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Medals awarded

Congressman Steve Chabot presented Colerain Township resident and former trustee Ralph Sandoz medals he earned while a member of the Office of Strategic Services during World War II. His wife Betty helped arrange the presentation. – SEE STORY, A2

A look back

Sports takes a look back at spring sports teams from our area, including Northwest softball. Senior pitcher Bethany Shepherd his .304 and won 10 games for the Lady Knights this season. – SEE STORY, A7

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Northgate Mall up for sale By Jennie Key

Northgate Mall is officially for sale. A New York real estate firm, Rockwood Real Estate Advisors, has been retained as exclusive agent and adviser for the sale of ˙the mall. Rockwood is a full-service real estate investment banking firm headquartered in New York and is a wholly owned subsidiary of CW Financial Services. Thomas Dobrowski, managing director for Rockwood, said a flexible deadline of June 9 was set for offers, and his firm expects to have most of the offers in by the end of next week. He said interest in the mall has been from broad, national-based groups with experience owning and operating malls. The deal could close by October. Dobrowski said Northgate is a distressed mall, but it is sustainable and represents a strong opportunity for redevelopment with fresh capital and a new owner implementing a redevelopment plan. “One of the great things about this property is the firm commitment on the part of (township officials) to work with the new owner to revitalize the mall,” he said. “That makes national groups excited about this property and it is getting a lot of attention.” Dobrowski said the sale could


Northgate Mall is now officially for sale and offers are expected in by the end of the week. take three to six months to complete, once an offer is accepted. The mall has been in receivership with San Diego-based Douglas Wilson Cos. appointed as receiver. The firm was charged with overseeing the uninterrupted operation of the mall as it prepared to market and sell the property. The mall has seen some leasing activity in the past year - Famous Labels opened a 50,000-squarefoot store last December, Cincin-

nati Nails opened in March and President Tuxedo replaced Skeffington’s. And another five new tenants have signed letters of intent to open in the mall or on one of its outlots. Court documents did not share the names of these tenants, but show that a casual dining operator and financial institution planned to purchase outlot parcels for new construction. A national apparel retailer and a national shoe store had claimed

space within the mall. Another temporary tenant seeks to lease permanent space. “There seems to be a flurry of interest,” said Paul Perry, a lawyer with Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone representing Wells Fargo. The lender received approval from the court last year to seek a private sale versus a public auction. “The broker is going to advertise it widely and try to identify the best purchase price they can get. It’s really a market driven process,” Perry said. Selling the property on behalf of the receiver is Rockwood Real Estate Advisors. According to court documents, about 40 groups have been identified as potential buyers for the mall. One is expected to be chosen by July 1. The lender and the court will then approve the sale before a closing can occur. Township officials are looking forward to the sale of the mall and say they are pleased to see the process moving forward. “This is the first step to the revitalization of Northgate Mall,” said Frank Birkenhauer, assistant administrator and director of development for Colerain Township. “Once a buyer is identified, Colerain Township looks forward to partnering with the new owners to develop the vision for Northgate Mall’s future.” Gannett News Service contributed to this story

Community group shows off gardens June 18 By Jennie Key

April showers actually bring June flowers, too, and you can see some on the annual Monfort Heights/White Oak Community Association’s Garden Tour. The 13th annual garden tour is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 18. This is a rain or shine event, and there is no rain date. This year, the garden tour has a new chairwoman, Jackie Golay. Her

Brigade Drive garden is on the tour, so in addition to planning the tour, she has been working to get her own yard show-worthy. A retired chemistry teacher from Colerain High School, Golay said she has always been interested in plants and she may have gotten the gardening bug from her dad, who enjoyed vegetable gardens. Although her back yard does not have the sun exposure for veggies, it enjoys the cool shade that encourages lush hostas that line

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This year’s tour features five gardens: • 5417 Brigade Drive, off the south side of Sprucewood off of North Bend Road near La Salle High School, features many annual and perennial plants surrounding the house. Large stone steps usher you through a meandering path, terraced raised beds and beautiful pots, while benches beckon you to sit and enjoy the shade provided by mature trees overlooking a creek bed graced with shade loving plants. Refreshments will served at this house and raffle tickets will be sold here. • 5856 Willow Oak, off Jessup Road behind White Oak Shopping Center, features a miniature train village with life-size train depot to welcomes visitors. A walkway allows you to enter into village as the trains roll past. The front yard is landscaped with a pond and beautiful specimen plants. • 5755 Haubner Road, off Jessup Road, off Cheviot Road, off North Bend, has handcrafted homemade troughs, leaf concrete bird baths and birdhouses. A stamped concrete patio with a pond and waterfall invite you to enjoy plantings surrounding these features, including a potting shed with window boxes and antiques. Garden art including troughs will be sold at this location. • 5341 Thrasher Drive, off Nighthawk Drive, off West Fork Road. An elegantly manicured garden boasts more than 300 varieties of plants, including 150 varieties of hostas and 188 perennials. Mature trees are surrounded by raised planting beds and yard art, and a stone pathway winds through a hillside planted with a large variety of wildflowers. The annual plant sale and garden vendor items will be available at the end of Thrasher Drive in the cul-de-sac. • 5806 Gaines Road, off West Fork Road, off North Bend Road has stairs leading down the hillside to showcase magnificent plantings while rocks tumbling down the hillside lead to a dry creek bed. There are specimen trees, garden features and planted pottery. Shuttle service to this garden will be at the West Fork Christian Fellowship Church, 5636 West Fork Road.

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Monfort Heights/White Oak Community Garden Tour chairwoman Jackie Golay, in her Monfort Heights garden, is ready for the group’s 13th Annual Community Garden Tour June 18. Her garden is one of five featured in this year’s tour. landscaped terraces drifting downhill to a creek bed. She says this year’s collection of gardens showcases a variety of sizes and features. The gardeners signed on in December, so they’ve had plenty of time to get ready. Golay said the wet April was a boon, as plants are large and lush thanks to all the water they received early in the spring. The tour features five private gardens. Along the tour, ticketholders will have refreshments and bottled water, and will receive a discount at White Oak Garden Center and $1 off a glass of menu wine at Piazza Discepoli in the White Oak Shopping Center on the day of the tour. The tour also offers a plant sale at the Thrasher Drive garden and an art sale at the garden on Haubn-

er Road. Refreshments will be served at the garden on Brigade Drive and there is shuttle service to the garden on Gaines Road because of limited parking. Catch the shuttle at West Fork Christian Fellowship Church, 5636 West Fork Road. The association’s annual Summer Garden Tours are the group’s principal means of raising funds used for its beautification projects, newsletters and other programs. Tickets are available on a presale basis for $8 through Friday, June 17, at White Oak Garden Center, 3579 Blue Rock Road, Mattfeld Florists and Greenhouses, 8730 Cheviot Road, or at the Monfort Heights branch of the Cheviot Savings Bank, 5550 Cheviot Road. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at any of the gardens on the day of the tour.

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Colerain vet gets service medals 65 years By Jennie Key

It’s been 65 years since Colerain Township resident Ralph Sandoz sweated his way through the tangled jungles of Korea on assignment with the Field Experimental Unit of the Office of Strategic Services, the forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency. “It was damn hot,” he said. “We would travel at twilight or early to avoid the heat. Just before dark, we’d hole up somewhere.


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Congressman Steve Chabot presents Colerain Township resident and former trustee Ralph Sandoz with medals he earned while a member of the OSS during World War II. Ralph’s wife Betty helped arrange the medal ceremony. On June 9, U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot (R–1st District) presented Sandoz, who enlisted with the U.S. Coast Guard in 1940, with the military medals he received while serving in the United

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States military in a ceremony at Vinoklet Winery in front of family and friends. Sandoz received: • Navy Combat Action Ribbon, • American Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star,

• American Campaign Medal, • Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, • Good Conduct Medal, • World War II Victory Medal, • Honorable Discharge Button, and • Honorable Service Pin. OSS service veterans are rare. Nearly 16 million American men and women served during World War II, but only 24,000 of them served in the OSS, a group that gathered intelligence and aided the resistance movements in the Nazi-occupied nations of Europe as well as operating in the Pacific Theater. In 2009, the federal government declassified the personnel records of the 24,000. Their identities had been classified top secret for 63 years. Sandoz, who turns 92 this month, is one of a relative handful of OSS veterans

who are still living. Estimates are that fewer than 2,000 are still among us. A letter from OSS Col. Carl Eifler, who commanded the first OSS covert operations unit during World War II, was on display. The letter said the unit’s mission was to introduce teams into Japan and Korea to establish secret radio stations for transmitting intelligence to the Armed Forces prior to and during the invasion of those areas. The unit was on the brink of its mission when it was recalled after the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In the letter, Eifler praised the willingness with which Sandoz took on his assignments, noting he had served “selflessly, over and above the call of duty.” Sandoz, a former Colerain Township trustee, was reluctant to talk about his time with the OSS. He said the


The medals presented to Ralph Sandoz for his service in the OSS during World War II were mounted for display. members of the unit did what had to be done. But his family is proud to have his service recognized. His wife Betty had hoped to have the medal presentation on Ralph’s 92 birthday, which is June 24, but scheduling conflicts pushed the presentation to June 9. “He never got them when he was discharged,” she said. “So I called Steve’s office to get things going. I thought it would be nice for him to get them for his birthday.”

Colerain trustees approve raises By Jennie Key

Colerain Township Trustees approved salary increases for 28 noncontract employees raises at the May 24 board meeting. The increases for department heads averaged about 1.4 percent. Receiving 1 percent raises were: • Administrator David Foglesong, whose annual salary increases to $129,770.32; • Assistant Administrator Frank Birkenhauer, whose annual salary increases to $95,069.66; • Parks and Services Director Kevin Schwartzhoff, whose annual salary increases to $73,228.24;

• Senior and Community Center Director Marie Sprenger, whose annual salary increases to $57,570; • Zoning Administrator Susan Roschke, whose annual salary increases to $689,002. Fire Chief Bruce Smith received a 1.5 percent increase, bringing his salary to $105,188.20 annually. Public Works Director Bruce McClain received a 2 percent increase, rising to $84,124.04 annually. A 3 percent increase was given to Police Chief Dan Meloy, whose annual salary is now $86,570.99. The board also approved increases for fire officers, police command officers, administrative assistants, clerks, and zoning planners and inspectors.

Trustee Jeff Ritter said the increases were awarded based on a new system of evaluations and while it took longer than he wanted to get the system in place, he is pleased with the outcome. Foglesong said the board had set aside a pool of funds based on a 1.5 percent increase, and those funds were distributed based on a new performance-based evaluation system developed by the township. He said the township evaluated the positions against those in peer communities as well to see where the salaries fell. Trustee Dennis Deters said the administrator also had some input into where the salary figures came out. “It wasn’t strictly an equation,” he said.

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Owner finds great neighbors in search for lost dog By Jennie Key

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Who knows what got into Iris that early June morning. Maybe the sun was inviting her to follow its path as it peeped over the horizon. Perhaps the call of the road blossomed within her and she was powerless to resist. She woke her owner’s dad, John Elliott, who let her out the front door, same as every other morning. And then, for whatever reason, on June 2 at 5 a.m., the 13-year-old Australian blue heeler broke her routine. Usually, she knocks on the door to be let back in, according to her owner, David Elliott, but this morning, there was no knock. And when the family looked out on the Colerain Township cul-de-sac, there was no Iris, either. So began Operation Get Back Iris, a 15-hour search for a much-loved family pet. After walking the neighborhood, David says his mom Barb and friends Missy Christen and Brandy Blust went into action. Fliers were designed and printed at the local – and very helpful – FedEx Kinko’s. Information went out on Facebook and Craig’s List. Calls were made to local vets, the SPCA and the police department. Then, the family went out in vehicles, looking for Iris. They posted fliers at

The Elliott family wants to say thanks to: • FedEx-Kinko’s • US Bank • PNC Bank • PetSmart • Rita at Northgate McDonald’s • Sharon Reinecke, who posted Facebook updates all day • Scores of Colerain Township residents who passed along information, gave advice, called when they saw her and ultimately found Iris.


Colerain Township resident David Elliott, with friends Missy Christen and Brandy Blust and Iris, his Australian Blue Heeler following the dog’s return. local banks and business, and stopped everyone they saw to ask, “Have you seen this dog?” Someone had. A teller at one of the banks said she remembered seeing the dog at 7:30 that morning. But by 5:30 p.m., after 10 hours of searching David said he was heartbro-

ken and ready to give up. “There was no way I was going to let him give up,” Christen said. “We were going to find her.” It paid off. As the hours passed, people remembered seeing Iris walking along Joseph Road, and along Cheviot Road, and near the

YMCA. She had been seen on Compton Road around 9 p.m. The searchers received calls from people who had seen the fliers and remembered seeing Iris. They were closing in. About this time, a woman on Wardwood Drive told her husband she felt

Chabot: Fight Section 8 housing By Marc Emral

Section 8 housing and Housing and Urban Development were the main topics U.S. Rep Steve Chabot (R–1st District) discussed at a town hall meeting June 8 at Nathanael Greene Lodge in Green Township. Chabot told about 175 people that he would urge the county to fight HUD’s plan to put 68 new public housing units in the township. “I’ve lived in Westwood for 50 years and I have seen the very detrimental effects (Section 8 housing) has on Westwood,” he said “Crime rate is up significantly. Drug dealing is up significantly. Property values are down significantly.” He said HUD’s threat of pulling federal money if the county does not go along with the plan should be fought. “My advice to you is to talk with the local offices, especially the commissioners and the board, and urge them to basically stand up to HUD.” He wants HUD to add these requirements to those

who receive housing assistance. • They cannot be a family member living in the housing who is a felon. • It is temporary, no more than five years. • Require the people who are receiving assistance to work. Among other points he made: • He said the economy is still weaker “than we want to see it.” He thinks the American public and small businesses have a “lack of confidence” in the Federal government. • He would not vote to raise the debt ceiling. • On Medicare: “My mother and mother-in-law are on it. It needs to be saved. … It’s an important program.” • Health care: Even though the House voted to repeal President Barak Obama’s health care bill, the repeal is not likely to pass the senate and would be vetoed by the president. He thinks the bill will be ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court on a 5-4 vote. • Chabot said there needs to be less dependence on foreign energy sources. He is in

favor of drilling for domestic oil, to develop the coal resources of the country, to do more research of renewal energy like wind and solar, and to consider more nuclear energy. • On when to bring troops back from Afghanistan: “If we can get it done this year, but I don’t think we can.” Chabot is just back from a trip to Iraq. He thinks what Obama is doing is correct, in that he’s taking advice from military leaders on the ground. “My concern is that if we pull out right away the Taliban and Al Qaeda will be back in there,” he said. “The instability in Al Qaeda (after the killing of Osama bin Laden) will spill over to Pakistan” which has nuclear weapons. “I think we need further time of stabilize the region.” Chabot spoke to the crowd for about 30 minutes and then answered written questions submitted in writing and asked by two members if his staff. He did not accept questions from the audience during the meeting. He did meet individually with people after the meeting ended.

