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Local schools look for ways to make up snow days By Jennie Key

This is the intersection of Blue Rock Road and Cheviot Road in Colerain Township. The intersection is slated for a $3.9 million improvement. JENNIE KEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Intersection set for $3.9M makeover Blue Rock/Cheviot to undergo 2016 fix

By Jennie Key

Motorists on Cheviot Road will get some rush hour relief once an improvement to the intersection at Blue Rock Road near the White Oak Christian Church gets underway. That’s what Hamilton County Engineer Ted Hubbard says. The county engineer’s office is planning a $3.9 million intersection makeover which moves the intersection about 400 feet north. The newly configured intersection will have more room for traffic to wait for a left turn signal from Cheviot Road and will permit left turns from Blue Rock Road north onto Cheviot, which are currently not allowed. Hubbard says the intersection project would make dual left turns for northbound Cheviot Road motorists onto westbound Blue Rock Road while maintaining a through-lane for traffic continuing north. The through-lane will no longer be continuous. The project also includes sidewalks from Hubble Road to Blue Rock Road. Much of the project is a result of the 2003 North Bend/Cheviot Road Corridor Study. It’s a busy area. Hubbard said traffic counts show 16,700 vehicles a day travel Blue Rock Road and 8,500 on Cheviot Road. He only expects that to increase over time and the plan for the new intersection is engineered to accommodate the traffic expected 10 years from now. Hubbard presented the project to Colerain Township officials at a meeting last month.

The 2003 North Bend Road Corridor Study resulted in several road improvement projects in the White Oak/Monfort Heights area. » Cheviot Road/Hubble Road intersection improvement in 2007 » North Bend Road improvement from Boomer Road to Interstate 74 in 2009 » North Bend Road improvement from Kleeman Road to Boomer Road in 2012 » North Bend Road improvement from I-74 to West Fork Road in 2013

The board indicated they would support the project, but Colerain Township assistant Administrator Frank Birkenhauer said board members wanted to wait until they heard from residents at a March 20 meeting before sending a letter of support to the Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners. The commissioners then establish the project, which allows the engineer’s office to pursue securing right-of-way properties needed for the improvement. About 30 property owners in and near the project area aired concerns at that meeting. Some had questions about eliminating the continuous through-lane for northbound motorists or were unhappy about the sidewalks being placed on the west side of the road. Some were concerned about the effect construction will have on businesses or tenants in apartment buildings near the planned project. Oth-

ers, like William and Barb Gilman, said they just wanted a look at the plan. Gerhard Schmidt said the project could bring more traffic through the area and he questioned the need for the change. Hubbard said it’s land use, not road improvements, that drives traffic numbers. Randy Klensch said traffic along the Cheviot-North Bend corridor is bad at rush hour. He said he used to work in Northern Kentucky; he said it would take him 20 minutes to get to the Interstate 74 interchange and another 20 minutes to get to Blue Rock and Banning roads. “They have to do something to get the traffic moving through there,” he said. The engineer’s office plans to do something and Hubbard wants to get the project underway. He says his office has secured funding for the project, which is estimated to cost almost $4 million, excluding the acquisition of right of way. Of that, $786,000 is from Ohio Public Works Commission funding, and $3.14 million is from the Urban Surface Transportation Program through OKI. Once commissioners establish right of way, the county will begin negotiating for right-of-way properties. Construction on the project isn’t likely to begin until early 2015, and the project should be complete by late 2015, or early 2016, depending on the right-ofway acquisition and weather. “We think we can make this better,” Hubbard said. “And we think this plan will help.”



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Local schools are looking for ways to make up for lost time. A hard winter caused most schools in the area to exceed the five alloted calamity days given to schools each year. On March 26, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed into law Amended Substitute House Bill 416, which requires the Ohio Department of Education to waive up to four additional days a school is closed due to a public calamity, such as hazardous weather conditions, for the 2013-2014 school year. This applies to a school district, STEM school, or chartered nonpublic school, as long as the district or school has invoked its contingency plan to make up five unwaived calamity days. That will help districts with more than 10 days off, but doesn’t help most schools in Southwest Ohio. They have to make up five unwaived calamity days before the additional days given by legislators can be used. Local schools are getting their plans in place.

Finneytown Local Schools

Finneytown students are in the enviable position of having no days to make up. Scott Gates, director of student services, said two snow events happened on scheduled in-service days. “Our board approved blizzard bags at the March meeting just in case, but at this point, we have no days to make up,” he said. Gates said while he is pleased no instructional days were lost, he is disappointed that the staff lost two opportu-

nities for professional development. “It’s a glass half-full kind of situation,” he said. “We hated to lose that time with our teachers.”

McAuley High School

McAuley High School made buying a computer notebook a requirement for its students six years ago, and the notebook program has been central to the school’s plan to make up calamity days this year. Students and their families pay for the notebooks as part of the school tuition and fees. McAuley President Cheryl Sucher says students are having three online days to make up the classroom time lost because of snow. They completed two over the Presidents Day weekend and will have their final online day April 25, during their spring break. “This is a continuation of whatever’s going on in the classroom,” Sucher said. “Students are required to be at their computers at 8:10 a.m. and faculty are online. They can communicate back and forth and this has proved very effective.” Sucher said students who were not at their computers at the appointed class time received calls from faculty asking where they were. Sucher said the school wanted to make sure students were well prepared for upcoming Advanced Placement tests and did not want add days at the end of the year, when they would not be as effective. She said McAuley piloted online days for the Ohio Department of Education five years ago, shortly after the notebooks were introduced. See SNOW, Page A2

So-called blizzard bags, assignments to help students make up instructional time lost due to winter weather will be or have been sent home by some area school districts.KELLY MCBRIDE/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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Sheriff offers concealed carry license training The Sheriff’s Office will offer training classes for Ohio residents to obtain their Ohio concealed carry licenses. The class meets the state mandated 12 hours of classroom and live fire training. The cost is $95 for the entire class, and participants can bring their own handgun and ammunition. If needed, the Sheriff’s Office can supply a handgun and ammunition for an additional rental fee of $40. The classes will be offered at the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Headquarters, 11021 Hamilton Ave. in Colerain Township.

A three-day WomenOnly class will be offered from 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, and Thursday, May 29, and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 31. Other course: » Threeday class offered from 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, April 15 and Thursday, April 17, and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 10; » Two-day class from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 3, and 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, May 4; » Three-day class from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, and Thursday, June 5, and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 7; » One-day class from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday,


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“I like to think we were part of the process that allows online days as approved makeup days,” she said. “This worked well for us; our students continued with the work going on in classrooms, there was accountability, and we will not be extending our school year.”

La Salle High School

La Salle High School is another school where having computer notebooks for students simplified making up days. Director of Community Development Greg Tankersley said two snow events occured on days when students were al-

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ready off school. Officials decided to have online makeup days just to make sure the school met its required number of days.

Mt. Notre Dame

Mount Notre Dame High School in Reading is using a “Digital Make-Up Day Plan.” By applying and receiving approval over the summer, MND is allowed to use digital methods for school work for not more than three unexcused calamity days in excess of the five allowable and excused calamity days.

Mount Healthy City School District

The Mount Healthy district is two days over the state allotment and sent home letters to parents about using blizzard bags to help make up some of the days. The district will make up its calamity days using the blizzard bag assignments, instead of adding additional days to the end of the school year. There are three sets of assignments in the blizzard bag plan. Students completed the first set earlier this month and are working on the second set, due the first week in April. The final set of assignments will be due after spring break, which begins April 14. Superintendent Lori Handler said the assignments will help students gain educational lessons that they have missed before they have to take state tests this spring. “These lesson will provide more educational benefit for students than if we add two days at the

end of the school year,” she said. Teachers prepared the assignments for the students to complete after school hours in order to meet the makeup day requirements and students had 10 days to complete the assignments, which will be graded and become part of the student’s quarterly grades. Students who fail to complete the assignments will receive a failing grade on all the assignments and be marked, for attendance purposes, as an unexcused absence for the missed time. Blizzard bag lessons may not be worked on during the regular school day as this is intended to make up learning missed that is equal to the time lost during snow days. A minimum of 80 percent of the students in each building must complete the assignments in order for the State of Ohio to count it as a true makeup day. Handler said students and parents are taking the assignments seriously, and so far, the plan is working for her district.

Northwest Local School District

The Northwest Local School District has three days to make up because of the winter’s inclement weather. Pending approval by the Northwest Local School District Board of Education at the April 14 board meeting, the district has a plan to make up the days. Kindergarten students, who attend for halfday sessions, will make up the three additional

missed days with wholeday activities and the district will communicate with parents about the kindergarten make up days. The district will extend its school year for students in grades one to 12, which will require students and staff to be in school June 12 and June 13. Those days were identified as possible make-up days when the calendar was approved. To make up the third day, students will take home blizzard bag assignments on April 17, which must be completed and turned in by May 7. These assignments will be graded and become part of the student’s quarterly grades.

St. Xavier High School

Becky Schulte, director of communications and marketing for St. Xavier said students have no time to make up, thanks to a combination of good timing and online class opportunities. “Two days were already scheduled off days,” she said. “And we were able to do online class, so students have no days to make up at this time.” St. Xavier launched a program that requires students to have iPads beginning with this year’s freshman class.

Winton Woods City Schools

The board of education has approved June 2, 3, and 4 as make-up days and required teachers to create blizzard bags for students by March 14.

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Local issues to be decided on May 6 primary ballot LOCAL BALLOT ISSUES ISSUE 9 – COLERAIN TOWNSHIP POLICE LEVY

What it’s about: This is a 1.95-mill, continuing tax levy for the operation of the Colerain Township Police Department. What it would do: Carry the department to at least 2019. It will add three additional officers in 2015 and three additional officers in 2016. The pay freeze agreed to by the police union remains through 2016 as agreed, and cost-ofliving increases could resume in 2017. The resolution’s wording would also allow the township to cross train police officers for emergency medical service if the township decides to add police to its emergency medical services How things are now: The $6.1 million budget for the department is largely derived from tax dollars: a 2.5-mill levy passed in 1991, an additional 1-mill levy passed in 2002 and a 1.15-mill levy approved in 2007 are the financial support for the department. David Nurre, assistant director of finance for the Hamilton County Auditor’s Office, said the owner of a $100,000 house pays about $111.39 in taxes for police protection now. How much it would cost: Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes says the levy, if passed, would generate $2 million annually and would cost the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $68 annually. Arguments for: Proponents say the levy will allow the department to increase officers and investigators on the street, replace vehicles and outdated equipment and provide for capital expenses and training. Arguments against it: Colerain Township resident Ralph Collins says he is concerned about rising taxes on a fixed income. “I don’t have a complaint against the police, I just am concerned about how we will pay the additional expense,” Collins said. “We are on a fixed income. It seems they don’t have any problem spending money. It seems like they are just creating expenses. For me, it’s a financial issue.” Who’s for it: Colerain Township Trustees voted unanimously to put the levy on the ballot. Who’s against it: There is no organized opposition to the police levy at this time. An anonymously administered Facebook page critical of Colerain Township trustees and police services, Colerain Township Residents, says it was “created by a group of Colerain Township residents to give fellow residents factual, non fluff information about the May 2014 Police Levy.” Websites for more information:

Early voting for the May 6 primary begins in Hamilton County Tuesday, April 1, and early votes may be cast in person or by mail. The voter registration deadline for this primary is Monday, April 7, and the board office at 824 Broadway will remain open until 9 p.m. to accept registration forms. For information, call 513-632-7000.

