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Colerain gets lower electric rates By Jennie Key

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An aerial view of the memorial when it visited East Clinton High School. Students are signing a Marine flag in the center of the display which was then presented to the school. THANKS TO MIKE STRAHE

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Public welcome to visit the Lima Company tribute By Jennie Key

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It’s not often you stand face-toface with heros. The Eyes of Freedom, eight panels with life-size portraits of 22 MarinesandaNavycorpsmanwho died in Iraq in 2005 will give you that opportunity. The memorial, which travels to keep the memory of the sacrifice made by the OhiobasedLimaCompanyalive,ismaking a week-long stop at Colerain High School next week. The portraits in the Eyes of Freedom,sponsoredbyR&LCarriers, were painted by Ohio artist Anita Miller. The memorial will be on display in the school theater, 8801 Cheviot Road, Tuesday, Jan. 31, through Friday, Feb. 3, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. each day. There will be a special evening viewing from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2. Lima Company has a Colerain connection. Pat Murray, mother of Sgt. David Kreuter, just 26 when he died in a 2005 roadside bombing that killed14 members of Lima Co., taught at the high school. “Every time I see those paintings, it’s bittersweet, because it’s a very vivid reminder that I don’t have my son,” says the retired teacher. Principal Maureen Heintz said Murry approached her with the idea of bringing the memorial to the school. “I thought it was a very powerful idea. I was her daughters’ prin-

Mike Strahle, director of the Eyes of Freedom , with a panel of the Lima Company Memorial showing Lance Cpl. Eric Bernholtz, Cpl. Dustin Derga and Lance Cpl. Nicholas Erdy. The memorial is coming to Colerain High School Jan. 31 through Feb. 3. THANKS TO MIKE STRAHLE cipal and they lost their brother,” Heintz said. Both of Murray’s daughters, Laura and Kristin, are Colerain graduates; her son was a graduateofSt.XavierHighSchool, which the traveling memorial has already visited. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Tim Hughett, who recruits for the Marines at Colerain High School, welcomes the chance to remember his fallen brothers. He says there will beMarinesatthememorialdailyto honor the men of Lima Company and answer any questions from students or the public. “These men made the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of freedom,” he said. “These are the real faces of the men that fell. It is an honor to have the memorial come here and to be a part of this. It is a privilege to honor them.” The memorial is serving as a

springboard for lessons targeted to the school’s art, social studies and history classes. Social studies teacher Andy Jungkunz is the logistics man for the memorial’s visit. As a teacher, he says the memorial’s visit can help his students understand the concepts of sacrifice and patriotism. And he has a special connection to Lima Company, as well. His brother-in-law took over the unit after it returned from Iraq. Jungkunz attended a military base memorial for the fallen soldiers in 2005. “This is an opportunity to make sure to continue telling their story so people never forget,” he said. “This is how I can make a difference.”

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You don’t hear this very often, but if you live in Colerain Township, your electric bill is going down. And you don’t have to sit in the dark to make it happen. Colerain Township trustees approved a new electric aggregation agreement Jan. 24 that will result in lower electric bills for many township residents. Interim administrator Frank Birkenhauer said the new agreement with Duke Energy Retail runs through March 2014. Under the new contract, residents will pay 4.92 cents per kilowatt hour. The last two-year agreement was for 6.19 per kwh. “We felt we could negotiate Birkenhauer a good price for our residents,” Birkenhauer said. “We were pleased with the proposals we received.” He said the township received two written proposals. Small commercial users will also get the same energy savings, he added, which made the Duke offer too good to pass up. John Finnegan, account executive with Duke Energy Retail, said Duke will be sending out letters to Colerain Township residents soon. The township has an opt-out program, which means that all eligible residents will be enrolled unless they return a card declining enrollment. Finnegan said Duke must present the agreement to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. PUCO has 10 days to respond. Once the response window has closed, enrollment on behalf of both the township and Duke Energy Retail Sales will be sent to township residents and will give them a period of time during which they can opt out if they want. If they do not return the card, they will be enrolled in the program. Aggregation allows local governments to form electric and natural gas purchasing pools. The communities contract with an independent supplier for electricity and gas, but Duke Energy Retail, the regulated utility, continues to deliver it through its pipes and wires, as well as handle billing and other customer services. See ELECTRIC, Page A2

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Garden center will grow this spring By Jennie Key

A business dedicated to growing things will be growing itself this year. Jeff Webeler, owner of White Oak Garden Center, 3579 Blue Rock Road, says his customers will have more parking and more

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greenery to wander through outside now that he has bought and demolished the building at the south side of his nursery. The garden center now stretches from Hanley Road to the north to the parking lot of the Knotty Pine on the south. Webeler says the expansion makes sense for his business. He’s been at the Blue Rock Road location since 1984, and has seen a slow but steady growth. “As we have had opportunities to expand, we have taken advantage of them,” he said. “It is refreshing to be able to grow in this economically challenging time.”


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Webeler said 2009 and 2010 were both down years for his business, but last year things began to turn around. “Despite the rain, we had a good year,” he said. “I think people are staying put and improving what they have. People are more environmentally conscious, and we have seen increased interest in areas such as growing vegetables, planting trees and rain gardens.” Webeler’s staff does garden seminars at the Monfort Heights branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. “We get a lot of questions, and we try to keep the seminars pretty basic,” he said. “They have been popular.”

A contractor tears down the old building at 3975 Blue Rock Road as part of an expansion of the White Oak Nursery. THANKS TO JEFF WEBELER He says he expects the enlarged parking area will be ready to use this year. The expansion is not all that will be new. The garden center is getting a re-

branding, complete with a new name, White Oak Gardens. Webeler says the change to the new name and logo, a softer oak leaf, will be grad-

ual. “I wouldn’t look for a big change, like a new sign,” he said. “It will roll out over time. We think the new name has a nice feel.”

Dad and daughter date night is Feb. 11 Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Colerain Township Senior and Community Center is giving Dads a special event to share with their daughters. The second annual Daddy and Daughter Date Night is a very special dress-up date night for girls ages 4-17 and their fathers, grandfathers or other father figures. Center Director Marie Sprenger says the event is from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 at the center, 4300 Springdale Road. Seating will begin at 6:30 pm. Sprenger says this year’s theme will be in the colors and style of the Tif-

fany store and will include a flower for the girls, a photograph, DJ, dancing, pizza, and dessert. “This was well-attended last year, and we expect it to popular again this year,” she said. Suggested attire is dresses for girls and dress shirt and tie for fathers. Tickets are $12 per person Colerain Township residents and $15 per person for nonresidents. Tickets are available at the center from 8 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Those wishing to sit with other couples should purchase their tickets together. Seating arrangements cannot be changed at the event. For more information, please call 741-8802.

Keenan Pena gives his daughter Akilah a kiss as the two dance at last year's Daddy and Daugher Date Night. THANKS TO MARIE SPRENGER

Springfield Twp. residents are invited to fire levy info forum By Heidi Fallon

Among the topics up for discussion at the Springfield Township’s State of the Township forum Sunday, Feb. 26, will be the March 6 fire levy. The annual open house and forum will be at 2:30 p.m. at The Grove, 9158 Winton Road. Township officials and staff will be available to answer questions before and after the presentation by township Administrator Mike Hinnenkamp. The township is asking voters to approve a 1-mill levy that will appear as Issue 5 on the March ballot. It is for five years and will generate $585,000 a year for the fire department to maintain its current level of staffing and service. The levy will cost the owner of a home valued at $100,000 an additional $30 a year in property taxes. Fire Chief Rob Leninger said that without the additional revenues, he might be forced to reduce as many as five people.

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In 2005, Colerain Township voters approved a measure that allowed Colerain Township to negotiate a better energy deal. The township has a gas aggregation program, as well.

“If this issue fails, the most likely scenario is that full-time firefighter/ paramedic staff would be reduced by three to five,” Hinnenkamp said. “This reduction of staffing could result in longer response times to certain types of emergencies and the overall availability of personHinnenkamp nel responding to emergencies.” Hinnenkamp said his staff and trustees have looked at other options including contracting with other jurisdictions and consolidation with the police department. He said the township will continue to look at the feasibility of options. The levy request comes as the township continues to deal with drastic losses in state revenues, namely local government funding and the estate tax which will be

eliminated. The state also eliminated the tangible personal property tax reimbursements which, coupled with lower property valuations, will cost the fire department $200,000 in revenues this year. Full-time firefighters and paramedics agreed to give up a 2.7 percent salary increase that was part of a previously agreed to contract. They renegotiated that contract and agreed to a salary freeze for the next three years. The salary concessions, along with other contract changes in overtime and insurance, will save more than $100,000 during the next three years, Hinnenkamp said. The last fire levy was passed in 2001 and was expected to last five years. Along with the fire levy, the State of the Township forum also will include updated information on township finances and plans for the future. For more information or to register to attend, call 522-1410.

That agreement with Interstate Gas Supply runs through the end of March. Birkenhauer cautioned residents that a number of suppliers are sending residents postcards telling them they no longer are part of an aggregation program and offering them opportunities. “It is unlikely that these

programs will be able to offer a rate lower than the Colerain aggregation rate,” he said. “Residents who want our rate need to wait for our letters to arrive in the next eight weeks.” Residents with questions can call the township office, 385-7500.



18 years for downloading rape videos

Citizens honor police officer Hill is first group lauds for work

By Kurt Backscheider

Matt Stansbury said the members of the Green Township Citizens Police Academy Alumni want to make sure township police officers are recognized for their efforts. “What they do matters to us, and we appreciate everything they do,” said Stansbury, who serves as president of the alumni group comprised of residents who have completed the police department’s Citizens Police Academy. To honor the dedication of Green Township police officers, the alumni organization established an Officer of the Year Award. Stansbury and fellow alumni members presented the inaugural award to Green Township Police Sgt. Mitch Hill during the board of trustees meeting Monday, Jan. 23. “I was very surprised,” said Hill, a seven-year member of the township police department. “I did not see it coming at all. I was very honored.” Stansbury said there were certainly several deserving officers from whom to choose for the 2011 Officer of the Year Award, but the group selected Hill because of the leadership role and duties he assumes within the department. He said Hill is the supervisor for the second shift, responsible for supervising many of the township’s newer officers and providing guidance for their professional growth. He also revitalized the Neighborhood Block Watch program and receives positive feedback from neighborhood groups who appreciate his knowledge, communication skills and commitment. Hill ensures the department follows all compliance rules and maintains strict computer security requirements as well, Stansbury said. He also has a perfect

Victims ranged from ages 1 to 9

Gannett News Service The 300 videos James Bitter downloaded to his home computer are disturbing and graphic. Because they show incidents of child rape, they also are illegal and earned Bitter 18 years in prison Wednesday. “That’s how he got his thrills,” Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor Bitter Kevin Hardman said at Bitter’s Wednesday sentencing. Bitter, 49, of Colerain Township, used his computer to connect to other computers – called peer-topeer file sharing – to access, download and share videos with others. The videos show children as young as 1 being raped. The oldest victims in the videos, Hardman said, were age 9.

Green Township Citizens Police Academy Alumni President Matt Stansbury, left, presents the inaugural Officer of the Year Award to Green Township Police Sgt. Mitch Hill. The alumni group plans to annually recognize township police officers who go above and beyond to serve the community. THANKS TO GREEN TOWNSHIP attendance record. Hill said he enjoys the on-the-job variety that comes with being a police officer. “I like meeting new people and working to solve new problems,” he said. Recognition from the citizens group is very nice, and he said he appreciates their commendation. “They are a great group of dedicated people and it’s exciting to work with them,” Hill said. Stansbury said the alumni organization plans to name an officer of the year on an annual basis. Those who receive the award get their name engraved on a plaque hanging in the foyer of the administration building. “We want to publicly thank them,” he said. “Like many public workers, they often go unnoticed for the hard work they do.”

