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Maybe they delivered a home-cooked meal when you were under the weather, or helped you with yard work. They are “Neighbors Who Care,” and we think they deserve recognition. Again this year, Northwest Press will devote one of our holiday issues to honoring those in the community who have given a bit of themselves to make the lives of others better. No deed is too small (or too large). If you know a Neighbor Who Cares, tell us about them. You can nominate by sending an e-mail to memral@, or by regular mail to Northwest Press, Neighbors Who Care, 5556 Cheviot Road, Cincinnati, OH 45247. Include your name, address and phone number, as well as theirs.

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Have you put up a neat Christmas lights display? Do you know where one is? Let us know and we’ll publish a list each week until Christmas. E-mail the information to, or mail it to Lights, 5556 Cheviot Road, Cincinnati, OH 45247.

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Colerain Township resident Oliver McEvilly, 3, tries on the wrestling mask that he got at the Latin American Culture Fest at the Cincinnati Museum Center while he gets his picture snapped.

Firefighters pull worker from trench By Kurt Backscheider

A construction worker Green Township firefighters pulled from a 12-foot trench did not survive the medical emergency that caused him to collapse on the job site. Green Township Police Chief Bart West said Anthony Augustine, a 46-year-old subcontractor for Labor Ready, was pronounced dead by doctors at Mercy Hospital Mt. Airy shortly after noon on Monday, Nov. 29. Augustine collapsed while working in a large pipe at the bottom of a 12-foot trench at the site of a future nursing home in the 3200 block of West Fork Road. Lt. Michael Nie, spokesman for the Green Township Department of Fire & EMS, said firefighters were called to the construction site at 9:37 a.m. Monday, Nov. 29, after a worker noticed Augustine hadn’t been seen for some time and found him lying unconscious in a 6-foot diameter drainage pipe. Nie said there is no indication the medical emergency was connected in any way with an accident at the site. He said it appears the patient’s medical issue just happened to occur inside the pipe. West said, “Apparently it was just a medical issue while he was working at the job site.” Nie said the man’s location in the pipe and the trench presented firefighters with some unusual challenges and triggered additional precautions such as atmospheric monitoring and using masks for safety. He said fortunately the department had some firefighters on


After bringing a sick construction worker out of a large pipe, Green Township firefighters prepare to slide him up a ladder out of a 12-foot deep trench. duty who have been specially trained for these types of rescues, and the rope and ladder system firefighters employed to get Augustine out of the trench went smoothly. “I was impressed with how quickly the guys got everything set up,” he said. “They did everything by the book. It was no small chore and they acted very quickly.” He said the muddy construction site made getting equipment to the patient difficult, but firefighters arrived on the scene at 9:45 a.m., rescued the patient from the trench and had him in an ambulance en route to the hospital by 10:18 a.m.

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Area senior citizens are invited to enjoy a special holiday social at Colerain High School next week. This is a free event for senior citizens in the community. The social is from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14, at the high school, 8801 Cheviot Road. There are sign-up sheets at Northgate Park, and the senior centers in Colerain Township, 4300 Springdale Road, Green Township, 3620 Epley Road. You can also make a reservation by phone to media secretary Debbie Potzner at 741-5048. If no answer, please just leave the following information on her answering machine: your name, how many are coming, and if you will be riding the bus or driving. School bus transportation will be provided from the Colerain Township and Green Township Senior Citizen Centers at 11:30 a.m. to Colerain High School and will return guests to the Senior Centers at 1:45 p.m. Northgate Park will provide transportation for their residents. If you are planning to drive yourself, Colerain High School will have reserved parking close to the entrance of the building, with no steps to climb. Potzner said the social will allow guests to meet the faculty and students, and enjoy desserts made by students and members of the Colerain High School PTA. There will also be musical performances by the Colerain High School Orchestra, concert choir, and concert band. Visitors can also see student artwork, which will be on display at the event. She said there will also be student speakers during the program in the school gym. “This is the eighth year for the social,” Potzner said. “It’s kind of a thank-you to our seniors for supporting the schools and lets them come in and see what’s going on in the building. It’s nice for them and nice for us,” she said. For more about your community, visit


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New high school set to open Jan. 10 By Jennie Key

Mount Healthy junior high and high school students will start the new year in their new building. The Mount Healthy City School District is set to open the last of three new buildings in the district when students return from an extended holiday break.

The last day of classes for students in the old buildings will be Wednesday, Dec. 22. Pennell They return to class on Monday, Jan. 10, to the brand new building. Opening ceremonies are set for Sunday, Jan. 16, at the

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HOUSING TOGETHERNESS Togetherness is taking on a new meaning in the world of real estate. It means more people, in all age segments, are living together under one roof. In past years, most individuals and families lived in their own residence and either owned or rented their home. Today, increasing numbers of people are sharing their living accommodations with others. It started with younger unmarried people but is now growing to include married couples and families, and in coming yearsitwillincludeextendedfamilies,accordingtoDennisTorres, director of real estate operations at Pepperdine University, who recently concluded a study on “multigenerational co-habitation.” “Young people in their 20s often move back in with their parents, or never leave that residence at all,” Torres said. “I predict this is the start of a bigger trend in which extended family members will increasingly dwell under the same roof. What’s more, the trend is not exclusive to low-income segments of the population.” Mark Schupp has been a Real Estate Agent for the past 29 years and is a Certified Residential Specialist. He has won many awards including the Top Unit Producer for 1999 and 2000 (last year awarded) in the Cincinnati Board of Realtors and Top 1% Residential Real Estate Agent in the Nation. For professional advice on all aspects of buying or selling real estate, contact Mark Schupp at Star One Realtors. Please call me at 385-0900 (office) or 385-0035 (home) or visit my website:


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The new Mount Healthy Junior/Senior High School will be ready to open when students return from Christmas break Jan. 10. new high school. The Mount Healthy Alumni Association will host open houses at both the old high school on Adams Road, and the new Junior/Senior High School on Hamilton Avenue on Saturday, Jan 15. The open houses will run from noon until 5 p.m. Craig Rouse, a class of 1967 member, brings his Beatles Tribute Band “Eight Days a Week” to perform from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Adams Road school. John Pennell, executive director for administrative services for Mount Healthy schools, said the district has had temporary occupancy for about a month and will have full occupancy shortly. “We are on schedule, and expect to be ready to open on time,” he said. Mount Healthy wrestlers have been practicing at the new building, and beginning

this week basketball practice will be in the new gym. Pennell said about 90 percent of the furniture is in the new building. The library and music area furniture is still being delivered. Junior high students will have a separate educational space from high school students, with a sharing of common facilities. One of those common spaces will be a new auditorium, named in honor of Russ Hinkle, a retired Mount Healthy High School music teacher who directs the annual Alumni Band concerts. The new junior/senior high school is the last of three buildings opening in the district. Voters in 2007 approved a bond issue to build the new state-of-the-art schools, reducing the number of ele-

dows was not properly sealed. Both issues have been addressed by contractors. Pennell said the district will be sending letters this week to about 290 students who will now be within walking distance of the school and will no longer receive bus service. Bus passes will be mailed out in about two weeks. “This will be a big change for some families, and I expect we will get some phone calls,” Pennell said. For more about your community, visit

BRIEFLY Cantata set

The Evangelical Community Church invites everyone to the church’s Christmas Cantata, Hope for the World. It will be at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, at the church, 2191 Struble Road. A reception will follow in Fellowship Hall. Visit the church’s website at for more information.

Alumnus of the Year

The Mount Healthy Alumni Association is now accepting nominations for Alumnus of the Year. Information regarding the qualifications, and the

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nomination form, can be obtained at www.mthalumni. org under the Alumnus of the Year heading. Or contact Rose Kahsar at rkahsar@, or Steve Harness at Nominations must be received by Feb. 14, and should be sent to: Rose Kahsar c/o Mount Healthy City School District, 1310 Adams Road, Mount Healthy, OH 45231.

eReader help

Thinking of buying a Nook or Sony Reader for the book lover on your holiday shopping list? You aren’t alone-ereaders are expected to be the hot gift of the holiday season. If you’ve been considering the idea of buying an ereader, stop by the Groesbeck branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15, to learn more about them, try them out, and find out how they are compatible with Library materials. Adults. The branch is at 2994 W. Galbraith Road, 369-4454 Find out more about ereaders with the Library’s online guide about e-Readers for the Holidays at www.

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mentary buildings in the district from five to two and consolidating two junior high schools and the high school into one building. Officials said the consolidation would result in $1.5 million annual cost savings through the streamlining of operations. The Ohio Schools Facilities Commission paid $57.2 million of the $90 million cost to construct the buildings, the remaining $33 million was paid for with the bond money, which can only be used for construction, not operation of the new buildings. Recent rain allowed the district to be sure the roof at the new building is sealed and water tight. The rain revealed problems at North and South elementary; there were roof leaks at North and the library’s bank of curved win-

To celebrate the opening of the new building and mark the closing of the old one, the Mount Healthy Alumni Association is accepting preorders for bricks from the Adams Road high school and for Cat’s Meow wooden keepsakes from the high schools on Harrison Avenue and Adams Road. The bricks will be engraved with the dates the Adams Road building was in use – 1962 to 2010. Cost will be $45 per brick for local pick up. Shipping via United States Postal Service will be available at USPS rates. The Cat’s Meow keepsakes will have a rendition of the buildings on the front and a biography on the back. The cost is $15 for local pickup and shipping is available. For details, or to pre-order a keepsakes, visit the alumni website at

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nati Pet ID Day Dec. 19, and get your 2011 Hamilton County license before the price of a license doubles in February. Free rabies shot and discounted microchipping will also be available. The final Pet ID Day is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, at the SPCA Cincinnati Sharonville, 11900 Conrey Road. Lost dogs wearing a valid Hamilton County tag can be easily traced to the owner when the finder calls 9463647, the 24-hour hotline for returning lost dogs. Each dog license has a unique number and if a deputy warden or other person finds a lost dog with a license, a simple phone call or search online will provide the dog owner’s name, address and telephone number. Every dog over the age of three months must have a license by Jan. 31 of every year according to Ohio law. Dog owners who fail to purchase a license by the deadline are subject to a fine. SPCA Cincinnati will offer a free rabies shot for your dog with a purchase of a dog license. Discounted microchip implantations will also be available. Microchipping and registration for one cat or dog is $20, a savings of more than $55. Rabies shots are also free for cats, but SPCA Cincinnati

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Park permits

The Hamilton County Park District 2011 annual motor vehicle permits are now on sale. The annual permit costs $10 and includes $30 worth of coupons. In addition, Hamilton County residents can continue to take advantage of the Resident Reward Program by completing and returning a form to receive a $5 gift certificate redeemable for park activities. Permits are available at all visitor centers, ranger stations, golf courses, boathouses, park entrance booths and online at For more information, call 521-7275.

Open house in January

The Mount Healthy High School Alumni Association will host open houses at both the old high school on Adams Road, and the new Junior/Senior High School on Hamilton Avenue on Jan 15. The open houses will run from noon until 5 p.m. More info and updates can be found at


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premature with two holes in her heart. In her short life, she underwent five heart surgerAubrey Rose ies, including a heart and double lung transplant when she was 18 months old. “To look at her, you would never know she was even sick,” said Nancy, 50, an electric analyst for Duke Energy. “She was happy,” said Jerry, also 50, spreading photos of a smiling Aubrey on a table. Ten years ago, during visits to her pediatrician and cardiologist, she gave hugs and blew kisses. Back at home, she smiled and laughed. Then, late at night Aubrey, two days shy of her third birthday, coughed a couple of times and turned blue. The autopsy revealed she had chronic lung rejection. The Hollenkamps say even if doctors had known, they could not have done anything.

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Jerry Hollenkamp and his wife Nancy Hollenkamp stuff a box with a pair of stuffed animals that is places in every package mailed to families they assist; they are the owners of Writely Sew an embroidering business in Mount Healthy. Some people cope with personal tragedy by withdrawing from the world. The Hollenkamps reached out. Within three months, they had formed the foundation. “It gave us a focus every day to get up,” Nancy said. “We knew she would want us to live. She wouldn’t want us to be bitter. So living is what we’re doing.” Living. And giving. “The bottom line is, her job on this earth was done,” Nancy said, “and ours just began.” Aubrey had spent months at hospitals in Philadelphia and Cleveland as well as Cincinnati. The Hollenkamps’ living expenses piled up. Insurance didn’t cover all the bills. They relied on fundraisers organized by friends and family. “That’s why we wanted to give back,” Nancy said. “We knew what it was like.” The foundation started with a couple of thousand dollars donated by Nancy’s parents, and modest goals: to help five families with $500 each. To raise more money, the Hollenkamps organized a golf outing. After that, a dance.

