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All others ‘Palin’ comparison

Cold and distance didn’t keep Sarah Palin supporters away from the Harper’s Point Kroger in Symmes Township. The former Alaska governor is on tour promoting her new book “America at HeartReflections on Family, Faith and Flag.” SEE STORY, A3


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Presbyterians help keep hospice patients comfortable

Classroom after classroom of pint-sized mad scientists crowded into the Montgomery Elementary School gymnasium Friday, Dec. 10, moving table to table to conduct quick chemistry experiments. SEE SCHOOLS, A4


Again this year, Northeast Suburban Life honors those in the community who have given a bit of themselves to make the lives of others better. • More Neighbors Who Care, page A2.

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Sometimes it’s the seemingly little things that can make all the difference in a life. For 13 years, five Blue Ash women from the Blue Ash Presbyterian Church have been sewing pressure pillows for patients in Hospice of Cincinnati Blue Ash. The church and hospice are across the street from each other on Cooper Road. The women – Judy Clore, Eileen Friend, Betty Greer, Martha Henry and Ruth Innis – recently won a “Daisy Award” from Hospice of Cincinnati for their work. “When patients are bedridden, it is critical they change position frequently to avoid bedsores,” said a statement from Hospice of Cincinnati. “Bedsores can be uncomfortable, and these positioning pillows can help elevate limbs and help patients move to avoid these sores.

Blue Ash Presbyterian Church women’s group

Sews pressure pillows for Hospice of Cincinnati Blue Ash

“Since the Blue Ash in-patient care center opened in 1997, Hospice of Cincinnati staff have used these soft pillows to relieve patients’ pressure points and joint stresses,” the Hospice of Cincinnati statement said. “Today, the pillows are used by patients in all four in-patient care centers, home care and in longterm care facilities.” Greer said some other church members who volunteered a while back at Hospice of Cincinnati Blue Ash told people at the church years ago that patients would like to have pressure pillows. “They brought the need to us and when we saw the need – especially with church members


Members of a women’s group at Blue Ash Presbyterian Church that sews pressure pillows for patients in Hospice of Cincinnati Blue Ash, with men who support their volunteer work. From left: sitting, Betty Greer, Eileen Friend and Ruth Innis; standing, Judy Clore, David Innis, Martha Henry and The Rev. Mike Brewer. having been there – we said we’d see what we could do about it,” Greer said. “We feel like it’s a mission.” Two more women have joined the pillow sewing mission. They are Peggy Burwinkel and Heleen Kriek, both of Blue Ash and both members of Blue Ash Presbyterian Church. The women’s group has done well. This year alone, members

have sewn a total 1,600 pressure pillows. They meet monthly to work on the pillows, but also do a lot of work at home. “One lady, Ruth Innis, is over 90 and she can’t see, but she stuffs the pillows,” Greer said. For more about your community visit Ash

Moeller teacher’s help has no boundaries By Amanda Hopkins

Mike Moroski

It started out as a friendship, but the relationship between Mike Moroski and Mike Rogers has grown into a venture to help others. The two founded Choices Cafe, a non-profit coffee house at 1506 Elm St. in Over-the-Rhine. Moroski, an English teacher at Moeller High School and a Pleasant Ridge resident, said he and Rogers came from very different backgrounds, but are working together to bridge gaps between all demographics. “We’re helping build leadership skills for all people,” Moroski said.“Everyone needs to be educated.” He said one of his main goals is to bridge the gap between affluent students and young adults to others experiencing poverty or homelessness. Moroski, the CEO of Choices, said volunteers help homeless people write resumes and find jobs and work at the Drop Inn Center. Rogers is formerly homeless and a graduate of the Recovery Program at the Drop Inn Center. He is now vice president of the

Moeller High School Co-founder of Choices Café

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Mike Moroski, left, a Moeller High School teacher and his friend Mike Rogers started the Choices Cafe in Over-the-Rhine to provide a safe, positive and drug-free environment for the Cincinnati community. Moroski said one of his missions is to bring together all people from all different backgrounds. Drop Inn Center as well as executive director of Choices. Moroski said meeting Rogers has really helped Moroski define what he needs to do to help people. “It’s the most significant relationship in my life outside of fam-

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mon Hope – rehab buildings in Over-the-Rhine around Choices Cafe every Saturday. Moeller sophomore Elliot Hidy is one student who has been volunteering since the sixth grade, when his older brothers were at Moeller. He said Rogers is really helping to make a difference and “gives us a reason to come down to help.” Hidy said he also thinks Moroski is a “great teacher.” “(Moroski) is the heart and soul of MACH 1,” Hidy said. To follow the activities of Choices Cafe or to learn more, follow Choices Cafe on Twitter @Choices4All or call 381-3368.

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Again this year, Northeast Suburban Life honors those in the community who have given a bit of themselves to make the lives of others better.

Montgomery volunteer committed to hospital ER By Jeanne Houck

Representatives of Bethesda North Hospital in Montgomery are happy Charlie Stocker has been volunteering there four years. Stocker, 77, of Montgomery, is happy to have

the work. “This is a challenging job and I’ll be … if I’m going to stay home and watch TV when I can be doing this,” Stocker said. A retired administrator, Stocker volunteers as many as 14 hours a day in the emergency room. “I do anything they need

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Longtime volunteer at Bethesda North Hospital me to do – push wheelchairs, bring people in from cars, run errands and take very expectant mothers up

to the delivery ward,” Stocker said. Corless Roper, volunteer resources coordinator at

Bethesda North Hospital, said Stocker has volunteered more than 2,000 hours since he started at the hospital. “It is that kind of dedication and commitment that drives the success of our volunteer program at Bethesda North,” Roper said.

“We currently have approximately 600 volunteers actively giving of their time to help our staff and patients, and for that we are grateful.” To volunteer at the hospital, call 865-1164. For more about your community visit

Friends show up with supper, sympathy By Jeanne Houck

Lucille Kerl was exhausted one snowy and bitterly cold night early this year as she settled her son and his friend into her home in Montgomery. Brian Kerl, a Marine stationed at the Pentagon, and his friend had just been released from a hospital after being involved in a horrific car crash near Columbus at the end of 2009. And who should appear at Lucille Kerl’s door but her old friends, Barry and Pat

Barry and Pat Ahr Loveland

Fed and supported family grappling with serious traffic wreck Ahr of Loveland. “They brought us all a complete homemade dinner – including wine and dessert,” said Lucille Kerl, 76. “What a blessing this was, because we all were exhausted. “Their kindness can

never be repaid.” Brian Kerl, now 48 and a colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps, and his friend, a passenger in his car, were hit head-on Dec. 30, 2009, on an expressway near Columbus by an uninsured 30year-old woman with a record of drunken-driving convictions, Lucille Kerl said. “He suffered a traumatic brain injury, four broken ribs and an injured leg,” Kerl said. “His passenger had her back broken in two places, four broken ribs and injured right leg with the knee cap

broken. “Many surgeries were required for both of them, and a stay at a trauma center hospital in Columbus,” Kerl said. Barry Ahr, 61, is a financial advisor with his own business and Pat Ahr, 57, is a nurse. Pat Ahr’s experience came in handy when Brian Kerl and his friend moved into his mother’s house to recuperate. “The hospital forgot to take out her IV, so I took it out because (the Kerls) didn’t know what to do,” Pat Ahr said. Ahr said her family was anxious to help the Kerl family because Brian Kerl’s injuries were so severe. “This was the way I was raised,” Pat Ahr said.


Pat and Barry Ahr of Loveland helped out a friend who lives in Montgomery after the friend’s son was in a serious traffic wreck. “I was raised on a farm in the country, and we would always help each other out. “We need to do these kinds of things more often,”

Ahr said. “Everybody is too busy.” For more about your community visit

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Nominated by Tracy Tomer, Blue Ash, and Paul Stoepel, Blue Ash From the nomination by Tomer: “I would like to nominate our neighbors John and Emily Clark. They are lovely neighbors and have three young children, but they find the time to stop their car and pick up the paper that is thrown in the yard for our next door elderly neighbor and deliver it to his door every day so he can just open his door and pick it up. “During snow events,


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John will come over and plow all of the neighbors driveways, including ours! This is a huge undertaking as our driveways are long and many of the neighbors are elderly and would never be able to shovel their own drive way. He gets out there and smiles and does it and that is that. Snow is flying and John is out there in sub zero and waving and laughing! “John’s family own Benken’s flower and garden store and he never made a big deal of that and I did not even realize he was a part of that family until a couple of years ago. John just scoops snow off of our driveway before he goes to work at the garden center as he leave much earlier than we do for our work. It is magical! I am sure my other older neighbors would express the same thoughts, but I am speaking for them. “The Clark family needs a nod for their wonderful assistance to the neighbors

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Charlie Stocker of Montgomery has been volunteering at Bethesda North Hospital for about four years. Here he is with emergency room registrar Lide Tomcho of Maineville. that they give. They always give us a Merry Christmas just by being great neighbors and removing the snow off of the driveway!” From the nomination by Stoepel “They place my paper each morning near my door … uses a snow blower to clean off the driveway … great neighbor!”

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Sarah Palin signs books at Symmes Township Kroger By Amanda Hopkins


Caleb Parke of Findlay gets a hug from former Alaska governor Sarah Palin during a book signing at the Harper’s Point Kroger in Symmes Township. Parke wore a shirt that said he would intern on a possible Palin presidential campaign in 2012.

Cold and distance didn’t keep Sarah Palin supporters away from the Harper’s Point Kroger in Symmes Township. Caleb Parke of Findlay came for Palin’s book signing wearing a T-shirt expressing his interest in working as an intern if Palin decides to make a run for the presidency in 2012. The former Alaska governor is on tour promoting her new book “America at Heart – Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag.” Parke became friends with Caroline McKenzie of Wilmington while waiting in line for the book signing. McKenzie said she had been waiting since 2008 to meet Palin. She said meeting Palin was an “incredible” experience. “She’s so nice and personable,” McKenzie said. Many local residents


Sarah Palin supporters Caroline McKenzie, right, of Wilmington and Caleb Parke of Findlay met while waiting in line at the Harper’s Point Kroger book signing Dec. 3. McKenzie said she has been waiting since 2008 to meet Palin and said meeting Palin was an “incredible” experience. were also on hand for the book signing. Joseph Prell and his wife, Elizabeth Prell of Symmes Township, came out in support of the former governor. “I came out to support

Sarah Palin supporters brave the cold outside Harper’s Point Kroger in Symmes Township during a Palin book signing Dec. 3. The former Alaska governor is on tour promoting her newest book. From left: Elizabeth Prell of Symmes Township, Richard Smith of Sharonville, Joseph Prell of Symmes Township, Barbara Dowd of Oxford, Tom Coby of Milford, Ricky Dumont of Hyde Park and Kristi Bowen of Mason. Bowen said she came out for the book signing because she supports Palin’s views. “I like her energy, her renewal of American family values ... and she can relate to families.”

(Palin) for president in 2012,” Joseph Prell said. Kristi Bowen of Mason said she likes Palin’s energy and how she is down-toearth. “She can really relate to families,” Bowen said.

