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Rocks of ages

This year, it’s not only NFL teams and players who are helping support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The enthusiasm to “go pink” in October has reached some younger football players, too. In Kenwood, the fourth-grade All Saints/St. Vincent Ferrer Rocks football team raised $2,000 to help fund The Wellness Community’s free breast cancer programs and then donned pink socks and pink armbands for their Oct. 11 game. SEE LIFE, B1


The buildings at 8464 Blue Ash Road may be on their last leg. Sycamore Township fire chief B.J. Jetter has recommended to the Board of Trustees that the buildings be declared a nuisance to move closer to tearing down the structure. SEE STORY, A6

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Voters return most incumbents By Jeanne Houck

Politicians poised to begin new terms in office say they will work hard to cut costs while maintaining excellent services for their constituents. “Given the challenging economic times, I will work together with city council members, the administration and the community to maintain our excellent reputation,” said Blue Ash City Councilman Tom Adamec, who was reelected Nov. 3. “I will focus on increasing efforts to eliminate costs while providing outstanding services and facilities to residents.” Chris Dobrozsi, who will join Montgomery City Council in December, said the incumbents and city staff have been good stewards of residents’ tax dollars. “We need to continue these efforts and continue to be creative in examining every aspect of the city to further reduce operational costs,” he said. “On the revenue side, we need to continue the business outreach programs to ensure that Montgomery has a business-friendly environment that allows new and existing companies to be successful.” Dobrozsi was one of just two newcomers elected Nov. 3 to Blue


Poll workers (from left) Art Hymon, Ida Feagans and Aida Taylor, all of Blue Ash, help a voter at the Blue Ash Municipal & Safety Center with her ballot.

Inside • Bryant leads Symmes vote, A2 • Winners react, A4 • Final unofficial results, A2 Ash City Council, Montgomery City Council and the Sycamore Board of Education. Challengers won seats in these races where some incumbents did not seek re-election. Most incumbents who sought re-election were successful. The exception was in Symmes Township, where Trustee Kathy Wagner lost her seat to former Trustee Jodie Leis. Incumbents won in Blue Ash, even though an informal survey of voters at the city’s Municipal & Safety Center Nov. 3 suggested that council incumbents might be in trouble for having in the past supported plans to redevelop

Towne Square in a way that would necessitate moving the Bicentennial Veterans Memorial Park – perhaps to a public park to be developed on Blue Ash Airport property or to city hall on Cooper Road. Council dropped plans to move the memorial in August 2008, when economic factors forced it to drop plans for the redevelopment. “I was disappointed with council,” said Margie Ruscher, 80. “I thought it was giving it away to a developer.” Zahava Rendler, a teacher, agreed. “These people (in the military) are protecting us and sacrificing their lives and we should remember them in any way possible,” she said. Voters questioned at the polls also had other things on their minds. Rendler said another concern



of hers was “to save the libraries.” Vivian Resler, 79, wanted to vote to keep out casinos. “I've never bought a lottery ticket,” she said. Ruscher “I don't believe in gambling. “I think it is a sin. My church does not believe in gambling.”

Community room guidelines established By Amanda Hopkins

After months of planning and construction, the Sycamore Township community room is finally open and able to be rented out for public use. The community room on Deerfield Road adjacent to the new Fire Station 93 is available for public and club meetings and other community events. Township administration and the board of trustees have drawn up guidelines for use of the room

that include rental fees and use of the available audio visual equipment. “We want to start using the room like we intended,” planning and zoning administrator Greg Bickford said. Residents or other groups who rent the community room will be responsible for set up and clean up for their individual events, but access to the room will be available through a remote system programmed to unlock the doors for the scheduled meeting or event. The general rules stated no live


The Sycamore Township community room on Deerfield Road, adjacent to the new fire station 93, is available for community use and rental. bands or disc jockeys to limit the use of the community room. “It’s not a hall, it’s a meeting room,” Trustee Dick Kent said during a September workshop meeting.

For more information on using the community room, contact the township administration office at 791-8447.

Rules of the room Terms of rental: • rental fees are for eight hours; • groups must be out by midnight; • pre-event setup must be done within eight hour time period; • no activity may start before 8 a.m.; • a $150 deposit is required for all community room rentals unless otherwise noted; • reservation confirmed upon receipt of deposit

and rental fee; • deposit refunded after inspection; • rental fee due 30 days prior to event. Residents charged $200 plus $35 per extra hour Non residents charged $375 plus $35 per extra hour General rules: • no live bands or disc jockeys; • doors will opened and locked by programmed

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Robert Buckman Jr., currently mayor, held off a challenge for the Fourth Ward seat by write-in candidate Kimberly Reese. Buckman collected 234 votes and Reese 97. Incumbent Rick Bryan (574 votes) beat challenger John Dillon (523 votes) for the Third Ward seat, incumbent Mark Weber (610 votes), currently vice mayor, beat challenger Carol Venn (323 votes) for the Fifth Ward seat and incumbents Tom Adamec (2,195 votes) and Lee Czerwonka (1,914 votes) beat challengers Greg Cohen (1,579 votes) and Clayton Werden (1,372 votes) for two atlarge seats. No one challenged incumbents Jim Sumner (617 votes) for the First Ward seat or Stephanie Stoller (633 votes) for the Second Ward seat. The new council terms are for two years and begin in December. “My top priority will be to continue working with our administration on longterm financial planning to weather the current economic downturn without

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Current Vice Mayor Ken Suer won 2,333 votes and current council members Lynda Roesch and Barry Joffe won 1,890 votes and 1,801 votes, respectively. Newcomer Chris Dobrozsi, who is vice president in real estate development with Al. Neyer, Inc., won 2,055 votes. Challenger Barbara White came in last with 1,581 votes. The four winners will begin four-year terms in December. They will serve with incumbents Gerri Harbison, currently mayor, and council members Vicki Hirsch and Todd Steinbrink – all of whose terms end in 2011. Councilman Mark Combs did not seek re-election. “I will evaluate financial actions to ensure justified expenditure and prudent fund balance policies that will sustain the city through economic downturns,� Joffe said. “I will support develop-

Sycamore Board of Education

Three candidates won three seats on the school board. Current vice president Diane Adamec of Blue Ash won 5,980 votes and current board member Jean Staubach of Sycamore Township won 6,241 votes. Newcomer John Mercurio, an engineering consultant who lives in Montgomery, won 5,614 votes. He will join the incumbents who begin four-year terms in January. They will serve with incumbents Ken Richter, currently president, and board member Jill Cole, whose terms end in 2011. Incumbent board member Mary Overman did not seek re-election.

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ment that aligns with the goals of residential diversity and business growth. I will continue to actively recruit talented volunteers for appointment to boards and commissions as well as the Montgomery Citizen Leadership Academy in an effort to expand resident participation in city governance.� Said Roesch: “We will continue to work on development in the city and especially along the Montgomery Road corridor to ensure a vibrant downtown while maintaining a sound fiscal policy.�


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sacrificing our city services and amenities and without raising taxes,� Czerwonka said. “Other priorities will be the construction of the new golf course clubhouse and banquet facility, the continued planning for the new airport park.�

Jodie Leis will get a second chance as a Symmes Township trustee after she and Ken Bryant earned the majority vote for the two open seats on the Board of Trustees. Leis narrowly defeated incumbent Kathy Wagner by 88 votes. Leis says she owes her victory at the polls to the residents of Symmes Township, many of whom she met campaigning door-todoor. “I appreciate them that they gave me another a chance,� Leis said. Many of Leis’s family members, including her children, her husband, Jack George, a Loveland Symmes firefighter, her sister and her parents passed out flyers and encouraged residents to vote. Leis’s

father, Hamilton County Sheriff Simon Leis, even went door-to-door. Bryant also made his campaign a “family affair,� visiting many residents’ homes during his campaign, going door-to-door with the help of his wife. Bryant’s granddaughter, son, daughter and daughter-in-law also distributed materials at the polls the day of the election. Leis said with the slight margin separating her and Wagner, she gives credit to the two other candidates for their strong following in the township. “As hard as I worked, it was still really close,� Leis said. Bryant has worked with Wagner his entire time on the board, but says he doesn’t see the board’s priorities changing much. “We will work together to achieve what we collec-

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Kathy Knutson, a Symmes Township resident, said she came out to vote for Ken Bryant for re-election as a trustee. She also said she voted for the gas and electric aggregation because it’s a way for the township to help save the residents money and people can opt out if they don't want it. tively feel are the best interests of the residents regardless of dynamics,� Bryant said. “We’ll do what is the right thing to do for the Symmes Township. That won’t change no matter who is in office.� Bryant said there are plans for public work sessions in both December and January for the trustees to capture both the incoming and outgoing trustees’ priorities for the township. Wagner has been a trustee since 1998, holding the position of trustee president for four years. Leis had previously served as a trustee from 2000-2005. Bryant will begin his second term on the board with the re-election. The trustees will be sworn in during the first meeting of the year Jan. 5.


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income starting in 2010. The new levy will bring in around $650,000 for maintaining the parks, costing homeowners around $29.68 per $100,000 of their property value. The current 1.2-mill levy was bringing in around $630,000 and costing homeowners around $30.11 per $100,000 in property value.

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Voters are choosing to allow the township to look into gas and electric aggregation in the community, approving both issues by large margins. “If they can save money, that’s great,” Symmes Township resident Kathy Knutson said. The township held two informational meetings prior to the election to inform the residents on aggregation which brought in representatives from several companies including Duke Energy, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and officials from other communities that have participated in aggregation. The aggregation program will be an opt-out program giving residents at least two opportunities to decline participation. “We’re going to push as quickly as we can, but not going to pursue it if we can’t find true savings,” newly re-elected trustee Ken Bryant said.


Blue Ash City Council candidates Clayton Werden, a challenger (left), and Rick Bryan, an incumbent(right), lobby voters today at the Blue Ash Municipal & Safety Center. Between the men is Werden supporter Mark Kuhr.

ELECTION RESULTS Unofficial final results from the Nov. 3 elections:


Council at large (two to be elected) Tom Adamec Lee E. Czerwonka Greg Cohen Clayton Werden

2,195 1,914 1,579 1,372

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Rick Bryan John P. Dillon

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Robert J. Buckman Jr. Kimberly Reese (write-in)

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Ward 5

Mark F. Weber Carol Venn

610 323


Council at large (four to be elected)

Ken Suer Chris Dobrozsi Lynda Roesch Barry Joffe Barbara E. White

2,333 2,055 1,890 1,801 1,581


Trustee (two to be elected)


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3,961 3,900

Karl J. Grafe Kim Martin Lewis Elizabeth Johnston Sourushe Zandvakili

2,512 2,189 2,101



Trustee (two to be elected) Ken Bryant Jodie L. Leis Kathryn Wagner

2,856 2,793 2,507 1,291

Member of Board of Education (two to be elected) Lillian A. Hawkins 7,177 Tawana Lynn Keels 5,810


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Member of Board of Education (three to be elected) Jean A. Staubach 6,241 Diane Adamec 5,980 John W. Mercurio 5,614


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Council gives OK to sidewalk, ramp projects

Blue Ash City Council has approved sidewalk and handicapaccessible ramp work for areas around Reed Hartman Highway, Plainfield Road and Creek Road. Council recently voted to amend a sidewalk contract it has with Adleta Construction of Lock-

land for just under $149,000 to: • improve pedestrian crossings at the intersection of Reed Hartman Highway and Cornell Road and the area of Reed Hartman Highway, Peppermill Lane and Plainfield Road; • Build a new eight-foot-wide sidewalk along Plainfield Road between Glendale-Milford Road and Fox Hollow Drive with curbs,

gutters and ramps that meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act; • Repair handicap-accessible ramps on Creek Road. “This work coincides with the city’s efforts to improve connectivity throughout the community,” said Sue Bennett, public information officer for the city of Blue Ash.

“The amendment to the contract added a sidewalk on Plainfield between Glendale-Milford and the Fox Hollow neighborhood. “The connectivity efforts relate to the city’s plan to ensure pedestrian access (via sidewalks and bike paths) for all neighborhoods to the recreation center, downtown and the future 130-acre park

Elves needed for decorating Montgomery Members of the Montgomery Woman's Club and the Beautification and Tree Commission are sharing their time to coordinate the annual, holiday decorating project for Montgomery’s Heritage District. Many additional volunteers are needed, however, to create the festive, holiday streetscape that has become a renowned, Montgomery tradition. The first stage of the project is

scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 14. Volunteers will meet at 9:30 am in Montgomery’s Annex Building (10115 Montgomery Road) to prepare the decorations for displaying. It is anticipated that the project will be completed within a few hours. On Monday, Nov. 16, an army of volunteers will meet between 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Universalist Church (corner of Montgomery and

Remington roads) to obtain specific instructions and decorating materials for hanging the wreaths and garlands. The project should be completed by noon. In the case of inclement weather, the project will be rescheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 17. If you would like to lend a hand with either stage of this highly visible project, contact Joyce Yock, volunteer coordinator, 792-8329.

