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Purple light luminaries - each representing a pancreas cancer victim or survivor - lined the lake at Eden Park overlook during the Purple Light Vigil Sunday, Nov. 20. CHUCK GIBSON/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS



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Luminaries cast a purple haze of honor and hope for more than 150 people gathered around the lake at the Eden Park overlook. They braved a drizzly foggy night to honor the memory of loved ones lost and show support for survivors in the fight against pancreatic cancer.

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How will you remember 2011?

From a wet and cold beginning to a ... wet and cold ending, 2011 looks much the same going out as it did coming in. In between, however, we had our share of laughs and cries, joys and heartbreaks. What will you most remember about 2011? And to what are you looking forward in 2012? E-mail your thoughts to , with “2011 memories” in the subject line. Please include your name, community and a way to contact you. Happy New Year.

Montgomery Mayor Ken Suer, left, and Vice Mayor Todd Steinbrink, center, are sworn in by Hamilton County Judge Brad Greenberg. THANKS TO FAITH DICKERHOOF

Change of power Montgomery City Council swore in three council members and chose a new mayor and vice mayor during the Dec. 7 meeting at city hall. Ken Suer takes over as mayor from Gerri Harbison, and Todd Steinbrink succeeds Suer as vice mayor. Full story, A2

Loren Long holds one of the books from his "Sluggers" series. THANKS TO JULIA WEINSTEIN

The Long version Madeira resident and New York Times No. 1 best-selling author and illustrator Loren Long visited Rockwern Academy to talk with students of all ages, from preschoolers to sicth-graders, about story-telling, painting and the creative process. Full story, A5

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Residents say proposal ‘too intense’ By Leah Fightmaster

Symmes Township’s newest park might have a name, but zoning for property on East Kemper Road remains unchanged. The board voted to deny a zoning amendment that would make

seven residential lots on East Kemper Road considered "transitional mixed use," allowing nonresidential construction to be proposed. The zoning change stems from a proposal from Scott Lucke of Robert Lucke Interests to build a complex with three, 9,000square-foot office buildings, a parking lot containing 137 parking spaces and a driveway that leads to the adjacent Silver

Spring House restaurant. While the zoning commission approved the amendment 3-2, several residents of nearby neighborhoods attended the trustees meeting to express their opinions of the proposal. Although a few were in favor of the zoning change, most disagreed with the proposal. Richard Goldberg, a resident of Hartland Estates, across East Kemper Road from the property

in question, does not think the proposal planned for the space is ideal. "I think this proposal is too intense," he said. "(The space) is still too residential." Other residents echoed his sentiments, citing increased traffic, noise and additional dangers to nearby residents and pedestrians. See ZONING, Page A2

Jewish Hospital was bought by Mercy Health Partners in early 2010. The new wing will house new neuroscience, orthopedics and other expanded departments. AMANDA DAVIDSON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Residents meet hospital expansion with apprehension By Leah Fightmaster

While Jewish Hospital's expansion means a positive step forward for the institution, surrounding neighbors aren't thrilled with the idea. The hospital's neighbors, residents of Frolic Drive and Happiness Way, have been in this situation before — Jewish Hospital wants to expand, and they have to negotiate a compromise. When it happened last, in the late 1990s, some thought it less than ideal. Part of the original plan for the last expansion included a parking garage that was multiple stories high, something residents didn't want to see in their neighborhood, said Tom Kronenberger, a resident of Frolic Drive since 1994. Residents hired lawyers, and an agreement was made that the parking garage would be stories underground instead of above. While the accord was made, feelings were not as agreeable. "There was a fair amount of animosity and distrust created between the residents and the hospital," Kronenberger said. This time, hospital officials went to the residents early. Although the only plans they have shown at their two meetings with residents have been general and informal, the idea of keeping them involved and informed has not been lost on the hospital's administration. Plans shown at the two meetings have still created some concerns with residents, namely problems with additional noise, traffic and development. Keep-

A trauma room inside of the new wing of Jewish Hospital, which was bought by Mercy Health Partners in early 2010. The new wing will house new neuroscience, orthopedics and other expanded departments. AMANDA DAVIDSON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

ing hospital traffic out of the neighborhood is a major concern, as is overdevelopment on the small property in the form of larger, taller buildings. "I'm concerned they're trying to cram way too much on the property," Kronenberger said. "We want to protect the character of the neighborhood, keeping the neighborhood a neighborhood." Aside from the noise, traffic and character concern, some residents are worried property values could take a hit as a result of the additional development, said Joann Smith, a resident of Frolic Drive. "I'm sure property values will decrease even more than they have in this economy," Smith said. Sycamore Township Trustee Denny Connor said he has a

"strong interest" in the project, considering he lives near the neighborhood and hospital. That interest motivated him to approach the hospital about meeting with the residents. "It's great for the township and neighborhood," Connor said. "Everyone has been talking (with one another) ... I hope the finished product will be something to be proud of." While the township sees the expansion as a positive move, residents of Frolic Drive and Happiness Way are feeling cautious toward what the developers will propose. "Their plan is to not impact (the neighborhood) much," Kronenberger said. "But will the neighbors question, 'Is this just phase one?' Maybe."

Although none of the plans presented to the township or the residents are set in stone, preliminary suggestions of additional stories on the parking garage and an additional building are beginning to concern those living in the neighborhood behind the hospital's campus. "We're apprehensive and distrustful of the hospital's plan to not impact (the neighborhood) much," Kronenberger said. The correspondence will continue, with a possible meeting January and more formal designs of the project. Connor expects more compromise between the hospital and residents. "It's been a good back and forth so far," he said.



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Couple's CO poisoning ruled accidental Gannett News Service SYCAMORE TWP. — An elderly couple found dead in their homes of suspected carbon monoxide poisoning Dec. 7 died accidentally, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. John and Rita Picciano, ages 87 and 86, apparently left their vehicle running in their garage after returning home to their residence in the 7000 block of Nodding Way, forgot about it

and went to bed Tuesday night, sheriff’s officials said Thursday. Deputies were summoned to the home just after 1:30 p.m Wednesday. The couple’s bodies were found in their bedroom. Emergency crews detected high levels of carbon monoxide, an odorless and colorless poisonous gas. Shortly after, deputies discovered the car. The key was still in the on position, and the vehicle had run out of gas.


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Montgomery City Council swore in three council members and chose a new mayor and vice mayor during the Dec. 7 meeting at city hall. Council members Gerri Harbison, Craig Margolis and Todd Steinbrink were re-elected Nov. 8 to serve four-year terms. Margolis will be serving his first full term after having been appointed in June 2010 to fill the unexpired term that was created as a result of a resignation. Harbison will be serving her fourth term and Steinbrink, his third term. Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Bradley Greenberg swore in these three council members requiring them to "uphold the constitution and laws of the United States and Ohio, the charter and laws of the City of Montgomery, and fairly and faithfully perform the duties of their office.” The seven seated Montgomery City Council members elected Ken Suer to serve as mayor and Todd Steinbrink to serve as vice mayor. Mayor Suer has served on city council

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since 2000 and as vice mayor since 2007 “I am honored to be elected by my city council peers to serve as mayor of the City of Montgomery,” Suer said. “This is a great community I am proud to call home and I intend to continue to serve the residents of

Montgomery to ensure that it stays a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family.” Steinbrink has served on city council since 2004. He thanked the residents for electing him to another term. "I also thank my fellow council members for their

vote of confidence. I look forward to serving as the vice mayor and in working with my fellow city council members, City staff and members of our community to realize our vision for Montgomery,” Steinbrink said.

Passenger killed in I-275 crash Gannett News Service SYMMES TWP. — A fatal accident closed both sides of Interstate 275 between the Loveland/Indian Hill and Montgomery Road exits for several hours during evening rush hour Dec. 8, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. Two female passengers in a 1998 Ford F-150 were ejected when the vehicle collided with another while

changing lanes along westbound I-275 about 4:30 p.m., sheriff’s officials said. The truck ran into the median and flipped over several times. Both women were flown by medical helicopter to University Hospital. Ronda Ball, 39, was pronounced dead upon arrival. Tiffany Alquist, 24, is listed in serious condition. Neither woman wore a seatbelt. The driver of the

truck, Heath Richards, 32, of Cincinnati, was not injured. Lawrence Walker, 28, of Amelia, the driver of the other vehicle, a 2002 Chevrolet Impala, was taken to Bethesda North Hospital. He was treated and released. The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Sheriff’s officials say drugs and alcohol are not factors.

"I really want to see this property go to something that makes everyone happy," Trustee Ken Bryant said.

said. The construction of the park is in the "homestretch," according to Doug Rack of Turner Construction. During his presentation Tuesday night, he said most of the work was done, but all that will remain next year is the rubber surface for the playground, some landscaping and asphalt paving. Rack said that "unfavorable weather" in November delayed the construction, losing seven days that had to be made up on weekends. "If we had two solid weeks of good weather, we'd be done," he said. Despite the delays, Rack added that when it is completed, the park "will be absolutely beautiful."

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"I wasn't going to speak until (Goldberg) reminded me I'm a walker," said Lorie Kleiner Eckert, resident of Mariner's Cove, located next to the property. "You take your life into your hands (walking along East Kemper Road)." Despite a traffic study, presented by Jack Pflum of JEP Consulting Engineering, stating that the increased traffic that would result from the offices would "have minimal impact on the traffic of East Kemper Road," the additional cars remained a major concern for residents. The board seemed to agree with the residents and denied the proposed zoning change.

