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Holiday on the Hill celebrates nine years By Kurt Backscheider

PRICE HILL — Ann Andriacco said it’s hard to believe Holiday on the Hill is marking its ninth year. “It seems like just yesterday that we went from lighting some strands of lights strung from the telephone poles in the CVS parking lot to the tree at Se-

ton,” she said. “We started it as a way to encourage people to shop at home on the hill and it’s grown into this wonderful community event.” The ninth annual Holiday on the Hill will usher in the holiday season Friday, Dec. 6, through Sunday, Dec. 8. A weekend full of activities will take place at schools,

churches, organizations, libraries and businesses throughout the neighborhood. “I like the whole thing,” said Andriacco, chairwoman of Price Hill Will’s Arts Community Action Team. Pamela Taylor, community outreach coordinator for Price Hill Will, said the weekend See HOLIDAY, Page A2

Price Hill youngsters Nicholas Durbin, right, and his sister, Ava, made ornaments in the commons at Seton High School following a past Light the Hill ceremony during the annual Holiday on the Hill weekend. This year’s holiday festivities run Friday, Dec. 6, through Sunday, Dec. 8. FILE PHOTO

Soldier returns home for holidays, surprises his family

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By Kurt Backscheider

Every family has its holiday traditions. At The Community Press, we annually recognize those folks who go out of their way to help a neighbor or friend. We call it “Neighbors Who Care,” and we need your help. If you know someone who deserves some praise for helping others, tell us about them. Send the information to rmaloney or delhipress Put “Neighbors Who Care” in the subject line and include your name, community and contact information, as well as the nominee’s name, community and contact information. Deadline for nominations has been extended to Friday, Dec. 6. We look forward to hearing about them.

DELHI TWP. — The look on

Makaylah Gill’s face said it all. The moment she saw him standing in the doorway, her eyes widened and began filling with tears, her jaw dropped and her hands immediately shot up to cover her face. Her uncle, who she hadn’t seen in half a year, was home. “It was awesome,” said Makaylah, a seventh-grader at Delhi Middle School. U.S. Army Spc. Robert Markus, who serves in a military police unit with the Army National Guard, recently returned home from a six-month deployment in Afghanistan, and he surprised his niece, along with his nephews Tyler Gill, a sixthgrader at Delhi Middle, and Mike and Alex Siefert, during a special ceremony Nov. 22, at the middle school. The surprise took place during the school’s veterans tribute. As part of the program attended by area veterans and the entire student body and staff, Markus presented the school an American flag that flew over his base in Afghanistan. “Originally, my goal was to just come here and go to their classrooms and say, ‘Hey, I’m home’ and surprise them that way,” Markus said. “My sister coordinated it with their assistant principal

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that I was coming home and they took it to the next level.” Tyler Gill said it took him a minute to realize it was actually his uncle when he saw him walk through the door into the gymnasium. “It was pretty cool,” he said. “It’s been a long time (since we last saw him).” Makaylah said she couldn’t believe it when she looked over and saw her uncle standing in the doorway. “I felt surprised,” she said. Markus said his emotions got to him while he was standing in the hallway and he heard Principal Dan Beckenhaupt announce his name and say he was home from Afghanistan. Then he turned the corner and entered the doorway to gym. “I teared up a little bit,” he said. “When I was standing at the door and she (Makaylah) realized it was me, her facial expression was priceless.” Tyler and Makaylah said they look forward to hanging out with their uncle during the holidays. “We have big plans,” Tyler said.

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U.S. Army Spc. Robert Markus, who served in a military police unit in Afghanistan, embraces his niece, Makaylah Gill, a seventh-grader at Delhi Middle School, and his nephews, Mike and Alex Siefert suring a ceremony at the school. THE COMMUNITY PRESS/TONY JONES

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kicks off with a tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. at Seton High School. New Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell has the honor of flipping the switch this year. After the ceremony, she said there will be cocoa, caroling and a concert by MYCincinnati students inside Seton, followed by a performance of “A Seussified Christmas Carol.” Tickets to the performance are $5 each. “Friday evening will also feature a gallery walk at Flats Gallery, the Warsaw Project Gallery and BLOC Coffee with a ‘Meet the Authors’ event with 11 writers from Price Hill at BLOC,” Taylor said. “BLOC has gone all out this year and is unveiling a Holiday on the Hill themed coffee

drink during the event.” Saturday’s festivities begin at 10 a.m. when the Price Hill Recreation Center hosts a Breakfast with Santa. The breakfast is at the Pinecrest on West Eighth Street due to renovation work at the recreation center. Taylor said Elder High School will be home to a series of concerts and the annual art show on Saturday. This year’s art show features more than 30 artists, she said. One fun new event in the line-up is a Las Posadas/Latino holiday celebration at Holy Family Church from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, she said. There will be holiday crafts for children and the re-enactment of the Posadas, with the children going around the grounds singing and looking for “lodging” as Mary and Joseph did, Taylor said. “The celebration will end with a piñata com-

petition including different schools from the neighborhood and sharing of hot cocoa and some finger food,” she said. “Everyone is invited to bring a festive appetizer to share.” Andriacco said other offerings around Price Hill on Saturday include an open house at the Price Hill Historical Society, cookies and milk with Santa Claus at Santa Maria Community Services and a family fun day from 10 a.m. to noon at Seton. “There is something for everyone,” she said. “And what’s really great is that the activities are free or available at a low cost for families.” Taylor said neighborhood theater groups are also getting in on the action. The Covedale Center for the Performing Arts will present “A Christmas Carol” throughout the weekend, as well as a Saturday performance by the Wayne Martin

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Elder fathers, sons team up to give back By Kurt Backscheider

PRICE HILL — A group of Elder High School freshmen and their fathers have once again made Thanksgiving dinner possible for many area families in need. The Elder Spiritual Boosters conducted its fifth annual Turkey Fry Wednesday, Nov. 27, making sure West Side families who could use a little help didn’t have to go without this Thanksgiving. Doug Jaeger, a Green Township resident and spiritual boosters member who coordinates the Turkey Fry each year, said 12 father-son pairs worked together to prepare and deliver meals this year. He said the group receives the names of 40 families from the Holy Family Food Pantry, and the fathers and sons deliver boxes packed with everything the families need for a complete Thanksgiving meal. The meals include a whole, deep-fried turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, green beans, turkey gravy, dinner rolls and a pumpkin pie. “All the families are extremely grateful,” Jaeger said. “When the boys see how appreciative the families are, I think it opens their eyes and shows them there is more to life than what goes on here at school.” The spiritual boosters were formed nine years ago under the leadership of Elder’s campus minis-

ter Roger Auer and alumnus Tom Aug. Jaeger said the group brings freshmen and their fathers together through various volunteer projects which facilitate communication and opportunities for spiritual discussion and growth while helping out the greater Elder community. Aug said the group sponsors several service projects throughout the year and the Turkey Fry is always one of the most popular projects. “I enjoy seeing the fathers and sons working together to serve the community,” he said. “It helps us all realize what we have to be thankful for.” Green Township resident Don Mulligan said he appreciates the opportunity to team up with his son, Jake, to give back at Thanksgiving. “It’s a great experience to be able to share in something like this with him, especially this time of year,” he said. “It magnifies everything.” Jake Mulligan said he signed up to take part in the Turkey Fry because he wanted to be involved in a service project with his dad. “It’s really fun to share in a service project with my dad,” he said. “We’re getting double the work done for a good cause.” He said it feels good to give back to the community. “We’re helping people who really need it,” he said. “We should always help others when we can.”


