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Sportsman of the Year The fourth annual Community Press Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year online contest is under way. Readers can nominate any high school junior or senior starting athlete who demonstrates the highest qualities on the field of play, in the classroom and in the community throughout the 2011-2012 school year. They can do so by clicking on the 2012 Sportsman of the Year logo on, finding their community newspaper and following the prompts. The nomination period ends Monday, April 16. All the nominations will be considered for male/female ballots that represent specific community newspapers, such as the Northwest Press. To vote, readers can go online to the same preps, log into through their Facebook accounts and vote for the winners from Monday, April 30, to Friday, May 18. Readers can vote every day during that period but will be limited on the number they can vote each day. Last year, more than 270,000 votes were tallied by online readers. Winners will receive a certificate and a story in their Community Press newspaper June 20-21. Questions? Email with the subject line: 2012 Sportsman of the Year.




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Colerain has plan to deal with county patrol loss Board approves a ‘reserve officer’ plan

By Jennie Key

Colerain Township Trustees gave Police Chief Dan Meloy the green light on a plan to deal with the loss of Hamilton County Sheriff deputies at the board’s meeting March 27. The plan was approved unanimously. Local townships were told in January they would have to begin paying for non-contract deputies that patrol in the communities. In addition to its 38 town-

ship officers, Hamilton County Sheriff office provides the township with 15 deputies and the township contract with the county for an ad- Meloy ditional 3.5 deputies. Services provided through the contract include one patrol deputy, one traffic safety officer and one neighborhood resource officer, which cost the township $373,000 last year. Colerain Township told the sheriff’s office it could not af-

ford to pay for additional non-contracted deputies. Meloy said he still had no written proposal from the sheriff, but media reports said the Ritter sheriff’s office was reducing the number of deputies assigned to the township by 11. That would leave four deputies assigned to patrol the township in addition to the officers the township pays for. The chief developed a fiveyear “phase-in” plan that would


address the loss of service, which included restructuring contracts with officers and sergeants to save the department money and a wage freeze for fiscal year 2013. The unions also agreed to eliminate step pay increases for new officers hired after May 1, and an increased health care contribution to 20 percent for all new employees, effective immediately, a 3 percent increase. Meloy said the concessions would save the department more than $300,000. The plan includes a number of staff changes: See POLICE, Page A2

Northgate Mall sale closes Texas owners bring back the fireworks By Jennie Key

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The Northgate Mall sale closed March 26 and the new owners are starting off with a bang. The new owner, the Dallas-based Tabani Group, is bringing back the annual Colerain Township fireworks display. The sale was handled by Rockwood Real Estate Advisors, headquartered in New York. Rockwood managing director Tom Dobrowski said the 915,956 square-foot regional mall sold for $21.5 million. Feldman Mall Properties bought the mall for $110 million in 2005. Tabani has been negotiating the purchase of the square-foot Northgate Mall for about seven months. Zeshan Tabani, managing director, said his firm is committed to Colerain Township and is looking forward to making the mall the center of the community once again. He said residents can expect new tenant announcements soon. San Diego-based Douglas Wilson Co. has been the receiver for the mall since February 2010, and has been overseeing its operation as it prepared to market and sell the property. The mall is anchored by Sears and Macy’s, following the closure of Dillard’s in 2009. Tabani has hired Sue Walkenhorst as general manager. The mall is also partnering with the Colerain Township Police Department, which will have a

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» Promote to full-time, third shift records clerk from a current part-time position and replace the parti-time employee. The new full-time clerk will contribute at the new 20 percent rate for insurance. » Conduct a selection process for police officers and hire one additional full-time officer. » Appoint 14 reserve police officers in 2012. Reserve officers will be certified police officers who will perform police officer and clerk duties. The additional staff will allow the department to remain open around the clock. Officers would be selected under the same criteria as full-time officers and would be required to participate in all mandated training, including field training. The plan would promote three reserve of-

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ficers to full-time positions each year, through 2017. All officers would begin at the newly established entry-level salary. “This allows the police department to maintain a budget that was anticipated to extend our five-year 2007 police levy through a sixth year,” he said. “The levy expires this year, and we plan to stretch it through 2013.” Trustees approved the plan, but cautioned the chief to go slowly. Board president Jeff Ritter said the township has to have a plan in place and he wants to make sure the township doesn’t act prematurely. He said the township would be flexible in what is implemented as more information becomes available. Trustee Dennis Deters said he wanted to clarify some information he’s heard. “Colerain Township was committed to this partnership with the sheriff’s office; the sheriff

changed the score,” Deters said. “We did nothing. They came to us and said we need more money. We are a township that’s been dealt a significant amount of difficulty on the budget side. We can’t deal with these kinds of curve balls.” Deters said he doesn’t want to react until his hand is forced, advising the department not move too quickly as the plan is implemented. “Let’s start to lay the foundation. We need to know exactly what we’re dealing with from the sheriff’s office.” Ritter said the township has to move forward, but cautiously. “We are going to try to preserve the relationship if we can, but we are prepared for the worst,” he said. “We put a great plan together and we will be covered either way. That’s what residents should take home from this. We’ve got your back. We always will have your back.”


display due to budget constraints resulting from state funding cuts. Thanks to the sponsorship, the 15th annual Northgate Mall/Colerain Township Fourth of July Spectacular will take place Saturday, July 7. This year’s show will be fireworks only; no entertainment is planned.

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substation in the mall and will provide police coverage at the mall during business hours. In January the Colerain Township trustee’s cancelled the annual fireworks

Green Twp. in talks with sheriff Gannett News Service Fourteen percent – or 22 of Hamilton County’s 150 patrol officers – could disappear from township streets because the communities where those deputies work can’t afford them. Commissioners cut the patrol budget by $4 million for this year saying the county could no longer afford to provide 65 free patrols and that townships would have to pick up the cost. But, the townships can’t all afford to pay those deputies in the wake of several funding cuts. Hamilton County Sheriff Simon Leis detailed the loss at the Board of Commissioners staff meeting Monday, March 26. He’s losing 30 officers in four townships, but two townships – Miami and Sycamore – are adding four officers each. The biggest losses come to Green and Colerain Townships – both of which have their own police departments. Colerain is losing 11 officers; Green 6, Leis said. At the meeting, Board of Commissioners President Greg Hartmann asked the sheriff: “Who will the gap be covered by?” The sheriff responded: “I don’t know.”

Green Township Trustee Rocky Boiman said the township is still negotiating with Boiman the sheriff’s office, but said the township will make sure there are enough police patrolling the West streets. “We’re very confident everything will remain the same in terms of safety for Green Township residents,” Boiman said. The township pays the sheriff’s office $456,000 annually for six deputies, and he said the sheriff provides the township six deputies at no cost. However, he said unfortunately that arrangement is likely a thing of the past. “Every entity is examining their budgets and making cuts right now.” Green Township Police Chief Bart West, who oversees a township police force comprised of 33 full-time officers, said he’s hopeful the township will lose less than six sheriff’s deputies. Whether the township loses six, four or two deputies, West said the department will have a plan in place for protecting residents. “The public is most

concerned with having a quick response from an officer when they pick up the phone and call us,” he said. “We want to make sure our street strength stays strong.” He said he’s considering several options for covering the loss, including reallocating supervisors and investigators to road patrol. “Everyone is under budget constraints,” he said. “We have to figure out how to work a little smarter and stronger.” At the end of last year Leis had about 150 deputies working in 10 townships – 85 that the townships paid for and 65 the county paid for. The county-provided patrols have long been controversial because every taxpayer in Hamilton County chips in for those free patrols, but threefourths of county taxpayers also pay for their own police departments. Surrounding counties and other urban counties across the state have long required townships to pay for patrols. As part of the 2012 county general fund budget, the Board of Commissioners slashed $4 million from the patrol program, dropping funding from $5.5 million to $1.5 million. By 2015, Leis said all county-provided patrols will end. Kurt Backscheider contributed to this story


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No fizzle for Fourth Colerain fireworks back on schedule

The Colerain Township Fourth of July Spectacular fireworks show will take place this year, thanks to sponsorship by Northgate Mall’s new owner, the Tabani Group.

Colerain Township’s Fourth of July Spectacular Fireworks show is back on, thanks to the sponsorship of the Tabani Group and Northgate Mall, but there will be changes to the traditional celebration. In January, the Colerain Township Trustees canceled the Fourth of July Spectacular due to budget constraints resulting from state funding cuts. Tabani decided to sponsor the event, bringing back the fireworks. Assistant Administrator Frank Birkenhauer said the 15th annual Northgate Mall/Colerain Township Fourth of July Spectacular Fireworks show will move Saturday, July 7, at the Drew Campbell Memorial Soccer Fields, next to the Colerain Township Government Complex, 4200 Springdale Road. The Fourth of July Spectacular will feature the traditional fireworks show

Green Twp. fireworks are back on By Kurt Backscheider

Green Township will present its annual Independence Day concert and fireworks display after all. Trustee Rocky Boiman announced at the trustees meeting Monday, March 26, that the township has raised private funds to make this year’s Fourth of July celebration possible. About a month ago the board decided to cancel this summer’s fireworks display as a cost savings measure. Boiman said it costs the township about $29,000 to present the holiday fireworks and concert, and with the recent state budget cuts the township has been examining ways to tighten its belt. He said the board wants to ensure funding for police, fire and roads is the township’s first priority. “We didn’t think putting on the fireworks this year was a prudent thing to do, it’s basically spending money on a luxury item,” he said. After it was announced

the township was canceling this year’s fireworks, township resident Charles Wurster came forward with a $10,000 donation to help keep the tradition alive. Boiman said Wurster issued the donation as a challenge, prompting him and Trustee Tony Rosiello to set out and raise more money to support this year’s event. “We were reinvigorated to keep this event going,” Boiman said. “It is the signature community event in Green Township.” Wurster said he decided to donate the money after seeing a report on the news about the fireworks being cancelled. A lifetime township resident, he said he knew the veterans groups and community organizations who set up booths at the event count on the money they raise from their food and beverage sales at the celebration. "I know a lot of people in Green Township look forward to the event," Wurster said. "I just thought this would be a good thing." Wurster's family is in

the construction business and he said they've built more than 500 homes in the township, as well as many commercial properties. He said the donation was made in memory of his late parents, Charles Senior and Erlene, because the community event is something they would have also supported. He spoke with his siblings about making the donation and he said they agreed it would be a great tribute to their parents. Rosiello and Boiman gathered pledges and donations from private citizens as well as township businesses, and the township is now able to present the event without spending one dime of township funds. “It will be 100 percent privately funded,” Boiman said. Rosiello said the township will recognize everyone who contributed donations at the event. More than 10,000 people typically attend the Fourth of July concert and fireworks, Boiman said. “It really is a great time,” he said.

but the will not include additional entertainment as it has in past years. Springdale Road will close from 8:30 p.m. to midnight between Poole Road and Flattop Drive at 3730 Springdale Road. Yellowwood Drive will close from Springdale Road to Timbleglen Drive. There will be free parking and shuttle service at Northgate Mall, Colerain High School and Colerain Middle School, as usual. Access transportation will be available from all locations starting at 8 p.m.

The fireworks show is launched from behind the Colerain Township Public Works building. This year’s soundtrack is being put together by the fireworks crew, comprised of firefighters and volunteers. Assistant Chief of Administrative Services Rick Niehaus said several members of the township’s parks and services department serve as a support crew, helping set up the tubes from which the fireworks are launched and also with tear down work after the show. He said his

committee continued working after the fireworks show was canceled on the chance that a sponsor would step forward. “We wanted to be ready,” he said. “And we thought if it didn’t happen this year, we would be ahead of the game for next year. I am glad we did, because now we’re not scrambling.” The annual 5k Race is also back on the schedule. It will be on Wednesday, July 4, thanks to assistance from the Tony Merk Foundation.

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BRIEFLY Easter party set April 7

The Augsburg Lutheran Church’s will have its annual Community Easter Party from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at Augsburg Lutheran Church, 11676 Hamilton Ave. All children from toddlers age 2 to elementary school students in the sixth grade, and their parents, are invited to the party, which will include fun activities, games, crafts, storytelling and the excitement of the traditional Easter Egg Hunt. Lunch will be provided. Augsburg members have been donating Easter candy, treats, and food in preparation for the big party. According to church member Carolyn Vander Meer, the Community Easter Party gets bigger and better every year. “We look forward to hosting the party and enjoying time with the children,” she said. “Their smiles, happiness, and joy are blessings that build lasting memories.” For more information, call the church at 513-8252240.

Easter service

In keeping with its long history and tradition of providing community services, Arlington Memorial Gardens will host its 54th annual Easter Sunrise Services at 7 a.m. Sunday, April 8, on the South Lawn of Arlington Lake, 2145 Compton Road.