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Reception for Beckman

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will host a reception Dec. 29 honoring retiring township Administrator Gerald Beckman. The reception will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, at the Symmes Safety Center at 8871 Weekly Lane.

the Audiovisual (CDs, DVDs, and VHS tapes) section. Cash, checks, Visa and MasterCard accepted. There is also a great selection of books for children and adults, with prices starting at 50 cents.

Used book sale

Symmes Township will be offering Christmas tree recycling this year until Sunday, Jan. 9. During that time, Symmes Township residents can place their Christmas trees in the designated area behind the township administration building at 93223 Union Cemetery Road for recycling. The trees will be mulched so all ornamnets, tinsel and plastic wrapping should be removed. This service is free of charge. For more information, contact the township office at 683-6644.

The Friends of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County will be having a number of used book sales in 2011, including some new locations. The sale at Symmes Township Branch Library, 11850 Enyart Road, will be noon to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 28; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, April 29; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 30. The Winter Warehouse Sale will feature thousands of LP records, with a huge selection of merchandise in


Mckaela Maynard, seated, and her sister Maddi Maynard of Gallipolis, Ohio, made the trip with their mom, Wendy Maynard, for the Sarah Palin book signing at the Harper’s Point Kroger in Symmes Township Dec. 3. Wendy Maynard said her daughter Mckaela is a big fan of Palin and had the chance to meet her a Right to Life rally in Columbus several months ago. “Mckaela talks about (Palin) all day.”


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Rozzi construction set for 2011 “I feel absolutely confident that Drew and Abby will be safe and happy.”

By Amanda Hopkins

Construction on the Rozzi property park will start in 2011. Symmes Township officials set Wednesday, Jan.19,as the bid opening date. Construction was expected to start this year, but the project was delayed because of issues with wetlands on the property and permit problems. “All permit issues are behind us,” said Susie Thomas from Turner Construction. Symmes Township trustees voted at a September meeting to hold off on construction because an accelerated schedule would have started the construction in December and added

Projected plan for Rozzi Property


$246,000 to the project budget. Thomas said some of the material prices have increased, but the bids should still come back competitive to keep the project within its $2.2 million budget. Construction is set to start Apil 25. Thomas said that the date can be adjust-

ed to start earlier because of the cancellation of the Cincinnati Flower Show at Symmes Township Park. A portion of the Rozzi property would have been used for parking for the flower show. Thomas said she would have an earlier construction start date for the trustees by the end of the month.

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Ursuline Academy Spanish students use Web program to enhance their learning


Children at Montgomery Elementary School learn about the density of water during a science program.

COSI wheels into Montgomery Elementary School By Jeanne Houck

Classroom after classroom of pint-sized mad scientists crowded into the Montgomery Elementary School gymnasium Friday, Dec. 10, moving table to table to conduct quick chemistry experiments. Sporting goggles, the students learned about the relative density of water by placing things such as cans of diet sodas and small balls into large containers of H2O and guessing whether they would float or sink. Students learned about where certain liquids fall on the pH scale by mixing different ones – including vinegar and lemon juice – with a chemical compound that changes colors with acids and alkalis. They learned regular table salt looks like crystals when seen through a microscope. And they learned about the difference between liquids, solids and gases when they added an Alka Seltzer tablet to a stoppered test tube of water and watching the gas produced blow the top off. The “It’s Simply Chemistry” experiments were


Ursuline Academy Spanish students are learning the language in a web-based and user-friendly way. It’s called and it’s helping students accelerate their learning through use of visual aids. UA Spanish teacher Carmen Thiemann said this is the first time she has introduced Prezi to help students be more creative and enhance their learning. “It is more than a PowerPoint presentation – students can insert pictures and movies to illustrate their learning,” she said. Thiemann also said there are many advantages to using Prezi in the classroom. With Ursuline using a “Mod” system of class scheduling, she said Prezi is a great way of allowing students in different “Mods” to work together. Students can invite those from other classes to edit their Prezis and collaborate with the stories they are writing. They don’t need to be in the same classroom to work together. She said teachers can present content using visual images and video, not simply text. Students can use their imagination to create and illustrate their learning. “It is great to create sto-


Ursuline Academy Spanish students recently began using the site to help them better learn Spanish. Here, freshman Spanish student Elizabeth Zappia of Loveland uses the site in class. ries for students to reinforce their grammar, and math and science teachers also can use it with their content,” said Thiemann. “It is a great visual tool. Students and teachers can create a path to point to different objects, it is a non-linear presentation. I love it.” And so do her students. Junior Megan O’Brien said Prezi helps her organize her thoughts and ideas to create a great presentation. “It has been very helpful to integrate technology into our Spanish classrooms,” she said. “It helps us develop deeper understanding of what we are learning in the book.” Freshman Lauren

Vesprani said it was especially helpful in translating Spanish to English, and then being able to relate it to pictures. “It also flowed better than just clicking through slides,” she said. Compared to other visual-aid programs many of the Spanish students now prefer Prezi. “The Prezi program helped me understand my Spanish project,” said freshman Christine Frederick. “I chose to do a Prezi over props because I had to look for pictures and understand the material. Also the Prezi let me be creative with my background, pictures and wording.”


Hands-on experiments are the order of the day during a science program at Montgomery Elementary School. courtesy of COSI On Wheels, an outreach program sponsored by COSI – formerly known as the Center of Science and Industry – of Columbus and designed to encourage an interest in science with fun experiments. “COSI is a wonderful, hands-on opportunity for young minds to jump into science,” said Michelle Millennor, a first-grade teacher at Montgomery Elementary School. “The kids really enjoy the many stations that they get to visit. It really sparks the interest of young minds.”

First-grader Payton Hines said she liked the workshop. “I did enjoy it because I learned lots of things,” Hines said. “I learned you’re not supposed to drink any experiments.” Nick Steinert, another first-grader, said he enjoyed making slime with materials provided by COSI. “I liked making slime because when I was making it and I was shaking it, I saw the slime and it looked was gooey,” Steinert said. For more about your community visit


Pride in Excellence

Sycamore Junior High School’s Pride in Excellence winners for November are, from left: Kneeling, Mariah Buttrom, Carolyn Fisher, Abby Bonhaus, Nikolaus Vonderheide, Kathryn Harrison, Tyler Williams, Rohan D’Souza; standing, Erin Inman, Francesca Garnica, Patricia Blood, Christine Reisert, Maddie Marsh, Nakul Narendran, Martin Gonzalez and Noah Wagers.

School unveils its new website


Students at Montgomery Elementary School learn that everyday things such as table salt look a lot different through a microscope.

Ursuline Academy recently launched its new website. The decision to redesign the existing one resulted in an improved website with significant improvements in navigation and easier accessibility for users on all levels. The new site features the school’s new logo, current photography and timely updates. “We are so very excited to launch our new website

which affords Ursuline more flexibility and functionality,” President Sharon Redmond said. “And it is our hope that you will find our website much more ‘user friendly.’ We are grateful to Ann Brinkmann (technology teacher and webmaster), Jeanine Boutiere (fine arts teacher), Julie Burwinkel (media director) and Marianne Lang (communications and public relations director) for their leadership in making this new website

a reality.” After several months of collaborative work, Brinkmann said she is also equally pleased with the final product and its modernized features. “In addition to our new look and updated design, it gives us multi-media capacity to add videos, photo slide shows and flash photography,” Brinkmann said. To visit Ursuline’s website, visit Brought to you by:

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The week at Sycamore

• The Sycamore girls basketball team beat Mason 5238, Dec. 18. Sycamore’s topscorer was Chloe Pavlech with 14 points. • In boys bowling, Sycamore lost to Clark Montessori 2,221-2,123, Dec. 18. Sycamore’s Zach Brusman bowled a 389. • In girls bowling, Sycamore beat Clark 2,0551,642, Dec. 18. Sycamore’s Katie Ziegler bowled a 351. • In boys basketball, Sycamore lost 56-39 to Fairfield, Dec. 21. Sycamore’s top-scorer was A.J. Williams with 14 points. • The Sycamore wrestling team beat Western Brown 726, Dec. 21. Sycamore’s Aaron Frankel won by forfeit; John Lynch pinned Silvis in 3 minutes, 15 seconds; Keaton Pangallo pinned Williams in 3 minutes, 50 seconds; Pinkerton won by forfeit; Brad Huber beat Bauer in a 6-5 decision; Daryl Williams won by forfeit; Alec Stamper pinned Boothby in 2 minutes, 17 seconds; R. Williams pinned Ketterer in 5 minutes, 32 seconds; Ryan Gaffney beat Dillinger in an 87 decision; Dan Rickert pinned Bailey in 1 minute, 3 seconds; Ben Mather pinned Traylor in 2 minutes, 17 seconds; Kenny Hester pinned Wallace in 1 minutes, 15 seconds; and Seante Lackey won by forfeit.

The week at Moeller

• In boys swimming, Turpin beat Moeller 95-75, Dec. 18. Moeller won the 200meter medley relay; Greg Nymberg won the 200-meter freestyle in 1 minute, 51.79 seconds; Schwab won the 50-meter freestyle in 22.22 seconds; Harry Hamiter won the 100-meter freestyle in 51.25 seconds; and Matt Hobler won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1 minute, 3.77 seconds. • In boys basketball, Moeller beat Chaminade Julienne 41-30, Dec. 21. Moeller’s top-scorer was Ben Galemmo with 10 points. • The Moeller basketball team beat Woodward 66-46, Dec. 11. Moeller’s Charlie Byers was the team’s topscorer with 21 points. • In boys bowling, Moeller placed 23rd with a score of 3,688 in the Holiday Classic, Dec. 11. On Dec. 14, Moeller scored 2,579 to beat Roger Bacon’s 2,540 and Carroll’s 2,170. Moeller’s Pat Goddard bowled a 382.

The week at CHCA

• In boys basketball, Northwest beat Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy 5748, Dec. 21. CHCA’s top-scorer was Aaron O’Neill with 17 points.

The week at Ursuline

The Ursuline girls basketball team beat Mount Notre Dame 44-42, Dec. 21. Ursuline’s top-scorer was Morgan Donovan with 17 points.

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Eagles, Aves wrestling seasons under way By Nick Dudukovich

The injury bug has plagued the Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy’s wrestling squad. Despite the early-season setback, the Eagles are staying competitive through the efforts of Zach Alvarado and Keali Cummings. Alvarado, who wrestles at 103 pounds, looked impressive at the Franklin County High School (Ky.) Flyer Classic, Dec. 11. Alvarado was 5-0 at the meet. Four of his victories came at 103 pounds, but the freshman also picked up a win wrestling at 112 pounds. CHCA head coach Adam Meyer believes the performance will help Alvarado build confidence down the road. “To show that he can compete at the high school level, and to get out of the gate on the right foot was important,” Meyer said. Cummings also looked strong at the Flyer Classic, where he posted a 3-1 record. Meyer likes the consistency Cummings has wrestled with through the early part of the schedule. “He’s been pretty (steady) at both tournaments and he’s wrestling well,” Meyer said. “Both him and Zach do a good job


Sycamore junior Ben Mather (left) defeated Madeira’s Corey Phelps at 189 pounds during the first round of the Coaches Classic at Harrison High School, Dec. 18. of pushing each other each day.” Meyer added that he is looking forward to the Eagles’ next few contests, such as the Lima Central Catholic Holiday Classic Dec. 30 and the Madeira Invitational Jan 7. He said the Eagles will square off against some smaller schools, which will allow him to see where the CHCA wrestlers stand as most of the squad begins to return from injuries.