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DELHI TWP. — Police Chief Jim Howarth said the Kids, Cops ‘n Firefighters Christmas shopping event is by far his favorite day of the year. “This is an awesome opportunity for officers to give back to the community,” he said. “There is nothing more awe-inspiring than seeing the smiles on the faces of all the children participating.” For the fifth straight year, Delhi Township police officers and firefighters will join members of the Delhi Skirt Game committee to help make Christmas a little brighter for township children. Firefighters and police officers will shop with children beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Target store in Western Hills. Clyde Kober, vice president of the Delhi Skirt Game committee, said the committee receives a list of families in need from each of the nine schools in the township, and he said he and his wife, Cindy, contact the families to determine the need, find out whether they want to participate and whether they are getting assistance from anyone else. Each child is paired with a police officer or firefighter, as well as someone to keep track of the $100 allotment each

Santa and Mrs. Claus showed up at last year’s Kids, Cops ‘n Firefighters event sponsored by the Delhi Skirt Game committee. Playing the happy couple were committee members Ron Vanover, left, and Sherri Lewis. This year’s shopping event is Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Target in Western Hills. THANKS TO CLYDE KOBER

child receives, and they shop the aisles at Target, Kober said. Each child is also given a bag of hygiene products such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo and deodorant, and he said the family is also provided a Remke gift card good for food so they can have a nice meal on Christmas day. Kober said the event costs the committee about $25,000. Half of the funding is provided by the Skirt Game committee and he said the rest of the funding comes from township businesses, organizations and individuals who want to see children have a merry Christmas. “When I spoke with Chief Howarth about doing this five years ago, we had no idea how big this would grow or even if we

would be able to do it for five years,” he said. “Since, like the Skirt Game, this has become a community event. Every year the funding seems to be there to not only continue the program, but to continue to grow the program.” Kober said the committee is still accepting donations, and they appreciate any amount of money donated. The cost to sponsor a child is $100 and the cost to sponsor a family is $500. Anyone who would like to donate or recommend children for the program can send an email to for more information. Donations may be mailed to the Delhi Skirt Game, care of Delhi Township Police, 934 Neeb Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45233.

















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The following students earned honors for the first quarter of the 2013-2014 school year.


Austin Walsh, Josh Byrne and Noah Mastruserio. PROVIDED

Elder National Merit Semifinalists cash in

In the fall of 2005, an anonymous Elder High School alumnus started the National Merit Incentive Program. The program consists of a one-time $1,000 cash award to each student from Elder who earns National Merit Semifinalist status based on his PSAT test score. This year,

Josh Byrne, Noah Mastruserio and Austin Walsh will benefit from the incentive program. All of these men are members of Elder’s Honors Program. Program students graduate with an average of $160,000 in college scholarships and have an average

ACT score of 30. Graduates from the Honors Program have moved on to prestigious schools across the country, earned significant scholarships and been invited to become members of various honors programs at their college or university of choice.


Highest honors: Grace Armentrout, Kylee Dhonau, Kelen Dietrich, Molly Ewry, Shea Gilkey, Rebecca Gilligan, Alexis Hetzel, Brooke Kennedy, Hannah Lane, Ashley Longbottom, Justin Loudermilk, Neleah McAdams, David Partin, Layne Rippy, Kayla Roddy, Alyssa Roth, Alivia Santos, Brianna Schneider, Mackenzie Sexton, Nathaniel Sexton, Emma Thomas and Madison Watson. High honors: Anthony Bardonaro, Gavin Bauer, Broderick Best, Billie Boettcher, Jacob Caldwell, Andrew Casias, Carly Cox, Elizabeth Dreyer, Alexander Engel, Allison Gates, Zachary Gault, Aidan Haile, Gracie Herron, Dominic Jacob, Rebecca Jones, Trevor Josshua, Avery Kaler, Patrick Kupper, Tyler Lee, Joseph Ludwig, Michele McNulty, Corban Mills, Mackenzie Mueller, Kathryn Nerlinger, Brianna O’Brien, Evan Piersall, Cailee Plunkett, Madison Roempp, Kathleen Severson, Destanie Sexton, Cole Smith, Kaitlyn Smith, Breanna Steelman, Sierra Swafford, Brooke Walter, Cody Wood, Grant Wright and Stephen Wubbolding. Honors: Mackenzie Apro, Brianna Bell, Allison Brueckner, Robert Burger, Jace Dement, Gabrielle Dreyer, Michael Duffy, Jacob Egner, Samantha Felts, Joseph Frogge, Brandon Glacken, Carla Griffith, Michael Hehman, Jaylah Herzog, McKenzie Hollingsworth, Alexis Hutto, Carlos Jones, Blake Karaus, Michael Kuhling, Joshua Ludwig, Jacob Lykins, Nathaniel Magliano, Morgan Mathews, Connor O’Dell, Emily Patterson, Rosalie Pictor, Jaida Putteet, Alexander Roach, Jeremy Schaub, Zachary Scott, David Shaw, Ashley Simpson, Amy Smith, Jacob Turner, Makayla Vazquez, Austin Venturini, Brianna Walters, Morgan Weikel, Zachary Witt and Madison Yee.


Second-graders at St. Teresa of Avila School donated more than 600 pieces of Halloween candy to the We Care Organization. The candy will be used in care packages sent to overseas military personnel. From left: Mason Paschka, Josephine Doll and Evan White. PROVIDED

Highest honors: Kilen Bilodeau, Molly Blome, Payton Borgman, Andrew Cole, Meredith Deel, Kaitlyn Delaney, Hailey Eisenmann, Jayna Gilkey, Connor Hilvert, Alisa Kolcova, Kayla Korn, Mya McCreary, Tegan Oppelt, Isabella Panguluri, Samuel Seibert, Nathan Todd, Ethan Williams, Joel Yates and Emmanuel Zagorianos. High honors: Maya Andrews, Martin Antrobus, Sydney Applegate, Alexandra Azucena, Kaycee Barnett, McKenzie Becker, Andrea Biel, Brooklyn Boyle, Kasey Bryant, Morgan Butts, Zoe Day, Bethany Dodd, Mya Gillman, Jacob Hetzel, Olivia Hilvert, Alyssa Hunley, Richard Jankowski, Jaclyn Jasper, Hunter Keller, Brittany Kuhling, Jack Lamping, Jacob Lane, Carter Loewenstine, Hannah Mansu, Josephine McKinney, Katelyn Meagher, Kevin Nguyen, Jordan Peddenpohl, Jacob Peracchio, Dustin Prue, Chloe Ramsey, Daniel Rauch, Megan Rauch, Hannah Records, Kylee Redding, Lauren Reinhardt, Nicholas Rohr,

Maiah Niesha Ruado, Ashley Silz, Alaina Smith, Karen Stolze, Alexa Stortz, Jenna Tharrington, Khady Thiero, Sarah Truett, Dale Widmeyer and Amali Zade. Honors: Mariah Adams, Jaden Addis, Nigel Akalanana, A’lycia Baldrick, Kylie Bohanan, Conner Cain, Mitchell Carter, Kalib Dailey, Liam Earley, Gary Flaugher, Alaa Habbas, Mackenzie Harbin, Kamra Lunsford, Carl Meadows, Vincent Montano, Ashley Mueller, Bria Perkins, Ian Perry, Hanna Powell, Paige Robson, Joseph Ryan, Olivia Sinnard, Madison Spegal, Michael Vanwinkle, Isabella Vitatoe, Hannah Voelker and Nathaniel Wesley.

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No lack of talent on western squads By Tom Skeen

With the wrestling season set to begin the weekend, here’s how the squads in the Delhi Press/Price Hill Press coverage area are shaping up:


Jason Roush takes over the Panthers’ program for the legendary Dick McCoy, who retired in March after 31 years at Elder. Roush spent the previous four seasons at Glen Este, where he had a dual record of 43-23 and coached 18 league champions, seven sectional champions, two district champions, six state qualifiers and a state placer. He becomes the eighth coach in Elder wrestling history. Senior Evan Morgan is closing in on his 100th career victory and looking for a third trip to the state tournament. Sophomore Sam Williams is one of 12 returning Panthers with varsity experience and coming off a trip to state at 106 pounds last season. Look for contributions from Jacob Conners, Robby Oswald and Brian Kelly as well. The Panthers begin the season Dec. 7 at the Elder Duals Tournament.

