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Making a mall a channel of Franciscan peace By Jennie Key

Their presents to the community this holiday season will be their presence. The Franciscan Friars of the Franciscan Province of St. John the Baptist will open a “marketplace space,” which will provide harried shoppers with a place to rest in the peace of Christ as they prepare for the holidays. The friars plan to share the Gospel by providing a Franciscan presence of warmth and welcome in the “marketplace” during the busy holiday season. Friars from the province will be on hand at the Northgate Mall on evenings and weekends through Dec. 24. “We are hopeful that our presence at the mall will be a bit of a reminder of the real reason for the season,” said the Rev. Dan Anderson, who serves as the secretary of the province. “Just a place of peace and conversation.” He said there will be a bowl inside the storefront where people can write down their prayer requests and receive prayer during the hustle and bustle of the season. Brother Gene Mayer, the guardian of the shrine at the St. Anthony Shrine in Mount Airy, and Anderson spearheaded the effort to open the space. They said the Rev. Jeffrey Scheeler, the provincial minister of the Province of St. John the Bap-

tist, had seen chapels in malls in upstate New York and he thought the idea could work in Cincinnati. So the Franciscans rolled up their robe sleeves and went to work. Northgate Mall helped make the space available, the Brothers began the work of transforming a former show store into a welcoming environment for world-weary shoppers. They are hoping shoppers will stop by for a cup of coffee or cocoa and take a few minutes to relax or pray with the Franciscans. The Advent space is near near Macy’s inside entrance. The space will be open and there will be volunteer friars on hand 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sundays noon-6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, the space will be open from noon to 3 p.m. including Christmas Eve, which is Tuesday, Dec. 24. On Friday, Nov. 29, Bishop Joseph Binzer took a shift. The space will be welcoming and peaceful, Mayer said. He and Anderson cleaned up the store area, and then went to work to give is an atmosphere of peace. They were planning to hang posters that show some of the work done by the Franciscans and have chairs and places for people to come and relax. Soft lighting and gentle Christmas music will set the mood of the space. The friars,

The Advent wreath is a symbol of the weeks of anticipation leading up to the birth of Christ in the church calendar. During the season of Advent, one candle on the wreath is lit each Sunday as a part of the Advent services. Each candle represents an aspect of the spiritual preparation for the coming of Christ.JENNIE KEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

who will wear their familiar brown robes, will be available, but not pushy. “We are not proselytizing, and we don’t want to be churchy or preachy,” Anderson said. “But we do want to increase our visibility and have some information out about what we do.” Mayer said the friars have no idea how the space will be accepted by shoppers, but he hopes they stop in and give it a chance to remind them of the real reason for the season. “We are really curious to see how people will use the space,” Anderson said. “We don’t really have any preconceived ideas.”

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Franciscan Brother Gene Mayer, OFM and Father Dan Anderson, OFM are preparing a place to rest in the presence as shoppers pursue presents at Northgate Mall. The store front will be open through the holiday season.JENNIE KEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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Seniors rule at high school, but Colerain High School presents a Senior Holiday Social designed for a different kind of senior: senior citizens in the community. The event includes a visit to the high school and a light brunch made by students and members of the PTA. There will also be musical performances by the Cardinal Band and Show Choir, a robotics demonstration, and a chance to get up and dance. And it’s free. The social is 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Dec. 13, in the gym at the high school, 8801 Cheviot Road. School bus transportation will be provided from the Colerain and Green Township senior citizen centers at 9:30 a.m. to Colerain High

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School. The school buses will return to the senior centers by 12:30 p.m. Atria Northgate Park will provide transportation for its residents. If you are planning to drive yourself, there will be reserved parking for you close to the entrance of the building, with no steps to climb. There will be sign-up sheets at Atria Northgate Park, and both senior centers, or you may R.S.V.P. by phone to Debbie Potzner at 513-7415048. If Debbie doesn’t answer, please leave the following information on her answering machine: your name, how many are coming, and if you will be riding the bus or driving.

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Gateway park gets state award By Jennie Key

The Colerain Township Gateway Memorial Park has provided an focal point in the commercial area for the township, but its design has been noticed by groups outside the community as well. The Ohio Parks and Recreation Association has awarded a second place award in Park Development for the Colerain Township Parks and Services Department’s work on the Gateway park. The Colerain Township Gateway Park is the centerpiece of a renaissance occurring along the center of the township’s commercial district on the site of the former BP gas sta-

tion. Public Services Director Kevin Schwartzhoff said the project is the initial implementation phase of a streetscape master plan and economic development project. The township is looking for a more pedestrianoriented and appealing identity and is working to promote the revitalization of commercial properties along the corridor. It was a long time coming. Concurrent to the streetscape master plan, the community also identified the need for an armed forces and first responder memorial and a Memorial Committee was formed to consider locations. The gateway project gained traction as a possi-


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ble first responder memorial park after the deaths of two Colerain Township firefighters in 2008. In 2011, veteran groups approached the township wanting to be part of the project, and the Gateway Park was selected as the preferred site based on its high visibility and central location within the township’s commercial core. “This memorial gateway is a symbol of the revitalization of the Northgate area as well as a tribute to the men and women that have served and paid the ultimate price through public and/or military service,” said Frank Birkenhauer, Colerain Township assistant administrator and economic development director. Birkenhauer said the memorial corner is not only one of the busiest intersections in Colerain Township but the entire Tristate area. “The purchase of the dilapidated, vacant, BP Gas Station was one of the first investments in the area around Northgate Mall that was the spark that triggered the great things that are underway today,” he said. The awards are judged by a panel of parks and

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The Colerain Township Gateway Memorial was dedicated in May and received a 2nd place award from the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association this year.

recreation professionals from around Ohio. “Parks and recreation professionals throughout Ohio work every day to improve the quality of life of the people they serve,” OPRA Executive Director Woody Woodward said in a release about the awards. “This project is a shining example of that

kind of work, and we are pleased to be able to present this award.” The township has received awards in the past from OPRA for other projects, including Clippard Park and Heritage Park on East Miami River Road. “Our facilities have been recognized for their quality,” Schwartzhoff

said. He said he was pleased with how the gateway project turned out. “It’s a nice award, but what I am really pleased about is how this project is part of redevelopment at the mall,” he said. “Things are happening there.”


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Colerain Twp. extending electric aggregation enrollment By Jennie Key

Officials from Colerain Township and Duke Energy Retail have agreed to open enrollment under the current electric aggregation program for township residents and businesses through May. All eligible residents and businesses not enrolled as part of the electric aggregation and not served by another retail electric supplier now have a chance to enter at the same very favorable price and terms as were offered in early 2012 when Colerain Township and Duke Energy Retail first agreed on the aggregation program. Officials said they have had reports from a number of Colerain Township electric aggregation customers that they have been contacted by other retail suppliers to switch

to them at a higher rate than township officials and Duke Energy Retail provide. Dennis Deters, Colerain Township Trustee president, said in a statement from the township that residents should be cautious of calls and doorto-door visits from other suppliers. “Residents should not be talked into switching away from the township aggregation program,” Deters said. Eligible Colerain customers do not have to take any action to participate in the program; they will be enrolled automatically. If they do not wish to enroll, they have been given instructions by letter from Colerain Township and Duke Energy Retail on how to opt out of participation. The eligible include new township residents and township residents who have moved to other

homes still within the township. Frank Birkenhauer, Colerain Township assistant administrator, said aggregation programs provide a number of benefits to electric customers; » fixed electricity price of 4.92 cents per kilowatt hour through your May 2014 meter reading; » security against electricity price fluctuations » electricity price never changes for the term of this offer » Duke Energy Ohio continues to maintain the electric lines and respond to emergencies » no termination fees. Steve Brash, a spokesman for Duke, said the next enrollment program will start in May. For more information, call the Duke Energy Retail Call Center at 877-3313045.

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Best Christmas Pageant Ever set for Dec. 5-8 By Jennie Key

The CenterStage Players present a Christmas classic, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” just in time to kick off the holidays with a laugh. It’s Herdmans vs the Christmas story in this classic holiday tale. The Herdman youngsters, probably the most inventively awful kids in history, go to church for the first time after being told that the church offers snacks. Despite protests from other church members, they are given roles in the Sunday School’s Christmas play, in which they tell the Christmas story in a nonconventional fashion. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, Friday, Dec. 6, and Saturday, Dec. 7. Matinee performances are at 2 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8. The performances will be at the North College Hill City Center, 1500 Galbraith Road. To order tickets online,

visit The play is under the direction of Colerain Township resident Fred Hunt. Other members of the production team include: Vickie Greco, Michele Hamester, Madeline Marita, Trisha Cooper, Alex Crocker-Lakness, Pegatha Eddingfield, Rebecca Coots, Darren Lee, Tammy Brady, Robert Miller, Vicky Dunn, Bridgid Weber, Joel Lind, Jen Webster and Mark and Jane Culp. Cast members include: Lisa Everingham, Michael Richardson, Tatum Wilmes, Parker Culp, Olivia Dunn, Naomi Stoner, Mark Wilmes, Maia Morrigan, Dominic Sherwood, Alexandra Lisa, Isabella Lisa, Leah Bracknell, Vickie Greco, Bridgid Weber, Danielle Richardson, Jennifer Lisa, Lisa Hunt, Garry Hohnecker, Yoshi Schmaltz, Meghan Altimari, Hannah Waskowitz, Isabella Kindle, Sarah Everingham, Autumn Wedding, Reagan Richardson, Mikayla Baldwin, Rebecca

Baldwin, Erin Dudgeon, Maleah Sherman, Lauren Webster, Anthony Lisa, Kenji Schmaltz, Leah Dudgeon, Matt Lisa and Brent Kindle. The CenterStage Players started out in 1885 when group of local performers gathered in the Wyoming district’s tworoom schoolhouse to present “The Dowager,” an English comedy of manners by Charles Matthews, eventually taking the name of the Wyoming Players. After several changes of both name and venue, Wyoming Players came into existence. The group changed homes several times in its history. In mid-2007 the Wyoming Board of Directors voted unanimously to move their productions out of the Civic Center to the Monmouth Theater in Newport, KY. In 2012, the board of directors voted to change their name to CenterStage Players Inc., and move to a new home at the North College Hill City Center.

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St. Bernard School honors veterans


McAuley IT team members Emily Schulte, Caroline Schaefer, Mollie Ritter, Claire Tankersley, Elyse Irwin and Abigail Sander. PROVIDED

Daniel Kreider, with his son Fergus, was recognized by the St. Bernard School community for his service in the United States Army. PROVIDED

he entire school body of St. Bernard came together Nov. 11 to honor friends and family who have served or are serving in the country’s armed forces. The program incorporated prayer, personal recognition of veterans who were in attendance, a slide show of friends and relatives who are veterans and a series of patriotic tunes sung by students in fifth through eighth grades.

McAuley IT team places first at technology conference The McAuley High School IT team placed first in a competition at the ninth annual Women in IT Conference at the Kings Island Resort. The conference is intended to encourage young women to enter careers in information technology. There were 35 teams of high school girls there, each with a professional woman in the IT field who act as a mentor. McAuley’s mentor was Mollie Ritter from Fifth Third Bank. Team members are sophomores Elyse Irwin, Abigail Sander, Caroline Schaefer and Emily Schulte, and junior Claire Tankersley. The teams were given a real-life problem to address, then were tasked with coming up with a solution utilizing

technology. The premise of the exercise was finding a more efficient way to sign in for doctor’s appointments that would result in less time spent by patients in waiting rooms. The five-member team from McAuley collaborated to offer the best solution, which was a type of app for patients’ phones, and was declared the winner. Each McAuley student received an Amazon gift card. “The doctor’s office project was my favorite part of the conference. Working hands-on and collaborating with our table to solve a problem was a fantastic opportunity and idea,” Schaefer said. “I really enjoyed the conference. I also loved hearing about new technology like an

artificial intelligence program called Watson, a super charged search engine. A lot of different opportunities were introduced to us during the conference and all the successful women there were so inspiring.” “The Women In IT conference really opened my eyes to a whole world of careers that I hadn’t really considered before, but am definitely considering now. It was a fun, positive environment that was only made better by my group’s awesome table mentor, Mrs. Ritter. She gave us incredible insight into what life is like with an IT career. I can’t wait to see where IT could lead me in my college search these next two years,” Tankersley said.

