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If a mandate from Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland is passed, it would require paramedics with Sycamore Township Fire Department to administer H1N1 vaccines. The governor would have to issue an emergency declaration for local health departments or physicians to be able to utilize the Jetter paramedics or EMTs. Sycamore Township Fire Chief B.J. Jetter said the mandate would mean bringing in off-duty paramedics, which has not been budgeted. “If we can manage on shift, we’ll do it,” Jetter said. Jetter said the best way to keep from getting the flu is to wash hands and use anti-bacterial soap. Deer Park High School has been designated a point of dispension for the swine flu vaccine. The first round of vaccines will not be available until early 2010. The first vaccines will go to school age children between 4 and 9 years old.


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Matthew 25: Ministries has opened “Global Village” at its headquarters on Kenwood Road in Blue Ash so the public can learn about the organization’s charity work and the people served. Scattered throughout the walk-through exhibit are life-size cardboard figures – including these of two boys (left) – based on real people who have benefited from Matthew 25: Ministries and touched the hearts of the charity workers. Call 793-6256 about visiting the exhibit.

Locke’s Heating & Cooling of Blue Ash was started in 1997 by Steve Locke as sole proprietor, out of the basement of his home. He was working alone to help consumers with their heating and cooling needs with reasonable pricing and quality service. SEE LIFE, B1

Above, volunteer Maxine Muldoon of Delhi Township sorts clothing in the warehouse at Matthew 25: Ministries that will be shipped to the needy.

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The Indian Hill High School cross country team is doing more than running laps. It is collecting school supplies for a cause. For several years the team has gathered school supply donations for firstgraders at Pierce Elementary in Fort Knox, Ky. SEE SCHOOLS, A7

Where to go As the Harper’s Point Kroger store undergoes a major renovation, Symmes Township and surrounding residents look for other places to do their regular grocery shopping. Here are some other local grocers that can be used until Kroger reopens in early 2010: • Kroger, 800 Loveland-Madeira Road, Loveland • Kroger, 9939 Montgomery Road, Montgomery • Kroger, 5100 Terra Firma Drive, Mason • Kroger, 6950 Miami Ave., Madeira • Kroger, 5901 E. Galbraith Road, Kenwood • Kroger, 4100 Hunt Road, Blue Ash • Wal-Mart Supercenter, 5303 Bowen Drive, Mason • Wal-Mart Supercenter, 8288 Cincinnati Dayton Road, West Chester Township • Bigg’s, 9600 MasonMontgomery Road, Mason


A story in last week’s Northeast Suburban Life said that in Sycamore Township, temporary signs in residential areas are permitted, but only one is allowed per residence and cannot exceed 24 square feet. Election signs are an exception. The township does not regulate the number of election signs at a residence unless it causes a sight obstruction or hazard.

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Kroger closing leaves customers shopping around – for now By Amanda Hopkins

A new and improved Kroger will open in Harper’s Point in early 2010. Rachael Betzler, advertising manager for the Cincinnati-Dayton Marketing Division of the Kroger Company, said the store would be much larger than the old one. The previous store was about 60,000 square feet. The new store will be 100,000 square feet and have more features than the previous store. Betzler declined to give specific details about the new things coming for the Symmes Township store for competition reasons, but said there will be “a lot of new amenities.” She said there will be things like prepared meals to help on-the-go families.


Construction continues on the Kroger store on Montgomery Road at Harper’s Point in Symmes Township. It is scheduled for completion in early 2010. The old store was closed Aug. 21 and demolished Aug. 24. Betzler expects the new store to be up and running by early 2010. With the temporary closing of the store, shoppers will have to find replacement stores to meet

their needs. Betzler said there is a temporary pharmacy at 11324 Montgomery Road for Kroger customers in the area. Shoppers can also visit the Kroger stores in Montgomery, Madeira, Landen and Loveland.

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Jack Hanna, director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, author of several children’s books, star of his own nationally syndicated program, Hanna “ J a c k Hanna’s animal Adventures” and regular appearances on network television program, will speak at the Montgomery Woman’s Club Town Hall Lecture Series Wednesday, Oct. 7, and Thursday, Oct. 8. Morning lectures are 11 a.m. at Montgomery Assembly of God, 7950 Pfeiffer Road. The 8 p.m. Wednesday lecture will be at Sycamore Junior High School Auditorium, 5757 Cooper Road. Tickets are available at $100 for the series of four lectures. For ticket information call 684-1632. The series supports the organization’s community and education projects.


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Montgomery’s Young Rembrandt’s Preschool Drawing classes will meet weekly between Oct. 14 and Nov. 18. The classes are open to children 31⁄2 to 6 years of age. The cost is $67 and includes materials. Register at by Sunday, Oct. 11.

The Ohio Auditor’s Office has given the city of Montgomery the “Making Your Tax Dollars Count” award for the fiscal year 2008 audit. Fewer than 5 percent of all Ohio government agencies are eligible for the award, which requires that no problems be uncovered by the audit and that the agency have no other financial concerns.

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The Blue Ash Cafe is open in the newly renovated and expanded Blue Ash Recreation Center on Cooper Road. Cafe hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday with sandwiches, salads, iceblended coffee drinks and smoothies on sale.

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Saturday Night Fever will be the theme of the Party on the Patio Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Blue Ash Recreation Center. Prizes will be awarded for the best 1970s costumes at the event, which will run from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Pre-register at and tickets are $10

Another community open house at the historic Hunt House is scheduled for Heritage Day, Saturday, Oct. 10. The house, 4364 on Hunt Road, will be open between noon and 5 p.m. and volunteers will be there to inform those interested about the history of the house and family . The event is free and can be very educational teaching about Blue Ash’s “roots.” The Blue Ash Historical Society needs people to get involved so it can plan more events and get the house open to more people. There will be a signup sheet at the open house for those interested. For more Blue Ash news, visit

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November ballot issues dealing with the proposed governmental natural gas and electricity aggregation programs. The meeting will be at the township safety center, 8871 Weekly Lane.


Blue Ash City Council agreed Sept. 24 to allow construction of a building for Dayton Cincinnati Technology Services on Cornell Road. The 4,500-square-foot structure planned for the south side of Cornell between Kemper and Centennial avenues would include two leasable spaces. The project takes the place of the “Shoppes of Hazelwood” development approved by council in 2005, which was to include three buildings of landominiums. Just one building was

erected. “That project did not succeed, and the current property owner (Stock Loan Services) purchased the property at foreclosure,” according to a city staff report. “The development plan shows adequate parking to support the proposed commercial development. The new owner has also been working to ‘rescue’ the existing building, to resolve issues with the site and to find buyers for the units. “They have also begun working with a landscaping company to clean up and maintain the existing landscaping and to plant the buffer required of the original development,” the

report said. Dan Johnson, assistant Blue Ash community development director and zoning administrator, expects a row of trees – most likely burgundy belle maples – to be installed within a couple of weeks. The Blue Ash Planning Commission reviewed the plan and recommended approval with conditions adopted by city council in which the owner must: • install an eight-foottall fence along the rear of the property, which is adjacent to residences; • ensure the residences are fully shielded from lights on the existing building and lights on new construction.

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Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office reports an aggravated robbery of the National City Bank, 10600 Loveland-Madeira Road,

Symmes Township. At approximately 9:45 a.m. on Oct. 2, an unknown male white entered the National City Bank, brandished a semi-automatic

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pistol, and demanded money from a bank employee. The employee complied and the suspect fled with an undetermined amount of US. currency. A witness reported seeing the suspect running behind the Circle K and Youthland Day Care Center, both located near the bank. A Loveland Police K-9 Unit attempted to locate the suspect but was unsuccessful. The suspect was described as male white, age unknown, brown hair, a white skull Halloween type mask covering his face, long sleeve black T-shirt, and white pants. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 825-1500 or CrimeStoppers at 3523040.


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October 7, 2009

Economy, city services top agendas

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“It’s the economy, stupid.” That’s basically what Montgomery City Council candidates are saying – just more politely. “Montgomery must be vigilant to maintain its fiscal position in order to stay in the top tier of communities,” said Councilwoman Lynda Roesch, one of three incumbents in a race with two challengers for four council seats in November. “Over time, we have managed the financial policy so that the city has funds that would be available if there were a significant negative financial impact,” Roesch said. “In order to stay financially healthy, Montgomery must continue to have a business tax base.” Barbara White is one of the challengers who wants to win one of the four-year terms up for election this fall. “I am willing to work with the citizens and businesses to help in any way through this economic crises,” White said. “The



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biggest issues are getting and retaining businesses – particularly on Montgomery Road. I would also like to try to help get residents lower taxes.” Candidates also cited the need for business development and maintaining superior city services. That said, incumbent candidates Ken Suer, currently vice mayor, and Barry Joffe say the race this fall will be about which candidates have the qualifications to handle the issues everyone agrees face the city. “My work on council and commissions over some 15 years in Montgomery plus government experience in another community qualify me to work on these items,” Suer said. Said Joffe: “I am well versed in organizational and performance issues and I believe ongoing development of the city’s management and staff and challenging them to reach higher levels of efficiency and customer service will ensure service levels are creatively

The following candidates are vying for four seats on Montgomery City Council in November: • Chris Dobrozsi, 44, is vice president in real estate development with Al. Neyer Inc. He’s not held elective political office. • Barry Joffe, 58, is a managing consultant for DBM Inc. He’s served on city council since 2005. • Lynda Roesch, 56, is a partner in the law firm of Dinsmore & Shohl. She’s served on city council since 1999. • Ken Suer, 59, is a retired educator. He’s served on city council since 2001. • Barbara White, 58, is a pharmacist with The Kroger Co. She’s not held elective office.


enhanced.” C h a l lenger Chris Dobrozsi has not held elective political office, but White said he would bring other kinds of valuable experience to council. “In my 22-year professional career with Al. Neyer, I’ve worked in a collaborative manner with cities and communities on transformative redevelopment projects, and understand how they contribute to the health of a region,” Dobrozsi said. Dobrozsi said that experience plus the insight he’s gained as a member of Montgomery’s Landmarks Commission positions him “to ensure the city maintains and improves the quality of life services that make it a great place in which to live, visit and operate a business.” Candidates elected in November will join Mayor Gerri Harbison and council members Vicki Hirsch and

Todd Steinbrink, whose terms end in 2011, on city council. Councilman Mark Combs, whose term ends this year, is not seeking reelection. Combs said his job as court administrator for the Court of Appeals, First Appellate District, played into his decision. “I’ve never been an 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. person, but I came to the conclusion that I could not do justice to my job and the city too,” Combs said.



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Ohio National Financial Services did not decide to donate $10,000 to build a monument in Montgomery commemorating the fatal 1999 tornado as a sad reminder of loss. Ohio National President David O’Maley said the company wants the monument planned for the entrance to the Johnson Nature Preserve – which is recovering after it was devastated by the high winds – to commemorate the determination to rebuild that followed the tornado. “As we remember back to the devastation caused by the tornado of 1999, and all our associates and neighbors who were impacted by that terrible storm, we feel it’s appropriate to sponsor this monument,” O’Maley said. Mayor Gerri Harbison called Ohio National’s donation “very generous.” Ohio National’s donation will be recognized with a plaque on the monument. Montgomery is seeking donors for other memorials


Residents concerned about traffic on Hosbrook Road ask Ben Brandstetter, standing, questions about the preferred alternative solution to the traffic calming at a public hearing on Sept. 29 in Sycamore Township.

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Traffic calming along Hosbrook Road remains an emotional issue for both the residents and Sycamore Township officials. A preferred alternative to calm the traffic that would include sidewalks along the west side of the street was presented by Ben Brandstetter of Brandstetter Carroll to the residents during a public hearing Sept. 29 in Sycamore Township, but residents are still skeptical. Hosbrook Road resident John Schmidlapp said he is OK with the idea of sidewalks, which would start at the existing curb and extend around 6 feet, but doesn’t know if the sidewalk would give the desired residential look to the street. “I don’t see people walking on it even if it’s built,” Schmidlapp said. The entire recommendation by Brandstetter, who led the traffic calming study, includes the sidewalks on the west side, gateways on the north and south ends of the street, high visibility crosswalks at all of the intersections along the road and small medians at the intersections. The sidewalks were proposed only for the west side of the street, which is Sycamore Township. The east side of the street is in the city of Madeira. Brandstetter said the proposal is meant to create a visual impact on the driver to give the appearance of a residential street rather than a cut through street which would slow down speeders. Many residents voiced concerns about the sidewalks taking up too much of the yard and the medians blocking their driveway, but Brandstetter said that the proposed medians would not cause any obstructions to the houses along Hosbrook. Dick Kent, member of the Board of Trustees, said that in order to calm the traffic on the street something would have to be done, but if the residents did not like any of the proposals to fix the traffic, speeding would still remain a problem. The entire recommendation as proposed is estimated to cost around $1.3 million.