“We’ve been snake bitten and injuries have been the culprit,” Meyer said. “It’s been frustrating, but hopefully the next couple of weeks we’ll be able to see where our guys are at.”


Sycamore’s wrestling squad has had several impressive performances heading into the new year. The team’s biggest boost came when Caleb Whitcomb-Dixon placed fourth at

the Coaches Classic at Harrison High School Dec. 19. “Caleb’s done really well and he’s certainly one of the top wrestlers and leaders in the weight room, as well as one of our top point scorers,” Sycamore head coach Jeremy Pletz said. Pletz added that Whitcomb-Dixon , who is 9-3 on the season at 145 pounds, has been tested early, and that two of the junior’s three losses came against returning state qualifiers.

Despite coming up short in those matches, Pletz believes the losses will help the Aves’ co-captain in the future. “He needs to see that competition,” Pletz said. “If he gets too comfortable, his technique will get sloppy, but by wrestling top competitors, he’s maintaining his skills.” Whitcomb-Dixon’s fellow co-captain, Dan Rickert, has also been stellar for the Aves this season and placed seventh at the Coaches Classic. With a 9-4 record at 171 pounds, Rickert returned for his senior season as a team leader after suffering an injury as a junior. “He recognizes he’s a senior and he’ s helping with the development of our younger guys,” Pletz said. Those youngsters showed they’re up to the challenge during the Aves’ dual meet victory over Western Brown, Dec. 21. Sophomore Brad Huber, defeated a returning state qualifier at 130 pounds, while Ryan Gaffney beat a district qualifier at 160 pounds, during the event, according to Pletz. “(For them to win) is key,” Pletz said. “It justifies the hard work they are putting in at the weight room.” See more sports coverage at presspreps

LaRosa’s adds inductees to high school hall of fame It’s no secret that Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky year in and year out produce some of the most talented high school athletes and coaches in the nation. Now, five of the all-time great athletes from the past and two legendary coaches are being inducted into the 2010 Buddy LaRosa’s High School Sports Hall of Fame. The new LaRosa’s Sports Hall of Fame inductees are: • Andre Barkley, Cincinnati Country Day, Class of 1995 • Beth Osterday, St. Ursula Academy, Class of 1996 • Bobby Brannen, Moeller High School, Class of 1994 • Rocky Boiman, St. Xavier High School, Class of 1998 • Steve Bell, Wyoming High School, Class of 1973 • Coach Dan Bowling, Hamilton High School, 1983-2010 • Coach Nell Fookes, Boone County High School, 1985-Current The seven latest additions to the LaRosa’s High School Sports Hall of Fame will be officially inducted into the Hall in ceremonies in June. Now in its 36th year of recognizing outstanding local high school athletes and coaches, the Buddy

LaRosa’s High School Sports Hall of Fame has honored 224 exceptional individuals since its founding in 1975. It is the oldest and one of the only halls of fame of its kind in the country. As an interesting note, with the induction of Barkley and Brannen, all six LaRosa’s Male Athletes of the Year from the Class of 1994 have now been inducted in to the Hall of Fame. The others were: Shaun Alexander (2005), Doug Bockenstette (2008), Dod Wales (2007) and Willie Wineberg (2004).

Bobby Brannen

Bobby Brannen is the finest big man to ever play for the Moeller Crusaders. An intimidating inside force in high school, and later in college at the University of Cincinnati, Brannen still stands as Moeller’s all-time scoring leader (1,435 points) and all-time rebounder (683) in three varsity seasons. As a senior, Brannen was named the Ohio’s Division I Player of the Year (1993) and the Gatorade/Circle of Champions Player of the Year for Ohio. He was named Cincinnati’s Player of the Year by both the Cincinnati Enquirer

and Cincinnati Post, and was named a Street & Smith High School All-American. He was a two-time firstteam all-city pick and was three times named Greater Cincinnati League Player of the Year. Brannen was also a twoyear starter at tight end in football and was named preseason All-America by Street & Smith. Highly recruited out of high school, Brannen stayed home to play for the Bob Huggins’ UC Bearcats. As a senior, he averaged 14.3 points and 8.1 rebounds and was named an honorable mention AllAmerican by Basketball Weekly. He finished his career with 771 points and 578 rebounds. He ranks fourth all-time in UC history in games played (129) and second in career victories (100). Brannen was named UC’s MVP in 1998 and was 1st Team All-Conference USA. Brannen went on play professionally overseas for more than 10 years in Australia, Europe, Korea and Puerto Rico, where he was named the league’s MVP in leading his team to the Puerto Rico pro championship. Brannen lives in Cincinnati, where he works as a personal trainer.


Fall ball

The Cincinnati High School Fall Baseball team of the Champions Baseball Academy wins the 2010 Mid Atlantic Fall Tournament in Jefferson City, Tenn., Oct. 10. The team was made up of all-stars from the league of 300 varsity players from the Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, Dayton and southeast Indiana area. The league is run by Champions Baseball Academy and Mike Bricker, league president, along with many other experienced coaches. The week before the tournament the league all-star game was on cable TV and boasted of having 63 college coaches in attendance to watch the area’s finest talent in action. The MVP was James Jewell, who batted .680 in the tournament with five extra-base hits. The players that made the trip were Matt Higgins (Moeller), Jacob Madson (Moeller), Jesse Rait (Lakota East), David Lenhart (Batavia), Diamyn Hall (Alter), James Jewell (Batesville, Ind.), Anthony Hunt (Amelia), Mitchell Geers (Lakota East), Doug Teagarden (Boone County, Ky.), Ty Amann (Moeller), Connor Ferguson (Milford), Jake Michalak (Sycamore), Ryan Shields (Western Brown), Stephen Bascom (Indian Hill), Eric Stiene (Moeller), Christ Rutz (St. Xavier), Cody Johnson (Ross), Nate Hube (Lebanon) and Steve Taylor (Lebanon). The coaches in the picture are Mike Bricker, Steve Marshall, Mark Knose, Stefan Goldman, Rick Chase and Greg Kimball.

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City spending questioned

Your feature article interviewing Gerri Harbison, mayor of Montgomery, was challenging. I agree that the businesses in Montgomery need some help in advertising and getting locals to patronize their business. This should be a huge priority for the city of Montgomery staff. However, I disagree with her opening statement, pertaining to how well the city management is doing. The article goes on to say that the city will be dipping into reserves this year to pay their bills. I was raised – you don’t go for “frills” if you can’t pay your basic bills. The city of Montgomery does not seem to think this way. Don’t spend more than you earn. We have gone past the basic needs of fire, police, keep the roads clean and maintained and taking care of the education

of our young, as well as keeping public spaces maintained. I was disappointed that city government feels that we have to maintain “frills” and having to dip into the “reserves.” City of Montgomery – balance your budget! Barbara White Montgomery

Council actions inadequate

After meeting with Blue Ash Mayor Mark Weber some 10 months ago, Myrtle Avenue residents were asked to get a petition together to ask for speed humps (not even sidewalks, which they also do not have). They complied and some 85 percent of homeowners signed the document. The city of Blue Ash then did one study that was so shocking they concluded it could not be right and did a second, blaming the appalling statis-

About letters & columns We welcome your comments on editorials, columns, stories or other topics. Include your name, address and phone number(s) so we may verify your letter. Letters of 200 or fewer words and columns of 500 or fewer words have the best chance of being published. All submissions may be edited for length, accuracy and clarity. tics on water line works on Kenwood Road. The second study showed that 465 vehicles use this road per day (average) and 9 percent of them are speeding. Let’s do the math, and include a fact the city conveniently did not mention in the article. Nine percent equals some 42 vehicles a day are speeding in a residential zone. The city failed to state that the study also showed that some of these cars were travelling in excess of 50 mph. The

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What services would you do Next question without to help your local Do you think the economy will municipalities’ budget? improve in 2011? Why or why not? “For Sycamore Township: “Trade in and quit buying a Every week The Northeast huge SUV for the Hamilton County Suburban Life asks readers a Sheriff’s Office liaison frequently. questions that they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to “Cease purchases of based reminders that deputies are with “chatroom” in the subject line. supposed to place on windows of vehicles they find that leave their “Even though it may not be doors unlocked. This has cost legally required, why not ‘bid’ out already a few hundred dollars. “Cease purchases of walkie in public, online, in the media, all talkies and play guns for their requested services? “Cease discussion about havhyped Explorer’s Post. (Cha-ching!) “Avoid complete replacement ing the current rather new townand rehabilitation of the majority ship administration building razed and replaced in the very near of park shelters in Bechtold Park. “If they are being utilized by future with a majority inclusive citizenry now and are perfectly ‘greenie’ energy efficient building. “If expensive equipment is enjoyable, why break something needed for the township that they that does not need fixed? “Have a penalty built into any do not own, rather than buy it or and all contracts for non compli- rent it, ‘borrow’ it from a commuance and lack of specs timely nity that may have it. “Then consider a ‘lend’ for the completion for any project that this township may require. (Hint: future of products that they may have a need for and this township East Galbraith Road) “Cease paying for major over- may have, ala sharing. “Cease the expenditures of the haul projects in the township on county owned roads – East Gal- valuable time of township citizenry that may lack braith, etc ...., and the money, transavoid justifying this “Cease the expenditures portation or ability payment by decryto attend some or ing that the county of the valuable time of any township is financially chal- township citizenry that trustees’ related lenged. may lack the money, meeting. “Cease taxpayer “Have ICRC funding and time of transportation or ability come in and do having township to attend some or any their wonderful zoning harass any township trustees’ governmental enticitizen that may ty production presupport non-incum- related meeting.” sentations for all to bent candidates for local office or issues, such as see live and at their future leisure. placement of yard signs resulting of such township governmental in prompt visititations by zoning entities as their workshops, reguemployees, and court actions with lar, emergency, and special meetthis useless time consuming ings. “Cease the possible installation investigatory obsessiveness. “Cease whining about ongoing of sidewalks in communities that acts of vandalism in township do not wish them, and allow them owned parks, while at the same to instead be installed in township time admonishing observant com- communities that are desirous of munity activist(s) that report them. “Have ‘court’ for juvenile and events to the appropriate governwhen possible, in mental entities, and at times are adults, dissuaded from being physically Sycamore Township in one of the township owned buildings. present in our parks. “The township could consider “Seek out procurement utilizing bulk purchases with other a possible reasonable fee to recoup the usage of a room, or governmental entities. “On major patriotic federal hol- might relish the political prestige idays, share this township’s of providing a facility that would neighboring communities’ civic save time, travel for contracted pride and place the USA flag up employees and its citizenry alike and out upon public roadways in complimentary.” Savings of a lot MORE On the township, as do the majority Sycamore Township of proximate communities.

