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Propel leases Skyline center Doug Pelfrey’s nonprofit group will run programs By Jennie Key

Our Lady of Grace kindergartener Mackenzie Haenning wriggles her eyebrows to move a cookie from her forehead to her mouth during a series of "Minute to Win It” style challenges as part of her school’s Catholic School Week celebration. Catholic schools across the community celebrated last week. See photos on B1. JENNIE KEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Sheriff phasing out DARE program By Jennie Key

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office just said no to DARE. It’s phasing out the national Drug Abuse Resistance Education program. DARE is a comprehensive drug and violence prevention education program based upon a belief that the only way to combat drug abuse and addiction is through early education and prevention. It’s a cooperative effort between local schools and law enforcement personnel and has expanded to

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combat substance abuse, but bullying, violence and gangs. The cut was quick; it’s effective immediately for the Northwest Local School District meaning some buildings won’t have the program this year. Pauletta Crowley, assistant director of community and stu-

dent services for the Northwest district for the district, said programs at Taylor and Weigel elementary schools won’t be conducted this year. Meyer She said Hamilton County Sheriff’s Cpl. Jay Schmitt, who has taught the program for more than 10 years, told her in mid-January that the sheriff’s office would not participate in the program any longer.

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Find levy news online Colerain board planned to vote on issue last night Colerain Township trustees were considering three possible levy options for the police department for the May 7 primary ballot. Trustees planned to meet last night, after our deadline, to talk about which of the options, if any, to ask residents to support. Find out what the trustees decided; go to coleraintownship. Last week, the board ap-

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Doug Pelfrey’s Propel organization is taking over the Skyline Community Center. Financial cutbacks pushed Colerain Township officials to close the Pippin Road community center at the end of last year. It had been operated by the YMCA. In a deal announced today, trustees agreed to lease the center to Pelfrey’s group, which will provide programming at the center. Propel will pay $1 per year for three years to use the center, which relieves the township of the financial burden of operating it or paying for utilities or upkeep. The township will clear snow and cut grass at the facility. Former Cincinnati Bengal kicker Pelfrey, the founder and CEO of Propel, said he wanted to wait for the details to be finalized before he made any comment about the center or possible programs. North College Hill Mayor Dan Brooks said he is pleased with his city’s partnership with Propel. The group is in the process of managing operation of the city’s community center. It’s not the same arrangement as Propel is entering with Colerain Township, but Brooks says the group wants to impact communities in a positive way. Colerain Township Board of Trustees President Dennis Deters said the agreement is good for everyone. “This is a great partnership,” he said. “We empathized with the concerns residents had about the center

proved the first of two necessary resolutions toward putting a 2 mill police levy that would generate about $2.23 million annually on the May ballot. At a special meeting Feb. 1, they added resolutions for a possible 1.85 mill levy would generate an estimated $2.1 million annually and a 1.5 mill levy that would generate $1.7 million annually. If the board decided to put a levy on the ballot at the Feb. 5 meeting, the resolution had to be submitted to the Hamilton County Board of Elections by Feb. 6.

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Sanitary Landfill, says the new odor suppression spray requires that the company apply for a new permit because the spray will increase the amount of emissions into the air at the Colerain Township landfill. Pratt says the landfill operators want to increase the use of odor neutralizer and decided to use an improved mixture that their research indicates is more effective. Pratt said there are different odor mixtures designed to combat different odor types. Rumpke wants to use a neutralizer brand called Nova. “The new neutralizer is safe, compliant with EPA guidelines and we expect it will be more effective in controlling odors coming out of the landfill,” Pratt said. “Like the old odor neutralizer, this is plantbased and contains all naturally occurring substances. It has no harmful

effects on the environment or human health.” The Ohio Environmental Protection Pratt Agency issued a draft permit to install Jan. 24 to start the process to let Rumpke to change the odor neutralizer it is using. It’s not permission to make the change, but it does open an opportunity for public comment. Comments or a request for a public hearing will be accepted through Feb. 25. The permit documents say the allowable organic compound emission limit per hour will not change. There are no hazardous air pollutant emissions resulting from the change. The OEPA said in the permit documentation that Rumpke is a highprofile facility, and the

permit should be issued in draft form first, due to probable public concern. A decision on issuing a final permit-to-install will be made after comments are received and a public hearing if one is conducted. Colerain Township resident Rich McVay, the new president of Property Owners Want Equal Rights, known as POWER, a citizens advocacy group, says a public hearing could clear the air. He is considering making a request to the OEPA for a public hearing. “I think we need to understand what they are trying to accomplish and why they think this will work,” he said. “I think we need to hear the data.” Rumpke will be required to maintain monthly records of what deodorizers they use, when they used them and how much they are spraying into the air. The permit also says

Rumpke will submit annual reports that specify the total organic compound emissions from the odor suppression systems for the previous calendar year. Rumpke is a municipal solid waste facility that accepts construction/ demolition debris, industrial and residual wastes. The facility is more than 500 acres, with more than 330 acres permitted for waste disposal, according to the OEPA. Rumpke is permitted to receive up to 10,000 tons of waste per day. Pratt said the request is part of Rumpke’s ongoing attempts to address odor complaints and contain the smell of the landfill to its boundaries. “Everyone knows that trash smells,” she said. “We are trying to find a solution to the odor problem that will work. Not a day goes by that we are not working on the problem.”


they did to make the lease happen. Rowan said the township was working on the partnership before the Skyline closing but kep the potential partner’s identity quiet until the arrangements were finalized. “This is a great opportunity for us,” he said. “We don’t have the re-

sponsibility of the operational costs, but the community still gets a valuable service.” Birkenhauer, who also serves as the township’s economic development director, said he is very pleased to see the building used to provide community services to the residents of the Skyline Acres

neighborhood. “We were never happy about closing the Skyline Community Center, and we think this is a great solution,” Birkenhauer said. “Propel indicated they would retain some of the staff that had been at the center for continuity and we expect they will have great programming.”

bigger factor is staffing. The sheriff’s office had three people who were certified to teach DARE and he expected that number to shrink to two. That’s not enough, and there is no one who has stepped up and said they want to take the training and do it. “This is something you have to want to do,” he said. “It’s not for everybody.” Corbett and the new sheriff, Jim Neal, have both taught DARE. Corbett says he has to view it as a luxury now, and it’s one the sheriff’s office can’t afford anymore. “We don’t have the people,” he said. Last year, Cincinnati Police Chief James Craig took a similar step, putting all of the DARE officers and the school resource officers back on patrol. Craig organized a boot camp program for children at risk and had plans for other youth programs for city youngsters.

Corbett said the county may look at other programs, but right now, DARE is not a good fit for his agency. Colerain Township officers provide DARE programs at St. John, Bevis and Pleasant Run elementary schools within the Northwest district. Colerain Township Police Lt. Angela Meyer said her department receives Drug Use Prevention grant money from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office to pay for DARE. In 2012, the department received $4,933. In 2011, the grant was for $5,263. Departments submit their budget and then receive funds based on projected expenses. “If you don’t use it, you send it back,” she said. “You go over, you eat that. We all know how it works.” Meyer says she’s been teaching DARE in Northwest district buildings for 10 years. She said she emphasizes the decisionmaking power kids have, and focuses on issues

such as bullying, choosing, critical thinking and students being responsible for their own choices. “It is much more than an anti-drug program,” she said. “We have a chance to build relationships with these youngsters.” Colerain Assistant Police Chief Mark Denney said his department will pick up the two schools dropped by the county in the fall. “We don’t have the necessary lead time to pick them up now,” he said. “But we are prepared to add them to the schools that are currently in the DARE program in the fall.” Denney said the Colerain department views DARE’s benefit as more than helping kids say no to drugs. “We think the program helps build relationships with police officers, makes them more approachable for kids and opens a dialog between students and the police officer,” Denney said. “That works for us.”

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closing, and this is very exciting for our community.” He commended township administrator Jim Rowan and assistant administrator Frank Birkenhauer for the work

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Major Tom Corbett, who oversees support services for the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, said he is in the process of talking to all 17 of the schools where the sheriff’s office presented DARE programs to tell them about the phase-out. Corbett said there were a number of reasons for the sheriff’s office to pull back on DARE. He said cost is a factor. The sheriff’s office gets a grant of about $6,000 for the program, but Corbett said costs were probably double that. But he says a


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Police say Colerain man is accused Delhi rapist By Monica Boylson

The man accused of being the “Delhi Township rapist” and attacking three women and a teenage girl last year is in jail on $500,000 bond after pleading not guilty on 21 charges including the rape and attempted rape of two Delhi Township women. Tony Pippin, 39, of Lapland Drive in Colerain Township, pleaded not guilty Jan. 31 in his first court appearance. He was indicted Jan. 28. The two Delhi Township victims were followed home on separate occasions from the Knotty Pine Bar in White Oak; one in April, the other in September 2012. Another case involves a 15-yearold girl police say Pippin drugged and raped, an act he videotaped using his cell phone. After the two Delhi rapes, the Delhi Township Police Department released composite sketches of the suspect in hopes that someone might recognize him. On Dec. 15 he was rec-

ognized by patrons at Kahoots Bar on Colerain Avenue in Colerain Township. Colerain Pippin Township residents Robert and Jennifer Rains believed he was Delhi rapist. According to a Colerain Police Department report, “Some of the patrons began to shove Mr. Pippin and asked him to leave because they believed he was involved in several recent rapes.” According to the report, Pippin went to his car, pulled out a gun and pointed it at Robert Rains. The police report said that Jennifer Rains jumped in between the two men and told Pippin to stop and then Pippin struck her in the face with the gun. He was arrested. Both bars say the incidents have not affected business. “Business hasn’t changed much,” Kahoots owner Gary Krollman, 46, said. “Nobody that comes here was ever worried