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Three in running for two Symmes seats By Amanda Hopkins

Symmes Township Board of Trustees incumbents Kathy Wagner and Ken Bryant will face a familiar opponent in the November election. Jodie Leis, a former trustee, is running for one of the two spots on the board. Leis, a resident of Symmes Township for more

than 10 years, served as a trustee from 2000-2005. She saw the widening of Montgomery Road and was an advocate for adding sidewalks in several areas of the community. She said if elected she will continue to devote time to the township park system and will look for ways not to tax the community during these tough economic

times. “I feel I can do a good job to move in the right direction,” Leis said. Wagner, who has been on the board of trustees since 1998, has been a proponent for the widening of Montgomery Road, which now has the funds available to continue. Wagner said she’d like sidewalks all along Mont-

year term on the Board of Trustees. He serves as the board president. Bryant said one of his main focuses is on helping to stimulate the economy of the township. He wants to make sure empty store fronts are filled with the help of Community Reinvestment Acts that can lower taxes for business owners.

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gomery Road for safety purposes for children to be able to walk to school. Wagner also encourages new construction in those reinvestment areas and hopes to balance the commercial area with residential area of the township. Bryant, a retired engineer and a 19-year resident of Symmes Township, is running for his second four-

and Tim Derickson (ROxford), revealed extensive plans to Bryant bring about job creation and industry growth. “ O h i o needs real solutions to this economic emer- Wagner gency,” Stautberg said. “If we want to bring about a positive change that will attract Leis businesses and young talent to the state, we need to think critically and be willing to address tough issues. We can’t afford to wait for the economy to turn itself around. Difficult times call for direct, aggressive approaches to economic improvement.” The announcement worked in conjunction with four other news conferences across the state, and was conducted to address the failure of the House Economic Development Committee to meet on a regular basis. “The House has taken only small steps toward creating jobs,” Derickson said. “We need leaders who are willing to make important decisions during these difficult times. The Economic Development Committee has neglected its primary objective – to identify solid strategies to improve the economy.” Frustrated with inaction on the part of Gov. Strickland and the Economic Development Committee, Republican members engaged in discussions with the local business community for ideas to revamp Ohio’s economy. Based on their findings from market research and conversations with constituents, the House Republicans created a package of proposals that were announced at the press conferences and will be introduced in the coming weeks. “Now more than ever, Ohioans deserve to have their elected officials working to create jobs and get people back to work,” Uecker said. “But for some reason, House Democrats have not only failed to offer solutions to Ohio’s economic crisis, but also road-blocked every initiative that House Republicans proposed. This is no time for petty partisanship.” Among these 10 bills are proposals to offer employer tax credits to hire unemployed Ohioans and to grant income tax credits for college graduates who remain in Ohio. Altogether, these bills are designed to provide resources to small businesses, offer incentives for businesses and young people to remain in Ohio, and track Ohio’s progress in rebuilding its economy.


October 7, 2009

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Team runs with charity idea The Indian Hill High School cross country team is doing more than running laps. It is collecting school supplies for a cause. For several years the team has gathered school supply donations for first-graders at Pierce Elementary in Fort Knox, Ky. The Indian Hill students also spend several hours with the firstgraders participating in activities ranging from tie-dyeing shirts to carving pumpkins. “(It) changes lives,” said Susan Savage, head varsity track and cross country coach, who suggested organizing the drive after hearing about the student’s supply needs. “It’s a venue to interact and wonderful things happen.” The students are collecting a variety of supplies including craft and hygiene items as well as crayons, pencils, stickers and glue sticks.


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“Not only do they enjoy it, but we enjoy it as well,” said senior Deniz Aydogan about the time spent with the elementary students. Junior Thomas Ernst said the Indian Hill students are greeted with smiles when they arrive at the school. “Getting just a few supplies for

• Glue sticks • Crayons (24 count) • Colored Pencils • Rulers • Water color paint set • 3x5 index cards • Dry Erase marker • Stickers (any kind) • Playdoh • Wiggle eyes • Yarn • Glitter • Three ring binders • Sequins Items can be dropped off at Indian Hill High School, 6865 Drake Road, through Friday, Sept. 18. them can help them the rest of the year,” he said. The Indian Hill students also have bake sales to cover transportation costs. This is the third year for the supply drive. Items can be dropped off at the high school, 6865 Drake Road, through Friday, Sept. 18.

impact funding if the parent calls the school attendance line to report the absence and, upon the student’s return to school, sends a note to the main office stating the date(s) and reasoning of the absence(s). A vacation may be declared an “excused absence” if the school principal is informed of those plans prior to the beginning of the vacation. Absences that are not reported by the parent and do not have a note to explain the absence during Count Week will be considered “unexcused absences” by the state. For more information, call Sycamore Community Schools at 686-1706.

SCHOOL NOTES Chair Alison Warning of Sycamore Township and co-chair Heidi Keppler of West Chester Township have been named to the executive committee of Mount Notre Dame High School’s annual dinner auction the Grande Gala. This year’s theme, “Pearl of the Orient,” will whisk guests away to the Far East for an evening of festivities. The 11th anniversary of the Grande Gala, slated for March 6, relies heavily on volunteers, sponsors, current and past parents, alumnae and business community support. Many levels of sponsorship and donations are currently being accepted. All proceeds from the event will help support scholarship and tuition assistance opportunities at the school. For more information, call 821-3044, ext. 125.

Helping out The Indian Hill High School cross country team is collecting school supplies for elementary students at Pierce Elementary School in Fort Knox, Ky. Items which are being collected include: • Facial tissues • Hand sanitizer • Cleaning wipes • Paper towels • School box/pencil pouch • Pocket folders (with prongs) • Two pocket folders • No. 2 pencils with erasers • Crayola washable broad tip markers

The state distributes its share of school funding based on student enrollment figures reported during the first full week of October (Oct. 5-Oct. 9). These enrollment figures are pulled from student attendance data that is collected during what is commonly referred to as Count Week. As such, Sycamore Community Schools is asking parents to make an effort to have their students in school during the October Count Weeks. Students who are absent due to a doctor’s appointment, personal illness or a religious holiday observance during Count Week will be considered “excused absences” and will not negatively

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Indian Hill cross country runners helping Ky. students


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Indian Hill High School cross country team captains Elizabeth Daun, left, Deena Rahman, Deniz Aydogan and Jeff Zhu organize items donated for a school supply drive.

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Community members are invited to see “Pumpkins on Parade” during the Haunted Festival 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at Blue Ash Elementary School. Hosted by the school’s PTA, the annual event includes a moonwalk, cake walk, temporary tattoo station, face painting, food and raffles. Visitors can also win prizes such as inflatables, games, toys and eatable treats by play-

ing putt-putt golf, Go Fish and other familyfriendly games. All are encouraged to dress in costume. Event tickets can be purchased at the event for $1 per three tickets. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased for $1 per four tickets at the school 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 26 and Oct. 27 and 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Oct. 28. For more information, call the school at 686-1710.

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Kick off the holiday season with Girlfriends & Giggles, an evening of pampering and shopping to benefit the students of Mount Notre Dame High School, 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, at Receptions Loveland, 10681 Loveland-Madeira Road. Doors open at 6 p.m. In addition to manicures and makeovers, guests will also be treated to boutique shopping and raffles. Indulgences offered will include natural alternatives to Botox, European detox spa treatment, paraffin dips, bra fittings and more. Cost is $40, which includes food, one indulgence ticket and one drink ticket. Extra indulgences are $5 each. Must be 21 years old to attend. For information or reservations, contact director of special events Ann Crowley at 821-3044, ext. 165, or


National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists at Ursuline Academy are , from left: Colleen McCroskey of Mason, Teresa Whitaker of Loveland, Indre Matulaitis of Hyde Park, Rachel Fogg of Mount Washington, Emily Cleary of Hamilton, Shannon Manley of Loveland and Lauren George of Mason.

Seven Ursuline seniors named National Merit semifinalists Community Press Staff Report


The Indian Hill High School cross country team is collecting school supplies and other items for an elementary school in Fort Knox, Ky. The Indian Hill students will personally deliver the items and spend time with the youngsters.

Seven seniors at Ursuline Academy in Blue Ash have been named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarship winners will be announced next year. The semifinalists and what they plan to study in college are: • Emily Cleary of Hamilton, daughter of James and Barbara Cleary. Economics. • Rachel Fogg of Mt. Washington, daughter of Robert and Gale Jenkins Fogg. Sociology and journalism.

• Lauren George of Mason, daughter of Chris and Susan George. Engineering. • Shannon Manley of Loveland, daughter of Mark Manley. International relations. • Indre Matulaitis of Hyde Park, daughter of John and Siga Matulaitis. Biology/genetics. • Colleen McCroskey of Mason, daughter of Jeff and Maureen McCroskey. International relations. • Teresa Whitaker of Loveland, daughter of Gerald and Mary Ann Whitaker. Pre-med.


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October 7, 2009


This week in soccer

• Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy boys shut out Mariemont 1-0, Sept. 26. Jeremy Smith scored the goal. Workman made four saves for CHCA. • Moeller High School boys shut out Purcell Marian 2-0, Sept. 26. Moeller’s Benjamin Peterson made three saves. Chris Nartker and John Abeln scored the goals. • Moeller boys tied with McNicholas High School, Sept. 29. Joseph Breitenbach scored Moeller’s goal. Moeller is 4-2-5 with the tie. • Sycamore High School boys shut out Lakota East 20, Sept. 29. Sam Benson made nine saves for Sycamore. Max Riehemann and Ben Dhiman scored the goals. • Ursuline Academy girls shut out Seton High School 30, Sept. 30. Erika Wolfer made three saves for Ursuline. Desirae Ball scored two goals and Brynne Kelly scored one goal. Ursuline advances to 83 with the win. • Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy boys shut out Clark Montessori 6-0, Oct. 1. Goals were scored by Jeremy Smith, Craig McGinlay, Chris Workman, Peter Riewald and Joe Reifenberg. Joe Heath made six saves for CHCA. • Sycamore boys beat Middletown 4-1, Oct. 1. Matt Hill, Jeff Wolkoff, Max Riehemann and Jacob Sorger scored Sycamore’s goals. Sycamore advances to 9-1-1 with the win. • Sycamore girls shut out Middletown 5-0, Oct. 1. Elsbrock scored two goals and Ashley Locke, Brown and Rachel Myers scored one goal each. Tvieta made 12 saves for Sycamore.

This week in golf

• Moeller High School’s Andrew Dorn shot a 68 in the Upper Alrington Invitational at Scioto Country Club, Sept. 26. Moeller placed third with a 307, after Dublin Jerome’s 293 and Mt. Vernon’s 304. • Moeller’s Andrew Dorn shot 1 under par 71 in the GCL South Championship at Weatherwax, Sept. 28, helping his team shoot a 1,229 to win the championship against Elder’s 1,262, St. Xavier’s 1,269 and La Salle’s 1,325.

This week in volleyball

• Sycamore High School beat Milford High School 2523, 25-11, 25-22, Sept. 26. • Ursuline Academy beat Mercy High School 25-14, 2510, 25-13, Sept. 29. Sycamore beat Colerain High School 25-15, 25-17, 2519, Sept. 29. Sycamore advances to 8-6 with the win. • Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy beat Lockland 25-7, 25-15, 25-23, Oct. 1. CHCA advances to 11-3 with the win. • Ursuline Academy beat St. Ursula 25-23, 25-12, 2515, Oct. 1. Ursuline advances to 14-0 with the win.

