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Colerain Township Police Chief Dan Meloy shows how a first-responder back pack works. The pack is filled with small first-aid kits for bullet wounds or other injuries which officers can drop for victims they encounter as they move through a building in pursuit of an intruder. JENNIE KEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

In addition to the comprehensive crisis intervention books in each building, the team has developed easy-to-use quick-access crisis intervention flip charts for every teacher covering everything from action plans for demonstrations, gas leaks and hazardous material spills to instructions for response to intruder lock-downs and tornadoes. The district uses some of its in-service time to train staff. There are also exercises for law enforcement in the buildings. The crisis team met Jan.15 to see what was learned from the Sandy Hook School shootings and continues to make plans for the safety of students in school buildings in the Northwest district. See SAFETY, Page A2

MAKING PLANS It’s not just school officials who are concerned about what can happen inside school buildings and how to respond to threats. Colerain Township police officers have done threat assessments for all of the Northwest Local School District’s buildings and many private school administrators have consulted with police as they determine policies for their buildings. Police Chief Dan Meloy said police have helped identify media, command, staging and family meeting locations in the event of incidents at all of the buildings. Classroom numbers are visible from the outside of the building for first responders. All of the assessments are sent to the FBI Southern Ohio Joint Terrorism Task Force. Local businesses have also invested in school security. Meloy distributed first responder backpacks, bought with donations from area businesses, at the Jan. 15 meeting. The pack is filled with small first-aid kits that would help treat bullet wounds or other injuries, which officers can drop for victims they encounter as they move through a building in pursuit of an intruder. The Hamilton County Communications Center will also have copies of building plans and layouts available to help give responding officers information in case of an incident. Meloy said the assessments are scheduled for review in 2013.

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The Northwest Local School District Board of Education is looking close to home in its search for a new superintendent begins. The Northwest board of education accepted and approved the resignation of its current superintendent, Rick Glatfelter, at the regular meeting Jan. 8. The board is accepting internal applicaDenny tions first and will widen the search to outside candidates if necessary, board members said. “At this point we have posted the position internally,” said board vice president Pam Detzel. The job was posted Jan. 11. The posting lists job goals as: “to provide effective leadership in all areas of educational administration which will result in a program of quality education for the students of the Northwest Local School District, as well as being responsive to the needs of the community.” Each applicant’s qualifications will be evaluated, and those deemed most qualified will be invited to an interview. Qualifications include an Ohio license to practice as a superintendent and the fulfillment of those listed in the Northwest Local School District Board Policy. Board president David Denny said there has been no public discussion about the search process, and the board will decide whether to hire someone from inside the district or go outside the district after the Jan. 20 deadline has passed. “We feel we have some excellent internal candidates in the district,” Denny said. “There is no reason to make this complicated. And we have some time. If we decide we need to go outside, there is time to do that, as well.” Glatfelter’s last day with the district is March 31. Vol. 91 No. 50 © 2013 The Community Press ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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The Northwest Local School District did not have to do much work to ramp up its security after 20 students were killed in Newtown, Conn. in December. It formed a crisis team more than 20 years ago, developing crisis plan books that lay out procedures for a variety of emergency events that can arise in a school building. The Northwest District Crisis Team is a partnership that includes building supervisors, local businesses, administrative office personnel, police officers and supervisors from all of the law enforcement and fire and emergency medical agencies, and personnel from the private schools, located within the district’s boundaries. The team has members from a wide sample of community stakeholders, all focused on the best response in a building emergency. Pauletta Crowley, assistant director of community and student services for the Northwest district, oversees the group. She says while the shooting in Connecticut and security is a front-burner issue now, the crisis team has looked at responses to other incidents such as pandemic illness, power failures, demonstrations and riots. “We work cooperatively with Green, Colerain and Springfield townships fire and police departments in planning and practicing crisis situations,” Crowley said. She said many of the district’s administrators, custodians, lead secretaries, counselors and teachers attended crisis training in August before school began. Since the Connecticut shooting, all of the district’s schools reviewed the crisis plans and have updated staff with proper security measures and protocols. “We had the plans in place,” Crowley said. “We wanted to remind our staff to follow the policies and procedures that are laid out there.”


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Catholic schools across the community are ready to celebrate National Catholic Schools Week, an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. The annual observance is Sunday, Jan. 27, to Saturday, Feb. 2. Schools typically celebrate National Catholic Schools Week with Masses, open houses and activities for students, families, parishioners and the community.

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Mass on Tuesday, Jan. 29, and a Student-Teacher Game Day on Thursday, Jan. 31 with a “Minute to Win It” format. Hicks said students will enjoy a program with a yo-yo performer on Wednesday. “We are trying to so something fun for the students every day during that week,” she said. St. Bernard School, 7115 Springdale Road, has activities planned every day during Catholic Schools week, including a daily Penny Challege and a culminating mission festival that raises money for sister school St. Julie Billiart School in Uganda. Last year’s event helped St. Bernard students raise more than $3,000 for St. Julie’s. Principal Mark Clevidence said the school will have Spirit Day, Student Appreciation Day, Pay it Forward Day, Staff Appreciation Day and Mission Day. Activities will include out of uniform days, an academic challenge, all-school bingo, no homework day, cards and notes to staff and people who have religious vocations, the annual science fair, teacherstudent volleyball and the annual mission festival. St. Ignatius School, kicks off the week with an open house from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at the school, 5222 North Bend Road. Tour the school and meet the teach-

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ers, staff, and representatives from various school and parish organizations. Registration forms will be available for families who currently do not have students attending St. Ignatius. Laura Sieve, assistant principal, said student council members will make the daily announcements and students will make Valentine’s Day cards to send to the troops overseas. During the week, students will have a variety of activities. There will be impromptu five-minute dance breaks called Get Up and Move on Monday. On Tuesday, students will write thank-you notes to their parents and past teachers for their Catholic education. Souper Appreciation Day is Wednesday, when students will bring in canned soup to donate to St. Leo Church and McAuley students

will perform for firstthrough fourth-graders. On Thursday, there’s an all-school mass and a staff appreciation luncheon and the week winds to a close with the popular teacher vs eighth-grade volleyball game. Sieve says younger student will attend a faculty vs eighthgrade basketball shootoff rather than the volleyball game. Saint James School in White Oak kicks off the week with its annual open house from1to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at the school, 6111 Cheviot Road. Everyone is invited to attend and find out more about our fantastic school. Tours will be given for all interested families and there will be an iPad raffle for visitors completing a tour of the building. The school will have Community Recognition Day on Monday, Volunteer and

Parent Recognition Day on Tuesday, Priest Recognition Day in Wednesday, followed by Staff Appreciation Day on Thursday and Student Day on Friday. School spokesman and teacher Jeff Fulmer said activities during the week include lunch with local police officers and firefighters, an all-school Mass, volunteer and teacher appreciation lunches, out of uniform day, a Madcap Puppets performance and studentteacher dodge ball or bingo with the principal. St. John the Baptist Church, 5375 Dry Ridge Road, will have its school open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at the school in conjunction with Catholic Schools Week. New Family Hour for prospective families takes place from 6 to 7 p.m. Guided tours of the school will be offered. Tours begin in the church. Principal Cati Blum says students will participate in some service projects, including an outreach for St. Luke Church and one for the Catholic Pregnancy Center West. She said other activities that will be enjoyed by students include the school science fair, a book fair, an afterschool sock hop, bus driver appreciation day, and the eight-grade vs faculty volleyball game that closes out the week’s activities.

Hook shooting. West said that following the tragedy, his department now has police officers walking through 16 school buildings in the township every day. He said the officers and the times of the visits change so as not to establish an identifiable pattern, and it has an added benefit that students are getting to know their community’s police officers better. While both police chiefs think the district plan is moving in a good direction, Northwest schools Superintendent Rick Glatfelter cautioned the group not to feel too

complacent about the progress of the district plan. He said in a recent meeting of superintendents in area districts, the subject of crisis plans came up. “I have to say I think we are average in relation to other districts,” he said. “We have some strong points, and some areas that are not so strong.” He recommended the team begin looking at strategies that are not in place in the district and that the group needs to evaluate those to see if they should be adopted. He said there needs to be a laundry list, and then the questions “Is this effec-

tive?” and “Is this feasible?” need to be asked and answered. Also attending the crisis team meetings are representatives from the district’s afterschool programs. Private school administrators said being part of the district team is good for their students, as well. “They have resources that aren’t otherwise available to me,” said St. John the Baptist principal Cati Blum. “This is a great partnership for us. We have access to the plans and the expertise as well as the training. It is invaluable.”

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With an opening set for this fall, daily progress is being made at the new Mercy Health – West Hospital in Green Township. “Construction is moving on schedule,” said Mercy Health’s West Market Leader and President Mike Stephens. “We are still on track for an October opening.” Mercy Health is building a 650,000-square-feet, full-service hospital off of North Bend Road, near Interstate 74. The 250-bed hospital, which recently won a national award for architecture and design, will feature the latest advancements in patient care and comfort, state-of-the-art technologies, private patient rooms and expanded medical services for West Siders. Stephens said construction will be finished in September, and then it will take six weeks for crews to bring in hospital equipment and supplies and test the building’s mechanical and technology systems. Mercy Health plans to transfer patients from its hospitals in Westwood and Mount Airy, and have Mercy Health – West Hospital open and ready for new patients in the third week of October, he said. Nanette Bentley, spokeswoman for Mercy Health, said several key steps in the hospital’s con-

A rendering of the new Mercy Health – West Hospital being built in Green Township. Construction is on schedule, and the hospital is expected to open in October. FILE PHOTO

“It really is Mercy’s commitment to bringing comprehensive services to the West Side,” Stephens said. “Patients prefer to receive care in the communities in which they live.” Being able to get care close to home, where their families can be involved, does help improve outcomes for patients, he said. As a full-service hospital, he said Mercy Health will be able to offer services it does not have capabilities for now at its neighborhood hospitals in Westwood and Mount Airy. Mercy Health is spending $300 million on the hospital project, he said. The hospital will employ more than 1,000 people.

struction have recently been completed. The progress includes the installation of blue glass panels which form crosses on both the east and west sides of the building, installation of glazed tile panels for the western face of the building and the planting of all the plants for the building’s green roof so they can take root in time for the spring growing season, Bentley said. Landscapers have also planted trees along the hospital’s entrance drive, Mercy Boulevard, and the entryway’s limestone walls have been installed, she said. The new hospital will serve as the center of Mercy Health’s network of health care services throughout the area.

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Springfield Township is hosting a state of the township meeting at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at the Grove Banquet Hall to review the last five years and look at the fiscal future of the township. “We’re going to look back at what’s taken place, such as changes in the legislature and how those decisions and issues have challenged us and then show what we’ve done,” Administrator Mike Hinnenkamp said. The administrator will discuss how the elimination of estate tax and cuts in the local government fund have affected the finances of the township. He said they have been fiscally responsible and made significant cuts in preparation for decreased funding. “We’ve cut our budgets way back,” Trustee President Joe Honerlaw said. “Our budget is 35 percent below what it was years ago.” Pinching pennies allowed them some carryover money or savings which will help them ride out the next couple of years. However, with changes in government funding and already high taxes in the township, there will need to be a plan to generate more revenue. “The moral of the story is our property taxes are high,” he said. “I don’t think we have the option to keep raising them.” The board has been discussing a series of op-

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The Mount Healthy Alumni Association is accepting nominations for Alumnus of the Year. Qualifications include being a graduate of Mount Healthy High School and serving as a positive role model. The committee will look at career accomplishment, volunteer accomplishment or community involvement. Information regarding the qualifications, and the nomination form, can be obtained at under the Alumnus of the Year heading, from Rose Kahsar at, or Steve Harness at Nominations must be received by Thursday, Feb. 14, and should be sent to: Rose Kahsar, Mount Healthy City School District, 8101 Hamilton Ave., Mount Healthy, Ohio 45231.

Blue Highway in concert

The Greater Cincinnati Performing Arts Society will present the two-time Grammy nominated Bluegrass group Blue Highway at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, in the St. Xavier Performance Center, 600 North Bend Road, Finneytown. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 the day of show. The Greater Cincinnati Performing Arts Society is a registered nonprofit supporting local Catholic elementary schools.

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St. Ignatius School will register women and young women – any age – for its Hair for Hope at the school’s open house 1-2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan, 27, at the school on North Bend Road. Anyone who wants to donate their hair at the St Ignatius Health Fair in June is welcome to register. All hair donations

will go to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. The school needs at least 8 inches of hair, so you have until June to let your hair grow. Pledge forms and more information will be at St Ignatius cafeteria during the open house.

ORDER UP Any idea where this might be? We didn’t think so. Time to go hunting in the neighborhood to see if you can find it. Send your best guess to northwestpress@community or call 853-6287, along with your name. Deadline to call is noon Friday. If you’re correct, we’ll publish your name in next week’s newspaper along with the correct answer. See last week’s answer on B5.

Open house Sally’s Preschool, 3336 North Bend Road, will have an open house 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1. The preschool offers classes for 3- top 5-year-olds in both the morning and afternoon. There are two- and three-day programs and all teachers are professionally trained. Tours will be given on the half hour throughout the day. For questions call 481-5483.

Colerain plans Monte Carlo Save the date for the Colerain Booster’s 10th annual Monte Carlo Night. The annual fundraiser for the Colerain Boosters will be from 7 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, March 9, at Receptions Fairfield, 5975 Boymel Drive, in Fairfield. Everyone 21 or older is invited to attend. Proceeds support Colerain High School, Colerain Middle School, and White Oak Middle School to provide facilities and opportunities. Purchase a Reverse Raffle ticket for a 1 in 300 chance to win $10,000 with another $2,500 in prizes to be given away. At the event, guests will be able to enjoy an open bar with hors d’oeuvres, music and dancing, games of chance,a silent auction, and watch the March Madness basketball games. The advanced admission/reverse raffle tickets are now available. For tickets purchased prior to March 1, a couple admission and Reverse Raf-

fle Ticket is $125. The cost of a reverse raffle ticket only is $100 and advance admission tickets after March 1 are $25 per person, $45 per couple. At the door, admission is $30 per person, $55 per couple. Advanced admission and reverse raffle tickets can be purchased at the Colerain High School Athletic Office, 8801 Cheviot Road, during business hours. Contact Dawn Ostertag at 513-741-5054 or email her at for more information.