‘Brave’ decision

The township’s new park will be known as “Home of the Brave.” Trustees Phil Beck and Jodie Leis voted for the name,” Bryant voted against it. Other favorites from the Nov. 1 public meeting, "Whispering Oak" and "Rozzi-Symmes Park," were considered. The board said the park's name should be distinctive, and did not want to put "Rozzi" in a name unsolicited. "We don't want (a name) that can be confused with one somewhere else," Leis





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‘Midnight Magic’ chosen as best tree Mary Cole’s "Midnight Magic Tree” caught the eye of the hundreds of people who attended the Montgomery’s Holiday in the Village event Dec. 3. Her tree was the winning entry in the Festival of Trees Contest. Three locations including Ohio National Financial Services, where this tree was displayed, Historic Universalist Church and Bethesda North Hospital displayed a total of 12 trees submitted by different businesses, community members, volunteer groups and others. The trees, displayed at one of these three locations, added to the holiday festiveness of the annual Holiday in the Village event done in partnership with these sponsors and the city of Montgomery. Winners were selected by attendees who placed votes for their favorite tree at the annual Holiday in the Village event. The tree with the highest total of votes from each of the three locations was entered into a raffle drawing. The highest votes from each of the three locations were: Universalist Church—"All Creatures Great and Small" from Suzanne Heil and Angie McHugh; Bethesda North—"Ohio State Buckeye Tree" created by Staci Bradley; Ohio National Financial Services—"Midnight Magic" created by Mary Cole. Mary Cole’s tree was selected as the overall winner via a random drawing.

Montgomery issues ramp warnings The city of Montgomery Police Department asks drivers to use caution on the northbound 1-71 ramp to eastbound I-275 and on the westbound I-275 ramp to southbound I-71 as these locations have been the site of multiple accidents. Police say the number one problem in the area is drivers not following the posted speed signs for the curves on these ramps. The northbound 1-71

the police often have to close the ramp causing traffic delays for these interstates with heavy traffic volumes. The city is working with ODOT to find solutions to address the high occurrence of accidents on these two ramps.. Police are asking drivers to make sure their vehicles are ready for winter. That includes checking tire tread and air pressure.

ramp to eastbound I-275 and on the westbound I-275 to southbound I-71ramps in Montgomery are high incident sites that drivers should be aware of and slow their approach around the curves and use caution when emergency personnel are on scene. In just the last two weeks, emergency personnel have responded to 43 incidents in just these two locations. When accidents occur,

Pursuit suspect arrested in Blue Ash Blue Ash Police units were called to the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 5901 Pfeiffer Road, at approximately 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, in reference to the location of a vehicle involved in a high speed pursuit. An alert hotel employee observed a red Mercury Cougar parked in the hotel

lot. The license number and description matched the information put out by Martin media. Blue Ash Police officers located the driver of the

car staying in a room at the hotel and detained him on a warrant without incident. Taken into custody was Gregory James Martin, 62, 3257 Orchard Grass Road, Lexington, Ky. He had been a guest of the hotel for about three days. He was released to the Springdale Police Department.

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Vikes show teamwork through giving By Kelly McBride

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Boxes loaded with coat donations were unpacked, and Princeton football players hung each one on a rack, according to size. PROVIDED ball," he said. "Academics, training and work ethic are important." Athletic Director Gary Croley said it's an activity that will continue among Princeton athletes. The Catholic charity was chosen in part because of the need for manpower, Wilson said. "You get the football team and cheerleaders, and bang, you have manpower," he said. The students were divided into three groups. Some helped stock frozen turkeys, others unloaded and hung coats and the third group unpacked and displayed holiday decorations. Before they started, they learned about the services provided by St. Vincent de Paul, including food donations, pharmacy services, furniture and clothing contributions and

financial assistant to many in need. "That way,they get an education before they do their job," Wilson said. Students Jelani Parrish and Jamia Scisco said lessons were learned on the job. Parrish spent several hours unpacking and hanging coats that were donated to the center. "I looked at the number of coats," he said of the piles and piles of donations, "but I know there's still not enough to go around. "But it was nice to see how many people are giving." It was a long day of school and manual labor Scisco said, but "it made me want to do it again and again." "Every kid should volunteer at least once," she said. "It really makes a difference."

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Montgomery sets timeline for manager search Montgomery hopes to have a new city manager by May, though then-Mayor Gerri Harbison said the city “will not rush into a new appointment because we have an experienced and well-trained staff in place.” The city is seeking a replacement for Cheryl Hilvert, who retired in November. According to Harbison, the city’s search committee, which includes her and council members Barry Joffe and Ken Suer, met Nov. 10 to identify the experience and qualities sought for the position. In an e-mail to Northeast Suburban Life, Harbison wrote: "The committee will make a recommendation to city council in the near future and we will formally start the process to advertise for the vacant position. Our target date to begin advertising for the position will be Jan. 1 and we will accept resumes until Jan. 30. We would like to have the position permanently filled by May, 2012.

The committee will be making recommendations to the full city council at our regular meetings for final consensus on the process as we move forward. The next meeting of the Search Committee will take place on Monday, Dec. 19, at Montgomery City Hall. Harbison said that by conducting the search inhouse, the city will save approximately $35,000 to $40,000. "Before Cheryl Hilvert made her decision to retire we have talked about and planned for succession in all of our departments. A number of municipal communities have experienced this same exodus in recent months because of anticipated changes in the state retirement system. Fortunately we have a strong staff in place to handle any transition,” Harbison said. Harbison said the new manager’s salary has not been set, and will be based on qualification and be competitive with the market place.



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Sycamore High School students collected and shipped 61 boxes of personal items and candy to an Army platoon in Afghanistan. From left: first row, junior Katie Jaccod (Blue Ash), junior Stephanie Cianciolo (Montgomery), junior Aditi Jain (Symmes Township) and senior Deborah Wu (Symmes Township); second row, freshman Alex Toney (Evendale), junior Kayla Lawson (Montgomery), freshman Maddie Jaccod (Blue Ash), senior Christine Touvelle (Evendale), sophomore Ally Karnell (Blue Ash) and sophomore Rachel Lichtenstein (Blue Ash); third row, sophomore John Carroll (Symmes Township), junior Karina Ulanova (Symmes Township) and sophomore Brent Hamre (Montgomery). THANKS TO ERIKA DAGGETTE

Sycamore students send 61 boxes of supplies to troops After 11 days of collecting personal items and bagged candy, Sycamore High School’s Interact Club, a community service and volunteer organization for students sponsored by the Rotary Club of Blue Ash and Montgomery, sent 61 boxes of supplies to the Army platoon of 2008 Sycamore graduate Scott Ferris, who is based in Afghanistan. Ferris is also the son of Sue Ferris, Sycamore High School special education teacher. “Our most sincere ‘thank you’ goes to the entire Sycamore community, our staff and our stu-

dents for an amazing display of generosity. The Interact Club is extremely grateful for all of the donations,” said Kate Korchok, Interact Club advisor. “We hope that the donated personal care supplies and bagged candy brighten the spirits of the men and women who are working hard to secure America’s freedom. We support all of the troops as they spend the holidays fighting for our freedom.”

Rockwern Academy students listen as author Loren Long talks about writing. THANKS TO JULIA WEINSTEIN

Madeira author talks creativity at Rockwern Academy

New York Times No. 1 bestselling author and illustrator Loren Long visited Rockwern Academy Nov. 10 to talk with students of all ages, from preschoolers to 6th graders, about story-telling, painting and the creative process. Long, a Madeira resident, opened his presentation by telling the students about some of the books he has written and illustrated himself or for others, drawing gasps of recognition from the students: the critically acclaimed “Otis the Tractor” picture books (17 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list), the “Sluggers” chapter books, and the illustrations for two No. 1 best-sellers by famous authors: “Mr. Peabody’s Apples” by Madonna and the patriotic picture book, “Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to my Daughters,” by President Barack Obama, which spent more than 30 weeks at the top of the best-seller list. Every student at Rockwern, from preschool through sixthgrade, read “Of Thee I Sing” this fall, and the older students did extensive research projects in their language arts and fine arts classes relating to the book. When Long saw these projects, he was thrilled, and said, “This is an amazing school. You really get it.” Long began his presentation by talking about the creative

Author Loren Long holds one of his books, "Otis," while talking to students at Rockwern Academy in Kenwood. THANKS TO JULIA WEINSTEIN process. He asked the children what was the scariest thing in the world. After a few suggestions, he said “no,” and held up a blank sheet of paper: “This is the scariest thing in the world, because no matter how good your idea is, you have to figure out how to put it on here.” Long demonstrated by beginning to draw an original illustration for the children as he described how he comes up with his ideas. “I always think of a book or an illustration as a movie. What do the characters look like? What’s the mood of the story? What are the best moments in the plot? I even put in sound effects.” When he finished drawing, Long took questions from the children. Asked why he likes creating picture books, he answered,

“Even though my sons are teenagers now, we still sometimes sit and read old picture books aloud. Sharing a story together is magical. Games and computers don’t have that magic.” When another student asked what was the hardest thing of being a writer and illustrator, Long answered, “Trying to reach perfection. Every time I start a painting, I know I’m going to create the best picture ever painted. Maybe it doesn’t end up that way, but it’s always a better painting because I tried to make it the greatest ever. It’s not about the results. It’s making the effort that matters.” Then, Loren Long signed his original drawing and dedicated it to the students of Rockwern Academy.