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at the airport,” Bennett said. “The connectivity efforts have been phased over the past few years and will continue in the future.” The Blue Ash Recreation Center, which is on Cooper Road, recently reopened after being renovated and expanded.

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Representatives from the Moose Lodge of Norwood presented the Sycamore Township Fire Deparment with stuffed animals that can be given to children when the fire department responds to emergency calls. The Moose Lodge will continue to donate the stuffed animals to the department which they do for several other local fire departments. From left; Board of Trustees Vice President Cliff Bishop, Sycamore Township Fire Chief B.J. Jetter and Trustee President Tom Weidman accept the stuffed animals donations from four representatives from the Moose Lodge. 0000360691


Township upgrading snow equipment By Amanda Hopkins

Before snow and ice storms hit, Sycamore Township is upgrading some of its snow equipment to make road salting better for township residents. Road Superintendent Tracy Kellums said the township will be making its own brine, a mixture of salt and water that could be spread on the ground to make the ice and snow melt. The calcium chloride mix works even when the


temperature hits zero degrees. Salt alone is only effective when the temperature is above 20 degrees

Fahrenheit. The brine will make the snow and ice melt in colder temperatures and will also save money by using less salt. “We get our money back just in the salt we save,” Sycamore Township trustee

“We get our money back just in the salt we save.”

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Cliff Bishop said. The township currently buys salt $70 a ton, down from $130 per ton from last year. The installation of equipment on the trucks to make the brine will cost the township $21,995.


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Instructor Lovro provides look at language, culture By Forrest Sellers

For foreign language instructor Peggy Liu Lovro it’s not just how to say a word, it’s actually experiencing it. Lovro is teaching a Chi-

nese language and culture course at Indian Hill High School. It is the first year for the program. “I want to create an understanding of the culture (of which) language is a valuable part,” she said.


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The buildings at 8464 Blue Ash Road may be on their last leg. Sycamore Township fire chief B.J. Jetter has recommended to the Board of Trustees that the buildings, near the corner of Blue Ash Road and Kugler Mill and used to contain several small stores, be declared a nuisance to move closer to tearing down the structure. Jetter said the vacant buildings have no electric or utilities and a leaky roof. He said fires have been set in the building that make it unsafe. “They’re in such disarray they need to be torn down,” Jetter said. The buildings also have several residences within close proximity and Jetter said a large fire may damage not only the building, but also adjacent homes. Both Jetter and Sycamore Township’s Hamilton County Sheriff’s Liasion Lt. Dan

Lt. Dan Reid Sycamore Township Hamilton County Sheriff’s Liasion Reid said the building is not secure and some of the entrances are not properly locked. As of Nov. 6, the front doors had been boarded up. “It’s an absolute safety hazard,” Reid said. Law director Doug Miller suggested Jetter get the backing of the township building department and present the property again to the trustees to be declared a nuisance. Once a nuisance is declared, the owner will have 30 days to tear down the property before the township will tear it down. The owner will be billed for demolition if the township has to come in to remove the building.


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Moeller cheerleaders provided half-time treats despite tricks from the St. Xavier football team during the Oct. 31 showdown at Nippert Stadium. The cheerleaders are, from left: first row, Sara Carota (Evendale), Carley Holden (Springfield Township) and Megan Janka (Loveland); second row, Allison Janka (Loveland), Candace Crowley (Liberty Township), Megan Autry (Amberley Village), Kelsey Brown (Mt. Healthy) and Mileah Roper (Loveland); third row, Abbey Szabados (Middletown), Missy Gottschlich (Evendale), Dani Reiss (Maineville) and Jordyn Hunter (Sharonville).

Parents: Sign up for school delays, closings messages Sycamore Community Schools is encouraging parents of Sycamore students to sign up to receive messages regarding school closings or delays due to inclement weather. To do so, parents will need to create a Parent Portal account by visiting the district Web site, www., clicking on the Parent Portal icon, then selecting ”Create an Account.” Once a Parent Portal account is created, parents will need to log in to Parent Portal by visiting the district Web site, clicking on the Parent Portal icon, logging in using the account infor-

mation provided during the Parent Portal account creation process and then clicking the “Community Safe Inclement Weather Sign Up” button. Parents will have the option to receive closing or delay messages via the telephone (calls made no earlier than 5 a.m. and no later than 10 p.m.) or via e-mail. Parents who do not wish to receive these messages will continue to be able to obtain school closing or delay information via the radio, television or district Web site. Regardless of whether a parent chooses to receive messages regarding school

closings or delays due to inclement weather, all parents will continue to receive phone messages regarding events, testing, emergency closings, etc. The ability of the district to contact parents successfully relies on school’s having accurate parent contact information. To update contact information, parents should call their child’s school. For technical assistance in creating a Parent Portal account or in signing up for inclement weather school closing or delay messages, contact the Sycamore Community Schools Technology Department at 686-1790.


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Sycamore Community Schools teachers and administrators found themselves in snow storm while at a conference in Denver in October. From left: Rick Shomo, seventh-grade social studies; Karen Naber, junior high principal; Victor Harris, eighth-grade social studies; Linda Overbeck, Montgomery Elementary principal, and Chris Davis, Sycamore High School principal.


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Lions win regionals, set sights on state

By Anthony Amorini

Ursuline Academy volleyball coach Jeni Case is taking a different post-season approach with her seasoned Lions this fall. Case believes the currently undefeated Lions, standing at 27-0, became complacent during its 28-1 season in 2008 as Ursuline finished second at the Division I State Championships. Having advanced to at least the regional finals in each of the last three years, Case is ready for Ursuline to break through and net a fourth state title for the Lions. “I always tell them that a lot of people don’t get second chances,” Case said. “They should enjoy it but we also need to thing about the things we did wrong last year and learn from that,” she said. “For my sake, I’m working them really hard right now. I’ve taken a completely different approach this year. I am going to make sure we don’t lose because we are out of shape,” Case said. At the 2008 state finals, the Ursuline girls were understandably exhausted following a marathon set to open its match against Olmsted Falls High School. Ursuline fell to Olmsted Falls, 3-1 (39-37, 16-25, 25-21, 25-12), with the first game ranking as the highest-scoring game in the history of the state finals. The 39-37 game included 17 ties and six lead changes.

BRIEFLY Moeller stunned

The Moeller football team was stunned in the first round of the playoffs in a 45-10 loss to No. 7 Middletown. The Crusaders, who were No. 2 in the region, lost their second straight game after winning the first nine of the season. Moeller had difficulty containing Middletown quarterback Caleb Watkins and the Crusaders offense had trouble moving the football. Middletown had 430 yards of offense and Moeller gained only 175, with much of it coming late in the game. Moeller fell down 12-3 at halftime, with the defense forcing three turnovers in the first half. Moeller’s offensive woes continued in the second half, and the Crusaders defensive difficulties increased. Moeller finished the season at 9-2.

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Ursuline High School senior outside hitter Jade Henderson (15) spikes the ball past the outstretched arms of Mason's Hillary Melnick, left, and Lauren Ketron, right, during the Division I Regional Finals in Vandalia Nov. 7. “It’s making them mentally tougher and hopefully that will help,” Case said of the intense practices. “We’ve been talking about it all year and it’s one step at a time for us. They’ve been doing a good job with that and we’ve been playing pretty solid and consistent.” Ursuline took the next step toward the state finals with a win over Mason, 3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 25-12), during the Division I Regional Championship finals Saturday, Nov. 7. With the win, Ursuline advanced to the state semi-

finals. The Lions move on to play Rocky River Magnificat at 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 12, at Wright State University’s Ervin J. Nutter Center for the state semi-finals. If victorious, Ursuline advances to play in the state finals at Wright State 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14. “I think they are excited to be going through this again,” Case said. “Hopefully this year we can (win a state title).” Ursuline’s volleyball program has won three state titles, including championships in 1975, 1993 and

2002. The Lions have finished as Ohio’s runner-up on four occasions including 1995, 2001, 2003 and 2008. The Ursuline trio of senior Jade Henderson, senior Dani Reinert and junior Kori Moster have seen their fair share of tournament wins and losses. Henderson competed with the team as a freshman in 2006 when the girls lost in the regional finals to Mount Notre Dame. In 2007, Reinert and Moster were a part of the team when the Lions again lost to MND during the

regional finals. Henderson was on the team but sidelined with a season-ending knee injury. The Lions finally broke through to the state finals in 2008 before Henderson, Reinert and Moster suffered their most heartbreaking loss to date. “Reinert is (the heart of the team),” Case said. “The girls look up to her. She’s very competitive and very serious when she’s out there. “Kori and Jade are more the vocal leaders. Jade has done a phenomenal job. She plays all the way around

and is our go-to hitter. Kori is flat-out one of the best players I’ve ever seen,” Case added. Ursuline captured league, sectional and district titles en route to its regional championship. The Lions finished first in the Greater Catholic League Scarlet Division with a 10-0 league record. MND (20-5, 8-2) finished second in the conference. The Lions scored its sectional title Oct. 24 with a win over Fairfield and captured its district championship with a victory Oct. 31 over Piqua. Henderson led the GGCL with 297 kills while averaging 4.18 a game. Henderson also contributed 177 digs and 17 aces. Reinert led the GGCL with an astounding 756 assists. McAuley’s Kelley Namakay finished second in the GGCL with 651 assists. Reinert also had 135 digs, 61 kills, 41 blocks and 29 aces. Moster finished second in GGCL with 424 digs and fifth in the GGCL with 34 aces. Junior Christina Beer (203 kills, 77 blocks), senior Lauren Marlatt (180 kills), sophomore Noelle Langenkamp (101 kills, 58 blocks), junior Olivia Johnson (51 kills, 21 assists), junior Elena Lohr (104 digs, 22 aces) and senior Anna Prickel (175 digs, 22 aces) also showcased impressive statistics. All statistics were accurate through the district championship round of the post-season.

Sycamore cross country duo run at state By Mark Chalifoux

Sycamore High School had a pair of runners in the state cross country meet for the first time and the duo share some similar traits. Both senior Nick Fry and freshman Samantha Siler are talented, hard-working kids who came up big at the most important part of the season. Fry, a senior, said qualifying for the state meet has been his goal since the start of the preseason workouts and head coach Mike Gutekunst said it’s his intensity that got him there. “He’s matured as a runner and he has a different level of intensity when he’s

Sycamore's Samantha Siler, far right, competes in the Division I race in the OHSAA Cross Country Championships in Columbus on Nov. 7. competing this year,” Gutekunst said. “It’s given him that extra speed towards the finish of the race. He decided he doesn’t want to lose.”


Sycamore’s Nick Fry runs neck and neck with a competitor from St. Xavier. Fry qualified for the state meet as an individual for Sycamore.

Fry, in only his second year of cross country, finished fifth in the regional and finished in the state meet with a time of 17:09.99, good for No.81. Gutekunst said Fry is one of the top runners he’s had in the past decade and that he’s the unquestioned leader of the team. Gutekunst said he’s also a standout in the classroom. “I’ve been his teacher for two years and he’s a terrific student,” Gutekunst said. “I’ve had him in AP Physics and he’s a very strong student.” Fry said he wants to go to the University of Dayton next year and run cross country. He said the thing he enjoys most about running for Sycamore is the team atmosphere. “It’s a real good group of guys,” Fry said. “We’re pretty close and when we go on long runs and are joking around, it’s just a good

atmosphere.” Sycamore’s other state qualifier was Samantha Siler, a freshman. Sycamore girls’ cross country head coach Scott Popoff said Siler battled through illness to qualify for the state meet. The team was ravaged by the swine flu around the time of the district meet and failed to advance, despite defeating district champion Mason the week before in the GMC meet. Siler qualified as an individual for the regional meet and it was her turn to suffer through the flu. “She’s a tough kid,” Popoff said. “A lot of kids have talent but aren’t tough minded. She’s a toughminded kid who has high expectations for herself and gets the most out of herself.” In the state meet, Siler finished 19:54.26, good for No. 58.. “I was pretty excited to


qualify for the state meet, I think it’s a pretty good accomplishment,” Siler said. “The regional race was hard and I was hoping to do better but I was pleased with it. I had the flu symptoms and I thought I would do worse than I did.” Siler has been running since seventh grade and Popoff knew she would be a factor in her first year. “She came in with a lot of talent,” he said. “She was a very, very good junior high runner. She doesn’t like to do anything but win.” Siler was the GMC champion and a district champion before falling ill. Siler said she’s looking forward to improving a lot next season and that she enjoys the team atmosphere at Sycamore. “The girls are really nice and we’re all really close and we have a good time,” she said.

