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Sowing the Seeds of Hope helps FORCE, PRG By Kurt Backscheider

Robben Florist and Garden Center in Delhi Township is hosting the “Sowing the Seeds of Hope" event to benefit two area cancer organizations – Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE) and the Pink Ribbon Girls. Robben Florist's retail manager Kim King, center, who is a breast cancer survivor, is organizing the event with her friends Mary Orloff, left, who is an outreach coordinator for FORCE, and Tracie Metzger, right, who is the founder and executive director of Pink Ribbon Girls. KURT BACKSCHEIDER/THE COMMUNITY

Price Hill Press readers had a wonderful first week of voting for the 2012 Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year, which opened April 30.

Teacher lauded for thinking ‘green’ Ellen McGrath hopes her students always remember the importance of caring for the environment. McGrath is a third-grade teacher at St. Teresa of Avila School, and her efforts to make the school more green earned her the 2012 Eco Environmental Education Award from the Cincinnati Earth Day committee. “I was encouraged by the recognition,” she said. “It’s always nice to be honored, and it makes you feel like you’re working hard.” St. Teresa Principal Sharon Willmes said McGrath has established many environmentally friendly activities at the school, and she recently planned a Green Ribbon Week in which each day of the week was devoted to a recycling or environmental theme. Willmes said McGrath organizes the school’s recycling program and supervises the Green Club as well. McGrath, who has been a teacher at St. Teresa for 21years, said she became involved in green programs at the school about seven years ago when she started coordinating the recycling program. Students and staff recycle everything from paper and aluminum cans to plastic bottles and bottle caps, she said. See GREEN, Page A2


Schedule of events

A variety of activities are planned for the “Sowing the Seeds of Hope” event benefiting the Pink Ribbon Girls and Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE). The event takes place Saturday, May 19, and Sunday, May 20, at Robben Florist and Garden Center, 352 Pedretti Road, Delhi Township. Here is the list of events for each day: May 19 • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Jewish Hospital Mammography van. Call 513-686-3300 to schedule an appointment. • Educational Day • Gardening Seminars • “How to grow your own herbs” by Ron Robben and Vicki Bruns • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., cooking demonstration by chef Larry from Remke/ biggs. Free of charge. • 2-4 p.m., wine pairing and live

music by Tressler Comet. $5 per person. May 20 • 2-3:30 p.m., Mother/Daughter/ Sister/Friend tea presented by the Delhi Historical Society. $5 per person. Robben Florist will donate a portion of its sales on all items sold this weekend to the Pink Ribbon Girls and FORCE. The garden center will also donate a portion of its sales from a special line of pink products during the entire month of May. Basket raffles will take place at the event both days, and both FORCE and the Pink Ribbon Girls will have educational tables on display. For more information, visit or

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Sixth-graders at St. Antoninus compete in Chess Tourney.


Robben Florist event helps cancer groups Kim King and her family are giving back to the people who were there to support her when she was fighting breast cancer. The Delhi Township woman and her family own and operate Robben Florist and Garden Center, and they are hosting an event called “Sowing the Seeds of Hope” to benefit the Pink Ribbon Girls and Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE). “I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011,” King said. “That started my journey.” While she was undergoing chemotherapy, she said volunteers with the Pink Ribbon Girls organization came by to clean her house and sent her flower arrangements. And she said her friend Mary Orloff, who is the outreach coordinator for the Cincinnati chapter of FORCE, helped her find breast cancer support groups and provided advice about getting the other women in her family tested to determine whether breast cancer is hereditary in their family. King said although she and her sister, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, both had the disease, the genetic testing showed that her daughter and nieces are not predisposed to a higher risk of getting breast cancer. “It was a relief to know it’s not genetic,” she said. She is now cancer free and six weeks out from reconstruction surgery following her treatment, she said. Being able to reach out to two area organizations and immediately receiving assistance and guidance during her cancer treatments was important and beneficial to overcoming the disease, King said. “I didn’t feel like I was alone,” she said. The “Sowing the Seeds of Hope” event is a way for King and the Robben family to thank FORCE and the Pink Ribbon Girls for their support. “Everybody here was affected,” she said. “My brother, Ron Robben, (the third generation owner of the floral center) wanted to give back to the organizations who were there for our family.” The two-day benefit takes place Saturday, May 19, and Sunday, May 20, at Robben Florist, 352 Pedretti Road, Delhi Township. Orloff, a Delhi Township resident who started the Cincinnati chapter of FORCE in 2008 after undergoing a prophylactic hysterectomy and a double mastectomy due to a genetic predisposition to both


Ellen McGrath, a third-grade teacher at St. Teresa, hands out zinnia seeds to students in the Green Club. McGrath coordinates the club and engages her students in several environmentally friendly projects. KURT BACKSCHEIDER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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Based on her experiences overseeing the recycling program, she said she established the school’s Green Club. “I thought it would be a good way to increase our student and parental involvement in helping our school become more green,” McGrath said. The club is in its third year and it’s comprised of about 35 students in third-, fourth- and fifth-grade, she said. Students in the club help McGrath with the recycling program, help plant flowers and water the school’s gardens, volunteer with the annual Great American Cleanup event, encourage their family and

friends to be more environmentally conscience and learn about the three “R’s” associated with protecting the earth - reduce, reuse, recycle. McGrath said she enjoys working with the students and seeing the excitement they bring to Green Club. “They are very committed to helping the environment,” she said. “They really understand the three ‘R’s.’” Caring for the earth is also a great way for the students to live their Catholic faith, she said. She never wants them to forget why it’s important for people to protect our planet. “I hope they will …think about how to practice the three ‘R’s. I truly hope it will be a lifetime practice for them.”



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A story in the Price Hill Press on Wednesday, May 2, about a benefit for Tracy Estes did not include the names of several friends and family members of Estes who have helped organize the fundraiser. The story should have stated the following people have assisted with the benefit: Tiffany Hayes, Donna Estle, Jim Raike, Fred Hayes, Wayne Estes, Heather Hernandez, Natasha Argento and Dan Maynard. Benefit T-shirts will also be sold at the event.

Six shot in Price Hill

Six people were shot early Sunday, May 6, at an after-hours club in East Price Hill, Cincinnati police said. The shooting occurred about 5:30 a.m. following an altercation inside a building near Warsaw Avenue and McPherson Avenue. At least two of the victims were in critical condition mid-Sunday morning at local hospitals, officials said. Some of the victims were taken to University Hospital by ambulance, while others drove themselves. Police said they are looking for a single sus-

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Students in the music programs at Covedale School have several upcoming concerts. Kindergarten classes will present a musical in honor of their mothers and grandmothers on Friday, May 11, at the school, 5130 Sidney Road. Show times for staff, students, parents and the community are at 8:45 a.m., 9:25 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Covedale’s beginning band and wind ensemble will be in concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, at the school; and will perform for residents of the Riverview Retirement Center, 5999 Bender Road, at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 10. For more information, call the school at 363-1722.

Driehaus meeting

State Rep. Denise Driehaus (D-31st District) will host a town hall meeting Monday, May 14. She will meet with constituents and discuss state and local issues. The meeting takes place from 7-8 p.m. at the Price Hill Recreation Center, 959 Hawthorne Ave.

Sports sign-ups

Delhi Athletic Association fall sports – football, cheerleading and soccer – in-person sign-ups are 6-8 p.m. Monday, May 21, at the Delhi Lodge, 5125 Foley Road. Online sign ups are also available thru Go to the website for more information and contact numbers or email

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ovarian and breast cancer, said the event aims to raise awareness and honor the women in our lives who have been diagnosed with cancer. “Everyone can be touched by this disease,” she said. Tracie Metzger, the Bridgetown resident and

Mother of Mercy High School invites girls in first- through fourthgrade, and their mothers, guardians, aunts or grandmothers, to the school’s second annual tea party event, Pinkies Out. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 12, at Mercy, 3036 Werk Road. The theme for the midmorning event is “Everyone is a STAR at Mercy!” The afternoon will end with a fashion show for the younger guests. Members of Mercy’s dance team, The Sapphire Girls, will be available to help the girls pick out fancy accessories and practice walking the runway. Everyone is welcome to wear their favorite party hats, boas and princess dresses. Reservations are $5 per person and can be made online at Call 661-2740, extension 312 with questions.

Pet festival

Covedale Dog Fest will be 2-4 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Covedale Gardens, corner of Covedale and Ralph avenues. The fest will feature Cincinnati Police District 3 canine unit, Glenway Pet Hospital, Puppy Camp, Fourgotten Paws, Pet Smart, Alice's Dog School, Jenny’s Grooming, Covedale Pet Hospital, Doggie Day Care, face painting and more All Dogs must be

12-year breast cancer survivor who established the Pink Ribbon Girls 10 years ago, said the benefit is also a way to celebrate the mothers, sisters, wives and daughters who have overcome cancer, and empower women to be proactive about cancer screening. “We’re looking forward to bringing the community together and touching lives,” she said. “It’s going to be a great celebration weekend.”

Hoxworth will have a blod drive 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday May 12, at Westwood First Presbyterian, 3011 Harrison Ave., near Montana Avenue, next to Westwood School. To register for this drive, go to http:// groups/westwoodworks then click the Donor Portal graphic; the group code is A770. Or call Hoxworth at 513-451-0910 and mention the Westwood Works blood drive.

Color guard seeks members

The Elder High School Color Guard is recruiting new members. Students interested in joining the color guard can attend the group’s summer clinic from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 20, in Elder’s wrestling gym. Those who attend are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and be prepared for fun and pizza. Junior color guard signups are 6-8 p.m. Monday, June 4, and Tuesday, June 5, in Elder’s band room. The junior color guard is for boys and girls in fifththrough eighth-grade, and no tryouts or experience is necessary. Varsity color guard signups are 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, and Thursday, June 7, in Elder’s band room. The varsity color guard is for high school students who will attend Elder, Seton or Mercy, and no tryouts or experience is necessary.

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School librarian named ‘Educator of the Year’ Annual award honors excellence among CPS educators Gannett News Service SAYLER PARK — Sayler Park elementary school’s library may be getting a few more books. Longtime school librarian and technology coordinator Kathleen Donohoue was named the 2012 Lawrence C. Hawkins Educator of the Year Thursday. The prestigious award, created in 2007 by Western & Southern Financial Group, carries a $10,000 cash prize. When asked how she’d spend the money, a still-shocked Donohoue didn’t hesitate. “I’ll definitely have to buy some books for my library,” she said. She also may take a trip to Alaska with her husband. The annual award ceremony is like the Oscars of Cincinnati Public Schools. More than 50 teachers, principals, and other CPS employees were nominated by their peers. Western & Southern narrowed the list to 21 finalists who were recognized at a reception Thursday evening. Award namesake, the late Dr. Lawrence C. Hawkins, was a former CPS educator, executive vice president at the University of Cincinnati and Western & Southern board member. The son of a sharecropper, Hawkins was inspired to achieve because of a teacher he had, said his grandson, who spoke at the ceremony. The award’s goal is to inspire and reward excellence among Cincinnati Public Schools’ educators. It recognizes their drive for excellence and their impact on students and faculty. “It is so important that our children are educated well,” said John F. Barrett, Western & Southern chairman, president and CEO. “You are the first mentors; the first keys.” Like the Oscars, the winner isn’t announced until the ceremony. Donohoue’s hand flew to her mouth when she heard her name. “This is such a shock,” she said at the podium. “I wish I had something profound to say. I really wasn’t expecting it.”

dents and “seeing their little faces,” she said. “If kids say to me ‘read that again,’ I know I got to them.” Prior winners are: » 2011: Barbara James, a kindergarten teacher at

Riverview East Academy. » 2010: Nancy L. Johnson, a member of the “turnaround team” for the district. » 2009: Angela Roddy, a former consulting teacher for the district.

» 2008: Kimya Moyo, a former math teacher at Woodward Career Technical High School » 2007: Sharon Johnson, principal of Withrow University High School

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Nancy Crossley, Dater Montessori School Elizabeth Hook, Dater Montessori School David Licata, Western Hills University High School Kenneth Stevenson, Roberts Paideia Academy Charlene Younger, Roberts Paideia Academy The award honors Lawrence C. Hawkins, who died in 2009. He served as a member of the board of directors for Western & Southern, worked as an educator and administrator at Cincinnati Public Schools, and founded the College of Community Affairs at the University of Cincinnati. He was named a Great Living Cincinnatian in 1989 by the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce.

But her work has been plenty profound, according to her peers. She’s turned the library at the 320-student Sayler Park Elementary into a technology hub. She won the school a $194,000 grant to buy hardware, software and professional development tools. She spearheaded a school project to buy livestock for families in Haiti and a book project

to get parents to read to their children every night. She played an important role in the school’s rise to an Effective rating on the Ohio Report Card, according to Western & Southern. At the podium, Donohoue, of Independence, Ky., gave a shout-out to school librarians, whose numbers tend to shrink when school budgets tighten. Afterward, she credited her school principal Gary Vale for giving her support and flexibility to do what she needed to do for the school and creating a good work environment for staff. Donohoue grew up in Delhi, graduated from Seton High School, earned a bachelor’s from the College of Mount St. Joseph and a master’s from the University of Cincinnati. She first joined CPS as an elementary school teacher. She liked helping kids understand things. She wanted to teach them self reliance, empathy and “to have the courage to stand up and do something about things they think are unfair,” she said. She became a librarian because “if you become a lifelong reader, it opens your mind and opens your point of view and opens your enjoyment for life.” She’s now been with the district 34 years, the last 22 at Sayler Park. Her favorite part of her job is reading stu-


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Mount graduates’ stories like no other Megan Smith will be one of 508 students graduating from the College of Mount St. Joseph on Saturday, May 12. What makes her graduation story unique is that not only is she legally blind, but she received her degree in three years and has been accepted into the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at the Mount. Megan has a genetic eye disease called Stargardt’s Disease which has led to progressive vision loss. Throughout her high school and college years, she didn’t let her vision problems stand in the way of her dream of becoming a physical therapist. At the Mount, she connected with professors like Beth Murray, Ph.D., a biology

professor, to make sure she could see in labs what she needed to learn. “She’s a great, fun person who has much to teach us all about overcoming obstacles and finding our way,” Murray said. “One of the reasons I chose the Mount was the help of the professors,” said Smith, who also credits the Mount’s Learning Center as helping her accommodate her needs. “They went out of their way to help me learn and encourage me to get where I am today. I couldn't ask for a better education foundation for my career.” Smith is a 2009 graduate of Fairfield High School and the daughter of David and Susan Smith.


