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A birthday gift for others


Driving home the Christmas spirit


Home-cooked meal helps families become friends By Amy Scalf

By Melissa Stewart

COVINGTON — When Kirsten Mund of Covington blew out the candles on her ninth birthday this November her wish had already come true. The third-grade student at Ninth District Elementary had asked her friends canned goods or food instead of gifts. She and her guests collected and donated about 80 food items to the Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home, also known as the DCCH Center for Children and Families, in Fort Mitchell. “We had agreed that she didn’t need any presents and she said ‘Let’s think of something we can do for someone else,’” said Mund’s mother Katlyn Peace. “I’m very proud of her. I think she’s a thoughtful and kind person.” This selfless act in turn encouraged family friend, Lauri Stroh of Taylor Mill, to nominate Mund for the Community Recorder’s Neighbors Who Cares. “I think it’s a wonderful thing that she’s done,” Stroh said. Stroh knows Mund through the Latonia Baptist Church Wednesday night children’s program. “I remember she even made a prayer request that they’d get a lot of canned goods,” Stroh said. “She’s a sweetheart and inspires other children and adults too.”


TAYLOR MILL — Sometimes the smallest gestures can have the greatest impact. To Karen Murray, baking a chicken pot pie for a family who had recently moved to town just wasn’t a big deal, but for Deborah Norris, it was a warm and wonderful welcome. Norris, along with her husband, Ed, and their daughter, Amarah, were living in hotels until they closed on their new

home right before school started. Norris said things were hectic as they unpacked boxes and got ready for school, including taking Amarah to volleyball practice, where they met Murray and her daughter, Kaitlin. “Although we do not live next door to each other, she delivered delicious home-cooked comfort food,” wrote Norris. “It wasn’t anything fancy, just a chicken pot pie,” said Murray. “It’s not anything that we wouldn’t do for anybody. The volleyball families get really close. We spend a lot of time together.” Murray was surprised her gesture earned her a nomination as one of the Neighbors See FRIENDS, Page A2

Kirsten Mund, 9, of Covington was nominated as a Neighbor Who Cares for her willingness to give up birthday presents from friends to collect food donations for the DCCH Center for Children and Families.MELISSA STEWART/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Mund said she she decided to forgo gifts for herself to help others “because people might not have as much as me.” She said she feels good about the gift she and her friends delivered to the chil-

dren’s home. This gift is perhaps a symbolic gesture of what it means to be a good neighbor. “Being a neighbor means you help other people and are kind to them,” Mund said.

Because of her thoughtfulness, Karen Murray of Taylor Mill is one of the Community Recorder’s Neighbors Who Care. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Zoning hearing fueled by gas station concerns By Amy Scalf

TAYLOR MILL — Three proposed zoning changes will be discussed during a public hearing Jan. 2. The hearing will include zoning text amendments for the Downtown Taylor Mill zone requested by city: » excluding gas stations as a permitted use; » setting the zone’s minimum building height to two stories; and » reducing the number of parking spaces required for buildings. The meeting will be hosted by the Kenton County Planning Commission at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, at the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Com-

FOOD Red beans and rice is take on the traditional New Year’s Hoppin’ John. See story, B3

mission chambers, 2332 Royal Drive, Fort Mitchell. Taylor Mill City Administrator Jill Bailey said zoning code Bailey changes were needed when construction and development has begun on the Districts of Taylor Mill project, whose guidelines were written around 2007. Holland Restaurant Group’s new corporate headquarters, along with a Skyline Chili parlor and LaRosa’s Pizzeria, was announced in May as the Districts of Taylor Mill’s first project and is expected to cost $5 million. “As we have been going

through the development process with the Holland Group, we have come across some things that need to be revised. Bell Some things needed to be updated or removed, or they were not clear,” Bailey said. An earlier change for the Downtown Taylor Mill zone reduced the minimum acreage for a site to require a development plan from 5 acres to 2.5 acres, said Bailey. Removing gas stations as a permitted use was requested for the zone, she said, because the space required for entrances and exits for regular vehicles and tractor-trailers

CAMPUS HEROES Catch up with local athletes now in college See Sports, A4

would make the area “not as walkable” as commission members wanted. Building heights are to be clarified because there was “too much open to interpretation.” Bailey said the code required adjacent businesses to have no more than one-story difference, up to four stories, but didn’t explicitly state a minimum building height of two stories. But property owner Phillip Peace is concerned that the hearing’s timing may keep residents from attending. “This is an absolute unbelievable shock, and it’s unbelievable to me that it comes over Christmas. I do believe it was engineered to be quietly done,” he said. Bailey said she filed zoning

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change requests as soon as they were prepared, and she said more changes are expected to come in February. Peace, who owns more than seven acres in the 182-acre of the Downtown Taylor Mill Zone, has negotiated with United Dairy Farmers to put a gas station and malt shop on the corner of Honey Drive and Pride Parkway. He said project engineers are preparing detailed plans for the site. Tim Kling, United Dairy Farmers director of real estate, was also shocked at the zoning request. He said the company has been working toward purchasing about an acre from Peace since 2010 for a combination malt shop/gas station. See ZONING, Page A2

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Who Care. “I’m humbled. I think of people who do so much,” she said. “I’m glad it meant so much to them.” Murray, who runs a business with her husband, Andy, and their four children, said finding time to help others isn’t a problem for her. “You can make time for anything, as long as it’s your priority. It’s very important to me and always has been. You can always make time to brighten someone’s day, if it’s your priority,” she said. “As parents, we try to get our kids to do the right thing. I tell them that kindness makes kindness, and to try to treat others how you would want to be treated.”

Miss Independence looking forward to title By Amy Scalf

INDEPENDENCE — Rachel Callahan became Miss Independence 2013 during the city’s third pageant as part of the Independence Christmas Walk Dec. 7. Bad weather pushed the pageant to Saturday afternoon, when Callahan, 17, was chosen to represent Independence at events, along with three attendants, Kylee Bamforth, Noelle Lameier and Alexa Jang. She assumes the crown from last year’s Miss Independence Taylor Reynolds. “It’s very exciting,” she said. “I’m honored.” Callahan, a junior at Si-

mon Kenton High School, was first runner-up in the 2012 pageant, where she also won awards for Best Evening Gown and People’s Choice. She had participated in a pageant before, but last year’s and this year’s titles were her first. “It was a lot of hard work, but it paid off,” she said. The title is not her favorite part of her pageant participation. “My favorite part is being with the girls and making new friendships,” she said. “I’m really looking forward to going into elementary schools and talking to girls. I want to be a good role model. There aren’t many good role models on

television, so I’m looking forward to being someone they can look up to. “I want to do as much as I can being Miss Independence,” Callahan said. As part of her title, she won a $200 cash prize, a professional photo shoot, a professional manicure, three bags from 31 Gifts and an embroidered goodie bag, as well as a $500 scholarship. “I’m thankful for the scholarship to help with my plans after high school,” she said. Callahan plans to attend Michael’s Hair School in Florence to become a hair dresser.

