacka said. Vomacka said she noticed symptoms almost a year before she was diagnosed. She said she would get cramps in her hands

and her neck and would feel weak after working long hours as a banquet manager at Kings Island Resort. She said she started working out, but she ended up more tired. Vomacka’s sister Mickey Stark said every other possibility had to be ruled out before Vomacka was diagnosed with ALS. According to the ALS Association of Centeral and Southern Ohio, ALS is a neurodegenerative disease that usually attacks both upper and lower motor neurons and causes degeneration throughout the brain and spinal cord. “Since her diagnosis, our whole family has gotten involved with the (association),” said Vomacka’s

sister, Sue Howard. Vomacka is limited on daily activities and has had to make changes to her house to make it more accessible, including changes to the bathroom and the front entrance. She said Nelson Stark Plumbing and Excavation donated materials to remodel her bathroom. “(ALS) affects everything,” Vomacka said. Her three sisters and four brothers are at her house during the day and her husband and sons are around at night to help. Vomacka takes medication to help treat the symptoms and the pain for the disease and is also a part of

District offices get green light

Residents say there are other options By Jeanne Houck

BLUE ASH – After some testy exchanges with residents, a Blue Ash board approved site plans for the reconstruction of Maple Dale Elementary School and the construction of district offices for the Sycamore Community Schools on the Maple Dale campus. A dozen of some 50 people at the Blue Ash Board of Site Arrangement meeting Sept. 12 took the microphone to say building district offices at the Maple Dale Elementary School property off Hagewa Drive in Blue Ash was a violation of the city’s zoning code and would lead to problems associated with a commercial business in a neighborhood. The residents said the residential zoning of the Maple Dale campus allows school buildings, but not office buildings, and that the planned Sycamore district offices do not qualify as a school building. “It is my clients’ belief and that of other neighbors that the additional noise, deliveries, distribution functions, lighting, parking lot, interior and exterior lighting and water run-off - all associated with this non-permitted use - will be extremely detrimental to prop-

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Plans revealed for vacant restaurant site By Jeanne Houck

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MONTGOMERY – A developer wants to build an office-commercial project on the former Perkins Restaurant site on Montgomery Road. The restaurant was razed after an October 2007 fire. The Montgomery Planning Commission has approved the project proposed by the Everest Group of Blue Ash, said Frank Davis, Montgomery’s community development director. “It will include two new buildings – one up by the road and one in the back – with parking in between,” Davis said. “Depending on leasing, it is anticipated that construction will start on the first building sometime this fall. “We are excited about the possibility of having a new commercial development downtown –

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A developer has proposed building an office-retail-restaurant project on the former Perkins Restaurant site next to Avis Car Rental on Montgomery Road in Montgomery. especially in these difficult economic times,” Davis said. Chris Nachtrab, a representative of the Everest Group, said the business is looking for tenants. “There are opportunities for office, retail and restaurant users,” said Nachtrab, who said tenants

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Blue Ash Board of Site Arrangement. Residents, who also raised concerns about student safety and adequate screening, said the Sycamore Community Schools would do better to scrap plans for new district offices and use one of the many office buildings sitting empty in Blue Ash.

School leaders have said building new district offices on the Maple Dale Elementary School property will allow them to design a building that meets Sycamore’s needs and saves money by constructing the office building and reconstructing the school at the same time and the same place.

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The Blue Ash Board of Site Arrangement unanimously approved the site plan for the buildings after its legal counsel, Blue Ash Deputy City Solicitor Bryan Pacheco, said the Sycamore Community Schools’ district offices are considered a school building and thus a permitted use in the residential zone, which also allows publicly owned community buildings. While most of the 16acre Maple Dale Elementary School campus is in Blue Ash, a portion of it is in Montgomery. The area where Sycamore Community Schools wants to build district offices is in Blue Ash; Maple Dale Elementary School is on property split between Blue Ash and Montgomery. Because schools are a conditional use of residential zones in Montgomery, the Montgomery Planning Commission will have to consider modifying the conditional-use permit Montgomery previously issued for Maple Dale Elementary School, said Frank Davis, Montgomery’s community development director. Davis expects the Montgomery Planning Commission to take up the matter Monday, Sept. 26. “After they are finished


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trial study in Columbus that is studying how to slow the progression of ALS. Howard is the captain of “Team Theresa V.” Ninety members of the team will be walking in the Walk to Defeat ALS Oct. 2 at Winton Woods. As part of the walk,


Kathleen Meyers tells the Blue Ash Board of Site Arrangement that she has many concerns about plans to rebuild Maple Dale Elementary School and to build the Sycamore Community Schools district offices on the school campus – concerns that include the safety of students. they will forward it to (Montgomery) City Council for final approval of the conditional-use permit,” Davis said. “There will be a public hearing held prior to council consideration. That has not been scheduled yet.” Michael Boron of CR architecture + design of downtown Cincinnati said at the Blue Ash Board of Site Arrangement meeting Sept. 12 that steps already had been taken to address the kind of concerns raised by residents. For instance, Boron said planners studied the zoning codes in Blue Ash and Montgomery and agreed to meet the stricter of the two whenever they differed. Boron also said the

reconstructed Maple Dale Elementary School and the district offices are being built with materials and a design intended to give the buildings a residential feel. Immediately after the Blue Ash Board of Site Arrangement meeting the Blue Ash Board of Zoning Appeals agreed to allow the Sycamore Community Schools to build a 24-feetwide driveway to the Maple Dale Elementary School campus from Hagewa Drive to accommodate two-way traffic. That’s four feet more than zoning regulations usually allow. Get Blue Ash updates by signing up for our electronic newsletter. Visit Ash

teams raise money for the ALS Association Vomacka’s family is hosting a yard sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23 and Sept. 24, to raise money for “Team Theresa V.” The team is over 50 percent of the way to its $10,000 goal and hope the yard sale can get them closer to help the ALS Association. Stark said the organization, especially Yvonne

Dressman, has already helped Vomacka by providing walkers and chairs for mobility and answering any questions. “This won’t be an average yard sale...We have had generous donations from more than 20 families including multiple pairs of unworn Nike gym shoes, camping and boat supplies, collectibles, bookshelves, an electric keyboard, a nice dish set, patio furniture, sun chairs, a kitchen table, bookshelves, small kitchen appliances, a porcelain tea set from Japan and much more,” said Vomacka’s niece, Michele Phelps. The younger children in the family will also be selling lemonade and baked goods. To donate or to join Team Theresa V, visit For more on your community, visit wnship

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Twin Lakes buys Montgomery Road property By Jeanne Houck

MONTGOMERY – Twin Lakes in Montgomery has bought 3.8 acres of land on Montgomery Road just north of the housing devel-

opment for seniors. “We do not have any plans for it at this time,” said Connie Kingsbury, vice president of marketing for Life Enriching Communities in Miami Township, which operates Twin Lakes.

Kingsbury did not elaborate. The Hamilton County Auditor’s website says Twin Lakes bought the property at 9876 Montgomery Road from Automanage of Fairfield for nearly $2.9 million

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Sycamore High School students, staff and alumni will decorate the school, and themselves, in green and gold the week of Sept. 19 in celebration of Homecoming. The theme for the Aviators’ Homecoming is “Welcome to the Jungle.” A complete schedule of events:

Who: Sycamore High School students and staff members When: Monday through Friday (Sept. 19- 23), all day What: Students and staff are encouraged to dress according to specific themes. Monday, Sept. 19: Jersey Day (wear a Sycamore or team jersey) Tuesday, Sept. 20: Jungle Day (wear animal print) Wednesday, Sept. 21:

Twin Day (dress like someone else) Thursday, Sept. 22: Crazy Color Day Friday, Sept. 23: Class Color Day (all classes wear same color – freshmen, white; sophomores, black; juniors, green; seniors, gold). Where: Sycamore High School, 7400 Cornell Road

Pep rally

When: Friday, Sept. 23, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Where: Sycamore High School, 7400 Cornell Road

Homecoming parade

Who: Sycamore High School alumni, students and staff; Sycamore Community Schools administrators; Sycamore Board of Education members; Homecoming court When: Sept. 23, 4 p.m.

until 5 p.m. Where: The final lineup and departure will be at approximately 4 p.m. from Sycamore High School, 7400 Cornell Road. The route will go through the Shadowhill Neighborhood (Valleystream Drive, Lake Water Drive, through Shadowhill Way), to Deerfeild Road to Pfeiffer, then through The Winds (Southwind Drive, Trailwind Drive, Baywind Drive, Windzag Lane) until it reaches Zig Zag Road; then, it will continue on Zig Zag until the intersection of Zig Zag and Cooper roads. It will turn right onto Cooper until it reaches Sycamore Junior High School, where the parade will end. There will be fire departments from Blue Ash, Montgomery and Sycamore townships. The majority of the clubs

and activities at Sycamore High School will be participating.

Homecoming tailgate

Who: Sycamore High School alumni, students, parents, administrators and staff; Sycamore Board of Education; community members; Homecoming Court. All community members are invited to attend. In 2008, approximately 800 people attended Sycamore’s Homecoming Tailgate. When: Sept. 23, 5 p.m. What: The Tailgate includes a cookout and corn hole competition. Kevin Mays, high school assistant principal, will also perform with his cover band, Tapped Out. Tickets are $4 and can be purchased at the Tailgate site. Advance tickets are $3 and can be purchased at

Sycamore High School, 7400 Cornell Road. Ticket price includes hamburger or hotdog, drink, desserts, chips, band performance and family-friendly activities. Where: Fields next to Sycamore Stadium, 5757 Cooper Road

Homecoming varsity football game (vs. Lakota East)

When: Sept. 23, 7:30 p.m. What: The Sycamore varsity football team will battle Lakota East during the Aves Homecoming game. At halftime, the

Homecoming king and queen will be crowned. The marching band will also perform its competition show at half-time and at the end of the game. Tickets are $4 in advance for students and $7 at the gate. Where: Sycamore Stadium, 5757 Cooper Road

Homecoming dance

Who: Sycamore High School students When: Saturday, Sept. 24, 9 p.m. until midnight What: The theme of the annual Homecoming Dance is “Welcome to the Jungle.” Where: Sycamore High School, 7400 Cornell Road

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Symmes Township Branch Library is inviting teens to snap pictures of the flora and fauna that live in and around their communities for the 10th annual Teen Photography Contest, Oct. 1-31. To Coincide with the con-

test’s “Go Wild” theme, naturalists from the Hamilton County Park District Library are leading workshops through Sept. 28 to teach teens how to find and photograph plants and animals in their natural habitats without causing anyone or anything any harm. They will also bring animals to the libraries. Photograph

one and enter the picture into the contest. Symmes Township is having the workshop at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, 11850 Enyart Road; 369-6001.

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In tune with nature A sidestage view through the dancers finds Bill Klaber doing vocals and Garey Carson on saxophone. A panoramic view of the huge crowd that filled the Blue Ash Nature Park Amphitheatre Aug. 16 for the Franz Klaber Orchestra.

Marrin Sheets of Colerain Township appreciates the efforts of the Klaberhead musicians who played while roaming through the audience.


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Make McNicholas your choice

Deciding on the best education for your child is clear when the choice is Archbishop McNicholas High School. McNicholas provides a coeducational, Christ-centered Catholic community with award-winning and challenging academic programs, over 30 clubs to meet every student’s interest, and a full roster of competitive athletic teams. Coed opportunities in these extra-curricular activities and in class prepare students with well-rounded experiences that will guide them as they enter the real world. Spiritual growth is fostered daily and through group retreats. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors all participate in Days of Reflection and Renewal. Seniors participate in a Kairos retreat or an Appalachian retreat.