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When a person comes to a certain age and the children move out and on with their own lives, a home may become too big for its occupants. At this point, residents may feel it's time to downsize to a smaller home. Downsizing can be exciting and challenging at the same time. Going through and packing belongings can be a trip down memory lane. But chances are a smaller space will mean that a person will have to part with a number of his belongings collected over time. To make the process easier, first assess how much space there will be in the new home. Many times floor plans or room dimensions are available. First measure large items, such as furniture, to be sure it will fit in the rooms. Then think about storage possibilities. Next, make a running list of what items can be discarded and where those items will go. Some belongings can be donated to charity, while others may be given to family and friends. Many other things could end up in the trash or recycling bins. Knowing where things will go will make them easier to sort. For those doing a major clean-out of the home, it could be efficient to hire a dumpster to be placed on-site. This way, larger bulk items can simply be tossed inside. Some municipalities restrict what can be placed in the regular trash or how much garbage can be collected, so this alleviates the stress of dealing with excess trash. When actually beginning to get rid of things, start with the areas that receive the least amount of use. Belongings stored in the attic or basement may be simply taking up space and hold less sentimental value. People can then work their way toward items that are used on a regular basis. Duplicates of things can be donated. It can be cathartic to clear out clutter and get ready to start anew. Some people find they have to downsize because of financial reasons. In these cases, thinningoutbelongingscanalsobeawaytoearnafewextrabucks.Sellingorauctioningoffseldom used items may produce a little extra cash that can help finance moving expenses or even bills.


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“In the eight years that I’ve been” prosecuting sex crimes involving children depicted in videos or photos, Hardman told the judge, “these are some of the worst I have ever seen.” Bitter, a father of three adult children, went to trial on 20 counts of pandering sexually oriented material involved minors. Bitter wasn’t charged with 300 counts – a count for each such video found on his computer hard drive –because Hardman said he didn’t want to make a jury watch 300 videos. At a January trial, a jury watched the videos and returned convictions on all 20 counts. He faced a maximum of 160 years in prison but Common Pleas Judge Beth Myers imposed an 18year sentence. When police went to his house to serve a search warrant on his computer, Bitter fled and wasn’t caught for four months, Hardman said. In addition to his prison sentence, Bitter has to register with authorities as a sex offender every six months.



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Fire and crime numbers up and down By Heidi Fallon

Springfield Township’s fire and police chiefs have compiled their 2011 statistics, showing both departments had a mix of increases and decreases. Fire Chief Rob Leininger said both emergency medical and fire runs went up from 2010. In 2011, he logged 3,949 life squad runs compared to 3,902 in 2010. Fires in 2011were1,112 and1,011in 2010. Police Chief David Heimpold said his department continued a drop in the seven-category part one offenses police calculate for the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting system. He admits the decrease of 0.7 percent is “relatively small,” but said “it continues on the path of the past several years of a declining crime rate.” Those categories include everything from murder to theft. “However,” Heimpold added, “our violent crime rate was down 7.5 percent from last year. “We’re hoping to maintain our current downward trend. This is the sixth year we’ve seen de-

creased numbers and had double digit numbers for four years.” Violent crimes, as the name implies, includes murder, rape and aggravated assault. Reported property crime did increase 2.5 percent from 2010. The biggest increase, Heimpold said, were 49 more burglaries reported last year than in 2010. He blames break-ins to vacant and abandoned houses. “We’re not alone in this,” he said. “It’s happening in every jurisdiction with houses being robbed of copper pipes and air conditioners. They may get $100 worth of scrap and leave behind $5,000 in damages. “There is talk of legislation to try and attack it at the scrap yard level, but it’s a hard crime to solve. We’ve had instances where neighbors actually saw what they thought were workers going in and out of houses, but it was people rippping out the pipes. “We’ve made several arrests and tried to determine a pattern, looking at the published lists of foreclosures going to auction, but it’s been tough.”

Springfield Township Fire Chief Rob Leininger, left, and Police Chief David Heimpold take a look at each others year-end statistics, both showing increases in some areas and decreases in others. HEIDI FALLON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Recently, the Pleasant Run Farms Athletic Association had fencing stolen, presumably for scrap, after spending two years raising the funds to buy it for its facility. He attributes the increase in thefts and burglaries to the increase the department is seeing in drug abuse, mainly a dramatic shift to heroin. “Heroin has become the main

drug we’re seeing now,” he said. “We’ve had a lot more overdoses from heroin, as well. “Again, we’re not the only department seeing this trend.” Drunk driving arrests also went up 191 from 2010 to 4,588. In total, police responded to 23,174 calls for service, down 164 from 2010. Leininger said his 2011 numbers were the highest the depart-

ment has ever recorded. He said his department handled 520 calls for people having trouble breathing, which also is a record high in that category. He can’t explain the reasons behind the jump, but said he fears it will continue. “This was the highest demand for service we’ve had in the history of the township,” he said. “Like others, we’re experiencing an increase in mutual aid calls, because, like us, other departments are struggling to maintain levels of service. All local governments are under tremendous pressure to reduce costs while trying to offer services, and that results in a greater demand to help each other.” With 31 full-time and 60 parttime firefighers, Leininger said if the March 6 fire levy doesn’t pass, he’s looking at eliminating five firefighters. “We’re all fighting for survival and I’m very concerned about the future of local government,” Leninger said. “We’re all looking at just sustaining what we have while demand for service continues to increase.”

BRIEFLY Booster stag Feb. 2

The 17th annual Colerain Boosters Stag will be Thursday, Feb. 2, at Kolping Grove, 10235 Mill Road. This year’s speaker will be former Cincinnati Reds infielder Doug Flynn, who was a member of the 1975 and 1976 World Champion teams. The evening will begin with a social time at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. The program will begin at 8:15 p.m. Cost to attend is $50 per person which covers the meal, drinks, and program. Tables of 10 can be pur-

chased for $500. For additional information or to purchase tickets, contact either Denny Hirsch at or the Colerain High School Athletic Department and 385-6424.

event begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. The Mistics, a four-man vocal group that specializes in R&B and soul, will perform for auction-goers after the live auction. The annual auction raises funds to support students’ co-curricular activities including sports, drama and music, and to provide financial support for deserving students. This year’s theme is “It’s all about…Gratitude!” The evening features hors d’oeurves, sit-down dinner with double entree, open bar and continental breakfast to wrap up. Items for auction are still being collected for the 2012 auction, and include electronics, jewelry tickets to sporting and cultural events, restaurant gift cards, sports collectibles, home décor and more.

La Salle auction set for Feb. 25

Bob Herzog of Channel 12 will emcee and serve as celebrity auctioneer for the 25th Annual La Salle Camelot Auction Saturday, Feb. 25. The auction event will be at La Salle High School, 3091 North Bend Road. The

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The next regular membership meeting for the Monfort Heights-White Oak Community Association is set for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road. The association will host the Colerain High School Show Cards, who will provide the entertainment. The Shows Cards are comprised of 41 singers and dancers and seven instrumentalists, supported by six technical crew members. Each Show Card member is involved in the school’s curricular music program, and many are varsity athletes, honor students and class officers. They are consistent finalists and grand champions in both regional and national competitions, and will participate in the World Choir Games being held in Cincinnati this summer. The ensemble is directed by Michael and Randie Parks, with choreography by Jason Johnson.

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track and field team on the floor of the House of Representatives Tuesday, Jan. 24, for winning the 2011 state championship. Coached by Frank Russo, La Salle scored 36 points to edge out runner-up Centerville High School. The title marked La Salle’s second track and field state championship, with the first dating back to 1994. “I am extremely proud of the effort put forth by these young men, and I know they made the whole city of Cincinnati proud with their accomplishments,” Terhar said. “I want to further commend Coach Russo for his strong leadership in molding these young men into scholars and leaders as well as athletes.” Along with being acknowledged on the House floor, the team was also recognized by State Sen. Bill Seitz (R-8th District) on the Senate floor in the afternoon.

Mercy hosting elegant auction

Mother of Mercy High School’s largest fundraising event of the year, “Hooray for mercywood,” will take place from 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Feb. 18. Tickets are now on sale for the revamped event now under the direction of Mercy’s FUNdraiser Julie Leis Raleigh, a 1982 Mercy graduate. The elegant dinner-auction benefit supports the school’s students and is essential to sustaining the many academic, religious and extracurricular programs Mercy offers. Along with Raleigh, cochairs Aimee Wolf Reilly, a 1985 graduate, and Trina Anderson Schapker-Niemer, a 1982 graduate, have been working hard with Mercy’s newly formed Mom’s Club in preparing to deliver a Hollywood-like experience for guests. Steve Raleigh, Chief Meteorologist for WCPO 9 News will serve as master of ceremonies for the evening. Highlights of the event include a selection of silent auction items, a live auction show, new booths including a champagne and chocolate booth, a grand raffle and a high-energy after party with dancing at Club Mercy. Reservations can be made online at www.moth-, or by calling Mercy at 661-2740 extension 312.

Chorus appearance

The annual Macy’s Arts Sampler presented by ArtsWave will cover three Saturdays this winter, Feb. 11, Feb. 25 and March 10. As part of Macy’s Arts Sampler, the Southern Gateway Chorus will appear in concert at the Springfield Township’s Grove Banquet Hall at noon Saturday, March 10. All events are free and open to the public thanks to the sponsorship of Macy’s. The Southern Gateway Chorus are two-time International Barbershop Chorus champions located in Cincinnati, and will present a program appropriate for all ages. Macy’s Arts Sampler shines a spotlight on the arts in the community and is the kickoff for the annual ArtsWave Community Campaign, when people all across the region come together to support the creative things that make Greater Cincinnati a great place to live. For a complete schedule of events or to download the Sampler app, visit

Fundraiser set for firefighter March 10

A community benefit for Colerain Township Firefighter and Fire Inspector Bill Harrington, is set for 8 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, March 10, at the Kolping Grove Banquet Center. Bill was recently diagnosed with cancer. Doctors were able to remove a brain tumor, but the cancer has spread and Harrington will need radiation and chemotherapy. As a part-time employee of the department he does not have medical insurance. His medical costs are mounting and will be overwhelming.You can also offer assistance by providing monetary gifts, or door prizes and/or raffle prizes for the benefit. No donation is too small. Please contact Eric Dauer at (513) 2535386 or Phil Klug at (513) 439-2600 if you wish to arrange donation pick-up. Otherwise, donations may be mailed to or dropped off at Colerain Township Fire Station 25, 3251 Springdale Road.



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Struble families turn out for fun More than 155 Struble students and their families gathered to take off the winter chill at the Title1enrichment night Jan.19 at Struble Elementary. The “Family Fun Learning Picnic” summer theme was complete with hot dogs, cornhole math, leap frog words, fishing for letters and sight words, and making a picnic for the birds. As families arrived, they received a book mark with their schedule for the evening. After the meal in the cafeteria, families were able to choose the learning/activity stations that they wanted to visit. The activities included a special experiment in the Science lab that taught the value of choosing healthy drinks vs. soda and other drink choices that are laden with sugar. Many students and parents admitted that they need to take a closer look at how much pop they consume and cut back. The Struble gym was buzzing with excite-

ment as students, their siblings and parents enjoyed the fun and games. ABC and Word Match games offered challenging entertainment for young and old alike. The children visited the Make-and-Take Math game station to make a bean bag math game and then ventured to the bird feeder craft table to make a picnic for the birds. Many children were lucky door prize winners and went home with special water bottles, back packs and pencil bags. Each child was able to choose a book and bookmark to take home with them. The Title 1 Tutors, several Struble staff members and Colerain High School students were on hand to make the sensational evening a Struble success! A tremendous thank you to Struble’s business partner, Union Central, for purchasing the food for the light picnic meal.

