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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.

National treasures On Friday, Dec. 2, Ohio National Financial Services will kick off its annual Victorian Holiday Village at its campus in Montgomery. But when it comes to serving the community, Ohio National can get real serious, real fast. Full story, A3

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!

Several hundred supporters and clients of Hospice of Cincinnati and Fernside: A Center for Grieving Children celebrated 25 years of the little center that could in Blue Ash. Among them was Mary Ann Romanello. "I've been with Fernside since it started, so to see all this is very emotional," said Romanello, who was assigned cleanup but was helping wherever she was needed in the center's Cooper Road parking lot where the party was held. "Rachel would be so happy." The late Rachel Burrell founded Fernside in1986, four years after her son, 27-year-old David, was killed in a car wreck. "I think Mom just always loved kids," said Ann Burrell of Mount Lookout, standing next to a photograph of her mother in the lobby of a new building that houses Hospice of Cincinnati and its two offshoot agencies, Fernside and the new Goldstein Family Hospice. Burrell, who does photography for Fernside, said her mother found help with her grief locally through Compassionate Friends. "But she started thinking there's nothing for a child who had a significant person in their life die," said Burrell. Inspiration from the Dougy Center in Portland, Ore., and financial support from the Junior League helped Rachel Burrell establish Fernside. Years after working in leased space, Fernside has its dream offices on the first floor of the new building. "It's beautiful, isn't it?" said Fernside Executive Director Vicky Ott. "Now we can finally put things on the walls." And that they have. Down the first hall and around the corner is grief-inspired artwork produced by the dozens of children who receive free group and individual counseling - and

People light floating lanterns to remember family and friends during an event held in honor of Fernside's 25th anniversary and the launch of the Goldstein Family Hospice of Cincinnati and Fernside Grief Center, in Blue Ash. AMANDA DAVIDSON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS hopefully achieve healing - at Fernside. One child who benefited from Fernside's love, kindness and counseling is Brad Cutter, 15, of Mason. He, his 12-year-old sister, Rachel, and mother, Jill, experienced sudden shock and serious grief nine years ago on the day their father and husband, 37year-old Rich Cutter, died unexpectedly. "They were little and confused, and to bring them to a strange place was very scary, the whole thing was very scary - until we walked in to the door (of Fernside)," said Jill Cutter. "We came out an hour and a half later, and we were calm that first night. I'll never forget it." Today, Brad is a gifted writer, something he was encouraged to do when he first came to Fernside

ber her daddy, so it's a little different for her. But my son has gone to that box several times, important times," Cutter said. Speakers at a brief ceremony Sunday included Eddie Goldstein, the major donor to the building fund. The Harry's Corner Flooring owner said he and his wife, Arlene, did it for the kids and parents like theirs. As rain threatened to close down the celebration, children in attendance were called up to stand on the stage. They counted down from 10, slowly. And when they reached zero, strings of lights came on, illuminating trees around them. Then 25 Asian sky lanterns were lighted and released to float up and away into the misty sky. At that moment, if anyone felt grief, it had to be brief.

Blue Ash plans April grand opening of Cooper Creek Event Center By Jeanne Houck

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BLUE ASH — Blue Ash city officials are planning a grand opening sometime in April of the Cooper Creek Event Center under construction at the Blue Ash Golf Course. City officials expect the facility off Cooper Road to be in use beginning in January; more than 20 weddings, as well as other social and corporate events, have been booked. Officials originally had hoped to open the Cooper Creek Event

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as a 6-year-old, his mother said. He's also part of Fernside's "pit crew," a group of "teenage philanthropists" who help out with the younger kids on orientation nights or at summer camp. Brad's mother volunteers at Fernside, too. She helped set up a fern leaf shaped labyrinth of luminaria in the parking lot in front of the center. "Walking through the fern I helped set up ... wow! It was incredible, amazing, peaceful. I was thinking about my husband and how far as a family we've come in the grieving process," Cutter said. She's particularly grateful that early on, Fernside had her children make memory boxes that hold reminders of their father. ""My daughter doesn't remem-

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Greenhills facility honors colorful artists Blue Ash police By Heidi Fallon

The colorful creativity made choosing the four top artists difficult. Still, residents at the Alois Alzheimer Center were able to pick their favorites in the recent coloring contest. Staff of the Greenhills facility passed out pictures of an elephant during a volunteer stint at the zoo. Children were urged to color the pale pachyderm and mail them back to the center. “We were thrilled with the response,” said Annette DeCamp, executive administrative assistant. “We received 114 entries and narrowed those down to 14.

Two of the four winners in the Alois Alzheimer Center's recent coloring contest get a sneak peek at the prizes they'll be receiving. From left is third-place winner Emily Giglio, Delhi Township; and Hannah Abrahamson, 16, Montgomery, who earned an honorable mention. Then, we let our residents pick their favorites.”

With ages ranging from 1 to 16, the entries spanned the spectrum of grass green elephants, elephants with polka dots, some with stripes and some with mere scrawls. “They used everything from crayons to markers to finger paints,” DeCamp said. The idea was to both educate and entertain. “We were looking for a way to engage the children we encountered at the zoo as well as providing awareness about Alzheimer disease and our facility,” said Marvin Knobloch, outreach and activities director. There was contact information on the back of each coloring page for folks who

wanted to know more. “We came up with the coloring contest idea and used the theme of elephants never forget,” Knobloch said. The three top winners received prizes of $100 for first place and $50 for second- and third-place. There also was an honorable mention award given. The winners were honored at the center, treated to punch and cookies and given their prizes. The winners were Alexsys Stonto, Cleves; Ben Peaslee, Okeana; neither of whom were able to attend the celebration; Emily Giglio, Delhi Township; and Hannah Abrahamson, Montgomery.

investigating armed robbery of Red Roof Inn Community Press Staff Report BLUE ASH — Blue Ash police are investigating the report of an armed robbery Thanksgiving night at the Red Roof Inn at 5900 Pfeiffer Road, near the Interstate 71 interchange. A desk clerk told police that a white man 25to 30-years-old and about 6-feet tall entered the lobby of the Red Roof Inn about 9 p.m. Nov. 24 , pulled out a handgun and demanded money from the cash register, Blue

Horticultural Society unveils 2012 plans

In response to enthusiastic community acceptance of new educational programs and special events introduced this year, the Cincinnati Horticultural Society said it plans to replicate and expand on these activities in 2012 in place of the traditional Cincinnati Flower Show. According to Frank Welsh, CHS board chair, two factors contributed to the decision.

“The community’s positive response to our new 2011 programming, combined with an economic climate that continues to make it difficult to secure elaborate event sponsorships, led to the board’s decision to replicate our 2011 activities in the coming year, with a focus on making them even more exciting,” Welsh said. Welsh said that CHS intends to build on such popular new events as the

spring gardening fair held this year at the Delhi Garden Center in Liberty Township, the summer secret garden tours of some of Greater Cincinnati’s most stunning private gardens, and a fall flower and farm fest. The group also intends to expand on its popular Fresh Air School, a summer educational program for children held at the historic Meade House in Symmes Township. The

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Holiday version of the Fresh Air School is currently taking place at the Meade House. The Society has plans to develop Meade House and its grounds as a horticultural center for the community in the future. Other perennial Flower Show favorites, such as the Dramatic Table Settings exhibit, morphed this year into a “Guess Who Is Coming to Dinner” celebrity-inspired event that helped raise both funding and awareness for CHS programs. “This promises to be even more elaborate and creative in 2012,” Welsh said, “and will be joined by other popular events such as Spring Fling and Ladies Day.” “Ultimately, CHS is committed to bringing back the Cincinnati Flower


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Suspect sought in Food Mart robbery By Jeanne Houck

BLUE ASH — Blue Ash police are looking for a man a witness says robbed a Food Mart at gunpoint Nov. 21. Police Capt. James Schaffer said officers were dispatched to the convenience store at 10440 Plainfield Road shortly before 8 p.m. Nov. 21. “Upon arrival, police were advised by the store clerk that a male AfricanAmerican, approximately 5 feet-7 inches tall, entered the store wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and a bandana or handkerchief across his face, produced a handgun and demanded money from the cash register,” Schaffer said. “After given an undetermined amount of cash, the suspect fled on foot in an unknown direction. A Blue Ash police canine unit tracked the suspect to a nearby residential neighborhood where the track ended.” Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call the Blue Ash police at 745-8555 or Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.

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Show in all its known glory,” Welsh said. “but assuring that this can be done in a way that merits Cincinnati’s designation as the ‘King of All Flower Shows’ requires a healthier economy than we currently are experiencing.” Welsh noted, however, that CHS is “working on some truly exciting” plans for a future show. The preliminary calendar of 2012 CHS-sponsored events includes: » Ladies Day – Tuesday, May 1, at the Kenwood Country Club » Secret Garden Tour – Saturday, June 16 » "Guess Who Is Coming to Dinner” – Week of Sept. 24 » Gardener Recognition Awards Presentation – October

Ash police Capt. James Schaffer said. The clerk said the robber was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with the hood up, Schaffer said. “After being given an undetermined amount of cash, the suspect fled on foot in an unknown direction,” Schaffer said. “No one was injured in the incident.” Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call the Blue Ash Police Department at 7458555 or Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.