EASTER EGG HUNT Sat., April 12th 10:00 am to 11:30 am Registration at 9:30 a.m. All children ages 2 to 7 are invited. Bring a camera to have pictures taken with the Easter Bunny, Games-Candy-Prizes-Face Painting

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What it’s about: Do voters want to make all of Springfield Township properties where individuals work excluding home-based businesses, part of a joint economic development zone, and levy a 1.5 percent tax on payroll and net business profit to benefit the township’s general fund? What it would do: A mutual agreement between a township and a city or village is established in which businesses and employees within the designated zone are charged an earnings tax. As required by law, the city or village collects the tax, and revenues collected will be allocated to the township and the partnering municipality based on a percentage agreed to by both. How things are now: There is no income tax levied in the township and the only source of revenue for the township’s general fund is the inside millage property tax. Officials say they do not want to place an additional tax burden on property owners. Township officials say they will have spent their carryover funds by 2016 and would face at $2.1 million deficit by 2017 without additional revenue or drastic cuts to service. If the JEDZ is not approved, township officials say they will propose an increase in property taxes or drastically reduce services leading to reductions in road repairs, an inability to follow up on property maintenance complaints and the closure of several townshipowned parks and athletic fields and the senior and community arts center. They say eventually, the revenue losses will also cause the police and fire/EMS departments to be impacted. How much it would cost: Each person who works in Springfield Township and each business would be subject to a 1.5 percent tax on their earnings. There is a mechanism for grants for township residents that would in effect rebate the tax for people who live and work in Springfield Township. It is estimated the JEDZ will raise about $1.125 million annually: $956,000 annually for the township and Mount Healthy would receive about $168,000 annually from the partnership. Arguments against it: Opponents say it’s taxation without representation, and the area of the JEDZ is too broad. The JEDZ was not intended to be a blanket area for the whole community, and the money generated be limited to driving economic development. The group says a JEDZ will hurt small businesses in the township, and employees who work in the township, who will see this tax every week on their paychecks, resulting in less take-home pay which means less disposable income for them to spend in the township. Stop the JEDZ says the plan will have a negative economic impact on all of Springfield Township, causing quality businesses to reconsider locating there and could cause businesses to leave the community. Who’s for it: Springfield Township Trustees voted unanimously to put the issue on the ballot; Mount Healthy officials who will get about 10 percent of the generated revenue as the required municipal partner who will collect the tax for the township; A proJEDZ group, Citizens for the Future of Springfield Township and the Finneytown Civic Association are also supporting the plan. Who’s against it: The Springfield Township Coalition for Responsible Government opposes the JEDZ. The Finneytown Websites for more information: The township website, has information about the proposed JEDZ; the opposition group has a website,

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BRIEFLY TUKANDO cyclists meet April 5

Cyclists and friends are invited to the TUKANDU Cycling Club pre-season planning meeting and dinner, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at LaRosa‘s, 2411 Boudinot Ave. TUKANDU is a tandem cycling club in which visually impaired riders, “stokers,” partner with sighted riders, “captains,” to enjoy the challenge and camaraderie of tandem cycling, Saturdays on the Loveland bike trail. To learn more, visit

gines, Colerain police cruisers, aerial ladder truck, police command van, heavy rescue, water tender, as well as fire investigation, paramedic, and haz mat units. Inside activities will include balloon artists, face painters, child identification kits, plus public safety activities throughout the mall..

Cancer survivor support meeting

White Oak Gardens seminar is April 5

White Oak Gardens offers Make it and Take at the greenhouse and nurs-

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ery on Saturday mornings. Join the workshop at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 5, to make a kids butterfly planter at the garden center, 5379 Blue Rock Road. Your child will have a chance to find his or her own green thumb planting a just-their-size spring planter. $20 fee Spots are limited. Call 513-385-3313 to reserve a spot.

Colerain Public Safety Day April 5

Then join the Colerain Township Fire and EMS and the Colerain Township Police Department at the newly remodeled Northgate Mall from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 5, for public safety activities. Activities will take place throughout the day and be held both inside the Mall and outside near the new H.H. Gregg store, rain or shine. Outside activities will include two auto extrication demonstrations at 1:30 and 4 p.m., plus displays of Colerain fire en-

Father and daughter M.V. Shetty, MD and R. Shetty, MD

Are you a cancer patient who needs support? A nondenominational Cancer Support Ministry meets from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, at the Corpus Christi Parish Center, 2014 Springdale Road. Spouses and caregivers are welcome. The meeting includes an afternoon social and light refreshments following For information, contact Eileen Armbruster, cancer survivor, at or 513-9232127.

Mount Healthy Boosters dance

The Mount Healthy Athletic Boosters’ Bob Kline Memorial Dance will be from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, April 13, at the Eagles Hall, 1620 Kinney Ave., Tickets are $15 per person and $25 per couple. All money raised goes towards the Bob Kline scholarships awarded to deserving seniors. $5,000 in scholarship money is given out. Admission includes food and drinks and prizes will be raffled off during the night. Tickets are on sale in the Mount Healthy Junior Senior High School Athletic Office, 8101 Hamilton Ave., from LaVonda Corner at the board of education office, 7615 Harrison Ave., or you can call Arlene Poppe at 513522-9512.

Do you know where this might be? It’s somewhere in the Northwest Press community, but where? Send your best guess to or call 853-6287, along with your name. The deadline to call is 3 p.m. Thursday. If you’re correct, we’ll publish your name in next week’s newspaper along with the correct answer. See who guessed last week’s hunt correctly on B4.

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UA students win awards for art S ix students from St. Ursula Academy’s Art and Design Program earned awards for their recent entries in the Scholastic Arts Competition, and two students’ works advanced to be judged nationally. Claire Benken and Regan Stacey’s art will be judged in the National Scholastic Arts Awards Competition later this spring. The students’ works were chosen from many entries across Northern Kentucky, Greater Cincinnati, and Southeastern Indiana based on their creativity, originality, and craftsmanship. According to the Scholastic Art Website, “Founded in 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the nation’s longestrunning, most prestigious educational initiative supporting student achievement in the visual and literary arts. The program has an impressive legacy of being the first to acknowledge creative talent and is today’s largest source of scholarships for creative teens.” Most of the SUA students’ work was based on the theme

“Where are You Wearing?” a theme for the school year sponsored by the Community Service Learning Office and based on the same titled book by Kelsey Timmerman. The theme encourages consumers to raise awareness of the global garment industry and poor working conditions overseas. Awards were as follows:

Gold Key

» Claire Benken for “Where am I Wearing” » Regan Stacey for “Where Am I Wearing”

Silver Key:

» Hannah Schube for “Boat Archi-Types” and “Egg Pictogram”

Honorable Mention:

» Claire Berding for “Where am I Wearing” » Elizabeth Klare for “Where Am I Wearing Culture Poster” » Hannah Schube for “Wannabe Vogue” » Emma Tepe for “Where Am I Wearing”

Six St. Ursula Academy students are award winners in the prestigious Scholastic Arts Competition. Claire Berding (Honorable Mention) from Delhi, Regan Stacey (Gold Key) from Indian Hill, Hannah Schube (Silver Keys and Honorable Mention) from Anderson, Elizabeth Klare (Honorable Mention) from Colerain, and Claire Benken (Gold Key) from Pleasant Ridge. Not pictured: Emma Tepe (Honorable Mention) from Wyoming.THANKS TO MISHA BELL


Chi Nu members Leo Santucci, Sydney Orndorff, Faith Ann Santucci and Brittnay Hein help sort jeans at Matthew 25: Ministries. PROVIDED


Ellen Garner, a 2009 Roger Bacon High School graduate who is a senior at University of Cincinnati studying psychology and communications, recently visited Mellen Moors-Dressing’s Creative Writing and junior college prep classes. Because of her internship with The Owens Group and TriStar Pictures, Garner came to the classes not only to promote the new movie “Pompeii,” but also to discuss the art of writing a film about an actual event for which there were no survivors. She discussed plot development, complications and stumbling blocks for writers, leaving students with many things to consider as they begin their own short stories. As a bonus, she left each student with movie passes to the screening and a “Pompeii” movie T-shirt. Pictured from left are Lyndie Mesina, Alena Schenck, Kelsey Hawkins-Johnson, Ellen Garner and Mellen Moors-Dressing. PROVIDED



n Saturday, March 8, members of the Chi Nu chapter of the Eta Sigma Alpha National Homeschool Honor Society sacrificed some of their weekend to help those in need at Mathew 25: Ministries. Mathew 25: Ministries is an international organization that distributes essential items and supplies to impoverished areas and natural disaster sites. The high schoolers assisted the organization by sorting and packing clothing to be worn by people assisting in rubble clean up after a natural disaster. Members were instructed to separate usable from unusable clothing. In the end, the students came away with a better understanding of how a natural disaster can affect community, and they were grateful that

Chi Nu members Hope Ziebro and Joshua Feibelman work at Matthew 25: Ministries. PROVIDED

they had played a small part in helping those in need. Chi Nu members live in Colerain Township, Green Town-

Chi Nu President Julia Ziebro and Ben Dearie sort clothes at Matthew 25: Ministries. PROVIDED

ship, West Chester Township and Western Hills.

Four St. James School eighth-graders were recognized as St. Francis Xavier Scholars at a reception held at St. Xavier High School. St. Francis Xavier Scholars are students who scored in the top 4 percent of eighth-graders who took the high school entrance exam. Pictured from left are Andrew Koenig, Alex Prinzbach and Evan Bleh. Not pictured is Kyle Archdeacon. PROVIDED



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Colerain softball looks for big things despite losses five errors in left field. Senior pitcher Abby Hines is back for her third year starting on the mound. Hines had a disappointing 2013, going just 4-19 with a 5.88 ERA in 146.1 innings. Other returning starters include junior shortstop Toni Mayne, senior centerfielder Alex Hanna, senior first baseman Kayla Hunter, sophomore second baseman Ashley Carroll, junior infielder Allie Stamper and junior outfielder Shelby Schnur. The Knights open play April 1 at home against Springboro.

By Tom Skeen

Despite many coaches being frustrated with the weather, fields are being groomed and defenses better be prepared for the swinging bunt because softball season is finally here. Take a closer look at how the teams in the Northwest Press are looking in 2014:


Coach Sarah Billstrom returns six players from last season’s 20-10 squad that made a run to the Division I regional semifinals. The key loss could be that of pitcher Ashlynn Roberts, who is now at Fairfield High School. Roberts will be replaced by senior Shelby Mitchell, who appeared in nine games last season, going 2-1 with three saves while striking out16 and posting an ERA of 2.44. Junior second baseman/outfielder Hayley Curtis will try to lead an offense that lost its top three hitters. Curtis ended 2013 with a .367 batting average and 19 RBI, while leading the team with 27 stolen bases. Senior Sydney Beckelhymer returns and will look to up her offense game after hitting .233 last season in 43 at-bats. Other returning starters include seniors Brianna Colon, Kiara Jones and junior Savannah Ranz. Look for newcomers Carleigh Hen, Alexus Hausfeld and Logan Davis to make an impact as well. The Lady Cardinals open the season March 29 at McAuley.