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After graduating from Colerain High School in 2004, Matthew Schmittou spent four years in the Marine Corps. He served two tours in Iraq and was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for acts of valor during combat. Schmittou shined in the classroom at the Mount as well. As a history major, he had a 3.9-plus GPA and took part in honor societies, peer tutoring programs and supported fellow veterans through Veterans in Communities, an outreach organization for local veterans which has a chapter on the Mount’s campus. “Matt is as fine a young person as I have ever been associated with,”

The Mount will hold two commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 12, in the Jean Patrice Harrington, SC, Student Center. The ceremony for adult and graduate students will be held at 10 a.m., and the ceremony for traditional students will be held at 2:30 p.m. Bob Castellini, chairman of the Castellini Group of Companies and CEO of the Cincinnati Reds, will address the traditional students during the afternoon ceremony. He will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree for his commitment to the city of Cincinnati and its people, and for serving the needs of others. Caroljean Willie, SC, the non-governmental organization representative at the United Nations, will address the adult/graduate students during the morning ceremony. She will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters for her dedication to the poor through her work at the United Nations and for living out the mission of the Mount.e

Matthew Schmittou spent four years in the Marine Corps and then attended Mount St. Joe. While there, he went on three mission trips in two years to southern Belize through his church. PROVIDED said Tim Lynch, Ph.D., a history professor and Schmittou’s advisor. “One is immediately struck by his maturity and poise. The sense of responsibility, purpose and focus that Matt projects runs deep.” In addition to campus activities, Schmittou has taken three mission trips in two years to southern Belize through his church. He was awarded this year’s Nontraditional Distinguished Student from the Mount and will speak at commencement. “One of the things I appreciate most about the Mount is its service learning mission,” he said. “It’s one of the things that drew me to the College. I believe service is an important part of life, and I am glad that this College

believes that as well.” Schmittou plans to either attend law school or receive his commission in the Marine Corps. He is the son of Timothy and Melissa Schmittou of Col-

erain Township.

Adopted as a teen

Mariana Lamping was 15 years old, living in an orphanage in Peru when she met her future father while he was on a mission trip with St. Xavier High School. After months of paperwork, Lamping had a new family and arrived in the U.S. on her 16th birthday, unable to speak English but with a desire to learn so she could socialize with her new family. Lamping, a graduate of Colerain High School, will graduate with a degree in social work from the Mount. She began her college career as a nursing student but her inspiration from the nuns who ran the orphanage in Peru, led her to realize her passion was social work. “I want to work with children,” Lamping said. “My dream is to one day open a halfway house to help kids. This is my way of giving back to society.” She is the daughter of Greg and Mary Lamping of White Oak.

Learning lessons

Chelsey Siefke, a 2008 graduate of East Central High School in Indiana, is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She studied for exams with the help of her father, Mike, an assistant fire chief in Whitewater Township who was studying at the same time for his paramedic certificate.







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West Siders ready to Relay for Life By Kurt Backscheider

Judy Leach said it’s great to see the community come together to take steps toward eradicating cancer. The White Oak resident and her fellow co-chairs of the 2012 West Side Relay for Life invite cancer survivors, caregivers, families and the community to this year’s relay benefiting the American Cancer Society. “If you know a loved one who is fighting cancer, or someone who has lost their battle with cancer, please join us in celebrating, remembering and giving back,” Leach said. A breast cancer survivor of seven years, Leach has been involved with the relay since 2005, when she took part in it with her entire family by her side. “My brother contacted me and said I needed to participate in the relay as a survivor, and he was taking care of everything else,” she said. Within two weeks, her family had raised more than $2,000 for the event, and in 2007 they became the first West Side relay team to raise more than

The co-chairs of the 2012 West Side Relay for Life, from left, Jennifer Linde, Judy Leach and Diane Sykes discuss plans for this year's event at one of their planning meetings. The relay will take place Friday, May 11, to Saturday, May 12, at Veterans Park in Green Township. THANKS TO JUDY LEACH

$10,000, she said. “I relay so my daughter and grandsons and all of my family and friends never have to hear the words, ‘You have cancer,’” Leach said. This year’s relay begins at 6 p.m. Friday, May 11, at Veterans Park in Green Township. Cancer survivors and their caregivers have the honor of walking the first lap, after which they are treated to the annual survivor dinner. Relay teams then hit the track, and must always have at least one team member walking around the track until the event ends at noon on Saturday, May 12.

One of the most touching moments of the event takes place when darkness falls and the track is lit with hundreds of luminaries in honor of those affected by cancer. Throughout the course of the night participants take part in a variety of games and activities. Some favorites returning this year are the Kids Zone, the “Minute to Win It” and “Family Feud” contests and Ms. Relay, in which men don women’s dresses and walk a cat walk. Leach said caregivers are celebrated during a breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 12, and the relay’s closing ceremonies start at

Men, women and children who have won their fight with cancer are always given the honor of completing the first lap at the annual West Side Relay for Life. This year's relay begins at 6 p.m. Friday, May 11, at Veterans Park in Green Township. FILE PHOTO noon. Joining Leach as cochairs this year are Delhi Township resident Jennifer Linde and Green Township resident Diane Sykes. Linde said she’s been involved with the event since her sister encouraged her to participate in 2004. “I was hooked,” she said. A mother of two young girls, she said she helps with the relay as a way to teach her children to be involved in the community. She also wants to support those who have been

New scout troop formed

The West Side has a new Boy Scout Troop. The Oak Hills Kiwanis Club recently chartered Boy Scout Troop 44, which is comprised of 12 scouts who attend school in the Oak Hills Local School District. “It’s very exciting,” said Green Township resident and Troop 44 Scoutmaster Joe Wermes. The troop came together in April, and he said they’ve already had two great camping trips. He said their next outing later this month is horseback riding in Metamora, Ind. “We have a lot of activities scheduled,” Wermes said, noting his three sons are members of the troop. “We’re just trying to get more kids involved in scouting.” Steve Schinkal, who is president of the Oak Hills Kiwanis Club, said the club was happy to sponsor a new Boy Scout troop for boys on this side of town. “The Kiwanis as an organization has always been involved in scouting on a national and state level, but this is the first time our club has chartered a new

troop,” he said. “We look forward to continued association with them and all the good things to come. “We’re planning to work together with them to help them do some fundraising and allow them to have a good scouting experience that benefits the community as well.” Troop 44 meets at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays at Diamond Oaks career campus, 6375 Harrison Ave., Green Township. Membership is open to any boy age 11 to 18, or any 10 1/2-year-old who have

teer with the event. “The relay is where people come together to find a cure and to help so no one else has to go through it alone,” she said. Throughout the years the West Side Relay for Life has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the American Cancer Society. Leach said the goal this year is to raise more than $54,000. For more information, or to make a donation, visit westsideOH.

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Springmyer Elementary School had a book collection for the Children’s Hospital book sale that benefits The Ronald McDonald House. Brooke Craynon, from left, Sydney Louis, and Hannah Baldwin were instrumental in helping with the book collection. Louis created a poster and the girls advertised and collected books. Springmyer collected more than 500 books the Children’s Hospital/Ronald McDonald book sale. THANKS TO CINDY ANDERSON


Freshmen First honors: Jordyn Alexander, Brooke Benjamin, Emily Biery, Emma Bley, Megan Buse, Kelly Cline, Danielle Diersing, Sarah Doren, Sara Dressman, Sara Forbeck, Brittany Frandsen, Kristen Gandenberger, Delaney Greiner, Katelyn Harrell, Margaret Hartmann, Colleen Kotlas, Bailey Kurtz, Kellie Leonard, Rachel Leonhardt, Marissa Long, Natalie Luken, Emily Massengale, Abigail McBee, Hannah Muddiman, Nancy Nzobigeza, Rachael Petranek, Emily Ramsey, Rebecca Rhein, Jessica Richter, Abigail Schatzman, Erika Schmitt, Molly Sexton, Kathryne Smith, Madeline Spetz, Nadya Streicher, Kelly Tieman, Maria Vetter, Bridget Walsh, Audrey Wanstrath, Heather Williams, Ashley Wittrock and Alexandra Zeller. Second honors: Allison Bosse, Mary Bowman, Victoria Brackett, Erica Brewer, Abigail Connor, Abigail Cullen, Shannon Ferrier, Paige Fischer, Lauren Gallagher, Allison Gay, Kathleen Gibbs, Maria Hornsby, Emily House, Brianna Hughey, Rachel Huhn, Veronica Jacobs, Madison Johns, Lyndsi Kohls, Lynsey Kurzhals, Brooke Leonard, Kaylee Merschbach, Margaret Morrissey, Elizabeth Neville, Gabrielle Phelps, Kelly Salerno, Kathryn Scheurer, Brooke Schierenbeck, Shelby Schmidt, Caroline Schmitz, Andrea Smith, Michaela Smith, Diamond Snow, Jillian Stern, Brooklynn Sturwold, Amara Sydnor, Margaret Tegenkamp, Claudia Uchtman, Alexis Von Holle, Macara Vonderahe, Lynn Vormbrock, Megan Vormbrock and Maria Waters.

Sophomores First honors: Victoria Agustin, Emily Beckmann, Madeliene Bell, Lauren Briede, Emily Budde, Sarah Chiappone, Kimberly Collins, Megan Corso, Grace Cunningham, Haley Dannemiller, Alena Flick, Olivia Folzenlogen, Natalie Geraci, Lauren Grosheim, Emma Hatch, Rachel Hautman, Erin Helmers, Sara Heyd, Julia Heyl, Hannah Jackson, Hannah Kern, Carolyn Kesterman, Kaitlyn Klusman, Catherine Kneip, Lauren Leesman, Jessica Lienesch, Kimberly Lohbeck, Taylor Maas, Olivia Maltry, Katherine Minnelli, Maria Rechtin, Courtney Reder, Megan Ridder, Abigail Rieger, Erin Rudemiller, Mary Rust, Erin Schapker, Hannah Siefert, Andrea Sizemore, Kathryn Spurlock, Erica Stowe, Emily Wagner, Savanah Wagner, Victoria Weckenbrock, Holly Willard and Abigail Wocher. Second honors: Allison Adams, Stephanie Alderson, Macey Anderson, Rebecca Bradley, Isabella Brunsman, Erika Burwinkel, Patricia Cavanaugh, Lauren Cummings, Lauren Dinkelacker, Claire Garbsch, Emily Havens, Rachel Horn, Amanda Huening, Julia Kennedy, Carly Linnemann, Kaitlyn Luckey, Samantha Mattlin, Morgan Merritt, Brenna Mueller, Nicole Newsom, Miranda Perry, Erin Pope, Kelly Quatman, Teresa Rust, Kelly Schmitz, Rebecca Schmitz, Jamie Seger, Madalyn Sheridan, Corey Specht, Danielle Stahl, Natalie Storm, Meggie Strawser, Mikayla Tepe, Abigail Thompson, Maggie Trentman, Stephanie Tumlin, Megan VanSant,

Tara Vogelpohl, Emily Wagner and Mckala Will.

Juniors First honors: Sarah Bailey, Haley Baker, Rachel Barkalow, Kristen Bauer, Angela Blake, Ellen Bley, Kristen Brauer, Laura Burkart, Stephanie Cline, Elizabeth David, Kerri Davis, Hannah DeZarn, Amy Dirksing, Gabriela Discepoli, Hannah Donnellon, Maria Finnell, Sara Freking, Erin Glankler, Emily Hartmann, Kelsey Herbers, Therese Herzog, Ashley Humphrey, Molly James, Rebecca Kaiser, Rebecca Klapper, Courtney Kurzhals, Katherine Ledermeier, Anna Lynd, Caroline Meyer, Jessica Michael, Nazret Michael, Megan Mitchell, Rosa Molleran, Laura Raphael, Kimberly Reynolds, Katherine Ruwe, Christina Schmidt, Sarah Schmitt, Nicole Stephan, Kelsey Stevens, Elizabeth Trentman, Maggie Walsh, Kelsey Watts, Kristen Weber, Samantha Weidner, Kelley Wiegman and Jenna Zappasodi. Second honors: Melina Artmayer, Ashlee Barker, Erin Biehl, Sarah Bode, Katherine Brossart, Katilynn Brown, Mykayla Cassidy, Mary Comer, Catherine Cosker, Emily Davis, Jane Eby, Lydia Fischesser, Emily Friedmann, Katherine Gandenberger, Taylor Hayes, Jamie Heidel, Kelly Henderson, Ashley Hessling, Rachael Hester, Maria Hils, Chelsea Jansen, Abbie Kemble, Kelsey Kleiman, Emily Kurzhals, Kotchakorn Limsakul, Marissa McPhillips, Amy Pellegrino, Jennifer Peterman, Brianna Sallee-Thomas, Alina Scholz, Marisa Schwartz, Zoe Scott, Alexandra Souders, Sara Staggs, Katelyn Stapleton, Jordan Stevens, Callie Talbot, Rebecca Tumlin, Brittney Welborne and Emily Wernke.