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Ohio National gives (and gives) back By Jeanne Houck

MONTGOMERY — On Friday, Dec. 2, Ohio National Financial Services will kick off its annual Victorian Holiday Village at its campus in Montgomery. But when it comes to serving the community, Ohio National can get real serious, real fast. Here, Gary “Doc” Huffman, president of Ohio National since November 2010, discusses the business’ most recent gifts to the community - and why Ohio National is happy to do it. How long has Ohio National called Montgomery home, how many people does it employ and what does the company do? “Ohio National moved to Montgomery in August 1996. Today we employ more than 850 here in Cincinnati and nearly100 more regional officers and wholesalers across the country. Our primary customers are individual consumers and small business owners seeking income protection and wealth accumulation.” For the 10th year, Ohio National is sponsoring a Victorian Holiday Village at its campus at 1 Financial Way at the intersection of Pfeiffer Road and the ramp to Interstate 71. Please tell us about the event. “Our village has become a holiday favorite for many Cincinnati families. Since 2002, nearly 23,000 guests have visited our free holiday event. This year we will again offer compli-

mentary cocoa, cookies and free 5-by-7 photos with St. Nick. This year the Village has gone ‘green’ — all of our twinkling lights are environmentally-friendly LED. The village is open Friday, Dec. 2, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 3, from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 8, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Friday, Dec. 9, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. We started the village as a gift to the community, and it is now a tradition for our guests and our associates. We’re also proud that it benefits the Freestore Foodbank. We ask guests to bring a nonperishable donation. Over the years, we’ve donated nearly 18,000 pounds of food together with the help of village guests and our simultaneous associate food drive. All the details about the village are on Ohio National’s Facebook page at, including fun activities for kids.” Ohio National recently donated a whopping $700,000 to help Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center buy a motion analysis lab. What does the lab do and why did the company want to be a part of it? “This is an endeavor that we are delighted to be a part of because Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is such a vital resource for our community. Until now, motion analysis for children with neuromuscular disorders such as cerebral palsy has not been available in Cincinnati. The creation of the motion analysis lab at Cin-

Holiday concert Dec. 4 at Assembly of God This year’s Kindel Memorial Holiday Concert will be presented by the Blue Ash/Montgomery Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Montgomery Assembly of God Church, 7950 Pfeiffer Road. Leroy Anderson’s “Christmas Festival Overture” will put you in the mood for the holidays faster than anything. The Orchestra showcases one of the 2009 winners of the Young Artist Competition, 17-year-old Olivia Smith playing the first movement of Mozart’s “Concerto in C Major for Oboe and Orchestra.” An extraordinarily talented young musician, Smith has played oboe, English horn, violin, and saxophone in various ensembles, including District Honor Band and Orchestra, OMEA All-State Band, Sycamore Chamber Orchestra, Sycamore Electric Ensemble, Sycamore Marching Band, pit orchestra and Blue Ash Youth Symphony Orchestra. She attended the Double Reed Summer Institute at WVU in 2009 and Interlochen Arts Camp in 2011. She is a third-year member of the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra, where she frequently performs as the principal oboist. The Encore Men’s Quartet returns with carols and festive songs – let’s hear it for “Holly, Jolly Christmas!” On a more serious note, the orchestra and the Cincinnati Choral Society join them for David Willock’s lush settings of several beloved traditional carols. The Encore Men’s

cinnati Children’s has the potential to transform the lives of hundreds of children in the community each year. This lab, which uses the latest technologies available, will be a vital resource for our area. By improving a child’s mobility, their quality of life is exponentially improved, and Ohio National is absolutely honored to be a part of those efforts.” Ohio National at its 100th anniversary in 2009 committed to building 10 Habitat for Humanity homes in Greater Cincinnati over the next five years. Why did the company do this and how many homes have been built so far? “During my years in business, I’ve learned that success affords an opportunity to give back. Truly the best way to be a good corporate citizen is to make a profit, then you have the ability to give back to your community. Ohio National shares that belief on a corporate level as well. For more than 100 years we’ve believed that giving back to our community makes sense — it’s not just doing business the right way, it is part of being a good neighbor. So, in 2009, to celebrate 100 years as part of the Cincinnati community, Ohio National

announced its commitment to fund the construction of 10 Habitat for Humanity homes over a five-year time period, the largest ever one-time gift to Cincinnati Habitat. Since 2009, we’ve built six homes. Homes number five and six were dedicated in October in Cincinnati’s Evanston community, and this spring we’ll break ground on homes number seven and eight.”

Ohio National Financial Services in Montgomery recently donated $700,000 to help Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center buy a motion analysis lab. Here are Gary "Doc" Huffman, president of Ohio National (right), and Michael Fisher, president of Cincinnati Children's. PROVIDED

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Olivia Smith will be featured at Blue Ash Montgomery Symphony Orchestra Holiday concert Dec. 4. PROVIDED Quartet is comprised of four directors of music from congregations throughout the area – Doug Belland, Hal Hess, Ben Basone and Tom Sherwood. Belland is also the director of the Cincinnati Choral Society. Ralph Vaughn-Williams lovely “Fantasia on Greensleeves” and the “Festive Sounds of Hanukah” complete the program. The concert concludes with a carol sing accompanied by the orchestra. As always, this concert is free to the public. The orchestra is proud to acknowledge the support of the Edward and Marilyn Kindel Memorial Fund. It also appreciates this year’s soloist sponsor, Schulte and Uhrig, Certified Public Accountants as well as the support provided by the city of Blue Ash, the city of Montgomery, ArtsWave nd the Ohio Arts Council, as well as our individual contributors.

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Red Ribbon breakfast a rallying cry

Red Ribbons adorned everyone’s outfit Oct. 17 at the NECC Red Ribbon Breakfast Campaign kickoff event at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Blue Ash. This is a National Event held in October and it’s the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the the USA to make everyone aware of the risks youths face and what can be done to lower these risks and enhance protective factors among our youth. The Northeast Community Challenge Coalition, founded in 1983, is the second-longest standing community prevention coalition in Ohio which includes the communities of the city of Blue Ash, the city of Montgomery, Sycamore Township and Symmes Township and included members fron every agency, schools, organizations and students, law enforcement, social service agencies and many, many more. The Red Ribbon Campaign started in 1985 after the murder of DEA Agent Camarena in Mexico City and is a commitment towards a drug free America. Today, however, our youths face many, many more risk than ever before, from alcohol and drugs, suicide, bullying (in person and more often online and texting), tobacco use, date rape and abuse (physical and mental), etc ... The need for self-and-others approval and even from having decent meals and good family role models affect how our youth react in today’s environment. With this in mind, the NECC Red Ribbon Breakfast Campaign is working harder than ever to deal with all these problems. At the Oct. 17 breakfast, speakers included guest speaker Dr. Richar L Baum, president of the Adoleslcent Substance Abuse Program (ASAP), who included in his topic the many ways our youth

Red Ribbon Breakfast keynote speaker John Young, president of the Freestore Foodbank. THANKS TO LARRY BRESKO

Adolescent Substance Abuse Program President Dr. Richard L Baum with his daugther, Elissa Mazer. THANKS TO LARRY BRESKO

are finding all the newer drugs in our society, how and why they use them. Distinquished speaker, State Rep. Connie Pillich, discussed the power of volunteering and how much you help yourselves as well as the benefits to others when you volunteer and talked about her volunteering adventures. John Young, president of the Freestore Foodbank, was the keynote speaker who gave everyone insight into hunger both in the city, but also so many more in the suburbs and how hunger affects the behavior of our young people. Cincinnati Cooks, a culinary school, is part of the Freestore/Foodbank which teaches cooking skills for possible employment, but students also cook the meals that are delivered to all the area schools where there are after-school programs which includes tutoring, sports activities,

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State Rep. Connie Pillich, right, was distinguished speaker at the Red Ribbon breakfast. At left is Sycamore Community School District Board Member Jill Cole. THANKS TO LARRY BRESKO

From left: Northeast Community Challenge Treasurer Rick Jones, State Rep. Connie Pillich, FreeStore President John Young and NECC Executive Board Member Nancy Rolfert. THANKS TO LARRY BRESKO

Cathee Casanta, Kim Funke, Catherine Valentine, Saly Myers and Patty Tomley at the Red Ribbon Breakfast. THANKS TO LARRY BRESKO

Red Ribbon co-chairs Lynn McNay, left, and Joan Wells (middle), with Northeast Community Challenge co-president Dr. Leslie Elrod. THANKS TO LARRY BRESKO study and a hot meal. They also provide meals for the weekend take home project in many schools. After enjoying a bounty of delicious breakfast treats, the NECC Youth Coalition began the discussions with a presentation entitled “Implications of the Asset Data” a program where these students survey their peers and present their evaluations at this event as well as “telling all of us” what each needs to do to help lower risky behaviors and to promote more positive behaviors in our youths. Proceeds from this event benefits the Howard


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“The construction management project was bid as a 10-month project,” Chuck Funk, Blue Ash director of parks and recreation, said in a memo to city council. “Due primarily to weather conditions, it has become a 13-month project.” Also, “It is common for many details to reveal themselves in the course of a project, especially as the project concludes, which require modification in the

Margaret Abbate, Cathee Casanta, Lori Malloy, Kevin Malloy and Sally Myers at the Red Ribon breakfast. THANKS TO LARRY BRESKO

Members of the Northeast Community Challenge Youth Coalition made a presentation titled "Implications of the Asset Data," a program where these students survey their peers and present their evaluations at this event as well as "telling all of us" what each needs to do to help lower risky behaviors and to promote more positive behaviors in our youths. THANKS TO LARRY BRESKO field resulting in additional costs to the contractor, and ultimately, the owner,” Funk said. Funk said the appropriation approved Nov. 17 will not come from the general fund. The Cooper Creek Event Center and other improvements at the Blue Ash Golf Course are being funded with proceeds from a 0.25-percent earnings tax hike approved by voters in 2006 for big projects. The event center is two levels and will include banquet facilities seating 350 people. A large pro shop with a

reception area for golfers will be on the lower level. Upper-level rooms will be available to rent for smaller social gatherings and business functions. The project at the Blue Ash Golf Course also includes new golf cart paths and a new irrigation system on the property. The golf course - with a temporary clubhouse - remains open during the work. For more information about the Cooper Creek Event Center, call 745-8596 or visit


NOVEMBER 30, 2011 • NORTHEAST SUBURBAN LIFE • A5 Jewish Vocational Services consumers Font Swift, left, and Joey Bang, who are in the X-Plorers program, work on an art project. PROVIDED

Program offers innovative approach to work As eight people package products for sale, six others do puzzles, watch movies or create artwork in another part of the room. They’re upbeat, friendly and productive. These are the X-Plorers of Jewish Vocational Service, a program that features a mixture of recreation, social activities and work for consumers with developmental disabilities who prefer light workloads. The X-Plorers arose from the recognition that some consumers wanted to increase the amount of time they spend participating in recreational and social activities. They once did assembly and packaging work all day with dozens of co-workers in the JVS Work Center in Blue Ash. Now, with fewer co-workers, there are fewer distractions, making them more productive. Matthew Cromer, 24, of Sycamore Township, loves the X-Plorers. Cromer had a difficult time focusing in the Work Center because so many things are happen-

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ing at once. “The X-Plorers are more relaxing and laidback,” he said. The X-Plorers are funded by Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services and Medicaid. A similar program with 21 consumers exists at the JVS location on Harrison Avenue in Cheviot. “We wanted to provide meaningful activities and minimize behavioral problems,” JVS Vice President Rich Davis said. “Our consumers and staff are thrilled with the new program.” Because of the program’s popularity, the number of X-Plorers has grown to about 20 since the

group came together in October 2009. As a result, several times they’ve moved to larger rooms. The current room is the size of a classroom. Dozens of board games and books sit on shelves. Hanging from the ceiling are miniature replicas of the planets. On the floor in a corner are bean bag chairs. Programming focuses on themes. During their Disney week, they watched Disney movies on a largescreen TV, then created artwork based on the movies. Guest speakers have talked about their overseas vacation trips and showed photos. A musician performed on his guitar and puppeteers put on a show. They’ve taken field trips to a firehouse, airport, historic Indian village and doughnut bakery. Some consumers do individual activities while others work in teams. Said David Shell, a JVS work adjustment specialist, “There’s something for everybody all the time if they want it.”

