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Legal questions about field deal Archbishop would have to sign By Leah Fightmaster

While construction on the baseball field at the Robert L. Schuler Athletic Complex, 11532 Deerfield Road, has already started, legal issues surround the agreement between Sycamore Township and Moeller High School. Law Director Doug Miller said the proposed agreement between the township and the school, which committed Moell-

er to paying $7,000 of the about $12,500 total cost of the project and the current rates for field use for the next three years, doesn't exist. Miller said, Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr would have to sign it, because Moeller doesn't have its own legal entity. "If you want an agreement with a parish or anyone, the archbishop has to sign it," Miller said. "... I'm not worried about one game, but it's three years' worth of games." He added that he will contact Moeller to find out what the school wants to do about the agreement.

Parks and Recreation Director Mike McKeown said most of the baselines on the field have been dug out and grass installation should begin soon. Superintendent Tracy Kellums said that while the township has a piece of equipment to drag the dirt on the fields, a new piece is needed after the field is finished because the current one doesn't have the turning radius needed. He added that instead of purchasing a brand-new model, he found a demo with about 100 hours of use on it for sale for See FIELD, Page A2

The Cincinnati Flames hosted the SWOBAT Showcase at Schuler Park in 2010. Sycamore Township plans to pay $12,500 to upgrade the baseball field at the park. FILE PHOTO

Harvest Moon Festival Oct. 6 Community Press staff report

Assistant Sycamore High School Principal Kevin Mays and his band "Tapped Out" will perform at the high school’s homecoming pre-game bash Friday, Oct. 12. Here he is at last year's bash. PROVIDED

Mays a principal player Sycamore High School official headlines Homecoming band

By Jeanne Houck

“I used to get mad at my school (No, I can’t complain); “The teachers that taught me weren’t cool (No, I can’t complain).” – From “Getting Better” by the Beatles BLUE ASH — Wondering whether Sycamore High School Assistant Principal Kevin Mays will be warbling “Getting Better” when his rock group – whose repertoire includes the Beatles – takes the stage at the high school’s

homecoming pre-game bash Friday, Oct. 12? You can find out by attending the bash at 5:15 p.m. in the fields next to Sycamore Stadium at Sycamore Junior High School, 5757 Cooper Road in Blue Ash. It’s open to the public. Mays is starting his seventh year as assistant principal at Sycamore High School. Before that he was principal of Mount Healthy South Middle School, associate principal of Mount Healthy High School and taught math and coached different sports in the North-


west Local Schools. Mays earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education at the University of Cincinnati. Here he tells us a little bit about himself and his band, Tapped Out. How old are you and where do you live? “I’m 50 and currently live in Liberty Township, but we’ve just bought a house in Symmes Township and will move into the district next month.” What kind of a band is

EIGHT PLUS SIX Indian Hill Middle School eighth-graders prepared to serve as mentors for incoming sixth-graders. See Schools, A4

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MONTGOMERY — Montgomery will sponsor a Harvest Moon Family Festival from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Swaim Park at the corner of Cooper and Zig Zag roads. The festival will offer food, crafts, hayrides, pony rides, entertainment, pumpkin painting and face painting. Children can explore a smokehouse and fire truck and the Wilder-Swaim House will be available for tours. “The Harvest Moon Festival is a great event that is perfect for families,” said Julie Machon, Montgomery’s recreation and leisure living services coordinator.

“This is our second largest and most popular event, next to Bastille Day, and everyone enjoys the mix of fall fun and frivolity on the site of this historic farm adjacent to the Swaim-Wilder House.” Admission is free. Volunteers are needed for this event. To help out call 891-2424 or visit Also Oct. 6, there will be a new resident welcome event from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Swaim Lodge. For more about your community, visit Montgomery. Get regular Montgomery updates by signing up for our email newsletter. Visit

Symmes hosts fall fest Symmes Township will be hosting its fall festival from 5 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at Symmes Park. This family-friendly event offers the usual fall favorites such as a petting zoo, hay maze, hayrides, pumpkin patch plus much more. Back by popular demand will be a “haunted trail” with trick-or-treat stations. Kids should bring flash lights if they plan to walk the trail at night. The Cincinnati Horticul-

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tural Society will provide fun, interactive craft activities for children. Learn how to make a grass man, a bagel birdfeeder and your own apple pie, A small fee will apply for some of the activities. This event is appropriate for children age 12 and under. The Symmes Township Historical Society will sell refreshments. For more information, please contact the township office at 683-6644. Vol. 49 No. 30 © 2012 The Community Press ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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Tapped Out? “We’re a rock/pop band that plays music from the Beatles and such up to Train. Our songs range from 1960s to 2010s. “We’ve got a few original songs.” How many musicians are in your group? “We’re a four-piece group currently. I’m the lead singer and rhythm guitarist, Phil McQueen plays lead guitar and sings, J.D. Dale plays bass and sings and Tim Klee plays drums and sings.” When was Tapped Out

established? “We’ve been together since 1998. The lead guitarist and I met doing a Northwest High School show in 1985 when I was teaching there and I joined his group (then called Crossroads) that summer. “He and I have been playing music ever since. Our drummer played in one of the Crossroads versions and recently rejoined us when we needed a drummer. “Our bass player toured with the Van Dells and when he decided to get off the road, we were lucky enough to pick him up.” How did you come up

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with the name Tapped Out? “When we formed the band, we played a private party in Indiana, where three of us were living at the time, and had a ‘name the band’ contest.” What will your band be doing for homecoming? “We will be playing for the pre-game bash before the game for the seventh straight year. Playing a mix of music to appeal to the parents and students.” Do you think your students are surprised at your performances? Do they see a side of you that they usually don’t? “I think so. I’ve also performed at high school lunches a couple of times with Vince Rahnfeld, high school counseling supervisor, as well as at a choir performance in the spring of 2011.” How did you get involved with music? “Actually, (Sycamore’s director of business opera-

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tions) Chad Lewis’s dad, Dave, was one of my football coaches in high school and every year he would put together a group of teachers to perform at a high school variety show. “Dave Lewis used to have music on in his office and sing. When I was a junior, I was a teacher helper for him. He heard me sing and asked me to join his group my senior year. “When I went to college at UC, I auditioned for and sang in a band that played the Clifton circuit and have stuck with it ever since.” What other events has Tapped Out played? “We’ve played many events over the years, from church festivals to other community festivals and charitable benefits. We’ve played many different clubs and restaurants in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.” Anything you want to add? “We hope to have a good crowd at the pregame bash and help everyone get off to a good start that ends with a win over Princeton. “Go Aves!” For more about your community, visit .

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Fire Prevention week is Oct. 1-Oct. 6, and Loveland Symmes Fire Department invites the community to an open house 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at Symmes Township Station 61, 8871 Weekly Road. The open house includes a static display of Loveland-Symmes fire units and Hamilton County Sherriffs Office.

M25M walk Nov. 3

BLUE ASH — After its recent response to devastation in Colorado and West Virginia, Matthew 25: Ministries is working on helping people closer to home via the “Fighting Hunger 5K.” The event, which will benefit food pantries and shelters throughout the Greater Cincinnati area, will take place at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, and will start at Matthew 25’s offices at 11060 Kenwood Road in Blue Ash.

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An after-party – complete with a chocolate fountain – will follow the race. To register or for more information, visit for more on Matthew 25: Ministries, call 793-6256 or visit

Reider to perform in Montgomery

MONTGOMERY — Cincinnati icon and vocalist Rob Reider will perform Tuesday, Oct. 23, as part of the Live at the Uni! music series held at the Universalist Church on Montgomery Road in Montgomery. The concert featuring Reider, who owns a home and business in Montgomery, will begin at 7 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. Reservations are required as seating in the church is limited. Call Montgomery city hall at 891-2424 or visit to make a reservation.