Alyssa Estep, a senior at McAuley High School, won a $1,000 scholarship in the World Piano Scholarship competition, and she doesn't even play the piano. THANKS TO KATHY DIETRICH

McAuley student wins piano scholarship McAuley senior Alyssa Estep has won a $1,000 scholarship from the World Piano Competition Organization through the BBB program: that's Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. She was presented with her scholarship on Jan. 10, at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. An interesting twist is that she does not actually play the piano. She plays the flute in McAuley’s Orchestra, directed by Mary White. Estep began flute lessons when she was is fourth grade. She and her orchestra class went to a World Piano Competition at the Aronoff earlier in the school year. The students learned about different composers and styles, especially Bach and Beethoven, and heard the

winners of the World Competition perform. As a part of the program, students were invited to enter a scholarship contest, where they could submit an essay or art piece. Kathy Dietrich, a spokeswoman for McAuley, said Estep’s entry was a pencil sketch of a grand piano and an essay of how music inspires her, and it was so outstanding that she won the scholarship. She was the only winner. Estep has taken several art classes at McAuley, which helped her drawing skills, but she was surprised that she won. “I was really excited and the money will come in handy next year in college,” she said. Estep has been accepted to both Urbana University and Bel-

larmine University. Bellarmine has offered her a $20,000 academic scholarship. She plans to major in psychology, and would like to be on a college bowling team. One of Alyssa’s major talents is bowling. She is a four-year member of the McAuley Bowling Team and is currently ranked second high school female in the entire city of Cincinnati, with an average of 197. In addition to being involved in orchestra and bowling, Alyssa, who is the daughter of Marissa and Rob Doyle of Harrison, Ohio, has a 3.2 GPA and two parttime jobs. She is a cook at a Miamitown Restaurant and works the desk at Colerain Bowl. She also takes care of her two young siblings on the weekends.

St. X sponsoring coat drive For the fifth straight year, St. Xavier High School – in conjunction with Mary Magdalene House downtown - will conduct a winter coat drive to benefit those in need. Collection boxes are set up at the school, 600 W. North Bend Road, in the alcove near the main entrance by the admissions office and in the Ellis Gym lobby. The drive runs through February and isn’t


Sarah K. Miller was named to the fall semester dean’s list at Otterbein University. ■ Linda Clide and Diane Foster were named to the fall dean’s list at Chatfield College’s Findlay Market campus. ■ Kevin Kay was named to the fall semester dean’s list at the University of Evansville.

limited to coats. “Anything winter-related can be given – coats, gloves, hats, etc.,” said junior Mike Clark, part of the student leadership board conducting the drive. “The more students and the St. Xavier community gives the better. The need is great and we could use all the support we can get.” Brother Jack Martin manages Mary Magdalene House,

at 1223 Main Street in downtown Cincinnati. The ministry primarily provides showers and laundry service for the homeless. As he has done in years past, Mark Folzenlogen – father of 2011 graduate Dylan Folzenlogen – will donate the services of A-One Cleaners to dry clean all the coats and clothing before delivering it to Magdalene House.

Struble students and their families gathered to take off the winter chill at the Title 1 enrichment night Jan. 19 at Struble Elementary. THANKS TO PAULETTA CROWLEY

La Salle honors Eagle Scout La Salle High School celebrated a first this school year: Senior Andy Erb is the first member of the high school’s Venturing Crew to achieve the rank of Eagle, the highest rank in Boy Scouts. Venturing is the Boy Scouts’ youth development program in high school and beyond, from age 14-20. La Salle has sponsored a Venturing crew, the equivalent of

a Boy Scout troop, for its students since 2009. Erb, is the first Eagle Scout to emerge from La Salle’s Venturing Crew 407. Venturing is a youth development program offered through the Boy Scouts of America. Teacher Ryan Denney, a La Salle graduate and an Eagle Scout, is advisor to the school’s Venturing crew.


The following students earned honors for the second quarter of the 2011-2012 school year.

Seventh grade A Average: Taylor Patton. B Average: James Kisner, Lydia Sullivan and Kira Williams.

Eighth grade B Average: Thomas Sullivan and Christina Uetrecht.

Ninth grade A Average: Jana Twitty.

B Average: Kiasia Parks.

10th grade A Average: Jaila Lawrence and Veronica Uetrecht. B Average: Jasmine Hall.

11th grade A Average: Hannah Dowrey. B Average: Shamiyah Hood, Christopher Martin and Patrick Sonderman.

12th grade A Average: Gabrielle Allen, Briana Collins, Laukita Mathews and Andrew Uetrecht. B Average: Khanh Nguyen.

La Salle High School senior Andy Erb, left, is the school’s first first Eagle Scout to emerge from La Salle’s Venturing Crew 407. With him is teacher Ryan Denney, a La Salle graduate, an Eagle Scout and advisor to the Venturing Crew. THANKS TO GREG TANKERSLEY



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Fleming passes Cady for most wins Gannett News Service

MONFORT HEIGHTS — La Salle coach Dan Fleming became the winningest basketball coach in school history as the Lancers (14-1, 7-0 GCLS) beat St. Xavier 39-22, Jan. 27. Fleming won the 335th game of his career, passing Bill Cady (334) on the all-time list. La Salle forced 14 turnovers in the win while only committing five of its own. The win reflected the type of play the Lancers have been known for under Fleming.

“We’ve got a bunch of tough guys who are all about winning and competing,” Fleming said. “It’s not always pretty, but the majority of the time we’ve been able to come out on top.” “(Cady) really got it started here at LaSalle. It’s an honor to be mentioned in the same sentence as him,” said Fleming. “He’s a fine coach and an even better person.” La Salle senior guards Josh Lemons and Tyler Vogelpohl led the way for the Lancers. Lemons scored a game-high 15 points while Vogelpohl was the only

other player in double digits with 11. La Salle took control of the GCL South race after last week’s win over Moeller. The Lancers take a break from league play tonight with a game against Northmont. Even after his record-setting win, that was Fleming’s priority. “(The record has) never been an issue,” Fleming said. “It’s always been about getting better for the next day, the next practice, the next game. Passing Bill Cady is nice, but we’re just trying to get better for tomorrow.”

Dan Fleming, right, now La Salle’s all-time wins leader as a coach, celebrates with his son Ryan Fleming (25) in the fourth period of the Division I state championship March 26. LaSalle won 59 to 40 over Northland. FILE PHOTO

Colerain’s strengths, challenges displayed By Adam Turer

Colerain junior Milton Davis was MVP of the game against Covington Catholic Jan. 14. They won 68-60 in overtime in the Bluegrass-Buckeye Charity Classic. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

COLERAIN TWP. — The Colerain boys basketball team’s strengths and weaknesses were on full display Friday, Jan. 27, when they showed tremendous heart and resiliency in bouncing back from a 10-point fourth quarter deficit against Lakota West. After rallying to tie the game in regulation, the team’s defensive weakness reared its head in overtime. The Cardinals lost to Lakota West, 77-71, in overtime. “We didn’t take advantage of an opportunity to win on the road,” Cardinals head coach Kevin Higgins said. “That’s been our problem all year.” The loss dropped Colerain to 7-7 on the season, 2-7 in the Greater Miami Conference. The key now for the Cardinals will be responding and bouncing back from the tough loss. Four of Colerain’s first six losses were followed by another loss. To avoid another losing streak, the Cardinals must clamp down on defense. “We’ve got to play better defense and make people miss shots,” Higgins said. “The positive is that we know what our problem is. We’ve just got to go out and solve it.” Colerain trailed by as many as 12 points in the second half and entered the fourth quarter down 48-38. Led by senior Elisha Campbell’s 21 points, the Cardinals rallied in the final frame. Colerain made six of its first seven shots in the quarter, including three three-pointers. Lakota West’s Monty Boykins had a chance to end the game in regulation, but missed two free throws with six seconds left. He redeemed himself in the overtime period and finished the game with a season high 26 points and a career high 15 rebounds. The Firebirds shot 55 percent from the field and 46 percent from beyond the arc. The Cardinals need to improve their defen-

Covington Catholic sophomore Nick Ruthsatz drives against Colerain senior Elisha Campbell in the Jan. 14 Bluegrass-Buckeye Charity Classic. Colerain beat Cov Cath 68-60 in overtime at Dixie Heights High School. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

sive field goal percentage in order to find success down the stretch. “We’ve got to be able to do the little things, especially on the defensive end,” said Higgins. The loss snapped a three game winning streak, which included a Jan. 14 victory over Covington Catholic in the Bluegrass-Buckeye Classic. “We’d been playing better these past couple weeks, but we need to figure out how to get a big win on the road,” said Higgins. The Cardinals will have plenty of opportunities to get that road win in the next two weeks. After hosting Mason on Tuesday, Jan. 31, Colerain has four straight road contests, including

three against GMC opponents. The resolve that the Cardinals showed in battling back on the road against Lakota West could serve as a springboard heading into the final six games of the regular season. The Cardinals know that they can steal one of these road wins if they just take care of business and force a few more missed shots. “We didn’t give in and we gave ourselves chances,” said Higgins. “We were able to hang around, but we’ve got to take advantage of our chances. We know that we’re right there, we’ve just got to finish.” After hosting Mason on Jan. 31, the Cardinals play at Fairfield on Friday, Feb. 3.

Northwest Knights bowl toward FAVC crown By Nick Dudukovich

COLERAIN TWP. — As the Northwest Lady Knights (10-3, 6-0) wind down another regular season, the squad is on the verge of winning its eighth-straight FAVC League title since 2005. In match play, Northwest, who is ranked No. 7 in the city coaches’ poll, hasn’t lost since Dec. 19, when the Lady Knights fell to eighthranked Glen Este. The only other blemishes on the

team’s record came during the first match of the year when the Knights lost to No. 1 Fairfield by just12 pins, while the other came to second ranked McAuley. “They seemed to struggle at the beginning, but they have started to come into their own as of late,” head coach Kenny Goodin said. “I’mimpressed.Alotarefirst-year varsity bowlers. They’ve done a good job.” Bowlers with new or limited varsity experience include sophomore Lindsey Gehlenborg, senior

Morgan Sauerwein, and juniors Leah Merritt and Haley Campbell. Accompanied by seasoned bowlers, such as senior Abbey Lipps, Ashleigh Hobson and Cortney Evans, Northwest’s bowlers accountforsevenofthetop11averages in the FAVC West. Despite having a few newcomers to the roster, Goodin anticipated the team would encounter its share of success. “They had the talent; it was just getting the experience,” he said. “They got it early on, now I feel like

they understand what they are expected to do.” Perhaps the team’s signature victory this season came against Mount Healthy (9-2, 5-1), which is the only team challenging Northwest in the West. The Lady Knights rolled to a 583-pin victory when the two teams squared off Jan. 5. “I told them upfront that (Mount Healthy) was looking to try and knock them off,” Goodin said. Lippswasoneofthefirstonesto assure her coach the team had ev-

erything under control, according to Goodin. Lipps went on to bowl a 458 series, her highest of the season. As the squad heads down the stretch and prepares for postseason play, Goodin is looking forward to sectionals because of how the Lady Knights play as a team. “Everyone looks at bowling as an individual sport, but if you don’t have the team aspect, you’re not going to succeed,” Goodin said “It’s great to see that happen with these kids.”