Roger Bacon


Karen Wiesman enters her 12th year as coach at McAuley coming off an18-9 season where the Mohawks finished as runners-up in the Girls’ Greater Catholic League. Now the Mohawks enter 2014 No. 7 in The Enquirer Division I area coaches’ preseason poll, looking for their fifth consecutive winning season. Sophomore pitcher Aubrey Brunst returns after a freshmen campaign where she earned second-team All-GGCL honors after going 14-6 with a 2.42 ERA and 140 strikeouts. Her 14 wins and 140 K’s each ranked second in the GGCL. The Mohawks lost a lot at the plate, graduating their top their top three hitters, but Wiesman

Colerain second baseman Hayley Curtis eyes the ball in the infield on her way to making the catch for the Cardinals. Curtis hit .367 with 19 RBI and a team-leading 27 stolen bases last season.FILE ART

hopes to see increased production from junior Morgan Wells who hit at a .405 clip last season and drove in 25 runs. Junior Mackenzie Anderson and sophomore Ava Lawson will be relied upon more this season, as well as freshman Brittney Bonno. Other returning starters include seniors Julie Newsom and Mackenzie Koenig. “We will be young this year, but I think that sometimes that’s good with the right group of girls,” Wiesman said. “We do have our returning pitcher from last year who will help guide our two freshmen catchers (Meghan Gabriel and Kathryn Rost). We lost a talented group of seniors, but fortunately we have a talented group of freshmen coming in to take their spots.” McAuley opens play with Colerain at home March 29.

Mount Healthy

McAuley High School freshman Aubrey Brunst pitches for the Mohawks in a 4-3 loss to Ursuline Academy last season. In 167.2 innings she posted a 2.42 ERA with 140 strikeouts and a 14-6 record during her freshman campaign.MARK D. MOTZ/COMMUNITY PRESS

Senior shortstop/pitcher Allison Meltebrink headlines an Owls roster that is looking for its first win since May 3, 2012, according to conference websites. Meltebrink, who is a fouryear varsity player, is set to break the school record for most games played midway through the season, according to coach Scott Peterson. Junior Cayley Hagaman is opening some eyes during the preseason. Peterson said she’s

Second-year coach Charles Lindner knew he would take his lumps in 2013 starting five freshmen. After going 9-16 and with a year under those belts, Lindner is hoping for bigger and better things come 2014. Leading that charge will be sophomore pitcher Ashton Lindner, who earned first-team All-Girls’ Greater Catholic League Central Division honors last season after going 9-13, fanning 136 with a 3.67 ERA. At the plate she led the Spartans in batting average (.440), stolen bases (27), RBI (31), home runs (2), triples (4) and hits (37). Not too far behind Lindner was sophomore Brittany Jerger, who was second on the team with a .436 average, 25 stolen bases and 34 hits, while leading the Spartans with a .569 on-base percentage, nine doubles and 40 runs scored. Lindner will also see time at third base, while Jerger will catch and play outfield on occasion. Junior Cassie Wiedner is the primary third basemen and hit .418 last season while driving in 14 runs and swiping 13 bases. Fellow junior Lyndie Mesina will try to lock down the other side of the infield at first base, while junior Lexi Hoffman will hold down second base and pitch behind Lindner. Hoffman drove in 12 runs and had 16 hits in 65 at-bats last season. “With a year under our belt (after) starting five freshmen last year, this season looks to be going in the right direction,” coach Lindner said. “With hard work and effort, we look to improve over last year’s record.” Roger Bacon opens the season April 2 at Alter.

hit at least three home runs so far and, considering what she did last season, it’s really surprised him. “She’s really coming around this year,” the coach said. “For someone last season who didn’t hit a home run and hit around .120, she’s really coming around.” The Owls are young with six freshmen or sophomores on the roster, but one to watch is freshman Arine Ibbino. Ibbino has never played the game before this season, but Peterson said you wouldn’t know it watching her in the cage. “She just picked it up like she’s done it her whole life,” he said. “She got in the cage and was hitting right away. Nobody does that. It’s pretty fun to watch.” As in most cases, pitching will be key and that pressure will likely fall on the shoulders of junior left-hander Lindsey Johnson. After appearing in just two games last season, Johnson’s putting in a lot of work with assistant coach and pitching coach Heather Bashford. “She has a little more confidence this year,” Peterson said of his lefty. The Owls open play April 1 at Deer Park.

coach Debbie Fields in 2014. After going 4-21 last season the Knights return all nine starters, including seniors Alyssa Faust and Lindsey Gehlenborg, who both earned AllSouthwest Ohio Conference honors in 2013. Faust, who will see time at both third base and catcher, led the team with a .433 batting average, 30 RBI, four home runs and 29 hits. Gehlenborg hit .296 last season and committed just


Northwest pitcher Abby Hines hurls a pitch toward the plate during their game against McAuley. Hines struck out 98 batters in 146.1 innings last season.TOM SKEEN/COMMUNITY PRESS

All signs point to a vast improvement for the Knights and



Experience, depth and athleticism give Colerain a shot in the tough GMC Tapogna said, who is entering his 18th season coaching at Colerain. “These players can track down shots almost anywhere on the court and make solid returns in the process.” The Cards begin the 2014 season April 1 at Northwest.

By Tom Skeen

The nets are pulled tight and the pop of a freshly opened can of tennis balls can be heard as the high school tennis season is upon us. Here’s a look at how the teams of the Northwest Press are shaping up:

La Salle


Coach Steven Tapogna boasts an experienced squad in 2014. The Cardinals return seven starters from last season’s team, all of whom are battle-tested through the Greater Miami Conference and have sectional tournament experience. Junior Doug Friedhoff takes over the top singles position and is followed by freshman Matthew Laskey and No. 2 singles and then junior Henry Wessels. As far as doubles go, the senior duo of Ryan Koenig and Zac Gehner are the top team followed by the team of senior Brodie Hensler and sophomore Steven Koenig.

Mike Holman enters is 14th season as coach of the Lancers. La Salle is set to open the season March 31 at home against Talawanda. No other information was available before press deadline.


Colerain sophomore Henry Wessels serves one up to Adam Brown of Walnut Hills during their Division I sectional contest last season. Wessels will start the season at No. 3 singles for coach Steve Tapogna.TOM SKEEN/COMMUNITY PRESS

Tapogna not only loves the experience his team brings to the court, but also the athleticism and

quality depth of the team. “This may be the most athletic team I have coached in quite a while,”

Lauri Beyer enters her second year coaching the Knights and returns a bevy of talent who experienced some form of success in 2013. Senior Jeyland Kitchen was second-team AllSouthwest Ohio Conference, took first-place in Flight F at the Coaches Classic in No. 1 doubles and finished the season 13-5 overall in doubles action.

Reds high school showcase expands to 72 teams Community Press report

The third annual Skyline Chili Reds Futures High School Showcase is increasing the number of participating schools from 64 to 72, with 13 teams playing in the season-opening event for the first time. The Showcase features 36 games from March 29 to April 27 at the premier baseball parks in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky including nine games at Prasco Park in Mason, games at Crosley Field in Blue Ash and Midland Field in Batavia, as well as 13 games at the collegiate ballparks on the campuses of the University of Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky University and Miami University. Four games will be played at the new P&G MLB Cincinnati Urban Youth Academy at the Roselawn Sports Complex, the home fields for Walnut Hills and Purcell Marian high schools. “The Reds are proud to support high school baseball and foster the development of the next major league stars,” said Phil Castellini, Reds chief operating officer. “Cincinnati has a rich heritage of hometown players going on to great major league careers with the Reds including Ken Griffey Jr., Rob Oester and Dave Parker from this year’s Reds Hall of Fame induction class.” Griffey Jr. (Archbishop Moeller High School, class of 1987), Oester (Withrow High School, 1974) and Parker (Courter Technical High School,1970) will be inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame along with the late Jake Beckley during Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, Aug. 8-10. “This event is now an integral part of the high school baseball landscape in Cincinnati,” said Tom Gamble, In-Game Sports president and CEO. “It’s an honor to celebrate the history of local high school baseball by having great players from the past take part in our ceremonial first pitches during many of the games. And with the support of the Reds along with sponsors Skyline Chili and Safeco Insurance, we are able to provide an even better allaround baseball experience for the participating teams and their fans.” Title sponsor Skyline Chili and presenting sponsor Safeco Insurance will create interactive contests and promotions at each of

the 36 games. At select games, ceremonial first pitches will be thrown out by some of the area’s greatest high school players to commemorate the rich tradition and heritage of high school baseball played in Greater Cincinnati. Tickets for the Reds Futures High School Showcase games are $5 and good for all games on that day. Each ticket includes a voucher good for a free View Level ticket to select 2014 Reds regular season games at Great American Ball Park and also includes a coupon for one free Skyline Chili cheese coney. Advance tickets can be purchased at each of the participating schools beginning in March. Tickets also will be available on game days at each of the ballparks. The culminating event of the Showcase will be on Sunday, May 4, when players and coaches from the 72 high schools will participate in a “March at the Majors” parade around the field prior to the Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers game at 4:10 p.m. An MVP from each of the 36 games will be recognized on field during pregame ceremonies. Here is the full schedule of matchups and locations: Wednesday, April 2 Batesville vs. South Dearborn, 4:30 p.m. (Harrison High School) Harrison vs. Lawrenceburg, 7 p.m. (Harrison High School) Friday, April 4 Madeira vs. Wyoming, 4:30 p.m. (Crosley Field, Blue Ash) Bishop Fenwick vs. McNicholas, 7 p.m. (Crosley Field, Blue Ash) Monday, April 7 Boone County vs. Scott, 2 p.m. (Northern Kentucky University) Covington Catholic vs. Dixie Heights, 5 p.m. (Northern Kentucky University) Milford vs. Turpin, 4:30 p.m.

(University of Cincinnati) Bethel-Tate vs. New Richmond, 7 p.m. (University of Cincinnati) Indian Hill vs. Taylor, 7 p.m. (Western Hills High School) Tuesday, April 8 Elder vs. La Salle, 4:30 p.m. (Prasco Park, Mason) Moeller vs. St. Xavier, 7 p.m. (Prasco Park, Mason) Wednesday, April 9 Beechwood vs. Conner, 11 a.m. (Northern Kentucky University) Ryle vs. Simon Kenton, 2 p.m. (Northern Kentucky University) Highlands vs. Holy Cross, 5 p.m. (Northern Kentucky University) Middletown vs. Sycamore, 4:30 p.m. (Legacy Field at Prasco Park, Mason) Hamilton vs. Lakota East, 7 p.m. (Legacy Field at Prasco Park, Mason) Lakota West vs. Mason, 7 p.m. (Prasco Park, Mason) Mariemont vs. Reading, 4:30 p.m. (University of Cincinnati) CHCA vs. Loveland, 7 p.m. (University of Cincinnati) Thursday, April 10 Oak Hills vs. Princeton, 4:30 p.m. (Legacy Field at Prasco Park, Mason) Colerain vs. Fairfield, 7 p.m. (Prasco Park, Mason) Kings vs. Lebanon, 7 p.m. (Crosley Field, Blue Ash) Friday, April 11 Batavia vs. Clermont Northeastern, 5 p.m. (Legacy Field at Prasco Park, Mason) Cincinnati Christian vs. Summit Country Day, 7:30 p.m. (Prasco Park, Mason) Monroe vs. Walnut Hills, 7 p.m. (P&G MLB Cincinnati Urban Youth Academy, Roselawn) Saturday, April 12 Ross vs. Waynesville, 2:30 p.m. (Miami University) Edgewood vs. West Carrollton, 5 p.m. (Miami University) Thursday, April 17 Amelia vs. Glen Este, 4:30 p.m. (Midland Field) Sunday, April 27 Clark Montessori vs. Lockland, 2 p.m. (P&G MLB Cincinnati Urban Youth Academy, Roselawn) Aiken vs. Withrow, 3 p.m. (P&G MLB Cincinnati Urban Youth Academy, Roselawn) Purcell Marian vs. Roger Bacon, 5 p.m. (P&G MLB Cincinnati Urban Youth Academy, Roselawn)

Fellow senior Tim Jergens earned second-team all-conference honors along with Kitchen. At No. 3 singles he finished third in the SWOC and took home first-place at the Coaches Classic. Senior Ricky Platt earned second-team AllSWOC honors last season as well. Expect senior Trendal Miller to see increased action in 2014 after playing some No. 3 singles and second doubles last season. “The team has been working in the offseason to improve their games,” Beyer said. “The team is looking forward to getting started, so it’s fun to coach excited players. The team will have a good mix of veterans and a good bunch of newcomers who look thrive on competing.” The Knights open the season April 1 at home against Colerain.