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Intersection now a no-parking zone By Leah Fightmaster

Sycamore Township is establishing a no parking zone at the intersection of Buckland Drive and School Road, following a complaint from a resident that cars were having trouble getting through because of vehicles parking on both

sides of Buckland. The Board of Trustees discussed the no parking zone at a workshop meeting, where trustees asked both Superintendent Tracy Kellums and Fire Chief William Jetter to look at the area and determine whether the zone was necessary. At Tuesday’s meeting, both Kellums and Jetter agreed

that with parking on both sides of the street, snow plows and emergency vehicles wouldn’t be able to get through. “We’ve had runs on Cedarbreaks (Lane) where we’ve had to park the squad in the middle of the street,” Jetter said. The zone would extend from the Buckland and

School intersection about 95 feet toward Cedarbreaks on the south side, then restrict parking on the north side of Buckland from School to Cedarbreaks. To sign up for our newsletter, visit /SycamoreTownship.

A no-parking zone will be implemented at this intersection of Buckland Drive and School Road. THANKS TO GREG BICKFORD

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Morning lectures are at Montgomery Assembly of God 7950 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery at 11 a.m. and the Wednesday evening lecture is at 8 p.m. at Sycamore Junior High School auditorium 5757 Cooper Road, Montgomery. The series of four lectures (Jamie Farr, Thane Maynard, Louis Freeh and Lisa Ling) is $120; single tickets are $40 per lecture.


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Eighth-graders Laura Waltman, left, Zoe Rabkin and Logan Shelton, all of Indian Hill, link straws as part of a Navigator training session. The goal was to keep the straw from falling and touching the ground.

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Indian Hill Middle School eighth-graders prepared to serve as mentors for incoming sixth-graders. The students, who are referred to as Navigators, participate in a Navigator training session which includes a variety of team building activities. These activities range from balancing straws to creating a human pyramid and other shapes.

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Linked together eighth-graders form a camel as part of a team-building activity. Each team used creativity to create the shape of various animals.

Caleb Anderson, center, of Indian Hill, is carried by Dawson Aichholz and Owen Taylor, both of Indian Hill, and Chandler Harris, of Kenwood. The eighth-grade students were involved in an activity stressing the importance of relying on one another.

Eighth-grader Katharine Johnson, left, of Kenwood, and Gretchen Leszczuk, of Indian Hill, imagine how to form the shape of a crab during a team-building exercise in which participants had to create the shape of a particular animal. At left, eighth-graders Elizabeth Bode and Karen Folz, both of Kenwood, and Ellie Schaub, of Indian Hill, create a human pyramid. Topping the pyramid is eighth-grader Katie Dirr, of Indian Hill.

Kyle Goold, left, is the bowling ball and Elizabeth Bode the bowler during a role playing exercise. Both are eighth-graders and residents of Kenwood.

Indian Hill Middle School eighth-graders Emilie Schlissel, left, of Kenwood, and Nella Schwanekamp, of Indian Hill, join together to form a snake as part of a team-building exercise. The goal of the activity was to create the image of a particular animal.






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Aves look for goahead goals

Sycamore boys have tons of ties in 2012 By Scott Springer

SYCAMORE TWP. — In layman’s terms, the Sycamore High School men’s soccer players have puckered up and kissed their sisters more than most. Five times they have played to a draw. Oddly enough, that doesn’t even lead the Greater Miami Conference as they are tied with Lakota East at five apiece. “In the 10 years I’ve been here, this is the most we’ve had,” coach Scott Sievering said. “Early on the ties were us scoring goals, but not defending corner kicks and set pieces.” Despite not winning the evenly played games, Sycamore has still had a successful season when you factor in their strength of schedule. “We’ve only been beaten by one team in the city (at presstime) and that was Mason,” Sievering said. “We beat Loveland who was No. 2 at the time and tied Lakota West who is currently No. 1.” The Aves did not win nor lose against Elder, Milford, Fairfield, Lakota West and La Salle. In addition to the Loveland triumph, they’ve also sent Turpin and Walnut Hills back on their respective buses with a frown. “We’re in a good position to finish in the top three in our league and then be pretty dangerous come tournament time,” Sievering said. “We always try to be at our best at the end of the year. We always like to say we’ll be where we need to be, when we need to be there. I feel like this year that’ll be the case.” Leading the Aves in scoring is Luke Bobst. The senior is

among the GMC’s top 10. “This is first year ever playing forward and he’s been big for us,” Sievering said. “After Luke, it’s pretty spread out. That’s a good thing. If a team eliminates Luke, we need to show we can score from somewhere else.” Some of the goals have been racked up by the Byers brothers. Eric Byers is a senior and Charlie is a sophomore. Both are in the GMC’s top 30 in points. “Eric’s playing with more intensity than I’ve ever seen and he’s getting more goals as a result,” Sievering said. “Charlie has the potential to be the most decorated player to have ever played here. That says a lot.” Beyond midfield, Seivering has Jerrick Valentine at defender. Valentine transferred from Moeller his sophomore year and has broken the hearts of many forwards since suiting up for the green and gold. As a senior Ave, he’s added a another dimension to his position. “There’s few guys that I’ve coached that are as good as he is,” Sievering said. “He’s probably the best defender I’ve ever had that joins the attack. Jerrick’s as dangerous defending as he is going forward.” Also in back with Valentine are senior Wes McKie and sophomore Ben Thiss. In the net, the reliable veteran Jake Ciricillo had three shutouts at presstime. “Jake has been here since he was a freshman and is now a senior,” Sievering said. “He was keeper of the year last year in the GMC. His backup Jake Biegger is a junior and would start at most places. We’re set for two more years.” The road ahead for the Aves includes a trip to Middletown Oct. 4, then a home finale with Hamilton Oct. 9. From there, Sievering hopes the postseason draw equates to victories.

Ursuline Academy’s Mehvish Safdar won the first singles title at Coaches’ Classic with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Sycamore’s Alexa Abele.

Ready for title defense Ursuline’s Safdar keeps pressure at minimum heading to playoffs

By Nick Dudukovich

BLUE ASH — Ursuline Academy junior tennis standout Mehvish Safdar is trying to take things in stride. She’s the defending Division I state singles champion, and as a freshman, she teamed with her sister, Komal, to win the state doubles title. Safdar feels the need to defend her championship, but she’s careful to not let any pressure mount up. “I think it’s really key to stay in the moment and not let nerves get to me,” Safdar said. Safdar knows the state offers tough competition and that matches can go either way. She’s

Sycamore sophomore midfielder Charlie Byers sends a ball over to a teammate with Fairfield's Brian Feller nearby in their game Sept. 6 at Fairfield. The game ended in a tie. MELANIE LAUGHMAN/ COMMUNITY PRESS

place finish at the Greater Cincinnati Tennis Coaches Association Classic Sept. 22. She said the tournament gave her a confidence boost even though she didn’t play Niehaus, who ended up winning Flight B. “I was really motivated to win it this year. I feel like it will prepare me well (for the postseason),” Safdar said. “I had some good matches in there.” With the postseason tournament scheduled to start Oct. 3, Safdar isn’t getting ahead of herself as she begins her title defense. “There’s a lot of good competition. I’m just going to really try and push myself these next few weeks and trying to do my best,” she said.

PRESS PREPS HIGHLIGHTS By Scott Springer and Nick Dudukovich

Ursuline’s “B” squad 4-1 on Sept. 28.

Salach was 10th in 17:19.

Boys soccer

» Sycamore won the Kings Invitational Sept. 25. Sam Siler was the overall winner in 18:29. Rosie Menyhert was fifth in 20:04, Julia Temple seventh in 20:13 and Abby Belcher 10th in 20:25.