The La Salle High School track team was recognized by the Ohio General Assembly for winning the 2011 Division I state track and field championship in June. In Columbus, from left, were Antonio Nelson, Jaleel Hytchye, Devon Steagall, coach Eric Vehr, Jake McNamara, Ethan Bokeno, Clayton Cardinal, coach Frank Russo, Marc Nie, Linden Ayoki, coach Toby Dirr, coach Mike Albrinck, Rep. Louis Terhar, R-Green Township. State Sen. Bill Seitz, R-Green Township, also welcomed the Lancers Jan. 24. THANKS TO LA SALLE HIGH SCHOOL

Stallings has eyes set on state By Tom Skeen

MT. HEALTHY — The spotlight is on Mount Healthy senior wrestler Perry Stallings this season. With a 22-1 record through Jan. 26, the senior looks to eclipse his personal best - the sectional tournament - and go to state. “I feel like I can go to state this year,” Stallings said. “With the coaches I have, my teammates and the way I’ve been wrestling, I don’t think anybody can stop me from reaching state this season.” Stallings has won the Edgewood and Norwood Invitationals while taking second-place at the Sycamore Invitational at the 132-pound weight class. At Sycamore, Stallings lost to Corey Ahern from Ryle, who finished seventh at the Kentucky state wrestling tournament in 2011. “Perry can advance as far as he wants to go,” coach Joe Dixon said. “He’s proven himself on the mat and an example of that was at the Sycamore tournament. He can handle the best guys in his weight class. All his eggs are in his basket for this year.”

Mount Healthy senior Perry Stallings is 22-1 on the season and dominated Withrow’s Justin Frost via technical fall 18-2 Jan. 25. TOM SKEEN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS Eleven of his 22 wins this season are by pin. According to Dixon, Stallings has always been excellent with his takedowns but has really worked hard on his

defense and trying to get himself in better positions where he can score, which is a position you always want to be in on the mat. “I have just been men-

tally preparing myself before a match this season,” Stallings said. “I am working hard and I am practicing the day before a match.”

Along with working on technique and the mental part of the game, Dixon has been working with Stallings to prepare his body for a full season of wrestling. “I’ve dealt a lot with preparation and getting his body ready for a full season,” Dixon said. “This year has been a year where he’s had to really focus and get his body ready.” The team captain, who leads his team in pre-game warm-ups and in getting his team fired up before a match, is happy with his performance to this point but like many athletes, Stallings believes he has room for improvement. “I thought I could have done better at times,” the senior said. “I could improve on working the bottom position, but to this point I’ve had an excellent season.” Along with Stallings, Dixon believes his wrestler can go as far as the state tournament, but there are smaller goals to achieve along the way. “For him to win the FAVC West is goal No. 1, he has to take care of that,” Dixon said. “After that he can go as far as he wants. He has the potential and ability to do so.”


This week’s MVP » Goes to Colerain Lady Cardinal hoopster Sheaira Jones for cleaning the offensive glass and then hitting the go-ahead shot to give her team, ranked No. 6 in the city coaches’ poll, a 59-57 upset win over No. 3 Mason.

Highlight reel » To see what the Press Preps writers are saying about the city’s basketball landscape, check out

Boys basketball » Colerain defeated Lakota East, 47-45, Jan. 20. Milton Davis scored 16 points during the win. » Northwest defeated Winton Woods, 76-64, Jan. 24. Kevin Worsham led the Knights with 16 points. » La Salle beat Dayton Chaminade-Julienne, 6345, Jan. 24. Connor Speed had 25 points to the lead


Girls basketball

» McAuley defeated MND, 38-32, Jan. 24. Melissa Scherpenberg led the Mohawks with nine points.

Boys bowling

» Colerain finished second at the Lancer Baker Bash, Jan. 21. Northwest teams accounted for fourth- and fifth-place finishes, while La Salle placed sixth. » Colerain defeated Roger Bacon, 2,567-2,512 Jan. 23. Senior Jacob Potzner led the Cardinals with a 420 high series. Isaiah Fitzhugh rolled a 255 during the second game of the Cardinals’ 2.847-2,573 win over Cincinnati Christian, Jan. 24. Fitzhugh ended his day wit a 457 series. » Northwest defeated Winton Woods, 2,682-1,946, Jan. 23. Jon Cunningham led the Knights with a 416 high series. » La Salle defeated Moeller, 2,685-2,595, Jan. 26. Senior Brandon Merz

had a 413 high series for the Lancers.

Girls bowling

» Colerain won the Lancer Baker Bash at Northwest Lanes, Jan. 21. Northwest finished second, while McAuley placed third. » Colerain beat Roger Bacon, 2,375-1,791, Jan. 23. Junior Allison Holterman had the Cardinals high series (393). The squad earned its second win of the week with a 2,357-2,012 win over Mount Healthy, Jan. 26. Sophomore Jenna Coldiron had 414 high series. » Northwest beat Winton Woods, 2,284-1,734, Jan 23. Leah Merritt bowled a 412 high series. » McAuley defeated Seton, 2,514-2,364, Jan. 24. Senior Alyssa Estep had the Mohawks high series (419).


» La Salle’s Max Byrd took first place at the Maumee Bay Classic, Jan. 22 while wrestling at 120

SIDELINES Spring soccer signups

CCAA spring soccer signups

for ages 6 to 13 are ongoing at the CCAA Sports Complex, 2175 Springdale Road, Colerain Township.

Cash, checks, Visa and MasterCard are accepted. Call 266-1475 with questions.


Tweets from the beat » @MikeDyer: Luke Fickell was at La Salle and spoke with senior LB Joe Burger, says La Salle coach Tom Grippa » @MikeDyer: Colerain football coach Tom Bolden enjoying his experience in

Austin as Team USA prepares for Wednesday's International Bowl » @MikeDyer: Colerain OL Jimmy Vogel (6-3, 270) commits to Dayton, says Colerain coach Tom Bolden » @MikeDyer: Louisville just offered Northwest junior LB Rasheen Jones, according to Northwest coach Chad Murphy

McAuley athletes coach others McAuley High School students perform more than 26,000 hours of community service per year. Much projects are coordinated through school, but many volunteer in other ways. One way is through coaching younger girls. Freshman Lauren Roll has helped coach a volleyball team at St. Vivian for four years. The girls she coached are now in the sixth grade. Lauren played soccer this fall and currently is on the freshman basketball team. Said Roll, “I have come to know each and every one so well, and, even if I don’t play volleyball at McAuley, I love coaching their season.” Lauren is the daughter of Darrin and Linda Roll of Finneytown. Junior Alexis Bierbaum has played three years each of basketball and volleyball at McAuley, but she has found time this year to help coach a fifth/sixth grade volleyball team at Our Lady of the Visitation. The daughter of Philip and Denise Bierbaum of Green Township, she said, “I wanted to help these girls before they get to seventh grade.” Junior Katelyn Muench is also a threeyear McAuley athlete. She is on the varsity basketball team and coaches a fifth-grade basketball team at St. John the Baptist School, Dry Ridge. She said, “We went 9-1 this season and won the City Championship. I have worked with these girls since third grade and they have greatly improved. I love doing what I do and the girls I work with.” She is the daughter of Robert and Mary Muench. Bria Wyatt, a senior, is a cheerleading coach for a competitive, football, and cheerleading squad. Her competitive team placed second at their very first competition. Wyatt, daughter of Monya Wyatt of Springfield Township, is also a summer counselor at a leadership camp and volunteered last summer UC’s DAAP Fashion Show. She is happy to share her abilities with others.

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Auditor shares details on Green Township finances $2,922,000 a year in revenue from the Ohio Estate Tax over the last four years. Obviously, losing approximately $3,000,000 in Tom Straus COMMUNITY PRESS General Fund revenue will be GUEST COLUMNIST very difficult for Green Township. One positive note for the General Fund is that the Nathanael Greene Lodge increased its revenue to $453,241 compared to $213,367 in 2006. The TIF Fund had $21,496,568 in revenue and $23,189,604 in disbursement in 2011. Green Township netted $8,351,855 from the TIF after paying the various school districts and auditor fees. Green Township’s TIF Fund had $3,821,037 in unencumbered funds at the end of 2011. The TIF Fund under Ohio law cannot be used for employee’s salaries and benefits. Cuts by the state of Ohio have put tremendous pressure on Green Township finances. Green Township has created several Joint Economic Development District’s (JEDDs) which will create additional revenue flow in the future, but not nearly enough to offset the cuts by the state of Ohio. Green

GENERAL FUND REVENUE 2010 – $5,832,433 2009 – $7,759,458 2008 – $5,472,560 2007 – $5,944,467 2006 – $5,281,155

OHIO ESTATE TAX 2011 – $1,752,760 2010 – $2,652,465 2009 – $4,922,506 2008 – $2,362,761

Township currently only has one JEDD generating income, which is the Western Ridge Tri-Health JEDD. The township’s Budget Committee predicts an operating deficit in 2012. Green Township, along with many other local government entities, are facing challenging economic times. Elimination of the Ohio Estate Tax, reduction in the Local Government Fund by 25 percent this year and 50 percent in 2013, elimination of the public utility replacement tax and elimination of the Tangible Personal Property Tax reimbursement will have a very negative effect on Green Township’s finances. Thomas J. Straus is the Green Township fiscal officer.

Fostered teens need mentors Since the Higher Education Mentoring Initiative began in 2009, 100 percent of the foster children paired with a mentor have graduated high school. Most are successfully attending college. Considering that nationally less than 60 percent of foster children complete high school and only 3 percent earn college degrees, the success of HEMI to date is nothing short of amazing. The success can be attributed directly to the most important part of HEMI: the 37 mentors who make time each week to guide, encourage and befriend the foster children in the program. But in order to continue its success, HEMI needs your help. As HEMI enters its third year, the program is looking for additional volunteers willing to devote a couple hours each week to mentor a foster child. Most of us cannot imagine the obstacles foster children face. Access to housing, employment

and basic life skills are always challenging for foster children as they leave the foster care system. Most are Moira Weir forced to be COMMUNITY PRESS self-sufficient GUEST COLUMNIST at an extremely young age. In 2009, Commissioner Greg Hartmann assembled a partnership between Hamilton County, Job and Family Services, the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati State and Great Oaks to address this need and HEMI was formed. Each year, HEMI couples mentors with juniors or seniors in high school about to “age-out” of the foster care system. Many foster children have never had a serious conversation about higher education. The mentor’s goal is to expose the foster child to the possibility of higher educa-

tion and actively encourage the student through each step. Mentors commit to at least two hours of personal interaction each week with their student. Once a month, they attend a HEMI social activity. They are also expected to be available via telephone, email, texting, etc. The most effective mentors are able to engage in a relationship based on trust and understanding. Becoming a mentor is a longterm commitment, but by helping a student achieve his or her educational goals, you can make an unimaginable difference. For more information, please call Program Coordinator Annie Schellinger at 513-556-4368 or email Moira Weir was appointed director of Hamilton County Job and Family Services after a career with the agency that started in 1993 as a social worker in Children's Services.

CH@TROOM Jan. 25 question Would you support government-subsidized public housing in your neighborhood or community? Why or why not?

