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Blue Ash annually conducts one of the largest Veterans Day ceremonies in the area. View some photos from the solemn tribute.

Neighbors Who Care One of our holiday traditions is recognizing those who make their neighborhood and community better – not just in November and December, but all year long. If you know someone who fits that description – a Neighbor Who Cares – let us know about them. E-mail us at, with “Neighbors Who Care” in the subject line. Make sure to include your name, community and contact information, as well as their’s. Deadline for nominations is Friday, Dec. 9.

Holiday scrapbook It’s beginning to look a lot like ... well, you know. If you are one who believes the holidays can’t start early enough, and you want to start planning, visit for a list of holiday-related activities across the area. While there, feel free to post any holiday photos you have, either from this year or past years – and then e-mail those photos to us for our Holiday Scrapbook. Send the photo or photos to, along with a few words about what’s going on in the photo and why you like it. Happy Holidays!

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Merchants welcome sounds of season

By Jeanne Houck

MONTGOMERY — For many small retailers there’s nothing bigger than holidays — and there’s no bigger holiday than Christmas. A dozen downtown Montgomery businesses hope to grab some of the upcoming seasonal spending by launching the first Holiday Open House Thursday, Dec. 8. Participating businesses in the area around Montgomery and Cooper roads will welcome people into their stores between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. “People will be able to stop by for wine and cheese just like any open house — and stay to mill around and see our businesses,” said Kathy Munafo, an owner of Frame House Gallery on Cooper Road in Montgomery. Visitors to the open house at the Frame House Gallery also will be able to browse through Kathy’s Korner Gift Shop, which Munafo recently added to the gallery. An American Express survey concluded Americans will spend an average of $831 on gifts this holiday season - $121 more than last year. To help small retailers get their fair share of the money, American Express in 2010 founded Small Business Saturday, an annual initiative encouraging people nationwide to shop their local small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year’s event is Nov. 26. Montgomery long has sponsored another holiday push for its downtown-area businesses, called Holiday in the Village, and will do so again this year. The annual event celebrating the season and Montgomery businesses will be held Saturday, Dec. 3 - kicking off at 5 p.m. with the lighting of a Christmas tree at the

Healthy holiday sales can carry small businesses through the spare first-quarter months, says Angela Stein, owner of "The Next Best Thing," an accessories and gift shop on Kenwood Road in Blue Ash. JEANNE HOUCK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Kathy Munafo is owner of the Frame House Gallery at the corner of Cooper and Montgomery roads in Montgomery, where she recently opened Kathy's Korner Gift Shop. JEANNE

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Montgomery green-lights Maple Dale reconstruction By Jeanne Houck

MONTGOMERY — Montgomery City Council will vote Wednesday, Dec. 7, on the Sycamore Community Schools’ request to waive a city environmental-impact fund tax as the district rebuilds Maple Dale Elementary School. The city council meeting at which the fee — normally assessed on new development – will be discussed begins at 7 p.m. at Montgomery city hall on Montgomery Road.

“The city agreed in1998 to consider requests for a waiver of this fee from other institutions which derive the majority of their revenue from taxes, and has previously granted waivers to Sycamore for other building projects,” said Frank Davis, Montgomery’s community development director. Nov. 16, Montgomery City Council agreed to modify Maple Dale Elementary School’s existing conditional use permit to allow Sycamore officials to renovate and expand the school, which has an entrance off Hagewa

Drive in Blue Ash. Maple Dale is located in both Montgomery and Blue Ash and the reconstruction project needs approval from various bodies in both jurisdictions. Montgomery City Council’s yes vote Nov. 16 “completes the approval process with (Montgomery), except for some conditions that (the Montgomery) Planning Commission requested staff to work out with the school,” Davis said. It is the Sycamore Community Schools’ plans to build district of-

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fices on the Maple Dale Elementary School campus that has raised protests from some surrounding property owners. The land where school officials want to build the district offices is entirely in Blue Ash and some of its development in the purview of Blue Ash officials. Opponents say district offices are neither allowed on the residentially zoned property nor wanted because they will threaten students’ safety and hurt propSee SCHOOL, Page A2





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Neuilly Plaisance Plaza at Montgomery and Cooper roads. Festivities then will move to a North Pole workshop at the historic Universalist Church at Montgomery and Remington roads, where the fun will last until 7:30 p.m. Children will be able to meet Santa Claus, make crafts with Mrs. Claus, sing with carolers and take free rides in a horse-drawn wagon.

Montgomery businesses in the area — such as Kidz Watch child-care center on Montgomery Road and Haute Chocolate on Shelly Lane - will be open late and offer specials. Montgomery mainstays Bethesda North Hospital, Ohio National Financial Services and Twin Lakes senior community also will participate in Holiday in the Village. Bethesda North on Montgomery Road will transform its second floor into a penguin igloo with penguin-themed activities, model train displays, entertainers, cookies and hot ci-

der until 7:30 p.m. Ohio National on Financial Way will turn its campus into a Victorian holiday village until 8:30 p.m. Children can get free five-byseven photos with St. Nick and everyone can enjoy free cookies and cocoa. Twin Lakes on Montgomery Road will become gingerbread central with a display of gingerbread houses, free craft activities for children, refreshments and music until 7:30 p.m. People will be able to vote in a tree-trimming contest for trees decorated and on display at the Universalist Church, Bethesda North

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Blue Ash supports all its businesses — small and large – year-round, but does nothing special for small retailers during the Christmas holidays, said Judy Clark, Blue Ash’s director of economic development. “While the city does not offer programs specific to small businesses, Blue Ash has the business climate, accessibility and access to customer base which makes our community to attractive to all businesses, large and small,” Clark said. “As a member of the Blue Ash Business Association and the Chamber of Commerce, we help to support programming to small businesses.” Angela Stein, owner of The Next Best Thing accessories and gifts shop on Kenwood Road in Blue Ash, said she sometimes hosts fundraisers to raise money for charity - and to raise her business’ profile. Stein said the Christmas holidays “are the bulk of my business. “It makes up for January, February and March,” Stein said.

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erty values. Architects for the Sycamore Community Schools argue otherwise, saying their plans were drafted with an eye toward protecting people and property. Also, conditions designed to protect people and property were set by the Blue Ash Board of Site

Deal Chicken hatches national sweepstakes DealChicken, a unique digital daily deals site from Gannett Co. Inc. has launch a national, “Discover Your Town in 2012” sweepstakes, designed to help local consumers discover the very best their town has to offer. The promotion runs through Dec. 11. Greater Cincinnati residents can register for a chance to win free deals from DealChicken Cincinnati. Twelve grand prize winners will be selected on or about Dec. 12 from all nationwide entries and each will receive a $6,500 credit to redeem for deals on the local site throughout 2012. “The Enquirer knows the communities, merchants and consumers we serve better than anyone else,” said Mark Woodruff, vice president of Market Development. “Our goal with the ‘Discover Your Town in 2012’ sweepstakes is to encourage Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky consumers to sign up to receive DealArrangement in September for rebuilding Maple Dale Elementary School and for building district offices and by the Montgomery Planning Commission in October for rebuilding Maple Dale Elementary School. Residents who oppose construction of district offices at Maple Dale have hired lawyers who say they may seek redress in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court. » Maple Dale Elemen-

Chicken deals and offers from local merchants so they can experience the best of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.” Interested participants can enter the sweepstakes at or text 25543 with “cincinnati” and a valid email address. DealChicken Cincinnati is brought to you by The Enquirer. Winners may be asked to appear in promotional videos and messaging for DealChicken, at various times and locations, including while redeeming their DealChicken Deals. Official Rules are available at

Index Calendar .................B2 Classfieds .................C Food ......................B3 Life ........................B1 Police .....................B8 Schools ..................A7 Sports ....................A8 Viewpoints ............A10 tary School is to be rebuilt for $17.5 million with funds from a 0.61-mill bond issue that voters in the Sycamore Community Schools district approved in November 2010. » District offices for the Sycamore Community Schools are to be built for $2.1 million with funds from a certificate of participation and the sale of the current central offices on Cooper Road in Blue Ash. Both buildings are to open in the fall of 2013.



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For the seventh year, Cintas Corp. has recognized the U.S. Marine Corps with a luncheon and cake-cutting ceremony to honor the Nov. 10, 1775 founding of the Marine Corps. Cintas’ observance has grown from its simple beginnings with a cake at the Crescentville location and a few people milling around. Nearly 40 people were in attendance for this year’s event held at Cintas headquarters in Mason, by invitation of Cintas founder and Indian Hill resident Dick Farmer. The Marines’ observance began by a 1921 order of Gen. John A. Lejeune and continues strong today. The ceremony follows the tradition of reading both Lejeune’s and the current commandant’s birthday messages, as well as a cake-cutting ceremony, with the first piece going to the oldest Marine present and the second piece going to the youngest Marine present (see pic, if room). The Cintas event started simply seven years ago with a cake and about sev-

Jeff Rogers of Cintas, William Wiggins of Fairfield and Chuck Klosterman of Fairfield visit before the birthday ceremony begins. SHELLY SACK/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS


From the Communications Company Headquarters Battallion, 4th Marine Division, from left: Cpl. Brennen Sheley, Sgt. Paul Stafford (Beechmont area), Staff Sgt. Michael Eppes, Staff Sgt. Matthew Hutchins (Fairfield) and Staff Sgt. Nathanial Clark. SHELLY SACK/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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Indian Hill Elementary School students want to make sure those in need have a good meal. This year 35 boxes of food were collected by students and staff for the annual Thanksgiving food drive. The items were donated to Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, which works cooperatively with the school on the food drive. “I love seeing the students think of others,” said Terry Kountz, a children’s minister at the church. “It’s great seeing their enthusiasm helping someone out.” All of the grades in the school participated. Thirdgrade instructor Avery Lewis,

of Anderson Township, said the food drive was once again coordinated by the Kids Who Care, a community service group at the school. Kids Who Care, which has about 80 students involved, prepared posters and helped promote the food drive. The group had recently just completed a Halloween costume drive to collect Halloween costumes for those who are less fortunate. As part of the food drive the students were encouraged to donate a variety of items. “I love giving food to people,” said fifth-grader and Kids Who care member Madeline Major, of Indian Hill. “I’d hate to go to an empty cabinet and go to bed hungry.” Fifth-grader Cooper Leszczuk said, “It’s like Christmas for (those) getting food.”