Sycamore senior forward Luke Bobst, right, takes the ball upfield with Fairfield senior captain defender Eric Vinson in pursuit and senior forward Eric Byers in support Sept. 6 at Fairfield. Bobst scored in this game, which ended in a tie. MELANIE LAUGHMAN/COMMUNITY PRESS

often asked how she can lose to a player one day, but beat them the next. She’s responds by saying tennis is a mental game. Safdar’s (14-2) two losses this season have come at the hands of Mount Notre Dame’s Sandy Niehaus — the girl Safdar beat for the state title last fall. Many might think Safdar would want to avoid playing a tough player such as Niehaus, but that’s not the case. Safdar looks forward to playing the opponent she described as a good friend. “I enjoy playing Sandy,” Safdar said. “You get some good competition in and some good pressure matches.” Safdar looked postseasonready coming her off her first-

» Ursuline senior Mehvish Safdar, the defending Division I state singles champion, won the first singles title at the Greater Cincinnati Tennis Coaches Association Classic at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy Sept. 23. Safdar defeated Sycamore’s Alexa Abele, 6-1, 6-2. The win for Safdar improved her overall singles record to 14-2 this season. She was runner-up in the GCTCA Classic last year to Brooke Broda of Lakota West. The Lions followed up with wins over Lakota East and Indian Hill Sept. 25 and 27. » CHCA beat Seven Hills 4-1, Sept. 24. Carlee Orner and Emily Martin won at singles. The squad followed up with a 4-1 win over Summit Sept. 27. » Sycamore won the Flight A team title at the Coaches Classic at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy Sept. 22. The Lady Aves had wins from freshman Maggie Skwara in second singles and from their No. 2 doubles team of Grace Kay and Carolina Gao. Sycamore beat Centerville 5-0 on Sept. 24. At the Division I district semifinal Sept. 24, Sycamore beat Mason 4-1 with Alexa Abele, Maggie Skwara and Nanki Hura sweeping singles. The Sycamore “B” team beat

» Sycamore beat Walnut Hills 4-1 on Sept. 22. Goals were scored by Luke Bobst, Eric Byers, Brennon Shanks and Michael Saxon. The Aves blanked Colerain 1-0 on Sept. 27 with sophomore Shanks finding the net.

Girls soccer

» Sycamore beat McAuley 2-1 on Sept. 24 as Nicole Brown and Anna Bailes scored. » Ursuline improved to 6-1-2 with a 4-0 win over Lakota East Sept. 24. Sophomore Andi Kennard scored two goals.

Boys golf

» At the Greater Miami Conference golf tournament at Weatherwax Sept. 24, Sycamore was fifth. Macalister Auciello was 10th overall with a two-day total of 160.

Girls golf

» At the GMC tournament Sept. 24, Sycamore was second. Marybeth Reinhold was second overall with a two-day total of 153. Lindsey Neville was tenth with a 172. Sycamore beat Kings by 18 strokes on Sept. 25 at Bel-Wood. Reinhold medaled with a 42.

Boys cross country

» Sycamore was second at the Kings Invitational Sept. 25 at Landen Park. Tallin Forshey was the overall winner in 16:25. Paul

Girls cross country


» CHCA beat Lockland, 3-0, Sept. 24. » Sycamore beat Colerain 2517, 25-22, 25-12 on Sept. 27.

Field hockey

» Ursuline defeated St. Ursula, 1-0, Sept. 27. Junior Audrey Coler scored the contest’s lone goal.


» One in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. At Archbishop Moeller High School, many mothers of football players have recently been diagnosed with this disease. This a personal cause for the Moeller family. Moeller is partnering with Elder High School and Pink Ribbon Girls to raise awareness and celebrate breast cancer awareness month. The Moeller-Elder football game 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at Lockland High School Stadium will be the first in a series of games used to promote breast cancer awareness. Tickets can be purchased during school hours at Moeller High School or by calling the Moeller Athletic Office at 791-1680, ext. 1100.



Westerkamp takes home Cerda award

CHCA’s Adam Chappelle, left, follows the block of Cameron Murray during the Eagles’ 10-6 loss to Summit Sept. 27. GEOFF BLANKENSHIP/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Shootout goes to Aviators

Moeller rebounds from last week’s loss to Bombers By Scott Springer, Nick Next game: Sycamore Dudukovich and Gannett (5-1) is at Lakota East Oct. News Service 5.

Sycamore survived a late 21-point surge in the fourth quarter and 454 passing yards from Fairfield’s Miles Harris to beat the Indians 48-41 on Sept. 28. Sycamore led the game 34-13 at halftime. Harris was forced to pass often as the Aves defense shut down the Fairfield rushing game, holding them to -32 yards. For Sycamore, Greg Simpson ran 30 times for 262 yards and two touchdowns and threw a pair of scores to Caleb Colletts. Markus James also ran for 78 yards and two scores.

Moeller 37, La Salle 22

Moeller overcame last week’s disappointing 4921 loss to St. Xavier by defeating La Salle on the Lancers’ home field Sept. 28. The Crusaders had 16 first-quarter points and broke the game open in the third quarter on 48and 46-yard touchdown runs by Keith Watkins. Watkins finished the night with 224 yards on the ground. Moeller also had rushing touchdowns from Krieg Greco (5 yards) and Joe Erasmo (66 yards). Senior quarterback Spencer Iacovone was 9-

18 passing with a touchdown pass to Casey Pieper. Next game: The Crusaders (5-1) host Elder at Lockland Stadium Oct. 5.

Summit 10, CHCA 6

Turnovers helped do the Eagles in as CHCA dropped its first contest of the season Sept. 27. CHCA had 156 yards in the first half but twice turned over the ball in scoring position. The Eagles only points came with 5:50 left in the quarter, when junior Nick Marsh cashed in a 3-yard touchdown. A two-point conversion pass attempt went incomplete, however, and Summit maintained a 7-6 lead. Next game: The Eagles play at Lockland Oct. 4.

Jake Westerkamp, a St. Xavier High school water polo player from Milford, earned the José Cerdá Award at Ohio Water Polo Camp for his contagious enthusiasm, passion and dedication of the sport. The award honors the former Sycamore High School water polo player who died during a Cincinnati Marlins swimming practice on Oct. 26, 2010 his 18th birthday. Thomas Worthington High School Water Polo player Abby Jank won the award for the girls. Westerkamp was honored to receive the award and plans to continue working hard and showing good sportsmanship and leadership to honor José. The award was presented in an emotional ceremony by Drew Hugenberg, former teammate of José, who will play water polo for Washington and Jefferson College as an incoming freshman this year. The Ohio Water Polo Camp brought elite water polo training to Cincinnati for the second time. More than 27 volunteers, led by Mike Jones, former Sycamore High School Water Polo player and USA/ Collegiate Water Polo Association referee, helped 80 participants improve their skills and gain insight on team strategies and fundamentals of play. Felix Mercado, water polo head coach at Brown University, was one of the four renowned coaches

Jake Westerkamp, a St. Xavier High School water polo player from Milford, is the Jose Cerda Award recipient at Ohio Water Polo Camp. THANKS TO LUISA N. CERDA

who returned to instruct this year’s Ohio Water Polo Camp, on July 27-29, at the University of Cincinnati, with the help of 10 other coaches from the area. Players from Ohio shared two days of intensive training with peers from Illinois, Michigan, Maryland, Pennsylvania and one exchange student from Australia.

The José Cerdá Navarro Aquatic Foundation will offer the José Cerdá Memorial Swim Clinic at the University of Cincinnati Oct. 27 to all swimmers who would like to reach the next level of competition. Student athletes interested in participating in the Swim Clinic can obtain more information and/or register by writing to jcnfoundation@ If interested in supporting the mission of the JCAF, online monetary donations can be made by clicking the Foundation link of the website . Checks payable to the JCAF can be mailed to JCAF P.O. Box 12918, Cincinnati, OH 45212. The JCAF is a non-profit tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)3 of the IRC since Dec. 28.

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Ask questions, check facts, then vote Every election is critically important. As a United States citizen it is our obligation to become informed about the issues and candidates before we cast our vote. It is not only a privilege and right to vote, but it is also our duty. Issues and candidates impact our lives. There are endless debates about citizen’s rights and societal obligations, but there is a deafening silence when it comes to individual responsibilities and personal accountability. What is your stance on this topic? You need to decide, because this is at the core of the political debate raging in the United States of America today! The current political process

rewards talented speakers and charismatic personalities. Superior oratory skills often determine who is elected. It is our job Eppa Rixey COMMUNITY PRESS to listen to “what” is said GUEST COLUMNIST rather than just focusing on “how” it is delivered. Ask questions and check the veracity of candidates’ facts before you vote. The outcome of this year’s national election will determine the direction our country takes. Any change involving the federal government impacts all of our daily lives.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR The big ‘tax’ lie

This nonsense of class warfare in political attacks has to stop. The big lie: “Tax the rich. Make them pay their fair share.” The “rich” are not only paying their fair share, they are paying the fair share of half of the rest of country. It is not wise to tax investments gains at the same rate as earned income. Do you understand the argument? You need to have incentives for investments and job growth. The Democrats are attacking the tax rate on investment income. In America, you have the opportunity to buy an investment. The money to buy the investment was already taxed at “ income” tax rates. Why are so many people unaware of tax classifications and do not understand the purposeful obfuscation of the facts by this class warfare tactic? The truth is that the Democrats are waging class warfare against 1 percent of Americans, that if you confiscated all the wealth of the top income earners

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it would only pay the government’s bills for about three months.