A group of about 20 gathered outside the lodge before the meeting protesting Chabot’s appearance and against the policies Republicans are advocating. Anne Uchtman of Cheviot, who works as a patient advocate at Mercy hospitals, said privatizing Medicare and Medicaid is not the answer. “I work in an industry with people who have medicine and can’t afford it,” Uchtman said. “We’re out here for the common good of people.” Carl Truman of Westwood said he is worried about the lack of health care options for people.

she could find the missing dog. She went outside and Iris ambled out of the school yard at Houston Early Learning Center on Compton. A couple of phone calls later, David was racing to see her. “I cried, I won’t lie,” he said. “I didn’t think I would

ever see her again.” David says he’s thrilled to have Iris home, and he cannot express his gratitude to everyone who helped find her. “It really shows how kind people in our community can be,” he said. “I am so happy to have her back. It seems like a miracle.” Iris is content to look out the front door as David recounts her adventure as he shared it on his Facebook page: “Good people from the neighborhoods surrounding mine just kept looking. “She was apparently at Home Depot shopping for my dad’s birthday then to the Y for a quick work out and finally stopped off at Houston Elementary to enroll in school … a busy little beaver, that one.” And now she’s safe at home. For more about your community, visit coleraintownship.

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Brett Collins, right of Mount Airy, talks with U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot after a town hall meeting June 8 in Green Township. On the left is Katie Streicher, Chabot's outreach coordinator.




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Police citizens group has new officers The Green Township Police Citizens Academy Alumni is a non-profit organization working in cooperation with Green Township Police to improve safety and quality of life in Green Township through education programs, community activities, and volunteer opportunities. New officers were recently elected in April for a twoyear term for 2011-2012: • Matt Stansbury as president, • Carole Hendy Polychroniou as vice president, • Shelle Meyers as secretary, and • Ken Hoh as treasurer. Volunteer work includes assisting the police department with directing traffic at scheduled events in the township, crowd control, fingerprinting/DNA collection, and Police Department office assistance. Volunteers work at Concerts in the Park, including


The new officers of the Green Township Police Citizens Academy Alumni are, from left, Carole Hendy Polychroniou as vice president, Ken Hoh as treasurer, Matt Stansbury is president and Shelle Meyers is secretary. the 4th of July Fireworks Display, Kid's Fun Day in August, Sophie's Angel Run, Relay for Life, Oak Hills/Haiti

5k, Halloween Patrol ridealong with police officers, and Family Winterfest. GTPCAA meetings are

held on every second Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Green Township Administration Building on Harrison

Avenue. A minimum of three yearly training exercises following the general order of business at meet-

ings include: traffic directing/crowd control, drug/ weapon/gang crime, neighborhood crime watch, fingerprinting/DNA/911, missing person's search/ alerts, terrorism/cybercrime, and burglary/theft/ auto/home invasion. Walking patrols meet at the Green Township Administration Building at 6 p.m. every third Monday of every month. GTPCAA is encouraging anyone who is interested in becoming a part of this organization to contact the Green Township Police Department at 513-5740007, or, email Carole at, for further information about when the next seminar will be held. Yearly GTPCAA membership dues are $10 after the seminar is completed. For more about your community, visit www.

BRIEFLY World Refugee Day

Catholic Social Services is sponsoring its eighth annual World Refugee Day Celebration from 3 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, at Christ Lutheran Church, 3301 Compton Road. This special day honors refugees from around the world who have settled in our area. It features ethnic food, music, cultural experiences and activities, along with a brief program. For more information, contact Cindy Greime at 513-241-7745 ext. 2529.

Band has flea market

Organizers of the second annual Colerain High School Bands Flea Market will be set up from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, at the high school, 8801 Cheviot Road. Crafters and individuals interested in setting up a booth, call Becky at 4295555.

Bart’s Wizard

Bart’s Bards is presenting “Wizard of Oz” at St. Bartholomew’s Krumpke Center, 9375 Winton Road, Thursday through Sunday, June 23 to 26.

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It will be Pandamania as three local churches collaborate to present a vacation Bible School with the theme “Pandamania … Where God is Wild About You.” First United Church of Christ, Northwest Community Church and St. Paul United Church of Christ on Old Blue Rock Road will combine their efforts this summer. The bible school is for 4year-olds through youngsters in the sixth grade will be from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. each night from Sunday, June 26, through Thursday, June 30, at the Northwest Community Church, 8735 Cheviot Road. Call 385-9077.

Pandamania VBS

Highview Christian Church, 2651 Adams Road, near Pippin Road, will host a five-day Vacation Bible School June 26-30. The bible school is open to children age 4 through those entering sixth grade. Times are 6:30-8:40 p.m., Sunday through Thursday evenings. Register online at www.high or by calling 825-9553.

Book signing

Local authors of the “Images of America: Colerain Township” will sign their book from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at Stehlin’s Meat Market, 10134 Colerain Ave. Colerain Township resident Frank Scholle teamed up with fellow resident Don Linz to share the history of Colerain Township through photos. Both are members of the La Salle Council 5621 Knights

of Columbus, The book shows how the township has changed over the years using photos borrowed from residents and the Coleraine Historical Society.. The K of C and the historical society will split the proceeds from the book. The book is available in area stores, and several book signings are coming up. The book is also available at

Honor flight ride

The Cheviot Fraternal Order of Eagles, Eagle Riders, 3807 Glenmore Avenue, in Cheviot, will host its inaugural motorcycle benefit ride, Saturday, June 18. Proceeds will benefit Honor Flight Tri-State (, whose mission is to fly as many World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., at no cost to the veterans to visit their memorial. The Honor Flight Run takes place rain or shine Saturday, June 18. Registration begins at 10 a.m. Described as a scramble, the ride starts at noon with groups departing in 15-minute intervals. Rules of the road apply. Covering about 100 miles, with stops scheduled at the Lebanon FOE, Hamilton West FOE, Mount Healthy FOE, Keller Cafe, and return to the Cheviot FOE, where a picnicstyle dinner will be served. Chances for door prizes and raffles prizes will be sold. Music provided of D.J. Woody Inc. Cost is $15 per rider, $25 per couple. For further information contact Irene Viltrakis at, or at 513661-1121; Rome J Viltrakis II at; or at 513-324-6309; or Sam Keller 513-481-0231.

Park appreciation days

The Hamilton County Park District would like to say thank you to Hamilton County

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Perfect planning

The Springfield Township Community Center will have a workshop on Planning Your Unique Wedding at 7 p.m.. Tuesday, June 28, at the center, 9158 Winton Road. It will be presented by Joan Kahn-Schneider, a skilled workshop leader and therapist working with individuals, families and groups as a teacher, speaker and published author. A minimum of six participants are needed for this workshop. The cost is $5, payable at the door. Pre-registration is required by calling 522-1154. You may also register in person or by mail at the Springfield Township Senior Center, 9158 Winton Road. Center operating hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Checks should be made payable to Springfield Township.

Summer hiatus

While the Monfort Heights/White Oak Community Association's beautification work will continue over the summer, the group will take a summer recess from newsletter writing and monthly membership meetings in July and August. The next meeting of the community association is set for Our next meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14, at the Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road. The Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority's Interim Executive Director, Mr. Ted Bergh, will speak at the September membership meeting to describe CMHA activities in Green Township and provide an overview of the programs administered by the housing authority. The association's next newsletter should be delivered by mail by Friday, September 9. If you receive your newsletters by email, your September newsletter will be transmitted, in full color, about a week earlier.


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Mount Healthy North Elementary School, 2170 Struble Road, needs public votes to win a $20,000 prize.


North Elementary vies for $20,000 prize Mount Healthy North Elementary School is vying for a $20,000 prize and officials say they need your help to win. It is the only southwest Ohio school entered in the 2011 Lots2Give contest, sponsored by Big Lots. To enter the contest, schools submitted a 90-second video and a brief essay on why their school could use some additional financial support. One $20,000 grand prize, four $5,000 first prizes and 30 $2,000 second prizes will be awarded. The focus of North’s video is while the school can use the cash, it is rich – in people. Big Lots encourages the public to cast a

ballot for their favorites and help support education at the same time. North Elementary Principal Jenni Moody says if her school wins the money, it will be spent on additional technology for students. She said her teachers are already seeing the benefits of the new technology they received when the new school building opened in the fall. “We’d like to get tablets for the students to use with the white boards in the classrooms,” she said. Go to 2give/vote/index#spotlight-iframe and cast your three votes for North each day. You can narrow the search on the site by state and the school is listed as North Ele-

mentary School. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. Monday, July 4. Winners will be announced Aug. 13. “The Lots2Give program makes a positive impact on schools in need across the country,” said CEO Steve Fishman in a statement. “We invite America to join us in selecting the winners of our Lots2Give video contest and promoting an important cause.” Along with the Lots2Give video contest, participating schools will be the recipients of an in-store donation program. Now through July 4, customers can help selected schools by donating $1 or $5 at participating Big Lots stores and 100 percent of donations will go to the participating schools.

St. Xavier names senior scholar recipient St. Xavier High School senior Taylor Luiso of Miami Township Clermont County earned the senior scholar award for best grade average among the 373 members of the class of 2011. Luiso, the son of Luiso Lee and Tracy Luiso, had a cumulative average of 98.520 over his four years. “This is a very prestigious honor for Taylor,” said Principal Dave Mueller. “To be at the top of your class anywhere is a great achievement, but especially here where there is such competition to excel. Taylor has shown not only great intellectual capacity, but also amazing discipline and work ethic to maintain such a high level of performance for four years.” Luiso edged out Nicholas Augspurger – who averaged

St. Xavier award winners The St. Xavier High School class of 2011 celebrated its commencement exercises June 2 and several students earned special recognition. Other department awards went to Matt Devine in biology, Rob Marshall in chemistry, Brian Thompson in community service, Craig Wolfer in computer science, Timothy Hankins in French, Grant Bisher in German, Chris Irwin in health/physical education, Andrew McLaughlin in Latin, Nick Augspurger in math, Andrew Aronow in music, Jake Daggett in performing arts, Alex Lewis in physics, Chris Benson in social studies, Zach Tasset in Spanish and J.D. Jansen in visual arts. Daggett took the Rev. Joseph Brennan S.J. Award as the senior with best potential to be an excellent teacher. Devine won the St. Francis Xavier Service Award. McLauglin was the D. Charles Farrell Memorial Leadership Award winner. Kevin Wegman won the Jesuit Secondary Education Association Award. 98.231 over his high school career – to nab the award. Luiso was a National Merit Commended Student and plans to attend the University of Pennsylvania in the Ivy League, where he will study finance. The rest of the top 10 students in the class include Andrew McLaughlin, Robert Marshal IV, Matthew Devine, Alexander Lewis, Brian Thompson, John

Riestenberg, Michael Christy and Zachary Guskey. Among the 373 seniors who graduated June 2 in commencement exercises at the Cintas Center, 372 will attend a four-year college, university or military service academy. They matriculated with 77 percent of the class earning some kind of scholarship, a total valued at more than $42 million.


Kevin Kay was named to the spring semester dean’s list at the University of Evansville. • Andrea Elms, Stacey Hill, Shannon Marengo, Frank Maue, Caitlin Yauch and Sarah Young were named to the spring dean’s list at Wilmington College. Jeffrey Campbell, Jeffrey Cepluch, Rachel House and Gregory Johnson were named to the dean’s list through the collaboration between Wilmington College and Cincinnati State Technical & Community College. To be eligible for the dean’s list, a student

must be enrolled full-time and maintain at least a 3.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.




Mt. Healthy hires new principal By Jennie Key

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Xavier University student Ashley Dobbs recently was named Outstanding Sophomore of the Year by the XU Scholarship Committee, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Black Student Association. Dobbs is a middle childhood education major, concentrating in mathematics, reading and language arts. Her involvement includes membership in Ladies with Emphasis on Distinction and Achievement, Black Student Association and

the gospel choir. Dobbs works two jobs, while taking 18 credit hours and tutoring secondary and post-secondary students in math throughout the city. • Mikaela Shaw and Samuel Zeller have been invited to join Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest academic honor society in the United States. Shaw and Zeller are students at Indiana University. Election to Phi Beta Kappa is based solely on academic achievement and is limited to students majoring in liberal arts and sciences. Nationwide, only about 1 percent of all college seniors are invited to join Phi Beta Kappa each year.

Former Northwest High School Assistant Principal Marlon Styles Jr. will be the new high school principal at the Mount Healthy Junior/Senior High School. The Mount Healthy City School District Board of Education approved hiring Styles unanimously last month. Board members gave him a two-year contract effective Aug. 1. His salary will be $93,606 annually. Styles is the assistant principal at Wyoming High School. He has nine years of experience in education, and taught math at Pleasant Run Middle School and served as assistant principal at Northwest High School in the Northwest Local School District and taught at Winton Woods Middle School before going to Wyoming as an assistant principal. Styles earned his bachelor’s degree from Thomas More College and his master’s degree in education administration from the University of Cincinnati. Styles said he looks forward to collaborating with others to pursue a common goal of excellence. “I am very excited and honored to be part of the Mount Healthy district and I look forward to working with the students, par-

ents and staff at Mount Healthy Junior/Senior High School,” he said. S t y l e s replaces former principal D. Wayne Sawyers Styles who resigned after his March 8 guilty plea to unauthorized use of property in Hamilton County Municipal Court. School board members accepted his resignation March 21. Assistant Principal Karen Austin is the acting principal at school for the remainder of the school year. Mount Healthy City School Superintendent Lori Handler said the district had 80 applicants for the post. The pool was narrowed to seven, then to three, who met with a committee that included parents, teachers and administrators, who recommended Styles. “He stood out,” Handler said. “Marlon has a commitment to atrisk students and community building. He also has a good sense of what’s going on when he looks at data and test scores. He is a great fit for Mount Healthy. He was chosen by our committee and we were glad to act on that recommendation.”

Alumna is new McAuley principal Nicole Hewald Brainard will become the eighth principal in McAuley's 50-year history. Brainard, a 1993 alumna of McAuley, is the first alumna to become principal at McAuley. Current principal, Christopher Pastura, has accepted a new job as the director of Strategic Planning for the Archdiocesan Catholic School Office. “I am blessed to be able to return home to McAuley as the first alumna principal,” Brainard said. “The education I received and the Mercy charism I experienced at McAuley are integral parts of who I am, both as an individual and as an educator. I am thrilled to be able to share this experience with the future generations of McAuley graduates.” Brainard was most recently the principal of Archbishop Alter High School in Kettering. Before that post, Brainard was an assistant principal at McAuley from 2002-

2007, and was a science teacher and academic dean at Purcell Marian High School. Brainard grew up in Monfort Heights and Brainard attended St. Ignatius School, before enrolling at McAuley. In 1997, she began her undergraduate studies at John Carroll University, where she earned a bachelor’s of science in Biology and a bachelor’s of arts in English. In 2000, she received a master’s of education in secondary administration from Xavier University. Brainard has been married to Tim for almost 11 years and has two children: Thomas, 6, will be in first grade next year at St. John the Baptist School in Dry Ridge; daughter Lily is 2.