Deadline: Noon Friday E-mail: nesuburban@community Fax: 248-1938 U.S. mail: See box below Letters, columns and articles submitted to The Northeast Suburban Life may be published or distributed in print, electronic or other forms. city, which had no previous threshold for building speed humps, quickly came up with 15 percent of vehicles speeding as the city threshold for speed hump construction. Why I am not surprised? Despite Jamie Pike’s impassioned plea for action, the city of Blue Ash once again ignored residents in favor of pet projects. The truth is this: there is no money for speed humps because it is being spent on the other side of town on

sidewalks to nowhere and Pebble Beach East. Mayor Weber will tell you he has a mandate to build the golf course, based on a vote that took place in 2008. What he fails to remember is that he also has a mandate from the people of Blue Ash to do what is best for them. What was a good idea in 2008 may be a white elephant in 2011 and what may have been a quiet side street in 2008 may be a busy shortcut in 2010. The secret of good governance and good management is to be nimble enough to change with the times. Neither Mr. Weber nor his council has proven nimble on anything except self-promotion and self-defense from criticism. It is not good enough. Their inadequate actions speak louder than their words. Bruce Healey Indian Hill

VOICES FROM THE WEB Speeding through the facts Visitors to Blueash posted these comments about city officials deciding not to install speed humps on Myrtle Avenue, as residents had requested in a petition: “OK, Blue Ash City Council, I will do the math. You say 465 vehicles a day use this quiet residential street. Nine percent are speeding, which works out to about 42 vehicles. Your statistics (which you failed to share) said some of those vehicles were doing over 50 mph in a 25 mph zone. Do you think we are stupid? This is a risk, and you know it. Problem is with all your megaspending on the other side of town, for sidewalks to nowhere and Pebble Beach East, you can’t afford to give people what they want, nay, need.” BlueAshBruce “Good point, Bruce. Speed humps

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You can comment on stories by visiting and choosing your community’s home page: would work wonders on Myrtle. And the residents would be grateful. But this clowncil doesnt like the residents in old Blue Ash. Remember in November!” council-critic “I agree BA Bruce, residents are a drain on the city, stoller said that years ago. I am curious, could you please post on your sight what happened to the article you wrote. It was about that teenager that struck the car on Myrtle. The article was on this site for about two hours and it totally disappeared. What happened?” northba

“It is important to note also, that the petition received 89 percent of homeowner signatures. Therefore, Mr. Waltz and city council are aware of the traffic problems and the safety risk to pedestrians on Myrtle Avenue. They are aware of a solution that is low cost and proven to eliminate these problems. They are aware of the support for this solution by 89 percent of the homeowners on Myrtle Avenue. They are aware of possible grants and programs that could pay for some or even all of the solution. However, the answer is, ‘no.’ The accurate numbers from the last traffic study was, 1,423 cars traveled on Myrtle Avenue in three days. 373 of those were going over the speed limit and 18 of those were going over 50 mph. Mr. Waltz states that the traffic volume is back to ‘normal’ since the Cooper Road construction has been completed. However, he knew that these numbers were not ‘normal’ in the first place, that is why 2 traffic studies had already been done in February and March that no one was even aware of.” MarineMom89

See failure as opportunity OK, you won’t be the first to call me crazy. I have gotten used to it over the years. But, hear me out on this. I have had many failures over the years. It was not until my mid teen years that I realized that they were lessons. I could either go through life continuing to fail or learn from the experiences and, to use an Army motto, ‘Be all you can be!’ I chose the latter. Successes came slowly and would have been deemed by many as mere ripples in a stormy sea. To me, they were stepping stones on an adventurous climb up a steep mountain. I persisted. Each small success built confidence. But, this isn’t about me; it is about you. What I have to say applies to all of us. The vast majority of us face the same self-imposed lack of confidence. Almost every goal we strive for becomes full of roadblocks. We can either stop and admit defeat, or we can persist and find a way to overcome the temporary difficulty. Sometimes, even a partial solution becomes a road to success. One of my favorite quotes is attributed to Thomas Edison while he was trying to invent the light bulb. He said, “Results! Why, man I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won’t work.” Over the years

this quote has served me well at work and in my other endeavors. Consider how you are viewed by strangers. Are you confiEdward Levy dent of how regard Community they you? Most of us Press guest are not! But, columnist that comes from our own self image. It is readily picked up by many people. If you lack confidence, it will show. You don’t have to put on the image that you are superior. You only have to greet a stranger as an interesting equal. Soon some conversations will lead to a useful conclusion. It happened to me more than once. My most interesting one was when we had gone to Xavier University for a lecture. I was talking to a stranger. It led to a very interesting volunteer position which I have enjoyed for about eight years. At other times, someone who is very interested in your advancement will challenge you simply to see how well you react to disappointment or temporary failure. They are not doing this to belittle you. They are doing it to be sure you are not a quitter.

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The vast majority of us face the same self-imposed lack of confidence. Almost every goal we strive for becomes full of roadblocks. We can either stop and admit defeat, or we can persist and find a way to overcome the temporary difficulty. Accept any challenge, do your best and don’t be afraid to ask for advice. Assure the person that defeat is temporary and only a learning experience. Once you have proved this, your life will change for the better quickly. As a parent, one of the things I never did was to compare my children to anyone else. That only gives them a bad self image. They all became well grounded individuals. If you have young kids be sure to let them develop as individuals. No one needs another you. One is enough. A final thought. One of my personal mottos is that there are some things I don’t do well, some things I do poorly, but the thing I do worst of all is to become a quitter. Try it. You’ll like it. Edward Levy is a longtime resident of Montgomery and a former college instructor.



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Chip Graeter, of Graeter’s, holds up a sampling of the cookies being sold at area bakeries in support of Kindervelt’s fundraising efforts for the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Tasty fundraiser to benefit hospital

Kindervelt, a citywide charitable organization, is hoping local bakery customers have a sweet tooth this holiday season. The organization, which is composed of local groups that raise money for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, has joined forces with the Greater Cincinnati Retail Bakers Association to offer “Buy a Kid, Help a Kid, No Kidding.” During the event, which runs through Dec. 31, customers at dozens of local bakeries can buy special gingerbread cookies with a portion of the proceeds going to local children’s charities. Indian Hill resident Buffie Rixey, president of the citywide Kindervelt organization and member of the village’s group, said the promotion has been a holiday staple for several years. “It’s a perfect opportunity to purchase a cookie and help a kid,” Rixey said. She said the money raised by Kindervelt will benefit the division of asthma research at Cincinnati

Have a cookie

Here’s a list of local bakeries participating in “Buy a Kid, Help a Kid, No Kidding,” a fundraising promotion by Kindervelt and the Greater Cincinnati Retail Bakers Association: • Bonnie Lynn Bakery, Blue Ash, Montgomery and Loveland • Bonomini Bakery, north side of Cincinnati • Graeter’s Bakery, all locations • Little Dutch Bakery, Mt. Healthy • Regina Bakery, North Bend and Cheviot • Servatii Pastry Shop, all locations • Jansen’s Sweet Sinsations, Mason • Wyoming Pastry Shop, Wyoming Children’s Hospital. Symmes Township resident Patty Wilken said this is a favorite event for Kindervelt because it not only involves all the community groups of the organization, but also people not familiar with Kindervelt’s work in the community. “It’s one of the organization’s events that involve everyone,” she said.

Trains of thought


Bethesda North Hospital spreads holiday cheer to all who enter its doors. Each year, volunteer Chuck Nolting sets up a train display in the lobby to help patients, staff and visitors celebrate the season.

Marines from the Communications Company of the 4th Marine Division attended the Symmes Township trustees meeting where they accepted donations for Toys for Tots. From left: township Administrator Gerald Beckman, township attorney Rob Malloy, Trustee Jodie Leis, Gy. Sgt. William Womacks, Cpl. Adam Rompies, Trustee Ken Bryant, Fiscal Officer John Borchers, Loveland Symmes Fire Chief Otto Huber and Lt. Tom Butler with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. Donations will be accepted for Toys for Tots at the Marine drill center at 3190 Gilbert Ave. There are also collection spots at Toy ‘R’ Us and Babies ‘R’ Us. Presents should be new and unwrapped. Monetary donations are also accepted.



Oh snow, not again!

Enjoying the first snow day of the school year at Blue Ash Golf Course was Paxton Kreger, of Blue Ash, a sixth-grader at E.H. Greene Intermediate School. Watching Kreger come down the hill is Josh Patterson, also a sixth-grader at Greene.

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Having a flying good time were Patrick Goddard, back, of Sycamore Township, and a junior at Moeller High School and Haley Poli, of Cleves, who is a junior at McAuley Hgh School.

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Canvas and Kids, 1-3 p.m., Cheers to Art!, 7700 Camargo Road, Holiday painting sessions for children. Participants take home one-of-a-kind paintings, ready to hang on the wall. $20. 271-2793; Madeira.

Tasting Table, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., microWINES, 7292 Kenwood Road, Eight wines available for tasting during regular store hours. Flight A $2 per pour; Flight B $4 per pour. 7949463; Kenwood.


Karaoke, 10 p.m., Silverton Cafe, 7201 Montgomery Road, 791-2922. Silverton.


Summer in December, Noon-4 p.m., Loveland Branch Library, 649 Loveland-Madeira Road, Warm weather movies. Luau atmosphere. Includes refreshments. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-4476. Loveland.


Jessica Dessner, 6-8 p.m., Country Club, 3209 Madison Road, Second Floor. Solo exhibition of new drawings primarily drawn from imagery absorbed while traveling. Observational approach to interpreting images reveals deeper forces at work than those of a simple travelogue. 792-9744; Oakley. The Holiday Show, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Miller Gallery, 2715 Erie Ave., Grouping of paintings by leading artists in all genres, original mixed media sculpture and imaginative glass creations. Free. Through Dec. 31. 871-4420; Hyde Park. Golden Age of Cincinnati Art, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Mary Ran Gallery, 3668 Erie Ave., Paintings by 19th Century Cincinnati artists. Works by Edward Potthast, Lewis H. Meakin, Robert Blum, Frank Myers, Lilly Martin Spencer, Bessie Wessel and Dixie Selden. Free. Through Jan. 1. 871-5604; Hyde Park. Duo: A Reading from the Book of Hans, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Greenwich House Gallery, 2124 Madison Road, Works by Greg Storer and Tom Towhe. Through Dec. 31. 871-8787. O’Bryonville. H. Stephen Bjornson: Carousel Horses of France, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Bjornson’s photo exhibit. Presented by The Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati. 272-3700; Mariemont. Selected Works for the Holiday Season, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, 2005 1/2 Madison Road, Paintings and works on paper by various artists including Charley Harper, Edie Harper, John Humphries, E.T. Hurley, Jens Jensen, Frank McElwain, Matt Morris, David Rosenthal, Harry Shokler, Brian Stuparyk, John Henry Twachtman or more including Russian paintings. Through Jan. 8. 321-5200; O’Bryonville.


Bone Voyage, 7-10 p.m., Cactus Pear Southwest Bistro, 9500 Kenwood Road, 7914424; Blue Ash. The Hitmen, 6:30-10:30 p.m., Tony’s, 12110 Montgomery Road, Featuring John Zappa, Jim Connerley and Aaron Jacobs. 6771993; Symmes Township.


