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Disney is perfect for birthday 99 By Jennie Key

The Northwest Local School District prepares 17 sets of agendas and other documents for each board meeting and it adds up. District Treasurer Randy Bertram with one year’s worth of meeting agendas and additional information for board members. Going paperless is projected to save time and money for the district JENNIE KEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Northwest district is getting greener Paperless meetings could save time, trees and tax dollars By Jennie Key

The Northwest Local School District is moving to a new paperless system for meetings that will eliminate bulky paper agenda packets and save the district time and money. The district bought ElectronicSchoolBoard, a software system that allows school officials to use electronic agendas and handouts for any meeting. “We are talking about 21st century learning and we’ve been using 18th century technology,” said board president David Denny. “This is the way to go.” District Treasurer Randy Bertram said the new system, bought from the InterCom Network, costs about $19,555. There were also some start-up

costs for the software and computer hardware to use the system at the public meetings, but he says the district will recoup its investment in savings in about five years. Bertram said some the of the savings are hard to quantify. The new system is a timesaver. For example, now the time that was used to generate the paper agendas, make 19 packets of paperwork for each meeting and distribute them can be directed to other needs. He says it’s easy to see the savings in other areas. He estimates the district spends about $4,560 annually just for the paper copies. Denny, a strong advocate for the system, cannot wait until it goes live in April. “It will be so much easier to receive everything electronically, and if something changes, it’s a quick update and push a button to send it to everyone,” he said. Denny said training has gone well and he’s looking for-

ward to the switchover. Board member Jim Detzel has some experience with the paperless board meetings. As the district’s representative to the Butler Tech Board of Education, he’s been using a similar system, BoardDocs, for meetings there. “The system we chose for our district is very efficient and easy to use,” Detzel said. “And we own it. We can use it for any meeting we conduct in the district. We can tailor it, and there are not these large annual fees like we would have if we were leasing or subscribing.” Bertram says an added benefit to the new system is that the records are available for the public as well. All the minutes can be managed and made available at any time. “It’s good for the board and the district, too,” he said. “It’s a searchable system, so you can easily find documents on any

When Colerain Township resident Marcella Faig turned 99, her best birthday presents couldn’t be wrapped. Nolan Fowkes, her 12th great-grandchild, born on her birthday Nov. 30. And her four daughters – Marlene Lehker from Monfort Heights, Linda Faul from White Oak, Kathy Fowkes from Taylor Creek, and Joanne Neumann from Mount Adams – took her to Disney World. “She said she wanted to go to Disney World before she was 100,” said Fowkes. “So we went.” Faig is a sharp 99. She plays cards several days a week, enjoys the Reds and loves to travel. She handed over her driver’s license reluctantly two years ago and is still indignant about its loss. “It wasn’t me, it was the other drivers,” she said. But she says her daughters do a great job of helping her get around. This isn’t her first trip to Disney World . When she turned 80, her daughters asked if she wouldn’t like to take a trip for her birthday and she said she’d like to go to Disney World. “We thought she was kidding,” Fowkes said. She wasn’t and a tradition was born. Faig’s not an observer. She wants to do stuff. She plays bridge. She reads her Bible daily on her iPad. She volunteers for the Pregnancy Center, making quilts for the babies. She gets around. For her Disney adventure, she donned her polka-dot Mickey Mouse ears and a pin that said “Happy Birthday! I’m 99,” and was ready to go. At the Magic Kingdom, she sailed a jungle river safari and flew with Peter Pan. She enjoyed It’s a Small World, Walt Disney World Railroad, Mickey’s PhilharMagic 4-D movie, Country Bear Jamboree, and the Hall of Presidents, as well. At Hollywood Studios, she enjoyed The Great Movie Ride, One Man’s Dream, Magic of Disney Animation, Beauty and

the Beast Live, Fantasmic, Muppet Vision 3-D, and the American Idol Experience. Her favorite was Toy Story Midway Mania, a 4-D midwaystyle game-playing adventure ride. Each guest’s score is recorded by an on-board display screen as points are acquired with individual toy cannons firing simulated projectiles at virtual targets. Faig was focused and came in second. “Mom is competitive,” Fowkes said. “She wanted to win.” The week was filled with celebrations. Fowkes said there were special meals, special seats, lots of special moments. “We all had so much fun,” she said. “It really was magical.” Asked the secret of enjoying a long life, Marcella said, “I guess my secret is faith, family and friends. Staying active and keeping my mind busy is also very important.” She’s busy all right. In addition to her four daughters, she has nine grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. She has been widowed twice. She was married to her first husband, Larry Gartner, for 30 years and then was married to Bill Faig for 30 years before he died. “I had two good ones,” she said. She still gets together with her 95-year-old sister, Beatrice Gramann, at least once a week. With Disney behind her, Marcella can concentrate on sports. She loves the Reds. “If she is home she watches or listens to every game,” Fowkes said. “And she looks forward to reading the sports page after a win.” And she enjoys traveling. She and her daughters have been to Chicago, Siesta Key, which they say is a favorite destination, Indianapolis, Gatlinburg, Brown County and Door County, Wisc., along Lake Michigan. And for the big 100th birthday in November? “I might like to go back to Disney,” Marcella said. “We’ll have to see. As long as I’m in good health, I’ll be there.”

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Burlington opens at Northgate Northgate Mall welcomed its newest tenant, Burlington Coat Factory, with a ribbon cutting March 8. The new 50,000 squarefoot store is in the former Famous Labels space near the northeast entrance to the mall. Its opening brings about 100 new jobs to the Colerain community according to Lauren Flanagan, a marketing representative for the firm. Along with the festivities, Burlington Coat Factory, a national off-price retailer of clothing, brought along its philanthropic program, Burlington Gives Back. This program is dedi-

cated to donating new merchandise to local charitable agencies in communities surrounding Burlington locations through its national partnership with the non-profit organization, Fashion Delivers. Fashion Delivers works with the adult apparel and home fashions industries collecting donations of new products to help individuals and families in need. The donations are given to a network of hundreds of local nonprofit agencies that distribute items quickly and directly to those who need them most. Fashion Delivers started in response to Hurri-


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cane Katrina and has distributed more than $100 million in donated goods since 2005. Local agencies benefiting from the March 8 donations included the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati, Bethany House Services and Groesbeck United Methodist Church. Carol and Walt Watson are directors of SON Ministries at Groesbeck United Methodist Church. Carol said the emergency pantry received cartons of clothing and household items for the needy. “There was quite an assortment of things,” she said. “Our board will now sit down to decide how they will be distributed. We were very grateful to be one of the recipients, and they indicated that there might be other opportunities for help in the future. It sounds like they will be good neighbors in the community.” Burlington has brandname merchandise at up to 65 percent off department store prices. The new location features clothing for everyone in the family and also includes furniture and accessories for baby at its Baby Depot, home decor

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Burlington Coat Factory General Manager Doug Kreyenhagen is all smiles as he helps SON Ministries director Walt Watson and his crew load up donations of clothing and household items for distribution to people in need in the Colerain community. THANKS TO SHAUNDA BRADFORD

and gifts. Frank Birkenhauer, economic development director for Colerain Township, says Burlington is a great addition to

the mall’s lineup of new national tenants and he added that the donations to those in the township who serve the underprivileged are a testament to

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Suspect arrested in Colerain Twp. homicide Colerain Township Police and Hamilton County Sheriff deputies carry out bags of evidence from the scene of a homicide at 2911 of Jonrose Ave. where one person was fatally shot around 4 a.m. at an apartment building. TONY

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A man was in custody at the Hamilton County Justice Center March 9 in connection with a homicide in Colerain Township. Geordan Calhoun was arrested and charged with murder in the death of Jordan Smith in the 2900 block of Jonrose Avenue. Police were called to a report of shots fired at 3:51 a.m. March 9 at 2911 Jonrose. When they arrived, the found Smith, 21,


dead. Calhoun, 24, had a gunshot wound to the arm. Calhoun is charged

with weapons under disability, trafficking in drugs and murder.

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and will complete another before the new system is online. “We will be making more information available to the public as to how they can access information online in the system once we set a firm launch date,” he said. “We expect that will be in April.”

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Local report cards show mixed results By Jennie Key

The Ohio Department of Education recently released its 2011-12 Ohio Report Card ratings and local districts’ ratings were up and down. Mount Healthy City Schools saw the district’s overall rating improve to effective, while the Northwest Local School District dropped to continuous improvement. According to the Ohio Department of Education, academic ratings are based on the percentage of students at or above the proficiency level on state tests or met state indicators, a performance index (0-120) which measures the achievement of every student’s test scores, value-added which shows whether or not a school or district has seen academic growth from the previous year and adequate yearly progress or AYP which is a measure of whether or not a district or school meets goals established for reading and mathematics proficiency and test participation, attendance rate and graduation rate. Ratings are based on a those scores and the designations are: excellent with distinction, excellent, effective, continuous improvement, academic watch and academic emergency. If a district exceeds expected growth for two consecutive years, its rating can rise a level; if a district doesn't meet the growth standard, or AYP, for three years, ratings can be bumped down. That’s what happened in the Northwest school district. While the district met criteria to maintain its effective ranking from last year, it failed to meet AYP and value added and dropped to continuous improvement. The district met 21 of 26 state indicators and had a performance index of 95.7 on this report card. Seven of the district’s 13 buildings dropped a rating level. All three of the middle schools dropped from effective to continu-

ous improvement. Taylor and Weigel elementary schools and Northwest High School dropped from excellent to effective. Pleasant Run Elementary dropped from effective to continuous improvement. Rated excellent with distinction was Colerain Elementary School, up from effective last year and the only building that improved. It met value added this year. Bevis and Monfort Heights elementary schools and Colerain High School all maintained excellent ratings. Superintendent Rick Glatfelter said that while the district won’t be pleased with the ratings until all schools are excellent, the district’s students did make progress in the core proficiency indicators such as reading, math, science and social studies. It was the value added component the district could not meet. Why not? Glatfelter said low and high achievement students may not show the desired progress because intervention or enrichment programs are not being effective. “That’s one of the things we will be looking

at,” he said. Mount Healthy City School District was rated effective this year, improving from its 2010-11 rating of continuous improvement. All of its schools improved in the ratings. The district met nine of 26 state indicators, had a performance index of 85.6, did not meet AYP and met value-added. North and South elementary schools were rated effective, did not meet AYP and were above value added. Last year, the schools were both rated continuous improvement. Mount Healthy Junior High School was rated continuous improvement, did not meet AYP and met value-added. Last year, the school was rated academic emergency. Mount Healthy High School was rated effective and did not meet AYP. Value added results are computed only for buildings that include students in grades four through eight. Last year, the school was rated continuous improvement. Superintendent Lori Handler was pleased with the improvement her students have shown, as every building improved

over last year. But she says sustaining that progress will be difficult in the face of the cuts the district has been forced to make. “The programs that helped these students succeed are among the things we have had to cut,” she said. At the top of that list is all-day kindergarten, cut two years ago as the district continues to slash programs and spending in the wake of levy losses. The cut saves $350,000 to $400,000 annually, but Handler says it will have a big impact. “Some of these students are behind when they walk in the door,” she said. “They really need that full day.” The Ohio Department of Education is changing its rating system next year to an A through F scale. For more information visit


Colerain Township Public Services crews hit the streets to battle more than 4 inches of snow that fell in out area last week. Drivers started Tuesday at 9 p.m. and continued until about 3 p.m. Wednesday with the final clean-up. Public Services Director Kevin Schwartzhoff said the township used 392 tons of salt and 361 gallons of diesel fuel. The crew logged 156 total hours on the road and they drove 1,440 miles. THANKS TO TAWANNA MOLTER

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BRIEFLY Business association meets

The next meeting of the Colerain Township Business Association will be from 8 to 9 a.m. Thursday, Thursday, March 14, at the Colerain Police sub station in Northgate Mall. The topic will be an update on Northgate Mall. The Colerain Township Business Association is offering five $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors who are residents of Colerain Township and plan to attend a two- or fouryear college. Applications are available in the counselor’s offices and online at The deadline to apply for the scholarships is April 15.

Waiver workshop set

The Northwest Local School District presents a Parent Informational Workshop, “Waivers, Funding and Resources for Families with Special Needs.” The workshop will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 20. Registration is required by Wednesday, March 13. This workship will be presented by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center personnel at the Houston Educational Service Center, 3310 Compton Road. A light dinner will be served at no charge. To RSVP, contact Parent Mentor/Parent Involvement Coordinator Nancy Dragan at 513-522-6700, extension 28 or send an email to

St. Patrick’s Day Dance

The monthly Funfest Dance will have an Irish twist, as Lakeridge Hall celebrates St. Patrick’s Day. The St. Patrick’s Day Dance is from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, at Lakeridge Hall, 7210 Pippin Road. $10 admission includes soft drinks, beer, snacks, door prizes and photo. Dance music by DJ Larry Robers. The dance is geared to those ages 50 and up. Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling 513-521-1112.