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Indian Hill Elementary School fifth-graders William Hilton, left, Carter Coalfleet and Whit Heekin, all of Indian Hill, participate in the school's annual Thanksgiving food drive. FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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The Ursuline Academy dance team was invited by the Bowl Games of America (BGA) to perform a two-minute routine during the live pre-parade performances in the grandstand area at the Thanksgiving Day Parade in Chicago. The performance will be broadcast live on Chicago-based WGN-TV at 8:37 a.m. Central Time

(9:37 a.m. Eastern Time). UA will be the first dance team to be featured in the opening hour of the parade, and the routine will be choreographed by team director Brenda Elmore. The team will not walk in the parade and will only do the live televised performance. In addition to the performance the WGN-TV segment also

will feature a live interview with Elmore. WGN's website is for those who choose to watch the performance on the station's website. This will be the first time that the BGA has selected one high school dance team only to be featured in the opening hour of the parade, and it will be televised to approximate-

ly 75 million viewers to watch on WGN-TV. Ursuline's dance team also was invited by the BGA to perform at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis last New Year's Eve. In the past two years, since the team's inception, they have won the Ohio state and national championship at the Showcase America Unlimited (SCAU) state and national championships.

MONTGOMERY - Somewhere in a busy part of town, a young bride stands over steaming pots and a sizzling grill. She flips burgers while her husband jokes with the customers and works the front room. It's opening day for their mom-and-pop restaurant. Wiping her brow, she looks around the tiny kitchen and tries not to fret. Matula Gregory knows exactly what she's thinking: Will we make it? The answer is yes - if she has the gumption of Gregory, 84, the matriarch of the Montgomery Inn empire. That Cincinnati icon quietly celebrated the 60th anniversary of its founding by Gregory and her husband, the famed raconteur and restaurateur, the late Ted Gregory. "I had no doubts that day that we would make it," Gregory said. "We were family. My sister and both sets of parents were working with us." As Matula spoke, she sat in a private dining room of the Montgomery Inn's flagship restaurant in the heart of its namesake city. In 1951, that restaurant could barely seat 25 diners. Sixty years and numerous expansions later, its capacity is 725. She was offered, but declined, a seat at the head of the table. "I'm fine right here," she said softly from a side seat. "The head of the table is gone." She looked at a portrait of her

Gregory late husband. He died in 2001, just after the Montgomery Inn celebrated its 50th anniversary. On that long-ago opening day, she stood in the kitchen and told herself: "This is home. We will succeed." She said those words just after 6 a.m. That's when the original Montgomery Inn opened for the first time to serve a crew of construction workers. They were belting back boilermakers for

breakfast. Those construction workers were building the houses that eventually became the neighborhoods surrounding Montgomery. "I knew we'd make it," she said as she folded and unfolded a cloth napkin. "But never in my wildest dreams did I ever think we would be this successful." Sixty years ago Nov. 1 - about 50 feet from where Gregory sat she stood in the kitchen of an old corner bar formerly called McCabe's Inn. She and her husband had just renamed it the Montgomery Inn. After unlocking the doors on that sunny November day in 1951, Gregory and her sister, Tasha,

headed straight for the kitchen. "Ted was in his domain," recalled his widow. "Behind the bar." While he served boilermakers, the sisters readied a lunch menu of burgers, cheeseburgers and double-deckers. The now-famous Montgomery Inn ribs and secret sauce - Matula's creation - would not arrive on the menu until 1959. "I made ribs at home for a party Ted had at the restaurant that year," she recalled. "I cooked all day at home making those ribs and the sauce. I never went to the party. I was too tired." Ted, the original party animal, had been at work since 6 a.m. But

he still went to the party. He had to serve his wife's ribs. They were such a hit he immediately added them to the menu. Word spread fast. Customers from the East and West sides of Cincinnati started driving to what Gregory called "the end of civilization" for some ribs. She still makes spot-inspections of her home away from home. "I like to see what's going on in the kitchens," she said. She also meets daily with her son, Tom, who runs the Montgomery restaurant. "If I don't call her at 8 a.m. to tell her when I'm coming over to meet with her," he said, "she calls me at 8:05 a.m. to say: 'You're late. You're not coming over?' She's the greatest about this business." Ted Gregory also knew about his wife's intense drive to succeed in business by really trying. "Ted would come home after closing at 1 a.m. He was always happy," Matula Gregory recalled. "I'd want to talk business. He'd get mad and say: 'Forget about the business.' '' She couldn't forget. "I have two loves in my life, my family and this business." On the day dedicated to love in 1961, she remembered "a big Valentine's Day crowd. We were packed. People were standing in line. "And," she added, "it was snowing outside. "That's when I knew we were really going to make it."

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can overload electrical circuits, sparking a fire. » Do not use space heaters for long periods of time. When not in use, the heaters should be unplugged. » Keep space heaters at least three feet from furniture, cleaning products and any other combustible materials. » Keep space heaters away from water. Never use the heaters in bathrooms or other rooms where they might come in contact with water. » Always open a window slightly when using space


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Ursuline inducts 70 into National Honor Society Ursuline Academy inducted 70 students (13 seniors and 44 juniors) into the National Honor Society during a ceremony in the school's Besl Theatre Nov. 3. Criteria for inclusion is based on the four pillars of the National Honor Society: scholarship, service, leadership and character. The students must have at least a 3.7 grade point average to be invited to apply. The ceremony consisted of an introduction by President Sharon Redmond, followed by the NHS co-presidents talking about the service that NHS will do this school year. The four officers explained the four pillars and then lit a candle that represented each pillar. Principal Tom Barhorst said his remarks, and assistant Principal Mary Bender called the names of the inductees up to light their candles and together recite the pledge. The inductees were then given their certificates of membership by NHS co-moderators and math teachers Sarah

Downs and Betty McManus. The event was attended by the inductees' parents, as well as faculty, staff and friends. Music was provided by UA's sinfonia orchestra, and a reception followed the ceremony. The new senior NHS members are: Kathryn Carrier (Montgomery), Taylor Gittings (Mason), Kaitlyn Gronauer (Hartwell), Stephanie Homan (Kenwood), Rachel Kim (Springfield Township), Kelly Maloney (Montgomery), Emily Marshall (West Chester Township), Brittany Muldoon (Maineville), Margo Rusconi (Hyde Park), Noor Saeed (Indian Hill), Meghan Stifel (Springfield Township), Christina Tefend (Loveland), Tatiana Tomley (Anderson Township)and Dusty Waltz (Blue Ash). The new junior NHS members are: Ashley Abbate (West Chester Township), Leah Anderson (Evendale), Sydney Ashe (Amberley Village), Liz Bender (Montgomery), Amy Berg (Loveland), Candace Borders (Mason), Maggie Boyer

Ursuline National Honor Society inductees, from left: junior Liz Bender, junior class co-president Amy Berg, juniors Candace Borders and Maggie Boyer. THANKS TO MARIANNE LANG (Sycamore Township), Catherine Brinker (Anderson Township), Lianna Brown (Mason), Sarah Byrne (West Chester Township), Erica Casanta (Mason), Grace Castelli (Finneytown), Michele Christy (Loveland), Maria Czerwonka (Blue Ash), Shivani Desai (West Chester Township), Erin Donnelly (Maineville), Allison Fenter (Mason), Alex George

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Sycamore Junior High classrooms adopt deployed soldiers For10 straight years, the students in Dana Darbyshire’s and Kathy Nagel’s ID classroom have had the unique opportunity to participate in a project that connects social studies and language arts skills and also honors our country and those that protect and serve it. The students have adopted deployed soldiers each year, and this year the class will be adopting two. The first soldier that the class will be adopting is SPC A.J. Penn, son of Symmes Elementary teacher Debbie Penn. A.J. is stationed in Iraq with his home base being in Ft. Riley, Kansas. In Iraq, A.J. is working in a hospital in Baghdad as a nurse where he takes care of wounded soldiers. The second soldier that the class is adopting is Mike Prows and he is set to deploy in January. Mike is the brother-in-law of junior high teacher Teresa Testerman. He has had several deployments and this is the second time that the class will be adopting him. Throughout the sponsorship, the student will be writing letters twice a month to the adopted soldiers and will be receiving letters in return. This experience will help students to prac-

Patrick Aguilar and Michael Bacha, juniors in the Great Oaks/Sycamore Marketing Management and Research program, placed in the top 10 in the Parliamentary Law competition. PROVIDED

Great Oaks students win top 10 spots in state competition Spec. A.J. Penn, shown here with his mom, Debbie Penn, is one of the soldiers that the students at Sycamore Junior High School will be adopting this year. THANKS TO JESSICA RUGGIERO tice their letter writing skills. In addition to communicating by letter, the classes will also be

putting together care packages to send to the soldiers.

Great Oaks Student Advocates tell vocational district’s story Career centers like Great Oaks Career Campuses are places where students learn in real-world, hands-on settings using the latest tools and technology. Most graduates also go on to college, and job opportunities abound for those who attend. That’s the reality of careertechnical education, but many young high school students have a different view—one that’s based on the memories of their parents, who recall the shop classes and vocational education of their youth. To help freshmen and sophomore better understand career education, 30 Great Oaks students have volunteered to be Student Advocates. “Our Student Advocates answer questions from younger students, they film videos showing life on our campuses, and they created a Facebook page called ‘Truth About Great Oaks,’” Great Oaks Vice President Jon Quat-

man said. “Adults can talk about Great Oaks all day long, but students want to hear the real story from other students.” “I think it’s important for students to hear from current students like me, because as a current student I know what’s going on during school,” said Ashlee Tucker, an advocate at Diamond Oaks. “I know what’s expected of students from the teachers, and the things that potential students want to know.” “After all,” Diamond Oaks Advocate Jesse Shepherd said, “We were in their shoes not too long ago.” “If younger students could see how Great Oaks has changed our lives, they may want that same feeling,” Laurel Oaks Advocate October Huston said. “It gave me a chance to reach out and explore my career options.” Student Advocates represent nearly all of Great Oaks’ 36 career programs and come from

school districts throughout southwest Ohio. They spend much of their free time thinking about, and talking about, Great Oaks. “Most people I’ve talked to don’t realize that Great Oaks isn’t a vocational school; it’s a career campus,” said Kay Stacy of Scarlet Oaks. “It’s a campus for students who know what they want from life and want to start working toward their career goals.” “The students who volunteer for this role are working hard,” said Quatman. “They typically spend several hours each week communicating either electronically or face-to-face. At the same time, though, they are developing their skills in public speaking, interpersonal communication, and teamwork. Those are all skills that will make them more successful in the job market.”