Loren Long holds one of the books from his "Sluggers" series. THANKS TO JULIA WEINSTEIN

Edwin H. Greene Intermediate School is 'School to Watch' The Ohio Department of Education named Sycamore’s Edwin H. Greene Intermediate School as an Ohio School to Watch, a designation only four schools in Hamilton County and 18 in Ohio have earned. Developed from the National Forum to Accelerate MiddleGrades Reform, the Schools to Watch program identifies highperforming, middle-grade schools that are academically excellent, developmentally responsive, socially equitable and have an environment that fosters these three characteristics. To earn the designation, schools must complete an extensive application, meet Adequate Yearly Progress on the State Report Card, be evaluated on 37 characteristics established by the National Schools to Watch Forum, meet state academic achievement guidelines at each grade level and be visited by a team of OSW evaluators. During Edwin H. Greene’s site visit, evaluators noted a wide variety of instructional styles and strategies, relationship building with students, teacher collabora-

The Ohio Department of Education named Edwin H. Greene Intermediate School as a School to Watch due to academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, social equity and a fostering environment. From left: Caroline Mulvaney, teacher; Marilee Tanner, assistant principal; Phil Hackett, principal, and Leslie Combs, assistant principal, accept the award. THANKS TO ERIKA DAGGETTE tion, staff-directed professional development and strong school leadership. “This award is not only an honor, but a challenge for us to continually improve upon the methods we utilize to educate our students,” said Phil Hackett, principal. “Earning this designation is

possible because of the encouragement, enthusiasm and abilities of our teachers, parents, students and community members. We are incredibly fortunate to have so much support for our school and, together, we will continue to grow and meet the needs of our students.”




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PRESS PREPS HIGHLIGHTS Catching up with college athletes » Northeast Suburban Life is seeking submissions from parents of college athletes to let their hometown communities know how the student-athletes are. Please send a photo of them either participating in their college sport or enjoying the holidays with their family at home (Thanksgiving or Christmas); detail what’s happening in the photo. Send no more than 200 words describing their successes. Include their sport, college, their year in college, parents’ names, high school and what community paper you get at home. Deadline is Tuesday, Dec. 27. All submissions should be emailed to Melanie Laughman at mlaughman@community Questions? Email Nick Dudukovich at ndudukovich@community or call 248-7570.

Ryan Gamber recorded pins. » CHCA’s Kealii Cummings earned a pin over Wyoming during the Eagles 48-26 loss, Dec. 2.


Boys basketball

» Moeller won the Moeller Super Duals Dec. 4 by beating Mason 47-15. Andrew Mendel, Joey Ward and Chalmer Frueauf had pins. » Sycamore finished second at the Elder Duals Dec. 4. The Aviators lost to Beavercreek in round one; beat Fairmount in round two; Elder in round three; Carlisle in round four and Anderson in round five. Sycamore defeated Princeton 37-30 on Dec. 9. Aaron Frankel, Brad Huber, Ryan Gaffney and Ben Mather had pins. The Aves also beat Winton Woods 48-20. Jon Vuotto, Brad Huber, Caleb Whitcomb-Dixon, Ben Mather and

» Sycamore beat Milford 4644 on Dec. 6. A.J. Williams led the Aviators with 14 points. The Aves lost to Princeton 7637 on Dec. 9. A.J. Williams had 16 in the loss. » Moeller held off Alter 45-44 Dec. 9. Ben Galemmo had five treys and 17 points. » CHCA dropped a close, 54-52 contest to North College Hill, Dec. 6, but received 26 points from senior guard Jon Price. Junior guard Cody DiFabio also contributed 19 points.

Girls basketball

» Sycamore whipped McAuley 64-48 on Dec. 6. Alexis New-

bolt had 17 points. » Ursuline defeated Kings, 4536, Dec. 3. Sophomore forward Sarah Riley scored 14 points in the win. Teammate Ali Schirmer had 12 points and connected on two three-pointers during the contest. The squad followed up with a 51-44, conference win over rival St. Ursula, Dec. 8. Junior Violet Goodwin scored 20 points to lead the Lions. » CHCA defeated Aiken, 4030, Dec. 5. Senior center Morgan Prescott led the Lady Eagles’ attack with 12 points.


» Sycamore’s Sara Wesselkamper won the vault and allaround at a meet Dec. 6 with Lakota East, Anderson, Turpin and Cincinnati Country Day.

Boys swimming » Sycamore downed Covington Catholic Dec. 8, 95-75. The Aves won the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.

Girls swimming

» Sycamore outswam Notre Dame 92-78 on Dec. 8. Charlotte Harris won the 200 and 500 freestyle events.

Girls bowling

» Ursuline defeated Reading, 1,949-1,471, Dec. 5. Madi Stuhlreyer led the Lions with a high series of 385.

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Lion bowlers look to bowl through GGCL By Nick Dudukovich

BLUE ASH — Through four matches this season, the Ursuline Academy bowling team hasn’t missed much of a beat after graduating three members from last winter’s Girls’ Greater Cincinnati League allstar team. But behind the squad’s only senior, Madi Stuhlreyer, who made second-team, all league last winter, the Lions are off to a 3-1 start (though Dec. 4). Through eight games bowled this season, Stuhlreyer owns a high series of 345. A four-year bowler with the Lions, head coach Rob Meirose believes the senior has the potential to be one of the top bowlers in the GGCL. The Lions are also getting a lift from freshman Cierra Carafile and Emma Darlington, who have surpassed expectations at this point of the season. Each of the girls is averaging around 100 pins and Meirose appreciates the duo’s dedication, especially since both girls are new to the sport. “They are brand new bowlers. (Their scores) show they like to listen and are willing to learn and that’s all I can ask for,” Meirose said. Ursuline will also look to juniors Mallorie Bucher and Jackie Andrews this season. Bucher was the team’s leading scorer through eight games with an average of 151.9 pins per game. As the season progresses, Meirose added that his squad will measure success by individual improvement, rather than wins and losses. And more important for Meirose, the veteran head coach will work to ensure his team enjoys itself at the bowling alley. “If my girls are happy and smiling, I’m successful,” Meirose said. “Wins and

Ryan St. John strikes a pose after sending her ball down the lane at Eastgate Lanes Dec. 5. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS Kristen Meyers has the follow-through after a roll at Eastgate Lanes Dec. 5 as the Lady Aves faced Goshen. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS losses are good, but that’s not the most important thing… having fun, learning, and getting better, that’s the most important thing.”


First-year Sycamore coach James Lee has just six girls on his roster in a sport that requires five to bowl in a match. It leaves little room for error and Lee selects his starting quintet based on several criteria. “It all depends on the shot, the lane and the house,” Lee said. “They’ve been producing.” Five of the six are first-time bowlers. Two had sisters that bowled and they bowled recreationally.

“That’s the talent pool that we have,” Lee said. Lee’s seniors are Kristen Meyers, Riley Miller, Maggie Smith, Erin Soler and Ryan St. John. Surprisingly, Sycamore’s most experienced bowler is sophomore Allie Rolfes who was on last year’s Lady Aves squad. “They all bowled extremely well in the Big Blue Challenge (Hamilton) recently,” Lee said. “We beat most of the GGCL schools that were there. I don’t have any one better than the other because they all surpassed my expectations.” Sycamore takes on Milford next Dec. 20. Their next GMC tilt is against Oak Hills at Crossgate Lanes Dec. 22.

Sophomore Ally Rolfes is Sycamore's most experienced bowler on the girls team for James Lee. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Rolling with the Aves By Scott Springer

SYCAMORE TWP. — The first-year coach of the Sycamore Aves bowling team is James Lee. As a bowler, he faced Sycamore himself not all that long ago in the Greater Miami Conference when he graced the lanes for Princeton High School. Lee graduated in 2005 and has worked in the bowling industry ever since. He inherits a team that finished last in the league but has been surprised at how competitive his relatively new bowlers have been. “Very competitive,” Lee said. “We bowled in the Big Blue Challenge (Hamilton). They bowled impressively. We have some bowlers that have never bowled. They’re accomplishing something every day.” Sycamore hasn’t had a winning record since the year after Lee’s own graduation, and he’d like to turn that around. With five current seniors, he’ll likely be trying to find a winning formula again with another group of bowlers.

“We’re rebuilding and we’ll probably be doing that again next season as I’ll have to replace the seniors,” Lee said. Lee’s seniors are Nick Lennon, John Adam, John McLaughlin, Adam Merk and Jake LaFrance. When asked about averages, Lee was hesitant to give specific scores, since it’s the cumulative score that counts. “I don’t really have better bowlers because it’s definitely a team thing,” Lee said. “My top bowlers by score though are Lennon, Joe Morris, Ben Wenzel and LaFrance. They are all reliable.” Wenzel is a junior, while Morris is only a sophomore. The goal from here for the Aves is continuous improvement through repetition. Lee has amped up the schedule since taking over in the fall. “We took on a lot more matches this year,” Lee said. “We took on two extra tournaments that they hadn’t done in previous years.” Sycamore’s next gathering is against Milford Dec. 20. Their next GMC opponent is Oak Hills at Crossgate Lanes on Dec. 22.