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The fundraisers took different forms, grew bigger, and brought in more money. Regardless of the event, “for (Aubrey’s) legacy, we want to make sure everything is fun,” Jerry said. After five years, the foundation had raised nearly $30,000 to help the families of sick kids. Now, it annually brings in $50,000, which pays medical bills, as well as medicine, therapy, and specialized equipment such as wheelchair ramps and lifts. The foundation also has awarded 190 scholarships to eighth-graders who will attend Catholic high schools. Four times a year, it organizes themed dinner parties for families staying at Ronald McDonald House. It hosts an annual holiday party for children in the cardiac unit at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. And six years ago, it started the Healing the World’s Hearts program, which has resulted in lifesaving open-heart surgery at the hospital for a child from the Philippines and one from Russia. Several hundred volunteers help make it all happen, but at the center are the Hollenkamps. They have a daughter, Carly, 23, who is a customer service rep at Cincinnati Children’s and is working on a master’s degree in family counseling; and a son Spencer, 22, a business major, with an emphasis on non-profits, at Eastern Kentucky University. “I’ve never met more selfless people in my life,” said Kara Molfetta of West Chester Township. Molfetta and her husband, John, have five children, ages 3 to 17. Four and a half years ago, their 8-year-old, Isabella, was diagnosed with a rare, sometimes fatal autoimmune disease that has no cure. The family has insurance, but it doesn’t cover all their bills. Raising a sick child “affects every aspect of your life – your marriage, your other children, your finances,” Molfetta said. “At the beginning, we had a really, really tough time.” Two years ago, someone told Nancy Hollenkamp about the Molfettas. That Christmas, the family received “a tower of gifts” and a letter that said their outstanding medical bills would be paid in full. “It just made us realize when things get really bad, how blessed we are and how many people out there really, really care,” Molfetta said. Since then, the Molfettas have assisted at some foundation fundraisers and at Ronald McDonald House dinners. The Hollenkamps are devising ways to help more families. A year and a half ago, Jerry quit his job selling industrial supplies to start Writely Sew, an embroidery/embellishment business in Mount Healthy. Profits from that venture – and two more in the works, Aubrey Rose Apparel and myARMA, a medical line of clothing for ill children – will help fund the Aubrey Rose Foundation. After 10 years, the reason to continue their charitable work is simple, Jerry said: More families need help. Also, “We truly believe Aubrey’s up in heaven,” Nancy said, “and she’s guiding our every move.”


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Group eyeing site for residential campus By Kurt Backscheider

Carolyn Ross said she’s excited a dream she shares with several other West Side families is coming closer to becoming reality. “We’re getting there,” she said. “I believe it’s going to happen.” The Green Township mother is referring to BeauVita, a proposed residential community for adults with developmental disabilities. Ross, her husband, Barry, and three other families who have children with special needs teamed up to establish a nonprofit organization focused on building a community in which people with developmental disabilities can live independently and reach their maximum potential. The goal of BeauVita, which means beautiful life, is to provide adults with disabilities a choice when it comes to where and with whom they want to live.

“All of us have children or young adults who are developmentally disabled. We all got together a couple of years ago and decided something needs to be done for our family members,” said Michael Ricke, a BeauVita board member and Green Township resident who has a developmentally disabled daughter. He said the plan is to construct a cluster of residential buildings each housing efficiency-style residences with shared living rooms, dining rooms and kitchen areas. Each resident would be maintain their own private bedroom and bathroom space, and they could work together on the upkeep of the common areas. The group has been raising money, and has roughly 3 acres of property off North Bend Road under contract. Ross said New Hope Community Church on Edgewood Drive in Green Township had some extra land available, and BeauVita is proposing to build its residential commu-

nity on the site. “It was divine intervention,” Ross said. The Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission recommended approval of the group’s proposal upon reviewing preliminary plans Thursday, Dec. 2. Green Township trustees are expected to review the proposal at their meeting Monday, Dec. 13, and the Hamilton County Rural Zoning Commission is scheduled to review it Thursday, Dec. 16. Ross said if everything goes smoothly the project could be approved by the county the second or third week of February. “We’ve talked with all the neighbors and there was no opposition to our proposal,” she said. Plans call for constructing a campus consisting of six separate buildings that would each contain six apartments for developmentally disabled adults and one full-time staff member per building. Ross said it’s important for the housing to be in a

small community setting where the residents can socialize, interact and depend on one another. “We want to create a community within a community,” Ross said. She said construction of the residences will depend on how much funding the organization has. She said she would like to have the first building completed by 2012. BeauVita’s residential support services staff will work with residents to help identify their needs and fashion a plan to help them reach their


Barb and Mike Ricke and their daughter Julia, 27, who has Down Syndrome have banded together with some other families to build BeauVita, a residential community for developmentally disabled adults. own personal goals. For more information about BeauVita, or to learn

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Kindervelt, a citywide charitable organization, is hoping local bakery customers have a sweet tooth this holiday season. The organization, which is composed of local groups that raise money for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, has joined forces with the Greater Cincinnati Retail Bakers Association to offer “Buy a Kid, Help a Kid, No Kid-

ding.” During the event, which runs Dec. 5-31, customers at dozens of local bakeries can buy special gingerbread cookies with a portion of the proceeds going to local children’s charities. Buffie Rixey, president of the citywide Kindervelt organization, said the promotion has been a holiday staple for several years. “It’s a perfect opportunity to purchase a cookie and help a kid,” Rixey said. She said the money

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Noelle Reese, left, Nisia Burns, Carrie Frasure and Ebony Perdue work on building a playground.


Students worked on building projects using only recyclable goods they brought from home or found outside. Picture from left are Marnasia Colbert, Kala Farley, Anthony Howard and Yordi Vallecillo.


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Students at South Elementary in the Mount Healthy school district gathered cardboard, plastic bottles and other reusable items to create a project using only recyclable materials. The lesson in Heather Butts’ sixth-grade classroom on recycling included a play to learn what materials could be recycled in hopes that they, in turn, would recycle at home. With a plastic bottle in hand, Zac Burress reads from a script to help teach his classmates what recycling is all about.


Pictured working on their project are, from left, Atiyana Isom, Cortez Blassingame and Teko’a Winbush.


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December 8, 2010


St. Xavier High School senior David Minich has accepted a Presidential Scholarship from Xavier University. At St. X, Minich is active in theater and housing rehabilitation. He plans to major in natural sciences at Xavier. He is the son of Michele and Tom Minich of Green Township. All incoming freshmen are evaluated for Xavier’s Trustee and Presidential Scholarships and the Dean's and Schawe Awards. Award levels vary.

• White Oak resident Amanda Appiarius has received a scholarship from the Cincinnati Woman’s Club. Appiarius is a fifth-year student in the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning. CWC scholars must earn at least a 3.5 grade-point average and be enrolled at fulltime status. The women receive the scholarship annually until graduation if they continue to meet the criteria.

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McAuley recently received $500 check from General Electric Aviation in honor of 2010 graduate Julie DePauw. DePauw won a GE Aviation’s Engineering Student Grant. She won a personal scholarship, but requested this donation benefit McAuley’s math department.

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Danielle Hunn is Northwest’s Principal’s Leadership Award 2010 Winner. The National Association of Secondary Principals and Herff Jones cosponsor an award each year to recognize an outstanding student leader from each high school in the United

States. Students are nominated by faculty staff and sponsors. Hunn has combined a career center program with academic honors classes while maintaining a 3.4 grade-point average. She is chair of the Student Senate, president of the Officer Advisory Board, and a member of the Key Club, National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society. Hunn now will be entered in the national competition for scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $12,000. A senior in the health services tech program, she is the daughter of Tammy and Eric Hunn.

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designated the Make-A-Wish Foundation to be the recipient of its fundraising efforts during the first third of the 2010-2011 school year. The eighth-grade Leadership Council sponsored monthly Christian Service Out of Uniform Days, as well as other fundraisers such as a bake sale and a Halloween Bash in order to raise the money for the Make-AWish Foundation. The school was able to donate $2,955 to the MakeA-Wish Foundation.

Northwest High School students Jessica Boehl, Brittney Bruce, Jeff Lewis and Jerry Yancy won gold medals at a Family Career and Community Leaders of America competition. They entered the “Illustrated Talk” division and their topics included “Today’s Healthy Teen” and “Do Your Driving Habits Cause Unnecessary Stress?” Boehl and Bruce qualified for state competition, winning silver medals for their presentation. Pictured from left are Brittney Bruce, Jessica Boehl, Jeff Lewis and Jerry Yancy.


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December 8, 2010

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Northwest bowling program keeps rolling

By Tony Meale

In recent years, Northwest High School bowling has been one of the area’s more successful athletic programs. Both the girls and boys teams have each won six consecutive league titles and last season went a combined 29-4. The boys return four starters in seniors James Klinefelter and Jeremy Spohr and juniors Rickey Bender and Alex Obermeyer; all were first-team, all-league performers last season. Bender, in fact, was FAVC-Scarlet Bowler of the Year. He averaged 208.8, which was second best in the FAVC. “I’m expecting Rickey to pick up where he left off,” Northwest head coach Kenny Goodin said. “I’m also expecting James and Jeremy to step up, show improvement in their game and exhibit great leadership. When these bowlers go, we go.” Promising newcomers include senior Tyler Hoehn and juniors Ian Millard and Austin King. “They all have great talent that can help this team,” Goodin said. “We just have to work on polishing that talent.”


Northwest High School senior Katie Johnson was the FAVC-Scarlet Bowler of the Year last season. She led the FAVC with a scoring average of 189.6 Juniors Alec Beetz and Zack Bratton and freshmen Colton Lipps and Jayme Ahr will float between varsity and junior varsi-


The girls team, meanwhile, returns five starters in seniors Katie Johnson, Kelsea Arvin and

Erin Bates, as well as juniors Abbey Lipps and Ashleigh Hobson. Johnson was FAVC-Scarlet Bowler of the Year last season. “Katie and Kelsea are going to have to step up and be leaders for this inexperienced team,” Goodin said. “They are also going to have to lead this team by example so the rest of the bowlers know what is expected from them.” Top newcomers include juniors Cortney Evans, Leah Merritt and Haley Campbell. “Cortney has the potential to be a great bowler,” Goodin said. “We just have to work on morphing that potential into talent. The rest of the girls were part of the team last year, but they are still a little too inexperienced. As we move farther into the season, they will get comfortable and excel.” Both teams will participate in six tournaments this season, including the Holiday Classic (Dec. 11 at Western Bowl), Bearcat Classic (Jan. 14 at Western Bowl) and Ohio High School Classic (Jan. 15 at Northwest Lanes). “We have one of the toughest schedules in the city, but this is a group of special bowlers,” Goodin said. “We have a lot of talent. We

just have to put it all together, which is something we need to work on. Even though we have a veteran group, we lost key bowlers last year that gave us great leadership.” Goodin said both teams need to improve their spare shooting, especially in pressure matches. Ultimately, the goal is to win yet another league title. The FAVC Tournament is slated for Jan. 8 at Northwest Lanes. “We’re looking to stay atop the FAVC, but it will be tougher with the new alignment,” Goodin said. “We are going to have to be twice as good as we were last year to regain the league title.” Neither Knights squad advanced past districts last season, but both are focused on advancing to the State Bowling Championships, which will be March 4-5 at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl in Columbus. “I believe we’re going to win the first FAVC-West title, place in the top five of every tournament and win the FAVC Tournament,” Goodin said. “(I think we could) advance to state and surprise a lot of teams. My hopes are high for this team because I know they can be great.”

Other area bowling teams Colerain

The Cardinals return several starters from a boys team that last year went 9-7 and finished tied for third in the Greater Miami Conference and a girls team that finished 9-8 and tied for fourth in the GMC. The boys return four three-year varsity bowlers in seniors Matthew Crooker, Travis Hoehn (183.8), Justin Kelley (173.2) and Tyler Van Niman (185.1). Crooker led the team with a 207.2 average last season and was one of three bowlers in the GMC to bowl a perfect game; the others were Middletown’s Christian Woodlan and Hamilton’s Kyle Tillery. “I expect (my seniors) to keep working hard and not get discouraged when things don’t go as planned,” Colerain head coach Debbie Potzner said. “I expect them to be leaders and help the younger players.” Also returning are juniors J.R. Geiger (178.9) and Jacob Potzner (174.9). “We lose five seniors next year, and I will need these boys to take the lead,” Potzner said. “I have confidence that they can – and will – do Potzner what it takes to be top bowlers in the conference.” The Lady Cardinals, meanwhile, will be led by senior Katie Wagner and juniors Jessica Culbertson and Kayla Russell. Wagner and Culbertson are both averaging in the low-180s in the early season, while freshman Jenna Coldiron and sophomore Jill Geiser are above 170. “I am confident that my returning


Colerain High School senior Matthew Crooker was one of three bowlers in the GMC to bowl a perfect game last season. players will be leaders and positive role models for the newer players,” Potzner said. The girls are 2-1 (1-1) entering play Dec. 8 and the boys are 0-2 entering play Dec. 6. Both teams will participate in the Holiday Classic Dec. 11 at Western Bowl before bowling against Northwest Dec. 13 at Northwest Lanes. They close the calendar year at the Holiday Baker Tournament Dec. 18 at Columbus Square. Potzner said both teams share the same goal: “To improve from last year and keep moving forward; to be the best we can be by working hard, staying positive and having fun.”

La Salle

The Lancers, which finished 13-5 overall last season and second to St. Xavier in the Greater Catholic League South division, graduated a trio of second-team, all-league performers in T.J DeLaet, Andrew Leon and Kyle Smith. This season, La Salle will rely on seniors Jake Huber and Travis Nieman, as well as juniors Mike Frankl, Jeff Nadar and Gabe Perkins. Huber averaged a 167.7 in limited action last year but in the early season is hovering in the 230s. Nieman is at 212, while Frankl, Nadar and Perkins have been in the 160s-170s range. La Salle, ranked 12th in the city, takes on top-ranked Oak Hills Dec. 8 at Western Bowl. The Lancers also face Elder Dec. 16 at Colerain Bowl before participating in the Holiday Baker Marathon Dec. 18 at Columbus Bowling Palace and the New Year's Tournament Dec. 28 at Eastern Lanes. They open the new year with league matches against Elder (Jan. 4) and Moeller (Jan. 6) with the GCL Tournament slated for Jan. 17 at Colerain Bowl.