Cincinnati Art Club Sale, 6-9 p.m., Cincinnati Art Club Shop, 3500 Michigan Ave., Featuring works by local artists. Free. Presented by Cincinnati Art Club. 241-4591. Hyde Park.


Codependents Anonymous, 7 p.m., Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Free, donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous, Inc. 503-4262; Montgomery. F R I D A Y, D E C . 3 1


Jessica Dessner, 6-8 p.m., Country Club, 792-9744; Oakley. The Holiday Show, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Miller Gallery, Free. 871-4420; Hyde Park. Golden Age of Cincinnati Art, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Mary Ran Gallery, Free. 871-5604; Hyde Park. Duo: A Reading from the Book of Hans, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Greenwich House Gallery, 8718787. O’Bryonville. Selected Works for the Holiday Season, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, 3215200; O’Bryonville.

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Golden Age of Cincinnati Art, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Mary Ran Gallery, Free. 871-5604; Hyde Park. Selected Works for the Holiday Season, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, 3215200; O’Bryonville. S U N D A Y, J A N . 2

MUSIC - CLASSIC ROCK Blue Birds Big Band, 9 p.m., Allyn’s, 3538 Columbia Parkway, $3. Through Feb. 27. 871-5779. Columbia Tusculum.


Codependents Anonymous, 7 p.m., United Church of Christ in Oakley, 4100 Taylor Ave., 12-step group. Donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous, Inc. 2310733; Oakley. M O N D A Y, J A N . 3

ART EXHIBITS Jessica Dessner, 6-8 p.m., Country Club, 792-9744; Oakley. KARAOKE AND OPEN MIC

Open Mic Night, 7-11 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, Hosted by Bob Cushing. Free. 697-9705. Loveland. Karaoke NOW, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., Mount Lookout Tavern, 3209 Linwood Ave., With DJ Konnann. Six for $10 buckets, $3 shots all night and $2.50 Coors Light bottles. 871-9633. Mount Lookout.


Community Toy Drive, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Huff Realty - Hyde Park, 533-1900; Hyde Park. Community Toy Drive, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Huff Realty - Montgomery, 792-3000; Montgomery.


Community Toy Drive, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Huff Realty - Montgomery, 9380 Montgomery Road, No. 201, Drop off a new toy or monetary donation made to Shriners Hospital. Benefits treatments for children at Shriners Hospital. 792-3000; Montgomery.


Children’s Gingerbread House Tea, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Gazebo Tea Garden, 10461 Kenwood Road, Each child decorates and takes home a gingerbread house. Includes light tea lunch, brief talk on tea etiquette, story about folklore history of Gingerbread Houses viewing and playing with Christmas train. Ages 3 and up. $19.50, $10.50 per child. Reservations required. 985-0027. Blue Ash.


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


Acoustik Buca, 7:30 p.m., deSha’s American Tavern, 11320 Montgomery Road, 2479933; Montgomery.


New Years Eve with Chad Daniels and Andi Smith, 7:30 p.m. ($15) and 10 p.m. (Includes cheese and veggie plate, party favors and Champagne toast at midnight; $40), Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, Ages 21 and up. 984-9288; Montgomery.


The Sycamore Community Band is seeking adult musicians for a full-sized concert band, with auditions at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, at Sycamore High School, 7400 Cornell Road. The band performs in municipal concerts, churches, retirement villages and more in Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky. All musicians are welcome but the organization particularly seeking percussionists, trombonists and trumpeters. Call 683-5845 for an alternative date if you cannot attend this date. Visit Members of the Sycamore Community Band perform during the Blue Ash Towne Square Concert Series.


Girls Instructional Volleyball, 6:30-7:30 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Weekly through Feb. 22. Grades 3-4. $70, $60 members. Reservations required. 985-0900; Montgomery. Girl’s Recreational Volleyball, 6:30-7:30 p.m. (Grades 3-4) and 7:30-8:30 p.m. (Grades 5-6), TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Weekly through Feb. 22. $70, $60 members. Reservations required. 985-0900; Montgomery. W E D N E S D A Y, J A N . 5


Faux Frenchmen, 6:30-9 p.m., Allyn’s, 3538 Columbia Parkway, 871-5779; Columbia Tusculum. T U E S D A Y, J A N . 4


Jessica Dessner, 6-8 p.m., Country Club, 792-9744; Oakley. Selected Works for the Holiday Season, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, 3215200; O’Bryonville.


Open Mic with LoopManDan, 8:30 p.m.midnight, Allyn’s, 3538 Columbia Parkway, All musicians welcome, bring your instrument. Free. 871-5779. Columbia Tusculum.

COOKING CLASSES Eat for Health, 7 p.m., Whole Foods MarketRookwood, 2693 Edmondson Road, Learn to make recipes that promote a healthy lifestyle. Recipes feature whole, real foods that are nutrient dense, low fat and easy to try at home. Free. Registration required. 981-0794; Norwood. EDUCATION

A Healthy Approach to Chinese New Year, Noon-1 p.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Ring in the “Year of the Rabbit” with Paul and Melody Jaworski, owners of Creations by Melody. Learn to create Chinese food that is good for your health as well as your palate. Ages 18 and up. $15. Reservations required. 985-0900; Montgomery.

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Eating for Health, 6:30-8 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Learn to improve your health and well being through improved nutrition and exercise. Ages 18 and up. $20. Reservations required. 985-0900; Montgomery.


Bob Cushing, 6-10 p.m., Applebee’s, 10635 Techwood Circle, Free. 769-6201. Blue Ash.


Kids’ Soccer, 4:15-5 p.m. (Ages 3-5) and 55:45 p.m. (Ages 6-8), TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Weekly through Feb. 24. Learn basic soccer skills. Family friendly. $80, $70 members. Registration required. 985-0900; Montgomery. Co-ed 6-on-6 Volleyball League, 6:3010 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Weekly through March 3. All skill levels. Teams play three rally games to 25 per week with league champion crowned final week during tournament. Ages 18 and up. $260 per team. Reservations required. 985-0900; Montgomery.


Codependents Anonymous, 7 p.m., Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Free, donations accepted. 503-4262; Montgomery. F R I D A Y, J A N . 7


Karaoke, 10 p.m., Silverton Cafe, 791-2922. Silverton. S A T U R D A Y, J A N . 8


Farm-to-Table Cooking Class, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Cincinnati Waldorf School Meshewa Farm, 7550 Given Road, The “ins-and-outs” of two fundamental kitchen recipes: A pie dough and a custard. Weather permitting, class members pick greens from the farm and create a quiche to enjoy as a meal. $35. Prepaid reservations due by Jan. 5.; Indian Hill.


Karaoke NOW, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., Mount Lookout Tavern, 871-9633. Mount Lookout.


Story Time with Miss Gail, 10:30-11 a.m., Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road, Stories, finger plays and singalongs. Ages 2 and up. Free. 731-2665; Oakley. T H U R S D A Y, J A N . 6

ART EXHIBITS Jessica Dessner, 6-8 p.m., Country Club, 792-9744; Oakley. Selected Works for the Holiday Season, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, 3215200; O’Bryonville. AUDITIONS


Holiday Junction keeps choo chooing its way through the Cincinnati Museum Center until Jan. 2. The model train winter wonderland and train exhibit includes Cincinnati’s own Carlisle & Finch model trains. The museum also hosts Toys Through Time for the holiday season through Jan. 2. The exhibit shows favorite games, toys and dolls of yesteryear. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. All museums admission is $12.50; $8.50 ages 3-12; $11.50 ages 60 and up. One museum admission is $8.50; $6.50; and $7.50. Call 513-287-7000 or visit

Sycamore Community Band, 7 p.m., Sycamore High School, 7400 Cornell Road, Adult musicians for a full-sized concert band that performs in municipal concerts, churches, retirement villages and more in Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky. All musicians welcome but organization particularly seeking percussionists, trombonists and trumpeters. Call for alternative date if you cannot attend this date. Presented by Sycamore Community Band. 683-5845; Montgomery.


The Taft Museum of Art celebrates old Christmas favorites with “Antique Christmas” through Jan. 9. The galleries will be decked with vintage decorations from the 1890s to the 1940s, pictured. In the Keystone Gallery, on display is “The Colors of Christmas: Victorian Paper Decoration,” adornments used to create homemade ornaments and decorations in the 19th and early 20th century. Admission is $8, $6 students and seniors and free for under 18. Free for all on Sundays. Call 513-241-0343 or visit


December 29, 2010

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How many kinds of time are there in our lives? As we prepare to enter another calendar year, it might benefit us to reflect for a moment on time. We seldom think of time. Probably a fish seldom thinks of water and just lets it all slip by. The ancient Greeks had two words for time. One was the word chronos and the other was kairos. They operate in our lives all the time, though chronos is usually what we understand by time. Chronos time is time in a quantitative sense. It is the kind of time we can count and divide into minutes, days and years. It’s the kind of time we can calculate on our clocks and watches, the kind we measure on our calendars and planners. It’s the time we feel runs out on us, goes faster than it should, and wreaks havoc with our joints and supple bodies. This is the kind of time with which we are the most familiar – and with

which we expect God to be the most familiar. Kairos, the other Greek word, means time in a qualitative sense not the kind the Father Lou clock or calendar Guntzelman measures. In Perspectives fact, it can’t be measured at all. It’s the time that is characterized by what happens in it. In the Bible, kairos time is often translated as “the fullness of time,” or, “now’s the right time.” A businessman may have been struggling with what decision to make for his company, or his family. Eventually he comes to the deep realization that “This is what I should choose! Now it’s the right time to act!”

Kairos time occurs when we realize and feel within ourselves it’s the appropriate time, “to grow up,” “to be more responsible,” or “to apologize,” or to “kill this drug habit once and for all.” Kairos time is more important than chronos because it usually affects our lives and futures the most. It indicates that something is happening inside us for our betterment. Some people’s lives can become sterile and small when they become deaf to the kairos urges of their soul. Cohabitating couples may avoid thinking and reaching a “fullness of time” to say “It’s time to get married; or, to end this relationship.” There could be a 30-year-old man, still living at his parent’s home and watching TV all day, who keeps smothering kairos feelings that have been calling for

years saying, “It’s time! Get up off your duff and make something of your life!” But he refuses to listen. Without kairos times, one’s life becomes merely a string of years that have lost any identifying and personal characteristics. The only markers in our lives then come from outside us: when at 16 we can get a driver’s license; at 21 begin to legally drink; and at 65 retire. The years in between become memorable only because our town’s home team “won ‘em all that year,” or “it was the year we had that big flood.” There is no way we can develop our soul just by watching and waiting for the months and years to go by. Chronos time does nothing to the soul, it only enfeebles the body. There is no way to cultivate our souls in a hurry.