Gospel Fest auditions Feb. 1 Forest Park Parks & Recreation Commission is planning auditions for the 21st annual Gospel Fest, a community event to showcase local gospel talent. To audition, download and complete the application form available online at under the News & Notices tab and submit it, along

with an audio or visual recording to: The City of Forest Park, Attention: Recreation Coordinator Taffy A. Jackson-Fambro, 1201 West Kemper Road, Forest Park, Ohio, 45240, by Friday, Feb. 1. Musical performances will be limited to two selections per performer with time not to exceed 12 minutes. If you are selected to perform at Gospel Fest 2013, you will be notified by Wednesday, Feb. 6. Gospel Fest will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Dayspring Church Auditorium, 1060 Smiley Ave. For information, call Jackson-Fambro at 513-595-5252.

Teen programs at library

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County sponsors teen programs for those 12 to 18 years old at the North Central branch, 11109 Hamilton Ave. from 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays in January. On Jan. 17, participants will make no-sew fleece scarves

and on Jan. 24, the program will celebrate the Presidential inauguration with trivia. On Jan. 31, the programs wind up with an opportunity to make simple bird houses and feeders. The program will meet in the North Central Branch Meeting Room. For information or to register, call Elizabeth Hartlaub at 513-369-6068.

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Attention all runners, especially women runners. Are you looking for a training partner? Need an excuse to start running or walking more? Want to burn a few extra calories? How about training for Cincinnati’s premier event, the Flying Pig? McAuley High School has organized some group training sessions, which consist of runs and walks every Saturday morning at 8 a.m. beginning Jan. 19, and continuing up to the Flying Pig, Sunday, May 5. Training begins with a fourmile loop and the distance of each run will increase every week. There are several McAuley alumnae, teachers and friends who will be at the trainings to lead, coach, and mentor those interested in training for the half or full marathon. Those who plan to run/walk the Flying Pig 10k or 5k on Saturday, May 4, are welcome to join the group any Saturday as part of their training. All participants will receive a complimentary McAuley Flying Pig moisture-wicking shirt to wear during race events. To register to train with the McAuley group, fill out a brief form online at /piginterest. For further information, contact Brigitte Foley at or 513-681-1800, ext. 1150.




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Mix It Up program builds friendships It’s human nature to want to be around your closest friends, and the students at Saint Ignatius Loyola are no different. However, in an attempt to foster new friendships, three students from St. Ignatius School in Montfort Heights decided they wanted to help their fellow students break out of the ordinary and “Mix It Up!” Hannah Paul, Julie Hilvert and Elizabeth Lightfoot, all eighth-graders at St. I’s., reserved places for students to sit next to others whose first name began with the same letter as theirs. “We tend to sit by last name a lot in the classrooms,” said Hilvert. “We thought having them sit by first name would really mix things up.”

Students in grades four through eight entered the cafeteria and found brightly colored papers with letters of the alphabet spread throughout their dining area. If a child’s first name began with that letter, they would sit with others having the same first initial. As they sat together for lunch, Assistant Principal Laura Sieve and other staff members asked the students questions that promoted discussions and gave insight into each student in a fun and interactive way. ”We knew the best way to make a friendship is to have fun,” said Lightfoot. “So, when meeting with Principal Tim Reilly, he suggested the game ‘Would You Rather’ ... a conversation

game that poses a question beginning with “would you rather.” Liking the idea, the three eighth graders researched questions designed to get the students to talk to each other. Michelle Weibel, a sixth-grader at St. I’s, decided she’d like to be able to talk to animals “rather” than be able to control the weather. Nancy Bachman, Cafeteria Manager said, “The kids were having so much fun at lunch, they didn’t want to leave!” Mix it Up Day at St. I’s gave the kids a chance to make new friends, share ideas and have fun they’ll long remember. As Elizabeth Lightfoot said, “So many of the students said they made new best friends because of what we did.”

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McAuley sophomores receive their pins

McAuley High School strives to empower young women of all grades to succeed and become leaders. The annual sophomore pinning ceremony/prayer service was Dec. 12. This ceremony always coincides with the Sisters of Mercy’s Foundation Day; Catherine McAuley founded the Sisters of Mercy on Dec. 12, 1831, in Dublin, Ireland. The pin is a tangible sign to the students that they are carrying on McAuley’s mission, and a symbol of school unity. The entire community par-

ticipated as the pins were blessed and blessings asked for the sophomores. Each sophomore received her pin from a senior “sister” in her family homeroom as her name was announced. The special pin is crafted in the shape of the school crest, embossed with the school motto, representing, among other things, the light of education, the wheat of the farmer’s college once located in College Hill, the Irish background of the school, and the Sisters of Mercy who opened McAuley in 1960.

McAuley High School senior Meghan Goldick pins the school pin on sophomore Gabby Brown during the school’s sophomore pinning ceremony/prayer service. THANKS TO KATHY DIETRICH Left, Evan Siebel and Steven Lindner members of a Monfort Heights/ White Oak neighborhood team "Big Brick Theory" tensely watch their robot maneuver the course, students from 20 robotics teams around the area converged on the Winton Woods Intermediate School in Forest Park for a regional robotics contest. ONY JONES/THE COMMUNITY PRESS


SCHOOL NOTES Pleasant Run Elementary

The latest Pride winners are third-graders Hannah Baker, Jashawn Foggie and Cooper Hoskins, fourth-graders Falilou Dionna, Erubei Gonzalez, Daryl Harris, Zaria Mincey, Matthew Rich, Simieon Salter and Kyle Thomas, and fifth-graders Noah Davis, Kailynn Jewell, Elisha Jordan, Cameron Murrell and AJ Rowland.

St. James School

The Eighth Grade Leader-

ship Council decided to adopt the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation as its charity to support. The students know there are several students in the school who have diabetes and have to deal with it on a daily basis. The group set a goal to raise funds to help support JDRF and show their classmates that they stand with them. They sold JDRF shoes for $1 for one week. In about a week's time, the group had collected $1,145.50 from the generosity of teachers, students and their families.


Members of the Monfort Heights/ White Oak neighborhood team "Big Brick Theory" stand on the side line as their operators run their team’s robot on the course. Students from 20 robotics teams around the area converged on the Winton Woods Intermediate School in Forest Park for a regional robotics contest. TONY JONES/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Valerie Schneider has earned a master of science in business analytics magna cum laude from the University of Cincinnati. Schneider earned her undergraduate degree in math and business administration from the College of Mount St. Joseph. She will be working as a product analyst for American Modern Insurance Group. She is the daughter of Don and Karen Schneider of Monfort Heights.

Dean’s list

Brittany Zins was named to the fall dean’s list at Union College and was named to the fall 2012 list of presidential laureates. To make the list, a student must achieve a 3.75 gradepoint average for two successive semesters, with at least 15 hours of graded work and without grades of C or below in either semester. Only 19 students at Union earn this distinction for the fall 2012 semester.



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Mt. Healthy guard Ericka Fitzpatrick (3) brings the ball up the court. The senior leads her team and the SWOC in assists (5.3 per game) and steals (4.4) for the 10-6 Lady Owls. TONY TRIBBLE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Fitzpatrick steals show for Owls By Tom Skeen

Northwest guard Aron Simms drives to the basket while avoiding Anderson defenders. JIM OWENS/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Northwest forward Darius Hubbard scores two of his team-high 15 points. JIM OWENS/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS


Darius Hubbard scored 15 points, but it wasn’t enough as Northwest lost to Anderson, 6356 Jan. 15. On Jan. 18, the Knights couldn’t bounce back into the victory column and fell to Southwest Ohio Conference leader Wilmington (10-2, 8-1), 7354. The loss dropped the Knights to an 8-6 overall record, and a 5-4 mark in league play.

Northwest Forward Devyn Walker navigates his way to two points. JIM OWENS/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

MT. HEALTHY — If you ask most basketball coaches what they want from their point guard, they will tell you to run the offense, play defense and be a leader. Mount Healthy senior Ericka Fitzpatrick does exactly that. The Lady Owl leads the Southwest Ohio Conference with 5.3 assists per game, her 13.8 points per game ranks third in the SWOC and she leads the second-highest scoring offense in the conference. On defense, her 4.4 steals per contest ranks first and she has helped the Lady Owls to 10-6 record. “I think, No.1, it’s her athletic ability,” coach Jim Pugh said of Fitzpatrick’s success this season. “She has excellent quickness and sees the floor on both the offensive and defensive end very well.” Getting to this point wasn’t all fun and games. As a sophomore at Colerain, Fitzpatrick was averaging just five points a game. The transformation came when she transferred to Mount Healthy her junior year and went on to average 11 points, four assists and three steals last season. “Staying in the gym and working hard,” Fitzpatrick said of her turnaround last season. “Getting to know my team-

mates and creating chemistry so they know how to play with me and I know how to play with them (was key).” Being a senior entails more than just producing on the court, and Fitzpatrick is more than willing to accept those responsibilities. “Yeah, it’s very different,” she said of her senior year. “More of the younger players look up to me now. I have to learn to keep my composure more now. I have to be a leader to them and teach them things that they don’t know how to do yet.” The Lady Owls have five girls averaging more than 7.5 points per game and have shown serious potential this season, especially in a 41-35 loss to 16-0 Talawanda - ranked No. 1 in The Enquirer Divisions II-IV area coaches’ poll. “I think we can go very far,” Fitzpatrick said. “I have a lot of faith in my team. If we can play the way we can, how we played against Talawanda and a lot of other teams, we can make it to state. I have a lot of faith in that.” Regardless of what happens this season, Fitzpatrick knows one thing for sure when it comes to her future. “I plan to play in college,” she said. “I have Miami-Middletown looking at me, but I’m not really sure where I’m going yet, but I do plan on going to college for basketball.”


Ranked » The boys basketball team at Roger Bacon High School was ranked fifth in the latest Associated Press Division III state poll.

Off to college » Colerain quarterback Alfred Ramsby verbally committed to Georgia Southern, according to Gannett News Service.

MVP » This week’s award goes to Roger Bacon’s Fred Jackson. Jackson scored 19 points in the Spartans’ 97-50 victory over Purcell Marian, Jan. 11. On Jan. 18, Jackson scored 28 points to help lead his team to a 64-49 win over Badin. In-between games, the Spartans continued to solidi-

fy their spot as an area power with a 62-59 win over Elder Jan. 15. Justin Austin Frentsos led all scorers with 17 points off the bench.

Boys basketball

» La Salle beat Elder, 53-47, Jan. 11. Jeffrey Larkin scored 17 points. Jeremy Larkin and Connor Speed each scored 10. » Colerain cruised past Hamilton, 71-37, Jan. 18. Milton Davis scored 14 points and dished out four assists. » St. Xavier moved to 10-2 on the season after a 60-41 victory over Elder Jan. 18. Both Ben Carroll and Joe Barrett scored 16 points to lead the Bombers.

Girls basketball

» McAuley continued its winning ways with a 60-42 win over Harrison Jan. 14. Senior guard Meg Egbers scored 11 points, while Taylor Pifher added 10.

» Talawanda got the best of Mount Healthy Jan. 12, 41-35. Ericka Fitzpatrick led with 10 points. Mount Healthy got its 10th win of the season following a 50-39 victory over Little Miami Jan. 16. Sophomore Carrie Collins led with 19 points.

sula, 2,344-1,550, Jan. 17. Alexis Baker rolled a 455 high series. » Mount Healthy lost to Reading 1,783-1,649, Jan. 17. Junior Sara Frye led the Lady Owls with a 271 series.

Boys bowling

» Roger Bacon defeated Colerain, 54-32, Jan. 16. Individual winners included Kevin Anneken (100, 200 free), Joey Anello (200 IM), Kyle Suffoletta (50 free) Drew Suffoleta (100 fly, 100 breast).

» Sophomore Chris Wilhelm rolled a 220 high series as Roger Bacon defeated Badin, 2,5332,339 Jan. 14. » La Salle completed its season sweep of Elder with a 2,8642,574, Jan. 17. Will Mullen rolled a 470 high series, while Eric Blessing (454) and Matt Nichols (415) also added to the Lancers’ total. » Mount Healthy took down Reading 2,526-2,349, Jan. 17 behind a 435 series from Nathan Smith.

Girls bowling

» McAuley defeated St. Ur-

Boys swimming

Girls swimming » Colerain beat Roger Bacon, 52-25, Jan 16. Individual winners included Goebel (200 IM, 100 breast), Bachman (100 fly).

Wrestling » St. Xavier placed11th at the Charlie Moore Invitational Jan. 14 at Reading High School.