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By Tony Meale

Steve Specht isn’t ready to call it an upset. “I don’t know what an upset is,” the St. Xavier head football coach said. “From a fan’s perspective, (Elder is) first in the city and third in the country, so of course we’re underdogs. “But I’m not ready to call it an upset.” Upset or not, the bottom line is the Bombers emerged with a much-needed 17-7 home victory over the Panthers Oct. 2. St. Xavier and Elder both stand at 5-1 following the week-six game. Entering the contest, Elder was No. 3 in the USA Today Super 25 with the Bombers slotted at No. 25. But St. Xavier gained 133 yards on the ground compared to Elder’s total of five rushing yards to derail the Panthers. Nigel Muhammad gave the Bombers a 10-7 lead over Elder with a sevenyard touchdown run with 4:01 left in the second quarter. C o n o r Hundley led St. Xavier with 95 yards on 23 carries with Muhammad adding 23 yards on four carries. St. Xavier extended its lead to 17-7 with a 35-yard touchdown pass from Luke Massa to Will Carroll with 3:29 left in the third quarter. From there, the Bombers defense held strong to preserve the win. Nick Weston finished with 5.5 tackles to lead the Bombers. Sean Duggan contributed an interception and a sack. Massa was 10-of-13 passing for 147 yards with one touchdown and zero interceptions. “When you win, you have to be humble,” Specht said. “When you lose, you have to be gracious in defeat.” St. X entered its slugfest with the Panthers fresh off a 12-7 defeat at Highlands (Ky.). “When you play a schedule like we do, you have to be on the top of your game every week,” Specht said.


St. Xavier running back Conor Hundley runs the ball against Elder’s Alex Taylor and Bryan Priestle in the second quarter. St. Xavier defeated Elder 17-7. “You can’t have a letdown.” But the Bombers had one, as Highlands held St. Xavier scoreless until 27 seconds remained in the game. “(My players) weren’t better prepared, and I b l a m e myself,” Specht said. “So I told the kids it was my fault, but I challenged them to get better as individuals.” The Bombers were coming off the emotional high of a 43-13 thrashing of fourtime defending Kentucky state champion Louisville Trinity, and Specht said they may have been caught looking ahead to Elder. “For (Highlands), this was their national championship game,” he said. “For us, it was Week Five. We always look at each game as a great opportunity to go 1-0. We try to keep it even keel, but maybe I need to evaluate how I approach this.” St. X shot itself in the foot with turnovers and special-teams blunders, but its defense, which had multiple goal-line stands, kept the team in the game. “They didn’t play well, but they didn’t quit,” Specht said of his team’s effort. “We had some bad turnovers, but our defense was able to force a few turnovers and keep High-

lands out of the end zone.” St. X (5-1, 1-0) now prepares for another GCL game, as it hosts La Salle (4-2, 0-1) Oct. 9. The Bombers, which entered Week Five third in the Harbin Ratings, hope to be one of the top eight seeds to make the postseason and one of the top four seeds to host a first-round playoff game. But Specht isn’t worrying about the details. “If we look at (success) in terms of wins and losses, we’ll be doing a disservice to our kids,” he said. “We’re not in the business of winning; we’re in the business of developing kids. We always ask ourselves, ‘What can we do to get better?’ That’s the focus.”

Hamilton 48, Sycamore 7

Sycamore gained 295 yards and had more first downs than Hamilton but turnovers doomed the Aviators in a 48-7 loss to Hamilton. The loss was the third in a row for Sycamore and it doesn’t get much easier for the Aviators as Colerain looms on the horizon as the Cardinals come to town Oct. 9. The Sycamore offense threw four interceptions and lost two fumbles in defeat. Kyle Sess led the Aviators ground game with 86 rushing yards and DeCarlos Smith added another 63 on the ground.

Colerain 31, Princeton 14

Ursuline Academy shut out Bexley 2-0, Sept. 26.

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Sycamore High School’s Nick Fry was the top finisher at 16:26 in the Kings Invitational at Landen Park, Sept. 29.

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Elder defensive back Bryan Riestenberg tries to stop St. Xavier fullback Nigel Muhammad as Muhammad runs in to the endzone for a touchdown in the second quarter. St. Xavier beat Elder 17-7.

Colerain won its fourth straight game with a 31-14 victory over Princeton. Quarterback Greg Tabar ran for 117 yards and two touchdowns and kicked a field goal and four extra points in the win. Running back Trayion Durham had 207 rushing yards and a touchdown on 27 carries for the Cardinals, who are at Sycamore on Oct. 9. Princeton, per usual, was led by quarterback Spencer Ware. Ware had 92 rushing yards on 14 carries, although much of it was picked up on a 68-yard touchdown run. Ware also threw for 144 yards and another touchdown. Princeton (3-3) will try to get back on the winning track Oct. 9 against Oak Hills.

North College Hill 40, CCD 6

In a battle of the unbeatens, North College Hill kept is undefeated season alive with a decisive week-six win over Cincinnati Country Day, 40-6. CCD fell to 5-1 and will be looking for help from its fellow Miami Valley Conference teams if the Indians hope to win a share of the league title. North College Hill is oneof-two remaining MVC teams still standing at 6-0 alongside Lockland. In week six, North College Hill scored on its opening possession in just three plays after blocking a punt during CCD’s first possession. Running back Lucien Kidd put North College Hill on the board with a oneyard score. Though CCD only allowed 27 points during its first five games, North College Hill managed to score 26 points in the first half alone. CCD hosts Lockland in week eight Oct. 16. Lockland hosts North College Hill in week nine Oct. 23. But before all that, North College Hill travels to face Clark Montessori in week seven at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9. CCD warms up for its week-eight contest against Lockland with a weekseven home game against Dayton Christian at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9. The Indians entered week six ranked No. 2 in the local Division VI playoff. CCD standout senior Max Dietz was sidelined with an injury during the loss to North College Hill.

CHCA 54, Summit 12

After suffering a onepoint loss to an undefeated foe in week five, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy rebounded in week six with a decisive victory over Summit Country Day, 54-12. North College Hill kept its undefeated season alive while improving to 5-0 with its week-five win over CHCA, 15-14. But in week six, CHCA bounced back to saddle Summit with a 42-point loss. Senior Alex Swartz produced five touchdowns for CHCA during the win over Summit. Swartz was 16-of-26 passing for four touch-

downs and 296 yards. Swartz also rushed for a touchdown while gaining 72 yards on the ground. Ian Smith, a CHCA senior, hauled in nine receptions for 185 yards and a touchdown. CHCA led Summit by a 40-6 margin at halftime before the scoring slowed down. Standing at 4-2, CHCA hosts undefeated Lockland (6-0) in week seven at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9. Two undefeated teams remain in CHCA’s Miami Valley Conference including Lockland and North College Hill.

Indian Hill 51, Mariemont 21

Indian Hill faces its most difficult Cincinnati Hills League challenge to date with a week-seven home game against Reading (4-2, 2-1) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9. In week six, Indian Hill improved to 3-3 while continuing to roll over CHL foes with a win over Mariemont, 51-21. Senior Sam Hendricks contributed six touchdowns against Mariemont for Indian Hill. Hendricks was 11-of-13 passing for four touchdowns and 139 yards. On the ground, Hendricks picked up 119 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries. Reid Lockwood, an Indian Hill junior, rushed for 132 yards and a touchdown on nine carries against Mariemont. Standing at 3-0 in CHL play, Indian Hill defeated all three of its league opponents by 26 points or more.

Moeller 52, Highland Park 18

Moeller totaled 350 yards of offense with 295 of it coming on the ground as the Crusaders defeated Highland Park 52-18. Tucker Skove led Moeller with 108 rushing yards and two scores on 13 carries. Richie Dyer had 114 rushing yards on seven carries and one touchdown. The Moeller defense forced five turnovers and held Highland Park to an average of 2.4 yards per carry. Highland Park did move the ball through the air, picking up 250 passing yards. Moeller’s next game is Oct. 9 at Elder.

Sports & recreation This week in tennis

• Ursuline Academy’s Komal Safdar beat Bianca Patel of Sycamore High School 8-1, Sept. 25, in the first round of first singles competition in the Flight A Coaches Classic. • Ursuline’s Robertson beat Sycamore’s Southard 85 in the first round of third singles competition, Sept. 25. Robertson was defeated by Mt. Notre Dame Academy’s Sandy Niehaus 8-2, in the second round. • Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy’s doubles team of Faugno and Baxter beat Ursuline’s Annie Sabo and Maggie Egan in the first round of doubles competition in the Flight A Coaches Classic, Sept. 25. The CHCA team went on to beat Mt. Notre Dame High School’s Dennis and Ashley Towle in the second round, 8-4. • In the first round of the second doubles competition at the Flight A Coaches Classic, Sept. 25, Ursuline doubles team Lauren Wenstrup and Colleen Johns beat Mason High School’s Samantha Stulen and Jourdan Hatch 8-5; CHCA’s Martin and Elliot beat Natalie Torbeck and Jackie Becker of Mt. Notre Dame and Sycamore’s Aamna Dosani and Maggie Cron beat Lakota West’s Carolyn Johnson and Sam Whelan 8-2. • CHCA beat Kings High

School 5-0, Sept. 28. Dahmus beat Hay 6-1, 6-0; Baxter beat Weed 6-1, 6-0; Faugno beat Leo 6-0, 6-1; Elliot and Martin beat Rumelhart and Bennett 6-1, 6-2; Powel and Venters beat Hamilton and Kircher 61, 6-1. • Sycamore High School girls beat Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy 3-2, Sept. 29. Bianca Patel beat Baxter 7-6, 6-4; Allie Martin and Joyce Zhang beat Martin and Elliott 6-4, 6-2; Maggie Cron and Aamna Dosani beat Powel and Venters 6-0, 6-0. Sycamore advances to 10-4 with the win. • Ursuline beat Lakota East High School 3-2, Sept. 29. Ursuline’s Komal Safdar beat Carolyn Pitman 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (14-12); Jenny Robertson beat Leeah Floyd 6-1, 6-4; Colleen Johns and Lauren Wenstrup beat Katie Strahan and Sofey Fugate 6-2, 7-5. • Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy beat Indian Hill High School 3-2, Sept. 30. CHCA’s Baxter beat K. Schumacher 62, 7-6; Faugno beat Littman 62, 6-2; Elliott- Martin beat T. Schumacher 4-6, 7-6, 6-2. CHCA advances to 8-9 with the win. • Sycamore beat St. Ursula Academy 5-0, Sept. 30. Bianca Patel beat Brittany Gibler 6-4, 6-1; Sheena Patel beat Dana Clark 6-0, 6-2; Sophia Southard beat Meghan Corcoran 6-0, 6-0;

Allie Martin and Joyce Zhang beat Julia Weldon and Kate Bayer 6-3, 6-0; Maggie Cron and Aamna Dosani beat Claire Frank and Nora Elson 6-1, 6-0.

Moeller grads aid in win

The Thomas More College men’s golf team shot a 36hole total of 599 (293-306) to win the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Fall Invitational Sept. 29, at Oak Tree Country Club in West Middlesex, Penn. Rounding out the Saints’ golfers were sophomore Jarrett Gronauer, a Moeller High School graduate, who finished 11th with a 156 (77-79); and sophomore Mike Pharo, also a Moeller grad, in 19th place with a 162 (82-80). The Saints’ 599 was 27strokes lower then runner-up Washington & Jefferson College’s 626. The PAC Fall Invitational counts towards one half of the 72-hole total used to determine the 2009-10 PAC champion, which earns the conference’s automatic bid to the 2010 NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championship. The final 36 holes will be played at Oak Tree in April of 2010. The Saints closed out their Fall season Oct. 3 when they played in the 18-hole Centre College Invitational in Danville, Ky.

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CHCA tennis talent belies record By Tony Meale

The Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy girls’ tennis team may be 8-9 overall (as of Oct. 1), but don’t let the record fool you. “Our schedule is really tough,” head coach Lynn Nabors-McNally said. “And we’ve lost a lot of matches 3-2.” In fact, all of the Eagles’ losses have been 3-2 except in matches against Mount Notre Dame and Lakota East, which according to the rankings, are two of the top three Division-I teams in the city. “Our record could be a lot better,” Nabors-McNally said. The Eagles, which are ranked fifth in the state for Division II, have been led by Holly Dahmus, Dominique Baxter and Kassie Faugno. “They’re my three best players, and I’ve been rotating them at first singles,” Nabors-McNally said. “They all play very differently, but they’re all good competitors.” Baxter and Faugno teamed to win the Flight A doubles’ competition at the Coaches’ Classic earlier this season. “Basically, the top eight teams in the city were there,


and Dominique and Kassie won,” said Nabors-McNally, who would like her team to get better in doubles’ competition overall. Still, the Eagles were cochampions of the Miami Valley Conference with Summit Country Day after posting a 5-1 conference record this year. They hope that their accomplishments in league play – along with a tough out-of-conference schedule – will lead them to success in the postseason. “Hopefully we’ll get some individual state qualifiers,”


Kassie Faugno has been one of the top players for CHCA this season. Nabors-McNally said. “We lost a lot of seniors, so this year is supposed to be a rebuilding year. Whatever happens, happens.”