Willard Wallpe, with grandchildren Carrie and Nicole Herzog, and Jacob, Lauren and Allison Ferrier, was recognized by the St. Bernard School community for his service in the United States Navy. PROVIDED


BRIEFLY Colerain High School

Art teachers from regional area high schools were invited to enter two works each from junior and senior students, who would have the opportunity to win scholarships in the Selections 2013 juried art exhibit at the Studio San Giu-

seppe at the College of Mount St. Joseph. Junior Jared Ziegler was awarded one of the two juniorlevel art scholarships to the College of Mount St. Joseph’s art program. The scholarship totals $2,000 per year.

St. James School

The second grade recently watched a presentation from a combination of University of Cincinnati medical and pharmaceutical students along with the organization Melanoma Know More. The presentation was on skin care and cancer prevention.

More than 400 Colerain Elementary School students earned “Donuts with the Principal” for being on green, meaning showing good behavior, for the first quarter of the school year. US Bank, the school’s business partner, presented each child with a certificate of recognition. The Tasty Baking Company, the maker of TastyKake donuts, donated all of the donuts for the students. PROVIDED.


The following students were named to the Circle of Excellence for the first quarter of the 2013-2014 school year.

Fourth grade Gold Award: Rosie Beck, Madelyn Blake, Rebecca Bode, Leah Bosse, Mary Brewington, Annelise Bronstrop, Emma Buelterman, Caroline Caudill, Lindsay Coughlin, Adam Deitschel, Natalie DiMenna, Brooklynn Flowers, Emma Frey, Carly Fulmer, Grace Hageman, Rose Hewald, Madelyn Junk, Ben Kerth, Andrew Klosterman, Justin Lampe, Michael Lang, Raymond Lipps, Anthony Martin, Jackie Martini, Mackenzie Meehan, Ellie Meiners, Maggie Meiners, Taylor Mullen, Michelle Nie, Charlie Pearson, Liz Rinear, Nick Ritter, Reece Robinson, Ember Rolf, Lizzie Sexton, Georgia Staab, Joey Tonnis, Kyle White and Maggie Wood. Silver Award: Matthew Bierman, Emma Clark, Mac Doxsey, Bryce Drake, Ashtyn Elbe, Luke Elfers, Ryan Fasbender, Andrew Fisher, Avery Gumm, Lily Harp, Andrew Humbert, Jackson Huxel, Carly Kersting, Emily Lehn, Ryan Meierjohan, Austin Rack, Ryan Reynolds, Owen Roesel, Carson Schneider, Natalie Smith, Nick Uhl, Payton Voe-

gele, Luke Winiarski and Ava Wittrock.

Fifth grade Gold Award: Mollie Bigner, Kellen Bleh, Nicholas Bloemer, Zach Branam, John Cottingham, Abigail Davis, Evan Day, Sydney Etris, Jayke Frederick, Lucy Graff, Evan Griffiths, Charlie Hewald, Connor Hickey, David Jung, Megan Lang, Ethan Lawson, Hailey Lehn, Kathleen Lynch, Nathan Merritt, Justin Nienaber, Miranda Nienaber, Aaron Porotsky, Olivia Rack, Kristina Rodriguez, Ben Schloss, Sydney Schoenling, Claire Schulte, John Schweder, Ava Scott, Ben Seibert, Ela Verhoff, Dillon Vorherr, Colleen Westrich, Jimmy Wheeler, Liz York, Grace York and Eric Zimmerman. Silver Award: Sammy Bach, William Burba, Abby Burger, Julia Christophel, Thomas Fago, Tommy Hambrick, Robert Heinecke, Megan Hennie, Abby Jungkunz, Ellise Limle, Zoe Loftus, Blake Michel, Jacob Minges, Sophia Nicoloff, Joseph Nieman, John Peter, Julia Pfiester, Ben Reeder, Clay Schneider, Jacob Soto, Shelby Stone, Zach Torbeck ans Zachary Treinen.

Sixth grade Gold Award: Natalie Archdeacon,

Joshua Barbee, Jessica Bierman, Colleen Booth, Kathryn Brucato, Britt Caudill, Olivia Evans, Megan Hoffman, Kyle Kinney, Andrew Klas, Abigail Krieger, Hannah Krieger, Rachel Kumar, Jacob Lesko, Gabrielle Litzinger, Austin Logue, Ethan Lynch, Jason Oberjohann, Gretchen Rack, Anna Riedel, Ian Russell, Caleb Schmidt, Emmy Schmidt, Emma Scott, Jacob Seibert and Nathan Uhl. Silver Award: Zachary Bierman, Sydney Brueneman, Cole Combs, Jonathan Crase, Katrina Draginoff, Cecelia Elfers, Michael Hartig, Emma Helwig, Charles Humbert, Kelly Kiganda, Justin Kruetzkamp, Robert Ludmann, Anthony Meiners, Tyler Meiners, Simon Nicholas, Courtney Nichols, Hunter Nichols, Alexia Otchere, Mackenzie Rack, Kirsten Reynolds, Abigail Sheppard, Nick Stewart, Lucas Tereck, Luke Thiemann, Ashley Veldhaus and Thomas Verhoff.

Seventh grade Gold Award: Brendan Burck, Alex Burger, Ashley Bushman, Eva Caudill, Olivia Coughlin, Isabelle Dorr, Emily Etris, Katelyn Freese, Ethan Fries, Samuel Glines, Jackie Hamburg, Katlyn Havlin, Aimee Heinecke, Anna Hergen-

rother, Susie Hudepohl, Joseph Humbert, Carson Kiley, Jackson Klosterman, Grace Kreider, Jake Lawson, Mara Lehmann, Isabel Lynch, Grace Maffey, Erin Mahan, Katie Martini, Hailey McAdoo, Amanda Meehan, Adi Moeves, Grace Munro, Makenzie Munson, Drew Nieman, Adam Reynolds, Carly Ritter, Jacob Rodriguez, James Rupp, Alise Schindler, Amanda Schweder, Emily Sexton, Rorie Smith, Ryan Sparks, Paige Sweitzer, Lauren Taylor, Sophia Ventura and Cara Wagner. Silver Award: Vinny Abbatiello, Meghan Altimari, Cody Anderson, Gabriella Baarlaer, Riley Bernhardt, Lee Bronstrop, Michael Buttry, Annie Deters, Megan Glazier, Morgan Jones, Leah Jungkunz, Nathan Junk, Cameron Kiley, Cara Kruetzkamp, Kodyn Lambert, Joseph Linnemann, Casey Meiners, Peyton Meyer, Gabrielle Mouch, Brigid Murphy, Andrew Neyer, Jenna Oliverio, Danielle Peters, Hannah Pierani, Gena Porotsky, Joseph Schmidt, Kevin Smith, Katie Stautberg and Nicholas Treinen.

Eighth grade Gold Award: Kyle Archdeacon, Jordan Atherine, Austin Blake, Evan Bleh,

Emma Brunst, Grace Clark, Lily Clark, Natalie Coughlin, Hanna Creighton, Clayton Dangel, Maria Deitschel, Gianna Dicarlo, Mark Eglseder, Lydia Gabriel, Josie Graff, Sophia Griffiths, Sean Hergenrother, Ruth Hewald, Sam Hildebrand, Sarah Katenkamp, Owen Kiley, Caroline Kinney, Alex Klas, Joshua Knapke, Alyssa Knizner. Andrew Koenig, Jodi Koenig, Max Mahoney, Michael Masuck, Meghan McCreary, Maxwell Meehan, Griffin Merritt, Jonathan Miller, Zachary Nienaber, Patrick Olding, Sarah Parks, Leo Pierani, Kayla Reeder, Elizabeth Riedel, Timothy Rinear, Brooke Ryan, Madison Schmidt, Kathryn Schulte, Coby Smith, Michael Stewart, Peyton York and Jordan Zulli. Silver Award: Kelli Anderson, Quinlan Baarlaer, Maxwell Bach, Bryan Barry, Eric Bubenhofer, Kristin Elchynski, Joseph Evers, Abigail Fago, Lauren Finley, Erica Fries, Megan Grafe, Ashley Hartig, Karis Kist, Michael Looby, Ian McConnaughey, Nathan Meiners, Dominick Minda-Ramirez, Alex Prinzbach, Kylie Rack, Jared Schulze, Emily Soto, Madison Stone, Charles Tepe, Cole Tereck, Gracie Tonnis and Anna Wood.





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Scales, Smith-Moore look to make history at Colerain By Tom Skeen

With the wrestling season set to begin the weekend of Nov. 30, here is how the squads in the Northwest Press coverage area are shaping up:


Two-time state placers Tegray Scales and DeTuan SmithMoore headline coach James Wagers’ roster. Smith-Moore is coming off a third-place finish at state in the 160-pound weight class, while Scales finished seventh at 195. Both Scales and SmithMoore are looking to become Colerain’s first ever three-time state placers and if either are able to bring home a state title, it would also be a first for the high school. Also back are returning district qualifiers, junior Josh Daniels (132) and sophomore Chris Albert (145). Brian Kennelly, Kevin Staigl, Rayvaughn McKinney and Brandon Gilbert are also back for the Cardinals. “We have a great group of returning varsity wrestlers as well as a good group coming up,” Wagers said. “A lot of guys have spent the time over the summer wrestling and working

out to continue to advance their abilities for themselves as this year progresses.” “We have an outstanding group of seniors who can help us excel as a team (and) as one of the top in the city. We look forward to what this group of young wrestlers can do for us and themselves for the upcoming season. We look for this to be Colerain’s best year on the mat.” The Cards begin the march towards state Dec. 7 at the Harrison Duals Tournament at Harrison High School.

La Salle

If Lancer coach Avery Zerkle can transition his young group of wrestlers from the junior high mats to the high school circle, it could be a special year for the school on North Bend Road. His roster features six junior high state tournament placers and a transfer from Louisville who’s placed third in the Kentucky state tournament back-toback seasons. Freshman Corey Shie will wrestle at 120 pounds after finishing runner-up in the state tournament last season. “Corey is one of the best of the best,” Zerkle said. “He’s one of the best freshmen in the

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Detuan Smith-Moore of Colerain wrestles against Micheal Coleman of Hudson at the OHSAA state wrestling tournament last year, where he placed third at 160 pounds.TONY TRIBBLE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

country. He definitely has a shot at making state, and placing top six is his goal.” Junior John Shirkey will wrestle at 132 after spending the first two years of his high school career in Kentucky. “He’s very talented,” Zerkle said. “There’s a big jump from Kentucky to Ohio and he knows that, but we’re definitely trying to slip him in the top four (in the state). That’s our goal for him.” In the106-pound weight class there is a battle between sophomores Jared Thiemann and Sam Krieder, along with freshman Eric Beck, for the varsity position. One of the three who doesn’t fill the 106-slot will likely move up to 113. Rocco Sams – another freshman – will start at 126, while fellow freshman Hunter Perdue is at 138. Seniors Eric Auberger (160 pounds), Joe Krieder (170) and Robert Overbeck (285) will look to provide the leadership for this young group. “I’m looking for a little bit of leadership from the older guys, but these younger guys coming in have been wrestling their whole lives and they have the credentials and they’ve been battled tested,” Zerkle said. “They are freshmen, so I know there are going to be a couple weekends where they are going to struggle, but throughout the season I think we have three or

four freshmen that can make the state tournament.” The Lancers make that push toward the state tournament starting Nov. 30 at the Yorktown Duals Tournament.