Elder wrestler Evan Morgan competes at the OHSAA state wrestling tournament last season. Morgan was 33-6 at 138 pounds during the 2012-13 season.FILE ART

La Salle

If Lancer coach Avery Zerkle can transition his young group of wrestlers from the junior high mats to the high school circle, it could be a special year for the school on North Bend Road. His roster features six junior high state tournament placers and a transfer from Louisville, who’s placed third in the Kentucky state tournament back-toback seasons. Freshman Corey Shie will wrestle at 120 pounds after finishing runner up in the state tournament last season. “Corey is one of the best of the best,” Zerkle said. “He’s one of the best freshmen in the country. He definitely has a shot at making state and placing top six is his goal.” Junior John Shirkey will wrestle at 132 after spending the first two years of his high school career in Kentucky. “He’s very talented,” Zerkle said. “There’s a big jump from Kentucky to Ohio and he knows that, but we’re definitely trying to slip him in the top four (in the state). That’s our goal for him.” In the106-pound weight class there is a battle between sophomores Jared Thiemann and Sam Krieder, along with freshman Eric Beck for the varsity position. One of the three who doesn’t fill the 106-slot will likely move up to 113.

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

Rocco Sams – another freshman – will start at 126, while fellow freshman Hunter Perdue is at 138. Seniors Eric Auberger (160 pounds), Joe Krieder (170) and Robert Overbeck (285) will look to provide the leadership for this young group. “I’m looking for a little bit of leadership from the older guys, but these younger guys coming in have been wrestling their whole lives and they have the credentials and they’ve been battled-tested,” Zerkle said. “They are freshmen, so I know there are going to be a couple weekends where they are going to struggle, but throughout the season I think we have three or four freshmen that can make the state tournament.” The Lancers make that push toward the state tournament starting Nov. 30 at the Yorktown

Duals Tournament.

Oak Hills

With only three seniors on the roster, Highlanders coach Joe Campolongo will rely on a large group of freshmen and sophomores to guide his squad this season. Two of those sophomores are Dylan Roth and Dylan Buis, who were both district qualifiers last season – Roth at 113 pounds and Buis at 120. “They were the most active in terms of getting out to camps (in the offseason),” Campolongo said of the two Dylan’s. “… They kind of grasped on last year as freshmen (to the leadership role) and it just comes natural to them. … They saw that we were young, they had young guys around them and it started off where they were leading the freshmen and it just spilling

Oak Hills sophomore Dylan Roth, top, and Dylan Buis work through a practice drill Nov. 26 at Oak Hills High School. Both were district qualifiers last season.TOM SKEEN/COMMUNITY PRESS

over. They are so into wrestling and this program here, they just want to do so much for it.” According to the coach, there are 31 freshmen and sophomores on the roster this season, which comes with both advantages and disadvantages. “It’s a disadvantage because they go through some growing pains in terms of leadership, because we are going to rely heavily on them,” Campolongo said. “The advantage is we get them for three years, so by the time they are juniors and seniors they’re well versed in that regard.” Another sophomore – Brendan Marchetti – is one to watch, while senior Marcus Baines is expected to make an impact in his final year at Oak Hills. The Highlanders begin their

season Dec. 4 at the Harrison Duals Tournament.

St. Xavier

Thomas Wynn takes over the Bombers wrestling squad for the 2013-14 season. Junior Ben Heyob - who is coming off back-to-back state tournament appearances – and senior Joe Heyob lead the Bombers. St. X begins the season Dec. 7 at the Olentangy Invite. No other information was available before press deadline.

Western Hills

The Mustangs are coached by Ryan Williams. No other information was available before press deadline.



» Mercy got its first win of the season 60-35 over Hughes Nov. 26. Senior guard Emily Budde led all scorers with 18 points. » Seton improved to 2-0 with a 47-41win over Milford Nov. 26. Senior forward Tori Scholl led the Saints with nine points. » Western Hills girls picked up its first win of the season after a 45-25 win over Shroder Nov. 26. Kamya Thomas led the Lady Mustangs with 18 points.

» Oaks Hills boys and girls will play in the Bluegrass-Buckey Charity Classic Dec. 7 to benefit the Ruth Lyons Children’s Fund and Neediest Kids of All. Girls play Ryle 3 p.m. at Holmes and the boys play Cooper at 4:45 p.m. at Scott. Tickets: $7 adults, $4 students.

Girls bowling

» Seton improved to 2-0 following a 2,214-2,195 victory over Harrison Nov. 26. Senior Jessica Gilmore rolled a highseries of 397. » Mercy won its fourthstraight match to open the season 2,354-2,176 over Fairfield

Nov. 26. Senior Sarah Corso rolled a 410 series to lead all bowlers.

Grade School Night

» The Elder basketball program will hold its annual Grade School Night at the Pit on Friday, Dec. 6, as the Panthers take on Purcell Marian High School. All students in grades K-8 wearing their team uniform or other school spirit wear will be admitted free of charge to the game. There will be give-aways, contests, student participation and other fun activities throughout the night. After the game the players from the Elder varsity

basketball team will be available for autographs. Game times are: freshmen at 4:30 p.m.; junior varsity at 6 p.m. and varsity at 7:30 p.m.

Catching up with College Athletes

» The Community Press & Recorder, along with, would like to give readers over the holidays the ability to catch up with local high school stars doing well in college athletics. In what has become an annual readership project, parents/ friends of college athletes are

welcome to send a photo and brief description of their college athletes’ accomplishments over the last calendar year to clude the names of the people in the photo as they are shown, the college name and sport, parents’ names, where the athlete lives, what weekly newspaper they get at home and their accomplishments by Friday, Dec. 13. Photos will run in print Jan. 1 and be used in a photo gallery. Questions can be directed to mlaughman@



Elder, western football teams reflect on 2013 season By Tom Skeen

As the Ohio High School football state championship grow nearer, the teams of the Delhi Press/Price Hill Press coverage area reflect on their 2013 seasons:


Seniors grooming underclassmen was exactly what led to success this season for the Panthers. The group of 41 seniors helped lead Elder back to the promised land and a 17-7 record the last two seasons with back-toback playoff appearances after the Panthers missed out on the postseason in both 2010 and ’11. “They are a group of competitive winners; they are great leaders and they believed in the idea that playing football at Elder is special,” coach Doug Ramsey said. “This was a group of kids that I really enjoyed coaching.” The near future of the Panther program likely lies in the hands of sophomore quarterback, and Doug’s son, Peyton Ramsey. He showed flashes of brilliance this season, throwing for more than 1,600 yards and rushing for nearly 500 yards during the regular season, but the sophomore in him came out in the postseason where he threw for 316 yards, two touchdowns and eight interceptions in two games. Ramsey isn’t the only sophomore who saw significant playing time this season. Fellow sophomore Tommy Kraemer,

Joe Schroer, Ryn Furniss and Ja’Vahri Portis all made an impact at various positions this season. “To have five sophomores play an entire season against the competition we played against can only be a positive,” coach Ramsey said. “… Hopefully all those guys took in what the senior class was about and become great leaders like them.”


The Gators finished the season 3-7 showing a dominant offense at times, scoring 46, 50 and 72 points in their three victories. It was the young defense that struggled most of the season allowing 31.4 points per game. According to the team roster, the Gators had just two seniors on either the offensive or defensive lines. The good news heading in to next season is the return of quarterback Tim Andrews. The junior completed 56 percent of his passes while throwing for 1,936 yards and 23 touchdowns. The bad news is the loss of one of the most dynamic football players on any level around the Cincinnati area, Javontae Lipscomb. The senior rushed for 2,368 yards the past three seasons to go with his 783 receiving yards and 32 total touchdowns. Look for his younger brother Anfernee – who carried the ball just six times this season – to fill the void at running back next season.