McNicholas fosters Catholic identity through faith development and encourages social consciousness through service. Students are required to complete at least 40 hours of service before graduation, but the average per student is almost 80 hours. In 2011, 67 seniors became part of The Century Club, which honors those who have given over 100 hours of service during their four years. The total number of service hours for the Class of 2011 totaled over 10,000 hours.

women, and also has very active intramural volleyball and basketball leagues. McNicholas boasts several district and regional championships, many from the 2010-2011season. McNicholas also holds several state titles, King of the Hill trophies, and other league honors. McNicholas is currently in Phase II of Project Paradise, the initiative to give Rocket athletes the home field advantage with the new all-weather artificial turf field and the soon –to-be installed regulation eight-lane track in Penn Station Stadium.

This advertorial package showcasing Archbishop McNicholas High School was inadvertently omitted from the Private Schools Directory section included in today’s Community Press Newspapers. The Service Club is one of the most active organizations on campus. Each year, they organize the Warm Clothing Drive, the Thanksgiving Giveback food collection, the Christmas Gifts for Kids Program, Penny Drive, and St. Patrick’s Day Senior Citizen Prom. They also take part in the Adopt-a-Highway program.


Over the past decade, McNicholas has had over 30 National Merit Semifinalists and nearly iThink 70 National Merit Commended Excellence in academics is Students. McNicholas is also at the center of McNicholas. proud to offer the SAIL (SupMcNicholas implemented a port and Accommodations for Tablet PC program this past Identified Learners) Program, year with the Classes of 2014 which addresses the needs and 2015 to give students an of identified students, helping edge in 21st century learning. them cope with learning in the McNicholas is the first coed high school environment. The school in the region to offer iCompete Compete with the best! Mc- Class of 2011 earned $11.3 this to their students. Nicholas offers over 42 teams million in scholarships and 99% McNicholas offers a broad at all levels for both men and continued to higher education. range of curricular choices to challenge every student at the appropriate level. The overall curriculum includes a College Preparatory Program offering two levels of courses; honors courses in math, English, and Spanish; and STEM initiatives (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) to create critical thinkers who will abound in the work force and in higher education. Classes have a ratio of 14 students to every teacher, and McNicholas offers 13 Advanced Placement courses as well as 25 fine and performing arts electives.


Every Rocket is encouraged to become involved and with over 30 clubs, groups, and organizations to choose from, every student finds a place in the McNicholas community. The choices range from the exhilaration of musicals to the intensity of Academic Team tournaments, from the activism of Service Club to the leadership of Student Council. The Ecology Club started a community garden on the McNicholas campus in the Spring of 2011 and just celebrated their first harvest during an afterschool cookout with the Cooking Club. In addition to the National Honor Society, McNicholas also recognizes students in honor societies for French, Latin, Spanish, science, math, and art. The award-winning band has been invited to participate in the Cincinnati St. Patrick’s Day and Cincinnati Reds Opening Day parades annually and in 2009, they were invited to represent the State of Ohio in the Memorial Day parade in Washington, D.C.

From freshman orientation to senior graduation, students will find many choices at McNicholas to prepare them for life after high school academically, socially, and spiritually.

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Name of School: McNicholas High School Address: 6536 Beechmont Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45230 Area of Town: Mt. Washington Phone: 513-231-3500 Grades: 9-12 Number of Students Enrolled: 640 Religious Affiliation (if any): Catholic Tuition: $8675 Scholarship/Financial Assistance Available: Yes Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:14 Percent Going to College: 99% Hot Buttons: Christ-centered and service oriented, McNicholas is the right choice for your son or daughter. We became the first coed Catholic school in the region to implement a Tablet PC program and boast a community of challenging academics, over 30 clubs, and 42 athletic teams.

Ed (left) and Bert Ravert of Maineville swing on the side stage as the Klaberheads play a favorite song. Ed is employed at United Air Specialists in Blue Ash.

With the Klaberheads playing brightly to an appreciative audience it was only right for couples to join in for some on stage dancing.

Sycamore sets public hearing on Internet cafes By Amanda Hopkins

A text change to Sycamore Township laws banning Internet sweepstakes cafe is the subject of an upcoming public hearing. The Sycamore Township Board of Trustees will have a public hearing at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, for input from residents on banning the cafes. Planning and Zoning Administrator Greg Bickford said a resolution is being written that defines the Internet sweepstakes cafe and bans them from Sycamore Township. Customers at a sweepstakes cafe buy pre-paid phone cards with Internet time and then log on to computer terminals in the cafe to play online games that look like video slots to win more Internet time and points that give them chances in sweepstakes

where they can win money. Ohio has no set laws governing computerized sweepstakes cafes. The board of trustees stated at a previous meeting they want to regulate sweepstakes cafes to keep gambling and illegal activity out of the township. Bickford said several communities in northern Ohio have banned them. Cheviot passed an ordinance in July that posed several regulations for any Internet sweepstakes cafe that want to move to the city. The public hearing will be at 6:45 p.m. at the township administration building, 8540 Kenwood Road, before the scheduled trustees meeting. The trustees are expected to vote on the resolution at that meeting. For more about your community, visit ownship.


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New bachelor’s degree program in applied administration offered


Ten Sycamore/Great Oaks marketing students attended the Ohio DECA Summer Leadership Retreat from July 15-18 at Camp Muskingham in Carrollton. From left: front, Katie Jaccod, Mac Auciello, Valeria Castillo-Mollinedo and Stephanie Cianciolo: second row, Lindsey Swadner, Tom Treta, Colby Kreger, instructor Mark Steedly, Blake Wilhelm, Nick Bruner and Sarah Refaei.

Marketing students take part at leadership retreat Ten Sycamore/Great Oaks marketing students attended the Ohio DECA Summer Leadership Retreat from July 15-18 at Camp Muskingham in Carrollton. Students were assigned to small groups and participated in many leadership development activities. These activities included motivational speakers, a co-initiative course and mock competitive


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event role-plays. The students also improved their self-confidence and increased their knowledge of DECA activities. More than 200 marketing students from across the state of Ohio participated. The theme for the 37th annual retreat was “Success is a journey, not a destination.” DECA is an association of high school marketing students who

are pursing careers in marketing and management. Ohio DECA has 4,891 members with 152 chapters and National DECA has a total of 180,000 student members for the High School Division. The Sycamore marketing program is a satellite program of the Great Oaks Institute of Technology & Career Development.

Frequently a bachelor’s degree is required for management positions and, in the past, which meant that people who had earned an associate’s degree might have been prevented from advancing their career. UC Blue Ash College is now offering a bachelor’s degree in applied administration, designed to help make that transition. Applications are being accepted for fall term, which begins Sept. 21. It’s an opportunity for people who already hold a technical associate’s degree, such as an associate of applied science or an associate of applied business, from a regionally accredited institution. The program is designed to fulfill the course requirement necessary to complete a bachelor’s degree without the person losing

any credits from their associate’s degree or having to start over academically. The “two-plus-two” program requires only two additional years of coursework, supplementing the technical skills through courses such as team building and& project facilitation, financial information for managers, workplace ethics, human resource practices, applied statistics, employment law, employee supervision, and leadership theory and practice. Classes are offered in the day, evening and weekend; in addition, several online courses are available. For more information regarding the applied administration bachelor’s program, call (513) 7455785, email or visit

Culutural Series plans 2011-2012 season The Sycamore Student Cultural Series committee met to plan the two cultural events for every student in the district K-12 for the 2011-2012 school year. This series is made possible by an endowment from the Town Hall Lecture Series sponsored by the Montgomery Woman’s Club Inc. This is the 49th season for the Town Hall Lecture Series. The speakers this year are: • Elizabeth Vargas (Oct. 12Oct. 13); • Paul Daugherty (Nov. 16Nov. 17); • Amy Dickinson (March 21March 22), and • Jeffrey Toobin (April 26April 26). The series is $100 for all four or individual tickets are $40 each. For information visit and click on the Town Hall link or call (513) 684-1632.


Ursuline Academy special events director Lori Haines of Anderson Township and freshman Mary McGrath of Kenwood at the Big Green Raffle kickoff. PROVIDED

Committee members meet to plan the Scycamore Students Cultural Series. From left: Ruth Ann Siegler, Blue Ash Elementary; Karen Rickert, chairman & Montgomery Woman’s Club; Pam Rankey, Montgomery Woman’s Club; Marilee Tanner, Greene School, and Beth Weber, Sycamore Schools treasurer.

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Ursuline Academy welcomes its newest faculty members to the 2011-2012 school year: Heidi Federspiel Edmondson of Anderson Township as instrumental music teacher, Kira Hinkle (Class of 2005) of Hyde Park as community service coordinator; Sister Mary Ann Jansen OSU of Groesbeck as campus minister, Alecia Kellett Lewkowich (Class of 1997) of East Hyde Park as science and performing arts (musical) teacher, Ellen Schaf Main of Madeira as French teacher, Maria Ripberger (Class of 2001) of Mason as science and math teacher, and Michele Walters of West Chester Township as social studies teacher. From left: Sister Mary Ann Jansen, Kira Hinkle, Ellen Schaf Main, Maria Ripberger, Alecia Kellett Lewkowich, Michele Walters and Heidi Edmondson.

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Ursuline Academy kicks off Big Green Raffle Ursuline is selling tickets now for its Big Green Raffle featuring three grand prizes of $25,000, $10,000 and $5,000. Tickets purchased before Sept. 13 were entered into an early bird drawing Sept. 15, and the winner receives $500. The winning ticket goes back into the drum for the grand prize drawings Nov. 19 at the school’s Ultimate Auction. Weekly subsequent drawings of $200 will take place through Nov. 10. Tickets are $100 each or 3 for $250. All proceeds from the raffle support the students of Ursuline Academy. “One only needs to visit our campus in Blue Ash to see what our amazing young women are learning and becoming,” special events director Lori Haines said. “They are high academic and

fine arts achievers, championship athletes and dancers, and they are giving back to their community by serving those in need throughout the school year. Our students are grounded in faith and nourished by a loving community of educators who truly care for each and every student. Ursuline Academy is a wonderful place for young women to grow and prepare for college and beyond. This type of fundraiser supports their educational experience at UA.” For further information visit contact Lori Haines at or 513-791-5794 ext 1218. Get daily Blue Ash updates by signing up for our electronic newsletter. Visit

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SPORTS Press Preps highlights

By Scott Springer

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• Moeller defeated Elder, St. Xavier and La Salle Sept. 13 at Western Hills. Mason Eckley shot 34. Moeller (Gold) beat Indian Hill Sept. 15. Matt Bitter of the Crusaders and Michael Sewell of the Braves were comedalists at 39. • Sycamore’s girls beat Middletown at Weatherwax Sept. 13. Hanna Lee medaled with a 36.

Cross Country

• Moeller was 29th in the Tiffin Invitational. Zach Hoffman was the Crusader’s top finisher at No. 56 (16:56).


• Sycamore lost to Oak Hills Sept. 15, 25-17, 25-15, 25-14.

Girls tennis

• Holly Dahmus and Dominique Baxter picked up wins at singles to help lead CHCA over Walsh Jesuit, 4-1 Sept. 9. The squad followed up the performance with a win over Mount Notre Dame Sept. 10. CHCA’s Holly Dahmus and Dominique Baxter advanced out of the semifinals in the GCTCA Coaches’ Classic, Sept. 15 with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Ursuline. • In the state team tournament Sept. 10, Sycamore shutout Centerville 5-0. Winning in singles were Sammi Kruger, Sophia Southard and Nanki Hura. In doubles, Riley Miller and Jamie Pescovitz prevailed, as did Grace Kays and Elina Panteleyeva. The Lady Aves blanked Colerain 5-0 on Sept. 13. In the GCTCA Coaches Classic, Sycamore’s Nanki Hura won her semifinal third singles match Sept. 15. Grace Kays and Elina Panteleyeva also defeated the Lakota East second doubles pair in the semi’s. On Sept. 16 Sycamore beat Lakota West in the state team tournament 3-2. • Mount Notre Dame defeated Sycamore 3-2 on Sept. 12. • Ursuline’s Mehvish Safdar earned a semifinal win over Lakota East in the GCTCA Coaches Classic, Sept. 15. At No. 2 singles, Diana Suarez also advanced with a win over Wyoming.