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MND volleyball falls in finals By Tony Meale

Seeking its fifth straight appearance in the Final Four, the Mount Notre Dame volleyball team fell 31 to unbeaten Dublin Coffman in the Division I Regional Final Nov. 7. The Cougars finish the season 21-6. MND won the first game 20-25 but lost the next three, 25-18, 25-22 and 25-22, as Coffman’s size and defense were too much to overcome. MND advanced to the regional finals after knocking off Thomas Worthington 3-0 Nov. 4. The Cougars, which started the season 16-2, lost three matches in four days late in the regular season to some of the top teams in the Midwest. They fell to Mercy Academy, which won the Kentucky state championship this year; Sacred Heart Academy, which was the Kentucky state runner-up; and GGCL rival Ursuline Academy, which is 55-1 over the last two years. “That was a tough stretch,” first-year MND head coach Joe Burke said. But after knocking off


Mount Notre Dame senior outside hitter Marissa Otto, left, and sophomore libero Kelsey Wolf, keep their eyes on the ball during the Southwest District Division I volleyball game against Centerville at Lebanon High School Oct. 31. Lakota East in the regularseason finale, the Cougars won four straight playoff matches without losing a single game. MND defeated Loveland, Lakota West, Centerville and the afore-

mentioned Thomas Worthington. “We started focusing back on MND,” Burke said. “We tried to clean up our serve-receive and work consistently on executing.”

The Cougars were led by senior captains Marissa Otto, Kate Eckels and Kristen Caccimelio. Other seniors include Megan Rohlfs, Lauren Rohlfs, Brittany Rohrkasse, Jenna Pilipovich and Danielle King. Burke was also impressed with the progression of junior outside hitter Kathleen Donnellon and sophomore libero Kelsey Wolf. The Cougars carried an exceptionally large roster – 18 girls – but Burke said everyone was willing to sacrifice playing time for the good of the team. He called their performance in 2009 a complete team effort. MND has become synonymous with deep tournament runs over the past few years. The Cougars advanced to the state semifinal in 2008 before losing to Ursuline, they made it to the state finals in 2007 before falling to Mercy, and they lost in the state semifinal to Toledo St. Ursula in 2005. MND won a state title in 2006, defeating Mercy in the finals. The Cougars also won state titles in 1995, 1998, 1999 and 2000.

St. X prepares for Elder showdown, pt. 2 PROVIDED

By Tony Meale

Indian Hill’s Elizabeth Heinbach has a chance to return to the state meet. She finished 10th in the state as a freshman in 2008.

Indian Hill’s Heinbach 4th at state

The St. Xavier Bombers raced out to a 13-0 lead and took a 27-6 advantage into halftime en route to a 37-12 victory over Centerville Nov. 7. Senior running back Tanner Vidal got St. X on the scoreboard with a 23-yard touchdown reception from Luke Massa, and sophomore running back Conor Hundley followed with a 10-yard run to give the

By Mark Chalifoux

Indian Hill’s Elizabeth Heinbach finished 10th in the state cross country meet as a freshman and as a sophomore, Heinbach did even better. The sophomore cross country standout finished fourth in the Division II girls state cross country meet on Saturday, Nov. 7 with a time of 19:00.54. “I knew she would do well,” Indian Hill cross country head coach Susan Savage said. “She ran a nice race at the regional meet and she’s been to the state meet before, so I knew there would be no jitters. She has really worked hard and has stayed focused.” Heinbach said going to state the second time meant just as much as her first trip. “I think it’s just as exciting as last time,” Heinbach said. “It was a lot of hard work and my coach has been great.” Savage said Heinbach is a team player who really wanted the team to qualify with her to the state meet. Unfortunately, Heinbach was the only one to qualify to state this season but the Braves did have a strong season. The team was the CHL title and the district championship for the first time in

program history. “The girls were really excited,” Savage said. “We’ve won one or the other before, but we’ve never won them both in the same year. And we have a lot of young kids who will be back, and they are pretty hooked on running so we hope to do it again next year.” Heinbach said she’s excited for the team’s potential next season and she enjoys the team atmosphere the Braves have. “I feel like our team is really close and I enjoy spending time with them,” she said. Heinbach is also a statecaliber swimmer, so she’ll take some time off before kicking things in gear for the swimming season. “It should be good. I’m excited to be back with my team and just to work hard,” she said. “I have a great team for cross country, for swimming and for track.” While Heinbach has the chance to go to state again in swimming and track, she should be back in the mix next year for cross country again as well. Savage said she expects Heinbach’s success to continue. “Physically, she’s built like a runner,” Savage said. “It’s God’s gift she has.”

Bombers a 13-0 cushion. After a Centerville touchdown, senior defensive back Gregory Versteeg recovered a fumble for St. X and ran 48 yards for a touchdown. Senior tight end Alex Longi led St. X with six catches for 82 yards and two touchdowns, including a 39-yard score to open the fourth quarter. Will Carroll chipped in with two receptions for 57 yards. Senior quarterback Luke Massa was 13-of-16 passing for 187 yards with three

touchdowns and one interception. The Bombers used seven different rushers on the night; Hundley led the way with 15 carries for 84 yards, while junior Daniel Braswell added seven for 47. The St. X defense had four sacks and forced four turnovers – including three interceptions – and held Centerville to 90 rushing yards on 30 attempts. The Bombers, the topseeded team in Region 4, advance to play GCL-South rival Elder, which downed

Dayton Huber Heights Wayne, 35-14, at The Pit. The game will be Saturday, Nov. 14, at a site to be determined. St. X defeated Elder 17-7 on Oct. 2. Panther wide receiver Tim O’Conner was injured on the first play of the game after hauling in a 36-yard reception. O’Conner, who will play for Indiana University, returned to action against Wayne. He caught three balls for 88 yards, including a 42yard touchdown reception.

Cougars rattled, ousted from tournament By Tony Meale

The Mount Notre Dame soccer team – which includes girls from Sycamore Township and Blue Ash – was beaten by a team it didn’t even play. Before taking the field for the Division I Sectional Final against Anderson Oct. 26, the Cougars watched league rival St. Ursula – which is vying for its third straight state title and boasts possibly the best college prospect in America in Elizabeth Burchenal – survive a 1-0 spellbinder in overtime against Oak Hills. “Our girls watched SUA and saw what they went through, and we became a very mentally unstable team,” MND head coach Doug Conway said. “They were a nervous wreck watching that game and it carried over onto the field.” MND – fresh off a 2-1 victory over previously unbeaten Lakota West – lost 3-0 to Anderson. The three goals were tied for the most surrendered by MND in a game this season. “They had a great season and made a great run,” Conway said of his team. “One bad game doesn’t mean you had a bad season.” But for MND’s eight sen-


Mount Notre Dame senior midfielder Maggie Speed (11) looks on as junior defender Carolyn Hartman (21) fights for a header in sectional play against Lakota West on Oct. 21. The Cougars won 2-1 on a last-minute goal by freshman Rose Lavelle. iors, all of whom played varsity for at least three years, the loss was difficult to bear. “It was pretty emotional for them,” Conway said. “This group has been together a long time.” That group includes defenders Chelsea Murphy, Kelsey Gault and Fallon Wujek; midfielders Saman-

tha Gaier, Maggie Speed and Lacie Oliver; and forwards Nora Lavelle and Kiley Powell. “Chelsea has come a long way,” Conway said. “She had as hard a year as you can have last year. Her father died of a heart attack and she dislocated her wrist and missed almost the entire season. But she came back this year and was phenomenal.” It was an up-and-down season for MND, which started the year 3-4-4 before going 5-2 in October. The Cougars struggled finding the net early in the season but saw their offensive output increase as the year went on; they averaged 1.39 goals per game. “We changed formations and went to a 4-3-3, so that gave us the ability to produce a little more,” Conway said. Leading the way offensively was freshman Rose Lavelle, who scored 10 goals and dished out three assists. She scored her biggest goal of the year in the sectional semifinal against Lakota West – a game-winner with 25 seconds left in the match. “When she came out at the end of the first half – and I don’t normally tell people this, but I told her – ‘I know you’re a freshman,

but I nominated you for allcity. And that’s something I usually don’t do with freshmen,’” Conway said. “But she’s a special player, and I told her that special players do special things in big games. When she got the ball at the end of that game, I knew she was going to score.” Conway predicts that Lavelle will be one of the top players in the city – and maybe the top player – by the time she is a senior. “Some girls get to varsity and become content,” Conway said. “With her, I don’t see the drive going away.” The MND defense, meanwhile, was stout all season, save for the game against Anderson. The Cougars allowed just 16 goals in 18 games and had eight shutouts. “We were calm under pressure,” said Conway, who was particularly impressed with freshman goalie Sam Shoemaker. “We really didn’t have a varsity-level goalkeeper, and she stepped in and made some big saves,” he said. “She’s one of the reasons we had eight shutouts.” With one freshman scoring goals and another one stopping them, the Cougars figure to be solid for years to come.


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Time to get serious about Blue Ash challenges Recent posts and response from Bruce Healey’s Blue Ash Direct blog at Blueash:

After the election – then what? (Editor’s note: This was originally posted Oct. 16) “As the election of Nov. 3 looms near, it is time to begin to look at some of the issues that will face the new council, many of which have been brought on by the current council, with its very limited citizen input and their view of what Blue Ash should be. “The latest bombshell is of course the airport. The current council believes that between city of Cincinnati and the FAA there will be enough funds and political will to reconfigure Blue Ash airport so we can build our park. When I asked (Vice Mayor Mark) Weber about this at his open house, some weeks ago, he assured me that there would be city of Cincinnati bulldozers at the airport the following week, cleaning up the old firing range that used to exist near the corner of Plainfield and Glendale-Milford roads. You see, lead is bad for you and a cleanup is required. (Did you know that?) My suggestion that a city fighting to pay firemen and police officers might find it hard to come up with the cash to pay for all this in another city all together, was pooh-poohed. Well, no cleanup is happening as far as I can tell, no

CH@TROOM Oct. 28 questions

Indian Hill has politely declined Symmes Township’s suggestion that the village help pay for improvements to the water line in Camp Dennison. Do you think Indian Hill should help pay for improvements? Why or why not? “When you accept a job, you should accept the responsibility to do it properly. “If Loveland Symmes Fire Department (LSFD) had a regular schedule of testing all their fire hydrants, especially the crooked ones, they could have the defective ones repaired before the hydrant is needed during a major house fire. “If Indian Hill Water Works (IHWW) is going to provide water for the area residents, one would assume that would also include the pipes required to get the water from the plant to the customer. “LSFD says the house burned because of undersized water pipes. IHWW says the pipes belong to Hamilton County. Symmes Township trustees, who do not fight fires nor provide water, are attempting to secure funding for pipe replacement. “The house that burned over a year ago is in Camp Dennison which is in Symmes Township, which is in Hamilton County and is served by IHWW. “My wife and I live around the corner from the house that burned, its repairs are about to be completed. “Here’s hoping you folks can figure out who is responsible for what before we have another major fire.” P.T.

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runways are being re-aligned. So the rumors that the airport is to close may well be true. If you sift through the several alternatives, the best would be that Blue Ash buys the rest of the airport and reconsiders its plans in one of two ways: 1. The new park would be smaller, to accommodate an economically feasible Blue Ash Airport that would require better runways and the building of hangars, or 2. Close the airport, and build a much bigger park, covering all of the old airport grounds. Either way, the new council is faced with a considerable expense that will be a part of budgets for at least the rest of our lives. The new council will have a tremendous positive impact on Blue Ash for generations if it handles this problem openly and with as much participation by the residents and businesses of Blue Ash as is possible. In short, the airport problem can be solved if we involve everyone and find out what most of us want. “The second problem is downtown. Let’s take an honest look: Cooper Road needs repair. The old Thriftway store occupies a valuable piece of land where anything from a movie theatre to a Home Depot could be built, but nothing

Next questions Sycamore Township has set guidelines for use of its new community room. Would you be interested in using the room? Why or why not? Is “Sesame Street” still relevant today, 40 years after its debut? What are your favorite memories of the show? 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.

five-year forecast which says it would not need an operating levy until at least 2012. Do you believe the forecast? Do you think the district has done a good job with funds generated from the last levy, in 2004? No responses. Do you plan to attend a Veterans Day event in your community? What does the day mean to you? “Definitely, we will attend! Haven’t missed one since H.B. Deatherage’s dream came true at the city of Florence monument site. Before that, we always found places to go to show our loyalty to all veterans. Hope many, many patriotic citizens will come join us this year.” W.R. “Yes, I will attend one in Morehead, Burlington and Florence. It is a special day for all Americans to show their appreciation and respect for those who have given their time and energy and, in some cases, risked their life to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America.” G.G.

is being done. If you believe Sibcy Cline and the city council, we will soon have 91 housing units being built in an area originally occupied by about 10 houses or so. Central residential districts need urgent investment, including sidewalks where none exist today. We have Hosbrook’s Garage, which needs to be negotiated. “There are pie-in-the sky plans for on-street parking, gates or arches leading into downtown, leading to many empty apartments and shops. These are all serious problems, all requiring serious council time – and money. The current council, for all its claims of smart governance and fiscal responsibility has focused on buying land for parks, sprucing up the golf course and building a rec center. These latter projects are worthy of our time and money but not at the expense of everything else. The new council would be wise to focus on the basics of Blue Ash, revitalizing downtown and ensuring that we are considered an attractive venue for business and events. “Our new council will have very serious issues to resolve. They need to resolve these issues through a clear, openly communicated and discussable plan. It will take more than two years, and will require belt-tightening and determination. We have a wonderful, caring community that wants to succeed. We have businesses that we need to cater to, and we have residents in the downtown area that have been

neglected too long. In order to face our challenges successfully over the next five to 10 years we need – require – a council that can provide true community leadership and guide true citizen participation. Current council is woefully short on providing true leaders, and has shown itself particularly averse to public participation in decisions. The next Blue Ash City Council needs to act, think and be very different.”