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VOICES FROM THE WEB Sign of a snit Visitors to blueash posted these comments to a story about the city going to court to have a billboard removed from Deerfield Road. The court ruled against the city: “It doesn’t take a lot of intelligence to be able to read an ordinance and figure out there’s no expiration date, but they waste our money in a lawsuit. Isn’t that why cities have a solicitor? Another fine example of our council at work.” northba “Only in Blue Ash can a billboard be dangerous. But does this really surprise anyone what this council does? And now since ‘No court is going to tell them what to do’ this council regains composure after their hissy fit and has a special ordinance written up especially for this business owner and his sign. But hey (at least the city has) a big new rec center and all those other great amenities, And BA is

fiscally sound. Therefore, you shouldn’t be upset because your property rights are being trampled on and you’ve had to spend your hard earned money defending those rights. You’re just getting a taste of what the residents go through on a daily basis. With that said, as a BA resident myself, I am extremely embarrassed by this and apologize for how you’ve been treated.” GoodOleDays77 “Bad council, mmm,mmm,mmm, bad council!” opine25

Reading between the lines Visitors to posted these comments to a story about the kickoff to the levy campaign for the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, which has a five-year, 1mill levy on the Nov. 3 ballot:

CH@TROOM Sept. 30 questions

The Kroger at Harper’s Point in Symmes Township has closed and will be replaced by a bigger store which will open some time next year. What other shopping options are there in that area? No responses. Do you plan to get either the regular flu shot or the H1N1 vaccine? Why or why not? “Yes to both. I’m pregnant so the benefits to baby and me outweigh the risks. “A lot of the hysteria from the 1970s swine flu vaccine has been completely blown out of proportion, and so I don’t see the H1N1 shot as much different than the regular flu vaccine, which also changes every year based on the flu strain.” N.H.

“Honestly, I haven’t decided. In years past, I never got the flu vaccine, and I can’t remember when I had the flu the last time. And the H1N1 vaccine is still not completely vetted. “The regular flu vaccine is available at Walgreens for $24.99, and that isn’t too outrageous. “If I were more certain that the H1N1 vaccine was extremely effective, I would probably get it when it is available. But I think I’ll pass on the regular shot – thanks for making me focus on this!” B.B. “I’ve already received the regular flu shot and I’ll get the H1N1 flu shot (‘Mexican Flu’ as it should properly be called) if there’s any left after those in the higher risk categories get theirs. “No ethical slur intended, but it’s known as the Mexican Flu in the rest of the world.” R.V. “Both my wife and I got flu inoculations weeks ago and we plan to get H1N1 inoculations as soon as available. Suffering for a week with either disease is not worth the small inconvenience of getting the inoculation. “There is no meaningful scientific support for the argument that it might give you the flu or pro-

Next questions What are the most important issues in this year’s Blue Ash council election? Ohio allows early voting. Is this a good idea and do you plan to take advantage of the opportunity? Why or why not? Every week The Northeast Suburban Life asks readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answer to nesuburban@community with Chatroom in the subject line. duce other side effects. Negative reactions are rare. “People who ignore the threat needlessly endanger their loved ones and others around them. Sure some will get the flu, even if they had the inoculation, but the symptoms will be less severe and there will be many fewer cases for those that too precautions. “Avoiding flu inoculations is one more risky behavior like unsafe sex, smoking, DUI, driving while texting. Like these other behaviors it puts others at risk. “Unlike these behaviors, actually catching the flu is a way to get inoculated against getting that strain again, living proof that a higher power must look after the clinically clueless.” F.S.D. “I do not get flu shots. They are not guaranteed to prevent your getting the flu, seasonal or otherwise. A shot ‘can help’ to avoid the flu ‘up to 70 percent’ is not the same as saying a person has a 70 percent chance of not getting the flu. “The wording indicates that the shots have the ability, not the certainty, of preventing the flu in 0 percent to 70 percent of those who get them. “Even if the shots were free, I still wouldn’t take the chance of having side effects. Not good odds.” A.B. “I’ve already gotten my flu shot. As for the H1N1, my doctor said he is going to follow whatever recommendation the CDC comes out with for our age group. I’ll probably be a low priority.” M.K.T.

“Life is tough everywhere. Every crevice of Hamilton County does not need a library, especially as mobile as our society has become. My property taxes are the highest in Hamilton County. I’m voting a resounding ‘no.’ Property owners need to stop being the ‘go to’ for every funding whim in this county. That goes for the Museum Center also.” DZign “How many levies are already on my home? 10, 12 more?” VirginianCSA “Keep in mind that many people still do not have access to a car all the time, so having a library nearby is important. Also, the libraries are picking up the slack from cuts in other funding such as schools – the library delivers books to schools and nursing homes on a regular basis. How many poor kids will never be exposed to reading or story time if their local library is shut down? How will this impact the quality of life down the road in our communities?”

“I think $30 a year, or more or less one less nice dinner out, is certainly worth it to save the libraries.” Midwestgal8 “Vote no! That is the only sure way to ensure your property taxes are not increased, I don’t care if it is only a few dollars a month, that is more in my pocket and honestly, if the library needs more $. They should charge more to those who use the library. Look at Bridgetown Road, the Green Township library is located 4.5 miles away from the Cleves library and 12 miles from the Westwood library. “We are a lazy society we need to have our needs met on every street corner ... why can’t the library charge more to those who actually use it?” hahahalol “For less than $100 per year you have unlimited access to the Museum Center and the library. How much do you spend for cigarettes or a movie and dinner per year just for yourself? Can’t you be generous enough to spend a little to benefit thousands of

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You can comment on stories by visiting and choosing your community’s home page: fellow citizens who don’t have the resources you have? How selfish. “The museum levy is not for the museums it is for repair to the historic building ... our wonderful Union Terminal building. And by the way for one small membership you have access to all three museums as many times as you want and with a guest (not a fee for each unless you only go once ... get a membership ... it’s a bargain). “Many libraries are neighborhood branches where the elderly can gather, children go for homework help and project research, programs are offered, homeless are offered shelter and safety. For less than the price of one magazine subscription you have access to hundreds of magazines at the library.” ladywithascooter

Support current city council As a lifelong Blue Ash resident who has raised my family here, served on the Blue Ash City Council and remain actively involved in our city, I feel compelled to write this column concerning the Nov. 3 city council race. I’ve lived in this city for more than 68 years. Most of you know it was my honor to serve on city council with some very fine people – Bob Shuler, Ray MacNab, Don Beidermann and Curtiss Battle to name a few. I’ve seen Blue Ash evolve into one of the greatest places in America to live and raise a family. I think there are a number of reasons for this remarkable transformation. One of the reasons is stability in city government. We’ve never seen the value in fighting/jockeying for position or

nitpicking things in Blue Ash. Frankly, I think the current city council is a good group of people as have ever served this city. Walter They are Reuszer smart, engaged, Community r e s i d e n t and Press guest focused sincerely comcolumnist mitted to moving Blue Ash in a positive direction. Do I approve of everything they do? No, not necessarily, but I do respect the fact that they are willing to explore options and make tough decisions. Isn’t this really why we elect candidates to an elected office?

It saddens me that the current group of challengers are putting so much energy into attacking, criticizing and tearing down Blue Ash. Almost weekly, these folks or their supporters attack some aspect of our home in this very paper. They call for change, but so far I have not heard one positive idea of what that change might be. Frankly, I am very proud and happy to be living in Blue Ash. I am going to say “no” to the people who can find nothing to like about Blue Ash. I am saying “yes” and completely supporting the re-election of Lee Czerwonka and Tom Adamec (at large), Jack Buckman (Ward 2), Rick Bryan (Ward 3) and Mark Weber (Ward 5). Walter Reuszer is a former mayor of Blue Ash.

Informed voters required On Nov. 3, citizens across our country will have the opportunity to engage in one of the most precious of our rights, the right to vote. This year, every Blue Ash voter has the opportunity to vote for two at-large city council representatives and for their ward representative. The core question voters need to answer may actually be quite straightforward. Am I happy living in Blue Ash, or do I think things have gotten horribly off track and need to change? All of the current City Council representatives are standing for re-election. 5 council members (Tom Adamec, Rick Bryan, Jack Buckman, Lee Czerwonka and Mark Weber) have challengers for their seats. Voting for the current council members will almost certainly mean a continuation of the fiscally responsible resident focused policies and direction that you see today in Blue Ash. Residents experience the advantages of living in Blue Ash everyday. Of course, voting in the newcomers will create change,

probably dramatic change; they are promising to make changes. Here’s the hard part, how do you select the best person Rick Bryan to represent Community you? Press guest thatI’dyousuggest learn columnist about and consider each candidate’s education, work and leadership experience, demonstrated history of public involvement and service to our community and country. Bottom line, are they qualified to be making the decisions that will impact your life on a daily basis. Next, I’d suggest looking at what they promise to do while in office. Are their promises reasonable, possible and important to you? In an election year, you are likely to hear lots of claims, counter claims and promises. They will range from quite sensible to widely bizarre. Sadly, many

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of the worst half truths have been about the Blue Ash Veterans Memorial. Fact, it has never moved since being erected, and there is absolutely no plan to move it now or in the future. If other statements that you read or hear seem to fly in the face of your personal experience, it is time to do some research. Unfortunately, the Internet, “axe to grind Web sites” and the ability “blog” anonymously provide a fertile medium for half truths, misinformation and rumors passing as fact. Fortunately, there are many good sources of information: the League of Women’s Voters Web site, the voters guide published by this newspaper and sometimes the candidate’s own literature. You should also feel welcome to E-mail or call candidates and talk with them directly. An informed and educated voter will make the right choice. If you have questions for me, please feel free to contact me by email at: or phone at 207-1673. Rick Bryan is a member of Blue Ash City Council.



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Steve Locke started Locke’s Heating, Cooling and Maintenance in his basement.

Company’s business has heated up About the company

Locke’s Heating – Cooling & Maintenance 9206 Floral Ave. Blue Ash, Ohio 45242 513-793-1900 & Cooling moved it entire operations into 2,500 square foot office and warehouse on Floral Avenue in Blue Ash. The business’s beliefs have and will remain the same for all customers ... quality work, reasonable pricing, dependable staffing, strong customer service and 24-hour emergency service. From the start of business in 1997 to present, Locke has supported local schools, scouting groups, sports groups, Masonic Lodges, churches of various faiths, fireman associations, Habitat for Humanity and Community Housing Improvement Project, with donations of time, service, raffle gifts and monetary donations.

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Hamilton County Park District is hosting the exhibit “Imagine That Art Show� from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, at Sharon Centre at Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville. The show features watercolors by artists at the Sandy Maudlin Studio. Admission is free, but a vehicle permit is required. The exhibit continues through Oct. 11. Call 5217275 or visit

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The Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County is hosting Arthur Katz at 7

p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, at the Symmes Township Branch Library, 11850 E. Enyart St., Symmes Township. The author of “From the Embers Rising� will detail his experiences through a reading and a book signing. Call 369-6001.

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Symmes Township Service Department workers Willie Burns, in the cab, and Brent Scott, with the tape measure, dig a grave in Union Cemetery.



Grave-digging grounded in rules Carol Sims is the assistant fiscal officer for Symmes Township and the cemetery sexton for the township’s three cemeteries: Union, Kerr and Camp Dennison. Here she discusses how to dig a grave.