Colerain, St. X students get merit scholarship Sixty-four Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky high school seniors are among 2,900 nationally who will receive college-funded scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Scholarships range from $500 to $2,000 per year, renewable for up to four years. Exact amounts of the scholarships are not released by National Merit. The awards come from 118 private and 80 public colleges and universities located in 45 states and the District of Columbia. This is the third of four releases of corporate, college and National Merit scholarships that are being awarded to National Merit finalists in the 2011 competition. The last group of winners will be announced in July. The recipients – who represent less than one percent of all seniors

nationally – were among 1.5 million students who entered the 2011 competition by taking the 2009 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test as juniors. The winners from Colerain are: • Brendan McDonough, University of Cincinnati, marketing or public relations; • Vanessa Neumeier, Ohio State University, engineering or physics. From St. Xavier: • Patrick Ahern, Vanderbilt University, undecided; • Matthew Cooney, Northwestern University, investment banking; • John Riestenberg, Ohio State University, math; • Eric Swank, Northwestern University, business or finance; • Louis Bodkin, Tulane University, neuroscience.


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Northwest school superintendent continues to talk about funding needs By Jennie Key

Members of the Northwest Board of Education listened Monday, June 6, as Superintendent Rick Glatfelter walked them through a list of possible cuts for 2013 and 2014 if the district does not pass a levy in the next two years. Glatfelter recommended last month that the district ask voters for a bond levy to build and renovate the district’s school buildings and suggested that the district may need additional operating funds as well. In April, the district unveiled the first phase of

planned reductions which were identified for the 201112 school year. The plan eliminated 51 positions as it cut $3.2 million from the district’s budget to offset losses in revenue and increases in costs to the district. On June 6, Glatfelter discussed the second phase of those planned reductions, set for 2013 and 2014. For 2013, the proposed permanent cuts, effective Aug. 1, 2012, amount to almost $1.3 million. The will eliminate 14 high school positions through attrition and reorganization of classes. This includes about

$500,000 in cuts to district leadership positions and classified staff. If the Northwest district does not pass a levy in the 2011-12 school year, the superintendent’s proposal cuts another $2.5 million effective Aug. 1, 2012. Those cuts include: • eliminate five middle or high school teachers by increasing class sizes, • eliminate three physical education teachers by giving PE credit for extracurricular activities • eliminate six elementary teachers by expanding the narrow grade range program, which clusters groups of grade levels in different

buildings. • reduce field trips paid for by the board; • adding a fourth time zone for busing; • reduction in contract days for classified staff, • reduced assistant hours • reduced intervention services; • reduced contract hours for custodians by closing buildings earlier; • increasing pay to participate to $200 per sport; and • cutting three leadership positions and cutting classified staff costs. For fiscal year 2014, the permanent cuts include another 10 high school teachers, one leadership posi-

Next meeting

The Northwest Local School District board of education’s next work session is set for 7 p.m. Monday, June 20, at the administrative offices, 3240 Banning Road. tion, five classified positions and $100,000 in “non personnel cost reductions,” for a total of $907,000. If the district is unable to pass a levy in the 2012 or 2013 school years, it will have to make another $3 million in cuts effective Aug. 1, 2013, according to the proposal. That list includes: • moving busing to a twomile limit for kindergarten through eighth-grade students; • cutting middle school and high school extracurricular activities; • outsourcing custodians and maintenance; • reducing police contracts for traffic control

• eliminating school resource officers; • cutting three administrators; • reducing classified staff; • cleaning buildings on alternate days; and • eliminating alternate school programming. Board members had no comment on the proposal as Glatfelter ticked off the cuts. He suggested the board come to the next work session prepared to discuss how they want to proceed. Board President Pam Detzel asked board members to email Glatfelter with any questions they might have, so he can get information to them before the meeting.

Springfield Township offers police, fire camps for kids By Heidi Fallon

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Springfield Township Police Lt. Rick Bley, left, confers with Charlie Eberhardt, center, and John Wintz about their need for workable space to continue their joint charitable projects. a Dumpster,” Eberhardt said. The police department has given the group bikes it accumulates and can’t find the owners. Officers also help with the food basket project, both helping assemble the baskets and delivering them. “The association does such great work and volunteers help us out in a lot of ways,” said police Lt. Rick Bley. “Last fall, we delivered bikes to neighborhood kids who were thrilled to get them. “We’re hoping someone will step forward with the space they need so both projects can continue to benefit our residents.” Wintz and Eberhardt said the ideal space would be free or involve minimal cost. The size they need would be equivalent to a large garage. Anyone who can help or wants more information can call Bley at 729-1300. For more about your community, visit springfieldtownship.


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Northwest senior Cory Cook hit .500 this season and led the Knights to an 11-10 record.

Colerain High School senior Ryan Atkinson went 4-1 with a 1.66 ERA this past season and had 64 strikeouts in 33.2 innings. He has signed a letter of intent to play baseball for the University of Cincinnati.


Northwest junior Tyler Thomas won a Division I regional title in the high jump and finished sixth at state.

Looking back at spring sports Now that school is out and summer vacation has arrived, let’s take a look back at some of the top athletes and moments from the spring sports postseason.


Colerain High School’s Katie Hoelmer collides with Hamilton’s Elizabeth Herzog during a softball game May 4. The game was played on Colerain’s football field due to heavy rain that canceled countless games this spring. The Lady Cards, which won 4-0, started the season 4-8 but finished with a winning record at 11-10.


St. Xavier’s 4x100 relay team – comprised of (left to right) Daniel Braswell, Timothy Bryson Andrew Arand and William Sherman – set a school record of 42:26 at the state meet.


St. Xavier High School senior Chad Sudbrack led the Bombers with a .424 average and 14 doubles and finished second in the GCL with 29 RBI. St. X finished 22-5 and won a share of the league title with Moeller.


La Salle High School senior Ethan Bokeno helped the Lancers to their second state track title in school history this year. He was also a state champion on La Salle’s 4x800 relay team with Rodriguez Coleman, Devon Steagall and Jaleel Hytchye.


McAuley junior Danielle Pfeifer finished runner-up in the 800 at state.


Northwest High School senior pitcher Bethany Shepherd hit .304 and won 10 games for the Lady Knights, which finished 11-9.


Mt. Healthy High School senior Brent Gray finished runner-up at state in the 400 (47.89) and was one of just two runners to break 48 seconds. He also anchored the 4x400 relay team, which finished fifth. Other relay members were sophomore Greg Green and juniors Tim Green and Vince Turnage.


McAuley High School sophomore Jamie Ertel led the GGCL-Scarlet with 13 wins and finished with a 1.49 ERA. The Mohawks went 17-6 and finished second in the league.


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East beats West

West All-Star Denzel Larkin of Mt. Healthy returns a kick with East All-Star Brian Myers of BethelTate defending during their East West All Star Football game at Kings High School. The East won the game 39-35.


College commitments

Four Roger Bacon students commit to play sports at three different colleges. Sitting from left, Dominique Hutson will play football at Wilmington College; Erica Wictora signed to play volleyball at Wallace College; and Will Farrell and Luke Fiorni will be playing football at Wittenberg University.




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Real Estate Agents Can Help Save Buyers and Sellers Money

Part 1 of 4 Record-low interest rates and record-low housing prices are renewing interest in the floundering housing market for many people. Now could be the time to sell and buy a new home and earn an even bigger slice of the real estate pie. Whether an individual is a buyer or a seller, or doing both, his or her goal is to get the best financial deal on the home -- and often that means having a qualified real estate agent working in his or her corner. Those entering the real estate realm may have misconceptions about what’s involved. Oftentimes, individuals think they can go it alone and save money on real estate commissions in the process. However, not having a knowledgeable agent to navigate the process can end up costing more money in the long run. An agent is not there just to open up houses for viewing or to simply put a for-sale sign on the front lawn. Agents guide the seller or buyer through a complicated process of legalities and emotional hurdles. The agent also negotiates for the buyer and seller to help them make important financial decisions. “When sellers are interviewing real estate agents to market their homes, their primary focus is usually on the advertising that the agent will offer them,” says Jessica Goodbody of Weichert Realtors. “Advertising is important, but, once sellers have an offer, they need a strong negotiator to help them get the best price and terms. Buyers should also look for agents who have strong negotiating skills and neighborhood knowledge which will help them make the most of their purchasing power.” Individuals can expect a real estate agent to help them navigate a process that, to first-time buyers or sellers, can prove intimidating.

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SIDELINES Fall soccer signups

The Olympian Club is conducting fall SAY soccer signups on the following dates at the Olympian Club: • 6-8 p.m., Wednesday June 15. • Noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 18. Lollipop soccer fee is $40 and includes 10 games, T-shirt and trophy. The SAY soccer fee is $50. Call Brandy May for Lollipop soccer at 218-1764, Tracy Sickles for SAY Soccer at 544-1115. The Olympian Club is at 8251835.

Jay Bruce baseball camp

There are less than 100 spots still available for the second annual CBTS and Fifth Third Bank in partnership with the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum. The Cincinnati Reds Star Outfielder will conduct his annual camp from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., July 25-26 at Prasco Park in Mason. Bruce will be on site the entire camp to direct activities and provide instruction. The camp will be directed by Indiana University head baseball coach Tracy Smith. He will be joined by several of the top prep and collegiate coaches from the Cincinnati area. Camp is open to boys and girls ages 6 to 14. Campers experience various stations, specializing in fundamental skills and the team concept of baseball. Individual groups are small to assure each camper gets maximum personalized instruction. Campers receive an autographed camp team photo with Jay, a camp T-shirt, camp goodie bag and the opportunity to win additional contests and prizes. The cost of the camp is $174. Additional camp partners include Gillette, Marge and Charles J. Schott Foundation, Powerade, Fox Sports Ohio, and 700 WLW. Additional information and registration is available at, or call 888-389-CAMP.

College coach wanted

The Xavier University Club Football program seek assistant coaches for the 2011 season. Xavier is a member of the Midwest Club Football Conference. Previous coaching experience preferred. The Musketeers club football team practices three to four nights a week, and plays a schedule of 8-10 games. These are volunteer positions. Send resumes to Sean McCormick, head coach, via e-mail,

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I’m 56 and do not believe I am “entitled” to anything except the basics our Constitution guarantees which truly “entitles” me to be able to reach for any goal I choose. For me this included working all my life, never collecting unemployment and planning my retirement so I did not have to depend on hand outs (entitlements).

Yes, the economy is down right know, but that’s the free enterprise system we are fighting for in Afghanistan to protect and we are just unlucky to be here at this time right now. Other generations have made it through and America is better for it. I do not follow the news much because it’s all drama (except PBS), but I did pick up on the fact that there was a large oil spill in

CH@TROOM Do you believe cell phones are possible cancer-causing agents, putting them in the same category as the pesticide DDT? “DDT findings were fairly conclusive many years ago. The jury is still out on the health dangers of mobile phones. More and more people are using them exclusively as their communication choice for phone, text, internet, email, PDA and soon TV. Using an ear piece or speaker appears to minimize some of the risk. The guess here is the risks are for those who spend hours talking with the phone “attached” to their head. Newer devices without the antenna tend to be safer but there still exists the risk. Go Figure!” T.D.T. “Short answer: no. There are documented cases for DDT. So far I have not seen one case of cancer directly related to cell phone usage. This ‘study’ seems to get brought up every five to 10 years. Maybe Ma Bell is trying to fight the competition?” J.K. “This is a recurring question from the 1980s. There was a lot of scientific study years ago. There was litigation over it as well. “The weight of the evidence is that there is plenty of science that supports no connection. With every disputed issue you will have naysayers. This is not a new issue. “I think it is significant that several decades have passed sine the initial question was raised. Why again, now? “Some scientist writes an article and goes on the lecture circuit. Money encourages folks to recirculate issues for profit. My take? It would take a lot of RF (radio frequency) power to cause harm. “We are surrounded by RF energy from microwave ovens and other devices. How about routers that are used with computers ? They put out RF energy too.” J.S.D. “I completely feel that cell phones will and do have a large impact on our brain. How could they not? “The high frequency that they operate at going up against our our electric center and soft tissues it is only a matter of time before cellular change occurs. “I would not put it in the same category as a pesticide however. They are completely different forms of pathogens.” Gretchen F.

Next questions Should teachers be allowed to defend themselves against aggressive students? Why or why not? Should Green and Colerain townships fight HUD and CMHA from putting more Section 8 housing in the townships even if it ends up costing the townships money? Why? Why not? Every week The Northwest Press asks readers a questions that they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to northwestpress@community with “chatroom” in the subject line. “The world is full of risks, but some of us don’t seem to be able to find enough to worry about so we focus on threats from things things that only seem to have a very remote possibility of harming us. “A few years ago lots of folks were afraid of high-tension power lines, fluoride in the water and the risks flue shots. Now it is cell phones. “Get a life and start worrying about things that really threaten you. Wear your seat belt, don’t smoke, drink less alcohol, work toward a healthy weight, eat more healthy food, and use sunscreen. “Worry about the things that will kill you today, not the ones that have little or no scientific evidence to support the threat.” F.S.D. “Every so often, some story like the possibility that cell phones can cause cancer will arise, and it will gather believers around it. Such things are often referred to as ‘glurges’ or ‘urban myths.’ DDT, like Agent Orange, was shown to be very dangerous, and as we got more sophisticated in our use of chemicals we have become smarter in what we use and how we use it. “But to me, the notion that cell phones can cause cancer is simply ridiculous. It might cause auto accidents when people talk on them while they are driving, and that is a serious thing. But cancer? I don’t think so. “I am, however, amazed at the addiction of young people (and some ancients) to cellphones, texting, tweeting, Facebook, etc. How things have changed since I was a boy!” Bill B. “I personally don’t put a lot of faith in these studies. I remember back in the ’60s that charcoal and bacon were going to do us in.” D.D.

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the Gulf recently whose impact will never be fully recovered from and BP will cover all the costs (can not and will not). The Government will help and any money that may have trickled down to “entitlement programs” is already gone. Set up a shale oil drilling rig in your own back yard and see how it goes. You are “entitled” to that. Chip Argo North College Hill

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Spelling mistakes reflect negatively Recycleing. Thinkin. Are you able to spot the errors in those words? Obvious to most of us or is it? I recently noticed those misspellings on the signs in front of a church and a Montessori school. It was not children who made these errors; it was adults who wrote out the messages, and with glaring errors present for the world to see, turned around and walked back into the buildings. We all make spelling errors at some point, and that is understandable, but what of the other employees and visitors to those sites? “Thinkin” was on the school sign. The error was not a tonguein-cheek spelling used to gain attention to the rest of the message; it was simply wrong. I find it incomprehensible to think that not

one person at that school is able to spell correctly. Was the misspelled word not noticed by the teachers, staff or parents? “Recycleing” is Tonia on the sign in Steinkamp front of a church is situated Community which at one of the Press guest busier interseccolumnist tions on the West Side. It has been wrong for over three weeks. For three Sundays parishioners have flocked to the church. Has not one of them noticed the mistake? Elder, Mercy, Oak Hills, and Seton are but a handful of the excellent schools that are located on the West Side of Cincinnati. We

are very proud of those institutions, and rightfully so. Churches and schools have historically presented themselves as establishments of knowledge and as a society we expect more from them than spelling errors we have come to see on fast food restaurant signs. Children and young adults are frequently criticized for their misuse of the language, but how can we expect a certain degree of competency from our children when we do not expect it from ourselves? As adults, we are to lead by example. What type of an example do we set for children when we apparently are incapable of correctly using a dictionary? Tonia Steinkamp is an English instructor at the community college level.