Reaction “Bruce, as a BA resident, I voted in favor of the tax increase for one reason and one reason only, to keep the airport. Yes, the airport park looks very nice but the airport is what makes our city unique and is also what makes our city attractive to many businesses. “Even though it wouldn't surprise me, I now wonder if this has been the underlying plan of our current council this whole time... to have the airport close so that they can have more land to develop, develop, and develop some more. And it would be even more disturbing if the main developer was to be Miller-Valentine. But surely this cannot be the case since the lack of morals, lack of ethics, and maybe some illegal shenanigans, would be off of the charts. “The redeveloping of the downtown area is not going to happen with this current council. They have burned so many bridges with businesses and the

residents because of their lack of respect, king-like attitude and voting on issues that are against the will of the people, that nothing now will ever get accomplished. They know this and that is why they have shifted their focus on to the airport. “So, now are we to believe that these current council members, if re-elected, will do everything possible to ensure that the airport will stay open? Even after they have proven to us that the residents opinions are irrelevant by way of “emergency” motions and voting by way that is against the will of the people? “Why is it that this current council doesn't care about the older parts of Blue Ash? Is it because they simply do not care, or they do not have the vision it takes to refurbish the old, or because a refurbishing project does not constitute an honorary plaque? “This current council has shown me what they are capable of and that is not representing me as a citizen of this city. This current council has shown me that if they don't get their way on a project, then they give up, and move on to another part of the city. I want our entire city to be beautiful and to thrive, not just parts of it.” GoodOleDays77 “If we no longer have an airport, will we no longer be the "Sycamore Aviators"? This current council is determined to wipe out the history of our city.” MarineMom89

Big government, small service As our federal government continues to spend money in an attempt to repair the economy, Americans are questioning the boundaries of government control and spending. The primary role of government is to serve its citizens by providing national security and protection from corruption. It is not, however, instituted to provide equal success for everyone by controlling the economy and redistributing wealth. Its job is to provide equal opportunity for success by ensuring everyone’s right to pursue their individual ambitions. Logic tells us that we can’t solve a debt crisis by racking up more debt and increasing spending. However, the Democrats in Washington appear to think otherwise. Recently, government has grown too large to be managed efficiently and effectively, so families are now forced to pay the price for high government expenses. During these difficult economic times, it is of the utmost importance that all lawmakers work toward sensible, cost-effective policies that minimize waste and increase accountability. Will the $12 trillion bailout package, the $1 trillion health care transformation, and steep

energy taxes on our staple industries truly jumpstart the economy? Even the White House estimates a $9 trillion budget deficit within a Ron Maag decade, and 35th District everyone knows State that accruing this much debt Representative during a recession is fatal for our nation’s economy and credibility. Here in Ohio, families are tightening their budgets in response to the recession. I strongly believe that if our constituents are making sacrifices during this economic turmoil, then state government should follow suit by eliminating waste and ensuring that state programs operate efficiently. However, instead of reducing careless spending among state agencies and Medicaid, our colleagues across the aisle favored the status quo and renewed government waste in the budget. In fact, the budget actually increases state spending by $1 billion compared to last fiscal year. As a result, the services that Ohioans

The primary role of government is to serve its citizens. do rely on, such as libraries and home care options for the elderly, suffered severe cutbacks. How can Gov. Strickland and House Democrats justify cutting essential funding for some services while maintaining inefficient funding for others? What Ohio needs is true leadership that will identify pitfalls and take the necessary steps toward improvements, not authoritative individuals who take the quick and easy way out. I would like to work with my fellow legislators to reduce waste and implement a business-friendly tax code that encourages job creation. As your voice in state government, I will continue to fight for government spending policies that are streamlined and costeffective. After all, government should serve the people, not the other way around. Contact State Rep. Ron Maag at 77 S. High St., 10th Floor, Columbus, OH 43215; by e-mail at district35@; by phone, (614) 644-6023.

QUOTEBOOK A compilation of quotes from this week’s Northeast Suburban Life:

“We will work together to achieve what we collectively feel are the best interests of the residents regardless of dynamics. We’ll do what is the right thing to do for the

Symmes Township. That won’t change no matter who is in office.”

pedestrian access (via sidewalks and bike paths) for all Ken Bryant neighborhoods to the recreation Symmes Township trustee. center, downtown and the future See Story, A2 130-acre park at the airport.”

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Madeira grad raising awareness of climate change, environment By Amanda Hopkins

During her efforts to raise awareness for her trip to the United Nations COP15 Climate Conference in Copenhagen, Liz Trombley shared a Skyline lunch and discussion with a UK Deputy Consul General based in Chicago. The 2001 Madeira High School graduate said Geoff Brammer, the British diplomat, had heard of her through her blog she is keeping as she fundraises for the trip to the conference. Trombley said her blog has been helpful as she attempts to network and raise awareness for her trip and the environmental issues PROVIDED at stake. Liz Trombley, a 2001 graduate of Madeira High T r o m b l e y School, will be traveling as a delegate with SustainUS applied for to attend the United Nations climate talks in observer status at Copenhagen in December. the climate conference through SustainUS, an organization made up of youth working for sustainable development. Trombley and around 25 others from the organization will make the trip. Trombley studied international affairs at the University of Cincinnati, but became interested in the environment after attending a Power Shift In her own words conference where she was To follow Liz Trombley as among a large group of other she prepares for her trip to the youth that lobbied congress- United Nations COP15 Climate men for action on climate Conference in Copenhagen, change. visit her blog at “It was really a turning www.LizToCopenhagen.wordpr point in my life,” Trombley said. With SustainUS, Trombley is working on developing policy on carbon pollution and looking for ways to reduce it. Trombley will be leaving Dec. 1 to talk with Senators in Washington, D.C., about climate change before attending the youth conference in Copenhagen from Dec. 4-6. The actual climate conference will be Dec. 7-18. The goal for the conference is to push lawmakers into action because she said it will “determine how the world goes about tackling climate change.” “We want to bring home to our policymakers ... our future is at stake,” Trombley said. She encourages youth to learn more about climate change and other environmental issues and to write to their senators about their concerns. To follow Liz Trombley as she prepares for her trip to the United Nations COP15 Climate Conference in Copenhagen, visit her blog at


The All Saints football team makes a check presentation to The Wellness Community.

Football team goes pink This year, it’s not only NFL teams and players who are helping support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The enthusiasm to “go pink” in October has reached some younger football players, too. In Kenwood, the fourth-grade All Saints/St. Vincent Ferrer Rocks football team raised $2,000 to help fund The Wellness Community’s free breast cancer programs and then donned pink socks and pink armbands for their Oct. 11 game, where they presented the check to TWC executive director Rick Bryan. The fourth-grade Rocks decided to get involved in Breast Cancer Awareness Month this year to celebrate and support two team moms who are breast cancer survivors, Gina Martini and Carrie Torbeck. The Wellness Community was selected to receive the funds raised by the team since both women attended various programs at TWC, finding support and helpful information as they worked toward recovery. The boys worked hard to raise money for the cause. They set up lemonade stands, held a group car wash at Sports Plus, and individual boys took on additional chores at home to earn money that they could donate. Donations were also collected at football games. According to Barbara Buschelmann, who has a son on the team and helped lead the effort, this was the first time a Rocks football team has organized a fundraising effort for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the team hopes to do it again next year,


Carrie Torbeck of Sycamore Township, Missy Mikula of Loveland, Gina Martini of Amberley Village and Barbara Bucshelmann of Montgomery. perhaps with the other All Saints/St. Vincent Ferrer teams in grades three to eight joining in. “This is an amazing and heartwarming effort by these young men and their families and we’re so thankful for their generosity,” Bryan said. “Not only is it a meaningful way to honor Carrie and Gina, but it will also help ensure that free cancer support programs will be available in our community for other women fighting breast cancer, their families, and


Art exhibit

Raymond Walters College is hosting the exhibit “Natural Selections,” from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, in the library gallery at Raymond Walters College Muntz Hall, 9555 Plainfield Road, Blue Ash. The exhibit features twoand three-dimensional art inspired by the work of Charles Darwin featuring botanical, geological and zoological interpretations. Local artists include Cheryl Pannabecker, Lisa Hueil Conner, Saad Ghosn and RWC faculty members. Admission is free. Call 745-5600 or visit The exhibit is through Nov. 25 and the hours are 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Talk turkey

Hamilton County Park District is hosting the program Nature Stories at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, at Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville. The program is all about turkeys. The event is free, but a vehicle permit is required. Call 5217275.

Craft show

Rockwern Academy is hosting Bagels and Boutiques from 8:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at Rockwern Academy, 8401 Montgomery Road, Kenwood. Local boutiques and artisans sell jewelry, clothing for women and children, toys, books, unique gourmet foods, wellness products and more. Free bagels and coffee available. The event is free. Call 9843770.

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Tony Stagge of Sycamore Township, Carrie Torbeck of Sycamore Township and TWC executive director Rick Bryan of Blue Ash.

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Green Diamond Gallery offers new Silver Slugger Club membership

The Green Diamond Gallery is offering baseball fans an opportunity to be a member of the best collection of baseball memorabilia outside of Cooperstown with its new Silver Slugger Club. The Silver Slugger Club will offer members many of the benefits the Green Diamond Gallery offers its original Wright Society members at discounted price. Annual membership to the Silver Slugger Club is $500 for individuals and $1,500 for corporations. “We think this is another way to

engage the many baseball fans in the Tri-State area and give them an avenue to explore the Green Diamond Gallery and the events that we host,” said general manager Kevin Manley. Benefits of the Silver Slugger Club include: quarterly social events, invitation to two Open House events, a private tour of the Gallery twice a year, opportunity to purchase tickets to Green Diamond Premium Events before the public, discounted rates to purchase Hall-ofFamer autographed baseballs from previous events and a discounted deposit rate on the waiting list for Wright Society membership. Applications for membership are available online at For more informa-

breast cancer survivors.” In addition to programs targeted specifically for women with breast cancer, TWC provides free, professionally facilitated programs of support, education and hope for people with any type of cancer at any stage, their loved ones, and cancer survivors. Approximately 150 professionally led programs are offered each month for people affected by cancer, all at no cost to the participants. Programs include cancer and caregiver support groups, stress management classes, and educational programs and are available at TWC locations in Blue Ash and Fort Wright, as well as offsite outreach locations in Bond Hill, Clifton, downtown and Western Hills. The Wellness Community is privately funded through the generous support of donors, fundraising events, and the profits of Legacies, the fine home furnishings resale shop in Hyde Park Plaza. For more information about any of TWC’s programs, call 791-4060 or visit the Web site at where a “virtual visit” video is available for viewing.

About Share! is your online way to share your news with your friends and neighbors. To post stories and photos, go to and follow the simple instructions. tion call (513) 984-4192 or email All proceeds from the Green Diamond Gallery benefit the Character and Courage Foundation which seeks to enrich the lives of youth who are physically handicapped, diagnosed with a life threatening illness, or who live in impoverished areas through baseball. For more information about the Character and Courage Foundation call (513) 984-4192 or


Northeast Suburban Life

November 11, 2009



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.


The Importance of Your Direct Mail Campaign In Tough Economic Times, 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Premier Mail Fulfillment, 9933 Alliance Road. Topics include: Fundamentals of A Successful Direct Mail Campaign, Tips to Designing Your Mailer, How to Slash Postage Costs, Using Mailing Lists, Avoiding Direct Mail Pitfalls and more. Ages 18 and up. $10. Reservations recommended. 948-1333; Blue Ash.


Healthy Living with Diabetes: A Dinner Lecture, 5:45 p.m. TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road. Experts discuss self-management tools, medications and proper exercise and nutrition following dinner. $15, includes dinner. Registration required. 985-6732; Montgomery.


Troy Baxley, 8 p.m. $8, $4 college students and military. Ages 18 and up. Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place. 984-9288. Montgomery.


Getting Support for Grief and Loss During the Holidays, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 11000 Montgomery Road. Chapel. Assists people in honoring their grief. Free. Registration recommended. Presented by Catholic Charities SouthWestern Ohio. 241-7745; Symmes Township. F R I D A Y, N O V. 1 3


John Stobart, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Celebration of Stobart’s 80th Birthday. Closson’s Art Gallery, 10100 Montgomery Road. Works by maritime painter. Exhibit continues through Dec. 6. 762-5510. Montgomery.