What generally are the dimensions of a grave? Are coffin sizes different? Do cemetery workers have to get the coffin’s measurements before they dig the grave? “A grave space is 48 inches by 120 inches. The grave is dug at 42 inches by 96 inches. Most coffins are made to fit the standard grave space. A person would purchase it from the funeral home and there is a wide range of styles and costs. For the most part, all coffins will fit in the dug area. A funeral director advises if there is an exception to this rule when making the arrangements with me.� How deep a hole do they dig? “The depth of the hole is normally 48 inches to 56 inches deep, which is a standard procedure. Sometimes there might be a vault type that requires a deeper hole. We also have two ‘double vault’ sections at Kerr Cemetery and that depth is naturally deeper.� Do gravediggers use shovels or a back hoe? “Graves are now dug with a

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backhoe with a truck parked next to the space in order to receive the dirt. We do dig with a shovel when there is an in-ground cremation.� Isn’t there some kind of concrete container placed into the grave that holds the coffin? What is the purpose of that? “The township requires coffins to be placed in a vault. Our minimum requirement is a concrete box with a one-piece lid. Again, vaults are normally purchased from the funeral home and styles and costs vary depending on what the family wishes. The vault allows for stability in the ground when there is a need for a vehicle. It allows our personnel to easily locate a burial and it aids in containing normal deterioration.� Is it ever too cold to dig a grave? Because the earth is too hard? “Cold weather was a problem in earlier times because a grave was dug by hand. Now we use a backhoe and this is not an issue. A prob-


lem could occur when there is a large snowfall and we would be unable to locate and mark the appropriate grave. In that instance, the funeral home will retain the remains until we are able to dig the grave.� What is the protocol for filling the grave with dirt after services? Do cemetery workers usually wait until the mourners leave? “Our personnel wait until after mourners leave. The funeral director will remain. The dirt which was placed in the truck is brought back to the site and the dirt is replaced in the grave. A small mound of dirt is placed on the top to allow for settling.�

Is the covered grave always seeded with grass afterward? “Our policy is to watch a new space and fill in with additional dirt as needed. Once settled, usually taking about six months – depending on the weather – we will then rake the dirt, place grass seed and cover with netting. We continue to watch until grass is established. Sometime we do get requests from family members to place dirt on the grave and we try to work with them on an individual basis.� Reported by Jeanne Houck




Locke’s Heating & Cooling of Blue Ash was started in 1997 by Steve Locke as sole proprietor, out of the basement of his home. He was working alone to help consumers with their heating and cooling needs with reasonable pricing and quality service. In 1998 he hired the first part-time technician/installer. In 1999 the parttime technician/installer was made full time, and Locke added a second van to the fleet. As two men working in the field kept busy, the paperwork and telephones needed attention. A parttime office assistant was hired in the year 2000. The work load continued as marketing brought on work from a home warranty co. and the Real Estate Investors Association. The largest growth of Locke’s Heating & Cooling was in 2001. The office assistant was hired as the fulltime office manager; an additional parttime assistant was also added. Field staffing was increased by three additional technicians and a parts runner. In 2002, the business moved to an office on Blue Ash Road. Locke increased staffing, adding a customer service manager, additional technicians and two more vans, and the parttime clerical assistant became full time. In 2007, Locke’s Heating


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International Fellowship of Christian Businessmen Luncheon Meeting, 11:45 a.m. Crowne Plaza Hotel Blue Ash, 5901 Pfeiffer Road. $15 for lunch; free attendance. Reservations required. Presented by International Fellowship of Christian Businessmen. 984-1513. Blue Ash.


Women’s Day, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oasis Conference Center, 902 Loveland-Miamiville Road. Topic: sustainability. Includes lunch, breakout information sessions and panel of experts with information on opportunities to become involved in community. Ends with cocktail hour, networking and raffles. $50, $35 chamber members. Registration required. Presented by Clermont Chamber of Commerce. 576-5000; Loveland.


Computer and TV Recycling Drop-Off, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 2trg, 11093 Kenwood Road. Accepting 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. $20 TVs over 60 pounds, $10 TVs under 60 pounds, free for other items. Presented by Hamilton County Solid Waste Management District. 946-7766. Blue Ash.


Pet First Aid, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. American Red Cross Blue Ash Chapter, 10870 Kenwood Road. Red Cross course in first aid for emergencies in cats and dogs. Bring four-legged stuffed animal. $35. Registration required. Presented by American Red Cross Cincinnati Area Chapter. 792-4000; Blue Ash.


StrollerFit, 9:45 a.m.-11 a.m. Symmes Park, 11600 Lebanon Road. Free. Presented by StrollerFit – Northeast. 754-2280; Symmes Township.


Greenacres Farm Store, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Greenacres Farm Store, 8255 Spooky Hollow Road. Grass-fed Black Angus beef, freerange chicken, produce, lamb, turkey, eggs and honey. 891-4227. Indian Hill. Turner Farm, 2:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Turner Farm, 7400 Given Road. Large variety of local and seasonal vegetables. Flowers such as zinnias, sunflowers, strawflowers, blue salvia and more. 574-1849. Indian Hill.


Arthur Katz, 7 p.m. Symmes Township Branch Library, 11850 E. Enyart St. Author of “From the Embers Rising” will detail his experiences through a reading and a book signing. 3696001. Symmes Township.


Lake Isabella Fishing Boathouse, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road. Full-service boathouse with rowboat rentals. Open fishing yearround in 28-acre lake with outdoor fishing pier from dusk to dawn. $9.50 for 12-hour permit, free ages 12 and under and ages 60 and up; vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Symmes Township.


Co-ed 6 on 6 Volleyball League, 6:30 p.m.10 p.m. Weekly through Dec. 10. TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road. All skill levels. Teams play three games to 25. $260. Registration required. 9856747. Montgomery.


Computer Basics, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Weekly through Oct. 29. Sycamore Senior Center, 4455 Carver Woods Drive. Covers basics including how to create documents and spreadsheets. Four-week course. $60, $45 members. Registration required. 984-1234. Blue Ash. Web Site Favorites and Google Searching, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Weekly through Oct. 29. Sycamore Senior Center, 4455 Carver Woods Drive. Basic Internet lessons. $60, $45 members. 686-1010. Blue Ash.


Celebrate Recovery, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Montgomery Community Church, 11251 Montgomery Road. For those who suffer from hurt, hang-ups, or habits. Free. 5872437. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, 6:30 p.m. Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Free, donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous, Inc. 503-4262. Montgomery. F R I D A Y, O C T . 9


Computer and TV Recycling Drop-Off, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 2trg, $20 TVs over 60 pounds, $10 TVs under 60 pounds, free for other items. 946-7766. Blue Ash.


StrollerFit, 9:45 a.m.-11 a.m. Symmes Park. Free. 754-2280; Symmes Township.


Candlelight Singles, 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Trio Bistro, 7565 Kenwood Road. Meet other singles at dinner under romantic lighting. All parties in age appropriate groups. Benefits Hospice, YWCA Battered Woman’s, Children’s Shelter and Freestore Foodbank. Ages 23-65. $30 plus dinner. Reservations required. Presented by Candlelight Singles of North America. 761-6201; Kenwood. S A T U R D A Y, O C T . 1 0


Scratching Post Auction, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Loveland Intermediate School, 757 S. Lebanon Road. Benefits The Scratching Post Cat Shelter and Adoption Center. Free. Presented by The Scratching Post. 984-6369; Loveland.


Computer and TV Recycling Drop-Off, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 2trg, $20 TVs over 60 pounds, $10 TVs under 60 pounds, free for other items. 946-7766. Blue Ash.


StrollerFit, 9:45 a.m.-11 a.m. Symmes Park. Free. 754-2280; Symmes Township.


Blooms and Berries Farm Market, 10 a.m.6 p.m. Blooms & Berries Farm Market, 9669 S. Ohio 48 – fall location. You-pick produce farm. October: pumpkins. Presented by Blooms and Berries Farm Market. 6979173. Loveland.


Trivia, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Through The Garden Restaurant, 10738 Kenwood Road. Chance to win gift certificates and other prizes. Free. 791-2199. Blue Ash.


Fall on the Farm Fall Festival, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Blooms & Berries Farm Market, 9669 S. Ohio 48 — fall location. Children’s farmthemed play area, food, music and more. Corn maze; $5, $4 children. Hayrides to pumpkin patch; $4, $3 children. Free admission. Presented by Blooms and Berries Farm Market. 6979173; Loveland.


Homegrown Permaculture Workshop, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. “Energy.” Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road. Includes lunch. $65. Registration recommended. 683-2340; Loveland.


Jenn Harris, 8 p.m. InCahoots, 4100 Hunt Road. Playing songs from Sugarland, Sheryl Crow, Stevie Nicks, Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood and Sarah McLaughlin. Free. 7662600. Blue Ash.


The Websters, 10 p.m. Bar Seventy-One, 8850 Governors Hill Drive. Ages 21 and up. $7. 774-9697; Symmes Township.


Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 201 Riverside Drive. Bonaventure House with exhibits, gift shop and library, 1797 Rich Log Cabin and 1879 Bishop-Coleman Gazebo. $3. 683-5692; Loveland. Lake Isabella Fishing Boathouse, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Lake Isabella, $9.50 for 12-hour permit, free ages 12 and under and ages 60 and up; vehicle permit required. 521-7275; Symmes Township.


Kids First Sports Fair … Don’t Sit Be Fit, 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Kids First Sports Center, 7900 E. Kemper Road. Sample classes, learn about camps, preschool workshops and birthday parties. Benefits Children’s Miracle Network. Family friendly. $10 per family. 489-7575; Sycamore Township.


What Women Need to Know About Divorce, 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Merrill Lynch, 5151 Pfeiffer Road, Suite 100, conference room. Learn how to protect yourself and your children, take control of your financial life and strategies to deal with your spouse and/or children’s emotions. Features panel of speakers, attorneys, financial advisor and therapists. Free. Reservations appreciated, not required. Presented by Second Saturday. 792-1186. Blue Ash. Make Your House a Cozy Home, 1 p.m. Macy’s Kenwood Furniture Gallery, 7800 Montgomery Road. With senior designers Tracy Burske and Barb Donnellon. Learn how using the right furniture, accessories, area rugs and more can turn your house into a cozy home. Free. Reservations required. 745-8980, option 6. Kenwood.


Tackle Trade Days, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road, Family Fishing Center. Sell or trade new and used fishing equipment. Free, vehicle permit required. Registration required for dealers or individuals selling items. 791-1663. Symmes Township.


Candlelight Singles, 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Trio Bistro, $30 plus dinner. Reservations required. 761-6201; Kenwood.

SPORTS - REGISTRATIONS Kids First Sports Fair, 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Kids First Sports Center, 7900 E. Kemper Road. Sample classes include gymnastics, swimming, karate, dance, trampoline and tumbling, cheerleading, soccer, basketball, and volleyball. Adult classes include dance, karate, b-fit exercise, and water aerobics. Children must be accompanied by parent/adult. Benefits Children’s Miracle Network. $10 per family. 489-7575; Sycamore Township. S U N D A Y, O C T . 1 1

EXERCISE CLASSES StrollerFit, 9:45 a.m.-11 a.m. Symmes Park. Free. 754-2280; Symmes Township. HOLIDAY - HALLOWEEN Fall on the Farm Fall Festival, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Blooms & Berries Farm Market. Free admission. 697-9173; Loveland.


Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, $3. 683-5692; Loveland. Lake Isabella Fishing Boathouse, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Lake Isabella, $9.50 for 12-hour permit, free ages 12 and under and ages 60 and up; vehicle permit required. 521-7275; Symmes Township. M O N D A Y, O C T . 1 2


Cincinnati Toastmasters Club No. 472 Meeting, 7 p.m. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Kenwood, 7701 Kenwood Road. Public speaking and leadership skills meeting. Free. Presented by Cincinnati Toastmasters Club No. 472. 351-5005. Kenwood.


The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden brings HallZOOween back from noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 10-11, Oct. 17-18 and Oct. 24-25. Kids can trick-or-treat around the zoo and see an animal version of trick-or-treating with Pumpkin Pandemonium. There is also magic, train rides, a pumpkin patch and more. HallZOOween is free with park admission. Admission is $13, adults; $9, ages 2-12; and free for under 2. Visit


StrollerFit, 9:45 a.m.-11 a.m. Symmes Park. Free. 754-2280; Symmes Township.


Francine Prose, 7:30 p.m. Rockwern Academy, 8401 Montgomery Road. Author discusses and signs “Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife.” Free. Reservations required. Presented by Joseph-Beth Booksellers. 3109060; Kenwood.


Lake Isabella Fishing Boathouse, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Lake Isabella, $9.50 for 12-hour permit, free ages 12 and under and ages 60 and up; vehicle permit required. 521-7275; Symmes Township.