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» fewer patients readmitted to the hospital after 30 days; » shorter hospital visits and lower costs. Top hospitals discharge bypass patients nearly a full day sooner and spend $4,200 less per bypass case than non-winners; » increased use of internal mammary artery (IMA) for coronary artery bypass surgeries. Top hospitals have increased their use of this recommended procedure from 88 to 96 percent The study evaluated general and applicable specialty, short-term, acute care, non-federal U.S. hospitals treating a broad spectrum of cardiology patients. "We have long believed our program was one of the most innovative and comprehensive in the area," said Dr. Stephen Lewis, chairman of the Cardiology Department at Bethesda North. "Winning this award would not have been possible without the multidiscipline team of cardiovascular surgeons, cardiologists, anesthesiologists, and the entire patient care team."




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35 join Spanish Honor Society Thirty-five Ursuline Academy students were inducted into the Spanish Honor Society Oct. 10. Under the leadership of senior honor society co-presidents Marisa Reddy of Indian Hill and Amanda Sosnowski of Maineville, the inductees declared their dedication to the study of the Spanish language and culture. The newly inducted members are: Serena Ajabani of Mason, Amaryllis Biduaka of Maineville, Candace Borders of Mason, Maggie Boyer of Sycamore Township, Cate Brinker of Anderson Township, Grace Castelli of Finneytown, Michelle Christy of Loveland, Mary Ernst of Sharonville, Makiah Estes of Liberty Township, Ally Fenter of Mason, Kristen George of Mason, Darci Gorsuch of Evendale, Ashley Gray of

Thirty-five Ursuline Spanish students were inducted into the Spanish Honor Society Oct. 10. Loveland, Stephanie Hagedorn of Springfield Township, Elizabeth Hellman of Montgomery, Allison Hogan of Montgomery, Emily Holmes of Loveland, Haley Johnson of Milford, Heather Knorr of Delhi, Katherine Masterson of

Milford, Elise McConnell of Loveland, Abby Meehan of Maineville, Hannah Mehrle of Liberty Township, Holly Nurre of West Chester Township, Mallory Perazzo of Evendale, Marisa Pike of Sycamore Township, Maya Prab-

hu of Symmes Township, Ellen Rootring of Mount Lookout, Hannah Schlaack of Sharonville, Lilli Stein of Hamilton, Kristen Weickert of Mason, Emily Westerfield of Montgomery, Katie Wheeler of Milford, Emily White

of Maineville and Taylor Woellert of Milford. The Spanish Honor Society of Ursuline Academy was established in1984 by Spanish teacher and club moderator Ruthanne Palmer for the purpose of helping the members to expand their cultural awareness and to improve their speaking skills in Spanish, which is spoken solely at the twice monthly Spanish Honor Society meetings. Eligibility for induction into the Spanish Honor Society includes the student having at least an "A-" average for four semesters of Spanish, continuing interest in the language, and attendance at SHS meetings which consist of such activities as Spanish-speaking guest speakers, study of Spanish-speaking cultures, and games that require use of the language.


First-grade teacher Stephanie Tenkman, dressed as a ladybug, makes crafts with Makelyn Breuer, dressed as a witch. THANKS TO ANN FALCI Siblings of St. Nicholas Academy students dressed in costume to compete in the best-dressed preschooler contest, benefiting Birthright's Beds for Babies campaign. From left: Lizzie Mumper dressed as "Lizzie Gaga," Eva Lackmeyer as Snow White and Jay Lackmeyer as a stegosaurus. THANKS TO ANN FALCI

Ellie Koetter, Lexi Lackmeyer, Brandon Grosser, Emily Geers and Mariah Essex dress in costume for St. Nicholas Academy's annual Cacklefest. THANKS TO ANN FALCI

Preschoolers Sarah Koetter and Alex Osborne enjoy Cacklefest at St. Nicholas Academy. THANKS TO ANN FALCI

Dressed up students celebrate Cacklefest, a Halloween festival at St. Nicholas Academy. Students in grades kindergarten to grade two dressed in costume and played fall-themed games. Preschool siblings and pets were also invited to dress in costume for Cacklefest, and the student body purchased votes for their favorites. The proceeds from the best-costumed pet and bestdressed preschooler benefited the Cincinnati SPCA and Birthright’s Beds for Babies Campaign.

Which witch is the good witch? Kindergarten teachers Nikki Cromer and Lisa Miller dressed as witches to keep their students guessing.

Thanks to Ann Falci


Students go 'Ga-Ga' during Rockwern visit On Nov. 14, the sixth-graders of Rockwern Academy in Kenwood shyly introduced themselves to their pen pals from Pleasant Hill Academy, a Cincinnati public school. It was a meeting between two groups of children who, given the differences between their schools and backgrounds, might never have met. Pleasant Hill Academy and Rockwern Academy are very different schools: one a public school with an entirely AfricanAmerican student body, the other an entirely Jewish private school. Over the past months, the students from Pleasant Hill have been exchanging letters with their Rockwern counterparts to talk about their differing schools, cultural and social lives and their shared interests—including their

all-school readings of a single book, “Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters,” by President Barack Obama. “Rockwern’s All-School-Read and Pen Pal programs began last year when we joined together with the International Academy to bring Jewish and Muslim kids together,” said Rockwern librarian Julia Weinstein, who, with Rockwern teacher Elaine Kaplan and Pleasant Hill resource coordinator Paula Sherman organized the visit. The Pleasant Hill students began their Rockwern visit with a tour of the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education in the Rockwern campus. Then the students met in Rockwern’s Mayerson Hall to greet their pen pals for the first time under a huge banner reading “Welcome Pleas-

Rockwern Academy students and Pleasant Hill Academy students play the Israeli game of "Ga-Ga." THANKS TO JULIE WEINSTEIN ant Hill Academy” — and the children took it from there. Groups of Rockwern students lead the Pleasant Hill students on a school tour, popping into the library, Hebrew, music and art classrooms before arriving at the

school’s Boymel Synagogue, where Rockwern Judaic Studies teacher Deborah Netanel explained a Torah scroll. Hajsani Estes, a Pleasant Hill student, observed, “Hebrew looks kind of like Arabic,” and Dr. Netanel ex-

plained that both were Semitic languages. Then it was off to the gym for a quick introduction to one of Rockwern’s recess favorites, the Israeli game of “Ga-Ga.” The result was uproar, as 60 children slapped and dodged two balls. After a spectacular, between-thelegs dodge by Pleasant Hill student Jamel Reed, he said, “Man, I’ve got to take a break. This is a fast game!” Next February, the Rockwern sixth-grade class will pay a visit to Pleasant Hill, located near College Hill. As Pleasant Hill teacher Brenda Terrell said after the visit, “Kids don’t care much about differences. They care about what they have in common. They could give us grown-ups a lesson about tolerance and friendship.”



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Moeller loaded on the mat By Scott Springer

MONTGOMERY — Seven Crusaders went to the state wrestling meet in March and coach Jeff Gaier returned with one champion in Joey Ward. Thirteen starters, including Ward, return so Gaier is looking for another banner year off Montgomery Road. “Assuming everyone stays healthy and gets to those weights, we’re going to have a lot of experience,” Gaier said. “We really don’t have any weight where we’re not going to be pretty solid.” Ward, the state champion at 125 pounds, will move up to 132 for his senior year. After that, he heads to North Carolina to wrestle for the Tarheels.

Coaching him is one of Gaier’s easier tasks. “You just try to keep him healthy,” Gaier said. “He’s a special kid. I think he’s gotten better since he won the state title. He’s passionate about the sport. Those are the types of kids that don’t come around too much. We’re fortunate to have him.” Gaier Sophomores Dean Meyer (145) and Dakota Sizemore (152) are also back for the Crusaders. Both made the state meet as freshmen, with Meyer placing eighth. Two other sophomores also made state appearances as Jerry

Thornberry (195) placed eighth and Chalmer Frueauf (220) placed fourth. Frueauf is just back to the mat as he had been with coach John Rodenberg’s football team. Gaier is anxious to get his big, young contributor back. “He had a phenomenal year,” Gaier said. “For being as young as he was and placing that high, it’s almost unheard of.” Moeller’s heavyweight is Caleb Denny, also a state qualifier who will wrestle at TennesseeChattanooga. Denny’s in the 275 category. “Heavyweight’s a pretty tough weight, but I think Caleb is certainly going to be up there,” Gaier said. “He actually wrestled with a torn ACL at the state tournament, not 100 percent, and

wrestled pretty well.” Rounding out Gaier’s projected starters are freshman Connor Ziegler at 106, senior Tyler Tepe at 113, junior Andrew Mendel at 120, senior Tyler Ziegler at 126, senior Matt Lindsey at 138, senior Michael Blum (another state qualifier) at 160, junior Wyatt Wilson at 170, and junior Kreig Greco at 182. Moeller will crank up the season Dec. 3 with a dual meet featuring many of the city’s best squads. “It’s a 12-team dual meet tournament,” Gaier said. “Fairfield, Mason, Lakota East and top teams from around the state will be there like Wadsworth and Elyria. Also, a couple Columbus teams and a couple out of state teams will be there.”