Seniors First honors: Corrine Bachman, Rita Bahlebi, Jennifer Boehm, Mackenzie Briggs, Anna Bross, Camille Burt, Abigail Bussard, Kiarah Chrisman, Lauren Dehne, Emily Diersing, Lindsey Dinkelacker, Kelsie Dirksing, Anna Eggleston, Amy Feie, Morgan Fuller, Angela Funk, Eva Gilker, Rachel Glankler, Kayla Grosheim, Cayli Harrison, Alexandra Harter, Rebecca Heidemann, Katelyn Hoffbauer, Lauren Kayse, Erin Kissinger, Jennifer Langen, Allison Loechtenfeldt, Brianna McCrea, Colleen McHenry, Erin McNamara, Elizabeth Miller, Amanda Myers, Kelsey Niehauser, Elizabeth Odenbeck, Monica Phipps, Meghan Pope, Abigail Rebholz, Abby Rechel, Holly Reckers, Morgan Redrow, Taylor Reilly, Carly Ruwan, Livia Sabato, Morgan Schoener, Sarah Schwab, Lauren Seibert, Abigail Seitz, Marissa Sharbell, Ashley Stacey, Hannah Stowe, Megan Tritschler, Madeline Tucker, Amber Volmer, Alexandra Wilkens and McKenzie Wills. Second honors: Jami Aufderbeck, Emma Bunke, Melissa Burns, Courtney Campbell, Sarah Cole, Bernadette DiStasi, Michelle Dole, Jennifer Drout, Kristen Fioresi, Clara Frey, Elizabeth Grayson, Morgan Harrington, Emma Hauer, Jessica Hinkel, Grace Jung, Jessica Kerley, Stephanie Kerley, Morgan Kramer, Elizabeth Maffey, Nicole Metzner, Victoria Muccillo, Erin Newell, Kelsey Redmond, Lauren Rhein, Meagan Riesenbeck, Marissa Sander, Lindsey Schuermann, Halle Specht, Brooke Stock, Emily Storm, Lindsey Weesner and Elizabeth Winter.

HONOR ROLLS The following students earned honors for the third quarter of the 2011-2012 school year.

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


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First honors: Kyle Ackerman, Thomas Becker, Benjamin Bischof, Nicholas Botuchis, Richard Breidenstein, Brian Caminiti, Gregory Cappel, Robert Conda, Evan Deller, Christopher Deters, James Dowd, Nicholas Duke, Nicholas Ellerhorst, Frank Ellert, Evan Erpenbeck, David Eubanks, Andrew Fieler, Jacob Frey, Nicholas Gibbs, Julian Gregory, Maxwell Hammersmith, Joseph Haverkos, Christopher Henry, Jacob Hoffbauer, Kyle Hoffman, Ryan Huesman, Eric Huff, Jacob Humphrey, Michael Huschart, Logan Hutzel, John Igel, Thomas Imhoff, Jordan Jacob, Adam James, Benjamin James, Riley James, Luke Jett, Joseph Keilholz, Andrew Klenk, Brady Kraemer, Harry Laiveling, Benjamin Lee, Benjamin Luebbe, Avery Madden, Christian Marlman, Mark Meier, Benjamin Merk, David Meyer, Mitchell Moorhead, Craig Mullen, Bradley Murphy, Alexander Myers, Spencer Niehaus, Michael O’Brien, Christopher Ochs, Kyle Orloff, Matthew Peters, Noah Peterson, Nicholas Rackers, Joshua Rhoads, Anthony Robb, James Robb, Michael Rogers, Nicholas Rolfes, Thomas Ruwan, Nicholas Schinkal, Mitchell Schoener, Collin Schwiers, Ryan Schwiers, Kevin Siemer, Jonathon Smith, Zachary Smith, Ian Sonntag, Kevin Spurlock, David Stamper, David Stein, Ryan Stewart, Thomas Sullivan, Andrew Taylor, Michael Tenbrink, Michael Trotta, Adam Vale, Alexandrew Walling, Nickolas Wells and Richard Witte. Second honors: Benjamin Bartholomew, Jason Bleh, Joshua Bonavita, Nicholas Bonfield, Jacob Bono, William Browning, William Brueggemeyer, Sebastian Cunningham, Ethan Duwell, Jacob Gerke, Adam Hughes, Austin Jaeger, Brenton Jansen, Dylan Janszen, Zachary Korte, Andrew Lammers, Ian Lindsey, Jordan Lindsey, Joseph Linneman, Nicholas Meade, Joseph Morand, Daniel Mueller, Matthew Olthaus, Brady Schultz, Shane Smith, Cole Tepe, Zachary Vorherr and Philip Wienkamp.

Sophomores First honors: Nicholas Antone, Anthony Bauer, Zachary Bauer, Brandon Bell, Kyle Berndsen, Brent Bethel, Jonathan Boiman, Thomas Brunner, Noah Burbrink, Joshua Byrne, Michael Caldwell, Austin Cipriani, Christopher Collins, Ross Combs, Jacob Conners, Sean Conway, Timothy Diener, Tyler Eckstein, Michael Eilerman, Lucas Feist,

Eavan Feldman, Daniel Fishburn, Benjamin Flick, Gunnar Fox, Adam Gardner, Jason Geis, Bradley Gerhardt, Michael Griswold, Nicholas Harp, Christopher Henkel, Nathaniel Herdeman, Jacob Hoferer, Jack James, Holden Kelley, Brandon Kerley, Kyle Koppenhoefer, Timothy Kramer, Nicholas Kroger, Adam Laub, Matthew Listermann, Jacob Luebbe, Nicholas Marcheschi, Noah Mastruserio, David Miller, Michael Murphy, Matthew Murray, Matthew Nortmann, Ryan Ostertag, Nicholas Peters, Austin Porta, Andrew Price, Joseph Ratterman, Jonathan Reiter, Kyle Rickett, Tyler Rickett, Michael Rohrkasse, Nicholas Roth, Dominic Scarlato, Timothy Schiller, Alec Schramm, Christopher Schroer, Nicholas Siegmundt, Christopher Smedley, Andrew Sportsman, Patrick Sullivan, Graham Swink, Austin Walsh, Austin Wessels and Jonathan Williams. Second honors: William Angel, Thomas Autenrieb, Michael Bailey, Andrew Berger, Brenden Burke, Kyle Buschle, William Coors, Lucas Deters, Zachary Deters, James Dirr, Patrick Doll, Collin Dugan, Joshua Enginger, Luke Groene, Brian Guck, David Harbin, Mitchell Harter, Benjamin Hayhow, Ian Kallmeyer, Brian Kelly, Matthew Kenkel, Carl Lengerich, Douglas Lutz, Benjamin Macaluso, Samuel Maciejewski, Kyle Marenco, Steven Maurer, Anthony Mazza, Matthew Medberry, Tyler Metzner, Matthew Meyer, Ryan Murray, Montana Ramsey, Craig Roberto, Francesco Sabato, Gian Salamone, Thomas Schulz, Alex Singler, Jacob Siry, Shane Smith, Kyle Stadtmiller, Christian Steege, Nicholas Taylor, Joseph Tedesco, Austin Timmers, Lance Wagner, Brandon West and Ryan Wilbur.

Juniors First honors: Stuart Adler, Clay Benjamin, Colt Benjamin, Nicholas Bley, Justin Brown, Jake Brunner, Robert Capannari, Michael Caroway, Anthony Comarata, Drew Conroy, Hayden Cook, Zachary Davis, Andrew Dresmann, Jacob Fields, Brian Fohl, Keith Gaskin, Joseph Giovanetti, Brent Gribbins, Adam Guck, Jeffrey Harpenau, Thomas Heil, Blake Hughey, Ian Jennings, Justin Korte, Kevin Kurzhals, Kevin Laiveling, Nicholas Lanza, Kevin Leugers, Jacob Lindle, Adam Lipps, Caleb Lottman, Michael Luebbe, Joseph Maly, Nicholas Marsh, Joseph Martinelli, Scott Maurer, Paul Mazza, Justin McDonald, Andrew Meyer, Ryan Murphy, Tyler Nieberding, Samuel Otis, Marc Paustian, Joseph Pieper, Bon Pinzon, Thomas Reckers, Miguel Reyes-Martinez, Jeremy Rieskamp, Dylan Rolf, Eric Rolfes, Raymond Roll, Joseph Sansone, Gregory Schloemer, Kory Smith, Gun-

nar Smyth, Adam Sponaugle, Anthony Stacklin, Alexander Stautberg, Ian Sullivan, Henry Voellmecke, Michael Weil, Alexander Wendling and Jonathan Witte. Second honors: Peter Bengel, Michael Bertke, Alexander Cassiere, Chase Cook, Dane Deller, Kyle Federmann, Kyle Fortman, Ryan Gates, Bradley Griffith, Matthew Hensley, Andrew Hilvers, Benjamin Jaeger, Nicholas Jeannet, Benjamin Klayer, Alex Kloepfer, Simon Kwiatkowski, Steven Leesman, John Leonard, William Macke, Andrew Mannix, Dominic Marsala, Robert Mengler, Joshua Moore, Andrew Neiheisel, Andrew Oppenheimer, Jonah Paff, Ryan Parnell, Vincent Pfirrman, Joseph Ramstetter, Nicholas Ricke, Jacob Roell, Zakary Ryan, Tyler Schumann, Gregory Suer, Zachary Theders, Jason Van Dulman, Jeffrey Vollmer, Brennen Walsh, Zachary Willmes and Trent Younts.

Seniors First honors: Mark Adkins, Brandon Alverson, Ryan Antone, Nicholas Bailey, Patrick Bailey, Michael Balzano, Kyle Bertke, Benjamin Brauch, Adam Bross, Jacob Clark, Eric Deuber, Casey Dine, Brit Doerflein, Cory Dulle, Elliot Duwell, Christopher Feldman, Daniel Geiser, Kevin Groll, Joshua Handorf, Jonathan Harrison, Kevin Helmers, Alexander Herdeman, Eric Heyd, William Imhoff, Christopher James, Vincent Kampel, Brian Kean, Cameron Kelley, Charles Kelly, Thomas Klusman, Justin Kohler, Joseph Koopman, Dillon Martini, Jack Martini, Thomas Mazza, Michael Meier, David Meyer, Brandon Michael, Jacob Moore, Kyle Murphy, Matthew Murphy, Brandon Neltner, Mitchell Nicholson, Alec Niehauser, Jeffrey Quatman, Justin Quatman, Zachary Reid, Alex Riestenberg, Luke Rinck, Stephen Robben, Benjamin Scheiner, Steven Schinkal, Matthew Schneider, Daniel Schwarz, Nolan Seithel, John Siegmundt, Gary Smith, Tyler Smith, Michael Svec, Nicholas Ulmer, Jeffrey Vorherr, Matthew Wehner, Eric Wessels, Mitchell Westerfield, Samuel Williams, Ryan Wood and Jeffrey Zimmerman. Second honors: Scott Abernathy, Mark Berter, Aaron Bill, Rhys Boatwright, Timothy Broxterman, Christopher Brueggemeyer, Franklin Brunsman, Ryan Buller, Charles Dean, James Eby, Tyler Hardtke, Joseph Kelley, Ken Kinnemeyer, Benjamin Kurzhals, Stephen Lange, Mitchell Marnell, Andrew May, Scott Miliano, Jacob Morgan, Ryan Morman, Michael Osie, Jacob Schoster, Connor Schweinfurth, Christopher Shad and Christopher Walters.

Scholars create recycling day Students from St. Francis Seraph School, Seton High School, and Roger Bacon High School joined together as part of Leadership Scholars Project Month to create a Recycling Day at St. Francis Seraph. Students were asked to identify an issue in their school and work to change it. Seventh-grader Nawhiah Green and eighthgrader Monss'ee Lindsey, students at St. Francis Seraph wanted to increase awareness about recycling in this historic Over the Rhine elementary school. Led by Roger Bacon juniors Kenny Gohs (45223) and Tammara Jones (45237), as well as Seton junior Danielle Drinkuth (45238) and Andrea Toth (45205), the students collected recyclable materials during a lunch period. They also educated the younger students about the importance of recycling and what materials could be recy-

Participating in the Leadership Scholars Project Month to create a Recycling Day at St. Francis Seraph were, from left, Monss'ee Lindsey, Danielle Drinkuth, Nawhiah Green, Tammara Jones and Kenny Gohs. Not shown is Andrea Toth. cled. “The students really learned about the project planning process,” said Executive Director Dr. Patricia White. “These are real life skills that can be gener-

alized to many other areas of their lives.” The students presented the results of their project during a workshop at Xavier University on April 2, 2012.

COLLEGE CORNER Awards Rachel Blake, an integrated social studies education/psychology major, has received a Second-Year Award from Miami University. Students were nominated by student affairs staff as well as faculty on each of the Miami campuses. Students were recognized for their outstanding contributions in the way of their commitment to academic research as well as assuming leadership positions

in many student groups on campus. ■ The following local students were honored at Xavier University’s All Honors Day: Anna Ahlrichs and Keith Schenkel received the Athletic Director’s Award, presented to student-athletes who have maintained a grade-point average of 3.25-3.49. Rachel Clark and Corey Zielinski received the Deans’ Athletic Award, given to student-athletes who have

maintained a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5. Chelsea Lipps received the Mary Dahlstrom Scholarship, granted for the junior year to an outstanding elementary education major demonstrating active involvement in student activities. Michael Pekel received the Music Award, presented to music majors who have demonstrated outstanding musical and academic achievement and dedicated leadership in music.