Drawing and Painting, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Beginner and intermediate levels with Myrtle Blankbuehler. Sycamore Senior Center, 4455 Carver Woods Drive. $4, $1 without instruction. 984-1234. Blue Ash.


Candlelight Singles, 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Trio Bistro, $30 plus dinner. Reservations required. 761-6201; Kenwood. T U E S D A Y, O C T . 1 3


Computer and TV Recycling Drop-Off, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 2trg, $20 TVs over 60 pounds, $10 TVs under 60 pounds, free for other items. 946-7766. Blue Ash.

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Southwest Ohio Crochet Guild Monthly Meeting, 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Special stitches. Community of Christ Church, 623 Paxton Ave. Promoting heart and soul of crochet for crocheters of all skill levels. $20 annual membership. Presented by Southwest Ohio Crochet Guild. 683-1670; Loveland.


StrollerFit, 9:45 a.m.-11 a.m. Symmes Park. Free. 754-2280; Symmes Township.


Greenacres Farm Store, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Greenacres Farm Store, 8914227. Indian Hill. Turner Farm, 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Turner Farm, 574-1849. Indian Hill.


Bluegrass Jam Session, 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Gravy, 1513 Ohio 28. With Hard-Drive. Others welcome to play. Free. Reservations recommended. 576-6789. Loveland.


Lake Isabella Fishing Boathouse, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Lake Isabella, $9.50 for 12-hour permit, free ages 12 and under and ages 60 and up; vehicle permit required. 521-7275; Symmes Township. W E D N E S D A Y, O C T . 1 4

EXERCISE CLASSES StrollerFit, 9:45 a.m.-11 a.m. Symmes Park. Free. 754-2280; Symmes Township. PUBLIC HOURS

Lake Isabella Fishing Boathouse, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Lake Isabella, $9.50 for 12-hour permit, free ages 12 and under and ages 60 and up; vehicle permit required. 521-7275; Symmes Township.


Drawing and Painting, 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Advanced class. Sycamore Senior Center, $4, $1 without instruction. 984-1234. Blue Ash. T H U R S D A Y, O C T . 1 5

BUSINESS MEETINGS Business Networking, noon-1 p.m. Loveland Chamber of Commerce, 442 W. Loveland Ave. For current and future members. Free. 683-1544; Loveland. EXERCISE CLASSES

StrollerFit, 9:45 a.m.-11 a.m. Symmes Park. Free. 754-2280; Symmes Township.


First Aid/Adult, Infant & Child CPR with AED, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Continues Oct. 16. American Red Cross Blue Ash Chapter, 10870 Kenwood Road. Participants learn to respond to sudden illnesses, injuries and other emergencies in adults, infants and children. Certification valid one year for CPR and three years for first aid. $75. Registration required. Presented by American Red Cross Cincinnati Area Chapter. 792-4000; Blue Ash.

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Checking our images of God the recent novel, “The Shack,” seems to be the different images used for the Triune-God. Archie would have condemned the book. Certainly there is a need to recognize the stability and steadfastness of God. The psalmists often used descriptive words like “fortress” and “rock” to do this. What must be remembered is that God is an absolute mystery. St. Anselm described God as “The One beyond that is able to be thought.” That

means in our dealings with God we must develop a tolerance for ambiguity. In his book “God, The Oldest Question,” William J. O’Malley, S.J., writes, “I do believe that the Holy Spirit is a feminine principle within God, just as the book of Wisdom pictures her. “But in my experience, God is … far more masculine (challenging, rational, decisive, unbending) than feminine (cherishing, enfolding, mothering, consoling.) Again in my experi-

ence, if God is a ‘she,’ God is one damn tough cookie.” The parables of Jesus Christ are stories about people, but their real plot is about the heart of God. Notice that there is always an element of astonishment, surprise and the unexpected in them. The measured expectations of those hearing them are shattered. God was always more than anticipated. John Shea writes, “As Mark says, ‘He was too much for them.’ Like a

woman who loves too much, like ointment that costs too much and is spilled too much, like a seventy-times-seven God who forgives too much.” Today we like a housebroken God, a God we can keep on a leash, who has predictable habits, doesn’t generate questions, and makes sense by our logic. Author Kathleen Norris writes: “One so often hears people say, ‘I just can’t handle it,’ when they reject a biblical image of God as Father, Mother, as Lord and Judge, God as a lover… God on a cross. … If we seek a God we can ‘handle’ that will be exactly what we get – a God we can manipulate, sus-


piciously like ourselves, the wideness of whose m e r c y we’ve cut down to s i z e . ” Father Lou What we Guntzelman get then is not God. Perspectives Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Reach him at columns@ or contact him directly at P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242. Please include a mailing address or fax number if you wish for him to respond.


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Humans have a strong tendency to categorize things. Then we paste our categories in a mental book titled, “Things I Know For Sure.” This makes us feel more secure but less enthralled. Often it takes a crisis to rediscover how something old can be new again. St. Augustine has always intrigued me. After his conversion to Christianity, he wrote a prayer that began, “Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new …” Imagine that! Not perceiving God in the typical category of being judgmental, severe or powerful – but beautiful. God is a frequent recipient of our familiarizing. God never grows up in our minds, never becomes new, exciting and breathtaking. He remains an old grandfatherly man or mean-spirited critic. To expand the quality of our lives, G.K. Chesterton once said that our spiritual and psychological task is to learn to look at familiar things until they become unfamiliar again. This holds true whether the familiar thing be a flower, a snowfall, a job or even God. Mystics call this process “awakening.” Most of our lives we just go on turning the pages of our mental book, “Things I Know For Sure.” Our pictures of God were pasted there when we were kids. Now they’re cracked, sepia-colored, and a little dusty. Archie Bunker had a large album of them to which he referred frequently. One of the attractions to

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Treat your palate to tastes of the past

When it comes to autumn festivals, two stand out for me – the Renaissance Festival in Harveysburg, Ohio, and the Old West Festival between Mount Orab and Williamsburg. They are as different as night and day to each other, but each is historically correct, whether it’s the architecture, dress code, entertainment, or the food offered. Plus when you visit, you

are literally transported back into time. Now I love to cook, but I’m not sure I’d make it as a “Renaissance girl” Rita in the Heikenfeld kitchen. I Rita’s kitchen d oAnd n ’ t think Drew Deimling, a




Hyde Park reader and proprietor of the Old West Festival, would hire me as a cowgirl rustling up supper. I thought it would be fun, though, to share recipes for the kind of foods eaten during those times.

Kathy’s Renaissance chicken pie served in bread bowls

Originally from Kathy Kneipp, a Clermont County reader. She loves history and taught her kids about the Renaissance by having them help her prepare a Renaissance meal. Here’s my adaptation: 2 frying chickens, cut up 1 teaspoon garlic powder (opt.) 1 small onion, cut up 4 tablespoons butter 1 ⁄2 cup flour 1 cup milk Broth from chicken Salt and pepper to taste

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Fill a pan with enough water to cover chicken, add garlic powder and onion, but do not add the chicken yet. Bring water to a boil. Lower heat then add chicken. Simmer until tender. Remove chicken, let cool and remove from

bones. Reserve broth. Melt butter in a skillet, whisk in flour and cook slowly for one minute. Add 1 cup milk and 1⁄2 cup chicken broth and stir carefully. Add another 1⁄2 cup broth. Season everything with salt and pepper. Place chicken on a serving platter and pour sauce over and serve. To serve in bread bowls: Cut off top of round loaf of bread. Hollow out bottom 2⁄3, and set the reserved bread aside. In preheated 350 degree oven, toast the hollowed out bread round along with the reserved pieces for a few minutes. Pour the chicken topped with sauce into bread bowl. Use chunks of reserved bread to dunk into bowl and to act as a utensil.

Old West pulled pork barbecue

In the Old West you had to raise the pig, butcher it, smoke the hams, etc. Lucky for us we can just go to the grocery where the pork is neatly wrapped, ready to cook. Cook a pork loin roast in 3 cups water with a diced onion, a teaspoon or so minced garlic, salt and pepper to taste, in the crockpot

until done (about three hours on high, five hours on low). When cool, shred. Measure out 1 quart broth from cooked meat. Add to that:

1 bottle ketchup ⁄2 cup mustard 1 teaspoon chili powder 1 teaspoon paprika (opt.) 1 ⁄2 to 1 cup brown sugar 1 bay leaf 2 slices lemon 1 tablespoon each: vinegar and Worcestershire sauce Dash or two Tabasco sauce (opt.)

Food fests

• Renaissance Festival, Harveysburg, Ohio. Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. through Oct. 25.


Cook 10 minutes, remove bay leaf and add meat that has been shredded. Put all back in crockpot and cook 30 minutes longer, uncovered. Use a soup ladle to serve on warm buns. Even easier: To a bottle of purchased barbecue sauce, sprinkle in some chili powder, garlic powder and, if you want it sweeter, brown sugar to taste. Thin with a bit of the broth if you want. Again, cook about 30 minutes uncovered in the crockpot.

Can you help?

The number of requests for these recipes is growing


Rita lunching at the Renaissance Festival in Harveysburg. • Old West Festival, Williamsburg/Mount Orab, Ohio. Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. through Oct. 11. each day: • Like Syktop Bigg’s chicken salad • Mio’s creamy garlic salad dressing • Strawberry lasagna like Bravo’s Café, Augusta, Ky.

Rooting out recipes

I’m cloning a recipe now for Entenmann’s pound cake and will share it hopefully soon. Also a recipe for roasted garlic potatoes using whole cloves. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is Macy’s certified culinary professional and family herbalist, an educator and author. E-mail her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Or call 513-2487130, ext. 356. Visit Rita at

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Democratic club hosts election forum The Blue Ash Northeast Democratic Club will hold its annual Candidates and Issues Forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, at the Blue Ash Recreation Center, lower level, 4433 Cooper Road, Blue Ash. The group has received numerous requests from candidates and issues’ representatives to speak at the forum. “It’s very important for voters to hear from local candidates and learn about issues in order to make educated decisions,� said Julie Brook, president of the club. The current lineup for the Candidates and Issues Forum include: Veterans’ Advocate – Compensation to Veterans of the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan and Iraq Conflicts (Issue 1) Issue 2 – Ohio Livestock Care Board David Krikorian – Candidate for spring 2010 Democratic primary, U.S. Congress, 2nd district Brad Tucker – Candidate for 29th District state representative (2010) Greg Goloborodko – Vote Yes on Issue 3 (Casino Gambling) Teri Nau – Family Services & Treatment Programs (Issue 4) Speaker to be announced – People for (Hamilton County) MRDD Services Levy (Issue 5) Brian Sekerak – Union Terminal Museum Levy Renewal (Issue 6) Amy Banister – Citizens for Your Library’s Future (Issue 7)


Blue Ash council candidate John Dillon meets with a city resident during door-todoor campaigning. John Mercurio – Candidate for Sycamore Community School Board Greg Cohen (D) – Candidate for Blue Ash City Council at-large John Dillon (D) – Candidate for Blue Ash City Council Ward 3 Kimberly Reese (Writein) – Candidate for Blue Ash City Council Ward 4 Carol Venn (I) – Candi-

date for Blue Ash City Council Ward 5 Other local candidates or issue representatives wishing to speak, regardless of party affiliation, should contact Brook. “Each spokesperson will be given three minutes to speak and time to answer questions,� she said. “We welcome anyone who has something to say

and we do so in an open, receptive and encouraging environment.� For more information, contact the Blue Ash Northeast Democratic Club on Facebook or contact Julie Brook at On Nov. 17, the club will host a non-political education session titled “What Do I Do If I Commit or I am Wrongly Accused of Committing a Crime?� A panel of local judges and criminal defense attor-

neys will offer suggestions on handling yourself in such a situation. At this event there will be no solicitation of donations or dues. Please note that judges cannot address individual personal legal cases and are not permitted to comment on their current caseloads. Criminal defense attorneys can solicit clients after the event. Blue Ash Northeast Demoratic Club meets regularly September through

June at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road. Club members hail from several Northeast communities, including Blue Ash, Montgomery, Kenwood, Sharonville, Indian Hill, Evendale, Loveland, Sycamore Township and Symmes Township. Members are encouraged to join the group for $25 per year, but meetings are always open to the public.