Roger Bacon

Fred Widmeyer is the coach of the Spartans, who open the 2014 season April 3 at Alter.

No other information was available before press deadline.

St. Xavier

Russ King returns for his 31st year coaching at the Bombers and boasts an astounding career record of 739-96. Sophomore Andrew Niehaus takes over the first singles position after going unbeaten at No. 3 singles last season. The team of Jay Shanahan and Matt Momper – a Bellarmine University signee - will occupy the top doubles team. Shanahan had success at No. 2 doubles last season going 7-1 with then partner Elliot Bostick. Junior Connor Aronoff is likely to see time in singles action, while Neil Bostick will contribute as well. “They are young and really ready (to) learn and improve,” King said. “I look forward to working with them.” The Bombers begin the quest for their 36th consecutive Greater Catholic League title April 1 at home against Milford.

CATCHING UP WITH COLLEGE ATHLETES Eschenbach is player of week

Mount St. Joseph’s Luke Eschenbach, a setter from La Salle High School, was recently named Continental Volleyball Conference Player of the Week is College Eschenbach had a record setting performance last week in recording 123 assists in just two matches. Against Eastern Mennonite he recorded 60 assists in a 3-2 win, adding 11 digs and one service ace. He followed with 63 assists in a close five set loss to Thiel, adding 14 digs and two service aces. Eschenbach finished the week averaging 12.3 assists per set and currently leads the CVC in assists per set.

Thompson academic All-Ohio

Kristen Thompson, a Colerain High School graduate and member of the Capital University women’s basketball team, was recently selected 2014 Winter Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference. Honorees must be of sophomore or higher class standing, maintain varsity status and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.495 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Thompson played an integral role in helping the Crusaders secure the program’s 10th OAC Tournament championship and clinch the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA

Division III Tournament. Capital finished 19-9 overall and 13-5 in OAC play, good for fourth place in the league standings. Thompson played in 26 games, including five starts, and led the team and currently ranks in the top 10 in the OAC in rebounds per game (6.3) and field goal percentage (.489). She placed third on the team with 9.0 points per affair. Thompson recorded three double-doubles and tallied career highs in both points (19) and rebounds (17) in games this season. She carried a 3.64 GPA into the spring semester and is majoring in leadership and management.

Erica Fitzpatrick on first team

Cincinnati State point guard Ericka Fitzpatrick was recently selected to the OCCAC 1st Team after finishing the season averaging 11.7 points, 5.3 assists and 3.0 steals per game.

Spitznagel shines for Centre St. Xavier High school grad Andrew Spitznagel, now a senior linebacker on the Centre College football team, finished the season second on the team in tackles. He had 67 total including 1.5 for loss and also had two forced fumbles. He was a team captain, and was named Second-Team All SAA and was All SAA Academic Honor Roll.


Exercise with others in a safe, friendly environment in the Great Parks by joining Walk Club, open to adults 50 and up who want to get moving and stay motivated with new friends in Great Parks of Hamilton County. Led by Great Parks volunteers, this free group is an opportunity for fitness and fun in the great outdoors. Walk Club groups meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8:30 a.m. March 5-Nov. 12, at five different parks: Farbach-

Werner Nature Preserve, Fernbank Park, Miami Whitewater Forest, Sharon Woods and Winton Woods. Members can choose where, when and how often they want to walk. Members can also attend exclusive, members-only nature hikes, health programs and brown-bag luncheons hosted by Great Parks every month during the Walk Club Season. For a registration form and full list of activities, call 521-7275, ext. 240, or visit


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LETTER TO THE EDITOR Race Road needs repair

As a Monfort Heights resident who frequently drives the steep hill on Race Road between West Fork and Boomer, I am amazed that this road, full of potholes and ruts, remains untouched by the county, whose job it is to keep this county road safe and passable. So I am publicly going to ask Hamilton County; please send a road crew over there, and do something with it! It literally is almost unusable, and reminds me of the worst kind of road you would see in a third world country. Thank you.

Christopher Heather Green Township

Do you think economic sanctions against Russian banks and officials will prevent Russia from annexing the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine? Why or why not?

“I do not think any sanctions against Russia and its old school dictator Vladimir Putin are going to cause Russia to reverse any courses. I find it interesting how he waited till after Russia’s $51 billion Olympics to butt in to the Crimea. “The US should act via the UN on these matters although I still do not know what the role of the UN is anymore. The US pours a lot of money into the UN without measurable results or a return on investment. Go Figure!”


“Unlike most of my classmates I excelled in history. Many of the boys complained saying, ‘Why do we have to learn so much about something that will do us no good in real life?’ The teacher replied, ‘Those who fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it’ and she wasn’t referring to our grades. “The scene in present-day Europe is chillingly similar to the 1930s when Hitler was implementing plans to take over any nation he pleased. I cannot believe our president, and especially European leaders, are so feckless. All the world needs to complete this pathetic scenario is for one of those leaders to wave a piece of paper proclaiming it guarantees ‘Peace in our time.’ Putin, like Hitler, will only respond to force.”


“It's a done deal. This area was Russian for centuries till 55 years ago. The majority of people have spoken. This area has been fought over time and


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I was one of the applicants for trustee of Green Township. In response to the request to outline my positions and policies on matters concerning the township, I Dale R. Mihuta subCOMMUNITY PRESS mitted the GUEST COLUMNIST following: Every community across the United States is waging the struggle between the services they provide vs. the money available. Certainly this tests our vision and creativity to produce an environment that is conducive to responsible growth. We must be cognizant of the cost of the services we provide to business and residences as it relates to our revenue base. The only way to successfully emerge from this dilemma is to carefully listen to your constituency and to take advantage of programs that conform to our goals and needs of this community.

Lifestyle challenges

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time again. Read history about the Crimean wars. We have more pressing problems in Syria and Africa where blood is shed each day.”


“No I think that is a done deal and only a real and credible show of strength will deter Mr. Putin.”


“Sanctions are only punitive and will not stop the new Russian Czar from doing what he wants. He thinks he is the new savior of the Russian Federation. “However, sanctions may hurt both the Russian economy and their standing in the international community. That is about all anyone (except maybe the sabre rattler, McCain) can hope to accomplish. It may also give Putin pause to think what his next move may do. “Right now the Obama administration and the Euro zone nations are doing what is proper and prudent. The last thing this country or Western Europe needs is another Iron Curtain going up. But the right wing probably would love to get back to the good old days when we knew who the enemy really was.”


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My vision for Green Township

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Editor: Dick Maloney,, 248-7134


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Green Township is a bedroom community of Cincinnati and has largely grown by

sprawl, and difficult to reverse. With sprawl comes the total dependence on the automobile for every need. Business centers are disassociated with residential locations. The solution to this is to enhance the development of communities that are closely tied to the business centers.


I believe it is the duty of our trustees to guide development on the basis of an overall master plan. I mean something that is more detailed and comprehensive than the Harrison Avenue Corridor Plan. Developers build to make money and they don’t care about a bigger picture. If developers buy into our plans, the infrastructure easily falls into place. Let’s build something we can be proud of.

A family environment

Green Township is a great place to raise a family. We have a semirural environment with great schools and churches. The people here are honest, hard working and unpretentious. We need to find a way to keep them here. What is missing here is an environment that promotes exercise and connectivity. The suggestion of a jogging/ walking trail on the old

railroad bed is a great start. We should also find ways of promoting bicycle and moped use in our business centers.

The parks of Green Township

I visit a municipal or county park almost daily. I don’t visit a township park because the parks are small and overdeveloped. I would venture to guess that we probably have enough baseball parks. The township owns two land parcels yet to be developed into parks; these have great promise. The Hutchinson Preserve could be turned into a park with minimal monies and become a revenue producer. The remaining Weidner property would connect the railroad right of way to the Hutchinson Preserve. This composite park could be used to provide picnic areas for families and numerous walk/hike trails. I would love to see our cross country runners running in the park rather than along the street side sucking in carbon monoxide fumes. I think you get an idea about what I believe in. I will do everything possible to improve our quality of life. I would offer you a diversity you currently don’t have. Dale R. Mihuta is a resident of Dent.

Lack of effective deterrent dooms our environment

Earth Alert has learned that on the evening of March 17, a major oil spill was discovered and reported to authorities near the Oak Glen Nature Preserve. We also learned that the estimated spill of 10,000 gallons is close to the Great Miami River. Perhapsthe most meaningful information disclosed was that the pipe owned by Sunoco Logistics and operated by Mid-Valley Pipeline Co, had 40 reported incidents, including three in the region since 2005. Regulators have issued a number of penalties and warnings for non-compliance with applicable rules. But it seems state and federal EPAs have failed to create an effective deterrent to eliminate problems with this pipeline. The spill could hardly have come at a

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worse time for supporters of the proAlan Sanders posed COMMUNITY PRESS KeyGUEST COLUMNIST stone Pipeline. That pipeline would cross the Ogallala aquifer, one of the world’s most important aquifers. Environmentalists and farmers are worried about the possibility that a spill there could cause harm to the aquifer. But pipeline supporters argue that a spill would be next to impossible. So this pipeline, which carries the same product – crude oil – does not provide a good example of its safety record or government regulation. Meanwhile, back at the Great Miami, our spill reportedly ran down a stream into a

pond. So it sounds like area waters have already been contaminated with crude oil. Quick action is required to prevent migration of crude oil into subsurface waters and local aquifers. Crude is also destructive of fauna and can move quickly if carried by streams. I once worked on a spill along the Santa Clara River in Southern California. I got to meet Jay Holcomb of the International Bird Rescue. We ran up and down the river trying to catch ducks covered in oil. We did catch quite a few, but they mostly had already ingested oil and perished. Oil and wildlife just don’t mix. We should have learned this lesson by now. Alan Sanders is chief strategist for Earth Alert. He lives in Loveland.

Northwest Press Editor Dick Maloney, 248-7134 Office hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday See page A2 for additional contact information.






