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Neighbors Who Care One reason the holiday season is our favorite time of year is because it seems to bring out the best in all of us – whether helping a neighbor, a family member or a complete stranger. One of our holiday traditions is recognizing those who make their neighborhood and community better – not just in November and December, but all year long. E-mail your nomination to with “Neighbors Who Care” in the subject line. Make sure to include information about how to contact your nominee, a photo if you have one and your name, community and contact information, including a day-time phone number. Deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 14.


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Firehouse Subs comes to Stone Creek

By Jennie Key

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Ron Herrmann was never a big fan of sub shops. Now he owns one. He and his wife Sandy are opening a Firehouse Subs restaurant in the Stone Creek Towne Center at 3659 Stone Creek Blvd. on Dec. 6. “I was never a customer of this kind of restaurant,” he said. “After I had Firehouse Subs, that changed.” A convert, he praises the “hearty” oversized portions of hand-sliced meats and cheeses, steamed, then piled high with fresh produce onto a toasted sub roll. The menu features 10 specialty subs, and you can also build your own. It also offers with chili, chips and a state of the art Coca Cola Freestyle machine that allows customers to select up to 102 combinations of flavors on its touchscreen. Firehouse Subs was founded in Jacksonville, Fla. by former firefighting brothers Chris Sorensen and Robin Sorensen. It’s a firefighter-themed, casual food restaurant chain with more than 460 restaurants. The restaurants reflect the authentic firefighter heritage of the founding family’s 200 years of firefighting service. In 2005, Firehouse Subs created the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation with the mission of providing funding, lifesaving equipment and educational opportunities to first-responders. Through the non-profit foundation, Firehouse Subs has given more than $2.6 million to hometown heroes, impacting 225 communities. Herrmann says he’s

Firehouse Subs manager Eric Herndon with Stone Creek location owners Sandy and Ron Herrmann in front of the mural depicting the Colerain Township Fire Department's Galbraith Road station. The restaurant was set to open Dec. 6. JENNIE KEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS been meeting with members of the Colerain Township Fire Department to talk about how the foundation can help the department get needed equipment. The Stone Creek location is the fifth Firehouse Subs restaurant in the Greater Cincinnati area.

For more information about Firehouse Subs, visit, or follow on Twitter at @firehousesubs. Colerain Township Economic Development Director Frank Birkenhauer said the restaurant

is unique to the area, and he expects it will do well at Stone Creek. “I think with the tradition we have with our fire department in the community, Firehouse Subs will be a good fit here,” he said. “We are happy to have them set up shop in Colerain Township.”

Mt. Healthy going to voters in March for levy By Jennie Key

The Mount Healthy City School District has its work cut out for it as board members decide to go to voters in March with a fifth bid for a levy. Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes certified the tax valuation has remained the same, meaning the levy amounts stay the same, as well. The district is seeking a 7.65-mill levy that would generate an estimated $2.75 million annually. The levy would cost the owner of a $50,000 home about $114 annually and the owner of a $100,000 house about $228 per year. A similar levy request failed in November of 2010,

and in February, August and November of this year. Board members took a final vote Nov. 28 to put the levy on the March 6 ballot, but the vote was not unanimous. Board member Emmett Kilgore voted no, saying he favors asking for a smaller amount, since voters have said no to the levy so many times. Board member Steve Harness Handler said there is no point to lowering the amount. “It’s what we need,” he said. “We have three chances in 2012 and we won’t see the money until

2013. If we ask for less, we will have to make deeper cuts than if the levy passes.” Kilgore said he sees that, but the district will have to make even deeper cuts if voters say no again. “I just thought maybe we should try something different this time.” The district cut $1.9 million from its budget for this school year after the series of levy failures. Board members had hoped to reinstate high school transportation had the most recent levy request passed. The high school busing cut, which is part of the $1.9 million, saves the district about $300,000 annually. The district will have to make cuts even if the March levy

passes. If the district can’t pass the levy in 2012, Handler said the district will have to make $3 million in cuts for the 2012-2013 school year to stay in the black. The district’s five-year forecast now shows a potential deficit, and the district must submit a plan to the state to show how it will be avoided. Asked how he feels about going back to the voters so soon, long-time board member Don Wolf says his feelings are irrelevant. “It’s not a matter of what I feel, it’s a matter of what we need,” he said. “We have been honest with the voters and we provide a good program. This is what it costs to do that.”

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Teammates boost Bolden to All-American status By Nick Dudukovich

COLERAIN TWP. — Colerain Cardinal football fans have plenty of memories of soon-to-be graduated linebacker Joe Bolden from the past few seasons. Just this year alone, Bolden earned Associated Press All-Ohio team recognition for recording 75 tackles, three sacks and an interception. And who could forget his 36-yard fake punt pass against Cocoa in the national televised season opener? Bolden made one of his last memories at Colerain High School when he accepted an invitation to play in the Under Armour AllAmerican game during an assembly, Dec. 2. Bolden's uncle and Colerain head coach Tom Bolden said the invitation is a testament to his nephew's

work ethic. “It's a great honor when any one of our kids receive an award,” Tom Bolden said. “An opportunity of this magnitude, and him being family, makes it that much more sweeter.” While Joe Bolden's imprint on Colerain football will forever be remembered in the annals of Cardinal history, the future Michigan Wolverine will leave his school not with a favorite highlight, but rather with a sense of camaraderie among the teammates he shared the field with on Friday nights. For Bolden, the memory of walking with the team down the steps from the school to “The Cage” will be the memory he most cherishes. “I know it’s not a play on the field, but it's definitely something special when you get to walk down the


Surrounded by teammates, Colerain senior Joe Bolden looks for a spot to sign his name on the Under Armour All-American football, Dec. 2. The game will be played Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. NICK DUDUKOVICH/ THE COMMUNITY PRESS

steps and most of Colerain Township is in the bleachers cheering for you and your team,” Bolden said. And during his All-

American acceptance speech, Bolden let his teammates know how important they've been to his development as a football

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him choose Michigan. “After I visited...It was definitely a no brainer,” he said. “I couldn’t see myself anywhere else but Michigan.” The Under Armour AllAmerica Game will played at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., Jan. 5. The game will be televised live on ESPN. But before the game, and before Michigan, Bolden will wrap up his last month as a Colerain student. He said it's hard thinking about waking up every morning and not coming to school with his freshman sister or walking to class with one of his friends. “It's definitely going to hit me, probably when I leave here, but it's definitely a special thing walking through the halls at Colerain High School,” he said.

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player. “Some of you are out there and without you guys, I wouldn't be standing right here, right now,” he said. Bolden, who will enroll at Michigan in January, is eager to play for the Wolverines and head coach Brady Hoke next fall. Bolden remembers feeling excited when he found out the Wolverines had interest in his on-field talents. “I knew they were the winningest program in college football and that coach Hoke, I had a feeling was going to turn things around for them and he did. I was really excited to say the least,” Bolden said. Bolden, who was recruited by many Division I-level programs, added that a trip to Ann Arbor, and conversations with coaches and players helped

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St. X celebrates director’s career

Springfield Twp. electric rate hits new low By Heidi Fallon

A new supplier will mean a new, lower electric rate for Springfield Township residents enrolled in the electric aggregation program. Trustees approved a two-year deal with the Akron-based FirstEnergy Solutionsfor a set rate of 5.34-cents per kilowatt hour starting Jan. 1. Dominion Retail had served the township with a 5.7-cent per kilowatt hour rate. “The bid by FirstEnergy Solutions came in significantly under Duke’s rate and offered the best savings for our residents,” said Trustee Gwen McFarlin. Township Administrator Mike Hinnen-

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kamp has estimated residents and small businesses have saved $5.6 million with the electric aggregation participation. Township voters approved giving the township authority to seek natural gas and electric supply bids with the aggregation programs in 2005. Enrollment is automatic unless an opt-out form received in the mail is returned. Residents currently in the program or a Duke customer will be automatically switched to FirstEnergy Solutions. The supplier is listed at the bottom of the monthly bill, which is still handled by Duke. For information, call the township at 5221410.

Two nights of celebrating the 30-year career of St. Xavier High School’s Michele Mascari will be a double feature of sorts, helping raise funds for a scholarship endowment in her honor. Mascari is a teacher, mentor and director at the Springfield Township school, and her life and works will be celebrated Thursday, Dec. 29, and Friday, Dec. 30. Among the 30-plus performers slated to appear are many of her former students including Broadway actors Kevin Kern, class of 1992, and Pat Mellen, class of 1994. Other performers will be Hollywood actor Joey Kern, class of 1995; and recent Cincinnati-Conservatory of Music graduates Matt and Josh Borths, and Joe Moeller, St. X grads in

2004, 2008 and 2007 respectively. Many other collegiate and professional entertainers spanning Mascari’s career will take the stage as well. “We’ve been blessed with some incredibly talented people over the years,” Mascari said. “That so many are willing to come back Mascari and share their music again is a wonderful, humbling gift.” Josh Borths, now a senior at the University of Michigan studying opera, and Lindsay Greiwe, former Turpin High School theater director, will direct the benefit performances. Each night will have a different theme with Dec. 29 showcasing three decades of Theater Xavier productions. The Dec. 30

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show will feature favorite songs of Mascari’s and matterial that pays tribute to her long career. “Michele isn’t retiring and this isn’t a farewell,” said alumni parent Julie Borths, who has helped plan the celebrations. “In fact, when we approached her about the idea, she wanted to look forward to a time when there “was scholarship money available for fine arts students. Organizers hope to raise $50,000 to start the endowment. Registration and sponsorship information is available online at

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Springfield Twp. police continue negotiations By Heidi Fallon

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be worked out to avoid the layoffs. “Our goal is to reach an agreement and I believe we can,” Scranton said. “We don’t want to see officers lose their jobs, which would be a blow to the department and the community.” Scranton said the union and township had reached an agreement in principle during a series of talks, but that when the final contract was brought for a vote Dec. 1, it contained additional items officers had not seen and refused to accept. The rejection, Scranton said, “in no way should be taken as a sign of the officers’ unwillingness to accept

concessions that will assist in sustaining the police department.” If layoffs must be implemented, they will be based on seniority. While police rejected their new contract, firefighters voted unanimously Nov. 29 to approve a new threeyear deal that includes pay freezes and elimination of raises for lieutenants and firefighter/medics scheduled for 2012. The new contract also included changes in overtime pay and insurance. The agreement prevents the loss of five fire department jobs. Township trustees also

agreed to put a 1-mill, fiveyear levy for the fire department on the March ballot. “The board of trustees and I are very pleased that we have been able to work together with the firefighters on an agreement that averts the layoffs and allow us to maintain our service to the community at current levels,” township Administrator Mike Hinnenkamp said. “We will need the support of the community in 2012 to complete the deal, however, I think this is the best compromise that was available under the circumstances and it required sacrifices on all sides.” Hinnenkamp said he and

trustees “were disappointed” a new three-year concession contract could not be reached with police. The township is facing $2.8 million in revenue losses due to what Hinnenkamp called “unprecedented cuts in local government revenue from the state and reduced property tax revenues due to lower assessed values.” Trustees approved the elimination of eight jobs in several township departments Nov. 17. Trustees will continue discussing the budget crisis at the next regular board meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13.