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Rachel Callahan is the new Miss Independence, having been crowned during the city’s Christmas Walk. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Beverly Hills Supper Club book wins author state award Robert D. Webster of Covington, a member of the Turfway Park security team, has been recognized with a 2013 Kentucky History Award for his book, “The Beverly Hills Supper Club: The

Untold Story Behind Kentucky’s Worst Tragedy.” Webster received the award at the Kentucky Historical Society’s annual banquet on Nov. 8 at the Old Capitol Building

in Frankfort. The book, the culmination of six years of work, was published in May 2012 by Saratoga Press LLC. Webster’s work was recognized for its new analysis of the May 28,

1977, fire that killed 169 and injured more than 200 at the Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate. Webster researched his subject by sifting through photos and documents, many of

which became available under the Freedom of Information Act when they were returned to the Kentucky state archives in June 2011. Further detailed research involved interviewing survivors

and technical experts. In addition to an objective analysis of the fire, the book also tells personal stories of patrons and victims and their families as well as of rescuers on the scene.



piece that was never an issue for us. Topography and position of the site were uncertain because of the road construction, but zoning was not an issue until a week ago. We’ve never had this happen before. We’ve had properties that weren’t zoned correctly, and we’ve put a piece under contract. That made our contract conditional, but this is the first time we’ve gotten this far and watched a piece this long, and finally gotten to the point where we were beginning negotiations, and it was rezoned from underneath us.” Peace said he has been working with the city on the property since buying it in 2006. “I ... have invested well over half a million dollars

so far,” he said. “I went to the city and said these plans were coming, then, within a week, we got the notification that they were going to change the zoning text to not allow gas stations.” Peace said he understood the Districts of Taylor Mill was meant to be pedestrian-friendly, but the corner he has planned for the project is separate from the rest of the development, and because of its proximity to the interstate, a gas station would be perfectly placed there. “There’s no other development possibility where that corner is,” he said. “Drive-thrus aren’t pedestrian friendly either, but they’re allowed because they’re necessary. Gas stations are al-

lowed because they’re necessary. By taking out gas stations and single story buildings, they’re limiting the flexibility for developers. I hate to be argumentative and fight, because my rapport with the city has been so good until now, but this is a raw deal, and I don’t know what the motivation is.” Mayor Dan Bell said the zoning amendment was submitted because city commissioners “decided the best course for the city, in the development of our business district, was to eliminate gas stations. We haven’t received any notification of any pending plans for a gas station. Nothing has been officially presented to the city.” Martin Scribner, the Northern Kentucky Area

Planning Commission’s director of planning and zoning, said that under the current regulations, the gas station is allowed, and development plans are not required in the Downtown Taylor Mill zone, “to facilitate the process of getting approved.” Scribner will present his “favorable” recommendation on all three amendments during the Kenton County Planning Commission hearing. His report says the amendments are “appropriate and reasonable,” and are “consistent with the intent and purpose of the Downtown Taylor Mill zones.”

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St. Elizabeth moves 330 jobs to Erlanger

St. Elizabeth Healthcare is in the process of moving 330 employees to a new office at 1360 Dolwick Drive near the Interstate 275 exit off Mineola Pike. The marketing, planning and development departments have completed moving from Crestview Hills into the 50,000 square foot building, said Guy Karrick, spokesman for St. Elizabeth. Most of the remaining 300 employees moving to Erlanger are in the finance department working at offices at 20th Street in Covington, and are in the process of moving in now, Karrick said. Karrick said the move will likely be complete by Nov. 15.

Independence hosts fitness classes

Independence Parks and Recreation Department will offer seven fitness classes at the Independence Senior and Community Center, 2001 Jack Woods Parkway,

during two sessions: Jan. 6 through Feb. 12 and Feb. 17 through March 26. Instructor Heather Arlinghaus will lead a Boot Camp class, Hard Core Abs, and Hatha Yoga class on Monday evenings beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday nights will include Tabata, a high-intensity cardio interval training class, at 6 p.m., and Barre, Balls and Bands, a resistance training workout, at 7 p.m. Kettleworks, Arlinghaus’ kettlebell fitness program, will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesdays, followed by Barre Fushion, a combination of yoga, barre and Pilates workout at 7 p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring their own kettlebells, and other classes require only a workout mat and water. Classes cost different prices, and a discount is offered for people who register for multiple classes. For more information, call Nita Brake at 859-356-5302.



Program prepares Neighborliness comes naturally on Rosary Drive Scott’s Eagles to FLY By Melissa Stewart

ERLANGER — Being a Neigh-

bor Who Cares is just something that comes natural on Rosary Drive. “We just do the things neighbors should do,” said Tammy Muente, 42, speaking for her husband Kevin and Wil Smith. The trio were nominated for the Community Press’s Neighbors Who Care by Lee Ann Luxenberger of Crescent Springs for the care they’ve expressed toward her mother. “They have been wonderful neighbors for years,” she said. “But it wasn’t until my father passed away last year that I fully saw the incredible commitment they have to their neighbors.” Not only were Smith and the Muentes there during Luxenberger’s father’s final days, but they have regularly checked in on her mother after his death. “It is not at all unusual for my mother to look out her window to find that Wil has taken her garbage can to the curb or brought it back around the side of the house in the morning,” she said. This summer, all three of her mother’s neighbors mowed the front lawn. “While all of those things may sound like small items, they are of tremendous help,” Luxenberger said. Smith and the Muentes have done some bigger things as well, she said. Smith once came to the rescue of Luxenberger’s father. The wind hand blown the car door into him. Frail from months of chemo treatments, Luxenberger said the blow

By Amy Scalf

Kevin and Tammy Muentes of Erlanger with their dog Olivia.

TAYLOR MILL — A weekly advisory program is helping Scott students learn to FLY. Fostering Leadership in Youth, or FLY, sessions meet for 30 minutes each Wednesday in order to help teachers and students build trusting, respectful relationships together that not only help students achieve more, but also give them meaningful life lessons. “This idea started about three years ago,” said Principal Brennon Sapp. “We did a Gates Foundation survey, and we ranked lowest in the nation. Seriously, we were in the bottom two percentile in the way our kids felt about us. We had to do something.” “Students did not feel teachers cared about their learning or their personal well-being,” according to a school report. “We knew before we could truly affect change in our school, we had to improve Scott’s culture.” Scott’s teachers, staff and administrators dove into research and found many of the tools they needed through the Kentucky Department of Education, and the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, a national organization based in Washington, D.C. Sapp and his team visited other schools with successful sustained advisory programs and started choosing the building blocks that would best fit Scott’s needs. World languages teacher Rebecca Heineke took over the task of setting a curriculum for all four grade levels. She created lesson plans for each grade, addressing relevant issues, but said the group time is very flexible.


knocked him over. “He fell so hard that he fractured his shoulder,” she said. “Wil witnessed the whole thing. When he saw my dad fall, he dropped everything and ran to him. He scooped him up and carried him to the safety.” The Muents have also gone “above and beyond,” Luxenberger said. The Muents gave up a Saturday last fall to help Luxenberger’s brother move from Burlington to Erlanger. “I’m not sure we could ever fully repay the kindness that Wil, Kevin, and Tammy have shown through the years,” Luxenberger said. “My dad always referred to the three of them as the best neighbors he’s ever had. I have to agree. I am incredibly thankful that she has such thoughtful and caring neighbors.” According to Smith, 42, he’s just doing what he would do for

Wil Smith of Erlanger takes pride in being a Neighbor Who Cares.MELISSA STEWART/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

his own family. “Your neighbors are your pseudo-family,” he said. “It’s our responsibility to look out for one another.” Kevin, 42, agreed, saying he does what he does for Luxenberger’s mother because it’s how he’d want others to treat his own mother. “I’m glad I can do what I do,” he said. “I know that the people in the community I’m from look out for my mother. It’s the natural thing to do.”