Mt. Healthy

Senior David Kuhlmann headlines coach Stephen Butler’s roster. Kuhlmann was a district alternate last season after posting a 28-8 record with 23 pins last season at 138 pounds. This season he is projected to wrestle at 145. “His biggest thing he’s been working on is (the) neutral (position),” Butler said. “Now he is attacking more at the neutral position and that is something he didn’t have last year. … Now we have to be able to attack people from the neutral position and take people down and get that first takedown and be up 2-0 and work from there.” Junior Brian Pringle was an All-Southwest Ohio Conference Honorable Mention selection last season at 182, and will step up to 195 this season. Fellow junior Danny Johnson is expected to be a force at 170, while Ke’Eryon Deal enters the lineup at heavyweight. William Darling is Butler’s 160-pound wrestler after spotstarting on varsity last season, but spending the majority of the season with the junior varsity squad.

As far as the lightweight spots go, Aaron Bray and Mamoudou Diallo will fill the 106and 113-pound positions. “From top to bottom we should be pretty solid,” Butler said. “It will probably be one of the most complete squads that I’ve had.”


Junior Julian Daniels headlines coach Nicholas Maffey’s roster. Daniels is a two-time district qualifier (last season at 152 pounds) who has 50-plus wins on his record. He currently holds the school record for most near falls and will look to expand on that record over his two remaining seasons at Northwest. Junior Gunnar Webber was a district alternate last season at 113 pounds. Sophomore Keyon Huntley and senior Tyler Little both notched 20-plus win seasons last year in what was their first season wrestling on varsity. Look for senior Tim Leist Jr. to make an impact this season as well. The Knights return their entire lineup with the exception of the 145-, 152- and 285-pound weight classes. “Moving into my third season, I am really excited about this team,” Maffey said. “While See WRESTLING, Page A6


Girls basketball

» Colerain improved to 2-0 with a 68-27 win over Mt. Healthy (0-1) Nov. 26. Kaylee Allen finished with a game-high 13 points in the win. Senior Lilly Bryant and junior Anetra Owensby led the Owls with 10 points. » Emily Vogelpohl and Sydney Lambert combined for 34 points in McAuley’s 64-42 win over Sycamore Nov. 26. The Mohawks outscored the Aves 40-15 in the first half.

Boys bowling

» St. Xavier won its season opener 2,6962,669 over Fairfield Nov. 26. Senior Jonny McQuitty led the Bombers with a 422 series.

Boys swimming

» Roger Bacon defeated CHCA 49-40, Nov. 26. Sophomore Nick Woerner won both the 50- and 400-yard freestyle events.

Girls swimming

» CHCA defeated Roger Bacon 66-28, Nov. 26. Kelly Boland won the 200yard individual medley and the 100-yard free-

style events for the Spartans.

Girls soccer

» Colerain High School is excited to announce Gus Schroeder as its new girls soccer coach; pending board of education approval. Schroeder has been an assistant in both boys and girls soccer programs and brings a wide range of experiences to the position. He has spent time in all positions on the soccer field and is noted for his straight forward, aggressive coaching style and looks forward to bringing his own brand of soccer to Colerain.

“Coach Schroeder provides us experience in all aspects of the game from the goalie box to midfield,” Colerain Athletic Director Dan Bolden said. “During the interview process his love of the game, competitive nature, and aggressive style came out. We really look forward to his leadership of our program.”

Catching up with College Athletes

» The Community Press & Recorder, along with, would like to give readers over the holidays the ability to catch up with local

high school stars doing well in college athletics. In what has become an annual readership project, parents/friends of college athletes are welcome to send a photo and brief description of their college athletes’ accomplishments over the last calendar year to Include the names of the people in the photo as they are shown, the college name and sport, parents’ names, where the athlete lives, what weekly newspaper they get at home and their accomplishments by Friday, Dec. 13. Photos will run in print

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Hall of Fame nominations

» Northwest High School is now accepting nominations for its 2014 Hall of Fame induction. Nominations and eligibility are as follows: Any person involved with the athletic department/programs at Northwest High School is eligible for induction into the See HIGHLIGHTS, Page A7




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we lost two-time state placer (Ameer Daniels) and 100-plus wins between the three seniors we graduated, we have very eager student-athletes who are ready to step up and make the most of their time.” The Knights start their season Dec. 7 at the Oldham Co. Duals.

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La Salle senior Jeff Larkin, front center, is joined by his father, Jeff, left, mother, Shevelle, sister, Jennifer, back left, and brother, Jeremy, at La Salle’s signing day Nov. 15 when the Lancer signed to play college basketball with Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tenn. Jeff was a first-team All-GCL player last season and will join fellow Lancer alums Ryan Fleming and Tre Casey at CBU next season. Fleming, Casey and the elder Larkin were all part of the 2011 La Salle state championship team.THANKS TO LA SALLE HIGH SCHOOL

CATCHING UP WITH COLLEGE ATHLETES Sherpensky is player of week

Mount St. Joseph’s Nicole Sherpensky, a Northwest High School graduate, recently led the Lions to a 4-1 record and was named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week on offense for the second time. In five total matches in late September, the senior middle hitter had 60 kills

with 20 blocks, nine digs, three service aces, one assist, and a hitting percentage of .386. In the team’s 3-1 win over Rose-Hulman she had 18 kills, a .452 hitting percentage, and five blocks. Sherpensky followed that effort with nine kills and a .533 hitting percentage in a 3-0 win over nationally ranked Carthage.

Chris Harrison is the coach of the Spartans. Junior Kevin Dinh was named first-team AllGreater Catholic League Central at 195 pounds last season. According to the school website, freshman Zac Baur, sophomores Liam Garrett, Jared Hilling, Brian Stentz, Nelson Tran, along with junior Mike Frederick and seniors Josh Engel, Scott Enneking and Eric Foster make up the rest of the Spartan roster. Harrison opens the season Dec. 7 at the Roger Bacon Duals Tournament.


La Salle junior John Shirkey, right, grapples with freshman teammate Corey Shie during practice Nov. 27 at La Salle High School. Shirkey is a transfer from Louisville where he placed third in the state tournament both his freshmen and sophomore seasons.TOM SKEEN/COMMUNITY PRESS

No other information was available before press deadline.

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Thomas Wynn takes over the Bombers wres-

tling squad for the 2013-14 season. Junior Ben Heyob who is coming off back-toback state tournament appearances – and senior Joe Heyob lead the Bomb-

ers. St. X begins the season Dec. 7 at the Olentangy Invite. No other information was available before press deadline.

Roger Bacon High School girls soccer play Sylvia Spears hangs out with a participant in the TOP Soccer Fall Classic. The Roger bacon girls soccer team participated in the event, which is a national soccer program to train young people with physical and developmental disabilities in a caring coaching environment. During the festival, the Roger Bacon girls worked in the children’s area, where they made paper crowns, bracelets and necklaces, ran games, painted faces and made new friends. THANKS TO SUE HUERKAMP

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Colerain senior diver Kayley Tepe, front, is joined by her mother, Stacey, left, sister, Kerry, and father, Chris, at Colerain’s signing day Nov. 14 where she signed with Florida International University after earning both an athletic and academic scholarship. Tepe will graduate from Colerain with 11 varsity letters (cross country, track, swimming/diving) and is a three-time district qualifier as a diver. The senior ranks 12th in her class with a 3.9 GPA and has been named to the GMC All-Academic team four consecutive years. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society and serves on the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council and the Principal’s Advisory Council.THANKS TO COLERAIN HIGH

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The White Oak Athletic Club Girls Strikers team “Go Blue” wins the 2013 Northwest SAY soccer tournament, the weekend of Oct. 26-27, at Farwick Fields in Miamitown. The WOAC team defeated St. John’s in the semi-finals 1-0, and TCYO in the finals, 2-1 on goals scored by Emma Thomas and Miranda Nienaber. The team lost in the quarterfinals of the Ohio State SAY Soccer tournament, falling to Clifton SAY 3-0. The WOAC GO BLUE team finished up the season league runner-ups, NW SAY District Champions, and Ohio State SAY quarterfinalists, finishing fifth in the state. Team members are Lynsey Lipps, Gretchen Rack, McKenzie Rack, Megan Hennie, Emily Girmann, Shelby Stone, Tori Schierloh, Nali Burton, Emma Thomas, Abby Davis, Grace Metz, Miranda Nienaber, Mollie Bigner, Sydney Etris, Bella Bodenstein and Taylor Rolfes. Head Coach is Julie Etris. Assistant Coach is Dan Rack. PROVIDED

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Holiday visits good time to check for dementia The upcoming holiday season means celebrating joy with the people you cherish. Those festive gatherings can also be an opportune time for family members to notice troubling signs of aging in their parents or grandparents. Sadly, an American develops Alzheimer’s disease every 68 seconds, affecting nearly one in nine adults over the age of 65. In fact, the U.S. population is gradually aging, and since the risk for Alzheimer’s increases with age Ohio is estimated to reach 250,000 Alzheimer’s cases by 2025, according to the Alzheimer’s Association (

Although there is currently no cure, no prevention and no way to slow down the disease, early detection can impact quality Vicki of life. As Tensmeyer COMMUNITY PRESS families return home for the GUEST COLUMNIST holidays, or visit parents and grandparents out-of-town, caretakers and adult children should be vigilant of the 10 early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. 1. Be aware of warning

The Ohio House has passed a bill which would redefine self-defense and circumstances where the use of force trumps the duty to retreat to public settings, such as stores and streets. Under current law, residents need not retreat before using force if they are lawfully in their homes, vehicles or the vehicle of an immediate family member. Is this good legislation? Why or why not?

“A person should have the right to protect themselves no matter the location. I do not have a problem with Ohio expanding the current “stand your ground” laws to public settings outside the home and car. However I would sure hope that these public places have security in place that could supersede or alleviate the need to stand that ground. I prefer not to be the hero but I also feel a need for survival for me and my family etc. Go Figure!”


“No, it’s not a good idea. This law would not be close to necessary if white people weren’t so prejudiced and paranoid that non-white individuals (anyone with brown or darker skin) were criminals. Look what ‘stand your ground’ in Florida did to Trayvon Martin.”


“Oh boy...this is a good topic. The duty to retreat in public areas when imminent threats are posed is by nature is to ‘duck and retreat’ of a human being. “But some circumstances, standing the ground no matter where you are as a concealed carrying citizen is not going to be an option to retreat. You have to act quickly as any trained police officer will have to act.

NEXT QUESTION What is your favorite Christmas/ holiday song, TV show, movie or performance? Why do you like it? Every week we ask readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with Chatroom in the subject line.

“Yes, Ohio legislation to change this is right on. Criminals won’t think twice about taking deadly actions to anyone, and every citizen has the right to defend.”


“Already these bills have caused deaths. Since the guy who murdered Treyvon Martin in Florida pulled his gun on his own girlfriend, some folks have been able to put this issue in slightly better focus. And a Michigan case recently decided against a person who shot a stranger in the face, apparently for coming to his door and asking for some sort of help. We will apparently never know. “Ninety-eight out of every 100 gun deaths is accomplished with a gun which was purchased by the deceased, a family member or a friend. The gun lobby has utterly failed to make good on their promise to use education to rein in this carnage. “Controlling guns doesn’t mean making them inaccessible. Laws like this just make ignorant people think it is OK to blast first and ask questions later. (We already have also had a shooting in a school, resulting from a child being ‘silly’ with a security guard’s gun. Wasn’t that a bright idea - put guns in the schools!)” N.F.

ABOUT LETTERS AND COLUMNS We welcome your comments on editorials, columns, stories or other topics important to you in The Northwest Press. Include your name, address and phone number(s) so we may verify your letter. Letters of 200 or fewer words and columns of 500 or fewer words have the best chance of being published. All submissions may be edited for length, accuracy and clarity. Deadline: Noon Thursday E-mail: Fax: 853-6220 U.S. mail: See box below Letters, columns and articles submitted to The Northwest Press ay be published or distributed in print, electronic or other forms.



related vision changes related to cataracts. 6. Repeating himself or herself, or forgetting what they were talking about in the middle of conversation. 7. Misplacing everyday items in unusual places. 8. Poor judgment in dealing with money or paying less attention to grooming or keeping themselves clean. 9. Withdrawal from social situations, like avoiding holiday celebrations altogether. 10. Clear signs of anxiety, urgency, agitation, paranoia or appearing confused about his or her surroundings. If you notice a loved one experiencing these symptoms,

it’s important to encourage them to see a doctor immediately. Once signs of dementia are detected, a complete medical and neuropsychological evaluation is needed. Determining the severity of the condition is critical for future treatment. The holidays are a special time for families to come together. I encourage you to also use it as a time to check-in on aging loved ones and assess if they may need help. It could be the best holiday gift you give. Vicki Tensmeyer, a Kenwood resident, is a registered nurse who is trained to perform memory screenings.