Elder quarterback Peyton Ramsey looks to pass against Moeller in the second half of Elder’s playoff loss Nov. 16 at Nippert Stadium.JOSEPH FUQUA II/COMMUNITY PRESS

La Salle Nate Moore’s first season as coach of the Lancers didn’t go quite as he had hoped. It started off with a bang as his team won their first three games of the season, but the dream came to a crashing halt as the Lancers went on a seven-game losing streak to end the season at 3-7. “I will not make excuses for our record,” Moore said. “The last seven games were difficult for all of us. But I am proud of our seniors and our football team. They fought hard and played their best in our biggest games. There is a lot to build upon.” While the Lancers

La Salle sophomore quarterback Nick Watson runs the ball in the first quarter against Moeller in the Lancers’ loss Oct. 5 at Lockland Stadium.JOSEPH FUQUA II/COMMUNITY PRESS

graduate 29 seniors, they return a quarterback in Nick Watson who threw for nearly 1,900 yards with 22 touchdowns this

past season, and leading rusher Jeremy Larkin. On defense, linemen Jordan Thompson will return after leading the team with 4.5 sacks and finishing the season with 62 tackles and a forced fumble. “The returning of guys that have seen the field is important, but not as important as continuing to develop as a football program,” Moore said. “That takes all 125 young men. … La Salle has an incredibly supportive community that deserves the best and we are striving to give it to them. The Lancers – who played their first season at Division II in 2013 – added Winton Woods, Northwest and Columbus St. Charles to their schedule in 2014.

Oak Hills

What a season it could have been for the Oak Hills Highlanders. Sitting at 5-3 and leading Greater Miami Conference rival Lakota West 7-3 late in the fourth quarter, the Firebirds blocked a Highlander punt and punched it in the end zone a couple plays later leaving coach Dan Scholz’s team at 5-4. A week later Oak Hills lost to Colerain 29-17 and Scholz found his team at 5-5; the same result as 2012 in Scholz’s first season at Oak Hills. Of the GMC games they lost, the Highlanders only lost by a combined 20 points. “We made mistakes in all three game that cost us points,” Scholz said. “Be it a blocked punt, fumbled

punt, a slip in the end zone or something else that is in our control. As the head coach it’s my job to make sure that our players not only understand the discipline needed to not make the mistakes that cost us points, but to make sure they have the discipline to make the plays that win game.” It’s the first back-toback non-losing seasons for the school in quite sometime and they won the most GMC games since 2006, but it’s not a winning season and Scholz won’t settle for mediocrity going into the future. “We will never accept losing here and we want to build on the good and (get) rid of the things that we identify as keeping us from taking the next step in our program. The 2014 season won’t get be any easier as the Highlanders renew their rivalry with Elder High School in week one. It will be the first time the two schools matchup since 2008.

Western Hills

The Mustangs finished at 6-4 earning the program its first winning season since 2010 when they were 7-3 in coach Paul Jenne’s first season. It will be tough to replace quarterback Kimani Murray, who finished the season with 1,642 total yards. Murray was also the team’s punter where he averaged nearly 30 yards a punt, and he also saw time on defense at the safety position.

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Bringing 51M children out of shadows Fifty-one million children are born around the world each year, who on paper don’t exist. These children – almost all of whom are girls – are not registered at birth, a critical first step in ensuring their rights. Being recognized by their governSteve Chabot ments is necCOMMUNITY PRESS essary for GUEST COLUMNIST determining identity, citizenship, proof of parentage and age, as well as allowing access to services such as education and health care. Without this recognition, ob-

taining a passport, a driver’s license, or a national identification card is impossible. The lack of documentation is especially detrimental to women as it may keep them from fully participating in society, increasing the risk of early marriage, slave labor, recruitment into militant groups, or sex trafficking. As chairman of the House Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to some of the most remote and impoverished countries around the world. My visits to these countries have revealed a stark difference in the treatment of girls and boys. In some countries, there is a fundamental lack of

respect for the lives of young girls. While we can’t necessarily repair a cultural mindset through legislation or aid, we can help to find a solution to this troubling problem and begin to bring these undocumented children out of the shadows. I recently introduced bipartisan legislation called the Girls Count Act, which would authorize the U.S. State Department to work with other countries, international groups, and faith-based organizations to support efforts to issue more birth certificates and implement national registries for children in developing countries. In many areas of the world,

the absence of formal identification systems has led to the creation of sophisticated child trafficking networks. For example, in Togo, West Africa, 55 percent of children born annually are not registered at birth. As a result, according to a study by the World Association for Orphans-Africa, more than 300,000 Togolese children between the ages of five and 15 have been taken from their homes and sent to work in foreign countries or distant cities as unpaid—or, at best, extremely low-paid – domestic or agricultural laborers. Legally recognized forms of identification can strengthen the capability of the police to monitor and control national borders

and help prevent this type of trafficking. Our government certainly has challenges, both internationally and domestically, but the American flag is still viewed as a symbol of hope, freedom, and opportunity by billions of people globally. Our single greatest export isn’t the billions in aid we send around the world, it is the idea that everyone is born free and equal. This bipartisan legislation represents a step towards ensuring that every young girl everywhere in the world is afforded those same basic human rights. Steve Chabot represent Ohio’s First District in Congress.

CH@TROOM Nov. 27 question The Ohio House has passed a bill which would redefine self-defense and circumstances where the use of force trumps the duty to retreat to public settings, such as stores and streets. Under current law, residents need not retreat before using force if they are lawfully in their homes, vehicles or the vehicle of an immediate family member. Is this good legislation? Why or why not?

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

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

“Oh boy...this is a good topic. The duty to retreat in public areas when imminent threats are posed is by nature is to ‘duck and retreat’ of a human being. “But some circumstances, standing the ground no matter where you are as a concealed carrying citizen is not going to be an option to retreat. You have to act quickly as any trained police officer will have to act. “Yes, Ohio legislation to change this is right on. Criminals won’t think twice about taking deadly actions to anyone, and every citizen has the right to defend.” O.H.R.

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



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


Nov. 20 question Do you think President Obama will be able to keep his promise that Americans will be able to keep canceled health insurance policies for a year as companies and consumers adjust to the new demands of the health care law. Why or why not?

“Absolutely not. First and foremost he does not have the authority to dictate to insurance companies licensed in various states. That authority is reserved for each state insurance department. Amazing that the mainstream media allows him to pretend to fix a lie of his without doing their due diligence. Obama, like most politicians, make promises all the time that they are well aware can’t be fulfilled. In this case the insurance companies that don’t go along with his game of smoke and mirrors will be singled out by him as the ‘bad guy.’ “Some states will more than likely work out some kind of reinstatement of those terminated policies, but others will find the problem becoming a bigger issue for their particular state and not wish to get involved. After one year those who were reinstated will still face the inevitable, that which most of us hard working citizens will face starting January – much higher premiums (double and triple in many cases), higher deductibles than ever imagined and less access to your preferred doctor and hospital. “Obama has made a number of promises in steamrolling this train wreck to our front door and unfortunately he hasn’t kept very many. Remember when this Obamacare was being rolled out and we were promised that most of us would see a reduction in our health insurance costs in the range of $2,500 per year per family? The truth is that’s not gonna happen. One lie after another.” Jim Duffy

“Based on his presidency I am not encouraged that Obama will keep any promises except to provide citizenship and entitlements to illegal aliens thus increasing the number of voters for his party. However in this case thanks to former President Bill Clinton (and many others) I see Obama fixing the aptly named Obama “Care” to allow folks to keep their current insurance and or cancelled insurance. I hope it is fixed soon and for more than just one year assuming Obamacare lasts that long. Go figure!’ T.D.T.