Garden seminar

Whie Oak Gardens staff presents “Branching Out,” the March seminar in its Year Round Gardening series, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 18, at the Monfort Heights branch library, 3825 West Fork Road.

The seminar will cover new ideas for planning and maintaining your garden throughout the year and pruning tips for the spring. The seminars are free. For information, call White Oak Gardens at 513-385-3313 or visit


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

Y Community Family Night March 15

The Clippard Family Branch YMCA is planning a Community Family Night from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 15, at the branch, 8920 Cheviot Road. The family activities include swimming, DJI, baseball themed fast pitch and batter up, baseball WWII in the gym. Snacks and crafts, Free! Please let me know.

Mobile heart screenings

Mercy Health Partners is offering mobile heart screenings on Friday, March 22. Several screening packages are available to test the risk of heart attack, stroke, aneurysm and other major diseases. Appointments are required. The screenings will be offered at 7 a.m. at Mercy Hospital Mount Airy, 2446 Kipling Ave., and at 2 p.m. at the Fitworks Fitness Center - White Oak, 5840 Cheviot Road. For information or to make an appointment, call 866-8190127 or visit

Historical society meets

The Coleraine Historical Society meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at the Colerain Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road. Society member and trustee Michael Reifenberger will display his historic postcard collection, which he is donating to the society’s museum. Also on display will be photos showing the history of Stehlin’s Meats, a family-owned business celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. The museum’ which is in the old Colerain Parks Department office at 4725 Springdale Road, will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 23.

Classical concert at library

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s Woodwind Quintet will perform at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the North Central branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton Coun-

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ty, 11109 Hamilton Ave. Visit the branch for a funfilled classical music experience for the entire family in the North Central Branch meeting room. The free concert is sponsored by the Valerio Family Fund and is presented by Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Call 513-369-6068 or visit Sign up for Colerain citizens fire academyThe Colerain Township Fire Department Citizen’s Fire Academy is getting ready for another class. The academy is free of charge and is open to anyone interested in learning about the fire service. Areas of instruction include: fire ground operations, fire attack in a live burn scenario, vehicle extrication – The Jaws of Life– emergency medical services, rope rescue and search and rescue techniques. Members of Colerain Township Fire Department are involved in the classes and provide real life experiences to the students. This is a great opportunity to observe and ask questions concerning the department’s preparations for Homeland Security and Weapons of Mass Destruction issues. Admission requirements are simple: anyone over 18 can attend. The academy runs for 12 weeks and meets on Wednesday nights. Each academy class has between 10 and 20 participants. Residents of Colerain Township are given priority admission to the Academy, however if

there are still open slots, anyone interested may attend. Graduates of the academy are offered the opportunity to participate in a “Ride-a-Long” program at one of the stations. Class starts Wednesday, March 27. To sign up, call Jennifer at 513-245-5451.

Make Easter brunch reservations now

Families can hop, skip or jump on over to Mill Race Banquet Center in Winton Woods at Winton Woods Golf Course for Easter Brunch. On Sunday, March 31, at 10 a.m., noon and and 2:00 p.m., everyone can celebrate the holiday with the Easter Bunny and a 25-item buffet. Visitors can enjoy delicious breakfast foods like omelets, hash browns and fresh fruit salad, as well as lunch items like chef-carved prime rib, baked ham, delicious side dishes and much more. Coffee, hot chocolate, tea, milk, fruit juices and soft drinks are included. Reservations are required by calling 513-8256467 or at Easter Brunch is $16.25 for adults, $8 for children ages 2 to 12 and complimentary for children under 24 months. The Mill Race Banquet Center is at 1515 W. Sharon Road. For additional information, call 513-521-PARK (7275). Also, be sure to check out the district’s Facebook page and Twitter.

Cincinnati Public Schools annual City Wide Art Exhibition will be up in the atrium of the main branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County until April 21. This annual exhibition of artwork from kindergarten through 12th grade students includes drawings, paintings, sculptures, and photographs. Students compete across the school district for the privilege of exhibiting their work. The pieces are then judged by local artists and art teachers, with awards given to the top students. For more information about the exhibit and the participating schools, contact Catherine George, art teacher at Walnut Hills High School at or 513-363-8400 The Community Press area schools participating are: Oyler; Dater High School and Montessori; Cheviot; Covedale; Midway; Mount Airy; and Sayler Park.

Grief group

Register now for Grief 101: New to Loss. The support group will meet from 6:30-8 p.m. April 3, at the Family Life Center, 703 Compton Road. Learn what to expect and gain some insight and perspective on how to manage the emotional roller coaster a death creates. Find support and caring from those who have been on a similar journey. The group is geared for those ages 18 and up. There is no charge, but registration is required. Call 513-9315777.

Grant funds local creek project

The nonprofit Groundwork Cincinnati/Mill Creek (formerly Mill Creek Restoration Project) has received a grant from the Clean Ohio Fund in 2013 for a local project. The grant for $219,420 and approved by the Hamilton County Natural Resources Advisory Committee, will come from the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund. It will help underwrite floodplain restoration along West Fork Creek, a tributary to Mill Creek, in Northside (along West Fork Road) and between Mount Airy Forest and Interstate 74.


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Infuriated by a plan to build public housing on an eastern edge of Green Township, neighbors packed two meetings and picketed trustees’ homes in recent weeks, begging officials to reconsider. For their part, township and Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority officials say the decision is far from made, even as a March 31 deadline approaches requiring the housing authority to show progress on a federal mandate – 32 additional public housing units in the township by 2016. Many of the residents say they know Green Township must add the units, a federal requirement after a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development investigation found a former CMHA board member blocked public housing in the township for years. But they can’t understand how CMHA’s plan is good for the township, the neighboring communities of Cheviot and Westwood or the families the development would serve. They question the cost of building new – $190,000 a unit, by CMHA calculations – when existing, unused housing stock could be rehabbed at half the cost. Township Trustee Tony Rosiello says “Plan B” – spreading the sites throughout the township in existing, available housing stock – appears the more popular choice, but he and his colleagues in Green Township are still considering how to proceed.

How did we get here?

The battle over public housing in Green Township stems from a 2009 fair-housing complaint filed with HUD, accusing CMHA of discrimination against African-Americans in granting housing vouchers and retaliation against those who complained. Investigators determined that housing authorities “subjected certain program participants to segregation,” blocking minorities from housing options in mostly white neighborhoods on the city’s West Side. They also found that former CMHA board member Arnold Barnett steered public housing away from his

own community of Green Township. Barnett agreed to resign from the CMHA board in 2010 to end the probe. Investigative findings were released in February 2011. Four months later, the local housing authority entered a Voluntary Compliance Agreement with HUD, agreeing to add 68 units of public housing in Green Township. The township sued, leading to a settlement that dropped the number to 32. The voluntary agreement also required CMHA to complete a renters’ study to be sure neighborhoods and program participants weren’t being unfairly targeted, said Gregory Johnson, who was hired as executive director of CMHA in July. On Thursday, CMHA officials informed a crowd of roughly 350 angry people that a site they’ve been considering, at the northeast corner of North Bend Road and Westwood Northern Boulevard in the Monfort Heights neighborhood, is the seventh option they’ve considered; others cost too much or didn’t fit CMHA criteria. But residents are accusing Johnson and the board of trying to ramrod the proposal through to satisfy HUD. “If neighbors in Westwood hadn’t caught wind of this plan, (it) would be on its way to being built,” says Mary Kuhl, a longtime community activist and co-creator of the group Westwood Concern. “I’m appalled by the lack of transparency.” Johnson disagrees. “When the (housing authority) goes to purchase anything, it has to go be-

ing to Metro’s schedule.

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Some local residents are opposing the addition of the public housing and protested last week in front of the neighborhood of Green Township Administrator Dave Linneberg's. JEFF SWINGER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

fore the board – all of that is public information,” Johnson said.

Plan’s critics challenge motives

CMHA officials say the project meets its standards for public housing, but residents aren’t buying it. The top two recommendations in the 2012 Hamilton County Comprehensive Housing Study and Needs Analysis, prepared for CMHA, are rehabilitation and renovation of existing properties, residents note. The report found “little or no need for new affordable housing construction,” noting the vacancy rate in Hamilton County rose 63.2 percent from 2000 to 2010. “I suggest you read the study you commissioned,” one man told the board at its Feb. 26 meeting. Johnson acknowledges these recommendations, but says the same report also suggests cleaning up blighted properties when possible; the property in question houses a vacant automotive business. “There is blight there, so that would grant the ability to or idea of mak-

ing it into something new, nice, attractive,” Johnson said. Residents counter that the study calls for what’s known as “scattered sites,” smaller concentrations of units instead of large developments; Johnson argues 50 units or less is considered small in the housing industry. The site doesn’t meet CMHA’s criteria of a nearby grocer and public transportation, disgruntled residents say. Again, Johnson disagrees. In fact, the closest fullservice grocery is the Kroger store 1.7 miles

away on Glenway Avenue, though some convenience stores carrying minimal groceries lie within a halfmile radius. The only bus line near Monfort Heights is an express route, which has limited stops and pick-up times, according to Metro’s schedule. “We have horrible bus service in all of Green Township,” Trustee David Linnenberg said, “so that is going to be a problem no matter where they are.” Only the Covedale neighborhood has more frequent bus service in Green Township, accord-

The potential for construction at the Monfort Heights site rests now with Green Township, which owns an adjacent property that CMHA has said it must have in order to build there. And trustees are holding their cards tight. “They have not given us an offer,“ Linnenberg said. For now, he is trying to find out how many existing residential properties are available. “If ‘scattered’ means all in Monfort Heights and White Oak – that’s not scattered,” Linnenberg said. “I’m in no hurry. I know they have a deadline, but we are not ready to sell them this land until we know a lot more.” Some still believe Green Township is shirking its responsibilities by putting all of the units in a far corner of Green Township, nearest the Cincinnati city limits. “This is a dump on Westwood and Cheviot,” Westwood resident Becky Weber said.



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New St. Xavier principal can’t wait to start By Monica Boylson

When Terry Tyrrell starts his new job July 1, he says his children will think it is easy. “My kids think my job is to watch basketball and eat popcorn and M&Ms,” the father of three joked. “They think that’s all I do because when we go to school that’s what we do. That’s their grasp of things.” Tyrell, 37, was recently named as St. Xavier High School principal. The Chicago resident is now the assistant principal for student services for St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago, Ill. “They also know that we’re moving to Cincinnati, that I’m going to be at St. Xavier and they know that girls aren’t allowed to be here,” he said. “They don’t think they can even come here so we’ll work on that but they’re excited.” Tyrrell’s wife is Marygrace and his three children are Mara, 5, Eleanor, 3, and Clarke who is 9 months old. He said he was happy to hear of the opening at St. Xavier. “Nobody wants to be a principal, you just get called to it,” he said. “I felt a calling to be principal and St. X has a great reputation within the Jesuit network, so I knew it to be a good school.” The principal position was available after former St. X Principal Dave Mueller took a job at Mercy High School last spring after 19 years. Then assistant principal Bill Sandquist stepped in as an interim principal to give the school time to find a permanent replacement. Sandquist had already announced that he would be retiring after 19 years at the school. “We formed a committee of faculty, trustees, alumni and parents and put together a posting and that committee then received applications and decided who to interview,” St. Xavier President Fr. Tim Howe SJ said. Howe said, even though the school has had two lay principals, it is the first time in St. Xa-


vier history that a lay principal is somebody who is new to St. X. “He brings a lot to the table and has a deep experience and affection for the Jesuit education,” he said. “He’s a product of the Jesuit education himself. But he also brings fresh eyes and can look at how we’re doing things here from a different perspective.” Tyrrell has also been the director of student activities and at St. Ignatius School in Chicago; taught social studies at St. Louis University High School, St. John’s College High School in Washington D.C. and Saint Ignatius; and was a resident school prefect at Georgetown Preparatory School in Bethesda, Md. “My own goals are to do what is best for the students,” he said. “The first year I will listen, look and learn the culture of St. X.” In the meantime, Tyrrell is looking to find a home in Cincinnati and a good grade school for his children. “People have great things to say about Cincinnati,” he said. “My family and I are excited to move here and get started. I think St. X is the right fit.”