Roger Bacon High School sophomore Kristen Schoner is one of several returners for the Lady Spartans.

The Mohawks finished 9-12 overall last season, including 6-9 in the Girls’ Greater Cincinnati League Scarlet division. They do, however, return junior Jessica Homer, who last year was the lone sophomore in the Scarlet to earn first-team, all-league honors. She fin-

ished seventh in the league with a 181.3 average. Other returning starters include Alyssa Estep, who last year was earned GGCL-Scarlet honorablemention accolades, and Emily Blessing. Estep averaged 162.4, while Blessing averaged 152.6. Also in the mix are freshman Alexis Baker, sophomore Amber Bahrani and junior Kristi Kristof. McAuley, ranked sixth in the city, is 0-1 entering play Dec. 2. The Mohawks face Oak Hills, ranked No. 1 in the city, Dec. 8 at Western Bowl, which is the site of the Holiday Classic Dec. 11 and the Bearcat Classic Jan. 14. The GGCL Tournament will be Jan. 17 at Brentwood Bowl. “We expect to finish in the top ten of the city this season,” McAuley third-year head coach Ken Homer said. “Our tough schedule should have the girls well-prepared for postseason play.” The Mohawks qualified for districts last season but were unable to advance to state. The State Bowling Championships slated for March 4 at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl in Columbus.

Mount Healthy

The girls team, which finished 9-9 last season, returns three first-team, all-league performers in seniors Nevoteni Daniels and Tracey Wallace and junior Jenae Yarborough. Wallace and Daniels averaged 182.0 and 181.5, respectively last season, while Yarborough averaged 136.3. Also returning are juniors Emily Bass (120.3) and Mariah Lehnhoff (111.7). The boys team, meanwhile, finished 7-12 last season and graduated three all-league performers in Brad McGaha, Kyle Rouse and Chris Bedinghaus. The top returner are juniors D.J. Wade and Derek Jordan, who last year averaged 167.9 and 155.5, respectively. Junior Tristian Froehlich (142.5) and sophomore Austen McCoy (139.8) will also be in the mix. The Fort Ancient Valley Conference Bowling Invitational will be held Jan. 8 at Northwest Lanes.

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Both Spartan squads return a plethora of talent from last season. The boys team, which finished 109 overall and 8-6 in the Greater Catholic League Central division, returns five all-league performers, including first-teamers Kyle Koester and Henry Rysz, who averaged 193.3 and 190.5, respectively. Koester was GCL-Central Bowler of the Year as a sophomore. Second-team returners include seniors John Hagen (175.0), Alex Kraemer (174.6) and Trent Meister (186.6). Senior Brandon Davis will also be in the mix. “(We have) several bowlers who should average around 200 this year,” Roger Bacon boys head coach Ralph Martin said. The girls team, meanwhile, finished 7-14 last year, including 6-7 in


The La Salle High School bowling team finished second in the GCL-South last season. Pictured (back row, left to right): Head coach Hollis Haggard, Mike Frankl, Travis Nieman, Austin Tebelman and coach Bobby Wingerberg. Front row, left to right: Tim Elder, Jeff Nader, Jacob Huber and Matthew Nichols. the Girls’ Greater Cincinnati League Grey Central division. The Lady Spartans return senior first-team, all-league performers Katlin Kallmeyer (157.9) and Darci Meiners (143.7). Senior Melaina Dressing (121.7) was honorable mention, while sophomores Kristen Schoner (109.5) and Juliana Van Rafelghem (121.5) will have expanded roles this season. Both the boys and girls teams will participate in the Holiday Classic Dec. 11 at Western Bowl, while the conference tournaments are slated for Jan. 17. The girls will be in action at Brentwood Bowl, while the boys take to the lanes at Colerain. The state bowling championships will be March 4-5 at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl in Columbus.


The Colerain High School girls bowling team from left to right: freshman Jenna Coldiron, sophomore Jill Geiser, junior Jessica Culbertson, senior Katie Wagner and junior Kayla Russell. Senior Ashley Maus is not pictured.

St. Xavier

The Bombers graduated their entire starting lineup from last season, including Chris Weber, an Enquirer Bowler of the Year and Dexter USBC High School All-American who now bowls for Ohio State. St. X reloads with a group headlined by seniors Tim Sause and Bryan Walsh. “Both are capable of averaging over 200,” St. X head coach Al Runkel said. Runkel also expects junior Joey Bruns and sophomore Eddie Runkel to average over 200, while Ben Weinberger is the top freshman. “Overall, our talent is good, and we’re deep,” Runkel said. St. X has won the Greater Catholic League South division three years in a row and is the two-time defending GCL Tournament champion. Despite a plethora of new faces, the Bombers expect to compete for league honors once again and qualify for the state tournament, which they last did in 2009. “We need experience, which can be gained only by bowling matches and tournaments,” Runkel said. “We also need to improve our spare shooting.” The Bombers, ranked fourth in the city, are 2-0 entering play Dec. 2. Upcoming tournaments include the Holiday Classic Dec. 11 and the New Year’s Tournament Dec. 28. The GCL Tournament is Jan. 17 at Colerain Bowl, while the state bowling championships will be March 5 at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl in Columbus.


The St. Xavier High School bowling team has won three straight GCL-South titles, but the Bombers graduated their entire starting lineup from last season. Hoping to carry on the tradition will be (back row, left to right): Head coach Al Runkel, Eddie Runkel, Chris Hecht, Matt Huber, coach James Kasee and (front row, left to right) Ben Weinberger, Bryan Walsh, Tim Sause and Joey Bruns.


Among the members of the McAuley High School bowling team are (left to right): Emily Blessing, Alyssa Estep, Haley Donovan, Jessica Homer, Amber Bahrani, Christi Kristof and Lexi Baker.

Sports & recreation

Schools make hockey strides By Tony Meale

With 24 wins last year, Moeller may boast the top hockey program in the GCLSouth. But the rest of the league is trying to catch up. Take La Salle. The Lancers have come a long way since their inaugural 017-2 season in 2002-03. They won nine games or more five years in a row from 2004-05 to 2008-09 before finishing 7-19-1 last season. Head coach Ken Handley returns five seniors from that seven-win team; among them are Nick Rumpke, Jon Miller, Gus Welling, George Welling and Jake Ventura. The future of the program, however, lies in a stable of underclassmen: Justin Blust, Tim David, Jeremy Murdock, Eric Conradi, Ben Heyob, Tyler Quattrone and Nick Benson. La Salle (1-7-1 entering play Dec. 4) started 0-6-1 before beating Elder 5-3 Nov. 21. Ventura netted all five goals for the Lancers, with three assists coming from Miller. Murdock and David split time in goal and snared 30 saves combined. “Offensively, we will be a more high-scoring team this

season,� Handley said. “And the two freshmen defensemen – Justin Ross and Garrett Liette – will be very fun to watch.� La Salle has a rematch with Elder Dec. 17 at Cincinnati Gardens. The Panthers, meanwhile, are 1-6 entering play Dec. 3. They opened the year with a 7-4 win over Dayton – in which Dominic Marsala netted two goals for Elder – but have lost six straight entering play Dec. 3. Elder has mustered just one goal in each of its last four losses and was outscored 30-4. Still, there have been bright spots. Senior captain Nathan Sexton has scored or assisted in all but one game this season. Other offensive threats include Brit Doerflein, Nick Kollman, Robert Gavin, Charles Squeri, Jared Niehauser, Paul George, Mike Kollman, Jordan Sommer, Joel Martini, Adam Sponaugle and the aforementioned Marsala, who has also spent time in goal. In a 5-1 loss to Worthington Kilbourne Nov. 27, Marsala saved 37 of 42 shots for an 88 percent save percentage. Elder will face St. Xavier Dec. 27 at Cincinnati Gardens. As for the Bombers, they return almost every player

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from last season. They’re led by senior captains Will Ellerhorst, Ryan Donnelly, Scott Rousseau and Jack Doyle. “They have plenty of experience,� St. X head coach Adam Tramonte said. “We really don’t have any superstars, but we do have a lot of players that know what it takes to be successful locally.� Other contributors include seniors Ben Grombala, Doug Kirkpatrick, Andrew Armstrong and Will Gieringer; juniors Will Foote, Colin Adams, Zach Pfeil and Neil Capeci; and sophomores Robby Thomas, Mitch Blank, Matt Thornley and Emanuele Passerini. “It helps that we don’t have one player that we rely on to get the scoring done,� Tramonte said. “We should have production throughout the lineup.� St. X, which faces Moeller Dec. 17 at Cincinnati Gardens, hopes to win league and district titles. The Bombers last won districts in 2007. “I think we can attain our goals, but we have to escape the injury bug,� Tramonte said. “If we can maintain our health, then we can accomplish some great things.� St. X advanced to the Frozen Four in 2008.

The week at Colerain

• The Colerain boys bowling team lost to Fairfield 2,941-2,576, Nov. 29. Colerain’s Matthew Crooker bowled a 410. • In girls bowling, Colerain lost to Fairfield 2,466-2,285, Nov. 29. Colerain’s Jessica Culbertson bowled a 385. On Dec. 1, Colerain beat Seton 2,434-2,130. Colerain’s Jill Geiser bowled a 362. • In girls basketball, Mount

Healthy beat Colerain 58-25, Nov. 30. Colerain’s Abby Feuchter was the team’s topscorer with 13 points. • The Oak Hills boys swimming team beat Colerain 7717, Dec. 2. • In girls swimming, Oak Hills beat Colerain 87-15, Dec. 2.

The week at Northwest

• The Finneytown girls

basketball team beat Northwest 68-21, Nov. 27. Northwest’s top-scorer was Alysha Wilson with eight points. • In boys bowling, Northwest beat Mount Healthy 2,829-2,220, Dec. 1. Northwest’s Alex Obermeyer bowled a 471. • In girls bowling, Northwest beat Mount Healthy 2,363-1,870, Dec. 1. Northwest’s Kelsea Arvin bowled a 432.


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Thanks from La Salle

La Salle would like to thank the local communities for their generous donations to La Salle’s Truck Full of Love Canned Food Drive. La Salle student volunteers collected over 40,000 pounds of canned and dried goods from the local communities. This generosity will benefit the following charities: the Little Sisters of the Poor, St. Vincent de Paul at St. Ann Parish, St. Monica Food Pantry, St. George Food Pantry, Be Concerned Food Pantry, and St. Leo’s Food Pantry. David Jacob La Salle High School

School board meetings

Many changes are being discussed and studied in the Northwest Local School District. Pending decisions will affect you and your children, families in our neighborhoods with new babies, or even the decisions of families deciding whether or not to move into or out of our communities. A few items currently being discussed within the NWLSD are narrow grade range for several elementary schools, a facilities study and forecasted budget concerns. How can you learn more about

these and many other items within the Northwest school district? By attending the monthly NWLSD school board meetings, you have the opportunity to learn about concerns and achievements within the school system. It is the place to express your comments or concerns as well as suggestions. Attending school board meetings shows the board you feel your child’s education and the quality of your community is extremely important. The board meetings are not always exciting events, but they are informative and educational. The next NWLSD Board meeting will be held on Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m. Please check the website,, for the meeting details and future meeting dates, times and locations. A strong educational environment generates informed citizens and a competitive economic market. Your child’s education is a life long journey with you as their main guide. Please help make their journey and our community successful. Attend a school board meeting and be an active participant in your community. Kevin Wiesner Colerain Township

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Pet is not good holiday gift idea ‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring … wait, what’s that? A puppy in a box? Wrapped in bows like a gift? No, it couldn’t be! Doesn’t everyone know that giving live pets as gifts is never a good idea, unless the recipient of the “gift” has participated in all aspects of preparing their homes and hearts and wallets for the responsibility of having a pet? It can send a message that trivializes what should be a major decision to share your life with a pet; one that is very personal and not to be taken lightly. If not well thought out, often these pets given as gifts (puppies and kittens at Christmas, rabbits at Easter) end up like the rest of the holiday hype once the season is over or the “kids outgrow it” – neglected, discarded or dumped at a secondhand store. Because of this, many animal rescues will not adopt to anyone seeking to use the adopted pet as a gift. Rather, “Promise Certificates” can be purchased, so that if the recipient of the gift so chooses, they may go and meet, greet and select their own pet when the time is right, if they choose to do so. Here are some gift ideas for pets and pet lovers alike that are more practical and safer for the pets in question: • Gift certificates for doggie day care and/or a pet-sitting service. Both of these can make your pet

happy by having care/activities/ attention when you are working long hours or out of town. • Gift certificate for veterinary services – The gift Diana of good preventive Dornbusch health can not be Cron underestimated. • Foster or Community sponsor a pet in a Press guest shelter – Not sure columnist if you want the full-time responsibility of a pet 24/7/365? Consider brightening the holiday season (and likely your own) of a homeless pet from many local shelters. Visit to find a list of local shelters and available animals. • Grooming certificates or supplies – Pets like to be pampered too! The Furminator and Pedipaws are two newer popular grooming tools. • Enrichment tools and “bling” for pets – Humans and their pet owners love innovative toys, gadgets, condos, beds, climbing trees, flashy collars, bandanas, carriers, ID tags. One favorite: • Media about/for pets – Training videos, books, games: Dr. Diana Dornbusch Cron is a veterinarian and co-owner of Glenway Animal Hospital.