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CH@TROOM Sept. 19 question Should Ohio abolish mayor’s courts? Why or why not?

“Yes and no. Mayor’s Court is a sure way for the town or village to collect a larger percentage of fines from traffic and misdemeanor infractions. When you go through a Municipal Court system the fines collected are less for the charging municipality. Is it a waste of time to attend a Mayor’s Court to settle your offense, yes it is.” O.H.R. “No, mayor’s courts should not be abolished. If they are it would be another example of the country, state and federal government expanding and growing government entitles when certain powers should rest with local municipalities. “Also, with state and federal funding being cut this is a way for municipalities to collect revenue to help pay for city services that serve that community, but also all of those who pass through that community (ex. roads repairs). “I know there was recently an outcry, specifically against the speed-trap zone on Interstate 75 in which those caught

NEXT QUESTIONS Do you think the Federal Reserve’s decision to buy $40 billion a month in mortgagebacked securities to cut borrowing costs for home buyers and other borrowers, and pledge to keep short-term rates near zero until at least mid-2015 will help the economy? Why or why not? What do you think about the agreement reached between the University of Cincinnati and former President Greg Williams which pays Williams more than $1.3 million, including a $255,000 law school professor salary, even though he will not teach, and more than $500,000 in consulting fees, whether her does the work or not? Every week The Northeast Suburban Life asks readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to neusburban@community with Chatroom in the subject line.

were subject to mayor’s court. If you obey the law, in this case the speed limit, you will never have to fear or care about mayor’s courts.” I.P.



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What role should the federal government have in the redistribution of your personal assets? How much say should the government have in your personal health care? Can the federal government tell you how to pursue your religious beliefs? Should the government be a “partner” in your business or your employer’s business? What about the government being a partner in the businesses you are competing against? Or, should the government be a central force to maintain a level playing field and stable infrastructure, allowing individual businesses to either flourish or fail, based upon their own individual merit? Currently a tremendous

amount of private investment capital is sitting on the sidelines. Successful individuals own much of this capital. With the threat of higher income and capital gains taxes targeted specifically at these individuals, their money will remain on the sidelines. The investment of private capital would stimulate the economy, but there is risk involved and it is even more daunting with the threat of higher taxes. This powerful economic engine will only roar to life if there is some assurance of a stable tax environment with incentives to take the risk. The Liberty Alliance Cincinnati has more than 500 members. We maintain strong relation-

ships with other similar groups in Ohio and around the country. We openly promote our core values of constitutionally limited government, fiscal responsibility and free markets. We hold numerous public forums and meetings to see and hear local candidates, present issues on the ballot, and provide information on candidates’ platforms. Our mission is to educate the electorate, promote involvement in the political process and protect and support fair and accurate elections. Please join us in our efforts to preserve our great country. Eppa Rixey IV is president of the Liberty Alliance Cincinnati.

Mental Health Court is in win-win situation I am one of two judges who preside over Hamilton County Municipal Court’s Mental Health Court (MHC). Any judge, attorney or probation officer may refer a defendant charged with a misdemeanor to MHC at any time during the case: at pretrial, trial, sentencing, or even after the original judge has placed them on probation. Once someone is referred to MHC they are screened by the court psychiatric clinic to confirm that they have an eligible diagnosis. Next a public defender meets with the defendant to explain the program, and prosecutors also must agree to a case being placed into MHC. The program is optional, but if the defendant meets the criteria and wants to participate, he or she is assigned to one of the two MHC judges, pleads guilty to the charge, and the judge sentences the defendant to one year of intensive probation. The defendant meets the MHC team comprised of a specialized probation officer, the attorneys, the judge, and employees of Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health, an agency of care managers, counselors, doctors and nurses who provide “wrap

around services” for these defendants, including referrals for drug and alcohol addicHeather tion, housing Russell issues, or COMMUNITY PRESS even help in GUEST COLUMNIST organizing their days. The individualized programs offer classes ranging from behavior modification to art therapy. Each judge schedules her individuals about twice a month for status reports. Before court, the team meets in the judge’s chambers to update the judge on the progress or setbacks of each individual up for report that day. As the one in the black robe who has the power to put people in jail, I sometimes have the role of “the enforcer.” It is rare that anyone will go to jail while in the program, but they do have to be accountable to me. Often I get to be the one who offers praise and support for their efforts. This is a wonderful collaboration between the criminal justice system and the mental health system. For the year that these

defendants are in our program we can get them stabilized in their mental and physical health and in their housing, and we can connect them to people and services that can help them maintain their stability. We are successful if we can keep our participants crime free for the year that they are in the program, and for one additional year beyond the program. Eighty-six percent of our program participants remain crime-free for the year in the program and for the year following successful termination from the program. This is a far higher success rate than the national statistics, and more importantly, after defendants finish the year’s program, they stay engaged with their service providers. This is a win-win situation: citizens are happy that crime is down, the defendants feel better physically and emotionally, and these people who really don’t belong in jail do not take up valuable jail space. MHC is funded in part through the Hamilton County Mental Health Board. Heather Russell is a candidate for Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas judge on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Recycling helps reduce waste Did you know that paper makes up 41percent of Ohio’s waste stream? With the start of school just around the corner, administrators, teachers, parents and students have a great opportunity to reduce paper waste. The Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District can help or guide your school in setting up a new waste reduction/recycling program or expand your existing program. The district can meet with principals, teachers, students, facility managers, custodians and the PTA to assess your school’s waste and find the right program. Programs can be designed for minimal impact on custodi-

ans, teachers, and students. Through the Recycling Assistance Program, the district can offer: » Faculty Holly training Christmann » Indoor COMMUNITY PRESS recycling GUEST COLUMNIST containers » Classroom presentations » School assemblies » Solid waste related field trips » Recycling consultations If your school would like to start a recycling program or host a classroom recycling program, more information is available at www.Hamilton-

394 Wards Corner Road Loveland, Ohio 45140 phone: 248-8600 email: web site: or by calling the district at 9467737. The Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District is a division of the Hamilton County Department of Environmental Services which also encompasses the Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency. For more information, visit the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District online at, call 946-7766, or interact with us on Facebook and Twitter. Holly Christmann is the Solid Waste Program manager with the Hamilton County Department of Environmental Services.

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





Blue Ash Presbyterian NEEDS volunteers, from left: Barb Robb, Loretta Moore, Marysue Dickmann, Jackie Diaz, Nancy Lackman, Brian Norton and Rhonda Young. PROVIDED

Loveland resident Joey Kapszukiewicz attempts to win a goldfish at the Sycamore Presbyterian Church's annual lawn fete festival Sept. 8. THANKS TO CARL ALEXOFF

Church continues century-plus festival tradition By Leah Fightmaster

Sycamore Presbyterian Church carried on its tradition that has spanned more than a century. The church, at 11800 Mason Road in Symmes Township, threw its 105th annual lawn fete festival Sept. 8, providing an array of activities and entertainment for all ages. Running from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., kids could enjoy pony rides and games, while parents and adults browsed through the furniture barn, took a look at handcrafted items made by members of the church’s congregation or bid on baskets in the silent auction. Festival attendees could also get a bite to eat at what the church boasted as “The best grilled chicken dinner you ever tasted.” Proceeds from the festival are donated each year, with this year’s recipients including The Center for Respite Care, Tender Mercies and the church’s renovation and expansion of its facilities. For more about your community, visit

Montgomery resident Eva Nocito rides pony Napoleon during the lawn fete festival Sept. 8. THANKS TO CARL ALEXOFF

Mason resident Eric Stickles manages the balloon board at the lawn fete festival. THANKS TO CARL ALEXOFF