Hamilton Co.’s grand jury process

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signs that disrupt daily life, such as: Late notices from utility companies or other monthly recurring bills stacking up. 2. Forgetting a familiar family recipe could be a sign of challenges in planning or problem solving. 3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks, like getting to a family member’s house. 4. Confusion with time or place, such as: If they don’t understand that Thanksgiving dinner is happening or forget how they got to dinner. 5. Difficulty reading, judging distance and determining color contrast. This shouldn’t be confused with typical age-

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If summoned for jury duty, you are assigned either to a regular jury or a grand jury. On regular (also called “petit”) jury duty you could be selected for a criminal or civil case. In a grand jury, however, a group of citizens hears only criminal cases and decides if someone will have to face trial for a felony offense. A felony is a crime that is punishable by at least one year in prison. In Hamilton County, the grand jury meets in the prosecutor’s office, not at the courthouse. The grand jury listens to testimony and examines evidence presented only by the prosecution before deciding whether to return an indictment. An indictment is merely a formal charge; it still must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt at trial before a defendant can be convicted. When the prosecutor presents a case, only the testifying witness and the grand jurors are in the room. After the last witness testifies, the prosecutor and witness exit the room so the jurors can deliber-

ate and vote. Defendants may request to testify, but rarely do so. Nine grand jurors vote on each case and each charge. Brad Before voting Greenberg COMMUNITY PRESS to indict, the grand jurors GUEST COLUMNIST must find probable cause that: 1, a crime was committed, and 2, that the accused committed the crime. At least seven of the nine grand jurors must agree that there is sufficient evidence to return an indictment. A common phrase suggests that a prosecutor can convince a grand jury to indict a “ham sandwich” because of the process’s one-sided nature. My prior experience as a prosecutor makes me disagree. Although a few prosecutors may abuse the system, most prosecutors have no interest in purposely indicting cases that would be hard to try. Moreover, I have observed

that grand jurors, like regular jurors, are independent, serious about their duties, and not easily persuaded to indict an obviously weak case. A unique and important aspect of grand jury service is the oath of secrecy. The oath of secrecy covers the entire grand jury proceeding and is permanent. A regular juror may discuss a case publicly after a verdict is announced in open court, but a grand juror must keep the proceedings secret forever unless ordered otherwise by a judge. Both grand jury and regular jury service last for two weeks in Hamilton County. If selected for grand jury, you will hear approximately 50 cases each week. In comparison, most regular jurors sit on only one or two cases at most. Perhaps its unique process makes most people who have served on both regular and grand juries prefer grand jury service. Judge Brad Greenberg is a judge in Hamilton County Municipal Court. He lives in Loveland.

Bring children out of shadows Fifty-one million children are born around the world each year, who on paper don’t exist. These children – almost all of whom are girls – are not registered at birth, a critical first step in ensuring their rights. Being recognized by their governments is necessary for determining identity, citizenship, proof of parentage and age, as well as allowing access to services such as education and health care. Without this recognition, obtaining a passport, a driver’s license, or a national identification card is impossible. The lack of documentation is especially detrimental to women as it may keep them from fully participating in society, increasing the risk of early marriage, slave labor, recruitment into militant groups, or sex trafficking. As chairman of the House Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to some of the most remote and impoverished countries around the world. My visits to these countries have revealed a stark difference in the treatment of girls and boys. In some countries, there is a fundamental

lack of respect for the lives of young girls. While we can’t necessarily repair a cultural mindset through legisSteve lation or aid, Chabot we can help to COMMUNITY PRESS find a solution GUEST COLUMNIST to this troubling problem and begin to bring these undocumented children out of the shadows. I recently introduced bipartisan legislation called the Girls Count Act, which would authorize the U.S. State Department to work with other countries, international groups, and faith-based organizations to support efforts to issue more birth certificates and implement national registries for children in developing countries. In many areas of the world, the absence of formal identification systems has led to the creation of sophisticated child trafficking networks. For example, in Togo, West Africa, 55 percent of children born annually are not registered at birth. As a result, according to a study by the World Associa-

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tion for Orphans-Africa, more than 300,000 Togolese children between the ages of five and 15 have been taken from their homes and sent to work in foreign countries or distant cities as unpaid—or, at best, extremely low-paid – domestic or agricultural laborers. Legally recognized forms of identification can strengthen the capability of the police to monitor and control national borders and help prevent this type of trafficking. Our government certainly has challenges, both internationally and domestically, but the American flag is still viewed as a symbol of hope, freedom, and opportunity by billions of people globally. Our single greatest export isn’t the billions in aid we send around the world, it is the idea that everyone is born free and equal. This bipartisan legislation represents a step towards ensuring that every young girl everywhere in the world is afforded those same basic human rights. Steve Chabot represent Ohio’s First District in Congress.

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They make for a rail good time Engineers drive holiday fun at Museum Center

“The kids,” Thompson says. “I love watching them grow up and then bring their own children back.” He’s seen it first-hand. He has more than 20 grandchildren and great-grandchildren whose parents, once some of the wide-eyed children that flocked to the trains every year, are continuing that tradition by bringing them to visit at Cincinnati Museum Center each holiday season. For many though, Thompson is as much a part of the holiday trains as the iconic trains themselves. There’s a joke amongst his fellow trainmasters that more people come to see Jack than come to see the trains. And with a life-size cutout of Thompson helping point the way to the trains, there may be some truth to that.


incinnatians flock every year to see Duke Energy’s holiday train exhibit, now at the Cincinnati Museum Center. We’d like you to meet some of the people who help bring the trains to life:

John Goins BLUE ASH

John Goins and the Duke Energy Holiday Trains go way back. His grandfather was a welder for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, the same company that originally commissioned the model holiday train display. However, it wasn’t until he was in his 20s that Goins first saw the train display, “but I’ve visited the display every year since and learned something new about model trains each year.” His favorite train? No easy task to pick one out of the dozens of trains in the Duke Holiday Trains display. “My favorite engine on the display is the EM-1 because of its gigantic size and fast speed,” he says. When he’s not operating the Duke Holiday Trains, Goins serves as the president of Dayton’s Miami Valley S-Gaugers, a club that collects and assembles S-Gauge model trains. Looking for an example of an S-Gauge layout? Cincinnati Museum Center’s Cincinnati in Motion exhibit in the Cincinnati History Museum is the largest S-gauge layout in the country. Goins’s love for trains is shared by many, both young and old. So what advice can he offer to young train enthusiasts? “Don’t get discouraged,” he says. “Layouts take time. Learn as much as you can about decorating and study Holiday Junction’s displays every year, they’ve done it right.”

Gayl Rotsching ELMWOOD PLACE

Gayl Rotsching’s love affair with trains started at an early age. He received his first model train when he was just 7-yearsold and set up a display in his basement shortly after. Year after year he added to his display, envisioning a setup like the one he saw downtown at the then Cincinnati Gas & Electric Company every winter. “My display, of course, never matched up to the one downtown,” Rotsching jokes. After graduating from college, Rotsching earned a fulltime job with CG&E. Whether the job choice was driven by financial factors or the opportunity to work for the company that housed and displayed the trains every holiday season is up for debate. When the opportunity arose for him to care for the trains he jumped aboard and never looked back. More than 25 years later Rotsching can’t imagine spending time doing anything else. “This railroad has a rich history,” he says, “but I also like the stories of the people I get to meet during the holiday season. It’s not unusual to see three generations of family members here and I enjoy getting to know them.”

Robert Perrin CHEVIOT

Like so many children, Robert Perrin developed an interest in trains at a young age. His

Clayton Hillard Like so many children, Cheviot resident Robert Perrin developed an interest in trains at a young age. His grandparents lived within walking distance of the Winton Place train station where he would spend his summers watching the trains arrive and depart. THANKS TO CODY HEFNER

Gayl Rotsching's love affair with trains started at an early age. THANKS TO CODY HEFNER

Montgomery resident Clem Scovanner has been a train enthusiast for as long as he can remember. THANKS TO CODY HEFNER

When he's not operating the Duke Holiday Trains, John Goins serves as the president of Dayton's Miami Valley S-Gaugers, a club that collects and assembles S-Gauge model trains. THANKS TO CODY HEFNER

grandparents lived within walking distance of the Winton Place train station where he would spend his summers watching the trains arrive and depart. When he got old enough he set up train displays in his basement like the Duke Energy Holiday Train display he saw downtown each winter. The trains in his basement became real trains when, as an adult, he began work as an equipment operator for local railroads, a job he held for 30 years. For the past six years he’s gone back to the smaller trains he fell in love with as a child, becoming a trainmaster with the Duke Energy Holiday Train display. He followed those trains from their location downtown to Cincinnati Museum Center where they are celebrating their third year in their new home. His favorite part about being a trainmaster? “Getting to see the kids’ faces light up when they see the trains,” Perrin says. The face that lights up most may be his own. “Well, I also love being able to control the layout,” says the kid in Perrin. “It’s just so neat. When I would go down to CG&E as a kid, I’d look at the trains and I wanted to put certain trains on different tracks,” he says. “I

ABOUT THE DISPLAY The Duke Holiday Trains are on display at Cincinnati Museum Center’s Holiday Junction through Jan. 5. Holiday Junction is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Duke Energy customers can visit to get a voucher good for up to four tickets (maximum two adults) to the Cincinnati History Museum and Holiday Junction.

couldn’t do that then, but now I can.”

Clem Scovanner MONTGOMERY

Clem Scovanner has been a train enthusiast for as long as he can remember. When he was 3years-old his grandpa took him to see the Duke Energy Holiday Trains for the first time. Even then he knew that they were not toys and was impressed by their detail and level of craftsmanship. “One thing I noticed about the Duke Trains, even at a young age, is that they are different and look better than other model trains,” Scovanner says. “The proportions are better and they have better details. That stuff’s important.” As he grew up he began to build his own train displays at home. Today he still builds and repairs train parts, and he enjoys every minute of it. “I feel lucky that I get to work on the Duke Trains,” he says, an opportunity he’s had for the past three years. “I’m happy they’ve come to the Museum Center so they’re still around for others to enjoy.” When Clem Scovanner isn’t repairing the Duke Energy Holiday Trains you might catch him hanging out at Cincinnati in Mo-

tion in the Cincinnati History Museum, making sure all the mechanical parts in the display are working properly. It helps satisfy his love affair yearround. But his heart will always belong to the Duke Energy Holiday Trains.

Jack Thompson COVINGTON

Have a question about the Duke Energy Holiday Trains? Just ask Jack Thompson. He’s been working on the Holiday Train display for the last 68 winters, or, more precisely, since they started. He started out as a mechanic for the Cincinnati Gas & Electric Co. (though his friends joke that he was with CG&E before they added the E) and began work on the Holiday Train display soon after. There are at least three buildings on the display, which Thompson built himself, that bear his first name, a tradition among early trainmasters. He’s been keeping watch over those buildings and the trains that run by them for the past 68 years and counting. Aside from a cold winter in Korea when he served in the Korean War, Jack hasn’t missed a year. So what keeps him coming back?


Clayton Hillard’s passion for trains started when his grandmother took him on a trip downtown to see the Duke Energy Holiday Trains. He was just 4years-old and it was his first time viewing the display. “There I sat, probably for more than three hours,” Hillard says, “while my grandma sat behind me, watching too. I was amazed by the running trains and by the detail of the layout.” In the 50 winters since then Hillard has been a regular visitor, missing the trains only once. It was always a dream of Hillard’s to become a trainmaster, and when the opportunity to volunteer at Cincinnati Museum Center two years ago he jumped onboard. “To be a trainmaster you have to have a love and passion for trains,” he says. “And you have to have an understanding of the historic nature of this particular layout and railroad.” Having visited the trains regularly for 50 years, Hillard has lived and recognizes the history of the Duke Energy Holiday Trains. “It’s not easy,” he says, “but it’s fun.”