“If you try to hide from the law, don’t come here.” COLE WEDDLE, Knotty Pine bar manager

about their safety.” Knotty Pine bar manager Cole Weddle, 30, said he hopes Pippin is put away for a long time. “It was kind of wild at first to have our name associated with the whole situation,” he said. “A lot of the people who come in here are regulars or friends of ours so most people know they are very, very safe in here.” He said business remains steady. “We’ve been a longstanding business in the community,” he said. “Our staff and customers look out for the place as if it were a home to them.” Krollman said he takes pride in the fact that Kahoots patrons helped put Pippin behind bars. “If you try to hide from the law,” he said, “don’t come here.” Delhi Township Police Lt. Joe Macaluso wonders if it was desperation, divine intervention or both that led to Pippin’s indict-

ment. Macaluso and his peers were looking for the man they believed raped at least three women who had come from the Knotty Pine. One gave police a description of a Jeep Cherokee painted with primer as a possible vehicle for her attacker. Police set up surveillance around the bar and, on the first night, figured they’d get no leads because of the driving rain. But that’s when Pippin drove through a stop sign, right in front of police, as he was behind the wheel of a primer-colored Jeep Cherokee. “On the very first night we stopped him for a minor infraction. Are you kidding me? It can’t be that easy,” Macaluso said. But it was. That was just part of the oddness of the case that includes allegations of Pippin offering to help police, others telling Pip-

pin he looked like the rapist and police watching as he commited a burglary. Police then focused on Pippin. They noticed the back of his vehicle had a trailer hitch and other characteristics the victim said her attacker’s vehicle had. Eventually, Pippin spray-painted his Cherokee blue and changed the hub caps. “He wanted it to look like clouds,” Macaluso said. “We believe that once he heard there was a suspect for the serial rapes ... he painted it and changed the hubcaps.” It didn’t matter because in September, after another rape was reported, police placed a GPS tracking device on Pippin’s vehicle. That showed them Pippin was driving into area subdivisions and sitting for hours – probably looking for other victims, Macaluso said. “His behavior was what we noted,” Macaluso said. Pippin’s behavior also is what helped police arrest him. After the Dec. 15 incident at Kahoots Bar, police, who were closely

watching Pippin, arrested him and told him then they believed he was the Delhi rapist. Police believe Pippin suspected he was being watched. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said Pippin called the Sheriff’s undercover drug operation and volunteered to be an informant. “I didn’t say he was smart,” Deters said. “If it wasn’t for stupidity, we would not catch as many people.” The undercover unit told him all of their informants have to give their DNA – not true – and Pippin complied. Police checked his DNA with DNA left at one of the scenes. It was a partial hit: one in 4,425 people matched. Using the description of his car, they used video from businesses in the area to watch as his vehicle was the only one to stop in the same parking lot where one of his alleged victim’s stopped on her way home from the Knotty Pine. “He’s a very dangerous human being. His behavior was escalating,” Deters said.

Officers receive FOP awards for valor and service able to stop the loss of blood and tend to the victim until paramedics arrived.” Maher Grayson said paramedics confirmed Maher’s quick response saved the man’s life.

By Jennie Key

The Southwestern Hamilton County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 113 closed out its year with awards, given to honor officers who served their communities with good judgment and valor in 2012. Lodge president James D. Ruhl handed out a number of awards to area police officers.

Valor Award winners

The lodge’s Valor Award went to Green Township Police Officer Daniel Jackson, Hamilton County Cpl. Anthony Crider and county deputy Adam Westrich for their response in a March 11 shooting in the North Arbor Woods Court area of Green Township. Ruhl said the officers responded when David Franks, 45, allegedly shot and killed his father-inlaw James Schobert, 76, who died at the scene. Franks, 45, had broken into the town home of his estranged wife by shooting out the security door. The three officers were in the back of the building when Franks came out carrying a firearm. The officers ordered Franks to drop his weapon and when Franks did not, the officers shot Franks three times. Franks is charged aggravated murder, aggravated burglary and three counts of attempted murder of a police officer and is in the Hamilton County Justice Center with no bond. His next hearing is set for April 26.

Officer of the year

Colerain Township Police Officer Sean Maher was recognized as Officer of the Year. Colerain Township Police Sgt. Jerry Grayson nominated Maher, citing an incident Sept. 9 where the officer saved a man’s life. Grayson said Maher responded to a call about a man shot. When he ar-

Receiving the Valor Award were, from left, Hamilton County Sheriff Cpl. Anthony Crider, Deputy Adam Westrich and Green Township Police Officer Daniel Jackson. THANKS TO JAMES D. RUHL

rived at the home, he found a man bleeding profusely from a shotgun wound to the leg that had severed an artery and was causing rapid blood loss.

“Officer Maher quickly reacted and began to administer first aid despite the fact that the shooter was still nearby,” Grayson said. “He was

volunteers for and is a dedicate member of for the lodge. “Your commitment to our lodge has brought forth the true meaning of

brotherhood,” Ruhl said. “You have always believed that the FOP was not only a fraternal organization but also your family.”

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Member of the year Colerain Township Police Officer Steven Karwisch was honKarwisch ored as FOP 113’s Member of the Year. Ruhl said the award is given to a member who

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BRIEFLY Choir fest Feb. 10

Several United Church of Christ congregations from Cluster Two of the Southern Ohio Northern Kentucky Association will present Choir Fest at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at St. John’s Westminster Union Church, 1085 Neeb Road. The choirs will join their voices together to sing a selection of music including “A Call to Festive Praise,” “All Things Bright and Beautiful,” and “When in our Music God is Glorified.” The event is a fundraiser for the Mission Priority Board, an organization supporting the efforts of a

number of area non-profits including the Metropolitan Area Religious Coalition of Cincinnati, the Council for Christian Communion, the Interfaith Hospitality Network, the Interfaith Business Builders, and Churches Active in Northside. A free-will offering will be taken. All are invited to a reception following the performances. For more information, call 513-347-4613.

Cancer support group meets

Corpus Christi Cancer Support Ministry, a nondemoninational ministry, will meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13, in the Corpus Christi Church library, 2014 Springdale Road. Patients, survivors, and caregivers are welcome. For information, contact Eileen Armbruster, facilitator at

Church sponsoring fish fries

A Lenten series of fish fries is being sponsored by the Pleasant Run Presbyterian Church Women’s Association and the church’s Boy Scout troop. The fish fries are from 5 to 7:30 pm. on Fridays, Feb. 15 and 22 and March 1, 8 and 15, at the church, 11565 Pippin Road. These fish fries are being held on Feb. 15 & 22 and March 1, 8, 15. The menu will include a choice of fish or chicken nuggets and choice of two sides: macaroni and cheese, green beans, cole slaw, and applesauce. The meal also includes bread, dessert and either coffee, lemonade or ice tea. The price is $8.50 per adult and $4.50 per child. Carry out prices are $8


St. John the Baptist School library worker Cathy Mersch arranges items for the Scholastic Book Sale planned as part of the Catholic School Week celebration at St. John. The sale will be open to the public from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, following the 11 a.m. Mass. St. John school is at 5375 Dry Ridge Road. JENNIE KEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

per adult and $4 per child. The profits will be used for mission projects and camping fees. For information, call 513-825-4544 or visit the website at

Winter Blast tickets on sale now

Tickets are now available for the 2013 St. James Athletic Club Winter Blast dance, which raises money for youth sports. The Winter Blast is 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Feb. 16, at La Salle High School 3091 North Bend Road. Music is by The Websters. A $20 ticket includes food, appetizers and soft drinks. Beer and wine will also be available for purchase. You will also have the chance to participate in a silent auction (with a weekend get away), Basket Raffles, Wheelbarrow of Cheer and Heads or Tails. Buy your tickets on

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The 2013 Germania Society Karneval Season comes to an end at the Kehraus “Sweep out” Tanz on Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Germania Society, 3529 W. Kemper Road. The dance begins at 7:11 p.m. The Karneval season is celebrated all around the world during the weeks before Lent, and the Germania Society celebrates the festivities Rheinische (western part of Germany) style, which is known for its parades and costume balls. The “Sweep Out” Dance is the last event of the Karneval season where all of the Mardi Gras fun is swept away in order to prepare for the solemn season of Lent. Entertainment will be provided by Prost, along with performances by the Germania Prinzengarde. The Karneval Clown, Hoppeditz, will make an appearance before falling into a deep sleep until the next Karneval Season. Food and beverages will be available for purchase, as well as chances for raffles. Cost for the dance is $10 per person. Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling Maria at 513-508-7794 or Heidi at 513-417-7171. For more information about the Germania Karneval Kehraus Tanz and the Germania Society, contact the Germania Society at 513-742-0060 or visit





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The following students were named to the fall dean’s list at Thomas More College: Kerrie Beard, Tara Blessing, Jeremy Bragg, Rhonada Brown, Jillian Brunsman, Corey Buller, Amber Carter, Karla Cox, Tiffany Croom, Marsha Cunningham, Bernadette Dailey, Brenna Davidson, Marty Dohme, Cher Gaines, John Garner, Lisa Gilpin, Sherry Hayes, Tamra Hunley, Kevin Jordan, Katelyn Kees, Elizabeth Kraemer, Sarah Lankford, Emilie Lanter, Shari Liening, Barbara Marcotte, Christina Martin, Amber Massa, Sean Olis, Abby Osborne, Danielle Peters, Shane Pogue, Randi Rabe, Deborah Riley, Christiane Rodgers, Xavier Sanders, Anthony Schroth, Ricky Snow, Zach Tran, Ezekiel Tschumper, Tyler Vogelpohl, Rene Walters, Robert Wessel, Jason Wildt and Ashley York. ■ The following students were named to the fall dean’s list at the University of Kentucky: Jessica Feldman, Jordan Hubrich, Ashley Lewis and Barbara Spalding. Graduates

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The following students have received Dean’s Awards from Xavier University: » McAuley High School senior Whitney Bishop is active in Key Club, science and leadership. The daughter of Anita Bishop, she plans to major in nursing. » St. Xavier High School senior Robin Hessler is active in athletics. The son of Lynn and Mark Hessler, he plans to major in occupational therapy. » La Salle High School senior Matthew Wetterich is active in National Honor Society, golf and service. The son of Sherrie and Mark Wetterich, he plans to major in business.

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Antique, collectibles show benefiting North Elementary By Monica Boylson


he North Elementary School gym and cafeteria in the Mount Healthy school district will soon be transformed into an Antiques, Collectibles and Sports Show. The second-year show was created to help raise money for technology resources in the school. With proceeds from the first show, the school purchased headphones for each student. “We’re trying to build an annual thing in the community,” North Principal Jenny Moody said. “Last year, we

were able to get people to come in and see our new building and we had a lot of fun while raising money.” Moody’s sister Darla Bernhardt and her friend Jane Wehmeier brought up the idea of a collectibles show as a way of raising money. “We decided it would be an interesting concept to combine both antiques and sports,” Bernhardt said. “At antique shows, if a couple comes and the guy doesn’t collect, invariably he’s bored to tears and when we do sports shows the girlfriends are there going, ‘How long?’” There will be more than 30 vendors with items such as: antiques, furniture, playing cards, sports memorabilia,

MND senior publishes first book Mount Notre Dame Senior Zai Johns from Colerain Township wrote her first book, which was published Jan. 13. This great accomplishment can be attributed to Johns’s love of writing. That love, combined with her concern for animals, prompted her to begin work on her first novel at the age of 13. Now a senior in high school, her involvement in Mount Notre Dame’s Youth Philanthropy Council has fostered her passion for service. It was in the spirit of compassion that she decided to publish this novel, with the proceeds financially contributing to the care of neglected and abused animals. The book is titled “Animal Adventurers” and is about four abandoned animals that need a foster home. The book is juvenile fiction and can be ordered on . What is unique about this book is not only that a young lady authored and published it, but also that 80 percent of prof-

Mount Notre Dame Senior Zai Johns from Colerain Township wrote her first book, which was published Jan. 13. THANKS TO NATASHA SHULL

its from sales to Magnified Giving, a local Cincinnati non-profit that teaches youth about philanthropy. Magnified Giving gives grants to non-profits throughout the Greater Cincinnati area. The profits from the sales of this book are going to the Animal Adventurers grant, which

gives money to animal related non-profits, mainly dealing with neglected, abandoned or abused animals. Johns is hosting a book signing Feb. 16, at A Sweet Life in Colerain, from 10:30 1:30 p.m. A Sweet Life is at 9890 Colerain Ave. Johns is busy writing the second book in the series at the home she shares with her parents, her two brothers and her beloved dog, Rosie. When asked why she decided to write a book her response was, “I just wanted to help make a difference.” Johns’s goal was accomplished. The story in the book touches the reader, along with the proceeds from sales of the book help make a difference for other animals in Cincinnati. Julie Hagerty, English Teacher at Mount Notre Dame, reflected on the book sharing, “It’s a captivating adventure story, filled with heartwarming, courageous, animal characters, who face danger together for the sake of friendship and love,” she said.

jewelry, Rookwood Pottery, Longaberger baskets, pop culture items and some historical pieces. There will also be a silent auction with gift cards to local restaurants, a baseball signed by Cincinnati Red’s second baseman Brandon Phillips, a baseball signed by former Cincinnati Red’s player Pete Rose and other items. Antique appraiser Robert Hill will give one free appraisal to each collector curious about the value of an item. Each additional appraisal is $5 and will be donated to the school. “There’s a little something for everyone,” Wehmeier said.