Teacher appreciation

Staff members at Monfort Heights Elementary recently were surprised with a visit from employees of the Colerain Avenue Wal-Mart. The school was nominated by employee Angela Hill, mother of student Genna Bomar, to receive the Wal-Mart Teacher Appreciation Award. Ten staff members had their names drawn to receive a $100 gift card to buy “extras” for their students, which they usually pay for themselves. Pictured from left are Bobbie Long, Jo Puls, Diane Schmitz, Beth Timperman, Melissa Fette, Emily Icard, Heather Schiffmeyer, Michelle Steuber and Cathy Richardson. Not pictured is Betsy Schulte.

Divine intervention leads to benefit for sick kids It was a bit of curiosity, an odd stroke of luck (or maybe really divine intervention) and then lots of heart. Emily Kimball just happened to pick up an issue of Ohio Magazine in February 2009 because of its cover on recycling. What she read inside, though, and what it led her to do, may re-shape a whole community’s capacity for compassion. There was an article about J. Todd Anderson, a storyboard artist living in Dayton who was a 20-year film veteran, having worked with the Coen brothers, George Clooney and more. He had created “Nativity The Pop Opera,” the story of Jesus’ birth, as a fundraiser for The Children’s Medical Center of Dayton. Kimball, artistically intrigued, emailed Anderson never thinking she

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would hear from him, but she did. And when she did, Anderson said he had been musing approaching Cincinnati Children’s to do the same fundraiser. Amy Kimball, an Monahan a d m i n i s t r a t i v e Editor’s assistant in the cancer and blood Notebook diseases institute at Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center, knew exactly what she wanted to do. She immediately thought of ‘Njoy-it-all Camp, a camp for kids with cancer and blood diseases operated by the hospital. Kimball, of Norwood, also knew the economy had hit hard on the granting agencies funding much of the camp experience. “I’ve been aware of the good it does. It was an ‘of course’ to use (Nativity) for camp,” she said. “This is one of (the kids’) only chances to have a normal childhood experience. It’s just really beautiful to see these kids who have so many challenges in life doing normal childhood things and experiencing real joy. “This is a really key part of their healing process and coping with their illness and growing through it.” Each year, hundreds of children and teenagers, as well as their siblings, come from all over the Tristate to ‘NJoy-it-all Camp in Clarksville, Ohio, said Polly Partin-Welch, clinical director of support services in the

CH@TROOM Last week’s question

If you could be any fictional character, whom would you be and why? “I guess the talking horse. Just think how it would be you as a horse who could talk at the race track talking to the other horses and getting the inside of who was going to win the big race even before it began.” L.S. “’The Invisible Man.’ I could go into dangerous places and situations, and not fear being discovered and probably killed. “And I could learn the truth about things that divide people, and be able to expose liars for what they are.”


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B.B. “Although I’m still a believer and do not consider him fictional, I think I would choose Santa Claus. Who else do you know of who is loved by everyone and who loves everyone in return? I do my part to assist him every year.” B.N.

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“Elizabeth Bennet. Because when all was said and done with the family drama, and the societal pressures in 19th England, she and Mr. Darcy lived happily ever after.” C.A.S.

teacher. She had a certain joy for life that was inspiring.” K.S.

“Anne Shirley of Green Gables is the fictional character I would most want to be. She is plucky, loves to read and became a

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cancer and blood diseases institute. The camp is completely free to the families. “I don’t believe in the have and have nots. If the kids had to pay, it would only be the kids that could afford to pay,” Welch said. Camp costs about $120,000 a year, which does not include medical care funded by the hospital, she said. Doctors, nurses and staff are always on hand. Medications and chemotherapy are given. But, kids are able to do anything a well child could do at camp – swimming, climbing, even a high ropes course, said Welch, of Clifton. “I think it provides them a week that they can actually forget about their disease,” she said. “Most of the kids will tell you it’s the best week of their life.” Kimball said she hopes the family-friendly “Nativity The Pop Opera” will become an on-going fundraiser for the camp. This season, there is the potential with seating capacity at the venue, The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, and number of shows, Dec. 11-12 and Dec. 16-19, to raise about $25,000, she said. Tickets are $20. Call 859957-1940 or visit www.the Amy Monahan is a community editor for the Community Press. Reach her at

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Sharing cultures

Alex Sanders, a kindergarten teacher at Mount Healthy’s South Elementary, invited his father-in-law Daniel Boehringer to his class to share his collection of Native American artifacts. Boehringer “loves Native American culture and art,” Sanders said. Over the past 20 years, he has collected items he found at art shows and online shops and has taught himself to do bead work, Sanders said. He served in the Coast Guard during the Vietnam War. PROVIDED

So she might feel the full weight of a deer skin coat, Daniel Boehringer folds up the jacket and places it in the arms of Keyziya Smith.

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Aysha Diallo, left, and La’Star Pugh pass the skin of a beaver to get the feel of the kind of clothing worn by Native Americans.



Daniel Boehringer helps Dezmond Gayle try on armor made of animal bones.

Daniel Boehringer holds up a jaw bone to show the class. Native Americans sometimes used animal jawbones to make war clubs.


Daniel Boehringer passes around the skin of a wolf that was used by Native Americans for warmth in the harsh winter months.

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Intermediate Sewing Classes, 9:30 a.m.12:30 p.m., The Women’s Connection Learning Center, 4022 Glenway Ave., Child care available. Classes offered on a six-week rotating schedule. Participants must have completed beginner classes. Free. Registration required. Presented by The Women’s Connection. 471-4673; West Price Hill.


Springfield Township Democratic Club, 7 p.m., Springfield Township Senior and Community Center, 9158 Winton Road, Presented by Springfield Township. 218-9980; Springfield Township.

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Piecemakers, 2-4 p.m., The Women’s Connection Learning Center, 4022 Glenway Ave., Quilters and sewers create projects to benefit the community. Child care available. Free. Presented by The Women’s Connection. 471-4673; West Price Hill.



Butler Squares, 7:30-10 p.m., Miami Whitewater Township Firehouse, 6736 Ohio 128, Plus-level square dance club open to all experienced dancers. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427; Miamitown.

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS EDUCATION Girls Life, 3:30-5:30 p.m., The Women’s Connection Learning Center, 4022 Glenway Ave., Presentations by guest speakers, arts and crafts, and community service projects. Ages 11-13. Registration required. 4714673, ext. 15. West Price Hill.


Hot and Spicy Latin Thursdays, 9 p.m., Metropolis, 125 Cincinnati Mills Drive, Reggaeton, merengue, salsa and more. Music by DJ Tavo and DJ Chalino. Dress code enforced. Ages 18 and up. After midnight: $7 ages 21 and under, $5 ages 21 and up; women free until midnight. 671-2881; Forest Park.

Seven Point Mind Training (Lojong), 7 p.m., Gaden Samdrupling Buddhist Monastery and Cultural Center, 3046 Pavlova Drive, Training done to develop equanimity between oneself and others while developing the wish to achieve enlightenment for the sake of all beings. Part of the Tsongkhapa Dharma Festival. Free, $10 suggested donation. Registration required. 385-7116;, Colerain Township.


Senior Yoga Class, 9-10 a.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Ages 55 and up. Experience benefits of yoga with stretching, breathing and relaxing techniques. Bring mat or purchase one for $10. $40 for 10 classes, $25 for 6 classes; $5 per class. 741-8802; Colerain Township.


German Christmas Concert, 7:30-11 p.m., Donauschwaben Haus, 4290 Dry Ridge Road, German recording artists and instrumentalists perform holiday favorites. Music by Patrizius, Vivian Lindt, Jessica-Sarah and Gletscherfetzer. $15. Reservations required. Presented by Donauschwaben Society. 4516452. Colerain Township.


A Christmas Story, 8 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., Holiday play by Philip Grecian based on “A Christmas Story” movie. $21, $19 students and seniors, $17 subscribers. 241-6550; West Price Hill.


Bingo, 1-4 p.m., American Legion Post Hugh Watson Post 530 Greenhills, 11100 Winton Road. 825-0900. Greenhills. Senior Fit Boot Camp, 10-11 a.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, With Kiyoshi Nishime, martial arts teacher. Wear workout clothes and bring water. Ages 55 and up. $5. 741-8802; Colerain Township.

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Christmas Tea, 1:30-3 p.m., Bayley Place Community Wellness Center, 401 Farrell Court, $15, $12 members. Reservations required. 347-5510. Delhi Township.


Bingo, 7-10 p.m., American Legion Post Hugh Watson Post 530 Greenhills, 825-0900. Greenhills. S A T U R D A Y, D E C . 1 1


Skirts and Shirts Square 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. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427; Springfield Township.


Teachings on Cittamani Tara Practice and Meditation, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Gaden Samdrupling Buddhist Monastery and Cultural Center, 3046 Pavlova Drive, Cittamani, or Green, Tara gives what is needed to accomplish wishes. Tea and lunch provided. Part of the Tsongkhapa Dharma Festival. Free, $35 suggested donation. Registration required. 385-7116. Colerain Township.


Lights for LIFE, 6-10 p.m., St. James the Greater - White Oak, 3565 Hubble Road, Blessing of the candles follows 4:30 p.m. Mass. Visitors invited to join for refreshments and live nativity scene following blessing. Luminary display with over 2,000 lights as a pro-life witness to the community. Presented by St. James LIFE! Ministry. 741-5300. White Oak.

Holiday Music, 7 p.m., Farbach-Werner 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.


The Juice, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Poppy’s Tavern, 5510 Rybolt Road, Formerly known as II Juicy. Free. 574-6333. Green Township.


A Christmas Story, 8 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, $21, $19 students and seniors, $17 subscribers. 241-6550; West Price Hill.


Holiday Make and Take: Create a Conversation Piece, 11 a.m.-noon, White Oak Garden Center, 3579 Blue Rock Road, Turn ordinary centerpiece into conversation piece. Includes all supplies and refreshments. $35. Registration required. 385-3313. White Oak.


Starry Night Hike, 6 p.m., Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Meet at the Parcours Trail. Look for night critters and use all your senses, plus stargazing with astronomers from the Cincinnati Astronomical Society. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Springfield Township.

ON STAGE - CHILDREN’S THEATER Saturday Morning Children’s Series, 11 a.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., Wayne Martin Puppets – Santa’s North Pole Express. Complete with a cast of costumed large-scale hand puppets and marionettes. Wayne Martin uses parody, mime, dance, mask and musical theater. $7, $5 children. Presented by Cincinnati Landmark Productions. 2416550; West Price Hill.


A Christmas Story, 8 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, $21, $19 students and seniors, $17 subscribers. 241-6550; West Price Hill.


Pilgrim Christmas Kitchen, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 4418 Bridgetown Road, Cookies, candy and bread. Free. 574-4208; Bridgetown. S U N D A Y, D E C . 1 2


“Nativity The Pop Opera” will run Dec. 11-12 and Dec. 16-19 at The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, at 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington, with seven shows. The light-hearted pop opera commemorates the Christmas story as seen through the eyes of the angels. J. Todd Anderson, movie industry veteran and storyboard artist to the Coen Brothers, George Clooney and more, wrote the lyrics and music for the show. Ticket proceeds will be donated to 'Njoy-it-all Camp, a camp for children with cancer and blood diseases operated by Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center. Performances are 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 11-12, and Thursday- Sunday, Dec. 16-19; additional 2 p.m. matinee is Saturday, Dec. 18. Tickets are $20; $15, groups of 10 or more. To purchase tickets call 859957-1940 or visit


Lee’s Junction, 7-10 p.m., Jim & Jack’s on the River, 3456 River Road, 251-7977; Riverside.


Sounds of Christmas, 7:30 p.m., McAuley High School, 6000 Oakwood Ave., Features McAuley’s chorus, orchestra and vocal ensemble. $5. 681-1800, ext. 2228. College Hill.



The Corner Cats, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Jim & Jack’s on the River, 3456 River Road, 251-7977; Riverside.


College Hill Farm Market has moved indoors to the College Hill Coffee Company, 6128 Hamilton Ave., for the winter. The market is open from 3-5:30 p.m. Thursdays. College Hill resident Artia Mahaley is pictured arranging fresh greens.

HOLIDAY - CHRISTMAS Kids Christmas Fair, 1-3 p.m., Cheviot Memorial Fieldhouse, 3729 Robb Ave., Model train display, face painting, games, prizes, snacks, popcorn drinks, split-the-pot and Santa and Mrs. Claus. Presented by Cheviot Police Association. 574-9828. Cheviot. MUSIC - CONCERTS

Cincinnati Civic Orchestra Holiday Concert, 3 p.m., Springfield Township Senior and Community Center, 9158 Winton Road, Music inspired by folk melodies and Festive Sounds of Hanukkah and A Christmas Festival. Free. Presented by Cincinnati Civic Orchestra. 861-9978; Springfield Township.

Cabin Fever Reliever, 1 p.m., Shawnee Lookout Park, 2008 Lawrenceburg Road, Get moving on the Little Turtle Trail. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; North Bend. Wilderness Skills: Winter Survival, 2 p.m., Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Ages 8 and older. $5. Registration required online by Dec. 9. Vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Springfield Township.

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ART & CRAFT CLASSES Handcrafted Greeting Cards Workshop, 6:30-8 p.m., Springfield Township Senior and Community Center, 9158 Winton Road, Holiday theme. All ages. $15, $10 township residents. Registration required. Presented by Springfield Township. 385-1637;; Springfield Township.

ART & CRAFT CLASSES Scrapbooking, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., The Women’s Connection Learning Center, 4022 Glenway Ave., Child care available. Free. Presented by The Women’s Connection. 4714673; West Price Hill.


A Christmas Story, 2 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, $21, $19 students and seniors, $17 subscribers. 241-6550; West Price Hill.


