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Sgt. Marc Schworer recently attended the 11-week FBI National Academy program.

Cruise to revisit 1937 flood sites January marks the 75th anniversary of the 1937 flood, during which the Ohio River swelled out of its banks and hit a record 80 feet – more than 27 feet above flood stage. Local residents and historay buffs alike can take a winter cruise down the river while learning about the worst flood in area history. Life, B1

Trendy food items for the new year What do pickled foods, gluten free ingredients and whole grains have in common? They’re on Rita Heikenfled’s list of hot food trends for 2012. Food, B3

Parents complete leadership training Ten parents from Kenton County took part in the Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership, an initiative of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. Schools, A4

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Paving the way to veterans memorial By Amy Scalf

INDEPENDENCE — With a little more help, the Memorial Oaks of South Kenton could become a commemorative treasure that allows residents to reflect on our local military history and find inspiration for future service. Approximately 300 engraved paving stones have been purchased so far, but hundreds more remain to be sold before the project accumulates enough money to move forward with construction. “We want the community reflected in the memorial and we want folks to come back and have a reason to visit,” said Bill Schnieder, who is both a former Simon Kenton High School teacher and a member of the Independence American Legion Post 275. He helped start the effort to create the memorial and hopes to see it constructed by Memorial Day 2012. The memorial is to be centered among four oak trees, all that survived from 13 oaks planted as a memorial in 1946, between Simon Kenton High School and Kenton Elementary School on Madison Pike. The original memorial honored alumni from In-

dependence, Piner and Simon Kenton high schools who served in World War II. The planned memorial, which was rededicated in May 2011, honors 25 individuals: 23 military heroes and two first responders. The design also includes a flagpole, benches, a central stone medallion and two tablets decorated with emblems of each branch of the military and of local emergency departments. “I hope the memorial and its setting with the benches will encourage kids and teachers to go out there and spend time,” said Schneider. “There’s nothing more inspiring that to sit among the memories of men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice. This will be more than the memories of the past, it’s a challenge for the future.” Independence City Councilman Chris Reinersman agrees. “We’ve seen it here recently with wars being fought and folks returning from overseas service,” said Reinersman, who also serves on the steering committee for the memorial. “I think that when kids see this on a day-to-day basis, they will be reminded that if you choose this very honorable path, your fellow citizens appreciate it. It makes a difference.”

Engraved paving stones can be purchased through the city of Independence at 859-356-5302 or online at Pavers can be personalized to honor a military veteran or first responder, or to display your family name. Paving stones can also recognize teachers or graduating classes. All pavers will be brick red and are available in two sizes. A smaller stone, measuring four by eight inches, can bear three lines of text, 13 characters each, and costs $50. A larger stone, measuring eight by eight inches, includes six lines of text, 13 characters per line, and costs $100. Schneider said the committee is also planning an auction in the spring. He is seeking donations of military and sports memorabilia, antiques and other items for the auction. Volunteers are also coming forward to help prepare the site for construction. “It’s just like in1946 when they planted those original trees and made those original markers, the community got together to do that. I hope to solicit that same kind of response,” said Schneider.

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Photo contest is just for teens

This colorful sunrise photo won first place for Anna Brueggemann in the 2010 Teen Photography Contest at William Durr Library in Independence. THANKS TO KENTON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY

By Amy Scalf

INDEPENDENCE — Creating art is its own reward, but a Best Buy gift card is pretty nice, too. First- and second-place winners of the William E. Durr Branch Library teen photography contest will win $100 and $50 worth of Best Buy gift cards, respectively, for their artistic efforts. According to Durr’s teen librarian Jessy Griffith, students in grades 6 through 12 can submit JPEG images via email to by Friday, Jan. 27, for the contest. All entries should include the photographer’s name, grade and contact phone or email. Griffith will reply to every entry. If you enter and do not receive a reply email, please try again or call the library at 859-962-4030. Two entries are allowed per person. By entering the contest you are allowing the library to use the images in promotional materials and galleries both online and in print. Judges will be library staff and volunteers. Winners will be announced at the gallery show on Tuesday, Jan. 31. “The photography contest is a really great creative outlet for teens in Kenton County, but I think my favorite part of it is the gallery show we have at the end of January,” said Griffith. “Any and everyone is invited to come and see all of the teens’ photos. It’s an amazing night, and a great way to show off the talent right here in our area.”