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GRRAND – Golden Retriever Rescue and Adoption of Needy Dogs takes in needy displaced, abandoned or unclaimed stray golden retrievers and places them in volunteer foster homes until adoptive families are found. Call 1-866-981-2251 and leave your name and phone. Visit email League For Animal Welfare – A no-kill shelter needs volunteers 16-and-older to help socialize cats and 18-and-older to socialize and walk dogs. Other opportunities available. Call 735-2299, ext. 3. Save the Animals Foundation – Needs people 18 and older to staff its shelter for homeless cats and dogs. Call 378-0300 for cats and 588-6609 for dogs. Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum – has a new horticulture volunteer program. Volunteer opportunities include working side by side Spring Grove’s nationally-renowned horticulture team at this National Historic Landmark. Groups of volunteers will be developed to help in the following areas: keeping the front entrance area looking spectacular, controlling invasive species, taking care of the tree and shrub collection. They are also looking for a volunteer, or volunteers, to help with the hybrid tea roses. New volunteers join the volunteer docents who are ambassadors for the cemetery and arboretum. Information sessions, conducted the last Saturday and first Wednesday of each month, will explain the volunteer opportunities. Sessions are at 10 a.m. in the Historic Office, just inside the main entrance to the cemetery. For more information, contact volunteer coordinator Whitney Huang, Spring Grove horticulturist, at 853-6866. Tri State County Animal Response Team (CART) – Is at 11216 Gideon Lane in Sycamore Township. Meetings are open to the public. Visit for monthly subjects or more information. Call 702-8373.


Executive Service Corps of Cincinnati – Professionals can use their administrative skills to help a busy, growing nonprofit manage its projects and members. Executive Service Corps of Cincinnati is looking for someone with experience in Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook to assist in the Blue Ash office. Volunteers set their own days and hours and enjoy nice working conditions and friendly, bright volunteers and staff. Help the ESCC help other nonprofits succeed. Contact Darlyne Koretos for more information at 791-6230, ext. 10. ESCC is located at 10945 Reed Hartman Highway, Suite 108.


Crossroads Hospice - Volunteers are wanted to join the team of Ultimate Givers who strive to provide extra love and comfort to terminally-ill patients and their families in Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland and Warren counties. Volunteers are also needed to support signature programs inspired by Jim Stovall’s novel, “The Ultimate Gift” The Gift of a Day program asks patients what their perfect day is and staff and volunteers work to make it a reality. Ultimate Givers visit with patients in their homes, assisted living facilities and nursing facilities and help with clerical duties at the Crossroads office. They provide emotional support and companionship to patients and family

members, assist with errands or provide respite for those caring for terminally-ill loved ones. For more information or to sign up as an Ultimate Giver, call 7935070 or compete an application online at volunteering. Before becoming a Crossroads Hospice Ultimate Giver, participants must complete an application, TB skin test and training session lead by members of the Crossroads team. Volunteers must wait a minimum of one year after the death of an immediate family member or loved one before applying.

ing with skill drills, playing sports and gym games with the children, helping with snacks and meals provided to the children, being a good listener and role model. The Salvation Army’s After-school program serves children ages 6 to 12 years throughout the school year, from August to May, generally three to five days a week in the 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. time frame. Program elements include tutoring, homework help, computer literacy, conflict resolution and character training, spiritual development, recreation, sports and arts & crafts. The Salvation Army’s Summer Enrichment program functions for eight weeks, five days per week, in the 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. timeframe. The itinerary entails sports and recreation, field trips, computer literacy, arts and crafts, character training, spiritual development and academic maintenance. Volunteers are sought to help with any and all components of these


Change a life – Volunteer to tutor an adult with low-level literacy skills or GED preparation needs. Call 621-READ. 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 email Jayne Martin Dressing, Inktank – Group looking for volunteers to help children and adults improve their skills in writing-based initiatives across the city. Call 542-0195. The Salvation Army – The Salvation Army issued an appeal today for volunteers to assist with its youth development programs. The Salvation Army offers After-School and Summer Enrichment programs, providing children from at-risk neighborhoods with development opportunities throughout the year. The Salvation Army offers these programs at Community Centers across Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, providing localized opportunities for volunteers to engage with these critical programs. The Salvation Army seeks those who have interest volunteering in one or more of the following roles: assisting children with homework, being a reading buddy, playing learning games with the children, assist-

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Lady Gators track finds success

Gamble track team faces challenges in 1st season By Tom Skeen

For the Gamble Montessori girls track program, this season was a trial run. The school is in its first year with a track program and won’t be officially in the Ohio High School Athletic Association until next year. Facing a multitude of obstacles, the Lady Gators had a phe-

nomenal first season. “The season has gone really well,” coach Siobhan Taylor said. “We have improved drastically from the beginning of the season and now. Our goal is to be the champion of our league meet. I can only speak for the girls team, but for us to not have a track and to be located where we are, our girls have done a phenomenal job.” Without having a track to practice on, Taylor has her team run around Winton Terrace to practice distance runs. They practice sprints on the concrete school parking lot. The only true practice they get is when they go to Taft

High School on the weekends to practice, which doesn’t happen all the time. Their best meet came the weekend of April 21 at the Batavia Invitational, where their relay teams placed in the top three, and sophomore Te’aira Johnson won the 100-meter dash. “(Johnson) is an incredible talent,” Taylor said. “She has done really well this season. She is running like she is senior and for her to be only a sophomore, she is doing really well.” Another challenge facing Taylor: Most of her girls had never run track before. The majority of them played basketball and vol-

leyball. “Some ran track in high school, but for the most part, it’s their first season,” Taylor said. “Everything thrown at us was negative, but we have done amazingly well.” Two other Lady Gators who have excelled this season are Jana Twitty and Alexis Cox. “(Jana) has done really well,” the first-year coach said. “She is the type that will do whatever the coach asks her to do without attitude or complaint. Alexis is in all our relays and does the long jump. She has improved her long jump distance by a good nine inches from the beginning of the season

until now.” With their inaugural season out of the way and the school to become a part of the OHSAA, Taylor hopes to build on this season and make the program even bigger and better. “We have pretty much everybody back and a lot of experience,” she said. “Our goal is to deepen our numbers and work out a track workout program that will deliver really good results. Hopefully, we can expand our coaching staff and have a field events coach and some parent volunteers. We just want to make things bigger and better, and I’m very confident that we can do that.”

Great 1st week for SOY voting Delhi Press and Price Hill Press readers had a wonderful first week of voting for the 2012 Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year, which opened April 30. To place a vote, go to Find the red and blue Sportsman of the Year logo on the right-hand side (you may need to scroll down) and click on it for a list of newspaper ballots/links. If you do not already have a account needed to vote, you can create one the first time you vote. You may also log in using your Facebook account and link that Facebook account to your account. You may need to clear the cache on your computer for the voting process to go smoothly for you the first time. Once logged in, you can vote every day up to 150 times until midnight Friday, May 18. Winners will receive a pair of tickets to an upcoming Cincinnati Reds game, courtesy of the club, and a story in the June 20-21 issue. Twitter updates on voting trends can be found at #soy12 or by following @PressPrepsMel. Log-in issues can be directed to Jordan Kellogg at jkellogg@communityMercy junior Melina Artmayer runs as part of the 4x800-meter relay team at the Mount Healthy Invitational April 13. Artmayer also runs the 800-meter and is “the glue that holds the team together,” according to coach Dennis Schapker. TOM SKEEN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Young Bobcats gain confidence

Mercy track earns 2nd in Finneytown meet By Tom Skeen

CINCINNATI — With only five seniors on a squad of more than 30 girls, the Mercy track team knew there were going to bumps this season. While they may be young in the sprint events, what they lack there, they make up for in the distance and field events. “(This season) has been pretty good,” coach Dennis Schapker said. “We are definitely young and kind of feeling our way, but we are improving each week and the girls are gaining confidence.” The Bobcats’ best meet this season was a second-place finish at the Finneytown Invitational where they lost by two points to Indian Hill. Junior Haley Baker recorded the second longest discus throw in the district this year at 125’4”.

She also took home the pole vault title and placed third in the shot put. Every young team needs someone to be a leader and to hold the team together through its struggles. For the Bobcats, that person is junior distance runner Melina Artmayer. “She is the glue that holds the team together,” the first-year coach said. “She’s got good leadership qualities, she loves track and she genuinely cares about her teammates. She just busts her tail in practice every day and does the same at the meets. She not only leads by example, but she is out there encouraging everybody. She has been very tough in the 800 (meter run) and stands a good chance of getting out (of districts)” Team captain, senior Lauren Seibert, is another key cog for the Bobcats. She qualified for reSee MERCY, Page A9 Further questions can go to Melanie Laughman at Here are the students on your ballot:


Kevin Groll, Elder, senior Rahkim Johnson, Elder, senior Brandon Kamp, Oak Hills, senior Stoney Sutton, Western Hills, senior


Valerie Ahern, Oak Hills, senior Erika La Rosa, Seton, junior Becca Meyer, Seton, senior Marisa Meyer, Seton, junior Anne Pace, Seton, senior Natalie Rudolf, Seton, senior



» Oak Hills defeated Hamilton 10-6, April 30. Junior Ben Rothwell was 2-3 with a double and three RBI. Oak Hills won a tough GMC battle with Mason 14-6, May 2. Junior Jake Richmond was 2-3 with RBI, while Laumann went 2-4 with three RBI. Alec Steffen finished the day 2-4 with a home run. » Elder shutout La Salle 3-0, April 27. The Panthers improve to 17-6 on the season. » Western Hills got by Oyler 6-4, May 3. The Mustangs improve to 10-13 with the win.


» Mercy shutout Mount Notre Dame 3-0, April 27. Senior Anna Eggleston struck out10 in the win. Mercy beat Harrison 6-5 May 3. Senior Amy Feie stuck out eight and was 2-4 with a double. » Oak Hills beat Colerain 2-0, April 27. Lauren Slatten struck out 12 in the win. The Lady Highlanders were shutout 2-0 by Mason April 30.

Slatten struck out 11 in the loss. They defeated Middletown 4-1, May 2 behind Slatten’s 12 strikeouts. Junior Devan Colebank went 4-4. They edged out Dayton Wayne 2-1, May 3. Slatten struck out 16. » Seton lost 8-3 to McAuley April 30.

Boys tennis

» Oak Hills was shutout 5-0 by Lakota East April 27. The Highlanders beat Roger Bacon 4-1, April 30. Juniors Sam Hogue and Michael Raabe won in straight sets. » Elder defeated Lakota West 4-1, April 27. Sophomore Andrew Cole won 6-4, 7-6 in singles action. The Panthers beat Loveland 3-2, April 30. Senior Nathan Walroth won the Panthers’ lone singles match. Elder shutout Colerain 5-0, May 1 to get back to .500 on the season at 6-6. Elder beat Walnut Hills 4-1, May 2. Walroth won 6-4, 6-2 in No. 1 singles action. Elder beat Milford 4-1, May 3. Seniors Brandon Alverson See HIGHLIGHTS, Page A9



KSA team is national champs The Kings Soccer Academy U15 girls team emerged as champions of the U.S. Youth Soccer National League, with a perfect league record of 7-0 and conceding one goal all season. While the victory was sweet, equally important for the girls on this team was the chance to do some community service while visiting Las Vegas to play their final games of the season in late March. “I asked our captains what types of activities the team might like to do in Las Vegas,” said coach Jon Pickup, who also serves as the Kings’ Director of Coaching for Girls U11-U18 Programs. “On the top of the girls’ list was finding a way to do something good for the community they were visiting.” Team captains Emily Wiser (Mt. Lookout), Marissa Stone (Pierce Township) and Maryellen Tully (Anderson) say that volunteering as a team is nothing new. “We’ve also volunteered together at Camp Stepping Stones, because some of our teammates

The Kings U15 girls celebrate winning the U.S. Youth Soccer National Soccer League in Las Vegas. Pictured, from left: Front, Sydney Goins and Katie Murray, both of Delhi, Ohio, Marissa Stone of Pierce Township, Ohio, Maryellen Tully of Anderson, Ohio, Emily Wiser of Mt. Lookout, Ohio, Kaitlyn Bigner of White Oak, Ohio, Meghan Martella of Pierce Township and Lauren Nemeroff of Park Hills; back, Abby Stevens of Glendale, Ohio, Brittany Mahoney of Delhi, Kelly Polacek and Payton Atkins, both of Anderson, Brooklyn Rivers of Fort Thomas, Bailey Feist of Bridgetown, Ohio, Madison Baumgardner of Monfort Heights, Ohio, and coach Jon Pickup of Anderson. THANKS TO ELIZABETH MOORE have special-needs siblings, and that inspired us,” said Stone, adding that many of the girls on the team, who come from neighborhoods across Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, have played together since age 10. “We

are really like sisters. We love doing this kind of stuff together.” Emily Wiser researched opportunities in Las Vegas and found that Sunrise Children’s Hospital was happy to receive the team for a day of vis-


iting with sick children. The team received donations from US Youth Soccer and Dick’s Sporting Goods, both of which supplied soccer balls, stickers and other gift items for Sunrise patients. “At the hospital, there were some difficult moments,” said Wiser, “because some of the kids were not doing well. Being with them reminded all of us how incredibly blessed we are to be healthy and to be able to play the sport we love, especially at this level.” There also were some lighter moments, such as the ear-to-ear grin on the face of a 15-year-old male patient when he saw a stream of teenaged, female soccer players enter his hospital room. Maryellen Tully said, “I honestly don’t know what was better -- earning the league championship, or seeing the smile on that guy’s face.” The league championship has earned the team an automatic seed in the US Youth Soccer 2012 National Championship Games, July 24-28 in Rock Hill, South Carolina.