I would support government subsidized housing IF they (HUD) were doing it for me. But the reality is that the often called Section 8 housing tends to ruin some neighborhoods. Many who get these homes are not equipped to maintain these homes. Plus too often one bad apple spoils the whole neighborhood and its property values. I would like to see ONE neighborhood/community of subsidized housing units on the

THIS WEEK’S QUESTION Should the Ohio General Assembly revoke the law that allows public employees to retire and then be rehired in their former job, a controversial practice known as “double-dipping”? Every week we ask readers a question they can reply to via email. Send your answers to with Chatroom in the subject line.

same street as those who are employed by HUD. Let them reap what they sow. Go Figure!



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For the year 2011, Green Township had total receipts of $38,362,652 and total disbursements of $40,489,946. Green Township, as of Dec. 31, 2011, had total unencumbered funds of $17,379,371, of which $12,412,460 are in the township’s General Fund. The township’s Budget Committee anticipated that annual expenditures would be greater than annual revenue in 2011. A shortfall is also anticipated in 2012 in the approximate amount of $2,500,000. Green Township’s General Fund had receipts of $4,887,192 and disbursements of $5,191,097 in 2011. The total receipts for the General Fund of $4,887,192 in 2011, was very low compared to previous years. Several factors accounted for the reduction in General Fund revenue. These included a drop in cable franchise television revenue, a significant drop in interest income because of historically low interest rates, and a reduction in the Local Government Fund. However, the largest contributor to the reduction in revenue for the General Fund was significantly less revenue from the Ohio Estate Tax. The Ohio Estate Tax will end on Dec. 31, 2012, putting additional pressure on Green Township’s revenue. The township averaged approximately


T.D.T. “I wouldn't support government subsidized housing in any neighborhood. There is a Section 8 house across the street from my daughter's house and it is a poorly maintained disaster zone. There have been three or four different "families" living there in the last three years, none of them have contributed a single thing to the betterment of the neighborhood. The grass is rarely cut and the house is in constant disrepair. This is just another federal entitlement run amok.” R.W.J.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Keep questioning

A recent letter to the editor authored by Karl Mohaupt complained that some residents have the unmitigated gall to question our elected officials' actions. Apparently he believes that residents should be seen, but not heard. He also believes that asking questions of our elected officials is disruptive and is only done to aggravate the trustees. This criticism is from an ultimate insider. Like the Winklers, Mohaupt, a retired Hamilton County court bailiff as well as a past Green Township Land Use board member, prefers to keep it all in the family. His wife Joyce also brought the patronage bacon home as a employee of Green Township. What's amusing is Mohaupt wants the Trustees to find a Constitutional way of shutting up the residents by denying the residents their duty of overseeing the actions of their elected officials. Karl Marx would be proud! Apparently he doesn't understand that the price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance and Eternal Vigilance is the price of Liberty. Gary Dressler Green Township

Constitutional guarantees

Who are you, Mr. Mohaup, to think that questions being asked by these Green Twp residents are juvenile and disruptive? No question is trivial. If something needs clarification questions should be asked. I applaud these “watchdog” citizens for being there asking questions for us who can not attend. You are an example of why our country is in such a mess today. You among others are so passive about questioning concerns and issues that you accept whatever is thrown at you as gospel truth. In my opinion your constitutional suggestion to stop these agitators as you call them is so un-American. Is that what you really want more government control over our precious freedoms? You cannot just watch the show anymore. Our Constitution guarantees the freedom of speech not stop it. You were allowed to exercise yours, now allow these citizens their freedom. There is too much happening in Green Township for us not to keep asking questions during these meetings. Marian Nusekabel Green Township

Continue questioning

You know you’ve struck a nerve with the political class when elected officials appear to reach ever more broadly for surrogates who defend and distort. Most recently we have Karl Mohaupt, formerly of the patronage-packed courthouse, who penned a “Stop question-

ing” letter to the editor about televised Green Township trustee meetings. As a claimed regular viewer, he’s had to endure questions about an unqualified $50,000 per year patronage hire (to a township position his wife once held), questions about the money-losing lodge (with more patronage employees), questions about speaking policies designed to protect untrustworthy politicians, questions about a doubledipping $15 per hour custodian, etc, etc. Oh my! What’s a member of the entitled political class to do? Why, beg elected officials to find a “constitutional” way to silence the questioners. I have a “constitutional” solution – honesty, openness, integrity, and fiscal responsibility. Unfortunately, those who benefit from patronage and class membership seem unwilling to demand this kind of “constitutional” change from fellow insiders. If you’re doing what’s right, responsible, and open, you don’t need others to speak for you – your actions speak clearly, loudly, and proudly for themselves. It’s a lesson the political class needs to learn. Jeff Smith Green Township

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November 2003 was the last time Mount Healthy voters approved a levy to increase funds for operating the Mount Healthy City School District. During those eight-plus years there has been a decrease in revenue from both state and federal sources, and now the district’s financial stability is challenged. Much of its revenue comes from local property owners and the district respects that relationship. Taxpayers help us accomplish our mission. Over the past eight years we have contracted cleaning services; participated in purchasing groups that lower the cost of medical benefits, supplies and materials; closed and consolidated buildings; implemented a 0 percent increase in employee salary compensation; and eliminated 143 positions through attrition, lay-offs, and contracted services. We are proud of the effort of our district leaders to save money and be cost-effective. Despite cost-saving efforts, expenses now exceed our income. To balance the budget we need additional local tax revenue, or deeper and more significant cuts will be implemented. I ask you to support the Mount Healthy School levy on Tuesday, March 6. I urge you to use your voice and influence to lead others to support the school district tax levy. The school district needs your help Merv Snider Elementary band teacher South Elementary School

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Colerain Township resident Steve Vogerl curves the body of his goose with careful shaving away of the wood.


Ken Borchelt, Colerain Township, checks his work during the Cincinnati Woodcarvers Guild carving class.

Barb Marbut, Miami Township, sands her piece in class. The Cincinnati Woodcarvers Guild offered carving seminars through the park district last week.


Wayne Schwegel shapes the neck of the wooden goose he's carving during class.

Mark Lawson of North College Hill works on his goose during class. He said his son bought him a set of knives for Christmas.

THE CARVERSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; CRAFT The Hamilton County Park District sponsored wood-carving classes at Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve and students found the course inspiring. Lots of first-time carvers, according to instructor Mike Bobeck, a member of the Cincinnati Carvers Guild. The group members each carved a goose designed to peer over the edge of a shelf from American basswood. The Cincinnati Carvers Guild meets at Trin-

ity Evangelical Church, 1553 Kinney Ave. On the last Monday of the month, the group has a business meeting beginning at 7:30 p.m., followed by Show and Tell and a program. The group also has a monthly carve-in at the church at 6:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month. Call 859431-5045 or 521-0059 for more information about the guild. The groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website is Photos by Jennie Key/The Community Press

Marta Fryman, Miami Township, works on the curve of the neck on her shelf goose during class

Instructor Mike Bobeck offers some pointers to Barb Marbut, left, and Ruth Fox, right, both of Miami Township. The women were at a carving class offered by the Hamilton County Park District and the Cincinnati Woodcarvers Guild.

Delhi Township resident Joyce Richter, left, and Jane Broering confer during their carving class at Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve.

The progression from wooden blank to polished piece is evident here.

Carol Schwegel gets some pointers from Hamilton County Park Districr volunteer Wilbur Reis during wood carving classes in the Ellenwood Nature Barn at Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve.

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THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, FEB. 2 Dance Classes Waltz Classes, 7-8 p.m., Parky’s Farm Hayloft Barn, 10073 Daly Road, Upstairs. 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. Two-Step Dance Class, 8-9 p.m., Parky’s Farm Hayloft Barn, 10073 Daly Road, Upstairs. Beginnerlevel dance class is 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.

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Beginner Square Dance Class, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Parky’s Farm Hayloft Barn, 10073 Daly Road, No prior dance experience necessary. Wear casual dress and smooth-soled shoes. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427. Springfield Township.

Health / Wellness

Exercise Classes

Movement Class for Seniors, 11 a.m.-noon, Guenther Physical Therapy, 5557 Cheviot Road, $6, first two classes free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

FRIDAY, FEB. 3 Exercise Classes Jazzercise, 9-10 a.m. and 6:307:30 p.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, $38 per month. 829-5009; Colerain Township.

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. 661-1792; Cheviot.

On Stage - Theater War, 7-9 p.m., The Grove Banquet Hall, 9158 Winton Road, Play examines how aggression and violence permeates youth culture. Explores how four young men struggle with the pressures of competitiveness, anger and vulnerability. Ages 11 and up. Part of Playhouse in the Park Entertainment Series. Free. Presented by Springfield Township. 5221410; playhouse.cfm. Finneytown.

SATURDAY, FEB. 4 Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke with Uncle Don, 9:30 p.m., Poor Michael’s, 11938 Hamilton Ave., Free. Through Dec. 29. 825-9958. Springfield Township.

On Stage - Theater Murder Mystery Dinner, 6:30 p.m., Mill Race Banquet Center, 1515 W. Sharon Road, Cash bar. “NASCAR Knock-off.” Audience participation. Adults. Dinner at 7 p.m. Show starts 8 p.m. Doors open 6:30 p.m. $34.50 plus tax; vehicle permit required. Reservations required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Springfield Township.

Shopping Northminster Fine Arts Fair, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Northminster Presbyterian Church, 703 Compton Road, Paintings, pottery, woodworking, photography, fiber arts and one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces from more than 40 artists from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Art available for purchase, with prices ranging from a few dollars to several hundred. Area high school students also showcase art. Free. 931-0243; Finneytown.

SUNDAY, FEB. 5 Support Groups

Job Search Seminar, 1:30-3 p.m., Family Life Center, 703 Compton Road, Weekly speakers advise job seekers on how to conduct an effective job search. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. 931-5777. Finneytown.

Dance Classes

Stockpiling 101, 7-8 p.m., Groesbeck Branch Library, 2994 W. Galbraith Road, Learn how to strategically use coupons to build your stockpile. Free. Registration required. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-4454; Colerain Township.

Health / Wellness




Jazzercise, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Aerobic class works cardiovascular system and includes strength training. $38 per month. Presented by Jazzercise. 829-5009; Colerain Township.

bible study in personalized small groups and interactive large groups. Registration is completed on first night of attendance. Free. Registration required. 931-0477. Mount Healthy.

Jolin Polasek as Anne Boleyn and Jim Hopkins as King Henry VIII in William Shakespeare's "Henry VIII: All is True." Performances are Jan. 13-Feb. 5 at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 719 Race St. Tickets range from $14-$32 and are available online at or by calling the box office 381-2273. THANKS TO RICH SOFRANKO.