By Nick Dudukovich SYCAMORE TWP. — Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy wrestler Zach Alvarado became just the second Eagle to represent the school at the wrestling state championships last March. Alvarado’s journey to Columbus last season opened a lot of eyes in the CHCA program, according to head coach Adam Meyer, and entering the 20112012 season, the Eagles are ready to aim higher. “We had one state-placer, back in 2004, but not with this group or anyone associated around the program now,” Meyer said. “Having Zach getting (to state) was an eye-opener for our guys, and now the next thing should be who is going to be our next state-placer and the first state-placer from this group to get on that podium?” Alvarado, who is a sophomore that competes at 113 pounds, has trained like a competitor who wants to take the next step for CHCA. According to Meyer, the senior focused solely on wrestling since the end of last season and wrestled over the summer in the USA Wrestling Cadet Nationals, which is a big wrestling tournament held every summer that attracts top talent in Fargo, N.D. “He’s ready for a big year,” Meyer said. “He’s excited to get out there and to see some of that better competition.” Sophomore Kealii Cummings could also also make some noise in the region at 120 pounds. Cummings went to districts last season, where he posted a 1-2 record. “He got a taste of what it’s like,” Meyer said. Cummings also wrestled in

prestigious tournaments over the summer, such as the USAW Cadet Nationals in Florida. Meyer said the up-and-comer got a crash course in what the best wrestlers in the country are doing to stay competitive. Meyer said Cummings and Alvarado workout together in practice. It’s a pairing that could favor the duo come postseason time. “The two feed each other and push each other along,” Meyer said. “It’s so huge to have a good partner.” Meyer pointed out that many teams at the state championship are paired together – meaning many wrestlers who make state are within a weight class or two of each other. “That’s pretty common, and I see that happening with these two guys,” he said. At heavyweight, returning district qualifier Tyler Kirbabas will do his best to make an impact. Meyer has liked the way the senior has looked heading into the season. “He’s really grown into his body over the past few years...he’s really coming into his own, and I expect big things out of him,” Meyer said. CHCA begins the season with an in-school dual meet at Wyoming, Dec. 2. On Dec. 17, the squad will head to the Troy Christian holiday tournament, where it will go up against the region’s top Division III talent. “We’ll definitely find out where our guys are at,” Meyer said.


The Aves finished seventh at the GMC meet last winter and would like to reach their form of eight years ago when they were league champs. The top returning grappler

CHCA's Kealii Cummings, right, will look to build off his appearance in the Division III district meet last season. FILE PHOTO

“Having Zach getting (to state) was an eye-opener for our guys.” ADAM MEYER Head coach

is Ben Mathers from the football team who was 28-8 with 10 pins at 189 pounds last season. Mathers was a GMC secondteam selection. Making honorable mention

last season were juniors John Lynch and Brad Huber and sophomore Tinasha Bere. Lynch was 20-15 at 112 pounds, Huber 22-14 at 130 and Bere 17-14 at 215.

Sycamore alum honored at shootout Several alumni of local high schools were recognized at the Cincinnati Sports Medicine Girls Basketball Shootout, Nov. 26. Honorees of local interest include Sycamore High School class of 2007 grad Abbie Tepe. A four-year starter for the Lady

Aves, Tepe was first-team allleague twice, Southwest District second team and first-team District 16 her senior year. She also set the assist record for the Lady Aves. Tepe went on to be a four-year starter for Nova Southeastern where she set the school assists,


Book details Moeller sports

Eagle mat men look to take next step

Moelller's Joey Ward and coach Jeff Gaier celebrate Ward's victory in the Division I 125 pound championship match last March 5 at Value City Arena in Columbus.

steals and games played record. The other honorees were: St. Ursula High School class of 2005 grad Catherine Bove, Princeton 2006 grad Latrice Watkins, Lakota class of 1997 grad, Brooke Wycoff, 2001 Alter High School grad, Abbey Brown, Hamilton High School class

of 2006 graduate Jessica Fansler, McAuley High School class of 1983 graduate Lois (Warburg) Sterwerf, Mercy High School 1995 graduate Nikki Kremer Drew, Seton High School 1988 graduate Mary Keller Nie and Oak Hills High School graduate from 1982 Debbie Cartmell.

MONTGOMERY — Although the teaching career of Dick Beerman began in the fall of 1968 in the classrooms of his own almamater Purcell High School, he has served in one capacity or another at Moeller High School since the fall of 1976. Long before he actually retired in January 2003, it had been his plan to continue his service on a volunteer basis as the school’s archivist. His first major undertaking in that role was to create record books for each and every program sponsored by the school. By the summer of 2007, that goal had been achieved. Around that same time discussions began in earnest on the topic of the 50th anniversary of the school’s existence. Dick had begun to reflect on all of the many athletes and coaches, who had established their legacy in the record books now available. The more he thought about it, the more he believed that these men deserved a more public legacy. Thus, began his next project the book, “We are the Big MOE.” Three and one-half years later, after an estimated 1,800-2,000 hours of his time, the book was ready for its first printing. The first 250 copies were quickly off the shelves in less than three months. Following a short period of upgrading and refining, the second printing is now available. The book encapsulates the entire athletic history of Archbishop Moeller High School in the 350-pages of this book, a year-byyear, sport-by-sport history of the first 50 seasons. It is dedicated to the memory of Brother Lawrence Eveslage S.M., the founding principal of the school and to Gerry Faust, the man, who set the standard for athletic excellence that still exists to this day. Special thanks to Brother Charles Wanda S.M., who created the captivating cover. It is available during normal school hours in the Moeller Spirit Shop in the lobby of the school. Place an order by phone by calling 791-1680, ext. 1105, or through the publisher at The cost of each book is $39.95, plus $5 shipping and handling if it’s being mailed. Copies are also available as ecopies for $19.95. All profits realized through the sale of this book will be directed toward tuition assistance.



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Sycamore board, voters ignore truth A message to the Sycamore Community and press: I cannot control how one chooses to interpret my "congratulations" or even who, when, or why anyone would feel the need to pick up political signs for whatever the various reasons (from the beginning, mine were conColleen tinually being Greissinger COMMUNITY PRESS stolen including from our GUEST COLUMNIST own yard) or when and what the Press chooses to print. I cannot control a science teacher not understanding the common use of "this" vs "last" year (over the previous one) regarding salary increases or the twisting of my words at a public forum to use against a person who only wants to help the community by advocating for children and the taxpayers. I cannot understand how or

control when children are used to convey messages to their parents such as "mom, don't vote for her—she doesn't have children...", etc. My expectation was that I would be treated with more consideration by an opposition team that had every advantage, by far, to simply sweep this election. However, when a picture of the returns emerge showing the "new voice" receiving 40 percent of the cast votes (out of only 51 percent who voted) in opposition to the team effort of the two incumbents, this is significant enough to be considered an endorsement for change from the status quo. A week after the election, I offered my services (attended, e-mailed and applied) to the Sycamore Planning Commission as a qualifying nominee. I cannot control the choice of the powers that be, but I can continue to be a voice for conservative change and accountability. Someone needs to talk about the elephant in the room. Unionsupported board members are

the reason that salary and benefits, at 86 percent of our cost to educate, have gotten so out of control. Union contracts are as they are because the public does not know what is going on. Covering up or keeping quiet about these facts and what is actually in the contracts only enables more of the same and any candidate who does not recognize or admit this fact should never be elected. EducateOhio, EducateSpringboro, and hopefully soon, EducateSycamore will shine a light and enable taxpayers to make informed choices in leaders. I will continue to focus on that which I can control and trust this community to judge me on my own merits. In the meantime, the blog is a very good resource for educating our Sycamore community re: the facts/ truth. Colleen Greissinger is a Blue Ash resident who ran for the Sycamore Community Schools Board of Education.

CH@TROOM Nov. 23 questions Since Christmas is a giving time, what one present would you like to give to your community or Christmas?

“I would like to give a spirit of unanimity, peace and harmony to the community (and to the whole world.)” Bill B. “A referendum to recall John Kasich.” J.Z. “My gift to our Greater Cincinnati community is a small

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amount of my time and a bit of money. The real gift is possible due to the generosity of my wonderful neighbors in Turpin Hills.

We are currently in the middle of our sixth annual 'Turpin Hills Pays It Forward' project to benefit the critically ill children (and their families) staying at our local Ronald McDonald House. Since our project kicked off in 2006, we have donated more than $23,000 to sponsor a room at Ronald McDonald House. As a neighborhood, we cannot think of a better way to pass on our good fortune in life and this is our collective gift to our community. A very Happy Thanksgiving and joyous holidays to all!” M.M.

A voice for the ‘country class’ In 2010, professor Aneglo Codevilla wrote an essay that talked about the divide between America’s ruling class and country class. He described the ruling class as consisting of the near permanent group of bureaucrats and politicians of both parties that make theirlivingexercising power over the rest of us. By contrast, the country class is comprised of the rest of us – the ones who have to Mike Wilson do real work evCOMMUNITY PRESS ery day, providGUEST COLUMNIST ing the goods and services that are the foundation of American prosperity. The ruling class looks at Ohio and America’s problems as something to be exploited for political gain. The country class looks at those same problems as something to be solved and wonders why the politicians lack common sense. So why would someone like me in the country class, or what I call the “common sense class,” choose to get involved in politics? The short answer is that America’s ruling class is failing us in ways large and small. At the federal level, spending and debt are out of control. The most irresponsible get

bailouts and the ones who showed planning and foresight are forced to pay for it. In Ohio, people are hurting. Our schools spend too much money for too little result. Our local governments are struggling financially. The Obama administration is preventing us from developing Ohio’s vast energy resources and saddling us with the tremendous burdens of his 2010 health care law. The problems waiting to be faced in 2012 and beyond are far too important to leave to the politicians–weneedmorecitizensfrom the country class to step up and bring common sense to politics. Since last running for state representative in 2010, I have continued to bring a common sense perspective in service to our communities. I was appointed by the Hamilton County Commission to our county’s Tax Levy Review Committee. I’m proud of the work completed by our group of volunteers and the findings that we produced on the Health and Hospitalization and Children’s Services levies that increased efficiency and accountability, while saving taxpayer’s money. I also played a key role in common sense elections reform legislation that was passed by the legislature and will be confirmed by voters at referendum. I worked with the bill’s sponsors and testi-



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fied in favor of provisions that allowed the secretary of state to use otherstatedatabasestoverifyvoter registrations and eliminated the “golden week” where voters could register and vote on the same day with minimal verification. I also testified in favor of photo ID legislation that would require voters to show a picture ID in nearly all cases. This bill is still pending in Columbus. Most recently, I led the fight against Obama’s federal mandate as chairman of the Issue 3 campaign that passed the Ohio Healthcare Freedom amendment by a 6634 margin. It only makes sense that health care reform should be patient, doctor, and market driven, not government driven. It is this experience and common sense perspective that I bring asIannounceanotherrunforstate representative in the 28th District.Unlikethepoliticians,Imean what I say and I’m glad to tell you what I think about an issue. Whether you agree or disagree with me on an issue, my door is open to everyone in our district to discuss the best ways to get Ohio and America back on track. America needs more people from the country class involved – will you join me? Mike Wilson is running for the 28th District House of Representatives seat. He lives in Springfield Township.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Old-fashioned Christmas in Blue Ash