Scott McLaughlin of Sycamore eyes his shot at Eastgate Lanes Dec. 5 during a match with Goshen. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Nick Lennon adds some body English to a shot at Eastgate Lanes Dec. 5 as the Aves faced Goshen. SCOTT SPRINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS



Cincy United soccer wins 2 State Cup titles Cincinnati United Soccer Club recently won two State Cup titles at the U10U12 Ohio South Youth Soccer Association State Cup CU U10 Girls Thunder and CUP U12 Boys Santos. The club also had one finalist and two semifinalists on the weekend. CU also finished with one finalist and three semi-finalists in the U10-U12 OSYSA President’s Cup. “I am very proud of the skill, class, and competitiveness our CU and CUP teams showed this weekend, CU Lakota Director of Coaching, Jon Caldwell said. “Our U10 girls displayed skillful, attacking soccer to earn the title while the U12 boys pulled off some gutsy performances to lift the cup. It was great to see so much black and yellow from our club playing all weekend in the final four and a testa-

The Cincinnati United U10 Thunder shows off their state cup. In front, from left, are Lawson Renie, Julia Simer, Brooke Griffis, Peyton Breissinger, Emma Schuppe, Christina Hausser, Reese Gary and Mackenzie Bierman. In back, from left, are Coach Ricky Griffis, Coach Chris Schuppe and Coach Kate Bierman.

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CH@TROOM Dec. 7 questions Beginning Jan. 1, it will be illegal to sell 100-watt incandescent light bulbs in the United States. Are you happy about the ban? Are you stocking up? Do you prefer the incandescent bulbs or the LED bulbs?

“Banning the sale of 100-watt incandescent bulbs is just one more example of the oppressive government restrictions that are creating so many problems in this country and making life difficult for companies who are trying to stay in business and individuals who want to buy certain products, but find themselves unable to do so because 'Big Brother' is putting his nose into things that are not his concern! “As a person who does a lot of needlework, I find the new bulbs to be woefully inadequate in the amount of light that they produce, so I am planning on stocking up on the bulbs (if I can even find them) before my freedom to buy them is taken away Jan. 1. I like the fact that the newer bulbs last so long, but hate the fact that they are an environmental disaster waiting to happen and that the mercury contained within them is hazardous to me if one of the bulbs breaks and releases its vapors to my unsuspecting lungs and eyes. “If one breaks or burns out, it must be disposed of as 'hazardous waste.' The incandescent bulb provided a lot of light and was never an environmental hazard. I could simply throw it in the trash when it burned out or broke. I could also see well enough to sew, knit, and crochet with the oldstyle bulb.” C.H. “Am I happy about the ban? Absolutely not. I think it is a futile action, and another instance of excess government interference in the private lives of citizens. I hadn't thought about stocking up, but after thinking about this question I might do that (providing Kroger still has a supply).” Bill B. “I've been hoarding incandescent bulbs for the past year. Yep, call me crazy. Just don't call me when you run out of yours!” L.A.D. “The ‘ban’ is yet another gross over-stepping of a government ‘of the people, by the people and for the people.’ YES, I am stocking up! All this edict will create is a thriving black market, similar to the prohibition blunder.” J.G. “It's a dim-witted approach to conservation! The mercury in those LED bulbs concerns me much more than the use of incandescent bulbs. I don't like the LED bulbs from an aesthetic point of view either. Would love to know why our legislators think this is a bright idea.” S.J.P. “Stocking up on incandescents is remarkably dumb. Each CFL saves $40 worth of electricity plus the cost of 10 incandescent bulbs. The federal standard will not ban incandescents, but it will take the short-life, high energy cost versions off the market. New long-life incandescents that use less electricity are already available in many places. They cost more and don't last as long and use more electricity than CFLs. All the specialty bulbs (threeway, larger, smaller, colored, rough service and so forth will remain available. CFLs have good color rendition, and there are

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some other types of bulb that might be worth considering, although the LED companies have been deceptive about the light equivalence on some of their packages. “There is less mercury in a CFL than in the coal used to produce the same amount of light with incandescent bulbs. “There are now experts who recommend trash disposal of CFLs the same way we have been disposing of four- and eight-foot fluorescent tubes which have much more mercury, for decades. “Look for much better products and better prices within a year or two of the standard. LED technology is even better than CFLs for many purposes, but the industry doesn't have all its ducks in a row with white light LED's yet. That will probably shake out rapidly, since there are some good products available now at a reasonable price. “Learn what ‘color temperature means.’ Warm white (like an ordinary incandescent bulb) is 2,700 K. Intense 'daylight' bulbs have less yellow and more blue, and are labelled up to 6500 K. Most people don't want anything over 3500 K in their homes, except for special work space applications. Good stores have displays that show the difference. Don't buy a bulb which doesn't give the color temperature on the package.” N.F. “I have never used 100-watt bulbs, other than in a three-way bulb, but this whole idea of our government telling us what kind of bulbs to use is ridiculous. It belongs in the same category as shower heads and toilets that restrict the flow of water. As a result, they don't do half the job that the old ones used to do. “I certainly respect the planet because it is God's creation, but I don't worship it. There is a big difference between the two. Some of these measures come pretty close to worshiping the planet. (And no, I don't recycle or use cloth bags at Kroger, either.) “Most of those measures do more to make the participant feel good about themselves and to look good to others than to really do much for the environment.” T.H. “The ban is a good thing. Let the ‘another example of taking away my freedom’ crowd cry all they want. It is for the good of all, not just the few. “Benefits besides long-term savings on your utility bill will be less dependence on foreign fuels, less trade imbalance, less money spent for new power plants, and less pollution, which in itself is a money saver. “Since most of my domain had been turned over to the moneysaving bulbs I have noticed very little difference in the lighting and my kilowatt hours have decreased.” J.Z.



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Candidate doesn’t know Sycamore school district I would like to reply to Colleen Greissinger’s latest letter to Northeast Suburban Life. This second letter makes her sound like a sore loser to me. I cannot speak to the issues she mentions about the treatment of her signs, if these were stolen, shame on those people. However, to say her words were twisted from the candidates forum, comes across again as a sore loser. I was at the candidates forum and while there heard points from Mrs. Greissinger that decided for me why she would not be my choice for the school board. I list these below. » SB5 is not an issue for a school board. This is not the proper platform. If Mrs. Greissinger knew Sycamore schools she would know that we are already in compliance with any Senate Bill 5 matters. Although I did agree with her on SB 5, this was a moot point and not necessary at the forum. » When Mrs. Greissinger stated that Sycamore had the cream of the crop as far as the intellegence or economic situation of our students, she showed how little she knows of our district. Sycamore schools has more than 15 percent of its students in the free or reduced lunch program. Also, not every child in Sycamore Schools is learning without problem. Luckily for these children Sycamore schools has an amazing learning intervention program to assist those who need the extra help to succeed in the classroom. » When asked a question regarding gifted and special needs programs Mrs. Greissinger admitted to having no knowledge of either program. Sycamore schools provides learning opportunities to not only children with special needs, but also children that desire to learn above the standard grade level.

Organizations often recommend Sycamore schools to parents of special needs children because of our incredible programs. Furthermore, since Mrs. Gressinger didn’t know anything about these programs I venture to guess that she doesn’t Missy Reardon understand that even though our COMMUNITY PRESS bottom line reflects the cost of GUEST COLUMNIST the extras for special needs children the entire sum is paid back to Sycamore in full from the government. » Mrs. Greissinger also made the statement that she did not have children, but had 22 nieces and nephews who are all homeschooled. This showed yet again how little she knows about public education, let alone the Sycamore Community School District. My suggestion to Mrs. Greissinger is to get to know us, volunteer and get involved. Start at ground level such as PTA/PTO’s instead of going straight to the top at the school board. There is much to learn and even more work to be done. Joining the Planning Commission is a place to start but if she truly wants to know Sycamore she needs to roll up her sleeves and join us in the trenches. Maybe then she will have a broader understanding. Sycamore School District is not represented by our balance sheet alone, we are so much more. Mrs. Greissinger needs to look at the whole picture. Missy Reardon is Sycamore Junior High PTO co-president. She lives in Blue Ash.

If teaching is such a lucrative profession, why not give it a shot? Growing up, it was clear that education was important to my parents. However, while they taught me to have the utmost respect for educators, some of their routine comments caused me pause. The most notable comment being: "Teachers have no right to complain about sub-par pay since they have nine-plus weeks of vacation, cushy benefits and a union that exists to protect teachers who would be terminated in any other profession." Years later I now work as an engineer for a Fortune 500 company, putting in 50-plus hours a week. Some time ago, a colleague of mine retired from our company and went on to pursue a teaching position. I'll never forget a phone call I made to him on a Friday night at 9 p.m. He answered the phone with a tired voice, prompting me to say "Did I wake you?" He replied "Yes, the kids wear me out. This job is definitely not what I imagined." Not long after that phone call, he quit teaching and came back to private industry. Having married a teacher, I’m compelled to share how she and many other teachers spend their summer vacations. She spends them earning continuing education credits and meeting with her colleagues to plan the next year's curriculum. During one summer, this has meant that my wife and I had to be a thousand miles apart while she attended a top master's program. It has meant that when I finally find some time to unwind in the evenings, I look

over to see her still busy grading papers, making phone calls to parents, or completing another on-line course before heading straight to bed. A year ago, my wife and I were blessed with our first child, bringing into question Russell Speiller whether or not she should go back to teaching or become a COMMUNITY PRESS GUEST COLUMNIST stay at home mom. Financially, my salary was plenty to enable her to quit and take care of our one child, rather than the one hundred awaiting her in the classroom. After much discussion, my wife returned to teaching because we believe education is priceless. I want to offer my gratitude to teachers and others who work in the school system, who maintain tireless dedication with a depleting budget in a profession that should be viewed and rewarded as one of nobility. To those who choose to vilify teachers as whiney and school systems as fiscally irresponsible, if it is such a lucrative field, why not give it a try? And to my amazing wife, I remain in awe of your dedication to both our daughter and the education of the countless children who pass through your classroom year after year. Russell Speiller is a resident of Montgomery.