Four Great Oaks students from Anderson, Milford and Sycamore earned top-10 spots in state marketing competition at the annual Ohio DECA Fall Leadership Conference in Columbus. Lydia Weigel qualified in the top ten in the DECA Parliamentary Law state competition. Weigel is a junior at Anderson High School in the Great Oaks/Anderson Marketing Management and Research program. Zachary Kitzmiller, a senior in the Great Oaks/Milford Marketing Management and Research program received third place in Public Relations category.

“Zach worked very hard preparing for this competition, which is typical for him,” instructor Terri Rothfuss said. “He is the Milford DECA chapter president and consistently demonstrates leadership skills at the school.” Kitzmiller’s brother, Andrew, who was the 2009 Ohio DECA Public Relations Officer, was in the audience. Patrick Aguilar and Michael Bacha, juniors in the Great Oaks/ Sycamore Marketing Management and Research program, placed in the top 10 in the Parliamentary Law competition.

Veterans Day honored at Sycamore Junior High School Students at Sycamore Junior High School attended an assembly to honor the significance of Veterans Day this year. Students gathered in the auditorium, where they heard the history of Veterans Day and watched a video about the men and women that serve our country. The Bowling Green State Men’s Chorus performed several patriotic medleys and several members of the school staff were honored at the assembly as veterans, as well as Sgt. Michael Prows, one of the school’s adopted soldiers. The assembly was sponsored by Montgomery Woman’s Club. In addition to the assembly, students in Anne Morrow’s social

studies classes were able to participate in a special activity to honor Veterans Day this year. Her students were given a blank paper star early in the week and were asked to take it home and discuss Veterans Day with their family. Students were then to write the names of any members of their families or friends who have served or are presently serving in our Armed Forces. If the students did not know of anyone in the services, they could simply honor all veterans on their star. Students shared their stories and names with their class and then placed the stars in the main entrance doors on the school building.




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Lady Aves with a tough menu ahead tough non-conference and Greater Miami Conference schedule ahead. "It's going to be wicked," Hayden said. "I'm going to predict that the top five or six teams in Cincinnati are going to be GMC teams." Among the road blocks awaiting the Lady Aves are Mason, McAuley, Princeton and Ursuline. Ursuline awaits Sycamore Nov. 26 as the Lady Aves will be tested early on the road.

By Scott Springer

SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP — The march to March continues again at Sycamore High School as girls basketball coach Paula Hayden has tuned up the Lady Aviator machine and added some new parts. "We have a strong, athletic, quick team," Hayden said. Top scorer Ashley Schaefer is gone, but Maryland signee Chloe Pavlech is back along with top defender Lexi Newbolt. Hayden has also added 5-8 Lakota East transfer Imani Outlaw to her flying crew. Outlaw averaged 5.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists on a 19-6 team last winter. Also among Hayden’s “stable of stars” is 6-1Keri Kleist, who recently was deciding on offers from UAB and Appalachian State, and 6-0 junior Hannah Locke. "She (Locke) helped us on the boards in the tournament last year with her strength and how hard she plays," Hayden said. "I think by the end of the season, she

Hannah Locke, a senior for the Sycamore High School, goes through a drill during practice Nov. 8. The 6-foot lefty figures to be a key contributor for coach Paula Hayden. LIZ DUFOUR/THE COMMUNITY PRESS could be one of the top rebounders in the league." Hayden also has noticed positives from senior Lauren Hancher at guard, along with Kelly McDonald. "When Kelly's in the game she brings a calming effect," Hayden said. "She really gets the team working together." The marquees player for Sycamore is future Terrapin Pavlech. Last season, she was some-

one Hayden relied on toward the end of games. This season, those duties can be spread out. "The luxury this year is I have a few people that I'd like to have the ball at the end of the game," Hayden said. "That's the biggest difference in last year's team and this year's. I've got a couple kids I can go to." Hayden claims to have seven that potentially could start and says she’ll need that depth with a

gets better every day,” Kremer said. “There will be times when we play him and Sabato together.” If you want to look further into the Moeller crystal ball, more size awaits on the reserve squad. “We're going to be bigger this year, but after that, we're going to be really big,” Kremer said. “Our JV team's going to start two 6-7 and a half guys. They're varsity-good now. But, with Sabato, Wrencher and Voss, we've got some experienced guys. It's their turn right now.” Kremer feels the JV team will be special. One of the kids is freshman Nate Fowler being recruited by numerous DI schools. Many programs would be tempted to put him on the floor immediately. At Moeller, depth is a luxury and Kremer is usually able to benefit the team and the player in the long run. “If you let them develop at their speed, it's much healthier,” Kremer said. Given the present and future prospects, the veteran Moeller coach thinks he could be approaching the same talent he had since 6-10 Andrew Brackman and 6-9 Josh Duncan were in the post making title runs. “We've got great character and we've got really good kids,” Kremer said. The Crusaders will have a holiday chance to prove themselves on the road again this year. Last December, they went to Arizona and won a tournament. This year, it’s the Junior Orange Bowl Classic the week after Christmas

in Miami. Schools from Pittsburgh, Potomac, Md., three from Miami and two from Central Florida are slated to provide the competition. “There's something about the trip and being away from home and being together for a week,” Kremer said. “I'm a big believer in that. We've been doing that for almost 20 years.” You’d be hard pressed to debate the results. Kremer’s Crusaders start the season at home against Winton Woods Dec. 2.

Moeller to have a bigger season By Scott Springer

MONTGOMERY — While Carl Kremer has been preparing his next Moeller High School basketball team since the summer, his interest, like many Crusader fans, has been with the football team. After all, there’s usually some who lace on the sneakers once the “Mighty Men of Moe” hang up the cleats for the year. This season, guards Nick Stofko and Keith Watkins have been playing football. Kremer payed close attention to Watkins’ situation as the evasive runner and basketball guard had a late-season injury. “He had a high ankle sprain,” Kremer said. When healthy, Watkins figures heavy into Moeller basketball’s plans in the backcourt along with returning starter Ben Galemmo. Galemmo is the team’s leading returning scorer at 8.2 points per game. After that, a team that often played last year with five guys hovering around the six-foot mark, gets bigger. Last year’s reserves are now a force on the hardwood. “Tony Sabato's 6-7, Alex Voss is 6-5 and Josh Davenport at one wing is 6-3, but he plays long,” Kremer said. “We are longer even on the bench with 6-7 Patrick Wrencher. Devin Gresky, a senior, is also 6-6.” Kremer is even toying with going “Twin Towers” at times with Wrencher on the court. “He came in really raw, but he


The Lions usher in the coach Keith Starks era against Sycamore at Cincinnati State, Nov. 26. During the upcoming campaign, the Lions will shoot for their fourth-consecutive winning season. Last winter, the squad posted a record of 17-7 (7-3 in GGCL play). Key contributors this season should include Violet Goodwin, Michele Christy, Grace Myers, Meredith Myers and Chelsea Baltes. “I like our athleticism, discipline and our focus,” Starks said by email. “We have put a ton of

pressure on these kids to learn a new system and play a lot harder than they have in the past and it’s been a challenge, but we are starting to turn the corner. I tell them every day that we have to take baby steps.”


The Eagles begin their second season under coach Joe Vanderkolk. Last season, the squad finished with a 5-17 mark. Players to watch at CHCA include seniors Morgan Prescott and Jamie Prop, as well as juniors Emily Taylor and Mallory Debo. Sophomore Marissa Koob should also see some important minutes. The Eagles should have an edge when it comes to rebounding the ball, as Prescott averaged more than 20 boards per game last season. CHCA plays its first two contests on the road against Fenwick, Nov. 26, and Summit Country Day, Nov. 30. The squad’s first home game is against Aiken, Dec. 5. The girls are coached by Joe Vanderkolk.


Aves coach David Moss is faced with the challenge of replacing six seniors from last year’s squad that was 8-13 (4-10 GMC). The Greater Miami Conference is not for the weak and Moss’ lone returning starter is 6-6 A.J. Williams, who’s headed to Michigan on a football scholarship. Williams averaged 11.5 points per game and 5.3 rebounds last winter. He’ll be helped in the size department by 6-6 senior Mason Morgan who appeared in 18 games last season, but the Aves have many holes to fill. Sycamore’s opener is at home, Dec. 2, against Indian Hill.


First-year head coach Andrew Keimer and the Eagles will attempt to improve off last season’s 6-15 record. With the Eagles’ football team

Moeller basketball player junior Josh Davenport, left, and senior Ben Galemmo will be two key players for the Crusaders this winter. JOSEPH FUQUA II/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

qualifying for the postseason, CHCA has had one team practice, as of Nov. 16. Seniors that could make an impact include Andrew and Ben Tedrick, Ted Andrews, James O’Bannon and Jon Price. CHCA opens the season

against reigning Division III state champions, Taft, Dec. 2. The squad then takes to the road for games against Shroder, Middletown and Hughes before playing a home game against Withrow, Dec. 17.