The Antiques, Collectibles and Sports Show is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at the elementary school, 2170 Struble Road. Admission is $3 and children 12 years and younger are free. The silent auction will be on Saturday, and from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday is the antique appraisal clinic. Food will be available for purchase at the show. All proceeds will go to the school. For more information about the event, to rent space or donate funds or a silent auction piece, contact Bernhardt at 467-9969 or email Wehmeier at

McAuley play goes to state conference McAuley High School drama teacher/director Emily Lafferty took eight student actresses to Dayton Jan. 12 where they auditioned for, rehearsed, and performed a short, one-act play, “One Snowy Evening” for thespian members and directors. As a result of their outstanding performance, they have been selected to perform at the Ohio Thespian State Conference. They once again performed this show Jan. 30 in its entirety before the students in grades one through four at St. Ignatius School in Monfort Heights. This was timed to coincide with the celebration of Catholic Schools Week. The following actresses took part: Emmy Schwartz, Celina Junker, Lauren Odioso, Brooke Bigner, Abby Ball, Liz Baxter, Holly Rack and Nikki Hoffman.

McAuley drama students who performed in “One Snowy Evening” were: in front Emmy Schwartz, second row, from left, Liz Baxter, Lauren Odioso, third row Brooke Bigner, fourth row, from left, Celina Junker, Abby Ball, Nikki Hoffman and Holly Rack THANKS TO KATHY DIETRICH



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Northwest bowls way to SWOC title By Nick Dudukovich ndudukovich @ communitypress .com

COLERAIN TWP. — With a recent victory over Southwest Ohio Conference rival Harrison, the Northwest Ladies Knights rolled to an inaugural Southwest Ohio Conference bowling championship. The Knights beat Harrison, 2,092-1,878, Jan. 28, and improved to 5-0 in league play behind the play of Lindsey Gehlenborg, who tossed a high series of 318. The victory gave Northwest a two-game lead over Harrison with just one SWOC match to play. Gehlenborg is one of several bowlers on the squad leaving their mark this season. Seven of the league’s top 13 season averages have been turned in by Northwest bowlers. This comes after the squad and coach Steven Stumpf had to replace seven bowlers to graduation last year. Junior Ashley Baker leads the conference with 173.3 pins per game (as of Feb. 1). Stumpf said he knew Baker had potential when he watched her last season. “At tryouts, I could really tell she’s been working at it,” he said. “She’s bowled unbelievable this year.” Gehlenborg is also having a stellar year and is right on Baker’s tail for the top average in the conference (172.0). She’s the only returning starter from a team that went undefeated in league play last winter. She posted the thirdbest average (170.0) in the now defunct FAVC West last winter. The junior’s presence has been a calming influence on the

Northwest sophomore Emma Mahar is one of several bowlers who helped the Knights clinch the inaugural Southwestern Ohio Conference title. NICK DUDUKOVICH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

team, according to Stumps. “She keeps everybody cool…with her being (on varsity) already, she’s stepped up and makes sure everyone stays calm, cool and collected,” Stumpf said. The squad’s other top bowlers include Kim Koehlke (third, 169.9), Alex Hanna (sixth, 157.1), Jessica Jacobs (11th, 148.6), Alexis Bayer (12th, 146.8) and Emma Mahar (13th, 142.8). Considering the roster turnover, Stumpf didn’t know what to expect from his roster. But now he and the Knights are brimming with confidence. “Coming out, the way they bowled, superseded any expectation I could have had for them…,” he said. “Once the postseason starts, I think we’re good enough to compete with any high school girls team out there.” Girls sectional bowling gets underway Feb 13, while districts commence Feb. 22.

PRESS PREPS HIGHLIGHTS La Salle’s Jimmy McMahon, pictured in February 2012, won the GCL South championship at 1-meter diving Jan. 28. JEFF SWINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS


CARRIES MCMAHON TO GCL TITLE La Salle senior goes out on top

By Nick Dudukovich

MONFORT HEIGHTS — St. Xavier won yet another Greater Catholic League swimming championship to mark the program’s 65th title. But the diving board? That belonged to La Salle senior Jimmy McMahon. McMahon’s victory at 1-meter diving marked La Salle’s only individual win at the competition. McMahon, who was runner-up in 2012, staved off last year’s champ, Mitch Godar of Elder for the title at the University of Cincinnati, Jan. 28. “It’s something I wasn’t expecting, but I was hoping for it,” McMahon said with a laugh. “It was an awesome feeling to win it, especially to win it my senior year.” And while McMahon had been close to winning the meet

before, it was confidence that put him over the top, according to La Salle coach Mike Lienhart. Lienhart said in the past, McMahon struggled with putting five consistent dives together. But at the GCL meet, his protégé was on the mark. “This is the first meet where he put everything together,” Lienhart said. “It was awesome. We had goose bumps when he was about to do his last dive.” McMahon isn’t a year-round diver. It wasn’t until a few weeks before the GCL Championships he started practicing with Tri-State Diving. He had looked at club diving in the past, but the price tag was too hefty. Yet he turned himself into a GCL title contender with the two hours of practice time per week with La

Salle, along with the advice of his dad and brother, both of whom dove in college. McMahon believes the extra dives he got with Tri-State made the difference when the title was on the line. “I think that little bit of extra practice time help me edge out (Mitch),” McMahon said. Now that he’s the GCL South champ, McMahon, who hopes to dive next season at UC, will try and conquer his next goal: Making state. A trip to Canton’s state meet eluded him by two spots last season by two spots. Lienhart believes if his McMahon competes with the poise he dove with at the GCL meet, he’ll have a shot to compete with Ohio’s best. “If he has the confidence, he’s going to do well the rest of the year with sectionals, district and state,” Lienhart said.

By Nick Dudukovich ndudukovich @ communitypress .com


» This week’s nod goes to La Salle senior Jimmy McMahon, who won the GCL Scarlet Division Diving title Jan. 28.

Rivalry renewed

» The Colerain and St. Xavier football programs finalized another home-and-home agreement on Friday that schedules the high anticipated rivalry game for Week 2 in 2013 and 2014. This year’s game will be at Colerain on Sept, 6, while the 2013 game will be at St. Xavier. St. X leads 18-9 in the all-time series against Colerain.

Boys basketball

» Colerain overcame a fourpoint halftime deficit to defeat

Oak Hills 49-46, Jan. 25. Milton Davis scored 17 points. » La Salle knocked off St. Xavier for its 10th win of the season with its 49-41 victory Jan. 25. Connor Speed led the way with 12 points. Jeff Larkin and Eric Southers each scored 10. On Jan. 27, Larkin’s hot hand was good for 22 points as La Salle beat Northmont 57-36. » Northwest defeated Edgewood, 63-42, Jan. 25. Sophomore Cody Roberson scored 14 points, while Darius Hubbard and Kevin Worsham added 12. Roberson continued to spark the Knights offense with a 17point performance in the team’s 56-53 overtime win against Loveland Jan. 29. » St. Xavier got 15 points from both Ben Carroll and Rod Mills in a 66-54 victory over Purcell Marian Jan. 29. See HIGHLIGHT, Page A7

Moeller’s Josh Davenport, right, guards Roger Bacon Austin Frentsos during the Spartans’ 61-34 loss Jan. 29. With the loss, Roger Bacon fell to 15-3. JOSEPH FUQUA II/THE COMMUNITY PRESS




Kuhlmann ‘splits’ opponents By Tom Skeen

Colerain High School’s girls bowling team won first place at the Bearcat High School Classic Jan. 11 at S&S Western Bowl. From left are: Back, coach Ron Kirk, Kairee Beddinghaus, Morgan Hoehn, Sam Smith, Jenna Coldiron, Julieanne Whitis and Jill Gieser; front, coach Debbie Potzner and Allison Holterman. THANKS TO BARB HOLTERMAN Continued from Page A6

Boys swimming

» Roger Bacon won the GCL Central Championship meet Jan. 26. Kevin Anneken (50 free, 100 fly), Kyle Suffoletta (100 free), Joey Anello (100 back) and Noah Enderle (100 breast) earned individual league titles. Coach Alex Ebner was named the Central Division’s Coach of the Year. » St. Xavier won the GCL South Championships Jan. 30. James DelGado (200-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke) and Jack Hendricks (50-yard freestyle, 100-yard backstroke) each won two events for the Bombers.

Boys bowling

» Northwest defeated Harrison 2,851-2,645, Jan. 28. Colton Lipps rolled a 448 high series. » Roger Bacon beat Purcell Marian 2,534-2,035, Jan. 29. Sophomore Chris Wilhelm rolled a 435 high series.

» St. Xavier defeated GCL rival Moeller 2,713-2,421, Jan. 29 behind a 514 high-series from Joey Francis. The Bombers rolled a 2,712 to defeat Roger Bacon (2,412) and Fenwick (2,212) Jan. 31. Anthony Hughes rolled a 439 high-series for the Bombers.

MOUNT HEALTHY — When Mount Healthy junior wrestler David Kuhlmann talks about a banana split, you may want to run instead of salivate. His signature move has helped him to a Southwest Ohio Conference best 27-7 record with 22 pins at 138 pounds. “(The banana split) is the one that I always go for,” Kuhlmann said. “It’s when you lock in the leg and you go over the body, you hook the other leg and you fall back and their legs are split apart. It doesn’t sound good, but it puts them in a claustrophobic position.” What may be most impressive about Kuhlmann’s game is the way he approaches the mat. He is mentally prepared for just about anything his opponent has to offer. “I have four options going out onto the mat and that’s before I even step on the mat,” he said. “Then if I get the take-


Girls bowling

» Northwest handed Harrison a 2,092-1,878 defeated Jan. 28. Lindsey Gehlenborg rolled a 318 high series. » Colerain handed Middletown a 2,527-2,423 defeat Jan. 30. Jenna Coldiron rolled a 424 high series.