NEEDS serving the community for 30 years NEEDS, the Northeast East Emergency Distribution Service, a cooperative group of community churches and civic organizations, began in in 1982 in the basement of Mary Sue Dickmann, a member of Blue Ash Presbyterian Church. Working with a nursery school program, First Step, she saw a need for food within the northeast area of Hamilton County. Today NEEDS in its 30th year, has grown to include 25 churches and civic organizations that in 2011 provided food, housing, financial help for housing, utilities, fuel oil and water for almost 800 families spending $46,859.07. The food pantry that began in Dickmann’s basement is now housed at Kenwood Baptist Church open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. where NEEDS volunteers assist with food baskets, housing and utility payments. In addition a school supply drive provides and distributes school supplies and backpacks to schools in the Sycamore, Deer Park, Princeton and Madeira school districts. A sock, mitten and scarf drive is held in January when the group collects and distributes gloves, scarves, mittens and socks to Princeton and Deer Park Schools, and in November cleans and restocks the pantry with non-perishables from area food drives. The mission statement is to “Do God’s work of caring for our neighbors by providing basic emergency assistance.” According to the 2011 annual report provided by Loretta Moore who serves on the board and has been a volunteer with NEEDS for the past 20 years, needs by residents have increased and there are “pockets of significant needs.” Requirements for assistance include living in the NEEDS area, food can be obtained from the pantry one time in three months, financial assistance with rent, utility, medical bills and prescriptions is one time in a 12-month time-period. A very special program is the adopt-a-family in which members of churches “adopt” a family at Christmas time providing them with clothing, gifts and food. In 2011seven churches had members who adopted a family, seven busineses adopted10 families and during the year 2011 seventy families (296 people) were “adopted.” Dickmann recalls that early on when the pantry had moved to a cupboard in the Blue Ash Fire Department, then to one at Hazelwood, they had two freezers filled with juices, meats and

Members of Blue Ash Presbyterian Church collect food items in this bin for distribution at NEEDS food pantry. PROVIDED breads, and one had to show a driver’s license in order to get the food. She also recalls when she accompanied a social worker to the home of an elderly woman who lived near downtown Blue Ash and had just returned from the hospital. She had no family, her electricity was turned off, bills were unpaid, she had no food and no refrigerator. That quickly changed. An emergency existence program was started and NEEDS was on its way. Dickmann noted that “we worked hard to be responsible with the money and support given” and she found that “people do have a heart.” She noted there were two other women in addition to herself, Connie Johnson and Susan Young, who were so helpful from the beginning, and Rhonda Young over the years. She also wrote to area churches and organizations to assist with funding and volunteers. Young provided the list of original supporters including in addition to Blue Ash Presbyterian, All Saints Catholic, Ascension Lutheran, Church of the Saviour, United Methodist, Kenwood Baptist, Montgomery Presbyterian, Sycamore Presbyterian, Hartzel United Methodist and all are still involved. Blue Ash and the Montgomery Women’s clubs have been strong supporters since the beginning as well. Today the additional churches include St. Vincent dePaul, Montgomery Community Church. Good Shepherd Catholic Church. St. John the Evangelist, St. Michael, Sharonville United Methodist, Madeira/Silverwood Presbyterian, Good Shepherd Lutheran, Trinity Community, St. Saviour, Kenwood Fellowship,and St. Paul United Methodist. Cindy Cordell is today’s board president and comments that the organization “really runs itself,” describing the volunteers who have been with NEEDS not only know their jobs but are enthusiastic about the assistance that is being given to those in need. – Submitted by Mary Lou Rose



Cooking Class: French Favorites, 6:30-9 p.m., Cooks’ Wares Symmes Township, 11344 Montgomery Road, French-trained culinary authority Virginia Willis explains and demonstrates some of her favorite French culinary delights. $60. Reservations required. 489-6400; Symmes Township.

Art Exhibits All Member Exhibit, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., The Barn. In celebration of 120-year anniversary. Free. 791-7044; Mariemont. Nature Through the Seasons, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., River Hills Christian Church, 6300 Price Road, The Gallery. A collection of nature paintings and prints by Ann Geise, artist from Batavia. Through Nov. 4. 677-7600. Loveland.


Cooking Classes Cooking with the Queen of Cheese: Parmigiano/Reggiano, 6:30-9 p.m., Cooks’ Wares Symmes Township, 11344 Montgomery Road, Food news and stories from Marilyn, who recently traveled to the Parmigiano-Reggiano region of Italy. $60. Reservations required. 489-6400; Symmes Township.

Exercise Classes Cardio Dance Party, 6-7 p.m., Eric Thomas’ Professional Fitness Academy, 4865 Duck Creek Road, Classes incorporate variety of dance styles, including jazz, hip-hop, Latin, jive and more danced to popular music. $10. Presented by Cardio Dance Party. 617-9498; Madisonville.

Health / Wellness Shoulder Pain Solutions for Active Older Adults, 6-7 p.m., Jewish Hospital, 4777 E. Galbraith Road, Conference Room A/B. With Dr. Michelle Andrews, orthopedic surgeon. 686-3000; Kenwood. Inflammatory Arthritis: What is it? What helps?, 5:30-7 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Check-in 5:15 p.m. Complimentary program and refreshments. Discussion with Dr. Gregory J. DeLorenzo, Group Health Associates. Part of Arthritis Foundation’s speaker series. Free. Registration required. 271-4545; Montgomery. Frankly Speaking About Breast Reconstruction, 6:30-9 p.m., Cancer Support Community, 4918 Cooper Road, Program includes light dinner, as well as a booklet and handouts that participants may keep for future reference. Free. Registration required. 791-4060; Blue Ash.

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

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Free, donations accepted. 800-0164. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, 4309 Cooper Road, Book discussion group. Open to everyone who desires healthy loving relationships. Donations accepted. 673-0174. Blue Ash. Family Education and Support Group for Addiction and Codependency, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 10345 Montgomery Road, For people who suffer from addiction, their families and friends, to come together in a supportive, confidential support environment. Free. 432-4182; Montgomery.

FRIDAY, OCT. 5 Art Exhibits All Member Exhibit, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 791-7044; Mariemont. Nature Through the Seasons, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., River Hills Christian Church, 677-7600. Loveland.

Dining Events Dinner with Salsa Friends, 8-10 p.m., Cactus Pear Southwest Bistro, 9500 Kenwood Road, Private Room. Group dinner held on the first Friday of the month. $10. Through Nov. 2. 791-4424; Blue Ash.

Celebrate Cincinnati Fashion Week at Fall Fabulous from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at Macy's Kenwood, 7800, Montgomery Road. The celebration features a fall presentation, beauty and cosmetic bars, fashion show, red carpet experience and more. Guests receive 25 percent off select merchandise in women's wear and women's Impulse departments. The event is hosted by Amy scalia, Cincy Chic's style blogger. The event is free. Call 745-8980, or visit Pictured is Amy Scalia of Cincy Chic, right, with Amy Kirchen of Amy Kirchen Boutique, attending a past fashion event in Cincinnati. FILE PHOTO


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Fashion Shows Cincinnati Fashion Week - Fall Fabulous, 7-9 p.m., Macy’sKenwood, 7800 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati Fashion Week Launch. Celebration featuring a fall presentation. Beauty and cosmetic bars, fashion show, red-carpet experience and more. Guests receive 25 percent off select merchandise in women’s wear and women’s Impulse departments. Hosted by Amy Scalia, Cincy Chic’s style blogger. Free. 745-8980; Kenwood.

Health / Wellness 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.

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

On Stage - Comedy Bill Burr, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $25. 984-9288; Montgomery.

SATURDAY, OCT. 6 Cooking Classes Healthy Cooking Classes, Noon-1:30 p.m., Peachy’s Health Smart, 7400 Montgomery Road, Peachy Seiden discusses nutrition and health while preparing two delicious, simple and easy meals. Ages 18 and up. $30. Registration required. Through Dec. 8. 315-3943; Silverton.

9933; Montgomery.

On Stage - Comedy Bill Burr, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $25. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Pets Cat Adoptions, 1-3 p.m., Ohio Alleycat Resource, 5619 Orlando Place, Volunteers answer questions about the cats. Presented by Ohio Alleycat Resource & Spay/Neuter Clinic. Through Dec. 30. 871-7297; Madisonville.