Indian Hill Church Art Show, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. $5 admission fee. Indian Hill Church, 6000 Drake Road. Regional artisans showing and selling paintings, sculptures, jewelry, note cards, photography and more. 561-4256. Indian Hill. Bagels and Boutiques, 8:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Rockwern Academy, 8401 Montgomery Road. Local boutiques and artisans sell jewelry, clothing for women and children, toys, books, unique gourmet foods, wellness products and more. Free bagels and coffee available. Free. 984-3770. Kenwood.


Women’s Multi-Arts Retreat, 6 p.m. Continues through Nov. 15 at 1:30 p.m. Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road. Weekend retreat to help women reconnect with “hand-made lives.” Combines movement, visual arts and writing. Includes individual and group creativity, rest and more. All skill levels. $300 single occupancy; $250 double occupancy; $200 commuter. Reservations required. 683-2340; Loveland.


Greenacres Farm Store, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Greenacres Farm Store, 891-4227. Indian Hill.


Blues Merchants, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Shady O’Grady’s Pub, 9443 Loveland-Madeira Road. 791-2753. Montgomery.


Troy Baxley, 8 p.m. $12. Ages 18 and up. Go Bananas, 984-9288. Montgomery.


Alice in Wonderland, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Indian Hill High School, 6865 Drake Road. Auditorium. $7, $6 advance. Tickets required. Presented by Indian Hill Middle School. Through Nov. 14. 272-4500; Indian Hill.


Miss Saigon, 7:30 p.m. Loveland Stage Company Theatre, 111 Second St. Musical about the fall of Saigon during Vietnam War. Contains adult language and situations. $19, $16 seniors and students. Presented by Loveland Stage Company. Through Nov. 21. 697-6769. Loveland.


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, N O V. 1 4


Kathy Wade: A Black Anthology of Music, 11 a.m. Raymond Walters College Muntz Hall, 9555 Plainfield Road. Wade leads a historical exploration of Wade the origins of American Classical Music-Jazz. Part of ARTrageous Saturdays. Ages 3-10. $5. Reservations recommended. Presented by Raymond Walters College. 745-5705. Blue Ash.


Troy Baxley, 8 p.m. $12. Ages 21 and up. Go Bananas, 984-9288. Montgomery.


Alice in Wonderland, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Indian Hill High School, $7, $6 advance. Tickets required. 272-4500; Indian Hill.


Miss Saigon, 7:30 p.m. Loveland Stage Company Theatre, $19, $16 seniors and students. 697-6769. Loveland.


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.

CRAFT SHOWS Fall Arts and Crafts Fair, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. St. Vincent Ferrer Church, 7754 Montgomery Road. More than 70 booths, craft show cafe, handmade items, baked goods, food, door prizes and raffles. Free. 791-6320. Sycamore Township. Indian Hill Church Art Show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission. Indian Hill Church, 5614256. Indian Hill.


Sonny’s Solo Blues, 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Guitar Lovers, 7342 Kenwood Road. 793-1456. Sycamore Township.


Rhythm N Blue Ash, 8 p.m. An Intimate Evening of Jazz with Kathy Wade. Raymond Walters College Muntz Hall, 9555 Plainfield Road. Muntz Theater. Family friendly. $12, $10 advance. Reservations recommended. Presented by Raymond Walters College. 745-5705; certs.htm. Blue Ash.

DivorceCare: Surviving the Holidays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Symmes Township Branch Library, 11850 E. Enyart St. Community Room. For people facing the holidays after a separation or divorce. Features suggestions, guidance and reassurance through video interviews with counselors, experts in divorce-related care and people who have experienced the holidays after separation or divorce. Child care available. Includes book. Free. Registration required.587-2437. Symmes Township.


Gift Wrapping and Bow Demonstration, 1 p.m. The Container Store, 5901 E. Galbraith Road. Includes giveaways. Free. 745-0600; Sycamore Township. S U N D A Y, N O V. 1 5


Watch Party: The New Neighbors, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Deer Park-Silverton Firehouse, 7050 Blue Ash Road. Short movie. Two people make racial integration the centerpiece of revitalizing their suburban towns. 579-3111; Silverton.


Troy Baxley, 8 p.m. $8. Ages 18 and up. Go Bananas, 984-9288. Montgomery.


Lake Isabella Fishing Boathouse, 7 a.m.-6 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. Loveland Castle, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Weather permitting-call ahead. Loveland Castle, $3. 6834686; Symmes Township.


Gift Wrapping and Bow Demonstration, 1 p.m. The Container Store, Free. 745-0600; Sycamore Township.


Jewish Book Fair, 10 a.m.-noon, Congregation Ohav Shalom, 8100 Cornell Road. Books, music, cookbooks and activity books for ages 1-15. Havdalah and Chanukah candles available for purchase. Presented by Northern Hills Synagogue. 931-6040; Sycamore Township.

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ART & CRAFT CLASSES Scrapbooking, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Kenwood, 7701 Kenwood Road. Childcare is provided. Registration required. Through Aug. 16. 8911700. Kenwood. Beginning Art/Painting Class, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Whatever Works Wellness Center, 7433 Montgomery Road. $15. Registration recommended. 791-9428; Silverton. ART EXHIBITS

John Stobart, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closson’s Art Gallery, 10100 Montgomery Road. Works by maritime painter. 762-5510. Montgomery. Natural Selections, 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Raymond Walters College Muntz Hall, Free. 7455600; Blue Ash.

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS CIVIC Rookwood Pottery, 1 p.m. Little Red Schoolhouse-Indian Hill, 8100 Given Road. Learn the history of Rookwood Pottery with expert, Anita Ellis. Bring your pottery to learn where your pieces fit into the Rookwood story. Includes brunch. $30, $25 members. Reservations required. 891-1873; Indian Hill.

In 2005, Kristin Chenoweth captivated Cincinnati when she performed with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. This Tony and Emmy Award-winning, Golden Globenominated, pint-sized powerhouse makes her return to Music Hall in a program packed with popular favorites, including the Broadway smash, “Wicked.” There will be performances 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15. Tickets start at $26 and are available by calling 513-381-3300 or at Legacy Dinner honoring the late Maestro Erich Kunzel to be held prior to Saturday’s performance

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Sarah Palin will be signing “Going Rogue: An American Life” starting at noon Friday, Nov. 20, at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Norwood.* Book pre-orders are on sale now and will include a line ticket. The books will be available Tuesday, Nov. 17, and after. Palin will autograph her book but she will not personalize. There will be no posed photographs and no memorabilia signed. Call 513-3968960 for more details. *Time subject to change, check with store for latest event details.


Common Childhood Illness Workshop, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. American Red Cross Blue Ash Chapter, 10870 Kenwood Road. Learn about specific childhood communicable diseases, how diseases are spread and what to do when child is ill. Includes threeyear certification. $25. Registration required. Presented by American Red Cross Cincinnati Area Chapter. 792-4000. Blue Ash.

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Miss Saigon, 3 p.m. Loveland Stage Company Theatre, $19, $16 seniors and students. 697-6769. Loveland.


Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, $3. 6835692; Loveland.

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.


Raymond Walters College is hosting the exhibit “Natural Selections,” from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, in the library gallery at Raymond Walters College Muntz Hall, 9555 Plainfield Road, Blue Ash. The exhibit features two- and threedimensional art inspired by the work of Charles Darwin featuring botanical, geological and zoological interpretations. Local artists include Cheryl Pannabecker, Lisa Hueil Conner, Saad Ghosn and RWC faculty members. Admission is free. Call 745-5600 or visit The exhibit is through Nov. 25 and the hours are 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. T U E S D A Y, N O V. 1 7


John Stobart, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closson’s Art Gallery, 762-5510. Montgomery. Natural Selections, 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Raymond Walters College Muntz Hall, Free. 7455600; Blue Ash.


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.


Greenacres Farm Store, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Greenacres Farm Store, 8914227. Indian Hill. Turner Farm, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Turner Farm, 561-7400. Indian Hill.


Weight Loss Booster, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road. Learn to plan healthy meals, jump-start your metabolism and pinpoint and change behaviors that lead to overeating and weight gain. $125. Registration required. 985-6732; Montgomery.


Karaoke Night, 9 p.m. Crowne Plaza Hotel Blue Ash, 5901 Pfeiffer Road. Lobby Lounge. 793-4500; Blue Ash.


Greenacres Farm Store, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Greenacres Farm Store, 891-4227. Indian Hill.

Northeast Cincinnati Mothers of Twins Club, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Swaim Park, Zig Zag and Cooper roads, Monthly meeting for mothers of multiple birth children. Meets at Swaim Lodge. Free. Presented by Northeastern Cincinnati Mothers of Twins and More Club. Montgomery.




Tolerance and Intolerance in Medieval Muslim Spain, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Raymond Walters College, 9555 Plainfield Road. 119 Muntz Hall. Part of Jacob and Jennie L. Lichter Lecture Series. With Jane Gerber, professor of Jewish History and director of the Institute for Sephardic Studies at the City University of New York. Reception follows, consistent with Kosher dietary law. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by UC Department of Judaic Studies. 556-2297; Blue Ash.

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.

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EDUCATION What Parents Should Know about Reading and Comprehension Development, 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Langsford Learning Acceleration Center, 9402 Towne Square Ave. Presentation series for parents and caregivers on reading, comprehension development and current research. Free. Registration required. 531-7400; Blue Ash. FOOD & DRINK

Wine Pairing Dinner, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Parkers Blue Ash Grill, 4200 Cooper Road. Chef Matthew Wilson creates menu to complement each wine. $40. Reservations required. 891-8300. Blue Ash.


Montgomery Woman’s Club Town Hall Lecture Series, 11 a.m. Montgomery Assembly of God, 7950 Pfeiffer Road. With author and family humorist, Lori Borgman. $35. Registration required. Presented by Montgomery Woman’s Club Inc. 684-1632; Montgomery.


Teaching Classes, 7 p.m.-midnight, Living Word Fellowship, 9781 Fields Ertel Road. A Bible-based, family focused church. Presented by Equipping Ministries International. 677-8500. Loveland.


Jewish Book Fair, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Northern Hills Synagogue, 5714 Fields Ertel Road. Books, music, cookbooks and activity books for ages 1-15. Havdalah and Chanukah candles available for purchase. 931-6040; Symmes Township.


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


Sticks and Stones‚ Words Will Hurt, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. E. H. Greene Intermediate School, 5200 Aldine Road. Parents learn signs of bullying and cyber-bullying, ways to prevent bullying and cyber-bullying and what to do if a child is the victim of either type of bullying. Information on safe internet usage available. Free. Presented by Northeast Community Challenge Coalition. 489-2587. Blue Ash.


Jewish Book Fair, 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Congregation Ohav Shalom, 931-6040; Sycamore Township.


Learn to make your drawings dance at the Weston Art Gallery’s annual children’s animation workshop 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14. Under the direction of J. Russell Johnson, Wright State University’s professor of motion pictures, and Ruben Moreno, art educator and clay animation specialist, children learn the basic premise of animation, the foundation of all motion pictures, and practice techniques to create a short film. Workshop fee includes snacks and supplies plus a free DVD and film screening (with popcorn) next spring. Cost is $8 members, $12 nonmembers. Advance registration and payment required. Register at 513-684-4524 or


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Hear what some of your friends think of you Father Lou Guntzelman Perspectives think it would be more responsible to stay home and study for the test and not to go to the movies; yet, I’ve been working hard, maybe I deserve a break or find time to do both.” A judgment is called for. A prudent judgment. Situations crying for a prudent decision seem endless in life: how to break bad news gently; whether to punish a fault or let it go this time; how much to become further involved in a risky or flirtatious relationship; what legislation to vote for in an election that will best promote the common good, etc.? All such matters, great and small, are governed by prudence. We become a prudent and wise person not in making one prudent decision. Prudence is the acquired habit of always, or nearly always, choosing the right means to achieve morally good ends. At times it can be agonizing and demand much of us.

Former Yale chaplain William Sloane Coffin said, “The first of the four cardinal virtues of the Roman Catholic Church is ‘prudentia,’ which basically means damn good thinking. Christ came to take away our sins, not our minds.” Yes, prudence takes damn good thinking – not merely egotistically deciding what fits my agenda. If we develop prudence, it usually comes from the widest possible observation and experience of human behavior, understanding what constitutes psychological health, and a conscientious awareness of the general moral principles with which God has imbued mankind. Prudence has little correlation with book learning. Some people seem to develop it more readily, some otherwise intelligent persons appear slow to catch on, and geniuses may be totally deficient. Making prudent choices is often laborious, yet the complexities of life make it ever more necessary. Thomas Aquinas claimed that the central moral virtue was prudence. While love is the underlying motive for moral action, the essence of moral judgment itself is the astute and wise judgment we exercise by sifting through all the alternatives presented

by the concrete world. And since the alternatives are often so complex, wise judgment is itself a skill and constitutes the virtue called prudence. So, if you hear some

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A local woman says she now regrets ever responding to an ad for air duct cleaning. Although the price in the ad sounded good, she says she had no idea what she was getting herself into. What happened to her should be a cautionary tale for everyone. Nicole Smith of Fort Thomas says she now realizes she should have double-checked before agreeing to more and more duct cleaning after responding to an ad. “It said they would clean 14 vents and one return for $49.95. I was like, ‘They’re not that dirty, just kind of sweep it through and get it out of there,’ ” she said. Smith said when the serviceman arrived things were different. “He even refused to clean the ducts because he said they had to have something done. He wouldn’t do it, he said he had to treat it first,” she said. Smith ended up agreeing to a host of things. “It was treatment for a sanitizer to control germs, bacteria and feces, and a product to control mold, mildew and fungus,” she said. That, plus a whole lot more, came to $1,000. After the serviceman left, friends and other companies she contacted all raised questions about the air duct cleaning – including whether she really had mold as the serviceman claimed.