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INDEPENDENCE — Police say the death of a 33-year-old man whose body was found in the road Christmas morning was an accident. However, the man’s girlfriend police say was driving was drunk when he got out of the mov-

ing vehicle that also had two kids inside. Donald Setters, 33, opened the door of the vehicle and attempted to get out on Glenhurst Drive while it was still moving, said Dave Nichols, Assistant Independence Police Chief. Setters struck his head on the pavement and died. Two passing cars saw

him lying in the road and called 911 about 1:40 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 25. Setters’ girlfriend, Emily Cox, 29, was arrested at the scene when she came back to find Setters. She was charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and firstdegree wanton endangerment

because there was a 10-year-old and a 2-year-old in the car, Nichols said. Cox was released from the Kenton County jail on Dec. 26 after posting $5,000 bond. She was scheduled to appear in court Jan. 3.



Taylor Mill food drive nets big results By Amy Scalf

TAYLOR MILL — The people of Taylor Mill know how to give big. In the third year for the city’s canned food drive to support its holiday meal project, 131 bags of food were donated to the Salvation Army, along with four bags of miscellaneous items and Kroger gift certificates worth $165. “It’s been really overwhelming. It’s been great,” said Mike Robke, assistant

to the city’s chief administrative officer Jill Bailey announced at the city meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 14. City leaders thanked the community for supporting the drive, and commended city employees for their work. Money and non-perishable food items continued to come in until bags were packed and the donation was delivered on Monday, Dec. 19. Robke said last-minute cash donations were exchanged for the grocery

gift cards so the Salvation Army could distribute those to local families in need as well. According to Bailey, the donation for the past two years comprised 27 meal bags in 2009 and 37 bags in 2010. Each bag contained items for a holiday meal for a 4-6 person family, including vegetables, fruits, dessert and either stuffing, instant mashed potatoes or macaroni and cheese mixes. The donations were collected at the city building

throughout the month of December, and city employees lined up the items on tables in the City Commission chambers to fill bags assembly-line style. Tables hold stacks of items donated during Taylor Mill's annual food drive before filling 131 bags donated to the Salvation Army. Last year, the city donated 37 bags. THANKS TO MIKE ROBKE

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Rick Buster, Tony Hoffman, Jill Bailey, Denise Skirvin, Maurya Simonin, Bryan Harrison and Sandy Meyer were among the Taylor Mill city employees who helped fill 131 bags to be distributed by the Salvation Army. THANKS TO MIKE ROBKE

Man nabbed after 8 years on the run INDEPENDENCE — Authorities arrested a Lexington man here Dec. 20 who they say had been on the run for eight years. The Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force recently learned that Rashad A. Spillman, 34, who was wanted on drug and robbery charges in Fayette County was living on Sylvan Drive in Independ-

ence, said strike force spokesman Bill Mark. Spillman had been using the name Marcus Gordon, he said. Strike Force agents watched the home for several hours until they saw Spillman at the house that evening. Agents called in the Kenton County SWAT Team and Independence Police to help arrest Spillman. After a short ne-

gotiation, Spillman came out of the home and was arrested. He was served with nine warrants from Fayette County including trafficking cocaine, violating probation on a robbery conviction, first-degree wanton endangerment and violations of a domestic violence order.


Lynne List of Taylor Mill and her dog Buddy, 3 1/2, enjoy a healthy run in the cold air by the Kenton Paw Park Dec. 28. PATRICIA A. SCHEYER FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

CVG employees give back By Stephanie Salmons

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Kentucky ranks high on child homelessness By Libby Cunningham

Nearly 40,000 children in Kentucky didn’t have a place to call home in 2010. The Bluegrass State has the highest amount of child homelessness in the nation behind Oregon, according to America’s Youngest Outcasts 2010, a report on the number of homeless children in the United States from the National Center on Family Homelessness. It was released on Dec. 13. “It was quite distressful to look at the report,” said Michael Hurysz with the Northern Kentucky Area Development District. Hurysz helps count the number of homeless citi-

zens in Northern Kentucky, and said despite the number of homeless children in the state increasing, the number of homeless families is nearly the same. The report shows that 24 percent of families in Kentucky use half of their income toward rent. On average, to afford a two-bedroom apartment a resident has to make $12.19 an hour. About 86 percent of households eligible for food stamps use them; still the state is ranked 11th when it comes to home foreclosures, meaning that less homes are foreclosed on in Kentucky than in most of the country. Despite this, all school districts in Campbell, Boone and Kenton counties

are home to students who don’t have places to live. The public school districts in Boone County have 469 homeless students, according to the NKADD. In Kenton County, public school districts have 854 homeless students and Campbell County public school districts have 324 students without homes. Homeless children are “individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence” including those who share housing after the loss of home, those living in tents, cars or public places. The guidelines are from the U.S. Department of Education’s McKinney-Vento Assistance Act.