The 2012-13 Show Cards practice, working on shows and songs and improving performances throughout the competition season. JENNIE KEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Show Cards tryouts coming The Colerain High School Show Cards are winding down their competition season and gearing up for auditions for the 2013-14 school year. Director Michael Parks says Show Card auditions, will include vocal and dance segments, as well as a personal interview. They are set for Friday, April 19, and Saturday, April 20. He plans to distribute audition packets to White Oak Middle School and Colerain Middle School’s voca; music departments by April 5. Students from schools outside the district can get an audition

packet from the Colerain High School Vocal Music Office. Call 513-741-5079. Parks will also have auditions for The Cardinal Syndicate, the band that travels with and accompanies the choir. The Cardinal Syndicate typically consists of wind instruments and a rhythm section. Parks says it’s a committment. There are two mandatory training camps: Aug. 6-9 for vocals and Aug. 13-16 for choreography. Camp weeks are mandatory. Parks says grades matter. “Many Show Cards are Honors

and A.P. students,” he said. “The Show Card directors work with the guidance office to receive copies of Show Card grades and ensure academic accountability.” In addition to community events, the Show Cards travel and compete with other show choirs from January through March. For more information, check out the Show Cards at or call Parks in the CHS Vocal Music office with questions at 513741-5079 or


The following students earned honors for the first quarter of the 2012-2013 school year.

Freshmen First honors: Jenna Averbeck, Lauren Barlow, Rosemary Belleman, Allison Biedenharn, Brandy Browning, Jessica Bush, Kati Cleary, Megan Cleary, Cara Discepoli, Jamison Fehring, Sydney Hamilton, Chloe Heusmann, Madison Jones, Sydney Kreimer, Erika Lucas, Kelly Melvin, Taylor Otting, Madeline Peters, Alexis Reynolds, Alyssa Rotte, Hanna Scherpenberg, Caroline Schott, Emma Schrand, Hailey Scully, Lauren Tebbe and Kathryn Witzgall. Second honors: Karli Auberger, Grace Baker, Shannon Billinghurst, Aubrey Brunst, Alyssa Burchfield, Anna Cadle, Erin Carmichael, Brigid Casey, Jennifer Chunguyen, Mary Coleman, Natalie DeMeo, Gabrielle Draginoff, Sarah Elchynski, Megan Emig, Brianna Fehring, Nina Fischer, Kristina Griffin, Jensen Healey, Kaitlin Hempel, Madeline Hempel, Lia Hergenrother, Emily Hoffman, Allison Hudepohl, Megan Hudepohl, Abigail Hughes, Elyse Irwin, Karin Jacobsen, Melissa Jose, Kaylee Klug, Abigail Kreimer, Carly Kruse, Blair Lamping, Julie Lasonczyk, Olivia Louder, Claire Lynch, Sylvia Mattingly, Rachel Moning, Kaitlyn Montgomery, Emily Mormile, Danielle Mouch, Molly Murphy, Hayley

New, Margaret Olding, Emma Papania, Abigail Quinn, Samantha Rauh, Abigail Sander, Zandrea Simpson, Emily Smith, Savannah Taylor, Paige Telles, Emily Tenkman, Grace Weber, Brooke Wendt and Kendall Wood.

Sophomores First honors: Maria Anderson, Morgan Bailey, Abigail Benintendi, Rachel Budke, Alexandra Busker, Ashley Colbert, Malina Creighton, Megan Davish, Amanda Deller, Mary Dickman, Jodi Duccilli, Michelle Fohl, Carrie Gordon, Angelique Groh, Morgan Hennard, Margaret Kammerer, Megan Kerth, Maria Koenig, Margaret Mahoney, Olivia Masuck, Anna McGhee, Haley Michel, Lindsey Ollier, Amanda Ozolins, Elaine Platt, Sydney Pleasants, Megan Quattrone, Melissa Rapien, Amy Raub, Katherine Rodriguez, Mallory Schmitt, Rachael Schmitt, Lyndsey Schmucker, Elizabeth Schultz, Annie Vehr, Jessica Ventura, Eva Weber and Megan Yeley. Second honors: Jodie Anneken, Megan Archdeacon, Jessica Arling, McKenna Bailey, Aspen Barbro, Monica Bartler, Martha Bates, Anna Bollin, Tristyn Boner, Alicia Brill, Gabrielle Brown, Caitlin Buttry, Kaitlyn Calder, Sarah Campbell, Nicole Capodagli, Sarah Crail, Janna Deyhle, Lauren Dixon, Sarah Erb, Haillie Erhardt, Abigail Evans, Julia Fahey, Samantha Girdler, Abigail Gourley, Alissa Gry-

niewski, Franki-Cymone Harris, Victoria Hemsath, Monica Hessler, Ashley Hill, Maria Hughes, Elisabeth Jacobson, Caitlin McGarvey, Osmari Novoa, McKenzie Pfeifer, Emma Pierani, Krista Reiff, Jennifer Roelker, Lauren Roll, Olivia Roll, Rachel Rothan, Megan Rutz, Claire Sillies, Claire Tankersley, Mallory Telles, Hanna Thomas, Emily Threm, Erika Ventura, Faith Waters, Morgan Wells and Sharon Witzgall.

Juniors First honors: Bradie Anderson, Emily Benintendi, Jessica Bloemer, Sydney Brown, Shannon Bubenhofer, Brianna Burck, Alexandra Cook, Alycia Cox, Kerrie Dailey, Danielle DiLonardo, Madeline Drexelius, Annalise Eckhoff, Alyssa Fulks, Taylor Gelhausen, Annamarie Helpling, Laura Hils, Olivia Justice, Kierra Klein, Clare Knecht, Emily Knollman, Mackenzie Koenig, Rachel Koize, Mariah Lonneman, Michelle Maraan, Abigail Meeks, Holly Michel, Jennifer Moeller, Cara Molulon, Gabrielle Mooney, Alison Moore, Megan Mulvaney, Julia Newsom, Heather Oberjohann, Leah Obert, Emma O’Connor, Megan Packer, Elaine Parsons, Brianna Poli, Courtney Pomfrey, Holly Rack, Mariah Robinson, Lynn Schutte, Paige Scott, Madison Sillies, Meghan Sontag, Emma Webb, Madison Woodard and Amanda Ziegler.

Second honors: Samantha Bahrs, Abigail Ball, Kaitlin Baum, Jessica Beal, Hannah Berter, Anna Buczkowski, Taylor Buttelwerth, Kristen Clark, Laura Conley, Jessica Conway, Gabrielle Dangel, Madison Dauer, Kaitlin Delape, Allyson Engel, Grace Folz, Hannah Geckle, Erin Harrington, Julia Hoffmann, Margaret Keller, Emily Klensch, Nicole Kuchenbuch, Elizabeth Kummer, Katlin Lovett, Danielle Maraan, Makenzie McFelea, Megan McGraw, Veronica Murray, Erin Nauman, Lauren Odioso, Kathryn Olding, Jillian Rapien, Carrie Raterman, Alexandra Rauf, Anna Rentschler, Gabrielle Reynolds, Emily Richter, Rachel Roberts, Sydney Rosselot, Abby Schindler, Madeline Schmidt, Rachel Spade, Madeline Staubach, Kathleen Storer, Ellie Thiemann, Tiffany Turley, Megan Volker, Katherine Weierman and Allyson Zeigler.

Seniors First honors: Whitney Bishop, Elizabeth Bren, Samantha Brock, Jessica Bushman, Mary-Kathleen Carraher, Abigail Chaulk, Elizabeth Crocker, Desiree Dick, Megan Dollenmeyer, Jamie Ertel, Brittany Fishburn, Caitlin Ginn, Elizabeth Giuliano, Meghan Goldick, Marisa Grimes, Katherine Guban, Lindsey Gump, Courtney Haverbusch, Grace Jacobsen, Celina Junker, Abbey Meister, Emily Meyer, Allison Moning, Kelly Neeb, Samantha

Nissen, Katherine Orth, Emily Paul, Rachel Pierani, Carol Ratterman, Danielle Reynolds, Bridget Roden, Anna Rothan, Christine Ruhe, Allison Sansone, Olivia Schaefer, Olivia Schmitt, Allison Schuler, Annie Schulz, Emily Schwartz, Brittney Sheldon, Brenna Silber, Kaitlyn Sterwerf, Sarah Stevens, Jordyn Thiery, Hannah Toberman, Claire Tonnis, Kelsey Voit, Cara Walden and Lauren Wilke. Second honors: Elyssa Anderson, Mackenzie Bacovin, Amber Bahrani, Alexis Bierbaum, Brooke Bigner, Brooklyn Bonomini, Taylor Bove, Olivia Browning, Allison Cimino, Madeline Crase, Rebecca Davis, Abigail Doyle, Mollie Effler, Margaret Egbers, Christina Farwick, Jessica Finnen, Savannah Frank, Grace Geier, Molly Hennard, Caroline Hoffman, Victoria Hostiuck, Jamaya Johnson, Sydney Jung, Miranda Kelsey, Morgan Kneip, Stephanie Kyle, Caitlin Martin, Jordann McNamara, Avery Menke, Selah Meyer, Katelyn Muench, Julie Mullins, Jamie Mushrush, Rachael Oakley, Amie Overberg, Judith Pearce, Holly Petrocelli, Taylor Pifher, Danielle Riegler, Paige Rinear, Madison Romard, Jessica Sandhas, Amanda Schrand, Emily Schute, Rebecca Slageter, Abigail Smith, Jaime Spears, Gabby Stepaniak, Megan Suer, Mary Taphorn, Andrea Trach, Elizabeth Witzgall, Paige Yerger, Megan Zelasko and Mary Zinser.





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La Salle hits postseason stride By Nick Dudukovich

DAYTON — La Salle found it-

Colerain guard Kiere Bennie, center, drives the lane en route to two points during the Division I district finals at UD Arena March 9. NICK DUDUKOVICH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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Colerain extends postseason stay with district title By Nick Dudukovich

DAYTON — Cinderella goes to Colerain High School, because the Cardinals are making a fairy-tale tournament run. Coach Kevin Higgins and the Colerain High School basketball team (13-13, 4-10) started the state basketball tournament as Greater Miami Conference cellar dwellers. Four postseason games and a district title later, the Cardinals are the only team from the league still standing. With its 75-68 victory over third-seeded Withrow in the Division I district finals at UD Arena March 9, Colerain is one of the final 16 teams left with basketball to play. “We didn’t have a great regular season…but you know the

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last couple games, we dug it out, we entered the postseason with a bang and we knew we could get this far,” said Colerain senior guard Milton Davis. Davis, known as the “Doctor” by his teammates, scored 15 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter to help the 22nd seeded Cardinals advance. “He’s the doctor; that’s all you can say,” said forward Bryan Porter. “He fixes everything. He makes sure he can score and he closes the game out in the fourth quarter all the time.” Porter ended the game with 17 points and was one of four Cardinals to score double figures. Kiere Bennie and C.J. Reed each had 14. “When anyone gets four people to score (double figures), you’re going to be very good, no

matter who you are,” Higgins said. “Tonight…guys made plays. It was a heck of an effort.” Colerain’s resolve over the past month comes from the team’s desire to keep playing, according to Higgins “(Kids would say), ‘Coach, I just don’t want to it end. I don’t know what I would do if this would end,’” Higgins said. “If you have kids thinking like that, you have a great chance in this tournament.” Colerain will play La Salle in the regional semifinals at Xavier’s Cintas Center March 13. The two programs last played each other in 2005. La Salle (19-7) made the Sweet 16 after defeating Huber Heights Wayne. With a new plaque for the trophy case, Colerain and Davis will continue to enjoy the ride nobody expected them to take. “I think everybody counted us out…that gave us more motivation to prove people wrong,” Davis said.

self in unfamiliar territory three months ago after the squad got off to an un-Lancerlike 2-4 start. But oh, how things have changed. Including tournament games, La Salle’s won 10 straight, while capturing the program’s sixth district championship under Dan Fleming. The eighth-seeded Lancers knocked off No. 1 Huber Heights Wayne, 59-43, at UD Arena in the Division I district finals March 9 to earn a spot in its fourth regional tournament in five years. “To get this far, everybody doubted us, including probably myself,” Fleming said. “But these guys believe. They think they are good and they want to keep playing, and we’ll get in that gym and practice…and see what we can do.” Other Lancer teams have been more highly acclaimed than this year’s version, but that’s OK by Fleming. He’s content knowing where this team is, compared to where it was in December. “Everybody can say La Salle is no good and that’s fine. We know who we are and what were about and we know what we stand for and we bring it every day and every night in practice…it’s been very satisfying for me as a coach to see these guys get this far.” Senior guard Connor Speed believes La Salle’s underdog

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role has given the Lancers an edge. “It’s great motivation, especially when you think about it the last two or three years. We were probably the favorite in the (GCL) South,” he said. “After the bumps on the road…we came out and really played with a chip on our shoulder and started playing well as a team and started gelling.” Speed had a game-high 16 points in La Salle’s victory, and shot 50 percent (4-of-8) from the three-point line. He believes honing his shot was important after two subpar games. “The past two games, I really haven’t been clicking from the three-point line,” he said. “After the first one went in, I really started feeling it.” In the regional semifinals, La Salle plays Colerain in basketball for the first time since 2005. The game is scheduled for March13 at the Xavier University Cintas Center. Speed believes the Lancers are playing good basketball, but knows the matchup with the Cardinals will be a new challenge. “We were rolling coming into this tournament and if you think about it, we really haven’t had a close game yet, but…Wednesday is going to be really tough,” he said.