La Salle’s Tim Bell, right, defends a shot from Moeller’s Grant Benzinger (15) during the Crusaders’ 54-47 victory Jan. 18. JOSEPH FUQUA II/THE COMMUNITY PRESS



CATCHING UP WITH COLLEGE ATHLETES East Championships in February. He is majoring in political science with a minor in economics and made the Dean’s List the fist semester. » McAuley High School 2012 graduate Melissa Scherpenberg has continued her basketball career at Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, Ohio. Melissa has been a starter in all games this season. She recorded her first double-double in her first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game against Saginaw Valley, recording 18 rebounds and 12 points. It was the most Panther rebounds recorded since 2007. She currently is ranked sixth in the GLIAC in rebounds with

» La Salle High School 2010 graduate Joe Scherpenberg is swimming for the University of Cincinnati. The Bearcats earned a school-best third-place finish at the Miami Invite. Joe led the Bearcats with five top-10 individual finishes. The 6-foot-10 junior began his meet with a third-place mark of 1:40.06 in the 200-yard freestyle. His other top 10s were in the 100 backstroke (fourth - 51.25), the 200 back (fifth - 1:50), the 100 free (fifth - 45.82) and the 50 free (ninth - 21.33). Joe currently ranks in the Top 25 in five Big East individual events, including two in the top 12. His focus now turns to the Big

La Salle graduate Joe Scherpenberg now swims for the University of Cincinnati. THANKS TO JAN SCHERPENBERG

9.7 rebounds per game, second in blocked shots with 15 on the season and 12th in steals with 17. She is majoring in early childhood education and made the Dean’s List the first semester.

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Cost is $10 per coach. McConnell and Styles will share their approaches to the game at the coaches clinic. McConnell is among the newest additions to the La Salle Athletic Hall of Fame. He was named All-GCL in baseball in 1993. He was All-GCL and AllCity as he led La Salle to the GCL Championship in 1994. He also pitched a no-hitter that year. McConnell earned a baseball scholarship to Ball State University, and pitched for three Major League Baseball organizations, including the Atlanta Braves, over a 10-year career. An Aiken High School product, Styles was a Cincinnati Reds fifth-round draft choice and played for its affiliates. He is active in the Reds’ Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program that provides inner-city youth an opportunity to learn and enjoy the game of baseball. Fourth-year head varsity

White Oak Athletic Club spring youth sports registration is available online at The sports include boys baseball, girls softball and boys and girls soccer. Children ages 4-18 can participate. WOAC is hosting an in-person registration from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24, in Betch Fieldhouse at Haubner Field, 3649 Whiteoak Drive, 45247.

Coaches clinic

La Salle High School will have its fourth-annual Youth Baseball Coaches Clinic with two former professional baseball players: La Salle graduate and new varsity pitching coach Sam McConnell and Marlon Styles Sr. Athletic directors, baseball coordinators and coaches are invited to attend the clinic from 1 to 4:15 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10, at the school’s gym at 3091 North Bend Road, Green Township.

McAuley graduate Melissa Scherpenberg plays basketball for Ohio Dominican University. THANKS TO JAN SCHERPENBERG


coach Joe Voegele and other Lancer coaches will be on hand to assist at the Feb. 10 clinic. They include varsity coach Art Bellamy, junior varsity coaches Joe Schmetzer, Chris Dooros and David Middendorf, and freshmen coaches Keith Ruter and Joe Andrews. To register or for information, call Voegele at 741-4353. In the event of questionable weather on Feb. 10, participants may call 588-6607.


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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Disappointed with parks fee

I was disappointed to read of the new Colerain Township policy requiring an admission fee to township parks. As a matter of general knowledge and as a public employee I am well aware of the fiscal challenges that government at all levels are experiencing, so I understood the new charge might be necessary for the township to remain fiscally sound. But I found that new charge even more galling when I read the township administrator, after less than a year on the job, was granted a $5,000 raise in his salary to $130,000 a year. Although this sum is not much when considering the totality of the township budget, it sends a terrible message to the moderate income township resident who could previously rely on township parks for free family entertainment and who now must pay more for this valuable township service. In a time with high unemployment and record foreclosures, Colerain Township should strive to live within its means before asking residents to pay more. It seems the old ax-

iom is true ... The more government brings in the more it spends. Government entities at all levels are being required to maintain austerity budgets. Colerain Township government should be no different. Gregory Theile Colerain Township

Congratulations on the funding

Congratulations to the Northwest Local School District team for securing $700,000 in funding (from UC Health) for the athletic infrastructures at Colerain and Northwest high schools. The football facilities at these schools are used for high school football, middle school football, boys and girls soccer, track and the band among other functions. This $700,000 goes toward the facilities upon which many of the extracurricular activities are played. The recent passage of the NWLSD school levy allowed the extra curricular activities to continue. Without that passage this sponsorship agreement would not have taken place. Go figure! Dave Thomas Colerain Township

Many reasons to oppose ‘park tax’ Colerain Township Trustees announced a $10 annual fee to enter township parks and families, children and seniors are hardest hit. Actually this fee will impact all Colerain residents both in the direct added cost when using their parks and in indirect ways with wider implications and hidden costs. Colerain trustees recently announced a fee to enter and use township parks. Trustee Jeff Ritter explains this fee, a tax in reality to be paid by those entering the parks, will raise approximately $70,000 dollars for our cash-strapped township. The imposition of a “park tax” should be considered carefully. Like most new taxes, it will become a permanent fixture in the constellation of taxes, which residents now pay to the township, school district, county, state and federal governments. It is no exaggeration to say children and families will be disproportionately affected by this new tax. The trustees have increased the cost of children’s soccer, baseball and other outdoor sports. The cost of a weekday walk in the park has increased along with an after-school stop with the kids to run off some energy. Family picnics, reunions, church picnics, flying kites, bike riding, throwing rocks in a river and playing in the wooden playground just got more expensive. More than a few people have read the last paragraph and are exclaiming “Its just $10 a year!” OK, but how much will a $10 fee actually cost the township? The $10 fee will require attendants to collect the tax and issue permits. Permits will require enforcement, which means employees will be tasked with patrolling the parks. Already stretched, employees will be charged with

the collection of fines. Utilizing highly trained Colerain police as “meter maids” is not the best use of valuable Elle Koch resources. McVay New employCOMMUNITY PRESS ees could be GUEST COLUMNIST hired to accomplish these new tasks but then again, the “park tax” is expected to bring in only $70,000 in new revenue. There are other unanticipated consequences of the trustees’ new park tax. Large numbers of park patrons, seeking to avoid the new tax, will be parking on the streets of subdivisions surrounding township parks. The number of park goers parking in residential streets will grow exponentially during sports season and during other special events. Maybe not a direct cost to the township but certainly park neighbors will pay a price with congested streets, increased traffic and “game on” with time spent hunting for a parking spot in their own neighborhood. There are other reasons to oppose this new “park tax” but the biggest is it simply does not make sense. Colerain residents have recently seen their payroll taxes, school taxes, income taxes and property taxes increase and government’s answer can’t simply be to raise taxes with each challenge. Each of us over the past years, dealing with limited revenue and higher prices has had to find ways to reduce spending. It is time our township learns from our example. Call the trustees at 385-7500 and let them know your opinion on this new “park tax.” Elle Koch McVay is a resident of Colerain Township.



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New committee will look over East Asia SIn the last Congress, I had the honor of serving as chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia. The so-called Arab Spring began the month I took over as chairman (just a coincidence I assure you!). It was an incredible experience during a tumultuous period in this always volatile region of the world. I had the opportunity to visit with our brave troops in Iraq, meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders in Jerusalem and the West Bank, and witness firsthand the results of revolutions in Egypt, Yemen and Libya. In retrospect, perhaps my saddest experience was spending the better part of two days in Tripoli, Libya, with our courageous ambassador, Chris Stevens, who would be murdered by terrorists in Benghazi, Libya, one month later. In Washington, my committee held numerous substantive hearings on regional developments in the Middle East, and heard testimony from key State Department officials, scholars, and think tank professionals. Last week, the Foreign Affairs Committee met for the first time in this new Congress, and I was formally appointed chairman of another panel – the Sub-

committee on Asia and the Pacific. It’s an assignment that I believe will prove to be equally interesting and Steve Chabot COMMUNITY PRESS challenging. It’s inGUEST COLUMNIST teresting to note that President Obama announced awhile back, with considerable fanfare, his administration’s intention to pivot U.S. attention and resources from the Middle East to East Asia and the Pacific. His reasoning is that as U.S. commitments in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down, thwarting the expansionist tendencies of our real strategic world rival, China, must be stepped up. My committee will have jurisdiction over U.S. policy in an area that spans almost half the Earth’s surface, and contains more than half the world’s population. It stretches as far north as Mongolia, and south to New Zealand, from Pakistan in the west to the Pacific island nations in the east. The AsiaPacific region includes countries such as India, the world’s largest democracy; Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim nation; and China, the world’s most populous country. And the

Asian-Pacific economy accounts for more than 50 percent of world trade. Some of the critical issues I expect to deal with are the following. Challenging political transitions in China, Japan, and South Korea. North Korea continues to belligerently push forward on its nuclear program. China continues to act aggressively toward its neighbors, and against American influence. India dominates South Asia and this democracy should be a natural ally of the United States. However, considerable work remains to improve this relationship. And then there’s Pakistan. Even though we have provided nearly $25 billion in aid over the last 10 years, Pakistan remains an unreliable ally in suppressing Islamic extremism. This relationship must improve as Pakistan will be critical in the Afghan reconciliation process. An ancient Chinese proverb says “May you live in interesting times.” That is likely to be the case in the Asia-Pacific region into the foreseeable future. Republican Steve Chabot represents the 1st District. He can be reached at 441 Vine St., Room 3003, Cincinnati, OH., 45202, phone 513-684-2723; or by email at

CH@TROOM Jan. 16 question Should the U.S. leave a small number of troops in Afghanistan after 2014, when the current NATO combat mission ends, or should it remove all troops, known as the “zero-option”?

“Afghanistan is a very sparse and desolate country. Like the Russians who left there, the U.S. has found this another Vietnam but even longer. Hopefully we have generals who can answer this withdrawal better than some politicians. The U.S. has spent trillions of dollars since WW II on other countries via many useless wars and foreign aid. Just think if half of that money had gone into aid for American citizens and programs. I would recommend viewing the eight-part Oliver Stone “Untold History of the United States” on Showtime, which focuses on the U.S. from 1940 or so to the present day. While strongly flavored with Stone’s liberal perspective it sure points out some major errors in US domestic and foreign policy. Hindsight is 20/20, make that $20 trillion wasted. Go Figure!” T.D.T. “I am a little hesitant to answer this question, because I do not have the expertise that is needed to make the decision. My inclination is to vote for pulling everyone out. We will never make Afghanistan like the US, and our people are in danger from terrorist attacks over there all the time. “We cannot police the entire world, even though sometimes I wish we could do that


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in places like Syria, Iran, Mali, and even Pakistan. We are not going to eliminate the threat from radical Islam, no matter what we do because their basic goal is world domination, for what they consider a ‘worthy cause.’ All we can do, if we remove our troops, is pray and hope for the best.”

Bill B.

“If a large amount of troops has done no good why would we leave a small amount of troops? Afghanistan is a hellhole and will always be. We need to get our troops out of harms way today, not in 2014.”

“I don’t think it will make any difference whether America leaves troops in Afghanistan after 2014 or pulls every soldier out tomorrow. Regardless of what America does Afghanistan will revert to Taliban control and its current leader Karzai flees that nation with billions of dollars plundered from its treasury and reaped from the opium trade. Hasn’t it occurred to anyone that since George W. Bush supposedly restored Democracy to Afghanistan that Karzai has been its only ruler? It fits the same pattern as Egypt, the former Soviet Union, Cuba, Panama and other nations that we falsely believe to be democratic. “All that is accomplished is a new dictator takes over and the abuses and plunder continue unabated. Why have our soldiers die for that?”


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Caroline Ricke, frm left, Stacy Lovins and Olivia Coombs entertained audiences at the OLG Drama Club production of “All’s Faire.” THANKS TO LYNN SCHULTZ

Our Lady of Grace Drama Club presented the play “All’s Faire.” Students, from left, Josh Boggess and Kaleigh Nieman were featured in the play. THANKS TO LYNN SCHULTZ

Our Lady of Grace’s “All’s Faire” student actors, from left, Hannah Clark-Havron, Laura Dressman, Hannah Plylar, Morgan Mitchell and Marissa Youngblood entertain from the stage. THANKS TO LYNN SCHULTZ

PLAYING IN THE FALL Jakob Jones, Our Lady of Grace Drama Club student, is on the stage as OLG performs the play “The Valiant Villian.” THANKS TO LYNN SCHULTZ

Our Lady of Grace Drama Club presented the play “Too Many Detectives.” In the production were student actors Madison Snodgrass, left, and Grace Mattingly. THANKS TO LYNN SCHULTZ

Our Lady of Grace actors Jake Dewald, left, and Elaine Feldman are on stage during the school’s play “The Valiant Villian.” THANKS TO LYNN SCHULTZ

The Drama Club of Our Lady of Grace Catholic School had a series of three short plays last fall – “All’s Faire,” “Too Many Detectives” and “The Valiant Villian.” The club is under the direction of Our Lady of Grace teacher Nancy Robers. Our Lady of Grace Catholic School is the regional school that serves the parishes of Assumption, Little Flower, St. Margaret Mary and St. Ann.

Our Lady of Grace students, from left, Stephanie Ahrensen, Lillie Braun and Jenna Strassburger star in the play “Too Many Detectives.” THANKS TO LYNN SCHULTZ



nancial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 686-3300; Colerain Township.

Dance Classes Waltz Classes, 7 p.m., Parky’s Farm Hayloft Barn, 10073 Daly Road, Beginner-level dance class open to all capable ages. Wear smooth-soled shoes. With instructors Betty and Estil Owens. Free. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 671-7219; Springfield Township. Square Dance Lessons, 7:309:30 p.m., Forest Park Activity Center, 651 W. Sharon Road, Low-impact activity to improve your mind, body and spirit. Ages 9 and up. $5. Presented by Happy Time Squares. 232-1303. Forest Park.

FRIDAY, FEB. 1 Farmers Market Lettuce Eat Well Winter Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m., Cheviot United Methodist Church, Free. 661-1792; Cheviot.

SATURDAY, FEB. 2 Exercise Classes Zumba Kids Dance Fitness Class, 10:30-11:15 a.m., Great Commission Bible Church, $4. 851-4946; Mount Healthy.