Jason Bosse, Morgan Aubrey and Makela Williams are among Scott High School's students learning leadership and life skills in the Fostering Leadership in Youth, or FLY, program. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

“I’ve had advisers say they weren’t able to do the lesson. They just had a group discussion period because their students started talking and they really just needed to get that worked out,” she said. “That’s great. That’s perfect. That’s what you’re supposed to do. It needs to be based on the needs of the kids in your group.” Freshmen start by learning about character and morality, developing positive self-image and social skills along with learning about conflict resolution. The character lessons continue into sophomore year, but their focus that year is on school success skills, such as time management, test preparation, organizational skills and digital citizenship. Juniors work on college and career readiness, like developing a resume and interview skills. And seniors focus on daily living and life skills, including budgeting, personal finance, global awareness and career planning. This year’s seniors are a little disappointed they are only getting one year of the program.

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Ohmer scores 33 for Scott Scott beat Ludlow 88-85 in the first round of the Lloyd holiday tournament Dec. 26. Jake Ohmer scored 33 points including five 3-pointers. Jerad Howard had 26 for Ludlow. Scott next plays Jan. 4 against Ashland Blazer at Russell High School. Ludlow plays in the Carroll County holiday tourney Jan. 2-4.

Ludlow head coach Randy Wofford, foreground, and Scott head coach Brad Carr, kneeling, coach their teams. Scott beat Ludlow 88-85 in the first round of the Lloyd holiday tourney Dec. 26.

Ludlow senior Mitchell Cody looks for a passing lane with defense from Scott’s Jake Ohmer, 2, who scored 33 points in the game. Scott beat Ludlow 88-85 in the first round of the Lloyd holiday tourney Dec. 26. JAMES



Scott senior Ben Osborne goes strong to the goal for two points. Scott beat Ludlow 88-85 in the first round of the Lloyd holiday tourney Dec. 26. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER


The Community Recorder asked college athletes’ family and friends to submit information so our readers can get caught up on their activities. Their offerings:

Conner Downard

» Conner Downard is a member of the Denison University men’s swimming and diving team. Downard is a native of Fort Thomas, KY and is a graduate of Highlands High School. The sophomore currently Downard holds the second fastest time on the team in 500-yard freestyle event (4:37.23). Downard also swims the 100-, 200-, 1,000- and 1,650-yard freestyle events. The Big Red is currently the ranked No. 1 in Division III according to the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Top-25 poll. Denison took over the top spot after edging North Coast Athletic Conference rival Kenyon in their annual dual meet. Downard is a political science and economics double major and the son of Tim and Betsy Downard.

Anne Marie Dumaine

» Anne Marie Dumaine, a graduate of Campbell County High School, is a senior at Transylvania University and was the

Jennie Dumaine graduated from Hanover College in May 2013, where she was a track distance runner and soccer midfielder.THANKS TO PAM DUMAINE

co-captain of the soccer team the past two years and was considered the anchor of the defense. She was named to this year’s Division III Academic All-American Second Team, the only representative from the Heartland Conference. Anne Marie is a biology major with a 4.0 average and plans

Anne Marie Dumaine, a graduate of Campbell County High School, is a senior at Transylvania University and was the co-captain of the soccer team the past two years.THANKS TO PAM DUMAINE

Max Halpin (70) is a 2012 graduate of Covington Catholic High School. He is a sophomore at Western Kentucky University and considered a redshirt freshman in football.THANKS TO KELLY OWENS

to attend medical school next year. As a defender, she started every game this season and posted five goals. She led her team to an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament as the Heartland Conference runner-up. To date, her other post-season awards include: All Great Lakes Regional Second Team, Heartland Conference First Team, Tom Bohlsen Academic AllConference, Division III Academic All American District 1st Team; Team Co-MVP. She is the daughter of Pam and Tom Dumaine.

event in track was the 800 meters in outdoor and the 1,000 meters in indoor. She was on the Heartland Conference Soccer and Track Academic Teams, Great Lakes Regional Soccer Academic Team. Jennie was a biology and Spanish major with a 3.9 GPA and graduated valedictorian of her collegiate class. Jennie is now at Western Kentucky University where she is studying immunology on a teaching assistantship and refereeing high school soccer.

Jennie Dumaine

» Max Halpin (70) is a 2012 graduate of Covington Catholic High School. He is a sophomore at Western Kentucky University and considered a redshirt freshman in football. After being redshirted his first year at WKU, he earned the starting center position in game five of the season, after being called in to replace an injured Sean Conway, a four-year starter. Max contributed to an 8-4 season, however, WKU was overlooked in the bowl bids this year. Max was featured on the Bobby Petrino radio show and team press conferences. Max earned the “Grinder Award,” given to the offensive player who gives his all from the first play to the last, after his performance in an exciting 21-17 vic-

» Jennie Dumaine, also the daughter of Pam and Tom Dumaine of California, Ky., graduated from Hanover College in May 2013. The Campbell County graduate was a track distance runner and soccer midfielder. In the spring, Jennie was awarded the Mildred E Lemen Mental Attitude Award - one of the top two athletic awards given to a senior athlete at Hanover. She earned this award for her performance on and off the track/ field and her many contributions to the Hanover community. Jennie started every soccer game her senior year as a midfielder. She had the winning goal against Transylvania, defeating her sister Anne Marie. Jennie’s

Max Halpin

Hailey Hemmer of Crestview Hills recently completed her senior year of soccer, playing in the Big East for Saint John's University. THANKS TO CAROL HEMMER

tory over Army on Nov. 9. Max weighs in at 6-foot-4, 295 pounds. His parents are Kelly Owens and Mike Halpin of Fort Mitchell.

Hailey Hemmer

» Hailey Hemmer of Crestview Hills recently completed her senior year of soccer, playing in the Big East for Saint John’s University in Queens, N.Y. with tremendous success. Hailey, a center defender, anchored a backline that logged 10 shutouts and kept opponents to 0.95 goals per match. The historic season started with a 8-0 run. It continued with the team making it to the Big East semifinals. Hailey earned a spot on the All Big East tournament team. The St. John’s Red Storm continued its success by beating No. 9 University of Central Florida in Orlando 3-1 in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Hailey finished strong in her team’s historic second round of tournament play against Arkansas although they lost 0-1. Top Drawer Soccer listed Hailey as one of the top 20 players midseason in the Big East Conference. She also made the Big East First Team on College Sports MadSee CATCHING UP, Page A5




TMC Notes

» Thomas More College sophomore forward Olivia Huber (Woodlawn, Ky./Newport Central Catholic) has been named to the All-American Team. Huber, who was a third team selection, was also named to the NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s AllAmerican third team. The All-

American honors add to her 2013 postseason honors as she was named first team All-Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) and first team NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region in November. Huber, who started all 23 games for the Saints, led the team and the PAC in points (52), goals (22), assists (eight) and game-winning goals (10). The Saints finished the 2013 season at 19-2-2 overall and won the PAC regular season and tournament championship, while advancing to the sectional semifi-

nals of the NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Championship for the first time in program history.

Catching Up With College Athletes

» Villa Madonna Academy honored nine members of its Class of 2013, who returned to the school Dec. 20. The athletes are playing college sports this year. Deuce Gibson (tennis, Asbury University), Ray Moehlman (golf, EKU), Glenn Rice

(baseball, TMC), Megan Barton (soccer/track, TMC), Kelsey McQueen (rowing, Louisville), Meggie Lund (rowing, Duke), Kirsten Giesbrecht (track, Centre), Lauren Dumaine (track, Springfield College).

NewCath stag

» On Sunday, Jan. 19, Newport Central Catholic will host the annual Stag in the NCC gymnasium from 2-6 p.m. Doors open at 1 p.m. Admission is $20, which includes dinner, snacks, drinks, canned beer and a

chance to win a LED/HDTV. Additional raffles for great prizes will be available at the door. Football will be shown on the big screen.