La Salle teammates Jeffrey Larkin (5) and Eric Southers (13) show some emotion en route to the Lancers’ district championship win over Huber Heights Wayne at UD Arena March 9 . TONY TRIBBLE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Roger Bacon gets Summit regional rematch By Nick Dudukovich

DAYTON — It’s been about a

year, but Roger Bacon junior forward Carlas Jackson still remembers what it was like to lose to Summit Country Day in last season’s Division III regional final. The Spartans lost the game by10 and Summit went on to win the state title. “We’re still hurt from last year and none of us want that to happen again,” Jackson said. With the Spartans’ 75-50 victory over Madeira at UD Arena March 7, Roger Bacon punched its ticket for the rematch area hoop fans have been clamoring to watch. Summit (24-1) has spent the season ranked No. 1 in the state


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Associated Press poll, while Roger Bacon (23-3) was No. 7 in the final listing. With a berth in the state final three wins away, Jackson and company have kept their eyes on the prize. “It’s satisfying (being in the regional semifinals), but we’re not at our goal yet,” he said. We’ve got to keep working to get to state.” Spartans’ coach Brian Neal said being among the final 16 teams left standing is rewarding. “We’re going to do what we

do. We feel like we’ve got some guys who are tough to match up with…we feel like we’ve got a system that is tried and true and it’s worked for us,” Neal said. “We’re going to have to hope we have our best defensive effort of the year and we’re going to have to hope they miss some shots because they are great players.” Against Madeira, Jackson scored a game-high 27 points and was 5-of-8 from three-point territory. For the year, Jackson’s averaged around 15 points per game. Senior Erik Edwards scored 20 points and led the team with eight rebounds. Austin Frentsos chipped in 10 points and five assists, while Jake Westerfeld came up with four steals on the defensive end.

Roger Bacon guard Reggie Williams (2) holds up the District III district championship trophy after Roger Bacon beat Madeira 75-50 at UD Arena March 7. JOSEPH FUQUA II/THE COMMUNITY PRESS



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CINCINNATI — At the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum Feb. 19, the Cincinnati Reds and InGame Sports announced the 64team field for the second-annual Reds Futures High School Showcase. The event begins March 25 and runs through April 15 featuring teams from southeastern Indiana, northern Kentucky and southwestern Ohio. The event culminates with all 64 teams in a “March at the Majors” parade before the Reds/Marlins game April 21. In a year’s time, the prep showcase has grown dramatically, according to Tom Gamble of In-Game Sports. “Last year we had 25 games involving 50 schools,” he said. “This year, 32 games involving 64 schools and 20 of the schools are new.” Games are slated to be played at Northern Kentucky University, Xavier, UC, Prasco Park, Western Hills and Reds Community Fund fields in Batavia, Winton Terrace and Roselawn. The marriage with the Reds is perfect as everyone in the Tristate always looks fondly upon their alma mater and anything involving the wishbone C. “If you are from Cincinnati, you’re always talking about what high school you went to,” Reds Vice President and Princeton High graduate Karen Forgus said. “That’s just how we are around here.” Reds COO and distinguished Summit Country Day alum Phil Castellini also voiced his support. “This is important in developing future Reds players and future Reds fans,” Castellini said. “We’re proud to be associated with this. We’re going to continue this and hopefully it gets

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SHOWCASE SCHEDULE Local games for the 2013 Reds Futures High School Showcase presented by PNC: Tuesday, April 9 Colerain vs. Oak Hills, 4:30 p.m. (Prasco Park) Wednesday, April 10 Cincinnati Christian vs. Summit Country Day, 7p.m. (Prasco Park) Thursday, April 11 La Salle vs. Moeller, 4:30 p.m. (Prasco Park) ** Elder vs. St. Xavier, 7 p.m. (Prasco Park) ** McNicholas vs. Roger Bacon, 7 p.m. (University of Cincinnati) **Reds mascots and the Reds Rover events team will appear at these games. Additional appearances will be announced at a later date.

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stronger and stronger each year.” Among the participants, Division I Ohio champion Moeller will take on La Salle at Prasco Park April 11. “It’s an honor that the Reds would jump on board and sponsor this and bring that notoriety back to the high school game,” Crusaders coach Tim Held said. Northern Kentucky has numerous representatives playing at NKU, including Newport Central Catholic and Covington Catholic on March 28.

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knowledge of the game will be a great fit for the Badin program.” Horsley played for the volleyHorsley ball powerhouse at Cincinnati’s St. Ursula Academy, and later returned to coach the junior varsity at SUA. She played at Wilmington College, was a boys volleyball assistant at Moeller, and currently coaches in the Borderline volleyball program in Oxford as well as at St. John Dry Ridge elementary school. “I expect the girls to have a strong work ethic, but you also want to be

creative in making it fun,’’ Horsley said. “If you’re having fun, you’re going to get better because you want to be at practice. “If you’re having fun, you don’t realize how hard you’re working,’’ she added. “As a coach, you don’t want to do the typical mundane things. You want the girls to say, ‘I can’t wait to come back tomorrow.’” Horsley steps in for previous head coach Annie Kathman, who resigned after four years at the helm. Badin, a member of the girls division of the Greater Catholic League, is looking to rebound after winning just 10 varsity matches in the previous two seasons combined.


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Helen Russo is a volunteer/advisor with EmpowerU.

CH@TROOM March 6 question State Rep. Ron Maag has proposed raising Ohio’s interstate speed limit to 70 mph. Is this a good idea? Why or why not?

“Raising the speed limit to 70 mph on Ohio Interstates makes sense in some areas. E.g. there are certain stretches of I-75 north of Dayton and south of Toledo where 70 mph seems just fine. Ditto I-80 between Cleveland and Toledo. One of the reasons for lowering speed limits was the oil embargo and better gas mileage at lower speeds. Today’s cars get much better mileage than those embargo days. However 70 mph does not make sense on raining or snowy days. That is when the police should set up their radar traps versus the sun shiny days. Go Figure!”


“The legislature should raise the limit if and only if it assures law enforcement agencies have the staffing and commitment to enforce the law strictly (as Arlington Heights has done). Otherwise, interstate speed limits are just a buffer around how fast illegal drivers are willing to speed – a 'suggestion' if you will. Our freeways are like Reed Hartman Highway: drivers cruise at 50 mph or more, but in years I have yet to see Blue Ash's finest pursue anyone for illegal speed on that road.”


“Yes, absolutely! It is about time that Ohio matches up with all surrounding states. “I'm sure there will be some remaining sections of highway that will need to stay at lower limits, which is fine. However, the vast majority of our inter-

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state highway system is more than capable of handling higher speeds. “In addition, automobile technology such as suspension and braking systems are far better today than years ago when the 65 limit was established. Speed it up, Ohio!”


“Neighboring states have 70 mph speed limits and I haven't heard complaints or concern from law enforcement. “I've traveled through Kentucky, Tennessee, Michigan, Missouri, Alabama, etc., without noticing any problems. Plus 70 seems to be the average speed on I-275 during rush hour.”


“I do favor raising the speed limit. Other states have done so without a major increase in traffic accidents, and our cars are safer, better engineered than they were 25 years ago when the limit in Ohio was higher. “We are more endangered by all the cars and trucks passing the vehicles that are actu-



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ally going 65 mph. I would rather have a higher speed limit that is enforced than a low one that is widely ignored by both drivers and law enforcement agencies."


“Is Rep. Ron Maag's proposal to raise Ohio's interstate speed limit to 70 a good idea? Truthfully, no one can predict with accuracy if the simple addition of 5 mph to the speed limit will result in a significant increase in accidents, injuries, and fatalities. “The difference in speed limits from state to state demonstrates clearly the arbitrariness of such laws, which have been imposed for a number of reasons, including the conservation of fuel. “Back in 1757 in Boston, the speed limit was defined as 'walking pace,' and violators were given a stiff fine. There was a time in the United States (from 1974 to 1987) when the national speed limit was 55 mph. (In 1995, that legislation was totally repealed). “I remember being a little apprehensive when the limit was raised to 65 mph, but I've relaxed since then. However, I am still troubled by the drivers on the interstate who pass me, when I'm doing 65, at a clearly much higher rate of speed. “It's a tough law to enforce universally and uniformly, and to be honest I'd like to see it enforced a little better (except in those places known as 'speed traps.') Bottom line is that Ohio would not be the only state to have a speed limit higher than 65, and I don't see a problem with it. “I'll have to do some further study to find out what Maag's

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“Several studies have shown that high vehicle speed on highways, such as 70 mph, increases traffic accidents and deaths dramatically. It sort of is a no brainer, that speed kills. “Studies have also shown that traveling at any speed over 60 mph vastly increases fuel consumption, often at 25 percent or more. Given the climate of high gas prices, numerous texters and those using cell phones while they drive, plus the importance of trying to wean the United States off of foreign oil, raising the speed limit to 70 mph is an awful idea. “Time consumed by a higher speed of driving gives an earlier arrival time of merely minutes. I would not want to risk my life or the life of my loved ones in such a dangerous environment, would you? “Slow down, get off your phone, stop texting, pay attention, arrive alive, and save money, too."

“OK, 70 outside of cities is about right, on I-75 trucks go that now, as do autos. Especially use higher limits on interstates in 'cities' like the one near GE that builds their coffers on speeders. State should designate limits in cities, not villages and towns.”


“If State Rep. Maag wants motorists to drive 70 or 75 mph he can just leave the speed limit where it is. If he wants speeds of 75 or 80 he should raise the limit to 70. “However, how raising the speed limit makes Ohio the place where businesses want to settle is beyond me."


“A moot point. Anyone who has driven an interstate lately knows most of the traffic already exceeds 70 mph. There should be exceptions such as oversize loads, towed vehicles etc. These roads were designed to handle this speed and they once did.”


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It’s most likely the last snow of the season, and once it stopped falling, a lot of people got out to enjoy it. Favorite sled hills at Little Flower and White Oak Middle School were busy all day and it was beautiful to look at as well.



Photos by Jennie Key/The Community Press

Di’Jaye Hankerson, 13, and Jayde Hankerson, 14, both of Mount Airy, took a ride together down the Little Flower Church hill.



Walking up a hill after a slide gets a little old. “I’m doing all the work,” complained 5-year-old Corbin Simpson.

Brothers Crew and Cole Blakeman, 5, face off in an epic snow battle at White Oak Middle School.

The hill at Little Flower Church attracts sledders and snowboarders alike.

Kyle Kurtz, 14, and Shawn DeMoss, 13, both students at White Oak Middle School, shoveled driveways to make money on their day off from school.

The drive through Mount Airy Forest was peaceful and lovely.

Bailey Kurtz, 16, Mount Airy gets ready for a slide down the hill at Little Flower Church.

Ciera Simpson, 13, nibbles on snow at the White Oak Middle School sled hill.


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, MARCH 14 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. Pilates Class, 6:30 p.m., Colerain Township Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Improve strength, flexibility, balance, control and muscular symmetry. Instructor Celine Kirby leads core-strengthening exercises using bands and weights. Bring yoga mat. Family friendly. $5. 741-8802; Colerain Township.

Health / Wellness Arthritis: Natural Ways of Coping, 1-2 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Activity Room. Lecture educates about what arthritis is, who is susceptible to it, what causes it, how to relieve it and steps to help prevent joint disease. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Foundation for Wellness Professionals. 9410378. Green Township. High Blood Pressure: How to Live With It; How to Possibly Eliminate It, 6-7 p.m., Mercy Hospital Mount Airy, 2446 Kipling Ave., Free blood pressure screenings. With Dr. Jeffrey Striet. Free. Registration required. Presented by Mercy Health Partners. 956-3729; Mount Airy.