If we rewind the tape of history to 1791, we meet the first family of Blue Ash. John and Elizabeth Ferris cleared the land and built their log cabin. It was an existence fraught with loneliness and fear of the nearby Indians. Perhaps they longed for family and friends and found comfort in observing traditions from life along the East Coast. We do not know how they celebrated Christmas. They probably feasted on wild game, their table laden with beef, turkey, ham, and bear. Gifts on the frontier would have been homemade, perhaps a sweet cake, a cornhusk doll, a carved wooden toy, an embroidered hankie. The cabins are long gone, but stately dwellings dating from the 1800s dot today’s landscape and tell the story of a frontier transformed into a thriving metropolis, prospering from pork-packing, iron works and commerce. John Hunt, the son of pioneer Isaac Hunt was a gentleman farmer who made a comfortable living with downriver trading. He built a lovely Federal/Greek revival home on Hunt Avenue, circa 1860. As the homes became larger and more ornate, so did the celebrations of Christmas. Although the Civil War devastated the local economy, families decorated small, tabletop Christmas trees, a practice that became popular during the 1850s. Strands of fruit, popcorn, and pine cones adorned the trees. It was in 1863 that St. Nicholas became known as Santa Claus. Christmas gifts and traditions have evolved over the decades and amongst families. The Blue Ash Historical Society announces “An Old Fashioned Christmas” open house on Dec. 3 at the historic Hunt House, 4364 Hunt Road. As we celebrate holidays past, guests are invited to share family photos as well as family stories and traditions. Toys and gifts of years goneby will be on display under the decorated tree. The Blue Ash Historical Society will provide a photographer and a carriage for the making of individual and family photo memories. Guests may bring their own cameras. While we remember two bygone centuries, we think of those who, two centuries hence, will be looking back at 2011. Admission, photos, and refreshments are free.

Marlene Morris Blue Ash

Issue 2 fallout coming

As you will see, the majority of Ohio voters were foolish to vote "no" on Issue 2 which voided Ohio Senate Bill 5 which limited union control over government paid employees and supervisors. In the near future, because of the extravagant union demanded benefits of excessive vacation time, overtime, paid sick days, paid personal days, payment for unused vacation and sick days, excessive pension benefits, limited work hours, limited job scope, early retirement benefits, irrational seniority priviliges and required union membershipYou will see layoffs of pub-

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lic employees in unprecedented levels as the Ohio State and local government agencies attempt to avoid bankruptcies. Fewer employees in order to preserve the excessive benefits coerced by bloated unions.

Ted Day Sharonville

Teacher 'doing his part?’

I find it amazing that Bob Seiple takes four paragraphs to try and mislead the public into believing Collen Greissinger lied about the Sycamore teachers 3.3 percent increase they “did receive in the last year” (2010 - 2011). Colleen stated "the average teacher income went up by $2,334 last year (3.3 percent)... " of which Bob did not challenge the 3.3 percent increase, only when it occurred. The reference to "last year" was the 20102011 year which was an increase from the 2009-2010 year. Ms. Greissinger's reference was correct Mr Seiple - isn't it the 2011/2012 year right now? Your math doesn't seem to be good enough to understand simple English! What subject do you teach in the "vaunted" Sycamore School District that prevents you from understanding simple words! The fact a teacher in the Sycamore district cannot understand plain, plain English greatly concerns me. I thought the teachers were so much better than those in other districts that they truly deserved their fat salaries and fat benefit contracts for the 10 months of work they do. Wait, I am sure they will claim they actually work 12 months - maybe they do, but it’s with 13 weeks of vacation. Makes France, Italy, Greece and Spain look like draconian, Tea Party countries instead of the irresponsible, socialist deadbeats they are. "No Raise for this teacher" you poor little baby! I guess the $88,799 (salary only!) you received last year (with no increase - boo hoo!) represents a great sacrifice for a 185-day work year. Do you want to go further with the Buckeye Institute calculations if you actually worked a full year like the 90 percent of us who work in the private sector? You want full disclosure of "doing our part?” Be careful where you tread, Mr. Seiple. There are those of us out here who understand the truth (and math) much better than you do!

Brian Rupel Montgomery

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Beginning Watercolor Classes, 2-4 p.m., Kenwood Fellowship Community Church, 7205 Kenwood Road, $8 per class. 8915946. 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, 8999 Applewood Drive, Dance fitness class. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Zumba.Sandi. 325-7063. Blue Ash.

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

Music - Choral

Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke, 10 p.m., Silverton Cafe, 7201 Montgomery Road, 7912922. Silverton.

On Stage - Comedy Eddie Gossling, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $8, $4 college and military night. Ages 18 and up. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.

The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati presents Holiday Follies 2011 at the Taft Theatre. The show is aimed at families with children ages 4 and older. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 3 and Dec. 10, and 2 p.m. Dec. 4 and Dec. 11. Tickets run from $7-$20. For ticket information, call 1-800-745-3000 or visit PROVIDED

Public Hours Turner Farm, 2:30-9 p.m., Turner Farm, 7400 Given Road, Working organic farm and educational center. May sell produce (varies each week) and eggs. Flower CSA, April through frost. $50 for 10 bouquets of 25 stems. Through Dec. 2. 561-7400; Indian Hill.

FRIDAY, DEC. 2 Art Openings 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.

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.

Holiday - Christmas 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.

String along to holiday music presented by the Peraza Music Workshop at the Madeira Branch Library, at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3. For a taste of what's available for free at the Public Library this holiday season, visit THANKS TO EMILY BAUTE 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.

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. Loveland Hardware Garden & Craft Classes, 2-4 p.m., Loveland Hardware/Eads Fence, 131 Broadway St., $5-$20. 646-5354; Loveland.

Craft Shows

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. 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.

Music - Classical Cincinnati Community Orchestra, 7:30 p.m., Church of the Saviour United Methodist Church, 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Overtures by Mozart, Wwagner, Humperdinck and Strauss. Mozart and Puccini arias sung by Ghillian Sullivan, opera singer in Sydney, Australia. Free parking. Free. Presented by Cincinnati Community Orchestra. 325-5385; Montgomery.

On Stage - Comedy Eddie Gossling, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $14. Ages 21 and up. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Diamond Jim Dews Band, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Traci’s Sports Lounge and Grill, 784 LovelandMiamiville Road, 697-8111. Loveland.

Holiday Craft Show, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road, More than 55 booths of vendors with various items for sale. Raffle and bake sale. Benefits Blue Ash Women’s Club college scholarship fund. Free. Presented by Blue Ash Women’s Club. 8914043. Blue Ash. 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.

On Stage - Comedy

Drink Tastings

Exercise Classes

Eddie Gossling, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $14. Ages 18 and up. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.

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

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

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

Music - Blues

Public Hours

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.

On Stage - Comedy

Support Groups 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.

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.

Holiday - Christmas The Living Nativity, 4-7 p.m., Loveland United Methodist

SUNDAY, DEC. 4 Art & Craft Classes 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.

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

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, 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 Wom-

en’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.

child care. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 921-1922. Montgomery.

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

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

Exercise Classes Spin Pilates Transformation, 5:15-6:15 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $20. Reservations required. 985-6742; Montgomery. Zumba.Sandi Classes, 7-8 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, $5. 325-7063. Blue Ash.

Exercise Classes

Holiday - Christmas

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

Victorian Holiday Village, 6-8:30 p.m., Ohio National Financial Services, Free, donation of nonperishable food item requested. 794-6100; Montgomery. The Living Christmas Tree: Christmas Is..., 7-8:30 p.m., Kenwood Baptist Church, 8341 Kenwood Road, Sanctuary. Dramatic choir riser, standing 25-feet tall, crafted into shape of evergreen tree. Computerized lights and decorations. Cookie and punch reception following each program. Family friendly. $10. Purchase Tickets. 791-0355; Kenwood.

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.

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

Schools Private Full Day Kindergarten Open House, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Primrose School of Symmes, 9175 Governors Way, Meet kindergarten teacher and learn about program, including curriculum. Free. 697-6970; Symmes Township.

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, DEC. 7 Art Exhibits Loveland Arts Council Winter Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Loveland Art Studios on Main, Free. 683-1696; Loveland.

Cooking Classes Holiday Cookies, 6-9 p.m., Meshewa Farm, 7550 Given Road, Discuss science behind making the perfect cookie. Make chewy hazelnut cookies, crisp spumoni cookies and soft peppermint cookies. Each student takes home dozen of each. $35. Registration required. Presented by Dandelion. 812219-2505; Indian Hill.

Literary - Libraries Travel Tales, 7-8 p.m., Madeira Branch Library, 7200 Miami Ave., Travel program. Topic: Journey to East Africa. Presented by Al Klee of the Photography Club of Greater Cincinnati. Ages 21 and up. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-6028; Madeira.

On Stage - Comedy Cincinnati All Star Showcase, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, Cincinnati’s best stand-up professional comedians. Ages 18 and up. $5. Reservations required. 984-9288. Montgomery.

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

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

On Stage - Comedy Michael Kosta, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $8, $4 college and military night. Ages 18 and up. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, Free, donations accepted. 800-0164. Montgomery.

FRIDAY, DEC. 9 Art Exhibits Loveland Arts Council Winter Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Loveland Art Studios on Main, Free. 683-1696; Loveland.

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

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

Holiday - Christmas Victorian Holiday Village, 6-8:30 p.m., Ohio National Financial Services, Free, donation of nonperishable food item requested. 794-6100; Montgomery. The Living Christmas Tree: Christmas Is..., 7-8:30 p.m., Kenwood Baptist Church, $10. Purchase Tickets. 791-0355; Kenwood.

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

Music - Blues Diamond Jim Dews Band, 7-11 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, 697-9705; Loveland.

On Stage - Comedy Michael Kosta, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $12. Ages 18 and up.984-9288; Montgomery.

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



Pomegranate seeds without the mess

Rita shares her clone of Martha Stewart's peppermint bark. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD.

Rita’s clone of Martha Stewart’s peppermint bark For Dave, Marcy and others who requested this recipe. 1 pound white chocolate chips or white chocolate bark (a little more, or less, won’t hurt) ½ teaspoon peppermint extract or more to taste 1 ⁄3 cup or so crushed peppermint candy plus extra for sprinkling on top if you want 1 cup crisped rice cereal

Melt chocolate either over low heat. Be careful. To prevent seizing and burning, pull off heat while some lumps still remain. The residual heat will melt

the rest of the chocolate as you stir. It will be very creamy. Stir in extract, candy and cereal. Pour and spread on cookie sheet that has been lined with foil and sprayed. Sprinkle with rest of candy. Refrigerate until hard. Peel off foil and break into pieces.