Mary Is Expecting, Are You?, 1:30-4 p.m., Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, 5900 Delhi Road, Emmaus Room. Consider Mary’s and our invitation to welcome God more deeply into our lives. Led by Mary Ann Humbert. $30. Registration required. 347-5449. Delhi Township. M O N D A Y, D E C . 1 3


Green Township Democratic Club Monthly Meeting, 7 p.m., Nathanael Greene Lodge, 6394 Wesselman Road, Discussion of current issues. Split-the-pot. Includes refreshments. New members welcome. 574-4308. Green Township.


Mount Healthy Business Association Monthly Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Just One More, 7511 Hamilton Ave., Free. 923-1985. Mount Healthy.

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Girls Life, 3:30-5:30 p.m., The Women’s Connection Learning Center, Registration required. 471-4673, ext. 15. West Price Hill.

A Christmas Story, 8 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, $21, $19 students and seniors, $17 subscribers. 241-6550; West Price Hill.


Teen Mom’s Support Group, 6-8 p.m., The Women’s Connection Learning Center, 4022 Glenway Ave., For pregnant teens and teen mothers. Ages 14-19. Free child care available upon request. Registration required. . 471-4673, ext. 15. West Price Hill.

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. 923-1985. Mount Healthy. CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS

Girls Club, 3:30-5:30 p.m., The Women’s Connection Learning Center, 4022 Glenway Ave., Presentations by guest speakers, arts and crafts, and community service projects. Field trips on Wednesdays. Ages 8-10. Registration required. Presented by The Women’s Connection. 471-4673, ext. 15. West Price Hill. Unicorners Singles Square Dance Club, 810 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 1553 Kinney Ave., Experienced Western-style square dancers and round dancers. Singles and couples welcome. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427; Mount Healthy.


Vajrasattva Initiation, 7 p.m., Gaden Samdrupling Buddhist Monastery and Cultural Center, 3046 Pavlova Drive, Vajrasattva is known as the Buddha of purification. He helps practitioners purify their negative karma. Part of the Tsongkhapa Dharma Festival. Free, $10 suggested donation. Registration required. 385-7116. Colerain Township.


Pietra Fitness Slow Flow Class, 6-7 p.m., Shiloh United Methodist Church, $5. 4513600; Delhi Township.


Kids can take a trip to the North Pole with The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s “Holiday Follies 2: A Trip to the North Pole.” Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10; and 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, at Taft Theatre. It is a celebration of the holidays for children of all ages. Tickets are $20, $18, and $7. Call 513-569-8080 ext. 10 or visit There is also a Brunch with Santa at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11. For the breakfast only, tickets are $25; for breakfast and the show, $40. Call 513-5698080 ext. 13 for reservations. Children and adults are encouraged to bring new and unwrapped items to the Taft lobby prior to shows, collected for St. Joseph Orphanage. For holiday item requests, visit


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Why does Christmas cause us a certain uneasiness? Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an aspect of the coming of Christmas that rattles us. We attribute it to our busyness, the expectations, and the expenses incurred. Partly true. But a reflective wisdom suggests something else lies unrecognized in us at this time of year. Psychologists and spiritual directors remind us that no human is all-good or all-bad. Each of us is a mixture of a bright side and a dark side. We have the potential of performing noble altruistic deeds. Or, we can direct our inner energies toward the darker elements of life. Any of us can go either way and be more the sinner or the saint. The Christmas atmosphere and its meaning nudges us toward our bright side. The songs, lights and efforts to help others all tug at our hearts. Higher aspirations come to mind. We look at our spouse and wonder why we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t love her even more than we do; or how much more we could be involved

in the lives of our kids or our church. We notice other people who really have to struggle with life because of impoverishment, Father Lou unemployment Guntzelman or illness and think, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I ought to Perspectives help them more.â&#x20AC;? Christmas is the time we more readily admit to spiritual realities, go to church and desire to live better. But hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where a deeper dynamic comes into play. The same experts that point out the mixture of good and evil in every person also divulge a strange human trait. We are frightened of the potential for good in ourselves. It is much easier, they say, to get people to eventually admit to the skeletons in their closet than to admit to the bright side dormant

We have the potential of performing noble altruistic deeds. Or, we can direct our inner energies toward the darker elements of life. Any of us can go either way and be more the sinner or the saint. within them. Strange dynamic, isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it? Christmas time disrupts this dynamic. It not only reminds us of how much weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re really loved and treasured by God, but it also reminds us how much we can love and positively affect the lives of others. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disturbing. It clashes with our ego, selfishness and darker side. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to try and do this good stuff all year long,â&#x20AC;? we quietly admit, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be walked on, taken advantage of, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be such a struggle. I feel I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be myself.â&#x20AC;? The resolution of this call to altruism then becomes: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s better to say Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really not much, just an average and struggling worldly person â&#x20AC;&#x201C; so donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect a lot of good from me.â&#x20AC;? Perhaps this kind of thinking

reveals why weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re so obsessed with the scandals and sins of others; why the dirt in the lives of the rich and famous fascinates us; why we look backwards in history and write expose books about statesmen and people who are admired. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re eager to find blemishes and secret sins. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just to make us look good, but to cynically make us all look bad and hopelessly weak. Then we can excuse ourselves from rising higher. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Look at them! So, do you expect differently from people like us?â&#x20AC;? we rationalize. When Jesus Christ, the one whose birth we celebrate on Christmas, walked among us, there was an occasion when he looked us in the eye and said in so many words, â&#x20AC;&#x153;You are the salt of the earth, â&#x20AC;Ś if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t flavor it

with good, who will?â&#x20AC;? Similarly, in his inauguration address in 1994, Nelson Mandela referred to our tendency to hide our potential for good. He said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We ask ourselves, who are we to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are we not to be? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are a child of God. Our playing small doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t serve the worldâ&#x20AC;Ś We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is in everyone! â&#x20AC;&#x153;And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.â&#x20AC;? Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@ or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Too good of a deal online might lead to counterfeit wares Although most holiday shoppers still like to go to the stores to pick out gifts, a good many are taking to the Internet. Sales are up dramatically but, if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not careful, you could end up spending your money on illegal counterfeit goods and copyrighted material. The government just closed 82 websites where sellers were attempting to sell illegal products. But more websites are still operating, so you need to beware. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what Joyce Shelton has learned firsthand. She and her daughter wanted to buy some Coach handbags and decided to see what they could find online. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I started online searching outlets just to see if we

could find s o m e t h i n g . From one website to another website this link Howard Ain hp o pap e dd Hey Howard! up,â&#x20AC;? Shelton said. It was from a website called â&#x20AC;&#x153;CoachBagShow.Com.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We surfed the site probably 15 to 20 times before we picked out two bags. They were an excellent price. I thought I had come across a genuine Coach outlet,â&#x20AC;? said Shelton. In order to make certain, she called the woman at the website and says she was assured these are genuine Coach items.

Then she ordered the purses, paying $59 dollars for each of them. Shelton said she thought she was getting a great deal, adding, â&#x20AC;&#x153;A bag like this you would probably find for $198 and up on the average.â&#x20AC;? Soon after the handbags arrived Shelton started to notice the stitching on her bag was falling apart. In addition, the snap inside the bag was now just dangling. So, despite the Coach emblem on the bag and the name on the buttons, zippers and rings, Shelton is convinced itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a knockoff. Shelton sent an e-mail to the website asking for a refund, but didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get it. The company said she could return the bags but warns if she did the bags

would probably be confiscated by customs officials. In that case, she wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get a refund. So, how did the purses get past customs when shipped to Shelton? A close look at the shipping label from China shows it says the contents are just Tshirts, not purses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I always make sure I buy good quality bags and that they are genuine. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why I was so offended when I found out they were not original,â&#x20AC;? Shelton said.

Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the only one. Robin Stith of Delhi Township wrote to me that she had ordered from a different website and said her â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coachâ&#x20AC;? handbag packing slip claimed it was shoes, not purses, inside. She said she thought the handbags were so cheap because they were discontinued, not because they were counterfeit. So, play it safe when shopping online. Check out the websites selling items, and beware if the price seems too good â&#x20AC;&#x201C; because

they could be selling counterfeits. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t use search engines looking for special deals. Iinstead, go directly to reputable sites with which youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re familiar. Finally, always pay with a credit card, not a debit card. That way, you can dispute the charge should anything go wrong. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

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Gourmet clones save money, come from the heart It’s a good thing I’ve kicked up my exercise routine. Otherwise, I wouldn’t fit in any of my clothes by Christmas. I ’ m having Rita fun testing Heikenfeld r e c i p e s of Rita’s kitchen and, course, tasting the results. Here are some recent successes.

2 cups high quality chocolate chips (I used Kroger private selection 43 percent cacao semi-sweet) 11⁄2 to 2 teaspoons peppermint extract Bring cream to a boil in large saucepan. Remove from heat, whisk in butter and corn syrup. Whisk in chips. Mixture will look runny at first but keep whisking and it will get smooth and silky. Stir in extract. Cool and store in fridge. Warm before serving to make it pourable.

Gourmet chocolate peppermint fudge sauce Rita’s blog I’m working on a true clone of Williams-Sonoma’s peppermint fudge sauce, which is made by cooking cream, butter, corn syrup, etc. down and then adding chocolate and peppermint oil. My first attempt is what I’m sharing today. It’s a super-easy version that is fool-proof. My tasters loved it. When I refine the true fudge sauce version, I’ll share that, too. 1 cup whipping cream, unwhipped 1 tablespoon butter 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon light corn syrup

loaf of Italian bread or crackers.

Diabetic celery seed dressing for slaw

For those on your holiday list who need to consume less carbs.

Antipasto in a jar makes a great gift. version.

Mix together:

Check out my blog on for peppermint bark like WilliamsSonoma. You’ll save lots of cash by making your own, and I think it’s just as good as the gourmet bark you buy (which is now over $25 a pound!). See a photo of the bark on my website

Antipasto in a jar

Go to taste on the herbs and spices. Use your favorite veggies and cheeses, as well. A little more or less of any ingredient is OK. Leave out meat for a vegetarian

Mozzarella balls – a dozen or so mini balls 8 oz. or so cheddar cheese cubes or cheese of your choice 1 bell pepper, chunked up 4 oz. small whole mushrooms, or large ones sliced 1 can artichoke hearts, drained and quartered Handful of shredded or sliced carrots 1 cup or so olives 2 celery ribs sliced into 1 ⁄2-inch pieces 1 cup pepperoni sticks, salami, etc. (opt.) 1 teaspoon or so dry onion flakes or 2 tablespoons chopped onion


Italian seasoning to taste, start with 1 teaspoon 1 teaspoon powdered garlic or up to 1 tablespoon fresh chopped 1 ⁄4 to 1⁄2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (opt. but good)

Pour over to coat:

Favorite bottled Italian, Greek or vinegar and oil dressing, or homemade. When ready to give, pour into pretty jar, and add more dressing to cover if necessary. Make up the gift and give within a couple of days, and note on the gift tag that the antipasto should be kept in the refrigerator. I like to give this with a

1 ⁄2 cup vinegar – cider or clear 1 ⁄2 to 3⁄4 cup water 1 ⁄2 cup Splenda or less to taste 1 ⁄2 teaspoon salt or substitute 1 ⁄2 to 1 teaspoon celery seed Squirt of Dijon mustard or 1⁄2 teaspoon dry mustard

Combine everything in pan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let cool. Great over chopped slaw mix (about 4 cups). Can marinate up to a day.

To make dressing for greens:

Add several tablespoons Canola for a salad dressing for mixed greens, spinach, etc.

Blue ribbon chili con carne

A version of this won a blue ribbon years ago at River Downs. For Janet. 2 lbs. ground chuck 1 large onion, diced

1 teaspoon garlic, minced 46 oz. tomato juice 1 pound can spicy chili beans, undrained 1 tablespoon chili powder or more to taste Crushed red pepper to taste Salt to taste 1 ⁄2 cup uncooked macaroni, added during the last 20 minutes (opt) Fry meat, onion and garlic and drain. Add all ingredients and bring to boil. Reduce and simmer uncovered at least 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Serve with shredded cheddar.

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Change a life – Volunteer to tutor an adult with low-level literacy skills or GED preparation needs. Call 621READ. Cincinnati Reads – a volunteer tutoring program working with K-4 students in Cincinnati Public Schools. Volunteers receive free training to work one-on-one with children who are struggling to read. Call 621-7323 or e-mail Jayne Martin Dressing, Great Oaks is recruiting volunteer tutors for its Adult Basic and Literacy Education Classes and English to Speakers of Other Languages classes. There are numerous sites and times available for volunteering. The next training session is Wednesday, Sept. 1 in the afternoon or evening. Call 6125830. Inktank – Group looking for volunteers to help children and adults improve their skills in writing-based initiatives across the city. Call 5420195. Raymond Walters College – Needs volunteers to serve as tutors to skills enhancement students. The class meets from 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays and from 5-8 p.m. Thursdays. Call 745-5691. Winton Woods City Schools – Wants to match community members who are interested in volunteering in the schools with the students. Volunteer opportunities at Winton Woods Primary North and South, middle school and high school. Volunteers who would have oneon-one contact with students outside of a classroom are required to have a background check. To volunteer, contact Gina Burnett at or 619-2301.


Business Volunteers for the Arts – BVA is accepting applications from business professionals with at least three years experience, interested in volunteering their skills within the arts community. Projects average six to eight months in length and can range from marketing or accounting to Web design or planning special events. A one-day training program is provided to all accepted applicants. Call 871-2787. Center for Independent Living Options – Seeking volunteers to staff Art Beyond Boundaries, gallery for artists with disabilities. Volunteers needed noon to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Call 2412600. Cincinnati Museum Center – Needs volunteers to work in all three

museums, the Cincinnati History Museum, the Museum of Natural History and Science and the Cinergy Children’s Museum, and special exhibits. Call 287-7025.