Great and soulful events like falling in love, opening our hearts to God, giving birth to ideas or babies or creativity do not match to the tick-tock of the clock measuring chronos time. When we get lost in chronos time, which can quickly become stress-time, we lose track of what time it is in our life, and the life itself. What can we wish for each other in this new year? We can wish for a marriage – a marriage of chronos and kairos. These are the right and left hemispheres of the incarnate Spirit that keeps calling us to wholeness. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@community or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

HOLIDAY GIVING Help Shriners kids

This holiday season, help Huff Realty bring much-needed smiles to the faces of the young patients at the Cincinnati Shriners Hospital. For the 11th year in a row, Huff Realty is conducting a toy drive to benefit the children at the Cincinnati Shriners Hospital. Through Dec. 31, new toy donations will be accepted at each of the 11 Huff Realty office locations throughout the Greater Cincinnati area. The Shriners Hospital in Cincinnati is a 30-bed pedi-

atric burn hospital providing comprehensive acute, reconstructive and rehabilitative care to children who are recovering from burns and burn-related injuries. Upon admission, the hospital gives every child several toys that provide entertainment and therapeutic comfort during their treatment. Through the annual toy drive, Huff Realty has become the hospital's largest toy donor delivering more than 3,000 items and $2,500 last year. No payment is ever sought or received from the family,

the U.S. government or any third-party payer for services rendered in the hospitals. For more information about Shriners Hospitals for Children please visit

Text a gift

’Tis the season of giving and the American Red Cross made it easier for people to make a donation-text to give. Cell phone users can text the word GIFT to 90999 from now through Dec. 31 and a $25 donation will be made to the American Red Cross.

A gift of $25 can provide blankets, hot meals, a cleanup kit for hurricane and flood victims, phone cards for soldiers, vaccinate children or provide life saving training. Mobile giving has proven to be a success while raising money to provide relief to those victims in Haiti, raising nearly $33 million through your text donations. Those who make a $25 text donation will be sent a

link to download a badge for their Facebook pages. Donations will appear on customers’ monthly bills or will be debited from prepaid account balances. Message and data rates may apply. The Red Cross is working with Give to process and facilitate the mobile donations. The text donation program is another part of the Red Cross holiday giving campaign, which also features an

online holiday giving catalog, ifts. The purchase of each gift item through the online catalog is a tax-deductible contribution to the overall mission of the American Red Cross. On the rare occasion when donations exceed the need in a particular area, the Red Cross will use the contribution to help others where the need is greatest.

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French ‘toast’ the new year with breakfast casserole I remember my parents saying, “where did the year go?” and I would hardly understand what they were talking about since, when you’re young, even a month is a long time. Now I get it! I hope the New Year finds you with good health, family and friends, and lots of good food to share. In thinking about a whole year of writing columns, it couldn’t be done without the wonderful staff I work with, like Gary Presley and Lisa Mauch, my “go to” editors. I’m looking forward to another year with each of you, and especially enjoy your shared recipes.

French toast casserole

I love this recipe from celebrity “down home” Southern cook Virginia Willis. My friend, Perrin Rountree, another Southern gal, told me I had to get this book. I’m not disappointed. Virginia is the kind of cook who makes you feel right at home while whipping up incredibly delicious food. This casserole is good for a New Year’s brunch. For more about Virginia and her book “Bon Appetit, Y’All” by Ten Speed Press

Rita Heikenfeld Rita’s kitchen

($32.50) check out her website at Don’t pass up her Southern pantry, either. Awesome

rubs and mixes. This is my adaptation of her French toast casserole from the book.

1 ⁄2 stick butter, melted 1 cup packed light brown sugar About 11⁄2 pounds French bread, sliced 11⁄2-inch thick 8 large eggs, lightly beaten 1 cup milk 1 tablespoon vanilla 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 ⁄4 teaspoon ground ginger 3 ⁄4 cup chopped pecans Confectioners’ sugar Maple syrup

Combine butter and sugar in baking dish. Arrange bread in dish. Whisk eggs, milk, vanilla, spices. Pour over bread, letting soak in. Top with nuts. Cover and refrigerate three hours or up

to 12 hours. Remove to take chill off, about 20 minutes. Bake in preheated 350-degree oven until browned and set, 30 to 45 minutes. Cool slightly. Sift sugar on top. Serve with maple syrup.

Baked Dijon salmon

Keegan’s Seafood, in Anderson Township has return customers due to Tom Keegan going to unbelievable lengths to bring his customers the best. Tom’s philosophy: Buy the best and prepare it simply. Here’s his recipe for baked salmon. 1

⁄4 cup butter, melted 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard 11⁄2 tablespoons honey 2 tablespoon butter 1 ⁄4 cup dry bread crumbs 1 ⁄4 cup finely chopped pecans 4 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley 4 (4-ounce) fillets salmon Salt and pepper to taste 1 lemon, for garnish Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Stir butter, mustard and honey together. In another bowl, mix bread crumbs, pecans and parsley.

Brush each salmon fillet lightly with honey mustard mixture, then sprinkle with crumb mixture. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until it flakes easily with fork. Season to taste. Seafood and oyster shucking video: On my blog at and www.Keegan’

Tomato avocado bruschetta

Brush slices of French bread with olive oil and toast. Spread guacamole on top. Sprinkle with a bit of lemon juice and top with chopped tomato. Season to taste.

Hoppin’ John

This recipe is in a book that starts the New Year out right: “America’s Test Kitchen Light & Healthy 2011: The Year’s Best Recipes Lightened Up” ($35). According to the book, in the Low Country of South Carolina and Georgia, eating hoppin’ John at the start of the new year is said to bring 365 days of good luck. The editors of Chris Kimball’s test kitchen have come up with lots of my favorites, simplified and healthier, yet with no loss of flavor.

ly set up), then lets it sit out for a few minutes before spreading on the white chocolate which he cools for four minutes before spreading. Before cutting, he lets it sit on the foil out of the pan for 20 minutes before cutting.

Coming soon

Broccoli cheese soup


Hoppin’ John recipe that’s in “America’s Test Kitchen Light & Healthy 2011: The Year’s Best Recipes Lightened Up.” Go to Rita’s column online at for the recipe. From snacks to soups to mains to desserts, this book will steer you right. I especially like the Hoppin’ John recipe for New Year’s Day. Check out my online column at for it.

Peppermint bark update

Can you help?

Netherland Coffee Shop’s layered turkey, cheese and asparagus on toast. For Sharon Ponchot, a Goshen reader. “It had sauce over it and it was delicious.”

Gurus in your backyard

I like featuring recipes from your favorite delis, restaurants, shops, independent grocers, etc. I know there are still lots of these folks around and we need to keep them here. Let me know about them.

This candy has now reached cult status. Some of you are having trouble with the bark separating. Here’s tips from my webmaster, John, who says patience is the key. John lets the first layer set up for 20 minutes (bare-

Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.





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


Mary F. Shelton

Mary F. Shelton, 81, formerly of Blue Ash died Dec. 16. Survived by husband, Lawrence R. Shelton; children Rhonda Shelton, Amy (Fred) Lampe and Robert (Renee) Shelton; grandchildren Crystal, Samantha and Dawn Hammer, Brian, Jay and Megan Lampe and Todd Byrd; and siblings Morris, John and Russell Holtzclaw and Alma McLemore. Preceded in death by siblings Joe Jr. and Gene Holtzclaw. Services were Dec. 20 at Mihovk-Rosenacker Funeral Home, Evendale. Memorials to: Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Greater Cincinnati Affiliate, 2990 Boudinot Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45238; or the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 163549, Columbus, OH 43216-3549.

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Juvenile, 15, offenses involving underage persons at 7735 Cooper Road, Dec. 17. Juvenile, 15, offenses involving underage persons at 7735 Cooper Road, Dec. 17. Juvenile, 16, offenses involving underage persons, disorderly conduct at 7735 Cooper Road, Dec. 17. Juvenile, 15, offenses involving underage persons at 7735 Cooper Road, Dec. 17. Juvenile, 14, offenses involving underage persons at 7735 Cooper Road, Dec. 17. Juvenile, 14, offenses involving underage persons at 7735 Cooper Road, Dec. 17.

On the Web Our interactive CinciNavigator map allows you to pinpoint the loction of police reports in your neighborhood. Visit: township township

Juvenile, 15, offenses involving underage persons at 7735 Cooper Road, Dec. 17. Juvenile, 16, offenses involving underage persons at 7735 Cooper Road, Dec. 17. Juvenile, 15, offenses involving underage persons at 7735 Cooper Road, Dec. 17. Juvenile, 15, offenses involving underage persons, obstruction of official business at 7735 Cooper Road, Dec. 17. Juvenile, 16, offenses involving underage persons at 7735 Cooper Road, Dec. 17. Juvenile, 15, offenses involving underage persons at 7735 Cooper Road, Dec. 17. Juvenile, 17, criminal trespass at 9292 Montgomery Road, Dec. 15. Juvenile, 14, criminal trespass at 9292 Montgomery Road, Dec. 15. Juvenile, 14, disorderly conduct at 7400 Cornell Road, Dec. 6. Juvenile, 15, disorderly conduct at 7400 Cornell Road, Dec. 6. Randall L. Holleran, 35, 2291 Townhill Drive, operating vehicle impaired at 10500 Montgomery Road, Dec. 11. Nicholas G. Kephart, 25, 13986 Olympia Drive, soliciting without permit at 7952 Huntersknoll Court, Dec. 13. Shawn P. Mitchell, 35, 13986 Olympia Drive, soliciting without permit at 7952 Huntersknoll Court, Dec. 13.

Juvenile, 15, disorderly conduct at 7400 Cornell Road, Nov. 23. Juvenile, 16, drug paraphernalia at 7400 Cornell Road, Dec. 6.

Incidents/investigations Criminal damaging

Someone spraypainted a bridge support at Southbound Interstate 71, Dec. 19. A man said someone threw a rock through a car window at 8161 Margaret Lane, Dec. 9.


Someone took a 2002 Chevrolet Suburban, value $12,000, from Columbia Chevrolet at 9750 Montgomery Road, Dec. 15. A man said someone took a Kroger gift card, value $300 at 9817 Tollgate Lane, Dec. 13. Someone took two catalytic converters, value $1,796.21, from vehicles at Bethesda North Hospital at 10500 Mongomery Road, Dec. 17. Someone took a Verizon cell phone, value $200 at 9793 Montgomery Road, Dec. 10.



Anthony Gonzales, 23, 11983 4th Ave., unauthorized use of vehicle at 320 Hanna Ave., Nov. 27. Jovan Harp, 25, 1329 Laidlaw, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Dec.

3. Ashley Schwartz, 31, 3543 Paxton Ave., theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Dec. 3.

Incidents/investigations Burglary

Residence entered and DVD player of unknown value removed at 7791 Keller Road, Nov. 25.

Identity theft

Reported at 9090 U.S. 22, Nov. 23.


$8,353.61 taken through deceptive means at 7340 Kenwood Road, Nov. 11. Reported at 8920 Applewood Drive, Nov. 29. Vehicle removed at 4113 Estermarie, Nov. 28. Vehicle removed at 8920 Blue Ash Road, Nov. 27. Purse and contents of unknown value removed at 7875 US 22, Nov. 23. Computer of unknown value removed at 7100 Dearwester Drive, Nov. 24. Keys and wallet of unknown value removed at 7800 Montgomery Road, Nov. 26.