BRIEFLY Toys help fund

Zumba-Meagan has joined Nate's Toy Box and SON (Serving our Neighbors) Ministry to help complete Christmas for local families who are experiencing difficult times. On Oct. 16, 2005, Nate Schroeder was killed in a car accident at the age of 28. Among Nate's many great qualities was his love for children and his neverending love of toys. For the sixth year in a row, Nate's toy box is collecting toys in Nate's memory. The party is 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at Black Sheep, 3807 North Bend Road, Cheviot, at the corner of North Bend and Cheviot roads. Zumba for Christmas admission is a donation of toys or food items. All proceeds go to Nate's toy drive and SON ministry. Toys should be unwrapped and can be for a

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boy or girl up to the age of 16. Each toy should not exceed a $25 value. (Please, no stuffed animals) Gift cards to Target or WalMart would also be appropriate to use for the older children. Or you can help “Bag Hunger” during the Holidays. Pick up a bag as you leave Zumba or fill any brown paper bag of your own and fill it with non-perishable food items.nIf you cannot make it to Zumba for Christmas, and would like to donate, contact Meagan Edwards, instructor, at 317-403-5331, and arrange a pickup or drop off time.

Holiday craft show

Mount Healthy Christian Home presents a special holiday craft show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at the retirement center, 8097 Hamilton Ave. Enjoy this special season as you browse and shop at more than 30 crafter and vendor booths. There will be delicious food and homeade desserts available to purchase, as well as horse-drawn carriage rides and an array of Christmas choir groups and musicians.

Christmas on Campus

Mother of Mercy High School invites eighthgrade girls to its annual Christmas on Campus sleepover event at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, through 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. The night will include games, contests, dancing, pizza, S’mores and more. Admission is $3 and all attendees must bring a signed permission slip from their parent or guardian. Visit for more details, to register and to download the permission slip.

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The first grade students from Saint James School will be performing in the annual Christmas Pageant. Every student plays a part in the pageant and dresses in a costume. The students reenact the story of the birth of Jesus. This is then followed up by traditional Christmas songs. The performances will be Thursday, Dec. 15. In addition to school performances, an evening performance will be at 7 p.m. for the students’ friends and families. All performances are being held in the Church Hall, the basement of the church.



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The following students have earned honors for the first quarter of the 2011-2012 school year.

Sixth grade First honors: Erin Backs, Jeff Birdsong, Billy Bollmer, Eilene Crowe, Aidan Dahm, Courtney Dulaney, Teddy Fritz, Robby Gerdes, Mariah Girmann, Justin Grow, Nora Honkomp, Sarah Horn, Taylor Hubert, Charlie Hungler, Ava Karle, Haylee Keller, Megan Kenner, A.J. Lands, Daniel Michaels, Matthew Nichols, Heather O’Hara, Hayley Parr, Zachary Powell, Maria Richards, Adam Riddell, Ian Vogel, Sarah Voit and Benjamin Woeste. Second honors: Thomas Ahrens, Maxwell Ballinger, Ben Enderle, Madalyn Gullette, Grace Hauck, Sophie Hunter, Joseph King, Samuel Mushaben, Madyson Rieger, Andrew Rieman, Michelle Souder, Abigail Sunderman, Jordan Tapke and Bridget Woeste.



PRESS It may be chilly outside, but seniors in the McAuley High School child care class found a way to stretch summer for at least a few more hours. The girls threw a beach party event for 22 preschoolers ages 2 to 5 who participate in the high school’s child care class to give students hands-on experience with youngsters in a classroom setting. Preschoolers came in shorts, sunglasses and leis ready to party like only preschoolers can.

Seventh grade First honors: Micah Allen, Claire Alverson, Jonathan Birdsong, Timothy Cook, Madison Dees, Elijah Flerlage, Conner Grady, Maria Hemmelgarn, Samuel Johnstone, Ashley Kucherbuch, Anthony Luken, William McCullough, Erin Parsons, Kira Staubach, Blaise Stephens, Michael Vesprani, Ally Woeste and Connor Yauss. Second honors: Will Alender, Zac Baur, Nick Beck, Casey Evans, Cassandra Fulks, Jack Gildea, Emma Karle, Cameron Madden, Holly Ryczek, Josie Ryczek, Jacob Sauer and Josh Scheid.

These McAuley seniors work with their little ones on messages in a bottle during a beach party for this semester's child care class. TONY JONES/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Eighth grade First honors: Jake Blaut, Corrie Bridgemann, Kyle Butz, Nicholas Gerdes, Max Girmann, Peter Glassmeyer, Karin Jacobsen, Jenna Johnstone, Wesley King, Elizabeth Maloney, Billy McConnell, Mackenzie McCoy, Michael Nichols, Alexis Reynolds, Hailey Scully, Drew Suffoletta, Zachary Thomas, Christopher Trentman and Jack Weseli. Second honors: Nic Brehm, Brittany Jerger, Hannah O’Rourke, Taylor Schuerman, Danielle Szczepanski and Julie Treinen.


Sammie Hartman and Clarissa Otis finish up a message in a bottle during the beach party at McAuley High School. TONY JONES/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

McAuley High School senior Sarah Rocklin and her preschooler finish a necklace together during a beach party for preschoolers in this semester's child care class. THE ENQUIRER/ TONY JONES

The following students have earned honors for the first quarter of the 2011-2012 school year.

Seventh grade A Average: Lydia Sullivan. B Average: Taylor Patton and Mia Thomas.

Eighth grade A Average: Gabrial Fischer. B Average: Thomas Sullivan and Christina Uetrecht.

Freshmen A Average: Cierra White. B Average: Jana Twitty.

Sophomores A Average: Jaila Lawrence and Veronica Uetrecht. B Average: Jeffery DeJanette and Darius Thomas.

Juniors A Average: Shamiyah Hood and Patrick Sonderman. B Average: Hannah Dowrey and Christopher Martin.

Seniors A Average: Gabrielle Allen, Briana Collins and Andrew Uetrecht. B Average: Laukita Mathews.

McAuley senior Kristen Sheppard holds Lily Brainard while the two play before starting on the next craft during a preschool beach party in this semesters child care class. TONY JONES/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Lucy Moeller shimmies under the limbo stick during the preschool beach party. TONY JONES/THE COMMUNITY PRESS


McAuley High School McAuley gives its students many opportunities each year for career exploration. Speakers regularly visit classrooms to share their careers; students write research papers about careers; the sophomores visit vari-

ous places of business on World of Work Day; juniors set up their own personal job-shadowing experience in February; and a schoolwide Career Day is held every other year. This year for Career Day, students welcomed 46 speakers from a variety of fields, including 32

McAuley alumnae ranging from the class of 1973 to 2006. St. James School First-grade students will perform in the annual Christmas Pageant Thursday, Dec. 15, in the church hall. Every student plays a part in the

pageant and dresses in a costume. The students re-enact the story of the birth of Jesus, then sing traditional Christmas songs. Performances 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. for students, followed by a 7 p.m. performance for friends and families.





Editor: Melanie Laughman,, 513-248-7573


McAuley set to make winter waves By Nick Dudukovich

COLLEGE HILL — Head coach Matt Kammerer returns for his second season at the helm of the McAuley High School swim team as the Mohawks attempt to make waves with added depth this winter. McAuley added eight freshmen to a roster whose upperclassmen have experienced the rigors of swimming’s postseason. The squad should continue to be strong in the 50and 100-yard freestyle events, with the return of three-time state qualifier, Sara Krueger. “We expect her to qualify for the state meet again and to score points there...she’ll be the leader in those events,” Kammerer said. Returning senior Paige Kranbuhl, who qualified for districts last season, will return and should have a hold on the 200 individual medley and the 100 butterfly. Kammerer added that Krueger and Kranbuhl will team up with junior Abbey

Meister and either senior Megan Paul or freshman Amanda Deller in the 200 freestyle relay. Last year’s group was less than half a second shy of qualifying for the state meet a season ago, which has Kammerer optimistic about his team’s chances in 2012. “We’re confident we’ll be able to qualify in that event, as well as Sara’s two individual events,” he said. The Mohawks roster is up to 20 swimmers this season, which is four more competitors than the team had last season. With some new faces, Kammerer is appreciative of the leadership being displayed by his seniors heading into the 2011-2012 campaign. “Their leadership, in terms of how to go about practicing and what’s very important,” Kammerer said. “Without the leadership component, I think you end up with swimmers that aren’t really sure what’s really necessary. We have pretty high expectations at McAuley. It’s a big


Sara Krueger (center) returns this season as a three-time state qualifier for McAuley. THANKS TO CARYL SCHAWE jump for some of those freshmen...” The Mohawks will place a lot of emphasis on preparing for the rigors of the Girls’ Greater Cincinnati League meet, as well as the end of the year postseason races, according to Kammerer. He said the Mohawks will train at a high yardage until the squad starts tapering for tournament time come January. While those meets are months away, Kammerer said he is still putting a little pressure on his team to per-

form well at the Best of the West meet, Dec. 8. The event brings together schools from throughout Cincinnati’s west side. “We’re not going to break in training in order to get fast times (at Best of the West),” Kammer said. “That’s a meet we typically like to point to early on in the season. It only takes place about five weeks after we’ve been in the water and we really try to push the kids...that’s really a meet we really look to as a barometer for where we are going to be.”

Coach Caroline McIver and the Lady Cards’ squad will field a relatively young team for the upcoming campaign. But despite its youth, McIver said the team has a great amount of depth this season. “(Depth) is something we’ve never had before,” she said by email. “There are so many school records that potentially could be broken.” Key swimmers for the Cardinals this season include senior captains Tory Lekson and Rachel Santel. Leckson swims the sprint freestyle and breaststroke, while Santel will compete in mid-distance freestyle and butterfly events. Other key contributions could come from sophomore Kayley Tepe and freshmen Samantha Goebel and Kelsey Kaake. Tepe swims the breaststroke, but should also be a contributor on the diving board this season. “The girls team is very young with diverse athletes

who are hard working with lots of potential,” McIver said.


The Lady Knights field a small team this winter, with only three swimmers. However, coach Kim Peters said her squad is working hard and focusing on fundamentals. Senior Danielle Reed could be poised to have a big season in the 100-yard breaststroke and 200 individual medley, while sophomore Abby Klei will work to hone her skills in the 100 butterfly and 200 freestyle.

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The Lady Spartans return for coach Alex Ebner coming off a second-place finish in the GGCL. Top swimmers for the girls include Ally Doll and Ellie Devlin. Doll should be a key contributor in relays, and should provide the team a boost in two freestyle events. Devlin will also be a factor in relays, in addition to her role in butterfly events.