Dick Cline

For the past three years Dick Cline has been a trainmaster for the Duke Energy Holiday Trains at Cincinnati Museum Center. His relationship with the iconic holiday trains is much longer, however. “As a kid, I remember visiting them back when they were set up on Fouth and Vine inside the Cincinnati Gas & Electric building,” he says. “Those memories are some of my most treasured,” says Cline, “and I feel incredibly lucky to work on a model train display unlike any other in the country.” And he wants to make sure others know it. “I love explaining the history of the Duke Energy Holiday Trains and bringing the display to life for people both young and old,” he says. And there’s a lot to tell. The display has been a cherished and fun holiday tradition for Cline and families across the Tristate for 68 years. But it’s not all fun and games. At least not for Cline. “It’s a serious responsibility taking care of those trains,” he says, “but we enjoy what we’re doing and we get a kick out of the little kids’ reactions.” It’s a tradition that Cline is honored to be a part of and one he’s glad to help Cincinnati Museum Center carry on. “Parents bring their children, and when those children grow up they bring their own kids down here for the display,” he says. “It’s just a special time.”



Art Exhibits

Art Exhibits

Selections 2013, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at the College of Mount St. Joseph, 5701 Delhi Road, The 16th, and region’s longest continuously running, biennial exhibition of works created by regional high school students as selected by their art teachers. Free. 244-4314; ssg. Delhi Township.

Selections 2013, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at the College of Mount St. Joseph, Free. 244-4314; Delhi Township.

Community Dance Team Jeff Anderson Line Dancing, 6-7 p.m., Colerain Township Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Line dancing fitness party. Ages 18 and up. $5. Through Dec. 26. 741-8802; Colerain Township.

Community Dance Cincy A2, 8-10:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 1553 Kinney Ave., Advanced level square dance club for experienced dancers. $5. Through Dec. 20. 929-2427. Mount Healthy.

Dance Classes Square Dance Lessons, 7-9 p.m., Bridge Church, 7963 Wesselman Road, Learn to square dance. $5. 941-1020. Cleves.

Exercise Classes

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Hatha Yoga, 10-11 a.m., Colerain Township Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Bring mat and engage in stretching, breathing and relaxing techniques. $6. 741-8802; Colerain Township. Flex Silver Sneakers Exercise Class, 9:30-10 a.m., Colerain Township Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Instructor-led, mixing core, strength and cardio. For ages 65 and up. $3. 923-5050; Colerain Township. Zumba Gold, 9-10 a.m., Colerain Township Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Community-oriented dance-fitness class to provide modified, low-impact moves for active older adults. $5. 741-8802; Colerain Township.

Lettuce Eat Well Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m., Cheviot United Methodist Church, 3820 Westwood Northern Blvd., Locally produced food items. Free. 481-1914; Cheviot.

Health / Wellness Breakfast and Learn: All About Arthritis, 9-10 a.m., Tag’s Cafe and Coffee Bar, 5761 Springdale Road, Learn about what arthritis is, who is susceptible to it, what causes it, how to relieve it and steps to help prevent joint disease. Ages 21 and up. Free. Reservations required. 941-0378. Colerain Township.

On Stage - Theater Christmas on Campus: Christmas Grace, 7-9:30 p.m., Cincinnati Christian University, 2700 Glenway Ave., American Sign Language interpretation provided. Musical theater production with original script by Paul Friskney. Hear family stories and sing along with Christmas songs. Featuring cast, choirs, orchestra and dancers. Dessert reception included. $10. 244-8165; East Price Hill. A Christmas Carol, 7:30 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., Special musical version of Dickens’ all-time favorite tale. $24; $21 seniors, students and groups. Through Dec. 22. 2416550; West Price Hill. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, 7:30 p.m., North College Hill City Center, 1500 W. Galbraith Road, In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids, probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem, and the fun, when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on. $10 adults, $5 children under 12. Through Dec. 8. 588-4910; North College Hill.

Senior Citizens Movement Class for Seniors, 11 a.m.-noon, Guenthner Physical Therapy, 5557 Cheviot Road, $6, first class free. Through Dec. 29. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

FRIDAY, DEC. 6 Art & Craft Classes Wine Glass Painting, 7-9 p.m., Colerain Township Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Artist Jen Meade provides instruction on how to paint a wine glass. All supplies included. Ages 18 and up. $25. Reservations required. 791-0800. Colerain Township. Paint Your Own Ornament, Noon-5 p.m., Broadhope Art Collective, 3022 Harrison Ave., Choose from multiple shapes and decorate with glaze using stamps, patterns and letters. $10-$15. 225-8441; broadho-

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Crafts for the Family, 6:30-8:30 p.m., LaBoiteaux Woods, 5400 Lanius Lane, Choose from more than 15 nature themed crafts to make and take, many using natural or recycled materials. $5. Reservations required. 542-2909. College Hill.

Music - Classic Rock Jay Lane, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Club Trio, 5744 Springdale Road, Free. 385-1005; Colerain Township.

On Stage - Dance The Nutcracker, 7 p.m., St. Xavier High School, 600 W. North Bend Road, Performance Center. Holiday ballet featuring marching toy soldiers, waltzing snowflakes, mischievous mice and score of Tchaikovsky. $20, $15 ages 11 and under and ages 65 and up. 520-2334; Finneytown.

On Stage - Theater Christmas on Campus: Christmas Grace, 7-9:30 p.m., Cincinnati Christian University, $10. 244-8165; christmas. East Price Hill. A Christmas Carol, 8 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, $24; $21 seniors, students and groups. 241-6550; West Price Hill. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, 7:30 p.m., North College Hill City Center, $10 adults, $5 children under 12. 588-4910; North College Hill.

Support Groups Caregivers Support Group, 9:30-11 a.m., Bayley Community Wellness Center, 401 Farrell Court, Ask at desk for room location. For those responsible for care of elderly or disabled loved one. Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. 929-4483. Delhi Township.

SATURDAY, DEC. 7 Art & Craft Classes Beginning Knitting, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Broadhope Art Collective, 3022 Harrison Ave., Learn basics of knitting and more. $10. 225-8441; Westwood. Sewing 101 Class, 9-11 a.m., Broadhope Art Collective, 3022 Harrison Ave., Learn to sew in one-on-one class setting making pillow and getting acquainted with sewing machine. All materials provided. $50. Registration required. 225-8441. Westwood. Stained Glass Make It Take It, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m., Broadhope Art Collective, 3022 Harrison Ave., Learn basic skills of glass cutting, foil wrap and soldering while creating either a dragonfly, sun catcher or butterfly. $20-$30. Registration required. 512-225-8441. Westwood.

Civic Santa’s Workshop: Toys for Tots Drive, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Home Depot Forest Park, 1266 Omniplex Drive, Special guests Santa and his elves, children’s workshop, cookies/juice/milk, crafts and more. Bring new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. U.S. Marines in attendance to

collect toys. Ages -1-5. Free. 671-6012. Forest Park.

Education Survival Bracelet Workshop, 6 p.m., Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Winton Centre. Register online by Dec. 4. Learn how to use survival-strength paracord that you can use to create a shelter, snare or other items crucial in a survival situation. Additional cord and addon items available for purchase. $10 for basic cord and clasp kit vehicle permit required. 5217275; Springfield Township.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness, 10:30-11:30 a.m., St. John’s Westminster Union Church, 1085 Neeb Road, $5. 347-4613. Delhi Township. Striders with Strollers, 9-10 a.m., Northgate Mall, 9501 Colerain Ave., Across from playland near Macy’s. Designed to help lift mood, strengthen bones and joints, improve balance/coordination, spend time with baby and make new friends. $8. Registration required. 478-1399. Colerain Township.

Holiday - Christmas Cheviot Christmas Celebration, 4-8 p.m., Cheviot United Methodist Church, 3820 Westwood Northern Blvd., Live nativity, hayride and Christmas caroling through community, music, storytelling, Christmas trains, crafts, holiday sweets and photos with Santa. Free. 6622048; Cheviot. Lights for Life, 6-9 p.m., St. James the Greater, 3565 Hubble Road, Blessing of the candles follows 4:30 p.m. Mass. Luminary display with 1,500 lights as a pro-life witness to the community. 741-5300. White Oak. Holiday Crafts for the Family, 2:30-4:30 p.m., LaBoiteaux Woods, $5. Reservations required. 542-2909. College Hill. A Vintage Park Christmas, Noon-4 p.m., Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road, Ellenwood Nature Barn. Take a trip back to the 1950s and ‘60s. This exhibit of people and parks includes photos, a recreated historic journal and live music. Vintage kids’ holiday crafts and light refreshments available for a small fee. Vehicle permit required. 521-7275; Colerain Township.

Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke with DJ Doc, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Quaker Steak & Lube, 3737 Stonecreek Blvd., Free. 923-9464. Colerain Township.

Music - Concerts Family Force 5, 7:30 p.m., The Underground, 1140 Smiley Ave., Christian music. $40 VIP; $20, $16 advance. 825-8200; Forest Park.

Music - Rock Eleven, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Club Trio, 5744 Springdale Road, Free. 385-1005. Colerain Township.

Nature Wilderness Skills, 4 p.m., Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Knot That! Learn a few handy knots to make your outdoor adventure safer. $6. Registration required online by Dec. 5. Vehicle permit required. Registration required. 521-7275; Springfield Township. Animals Alive, 2 p.m., Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Winton Centre. Learn about wildlife from the area and meet a few up close. Free, vehicle permit required. 521-7275; Springfield Township.

On Stage - Children’s Theater The Sleeping Beauty, 2 p.m., Arts Center at Dunham, $5. 588-4988; West Price Hill.

On Stage - Dance The Nutcracker, 2 p.m., St. Xavier High School, $20, $15 ages 11 and under and ages 65 and up. 520-2334; Finneytown.

On Stage - Theater Christmas on Campus: Christmas Grace, 7-9:30 p.m., Cincinnati Christian University, $10. 244-8165;

Selections 2013 ends Friday, Dec. 6, at the Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery, College of Mount St. Joseph, 5701 Delhi Road. The biennial exhibition features works created by regional high school students as selected by their art teachers. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 244-4314 or visit Abby Semler, a senior at The Summit Country Day School, received the top award in the exhibition.THANKS TO MARK WIESNER

christmas. East Price Hill. A Christmas Carol, 8 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, $24; $21 seniors, students and groups. 241-6550; West Price Hill. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., North College Hill City Center, $10 adults, $5 children under 12. 588-4910; North College Hill.

SUNDAY, DEC. 8 Art & Craft Classes Holiday Basket Workshop, 1 p.m., Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Fashion a basket for holding holiday treasures or to give as a gift. All supplies included. $25, vehicle permit required. 521-7275; Springfield Township.

Exercise Classes Yoga, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Guenthner Physical Therapy, 5557 Cheviot Road, Strengthen, stretch and tone with gentle postures that release tension rand support the integrity of the spine. Family friendly. $7 walk-in; $120 for 10 classes. 923-1700; Monfort Heights. Leslie Sansone’s Walk Live, 2:15-3 p.m., Greater Emanuel Apostolic Temple, 1150 W. Galbraith Road, Lower level. One-mile walk in powerful, low-impact, indoor, aerobic workout. Free. 324-6173. North College Hill.

Holiday - Christmas Brunch with Santa, 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Mill Race Banquet Center, 1515 W. Sharon Road, Buffet with more than 25 items, carving station and omelet bar. Santa gives children the opportunity to tell him their wish list and take a free picture with Santa. $15.95, $7.95 ages 2-12, free under 2; vehicle permit required. Reservations required. 825-6467; Springfield Township. A Vintage Park Christmas, Noon-4 p.m., Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, Vehicle permit required. 521-7275; Colerain Township.