Movement Class for Seniors, 11 a.m.-noon, Guenther Physical Therapy, $6, first two classes free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights. Lunch and Learn, Noon-1 p.m., Guenther Physical Therapy, 5557 Cheviot Road, Learn about topics on improving your health and wellness. Free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

Literary - Libraries Introduction to eBooks Workshop, 6-7 p.m., Greenhills Branch

Springfield Twp. hosts ‘War’

The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park's production of “War,” by Canadian playwright Dennis Foon, will perform at The Grove Banquet Hall, behind the Springfield Township Fire Station, 158 Winton Road. The show is open to the public at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3. Admission is free and reservations are not required. “War” examines how aggression and violence permeate youth culture as four young men struggle with the pressures of competitiveness, anger and vulnerability. According to Playhouse Director of Education Mark Lutwak, “ ‘War’ is a powerful and rich play that explores the ways in which boys use warfare as a metaphor for their lives: in sports, with their peers, in academics and in their relationships with others, particularly women. Contemporary ‘manhood training,’ as laid on young boys by popular culture, adults and peers, is wildly out of sorts with the kind of maturity that we expect and need from the our next generation. This play raises important questions that will be discussed long after the performance is over.” The playwright uses invented language to stand in for harsh slang, creating a poetic and highly theatrical experience. Performances will include a facilitated talkback to help students articulate and respond to the issues of the play. Greg Mallios (Shane), Aram Monisoff (Tommy), Carlos Saldaña (Brad), Ben Sullivan (Andy) and Lormarev C. Jones (Facilitator) from the Playhouse’s Bruce E. Coyle Intern Company will appear in “War.” Lutwak will direct. Other memCaregivers Support Group, 3:30-5 p.m., Family Life Center, 703 Compton Road, For those who care for or supervise the frail, elderly or disabled. Family friendly. Free. 931-5777. Finneytown.

MONDAY, FEB. 6 Exercise Classes Jazzercise, 9-10 a.m. and 6:307:30 p.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, $38 per month. 829-5009; Colerain Township.

Health / Wellness Chair Yoga, 9-10 a.m., Guenther Physical Therapy, 5557 Cheviot Road, Gentle yoga designed to improve flexibility, circulation, balance, and overall strength and flexibility. Class combines basic yoga poses, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques. $6, first two classes free. 923-1700; www.guenthnerpt-

$38 per month. 829-5009; Colerain Township.

Health / Wellness Strengthening and Range of Motion Class for Seniors, 10-11 a.m., Guenther Physical Therapy, 5557 Cheviot Road, $6, first two classes free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights. Chair Yoga, 9-10 a.m., Guenther Physical Therapy, $6, first two classes free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

THURSDAY, FEB. 9 Dance Classes Waltz Classes, 7-8 p.m., Parky’s Farm Hayloft Barn, Free. 6717219; Springfield Township. Two-Step Dance Class, 8-9 p.m., Parky’s Farm Hayloft Barn, Free. 671-7219; Springfield Township.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, $38 per month. 829-5009; Colerain Township.

Health / Wellness Movement Class for Seniors, 11 a.m.-noon, Guenther Physical Therapy, $6, first two classes free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

FRIDAY, FEB. 10 Exercise Classes Jazzercise, 9-10 a.m. and 6:307:30 p.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, $38 per month. 829-5009; Colerain Township.

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

Music - Religious

The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Touring Company presents Dennis Foon's WAR. With, clockwise from top left, Ben Sullivan, Greg Mallios, Carlos Saldaña and Aram Monisoff. THANKS TO TONY ARRASMITH & ASSOCIATES.

bers of the production team include Veronica Bishop (set designer), Chad Phillips (costume designer), Sebastian Botzow (sound designer), Jonn Baca (fight director), Lormarev C. Jones (choreographer) and Sydney Kuhlman (stage manager). “War” is touring area middle and high schools through Feb. 19. For more information about the Playhouse's education and outreach programs, contact the Education Department at 513/345-2242 or visit Playhouse in the Park's Off the Hill productions are made possible by The Robert and Adele Schiff Family Foundation. ArtsWave Presents,a program bringing musicians, dancers, actors and artists from Cincinnati's arts organizations into neighborhoods for public performances, also provides support. This play contains mature content and may not be appropriate for children under the age of 11.

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Literary - Libraries Introduction to eBooks Workshop, 6:30-7:30 p.m., College Hill Branch Library, 1400 W. North Bend Road, Learn how to use your home computer to search, borrow and download free eBooks from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s website. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-6036; College Hill.

Music - Blues Blues Jam, 8:30 p.m., Poor Michael’s, 11938 Hamilton Ave., With Tri-state blues artists. Free. 825-9958. Springfield Township.

Library, 7 Endicott St., Learn how to use your home computer to search, borrow and download free eBooks from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s website. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-4441; Greenhills.

Recreation Y WEEK Open House, 6-8 p.m., YMCA - Powel Crosley Jr. Branch, 9601 Winton Road, Balloon decorations, refreshments and information on various programs and activities. Free. Presented by YMCA of Greater Cincinnati. 521-7112; Springfield Township.

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Awana Clubs, 6:30-7 p.m., First Baptist Church of Mount Healthy, 1210 Compton Road, Fellowship Hall. Join us for Awana Clubs with game time, memory verses, and

Exercise Classes Jazzercise, 9-10 a.m. and 6:307:30 p.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center,

The Love Experience, 7:30 p.m., The Underground, 1140 Smiley Ave., Christian. Doors open 7 p.m. Includes dessert bar, house band and more. With B. Reith, Rawsrvnt and Mahogany Jones. $10, $7.50 two-pack (per ticket). 825-8200; Forest Park.

Recreation Y WEEK Open House, 7-9 p.m., Clippard Family YMCA, 8920 Cheviot Road, Family Fun Fitness Night. Various activities. Free. Presented by YMCA of Greater Cincinnati. 923-4466; Groesbeck.

Compton Road, Learn hands-on techniques for creating change during upbeat and positive workshop for learning “magic†processes that help improve yourself and enhance your relationships. Led by Mel Hensey of Hensey Associates. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. Through Feb. 18. 9315777. Finneytown.

Special Events Macy’s Arts Sampler, 10 a.m., Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 7000 Hamilton Ave., Dance, theater, music and art. Featuring Linton Music’s Peanut Butter & Jam Sessions and Winter Wave Exhibit. Free. Presented by ArtsWave. 522-3860; North College Hill. Macy’s Arts Sampler, 11:30 a.m., Contemporary Dance Theater, 1805 Larch Ave., Dance, theater, music and art. Series of short classes and mini-performances. Free. Presented by ArtsWave. 591-1222; College Hill.

SUNDAY, FEB. 12 Dining Events Spaghetti Dinner, 4-7 p.m., McAuley High School, 6000 Oakwood Ave., Proceeds will help defray costs of the annual spring competition in Nashville, as well as the World Choir Games this summer. Entertainment, raffles and split-the-pot. Benefits Vocal ensemble. $7, $5 seniors and students, $4 ages 4 and under. 681-1800, ext. 2228; College Hill.

MONDAY, FEB. 13 Exercise Classes Jazzercise, 9-10 a.m. and 6:307:30 p.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, $38 per month. 829-5009; Colerain Township.

Health / Wellness Chair Yoga, 9-10 a.m., Guenther Physical Therapy, $6, first two classes free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

Home & Garden Gardening Seminar: Theme Gardens, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Monfort Heights Branch Library, 3825 West Fork Road, Ideas for new and innovative gardens as well as time-tested favorite styles. With White Oak Garden Center. Free. Presented by White Oak Garden Center. 385-3313; Monfort Heights.

Music - Blues


Blues Jam, 8:30 p.m., Poor Michael’s, Free. 825-9958. Springfield Township.

Karaoke and Open Mic

Religious - Community

Karaoke with Uncle Don, 9:30 p.m., Poor Michael’s, Free. 8259958. Springfield Township.

Awana Clubs, 6:30-7 p.m., First Baptist Church of Mount Healthy, Free. Registration required. 931-0477. Mount Healthy.

Literary - Libraries Introduction to eBooks Workshop, 2-3 p.m., Groesbeck Branch Library, 2994 W. Galbraith Road, Learn how to use your home computer to search, borrow and download free eBooks from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s website. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-4454; Colerain Township.

Seminars Job Search Seminar, 1:30-3 p.m., Family Life Center, Free. Registration required. 931-5777. Finneytown.

TUESDAY, FEB. 14 Dance Classes Beginner Square Dance Class, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Parky’s Farm Hayloft Barn, Free. 929-2427. Springfield Township.

Music - Classical

Health / Wellness

Linton Peanut Butter & Jam Session, 10-10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-noon, Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 7000 Hamilton Ave., Free ArtsWave sampler concert. Theme: Bim Bam Boom! What’s that sound? A percussion ensemble is in town! Children’s hands-on chamber music series for ages 2-6 and their families. Free Graeter’s cookies. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Linton Peanut Butter & Jam Sessions. 381-6868; North College Hill.

Movement Class for Seniors, 11 a.m.-noon, Guenther Physical Therapy, $6, first two classes free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

On Stage - Theater Murder Mystery Dinner, 6:30 p.m., Mill Race Banquet Center, "Death by Chocolate." $34.50 plus tax; vehicle permit required. Reservations required. 521-7275; Springfield Township.

Seminars How to Change Yourself and How to Change Others, 9-11 a.m., Family Life Center, 703

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15 Exercise Classes Jazzercise, 9-10 a.m. and 6:307:30 p.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, $38 per month. 829-5009; Colerain Township.

Health / Wellness Strengthening and Range of Motion Class for Seniors, 10-11 a.m., Guenther Physical Therapy, $6, first two classes free. 9231700; Monfort Heights. Chair Yoga, 9-10 a.m., Guenther Physical Therapy, $6, first two classes free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.



Pound cake and a fudge update

Tavern on Bend offers mac’n’ cheese

Sarah’s pound cake

I don’t know who Sarah is, only that she shared this recipe years ago. I cut it out of Gourmet magazine. It’s not a fancy cake and uses basic pantry ingredients, is less expensive than traditional pound cake with butter. The oil

Preheat oven to 350. Beat sugar, oil and vanilla until combined well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition, and beat until thick and lemon colored. Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together and add this alternately with the milk, mixing until combined after each addition. Pour into well sprayed or buttered and floured 10inch tube pan. Bake 1 hour or a bit longer, until toothpick inserted in halfway comes out clean. Let cook in pan on rack for 10 minutes, take a knife and loosen edges of cake around the sides of the pan, and turn out on rack. Glaze after cooling, if desired, with simple frosting made of 1 cup confectioners sugar, 1-3 tablespoons water and a dash of vanilla.

Last-minute appetizer: Buffalo-style celery sticks Want to make something that’s quick, good and perfect for the Super

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Rita adapts a pound cake recipe from Gourmet magazine. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD.

Bowl? These celery sticks take no time at all, and go great with Buffalo wings. Equal amounts of blue cheese and cream cheese, mixed until smooth Extra blue cheese and cayenne pepper for garnish (optional, but good)

Stuff ribs and sprinkle with blue cheese and a teeny bit of ground cayenne.

Health tip from Rita: Stalks of health

Celery contains vitamin C, calcium and potassium, which means it’s good for the heart. Celery helps prevent cancer and high blood pressure. The leaves have even more nutrients than the ribs, so leave them on!

Black bean soup like Nick & Tom’s restaurant, Bridgetown. Jenni, a Western Hills reader says “this is the best, hands down.” I begged Greg Lambrinides, head chef, for the recipe. He chuckled and declined. “What’s in it?” I asked. “The usual – dried black beans, carrots, onions, celery and spices,” he said. That’s where Greg got me. They have their spices blended specially for them in 50-pound quantities. They make 35 gallons of this vegetarian soup a week, and thicken it with cornstarch. You know this is one good bean soup. If you have a similar one, please share. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

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ster mac and “Westside Mac,” with cheese sauce, grilled chicken, bacon and barbecue sauce. There are burgers, too and many can also be ordered as chicken or veggie patties. Schoenling, who was also the original owner of Geoffrey’s Grill and Bar in the White Oak Shopping Center, said Tavern on the Bend has been open about two months. The kitchen is open from 4-11 p.m. SundayThursday and 4 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday. The bar frequently stays open late. Call 513-481-7777 or visit the restaurant’s Facebook page.