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An easy beef stir fry, a colorful Jell-O dessert Whenever I’m out and about, someone will come up and mention the column. It keeps me aware of what you want. A few weeks ago Rita I got an Heikenfeld unusual Rita’s kitchen request for e a s y , healthy meals. Now that part of the request is not unusual, but the fellow who asked is a bit unusual in that he has some ties to a pretty important “person.” Father Rob Waller, pastor at St. Andrew’s in Milford, needed healthier recipes “a bachelor like me could make.” I sent him some and I’m thinking that my little favor might result in Father Rob putting in a good word for me with the “right people.” If you have easy recipes

for folks like Father Rob, please share.

Rita’s easy stir-fry beef with green onions and tomatoes

If you want, add a handful of snow peas or bean sprouts with tomatoes and onions. 1 pound or less flank steak, thinly sliced across grain 1 ⁄4 cup or more to taste, soy sauce 1 tablespoon cornstarch 4 tomatoes cut into wedges (if they’re big, use 2) 1 bunch green onions, sliced thin Canola or peanut oil Hot cooked rice More soy if desired Combine beef, soy and cornstarch. Marinate anywhere from five minutes to a day. Film bottom of large skillet with oil. Stir fry beef in batches, adding oil as needed.

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Place back into skillet and add tomatoes and onions. Cook until hot. Add more soy if desired. Serve over rice.

Velma Papenhaus’ three-layer holiday paradise Jell-O loaf

Funny how far a friendship can take you. Dick Herrick, a Mason reader, and I have been friends since we met at Alvey Ferguson, a conveyor company in Oakley, eons ago. I was a bilingual secretary and Dick was an interning college student. Dick’s former neighbors, the Papenhauses, have been close friends of his family for many years. That friendship and this column led Velma to me with her favorite Jell-O recipe . “Red on bottom, white in middle and green on top. Very colorful for holidays,” she said. I think Velma should invite Dick and me over to



enjoy a big plateful! Velma uses a Pyrex dish, about 11-by-8.

First layer:

1 pkg. cherry Jell-O, 4 serving size 13⁄4 cups very hot water 1 cup chopped apple Mix Jell-O and water until Jell-O dissolves, stir in apple, and pour in casserole. Let gel before pouring on layer No. 2.

Second layer:

1 pkg. lemon Jell-O, 4 serving size 6 oz. cream cheese, softened 13⁄4 cups pineapple juice and water (pineapple juice comes from pineapple used in layer No. 3. Pour juice into measuring cup and fill with water to make 13⁄4 cups. Heat until very hot). 1 cup chopped nuts Mix Jell-O, cream cheese and juice/water until Jell-O dissolves and cream cheese is smooth. Put in refrigerator to gel just enough so nuts can be mixed in easily. Pour onto first layer. Let gel before pouring on layer No. 3.

Third layer:

1 pkg. lime Jell-O, 4

serving size 13⁄4 cups very hot water 1 can, approximately 20 oz., crushed pineapple, drained (save juice for layer No. 2) Mix Jell-O and water until Jell-O dissolves. Put in fridge to gel just enough so pineapple can be mixed in easily. Pour onto second layer.

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• Withrow High chess pie. M. Miles remembers the chess pie at Withrow High in the 1960s. “The version served now is not the same as was served in Cincinnati Public schools back then. The original pie didn’t contain cornstarch.” • Spaghetti Factory’s linguine with clam sauce. For Della, Bellevue, Ky. “The best – any ideas how it was made?” • Mullane’s soft taffy. For Liza Sunnenberg, a Wyoming reader. “Years ago in Cincinnati, there was a candy company named Mullane’s Taffy. They had two kinds: opaque, like you see all around; the other was rather translucent and just a wee bit softer. The company disappeared and I would love to know how to


My editor, Lisa Mauch, is my best researcher. Here's what she found on the Web regarding Mullane’s: • In 1848, William and Mary Mullane opened a small store in the West End and began selling taffy and molasses candy. (Cincinnati Magazine) • In the 1940s, Mullane’s operated a tea shop/restaurant in the arcade of the Carew Tower. Eventually the restaurant closed and was sold, but the name Mullane's was retained and a small restaurant by that name operated on Race Street between Seventh and Eighth streets until 2004. ( • In 1959, George and Marilyn Case purchased the 111-year-old Mullane Taffy Company, which shipped its goodies all over the world, and moved it to larger quarters in Norwood. (Billboard Magazine). make the translucent taffy or purchase it.” 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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SVDP, Macy’s Furniture Gallery partner Greater Cincinnati. “We continue to see a significant need for furniture and mattresses for children and families who don’t have the basics and may be sleeping on the floor. With the economic climate continuing to be challenging and with winter approaching, it is even more of a concern to us,” said Liz Carter, executive director of St. Vincent de Paul. “Over the last five years, we have helped St. Vincent de Paul schedule over 750 pick-ups of gently-used mattresses and furniture to help people throughout our community who are without beds to sleep in at night or have no kitchen table or chairs in which to eat,” said Ruth Ann Underhill, general manager, Macy’s Furniture Gallery. “Macy’s associates are enthusiastic about working with St.

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Vincent de Paul to provide a service to our customers and help the community at the same time.” The three-day event would not be possible without the many St. Vincent de Paul volunteers who will be at the Macy’s Furniture Gallery to schedule pick-ups and answer questions. For more information about the St. Vincent de Paul “Mattress & Furniture Drive,” sponsored by Macy’s Furniture Gallery, contact St. Vincent de Paul at 562-8841, ext. 225 or go to St. Vincent de Paul accepts donations of gentlyused clothing, household items, furniture and cars year-round at their six thrift store locations. Call 421-CARE (2273) to schedule a pick-up of furniture or vehicles.

Sport Clips Haircuts in Anderson Towne Center and Blue Ash will be raising money through Nov. 14 to support the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ Operation Uplink, a program that offers free call days and calling cards for deployed and hospitalized American soldiers. The effort will include “The Biggest Haircut Day of the Year” on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, when the franchise

adventures every year, in all 50 states and in over 90 countries around the world. Over 160,000 people enroll in its programs each year. Among its most popular current adventures are “Santa Fe and Taos: A Tale of Two Cities,” “Chicago: Your Kind of Town,” and “Enchanting Rivers of Europe: Amsterdam to Budapest.” Elderhostel is in the process of changing its name to Exploritas. Speaking on behalf of Elderhostel will be Glenn Bathalter. Bathalter has led many Elderhostel seminars

and serves as an Elderhostel Ambassador, sharing the enriching opportunities of the program with senior groups. “HaZaK” is an acronym, with the letters standing for the Hebrew words “Hakhma” (wisdom), “Ziknah” (maturity), and “Kadima” (forward). The HaZaK programs are for adults 55 and older, and are open to the entire community. In addition to members of Northern Hills, many attendees have come from the Jewish Community Center, Cedar Village, Brookwood

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Our Lady of Perpetual Help – is having a reunion for all graduates from 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at St. William’s Church Undercroft, West Eighth and Sunset avenues, Price Hill. Cost is $15 per person and includes soda, beer, chips, pretzels, bartender, hall rental and music by Jerry “Tiger” Iles. Donations given to Santa Maria Community Services, Sedamsville Civic Association and other organizations. Graduates are asked to bring a snack to share. Last names from A to M are asked to bring appetizers. Names from N to Z are asked

to bring desserts. Mail reservations to Pat Oates Telger, 4125 Pleasure Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45205. Include name, name of spouse or guest, address, phone number, email address, year graduated and a check for $15 made out to Pat Telger. For questions, call Marlene Mueller Collinsworth, 921-0620; Cathy Boone Dryden, 859-2821788; Kathy Oates Finkelmeier, 451-4392; Jane Corns Garrett, 451-7420; Jenny Corns Newman, 451-8787; Judy Oates Paff, 9228708 or Telger at 251-4507.

Flat on her back, Debbie had pretty much given up on living a normal life. Spinal stenosis produced excruciating back, leg and hip pain. Her internist sent her to a Group Health Associates specialist who treats pain and restores function without surgery. “He seemed to be in tune with what I needed,” she said. “Today, I can ride my bike, go to the grocery store and church – just about anything, she said.” Debbie also loves the convenience of visiting all of her doctors in one location – and picking up her prescriptions on the way out the door. It’s the friendly, expert care that makes Debbie trust Group Health Associates.

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St. Margaret Mary School in North College Hill Class of 1969 – is conducting a 40-year reunion at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at Clovernook Country Club, 2035 W. Galbraith Road. For details, contact Andy Kleiman at 859-441-6248.


Amelia High School Class of 1959 – a reunion is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Holiday Inn, Eastgate. For more information, call Rosalind (Fell) MacFarland at 752-8604.

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‘Make a Difference Day’ honored For nearly two decades, the fourth Saturday in October, “Make a Difference Day,” has inspired millions worldwide to feed, clothe, house, teach, and reach out to others to make a difference in their lives. Students at Sycamore Junior High do not need a specified day to demonstrate charity to others. While the various clubs, classes, and teams at Sycamore Junior High School reach out to the Cincinnati and worldwide communities, the “Sandwich Project,” now in its 13th year, is a special tradition. Making sandwiches for the homeless in Cincinnati has created a unique bond allowing students and staff to realize that even in this city of Fortune 500 companies, we still have basic needs which need to be met. Every week throughout the school year, the bags of bread and the mounds of cheese and baloney appear on the long cafeteria tables for students to make sandwiches. These are then delivered to Mercy Francis-

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Sycamore Junior High School students enjoy the opportunity to serve others while making sandwiches. From left: Seventh graders-Marissa Wyrick, Jamie Kolthoff, Daniel Funk, Madison Matthews and Jessyca Huff. can at St. John in Over-theRhine. Students and staff contribute a few dollars for the ingredients making the contribution all their own. Honoring the national “Make a Difference Day,” the staff and students each donated one dollar, and everyone made a sandwich on Oct. 22. Parents from the Parent Teachers Organization and some staff members helped to prepare bags for each classroom, and then students and staff made the sandwiches. These sandwiches were

taken to the window at St. John’s and will be fed to the homeless of our city over the weekend. Tom Bemmes, math teacher, along with a committee of volunteers were in charge of this project. Tony Gribi, former guidance counselor, had been in charge of this outreach program for nine years while he was a member of our staff. The spirit, enthusiasm and unyielding commitment to this project have inspired students and staff to continue to participate in this wor-

thy involvement to our city and community. Many students and staff members serve on an ongoing basis of volunteer commitment throughout the school year through their religious organizations, Scouting programs, and other community opportunities. However, the “Sandwich Project” holds a sense of priority for all involved. Their mission is to learn the joy of reaching out and serving others while providing for those who are less fortunate.

Spectacular music is what you can expect as Linton continues its tradition of featuring world-class musicians. These upcoming concerts Sunday, Nov. 15 and Monday, Nov. 16, will feature dazzling performances by Guarneri Quartet members, violinist John Dalley and cellist Peter Wiley playing works by Mozart, Dvorak and Mendelssohn in a program of violinists disguising themselves as violists, Along for the fun are two violin/viola change-artists, Lily Francis and Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, as well as renowned violist Steven Tenenbom. The program begins with Mozart’s “Quintet in C Major for Strings.” Composed in 1787, during a break from composing his opera Don Giovanni, the Quintet was intended to raise some quick cash for the perpetually broke Mozart. It didn’t help much in that arena, but it gave chamber music lovers over the centuries a grand piece brimming with optimism and high spirits. Dvorak’s “Terzetto in C Major for Two Violins & Viola” is another delightful result of a composition written by the composer when, in 1887, he was in an impecunious state. A Terzetto is a composition for three instruments, each with its own individual voice,

sometimes alone, more often in tandem with the others. This Terzetto, for all its brevity, provides contrasts running from gentle lyricism to a peppy, robust Furiant movement, which is actually a Bohemian dance. Mendelssohn’s “Quintet in B-Flat Major for Strings” concludes the program. One of only two Quintets composed by Mendelssohn this is a remarkably lovely piece, almost symphonic in its emotional outpouring of romantic melodies. There’s no more fitting conclusion to this happy mix of violinists and violists, not to mention some outstanding playing by cellist Peter Wiley. Come experience “Music Making Among Friends.” The Linton Chamber Music Series Sunday performances are at 4 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church, 536 Linton St., in Corryville. Monday evening Encore! Linton performances are at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Beth Adam, 10001 Loveland-Madeira Road. A limited number of individual tickets are still available for both the Sunday Linton Chamber Music Series and the Monday Encore! Linton Series. Tickets can be reserved by calling (513) 381-6868. For more information go online at

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from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. It will be held at Chabad Jewish Center, 3977 Hunt Road, Blue Ash. The entrance fee for the evening, which includes all coffees and pastries, is $12 per person paid by Nov. 12, $15 after Nov. 12 or $72 sponsor. For adults only. For reservations and more information, visit or call 793-5200.

