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Trains roared through the children’s reading area while budding artists created works of art during the Delhi Township library branch holiday open house.

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Bargain hunting Targeting all income levels of bargain hunters looking for a deal, the Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity ReStore had the grand opening recently for its new store at 3970 North Bend Road. The 17,000-square-foot store carries more than 2,000 items, including nuts and bolts, furniture, appliances, lighting, lumber, ceiling fans, restaurant booths, hardware and other items. See story, A2

Cool tunes Elizabeth Milano enjoys spending her evenings at Western Hills Music, hanging out in the studio in the back of the shop listening to all the music students bring their instruments to life. “It’s cool to sit here and listen to all the music,” she said. “This place is hopping at night.” Milano is the lessons director at the Green Township music store, 4310 Harrison Ave. She’s been there for about a year and she’s now working to promote the shop’s music school and encourage more people to take up an instrument. See story, A2

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Elder continues tradition of giving project more than 20 years ago. He said she initially organized a collection of gently used toys to add to the food packages, but as the drive grew she collected money and put together fundraisers so she could go out and buy toys. Today all the children receive brand new toys. “It’s come a long way,” Witte said. “And a lot of care is taken to wrap every toy. It’s that little added touch that makes this such a great drive.”

By Kurt Backscheider

Pete Witte loves taking in the scene inside Elder High School’s wrestling gym a few days before Christmas each year. Members of the Elder Mom’s Club are busy wrapping toys while Elder students are running up and down the bleachers filling boxes with frozen turkeys and food. It’s a well-organized system in which people are hard at work getting packages together for the hundreds of families who will benefit from the school’s annual Christmas Food & Toy Drive. “This is such a demonstration of how the Elder community gives back,” said Witte, a Price Hill resident who’s been helping organize the drive for the past six years. “It’s amazing.” Roger Auer, Elder’s campus minister and main supervisor of the drive, said the school has been conducting a drive since the 1970s. It started out as a food drive to help those in need in Over-theRhine at Christmas. While some packages still go to people downtown, he said now the ma-

Miami Heights resident Lynn Sadowski, who has a junior at Elder and one son who already graduated from the high school, was among the dozens of Mom’s Club members who volunteered to wrap toys. “It’s nice to know you can do something to make Christmas better for someone, even if it’s something simple like wrapping gifts,” she said. “It feels good to help and give back.”

Elder High School junior Jacob Lindle, left, a Cleves resident, and senior Anthony Asalon, of Delhi Township, pack boxes of food in the wrestling gym while helping with the school's annual Christmas Food & Toy Drive. Elder has been conducting the drive since the early 1970s. KURT BACKSCHEIDER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS jority of the boxes of food and toys go to families in the Price Hill area. Nonprofit agencies like Santa Maria Community Services and Holy Family Food Pantry provide the school with referrals, Auer said. This year 260 families will receive packages from the drive, and he

said he’s thankful for the way Elder parents and students step up to support the project. “There are so many generous folks who are willing to respond to the call,” he said. “It’s really impressive.” Witte said his late mother, Liz Witte, started the toy drive aspect of the

Bridgetown resident Julie Balzano and her son, Adam, help wrap gifts for Elder High School's annual Christmas Food & Toy Drive. This year the school delivered food and toys to 260 families in need. KURT BACKSCHEIDER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

St. William students learn through Legos By Kurt Backscheider

When the members of the St. William School Lego team get together, playing and games are the last things on their minds. The seventh- and eighth-graders who have been meeting after school and on Saturday mornings for more than five months to prepare for the First Lego League competition aren't there to play with the tiny plastic pieces – the students are there figuring out how to use the Legos to build a robot and combining science, technology, engineering and math skills to solve real world problems. “We're a confident team,” said seventh-grader Liam Conway. “We know what we're doing. We're a strong team and we're going to use all our skills and knowledge to be the best we can.” The team, dubbed the Silver Dragons, recently qualified for the district competition by finishing in the top four of a regional tournament at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. The district competition is set for Saturday, Jan. 21, at Scarlet Oaks in Sharonville. “I was immediately proud of the team and the hard work we've accomplished to get where we are,” said seventh-grader James Craycroft. Seventh-grader Brennan Hirth added, “I don't think any of us could stop smiling.” Ethan Winkler, also a seventhgrader, said the team drew upon its experience from last year's district competition. They finished fifth at the district tournament last year. It was the first year St. William ever fielded a Lego team and participated in the First Lego League.

St. William School students, from left, Alex Witte, Ethan Winkler, Jonathan Abe and Brennan Hirth inspect the Lego robot they helped build to make sure it's in working order. The students are members of the school's Lego team and they recently advanced to the district tournament in the First Lego League competition. KURT BACKSCHEIDER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

“It was definitely a lot easier this year,” he said. “We earned more points and we completed more tasks.” Coached by St. William science teacher Kelly Wenzel and her engineer husband, Rick, the students built a working robot out of Lego pieces and programmed it to perform a series of tasks related to food. Seventh-grader Alex Witte said the theme of the competition was “Food Factor,” and in addition to creating the a robot, the

rules also required the team to conduct research on a food problem, find a solution to the problem and make a presentation about it to a panel of judges. The Silver Dragons decided to focus on food safety, and seventhgrader Asha Truitt said they designed a smart refrigerator to help people determine when food is expired, how many calories it contains and whether the ingredients affect those with allergies. They installed a tablet computer in a refrigerator door and

programmed the tablet to scan Quick Response codes – those fancy new bar codes that can read by smartphones, iPads and other tablets. Craycroft said in the future food packages could contain Quick Response codes which, when scanned through the tablet in the fridge, provide all the necessary information people need about their food. “This will really improve food safety,” he said. Conway said the system isn't too far-fetched. “It's simple programming and installation,” he said. “We have the technology and tools to do this.” The team members said they plan to put their best effort forward at the next level of the competition, and while they hope to win it's not the end of the world if they fall short. “It would be great to win, but I feel like we've already won because we've learned so much,” Hirth said. Aside from all the technology and engineering skills they developed, they also learned a great deal about teamwork. “We came together and worked well as a team,” Craycroft said. “Everything we've done is because of teamwork.” Their collaborative spirit and graciousness at the competition impressed the judges, and the team was chosen to serve as First Lego League ambassadors for the next year. “We have the opportunity to go to other schools and science fairs to talk to other kids and promote the First Lego League,” said seventh-grader Jack Jett. Hirth said, “It's a great privilege.”