Health care

American Diabetes Association – Seeks volunteers in its area office located downtown for clerical support, filling requests for educational materials from phone requests, data entry, special events support and coordinating the Health Fair. Call 759-9330. American Heart Association – Volunteers needed to assist with the American Heart Association’s cause campaigns, Power to End Stroke, Go Red For Women, Start!, and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Assignments include clerical work, event specific duties and community outreach. Contact the American Heart Association at 281-4048 or e-mail Captain Kidney Educational Program – Needs volunteers one or more mornings or afternoons a month during the school year to educate children in first through sixth grades about kidney function and disease. Training provided. Call 961-8105. Crossroads Hospice – Seeking volunteers to assist terminally ill patients and their families. Call 793-5070. Destiny Hospice – is seeking caring and compassionate people to make a difference in the life of a person living with terminal illness. No special skills or experience needed; simply a willingness to help provide comfort and support. Orientation is scheduled to fit the volunteer’s schedule. Opportunities are available throughout the Cincinnati, Middletown and Butler County area. Contact Anne at 554-6300, or Evercare Hospice and Palliative Care – is seeking volunteers in all Greater Cincinnati communities. Evercare provides care for those facing end-of-life issues and personal support to their families. Volunteers needed to visit with patients and/or assist in administrative and clerical tasks. Volunteers may provide care wherever a patient resides, whether in a private home or nursing facility. Call 1-888-866-8286 or 682-4055. Heartland Hospice – is seeking people with an interest in serving terminally ill clients and their families. Volunteers are needed for special projects such as crochet, knitting, making cards and lap robes, as well as making visits to patients. Training is provided to fit volunteers’ schedules. Call Jacqueline

at 731-6100, and Shauntay 8315800 for information. Hospice of Southwest Ohio – Seeks volunteers to help in providing hospice services, Call 770-0820, ext. 111 or e-mail Hoxworth Blood Center – Hoxworth is recruiting people to help during community blood drives and blood donation centers in the area. Positions include: Blood drive hosts, greeters, blood donor recruiters and couriers. Call Helen Williams at 558-1292 or The Jewish Hospital – 4777 E. Galbraith Road, Kenwood, needs adult volunteers to assist at the front window in the pharmacy and also to assist with clerical duties, sorting patient mail, etc. They also need volunteers to assist staff in the family lounge and information desk and a volunteer is also needed in the Cholesterol Center, 3200 Burnet Ave., to perform clerical duties. Shifts are available 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Volunteers receive a free meal ticket for each day he or she volunteers four or more hours, plus free parking. Call 686-5330. The hospital also needs adult volunteers to assist MRI staff and technologists at the reception desk of the Imaging Department in the Medical Office Building, located across from the hospital at 4750 East Galbraith Road. Volunteers are also needed to assist staff in the family lounge and at the information desk in the main hospital. Shifts are available Monday through Friday. Call 686-5330. Wellness Community – Provides free support, education and hope to people with cancer and their loved ones. Volunteers needed to work at special events, health fairs, bulk mailings and other areas. Visit and click on “volunteer” to sign up. Call 791-4060, ext. 19.


AARP – Tax aide for low and moderate income, with emphasis on senior citizens, are in urgent need of volunteers to keep open the existing tax-site locations and staff them for the existing and upcoming 2010-2011 tax season. Will provide necessary IRS and administrative training. If you balance your checkbook or prepare your own tax returns you could be a prime candidate. Free training will be provided during the first two weeks of Jan. 2011. In addition to volunteer help, we would be grateful for laptop computer donations or funds. Call 1-888-227-7669 or visit for more information. Community Shares of Greater Cincinnati – Seeking volunteer campaign assistant to plan workplace employee giving campaigns and campaign project support volunteers to assist with campaigns. Call 475-0475 or e-mail Sayler Park Community Center – is looking for volunteers to help with youth instructional sports and art classes between 2-6 p.m. weekdays. Volunteers need to be at least 18 years of age and a police check is required. Contact 9410102 for more information. SCORE-Counselors to America’s Small Business – A non-profit association seeking experienced business people to counsel others who are or wish to go into business. Call 684-2812 or visit Tristate Volunteers – For adults of all ages, supporting some of the best-known events in the area. Call 766-2002, ext. 4485, visit or email U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary – The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary supports the U.S. Coast Guard (MSD Cincinnati) in Homeland Security, marine environmental protection, radio watch standing and Marine events, such as Tall Stacks and the WEBN Fireworks all without pay. They also teach Ohio Boating Safety, boating/seamanship and give free boat safety checks per the Ohio, Kentucky or Indian regulations. To volunteer, call 554-0789 or e-mail Youth In Planning – Teen volunteers needed for network project to inform communities about public planning. Visit or e-mail

Social Services

American Cancer Society – Seeks volunteers for office help, assistance in resale shop, new recruits for the Young Professionals group, Relay For Life team captains, cancer survivors to help with support groups and more. Call 1-888ACS-OHIO. Cincinnati Association for the Blind – Seeks volunteers in all areas, especially drivers available during the day. Weekend and evening hours also available. Call at 4874217.


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Parks set to count birds INDEPENDENT BAPTIST

Friendship Baptist Church 8580 Cheviot Rd 741-7017 Gary Jackson, Senior Pastor Sunday School 10:00am Sunday Morning Services 8:45 & 11:00am Sunday Evening Services 6:30pm Wednesday Service 7:00pm AWANA (Wed) 7:00 - 8:45pm Well staffed Nursery, Active Youth & College Groups, Exciting Music Dept, Seniors Group, Deaf Ministry


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

UNITED METHODIST Mt Healthy United Methodist Church

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

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teers will lead groups into the woods, wetlands and fields at various parks to find birds that spend the winter season in the area. The count goes from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with an official tally from 4:15-5:30 p.m. at Winton Centre in Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road. Refreshments will be served as well as a chance to win door prizes and share experiences. The annual feathered census provides important data about avian population

trends in Hamilton County. Those interested are encouraged to bring binoculars. There is no fee to participate, but registration is required by Thursday, Dec. 9, by calling 521-7275, extension 240. A valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit is required to enter the parks except at Fernbank Park, a cooperative venture with the Cincinnati Park Board. For additional information go to or


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

The Hamilton County Park District will have its annual Winter Bird Count to tally the birds found throughout the parks in the winter. The official count and tally will be on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Participants are welcome to join the count anytime during the day and stay for as long as they are able, even if just for a couple of hours. Park District naturalists, land managers and volun-

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Alumni of Cincinnati Young People’s Theatre will gather again at a Reunion Benefit Concert on Sunday, Dec. 26, at the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts to celebrate 30 years of CYPT. Since 1982, CYPT has mounted over 50 productions, between its summer program, holiday productions and co-productions

with other theater troupes. Today, more than 2,000 actors, dancers, stage managers, technical staff and musicians call themselves CYPT alumni. Many have gone on to careers on Broadway, in national tours, at regional theaters across the country, on original cast recordings, on television and in film. This benefit concert will

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The Hamilton County Park District is performing its annual winter bird count Saturday, Dec. 11.

bring back talent from all the eras of the program to perform a selection of showstoppers and CYPT favorites. All proceeds of the evening benefit CYPT and will keep this special program going and growing. There are three components to the evening: Official Pre-Show Happy Hour – 5:30 -7 p.m. CYPT Reunion Benefit Concert – 7-9 p.m. The concert will feature great songs from several of the classic CYPT productions over the years, multiple hosts, intriguing nuggets from CYPT history and the Alumni Awards.

After Hours Cast Party – 9 p.m.-midnight. Stay after the concert and socialize. Help raise money for the program, by bidding on some great prizes, purchasing commemorative CYPT merchandise and even contributing a song on stage. Tickets for the concert are $15. Add-on tickets for the pre-show happy hour are $10 and include two drink tickets and light appetizers in the theater before the show. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Covedale Box Office at 513241-6550.

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


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Campaign Oct. 19 by hosting a conference titled, “Clean Diesel 10: A Decade of Action – Working Together for Cleaner Air” in Washington, D.C. At the conference, the Hamilton County Department of Environmental Services, represented by Ken Edgell, was presented with an Award of Recognition from Gina McCarthy, U.S. EPA’s assistant administrator for Air and Radiation, for its early leadership and involvement in the National Clean Diesel Campaign. In 2003, HCDOES applied for and won a $120,000 grant from the EPA to retrofit 20 school buses with clean exhaust technology and to fuel 74 buses with biodiesel, a cleaner-burning alternative fuel. The Hamilton County Department of Environmental Services was one of the first organizations throughout the country to be awarded a diesel retrofit grant from the National Clean Diesel Campaign. For more information about the Southwest Ohio Clean Diesel Campaign, visit w w w. h c d o e s . o r g / C l e anDieselCampaign/SOCDC. To learn more about the EPA’s Clean Diesel Campaign, visit



With an EPA Award of Recognition are, from left, Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for Air and Radiation, U.S. EPA ; Ken Edgell, environmental administrative coordinator, Hamilton County Department of Environmental Services; and Margo Oge, director, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, U.S. EPA.


White Oak man in ‘Holiday Follies 2’ A White Oak man is in the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s production of “Holiday Follies 2: A Trip to the North Pole” at the Taft Theatre, downtown. Jerome Doerger plays Stan and a caroler. He has performed with the Showboat Majestic, Covedale Center, New Stage Collective, Jersey Productions and Human Race Theatre where he recently originated the role of Naji Habib in its production of “Play It By Heart.” Favorite roles include E. J. Smith (”Titanic”), Judge Turpin (”Sweeney Todd”), Trevor Graydon (”Thouroughly Modern Millie”), Carl Magnus (”A Little Night Music”), Officer Lockstock (”Urinetown”), Matt (”The Fantasticks”) and Tremont “(Jerry Springer: The

Opera”). In “Holiday Follies 2,” Mrs. Claus asks our roving band of loveable musical performers to take the Tour Bus on the road and celebrate the season with Santa at the North Pole – who everyone seems to forget. A celebration of the holidays for children of all ages, this spectacular production highlights even more of your yuletide favorites from this special time of year. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10; 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12. Single tickets for each production are $20, $18, and $7 and are available by calling The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Box Office at 513-569-8080, ext. 10, or by visiting www.ticket-


Deondra Kamau Means of Roselawn plays Jimmy and a caroler and Jerome Doerger of White Oak plays Stan and a caroler in The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s production of “Holiday Follies 2: A Trip to the North Pole.” or calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-7453000. And don’t miss Brunch with Santa at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11. Tickets are $40 including a ticket to the show, or $25 for breakfast only. Seating is limited. Call 513-569-8080, ext. 13, for reservations. The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati and WKRQ-FM,


Tabitha Arnoldy, Kati Roth, Kelsey Davis, Megan Jourdan, Lindsay Loehl and Tiffany Tuck of the Salon Professional Academy participated in a recent Cosmetology competition. only. Students were given the opportunity to choose categories ranging from

Q102, are collection items for St. Joseph Orphanage at all performances of Holiday Follies 2. Children and adults are encouraged to bring any new or unwrapped item and we’ll collect them in the Taft Theatre lobby. Visit h t t p : / / w w w. s t j o s e p h o r for a list of holiday requests.

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Did you know that winter months are the peak months for home fire deaths? Candles, alternative heat sources, and fireplaces are some of the leading causes of house fires and burn injuries. Make sure you know how to keep your family safe this winter. Here are some tips from Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Candle safety

Extinguish all candles when leaving the room or going to sleep. Keep candles away from items that can catch fire. Use candle holders that are sturdy, won’t tip over easily, are made of material that won’t burn and are large enough to collect dripping wax Place candles on a sturdy, uncluttered surface and do not use candles where they could be knocked over by children or pets. Keep candles away from flammable liquids. Keep wicks trimmed to one-quarter inch. Keep candles up high and out of reach of children. Never leave a child unattended in a room with a candle. Don’t allow teens to have candles in their bedrooms. Store candles, matches, and lighters up high and out of children’s sight.

Space heaters

Never use portable kerosene heaters. Combustibles should be kept at least 36 inches

away from heater. Any home that uses fuelbased heating equipment should have a carbon monoxide detector near the device. Use proper shielding to reduce the risk of contact burns. Only purchase newer models with “tip over” shut off abilities. Never place alternative heating units on a carpet or rug. Don’t plug into an extension cord; these should always be plugged directly into wall outlet. Always supervise young children around alternative heating devices. Never use fuel burning appliances without proper room venting. Burning fuel (coal, kerosene or propane, for example) can produce deadly fumes.

Wood stoves and fireplaces

Be sure the fireplace or stove is installed properly. Wood stoves should have adequate clearance – at least 36 inches – from combustible surfaces, and have proper floor support and protection. Wood stoves should be UL listed. Do not use flammable liquids to start or accelerate a fire in a fireplace or wood stove. Finally – Be sure every level of your home has a working smoke alarm and plan and practice a home escape plan with your family.