Girls basketball

Note: All holiday tournaments ended after early publication deadlines for New Year’s Day so each team’s final placement is not available. » Ludlow beat St. Bernard 56-40 Dec. 26 in the Bellevue tourney. Tori Wofford had 20 points and Mariah Green 19.


Austin Juniet, a graduate of Newport Central Catholic and resident of Ft. Thomas, scores a goal for Thomas More College men’s soccer team.COURTESY OF THE THOMAS MORE COLLEGE WEBSITE

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ness. Hailey has consistently been Big East AllAcademic and will graduate in May with a degree in chemistry. Previously Hailey lived in Walnut Hills and attended Saint Ursula, where she played varsity basketball for two years. She played soccer for Ohio Elite Soccer Academy.

Austin Juniet

» Austin Juniet, a graduate of Newport Central Catholic, transferred from Northern Kentucky University to Thomas More College in fall 2013, where he continued his pursuit of college soccer. During his first season with the Saints, Austin was a key player in helping the team win the Presidents’ Athletic Conference and the PAC tournament. He ended the season with 7 goals and 4 assists and was also named to the First Team All-PAC Conference. The Saints qualified for the Division III NCAA Tournament and lost in the first round. His parents are Chris and Carol Juniet from Ft. Thomas.

runner-up finish and individually earned secondteam All-Conference honors at the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference cross country championships, held Nov. 2 in Hillsboro, Ill. Mark, a sophomore studying occupational therapy at Spalding University in Louisville, navigated the 8-kilometer course in a time of 25:56, placing 9th in a field of 61. Mark is a 2012 graduate of St. Henry District High School and is the son of Bill and Renee Mark.

Brett Pierce

» Brett Pierce, a cross country and track distance runner at Campbellsville University and former Scott High School runner, earned All-American status by placing sixth out of 231 runners at the National Christian College Athletic Association National Championships race at Cedarville University. Pierce also placed sixth out of 98 runners in the Mid-South Conference

Nathan Mark

» Nathan Mark of Union helped his team to a

Nathan Mark of Union helped his team to a runner-up finish and individually earned 2nd-team All-Conference honors at the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference cross country championships. THANKS TO

Brett Pierce, a cross country and track distance runner at Campbellsville University and former Scott High School runner, earned All-American status by placing sixth out of 231 runners at the National Christian College Athletic Association National Championships race at Cedarville University.THANKS



Courtney Tierney, a Newport Central Catholic graduate and Wilder, Ky. native, is playing golf for NCAA Division III Urbana University. THANKS TO THE TIERNEY FAMILY

Championships race at Rio Grande University, which earned him First Team All-Conference Honors and Academic AllMid-South Team Honors based on his grade point average. By placing sixth in the Mid-South Conference Race, Brett qualified for the NAIA National Championship Race in Lawrence, Kan., at Rim Rock Farm where he placed 93rd out of 313 runners (25:49) in the 8K distance. During the cross Stevens country regular season, Brett achieved the following: First place at the Asbury University Invitational; first place at the Rio Grande University Invitational; seventh place at the Berea College Invitational and ninth place at the Greater Louisville Invitational Men’s Silver Race. Brett is the son of Rodney and Patty Pierce of Edgewood.

Emily Yocom of St. Henry District High School (front row, second from right, purple headband) joined the Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers Volleyball team for their first regular season G-MAC conference championship. THANKS TO KENTUCKY WESLEYAN COLLEGE

tucky state and regional runner-up and owns several Scott High diving records. Stevens is the son of Marilyn and Steve Stevens.

Courtney Tierney

» Courtney Tierney, a Newport Central Catholic graduate and Wilder native, is playing golf for NCAA Division III Urbana University. During the spring season, she finished alone in fourth place (89/83=172) at the Great Midwest Athletic Conference champion-

ship at Old Hickory Country Club in Nashville to earn all-conference honors in her first season. As a sophomore during the fall season, finished in 17th place in the field of 45 (86/88/86=260) at the Mountain East Conference fall championship at the Resort at Glade Springs in Daniels, W.Va. She paced the Blue Knights in each of their final two tournaments, and finished runner-up in the third fall tournament. She is the daughter of Todd and Theresa Tierney.

Emily Yocom

» Emily Yocom of St. Henry District High School joined the Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers volleyball team for their first regular season GMAC conference championship. The Panthers finished their season with an overall record of 26-7, and went 12-2 in league play. Emily, a freshman defensive specialist, played in 72 sets, finishing the season with118 digs and14 service aces. Emily is the daughter of Chuck and Pegi Yocom of Burlington.

Logan Stevens

» Logan Stevens is off to a great start in his second year as a member of the nationally ranked Virginia Tech University swimming and diving team. Stevens, a sophomore geography major from Taylor Mill, recently won his first collegiate meet during a dual meet against the University of Cincinnati. Stevens placed first on the one-meter springboard with a personal-record score of 347 points against a field of eight divers. He also placed third on the three-meter springboard with a personal-best 387 points. Stevens then placed third on one-meter springboard in a meet against conference-rival University of North Carolina, and posted a score that qualified him for the NCAA Zone competition in the spring. Stevens was a fouryear letter winner at Scott High School, earning high school All-American status. He was the 2012 Ken-

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It’s time we stop allowing the career politicians to control us out of fear. Conservatives are told that if we don’t vote for the incumbent, our party will lose. We’re told that if we cast a vote for anySonja Adams one other than Mitch McConCOMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST nell, we’re COLUMNIST somehow throwing the election to the Democrats. When we make the point that the current long-standing Kentucky senator has failed to stand up for the conservative

principles upon which our country was founded, we’re accused of attacking fellow Republicans. The truth is, if McConnell loses his Senate seat, he loses his power; so he is using fear as a tactic to win the votes necessary to continue his 30year run in Washington. Matt Bevin is running against McConnell in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate seat. He is a successful businessman, who is willing to take a stand against the corruption in Washington and fight to renew the nation’s conservative principles. He is being attacked because he believes that 30 years is too long for a politician to hold

power on the taxpayer’s dime. Bevin has been called a Democrat in disguise because he dares to run against the incumbent. In recent weeks and months, McConnell has failed to stand up to Harry Reid, President Obama and their agenda. The career incumbent failed to use any of the legislative tools at his disposal to at least slow down the train wreck of Obamacare, and has gone along with what he feels is inevitable. McConnell says he believes in conservative principles and small government, but has attacked those who have taken a stand for them. Reportedly, McConnell called Senators Ted Cruz and

Ready to start the new year I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for 2014. For me, 2013 started off with a wreck in January, in which my husband’s car was totaled (yes, I was driving.) It was coupled with a need for me to be absent from facilitating the Julie House health and COMMUNITY wellness meetRECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST ings I dearly love, (praise God, I’m back). Add to that the emotional roller coaster ride of our lives in terms of changes in my husband’s career. In less than six months, my husband studied for, passed and secured licenses in health, life, securities, and property and casualty insurance. Now that may not sound like a big deal, but let’s just say, we’re thankful we lived through it to tell about it. May I add that I have a complete new respect for salesmen of any kind who support their families solely on a commission-based salary. If this is you or someone you

love, may God greatly bless and provide for you in 2014. To top it off, God called our family out of the comfort, security and love of our wonderful home church, East Dayton Baptist, a church my parents and several other family members attend, the church I was baptized in and the only church I have ever known in my 41 years of life “to a land that he would show us.” Just typing about all the change brings all the butterflies back. Yet, as I reflect and begin to look forward I can see, at least partially, the reasons for the valleys and the “unknowns.” One thing is sure, through it all, God had a plan. And it was, and is, all for good. (Jeremiah 29:11) And though there were valleys, and some very deep ones that I could no means climb out of alone, He was always there. His promise to never leave or forsake me as true as it has ever been. Yet another vital lesson I’ve learned this year is that in order to see and experience His truths, I must surrender fully to his plan. Know this, God does not always share “step two” with you before you complete “step one.” Just as