• Moeller beat Barrington in the Great Midwest Classic 3-1. Erik Radke scored twice. On Sept. 13, Radke hit for three more as Moeller blanked Talawanda 8-0. The Crusaders lost to Centerville 2-0 Sept. 15. • Sycamore tied Mason 11 on Sept. 13. • The Lady Aves also tied Mason’s girls that day 1-1. • Ursuline’s Lana Bonekemper scored two goals as Ursuline trounced Purcell Marian, 7-0, Sept. 14.

Sycamore’s Williams an expert on holes

Aves’ Bettman snaps up an invite

By Scott Springer



SYCAMORE TWP. - Sycamore senior A.J. Williams is leading coach Scott Dattilo's Aviator front line as a tackle this season, even though he's slated to be a tight end for the Michigan Wolverines. Thanks to Williams' blocking, Sycamore quarterback Kyle Sess leads the Greater Miami Conference in rushing. As it turns out, Williams is expert at making or finding a hole. Q: What are you playing more of, tight end or tackle? A: More so tackle right now because we've got a lot of injuries on the offensive line. As of right now, I'm doing a great job at it. I've adjusted to it. (It's) a lot of downfield blocking. Q: Your quarterback (Kyle Sess) is running all over the place, so he must be running behind No. 88? A: Yes sir, running right behind me. We've got a couple plays designated where I go get some "kill" shots on some linebackers and he runs right off the butt. He's doing a great job as a quarterback just running and getting out there. Q: How does that feel when you make a big hole and you see him scamper down for six? A: It's great. I love it actually.

By Scott Springer


Sycamore tight end A.J. Williams received many college offers in the offseason before settling on Michigan. Williams is also seeing a lot of action at tackle for the Aves in their running offense. Whenever I make the big hole, I try to run downfield with him. I can never catch him of course. Q: dude. A: close yards

Well, you're an athletic big Maybe you could? Yeah, I try. I've been pretty before. I've been about 10 back once.

Q: (At) Michigan, you're still going to be tight end? A: Yeah. I talked to my coaches last week. They still want me to play tight end there. We have huge offensive lineman already committed to the university. It's going to be a great thing for me just to play tight end. We'll have six great blockers out there on the field.

This week’s action Moeller 27, Louisville St. Xavier 10

Moeller’s Monty Madaris caught three touchdown passes and had seven catches overall for 207 yards as the Crusaders cruised by Louisville St. Xavier by 17. Madaris caught a 46-yard pass from starter Spencer Iacovone in the first quarter, then hooked up twice with backup Ricky Davis in the second half (80 and 49 yards). Iacovone finished 10-15 for 127 yards and a score. Davis was 5-7 for 159 and two touchdowns. Iacovone also had a rushing touchdown for Moeller. Next up: The 4-0 Crusaders play Sept. 23 against the St. Xavier Bombers in a GCL South thriller at Nippert Stadium.

Sycamore 24, Fairfield 0

Coach Scott Dattilo’s Aves are 4-0 now after shutting out the Indians 24-0. Quarterback Kyle Sess ran for 138 yards and two touchdowns, while Greg Simpson added 135 on the ground. Next up: The undefeated Aves host Lakota East Sept. 23.

CHCA 63, Cincinnati Christian 0

Sophomore Nick Marsh had six carries for 114 yards and a touchdown and had multiple sacks to lead the Eagles. Senior receiver Austin Jones had two carries for 68 yards and a touchdown. With the win, CHCA moved to 2-2 on the season. Next up: CHCA continues Miami Valley Conference by hosting Cincinnati Country Day, Sept. 23.

Thanks to his abilities as a defensive end, long snapper and special teams play, Sycamore senior Jonah Bettman has been selected by the Blue-Grey combine organization to play in the North vs. South game at Bettman Tampa's Raymond James Stadium in January. Bettman went to a combine of top prospects at Paul Brown Stadium and was selected among the top 200 from other such combines at other NFL stadiums. After that, he had to attend a super combine at Canton's stadiQ: Are you excited about watch ing what they're doing? That Michi gan/Notre Dame game was some thing. A: It was crazy. I was up there at that game. The atmosphere was ridiculous. 114,000 people were there. It's just something you really want to be a part of. Q: This is what really brought me out. I read in an interview that you wanted to do some fishing. Did you? A: I went up to the lake a couple times but I was a little tired, so I just passed out on the boat. You know how that goes. I will eventually fish. I love it!

um near the NFL Hall of Fame. After all of the testing, Bettman was picked to be among the participants, largely because of his versatility. "I'm sure that was part of it," Bettman said. Bettman is among the Aves sack leaders on defense and estimates his snap time back to the kicker is around .8 seconds. He plans on using his talents of chasing quarterbacks and throwing backwards beyond Sycamore. "I do plan on going to college to play football," Bettman said. Bettman and the Aves play at home Sept. 23 against Lakota East. For more sports coverage, visit, mine to go noodling. I can't wait to do it. I have family down in Whitesville, Ga. We've got some pretty nice lakes down there. Hopefully, I can go down there and get some noodling done. Q: They walk out in the mud, the next thing you know, there's fish the size of you coming out. A: Yeah! It's an exciting thing to watch. I love living life on the wild side. I can't wait to do it. Q: You could do it? A: Yeah, hopefully I have a little bit more courage and composure than what they have? Q: You fear no fish or no man? A: I fear no fish or no man.

Q: I heard you used the term, "noodling." I've been watching this show "Hillbilly Hand Fishin'".... A: "Hillbilly Hand Fishin'"! (says simultaneously)

Q: You're fishing for a title also? A: Yes, sir. GMC title, here we come. I promise.

Q: I'd like to see A.J. Williams on that show doing that. A: It's always been a dream of

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Lions look to gel after early losses By Nick Dudukovich

BLUE ASH - With its second loss of the season to Mount Notre Dame, Sept. 13, the Ursuline Lions volleyball squad dropped its second match of the season. For other squads, this wouldn’t be worth mentioning. Teams lose. It’s a part of sports. But Ursuline (3-2) hadn’t lost two regular season matches since the 2007 season. That’s four graduating classes ago. Lions’ head coach Jeni Case knew things would be different this season. “It will take time,” Case said. “When you have three girls with varsity experience, and 13 other girls that have never been in that sit-

uation...I think it’s going to take some time.” It should also be noted that Ursuline’s losses were hardly upsets. The Lions lost to what many volleyball insiders consider a good Notre Dame Academy (Ky.) team, as well as Mount Notre Dame, the No. 1 ranked team in the Enquirer coaches’ poll. And the Lions are still commanding their usual share of respect, holding that poll’s No. 2 spot. After all, the team does have an impressive win over last year’ state runner-up, Dublin Coffman to its name this season. Case said her team is still learning to gel, with many players switching positions and making adjustments that will help the squad

down the stretch. “I think we are getting to the point where we find something we like,” she said. “We’ve only really played (a few matches), I think the more we play and go through sets, the better we will get.” The Lions continue to rely on varsity returnees Noelle Lagenkamp and Iris Brewer to set the tone as Ursuline moves deeper into GGCL play. As of Sept. 15, Brewer was sixth in the conference with 134 assists, while Langenkamp had already posted 62 kills this season. “(Noelle’s) doing awesome, and I know she hasn’t played with many of these kids,” Case said. “I feel like she’s really coming on now and being the leader

that we need.” Fans in attendance at Lions’ matches shouldn’t miss Brewer, who can be found on on the court during every point, according to Case. “She’s doing a good job out there and it’s not an easy job if you’re a a setter, and she touches the ball every single play.” Ursuline is also receiving strong play from sophomore Sam Fry, who’s exceeded expectations at this point of the season, Case said. At 6-foot-2 Fry had 37 kills and 19 blocks (through Sept. 13). As the Lions go deeper into league play, Case said the Lions must stay mentally tough as Ursuline continues to play other upper-echelon programs.


Ursuline’s Allison Robben (12) reacts after a point against Mount Notre Dame during the Lions’ loss, Sept. 13.

“I just want my girls to stay focused...and not crumble if things aren’t going our way,” Case said. “I want them to do our jobs and keep fighting because I think we can hang with some of these teams.” For ore coverage, visit ps, and Nick on Twitter at @PressPrepsNick.

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Sycamore High School’s Jeffrey Wolkoff enjoys the Aug. 10 Cincinnati Reds game courtesy of the Reds for winning the Northeast Suburban Life Sportsman of the Year. Here he’s displaying the certificate he earned. THANKS TO DAVID WOLKOFF

Mees racks up a mess of soccer wins at Indian Hill

INDIAN HILL - Coach Bill Mees began the Indian Hill boys soccer season needing just one win for 250 on his career. He recorded the milestone Sept. 1 at Oak Hills. Before and after that, the Braves have an arduous schedule, so Mees hasn't had too much time to celebrate or reflect. When asked though, he does remember that first win in 1988. "I do!" Mees replied with a smile. "We beat North College Hill in my first game, an away game 23 years ago." Mees doesn't remember the score of that first victory over the Trojans. What he remembers fondly are his postseason triumphs at Indian Hill. "I think some of the wins throughout tournament play have been very exciting," Mees said. "We've had some good teams over the years; the 2004 team, the 2006 team, last year's team." This year's schedule has a similar to set-up to that of last year's. Indian Hill's final record was 7-10-2, but five of those wins came in October. Currently, the Braves have another tough slate, including key matchups against formidable league opponents. "I think some of the best teams in the state are in the CHL," Mees said. "Madeira, Wyoming, Finneytown, Mariemont has a good

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CHCA pitcher chooses to play baseball at IWU

Wolkoff wins

By Scott Springer

September 21, 2011

team; it's always challenging, and you can't take anyone for granted. I think Madeira and Mees Wyoming are the teams to beat this year." While dealing with elite of the CHL, Mees and the Braves continue to challenge some of the best nonconference teams around. If soccer, like football, factored in strength of schedule, Indian Hill's would be one of the toughest. "It's an eight-team league," Mees said. "We play seven CHL games. Those other nine games we try to schedule as tough a competition as we can. We have several DI schools on our schedule. We have Fenwick, who's state-ranked No. 9; Carroll, who's stateranked No. 1; and Tipp City is just out of the top 10. We play four teams that are in the top 12 in the state." That strategy has served Mees well and got Indian Hill to a district final last season. In the CHL, many of the Braves know many of their bitter rivals thanks to club soccer. It's not unusual to be teammates in the offseason and opponents in the fall. "It's great to see them talking to each other before and after games," Mees said. "I think it's great for sportsmanship and soccer in Cincinnati."

Mees also enjoys the soccer "circle of life." He hasn't done it yet, but in a few years he could be coaching kids of his former players. "I'm just shy of that now," Mees said. "I've got a couple players that have kids that are late elementary, early middle school. It's great. We have an alumni game every year and one of the best parts of this job is seeing the kids come back." He also has a daughter playing on Indian Hill's junior varsity. Varsity boys' practice often conflicts with the Lady Braves JV schedule, but he recently saw her play. The toughest thing was for the coach to adapt to the stands. "It's a different side of the equation," Mees said. "It's a challenge to sit in the stands, but it's also relaxing. It's a great community and it's fun to be Dad and coach as well." Mees hopes to continue having fun for years to come, watching and coaching. "I keep getting invited back, so we'll see how long it goes," Mees said. The beginning of five difficult road games starts Sept. 22 at Fenwick. The Braves aren't home again until Oct. 11 with Reading.

Matt Blankenship, a senior left-handed pitcher from Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, verbally committed to play the 2012-2013 baseball season at Indiana Wesleyan University. “We are extremely thrilled about Matt’s decision to attend IWU. He comes from a great family and is a young man of outstanding character. Matt has the ability to compete for mound time as a freshman. He has had success against good, formidable competition at CHCA and in summer baseball. Coach Newhard was very impressed with the way that Matt competed this summer when pitching for the Cincinnati Spikes. Matt will be a tremendous fit for the baseball program at IWU. IWU looks forward to having him on our campus this time next year.” Indiana Wesleyan, a school of 3,200 students is located in Marion, Ind., and is in the process of researching a move to NCAA Division II to see if this is the right fit for the university.