Philip Bachman and Emily Horn are silver plating glass bottles.

In their science show T-shirts and safety goggles are, from left, Christy Blum, Abby Sander, Caroline Schott and Katie Burkhart.

McAuley science stars serve 20 schools


cAuley High School students share their love of science with younger children through the McAuley Traveling Science Show, an ongoing outreach service to area elementary schools. This year, the McAuley show is being presented to 20 elementary schools. Kathy Safaviyan’s fifthgrade class at St. Catharine of Siena School recently was treated to the show. The McAuley students on the St. Catharine team were sophomores Abby Sander and Caroline Schott, junior Christy Blum and senior Katie Burkhart. The program format of all the shows begins with four hands-on experiences: Students make UV bracelets, learning about ultraviolet light; they make density columns, learning about density of various liquids; they do an acids-bases experiment; and they predict which kind of cola has the most carbon dioxide in it by shaking different colas in baby bottles.

Philip Bachman, Makaela Dettmer and Caroline Schott are pictured at the acids-bases experiment.

Natalie Borgert and Rameses Thorton record carbon dioxide experiment results.

After the 30-minute handson session, the four McAuley students, under the direction of retired McAuley chemistry

teacher Shirley Frey present a show entitled Solids, Liquids and Gases.

Katie Burkhart, Christy Blum, Abby Sander, Caroline Schott and Shirley Frey begin the Solids, Liquids and Gases show.

Lainey Ryan and Shania Stith shine flashlights on UV bracelets.

Abby Sander is pictured behind Pete Ralles and Trevor Sulken, who are holding their density columns.


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, APRIL 3 Art & Craft Classes Sewing 101 Class, 3-5 p.m., Broadhope Art Collective, 3022 Harrison Ave., Learn to sew in one-on-one class setting making pillow and getting acquainted with sewing machine. All materials provided; call for other available dates. $50. Registration required. 225-8441. Westwood.

Dance Classes Intro to Ballet and Jazz, 5:30-6 p.m., Cincinnati Dance and Movement Center, 880 Compton Road, $85 per session. Reservations required. 521-8462. Springfield Township. Intermediate Tap for Adults, 7-7:45 p.m., Cincinnati Dance and Movement Center, 880 Compton Road, $100. Reservations required. 521-8462. Springfield Township. Musical Theater Jazz, 7:45-8:30 p.m., Cincinnati Dance and Movement Center, 880 Compton Road, $100. Reservations required. 521-8462. Springfield Township.

761-7600, ext. 586. Finneytown.

SATURDAY, APRIL 5 Art & Craft Classes


Intro to Abstract Painting, 3-4:30 p.m., Broadhope Art Collective, 3022 Harrison Ave., Find your own abstract technique with help of local artist CT Rasmuss and create your own masterpiece. All materials provided. For ages 11 and up. $25. Registration required. 225-8441; Westwood.

Job Search Seminar, 1:30-3 p.m., Family Life Center, 703 Compton Road, Seminar series provides speakers who teach how to conduct successful contemporary job search. Reservations required. 931-5777; Finneytown.

Craft Shows Craft Show, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Oak Hills United Methodist Church, 6069 Bridgetown Road, Handmade crafts from wide variety of vendors. Lunch available for purchase. Free admission. 5741131. Bridgetown.

Exercise Classes Aqua Zumba, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Oak Hills High School, 3200 Ebenezer Road, With Deb Yaeger. $10. 451-3595; community-education. Green Township.

Exercise Classes

Music - Concerts

Spintensity, 5:45-6:45 p.m., Western Sports Mall, 2323 Ferguson Road, Intense cycling class offered on RealRyder “motion” bikes with boot camp intervals throughout. $8.50-$10 per class. 451-4920. Westwood.

Switchfoot, 7 p.m., The Underground, 1140 Smiley Ave., Alternative rock band from San Diego. $35 early entry; $30, $25 advance. With the Royal Concept. 825-8200; Forest Park.

Music - World


German Show, 5:30-11 p.m., Donauschwaben Haus, 4290 Dry Ridge Road, Music by group of German singers and bands. Birgit Langer, Willy Seitz, Kay Dorfel and Die Waldspitzbuben. $15. 451-6452; Colerain Township.

Cincinnati Parks’ Explore Nature: Scout Day: Rocks Rock, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., LaBoiteaux Woods, 5400 Lanius Lane, Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts, Tenderfoots and American Heritage Girls. Participants make rock collection, learn different types of rocks and more. $5 Scouts and chaperones; free for leaders. Reservations required. 542-2909; College Hill.

On Stage - Student Theater Bat Boy the Musical, 7:30 p.m., St. Xavier High School, 600 W. North Bend Road, Features boy abandoned in a cave and raised by bats, set to music. $12. 7617600, ext. 586. Finneytown.

Schools CUMC Preschool Tours, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Cheviot United Methodist Church, 3820 Westwood Northern Blvd., Free. Reservations required. Through May 15. 662-2048. Cheviot.

Senior Citizens Movement Class for Seniors, 11 a.m.-noon, Guenthner Physical Therapy, 5557 Cheviot Road, $6, first class free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

FRIDAY, APRIL 4 Benefits One Hope One Heart Volleyball Challenge, 6-8:30 p.m., Oak Hills High School, 3200 Ebenezer Road, T-shirts available plus raffles, face painting and split-the-pot. Benefits district families who have experienced hardships. $10 per family, $5 per adult, $3 middle school students and older. 922-2300. Green Township.

Exercise Classes RealRyder Cycling, 5:45-6:15 a.m., Western Sports Mall, 2323 Ferguson Road, Racquetball Center. Cycling class. First class free. Ages 14 and up. Three classes for $15, $10 walk-in. 236-6136; Westwood. Yoga, 7-8:15 p.m., Little BrothersFriends of the Elderly, 5530 Colerain Ave., Learn principles of yoga and then engage in physical practice of yoga. For ages 13 and up. Benefits Marjorie Book Continuing Education. Free. 328-6300; Colerain Township.

Health / Wellness Mercy Health Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Kroger Northgate, 9690 Colerain Ave., Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. 686-3300; Colerain Township.

On Stage - Student Theater Our Town, 7 p.m., La Salle High School, 3091 North Bend Road, $10. 741-2369; Green Township. Bat Boy the Musical, 7:30 p.m., St. Xavier High School, $12.

Road, $85. Reservations required. 521-8462. Springfield Township.

On Stage - Student Theater Our Town, 7 p.m., La Salle High School, $10. 741-2369; Green Township. Bat Boy the Musical, 7:30 p.m., St. Xavier High School, $12. 761-7600, ext. 586. Finneytown.

Shopping Rummage and Bake Sale, 9 a.m.-noon, Peace Lutheran Church, 1451 Ebenezer Road, 941-5177. Green Township.

SUNDAY, APRIL 6 Exercise Classes Yoga, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Guenthner Physical Therapy, 5557 Cheviot Road, Strengthen, stretch and tone with gentle postures that release tension and support the integrity of the spine. Family friendly. $7 walk-in; $120 for 10 classes. 923-1700; Monfort Heights. RealRyder Cycling, 9-10 a.m., Western Sports Mall, 2323 Ferguson Road, Racquetball Center. Group cycling workout. Ages 14-99. $20 walk-in. 2366136; Westwood. Leslie Sansone’s Walk Live, 2:15-3 p.m., Greater Emanuel Apostolic Temple, 1150 W. Galbraith Road, Lower level. One-mile walk in powerful, low-impact, indoor, aerobic workout. Free. 324-6173. North College Hill.

On Stage - Student Theater Our Town, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., La Salle High School, $10. 741-2369; Green Township.

Support Groups Caregiver Support Group, 3:30-5 p.m., Northminster Presbyterian Church, 703 Compton Road, Free. Registration required. 241-7745, ext. 2539; Finneytown.

MONDAY, APRIL 7 Art & Craft Classes Stained Glass Make It Take It, 6:30-9 p.m., Broadhope Art Collective, 3022 Harrison Ave., Learn basic skills of glass cutting, foil wrap and soldering while creating one of four available stained glass creations. All materials included. $20-$35. Registration required. 225-8441. Westwood.

Dance Classes Intro to Ballet and Jazz, 5:155:45 p.m., Cincinnati Dance and Movement Center, 880 Compton

Exercise Classes Zumba with KimNTim, 6:307:30 p.m., Grace Episcopal Church, 5501 Hamilton Ave., $7. Presented by Zumba with KimNTim. 520-0165; College Hill.

Health / Wellness Diabetic Management Class, 10 a.m., Triple Creek Retirement Community, 11230 Pippin Road, Villa Clubhouse. Learn to manage your symptoms. Free. Reservations required. 923-4466; Colerain Township.

Senior Citizens Movement Class for Seniors, 11 a.m.-noon, Guenthner Physical Therapy, $6, first class free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

TUESDAY, APRIL 8 Art & Craft Classes Beginning Knitting, 6:30-8 p.m., Broadhope Art Collective, 3022 Harrison Ave., Learn basics of knitting and more. Ages 10-99. $20. Registration required. 225-8441. Westwood.

Dance Classes Moving With Mommy/Dancing With Daddy, 6:30-7 p.m., Cincinnati Dance and Movement Center, 880 Compton Road, Movement class for ages 2-4. Adult participates with child. $85. 521-8462. Springfield Township. Jazz/Hip-Hop, 7:45-8:30 p.m., Cincinnati Dance and Movement Center, 880 Compton Road, $100. Reservations required. 521-8462. Springfield Township.

Exercise Classes RealRyder Cycling, 5:45-6:45 p.m., Western Sports Mall, $20 walk-in. 236-6136; Westwood.

Music Education An Evening with Jim LaBarbara the Music Professor, 6:308:30 p.m., Price Hill Chili, 4920 Glenway Ave, Join Jim LaBarbara, music professor and legendary disk jockey, to learn about making of ‘50s and ‘60s music. Free. Registration required. 478-4523; Price Hill.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9 Art & Craft Classes Sewing 101 Class, 3-5 p.m., Broadhope Art Collective, $50. Registration required. 225-8441. Westwood.

Clubs & Organizations Monfort Heights-White Oak Community Association Meeting, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Cover topics from road repairs and traffic problems to community beautification. Free. 661-8446; Green Township.

Dance Classes Intro to Ballet and Tap, Noon-12:45 p.m., Cincinnati Dance and Movement Center, 880 Compton Road, $100. Reservations required. 521-8462. Springfield Township. Tap Class for Homeschoolers, 11:15 a.m.-noon, Cincinnati Dance and Movement Center, 880 Compton Road, $100. Reservations required. 521-8462. Springfield Township.

Exercise Classes Step & Strength, 6-7 p.m., Western Sports Mall, 2323 Ferguson Road, Aerobic workout on step or floor while adding intervals of strength exercises. $7.50-$10. 236-6136; Westwood. Yoga, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Guenthner Physical Therapy, $7 walk-in; $120 for 10 classes. 923-1700; Monfort Heights. Gentle Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, 7-8 p.m., EarthConnection, $10 drop-in; $45 five-class pass; $80 10-class pass; $140

Enjoy an evening with Jim LaBarbara from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at Price Hill Chili, 4920 Glenway Ave. LaBarbara, music professor and legendary disk jockey, will talk about the making of ‘50s and ‘60s music. There is no admission, but registration is required. Call 478-4523. 20-class pass. 675-2725; Delhi Township.