All Ohio

» The following players received Associated Press All-Ohio honors for their performance on the football field this fall. Joe Bolden, LB, Colerain, first team Andre Jones, DB, Colerain, first team Joe Burger, LB, La Salle, first team Conor Hundley, RB, St. Xavier, first team Bryson Albright, LB, St. Xavier, first team Nate Gerbus, LB, St. Xavier, third team Nick Roemer, K, St. Xavier, third team

Highlight reel

» To check out the Press Preps’ writers wrapup the football season and preview the boys and girls basketball season, visit the blog at blogs/presspreps. » Watch Under Armour All American Joe Bolden chat about his favorite Colerain football memory, as well as his decision to play for the University of Michigan

Girls basketball

» Senior Alysha Wilson had 20 points in the Lady Knights 57-45 loss to Finneytown, Nov. 26. With the

Senior Andrew Brower is nearing a school-record time in the 100 breaststroke. "As a coach and as a father I'm pretty excited about where he is," said his dad and St. X head coach Jim Brower. FILE

loss, Northwest kicked off its season with an 0-1 mark. » Colerain defeated Harrison, 77-35, led by freshman Rachel Williams’ 14 points, Dec. 1.

Boys bowling

» La Salle defeated McNicholas and Dayton Chaminade-Julienne with a total of 2,629 pins, Nov. 29. Senior Jeff Nader had a high series of 386. The Lancers followed up with a 22-pin victory over Roger Bacon, Dec. 1. Senior Brandon Merz had the team’s high series (457). » Roger Bacon defeated Moeller and Carroll by totaling 2,645 pins, Nov. 29. Nate Frock had the Spartans high series (434). » Senior Rickey Bender’s high series of 506 helped Northwest to a 2,835-2,392 win over Edgewood, Nov. 28. » Colerain defeated Mason, 2,642-2,550 behind senior Jacob Potzner’s high series of 437, Nov. 30.

Girls bowling

» McAuley defeated Ursuline, 2,569-1,685 behind high series from sophomore Alexis Baker (423) and senior Jessica Homer (376), Nov. 28. The Mohawks followed up with a 2,638-2,434 win over Mercy, Nov. 29. Homer had the Mohawks high series (407).

Colerain’s Joe Bolden, center, is surrounded by some teammates while he is honored as an All-American Dec. 2.


AquaBombers reload for repeat run By Ben Walpole and Nick Dudukovich


In sorting out the upcoming high school swimming season, it is not difficult to determine the early favorite. St. Xavier High School. Period. End of discussion. The AquaBombers have won 19 state team titles in the last 22 years, including three in a row. And this year’s roster is even deeper than usual, with eight returning state finalists. Head coach Jim Brower is cautious, though, in his optimism. “We’re not in a position where we can take anything for granted,” Brower said. “There’s a lot of good competition around the state.” It’s tough to argue with the talent St. X has assembled. Seniors Andrew Brower, Gray Dennis, John Galvin and Gabe Rapp each scored at the Division I state meet last year, as did juniors James DelGado, Jack Hendricks, Grant Johnson and Ian Wooley. Wooley was the state runner-up in both the 100

butterfly and 100 backstroke. He also led off the Bombers’ second-place 200 medley relay. “Obviously we think he’s pretty good,” said Brower, noting that Wooley’s excellent athleticism helps with his fast turns and underwater kick. “He’s come back already this year a little bit ahead of where he was last year.” Hendricks also enjoyed an outstanding sophomore season that saw him finish second in the 500 free at state and 12th in the 200 free. He had an excellent summer, according to Brower, including a strong showing at the Junior National meet in August. Hendricks, Galvin and Johnson give St. X arguably the strongest group of distance swimmers in the state. The three were members of the Bombers’ third-place 200 free relay and sixth-place 400 free relay. Andrew Brower, the coach’s son, was fifth in the state in the 100 breaststroke. Rapp was fifth in the 200 individual medley. The list goes on and on. “We’re really excited about our team,” Coach Brower said. “In addition

to the returnees from last year, we’ve got some other kids who are vastly improved from a year ago.”


Head coach Caroline McIver belives the boys squad possesses a lot of potential going into the new season. She added that the Cards have many new swimmers, but that the team is eager to begin competing. Senior captain Chris Campbell should be a key contributor in sprint freestyle events.

La Salle

Head coach Mike Lienhart and the Lancers are set to open the season with a young team that has some experience swimming at last year’s district meet. Key swimmers for La Salle should include sophomore Julian Souder, juniors Blake Brauning and Jake Brabender, as well as senior David Crawford. Junior diver Jimmy McMahon also figures to add to the Lancers’ point total this season. According to Lienhart, the Lancers are doing a solid job of learning technique and getting into

swimming shape. He added that upperclassmen leadership should be an invaluable component of success. “The leadership of our seniors and juniors will be critical and is also one of the positive this team brings to the deck,” he said by email.


The Knights enter the new swim season dedicated to succeed, according to coach Kim Peters. Senior Austin Ward will aim to break the school record in the 100 breaststroke, while fellow senior Drew Roland should have a strong handle on the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly events.

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The Spartans return this winter after clinching the Greater Catholic League Central Division title last winter. The squad will aim for a repeat performance led by Kevin Anneken, Joey Annello and Kyle Suffoletta. Anneken, who is a junior, will compete in butterfly events, while Annello will swim backstroke and Suffoletta contributes in relays and breaststroke races.





Editor: Jennie Key,, 853-6272


Firefighting not for feint of heart

OFFICIALS Here’s how to get in touch with area legislators.

Imagine yourself in your living room. A candle tips over, igniting some wrapping paper on the floor. It simmers. It kindles. It bursts into flame. Almost instantly, the fire ignites other articles in the room. With smoke rapidly filling the room, the only breathable air sinks to the floor. Chemicals in your furniture’s upholstery and the carpeting escape into the air as the heat from the fire grows. These chemicals mix with the smoke hanging from the ceiling. Watch as the toxic cloud of chemical-laden smoke thickens, hovering closer and closer over your head. Thick. Dark. Palpable. Suddenly, flames lick across it and it is engulfed. It is a flashover. The temperature rises sharply. You have about four seconds to escape. This is the potential danger our

Federal officials U.S. SENATE

Rob Portman (R). In Cincinnati: 36 E. Seventh St. Room 2615, Cincinnati, OH 45202; call: 513-684-3265. In Washington: B40D Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, D.C., 20510. Call 202-224-3353, fax: 202224-9558. E-mail Website: http:// Sherrod Brown (D). In Cincinnati: 425 Walnut St., Suite 2310, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45202. Call 513-684-1021, fax 513-684-1029, toll free 1-888-896OHIO (6446). In Washington, write 713 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20510. Call 202224-2315. FAX is 202-224-5516. Web site:


1st District, Steve Chabot (R). In Washington, 2351 Rayburn HOB, Washington, D.C., 20515; 202-225-2216. Fax: 202-225-3012. In Cincinnati, write 441 Vine Street, Suite 3003, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45202, or call 513-684-2723. Fax: 513-421-8722. For e-mail, go to District includes Cincinnati, Green Township, Miami Township, Cleves, Addyston, Delhi, Cheviot, part of Colerain Township, Springfield Township, Forest Park, Mount Healthy, North College Hill, Greenhills and Mt. Airy.

firefighters encounter every time they enter a burning building. And this is the training – conducted by off-duty firefighters for Connie Pillich COMMUNITY PRESS elected officials, the media, and GUEST COLUMNIST others –that I recently received from the Cincinnati Fire Department and the International Association of Firefighters, Local 48. “Fire Operations 101” raised awareness of the mission of fire departments. After orientation, I donned 60 pounds of fire fighting gear: boots, pants, coat, gloves, oxygen tank, oxygen mask, hood, and helmet. It takes some getting used to: walking around while wearing half of

your weight. Firefighters train to enter buildings that are dark unknowns. We had the privilege of touring the training building ahead of time, which allowed us to see the stairs, doorways, hallways, and exits. But in the fire situation, all was dark. We quickly ascended the stairs single file, fire hose on our shoulders. At the top of the stairs, we dropped to our knees. Still lugging the hose, we scurried along on our knees, down the hall, to the fire. And although the fire pants are thick and padded, I could still feel that hard oven-brick floor on my knees. Oy. I could see why there are no old firefighters. Teamwork is everything when fighting fires. My shadow trainer, firefighter Craig Coburn, never left my side. He made sure all of my equipment fit me correctly. He

had my back when I carried the fire hose up the stairs in the dark. He helped me aim the hose as I doused the fire. Of course, the training program was great fun. Who wouldn’t want to be a fire fighter for a day? I got to ride in the front seat of the truck and operate the siren. I posed for photos in all my gear. I got to haul the fire hose and put out a fire. I had a front row seat in the flashover pod. But the fun was soberly contrasted with the physical demands, the incredible dangers, and the stark reality of fire science. Fighting fires is not for the feint of heart. Now I truly understand why. Connie Pillich is the state representative for the 28th Ohio House District.

Ohioans can control premature birth rate The report card is in. Ohio gets a “C” for its rate of premature births. The report was recently released by the March of Dimes. Even though preterm birth rates improved in almost every state between 2006 and 2009, the report card shows grounds for improvement. Ohio moved up from last year’s grade of “D.” There was a decrease in the number of late preterm births but no change in the number of uninsured women and an increase in the number of women smoking. Premature birth, which is birth before 37 weeks gestation, is a serious health problem that is the leading cause of infant death. Babies who do survive an early birth often face lifelong health challenges, such as cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities and other consequences. Health improvement initiatives

State officials OHIO SENATE

• 8th District, Bill Seitz (R). In Cincinnati, call 357-9332, In Columbus, write to: Senate Building, Room No. 143, First Floor, Columbus, Ohio. 43215; or call 614-466-8068. E-mail him at


• 28th District – Connie Pillich (D). In Columbus, write 77 S. High St., 11th Floor, Columbus, OH., 43215-6111 or call 614-466-8120; fax 614-719-3582. Email: • 29th District, Louis Blessing Jr. (R). In Cincinnati, write to him 3672 Springdale Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45251, or call 923-3700. In Columbus, write him at the Ohio House of Representatives, 77 South High St., Columbus, Ohio 43215 or call him at 614466-9091. His FAX is 614-644-9494. Email him at The 29th District includes Colerain, Crosby and Springfield townships as well as areas including Mount Healthy, Mount Airy and North College Hill. • 30th District, Louis Terhar (R) In Columbus write the Ohio House of Representatives, 77 S. High St., 13th Floor, Columbus, Ohio, 43215-6111; or call 614-466-8258; fax 614-719-3584; email: The 30th District includes Green, Miami and Delhi townships.

can go a long way toward controlling the prematurity problem. Moms-to-be must take steps like these to positively influence the term of pregRobert Flora COMMUNITY PRESS nancy. » Get regular GUEST COLUMNIST prenatal care. These visits can help your healthcare provider monitor you and your baby’s health. » Eat healthy foods. During a pregnancy, women need more folic acid, calcium, iron, protein and other essential nutrients, and a daily prenatal vitamin. » Manage chronic conditions. Uncontrolled diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes increase the risk of preterm labor. » Follow your health care pro-

vider’s guidelines for activity. If you develop signs or symptoms of preterm labor, your healthcare provider may suggest working fewer hours or other ways to limit activity. » Avoid smoking, alcohol and recreational drugs. They are all off limits, and even over-the-counter supplements and medications deserve caution. » Ask your healthcare provider about the safety of sex and limit stress. » Take care of your teeth. Some studies suggest gum disease may be associated with preterm labor and premature birth. There are other ways health care providers and their patients can tackle the problem of prematurity, such as providing progesterone treatments for women who are medically eligible, avoiding multiples from fertility treatments and

avoiding elective C-sections and inductions of labor before 39 weeks of pregnancy, unless medically necessary. Additionally, there are great incentive programs available to help moms-to-be stay on the right health track. Buckeye Community Health Plan’s Smart Start for Your Baby program even offers patients cash incentives for going to pre-natal, post-partum and well-baby visits for the first15 months of life. A program to help stop smoking also is available for pregnant women. There are so many ways Ohioans can proactively influence the health of their unborn babies. If we all work together we can improve the grade for the next report card. Robert Flora is the Buckeye Community Health Plan Chief Medical Officer

Disabled children may be able to get SSI

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 Friday E-mail: memral@community 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.