CHCA pitcher Matt Blankenship opens up the Eagles 2011 Baseball campaign against the Northwest Knights.

Indiana Wesleyan currently has three alumni playing professionally of which includes current Atlanta Braves pitcher Brandon Beachy, who has been in the starting rotation for the entire season. Indiana Wesleyan was runner up in the Mid Central Conference tournament in 2010, which was the first time the school had made the championship game of the conference tournament and has seen six athletes garner all conference accolades in three seasons under current coach Chad Newhard.

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Aves water polo team wins 4 at cup By Terrence Huge

Often overlooked in the female athletic community, water polo is a fast, exciting, and increasingly popular sport. Sycamore, being one the strongest high schools in the Cincinnati area, recently had an opportunity to test itself at the Girls Ohio Cup in the Columbus suburb of Worthington, Sept. 10-11. Eleven schools competed at the varsity level and eight at the junior varsity level. Sycamore coaches Alexis Blaxberg and Nick Hellwig

Looking to pass to an open teammate is Valeria Castillo, a Sycamore junior, in junior varsity game action against Upper Arlington. The JV had an outstanding season record of 93 as of Sept. 15. Castillo also plays on the varsity team. TERRENCE HUGE/ CONTRIBUTOR.


Morgan Grzegorzewski, Sycamore sophomore, moves the ball quickly down the pool in game action at the Ohio Cup tournament staged in Worthington, Ohio, Sept. 10-11. Morgan and her twin sister, Lindsay, play both varsity and junior varsity for the Lady Aves.

both agreed that this was a very strong field, which included 2010 state champion, Upper Arlington. When all was said and done the Lady Aves two squads came away with four dominating wins, two narrow defeats to Milford and one to Mason, and hard fought losses to powerhouse Columbus schools, Thomas Worthington and Upper Arlington. It was a very encouraging performance for Sycamore and with four non-seniors playing both varsity and junior varsity the future looks quite bright for a number of years.



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Three key words for success: ‘Yes, you can’ This is about how you can improve your life. If you are a parent, some of these ideas may help both you and your children. We should all remember the little book, “The Little Engine That Could.” Too late in my childhood I realized it was about personal success. Once the lesson sunk in, many things became easier to accomplish. They simply became easier because I wouldn’t quit. As many people go through life, they need a psychological boost. I have been fortunate enough to be the one who gave it to them in a variety of positions. The personal reward I got was learning of their new experiences of satisfaction. It is a deep and

emotional reaction that stays with you forever. I will share just a few with you. My many hats include employer, coach Edward Levy and educator to Community name a few. In Press guest all of those my columnist fields, encouragement caused people to become more successful. Giving of yourself brings greater rewards than you can imagine. The first rule is that failure is not a loss unless you quit. Failure should be treated as an opportuni-

ELECTIONS VIEWPOINTS GUIDELINES Northeast Suburban Life invites all candidates on the Nov. 8 ballot to submit one guest column, to run sometime before the election. The guidelines: • Columns should no more than 300 words, and are subject to editing. • Columns must include a current color head shot (.jpg format). • Columns must include a short biography of the candidate. • Columns will be published no later than Wednesday, Oct. 25. • All columns must be submitted, via e-mail, no later than noon the Wednesday before publication. We encourage you to submit columns as early as possi-

ble to avoid a backlog near Election Day. No columns will be accepted after Wednesday, Oct. 18. • All columns will be posted online, but we can not guarantee print publication, especially for columns submitted close to the Oct. 18 deadline. • Candidates are welcome to respond to opponents’ columns with a letter of no more than 200 words, but we will run only one column per candidate. • These guidelines also apply to proponents and opponents of any local issues, such as tax levies. E-mail columns or questions to Editor Dick Maloney,

CH@TROOM Sept. 14 questions

The Loveland Symmes Fire Department is looking for volunteers to attend the Citizens Fire Academy starting Tuesday, Sept. 20. Have you ever participated in a fire or police citizen academy? What did you think of the experience? No responses. What specific actions can government take to spur job creation? “Federal and state elected government officials do not have an interest in job creation as is evidenced by the fact the issue has not been addressed. They are to busy trying to get re-elected. “We need to replace all of them with people that will take an interest and bring new ideas to the table for job creation. Business has the money and is responsible for the creation of jobs. If they cannot make a profit they will not create a job. Government needs to come up with a specific plan for returning business to the task of creating new jobs. The current programs are not working. Government can create a reason for new jobs by funding public projects to replace old infrastructure. Government can negotiate trade deals with other governments that will lead to additional jobs in the USA. But in the end if is up to business to step up to the plate and create new jobs.” S.L.B. “I would recommend that the $450 billion slated for the stimu-

Next questions Do you agree with the decision of the Blue Ash Board of Site Arrangement’s decision to approve plans for Sycamore Schools’ new district offices near Maple Dale Elementary? Why or why not? Are you concerned about giving kids apple juice after a recent TV show revealed trace amounts of arsenic in the juice? Why or why not? Every week The Northeast Suburban Life asks readers a questions that they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with “chatroom” in the subject line. lus package be given out directly to taxpayers in the form of vouchers with a value of, say, $1,500 or more. “Based on our 313 million population there should probably be about 200 million taxpayers. So this would work out to around $2,250 each! “The vouchers should expire in 90 days and require that it only be used for the purchase of merchandise. Gosh, I already have a use for it!” D.B. “In a word, ‘infrastructure.’ Adding a few more words, I personally thought the bailout was necessary, but the stimulus package should have dealt more with actual job creation. F.N.

ty to learn and improve. Success is only measured as the point at which you decide you have reached the highest goal you intend to reach. Always keep in mind that little engine saying, “I think I can, I think I can!” Eventually, you will succeed. After the first successes, no matter how small, the next ones will come easier and more often. If you are in the position of “coach” always remember that criticism should be accompanied by positive remarks. A little bit of “I need you” can also do wonders. My college coach told me he needed me to anchor a relay to win the conference championships. I was primarily a butterfly specialist, but his confidence

encouraged me. Not only did we win the race, but we set a conference record. You have the choice of leading a boring life or an exciting one. Which one are you going to choose? It simply involves trying things you normally wouldn’t try. Think of reading books that offer interesting subjects. There are many different types of foods that are both healthy and interesting if you will only make up your mind to try them. Then, there is education. I went to graduate school when I was 54. It was exciting. The comments from my friends and family were hilarious It led to 14 years of teaching as a volunteer. I had several students who told me that

I had changed their lives. How is that for excitement? It happened because I had taught them about their own self importance and reliance. You can seek excitement, or, believe it or not, it will seek you if you get away from the boring every day routine. The important thing is to grasp it. It becomes your own personal character. Ultimately, the most important thing you find out about yourself is that it is not as important how you feel about yourself as it is how others feel about you. Edward Levy is a longtime resident of Montgomery and a former college instructor.

Restoring relationships between patients and doctors The discussions that take place inside a doctor’s office between patients and doctors are some of our most personal interactions. They affect our lives and the lives of our children and grandchildren. Most of us feel pretty comfortable with our healthcare providers and trust their judgment, especially after getting to know them. We know that they are committed to doing what is best for their patients and that they care about the health of the community. Therefore, what was perhaps most devastating about the passing of the federal healthcare law two years ago was the feeling that government might suddenly step between this relationship. As I was watching news coverage the day Obamacare passed, I kept thinking about how it would impact patients and healthcare providers, as well as small businesses. The vast uncertainty created by the bill, much of which still exists today, made it difficult for business owners and private practitioners to know what lay ahead. In times of economic distress, it is critical that government not become overly involved in our lives or stand in the way of eco-

nomic progress. The massive, expansive and overreaching federal healthcare law added layers of bureaucracy and red tape to Ron Maag c o m m u n i t i e s Community that needed just opposite. Press guest theThat is why I columnist asked Rep. Barbara Sears to join me in giving Ohioans a voice regarding government intervention in our healthcare decisions by joint sponsoring House Joint Resolution 2. The legislation, known as the Ohio Healthcare Freedom Act – with a three-fifths vote by both chambers of the legislature – would have automatically placed a referendum of Obamacare on the November ballot. The bill passed overwhelmingly in the Senate, and all that was needed for the ballot initiative to pass was one more vote in the House. Every Republican voted in favor, but unfortunately not a single Democrat joined us. They stood in lockstep against it,

despite knowing that a “yes” vote would have only put a referendum on the ballot for citizens to vote on and would not have made it law. Over the summer, Ohioans signed a petition to put a referendum on the ballot. In doing this, Ohio citizens expressed the belief that government should not intervene between patients and doctors. These people, like myself, trust healthcare professionals more than bureaucrats in Washington when it comes to making the most vital decisions we face throughout life. It was so encouraging to see Ohioans come together to take matters into their own hands and to ensure that their voices will be heard this fall. As your state representative, I will continue to work to ensure that the voices of Ohioans are heard. Please contact my office with your questions, comments and ideas about how we can improve our state. State Rep. Ron Maag may be reached by calling (614) 644-6023, e-mailing, or writing to State Rep. Ron Maag, 77 S. High St., Columbus, Ohio 43215.

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The Loveland Symmes Fire Department displayed special photos on the sides of the fire engine for the Sept. 11 memorial ceremony at Nisbet Park in Loveland.

Marvin Kochert of Southern Indiana reads the plaque underneath a piece of steel from the World Trade Center at the Loveland Symmes Firefighter Memorial Sept. 11 before the start of memorial ceremony at Nisbet Park.

The solemnity of the moment The Northeast Fire Collaborative hosted a 9/11 Memorial at Nisbet Park in Loveland. The ceremony included music from the Clermont County Philharmonic Orchestra, a helmet blessing and keynote speaker retired New York Fire Department Battalion Chief Steve Mormino. Mormino was one of the responders to Ground Zero after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. He was the keynote speaker for the first anniversary memorial in Loveland in 2002. Plaques were also added before the ceremony to the Loveland Symmes Firefighters Memorial that recognize Captain Robin Broxterman, Lt. Paul Montavon and Firefighter Oscar Armstrong, all three firefighters lost in the line of duty.

A large flag hangs from the truck ladders at the entrance to the Sept. 11 memorial ceremony at Nisbet Park in Loveland.

Retired New York Fire Department Battalion Chief Steve Mormino addresses the crowd at Sept. 11 memorial ceremony at Nisbet Park in Loveland. Mormino was one of the first responders to Ground Zero on Sept. 11, 2001. “I believe now we are stronger, better prepared, better trained ... We are proud Americans, everyone of us,” he said during his keynote address.

Firefighters from the Northeast Fire Collaborative line up to post the colors during the Sept. 11 memorial ceremony at Nisbet Park in Loveland.

Gwynne Gabbard of Norwood hugs retired New York Fire Department Battalion Chief Steve Mormino after he spoke during the Sept. 11 memorial ceremony at Nisbet Park in Loveland.

Jenna Hall sports an American flag and her dad, Brian’s, hat following the Sept. 11 memorial ceremony at Nisbet Park in Loveland. Brian Hall is a firefighter with the Loveland Symmes Fire Department.

Mary Woehler and Hank Woehler of Loveland check out the new portion of the Loveland Symmes Firefighter Memorial following the Sept. 11 memorial ceremony at Nisbet Park in Loveland. Members of the Caledonian Society played several patriotic songs on the bagpipes during the Sept. 11 memorial ceremony at Nisbet Park in Loveland. Loveland Symmes firefighter John Eadicicco is joined by his wife, Katie, and children Brendan, Vincent and Natalie at the Sept. 11 memorial ceremony at Nisbet Park in Loveland.

Madison Moeckel, seated, listens to the speakers during the Sept. 11 memorial ceremony at Nisbet Park in Loveland while her siblings Elizabeth Moeckel, in the stroller and Richard Moeckel hold their American flags.