He did with Abraham, God may call you to “get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you.” Genesis 12:1 This is not to say that He is telling you to pick up and move literally, but simply may be calling you to step into the unknown. Your obedience to God can and will be an exciting journey. And obedience always brings blessings. “Therefore, humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.” 1 Peter 5:6 Are you looking for a great goal or resolution for 2014? Seek God in everything, and remember what the bible promises if you do; “I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently will find me.” Proverbs 8:17 Here’s to finding God in 2014! Julie House is a resident of Independence, and founder of Equipped Ministries, a Christian-based health and wellness program. She can be reached at 802-8965 or on

CIVIC INVOLVEMENT Covington/Kenton Lions Club

Meeting time: General meetings, fourth Thursday of each month; Board meetings, second Thursday of each month Where: General meetings at Madonna Manor Community Center; Board meetings at PeeWee’s Contact: 859-572-2049 Description: The Covington/Kenton Lions Club has been a chartered member of the Lions International for more than 70 years and provides eye examinations and eyeglasses to those who can’t afford them.

Covington Rotary Club

Meeting time: 12:15 p.m. Tuesdays Where: Radisson Hotel in Covington Contact: President David Miller at

Daughters of the American Revolution

Rebecca Bryan Boone Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution of Fort Thomas Meeting time: Second Wednesday or Saturday of each month Where: Various locations Contact: Zella Rahe, 1106 Craft Road, Alexandria KY 41001, 859-635-5050,

Description: DAR members prove their lineage back to a Revolutionary War patriot. They offer service to troops, veterans, schools and preserve history. Members are from Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties.

Independence Lions Club

Meeting time: 6 p.m. first and third Mondays of each month Where: El Jinete, 6477 Taylor Mill Road, Independence Contact: Membership chairperson Website: independence_ky Description: The Independence Lions Club’s primary mission is to provide local eyesight care for those who need help in Independence and the surrounding area. Additionally, the club works to identify other opportunities to support the community.

Kenton County Republican Women’s Club

Meeting time: Fourth Monday of each month (except August and December). Times vary. Where: Oriental Wok, 317 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell Contact: President Kim Kraft, Website:



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Description: Interested in promoting the objectives and policies of the Republican Party.

Kenton County Tea Party

Meeting time: 6-7:30 p.m. second and fourth Wednesday of each month (except only second Wednesday in November and December) Where: PeeWee’s, 2325 Anderson Road, Crescent Springs Contact: 859-992-6615

Kiwanis Club of Riverfront

Meeting time: 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays Where: Chez Nora’s in Covington Contact: Website: Description: Celebrating 50 years helping needy underprivileged children, the club has supplied eyeglasses, coats, uniforms, dental care, shoes and basic school supplies to needy children in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky schools.

Optimist Club of Covington

Meeting time: Noon Thursdays Where: Chez Nora’s in Covington Contact:; call Dan Humpert at 859-491-0674

Mike Lee traitors to the party because they fought to delay and defund Obamacare, and did so without consent of the leadership. Conservatives, like Matt Bevin, understand that in order to see the United States thrive again, we must make some big changes in how we do business. We can no longer “go along to get along,” allowing the country to slip further into debt and into increased governmental control of our lives. We all want the freedom to keep more of what we earn, to make our own decisions in life without government involvement, and to solve the country’s fiscal crisis. The nation’s problems can be solved, but it’s

going to take courage: courage to elect those who are willing to fight for the American people. There are a few new faces in Washington that are taking on that fight, and Matt Bevin has pledged to join them. We can’t let fear drive us into voting for a career politician who has already failed to lead. Our founders believed that a career in politics was dangerous. We need to have the courage to stand up against those who seek a lifetime of power. We need to make our voices heard and elect Matt Bevin as our next Senator to go to Washington to fight on our behalf. Sonja Adams lives in Covington.

Women: Take Control of Your Finances When you think about all that women have accomplished in the last several decades, it’s pretty astounding. Just consider their buying and earning power: According to Nielsen (August 2013), women now control approximately $12 trillion of the U.S. share of $18 trillion in global consumer spending. And approximately 28 percent of today’s working married women outearn their Shannon husbands, Johnson according to COMMUNITY Census BuRECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST reau data from USA Today. But for as many strides as women have made, they still only earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man, according to Census Bureau data. Women tend to save far less than men when planning for retirement – but have higher retirement expenses and longer life expectancies. That’s why it’s increasingly important for women to take control of their financial futures by employing smart investment strategies. And before you go thinking, “Investment strategies are for the wealthy,” think again. There are a few simple steps every woman can take now to positively impact her longterm financial outlook. 1. Talk to a financial adviser: A financial adviser can help you see the big picture and identify practical ways to achieve your vision. They can help determine whether or not you’re saving enough and if you’re investing in the right places, according to certain factors including, but not limited to, your goals, objectives, and tolerance for risk. Financial advisers aren’t exclusive to billionaires, either. Many banks have financial advisers who are available to work with customers at all levels of income, age and net worth. But be sure you are comfortable with your financial adviser; if he or she seems disinterested, you’re in the wrong office.

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2. Pay yourself first: The only way to accumulate wealth is to save more than you spend. Barring some unforeseen windfall, like a lottery winning or an inheritance, every woman will probably need a retirement account to rely on. So set aside a portion of your pretax paycheck to a 401(k) or IRA, especially if your employer offers a contribution match. Maybe you can only contribute 2 percent of your income – that’s fine! Try setting a manageable schedule under which you raise your contribution by half a percent. Start small and absorb the reduction in your cash-onhand steadily. In a few years, you’ll be amazed at how much you’ve saved. The sooner you start saving (and investing), the better off you’ll be. 3. Consider a spending freeze: Not sure your bank account can weather a “pay yourself first” savings strategy? Consider putting yourself on – and sticking to – a threemonth spending freeze. For one month, track every dime you spend. Then, cut out all of your extra expenses: Eliminate the premium cable channels (or cable entirely), eat at home and resist the buy-one-get-one sales. This will reset your spending cycle so you can gain better control of your finances. 4. Avoid the temptation to tinker: The biggest mistake a woman can make is changing your 401(k) too frequently. A good rule of thumb might be to review your 401(k) when you change your clocks. Ensure that your funds are keeping pace with the market, reallocate if necessary and then walk away. Remember that your 401(k) is a long-term plan, so it should withstand the ebb and flow of the market. You just have to be patient and avoid the temptation to constantly finetune your investments. Now, if you’re not comfortable with the fluctuations of your portfolio, it may be time to adjust your asset allocation and the amount of risk you’re taking on. Shannon Johnson is vice president and regional investment manager at Fifth Third Securities She lives in Union.

South Kenton Recorder Editor Marc Emral, 578-1053 Office hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday See page A2 for additional contact information.