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Crusaders picked off by St. X Bombers

The UC Clermont volleyball team advanced to the national tournament Elite 8 this fall for the sixth straight season. THANKS

By Scott Springer

Fittingly, the Division I regional final came down to the GCL South. Nearly two months after Moeller held on to beat the Bombers 27-24, they met again Nov. 19 under the lights at Nippert Stadium. In recent years, St. Xavier has had the upper hand in football as they’ve won 12 league titles in the last 20 years. They won state titles in 2005 and 2007. Moeller had not been in a state championship football gamesince1997andlastwon in1985. Despite a successful season overall, St. Xavier got theupperhandandthewinin the rematch 35-21. Moeller struck first with Monty Madaris taking a hand-off 43 yards. He dropped it in the endzone, but recovered for the score at10:09 of the first quarter. St. X’s Sean Ahern picked off Spencer Iacovone. The resulting short field drive ended with a one-yard Conor Hundley score to tie at seven. Then, before the first quarter ended, coach Steve Specht went “Wildcat” as juniors Trey Kilgore and Kevin Milligan played quarterback, which threw the Crusaders off and led to a oneyard scoring run by Milligan to put the Bombers up14-7. Neither team threw the ball well in the first half as Moeller’s Spencer Iacovone had just five yards passing. However,GriffinDolleofSt.


UC Clermont volleyball building a dynasty By Ben Walpole

Moeller WR Monty Madaris runs the ball 43 yards for a touchdown against St. Xavier LB Mark Jacob in the first quarter of the Crusaders' regional final game. JOSEPH FUQUA II/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Xavier found a wide-open Hundley late in the second quarter from 12 yards out to give the Bombers a 21-7 halftime lead. Coming out of the half, St. X’sJoeBarrettpickedoffIacovone on the first drive, but a Bomber fumble was scooped up by Austin MacEachen. Finally on that drive, Iacovone connected on a long passwithtightendEvanJansen and a 31-yard touchdown to Monty Madaris. The leaping catch cut the Bomber lead to 21-14. Iacovone and Madaris hooked up again, leading to Iacovone’s game-tying seven-yard run. The fourth quarter had them slugging it out and trading possessions. Moeller had a wide open

look at Madaris in the endzone, but Iacovone overthrew him. “We just let too many big plays go. That happens sometimes when you’re playing good teams; you make mistakes,” Rodenberg said. Hundley sprinted 39 yards to the endzone and another St. X lead, 28-21. Iacovone moved the troops toward midfield. Unfortunately for Moeller, the junior quarterback threw four interceptions. The third, returned for a touchdownbyseniorNathan Gerbus,icedthegameforSt. Xavier at 35-21. Moeller ends 9-4. St. Xavier plays Pickerington Central Nov. 26 in the semifinals, a team they both beat in the season.

BATAVIA — Joe Harpring still remembers when his recruiting pitch would fall on deaf ears. Well, maybe not deaf, but at least perplexed ones. “I'd get, 'Oh, UC Clermont has a volleyball program?'” Harpring said. UC Clermont does indeed have a volleyball program. A successful one. Harpring just led the Cougars to their sixth straight appearance in the U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association national tournament, Nov. 10-12, in Louisville. UC Clermont won two games in pool play to advance to the Elite 8. They lost in the quarterfinals to Southern Virginia State to end 24-5. “We’ve had a pretty strong group of kids that have come through here, had a lot of success,” said Harpring, who credited the student-athletes for a run of eight consecutive Ohio Collegiate Athletic Conference regular-season cham-


the west side and the northern Cincinnati suburbs. Junior middle hitter Rachel Keys (Amelia High School) was named USCAA first team All-American, in addition to first team AllOCAC. Cindy Votel (Bellevue, Ky.) also earned first team all-conference honors. Outside hitter Kaitlyn Miller (Sycamore), along with setters Courtney Davis (Western Brown) and Becca Walton (Mercy), were second team all-conference picks. Miller was named the OCAC freshman of the year. Emily Rogers-Fightmaster (Seven Hills) was selected to the USCAA All-Academic team. Just another successful season for Harpring as he continues to build a volleyball dynasty in Clermont County. “We had a decent core coming back from last year, and we had a fantastic freshman class,” he said. “They all came together and we kind of jelled and raised our level of play..”

pionships. Harpring has been the head coach for all eight of those league-title teams. He finds he no longer has to explain the program's existence on the recruiting trail. “I’m getting non-stop contacts, people calling who want to come play for us,” he said. “It’s been a slow climb. We’re getting there now. We keep raising the talent level.” Getting a home court on their Batavia campus was a big step a few years ago. Previously the team had been been playing in nearby high school gyms. Now they have a million-dollar bubble dome inherited from the UC main campus. And winning league championship after league championship and advancing deep into the national tournament year after year doesn't hurt either. This year's squad has players from Clermont County and Brown County. But the roster also draws from Northern Kentucky,

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School district’s results hard to refute

With amusement and incredulity, I read James Baker’s recent editorial about the Indian Hill Exempted Village School District and am compelled to share another point of view. My family lives in Kenwood and our three children attend the Indian Hill Schools. I find it unfortunate that the Indian Hill School District has become a regular and convenient punching bag for Mr. Baker. However, the district’s fantastic results speak for themselves. Mr. Baker may be unaware that in the 2010-2011 school year, the district earned the “Excellent with Distinction” rating on its report card

from the Ohio Department of Education. For the same period, the middle school had the No. 1 highest performance rating in Ohio Kevin for students’ Josche COMMUNITY PRESS overall results on the Ohio GUEST COLUMNIST math, reading, and science assessment. Additionally, Indian Hill High School was ranked No. 54 (top 1 percent) on Newsweek’s list of Best High Schools in America. All of these great accomplishments were not the re-

sult of serendipity. While I agree that taxpayer funding should always be used judiciously, the accusations of the school board’s fraud and deceit of taxpayers are overstated and unfounded. As for the district’s “rainy day fund,” it presently stands at $38.3 million as of October. Given the uncertainty of state funding levels for public education and expected lower property tax revenues, it’s not unreasonable for the district to be financially prepared for lower funding in the very near future. In addition to the city of Indian Hill, the district also serves students or “selfish

City councils in Blue Ash and Montgomery will choose new mayors this month. Whom would you like to see them choose in each city? Why? What result from the Nov. 8 election most surprised you?

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Now that Cincinnati voters have cleared the way for construction of the streetcar project, do you think the project will be successful? Why or why not? Would you ride the streetcar?

“I live in Anderson. I work in downtown Cincinnati. The streetcar won't bring me to work. It won't take me to the grocery store or church or the gym. I walk to meetings downtown. I have no meetings on campus or in OTR. I doubt I will ever use the streetcar. “What a waste when what we really need is light rail that allows people to travel from Kings Island to the airport with stops everywhere in between. What we also need is a connector between the eastside and 71. It takes me forever to get to Kenwood Mall. The streetcar isn't going to take me there either.” E.E.C. “The city of Cincinnati is clearly in decline. The street car will be built, at the cost of who knows how many police and fire. It will be just another boondogle, like the subway system and like the transportation center under Second or Third street that no one uses. “The recent sweep by the Democrats of City Council elections will mean that Cincinnati will increase its slide towards becoming like most other large cities that are controlled by the Democrats. It will be a place where only the poor, with the help of a generous welfare system, and the well-off, with the benefit of an excess of money, can thrive. The middle class will accelerate their exodus to the far suburbs and Clermont, Warren and Butler counties.” T.H. “I remember riding streetcars as a boy. The buses that replaced them were seen as progress. Why intelligent people believe this old-fashioned mode of transportation will attract regular users, escapes me. If the yen for nostalgia somehow moves me to go downtown for a ride, I'm sure that one trip will last me a lifetime. I predict the success of the streetcar will not come close to matching the success of the Freedom Center.” R.V.

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“This project is doomed to failure. A streetcar which goes slower than a person can walk serves no purpose whatsoever – it would have made sense for three quick connections between Fountain Square and the casino, the casino to The Banks, and The Banks to Fountain Square – but a slow ride to Over-the-Rhine, which people will not have time to ride, eat lunch, and get back in the hour most working people have for lunch is a completely pointless waste of taxpayer money.” S.D. “I really hope it is, but like the Freedom Center and Paul Brown Stadium, I expect that it will not be a good deal for the taxpayers. The hidden costs are going to haunt us for many years to come. Estimates for operating costs, utility relocations, costs, and ridership are all way off. “I predict that when the construction is half complete the estimates will skyrocket and we'll face a painful decision as to abandon the project or double down since we'll have spent too much money to turn back. Recall the illfated subway?” P.C. “Yeppers, good news. Cincinnati will need this connector as part of the city's growth spurt and planning. Unfortunately, Cincinnati residents, who are sorta broke without much hope, are going to get their dark places invaded yet again to pay for it.” K.P. “Personally, I think it is a waste of money, waste of time, waste of transportation, and I have never supported it and will not ride it!” O.H.R.



would certainly not be without significant, additional costs. I’d encourage all district taxpayers, especially Mr. Baker, to become more informed about the great things happening in our schools. Superintendent Jane Knudsen and her staff are happy to promote the educational achievements being realized everyday by students in the IH School District. For more information, please contact the Superintendent’s office at 513-272-4500 or visit on-line at Kevin Josche is a resident of Kenwood.


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freeloaders”, as Mr. Baker says, from Kenwood, Camp Dennison, Symmes Township and Loveland. According to school data, 43 percent of students reside in Indian Hill and 48 percent reside in Kenwood. The district benefits from the property taxes collected from all of these areas. The suggestion of shuttering the district and utilizing school vouchers for only the students of the city of Indian Hill to attend Cincinnati Country Day School is unreasonable and unrealistic. It’s naïve to think that Country Day could accept nearly 900 more students without a major building project, which

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Candidate’s message rejected

I had to write a response to Colleen Greissinger's letter of Nov. 16. I am not surprised at her insincere "congratulations.” If you have to put it in quotation marks, you probably shouldn't bother saying it if you don't truly mean it. It is disappointing to think that she couldn't be a gracious candidate and accept that the majority of Sycamore residents do not agree with her. I am thrilled that the Sycamore Board of Education will continue with the full set of competent leaders that have been in place. Of local school districts with 100 percent of buildings receiving an "excellent" rating, Sycamore had the lowest average annual resident cost for this education, lower than Mariemont, Loveland, Kings, Mason, Indian Hill and others. I am proud that my children attend Sycamore schools as are most parents I know. I'm not sure where Ms. Greissinger finds the "mandate to move away from business as usual" when the election showed that more people feel the district is moving in the right direction. The Sunday before Election Day I observed a man removing signs for Jill Cole and Ken Richter and throwing them in the back of his car while leaving signs for Ms. Greissinger along Montgomery Road. After reporting it to the local township and Board of Elections, I was told it was not the first complaint, but they were unable to do anything about it. I'm glad to know that we won't have a board member who has that type of support.