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Who is really holding you back? Who is your worst enemy? Be prepared for a surprise. If you have read any of my previous writings you know that I believe that politics is destroying our traditional way of life along with our rights. I normally blame the Dumbocrats, but the Repugnicants are a close second. Both are more interested in their own tenure in control. Their latest bad idea is raising the minimum wage. When I was in busiEdward Levy COMMUNITY PRESS ness I saw the damage it did to working GUEST COLUMNIST folks. In order to compensate for rising costs and taxes on the wages it was necessary to automate where possible and to import if not. Either way jobs were lost and many people found that the new higher wages bought less in the stores. If you are one of those unfortunates who are stuck in a low wage job, do you think a raise in the minimum wage will help you? If so, why not set the raise to $50 or even $200 per hour? Even if you have not studied economics, you know that prices would skyrocket and many people would lose any hope of earning a living through work. You would be at the mercy of greedy politicians and their donors of both parties who would imprison you in poverty so that they could enjoy the printed wealth of inflated dollars. Who is your worst enemy? You face him every day. Just look in the mirror. You make decisions, both good and bad. You are faced with competition and have to decide if

you will compete. Too many people avoid the competition and set a lower path in life for themselves. To some extent, the minimum wage is a determinant. It is easy to fall for the publicity about how unfair it is. In reality, it is a trial. Those who take a starter job and stay with the job until they acquire skills and responsibility have a much easier time finding the path up to more gainful employment and leadership positions. Once you have chosen this path, you find that some parents, teachers, coaches and bosses will both encourage you and also to find ways to make you struggle with problems. You may dislike them for the aggravating problems at first. When you have the spirit to overcome the problems you will understand that they really have your best interests at heart. Be reassured that it is not an easy lesson. But, it is one of the most valuable ones you will master. It is that you must accept all challenges and prove to those who are evaluating you that you are willing to work hard to get ahead. In my business, the people who started at the bottom and proved their worth ended up in higher positions. Some made it to management levels. What ties working at minimum wage and your worst enemy is simply that many successful people start at the very bottom. Once they prove their worth, they gain both self respect but more importantly, that of their employers. This could be you. Edward Levy is a resident of Montgomery and a former college instructor.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR New restaurant welcome addition to township

Hola to Delhi. Delhi has a new business open on Delhi Pike. Have you noticed the colorful bule and white restaurant on Delhi Pike called El Tucan? Instead of vacant store fronts and closed buildings in Delhi, we have a beautiful restaurant where the former Mexican Plaza was. The new owners, Cathy and Jacqueline Aguilera, have resurrected a formerly run down property, turning it

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

into a lovely casual dining place for Delhi residents to frequent. They have a new liquor license and will be serving muy bueno refreshments from their bar. The food is delicious and the service is great. They are planning an outdoor dinning space with more exciting renovation to come. My friend and I had a very enjoyable and delicious dinner there on recently. Welcome to Delhi El Tucan. Carol Drescher Delhi Township

Price Hill Press Editor Dick Maloney, 248-7134 Office hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday See page A2 for additional contact information.





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

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


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

John Goins BLUE ASH

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

Gayl Rotsching ELMWOOD PLACE

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

Robert Perrin CHEVIOT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Clem Scovanner MONTGOMERY

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

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

Jack Thompson COVINGTON

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


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

Dick Cline

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

$10-$15. 225-8441; Westwood.

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

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

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

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

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Crafts for the Family, 6:30-8:30 p.m., LaBoiteaux Woods, 5400 Lanius Lane, Choose from more than 15 nature themed crafts to make and take, many using natural or recycled materials. $5. Reservations required. 542-2909. College Hill. Holiday on the Hill, 6-9:30 p.m., Price Hill, Lighting of the tree, cocoa and cookies, MYCincinnati concert at Seton; gallery walk with music and refreshments at Lish and Flats, Price Hill authors at Coffee Bloc Company, caroling throughout neighborhood. Price varies per event. Presented by Price Hill Will. 251-3800, ext. 105; Price Hill.

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

On Stage - Children’s Theater The Sleeping Beauty, 7 p.m., Arts Center at Dunham, 1945 Dunham Way, Classic tale revolves around princess who becomes sleeping beauty on her 16th birthday after an evil witch’s curse. The princess is destined to an enchanted sleep unless true love can save the day. $5. 588-4988; West Price Hill.

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

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

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

SATURDAY, DEC. 7 Art & Craft Classes Beginning Knitting, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Broadhope Art Collective, 3022 Harrison Ave., Learn basics of knitting and more. $10. 225-8441; Westwood. Sewing 101 Class, 9-11 a.m., Broadhope Art Collective, 3022 Harrison Ave., Learn to sew in

one-on-one class setting making pillow and getting acquainted with sewing machine. All materials provided. $50. Registration required. 225-8441. Westwood. Stained Glass Make It Take It, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m., Broadhope Art Collective, 3022 Harrison Ave., Learn basic skills of glass cutting, foil wrap and soldering while creating either a dragonfly, sun catcher or butterfly. $20-$30. Registration required. 512-225-8441. Westwood.

Civic Santa’s Workshop: Toys for Tots Drive, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Home Depot Forest Park, 1266 Omniplex Drive, Special guests Santa and his elves, children’s workshop, cookies/juice/milk, crafts and more. Bring new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. U.S. Marines in attendance to collect toys. Ages -1-5. Free. 671-6012. Forest Park.

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

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

Holiday - Christmas Cheviot Christmas Celebration, 4-8 p.m., Cheviot United Methodist Church, 3820 Westwood Northern Blvd., Live nativity, hayride and Christmas caroling through community, music, storytelling, Christmas trains, crafts, holiday sweets and photos with Santa. Free. 6622048; Cheviot. Lights for Life, 6-9 p.m., St. James the Greater, 3565 Hubble Road, Blessing of the candles follows 4:30 p.m. Mass. Luminary display with 1,500 lights as a pro-life witness to the community. 741-5300. White Oak. Holiday Crafts for the Family, 2:30-4:30 p.m., LaBoiteaux Woods, $5. Reservations required. 542-2909. College Hill. A Vintage Park Christmas, Noon-4 p.m., Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road, Ellenwood Nature Barn. Take a trip back to the 1950s and ‘60s. This exhibit of people and parks includes photos, a re-created historic journal and live music. Vintage kids’ holiday crafts and light refreshments available for a small fee. Vehicle permit required. 521-7275; Colerain Township. Holiday on the Hill, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Price Hill, Concerts and art fair at Elder, breakfast with Santa at CRC and Santa Maria, music and theatrical performances, children’s activities at many area organizations, libraries and agencies. Price varies per event. 251-3800, ext. 105; Price Hill.

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

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

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

Nature Wilderness Skills, 4 p.m.,

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

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

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

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

On Stage - Theater Christmas on Campus: Christmas Grace, 7-9:30 p.m., Cincinnati Christian University, $10. 244-8165; East Price Hill. A Christmas Carol, 8 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, $24; $21 seniors, students and groups. 241-6550; West Price Hill. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., North College Hill City Center, $10 adults, $5 children under 12. 588-4910; North College Hill.

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Holiday - Christmas Brunch with Santa, 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Mill Race Banquet Center, 1515 W. Sharon Road, Buffet with more than 25 items, carving station and omelet bar. Santa gives children the opportunity to tell him their wish list and take a free picture with Santa. $15.95, $7.95 ages 2-12, free under 2; vehicle permit required. Reservations required. 825-6467; Springfield Township. A Vintage Park Christmas, Noon-4 p.m., Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, Vehicle permit required. 521-7275; Colerain Township. Holiday on the Hill, 2-5 p.m., Price Hill, Performances at local theaters. Price varies per event. 251-3800, ext. 105; Price Hill.

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

Cincinnati Civic Orchestra Holiday Concert, 3-5 p.m., Springfield Township Senior and Community Center, 9158 Winton Road, Traditional holiday music. Free. 861-9978; Springfield Township. An Advent Evening With Della Enns, 6:30-9:30 p.m., College Hill Presbyterian Church, 5742 Hamilton Ave., Sanctuary. Three-course dinner followed by intimate piano concert by award-winning pianist-composer Della Enns. Ages 18 and up. Benefits Three C’s Nursery School. $35 dinner and concert; $15 concert only. Reservations required for dinner. 853-8489; College Hill.

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

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

SUNDAY, DEC. 8 Art & Craft Classes

On Stage - Children’s Theater The Sleeping Beauty, 2 p.m., Arts Center at Dunham, $5.

588-4988; West Price Hill.

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

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

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

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

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

Community Dance Royal Rounds, 7:30 p.m., Greenhills Community Church Presbyterian, 21 Cromwell Road, Phase III-V round dance club for experienced dancers. Ballroom figures: waltz, two-step, cha cha, rumba, tango and bolero. $6. 929-2427. Greenhills.



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

Chardonnay-soaked golden raisins

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

Combine water, wine and sugar. Bring to simmer and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat, add vanilla bean and raisins. Let steep 12 hours or so. Drain raisins, reserve liquid. Discard bean. Return liquid to pan and bring to boil. You’ll have about 11⁄4 cups. Reduce to 1⁄3 cup. The sauce will be deep amber. Cool a bit and stir in raisins. Store in refrigerator up to a month, and bring to room temperature before using.