Q – My daughter was born missing half of a left arm and left hand. I have been told by many people that she would be eligible for Social Security. Can you point me in the right direction? A – There are two Social Security disability programs children can qualify for: 1) The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program provides monthly benefits to an adult child (a person age 18 or older) based on disability or blindness if the adult child’s: » Impairment or combination of impairments meet the definition of disability for adults; » Disability began before age 22; and » Parent(s) worked long enough to be insured under Social Security and is receiving retirement or disability benefits or is deceased. 2) The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program provides

monthly payments to children from birth to age 18 based on disability or blindness if the child's: » ImpairJan Demmerle ment or combiCOMMUNITY PRESS nation of imGUEST COLUMNIST pairments meet the definition of disability for children; and » The income and resources of the parents and the child are within the allowed limits. Social Security has a strict definition of disability for children. » The child must have a physical and/or mental condition(s) that very seriously limits her activities; and » The condition(s) must have lasted, or be expected to last, at least 1 year or result in death. SSI is a needs-based program. If your countable income is over

the allowable limit, you cannot receive SSI benefits. Deemed income is the part of the income of your parent(s) with whom you live (or your spouse or your sponsor, if you are an alien), which we use to compute your SSI benefit amount. Generally, the more income you have, the less your SSI benefit will be. The value of your resources is another factor that determines whether you are eligible for SSI benefits. To be eligible for SSI a person must have $2,000 or less in countable resources. Resources are things you own such as: cash; bank accounts, stocks, U.S. savings bonds; land; life insurance; personal property; vehicles; anything else you own which could be changed to cash and used for food or shelter; and deemed resources. For a minor child, sometimes we “deem” a portion of the resources of a parent and the par-

ent’s spouse as belonging to the person who files for SSI. We call this process the deeming of resources. If a child younger than age 18 lives with one parent, $2,000 of the parent's total countable resources do not count. If the child lives with two parents, $3,000 does not count. We count amounts over the parents’ limits as part of the child's $2,000 resource limit Currently, you cannot apply online for SSI. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-772-1213 or visit your local Social Security office. Be sure to ask for a Child Disability Starter Kit or download its contents at before your appointment.

Jan Demmerle is manager Cincinnati Downtown Social Security office.

CH@TROOM Nov. 30 questions What is your favorite holiday TV show or movie? Favorite holiday live performance, production or concert? Favorite holiday song? Why do you like them?

“I could watch ‘White Christmas’ over and over and over. Who can grow tired of Danny Kaye, Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney? Even though I'm only in my 30s, I'm not really big into the newer Christmas movies (even



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NEXT QUESTION Beginning Jan. 1, it will be illegal to sell 100-watt incandescent light bulbs in the United States. Are you happy about the ban? Are you stocking up? Do you prefer the incandescent bulbs or the LED bulbs? Every week The Northwest Press asks readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with Chatroom in the subject line.

though I do like Fred Claus). “Every Christmas, I also read the book ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ to my children –

they never get tired of hearing about the Herdman children. It is a great message in an entertaining story that is timeless for all

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A.N. “Favorite holiday TV show/ movie? ‘A Christmas Story,’ about Ralphie and the BB gun! The reason? It is hilarious, extremely clever, not cliched (and not easily copied), well-acted, and funny as all get-out. (Probably the funniest parts were the ones where Ralphie beats the bully up, and where the kid gets his tongue stuck to the pole.)” Bill B.

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A jumble of glass art pieces await fusing in the kiln.



Art has golden era at center The art classes at the Colerain Township Senior and Community Center offer something for everyone. Painting, stain glass, jewelry making, ceramics, pottery and more are offered weekly. Participants say they enjoy learning new techniques from instructor Linda SchneiderHoughton and also like the camaraderie of the group. Photos by Jennie Key/The Community Press

Instructor Linda Schneider-Houghton, left talks with class members Deborah Howell, Marge Custer and Sharon Smith about fusing glass.

Class time is fun, too. Marge Custer tries out some feathery earrings made by a member of the jewelry class.

Participant Patti Schnur works on a ceramic Christmas ornament in class at the Colerain Township Senior and Community Center.

Donna Mauer talks with painter Eunice Wesley about the covered bridge scene she's working on in class.

Center member Helen Wilhelmy works on a colorful bird house during class time.

Marion Totton paints a patriotic piece during class time.

Deborah Howell lays out a pattern for a fused glass Christmas platter.



other games also provided. Play games from all genres and eras. Free. 923-1985; Mount Healthy.

Art & Craft Classes Stamping Combo Camp, 6:30-9 p.m., Springfield Township Senior and Community Center, 9158 Winton Road, Make three seasonal greeting cards, plus a gift item and a scrapbooking layout/project using the latest stamps, tools and techniques. All experience levels. Ages 12 and up. All supplies provided. $35, $25 residents. Registration required. Presented by First Class Stamping. 522-1154. Springfield Township. Hatha Yoga for Seniors, 9:15 a.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Ages 55 and up. Experience benefits of yoga with stretching, breathing and relaxing techniques. Bring mat or purchase one for $10. $40 for 10 classes, $25 for six classes; $5 per class. 741-8802; Colerain Township. Jazzercise, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Aerobic class works cardiovascular system and includes strength training. $38 per month. Presented by Jazzercise. 829-5009; Colerain Township. Pilates Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Colerain Township Senior and 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. Ages 18 and up. $5. 741-8802; Colerain Township.

Health / Wellness Movement Class for Seniors, 11 a.m.-noon, Guenther Physical Therapy, 5557 Cheviot Road, $6, first two classes free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., Shades Bistro and Lounge, 8134 Hamilton Ave., With DJ Evelyn. Free. 227-9136. Mount Healthy.

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

Dance Club, 7:30-10 p.m., John Wesley United Methodist Church, 1927 W. Kemper Road, One of Cincinnati’s oldest square dance clubs. Formerly Hayloft Club. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/ Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427. Springfield Township.

Craft Shows Christmas Craft Show, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Mount Healthy Christian Home, 8097 Hamilton Ave., Features 35 crafters and vendor booths, local Christmas choir/musician groups, horsedrawn carriage rides and food/ bakery items to purchase. Benefits Mount Healthy Christian Home. Free admission. 931-5000. New Burlington.

Holiday - Christmas Lunch with Santa, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Includes visit and photograph with Santa, antlers to wear, reindeer games and holiday crafts, pizza lunch and ice cream. Bring camera. Family friendly. $10 child, $5 adult for residents. Non-resident tickets on sale Nov. 28: $12 child, $6 adult. Registration required. 741-8802. Colerain Township.

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

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sented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Springfield Township.

On Stage - Children’s Theater The Nutcracker, 3-4 p.m., Groesbeck Branch Library, 2994 W. Galbraith Road, Cincinnati Kinderballet presents holiday tradition for the whole family. All ages. Sponsored by the Friends of the Public Library. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-4454; Colerain Township.

Shopping Cookie Sale, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 4418 Bridgetown Road, Cookies by the pound. Also bread and other baked goods. 574-4208; Bridgetown.

SUNDAY, DEC. 11 Music - Concerts Cincinnati Civic Orchestra Holiday Concert, 3-5 p.m., Springfield Township Senior and Community Center, 9158 Winton Road, Festive Sounds of Hanukkah and a Christmas Festival. Music of Charles Ives, Silvestri, Ballard, Frederick Delius, Leroy Anderson, Arcangelo Corelli and more. Free. Presented by Cincinnati Civic Orchestra. 861-9978; Springfield Township.

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Holiday Music, 7 p.m., FarbachWerner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road, Music by Cincinnati Dulcimer Society and Colerain High School Cardinal String Project. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Colerain Township.

Family Force 5, 7:30 p.m., The Underground, 1140 Smiley Ave., The Christmas Pageant. With Hawk Nelson and Manafest. Christian music. Early entry at 6:30 p.m. $20 early entry; $18, $15 advance. 825-8200; Forest Park.

Evening Adult Yoga Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Instructor Lynn Carroll leads stretching, breathing and relaxation exercises. Bring a mat or purchase one for $10. $25 for six classes, $5 each. 741-8802; Colerain Township. Jazzercise, 9-10 a.m. and 6:307:30 p.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, $38 per month. 829-5009; Colerain Township.

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Music - Rock Black Bone Cat, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Knotty Pine, 6947 Cheviot Road, $5. 741-3900. White Oak.

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Jazzercise, 9-10 a.m. and 6:307:30 p.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, $38 per month. 829-5009; Colerain Township.

German Christmas Show, 7:30-11 p.m., Donauschwaben Haus, 4290 Dry Ridge Road, Annual German Christmas Show hosted by Donauschwaben Society features entertainers direct from Europe. Performers include Raphael and Susanna, Der Blonde Hans (Germany), the Zillertaler Edelweiss Trio (Austria) and Yasmine-Melanie (Switzerland). Optional pork roast dinner for $9 per person, served prior to show from 5:30-7 p.m. Desserts, pretzels, coffee, tea and other beverages available. $15. Reservations recommended. Presented by Donauschwaben Society. 451-6452. Colerain Township.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14 Jazzercise, 9-10 a.m. and 6:307:30 p.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, $38 per month. 829-5009; Colerain Township.

Crafting For Christmas, 1-2 p.m., Forest Park Branch Library, 655 Waycross Road, Join Darlene Christopher for Christmas craft fun. Adults. Sponsored by the Friends of the Public Library. Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-4478; Forest Park. Make an Ornament, 2-3 p.m., Greenhills Branch Library, 7 Endicott St., Get ready for holidays with special craft. For families. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-4441; Greenhills. Quick Last Minute Holiday Gifts For Teens, 2-3 p.m., Monfort Heights Branch Library, 3825 West Fork Road, Make your own holiday gifts for friends and family using recycled library craft projects. Homemade wrapping paper available to wrap gifts. Free. Registration required. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-4472; Monfort Heights.

Special Events

Senior Zumba Gold Classes, 9-10 a.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, $30 for 10 classes; $5 each. 741-8802; Colerain Township.