Tip from Rita’s kitchen

Drizzle melted dark chocolate on top after bark sets if you like. Highest quality white chocolate will have cocoa butter listed as the second ingredient. The first will be sugar.

Friendship soup in a jar

Easy to assemble and a welcome gift. Layer in quart jar:

1½ cups brown lentils ½ cup red lentils (or use all brown) 2 tablespoons dried vegetable flakes from Knorr Vegetable Soup Mix* 1 tablespoon dried onion flakes 1 tablespoon chicken bouillon granules 1 teaspoon dried oregano ½ teaspoon dried garlic powder 2 teaspoons cumin 1 ⁄8 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional) ½ cup quick-cooking barley ¼ cup plain sun-dried tomatoes, diced (I pack these in a baggie and place on top of other ingredients)

Layer lentils, vegetable flakes, onion flakes, bouillon granules, oregano, garlic, cumin, red pepper flak-

es and barley in jar. Top with sun-dried tomatoes. For gift tag: In large pot, place contents of jar, 1 pound cut-up smoked sausage or ham (or leave the meat out), 12 cups chicken broth and one 14.5 oz. can stewed tomatoes. Bring to boil. Lower to simmer and cook uncovered until lentils are tender, about 40 minutes. If necessary, add more broth. Season to taste and garnish with Parmesan. Serves 10-12 easily. * Place vegetable soup mix in a colander or sieve, shaking to allow the powdered bouillon/flavoring to be removed. You will get enough dried vegetables for two batches of soup (4 tablespoons in all).

with pine nuts.

Clarification for Overnight blueberry French toast The blueberry syrup called for in the recipe is to be poured on after the toast bakes. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

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Goat cheese with sun-dried tomato tapenade Serve with baguettes or crackers. This is a sophisticated appetizer, but easy to make. ¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes with herbs packed in olive oil, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 1 teaspoon dried rosemary or 1 tablespoon fresh, minced 1 tablespoon or so of olive oil from sun-dried tomatoes 1 Italian tomato, seeded and diced 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced (optional) 1 8 oz. log goat cheese Pine nuts

Mix sun dried tomatoes, garlic, rosemary and olive oil together. Stir in diced tomato and parsley. Pour over goat cheese. Sprinkle

Rita's granddaughter Eva demonstrates how to peel a pomegranate under water. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD. W Gr est an er De d O n H ce pe ill mb n s er ing! 8 th

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I always put a pomegranate in everybody’s St. Nicholas stocking. It’s a tradition that goes back to when I was a little girl and pomegranates were a special part of our Christmas. I love that they are seasonal fruits. Now the problem is how to peel them. (When we were kids, we just peeled them with our hands and pulled out the seeds, which are the edible part. We wound up with very red lips and hands, and our clothes were dotted with the red juice of the fruit). There’s a way, though, to get the Rita seeds out Heikenfeld sans the RITA’S KITCHEN mess. Cut the pomegranate in half or fourths. It will ooze a bit. Place in a large bowl of water and, with your hands, rake out the seeds, which are the edible part. The seeds fall to the bottom and the membrane floats to the top. Drain and eat, or freeze up to 3 months.


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Think twice before buying extended warranties This holiday season you may be tempted to buy an extended warranty on an appliance you buy, but is it really a good idea? It can provide peace of mind, but there are several things to consider before you buy. For years Emmett Wells of Hamilton has bought extended warranties on everything in his house. As a

result, he’s never even thought to replace his furnace – even though it’s 33 years old and the average life of a furnace is about 20 years. Wells says, “I had a warranty on it for the last 33 years because every year they just extended it and extended it. Last year, it was only $1,400, and this

year they raised it to $1,800 because they said its inflation.” But, Wells ran into some problems recently when one repairman after another could not fix the furnace. “When it got cold I started calling them last week. They probably came out six of the last seven days and they couldn’t fix it,”

Wells says. One of the receipts says, “Adjusted the air/fuel mix.” Another says, “Tech been there all week long – made adjustment.” But Wells says in each case, “It would run about an hour or so and then it would shut off and the temperature in the house would run between 51 and 55 degrees. I got a bad cold over that … It was freezing. I slept (in a chair in the living room) with two pairs of pants and a coat.” Wells slept in the living room because that was the warmest spot in his house. Finally, another repair crew came out and replaced the entire burner assembly unit and that fixed the problem.

“They said if I had an outside person come in it would have cost me over $1,300, so I saved Howard money beAin cause I kept HEY HOWARD! that maintenance contract for over 33 years,” Wells says. The $1,800 Wells spent on that service contract covers all the appliances in his house from the refrigerator and stove to the washer/dryer and the furnace. But, he says, he really has not needed the warranty before now. If he had saved all that warranty money it could have paid

for a brand new high-efficiency furnace. Wells now says, “I’m going to start saving right now, and I’ve got the warranty till 2013. When it comes time to do it, I’m going to buy me a brand new furnace.” Many consumer organizations say warranties often cost more money than they are worth. Today’s major appliances are much more reliable and less expensive than in the past. So you should think twice before buying them this holiday season. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

Waste reduction tips for holidays By Hannah McCartney The holiday season is upon us – it’s time to get together with family and friends to celebrate with presents and food. Plans for family time quickly develop into a rushed to-do list of shopping, food preparation, and party-attending. The side effect? The creation of extra waste. The hustle and bustle of the holidays and the excitement of gift-giving tends to produce mountains of wrapping paper, cardboard, tissue paper and extra food. This results in the production of 25 percent more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year’s than any other period of the year – that’s an extra 25 million tons of waste. Don’t let this spoil the fes-


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Brecon United Methodist Church

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 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 drive-through Nativity will be 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. The event is free. 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. Christmas Eve Worship includes a children’s pageant at 5 p.m., contemporary worship with communion at 7 p.m. and a traditional candlelight service with lessons and carols at 9 and 11 p.m. Children’s Weekday ProgramTuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Call the church for details. The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242 (791-3142 and

Epiphany United Methodist Church

Santa Claus is coming to the church on Saturday, Dec. 3, for the annual Breakfast with Santa event. Pancakes, sausages and juice will be served in the Social Hall from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m., so have your children bring their Christmas wish list for Santa and then enjoy some goodies from Santa’s elves. For more information, call the church office. Wee Three Kings Preschool, a ministry of Epiphany United Methodist Church, has openings for the 18-24 month Parent’s Day Out classes. Classes meet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Parents may choose one or two days a week. If interested, call Stacy at 683-4256. Worship times are: Contemporary worship at 5 p.m. Saturdays, contemporary worship

Good Shepherd Catholic Church

The church has Roman Catholic Mass with contemporary music Sundays at 4 p.m. The Mass draws worshipers of all ages. Come early to get acquainted with the new songs which begin at 3:45 p.m. Stay after Mass on the first Sunday of each month for food, fun, and fellowship. The church is at 8815 E. Kemper Road, Montgomery; 503-4262.

Hartzell United Methodist Church

Sunday Worship Services are 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. with Adult Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. Children’s School is during the 10:45 a.m. hour. All guests and visitors are welcome. Youth Groups, Bible Studies weekly; child care and transportation provided. The church is at 8999 Applewood Drive, Blue Ash; 8918527.

Kenwood Fellowship Church

Beginning watercolor classes are being offered from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. through Dec. 8. Cost is $8 per session at the church. For information, call Mary Lou DeMar at 891-5946. The church has a new contemporary worship service, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturdays. The services will feature contemporary worship music in a relaxed atmosphere with biblical teaching that will resonate with the fast-paced lifestyles that many of us find ourselves in today. The church is at 7205 Kenwood Road; 891-9768.

Loveland Presbyterian Church Sunday worship time is 10 a.m. followed by fellowship classes and Sunday School classes. The church has a youth group for seventh- through 12thgrade. The church is at 360 Robin, Loveland; 683-2525;; and on Facebook.

Loveland United Methodist Church

Excitement is in the air for the 10th annual presentation of "The Living Nativity" from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m Saturday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4. The Living Nativity is an outside guided walking tour through 21 stations featuring a dramatic presentation, through drama and song, of the story of Jesus' birth. After the tour, which lasts around 30 minutes, our guests are invited to visit with the live animals, including donkeys, goats, sheep and alpacas Hot cocoa and cookies will be served inside. Last year more than 1,100 guests came from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. This ministry continues to grow and has become a tradition for many persons in their annual Christmas celebrations. This Christmas offering is free. From the people of Loveland United Methodist Church. Also, if there are persons in the community that would like to participate in this offering, we would be blessed to have you join us in this Christmas outreach. Please contact Pat Blankenship @ 513-683-1738 or to register for a role in the drama presentation or to help with behind the scenes efforts. If someone in the community would like to donate the use of a camel for this event, contact the church. Plans are under way for the 10th annual presentation of The Living Nativity to be presented from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4. Service times are 8:15 a.m. to 9 a.m. for Morning Chapel, an intimate gathering of the community of faith worshiping in a traditional setting; 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for Engage, the praise band “Clutch” leads worship in a contemporary style; and 11 a.m. to noon for Classic Tradition, traditional

worship led by various musical groups including Chancel Choir, adult and children’s bell choirs and children’s Sunday School Chorus. Worship and celebrate the Christmas season at Loveland United Methodist Church. “The Journey: Walking the Raod to Bethlehem” is Dec. 25. “Joseph of Bethlehem is Sunday, Dec. 4. “Mary Visits Elizabeth” is Sunday, Dec. 11. Drama, Kid’s Ring and Sing is 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. with Chancel Bells at 11 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 11. “A Child This Day” is 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 18 featuring Chancel and Youth Choir Cantata with instrumentalists. Saturday, Dec. 24 is a Christmas Eve candlelight service with carols, drama and praise at 5 p.m.; and traditional bell and chancel choirs at 7 p.m.. Worship on Christmas Day is 10:30 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 25; celebrate Christmas and Holy Communion. at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 1, worship is at 10:30 a.m.; celebrate the New Year and Holy Communion. Sunday school for all ages is at 9:30 a.m. Nursery care is provided all morning on Sunday. Visit or call the church office to find out about all the ministry offerings at Loveland UMC. Explore Small Groups, Bible Studies, Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry, Adults Ministry and Senior’s Ministry and Mission/Outreach opportunities. The church also offer opportunities to connect in various Worship Arts ministries such as music, drama and visuals. In addition, there is a United Methodist Women and a Men’s Ministry as well. There are opportunities for all ages to get connected. The church is at 10975 S. Lebanon Road, Loveland; 683-1738.