SYMMES TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Johnny Tiller, 43, 870 Waycross Road, burglary at 12082 Brisben Place, Nov. 16. Glover Harris, 48, 3402 Kenilworth, burglary at 8721 Fields Ertel, Nov.

About police reports

The Community Press publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: Blue Ash, Chief Chris Wallace, 745-8573. Montgomery, Chief Don Simpson, 985-1600. Sycamore Township, 7927254. Symmes Township, Lt. Dan Reid 683-3444. 16. Bradley Wolf, 22, 620 Fox Chase Lane, receiving stolen property at 9201 Fields Ertel Road, Nov. 28.

Incidents/investigations Theft

Purse and contents of unknown value removed at 9131 Fields Ertel Road, Dec. 5. Catalytic converters removed at 9633 Waterford Place, Nov. 21. $150 removed at 12105 Montgomery Road, Dec. 2.


10361 Kenwood Road: Q Lube Inc. to City Barbeque Inc.; $340,000. 10423 Rachel Anne Court: Kumar Sven to Hernandez Rosa; $490,000. 4023 Cooper Road: Sandow Randy D. to Goans William C. & Sandra D.; $150,000. 5322 Brasher Ave.: Oliynyk Svetlana to Oliynyk Alex & Vera; $199,900. 9612 Linfield Drive: SKC Properties LLC to Potineni Rajesh & Celia Chee; $259,500.


7755 Hartford Hill Lane: Riccobelli Monique R. & Jeff A. to Michel Daniel P. & Anne C.; $685,000.

About real estate transfers

Information is provided as a public service by the office of Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes. Neighborhood designations are approximate.


3709 Langhorst Court: Morris Drew & Shirley M. to Bell Troy H.; $196,850. 5950 Trowbridge Drive: Stepp Bertha

F. to Schaad Josh; $148,707. 6754 Euclid Ave: E. Alvin Davis LLC to Sullivan Stephanie & Peter; $269,900. 7687 Spirea Drive: Kopp Helen B. to Lowry Mary C.; $150,000. Fields Ertel Road: Bullock Dennis H. to Fannie Mae; $46,000. 11991 Snider Road: Kern Richard to U.S. Bank National Association Tr; $112,000. 12147 Third Ave.: Bullock Dennis H. to Fannie Mae; $46,000. 3716 Glengary Ave.: Nash Joseph L. & Jill M. Proud to Lippert Kenneth R. & Elaine Y.; $115,000. 4166 Trebor Drive: Federal National Mortgage Association to Blake Jeffrey; $62,000. 5386 Ivybrook Court: Zipf Henry to Josche Kevin R. & Carolyn R.;

$296,000. 8103 Camner Ave.: Mapes Keith D. & Tina S. to Mapes Patricia L.; $125,600. 8333 Wicklow Ave.: Cole Eloise D. to Luecke John R.; $110,000. 8619 Sturbridge Drive: Ryall William S. Tr & Nacie W. Tr to Ryall Christopher R. & Jacquelin A.; $323,000.


Plantation Pointe Drive: Plantation Pointe LLC to Fischer Single Family Homes II LLC; $87,000. 11123 Montgomery Road: Carter Robert Tr to 11123 Montgomery LLC; $508,000. 11766 Gable Glen Lane: Zigoris Mark & Irene A. to Ross Richard D.;

$165,000. 9064 Symmes Ridge Lane: Castronova Darrick R. & Jodi S. to Sebastian Terrence; $332,000. 9773 Farmstead Drive: Dolan Kathleen & Stanton K. Taylor to Delpozzo John A. & Mary Lu; $550,000. Snider Road: Beuerlein Jerome P. & D. Elaine to Furniss David J. & Julie Z. Lehky; $442,500. 11889 Riveroaks Drive: Aguero Herbert J. to Woolston Tracy L. & Martha; $305,000. 11920 Snider Road: Beuerlein Jerome P. & D. Elaine to Furniss David J. & Julie Z. Lehky; $442,500. 9260 Cactus Lane: Smith James C. Jr. to Wagner-Burkhardt Jennifer Ann; $105,000.

On the Web Compare home sales on your block, on your street and in your neighborhood at: township township 9260 Cactus Lane: Smith James C. Jr. to Wagner-Burkhardt Jennifer Ann; $105,000.

FIRE/EMS RUNS About Fire, EMS reports

The Community Press obtains fire and emergency medical dispatches from the Sycamore Township Fire EMS Department, 489-1212 (North Station) and 792-8565 (South station). Nov. 15, Reed Hartman, medical emergency Nov. 15, Montgomery, medical emergency Nov. 15, Winesap, medical emergency Nov. 15, Trebor, gas odor Nov. 15, Sharon Park Lane, structure fire Nov. 15, Lake Thames, chemical smell Nov. 15, School, alarm activation Nov. 16, Orchard @ Kenwood, motor vehicle accident Nov. 16, Galbraith, medical emergency Nov. 16, Montgomery, medical emergency Nov. 16, Galbraith @ Kenwood, person struck Nov. 16, Northlake, medical emergency Nov. 16, Coventry, medical emergency Nov. 16, Langhurst, electrical fire Nov. 17, Eldora, medical emergency Nov. 17, Second, medical emergency Nov. 17, Montgomery, fall Nov. 17, First, medical emergency Nov. 17, Fields Ertel, medical emergency Nov. 17, Reed Hartman, alarm activation Nov. 17, Kenwood, fall Nov. 17, Dearwester, fall Nov. 17, Kenwood, medical emergency Nov. 18, Fawn Creek, good intent Nov. 18, Cornell, smoke scare Nov. 18, Montgomery, structure fire Nov. 18, Reed Hartman, medical emergency Nov. 18, Myrtle, medical emergency Nov. 18, Galbraith, medical emergency Nov. 18, Galbraith, medical emergency Nov. 18, Galbraith, fall Nov. 18, Merrymaker, medical emergency Nov. 18, Galbraith, no patient contact Nov. 18, Dearwester, fall Nov. 18, Chancery, medical emergency

Nov. 18, School, fall Nov. 19, Yakima, gas leak Nov. 19, Broadway, structure fire Nov. 19, N 71 @ 12.8, motor vehicle accident Nov. 19, Yakima, medical emergency Nov. 19, Donna, medical emergency Nov. 19, Snider, medical emergency Nov. 19, Second, medical emergency Nov. 19, Montgomery, medical emergency Nov. 19, Lakehurst, medical emergency Nov. 20, Quailhollow, CO alarm Nov. 20, Galbraith, good intent Nov. 20, Montgomery, alarm activation Nov. 20, Lisa, fall Nov. 20, S 71, motor vehicle accident Nov. 20, S 71, motor vehicle accident Nov. 20, S 71 @ Kenwood, motor vehicle accident Nov. 20, Dearwester, fall Nov. 20, Second, medical emergency Nov. 20, Second, medical emergency Nov. 20, Kingslake, no patient contact Nov. 21, Montgomery, alarm activation Nov. 21, Montgomery, alarm activation Nov. 21, Belfast, open burn Nov. 21, Wicklow, open burn Nov. 21, Montgomery, medical emergency Nov. 21, Dearwester, fall Nov. 21, Montgomery, medical emergency Nov. 21, Reed Hartman, alarm activation Nov. 21, Montgomery, alarm activation Nov. 22, Dearwester, medical emergency Nov. 22, Galbraith, fall Nov. 22, SR 741, cooking fire Nov. 22, Cornell, alarm activation Nov. 22, Montgomery, cooking fire Nov. 22, Dearwester, medical emergency Nov. 22, Dearwester, fall Nov. 22, Darnell, fall Nov. 22, Second, medical emergency Nov. 23, Hagewa, alarm activation Nov. 23, Creek, alarm activation Nov. 23, Reed Hartman, medical emergency Nov. 23, Chancery, medical emergency Nov. 23, Grooms, medical emergency Nov. 24, Northlake, alarm activation Nov. 24, Galbraith, alarm activation Nov. 24, Kingslake, fall Nov. 24, Montgomery, medical emergency Nov. 24, Reading, medical emergency Nov. 24, Dearwester, medical emergency

Nov. 24, Kenwood, fall Nov. 25, Ronald Reagan, wires down Nov. 25, Montgomery, alarm activation Nov. 25, Montgomery, alarm activation Nov. 25, Reed Hartman, medical emergency Nov. 25, Montgomery, medical emergency Nov. 25, Eldora, medical emergency Nov. 25, Lyncris, medical emergency Nov. 25, Dearwester, fall Nov. 25, Galbraith @ Kenwood, motor vehicle accident Nov. 25, Montgomery, motor vehicle accident Nov. 26, Kenwood, alarm activation Nov. 26, Pfeiffer, smoke scare Nov. 26, S 71, motor vehicle accident Nov. 26, Corporate Park, no patient contact Nov. 26, Pine Cove, fall Nov. 26, Glenover, medical emergency Nov. 26, Montgomery, medical emergency Nov. 26, Montgomery, fall Nov. 26, Blue Ash, medical emergency Nov. 26, Harrison, medical emergency Nov. 27, Victorian, structure fire Nov. 27, Kenwood, alarm activation Nov. 27, Kugler Mill, medical emer-

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Nov. 3, Myrtle, no patient contact Nov. 3, Galbraith, medical emergency Nov. 3, Galbraith, medical emergency Nov. 3, Kugler Mill, smoke scare Nov. 4, Montgomery, no patient contact Nov. 4, Montgomery, medical emergency Nov. 4, Dearwester, fall Nov. 4, Walcot, medical emergency Nov. 4, Dearwester, fall Nov. 4, Dearwester, medical emergency Nov. 4, Pine, medical emergency Nov. 4, Mulsberry, medical emergency Nov. 5, Chancery, medical emergency Nov. 5, Belfast, medical emergency Nov. 5, Dearwester, medical emergency Nov. 5, N 71, motor vehicle accident Nov. 5, Terwilligers Valley, cancelled call Nov. 6, Eldora, medical emergency Nov. 6, Montgomery, motor vehicle accident Nov. 6, Galbraith, fall Nov. 6, Montgomery, fall Nov. 6, Sycamore, medical emergency Nov. 6, Estermarie, medical emergency Nov. 6, Galbraith, fall Nov. 6, Mason Montgomery, structure fire Nov. 6, Marlette, good intent Nov. 6, Bridlemaker, medical emergency Nov. 6, Mason Montgomery, structure fire Nov. 7, Montgomery, motor vehicle accident Nov. 7, Second, medical emergency Nov. 7, Galbraith, no patient contact Nov. 7, Galbraith, medical emergency Nov. 7, Galbraith, medical emergency Nov. 7, Dearwester, lift assist Nov. 8, Montgomery, structure fire Nov. 8, Third, gas leak Nov. 8, Marlette, medical emergency Nov. 8, Reed Hartman, medical emergency Nov. 8, W 275, medical emergency Nov. 8, Grooms, medical emergency Nov. 8, Northcreek, medical emergency Nov. 8, Galbraith, fall Nov. 8, School, medical emergency Nov. 9, Quail Hollow, alarm activation Nov. 9, Solzman, medical emergency Nov. 9, Lyndon Center, medical emergency Nov. 9, Sturbridge, medical emergency Nov. 9, Darnell, no patient contact Nov. 9, Dearwester, fall