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HOW CAN YOU REDUCE THE CHANCES OF A BRAIN TUMOR COMING BACK? For Joe, it was the perfect solution. He had been to two other centers in the region, telling him that his brain tumor was inoperable. He ultimately ended up at the University of Cincinnati Brain Tumor Center, where specialists successfully removed his oligodendroglioma tumor. Three years after the surgery the tumor reappeared. His specialists recommended fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy at Precision Radiotherapy to eliminate the recurrence. During his treatment, Joe settled into a comfortable routine, walking his sister’s dogs, writing music or playing guitar in the morning, and undergoing high-precision radiotherapy in the afternoon.

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RELIGION Ascension Lutheran Church


7950 Pfeiffer Rd.


9:30 am Sunday School 10:45 am Sunday Morning Worship 6:30 pm Sunday Eve Service 7:00 pm Wednesday Family Night

EPISCOPAL ST. ANNE, WEST CHESTER 6461 Tylersville Road (1/2 mile W. of Cin-Day) 513-779-1139

Sundays 7:30, 9:00 & 10:45am Nursery Sun 9:00am-noon Church School Classes for All Ages, 9:45am

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 1:30 PM Esperanza Viva, Hispanic Worship 9:40 & 11:00 AM Sunday School Childcare available

Sharonville United Methodist

8:15 & 11am Traditional Service & Kingdom Kids 9:30am Contemporary Worship & Sunday School 7:00pm Wednesday, Small Groups for all ages Infant care available for all services

3751 Creek Rd.



ST. PATRICK’S-LEBANON 232 E. Main St (corner of East & Main) Rev. Jacqueline E. Matisse, Pastor

932-7691 Holy Eucharist 10:30am Sunday School 10:30am Nursery Care Provided 5 min. from K-71 via Rt. 48

EVANGELICAL FREE 5910 Price Road, Milford 831-3770

Services 8:00 am, 9:15 am & 11:00am Steve Lovellette, Senior Pastor Nursery proivided at all services

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7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery (East of I-71 on Pfeiffer Rd) Worship Schedule 10:00 a.m. Worship and Holy Communion Baby sitter provided Pastor: Josh Miller

Good Shepherd (E LCA)

7701 Kenwood Rd.


(across from Kenwood Towne Centre) Saturday night at 5:00 and Sunday morning at 8:00, 9:00, 9:30 & 11:00am Pastors: Larry Donner, Pat Badkey, Jesse Abbott

8221 Miami Rd. (corner of Galbraith)


NEW 9:30am Service -Innovative & High energy

Traditonal Services 8:45 & 11:00am Sunday School 9:30 & 11:00am


UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF THE SAVIOUR 8005 Pfeiffer Rd Montgmry 791-3142 "Get In The Game: Listen To The Coach"

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

Dr. Cathy Johns, Senior Pastor Rev. Doug Johns, Senior Pastor

Kenwood Fellowship Church

The church is starting a new contemporary worship service from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10. It will continue each Saturday evening. The services will feature contemporary worship music in a relaxed atmosphere with biblical teaching that will resonate with the fast-pasted lifestyles that many of us find ourselves in today. The church is at 7205 Kenwood Road; 891-9768.

Montgomery Community Church

The church is hosting “GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays” seminar from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, in the Community Room of the Symmes Township Library (11850 Enyart Road). It is a helpful, encouraging seminar for people facing the holidays after a loved one’s death. Space is limited to the first 50 adults; pre-registration is required. There is no charge for this event. Topics to be discussed include “Why the Holidays Are Tough,” “What to Expect,” “How to Prepare,” “How to Manage Relationships and Holiday

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Pumpkin Patch is open. Pumpkins are now on the church lawn. All sales benefit youth summer mission trips. Kids Morning Out is from 9 a.m. to noon every Monday through Thursday. It is open to children 6 months-kindergarten. The cost is $10 for one child and $15 for families of two or more. The “Fireproof Your Marriage” class will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12. The class will continue Mondays through Nov. 16. With its affirming message about love, the movie “Fireproof” has helped millions of marriages become stronger. The Love Dare by Alex and Stephen Kendrick, a 40-day challenge featured in the movie, helps couples strive to understand one another and practice unconditional love within their marriage. Call to register. October meeting for seniors is at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, in room 11 at the church. Charles Cokely from Joseph Porsche (Kings Auto Mall) will talk about Smart Cars and give test rides in the parking lot. They will also have “COS Night” dinner (make your “COS Night” dinner reservations by noon the Monday before or bring a bag supper) at 5 p.m. or just the program at 6 p.m. Vendors are needed for the Fall Craft

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Baker - Hammer Mr. and Mrs. Daniel L. Baker of Clearwater, Florida are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Karissa Noelle Baker, to Matthew Jeremy Hammer, son of Michael and Victoria Hammer of Cincinnati, Ohio. The bride-to-be is a graduate of Villa Julie College in Stevenson, Maryland. She is an intensive care nurse at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, Florida and is a clinical instructor for South University in Tampa, Florida. Matthew is a graduate of Indian Hill High School and Miami University of Ohio Farmer School of Business. He is a Key Account Manager for Sterling Payment Technologies in Tampa. Matthew is the grandson of Margie Hammer of Cincinnati, Ohio and the late Walter Hammer and Janet Van Velzel of Lakeland, Florida, formerly of Cincinnati, Ohio and the late Arthur Van Velzel. The happy couple will be wed on Saturday, April 24, 2010 in Clearwater, Florida.


PRESBYTERIAN 4309 Cooper Rd. At Reed Hartman Hwy 791-1153 • Rev. Michael Brewer, Pastor • 9:00 AM Sunday School for all ages • 10:30 AM Worship Nursery Care Provided Fellowship Hour following Worship Service

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Church School for Everyone 10:10 am

Traditional Worship 11:15 am Child Care available at all times

Montgomery Presbyterian Church 9994 Zig Zag Road Mongtomery, Ohio 45242

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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 details to nesuburban@communitypress. com, with “Religion” in the subject line. Fax to 248-1938. Call 248-8600. Mail to: Northeast Suburban Life, Attention: Teasha Fowler, Religion news, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, OH 45140. Socials” and “Using the Holidays to Help You Heal.” Those who attend will receive a free book with over 30 daily readings providing additional insights and ideas on holiday survival. Child care through sixth grade will be provided during the event at Montgomery Community Church (11251 Montgomery Road). Pre-registration for child care is required. To pre-register, call Mendy Maserang at 587-2437 or e-mail The church is hosting “DivorceCare: Surviving the Holidays” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, in the Community Room of the Symmes Township Branch Library, 11850 Enyart Road). It is a helpful, encouraging seminar for people facing the holidays after a separation or divorce. Space is limited to the first 50 adults; pre-registration is required. There is no charge for this event. Topics to be discussed include “Why the Holidays Are Tough,” “What Emotions to Expect,” “How to Plan and Prepare,” “How to Handle Uncomfortable Situations” and “Using the Holidays to Help You Heal.” Those who attend will receive a free book with more than 30 daily readings providing additional insights and ideas on holiday survival. Child care through sixth grade will be provided during the event starting at 10:30 a.m. at Montgomery Community Church (11251 Montgomery Road). Pre-registration for child care is required. To pre-register, call Mendy Maserang at 587-2437 or e-mail The church is at 11251 Montgomery Road; 489-0892.

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.

Trinity Community Church

Trinity Together Time will be providing a jumping inflatable for children ages 5 and under from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20. There will also be story time, snack, and a craft. Trinity Together Time gives families the opportunity to spend quality time together in structured activities that promote healthy relationships and positive interactions. It is free to the public and geared toward the ages of birth-5 years old. Park in the lot of the church and enter through the doors of Fellowship Hall. The church is at 3850 East Galbraith Road, Dillonvale; 791-7631.

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Ascension’s Sunday worship service is at 10 a.m. Sunday school and adult forum begin at 9 a.m. A nursery is provided during the worship service. The church is hosting the Fall Chamber Concert Series. Former Metropolitan Opera soloist Blythe Walker, soprano, and former European opera soloist, David Bezona, tenor, will be performing Saturday, Oct. 17. The final concert of the fall season will feature the choirs of Sycamore High School, Kenneth Holdt directing, Saturday, Nov. 21. All concerts are free and will begin at 7 p.m. (A free-will donation will be accepted.) The church is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 793-3288;

Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7. Crafters and vendors are invited to call the church. The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 791-3142;

• Housekeeping Christine Weable & John Wise Tom and Marie Weable of Loveland, Ohio announce the engagement of their daughter, Christine Renee to John Robert Wise, son of John and Linda Wise of Indianapo lis. Christine is a 2003 graduate of Loveland High School and graduated in 2008 from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She is employed as a first grade teacher at Loveland Primary School. John is a 2000 graduate of Lawrence Central High School and a 2004 graduate of Miami University with a degree in Middle Childhood Education. He is employed as a seventh grade Language Arts teacher at Loveland Middle School. The couple are planning a December 2009 wedding in Cincinnati, Ohio. After their honeymoon in St. Lucia, they will reside in Mason, Ohio.

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This mock-up of the inside of a typical Nicaraguan home illustrates that many people in developing countries live in close quarters with no plumbing or electricity and sleep in hammocks hung one atop another in structures made of scavenged materials and open to the weather and crime. In the corner is a cardboard cutout of Abuelita, which means “grandmother” in Spanish. It represents a real woman known by that name whom Matthew 25: Ministries workers found caring for as many as a dozen homeless children at a time.


Shelly Clos of Maineville is the assistant warehouse manager at Matthew 25: Ministries.

A global view in Blue Ash

Cooking in a typical Nicaraguan home – as it is in many homes in other developing countries – is a basic affair, done with fire, simple utensils and in the same room where people live and sleep.

This exhibit shows the kind of pre-fabricated home Matthew 25: Ministries can construct for needy people for just $1,300. It is enclosed and has a door and cement floor, which is more sanitary than a dirt one.

Matthew 25: Ministries staff and volunteers sort and package clothing, personal items and medicines for the needy in a large warehouse at the charity’s headquarters in Blue Ash. In 2008, Matthew 25: Ministries delivered 5,000 tons of humanitarian aid to locations in Greater Cincinnati, the United States and the world, helping 11 million people.

With no running water, the typical Nicaraguan home uses barrels to catch rainwater for drinking, cooking and cleaning – as do many homes in other developing countries.

The tour of “Global Village” at Matthew 25: Ministries starts with an introductory film in a room designed to make visitors feel like they are inside a 40-foot container like the ones the charity uses to ship clothing, personal items and medicine to the needy.

A room in the Global Village includes a timeline about Matthew 25: Ministries as well as this exhibit marking places helped by the charity.

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People in developing countries who are sick themselves or carrying ill relatives or friends often must hike several hours to the nearest medical facility, then wait several more hours on uncomfortable benches like these in hopes that they can get medical care before the medicine runs out that day.

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Matthew 25: Ministries has opened “Global Village” at its headquarters on Kenwood Road in Blue Ash so the public can learn about the organization's charity work and the people served. The tour opens with a short introductory film and ends through a door marked “Volunteers,” which leads to the charity's packaging warehouse and - Matthew 25: Ministries hopes - a desire among visitors to donate resources and time to the effort. In between, among other things, is a replica of a typical home in Nicaragua - the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere - that shows living conditions similar to those in other countries Matthew 25: Ministries helps, including our own on Indian reservations and in portions of Appalachia. Scattered throughout the walk-through exhibit are life-size cardboard figures - including these of two boys - based on real people who have benefited from Matthew 25: Ministries and touched the hearts of the charity workers. Call 793-6256 about visiting the exhibit.


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Chamber concert music highlights strings, winds The Linton tradition of featuring the fine musicians of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra continues with a program of Mozart, Barber and Brahms. Upcoming concerts Sunday, Oct. 11, and Monday, Oct. 12, feature Mozart’s famous string work, “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik� and Barber’s woodwind quintet “Summer Music.� Then strings and winds combine forces to perform a special chamber music ensemble version of Brahms “Serenade No. 1.� CSO principals Owen Lee, bass; Randy Bowman, flute; Dwight Parry, oboe; Richie Hawley, clarinet; William Winstead, bassoon and Elizabeth Freimuth, horn, join violinists Jaime Laredo and Celeste Golden, violist Ida Kavafian and cellist Sharon Robinson for this outstanding session of “Music Making Among Friends.�

Upcoming concerts feature Mozart’s famous string work, “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik� and Barber’s woodwind quintet “Summer Music.� “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik,� so familiar to even a casual acquaintance of classical music, is one of those pieces that is so immediately accessible to the listener, so congenial to the musician, that all are unaware of anything but the purest enjoyment of music and music-making. Barber’s Summer Music, his only composition exclusively for wind instruments, evokes the carefree, relaxed atmosphere of summer, the music rooted in lateRomanticism with clearly defined harmonies and structural forms.