FRIDAY, MARCH 15 Dining Events Pleasant Run Presbyterian Church Fish Fry, 5-7:30 p.m., Pleasant Run Presbyterian Church, 11565 Pippin Road, Includes fish or chicken nuggets’ dinner with two sides, dessert and beverage. Carryout available. Benefits Church Women’s Association and Boy Scout Troop 640. Dinner: $8.50, $4.50 per child; carryout: $8, $4 per child. 4170888; Colerain Township. Catholic Kolping Society Fish Fry, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Kolping Center, 10235 Mill Road, $8 dinner, $6 fish sandwich, $4 pizza with soft drink. Presented by Kolping Society. 851-7951, ext. 1; Springfield Township. Fish Fry, 5-7 p.m., St. Matthias Catholic Church, 1050 W. Kemper Road, Lonsway Hall. Dinners and a la carte items. $7 per dinner. 851-1930. Forest Park. St. Vivian Church Lenten Fish Fry, 4:30-7:30 p.m., St. Vivian Church, 7600 Winton Road, Dinner choices include: fried shrimp, baked cod and baked salmon along with the more traditional fried fish sandwich. Dinners are combined with fries and coleslaw or red potatoes and green beans. Other offerings include macaroni and cheese, cheese pizza and soup. Desserts available. Carryout available. Cost varies with food choices. 378-5482; Finneytown. 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. Our Lady of the Rosary Fish

Fry, 5:30-7 p.m., Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 17 Farragut Road, Catholic Center Cafeteria. Drive through only. Drive thru menu: Battered cod sandwich on salted rye or hoagie with french fries and coleslaw. Meals delivered directly to vehicle. Family friendly. $5 drive through; dine-in or carryout menu varies. 825-8626; Greenhills. Fish Fry, 4:30-7:30 p.m., West Side Masonic Center, 4353 West Fork Rd, Dine in or carry out. 922-3234. Green Township. St. Ignatius of Loyola Church Fish Fry, 5-9 p.m., St. Ignatius of Loyola Church, 5222 North Bend Road, Fried and baked fish, shrimp, as well as options for children including pizza, bread sticks, and macaroni and cheese. Benefits St. Ignatius Loyola Church’s endowment fund and tuition assistance. $1-$7. 6616565; Monfort Heights.

Farmers Market Lettuce Eat Well 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 - Religious Sanctus Real, 7:30 p.m., The Underground, 1140 Smiley Ave., Christian alternative rock, Christian rock and power pop band from Toledo. $35 VIP; $22, $18 advance. 825-8200; Forest Park.

Religious - Community Enlarge My Vision Missions Fair, 7-9 p.m., Evangelical Community Church, 2191 Struble Road, Missionaries and agencies with 19 booths, speakers, luncheons and Skype communication sessions. 542-9025. Springfield Township.

SATURDAY, MARCH 16 Education Studio Camera Workshop, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Waycross Community Media, 2086 Waycross Road, Learn job duties of a Camera Op and a Floor Director, for a studio production set-up. Highlights include: camera movements, angles and positions. Pre-requisites: orientation. $50, $25 residents. Registration required. 825-2429; Workshop_Registration.html. 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.

Music - Rock Gomorrah, 7:30 p.m., The Underground, 1140 Smiley Ave., With Shook Like Deadmen, the Beast and His Image and others. Doors open 7 p.m. $8. 825-8200; Forest Park.

Religious - Community Enlarge My Vision Missions Fair, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Evangelical Community Church, 542-9025. Springfield Township.

SUNDAY, MARCH 17 Holiday - St. Patrick’s Day St. Patrick’s Day Dance, 1-5 p.m., Lakeridge Hall, 7210 Pippin Road, Includes soft drinks, beer, snacks, door prizes and photo. Music by DJ Larry Robers. Ages 50 and up. $10. Reservations recommended. 521-1112. Colerain Township.

Religious - Community Enlarge My Vision Missions Fair, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Evangelical Community Church, 5429025. Springfield Township.

MONDAY, MARCH 18 Exercise Classes Hatha Yoga, 6:30 p.m., Colerain Township Community Center, $5. 741-8802; Colerain Township. Pilates Class, 11 a.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

available to test risk of heart attack, stroke, aneurysm and other major diseases. Appointment required. Presented by Mercy Health Partners. 866-8190127; White Oak.

Music - Rock Emmerson Project, 7:30 p.m., The Underground, 1140 Smiley Ave., With Lamps and Voids, Count the Stars, Ben Esposito and Corryne Hogan. Doors open 7 p.m. $8. 825-8200; Forest Park.

SATURDAY, MARCH 23 Business Seminars

The Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., presents “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?” Feb. 28-March 24. Tickets are $23, $20 for students and seniors. For more information, call 241-6550 or visit Pictured from front left are Jenifer Araya as Millie and Kiri Crawford as Dee Dee; second row, Danielle Muething as Sally and Danielle Meo as Flo. THANKS TO HOLLY YURCHISON. 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 Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Kroger Forest Park, 1212 W. Kemper Road, Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Mercy Health Partners. 6863310; Forest Park.

Home & Garden Year Round Gardening: Branching Out, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Monfort Heights Branch Library, 3825 West Fork Road, Learn new ideas for planning and maintaining your garden from staff of White Oak Gardens. Pruning tips for the spring. Free. Presented by White Oak Garden Center. 385-3313; Monfort Heights.

Music - Blues

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Dance Classes

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 . $57.50, $50 residents. Registration required. Presented by Extraordinary Lives. 522-1154. Springfield Township.

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

Support Groups Finding Your Way through Loss, 6:30-8 p.m., Family Life Center, 703 Compton Road, Fresh approach to the heartache of grief. Free. Registration required. 931-5777. Finneytown. Strengths Based Career Management, 1:30-3 p.m., Family Life Center, 703 Compton Road, Identify how to leverage your strengths to reach your goals. Free. Registration required. 931-5777. Finneytown.


Art & Craft Classes

Job Search Seminar, 1:30-3 p.m., Family Life Center, 703 Compton Road, Weekly speakers advise job seekers on how to conduct an effective job search. Family friendly. Dan Winters, Corporate Resources, presents: Recruiters, Headhunters and Others, Oh My. Free. Registration required. 931-5777. Finneytown.

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.

TUESDAY, MARCH 19 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

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

Treatment Options for Problems with Your Feet and Ankles, 6-7 p.m., Mercy Hospital Mount Airy, 2446 Kipling Ave., Free. 956-3729. Mount Airy.


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; family-life-center-supportgroups/. Finneytown.

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

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Blues and Jazz Jam, 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Poor Michael’s, 11938 Hamilton Ave., Featuring rotating musicians each week. Free. 825-9958. Springfield Township.

Support Groups

Mount Healthy Business Expo, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Mount Healthy Jr./Sr. High School, 8101 Hamilton Ave., Meet businesses health and recreation organizations from Mount Healthy, Springfield Township, Colerain Township, North College Hill and Wyoming. Free for Mount Healthy Business Association members with paid membership. Presented by Mount Healthy Business Association, Inc. 505-5358; Mount Healthy.

Exercise Classes FitBodz, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Colerain Township Community Center, $8. 741-8802; Colerain Township. Zumba Toning, 7:15 p.m., Colerain Township Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Targeted body sculpting exercises and high energy cardio work. Bring a mat or towel, and a water bottle. $5. 741-8802; Colerain Township.

Health / Wellness Colonoscopy: Busting the Myths About This Life-Saving Test, 6-7 p.m., Mercy Hospital Mount Airy, 2446 Kipling Ave., Free. Registration required. 956-3729. Mount Airy.

Senior Citizens Zumba Gold, 1-2 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Modified Zumba for seniors and beginners with standing and chair participation. For seniors. $3, $25 for 10 classes. Presented by Deb’s Fitness Party. 205-5064; Green Township.

Support Groups

Exercise Classes 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. Pilates Class, 6:30 p.m., Colerain Township Community Center, $5. 741-8802; Colerain Township.

FRIDAY, MARCH 22 Dining Events Fish Fry, 5-7 p.m., St. Matthias Catholic Church, $7 per dinner. 851-1930. Forest Park. St. Vivian Church Lenten Fish Fry, 4:30-7:30 p.m., St. Vivian Church, Cost varies with food choices. 378-5482; Finneytown. Fish Fry, 5-7 p.m., VFW Post 7340 Charles R. Gailey, $7.50 platter, $4.50 sandwich. 5217340; Colerain Township. Our Lady of the Rosary Fish Fry, 5:30-7 p.m., Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Dine in or carry out only. $5 drive through; dine-in or carryout menu varies. 825-8626; Greenhills. Fish Fry, 4:30-7:30 p.m., West Side Masonic Center, 922-3234. Green Township. St. Ignatius Church Fish Fry, 5-9 p.m., St. Ignatius Church, $1-$7. 661-6565; Monfort Heights.

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

Health / Wellness Mobile Heart Screenings, 7 a.m., Mercy Hospital Mount Airy, 2446 Kipling Ave., Screening packages available to test risk of heart attack, stroke, aneurysm and other major diseases. Appointment required. Presented by Mercy Health Partners. 866-819-0127; Mount Airy. Mobile Heart Screenings, 2 p.m., Fitworks Fitness Center White Oak, 5840 Cheviot Road, Several screening packages

Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District Yard Trimmings Drop-Off, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Kuliga Park, 6717 Bridgetown Road, Hamilton County residents can drop off yard trimmings for free. Presented by Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District. 598-3089; Green Township. Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District Yard Trimmings Drop-Off, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Rumpke Sanitary Landfill, 3800 Struble Road, Hamilton County residents can drop off yard trimmings for free. Presented by Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District. 851-0122; Colerain Township.

Music - Classical Woodwind Quintet, 2 p.m., North Central Branch Library, 11109 Hamilton Ave., Performance by Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s woodwind quintet. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-6068; Colerain Township.

Music - Religious Rose Hill, 7:30 p.m., The Underground, 1140 Smiley Ave., With the Few, the Fallen, Creating Constellations, Element of Surprise and others. Doors open 7 p.m. $8. 825-8200; Forest Park.

SUNDAY, MARCH 24 Home & Garden Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District Yard Trimmings Drop-Off, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Kuliga Park, Free. 598-3089; Green Township. Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District Yard Trimmings Drop-Off, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Rumpke Sanitary Landfill, Free. 851-0122; Colerain Township.

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

MONDAY, MARCH 25 Exercise Classes Hatha Yoga, 6:30 p.m., Colerain Township Community Center, $5. 741-8802; Colerain Township. Pilates Class, 11 a.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.



Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with champ, soda bread I remember one St. Patrick’s Day in particular. I was a first-grader at St. Margaret of Cortona School in Madison Place. Sister Justina asked me why I wasn’t wearing a green ribbon in my hair. “Because I’m LebaRita nese,” I Heikenfeld replied RITA’S KITCHEN timidly. The real reason, I suspect, is that Mom couldn’t afford to buy green ribbon to make bows for us eight girls. But you know, after all these many years, even I’m a bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. The story goes that in the fifth century, St. Patrick went to Ireland, killed all the snakes and converted the people. What were they eating? For starters, cress, leeks and cabbage, all of which are ... green!


This has a puddle of butter in the middle. Eat from outside to inside,

sugar. Bake 40-50 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Check after 40 minutes.

dipping each bite into butter. 2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled, chunked up and cooked 1 ⁄2cup whipping cream or half & half 1 ⁄2stick butter 1 leek, sliced thin or 4 green onions, sliced Salt and pepper to taste

While potatoes are cooking, bring cream and butter to simmer and stir in leeks. Remove from heat, cover and let steep while potatoes cook. Mash potatoes, add enough cream mixture to make potatoes creamy. Make well in center, put dab of butter there to melt and make puddle.

Moist and buttery soda bread

Tip from Rita’s kitchen

Turbinado sugar is golden in color and crystals are large.

Terry Pettit’s famous fish fry cole slaw

Rita’s moist and buttery soda bread is sweeter than most recipes. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD.

You can’t eat just one slice. For readers who wanted a sweeter tasting soda bread. I use my food processor, but you can use a mixer or do it by hand. Check out my blog for step-by-step photos.

raisins or your favorite dried fruit 1 cup regular sour cream Melted butter for brushing on top Turbinado sugar for sprinkling on top (optional, but good)

2 cups all-purpose flour ⁄4teaspoon baking soda 1 ⁄2teaspoon salt 3 tablespoons sugar 1 stick butter, softened 1 ⁄2heaping cup dried cherries,

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place piece of parchment on cookie sheet and spray parchment. Mix flour, soda, salt, sugar and butter


until mixture is crumbly. Add cherries. Toss to combine. This keeps the fruit suspended in the bread. Blend in sour cream. Form into moundshaped circle about six inches wide and two or so inches tall. Place on cookie sheet and make a cross in the middle. (This is to let the devils out, or is it to keep them from coming in?!) Brush with butter and sprinkle with

During Lent, the fish fry at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church serves over 1,000 people and they come, in part, to enjoy the slaw that’s served alongside the fish. This is for the reader who loves that slaw and wants to make it at home. I talked to Terry Pettit, who shared this family recipe. “The recipe was from a restaurant that my wife and I owned in the early ‘90s and was developed for that purpose,” Terry told me. I haven’t had time to test paring it down, but here’s a guideline. Start with 1 bag shredded cabbage (12-16 oz.), 1⁄2 cup carrots, 1⁄4 cup red cabbage and enough slaw mix dressing to coat nicely. For the dressing,

I’d start with 2 cups mayo, 2 tablespoons vinegar, 1⁄4 cup sugar and a scant teaspoon of celery seeds. I’d go to taste and add more of whatever. I’m thinking I’d like more vinegar, but I haven’t tasted Terry’s slaw at IHM. I would stir in enough dressing to coat the slaw nicely. Here’s Tom’s big batch recipe. Slaw: Mix together and coat with 1 gallon dressing 10 pound bag shredded cabbage 6 cups carrots, shredded 4 cups red cabbage, shredded

Dressing: 6 cups sugar 1 cup clear vinegar 11⁄2gallons mayonnaise 1 ⁄3cup celery seed

Dissolve sugar in vinegar. Add mayo and celery seed. Mix thoroughly. 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.