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Salon students compete in state contest The Salon Professional Academy, an Elite Redken Cosmetology school at 3330 Parkcrest Lane specializing in cosmetology, esthetics and nail technology, participated in our first Cosmetology Competition on Nov. 22 in Wadsworth, Ohio. A group of six students as well as one educator took a trip to Wadsworth to the Meridian County Career Center for the first state cosmetology competition. This completion was open to estheticians, cosmetologist and nail technician students

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James Davis

James P. Davis, Colerain Township, died Nov. 26. He was an Air Force veteran of Korea and a member of the Central Turners for over 30 years Survived by wife Doris Davis; daughters Debbie (David) Felsheim, Sherry (Tom) Schweitzer, Jennifer Davis; 11 grandchildren; six greatgrandchildren; siblings Beecher Davis, Barbara Whitaker. Preceded in death by brother Glenn Davis. Services were Nov. 30 at Paul R. Young Funeral Home. Memorials to: Brain Tumor Center Fund, University Hospital Foundation, 234 Goodman St., Cincinnati, OH 45219.

Nancy Douglas

Nancy Bray Douglas, 64, died Nov. 21. She was a driver for UTS and retired from Kemba Credit Union. Survived by children Chris (Pam) Douglas, Tammie (Jeff) Sanders; grandchildren Sarah, Justin, Matthew, Douglas Caitlyn Douglas;

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siblings sisters Helen (William) Austin, Sue (Sammy) Brown, Jack Bray; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband Gordon Douglas, parents Francis, Jessie Bray, siblings Joe (Nat), Sam (Linda) Bray, Rose Slusher. Services were Nov. 23 at Walker Funeral Home.

Mary Fries

Mary Siebenburgen Fries, Mount Healthy, died Nov. 28. She was a member of the St. Mary’s Ladies Society and Society of the Little Flower. Survived by son James Sarley; stepson Dave (Barb) Fries; grandchildren Kelly, Andrea, Jamie Sarley, Mike, Doug, Steve Fries; 13 greatgrandchildren; many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews; great-great aunt of one. Preceded in death by husband Clarence Fries. Services were Dec. 2 at St. James Church. Arrangements by Mihovk-Rosenacker Funeral Home. Memorials to the St. Mary’s Ladies Society.



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DEATHS George Grosser Sr.

George G. Grosser Sr., 84, Mount Healthy, died Nov. 25. He was a veteran of Korea and a member of the Mount Healthy Eagles. Survived by son George (Connie) Grosser Jr.; granddaughters Tiffany, Trisha, Kristi, Karen, Tara; greatgrandchildren Caitlyn, Jacob, Adrienne, Alaina, Isiah, Tamia; brother Paul Grosser. Preceded in death by wives Rosella, Penny, children Cindy Rice, Steven Grosser, brothers Albert, Ernie, Charles Grosser. Services were Dec. 1 at Paul R. Young Funeral Home. Memorials to the Hospice of Cincinnati.

Pat Koester

Robert “Pat” Koester, 84, Springfield Township, died Dec. 3. Survived by wife Eileen Koester; children Holly (Brennen) Koester Whitehead, Robert (Carolyn), Jeff (Patty) Koester; grandchildren Jennifer, Brandon, Chad, Kyle, Amber, Lance, Alyssa; great-grandchildren Jayden, Maysen, Payton. Services were Dec. 6 at St. Bartholomew Church. Arrangements by Neidhard-Gillen Funeral Home. Memorials to the Hospice of Cincinnati.

Jeanette Landenwitsch

Jeanette Caposela Landenwitsch, formerly of Green Township, died Nov. 24 in Homestead, Fla. She was a homemaker. Survived by daughter-in-law Joyce Landenwitsch; granddaughters Julie (Max) Wagner, Carie Landenwitsch; great-granddaughter Brittany Wagner. Preceded in death by husband Robert W. Landenwitsch, son Robert M. Landenwitsch. Services were Dec. 3 at the West Chester Township Cemetery. Arrangements by Dalbert, Woodruff & Isenogle Funeral Home.

Ginny Mastin

Virginia “Ginny” Irwin Mastin, Mount Healthy, died Nov. 27. Survived by husband Jerry Mastin; children Debora (Emmerich Hollitsch) Wiechman, Kathy (Jerry) Wilburn, Jerry (Amber) Mastin; grandchildren Jaimen Walsh, Nicolette, Kevin Wiechman; great-grandchildren Kylie, Joseph, Jason Wiechman; brothers William Wince, Robert Irwin. Preceded in death by parents Lee, Virginia Irwin, brother Kenneth Wince. Services were Nov. 30 at Paul


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Allee Meckstroth

Alberta “Allee” Koch Meckstroth, 82, Green Township, died Nov. 24. Survived by husband Ralph Meckstroth; children Pamela (Michael) Greenwell-Rodgers, Susan Lyon, Ralph (Becky) III, Greg (Polly) Meckstroth; sisMeckstroth ter Betty Koch (late Edward) Weber; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren. Services were Nov. 29 at the Bayley Place Chapel. Arrangements by Neidhard-Minges Funeral Home. Memorials to Bayley Place or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Alexandra Rallis

Alexandra Rallis, 80, Finneytown, died Nov. 28. She and her husband owned the A&A Restaurant in Mount Healthy for over 30 years. Survived by husband Angelo Rallis; sisters Victoria Farys, Stavroula Zaharopoulos; nieces Papy Zolotas,

Basic obituary information and a color photograph of your loved one is published without charge by The Community Press. Please call us at 8536262 for a submission form. To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 2424000 or pricing details. Jenny Filios. Services were Dec. 2 at Holy Trinity-St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. Arrangements by Paul R. Young Funeral Home.

Lorraine Saylor

Lorraine Addison Saylor, 61, Colerain Township, died Dec. 1. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the True Free Christian Church of God. Survived by husband Ernie Saylor; daughter Terena (Mark) Humphries; grandchildren Nathan, Tyler Humphries, Jaclyn, Logan Hollin, Katlyn, Brice, Joshua Saylor; siblings Homer Jr., Glenn, Louise Addison. Preceded in death by parents Homer, Etta Addison, sisters Geneva Abbott, Jeanette Roberts. Services were Dec. 6 at Dennis George Funeral Home.

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race and told her: “It’s OK to retreat sometimes so you can fight another day.” Fox didn’t retreat, even though the race was held in heavy rain. She finished the 26.2 miles. “That was a rough day,” she said. “He kept me going. He taught me a lot: Never give up. Keep pushing forward. Stay positive.” For running the race, Fox received a medal, which she gave to Jim. “He was very proud of that medal,” Doris Davis said. It was placed in his casket and buried with him at Crown Hill Memorial Park and Mausoleum in Colerain Township. In addition to his wife Doris and daughter Debbie, survivors include two daughters, Sherry Schweitzer of White Oak and Jennifer Davis of Green Township; a brother, Beecher Davis of Alexandria, Ky., a sister, Barbara Whitaker of Wilder, Ky.; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Memorials may be sent to: Brain Tumor Center Fund, University Hospital Foundation, 234 Goodman St., Cincinnati, OH 45219.


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was hungry and had no home life. Officials discovered his age and kicked him out. A few years later, when war erupted in Korea, he enlisted in the Air Force. He returned home after the war and played minor league baseball in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization before becoming a truck driver, his occupation for 35 years. He and his wife, Doris, married in 1956 and raised three daughters. Jim Davis had health problems over the years, including a heart attack at age 55, but nothing posed as big a challenge as the brain tumor. One of his three daughters, Debbie Felsheim of Fairfield, said the friendship with Fox was therapeutic for her father. “I think it kept him going. He was always worried, if he wasn’t doing good, how she would take it.” Last spring, Fox, who runs five miles a day, told Jim of her plan to enter the Flying Pig marathon. Aware of the huge challenge facing his friend, Mr. Davis called her before the

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POLICE REPORTS Colerain Township

Paint thrown on door at 10140 Arborwood , Nov. 7.

Dante Mixon, 19, 2620 W. Kemper Road, robbery at 2620 Kemper Road, Nov. 6. Juvenile male, 15, curfew at 3240 Banning Road, Nov. 5. Juvenile male, 12, theft at 10240 Colerain Ave., Nov. 7. Juvenile female, 12, theft at 10240 Colerain Ave., Nov. 7. Cameron Sledge, 37, 1570 Meredith, trafficking in drugs, drug paraphernalia, drug possession at Niagara Street and Stadia Street, Nov. 5. Jamie Defler, 33, 11163 Malaer Drive, theft at 3461 Joseph Street, Nov. 6. John Thomas, 24, 7708 Clovernook Ave., failure to comply, drug paraphernalia, obstructing official business at 8747 Neptune Drive, Nov. 7. Jared Bridenbauch, 28, 1928 Cordova, drug possession at 2200 Eiler , Nov. 8. Jeremy Iker, 32, 500 Clermont Ave., theft, complicity at 8215 Colerain Ave., Nov. 7. Whitney Stokes, 19, 2354 Adams Creek Dr., disorderly conduct at 2407 Birch Hill Drive, Nov. 6. Ashley McNeil, 19, 12184 Broadway Dr., disorderly conduct at 2907 Birch hill Drive, Nov. 6. Jeffrey Moeller, 30, 3526 Glenway Ave., theft at 8451 Colerain Ave., Nov. 9. Yoshanda Evans, 21, 1201 Franklin Ave., theft, assault at 9040 Colerain Ave., Nov. 8. Shawn Hicks, 36, 15564 Sangamaw Road, theft at U.S. 27 and Ronald Reagan Highway, Nov. 10. James Mize, 37, 5000 Fairfield , possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs at 10200 Colerain Ave., Nov. 9. Mike Obert, 32, 8414 Jackies Drive, drug abuse instrument, drug para-

Eggs thrown at vehicle at 11422 Pippin Road, Nov. 7. Reported at 10013 Marino Drive, Nov. 7. Yard damaged at 8272 Georgianna Drive, Oct. 30.


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Criminal mischief

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.

Disorderly conduct

phernalia at 9871 Colerain Ave., Nov. 7. Lisa Jones, 19, 1995 Roosevelt Ave., possession of marijuana at 8405 Pippin Road, Nov. 10. Maurice Smith, 25, 3144 Niagara St., open flask at 2691 Springdale Road, Nov. 12. Ryan Faulk, 22, 8583 Neptune, open container at 9505 Colerain Ave., Nov. 13.



Victim struck at 10158 Arborwood, Nov. 7.

Breaking and entering

Building entered and laptops, camera and mouse of unknown value removed at 2485 Springdale , Nov. 5. Reported at 2745 Merriway Lane, Nov. 10. Reported at 2494 Wilson Ave., Nov. 5.


Residence entered and jewelry valued at $1,800 removed at 6392 Oakcreek, Nov. 5. Residence entered and TV, jewelry of unknown value removed at 6960 Weiss Road, Nov. 8. Residence entered and medications, credit cards of unknown value removed at 2487 Stockport, Nov. 4.

Criminal damaging

Mailbox damaged at 5990 Dryridge Road, Nov. 8. Tires flattened at 12028 Wincanton, Nov. 5.

Reported at 10761 Pippin Road, Nov. 4. gross sexual imposition Reported on Nov. 10.

Identity theft

Victim reported at 3210 Nandale Road, Nov. 3.


Victim threatened at Coogan and Compton, Nov. 9.

Passing bad checks

Victim reported at 2455 Compton Road, Nov. 5.


Gas not paid for at 2691 Springdale , Oct. 22. Merchandise valued at $79.84 removed at 10240 Colerain Ave., Nov. 3. Catalytic converter removed from vehicle at 3233 Springdale Road, Nov. 9. Rings valued at $1,200 removed at 10073 Arborwood Drive, Nov. 5. Vehicle entered and cell phone pieces, CDs, tools and currency of unknown value removed at 3435 Nandale, Nov. 4. Catalytic converter removed from vehicle at 9970 Arborwood, Nov. 9. $40,000 in purchases made and not paid for at 2563 W. Galbraith Road, Nov. 4. Reported at 3461 Joseph , Nov. 7. Reported at 8451 Colerain Ave., Nov. 5. $11 in gas not paid for at 3600 Banning Road, Nov. 7. $285 removed at 3985 Woodsong, Nov. 11.

CDs, IPod, Laptop, currency of unknown value removed at 2800 Royal Glen Drive, Nov. 11. TV of unknown value removed at 2356 Walden Glen, Nov. 9. Credit card removed and used without consent at 3100 Springdale Road, Nov. 8., misuse of credit card Victim reported at 3462 March Terrace, Nov. 9., misuse of credit card $70 in merchandise not paid for at 9690 Colerain Ave., Nov. 9., trespassing Reported at 3675 Stone Creek Blvd., Nov. 9., unauthorized use of motor vehicle

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Charles E. Bailey, born 1948, assault, 1632 Marlowe Ave., Nov. 28. Jeffery A. Hill, born 1962, menacing by stalking, 5754 Argus Road, Nov. 24. Jeffrey E. Courtney, born 1972, pos-

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laughed about that one.” Despite her busy social calendar and many interests, which included golf, bridge and bowling, Mrs. Meyer made plenty of time for her husband and four children. “She was involved in a lot of things and yet she was home all the time. I don’t know how she did it,” Koester said. “When I got home from school, she was there. She was all about family. “Our family is very close, and that’s because of her.” Other survivors include three sons, Roger, of Newport, Ky., Allan, of Green Township, and Greg, of Green Township; two sisters, Mary Ann Northrop, of Carlsbad, Calif., and Jane Favret, of Pepper Pike, Ohio; a brother, Harry Bohmer, of Satellite Beach, Fla.; nine grandchildren, five step-grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Services were Dec. 6 at St. Antoninus Church. Memorials may be made to Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati, 1802 W. Galbraith Rd., Cincinnati, 45239, or to the Vincent J. Meyer Scholarship Fund, c/o Elder High School, 3900 Vincent Ave., Cincinnati, 45205-1699.

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2645 W. North Bend Road, Nov. 23. 6255 Hamilton Ave., Nov. 22.