Special Events Bass Pro Shops Great American Boat Show, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Cincinnati Mills, Boating and fishing seminars, and family activities. Kids casting activity Saturday-Sunday both weekends from 1-3 p.m. Ascend Kayak and Bass Pro Shops gift card drawings. Boat show specials with boat purchase. Free. 826-5200; Forest Park.

FRIDAY, JAN. 25 Farmers Market Lettuce Eat Well Winter Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m., Cheviot United Methodist Church, 3820 Westwood Northern Blvd., Locally produced food items. Free. Presented by Lettuce Eat Well. Through April 26. 6611792; Cheviot.

Health / Wellness Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Kroger Finneytown, 8421 Winton Road, Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Mercy Health Partners. 6863310; Finneytown.

Special Events Bass Pro Shops Great American Boat Show, 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Free. 826-5200; Forest Park.

SATURDAY, JAN. 26 Education Financial Preparedness Day, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Pleasant Run Presbyterian Church, 11565 Pippin Road, Fellowship Hall. Learn how to start a real budget, retire with more money, and get out of debt and save. With speaker, question-andanswer session, worksheets and refreshments. Free. Registration required. 868-8596; Colerain Township.

Exercise Classes Zumba Kids Dance Fitness Class, 10:30-11:15 a.m., Great Commission Bible Church, 10200 Hamilton Ave., Family Life Center. Healthy program featuring explosion of music, dance and energy. Ages 4-12. $4. 851-4946; Mount Healthy.

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Mom’s Clubs

Nate Natzley of Westwood and Bonnie Emmer of Blue Ash star in The Drama Workshop’s two-person show, “Jerry Finnegan’s Sister,” at the Glenmore Playhouse, 3716 Glenmore Ave. Remaining show times are 8 p.m. Jan. 25 and Jan. 26, and 2 p.m. Jan. 27. Tickets are $15, $12 for children 12 and younger. For more information, call 598-8303 or visit THANKS TO ELAINE VOLKER. Springfield Township.

SUNDAY, JAN. 27 Auditions American Girl Fashion Show Model Auditions, 1-3 p.m., Joseph Toyota of Cincinnati, 9101 Colerain Ave., More than 350 local girls ages 4-13 needed to present historical and contemporary fashions to celebrate being an American Girl as part of American Girl Fashion Show April 26-28 at Music Hall. Free. Registration required. Presented by Aubrey Rose Hollenkamp Children’s Trust Foundation. 265-5801; americangirlshow. Colerain Township.

Civic State of the Township Community Address, 2:30 p.m., The Grove Banquet Hall, 9158 Winton Road, Informational community meeting hosted by Springfield Township Trustees. Reflects township’s progress over past year and addresses future as it relates to finance and planning. Free. Presented by Springfield Township. 5221410; Finneytown.

Clubs & Organizations Open House, 2-4 p.m., Mount Healthy Community Room, Joseph Street and Hill Avenue, Learn about tree care, celebrate the city’s green canopy and learn what the commission is planning. Refreshments and a door prize. Presented by Mount Healthy Urban Tree Commission. Mount Healthy.


Two-time Grammy nominated Bluegrass group Blue Highway will perform Saturday, Jan. 26, at to the St. Xavier Performance Center as part of the Greater Cincinnati Performing Arts Society concert series. Tickets are $30. For more information, call 484-0157 or visit PROVIDED.

ABOUT CALENDAR To submit calendar items, go to and click on “Share!” Send digital photos to along with event information. Items are printed on a spaceavailable basis with local events taking precedence. Deadline is two weeks before publication date. To find more calendar events, go to and choose from a menu of items in the Entertainment section on the main page. followed Hamilton Avenue route through Northside, College Hill, North College Hill and Mount Healthy. Dress for weather. Ages 18 and up. $5. Registration required. Presented by Cincinnati Parks Explore Nature. 542-2909; College Hill. Winter Visitors, 3 p.m., Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Winton Centre. Meet and greet some critters that can and some that cannot survive wintery elements. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Parks Foundation. 521-7275, ext. 240; Springfield Township.

Schools Open House, 1-3 p.m., St. James School, 6111 Cheviot Road, Families invited to tour school, meet teachers and get information about school. Free. 7415333; White Oak.

Dining Events


All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast, 8 a.m.-noon, Fraternal Order of Eagles - Mount Healthy Aerie 2193, 1620 Kinney Ave., Madeto-order omelets, eggs any style, goetta and more. $8. 931-2989. Mount Healthy.

Coin Show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., American Legion Post Hugh Watson Post 530 Greenhills, 11100 Winton Road, Free admission. Presented by Jim Huffman. 937-376-2807. Greenhills.

Music - Concerts


Blue Highway, 7:30-10 p.m., St. Xavier High School, 600 W. North Bend Road, Performance Center. One of the leaders in bluegrass music. $30. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Performing Arts Society. 484-0157; Finneytown.

Beauty in the Grove: The History, Art, Architecture and Landscape of Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum, 2-5 p.m., German Heritage Museum, 4790 West Fork Road, Presented by Phil Nuxhall, historian and docent trainer, Spring Grove Heritage Foundation. Free. Presented by German-American Citizens League of Greater Cincinnati. 574-1741; Green Township.

Murder Mystery Dinner, 6:30 p.m., Mill Race Banquet Center, 1515 W. Sharon Road, “Cruise Ship Killer.” Dinner at 7 p.m. Audience participation. Adults. $34.50 plus tax; vehicle permit required. Registration required online. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275;

Nature Ravine to Freedom, 1-3 p.m., LaBoiteaux Woods, 5400 Lanius Lane, Walk wooded ravine used by escaping slaves and hear stories about abolitionists that

Monte Carlo Night, 8 p.m.midnight, St. John Neumann Church, 12191 Mill Road, Daniel Hall. Blackjack, poker, pull tabs, Big 6, split-the-pot and more. Includes beverages, food, snacks and ticket for $100 cash drawing. Benefits Northwest High School and Pleasant Run Middle School. $10. Presented by Northwest Boosters Association. 742-6372. Springfield Township.

SUNDAY, FEB. 3 Dining Events

St. Bernard Band Bash, 7 p.m.-midnight, St. Bernard School and Parish Center, 7115 Springdale Road, Parish Center. Adult-only fund-raising event. Music by Ryan Broshear. Includes buffet dinner. Silent auction, raffles/baskets, beer and wine cash bar. Ages 21 and up. $15. Presented by St. Bernard Athletics and Parents Club. 353-3958; Colerain Township.

On Stage - Theater

On Stage - Theater Murder Mystery Dinner, 6:30 p.m., Mill Race Banquet Center, “A Reunion to Remember.” Dinner at 7 p.m. $34.50 plus tax; vehicle permit required. Registration required online. 5217275; Springfield Township.

Special Events Bass Pro Shops Great American Boat Show, 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Tips, tricks and more from Gene Ellison, Bassmaster Opens and PAA Pro Trail Competitor, at noon. Movement of fish 1 p.m. and local fishing tips 3 p.m. Kids fun fishing class 5-6:30 p.m.; registration required by calling 826-5200. Free. 826-5200; Forest Park.

MOPS Annual Swap, 2-4 p.m., LifeSpring Christian Church, 1373 W. Galbraith Road, Bring gently used clothes, toys, shoes, household items, books, kitchen items, small appliances, CDs, DVDs and craft items. Free. Presented by Mothers of Preschoolers - LifeSpring. 522-7707. North College Hill.

Special Events Bass Pro Shops Great American Boat Show, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Tips, tricks and more from Gene Ellison, Bassmaster Opens and PAA Pro Trail Competitor, at noon. Free. 826-5200; Forest Park.

MONDAY, JAN. 28 Exercise Classes Cardio Dance Party, 7:45-8:45 p.m., Cincinnati Dance and Movement Center, 880 Compton Road, Incorporates variety of dance styles, including jazz, hip hop, latin, jive and more danced to popular music. $10. Registration required. Presented by Cardio Dance Party. Through

Feb. 10. 617-9498; Springfield Township.

TUESDAY, JAN. 29 Benefits Garage Sale, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Bridgetown Middle School, 3900 Race Road, Gym. Over 50 booths. Benefits Eighth-grade trip to Washington, D.C. 5743511. Green Township.

Sons of the American Legion Breakfast, 8:30-11:30 a.m., American Legion Post 513, 7947 Hamilton Ave., Made-to-order eggs, omelets, bacon, goetta, ham, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, fried potatoes, fruit and muffins. $8, free for children 6 and younger. 729-0061. Mount Healthy.

Music - Classical Challenging Performances Series, 2 p.m., Northern Hills Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship, 460 Fleming Road, Reception follows concert. $10, free for children and music students with ID. Presented by Challenging Performances. 931-6651; Springfield Township.


Dance Classes

Exercise Classes

New Beginner Western Square Dancing Class, 7:309:30 p.m., Parky’s Farm Hayloft Barn, 10073 Daly Road, No experience necessary. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 860-4746; Springfield Township.

Cardio Dance Party, 7:45-8:45 p.m., Cincinnati Dance and Movement Center, $10. Registration required. 617-9498; Springfield Township.

Senior Citizens Life Story Workshop, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Springfield Township Senior and Community Center, 9158 Winton Road, Discover new techniques to remember and tell stories of your life journey thus far. Bring pens and sense of adventure. Appropriate for adults of any writing level and both new and returning students. $57.50, $50 residents. Registration required. Presented by Extraordinary Lives. 522-1154. Springfield Township.

THURSDAY, JAN. 31 Dance Classes Waltz Classes, 7 p.m., Parky’s Farm Hayloft Barn, Free. 6717219; Springfield Township. Square Dance Lessons, 7:309:30 p.m., Forest Park Activity Center, $5. 232-1303. Forest Park.

Health / Wellness Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Kroger Northgate, 9690 Colerain Ave., Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Fi-

TUESDAY, FEB. 5 Dance Classes New Beginner Western Square Dancing Class, 7:309:30 p.m., Parky’s Farm Hayloft Barn, Free, vehicle permit required. 860-4746; Springfield Township.

Senior Citizens Life Story Workshop, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Springfield Township Senior and Community Center, $57.50, $50 residents. Registration required. 522-1154. Springfield Township.

Support Groups Grief 101: New to Loss, 6:30-8 p.m., Family Life Center, 703 Compton Road, Learn what to expect and gain some insight and perspective on how to manage the emotional roller coaster a death creates. Find support and caring from those who have been on a similar journey. Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. 931-5777. Finneytown.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 6 Clubs & Organizations Mothers of Preschoolers Monthly Meeting, 9-11:30

a.m., LifeSpring Christian Church, 1373 W. Galbraith Road, Mothers with children newborn to kindergarten. Relationshipbuilding with other moms, breakfast, speakers on variety of topics, crafts, games, group discussion and more. Free child care provided. Membership: $23.95 per year. Presented by Mothers of Preschoolers - LifeSpring. 271-5775; North College Hill.

Education Boating Skills & Seamanship Course, 7-9 p.m., Diamond Oaks Career Development Campus, 6375 Harrison Ave., Continues through May 8. U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary 13-week class for boat operators. $40. Registration required. Presented by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. 742-4699; Dent.

THURSDAY, FEB. 7 Dance Classes Waltz Classes, 7 p.m., Parky’s Farm Hayloft Barn, Free. 6717219; Springfield Township. Square Dance Lessons, 7:309:30 p.m., Forest Park Activity Center, $5. 232-1303. Forest Park.

Health / Wellness Pathways Connect, 7-8 p.m., Apex Chiropractic and Wellness Center, 8624 Winton Road, Suite B, Meet like-minded parents and community member. Topics include wellness and nutrition, child development, birth and pregnancy, and more. First Thursday of each month. Free. Registration required. 931-4300; Finneytown.

FRIDAY, FEB. 8 Benefits Cupcakes and Cocktails 3: An Event for Women Only, 7-10:30 p.m., Clovernook Country Club, 2035 W. Galbraith Road, Shopping with select boutiques and vendors, spring fashion show, Lipstick & Lashes Lounge, photo booth, hors d’oeuvres, specialty cocktails and more. Benefits Eve Center. $40. Reservations required. Presented by Eve Center. 9859959; College Hill.

Farmers Market Lettuce Eat Well Winter Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m., Cheviot United Methodist Church, Free. 661-1792; Cheviot.

On Stage - Theater The Traveling Jekyll and Hyde Show, 7 p.m., The Grove Banquet Hall, 9158 Winton Road, Presented by Playhouse in the Park. Comedy deconstructs themes of Stevenson’s classic horror novel using verbal wit, slapstick and clowning. Free. Presented by Playhouse in the Park. 522-1410; Finneytown.

SATURDAY, FEB. 9 Education Portable Production Video Workshop, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Waycross Community Media, 2086 Waycross Road, Everything you need to know to produce your own program. Highlights include DV camcorder etiquette and usage, optimal audio in small spaces, portable threepoint lighting and shot composition. $50, $25 residents. Registration required. Through Nov. 9. 825-2429; Workshop_Registration.html. Forest Park.

Exercise Classes Zumba Kids Dance Fitness Class, 10:30-11:15 a.m., Great Commission Bible Church, $4. 851-4946; Mount Healthy.

Holiday - Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Day Dinner Dance, 6:30-11:30 p.m., Donauschwaben Haus, 4290 Dry Ridge Road, Homemade pork schnitzel dinner includes mashed potatoes, green beans, red cabbage, bread and dessert. Open wine bar, delivered to table. Music by Rheingold Band. $17. Presented by Donauschwaben Society. 385-2098; Colerain Township.