Liberty Township resident Frank Considine, left, talks with retired New York Battalion Chief Steve Mormino after the Sept. 11 memorial ceremony at Nisbet Park in Loveland. Considine said he, like Mormino, is originally from Brooklyn.

Chip Eckert and Linda Eckert of Madeira come out every year to the Sept. 11 memorial at Nisbet Park in Loveland.

Participants stand for the opening and posting of the colors during the Sept. 11 memorial ceremony at Nisbet Park in Loveland.


Representatives from the fire department, sheriff’s office and police department took part in the helmet blessing during the Sept. 11 memorial ceremony at Nisbet Park in Loveland.


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Free Computer and TV Recycling DropOff, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 2trg, 11093 Kenwood Road, Proof of Hamilton County residency required. Includes TVs, monitors, CPUs, hard drives, mice, keyboards, laptops, docking stations, back-up batteries, power cords, modems, external hard drives, memory chips, cell phones, printers, scanners and fax machines. Program prohibits participation by businesses, churches, schools and non-profits. Free. Presented by Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District. 9467766; Blue Ash.


Spin Pilates Transformation, 5:15-6:15 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Combination of spinning and Pilates reformer creates exercise program that transforms your whole body and creates a healthier state of mind. Ages 18 and up. $20. Reservations required. 9856742; Montgomery.


Fibromyalgia Series, 7-8 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Theme: Assisting in Letting Go of Depression and Fatigue. Learn about guided imagery, a relaxation technique for those with fibromyalgia. Ages 18 and up. $25. Reservations required. 985-6736; Montgomery.


Hot Kitchens and Cool Baths Seminar, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Neal’s Design Remodel Gallery, 7770 E. Kemper Road, Project consultants and designers discuss trends in kitchen and bath design. Light fare provided. Free. Presented by Neal’s Design Remodel. 489-7700; Sharonville.


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


Mike Lukas, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $8, $4 college and military night. Ages 18 and up. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.


Motherless Daughters Support Group, 78:30 p.m., Montgomery Community Church, 11251 Montgomery Road, For adult women who have lost or miss nurturing care of their mother. Free. Presented by Motherless Daughters Ministry. 489-0892. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Family friendly. Free, donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous Inc.. 503-4262. Montgomery. F R I D A Y, S E P T . 2 3


Free Computer and TV Recycling DropOff, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 2trg, Free. 946-7766; Blue Ash.


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


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

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


Mike Lukas, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $12. Ages 18 and up. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.


Friday Night Fun Zone, 5-8 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Activities from arts and crafts to games and relays for children. Family friendly. $25. Reservations required. 985-6715; Montgomery. S A T U R D A Y, S E P T . 2 4


Frying the Right Way, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Meshewa Farm, 7550 Given Road, Discuss proper frying techniques including preparing food for frying, choosing the right oil and frying temperatures. Ages 18 and up. $40. Registration required. Presented by Dandelion. 812-219-2505; Indian Hill.


Ballroom Dance: Dare to Dance, 5:30-6:30 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Cardiovascular workout while exploring new dance steps. Learn the waltz, cha cha, tango, hustle and many more. Taught by professional dancers from Dare to Dance studio. Ages 18 and up. $175-$190 couples, $100-$120 single. Reservations required. 985-6742; Montgomery.


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


Laughter Yoga, 9-10:30 a.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Combines laughter exercises and yoga breathing to give health benefits of hearty laughter. With Patrick Welage. Family friendly. $10. Registration required. 985-6732. Montgomery.


Diabetes Conversation Maps Sessions, 10 a.m.-noon, Lisa Larkin, M.D. & Associates, 4460 Red Bank Road, Suite 100, Small group discussions of Type 2 diabetes led by Jan Kellogg, certified diabetes educator. Family friendly. $30 for four sessions; $10 per session. 271-5111; Madisonville. Healing Touch: Level 2, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Concludes Sept. 25. Advanced-level program expands on human energy system and specific techniques to use touch to influence this system. $333. Reservations required. 985-6736; Montgomery.


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

MUSIC - CLASSIC ROCK Pandora Effect, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Silverton Cafe, 7201 Montgomery Road, Free. 791-2922. Silverton.


Mike Lukas, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $12. Ages 21 and up. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.


The Foreigner, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, Comedy by Larry Shue, directed by Dan Cohen. Group of devious characters deal with a stranger who they think knows no English. $17. Presented by Mariemont Players Inc.. Through Sept. 25. 684-1236; Columbia Township.


Kayak River Trip, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road, A 7.5 mile trip down the scenic Little Miami River. Begin at Lake Isabella and take out at Jim Terrell Park in Milford. Transportation back to Lake Isabella provided. Bring a lunch. All equipment provided and flotation devices will be worn at all times. Participants must be able to get in and out of their boat unassisted, be able to help haul boats and adequately maneuver their boat on open water. Led by ACA certified instructor. Children must be accompanied by adults. $30, $25 ages 6 to 18; vehicle permit required. Registration required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Symmes Township. S U N D A Y, S E P T . 2 5


A Celebration of the Great Outdoors: A Grailville Harvest Feast, 5:30-7 p.m., Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Meal featuring Grailvillegrown and other local seasonal foods. Family friendly. $15, $10 children. Reservations required. 683-2340; Loveland.


Spinning Challenge, 9-10:30 a.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Difficult cardiovascular and fitness workout. Ages 18 and up. $120 for 10 classes. 985-6742; Montgomery.


A Celebration of the Great Outdoors: A Grailville Garden Event, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Art show opening, Living Theology of the Land, featuring fabric collages, lettering and paintings by Elizabeth Robinson and photos and photo collages by Elizabeth Murphy. Hayride through Grailville including stops at Community Shares garden, pig pens, organic kitchen garden and compost site. Includes garden tour. Free. 683-2340; Loveland. Granny’s Harvest Celebration, 1-5 p.m., Loveland Primary/Elementary School, 550 Loveland-Madeira Road, Chef-prepared tastings of produce grown at Granny’s Garden School, demonstrations, complimentary youpick bouquets, farm animals and more. Bring non-perishable food items for donation to the Loveland Interfaith Effort food pantry. Free. Presented by Granny’s Garden School. 3242873; Loveland.


Granny is inviting everyone to stroll through the gardens during the Fall Garden Party and Open House from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at Granny’s Garden School, 550 Loveland-Madeira Road, Loveland. Pick a bouquet of flowers and taste some freshly harvested creations by chefs volunteering from The Art Institute of Ohio and the Veg Head. Find a shady spot, relax with a glass of mint iced tea and sample a veggie dessert - maybe green tomato chocolate cake, carrot and spinach chocolate brownies or old fashioned zucchini bread - all while listening to music. Try some Graeter’s ice cream, too. Herb expert Rita Heikenfeld will be on hand, along with Whistle Stop Clayworks. Learn about raising chickens in the backyard as an expert from Cincy Backyard chickens will be there too. RSVP by sending an e-mail To help further Granny’s Garden School’s mission, mums provided by Blooms & Berries and Al Krismer Plant Farm will be available for sale. Jaybird Farms will be providing lavender items for sale. Pictured, Loveland Middle School students rehearse in Granny's Garden School to get ready for the Harvest Celebration, last year.


John Kuhnell Silverton Train Station Museum, 2-5 p.m., John Kuhnell Silverton Train Station Museum, 7054 Montgomery Road, Houses historic photographs and artifacts from the Silverton’s past, including the Olympic uniform of Barry Larkin, a retired Reds player and Silverton native son. The museum is operated by the Silverton Block Watch Association. “History of the City of Silverton: Late 1700s to 2006” book by James R. Replogle Jr. available for sale. Cost, $15. Free. 936-6233. Silverton.


Pick-a-Bouquet Day, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Loveland Primary/Elementary School, Free. 3242873. Loveland. Family Hikes along the Little Miami River, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Little Miami Scenic River and Trail Center, Free. 893-4453; Loveland.


The Frog Prince, 1-2 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, When a young prince is transformed into a frog by a cruel fairy, he bides his time until “Princess Charming” comes along to save him. Free. Presented by The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. 7617500; Amberley Village.


Mike Lukas, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, $8, $4 bar and restaurant employee appreciation night. Ages 18 and up. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.

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CIVIC Free Computer and TV Recycling DropOff, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 2trg, Free. 946-7766; Blue Ash.

HEALTH / WELLNESS Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Braxton F. Cann Memorial Medical Center, 5818 Madison Road, Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 686-3300. Madisonville. Four-Week Meditation Course, 7:15-8:45 p.m., Lawrence Edwards, PhD, BCN - Optimal Mind, 9380 Main St., Suite 4, Weekly through Oct. 19. Learn all you need to establish a meditation practice at home. Benefits Anam Cara Foundation. $100. Registration required. Presented by Anam Cara Foundation. 439-9665; Montgomery. Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Crate and Barrel, 5901 E. Galbraith Road, Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 686-3300. Kenwood.


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


Samba Jazz Syndicate, 7-10 p.m., Cactus Pear Southwest Bistro, 9500 Kenwood Road, No cover. 791-4424. Blue Ash.


Overeaters Anonymous, Noon, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Kenwood, 7701 Kenwood Road, Room 101. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 921-1922. Kenwood. Overeaters Anonymous, 7:30 p.m., Montgomery Assembly of God, 7950 Pfeiffer Road, Room 16A. Free. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 921-1922. Montgomery.


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; Montgomery.


Overeaters Anonymous, 10:30 a.m., Church of the Saviour United Methodist Church, 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Call 791-3142 at least 24 hours in advance for child care. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 921-1922. Montgomery.


The Foreigner, 2 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; www.mariemontplayers. com. Columbia Township.


Pickleball Games, Noon-2 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Racquet sport combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis. Ages 18 and up. $10. Through Dec. 18. 985-6747; Montgomery.


Granny’s Garden School Harvest Volunteering, 6-8 p.m., Granny’s Garden School Executive Office, 20 Miamiview Drive, Families from Loveland School District and members of community help harvest from the gardens. Email to register. Free. Reservations required. Presented by Granny’s Garden School. 324-2873; Loveland. M O N D A Y, S E P T . 2 6


Free Computer and TV Recycling DropOff, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 2trg, Free. 946-7766; Blue Ash.


Cabbage, corned beef and Irish dancing come to Fountain Square Friday, Sept. 23, through Sunday, Sept. 25, for the Cincinnati Celtic Festival. Two stages will offer live music, dance, food and drink, including a corned beef and cabbageeating contest at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. To sign up for the contest, visit Festival hours are: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Entrance is free. Pictured are the Celtic Rhythm Dancers performing at a previous Cincinnati Celtic Fest.

Cincinnati Toastmasters Club No. 472 Meeting, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Paul Community United Methodist Church, 8221 Miami Road, Public speaking and leadership skills meeting. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Cincinnati Toastmasters Club No. 472. 3515005. Madeira.


Toby Keith comes to Riverbend Music Center at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29. Special guest is Eric Church and the tour introduces J.T. Hodges. Tickets are $89, $73 and $47, pavilion; $33, lawn; and $99, lawn four-pack, all plus fees. Visit or call 800-745-3000.


September 21, 2011

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A moment of silence to honor the Krispy apple Along with the pears, Mother Nature’s friends nabbed the apples on our trees, so I was looking forward to purchasing some apples f r o m Rouster’s Rita A p p l e Heikenfeld House in Milford. Rita’s kitchen T h e Krispy and Krispy Mac apples are unbelievably delicious and were developed by the Rouster family. But I just got word that the apples grown this year will be made into cider and there will be no fresh ones to pick. In fact, owner Dan Rouster said they are closing the apple part of the orchard. It’s the weather that made them decide to close. The good news is that the business’ U-pick blueberry and blackberry operations will continue. But no more apples. I hope Dan and Donna Rouster know how much everyone appreciates Rouster’s not only for their fine produce, but also for their ongoing community involvement. Going there is always a family adventure, with the little ones helping pick right along with the adults. As I have always told you, support your local independent farmers like the Rouster’s. They’re jewels that we need to keep shining.