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Congratulations to Jill Cole and Ken Richter and thank you for all the hard work, dedication and sincere concern you give your roles as board members. It is appreciated. Suzanne Breckenridge Montgomery

A thumbs up for veterans

I just read the article concerning James Meyers’ Vietnam experience. This brought memories of my own Vietnam experence. In 1967 I signed for a special nurse training program similar to ROTC to help alleviate the military’s critical shortage of nurses in Vietnam. After I graduated from nursing school I was commisoned a second lieutenant. After basic training and a short assignment in the U.S. I was sent to Vietnam. I arrived in Vietnam in July 1969 and was assigned to the 91st evacuation hospital located in Chu Lai, about 50 miles south of Daang. My assigment was to be the officer in charge of a POW ward. At times we had up to 100 prisoners

consisting of North Vietnam regulars and Vietcong. My unit consisted of six to 10 enlisted corpmen and four armed MPs. I was given strict orders that we abide by all the accords of the Geneva Convention. I am proud to say that we did and gave excellent medical care to the sick and wounded enemy. Even though we knew that they were responsible for the death of many U.S. soldiers and if given the opportunity they would have killed me or my men in a second. On many occasions I observed my corpsmen giving extra humantarian care not required by the Geneva Convention. To conclude I am proud of service in Vietnam and I have always considered it a honor my country and the men I served with. They represented the best of America carried out their duties in the finest tradition of the Army and the United States military. I agree with James Meyers in that when you see a Vietnam veteran or any veteran, thank him or just a thumbs up would suffice. Phil McDonald Loveland

GOVERNMENT CALENDAR Blue Ash City council – meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of the month in the municipal building, 4343 Cooper Road. The next meeting is Thursday, Nov. 17.


City council – meets at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month in city hall, 10101 Montgomery Road. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 7. Work sessions begin at 7 p.m. two weeks before each regular session. The next work session is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 23. Call 891-2424. Planning commission – meets at 7:30 p.m. the first and third Mondays of each month at city

hall, 10101 Montgomery Road. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 5.

Sycamore Community Schools

Board of education – The board meets at 7:30 a.m. the first Thursday of every month (except April, when the meeting will be the second Thursday) at Blue Ash Elementary School, 9541 Plainfield Road, in the Raymond Walters wing, and at 7:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at E.H. Greene Intermediate School, 5200 Aldine Drive, Blue Ash (unless otherwise announced). The next meeting is at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at E.H. Greene Intermediate School, 5200 Aldine Drive, Blue Ash (unless otherwise an-

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nounced). Call 686-1700.

Sycamore Township

Board of zoning appeals – meets at 7 p.m. the third Monday of each month at the governmental complex, 8540 Kenwood Road. The next meeting will be Dec. 18 if there is business to conduct. Call 791-8447. Trustees – meet at 7 p.m. first and third Thursday of the month at the governmental complex, 8540 Kenwood Road. The next meeting will be Thursday, Dec. 1. Call 791-8447.

Symmes Township

Trustees – meet at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month in the administrative building, 9323 Union Cemetery Road. The next meeting will be Tuesday, Dec. 6. Call 683-6644.

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Many people attending the Blue Ash Veterans Day ceremony brought along children to teach them that veterans deserve thanks. JEANNE HOUCK/THE COMMUNTY PRESS

Blue Ash honors veterans


Veterans cast long shadows in the country - and at the Blue Ash Bicentennial Veterans Memorial Park at the Blue Ash Veterans Day ceremony. JEANNE HOUCK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

For the 19th year in a row, people gathered at the Blue Ash Bicentennial Veterans Memorial Park to honor veterans at the Blue Ash Veterans Day ceremony.

The Ohio Military Band performs at the Blue Ash Veterans Day ceremony. JEANNE HOUCK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Maia Davidson (left) and Eirean Co, sixth-grade students at the Edwin H. Greene Intermediate School in Blue Ash, display a wreath made to honor veterans at the Blue Ash Veterans Day ceremony. JEANNE HOUCK/THE

A large crowd turns out to honor veterans at the Blue Ash Veterans Day ceremony. JEANNE HOUCK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Harry Falck of Mount Repose (left) searches out his military brothers and sisters - in uniform and out - to shake their hands at the 19th annual Blue Ash Veterans Day ceremony. Falck, a U.S. Army veteran of Word War II and the Korean War, was a prisoner of war in Korea for three years. The Veterans Day ceremony took place at the Blue Ash Bicentennial Veterans Memorial Park. JEANNE HOUCK/THE


Veterans are honored in song and word at the Blue Ash Veterans Day ceremony.



Blue Ash City Councilman Rick Bryan greets the crowd at the annual Blue Ash Veterans Day ceremony. Bryan, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, is chairman of the Blue Ash Veterans Day Committee. JEANNE HOUCK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

The annual Blue Ash Veterans Day ceremony is a moving experience for aging veterans. JEANNE HOUCK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Veterans hold flags at the Blue Ash Veterans Day ceremony for each branch of the service. JEANNE HOUCK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Keynote speaker Steve Heck at the Blue Ash Veterans Day ceremony. Heck served more than 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He holds two world records for flying the KC-10 Extender, earned five Meritorious Service Medals and was chosen for the Teachers in Space program. He teaches sixth-grade math and science in Milford now. JEANNE HOUCK/THE

Veterans gather at the Blue Ash Veterans Memorial for ceremonies Nov. 11. TERRENCE






On Stage - Comedy

Art Exhibits

Vic Henley, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $10, $5 college and military night. Ages 18 and up. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Greentree Studio Art Show, Noon-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700. Mariemont.


Drink Tastings

Exercise Classes

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

Zumba.Sandi Classes, 7-8 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, 8999 Applewood Drive, Dance fitness class. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Zumba.Sandi. 325-7063. Blue Ash.

Friday, Nov. 25 Art Exhibits Greentree Studio Art Show, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Works by more than 40 local water-media artists. Many pieces for sale. Benefits Women’s Art Club. Free. Presented by Greentree Studio. 272-3700. Tony Jones/StaffMariemont.

Dance Classes Line Dance Lessons, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Sycamore Senior Center, 4455 Carver Woods Drive, No partners needed. $2. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. Through Dec. 19. 769-0046. Blue Ash.

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

Health / Wellness Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Jewish Hospital, 4777 E. Galbraith Road, Fifteenminute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Health Alliance. 686-3300. Kenwood. Health Screenings, 10 a.m.noon, Owens Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center, 7319 Montgomery Road, Blood pressure screenings, stress screenings and consultation about your wellness needs. Free. 784-0084. Silverton.

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

On Stage - Comedy Vic Henley, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $15. Ages 21 and up. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.

On Stage - Theater Groucho: A Life in Revue, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

Public Hours Turner Farm, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Turner Farm, 561-7400; Indian Hill.

SUNDAY, NOV. 27 Art Exhibits Greentree Studio Art Show, Noon-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700. Mariemont.

Exercise Classes

Karaoke, 10 p.m., Silverton Cafe, 791-2922. Silverton.

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

On Stage - Comedy

On Stage - Comedy

Vic Henley, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $15. Ages 18 and up. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Vic Henley, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, $10, $5 bar and restaurant employee appreciation night. Ages 18 and up. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Karaoke and Open Mic

On Stage - Theater Groucho: A Life in Revue, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, Play by Arthur Marx and Robert Fisher and directed by Norma Niinemets. Marx Brothers provide laughter in abundance in this look at the life and career of the famous entertainer Groucho Marx. $17. Presented by Mariemont Players Inc. Through Nov. 27. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

Public Hours Turner Farm, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Turner Farm, 561-7400; Indian Hill.

Recreation Friday Night Fun Zone, 5-8 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Activities from arts and crafts to games and relays for children. Family friendly. $25. Reservations required. 985-6715; Montgomery.

On Stage - Theater Groucho: A Life in Revue, 2 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

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

MONDAY, NOV. 28 Dance Classes Line Dance Lessons, 10-11 a.m., Sycamore Senior Center, $2. 769-0046. Blue Ash.

Health / Wellness Mobile Mammography Unit, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Braxton F. Cann Memorial Medical Center, 5818 Madison Road, Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assis-

tance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 686-3300. Madisonville.

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

Public Hours Turner Farm, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Turner Farm, 561-7400; Indian Hill.

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

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30 Cooking Classes Dean Family Farm Pork, 6-8:30 p.m., Meshewa Farm, 7550 Given Road, Review of numerous cuts of pork. Learn to cure bacon and try samples. Ages 21 and up. $40. Presented by Dandelion. 812-219-2505; Indian Hill.

Public Hours Turner Farm, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Turner Farm, 561-7400; Indian Hill.

Recreation Try Scuba, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Learn to scuba dive in indoor pool. Includes deep sea-inspired food. No experience required. Equipment provided. Ages 21 and up. Free. Registration required. 761-7500, ext. 1237; Amberley Village.

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

THURSDAY, DEC. 1 Art & Craft Classes Beginning Watercolor Classes, 2-4 p.m., Kenwood Fellowship Community Church, $8 per class. 891-5946. Kenwood.

Exercise Classes Spin Pilates Transformation, 5:15-6:15 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Combination of spinning and Pilates reformer creates exercise program that transforms your whole body and creates a healthier state of mind. Ages 18 and up. $20. Reservations required. 985-6742; Montgomery. Zumba.Sandi Classes, 7-8 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, $5. 325-7063. Blue Ash.