Music - Classical Cincinnati Civic Orchestra Holiday Concert, 3-5 p.m., Springfield Township Senior and Community Center, 9158 Winton Road, Traditional holiday music. Free. 861-9978; cco. Springfield Township. An Advent Evening With Della Enns, 6:30-9:30 p.m., College Hill Presbyterian Church, 5742 Hamilton Ave., Sanctuary. Three-course dinner followed by intimate piano concert by award-winning pianist-composer Della Enns. Ages 18 and up.

ABOUT CALENDAR To submit calendar items, go to and click on “Share!” Send digital photos to along with event information. Items are printed on a spaceavailable basis with local events taking precedence. Deadline is two weeks before publication date. To find more calendar events, go to and choose from a menu of items in the Entertainment section on the main page. Benefits Three C’s Nursery School. $35 dinner and concert; $15 concert only. Reservations required for dinner. 853-8489; College Hill.

Nature Wilderness Skills, 2 p.m., Winton Woods, Winter Survival. Dress for weather. Ages 9 and older. $6. Registration required online by Dec. 5. Vehicle permit required. Registration required. 521-7275; Springfield Township.

On Stage - Children’s Theater The Sleeping Beauty, 2 p.m., Arts Center at Dunham, $5. 588-4988; West Price Hill.

On Stage - Dance The Nutcracker, 2 p.m., St. Xavier High School, $20, $15 ages 11 and under and ages 65 and up. 520-2334; Finneytown.

On Stage - Theater A Christmas Carol, 2 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, $24; $21 seniors, students and groups. 241-6550; West Price Hill. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, 2 p.m., North College Hill City Center, $10 adults, $5 children under 12. 588-4910; North College Hill.

MONDAY, DEC. 9 Art & Craft Classes Basic Bead Stringing, 6:30-9 p.m., Broadhope Art Collective, 3022 Harrison Ave., Learn to make your own beaded necklace and earrings. $20. 512-2258441. Westwood. Stained Glass Make It Take It, 6:30-9 p.m., Broadhope Art Collective, $20-$30. Registration required. 512-225-8441. Westwood.

Auditions The Royal Family - Auditions, 7-9:30 p.m., North College Hill City Center, 1500 W. Galbraith Road, Auditions will consist of readings from the script. Free. 588-4910; North College Hill.

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

Community Dance Royal Rounds, 7:30 p.m., Greenhills Community Church Presbyterian, 21 Cromwell Road, Phase III-V round dance club for experienced dancers. Ballroom figures: waltz, two-step, cha cha, rumba, tango and bolero. $6. 929-2427. Greenhills. Unicorners Singles Square Dance Club, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 1553 Kinney Ave., Experienced Western-style square dancers and round dancers. Singles and couples welcome. $5. 929-2427. Mount Healthy.

Exercise Classes Pilates Class, 11 a.m., Colerain Township Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Improve strength, flexibility, balance, control and muscular symmetry. Instructor Celine Kirby leads core-strengthening exercises using bands and weights. Bring yoga mat. $5. 741-8802; Colerain Township. Hatha Yoga, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Colerain Township Community Center, $6. 741-8802; Colerain Township. Flex Silver Sneakers Exercise Class, 9:30-10 a.m., Colerain Township Community Center, $3. 923-5050; Colerain Township. Fit Bodz, 6:15-7:15 p.m., Colerain Township Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Lose weight, lose body fat, increase strength, stamina and flexibility. Bring mat, dumbbells, towel and water bottle. $8. 741-8802; Colerain Township. Striders with Strollers, 9-10 a.m., Northgate Mall, $8. Registration required. 478-1399. Colerain Township.

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



Gifts from the kitchen for the holiday season

During the holiday season, I stock up on bags of walnuts and jars of honey to make our traditional baklava for Christmas giving. Our whole family gets involved, from the adults to the toddlers. Today and for the next few weeks I’ll be sharing some favorites for you to try. Take advantage of the good prices on raw nuts, too. They freeze well for several Rita months. Heikenfeld RITA’S KITCHEN

Chardonnay-soaked golden raisins We made these a few years ago in cooking class and they were a hit. I like to scrape out seeds from the vanilla bean and add those to the liquid along with the bean. Served over Brie with crackers, the raisins make elegant hors d’oeuvres and a jar of them makes an unusual gift from the kitchen. If you don’t like Brie, smear a little soft goat cheese on a toasted baguette and top with raisins. I have made this recipe with Riesling, and it turned out just a little bit sweeter, but very nice. 11⁄2 cups water 1 cup chardonnay or Chablis wine 1 ⁄3 cup sugar 1 vanilla bean, pounded flat and then split open and cut in half 1 cup golden raisins

Combine water, wine and sugar. Bring to sim-

mer and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat, add vanilla bean and raisins. Let steep 12 hours or so. Drain raisins, reserve liquid. Discard bean. Return liquid to pan and bring to boil. You’ll have about11⁄4 cups. Reduce to 1⁄3 cup. The sauce will be deep amber. Cool a bit and stir in raisins. Store in refrigerator up to a month, and bring to room temperature before using.

Gin-soaked golden raisins for arthritis

No, not a gift from the kitchen, but a time-honored home remedy with anti-inflammatory qualities. I had some raisins left over so I made a batch. I had forgotten about making these until I saw Dr. Oz talking about them. Check out my blog for the recipe.

grees for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Keeps fresh in airtight container for three weeks. This also makes a great combo gift with a friend’s favorite six pack of beer.

Bert’s thumbprint cookies

Bert Villing and I are longtime friends. We had a catering business together and these cookies were popular with our customers. For the reader who requested a butter cookie like Busken Ba

2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature 3 tablespoons granulated sugar 1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract or 1 teaspoon almond extract 2 cups flour 1 ⁄2 teaspoon salt

light in color. If necessary, “rethumb” when they come out. That indentation is where you dollop on the frosting. Bert’s frosting: To make colored icing, leave out cocoa. Blend together:

Preheat oven to 400. Cream butter. Add sugar, then everything else. Pinch off in generous teaspoonful measurements and roll into balls. Flatten with thumb. Bake on sprayed pan. Bake 9-12 minutes – be careful, cookies should be very

1 cup confectioners sugar 1 tablespoon cocoa 2 tablespoons hot water or more, if needed 1 ⁄2 teaspoon vanilla

Can you help?

Pia’s chicken salad for Mindy Seibert, who said: “My husband and I were

recently in Mount Adams and would love to find the recipe for Pia’s wonderful chicken salad. We really like the old food places up on ‘the hill’.”

Coming soon

Chewy brownies from St. Xavier’s Mothers Club cookbook

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

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MediGold is a Medicare Advantage plan with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in MediGold depends on contract renewal. The benefit information provided is a brief summary, not a complete description of benefits. For more information contact the plan. Other MediGold plan options are available. A sales person will be present with information and applications. For accommodations of persons with special needs at sales meetings, call 1-800-964-4525 (TTY 711). Limitations, copayments and restrictions may apply. Benefits, premium and/or copayments/co-insurance may change on January 1 of each year. H3668_011newspaperSE_14 Accepted Rita’s golden raisins soak in chardonnay makes a great gift from the kitchen.THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD




Buying from Craigslist? Beware of scammers The website Craigslist is a great place for finding lots of things from jobs to cars. It is also a place where, if you’re not careful, you can very easily get scammed. That’s what a local woman says almost happened to her. Kathryne Oakes, of St. Bernard, advertised a hat for sale on Craigslist and says she received several e-mails requesting more information. But one e-mail was from a person who said she lived in Texas and wanted to buy the hat. Oakes says she e-mailed her name and address so she could receive payment for the hat. She then re-

ceived a FedEx package with a check for $2,150 even though she was only Howard asking Ain $400 for HEY HOWARD! the hat. A letter with the check advised Oakes to send the rest of the money to a “shipper” who would then deliver the hat. Oakes attempted to follow the directions but, because she doesn’t have a bank account to deposit the check as instructed, she took the check to

a check cashing store. Oakes says the check cashing store noted the check did not come from the woman allegedly buying the hat, but from someone else entirely and so would not cash the check. In fact, she says the store wouldn’t give back the check so she could take it to the police department. Now Oakes says she’s embarrassed and angry believing she may be associated with trying to pass a bad check. The check cashing store advised Oakes the only form of payment she should accept for her hat is from Western

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Step Back in time for the holidays with a Vintage Park Christmas program from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7, and Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road, in the Ellenwood Nature Barn. Take a trip back to the 1950s and ‘60s. This exhibit of people and parks includes photos, a re-created historic journal and live music. Vintage kids’ holiday crafts and light refreshments available for a small fee. Vehicle permit required. Call 513521-7275 for information or visit

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Band will perform a holiday concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, in the Mount Healthy High School Fine Arts Auditorium, 8101 Hamilton Ave. Admission is free. The director is Mark A. Hensler, a music educator in the Northwest Local School District and has been a member of the Ohio Military Band since 1995. The band plays music of all styles, including marches, classics, show tunes and more. This concert will feature holiday music.

Make a holiday wreath at workshop Dec. 7

White Oak Gardens Make & Take Workshops continue this month. The garden center will have a Make & Take a Holiday Wreath program beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the garden


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Meet Mt. Healthy’s football team Dec. 14

Meet the members of the Mount Healthy High School “Elite Eight” Fighting Owls football team between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Gold Star Chili, 7821 Hamilton Ave. in Mount Healthy. This is your opportunity to meet the team and say thanks to the team for giving the community a very exciting and successful football season.

CTBA Christmas luncheon reservations due Dec. 16

The next meeting of the Colerain Township Business Association will be the Christmas Lunch on Thursday, Dec. 19, at Clovernook Country Club, 2035 W. Galbraith Road. Social time begins at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will be served at noon. The lunch is in conjunction with the Northwest Exchange Club and entertainment will be provided by the Colerain Show Cards. There is a $20 charge per person for this event. Reservations are a must to allow proper planning as to the number of lunches to prepare. RSVP by phone at 513-245-1010 or e-mail to by Monday, Dec. 16.



Springfield Twp. presents 16th annual Winterfest By Jennie Key

There will be puppets, storytellers and Santa at Springfield Township’s 16th annual Winterfest celebration. Doors open for Winterfest, presented by the Springfield Township Arts & Enrichment Council with sponsorship support from Target, Cherry Blossom Design and Central Montessori Academy, at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in The Grove Banquet and Event Center,

In the holiday spirit The Community Press is counting down the holidays by running stories about the people, events and programs that make it a special time of year in our community. If you are involved with a giving or charitable organization, Christmas show or other holiday event or tradition (including family traditions), tell us about it. Send an e-mail to

9158 Winton Road WinterFest starts off with a performance by Madcap Puppets featuring life-size puppets will begin at 1 p.m. The show, “The Enchanted World”

features Silas B. Thistlewig, the greatest traveling showman on the road, traveling across the country in his covered wagon, spellbinding each audience with classic fairy

tales he has gathered from around the world. This time, he must compete with a prickly local peddler, Beula Bugbottom, for the town’s attention. Silas weaves his enchanting stories together with giant puppets and audience participation to win over the crowd. Stories include: “The Three Prince’s Gifts, “which is a tale from Persia, “Sleeping Beauty,” a French tale and “The Goblin’s Ring,” from Russian folklore. Afterwards, Santa makes his grand appear-


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Dorothy Snelling Bloebaum, 89, Sayler Park, formerly of Mount Healthy, died Nov. 20. Survived by children Roger (Deborah), Gerald Bloebaum. Donna Williams; sister Helen Goins; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one greatgreat-grandchild; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband George Bloebaum, her parents, six siblings. Services were Brater-Winter Funeral Home. Memorials to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Frederic R. Howe, 86, Green Township, died Nov. 24. He was a professor emeritus at Dallas Theological Seminary and longtime minister and author. Survived by wife Juanita Howe; brother George Howe; many nieces and nephews. Services were Nov. 27 at Neidhard-Minges Funeral Home. Memorials to: Dallas Theological Seminary, 3909 Swiss Ave., Dallas, TX 75204 or Matthew 25 Ministries, 11060 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Charles J. Leibel, 88, Green Township, died Nov. 24. He was a bus driver for Queen City Metro. He was an Army veteran and a member of Catholic Order of Foresters 1572. Survived by Leibel wife Marcella Leibel; children Ron (Karen), Paul (Elaine), Greg (Cathy), Steve (Lori) Leibel, Donna (Jim) Klingler; brother Richard Leibel; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by siblings Marcella, Norbert Leibel, Bernice McCann, Arlene Nieb. Services were Nov. 29 at Our Lady of the Visitation. Arrangements by Neidhard-Minges Funeral Home. Memorials to to Our Lady of Visitation.