Health / Wellness Karaoke and Open Mic Singer, Songwriter and Music Showcase, 8 p.m.-midnight, Club Trio, 5744 Springdale Road, Free. 385-1005; Colerain Township.

Religious - Community Free Community Meal, 5:306:30 p.m., Central Church of Christ, 3501 Cheviot Ave., Free. 481-5820; Westwood.

THURSDAY, APRIL 10 Art & Craft Classes

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Exercise Classes RealRyder Cycling, 5:45-6:15 a.m., Western Sports Mall, Three classes for $15, $10 walk-in. 236-6136; Westwood.

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Sewing 101 Class, 3-5 p.m., Broadhope Art Collective, $50. Registration required. 225-8441. Westwood.

Heffron Brothers, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Club Trio, 5744 Springdale Road, Free. 385-1005; Colerain Township.

Dance Classes


Intermediate Tap for Adults, 7-7:45 p.m., Cincinnati Dance and Movement Center, $100. Reservations required. 521-8462. Springfield Township. Musical Theater Jazz, 7:45-8:30 p.m., Cincinnati Dance and Movement Center, $100. Reservations required. 521-8462. Springfield Township.

Western Wildlife Corridor Wildflower Festival, 6-9 p.m., College of Mount St. Joseph, 5701 Delhi Road, Harrington Student Center. Includes local nature organizations, vendors of native plants, nature art, pottery, jewelry and activities for children. Free. 859-512-1983. Delhi Township.


On Stage - Student Theater

Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle, 7-9 p.m., College of Mount St. Joseph, 5701 Delhi Road, Recital Hall. Unique documentary series for community to learn about civil rights struggles. Rick Momeyer, retired professor of philosophy at Miami University, and Allan Winkler, professor of history at Miami University, speak on topic, “Freedom Summer and the Civil Rights Movement.” Clips of film, “Freedom Riders.“ Free. 244-4200. Delhi Township.

Exercise Classes Spintensity, 5:45-6:45 p.m., Western Sports Mall, $8.50-$10 per class. 451-4920. Westwood.

On Stage - Student Theater Bat Boy the Musical, 7:30 p.m., St. Xavier High School, $12. 761-7600, ext. 586. Finneytown.

On Stage - Theater Gypsy, 7:30 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., Ultimate story about an aggressive stage mother. Join Rose, June and Louise in their trip across the United States during the 1920s, when vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born. $24, $21 seniors and students. Through May 4. 241-6550; West Price Hill.

Schools CUMC Preschool Tours, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Cheviot United Methodist Church, Free. Reservations required. 662-2048. Cheviot.

Senior Citizens Movement Class for Seniors, 11 a.m.-noon, Guenthner Physical Therapy, $6, first class free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

FRIDAY, APRIL 11 Dance Classes Square Dance Lessons, 7-9 p.m., Bridge Church, $5. 941-

Bat Boy the Musical, 7:30 p.m., St. Xavier High School, $12. 761-7600, ext. 586. Finneytown.

On Stage - Theater Gypsy, 8 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, $24, $21 seniors and students. 241-6550; West Price Hill.

SATURDAY, APRIL 12 Art & Craft Classes Stained Glass Make It Take It, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Broadhope Art Collective, $20-$35. Registration required. 225-8441. Westwood.

Exercise Classes Aqua Zumba, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Oak Hills High School, $10. 451-3595; Green Township.

Museums Coleraine Historical Museum, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Coleraine Historical Museum, 4725 Springdale Road, Museum open to public second and fourth Saturdays of each month. Rotating monthly displays. Archives available for research. Free. 385-7566; Colerain Township.

On Stage - Student Theater Bat Boy the Musical, 7:30 p.m., St. Xavier High School, $12. 761-7600, ext. 586. Finneytown.

On Stage - Theater Gypsy, 8 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, $24, $21 seniors and students. 241-6550; West Price Hill.

SUNDAY, APRIL 13 Benefits Kiwanis Club of Cleves Three Rivers Pancake Breakfast, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Miami Township Community Center, 3780 Shady Lane, $6, $3 ages 8 and younger. 941-2466. Miami Township.

Community Dance Lakeridge Funfest, 1-5 p.m., Lakeridge Hall, 7210 Pippin Road, Music by DJ Larry Robers. Photos, soda, beer, snacks and door prizes. Ages 50 and up. $10. Reservations accepted. 521-1112; Colerain Township.

Exercise Classes Yoga, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Guenthner Physical Therapy, $7 walk-in; $120 for 10 classes. 923-1700; Monfort Heights. RealRyder Cycling, 9-10 a.m., Western Sports Mall, $20 walkin. 236-6136; Westwood. Leslie Sansone’s Walk Live, 2:15-3 p.m., Greater Emanuel Apostolic Temple, Free. 3246173. North College Hill.

Literary - Signings Desperate Deeds: Book Launch, 1-3 p.m., Higher Ground Coffee House, 3721 Harrison Ave., Patricia Gligor selling and signing copies of “Desperate Deeds,” third novel in Malone mystery series, which takes place in Cincinnati. Cheviot.

On Stage - Theater Gypsy, 2 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, $24, $21 seniors and students. 241-6550; West Price Hill.

MONDAY, APRIL 14 Art & Craft Classes Stained Glass Make It Take It, 6:30-9 p.m., Broadhope Art Collective, $20-$35. Registration required. 225-8441. Westwood. Crochet, Beyond the Basics, 6:30-8 p.m., Broadhope Art Collective, 3022 Harrison Ave., Call for supply list. Ages 12-99. $20. Registration required. 225-8441; Westwood.

Exercise Classes Zumba with KimNTim, 6:307:30 p.m., Grace Episcopal Church, $7. 520-0165; College Hill.

Senior Citizens Movement Class for Seniors, 11 a.m.-noon, Guenthner Physical Therapy, $6, first class free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

TUESDAY, APRIL 15 Exercise Classes RealRyder Cycling, 5:45-6:45 p.m., Western Sports Mall, $20 walk-in. 236-6136; Westwood.

On Stage - Student Theater Passion Play, 7 p.m., La Salle High School, 3091 North Bend Road, Free. 741-3000; Green Township.



Lentil and rice dish perfect for Lent

Mujadarah/Lentils with rice and cumin

Go to taste on seasonings. Some people like to stir in some of the cooked onions into the lentils and rice. 3 very large yellow onions 1 ⁄3 cup olive oil 1 cup whole brown lentils 11⁄2 cups long grain rice 5 cups water 1 to 2 teaspoons cumin Salt and pepper to taste Plain yogurt or tzatziki (cucumber and yogurt salad) Chopped greens (optional) Sprinkle of cayenne pepper (optional)

heat, in oil until caramelized/dark brown. You’ll start out with a lot but they will cook down considerably. What happens is the onions’ natural sugars come to the surface and create a caramelization, making them taste sweet. Combine lentils, 1 teaspoon cumin, salt and water in pan. Cover, bring to boil and cook over medium heat, covered, until lentils are half cooked, about 10 minutes. Add rice and simmer, covered, until rice is cooked, about 20 minutes. Water should be absorbed but, if not, drain off. Adjust seasonings. To serve, put onions over mujadarah and garnish with yogurt and greens.

Tip from Rita’s kitchen

If using brown rice, check package directions for liquid and time needed. Lentils help lower cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar and contain protein and B vitamins.

Crockpot breakfast egg and sausage casserole No dry mustard? Leave it out. Go lightly when you sprinkle salt and pepper on. Turn this on before bed and it will be ready to eat Easter morning. I like to thaw the hash browns a bit, but the Eastern Hills reader who shared the original recipe said he “just pours them straight from the bag.” Here’s my adaptation.

Slice onions and cook, covered, over medium

2 pounds frozen shredded hash browns 1 pound sausage, cooked and crumbled 1 bunch green onions, finely sliced, both white and green parts 1 pound shredded cheese 12 eggs 1 ⁄3 cup milk 1 ⁄4 teaspoon garlic powder 1 ⁄2 teaspoon dry mustard Salt and pepper

Spray 6-quart slow cooker/crockpot. Layer 1⁄3 potatoes on bottom, sprinkle with salt and pepper and top with 1⁄3 sausage, sprinkle with salt and pepper, add 1⁄3 onions and cheese, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Repeat layers two more times, ending with cheese. Whisk eggs, milk, garlic powder and mustard. Cook on low 6-8 hours or high 4-5.

From readers’ kitchens

Bridgetown Finer Meats turkey salad. I enjoy chatting with Richard Hoehn and Brian Brogran about their famous turkey salad. For years, readers have asked me for a clone. And for years, I get the same answer: a chuckled “no.” I respect that this recipe is proprietary but a while back, a reader wanted it to send to her daughter in the Navy, hoping the chef there could recreate what was her favorite turkey salad from home. Bridgetown softened up and gave me ingredients, but no amounts. They sell a whopping 300 pounds of it a week and make it several times so it’s al-

Tzatziki or plain yogurt can top this spiced lentil-and-rice dish.THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD

ways at the peak of freshness. I sent the information to Embeth B., who then sent it to her daughter. The reply I got was this: “With your help, a recipe for a ‘close second’ was created and our daughter in the Navy says to her ‘it tastes like something from home’!” Of course it’s not the real deal, but close enough for her daughter to enjoy a taste of the West Side a long way from home.

sidered a big dog breed. Rounding out the top 10 are five “little ones:’ chihuahua (1,745), shih tzu (1,611), Yorkshire terrier (1,283), dachshund (1,276) and Jack Russell terrier (1,028). The 2014 dog license renewal season which ended Feb. 28 totaled 48,399 licenses sold in Hamilton County, a total fairly close to last year’s renewal total of 48,810. Licenses for new dogs will be sold throughout the remainder of the year and can be bought online through the Hamilton County Auditor’s website, www.hamiltoncountyaud-, by mail to the auditor, or in person at the auditor’s office or at one of the neighborhood vendors. Go to the dog licensing icon on the auditor’s website for complete information. The 2014 top 10 dog names are Lucy (580), Max (536), Buddy (506), Bella (477), Maggie (436), Daisy (428), Sadie (415), Molly (404), Charlie (361) and Bailey(346) Gender-wise the girls rule with 24,647 to the boys at 22,896 (856 registrations did not denote a gender).

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I’ve already gone through one batch of my homemade yogurt and have another batch “cultivating” on my counter. We eat yogurt year ‘round, but especially during Lent, when it tops my vegetarian lentils and rice. The yogurt recipe is too long to include here, but you’ll find it, with step-bystep phoRita tos, at Heikenfeld AbouteaRITA’S KITCHEN The recipe I’m sharing today may be an unusual recipe to some of you. Called mujadarah, it’s a dish we grew up with that evokes fond memories of my mom wrapping her jar of homemade yogurt in towels to keep it warm enough to inoculate.