Gin-soaked golden raisins for arthritis

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

Barbie Hahn’s chili lime peanuts

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Rita’s golden raisins soak in chardonnay makes a great gift from the kitchen. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD

Barbie makes lots of homemade edibles, including this savory one. Barbie told me: “I make these for those who don’t have a sweet tooth. They make a nice addition to a gift basket.” 6 cups cocktail peanuts, unsalted 6 tablespoons lime juice 6 tablespoons chili powder 1 ⁄2 to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 4 teaspoons Kosher or sea salt

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Preheat oven to 400. Cream butter. Add sugar, then everything else. Pinch off in generous teaspoonful measurements and roll into balls. Flatten with thumb. Bake on sprayed pan. Bake 9-12 minutes – be careful, cookies should be very light in color. If necessary, “rethumb” when they come out. That indentation is where you dollop on the frosting. Bert’s frosting: To make colored icing, leave out cocoa. Blend together: 1 cup confectioners sugar 1 tablespoon cocoa 2 tablespoons hot water or more, if needed 1 ⁄2 teaspoon vanilla

Can you help? Pia’s chicken salad for Mindy Seibert, who said: “My husband and I were recently in Mount Adams and would love to find the recipe for Pia’s wonderful chicken salad. We really like the old food places up on ‘the hill’.”

Coming soon Chewy brownies from St. Xavier’s Mothers Club cookbook Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Find her blog online at Cincinnati.Com/blogs. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

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Buying from Craigslist? Beware of scams

The website Craigslist is a great place for finding lots of things from jobs to cars. It is also a place where, if you’re not careful, you can very easily get scammed. That’s what a local woman says almost happened Howard to her. Ain KathHEY HOWARD! ryne Oakes, of St. Bernard, advertised a hat for sale on Craigslist and says she received several

e-mails requesting more information. But one e-mail was from a person who said she lived in Texas and wanted to buy the hat. Oakes says she emailed her name and address so she could receive payment for the hat. She then received a FedEx package with a check for $2,150 even though she was only asking $400 for the hat. A letter with the check advised Oakes to send the rest of the money to a “shipper” who would then deliver the hat. Oakes attempted to follow the directions but, because she doesn’t have

a bank account to deposit the check as instructed, she took the check to a check cashing store. Oakes says the check cashing store noted the check did not come from the woman allegedly buying the hat, but from someone else entirely and so would not cash the check. In fact, she says the store wouldn’t give back the check so she could take it to the police department. Now Oakes says she’s embarrassed and angry believing she may be associated with trying to pass a bad check. The check cashing store advised Oakes the

only form of payment she should accept for her hat is from Western Union. Of course, that’s the same method of payment that so-called Texas woman wanted Oakes to use to send the remainder of the check. Oakes says she wants to get the word out about this scam so others don’t go through what she did and, she says, “worse yet they may get taken for the money.” Oakes says she “researched the bank and the company the check was issued from and both seemed legit to me.” But, while the company is legitimate, the check wasn’t sent by that firm it was sent by a thief who stole that checking account information.

This is a scam that been going on for quite a while and it takes various forms. Sometimes, a thief will claim to have hired you to be a Mystery Shopper and send you a check to shop at various stores. One of those places will be Western Union when you’re to wire money to them. Of course, if you follow the thief’s instructions you will have deposited his bogus check into your bank account. You won’t know his check is bad until after you’ve wired him your good money. Other scams involve sending you a bogus check for several thousand dollars allegedly so you can pay for the taxes on the sweepstakes prize you just won. You’re told

to deposit the check and then wire the money to the sweepstakes office. Again, you don’t learn until it’s too late that the check sent you is bogus and you’re now liable to repay the bank. Bottom line, beware of checks and money orders sent from strangers, often sent by FedEx and UPS to avoid the post office and its postal inspectors. And never wire money to someone you don’t know. Howard Ain’s column appears bi-weekly in the Community Press newspapers. He appears regularly as the Troubleshooter on WKRC-TV Local 12 News. Email him at

Sunset Players’ ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ debuts Sunset Players presents “The Sleeping Beaut”y by Margaret Ellen Clifford for its annual children’s holiday show. Directed by Dave Myers, the classic tale revolves around a princess who becomes a sleeping beauty on her 16th birth-

day after an evil witch’s curse. The princess is destined to an enchanted sleep unless true love can save the day. Shows dates are: Dec. 6, 7, 8 ,13, 14 and 15 at The Arts Center at Dunham. Friday shows begin at 7 p.m. and Saturday and

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Local program brightens holidays for seniors This season, holiday shoppers in Warren, Butler and Northwest Hamilton counties can give cheer to area seniors by participating in the Be a Santa to a Senior program. The program helps ensure isolated seniors receive gifts and companionship during the holidays. Be a Santa to a Senior trees will be at: Walgreens at Tylersville and Cox Road; Walgreens at Tylersville and Cin-Day Road; Walgreens at U.S. 48 and U.S. 22/Ohio 3 in Maineville; Walgreens at Mason Montgomery Road /Socialville Foster; YMCA Butler County (near Bridgewater Falls); Yost Pharmacy in Mason; Jazzercise in Landen;Home Instead Senior Care/Live Well Chiropractic. For more information about the program, visit or call 513-701-3141.



Santa Maria to honor Sister Connelly, Hart Pharmacy Sister Kathryn Ann Connelly and Hart Pharmacy will be honored for their dedicated service to the Price Hill community at Santa Maria Community Services’ annual Birthday Brunch Dec. 8 at the Verdin Bell Centre on Reading Road. Connelly, who will receive the Sister Blandina Award, is a graduate of Seton High School and the College Connelly of Mount St. Joseph and has been a Sister of Charity for more than 60 years. The award honors a creative thinker and doer who is persistent in overcoming obstacles, a champion of minorities, fearless against injustice, unbowed by failure and able to involve the community. Connelly began her career as a teacher before becoming the first female superintendent of Catholic schools in Ohio, leading the schools of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati for 18 years. Since retiring, Connelly has focused her attention on commu-

nity involvement, serving on the boards of Price Hill Will, Santa Maria Community Services, Lower Price Hill Community School and the Legal Aid Society. Sitting on the boards at Seton, Purcell Marian and Lehman high schools has kept Connelly close to education. “Sister Kathryn Ann has spent her life helping others, both through education and community work,” said H.A. Musser, president and CEO of Santa Maria Community Services. “It’s our honor to have counted her among our board members, and it’s our pleasure to recognize her gifts with the Sister Blandina Award. Sister Kathryn Ann embodies our vision and mission: to promote a healthy, vibrant community and help our neighbors help themselves.” Santa Maria also will recognize Hart Pharmacy for its commitment to helping the community. Located on Glenway Avenue, the family-owned pharmacy has partnered with Santa Maria’s Wellness Program to help supply counseling and necessary medications to uninsured individuals. Mem-

Santa Maria also will recognize Hart Pharmacy for its commitment to helping the community. The Santa Maria team, from left: Becky Boeing Turner, Tom Hart, Mimi Hart, Aimee Hart and Eric Gillespie THANKS TO JENNIFER SCROGGINS

bers of the Hart family have served on Santa Maria’s board and even worked for Santa Maria, in addition to other volunteer efforts in the neighborhood.

“Hart Pharmacy truly goes out of its way to help clients,” Musser says. “They’ve even delivered medications to those who have no way to get to the pharmacy. Hart is devot-

ed to the neighborhood it has served since 1960.” Connelly and Hart Pharmacy will be honored at Santa Maria’s Birthday Brunch, from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 8.

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BUSINESS BRIEFS Becker promoted at Fifth Third

The Fifth Third Bancorp Board of Directors has promoted Delhi Township resident Josh Becker to assistant vice president. Becker joined the bank in 2011. He is a volunteer instructor with the Junior Achievement of St. Dominic as well as a youth softball and soccer coach.