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I’m concerned about the disparagement in our community toward public servants–particularly teachers. In the Nov. 30 issue of Northeast Suburban Life, two letters reflected such content. One seemed almost threatening toward the person in question. I find it puzzling that people who serve in important jobs such as teachers, police, firefighters, making $65,000 to $90,000 per year, and lesser paid public employees such as social workers and probation officers (who hold the line against social chaos) are so unappreciated and diminished. Yet some seem to “worship” and rationalize those individuals making millions on Wall Street, in the banking industry, hedge funds and the beneficiaries of political corruption. What are these people contributing to the overall well-being of our communities and our country? Where are our priorities?

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LIFE Purple light luminaries - each representing a pancreas cancer victim or survivor - lined the lake at Eden Park overlook during the Purple Light Vigil Sunday, Nov. 20. CHUCK GIBSON/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Dr. Syed Ahmad, co-director, University of Cincinnati pancreas center, delivered a powerful message about the need for awareness and research to make progress in the fight against pancreatic cancer. He is Karla Elrod's doctor. CHUCK GIBSON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

PanCAN volunteer Chris Kemper read a list of pancreas cancer victims and survivors as supporters ignited their purple glow sticks during the emotional Purple Light Vigil ceremony to remember and honor them. CHUCK GIBSON/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS


is the color for pancreatic cancer By Chuck Gibson

Luminaries cast a purple haze of honor and hope for more than 150 people gathered around the lake at the Eden Park overlook Sunday evening, Nov. 20. They braved a drizzly foggy night to honor the memory of loved ones lost and show support for survivors in the fight against pancreatic cancer. More than 270 people preregistered for the “Purple Light Vigil” at Eden Park by the Cincinnati affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN). Cincinnati was one of more than 50 cities hosting the vigil simultaneously across the nation. The goal is to raise awareness of cancer’s most deadly form. “Tonight is a remembrance ceremony for people who have passed from pancreatic cancer,” said Lori Colwell, media representative for PanCAN. “It is also to honor those people still fighting the disease. Everyone knows pink is for breast cancer, purple is for pancreas cancer.” PanCAN volunteer Chris Kemper introduced an array of speakers. Each one delivered a powerfully emotional message to appeal for help fighting pancreatic cancer.

Annette Stierwalt stood up and spoke of the “need to be counted” to increase research funding. She shared how she lost her father in 2007. Her dad, Edward Bauder, died just 30 days after his diagnosis. “It is in his name, and his memory that I got involved in this,” said Stierwalt, advocacy coordinator for PanCAN in Cincinnati. “When we get to the part naming the people, that is the most emotional part for me. Seeing all the people come out is an amazing experience.” Someone else may have summed it up best when they told Stierwalt: “We all have a bond; we all have a crack in our heart.” One by one family and friends each cracked open a glow stick igniting a purple glow as Chris Kemper read off a list of survivors: Karla Elrod, Ken Falhaber and victims of pancreatic cancer: Kelly Palmer, Edward Bauder and others during the ceremony. “It’s a powerful emotion,” Stierwalt said. “I silently think ‘this is for you dad.’ I think about memories of my childhood. I think about him as I’m holding that glow stick up in the air. My mother was there along with my brother, my husband, and my three children. It was a

family event. I’m sure we were all thinking the same thing.” It was also a family tie that motivated Lori Colwell to join the fight. She ignited and raised her glow stick in the air when she heard the name of her aunt called. Karla Elrod is in her third year of survival after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. “In September 2009 I was


diagnosed with pancreatic cancer,” said Elrod, who is from Goshen. Elrod had the “Whipple” procedure done at U.C. It is a very intense surgery to remove the cancerous tumor. It requires rerouting several internal organs. Her hospital stay was 11 days and doctors indicated recovery would take three months. She thought: ‘Oh yeah, whatever.’ “It is a very major surgery,” Elrod said. “I was down three months.” Karla received chemotherapy and radiation treatments only to learn it had metastasized (spread) to other parts of her body. She has endured two years of weekly chemo since. Despite the rain she came out wearing a cheerful smile at the Purple Light Vigil to support others. “We’re very blessed because I feel good,” she said. “I’m doing well. These people are amazing. The dedication they have to bring awareness to this cause is just amazing.” Bringing awareness to pancreatic cancer is critical. With no sure means of early detection, pancreas cancer is often found in advance stages by the time it is diagnosed. Like Stierwalt’s dad, Edward Bauder, most victims die within the first year. Elrod credits “a tremendous support group” of family, church friends and faith as a big part of why she’s already beaten those odds. “Other cancers have early warning signs and testing. Pancreatic cancer doesn’t have that,” Elrod said. “That’s why the death rate is so high. By the time you have pancreatic cancer it’s almost too late. It spreads pretty quickly.” Karla and her husband, Fred, have a 9 year old son with Down syndrome. Justin doesn’t really understand what’s going on. He doesn’t even know what cancer is. He only knows his mommy is sick. The one thing she asks God for, asks for from all her doctors, is longevity. “I gotta be there for both of them. My son needs me, he’s so young,” her voice cracks. “We just keep chugging along. I have to keep getting up.” Most days Elrod feels blessed to get up and take care of their needs. She’s very active at Justin’s school. She knows a lot of her “chemo-friends” aren’t able. Sometimes Fred forgets she’s sick. “She’s always up doing something” he said. “She worked all week at school. She goes to chemo, it wears her down for a couple days, but then she’s right back up. It’s hard picturing her not being here. I don’t see her going anywhere. The way she fights it, she’s an inspiration.” Karla and Fred Elrod don’t let her cancer dictate how they live. They’re not waiting around for something bad to happen. They’re doing things and planning things. Her positive atti-

tude is a powerful inspiration for her doctor at the University of Cincinnati pancreas center. “She is an amazing person. She is the poster child for pancreas cancer,” Said Dr. Syed Ahmad, co-director, University of Cincinnati pancreas center. “Despite all the hurdles, she has managed to survive, managed to thrive, to excel, and continue to live life like it is supposed to be lived. At the same time she’s been an advocate raising awareness. That’s exactly what we need to try to fight this disease.” They’re in the infancy stage of understanding the disease. Recently developed lab models have helped them learn how it grows, spreads, and survives; and figure out how to kill it. More research is needed. Doctor’s can’t rest, they’re always thinking about it, trying to find new and better ways to detect and treat pancreas cancer. Only 6 percent survive five years. It has been the same for 40 years. “The fight is 24/7. We’re primed to make progress,” Dr. Ahmad said. “With pancreas cancer, we are where we were a decade ago with other cancers. Those other cancers have made progress. There’s no reason why we can’t make progress with pancreas cancer.” Dr. Ahmad says they need awareness, advocacy and research dollars to take the next few steps to make progress. Annette Stierwalt has been to Washington, D.C. two times to ask lawmakers to support the current pancreatic cancer research and education act to get more of those research dollars from the National Cancer Institute. “We have more representatives and more senators signing on,” said Stierwalt. “We still have a lot of work ahead. The numbers clearly show higher survival rates follow the research dollars. Right now pancreatic cancer is where breast cancer research was in the 1930’s and 40’s.” The immediate goal of PanCAN is to double the survival rate by the year 2020. The sad stories and difficulty of pancreas cancer wear on the families and the doctors. The Purple Light Vigil offers the ray of hope needed to recharge Dr. Ahmad and others like him for the fight. “You come here and see people like Karla and other survivors,” he said. “You see people like that and it reenergizes you. There is light at the end of the tunnel and we gotta keep going.” For pancreatic cancer, that light is purple.

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Lori Colwell with her Aunt Karla Elrod and Uncle Fred Elrod of Goshen Township. Lori got involved as media representative with PanCAN after learning about her aunt Karla's pancreas cancer diagnosis. CHUCK GIBSON/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS



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

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

Cooking Classes Traditional French Sauces No. 2, 6-8:30 p.m., Meshewa Farm, 7550 Given Road, Make orangescented version of hollandaise perfect for vegetables, fast and easy tomato sauce for pasta and brown sauce for meat. Ages 21 and up. $35. Registration required. Presented by Dandelion. 812-219-2505; Indian Hill.

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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.

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Dave Waite and Friends, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $8, $4 with canned food donation. Ages 18 and up. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Motherless Daughters Support Group, 7-8:30 p.m., Montgomery Community Church, 11251 Montgomery Road, For adult women who have lost or miss nurturing care of their mother. Free. Presented by Motherless Daughters Ministry. 489-0892. Montgomery. 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.

FRIDAY, DEC. 16 Art Exhibits International Creche Exhibit and Luncheon, Noon-2:30 p.m., Grailville Education and Retreat Center, $15, $10 ages 10 and under. 683-2340; Loveland. Loveland Arts Council Winter Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Loveland Art Studios on Main, Free. 683-1696; Loveland.

Clubs & Organizations CelebRussian Shabbat, 7-10 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Authentic Russian food, vodka, Russian singers and dancing. For Jewish young professionals ages 21-35. Ages 21 and up. Free. Registration required. Presented by Access: Social Events for Jewish Young Professionals Ages 21-35. 3730300; Amberley Village.

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. 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.

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

On Stage - Comedy Auggie Smith, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $15. Ages 18 and up. 984-9288; Montgomery.