Like Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik,� Brahms “Serenade No. 1� is usually heard in an orchestral edition. At these Linton concerts we have the rare opportunity to hear both pieces in their chamber format. The Linton Chamber Music Series Sunday performances are at 4 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church, 536 Linton Street in Corryville. Monday evening Encore! Linton performances are at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Beth Adam, 10001 Loveland-Madeira Road in Loveland. Individual tickets or prorated season tickets for the remainder of either the Sunday Linton Chamber Music Series or the Monday Encore! Linton Series may be reserved by calling 3816868. For more information, visit


Chapel expands

Twins Amandalyn and Andrew Johnson of Blue Ash help break ground for a massive expansion project at Armstrong Chapel United Methodist Church in Indian Hill while their mother Ginger Patterson and grandmother Becky Patterson of Madeira assist them.

Montgomery residents Jim and Marion Cobb help break ground at Armstrong Chapel United Methodist Church in Indian Hill for a $7.2 million expansion beginning this fall. PROVIDED.

Sisterhood hosts ‘Spa-tacular’ event A variety of local salons and day spas will be featured when the Sisterhood of Northern Hills SynagogueCongregation B’nai Avraham hosts its annual paidup membership brunch. The event will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, in the Zorndorf Social Hall of the Synagogue, 5714 Fields-Ertel Road, between Interstate 71 and Snider Road. For this program, representatives of a number of local firms will come together to offer mini-sessions, consultations and demonstrations of their services. Product samples and discount offers will also be

available. Among the participants will be: • Allure Salon & Spa, in Mason, which specializes in hair styling, coloring and manicures; • Bare Essentials Natural Cosmetics, in Kenwood Towne Center, which carries cosmetics with no preservatives; • Julie Kline, medical esthetician, based in Mason; • Mitchell’s Salon & Day Spa, with many convenient locations; • Judy McClea Ossege and Shelly Goldfarb, licensed massage therapists; and • Serenity Spa, under the direction of Esthetician

Ghita Sarembock. Roz Shapiro, Northern Hills Sisterhood’s programming vice-president, said, “This Spa-tacular morning will provide a free, handson spa experience. Whether you’re an avid spa-goer, or have never gone before, this is for you.� There is no charge for Sisterhood members who have paid their annual dues of $25. Non-members are welcome to attend. A $7.50 donation is appreciated. Reservations by Oct. 12 are requested. For more information or to make a reservation, call the Synagogue at 9316038.

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BIRTHS | DEATHS | POLICE | Editor Dick Maloney | | 248-7134



Steven Boulding, 27, 2226 Maplewood Ave., operating a vehicle impaired (under the influence of alcohol/drug of abuse), operating a vehicle impaired (breath .08 to .169), operating motor vehicle with invalid license plate or id mark, misdemeanor warrant, driving under suspension or in violation of restriction, driving under fra suspension or cancellation, traffic warrant at Pfeiffer Rd. and Kenwood Rd., Sept. 25. Deanna Christel Lane, 33, 507 E. Benson St., disorderly conduct, rules for driving in marked lanes, drug possession at 4041 Cooper Rd., Sept. 22.

Incidents/investigations Burglary

A man said someone took a Dell Latitude laptop computer, value $2,000 at 4266 Berryhill Ln., Sept. 25.

Criminal mischief

A man said someone dsmaged four Michelin tires, value $400 at 9017 Blue Ash Rd., Sept. 24. A woman said someone took a Michelin radial XSE 215/60 R16 tire, value $165.95 at 4510 Laurel Ave., Sept. 28.

Criminal trespass


A man said someone took a PJ trailer, value $1,995 at 4761 Creek Rd., Sept. 25.



Kristopher A. Durante, 21, 8801 Cottonwood Dr., possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia at Eastbound Interstate 275, Sept. 22. Sulton K. Abdur-Raheem, 21, 426 E. Hortter St., soliciting without permit at 8607 Wellsley Ct., Sept. 22. Eric T. Kniceley, 21, 908 Hedwick Dr., soliciting without permit at 10005 Trail Ln., Sept. 15. Vincent N. Risner, 19, 6494 Dialton Rd., soliciting without permit at 10005 Trail Ln., Sept. 15. Albert L. Drak, 29, 163 Boltin St., soliciting without permit at 10005 Trail Ln., Sept. 15. Juvenile, 15, domestic violence at 10340 Southwind Dr., Sept. 20.

Incidents/investigations Telecommunictions harassment, menacing

At 10280 Montgomery Rd., Sept. 23.


Someone took a Rolland keyboard amplifier, value $700, from Good Shepherd Church at 8815 E. Kemper Rd., Sept. 24.

At 4454 Edenton Ln., Sept. 26.


A Kent Roman Racer 18-inch bicycle was found at 4555 Hunt Rd., Sept. 28.


Found property

General information

At 3734 Fallentree Ln., Sept. 24.

Grand theft ($5,000 or more)

Someone took three outdoor air conditioner units, value $5,000, from Land Rover of Cincinnati at 4540 Alpine Ave., Sept. 26.

Petty theft

A man said someone took a vehicle stereo system, value $500, and a stethoscope, value $80 at 3793 Fox Run Dr. apartment 211, Sept. 22. A woman said someone broke the passenger side window of a 1998 Honda Civic and took a Garmin GPS, value $200 at 4287 Fox Hollow Dr., Sept. 24. Someone took a composite wood bench, value $200 at 4412 Carver Woods Dr., Sept. 24. Someone used counterfeit currency at Speedway at 9215 Plainfield Rd., Sept. 28.

At 9390 Montgomery Rd., Sept. 19.


Heather Enoch, 35, 133 Berkley Dr., deception to obtain dangerous drugs, obstruction of official business at 4777 E. Galbraith Rd., Sept. 6. Val Skurrow, 52, 3745 Mantell Ave., theft at 4312 Sycamore Rd., Sept. 2. Karen Riedmiller, 43, 148 Waxwing Dr., complicity at 4312 Sycamore Rd., Sept. 2. Gregory Schafer, 39, 150 East Mandoway St., operating motor vehicle while intoxicated at Montgomery Road and Interstate 71, Aug. 31. John Wilson, 19, 7913 Plainfield Rd., violating protection order at 3972

E. Galbraith Rd., Aug. 29. Kenneth Locke, 31, 711 Ohio 132, inducing panic, weapons under intoxicated, tampering with evidence at 5002 Kugler Mill Rd., Sept. 4. Eli Aleksiev, 38, 711 Van Roberts, theft at 7875 Montgomery Rd., Sept. 7. Richard Jones, 51, 998 Pamela Circle, receiving stolen property at 8020 Montgomery Rd., Sept. 2.

Incidents/investigations Criminal damaging

Vehicle mirror damaged at 4224 Myrtle Ave., Sept. 8.


Female victim reported at School Rd., Sept. 9.


Jacket, boots and knife of unknown value removed at 11600 Bank Rd., Sept. 11. Wallet and contents of unknown value removed at 8020 Montgomery Rd., Sept. 14. Wallet and contents of unknown value removed at 7875 Montgomery Rd., Sept. 9. Cigarettes valued at $21 removed at 5901 E. Galbraith Rd., Sept. 3. Vehicle entered and Ipod of unknown value removed at 7980 Autumnwind Dr., Sept. 4.

SYMMES TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Anthony Hunter, 36, 669 1/2 E. Fifth St., assault, aggravated menacing, weapons while intoxicated at 8870 Governorshill Dr., Sept. 2. Brian Marjama, 23, 4626 Woodlot Ct., aggravated menacing, weapons while intoxicated at 8870 Governorshill Dr., Sept. 2.





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About police reports Robbery

Reported at 10440 Loveland-Madeira Rd., Sept. 7.


Shoes valued at $55 removed at 9365 Fields Ertel Rd., July 30. $270 removed at 8468 Pine Rd., July 31. Pistols and currency valued at $1,225 removed at 9340 Union Cemetery Rd., July 28. Subwoofer valued at $250 removed at 9911 Huntersrun Lane, Aug. 9. Vehicle entered and laptop, necklace, electronic items valued at $1,495 removed at 9190 Solon Dr., Aug. 9. Purse and contents of unknown value removed at 6295 Kellogg Ave., Aug. 9. GPS valued at $300 removed from vehicle at 8700 Governor’s Hill, Aug. 11. Purse and contents of unknown value removed at 12131 Sycamore Terrace Dr., Aug. 5. Vehicle etnered and cigars, cutter valued at $74 removed at 11655 Thristlehill Dr., Aug. 6. Vehicle entered and GPS and detector valued at $449 removed at 10238 Willow Dr., Aug. 7. Credit card removed and used without consent at 9694 Farmstead Dr., Aug. 6. Vehicle entered and purse of unknown value removed at 11929 U.S. 22, Aug. 13. Gift cards valued at $55 removed at 9370 Fields Ertel Rd., Aug. 26. Merchandise valued at $45.34 not paid for at 11381 Montgomery Rd., Aug. 14. Vehicle entered and purse and contents valued at $625 removed at 7450 Keller Rd., Sept. 1.

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, 792-7254. Symmes Township, Lt. Dan Reid 683-3444. $90 removed at 9146 Union Cemetery Rd., Aug. 27. License plate removed from vehicle at 8755 Fields Ertel Rd., Aug. 26. Merchandise of unknown value removed from store at 9201 Fields Ertel Rd., Aug. 28. Debit card removed and used to charge $705.91 in unauthorized charges at 8969 Fields Ertel Rd., Aug. 25. GPS, video games, pillow case valued at $675 removed at 9201 Fields Ertel Rd., Aug. 31. Cell phone of unknown value removed at 6931 Grace Ave., Aug. 25. Machine valued at $5,000 removed at 5694 Euclid Ave., Aug. 26. Cell phone valued at $400 removed at 12100 Paul Meadows, Aug. 31. Earrings valued at $1,000 removed at 11674 Woodwind Dr., Sept. 3. Speaker and equipment valued at $146 removed at 9924 Alydar Rd., Sept. 3. DVD, speaker, Playstations of unknown value removed at 9058 Fox Hunter Ln., Sept. 5.


Reported at 9420 Loveland-Madeira Rd., Sept. 6.

Violation of protection order

Reported at 4208 Plainville Rd., Aug. 24.

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING OF SYMMES TOWNSHIP Notice is hereby given that the Board of Trustees of Symmes Township, Hamilton County, Ohio, will hold a Special Meeting on October 22, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. for the purpose of providing the public with information regarding the Novem ber ballot issues dealing with the proposed governmental natural gas aggregation program and the proposed governmental electricity aggregation program. This meeting will be held at the Township Safety Center, 8871 Weekly. John C. Borchers Fiscal Officer, Symmes Township 1001507342

Incidents/investigations Burglary

Residence entered and GPS valued at $600 removed at 8790 Red Cloud St., Sept. 4.


Reported at 8734 Donovan Ct., Sept. 9.


Reported at 11935 Mason Rd., Sept. 4.

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DEATHS Zigmund V. Braden

Zigmund V. Braden, 86, of Montgomery and formerly of Milford died Sept. 24. Survived by wife, Ann Braden; children, Paul Braden (Susan), Beth Braden (Mr. Lynn Frederick) and Barbara Louise Braden; and grandchildren, Louise, Sara, Michael and Olivia. Services are at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, with a gathering of family and friends immediately following, all at Craver-Riggs Funeral Home & Crematory, Milford. Memorials to: Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 452633597.

Warren Richard Keiser

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(Jake) Dolwick; and grandson, Brian Dolwick. Preceded in death by father, William Keiser; mother, Clara (nee Anders) Keiser; sister, Keiser Virginia Dunihue; and brothers, Bob Keiser and Paul Keiser. Services were Sept. 30 at Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Home, Loveland. Memorials to: Parkinson’s Disease Support Network, P.O. Box 33077, Cincinnati, OH 45233; or Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children, 3229 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229.


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