Pastor Bob Schnecker of the Chase Avenue Church of the Nazarene will service as the presiding clergy during this early morning celebration on Easter. The public is invited; it is suggested to arrive by 6:30 a.m. for best parking and seating. Coffee and doughnuts will be served following the service.

Easter dinner April 8

The Feast of Love, an ecumenical ministry partnering with College Hill Presbyterian Church, Evangelical Community Church in Colerain Township, and St. Clare Roman Catholic Church in College Hill, will present the 26th annual Easter Day Dinner from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 8, at College Hill Presbyterian Church, 5742 Hamilton Ave. The dinner is open to all. There will be activities for children, and in the College Hill area only, there will be pickup and take home service for guests and meal delivery offered. The Feast of Love is supported entirely by donations, and volunteers and donation of food, money and volunteers are all appreciated. If you are interested in volunteering, call Karen Lane at 541-5676, ext. 167. For meal delivery or to make a donation, call 5410786.

Garage sale

The Mount Healthy Alumni Association is now accepting vendor applications for the association's Annual Garage Sale. The sale is from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 14, in the Mount Healthy Junior/Senior High School cafeteria, 8101 Hamilton Ave. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Cost is $15 for a 6-foot table, $20 for a 12-foot table or $10 if you bring your own table. The application for vendor tables can be downloaded at You can contact Rose Kahsar at or Steve Harness at

‘Green’ adoption

Adopting a shelter animal is a great way to “green” your pet from the start because according the Humane Society of the United States, 5 million to 7 million companion animals enter shelters every year of which 3 million to 4 million are euthanized. Petco is helping raise awareness for this issue during their monthly National Adoption Weekend starting April 14, right before Earth Day on April 22. Every Petco store nationwide will host pet adoption events in hopes of placing these shelter animals in forever homes. Stores in this area participating are: 8525 Winton Road, Forest Park and 5453 North Bend Road, Monfort Heights. Wellness will be sponsoring the weekend by of-


fering adopting pet parents a coupon for a free small bag of dry dog food or dry cat food (up to 6 pounds). Also, any customer that comes in store will receive a $3 off coupon for select Wellness dry dog and dry cat food. The events will provide animal lovers across the nation the chance to meet many adoptable pets, learn about local animal adoption groups and inquire about the best ways to care for a new pet. Plus, adopters can find out about Petco’s Think Adoption First Care and Savings program which provides all pet parents who adopt additional savings on food and supplies for their new pet. For general information on Petco National Pet Adoption events, visit

Jazz à la Mode

The Colerain High School Jazz Band presents Jazz à la Mode, a night of dinner and dancing at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at Receptions of Fairfield, 5975 Boymel Drive. Tickets are $20 per person and include dinner, drinks, and dessert. Reserved tables are for parties of 8 with the same reservation name. All tickets must be purchased by May 1. Raffle and auction items will be available at the fundraiser, which benefits the Colerain High School Jazz Band. For tickets or information please contact 5741043, 385-4293 or 385-4650.

Business group meets

The next meeting of the Colerain Township Business Association will be at 8 a.m. Thursday, April 12 at the Houston Early

Learning Center, 3310 Compton Road. The program at the breakfast meeting will be an update presented by the Northwest Local School District about what is happening in the schools.

Veterans benefit program

Veterans Financial Inc. will present a program about veterans benefits available to some wartime veterans at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at the Triple Creek Retirement Center, 11230 Pippin Road. The program will be presented by Joseph Fowee, licensed insurance agent of VFI, which is a private financial services company and is not part of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Call 513-8510601 to RSVP. Refreshments will be served. Organizers say wartime veterans or their surviving spouses may be eligible for income from the Department of Veterans Affairs that could help offset the cost of assisted living. The actual benefit amount is determined by the Vetereans Administration based on eligibility.

Shred day

A safe shred day is planned from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 28, at St. Ignatius school. The shred truck will be in the church parking lot, 5222 North Bend Road. Bring all the bags/boxes of paper you want and it will be shredded on-site. Bring confidential documents, tax returns, checks, manila folders, and all the papers cluttering your home. No newspapers, magazines, hanging file folders or cardboard. Please remove all met-

al and plastic bindings, binder and paper clips, and other items unable to be shredded. For information, call Gerri Kramer in the school office at 389-3242 or e-mail Monetary donations accepted to benefit the Boy Scouts.

Zoning board vacancies filled

Colerain Township trustees have filled a number of vacancies on zoning commissions and panels. The work of the Colerain Township Planning and Zoning Department is supported by four appointed citizen boards: Zoning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, Land Use Advisory Board, and Landscape Advisory Board. The members of these boards are volunteers from the Colerain Township resident and business communities. Trustees appointed Ilija Trajkovski to the Colerain Zoning Commission as a regular member for a new, five-year term. The Zoning Commission reviews zoning changes and development plans, and makes recommendations to the board of trustees. There were several vacancies on the Colerain Township Board of Zoning Appeals, which considers variance requests, conditional uses, and compatible nonconforming uses.. Ron Roberto was appointed for a new, fiveyear term. Tim Price was appointed as a regular member for an unexpired term through 2015. Hollis Haggard was appointed as an alternate member for a two-year term and Connie Spencer will serve as an alternate for an unexpired term through the end of this year.

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Tim Jones earned and was awarded his Eagle Scout honor on Sunday, March 25. Jones completed his Eagle Scout project at White Oak Middle School where he removed over fifty nonworking clocks throughout the building and replaced them with wooden plaques that he had painted with the school letters. He also placed a room

number plaque outside each classroom and all utility rooms in the school. Jones enJones hanced the aesthetic appearance of the landscaping on the outside of White Oak Middle School, and stained the benches at

the front entrance to the school. He attended Monfort Heights Elementary, White Oak Middle School and is a sophomore at Colerain High School. He is a member of Boy Scout Troop 98 based at Monfort Heights United Methodist Church, and has been scouting since the first grade.

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Mercy honors students with scholarships Mother of Mercy High School recognized 38 of its most prestigious scholarship recipients in the Class of 2016 at the school’s annual Admission with Distinction Ceremony Jan. 13. Eighth-graders from grade schools across the city were recognized for receiving Mercy’s academic scholarships based on their scores from the high school placement test taken in November. “This is a banner year for Mercy in the number of young women choosing our academic program of excellence,” said Kirsten MacDougal, school president. “As these students in particular have received academic scholarships, they are only the first wave of accep-

tances to Mother of Mercy. The full breadth and beauty of our school population will be rounded out with the diverse talents of many exceptional young women who will soon join them as students of Mercy.” Recruiting Coordinator Abby Luca and her recruiting committee of current Mercy students welcomed the new Mercy girls before Principal Diane Laake led the group in prayer and MacDougal then shared opening remarks. The evening followed with reflections by freshman Marissa Long and senior Emily Diersing, who spoke to the eighth graders on the experience and opportunities that lay ahead of them as they embark on their high school journey at

Mother of Mercy High School. The girls and their parents enjoyed dinner following the speeches and finally, the young women were individually recognized during an awards presentation. "The class of 2016 will be extraordinary,” said Laake. “This group of young women are gifted, poised, creative, and hard working. They reflect the best and brightest from across the city – we are delighted to call them 'bobcats'! They have found a home at Mercy." Academic Scholarships were awarded to the following: Leading Scholars: Margo Waters, St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Ellen Garbsch, St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Indigo Hudepohl, Our Lady of

Lourdes, Emily Frame, Our Lady of Lourdes, Hannah McKenna, St. Antoninus, Jennifer Minnelli, St. John the Baptist, Elisabeth Stanis, The Summit Country Day School, Ashley Sullivan, Our Lady of Visitation, Emily Fromhold, St. James, Emily Kuderer, St. Jude, Kerry Stephens, Our Lady of Visitation, Stephanie Scheurer, St. John the Baptist and Katie Schweinberg, St. Aloysious Gonzaga. Academic Achievers: Alyssa Coffaro, St. Ignatius, Gabryel Reinstatler, St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Hannah Kemble, St. Ignatius, Gabrielle Ram, Our Lady of Visitation, Sarah Merz, St. Ignatius, Julia Brown, Our Lady of Lourdes, Gwen Homan, St. Dominic, Megan Spraul, Our Lady

of Visitation, Logan Davis, St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Madison Link, Our Lady of Victory, Angela Maurer, St. Jude, Samantha Scholl, St. Teresa and Caroline Enwright, Our Lady of Visitation. Circle of Mercy Awards: Heidi Sohngen, St. James, Amanda Bishop, St. Teresa, Meghan Lanter, St. James, Allyson Klaserner, Our Lady of Lourdes, Maddie Owens, Our Lady of Visitation, Shelbie Weightman, St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Carly Schneider, St. Bernard, Kaylee Zeller, Our Lady of Lourdes, Abigail Shad, Our Lady of Lourdes, Abbey Hammann, St. Catharine, Morgan Miller, Our Lady of Visitation and Andrea Knight, St. Teresa.

McAuley alumna is ND class president

McAuley alumna Elizabeth (Lizzie) Helpling, from the class of 2010, was recently elected Junior Class President for the Class of 2014 of the University of Notre Dame. PROVIDED.

McAuley alumna Elizabeth (Lizzie) Helpling, from the class of 2010, was recently elected Junior Class President for the Class of 2014 of the University of Notre Dame. According The Observer, Notre Dame’s newsletter, Helpling’s ticket secured 71 percent of the votes. “We have a lot of really good ideas, but it still has not completely sunk in that I am a university class president … it’s a little surreal,” Helping said. “My term begins April 1 and I’m sure that it will be a ton of work, but I cannot wait to get started with it.” The daughter of Paul and Alma Helpling of White Oak, Helping is majoring in economics with a minor in philosophy, politics, and economics, and her GPA is 3.7. She credits McAuley for some of her success at Notre Dame. “The experiences I had at McAuley absolutely prepared and prompted me to take an active role in deciding my own path at Notre Dame. McAuley taught me to take on leadership roles and to use those roles as opportunities to further develop my leadership skills,” she said. “Since I have been at Notre Dame, I have gotten involved in things that I never had done or even thought about doing in high school, like comedy improvisation and student government, but I have never once felt unprepared to take on the challenges associated with these new college experiences. McAuley gave me a sense of competence and confidence, senses that I have continued to develop during my college career.”

Robin Bacon Planeteers from front left are Jacob Hart, Kaylee Hart, Ella Stark, Michelle Angel, Rebecca Meisman and Maria Angel; second row, club moderator Kyle Nobbe, Sophia Wright, Katie Wright, Ky’lah Williams, Jasmine Carter, Chloe Rivir, Alex Mathis, Kevin Dinh and Brother Roger Lopez. PROVIDED.

Roger Bacon students study waste solutions

Over the past three months, members of the Roger Bacon Planeteers, the high school's ecology club, have partnered with the Cincinnati Zoo on a project to engage the community in responsibly disposing of waste. Students spent four weeks recording everything they disposed of each day. The results were then analyzed to determine which items could be reused or recycled, which could be composted and which would end up in a landfill. The Planeteers then discussed alternative items that could be used in place of the products that went to the landfill. Styrofoam cups could be

replaced with reusable cups, paper and plastic plates and utensils could be traded for washable ones, and consumers could purchase products made from mostly recycled materials. With an awareness of where their waste was going, the members of the club then designed a mosaic to reflect what our world could look like if all our waste was reused or recycled. Along with the art piece, the students researched places in the Cincinnati area that reuse or recycle various materials. They incorporated this information into the design of the project for visitors to the zoo to see.

SCHOOL NOTES Colerain Middle School

Student Council held a short Lunch Change Drive for the Ohio tornado victims through Matthew 25 Ministries. Students collected $241 in one short week to aid the victims of last month’s tornados. ■ The Colerain Middle School Power of the Pen performed well at the Regional Tournament at Princeton High School in early March. The Colerain Middle eighth grade Power of the Pen team finished in second place at the Regional Tour. Individually, Rachel Mangold finished second overall, and Rachel Oliverio won a Best of Round award. Both students have automatically qualified for the state tournament at the College of Wooster in May.

McAuley High School

The vocal ensemble recently sang at

Cincinnati City Hall during a formal welcoming of the World Choir Games committee by city council. ■ The vocal ensemble recently was asked to appear in a video that will promote Cincinnati as “The City That Sings.” Entertainer Bootsy Collins joined the students in the video. ■ Grand raffle tickets for the annual charity auction, McAuction 2012: An Affair to Remember on the Mississippi, are now on sale. The winner will choose between the $10,000 prize, or $10,000 applied toward McAuley tuition through the 2013-2014 school year. Only 1,000 tickets are available for sale. The grand prize drawing will take place at the end of the live auction April 28, but the winner need not be present.