In honor of the Rouster’s, today’s column is all about apples!

Easy applesauce cake

From Caroline Quinter of Amelia United Methodist church. She’s the minister’s wife and shared this recipe with my editor, Lisa’s, mom, Nancy, and it wound up, through the Clermont County grapevine, to me. Caroline said this moist cake goes great with a cup of tea or coffee. “My husband and our four children really enjoy it and I hope your readers will give it a try. I wish I could claim it as an original but it came from a 1950s cookbook.” Caroline said the recipe calls for a mixture of 1 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon to “dust” the pan and then cut through the batter. She uses about 2⁄3 of that mixture. When I made the cake, I used it all and agree with Caroline – 1⁄2 to 2⁄3 would be plenty. I didn’t have yellow cake mix but used a butter recipe golden cake mix and added the 3.4 oz. box of instant pudding. This is a wonderful cake to tote to a potluck. 1 cup sugar 2 tablespoons cinnamon 1 box yellow cake mix with pudding (or add 1 small pkg. of instant vanilla pudding) 1 ⁄4 cup oil 3 eggs 2 cups applesauce Preheat oven to 350

degrees. Spray or grease 9by-13 pan. Mix sugar and cinnamon together. Sprinkle half of sugar mixture inside pan. (I also sprinkled it on the sides. Mix cake mix, oil, eggs and applesauce. Pour batter in, sprinkle remaining sugar mixture on top of batter and swirl through cake with a knife. Bake 50to 60 minutes.

Paper bag apple pie with streusel topping

This old favorite is now making the rounds once again. And yes, it does work. Use a bag without any printing on it. Use your favorite crust recipe. The trick of cooking the apples a bit beforehand is one I learned in cooking school. We would cook them on top of the stove. This recipe calls for the microwave. Either works well, but it’s not absolutely necessary. It just helps soften the apples. Granny Smith, Jonathan, or just about any apple other than Red Delicious will work.

Here’s the filling:

7-8 cups apples, peeled and sliced 1 cup light or dark brown sugar 2 teaspoons cinnamon Couple dashes salt 1 ⁄2 teaspoon nutmeg 1 ⁄4 cup lemon juice 4 tablespoons flour Put the sliced apples in a big microwave-safe bowl, and stir in the brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg and

lemon juice. Microwave, uncovered, for five minutes. Sprinkle flour over and mix. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pour filling into crust.

don’t over mix. You want a real crumbly topping. Put streusel on top of filling. Place pie in brown paper grocery bag or make a parchment paper bag by stapling two pieces together. Close the bag. I stapled it but uncoated paper clips work OK, too. Bake 60 minutes. Remove carefully from bag. Makes eight servings.

Streusel topping: 1

⁄3 cup sugar ⁄3 cup flour 1 ⁄4 teaspoon cinnamon or apple pie spice 6 tablespoons butter or margarine, cut up 1

Tips from Rita’s kitchen:

Instead of cinnamon and nutmeg, substitute 2 tea-

Combine everything together until crumbly but


Moist applesauce cake goes great with tea or coffee. spoons apple pie spice. An apple a day really does keep the doctor away! Apples help lower the risk of heart disease, prevent constipation, help control diabetes and help prevent cancer. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

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Quick tips to keep your pets safe, sound and returned One afternoon last winter, I gratefully pulled into my driveway during a particularly bad snowstorm. The wind was blowing snow so thick that you could barely see a few feet in front of your face. That’s when I noticed a woman run up to the car. It was the grown daughter of the woman who lived next door. She was hysterical, sobbing. “My mother’s dog is missing and we can’t find her,” she cried, “Can we check in your backyard?” “Of course,” I said, pulling into the garage and jumping into my snow boots. Joining in the search, I found out that one of the family members had left their garage door open for a

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and Rescue nodded sympathetically when I told him our story. Berns is Cincinnati’s very own “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” who for the past 3 1⁄2 years, along with his trusty Search and Rescue dogs, has been helping people to find their lost pets. “The very best way to ensure your pet’s safety is to take preventative measures,” says the soft-spoken University of Cincinnati DAAP woodshop teacher, who searches for lost pets on weekends. “It is much easier to prevent your pet going missing in the first place than to find them later.” He suggests that all pets wear a well-fitted collar at all times with complete contact information. This is the very most important thing that an owner can do to ensure their pet’s safety. This information should include the name and phone number. “Don’t make the mistake of thinking that a rabies tag or pet license will be enough,” he counsels. “Make it easy for the person who finds your pet to contact you directly and immediately.” Micro chips are also very helpful. Friendly pets are the


Here is Jim Berns of Pet Search and Rescue and his team on the track of a lost pet! most likely to be reunited with their owners after they go missing. “A dog can be its own best ally,” Berns chuckles, “If you have a friendly pet, they will go up to the first people they see and want to be patted. “That happened to one of my dogs once, a bloodhound, and that was how we found her. She went up to people who saw the tag around her neck and called us.” He also suggests that pet owners be hyper-vigilant about keeping gates closed and continually inspect the perimeters of a fenced in yard. “There is almost always a gap in fencing,” Berns says, “I guarantee that I could go out into almost

any yard and find a spot where the pet could slip out. You might think that they can’t, but it can happen very quickly.” But the No. 1 thing that the Pet Detective wants people to know is if they are going to be going away, to leave their pets in the care of a professional pet sitter or in a kennel. “One of the common things we see,” he says, “Is things going wrong when people are watching pets for a friend or family member.” “It is much better to board your pets. Nobody can do as good of a job of watching your pet as you can yourself. That way you don’t have to worry about creating some extremely bad family strife.”

“I know that it seems so harmless,” the father of nine counsels, “But, if something bad happens and the pet goes missing, regardless of good intentions, it is hard not to blame the person who was left in charge. “It is just not worth the risk. Those relationships can never be replaced.” Berns, a College Hill resident, works with Samantha, a smart hound mix, Luchious, a bloodhound and Hercules, a mastiff/hound mix. Primarily covering areas in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, the team is willing to travel further to help find lost pets. They have had over 150 cases so far and he estimates that they find the pet while they are there, 20 to 30 percent of the time. Another 30 to 40 percent show up in the next two to three days. Pets they have been searching for have turned up safe up to five weeks later. For more information visit or call 513-708-0815. For more pet care tips, visit If you have any ideas for future stories please contact Marsie Hall Newbold at marsolete@

UC Blue Ash begins free shuttle service In an effort to enhance student experience and literally reflect the “We’re all UC” theme, UC Blue Ash College is beginning a free


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Wednesday, Sept. 14, through June 12. Riders will go in style, as the shuttle will be a 54-passenger bus (similar to a Greyhoundtype bus) with WIFI, padded seats, air conditioning and a GPS tracker system. The shuttle will travel back and forth from Clifton to Blue Ash throughout the day Monday through Friday, with the first scheduled pick up at the Uptown Campus in Clifton at 8 a.m. and the final pick up at UC Blue Ash will be at 9:30 p.m. Monday thru Thursday and at 5 p.m. Friday. The bus will not run on Saturdays, Sundays or holidays, but will run during break weeks.

The bus route will run nonstop, directly from the recreation center circle on the Uptown Campus in Clifton via U.S. 71 to Ronald Reagan Highway to the circle in the main drive of the UC Blue Ash College (in front of SAHB/Walters Hall). A bus schedule will be updated continuously with real-time arrival data via GPS on the web at hm.uc. edu/webapps/Shuttle/Route /List, allowing riders to conveniently track the shuttle from mobile devices or laptops. Get daily Blue Ash updates by signing up for our electronic newsletter. Visit

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Sophie’s Run founder finalist Memory expert Joshua Foer to speak at JCC Sept. 22 Can’t seem to remember names of strangers, lines of JCC. Generously funded by gift from Elaine and Bob for Good Neighbor Award Sophie’s Angel Run Inc. co-founder Mark Meinhardt has been named a top-10 finalist in Realtor Magazine’s 2011 Good Neighbor Awards. The award honors those realtors who, through their commitment of time and resources, seek to improve the lives of the communities in which they work and live. “I’m honored to be among those receiving this award,” Meinhardt, cofounder of Sophie’s Angel Run Inc., said. “We started Sophie’s Angel Run to honor the young life of our daughter Sophia Grace, who died suddenly from a brain tumor. Our hope is to assist medical science in the fight against pediatric brain tumors, and I’m proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish over the past few years.” To date, Sophie’s Angel

The award honors those realtors who … seek to improve the lives of the communities in which they work and live. Run Inc. has donated more than $200,000 in the fight against pediatric brain tumors. The primary fundraising event for the non-profit is an annual 5K run-walk. This year’s event is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 25. Meinhardt has been selected from among realtors across the country, and is among only 10 that have been selected to receive this distinction for 2011. The National Association of Realtors selects those who exhibit an outstanding level of commitment to the local communities, through their work to serve others.

things? Plan to attend a special presentation by Joshua Foer, best-selling author and memory expert as seen on “The Colbert Report” and “Martha Stewart,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, next to Ronald Reagan Highway. At this free event, Foer will share memory-building skills and illustrate the hidden impact of memory on our lives. Foer is a New York Times journalist and author of “Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything.” His book discusses cutting edge research and venerable tricks of the mentalist’s trade, and is ranked by as one of the 10 best books of 2011. Foer competed and won the USA Memory Championship, held each spring in New York City, in which people have trained their memories to remember


For Sharonville boy, reading is a never-ending story By Kelly McBride

Summer in the Hanley household started with a goal of watching only one hour of TV each day. But that also meant that Brigid and Katrina Hanley had to find activities for their son, Wesley, who had just finished kindergarten at Stewart Elementary in Sharonville. So, they headed to the Sharonville Public Library and started to read. Wesley, who was reading at a kindergarten level in June, dove right in, and couldn’t get enough. He signed up for a summer reading program that challenged children to read. A lot. Some of the books he read by himself. Others were read as a family, taking turns. “It became a game to him,” Brigid Hanley said. Library visits became field trips, and they learned to use the library system to order favorite titles that were sent to the Sharonville branch.

Page turners became stacks of books checked off of his list, and Wesley won the library award for reading the most books in June and July, with 800, cover to cover. But the summer wasn’t over, and Wesley wasn’t finished. He kept reading, and the Hanleys used an Amazon wish list to track his progress online, mostly to ensure that he didn’t read a book more than once. Final tally as he began first-grade: 1,000 books. So, the Sharonville boy who ended kindergarten reading at his kindergarten grade level entered firstgrade reading at a second grade level, three months later. “His reading and family support give him the confidence to make connections between literature and life which puts the world at his fingertips,” said Brenda McAfee, Wesley’s teacher. He has set a good example for his brother Mathias, 2, and has inspired his principal. “I hope that as others

read and hear about his story, they too will have the love for reading and making learning a family experience,” Stewart Elementary Principal Monisha House said. Brigid Hanley said her son has gained more than an award. “He’s really found a love of reading.” Get daily Sharonville updates by signing up for our electronic newsletter. Visit www.


Wesley Hanley of Sharonville read 1,000 books over the summer, through a library program and on his own, at home.


poetry nd strings of random digits. Foer’s writing has appeared in National Geographic, Slate, and Esquire magazines, and he has been featured on National Public Radio’s “The Diane Rehm Show.” Foer’s Sept. 22 presentation is the kickoff event for the new Wolf Center for Arts & Ideas at the Mayerson

Nancy and David Wolf, the Wolf Center brings innovative events and inspiring presentations to Cincinnati for the benefit of the entire community. Foer’s presentation immediately follows the JCC annual meeting, which begins at 7:00 p.m. Sept. 22. Foer’s appearance in Cincinnati is supported by a

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September 21, 2011

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Supporting the military

Madeira resident Jim Horn presented Neon Lites owner Wendi Abbott with a certificate of recognition recently for her support of military serving in Afghanistan. Horn, an adjuctant officer of the Marine Corps League Montezuma-Cincinnati Detachment No. 270, was representing the league to show its appreciation for her business' continued support of military personnel. Neon Lites served as a collection point for love box contributions containing items such as hot chocolate, Crystal Light, beef jerky, Rice Krispie Treats, gum, magazines, newspapers and travel sized personal items. The collection was arranged as a service project for fourth-graders at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy. Students ended up shipping 120 shoe boxes stuffed with donated items to the Air Force Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) serving in Uruzgan, Afghanistan. Rhizor, of Milford, often supports local charities, schools and military with charitable efforts and collection opportunities for customers.