ReStore helps customers, Habitat for Humanity Targeting all income levels of bargain hunters looking for a deal, the Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity ReStore had the grand opening recently for its new store at 3970 North Bend Road. The 17,000-square-foot store carries more than 2,000 items, including nuts and bolts, furniture, appliances, lighting, lumber, ceiling fans, restaurant booths, hardware and other items. The store is Habitat's second ReStore, joining another location in Bond Hill. Ed Lee, executive director at Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity, estimates that 90 percent of the store's items are donated by individuals and businesses. He said that's why the store is able to offer goods at big discount

Ed Lee, the executive director of the Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity, at the grand opening of the new ReStore West in Cheviot. TONY JONES/THE COMMUNITY PRESS prices – typically at 50 percent to 60 percent off for new items and even larger discounts for used items. About 90 percent of the store's inventory is used goods. Lee said the store is also

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her pain and compromised her health. “They said I had rheumatoid arthritis, then fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue,” Woodburn said while watching her daughter, Reagan – a child doctors told her she could never have. “We finally found a doctor in Connecticut and now I go to a doctor in Indianapolis.” She said Lyme disease is called the great impersonator because its symptoms can be confused with so many other illnesses. A simple blood test is the only way to detect it, but getting it isn’t so simple, Woodburn said. There’s a lab in California that does the test, but it’s expensive and insurance doesn’t cover it. Neither Woodburn nor her parents, Dawn and George Johnston, have any idea when she became infected by a tick bite. “I started feeling bad when I was in the eighthgrade,” she said. “I had pain in my ribs and was exhausted all the time.” Thinking it was most likely growing pains, her mom, a secretary a Delhi

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Deemed a miracle baby, Reagan Woodburn is clearly the center of attention for her mom, Whitney, and grandma, Dawn Johnston. HEIDI FALLON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS Middle School, didn’t get too worried until Woodburn was getting worse, not better. Their family doctor scoffed at the idea of Lyme disease when Mrs. Johnston asked for her daughter to be tested. The family had done a lot of their own research and that seemed a plausible answer. Finally, after getting the diagnosis, Woodburn kept doing her homework and has become an advocate for others with the disease. Forget being angry, Woodburn said. That is both a waste of time and energy. The family said it’s their faith in God that’s kept them going. Woodburn and her husband, Paul, live that faith as youth ministers at their Vineyard Westside congregation in Cheviot. The church had a recent fundraiser for Woodburn to help with her staggering medical bills and the family has a fund set up to accept donations.

Her parents admit they have a hard time being as forgiving as their daughter, but agreed their faith has sustained them. Hoping to help his daughter, Mr. Johnston designed and has made lime green bracelets available via Woodburn’s Facebook page accessed by going to LEAP, which stands for Lyme Education Awareness Prevention. Proceeds will go to research and education programs. “We have a lot of good friends and family and that helps a lot,” she said. “Faith is a huge part of our lives.” So, the family says, does Reagan, the baby Woodburn said she’d been told she’d never be able to have. “There are days when I don’t think I can get out of bed, but there’s Reagan and she gives me a reason to get up and get going,” Woodburn said. “Parenting is the hardest job I think there is, but I thank God every day we have her. She’s a joy.”


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Music shop sharing the passion By Kurt Backscheider

Elizabeth Milano enjoys spending her evenings at Western Hills Music, hanging out in the studio in the back of the shop listening to all the music students bring their instruments to life. “It’s cool to sit here and listen to all the music,” she said. “This place is hopping at night.” Milano, a White Oak resident, is the lessons director at the Green Township music store, 4310 Harrison Ave. She’s been there for about a year and she’s now working to promote the shop’s music school and encourage more people to take up an instrument. “We really want to get

the word out about our program,” she said. “Several people have told us we’re the best kept secret on the West Side, and we don’t want to be a secret.” A graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Milano has taught private piano lessons for 30 years and she’s been a school music teacher for 15 years. She teaches music at St. Teresa School in Price Hill and has previously taught at St. Antoninus School and St. James School. “I enjoy teaching the love of music to children, opening their eyes to the joy music can bring,” she said. “Playing an instrument is also a great way to re-

lieve stress. “I taught my son’s doctor to play the piano and he told me there are nights he’ll sit down after a long day at work and play for an hour or two as a way to relax.” Gordon Brown, owner of Western Hills Music, is happy he brought Milano in to run the lessons program. “Elizabeth is terrific, and she’s a wonderful teacher,” Brown said. Milano said she oversees 15 music teachers, many of whom are also College-Conservatory of Music graduates or studying there now. Most of the teachers play in area bands or orchestras as well, she said. “I think that’s a big advantage because they know both the teaching and per-

formance aspect of music,” she said. “They’re all great teachers and they love what they do.” The shop offers lessons for everyone from kindergartners to senior citizens of all skill levels, and Milano said they have lessons for piano, voice, guitar, string instruments, drums and brass and woodwind horns. “I don’t think there are any instruments we don’t teach,” she said, noting they specialize in personalized service. “We take care of everybody.” For more information about lessons at Western Hills Music, call 598-9000 or visit

White Oak resident Elizabeth Milano serves as the lessons director at Western Hills Music. The music shop offers lessons for virtually all instruments and plans to expand its lesson program. Milano is a graduate of University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music and has been teaching piano for 30 years. KURT BACKSCHEIDER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Mercy soccer gives back to community By Ben Walpole

Christmas break is a good time to start taking it easy. But for the girls in the Mercy High School soccer program, Christmas break started with some giving this year. Head coach Mike Rust and the Bobcats adopted two families through the St. Catharine Parish and bought a full complement of Christmas gifts for them. “It's just a really nice way for the kids to kind of give back something, I think,” said Rust, who also organized a similar project

when he coached soccer at McAuley. “The kids need to see this. They go to a private school. By no means are they rich kids, but they’ve led a normal, kind of sheltered life. It's kind of nice for them to know this is out there. ” “My desire to do more and more service throughout the community has really grown,” said Abi Rebholz, a senior co-captain this fall for the varsity soccer squad. “Especially at Christmas time, there’s so many people who need our help in the community. This is just one easy way to give back.” Hannah Stowe, another

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The current second-grade members of Covedale School's Green Team recently planted a tree they won last school year in an Arbor Day Contest sponsored by the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District. The winning culpture, designed and built with 100 percent recycled materials, was entitled "Treetastic of Recycling." The sculpture was created by Mackenzie Johnston, Gwen Schumann, Lucy Stratton, Olivia Timmers, Jolie Watts and Liam Hetzer. Pictured from left are Mackenzie Johnston, Kevin Flores, Lucy Stratton, Jolie Watts, Olivia Timmers, Gwen Schumann and Erin Martin. PROVIDED.

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This weeks’ MVP

» Western Hills High School senior guard Lionel Hill earned MVP honors for his 22-point performance in the team’s 75-67 win over Hughes, Dec. 17.

Open gym

» La Salle head coach Dan Fleming will open the Jan. 4 Lancers’ basketball practice to youth coaches and players that want to learn from the veteran head coach. Participants will be able to interact with Fleming as he orchestrates a practice and explains his approach to player development, practice strategy, game preparation and skills development. The practice will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m at the La Salle gymnasium. For more information, email championshipbasket-

Boys basketball

» St. Xavier defeated Glen Este, 73-45, Dec. 17. Junior guard Ben Carroll and fellow junior Alex Blink each netted 14 points for the Bombers. Blink followed up with a 17-point effort in the Bombers’ 48-45 win over Fenwick, Dec. 20. » La Salle’s record stayed perfect as Josh Lemons scored 18 points and snagged seven rebounds to lead the Lancers to a 52-34 win over McNicholas, Dec. 20. » Antonio Woods and Westwood’s Kevin Johnson combined for 34 points as Summit handed Clark Montessori a 57-40 loss, Dec. 16. Summit kept rolling with a 16-point effort from Johnson, as the Silver Knights rolled to a 55-30 win over Woodward, Dec. 20, and improved to 6-0. » Oak Hills held on for a two-point win over Lakota

East, Dec. 16. Junior Jake Richmond had 26 points in the 48-46 victory. Oak Hills defeated Hamilton, 45-30, Dec. 20. Richmond scored 20 points and snagged seven rebounds during the contest.