Dance Classes

Holiday - Christmas

Sunday, Dec. 4

Victorian Holiday Village, 6-8:30 p.m., Ohio National Financial Services, One Financial Way, Outdoors. Miniature homes decorated for holidays, free photos with St. Nick, hot cocoa, cookies, music, goodies for children and more. Benefits Freestore Foodbank. Free, donation of nonperishable food item requested. 794-6100; Montgomery.

Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke, 10 p.m., Silverton Cafe, 791-2922. Silverton.

Beary Merry Monkey Mitzvah, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Build-A-Bear Workshop, 7875 Montgomery Road, Children and their families make bear for a child in need and one for themselves. Families with children 10 and younger, in which at least one parent is Jewish, and the other is not. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. Presented by Fusion Family. 703-3343; Kenwood.

Exercise Classes

Turner Farm, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Turner Farm, 561-7400; Indian Hill.


Holiday - Christmas

Friday Night Fun Zone, 5-8 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $25. Reservations required. 985-6715; Montgomery.

The Living Nativity, 4-7 p.m., Loveland United Methodist Church, Free. 683-1738; Loveland.

SATURDAY, DEC. 3 Art & Craft Classes Holiday Fresh Air School, 10 a.m.-noon, Meade House, 11887 Lebanon Road, Creative, interactive classes for ages 4-10. Each class includes nature-based craft activities and cooking lesson. Benefits Cincinnati Horticultural Society. $20, $18 Symmes Township residents. Reservations required. Presented by Cincinnati Horticultural Society. 6772799; Symmes Township.

Craft Shows

Turner Farm, 2:30-9 p.m., Turner Farm, 561-7400; Indian Hill.

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

Art Openings

Art & Craft Classes

Spinning Challenge, 9-10:30 a.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $120 for 10 classes. 985-6742; Montgomery.

Public Hours

Drink Tastings


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Wine Bar Tasting, 4-7 p.m., The Wine Store, Fifty cents per taste. 984-9463; Montgomery.

Drink Tastings

Public Hours

Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Family friendly. Free, donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous Inc. 800-0164. Montgomery.


Victorian Holiday Village, 5-8:30 p.m., Ohio National Financial Services, Free, donation of nonperishable food item requested. 794-6100; Montgomery. Holiday in the Village, 5-7:30 p.m., City of Montgomery, , Free. 891-2424; Montgomery.

Line Dance Lessons, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Sycamore Senior Center, $2. 769-0046. Blue Ash.

Karaoke, 10 p.m., Silverton Cafe, 791-2922. Silverton.

Support Groups


Loveland Arts Council Winter Art Show, 6-10 p.m., Loveland Art Studios on Main, 529 Main Ave., Opening reception: refreshments and entertainment provided. Silent auction of trees decorated by local artists. Exhibit continues through Dec. 17. Free. Presented by Loveland Arts Council. 683-1696; Loveland.

Holiday Bazaar, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Gaines United Methodist Church, 5707 Madison Road, Craft show features homemade gifts and crafts, baked goods, jewelry, ethnic Christmas cards, calendars and journals, and black art and gifts. Free. 2719096. Madisonville.

Karaoke and Open Mic

Mariemont Players will perform "Groucho: A Life in Revue," 8 p.m. Wednesday , Nov. 23; 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday Nov. 26, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27, at Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, Columbia Township. Tickets are $17. Call 684-1236, or visit Danny Davies of Highland Heights is performing in the play. PATRICK REDDY/THE

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden's annual PNC Festival of Lights opens this Friday, Nov. 25. It is open 5-9 p.m. nightly through Jan. 1, except for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Zoo admission is $14, $10 for children 2-12 and seniors. For more information, call 281-4700 or visit TONY JONES/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Holiday - Christmas The Living Nativity, 4-7 p.m., Loveland United Methodist Church, 10975 S. Lebanon Road, Outdoor guided walking tour through 21 stations featuring dramatic presentation, through drama and song, of the story of Jesus’ birth. Tour followed by live animal visits, hot cocoa and cookies inside. Family friendly. Free. 683-1738; Loveland.

Music - Choral A Spirited Christmas, 3 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, 111 S. Second St., Concert of wide variety of songs and music styles celebrating Christmas and short Readers’ Theater version of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” incorporating appropriate songs. Free. Presented by Jubilant Singers. 732-0352; Loveland.

Music - Classical Kindel Memorial Holiday Concert, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Montgomery Assembly of God, 7950 Pfeiffer Road, Blue Ash/Montgomery Symphony Orchestra. Program includes Olivia Smith, Young Artist Competition Winner. Mozart’s concertos for oboe and orchestra, VaughanWilliams Fantasia on Greensleeves and works of David Willcocks sung by Encore Men’s Quartet. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Blue Ash/Montgomery Symphony Orchestra. 549-2197; Montgomery.

Recreation Pickleball Games, Noon-2 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $10. 985-6747; Montgomery.

MONDAY, DEC. 5 Art Exhibits Loveland Arts Council Winter Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Loveland Art Studios on Main, 529 Main Ave., Free. Presented by Loveland Arts Council. 6831696; Loveland.

Dance Classes Line Dance Lessons, 10-11 a.m., Sycamore Senior Center, $2. 769-0046. Blue Ash.

Music - Classical Encore! Linton Chamber Music Series, 7:30-10 p.m., Congregation Beth Adam, 10001 Loveland-Madeira Road, “L’Histoire du Soldat” by Stravinsky and the Beethoven “Octet.” Features 12 musicians including winds, percussion and strings. $30, $10 students. Presented by Linton Music. 381-6868; Loveland.

Parenting Classes Happiest Baby on the Block, 6:45 p.m., Bethesda North Hospital, 10500 Montgomery Road, How to turn on your newborn’s calming reflex, the “off-switch” for crying. Includes Parent Kit containing “Happiest Baby on the Block” DVD. $50 per couple. Registration required. 475-4500; Montgomery.

Tuesday, Dec. 6 Art Exhibits Loveland Arts Council Winter Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Loveland Art Studios on Main, Free. 683-1696; Loveland.

Civic Greater Cincinnati Women’s Republican Club Christmas Party, 6:30-8 p.m., Robert L. Schuler Sports Complex, 11532 Deerfield Road, Community Room. Prime rib dinner, music fun and gift exchange. Bring wrapped gift suitable for a woman, less than $15 value. $15. Reservations required. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Women’s Republican Club. 965-0230. Sycamore Township.

Education What Parents Should Know about Reading and Comprehension, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Langsford Learning Acceleration Center, 9402 Towne Square Ave., Learn about current national research focused on the path of successful readers and how to better follow your own child’s reading development and learning. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. 531-7400; Blue Ash.

Exercise Classes Zumba.Sandi Classes, 7-8 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, $5. 325-7063. Blue Ash.

Health / Wellness Meditation for Everyone, 7:15-8:30 p.m., Lawrence Edwards, PhD, BCN - Optimal Mind, 9380 Main St., Suite 4, Meditation instruction and ongoing practice support provided by Dr. Lawrence Edwards. Benefits Anam Cara Foundation. Free, donations accepted. Presented by Anam Cara Foundation. 439-9668; Montgomery.



Adding a little Christmas through food I was teaching cooking class last week and the background music included my favorite Christmas song “We Need a Little Christmas.” Well, like most of you, what I need is a little more time! I’m going to start early this year making gifts from the kitchen. This chocolate sauce is not only delicious, but a good keeper.

Chocolate hazelnut sauce

Better than store bought. This is so easy and a welcome gift from the kitchen. Wonderful over ice cream, as a fondue for fruit, chilled and spread between ladyfingers, etc. If you want to substitute almonds, walnuts, whatever, for the hazelnuts, go ahead. Or leave them out altogether for a simple chocolate sauce. 1 cup whipping cream 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 teaspoons vanilla ¾ cups toasted, chopped hazelnuts

Bring whipping cream to a boil. Add chips and butter. Turn heat down to very low and cook until smooth, stirring constantly. Add flavorings and nuts. Cool and store in refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. Warm before serving if desired.

Bacon Wrapped Grissini

This is similar to the one Sue Marks, of the Food Thoughts radio show, shared with me. I guaran-

tee this will be the first appetizer on the holiday table to disappear. Addictive! Grissini are Italian Rita breadHeikenfeld sticks, RITA’S KITCHEN skinny and long. My original recipe called for 1⁄3 cup brown sugar and 2-3 tablespoons chili powder, but I sometimes ran out so I double it.

1 pound bacon slices, cut in half 2 ⁄3 cup light brown sugar 4-6 tablespoons of chili powder (This is the blend you use for chili. I like Buena Vida brand since that’s what my Mom always used.) 1 box of Italian grissini breadsticks, broken in half

Mix sugar and chili powder together, removing any lumps and put in shallow bowl or plate large enough to roll each grissini in. Roll each grissini tightly with bacon, starting at the top, and leave enough room at the bottom to make a handle. Place each wrapped grissini in sugar mixture, rolling and dipping until well coated. Preheat oven to 350. Place grissini on sprayed rack and put rack on baking sheet or foil. Bake until bacon is golden brown, 20-30 minutes. Let cool. The sugar caramelizes as they cool.

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Battle of Bands benefits Cedar Village

Three Cincinnati area bands will perform mostly classic rock and jazz standards in a party-like setting Sunday, Dec. 4, at the 20th Century Theater in Oakley. The event, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., will benefit Cedar Village Retirement Community in Mason. The bands will be: » Stoopid Rooster, a four-piece band that plays a variety of music, including jazz standards, blues, country & western and 1960s rock. » The Mike Heile Band, a three-piece band that plays mostly classic rock. » And the 4 Hubcaps, which will play rock music from the late 1950s to early 1970s. Harry Stephens of WDJO-AM, Oldies 1480, Cincinnati, will be the master of ceremony. Proceeds will benefit

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Cedar Village’s programming activities, which enrich the lives of the residents with concerts and shows at Cedar Village, music therapy, an exercise program, jewelry making, manicures and massages, and more. Tickets are available on the Cedar Village website: Tickets are $36 in advance and $50 at the door. The theater at 3021 Madison Road, Oakley, will provide valet parking, which is included in the ticket price. Sponsorships and tickets also are available by contacting Angela Ratliff at 513-336-3162 or The event is being presented by Turnbull-Wahlert Construction, Inc. Gerald and Nancy Robinson are honorary co-chairs.