» St. Xavier defeated Oak Hills 70-6, Jan. 26. The Bombers won nine of the 10 matches that were wrestled. St. Xavier defeated Elder and Princeton in the Region 8A Division I Team Tournament Jan. 30. The Bombers face Moeller Feb. 6 in the regional final.


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down, mentally I possibly know more moves than the guy that I am wrestling and I can work several different moves.” His 27 victories include championships at the Madison Mohawk Invitational and the Norwood Adam Cox Memorial Tournament. Even his coach Olajuwon Butler has been impressed with his junior this season. “He’s a very unique wrestler,” Butler said. “He’s very smart and you can tell by the things he does out there on the mat that he’s pretty wellrounded at every position.” Butler preaches to his entire team to never give up in a match no matter what obstacles are in front of you and Kuhlmann has shown why that is true. “I’ve seen this kid six (points) down, eight down, down two and he’s going to keep coming at you,” Butler said. “He’s going to keep grinding it out, he’s going to stay in

your face, he’s going to attack and that is one of the main things we tell our kids. He’s definitely been an outstanding wrestler to this point.” After winning 19 matches as a sophomore and placing second at 138 pounds in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference West Division meet, his constant work ethic has lifted Kuhlmann to the next level. “Brushing up on very precise technique and getting a little big stronger and getting a little more stamina,” said Kuhlmann about becoming a better wrestler. “Knowing the moves better gets you better in the meets.” Despite losing in the first round of the SWOC championships, when it comes to the future, the junior is taking it match by match and knows if he puts the work in, it will pay off. “… I take every meet and match as pay day,” Kuhlmann said. “You work for it and you get paid for it.” The St. John’s Jaguars girls soccer team clinches the state soccer championship for their division. It was a phenomenal year for St. John’s since this was their first soccer team. They completed the season at 17-1. In front are Angie Shoenung, Brooklyn Towe, Natalie Penick, Sarah Shipman, Jenna Schoster, Jacklinh Tran, Ashley Cornelius, Sydney Roberts and Evelyn Herrmann. In back are Abby Duebber, Emma Rewwer, Morgan Hawk, Lauren Tumlin, Jessica Shipman, Grace Young, Megan Bley, Angela Borcher, coach Mitch Penick, head coach John Rewwer and coach Vinh Tran. THANKS TO JOHN REWWER




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Expungement – clearing your record

Our legal system recognizes that people make mistakes. Even criminal convictions should not remain on your record forever if the crime was minor and you have led an otherwise law abiding life. To publicly seal your criminal record, you can apply for an expungement. Ohio’s expungement law changed significantly last September to allow more people to expunge their record. Under the old law only first time offenders were eligible for expungement. The new law considers a person eligible for an expungement if they have either:

» one felony conviction; » one or two different misdemeanor convictions, or » one felony conviction and one misdeBrad meanor conGreenberg COMMUNITY PRESS viction. Many GUEST COLUMNIST crimes don’t qualify for expungement. Serious felonies, such as murder and rape, are obviously not eligible. Some violent misdemeanors, like domestic violence, as well as traffic offenses (even speeding convictions) can’t be sealed.

A waiting period must occur before applying for expungement: three years for a felony and one year for a misdemeanor. The waiting period begins to run once the offender has been released from jail or probation. Additionally, all fines and restitution from the earlier conviction must have been paid in full and warrants or pending charges must be closed. To apply for expungement you must first file for the process in the same court where the conviction occurred. There is a $50 filing fee to expunge a criminal conviction. However, the fee can be waived if you are indigent.

The judge that heard the original case, or his/her successor, will then consider your filing. The judge will determine whether you are eligible by law. If you are eligible but the prosecutor objects, he will weigh your interest in clearing your record against the government’s interest in maintaining the record of conviction. He has the final discretion to grant or deny the expungement. Many people are surprised that dismissed charges appear on their record. A person may apply to expunge these charges regardless of the reason for their dismissal. There is no waiting period, filing fee

or limit to the number of dismissed charges that can be sealed. However, charges dismissed as part of a plea bargain cannot be expunged. Felonies ignored by the grand jury can be sealed after a twoyear waiting period. If you are interested in expunging a criminal conviction or a dismissed charge, go to the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts, Room 112 of the Hamilton County Justice Center at 1000 Sycamore St. or call 946-6010 for further information. Judge Brad Greenberg presides in Hamilton County Municipal Court. He is a Loveland resident.

It’s not too late to resolve to recycle in 2013

In 2013, why not try a resolution that will better the environment and the economy? Recycling conserves energy, saves natural resources, reduces pollution and creates jobs. If you do not already recycle, you can start today. The first step is to get a bin or find a recycling drop-off location. For more information on your community’s recycling program, call the Recycling Hotline at 513-946-7766 or . If you already recycle, use the New Year to improve upon your good habit. While


you probably already recycle pop cans, plastic bottles, newspaper and milk jugs, some items are often forgotten. Remember you can also recycle: » Shampoo

bottles » Salad dressing bottles » Contact solution bottles » Ketchup and mustard bottles » Liquid laundry detergent jugs

» Jelly, tomato sauce, pickle, and salsa jars » Empty aerosol cans (remove tips) » Magazines » Junk mail » Paper towel and toilet paper cores » Tissue boxes Items such as Styrofoam, aluminum foil, pie pans, takeout food trays, plastic bags and yogurt cups currently cannot currently be recycled in curbside recycling programs. Many of these items can still be recycled at a variety of outlets. » Plastic bags can be recycled at area stores such as

Do you agree or disagree with Duke Energy’s request for a 24-percent increase in electric rates and an 18-percent increase in gas rates when some of the money is expected to be used to move utilities for the streetcar project in Cincinnati? Why or why not?

“Duke should be able to raise rates according to their real costs. The new Cincinnati Folly Trolley is not part of their costs. That City project should fund any needed changes. “Natural gas prices have been holding steady due to the new-found gas reserves in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Plus Colerain Township negotiated a better price in that area. “Keep in mind many years ago CG&E (aka Cinergy, now Duke) wasted hundreds of millions of dollars converting the Moscow Ohio power plant from nuclear fuel to coal. We continue to pay for their mistakes. Go Figure!”


“Disagree! Duke has been a very poor provider of electric service. More and longer outages than ever in the history of CG&E before then. “ As I understand it, that is true all across the Duke Energy nation too. Fix your problems, then ask for a reasonable rate hike!”


“I disagree. As a Kentucky girl I don’t care about a street car. I work downtown and I am sure the taxpayers are paying for it anyhow. Also Duke is a joke, things are tough for people and they want to raise rates for a street?I work across the street from them on Fourth and Main they moved the train display. Now you have to pay to see it and I would like to know how much money they put into the walkway in the front of the building. “Duke is awful and they can be what other alternative is there ?” “I like to think that I stay informed




NEXT QUESTION How does Greater Cincinnati Airport’s announcement that a low-cost carrier, Frontier Airlines, will be operating from the airport, affect you? Are you more or less likely to fly from CVG as opposed to another regional airport? Every week we ask readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with Chatroom in the subject line.

about important things, but I confess that I did not know about this planned increase by Duke. “I can understand, especially in these times, why service providers have to periodically raise their rates for their products and services, but 24 percent and 18 percent seems exorbitant, especially if the move is really being driven by this ultra-silly 'streetcar project,’ something that most of us agree we do not need. “Compare this increase to the post office's increase in first class postage from 45 cents to 46 cents. That is a 2 percent increase, and the post office is in a lot worse financial shape than Duke.”

Bill B.

“No, I certainly don't agree with the raise in rates and get even more upset when I think that some of that money is going for the streetcar project. “I still don't understand why we in the county have to pay for it, but weren’t allowed to vote on it? Seeing how high my electric bill was for December I thought the rates were already raised.”

Dave D.

“I wasn't aware that part of my increase is slated to pay for moving utilities for the streetcar. That is outrageous. The increase should only be paid for by residents of the city of Cincinnati. I'll have no need to ride the streetcar.”


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spring. The Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District is a division of the Hamilton County Department of Environmental Services which also encompasses the Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency. For more information, visit the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District online at , call 946-7766, or interact with us on Facebook and Twitter. Holly Christmann is the program manager for the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District.

Cincinnati’s ‘Hat Man’ shared joy

CH@TROOM Jan. 30 question

Kroger, Meijer, Lowe’s, WalMart, Rempke Biggs or other locations » No. 5 plastic tubs (including yogurt containers) can be recycled at Whole Foods Market » CFL bulbs can be recycled at Lowe’s, Home Depot and Park + Vine Please refer to our website, , or call the Recycling Hotline at 946-7766 for a complete list. You can also resolve to recycle more by participating in our free electronic waste and yard trimming drop-off programs beginning in the

Cincinnati lost a piece of its heart last month. Avtar Gill died quietly in the motel room he has called home for many years. About 50 people attended a beautiful memorial today at Findlay Market in his honor, and images taken of him through the years are surfacing all over the internet including a new Facebook page with hundreds of likes already. In the final years of his life, he gave smiles to countless faces. His impact touched thousands. Avtar, in case you haven’t heard, is the “Cincinnati Hat Man.” If you have attended any large public gatherings downtown, you have more than likely seen him. Dressed in casual slacks and mostly colorful t-shirts, he was always adorned with his signature ball cap attached to a piece of poster board decorated in bright colors with positive messages. Among them – “Mother’s Day: Be proud to be a mother.” “Rejoice. World Choir Games comes to town. Wow!” I remember seeing him at events. I remember uplifting billboards. He was hard to miss. I never said hello. I never asked him his name or why he made it his life mission to hand out joy. I never told him he brightened my day. I never said thank you. Sadly, only now in the wake of his absence, am I learning about the man whose messages of hope and inspiration touched our hearts in meaningful ways. How many of you can say the same? Why is it that so often we wait until a person is gone to

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memorialize their gifts? Please don’t get me wrong. I think it is wonderful to see and read the outpouring of emotions of peoLisa Desatnik ple who were COMMUNITY PRESS touched by Avtar. GUEST COLUMNIST I have no doubt that Avtar is smiling looking down upon this city right now. I only wish that he could have seen this outpouring of admiration while he was still with us. In our busy lives, it is so easy for us to go about our routines without taking the time to let others know of their value. Or we put off saying things thinking we can say them later. It isn’t because we don’t care or that others don’t matter. For whatever reason, we just don’t say what is in our heart. Life can be short. None of us know what is in store for our tomorrow. Caring and being there for each other is what makes our time here so special. We need to practice voicing our appreciation. There is a lesson to be learned from the passing of Avtar Gill ... aka the “Cincinnati Hat Man.” In his honor and memory, let’s rejoice in life and in each other. Today, tomorrow, next week and all year, make a point to let others know they are important. Let’s celebrate and cherish gifts in the here and now. Lisa Desatnik is a public relations consultant.