FISH FRIES Corpus Christi

Pleasant Run Presbyterian

Corpus Christi Church, 2014 Springdale Road, will have a fish fry from 5 to 8 p.m. on Fridays through March 22 in the church undercroft. The menu features fish and shrimp dinners, special feature entrees and menu items a la carte. Beer is also available for purchase.

Northside K of C

The K of C will hold a fish fry from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Fridays through March 15, at the clubhouse, 3144 Blue Rock Road. The menu includes a fish sandwich on salted rye bread, jambalaya, or a baked potato. Menu sides include salad, macaroni and cheese, cole slaw, and fries. Dinners include a sandwich and two sides for $7.25. Soup and pizza also are available. For more information, call 513-7417700.

Our Lady of Grace Athletic Assoc.

The Our Lady of Grace Athletic Association will sponsor fish fries from 5:30-7 p.m. on Fridays through March 15, in the cafeteria at Little Flower Parish, 5560 Kirby Ave. Proceeds benefit all of the parishes that feed into the school. Menu includes fish, spaghetti, pizza, shrimp, macaroni and cheese, potatoes, fries and salad.

Sponsored by the Women’s Association and Boy Scouts at Pleasant Run Presbyterian Church, fish fries are planned from 5-7:30 p.m. Fridays through March 15, at the church, 11565 Pippin Road. Menu includes choice of fish or chicken nuggets and choice of two sides: macaroni and cheese, green beans, cole slaw, 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. Carryout prices are $8 per adult and $4 per child. The profits will be used for mission projects and camping fees.

St. Ignatius

St. Ignatius will have a fish fry from 5 to 9 p.m. Fridays through March 22 at the church, 5222 North Bend Road, Fried and baked fish, shrimp, as well as options for children including pizza, bread sticks, and macaroni and cheese. Menu items range from $1 to $7. Dessert of the week is also available for purchase. Proceeds benefit St. the church’s endowment fund and tuition assistance. Call 513-661-6565 or visit

St. John Neumann

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have a fish fry from 5 to 7:30 p.m. each Friday through March 22 in Daniel Hall, 12191 Mill Road. The menu will feature fried and baked fish and shrimp dinners, vegetable lasagna, spaghetti, grilled cheese, cheese pizza, served a la carte or as dinner with 2 sides. For carryout orders, call 513-742-2224.

St. John the Baptist Parish presents its annual fish fry from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Fridays through March 22, in the church undercroft, 5361 Dry Ridge Road. Dine-in or drive-through carryout is available. Proceeds from the fish fry benefit the Help-aStudent Education Fund which provides financial assistance to families in need with the cost of tuition to attend St. John the Baptist School. For carryout, call 513-923-2900 during the fish fry hours.

VFW Post 7340

The Charles R. Gailey Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7340 Ladies Auxiliary presents fish fries for the Lenten season from 4:30- 7 p.m. Fridays, through March 15, at the hall, 8326 Brownsway Lane. Menu includes cod, catfish, shrimp, and chicken; platters come with choice of two sides. Carryout is available. $7.50 for a platter and $4.50 for a sandwich. Call 513-521-7340 or visit





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The words “new” and “house” have a lot of meaning for two community churches. New Burlington Church of Christ, 1989 Struble Road, has new service times and opportunities for growth. The House of Praise is now sharing the Struble Road church building, with services on Sundays and throughout the week. The vision for both churches is to serve the community and to help people find and grow in a relationship with Jesus Christ. For New Burlington Church of Christ, the new service times began March 3. Sunday worship service begins at 10 a.m. with a fellowship time at 11 a.m., followed by growth groups from 11:15 to noon. A new children’s pro-


gram for ages 4 through grade five will feature Kids’ Bible Time during the 10 a.m. hour and Kids’ Bible Club beginning at 11:15 a.m. A new junior/senior high group will be led by college students from Cincinnati Christian University. Two adult classes will be offered during the second hour. For The House of Praise, Sunday school class begins at 10 a.m., followed by contemporary worship services at noon. A Bible study is held each Wednesday at 7 p.m., with prayer service following from 8 to 8:30 p.m. For more information about New Burlington Church of Christ, call 513-825-0232; for The House of Praise, call 513-521-0946.


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I read a study a while back that said 95 percent of email ads sent from unknown companies were just trying to cheat you. After you read what happened to one area man, you may think that study was right on the mark. Tom Newhouse of Sycamore Township received an email shortly before Valentine’s Day. The ad was from a jewelry store and it offered what appeared to be a great deal. “It was an advertisement, I opened it up and read it. It was getting close to Valentine’s and I thought for $5.95 they’re giving away a piece of jewelry. I figured I’d send for this and just have to pay that shipping cost,” Newhouse said. Newhouse ordered a heart-shaped necklace and a few days later a


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price. But the ad simply said the price of $5.95 and, in small print, said “Terms and conditions apply.” Newhouse wrote back to the company explaining he didn’t see those terms and conditions and the company refunded $49. But remember Newhouse failed to get the jewelry he had ordered for his wife and didn’t want to pay $50 for the man’s bracelet he received. So, Newhouse wrote more emails complaining about having to pay anything for what he received. “I told them I had contacted the Channel 12 Troubleshooter and that I would be having an interview with them. They’ll probably see something on the news about their company,” he said. Sure enough, the company responded that it had reviewed the situation again and decided to refund him the rest of the money. The Better Business Bureau says it has received 10 complaints about the company in just the three months its

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nice box from the company arrived. “When I opened it up I saw it was the wrong Howard thing, so I Ain didn’t even HEY HOWARD! give it to my wife. I just put it in a drawer,” he said. Instead of a heartshaped necklace, the company had sent him a man’s bracelet. “I wasn’t thinking any more about it and then there was, on our credit card statement, a charge for $98 from the company,” Newhouse said. Newhouse immediately emailed the company to complain. The company replied that he couldn’t get his money back because it was past the 14-day trial period, something of which Newhouse was totally unaware. “I would not have bought it. I don’t buy things sight unseen for $98,” he said. Under state law the ad must state the terms and conditions clearly and conspicuously next to the


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Branch, 11109 Hamilton Ave., 513-369-6068. The classes are Computers for Beginners I, Computers for Beginners II, Internet for Beginners I, and Internet for Beginners II. Each class is 90 minutes and fulfills the six hours of computer, internet, and usage training required by Connect Ohio. Registration for the classes is strongly suggested since space is limited. Times and days vary. Call the branch library for a class schedule and to register. Participants who complete Connect Ohio’s training classes will be eligible for discounted high-speed Internet service and/or Wi-Fi access. New participants who complete all four classes during April through July this year will be entered into that month’s raffle to win one of four Lexmark Impact S301 color multifunction printers. For more information or to find a training location near you, call Connect Ohio at 1-855-6694226, email, or go to Contact the Public Library at 513-369-6900 or visit





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State Rep. Connie Pillich (D – 28th District) attended the unveiling of the “Ohio Women in the Military” display in the Ohio Statehouse recently. The lawmaker celebrated the display, which recognizes the important contributions of women soldiers in the nation’s Armed Forces

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Pizza at 2411 Boudinot Ave. Plans will be laid out for the season ending in October. Members, new and old, sighted and visually impaired will be signing up. There is much to look forward to with events on every second or third Saturday morning and with its fleet of tandem bicycles just waiting to be ridden. A donation of $8 per person to help with expense of food and beverage is being asked. Invited are new members or any others interested in learning about TUKANDU. If you are planning to attend, call Robert Rogers, the president, at

513-921-3186. TUKANDU, first formed in 1999, is a tandem cycling club with the purpose of making it possible for blind and visually impaired adults to get out there and cycle right along with others who also love to cycle. With the captain – a sighted person – on the front, and the stoker – a visually impaired person – on the back, teams will ride on the Loveland bike trail 5, 10, 20, or even 50 miles according to the ability and comfort level of the team. Go to to learn more about us. Or call for information at 513-921-3186.

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DEATHS Joy Ehrman Josephine “Joy” Ottlinger Ehrman, 80, Green Township, died March 2. Survived by husband Larry Ehrman; children Kim (Jason) Springer, Lisa (Ron) Waclaw, Tom (Sandy), Tim (Margie), Larry (Lisa), Jeff (Claire) Ehrman; grandchildren Julia, Sydney, Nicholas Springer, Ava Waclaw, Brittany (Billy) Holmes, Kristina, Lindsey, Sarah, Joe, Jackie, Andrew, Megan, Alex, Taylor, Reed Ehrman; great-grandchildren Sophia, Jackson, Mason Holmes.; sister Marie Hodges. Preceded in death by siblings Helen Meyer, Shirley Dragan, Marlene Robinson. Services were March 8 at St. Antoninus. Arrangements by Radel Funeral Home. Memorials to: Sophie’s Angel Run Inc., 6513 Greenoak Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45248.

Ralph Hodge Jr. Ralph Franklin Hodge Jr., 62, died March 3. He worked at GE Aviation for 34 years. Survived by wife Rita Borgman Roszell Hodge; children Lara (Mark) Griffith, Ryan (Chris) Hodge; stepdaughters Michele (Scott) Luken, Tracy (Steve) Burch; grandchildren Zane, Brandon, Ravin, Andy, Sarah, Tim, Jessica, Michael, Carly, Jordan, Jake, Jadon; great-

ABOUT OBITUARIES Basic obituary information and a color photograph of your loved one is published without charge by The Community Press. Please call us at 853-6262 for a submission form. To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 242-4000 or pricing details. grandchildren James Cooper, Casey, Cayden; mother Bertha Horton; sisters Debbie (Mike) Cole, Mary (Randy) Roberts; many nieces and nephews, brothers- and sisters-in-law. Services were March 8 at Vitt, Stermer & Anderson Funeral Home. Memorials to the American Lung Association.

Rose Kindred Rose “Sandy” Kindred, 76, Green Township, died March 6. Survived by husband Thornton “Ken;” siblings Donald (Mary) Snider, Carol (Jerry) Zimmer, Albert Schell; many nieces Kindred and nephews. Preceded in death by Eldon Snider. Services were March 11 at Dalbert, Woodruff & Isenogle Funeral Home. Memorials to: Cincinnati Union Bethel’s Anna Louise Inn, 300 Lytle St., Cincin-

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Helmut Kowatsch Helmut Kowatsch, 68, Green Township, died March 1. Survived by daughters Katharina (Ron) Schulten, Stefan (Adrijana) Kowatsch; friend Patricia Sharp; grandchildren Katharine, Veronica, Luka. Services were March 6 at Our Lady of the Visitation. Arrangements by Dalbert, Woodruff & Isenogle Funeral Home. Memorials to the Hospice of Cincinnati or St. Xavier High School.

Arlene Page Arlene Barry Page, 81, Green Township, died March 6. She worked for McAlpin’s in Northgate Mall for 25 years. She was a 15-year volunteer for Ronald McDonald House. Survived by husband Bill Page.; children Mary Pat (Wayne Harner) Key, Bill, Mike (Sandy), Barry (Karen), Daniel (Kelly) Page, Jane (Roy) Page-Steiner, Suzanne (Erich) Loch; brothers Robert (Mary), Bill (Fran) Barry;

14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Services were March 8 at St. Ignatius of Loyola. Page Arrangements by NeidhardMinges Funeral Home. Memorials to: Ronald McDonald House, 350 Erkenbrecher Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229.

Robert Sellmeyer Robert D. Sellmeyer, 80, died March 5. He was a truck driver for Express Transport. Survived by wife JoAnn Sellmeyer; daughter Lori (Tim) Ruwe; grandchildren Ashley (John), Nicole (Bob) Bauer, Justin (Kallie Karr) Ruwe; great-granddaughter Kaylee; sisters Marcella (the late William) Wright, Margaret (the late Walt) Wetterich; friend Glori Beckman. Preceded in death by six siblings. Services were March 9 at Radel Funeral Home. Memorials to: Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Cincinnati Chapter, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, OH 45203.

Martha Swedersky Martha Bloebaum Swedersky, 99, died March 1. She was a homemaker. Survived by children Midge

(Richard) King, Marty (Tim) Burke, Robyn (Terry) Rettberg, Robery (Pamela) Swedersky Jr.; seven grandchildren; 10 greatgrandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Robert Swedersky. Services were March 4 at Twin Towers. Arrangements by Bolton & Lunsford Funeral Home. Memorials to the Twin Towers Benevolent Care Fund or Hospice of Cincinnati.