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. 17 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.

and up. $120 for 10 classes. 985-6742; Montgomery.

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Loveland Arts Council Winter Art Show, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Loveland Art Studios on Main, Free. 683-1696; Loveland.

The Maccabeats, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Music by group that became YouTube sensation when their Hanukkah video, “Candlelight,” went viral with 2 million hits. A capella versions of current songs by One Republic, Matisyahu and others. Family friendly. $40 family; $10, $5 students. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

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

Holiday - Christmas Drop and Shop, 5-9 p.m., Trinity Community Church, 3850 E. Galbraith Road, Supervised, structured child care while parents go holiday shopping. Games, crafts and snacks. Ages 12 and under. Family friendly. $10 per family, $5 per child. 791-7631; Deer Park.

Literary - Libraries Bah Humbug, 1-3 p.m., Mariemont Branch Library, 3810 Pocahontas Ave., “A Christmas Carol” movie marathon. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-4467; Mariemont.

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

SUNDAY, DEC. 18 Exercise Classes Spinning Challenge, 9-10:30 a.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Difficult cardiovascular and fitness workout. Ages 18

On Stage - Comedy Auggie Smith, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, $10, $5 bar and restaurant employee appreciation night. Ages 18 and up. 984-9288; Montgomery.

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Friday Night Fun Zone, 5-8 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $25. Reservations required. 985-6715; Montgomery. Winter Break Camps, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, $58, $48 members per day. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

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Grailville's International Creche Exhibit, is noon to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15 and Friday, Dec. 16. Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O'Bannonville Road, Loveland. Call 683-2340 for more information. PROVIDED

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



On Stage - Comedy Auggie Smith, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $10, $5 college and military night. Ages 18 and up. 984-9288; Montgomery.

FRIDAY, DEC. 23 Karaoke and Open Mic

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

Support Groups

Holiday Movie Time, 4-5 p.m., Symmes Township Branch Library, 11850 Enyart Road, Movies for children and families. Popcorn and lemonade provided. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-6001; Symmes Township.

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

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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.

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Winter Break Camps, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, $58, $48 members per day. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

Dave Waite and Friends, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $12. Ages 18 and up. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Winter Break Camps, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, $58, $48 members per day. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

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


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


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Recreation Winter Break Camps, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, $58, $48 members per day. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

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

THURSDAY, DEC. 22 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.

MONDAY, DEC. 26 Recreation Winter Break Camps, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, $58, $48 members per day. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

TUESDAY, DEC. 27 Exercise Classes Zumba.Sandi Classes, 7-8 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, $5. 325-7063. Blue Ash.

Health / Wellness Mobile Mammography Unit, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Braxton F. Cann Memorial Medical Center, 5818 Madison Road, Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 686-3300. Madisonville.

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

Recreation Winter Break Camps, 9:30-3:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, $58, $48 members per day. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

Support Groups Overeaters Anonymous, Noon, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Kenwood, 921-1922. Kenwood. Overeaters Anonymous, 7:30 p.m., Montgomery Assembly of God, Free. 921-1922. Montgomery.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 28 On Stage - Comedy Pro-Am Night, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, $5. 984-9288; Montgomery.


Karaoke and Open Mic


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. 985-6747; Montgomery.

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

Winter Break Camps, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, $58, $48 members per day. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

MONDAY, DEC. 19 Dance Classes Line Dance Lessons, 10-11 a.m., Sycamore Senior Center, $2. 769-0046. Blue Ash.

Literary - Libraries Holiday Movie Time, 4-5 p.m., Symmes Township Branch Library, Free. 369-6001; Symmes Township.

On Stage - Comedy Dave Waite and Friends, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, $8, $4 college and military night. Ages 18 and

Support Groups Overeaters Anonymous, 10:30 a.m., Church of the Saviour United Methodist Church, 921-1922. Montgomery.

Recreation Winter Break Camps, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Splash in the waterpark, play games in the gym, create great art projects and have fun and exercise in the game room. Children should bring lunch and drink each day. Grades K-6. $58, $48 members per day. Registration required.

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Easy homemade rolls for holiday dinners I know baking yeast rolls can be intimidating, and that’s why I’m sharing this special recipe with you today for the holidays. The instructions are detailed enough that even a novice baker will have success. I always bless anything I get my hands into, including dough, by making an indentation of a cross in the center before it rises. That’s to thank the Lord for my abundant blessings

Homemade buttery crescent rolls 1 ⁄3 cup sugar 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature ½ teaspoon salt ½ cup milk or half & half, scalded ½ cup very warm water, between 105 and 110 degrees (about as warm as a baby’s bottle) 1 envelope dry yeast 1 large egg, lightly beaten 4 cups all-purpose flour For brushing on rolls before they go into oven: Melted butter

Place sugar, butter and salt in mixing bowl. Stir yeast into water with a pinch of sugar to feed it. Set aside. In a couple of minutes, it will get foamy. Pour scalded milk over sugar mixture. Cool until lukewarm. Add yeast mixture and egg to milk mixture. Beat to combine ingredients – batter may be a bit lumpy but that’s OK. Add 2 cups flour and mix on medium speed until smooth. Pour 1½ cups flour in and mix well. Gradually add remaining ½ cup flour and mix until dough wraps

around beater, leaving sides of bowl. Bless dough. Cover and let rise until Rita doubled, Heikenfeld about 1 RITA’S KITCHEN hour, in warm place. Punch dough down. Let rest 5 minutes to allow gluten to relax. Divide into two balls. Roll each ball into a 10-12” circle. Cut circle into halves, then into fourths, then into eighths, then into 12 triangles. Roll each triangle from the wide end and curve into crescent shape. Lay, seam side down, on parchment lined or sprayed cookie sheets. Brush with melted butter. Cover and let rise again until doubled, about 35-45 minutes. Preheat oven to 350. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minute or so. Remove from oven and brush with melted butter. Makes 24 rolls and freezes well.

Maryanne Stauback’s potato pancakes, Perkins style For Nick, who misplaced this recipe. “I want to make them for Hanukkah. They’re a family favorite.” Maryanne developed this recipe with her dad. Reheat leftovers in oven or microwave. 3 eggs, separated 3 pounds red potatoes, unpeeled

1 pound onions or less, to taste 1¾ cups flour 3 teaspoons salt or less to taste 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 cup skim milk 3 tablespoons canola oil

Whip egg whites and set aside. In food processor with grating blade, grate potatoes and onions. Pour into bowl. Using the chopping blade, blend egg yolks, milk and oil. Add potatoes and onions and pulse until chopped coarsely. Whisk dry ingredients and add to egg mixture. Pulse until blended. Batter should be slightly lumpy. Pour into bowl and fold in whipped eggs. Heat griddle and add oil. Fry like

pancakes over medium heat. Keep warm in oven until ready to serve. Makes 9-12 servings.

Easy fruitcake

½ cup each dried cranberries and raisins ½ cup flour1 package Duncan Hines Deluxe II moist spice cake mix 1 four serving size vanilla instant pudding ½ cup canola oil 3 large eggs ¼ cup water

1 pound diced candied mixed fruits 8 oz. candied cherries, halved or cut 8 oz. candied pineapple, cut up 1½ cups chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 300. Spray two loaf pans, line with waxed paper or foil and spray again. Mix fruits and nuts with flour. Set aside. Beat together rest of ingredients. Stir in fruit mixture. Batter will be

This recipe is almost 30 years old and much easier to make than traditional fruitcake. Vary dried fruit to suit yourself.

very stiff. Spread in pans and bake 1½ hours or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans. Wrap, store at room temperature. Glaze: Optional but good. Brush on warm cake: 1/4 cup clear corn syrup mixed with a couple generous tablespoons rum. 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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Student Enrich Chanukah at recognized for Olive Press Workshop achievement The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) announced that Sycamore High School Junior Bradly I. D'Souza from Blue Ash has been selected for membership. The Society recognizes top scholars and invites only those students who have achieved academic excellence. Membership in NSHSS entitles qualified students to enjoy a wide variety of benefits, including scholarship opportunities, academic competitions, free events, member-only resources, publications, participation in programs offered by educational partners, online forums, personalized recognition

items and publicity honors. Formed in 2002, The National Society of High School Scholars recognizes academic excellence at the high school level and encourages members of the organization to apply their unique talents, vision, and potential for the betterment of themselves and the world. D’Souza, 16, son of Harold and Dancy D'Souza, plays the baritone in school marching band, is a boys scout in Troop 18 at Saint Saviour Parish, devoted more than 1,100 hours towards community service and plans to pursue business management and engineering.

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Judah Maccabee will be on hand to host the Olive Press Workshop, as Chanukah shopping turns into a family adventure at the Blue Ash Kroger and Barnes and Noble - Kenwood. This is a free of charge event that is fun and educational for the entire family. On Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Blue Ash Kroger, there will be two Olive Press workshop presentations, at 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 pm. The program will be conducted near the Kosher department. Then, on Monday, Dec. 19, at Barnes and Noble – Kenwood, at 4:15 p.m. there will be an Olive Press Workshop presentation, together with the story of Chanukah as told by Judah Maccabee. “The Olive Press Workshop demonstrates the process used by the Maccabees to refine olive oil for the Temple Menorah,” said Rabbi Berel Cohen, director of youth and family programming at Chabad Jewish Center. “This workshop will make the family’s Chanukah experience so much more exciting. Come and see for yourself.” Under the guidance of Judah Maccabee, those in attendance will squeeze fresh olives, just as in ancient times, then purify their oil with a modern-day centrifuge. Next, participants will make wicks out of cotton, which will be used together with the freshly made oil in

Participants in a past Olive Press Workshop pick out olives to be pressed. THANKS TO RABBI BEREL COHEN

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Leah Greniman, 4, helps Judah Maccabee press olives to make olive oil at a past Olive Press Workshop. THANKS TO RABBI BEREL COHEN

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from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23. All are welcome. The concert will feature talented local musicians and singers. One of the concert performers will be Jeremy Collins, who is one of the areas top young classical guitarists. Come and bring your family to this relaxing evening of music. A dessert reception will follow the concert. Nursery will be provided. The church is one mile south of Ronald Reagan Highway. Call the church office for more information. The church is at 8501 Plainfield Road, Sycamore Township; 891-2221;

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.