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Students at Our Lady of Grace Elementary School cheered on fellow students during “Minute to Win It” style challenges as part of their Catholic School Week celebration. The contest pitted teachers against students, but everyone came out a winner, since the activity was a lot of fun. JENNIE KEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS


Catholic schools celebrate

tudents in more than 80 Catholic schools across the Archdiocese of Cincinnati celebrated National Catholic Schools Week with Masses, parties, open houses, activities, special days and treats and service projects. The annual observance was Jan. 27 to Feb. 2. The theme for this year’s celebration was “Catholic Schools Raise the Standards” and a number of area Catholic schools planned activities to celebrate. During the week, schools and parishes focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and Catholic education’s contributions to the church, our communities and the nation. St. John the Baptist eighth-grader Christina Reynolds straightens part of her display in the school science fair. The event was part of the school's Catholic School Week celebration. JENNIE

Maddie Pio, a student at Our Lady of Grace Elementary School was cheered on by fellow students as she competed in “Minute to Win It” style challenges as part of the school's Catholic School Week celebration.

St. Ignatius Elementary School eighth-grader Anna Mechley, a member of student council, gives the morning announcement as part of the school’s Catholic School Week celebration. The students sent valentines to active duty military, danced in the hallway and capped off the week with a student-faculty volleyball game. JENNIE KEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS



Colerain Police Lt. Angela Meyer had lunch with students at St. James Elementary School who honored area police and firefighters as part of the school’s celebration of Catholic Schools Week. There were special activities, treats and games all week. THANKS TO JEFF FULMER.


Paul Holiday and Ayden Schneider, fourth-grade students at St. Bernard Elementary School in Taylor Creek had a variety of raffle baskets to try for at the school’s annual Mission Fair to wind up a week of celebration during Catholic Schools Week. Students raise money for St. Julie Biliart School in Uganda and the money has bought the school everything from goats to school paper. JENNIE KEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS


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

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Classes, 7-8 p.m., Colerain Township Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Greg Insco, instructor. $5. 741-8802; Colerain Township. Hatha Yoga, 9:15 a.m., Colerain Township Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Daytime class ages 50 and up on Thursdays. Evening class ages 18 and up on Mondays. Bring mat and engage in stretching, breathing and relaxing techniques. $5. 741-8802; Colerain Township.

Health / Wellness Pathways Connect, 7-8 p.m., Apex Chiropractic and Wellness Center, 8624 Winton Road, Suite B, Meet like-minded parents and community member. Topics include wellness and nutrition, child development, birth and pregnancy, and more. First Thursday of each month. Free. Registration required. 931-4300; Finneytown. CrazyBusy: A Pause Before You Snap, 7-8:30 p.m., Family Life Center, 703 Compton Road, Learn coping strategies for dealing with busyness and “culturally induced ADD.” Registration required. 931-5777. Finneytown. Are You at Risk for Congestive Heart Failure?, 6-7 p.m., Mercy Hospital Mount Airy, 2446 Kipling Ave., Rooms ABCD. Dr. Lynne Wagoner, cardiologist with Mercy Health: The Heart Institute, discusses congestive heart failure and what you can do to prevent this chronic condition from altering your lifestyle. Reservations required. Presented by Mercy Health Partners. 956-3729; Mount Airy.

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

Farmers Market Lettuce Eat Well Winter Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m., Cheviot United Methodist Church, 3820 Westwood Northern Blvd., Locally produced food items. Free. Presented by Lettuce Eat Well. 661-1792; Cheviot.

Music - Rock Fireflight and Disciple, 7:30 p.m., The Underground, 1140 Smiley Ave., With Bellarive and Above Only. $30 VIP; $20, $16 advance. 825-8200; Forest Park.

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

Support Groups GrandFamilies: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, 1-2:30 p.m., Family Life Center, 703 Compton Road, Support from caring leaders for challenges of

parenting second time around. Free. Registration required. Through June 14. 931-5777. Finneytown.

Road, With DJ Larry Robers. Admission includes soft drinks, beer, snacks, door prizes and photo. $10. 521-1112. Colerain Township.


Holiday - Valentine’s Day

Art Events

A Sinatra Valentine, 4-8 p.m., Willie’s Sports Cafe, 6380 Glenway Ave., Music of Frank Sinatra by Matt Snow. Drink specials. Free. 922-3377; Green Township.

Illuminated Soul, Noon, Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 7000 Hamilton Ave., Recent artwork by Wanda Owens. Part of Macy’s Arts Sampler. Sampler schedule is subject to change. Free. Presented by ArtsWave. 5223860; North College Hill.


Benefits Super Bowl of Chili, 5-8 p.m., Northminster Presbyterian Church, 703 Compton Road, Drinks and snacks available for purchase. Vote for the People’s Choice Award winner. Benefits Finneytown Young Life. $5, free children under 5, includes unlimited sampling. Presented by Young Life West Central Cincinnati. 407-4731; Finneytown.

Dance Classes Dance Demonstrations and Classes, 1:30 p.m., College Hill Town Hall, 1805 Larch Ave., Part of Macy’s Arts Sampler. Sampler schedule is subject to change. Free. Presented by ArtsWave. 591-1227; College Hill.

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

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

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

Music - Classical Linton Peanut Butter and Jam Session, 10-10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-noon, Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 7000 Hamilton Ave., Theme: American Heartstrings. Melodious sounds of the harp, violin, flute, voice and piano with American folk music and more. Featuring members of the Muddy River Consort, Cincinnati’s own musical family. Interactive and educational children’s chamber music series for preschoolers and their families. Includes free Graeter’s cookies. Ages 2-6. Part of Macy’s Arts Sampler. Sampler schedule is subject to change. Free. Presented by ArtsWave. 381-6868; North College Hill.

Music - Rock Unreliable and Selfish, 7:30 p.m., The Underground, 1140 Smiley Ave., With Save the Drama, As We Crash, 4-Way High 5 and Heroes of Time. Doors open 7 p.m. $8. 825-8200; Forest Park.

On Stage - Theater Murder Mystery Dinner, 6:30 p.m., Mill Race Banquet Center, 1515 W. Sharon Road, “Death Sucks (Mew).” Dinner at 7 p.m. Audience participation. Adults. $34.50 plus tax; vehicle permit required. Registration required online. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Springfield Township.

Suzanne Blunk, Phillip Ray Guevara, Margaret Ivey and Heather Petersen star in “The Traveling Jekyll and Hyde Show,” a Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park's Off the Hill production, at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at The Grove, 9158 Winton Road. The show tells story of tiny touring theater group trying to tell story of infamous scientist who learns to split his good side from his evil one. The show is aimed at children ages 6-12. Admission is free. For more information, call 522-1410 or visit THANKS TO TONY ARRASMITH & ASSOCIATES.

SUNDAY, FEB. 10 Nature Ravine to Freedom, 1-3 p.m., LaBoiteaux Woods, 5400 Lanius Lane, Walk wooded ravine used by escaping slaves and hear stories about abolitionists that followed Hamilton Avenue route through Northside, College Hill, North College Hill and Mount Healthy. Dress for weather. Ages 18 and up. $5. Registration required by Feb. 7. Presented by Cincinnati Parks Explore Nature. 542-2909; College Hill.

MONDAY, FEB. 11 Exercise Classes Hatha Yoga, 6:30 p.m., Colerain Township Community Center, $5. 741-8802; Colerain Township. FitBodz, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Colerain Township Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Instructed by Gary Terry, West Point graduate, Army master fitness trainer and certified personal trainer. Focusing on helping individuals improve their strength, stamina, flexibility and weight loss. Bring mat, 3- or 5-pound dumbbells and water. $8. 741-8802; Colerain Township. Cardio Dance Party, 7:45-8:45 p.m., Cincinnati Dance and Movement Center, 880 Compton Road, Incorporates variety of dance styles, including jazz, hip hop, latin, jive and more danced to popular music. $10. Registration required. Presented by Cardio Dance Party. 617-9498; Springfield Township.

Health / Wellness How to Increase and Maintain Your Energy, Vitality and Youth, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Renaissance West, 5156 North Bend Crossing, Learn to take better care of health and about benefits of maintenance care. Topics: how exercise and nutrition play a role in contributing to living a long, healthy life; simple solutions to health that can be fit into one’s life. For seniors. Free. Presented by Foundation for Wellness Professionals. 9410378. Monfort Heights.

Holiday - Black History Month Books Alive! For Kids, 6:30 p.m., Forest Park Branch Library, 655 Waycross Road, Reading of the book “What A Wonderful World: The Life of Louis Armstrong,” performance from Books Alive! For Kids. Takehome craft after making it. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-4478; Forest Park.

Seminars Job Search Seminar, 1:30-3 p.m., Family Life Center, 703 Compton Road, Denny Krause, Great American Insurance Company, presents “A Networking Case Study: Good, Bad and Everything In Between.” Weekly speakers advise job seekers on how to conduct an effective job search. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. 931-5777. Finneytown.

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TUESDAY, FEB. 12 Dance Classes New Beginner Western Square Dancing Class, 7:309:30 p.m., Parky’s Farm Hayloft Barn, 10073 Daly Road, No experience necessary. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 860-4746; Springfield Township.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Classes, 7-8 p.m., Colerain Township Community Center, $5. 741-8802; Colerain Township.

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

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 13 Art & Craft Classes Jewelry Design, 9-11:30 a.m., Colerain Township Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Bring jewelry beads and create with assistance from Linda Schneider. For ages 50 and up. Free. 741-8802; Colerain Township.

Exercise Classes FitBodz, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Colerain Township Community Center, $8. 741-8802; Colerain Township.

Health / Wellness Pre-Diabetes Class, 10 a.m.noon, Mercy Hospital Mount Airy, 2446 Kipling Ave., Information on making healthy food choices, exercise and blood sugar control and monitoring blood sugar levels. $20. Presented by Mercy Health Partners. 956-3729; Mount Airy.

THURSDAY, FEB. 14 Clubs & Organizations Monthly Business Meeting, 11 a.m.-noon, Mount Healthy Christian Village, 8097 Hamilton Ave., Free. Presented by Mount Healthy Business Association, Inc. 923-1985; Mount Healthy.

Dance Classes Waltz Classes, 7 p.m., Parky’s Farm Hayloft Barn, Free. 6717219; Springfield Township. Square Dance Lessons, 7:309:30 p.m., Forest Park Activity

Northern Kentucky Germans in the 23rd Kentucky Infantry, 2-5 p.m., German Heritage Museum, 4790 West Fork Road, Presented by Jeanine Kreinbrink, adjunct lecturer, Northern Kentucky University and board member of the James Ramage Civil War Museum. Free. Presented by GermanAmerican Citizens League of Greater Cincinnati. 574-1741; Green Township.