The owners of Crossroads Sports Bar and Grill in White Oak have opened a second restaurant and bar less than a mile down the road, this one specializing in burgers, mac and cheese, salads and craft beers. Tavern on the Bend is at 5471 North Bend Road. Jeff Schoenling, who owns both businesses with his brother, Ted, said they remodeled the space and added a center bar, giving it the community tavern feel they wanted. Twenty-four draft beers, mostly craft and seasonal, are available on draft. On the menu are six different types of mac and cheese, including lob-

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During the winter, the “girls” (our hens) don’t lay every day. But the past few days they’ve gotten more ambitious and I wound up with enough extra eggs to make one of my favorite, easy pound cakes. I think the reason for the egg bounty is that the days are Rita getting Heikenfeld longer and RITA’S KITCHEN we’ve had a mild winter. Seems like Mother Nature is ahead of schedule, too. The wild yellow aconite in our little patch of woods is already peeking through the soil. (Check out my blog at, Cooking with Rita, for a photo of this vivid yellow, delicate-looking flower.) And the chives in the herb garden are pushing through the soil, too. The cilantro seeds I scattered in the herb garden last fall sprouted a few weeks ago and are ready to be harvested. I have a feeling, though, that Mother Nature might have more frigid weather up her sleeve!

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Dog calendar raises funds for MS research

Pictured is an array of art work displayed at last year's Northminster Presbyterian Church's Fine Arts Fair. This year's fair will be Feb. 4.

By Kelly McBride

GLENDALE — It's a calendar with a cause. But this cause has had an effect. In its third year, the Canine Calendar for a Cause features professional photos of local pups while raising money for the Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis. Jane Vernon Harter of Glendale, and Debbie Mann of Hyde Park, have raised nearly $65,000, and the project continues to grow. The calendar raises money for the Accelerated Cure Project, which works to determine causes of MS in order to help find a cure. “This disease touches many people who see the calendar,” she said, “and comment they know someone with MS.” It hits close to home for Harter, who has MS, and Mann, whose son suffers from the disease. And it had an impact on a local businessman. When Joseph Killian dropped off his dog at Camp Bow Wow in Blue Ash recently, he picked up a copy of the 2012 calendar. He was struck by the photos, as well as the cause it serves. And as CEO of Hospice of Southwest Ohio, he knew the therapeutic value of dogs. “In our business, we


Northminster presenting its annual fine arts fair By Heidi Fallon

Jane Vernon Harter visits with Dudley, the back cover dog of the 2012 Canine Calendar for a Cause. Dudley is training to be a therapy dog. PROVIDED have a lot of animals,” Killian said. “Most are dogs who bring joy and comfort to patients.” The calendar includes therapy dogs, among other working dogs. “The last thing they'll remember is a companion, like a dog,” he said. “This pulled at my heart strings.” So, he called Mann, and asked what he could do to help. The cost to print the calendar is high because of the quality of paper they use, Mann said. This year, it cost the women more than $7,000 to print 1,000 copies of the 2012 calendar. Killian promptly donated $10,000, so they could

print more copies of the 2013 edition. That edition will include a section on therapy dogs. “Dogs interact with all of us, bringing joy, comfort and health benefits,” Harter said. “That's why the hospice 'angel' came to us, and why we will feature them and the noble work. “It's simply awe-inspiring to think that those sweet souls can bring such solace to people at the end of their days,” she said. The $25 calendar is for sale at various shops throughout the city, and can be purchased online, at, or through

Arts and art lovers will be coming to Northminster Presbyterian Church, 703 Compton Road, for its seventh annual Fine Arts Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4. The fair will feature painting, pottery, woodworking, photography, fiber arts and one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces from more than 40 artists from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. “The Fine Arts Fair has become known as a welcoming show for local and regional artists,” said Rich Schafermeyer, fair co-chair. “The number of artists wishing to participate continues to grow every year and we have chosen more than 40 for this juried show. “Attendance has also increased steadily as well. The first show had fewer than 500, while recent shows bring in a crowd of more than a thousand.” Artist booths will be lo-

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cated in the three main rooms of the Northminster campus. Art will be available for purchase, with prices ranging from a few dollars to several hundred. Area high school students will also showcase their art. The Fine Arts Fair will bring back the fair-trade market, first introduced at last year’s event. Canopy Coffee House will have fair-trade coffee available and surrounding the coffee house tables will be fair-trade vendor booths selling handcrafts and jewelry. Fair trade is an organized social movement that aims to help producers in developing countries achieve more equal trading conditions, while securing better working conditions for marginalized producers and promoting sustainability. “We were very pleased the fair-trade market was a success last year, and we are excited to bring it

back this year,” said Susan Alrichs, fair co-chair. “Fair trade is a growing area of interest for Northminster. We are glad the Fine Arts Fair provides an opportunity to bring awareness to this topic.” Children are also welcome at the Fine Arts Fair and will have a chance to try their hands at pottery, watercolors, weaving and other types of art. Fair attendees can enjoy live music from Anna Beljin, a local singer and guitar player. The fair will also feature accomplished area Suzuki strings players, who will participate in the third annual Suzuki violin play-in. The Fine Arts Fair will have a raffle, with donated art from artists’ participating in the show. Tickets are $1 each. Breakfast and lunch as well as other food and refreshments will be available. All money raised at the Fine Arts Fair will go to City Gospel Mission.

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DEATHS Robert Clements Robert Charles Clements, 85, Green Township, died Jan. 17. He was a union lather. He was an Army veteran of World War II, past president of the Greater Cincinnati Building Trades Council Clements and a deputy sheriff for the Hamilton County Municipal Court. Survived by children Robert W. (Jerri), William (Nancy), Rick

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Bryan Glancy II Bryan R. Gancy II, 21, Green Township, died Jan. 21. He was a automotive technician with Michel Tire. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church. Survived by mother Catherine English; sisters Brittany, Glancy Jasmine Glancy, Elisabeth Manor; grandparents Patricia Glancy, Bill, Danielle English, Joann Glancy, Carolyn Miller; great-grandparents Catherine, Edward English, Dorothy Glancy; aunts and uncles Becky, Eric Brown, Dawn, Marc VanRafelghem, Bill, Nola English, Aaron, Natalie Glancy; great-aunts and uncles Colleen, Betty English, Marijane, Bob Creswell, Tommy, Rick Day, Lillian, Mike Scharf; cousins Joseph, Christian, Julianna, Madeline, Sam, Tracey, Scott, Kenny, Ryan, Angie, Fred, Mitchel, Jerrod, Adrianna, Ava; stepfather Everett Manor; fiancée Rachel Heil and her family, Terri, Hannah, David Heil. Preceded in


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Jack Lengerich Sr. John “Jack” Charles Lengerich Sr., 81, Green Township, died Jan. 7. He was an insurance agent with Monumental Life. He was a Marine Corps veteran of Korea. Survived by wife Joan Lengerich “Sweetie” Lengerich; children Jack (Rose) Lengerich Jr., Diane Berting, Vicky (Ken) Widener; grandchildren Rhonda, Kevin, Shannon, Ryan, Kelly, Jennifer, Lori; great-grandchildren Solomon, Veronica, Prestin, Sage, Connor; brothers Jim (Bernice), Tom (Shirley) Lengerich; sister-in-law Gloria Lengerich; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by grandson Scott, brother Bob Lengerich. Services were Jan. 11 at St. Lawrence Church. Arrangements by Radel Funeral Home. Memorials to: St. Lawrence Education Fund, 3680 Warsaw Ave., CIncinnati, OH 45205.

Anna Nieb Anna Yankosky Nieb, 103, Green Township, die Jan. 12. Survived by nieces and nephews Jeff, Kit, Melody, Linda, Delores, Nick, Richard, Edward, Jerry, Dorothy, Helen, Jean, Ruth and Lucille. Preceded in death by husband Richard G. Nieb. Services were Jan. 19 at B.J. Meyer Funeral Home. Memorials to: Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

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Pat Patton Dillard R. “Pat” Patton, 90, Green Township, died Jan. 20. He was a salesman. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. Survived by children Patty (Mick) Shannon, Paul Patton (Glenda) Patton, Pam (Kevin McCarty) Baker; grandchildren Thomas, Greg, Doug, Debbie, Colleen, Ryan, Scott, Leigh-Anne, Rebecca, Maria, Michael; brother Grover Reed; 17 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by wife Helen Patton. Servicecs were Jan. 24 at Gump-Holt Funeral Home. Memorials to: Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.

Martha Stroube Martha Cass Stroube, 90, Green Township, died Jan. 24. Survived by sons Bill (Barbara), Dick (Joey Ellis) Stroube; grandchildren Barry (Christina) Stroube, Leslie (Tom) Flanigan, Debbie (Tom Gray) Stroube, Kelly Robbins, Stephanie Stroube Matacia; great-grandchildren Travis, Tricia Biehl, Chris, Andrew Johnston, Gina Matacia, Alex Miracle, Paige, Conner Flanigan, Ben, Spencer, Eleyse, Nick Stroube; sister Mary Beck. Preceded in death by husband Claude Stroube, siblings Katherine Stevenson, Richard Cass. Services were Jan. 28 at St. Ignatius of Loyola. Arrangements by Neidhard-Minges Funeral Home.

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POLICE REPORTS CINCINNATI DISTRICT 5 Arrests/citations Lauren A. Johnson, born 1985, falsification, 5800 Colerain Ave., Jan. 17. Paul M. Cohen, born 1985, 5371 Bahama Terrace, Jan. 18. Brandi L. Harris, born 1979, disorderly conduct, 2334 W. North Bend Road, Jan. 20.

Incidents/reports Breaking and entering 264 Kipling Ave., Jan. 13.

COLERAIN TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Mark Hughes, 41, 1944 Highland Ave., unauthorized use of motor vehicle at 11021 Hamilton Ave., Dec. 22. Juvenile male, 14, theft at 9505 Colerain Ave., Dec. 27. Richard Stockey, 19, 3265 Laverne Drive, criminal damaging at 8451 Colerain Ave., Dec. 29. Brent Eggers, 31, 5181 Broerman , theft at 10240 Colerain Ave., Dec. 30. Brian Bruce, 23, 8760 Box Elder Court, theft at 8451 Colerain Ave., Dec. 30. Gail Duffy, 35, 8761 Big Tree Court, complicity at 8451 Colerain Ave., Dec. 30. Jamasia Bomar, 19, 1556 Meredith Road, theft at 11865 Hamilton Ave., Dec. 30. John Brown, 27, 8761 Bigtree Court, theft at 8451 Colerain Ave., Dec. 30. Juvenile male, 17, theft at 6401 Colerain Ave., Dec. 30. Rhonda Milford, 43, 1773 Westwood Ave., theft at 9505 Colerain , Dec. 30. Kamilo Dowdell, 26, 1911 Millvale Court, theft at 9040 Colerain, Dec. 31. Joshua Deck, 112, 3310 Ainsworth Court, drug possession at 2243 Clovercourt Drive, Jan.