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communion at 7 p.m. and a traditional candlelight service with lessons and carols at 9 and 11 p.m. The adult Sunday School Encounters Class in room 12 at 11 a.m. is reading and discussing “31 Christians Everyone Should Know” by Mark Galli and “Ephesians” by Max Lucado. Books are available in class. The Adult Explorer Class in the chapel at 9:40 a.m. is discussing the video series “Genesis” by Dr. Mickey Efrid. The Adult Seeker Class is studying “Advent Conspiracy - Can Christmas Still Change the World at 9:40 a.m. in room 12 through Dec. 18. The Adult Upper Room Class at 9:40 a.m. in the conference room are studying and discussing “The Upper Room Disciplines 2011.” Books are available upon request. The Adult Small group, “Christianity and World Religions: Wrestling with Questions People Ask meets from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 11 in the library. To register for the class and reserve a study book, call Mary Ann Bell at 985-9569, or Mary Jane Sper at 791-3142. Wednesday Morning Bible Study with Pastor Dough is 10 a.m. to 11:30 in Room 2. Join the discussion of “The Good Book Reading the Bible with Mind and Heart” by Peter Gomes. Illuminating the Bible for the veteran churchgoer and the uninitiated, this book is worthwhile and enriching. Books are available in class. Call Pastor Doug Johns at 791-3142 ext. 22 for information. Watch for there additional new small groups and classes in January and February: “Beat


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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.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

The church is hosting Scrapbooking and More Crafts, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. every third Monday. Free child care is provided. Those interested in attending must register by 5 p.m. Friday before the Monday event. All paper projects are welcomed including, but not limited to, scrapbooking, stamping, card-making and photo-frame keepsakes. Crafters should bring their own photos, albums and specialty items. Most other tools and supplies will be provided. There is no charge for use of supplies. The church is at 7701 Kenwood Road; 891-1700.

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.

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.

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the Winter Blues Workshop,” “Exploring World Religions” and “Church-wide Lenten Study.” 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

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. The Chancel Choir will perform the cantata, “A Child this Day” by Benjamin Harlen during the 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. services, Dec. 18. The choir will be accompanied by the LUMC Instrumental Ensemble. The LUMC Yount Choir will also join the Chancel Choir for this presentation. Christmas Eve Candlelight services are 5 p.m., with carols, drama and praise; and 7 p.m. for a traditional service with the Chancel Choir. The church will have a 10:30 a.m. service on Christmas Day. Celebrate Christmas and Holy Communion. Worship on New Years Day is 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. The Missions Ministry will be providing a Christmas meal at

Bernie’s Place at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16. The Senior’s Ministry, The Dittos, will be leading a Christmas Candlelight worship service at Loveland Health Care Center at 10 a.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 14, followed by an additional Christmas Candlelight worship service at The Lodge in Loveland at 1 p.m. The Youth Ministry, F.U.E.L., will be conducting a Christmas dinner for the residents at Ronald McDonald House on Tuesday Dec. 20. The Music Ministry will be sharing a Christmas program at Loveland Health Care at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21. Visit, Facebook 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 is at 10975 S. Lebanon Road, Loveland; 683-1738;

Montgomery Community Church

The church is offering a sevenweek class entitled “After the Boxes are Unpacked” for women who are new to the Cincinnati area or are looking to connect with their community. Classes begin 9:30 a.m to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17. Child care is provided. Call the church or e-mail for more information. The church is at 11251 Montgomery Road; 489-0892;;

Northern Hills Synagogue

Northern Hills Synagogue Congregation B'nai Avraham invites the community to a Hanukkah party at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24. Sponsored by the congregation's Men's Club, the festivities will include dinner, a dreidel tournament, Hanukkah crafts, games, and activities. A disc jockey will provide musical entertainment. Participants are asked to bring a menorah to light, as well as gently used eyeglasses to donate. Latkes and sufganiot (donuts) will highlight the dairy dinner. The cost $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 3-10. Children under 3 eat for free. There is a maximum family charge of $40. The synagogue is at 5714 Fields Ertel Road, Mason; 931-6038.

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church

Advent midweek worship and soup supper is Dec. 21. Join the church for a great time of fellowship for supper at 6:15 p.m., followed by a beautiful setting of Evening Prayer at 7:15 p.m. The church is having Christmas Eve family worship at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Come enjoy a worship service designed to engage all ages with the story of the Nativity. We will share communion and sing favorite carols. Nursery care is provided for both services. Christmas Eve Candlelight worship is 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. This traditional service will include a Christmas message from Pastor Jonathan, Holy Communion, music from the choir and will end with singing “Silent Night” by candlelight. There will not be nursery care. One service will be conducted on Christmas Day at 10 a.m. There will be no nursery service. The church is having a service at 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. One service will be conducted at 10 a.m. on New Year’s Day. No nursery care will be provided. Registration for preschool for the 2012-2013 school year will be in January. Classes are offered for two-and-on-halfyear-olds to 5-year olds. Call the school at 683-1600, and visit Parent book discussion will meet Sunday nights from 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. 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. The church is at 101 S. Lebanon Drive, Loveland; 683-4244;;

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

It’s Christmas time at Findlay Street. The church is adopting families from the West End. The church is still collecting nonperishable grocery items for the Findlay Street food pantry and seeking volunteers to deliver bread daily from Kroger and Panera. Please call the church or visit the website to help those who cannot afford to feed their families. Christmas Eve celebration services are 5 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 24, with Choral Eucharist. There will be one Eucharist on Christmas Day at 8 a.m. 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. 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

The Advent series, “Outside the Box: The Gift that Can’t Be Contained,” continues Dec. 18; Rev. Dick Coldwell will be preaching “Open Up... Yourself.” 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.

Trinity Community Church

Trinity has launched a new Contemporary Service called The Source at 6 p.m. the third Saturday of every month. Parents can go holiday shopping and let their children enjoy supervised, structured childcare for children from infants to age 12 at the church’s Drop and Shop from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. Kids will enjoy games, snacks and crafts. Cost is $5 per child, or $10 per family. Call the church office for more information. The church is at 3850 E. Galbraith Road, Deer Park; 7917631;



POLICE REPORTS BLUE ASH Arrests/citations Kristopher D. Kean, 23, 7019 Vankirk Ave. Apartment 2, misdemeanor warrant, criminal trespass, petty theft at 4100 Hunt Road, Nov. 26. Andrew E. Gau, 29, 6492 Hasler Lane Apartment 2, complicity at 4100 Hunt Road, Nov. 26. Archie L. Williams, 42, 1211 Wessels Ave., felony warrant at 6959 Cornell Road, Nov. 28. Robert L. Osgood, 63, 1206 Oldwick Drive, petty theft at 4100 Hunt Road, Nov. 23. Anthony Wayne Holland, 49, 325 Pike St. Apartment 10, petty theft at 4100 Hunt Road, Nov. 23. Heather Annette Hopkins, 36, 325 Pike St., petty theft, felony warrant at 4100 Hunt Road, Nov. 23. Juvenile, 17, underage cigarette and tobacco violations at 11090 Oak Ave., Nov. 23. Austin James, 19, 11050 Centennial Ave., criminal trespass at 11090 Oak Ave., Nov. 23. Grant K. Freeman, 18, 4648 Belleview Ave., drug paraphernalia at 11090 Oak Ave., Nov. 23. Laura K. Kleinfelter, 21, 4229 Woodlawn Ave., criminal trespass at 11090 Oak Ave., Nov. 23. Keenan Ira O’Neill, 20, 6849 Springcrest Circle, criminal trespass at 11090 Oak Ave., Nov. 23. Christopher M. Riemer, 27, 1715 Sheffield St., drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia at 6810 Cornell Road, Nov. 28. Joseph Lee Earls, 24, 408 Watkins Ave., disorderly conduct, misdemeanor warrant at 6151 Pfeiffer Road, Nov. 24. David Lee Shirley, 22, 9584 Cooper Lane, disorderly conduct; intoxication at 6151 Pfeiffer Road, Nov. 24. Roy S. Roberts III, 31, 10144 Kenwood Road, domestic violence (physical harm with one prior conviction) at 10144 Kenwood Road, Dec. 1. Palmer C. Reising, 45, 7750 Blome Road, criminal trespass,

petty theft at 4100 Hunt Road, Nov. 29. Juvenile, 17, petty theft at 4150 Hunt Road, Nov. 29. Melissa Dawn Cordell, 26, 4335 Hunt Road, misdemeanor warrant, felony warrant at 4335 Hunt Road, Nov. 30. Juvenile, 15, drug possession, missing endangered person at Blue Ash Road at Ohio 126 eastbound connector, Nov. 29. Erich D. Hurdle, 28, 2665 W. North Bend Road, traffic warrant, drug possession, driving under suspension (license forfeiture) at Northbound Interstate 71, Dec. 3. Sean F. Hall Jr., 27, 10857 Sharondale Road Apartment 6, misdemeanor warrant, traffic warrant, felony warrant, drug possession, obstructing official business, misdemeanor warrant, traffic warrant, traffic warrant, traffic warrant, traffic warrant at Plainfield Road and Glendale-Milford Road, Dec. 4. Kyle M. Mcnary, 34, 8414 Donna Lane Apartment 4, operating a vehicle impaired (under the influene of alcohol/drugs) at 9726 Conklin Road, Nov. 29. James T. Proctor, 36, 2253 Laura Drive, open container prohibited at 10410 Kenwood Road, Nov. 30.