Water protects public health, provides family fun Summertime and water. What would summer be like without a dip in the pool, a run through the sprinkler or a cold glass of tap water on a hot muggy day? People use water every day for both recreational uses and household uses such as cooking, cleaning and bathing. At Greater Cincinnati Water Works, our job is to provide you with a dependable supply of the highest quality water each and every time you turn on the tap, fill up the pool or let your children run through the sprinkler. During the past century, many improvements in the health, prosperity and longevity of the U.S. population can be attributed to improvements in water quality. For the past 100 years, GCWW has been a leader in developing and implementing those improvements. In 1907 amidst a national typhoid outbreak, GCWW built the second water treatment plant in the United States to use rapidsand filtration and cases of typhoid in Cincinnati dropped dramatically. In 1928 water works pioneered powdered activated carbon filtra-

tion. Then in 1992, we became the first utility in the nation to implement granular activated carbon treatment with the ability to clean the carbon Biju George on-site so it can be reused. GranuCommunity lar activated carPress guest bon is cited by the columnist USEPA as one of the best available treatment technologies to remove impurities, such as pharmaceuticals, during drinking water treatment. Soon we'll add another step – ultraviolet disinfection (UV) to protect against potential microorganisms like cryptosporidium. When operational at the end of 2012, GCWW will be the largest water utility in North America to use UV following sand filtration and granular activated carbon. At GCWW we have our eye on the future. Our engineers, water quality experts and water distribution and supply specialists constantly assess the needs of our customers, identifying areas of demand, mon-

itoring and upgrading our infrastructure and developing a plan to keep water flowing. All the while members of our information technology, business and billing teams research and implement the latest technologies to help keep us on the cutting edge of quality and service. On behalf of every GCWW employee, I am proud to report that our water meet or exceeded all state and federal health standards in 2010, as it always has. So the next time you fill your swimming pool or water glass, wash your fruits and vegetables or bathe your children, take comfort in knowing that more than 600 people at Greater Cincinnati Water Works take care each and every day to bring you life's necessity – water. To view our 2010 Water Quality Report, which highlights our extensive water quality monitoring and state-of-the-art treatment process, visit Biju George is interim director, Greater Cincinnati Water Works. GCWW serves 1.1 million people in parts of Hamilton, Butler, Warren and Clermont counties in Ohio and Boone County in Kentucky.

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St. Bernard School Taylor’s Creek spent the year studying recycling through library programs and culminated the year building these garden decorations out of plywood and recycled materials. From left are librarian Michele Frey and fifth-grader Alexis Daily, kindergartener Avery La Gory, third-grader Emma Schulte, and seventh-grader Matt Carroll.

St. Bernard students make recycling an art By Jennie Key

Students at St. Bernard School in Taylor Creek have flipped their lids for recycling. A project run by the school’s librarians resulted in all of the students in the school participating in recycling and using plastic container lids in art projects to make the school grounds more beautiful. Back in August, school librarians Michele Frey and Michelle Feldman – both volunteers – asked students to begin collecting plastic lids, all sizes and colors. The librarians put a bin in the library to collect the washed lids, although Frey said she took a lot home to give a second wash after they arrived at school. Frey said she had seen a similar project at another school and she and her fellow librarian thought it would be a great way to interest students in recycling. They developed a year-long plan to study recycling and the environment. There were learning opportunities in the library, students watched videos on recycling from Rumpke Consolidated Companies Inc. in conjunction with Earth Day, and as the school year wound to a close, the librarians launched the final project. A local graphic designer and St. Bernard School parent, Deb Wells, designed a number of garden shapes, including butterflies, lady bugs, mushrooms, and flowers, and a group of volunteers cut out the shapes from plywood. Once students learned about recycling, it was time for them to recycle all the lids they had been collecting since August. First, the older students sorted all the lids by color. Groups of students from each grade were assigned to projects. Over a three-week span, the students painted and covered their shapes with the brightly colored lids.


Third-grader Emma Schulte and Avery LaGory check out the work on a butterfly made by fellow students.


St. Bernard Taylor’s Creek students, from left, Matt Carroll, Avery LaGory, Alexis Daily and Emma Schulte with a butterfly and mushroom made by fellow students.


This bird is covered with plastic lids that are often not recycleable. Then parent volunteers used 4,100 screws to meticulously fasten each lid to the wooden shape. The school yard is vibrant with color, scattered through the gardens and campus. Tall tulips and funky daisies flank the steps. multicolored mushrooms dot the gardens, which are also scattered with caterpillars and animals. A cool sun in shades shines on a memorial tree

for student Jared Douglas, who died last April. Students enjoyed the project. Third-grader Emma Schulte said working together on a team of students on her group’s mushroom project was fun. Alexis Daily, a fifth-grader, said her favorite part of the making a ladybug was figuring out which lids to use and what colors were needed. Matt Carroll, a seventhgrader, said the different


Fifth-grader Alexis Daily's group made the ladybug behind her. sized lids made it challenging to decide where to place them and how to space them properly. And since his bumble bee project required black lids, it was also hard to find lids in the right colors when his group needed them. “Our lids were all colors,”

said kindergartener Avery LaGory. “We made a caterpillar, and we put different colors on the spots.” She said she enjoyed helping her friends in the group. Collaboration and the skills needed to work together were a bonus from Frey’s perspective.

“I hadn’t thought about the team work these projects would need,” she said. “Some groups seemed to see how the project would work right away but others had to work through all the decisions that needed to be agreed on. It was interesting to see them moving through the process of how to work collaboratively.” All 27 shapes are now on display throughout the outdoor campus of St. Bernard School and the church grounds. Teacher Nicole Herrmann said parishioners and parents were enthusiastic about the project. “We have had a lot of calls about them from our parishioners,” she said. All of the animals and flowers created by the students have been on display and were set to be auctioned off at the St. Bernard Festival June 10 to 12 in the Bid’N’Buy booth at the church, 7130 Harrison Ave. Half of the proceeds will go to the school, the other half to the school library. For more about your community, visit coleraintownship.


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DANCE CLASSES Line Dance Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Springfield Township Senior and Community Center, 9158 Winton Road, Dancing with Jerry and Kathy Helt, instructors. Wear smoothsoled shoes. No partner dances and no prior dance experience required. $4. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 321-6776. Springfield Township. EDUCATION

Adult Computer Class, 7-9 p.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Concludes June 23. $44, $35 Colerain Township residents. 7418802. Colerain Township.

Walk Club, 8:30 a.m., Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road, Walks led by Park District volunteers. Walkers may choose what days to participate. Ages 50 and up. Free; vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 728-3551, ext. 406; Colerain Township. Friday Night Float, 8 p.m., Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Registration required online by June 15. Pointers on kayaking and discuss history of lake. Participants must fit properly in provided personal flotation devices. Children must be accompanied by an adult on the water. Includes refreshments. Ages 8 and older. $10, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Springfield Township. S A T U R D A Y, J U N E 1 8



Hatha Yoga for Seniors, 9:15 a.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Ages 55 and up. Experience benefits of yoga with stretching, breathing and relaxing techniques. Bring mat or purchase one for $10. $40 for 10 classes, $25 for 6 classes; $5 per class. 7418802; Colerain Township.


Barnyard Bonanza, 3 p.m., Parky’s Farm, 10037 Daly Road, Wander by the Wetland. Walk along the new marsh at Parky’s Farm and learn the importance of wetlands. Registration required at least two days in advance. Ages 2 and older. $1. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-3276, ext. 100; Springfield Township.


Senior Zumba Gold Classes, 9-10 a.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Total body workout for active older adult featuring Latin dance movements. Help improve strength and flexibility. Ages 55 and up. $30 for 10 classes; $5 each. 741-8802; Colerain Township.


Guided Meditations on Forgiveness, 78:30 p.m., Family Life Center, 703 Compton Road, Gentle process to help you through situations where hurt or bad feelings were never resolved. Free. Registration required. 931-5777. Finneytown. F R I D A Y, J U N E 1 7


Lettuce Eat Well Farmers Market, 3-7:30 p.m., Harvest Home Park, 3961 North Bend Road, Locally produced food items. Free. Presented by Lettuce Eat Well. 661-1792; Cheviot.


Kelly Routt, 8-11 p.m., J. Gumbo’s White Oak, 6032 Cheviot Road, Free. 385-1995. White Oak.


Walk Club, 8:30 a.m., Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Walks are led by Park District volunteers. Walkers may choose the days they want to walk. Ages 50 and up. Free, vehicle permit required. 728-3551, ext. 406; Springfield Township.

Yardwaste Recycling Drop-off Program, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Kuliga Park, 6717 Bridgetown Road, Rumpke Sanitary Landfill, 3800 Struble Road,Includes leaves, grass clippings, brush, garden waste, tree trunks and tree and shrub prunings. Hamilton County residents only. Commercial businesses and landscapers not eligible to participate in this program. Free. Presented by Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District. 946-7755; Green Township, Colerain Township.


Boy Scout Troop 98 50-Year Anniversary, 12:30-4:30 p.m., Monfort Heights United Methodist Church, 3682 West Fork Road, Kick Back Cafe. Cake and refreshments. Includes creation of time capsule to be opened on 100-year anniversary. Free. Presented by Boy Scouts of America Troop 98. 481-8699; Green Township.


Stream Stomp, 11 a.m., Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Learn about the ecosystem of organisms living beneath the surface of the water near Winton Centre. With Tracy Sparks of the Hamilton County Park District Stewardship Department. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Springfield Township.


Northwest Boosters Association Bingo Fundraiser, 7 p.m., Pleasant Run Middle School, 11770 Pippin Road, Cafeteria. Early Bird Bingo/Instants begin 6 p.m. Benefits School district’s athletic equipment, extracurricular expenses and facility upgrades. 7297504; Colerain Township.


Summer Garden Tour, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., White Oak Garden Center, 3579 Blue Rock Road, Tour five gardens. Plants, crafts and art for sale. Tickets available at White Oak Garden Center, Mattfeld’s Greenhouse & Florist and the Cheviot Savings Bank branch on Cheviot Road. Ticket includes bottled water and coupons. $10, $8 advance. 385-3313; White Oak.

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CIVIC Yardwaste Recycling Drop-off Program, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Kuliga Park, Free. 9467755; Green Township. Yardwaste Recycling Drop-off Program, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Rumpke Sanitary Landfill, Free. 946-7755; Colerain Township. HISTORIC SITES

German Heritage Museum, 1-5 p.m., German Heritage Museum, 4790 West Fork Road, Two-story 1830 log house furnished with German immigrant memorabilia. Available by appointment. Free, donations accepted. Presented by German-American Citizens League of Greater Cincinnati. 598-5732; Green Township. M O N D A Y, J U N E 2 0


Summer Feeding and Enrichment Program, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., First Baptist Church of Mount Healthy, Free. 385-0755; Mount Healthy.


Portable Production Video Workshop, 6:30-9 p.m., Waycross Community Media, 2086 Waycross Road, Daily through June 23. One-day session available June 28. Everything you need to know to produce your own program. Highlights include DV camcorder etiquette and usage, optimal audio in small spaces, portable three-point lighting and shot composition. $50, $25 residents. Registration required. 825-2429; Forest Park.


Evening Adult Yoga Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Instructor Lynn Carroll leads stretching, breathing and relaxation exercises. Bring a mat or purchase one for $10. $25 for six classes, $5 each. 741-8802; Colerain Township.


The Monfort Heights/White Oak Community Association’s annual Garden Tour is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 18. Tickets are $10, $8 in advance, and available at the White Oak Garden Center, Mattfeld’s Greenhouse & Florist and the Cheviot Savings Bank branch on Cheviot Road. Ticket includes bottled water and coupons. For more information, call 385-3313 or visit Pictured during last year’s tour are homeowner/gardener Mary Ungrund and guest Nancy Coke.


Edible Soil, 3-4 p.m., Mount Healthy Branch Library, 7608 Hamilton Ave., Presentation by the Soil and Water Conservation District. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. Presented by Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District. 369-4469; Mount Healthy.


Walk Club, 8:30 a.m., Winton Woods, Free, vehicle permit required. 728-3551, ext. 406; Springfield Township. Walk Club, 8:30 a.m., Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, Free; vehicle permit required. 7283551, ext. 406; Colerain Township.

HEALTH / WELLNESS Health Rhythms-Group Drumming for Seniors, 2-3 p.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Feel the power of a drum beat during this music-making wellness class. No musical experience necessary. 741-8802; Colerain Township. HOME & GARDEN

Year-Round Gardening, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Monfort Heights Branch Library, 3825 West Fork Road, Ferns: The Garden’s Graceful Greenery. Incorporating the best variety of hardy ferns to create shady patchwork in shady areas. Learn new ideas for planning and maintaining garden throughout the year. Adults only. Free. Presented by White Oak Garden Center. 385-3313; Monfort Heights.


Wild Art Camp, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., LaBoiteaux Woods, 5400 Lanius Lane, Daily through June 24. Lively mix of art and nature as campers are lead on creative adventures. Use variety of media including natural materials. Daily hikes in woods, games and activities near center. Ages 7-9. $75, $65 city residents. Registration required. Presented by Cincinnati Parks. 321-6070; College Hill.


Survivor Camp, 8:30 a.m., Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 7000 Hamilton Ave., Daily through June 24. Camp is designed to promote socialization and recreation. Ages 8-12. $70 per week. Transportation roundtrip: $25 more than 10 miles, $15 within 10 miles. Registration required. 728-6286; North College Hill.

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Using Strengths to “Right Fit” Your Career, 7-9 p.m., Family Life Center, 703 Compton Road, Three session workshop is for those who are either in a “wrong fit” job or in the job search mode, but are not participating in the Family Life Center’s Job Search Group. Includes exercises and take assessments to identify strengths. If interested in completing StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment, available for $15. Free. Registration required. 931-5777. Finneytown.


Wormburners, 8-10 a.m., The Mill Course, 1515 W. Sharon Road, Senior men golfers, ages 55 and up. Golf and picnics. New members welcome. $30. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 923-3808; email Springfield Township.


Walk Club, 8:30 a.m., Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, Free; vehicle permit required. 7283551, ext. 406; Colerain Township. Board Game Night, 6-10 p.m., Yottaquest, 7607 Hamilton Ave., Bring your own board games, other games also provided. Play games from all genres and eras. Free. 9231985; Mount Healthy.

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Summer Feeding and Enrichment Program, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., First Baptist Church of Mount Healthy, Free. 385-0755; Mount Healthy.