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The church offers worship services on Sundays at 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. Sundays. Samaritan Closet hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Samaritan Closet offers clothing and food to people with demonstrated needs. Bread from Panera is available on Thursdays and Saturdays. The Samaritan Closet is located next to the church. The church is at 7388 E. Kemper Road, Sycamore Township; 489-7021.

Church of the Saviour United Methodist Advent Vespers Service will be 5 p.m., on Sunday, Dec. 4. Choir and handbells will join together to present “You Shall Know Him,” a collection of familiar carols and new anthems. Take time to retreat from the hectic nature of the holidays and begin advent in this unique way. The concert is free. The 25th annual drivethrough Nativity will be 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday,

Dec. 11. The event is free. Beginning at 9:40 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 27, a study will begin of “Advent Conspiracy - can Christmas still change the world?” Call the church for details. United Methodist Women’s Christmas Dinner will be 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5. Christmas sing-a-long follows. Call the church to sign up. Cookies and Santa is 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 17. Children can enjoy the free fun, which is open to everyone. Children’s Weekday Program-Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Call the church for details. The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242 (791-3142 and

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

Undies and socks are being collected for boys and girls ages 4 to 14 for some of the Findlay Street children. Please leave donations at the church in a designated basket. The church is collecting non-perishable grocery items for the Findlay Street food pantry and

seeking volunteers to deliver bread daily from Kroger and Panera. The church is also collecting donations to provide for a Thanksgiving meal for families living near the Findlay Street Neighborhood House. Call the church or visit the website to help those who cannot afford to feed their families. The church is collecting funds for $5 meal certificates to feed 50 to 70 people at Church Active in Northside the weekends of Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. Call the church to donate. The $5 certificates will help fill a void at a time when meals are scarce. During the 9:30 a.m. service, Sunday, Dec. 4, will be the annual St. Nicholas Pageant featuring the second through fifth grades in a musical rendition of the St. Nicholas story. An Intercessory Healing Prayer Service is conducted the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. A Men’s Breakfast group meets on Wednesday mornings at 8:30 a.m. at Steak ‘n’ Shake in Montgomery. Ladies Bible Study meets at 10 a.m. on Tuesday

mornings at the church. Friends in Fellowship meets at 6:15 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month for a potluck dinner at the church. A Bereavement Support Group for widow and widowers meets from 10-11 a.m. the second and fourth Saturdays. Sunday worship services are 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The church is at 10345 Montgomery Road, Montgomery; 984-8401;

Sycamore Christian Church

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

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Kroger donates meals to SVDP The Society of St. Vincent de Paul in cooperation with Kroger and FOX19, announce the kick off of the annual "Food From The Heart" campaign. Since the annual holiday drive began 21 years ago, more than 1 million pounds of food or more than 350,000 meals have been collected and distributed to local families in need. At a live kickoff Nov. 15, Kroger donated non-perishable products equal to 59,000 meals. The holiday food drive will run through Dec. 31 with donations of non-perishable items being collected at all Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Kroger locations. The items collected will be distributed to families in need by St. Vincent de Paul volunteers in neighborhoods across the Tri-State

throughout the holiday season. Cash donations to support St. Vincent de Paul can also be made at checkout coin boxes at all participating Kroger stores for the duration of the campaign. A $1 donation will provide 7 meals for local families. This year’s goal is 75,000 pounds or 215 barrels of food, which is more than 60,000 meals. “Record high poverty numbers reflect the personal stories of struggle and hopelessness that we hear from our volunteers as they visit homes each week to provide neighbors in need with basic necessities – none more important than a nutritious meal,” said Liz Carter, executive director of St. Vincent de Paul-Cincinnati. “When our volunteers deliver donations from “Food From the

Heart” directly to the neighborhoods in which they were collected, they help to ease the struggle and offer hope in every community across Greater Cincinnati.” According to Sukanya Madlinger, president of the Cincinnati/Dayton Division of The Kroger Co., “The Kroger Co. takes very seriously the ever growing demand on our local food banks and the needs of the families in our community. Although in the spotlight during the holiday season, the team at St. Vincent de Paul battles hunger all year long. Kroger will remain diligent in our doing all we can to ensure that our neighbors have food to share with their loved ones, not only during the holiday season but year round.” Collection barrels with

"Food From The Heart" signage will be located at all Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Kroger locations. There are three simple ways you can donate to a neighbor in need: » Purchase non-perishable food items and drop them in the food collection barrels located at the store entrances. » Drop a cash donation in the donation boxes at the check out counters at all Kroger stores – look for the clear plastic boxes with St. Vincent de Paul’s blue logo. » Log onto St. Vincent de Paul’s website,, click on the Give the Gift of Hope link and make a donation to help feed a local family in need while in-

cluding “Food from the Heart” in the special instructions box. St. Vincent de Paul serves local families in neighborhoods across the Tristate. As a result, the food donated is quickly distributed in the neighborhoods where it is collected. FOX19 will report on the progress of ‘Food From The Heart’ on FOX 19 News. A list of all participating Kroger stores will be available on the FOX19 web site at and on the St. Vincent de Paul web site at For additional information please contact St. Vincent de Paul at 513-5628849.

Kick your holiday shopping off to a great start with an afternoon of shopping that supports your local vendors.

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Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for children ages 5-11, and children under 4 and younger and Heritage Village Museum Members are no charge Guests who bring in a canned good will receive $2.00 off admission, limit one per person. All canned goods collected will go to the Sharonville Christmas Fund. Heritage Village Museum is in Sharon Woods Park, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville. Please enter Heritage Village through the Sharon Centre. Hamilton County Park pass required: $3/day or $10/year. For more information, please call (513) 563-9484.

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Heritage Village Museum presents “Holidays in the Village” the weekends of Dec. 3 and Dec. 4 and Dec. 10 and Dec. 11. The Village will be open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Tour the 1800s Village in all its Christmas splendor. String popcorn and cranberries, enjoy a holiday sing-a-long and sample old time holiday foods throughout the Village. Learn about Hanukkah and enjoy sampling potato latkes and applesauce in the Vorhes home. There will also be many activities for children, such as holiday crafts and storytelling. This year’s event is pre-


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Nov. 8. Scott D. Combs, 34, 10836 Surfwood Lane, possession drug paraphernalia at Alliance Road/CEI Drive, Nov. 8. Ryan E. Meyer, 27, 4126 Superior Ave., criminal damaging or endangering at 9254 Plainfield Road, Nov. 11.

Road at 5151 Pfeiffer Road, Nov. 10. Receiving stolen property At 10280 Alliance Road, Nov. 8. Theft, misuse of credit cards A man said someone took a benefit card credit/debit card and $10.41 at 9825 Timbers Drive, Nov. 11.



Breaking and entering Someone broke a glass door, value $200, and took a carton of cigarettes, value $165, from Mo’s Marathon at 4116 Glendale-Milford Road, Nov. 9. Criminal mischief A man said someone damaged the passenger side door of a vehicle, $100 damage at 9254 Plainfield Road, Nov. 13. Endangering children, drug possession At 9455 Plainfield Road, Nov. 8. Grand theft A man said someone took an air conditioner, value $2,400; metal pans, value $9,000; a topedo heater, value $500, and a curved roller conveyor assembly, value $1,422 at 6855 Cornell Road, Nov. 8. Misuse of credit cards At 11308 Tamarco Drive, Nov. 14. Petty theft A man said someone took two $100 bills from Blue Ash Recreation Center at 4433 Cooper Road, Nov. 11. Someone took $100 from Boomin Gerden Centre at 8793 Kenwood Road, Nov. 14. Someone took vehicle parts and accessories, value $800, and a catalytic converter, value $500 at 10280 Alliance Road, Nov. 10. Someone took two catalytic converters, value $800 each from vehicles at 5151 Pfeiffer

Arrests/citations Juvenile, 14, theft at 10150 Montgomery Road, Nov. 13. Christopher M. Holt, 33, 5750 Ridgeview Drive, disorderly conduct, assault at 9390 Montgomery Road, Nov. 13. Eric D.H. Williams, 24, 1014 Cloverfield Lane, disorderly conduct at 9390 Montgomery Road, Nov. 13. Archie L. Williams, 41, 1121 Wessels Ave. No. 4, possession of drugs, driving while under the influence at 9643 Montgomery Road, Nov. 13. Lynn M. Hamilton, 54, 3628 Bevis Ave., possession of drugs at Eastbound Ohio 126, Nov. 14. Mark B. Dombek, 38, 7184 Rockland Drive, disorderly conduct at 1 Financial Way, Nov. 13. William Powell Jr., 24, 555 Boal St., obstruction of official business at Northbound Interstate 71, Nov. 14. David W. Everhart, 39, 1854 York Road, possession of drugs at Westbound Interstate 275, Nov. 9. Christopher A. Henderson, 33, 106 Winding Way J, possession of drugs-schedule i or ii, improperly handling firearms, trafficking in drugs, drug paraphernalia at Northbound Interstate 71, Nov. 8.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULED BEFORE THE SYMMES TOWNSHIP TRUSTEES December 6, 2011, 7:00 P.M. Symmes Township Safety Center 8871 Weekly Lane

Subject Property: Approximately 3.11 net acres on the north side of East Kemper Road, approximately 460 feet east of Snider Road (Book 620, Page 210, Parcels 54-60) Applicant:Robert Lucke Interests, Inc. (applicant); Oscar and Ruth Smith, Robert and Stephanie Drake (owners) Application:An Amendment to the Zoning Resolution is proposed from "A" Residence to "OO" Planned Residence District (with Subservient Office & Business Uses) for the construction of three 9,000 square foot, one-story office buildings on the site with 137 parking spaces, one access drive onto East Kemper Road, and a driveway connection to the adjacent restaurant



f your mom lives by herself, it’s only natural to worry about her during the course of your day. After all, you remember a time when she was constantly on the go. Nowadays, she stays home more and more. You find yourself constantly wondering: Is she lonely? Is she safe? Is she happy?