Nov. 9, School, medical emergency Nov. 9, Keller, medical emergency Nov. 9, Kenwood, alarm activation Nov. 9, Beech, open burn Nov. 10, N 71 @ 18.4, motor vehicle accident Nov. 10, Montgomery, medical emergency Nov. 10, Galbraith, fall Nov. 10, Galbraith, medical emergency Nov. 10, Montgomery, fall Nov. 10, Dearwester, medical emergency Nov. 10, Dearwester, fall Nov. 11, Orchard, wires down Nov. 11, 275 @ Montgomery, motor vehicle accident Nov. 11, S 71 @ 18.4, motor vehicle accident Nov. 11, Firethorn, fall Nov. 11, Dearwester, medical emergency Nov. 12, Solzman @ Kemper, pole struck Nov. 12, Quail Hollow, alarm activation Nov. 12, Donna, fall Nov. 13, Montgomery, alarm activation Nov. 13, S 71 @ 12.6, motor vehicle accident Nov. 13, Sandymar, medical emergency Nov. 13, Galbraith, medical emergency Nov. 13, Kenwood, medical emergency Nov. 13, Tiki, medical emergency Nov. 13, 22-Nov Montgomery, motor vehicle accident Nov. 13, Dearwester, fall Nov. 13, Montgomery, fall Nov. 13, School, medical emergency Nov. 14, Montgomery, alarm activation Nov. 14, Kenton, kitchen fire Nov. 14, Kenwood, alarm activation Nov. 14, Dearwester, fall Nov. 14, Glenover, medical emergency Nov. 14, Dearwester, fall Nov. 14, Fields Ertel, medical emergency Nov. 14, Emerald, medical emergency Nov. 14, Bath, overheated motor Nov. 15, Reading, medical emergency Nov. 15, Reed Hartman, medical emergency Nov. 15, Timberknoll @ Shadetree, motor vehicle accident Nov. 15, Blue Ash, fall Nov. 15, Kenwood, medical emergency Nov. 15, First, medical emergency Nov. 15, Reed Hartman, medical emergency


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RELIGION Ascension Lutheran Church



9:30am & 11:00am

6:00pm - Buffet Dinner 6:45pm - Programs and

Worship and Small Group Classes for all ages.

Classes for all ages.

EPISCOPAL ST. BARNABAS EPISCOPAL CHURCH 10345 Montgomery Rd. Montgomery, OH 45242


Sunday Worship: 8:00, 9:30* and 11:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. childcare provided*

(513) 984-8401

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

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

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


Sharonville United Methodist

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

3751 Creek Rd.


5910 Price Road, Milford 831-3770 Services 8:00 am, 9:15 am & 11:00am Steve Lovellette, Senior Pastor Nursery proivided at all services

Take I-275 to exit 57 toward Milford, Right on McClelland, Right on Price, church soon on Right

LUTHERAN ASCENSION LUTHERAN CHURCH 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery (East of I-71 on Pfeiffer Rd) Worship Schedule 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. Worship and Holy Communion Babysitter Provided 9:45 Christian Education Hour for all ages

Pastor Josh Miller Visit our website at:



www.fbccincy.or 513-489-1114


(across from Kenwood Towne Centre)

Saturday night at 5:00 and Sunday morning at 8:00, 9:00, 9:30 & 11am Sunday School at 9:30am


UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF THE SAVIOUR 8005 Pfeiffer Rd Montgmry 791-3142 Guest Speaker

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

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

6635 Loveland Miamiville Rd Loveland, OH 45140



8999 Applewood Dr Blue Ash 891 8527 (off Larchview, off Plainfield at Cross County Hwy.)

Sunday School & Worship 9 AM & 10:30 AM Child Care provided 10:30AM Rev. Robert Roberts, Pastor


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Worship Service ...................... 10:00am Church School......................... 11:15am CONNECT Youth Service........ 6-8pm Fellowship/Coffee Hour after Worship Nursery Provided/Youth Group Activities 360 Robin Av (off Oak St) Loveland OH

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4309 Cooper Rd. At Reed Hartman Hwy 791-1153 • Rev. Michael Brewer, Pastor • 9:00 AM Sunday School for Teens & Adults • 10:30 AM Worship • 10:45 AM Sunday School for Grades K-6 Nursery Care Provided Fellowship Hour following Worship Service

MADEIRA-SILVERWOOD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 8000 Miami Ave. 791-4470 Contemporary Worship 9:30 am Fellowship 10:30 am Traditional Worship 11:00 am Christian Education for Children and adults at 9:30 & 11 am

9994 Zig Zag Road Mongtomery, Ohio 45242

Worship Service 10:30am Nursery Care Available website:

The church has contemporary worship at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. The church is at 7421 E. Galbraith Road, Madeira; 791-8348.

Good Shepherd Catholic Church

The church recently kicked off its Honduras Project. The church will interact with their friends in Honduras in joint-faith sharing and development, help build a new bilingual elementary school, establish a new parish in Santa Lucia, travel to Honduras to meet their new Catholic brothers and sisters and help faith formation students connect with the children of Intibuca. For more information, call Deacon Mark Westendorf at 489-8815 ext. 718. The church has Roman Catholic Mass with contemporary music

Sundays at 4 p.m. Good Shepherd’s contemporary music Mass is a little livelier, a little more upbeat, but remains grounded in the traditional Roman Catholic liturgy. Worshipers will recognize popular Christian worship songs by artists such as Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman and Tim Hughes, as well as familiar Catholic liturgical hymns played to a livelier beat. At key points in the service, Contemporary Mass Music Director Bruce Deaton and his band strike up energetic praise music that has the congregation singing and clapping their hands. 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 located at 8815 E. Kemper Road, Montgomery; 5034262.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

The church is hosting Scrapbooking and More Crafts, 5:30-8:30 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. Upcoming dates include Jan. 24, Feb. 14, March 21, April 18, May 16, June 13, July 18 and Aug. 15. The church is located at 7701 Kenwood Road; 891-1700.

Hartzell United Methodist Church Sunday Worship Services are 9 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; 891-8527.

Kenwood Fellowship Church

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

Loveland Presbyterian Church

Worship service time is 10 a.m. on Sundays. Sunday School has several Bible

About religion

Religion news is published at no charge on a spaceavailable basis. Items must be to our office no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, for possible consideration in the following edition. E-mail announcements to nesuburban@communitypress. com, with “Religion” in the subject line. Fax to 248-1938. Call 248-8600. Mail to: Northeast Suburban Life, Attention: Andrea Reeves, Religion news, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, Ohio 45140. study classes for adults and children from 11:30 a.m. to noon. The new Connect Family service is on the second and fourth Thursdays. Join the group for free dinner, fellowship and study classes. The church has youth groups for preteens ages 7-8 and teens in ninth through 12th grades from 6-7:30 p.m. on the first and third Sundays of each month. The church is at 360 Robin Ave., Loveland; 683-2525;

Loveland United Methodist Church

The new service times are 8:15 a.m. to 9 a.m. for the “Rise and Shine” Traditional Service, 9:30-10:30 a.m. for the “A Little Bit Louder Now” Contemporary Service and 11 a.m. to noon for the “Morning Glory” Traditional Service. The church has a time “Especially for Children” at both the 9:30 and 11 a.m. worship services. All children are invited to come to worship with their families in the sanctuary. Following “Especially for Children,” the children will have an opportunity to go to Sunday school or return to sit with their family in worship. For those with children under the age of 2, the church has a professionally staffed nursery which is open to children at all services. Sunday school for all ages is offered at 9:30 a.m. Additional classes for pre-kindergarten through sixth grade are offered at 11 a.m. Join the United Methodist Women from 9:45 to 11 a.m. the first Thursday morning of each month for UMW, a time of fellowship, devotion and ministry at LUMC. The purpose of the UMW is “to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to

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Montgomery Presbyterian Church

Traditional worship services are 8:20 a.m. and 11 a.m.; contemporary music is 9:40 a.m. every Sunday. The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati; 791-3142;


101 South Lebanon Rd. Loveland, OH 45140 683-4244 Lead Pastor Jonathan Eilert Pastor Grant Eckhart Saturday Service 5:00pm Sunday Services 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00am Sunday School 9:30am

Sunday Worship Services are 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. with Adult Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. Children’s Church is during the 10:45 a.m. hour. All guests and visitors are welcome. The church is at 7388 East Kemper Road, Sycamore Township; 4897021.

Connections Christian Church

(1 mile west of Montgomery Rd) Services & Sunday School: 9:00am & 10:45am Nursery Available


Brecon United Methodist Church

Church of the Saviour United Methodist

Good Shepherd (ELCA) 7701 Kenwood Rd.

The church is participating in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America Malaria Campaign. The campaign focuses on the prevention, treatment and containment of malaria. The children of the Sunday School and the Wheel of Friendship women’s group are making special donations along with general donations from members of the congregation. The Monday morning Women’s Bible Study is beginning a new study called Encouraging One Another. The women meet from 9:45 to 11:15 a.m. to share prayer concerns and praises and to study the Bible together. Babysitting is available and guests are welcome. Worship services with Holy Communion are 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Christian education for all ages is 9:45 a.m. The church welcomes all people from Montgomery and surrounding communities to participate in worship and other activities. The church is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 793-3288, m.

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expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.” The church is at 10975 S. Lebanon Road, Loveland; 683-1738.

New Church of Montgomery

The church is temporarily conducting Sunday services at Strawser Funeral Home, 9305 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash. The church conducts worship at 10:30 a.m., Sundays and Study Group the first four Sundays of the month from 9 to 10 a.m. The study group is now studying “Divine Love and Wisdom” by Emanuel Swedenborg. All are welcome. The church is temporarily having services at 9503 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash; 489-9572;;

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

The church is having a special Festival of Lights service at 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9 to celebrate Epiphany. A Kings cake reception will immediately follow. The church will be “adopting” families from the West End and is seeking donations of food, gifts and money. An Intercessory Healing Prayer Service is held 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 Rombe’s in Blue Ash. A Bereavement Support Group for widow and widowers meets the second and fourth Saturdays, 1011 a.m. Mother Linda Young is leading Parent Church School from 9:30 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. Sundays. Stay in the undercroft after bringing your children to Sunday School and discuss “In the Midst of Chaos: Caring for Your Children as Spiritual Practice” by Bonnie MillerMcLenore. The Order of St. Luke is studying the 26 miracles of Jesus and how they apply to life today. Meetings are from 7-8:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month in the library. 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 church is ringing in the new year with the sermon series, “More Like Jesus this Year,” adapted from a series by Rick Warren. On Jan. 2, the sermon “The Focus and Features of Christ-like Living” will be based on scripture reading 1 Corinthians 9:19-23; Luke 4: 1819. 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 and child care is provided for all services. The church is at 8221 Miami Road, Madeira; 891-8181;

Sharonville United Methodist Church

Sharonville United Methodist Church has services; 8:15 and 11 a.m. are traditional worship format, and the 9:30 a.m. service is contemporary. SUMC welcomes all visitors and guests to attend any of its services or special events. The church is at 3751 Creek Road, Sharonville; 563-0117.

Sycamore Christian Church

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



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