The Our Lady of Lourdes third-grade basketball team went undefeated in its season. They also played in seven tournaments. They had a total of 32 wins 1 loss for the season. The only loss came in Saint Lawrence tournament. From left are: Front, Trent Harley, Jake Walters, Drew Oliver, Max Herms, Joe Kirby and Josh Walters; back, coaches Brian Kirby and Steve Herms. Tournament trophies, from left are St. Jude, St. Dominic, St. Teresa, Holy Family, St. Martin and Lourdes. THANKS TO TERESA WALTERS

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gionals in the 800-meter run as a sophomore and the long jump as a junior. Sophomore Emma Hatch has been somewhat of a surprise for the team. She didn’t start running until arriving at Mercy last year and was a state qualifier in cross country. She has already clocked a 5:25 mile and 11:30 in the 3,200meter run. Schapker said she has shown some real promise early in her career. Senior Erin Newell and Baker lead the team in the field events. Newell won the Girls Greater Cincinnati League shot put title last season and was a regional qualifier. Baker has broken her own school rec-

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and Nathan Walroth picked up singles wins.

Boys volleyball

» Elder beat St. Xavier April 27 in a five-set GCL match 25-27, 25-23, 19-25, 25-21, 15-7. Elder defeated Fenwick in straight sets 25-21, 25-20, 25-16 May 1. Elder defeated Centerville in straight sets 25-21, 25-15, 25-18 May 2. Elder defeated LaSalle in straight sets May 3 25-15, 25-22, 25-18. » Oak Hills lost to LaSalle 25-17, 25-18, 21-25, 2325, 15-7 April 30. Oak Hills beat Milford 25-17, 25-22, 25-22 May 2. Oak Hills beat Monroe 25-7, 25-11, 25-12 May 3.

Girls lacrosse

» Seton beat Seven Hills 19-8, May 2.

College signing

» Oak Hills’ Stephanie Chisholm signed with the College of Mount St. Joseph to play volleyball this

SIDELINES Volleyball clinic

The Cincinnati Thunder Volleyball Club is offering a series of volleyball skill clinics at The College of Mount St. Joseph on June 3, 10, 24, and July 1. The clinics will cover passing, setting and serving, hitting and blocking, and defense and team play. The clinics will be led by Mount St. Joe women’s head volleyball coach Jon Bennett with assistance from the CTVC staff. Players entering grades five to 12 are welcome. Please see for registration forms. The club also offers a conditioning/strength/jump training program for the same ages, Monday and Wednesday evenings June 11- July 25. See the website for more information and registration forms. The Mike Wauligman Volleyball Camp for boys entering grades 9-12 will be on June 4 and 5 from 6-8:30 p.m. For more information, call 921-6283.

Golf outing for hockey

The Elder High School hockey golf outing is Sunday, Aug. 19, at Aston Oaks Golf Club. Cost is $80 per player. Dinner is included and will follow play. Shot gun start is 2 p.m. Golf will be played in scramble format. Raffles and auction items will be available. Registration is going on now. Email

New hoops program

Starting Five Hoops’s AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) team

program will be a competitive, developmental basketball experience that provides players with the tools and settings to develop their fundamental team basketball skills as well as individual concepts necessary to take their game to the next level. Starting Five Hoops will offer competitive AAU basketball teams for Girls ages 10-17. The spring/summer season will run from March through early June, and will consist of a number of tournaments along with team workouts each week. Our supplemental fall season will run from September through early November and provides each team with games in AAU leagues and tourna-

ments in the Cincinnati area. The program features: WestSide gyms for practices, partnership with West-Side high schools (Taylor, Mercy, Seton confirmed as of April 1), competition in various tournaments and leagues, a Starting Five Hoops gear package which includes our newly designed reversible game jersey, practice jersey and hooded sweatshirt and pants. Tryouts will be in early March 2013 for the spring/summer season and in late August 2013 for the fall season. The program is dedicated to providing girls with the chance to prepare themselves for high school and collegiate basketball. The high-school level coach-

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» The information listed for Seton’s Becca Meyer was listed incorrectly in the issue of May 2 for the Sportsman of the Year award. Here is the correct information: Lacrosse 4 years, captain, Second Team All Ohio, First Team All Southwest Ohio, First Team All GGCL, Offensive Player of the Year, soccer, 2 years, captain. Honor Roll, 3.7 GPA, Vice President of Student Council. Member of Latin Honor Society, Campus Ministry, Seton Ambassador, Saints for Life. Volunteer at Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House, Eucharistic Minister. Will attend Saint Francis University on a Lacrosse & Academic Scholarship.

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ord in the pole vault twice this season and has cleared 10-feet. As for the sprints, it has been sophomores Abby Wocher and Quen Mixon leading the way. Wocher also competes in the high jump and hurdles. Heading down the stretch, Schapker has an idea as to what it will take to get his girls to peak at the right time. “When you train them hard, you are tearing down the body every day,” he said. “When you get closer (to the postseason), you back off and give the body time to build up and the times will drop. It’s tricky; you don’t want to do it too soon. We are definitely focused on the GGCL meet and districts and qualifying as many (girls) as we can.”


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Cabaret thanks

On April 28th The Women’s Connection held its 13th annual Cabaret. As always, it was a soldout event that provided music and entertainment for the supporters of the center. We are grateful to a dedicated committee that was co-chaired by Bonnie Hueneman and Nancy Goins, Seton and Elder students under the direction of Dave Allen and Mary Beth Samoya, Denny Baker, and the talented musicians and performers who made the evening so enjoyable. A special thanks goes to Father Andrew Umberg and the people of St. William Parish for hosting this event over the years. This fundraiser is where one truly sees a community working together to bring hope to the women and children of Price Hill. On May 27 TWC will be 15 years old. You have enabled us to serve thousands of women and children during this time and we want to say thank you for your strong support over the years. Together we are creating a healthy and dynamic community. Sister Mary Jo Gasdorf, SC Executive director The Women’s Connection


Hilarious. In signing something called the “St. Francis Pledge,” College of Mount St. Joseph President Tony Aretz was quoted as saying, “The Mount community has long been proactive in caring for our environment.” I guess he never heard how the Mount and the Sisters of Charity sold out our community to the Northern Kentucky airport. That decision showed a total absence

of “caring for our environment.” They were “proactive” alright, “proactive” in cutting a back room deal which puts loud, noisy aircraft over our homes, schools and churches around the clock. Dusty Rhodes Delhi Township

Libraries are resources

My husband and I are child care providers and saw an advertisement in an April Delhi Press for a class at the Price Hill branch library. It was a class to train parents and child care providers in an effective method for improving language skills in order to prepare their child for reading. The class was an excellent and informative program and the children’s librarian, Elisa, was well informed. It is a real shame that my husband and I were the only two who attended the class. The two Delhi branch children’s librarians, Kathy and Katie, are also well versed and do a great job with the children. They make learning and playing fun for the children and adults. We are lucky to have them. The summer reading program for children will be starting soon and I think anyone not using the library as a resource for fun, reading and learning for their children is really missing out on a great resource. I have been using the library as a teaching source for all ages of children for quite a few years. All of the children have loved it and are excited about reading or being read to. Stop at your local library and pickup a schedule for the many programs for children and adults that you may be missing. Barb Shively Delhi Township


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A wife fights against leukemia and lymphoma This Sunday is a very special day for our family. While many families celebrate Mother’s Day, our family will also celebrate the birthday of my loving husband, Emmett Bold Sr. We are having a nice brunch, with balloons and maybe even a cake. But we won’t have Emmett. On June 20, 2011, Emmett passed away from complications of cancer. And while special days like Mother’s Day give us an opportunity to talk to the community about Emmett’s illness, it’s every, single, normal day that we miss him so much and feel his loss so dramatically in our lives. Our children and I miss him on the sidelines at our soccer games and in the fields at our baseball games. He was not here to tie our son’s tie for his first dance. Our 10-year-old daughter missed him watching her in the school’s talent show. And they all miss the little, simple things, like Emmett tucking them into bed at night. Although Emmett never said it, I will. It’s not fair. It’s not fair that the 27-year-old nurse who cared for Emmett like his daughter, and cried with me on all of those bad days at the hospital, now has to fight her own battle with bone cancer. And it’s not fair that my friend since childhood is once again in the hospital, fighting yet another battle against lymphoma, when he should have won this war long ago. It’s not fair that our 9-year9old buddy Logan

Emmett and Christina Bold has to spend his precious childhood time fighting blood cancer, when he really should be playing with his friends and getting into that special kind of mischief that only nine year old boys can know. So when I found out that I had been nominated as a candidate for the 2012 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Man/Woman of the Year Campaign, I talked to my family and I talked to my friends. And then I told myself that it wasn’t fair to Emmett’s memory for me to just complain about how unfair everything was. Instead, I decided to accept the nomination. Then I did a little homework on LLS. Not only has LLS’s funding and research saved countless lives, the organization has made amazing strides in affording patients a better quality of life. And the

most important thing I realized is that the key to this disease is research. I bet everyone reading this article has been touched by cancer in some way. And I’m sorry for that, that you are a part of this club that I’m in as well, and that none of us ever wanted to join. Please take a moment to view our website, Please read my family’s story and watch the video. Please spread the word to anyone who you think would be interested. Remember that every dollar is a vote in Emmett’s memory, and the money goes to research. Thank you for your time, and enjoy a beautiful Mother’s Day. And Happy Birthday Emmett. We love you! Christina Bold lives in Delhi Township.

How the courts electronic monitoring program works Judges in Hamilton County can order electronic monitoring of defendants to help safeguard the community. The Electronic Monitoring Division (EMD) of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office administers this program. Electronic monitoring units are used to supervise defendants who are out on bond before trial or sentencing or who have been sentenced to home incarceration. The electronic monitor is a metal device worn on the defendant’s ankle. There are two types of units: radio frequency and global positioning (GPS).

Radio frequency units connect to a defendant’s landline telephone. The defendant is required to be inside his house unless he is at work, school or other permitted location during set hours. If the defendant leaves his house without permission, an EMD officer is immediately notified. The officer then obtains an arrest warrant for the defendant. GPS units have more advanced technology and allow the EMD officer to continuously track the precise location of the defendant day and night. Tracking data is collected from global satellites and communicated to

the EMD officer in real time. The EMD officer uses GPS units to establish “inclusion zones” and “exclusion Brad zones” for the Greenberg defendant. COMMUNITY PRESS Inclusion zones GUEST COLUMNIST are set up around the defendant’s work or home. Any deviation from a set schedule will cause a direct alert to law enforcement. Exclusion zones are areas established around the home, work or school of the

victim. If an exclusion zone is breached, emergency data is sent directly to the 911 Communication Center for an immediate police response. Because of the lack of jail space in Hamilton County, EMD is a popular tool for judges. In recent months, there was an average of 350 to 400 daily users. The EMD program costs less than incarceration. Housing an inmate in the Hamilton County Justice Center costs $65 per day. EMD equipment is rented from a private vendor for $1.50 per day for each radio frequency unit and $6.50 per day for each

GPS unit. Defendants sentenced to EMD are required to pay for the program on a sliding scale up to $50 per month. EMD also benefits defendants who invariably prefer to live at home and maintain their employment rather than jail. 80% of EMD defendants complete the program without violating the rules. Violators usually go to jail so there is substantial incentive for compliance. Judge Brad Greenberg presides in Hamilton County Municipal Court. He is a Loveland resident.

Consider becoming a foster parent this month Ever thought of being a foster parent? This might be the month you take that step. The rewards are great. You might help a young person go on to be a great academic, artist, athlete, attorney, actor, accountant or architect. You might be the reason someone, some day, proudly says, “I am where I am because of my foster parent.” What a great legacy. May is national Foster Parent Month. Maybe you need a special month to spur you to action. Maybe the events we have planned this month will give you the opportunity to ask questions you have been meaning to ask. If so, we welcome you. We have about 850 foster children in this county on any

given day. They need people like you. Being a foster parent is tough work. You will be asked to fall in love with a child who is likely to return to their biological family. That is a tough task. But somehow, we always find special people willing to do it. Increasingly, those foster parents are in locations outside our county. Currently, 40 percent of our foster children reside in homes outside Hamilton County. Not only have they been taken away from their families, but they have moved away from their friends, schools and support systems. We would love to have families in every community we serve. We get more than 5,000 reports of



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abuse and neglect each year, so we need multitudes of families in each community. If you are interested, here Moria Weir are events COMMUNITY PRESS where you can GUEST COLUMNIST learn more: Everyday Heroes, a foster parent-recruitment collaborative, is distributing thousands of light blue bracelets and blue and yellow ribbons to commemorate the month. Contact collaborative members: JFS, Beech Acres, Lighthouse Youth Services, Pressley Ridge, SAFY, The Buckeye Ranch, NECCO, St. Joseph Orphanage, St Aloysius

Orphanage and 211 United Way of Greater Cincinnati. Everyday Heroes will host a live web chat on Wednesday, May 16, to answer questions about foster care. The chat is scheduled for 11 a.m. to noon. Join by clicking a link posted on prior to the start. The annual “Butterflies and Blue Ribbons” event will be held at Krohn Conservatory on May 23. The event is an opportunity to show appreciation for current foster parents and to distribute information to those considering foster parenting. The event, from 3 5 p.m., will feature a free tour of the Butterfly Show at 4:30 p.m. Channel 9 is hosting an Everyday Heroes recruitment

5556 Cheviot Road Cincinnati, Ohio 45247 phone: 923-3111 fax: 853-6220 email: web site:

phone bank on Wednesday, May 30. Those considering foster parenting can chat with experts during the evening news. There are approximately 500,000 foster children nationwide. Studies show they are more likely to drop out of school, become teen parents, suffer mental health or substance abuse issues, resort to violence and end up in prison. But, with your help, they have a much better chance of some day standing in front of a crowd and saying, “I am where I am today because of my foster parent.” Moira Weir is the director of Hamilton County Job and Family Services and a Hyde Park resident.