Religious - Community Drive-Thru Blessing of the Animals, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Holy Trinity - Kenwood, 7190 Euclid Road, Pet and service animal owners bring their beloved companions for blessing. Donations of food and personal care items also accepted. Benefits InterParish Ministry Food Pantry. Free. 703-6236; Madeira.

Shopping Tackle Trade Days, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road, Sell or trade new and used fishing equipment. Free, vehicle permit required. 791-1663. Symmes Township.

SUNDAY, OCT. 7 Art Exhibits Nature Through the Seasons, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., River Hills Christian Church, 677-7600. Loveland.

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

Exercise Classes


Cardio Dance Party, 10-11 a.m., Eric Thomas’ Professional Fitness Academy, $10. 617-9498; Madisonville.

Clubs & Organizations

Festivals Aviator Flight Fest and 5K, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Sycamore Junior High School, 5757 Cooper Road, 5K run/walk begins at 8:30 a.m. Kids fun run at 11:30 a.m. Includes long-sleeve Asics technical shirt, goodie bag with game tickets and pancake breakfast following 5K. $30. Dunk tank, dessert walk, pie toss, football toss, hair feather booth, inflatables, karaoke, face painting, silent auction and festival games. Benefits Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Free. 5K registration available online. 686-1706; Montgomery.

Music - Acoustic Generation Gap, 7:30 p.m., deSha’s American Tavern, 11320 Montgomery Road, Free. 247-

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

Cooking Classes Basic Culinary Skills, 6-9 p.m., Cooks’ Wares - Symmes Township, 11344 Montgomery Road, Weekly through Oct. 22. Designed for the food enthusiast who wants to develop basic culinary skills and gain confidence in the kitchen. $185. Reservations required. 489-6400; Symmes Township.

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

Art Exhibits Nature Through the Seasons, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., River Hills Christian Church, 677-7600. Loveland.

Clubs & Organizations Tri State County Animal Response Team Volunteer Training, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Best Friends Pet Care, 11216 Gideon Lane, Introducing Exotics Team. Orientation and update of team. Free. 702-8373; Sycamore Township.

Cooking Classes Daveed’s Next with Wine Pairing, 6:30-9 p.m., Cooks’ Wares - Symmes Township, 11344 Montgomery Road, Fall dinner menu sure to please the most discerning palate. Ages 21 and up. $60. Reservations required. 489-6400; Symmes Township.

Exercise Classes Yoga Class, 2-3:30 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Move, meditate and deepen your inner holiday sparkle. With Becky Morrissey. Bring yoga mat. Free. Reservations required. 985-0900. Montgomery.

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

Music - Concerts Live at the Uni, 7-8 p.m., Universalist Church-Montgomery, Montgomery and Remington roads, Reception with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drink specials at Stone Creek Dining Company follows. Family friendly. Free. Reservations required. 891-2424; Montgomery.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 10 Art & Craft Classes Portrait Painting and Drawing Class, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Deborah discusses, with weekly demonstrations and one-on-one instruction, how to achieve spontaneity, character and life in your figure painting. $80 per month. Reservations required. 259-9302; Mariemont.

Art Exhibits Nature Through the Seasons, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., River Hills Christian Church, 677-7600. Loveland.

Cooking Classes Kid’s Healthy Cooking Classes, 4-6 p.m., Peachy’s Health Smart, 7400 Montgomery Road, Peachy Seiden, registered dietitian and nutrition science instructor, teaches children to be more health conscious by encouraging them to make healthy food choices and teaching them how to prepare and cook nutrientdense meals. Ages 11-14. $40. Registration required. Through Dec. 5. 315-3943; Silverton.

Town Hall Lecture: Jamie Farr, 11 a.m.-noon, Montgomery Assembly of God, 7950 Pfeiffer Road. Ages 18 and up. $120 series of four lectures; $40 single lecture. 684-1632; Montgomery. Town Hall Lecture: Jamie Farr, 8-9:15 p.m., Sycamore Junior High School, 5757 Cooper Road. Ages 18 and up. $120 series of four lectures; $40 single lecture. 684-1632; Montgomery.

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

THURSDAY, OCT. 11 Art Exhibits Nature Through the Seasons, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., River Hills Christian Church, 677-7600. Loveland.

Drink Tastings Southern Tier Beer Dinner, 6:30 p.m., deSha’s American Tavern, 11320 Montgomery Road, Five-course dinner and beer pairing for Southern Tier Brewery. Ages 21 and up. $45, tax and tip included. Reservations required. 247-9933; events. Montgomery.

Exercise Classes Sweat to Ski, 5-6 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Tuesdays and Thursdays through Nov. 20. Designed to build stamina, balance and coordination. Customized workouts according to fitness level for each small group. $270. 985-0900. Montgomery. Cardio Dance Party, 6-7 p.m., Eric Thomas’ Professional Fitness Academy, $10. 617-9498; Madisonville.

FRIDAY, OCT. 12 Art Exhibits Nature Through the Seasons, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., River Hills Christian Church, 677-7600. Loveland.

Health / Wellness Health Screenings, 10 a.m.noon, Owens Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center, Free. 784-0084. Silverton.

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

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

SATURDAY, OCT. 13 Cooking Classes Healthy Cooking Classes, Noon-1:30 p.m., Peachy’s Health Smart, $30. Registration required. 315-3943; Silverton. All About Coffee, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Cooks’ Wares - Symmes Township, 11344 Montgomery Road. $40. Reservations required. 489-6400; Symmes Township.

Exercise Classes Cardio Dance Party, 10-11 a.m., Eric Thomas’ Professional Fitness Academy, $10. 617-9498; Madisonville.

Health / Wellness Cancer Killers’ Total Food Makeover, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Stone Creek Dining Company, 9386 Montgomery Road, Private Dining Room. Learn what cancer really is and how your body is naturally programmed to kill it, the dangers of conventional treatment methods and how lifestyle choices dramatically boost or reduce cancer development. $10. Registration required. 272-9200; Montgomery.

Holiday - Halloween

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

Night of Fright and Fun, 6-10 p.m., Loveland Art Studios on Main, 529 Main Ave., Activities for children, costume contest, music and dancing, Halloween characters interacting with public, Trick or Treat, food and beverages. Benefits Loveland Food Pantry. Free. 683-7283; Loveland.


Music - Acoustic

Town Hall Lecture: Tim Conway, 11 a.m.-noon, Montgomery Assembly of God, $120 series of four lectures; $40 single lecture. 684-1632; Montgomery.

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

Karaoke and Open Mic

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

Parenting Classes Foster Parent Training, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Diversion Foster Care, 10921 Reed Hartman Highway, Suite 315. Begin process of becoming licensed foster parent. Family friendly. Free. Through Feb. 11. 984-2031; Blue Ash.

Recreation Co-ed 6-on-6 Volleyball League, 6:30-10 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Weekly through Dec. 13. League caters to all skill levels. Teams play three rally games up to 25 per week league champion crowned final week during tournament. $260 per team. Registration required. 985-0900. Montgomery.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, Free, donations accepted. 800-0164. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, Donations accepted. 673-0174. Blue Ash. Family Education and Support Group for Addiction and Codependency, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Free. 432-4182; Montgomery.

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

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

Runs / Walks Warrior Run, 5:30 p.m., Bell Tower @ Dogwood Park, Pleasant Street, Online registration closes at 11:59 p.m. Oct. 9. Early packet pickup and registration 4-7 p.m. at Running Spot, 1993 Madison Road, O’Bryonville, on Oct. 12. On-site registration begins 4 p.m. Both courses start and finish at Bell Tower. All registrants, including children, entitled to food and other afterparty events. Includes food booths, carnival-style children’s games and concludes with big-screen movie at dusk at Bell Tower. $10 party only; $5 T-shirt only. $25 5K long run, $20 one-mile short walk, $12 ages 13-18 no T-shirt, free ages 12 and under. 271-5559; Mariemont.