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The Cincinnati Civic Orchestra will perform a free holiday concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Springfield Township Senior and Community Center. For more information, call 861-9978 or visit PROVIDED.

Music - Rock Black Bone Cat, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Knotty Pine, $5. 741-3900. White Oak.

Nature Wilderness Skills, 2 p.m., Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Winter Survival. Dress for the weather. $5. Registration required online by Dec. 8. Vehicle permit required. Pre-

Sounds of Christmas, 7:30 p.m., McAuley High School, 6000 Oakwood Ave., Features McAuley’s chorus, orchestra and vocal ensemble. Bob Herzog, Channel 12 on-air news personality, special guest. $5. 681-1800, ext. 2228; College Hill.

MONDAY, DEC. 12 Business Meetings Mount Healthy Business Association Monthly Meeting, 11 a.m.-noon, First Financial Bank, 7522 Hamilton Ave., Free. Presented by Mount Healthy Business Association, Inc. 9231985; Mount Healthy.

Community Dance Unicorners Singles Square Dance Club, 8-10 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 1553 Kinney Ave., Experienced Western-style square dancers and round dancers. Singles and couples welcome. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427. Mount Healthy.

Literary - Crafts Holiday Crafts Program, 3-4 p.m., North Central Branch

Library, 11109 Hamilton Ave., Teens crafting holiday items. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-6068; Colerain Township.

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

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

Youth Sports Cincinnati Junior Rollergirls, 6:30-8 p.m., Skatin’ Place, 3211 Lina Place, Fall Season. Practice. Girls will learn the rules of flat track roller derby. Season fee helps cover cost of rink rental for 10 practices and uniforms. Bring helmet. knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards, mouth guard and quad roller skates. No inlines. Quad skates available for rental at no additional cost. Ages 8-17. $80 full season; $50 first practice, and $50 fifth practice. Registration required. Presented by Cincinnati Rollergirls. 522-2424; Colerain Township.

Strengthening and Range of Motion Class for Seniors, 10-11 a.m., Guenther Physical Therapy, 5557 Cheviot Road, $6, first two classes free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

Music - Acoustic Cigars & Guitars, 7-9 p.m., Vinoklet Winery and Restaurant, 11069 Colerain Ave., Music, cigars and bocce ball. 385-9309; Colerain Township.

Recreation Mount Healthy Bingo, 6:30 p.m., Mount Healthy Jr./Sr. High School, 8101 Hamilton Ave., Cafeteria. Early bird starts 6:30 p.m. Regular bingo starts 7 p.m. Benefits Mount Healthy school athletics. $6-$26. 729-0131; Mount Healthy.

Support Groups Overeaters Anonymous, 7 p.m., Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 4418 Bridgetown Road, Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 921-1922. Bridgetown.

THURSDAY, DEC. 15 Civic Hamilton County Park District Board of Park Commissioners Meeting, 1 p.m., Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Springfield Township.

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

Hatha Yoga for Seniors, 9:15 a.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, $40 for 10 classes, $25 for six classes; $5 per class. 741-8802; Colerain Township. Jazzercise, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, $38 per month. 829-5009; Colerain Township. Pilates Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, $5. 7418802; Colerain Township.

Exercise Classes

Health / Wellness

Evening Adult Zumba Class, 7-8 p.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, $5. 741-8802; Colerain Township.

Movement Class for Seniors, 11 a.m.-noon, Guenther Physical Therapy, $6, first two classes free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

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Health / Wellness Movement Class for Seniors, 11 a.m.-noon, Guenther Physical Therapy, $6, first two classes free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

Holiday - Kwanzaa Kwanzaa Celebration, 6:307:30 p.m., College Hill Branch Library, 1400 W. North Bend Road, Celebration of family, community and culture with Charles Braddock. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-6036; College Hill.

Literary - Crafts Family Craft Night, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Mount Healthy Branch Library, 7608 Hamilton Ave., Mosaic Candles: create unique flame-less candles to decorate your home for the holidays. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-4469; Mount Healthy.

Recreation Board Game Night, 6-10 p.m., Yottaquest, 7607 Hamilton Ave., Bring your own board games,

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

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Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., Shades Bistro and Lounge, Free. 2279136. Mount Healthy.

Nature Greater Cincinnati Storytelling Guild, 7:30 p.m., FarbachWerner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road, Festive winter stories. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Colerain Township.

Senior Citizens Senior Zumba Gold Classes, 9-10 a.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, $30 for 10 classes; $5 each. 741-8802; Colerain Township.

Jazzercise, 9-10 a.m. and 6:307:30 p.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, $38 per month. 829-5009; Colerain Township.

Music - Choral Holiday Music, 7 p.m., FarbachWerner Nature Preserve, Music by the St. Ursula Academy Vocal Ensemble. Free, vehicle permit required. 521-7275; 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. Family friendly. $20, $15 ages 11 and under and senior citizens 65 and older; $12 high school and college students with proper ID. Group discounts for 10 or more available. Presented by Ballet Theatre Midwest. 520-2334; Finneytown.

On Stage - Theater Black Nativity, 7:30 p.m., Word of Deliverance Family Life Center, 693 Fresno Road, Updated version of "Nativity" by Langston Hughes featuring a company of singers, actors, dancers and musicians delivers its powerful message of joy, hope, victory and love. $20, $17 seniors and students. Presented by Cincinnati Black Theatre Company. Through Dec. 17. 241-6060; Forest Park.

SATURDAY, DEC. 17 Dining Events Taffy Pull, 10 a.m., FarbachWerner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road, Pull, cut and wrap your own taffy. Registration required online by Dec. 12., 1 p.m. Registration required online by Dec. 12. $5. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275. Colerain Township.

Holiday - Christmas Gift of His Presence, 6:30 p.m., Abundant Life Vineyard Church, 2740 Hyannis Drive, Christmas celebration of the birth of our savior. Workshops and music by Freddy Rodriguez,Calvary Sanctuary Choir from Verizon Wireless, Jameze LaTrail and Dr. Naima Johnston Bush. Spoken word by Yolanda Spencer. Family friendly. Conference and concert combo $40, $35. Registration required. 800-578-0977; Colerain Township.

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

Literary - Story Times Gingerbread Storytime, 11 a.m.-noon, North Central Branch Library, 11109 Hamilton Ave. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-6068; Colerain Township.

Nature Wilderness Skills, 1 p.m. (Survival in a bottle. Learn to fit everything you need to survive in a 32-ounce bottle.) and 3 p.m. (Wilderness First Aid.), Winton Woods, Cost is $5. Registration required online by Dec. 15. Vehicle permit required. 5217275; Springfield Township.

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Nye’s mints stood the test of time When I heard that Beverly Nye was coming to our area for book signings, I was more than happy. Bev was a mentor to me and, along with my mom, Mary Nader, encompassed all that I wanted to achieve, both professionally and personally. In fact, Bev was the original columnist for our paper, and was THE cook in the ‘80s on Bob Braun’s show. Bev went on to national fame and retired in South Jordan, Utah. But “retired” isn’t what Bev ever did. She’s as active today as she was when she lived in Cincinnati. In fact, she’s republishing her two bestsellers, “A Family Raised on Sunshine” and “A Family Rita Raised on Rainbows,” into Heikenfeld a combined book. Check out the sidebar for details. RITA’S KITCHEN I, for one, will be purchasing the set since mine are always on loan to somebody. I wanted to share one of Bev’s recipes that has truly stood the test of time. It’s as popular now as it was when she first published it.

Nye's “Basic Mints”

While it is nice enough just rolled into patties, you can also mold it in a candy mold for pretty shapes. These are nice for a holiday gathering. Knead together by hand or in mixer: 8 oz. package cream cheese, room temperature 2 pounds powdered sugar Flavoring and coloring to taste

I like to roll them in sugar immediately after shaping. Store, covered, in refrigerator up to two weeks.


This caramel-coated popcorn with nuts flies off the shelves and is pricey to boot. I first tasted this during a gifts from the kitchen class I taught at Jungle Jim's with Carol Tabone and Janet Hontanosas. Carol made it and dubbed it “popcorn nut crunch.” I’ve renamed it since to me it’s as good as the Poppycock or Moose Munch you can buy, maybe better. I’m working on a recipe for a chocolatecoated version and will share that.

Rita shares Beverly Nye's basic mint recipe in honor of the publication of Nye's best-sellers as a single book.

1 bag natural popcorn, popped 3 cups mixed lightly salted nuts (Carol used a mixture of unsalted, toasted pecans, almonds and cashews) 11⁄3 cups sugar ½ cup light corn syrup 1 cup unsalted butter 1 teaspoon vanilla (optional, since I forgot to add it to mine and it tasted good)

Spray two large baking sheets. Spray a large bowl and put in popped corn and nuts and set aside. Combine sugar, corn syrup and butter in a large pan. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, until deep golden in color. (Carol said to think of the color of store-bought caramels). A candy thermometer will register 300, or the hard crack stage. Stir in vanilla. Immediately pour the coating over the popcorn nut mixture and, with a sprayed spoon or spatula, coat the popcorn and nuts, working quickly. Spread onto baking sheets, breaking it apart before it hardens completely. Store in tightly closed container up to 2 weeks. Makes 12 to 14 cups.

Steamed mussels

I love mussels steamed in garlicky white wine. To debeard the mussels, just pull off the weedy black fibers. Served with crusty bread, this is a special and delicious way to celebrate. Sometimes I’ll add very finely chopped tomatoes and sprinkle them on top of the mussels right before serving. 2 pounds mussels, scrubbed and debeareded 1½ cups white wine 2 shallots, minced 1 tablespoon garlic, minced Handful fresh chopped parsley 1 bay leaf 3 tablespoons butter

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Dog parks fun if you play by rules When I was small, my mother enforced good manners. In fact, one of the most well worn books on my bookshelf was a tome written especially for genteel young ladies entitled, “White Gloves and Party ManMarsie Hall ners.” It Newbold provided MARSIE’S guidance in MENAGERIE vital behavior issues such as table manners, what to say if you might burp in public and how to address a king or queen if you were to find

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Dog parks can be fun for dogs and their owners, as long as you follow the rules. THANKS TO MARSIE HALL NEWBOLD has tried to “make love” to her quite aggressively and the owner has not taken steps to stop it until I have become quite vocal. The second time it happened, I put Nosey’s leash on her and left immediately. The owner defended himself and his dog’s actions by laughing and saying, “It’s OK, he’s neutered.” I replied that it was far from OK and that he needed to control his dog. Angry and frustrated over this and other previous incidents, I turned to Facebook, asking my friends their thoughts and advice on dog parks. I really hit a nerve, because within an hour I had several dozen replies. Here are some of their thoughts: (Some paraphrased for brevity.) Emily Lehr Wallace: “If your dog is not fixed, it has no business in a dog park. Intact male dogs completely change the entire atmosphere as soon as they enter the park. Dogs large or small, neutered or not, all immediately want to prove that they’re the big dog and fights often ensue.” Bonnie Preisler: “No human food, no excuses. Obey the individual park’s rules,

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Soup to be served after hikes this winter The Winter Hike Series is a very popular event that offers challenging hikes along beautiful trails in five different parks. These hikes are a great opportunity to kick that cabin fever and enjoy the great outdoors with friends! Hikes will be held on consecutive Saturday mornings at10 a.m. and will cover four to 5.5 miles of nature trails. Each hike will pay off with a hot bowl of soup and beverages at the end of the journey. The following are the dates and locations for the hikes and the menu: Jan. 7 – Winton Woods; bean soup with cornbread Jan. 14 – Sharon Woods; chicken noodle soup Jan. 21 – Miami Whitewater; forest chili soup and crackers Jan. 28 – Woodland Mound; chicken and wild rice soup

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» Clippard Instrument Laboratory Inc. is hosting a truck for SON Ministries. The truck is parked at 7390 Colerain Ave. » Clippard Instrument Laboratory is also hosting a truck for One Way Farm. The truck is parked at 4141 Thunderbird Lane in Fairfield. All of the trucks are on loan from Planes Moving and Storage in West Chester Township. Donations will be accepted on-site, or through the initiative's website, The website offers information about wishes, charities and sponsors. Regenold said he plans to wrap up the holiday drive by Dec. 22.