Proceeds from the grand raffle and McAuction benefit McAuley campus improvements and student financial assistance. To purchase raffle tickets, contact Gail Kelly at 681-1800, ext. 1117, or Tickets also can be purchased online at grandraffle2012.

Northwest High School

Junior Meagan Dunn is one of 135 high school girls selected from across the United States to participate in NASA’s Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics High School Aerospace Scholars program. She will begin phase 1 of the program, which consists of online studies about NASA’s past and future space explorations. As part of the interactive learning experience, students must complete lessons covering past, current and

future space exploration. Students will be able to chat with NASA subject matter experts. After completing the on-line lessons, each student will submit a final project based on a leading female STEM professional who is developing cutting-edge technology or performing new research. This work will be graded by certified teachers and the grades on these projects will determine which 40 students will attend the summer workshop at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas where the students will work alongside female NASA engineers and interns to design a mission to Mars. State Senator Bill Seitz recommended Dunn to this program. ■ Senior Erica Beimesche has earned the 2012 Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest and most prestigious award that Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors can earn. To earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, scouts must complete the

leadership journey requirement, and complete the seven steps to design, plan and lead a Take Action project that will make a lasting change for the better in their community and beyond. This project must involve a minimum of 80 service hours. Her project consisted of a Community Food Tasting and Food Drive. She worked with Corpus Christi Food Pantry to brainstorm ideas on how she could help them meet their needs. Together, they decided that Beimesche should partner with local grocery stores to create a food drive. She advertised her food collection and raised support from her high school freshman mentoring group. To top off the drive, Beimesche created quarterly food tastings at the food pantry for clients to experience recipes created with the ingredients at the Food Pantry. She distributed recipe cards to the clients, who enjoyed the samples while they waited to shop.



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Athletes hope to serve up aces

Local talent primed to take off in 2012 By Nick Dudukovich

As temperatures warm up, local preps will attempt to serve up victories on area tennis courts.


The Cardinals’ lineup will feature a youthful squad led by three seniors. Two of those upperclassmen James Sheline and Gavin Whitehead will play on the first and second singles’ courts, respectively. At third singles, freshman Doug Friedhoff should have ample opportunity to gain varsity match experience. At doubles, the teams of Matt Hill and Jason Brown as well as James McDonough and Henry

Wessels will attempt to navigate through the competitive Greater Miami Conference. Sophomore Brodie Hensler has joined the doubles mix at various matches so far this season.

La Salle

The Lancers squad opens the 2012 season eager to gain experience, while improving throughout the season, according to head coach Michael Holman. Travis Robertson will be integral for the Lancers at the No. 1 singles spot, while the team of Sam Pieper and Sam Samoya shore up the first doubles court. “Our starting rotation consists of multiple inexperienced players, but each of them wants to improve and contribute in a significant way to the team,” Holman said by email. La Salle started the season ranked 13th in the Enquirer’s Di-

vision I coaches’ poll.

Schaffer, Jeff Schomaker and Seth Steele. The squad is coached by Fred Widmeyer.


Nhat Quang Tran moved up to No. 1 singles for the Knights’ first match of the year against Colerain and the senior didn’t disappoint. Tran scored a 6-3, 6-4 victory to kick his season off with a win. Tran was impressive in 2011, going 7-1 at second singles. He also earned first-team, all-league recognition for his play. Other players expected to contribute at singles include Will Gustafson and Tyler Norton. At doubles Johnathon Russ, Mikey Young, Tim Hudson and Tim Jergens should also hold court.

Roger Bacon

The Spartans will play their home matches at Hollister Park in 2012.

St. Xavier

Northwest senior Nhat Quang Tran played at No. 1 singles during the Knights match against Colerain March 27. NICK DUDUKOVICH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

The roster is made up of Jose Arreaga, Tony Arreaga, Joe Baldauf, Alex Browne, Kevin Dinh, Scott Enneking, Shaun Hoopes, Ben Knollman, Nick Luken, Tom Perry, Adam Richards, Scott

Springing into softball Area girls look to be hits on the diamond

Area girls have taken to the diamond for another exciting softball season. The Northwest Press previews the upcoming campaign.


The McAuley Mohawks finished second in the GGCL Scarlet Division last year, and according to head coach Karen


The fourth-annual Community Press Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year online contest kicked off Monday, April 2. Readers can nominate any junior or senior starting athlete who demonstrates the highest qualities on the field of play, in the classroom and in the community throughout the 2011-2012 school year. They can do so by clicking on the 2012 Sportsman of the Year logo on preps, finding their community newspaper and following the prompts. The nomination period ends Monday, April 16. All the nominations will be considered for male/female ballots that represent specific community newspapers, such as the Northwest Press. To vote, readers can get online at the same location, log into through their Facebook accounts and vote for the winners from Monday, April 30, to Friday, May 18. Readers can vote every day during that period but will be limited on the number they can vote each day. Last year, more than 270,000 votes were tallied by online readers. Winners will receive a certificate and full stories on them in their Community Press newspaper June 20-21. Questions? Email mlaughman@ with the subject line: 2012 Sportsman of the Year.


Tom Skeen contributed to this report

Nominate a Sportsman of the Year candidate

By Nick Dudukovich and Tom Skeen

The Lady Cards return just two seniors, but head coach Sarah Billstrom should be able to count on eight returning starters in 2012. Colerain’s infield will be solidified by returners Gabby Hogel (C), Morgan Hoehn (SS) and Katie Hoelmer (3B). Freshman Hayley Curtis (2B) and junior Mychael Ortega (1B) should shore up the right side of the infield. In the outfield, Sydney Beckelhymer resumes her role in center field, while DeMia Ruff returns to her left field duties. When not pitching, freshman Alexia Lambrinides will be in right field. Other outfielder contributors include Carley Stafford and Brittany Nguyen. Besides Lambrinides, the Cardinals will rely on Ashlynn Roberts to handle pitching duties. Roberts was 3-4 with a 3.11 ERA in 2011. The Cardinals started the season ranked No. 10 in the Enquirer’s Division I preseason coaches poll. GMC rivals Lakota East, Lakota West and Mason took spots one through three in that same poll, while Oak Hills was ranked No. 7. The Cardinals showed they could be conference factor with their 3-2 opening day, extra innings win over Mason March 26. As the season moves forward, Billstrom is looking forward to seeing her squad progress. “All of our players, I believe, will contribute a great deal this season,” Billstrom said by email. “Overall, we have a very talented group of young women.”

The Bombers graduated No. 1 singles player and state qualifier Devin Bostick, along with their top doubles team, but return two seniors and a solid junior class. Taking over the top singles spot will be junior Matt Duma, who posted a 12-1 record last season at No. 2 singles. Also at singles is junior Matt Santen, who was the Bombers’ No. 3 singles player last season and went 11-1. Their top doubles team this season looks like it will be senior Donald Beverman and junior Elliott Bostick, who finished last season 13-0 at No. 2 doubles.


McAuley junior Jamie Ertel will be a key pitcher for the Mohawks during the 2012 season. FILE PHOTO Wiesman, the squad is looking to take the next step. “We have several good players returning and they want to be league champs,” Wiesman said by email. The Mohawks’ lineup should be sparked by several key players, including second baseman Rachael Oakley, pitcher Jamie

Ertel, third baseman Alli Cimino and catcher Randi Kelsey. Oakley hit .513 a season ago with 23 stolen bases, while Ertel (.310) Cimino (.375) and Kelsey (.318) all showed they could hit for average. On the mound, Ertel went 13-5 with a 1.49 ERA. She struck out 107 batters.

McAuley entered the season ranked No. 8 in the Enquirer’s Division I preseason coaches’ poll.

Mt. Healthy

The Lady Owls return their top two pitchers and solid offenSee SOFTBALL, Page A7

» This week’s MVP goes to Northwest High School’s 400and 800-meter relay team for breaking school records at the La Salle Legends Classic March 24. The 400 team (43.08) is made up of senior Ron Turner, juniors Miles Baldwin and Jamiel Trimble and freshman DeVohn Jackson. The 800 relay team (1:32.91) is made up of Turner, Baldwin and DeQuan Render and Jackson.

Highlight Reel

» To see what the Press Preps writers are saying about the upcoming baseball season, check out blogs/preps. See HIGHLIGHTS, Page A7





» La Salle held off Beechwood for a 6-4 win March 26. Cameron Bouldin had three RBI, while Logan Miller drove in two runs. » St. Xavier opened its season with a 14-2 win in five innings over LaSalle March 28. Junior Joe Gellenbeck went 2-3 with a double, triple and two RBI.


The newly combined Fairfield Optimist Soccer Club/Star U16 Premier soccer team won its division in the March 17-18 Ohio Galaxies College Showcase, the first tournament together, with three wins. They are, from left: Front, Colton Lipps, Travis Timler, Hunter Ulmes, Jake Laughman and Cody Perkins; middle, Yardley Gonzalez, Kyle Farrell, Luke Cobbs, Andrew Norman, Ben Fershtman, Matt Krabacher and coach Alan Fershtman; back, head coach Craig Rhodis, Freddie Ballard, Chandler Robinson, Joe Engel, Jacob Whyle, Christian Meyer, Josh Engel and coach Kelly Farrell. Not pictured: Mitchell Bolton. Their home field is Winton Woods and the boys are from Fairfield, Colerain Township, Ross, Springfield Township, Wyoming and Hyde Park. MELANIE LAUGHMAN/STAFF

Stars in the making The newly combined Fairfield Optimist Soccer Club/Star U16 Premier soccer team won its division in the March 17-18 Ohio Galaxies College Showcase, the first tour-

Softball Continued from Page A6

sive production from last year. Senior Emily Bass tossed 45 innings, went 3-4 with 40 strikeouts, while at the plate, she hit. 400 and drove in 11 runs in 30 at-bats. Senior Rebecca Henry appeared in nine games at struck out 15. They will have to improve in all facets of the game after posting a team average of .161, a team ERA of 12.67 and committing 48 errors last season. With the experience back, those number should improve this season.


The Lady Knights lost four conference all-league performers to graduation in 2011, but the squad will return catcher and third baseman Krystin Overton for the 2012 campaign. Overton received FAVC honorable mention a season ago after she hit .296 with 18 RBI. In the circle, sophomore Abbi Hines returns after striking out 13 batters in 13.2 innings of work last spring.

nament together, with three wins (2-1, 2-1, 2-0). La Salle High School’s Jacob Whyle scored three goals, Finneytown High School’s Luke Cobbs scored two and Northwest

High School’s Colton Lipps had one goal. Fairfield High School’s Jake Laughman had at least two assists (Cobbs), and Ben Fershtman of Wyoming High School had a game-

winning assist in the first game to Whyle. Keepers Chandler Robinson of St. Xavier and Josh Engel of Roger Bacon combined for the shut out in the final game.

Sports association honors female athletes Each year, the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Women’s Sports Association honors the top girls and women athletes in our community. The 18th annual awards ceremony will be 7 p.m., April 23, at the Savannah Center in West Chester. Individual tickets are $20 for students and $25 for adults. Featured speaker will be Muffett McGraw, head coach of the Fighting Irish women's basketball program at Notre Dame. Ticket order and table reservation forms are available online at Table reservations must be received by April 16. College and High School Sportswomen of the Year will be announced that night. Finalists for Overall College Sportswoman of the Year are: » Jasmine Cotten, University of Cincinnati track » Missy Harpenau, University of Cincinnati volleyball (Mother of Mercy grad) » Amanda Mason, Northern Kentucky University soccer (Northwest High School)

» Casse Mogan, Northern Kentucky University basketball » Courtney Osborn, Miami University basketball » Jessica Simpson, Miami University softball Finalists for Overall High School Sportswoman of the Year are: » Hayley Stegemiller, Lebanon High School track and field » Sydney Moss, Boone County High School basketball » Carly Scheper, Notre Dame Academy diving » Caitlyn Forman, Notre Dame Academy swimming » Megan Tenhundfeld, Ursuline Academy golf » Mehvish Safdar, Ursuline Academy tennis » Chandler Clark, Notre Dame Academy soccer » Michelle Strizak, Mt. Notre Dame High School volleyball » Claudia Saunders, Princeton High School cross country » Madyson Moran, Holy Cross High School softball Other awards are: » The Lifetime Service Award will go to Karen L. Womack, former assistant athletic director at Miami University. » High School Coach of

» Colerain used extra innings to knock off Mason 4-3 March 26. Ashlynn Roberts struck out 12 as the Cardinals improved to 2-0 on the season. Junior Gabby Hogel was 2-5 with a double. » McAuley earned wins over Badin, Ursuline and Fenwick during the week of March 26. Erin Schoeling and Jamie Ertel picked up victories in the circle during the week. » Mount Healthy dropped its season opener 14-0 to Deer Park March 26. Mount Healthy earned its first win of the season after a 7-6 win over Winton Woods March 29. Emily Bass went 2-2 for the Lady Owls, while E’yonni Tompkins finished 3-4 with a doubles for the Lady Warriors.


the Year is Sara McSorley, soccer coach at Notre Dame Academy. » The Wilma Rudolph Courage Award goes to Amber Gray of Xavier University. » College Coach of the Year is Susan Seaton, track and field coach at the University of Cincinnati. » Senior Sportswoman of the Year Award goes to Jan Worley, who plays softball with the Ohio Cardinals. » Sarah-Christin Mueller of Miami University will receive the Jean Dowell Scholarship for Leadership. » Theresa Hirschauer, athletic director and head of the middle school at Cincinnati Country Day School, will receive the Mary Jo Huismann Administrator of the Year award. » Total Quality Logistics will receive the Women’s Sports Business Award.