MONDAY, FEB. 18 Exercise Classes Hatha Yoga, 6:30 p.m., Colerain Township Community Center, $5. 741-8802; Colerain Township. FitBodz, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Colerain Township Community Center, $8. 741-8802; Colerain Township. Cardio Dance Party, 7:45-8:45 p.m., Cincinnati Dance and Movement Center, $10. Registration required. 617-9498; Springfield Township.

Support Groups

Zumba Fitness Classes, 7-8 p.m., Colerain Township Community Center, $5. 741-8802; Colerain Township. Hatha Yoga, 9:15 a.m., Colerain Township Community Center, $5. 741-8802; Colerain Township.

Crohn’s & Colitis Support, 7-8:30 p.m., Family Life Center, 703 Compton Road, Patients with Crohn’s, Colitis and Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and their families, invited to provide mutual support and learn from speakers how to cope with these diseases. Family friendly. Registration required. 931-5777; care-and-support/family-lifecenter-support-groups/. Finneytown.



Dining Events

Dance Classes

Fish Fry, 5-7 p.m., VFW Post 7340 Charles R. Gailey, 8326 Brownsway Lane, Cod, catfish, shrimp, chicken, platters come with choice of two sides. Carryout available. $7.50 platter, $4.50 sandwich. Presented by VFW Post 7340 Ladies Auxiliary. 521-7340; Colerain Township.

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

Center, $5. 232-1303. Forest Park.

Exercise Classes

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

Music - Rock Calcaska, 7:30 p.m., The Underground, 1140 Smiley Ave., Doors open 7 p.m. $8. 825-8200; Forest Park.

SATURDAY, FEB. 16 Benefits Mardi Gras Party, 8 p.m.midnight, American Legion Post Hugh Watson Post 530 Greenhills, 11100 Winton Road, Includes beer, soft drinks, hot appetizers, chips and pretzels, cash bar, split-the-pot, silent and chance auctions, mystery bags and more. Benefits: spay/neuter and vaccination voucher program for people assisting stray and feral cats. Ages 21 and up. $185 reserved table of eight; $25. Presented by Save Cats and Obliterate OverPopulation Inc. 771-2967; Greenhills.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness Classes, 7-8 p.m., Colerain Township Community Center, $5. 741-8802; Colerain Township.

Seminars Job Search Seminar, 1:30-3 p.m., Family Life Center, Dana Glasgo, Cincinnati career coach, presents: Maximizing LinkedIn in Your Search. Free. Registration required. 931-5777. Finneytown.

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

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 20 Art & Craft Classes Jewelry Design, 9-11:30 a.m., Colerain Township Community Center, Free. 741-8802; Colerain Township.


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

Shoulder Pain: What Are Your Options for Relief?, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine-West, 6480 Harrison Ave., Learn about surgical options. Presentation followed by question-andanswer session. Free. Reservations required. 354-7635; Green Township.

On Stage - Theater

Exercise Classes

Murder Mystery Dinner, 6:30 p.m., Mill Race Banquet Center, “Mardi Gras Mayhem.” Dinner at 7 p.m. $34.50 plus tax; vehicle permit required. Registration required online. 521-7275; Springfield Township.

FitBodz, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Colerain Township Community Center, $8. 741-8802; Colerain Township.

Exercise Classes

SUNDAY, FEB. 17 Community Dance Funfest Sweetheart Dance, 1-5 p.m., Lakeridge Hall, 7210 Pippin

Support Groups Coping with Depression, 7-8:30 p.m., Family Life Center, 703 Compton Road, Discuss coping strategies. Free. Registration required. 931-5777; Finneytown.



Necessity is the mother of recipe invention

Two-way macaroni and cheese

If you want a Crockpot version that starts with uncooked macaroni, check out my blog at Cincinnati.Com/blogs. 8 oz. dry elbow macaroni or other short pasta, cooked (2 cups) 12 oz. evaporated milk 1 egg (Lottie uses 2) 4 cups extra sharp or sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

minutes per side. Meanwhile, melt butter and stir in lemon juice to taste, or melt butter in small skillet and cook until butter is a pretty amber color, about 3 minutes over medium heat, but watch so it doesn’t burn. Stir in lemon juice to taste. (By cooking butter in skillet, you’ll have “browned butter,” a nuttier flavor than simply melted butter and lemon juice). Spoon butter mixture over fish. I like to serve with a side of couscous that’s been cooked in vegetable broth and seasoned with garlic and green onions.

Tips from Rita’s kitchen

Keeping avocados from turning brown: Spray cut halves with cooking spray, wrap well and refrigerate.

Rita’s creamy macaroni and cheese started as a slow cooker recipe. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD. Salt and pepper

Stovetop: Keep macaroni warm. In large pan over low heat, whisk together milk and egg. Stir in cheese and cook just until cheese melts. Add macaroni and stir to blend. Season to taste. Crockpot: Mix everything in Crockpot except 1 cup cheddar. Sprinkle that on top. Cook on low 3-4 hours (check after 3) and don’t stir or remove lid during cooking.

Tip from Rita’s kitchen

Evaporated milk: A house brand, like Kroger, works well and is less

expensive than national brands. Shredded or bar cheese? I like to shred my own since it doesn’t have the anti-caking agents that shredded cheese has and I think the flavor is superior. But that’s up to you and how much time you have, as pre-shredded works well, too.

1 pound tilapia or other mild white fish, cut into 3-4 pieces 3 ⁄4 teaspoon each sweet paprika and pepper 1 ⁄2 teaspoon each dried thyme and salt 1 ⁄4 teaspoon dry mustard Cayenne to taste: start with a dash Olive oil 4 tablespoons butter Lemon juice to taste

Herb- and spice-rubbed fish filets with lemon butter sauce

Combine herbs and spices together. Brush fish with a bit of the olive oil on both sides and rub spice mixture all over. Film a nonstick skillet with oil and when it’s hot, add fish and sear until cooked through, a few

Can you believe Lent is almost here? You’ll be finding some good prices on seafood during Lent.

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

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Murder mystery dinners return Adults won’t want to miss out on great laughs during the Murder Mystery Dinners at The Mill Race Banquet Center in Winton Woods. The first mystery of the season kicked off the series in January and performances run through September. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., dinner begins at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Parents should note that the shows contain adult humor and may not be unsuitable for children under 18 years of age. Upcoming Murder Mystery Dinners are: » Feb. 9 – Death Sucks. Beware! There is a vampire among us! Who will

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If there were a prize for necessity being the mother of invention, I would win it. Take today, for instance. I wanted to make Lottie Hilgefort’s Crockpot macaroni and cheese. It calls for two eggs. Well, my “girls” (chickens) must be on strike because I only retrieved one egg from the nest Rita this mornHeikenfeld ing. I needRITA’S KITCHEN ed 8 oz. macaroni (2 cups) and had 1 cup left in the pantry. Then I couldn’t find my Crockpot. I remembered I left it at my sister’s house. But I really wanted that macaroni and cheese, so I improvised. I made it on top of the stove, with two kinds of pasta and with only one egg. The result? A pot of creamy, cheesy, tummypleasing goodness. Another culinary discovery!

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

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Red may be the color of love, but it’s also the color of your library card from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Use it this year to create your own special Valentine’s Day gift or to send an old-fashioned card to your modern-day sweetheart. Plus, be sure to visit the display of antique Victorian valentines on display at the Main Library. Visitors to the Main Library, 800 Vine St., can view the Victorian valentines that are on display in cases by the elevators on

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DEATHS Ronald Crawford Ronald R. Crawford, 76, formerly of White Oak, died Jan. 26. Survived by cousins Sallie Crawford Morhard, Joy Crawford Burns and Patricia Crawford and families. Preceded in death by parents Oliver, Olive Crawford. Services were Jan. 31 at Spring Grove Cemetery. Arrangements by Mihovk-Rosenacker Funeral Home.

Russell Dickman Russell E. Dickman, 97, died Jan. 24. He was an artist. Survived by wife Joselyn Dickman; children Judith Stevens, Juanita (Don) Massa, Tom (Heather) Dickman; grandchildren Dickman David, William (Kelly), Jeremy Siedling, Don (Julie) Stevens, Mike (Beata),

Gina Massa, Justin, Sarah Dickman, Justin Robertson; greatgrandchildren Madeline, Jack, Parker, Christopher, Nicholas, Ryder, Shane, Seth. Services were Jan. 28 at St. Ann Church. Arrangements by Frederick Funeral Home. Memorials to St. Ann Church or Mercy St. Theresa, 7010 Rowan Hill Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45227.

Ernie Elam Ernie Elam, 87, died Jan. 27. He worked in sales for Nutro Pet Foods. He was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. Survived by sons Michael (Vicki), Martin (Dianne) Elam; sisters Mildred Elam; grandchildren Michelle (Luke) Anderson, Jason, Rachael Elam (Eric Dunn), Kyle Elam; great-grandchildren: Amberlyn (John Stewart), Jayla Elam. Preceded in death by wife J. Alice Elam. Services were Feb. 4 at GumpHolt Funeral Home. Memorials to: Honor Flight Tri-State, 5856 West Fork Road, Cincinnati, OH 45247.

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Ezra E. Emerson, 69, Springfield Township, died Jan. 29. Survived by sons Darrin (Sandy), Richard (Judy) Emerson; grandchildren Angela, Brandon, Bryan, Sarah, Kyla, Samantha, Jacob; mother Ethel Lamb. Services were Jan. 31 at Neidhard-Snow Funeral Home.

Ruth Grieshop Ruth Burger Grieshop, 100,

Colerain Township, died Jan. 26. She was a seamstress, and she and her husband owned the Grieshop Grieshop Sewing Machine Shop. Survived by children Doretta (John) Gillott, Ray Grieshop, Pauline (Jim) Dangel, Lois (Mike) Schnieder; grandchildren Cherie Monarch, Marsh Bilby, James Jr., Steve, Dave Dangel, Sue Reuter, Mary Wilking, Bonnie, Angie, Jay, Karl, Mark Grieshop, Becky Bevak, Tina Adkins; sister Irene Myer; 16 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Joseph Grieshop. Services were Jan. 30 at St. Boniface. Arrangements by Frederick Funeral Home. Memorials to St. Boniface Church.

Memorials to: Life Care Fund, Llanfair Retirement Community, 1701 Llanfair Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45224.

Elmer Jauch Elmer F. Jauch, Green Township, died Jan. 28. He owned Westower Cleaners for over 40 years. Survived by companion Debbie Winkler; children Mike (Rusty), Ken (Cindy) Jauch, Aron (Tom) Back; grandchildren Joe Adams, Dan (Erin), James (Heather Herling), Katie Jauch, Cody Timmerman, Bailey Back; sister Rita Peters; four greatgrandchildren; many nieces and nephews. Services were Feb. 2 at Meyer Funeral Home. Memorials to: Hospice of Cincinnati Inc., c/o Bethesda Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263-3597.