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 10. Lawrence Chambers, 29, 722 Wayne Street, drug possession at 8201 Colerain Ave., Jan. 10. Mark Tucker, 35, 7429 Boleyn Drive, theft at Banning and Kipling, Jan. 10. Jennifer Campbell, 35, 4683 Ross Road, drug paraphernalia at US 126, Jan. 4. Juvenile male, 17, theft at 9505 Colerain Ave., Jan. 4. Joshua Jones, 29, 400 Bradley Street, possession of drugs at Lincoln Avenue and Gloria, Jan. 6. Samantha Steinmann, 30, 5734 Dunlap Road, theft at 3711 Stone Creek Blvd., Jan. 7. Sarah Ellis, 28, 6594 Blue Rock Road, drug paraphernalia at 6594 Blue Rock Road, Jan. 7. Juvenile female, 13, theft at 9501 Colerain Ave., Jan. 8. Juvenile female, 11, theft at 9501 Colerain Ave., Jan. 8. Kenneth Surin, 43, 1707 Wyoming Ave., theft, disorderly conduct at 8091 Colerain Ave., Jan. 8. Angela Thompson, 64, 1751 Forest Drive, operating vehicle impaired at 11021 US 127, Jan. 9.


braith Road, Jan. 3. Attempted burglary Attempt made to enter residence at 3132 Daylight Court, Jan. 9. Breaking and entering Business entered and cash register, printer, currency of unknown value removed at 5761 Springdale Road, Jan. 11. Copper piping, tools of unknown value removed at 16350 Hawkhurst Drive, Jan. 2. Burglary Residence entered at 3025 Hyannis Drive, Jan. 3. Residence entered and items of unknown value removed at 2396 Chopin Drive, Jan. 4. Criminal damaging Lawn damaged at 6791 Gaines Road, Jan. 11. Tire damaged at 3785 Brockton Drive, Jan. 12. Lamp and lights damaged at 5730 Squirrelsnest Lane, Jan. 8. Lawn lights of unknown value damaged at 5672 Dunlap Road, Jan. 8. Victim reported at 6890 Grange Court, Jan. 4. Criminal mischief Victim removed at 8135 Lakevalley Drive, Jan. 8. Water left running in home

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unattended at 10015 Menominee Drive, Jan. 2. Criminal simulation Counterfeit $100 bill removed at 3667 Stonecreek Blvd., Jan. 12. Domestic violence Female reported at Banning Road, Jan. 11. Female reported at Walden Glen Circle, Jan. 6. Female reported at Pottinger Road, Jan. 6. Importuning Victim reported on Tottenham Drive, Jan. 5. Misuse of credit card Victim reported at 3483 Niagara Street, Jan. 11. Victim reported at 5895 Dunlap Road, Jan. 4. Victim reported at 32293 Sovereign Drive, Jan. 1. Passing bad checks Reported at 2622 Bellbranch Court, Jan. 6.

Robbery Victim reported at 9690 Colerain Ave., Jan. 9. Sprite and food stamp card of unknown value removed at 8451 Colerain Ave., Jan. 10. Victim reported at 9328 Round Top, Jan. 6. Victim struck and money bag of unknown value removed at 9690 Colerain Ave., Jan. 3. Theft AC unit valued at $5,170 removed at 3646 Blue Rock Road, Jan. 1. Computers valued at $2,200 removed at 3333 Niagara Street, Dec. 24. Credit cards of unknown value removed at 8250 Colerain Ave., Jan. 6. Vehicle of unknown value removed at 3887 Niagara Street, Jan. 11. TV of unknown value removed at 9324 Round Top , Jan. 10.

Laptop, phone charger, bag of unknown value removed at 9890 Colerain Ave., Jan. 11. Vehicle removed at 10137 Pippin Road, Jan. 8. Medication valued at $31 removed at 9833 Marino Drive, Jan. 8. $1,300 removed at 11504 Colerain Ave., Jan. 10. Copper tubing valued at $197 removed at 3461 Joseph Road, Jan. 4. Chair valued at $3,000 removed at 5580 Squirrelrun Lane, Jan. 5. Reported at 7671 Colerain Ave., Jan. 5. Attempt made at 3461 Joseph Road, Dec. 30.

GREEN TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations See POLICE, Page B8

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John Wolber John F. Wolber, 88, Green Township, died Jan. 21. He owned a grocery store and was a director and appraiser for New Mohawk Savings and Loan. He was Marine Corps veteran of World War II, a Wolber chaplain at the Hamilton County Justice Center and a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Purcell Council. Survived by children Raymond (Andrea), Michael (Cindy), Greg (Patty) Wolber, Barbara Teague, Cathy (Terry) Shannon, Mary Beth (Joe) Nolan; grandchildren Chuck (Karey), Nicole, Kristen,

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POLICE REPORTS Continued from Page B7 Louis D. Trimpe, 26, 704 Trenton Ave., disorderly conduct at 1957 Anderson Ferry, Jan. 17. Branden Hibbitts, 20, 3226 Glenmore Ave., drug possession at 6271 Glenway Ave., Jan. 18. Robert L. Wira, 18, 2890 Four Towers Drive, possession of drugs at 6630 Bridgetown Road, Jan. 18. Louis D. Trimpe, 26, 704 Trenton Ave., drug possession at 6433 Glenway Ave., Jan. 19. Howard L. Moore Jr., 44, 6712 Harrison Ave. No. 2, theft at 5233 North Bend Road, Jan. 20. Jennifer R. Jeffers, 32, 239 Bassett St., theft at 6550 Harrison Ave., Jan. 20. Juvenile, 14, assault at 5400 Edalbert Drive, Jan. 20. Dennis J. Fitzgerald, 53, 2121 Vine St., theft at 5072 Glencrossing Way, Jan. 20. Juvenile, 17, assault at 6375 Harrison Ave., Jan. 20. Juvenile, 16, drug abuse at 6375 Harrison Ave., Jan. 20. Alexander B. Monhollen, 24, 6784 Menz Lane, possession of drugs at 4117 Bridgetown Road, Jan. 21.


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FREE Valentine’s Day Gift Wrap with purchase, February 10 – 14 You provide the love, we’ll supply the gift wrap. Spend $25 or more at Northgate Mall and we’ll wrap your gift free. Limit two gifts per customer. Available at the Customer Service Center. Shop Macy’s, Aéropostale, Bath & Body Works, Hallmark, New York & Company, Victoria’s Secret and many more fantastic stores.

LEGAL NOTICE Physical Therapy Options, Inc. has closed its business. Requests for medical records can be sent to: PTO, PO Box 10133 Springfield Pk, Cinti., OH 45215 and must be received by March 2, 2012. 1001686768

Burglary Man reported TV, camera stolen at 1485 Biloxi Drive, Jan. 17. Criminal damaging Graeter's reported door damaged at 899 W. Galbraith Road, Jan. 20. Identity theft Man reported information used to obtain utility service at 9696 Fallsridge Court, Jan. 18. Theft Man reported heater stolen at 1723 Fullerton Drive, Jan. 18. Woman reported check stolen at 2122 Roosevelt Ave., Jan. 16. Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle Woman reported car taken without permission at 8967 Daly Road, Jan. 19.

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Arrests/citations Deany Hampton, 27, 2323 Aquarius Drive, obstructing official business at 8600 block of Zodiac Drive, Jan. 10. Holly Cicci, 32, 154 Sherwood



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Drive, drug paraphernalia at 8500 block of Winton Road, Jan. 11. Andrea Brewsaukh, 30, 2350 W. Galbraith Road, drug paraphernalia at 8500 block of Winton Road, Jan. 11. Nicole Jordan, 42, 8862 Zodiac Drive, falsification, Jan. 17. Rufus Calvin, 55, 1579 Meredith Drive, domestic violence at 1500 block of Meredith Drive, Jan. 18. Robert Harris, 23, theft at 8200 block of Galbraith Pointe Lane, Jan. 18. Craig Carr, 23, assault at 1200 block of Aldrich Avenue, Jan. 18. Lamont Snell, 38, 1085 Hempstead Drive, domestic violence at 1085 Hempstead Drive, Jan. 19. Lanesha Givens, 25, 10753 Sprucehill Drive, theft at 2100 block of Roosevelt Avenue, Jan. 19. James Tapke, 41, 403 Waterbury Circle, child endangering at 403 Waterbury Circle, Jan. 19. George Davis, 24, 3778 Ripplegrove Drive, obstructing official business at Springbrook Drive, Jan. 20. Charles Walton, 33, no address given, criminal trespass at 10900 block of Hamilton Avenue, Jan. 21. Charles Walton, 33, no address given, criminal damaging at 10900 block of Hamilton Avenue, Jan. 21. Laura Savage, 50, 9901 Regatta Drive, drug possession at 900 block of West Galbraith Road, Jan. 22. William Etheridge, 51, 8835 Neptune Drive, domestic violence at 8835 Neptune Drive, Jan. 22. Walter Crawford III, 38, 9017 Daly Road, domestic violence at 9017 Daly Road, Jan. 23.

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Assault Suspect punched victim in the face, spit on victim, banged victim's head against the floor, pulled victim's hair and choked victim at 6540 Hearne Road No. 607, Jan. 17. Breaking and entering Office furniture and a window vent damaged during break in at the garage at Bridgetown Cemetery at 4337 Harrison Ave., Jan. 20. Burglary Three guns, digital camera, money, assorted collectibles and a ring stolen from home at 6615 Wesselman Road, Jan. 18. Copper piping stolen from home at 5560 Karen Ave., Jan. 19. GPS stolen from vehicle inside

home's garage at 5686 Scarborough, Jan. 21. Criminal damaging Two windows broken on vehicle at Under the Sea Childcare at 6225 Colerain Ave., Jan. 17. Paint scratched on vehicle at 3517 West Fork Road, Jan. 17. Door handle broken off vehicle at 4364 Marsue Lane, Jan. 20. Ten vehicles parked on the street were spray-painted with graffiti at 3947 Ridgedale Drive, Jan. 21. Criminal mischief Group of juvenile suspects attached fishing line with a rock tied to it to victim's door and continually pulled the line to make the rock knock on door at 4474 Abby Court, Jan. 20. Domestic dispute Argument between man and woman at Alpine Place, Jan. 18. Argument between parent and child at Hader Avenue, Jan. 20. Argument between man and woman at Cheviot Road, Jan. 20. Argument between man and woman at Cheviot Road, Jan. 20. Argument between spouses at South Road, Jan. 21. Theft Gun, jump-start box, jacket, laptop computer, GPS, three pairs of sunglasses, knife and a CPAP machine stolen from vehicle at 3304 Emerald Lakes Drive, Jan. 17. Money, GPS and a radar detector stolen from vehicle at 7343 Kirkridge, Jan. 17. Money, MP3 player, pair of sunglasses and 30 CDs stolen from vehicle at 4520 Hutchinson Glen, Jan. 18. Four watches stolen from home at 2949 North Bend Road, Jan. 18. Door damaged on vehicle during theft attempt at 5543 Windridge Drive, Jan. 13. Four suspects fled without paying for food and service at Willie's Sports Café at 6380 Glenway Ave., Jan. 21. Debit card stolen from wallet when it was left behind at Cancun at 6383 Glenway Ave., Jan. 21. GPS stolen from vehicle at 3041 Brookview Drive, Jan. 21.

Haubner Anniversary

3336 North Bend Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45239

(513) 481-5483

Norman and Betty Haubner of White Oak will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary Feb. 8th. A Mass of thanksgiv ing will be said at St. James Church. Mr. Haubner served overseas for 30 months during World War II. He retired from Haubner Builders in 1986. His sons, third generation, continue the business. Mr. and Mrs. Haubner have six children - Jane Stehlen, Jim Haubner, Carol Hinrichs, Nancy Condra, Roy Haubner and Patti Shepard. They have 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. The family will come together to celebrate this special occasion and to honor this blessed couple.


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