» Colerain handed Northwest a 3-2 loss March 27. Gavin Whitehead and Doug Friedhoff picked up singles victories for the Cardinals. For Northwest, Nhat Quang Tran earned a victory at No. 1 singles. » Northwest defeated McNick 5-0 March 28. Tran and Will Gustafson

picked up wins at singles. » Roger Bacon edged out Ross 3-2, March 28. Tom Perry and Scott Schaffer earned wins at singles. » La Salle defeated Harrison behind victories from Travis Robertson and Robbie Riesenback at singles. The doubles team of Sam Pieper and Sam Samoya also won its match. » St. Xavier opened the season with a 5-0 win over LaSalle March 28. Matt Duma was victorious 6-0, 6-0 in No. 1 singles.


» University of Michigan bound Danielle Pfeifer took first place in the 1,600-meter (5:09.57) and 400-meter (58.53) races at the La Salle Legends Classic March 24. » Northwest High School’s Tyler Thomas, who won the high jump at the La Salle Legends Classic with a mark of 5 feet, 4 inches March 24. » St. Xavier finished second at the Skyline Relays March 24.

Boys lacrosse

» St. Xavier opened its season with a 14-6 victory over Sycamore March 24. Junior Ian King finished with six goals.

Tweets from the beat

» @MikeDyer: La Salle senior linebacker Joe Burger considering UC and Ohio State as finalist » @MikeDyer: La Salle coach Tom Grippa says he expects junior CB Jaleel Hytchye will receive a significant amount of offers by summer » @MikeDyer: Colerain senior forward Kristen Thompson verbally commits to Capital

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Schools at mercy of mandates The state of Ohio constitution requires the state provide funding of a public education for every student. The state has failed to adequately do so since the 1970s. The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled the state’s method of funding public education unconstitutional – not once, but four times. Both the state of Ohio and the Federal government have increased programs school districts are required to implement, but fail to provide full funding for these programs – called “unfunded mandates.” The federal government reimburses us for about 25 cents of every dollar their mandates cost our district – the other 75 cents paid by our residents. Those unfunded mandates cost our residents almost $1 million per year. This forces public school


districts in Ohio to rely on residents to fund operating expenses. In a district like Mount Healthy, with little industry, this becomes an ever-increasing burden on

our residents. The Mount Healthy City School District recognizes the increasing burden. We have no other options to generate revenue to cover operating expenses. We are frugal stewards of our residents’ money, which is why we have made $7 million of budget cuts since 2003. We have tried to minimize the impact those cuts have had on our students. However, the cuts have affected our students’

educational opportunities. We have eliminated programs, increased class sizes and increased after-school participation fees. As a result, some students can no longer afford to participate in these programs. Those programs are an important part of our students’ education. They allow the students to become more involved in their school and local communities, thus building their self-confidence. We have reduced staffing across the district. Many of our administrators and teachers are now working more than 50 hours per week – some over 60 hours per week. A portion of that time is spent on state and federal programs, and associated paperwork. Another portion of those cuts are administrators. In 2003, we had 21 administrators. Today, we

“We are frugal stewards of our residents’ money, which is why we have made $7 million of budget cuts since 2003.” STEVE HARNESS have 14. Some administrative positions are required by the state; some required by the federal government. Neither state nor federal governments provide full funding for those positions. Increased costs in electricity, water, sewage and natural gas mean reduced spending elsewhere. Diesel fuel for buses is another example. In 2003, the price of diesel fuel was about

$1.80. Today it is near $4 per gallon. This means our costs for diesel fuel have also doubled since 2003. Our staff salaries are among the lowest in Ohio. They are performing the same work as staff in other districts, but we simply cannot afford to pay them the same. This is the reality that our district has many people on fixed incomes, and how much they can afford to support public education. The Mount Healthy Board of Education has not decided when another levy will be put on the ballot, or how much that levy will be. We are looking at many options, and additional areas for cost reductions with minimal impact to students’ educational opportunities. Steve Harness is president of the Mount Healthy Board of Education.

One man, one vote for the CMHA board

Society must find solutions for low-income housing problems

In 1964 the United States Supreme Court established the idea of “one man, one vote.” In Reynolds vs. Sims, the court determined that state legislative districts had to be roughly equal in population. Before this ruling urban counties were often drastically underrepresented. The idea of equitable representation was favored by progressives at the time to counter balance the dominance of rural and suburban coalitions. Today, two local state legislators are proposing to correct a similar long standing inequity in the make up of the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) board. But now some progressive politicians and activists are opposing this overdue move to make the CMHA board truly representative of the area it serves, all of Hamilton County with the exception of one small portion of Harrison Township. Currently, CMHA’s board includes five appointees. The appointments are made by the Hamilton County Commissioners, the Court of Common Pleas, the Court of Appeals and by the city of Cincinnati city manager. One of the appointments must be a CMHA program participant. Three appointees are selected by public officials representing the entire county (which in-

Values are volatile and emotions are high. The housing market usually leads other markets in the economy, such as domestic retail purchases. A society with ample home ownership brings pride in community and a stable tenancy. It also produces property taxes which support the infrastructure for a comfortable standard of living. Older neighborhoods are especially vulnerable for low income housing because due to excess upkeep, many homes are turned into multi-family dwellings, a natural place for investors. But, amongst home dwellers will always be those who cannot or choose not to own, thus become the tenants, some are “voucher tenants.” Some fall into the ever increasing 15 percent of our country’s below poverty level people. Unemployment has swollen the ranks of our poor. Unfortunately, some are unable to obtain the basic material necessities of life, but still need a place to call home. Where do they go? (Rep. Steve) Chabot’s response to disgruntled homeowners on the West Side with his Section 8 overhaul bill is a reactive bill, lacking insight into the crux of the problem.

cludes the city of Cincinnati), but two more are exclusively named by the Cincinnati city manager. State Rep. Louis Dusty Rhodes Terhar’s and State Sen. Bill COMMUNITY PRESS GUEST COLUMNIST Seitz’ bill would add two more representatives, one from the county’s suburban municipalities and one from the county’s townships. Why should the city of Cincinnati have disproportionately excessive representation on a board making decisions well beyond their boundaries? Why can’t suburban communities and townships have equal representation on a board making decisions which significantly impact them? The current unfairness in CMHA board membership is indefensible. Thanks to Representative Terhar and Senator Seitz for introducing this bill to assure equal representation for all county residents. The inequity the status quo perpetuates by practicing the politics of exclusion must be addressed. Dusty Rhodes is the Hamilton County auditor. He lives in Delhi Township.

CH@TROOM What are your expectations for the Reds this season? Do you have an Opening Day tradition? If so, what is it?

“I have been to Reds opening day since 1971. The new ball park and the Banks area have added to the enjoyment. “With the 2012 addition of another wild card slot the Reds have a good chance to be in the post season. However until Major League Baseball has a salary cap and true revenue sharing (ala the NFL, NBA and NHL), the World Series will generally belong to the big market teams. “For example, the Reds get $10 million per year for their local Fox Sports Net telecasts.

NEXT QUESTIONS How do you think the Supreme Court will rule on the health care law? Why? What do you think about the sheriff patrols being cut in Colerain and Green townships? Every week the Northwest Press asks readers a question they can reply to via email. Send your answers to with Chatroom in the subject line.

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“ We can’t turn away the ‘least of us.’ We are American. We can solve this problem.” ANN THOMPSON leged. Also, instead of coercing women to keep having babies, (sex is not going away anytime soon), the churches should concentrate on preventive solutions and teaching responsibility to young men. Education and jobs could prevent crime. Certainly, those who have worked hard to acquire a job and home want to protect its value, but falling values and crime are not necessarily caused by providing affordable housing for low income families. Negotiating through this problem has many facets. We claim to be Christian. We can’t turn away the “least of us.” We are American. We can solve this problem. Ann Thompson lives in Green Township. She is a homeowner, investor, Realtor emeritus, appraiser and Ohio Real Estate commissioner.


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Rep. Judy Biggert’s (R – Illinois) bill “Affordable Housing & Self Sufficiency Improvement Act,” has a Ann better unThompson derstanding COMMUNITY PRESS and a more GUEST COLUMNIST productive solution. Spreading low income housing throughout the communities should be a learning experience for both tenants and owners. It’s easy to blame low income tenants because many have less education and it’s commonly known that tenants do not care for property as owners do. I have had very good Section 8 tenants, some with unfortunate circumstances like medical catastrophes or job loss, but I know from experience that most of the problems arise from guests (boyfriends) who conveniently move in on the single mom who has no support from him. There is a case to be made here for public education and Biggert’s bill. Loosening the picky inspections and job training is the solution. We need compassion for the under-privi-

Obamacare is now two years old. It was passed through Congress on a technicality. That is, although there were differences between the Senate and House of Representatives bills and there should have been a conference committee resolution, this was avoided by the House accepting the Senate bill without alteration. Now we have a mess that should have been avoided. The Supreme Court is considering whether the mess is Constitutional on several positions: The individual mandate, the religious exemption for faith reasons, and states rights are among the problems to be determined by the court. In short, the bill was not adequately

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Audrey Silz, 11 months, was well-bundled against the chilly weather. They were lined up and ready when the horn sounded to start the hunt. The eggs were gone in a matter of minutes.

Alayna Dunagan, daughter of Dena Dunagen, picks up an egg that’s her favorite color: pink.


21-month-old Madison Roetting discovered her Easter bucket had chocolate bunnies, and that was all she needed to make the day perfect.

The eighth annual Drew Campbell Memorial Easter Egg Hunt went off on Saturday despite cooler temperatures and dampness left over from rain the night before. Hundreds of youngsters picked up more than 11,000 candy-filled Easter eggs, hoping for prize tickets. Photos by Jennie Key/Community Press

Daisy the Clown makes a balloon dog for Danee Reed, 6, while Akallyah Griffith, 8, and Tyasia Williams watch. Akallyah’s brother Kijuan brought them to the egg hunt.

When it was all over, Samone Staples, 8, returned her empty eggs for next year. She came to the event with her aunt, Brenda Wilson of Colerain Township.

Evie Losacker, 20 months, was sporting appropriate headgear at the egg hunt. She got her hand painted and ended up with a little nose paint as well.

3-year-old Eleanor Jackson thinks about whether she’d like to pet the bunny at the egg hunt as mom Farrah waits for the answer. Her answer was yes.

Jayde Nalker, 2 1/2, enjoys a cupcake in a cone at the egg hunt. 4-year-old Kendale Davis Jr. waited a long time for this alpaca to nibble from his hand. He came to the egg hunt with his uncle, Eric Phillips.


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, APRIL 5 Holiday - Easter Easter Bunny and Train, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Northgate Mall, 9501 Colerain Ave., Center Court. Visit Bunny and ride Easter Train. Family friendly. 385-5600; Colerain Township.

voke inner reflection to develop a more peaceful, calm mind, which is the foundation for happiness. Course participants have assigned readings, participate in discussions, have an opportunity to ask questions and hear commentary on meditation practice. $10. 385-7116; Colerain Township.


Senior Citizens

Moon Myth Hike, 7 p.m., Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Winton Centre. Hike to the harbor loop to watch the moon rise above the lake. There will be stories and a look through a telescope. Ages 12 and older. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Springfield Township.

Arthritis Exercise, Noon-12:45 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Workout to videos geared to help lessen arthritis symptoms. For seniors. Free. 385-3780. Green Township. Taking Off Pounds Sensibly, 10-11 a.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Weight loss support and accountability. For seniors. $28 annual fee. 385-3780. Green Township.

Senior Citizens Movement Class for Seniors, 11 a.m.-noon, Guenther Physical Therapy, 5557 Cheviot Road, $6, first class free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights. Exercise to Music, 10-11 a.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, $1. 385-3780. Green Township. Open Bridge, 12:15-3:15 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Free. 385-3780. Green Township.

FRIDAY, APRIL 6 Community Dance Cincy A2, 8-10:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 1553 Kinney Ave., Advanced level square dance club for experienced dancers. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427. Mount Healthy.