Mercedes-Benz of Ft. Mitchell controller Ron Browning, right, helps unload presents with Managing Partner Don Paparella.KAMELLIA SMITH/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Christmas presents collected by the employees of Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell. KAMELLIA SMITH/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell controller Ron Browning, left, passes the presents to Kay Bowlin from the Children’s Home.KAMELLIA SMITH/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Staff of the Children’s Home welcome Mercedes-Benz employees at their main campus in Devou Park. KAMELLIA SMITH/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Staff of the Children’s Home pose in front of Christmas presents. From left are: Donald Graves, Kay Bowlin, Rick Wurth, Amy Lindley, Quentin Turley and Brenda Lunsford.KAMELLIA SMITH/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Mercedes-Benz of Ft. Mitchell receptionist Michelle Zerhusen arranges the presents inside the Children’s Home. KAMELLIA SMITH/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER.

Driving home the Christmas spirit By Kamellia Soenjoto Smith


ather than exchanging gifts with each other this Christmas, the employees of Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell decided to collect presents and donate them to the Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky. The idea originated with Don Paparella, managing partner at the dealership. “Do you know how everybody buys those $20 gifts for each other and they never use them?” he said he asked himself. “Instead of that, why not have our staff support this local charity?” About a month before Christmas, Paparella and his wife visited the Chil-

dren’s Home, a treatment facility for abused and neglected boys who suffer from severe emotional, behavioral, and social issues. “We saw the amount of dedication and the work that these people were doing with the children,” he explained. He shared the story with his co-workers. “So we set up a Christmas tree and all of our staff just started bringing in gifts,” he said. All 50 employees participated. “We’ve been blessed in our lives, and we wanted to bless somebody else’s,” said parts Manager Angela Reynolds. “They’ve had a hard up-bringing. Hopefully this can say to them, ‘I’m normal, just like anybody else.’” “Who doesn’t love kids? And they

need everything that they need,” added marketing manager Dan Bell. “So we’re happy to be a part of it.” Five days before Christmas they finished collecting gifts and took them to the Children’s Home main campus in Devou Park. “It will be a surprise for the children on Christmas morning,” said the home’s chief executive Officer Rick Wurth. “These gifts are for the boys who are in our residential treatment program,” he explained. “These are boys aged 7 to 17 who are living with us 24/7 for, on average, seven to eight months.” There are approximately 42 boys living at the home. Most of them have been removed from their own homes by the state due to abuse, neglect, or at-risk be-

havior. “Our goal is to provide a safe and home-like environment for these boys while they’re undergoing treatment with our clinical team,” Wurth continued. In 2012 the Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky impacted 400 children and families in 33 counties across the state. Anyone who would like to volunteer or donate can visit “Northern Kentucky needs to know that there are people who are willing to spend their time and energy lifting up others,” Wurth said. “The human spirits in our communities are different because of it.” “It’s not what you receive,” Paparella stressed. “It’s about giving.”




Art Exhibits

Art Exhibits

Six Exhibitions, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd., Ohio National Financial Services Main Gallery: Ron Thomas: Take It From Me. Duveneck: So They Say: Northern Kentucky Printmakers. Rieveschl: Trisha Weeks. Hutson: Andrew Dailey. Semmens: David Hartz. Youth: The Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts Carnegie Scholarship Winner, Rachel Birrer. 859-491-2030. Covington.

Six Exhibitions, noon-3 p.m., The Carnegie, 859-491-2030. Covington.

Cooking Classes Sushi Rolling and Dining, 7 p.m., Sushi Cincinnati, 130 W. Pike St., Includes training, choice of at least three sushi rolls, BYOB and recipe/product information. $25. Reservations required. Through Dec. 27. 513-335-0297; Covington.

Exercise Classes Lean and Mean Circuit Class, 5:30-6:30 a.m. and 7-8 a.m., Yolo Fitness, 1516 Dixie Highway, $15. 859-429-2225. Park Hills.

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Layout features Lionel trains and Plasticville. More than 250 feet of track. Patrons welcome to operate more than 30 accessories from buttons on layout. Through Jan. 19. Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington. Light Up the Levee, 6:10-11:50 p.m., Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Featuring more than one million LED lights dancing in synchronization to holiday music. Lights dance every 20 minutes. Through Jan. 5. Free. 859-291-0550; Newport. Newport Express Holiday Depot, noon-8 p.m., Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Special holiday attraction features unique train displays as well as true-to-size model of real train and other activities for all ages. Through Jan. 5. $5. 859-291-0550; Newport.

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Music - Jazz Karl Dappen on Sax, 7-10 p.m., Argentine Bistro, 2875 Town Center Blvd., Variety of music from jazz to soft rock. Free. 859-426-1042; Crestview Hills.


Dance Classes Square Dance Lessons, 7:309:30 p.m., Promenade Palace, 3630 Decoursey Pike, Casual dress and smooth-soled shoes. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 859-4419155; Covington.

Exercise Classes Lean and Mean Circuit Class, 5:30-6:30 a.m. and 7-8 a.m., Yolo Fitness, $15. 859-429-2225. Park Hills.

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Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke, 9 p.m., Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St., With DJ Will Corson.

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SUNDAY, JAN. 5 Holiday Toy Trains, 1-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-4914003; Covington. Light Up the Levee, 6:10-11:50 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-291-0550; Newport. Newport Express Holiday Depot, noon-8 p.m., Newport on the Levee, $5. 859-291-0550; Newport.

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Art Exhibits Six Exhibitions, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Carnegie, 859-491-2030. Covington.

Exercise Classes Yoga, 6:30-7:30 a.m., Yolo Fitness, 1516 Dixie Highway, Master postures while increasing flexibility and strength. $10. Through May 6. 859-429-2225; Park Hills. Lean and Mean Circuit Class, 7-8 a.m., Yolo Fitness, $15. 859-429-2225. Park Hills.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 8 Art Exhibits Six Exhibitions, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Carnegie, 859-491-2030. Covington.

Civic Kenton County Conservation District Board Meeting, 5-7 p.m., Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission, 2332 Royal Drive, Regular meeting to discuss conservation district programs, projects and activities. Free. Presented by Kenton County Conservation District. 859-586-7903. Fort Mitchell.

Exercise Classes Lean and Mean Circuit Class, 5:30-6:30 a.m. and 7-8 a.m., Yolo Fitness, $15. 859-429-2225. Park Hills.

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington. Newport.

FRIDAY, JAN. 10 Drink Tastings Friday Wine Tasting, 4-8 p.m., D.E.P.’s Fine Wine & Spirits Fort Thomas, Free. 859-781-8105; Fort Thomas.

Exercise Classes Lean and Mean Circuit Class, 5:30-6:30 a.m. and 7-8 a.m., Yolo Fitness, $15. 859-429-2225. Park Hills.

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington.

SATURDAY, JAN. 11 Art Exhibits Six Exhibitions, noon-3 p.m., The Carnegie, 859-491-2030. Covington.

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Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Karaoke with Bree, 8 p.m.midnight, Pike St. Lounge, 266 W Pike Street, Free. Presented by Hotwheels Entertainment. 513-402-2733. Covington.

Sushi Rolling and Dining, 7 p.m., Sushi Cincinnati, $25. Reservations required. 513-3350297; Covington.


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Roger Drawdy, 8 p.m., Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St., Irish music. Free. 859-491-6659; Covington.

Six Exhibitions, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Carnegie, 859-491-2030. Covington.

Exercise Classes Lean and Mean Circuit Class, 5:30-6:30 a.m. and 7-8 a.m., Yolo Fitness, $15. 859-429-2225. Park Hills.

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Bluegrass Jam Session, 8 p.m., Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St., All bluegrass pickers invited to participate. Free. 859-491-6659; Covington.