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On Saturday evening Nov. 21, Cincinnati Jewish adults are invited to enjoy a delightful evening of gourmet kosher coffee, imported Israeli pastries and classic Chassidic stories – Café Chabad style. Held at Chabad Jewish Center in Blue Ash, Coffee Emporium will be onsite with a full menu of their artisan roasted coffees and fine teas. In the spirit of the conclusion of Shabbat, Chassidic stories will masterfully told by the entertaining Rabbi Areyah Kaltmann, director and spiritual leader of the Schottenstein Chabad House, Columbus. Coffee Emporium hand selects the world’s most delightful coffees from family-owned farms all over the globe. Their artisan roaster roasts the coffee beans in small batches, and his careful attention to an optimum

RELIGION Armstrong Chapel United Methodist Church

“Divorce Care,” a 13-week program that addresses emotional issues associated with divorce, is being offered through Nov. 30. The sessions are offered free of charge from 7-9 p.m. at the church. Experts on topics such as anger, resentment and loneliness will conduct the meetings in a support group setting. For more information contact Melanie Stearns at 561-4220. The chapel is at 5125 Drake Road, Indian Hill; 561-4220.

Ascension Lutheran Church

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 at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 793-3288; m.

Church of God of Prophecy

The church hosts Sunday School at 10 a.m. and worship is at 11 a.m. Sundays. Bible Study is at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. The church is at 8105 Beech Ave., Deer Park; 793-7422.

Church of the Saviour United Methodist

Mission Maniacs (children kindergarten-sixth grades) will meet from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15. Memory candles will be made for families that have lost loved ones during the year. Hannah Circle will go to The Sherman House Restaurant & Inn (Batesville, Ind.) for lunch Tuesday, Nov. 17. Depart from the church at 9:30 a.m. and return by 2 p.m. Call the church for details. Mother/Daughter Circle will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, in the church kitchen to make gingerbread houses. Call the church to make a reservation. Watch for Cookies and Santa from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. The event features games, crafts, clowns, refreshments and have your picture taken with Santa. It is free. 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 church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 791-3142;

About religion

Religion news is published at no charge on a spaceavailable basis. Items must be to our office no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, for possible consideration in the following edition. E-mail announcements 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, Ohio 45140. required by Nov. 6. Call 791-8348 or e-mail The church is at 7421 East Galbraith Road, Madeira; 791-8348.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

The church is hosting Scrapbooking from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. nearly every third Monday. Free childcare is provided. You must register by 5 p.m. Friday before the Monday event. For more information, call

the church at 891-1700. The dates are: Nov. 16, Dec. 14, Jan. 25, Feb. 22, March 15, April 19, May 17, June 7, July 19 and Aug. 16. The church is at 7701 Kenwood Road, Kenwood; 891-1700.

Kenwood Fellowship Church

The church has a new contemporary worship service from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturdays. The services will feature contemporary worship music in a relaxed atmosphere with biblical teaching that will resonate with the fast-paced lifestyles that many of us find ourselves in today. The church is at 7205 Kenwood Road; 891-9768.

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Connections Christian Church

The church has contemporary worship at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. The church is hosting “Life’s Healing Choices for Women,” a one-day conference with Sandra Morgenthal PCC, S, CCFC, RN, of Professional Pastoral-Counseling Institute, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14. She will share on topics that are pertinent to women’s needs for this day in society. Topics include: Nurturing Relationship Skills, Answers for Anxiety and Depression, Compassion for Grief and Loss, and Caring Like Christ in Culture. There is a fee of $15 per person for the day. Included in the cost of registration is a copy of the book “Life’s Healing Choices,” a catered lunch and child care. Registration is

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Mason United Methodist Church 6315 S. Mason-Montgomery Rd. (near Tylersville Rd. intersection) 513-398-4741 8:30 & 11:00 AM Traditional Worship 9:45 AM Contemporary Worship 1:30 PM Esperanza Viva, Hispanic Worship 9:40 & 11:00 AM Sunday School Childcare available

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November 11, 2009

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Blue Ash/Montgomery Rotary Club sponsors golf benefit The Rotary Club of Blue Ash/Montgomery hosted its 18th annual golf outing at the Blue Ash Municipal Golf Course. Under the chairmanship of Bob Young, more than 100 participants enjoyed a beautiful day of golf, an exciting putting contest, lunch, dinner and a special silent auction that featured electronic devices procured from several local business-

es. The winning foursome from Ohio National Financial Group included Tom Barefield, Chris Carlson, Ryan Reickhoff and Steve Meiring. Major sponsors of the event included Ohio National Financial Services, Embassy Suites Hotel, State Auto Insurance Corp., Twin Lakes of Montgomery, Mortgage House of America, Crowne Plaza Cincin-

nati/Blue Ash, Kwik Kopy Business Solutions, ReMax Unlimited (Jennifer & Gary Black) and Ries Insurance Agency. Proceeds from the outing will be used to support the club’s scholarship program and other community projects. The outing in 2010 is scheduled for Sept. 21, with Doug Taylor as chairman.


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who are newly unemployed, the expense of a coat may just not be in the budget, especially when faced with the more pressing needs of food or medicine – some just simply go without,” said Liz Carter, executive director, St. Vincent de Paul. “We are continuing to see people from all communities of Greater Cincinnati – people who have never asked for help before – due to the challenging economic climate.” This project is made possible by firefighters and others who collect the coats, volunteers who transport, sort and distribute the coats, and of course, the community who generously donate the coats. Participating fire departments serving as dropoff points include Anderson

Township, Colerain Township, Whitewater Township, Sharonville, Harrison, Hamilton, Forest Park, Loveland, Milford, Blue Ash, Green Township, Springdale, Mount Healthy, Springfield Township, Liberty Township, Little Miami, Mariemont, Deerfield Township, Montgomery and Mason. For a complete list of fire departments and locations as well as participating Gold Star Chili locations, go to or The 5 Cares Coat Drive will continue through Dec. 4. For more information about donating or helping with the drive, call St. Vincent de Paul at 562-8841, ext. 226, or to learn how to receive a coat, call 4210602.


BRIDGES for a Just Community recently announced the election of Shakila T. Ahmad, a Muslim American, as chair of its board of directors, a diverse group of 45 community leaders. Ahmad was elected to a two-year term. The board also elected Raghu Krishnamoorthy, Jill Meyer, Dr. Betsy Sato, Dr. Terry Kershaw and Dr. Sohaib Khan as new members of the board of directors. The new BRIDGES Board members have been appointed to 3year terms. Shakila Ahmad is dedicated to numerous civic and community causes and has been serving on the BRIDGES board for eight years. She is also on the boards of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Ohio Humanities Council, CET, the Islamic Educational Council and the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati. She was the first woman to serve as a trustee at the Islamic Center and is the founding member for Muslim Mothers Against Violence initiative. Professionally, Ahmad spearheads business development and management for the Allergy and Asthma Specialty Center and has 10 years of education and consulting experience with IBM. She is a resident of West Chester Town-

ship. Raghu Krishnamoorthy is the senior human resources manager for GE Aviation and a resident of Symmes Township. Jill P. Meyer, is the member-in-charge of the Cincinnati office of Frost Brown Todd and a resident of downtown. Dr. Betsy Sato is a retired University of Cincinnati professor and works with the Housing Mediation Service; she lives in Union, Ky. Dr. Terry Kershaw is department chair of African Studies at the University of Cincinnati and lives in Fairfield. Dr. Sohaib Khan is a professor and vice chair of the Department of Cancer and Cell Biology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and a resident of Montgomery. “We are thrilled to have Shakila take the leadership role of BRIDGES Chair – she is an asset to this community and will serve our organization well,” said Robert “Chip” Harrod, president and CEO of BRIDGES for a Just Community. “At the same time, our new board members represent the racial, religious and cultural inclusion that helps to make our region more attractive to business professionals and more livable for us all.”

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Cincinnati Nature Center named Grant Cowan chair of its board of trustees. Cowan, an Indian Hill resident and an attorney with Frost Brown Todd, LLC has served on the board for five years. Cincinnati Nature Center elected four new individuals to their board of trustees: Tucker Coombe, Graham Mitchell, Linda Parlin and Elizabeth Staggenborg. In addition, Cincinnati Nature Center elected of two honorary trustees – Michael McGraw and Jane Stotts. McGraw has spent more than 20 years contributing to the leadership and success of CNC. He served on the board of trustees from 1987 to 1996 and chairman for four years. He continues to serve on the committee on trustees. He and his family live in Indian Hill. Stotts, CNC’s volunteer historian, has been committed to researching, documenting and now nominating CNC’s legacy for recognition in the National Register of Historic Places. For additional information, visit or call 831-1711. Cincinnati Nature Center’s Rowe Woods is at 4949 Tealtown Road.

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The Society of St. Vincent de Paul and WLWT Channel 5 recently announced the kickoff of their eighth annual 5 Cares Coat Drive at Gold Star in Norwood at the corner of Smith and Edwards roads. St. Vincent de Paul supplies coats to its own clients, as well as to other agencies that also work directly with those in need. The 5 Cares Coat Drive relies on the generosity of the community for the donation of new and gently-used coats towards its goal of 4,000 coats. Coats can be donated at a number of dropoff locations throughout Greater Cincinnati, including participating fire departments and participating Gold Star Chili locations. “For families living paycheck to paycheck, or those


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Michael H. Turner, 109, , misdemeanor warrant, misdemeanor warrant, misdemeanor warrant, petty theft at 4100 Hunt Road, Oct. 27. Tracy Allen Fields, 44, 1712 Petri Drive, petty theft, criminal trespass at 4100 Hunt Road, Oct. 30. Victoria A. Wright, 56, 4332 Oakwood Ave. Apartment 4, drug paraphernalia at Blue Ash Road and Alpine Avenue, Oct. 30. Paula J. Schmidt, 54, 4237 Matson Ave., possession or use of a controlled substance at Blue Ash Road and Alpine Avenue, Oct. 30. Anthony Russell Moore, 43, 339 Elm St. Apartment 4, disorderly conduct at 4184 Glendale-Milford Road, Nov. 1. G. Shifali Rouse, 32, 7013 Summit Ave., operating a vehicle impaired (under the influence of alcohol/drug of abuse), operating vehicle without reasonable control at Cooper Road and Mohler Road (east), Oct. 29. Jeffrey A. Bloom, 53, 8310 York St., open container prohibited, operating a vehicle impaired (under the influence of alcohol/drug of abuse), operating a vehicle impaired (breath .17 or higher) at 4540 Alpine Ave., Oct. 30.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering

Someone damaged a vending machine, $500 damage, at Wingate Inn at 4320 Glendale-Milford Road, Nov. 2.

Found property

At 4660 Creek Road apartment 124, Oct. 30.

Prop/erty damage

A woman returned home and found the rear sliding glass door inside window pane open at 9474 Tramwood Court, Oct. 30.



Juvenile, 17, disorderly conduct at 7400 Cornell Road, Oct. 26. Da'Montez A. Lowe, 18, 10555 Montgomery Road No. 4, disorderly conduct at 7400 Cornell Road, Oct. 26. Juvenile, 17, noise at 7400 Cornell Road, Oct. 26. Samantha Hartman, 25, 6510 Hasler St. No. 2, deception to obtain dangerous drug at 10500 Montgomery Road, Oct. 22. Janice D. Kavanaugh, 39, 11610 Currier Lane, driving while under the influence at 10620 Montgomery Road, Oct. 18. Michael J. Elder, 19, 11737 Laurelview Drive, burglary-trespass in occupied structure at 11737 Laurelview Drive, Oct. 8. Brittaney G. Griffith, 19, 397 S. Delaware St. No. 9, driving while under the influence, drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs at 10200 Montgomery Road, Oct. 20. Jason Fisher, 37, 728 Villa Road, soliciting without permit at 10625 Adventure Lane, Oct. 22. Robert A. Minnick, 26, 161 York St., soliciting without permit at 10625 Adventure Lane, Oct. 22. Brent A. Eggers, 29, 500 Dottie Court, theft at 4150 Hunt Road, Oct. 22. Michael J. Elder, 19, 11737 Laurelview Drive, violation of temporary protection orser, theft-without consent, resisting arrest-cusing

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Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering

A woman said someone used her Fifth Third check card MasterCard to charge $205.03 at 10475 Londonderry Court, Oct. 12.