Greenhills Concert on the Commons, 7-9 p.m., Greenhills Village Commons, Winton and Farragut roads, Music by University of Cincinnati Community Concert Band and Shannon and James Combs. Bring seating. Pets welcome. Family friendly. Presented by Village of Greenhills. 300-6160; Greenhills.


Walk Club, 8:30 a.m., Winton Woods, Free, vehicle permit required. 728-3551, ext. 406; Springfield Township. Mount Healthy Bingo, 6:30 p.m., Mount Healthy Jr./Sr. High School, 8101 Hamilton Ave., Cafeteria. Early bird starts 6:30 p.m. Regular bingo starts 7 p.m. Benefits Mount Healthy school athletics. $6-$26. 729-0131; Mount Healthy.



The 11th annual MainStrasse Village Goettafest will be 5-11:30 p.m. Friday, June 17; noon to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, June 18; and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, June 19, in the Sixth St. Promenade and Goebel Park in Covington. Sample goetta pizza, reubens, chedda’ cheese, chili, burgers and more. The fest includes games, children’s activities, rides, arts, crafts and music. Entertainment schedule includes Ricky Nye & The Red Hots, The Rattlesnakin’ Daddies, The Zack Shelley Band, Doublecross, The Northern Kentucky Bluegrass Band, and Pete Dressman & The South Unified Nation. Pictured is Joe Johnson, of the Strasse Haus, frying goetta for Goetta Chedda and goetta burritos at last year’s Goettafest.

Powel Crosley Summer Day Camp, 9 a.m.4 p.m., YMCA - Powel Crosley Jr. Branch, 9601 Winton Road, Daily through June 24. Traditional camp activities. Completed health form with shot records and registration packet must be submitted in order to register. Pre and post camp care available. Hamilton County child care vouchers accepted. $170, $135 members. Registration required. 5217112. Springfield Township. Powel Crosley Jr. YMCA Teen Camp, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., YMCA - Powel Crosley Jr. Branch, 9601 Winton Road, Daily through June 24. Traditional camp activities. Outdoor camp. Completed health form with shot records and registration packet must be submitted in order to register. Hamilton County child care vouchers accepted. Ages 12-14. $170, $135 members; deposit required. Registration required. 521-7112. Springfield Township. Clippard Family YMCA Traditional Day Camp, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Clippard Family YMCA, 8920 Cheviot Road, Daily through June 24. Themed weekly activities. Scholarship aid available. Hamilton County vouchers accepted. Extended care available. Kindergarten-fifth grade. $173, $142 members. Registration required. Presented by YMCA of Greater Cincinnati. 923-4466; Groesbeck.


The Cincinnati Opera presents “Rigoletto” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 16 and Saturday, June 18, at Music Hall, as part of its Summer Festival. “Rigoletto” is a tragic tale of jester Rigoletto’s attempts to protect his daughter from the corruption surrounding them in the Duke of Mantua’s court. Tickets are $26$165. Call 513-241-2742 or visit


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Ten characteristics of a good father don’t care what happens to you.” 7. Use praise more than criticism. Punishment is to stop bad behavior, praise is to reinforce and encourage good behavior. Humans never tire of being appreciated. 8. Play together. Spontaneity, games, laughter and recreation create strong bonds and happy memories. They even keep aging dads young at heart. 9. Keep your job in a healthy perspective. The two most important aspects of our lives are the work we do and the love we share. In our day, work-time, money and success are overvalued, and love for children and spouse is risked or undervalued. Keep your priorities straight. 10. Demonstrate what it means to be a man. Primitive-type men repress their emotions (except anger). They consider it unmanly to cry and grieve over significant losses, to act or speak sensitively and be compassionate as well as firm. Good fathers can take

LIVE at the Levee Summer Concert Series starts June 16 Newport on the Levee and B105 will host their after-work parties with the eighth annual LIVE at the Levee Summer Concert Series Thursday nights at Newport on the Levee Riverwalk Plaza between the Newport Aquarium and Mitchell’s Fish Market. Kick off the weekend

right with the LIVE at the Levee Summer Concert Series. Grab friends and coworkers and head to the Levee’s Riverwalk Plaza for eight consecutive Thursday nights of live music and cold beverages beginning June 16 continuing through Aug. 4 from 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Music will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Band lineup:

June 16 – The Menus June 23 – Soul Pocket June 30 – J.D. Shelburne July 7 – Johnny Clueless July 14 – The Naked Karate Girls July 21 – The Whammies July 28 – The Menus Aug. 4 – The Rusty Griswolds

responsibility without arrogance or selfishness. They can even look at their role in family life as serving the people they love.

Recalling what his deceased father meant to him as a kid, an old man’s eyes glistened as he said, “When my dad entered the room, the whole world

m a d e sense.” Father Lou Father Lou Guntzelman Guntzelman is a Catholic Perspectives priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@ or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.


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interest to many a man’s life, a good father does not permit these to stand out as contemporary gods. Father Richard Rohr writes, “The most loving men I have met, the most generous to society and to life, are usually men who also have a lusty sense of life, beauty, pleasure and sex – but they have very realistic expectations of them.” 6. Set parameters. Most people mistake license for freedom. Freedom does not mean being able to do everything and anything we want, but everything we ought. Setting limits produces disciplined and mature offspring. Paradoxically, children seek parameters. Some fathers think they show love for their children by permitting them to do whatever they want. Children’s natural intuition is wiser. Though they gripe about rules, children unconsciously want them. Prudent rules imply parents care enough and love them. No rules imply “You’re a bother to my life, I

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1. Show your children what real love is. The best thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. Children learn what real love is not from movies or TV scripts, but by modeling – seeing it lived out before their eyes. Growing up in an atmosphere of genuine love teaches kids to feel secure and learn how to love. Love is demonstrated not only in signs of affection and sensitivity, but also in our ability to forgive and sacrifice for the ones we love. 2. Respect. A child’s personal self must not be suffocated or utterly dominated by another, especially by a trusted parent. Separateness must be acknowledged – that I am me and you are you, I have my feelings and you have yours. Though family discipline must be exercised by parents, it must be accomplished in age-appropriate ways without crushing developing egos. 3. Spend quality one-

on-one time. To choose to spend time with our child is a powerful sign to him or her. That doesn’t mean a quantity of time watching TV but qualitative time affording opportunity for all kinds of conversation and interaction. Such a choice says, “You’re important to me and I want to know you better, I want to share what’s inside me with you, and you with me.” 4. Teach values by living them. Honesty, truthfulness, responsibility, dependability, faithfulness, etc. are not just pointed out and verbally extolled. They must be the path being traveled by dad and mom. 5. Acknowledge by your words and actions that you believe God exists. In days of yore, a false machismo boasted that “religion is only for women and children.” A more realistic and intelligent contemporary attitude says, “Spirituality is an important part of everyone’s life.” Though sports, entertainment, and sexual beauty may add zest and

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Cardiologists with The Christ Hospital Are First in Greater Cincinnati Region to Perform Heart Valve Replacement without Open Heart Surgery Aortic stenosis (AS) results from the hardening or narrowing of the aortic valve; AS obstructs the flow of oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the rest of the body. It is one of the two most common heart valve problems in the United States and ranks among the top five Medicare cardiac diagnoses. Patients with severe AS may experience chest pain, fatigue, shortness of breath, lightheadedness or fainting. Although AS typically progresses slowly without symptoms, once symptoms occur the prognosis is guarded and survival is limited. Treatment of AS has traditionally involved open heart surgical valve replacement, which has considerable morbidity and mortality in elderly, frail individuals with complicating medical issues. Now, physicians at The Carl and Edyth Lindner Center for Research and Education at The Christ Hospital are involved in a clinical research study (The PARTNER II Trial) using the Edwards SAPIEN XT valve. This allows doctors to replace the aortic valve without open heart surgery by using a catheter instead. The Christ Hospital is the only center between Atlanta, Georgia and Cleveland, Ohio to offer this novel, less invasive valve trial. Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) provides a treatment option for patients with symptomatic AS who are not candidates for traditional valve replacement surgery. “Unfortunately, elderly patients with multiple medical problems may not survive traditional valve surgery,” says Dean Kereiakes, M.D., principal investigator in Cincinnati for The PARTNER II Trial and medical director at The Lindner Center for Research and Education and The Christ Hospital Heart and Vascular Center. “Our goal in joining The PARTNER II Trial is to provide a new treatment option and hope for these individuals.”

PATIENT STORIES “I couldn’t walk 20 feet without having to sit down. The day I had the procedure, I walked 25 feet and was fine. I’m Bill Whitt again.” William Whitt, 85, who suffered from AS and heart failure symptoms, had TAVR at The Christ Hospital on May 5, 2011.

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“Traveling was difficult and inconvenient for my family. Had this procedure been available in Cincinnati, I would have received it right here, at home.”

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Green brings Kentucky Fresh to cooking world

I love Maggie Green’s cookbook titled, aptly, The Kentucky F r e s h Cookbook (The University Press of Kentucky, $29.95). MagRita gie, a KenHeikenfeld t u c k y native, has Rita’s kitchen stirred up a big batch of recipes which are destined to become family favorites. I have known Maggie for a long time, and even though she is a true celebrity on the culinary circuit, you’d never know that when meeting her. Maggie is a genuine person, not one to tell you her accomplishments, which include close professional

and personal relationships with some of the icons of the food world, like Ethan and Susan Becker (Joy of Cooking) and Shirley Corriher (Cook Wise, Bake Wise). I first heard of Maggie through Cincinnati Magazine way back when. I spied her “Green Apron” ad there. For years, Maggie has offered personal chef, catering, editing and consulting services. As a registered dietitian (she started out in college in engineering and did a complete turn to nutrition), Maggie’s passion is helping folks eat better. Her book takes you through a whole year of recipes. It’s an engaging read on its own. You’ll feel like you’re right next to her, helping dice the celery,

knead the bread, all the while having fun and learning from an expert. This is one cookbook that I’ll be looking to when I need a fresh approach to old favorites, or a new recipe for a special occasion. I asked her to share a favorite for Father’s Day. She didn’t disappoint. Check out Maggie’s web page for interesting and timely tips.

Maggie Green’s flat iron steak with brown sugar rub

“My favorite recipe. It’s a flavorful cut of steak that’s

versatile and delicious on the grill with this rub,” Maggie told me. Makes 8 servings A newer cut of meat to the market is a flat iron steak. This steak comes from a modified version of a top blade roast, a cut of beef from the shoulder of the cow. For years, butchers were faced with a problem-what to do with the blade roast-a relatively tender and beefy cut of meat but with a tough piece of connective tissue running down the center. Researchers from Nebraska devised a method of cutting the blade roast to remove the tough connective tissue, leaving a large, flat piece of beef from the “top” of the roast. This top blade steak (or flat iron steak) weighs about 2 pounds and is evenly thick. The steak resembles a triangularshaped iron, thus the name flat iron steak. This method resulted in the rising popularity of the flat iron steak, all from a humble cut which barely made it out of the back of the meat case. A simple brown sugar rub enhances this beefy ten-

der flat iron steak.

One 2-pound beef chuck flat iron steak 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1 tablespoon garlic powder 1 tablespoon onion powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper Lay the steak in a shallow baking dish. To prepare the rub: mix the brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and black pepper together. Evenly distribute half of the rub over the top of the steak and rub all over the surface of the meat. Flip the steak and repeat with the remaining rub. Let stand for 30 minutes at room temperature. reheat grill to mediumhigh. Place the steak on the grill and cook for five minutes. Watch carefully to ensure the sugar doesn’t burn. Flip and cook for about 5 more minutes for mediumrare, 6 more minutes for medium and 8 more minutes for medium-well or well done. Remove from the grill to a platter, cover with foil,

and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.

Twice baked potatoes with bacon and cheese

This is what I’ll be serving alongside Maggie’s steak for husband, Frank. 4 baking potatoes 4 tablespoons butter 8 oz. sour cream 11⁄2 cups shredded cheddar 8 strips bacon, fried and crumbled 4 green onions, sliced (white and green part both) Salt and pepper to taste Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake potatoes 1 hour or until tender. Cool slightly. Reduce heat to 350 degrees. Cut each in half lengthwise and scoop out pulp, leaving thin shells. Mash pulp with butter. Stir in rest of ingredients. Pile mixture into shells. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until heated through. Serves eight. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

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Motorcycle ride benefits Honor Flight By Kurt Backscheider


A view looking toward the Atlantic pavilion at the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C. Honor Flight Tri-State flies area World War II veterans free of charge to the nation’s capital so they can see the memorial built to honor their sacrifices. rial dedicated to their courage and sacrifice. Viltrakis said Cheviot Mayor Samuel Keller approached him and his wife about doing a fundraiser for the organization. “We had just received our charter establishing the Cheviot Riders around that same time, so we thought, ‘Hey, let’s put on a ride for Honor Flight,’” Viltrakis said. He said the inaugural Honor Flight Run is set to take place Saturday, June 18, rain or shine. Registration begins at 10 a.m. in the Cheviot municipal parking lot near the corner of Harrison and Glenmore avenues. Described as a scramble, he said the ride begins at noon and will cover roughly 100 miles. Stops are scheduled at the Lebanon Fraternal Order of Eagles, Hamilton West Fraternal Order of Eagles, Mount Healthy Fraternal Order of Eagles and

Keller’s Cafe. Viltrakis said the ride ends at the Cheviot Fraternal Order of Eagles, where a picnic dinner will be served. Chances at door prizes and raffle prizes will be sold. The cost to take part in the ride is $15 per rider or $25 per couple. All proceeds will go to Honor Flight TriState. Viltrakis said many of the Cheviot Eagle Riders have relatives who served in World War II, making the event very special to everyone involved. “It’s our time to serve those who served for our freedom,” he said. “This is our way of saying, ‘Thank You.’” For information, contact Viltrakis at or is his wife, Irene, at For more about your community, visit

VFW celebrates anniversary By Monica Boylson

Photographs of former servicemen line the walls of VFW Post 7340 in Colerain Township. Several men gather around the bar exchanging stories of the day and days past. Other men are scattered at round tables. The atmosphere is relaxed. Veterans who fought overseas gather as testament to battle and serve as a reminder of lives that once were. The camaraderie of the members is contagious and one can’t help but feel like they’re in the company of friends. The post has seen many years of brotherhood and

foresees many years to come. They currently have 480 members. Pvt. Charles R. Gailey VFW Post 7340 has been chartered for 75 years. In addition to this accomplishment, the Ladies Auxiliary Club celebrates 65 years and the Social Club, 50. The post will host a dinner to celebrate those anniversaries Saturday, July 16. While the post has been around for some time, the members are seeking new younger members to join. “The problem we’ve got and all posts over the United States is that we can’t get enough young guys,” Post Commander Elmer Ackerman, 88, Colerain Township, said.

The post is developing a committee to develop ways of recruiting young members. Interested veterans must have fought overseas, bring their discharge papers, and fill out an application to be reviewed by the post. Dues are $25 a year and anyone serving active duty can join and the post will pay their dues until they are out of the service. Ackerman believes there are some misconceptions about the VFW. “A lot of people think it’s an old man’s home where we just sit and eat,” Ackerman said. “There’s a lot of friendship here and a lot of servicemen don’t even know they can join.”