share. 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. Also on Sunday, Dec. 4, is the St. Nicholas Day bake sale to benefit landscaping for the church. Drop off bake goods for sale on Saturday, Dec. 3. Call the church for details. Ladies Christmas Party is scheduled for 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 12. Bring an appetizer and a small gift to exchange. Older People with Active Lifestyles is having its Christmas Luncheon at noon, Wednesday, Dec. 14, at the church. 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;

St. Paul Community United Methodist Church

Contained,” began Nov. 27.St. Paul Church services are 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. for traditional worship and 9:30 a.m. for contemporary worship with Praise Band. Sunday School is 9:30 a.m. for all ages and 11 a.m. is children’s mission hour. Nursery care is provided for all services. The church is at 8221 Miami Road, Madeira; 891-8181;

Sycamore Christian Church

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

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Prince of Peace Lutheran Church

Advent midweek worship and soup suppers are Nov. 30, Dec. 7, Dec. 13 and Dec. 21. Join the church for a great time of fellowship for supper at 6:15, followed by a beautiful setting of Evening Prayer at 7:15 p.m. Parent book discussion will meet Sunday nights from 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Nov. 20, Dec. 4, Jan. 8 and 29. The group will study Kenda Dean’s, “Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers is Telling the American Church,” which investigates why American teenagers are at once so positive about Christianity, while at the same time, are so apathetic about genuine religious practices. Please call the church to register. Fall worship times return to 5 p.m. Saturdays, and 8 a.m. 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sundays. Adult education opportunity this fall Sundays at 9:30 a.m. is “Getting Down to Basics.” Some of the topics to be explored are what it means to be Lutheran and for what the Lutheran Church stands. No registration necessary. The church is at 101 S. Lebanon Drive, Loveland; 683-4244;;

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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 nonperishable 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. The Parish Christmas Party is scheduled for 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2, at the church. Bring an appetizer or dessert to


Worship Services Contemporary Sat 5pm & Sun 9am Traditional Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Full childcare & church school at all services. 513-677-9866 Dr. Doug Damron, Sr. Pastor (across from the Oasis Golf Club) Rev. Lisa Kerwin, Assoc. Pastor

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Emmy Award winning actor Wayne S. Turney will perform the King James version of The Gospel According to Saint Mark at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pleasant Ridge. There will be two performances of "The Gospel According to Saint Mark" - at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. Tickets are $18 for adults and $9 for students and are available online at the All Saints website ( Group discounts for ten or more are also available. Sponsorships starting at $50 and up, are also available—more information about sponsorships can also be found on the church's website. The church is at 6301 Parkman Place in Pleasant Ridge; 5316333. Ascension Lutheran Church Women’s Bible Study gathers Wednesdays from 9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. The topic is “Living Above Worry and Stress.” Ascension is participating in the Southern Ohio Synod ELCA Malaria Campaign through education about the disease and donations from members and various church groups. The church is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 793-3288,

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Popular Clay Alliance holiday fair returns to Clifton As the holiday season rapidly approaches, shopping for that unique gift just got a little easier. The Clay Alliance annual Holiday Fair, showcasing the diverse talents of 35 members, returns Saturday, Dec. 10, to the Clifton Cultural Arts Center in the historic Clifton Elementary School at 3711 Clifton Ave.. Hours for the fair are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Blue Ash area clay artists Pam Duncan and Dick Overman will be selling their pottery at the fair. Duncan has always loved working with her hands. After sampling many media, she finally settled into clay about 10 years ago. She is passionate about making pottery that reflects her love of nature and the outdoors. Overman has been making pottery in Cincinnati since 1972 after a short course in throwing on the wheel. He works in high fired stoneware, creating functional thrown pieces with whimsical sculpted additions Visitors to the fair can expect to find a wide variety of pottery – functional wares to decorative art pieces – for themselves or gift-giving. Included are jewelry, items for the home and garden, ornaments, seasonal items, and one-ofa-kind sculpture. Credit cards are accepted. Admission is free and there is plenty of free parking on the street and in nearby lots. The Clay Alliance, founded in 1999, is an or-


Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy Middle School students will present their annual living nativity (complete with angels, wise men, shepherds and animals) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30. This drive-through event is free and open to the public. Rain date is Thursday, Dec. 1. The middle school is at 11300 Snider Road, Symmes Township. From left: Jason Humphrey of Glendale, Delaney Kirbabas of Sycamore Township and Ben Collado of Maineville played wise men in last year's living nativity at CHCA. THANKS TO LIZ BRONSON

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This covered jar by Blue Ash clay artist Dick Overman will be among the pieces for sale at the Clay Alliance's holiday sale Dec. 10. THANKS TO PEGGY UNKEL Blue Ash artist Pam Duncan created this oval vase, which be available at the Clay Alliance holiday sale Dec. 10. PROVIDED ganization committed to sharing a passion for clay. As a nurturing group, it welcomes ceramic artists of all skill levels, encourages their further development, and works to raise community awareness of clay art. Members create a wide range of work from functional to sculptural representing traditional to contemporary aesthetics, various creative tech-

niques, and firing methods. While most members work in clay, gallery owners and clay suppliers are also included. Annually, the Clay Alliance hosts Empty Bowls, a charity fundraiser, plus offers professional development workshops and exhibition opportunities. For additional information visit

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VS Narayan of Symmes Township was elected to the board of Beech Acres Parenting Center, a nonprofit whose mission is to strengthen families to strengthen children. Narayan is an executive with 22 years experience at Procter & Gamble, where he is an associate director and finance manager in global packaging and hygiene purchases. A strong financial leader with proven ana- Narayan lytical capability, he is also a member of P&G’s Asia-Pacific Americans Leadership Team. Narayan is a graduate of management training programs at Harvard Business School and Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management. Beech Acres Parenting Center supports parents and caregivers in the most challenging and important job of their lives: raising children today who are able to thrive tomorrow. With a mission of Strengthening Families for Children, Beech Acres provided more than 17,000 children, parents and educators across greater Cincinnati last year with a broad range of unique services in homes, schools and in the community to strengthen parenting and relationship capabilities. For more information, please visit

France joins DocuStar

DocuStar Inc., a leading marketing communications company, announces the appointment of Martha France to the position of so-

cial media and marketing specialist. France, of Blue Ash, brings years of marketing experience to DocuStar. She holds an electrical engineering degree from the University of Notre Dame, which she applied to develop and market complex B2B solutions in previous positions at Convergys and Cincinnati Bell. “Our business is expanding because marketing communications is becoming more technically sophisticated,” DocuStar President Jay Brokamp said. “Our customers will definitely benefit from Martha’s experience.” For almost 20 years, DocuStar has enabled businesses to design, deliver and measure multi-channel marketing strategies. With the use of customizable, web-based software and state-of-the-art production services, DocuStar partners with companies to deliver communications via email, text messaging, QR codes, personalized URLs and digital print. They also help to manage brands, track return-on-investment, and complete fulfillment.

Cincinnati State appoints new human resources executive

Symmes Township resident Lisa May Evans has been named to the new position of director of organizational development & Evans legal compliance at Cincinnati State. In this role, she will lead the college’s human Rresources team in the development of labor and employee relations initiatives that support the achieve-

ment of Cincinnati State’s strategic goals and objectives. Evans comes to Cincinnati State with more than16 years experience as a human resources executive and corporate labor and employment law attorney. Her human resources experience includes serving as vice president, human resources with D.E. Foxx & Associates, and director, supply chain human resources with Sara Lee Corp. Evans’ corporate law experience includes serving as senior employment counsel during her tenure with Sara Lee, and practicing with two of Cincinnati’s largest law firms, Dinsmore and Shohl and Thompson Hine. She has provided advice and counsel to business executives on a wide range of compliance, human resources and labor and employee relations matters, and represented corporations of various sizes, including Fortune 100 companies, in federal, state and administrative actions. Before coming to Cincinnati State, Evans was managing partner of her own firm, May Evans Co. & Associates, LLP, and its affiliate, MECA Innovative HR Solutions, an employee relations consulting firm. Evans began her undergraduate studies at Howard University in 1981 and earned a BA in communications in 1985 from the University of Cincinnati. She graduated cum laude from Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P. Chase College of Law in 1994. She has served on the YWCA Board of Directors, the Central Clinic Board of Trustees, the Steering Committee for the Greater Cincinnati Minority Counsel Program, and the Cincinnati Bar Association Nominating Committee.

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POLICE REPORTS BLUE ASH Arrests/citations Hiram D. Walls, 45, domestic violence (physical harm) at 4230 Hunt Road, Nov. 20. Raul Toro, 32, 22 Gahl Terrace Apartment D, felony warrant at 9210 Plainfield Road, Nov. 17. Christopher Andrew Cappel, 21, 1357 Teakwood Ave., possession or use of a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia at Reed Hartman Highway at Peppermill Lane, Nov. 16. Benjamin Michael Rosen, 23, 1616 Frederick Ave., drug possession at 9005 Kenwood Road, Nov. 17. Kevin Michael Blum, 18, 7509 Golf Green Drive, operating a vehicle impaired (under the influence of alcohol/drugs) at Alpine Avenue and Kenwood Road, Nov. 18.

Incidents/investigations Criminal damaging/endangering A man said someone scratched a 2011 Honda SUV, $200 damage at 3795 Fox Run Drive, Nov. 21. At 5351 Florence Ave., Nov. 16. Passing bad checks At 4116 Glendale-Milford Road, Nov. 18. Petty theft Someone took 4144.46 from Smashburger at 4752 Cornell Road, Nov. 18. At 4550 Glendale-Milford Road, Nov. 19. Telecommunications harassment A woman said someone took a MacBook Pro, value $1,400 at 4200 Cooper Road, Nov. 16. Theft Someone took catalytic converters from two vehicles at 9245 Deercross Parkway apartment 1C, Nov. 16. Someone took two 32-inch flatscreen TVs, value $500 each, from Crowne Plaza Hotel at 5901 Pfeiffer Road, Nov. 21.

MONTGOMERY Arrests/citations Juvenile, 17, theft at 7400 Cornell Road, Nov. 8. Andrew T. Armstrong, 20, 3535 Nine Mile Road, possession of drugs at 10500 Montgomery Road, Nov. 18. Michael Grove, 50, 3129 Maple Leaf Ave., possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia at Southbound Interstate 71, Nov. 18. Eugenio Garcia-Carlisal, 41, 960 Harmon Ave., possession of drugs, open container at 10402 Londonridge Drive, Nov. 16. Juvenile, 15, assault at 7400 Cornell Road, Nov. 14.