Price Hill Press Editor Marc Emral, 853-6264 Office hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday See page A2 for additional contact information.





Lindsey Alverson, left, and Carly Hawk, both sixth-graders, like that they challenge each other ending in close games at St. Antoninus Chess Club. TONY JONES/THE COMMUNITY PRESS.


St. Antoninus students have all the moves during the school’s Chess club meeting. The sixth-graders competed in the Queen City Classic Chess Tournament and the team of seven won the sixth-grade non-rated section beating 13 other schools. There were more than 600 participants this year, it was first year St. Antoninus competed at the tournament. The club practices at the school with other grades involved as well.

Robert Nussman had some dance moves and chess moves at St. Antoninus during the Chess Club meeting. TONY JONES/THE COMMUNITY

Brady Holcomb makes his move during a chess game with Andrew Schmutte as the two fourth-grader mix it up at St. Antoninus. TONY JONES/THE



Claire Busken, left, watches Scott Holcomb make his moves during a chess game with sixth-graders at St. Antoninus. TONY JONES/THE COMMUNITY PRESS.

Brandon Alverson, a senior at Elder High School and Chess Club coach, gives some pointers to the students on his team he help mentor. TONY JONES/THE COMMUNITY PRESS.

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THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, MAY 10 Exercise Classes Spintensity, 5:45-6:45 p.m., Western Hills Sports Mall, 2323 Ferguson Road, Cycling combined with boot camp and strength training moves. Ages 14 and up. Family friendly. $8.50$10 per class. Presented by SpinFit LLC. 451-4905; Westwood.

Films This American Life – Live!, 8 p.m., Rave Motion Pictures Western Hills 14, 5870 Harrison Ave., Host Ira Glass and contributors present stories, plus things you could never do on the radio. Stories by David Rakoff, Glynn Washington and Tig Notaro, a new short film by Mike Birbiglia, music by OK Go, dance by Monica Bill Barnes & Company, and others. Broadcasting from the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. $18. Presented by Fathom Events. 574-3793; Dent.

Health / Wellness Health Fair, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Bayley Community Wellness Center, 401 Farrell Court, Information ranging from financial planning to general health and nutrition. On-site blood sugar and blood pressure screenings available along with hearing/vision assessments. Door prizes, complimentary food and beverages available. Free. 347-5510. Delhi Township.

On Stage - Theater Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, 8-10:30 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., Biblical, all-sung saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors. $23, $20 students and seniors. 241-6550; West Price Hill.

Senior Citizens Movement Class for Seniors, 11 a.m.-noon, Guenther Physical Therapy, 5557 Cheviot Road, $6, first class free. Through May 31. 923-1700; Monfort Heights. Exercise to Music, 10-11 a.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, $1. 385-3780. Green Township. Open Bridge, 12:15-3:15 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Free. 385-3780. Green Township.

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lishments not eligible to participate. Free. Presented by Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District. 946-7766; Green Township.

Exercise Classes Vinyasa Flow Yoga for Fitness, 9-10 a.m., Western Hills Sports Mall, 2323 Ferguson Road, Practice ancient styles and modern mix of vinyasa flows, with integrated music. $10, free for members. Presented by Western Sports Mall. 451-4900. Westwood.

Health / Wellness Skin Cancer Screening Clinic, 10 a.m.-noon, Westside Internal Medicine, 5680 Bridgetown Road, Melanoma Know More promotes awareness of the disease, educates community on prevention and provides support to patients and families affected. Free. Registration required. Presented by Melanoma Know More. 585-1000; Green Township. Hoxworth Blood Drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Westwood First Presbyterian Church, 3011 Harrison Ave., Use group code A770 if registering online, or mention Westwood Works if registering by phone. Door prizes from local merchants available. Donors must be 17. Registration required. Presented by Hoxworth Blood Center. 451-0910; westwoodworks. Westwood.

Religious - Community Mysticism and Music, 9:3011:30 a.m., Sisters of Charity Spirituality Center, 5900 Delhi Road, Listen to music designed to tap into our deep inner selves; the inner dwelling place of God’s spirit. $15. Registration required. Presented by Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati. 347-5449. Delhi Township.


Exercise Classes


Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, 2-4:30 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, $23, $20 students and seniors. 241-6550; West Price Hill.

Civic Yard Trimmings Drop-off, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Kuliga Park, 6717 Bridgetown Road, Hamilton County residents may drop off yard trimmings. Free to all Hamilton County Residents. Bring proof of residency. Landscapers and commercial estab-

TUESDAY, MAY 15 Spinning, 5:45-6:45 p.m., Western Hills Sports Mall, 2323 Ferguson Road, Cycling class. First class free. Ages 14 and up. Family friendly. $8.50-$10 per class. Presented by SpinFit LLC. 451-4905; Westwood.

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

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Pinochle, Noon-4 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Through Dec. 28. 385-3780. Green Township. Arthritis Exercise, Noon-12:45 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Workout to videos geared to help lessen arthritis symptoms. For seniors. Free. 385-3780. Green Township. Taking Off Pounds Sensibly, 10-11 a.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Weight loss support and accountability. For seniors. $28 annual fee. 385-3780. Green Township.

The 1795 cabin and schoolhouse at Shawnee Lookout, 2008 Lawrenceburg Road, is now open for the season. Hours are 2-5 p.m. Sundays. A vehicle permit is required to enter the park. For more information, call 521-7275 or visit Pictured are Randy Bales and Ellen LeBles. FILE PHOTO


The Gamut, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Drew’s on the River, 4333 River Road, $3. 451-1157; Riverside.

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, 8-10:30 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, $23, $20 students and seniors. 2416550; West Price Hill.

Historic 1795 Cabin and Schoolhouse, 2-5 p.m., Shawnee Lookout Park, 2008 Lawrenceburg Road, Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; North Bend.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, 8-10:30 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, $23, $20 students and seniors. 2416550; West Price Hill.


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

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Robert Porco, director of choruses for the May Festival, shown here leading a recent practice, will conduct at the May Festival performance at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at Music Hall donwntown. He will lead the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and May Festival Chorus in Poulenc’s “Gloria” and Durufle’s “Requiem, Opus 9,” with Heidi Grant Murphy, soprano; Ronnita Nicole Miller, mezzo-soprano; Yohan Yi, baritone. AMANDA DAVIDSON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS.

Farmers Market Sayler Park Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m., Sayler Park, Parkland Avenue and Monitor Street, Farmers Market with homegrown items like fruits, vegetables, desserts, salsas, relishes, jam and olive oil. Presented by Sayler Park Village Council. 675-0496. Sayler Park.

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Arabian (Belly) Dance, 6:307:30 p.m., Westwood Town Hall Recreation Center, 3017 Harrison Ave., Ballet/Piano room, second floor. Learn foundation steps common in Arab dances throughout Northern Africa and the Middle East. Taught by Irene Mirci in classic Egyptian style, also known as Dance Oriental. $40 for four classes. Registration required. Through Dec. 17. 662-9109; Westwood.

Free Hearing Screenings, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., The Place for Better Hearing, 3302 Westbourne Drive, Free. Reservations required. 922-0123; Green Township. Yoga for Healing, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Westwood Town Hall Recreation Center, 3017 Harrison Ave., Begin journey of healing physically, mentally and emotionally with certified yoga teacher, Michelle HsinYi, through mixed yoga styles to bring more strength and flexibility to the body and learn various breathing techniques to restore balance in the mind. First class free. $8. Registration required. 662-9109. Westwood.

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Zumba, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Wear comfortable workout attire and gym shoes. Bring water. $5. Presented by Deb’s Fitness Party. 205-5064; Green Township.

Gold Star Chilimobile, 3:306:30 p.m., Green Township Branch Library, 6525 Bridgetown Road, Register for Summer Reading Program and receive free coney. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-6095. Green Township.

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

Senior Citizens Movement Class for Seniors, 11 a.m.-noon, Guenther Physical Therapy, $6, first class free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights. Quilting, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Make blankets to donate to Project Linus and

Children’s Hospital. For seniors. 385-3780. Green Township. Exercise to Music, 10-11 a.m., Green Township Senior Center, $1. 385-3780. Green Township. Ceramics, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, 385-3780. Green Township. Stability Ball, 9:30-10 a.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Bring your own stability ball and work on strengthening your core. For seniors. 385-3780. Green Township. Euchre, 12:30-3:30 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Open game. For seniors. 385-3780. Green Township. Pattern Dancing, 1-2:30 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Learn line dancing and have fun while exercising. For seniors. Free. 385-3780. Green Township. Billiards, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Free. 385-3780. Green Township.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 16 Clubs & Organizations Pioneer Antique & Hobby Association Monthly Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Nathanael Greene Lodge, 6394 Wesselman Road, Mulberry Room. Guests welcome. Speaker is Mark Plageman, Miami University professor emeritus, on George Remus, king of the bootleggers. Presented by Pioneer Antique & Hobby Association. 451-4822. Green Township.

Exercise Classes Women and Weights, 6-7 p.m., Western Hills Sports Mall, 2323 Ferguson Road, Program specifically designed for women. Maintain bone density, increase metabolism and discover health benefits of weight training. Family friendly. $7.50-$10. Presented by SpinFit LLC. 4514905; Westwood. Power and Pump, 5:15-6 p.m., Western Hills Sports Mall, 2323 Ferguson Road, Simple, yet challenging cardiovascular and strength training exercises combined for total body workout. Family friendly. $7.50-$10. Presented by SpinFit LLC. 451-

4905; Westwood. Abs Express, 7-7:20 p.m., Western Hills Sports Mall, 2323 Ferguson Road, Racquetball Center. Work core like never before in quick class that will hit entire abdominal area. Free. Presented by SpinFit LLC. 4514905; Westwood.


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Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Price Hill Health Center, 2136 W. Eighth St., 15-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 686-3300; Price Hill. Free Hearing Screenings, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., The Place for Better Hearing, Free. Reservations required. 922-0123; Green Township. Lunch and Learn Lecture: Pain Management Naturally, Noon-1 p.m., Gamble-Nippert YMCA, 3159 Montana Ave., Learn about natural approach to pain with fewest side effects. Free. Reservations required. Presented by Foundation for Wellness Professionals. 9410378. Westwood.

Spintensity, 5:45-6:45 p.m., Western Hills Sports Mall, $8.50$10 per class. 451-4905; Westwood.

On Stage - Student Theater Seton High School Freshman Concert, 7 p.m., Seton High School, 3901 Glenway Ave., Part of Seton-Elder Performing Arts Series. $10. 471-2600. West Price Hill.

Green Township. Zumba Gold, 1-2 p.m., Green Township Senior Center, 3620 Epley Road, Modified Zumba for seniors with standing a chair participation. For seniors. $3, $25 for 10 classes. 205-5064; Green Township.

Health / Wellness Free Hearing Screenings, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., The Place for Better Hearing, Free. Reservations required. 922-0123; Green Township. University of Cincinnati Audiology Presentation, 3:30-5 p.m., Bayley Community Wellness Center, 401 Farrell Court, Presentation on how to deal with hearing loss. Free. Reservations required. 347-5510. Delhi Township.

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


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

Lettuce Eat Well Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m., Harvest Home Park, Free. 661-1792; Cheviot.

Festivals Our Lady of Victory Parish Festival, 6-11 p.m., Our Lady of Victory, 810 Neeb Road, Booths, games of chance, rides, raffles, burgers, brats, hot dogs and more. 922-4460; Delhi Township. CincItalia, Cincinnati Italian Festival, 6 p.m.-midnight, Harvest Home Park, 3961 North Bend Road, Celebration of Italian heritage. Ages 19 and up only on Friday. National music acts, activities for all ages and cuisine prepared by Italian restaurants and Cincinnati’s Italian cultural societies. Free. Presented by St. Catharine of Siena. Through May 20. 6757581; Cheviot.

Health / Wellness Free Hearing Screenings, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., The Place for Better Hearing, Free. Reservations required. 922-0123; Green Township.



Mom’s Day treat might be fresh herb spread With Mother’s Day approaching, I am reminded of my own mom, Mary Nader. You would have loved her – mom stood out in a crowd, but in a quiet, beautiful way. That describes her, both inside and out. What I try to do as a mom and grandmom is to share my traditions with my family like my parents did. Mom used to say to know who you are, you have to know where you Rita came from. Heikenfeld This MothRITA’S KITCHEN er’s Day, share your story with your family, especially the little ones. That’s how traditions begin. Remember the “other” moms too, the ones who may not be biologically related, but who are blessings in your life.