Girls basketball

» Western Hills handed St. Bernard a 51-41 defeat, Dec. 17. Senior guard Jacolebi Alston had 17 points in the contest, while Dan’shae Hill chipped in 15.

Girls bowling

» Mercy beat Princeton a 2,219-1,796, Dec. 19. Senior Sarah Schwab had a high series of 352.

Tweets from the beat

» @MikeDyer: ...St. Xavier OL Brandyn Cook (Pitt commit) honorable mentions on Sports Illustrated All-America

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Western Hills boys hoops adds three more wins By Kevin Flanagan Western Hills Sports Information Director

The following are submitted game summaries for Western Hills. Western Hills 83, Mt. Healthy 73 – After suffering their first loss to Taft last Dec 3, the Mustangs looked to get back on track with a game Dec. 6 at home vs. Mt. Healthy. Like the matchup in 2010, the Mustangs were led by hot shooting once again and defeated the Owls on Tuesday night. Keevin Tyus notched 24 points and Lionel Hill added 21 to lead the Mustangs as they shot 66 percent from the floor on the night. The Mustangs’ lead was as large as 18 but dwindled down to four late in the fourth quarter. Tyus and Hill had seven points in the last few minutes of the game to propel Western Hills to the win. Western Hills 73, Woodward 64 – The Mustangs’ next opponent was conference rival Woodward on Friday night, Dec. 9, at home. The night started off slow for Western Hills as they fell behind 20-16 after one and 35-32 at the half. Woodward’s frontcourt led the way as they got the Mustang big men in foul trouble and were able to generate some open three point looks. Amid some controver-

sial calls and the Bulldog pressure throughout the second half, the Mustangs prevailed 73-64 behind Hill and Tyus once again. The duo combined for 20 of the Mustang 33 points as they ended the game on a 33-16 run. Dayton Meadowdale 56, Western Hills 53 – Western Hills at 3-1 traveled to Saturday night Dec. 10 to face undefeated Dayton Meadowdale. The game was neck and neck the whole way through. The Mustangs led by one at half and two after three quarters at 39-37. Meadowdale rallied in the fourth and escaped with a 56-53. Hill and Tyus led the Mustangs again with 13 points and 12 respectively. Withrow 74, Western Hills 49 – Following a heartbreaking loss to Dayton Meadowdale, the Mustangs looked to get back in conference play. Mustang fans knew it may be a long night after Withrow guard Damon Gooch hit a “Michael Jordan” fade away, falling on the ground threepointer from the left wing just as the buzzer sounded before the half. Withrow held Western Hills scoreless the first four minutes of the game to jump out to a 13-0 lead that they would never lose. The Mustangs pulled within eight at 42-34 with just over four minutes left in the

third after three Darrell Bullock’s free throws. The Tigers ended the game on a 32-15 run led by superstar Devin Williams, who had 21 points and 17 rebounds on the night. The 74-49 loss dropped Western Hills to 3-3 on the season. Leaders for Western Hills were Lionel Hill with 17 points and Bullock’s 12. Western Hills 75, Hughes 67 – After defeating its first two opponents at home earlier this season, the Mustangs looked to stay perfect at home against Hughes. Hill and Marquez Carpenter were at their best on this night for Western Hills, as they scored 22 and 20 points respectively. The duo contributed 16 of the 25 firsthalf points for their team as they led by two at the break. Hot shooting from three point land kept Hughes in the game all night. Hughes connected for 12 all told, including four straight at one point in the fourth quarter. The key stretch in the game was a 14-0 run by the Mustangs in the middle of the third quarter. Hughes pulled within four points with just under two minutes left in the game, but clutch free throw shooting and a key tip-in off a missed free throw clinched the win for the Mustangs. Western Hills will play next Dec. 30 at 7:30 p.m. when the guys host winless neighborhood rival Elder.

The Elder High School hockey team includes, from left: Standing, coach Ken Sovern, Mike Sredinsky, Joel Martini, Connor Warman, Matt Hensley, AJ Harvey, Jason Martini, Adam Sponaugle, Nick Kollmann, Peter Aguilera, David Genis, Dominic Marsala and coach Joe Del Prince; kneeling, Brett Sorrell, Charles Squeri, Nick Spicker, Brit Doerflein and Aaron Bill. THANKS TO DEE DEE DOERFLEIN

Elder hockey building from the ‘ground up’ By Ben Walpole

PRICE HILL — Joe Del Prince knew what he was getting into. After eight years as the Elder High School junior varsity hockey coach, Del Prince took over the varsity team last year just in time for the Panthers to make the transition from club team to full-fledged varsity program. The Panthers finished with a 6-27 record. None of the growing pains caught Del Prince off guard. “We had a good year in a lot of ways,” Del Prince said. “We won a tournament up in Michigan. We got things established for a young program going to another level to keep things moving forward.” While there are several club hockey teams in the area, only four high schools in Cincinnati field staterecognized varsity squads – Moeller, St. Xavier, Sycamore and now Elder. “Game-in, game-out the teams are much better,” said Del Prince, who is joined on the coaching staff by Ken Sovern. “I’m not trying to say there aren’t good club teams. Believe me, there are good club teams. But game-in, game-out the players at the varsity level are very good. “It was exciting, really.” Del Prince upped the team’s practice time – they train at the Cincinnati Gardens and the Sphere Sports Plex. He encouraged his players to get involved in hockey leagues during the offseason. He started a conditioning program that included running the steps of The Pit. He started a

The Elder hockey captains are, from left, Dominic Marsala, Charles Squeri and Brit Doerflein. THANKS TO DEE DEE DOERFLEIN. weightlifting program. In short, the players in the program now have dedicated a lot of time to the sport. “I think they saw that it was a real commitment that they could be a part of,” Del Prince said. “They could be part of something from the ground up, and they really took to it very well.” The coach has already seen improvement this winter as the team begins its second year in the Southwest Ohio High School Hockey League, competing against St. Xavier, Sycamore and Talawanda. “Overall, their vision on their ice, their passing is much better,” Del Prince said. “Overall skating is much better. “We play very good competition every weekend, but we’re working very hard to close the gap on that.” The roster remains fairly young, with only four seniors. Charles Squeri, a senior defenseman, is a captain, along with classmate Brit Doerflein. Squeri led the team with five as-

sists through the first nine games, and Del Prince called him “very solid, very reliable.” Junior defenseman Dominic Marsala is the third captain. Aaron Bill and Brett Sorrell round out the quartet of upperclassmen. Sophomore A.J. Harvey has been the team’s leading scorer, with five goals and three assists through nine games. Junior goalie Nick Spicker was a second-team all-league pick last year. Sophomore Peter Aguilera splits time in net and at forward. The team hopes to win at least 10 games this year, as the program continues to build. Del Prince was encouraged by the large attendance at the team’s most recent home game at the Gardens. “I think there’s a buzz around it,” Del Prince said. “Elder has supported it really well. The parents have supported it really well. “It’s really been a positive thing.”


Elder's Shane Smith (left) takes down Anderson's Brady Brown at 126 pounds during the Coaches' Classic at Harrison High School, Dec. 17. The meet consisted of 39 teams and is regarded by many to be one of the premier events of the early season. NICK DUDUKOVICH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS


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Should the annual basketball game between the University of Cincinnati and Xavier University be discontinued after this year’s game ended in a brawl? Why or why not?