Thelma Hughes Thelma Neufarth Hughes, 90, died Jan. 26. Survived by daughter Connie (Eugene) Eberhart; grandchildren Crista, Julie Eberhart, Carolyn (Mike) Sigg, Laura Hughes, Colleen (Brett) Smith; great-grandchildren Chris Eberhart, Daniel, Rachel, Joshua Sigg; sister Betty (Gil) Fisher; sister-inlaw JoAnn Neufarth; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband Clarence Hughes, children Daniel (Claire) Hughes, Jane (Jim) Holtkamp, siblings Ray, Irvin, Norma Neufarth, sisters-in-law Marilyn, Eva Neufarth. Services were Feb. 2 at St. James Episcopal Church. Arrangements by Dalbert, Woodruff & Isenogle Funeral Home.

Donald Kessler Donald P. “Hacksaw” Kessler, 58, White Oak, died Jan. 25. Survived by son Daniel Ruter; siblings Elizabeth, Thomas (Terri) Kessler; nephews David, Dan Kessler. Preceded in death by parents Thomas, Anna Kessler. Services were Jan. 29 at St. Boniface. Arrangements by Mihovk-Rosenacker Funeral Home. Memorials to a charity of donor’s choice. George LaVigne Sr., 82, Colerain Township, died Jan. 30. Survived by wife Jane LaVigne; sons George (Vikki) Jr.,


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Robert Paul Louis, 69, Green Township, died Jan. 23. He worked for the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company for 41 years. He was a parishioner of St. James Church, where he was a member of the bereavement committee. Survived by Louis wife Patricia Louis; children Teresa (Brian) Merkle, Erica (Adam) Daniels, Jason (Lindsey) Louis; grandchildren Paul, Jonah, Abigail, Kaitlyn Merkle, Emerson, Francesca Daniels, Landen Louis. Services were Jan. 28 at St. James Church. Arrangements by Frederick Funeral Home. Memorials may be made in the form of Masses to Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center, 5440 Moeller Ave., Norwood, OH 45212.

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Linda and Randy Fields of Mason, Ohio are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Megan Fields, to Scott McFall, son of Barry McFall of Mason, Ohio and Joann Alsept of Williamsburg, Ohio. Ms. Fields, a 2010 graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelors of Marketing, is an Adjustments Coordinator for Luxottica Retail. Mr. McFall graduated from Thomas Moore College in 2011 with a Bachelors of Business and is a Property Manager for Philips Edison. The couple resides in Charleston, South Carolina. A September wedding is planned in Covington KY.

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Elaine Luckey Leisgang, 75, Green Township, died Jan. 22. Survived by children Edward, Dave, Tim, Dan, Nicole, Michelle Leisgang, Cathy Ulrich, Mary Elizabeth Gruber, Patricia Naber, Ellen Riechmann; brothers Eugene, Paul Luckey; 22 grandchildren; four greatLeisgang grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Edward “Bud” Leisgang, brother Kenneth Luckey. Services were Feb. 2 at St. Ignatius. Arrangements by Neidhard-Minges Funeral Home. Memorials to: The Council on Child Abuse, 4440 Lake Forest Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45242 or Autism Speaks, 1060 State Road, Princeton, NJ 08540.

Notice to the owners and lienholders of the real property located at 2421 Roosevelt Avenue, Cincinnati, OH, and their executors, administrators, guardians, heirs, successors, and assigns: On December 11, 2012, the Colerain Township Board of Trustees passed Resolution No. 76-12 for Demolition of 2421 Roosevelt Avenue, Cincinnati, OH (Parcel No. 510-0031-0493). This property has been found to be unfit for human habitation by the Colerain Township Fire Department. If the owners and lienholders and their executors, administra tors, guardians, heirs, successors choose to object to this action, they may do so at the Colerain Township Board of Trustees meeting on February 12, 2013 at 6:00 PM, 4200 Springdale Rd, Cincinnati, OH. The costs for the demolition will be assessed to the property tax bill. Any questions may be directed to the Colerain Township Planning & Zoning Office: 4200 Springdale Rd., Cincinnati, OH - 513-385-7505. 1747065

Edwward J. Lynch, 86, Green Township, died Jan. 29. He was a retail milk delivery driver for Coors Dairy. Survived by wife Mary Lynch; daughters Jean (Charlie) Lim, Patricia (Michael) Bell; grandsons Gregory, Douglas Lim, Peter, Benjamin Bell; sister Lynch Evelyn Horning. Services were Feb. 2 at Meyer Funeral Home. Memorials to: Southwest Franciscan Missions, P.O. Box 12395, Albuquerque, NM 87195-0395 or Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 8041 Hosbrook Road, Suite 422, Cincinnati, OH 45236.

Theresa Magyar Theresa Magyar, 89, Green Township, died Jan. 29. Survive d by husband John Magyar Sr.; children John (Catherine) Jr., Steven (Cheryl) Magyar, Theresa (Don) Klick; five grandchildren; five greatMagyar grandchildren. Services were Feb. 1 at St. Catharine of Siena. Arrangements by Neidhard-Minges Funeral Home. Memorials to: Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263.

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‘Teresa’ Prechenenko, owned Stefan’s Shoes By Marc Emral

If you grew up around Cheviot you probably knew Raesa “Teresa” Prechenenko. She, with her husband, Stefan, owned Stefan’s Shoes on Harrison Avenue for more than 60 years. Mrs. Prechenenko, 89, died Jan. 28. Her daughter Vickie Mayall of Green Township said her mother was a hard worker but always had a sense of humor. “She always tried to help people,” Mayall said. “When poor families came into the store, she gave them discounts to help them.” Mayall said her mother was born in the Ukraine, and her parents left to get away from the communists during World War II. After a stop in Germany, they were sponsored by a family in Sunman, Ind., where they worked on a farm. Mr. Prechenenko was shoemaker, and Mayall said her mother used to take a bus into Cincinnati for supplies with the bus driving through Cheviot. Fert Quatromani, who worked for Stefan’s Shoes for 18 years, said Mrs. Prechenenko thought Cheviot looked nice, so they opened a store there.

Mayall said her parents lived in the back of their first store. They eventually an Prechenenko got apartment and then a house. They moved their store to 3619 Harrison. Her father died in 1967, and Mrs. Prechenenko continued to operate the store until she retired in 2003. Mrs. Prechenenko was a certified pedorthist, according to Mayall, which is similar to a physician’s assistant. That allowed her to prescribe what people needed to do to adjust their shoes. Mayall said her mother liked to travel, and would go on shoe company-sponsored trips. “She traveled around the world,” Mrs. Mayall said. “She saw the biggest part of the world through that.’ Quatromani said Mrs. Prechenenko was a “kind old woman from the old country and could work any machine in the store. “Boy, could she repair shoes like gangbusters. She knew how to use all of the machines there.” He said Mrs. Prechenenko loved flowers and would sometimes fill the

shoe store with them. She was a member of the Cheviot-Westwood Kiwanis and CheviotWestwood Community Association and worked at the Harvest Home Fair each year. Cheviot Mayor Sam Keller said Mrs. Prechenenko always spoke her mind, but was a sweetheart about it. “She would tell you how she felt, but she made you feel good about it,” Keller said, who remembers going to the store as a youth. She also liked to bake the city’s garbage department workers cookies. “She always treated them great,” Keller said. “You never spoke badly of the garbage men in front of her.” Besides Mayall and her husband, Scott Mayall, she is survived by another daughter Valentina Remig; grandchildren, Marie (David) Kennedy, Michael, Christopher (Andrea) Mayall; and great-grandson, Nicholas Mayall. Services were Feb.1at Bayley. Arrangements were handled by GumpHolt Funeral Home. Memorials may be sent to: Bayley Endowment Fund or Bayley Adult Day Program, 990 Bayley Place Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45233.

POLICE REPORT CINCINNATI DISTRICT 5 Arrests/citations Brandon R. Alexander, born 1983, city or local ordinance violation, 6281 Cary Ave., Jan. 18. Aaron Holleran, born 1989, drug abuse, possession of drug abuse instruments, 5500 Colerain Ave., Jan. 21. Josiah Shafer, born 1994, drug abuse, misdemeanor drug possession, possession of drug abuse instruments, 5500 Colerain Ave., Jan. 21. Charles Smith, born 1993, possession of drugs, 5502 Colerain Ave., Jan. 22. Michelle Mason, born 1985, possession of drug paraphernalia, 1250 Cedar Ave., Jan. 23. Wallace Evans, born 1983, domestic violence, 4996 Hawaiian Terrace, Jan. 23. William Lamar Chamber, born 1964, having a weapon under disability, 5755 Argus Road, Jan. 23. Keith Stowers, born 1987, assault, criminal damaging or endangering, domestic violence, trafficking, 5500 Colerain Ave., Jan. 24. Shamika Arrington, born 1987, child endangering or neglect, misdemeanor drug possession, permitting drug abuse, possession of drug paraphernalia, 5367 Bahama Terrace, Jan. 24. James Brown, born 1989, receiving a stolen motor vehicle, 1180 Cedar Ave., Jan. 26. Robert Owens, born 1973, drug abuse, trafficking, 5028 Colerain Ave., Jan. 26.

Incidents/reports Aggravated menacing 1963 W. North Bend Road, Jan. 17. Assault 1197 W. Galbraith Road, Jan. 19. 5856 Shadymist Lane, Jan. 20. 5591 Colerain Ave., Jan. 22. Breaking and entering 1133 Atwood Ave., Jan. 17. 5560 Kirby Ave., Jan. 22. Burglary 4996 Hawaiian Terrace, Jan. 21. 5473 Kirby Ave., Jan. 22. 2954 Highforest Lane, Jan. 24. 4928 Hawaiian Terrace, 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 Jim Neil, 825-1500 » Springfield Township: Chief David Heimpold, 729-1300 24. Criminal damaging/endangering 5188 Colerain Ave., Jan. 20. Domestic violence Reported on West North Bend Road, Jan. 17. Reported on Hawaiian Terrace, Jan. 17. Reported on Hawaiian Terrace, Jan. 21. Taking the identity of another 5322 Eastknoll Court, Jan. 17. Theft 5823 Hamilton Ave., Jan. 21. 6127 Hamilton Ave., Jan. 22. 1341 W. North Bend Road, Jan. 23. 6030 Lantana Ave., Jan. 23. 2741 W. North Bend Road, Jan. 23. Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle 5378 Bahama Terrace, Jan. 21.