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Driving class offered The Colerain Township Senior and Community Center will offer the AARP Driver Safety Program on Wednesday, June 29. The program, which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will allow seniors to brush up on their driving skills. The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. Registration is required by June 27 and can be made at the center, 4300 Springdale Road. For more information, call 741-8802.

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Burlington from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, June 24; 5 p.m. to midnight Saturday, June 25; and from 3 p.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, June 26. There is a chicken dinner Sunday, and an ID wristband is required for beer. For information, call 825-0618.

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Festival is on church grounds at 9375 Winton Road in Springfield Township from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, July 29; 5 p.m. to midnight Saturday, July 30; and from 4 p.m.10 p.m. Sunday, July 31. There will be a chicken and ribs dinner Sunday and an ID wristband is required for beer. For information, call 522-3680.


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The festival is on the grounds of St. Therese Little Flower Church at 5560 Kirby Road in Mount Airy from 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5; 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6; 5 p.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 7. The festival is for adults only Friday. Food is available, and an ID wristband is required for beer. Call 541-5560.

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Rome Viltrakis II said he might not be able to call Cheviot home if it weren’t for the American servicemen who were victorious in World War II. “I owe the World War II veterans a debt of gratitude for what they did over there,” he said. “My family probably would have never made it here if the allies didn’t win the war.” Viltrakis said his father and relatives came to the United States in 1949. They fled Lithuania and spent time in a camp for displaced people in Germany before getting a spot aboard a ship destined for America’s shores. He said if the Germans had won the war, his family’s departure from Lithuania might not have been possible. Viltrakis, who is the president of the Cheviot Eagle Riders of the Cheviot Fraternal Order of Eagles, is doing his part to salute World War II veterans. He and his wife, Irene, who is secretary and chairwoman of the Eagle Riders, are organizing the group’s first motorcycle benefit ride to raise money for Honor Flight Tri-State. Honor Flight Tri-State is a nonprofit organization that flies World War II veterans free of charge to Washington, D.C., giving the members of the Greatest Generation, who are passing away by the thousands every day, the chance to see the war memo-


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June 15, 2011

Grandmother writes for the ‘Soul’ By Monica Boylson

Her tote is brimming with goodies. Coloring books, crayons, Play-Doh, a copy of “Charlotte’s Web,” a first-aid kit and Band-Aids seem to jump out of the bag inviting grandchildren to grab and enjoy. Pamela Durham, 56, Mount Healthy, is a modern-day Mary Poppins. This grandmother seems to have exactly what you need and has the cure for everything. Durham is following in her own grandmother’s footsteps. Her experiences with her grandmother and her grandchildren inspired her to write, “The Magic Purse,” an essay featured in “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grandmothers.” The story depicts Durham’s experiences as a child with her grandmother and her magic purse. “The story reflects the relationship with my paternal grandmother and my relationship with my grandchildren,” Durham said. Durham writes: “It’s an understatement that Grandma’s purse held more than the average number of items. One day she removed from it a box of crayons, a


P.S. Durham, of Mount Healthy, displays the book, “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grandmothers” that featured her essay, “The Magic Purse,” reflecting her experiences as a child with her grandmother’s seemingly magical purse. coloring book and stickers, I could restrain my curiosity no longer. ‘Grandma, is your purse magic?’ I asked. She chuckled replying, ‘Well yes, I suppose it is!’ And just like that, my long-held suspicions have been confirmed.” Durham who writes under the pen name P.S. Durham, hasn’t been writing all her life but has had

success already. Durham attended Wilmington College and Otterbein University and her skilled writing was evident. “I was a late bloomer,” Durham said, “I had a teacher tell me, ‘If you keep this up, you should consider making this a career.’ I didn’t know I was a good writer.” Durham took her writing

to the next level and began submitting stories to magazines, “Chicken Soup for the Soul” and “Get Published” through the Cincinnati Enquirer. She had eight stories published throughout the Tristate and was inspired to write a children’s book in 2007. Durham published “Cliffie’s Life Lessons,” a book that teaches comical life lessons and is modeled after her two grandsons, Connor and Josh. Durham’s journey hasn’t been easy. She was prompted to write about her experience with her grandmother when her own health was in jeopardy – she was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer. She was told that she only had six months to live unless she received a bone marrow transplant. In July 2008, Durham received a transplant and although she’s had other health problems her spirit never fades. “I am a very blessed person and I want to fully express my appreciation to God,” Durham said. She was asked by Chicken Soup for the Soul to contribute a story about “finding your happiness.” Durham’s story, “By the


P.S. Durham, of Mount Healthy displays her magic purse full of goodies for her grandchildren. Teaspoonful,” to appear later this year, highlights her journey from six months to live to living life to the fullest. She lives her life showering others with love and encouragement. She said she wanted to leave a legacy for her grandchildren just like her own grandmother did. Durham wrote, “Grandma’s purse hadn’t been magical at all … it turns out that Grandma’s purse was love.”


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Gannett News Service Time moves a little slower these days for Jennifer Linnabary. She looks at the calendar a lot. She misses walks around the lake, Sundays at church, and going to a restaurant without wearing a mask. Most of all, she wants to go back to work at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, where she runs Project SEARCH, a program she co-founded to help the disabled find jobs. Linnabary, 50, of Colerain Township, is battling her second round of mantle cell lymphoma, a rare type of blood cancer. From her home, where she’s recovering after her recent bone marrow transplant, she receives batches of cards and letters from her clients. She read one out loud: “I wish you’d come back soon. We miss seeing you because when you are here, everything goes right.” Linnabary’s friends and fellow church members

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Colerain Township resident Jennifer Linnabary with her husband Tim Linnabary T. On this day, Jennifer was 30 days out from her bone marrow transplant, which is a milestone. have been holding fundraisers to help pay for her medical bills, estimated to be around $350,000 this time. Project SEARCH, founded in 1996, now has sites in nearly all 50 states, plus the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada. When staff and clients from those locations heard about Linnabary’s diagnosis, they offered to help however they could. Her supporters call her “a story of hope.” Linnabary and her supporters were shocked when three of her five siblings were perfect matches for her bone marrow transplant. “It’s very unusual,” said Dr. E. Randolph Broun, medical director of the Jewish Hospital Blood and Marrow Transplant Center. Typically, he said, one out of four siblings is expected to be matches. It has been about a month since Linnabary’s surgery. She starts her day with 10 pills. She tires easily and relies on her family to help with daily chores. Some mornings, just making breakfast “is enough to send me back to bed,” she said. In the batch of cards she received was a friend’s wedding invitation for July. “I wish I could be there but it is before day 100,” Linnabary wrote on her blog.

For 100 days after the surgery, Linnabary has to avoid large crowds and public areas because her immune system has been lowered so her body doesn’t reject the new stem cells. During the frequent hospital visits, humor helps her get through the dreaded marrow tests. During her half hour PET scans, she listens to music that not only distracts, but also soothes her. On Thursday, her scan ended with a song about cancer survival. Humor helps too. She’s been known to play pranks on her doctor. When she was going through chemotherapy one called R-ICE - she brought in a bottle of soy sauce to her doctor and asked if it could be include in her regimen. “She’s also big on the fart jokes,” Dr. Broun said. After she’s been given medicine to help her relax, Linnabary has been known to give away her husband to one of the nurses, ask a doctor to give her a back massage, and most recently, talk about Larry the Cable Guy. “Our practice is very intense, so it’s nice to take a step back from that,” Broun said. “It’s a coping mechanism, and a healthy one.” So far, Linnabary’s church, Messiah Lutheran

Church, has raised close to $20,000 to help with medical bills. Carol Bray, a fellow church member, said she looks at her friend in amazement. “This is just an amazing story that continues unfolding around her,” she said. “There are a lot of people who care about her because she’s just done so much good.” Broun called Linnabary “a bright, highly intelligent, highly motivated woman who does a great job of moving forward. Her transplant went well and there haven’t been any unexpected problems, but I can’t promise her that we’ll cure her of her disease.” Linnabary is well aware of that. She talks to her children, 16 and 19, honestly about her disease. She tells them she’s worried too. But for now, she looks forward to day 100. And she reads the cards that come in the mail with hope that normalcy will resume. “I look at how it’s drawn my church and family closer together, and for that, I need to keep writing my portion of the story,” she said. “I need to keep playing it out the best way I can.” To read more about Linnabary’s battle against cancer, visit



Special Olympics recieves grant the basics that are crucial to cognitive development: physical activities that develop motor skills and hand-eye coordination as well as the application of these skills through sports skills programs. It is through the Young Athletes program that volunteers introduce young children to the world of sport, ultimately preparing them for Special Olympics training and competition. “Special Olympics, Hamilton County will dedicate this grant money to kicking off and further growing our Young Athletes Program by funding at least 5 program sites, not including reoccurring Young Athlete Programs, over the next 12 months" said Madeline Sheblessy, Program Coordinator. "Only through the tremendous out reach, and generosity of our partners P&G and CVS Caremark, can Special Olympic, Hamil-

ton County reach new, youthful audiences, to help breathe new life into our aging programs. This will give us the chance to continue to grow into the future." The currently running programs are located on the western side of Cincinnati at ABC Pediatric Therapy, Saturday mornings from 10-12 twice a month, or the Bridgetown Library locations from noon to 2 p.m. weekly. "Special Olympics' has been an important partner to P&G for years, as has CVS/pharmacy. Our companies are both committed to helping children thrive and reach their full opportunity," said Dennis Curran, P&G Director for CVS/pharmacy. "We are delighted to make this donation to the Special Olympics Young Athletes program on behalf of CVS as we know we are helping kids and families achieve their dreams.”

New commissioner joins board for Hamilton County Park District and was a board member for the Central Academy of Commercial Art. He attended Xavier University and the Central Academy of Commercial Art. Seta joins current Commissioners Robert A. Goering Sr., who has served since 1994, and John T. Reis, who joined the board in January 2010. As established by state

law, the Board of Park Commissioners is appointed by the Hamilton County Judge of Probate Court, currently the Honorable James Cissell. Seta is the 17th Commissioner to serve in the Park District’s 80-year history. The Board of Park Commissioners, comprised of three members, serves three-year terms without compensation.

Mike Stephens will be the new president and market leader for Mercy Health Partners’ West Market. In this new role he will oversee the new Mercy Hospital West and the ongoing development and coordination of Mercy’s services on the West Side, including emergency care, outpatient care, senior living and a network of primary and specialty care physicians. Stephens brings experience in system integration, health network operations, physician relationships, construction and remodeling projects, and proven success in the introduction

of new services for changing communities. He comes to Mercy from Kettering Health Network where he has served as president of the Sycamore Medical Center since 2009. Prior to his current role, he served as president and CEO of Greene Health Partners and Greene Memorial Hospital in Xenia for 15 years. “I am excited about the opportunity to be involved with the development of the new hospital and expanding the breadth of services Mercy provides to the community,” said Stephens, who began his new role June 6. “Our heart center and cancer center, combined

with more outpatient locations across the West Side and western Hamilton County will mean that residents truly won’t have to leave their community to get the expert care they need.” Construction began earlier this year on Mercy Hospital West, a 250-bed hospital that will feature all private rooms, a cancer center, heart center, women’s health center, and maternity care in Monfort Heights. When it opens in 2013, the hospital will serve as the hub of Mercy’s network of care throughout the West Side and western Hamilton County.




Friendship Baptist Church 8580 Cheviot Rd 741-7017 Gary Jackson, Senior Pastor Sunday School 10:00am Sunday Morning Services 8:45 & 11:00am 6:30pm Sunday Evening Services Wednesday Service 7:00pm AWANA (Wed) 7:00 - 8:45pm

Trinity Lutheran Church (ELCA)


Well staffed Nursery, Active Youth & College Groups, Exciting Music Dept, Seniors Group, Deaf Ministry

BAPTIST Creek Road Baptist Church 3906 Creek Rd., Sharonville, Cincinnati, OH 513-563-2410 Sunday School 9:30am Sunday Worship 10:45am, 6:00pm Wednesday Worship 7:00pm Pastor, Rev. David B Smith Wyoming Baptist Church

(A Church For All Seasons) Burns and Waverly Avenues Cincinnati Oh. 821.8430

Steve Cummins, Senior Pastor Christian Discipleship Training. 9:oo am Coffee Koinonia............................10:00am Praise & Worship.........................10:30am

CHRISTIAN CHURCH DISCIPLES Mt. Healthy Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

7717 Harrison Ave Mt. Healthy, OH 45231 Rev. Michael Doerr, Pastor 513-521-6029 Sunday 9:00 a.m...... Contemporary Service 9:45a.m...... Sunday School 10:45 a.m........ Traditional Worship Nursery Staff Provided “A Caring Community of Faith” Welcomes You

EPISCOPAL Christ Church Glendale Episcopal Church 965 Forest Ave - 771-1544 The Reverend Roger L Foote The Reverend Laura L Chace, Deacon 8am Holy Eucharist I 9am Holy Eucharist II 11am Holy Eucharist II Child Care 9-11 Healing intercessory prayer all services

LUTHERAN CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH (LCMS) 3301 Compton Rd. (1 block east of Colerain) 513-385-8342 Sun. School & Bible Class 9:00 AM Worship: Sunday 10:00 AM, Wed. 7:15 PM Office: 385-8342 Pre-School: 385-8404

Faith Lutheran LCMC

8265 Winton Rd., Finneytown Pastor Robert Curry Contemporary Service 9am Traditional Service 11:00am

Sunday School 10:15

“Growing Closer to God, Growing Closer to Neighbor”

www. 513-522-3026

1553 Kinney Ave, Mt. Healthy

Worship: 8:30 am traditional - 10:45 am contemporary Sunday School: 9:45 am Nursery provided

Trinity Lutheran Church, LCMS 5921 Springdale Rd

Rev. Milton Berner, Pastor

Worship & Sunday School 10:30 a.m, Bible Study 9:30 a.m. Sundays

Classic Service and Hymnbook


UNITED METHODIST Christ, the Prince of Peace


United Methodist Church 10507 “Old” Colerain Ave (513) 385-7883 Rev. David Mack Church School for all ages 9:15am Worship 10:30am - Nursery Available

Sunday School Hour (for all ages) 9:15 - 10:15am Worship Service - 10:30 to 11:45am (Childcare provided for infants/ toddlers) Pastor: Rich Lanning Church: 2191 Struble Rd Office: 2192 Springdale Rd

“Small enough to know you, Big enough to care”

CHURCH OF THE SAVIOUR 8005 Pfeiffer Rd Montgmry 791-3142 "God’s Amazing Love: When I Feel Alone"

Traditional Worship 8:20am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship 9:40am Sunday School (All ages) 9:40 & 11am


Visitors Welcome

PRESBYTERIAN Church By The Woods PC(USA) Sun Worship 10:00am Childcare Provided 3755 Cornell Rd 563-6447 ............................................