States are investigating student loan complaints A multi-state investigation is now underway into the practices of the student loan servicing firm SLM Corp., also known as Sallie Mae. This comes after numerous complaints have been filed with state attorneys general around the country. Complaints are coming from people like Eric Wooddell of Martinsville, Ohio. “Sallie Mae is taking money specified for certain accounts (in this case the ones with higher interest rates) and posting the money how they wish (to lower interest loans),” Woodell wrote. Wooddell said he has recorded phone conversations with the company and has bank statements showing the

investigation being led by the Illinois Attorney General. Ohio has received 57 complaints about Sallie Mae since 2012. Nationwide, the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reports almost half the 3,800 student loan servicer complaints it’s received are against Sallie Mae. It says the most common complaints concern inaccurate payment processing and an inability to modify loans. One complaint on file with the Ohio Attorney General reads, “On the 18th of January, I ‘paid off’ one of the loans, but they have no record of it! Key Bank has repeatedly sent them verification, and they refuse to acknowledge that they

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problem. “Over $1,300 hasn’t even been posted to my account where I Howard have bank Ain records HEY HOWARD! showing I paid the amount. They are blaming a system change while millions of students are being impacted and paying thousands more in interest payments,” he said. I’ve told Wooddell, as I’m telling everyone else with such problems, to file a complaint with their state attorney general. Ohio officials there say they are not permitted to say whether they are part of the multi-state


‘received the electronically sent payment’! I am beyond what to do!” Another complaint filed with the Ohio Attorney General reads, “Sallie Mae continues to change the way they have done business which changes the original agreement when the loan was made. Further investigation is needed into the Sallie Mae practices.” A spokesperson for the Illinois Attorney General said, “We’re looking into the increasing reports of abusive servicing practices involving consumers who have taken on considerable student debt loans.” Congress created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in 2010 as part of the Dodd-Frank law in an effort to watch over banks and student loans. The law encourages state attorneys general to take more of an interest in complaints against student lenders. Sallie Mae is the nation’s largest student loan provider and had set aside $70 million to help resolve enforcement actions by the Department of Justice and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Howard Ain’s column appears bi-weekly in the Community Press newspapers. He appears regularly as the Troubleshooter on WKRC-TV Local 12 News. Email him at

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Clippard appoints president, board chairs

The Board of Directors at Clippard Instrument Laboratory in Colerain Township has appointed William L. Clippard III as chairman of the board, Robert L. Clippard as vice chairman of the board, and John Campbell as president, reporting to the board. The Clippards live in Colerain Township; Campbell lives in Anderson Township. Founded in 1941 by Leonard Clippard and incorporated in 1946, Clippard Instrument Laboratory is a world leader in manufacturing miniature pneumatic components and devices. Clippard’s sons, William and Robert, have provided the leadership of the company for the past 38 years. Campbell brings experience in running small to mid-size manufacturing companies and has managed all aspects of their business including sales, marketing, product development, manufacturing and distribution as well as areas of finance, mergers and acquisitions.

Honan promoted at Fifth Third

The Fifth Third Bancorp Board of Directors has promoted Colerain Tonship residen Stephanie Honan to vice president.

Honan is a senior public relations manager. She started her career with the bank in 2001 and graduated from Xavier University, where she studied marketing. Stephanie is a leadership team member for the Cincinnati chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and an advisory board member for the American Cancer Society.

Scanlon promoted at Fifth Third

The Fifth Third Bancorp Board of Directors has promoted White Oak resident Chris Scanlon to officer. Scanlon is a senior client specialist. He started his career with the Bank in 2008. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business management from Wilmington College and his associate’s degree in applied business from the University of Cincinnati.

Scheyer a partner at Hixson

Colerain Township resident James Schreyer has been elected as a partner at Hixson, a Cincinnatibased architecture, engineering and interior design firm. Schreyer

Schreyer is a project electrical engineer at Hixson. In this role, Schreyer designs electrical systems for industrial and commercial facilities. Schreyer holds a degree in architectural engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering, as well as a degree in economics from Miami University.

‘Take Back the Night’ April 24 Committee members are gearing up for the 25th annual Take Back the Night Cincinnati in April. Take Back the Night’s mission is to increase the community’s awareness about sexual assault while empowering, unifying, and freeing those who have survived incest, rape, or assault and honoring those who have not. The event will again coincide with Child Abuse

Prevention Month and occur Thursday, April 24. The march will begin at the Peace Bell in Newport and end at Sawyer Point. This year’s theme is “Looking Back, Moving Forward.” In addition to the walk and speakers, there will be a speak-out, music performed by MUSE and a silent ’candlelight’ vigil leading back over the Taylor Southgate Bridge to

the Peace Bell in Newport. The event is still in the planning stages. Anyone interested in volunteering at the event or serving on the planning committee can contact Glenn-Gunnarson at 859630-4185, or Fernandez at 859-409-6839. There are many options to get involved.

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The annual fish fries at St. Therese Little Flower Parish, 5560 Kirby Road, will continue on Fridays through Lent, except for Good Friday. There is dine-in, carry-out and a drive-through from 5:307:30 p.m. at Little Flower. The Fish Fry benefits the Our Lady of Grace Athletic Association. Menu includes fish, shrimp, pizza, macaroni and cheese, green beans, baked potato, hush puppies, onion rings, applesauce and a kid’s meal, which includes the grilled cheese sandwich and one side item.

Mt. Healthy American Legion Post 513 The annual fish fry at Wesley Werner Post 513 American Legion Hall, 7947 Hamilton Ave. in Mount Healthy runs from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Friday during Lent. Menu includes cod, catfish, chicken strips, shrimp, crab cakes, fries,

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A typical Friday night dinner at the local fish fry.

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Pleasant Run Presbyterian Church

The Women’s Association and Boy Scouts will host a fish fry from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Fridays, through April 4, at the church, 11565 Pippin Road. The menu consists of fish or chicken nuggets bread, dessert, coffee, lemonade or ice tea, and a choice of two sides: macaroni and cheese, green beans, cole slaw or applesauce. The price is $8.50 per adult and $4.50 per child. Carry out prices are $8 per adult and $4 per child. For more information, call 825-4544 or visit

Evelyn Place Monuments This is the Colerain Township location of Orange Leaf Yogurt, 9825 Colerain Ave, Suite 100. Correct answers came from Mary Bowling, Charlene Campbell, Mimi and Papa Threm, Emily, Megan and the boys, Ron and Erma, Annette, Gail Hallgath, Debbie Fales, Nancy Bruner, Joan Donnelly, Pat Merfert and Dennis Boehm, Velda Atkins, Debi Ferguson, Greg Kohl, Linda Metz, Yolanda Burns, Florence Back, Julie Ford, Steve Templin, David and Yvonne Schmeusser, Jackie Huff, and Fran Hoppenjans. Thanks for playing. See this week’s clue on A4.


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St. James the Greater Church

St. James the Greater Church, 3565 Hubble Road in White Oak,presents its God and Cod fish fry from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays through April 11. The menu includes fried or baked fish dinners, shrimp dinners, sandwiches, LaRosa’s pizza, bread from the North College Hill Bakery and pretzels from Servatii‘s. Soft drinks and beer available. Dine in or carry out.

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Our Lady of the Rosary Church

Our Lady of the Rosary, 17 Farragut Road, will host a drive-thru fish fry from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays, through April 11. The menu is fried cod on salted rye with french fries and cole slaw for $6. Guests can dine in or carry out March 14, March 28 and April 11. Call 825-8626 for information. The menu features baked salmon, baked cod, fried cod, fried shrimp, salted rye/hoagie, french fries, green beans, macaroni and cheese, cheese pizza, boiled new potatoes, cole slaw, clam chowder, drinks and desserts. Prices vary.

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DEATHS Jo Benedic

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Betty Jo Kossey Benedic, 80, died March 23. She was a nurse in the cardiac surgical unit at Children’s Hospital and later owned the Cincinnati Hair Design Salon. Survived by husband Benedic Leonard Benedic; children David (Vicki), Michael (Andrea) Benedic, Nancy (Keith) Brown; grandchildren Alex, Elizabeth, Emily, Grayden, Gwyneth, Kristin, Nathan, Matt, Melissa, Wes; 13 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by parents Bowling Green, Ada Kossey, sisters Mikki Ledbetter Wunderle, Maydell Rowe. Services were March 29 at St. Anthony Friary and Shrine. Arrangements by Frederick Funeral Home. Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Arthur J. Caños, 70, White Oak, died March 25. Survived by wife Eileen Caños; children Amy (Matt) Cox, Michael (Courtney), Daniel (Kristin), Laura Caños, Lisa (Andrew) Rumpke; Caños grandchildren Aidan, Christian, John Arthur, Keira, Alex, Mia, Ethan, Andy, Will, Cameron; mother Adela Caños; siblings Rodolfo Jr., Eleanor, Hilda Caños. Preceded in death by father Rodolfo Caños. Services were March 29 at St. James Church. Arrangements by Mihovk-Rosenacker Funeral Home. Memorials to the Good Samaritan Hospital Surgical Residency Program.

Marian Briggs Marian Hartman Briggs, 82, died March 21. Survived by husband Edward Briggs; children Robert, Christopher (Lauren), Barbara Garibay, Daniel (Virginia) Briggs; grandBriggs children Emma, Audrey, Maegan, Sara, Sterling, Collin, Brice, Samuel, Annaliese; great-grandson Landen. Preceded in death by daughters Carolyn (Mark) Sorvoja, Laura Briggs, granddaughter Rosie. Arrangements by Frederick Funeral Home. Memorials to Right to Life, Our Lady of Perpetual Help or the Christian Appalachian Project.

William Day Jr. William G. Day Jr., Green Township, died March 19. Survived by wife June “Peg” Day; daughters Pam (Frank) Voynovich, Jane, Mary Day; grandchildren Frank, Marc, Day Nick, Michael Voynovich, Heather Gardner, Rachel Moore, Emma Dreyer, Lila, Elliott Day; five greatgrandchildren. Preceded in death by daughter Caroline (Robert) Dreyer. Services were March 22 at Neidhard-Minges Funeral Home. Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Raymond Hill Sr.

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Raymond D. Hill Sr., 89, Colerain Township, died March 18. Survived by son Raymond (Sandi) Hill; grandchildren Christopher (Monica), Jonathan (Stacy) Hill, Justin (Rachael), Abigail, Adam Copelin; lifelong friends Andy, Mary Lou Altes. Preceded in death by wife Martha Hill, daughter Deborah (Dan) Copelin. Services were March 22 at the Arlington Memorial Gardens Mausoleum Chapel. Arrangements by Frederick Funeral Home.

Betty Ann Hogeback Betty Ann Hogeback, 75, died March 15. She worked as a pressman helper and a nurses’ aide. Survived by sons Michael, Mark, Matt, Russ Hogeback; sisters Jacquilin Smith, Beatrice Frickie, Joyce Bearing, Sally Dillon, Connie Lewis; sister-inlaw Linda Walters; grandchildren Adam, Kyle, David, Troy, Emily, Tim, Carrie Hogeback; great-grandson Connor Daugherty. Preceded in death by parents Dorothy, Russell Walters, brothers Tony, Terry Walters, granddaughter Mary Hogeback. Arrangements by Fares J. Radel Funeral Home. Memorials to: Clermont County Humane Society, 4025 Filager Road, Batavia, OH 45103 .

Michael Sullivan

Michael Sullivan, 50, Colerain Township, died March 15. He sang in the St. Ann choir for 36 years. Survived by mother Joan Sullivan; siblings Steven Sullivan, Jacqueline (David) Pfeltz; many cousins. Sullivan Services were March 20 at St. Ann Church. Arrangements by Frederick Funeral Home. Memorials to the St. Ann Music Ministry.