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parked at 3900 Spring Grove Ave., in Cincinnati. » Camp Bow Wow is hosting a truck for Matthew 25 Ministries. The truck is parked at 4955 Creek Road in Blue Ash. » Walgreens is hosting a truck for Brighton Center. The truck is parked at 3104 Dixie Highway in Edgewood, Ky. » Walgreens is hosting a truck for Inter Praish Ministry. The truck is parked at 719 State Route 125 in Union Township, Clermont County. » NAACP is hosting a truck for Frederick Douglass School. The truck is parked at 2239 Reading Road in Cincinnati.


The Hamilton County Park District is offering winker hikes, and a bowl of soup after the hike. PROVIDED.

Overwhelming response to a call for holiday donations in last year has grown more than tenfold. When Frame USA parked a semi truck in its Springdale lot in December 2010, owner Dan Regenold asked the public to Fill The Truck. Within two weeks, it was overflowing. So how could he top that? Encircle I-275 with trucks. He reached out to sponsors and ended up with 11, parked at various locations throughout Greater Cincinnati: » Frame USA is hosting a truck for The Healing Center in Springdale. The truck is parked at 225


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DEATHS Conrad Berger Conrad R. Berger, 78, Green Township, died Nov. 23. He owned Woodies Die Shop for 38 years. Survived by wife Nancy Berger; sons Michael (Linda), Richard (Beth), Douglas (Lissette) Berger; grandchildren Zachary, Lindsey, Jessica, Elise, Pilar Berger. A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at St. Jude Church. Memorials to: Alois Alzheimer Center, 70 Damon Road, Cincinnati, OH 45218 or USO, P.O. Box 96322, Washington, DC 20090-6322.

Shirley Billow Shirley Fluegeman Billow, 82, died Nov. 19. She was a housekeeper for the St. Antoninus Rectory. Survived by children Paul (Barbara) Billow Billow, Kathy (Tom) Bill; daughter-in-Law Elizabeth Billow; granddaughter Allysia Billow; sister Helen Auer. Preceded in death by husband James A. Billow, son James G. Billow, siblings Lowell, Eugene, Paul, Donald Fluegeman, Rita Myers. Services were Nov. 22 at St. William. Arrangements by Ralph Meyer & Deters Funeral Home. Memorials to: One Way Farm, 6131 River Road, P.O. Box 18637, Fairfield, OH 45018 or Hospice of Cincinnati, 4310 Cooper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Pete Blind Catherine “Pete” Wellman Blind, 81, Green Township, died Nov. 28. She was a secretary. Survived by stepdaughter Joni

Frances (Brent) Stiles; sister-inlaw Jackie (Walt) Hirth; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Preceded in death by husband Giles Blind, sisters Mary Joan “Hoopa” Blind, Betty (Norb) Gibbs, brotherin-law Bill (Marge) Blind. Services were Dec. 2 at St. Antoninus. Arrangements by NeidhardBlind Minges Funeral Home. Memorials to: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 2300 Wall St., Suite H, Cincinnati, OH 45212 or Our Daily Bread, P.O. Box 14862, Cincinnati, OH 452500862.

Walter Blust Walter A. “Ace” Blust, 73, Colerain Township, died Nov. 27. Survived by wife Joyce Blust: children Sherry (Alvin) Hayes, Cindy (John) Radenheimer, David (Jenny) Blust; grandchildren Blust Cara (Jeff) Bell, Tony (Jackie) Miller, Kelli (Matt) Goedde, Stephanie Miller, Dean Roden, Stacey Dom, Andy, Jake Blust; siblings Patsy Parsley, Jerry, Bob, Gerald Blust; sister-inlaw Joan (Ed) Fowler; six greatgrandchildren; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by siblings Norma Tyra, Carl Blust. Services were Dec. 2 at Frederick Funeral Home. Memorials to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Neediest Kids of All, P.O. Box 636666, Cincinnati, OH 45263.

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Shirley Bosse Shirley Eger Bosse, 83, Colerain Township, died Nov. 30. Survived by children Ralph Jr. (Anne), Chris (Don) Gerhardt, Amy, D. J. (Pat), Gerard (Paula), Robert (Sharon) Bosse, Kim (Don) Wissemeier, Mary (Don) Meiners, Jacki (Ben) VanSant; grandchildren Scott, Tina, Gina, Kirstin, Becki, Kevin, Jeannine, Jessica, Dan, Carrie, Anne, Christine, Alex, Matthew, Jonathan, Bethanie, Megan, Nick; great-grandchildren Cedrick, Brennen, Alexis, Sarah, Tyler, Rylynn; sister Marie Watkins. Preceded in death by husband Ralph Bosse, brothers William, Donald Eger. Services were Dec. 3 at Mihovk-Rosenacker Funeral Home. Memorials to: Friends of Takoda Trails, 350 Kolb Drive, Fairfield, OH 45014 or Monastery of St. Clare, 1505 Miles Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231.

Helen Douglass Helen Shrock Douglass, 91, Springfield Township, died Nov. 29. Survived by children Jolene (Ronald) Pearson, Ronald Strauss; grandchildren Dawn (Glenn) Downs, Amy (Jeff) Hird, Heidi (Chad) Colony, Scott (Rhonda) Pearson, Kristina (Peter) Krier; 20 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Joseph Douglass, daughter Vivian Strauss.

Services were Dec. 2 at Faith Lutheran Church. Arrangements by Paul R. Young Funeral Home. Memorials to: Faith Lutheran Church, 8265 Winton Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231.

Frances Haas Frances Kidd Haas, 68, Springfield Township, died Nov. 29. She was a homemaker. Survived by children Debbie Bartles, Lisa Gerwin, Rickey, Joey, Michael Haas; siblings Betty McFarland, Roy, James, Samuel Kidd; stepchildren Jean Stewart, John, Andy, Jason Schierloh; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by sons Tony, James Haas, siblings Jesse, Billy, Sally Kidd, Barb Coldiron Services were Dec. 4 at Dennis George Funeral Home.

Robert Hicks Robert J. Hicks, 77, White Oak, died Nov. 30. Survived by wife Ruth Hicks; children Carlos, Connie Hurtt, Bobby, Sandra Bowling, Darlene McCarthy, Mary Jo Trimpe, Ralph, John “Robbie;” siblings Spurgeon, Ralph, Lavern, James, Kenny, John; 17 grandchildren; many great- and great-greatgrandchildren. Preceded in death by children Carol Dixon, James Hicks, siblings Lyndon, Dean, Dennis, Arnold, Geraldine Services were Dec. 2 at Mihovk-Rosenacker Funeral Home.

Newland Douglas Hudson, 74, Colerain Township, died Nov. 28. Survived by wife Martha “Marti” Hudson; children M. Renee (Herbert) Young, Jeff (Jackie Allen) Hudson; grandchildren Natasha, Dorin, Brooklyn, Haiden; sister Phyllis Konzal. Services were Dec. 3 at Frederick Funeral Home. Memorials to: Alois Alzheimer Center, 70 Damon Road, Cincinnati, OH 45218 or St. James Building Fund, 3565 Hubble Road, Cincinnati, OH 45247.

Melba McMullen Melba King McMullen, 83, Monfort Heights, died Nov. 23. Survived by son Mick (Libby) McMullen; grandchildren Kellie McMullen, Andy (Sarah) McMullen; great-granddaughters Kate, Natalie McMullen; siblings Melvin King, Shirley (Jim) Nieman, Lois Whitfield. Preceded in death by husband Milton McMullen. Services were Nov. 26 at Mihovk-Rosenacker Funeral Home.

Lois Melvin Lois Wolf Melvin, 82, Springfield Township, died Nov. 26. She was former safety service director for Mount Healthy. Survived by husband Charles Melvin; children Anne (Jim) Ketzer, Chuck (Joy), John (Sheryl), Tom (Jeanne), Brad (Kathy) Melvin; brother Donald (Helen) Wolf; sisters-in-law Adelaide, Barb Wolf; 16 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by siblings Roy, Albert, Earl Wolf, Loretta Church, Clara (Nick) Krieger. Services were Nov. 30 at the Church of the Assumption.

Arrangements by Paul R. Young Funeral Home. Memorials to the American Diabetes Association or American Cancer Society.

Ruth Mesley Ruth C. Mesley, 80, died Nov. 26. Survived by life partner Maria Saura; nieces and nephews Pamela Brown, Jeff Mesley, Kathleen (Dennis) Deery, Steven, Jeffrey, Janet Saura, Terry O’Connor. Services were Nov. 30 at Frederick Funeral Home. Memorials to: ALS Association, Central and Southwestern Chapter, 1170 Old Henderson Road, Suite 221, Columbus, OH 43220.

Mary Alice Powers Mary Alice Shear Powers, 80, died Nov. 29. Survived by husband Thomas Powers; children Teresa (Curtis) Siess, Ginny, Thomas (Sue), Maureen, Timothy, Mary Powers; 11 grandchildren; two greatgrandchildren. Services were Dec. 2 at St. Ann Church. Arrangements by Frederick Funeral Home. Memorials to: Our Lady of Grace Catholic School, 2940 W. Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, OH 45239.

Henry Reed Henry Stoddard Reed, 82, Springfield Township, died Nov. 29. He was an independent manufacturer’s representative for Master Lock. He was an Army veteran member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, past president of the Northern Hills Jaycees, Northern Hills Kiwanis and Eagles Aerie 2193, and post commander of American Legion Post 513, member of Boston

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University Alumni Council, Agonis Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7340, Royal Arch Masons and Syrian Shrine, Kentucky Colonel and American Legion Color Guard. Survived by wife Eleanor Reed; children William (Bonnie), Thomas (Robin) Reed, Susan (Rick) Pelton, Sally (Wayne) Kolar; grandchilderen Katie, Megan, Eric, Drew Reed, Christopher (Sara) Pelton, Matthew, Brittany Kolar, Sarah (Kurt) Sunderhaus; great-grandchild Teagan Maresco. Preceded in death by siblings Ralph Reed, Roma Vigars. Services were Dec. 3 at St. Paul United Church of Christ. Arrangements by Paul R. Young Funeral Home. Memorials to St. Paul United Church of Christ or the Hospice of Cincinnati.