Belgian endive water lily with fresh herb spread This was a featured recipe when Country Gardens magazine came out to my home for a day of photographing my herb garden and making herbal recipes. It is so easy, looks elegant and every time I make it in class, it becomes a student favorite. Sprinkle a few fresh herbs (even parsley looks nice) and edible flowers on top for a real treat for mom. This spread is better than the boursin cheese spread you can buy. The spread is also delicious on crostini or as a dip for veggies. Notice the range in

herb amounts. Start with first amount listed and then go from there, adding more if you like. Endive leaves: 3-4 heads. Cut bottoms from endive heads. Wash leaves gently and drain well to dry. Set aside while making herb spread. Mix together either in food processor or mixer until well blended: 8 oz cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup, 1 stick butter, softened 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1-1/2 to 2 teaspoons each fresh herbs: oregano, thyme, basil, dill and onion chives 1/4 teaspoon black pepper or dash or two of cayenne pepper, ground 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese Squeeze or two of lemon juice

Place mixture on large round plate. Shape into a disk. Starting with largest endive leaves first, insert leaves into bottom of mound and push in about an inch, making a single layer of leaves. Keep inserting layers of leaves in alternate rows, making a flower petal pattern. This can be made several hours ahead to this point. Cover lightly and refrigerate. When ready to serve, sprinkle with chopped edible flowers or insert an edible flower petal into the base of each endive leave where it meets the cream cheese mixture. This spread is a good keeper, covered, in the refrigerator, up to two weeks. Even easier: Use dry herbs along with the fresh

Curves celebrating health week Curves women’s gyms in the Cincinnati area will give a free 30-day membership to any non-member who visits a club during regular operating hours throughout National Women’s Health Week, May 1319. This annual awareness week, coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office on Women’s Health, begins each year on Mother’s Day and brings together communities, businesses, government, health organizations, and other groups in an effort to promote women’s health. Curves International has partnered with the OWH to help promote National Women’s Health Week and to provide health and wellness programs and materials to women throughout the country. In further support of this partnership, Curves announces the inaugural National Curves Day celebration, which will occur annually on the Thursday of National Women’s Health Week. Curves International aims to give away 1 million free 30-day memberships at participating Curves gyms throughout the United States and Canada during the week-long event. Any non-member who visits a participating Curves club during National Women’s Health Week will be eligible for this free membership offer. Curves gyms in the Cincinnati area will hold weeklong open house events dur-

ing National Women’s Health Week to encourage interested women to check out their local club, pick up free health information from Curves and the OWH, ask questions, get a free fitness assessment and take advantage of the “1 million free 30-day memberships” offer. Visitors may also sign up to attend a special program on National Curves Day, Thursday, May 17, featuring messages from health experts and fun activities designed to raise awareness of small, practical steps women can take to get healthy. The theme for the 13th annual National Women’s Health Week is “It’s Your Time.” National Women’s Health Week empowers women to make their health a top priority. For more information about Curves women’s gyms in the Cincinnati area, National Women’s Health Week events and National Curves Day, contact one of the following Curves locations: Curves of Cincinnati at 5634 Cheviot Road., at 513662-2254 or Curves of North Bend at 3797 Shady Lane, at 513467-1189 or For more information, go to For more information about National Women’s Health Week, visit http:// whw/.

Belgian endive water lily with fresh herb spread was a featured recipe when Country Gardens magazine came out to Rita’s home for a day of photographing her herb garden\. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD. garlic, Parmesan and lemon juice. Use these herbs in place of fresh: 1/2 t ea: dried oregano, thyme, marjoram, basil, dill weed. This version is from friend and colleague, Kay Hitzler, a multi-talented nurse and cook.

blogs/cookingwithrita/). Thanks to all who shared. Here’s a family favorite for Janice Wallace that JoAnn Marston sent in. JoAnn said: “I have had this one since the late 70's. Hope it's what Janice Wallace is looking for!”

Version with carrot and celery sticks

1 box thin spaghetti (cooked according to directions on box) 1 medium red onion-chopped 1 green pepper-chopped (or mix red and green pepper) 2 cucumbers-chopped

This one is fun for the kids to make. Instead of endive leaves, poke carrot and celery sticks into the mound.

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I can’t tell you how many good recipes for this salad came through, and we will be posting them on my blog (

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3-4 tomatoes-chopped 1/2 bottle McCormick’s Salad Supreme seasoning 1 16oz Italian salad dressing

Mix all ingredients. Chill. Can be made a day ahead of time. Update: Wiedeman’s crescents. I’m so excited. I talked with Carole, the Wiedeman’s daughter, who found a similar recipe in a cookbook. Then I got a note from Pete, her brother, the retired owner, who shared a home version of the original Kipfel cookie!

I’ll share that soon. Readers tips: Mulberry rhubarb pie. Glendale reader Elizabeth Meyers remembered her mom’s signature pie which had rhubarb and mulberries. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356, and go to her blog at



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The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden's 26th annual Zoo Babies will be celebrated the entire month of May. Nearly two dozen animals have recently been born, and more are on the way. One of the highlights of the event, a Bactrian camel, was born April 23. Voters named it “Bogart.” The name Bogart received 2,433 votes, out of nearly 5,000 total, during the five-day voting period. Bogart was chosen from four names selected by the camel keepers, which also included Henry, Lyn and Cain. With the baby camel’s father named “Humphrey,” Bogart was the perfect pairing. “The Zoo will be overflowing with cuteness this

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Breakfast brings out hundreds

About 200 local graduates, current students, recently admitted high school seniors and friends of the University of Notre Dame gathered at St. Xavier High School for the Notre Dame Club of Greater Cincinnati’s annual Communion Breakfast. Auxiliary Bishop Joseph R. Binzer celebrated the Mass with The Rev. Timothy Howe, president of St. Xavier, concelebrating. Chaired by Don Karches (ND ‘82) of North Bend, the event included the presentation of the club’s 2012 Exemplar Award to P. Declan O’Sullivan, co-founder of Catholic Men’s Fellowship followed by a breakfast buffet. Also attending were five local students from Notre Dame and St. Mary’s College who were leaving straight from the Mass to participate in a 48-hour Urban Plunge in Over-theRhine, co-sponsored by the Notre Dame Center for Social Concerns and the ND Club of Greater Cincinnati. Bishop Binzer gave the Urban Plunge participants a special blessing before they left for the hands-on social service learning experience chaired by local ND alumna Michelle Simon and including service opportunities at St. Vincent DePaul, Nast Trinity United Methodist Church, Our Daily Bread, Over-theRhine Community Housing, LeBlond Boys & Girls Club, Choices Café, and St. Francis Seraph Ministry. A highlight of the Communion Breakfast each year is the presentation of the club’s Exemplar Award, established as an annual club award in 2002 to promote and hold up as an example the ideals and achievements of Greater Cincinnati or University individuals who have provided exemplary, life-long

From left: Mary Alice and Dick Lajoie (Sycamore Township) with Susan and Mike McNamara (Paddock Hills) attend the Notre Dame Club annual Mass and Breakfast. THANKS TO DENNIS FUREY

Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Binzer blesses the work of these local students as they headed off for a 48-hour Urban Plunge in Over-the-Rhine organized by the ND Club of Greater Cincinnati. From left: St. Mary's student Hannah Bruggeman (Mariemont), and Notre Dame students Emily Kaes (Montgomery), Adele Bruggeman (Mariemont), Christina Mondi (Hamilton) and Lizzy Millea (Delhi Township). THANKS TO MAUREEN GEARIN

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Gym offers new way to train By Kurt Backscheider

Green Township resident Zach Moody, standing in center, and his friends have opened a new personal training business in Bridgetown. Solid Training LLC is a fitness center focused on functional exercise training, and incorporates items like kettlebells, ropes and tires into workouts. Trainers pictured with Moody are, from left, Clif Willoughby, Ben Eisenmenger and John Bedel. KURT BACKSCHEIDER/THE

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DEATHS Carola Schumacher Aufermann, 87, died April 20. She worked for Sears. Survived by children William T. Aufermann, Rose Gontkovski; nine Aufermann grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband William E. Aufermann, daughter Barbara Osterfeld, parents Roman, Rose Schumacher, siblings Bernard, Roman Schumacher, Judy Kreise. Services were April 24 at St. Henry Catholic Church, Dayton, Ohio. Arrangements Ralph Meyer & Deters Funeral Home. Memorials to: Hospice of Cincinnati, 4310 Cooper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Carmela Cannon Carmela Piscitelli Cannon, 97, Delhi Township, died April 27. She worked for Reubel’s Bakery. Survived by daughters Patricia (John) Burns, Donna (Larry) Grahl, Sandy (Bob) Baker; grandchildren Cathy, John Jr., Tim Burns, Beth Paff, Cannon Patti Lysaght, Sherri Kist, Joe Grahl, Bobby Baker; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild. Preceded in death by sister Angela DelVecchio. Services were May 2 at St. Jude Church. Arrangements by Neidhard-Minges Funeral Home. Memorials to: National Wildlife Federation, 11100 Wildlife Center Drive, Reston, VA 20190-5362.

Betty Dwyer Betty L. Dwyer (nee Adams), 84, of Delhi Township died May2. She was a homemaker. Preceded in death by her husband Edward J. Dwyer. Survived by daughter Denise (Ray) Knue; grandson Donald Raugh (Jody); great-grandchildren Morgan, Gavin and Hudson Raugh. Services were held. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cincinnati. Vitt, Stermer & Andreson Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Ruth Louise Fahnle (nee Gay), 87, of Green Township, died May 3. She was a retired secreFahnle tary. Survived by husband Robert Louis Fahnle; children Leslie Segall and Paula (late Gregg) Schuster; grandchildren: Holly (Adam), April, Michelle, Matthew and Zachary; greatgrandchildren: Jade and Jasmine; family members: Richard and Barbara. She was preceded in death by Donald Fahnle Services were May 7 at Gump-Holt Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to American Heart Association, P.O. Box 163549, Columbus, Ohio ,43216-3549.

Vince Gentile Betty L. Dwyer (nee Adams), 84, of Delhi Township died May2. She was a homemaker. Preceded in death by her husband Edward J. Dwyer. Survived by daughter Denise (Ray) Knue; grandson Donald Raugh (Jody); great-grandchildren Morgan, Gavin and Hudson Raugh. Services were held. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cincinnati. Vitt, Stermer & Andreson Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Lawrence Hanekamp Lawrence J. Hanekamp Sr., 80, died April 25. He was a firefighter for the Cincinnati Fire Department. He was an Army veteran. Survived by children Lawrence Hanekamp Jr., Dottie Gehrlein, Linda (Lonnie) Sears; grandchildren Donna Hanekamp Schneider, Michelle Smith, Brandon Gehrlein, Angela Wegman, Sandy Alcorn, Walter Sears; siblings Sister Ruth Hanekamp, SC, Robert Hanekamp, Rita Wessel; seven great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by wife Ruth Hanekamp, parents Herman, Irene Hanekamp, brothers John, Al, Tom Hanekamp. Services were May 1 at St. Dominic. Arrangements Ralph


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Arlena Harmon Arlena Burton Harmon, 87, died April 22. She was a homemaker. Survived by children Velma (Junior Lee) Burton, Harold (Yvonne) Harmon; siblings Elbert, Rollin, Lewis Burton, Lula McGaha; 10 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; three greatgreat-grandHarmon children. Preceded in death by husband Charles W. Harmon, son Philip Harmon, parents Ogel, Mary Burton, brothers Lester, Ralph, Raymon Burton. Services were April 27 at Ralph Meyer & Deters Funeral Home.

Saveya Kuhl Saveya Kamryn Kuhl, 3 months, died April 25. Survived by parents Dawnelle Bailey, Joshua Kuhl; siblings Serenity Bailey, Stephon, Samir McCall; grandparents Brenda Blackshear, Lanell Blackshear, Mary Kuhl; greatgrandparents Kuhl Linda Blevins, William Blevins, Betty Blackshear; uncles and aunt Kenneth, Markcus, Telisa Bailey; great uncle Edward Kuhl. Preceded in death by great-

Hill; co-pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Church, Riverside; resident associate at St. Catharine of Siena Church, Westwood; pastor of St. Matthias Church, Forest Park; priest-in-residence at St. Louis Church, downtown Cincinnati; temporary associate pastor of St. Peter in Chains Cathedral; associate pastor at St. Teresa of Avila Church; associate pastor of Our Lord Christ the King Church, Linwood; and parttime parochial vicar to the pastor of St. Ann Church, Groesbeck. During his years of ministry he also served as chaplain at Our Lady of Mercy Hospital,

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Rev. Anthony Muller Rev. Anthony J. Muller, 69, died May 3. During his ministry he was assistant pastor at the Church of the Assumption, Mount Healthy; full-time teacher at Stephen T. Badin High School, Hamilton; assistant pastor at St. James the Greater Church, White Oak; teacher at Elder High School; assistant pastor at St. Lawrence Church, Price


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Dotty Schnurrenberger Doris J. “Dotty” Schnurrenberger (nee Kile), of Sayler Park, formerly of Milford, died May 3. She was a teacher at Sycamore High School, founded the district’s retired teacher’s association, and received the 2011 Spirit of Sycamore Award

from the Sycamore Athletics Hall of Fame. She was a Girl Scout leader, and active at Eden Chapel UMC, with the Sayler Park Historical Society and village council, and Doddridge County, W. Va., Historical Society. Survived by sister-in-law Willanna Kile; nieces and nephews Bruce Kile, Kathy (Jeff) Johnson, Ray “Buddy” (Ilene) Kile, Jamie, Megan, Nicole, Ryan Kile, Kyle Johnson. Preceded in death by her husband Don L. Schnurrenberger; parents Wayne Sr. and Mary Kile; brother Wayne Kile Jr. and nephew Scott Kile. Services were May 7 at Eden Chapel UMC. Memorials to Eden Chapel UMC, 150 Dahlia Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio, 45233. Seifert-Hardig & Brater Funeral Home handled arrangements.