Thomas G. Luebbe, 81, Green Township, died Nov. 25. Survived by children Margaret “Tweedie” (David) Gaitley, Thomas (Sally) Luebbe, Monica (Kenneth) Pastura, Martha (the late Harold) Baker, Theresa (Gary) Redmond, Tricia (Michael) Pastura; grandchildren Ben (Liz), Greta Gaitley, Matt (Chyi) Luebbe, Kristie (Chris) Horn, Angelo, Andrew, Aaron, Audrey, Austin Pastura, Eddie (Brandi), Daniel (Allison) Baker, Amanda (Ryan) Woodall, Cody (Kayla) Baker, Micah, Sophia Pastura; siblings Ruth Arlinghaus, Florine Stephany, Leo Luebbe Jr.; four great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by grandson Eli Baker. Services were Nov. 30 at Our Lady of the Visitation. Arrangements by Meyer Funeral Home. Memorials to: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 4420 Carver Woods Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45242 or Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Cincinnati and Columbus, 895 Central Ave., Suite 550, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

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1553 Kinney Ave, Mt. Healthy

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

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

Pastor Todd A. Cutter

Trinity Lutheran Church, LCMS 5921 Springdale Rd

Rev. Richard Davenport, Pastor Worship & Sunday School 10:30 a.m, Bible Study 9:15 a.m. Sundays


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Christ, the Prince of Peace United Methodist Church 10507 “Old” Colerain Ave (513) 385-7883 Rev. Mark Reuter Sunday School 9:15am Worship 10:30am - Nursery Available

Kimberly Morel and Donald Larson were married November 8, 2013. Kimberly is the daughter of Harold and Lois Morel of Springdale, Ohio. Kimberly is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture and Art. She is employed as the Principal Interior Designer at the VA Medical Center in Dayton. Donald is the son of Benjamin and Lucille Robinson of Decatur, Illinois. Donald is a graduate of Washburn University with a degree in Business Administration. He is employed as Contract Training Officer with VISN 10 Department of Veterans Affairs. The civil ceremony was held in Fairborn, Ohio and later that evening the happy couple had a small dinner celebration with family only.

Marion “Pete” Ledonne, 89, died Nov. 22. He worked in purchasing and sales. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in the 970th Counter Intelligence Corps. Survived by children Peggy Beckstedt, Tom (Janet), Doug (Debbie) Ledonne, Sue (Gary) Bausch; grandchildren Ledonne Greg (Jennifer), Debbie Beckstedt, Jonathan Haines, Bob (Erin), Mark (Ashley), Mike (Danielle), Jennifer Ledonne, Caron (Will) Peck, Gina (Melissa), Steven (Cathy Martin) Bausch; great-grandchildren Michael, Shawn, Thomas, Tony, Vinny, Elena, Marijane, Anna. Preceded in death by wife Marge Ledonne, great-grandson Alex, eight siblings. Services were Nov. 30 at Teresa of Avila. Arrangements by Rebold, Rosenacker & Sexton Funeral Home. Memorials to St. Teresa of Avila Boy Scout Troop 271.

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Doris Volk Kaiser, 91, Green Township, died Nov. 19. Survived by daughters Carol (Wayne) Schwegel, Deborah (Robert Cettel) Schmidt, Beverly (Robert) Lilley; grandchildren Amy (Larry) Neal, Laurie (Michael) Heenan, Audrey (Neil) Burkhardt, Kaiser Travis, Alexander, Christopher Lilley, Logan Schmidt; great-grandchildren Carson, Megan Neal. Preceded in death by husband Frank Kaiser, brother Hugh Volk. Services were Nov. 23 at Neidhard-Minges Funeral Home. Memorials to: Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263

Pete Ledonne

EVANGELICAL PRESBYTERIAN 3755 Cornell Rd., Sharonville , Ohio 45241 You have a choice of Ministry: 1. Traditional Sunday Worship at 10:00 AM. Language: English Multi-cultural, multi-generational, and multi-ethnic. 2. Contemporary Sunday Worship with Freedom Church at 10:30 AM. Language: English It’s not about Religion; it’s about relationships! 3. Taiwanese Traditional Sunday Worship st 2:00 PM. Language: Taiwanese, UC Campus Fellowship on Saturdays, 4. Seventh Day Adventist Saturday Worship at 10:00 AM. Language: Spanish Loving - Caring - and Sharing God’s Word Notes: Nursery School is provided at each Worship time English as a Second Language (ESL) is taught on Saturday 10-12 AM. Various Bible Studies are available.

Doris Kaiser

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


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8005 Pfeiffer Rd. Montgomery 791-3142 "Christmas Gifts That Won’t Break: Never-Failing Love" Traditional Worship 8:20am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship 9:40am Sunday School (All ages) 9:40 & 11am Nursery Care Provided

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Monfort Heights United Methodist Church

3682 West Fork Rd , west of North Bend Traditional Worship 8:30 & 11:00am Contemporary Worhip 9:45am

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Mt Healthy United Methodist Church

Corner of Compton and Perry Streets 513-931-5827 Sunday School 8:45 - 9:45am Traditional Worship 10:00 - 11:00am Contemporary Gathering: Bible & Conversation 11:30 - 12:30 Nursery Available Handicap Access "Come as a guest. Leave as a friend".

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



Grace Link Grace Buerkel Link, 86, Green Township, died Nov. 20. Survived by husband Earl Link; daughter Barbara (Rich) Link-Roush; grandsons Michael (Kelly), Ryan (Lauren) Hargis; greatLink grandchildren Alyssa, Garrett, Gabriel, Gavin, Susie; sisters Leslie Knapp, Jill Rothert. Preceded in death by sisters Marion Reihle, Ruth Haas. Arrangements by Dalbert, Woodruff & Isenogle Funeral Home. Memorials to Disabled American Veterans or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospitals.

Paul Lorenz Paul Lorenz, 77, Green Township, died Nov. 24. Survived by wife Bernice “Bernie” Lorenz; children Carol (Brian) Bazeley, Ed, Andrew (Lisa) Lorenz; Paul Lorenz grandchildren Matthew, Cierra, Austin Bazeley, Brandon Smith, Ryan, Daniel Lorenz; brother James (Pat) Lorenz. Preceded in death by child Chris Lorenz. Services were Nov. 27 at St. Aloysius Gonzaga. Arrangements by Neidhard-Minges Funeral Home. Memorials to the St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church Memorial Fund or a charity of the donor’s choice.

James Yunker James Thomas Yunker, 67, Green Township, died Nov. 16. He worked for General Motors for 30 years, then Klosterman Plumbing. He was a veteran. Survived by wife Irene Yunker; children Laura (Chris) Doyle, Eric (Deana) Rogonzinski; grandchildren Sarah, Jenna, Jessica, Jacob; sisters Margie (Raymond) Spille, JoAnn Yunker; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents Leo, Margaret Yunker, brother John Yunker, mother-in-law Hildegard Luzyga. Services were Nov. 20 at St. Aloysius-on-the-Ohio with Father Chris Lack officiating. Arrangements by Brater-Winter Funeral Home. Memorials to St. Aloysius-on-the-Ohio or the Hospice of Cincinnati.

Marilyn Newhart Marilyn Newhart, 81, Colerain Township, died Nov. 22. Survived by daughters Betsy, Laura Newhart; son-in-law Pat Costello; grandchildren Javy Brown, Kevin Newhart. Preceded in death by husband William Newhart. Souders Services were Nov. 26 at Neidhard-Snow Funeral Home.

Juanita Reinstatler Juanita Niswonger Reinstatler, Green Township, died Nov. 24. Survived by sister Sharyn (Dan) Bacon; nephews and niece Thomas Sefton, Kristine Rutan, Jeremy Birkofer; great-nieces and nephew Victoria, Logan Rutan, Isabella, Sydney Birkofer. Preceded in death by husband John Reinstatler, sister Kathleen Barbour Services were Nov. 27 at St. Teresa of Avila. Arrangements by B.J. Meyer Sons Funeral Home. Memorials to: American Cancer Society, Southwest Region Office, 2808 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45206.

Donald Souders Donald J. Souders, 90, Green Township, died Nov. 23. He owned Souders Auto Service for more than 40 years. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving in the South Pacific. Survived by wife Marian Souders; children Kathy (John) Longobardo, Patti Giesting, Gary (Joan), Tom (Joyce), Dan (Peggy), Scott (Alice) Souders, Lori (John) Vance; brother Arthur "Bud" Souders; 17 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by son Ronnie Souders. Services were Nov. 27 at Our Lady of the Visitation. Arrangements by Neidhard-Minges Funeral Home. Memorials to: Honor Flight Tri-State, 8627 Calumet Way, Cincinnati, OH 45249

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When: December 13, 2013 Time: 10:00 a.m. - Noon Location: Colerain High School - Gymnasium 8801 Cheviot Road There will be sign up sheets at Atria Northgate Park, Colerain Twp. And Green Twp. Senior Centers or you may R.S.V.P. by phone to Debbie Potzner at 741-5048.




Arrests/citations Michael L. Bush, born 1987, possession of drugs, Nov. 14. Kevin Norris, born 1987, burglary, check theft, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, Nov. 20. Corico Brazile, born 1989, carrying concealed weapons, receiving stolen firearm, Nov. 21. Amiri Mohammad, born 1993, carrying concealed weapons, firearm in motor vehicle, Nov. 23. Brandy Hardin, born 1980, obstructing official business, Nov. 23. Kevin Jones, born 1987, assault, theft under $300, Nov. 23.

Incidents/reports Aggravated robbery 5830 Hamilton Ave., Nov. 19. Assault 6642 Hamilton Ave., Nov. 18. 5624 Belmont Ave., Nov. 20. Breaking and entering 1752 Llanfair Ave., Nov. 20. 5600 Colerain Ave., Nov. 20. Burglary 5530 Goldenrod Drive, Nov. 13. 2701 Hillvista Lane, Nov. 17. 1730 Llanfair Ave., Nov. 18. 6631 Loiswood Drive, Nov. 18. Criminal damaging/endangering 5112 Hawaiian Terrace, Nov. 18. 1457 W. North Bend Road, Nov. 20. Domestic violence Reported on Hillvista Lane, Nov. 17. Improperly discharging firearm at/into habitation/school-occupied structure 1317 Groesbeck Road, Nov. 23. Theft 1244 Hollywood Ave., Nov. 18. 1458 Larrywood Lane, Nov. 18. 6000 Townevista Drive, Nov. 18. 6025 Waldway Lane, Nov. 18. 2978 Highforest Lane, Nov. 18. 2345 W. North Bend Road, Nov. 20. 5624 Belmont Ave., Nov. 20. 857 W. North Bend Road, Nov. 20. 4864 Hawaiian Terrace, Nov. 22. 5343 Hamilton Ave., Nov. 23. 951 W. North Bend Road, Nov. 24. Unauthorized use of motor vehicle 1040 Groesbeck Road, Nov. 22. Violation of a protection order/consent agreement 5816 Shadymist Lane, Nov. 20.