Rita Ruehl Rita Grebe Ruehl, Springfield Township, died Nov. 27. Survived by children Michael (Diane), Edward W. Ruehl (Joyce), Susan Bischoff, Julie (Pete) Becks; grandchildren Amy, Michele, Edward D., Jennifer, Stephanie, Zachary, Jonathan, Sarah; greatgrandchildren Joey, Emily, Joshua, Noah, Ethan; siblings Sherwood (Naomi), Kenneth (Carol), Leonard (late Patricia), Robert (late May) Grebe, Louise (late Michael) Weber; sistersand brothers-in-law Marion (Donald) Souders, Margaret (Donald) Holscher, Carol (Cliff) Geer, Shirley (Mike) McKenna; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband Edward D. Ruehl, siblings Bernard (Buddy) Grebe, Loretta (George) Schroer, Roberta Gries. Services were Dec. 1 at Our Lady of Visitation Church. Arrangements by Meyer Funeral Home. Memorials to: Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Cincinnati Chapter, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, OH 45203.

John Spohr John Michael Spohr, 36, died Nov. 13. Survived by parents Ron, Sue Spohr; siblings Suanne (Steve) Vogt, Eric (Daneen), Fritz (Jean), Daniel (Nathan) Spohr; 11 nieces and nephews. Services were Nov. 26 at St. Bernard Church. Arrangements by Frederick Funeral Home. Memorials to: Clovernook Center for the Blind, 7000 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45231.

Robert Swisshelm Sr. Robert A. Swisshelm Sr., 81, Monfort Heights, died Nov. 27. He was an Air Force veteran of Korea. Survived by wife Margaret Mary Swisshelm; children Robert Jr. (Diana), Steven, Earl (Connie), Richard (Jennifer), David (Betsy) Swisshelm, Rebecca (Mike), Nancy (Terry) O’Hara; sister Jane Doyle; 15 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. Services were Dec. 1 at Mihovk-Rosenacker Funeral Home. Memorials to the Hospice of Cincinnati.

Helen Wessels Helen Neumann Wessels, 91, died Nov. 30. She was a beautician. She was a member of the Our Lady of Lourdes Ladies Sodality and Delhi Seniors, and a Mealson-Wheels Volunteer. Survived by children Mary Jo (Bob) Stoops, Bob (Jo), Larry (Marcia) Wessels, Joanne (Rich) Clifton; grandchildren Krista (Brad) Brockhoff, Jeannette, Paul Wessels Dehmer, Bobbie (Chris) Collins, Christopher, Patrick Wessels, Rich (Shannon), Dan Clifton, Eric, Austin Wessels; great-grandchildren Luke, Evan Brockhoff, Anna, Claire Wessels; sister Rita Neumann. Preceded in death by husband Joseph Wessels. Services were Dec. 3 at Our Lady of Lourdes. Arrangements by Rebold, Rosenacker & Sexton Funeral Home. Memorials to: Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 3450 Lumardo Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45238 or a charity of the donor's choice.

CINCINNATI DISTRICT 5 Arrests/citations Matthew J. Brock, born 1986, possession of drug abuse instruments, 2640 Kipling Ave., Nov. 17. McKinley Jr. Brock, born 1984, possession of drug abuse instruments, 2650 Kipling Ave., Nov. 17. Natausha J. Hackle, born 1976, misdemeanor drug possession, obstructing official business, 4969 Hawaiian Terrace, Nov. 21. Enjoua Whiter, born 1988, possession of a dangerous drug, theft under $300, 2568 W. North Bend Road, Nov. 23. Jessica Hardy, born 1989, disorderly conduct, 5890 Shadymist Lane, Nov. 23. Michael Dudley, born 1991, obstructing official business, 2518 W. North Bend Road, Nov. 24.

Incidents/citations Breaking and entering 2719 W. North Bend Road, Nov. 18. Burglary 5469 Kirby Ave., Nov. 21. Felonious assault 2446 Kipling Ave., Nov. 19.

COLERAIN TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Britney Roll, 19, 7213 Creekview, endangering children at 7213 Creekview Drive, Oct. 20. Juvenile male, 16, possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia at 3900 Woodsong Drive, Nov. 5. Juvenile Female, 17, , domestic violence at 3342 Ainsworth Drive, Nov. 8. Colleen Halset, 46, 3459 Niagara Street, operating vehicle intoxicated at 10060 Hollis , Nov. 9. Brenda Williems, 49, 2390 W. North Bend, theft, drug paraphernalia at 9040 Colerain Ave., Nov. 9. Dennis Boykin, 33, 5368 Scarlet Oak Drive, operating vehicle intoxicated at 10282 Pippin Road, Nov. 10. Juvenile female, 16, theft at 9040 Colerain Ave., Nov. 10. Juvenile female, 16, theft at 9040 Colerain Ave., Nov. 10. Katrina Robinson, 19, 6041 North Glen Road, theft at 9040 Colerain Ave., Nov. 10. Brandon Black, 31, 5157 Colerain Ave., carrying concealed weapon, drug possession at 8590 Colerain Ave., Nov. 10. Michael Schulz, 56, 3047 Werk Road, operating vehicle intoxicated at I275, Nov. 12. Gregory Pittman, 47, 2513 Topeka Street, possession of drugs at 2513 Topeka Drive, Nov. 14. Andrew Kaiser, 26, 6952 Kellwood Court, drug possession at Pippin Road and Glenaire, Nov. 15.

ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Community Press publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: » Colerain Township: Chief Daniel P. Meloy, 245-6600 » Green Township: Chief Bart West, 574-0007; vandalism hotline 574-5323 » Hamilton County: Sheriff Simon Leis, 825-1500 » Springfield Township: Chief David Heimpold, 729-1300 10200 Colerain Ave., Nov. 10. Wallet and contents of unknown value removed at 9501 Colerain Ave., Nov. 10. Vehicle entered and medication of unknown value removed at 10170 Windswept Lane, Nov. 9. Vehicular vandalism Rock thrown at vehicle at 8500 Pippin Road, Nov. 13.

GREEN TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Michael D. Campbell, 31, 2641 Glenway Ave., theft at 5527 Bridgetown Road, Nov. 18. Nicole Burgin, 35, 5431 Bluesky Drive, theft at 6550 Harrison Ave., Nov. 18. Jessica M. Woodrum, 19, 5386 Haft Road, falsification at 3905 Race Road, Nov. 18. Anthony Burke, 26, 6688 Hayes Road, drug paraphernalia and open container at Robb Avenue

and Lora, Nov. 18. Robert A. Woods, 47, 2240 Westwood Northern Blvd., disorderly conduct at 5648 Cheviot Road, Nov. 18. Juvenile, 17, disorderly conduct at 3200 Ebenezer Road, Nov. 18. Nicole Burgin, 35, 5431 Bluesky Drive, drug abuse at 6550 Harrison Ave., Nov. 18. Lorraine Ballard, 37, 2359 Walden Glen Drive, theft at 6300 Glenway Ave., Nov. 19. Shannon Mortashed, 29, 101 Broadway Ave., drug paraphernalia and warrants at 6560 Harrison Ave., Nov. 20. Shannon V. Cason, 31, 374 Dust Commander Drive, drug possession, possessing drug abuse instrument and warrants at 6562 Harrison Ave., Nov. 20. Christopher K. Rudolph, 19, 435 Kitty Lane, possession of marijuana at 5867 Filview Circle, Nov. 21.

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David A. Ramsey, 39, 1488 Fairway Drive, possessing drug abuse instruments at 375 Dixmyth Ave., Nov. 21. Benjamin S. Stout, 18, 4412 Oakville Drive, possession of drugs at 5522 Harrison Ave., Nov. 21. Glenn A. Eads, 46, 4215 Colerain Ave., theft at 6300 Glenway Ave., Nov. 22. Adam Lay, 21, 5721 Sidney Road, possessing drug abuse instruments, possession of drugs, carrying concealed weapon and resisting arrest at 6433 Glenway


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Ave., Nov. 22. Jeff T. Cruse, 37, 5260 Old Oak Trail, endangering children and operating vehicle under the influence at 6850 Hillside Ave., Nov. 23. Caleb Ludwick, 19, 10062 Sandusky Road, theft at 3491 North Bend Road, Nov. 23. James Garland Jr., 39, 221 No. Washington St., theft at 6300 Glenway Ave., Nov. 25.


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Incidents/reports Breaking and entering Shed entered and tools of unknown value removed at 11405 1/2 E. Miami River Road, Nov. 8. Computers valued at $3,600 removed at 3173 Springdale Road, Nov. 10. Burglary Attempt made at 2547 Adams Road, Nov. 9. Criminal damaging Vehicle damaged at 2331 Walden Glen Circle, Nov. 15. Criminal mischief Kennel gate damaged at 3704 Susanna Drive, Nov. 12. Robbery Victim threatened at U.S. 27 and Sheldon , Nov. 13. Theft $5 removed from vehicle at 9960 Arborwood Drive, Nov. 14. Chain link fence of unknown value removed at 3471 Springdale Road, Nov. 14. Stereo and speakers valued at $275 removed at 2535 Wilson Ave., Nov. 14. Keys, phone and license of unknown value removed at 7767 Kenwood Road, Nov. 15. Clothing items valued at $154.40 removed at 9531 Colerain Ave., Nov. 10. Vehicle removed at Interstate 275, Nov. 12. $6,600 in jewelry removed at 3433 Blue Rock Road, Nov. 8. Gun of unknown value removed from vehicle at 6303 Colerain Ave., Nov. 8. Chipper valued at $60 removed at 9854 Loralinda, Nov. 12. Vehicle entered and laptop valued at $700 removed at 7145 Broadmore, Nov. 12. TV valued at $850 removed at

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Home for the holidays taste and tour.

You are cordially invited to a holiday open house of Maple Knoll Village. Visit the neighborhoods of Coventry Court, Westminster and Kensington Place, enjoy samples of the scrumptious food from the award-winning Manor House Restaurant and leave with a free gift. Join us for a Home for The Holidays Taste and Tour, featuring food from The Manor House Restaurant. When: Thursday, December 8th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm Where: Tours begin at the Visitor’s Center 11100 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45246

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Incidents/reports Assault Suspect punched victim at 5987 Muddy Creek Road, Nov. 20. Breaking and entering Two suspects forced entry into Hillview Golf Course, but nothing found missing at 6954 Wesselman Road, Nov. 20. Dining room broken into at J Gumbo's Bar and Restaurant, but nothing found missing at 6032 Cheviot Road, Nov. 22. Thirty-nine video game systems stolen from Buy Backs at 6121

Colerain Ave., Nov. 24. Burglary Miscellaneous documents, three gold coins and assorted jewelry stolen from home at 3851 Jessup Road, Nov. 21. Video game system, laptop computer and prescription medicine stolen from home at 3272 Jessup Road, Nov. 22. Television, video game system, computer and two containers of dish soap stolen from home at 5429 Brigade Court, Nov. 22. Prescription medicine stolen from home at 1905 Ebenezer Road, Nov. 22. Copper pipes stolen from home

at 5764 Childs Ave., Nov. 25. Criminal damaging Windshield broken on vehicle at 3200 Ebenezer Road, Nov. 17. Section of metal railing and a trailer damaged at Priority 1 Construction at 5178 Crookshank Road, Nov. 17. Rear window broken on vehicle at 3621 West Fork Road, Nov. 17. Window damaged, stereo faceplate broken and oil poured on vehicle at 5923 Harrison Ave., Nov. 18. Four tires punctured on vehicle at 3593 Ridgewood Ave., Nov. 18.