Incidents/investigations Aggravated menacing At 9525 Kenwood Road, Dec. 3. Aggravated robbery (weapon) At 5900 Pfeiffer Road, Nov. 24. Burglary At 4443 Victor Ave., Nov. 30. Criminal damaging/endangering At 45 Carpenter’s Run Drive, Dec. 1. Criminal damaging/endangering, criminal trespass At 9976 Kenwood Road, Dec. 4. Grand theft Someone took $17,000 in payroll from Trade Solutions at 10921 Reed Hartman Highway apartment 228, Nov. 28. A man said someone took a large American Standard air conditioning unit, value $10,000, from Triplefin LLC at 6000 Creek Road, Dec. 5.

Identity fraud A man said someone used his Social Security number to pay a utility account in Florida at 9366 Floral Ave., Nov. 23. Petty theft Someone took 30 wooden shipping pallets, value $300, from Akko Fastener Corp. at 6855 Cornell Road, Nov. 22. Someone took $800 worth of vehicle parts and accessories at 9230 Deercross Parkway apartment 3C, Nov. 25. A man said someone took tool steel blanks, value $700, and a two-wheel cart at 6990 Cornell Road, Dec. 4. A man said someone took a Samsung laptop computer, value $700 at 10801 Millington Court, Dec. 5. Petty theft, criminal mischief Someone took two catalytic converters and two exhaust systems, total value $1,000, from Montgomery Inn Catering at 11314 Tamarco Drive, Nov. 29. Theft A man said someone took a black leather badge and wallet, including a North College Hill police badge, from Ahn’s Martial Arts at 11100 Kenwood Road, Nov. 30. A man said someone took a money clip, value $6; $10 cash, and a debit card, from Integrity Logistics at 8980 Blue Ash Road, Nov. 30. A man said someone took a license plate from a vehicle at 5900 Pfeiffer Road, Dec. 2. A woman said someone took a PNC Visa check card at 3783 Fox Run Drive apartment 711, Dec. 5.

MONTGOMERY Arrests/citations Timothy J. Westfall, 52, 8211 Margaret Lane, dog at large at 10150 Montgomery Road, Dec. 2. Kuongdong Kim, 21, 3332 Alamo Ave. 11, driving while under the influence at Westbound Ronald Reagan Highway, Nov. 27. Juvenile, 17, offenses involving underage persons at East Kemper Road, Nov. 25. Juvenile, 16, offenses involving


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underage persons, drug paraphernalia at East Kemper Road, Nov. 25. Juvenile, offenses involving underage persons, forgery at East Kemper Road, Nov. 25.

Incidents/investigations Assault At Weller Road, Nov. 28. Criminal damage/mischief A woman said someone egged a house and vehicle at 10690 Deershadow Court, Nov. 27. A woman said someone egged her house at 10690 Deershadow Court, Dec. 3. Forgery A man said someone cashed two checks at Kroger without his permission at 10722 Adventure Lane, Nov. 30. Menacing At 7400 Cornell Road, Nov. 21. Theft A man said someone took a Cozy Coupe child's sit-in toy car, value $53 at 7940 Elbrecht Drive, Nov. 30. A woman said someone took a wallet and checkbook from her purse at 5757 Cooper Road, Nov. 30. A woman said someone stole her Chase Bank card and withdrew $400 at 10500 Montgomery Road, Nov. 29. A woman said someone took three rings, total value $85,250 at 9840 Montgomery Road, Dec. 1. Someone took $2,400 from an office at Meadowbrook Care Center at 8211 Weller Road, Nov. 28. Vandalism-occupied structure, aggravated menacing A man said someone threw a brick through a basement window, $300 damage at 7956 Huntersknoll Court, Nov. 30.

SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Juvenile female, 13,, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Nov. 13. Onielous Batista, 28, 5259 Aster Park Drive, falsification, obstructing official business at 8075 Reading Road, Nov. 14. Alicia Crisp, 34, 12033 5th Ave., criminal damaging, criminal trespassing at 12087 5th Ave., Nov. 16. Rashawn Williams, 29, 3514 Ravenwood, passing bad checks at 7708 U.S. 22, Nov. 17. Joveana Jones, 21, 416 W. 9th Street, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Nov. 18. Nicole Jones, 38, 2728 Legrove Street, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Nov. 19. Terrance Kershaw, 40, 601 Rockdale, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Nov. 19. Suzanne Baird, 53, 1242 Rookwood Drive, theft at 7801 Montgomery Road, Nov. 16. Ashley Robinson, 29, 308 Central Ave., disorderly conduct while intoxicated at 8109 Reading Road, Nov. 20.

Incidents/investigations Assault Victim struck at 6th Avenue and School Road, Nov. 8. Criminal damaging Window damaged at 8019 Fields Ertel Road, Nov. 6. Tires of unknown value remove at 12146 Stillwind Drive, Nov. 16. Vehicle windows damaged at 7450 Keller Road, Nov. 16. Rape Female reported at Reading Road, Nov. 16. Theft Hat valued at $35 removed at 7913 Montgomery Road, Nov.

15. Phone valued at $650 removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, Nov. 16. Tools valued at $420 removed at 7806 Redsky Drive, Nov. 16. Vehicle entered and radar, camera and credit cards of unknown value removed at 11358 Marlette Drive, Nov. 19. Vehicle entered and laptop, camera valued at $3,700 removed at 11364 Marlette Drive, Nov. 19. $30 removed at 11580 Deerfield Road, Nov. 19. Snow blower of unknown value removed at 6519 Fields Ertel Road, Nov. 19.

SYMMES TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Monica Corley, 31, 890 W. Loveland Ave., theft at 9201 Fields Ertel Road, Nov. 18. Danny Burton, 48, 2513 S. U.S. 42, obstructing official business at 11315 Montgomery Road, Nov. 17.

Incidents/investigations Assault Victim struck at 11669 Symmes Valley Drive, Nov. 1. Burglary Residence entered and computers, clothing valued at $15,700 removed at 12134 Sycamore Terrace, Nov. 12. Residence entered at 8951 Harper’s Point Drive, Nov. 12. Residence entered and laptops valued at $1,035 removed at 7631 Montgomery Road, Nov. 11. Criminal damaging Window damaged at 11887 Lebanon Road, Nov. 12. Vehicle mirror damaged at 12110 Montgomery Road, Nov. 13




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DEATHS Anne M. Pettett

Anne M. (nee Myers) Pettett, 80, of Montgomery died Nov. 30. She was a retired teacher from Sycamore School District. Survived by children Bill

(Margie) Pettett, Lisa Pettett and Suzanne Heinz; grandchildren Aurora and Andrea Pettett; and siblings Jack and Richard. Preceded in death by brother, Bill Myers.

Services were Dec. 9 at Mihovk-Rosenacker Funeral Home, Evendale. Memorials to: Alzheimer’s Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, OH 45203.

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Cancer Support community gets grant BLUE ASH — Cancer Support Community, formerly The Wellness Community, a non-profit cancer support agency that provides free and professionally led programs of support, education and hope to people affected by any type of cancer, received a grant of $54,227 from the Greater Cincinnati Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure earlier this year to fund specific programming throughout 2011 for women with breast cancer and breast cancer survivors. “Women face many physical and emotional challenges after being diagnosed with breast cancer,” said CSC Program Director Kelly Schoen, MSW, LISW, “but it’s important to remember that not every woman dealing with breast

cancer is going through the same challenges. With the generous funding provided by Komen for the Cure, we have been able to offer a wide range of support programs at Cancer Support Community this year to help the multifaceted population of women affected by breast cancer find the necessary educational, emotional, and support resources whether they are “pre-vivors” at high genetic risk due to BRCA1 and 2, newly diagnosed, women who have finished treatment, or women living with advanced breast cancer.” Specifically, the Komen grant is funding the following year-round programs at Cancer Support Community, all of which are offered completely free of charge: » weekly support


LEGAL NOTICE The following storage units from Stronghold Self-Storage will be sold at public auction by Don Bates Auctioneers, at 6963 E. Kemper Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45249 on Tuesday December 27, 2011 at 11:30 A.M. & will continue until all units are sold: Unit #B0027, Mark Quigley, 4830 Fair John C. Borchers view Ave., Cincinnati, Fiscal Officer, Symmes Township OH 45242. Unit 1001680378 #F0028, Evan Renk, 4310 Harrison Ave. Apt. 20, Cincinnati, 45211. Unit To place your If you’re looking for OH #F0027,Francisco buyers, you’re in the right neighborhood. R o d r i g u e z , 3 3 5 6 Scarlett Point Dr., El Call Community Classified Paso, TX 79938. ad call 513.242.4000 513.242.4000 1001680202

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