City Barbeque opens sixth store in Blue Ash Serving its signature beef brisket and pulled pork sandwiches, City Barbeque opened in Blue Ash at 10375 Kenwood Road in the former Rombes location Aug. 1. The 3,300 square foot restaurant seats 80 people indoors and 65 outdoors on the patio. “We have looked at Blue Ash for the past five years and felt this was the best location in the area,” said Ryan Minser, general manager. “The city has been most receptive to City Barbeque and has embraced us as a partner business, just as we embrace the communities we serve. We’re excited to bring 30 new jobs to the area,” he added. Since opening, City Barbeque has garnered many awards included being voted best barbeque in Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton, best rib and best pulled chicken in Cincinnati and named best tailgate fare by Ohio Magazine. City Barbeque has also become a favorite for graduation parties and tailgate events. City Barbeque partner and director Monti Tarmey is particularly enthusiastic about the Blue Ash location. “Opening in Blue Ash is

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Red Cross tips help kids stay safe when home alone home. For an older child, set ground rules about whether other kids can come over when the parents are absent, whether cooking is an option, whether they can leave the home. Other steps that parents and guardians can include in their home safety plans: • Post an emergency phone list where the children can see it. Include 9-1-1, the parents work and cell numbers, numbers for neighbors, and the numbers for anyone else who is close and trusted. • Identify neighbors whose home your child can go to in case of an emergency that requires your child to leave your home. • Practice an emergency plan with the child so they know what to do in case of fire, injury or other emergencies. Write the plan down and make sure the child knows where it is. • Make sure the first aid kit is stocked and stored where your children can find it; keep it out of reach of young children. • Let children know where the flashlights are. Make sure that the batteries are fresh, and that the child knows how to use them. • Remove or safely

store in locked areas dangerous items like guns, ammunition, knives, hand tools, power tools, razor blades, scissors and other objects that can cause injury. • Make sure potential poisons like detergents, polishes, pesticides, care-care fluids, lighter fluid and lamp oils are stored in locked cabinets or out of the reach of children. • Make sure medicine is kept in a locked storage place or out of the reach of children. • Install safety covers on all unused electrical outlets. • Limit any cooking a young child can do. Make sure at least one approved smoke alarm is installed and operating on each level of the home. • Limit the time the child spends in front of the television or computer. Activate parental controls. Use programs that limit the sites children can visit, restrict chat sites and allow parents to monitor online activity.

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When talking to kids about being at home alone, parents should stress the following steps, and post

them somewhere to remind the child about what they should, or shouldn’t, do until mom, dad or caregiver get home: • Lock the door and make sure all the windows are closed and locked. • If the home has an electronic security system, children should learn how to turn it on and have it on when home alone. • Never open the door to strangers. Always check before opening the door to anyone, looking out through a peephole or window first. Only open the door for people that parents and guardians have given you permission to let in the house. If unsure, contact your caregiver. • Never open the door to delivery people or service representatives. Ask delivery people to leave the package at the door or tell them to come back at another time. Service representatives, such as a TV cable installer, should have an appointment when an adult is home. • Never tell someone on the telephone that the parents are not at home. Say something like “He or she is busy right now. Can I take a message?” • Do not talk about

being home alone on public websites. Kids should be cautious about sharing information about their location when using chat rooms or posting on social networks. • Never leave the house without permission. If it’s OK to go outside, children should contact their parents and tell them where they are going, when they are leaving and when they will return. If mom and dad are still at work, children should call them when they leave and when they return home. • Do not go outside to check out an unusual noise. If the noise worries the child, they should call their parents, an adult, or the police. • Don’t talk to strangers. • Do not have friends over to visit when your parents aren’t at home. Do not

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Community | Religion

September 21, 2011

Savvy survival tips on divorce not just for Saturdays anymore

RELIGION Ascension Lutheran Church

For the past two years attorney Nancy Frazier, a partner with The Drew Law Firm, along with a multidisciplinary panel of professionals have offered a free workshop for women preparing for or facing the process of a divorce. The seminar, named “Survival Saturday,” normally takes place on a Saturday morning just four times each year and is for women only. Popular demand has caused the panel to schedule a weekday workshop with the hope of reaching a group of women who might not be available for three hours on a Saturday. The condensed version of the workshop will take place 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, and will include lunch. Designed to help women of all ages and backgrounds

who want and need to learn how to protect themselves financially in the event of a divorce, attendees will have access to professionals in mental health, financial planning, fraud investigation and the legal fields. “Getting a good game plan in the works helps women alleviate both the stress and negative emotions, and it shifts the focus to what can and needs to happen rather than what has happened,” Frazier said. “I think the questionand-answer segment at the end of the workshop is its most valuable aspect because the women get a chance to get answers to their specific questions,” Frazier said. Recognizing that women’s emotions range from confusion to elation when confronting the divorce process, she wants

women to know that the workshops are “warm and friendly, like a conversation with your girlfriends in some ways.” There will be trained financial and mental health professionals familiar with all phases of the divorce process offering their advice and assistance. This weekday version of “Survival Saturday” will take place from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Towers of Kenwood (west portico entrance), 8044 Montgomery Road. To reserve a place, send an e-mail to Ms. Frazier at or call her at 513-621-8210 on or before Sept. 23. There is no charge for the event and space is limited. For more information, call 513-621-8210 or visit




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Women’s Bible Study resumed Aug. 31. Women of all ages gather on Wednesdays from 9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. The topic is “Living Above Worry and Stress” a Women of Faith Study Guide Series. Guests are welcome. The church is hosting a three-part series to promote interfaith dialogue. The series is in commemoration of 9/11. At 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, Dr. Rodney Hutton, Old Testament scholar and expert in Christian/Muslim Relationships at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, will present “Children of the Same Story.” On Sunday, Oct. 2, also at 6:30 p.m. Karen Dabdoub, executive director of the Cincinnati Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations will discuss the commonalities and differences between Islam and Christianity and address common misperceptions of Islam. The series ends on Sunday, Oct. 16, with a potluck interfaith dinner at 5:30 p.m. for people of all faiths. Free; open to the public. Community and world donations continue throughout the summer. Backpacks and dry erase markers are collected for people served by the Northeast Emergency Distribution Service (NEEDS) as well as various food items. Health Kits for Lutheran World Relief will be collected until Sunday, Sept. 18. Other collections include empty pill bottles and aluminum cans and items for the NICU University Hospital (receiving blankets, onesies sleepers and 4-ounce baby bottles). The community is invited to participate. Call Ascension at 7933288. Ascension is participating in the Southern Ohio Synod ELCA Malaria Campaign through education about the disease and donations from members and various church groups. The church is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 793-3288, The church is having its Fall Garage Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, on Friday, Sept. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 1. The sale is open to the public. Lunch will be available. Donations for the fall sale may be dropped off behind the church. Pick-up can also be arranged by calling the church. Proceeds benefit the Samaritan’s Closet. The church offers worship services on Sundays at 8:30 a.m. and

10:45 a.m. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. Sundays. Samaritan Closet hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Samaritan Closet offers clothing and food to people with demonstrated needs. Bread from Panera is available on Thursdays and Saturdays. The Samaritan Closet is located next to the church. The church is at 7388 E. Kemper Road, Sycamore Township; 4897021.

Church of the Saviour United Methodist

Social Security, Medicare and longterm care issues will be discussed in a three-week class beginning 68 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3. Call the church for details. The Fall Craft Show is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Nov. 12. Proceeds benefit children’s programming. The Reading Group will discuss “Disfigured: A Saudi Woman’s Story of Triumph” by Rania Al-Baz at 10 a.m. on Mondays, Sept. 26 and Oct. 4. Call for details. The church has a children’s weekday program on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Call the church for details. Traditional worship services are 8:20 a.m. and 11 a.m.; contemporary music is 9:40 a.m. every Sunday. The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati; 791-3142;

Hartzell United Methodist Church

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

New Church of Montgomery

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

About religion

Religion news is published at no charge on a spaceavailable basis. Items must be to our office no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, for possible consideration in the following edition. Email information to nesuburban@communitypress. com, 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, OH 45140.

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

The Older People with Active Lifestyles group is visiting Ft. Ancient on Wednesday, Sept. 21. Lunch will follow at the Golden Lamb Call the church for details. The church is collecting non-perishable grocery items for the Findlay Street food pantry and seeking volunteers to deliver bread daily from Kroger and Panera. An Intercessory Healing Prayer Service is held the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. A Men’s Breakfast group meets on Wednesday mornings at 8:30 a.m. at Steak ‘n’ Shake in Montgomery. Ladies Bible Study meets at 10 a.m. on Tuesday mornings at the church. Friends in Fellowship meets at 6:15 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month for dinner at the church. A Bereavement Support Group for widow and widowers meets from 10-11 a.m. the second and fourth Saturdays. Sunday worship services are 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Parent Church School meets at 9:30 a.m. the second Sunday of each month. The church is at 10345 Montgomery Road, Montgomery; 984-8401;

Sycamore Christian Church

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

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


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About police reports


Juvenile, 17, petty theft at 4150 Hunt Road, Sept. 6. Juvenile, 16, petty theft at 4150 Hunt Road, Sept. 6. Steven R. Gibson, 25, 7132 Hamilton Ave., receiving stolen property at 4140 Hunt Road, Sept. 12.

Incidents/investigations Attempt

Someone attempted to steal in-dash radios from two vehicles at 6810 Cornell Road, Sept. 12.

Breaking and entering

Someone took three electrical panels, value $1,500; two bread toasters, value $2,000; a microwave, value $1,000; three fire extinguishers, value $150, and a garage door, value $1,000 at 11264 Grooms Road, Sept. 10. At 4570 Cornell Road, Sept. 12.

Grand theft

A man said someone took a small black firearm, value $300, from a safe at 3781 Fox Run Drive apartment 807, Sept. 11.

Misuse of credit cards

At 4000 Georgetown Road, Sept. 9.

Petty theft

Someone took $400 worth of school supplies and $45.87 worth of miscellaneous clothing from Kmart at 4150 Hunt Road, Sept. 10. A woman said someone took $340 from Jewish Vocational Services at 4300 Rossplain Road, Sept. 7.o= A man said someone took a GPS, value $150 at 5900 Pfeiffer Road, Sept. 11.

Telcommunications harassment At 11034 Centennial Ave., Sept. 11.


Someone took $500 from Red Roof Inn at 5900 Pfeiffer Road, Sept. 9. Someone took 50 stainless steel pans, value $50; a Task Force socket set, value $50; a DeWalt drill combo set, value $250, and a tool bag and tools, value $500, from Restaurant Management Inc. at 11264 Grooms Road, Sept. 8.



Juvenile, 14, menacing at 7400 Cornell Road, Sept. 9. Bradley J. Decker, 28, 12135 Paul Meadows Drive, disorderly conduct-intoxicated create at 8821 Weller Road, Sept. 11. Jordan D. Dashley, 27, 9633 Betty Lane, disorderly conduct-intoxicated create at 8821 Weller Road, Sept. 11. Mary T. Harpen, 21, 4384 Yakima Drive, possession of drugs at 10500 Montgomery Road, Sept. 5.