Incidents/investigations Burglary A man said someone took copper pipe, value $500 at 7915 Pfeiffer Road, Nov. 17. Domestic violence At 10500 Montgomery Road,

Nov. 17. Telecommunications harassment At 10408 Stone Court, Nov. 20. Theft A juvenile male said someone took a 32G iPod, value $381.27, from a classroom table at 7400 Cornell Road, Nov. 18. A man said someone took $150 from an envelope in a coach’s locker at 7400 Cornell Road, Nov. 21. A man said someone took a touch screen DVD player with satellite, value $600, and a sub-woofer, value $300, from a vehicle at 9620 Montgomery Road, Nov. 16. A woman said someone took a ladies ring, 18-karat white gold, value $18,000, and a ladies ring, 14-karat white gold, value $7,800 at 3037 Arborcreek Drive, Nov. 15. Theft-without consent A woman said someone took tobacco and rolling papers, total value $14 at 5335 Cooper Road, Nov. 21.

Holiday Village set to return

Back for its 10th year, Ohio National’s Victorian Holiday Village is a holiday tradition for Greater Cincinnati families. The Village is open: » Friday, Dec. 2, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. » Saturday, Dec. 3, 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. » Thursday, Dec. 8, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. » Friday, Dec. 9, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The lights, child-sized houses decorated with holiday scenes and fun takes place on the grounds of Ohio National Financial Services at the intersection of I-71 and Pfeiffer Road in Montgomery. Staffed by Ohio National associates who volunteer their time, the Victorian Holiday Vil-

lage continues the company’s commitment to community outreach and service. Returning this year is the Century House. A miniature scale replica of a Habitat for Humanity home, this Victorian Holiday Village home celebrates Ohio National’s 100th anniversary commitment to build 10 new Habitat for Humanity homes in the Cincinnati community over the next five years. Ohio National announced this gift, the largest ever one-time donation to Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity, in 2009. To date, six homes have been completed – most recently two in the Evanston community on Fairfield Avenue.

Sheri Myers, 51, of Montgomery died Nov. 19. Survived by husband, Max Burkhart; children Inness Bishop, David Waller, Elia Burkhart and Elizabeth Burkhart; grand-

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Incidents/investigations Theft Catalytic converter removed at 7752 Montgomery Road, Oct. 31. Catalytic converter removed at 4750 E. Galbraith Road, Nov. 1. Catalytic converter removed at 4650 E. Galbraith Road, Nov. 1. Currency removed at 8939 Montgomery Road, Nov. 1.


SYMMES TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Devon Blessing, 19, 4354 S Mallard, theft at 9201 Fields Ertel Road, Oct. 27.

Incidents/investigations Burglary Attempt made at 8772 Donovan Court, Oct. 29. Residence entered and cash, jewelry valued at $1,600 removed at 9527 Creekside Drive, Oct. 28. Residence entered and E-reader valued at $99 removed at 8401 Chesney Lane, Nov. 2. Domestic violence Reported at Sycamore Terrace, Oct. 27. Misuse of credit cards Reported at 9201 Fields Ertel Road, Nov. 2. Theft Purse and contents of unknown value removed at 11790 Snider Road, Oct. 26. Wallet and contents of unknown value removed at 8892 Glendale-Milford Road, Oct. 26. Tools of unknown value removed at 11323 Donwiddle Drive, Oct. 28. Copper and AC unit valued at $1,000 removed at 11665 Lebanon Road, Nov. 1. Stereo, GPS valued at $1,700 removed at 12120 Sycamore Terrace, Nov. 2.


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children Gary and Connie Myers; siblings Kent Myers, Jeannie Barnard and Dena Myers. Servoces were Nov. 23 at Mihovk-Rosenacker Funeral Home, Evendale. Memorials to: Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263.


Ohio National will make its eighth consecutive donation to the Freestore Foodbank to mark the opening of the Victorian Holiday Village. Ohio National’s Victorian Holiday Village will be open rain or shine. Please note that due to the outdoor terrain and gravel path, the Village is not handicapped accessible. On-site covered parking for 800 vehicles is available. Ohio National is located at the southeast corner of the Pfeiffer Rd. (Exit 15) and I-71 interchange. Pfeiffer Rd. is the first exit south of the intersection of I-71 and I-275. For more information, visit or


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Back by popular demand will be the ONtime Express, a miniature train that takes guests from the parking garage to the Village, and balloon artist elves. The Village will remain lit throughout December, but the refreshments, photos and entertainment will only be provided during the four nights above. While admission to the event is free, all guests are asked to bring a nonperishable food item (no glass containers, please), which will be donated to the Freestore Foodbank. Since 2002, Ohio National associates and Village guests have donated nearly 18,000 pounds of food to the Freestore Foodbank. In addition,

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Kindness is best of all holiday gifts

Last week at the St. Vincent de Paul Outreach Center in the West End, more than 1,000 families in need received Thanksgiving food baskets. That means on Thanksgiving, those families could put their worries aside for one day and enjoy a holiday meal with Liz Carter their COMMUNITY PRESS loved ones. For GUEST COLUMNIST many of those families, however, the worry returned the next day. What will Christmas bring? During the next few weeks, in humble homes and small apartments across Cincinnati, St. Vincent de Paul members will be meeting with families facing a very meager Christmas. People like Rebecca, a young mother recently

abandoned by her husband who is working to move her family of four out of a condemned apartment building. Without help, Rebecca will have to choose – Christmas gifts for the children or a decent apartment in a safer neighborhood. This is the fourth holiday season since the economy fell apart, and the need is taking its toll on our community. Families who once had a stable future have now depleted their savings and retirement accounts. Parents are struggling to raise a family on part-time work. Dreams of school or retirement have been put on hold. As one grandmother put it, this has been a long, slow going down. No one has felt this effect more than children. In the city of Cincinnati, nearly half of children live in poverty – an appalling statistic. Across the region, a quarter of all children live in a home where the next meal is an uncertain possibility rather than a fact of life.

When our volunteers go into the homes of families in need – families in every neighborhood in our community – they often find parents and their children living in impossibly difficult situations. We see empty cupboards and bare refrigerators. In households with no furniture, we see mothers who make a little nest of clothing so their baby has a soft place to lie or a “bed” for the kids that is nothing more than a blanket spread on the floor. Sometimes we must arrive at a home before dark because the family’s utilities have already been disconnected. The harsh effects of poverty bear down on families every day, yet the weight is a little heavier at this time of year. Every child yearns to wake up Christmas morning to a special gift and a family celebration. Each of us can help make that possible: » The next time you are at Kroger with your child, ask her to pick out her favorite soup or cereal and place

it in the Food From the Heart barrel at the door. Our neighborhood volunteers will gather the food and take it to a local family in need. » Make a donation in honor of a loved one to provide Christmas gifts to a child in need. A donation of just $25 will allow us to purchase new gifts to make a child’s Christmas brighter this year. » Instead of the usual gift, ask your family to give a bed to a child in need. » Visit our website,, or call (513) 421-HOPE to find out more about ways you can give the gift of hope this Christmas season. Of all the gifts we give our children this year, none will be more lasting or more life-changing than the gift of kindness. This year, you can reach across the poverty line and bring hope to a family in need. Liz Carter is executive director at St. Vincent de Paul-Cincinnati.

County parks conduct winter bird count

Hamilton County Park District officials are asking the public's help in conducting the annual winter bird count. PROVIDED Different types of birds can be found throughout the parks in winter, whether passing through on their way south, spending their winter here or residing here year-round. The Hamilton County Park District conducts an annual winter bird count that provides important data about avian population trends in Hamilton County. The official count and tally will be 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. Participants are welcome to join

the count anytime during the day. Park District staff and volunteers will lead groups at various parks to find and count birds. The count goes from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with an official grand tally from 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Winton Centre in Winton Woods. Refreshments will be served and there will be a chance to win door prizes and share experiences. Those interested are encouraged to bring binoculars. There is no fee to participate, but registration is required by Thursday, Dec. 8, by calling (513) 521-7275, extension 240. A valid Hamilton County Park District motor vehicle permit ($10 annual; $3 daily) is required to enter the parks. Armleder and Fernbank Parks are cooperative ventures with the Cincinnati Park Board; a Motor Vehicle Permit is not required.

Sycamore Senior Center plans happy, healthy new year Activity planners at the Sycamore Senior Center are busy with yearend plans accentuating more nutritional luncheon menus for the Sycamore Café and new exciting exercise options featured for 2012. In addition to the always busy Fitness Room, there will be new classes

offered for Zumba Gold, a musically accompanied exercise fitness program especially moderated for 55-year-old men and women. There are opportunities for many styles of ballroom dance lessons and line dancing that round out the fun-filled physical fitness program

at the Sycamore Senior Center. Yoga, gentle yoga, chair yoga, chair volleyball, Tai Chi and boomer exercise sessions continue to stimulate the health conscious participants in the center’s weekly activity program. The Striders walking group, table tennis, Wii



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.

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:

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 accompanied 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 NOTICE OF MEETING OF SYMMES TOWNSHIP Notice is hereby given that the Symmes Township Records Commission will hold its annual meeting on December 6, 2010 at 6:45 p.m. This meeting will be held at the Township Administration Building, 9323 Union Cemetery Road. John C. Borchers Fiscal Officer, Symmes Township 1001674570

bowling, corn hole, darts and billiards provide recreational benefits along with moderate exercise. Health Rhythms uses percussion and music to drum up health, and instruments are provided to help promote wellness and reduce stress. On-going presentations for family care givers, mental health, balance issues, HealthyU, hearing tests, eye screenings and


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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.

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 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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"Collection & Management of Residential Waste and Other Specified Service for the City of Reading"

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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Obert joins Monroe Mechanical

James Obert of Symmes Township has joined Monroe Mechanical Inc. as business development manager for the Greater Cincinnati area. Obert has more than 30 years of experience in the design, development and construction of real estate and building projects throughout southwest Ohio. He will be a key player as Monroe Mechanical continues to grow as the “destinaObert tion provider” for planned maintenance, service and new construction of commercial HVAC and refrigeration systems, said Monroe Mechanical president Will Housh. Obert will focus on building relationships with key clients using Monroe Mechanical’s unique approach for reducing costs through maintenance, monitoring and energy cost optimization, he added. Obert is former vice president of planning at Great Traditions Land and Development Co. and an associate partner at Woolpert Inc. in Cincinnati. He serves on the Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission, Hamilton County Storm Water District Oversight Board, the board of directors for the Ohio Valley Development Council and is vice president of business affairs for the Ohio Chapter, American Society of Landscape Architects.


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