Dining Events St. Aloysius Gonzaga School Lenten Fish Fry, 4:30-7:30 p.m., St. Aloysius Gonzaga School, 4390 Bridgetown Road, School Cafeteria. Fish and shrimp dinners, baked or fried fish sandwiches, pizza, sides, beverages and desserts. Carryout and drive through available. Benefits Parish’s youth athletic programs. $1.50-$10. Presented by St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church. 574-4035; Green Township. Fish Fry, 4:30-7 p.m., VFW Post 7340 Charles R. Gailey, 8326 Brownsway Lane, Cod, catfish, shrimp, chicken, platters come with choice of two sides. Carryout available. Family friendly. $7.50 platter, $4.50 sandwich. Presented by VFW Post 7340 Ladies Auxiliary. 521-7340; Colerain Township. Lenten Fish Fry, 5-7:30 p.m., Knights of Columbus Council 1683, 3144 Blue Rock Road, Featuring popular fish sandwich on salted rye bread. Dinners including sandwich and two sides for $7.25. Sides include regular or spicy fries, coleslaw, salad, green beans or baked potato. Soup and pizza also offered. Family friendly. 7417700. White Oak. Salvation Army-Center Hill Corps and Community Center Fish Fry, 4:30-7 p.m., Salvation Army-Center Hill Corps and Community Center, 6381 Center Hill Ave., Includes Alaskan haddock fish, fries or onion rings, coleslaw, macaroni and cheese and green beans for carry-out orders. Those dining in also get dessert and beverage. Family friendly. Benefits Programs and services the the Center Hill Community Center. $7. Presented by Salvation Army-Center Hill Corp. 242-9100. College Hill. Fish Fry, 4:30-7:30 p.m., West Side Masonic Center, 4353 West Fork Rd, Dine in or carry out. $8, $3 children 6-12, free for children 5 and younger. 922-3234. Green Township.

Holiday - Easter Easter Bunny and Train, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Northgate Mall, 385-5600; Colerain Township.

Religious - Community Tibetan Buddhist Course: Foundation for Happiness, 7-8 p.m., Gaden Samdrup Ling Buddhist Monastery and Cultural Center, 3046 Pavlova Drive, The Eight Verses for Mind Training, taught from an 800year old text, designed to in-

Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Bring your own stability ball and work on strengthening your core. For seniors. 385-3780. Green Township. Euchre, 12:30-3:30 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Open game. For seniors. 385-3780. Green Township. Pattern Dancing, 1-2:30 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Learn line dancing and have fun while exercising. For seniors. Free. 385-3780. Green Township. Billiards, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Free. 385-3780. Green Township.

Support Groups Finding Your Way through Loss, 7-8:30 p.m., Family Life Center, 703 Compton Road, Support and information on adjusting to change in life and grief over loss, cherishing positive memories, giving up unrealistic expectations that may lead to guilt and frustration, developing strong support system, finding sources of self-esteem and reducing stress. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. 931-5777. Finneytown.

SATURDAY, APRIL 7 Civic Yard Trimmings Drop-off, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Kuliga Park, 6717 Bridgetown Road, Hamilton County residents may drop off yard trimmings. Free to all Hamilton County Residents. Bring proof of residency. Landscapers and commercial establishments not eligible to participate. Free. Presented by Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District. 946-7766; Green Township. Yard Trimmings Drop-off, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Rumpke Sanitary Landfill, 3800 Struble Road, Hamilton County residents may drop off yard trimmings. Free to all Hamilton County Residents. Bring proof of residency. Landscapers and commercial establishments not eligible to participate. Free. Presented by Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District. 946-7766; Colerain Township.

Holiday - Easter Easter Bunny and Train, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Northgate Mall, 385-5600; Colerain Township.

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

Music - Rock Road to Ichthus Competition, 7:30 p.m., The Underground, 1140 Smiley Ave., Round 1. With bands TBA. Doors open 7 p.m. $8. 825-8200; Forest Park.

Nature Nature of Spring, 11 a.m., Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road, Walk around Pin Oak Trail to see signs of spring. Free. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Colerain Township.

Recreation Egg Hunt Compass Course, 4 p.m., Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Registration required online by April 5. Children ages 8 and older can learn a basic compass lesson before testing their skills on an egg hunt. Compasses provided. $8, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Springfield Township. Climbing Basics, 2 p.m., Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Registration required online by April 4. Outdoor class covers basic knots, equipment use and climbing technique. Participants will then climb a 23-foot rock wall. All equipment provided. Ages 8 to adult. $8, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Springfield Township.

Runs/Walks Run for the American Dream, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Kestrel Point. Arrive by 8:15 a.m. 10K run and 5K run/walk. Children’s Fun Run and Easter Egg Hunt. Dogs and strollers welcome. Rain or shine. Benefits Working In Neighborhoods. $35, $30 advance. Presented by Working in Neighborhoods. 541-4109, ext. 128;!/ pages/2012-Run-for-the-Amer-

The 2012 Major League baseball seasons kicks off tomorrow with the 93rd Findlay Market Opening Day Parade beginning at 1 p.m. Former Reds player and ESPN broadcaster Aaron Boone is grand marshal. The parade begins at Findlay Market, goes south on Race Street to Fifth Street, then east, passing Fountain Square. The later start time for the parade reflects the 4:10 p.m. start for the season opener against the Marlins. For more information, call 665-4839 or visit For Reds tickets, call 513-381-REDS or go to www. Mr. Redlegs is pictured in last year's parade. FILE PHOTO

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SUNDAY, APRIL 8 Holiday - Easter Easter Sunrise Service at Arlington Memorial Gardens, 7 a.m., Arlington Memorial Gardens, 2145 Compton Road, South lawn of Arlington Lake. Parking and seating begin 6:30 a.m. Pastor Bob Schnecker of the Chase Avenue Church of the Nazarene presides. Coffee and doughnuts following service. Free. 521-7003; Springfield Township.

MONDAY, APRIL 9 Business Meetings Mount Healthy Business Association Monthly Meeting, 11 a.m.-noon, First Financial Bank, 7522 Hamilton Ave., Free. Presented by Mount Healthy Business Association, Inc. 9231985; Mount Healthy.

Exercise Classes The Evening Bliss Fitness Boot Camp, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Instructed by Gary Terry, West Point graduate, Army master fitness trainer and certified personal trainer. Focusing on helping individuals improve their strength, stamina, flexibility and weight loss. Bring mat, 3or 5-pound dumbbells and water. Ages 18 and up. $8. 741-8802; Colerain Township.

Awana Clubs, 6:30-7 p.m., First Baptist Church of Mount Healthy, 1210 Compton Road, Fellowship Hall. Join us for Awana Clubs with game time, memory verses, and bible study in personalized small groups and interactive large groups. Registration is completed on first night of attendance. Free. Registration required. 931-0477. Mount Healthy.

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

Senior Citizens Chair Volleyball, 10 a.m.-noon, Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, 385-3780. Green Township. Indoor Cornhole, 10 a.m.-noon, Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, 385-3780. Green Township. Pinochle, Noon-4 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, 385-3780. Green Township.

TUESDAY, APRIL 10 Clubs & Organizations Monthly Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Fraternal Order of Eagles Mount Healthy Aerie 2193, 1620 Kinney Ave., Free. Presented by Mount Healthy Business Association, Inc. 923-1985; Mount Healthy.

Health / Wellness

Senior Citizens

Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Kroger Forest Park, 1212 W. Kemper Road, Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 686-3300; Forest Park.

Movement Class for Seniors, 11 a.m.-noon, Guenther Physical Therapy, $6, first class free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights. Quilting, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Make blankets to donate to Project Linus and Children’s Hospital. For seniors. 385-3780. Green Township. Exercise to Music, 10-11 a.m., Green Township Senior Center, $1. 385-3780. Green Township. Ceramics, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, 385-3780. Green Township. Stability Ball, 9:30-10 a.m.,

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

Religious - Community

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11 Exercise Classes

Therapy, $6, first class free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights. Exercise to Music, 10-11 a.m., Green Township Senior Center, $1. 385-3780. Green Township. Open Bridge, 12:15-3:15 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, Free. 385-3780. Green Township.

FRIDAY, APRIL 13 Music - Blues Ricky Nye, 6:30-9:30 p.m., VanZandt, 1810 W. Galbraith Road, Free. 407-6418. North College Hill.

Music - Rock Road to Ichthus Competition, 7:30 p.m., The Underground, Round 1. With bands TBA. Doors open 7 p.m. $8. 825-8200; Forest Park.

Religious - Community Tibetan Buddhist Course: Foundation for Happiness, 7-8 p.m., Gaden Samdrup Ling Buddhist Monastery and Cultural Center, $10. 385-7116; Colerain Township.

Senior Citizens Pinochle, Noon-4 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3853780. Green Township. Arthritis Exercise, Noon-12:45 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, Free. 385-3780. Green Township. Taking Off Pounds Sensibly, 10-11 a.m., Green Township Senior Center, $28 annual fee. 385-3780. Green Township.

The Evening Bliss Fitness Boot Camp, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, $8. 741-8802; Colerain Township.


Senior Citizens


Strengthening and Range of Motion Class for Seniors, 10-11 a.m., Guenther Physical Therapy, 5557 Cheviot Road, $6, first class free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights. Pinochle, Noon-4 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3853780. Green Township. Vintage Artist, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Place for artists to paint together. Beginners welcome. Bring own supplies. For seniors. Free. 385-3780. Green Township. Knitting and Crocheting, 10-11:30 a.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Knit or crochet blankets for Project Linus. Yarn provided. For seniors. Free. 385-3780. Green Township. Wood Carving, 1-3 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Carve with Greenwood Chippers. Many different techniques used: relief carvings, scroll saw, figurines. Bring own tools. For seniors. Free. 3853780. Green Township. Wii Bowling, 2-3:30 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Free. 385-3780. Green Township. Zumba Gold, 1-2 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, $3. 385-3780. Green Township.

Yard Trimmings Drop-off, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Kuliga Park, Free. 946-7766; Green Township. Yard Trimmings Drop-off, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Rumpke Sanitary Landfill, Free. 946-7766; Colerain Township.

Support Groups Lose it for Life, 6:30-8 p.m., Family Life Center, 703 Compton Road, Create and work personal plan to maintain your weightmanagement lifestyle. Get to the bottom of the emotional and spiritual issues that keep you from your ideal weight. Family friendly. Free. Registration recommended. 931-5777. Finneytown. Divorce Support Group, 7-9 p.m., Family Life Center, 703 Compton Road, Information on getting over loss of partner, grief over being single, giving up unrealistic expectations that lead to unneeded guilt and frustration, developing strong support system and sources of self-esteem. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. 931-5777. Finneytown.

THURSDAY, APRIL 12 Health / Wellness Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Kroger Finneytown, 8421 Winton Road, Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 686-3300; Finneytown.

Senior Citizens Movement Class for Seniors, 11 a.m.-noon, Guenther Physical

Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke with Uncle Don, 9:30 p.m., Poor Michael’s, Free. 825-9958. Springfield Township.

Senior Citizens Community Dance, 7-11 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Includes music by Your Choice, beer, pop and snacks. For seniors. $7, $6 members. 385-3780. Green Township.

SUNDAY, APRIL 15 Civic Yard Trimmings Drop-off, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Kuliga Park, Free. 946-7766; Green Township. Yard Trimmings Drop-off, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Rumpke Sanitary Landfill, Free. 946-7766; Colerain Township.

Lectures Lecture Series, 2 p.m., German Heritage Museum, 4790 West Fork Road, German Catholic Churches and Institutions in Cincinnati with Dr. Don Heinrich Tolzmann, German-American Citizens League president and German Heritage Museum curator. Free. 574-1741; Green Township.

MONDAY, APRIL 16 Exercise Classes The Evening Bliss Fitness Boot Camp, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, $8. 741-8802; Colerain Township.

Home & Garden Gardening Seminar: Holy Heucheras!, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Monfort Heights Branch Library, 3825 West Fork Road, Information on choices and colors of these Coral Bells. With White Oak Garden Center. Free. Presented by White Oak Garden Center. 385-3313; Monfort Heights.

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

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



Slow cooker casserole perfect for Easter breakfast I’m anxious to get all the window boxes up and planted with spring flowers. I’ll use pansies and violas, since they are both edible, and they add a pop of color to spring salads, drinks and pastries. Creeping thyme and marjoram will be my fillers. Both of these herbs are two of my favorRita ite culinary Heikenfeld herbs, and as the RITA’S KITCHEN thyme grows, it’s so attractive as it tumbles down the front of the boxes. The marjoram is a lighter green making for a pretty contrast among the flowers. The bonus is that as I replace the pansies with heat-tolerant flowers, the herbs don’t need to be replaced and grow happily until the cold weather forces them to shut down.