Misuse of credit card

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, 7927254. Symmes Township, Lt. Dan Reid 683-3444. phsical harm, receiving stolen property at 11737 Laurelview Drive, Oct. 8. Michael W. Mersman, 24, 2114 Harker Waits Road, drug abuse instruments at Northbound Interstate 71, Oct. 17. James G. Hayden, 40, 345 Hampshire Drive, open container at Eastbound Interstate 275, Oct. 17. Juvenile, 13, criminal damage/mischief, Oct. 11. Juvenile, 13, criminal damage/mischief, Oct. 11. Juvenile, 14, criminal damage/mischief, Oct. 11. David Joseph Young Jr., 33, 64 Gahl Terrace No. 9, drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs at Eastbound Interstate 275, Oct. 10. Angela A. Dean, 39, 606 Glenrose Lane, attempt at 10500 Montgomery Road, Oct. 8. Juvenile, 15, theft at 7400 Cornell Road, Oct. 8. Juvenile, 14, theft at 7400 Cornell Road, Oct. 8. Juvenile, 16, in park after hours at Cooper Road, Oct. 11. Juvenile, 15, in park after hours at Cooper Road, Oct. 11. Juvenile, 13, complicity at 5757 Cooper Road, Oct. 12. Juvenile, arson at 9675 Ross Ave., Oct. 12.

Incidents/investigations Auto theft

A rental car was never returned to Avis at 9305 Montgomery Road, Oct. 23.


A man said someone took a safe and its contents, including a pocket watch, value $800; a yellow stone ring, value $25; a high school ring, value $200; a signet ring, value $200; a gold ring, value $200; a solid gold chain, value $300; a hollow gold chain, value $150, and a 14-karat gold ID bracelet, value $300 at 9700 Cooper Lane, Oct. 12.

Criminal damaging

A man said someone took trees from his property while he was out of town at 10420 Bookmark Place, Oct. 20.

Illegal conveyance of weapons on school property At 5757 Cooper Road, Oct. 5.

Lost/found property

A man said his wallet was either lost or stolen at 9572 Delray Drive, Oct. 28.

A Huffy Highland 12-speed bicycle was found at Dulle Park at 10500 Deerfield Road, Oct. 30. An 18-speed Roadmaster bicycle had been left on a walking path for several days at 10490 Deerfield Road, Oct. 28.

Passing bad checks, theft

At 9939 Montgomery Road, Oct. 22.

Telecommunications harassment

At 11052 Toddtee Lane, Oct. 29. At 10613 Orinda Drive, Oct. 8. At 9179 E. Kenper Road, Oct. 11.


A male juvenile said someone took an iPod touch, value $300, from a varsity football locker at Sycamore High School at 7400 Cornell Road, Sept. 10. Someone took a Breedlove-NAMM custom mark electric guitar, value $4,199, from DHR Music at 9466 Montgomery Road, Oct. 22. A woman said someone took a gold diamond ring, a diamond pendant and a 14-karat gold bracelet from a trunk at 9880 Montgomery Road, Oct. 28. A woman said someone took $45 from her wallet in a classroom at Sycamore High School at 7400 Cornell Road, Oct. 27. A man said someone took $310 from a toolbox at 10981 Montgomery Road, Oct. 23. At 9939 Montgomery Road, Oct. 24. A woman said someone used her Social Security number to open a Sprint cell phone account. At 7706 Shadow Hill Way, Oct. 22. Someone took Frexienet champagne, value $10.99; Glad furniture polish, value $1.49, and wash clothes, value $2.99, from Kroger at 9939 Montgomery Road, Oct. 19. A man said someone took a DeWalt drill set, a Hanson drill set, a screw extraction set, two Hex key bundles, two torquie bundles, a floor jack with cas and a punch set at 7480 Thumbelina, Oct. 16. A man said someone took a fourcarat black sapphire 18-karat men's ring, value $800; a Paloma Picassos Paloma's Groove men's bracelet, value $400; an Atlas sterling silver and rubber bracelet, value $300; a Tiffany Venetian link sterling silver necklace, value $300;a sterling silver bead chain with atlas pendant, value $250, and a house key, value $10 at 9718 Ross Ave., Oct. 19.


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Reported at Montgomery Road, Oct. 12. Residence entered at 8359 Lake Ave., Oct. 21.

Criminal damaging

Signs and flags damaged at 4312 Sycamore Road, Oct. 25. Vehicle tire damaged at 8358 Lake Ave., Oct. 24.

Our interactive CinciNavigator map allows you to pinpoint the loction of police reports in your neighborhood. Visit: Oct. 9. Jewelry valued at $60 removed at 8196 Millview Drive, Oct. 10. Check card and checks of unknown value removed at 4230 Williams Drive, Oct. 3. GPS unit valued at $300 removed at

Identity fraud

Reported at 6439 Stoneham Place, Oct. 22.


Female victim reported at Gideon Lane, Oct. 6.

7200 Quailhollow Drive, Oct. 5. $200 removed at 7310 Vinnedge Court, Oct. 5. Purses valued at $14,000 removed at 7801 U.S. 22, Oct. 12. Computer valued at $1,600 removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, Oct. 20.


Camera, GPS and memory card valued at $429 removed at 7311 Vinnedge Court, Oct. 7. Ring valued at $7,000 removed at 7300 Dearwester, Oct. 6. Golf clubs, bag of unknown value removed at 8189 Millview Drive,

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LEGAL NOTICE The City of Blue Ash, Ohio is soliciting bids for a backup electric power generator. This is a design-build project involving the provision and installation of a 300kW dieselpowered backup generator for the Municipal & Safety Center. A no-charge specification packet will be available beginning Thursday, November 12, 2009, during regular office hours from the front desk at the City’s Municipal & Safety Center, 4343 Cooper Road, Blue Ash, Ohio 45242, or can be downloaded from the website beginning November 12. Bidding documents may be viewed at the Dodge Plan Room (McGraw Hill Construction) at 7265 Kenwood Road (513-345-8200); or at the ACI Plan Room (Allied Construction, Inc.) at 3 Kovach Drive (513-221-8020), both in Cincinnati, Ohio. A pre-bid walk-through for this project has been scheduled for 9:00AM, Tuesday, November 17 (meet in the lobby of the Municipal & Safety Center). All bids must be returned to the Blue Ash Municipal & Safety Center, 4343 Cooper Road, Blue Ash, Ohio 45242 (513-745-8500) by 1:00PM, Cincinnati Time, Tuesday, November 24, 2009. Ohio’s prevailing wage laws apply. J.S. Pfeffer, Treasurer 1001516998

Theft, passing bad checks, forgery

At 9939 Montgomery Road, Oct. 13.

Vandalism, theft

A woman said her car was damaged inside a parking garage at 1 Financial Way, Oct. 9.

Violation of temporary protection order

At 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Oct. 13.



Donald Quzogfly, 47, 9886 Feldors Drive, domestic violence at 8986 Feldors Drive, Oct. 20. David Hiatt, no age given, 4611 Belleview Ave., operating vehicle intoxicated at Lancaster Ave. and Sycamore Road, Oct. 12.

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November 11, 2009

FIRE/EMS RUNS Sycamore Township Fire Department 911 calls from Sept. 30 to Oct. 17: Sept. 30, Montgomery, alarm activation Sept. 30, Kenwood, false call Oct. 4, Dearwester, fall Oct. 4, Galbraith, medical emergency Oct. 5, Paw Paw, CO incident Oct. 5, Paw Paw, CO poisoning Oct. 5, Montgomery, medical emergency Oct. 5, Frolic, medical emergency Oct. 5, Hosbrook, medical emergency Oct. 5, Owlwoods, medical emergency Oct. 6, Pine, alarm activation Oct. 6, Northlake, alarm activation Oct. 6, Reading, vehicle fire Oct. 6, Bayberry, CO alarm Oct. 6, Abbotsford, medical emergency Oct. 6, Montgomery, medical emergency Oct. 6, Myrtle, no patient contact Oct. 6, Dearwester, medical emergency Oct. 6, Hosbrook, medical emergency Oct. 6, Michael, medical emergency Oct. 7, Weil, structure fire Oct. 7, Alma, alarm activation Oct. 7, Kemper @ Northlake, motor vehicle accident Oct. 7, Cornell, medical emergency Oct. 7, Galbraith, medical emergency Oct. 7, Kugler Mill, fall Oct. 7, Kenwood, medical emergency Oct. 8, Galbraith, gas leak Oct. 8, School, cancelled call Oct. 8, Mallard Creek, structure fire Oct. 8, Fifth, medical emergency Oct. 8, Chancery, fall Oct. 8, Estermarie, medical emergency Oct. 8, Highfield, medical emergency Oct. 8, Montgomery, motor vehicle accident Oct. 8, Galbraith, medical emergency Oct. 8, Montgomery, fall Oct. 8, Dearwester, fall Oct. 8, Dearwester, fall Oct. 8, N I 71, medical emergency Oct. 8, Plainfield, medical emergency Oct. 9, Mantell, CO alarm Oct. 9, Mason Montgomery, structure fire Oct. 9, I71 South @ Montgomery, medical emergency Oct. 9, Montgomery, medical emergency

Oct. 9, Galbraith, medical emergency Oct. 9, Kugler Mill, medical emergency Oct. 9, Galbraith, medical emergency Oct. 9, Carver, fall Oct. 9, Kenwood Crossing, medical emergency Oct. 9, Montgomery, medical emergency Oct. 9, Galbraith, lift assist Oct. 10, Montgomery, smoke scare Oct. 10, School, motor vehicle accident Oct. 10, Trade, trailer fire Oct. 10, Belfast, lift assist Oct. 10, Kenwood, fall Oct. 10, Bayberry, medical emergency Oct. 10, Longford, medical emergency Oct. 11, Gideon, overheated motor Oct. 11, Tenderfoot, lift assist Oct. 11, School, medical emergency Oct. 11, Kennedy, medical emergency Oct. 11, Dearwester, fall Oct. 11, Glengary, fall Oct. 11, Galbraith, medical emergency Oct. 11, Montgomery, medical emergency Oct. 11, Crystal, medical emergency Oct. 11, Williams, medical emergency Oct. 12, Reed Hartman, medical emergency Oct. 12, Galbraith, fall Oct. 12, I71 N, motor vehicle accident Oct. 13, Montgomery, gas leak Oct. 13, 275 @ Montgomery, cancelled call Oct. 13, Montgomery, fall Oct. 13, Kemper, medical emergency Oct. 13, Wexford, medical emergency Oct. 13, Montgomery, good intent Oct. 13, Camner, medical emergency Oct. 13, Pine, medical emergency Oct. 13, Queens, medical emergency Oct. 13, Galbraith, medical emergency Oct. 13, Taylor, medical emergency Oct. 14, Kenwood, cancelled call Oct. 14, Sycamore Terrace, structure fire Oct. 14, Millview, fall Oct. 14, 275 @ Montgomery, motor vehicle accident Oct. 14, Kingslake, medical emergency Oct. 14, Glenover, fall Oct. 14, Dearwester, fall Oct. 14, Plainville, medical emer-




About Fire, EMS reports

The Community Press obtains fire and emergency medical dispatches from the Sycamore Township Fire EMS Department, 489-1212 (North Station) and 792-8565 (South station). gency Oct. 14, Montgomery, fall Oct. 14, Galbraith, medical emergency Oct. 14, Chaucer, intoxicated person Oct. 14, Montgomery, cooking fire Oct. 15, Wexford, wires down Oct. 15, Wyoming, structure fire Oct. 15, Montgomery, structure fire Oct. 15, Montgomery, alarm activation Oct. 15, Starting Gate, alarm activation Oct. 15, Starting Gate, alarm activation Oct. 15, Second, medical emergency Oct. 15, Applewood, medical emergency Oct. 15, Montgomery, medical emergency Oct. 15, Montgomery, fall Oct. 15, Montgomery, fall Oct. 15, Galbraith, fall Oct. 15, Wexford, lift assist Oct. 16, Conrey, alarm activation Oct. 16, Leisure, cancelled call Oct. 16, Park, medical emergency Oct. 16, Montgomery, medical emergency Oct. 16, Chetbert, medical emergency Oct. 16, Hosbrook, fall Oct. 16, Montgomery, medical emergency Oct. 16, Monroe, medical emergency Oct. 16, Kingslake, medical emergency Oct. 16, Dearwester, fall Oct. 16, Frolic, lift assist Oct. 17, Montgomery, electrical fire Oct. 17, Snider, alarm activation Oct. 17, Snider, alarm activation Oct. 17, Cooper, structure fire Oct. 17, Montgomery, fall Oct. 17, Montgomery, medical emergency Oct. 17, Montgomery, fall Oct. 17, Kenwood, medical emergency Oct. 17, Galbraith, lift assist


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Owners of family businesses are frequently referred to as the foundation of the American economy. Family businesses employ the majority of workers in this country and are responsible for many innovations. Did you know that Microsoft was a family owned business? Every business owner should consider the company’s ownership future. Imagine, awaking one day and deciding you want to turn over the reins to your

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