“Overreaction n. - To react with unnecessary or inappropriate force, emotional display, or violence. There is no reason for the administration to mirror the behavior of the players.....'nough said.” A.P. “What would canceling the game teach the student athletes representing these two schools? That when the going gets tough, you quit? Dealing with conflict is a very real part of life and a very valuable lesson. Learn from your mistakes and do it better next time.” B.P. “I would vote to end ALL the games. Colleges should be about academics, not athletics - a place for learning, not for training people who generally do not meet the standard academic requirements for a future in the NBA. J.S.B. “Yes, the game should be ended. There is too little common decency and too little sportsmanship shown at the Shootout. “The trash talking between the players and the obscenities from the stands have no place in athletics, anywhere. It has always been that way and if the Shootout continues, even if it improves for awhile, it will again revert back to the gutter. “The Shootout is not bigger than the two basketball programs and the programs are not more important than the academic missions of UC and XU. “As a holder of two degrees from UC and a long-time supporter of their athletic programs, I hope that they make a statement and end the series.” T.H. “If people want to watch this (and they evidently do), then let

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them have that opportunity. As for me, I prefer to watch grass grow, or paint dry, or the Weather Channel. “However, I do have strong feelings about the uncivilized behavior and thuggishness of the players on both teams. “I suspect that it is something that is a part of their upbringing in lower income neighborhoods, and once their patterns of behavior are established, it is difficult to change them. “I don't have an answer, but I would say that part of the reason these players act the way they do is that they have one skill to market, and someone (UC and XU) is buying that skill, and it inflates their egos. “I also think that in many cases, it would probably be revealed that the players came from families where there is no mom and dad present to provide stability and direction. “I'm old enough to remember how the country was in the late ’40s and 1950s - it wasn't like this. Bill B. “Most of us were not alive when the first shootout took place in 1928. It's wrong to end such a tradition due a brawl. Both schools should be able to police their teams and fans so future games can be held on campus and are once again enjoyable, win or lose.” R.V. “I do not think the annual game between UC and X should be discontinued. This is an ageold tradition that should be kept

alive. “The players in the recent incident should be reprimanded … and even maybe disqualified from playing. ” E.S. “I entered Xavier as a freshman in the fall of 1947. It seems to me the UC game as we called it was being resumed right around then after a suspension of about 20 years for – surprise! – bad conduct. “School rivalries, team rivalries in professional area add to the fun of sports AS LONG AS THEY ARE JUST GAMES. “So, if history has repeated itself this year, and then becomes a three-peat, cancel it.” F.N. “This is rhetorical as far as tradition goes. Why should you want to discontinue a game because of a few hotheads going after one another on the court? “Besides, it is up to the NCAA to make that decision, not two colleges, not the public, not the press.” O.H.R. “No. It was a pretty clean game if you ignored the jawing. “The failure came from both coaches and the refs. There should have been a clampdown on the players during the game. “The game is too big and important to the community. While this was a black eye, it should not be considered a knock-out punch.” J.Z. “Do we cancel MLB, NHL, NFL, NASCAR or NBA events because a few nuckleheads fight? Do we stop going downtown because some people get robbed? Do we stop driving because some people die in wrecks? Stop electing presidents because some are inept? “We can't hide from life. We just need to take reasonable precautions and carry on. Hopefully, the 2 schools have learned their lesson.” P.C.

Drake sale good deal for county residents Over the last few weeks, misinformation of the facts has led some residents to question the decision by Hamilton County Commissioners to sell Drake Hospital. Disclosure of the details will prove enlightening and help citizens to see numerous benefits for the county. As residents recall, in 1996, voters approved a half cent sales tax increase to build two sports stadiums on the Ohio Riverfront. County property owners were given a 0.30 percent property tax rollback (PTR) to soften the blow of the tax increase. At the time, county government promised voters the PTR would remain in place over the 30-year period the county would need the sales tax increase to pay off the cost of building the stadiums. County government forgot that promise at the end of 2010, when a budget shortfall and a commission majority took the path of least resistance eliminating this tax benefit. I believe it was important to keep the full PTR promise to the voters; the sale of Drake was the best option to generate the necessary revenue. The sale price of $15 million is acceptable under the terms of the

current 30-year lease. Through the lease, UC Health pays the county $1 million per year in rent. However, ½ of the annual Chris Monzel rent, or is COMMUNITY PRESS $500,000, GUEST COLUMNIST credited to the purchase price. Since UC Health could purchase the facility at any point and also had the right to renew the lease for a second, 30-year term – essentially, prohibiting the county from seeking a buyer on the open real estate market for up to 60 years – the commission merely accelerated the sale to the only potential buyer permitted for the Drake Center buildings and associated land. Other options were suggested to balance the county budget for a longer period by deferring stadium maintenance for a number of years. This option presented a new set of potential pitfalls and unknown budget ramifications. After inheriting the serious challenges faced by the current commission, it was simply not responsible to kick the can down the road leaving future commissioners with a massive shortfall in fu-



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ture years. From the beginning of my term, I stated that the county needed to reassess the core services it provides residents. County government is poorly qualified to operate a hospital. Fortunately, UC health has made great strides in helping place Drake on the path to profitability while building on a record of exceptional care and rehabilitation. Kevin Flynn, president of the Drake Hospital board of directors, knows Drake’s challenges and opportunities – he sustained life-changing injuries in an accident a number of years ago, spent considerable time as a patient at Drake, and has been active in supporting the facility since that time. In a Saturday December 3rd Enquirer article, Kevin details many key reasons UC health is best-suited to operate Drake going forward. In reviewing the decision to sell Drake Hospital to UC Health, I am more committed than ever to get this done and keep the promise made to the citizens of Hamilton County. Chris Monzel is a Hamilton County commissioner.

Jobs Through Growth Act would help spur the economy On the surface at least, the recent unemployment numbers seem like good news. From 9 percent, where it’s been stuck for quite some time, to 8.6 pecent. However, the bad news below the surface is that whereas the U.S. economy added 120,000 jobs last month, 300,000 people stopped looking for work altogether, and therefore aren’t even considered in the unemployment number. Clearly, the economy is still much weaker than we’d like to see it. Far too many Americans who want to work can’t find a job. What can we do about it? Well, let me tell you about a bill I’ve just co-sponsored called the Jobs Through Growth Act. It’s a reasonable, comprehensive piece of legislation, the goal of which is to reinvigorate the economy and create jobs through growth in the private sector, not just wasteful stimulus spending and government jobs. The bill combines tax reform, reduced regulations, and an expansion of domestic energy production. First, taxes. Taxpayers would have the CHOICE of staying with the current tax code, or switching to a simpler, flatter tax – 15% on personal income up to $50,000 a year, and 25% above $50,000. There would be a $12,500 deduction per person allowed (up from $3,700 allowed under current tax law.) In addition, the burdensome and confusing Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) would be eliminated. The marriage penalty (by which married couple’s taxes are currently higher) would also be eliminated and the death tax, (by which the federal government can now take up to 55% of a person’s property when they die) is finally laid to rest as well. America’s corporate tax rate is one of the highest in the industrialized world, making us less competitive and costing American jobs. The corporate tax rates would be reduced from 35% to 25%. Second, regulations. The leg-

islation would call a timeout on all new regulations that create significant costs for job creators until unemployment falls to a more Steve Chabot COMMUNITY PRESS manageable level. This is GUEST COLUMNIST particularly important when one considers that the Obama Administration proposed 144 such new burdensome regulations in the first six months of this year alone. Next, some regulations currently don’t apply to small businesses of 50 or fewer employees. The bill would raise the number of employees to 200, thus giving relief to more small businesses to grow, and hopefully create more jobs. And third, energy. America remains too dependent on foreign sources of energy. This keeps energy prices high (including gas prices at the pump), hurts businesses and consumers, hurts the economy overall and job creation in particular. The bill would allow environmentally safe exploration and development of oil and natural gas in the Gulf of Mexico, the Outer Continental Shelf, and in ANWR (in Alaska). In addition, the Keystone Energy Pipeline was recently put on hold for a whole year by the Obama Administration. This pipeline, which would bring critical energy resources from Canada to the United States, would be given the green light to move forward – NOW. In conclusion, passage of this common-sense Jobs Through Growth Act would be a huge step towards getting the economy moving again, and putting Americans back to work. Steve Chabot is the U.S. representative from the 1st District.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Need ID help on hit and run driver on Marcella