Albert Tallarigo Albert John Tallarigo, 81, Green Township, died March 5. He was a member of The Third Order of St. Francis. Survived by wife Carole; children Mike (Lisa), Chris Tallarigo, Teresa (Bill) Huddleson, Lori (Scott) Bockbrader, Julie (Mike) Tallarigo Hulgin, Toni (Wally) Damon; grandchildren Stephanie (Jack) Goetz, Maria Hulgin, Alex, Justin (Sam) Huddleson, Kyle, Logan Bockbrader, Andrew Tallarigo, Michael Damon, Colleen (Jason) Swisher; great-grandchildren Joseph, Pilar Goetz, Rowan Huddleson; siblings Hank Tallari-

Antoine Newell, born 1992, child endangering/neglect, misdemeanor drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, trafficking, 5469 Kirby Ave., March 2. Bryant M. Adams, born 1982, city or local ordinance violation, possession of an open flask, 5369 Bahama Terrace, Feb. 24. Courtney Swann, born 1990, failure to comply with police, misdemeanor drug possession, 2663 W. North Bend Road, Feb. 27. Dante Wiley, born 1978, aggravated menacing, assault, 2622 Richwill Court, Feb. 28. Doniquia Roger, born 1991, disorderly conduct, possession of an open flask, 2663 W. North Bend Road, Feb. 27. James E. Laswell, born 1966, misdemeanor drug possession, permitting drug abuse, 5469 Kirby Ave., March 2. Jon Eric Lamont-Law, born 1991, disorderly conduct, 1539 Groesbeck Road, Feb. 27. Jyquinn Britten, born 1993, assault, 5438 Bahama Terrace, March 1. Keira Jones, born 1988, disorderly conduct, 5438 Bahama Terrace, March 1. Leon Brown, born 1964, criminal damaging or endangering, 4977 Hawaiian Terrace, Feb. 28. Sherry A. Foster, born 1983, check theft, 2069 Connecticut Ave., Feb. 25. Tommy Washington, born 1994, carrying concealed weapons, 5863 Renee Court, Feb. 27.


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 Aggravated burglary 5833 Shadymist Lane, Feb. 23. Aggravated menacing 5860 Renee Court, Feb. 24. Assault 1249 Brushwood Ave., Feb. 20. 2022 Parkhurst Court, Feb. 20. 2529 Rack Court, Feb. 24. 2716 W. North Bend Road, Feb. 26. 2964 Highforest Lane, Feb. 26. 5370 Bahama Terrace, Feb. 24. Burglary 1624 Elkton Place, Feb. 28. 1626 Elkton Place, Feb. 27. 881 W. North Bend Road, Feb. 25. Criminal damaging/endangering 1080 Loiska Lane, Feb. 20. 2964 Highforest Lane, Feb. 26. 2988 Highforest Lane, Feb. 25. 4977 Hawaiian Terrace, Feb. 28. 5108 Hawaiian Terrace, Feb. 24. 5764 Kenneth Ave., Feb. 28. 8228 Fourworlds Drive, Feb. 26. Domestic violence Reported on Highforest Lane, Feb. 25. Theft 1623 Marlowe Ave., Feb. 27. 2600 Allaire Ave., Feb. 25. 2618 Chesterfield Court, Feb. 24. 2964 Highforest Lane, Feb. 26.

5545 Belmont Ave., Feb. 20. 5730 Colerain Ave., Feb. 24. 6540 Loiswood Drive, Feb. 23. 8228 Fourworlds Drive, Feb. 26. Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle 6135 Argus Road, Feb. 27.

COLERAIN TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Joeisha Harris, 24, 9758 Pippin Road, criminal damaging at 9758 Pippin Road, Feb. 13. Dwayne Ellingham, 28, 428 Stuckhardt Road, operating vehicle intoxicated at 6400 Colerain Ave., Feb. 15. Eliseo Evangelista, 43, 9616 Ridgemoor Ave., forgery at 9690 Colerain Ave., Feb. 16. Ahmaad Williams, 26, 2601 Banning Road, domestic violence at 2641 John Gray Road, Feb. 17. John McQuire, 27, 3420 Oakmeadow Lane, disorderly conduct, obstructing official business at 8464 Chesswood Drive, Feb. 17. Sarah Clark, 33, 4220 Endeavor Drive, drug possession, possessing drug abuse instruments at 4220 Endeavor Drive, Feb.

Thomas J. Weller, 59, Green Township, died March 4. Survived by wife Donna Weller; children Nick (Misty), Melissa (Tony Roberto), Susan Weller, Tammy (Lee) Coffman, Tracy Truett, Brian (Tracey) Bohl; grandchildren Cole, Collin, Caleb, Ava, Alysa, Abby, Sarah, Becca, Nate, Jessie, Alex; sisters Mary (Jerry) Fettig, JoAnne Weller; nephWeller ew Jeremy Sexton and many other nieces, nephews and cousins. Services were March 8 at Meyer Funeral Home. Memorials to: World Wildlife Foundation, 1250 24th St. N.W., Box 97180, Washington, DC 20090-7180.

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go, Mary Badinghaus; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents Henry, Stella Tallarigo, sister Betty Wilhelm. Services were March 9 at St. Aloysius Gonzaga. Arrangements by Meyer Funeral Home. Memorials to: Franciscan Friars, 1615 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45202-6492.


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PUBLIC NOTICE The Colerain Township Board of Zoning Appeals will hold a public hearing on Wed., March 27, 2013 at 7 PM at the Colerain Township Government Complex, 4200 Springdale Rd., Cincinnati, OH for the following: Case No. BZA2013-0001, 12190 E. Miami River Rd., Cincinnati, OH. Applicant: Terry Blosser. Owner: Fairfield Church of the Nazarene. Request: Conditional Use for Religious Place of Worship Article 7.2.3. The application may be examined Mon.-Fri. between 8 AM and 4:30 PM at the Colerain Township Government Complex, Planning & Zoning Dept., 4200 Springdale Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45251. 1752038 Notice to the owners and lienholders of the real property located at 2919 Jonrose, Cincinnati, OH, and their executors, administrators, guardians, heirs, successors, and assigns: On February 12, 2013, the Colerain Township Board of Trustees passed Resolution No. 25-13 for Demolition of 2919 Jonrose, Cincinnati, OH (Parcel No. 510-0071-0264). This property has been found to be unfit for human habitation by the Colerain Township Fire Department. If the owners and lienholders and their executors, administrators, guardians, heirs, successors choose to object to this action, they may do so at the Colerain Township Board of Trustees meeting on April 9, 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 - 513385-7505. 1001751920

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POLICE REPORTS erain Ave., Feb. 18. Breaking and entering Business entered at 9165 Pippin Road, Feb. 14. Burglary Residence entered and jewelry of unknown value removed at 3211 Sienna Drive, Feb. 18. Residence entered at 9334 Round Top Road, Feb. 18. Residence entered at 9705 Loralinda Drive, Feb. 18. Residence entered and items of unknown value removed at 2813 Brampton Drive, Feb. 19. Criminal damaging Window damaged at 3607 Sweetwood, Feb. 13. TV damaged at 9758 Pippin Road, Feb. 13. Vehicle windows damaged at 12026 Westerly Drive, Feb. 14. Vehicle windows shot out at 3651 Sandrain Drive, Feb. 15. Mailbox damaged at 9185 Silva Drive, Feb. 15. Reported at 11621 Butterwick Drive, Feb. 15. Siding of residence damaged at 11621 Kettering Drive, Feb. 14. Vehicle damaged at 9439 Cha-

grin Way, Feb. 15. Windows damaged at 3308 Springdale, Feb. 15. Victim struck at 3459 Springdale, Feb. 16. Forgery Victim reported at 9690 Colerain Ave., Feb. 16. Identity theft Victim reported at 2607 Chopin Drive, Feb. 12. Misuse of credit card Victim reported at 9040 Colerain Ave., Feb. 12. Robbery Residence entered and items of unknown value removed at 3300 Coleen Drive, Feb. 16. Theft Wallet and contents of unknown value removed at 3610 Blue Rock Road, Feb. 13. Reported at 2556 Topeka Street, Feb. 1. Purse and contents of unknown value removed at 9505 Colerain Ave., Feb. 13. GPS of unknown value removed from vehicle at 3453 Alamosa Drive, Feb. 15. Reported at 9178 Colerain Ave., Feb. 15. Reported at 11020 Pippin Road,

Feb. 15. Vehicle entered and wallet and contents of unknown value removed at 2356 Lincoln Ave., Feb. 15. Wallet and contents of unknown value removed at 10761 Pippin Road, Feb. 14.

Jaronn E. Richardson, 25, 1241 Groesbeck, illegal transportation of firearm in motor vehicle at 5813 Colerain Ave., March 2. Mindy Sandusky, 33, 4817 East Miami River Road Lot E, theft at 4908 East Miami River Road, March 3. Lamar Owens, 36, 6789 Gracely Drive No. 7, possession of controlled substance at Edger Drive and North Bend Road, March 3. Joseph R. Bruegge, 26, 3289 Milverton Court, disorderly conduct at 3835 Race Road, March 3. Demarco Reyes, 25, 3367 Deschler, burglary and possession of marijuana at 5653 Hickory Ridge, March 4.

GREEN TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations David R. Piotrowski, 18, 3550 Lakewood Drive, assault at 3200 Ebenezer Road, Feb. 25. Juvenile, 15, aggravated drug possession at 3200 Ebenezer Road, Feb. 26. Katherine Coslett, 33, 712 St. Joseph Lane, theft at eastbound Interstate 74 at mile post 18, Feb. 26. William J. Richter Jr., 19, 5575 Old Blue Rock Road, theft at 6300 Glenway Ave., Feb. 28. Jenna L. Townsley, 24, 941 Fairbanks Ave., theft at 6300 Glenway Ave., Feb. 28. Natasha A. Wright, 26, 116 South Walnut St., theft at 6580 Harrison Ave., Feb. 28. Kia Bouldin, 36, 3151 Gobel Ave. No. 1, theft at 5071 Glencrossing Way, March 2.

Incidents/reports Breaking and entering Air compressor stolen from home’s shed at 3277 Linsan Drive, Feb. 24. Burglary Computer and monitor stolen from home at 3263 Van Zandt Drive, March 1. Several pieces of jewelry, silver serving set, money and four guns stolen from home at 1861 Forestview Court, March 1. Laptop computer and tablet computer stolen from home at 2547 Falconbridge Drive, March 2. Several pieces of jewelry stolen from home at 6654 Taylor Road, March 2. Criminal damaging Graffiti spray-painted on wall at Zip Dip at 4050 Drew Ave., Feb. 24.

2013 Contest Winners Announced Turning ideas into realistic solutions is the key to improving our local watersheds

Thank you to all of the students, teachers and volunteers who participated in the Caring For Our Watersheds Final competition on March 2, 2013, at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. The top entries presented their project ideas on how to improve their local watershed.

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Emily Winchell

Pioneer and Dulle Park Creek Protection

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Willie Lutz & Casey Smith

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Rian Boland & Bailey Venner

Grease Runoff Prevention within Restaurants

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Washing at the Carwash

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Michelle Strizak, Courtney Kinman & Lindsay Darkins

Utilizing Rain Barrels for Landscaping

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Elizabeth Guye, Maria Rojas & Clare Lees

Keep Your Pills From Polluting

Mt Notre Dame HS



Julia Love, Thomas Fagin, Janae McClair & John Brewer

Changing Community Behaviors and Attitudes by Raising Awareness & Education

Arlington Heights Academy



Alexander Nocks

Halt the Aquatic Invasion: Slow Zebra Mussel Infiltration!