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The Community Press publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: Blue Ash, Chief Chris Wallace, 745-8573 Montgomery, Chief Don Simpson, 985-1600 Sycamore Township, Lt. Dan Reid, 792-7254 Symmes Township, Lt. Tom Butler, 774-6351 or 683-3444. Brian K. Belcher, 40, 9646 Union Cemetery Road, drug abuse instruments at Southbound Interstate 71, Sept. 4. Mark E. Reder, 25, 11366 Kemperknoll Lane, driving while under the influence at 10530 Deerfield Road, Sept. 5. Zane Jamal-Eddine, 18, 9839 Timbers Drive, possession of drugs at 10513 Deerfield Road, Sept. 2. Advait Redkar, 17, 12110 Crest Field Court, possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia at 10513 Deerfield Road, Sept. 2.

Incidents/investigations Attempt (motor vehicle theft)

At 8830 Weller Road, Sept. 10.

Criminal damaging/vandalism/mischief

A man said someone broke off the left rearview mirror, value $250, of a vehicle at 9640 Todd Drive, Sept. 8.


At 7400 Cornell Road, Sept. 7.

Telecommunications harassment At 10600 Montgomery Road room 200, Sept. 6.


A woman said someone took a pink over-the-shoulder purse, a rainbow cloth wallet, $22.50 in currency, a PNC Bank card, a Discover card, a Chase Bank card, a J.C. Penny card, a Sears card, a Sam’s Club card, a Dillard’s card, a Kohl’s card, an Ohio driver’s license, a Sony MP3 player and a Cincinnati Bell Nokia cell phone from a desk in her office at 10500 Montgomery Road, Sept. 2. A man said someone took a Carrier air conditioner, value $1,000 at 7797 Remington Road, Sept. 1.

Theft of drugs

A woman said someone took 20 percocet pills from a vehicle at 10981 Montgomery Road, Sept. 9.

Theft, criminal damaging

A woman said someone broke out the passenger side window of a vehicle, $600 damage, and took a yellow purse containing $1,600 at 8211 Weller Road, Sept. 10.

Theft, criminal damaging

A woman said someone smashed the


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passenger window of a vehicle and took a purse and its contents, including an American Express card, a Chase Visa card, a Black Rock corporate American Express card, an American Express flexible spending card, a Macy’s card, a Bank of America card, a Capital One card and an Ohio operator’s license at 9939 Montgomery Road, Sept. 8.



Keeta Harris, 36, 2483 Prels Street, disorderly conduct at 7913 Montgomery Road, Aug. 27. Linn Schnider, 50, 8991 Plainfield Road, disorderly conduct at 3920 E. Galbraith Road, Sept. 2. Ronald Smith, 42, 289 Kearney St., domestic violence at 8001 Reading Road, Aug. 27. John Maupin, 55, 11914 Timberlake Drive, domestic violence at 8871 Weekly Lane, Aug. 28. Tara Sergere, 31, 8670 Darnell, domestic violence at 8670 Darrell, Aug. 30. Joshua Abbott, 19, 4672 Duneden Ave., drug abuse at 4672 Dunden Ave., Sept. 4. Brett Fields, 19, 6953 Elm Creek Court, open container at School Road and 4th Avenue, Aug. 28. Hannah Teeter, 20, 4611 Sycamore Road, theft at 7913 Montgomery Road, Aug. 28. Jaime Messinger, 20, 8329 Old Hickory Road, theft at 7913 Montgomery Road, Aug. 28. Anthony Lopiccolo, 22, 3235 Ashwood Drive, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Sept. 1. Deionia Dowdell, 23, 1911 Millvale Court, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Sept. 1. dIncidents/investigations


Residence entered and Ipods, scissors valued at $2,160 removed at 5150 Autumnwood, Aug. 26.

Criminal trespassing

Reported at 1875 Montgomery Road, Aug. 29.

day. Residents must bring proof of residency, such as a driver’s license or utility bill, in order to participate. This program prohibits the acceptance of computer equipment/TVs from businesses, churches, schools and nonprofit organizations. The program will also be open Saturday, Oct. 15, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Acceptable Items Include: CPUs, hard drives, personal copiers,



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Camera valued at $100 removed at 8611 Plainfield Lane, Aug. 29. $3780.00 removed at 8413 Pine Road, Aug. 30. Wallet and contents of unknown value removed at 7331 Kenwood Road, Aug. 29. Catalytic converter removed from vehicle at 11541 Gold Coast Drive, Aug. 24. Account accessed without consent at, Aug. 30. Ipod valued at $200 removed at 7269 Kenwood Road, Aug. 22. Bike valued at $400 removed at 7789 Montgomery Road, Sept. 3. Ipod and clothing valued at $310 removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, Sept. 3. Gun valued at $250 removed at 8607 Pine Road, Sept. 3. $200 removed at 12100 Reed Hartman, Aug. 26. Purse valued at $1,518 removed at 7913 Montgomery Road, Aug. 20.

Unauthorized use of vehicle

Our interactive CinciNavigator map allows you to pinpoint the loction of police reports in your neighborhood. Visit: intoxicated at Loveland Madeira Road and Ohio 126, Aug. 27. Ahmad Alnammari, 24, 9270 Liberty Hill Court, resisting arrest at 9270 Liberty Hill Court, Sept. 1. Ronald Marshall, 24, 5886 Big Run Road, theft at 5698 Euclid Ave., Aug. 30. Joseph Seither, 31, 3521 Ohio 125, theft at 5698 Euclid Ave., Aug. 30. Brian Williamson, 21, 235 Mulberry St., theft at 5698 Euclid Ave., Aug. 30.



Reported at 12041 Carrington, Sept. 5. $27.02 in gas pumped and not paid for at 10630 Loveland-Madeira Road, Aug. 24. Purse and contents of unknown value removed at 11251 U.S. 22 Mont-


PUBLIC NOTICE The following storage unit from Stronghold Self-Storage will be sold at public auction by Don Bates Auctioneers, at 6963 E. Kemper Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45249 on Tuesday September 27, 2011 at 11:30 A.M. & will continue until all units are sold: Unit #B0010, Josh Gross, 5918 Carpol St., Sharonville, OH 45241. 3055

Hotel room damaged at 9011 Fields Ertel Road, Aug. 28.

Residence entered and $500 removed at 9930 Jackson Street, Sept. 2.

Identity fraud

Samuel Solis, 35, 12130 Sycamore Terrace, obstructing official business at 12184 Mason Road, Aug. 28. Ryan Nalley, 27, 5410 Parlor Court, operating vehicle intoxicated at Snider and Fields Ertel Roads, Aug. 28. Lucas Snider, 30, 412 Arrowhead Trail, operating vehicle intoxicated at 10400 Loveland Madeira Road, Aug. 27. Brandon Powell, 24, 9447 Bainwoods Drive, operating vehicle


Incidents/investigations Burglary

Reported at 8115 Camner Ave., Aug. 28.


gomery Road, Aug. 31. Battery valued at $100 removed at 8945 Harper’s Point, Aug. 16. Shoes valued at $200 removed at 11311 Montgomery Road, Aug. 15. Bike valued at $400 removed at 8713 Harper’s Point, Sept. 3. Tools valued at $2,000 removed at 8306 Patrilla Lane, Sept. 1.

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On August 10th, 2011, Ralph and Jeanne Dunbar celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. They celebrated their anniversary at the Stone Creek restaurant in Montgomery with 35 members of their family; some travelling long distances from Tulsa, OK, Chicago, IL, Deerfield Beach, FL, Virginia Beach, VA, Charlotte, SC, and Pittsburgh, PA. Ralph and Jeanne have five children, Diana, Mark, Susan, Roger and Laurel, 18 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

About real estate transfers

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

Drive: Wendel Joern & Allison to Kiefer Timothy B. & Cristin G.; $262,600. 7767 Styrax Lane: Kuhr Rosemary to Brown Laura E.; $140,000. 8002 Camner Ave.: Becksmith Sarah to Overbeck Jillian M. & Sherry I.; $112,000. 8028 Frolic Drive: Julien Donna to Jewish Hospital LLC; $300,000. 8291 Glenmill Court: Harig Stephen C. to Fifth Third Mortgage Co.; $306,000. 8314 Beech Ave.: Tristate Holdings LLC to Doepker Charles Norbert; $31,900. 8314 Beech Ave.: Floyd Marion G. to Tristate Holdings LLC; $20,000. 8762 Eldora Drive: Heashe Janice Tr to Koerner Kent & Dorothea; $127,500 8880 Raiders Run Road: Whelan Kelly M. to Page Brian H. & Hope N.; $275,000.


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Aquaponics project could provide fresh food An aquaponics prototype begun locally and rebuilt in Jos, Nigeria, to bring fresh fish and vegetables to underserved Nigerians is really a “big science project” with potential commercial applications in greater Cincinnati, said Chuck Proudfit, president of Blue Ash-based SkillSource business consultancy and At Work on Purpose, a faith-at-work ministry. Proudfit, who is also CEO of Self-Sustaining Enterprises in Mason, led 11 AWOP and SSE members and local business owners to Nigeria in March to install an aquaponic test operation capable of providing a sustaining source of fish and produce for the local Kisayip village. The 700-gallon cinderblock fish factory is now up and running, with capacity to produce 1,000 pounds of catfish and a ton of fresh produce a year. Cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce are also growing at the Nigeria site. Fish and vegetables are growing well at the Cincinnati site, too. “We are not only excited that we’re working toward providing a self-sustaining food and income source for the people of Nigeria,” Proudfit said, “but we’re also


Keith Kuhnell and Corrie Guckenberger inspect produce grown at the aquaponics project at H.J. Benken in Silverton. The project, designed to provide fresh fish and produce for impoverished Nigerians, will move to Mason’s Grace Chapel in September and developed as a BizNistry, a for-profit business that dedicates excess profits to ministry needs. very encouraged about the possibility of expanding the project locally to provide fresh, local fish and vegetables for restaurants, food coops, greenhouses, neighborhood co-ops, and farmers here in Cincinnati.” SSE is working with Xavier University’s X-LAB entrepreneurship program to develop a business plan. This month volunteers will move the prototype from H.J.

Benken’s Garden Center in Silverton to Grace Chapel in Mason. The group plans to pursue investment capital of about $20,000 to expand the project into a viable BizNistry – a for-profit business that donates excess profits for ministry needs. An aquaponics tank creates a river ecosystem. Fingerlings are placed in the tank, and their waste products – mostly nitrogen and

ammonia-feed plants on the water’s surface. The plants, in turn, soak up nitrogen and purify the water. The project merges aquaculture (fish farming) and hydroponics (raising plants in non-solid mediums) into a closed-loop system, said Pete West, a P&G engineer who donated funds, helped build the Cincinnati prototype and led the Nigerian installation. “This high-yield produc-

tion system is perfect for Nigeria, which suffers from over-fishing and an oftencontaminated water supply,” Proudfit said. “But ironically, this is also perfect for the provision of fish and vegetables for greater Cincinnati, too.” If successful, the Nigerian aquaponics model can be scaled up to a level which can provide food for the local community as well as a busi-

ness venture to provide employment and income opportunities. Nigerian profits will be reinvested in further community development projects such as the installation of wells in neighboring villages, where the availability of clean water is limited. The project was sparked by the Rev. Jeff Greer, pastor at Grace Chapel Church in Mason. Greer heads both SSE, a nonprofit aimed to provide self-sustainable ministry to the world’s impoverished, and Back2Back Ministries, which operates in Nigeria, Mexico and India. While both nonprofits are independently funded and run, they work in partnership in Nigeria. SSE focuses on helping the underserved form microenterprises that create sustainable income streams and local jobs, while Back2Back concentrates on widow and orphan care. Since 2007, the H20 Nigeria project, a freshwater drilling project operated by SSE and the Vineyard Community Church, has increased the area’s potable water supply by drilling more than 100 freshwater wells in the plateau state of Jos.

Forest Aires women’s chorus elects 2011-12 board The newly elected board members for the 2011-12 season of the Forest-Aires women’s chorus are: President – Jill Hoff, Anderson Township Vice President – Angie Bridges, Anderson Township Secretary – JoAnn Merrill,

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