We are writing this letter in hopes that someone will be able to help us. On Tuesday, Dec. 13 (the evening of the Oak Hills/Elder game) around 9:30 p.m. our car was involved in a hit and run accident. Our car was parked in front of our home on Marcella Drive and was hit by someone turning off of Childs Avenue. Our car was totaled in the accident, but thankfully no one was inside at the time. According to our neighbors, the car appeared to be a dark, mid-size or smaller car and we suspect it should have major front-end damage. If anyone has any information we would greatly appreciate if you would contact Corp. Jeffrey Sabers of the Green Township Police at 513-574-0007. Thank you in advance. Also, thank you to all of our wonderful neighbors on our street for all of your help.

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PEOPLE | IDEAS | RECIPES Elizabeth and Matt Batie, West Price Hill, help son, William, 21 months, complete a sticky project at the Delhi Township library branch holiday open house Dec. 3. HEIDI FALLON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS


Ben Clark, 15 months, seemed to be enjoying the cookies more than the crafts, of which there were plenty of both for folks at the Dec. 3 Delhi Township branch library holiday open house. Clark lives in Covedale. HEIDI FALLON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Tom Schuler and his son, Ben, 2, Green Township, team up for a craft during the Delhi Township library branch holiday open house Dec. 3. HEIDI FALLON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Walter Van Gorden, Delhi Township, makes a few last-minute adjustments to the tracks for the NTRAK Modular Railroading Society display at the Delhi Township library branch holiday open house Dec. 3. HEIDI FALLON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Trains roared through the children’s reading area while budding artists created works of art during the Dec. 3 Delhi Township library branch holiday open house. Members of the local NTRAK Modular Rairoading Society set up the train display captivating children of all ages. Retired school librarian Mary Shorten, Green Township, felt right at home while watching her grandson, Beckham, Delhi Township, fashion a reindeer from a piece of construction paper. Instead of crafts, Ben Clark, 15 months, was more interested in the array of Christmas cookies. “We come here a lot and I just love all they do here,” said Ben’s mom, Liz, Covedale. She may want to check out the adult storytime Tuesday, Jan. 10, at the library. The program is Weathering Winter and is at 7 p.m. for adults. Call the library at 369-6019 for more information.

Mary Shorten, Green Township, watches her grandson, Beckham Shorten, 4, Delhi Township, snip away as the duo create a reindeer during crafts at the Delhi Township branch library open house Dec. 3. HEIDI FALLON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Todd Boenitsch and son, Logan, 3, Bridgetown, watch the trains round the bend at a model train display before heading on to crafts and treats at the Delhi Township library branch holiday open house Dec. 3. HEIDI FALLON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Nora Dodd, 5, Covedale, traces her foot to use as a pattern for a reindeer craft at the Delhi Township library branch open house Dec. 3. HEIDI FALLON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, DEC. 29 Exercise Classes Hatha Yoga for Seniors, 9:15 a.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Ages 55 and up. Experience benefits of yoga with stretching, breathing and relaxing techniques. Bring mat or purchase one for $10. $40 for 10 classes, $25 for six classes; $5 per class. 741-8802; Colerain Township. Jazzercise, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Aerobic class works cardiovascular system and includes strength training. $38 per month. Presented by Jazzercise. 829-5009; Colerain Township. Pilates Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Improve strength, flexibility, balance, control and muscular symmetry. Instructor Celine Kirby leads core-strengthening exercises using bands and weights. Bring yoga mat. Ages 18 and up. $5. 741-8802; Colerain Township.

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

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

Nature Trailside Scavenger Hunt, 1-3 p.m., Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road, Scavenger challenge sheet at Nature’s Niche. Turn in completed list for prize. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Colerain Township.

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

Farmers Market Lettuce Eat Well Winter Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m., Cheviot United Methodist Church, 3820 Westwood Northern Blvd., Locally produced food items. Free. Presented by Lettuce Eat Well. 661-1792; Cheviot.

Music - Oldies The Remains, 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Jim & Jack’s on the River, 3456 River Road, 251-7977. Riverside.

SATURDAY, DEC. 31 Dining Events New Year’s Eve Dinner Dance, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., Lakeridge Hall, 7210 Pippin Road, Hot buffet, beer, wine fountain, hats, noisemakers, snacks and music by DJ Larry Robers. Music by River City Rewind at midnight.

Attendees may also BYOB. $40. Reservations required. 521-1112. Colerain Township.

Holiday - New Year’s Mike Davis New Year’s Eve Show, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Mariner’s Inn, 7391 Forbes Road, Las Vegas-style entertainer and tribute artist. Includes buffet dinner with coffee, soft drinks, beer and wine. $50. Reservations required. 465-9037; Sayler Park. Silvestertanz, 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Donauschwaben Haus, 4290 Dry Ridge Road, German New Year’s Eve celebration. Cash bar, hors d’oeuvres and sandwich buffet available. Includes desserts, snacks and party favors. Entertainment for dancing provided by the Alpen Echos. Family friendly. $22. Presented by Donauschwaben Society. 3852098; Colerain Township. Jim & Jack’s New Year’s Eve, 7 p.m.-2 a.m., Jim & Jack’s on the River, 3456 River Road, With The Avenues. 251-7977; Riverside.

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

Music - Rock Pandora Effect, 9:30 p.m., Legends, 3801 Harrison Ave., New Year’s Eve Party. 662-1222; Cheviot.

Recreation Last Hike of the Year, 2 p.m., Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Springfield Township.

MONDAY, JAN. 2 Exercise Classes Jazzercise, 9-10 a.m. and 6:307:30 p.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, $38 per month. 829-5009; Colerain Township.

Jelani Lewis, 16 months, of College Hill checks out the trains and the poinsettias at the Krohn Conservatory. The Krohn's annual holiday show, "Trains, Trestles and Traditions" is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Jan. 1. Admission is $6, $5 for seniors and $4 for children. JEFF SWINGER/STAFF Township.

Education Physician Pffice Billing & Coding Program Information Session, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Diamond Oaks Career Development Campus, 6375 Harrison Ave., Free. Presented by Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development. 771-8925; Dent.

Health / Wellness Movement Class for Seniors, 11 a.m.-noon, Guenther Physical Therapy, $6, first two classes free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights. Lunch and Learn, Noon-1 p.m., Guenther Physical Therapy, 5557 Cheviot Road, Learn about topics on improving your health and wellness. Free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

Recreation Board Game Night, 6-10 p.m., Yottaquest, 7607 Hamilton Ave., Bring your own board games, other games also provided. Play games from all genres and eras. Free. 923-1985; Mount Healthy.