Seminars Second Saturday Divorce Workshop for Women, 8:30-11 a.m., Merrill Lynch, 5151 Pfeiffer Road, Suite 100, Workshop provides information and resources for women at all stages of divorce: before, during and after. Free. 833-1518. Blue Ash.



Please pick a peck of peppers to pickle One of these days I’m going to write a cookbook including “Hall of Fame” recipes from my column. When I think of all the recipes shared across our community of readers and the interest generated by them, I know that food shared with family and friends is not only nurturing but makes memories and traditions. That’s why Rita every year Heikenfeld I get reRITA’S KITCHEN quests for Nell Wilson’s pickled peppers. Nell, a Mason reader, is the mother of our garden guru, Ron Wilson, and her pickled peppers are the best. I’ve adapted the recipe over the years, but the original premise comes from Nell. Peppers are in season so by making your own, you are saving lots of money plus you know exactly what’s in them.

Nell Wilson’s famous hot pickled peppers I make this with a mixture of mostly hot peppers. I usually don’t add 2 cups sugar; if I use any at all, I’ll start out with half a cup, taste the brine and go from there. You’ll get enough brine for 5-6 pints or about 3 quarts peppers. Peppers: 2 pounds or so, prepared as

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Bring brine to a boil. Let simmer 5 minutes or so. Prepare peppers: Use rubber gloves. Leave peppers whole with a slit down the center if you like, or slice. Place peppers in hot jars, packing tightly. Pour simmering brine over, covering peppers. Add optional ingredients. Wipe rims with clean wet cloth. Put lids and seals on. Professionally, I’ll tell you to process pints 10 minutes or quarts 15 minutes in a boiling water bath after sealing. That is the recommended safe method for canning. (Check out my blog for directions.) I don’t process mine, but I sterilize the jars and lids, and keep them in boiling water until they’re filled. I have never had a problem, but again, the recommended way to preserve these is in a boiling water bath. Jars will seal on their own – you’ll hear little “pings” as

Rita shares her recipe for Nell Wilson’s famous hot pickled peppers. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD the seal completes. Any that don’t seal, just put in refrigerator. Chill in refrigerator before serving. Tip from Rita’s kitchen • The membrane that the seeds are attached to is the hottest part of the pepper. • The lids are a twoparter: a flat seal and a ring. The rings are reusable, but the seals are not. • See Rita make these: video for pickling peppers on • Peppers are good for your eyes and heart, among other things.

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Blessing of animals benefits pantries Pet and service animal owners are asked to bring their beloved companions to the first “Drive-Thru Blessing of the Animals" event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. The event, sponsored by Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, is in support of InterParish Ministries. Dur-

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terrified town. Pet blessings are usually held around the feast day of St. Francis Oct. 4 to emphasize that creation includes more than humankind. “The Blessing of the Animals is meant to remind us the beauty of all creation and that God calls us to care for and be thankful for the loving companionship received from our pets, service and farm animals,” said The Rev. Theresa J. Thornton, priestin-charge of Holy Trinity, “and while we will be cele-

and boxed foods, along with personal care items and toiletries are welcome. The Blessing of the Animals is a tradition that dates back to St. Francis of Assisi in the early 13th century. St. Francis, the patron saint of animals and the environment, is one of the most popular saints in the world, the one who preached to birds, blessed fish and, according to tradition, brokered a deal between a ferocious wolf and the citizens of a

brating the gift of all creation we will be helping those in need in our community.” Thornton will be giving the blessings and added that, in addition to the more common pets like dogs and cats, animal lovers are encouraged to bring their snakes, iguanas and whatever other exotic companions they may own to experience the prayer and holy water. Pets and human companions of ALL denominations are invited and do not need to exit their vehicle

to receive the blessing. Pet photos may be blessed, if it is difficult to transport the pet. Service Animals will receive special blessings. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church is a parish in the Diocese of Southern Ohio. For more information about Holy Trinity Church and the Blessing of the Animals, please visit Holy Trinity’s web site, www.holytrinity For information about IPM, visit




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This ministry is open to all people in the community. For more information please call Ascension. The women of the church are collecting Health Kits and wrapped soap bars for Lutheran World Relief. The goal is 100 kits. Ascension offers Healing Touch Ministry for all people in the community. For more information please call Ascension. Worship services are at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. with Christian Education, Confirmation and adult groups at 9:45 a.m. The community is invited. Ascension is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 7933288;www.ascensionlutheran

Blue Ash Presbyterian Church

Sunday School classes (Bible 101 and the Thoughtful Christian) meet at 9 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Jacob’s Ladder is the theme for Sunday school (pre-K through 12th grade); these classes are conducted after the children’s sermon in the worship service. Trivia Night will be Saturday, Oct. 13. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. with food choices representing three countries of active outreach programs: Tanzania, Haiti and the US. Trivia begins at 8 p.m. The event is free. Reservations are encouraged. Call the church office. Sunday worship services are at 10:30 a.m. Nursery care is available. The church is at 4309 Cooper Road; 791-1153;

Religion news is published at no charge on a spaceavailable basis. Items must be to our office no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, for possible consideration in the following edition. » E-mail announcements to nesuburban@community, with “Religion” in the subject line. » Fax to 248-1938. Call 248-8600. » Mail to: Northeast Suburban Life, Attention: Andrea Reeves, Religion news, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, Ohio 45140. The movie will be “The Lorax.” Trick or Trunk will be 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28. Halloween fun is from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join the fun. The event is free. Weekday Children’s Activities – Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays (9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.). Afternoon session is available on Tuesday. Register on-line at Annual craft show is now recruiting vendors to purchase space at the show, which is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. Register at craftshow.htm.

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Permanent change in service hours: 8 a.m. – spoken Holy Eucharist; 10 a.m. – Eucharist with music. Blessing of the Animals will be conducted during the 10 a.m. service on Sunday, Oct. 7. Bring your pet to church. St. Barnabas Choir rehearsals are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, There is no requirement other than a willing heart and a desire to serve. The St. Barnabas Youth Choir rehearses after the 10 a.m. service on Sunday. Children in second-grade and older are invited to come and sing. Calling all acolytes. If you are fourth-grade or older, please call or email the church office to help serve during the services. An Intercessory Healing Prayer Service is held the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. A Men’s Breakfast group meets on Wednesday mornings at 8:30 a.m. at Steak N Shake in Montgomery. Ladies Bible Study meets on Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. at the church. Friends in Fellowship meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:15 p.m. for a potluck dinner at the church. Ladies Bridge meets the first and third Thursdays of the month. Contact the church office for further information. A Bereavement Support Group for widows and widowers meets the second and fourth Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The church is at 10345 Montgomery Road, Montgomery; 984-8401;

Join in worship at 8:45 a.m., 9:45 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday School for age 3 to grade 12 meets at 10:45 a.m. Childcare is available in the nursery during the 9:45 a.m. and 10:45 services for infants through age 2. Weekly adult study opportunities are also offered. Details on these and other programs can be found on the website calendar or by calling the church office. A new member class will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. Lunch is provided. Call the church office to register. The church is at 11800 MasonMontgomery Road, Symmes Township; 683-0254;

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

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Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati History Museum and the Museum of Natural History & Science will be open FREE from 4 until 8 p.m. on Friday, October 26 in honor of the Difference Maker nominees. Ride Metro Rt. 1 free to and from Museum Center October 25 and 26 during extended hours from 4 to 9 p.m.!


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The Sauerkraut Dinner is planned for 5-7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13. Dinner includes pork loin/mett, sauerkraut, green beans, mashed potatoes, applesauce, beverage and dessert. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children. Call the church office for reservations. The church is at 3850 E. Galbrath Road, Dillonvale; 791-7631;



Jewish Federation raises $6.3 million to improve lives

Montgomery international reception Oct. 14 Community members are invited to attend Montgomery's International Reception sponsored by the Sister Cities Commission. The Sister Cities Commission motto is “Bringing the World Together One Friendship at a Time” and this yearly event encourages the connection of all Montgomery residents one friendship at a time. Children and non-Montgomery residents are also encouraged to attend. The event is scheduled for 5 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at Terwilliger Lodge in Dulle Park (10530 Deerfield Road). Participants should bring a favorite covered dish, appetizer or dessert to share at the international buffet table. Non-alcoholic beverages will be provided by the Sister Cities Commission. Ethnic attire and/ or entertainment shared by the guest (musical instruments, dancing, etc.) are always welcome and encouraged.