Slow cooker breakfast casserole I used bacon and cooked some extra for garnishing. A nice brunch dish for Easter.

2 lbs. frozen shredded hash brown potatoes 1 lb. sausage, bacon, ham, etc. cooked plus extra for garnish, if you like 2 cups shredded cheese, your choice (I used 1½ cups cheddar and ½ cup Parmesan) plus extra for garnishing ½ cup julienned or diced sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, drained 1 bunch green onions, sliced thinly 12 eggs 1 cup milk Salt and pepper to taste

Spray large slow cooker. A 6-quart works well. Layer half the potatoes on bottom. Add half the meat, half cheese, half toma-

MATZOH CRUNCH CLARIFICATION Recipe included saltines as a substitute for matzoh for those who may not observe Passover, but would like to make the recipe.

toes and half onions. Repeat. Beat eggs, milk, salt and pepper and pour over. Cook on low 5-8 hours or on high 3-4 hours, or until eggs are cooked. Turn off slow cooker and sprinkle with additional cheese and meat. Put lid on until cheese melts. Serves 8-10.

Dick Bader’s cheesecake

Dick and I struck up a conversation at grandson Will’s basketball game. He makes one awesome cheesecake and was happy to share it. Dick told me: “I’ve been using this recipe for over 15 years and made my wedding cake and two other wedding cakes using it.” He says it’s better than Jerry’s cheesecakes that you buy. Wouldn’t this be nice for an Easter buffet? Crust for two cheesecakes: 3 cups crushed graham crackers ½ cup sugar ½ tsp. cinnamon 2 ⁄3 cup melted butter

Blend together dry ingredients. Add in enough melted butter to lightly coat crumbs and blend. Press into bottom of 9- to 10-inch springform pan. Cover outside bottom of pan with foil to prevent butter from leaking out. Filling: 6 8 oz. packages cream cheese, room temperature 1 cup sour cream 2¼ cups sugar 6 large eggs, room temperature

Rita's slow cooker breakfast casserole is an easy dish for Easter breakfast or brunch. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD. 1 tbsp. vanilla ½ teaspoon salt 2 tbsp. lemon juice

Preheat oven to 300. Cream the cheese, add in sour cream and sugar and blend on low speed until smooth, then add in eggs, vanilla, salt and lemon juice. Pour into pan. Bake one hour, then lower heat to 275 and bake another hour. Turn off oven and let cool in oven for an hour. Can be made ahead of time and frozen. Serves 10-12.

Donna Kluba’s sugar-free banana cake

Donna is my farmer neighbor and is one of the healthiest cooks and bakers I know. Here’s her latest creation:


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1 18.25 oz. box yellow sugar-free cake mix ¼ cup packed Splenda Brown Sugar Blend 1 teaspoon cinnamon 2 ripe bananas mashed, a little over 1 cup 1 cup water ½ cup canola oil 3 large eggs

clean. Cool and frost. Donna used a butter cream and walnuts. She says cream cheese frosting would be good, too.

Preheat oven to 350. Donna used a bundt pan and heated it to 325. Lightly grease and flour pan or use cooking spray. Put everything in mixer bowl and mix together. Blend on low for one minute. Scrape sides and beat two minutes, until blended. Pour into pan and place on center rack. Bake 40-50 minutes until lightly browned. Toothpick inserted in center will come out

Check out my blog for this recipe.

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Beware of Internet ticket brokers When it comes to buying concert tickets on the Internet, you need to beware of ticket brokers – some of whom are posing as “official” concert websites. That’s what a Cherry Grove woman learned when she went searching for tickets for an upcoming concert at Riverbend. Linda Shrader is a fan of the rock group Radiohead and rushed to the Internet when she heard they were coming to play at Riverbend. She wanted tickets for all four members of her family. “I typed in Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, Radiohead June 5. I hit the return button and the search results came up and the very first one said ‘Riverbend Music Center Offical ticket Service Online for Riverbend Music Center,’” Shrader says. Believing that was the real website for Riverbend, Shrader clicked on it. “It showed a map of Riverbend. The whole

thing looked very official. It had the tickets, but the tickets were very expensive … For the Howard area that I Ain was looking HEY HOWARD! at in the pavilion, it was $345 dollars for each ticket,” Shrader says. Later, when she told her sons she had bought the tickets, they told her she paid way too much money. In addition, they told her tickets for the show hadn’t even gone on sale yet at Riverbend. She contacted the website and tried to cancel the purchase but was told she couldn’t. Her credit card company also refused to cancel the purchase. “They won’t give the tickets yet, they claim they won’t be sent out until May 29, which is just a few days before the concert. So, I’m a little leery about the fact

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they’re not going to be in my hand,” Shrader says. Shrader complained to the website about its use of the word “official.” She says they told her they also state on the site “We are a resale marketplace, not a box office or venue.” Shrader recently found another website from a ticket broker that clearly states at the top, “No affiliation with official site.” Shrader says she’d like to alert others to be aware of these websites. A spokeswoman for Riverbend said the music center is very concerned about these ticket broker websites. She says it is currently looking into what legal rights it has to stop companies from using the words “official” and “official ticketing site.” At this point, Shrader says she just hopes she will get the four tickets for which she has already paid $1,700. Bottom line: If in doubt, call the venue where the concert will be held and ask for its website address and when tickets will go on sale. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

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Summerfair 2012 opens its gates for its 45th annual fair on Friday, June 1. Thousands of patrons will enjoy three days of great art, music and food thanks to a large contingent of local volunteers. Since its beginning in Eden Park in 1968, Summerfair has been planned and run by local and regional volunteers. With record-level crowds anticipated this year, more than 400 volunteers will be needed to give their time during Summerfair 2012, on June 1, 2 and 3 at Coney Island. “The dedication of volunteers is what makes Summerfair possible every year,” said Bob Hinman, co-fair chair. “Working with over 300 artists, coordinating performances, partnering with food venders, planning

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a small distance, but everyone takes a turn,” said the Rev. David Gerber, pastor of Mount Airy United Methodist Church. The Churches of Mount Airy sponsor the ninth annual Way of the Cross this Good Friday, April 6. Members from the churches will gather at Mount Airy United Methodist Church, 2645 North Bend Road, at 3 p.m. and carry the cross to the Impact Worship Center on Colerain Avenue, then to St. Therese Little Flower Church, and then to Praise Chapel. The event is a devotional remembrance of the Way of the Cross walked by Jesus Christ on his way to his death on Calvary. The procession features the cross, which is shouldered by participants attending the service. Each participant is encouraged to carry the cross alone or in groups for just a few steps to experience what it must have been like for Jesus to carry it through the streets of Jerusalem. “It’s a reminder to us to take up our crosses daily and follow the Lord as his disciples,”Pastor John Douglas of Praise Chapel Church of Go said. The Way of the Cross includes readings from the New Testament Gospels of Jesus’ own walk to Calvary, prayerful reflections on the meaning of redemption, and encouraging hymns and fellowship along the way as the four different churches join together as one to celebrate this holy day in the Christian calendar. All are invited to attend this rain or shine event, which takes about an hour to complete. The route is wheelchair accessible.

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on a first come, first served basis. Volunteers under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Summerfair 2012 will feature more than 300 fine artists and craftspeople from around the country exhibiting and selling works ranging from ceramics and sculptures to painting and photography, four stages of local and regional entertainers, a youth arts area and a variety of gourmet arts vendors. The annual event, held at the historic Coney Island, draws more than 20,000 attendees each year. For more information, call the Summerfair Cincinnati office at 513-5310050, visit Summerfair Cincinnati online at or email http://info@

Way of the Cross participants pause to read and reflect on passages from the New Testament recounting the walk of Jesus to his death on Calvary at last year’s service. THANKS TO JEROME GABIS



Salvation Army group plans benefit The Salvation Army ARC Auxiliary will have a fundraiser to benefits Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) on Thursday, May 10. The fundraiser includes a silent auction, Kitchen Korner shop and luncheon. Special guest speaker for this year’s luncheon is Buddy LaRosa, founder of LaRosa’s Pizzerias. It will be at the Radisson Hotel in Covington, starting at 11 a.m. This year’s theme is “Look to the Rainbow.” “It’s a wonderful event to support the men at the ARC,” said Helena Pieratt, president of the ARC Auxiliary. “The ARC Auxiliary has been active for more than 55 years, and we are delighted to be part of helping The Salvation Army serve men seeking to overcome substance abuse and other difficult situations in their lives.” In more than five decades of service and support, the ARC Auxiliary has walked side-byside with the men enrolled at the ARC, providing them with monthly birthday dinners, fellowship, encouragement, and gifts at Christmastime. Proceeds from the ARC Auxiliary’s fundraising activities have


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been used to purchase blankets, curtains, washers & dryers and other goods to enhance the living conditions for the men in the ARC dorms. “The ARC Auxiliary is such a blessing to us,” said Major Nancy Beauchamp, administrator at the regional Salvation Army ARC. “We serve hundreds of men each year through our facility and programs, and the women of the Auxiliary help us immeasurably in this work. Thanks to their support, commitment and contributions, each man is better positioned to have a positive experience at the center.” “Look to the Rainbow” will feature a silent auction and Kitchen Korner shop starting at 11 a.m., followed by the luncheon at noon and the guest speaker. Tickets for “Look to the Rainbow” are $40 per person ($20 of which is tax-deductible). For more information and to make reservations, please contact Helena Pieratt, at, or 513-8715735. For more information about the work of The Salvation Army in Greater Cincinnati, please visit


Air Force Airman David G. Cox graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Cox is the son of Darrell Cox; he is a 2007 graduate of Northwest High School.


Marine Corps Pvt. Joseph D. Estes, a 2011graduate of Colerain High School, Cincinnati, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C.


Marine Corps Pvt. Tyler R. Fannin, son of Michelle S. and Randy J. Sammons, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C.


Marine Corps Pvt. Natassia I. Oliver, daughter of Vernida Oliver of Hamilton, Ohio and Timothy Oliver, of Cincinnati, Ohio, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C.

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Air Force Airman Charles R. Rhoades graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Rhoades is the son of Nancy and Russell Meyer; he is a 2006 graduate of Colerain High School.

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DEATHS Ronald Blair

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Ronald Blair, 82, died March 2. He was an Ohio state parole officer. Survived by children David (Karen) Blair, April (Ron) Schachleiter; grandson Joshua (Jennifer); great-grandchildren Alexandria, Joshua Jr., Hayden, Mckenna; siblings Bill, Gene, Leora, Ruby, Pearl, Nella. Services were March 31 at Receptions Banquet & Conference Center. Arrangements by Meyer & Geiser Funeral Home.

Eugene Paul Cullum, 80, Colerain Township, died March 25. He worked for the Cincinnati Police Department. Survived by wife Joyce Cullum; children Richard (Kelly) Cullum, Jill (Robert) Molter, Barb (Patrick) Dilbert; grandchildren Joe (Tawanna), Jenny, Tony (Jennifer), Jeff, Michael, Steven, John; great-grandchildren Alianna, Colin; sister Audrey (Harold) Gillespie. Preceded in death by brother Thomas Cullum. Services were March 30 at Paul R. Young Funeral Home. Memorials to Heartland Hospice.

William Blaurock William “Brud” Blaurock, 91, Dent, died March 25. He worked in the chemical division of Hilton Davis. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Survived by daughter Virginia (Bob) Hanlein; granddaughter Jennifer Cook. Preceded in death by wife Virginia Blaurock, grandson Rob Hanlein. Services were March 29 at St. Jude Church. Arrangements by Rebold, Rosenacker & Sexton Funeral Home. Memorials to: Liberty Nursing Center of Riverside, 315 Lilienthal, Cincinnati, OH, 45204.

Kelly Cundiff Kelly Cundiff, 43, died March 20. Survived by sons Nathan, Jacob, Ryan Cundiff; siblings Tony (April) Cundiff, Shannon (Dallas) Bolton, Tracy (Steve) Kahny. Preceded in death by parents Jimmy, Judith Cundiff. Services were April 3 at Meyer & Geiser Funeral Home. Memorials may be directed to Meyer & Geiser Funeral Home, 4989 Glenway Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45238.

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Patricia “Pat” Sperber Burke, 83, died March 22. Survived by children Tim (Kim), Tom (Kelly) Burke, Kelley (Tim) Wilms; grandchildren Casey, Sydney, Brenden, Riley, Jason, Allie, Macks, Emma; siblings Phyllis (Harry) Nolan, Fred (Kay) Sperber, Mary Chapman; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband Robert Burke, sister Janet (William) Buckley. Services were March 26 at Our Lady of Victory. Arrangements by Meyer & Geiser Funeral Home. Memorials to: Bayley Place, 990 Bayley Place Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45233 or Elder High School Scholarship Fund, 3900 Vincent Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45205.