Music - Blues

Clubs & Organizations

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

Mothers of Preschoolers Monthly Meeting, 9:15-11:15 a.m., LifeSpring Christian Church, 1373 W. Galbraith Road, Room 161. Mothers with children from newborns to kindergartners welcome. Free child care provided. Family friendly. Membership: $23.95 per year. Presented by Mothers of Preschoolers - LifeSpring. 271-5775; North College Hill.

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

TUESDAY, JAN. 3 Dance Classes Beginner Square Dance Class, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Parky’s Farm Hayloft Barn, 10073 Daly Road, No prior dance experience necessary. Wear casual dress and smooth-soled shoes. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427. Springfield

Education Pharmacy Technician Program Information Session, 6:307:30 p.m., Diamond Oaks Career Development Campus, 6375 Harrison Ave., Free. Presented by Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development. 771-8925; Dent.

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

Power and Pump, 6-7 p.m., Western Hills Sports Mall, 2323 Ferguson Road, Simple, yet challenging cardiovascular and strength training exercises combined for total body workout. $7.50-$10. Presented by SpinFit LLC. 451-4905; Westwood.

Health / Wellness Strengthening and Range of Motion Class for Seniors, 10-11 a.m., Guenther Physical Therapy, 5557 Cheviot Road, $6, first two classes free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights. Chair Yoga, 9-10 a.m., Guenther Physical Therapy, 5557 Cheviot Road, Gentle yoga designed to improve flexibility, circulation, balance, and overall strength and flexibility. Class combines basic yoga poses, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques. $6, first two classes free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

Music - Religious Messiah, 7:30 p.m., St. William Church, 4108 W. Eighth St., Sections I and III of Handel’s “Messiah” performed by 30voice St. William Choir, soloists and the Cincinnati Metropolitan Orchestra Chamber Orchestra, under direction of David F. Allen. Free. 921-0247; West Price Hill.

THURSDAY, JAN. 5 Dance Classes Waltz Classes, 7-8 p.m., Parky’s Farm Hayloft Barn, 10073 Daly Road, Upstairs. Beginner-level dance class open to all capable ages. Wear smooth-soled shoes. With instructors Betty and Estil Owens. Free. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 671-7219; Springfield Township. Two Step Dance Class, 8-9 p.m., Parky’s Farm Hayloft Barn, 10073 Daly Road, Upstairs. Beginnerlevel dance class is open to all capable ages. Wear smoothsoled shoes.With instructors Betty and Estil Owens. Free. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 671-7219; Springfield Township.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, $38 per month. 829-5009; Colerain Township. Pilates Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Colerain Township Senior and Community Center, $5. 7418802; Colerain Township.

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

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

The Remains will perform at Jim an Jack's on the River, 3456 River Road, beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30. For more information, call 251-7977. PROVIDED

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SATURDAY, JAN. 7 Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke with Uncle Don, 9:30 p.m., Poor Michael’s, Free. 825-9958. Springfield Township.

Nature Wilderness Skills, 4 p.m. (Campfire cooking. Learn cooking skills and safety. Warm drinks and treats provided.) and 5:30 p.m. (Orienteering I and Night Navigation. Learn how to use a compass, then practice on a course under moonlight. Beginners welcome.), Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Vehicle permit required. Cost is $6. Registration required online by Jan. 5. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Springfield Township.

SUNDAY, JAN. 8 Health / Wellness Gentle Yoga, 4-5 p.m., Guenther Physical Therapy, 5557 Cheviot Road, Ten-week series for beginners. Learn foundational yoga that will strength, stretch and tone. Focus is on alignment, coordinating breath with movement and adapting postures for different body types. Registration required. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

Nature Winter Bird Feeding, 3 p.m., Fernbank Park, 60 Thornton Ave., Fernbank Lodge. Learn about the tools and techniques to draw colorful feathered friends to any yard this winter. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Sayler Park. Winter Bird Feeding, Noon, Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road, Ellenwood Nature Barn. Learn about the winter needs of birds. Free. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Colerain Township.

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

Health / Wellness Chair Yoga, 9-10 a.m., Guenther Physical Therapy, $6, first two classes free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

Music - Blues Blues Jam, 8:30 p.m., Poor Michael’s, Free. 825-9958. Springfield Township.

Farmers Market


Lettuce Eat Well Winter Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m., Cheviot United Methodist Church, Free. 661-1792;

First Full Moon Campfire, 6:30 p.m., Mitchell Memorial Forest, 5401 Zion Road, Pine Grove picnic area. Toast the first full

moon of the year with hot chocolate and a campfire, followed by a short hike. Free, parking permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Cleves.

Religious - Community Awana Clubs, 6:30-7 p.m., First Baptist Church of Mount Healthy, Free. Registration required. 931-0477. Mount Healthy.

Senior Citizens Uphill Gang Luncheon, Noon, Mount Healthy United Methodist Church, 7612 Perry St., $5. Theme: "New Starts and Memories." 825-1254. Mount Healthy.

TUESDAY, JAN. 10 Dance Classes Beginner Square Dance Class, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Parky’s Farm Hayloft Barn, Free. 929-2427. Springfield Township.

Health / Wellness Movement Class for Seniors, 11 a.m.-noon, Guenther Physical Therapy, $6, first two classes free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights. Healthy Recipes, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Bayley Community Wellness Center, 401 Farrell Court, Learn and share healthy recipes. Participants may bring own recipe for others to sample. Free. Reservations required. 347-5510. Delhi Township.

Music - Acoustic Charlie Runtz, 6:30-10 p.m., Black Sheep Bar & Grill, 3807 North Bend Road, With special guest Chad Runtz. Free. Presented by Black Sheep Bar & Grill. 481-6300. Cheviot.

Recreation Board Game Night, 6-10 p.m., Yottaquest, Free. 923-1985; Mount Healthy.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11 Education Pharmacy Technician Program Information Session, 6:307:30 p.m., Diamond Oaks Career Development Campus, Free. 771-8925; Dent.

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

Health / Wellness Strengthening and Range of Motion Class for Seniors, 10-11 a.m., Guenther Physical Therapy, $6, first two classes free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights. Chair Yoga, 9-10 a.m., Guenther Physical Therapy, $6, first two classes free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.



Rita tweaks popular Williams-Sonoma peppermint bark As I write this column, 2011 is coming to a close and the new year is just Rita about to beHeikenfeld gin. I’ve enjoyed “talkRITA’S KITCHEN ing” to you each week and meeting many of you, sometimes at social or professional events, sometimes in the grocery aisle, at church or at the mall. This column connects us all in a very personal way. You’ve heard my stories and I’ve listened to yours, and the common thread in all of our lives is what means most to us: family, friends and the sharing of meals with those we love. Happy, healthy, blessed 2012!

Rita’s clone of Willams-Sonoma peppermint bark How many versions of this have I shared?! I tweaked the recipe once again, taking into account the new packaging for chocolate chips (they used to be packaged in 12 oz. bags, now it’s11.5 oz. for the most part). The most important thing is to melt both the white chocolate and the dark slowly and over relatively low heat so they don’t “seize” or burn. You can do this in a double boiler or a bowl placed over a pan of simmering water (don’t let the bottom of the bowl touch the water), in a nonstick skillet over low heat or in the microwave using 50 percent power at 40-second intervals. Regardless of the way you melt chocolate, pull it from the heat while there are still lumps remaining. When you stir, the residual heat will smooth it out. This is a nice hostess gift or light dessert after a heavy New Year’s meal.