Comfort foods offer quick, easy meals For the past several days, I’ve been testing recipes for classic stews, including chicken fricassee and beef bourguignon. I’m in the tweaking stage for a beef stew that has an olive butter swirl in it. When it gets to the “oh my gosh this is perfect” Rita stage, I’ll Heikenfeld be one RITA’S KITCHEN happy cook. Meanwhile, your requests have been for anything but long-cooking, gourmet food. I agree it’s good to have meals that are quick, appealing and not budget-busting. Here’s some to try.

Quick sloppy Joes

For the mom who wanted to make a barbecue-type sandwich for her preschooler but didn’t want something real spicy. This freezes well. This is good on slider buns topped with slaw for Super Bowl parties as well. Or put in a fondue pot and serve with Frito scoops or tortilla chips. 1 pound lean ground beef 1 ⁄4 cup diced onion or more to taste 1 diced bell pepper (optional) 12 oz. bottle chili sauce Brown sugar to taste: Start

cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. To puree in blender add oil, eggs and vanilla. Whirl until blended. Whisk flour, sugar, soda, salt and nuts together in bowl. Pour banana mixture over dry ingredients and mix just until blended. Don’t over mix. Pour into pan, sprinkle with extra sugar, and bake 45 minutes or so until center springs back when lightly pressed. Cool on rack a few minutes before removing from pan.

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Sauté beef, onion and bell pepper until beef is cooked. Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a gentle boil, lower to a simmer for a few minutes.

Ellen’s orzo-roni

Ellen Mueller is my Greek cooking buddy at Jungle Jim’s. We teach Lebanese/Greek menus together and joke that our moms and aunts are up in heaven arguing about whose food is better. Here’s a comforting pasta dish that Ellen says her girls, Maggie and Alex, ask for on a regular basis. “Better than the boxed stuff,” she told me. Orzo is rice-shaped pasta sometimes called rosemarina. 1 ⁄4 cup butter 1 small onion, finely diced 1 garlic clove, minced 4 oz. sliced cremini mushrooms 1 cup orzo 4 oz. spaghetti broken into thirds 4 cups low sodium chicken broth 3 tablespoons chopped parsley Salt and pepper to taste

Melt butter in skillet. Add onion and sauté until translucent. Add garlic and cook another minute. Add mushrooms and cook until soft and juices have released. Add orzo and spaghetti and coat

Tip from Rita’s kitchen

Rita’s blender banana bread uses banana puree. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD.

well with butter. Add broth, stir, bring to boil. Cover and reduce to simmer. Simmer 15 minutes or until most of liquid is absorbed. Add parsley and season. Ellen says it will be a little saucy, which is what you want.

Blender banana bread

This is the most moist and delicious banana bread I’ve made in a long time. I have a “tastes like Bob Evans” banana bread recipe on my blog (Cincinnati.Com/blogs) that uses half as much butter as oil, along with buttermilk, and that’s a good one, too. The one thing I will tell you,

though, is for any banana bread to taste good, the bananas have to be really ripe, like black-speckled ripe, for the bread to have a good, sweet banana flavor. If you don’t have a blender, you can do this by hand. 3 very ripe bananas whirled in blender to make 1 cup puree 1 cup vegetable oil

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hoods. The volunteers met at Kennedy Heights Arts Center, a community arts center that enhances the life of the surrounding community through arts and cultural experiences that embrace diversity, foster creativity and build community. Kennedy Heights Arts Center Executive Director Ellen Muse-Lindeman led the group in an arts engagement activity followed by a brief workshop. Volunteers listened to words of encouragement from Residential Division Chairwoman Sheryl Beyersdorfer of Indian Hill and were introduced to the new ArtsWave Chief Operating Officer Alecia Kintner of Mariemont, before retrieving packets of letters which will be mailed to ArtsWave supporters throughout our region. This is Beyersdorfer’s

first year serving as chairwoman, and she takes over for Christine Meyer who led this division for 27 years. Ninetytwo volunteers from across our region sign a combined total of 5,087 letters which will all be mailed on Friday, Jan. 11. The volunteers came together to share their thoughts and interests in the arts – making it vibrant and exciting. The next step is to encourage family, friends, and neighbors to support the creative things happening in large and small ways throughout our region. This support helps make our communities more exciting and lively, and brings all different kinds of people together throughout the area. George Vincent, Managing Partner for Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP is leading the 2013 ArtsWave Community Campaign.

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Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Find her blog online at Cincinnati.Com/blogs. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.



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2 large eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla 11⁄2 cups flour 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 ⁄2 teaspoon salt 1 cup walnuts, chopped in blender (optional) Little bit of sugar for sprinkling on top (optional)

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Pulmonary doctor joins Mercy Health Dr. Shyam Subramanian, who specializes in pulmonary and critical care, has joined Mercy Health Physicians. Subramanian will provide pulmonary and critical care coverage for Mercy Health – Western Hills Hospital. Subramanian is board certified in pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine. He completed his pulmonary, critical care and sleep fellowship at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland in 2001 and completed a residency in internal medicine at Hahnemann University. He received his M.B.B.S. at Bombay University in Mumbai, India, in 1994.

Autism programs offered at two YMCAs than girls. Research by the CDC indicates that the earlier autism is recognized, the more you can do to help a child reach his or her full potential. Two YMCA of Greater Cincinnati branches now offer specialized autism programs for pre-school children. “My goal for children in our program is for them to be able to graduate from here and move into the least restricted environment possible,” said Director of the Autism Programs at the Blue Ash and Clippard Family YMCAs Courtney Lee. “The setting here at the Y allows the children so much exposure socially.” There is a 2-to-1 student ratio in the autism program and children receive ABA-based individual instruction, along with access to a behavior analyst. Speech, water,

On a sunny winter afternoon, a group of preschool boys and girls are running around the playground at the Clippard Family YMCA, some laughing as they fly down the slide, while others try to touch the sky as they are pushed on nearby swings. These children are a little different than most enjoying a fun afternoon of play; these children have an autism spectrum disorder. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that one out of every 100 children have a form of autism, a developmental disability that impacts the normal development of the brain in areas of social interaction, communication skills, and cognitive functions. The National Autism Association reports that autism generally appears before the age of three and is more common in boys

Five-year-old Mikey Zielinski of Monfort Heights enjoys taking a trip down the slide while attending specialized autism programming at the Clippard Family YMCA branch at 8920 Cheviot Road. PROVIDED

gymnastic classes, and much more is available on a weekly basis. Viviane and Craig Martini of Miami Township adopted their 3-yearold son Rex from an orphanage in Armenia.

“We were told he would never be able to talk,” said Viviane, who added that he said his first word at the Clippard Family YMCA Autism Center. “He said ‘cracker’ and has now added ‘go’

to his vocabulary. I am so pleased at the progress our son is making, but what I love most about the Y is the loving atmosphere that exists there to help our child succeed.” “When my son first began attending the Y Autism Center, the only four word sentence he said was ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.’ Now, a year later he constantly amazes me with his growing vocabulary,” said Jennifer Zielinksi of Monfort Heights. “The staff at the Y constantly encourages him to do more. He is even learning passwords for his iPad! The sky is the limit.” She is hopeful that her 5-year-old can attend mainstream classes by third grade. For more information about the autism programs offered at the Blue Ash and Clippard Family YMCAs, call 513-9234466 or email

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Sunday School - 10:00 am Sunday Morning - 11:00 am Sunday Evening - 6:00 pm Wednesday - 7:00 pm Evening Prayer and Bible Study VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL June 25 through June 29 Ages 3 to 15 Theme: Amazing Adventures Wyoming Baptist Church

(A Church For All Seasons) Burns and Waverly Avenues Cincinnati OH 45215 821.8430

Steve Cummins, Senior Pastor Sunday School..............................9:00 am Coffee & Fellowship...................10:00 am Praise & Worship........................10:30 am Visitors Welcome!

CHRISTIAN CHURCH DISCIPLES Mt. Healthy Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

7717 Harrison Ave Mt. Healthy, OH 45231 Rev. Michael Doerr, Pastor 513-521-6029 Sunday 9:00 a.m...... Contemporary Service 9:45a.m...... Sunday School 10:45 a.m........ Traditional Worship Nursery Staff Provided “A Caring Community of Faith” Welcomes You

EPISCOPAL Christ Church Glendale Episcopal Church 965 Forest Ave - 771-1544 The Reverend Roger L Foote 8am Holy Eucharist I 9am Holy Eucharist II 11am Holy Eucharist II Child Care 9-12



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Trinity Lutheran Church, LCMS Rev. Richard Davenport, Pastor Worship & Sunday School 10:30 a.m, Bible Study 9:15 a.m. Sundays

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UNITED METHODIST Christ, the Prince of Peace United Methodist Church 10507 “Old” Colerain Ave (513) 385-7883 Rev. Mark Reuter Sunday School 9:15am Worship 10:30am - Nursery Available “Small enough to know you, Big enough to care”

CHURCH OF THE SAVIOUR 8005 Pfeiffer Rd. Montgomery 791-3142 "Deeper Living: Deep Clean" 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

Monfort Heights United Methodist Church

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Mt Healthy United Methodist Church

Corner of Compton and Perry Streets 513-931-5827 Sunday School 8:45 - 9:45am Traditional Worship 10:00 - 11:00am Contemporary Gathering: Bible & Conversation 11:30 - 12:30 Nursery Available Handicap Access "Come as a guest. Leave as a friend".

Sharonville United Methodist

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

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Trinity Lutheran Church (ELCA)


www. 513-522-3026

1553 Kinney Ave, Mt. Healthy

Worship: 8:30 am traditional - 10:45 am contemporary Sunday School: 9:45 am Nursery provided

Pastor Todd A. Cutter

Northwest Community Church 8735 Cheviot Rd, by Colerain HS Rev. Kevin Murphy, Pastor 513-385-8973 Worship and Sunday School 10AM Handicap Accessible/Nursery Available

Salem White Oak Presbyterian


Sunday School - All Ages - 9:15am Sunday Worship - 10:30am


“Growing Closer to God, Growing Closer to Neighbor”

703 Compton Rd., Finneytown 931-0243 Growing Faith, Sharing Hope, Showing Love Sunday Worship Schedule Traditional Services: 8:00 & 10:15am Contemporary Services: 9:00 & 11:30am Student Cafe: 10:15am Childcare Available Jeff Hosmer, Rich Jones & Nancy Ross- Zimmerman - Pastors

691 Fleming Rd 522-2780 Rev Pat McKinney

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Sunday School Hour (for all ages) 9:15 - 10:15am Worship Service - 10:30 to 11:45am (Childcare provided for infants/ toddlers) Pastor: Rich Lanning Church: 2191 Struble Rd Office: 2192 Springdale Rd


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ditional information or to register for the 2013 Landscaping for the Homeowner Series, please call 513-559-7767. » Jan. 23 – Design Your Landscape­ Part 2 – This is a more in-depth look at where plants go and why they go there. We will discuss the size and scale of the landscape as well as proper bed preparation. » Jan. 30 – Trees in the Landscape – Choosing the right tree for your landscape can be a costly decision. A slide presentation will illustrate the various types of trees that you can use. . » Feb. 6 – Shrubs in the Landscape – View a slide presentation on the best shrubs for Cincinnati area landscapes. Whether you have sun or shade, or wet or dry soil, this class will present the possibilities of shrubs for the home landscape. » Feb. 13 – Annuals: Color in the Landscape – Find out what the newest and best annuals are that tolerate Cincinnati sum-

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FLEMING ROAD United Church of Christ

Faith Lutheran LCMC

8265 Winton Rd., Finneytown Pastor Robert Curry Contemporary Service 9am Traditional Service 11:00am 3755 Cornell Rd., Sharonville , Ohio 45241 You have a choice of Ministry: 1. Traditional Sunday Worship at 10:00 AM. Language: English Multi-cultural, multi-generational, and multi-ethnic. 2. Contemporary Sunday Worship with Freedom Church at 10:30 AM. Language: English It’s not about Religion; it’s about relationships! 3. Taiwanese Traditional Sunday Worship st 2:00 PM. Language: Taiwanese, UC Campus Fellowship on Saturdays, Saturday 4. Seventh Day Adventist Worship at 10:00 AM. Language: Spanish Loving - Caring - and Sharing God’s Word Notes: Nursery School is provided at each Worship time English as a Second Language (ESL) is taught on Saturday 10-12 AM. Various Bible Studies are available.