COLERAIN TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Nicole Smith, 37, 6657 Russell Heights, operating vehicle intoxicated at 275, Jan. 2. Steven Brown, 46, 1402 Wittekind Terrace, drug possession at 9104 Pippin Road, Jan. 2. Chelsie Stevens, 22, 9982 Dunraven Drive, domestic violence at 9982 Dunraven Drive, Jan. 2. Juvenile female, 14, theft at 9505 Colerain Ave., Jan. 2. Juvenile female, 14, theft at 9505 Colerain Ave., Jan. 2. Donny McMullen, 34, 5956 Rhode Island, drug possession at 9540 Colerain Ave., Jan. 3. Juvenile female, 17, obstructing official business at 2831 Geraldine, Jan. 3. Juvenile male, 14, disorderly conduct at 2831 Geraldine, Jan. 3. Juvenile male, 15, disorderly

conduct at 2831 Geraldine, Jan. 3. Juvenile female, 15, disorderly conduct at 2831 Geraldine, Jan. 3. Michael Comes, 22, 3375 Alexis Road, obstructing official business, resisting arrest at 3375 Alexis Road, Jan. 4. Juvenile male, 13, possession drug paraphernalia, drug possession at 11770 Pippin Road, Jan. 4. Nicole Tye, 31, 5468 Bahama Terrace, assault at 7200 Pippin road, Jan. 4. Juvenile male, 17, criminal damaging at 10236 Hawkhurst Drive, Jan. 4. Brianna Patton, 19, 5434 Bahama Terrace, theft at 3711 Stone Creek Blvd., Jan. 4. Jeffrey Banks, 35, 3533 Woodridge Blvd., theft at 8451 Colerain Ave., Jan. 4. Juvenile male, 16, criminal damaging at 3835 W. Galbraith Road, Jan. 4. Kenneth Corcoran, 48, 58 Illona Drive, operating vehicle intoxicated at 3090 W. Galbraith Road, Jan. 4. Connor Marshal, 19, 3618 Woodsong Drive, drug possession at 9365 Woodsong Drive, Jan. 5. Jazmyne Williams, 20, 6052 Townvista Drive, theft, drug paraphernalia at 9531 Colerain Ave., Jan. 6. Dale Miller, 40, 8501 Creatmont Drive, theft, obstructing official business at 8451 Colerain Ave., Jan. 6. Kelsey Stadmiller, 23, 860 Genebill Drive, theft at 8451 Colerain Ave., Jan. 6. Derren Hemphill, 46, 3566 Glenwood, theft at 8451 Colerain Ave., Jan. 6. Donald Callaway, 22, 2010

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DEATHS Continued from Page B6 Survived by wife Alice Porter; children Kevin, Kenneth Porter, Denise (Darryl) Morris, Wes Miller; grandchildren Porter Michelle (Joe) Sparto, Melissa (Michael) Payne, Danielle Craig, Eric Porter, Victor Boatright, Stephanie Sheldon, Eric Stephens, Nicole Wagner; great-grandchildren Cameron, Kevin, Elena, Audrie; sisters Peggy Lackman, Kathleen Beebe; Keith (Susan) Porter, Kim (Dick) Ward; many nieces and nephews. Services were Feb. 1 at Corpus Christi Church. Arrangements by Frederick Funeral Home. Memorials to the Corpus Christi Church Building Fund or Hospice of Cincinnati.

Helen Pratchard Helen Oliver Pratchard, 89, Colerain Township, died Jan. 28. Sorvived by husband James Burns Jr.; daughters Judi (Donald) Neiheisel, Lisa (Keith Sumey) Troxel; grandchildren Richard (Carrie), Eric Pratchard, Donald Neiheisel Jr., Heather (David) ParPratchard ton, Jennifer (Matthew) DeMaison, Melodie (Dave) Hartig, Sara (Mark) Mercurio, Krista (Todd) Apgar, Zachary Busam; stepchildren Bonnie Pauldine, Gary (Mary Ann) Burns; 14 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by first husband Richard H. Pratchard, son Richard G. (Dona) Pratchard. Services were Feb. 1 at Frederick Funeral Home. Memorials to: Hospice of Heartland, 3800 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227.

Lois Smith Lois Hoffman Smith, 83, Springfield Township, died Jan. 26. Survived by grandchildren Sarah, Justin Haverkamp; greatgrandchildren Hannah, Devon, Kemper; brother Charles (Ethel) Hoffman; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband William Smith, daughter Linda Haverkamp, parents Chester, Charlotte Hoffman, brother David (late Colleen) Hoffman. Services were Feb. 2 at the Church of the Assumption. Arrangements by Frederick Funeral Home. Memorials to: Scratching Post, 6948 Plainfield Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236.

Elmer Stricker Elmer P. Stricker, 91, Colerain Township, died Jan. 28. Survived by wife Agnes Stricker; children Jim, Pam Stricker, Pat (Bill) Bessler, Terry Warnick; grandchildren Lauren (Joe) Schmaltz, Brad (Lauren), Ben, Stricker Steve Bessler; five great-grandchildren. Services were Jan. 31 at the

Church of the Assumption. Arrangements by Frederick Funeral Home. Memorials to: Smile Train, P.O. Box 96231, Washington, D.C. 20090 or Tri-State Honor Flight, 8627 Calumet Way, Cincinnati, OH 45249.

Ann Thaler Ann Krauser Thaler, 93, Green Township, died Jan. 26. She was a homemaker. Survived by sons Gary (Nancy), Dave (Lori) Thaler; grandchildren Paul (Christie), Mike (Kristy), Amanda Thaler, Jenny (Brad) Wilhelm, Angie (Ryan) Fohl, Thaler Ashley Batchelor; great-grandchildren Evan, Emma Wilhelm, Lexi Fohl, Lizzie Thaler; niece Barbara Stroube. Preceded in death by husband Elmer Thaler, son Thomas Thaler, brother Paul Krauser. Services were Jan. 29 at St. Martin of Tours. Arrangements by Neidhard-Minges Funeral Home. Memorials to Vitas Hospice or the American Heart Association.

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POLICE REPORTS Continued from Page B7 Sevenhills Drive, theft at 9505 Colerain Ave., Jan. 7. Loushawn McBride, 33, 2825 Mariposa Ave., domestic violence, felonious assault, obstructing official business, abduction at 9758 Dunraven Drive, Jan. 7. Steven Brown, 46, 1402 Wittekind, drug possession at 9104 Pippin Road, Jan. 2. Juaniqua Reyes, 24, 9909 Loralinda Drive, open container at 3120 Springdale, Jan. 5. Juvenile male, 16, disorderly conduct at 8801 Cheviot Road, Jan. 8. Juvenile male, 16, disorderly conduct at 8801 Cheviot Road, Jan. 4. Jonathon Montgomery, 21, 5585 Springdale Road, drug possession at 9501 Colerain Ave., Jan. 6. Joseph Mueller, 23, 2400 Pinwood Lane, drug possession at 2776 Grosvenor Drive, Jan. 7. Juvenile male, 15, disorderly conduct at 8801 Cheviot Road, Jan. 7. Lacey Glass, 26, 3846 Beavercreek Circle, theft, criminal trespassing at 8451 Colerain Ave., Jan. 8. Juvenile male, 15, disorderly conduct at 8801 Cheviot Road, Jan. 7. Angela Blair, 48, 4728 Hamilton, theft at 8451 Colerain Ave., Jan. 8. Juvenile female, 15, domestic violence at 8508 Sunlight Drive, Jan. 8.

Incidents/reports Assault Victim struck at 7200 Pippin Road, Jan. 4. Victim struck at 2394 Hidden Meadows Drive, Jan. 7. Burglary Residence entered and items of unknown value removed at 10300 Moonflower Court, Jan. 2. Reported at 2898 Windsong Drive, Dec. 19. Residence entered and laptop, watch, wallet and contents of unknown value removed at 3850 Brockton Drive, Jan. 2.

Residence entered an jewelry, safe, medication of unknown value removed at 3481 Springdale, Jan. 6. Residence entered and $500 removed at 7011 Springdale Road, Jan. 8. Criminal damaging Door frame damaged at 9799 Prechtel Road, Dec. 22. Vehicle roof damaged at 10236 Hawkhurst, Jan. 4. Domestic violence Victim reported at Mariposa Avenue, Jan. 7. Victim reported at Sunlight Drive, Jan. 8. Forgery Checks forged at 8256 Stahley Drive, Dec. 19. Menacing Victim reported at 10829 Invicta Circle, Jan. 3. Resisting arrest Victim reported at 2448 Banning Road, Jan. 2. Theft Game system of unknown value taken at 8438 Haskell Drive, Jan. 2. Rings of unknown value taken at 9717 Colerain Ave., Dec. 28. Reported at 9505 Colerain Ave., Jan. 3. residence entered and TV of unknown value removed at 3985 Woodsong Drive, Jan. 4. Merchandise valued at $242 removed at 8451 Colerain Ave., Jan. 4. Vehicle entered and items of unknown value removed at 2568 Gazelle Court, Jan. 3. Purse removed from vehicle at 8920 Cheviot Road, Jan. 5. Merchandise valued at $948 removed at 9531 Colerain Ave., Jan. 5. Purse and contents of unknown value removed at 10761 Pippin Road, Jan. 4. Attempt made at 8451 Colerain Ave., Jan. 6. Merchandise of unknown value removed at 3693 Stone Creek Blvd, Jan. 7. Clothes of unknown value removed at 7451 Colerain Ave., Jan. 5. $118 in currency removed from machine at 10270 Colerain Ave., Jan. 7. Weapons violation

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GREEN TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Timmy Hill, 51, 2953 Massachusetts Ave., theft at 6300 Glenway Ave., Jan. 21. Daniel Moser Jr., 22, 2298 Harrison Ave., theft at 6580 Harrison Ave., Jan. 21. Joshua J. Berg, 21, 3646 Epworth Ave., drug abuse at 3126 Northgate Drive, Jan. 20. Eli C. Huth, 19, 313 Katiebud Drive, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia at 3825 Race Road, Jan. 21. Patrick T. Finn, 19, 5244 Cleves Warsaw, drug abuse at 6295 Glenway Ave., Jan. 21. Juvenile, 11, criminal damaging at 5400 Edalbert Drive, Jan. 23. Douglas R. Mingie, 32, 4459 North Bend Road, obstructing official business at 6500 Glenway Ave., Jan. 23. Dennis R. Doyle, 27, 4364 Harrison Ave. No. 30, theft at 4364 Harrison Ave. No. 30, Jan. 23. Joshua A. Chernay, 22, 4125 Turf Lane, failure to send child to school at 4125 Turf Lane, Jan. 23. Ashley N. Haynes, 21, 4125 Turf Lane, failure to send child to school at 4125 Turf Lane, Jan. 23. Samuel R. Snodgrass, 42, 1637 Minion, possessing drug abuse instrument at Glenway Avenue and Lawrence Road, Jan. 24. Kimberly A. Walters, 36, 3663 Lakewood, failure to send child to school at 3900 Race Road, Jan. 24. Juvenile, 15, habitual truancy at 3900 Race Road, Jan. 24. Timothy R. Rueve, 39, 515 Allenford Court, possession of drugs at 5750 Harrison Ave., Jan. 24. Juvenile, 14, disorderly conduct at 5156 Race Road, Jan. 25. Juvenile, 14, criminal trespass at 3325 Westbourne Drive, Jan. 26. Juvenile, 13, criminal trespass at 3325 Westbourne Drive, Jan. 26.


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