The Jewish Federation of Cincinnati announced that the 2012 Community Campaign has exceeded the $6 million goal, bringing in a total of $6.3 million for programs that work to improve the lives of Jews in Cincinnati, in Israel and around the world, providing emergency assistance, feeding the hungry, transporting seniors, offering financial aid for educational experiences and more. This achievement is thanks in large part to the dedication of the campaign co-chairs and a dollar-for-dollar matching grant on new gifts and increases from The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati, which inspired the generosity of individual donors. The 2012 Community Campaign co-chairs were Andy Berger, Tedd Friedman, Louis Guttman, Fred Kanter and Dina Wilheim. Together they have decades of volunteer experience in the Jewish community, have served on dozens of dif-

Charleston C.K. Wang demonstrates Tai Chi , a traditional Chinese martial art, at the 2011 International Reception hosted by the Montgomery Sister Cities Commission. PROVIDED

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ferent boards and have leadership has been inmade giving back a focal strumental in developing a more strategic and efpoint of their lives. Andy Berger and Tedd fective community-wide Friedman are both attor- fundraising plan, which neys at Katz Teller Brant he and the other co-chairs & Hild and serve on the implemented with the Jewish Federation of Cin- 2012 Campaign. Thanks to their hard cinnati board, Berger as president and Friedman work, the community reas vice president of De- sponded: 1,163 donors velopment. Louis Gutt- made a new or increased man is a partner at Hills gift, a 24 percent increase Developers and a long- in participation over the time volunteer and phi- 2011 campaign. With the close of the lanthropist in the Jewish 2012 Community Camcommunity. Fred Kanter is a part- paign, the Jewish Federaner at Rookwood Proper- tion of Cincinnati will ties and is also a Jewish move its focus to the alloFederation of Cincinnati cations process, in which board member, as well as 83 volunteers will make serving on the board of sure that community dolthe Mayerson JCC. Dina lars go where they are Wilheim, a dedicated vol- needed most. The Jewish Federation unteer, is the current PTA president of Cincinnati Hebrew Day School, corporate liaison for Rehab Services of Communicare Health Services and vice president of the CincinSecond Saturday of October nati Community Mikveh. This is the third year as 10/13/12 12pm to 6pm Rain or Shine Upper Eden Over 100 artists a campaign co-chair for Teak Restaurant will be hosted by Tedd Friedman, whose Pet Portraits by Mara 18 of Mt. Adams

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Northeast Suburban Life-area resident Mona Miliner is one 19 loaned executives and their employers or sponsors are helping United Way of Greater Cincinnati during its annual campaign. The effort raises resources to support work that leads to achievement of the Bold Goals for Our Region in the areas of education, income, and health (see The Loaned Executives came on board in late July and work as extensions of United Way staff, working

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Kuresman elected CFA president

Madison Wealth Management principal and portfolio manager Ed Kuresman of Symmes Township was voted in as president of the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute’s Cincinnati chapter. Established in 1957, the CFA Society of Cincinnati has more than 400 members comprised of local portfolio managers, security analysts, investment advisors and other finan-

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POLICE REPORTS BLUE ASH Arrests/citations Robert William Butts, 46, 1615 Seymour Ave. apartment A, possession or use of a controlled substance, traffic warrant, traffic warrant at Reed Hartman Highway and Cooper Road, Sept. 18.

Incidents/investigations Criminal damaging/endangering At 5900 Pfeiffer Road apartment 228, Sept. 24. Petty theft Someone took three cartons of Newport cigarettes, value $176.30, from Sppedway at 9215 Plainfield Road, Sept. 18. A woman said someone took a video game, value $175; an iPod, value $200; a yellow gold men's wedding ring, value $200, and a wedding set/gold marquis diamond, value $200 at 9727 Conklin Road, Sept. 20. Petty theft, criminal mischief A man said someone took a duffel bag with shoes, vitamins and enzymes, value $400, from a vehicle at Courtyard by Marriott at 4625 Lake Forest Drive, Sept. 23. Theft, criminal mischief A man said someone broke out a vehicle window, value $200, and took a medical kit, value $100, and a Dell laptop computer, value $1,000, at Hyatt Place at 11435 Reed Hartman Highway, Sept. 23.

MONTGOMERY Arrests/citations None reported.

Incidents/investigations Burglary A man said someone took a 19-millimeter handgun, value $555, and cash and jewelry, total value of items taken, $7,195.50 at 8240 Hopewell Road, Sept. 13.


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

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SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Juvenile male, 17, curfew violation at 7879 Kelle Road, Sept. 15. Juvenile male, 17, curfew violation at 7879 Keller Road, Sept. 16. Juvenile male, 16, curfew violation at 7879 Keller Road, Sept. 16. Leon Williamson, 29, 5807 Rhode Island, drug paraphernalia at U.S. 22 and Glenellyn, Sept. 14. Susan Awan, 54, 5814 W. Fountain Circle, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Sept. 12. Scott Shepard, 46, 5851 Redbank Road, theft at 4226 Myrtle Ave., Sept. 13. Derek Lastoria, 25, 6563 Coffey St., theft at 7913 Montgomery Road, Sept. 12.


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Xavier first to take veterans on pilgrimage Nate Davis, director of veterans affairs at Xavier University, accompanied five local veterans, three of whom are Xavier students, on a spiritual journey to Assisi and Rome. They left the U.S. Aug. 13 and returned Aug. 21. Local military personnel who took the trip were Paula Alberto of Ft.

Wright, KY, Marylu Gilbert of Ft. Thomas, KY, and three Xavier students from Cincinnati: Malachi Black (45215), Matthew Call (45241), and Janie Summers (45237). All were accompanied by Davis, also of Cincinnati (45227). The pilgrimage is part of a new, veterans-only theology course developed

through collaboration among Sister Rosie Miller, professor of theology, Davis and pilgrimage staff in Italy. Miller suggested the pilgrimage because she is familiar with issues such as PTSD. Xavier is the first Jesuit institution of higher learning to develop a veteransonly theology course, and

the first Jesuit institution to send a group of veterans on a pilgrimage. This allows Xavier to reinforce its mission to educate the whole person and to demonstrate its care for those who have made the ultimate sacrifices. “Many men and women are returning home after having served in conflicted

areas of the world, says Fr. John Cella, OFM, director of Franciscan Pilgrimage Programs. “Now they face the challenge of rebuilding their lives and families. We think that the journeys of St. Francis and St. Clare through their own life threatening experiences may help members of the military and their loved ones in trying to make sense out of all the good and bad that they have witnessed and felt while in the military.” Past participant Major Greg Masiello agrees. “That St. Francis traveled

to the Middle East to broker peace for the Crusades underscores these parallels if not highlights the paradox. Many Christians and Muslims are still at odds with each other.” “St. Ignatius and St. Francis had different backgrounds – one was highly educated, the other was not – and different approaches – one was more about living, the other about thinking – but still both were soldiers and suffered through many of the same things soldiers face today when they return from battle,” Davis said.

Hadassah installs new president



Cincinnati Chapter of Hadassah hosted its opening meeting/installation luncheon Sept. 10 at Carrabba’s Italian Grill on Mason-Montgomery Road in Deerfield Township. The group installed new President Bonnie Juran Ullner and other new board members, and thanked outgoing copresidents Sharon Casper and Bobbi Handwerger. Juran Ullner is excited to become Cincinnati chapter president. Three years ago, her youngest daughter was in Israel on a Federation trip, when she fell deathly ill and was taken to Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem. The doctors there correctly diagnosed Wilson’s disease and began treating her for it, while arranging with Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in

New York to procure a needed liver transplant. Hadassah Hospital doctors and staff flew Juran Ullner with her in an adapted El Al jet back to the U.S. where she received her new liver. “Prior to Jessa’s illness, Hadassah was an organization I was vaguely familiar with but it certainly was not front and center on my radar screen. And now it has become of the utmost importance to me, and has now given me the vehicle in which to express my thanks for what they did for me and my family and my newly acquired passion for the work they do.”


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