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First, line cookie sheet with foil. 3 cups dark chocolate chips (I use Kroger Belgian chocolate chips) 2 cups white chocolate chips (I use Kroger white chocolate chips) 1¼ teaspoon pure peppermint extract, divided into ¾ and ½ teaspoon measures 1 ⁄3 to ½ cup peppermint candy, crushed. If you want, sift the crushed candy through a sieve to remove the real fine particles. (Those are for you to nibble on!)

Melt chocolates as described above. Add ¾ teaspoon extract to the dark chocolate after melting and ½ teaspoon extract to the white chocolate after melting. Pour dark chocolate onto foiled cookie sheet and spread to thickness desired. Place in refrigerator to harden. Let white chocolate cool a bit (make sure it’s still pourable) before spreading on top of chilled dark chocolate layer. This will prevent it from melting the white layer. Immediately sprinkle with crushed candy. Refrigerate until hard. Before you cut or break the candy, let it sit out a few minutes. That will help keep it from shearing apart.

Giovanna Trimpe’s wonderful egg casserole

You may know her as Giovanna or Joanne, or even as Archbishop Schnurr’s chef at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral in Cincinnati. She’s the author of the "Holy Chow" cookbook and a popular media personality. She and I met sometime ago and became fast friends. Giovanna is going international soon, as a guest on the Alonso Pepe show on EWTN early next year. To get details, check out her website at To learn more about Giovanna, log onto YouTube and watch her video about her journey. Anyway, I tasted this casserole during a breakfast she and I made for the Fox 19 morning crew. I have lots of favorite egg casseroles, but this one is now at the top of the list and will be on my holiday brunch table. Here’s how Giovanna does it:

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Using credit can come back to haunt you Many consumers took advantage of great sales this holiday season and put lots of purchases on their credit cards. There’s no doubt it's great to get those savings but unless you're careful, those deals can come back to haunt you That’s what Brandon Combs, of Fort Mitchell, learned after buying a couch in 1997, when he was just 18. The couch cost less than $500, which he put on a store credit card. “I made minimum payments and it seems

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account. Combs says, “I contacted them and they pretty much immediately said, 'If you give us a credit card payment over the phone now we'll settle for 50 percent. We'll send you a letter in the mail that the debt has been resolved.'” Combs paid $610 with his credit card but never received that settlement letter. He should have disputed the charge with his credit card company when he failed to get the letter since that was part of the deal. Instead, he forgot

about it. Unfortunately, the debt was not settled. Instead it was sold to another debt collector and that company got a default judgment after suing Combs. Combs says he had moved several times and was never notified of the lawsuit. This new debt came as quite a shock to Combs because he thought he had already paid it off. In addition, he had just refinanced his house and there was no indication of this debt on his credit report.

Combs says, “I paid back more than what I borrowed over 11 years ago, and an additional $610 was paid five years ago. Now this debt collector wants another $1,500.” It is absolutely shocking how that 14-year-old debt has continued to grow as a result of mounting interest charges and fees. This latest debt collector is taking part of his paycheck in order to collect. The money came right out of his paycheck at Christmas time so the firm could be paid in full.

Combs has filed with the court for a hearing, at which time he'll present his evidence of payment and hopes to get this money back. All this serves as a valuable lesson: Don’t buy more than you can afford because the debt can just keep getting larger and larger. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

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Beat winter’s chill by preparing for your spring garden. The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s 2012 Landscaping for the Homeowner Series begins Jan. 18. Presented by the Zoo’s Director of Horticulture Steve Foltz, this10-class series is one of the most informative and complete landscape series for homeowners in the Tristate area. Offering insight on design, preparation and plant selection, the classes can be taken separately or as a complete series building

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DEATHS Bill Casey Bill J. Casey Jr., 60, died Dec. 16. Survived by wife Deloris Casey; children Billy, Kevin (Sabrina), Stephanie Casey; grandchildren Courtney Stafford, Zachery, Alison, Brooke, Nicholas Casey; siblings Allen (Carla) Casey, Phyllis Bardonaro. Arrangements by Anderson Funeral Home.

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Robert Ferguson Robert J. Ferguson, 91, Covedale, died Dec. 6. He was founder and president of Industrial Services Inc. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Survived by wife Mary Ferguson; daughters Kris (Gregg) Wilhelm, Lynne (Gregg) Zapf; five grandchildren; seven greatgrandchildren. Arrangements by Radel Funeral Home. Memorials to: Grace Hospice, 2100 Sherman Ave, Cincinnati, 45212.

Pauline Friedhoff Pauline Zucaro Friedhoff, 67, Delhi Township, died Dec. 16. She was a medical biller for Children's Hospital. Survived by sons Jeff (Karen), Scott (Shelley) Friedhoff; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Services were Dec. 22 at Radel Funeral Home. Memorials to the American Cancer Society.

Sister Mary Eunice McGreevy Sister Mary Eunice McGreevy, 87, born Mary McGreevy, died


Dec. 16. She was a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati for 70 years. McGreevy ministered in education, including at St. Elizabeth and

St. Dominic. Survived by brother Marty McGreevy; nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by siblings Ann Tuch, Jack, Bill, Mike McGreevy. Services were Dec. 23 in the Motherhouse chapel. Memorials to: Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Retirement Fund, 5900 Delhi Road, Mount St. Joseph, OH 45051.

Christopher Mink Christopher Mink, 28, Delhi Township, died Dec. 17. He worked as a deckhand with C&B Marine. Survived by parent Chris (Susan) Ferguson, Andrea (Tom Lindsey) Mink; daughMink ter Makynlee; siblings Tiffany, Kenneth, Rachel,

Ashley, Bryan, Christine, Tiffany, Samantha; grandparents Patricia, Carl Teeters, Patricia, Charles Mattingly; aunts and uncles Carmen (Joshua), Patricia, Jeanne, Charles, Timothy, John, Ronald; many nieces and nephews. Services were Dec. 23 at Vitt, Stermer & Anderson Funeral Home. Memorials to: Makynlee Trust Fund, c/o Cincinnati Police Federal Credit Union, 959 W. Eighth St., Cincinnati, OH 45203.

Larry Muldoon Lawrence B. “Larry” Muldoon, 78, died Dec. 20. He was a veteran of Korea. Survived by wife Kathleen Muldoon; children Karen (Terry) Schroer, Kevin, Tim Muldoon (Katie) Muldoon; grandchildren Dan (Katie), Chris, Brittany, Amanda, Kyle, Meghan, Allison; great-grandchildren Nathaniel, Brady; sister Rita (Stan) Bond. Services were Dec. 23 at Our Lady of the Visitation. Arrangements by Vitt, Stermer & An-

derson Funeral Home. Memorials to the American Cancer Society or American Diabetes Association.

Betty Schwab Betty Brannock Schwab, 83, died Dec. 13. Survived by husband Richard Schwab; daughters Christina (Roger) Castle, Carolyn Parker, Diana (Bob) Schwab Gross, Audrey (Mark) Lawson, Andra Ford; seven grandchildren; four greatgrandchildren. Services were Dec. 16 at Shiloh United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Radel Funeral Home. Memorials to the Salvation Army or Mercy Hospital Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program.