Elores Flesjer Estenson, 92, Mount Healthy, died March 24. She was a member of The Red Hat Society and Trinity Lutheran Church. Survived by husband Grant Estenson; son Dan (Marlene) Estenson; grandchildren Dustin, Adam, Katie, Kimberly. Preceded in death by siblings Albert Flesjer, Orianna Knutson, Noreen Bunnell. Services were March 29 at Trinity Lutheran Church. Arrangements by Paul R. Young Funeral Home. Memorials to: Trinity Lutheran Church, 1553 Kinney Ave, Mount Healthy, Cincinnati, OH 45231.

Dorothy Fanning Dorothy Weitzel Fanning, 87, Green Township, died March 23.

ABOUT OBITUARIES Basic obituary information and a color photograph of your loved one is published without charge by The Community Press. Please call us at 853-6262 for a submission form. To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 242-4000 or pricing details. She was a bookkeeper. Survived by husband Jack Fanning; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by sister Shirley “Jake”


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Ward Garrabrant Ward Andrew Garrabrant, 71, Colerain Township, died March 23. He designed industrial automation controls. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam era, volunteered as an AARP tax preparer and with the Red Cross following Hurricane Katrina, and Garrabrant was a member of the Welsh Society of Greater Cincinnati. Survived by wife Dorothy Olson Garrabrant; children Andrew (Ellen) Garrabrant, Hanna Garrabrant Wells Lange; stepchildren Kimberly Vogt, Johnny IV, Aaron (Victoria) Olsa; grandchildren Ian Garrabrant, Elisha May, Dakota, Samantha, Kalinda Wells, Olivia Lange; step-grandchildren Kyra, Jared Vogt, Jennifer, Gabriel, Aidan, Lucas Olsa, Scion Predmore; great-granddaughter Breann Vogt.

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James Gibson James Kelly Gibson, 38, Springfield Township, died March 25. Survived by children Libby, Ava, Eli, Sam, James; parents Kelly, Marcia Gibson; sisters Shelia Gibson, Kimberly (Antonio) Stonestreet, Leslie (Javier) Calle. Services were March 29 at Neidhard-Snow Funeral Home.

Alfred Lammers Alfred Lee Lammers, 84, formerly of Bridgetown, died March 23. He was a route inspector for the United States Postal Service. He was an Army veteran of World War II, a member of the Ohio Horsemans Lammers Club and a longtime member of the Bridgetown Church of Christ. Survived by wife Marilyn Kleier Lammers; children Sue Ellen (Gary) Simpson, Linda Holt-Hanlon, James (Janie), David (Terri) Lammers; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents Harvey, Marie Lammers, brothers Virgil, Harold, Ray Lammers. Services were March 31 at Dennis George Funeral Home. Memorials to the American Diabetes Association or American Cancer Society, in care of Dennis George Funeral Home.

James Messer James R. Messer, 31, Colerain Township, died March 23. He was a cook for Applebee’s. Survived by wife Denise Messer; stepsons Larry, Trenton, Austin Hastings; granddaughter Messer Damia Hastings; mother Emmakay Messer; stepfather Mark Salings; siblings Terry Jr., Louis Messer, Amy Hatton, Nick, Helen, Jessica Brotherton, Brandy Davis; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by father Terry Messer, grandparents John, Helen Davis. Services were March 29 at Ralph Meyer & Deters Funeral Home.

Marian Ott Marian Ott, 91, died March 19. She was a homemaker. Survived by daughters Mickey (Mack) Vance, Judy (Tom) Simonson, Charlene (Dick) Harris,

Charles Pataki Charles M. Pataki, 88, Green Township, died March 22. He was a carrier for the United States Postal Service. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving as a tank comPataki mander. Survived by wife Elizabeth “Betty” Pataki; children Carol (Jim) Greulich, Peggy (Sean) O’Neill, Andy (Mary) Pataki; grandchildren Tim (Larissa), Michael, Dan (Katie) Greulich, Andy (Katie), Sam, Jack O’Neill, Lisa, Jimmy, Tim, Andrew Pataki; siblings Michael (Annetta) Pataki, Helen (late Bill) Hahn, Peggy (late George) Rendish. Preceded in death by six siblings. Services were March 26 at Our Lady of Lourdes. Arrangements by Neidhard-Minges Funeral Home. Memorials to Our Lady of Lourdes.

Donald Schulten Donald A. Schulten, 77, Monfort Heights, died March 23. He was a service manager for Xerox. He was a Navy veteran. Survived by wife Grace Schulten; children CynSchulten thia Jacobson, Cathy (Gary) Liggett, Theresa Seal, Timothy Schulten; brothers Tom, Jim Schulten; brother-inlaw Howard Barlion; eight grandchildren; four greatgrandchildren. Preceded in death by brothers Jack, Bob Schulten, brother-in-law Clyde Barlion. Services were March 27 at St. Martin of Tours. Arrangements by Rebold, Rosenacker & Sexton Funeral Home.

Tony Simpson Anthony “Tony” Simpson, 23, died March 20. He was a welder with Simpson & Sons. Survived by parents Ray, Linda Simpson; siblings Raymond, Brian, Jason, Christy, Regina, Shanna, Calib; grandparents Simpson Joe, Sharon Simpson, Willard Hoffman, Daniel, Betty Trimpe; many aunts, uncles, nieces and neph-


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Services are 2 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at St. James Episcopal Church. Arrangements by Newcomer Funeral Home. Memorials to: Cancer Support Community, 4918 Cooper Road, Blue Ash, OH 45242.

Peggy (Mel) Curtis, Dottie (Don) Kennedy; grandchildren Michael, Michele, Matthew, Christine, Tom, Ott Patrick, Scott, Brad, Jonathan, Daniel, Rachel, Alex; 15 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Michael Ott. Services were March 22 at Our Lady of Lourdes. Arrangements by Vitt, Stermer & Anderson Funeral Home. Memorials to the Hospice of Cincinnati-Western Hills or American Diabetes Foundation.

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Raymond Sohn Raymond M. Sohn, 85, died March 24. He worked for General Electric. He was an Army veteran of World War II, an Air Force veteran of Korea, a member of American Legion Post 888 and the IAM Union, and was a Sohn supporter of God’s Bible School and the Christian Nation Church. Survived by wife Ruby Johnson Sohn; children Ruth Ferguson, Karen (Jack Moore) BishopPotter, Violet (Todd) Lowrey, Janet (John) Hargett, Robert (Merita) Sohn; siblings Christine Armstrong, Esther Saldivar, Phil Sohn; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by brothers Joseph, Eugene Sohn. Services were March 29 at Arlington Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Dennis George Funeral Home. Memorials to the Hospice of Cincinnati

Rosamond Sprowls Rosamond Sprowls, 85, Colerain Township, died March 22. Survived by children Garry (Janet) Sprowls, Carol (Brett) Cope; grandchildren Julie, Brittney, Molly, Conner. Preceded in death by husband Thomas Sprowls, brother George Barrett, grandson Craig Sprowls. Services were March 31 at Crown Hill Memorial Park. Arrangements by NeidhardSnow Funeral Home. Memorials to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Mary Lou Vitucci Mary Lou Adams Vitucci, 82, died March 23. Survived by husband August “Gus” Vitucci; children Donna (Fred) Betz, Joe, Gus (Cheryl) Jr., Bill (Nellie) Vitucci, Mary Ann (Rick) Scharff, Sandy Heid, Vitucci Nancy (Kent) Hugentobler; siblings William Adams, Dolores Parman; 19 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren. Services were March 30 at St. Ignatius of Loyola. Arrangements by Meyer & Geiser Funeral Home. Memorials to: Cincinnati Association for the Blind, 2045 Gilbert Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45202.

Regina Wuest Regina Hischemiller Wuest, 100, died March 26. Survived by siblings Jerry (Sandy), Barbara Wuest, Carole Bastain, Rosine (Russ) Radcliffe, Kathleen (Mike) Reilly, Mary (Mark) Theil; 15 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 35 Wuest great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; two great-greatgrandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Edward Wuest, siblings George, John Hischemiller, Margaret Richard, Marian O’Brien. Services were March 30 at St. Aloysius Gonzaga. Arrangements by Rebold, Rosenacker & Sexton Funeral Home. Memorials to: Parkinson’s Disease Association, P.O. Box 33077, Cincinnati, OH 45233, Little Sisters of the Poor, 476 Riddle Road, Cincinnati, OH 45220 or Hospice of Cincinnati, 4310 Cooper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242.



POLICE REPORTS CINCINNATI DISTRICT 5 Arrests/citations Antonio D. Bufford, born 1979, criminal trespassing, 5375 Bahama Terrace, March 22. Arlowe Garron, born 1971, criminal damaging or endangering, 1337 W. North Bend Road, March 20. Herbert Miller, born 1984, misdemeanor drug possession, possession of drug paraphenalia, 2700 W. North Bend Road, March 20. Jesse Parson, born 1984, possession of drug paraphenalia, 2651 W. North Bend Road, March 21. Justin Johnson, born 1994, possession of drugs, 2610 Kipling Ave., March 17.

Incidents/reports Abduction 5476 Bahama Terrace, March 18. Aggravated robbery 2524 Flanigan Court, March 17. 2952 Highforest Lane, March 19. 5065 Colerain Ave., March 21. 5065 Colerain Ave., March 21. Assault 2503 Rack Court, March 17. 2504 Flanigan Court, March 19. 2508 Flanigan Court, March 16. 4820 Hawaiian Terrace, March 21. 5730 Colerain Ave., March 22. Breaking and entering 5315 Colerain Ave., March 20. Burglary 2619 Richwill Court, March 17. 4945 Hawaiian Terrace, March 19. Criminal damaging/endangering 2508 Flanigan Court, March 16. 4841 Hawaiian Terrace, March 21. 5039 Hawaiian Terrace, March 19. 5398 Bahama Terrace, March 21. 5408 Colerain Ave., March 17. Theft 1350 Oak Ridge Road, March 16. 2730 Westonridge Drive, March 19. 2735 Hillvista Lane, March 21. 5800 Colerain Ave., March 22.

COLERAIN TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Alex Pietrosky, 19, 4281 Pictureview, drug possession at 3926 Woodsong Drive, March 17. Alexa Francis, 19, 658 Fleming Road, theft at 9690 Colerain Ave., March 13. Andrew Freeman, 21, 1465 Windsong Drive, operating vehicle intoxicated at 11611 Hamilton Ave., March 18. Brandon Grissom, 35, 537 Missouri Ave., theft at 6401 Colerain Ave., March 16. Brandon Mason, 21, 3224 Niagara Street, domestic violence, unauthorized use of motor vehicle at Lookover and Pippin, March 12. Brian Leonard, 40, 5386 Day Road, domestic violence at 5386 Day Road, March 17. Corey Hager, 23, 5989 Sheits Road, domestic violence at 4343 Cooper Road, March 12. Daniel Coats, 42, 119 E. Main St., failure to comply, operating vehicle intoxicated at 3100 Springdale Road, March 16. Deonna Warren, 19, 5317 E. Knoll Court, assault at 6609 Memory Lane, March 13. Erik Smith, 18, 2223 Feldman Ave., theft at 3711 Stone Creek Blvd., March 13. Gregory Williams, 23, 7306 Locust View Lane, drug possession at 3315 W. Galbraith Road, March 14. Jessica Butschie, 34, 4281 Race Road, forgery, receiving stolen property at 9513 Anaheim Court, March 12. Jonathon Hart, 18, 2535 Leslie Ave., theft at 3711 Stone Creek Blvd., March 13. Justin Kouns, 23, 9919 Crusader Drive, drug possession at 9919 Crusader Drive, March 14. Juvenile female, 16, curfew violation at 8700 Wuest Road, March 17. Juvenile male, 12, menacing at 3130 Jessup Road, March 16. Juvenile male, 12, sexual imposition at 11770 Pippin Road, March 15. Juvenile male, 14, assault at 4700 Poole Road, March 13. Juvenile male, 16, curfew violation at 3927 Woodsong, March 17. Juvenile male, 16, curfew violation at 3927 Woodsong, March 17. Juvenile male, 16, curfew violation at 3927 Woodsong, March 17. Juvenile male, 16, theft at 8451 Colerain Ave., March 12. Juvenile male, 17, curfew violation at 3927 Woodsong,

March 17. Juvenile male, 17, curfew violation at 8700 Wuest Road, March 17. Kyle Hogeback, 30, 4450 Springdale Road, disorderly conduct at 7640 Austin Ridge Drive, March 17. Latoria Peppers, 23, 1922 Emerson, theft at 9531 Colerain Ave., March 16. Marvin Bailey, 19, no address, obstructing justice at I275, March 16. Melissa Metz, 30, 5423 Songbird, receiving stolen property at 2400 Banning Road, March 12. Michael Hamilton, 26, 9919 Crudader Drive, drug possession at 9919 Crusader Drive, March 14. Mitchell Kohler, 18, 2073 Crown Ave., theft at 3711 Stone Creek Blvd., March 13. Nicholas Allen, 19, 12162 Pippin Road, possession drug paraphernalia, drug possession at 2700 Merritview, March 14. Tara Hill, 48, 3075 Springdale Road, disorderly conduct, carrying concealed weapon at 3175 Springdale, March 13.