Wyoming HS



Malorie Mullinger, Katie Hendy, Stephanie Hanson & Colleen Eck

Rain Garden Runoff Prevention Program

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Maddie Peters & Caitlin Williams

One Rain Garden at a Time

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Theft Subwoofer amplifier stolen from vehicle at 5226 Willowood Ave., Feb. 16. Cellphone, money and gift card stolen from home at 6518 Werk Road, Feb. 17. Gasoline siphoned from vehicle at 4354 West Fork Road, Feb. 17. Purse and contents stolen from vehicle at 3660 Werk Road, Feb. 18. Two rings stolen from vehicle at 1465 Beechgrove, Feb. 18. Money stolen from vehicle at 5140 Leona Drive, Feb. 19. Credit card stolen from home and used to make unauthorized purchases at 5431 Timberchase Court, Feb. 20. Vehicle stolen from in front of home at 5235 Sidney Road, Feb. 20. Purse and contents stolen from vehicle at 5525 Marie Ave., Feb. 21. Seven checks, driver’s license and a credit card stolen from home at 3302 North Bend Road No. 4, Feb. 21. Money stolen from Wings R’ Us at 2178 Anderson Ferry, Feb. 21. Money stolen from vehicle at 3620 Castlewood Lane, Feb. 15. Cellphone stolen from victim at Pirate’s Den at 3660 Werk Road, Feb. 23. Two packages of laundry detergent stolen from Dollar General at 5700 Harrison Ave., Feb. 23. Cellphone stolen from victim when left behind on bar at Pirate’s Den at 3670 Werk Road, Feb. 24. Vehicle stolen from home’s


Emily Winchell from Sycamore High School placed first in the 9-12th grade competition for her idea to plant Blue Stem Grasses along Sycamore Creek in Pioneer and Dulle Parks to help prevent erosion and filter runoff from Deerfield Road. Each of the top contestants won a cash prize plus a matching cash prize for their school. $12,000 was awarded to Hamilton County students and schools. Agrium will also provide $10,000 to help


Criminal mischief Name plate removed from victim’s mailbox and replaced with another name plate that was not victim’s at 4331 Regency Ridge Court, Feb. 21. Domestic dispute Argument between parent and children at St. Martins Place, Feb. 18. Argument between parent and child at Ebenezer Road, Feb. 18. Argument between spouses at Regency Ridge, Feb. 22. Argument between parent and child at Timberview Drive, Feb. 24. Argument between spouses at Moonridge Drive, Feb. 24. Argument between spouses at Raceview Avenue, Feb. 24. Argument between man and woman at Homelawn Avenue, March 1. Argument between parent and child at Diehl Road, March 2. Domestic violence Physical altercation between man and woman at Neisel Avenue, March 1. Forgery Suspect attempted to cash fraudulent check at Checksmart at 6582 Glenway Ave., Feb. 20. Misuse of credit card Victim had their credit card used to make two unauthorized purchases at 5830 Harrison Ave., Feb. 20. Property damage Pile of paper burned in home’s sink, and graffiti written on sink with marker at 5617 Cheviot Road No. 5, March 1. Turn signal lens damaged on vehicle, possibly when struck by shopping cart, in lot at Kroger at 5830 Harrison Ave., March 3.

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POLICE REPORTS Continued from Page B8 driveway at 3960 Race Road, Feb. 24. Car battery stolen from vehicle parked at Dissinger Automotive at 4290 Harrison Ave., Feb. 24. Video game system stolen from home at 4312 Homelawn Ave., Feb. 25. Miscellaneous sundry items stolen from Family Dollar at 6134 Colerain Ave., Feb. 25. Cincinnati Reds tickets stolen from envelope delivered to home’s mailbox at 4770 Highland Oaks, Feb. 27. Circular saw and assorted tools stolen from vehicle parked at Professional Auto Services at 4525 Bridgetown Road, Feb. 27. Credit card stolen from home and later used to make several unauthorized purchases at 6365 West Fork Road, Feb. 27. Money stolen from Subway in a quick-change scheme at 6548 Glenway Ave., Feb. 27. Two rings stolen from home at 6815 Summit Lake Drive, Feb. 28. Three suspects stole 12 Apple iPhones from Sam’s Club at 5375 North Bend Road, Jan. 10. Credit card and a vehicle stolen from home at 3501 West Fork Road No. 1, March 2. Bag of cat litter, bottle of laundry detergent and pack of toilet paper stolen from Kroger at 3491 North Bend Road, March 2. Vandalism Graffiti spray-painted on exterior wall at Bridgetown Middle School at 3900 Race Road, Feb. 25.

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Torrence Winbush, 21, 9023 Daly, drug trafficking at Landis Drive, Feb. 12. Brandon Matthew, 21, 2011 Roosevelt, assault at 2037 Bluehill, Feb. 12. Norman Matthew, 25, assault at 2037 Bluehill, Feb. 12.

Juvenile male, 17, burglary at 8591 Bobolink, Feb. 12. Thomas Ross, 21, 1323 Market Street, operating vehicle intoxicated at Compton Road, Feb. 13. Lee Gamble, 34, 6428 College View Place, disorderly conduct at Sixth Ave., Feb. 13. Juvenile female, 15, domestic trouble at 8817 Balboa, Feb. 13. Paula Basic, 34, 460 State Route 222, falsification at 10948 Hamilton Ave., Feb. 13. Juvenile female, 14, theft at 8101 Hamilton, Feb. 13. Joseph McCullough, 24, 142 Hanover, receiving stolen property at Galbraith, Feb. 14. Juvenile male, 15, theft at 9167 Winton, Feb. 13. Ian Stark, 23, 3627 Michigan Ave., disorderly conduct at 8463 Cottonwood Drive, Feb. 15. Timothy Liebisch, 29, 1830 Sundale, drug abuse at Simpson, Feb. 17. Juvenile female, 13, domestic at Daly Road, Feb. 18. Tyrone Weatherspoon, 23, 7193 Winton Road, burglary at 7213 Winton Road, Feb. 18. Demarcus Wilson, 25, 8380 Cottonwood Drive, theft at 1051 North Bend Road, Feb. 18. Derek Overly, 32, 961 Hollytree, disorderly conduct at 2184 Lincoln Street, Feb. 18. Vincent Gates, 19, 8561 Daly Road, assault at 1195 Compton Road, Feb. 21. Martin Noel, 26, 918 McPherson Ave., theft at 8421 Winton Road, Feb. 22. Joseph Bryson, 19, 1118 Hearthstone Drive, domestic at Heatherstone, Feb. 22. Denise Thomas, 35, 5369 Bahama Terrace, domestic at 9514 Tanbark Court, Feb. 24.

Incidents/reports Breaking and entering Business entered and merchandise of unknown value removed at 9157 Winton Road, Feb. 11. Victim reported at 222 Springdale, Feb. 11. Business opened at 8151 Win-

ton Road, Feb. 19. Burglary Garage entered and camera and lens of unknown value removed at 10640 Mill Road, Feb. 12. Residence entered at 935 Galbraith, Feb. 14. Residence entered and computer of unknown value removed at 12025 Mill Road, Feb. 19. Child endangering Reported at 2250 Banning Road, Feb. 21. Criminal damaging Vehicle damaged at 10847 Maplehill Drive, Feb. 10. Windshield broken by rock at 670 North Bend Road, Feb. 10. Vandalism reported at 2033 Roosevelt Ave., Feb. 14. Victim reported at 1162 Wellsprings Drive, Feb. 15. Business damaged at 9301 Winton Road, Feb. 20. Domestic Victim reported at Eileer Lane, Feb. 13. Victim reported at 1929 Bluehill, Feb. 14. Victim reported at 8824 Grenada, Feb. 16. Victim reported at 8563 Shuman, Feb. 17. Victim reported at Daly Road, Feb. 18. Fraud Victim reported at 8832 Cabot Road, Feb. 5. Theft $10,000 removed at 8151 Winton Road, Feb. 12. Gun of unknown value removed at 7293 Georgetown, Feb. 13. Victim reported at 8501 Winton, Feb. 15. Vehicle removed at 9316 Ranchill Drive, Feb. 17. iPod charger, GPS valued at $220 removed at 1474 Hartwood Drive, Feb. 22. License plate removed at 12171 Regency Run, Feb. 23. Merchandise of unknown value removed at 8421 Winton Road, Feb. 24. Trespassing Victim reported at 740 Galbraith Road, Feb. 24.

Former Northwest teacher is woman of distinction Patricia A. Bruns of Price Hill was one of four women named a 2013 Women of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. Bruns, a board member of Price Hill Will, was honored at a reception March 12. Other women honored were: » Iris Simpson Bush, executive director of the Flying Pig Marathon; • Cheryl N. Campbell, vice president of marketing for Horan Associates; • Julie Shifman, certified life coach and founder and president of Act Three; and • Verna L. Williams, professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. The award was established in 1990 to recognize the achievements of women who demonstrate strong initiative and personal leadership on issues related to women and girls. While some of these women are well-known, others have worked quietly to accomplish their goals. Each honoree is an important role model for today's Girl Scout. Her life and work exemplify the values of Girl Scouting. “Girl Scouts incorporates three keys to leadership: We help girls discover themselves, connect with others and take action to create positive change in their communities,” says Roni Luckenbill, CEO of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. “It is an

Pat Bruns taught art at Colerain High School.

honor to annually recognize the achievements of women who have successfully incorporated these actions and are role models for others.” Bruns, an art educator in the Northwest Local School District from 19742004, focused on integrating the arts into the overall curriculum. In her role as president of the Northwest Association of Educators from 1995-2003, she was a strong advocate for high quality public education. She presented workshops on conceptbased integrated curriculum both locally and nationally. She also planned and facilitated summer arts-integration workshops for teams of educators with an emphasis on learning through the arts and the role of multiple intelligence theory when developing teaching and learning strategies. Since her retirement in 2004, she continues to help young people find their unique, creative voice as they explore issues of sig-

nificance to their lives. Bruns supervises art education majors during their student teaching experience at the College of Mount Saint Joseph. She was named 2012 Southwest Ohio Education Association’s Friend of Education, and she is the recipient of the 1994 the association’s Art Educator of the Year Award and the 1995 Ashland Golden Apple Award. She served as an Ohio Department of Education Praxis III Assessor from 2005-2010 and was listed in Marquis’ Who’s Who in American Women in 2005. Bruns is a volunteer of Price Hill Will, a comprehensive community development corporation and is board chair. Patricia serves in various roles within the Hamilton County To locate cookies, volunteer your time, make a donation, or find out more about the Girl Scouts, call 1-800-537-6241, 513-4891025, or go to

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A final farewell Thousands turn out to honor Doolittle Raider Tom Griffin On a beautiful sunny Saturday they kept coming – family, friends, neighbors, strangers, war veterans, political leaders and a war hero. By the time the clock tower struck high noon and the bell tolled, about 2,000 people had gathered around Patriotic Plaza at Green Township Veterans Park to celebrate the life of World War II hero Tom Griffin. The turnout surprised and overwhelmed Griffin’s family. “We would’ve had a hard time convincing dad it was all for him,” said Gary Griffin, Tom’s youngest son. “He was such a humble man. He didn’t think he deserved this kind of attention.” Tom Griffin, one of the last five remaining Doolittle Raiders who bombed Tokyo in a daytime sneak attack, died Feb. 26. The longtime Green Township resident was 96. Griffin kept quiet for almost four decades about navigating one of 16 B-25 bombers from an aircraft carrier in the middle of the Pacific Ocean to launch the attack on Japan during the early

days of the war. The attack on April 18, 1942, made history – no land-based bomber had ever taken off from an aircraft carrier in combat. The 80 Doolittle Raiders helped to boost American morale four months after Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. In 1977, Griffin’s accomplishment became known publicly. Gary Griffin, who lives in Los Angeles, had been hired to play keyboards for the Beach Boys, and he told the media about his dad’s accomplishment. After that, Tom Griffin shared his story at schools, hospitals and community events. The ceremony Saturday was a time for many to brag about Griffin as a war hero and loving husband and father. American flags posted around the plaza flapped in the wind on a 53-degree afternoon as Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune, U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot, Griffin’s sons, John and Gary, and friends lauded Griffin, who also spent 22 months in a German prison camp during the war. “Tom cringed at the word ‘hero,’ ” Chabot said. “May we all strive to live a fraction of the life Tom lived.” Family members shared for

A B-25 flyover occurs during Saturday’s memorial service for Maj. Tom Griffin, one of the last five remaining Doolittle Raiders who bombed Tokyo during World War II. The service took place at the Green Township Veterans Park. SAMANTHA GRIER FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

the first time publicly about all the famous people Griffin met in the years after his famous feat. Griffin, who later opened an accounting office in Cheviot, had shaken hands with Dwight D. Eisenhower, Winston Churchill, George S. Patton, Harry S. Truman, Bob Hope, George H.W. Bush and Neil Armstrong. “And I have one more,” Griffin’s daughter-in-law, Vicki, told the crowd. “The hand of his dear (late) wife, Esther, of over 60 years.” Tears welled in eyes throughout the crowd. Some smiled. Some well-wishers had to arrive by shuttle bus because they had to park several blocks down Harrison Avenue. Attendees stood several rows deep, al-

most to the edge of Harrison. Walter Schneider and his girlfriend, Kathy Bratcher, both of Green Township, stood holding a laminated poster of a Cincinnati Post article written several years ago about Griffin. He had autographed the article for Schneider. “I grew up reading about him,” Schneider said. “He was about self-sacrifice.” Perhaps the most touching tribute came in the closing moments of the one-hour and 15minute ceremony. The crowd stood silently, staring into the mostly cloudless sky during a B-25 flyover. The plane flew in from the south and nearly disappeared on the eastern horizon.

Applause. A minute later, the B-25 came roaring back from the east and disappeared into the west. Applause. The Emerald Society Pipes and Drums began playing “God Bless America.” As the bagpipes played, 97-year-old Doolittle Raider Dick Cole rose from his front-row seat and slowly walked up to Griffin’s casket. Cole, the Dayton, Ohio, native who was Gen. Jimmy Doolittle’s co-pilot, stood silently for several seconds. Cole then saluted his old friend. “What a proud day,” retired Cincinnati police officer Joe Hall of Bridgetown said as he hugged a friend in the crowd.

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