Mary Ann Siebel Mary Ann Siebel, 87, Delhi Township, died Dec. 18. She worked in sales with Avon. Survived by Siebel children Kathy Mellman, Thomas Siebel, Peggy (Zack) Fugman, Theresa (Anthony) Walters; grandchildren Joseph, Mary, Jennifer, Katie, Tony, Nicholas, Zachary, Christina, Julia, John, Elizabeth; greatgrandchildren Allie, Kyleigh, Carson, Claire, Chloe, Jacob and Travis; friend Vern Espel. Preced-

ed in death by husband Joseph Siebel. Services were Dec. 22 at St. Dominic. Arrangements by Vitt, Stermer & Anderson Funeral Home. Memorials to: City of St. Jude, 2048 West Fairview Ave., Montgomery, AL 36108.

Tim Tieman Tim Tieman, 72, died Dec. 16. He retired from the Cincinnati Fire Department as a captain after 29 years of service. He was a member of Fire Retirees of Cincinnati Local 48, the National Rifle Association, Aurora Eagles and American Legion Post 231. Survived by wife Louise Bernhard Tieman; children Jill Lockwood, Joy (Mike) McDavid, Todd (Joni) Tieman; grandchildren Logan Lockwood, Ryan, Rachel Renneker, Michael, Marc McDavid, Kelly, Timmy, Todd Tieman. Preceded in death by parents Robert, Celeste Tieman. Services were Dec. 21 at St. Teresa of Avila. Arrangements by Meyer & Geiser Funeral Home. Memorials to: Elder High School, 3900 Vincent Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45205 or St. Teresa of AVila School, 1175 Overlook Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45238.

David Wheeler David N. Wheeler, 50, Delhi Township, died Dec. 14. He was a yard foreman with Arling Lumber. Survived by wife Sharon Wheeler; children Diane, David Jr. Wheeler; siblings Fred Jr. “Fritz,” Steve, Denny (Jackie)

Wheeler; parents-in-law Walter, Joyce Steinmetz; brothers- and sister-in-law Walter Jr., Ray Steinmetz, Kim (Todd) Peak; many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents Fred, Linda Wheeler. Services were Dec. 19 at Vitt, Stermer & Anderson Funeral Home. Memorials to the Hospice of Cincinnati or American Cancer Society.

Sister Mary Susanne Wittwer Sister Mary Susanne Wittwer, 87, born Susanne Wittwer, died Dec. 15. She was a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati for 66 years. She ministered in education, special Wittwer education and religious education, including at St. Rita School for the Deaf and the Springer Institute. Survive by sister Betty Lantz; nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by siblings Mary Catherine Sheets, Mary Jane Diola, James Cavanaugh. Services were Dec. 20 in the Motherhouse chapel. Memorials to: Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Retirement Fund, 5900 Delhi Road, Mount St. Joseph, OH 45051.

Patrol’s drunk driving arrests up in ’11 The Ohio State Highway Patrol is warning drivers: If you choose to drive impaired, you will be arrested. As part of the patrol’s mantra – Trooper Shield – and their ongoing effort to contribute to a safer Ohio, troopers have had increased focus on impaired driving enforcement in 2011. Through Dec. 11, troopers had arrested1,383 more

Wood fires can cause pollution It’s that time of year when it’s most tempting to curl up next to a warm fireplace. The crackle and sizzle of a wood fire on a cold winter night can be charming, but be sure to consider the implications on air quality before lighting a fire. Wood-burning produces smoke containing fine particles called particulate matter (PM) that can affect both the lungs and the heart. Smoke released from wood-burning stoves and fireplaces omits large amounts of PM . The size of the particles released is linked to their health risks; the smaller the particles, the aggravated asthma greater the potential for them to get deep into the lungs or even enter the bloodstream. Consider the air you breathe this season before lighting wood fires. Hannah McCartney is public relations intern for the Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency.

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POLICE REPORTS CINCINNATI DISTRICT 3 Arrests/citations Robert Beatty, born 1953, telecommunication harassment, 3401 Warsaw Ave., Dec. 8. Kayla M. Harrison, born 1991, possession of an open flask, 3600 Warsaw Ave., Dec. 9. Chris Lowe, born 1989, failure to confine dog, 4100 W. Liberty St., Dec. 11. Russell Focht, born 1973, obstructing official business, resisting arrests, 1639 Atson Lane, Dec. 11. Antonio Smith, born 1985, theft under $300, 2554 Ring Place, Dec. 12. Darryl Bryant, born 1965, theft under $300, 3410 Warsaw Ave., Dec. 12. Robert S. Gillette, born 1985, theft under $300, 6615 Gracely Drive, Dec. 12. Stephen J. Rosignolo, born 1990, theft under $300, 6615 Gracely Drive, Dec. 12. Brian Scott Houston, born 1979, 1234 Dewey Ave., Dec. 13. Brian Scott Houston, born 1979, obstructing official business,

1218 Rosemont Ave., Dec. 13. James Vincent Harrison, born 1963, 3788 Westmont Drive, Dec. 13. Philip R. Yeary, born 1939, city or local ordinance violation, 4373 W. Eighth St., Dec. 13. Theresa Edna Wright, born 1970, theft under $300, 3201 Warsaw Ave., Dec. 13. John M. Salzarulo, born 1966, violation of a temporary protection order, 3201 Warsaw Ave., Dec. 14. Kristopher Lee Janevski, born 1983, receiving stolen property, 5223 Glenway Ave., Dec. 14. Russell H. Bell, born 1973, city or local ordinance violation, 4373 W. Eighth St., Dec. 14. William B. Adair, born 1967, criminal damaging or endangering, 1075 Coronado Ave., Dec. 14. Donnell Humphrey, born 1970, violation of a temporary protection order, 1627 Minion Ave., Dec. 15. John P. Olagbemiro, born 1978, drug abuse, misdemeanor drug possession, obstructing official business, 1632 First Ave., Dec. 15.

ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Community Press publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: » Delhi Township: Chief Jim Howarth, 922-0060 » Cincinnati District 3: Capt. Russell A. Neville, 263-8300 Samuel Snodgrass, born 1970, 1637 Minion Ave., Dec. 15. Edward Collins, born 1962, obstructing official business, 3201 Warsaw Ave., Dec. 16. Felton Hocker, born 1957, grand theft auto, receiving a stolen motor vehicle, 1512 Beech Ave., Dec. 16. Jacques Jr. Mooney, born 1993, aggravated armed 1230 Quebec Road, Dec. 16. Nichole Baker, born 1979, obstructing official business, possession of a dangerous drug, possession of drug abuse instruments, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrests, 3201 Warsaw Ave., Dec. 16. Yvonne M. Hummel, born 1974, 718 Wells St., Dec. 17.

Daryl Morrow, born 1960, having a weapon under disability, obstructing official business, 3524 Warsaw Ave., Dec. 18. Eric T. Jackson, born 1972, 3312 W. Eighth St., Dec. 18. Tyler Moore, born 1988, 4354 W. Eighth St., Dec. 18. Victor Isaac, born 1992, aggravated menacing, 965 Grand Ave., Dec. 19.

Incidents/reports Aggravated burglary 1015 Beech Ave., Dec. 12. 3951 W. Eighth St., Dec. 13. Assault 4725 Rapid Run, Dec. 11. 3788 Westmont Drive, Dec. 13. 4175 W. Eighth St., Dec. 16. 757 Woodlawn Ave., Dec. 9.

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