2669 W. North Bend Road, No. 1101, Nov. 20. 5906 Hamilton Ave., No. 6, Nov. 22.


1627 Marlowe Ave., Nov. 25. 1909 Savannah Ave., Nov. 23. 5321 Eastknoll Court, Nov. 22. 5591 Belmont Ave., Nov. 20. 6118 Hamilton Ave., Nov. 20.

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971 Venetian Terrace, Nov. 20.

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Michael A. Disylvestro, 52, 7940 Tall Timbers, theft at 5425 North Bend Road, Nov. 19. Mauricio L. Uribe-Romero, 40, 2161 Lawn Ave., forgery at 5694 Harri-

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Florence Meyer liked to say that helping the family business was the main reason she made so many friends and joined so many community groups. But it wasn’t the only reason. “She loved doing it,” said her daughter, Marian Koester. “Her friends meant a lot to her.” Mrs. Meyer, the coowner of B.J. Meyer Sons Funeral Home, died Dec. 2 with many of those friends at her side. She was 96. Her daughter said Mrs. Meyer, of Green Township, knew strong ties to the community were important to any small business, including the one her family has operated for about 100 years on the West Side. So the informal role of social director was one she embraced soon after marrying Vincent Meyer. Lucky for her, she was a natural. She always had enjoyed being socially active, whether it was in the Theta Phi Alpha Sorority at the University of Cincinnati as a college student or as president of the Delhi Hills Community Council. Her daughter said she never missed a

chance to make more friends. “She was a social person,” said Koester, of Green TownMeyer ship. “She accumulated so many friends, dear friends. She even kept up with her kindergarten friends. “She was very giving and outgoing.” Mrs. Meyer also had strong faith and strong opinions. She was a devoted Catholic who was active at St. Antoninus Church, and she was a regular contributor to the letters pages of local newspapers. She wrote often as “F.B. Meyer” to The Enquirer, The Delhi Press and The Catholic Telegraph about issues close to her heart, from her opposition to abortion to her dedication to the Republican Party. Sometimes, those opinions rubbed folks the wrong way. Her daughter said her mom once got a letter from an irate reader that featured a drawing of the rear end of a horse. “It said, ‘This is what I think of your letter,’” Koester recalled. “She

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session of criminal tolls and breaking and entering, 6255 Hamilton Ave., Nov. 22. James E. Lyons, born 1963, domestic violence, 6086 Tahiti Drive, Nov. 23. Markita Gidron, born 1989, domestic violence, 6086 Tahiti Drive, Nov. 23. Gerald Lewis, born 1967, assault, 5305 Eastknoll Court, Nov. 24. Ledon D. Shelton, born 1972, possession of drugs and theft under $300, 2568 W. North Bend Road, Nov. 27. Reginald Jones, born 1952, theft under $300, 5571 Colerain Ave., Nov. 22. Casanova Pickett, born 1988, Trafficking and cultivating marijuana, 2735 Hillvista Lane, Nov. 22. Brittany R. Snow, born 1990, felonious assault and theft under $300, 2980 Highforest Lane, Nov. 27. Marcus Prophett, born 1978, possession of drugs, 4511 Colerain Ave., Nov. 28.

Michael Ariola, born 1970, city income tax violation, 5258 Shepherd Road, Nov. 15. Rachel E. Shirk, born 1989, obstruction of official business and disorderly conduct, 5468 Bahama Terrace, Nov. 27. William E. Schroth, born 1948, false alarm and panic commit offense, 5107 Colerain Ave., Nov. 23.

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Essay earns money for Wesley services Wesley Community Services has just won $100 from the Meals-On-Wheels Association of America/Subaru Share the Love grant program. The winning essay, describes how a lifetime dream came true for a World War II Veteran Howard Moore. Wesley Community Services is now entering the next phase of the holiday competition – which relies on getting the most Facebook users to “Like” the story. Winning the next phase of the contest could earn Wesley Community Services Meals-On-Wheels an additional $500.

The funding comes at a critical time for Wesley Community Services MealsOn-Wheels program, and the more than 140 other grant winners nationwide. The country’s economic downturn has made it more difficult to raise money to continue feeding our community’s hungry seniors. Wesley Community Services

plans to use the money to provide nutritious meals to those in need. The MOWAA/Subaru Share the Love grant is tied to Subaru’s Share the Love event, which will run through Jan. 3. Subaru will donate $250 for every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased to the customer’s choice of one of five charities, including MOWAA. “These Meals-OnWheels programs share love every day by bringing food and companionship to America’s hungry seniors,” said MOWAA President and CEO Enid Borden. “For the third year in a row Subaru

has generously included Meals-On-Wheels in its Share the Love Event. We want the world to read these stories and find out more about what these amazing Meals-On-Wheels programs do every day to ‘Share the Love’ in their communities.” The next phase of this competition relies on getting the most Facebook users to “Like” this story. More than 140 Share the Love essays from programs across the country have been posted on MOWAA’s Member blog. The Meals-On-Wheels program with the most “Likes” will win an additional $500.

Wesley Community Services winning essay

At Wesley Community Services we go the extra mile to ensure our clients receive the very best service possible. A lifetime dream came true for World War II Veteran, Howard Moore. From assistance provided by The Honor Flight Network, whose mission is transporting veterans from across the United States to the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C., Mr. Moore was driven from his Price Hill home to West Chester Township then onto Dayton International Airport to arrive safely a few hours later in Baltimore, Md. “Thanks to Wesley Community Services none of this would have happened on that bright and sunny morning at the early hour of 7 a.m. It was a long day, in fact I got home at 3 a.m. the next morning, but I had a wonderful time. I just wish I had enough time to visit my brother buried at Arlington National Cemetery,” stated Mr. Moore. Mr. Moore would like to convey these kind words, “Thanks from the bottom of my heart to the individuals who made this trip a reality.” Those placing second through 10th will receive an additional $250. To “Like” the local essay submitted for

this Facebook contest, go to and search “Wesley Community Services.”

Tool Rental at 6750 Harrison Ave., Nov. 26. Battery charger stolen from home’s garage at 4947 North Bend Road, Nov. 27.

Road, Nov. 25. Door dented on vehicle at 5465 Childs Ave., Nov. 25. Passenger side of vehicle dented in several spots at 5813 Colerain Ave., Nov. 25.






Way, Nov. 23. Matthew Toenesmeyer, 24, 7890 Highway 17, theft at 5071 Glencrossing Way, Nov. 23. Blake C. Reinstatler, 40, 2356 Devils Backbone, inducing panic at Werkridge Drive, Nov. 23. Robert L. Eldred, 49, 4715 Ebenezer Road, domestic violence at 4715 Ebenezer Road, Nov. 22. Tonya Morris, 41, 8982 Harrison Ave., theft at 6550 Harrison Ave., Nov. 24. Dawn Hair, 39, 8982 Harrison Ave., complicity to theft at 6550 Harrison Ave., Nov. 24. Juvenile, 13, domestic violence at 3594 Robroy Drive, Nov. 25. Juvenile, 17, drug possession and resisting arrest at 3359 Westbourne, Nov. 24. Kenneth D. Smith, 41, 5507 Julmar Drive, domestic violence and possession of marijuana at 5507 Julmar, Nov. 27.





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MEETING NOTICE The Board of Trustees of the Community Programming Board of Forest Park, Greenhills, and Springfield Township will meet on Wednesday, December 8, 7:30 PM, at 2086 Waycross Road, Forest Park. 2036 Waycrors Road., Forest Park, OH 4S240,P717 513825-2429 Fax: 513825-2745, 1608953 LEGAL NOTICE The Colerain Township Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on Tues., Dec. 21, 2010 at 7:00 PM at the Colerain Township Government Complex, 4200 Springdale Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio. Case No.: ZA2010-05 Zoning Resolution Text Amendment. Applicant: Colerain Township Board of Trustees. Request: Amendments to Article 7.4.2 regarding urban agriculture. The application may be examined between 8 AM and 4:30 PM at the Colerain Township Government Complex, Planning & Zoning Dept. After conclusion of this hearing, a recommen dation will be forwarded to the Board of Trustees. 1001606356

LEGAL NOTICE The Colerain Township Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on Tues., Dec. 21, 2010 at 7:00 PM at the Colerain Township Government Complex, 4200 Springdale Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio. Case No.: ZA2001-04 Forevergreen Landscape Co., E. Miami River Rd. & Harrison Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio. Applicant/Owner: Forevergreen Landscape Co. Request: Preliminary Development Plan for a landscape business. The application may be examined between 8 AM and 4:30 PM at the Colerain Township Government Complex, Planning & Zoning Dept. After conclusion of this hearing, a recommendation will be forwarded to the Board of Trustees. 1001606348

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LEGAL NOTICE The Colerain Township Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on Tues., Dec. 21, 2010 at 7:00 PM at the Colerain Township Government Complex, 4200 Springdale Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio. Case No.: ZA2010-06 Liberty Nursing Center of Colerain - 8440 Livingston Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio. Applicant: Jonathan Wocher, McBride Dale Clarion. Owner: Norbert E. Schwarz. Request: Zone Map Amendment from "R5" Suburban-High Residential District to "PD-R" Planned Development Residential District. Application: Development of a single story skilled nursing facility. The application may be examined between 8 AM and 4:30 PM at the Colerain Township Government Complex, Planning & Zoning Dept. After conclusion of this hearing, a recommendation will be forwarded to the Board of Trustees. 1001606360


Home entered, but nothing found missing at 6784 Harrison Ave. No. 99, Nov. 20. Television stolen from home at 5474 Sanrio Court, Nov. 22. Five doors and door frames damaged on home during break in attempt, but nothing found missing at 3813 Boomer Road, Nov. 25. Window broken on home’s door during burglary attempt, but nothing found missing at 3724 Balsamridge Drive, Nov. 26.

Criminal damaging

Mailbox damaged when hit with pumpkin at 5932 Muddy Creek, Nov. 20. Outside mirror broken on vehicle at 6790 Harrison Ave., Nov. 21. Stone thrown at vehicle, causing tail light to break at 2651 Falconbridge Drive, Nov. 23. Paint poured on home’s driveway at 6076 Gaines Road, Nov. 24. Window broken and door damaged on vehicle at 3698 Crestknoll Drive, Nov. 24. Rear window broken on vehicle at 5693 Woodhaven, Nov. 25. Beer bottle thrown through advertisement sign at 5722 Cheviot

Criminal mischief

Christmas decorations removed from home’s yard and placed in neighbor’s yard at 6365 Carley Lane, Nov. 25.

Domestic dispute

Argument between spouses at Lawrence Road, Nov. 20. Argument between spouses at Harwinton Lane, Nov. 26. Argument between spouses at Ponce Lane, Nov. 27.


Check stolen from victim’s home and later forged and cashed at 2721 Country Woods Lane, Nov. 23. Suspect attempted to pass counterfeit $100 bill at Family Dollar at 5527 Bridgetown Road, Nov. 27. Suspect attempted to pass counterfeit $100 bill at Esther Price at 5500 Harrison Ave., Nov. 27.

Tampering with coin machines

Lock broken and money stolen from soft drink vending machine at General Custer’s at 3325 Westbourne Drive, Nov. 21.


Suspect paid for food with a counterfeit $50 bill at Subway at 6548 Glenway Ave., Nov. 19.


2568 Adams Road: Stephens, Christina L. to U.S. Bank NA; $48,000. 2576 Ambassador Drive: Federal National Mortgage Association to Quarra Properties Ltd.; $47,250. 2732 Barthas Place: Anderson, Karen M. and Joshua M. Witt to U.S. Bank NA; $56,000. 3324 Blue Rock Road: Allen, Michael D. and Summer A. to Jordan, Daniel N.; $119,900. 3696 Brockton Drive: Dunn, Catherine to GMAC Mortgage LLC; $142,326. 7725 Cella Drive: Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. Tr. to Schenkel, Gary W. and Donna L. Jennings; $54,050. 7246 Creekview Drive: Shea, Alvin G. and Shirley A. to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp.; $36,000. 6415 Daleview Road: Sorn, Johanna M. to Klug, Phillip L. and Mary Eileen; $100,000. 3248 Galbraith Road: Wells Fargo Bank NA Tr. to Berning Properties LLC; $50,400. 9512 Haddington Court: Tam, Steven

About real estate transfers Information is provided as a public service by the office of Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes. Neighborhood designations are approximate. S. Trs and Barbara Trs. to Dixon, Marilyn; $50,000. 3463 March Terrace: Schoone, Nicole D. to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp.; $80,000. 9807 Marino Drive: Lanham, Karen to Schweitzer, Yvonne M.; $46,500. 2610 Niagara St.: Tenorio, Sandra and Roberto to Citimortgage Inc.; $88,067. 3209 Pebblebrook Lane: Wolfe, Laura C. to Federal National Mortgage Corp.; $40,000. 2461 Pinwood Lane: Binford, Timothy and Toni to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp.; $68,000. 2637 Royal Glen Drive: Fifth Third Bank to Langworthy, John; $43,000.


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son Ave., Nov. 20. Katrina Woerner, 22, 1445 Virdale Drive, theft at 3491 North Bend Road, Nov. 21. Juvenile, 14, complicity to theft at 5071 Glencrossing Way, Nov. 21.

Marvin H. Hoffman, 44, 3405 Lehman Road, theft at 6550 Harrison Ave., Nov. 22. Christopher Roll, 35, 256 Ludlow Ave. No. 1, felonious assault at 6771 Perinwood Drive, Nov. 23. Kenneth T. Poetter, 31, 3540 Darwin Ave., theft at 5071 Glencrossing


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