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St. Paul United Church of Christ 5312 Old Blue Rock Rd., off Springdale

Phone: 385-9077 Rev. Michelle Torigian Sunday Worship: 10:30am Sunday School: 9:15am Nursery Available/Handicap Access


INDEPENDENT BAPTIST FRIENDSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH 8580 Cheviot Rd., Colerain Twp 741-7017 Gary Jackson, Senior Pastor 9:30am Sunday School (all ages) Sunday Morning Service 10:30am 6:30pm Sunday Evening Service 7:00pm Wedn. Service/Awana RUI Addiction Recovery (Fri.) 7:00pm

Beat winter’s chill by preparing for your spring garden. Back by popular demand is the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s 2013 Landscaping for the Homeowner Series, beginning Jan. 16. Presented by the zoo’s Director of Horticulture Steve Foltz, this 10-class series is an informative landscape series for homeowners in the Tristate area. Offering insight on design, preparation and plant selection, the classes can be taken separately or as a complete series building upon one another. If you are considering new additions to your garden, be ready to create a thriving and beautiful garden in the spring. All classes meet every Wednesday evening from 7-9 p.m. The 10-week series started Jan. 16. Cost for the complete series is $80 for zoo members and $120 for non-members. Individual classes are $10 for zoo members and $14 for non-members. For ad-

Notice to the owners and lienholders of the real property located at 2942 Banning Road, Cincinnati, OH, and their executors, administrators, guardians, heirs, successors, and assigns: On December 11, 2012, the Colerain Township Board of Trustees passed Resolution No. 74-12 for Demolition of 2942 Banning Road, Cincinnati, OH (Parcel No. 510-0074-0009). This property has been found to be unfit for human habitation by the Colerain Township Fire Department. If the owners and lienholders and their executors, administrators, guardians, heirs, successors choose to object to this action, they may do so at the Colerain Township Board of Trustees meeting on February 12, 2013 at 6:00 PM, 4200 Springdale Rd, Cincinnati, OH. The costs for the demolition will be assessed to the property tax bill. Any questions may be directed to the Colerain Township Planning & Zoning Office: 4200 Springdale Rd., Cincinnati, OH - 513-385-7505. 1001744945 Notice to the owners and lienholders of the real property located at 2485 Grant Avenue, Cincinnati, OH, and their executors, adminis trators, guardians, heirs, successors, and assigns: On December 11, 2012, the Colerain Township Board of Trustees passed Resolu tion No. 78-12 for Demolition of 2485 Grant Avenue, Cincinnati, OH (Parcel No. 5100031-430). This property has been found to be unfit for human habitation by the Colerain Township Fire Department. If the owners and lienholders and their executors, administra tors, guardians, heirs, successors choose to object to this action, they may do so at the Colerain Township Board of Trustees meeting on February 12, 2013 at 6:00 PM, 4200 Springdale Rd, Cincinnati, OH. The costs for the demolition will be assessed to the proper ty tax bill. Any questions may be directed to the Colerain Township Planning & Zoning Office: 4200 Springdale Rd., Cincinnati, OH 513-385-7505. 1001744953

mers. Container gardening with annuals will also be covered. » Feb. 20 – Landscape Maintenance and Lawn Care – This class will cover proper landscape maintenance techniques from spring to fall – what to do and when to do it. Pruning, weed control, fertilization, and insect and disease control for the complete landscape will all be covered. » Feb. 27 – Perennial Design – This class presents basic design concepts for perennial gardens, including butterfly gardens, shade gardens, water gardens, and more. » March 6 – Perennial Plants Part 1 – This is the first of a two part series covering perennial plants for the landscape. Perennials can be used in many ways and for many purposes. » March 13 – Perennial Plants Part 2 – The second part of perennial plants will also be a slide show of perenn » March 20 – Gardening for Wildlife – This class will focus on creating specialized areas of the landscape for wildlife gardening including butterfly and bird gardens, and utilizing native plants in the landscape. Visit ed ucation/a dult-programs/ for information on other opportunities and programs offered for the gardening enthusiast in your family.

The Colerain Township Board of Zoning Appeals will hold a on hearing public Wed., Jan. 23, 2013 at 6 PM at the Colerain Township Gove r n m e n t C o m p l e x , 4 2 0 0 Springdale Rd., Cincinnati, OH for the following: Case No. 5704 BZA2012-19, Squirrels nest, Cincinnati, OH. Applicant /Owner: Marcia J. Request: Ferguson. 7 ft. for Variance fence - Article 12.8.1. The application may be examined Mon.Fri. between 8 AM and 4:30 PM at the Township Colerain Government Complex, Planning & Zoning Dept., 4200 Springdale Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45251. 1742521



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phy and sculptures to fabric design, printmaking and multi-media,” said Strubbe. The exhibition will open to the public on Friday, Jan. 25, at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center during the opening reception from 6-8 p.m. The reception is free to attend and open to the public. As it has done in the past, Summerfair Cincinnati will present one $1,000 Purchase Award to one of the 14 participating students. The artwork selected will become part of the permanent collection in the Summerfair Cincinnati gallery. Participating schools and students: » University of Cincinnati, DAAP Dan Vance Dan Dickerscheid Lindsey Sahlin

Summerfair Cincinnati will host its annual exhibit featuring the artwork of students from local colleges and universities. Fourteen local art students have been selected to display their artwork in Summerfair Cincinnati’s 2013 Emerging Artist Exhibition, opening Jan. 25. Those selected to exhibit in the Emerging Artists Exhibition were nominated by their professors and selected into the exhibit. They represent the next generation of local artists to emerge in the broader arts community. “Every year we’re astonished by the remarkable work of these art students,” said Sharon Strubbe, executive director of Summerfair Cincinnati. “This exhibit is an opportunity for these students to showcase their tremendous work to the community. Their talent says so much to the future of Cincinnati’s already rich pull of talented artists.” The exhibition will showcase a diverse collection of pieces. “Art enthusiasts can expect to see everything from photogra-

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DEATHS James Bolland James C. Bolland, 87, Green Township, died Jan. 10. Survived by wife Ruth Bolland; children Steven, Gregg Bolland, Sharon (Pat) Gargano; grandchildren Lauren Bolland, Corey GargaBolland no; siblings Audrey Boehringer, Tom Bolland; nephews. Services were Jan. 14 at Dalbert, Woodruff & Isenogle Funeral Home. Memorials to: American Macular Degeneration Foundation, P.O. Box 515, Northhampton, MA 01061-0515.

Homer Brown Homer L. Brown Sr., 84, Colerain Township, died Jan. 13. He retired as a sergeant from the Cincinnati Police Department. He served in the Army in Germany during the Nuremberg trials. Survived by wife Elfriede Brown; daughter Evelyn (Greg) Rath; grandchildren Michael Rath, Sara Bray, Christopher, Raymond Brown; great-grandson Nathan Rath; siblings Dorothy, Orville, Norma, David, Carol; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by son Homer Brown Jr., siblings Johnny, Betty, Frieda. Services were Jan. 16 at the Arlington Memorial Gardens Mausoleum Chapel. Arrangements by Frederick Funeral

Home. Memorials to: American Heart Association, 5211 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227 or American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

Robert Champness Robert C. Champness, 53, Green Township, died Jan. 8. He was a self-employed title agent. Survived by children Robert A. (Connie), Ryan, Stephanie Champness; parents Robert J., Janet Champness; brother Dave Champness; Champness many nieces and nephews. Services were Jan. 12 at St. Martin of Tours. Arrangements by Meyer Funeral Home. Memorials to: American Heart Association, Ohio Valley Affiliate, P.O. Box 163549, Columbus, OH 43216-3549.

Charles Fischer Charles V. Fischer, 91, Green Township, died Jan. 13. Survived by children Charlene Rohrer, Ray (Marcia), Jim Fischer; grandchildren Melinda (Steve) Burling, Jennifer (David) Blust, Brian (Kirstyn) RohrFischer er, Mark, Matthew (Esther) Fischer; sister Silva Brune; 10 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by wife Dorothy Fischer, daughter

Judy (Dennis) Stewart. Services were Jan. 16 at St. James Church. Arrangements by Frederick Funeral Home. Memorials to St. James Church.

Theodore Guenthner Theodore L. Guenthner, 94, Green Township, died Jan. 15. He was a combat veteran of World War II. Survived by wife Muriel Guenthner; daughters Lynn (Don) Buckley, Janet (Rich) Hunter, Mary Ann (Mike) Collins, Gayle (Fritz) Hoenke; sisters Irma Guenthner (late Bob) Donnellon, Elsie (Elmer) Peter; 19 grandchildren; 16 greatgrandchildren. Services were Jan. 21 at Our Lady of Lourdes. Arrangements by Neidhard-Minges Funeral Home. Memorials to Our Lady of Lourdes Church.

John Hunsche John P. Hunsche, 84, Green Township, died Jan. 10. Survived by wife Marilyn Hunsche; son Jerry (Janice) Hunsche; grandsons John (Paula), Jeff (Sarah), Jay (Kelsey) Hunsche Hunsche; great-grandchildren Gianna, Kylar, Jack, Alivia, Lyla, Ryan Hunsche; niece Mary Ann (Tom) Schuerman and many other

nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents Harry, Loretta Hunsche, brothers William (Mary Lee), Robert (Eileen) Hunsche. Services were Jan. 14 at the Bayley Chapel. Arrangements by B.J. Meyer Sons Funeral Home. Memorials to: Bayley, 990 Bayley Place Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45233.

Rose Nicke Rose Breslin Nicke, 86, Colerain Township, died Jan. 13 in West Palm Beach, Fla. She was born in Donegal, Ireland. Survived by children Kathleen (Mike) Heidt, Irene (Bruce) Focke, Thomas, John, Patrick (Katie) Nickel, Rosemary (Ed) Wolf; grandchildren Steven, Vanessa, Jonathan, Barnabas, Caleb, Ryan, Sarah (Scott), Allison, Brennan, Breslin, Joanie, Patrick, Amber; great-grandchildren Quasai, Sunday, Khahil, Jillian. Preceded in death by husband William W. Nickel, son William P. Nickel. Services were Jan. 19 at St. Ann Church. Arrangements by Frederick Funeral Home. Memorials to the Hospice of West Palm Beach, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Anthony Quinn Anthony David “Tony The Tiger” Quinn, 57, Green Township, died Jan. 13. He was an appliance repairman. He was an Air Force veteran of Vietnam. Survived by partner Bonnie Evans; son Anthony (Juliann) Quinn II; grandsons Anthony III,

Justin Quinn; father John Quinn; brother Damon (Chris) Quinn; sisters- and brothers-in-law Jo Henke, Mary (Winston Phipps) Harrison, Ruth (Don) Stewart, Martie (Wayne) Meeks, Harold (Kathy), Bill (Teresa), Kenneth Evans; niece Danielle Quinn. Preceded in death by mother Maxine Quinn. Services were Jan. 18 at Radel Funeral Home.

Trent Shell Trent K. Shell, 28, Colerain Township, died Jan. 11. Survived by parents Tina (Mark Root) Shell, Gene (Teri) Shell; sisters Chelsea Mays, Shannon (Aaron) Martin; niece Leilah. Services Shell were Jan. 17 at the Arlington Memorial Gardens Chapel. Arrangements by Frederick Funeral Home.

Steven Sprague Steven James Sprague, 63, Colerain Township, died Jan. 15. Survived by father Leon Sprague Jr.; sister Virginia Sprague; two nephews, one niece and many cousins. Preceded in death by mother Virginia Sprague, brother Richard Sprague Services were Jan. 19 at Frederick Funeral Home. Memorials to: Kidney Foundation, 615 Elsinore Place, Suite 400, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

Jean Stoehr Jean Hellkamp Stoehr, 81, died Jan. 16. She was an executive secretary for PNC Bank. Survived by children Edward (Andrea), Michael (Julie Tewart) Stoehr, Mary (Edward) Herbers; grandchildren Nathan, Ben, Olivia Stoehr, Joe, Edward, Stoehr Sam Herbers; brothers Ray, William (Dorothy) Hellkamp; sister-in-law Peggy Stoehr Bauer. Preceded in death by parents George, Lillian Hellkamp, stepmother Edith Hellkamp. Services were Jan. 21 at St. William. Arrangements by Ralph Meyer & Deters Funeral Home. Memorials to: Price Hill Historical Society and Museum, P.O. Box 7020-45205, Cincinnati, OH 45205 or a charity of the donor's choice.

Margaret Strack Margaret Strack, 89, Colerain Township, died Jan. 11. She was a member of the Mount Healthy Order of Eagles Ladies Auxiliary. Survived by children Sandra (Keller) Myers, Robert (Nancy) Strack; grandchildren Monica (Chris) Myers, Shannon (Linda) Strack, Lisa (Eric) Catron; sister Eleanor Leitz. Preceded in death by husband Howard Strack, grandson Mark Myers. Services were Jan. 15 at Neidhard-Snow Funeral Home. Memorials to the American Heart Association.

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REAL ESTATE 3171 Preserve Lane: Nedderman, Rita E. to Cruz, Evelyn P. ; $57,000. Hunters Ridge Lane: Maronda Homes of Cincinnati LLC to Grisnik Jason R. and Heather N. ; $231,488. Hunters Ridge Lane: Maronda Homes of Cincinnati LLC to Reddick, Samuel E. and Kendra ; $202,700. 8050 Savannah Court: Smith, Megan E. and Matt C. Midei to Masur, Eugene and Margaret ; $175,000. 7211 Creekview Drive: Knab, Jack A. and Lori A. to Wagner, Richard A. ; $22,000. 12143 Pippin Road: APD Capital Associates to Abode Choice LLC ; $41,500. 4261 Endeavor Drive: Franer, Eleanor R. to Grubbs, Larry ; $52,100. 11336 Dallas Blvd.: Ad-Pro Signs Real Estate to Majoc LLC ; $300,000. 2548 Niagara St.: Southern Ohio Property Investments Ltd. to States Resources Corporation ; $46,000. 2517 Mariposa Drive: Mendenhall, Mark D. to States Resources Corporation ; $40,000. 2638 Keysport Lane: Stewart, Ronald George and Judith Ketterer to Johnson, Steven H. ; $97,900. 10514 Gloria Ave.: Ryan, Marjorie Ann Co-Tr. and James J. Co-Tr. to Hornback, Stephen ; $115,100. 2410 Struble Road: Fitterer, Patricia A. to Dusa, Joseph G. ; $180,000. 10474 Gloria Ave.: Fannie Mae to McCane, Kenneth ; $40,000. 10239 Hawkhurst Drive: O’Hara, Roslyn to Bank of America NA ; $46,000. 9853 Pinedale Drive: Seay, Randall L. and Sheila L. to Midfirst Bank ; $104,414. 2454 Schon Drive: Drew, Richard to VBOH Annex LLC ; $33,000. 9528 Pippin Road: Whalen, Larry D. to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation ; $28,000. 9310 Comstock Drive: Armstrong, Morning Star to Redemption Homes LLC ; $8,290. 3219 Rinda Lane: Cincinnatus Savings and Loan Co. to Kellogg Properties and Services LLC ; $30,500. 8259 Firshade Terrace: Fey, Bradley to Federal National Mortgage Association ; $75,000. 3442 Lumberwill Court: U.S. Bank NA Tr. to Long, Kenneth R. and Dianne A. Brackmeier ; $40,299. 3284 Warfield Ave.: Segovia, Bertha to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation ; $34,000. 8448 Jackies Drive: APD Capital Associates LLC to Reckelhoff, Ken ; $33,500. 8448 Jackies Drive: Bailey, Bernice R. to APD Capital Associates LLC ; $30,000. 2840 Sheldon Ave.: Kovacs, Stephen F. to Federal National Mortgage Association ; $122,678. 2711 Geraldine Drive: CP Buyers LLC to JPC LLC ; $49,900. 2432 Banning Road: Dearborn County Indiana LLC to Buddys Properties LLC ; $33,000. 6932 Sheed Road: Osterman, Gregory L. Jr. to Federal National Mortgage Association ; $78,000. 8413 Lakevalley Drive: Morris, Richard T. and Irene A. to Collins, Ashley N. and Brad W. ; $184,900. 8597 Althaus Road: Graff, Judith Ann Tr. to Huss, Dan E. Tr. and Martha E. Tr. ; $97,000. 3727 Hanley Road: Brunsman, Lisa and Daniel to Federal National Mortgage Association ; $154,000. 3936 Hanley Road: J&M Investment Properties LLC to Wehmeyer, Jim ; $115,000. 9927 Marino Drive: Mendenhall, Mark D. to States Resources Corporation ; $42,000. 3422 Niagara St.: Dearborn County Indiana LLC to Brown, Sharon ; $15,500.