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Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Recreation Aerial Fitness, 6-7 p.m., Locomotion on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Work on core body strength and endurance and use aerial equipment for workout. Rigorous course suitable for all fitness levels. Ages 18 and up. $15. Presented by Cincinnati Circus Company. 513-921-5454;

Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Music - Concerts Signs of Life: the Essence of Pink Floyd, 9 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., $25, $20 advance. 859-491-2444; Covington.

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Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke, 9 p.m., Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, Free. 859-491-6659. Covington.

MONDAY, JAN. 13 Art Exhibits Six Exhibitions, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Carnegie, 859-491-2030. Covington.

Dance Classes Square Dance Lessons, 7:309:30 p.m., Promenade Palace, $5. 859-441-9155; Covington.

Exercise Classes Lean and Mean Circuit Class, 5:30-6:30 a.m. and 7-8 a.m., Yolo Fitness, $15. 859-429-2225. Park Hills.

Music - Bluegrass Bluegrass Jam Session, 8 p.m., Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, Free. 859-491-6659; Covington.

Seminars Evidence-Based School Counseling Conference, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., METS Center, 3861 Olympic Blvd., Provides school counselors with critical information about successful practice, evaluation and relevant research to create dynamic and powerful school counseling programs. Ages 21 and up. Price varies. Registration required. Presented by Northern Kentucky University Community Connections. 859-572-5600; Erlanger.

TUESDAY, JAN. 14 Art Exhibits Six Exhibitions, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Carnegie, 859-491-2030. Covington.

Exercise Classes

Karl Dappen on Sax, 7-10 p.m., Argentine Bistro, Free. 859-4261042; Crestview Hills.

Yoga, 6:30-7:30 a.m., Yolo Fitness, $10. 859-429-2225; Park Hills. Lean and Mean Circuit Class, 7-8 a.m., Yolo Fitness, $15. 859-429-2225. Park Hills.


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Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington.

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Holiday Toy Trains, 1-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-4914003; Covington.


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Rita predicts food trends for 2014

At the start of each new year with you, I like to talk about food trends. Locally sourced continues to be a big factor, along with homemade biscuits instead of buns and bread for sandwiches. Another trend is Rita healthier Heikenfeld kids meals: RITA’S KITCHEN yogurt, applesauce and baked fries for fried. Gluten-free (no surprise) items will be abundant in restaurants and at the grocery. Chefs will use nuts as coating for poultry and fish instead of flour. Veggies galore, especially cauliflower, will be cooked simply or with flavorful herbs and spices as mains and sides. Heirloom beans and peanuts are “in” and are easily grown. Peanuts hide under the ground and kids love to harvest these. Rice is big this year. You’ll see a dizzying variety, from instant to brown to the new darling of the food world: Carolina Gold. This is the grandfather of long-grain rice here and, depending upon the way it’s cooked, can be made into fluffy rice or creamy risotto. Tea is here to stay. Get out mom’s tea set and enjoy a relaxing and healthy cup of tea. Tea contains polyphenols, antioxidants that are

good for our heart, teeth, eyes and general good health. As far as wild edibles, I’m right on top of it. I’ve made pine needle tea (high in vitamins A and C) for years and now it’s hit the big time. It has a minty, piney flavor. Look for ground pine needle tea at health food stores. Ditto for sumac lemonade. We have sumac trees (not the poison sumac!) growing along our old country road and in late August they bear a beautiful, cone-shaped red fruit perfect for tart, healthy lemonade. A caution here: Always make a positive identification when picking wild edibles. There are many non-edible look-a-likes out there.

Rita’s vegetarian red beans and rice

My twist on Hoppin’ John, the traditional New Year’s dish. Rice and beans together make a protein-filled dish. Add sautéed shrimp or chicken for a non-vegetarian meal. Use your favorite beans.

1 very generous cup chopped onion 2-3 teaspoons garlic, minced 2 teaspoons cumin or to taste 2 bay leaves 1 teaspoon chili powder blend or to taste 2 cups rice 2 cans red beans, drained 4 cups vegetable or chicken broth, or bit more if needed Salt and pepper to taste

To stir in after cook-

floured surface and roll 1⁄2 inch thick, cutting with biscuit cutter or glass. Place on baking sheet, one inch apart. Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden. Brush with melted butter.

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Homemade self-rising flour, more Hoppin’ John recipes and quick cheddar bay biscuits.

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“Culinary Herbs that Heal Body and Soul” is available at Sacred Heart Radio ( or 513-7317748).

Rita’s red beans and rice is her take on the traditional New Year’s Hoppin’ John.THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD

ing: Favorite greens (If using kale, add when you put rice in as it takes longer to cook). Garnish: Thinly sliced green onions, chopped tomatoes Film pan with olive oil. Add onion, garlic, cumin, bay and chili powder. Sauté until onion looks almost clear. Add rice, beans and broth. Bring to boil. Cover and lower to a simmer and cook until rice is tender. Remove bay leaves. Health aspects Beans: Lower cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar and reduce risk of cancer and heart disease. Onions and garlic: Great for your heart. Tomatoes: Contains antioxidants and is good for the prostate.

Brown rice vs. white: Nutritionally superior, your body absorbs nutrients from brown rice more slowly. Bay: Helps blood sugar levels.

Easy Southern “light” biscuits

Try a Southern flour like White Lily, which has a lower gluten/protein content than Northern flours and produces a lighter textured biscuit. 2 cups self-rising flour ⁄4 cup shortening 2 ⁄3 to 3⁄4 cup buttermilk Melted butter


Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Spray baking sheet. Spoon flour into measuring cup and level off. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles

coarse crumbs. With a fork, blend in enough milk until dough leaves sides of bowl. Knead a couple times on lightly

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Richardson, Cevan (Sallie) Bauer and Chad Bauer; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sister Chela Kaplan; brother Larry (Faye) Richardson; and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl. Burial was in Independence Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1201 Story Ave., Louisville, KY 40206.

Jack Blom John Thomas “Jack” Blom, 71, of Erlanger died Dec. 21 at Villa Spring of Erlanger. He worked for more than 30 years in maintenance at Overhead Door. He was a member of St. John and St. Ann Mission Church, a Kentucky Colonel, and past president of the Overhead Door Labor Union. Survivors include his son Joe Glenkler, daughter Becky Snow (Jim), grandson Marty Snow, brother Pat Blom, sister Angie Brenner, lifelong friend Ann Rudloff, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Pam Blom, and sister Kathy Deininger. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials can be sent to St. Ann Mission 1274 Parkway Ave. Covington, KY 41011-1060.

Hazel Breeden Hazel Breeden, 96, of Covington, died Dec. 18, at Rosedale Green in Latonia. She was a millwright at Wright’s, making aircraft parts, played the guitar in a local band, loved to garden, enjoyed her roses, and attended South Side Baptist Church. Her husband, William Bradford Breeden, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Linda Leeke of Union, and Karen Dornbusch of Fort Wright; six grandchildren, 14 greatgrandchildren and 12 greatgreat-grandchildren. Interment was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in Taylor Mill.

Helen Brendel Helen Marie Brendel nee Crowell, 85, of Erlanger died Dec. 23 at St. Elizabeth Hospice in Edgewood. She was a bookkeeper for Citizens National Bank and PNC Bank, and a member of the Elsmere Ladies Auxiliary Fire Department and was on the Lloyd Alumni board.