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

Mill Road Church of Christ 11626 Mill Road, Cincinnati, OH 45240

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

(A Church For All Seasons) Burns and Waverly Avenues Cincinnati OH 45215 821.8430

Steve Cummins, Senior Pastor Sunday School..............................9:00 am Coffee & Fellowship...................10:00 am Praise & Worship........................10:30 am Visitors Welcome!

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

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

EPISCOPAL Christ Church Glendale Episcopal Church 965 Forest Ave - 771-1544 The Reverend Roger L Foote 8am Holy Eucharist I 9am Holy Eucharist II 11am Holy Eucharist II Child Care 9-12

LUTHERAN CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH (LCMS) 3301 Compton Rd. (1 block east of Colerain) Sun. School & Bible Class 9:45 AM Worship: Sunday 8:30 &11:00 AM, Wed. 7:15 PM Office: 385-8342 Pre-School: 385-8404

Faith Lutheran LCMC

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

Sunday School 10:15

Trinity Lutheran Church (ELCA)

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UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF THE SAVIOUR 8005 Pfeiffer Rd. Montgomery 791-3142 "The Original Christmas CD: Mary’s Song of Trust" Traditional Worship 8:20am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship 9:40am Sunday School (All ages) 9:40 & 11am Nursery Care Provided

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

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Trinity Lutheran Church, LCMS 5921 Springdale Rd

Rev. Milton Berner, Pastor

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

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UNITED METHODIST Christ, the Prince of Peace United Methodist Church 10507 “Old” Colerain Ave (513) 385-7883 Rev. David Mack Church School for all ages 9:15am Worship 10:30am - Nursery Available “Small enough to know you, Big enough to care”


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


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

Sharonville United Methodist

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Taiwanese Ministry 769-0725 2:00pm


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


NON-DENOMINATIONAL (Office) 946 Hempstead Dr. (513) 807-7200 Jody Burgin, Pastor We meet Sundays at 10:30 am 8916 Fontainebleau Ter. Performing Arts Ctr. - Finneytown High School Childcare provided

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

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


Nov. 18. Laptop computer, GPS, camera and briefcase stolen from vehicle at 7650 Bridgepoint Drive, Nov. 19. Catalytic converter stolen from vehicle at 6505 Harrison Ave., Nov. 20. Prescription medicine stolen from home at 4050 Hutchinson Road, Nov. 20. Catalytic converter stolen from vehicle at 5182 S. Eaglesnest Drive, Nov. 21. Three pairs of jeans, two shirts and one sweater stolen from Dillard's at 6290 Glenway Ave., Nov. 21. Two rings stolen from home at 5156 North Bend Crossing, Nov. 21. Mail stolen from home's mailbox at 6228 Schunk Court, Nov. 22. Gasoline stolen from United Dairy Farmers at 6075 Harrison Ave., Nov. 24. Two pairs of jeans stolen from Dillard's at 6290 Glenway Ave., Nov. 23. GPS and an MP3 player stolen from vehicle at 3670 Werk Road, Nov. 25. Credit card stolen from home at 6154 Seiler Drive, Nov. 25. Ring stolen from home at 3159 Blue Rock Road, Nov. 25. Catalytic converter stolen from vehicle at 5740 Cheviot Road No. 6, Nov. 25.

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Michael Robinson, 52, 3515 McHenry Ave., drug paraphernalia at Hamilton Avenue and Miles Road, Nov. 23. Dante Mosley, 28, 10942 Maplehill Drive, driving under suspension, obstructing official business at Ronald Reagan/Cross County Highway, Nov. 23. Charles Heard, 21, 5352 Cresthill Court, robbery at 11000 block of Elkwood Drive, Nov. 26. Marcus Goens, 21, 11471 Ramondi Place, attempted burglary at 2000 block of Mistyhill Drive,


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R. to Seim, Robert R. and Marie C.; $142,038. 9600 Gibralter Drive: Hamilton, Philip and Pamela to GMAC Mortgage LLC; $115,201. 2829 Honesdale Court: JASM Properties LLC to Monroe, Leslie A.; $74,900. 9371 Jericho Drive: U.S. Bank NA ND to Ayagashe Holdings Inc.; $24,500. 2793 Jonrose Ave.: Adams, John Q. and Faye to Federal Home Loan Mortgag Corp.; $46,000. 2550 Lincoln Ave.: Baxley, Barbara to Baxley, Charles H.; $35,000. 9976 Loralinda Drive: Allison, Rebecca J. to Hall, Andrea R. and Duaine M. Jr.; $100,000. 9936 Marino Drive: American General Financial Services Inc. to Jo Mat Properties LLC; $21,500. 2820 Quaker Court: Gifford, Sharon A. to U.S. Bank NA; $52,000. Red Hawk Court: Western Benchmark LLC to NVR Inc.; $36,750. 3473 Redskin Drive: Locke, Catherine E. Tr. to Kimball, Joseph and Rita; $21,000.

3533 Amberway Court: Hensley, Violet T. to Villages of Northgate Condominium Unit Owners A.; $15,000. 2986 Atwater Drive: Reeves, Keisha to HSBC Bank USA NA Tr.; $42,000. 8267 Chesswood Drive: St. Clair, Robert Jr. Tr. to Carver, James V. and Georgia A.; $82,500. 2723 Chopin Drive: Drees Co. The to Godfrey, Richard; $188,285. 6260 Colerain Ave.: Lower, Randy Tr. to Federal National Mortgage Association; $60,000. 3000 Cranbrook Drive: Morris, Sherman and Patrice to Meacham, Betty J.; $195,700. 4280 Defender Drive: Peters, Brian J. to Citimortgage Inc.; $62,000. 5511 Dry Ridge Road: Sharp, Doris L. to Gerbus, Kevin A. and Valerie L.; $325,000. Dry Ridge Road: Pebble Creek Golf LLC to Pebble Creek Golf LLC; $200. 4210 Endeavor Drive: Englekamp, Erica to Moore, Molly; $39,000. 7371 Gaines Road: Seimst, Even

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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

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Incidents/reports Aggravated robbery United Dairy Farmers reported money, cigarettes stolen at gunpoint at 10811 Hamilton Ave., Nov. 23. Attempted burglary Woman reported break-in attempt at 2058 Mistyhill Drive, Nov. 27. Breaking and entering Valleydale Barber Shop reported money stolen at 24 Compton Road, Nov. 26. Man reported tools stolen at 10434 Maria Ave., Nov. 21. Burglary Woman reported TV stolen at 10643 Forestdale Lane, Nov. 24. Criminal damaging Man reported vehicle damaged at 2304 Magdelena Drive, Nov. 24. Misuse of credit card Woman reported bank card used at 9898 Dargate Drive, Nov. 23. Theft Walgreens reported $80 in merchandise stolen at 8210 Winton Road, Nov. 22. CVS reported two TVs stolen at 8560 Winton Road, Nov. 22. Woman reported money stolen at 1977 Windmill Way, Nov. 20. 2701 Montana Ave. woman reported vehicle stolen at 2000 block of North Bend Road, Nov. 20.

3243 Regal Lane: Irongate Properties LLC to Boric, Shari L.; $126,900. 6741 Schuster Court: Hilton Capital Group LLC to Penklor Properties LLC; $22,000. 8267 Springleaf Lake Drive: Truett, Kelley R. and Charles to Citimortgage Inc.; $129,834. Vail Court: Fischer Single Family Homes II LLC to Carvitti, Anthony D. and Kristen M.; $308,130.


4931 Arbor Woods Court: Jones, James M. to Anderson, Peggy; $104,000. 7558 Bridge Point Drive: Diers, Marlene T. to Salinas, Marjorie F.; $135,000. 3080 Carroll Ave.: HSBC Bank USA NA Tr. to Grauel Contracting LLC; $37,000. 4504 Clearwater Place: CWX Holdings LLC to Grotjan, Carol A.; $105,000. 4506 Clearwater Place: CWX Holdings LLC to Grotjan, Carol A.; $105,000. Davids Way: Salem, Karen P. Tr. to Roebel, John J. and Diane M.; $95,000.


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


Nov. 27. Juvenile, criminal damaging at 2300 block of Magdelena Drive, Nov. 24. Wayne Walker Jr., 26, 2419 Bremont Ave., menacing at 2000 block of Mistyhill Drive, Nov. 24. James Malcom, 24, 1102 Egan Hill Road, theft at 9800 block of McKelvey Road, Nov. 21. Camille Rose, 37, 2355 Hidden Meadow Drive, assault at 10000 block of Hamilton Avenue, Nov. 21. Larry Berry, 48, 2033 First Ave., breaking and entering, drug paraphernalia at 2100 block of Lincoln Avenue, Nov. 22.


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Unknown substance thrown on vehicle's hood, causing damage to the paint at 5859 Willow Oak Lane, Nov. 19. Eggs thrown on vehicle, causing damage to paint on door at 3561 Gailynn Drive, Nov. 19. Two windows damaged at Sibcy Cline at 5575 Cheviot Road, Nov. 22. Hood and driver's side of vehicle scratched with unknown object at 5747 Bridgetown Road, Nov. 24. Egg thrown on vehicle causing damage to paint at 5348 Orchard Ridge Court, Nov. 23. Criminal mischief Mustard and ketchup poured on vehicle at 5744 Nickview Ave., Nov. 20. Eggs thrown on vehicle at 6060 Samver Road, Nov. 23. Eggs thrown on home at 5813 Valleyway Court, Nov. 23. Domestic dispute Argument between parent and child at Fox Ridge Court, Nov. 19. Argument between spouses at Cheviot Road, Nov. 24. Argument between parent and child at Westwood Northern Boulevard, Nov. 24. Menacing Suspect threatened to harm victim at 5136 Leslie’s Woods, Nov. 21. Theft Three subwoofers, amplifier, MP3 player, car stereo, extra battery, jacket, knit cap, toolbox, assorted hand tools, Aerosoft gun and a satellite radio receiver stolen from vehicle at 5574 Bridgetown Road, Nov. 18. Purse and contents stolen from vehicle at 6644 Hearne Road No. 197, Nov. 18. Car stereo and two amplifiers stolen from vehicle at 6603 Hearne Road No. 76, Nov. 18. Credit card stolen from home and later used to make several unauthorized transactions at 1659 Devils Backbone Road, Nov. 19. Ring and a pendant stolen from home at 2250 Townsend Road,


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