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Burglary Residence entered and jewelry, safe, purse, camera of unknown value removed at 4546 Buxton Ave., Oct. 30. Residence entered at 3772 Belfast Ave., Oct. 27. Residence entered at 4385 Grinnell Drive, Oct. 29. Criminal damaging Reported at 3949 Blefast Ave., Nov. 2. Domestic violence Female reported at Reading Road, Nov. 1. Forgery Reported at 7696 Montgomery Road, Nov. 1. Theft Handgun valued at $345 removed at 4463 Emerald Ave., Oct. 29. Ladders valued at $250 removed at 12151 6th Street, Oct. 29. AC unit valued at $3,000 removed at 4328 Kugler Mill, Oct. 27. Catalytic converter removed at 7707 Montgomery Road, Oct. 31. Bucket and clamp valued at $1,800 removed at 7763 Montgomery Road, Oct. 31.

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Arrests/citations Tyler Bollinger, 20, 7855 Lake Field Court, criminal trespassing at 7875 Montgomery Road, Oct. 27. Cierra Mitchelli, 22, 4879 Este Ave., theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Oct. 29. April Qadah, 41, 3217 Gilbert Ave., theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Oct. 29. Juvenile male, 11, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Oct. 29. Matthew Bales, 2, 3730 Woodland Ave., operating vehicle intoxicated at I71, Oct. 29. Jovan Brown, 27, 6265 Century City, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Oct. 27. Sarah Schneider, 22, 302 Terwilligers Run, disorderly conduct at 7834 Village Drive, Nov. 1. Anthony Ruffin, 46, 544 Camden St., theft at 7913 Montgomery Road, Oct. 31. Kelsey Risbon, 20, 63 Mook Road, theft at 7913 Montgomery Road, Nov. 1. Kelsie Curran, 18, 213 Kennedy Court, theft at 7913 Montgomery Road, Nov. 1. Curtis Newman, 19, 8900 Blossom Drive, possession of drugs at 4312 Sycamore Road, Nov. 1. Tori Kirby, 19, 8485 Wicklow, possession of drugs at 4312 Sycamore Road, Nov. 1.

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Attempted burglary At 10708 Escondido Drive, Nov. 7. Passing bad checks At 5035 Cooper Road, Nov. 10. At 5035 Cooper Road, Nov. 10. At 5035 Cooper Road, Nov. 10. At 5035 Cooper Road, Nov. 10. Telecommunications harassment At 7750 Campus Lane, Nov. 9. Theft A woman said someone took a three carat waterfall diamond ring, a two-carat cluster diamond ring, a 1-carat anniversry ring and a 1-carat anniversary ring from a jewelry box in a vehicle at 9620 Montgomery Road, Nov. 13. A man said someone took a Garmin GPS, value $200 at 11717 Laurelview Drive, Nov. 11. A man said someone took a Spectre TV, value $300 at 8815 E. Kemper Road, Nov. 6.





Grand Avenue: Smith Willie J. to Pernice Christopher J.; $10. Margaretta Avenue: Smith Willie J. to Pernice Christopher J.; $10. Margaretta Avenue: Smith Willie J. to Pernice Christopher J.; $10. 11030 Grand Avenue: Smith Willie J. to Pernice Christopher J.; $10. 11032 Margaretta Avenue: Smith Willie J. to Pernice Christopher J.; $180,000. 11136 Centennial Avenue: Integrity Property Holdings LLC to Salameh Miranda L.; $133,000. 4549 Leslie Ave.: Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. to Sweeney Brian; $41,500 . 5390 Brasher Ave.: Hobbs Karen L. to Harrison Jennifer M. & Adam G.; $141,500.

6089 Cook Ave.: Smith Willie J. to Pernice Christopher J.; $10. 6089 Cook Ave.: Smith Willie J. to Pernice Christopher J.; $10. 6089 Cook Ave.: Smith Willie J. to Pernice Christopher J.; $10. 6089 Cook Ave.: Smith Willie J. to Pernice Christopher J.; $10. 6089 Cook Ave.: Smith Willie J. to Pernice Christopher J.; $10. 6089 Cook Ave.: Smith Willie J. to Pernice Christopher J.; $10. 6089 Cook Ave.: Smith Willie J. to Pernice Christopher J.; $10. 6089 Cook Ave.: Smith Willie J. to Pernice Christopher J.; $10. 6089 Cook Ave.: Smith Willie J. to Pernice Christopher J.; $10. 6089 Cook Ave.: Smith Willie J. to Pernice Christopher J.; $10. 9531 Highland Ave.: Braukman David J. & Melanie R. to Eggle-

ston Janet L.; $165,850.


Candlewood Circle: Great Traditions Homes Ltd. to Trenz Jane S. Tr; $833,087. 9893 Forestglen Drive: Bruck David W. & Kristine M. to Jackson Stacy; $334,000.


Asbury Lane: Eagle Land Development At Asbury LLC to Robert Lucke Homes Inc.; $175,000. 11946 Second Ave.: Warner Neil E. to Reyes Guadalupe; $87,000. 4089 Trebor Drive: Kronner Charles L. to Bray Jeff; $50,000. 8128 Lyndhurst Court: Bader Randall C. Sr. & Georgia F. to Selter Michael E. & Sarah M.

Manchak; $295,000. 8460 Kenwood Road: Sycamore Township Board Of Trustees to Jones Thomas D.; $120,500. 8877 Montgomery Road: Kerr Hanan Tr to Glenover Place Building Group LLC; $290,000. 8893 Montgomery Road: Kerr Hanan Tr to Glenover Place Building Group LLC; $290,000.


11820 Carter Grove Court: Smith J. David to Georgeton John P. & Kimberly C.; $285,000. 12138 Heathertree Court: Hoge Martha H. Tr to Olsen Robb Eric & Kathleen O.; $410,000. 9445 Kempergrove Lane: Esterkamp Jason W. & Jessica M. to Dakoske John G. & Amy L.; $355,000.

Smog season comes to end With the conclusion of summer and fall in full swing it appears one of the most severe smog seasons to hit the Tristate region has come to an end. The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) would like to thank the residents of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky for their efforts to help improve the region’s air quality. The Hamilton County Department of Environmental Services (HCDOES) issued 24 smog alerts in 2011. The smog alerts included the Kentucky counties of Boone, Campbell, and Kenton, and

Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, and Warren counties in Ohio. This summer, Cincinnati experienced 17 straight days of at least 90degree heat. These 17 days of extreme heat did nothing to help smog levels in our area. When the forecast calls for high temperatures, clear skies, and little or no wind, much like the OKI region experienced this summer, smog can become a problem. This is why it is so important that residents understand the causes of poor air quality and do their share to reduce air pollution.

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LEGAL NOTICE The City of Reading at the City Hall Building, 1000 Market Street, Reading, Ohio 45215 will receive sealed bids until 10:00 a.m. local time on December 9, 2011. Bids will be opened and read in the Council Chambers immediately thereafter, for the purpose of entering into a contract for SANBORN DRIVE, KRYLON DRIVE & TRILLIUM COURT RECONSTRUCTION. Each bid must be made in accordance with the plans & specifications which are now on file in the general offices of the City of Reading. Cost of the plans & specifications is $25.00 (non-refundable). Bid envelopes should have the date of the bid on the outside and be plainly marked: "SANBORN DRIVE, KRYLON DRIVE & TRILLIUM COURT RECONSTRUCTION" Each proposal shall contain the full name and address of every person, firm or corporation interested in the same and if a corporation, the name and address of the president and secretary, and shall be accompa nied by a bond given in favor of the City of Reading, Ohio for an amount equal to at least 10% of the total amount of the bid, with surety or sureties satisfactory to the City of Reading from a surety company authorized to do business in Ohio. The bond shall provide that the bidder shall, within 30 days after notice of acceptance of his proposal, enter into a contract and give an acceptable bond in the sum of not less than 100% of the contract price to properly secure performance within the contract time. The amount of the bond to be paid to the City as stipulated or liquidated damages in case of failure or refusal to enter into the contract as provided. If the proposal is not accompanied by a bond, then it must be accompanied by a certified check on a solvent bank for an amount equal to at least 10% of the total amount of the bid, made payable to the City of Reading which shall be forfeited to the City if the bidder fails to enter into a contract with the City and furnish the 100% of the contract price for the faithful performance thereof within 30 days after notice of acceptance of proposal. Contractors must comply with all federal and state laws regarding safety standards, etc. Prevailing wage project. The City of Reading reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive irregularities. The bond/check of unsuccessful bidders, or the amounts thereof, will be returned. City of Reading, Ohio Patrick Ross Safety Service Director 1001676203 LEGAL NOTICE Sealed bids will be received by the City of Reading at the City Hall Building, 1000 Market Street, Reading, Ohio until 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, December 8, 2011. Bids will be open and read in Council Chambers immediately thereafter, for the purpose of entering into a contract for: "Collection & Management of Residential Waste and Other Specified Service for the City of Reading" Each bid must be made in accordance with the specifications which are now on file in the general offices of the City of Reading. Bid envelope should be plainly marked "Bid for Collection & Management of Residential Waste and Other Specified Service for the City of Reading" and date of the bid on the outside of the envelope. Each proposal shall contain the full name and address of every person, firm, or corporation interested in the same, and if a corporation, the name and address of the president and secretary and shall be accompanied by bond given favor of the City of Reading, Ohio for the amount equal to at least 10% of the total bid amount, with surety or sureties satisfactory to the City from a company authorized to do business in the State of Ohio. The bond shall provide that the bidder shall, within 30 days after notice of acceptance of proposal shall enter into a contract and give an acceptable bond in the sum not less than 100% of the contract price to properly secure performance within contract time. Prevailing wage is required.

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The City reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive any irregularities. The bond of unsuccessful bidders will be returned. 1001676210

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LEGAL NOTICE OF SYMMES TOWNSHIP The regular December 6, 2011 meeting of the Board of Trustees of Symmes Township, Hamilton County, Ohio, will be held at the Symmes Safety Center, 8871 Weekly Lane. This meeting will start at 7:00 p.m. John C. Borchers Fiscal Officer, Symmes Township 1001767280

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