Nursery Care Provided

Dr. Cathy Johns, Senior Pastor Rev. Doug Johns, Senior Pastor


680 W Sharon Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45240


Traditional Service: 9:30 AM ConneXion Contemporary Service: 11:30 AM Sunday School: 10:30 AM

Monfort Heights United Methodist Church

3682 West Fork Rd , west of North Bend Traditional Worship 8:30 & 11:00am Contemporary Worhip 9:44am

Taiwanese Ministry 769-0725 2:00pm


Northminster Presbyterian Church 703 Compton Rd., Finneytown 931-0243 Transforming Lives for Jesus Christ Sunday Worship Schedule Traditional Services: 8:00 & 10:15am Contemporary Services: 9:00 & 11:30am Student Cafe: 10:15am Childcare Available Jeff Hosmer & Nancy Ross- Zimmerman - Pastors

Nursery Available * Sunday School 513-481-8699 * www. Spiritual Checkpoint ... Stop In For An Evaluation!

Mt Healthy United Methodist Church

Corner of Compton and Perry Streets 931-5827 Sunday School 8:45 - 9:45am Traditional Worship 10:00 - 11:00am Contemporary Worship 11:30 - 12:30 Healing Service, last Sunday of the month at 5 pm "Come as a guest. Leave as a friend".

Sharonville United Methodist

8:15 & 11amTraditional Service & Kingdom Kids 9:30am Contemporary Worship & Sunday School 7:00pm Wednesday, Small Groups for all ages Infant care available for all services

3751 Creek Rd.




4695 Blue Rock Road Colerain Twp. South of Ronald Reagan and I-275 923-3370


Pastor Todd A. Cutter

HOPE LUTHERAN Pastor Lisa Arrington 9:00 am Contemporary Worship 10:00 am Welcome Hour/ Sun School 11:00 am Traditional Worship

Three Weekend Services! Saturday - 5:30 pm Sunday - 9:30 & 11:15 am 9165 Round Top Rd (1/4 mi. so. of Northgate Mall)

HIGHVIEW CHRISTIAN CHURCH “Life on Purpose in Community” 2651 Adams Rd. (near Pippin) Worship Assembly-Sunday 10:45am Phone 825-9553

Northwest Community Church 8735 Cheviot Rd, by Colerain HS Rev. Kevin Murphy, Pastor 513-385-8973 Worship and Sunday School 10AM Handicap Accessible/Nursery Available

Salem White Oak Presbyterian

UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST FLEMING ROAD United Church of Christ 691 Fleming Rd 522-2780 Rev Pat McKinney

Sunday School - All Ages - 9:15am Sunday Worship - 10:30am

Nursery Provided

St. Paul United Church of Christ 5312 Old Blue Rock Rd., off Springdale

Phone: 385-9077 Rev. Michelle Torigian Sunday Worship: 10:30am Sunday School: 9:15am Nursery Available/Handicap Access


Honor pinning Allison Price receives the Girl Scout Honor Pin from Barbara J. Bonifas, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio.

The Hamilton County Park District welcomes Joseph C. Seta as the newest member of the Board of Park Commissioners. Seta served as president and CEO of Seta, Appleman & Showell, an advertising and graphic design firm, for 22 years. He has served on the advisory board for the College of Mount St. Joseph

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Procter & Gamble (P&G) has awarded $18,000 to Special Olympics, Hamilton County as part of a larger grant ($150,000), divided among nine Special Olympics Programs in the United States with growing Young Athletes initiatives. The funding is from P&G's Live, Learn and Thrive grant program. P&G has been a supporter of Special Olympics for over thirty years. In early 2007, Special Olympics piloted their Young Athletes program to reach children with intellectual disabilities ages 2-7, welcoming them and their families into the Special Olympics Movement. The number of these children who train according to Special Olympics' rules more than doubled in 2009 (to nearly 57,000 individuals), following a 50 percent increase in the previous year as well. The program focuses on

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CINCINNATI DISTRICT 5 Arrests/citations

Willis Dobbs, born 1959, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, 4818 Hawaiian Terrace, June 1. Michael Hickland, born 1979, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, 5435 Fox Road, June 4.

Incidents/reports Burglary

2976 High Forest Lane No. 433, May 28. 5125 Colerain Ave. No. 4, May 29.

Domestic violence

Reported on Hawaiian Terrace, May 28.


2661 W. North Bend Road, May 27.


5305 E. Knoll Ave., May 27.


2671 W. North Bend Road, May 30. 1440 W. North Bend Road, June 3.


Stephen Bagby, 24, 6792 Harrison Ave., resisting arrest at 2455 Pinwood Lane, May 22. Jessica Bittner, 25, 3154 W. Fork Road, criminal damaging at 7510 Pippin Road, May 20. Rodney Burke, 32, 5731 Kroegermount Drive, operating vehicle intoxicated at 81B Springdale, May 22. Anthony Cash, 18, 944 Summit Ave., drug paraphernalia at 9501 Colerain Ave., May 19. Lamont Culberson, 43, 901 Congress, disorderly conduct at 8575 Neptune Drive, May 20. Clay Hall, 44, 421 E. 16Th Street, drug abuse instruments, drug paraphernalia at 9690 Colerain Ave., May 21. Ryan Hughes, 24, 8516 Neptune Drive, domestic violence at 7242 Boleyn Drive, May 23. Robert Jackson, 41, 3750 Eastern Lane, theft at 5385 Ridge Road, May 18. Amanda Kuhlman, 26, 7051 Memory Lane, drug abuse instruments, drug paraphernalia at 9690 Colerain Ave., May 21. Dominic Lindsey, 20, 872 Holyoke Drive, felonious assault, weapons under disability at 2330 Walden Glen Circle, May 21. Jordan Miller, 29, 11630 Willowcrest, drug abuse, drug paraphernalia, obstructing official business at

11829 Wincanton Drive, May 20. Ty Miller, 39, 5563 Little Flower Ave., endangering children, possession of drugs at 3461 Joseph Road, May 21. Jarrel Monday, 20, 2679 Monette Court, receiving stolen property at 8223 Colerain Ave., May 13. David Mueller, 29, 11829 Wincanton, drug abuse at 11829 Wincanton Drive, May 20. Jowvan Parker, 18, 8647 Neptune Drive, drug abuse at 11909 Walden Drive, May 18. Alyssa Parker, 29, 1572 Pleasant Run Drive, theft at 9040 Colerain Ave., May 20. Antonio Robinson, 23, 9882 Loralinda , drug possession at 9892 Loralinda Drive, May 19. Ashley Spears, 25, 10018 Skyridge, drug abuse instruments, drug paraphernalia at 3931 Old Savannah, May 24. Davon Sullivan, 20, 3652 Reading Road, theft at 9040 Colerain Ave., May 23. Kenneth Tebelman, 33, 618 Washington Ave., drug abuse instruments, drug paraphernalia at 9690 Colerain Ave., May 21. Gloria Tyson, 43, 2911 Jonrose, theft at 7900 Colerain Ave., May 19. Diane Weatherspoon, 51, 5365 Bahama Terrace, theft at 8145 Colerain Ave., May 20. Juvenile male, 14, criminal mischief at 8801 Cheviot Road, May 17. Juvenile female, 14, disorderly conduct at 8801 Cheviot Road, May 18. Juvenile female, 14, disorderly conduct, criminal trespassing at 8801 Cheviot Road, May 18. Juvenile female, 15, theft at 9040 Colerain Ave., May 23. Juvenile female, 14, theft at 9040 Colerain Ave., May 23. Juvenile male, 17, domestic violence at 11489 Clearmeadow Drive, May 23. Juvenile female, 13, domestic violence at 3429 Niagara Street, May 19. Juvenile female, 15, theft at 8451 Colerain Ave., May 23. Juvenile female, 17, theft at 8451

LEGAL NOTICE Sealed proposals will be received at the Colerain Township Public Works Department, 4160 Springdale Road, Colerain Township, Ohio 45251, until 2:00 pm June 29, 2011 at which time they will be publicly opened. All bids for street repair shall be in accordance with specifications prepared by the Public Works Department and may be picked up at the Public Works Department, 4160 Springdale Road, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., weekdays, at a non-refundable cost per set as stated below: Contract 11-1 Road Improvements $35.00 - includes such work as partial and full depth repair, rotomilling, storm and sanitary sewer lid adjustments, catch basin grade adjustment, storm pipe liner, curb repair, and resurfacing Contractors must comply with the prevailing wage rates for the State of Ohio. The Board of Trustees reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids or parts of any and all bids, and to withhold final awarding of contracts for 60 days after opening of bids. Heather E. Harlow Fiscal Officer, Colerain Township

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Colerain Ave., May 22. Juvenile female, 16, theft at 8451 Colerain Ave., May 22. Juvenile male, 16, possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia at 8801 Cheviot Road, May 23. Juvenile male, 16, aggravated robbery, curfew at 2955 Jonrose Ave., May 21. Juvenile male, 21, aggravated robbery at 2955 Jonrose Ave., May 21. Juvenile male, 17, aggravated robbery at 2955 Jonrose Ave., May 21. Juvenile female, 17, assault, criminal damaging at 3243 Sovereign Drive, May 20.

Reports/Incidents Aggravated robbery

Victim threatened and $505 in currency and a cell phone taken at 5589 Old Blue Rock Road, May 24.


Victim struck at 3422 Niagara Street, May 24. Victim struck at 8195 Colerain Ave., May 21. Victim struck at 2741 Town Terrace, May 27.

Breaking and entering

Garage entered at 5150 Hubble Road, May 23. Garage entered, tools valued at $1,100 removed at 9675 Stadia Drive, May 30.


Residence opened and TV and microwave valued at $500 removed at 2430 Crest Road, May 19. Residence entered and cologne, clothing valued at $450 removed at 3422 Niagara Street, May 20. Residence entered and tire and currency valued at 8220 Georgianna Drive, May 20. Residence entered and watch, bracelet, handgun of unknown value removed at 3227 Nandale Drive, May 23. Residence entered and dinette set, microwave, TV valued at $300 removed at 9324 Round Top Road, May 29.

Criminal damaging

Glass door damaged at 9681 Colerain Ave., May 19. Brake line cut at 3446 Hollyglen Court, May 20. Windshield cracked at US 27 and E. Miami River Road, May 21. Vehicle mirror damaged at 5407 Lee's Crossing, May 20. Picture window damaged at 9168 Trinidad Drive, May 24. Vehicle damaged at 9330 Round Top Road, May 25. Fence damaged at 2400 W. Kemper Road, May 25. Window of residence damaged by bb gun pellets at 3209 Compton Road, May 24. Vehicle damaged at 6850 Allet Ave., May 28. Victim reported at 3609 Struble Road, May 21.

Domestic violence

Female reported at Kingman and Loralinda, May 24.


Check forged at 9234 Colerain Ave., May 24.

Passing bad checks

Victim reported at 7560 Harrison Ave., May 25.


Lawn mower valued at $400 removed at 11399 Gravenhurst, May 18. $40.05 in gas pumped and not paid for at 3610 Blue Rock Road, May 18. Chain saw of unknown value removed at 10800 Brower Road, May 19. $30.26 in gas pumped and not paid for at 3600 Banning Road, May 21. Purse and contents of unknown value removed at 3711 Stone Creek, May 21. Jewelry valued at $250 removed at 3459 Springdale Road, May 20. Copper piping of unknown value removed at 9900 Weik Road, May 23. Bracelet valued at $1,400 removed at 9632 Colerain Ave., May 24. Vehicle entered and tools valued at

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$1,820 removed at 4200 W. Kemper Road, May 25. Reported at 2404 Banning Road, May 24. Vehicle entered and stereo valued at $300 removed at 3447 Alamosa Drive, May 26.

Unauthorized use of motor vehicle

Vehicle used without consent at 11435 Hamilton Ave., May 25.


Vehicle vandalized at 8501 Pippin Road, May 21. Vehicle vandalized at 8501 Pippin Road, May 21. Vehicle vandalized at Compton Road and Wardwood, May 23.

GREEN TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Marshall Williams Jr., 60, no address listed, disorderly conduct while intoxicated at 5870 Harrison Ave., May 27. Corey Daniels, 19, 3721 Autumn Road, aggravated burglary at 4300 Homelawn Ave., May 28. Arthur F. Wehrman, 52, 6285 Cheviot Road, disorderly conduct at 6285 Cheviot Road, May 28. Nicholas L. Schulte, 18, 317 N. Washington St., drug possession at 5746 Filview Circle, May 28. Paige A. Flanigan, 19, 2978 Timberview Drive, drug possession at 2978 Timberview Drive, May 29. Ronald J. Schneider, 46, 147 Woodstock Drive, theft and driving under suspension at 3989 Hutchinson Road, May 29. Samantha L. Kahny, 29, 781 Clanora Ave., theft at 6300 Glenway Ave., May 29. Samantha R. Thomas, 29, 714 Ivyhill Drive, theft at 6300 Glenway Ave., May 29. Juvenile, 15, theft at 6290 Glenway Ave., May 30. Juvenile, 13, assault and criminal damaging at 5400 Edalbert Drive, May 30. Juvenile, 14, drug paraphernalia and drug possession at 5406 Cloverleaf Lane, May 30. Lana Lyons, 28, 3287 Broadwell Ave., theft and possessing drug abuse instrument at 3491 North Bend Road, May 30. Rachel L. Whitaker, 19, 165 Elco St., theft at 6580 Harrison Ave., May 31. Erica S. Meiers, 26, 8318 Beech Ave., theft at 6290 Glenway Ave., June 1. James P. Ribar, 19, 307 Cedar Drive, theft at 6290 Glenway Ave., June 1. Delilah S. Brown, 31, 729 Fairborn Road, domestic violence at 5395 Lee’s Crossing Drive, June 2. Juvenile, 16, underage alcohol consumption and possession of tobacco at Cedarridge & Blue Pine, June 3. Juvenile, 16, theft at 6580 Harrison Ave., June 3. Bethany M. Mathis, 18, 4843 Fehr Road, theft at 6580 Harrison Ave., June 3.

Incidents/reports Breaking and entering

Chainsaw, leaf blower and drill set stolen from home’s garage at 2985 Bailey Ave., May 29. Two GPS units stolen from office at Two Men and a Truck at 5930 Cheviot Road, May 29. Belt sander, grinder, two socket sets, two drills, reciprocating saw, jigsaw, weed trimmer, tool box and router saw stolen from home’s garage at 5738 Boomer Road, May 31.


Money stolen from home at 6022 Sheed Road, May 31.

Criminal damaging

Window broken on vehicle at 5877 Valleyway Court, May 29. Window broken on vehicle at 4366 Runningfawn Drive, May 29. Graffiti spray-painted on rear wall and door, and smoke bombs set off inside Arsco Manufacturing Co. at 5313 Robert Ave., June 1. Bench broken on playground at Pilgrim United Church of Christ at 4418 Bridgetown Road, June 1. Window broken on Western Hills Church of Christ at 5064 Sidney Road, June 2.