Roger Miller Roger Carlton Miller, 87, died

March 15. He was a news writer for 50 years for community publications. He was a member of Westwood United Methodist Chuch and Wesmates for 60 years, a member of Cheviot Westwood Kiwanis Club and Delhi Hills Lodge 775 F&AM, and an honorary member of The Drama Workshop. Survived by wife Mary Jane Miller; children Susan Miller (Lou) Winston, Dan (Michie), Bob (Therese) Miller; grandchildren Joe, Ben, Adelle (Devin), Anna, Kevin, Jennifer (Dennis), Emma; great-granddaughters Lena, Naomi. Services were March 19 at Westwood United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Bolton & Lunsford Funeral Home. Memorials to the Wesmates Endowment Fund at Westwood United Methodist Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Karen Robinson Karen Kunkel Robinson, 61, Colerain Township, died March 19. Survived by husband John Robinson; daughter Julie (Jim) Warren; grandchildren Brianna (Travis Grimes), Jimmy, Harleigh, Skylar, Seth, Parker Warren, Cassandra Wintermeyer, Robinson Carissa (fiancé Matt Piper) Spencer; greatgrandchildren Madison, Cameron, Dakota, Kylie, Jamison; brothers Ken (Joann), Bill (Carol) Kunkel. Preceded in death by daughter Cheryl Cobb. Services were March 22 at Frederick Funeral Home. Memorials to: Kidney Foundation, 615 Elsinore Place, Suite 400, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

Thomas Stahley

Thomas W. Stahley, 78, Colerain Township, died March 20. Survived by daughter Ann (Dave) Chastang; grandchildren Matthew , Stephanie Chastang; mother Elizabeth Stahley. Preceded in death by wife Ayca Stahley, daughter Amy Stahley Stahley, father Walter Stahley. Services were March 24 at St. Ann Church. Arrangements by Frederick Funeral Home. Memorials to the Hospice of Cincinnati or American Diabetes Association.

Elizabeth Meyer Elizabeth Anna “Bit” Meyer, 97, Cheviot, died Feb. 26. She was a nanny. Survived by children James Meyer, Laura Fronk; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents Elizabeth H., William Meyer, siblings Alma Miefert, William, Dorothy, John “Jack” Meyer, Grace Holland. Arrangements by Bolton & Lunsford Funeral Home.

Jeffery Stewart Jeffery Lee Stewart, 51, died March 11. Survived by mother Angela Stewart; siblings Timothy (Sharon) Stewart, Debbie (Albert) Maas, Billie (Andrew) Ronnebaum; nieces and nephews Brett, Matthew, Andrea, Alison, Stewart Holly, Hannah, Camden, Hudson. Preceded in death by wife Karla Stewart, father Wilbur “Bill” Stewart. Services were March 15 at Frederick Funeral Home. Memorials to: Arthritis Foundation, P.O. Box 96280, Washington, DC 20077.

POLICE REPORTS CINCINNATI DISTRICT 3 Arrests/citations Alexandria Harris, born 1989, children endangering or neglect, March 17. Demia Mason, born 1994, March 17. Hillary P. Hampton, born 1990, March 17. Amber Lucas, born 1983, forgery, March 18. Teaon Morris, born 1978, March 18. Alfred Shaw, born 1977, March 19. Tyrone Gladden, born 1990, drug abuse, trafficking, March 20. David Reynolds, born 1988, possession of drug abuse instruments, March 21. Eric V. Vinegar, born 1968, March 21. Vance Davis, born 1980, having a weapon under disability, March 21.

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POLICE REPORTS Continued from Page B6 William A. Kelly, born 1966, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, March 21. William A. Kelly, born 1966, misdemeanor drug possession, March 21. Jermaine L. Phillips, born 1972, disorderly conduct, March 22. Michael J. Simpson, born 1959, having a weapon under disability, illegal possession of a prescription drug, obstructing official business, possession of drug abuse instruments, possession of drug paraphernalia, trafficking, March 22. Steven Gentry, born 1970, March 22.

Incidents/reports Aggravated armed robbery 5300 block of Bahama Terrace, March 23. Aggravated menacing 5300 block of Bahama Terrace, March 23. Breaking and entering 2200 block of West North Bend Road, March 17. 5700 block of Hamilton Avenue, March 22. 6000 block of Budmar Avenue, March 20. Criminal damaging/endangering 5900 block of Salvia Avenue, March 17. 1400 block of Marlowe Avenue, March 18. 5000 block of Hawaiian Terrace, March 19. 6200 block of Cary Avenue, March 20. 5800 block of Hamilton Avenue, March 21. Domestic violence Reported on Hawaiian Terrace, March 17. Endangering children 4800 block of Hawaiian Terrace, March 18. Rape Reported on Hawaiian Terrace, March 20. Reported on Hawaiian Terrace, March 20. Robbery 5600 block of Belmont Avenue, March 14. Sexual imposition Reported on Highforest Lane, March 22. Theft 1000 block of Springbrook Drive, March 17. 5400 block of Kirby Avenue, March 17. 5000 block of Colerain Avenue, March 18. 6000 block of Townevista Drive, March 19. 5100 block of Hawaiian Terrace, March 19. 5500 block of Little Flower Avenue, March 19. 1400 block of Aster, March 20. 1600 block of Cedar Avenue, March 20. 5600 block of Belmont Avenue, March 20. 5600 block of Hamilton Avenue, March 20. 6300 block of Heitzler Avenue, March 20.

COLERAIN TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Nickolas Woodson, 18, 866 Galaxy Court, theft, obstructing official business, March 4. Bria Frazier, 34, 8387 Marley St., theft, March 5. Niesha McCarter, 27, 2352 Walden Glen Circle, contributing to unruliness, March 5. Donald Webber, 28, 3266 Orangeburg Court, theft, March 5. Christopher Clendensen, 31, 9675 Capstan Drive, possession of drug paraphernalia, March 5. Cheven McClendon, 42, 1465 Kelvin Court, theft, March 5. Deon Snell, 20, 7793 Clovernook, theft, falsification, March 6. Ronald Insco, 60, 3375 Amberway Court, operating vehicle intoxicated, March 5. Anastasia Hartman, 18, 1732 Sutton Ave., theft, March 10. Jaylnn Smith, 19, 10308 Season Drive, theft, March 6. Brandon Lampley, 27, 5327 Southgate, sexual battery, March 7. Thomas Downs, 31, 11952 Wincanton, receiving stolen property, March 9. Elizabeth Snider, 50, 3537 Amberway, theft, March 7. Emily Snider, 25, 3364 Amberway, theft, March 7. Gloria Settle, 48, 2962 High Forest Lane, theft, criminal damaging, March 8. Kendra Wright, 43, 6212 Cheviot Road, assault, March 9. Daniko Hicks, 22, 2455 Merriway Lane, disorderly conduct, March

9. James Ackman, 32, 2684 Breezy Way, disorderly conduct, March 9. Chaelia Hicks, 20, 2455 Merriway Lane, assault, March 9.

Incidents/reports Assault Reported at Elkhorn, March 3. Reported at Colerain Avenue, March 8. Reported at Clover Crest, March 9. Reported at Merriway, March 9. Burglary Reported at East Miami River Rd, March 7. Criminal simulation Reported at Colerain Avenue, March 7. Theft Construction equipment of unknown value removed at Brehm and Sheits, Feb. 24. Rims of tires removed from vehicle at Colerain Avenue, Feb. 26. Wallet and contents of unknown value removed at Colerain Ave, Feb. 21. Catalytic converters removed at West Galbraith Road, Feb. 20. Batteries of unknown value removed at Blue Rock Road, Feb. 24. Merchandise valued at $148 removed at Colerain Avenue, Feb. 26. Merchandise of unknown value removed at Colerain Avenue, Feb. 19. Cellphones of unknown value removed at Pippin, Feb. 26. Tablet of unknown value removed at Colerain Avenue, Feb. 22. Merchandise valued at $148 removed at Stone Creek, Feb. 27. $203 in merchandise removed at 10000 block of Colerain Avenue, Feb. 27. Items valued at $2,618 removed at Rinda Lane, Feb. 7. Bike of unknown value removed at 6800 block of Hillary Drive, Feb. 28. iPhone of unknown value removed at 9700 block of Colerain Avenue, March 2. iPhone of unknown value removed at 7400 block of Colerain Avenue, Feb. 28. Reported at East Miami River Road, March 3. Reported at Vernier Drive, March 3. Reported at Planet Drive, March 4. Reported at Libra Lane, March 4. Reported at Colerain Avenue, March 4. Reported at Hamilton Ave, March 4. Reported at Stone Creek Blvd, March 4. Reported at Stout Road, March 4. Reported at Colerain Avenue, March 5. Reported at Joseph Road, March 5. Reported at Rinda Lane, March 5. Reported at Colerain Avenue, March 6. Reported at Stone Creek Boulevard, March 5. Reported at Joseph Road, March 6. Reported at Deshler, March 7. Reported at Stadia, March 7. Reported at East Miami River Road, March 7. Reported at Colerain Avenue, March 7. Reported at Crosley Farm Drive, March 7. Reported at Cheviot Road, March 7. Reported at Stone Creek Boulevard, March 7. Reported at Stone Creek Boulevard, March 7. Reported at Colerain Avenue, March 8. Reported at Colerain Avenue, March 8. Reported at Bevis Lane, March 8. Reported at Marino, March 8. Reported at Colerain Avenue, March 8. Reported at Colerain Avenue, March 8. Reported at Colerain Avenue, March 9. Reported at Springdale, March 9.

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Shawnta Freeman, 25, 1661 Summit Road, assault, Feb. 17. Cornell Freeman, 22, 2668 Losantiville Ave., assault, Feb. 17. Heather Schille, 24, 1402 Hazelgrove Drive, drug paraphernalia, Feb. 17. Richard Lee, 19, 3525 Woodridge

Blvd., falsification, Feb. 18. Curtis Linner, 24, 5808 Argus, drug abuse, Feb. 19. Juvenile female, 17, unauthorized use of motor vehicle, Feb. 19. Lamont Snell, 41, 8911 Fontainebleau Terrace, menacing, Feb. 20. Dwayne Hodges, 53, 1040 Groesbeck, theft, Feb. 21. Vernard Fields, 36, 2016 Bluehill Drive, resisting arrest, Feb. 21. Bryant Merritt, 25, 1610 Bising Ave., obstructing official business, Feb. 22. William Heard, 27, 8374 Anthony Wayne, theft, Feb. 22. Jermond Davis, 39, 5206 Colerain Ave., drug trafficking, Feb. 22. Logan Perdue, 21, 9272 Montoro Drive, carrying concealed weapon, Feb. 23. Jimmy Knight, 22, 1658 Iliff Ave., resisting arrest, Feb. 23. John Duke, 27, 940 Walton Ave., disorderly conduct, Feb. 23. Gregory Donaldson, 43, 632 Forest Ave., carrying concealed weapon, Feb. 23. Jeremy Watts, 24, 6505 Hasler, assault, Feb. 23. David Lambert, 23, 4270 Webster, receiving stolen property, Feb. 24. Damian Mortimer, 29, 4260 Webster, receiving stolen property, Feb. 24. Demeeko Kenney, 18, 2045 Sevenhills Drive, theft, Feb. 25. Joseph Lannigan, 35, 3309 Woodlawn Hill, drug abuse, Feb. 25.

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