10181 Snowflake Lane: Clements, William N. to HSBC Bank USA NA Tr. ; $44,000. 3791 Sagebrush Lane: Rasch, Lyle H. to Rasch, Christopher ; $75,000. 10274 Springknob Court: Sullivan, Steve A. and Mary to Hughett, Eileen ; $79,900. 2837 Niagara St.: Gray, Jerry Wayne to Blais, James ; $23,000. 3772 Ripplegrove Drive: Smotherman, Steven D. and Angela J. to J.P. Morgan Chase Bank NA ; $46,000. 3683 Vernier Drive: Pegg, James and Stephanie to Burkhardt, Joseph F. and Carol S. ; $66,000. 3670 Vernier Drive: Tomlin, John E. to Haffey Curtis, Steven and Lindsey Marie ; $40,000. 3794 Woodsong Drive: Seiler, Joseph and Karen to Millard Sarah J. and Mark A. Skaja ; $124,500. 2963 Montezuma Drive: First Title Agency Inc. Tr. to Anneken, Dennis M. ; $116,000. 3009 Overdale Drive: Olding, Michael J. and Kara L. to Skidmore, Dustin T. ; $89,900. 9949 Voyager Lane: Hensley, Diana L. to Stroud, Anthony W. Tr. ; $120,000. 10077 Prechtel Road: Wetterich, Richard A. to Phelps, Nicholas P. and Christine M. ; $18,000. 5215 Yeatman Road: Deutsche Bank National Trust Company Tr. to Howard, Gregory ; $102,000. 9887 Kittywood Drive: Lex Special Assets LLC to Owens, Kathleen ; $135,199. 2561 Chopin Drive: Mork Home Lift LLC to Tisdale, Antoinette ; $195,000. 3422 Amberway Court: Lagrandier, Nicole to Federal National Mortgage Association ; $40,000. 9164 Tansing Drive: The Drees Company to Johnson, Fred D. Jr. ; $249,335. 3218 Pebblebrook Lane: Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation to Living Solutions LLC ; $42,900. 9448 Haddington Court: Cook, Debra to Jordan, Alvin ; $27,000. 3241 Pebblebrook Lane: Northgate II Condominium Unit Owners Association to Heil, Ryan D. and Kathy A. ; $30,000. 8773 Carrousel Park: Sicking, Carol Jean and James I. Morath to Ellert, Nancy C. Tr. ; $80,000. 3970 Olde Savannah: Koch, Ryan M. and Stacy M. Paff to Ryan, Nancy L. ; $102,000. 2786 Royal Glen: Watson, George A. to Wyatt, Jeff ; $18,500. 9631 Crosley Farm: Sharfe, Sandra L. to Hummer, Barbara ; $45,000. 5926 Dry Ridge: Lawarre, Gale to Murrell, Stephanie and Christopher A. ; $141,000. 5940 Dry Ridge: Lawarre, Gale to Murrell, Stephanie and Christopher A. ; $141,000. 9105 Lockwood Hill: Lainhart, Marvin A. and Tina M. to Garibay, William P. and Patricia A. ; $485,000. 5990 Dry Ridge: Oelrich, Gregory W. and Lynn K. to Lainhart, Tina M. and Marvin A. ; $475,000. Vail Court: Celsus J. Belletti LLC

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Green Township

2915 Orchardpark Drive: Davey, Mary C. to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation ; $100,000. 4504 Clearwater Place: Horton, Nannie E. and Daniel Blevins to Horton, Nannie E. ; $13,220. 4512 Clearwater Place: Roth, Breana L. to Mount Airy Properties LLC ; $110,000. 5702 Bridgetown Road: Tabar, Anne H. to Drennan, Paul M. and Michele ; $84,000. 5165 Scarsdale Cove: Kortekamp, Margaret E. to Sedler, Joseph A. ; $100,000. 2870 Parkwalk Drive: MVR2 LLC to Belletti, Constance ; $25,000. 2878 Parkwalk Drive: Peerless, Gwendolyn C. Tr. to Che, Joyce C. Lavender ; $207,700. 3526 Reemelin Road: Turner, Terry to Maas, Joseph ; $64,250. 4233 Boudinot Ave.: Williams, Matthew and Emily Fischer to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation ; $74,000. 5252 Ralph Ave.: Combs, Chris A. to Luebbe Denise M. and Jose O. Vazquez ; $102,900. 1354 Linneman Road: Waddell, Thomas S. to Tewelde, Aregai and Tsigewini Ghebrmariam ; $88,800. 5468 Romilda Drive: Kraemer, Michael J. and Kathleen M. to Huenenman, Donald J. and Laura E. ; $118,000. 2174 Townsend Road: Deiters, Paul A. Tr. to Carter, J. Joseph and Kathleen L. ; $156,860. 5224 Leona Drive: Knott, Nancy K. to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation ; $54,000. 5114 Sumter Ave.: Hudson, Jason T. and Amanda J. to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation ; $64,116. 5157 Ralph Ave.: Mead, Joshua and Nancy Varin to Federal National Mortgage Association ; $58,000. 3101 Balsamridge Drive: Rohr, Stacey L. to Scott, Derek J. and Jennifer L. ; $137,000. 5714 Juliemarie Court: Lello, Dan Tr. to Nagel, Donald ; $46,550. 5714 Juliemarie Court: Steel Capital Steel LLC to Lello, Dan Tr. ; $46,550. 5539 Edger Drive: Dent, Sharon D. to Crosby, Christopher E. ; $88,500. 5572 Penway Court: Appiarius, Dorothy M. to Rolf, Douglas M. ; $120,000. 5322 Orchardridge Court: Barnett, Antoinette M. and William T. to J.P. Morgan Chase Bank NA ; $74,000. 6130 Snyder Road: MVR2 LLC to Belletti, Constance ; $25,000. 5595 Clearidge Lane: Miller, Keith A. and Denise K. to Miller, Keith A. ; $39,000. 4169 Hubble Road: Tulley, James and Louise to Robinson, Paul B. ; $89,900. 5691 Biscayne Ave.: Dalton, Dennis to Mogensen, Harley and Sylvia ; $105,000. 6205 Wesselman Road: Smith, Janet Lee to Gibbs, Kenneth C. and Barbara A. ; $75,000. 6261 Wesselman Road: Smith, Janet Lee to Gibbs, Kenneth C. and Barbara A. ; $75,000. 3850 Stroschen Drive: Lauck, Thomas E. and Stephanie L. to Federal National Mortgage

Association ; $84,000. 6332 Charity Drive: Dryer, David Tr. to Gebing, Ashley L. ; $124,900. 3822 Biehl Ave.: Baum, Steven E. Tr. to Hughes, Andrew and Stephanie ; $82,050. 3464 Tolland Court: Osterhage, Paul R. and Suzanne M. to Belcher, Glen and Linda S. ; $115,000. 5610 Frogdan Court: Piccola, Jeanne M. to Soaper, Christopher ; $100,604. 5441 Childs Ave.: Bacon, Adam J. to Blevins, Erin E. ; $108,000. 5530 Northern: Louis, Richard B. and Virginia R. to Waddell, Thomas S. ; $50,000. 5689 Candlelite Terrace: Gifford, Michael Kent Tr. to Naseef, Leah ; $115,000. 4911 Arbor Woods: Dwyer, Maureen and Lois A. Maas to Miller, Joann ; $82,500. 6036 Eden Place: Strawser, Margaret A. and John W. Trs. to Johnson Trust Company Tr. ; $275,040. 4211 Victorian Green: Puckett, Kathleen A. 3 to Ratterman, Deborah M. ; $51,333. 6849 Jennifer Lynn: Robertson, Carlos C. and Shawnia N. to Uhlhorn, Eric ; $240,000. 6241 Eagles Lake: McNair, Janet A. to Prost, James M. and Vicki L. ; $80,000. 8162 Bridge Point: Fischer Attached Homes II LLC to Kleinholz, Milton F. and Shirley L. ; $194,835. 5983 Beech Dell: Teague, Barbara L. Tr. to Teague, Barbara L. ; $195,080. 3305 North Bend: Nerswick, James J. to Macke, Gary P. ; $24,500. 3935 School Section: Griffin, Thomas C. to Holachek, Joseph Matthew ; $63,000. 3965 School Section: Wayne, Shirley Tr. and Joanna Kast Tr. to Michel, Melanie ; $63,000. 2676 Devils Backbone: Ackerman, Donald C. and Hedy H. to Kemen, Thomas E. and Marcia A. ; $492,415. 5509 North Glen: Southman, Paul R. to Petersman, Christine ; $130,000. 4381 North Bend: Hughes,


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7353 Maple Ave.: Marmar Properties LLC to Mehring, T. ; $25,500. 1387 Adams Road: Miranda, Carmine F. to Stewart, Pamela ; $56,000. 7357 Perry St.: Adams, Dylan to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation ; $28,000. 1939 Madison Ave.: APD Capital Associates to Molloy, Ronald David and Donna Jean ; $35,000. 7272 Hamilton Ave.: McClorey Realty LLC to Family Funeral Centers LLC ; $303,000. 7944 Hoy Court: Dia, Mamadou and Kadiata D. Samba to Federal National Mortgage Association ; $56,000. 1453 Van Fleet: Todd, Betty Claire 3 to Morgan, Angela C. and Beau C. ; $63,000.

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Louis ; $125,000. 75 Ridgeway Road: Sharma, Surdender S. and Kavita to Samson, Brenda and Jerry ; $8,500. 2273 Grant Ave.: Fannie Mae to Bevins, Dixie ; $18,000. 1635 Hudepohl Lane: Mendenhall, Mark D. to States Resources Corporation ; $36,000. 1110 Eastgate Drive: GMAC Mortgage LLC to Peters, David Tr. ; $48,000. 9698 Fallsridge Court: Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation to Johnson, Connie ; $120,000. 8750 Daly Road: U.S. Bank NA Tr. to VBOH Annex LLC ; $23,000. 2012 Greenpine Drive: Gauselman, James R. to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation ; $76,000. 723 Woodfield Drive: Deyer, Virginia M. to Powell, George R. ; $155,000. 763 Woodfield Drive: Payne, John L. Tr. to Colon, Kimberly White ; $148,500. 881 Sarbrook Drive: Fulks, Jody L. and Jack C. Heck Jr. to Goff, Jason A. ; $58,000. 789 Compton Road: Redmon Popcorn to Mad Apple LLC ; $100,000. 666 Fleming Road: McMillan, William I. to Skinner, Mark R. and Katelynn C. Dantonio ; $125,000. 8683 Zodiac Drive: Farrell, Patricia Boyd and Eugene to BAC Home Loans Servicing ; $40,000. 1022 Jonquil Lane: Deutsche Bank National Trust Company Tr. to 4R Enterprises LLC ; $53,350. 1019 Compton Road: George Brian M. and Marla J. to Watson, Antwon and Watson, Marquisse Betts ; $118,000. 8698 Hollyhock Drive: Mizelle, Mary C. to Poling, Adam J. and Alyson M. Doyle ; $193,750. 1732 Fallbrook Lane: Grooms, Georgia R. to Schroeder, Lea M. ; $95,950. 8871 Cherry Blossom: Listermann, Carol A. Tr. to Pollard, Christopher R. ; $96,000.



POLICE REPORTS CINCINNATI DISTRICT 5 Arrests/citations Dekemiam Hawkins, born 1991, possession of drugs, 5514 Colerain Ave., Jan. 3. Tametrius Hughes, born 1996, criminal damaging or endangering, 4924 Hawaiian Terrace, Jan. 3. Tosha Heidecker, born 1972, possession of drugs, 5400 Colerain Ave., Jan. 3. Desmond Houston, born 1993, misdemeanor drug possession, 881 Oakfield Ave., Jan. 8. Barbara S. Williams, born 1992, obstructing official business, 5852 Renee Court, Jan. 8. Warren Sneed, born 1974, assault, menacing, 5571 Colerain Ave., Jan. 8. Dwight Love, born 1973, possession of an open flask, 1322 W. North Bend Road, Jan. 9. Isaiah Jenkins, born 1984, possession of drugs, 5841 Hamilton Ave., Jan. 9. Victor Onyegbulen, born 1994, domestic violence, 5734 Wintrop Ave., Jan. 9. Jerry D. Due, born 1971, misdemeanor drug possession, possession of a dangerous drug, tampering with evidence, 4900 Colerain Ave., Jan. 10. Demetrius Brady, born 1989, trafficking, 5530 Hamilton Ave., Jan. 11. Timothy P. Grier, born 1986, assault, criminal damaging or endangering, domestic violence, 5531 Hamilton Ave., Jan. 11. Chez Carroll, born 1989, criminal trespassing, obstructing official business, 5377 Bahama Terrace, Jan. 11. Antuan Moore, born 1978, criminal trespassing, misdemeanor drug possession, 1500 Groesbeck Road, Jan. 13. Jonathan Jones, born 1992, criminal damaging or endangering, 5365 Bahama Terrace, Jan. 13.