Criminal mischief

Four tire lugnuts loosened on vehicle at 5705 Signal Pointe Drive, May 30. Feces placed in hot tub at 6667 Greenoak Drive, May 31.

Domestic dispute

Argument between spouses at Neiheisel Avenue, May 28.


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Five guns stolen from home at 3048 Jessup Road, May 29. Money stolen from vehicle at 5701 Krogermount Drive, May 29. Money stolen from vehicle at 3279 Jessup Road, May 29. GPS stolen from vehicle at 5768 Lauderdale Drive, May 30. MP3 player and money stolen from vehicle at 5654 Cheviot Road, May 30. Money stolen from home at 3632 Summerdale, May 30. Two front loader forks stolen from construction site at 6800 Harrison Ave., June 1. Prescription medicine stolen from victim at 3491 North Bend Road, June 1.

Unauthorized use of vehicle

Suspect used victim’s vehicle without




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Takla Wofford, 21, 3663 Alaska Drive, felonious assault, resisting arrest at 11900 block of Hamilton Avenue, May 14. Juvenile, disorderly conduct at 8600 block of Neptune Drive, May 12. Durelle Rucker, 24, 1708 Centerridge Ave., domestic violence at West Galbraith Road, May 12. Dante Dismueaux, 21, assault at 1900 block of Mistyhill Drive, May 11. Valecie Smith, 28, 8712 Pippin Road, falsification, possession of criminal tools at 10948 Hamilton Ave., May 11. Deandrean Solomon, 18, 7514 Hemlock Drive, drug possession at North Bend Road & Ridgefield Drive, May 11. Robert Harrison, 35, 1556 Meredith Drive, receiving stolen property at 1556 Meredith Drive, May 11. Bernard Bell, 24, 2600 Shadymist Lane, carrying concealed weapon at Simpson Avenue & North Bend Road, May 11. Samuel Walker, 50, 812 Northland Blvd., falsification, possession of criminal tools at 10948 Hamilton Ave., May 10. Eric Schnurr, 27, 5917 Snyder Road, drug paraphernalia at 10800 block of Hamilton Avenue, May 10. Andre Browning, 25, 3803 Dina Terrace, disorderly conduct while intoxicated at 11952 Hamilton Ave., May 15. Margaret Mulvaney, 51, 341 W. Galbraith Road, disorderly conduct while intoxicated at 900 block of Hempstead Drive, May 14. Reginald Parker, 19, 6254 Daly Road, domestic violence at 6254 Daly Road, May 16. Francina Gray, 26, 2156 Sevenhills Drive, domestic violence at 2100 block of Sevenhills Drive, May 17. Branson Davis, 29, 2140 Crane Ave., weapons under disability at Hamilton Avenue & Springdale Road, May 18. Whitney Goodwin, 25, 2696 Lafeuille Circle, receiving stolen property at 9100 block of Roundtop Drive, May 19. Nieeco McCants, 21, 3036 Victory Parkway, carrying concealed weapon at Springdale Road & Trapp Lane, May 21. Paris Malachi, 22, 11040 Quailridge Drive, drug possession, carrying concealed weapons at 2200 block of Kemper Road, May 22. Juvenile, disorderly conduct at 8101 Hamilton Ave., May 20. Rufus Duckworth, 35, 10765 Sprucehill Drive, disorderly conduct at 8600 block of Desoto Drive, May 19. Donald Wolfrom, 23, 23 Flanders Lane, drug paraphernalia at 8400 block of Winton Road, May 20. Herbert Dillard, 30, 1105 Tassie Lane, drug possession, drug paraphernalia at 1105 Tassie Lane, May 24. Rashawn Smith, 19, 1131 North Bend Road, breaking and entering at North Bend Road, May 24. Two juveniles, breaking and entering at 900 block of Harbury Drive, May 24. Quinn Rainey, 25, breaking and entering at 900 block of Harbury Drive, May 24. Two Juveniles, disorderly conduct at 8101 Hamilton Ave., May 25. Christopher Delorcazo, 40, 1378 Collinsdale Ave., protection order violation at 900 block of Bilamy Court, May 26. Tyaira Jackson, 19, 8883 Balboa Drive, domestic violence at 8883 Balboa Drive, May 24. Henry Wallace Jr., 33, 8220 Galbraith Pointe Lane, domestic violence at 8220 Galbraith Pointe Lane, May 23. Shatiya Mattocks, 23, 7060 Glenmeadows Lane, theft at 8400 block of Winton Road, May 23. Tamika Brown, 30, 412 Chestnut St., criminal damaging at 2200 block of Kemper Road, May 23. Latonya Williams, 41, 6080 Lantana Ave., theft at 8400 block of Winton Road, May 23. Phillip Renfro, 38, criminal damaging at 1500 block of Pleasant Run Drive, May 21. Kenneth Terrell, 49, 8631 Neptune Drive, domestic violence at 8631 Neptune Drive, May 19. Kelvin Henry, 37, 10120 Chester Road, unauthorized use of vehicle at 1900 block of Greenpine Drive, May 22. Two juveniles, criminal mischief at 8101 Hamilton Ave., May 27. Juvenile, drug possession at Daly and West Galbraith roads, May 28. Jakisha Irvin, 31, 3415 McHenry Ave., forgery, attempted theft at 8400 block of Winton Road, May 28. Henry Cheatham, 27, 1714 Cedar Ave., obstructing official business

at Stella Avenue and North Bend Road, May 28. Peggy Hughes, 52, 8763 Desoto Drive, drug possession at 8763 Desoto Drive, May 29. Antonio Foster, 26, 12150 Regency Run Drive, receiving stolen property at Kemper Road, May 29. Johnny Broomfield, 67, 2024 Second Ave., domestic violence at 2024 Second Ave., May 29. Johnathan Mazzion, 41, 2024 Second Ave., domestic violence at 2024 Second Ave., May 29. Juvenile, drug possession at 7600 block of Abbie Place, May 30. Jessica Butschic-Trummell, 33, 4281 Race Road, theft at 8300 block of Winton Road, June 1. Justin Houston, 28, 10581 Maplehill Drive, criminal damaging at 1300 block of Landis Lane, June 2. William Morse, 29, 1560 W. Galbraith Road, theft at 1500 block of Pleasant Run Drive, June 2. Anthony Wilcox, 32, No Address Given, drug possession, disorderly conduct at Desoto Drive, June 2. Andria Burton, 24, 5425 Steward Ave., theft at 8500 block of Winton Road, June 2. William Blevins, 51, 7821 Rambleview Court, disorderly conduct while intoxicated at Rambleview Court, June 4. Niki Black, 33, 758 Martin Luther King Ave., obstructing official business at Winton and North Bend roads, June 5. Charles Slaughter, 28, 8516 Valleyview Drive, assault at 8000 block of Neptune Drive, June 5. Juvenile, gambling, obstructing official business at 2100 block of Lincoln Avenue, June 5. Erven Batis, 33, 10505 Hamilton Ave., menacing at 10505 Hamilton Ave., June 6. Troy Smith, 27, domestic violence at 6300 block of Simpson Ave., June 6. Marcus Tennyson, 21, 10829 Pleasanthill Drive, assault at 10829 Pleasanthill Drive, June 6. Vernika Peters, 30, 1417 Randomhill Drive, domestic violence at 1417 Randomhill Drive, June 6. Levaughn Harris, 23, 4908 Chalet Ave., drug trafficking, drug possession at Argus Road and Atwood Avenue, June 6.

Incidents/reports Aggravated robbery

Dollar General reported suspect with gun demanded money at 1051 North Bend Road, May 18.


2808 Klondike Court man reported being hit at 10900 block of Hamilton Avenue, May 17.

Attempted breaking and entering

Healthy Moms and Babies Inc. reported break-in attempt at 2270 Banning Road, June 1.

Attempted burglary

Woman reported break-in attempt at 1570 Meredith Drive, June 2.

Breaking and entering

Finneytown Drive Thru reported merchandise stolen at 944 North Bend Road, May 24.


Woman reported video game equipment stolen at 2121 Garfield Ave., May 22. Woman reported DVD stolen at 9237 Yorkridge Drive, May 16. Man reported tools stolen from garage at 12017 Deerhorn Drive, May 12. Man reported jewelry, gun stolen at 2308 Banning Road, May 23. Woman reported TV, computer, DVD stolen at 1579 Meredith Drive, May 30.

Criminal damaging

Woman reported vehicle damaged at 9636 Tanbark Drive, May 25. Man reported window broken at 1026 Timber Trail Lane, May 24. Woman reported vehicle damaged at 902 Bilamy Court, May 21. Finneytown Mower reported window broken at 1067 North Bend Road, May 17. Woman reported TV damaged at 2124 Roosevelt Ave., May 15. Woman reported vehicle damaged at 8311 Roland Ave., June 5. Woman reported utility meter damaged at 1301 Landis Lane, June 2. Touchless Car Wash reported coin machines damaged at 10948 Hamilton Ave., June 2. Fairfield towman reported vehicle damaged at 9200 block of Ranchill Drive, May 28.

Identity theft

Woman reported merchandise purchased with debit card at 1036 Thunderbird Drive, June 3. Man reported bank account accessed at 8693 Hollyhock Drive, June 2. Man reported debit card used at 690 W. Galbraith Road, June 1. Woman reported check stolen and cashed at 2115 Pinney Lane, June 2.

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June 15, 2011

DEATHS Harry Crofton

Harry R. Crofton III, 88, Green Township, died June 4. Survived by daughters Barbara (Robert) Stoinoff, Sister Nancey Crofton, S.C.; grandchildren Rob (Bri), Scott (Noel) Stoinoff; brother Albert (Bea) Crofton. Preceded in death by wife Ruth Crofton, sister Ruth (John) Losekamp. Services were June 8 at Our Lady of Lourdes. Arrangements by Dalbert, Woodruff & Isenogle Funeral Home. Memorials to: St. Rita School for the Deaf, 1720 Glendale Milford Road, Cincinnati, OH 45215.

Edith Egbert

Services for Edith Kehr Egbert were June 7 at Paul R. Young Funeral Home. Survived by children Nancy (Ronald) Brookbank, Darlene (Ova) Helton, Glenn (Jean), Richard (Vicky) Egbert; grandchildren Gary, Glenda, Joy, Scott, Andrew, Susan, Jeanine, Louis, Denny, Dylan; siblings Chester Kehr, Imogene Wright; 15 great-grandchildren; one greatgreat-grandchild. Preceded in death by husband Robert Egbert, sisters Irma Winkler, Thelma Peters. Memorials to the Hospice of Cincinnati.

Alvera Enderle

Memorials to Moeller High School or the American Cancer Society.

Alvera “Prince” Enderle, 77, died June 5. Survived by husband Cyril “Whitey” Enderle; daughter Karen (Ben) Palatchi; grandchildren Nathan, Nicole; siblings Gerhard Schmidt, Mary Lee Davis, Shirley Merling. Preceded in death by siblings Martha Burwinkel, Delores Bross, Lucille Burger, Elizabeth Sherlock, Maurice “Bud,” Richard, Joseph, David Schmidt. Services were June 9 at Neidhard-Snow Funeral Home. Memorials to the St. Rita School for the Deaf.

Lee N. Kisor, 71, Green Township, died June 5. He was a computer systems analyst for the Internal Revenue Service. Survived by wife Margaret Ellen Kisor; daughters Amy, Melissa Kisor; grandchildren Taylor Woodrum, Malachi Keith; father Norman Kisor; siblings Lynn Hepner, Dan Kisor. Preceded in death by mother Aleta Kisor. Services were June 8 at Radel Funeral Home.

Charles Galinari

Agnes Lohr

Charles D. “Chip” Galinari, 63, Springfield Township, died June 4. Survived by wife Lynda Galinari; children Tony (Melissa), Chris Galinari, Stephen Elliott, Nikie (Kevin) Mulkey, Teresa “Teri” (Lucas) Crumpton; grandchildren Raegan, Devin, Chad, Jake, Ezra, Davan; mother Rita Galinari; siblings Tim (Tricia), Rita “Bonnie” Galinari; nephews Nick Galinari; in-law Marcy (Bill) Hopper. Preceded in death by father Charles Galinari. Services were June 9 at Corpus Christi Church. Arrangements by Paul R. Young Funeral Home.

Lee Kisor

Agnes M. Lohr, 86, died June 5. She was a member of Harrison Senior Citizens. Survived by children Denise (Steve) Bleser, Raywood (Leslie) Lohr Jr.; grandchildren Lindsey (Jeremy) Janey, Allie (Kent) Shartzer, Trevor (Megan), Christopher Lohr; sister Elizabeth Reis. Preceded in death by husband Raywood Lohr Sr. Services were June 9 at MihovkRosenacker Funeral Home. Memorials to Little Sisters of the Poor.

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James Myers

James Harold Myers, 79, Mount Healthy, died June 3. He was an Army veteran of Korea, a former member of the Mount Healthy school board and a member of Corpus Christi Church. Survived by wife Alma Myers; daughters Kathy (Jim Murphy) Myers, Debby (Paul) Stafford, Lynne (Tom) Korb; grandchildren Jennifer, David Stafford, Andrew, Elizabeth Korb. Services were June 8 at the Church of the Assumption. Arrangements by Paul R. Young Funeral Home. Memorials to: American Heart Association, 15120 Collections Center Drive, Chicago, IL 60693.

Robby Newland

Robert A. “Robby” Newland, 25, Green Township, died June 2. He was a chef at the Cleves Drive Inn. Survived by parents Robert, Denise Newland; sister Krista Newland; grandparents Carolyn, Jim Phelps, Norma, Orie Miller; many aunts, uncles and cousins. Preceded in death by grandfather Don Kaimann. Services were June 7 at Dennis George Funeral Home.

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Donald Wagner

Donald L. Wagner, 87, White Oak, died June 2. Survived by wife Gloria Wagner; children Pam (James) Regulski, Paula (John) Hennessy; grandchildren Shannon, Michael, Eric, Sean, Colleen; great-grandchildren Brad, Emily, Alex, Alena. Services were June 7 at MihovkRosenacker Funeral Home. Memorials to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Carolyn Westrich

Carolyn A. Westrich, 75, of Green Township, died June 8. She was a homemaker. Survived by her husband Donald Westrich; children David (Mary Ann), Tom Westrich, Donna (Perry) Merk, grandchildren David, Michelle, Westrich Derek, Nicholas,

Laura, Andrew, Presley; two greatgrandchildren; siblings Joe Godar, Joanna Valerino, Mary Jane Cook, Elizabeth Wernke. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on June 11 at St Ignatius Church. Arrangements by NeidhardMinges Funeral Home. Memorials to: Catholic Charities.

Melvin Zimmer

Melvin “Mel” Zimmer, 94, formerly of Westwood and most recently of Colerain Township, died June 8. Survived by wife Catherine Guidi Zimmer, step-daughter Shirl Federmann-Combs and grandfather Zimmer to many. Preceded in death by wife Lillian Federmann Zimmer. Mass of Christian Burial was June 13 at St. Catherine of Sienna Church. Arrangements by Dalbert, Woodruff and Isenogle Funeral Home.


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