Esther Price Candies voted ‘Ohio’s Best Chocolate’

The readers of Ohio Magazine voted Esther Price Candies as Ohio’s Best Chocolates. This is the second time consumers have bestowed the Dayton-based chocolate company with the “Ohio’s Best Choco-

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Joseph Wimmer, born 1990, disorderly conduct, possession of an open flask, Nov. 22. Justin Freudiger, born 1987, theft, Nov. 22. Kenneth D. Jefferson, born 1981, assault, criminal damaging or endangering, Nov. 22. Michael Glenn Marlowe, born 1959, disorderly conduct, Nov. 22. Simone Hicks, born 1979, theft $300 to $5000, Nov. 22. Alphonso A. Daniels, born 1970, aggravated menacing, Nov. 23. Jennifer R. Franklin, born 1981, theft under $300, Nov. 23. Kendall Blake Davis, born 1994, grand theft auto, obstructing official business, Nov. 23. Mark A. McGee, born 1988, murder, Nov. 23. Yoseph Dale, born 1995, misdemeanor drug possession, obstructing official business, possession of drug paraphernalia, Nov. 23. Anthony Dwayne Shouse, born 1964, theft under $300, Nov. 24. Derrick Graham, born 1986, child endangering or neglect, Nov. 24. Eric M. Tolley, born 1960, assault, Nov. 24. Evelyn M. Volmer, born 1972, domestic violence, Nov. 24. Kimberly S. Hamer, born 1967, theft under $300, Nov. 24. Ronnie Bass, born 1957, complicity to commit theft under $300, Nov. 24. Steven T. West, born 1963, menacing, obstructing justice, Nov. 24. Traci Griffin, born 1971, theft under $300, Nov. 24.


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Incidents/reports Burglary TV valued at $1,500 removed at 4660 Fehr Road, Nov. 11. Criminal damaging Reported at 467 Pedretti Ave., Nov. 11. Tail light damaged at 5316 Panther Court, Nov. 12. Vehicle damaged at 5312 Panther, Nov. 12.



BRIEFLY Bayley Place hosts open house

After the Delhi Christmas Parade, visit Bayley Place’s open house, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. » Kids can get their picture taken with Santa. » Take a tour of campus. » Listen and sing along with the Bayley Chorus, noon to 1 p.m. » Make crafts with your little ones. » Refreshments. » Enter to win a threemonth membership to the Bayley Fitness Club or a Pool Party at the Bayley Fitness Club. Party includes one hour of swimming and one hour for celebrating in one of the party rooms. For more information contact Donna Wiechert at 347-5510.

Seton wins grant from State Farm to support safe driving efforts

Seton High School won a $25,000 grant from State Farm Insurance. The grant was awarded throughout the insurance company’s Celebrate My Drive initiative, which engages teens while they learn to drive in a supportive and positive way. Seton students collected commitments from fellow students, staff and area residents to be safe drivers. One hundred schools were eligible to receive a grant ranging from $25,000 to $100,000, and Seton finished in the top 100 to win a $25,000 grant.

Grade school students invited to Elder basketball game

The Elder High School basketball program will host its annual Grade School Night at the Pit on Friday, Dec. 6, as the Panthers take on Purcell Marian High School. All students in grades kindergarten through eighth-grade who wear their team uniform or other school spirit wear will be admitted free of charge to the game. There will be giveaways, contests, student participation and other fun activities throughout the night. After the game, the players from the Elder varsity basketball team will be available for autographs. The freshmen game begins at 4:30 p.m., the junior varsity game at 6 p.m. and the varsity game starts at 7:30 p.m. Visit for more information.

Mercy students performing annual Christmas show

Mother of Mercy High School’s music department will host its annual Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, and Saturday, Dec. 14, in the school’s theater. Guests are invited to enjoy performances by Mercy’s freshman/sophomore and junior/senior choirs, vocal ensemble and hand bell choir. This year’s theme is “Snow.” Tickets will be on sale in Mercy’s main office the week of Dec. 9 and sold prior to each performance for $7. Mercy alumnae who graduated between 1987 and 2013, and were a part of Mercy’s music department, are invited to come on stage for either performance and sing “Merry Christmas With Love.” Interested alumnae are asked to RSVP to Kim Zang, Mercy’s music director, at zang_k Mercy is 3036 Werk Road. Parking is available throughout the entire campus. Handicap parking is available in the front circle off Werk Road, the Tech Wing Parking Lot at the corner of Werk Road and Epworth Avenue and the Epworth lot between the school and gymnasium.

Mercy senior awarded prestigious math medal

Mother of Mercy High School senior Rachel Hautman has been selected to receive the HondaOSU Partnership Math Medal award for the class of 2014. Mercy math and science teacher Steve Baker nominated the Green Township teen due to her academic performance in mathematics through the end of her junior year. She is now part of a select group of high school seniors in Southwestern Ohio who will receive this award from the HondaOSU Partnership, located at the Ohio State University’s College of Engineering. Hautman will be awarded at a special ceremony for all winners in November at GE Aviation

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Parochial school parents and eighth-graders who live in the Oak Hills Local School District are welcome to visit Oak Hills High School to learn more about the school. Oak Hills is hosting three upcoming tours of the high school. The meetings and tours are 9-10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at the high school, 3200 Ebenezer Road, Green Township. Enter the school through the main entrance near the flag pole. Those interested are asked to RSVP to Dawn Stoll at at least three days prior to the tour.

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West Siders are invited to get into the holiday spirit during an event in Covedale. Christmas in Covedale will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. The celebration is at the Covedale Gardens, on the corner of Ralph and Covedale avenues. Santa Claus will be on hand, as well as carolers. Hot chocolate will be served.

Jenny’s Homemade Cookies in Bridgetown will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. The open house will feature cookie samples, coffee samples, cold milk and hot chocolate. Those who stop in can also take a tag from the shop’s giving tree. Customers who take a tag and return a wrapped gift will receive three free cookies. During the open house there will also be prize giveaways every hour beginning at 11 a.m. Prizes include mugs filled with cookies, cookie gift certificates and the grand prize is a $100 gift certificate for cookies at the shop. Jenny’s Homemade Cookies is at 6143 Bridgetown Road.

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DEATHS Blaine Chetwood Blaine M. Chetwood, 78, died Nov. 17. Survived by wife Linda Chetwood; sons Douglas, Gregory, Christian, Bradley Chetwood; brothers Robert, Gary Chetwood; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Services were Nov. 22 at Meyer Funeral Home. Memorials to: Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Cincinnati Chapter, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, OH 45203.

Elizabeth Clifton Elizabeth Martin Clifton, 87, Delhi Township, died Nov. 17. Survived by daughters Barbara (James) Houston, Bonnie (Michael) Van Horn, Brenda (Manjit) Sambi; grandchildren Michelle (Todd) Turner, Jay (Jennifer) Van Horn, Elizabeth, Megan (Dustin Edwards) Drew, Neesha, Jason Sambi; greatgrandchildren TJ, Kelsie, Peyton, Nathan, Kyle, Brandon; sister-inlaw Betty Jo Givan; the Carter and Vasko families; friend Liz Bell; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband James “J.W.” Clifton, siblings Beulah Lancaster, brother Cecil Martin. Services were Nov. 19 at the Price Hill Church of Chris. Arrangements by Vitt, Stermer & Anderson Funeral Home.

Pat Conradi Mary “Pat” Urbanski Conradi, 85, died Nov. 15. Survived by children Joanne (George Schoen), Bob Jr., Larry Conradi, Nancy (Mark) Conroy, Diane (Jerry) Singleton, Mary (Steve) Robbins; grandchildren Lisa (Jason) LaFare, Beverly (Edw) Carter, Allison (Jared) Tucker, Valerie, Matt Singleton, Kevin, Katie, Kyle, Karen Robbins; great-grandchildren Ava LaFare, Carson Singleton, Liam Gabbard; brothers Robert “Snooker,” Richard Urbanski. Preceded in death by husband Robert Conradi, sister Judith Jaehnen. Services were Nov. 21 at St.

Bernard Church. Arrangements by Neidhard-Minges Funeral Home. Memorials to the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association.

William. Arrangements by Meyer Funeral Home. Memorials to: American Stroke Association, 15120 Collections Center Drive, Chicago, IL 60693.