The Community Press publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: » Colerain Township: Chief Daniel P. Meloy, 245-6600 » Green Township: Chief Bart West, 574-0007; vandalism hotline 574-5323 » Hamilton County: Sheriff Jim Neil, 825-1500 » Springfield Township: Chief David Heimpold, 729-1300

Vehicle damaged at 8309 Ridge Valley Court, Nov. 10. Criminal simulation Reported at 9690 Colerain Ave., Nov. 3. Misuse of credit cards Victim reported at 2594 Hazelcrest, Nov. 5. Victim reported at 9557 Colerain Ave., Nov. 11. Rape Reported at Trinidad, Nov. 11. Robbery Victim threatened and items removed by force at 3351 Ainsworth, Nov. 11. Sexual imposition Reported at Colerain Avenue, Nov. 12. Taking the identity of another Reported at 4049 Woodthrush Drive, Nov. 1. Theft AC units of unknown value removed at 11943 Hamilton Ave., Nov. 4. Prescriptions of unknown value removed at 12159 Wincanton, Oct. 31. Reported at 9457 Haddington Court, Nov. 4. License plate removed from vehicle at 9338 Round Top, Nov. 3. Merchandise of unknown value removed at 8451 Colerain Ave., Nov. 4. Medication of unknown value removed at 6340 Colerain Ave., Nov. 4. Vehicle entered and speakers of unknown value removed at 3180 Springdale Road, Nov. 5. Gas pumped and not paid for at 3610 Blue Rock Road, Nov. 5. $100 taken through fraudulent means at 3681 Stone Creek Blvd, Nov. 5. Van entered and tools of unknown value removed at 10240 Colerain Ave., Nov. 6. Reported at 2907 Banning Road,


Assault Victim struck at 9501 Colerain Ave., Nov. 4. Breaking and entering Victim reported at 2760 Byrneside, Nov. 5. Reported at 2500 Springdale, Nov. 8. Burglary Game systems and items of unknown value removed at 3078 Harry Lee Lane, Nov. 7. Attempt made at 5859 Squirrelsnest Lane, Nov. 8. Residence entered and items of unknown value removed at 8288 Jackie’s Drive, Nov. 11. Criminal damaging Plants damaged at 7080 King James Court, Nov. 6. Car pushed over at 6768 Gaines Road, Nov. 10. Vehicle windows damaged at 2733 Springdale Road, Nov. 10.

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Willow Oak Lane, possession of marijuana, Nov. 20. Randall Weber, 42, 3380 Harmony Lane, obstructing official business, Nov. 22. Antonio Williams, 46, 1916 Emma Ave., warrant and theft, Nov. 19. Juvenile, 16, theft, Nov. 22. David L. Amos, 23, 7776 Wildbranch Road, warrant and drug possession, Nov. 22.


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Arrests/citations Neutocha Evans, 42, 5377 Bahama Terrace, theft, Nov. 4. Juvenile male, 14, theft, Nov. 4. Juvenile female, 16, truancy, Nov. 4. Juvenile male, 14, truancy, Nov. 4. Juvenile female, 15, truancy, Nov. 4. Kathleen Pender, 70, 5117 North Bend, operating vehicle intoxicated, Nov. 5. Steven Hutchinson, 33, 3498 Alamosa Drive, theft, Nov. 5. Courtney Hasse, 23, 2594 Hazelcrest, misuse of credit cards, Nov. 5. Terry Dubois, 63, 2617 Monette, violating protection order, Nov. 6. James Creighton, 46, 222 Sunshine Ave., operating vehicle intoxicated, Nov. 9. Dallis Malone, 29, 9772 Dunraven, violating protection order, Nov. 9. Jamie Gay, 22, 2930 Jonrose, theft, assault, Nov. 9. Kennith Skeans, 39, 8887 Zodiac, theft, Nov. 10. Gary Andrews, 43, 8142 Diane Drive, theft, criminal damaging, Nov. 9.

Oct. 31. Items valued at $21,000 removed at 9501 Colerain Ave., Nov. 6. Merchandise valued at $2,200 removed at 9599 Colerain Ave., Nov. 7. Phone of unknown value removed at 9599 Colerain Ave., Nov. 7. Pants valued at $72 removed at 3675 Stone Creek Blvd., Nov. 8. Reported at 9925 Loralinda, Nov. 8. AC unit of unknown value removed at 6529 Colerain Ave., Nov. 5. Reported at 3222 Harry Lee Lane, Nov. 2. Tablet of unknown value removed at 11620 Hamilton Ave., Nov. 9. Bike valued at $400 removed at 2910 Windsong Drive, Nov. 9. Merchandise valued at $55 removed at 8451 Colerain Ave., Nov. 9. Necklace of unknown value removed at 3636 Semloh Ave., Nov. 8. Vehicle removed at 7420 E. Miami River Road, Nov. 9. Cell phone removed at 6947 Cheviot Road, Nov. 9. Purse and contents of unknown value removed at 3461 Joseph Road, Nov. 10. Medication of unknown value removed at 8457 Lyness Drive, Nov. 7. Wallet and contents valued at $60 removed at 9690 Colerain Ave., Nov. 10. Change valued at $20 removed from purse at 9690 Colerain Ave., Nov. 11. Purse and contents of unknown value removed at 2990 Kingman, Nov. 11.

Ave., drug possession and traffic warrant, Nov. 17. Juvenile, 13, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct, Nov. 17. Juvenile, 11, disorderly conduct, Nov. 17. Juvenile, 15, criminal trespass and underage possession of tobacco, Nov. 18. Juvenile, 11, vandalism, Nov. 12. Juvenile, 11, vandalism, Nov. 12. Juvenile, 13, vandalism, Nov. 12. Juvenile, 13, vandalism, Nov. 12. Juvenile, 14, assault, Nov. 18. Thomas A. Williams, 47, 1056 Linn St., theft and warrant, Nov. 19. Damonetta D. Moore, 34, 2333 Baltimore Ave., theft, Nov. 19. Elizabeth A. Henderson, 21, 6118 Bluelake Drive, possessing drug abuse instruments, Nov. 19. Kimberly M. Dotson, 22, 3212 Harry Lee Lane No. 4, warrant, theft and obstructing official business, Nov. 19. Thurma J. Rasnick, 61, 3212 Harry Lee Lane No. 4, theft, Nov. 19. Matthew S. McCloy, 30, 3773 Sunburst Ridge, domestic violence, Nov. 18. Juvenile, 11, criminal damaging and resisting arrest, Nov. 19. Juvenile, 16, receiving stolen property, Nov. 19. Gail M. Duffy, 37, 8761 Big Tree Court, theft, Nov. 19. Steven B. Shoemaker, 35, 5846

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POLICE REPORTS Continued from Page B7 Money stolen from safe in office area at Dollar Tree at 5730 Harrison Ave., Nov. 20. Socket wrench set stolen from home’s garage at 4350 Ebenezer Road, Nov. 20. Burglary Two handguns stolen from home at 5998 Ranlyn Ave., Nov. 19. Money and a checkbook stolen from home at 5787 Filview Circle, Nov. 21. Criminal damaging Glass block window, bedroom window and rear window of vehicle broken at home at 3371 Harwinton Lane, Nov. 17. Door and quarter panel dented on vehicle when shot with BB or pellet gun at 5951 Beech Dell Drive, Nov. 17. Window broken on vehicle at 4194 Rybolt Road, Nov. 17. Rocks thrown through two windows at Oakdale Elementary School at 3850 Virginia Court, Nov. 18.

Vehicle door damaged when struck by another vehicle’s door in lot at Kroger at 3491 North Bend Road, Nov. 18. Front window broken on home at 2198 Quail Run Farm Lane, Nov. 19. Bicycle ridden through fresh concrete at 3948 Drew Ave., Nov. 19. Rock thrown through window at Bella Me Salon at 5519 Bridgetown Road, Nov. 18. Domestic dispute Argument between spouses at Southknoll Drive, Nov. 16. Argument between spouses at Locust Lane, Nov. 20. Menacing Suspect threatened to physically harm victim at 6537 Glenway Ave., Nov. 18. Robbery Two suspects armed with knives attempted to rob money from clerks at United Dairy Farmers at 5571 Bridgetown Road, Nov. 18. Theft Cellphone charger and money stolen from one vehicle; purse

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Vehicle stolen from home’s driveway at 5243 Willowood Ave., Nov. 19. Purse and contents stolen from shopping cart at Kroger at 3491 North Bend Road, Nov. 19. GPS and wallet and contents stolen from vehicle at 5069 Sumter St., Nov. 20. Vehicle stolen from parking lot at 7025 Harrison Ave., Nov. 19. Ignition and steering column damaged on vehicle during theft attempt at 6552 Hayes Road, Nov. 20. Computer monitor and microwave stolen from home at 4419 Homelawn Ave. No. 2, Nov. 20. Prescription medicine stolen from vehicle at 6210 Wesselman Road, Nov. 20. Sewer grate stolen from parking lot at St. James School at 6111 Cheviot Road, Nov. 20. Two suspects left without paying for food and service at Buffalo Wild Wings at 2178 Anderson Ferry Road, Nov. 21.

Sevenhills Drive, Nov. 1. Dionna Flowers, 45, 1227 Vine St., assault at 2246 Kemper Road, Nov. 1. Harold Hall, 65, 2222 Lincoln St., assault at 2222 Lincoln St., Nov. 2. Juvenile female, 15, domestic at 1570 Pleasant Run Drive, Nov. 2. Patrick Rosemond, 26, 6424 Montgomery Road, weapons law violation at 1511 North Bend, Nov. 3. Bryan McCarthy, 47, 2018 Broadhurst, domestic at 2018 Broadhurst, Nov. 3.

Incidents/reports Assault Victim struck at Seven Hills and Birchridge Drive, Nov. 2. Tampering with a coin machine Reported at 8243 Daly, Nov. 2. Theft Cellphone valued at $200 removed at 8101 Hamilton Ave., Oct. 30. Merchandise valued at $1,259 taken through deceptive means at 9695 Hamilton Ave., Nov. 1. Bag and contents of unknown value removed at 8455 Winton Road, Nov. 2. Merchandise valued at $50 not paid for at 1556 Meredith, Nov. 2.

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Charles Bowman, 30, 606 Delmar Place, drug paraphernalia at 8224 Winton Road, Nov. 1. Harris Cole, 38, 10027 Manistee, drug paraphernalia at 2132

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and contents stolen from second vehicle; and purse and contents stolen from third vehicle at 4320 Bridgetown Road, Nov. 16. Miscellaneous laundry products and diapers stolen from Dollar General at 5700 Harrison Ave., Nov. 16. Set of keys stolen from vehicle at 4242 Rybolt Road, Nov. 17. Dirt bike stolen from truck parked in front of home at 3832 Church Lane, Nov. 15. Ignition and steering column damaged on vehicle during theft attempt at 4200 Rybolt Road, Nov. 17. Vehicle stolen from home’s driveway at 6447 Hayes Road, Nov. 17. Vehicle broken into and rummaged through, but nothing found missing at 4299 Rybolt Road, Nov. 17. Bicycle stolen from home’s driveway at 1647 Brunnerwood Drive, Nov. 18. Apple iPod stolen from vehicle at 4739 Greenwald Court, Nov. 17. Cellphone stolen from victim’s purse at Renaissance West nursing home at 5156 North Bend Crossing, Nov. 18. Debit card stolen from victim when it was lost at McDonald’s at 6433 Glenway Ave., Nov. 18.

The Forever Young Senior Social 4th Annual Christmas Concert is set for Dec. 11. Come to the Clippard Family Branch YMCA for a free, fun-filled event with entertainment provided by the Ball Family, seven talented singers and musicians who have come together to create an unmistakable sound and share a life-changing message.

serts) to share. Registration is required because seating is limited. A shuttle Park-n-Ride provided by Atria Northgate Park, 9191 Round Top Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45251. Shuttle pick up will be at Atria at 10:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. and drop off at 2 p.m. from the event. To register, contact Nora Dashley at 513-9234466 or email her at

The Senior Social Christmas Concert event features 23 interactive vendors, door prizes, share-the-wealth, and more. The event is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the branch, 8920 Cheviot Road. The Forever Young Volunteer Appreciation Award of the year will also be announced at the event. The event is open to the community for free. Bring a side dish (no des-


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