Incidents/reports Aggravated assault 5376 Bahama Terrace, Jan. 6. Aggravated burglary 1519 Elkton Place, Jan. 4. 1519 Elkton Place, Jan. 4.

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: » Colerain Township: Chief Daniel P. Meloy, 245-6600 » Green Township: Chief Bart West, 574-0007; vandalism hotline 574-5323 » Hamilton County: Sheriff Simon Leis, 825-1500 » Springfield Township: Chief David Heimpold, 729-1300 6281 Cary Ave., Jan. 9. Aggravated robbery 2687 Hillvista Lane, Jan. 5. 5322 Eastknoll Court, Jan. 6. Assault 5569 Colerain Ave., Jan. 5. 2954 Highforest Lane, Jan. 6. 5728 Kenneth Ave., Jan. 6. 1400 W. North Bend Road, Jan. 9. 5379 Bahama Terrace, Jan. 9. Burglary 5324 Colerain Ave., Jan. 10. 5615 Folchi Drive, Jan. 10. 6535 Loiswood Drive, Jan. 10. 1011 Venetian Terrace, Jan. 2. 5377 Bahama Terrace, Jan. 3. 1970 Connecticut Ave., Jan. 6. 5469 Kirby Ave., Jan. 6. 951 W. North Bend Road, Jan. 6. 1432 Ambrose Ave., Jan. 8. 5890 Shadymist Lane, Jan. 9. Criminal damaging/endangering 1172 Atwood Ave., Jan. 3. 5742 Hamilton Ave., Jan. 4. 1504 W. North Bend Road, Jan. 5. 2687 Hillvista Lane, Jan. 5. 4924 Hawaiian Terrace, Jan. 6. 5226 Horizonvue Drive, Jan. 7. 5900 Hamilton Ave., Jan. 7. 6018 Belmont Ave., Jan. 7. Criminal mischief 5742 Hamilton Ave., Jan. 4. Domestic violence Reported on Wintrop Avenue, Jan. 9. Reported on Leffingwell Avenue, Jan. 9. Felonious assault 2687 Hillvista Lane, Jan. 5. 1191 Cedar Ave., Jan. 7. 6281 Cary Ave., Jan. 9. Improperly discharging firearm at/into habitation/school

1140 Groesbeck Road, Jan. 7. Menacing 1634 Birchwood Ave., Jan. 2. 5730 Colerain Ave., Jan. 7. Robbery 5169 Hawaiian Terrace, Jan. 9. Sexual imposition Reported on Lantana Avenue, Jan. 8. Taking the identity of another 511 Bahama Terrace, Jan. 4. Theft 1458 Larrywood Lane, Jan. 10. 5394 Bahama Terrace, Jan. 10. 2512 W. North Bend Road, Jan. 4. 2568 W. North Bend Road, Jan. 4. 5135 Hawaiian Terrace, Jan. 4. 1642 Elkton Place, Jan. 5. 1979 W. North Bend Road, Jan. 5. 5325 Eastknoll Court, Jan. 5. 5135 Hawaiian Terrace, Jan. 6. 6025 Hamilton Ave., Jan. 7. 1630 Larmon Court, Jan. 8. 5370 Bahama Terrace, Jan. 8.

COLERAIN TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Michelle Hesse, 46, 6628 Daleview Road, theft at 8451 Colerain Ave., Dec. 19. Adrian Bolton, 26, 6954 Mulberry Ave., operating vehicle intoxicated at Cheviot Road, Dec. 20. Cortez Flowers, 23, 49 Sheean Drive, criminal damaging at 10164 Colerain Ave., Dec. 20. Kenneth Deborde, 31, 2038 Pater Ave., theft at 9501 Colerain Ave., Dec. 21. Timothy Adeta, 24, 3243 Struble Road, theft at 10240 Colerain

Ave., Dec. 21. Jemmel Turnage, 30, 8542 Bobolink Drive, disorderly conduct at 9343 Colerain Ave., Dec. 21. Kenneth Huffman, 26, 1541 Scott St., possession drug abuse instruments at 9500 Colerain Ave., Dec. 21. Juvenile female, 15, theft at 9505 Colerain Ave., Dec. 22. Juvenile female, 16, theft at 9505 Colerain Ave., Dec. 22. Lavert Walker, 27, 835 Poplar Street, operating vehicle intoxicated at Ronald Reagan Highway, Dec. 22. Damond Heard, 31, 5021 Hawaiian Terrace, operating vehicle intoxicated at 7400 Colerain Ave., Dec. 23. Tariyn Jackson, 24, 3281 Bowling Green, theft at 8451 Colerain Ave., Dec. 23.

Incidents/reports Bad checks Victim reported at 9430 Colerain Ave., Dec. 17. Burglary Residence entered at 3268 Ainsworth Court, Dec. 19. Residence entered and TV, laptop and game console of unknown value removed at 4010 Eddystone Drive, Dec. 20. Criminal damaging Vehicle damaged at 10164 Colerain Ave., Dec. 20. Window of residence broken at 8273 Georgianna Drive, Dec. 20. Brick thrown at camera and building spray painted at 6520 Colerain Ave., Dec. 19. Vehicle damaged at 8500 Colerain Ave., Dec. 21. Eggs thrown at vehicle at 11958 Stone Mill Road, Dec. 23. Forgery Fraudulent check passed at 2736 Barthas Place, Dec. 1. Theft Cell phone of unknown value removed at 9165 Pippin Road, Dec. 19. $1,500 taken through deceptive means at 3431 Melodymanor Drive, Dec. 18. Vehicle entered and Dsi, charger, ear buds of unknown value removed at 6914 April Drive, Dec. 20.

Reported at 9505 Colerain Ave., Dec. 21. Grill valued at $250 removed at 5761 Babygold, Dec. 19. Merchandise valued at $1,400 removed at 9959 Colerain Ave., Dec. 22. Merchandise of unknown value removed at 8451 Colerain Ave., Dec. 23. $280 removed at 3154 Lapland Drive, Dec. 22. Jewelry of unknown value removed at 3122 Birchway, Dec. 19. Medication of unknown value removed at 10755 Shipley Court, Dec. 20. Vehicle entered and GPS of unknown value removed at 6909 Baytowne Drive, Dec. 24. Unauthorized use of motor vehicle Reported at 11801 Stone Mill, Dec. 1.

GREEN TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Corey Flick, 24, 4244 Copperfield Lane, possessing drug abuse instruments at 5447 Glenway Ave., Jan. 2. Rebecca Conley, 21, 12374 Oak Road, possessing drug abuse instruments at 5447 Glenway Ave., Jan. 2. Juvenile, 15, criminal trespass at 3200 Ebenezer Road, Jan. 2. Juvenile, 15, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct at 3200 Ebenezer Road, Jan. 2. Juvenile, 12, habitual truancy at 3900 Race Road, Jan. 2. Sylvester V. Holt, 71, 5908 Northglen Road, failure to send child to school at 3900 Race Road, Jan. 2. Dennis R. Doyle Jr., 27, 4364 Harrison Ave. No. 30, theft, possessing criminal tools and possessing drug abuse instruments at 5500 Harrison Ave., Jan. 3. Corey M. Colwell, 20, 4364 Harrison Ave. No. 30, theft at 5500 Harrison Ave., Jan. 3. Wesley D. Jaspers, 24, 4364 Harrison Ave. No. 30, possessing drug abuse instruments and complicity to theft at 5500 Harrison Ave., Jan. 3. Tonia L. Hillard, 43, 2870 Blue Rock Road, remain in park after hours at 3010 Blue Rock Road, Jan. 3. Troy A. Troxel, 33, 3257 Roesch Blvd. No. 123, possession of marijuana at 3379 Westbourne Drive, Jan. 4. Donald Weisner Jr., 45, 3208 Hildreth, abduction at 6433 Glenway Ave., Jan. 5. Dennis R. Doyle Jr., 27, 4364 Harrison Ave. No. 30, possessing criminal tools, criminal trespass and obstructing official business at 4377 Homelawn Ave., Jan. 8. Christopher Stacey, 18, 4902 Applegate Ave., theft at 6550 Harrison Ave., Jan. 8. Randy D. Couch, 27, 4763 Dale Ave., unauthorized use of motor vehicle at Glenway Avenue & Carson Avenue, Jan. 8. Krista L. Boeddeker, 21, 3318 Camvic Terrace No. 3, domestic violence at 6485 Harrison Ave., Jan. 9. Billy Hall, 25, 4310 Hamilton Ave. No. 8, theft and possessing drug abuse instruments at 6300 Glenway Ave., Jan. 9. Victoria Renderos, 30, 3401 Blue Rock Road, obstructing official business at Colerain Avenue & Blue Rock Road, Jan. 10. Caleb N. Scott, 18, 216 Lyness Ave. No. 97, disorderly conduct at 6375 Harrison Ave., Jan. 10. Juvenile, 16, drug paraphernalia at 6375 Harrison Ave., Jan. 10.


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Breaking and entering Copper piping stolen from home and air conditioning unit at 4233 Boudinot Ave., Jan. 8. Brass and copper fittings, wheel charger, 100 gallons of gasoline and 16 used propane tanks stolen from Wardway Fuels at 4555 Bridgetown Road, Jan. 10. Burglary Money and several pieces of jewelry stolen from home at 6559 Hearne Road No. 1401, Jan. 3. Several pieces of jewelry stolen from home at 5536 Biscayne Ave., Jan. 4. Home entered, but nothing found to be missing at 5478 Haft Road, Jan. 7. Window damaged on home during burglary attempt, but nothing found missing at 3525 Eyrich, Jan. 8. Money, foreign coins and a laptop taken from home at 2724 Jessup Road, Jan. 9.

Criminal damaging Vehicle driven through home’s front yard at 5452 Karen Ave., Jan. 1. Vehicle driven through home’s front yard at 5506 Karen Ave., Jan. 1. Quarter panel dented on vehicle at 5654 Surrey Ave., Jan. 2. Vehicle driven through home’s front yard at 5422 Karen Ave., Jan. 2. Two windows broken on vehicle at 6018 Cheviot Road, Jan. 4. Window broken and oil poured on hood of vehicle at Kellerman Auto at 6500 Glenway Ave., Jan. 8. Rear window broken on vehicle at 5446 Childs Ave., Jan. 9. Paint scratched on trunk and hood of vehicle at 4341 Regency Ridge No. 208, Jan. 11. Window broken on vehicle at 5302 Orchard Valley, Jan. 11. Window broken at PNC Bank at 5889 Bridgetown Road, Dec. 17. Window broken on vehicle at 4175 Rybolt Road, Dec. 24. Door handle broken off vehicle at 3806 Ebenezer Road, Dec. 30. Domestic dispute Argument between man and woman at Springmyer Drive, Dec. 14. Argument between parent and child at Pasadena Avenue, Dec. 17. Argument between man and woman at Westbourne Drive, Dec. 23. Argument between parent and child at Brandt Manor Drive, Dec. 25. Argument between spouses at Boomer Road, Dec. 26. Argument between spouses at Ruebel Place, Dec. 27. Argument between man and woman at Glenmont Lane, Dec. 30. Argument between parent and child at Werk Road, Jan. 8. Argument between man and woman at Snyder Road, Jan. 9. Domestic violence Physical altercation between man and woman at Jessup Road, Jan. 5. Forgery Suspect cashed a fraudulent check at Checksmart at 6582 Glenway Ave., Dec. 27. Menacing Suspect threatened to damage victim’s vehicle at 5860 Lawrence Road, Dec. 18. Property damage Stone mailbox damaged in front of home at 4841 Valleybrook Drive, Dec. 20. Vehicle door damaged when struck by shopping cart at Kroger at 5830 Harrison Ave., Dec. 20. Rear end of vehicle struck by another vehicle while inside L.A. Express Carwash at 6561 Harrison Ave., Jan. 3. Theft Personal check stolen from vehicle and later forged and cashed at 5000 North Bend Road, Dec. 14. Child’s toy and money stolen from vehicle at 5130 Michael Anthony, Dec. 14. Money stolen from wallet inside vehicle at 5715 Scarborough Drive, Dec. 14. Money stolen from home at 6018 Flyer Drive, Dec. 15. Copper lines stolen from seven air conditioning units at condominium complex at 4213 Victorian Green Drive, Dec. 15. Several pieces of jewelry stolen from home at 5998 Cottontail Court, Dec. 15. Two heat pumps stolen from apartment building at 3975 School Section Road, Dec. 16. Roll of copper piping, four extension cords and a knife stolen from home at 5439 Haft Road, Dec. 16. Smoker grill stolen from home’s porch at 3245 Bridgestone, Dec. 16. Tailgate stolen from vehicle at 6504 Glenway Ave., Dec. 16. Copper stolen from air conditioning unit at condominium at 4213 Victorian Green Drive, Dec. 16. Cellphone stolen from victim at Gabriel Brothers at 5750 Harrison Ave., Dec. 16. Fire pit stolen from home’s back yard at 5868 Calmhaven, Dec. 17. Copper stolen from air conditioning unit at condominium at 4213 Victorian Green Drive, Dec. 17. Copper stolen from air conditioning unit at condominium at 4211 Victorian Green Drive, Dec. 17. Two televisions stolen from Sam’s Club at 5375 North Bend Road, Dec. 17.

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