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Jeanne Sedler Cottingham, 95, died Nov. 17. Survived by children Michael (Helen), Shari Cottingham; grandchildren Christopher (Sarah), Nicholas; great-granddaughter Grace; siblings Tom (Jenny) Sedler, Anne Broderick; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband John Cottingham. Services were Nov. 22 at Bayley. Arrangements by Vitt, Stermer & Anderson Funeral Home.

Sister Helen Miriam Gunn, 89, born Rosemary Anastasia Gunn, died Nov. 15 at Mother Margaret Hall. She was a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati for 73 years. She ministered in education, including at Holy Cross in Mount Adams and the College of Mount St. Joseph. She served on the founding board of the Cincinnati Orton Dyslexia Society and as president of the Ohio College Council of International Reading Association. Survived by faithful brotherin-law Richard Parent; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by siblings Helen Allie, Blanche Humm, Kathryn Sullivan, Carolyn Parent, John, Edward, Donald, James Gunn. Services were Nov. 22 in the Motherhouse chapel. Memorials to: Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Retirement Fund, 5900 Delhi Road, Mount St. Joseph, OH 45051.

Rosella Freking Rosella Binder Freking, 75, died Nov. 18. She was a secretary for General Motors. Survived by husband Edmund Freking; children Theresa (Kirk) Haas, Susan Storie, Tim (Shelly) Freking; siblings Mary Ann Meister, Angela Rudolf, Kathy King, Toby, Si Binde; grandchildren Elizabeth, Kevin, Sara, Rachel, Justin, Nicholas, Daniel. Preceded in death by sister Dorothy Groeschen Services were Nov. 23 at Our Lady of Victory. Arrangements by Radel Funeral Home. Memorials to Right to Life or the Parkinson’s Foundation.

Dorothy Grundei Dorothy Paolello Grundei, 84, died Nov. 15. Survived by daughters Theresa (Balzer) Sandrock, Barbara (Steven) Bosse, Laura (Roger) Bookland.; grandchildren Joel Stockelman, Jeremy (Melinda) Wenstrup, Nicole (fiancé Jeremy Mount) Bosse, Lauren (Michael) Ross; great-grandchildren Jordan, Jalen Stockelman, Jacob, Katie, Jaxon Wenstrup; siblings Phil (Dolores), Jim (Joyce), Jack Paolello, Jean (Sheldon) Kroner; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband Harold Grundei. Services were Nov. 21 at St.

Mary Jo Hoffbauer Mary Jo Baugh Hoffbauer, 78, Green Township, died Nov. 15. She was a secretary for the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office. Survived by husband Ramon Hoffbauer; children Melissa (Homer) Ellis, Bruce (Patricia) Hoffbauer; grandchildren Macie, Amanda Ellis, Katelyn, Jacob Hoffbauer; siblings John (Connie), Kelly (Debbie), Rodney (Karen) Baugh, Barbara (Robert) Weber; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by siblings Betty Houp, Nan Allender, Nelli Nieberding, Eileen Stevens, Howard Baugh. Services were Nov. 19 at Meyer Funeral Home. Memorials to: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 8041 Hosbrook Road, Suite 422, Cincinnati, OH 45236 or Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263.

Dale Holt Dale E. Holt, 62, Price Hill, died Nov. 12. He worked for Sur-Seal in shipping and receiving. Survived by children Rose (Brian Mauntel) McKenzie, Edward Holt; mother Carol Holt; sisters Rhonda Smith, Michelle Helmig; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Preceded in death by father Edward Holt, sister Melody Holt. Services were Nov. 18 at Holy Family. Arrangements by Ralph Meyer & Deters Funeral Home. Memorial to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Cincinnati or to any animal rescue organization.

Verlie Meyers Verlie Mae Meyers, 83, died Nov. 19. She was a teacher at Western Hills High School. Survived by brother Ralph Meyers; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by brother Earl Meyers. Services were Nov. 22 at Dalbert, Woodruff & Isenogle Funeral Home.

Virginia Nare Virginia Light Nare, 92, died Nov. 10. She was a certified nurses aide. Survived by children Henry “Gus” (Deborah) Jr., Edward “Beeb” (Jan), Arthur (Evelyn), John Nare, Mary (the late Herbert) Elwell, Felicia (Arthur) Burke, Midge (Terry) Brewer; sister Phyllis Turner; 16 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Henry “Hank” Nare, daughter Rebecca Elwell, siblings Frederick, George, Arthur Light, Emma Cowing, Evelyn Allen, Beverly Cyr. Services were Nov. 16 at Ralph Meyer & Deters Funeral Home.

Michael Ramundo Michael John Ramundo, 91, died Nov. 15. Survived by wife Barbara Ramundo; daughter Maria (Joseph) Hanna; grandchildren

Isabelle, Nathaniel Hanna; brother Joseph “Peppe” Ramundo; nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by sister Contina Cirilo. Services were Nov. 20 at St. Jude Church. Arrangements by Dalbert, Woodruff & Isenogle Funeral Home. Memorialsto Matthew 25 Ministries, Vitas Hospice or I.D.E.S.

Patricia Rist Patricia Lindsay Rist, 83, died Nov. 19. She was an active member of Our Lady of Victory Parish. Survived by children Kimberly (Chris) Hogue, Kelly Rist, Amy (Brian) Colley; six grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Ralph “Pete” Rist, brother William Lindsay. Services were Nov. 25 at Our Lady of Victory. Arrangements by Meyer & Geiser Funeral Home. Memorials to: Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O.Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263-3597.

Angela Schoonover Angela Elkins Schoonover, 37, died Nov. 10. She was a homemaker. Survived by husband Scott Schoonover; children Kaitlyn, Maxwell Elkins, Owen, Aubrey Schoonover; parents Brian, Sharon Elkins; siblings Thomas, Christopher Elkins, Amy Hart; grandmothers Betty Jacobs, Ruth Albrecht. Services were Nov. 14 at Gump-Holt Funeral Home. Memorials to: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cardiology Department, P.O. Box 5202, Cincinnati, OH 45201-5202.

Timothy Schulten Timothy J. Schulten, 51, died Nov. 18. He was a computer network engineer with the Health Alliance. Survived by daughters Daniela, Gabriel Schulten; mother Grace Schulten; siblings Cynthia Jacobson, Cathy (Gary) Liggett, Theresa Seal. Preceded in death by father Donald Schulten, brother Donny Schulten. Services were Nov. 21 at St.

Martin of Tours. Arrangements by Rebold, Rosenacker & Sexton Funeral Home. Memorials to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Mary Schumacher Mary E. Schumacher, 94, Delhi Township, died Nov. 17. Survived by sister-in-law Jean Schumacher; 20 nieces and nephews; many great- and great-great-nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents Edward, Ethel Schumacher, siblings Edward “Bud,” Ruth, Robert, Lawrence Schumacher, Alberta Frede. Services were Nov. 21 at St. Teresa of Avila. Arrangements by Dalbert, Woodruff & Isenogle Funeral Home. Memorials to St. Margaret Hall or Vitas Hospice.

Betty Young Betty J. Young, 86, Delhi Township, died Nov. 15. Survived by children Dennis (Emily), Tim (Gail) Young, Sharon (Jim) Brown; grandchildren Kimm (Dac), Lisa (Danny), Jennifer (Gerry), Amanda (Bryan), Amy (Adam), Jesica (Andy), Sarah (Andrew), Becca (Spencer); great-grandchildren Erin, Bradley, Luke, Dylan, Anthony, Parker, Savannah; sister Leslie (Jerry) Eisenmann; “grandchildren” Missy (Doug), Jerry (Pam), Stephie (Pat); many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by siblings Eddie (Annie), Robert, Rose Mary (Bob). Services were Nov. 19 at Vitt, Stermer & Anderson Funeral Home. Memorials to the Hospice of Cincinnati.

Joe Ziccardi Joe R. Ziccardi, 87, died Nov. 14. Survived by siblings Virginia Louise, Dina Collins, Guido Ziccardi; many nephews and nieces. Preceded in death by wife Betty Ziccardi, siblings Anna Marie Dolan, Connie Cravaack, Dominic Ziccardi. Arrangements by Dalbert, Woodruff & Isenogle Funeral Home.

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