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Arrests/citations Antonio Harris, born 1971, possession of drugs, 3788 Westmont Drive, April 18. Richard Patton, born 1979, disorderly conduct, 2812 Price Ave., April 19. Thomas King, born 1958, possession of drugs, 1969 Dunham Way, April 20. James Cliff Phillips Robert, born 1960, possession of an open flask, 813 Summit Ave., April 21. John H. Lewis, born 1984, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs, 958 Hawthorne Ave., April 21. Donte Coleman, born 1979, interference with custody, 3201 Warsaw Ave., April 22. Kasie Jeffers, born 1994, possession of drugs, 3400 Warsaw Ave., April 22. Melvin C. Goodwin, born 1947, improper solicitation, 3789 Warsaw Ave., April 22. Andre Barber, born 1990, falsification, 2720 Price Ave., April 23. Andre Barber, born 1990, aggravated burglary, 1241 Gilsey Ave., April 23. Brandon Burger, born 1989, obstructing official business, possession of drug abuse instruments, 3201 Warsaw Ave., April 23. Ricky Dale Jones, born 1960, disorderly conduct, 6931 Gracely Drive, April 23. Alicia Arnold, born 1977, possession of a dangerous drug, 3442 Bassett Road, April 24. Brian Clark, born 1980, telecommunication harassment, 3201 Warsaw Ave., April 24. Charles D. Delph, born 1974, domestic violence, 1909 Wyoming Ave., April 24. Danielle Zinveli, born 1976, possession of an open flask, 3023 Warsaw Ave., April 24. Donald C. Fairbanks, born 1988, obstructing official business, 3201 Warsaw Ave., April 24. Douglas E. Cabe, born 1980, theft $300 To $5000, 3201 Warsaw Ave., April 24. Marcus Hamilton, born 1983, possession of an open flask, 3434 Warsaw Ave., April 24. Rayshawn Hubbard, born 1984, falsification, 1600 Iliff Ave., April 24. Antonio Spikes, born 1989, possession of an open flask, 819 Hawthorne Ave., April 25. Craig A. Ervin, born 1970, interference with custody, 3201 Warsaw Ave., April 25.

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: » Delhi Township: Chief Jim Howarth, 922-0060 » Cincinnati District 3: Capt. Russell A. Neville, 263-8300 Melvin C. Goodwin, born 1947, improper solicitation, 3400 Warsaw Ave., April 25. Michael Moore, born 1970, breaking and entering, possession of drug abuse instruments, possession of drug paraphenalia, 1010 Winfield Ave., April 25. Robert Smith, born 1990, criminal trespass, 1918 Westmont Lane, April 25. Robert Turner Gill, born 1971, falsification, 3721 Westmont Drive, April 25. Ronald Allen Simpson, born 1968, theft under $300, 3609 Warsaw Ave., April 25. Russell H. Bell, born 1973, possession of drug paraphernalia, 4373 W. Eighth St., April 25. Ryan Ashley Canterbury, born 1980, assault, 3201 Warsaw Ave., April 25. Ryan Green, born 1981, drug abuse, possession of drug abuse instruments, 3609 Warsaw Ave., April 25. Shawna Owens, born 1974, complicity to commit breaking and entering, 1010 Winfield Ave., April 25. Summer Nike Waits, born 1979, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, 1039 Rosemont Ave., April 25. Keith Fisher, born 1992, aggravated burglary, 1790 Grand Ave., April 26. Lance Fisher, born 1989, aggravated burglary, 1790 Grand Ave., April 26. Leonard A. Stewart, born 1960, disorderly conduct, 709 Elberon Ave., April 26. Lucien Lanier, born 1984, domestic violence, 3755 Westmont Drive, April 26. Chanta Korker, born 1986, domestic violence, 3326 Glenway Ave., April 27. Lisa Price, born 1965, disorderly conduct, 1059 Schiff Ave., April 27. Rashawn Riley, born 1993, criminal trespass, 1612 Dewey Ave., April 27. Timothy M. Brown, born 1954, theft $300 To $5000, 4221 Glenway Ave., April 27. Michael Ray Bell, born 1982, receiving a stolen motor vehicle, 4855 Glenway Ave., April 29.

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Covedale resident wins museum award Covedale resident Staci Dennison is the director for corporate, foundation and government relations at Cincinnati Museum Center and has been named the 2011 Ohio Museums Association (OMA) Professional of the Year. This award recognizes excellence in professional accomplishments and service by an employee of an Ohio Museums Association institutional member and is presented for outstanding leadership or professionalism over an extended period of time. Dennison was selected because of her many achievements during her seven-year career at Cincinnati Museum Center. She received the award at the association’s awards dinner on April 15 at Cincinnati Museum Center. "Staci gives Museum Center a voice in influencing local and statewide issues and moves projects forward to benefit Museum Center and the community," says Douglass W. McDonald, Museum Center presi-


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tutions from across the state including COSI, Great Lakes Science Center, the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, Ohio Historical Society and the Western Reserve Historical Society. These institutions now have ongoing dialogues about the future of programming and partnerships. Additionally, Dennison serves as secretary for the Ohio Statuary Hall Commission, reporting to the commission president. She was the liaison between the commission, with the National Statuary Collection Study Committee, and the media. “I have had the opportunity to work with Staci on the Ohio Statuary Hall Initiative, and have found her to be a dynamic individual who has done tremendous work for Ohio’s museums,” said Mark Wagoner, State Senator for the 2nd Senate District (Toledo). “She is bright and very well respected in both the historical and government relations fields.”

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DELHI TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Cayce L. Schloemer, 21, 6684 Fountains Blvd. No. 10, driving under suspension at 5300 Delhi Road, April 23. James Poff, 25, 520 Mentola Ave. No. 2, driving under suspension at 4100 Delhi Road, April 23. Christopher K. Rudolph, 19, 4360 Skylark Drive, driving under suspension at 500 Pedretti Ave., April 24. David R. Tipton, 31, 451 Purcell Ave. No. 3, driving under suspension at 502 Pedretti Ave., April 24. Gale L. Jones III, 31, 1320 Neff Ave., driving under suspension at 4442 Fehr Road, April 24. Stephanie C. Mueller, 25, 3738 River Road, driving under suspension at 500 Rosemont Ave., April 25. Kayla Reynolds, 29, 1964 Sunset Ave., driving under suspension at 5100 Rapid Run Road, April 27. Paige M. Moore, 21, 5766 Sheed Road, assault at 4281 Boyne Court, April 24. Erika A. Pulley, 24, 3101 Cameo Road, obstructing official business at 5356 Hillside Ave., April 24. Darryl E. Shelton, 48, 311 Seitz, drug possession at 500 Pedretti Ave., April 26. Larry S. Abney, 27, 2714 Tower, drug possession and falsifica-

tion at 500 Rosemont Ave., April 28. Russell H. Bell, 39, 3579 Robroy, theft at 4958 Delhi Road, April 29. Niesha Sullivan, 26, no address listed, theft and falsification at 4958 Delhi Road, April 29. Donald Lee, 44, 4354 Eighth St., theft at 4958 Delhi Road, April 29. Michael A. Ronan, 21, 583 Trenton Ave., theft at 4958 Delhi Road, April 29. Matthew E. Smith, 27, 472 Pedretti Ave. No. 10, drug offense at 472 Pedretti Ave. No. 10, April 29. Juvenile, 14, theft at 5080 Delhi Road, April 29.

Incidents/reports Burglary Three laptop computers stolen from home at 4410 Glenhaven Road, April 23. Several pieces of jewelry, DVD player, camera, stereo equipment and computer stolen from home at 543 Greenwell Ave., April 23. Glass removed from window on home during burglary attempt at 5321 Cleves Warsaw, April 25. Criminal damaging Paint scratched and tires slashed on vehicle at 466 Pedretti Ave., April 23. Landscaping lights damaged at 5359 Rapid Run Road, April

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Parkland Theater in Sayler Park. Tonnis and his band of musicians will be playing many of the new songs he hopes to record on the new CD tentatively to be titled Give Praise. The total cost of this album project is expected to exceed $15,000. There are 80 reserved

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25. Criminal mischief Graffiti spray-painted on lawn at St. Dominic School at 4551 Delhi Road, April 24. Theft Money and a bottle of cologne stolen from one vehicle; and money and a carton of cigarettes stolen from second vehicle at 4935 Alvernovalley Court, April 22. Wallet and contents stolen from vehicle parked inside garage at 1067 Ebenezer Road, April 23. Credit/debit card stolen from home at 482 Pedretti Ave. No. 8, April 23. Money and four credit cards stolen from victim’s shopping cart at 5080 Delhi Road, April 23. Car stereo/CD player, subwoofer and subwoofer box stolen from vehicle at 4436 Glenhaven Road, April 23. Backflow tester, reciprocating saw, grinder and a concrete saw stolen from vehicle at 5314 Plumridge Drive, April 24. Gas can filled with gasoline stolen from home’s shed at 841 Suncreek Court, April 24. Laptop computer stolen from home at 515 Rosemont Ave., April 28. Mail stolen from victim’s mailbox at 4470 Fehr Road No. 4, April 29.


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Covedale offers summer theater prep program The Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave. in West Price Hill, continues its Cincinnati Young People’s Theatre (CYPT) Prep Program for young performers, ages 10 through 13 this summer. Classes will encompass acting, improvisation, theater skills and a final performance on the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts stage – and all taught by experienced instructors and professional guest artists. Cincinnati Young People’s Theatre Prep Program will be a preparation for young performers who may wish to audition for the award-winning CYPT teen Program or audition for the Covedale’s regular season shows (when ageappropriate roles are available in a cast) when they are old enough. » Session one – Summer Drama classes: June 18-22, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Final performance on Friday, June 22, at 3 p.m.. free and open to the public » Session two – Summer Drama classes: Aug. 13-17, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Final performance on Friday, Aug. 17 at 3 p.m.. free and open to the public Classes will be held in

the Rehearsal Studio, in the new backstage addition to the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts. The Summer Drama Program will feature experienced instructors: Session one Instructors: Allison Hinkel is a graduate from Northern Kentucky University with a BA in theater. Hinkel was born and raised on the West Side of Cincinnati and is a graduate of Mother of Mercy High School where she enjoyed four years of theatrical experiences. Amanda Wolery has a Master’s of Teaching from Northern Kentucky University and has worked in various venues across the Cincinnati area in many different aspects. Session two Instructors: Elizabeth A. Harris holds a B.A. in theater and a M.A. in theater with an emphasis in directing from Morehead State University. She has directed for such theatre companies as Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, New Edgecliff Theatre, Theatre IV, and Pier Group Theatre. Eileen Earnest re-

ceived her BFA in Musical Theatre from Ohio Northern University and Theatre Arts Certificate from the National Academy of Dramatic Arts in New Zealand. Tuition for CYPT Prep is $100. This Program is supported by Artswave, “Arts In My Own Back Yard” Summer Grant program. A limited amount of funds are in place to assist with the participation fee. Funds are distributed on a confidential basis. If you are interested in applying for this tuition rebate, please contact Jennifer Perrino. Target class size is 25 participants. Admission to the final performance is free. Admission the program is on a first-come basis. Registration closing deadline for session one is Monday, June 11; registration closing deadline for session two is Monday, Aug. 6. For more information or to register a child for the CYPT PREP, call the Covedale at 513.241.6550.

Lourdes educator named Master Teacher By Kurt Backscheider

Anita Brackmann decided early on that she was going to be a teacher. “I wanted to be a teacher ever since I was in grade school,” she said. “I like to learn, so I enjoy the learning experience teachers share with the kids.” The veteran educator’s passion for teaching has earned her designation as a Master Teacher by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s Catholic School Office. Brackmann, who teaches fifth- and sixth-grade science at Our Lady of Lourdes School, said the archdiocese awards the Master Teacher title to teachers who have earned their National Board Certification. Board certification demonstrates proven distinguished practice both inside and outside of the classroom, and she said she had to complete four portfolios, submit a video of her teaching her class and provide evidence of effective teaching in order to receive her certification. “It’s a good way to improve your practice and reflect upon what you’re doing right. It was hard, but I wanted to continue my professional development,” she said. Brackmann is in her 23rd year of teaching, and she’s taught at Lourdes her entire career. “Our Lady of Lourdes is

Anita Brackmann, a science teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes School, has been designated as a Master Teacher by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. She earned the distinction because she has received her National Board Certification. KURT BACKSCHEIDER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

very strong school, and we’re supported when we want to try new teaching methods,” she said. “It’s a school that provides a great learning environment for the kids.” She said she enjoys teaching because it allows her to be creative in developing lessons and activities to get her students to think at a higher level. “I want them to think and reason,” she said. “To me, that’s more important than knowing how to recite

facts.” Science is her favorite subject because she said science touches aspects of everyday life. “It’s the best subject to teach because the kids come in already excited about it,” Brackmann said. “You don’t have to establish that excitement for learning, you just have to build on it. “I love when they get it, when they have that ‘Aha’ moment,” she said.

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Bevin Butler, originally of Lubbock, TX, & Jeremy Blair, originally of Fairfield, OH, announce their engagement to be married. Ms. Butler is the youngest child of Bruce and Pam Butler and youngest granddaughter of Doris Jones of Lubbock, and Norman and Barbara Butler of Bracketville, and the late Jerome and Jean Eisele of Longview, TX. Ms. Butler will begin a PhD. program in Medieval Art History, Theory & Criticism at Arizona State University in August. Mr. Blair is employed at University of North Texas as a Teaching Fellow & Teacher Supervisor while acquiring his PhD. in Art Education. He is the only child of Jeff and Terri Blair and eldest grandson of Toby and Maxine Blair of Fairfield, and eldest grandson of the late Ruth Riggs of Cincinnati, OH. A wedding date has not yet been set.

Don’t miss’s Metromix Stage at Taste of Cincinnati 2012! Along with a great band lineup, there will be more than 40 restaurants gathered along 6 blocks of 5th Street in downtown Cincinnati Memorial Day Weekend: Saturday and Sunday, May 26 & 27, Noon – Midnight and Monday, May 28, Noon – 9pm. Cost is FREE! Before you go, don’t forget to download your Taste of Cincinnati App, coming soon for your iPhone & Android! Create your agenda for the day by browsing menu & drink items with a map of booth locations and entertainment schedules! It’s a must have for Taste of Cincinnati 2012!

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