Incidents/reports Assault Victim struck at 8195 W. Galbraith Road, March 16. Victim bit at 8045 Pippin Road, March 17. Burglary Residence entered at 3796 Riehle Road, March 13. Residence entered and firearms of unknown value removed at 1071 Shipley, March 10. Criminal damaging Reported at 10021 Marino, March 10. Windshield damaged at 3477 Hollyglen Court, March 16. Front window damaged at 3210 Springdale Road, March 16. Victim reported at 10513 Pottinger Road, March 14. Victim reported at 3810 Brockton Drive, March 17. Criminal mischief Victim reported at 11620 Willowcrest Court, March 17. Domestic Victim reported at Day Road, March 17. Female reported at Colerain Avenue, March 18. Menacing Victim reported being threatened at 3130 Jessup Road, March 15. Theft $1,500 removed from register at 9690 Colerain Ave., March 4. Medication removed from purse at 10755 Shipley, March 11. Phone of unknown value removed from display at 3612 Stone Creek Blvd., Feb. 15. Phone valued at $300 removed at 10761 Pippin Road, March 12. Medication of unknown value removed at 2318 Walden Glen, March 11. Cell phone valued at $150 at 10761 Pippin Road, March 14. Phone valued at $175 removed at 10761 Pippin Road, March 13. Merchandise of unknown value removed at 8451 Colerain Ave., March 14. Reported at 10152 Arborwood, March 14. Victim reported at 9687 Gibraltar Drive, March 13. Victim reported at 3461 Joseph Road, March 13. Firearms of unknown value removed at 9941 Capstan Drive, March 17. $120 taken through deceptive means at 8816 Wuest Road, March 17.

ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Community Press publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: » Colerain Township: Chief Daniel P. Meloy, 245-6600 » Green Township: Chief Bart West, 574-0007; vandalism hotline 574-5323 » Hamilton County: Sheriff Simon Leis, 825-1500 » Springfield Township: Chief David Heimpold, 729-1300 Mirror removed from vehicle at 2848 Commodore Lane, March 17. Medication of unknown value removed at 3422 Niagara Street, March 18. Victim reported at 10240 Colerain Ave., March 16. Victim reported at 9040 Colerain Ave., March 16.

GREEN TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Chad Brown, 26, 3327 McCleland Ave., receiving stolen property, possessing criminal tools and possession of marijuana at 6300 Harrison Ave., March 14. Richard Sherrill, 32, 1723 Fairmount, possession of marijuana at 6300 Harrison Ave., March 14. Randal E. Barrett, 49, 2110 Faywood Drive, assault and domestic violence at 2110 Faywood Drive, March 17. Brittany Jackson, 30, 4259 Ferguson Drive, possession of marijuana at Eastbound Interstate 74 at Exit 18, March 17. Rachel E. Benoit, 19, 3714 Woodsong Drive, underage possession of alcohol at Robroy and Audro, March 17. Andrew J. Cribbet, 20, 3651 Ripplegrove Drive, underage possession of alcohol at Robroy and Audro, March 17. Trinidad Chavarria, 21, 3469 Kleeman Road, disorderly conduct at Harrison Avenue and Delmar Avenue, March 18. Aaron T. Pickett, 39, 3429 Price Ave., drug possession and theft at 6300 Glenway Ave., March 19. Shannon Braley, 28, 1041 Fairbanks Ave., drug possession and possessing criminal tools at 6580 Harrison Ave., March 19. Robert A. Woods, 47, 1925 Washburn Ave. No. 5, domestic violence at 5648 Cheviot Road, March 20. David J. Franks, 45, 2952 Feltz Ave., aggravated murder, attempted murder and aggravated burglary at 4951 North Arbor Woods Court, March 11. Megan R. Predmore, 18, 4321 Race Road, drug possession at Werk Road and Werkridge, March 21. Shauna Smith, 23, 3973 Yearling Court, theft at 6290 Glenway Ave., March 21.

Incidents/reports Aggravated robbery Suspect armed with a handgun attempted to rob BP gas station at 3295 North Bend Road, March 21. Assault Suspect assaulted victim, causing scratches, a bruise and a bloody nose at Homelawn Avenue and Raceview Avenue, March 19. Suspect struck victim in the face and arm at 6300 Glenway Ave., March 21. Breaking and entering Leaf blower stolen from home’s shed at 2837 Hocking Drive, March 17.

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Pressure washer and weed trimmer stolen from home’s shed at 6365 Starvue, March 17. Burglary Two video game systems, three controllers, one video game and a digital camera stolen from home at 3236 Pegroy Court, March 16. Circular saw, two batteries with charger, hammer drill, flashlight, tool bag, reciprocating saw, jig saw, impact drill and grinder stolen from home’s garage at 3191 Autumn Lane, March 17. Entry door damaged on condominium door, but entry was not gained at 7781 Skyview Circle, March 19. Money stolen from home at 3221 Greenway Ave., March 21. Criminal damaging Wall spray-painted with graffiti at Glenway Storage at 6251 Glenway Ave., March 17. Vinyl grill cover cut at home at 5940 Calmhaven Drive, March 18. Vehicle was taken out of gear and had its parking brake released, and then rolled down a hill into a tree line at 6921 Wesselman Road, March 19. Driver’s side panels and both outside mirrors broken on vehicle at 5527 Cheviot Road, March 20. Domestic dispute Argument between spouses at Sylved Lane, March 16. Argument between man and woman at Greenacres Court, March 21. Passing bad checks Check written on account with insufficient funds passed at Brogan Folz Inc. at 4511 Bridgetown Road, March 19. Theft Keys stolen from laundromat at 5262 Crookshank Road, March

15. Car stereo/television stolen from vehicle at 4306 Homelawn Ave., March 16. Credit/debit card and a cell phone stolen from home at 5736 Northglen Road, March 16. Debit card, money and a television stolen from home at 3238 Balsamridge Drive, March 17. Credit card stolen from wallet at 3304 Emerald Lakes Drive No. 15, March 18. Gasoline stolen from Marathon at 6008 Harrison Ave., March 19. Wallet and contents stolen from victim’s purse at Big Lots at 3690 Werk Road, March 21. Vandalism Four pressure lines cut on air conditioning unit at Western Tennis & Fitness at 5490 Muddy Creek Road, March 21.

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Alicia Daniels, 61, 2190 Lincoln Ave., theft at 2250 Banning Road, March 15. Alisia Sellers, 45, 1512 Woodburn, falsification, possessing of criminal tools at 10948 Hamilton Ave., March 14. Brian Gray, 38, 4912 Silver Herron Drive, falsification at 10948 Hamilton Ave., March 16. Britton Russia, 31, 530 W. Wyoming, obstruction of official business at Galbraith Road and 126, March 19. Darryl Hendey, 22, 825 Windham, criminal trespassing at 1344 Riviera Place, March 15. Dawnyall Woodard, 37, 1711 Portman Ave., theft at 6521 Winton Ave., March 21. Jamin Holston, 32, 2317 Oaktree, falsification, possessing of criminal tools at 10948 Hamilton Ave., March 19. Jason Shoup, 29, 162 Ruskin Drive, criminal trespassing at 10948 Hamilton Ave., March 14. Jeffery Case, 52, 8154 Vine, falsification, possession of criminal tools at 10948 Hamilton Ave., March 14. Jennifer Smith, 37, 1500 Forest Ave., possessing criminal tools, falsification at 10948 Hamilton Ave., March 16. Juvenile male, 12, curfew at 10960 Hamilton Ave., March 21. Kevin Carlton, 21, 5045 Coad Drive, carrying concealed weap-

on, obstructing official business at 2114 McKinley, March 14. Linda Dever, 67, 12090 Regency, domestic violence at 12090 Regency Run, March 15. Lindsay Howard, 30, 320 Hanna Ave., possessing criminal tools at 10948 Hamilton Ave., March 16. Malaika Jordan, 39, 3919 Herron Ave, criminal trespassing at 6404 Witherby Ave., March 17. Marcia Brooks, 39, 1977 Windmill Drive, assault at 1977 Windmill Drive, March 16. Marcus Sims, 27, 1326 Ovid, domestic violence at 1326 Ovid, March 18. Melissa Taylor, 33, 17 Lynnway Drive, drug possession at Winton Road and 126, March 18. Rickey Reed, 37, 1524 Yarmouth Ave., falsification at 10948 Hamilton Ave., March 19. Roger Byrd, 44, 1460 Meredith Drive, domestic violence at 10025 Hamilton Ave., March 17. Shyqeta Stahey, 31, 908 Waycross Road, theft at 1203 W. Kemper Road, March 20. Steven Boschi, 27, 2940 Jonrose, violation of protection order at Roosevelt and Ruth, March 19. Thomas Dunn, 19, 4430 Wilimington Pike, falsification at 10948 Hamilton Ave., March 20. Tyra Robinson, 22, 8735 Morningstar, domestic violence at 5735 Morningstar, March 18. William Rowe, 41, 1661 Hudepohl Drive, arson at 2273 Grant Ave., March 14.

Incidents/reports Arson Door fire at 2273 Grant, March 14. Breaking and entering Copper of unknown value removed at 2327 Adams Road, March 19. Copper valued at $500 removed at 9206 Ranchill, March 16. Burglary Residence entered and Xbox valued at $175 removed at 2217 Cabot, March 18. Reported at 9017 Daly, March 16. Falsification Reported at 10948 Hamilton Ave., March 19. Menacing Victim reported at 1666 Country Mills, March 18. Theft Cell and GPS valued at $319

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Playhouse coming off the hill The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s production of “River Rat & Cat,” by playwright Y York, will perform Off the Hill at 21 community centers across the region, including in Westwood and Springfield Township. “River Rat & Cat” is a hilarious comedy about friendship and cooperation. The rat and cat learn that they don’t need to be the same or even like the same things in order to be good friends. According to Playhouse Education Director Mark Lutwak, “’River Rat & Cat’ is a thoroughly delightful, high-style romp that manages to touch on the meaning of friendship. This play will be enjoyed most by children between the ages of 4 and 94.” “I’m thrilled that the Cincinnati Playhouse is producing ‘River Rat & Cat’ for their littlest supporters because, as it’s happening in my town, I’ll get to see it over and over as it works its power on my favorite audience,” playwright Y York said. Margaret Ivey (River

Katherine Leigh is Beaver and Margaret Ivey is River Rat in Y York’s “River Rat & Cat.” THANKS TO TONY ARRASMITH & ASSOCIATES.

Katherine Leigh is Beaver, Aram Monisoff is Cat and Margaret Ivey is River Rat in Y York’s “River Rat & Cat.” THANKS TO TONY ARRASMITH & ASSOCIATES. Rat), Aram Monisoff (Cat) and Katherine Leigh (Dale Beaver) from the Playhouse’s Bruce E. Coyle Intern Company will appear in the play. Lutwak will direct. Other members of the production team include Tamara L. Honesty (set designer),

Lisa Molyneux (costume designer), Anna Goller (props designer), Carlos Saldaña (stage hand/ musician) and Sydney Kuhlman (stage manager). “River Rat & Cat” will also tour area elementary schools from April 12 through May 18. For more

information about the Playhouse's education and outreach programs, contact the Education Department at 513-345-2242 or visit Off the Hill is made possible by The Robert and Adele Schiff Family Foundation and 3M Foundation.

POLICE REPORTS Continued from Page B7 removed at 8501 Winton Road, March 15. $600 taken from victim at 10956 Pleasant Hill, March 18. Medication valued at $100 removed at 1198 Madeleine, March 15. License plate removed at 829 Reynard, March 16. Computer valued at $416 not

returned at 10908 Hamilton, March 15. Wallet and contents of unknown value removed at 9661 Helmsly, March 15. Unauthorized use of motor vehicle Victim reported at 2023 Second Ave., March 18. Victim reported at 1870 Misty Hill, March 14.

ArtsWave Presents, a program bringing musicians, dancers, actors and artists from Cincinnati’s arts organizations into neighborhoods for public performances, also provides support. The schedule includes these dates: » 7 p.m. Friday, April 13, at The Drama Workshop, in the Westwood

Town Center, 3017 Harrison Ave. » 7 p.,m. Friday, April 20, in Grove Banquet Hall in Springfield Township, 9150 Winton Road. Playwright Y York will be signing copies of the published version of the script for “River Rat & Cat” at the performance. All proceeds benefit the community center.


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