ABOUT OBITUARIES Basic obituary information and a color photograph of your loved one is published without charge by The Community Press. Please call us at 283-0404 for more information. To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 513-2424000 for pricing details. For the most up-to-date Northern Kentucky obituaries, click on the “Obituaries” link at She was preceded in death by her husband, Roland “Pete” Brendel; brothers, William “Bill” Crowell, Jack Crowell, and Jim Crowell; sister, Carolyn Dugan; and daughter, Kim Brendel. She is survived by her sons Tommy (Diane) Brendel of Belleville, Ill., Barry (Alice) Brendel of Covington, and Todd Brendel of Elsmere; and daughter, Charlene “Missy” (Vince) Stelzer of Florence; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Erlanger. Memorials may be made to Lloyd Alumni Association 450 Bartlett Avenue Erlanger, KY 41018 or St. Elizabeth Hospice 483 South Loop Dr. Edgewood, KY 41017.

Patricia Cleek Patricia (Brennan) Cleek, 75, of Crescent Springs died Dec. 24 at her home. She worked as an executive secretary for Eagle Picher in Cincinnati. She was a member of St. Mary Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption and enjoyed enjoyed playing cards and was a member of several card groups. She was preceded in death by her parents Edward J. Brennan and Rose M. Talley Brennan and her Husband Max A. Cleek. She is survived by her son Marc (Pam) Cleek of Petersburg, Ky.; daughter Mitzi (Tom) Hehman of Erlanger; brother Michael (Joyce) Brennan of Signal Mountain, Tenn.; grandchildren Michelle (Kevin) Findley, Thomas Hehman, Nicholas (Jessica) Cleek, Jacob Cleek and Lauren Cleek and seven great-grandchildren. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials may be made to Brinkman Memorial Scholarship Fund C/O Holy Cross High School 3617 Church St., Latonia, Ky. 41015.

Bill Gerwe William “Bill” Gerwe, 98, of Taylor Mill, died Dec. 23 at the Hospice of St. Elizabeth, Edgewood.

He was a retired mail carrier for U.S. Postal Service, Covington, Wolrd War II Army veteran and member of St. Anthony Church and St. Anthony Fun Club. He was preceded in death by his wife Rita Schlosser Gerwe; granddaughter Jessica Kidd Vogelpohl; daughter in-law Peggy Gerwe; brother John Gerwe; sisters Dorothy Foltz and Ruth Curley. He is survived by sons Rick (Connie) Gerwe of Hebron, Kenny (Ginny) Gerwe of Sycamore Township and Larry (Susan) Gerwe of Edgewood; daughter Jeriann (Joe) Kidd of Taylor Mill; sister Rosemary Talbert of Erlanger; 11 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Burial with military honors was in Mother of God. Memorials to St. Anthony Church, 485 Grand Avenue, Taylor Mill, KY 41015, Hospice of the Bluegrass Care Center, 7388 Turfway Road, Florence, KY 41042 or charity of choice .

Betty Haverbusch Betty Haverbusch, 83, of Park Hills died Dec. 21. She worked in retail management for the Shilloto Co., which later became Lazarus, for over 42 years. She is preceded in death by her parents Henry and Agnes Haverbusch, sisters Clare Martin, Rita Fritz, and Martha Haverbusch, and nephew Jeffrey Brown. Survived by sisters Mary Ann Brown (Jim), and Dorothy Haverebusch, and nieces and nephews William Martin (Sunny), Barbara Lang (Steve), Kathie Martin, Terry Brinkman (Mark), Richard Martin, Erin Martin (Val), Jim Brown (Judy), Lynn Case (Tom), Nancy Brown, Tim Fritz, Kim Schamer (Matt), Sue Scanlon (Dennis), Mary Beth Campbell (Scott); 29 great nieces and nephews; and 12 great-great nieces and nephews. Burial was in St. John Ceme-

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DEATHS Continued from Page B4 tery. Memorials can be made to St. John Church at 627 Pike Street, Covington, KY 41011 or to Notre Dame Academy at 1699 Hilton Drive, Park Hills, KY 41011 or to the charity of your choice.

Jozlyn Jacobs Jozlyn Leeann Jacobs, six weeks, died Dec. 8, at her residence. Survivors include her parents, Zachary Jacobs and Kimberly Hicks; sister, Jayden Lynn Hicks; maternal grandparents, Brenda Hicks and James Hicks; paternal grandparents, Angela Taylor, and Richard Jacobs; maternal great grandparents, Phyllis Setters and Charlene Glenn; paternal great grandparents, Diane and Jerry Smith; and great-great grandmother, Iona Janson. Interment was at Independence Cemetery. Memorials: Jacobs/Hicks Family, care of Chambers and Grubbs, 11382 Madison Pike, Independence, KY 41051.

Glenn Kenton Glenn E. Kenton, 81, of Bellevue, formerly of Covington, died Dec. 21, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He retired after 31 years with Dubois Chemical Company in Cincinnati, was a graduate of Holmes High School, and loved playing golf at A.J. Jolly Golf Course. His brother, Bill Kenton, died previously. Survivors include his son, Michael Kenton of Erlanger; two grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren. Interment was at Mother of God Cemetery in Fort Wright.

Linda Owens Linda Owens, 72, died Dec. 23. Preceded in death by her parents Martin, and Anna Owens, four brothers, and one sister. She is survived by sisters Shirley and Wendell Bell of Latonia, Bessie Owens of Elsmere, Carolyn Young of Pineville, Ky., Henrietta Carroll of Pineville, Ky.; and several nieces and nephews. Burial was Floral Hills Cemetery, Taylor Mill.

Sheila Reid Sheila Lynn Reid, 60, of Gahanna, Ohio died Dec. 20, at St.

Elizabeth Edgewood. She was an IT consultant with Nationwide Insurance Company, and enjoyed gardening, tennis, softball and bowling. Survivors include her husband, Bob Reid of Gahanna, Ohio; daughter, Shannon Lippert of Pikeville, N.C.; son, Christopher Ferguson of Gahanna; stepdaughter, Jennifer Reid of Grove City, Ohio; parents, Jayne and Raymond Rueter of Crescent Springs; sisters, Sharon Thelen of Villa Hills, and Shelley Barker of Villa Hills; brother, Raymond Rueter Jr. of Villa Hills; and two grandchildren. Interment was at St. Mary Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Robert Schneider Robert George Schneider, 75, of Villa Hills, died Dec. 17, at the VA Hospital in Lexington. He graduated from Newport Catholic, joined the Marine Corps, serving 1956-58, and was the owner of Covington Paper and Woodenware. Survivors include his wife, Lydia; children, Lorie Schneider of Crescent Springs, Robert A. Schneider of Crescent Springs, and Cynthia Vest of Union; brothers, William and Donald; stepchildren, David Morgan and Gina Lamborinides; three grandchildren and five step-grandchildren. Memorials: THVC, Wilmore, KY.

Dec. 18. He was a World War II Army veteran of the Pacific Theater, Company C, 161st Infantry, 25th Division, 1st Battalion. He was a survivor of Pearl Harbor. A sportsman, he pitched for the minor leagues and local teams. He also organized and coached Little League baseball, where he served as marshal of Sunny Acres. He worked as a lineman/frameman for The Cincinnati Bell Telephone Co. and was member of the Pioneers. After his retirement, he and his brother started the Willson Tree Service. He was a member of St. Anthony Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma; parents, Pearl and Edward, eight brothers and sisters, several nieces, nephews, cousins and aunts and uncles. He is survived by his children: Diane Weaver of Mission Viejo, Calif., Dan Tabeling of West Milford, N.J., Linda Vesper of Villa Hills, and Susan Connor of St. Charles, MO.; grandchildren: Amy, Julie, John, Erica, Megan, Christian, Rebecca and Jack; four great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and sister in-law Millie. Burial with military honors was in Mother of God Cemetery. Memorials may be made to ASPCA at

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