“I’ve had families that have lived in a motel and teenagers and elementary students they all stay in one room, two small beds and sleeping on the floor,” said Debbie Burch, director of family resources at River Ridge Elementary School. “And they may be living there six months or longer.” Recently Burch has more stories to tell, because she said the number of students without homes is going up. “It is going higher and higher even since last year,” she said. “I don’t really realize what their grandparents are going through.”

NKY 9/11 project sets $150,000 goal By Nancy Daly

With the new year, the Northern Kentucky 9/11 Memorial Project is launching a $150,000 capital campaign. A piece of steel from the World Trade Center was obtained last February by the Crescent Springs Villa Hills Fire/EMS. At first plans were to construct a Kenton County 9/11 Memorial next to the Kenton County Veterans Memorial at Buttermilk Pike and Collins Road. But after meeting with local officials including state Sen. John Schickel, RUnion, state Sen. Jack Westwood, R-Erlanger, Rep. Alecia Webb-Edgington, R-Fort Wright, and Rep. Sal Santoro, R-Florence, the committee was urged to broaden its scope to involve all of Northern Kentucky, while keeping the memorial in Crescent Springs. The Northern Kentucky 9/11 Memorial Project was launched last March to incorporate the piece of history to memorialize those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, and to represent all Northern Kentucky communities. The granite monument will be pentagonal in shape

An artist's rendering of the Northern Kentucky 9/11 Memorial. THANKS TO LOU HARTFIEL and include renderings of the Twin Towers. It will be created by Nancy Holian of Holian Granite and Bronze of Florence. “It’s going to represent five different groups of people: The first reponders affected on that day, the police, the airlines that were involved (including the plane that went down in Shanksville, Pa.), the Pentagon and the civilians killed that day in all three places,” Hartfiel said. Thus far the committee has raised $8,000, Hartfiel said, so there is a long way to go to reach the $150,000 goal. “There’s resources in our community that make that an attainable goal,” said Lou Praball of Crescent Springs, chair of the fundraising committee.

“I'd like to think those people would step up and some of the leaders will step up and start the donation process and encourage their families and friends to do the same.” A series of fundraisers will include a Standup Comedy Night on March 23 at Greaves Concert Hall at Northern Kentucky University. Hartfiel hopes to get members from all three counties to help spearhead the drive. Those interested may call Hartfiel at 859816-1516. Donations may be sent to NKY 9/11 Memorial, Crescent Springs City Building, 739 Buttermilk Pike, Crescent Springs KY 41017. Make checks payable to NKY 9/11 Memorial. The group’s website is Hartfiel is also looking for businesses interested in including the 9/11 Memorial in their marketing plans. The committee hopes to dedicate the new memorial in September 2012. “It’s such a huge event that took place in the United States,” Praball said. “To honor the people that died and the people that went into the building knowing they were probably not going to come out – nothing’s been done of this magnitude in this area.” “We don’t want people to ever forget 9/11,” Hartfiel said.

NORTHERN KENTUCKY 9/11 MEMORIAL Committee members are Crescent Springs Mayor Jim Collett, Patrick Crowley, Lou Hartfiel, Nancy Holian, Jeff Klump, Susan Laws, Villa Hills Mayor Mike Martin, Sgt. Greg Pohlman, Lou Prabell, Amy Prasinos, George Ripberger, Steve Schenkel, Jim Simkonis and Crescent Springs/Villa Hills Fire Chief Jeff Wendt. “Friends of the Memorial” include Kenton County Judge-executive Steve Arlinghaus, Boone County Judgeexecutive Gary Moore, Campbell County Judgeexecutive Steve Pendery, State Rep. Sal Santoro, State Sen. John Schickel, State Sen. Jack Westwood and State Rep. Alecia Webb-Edgington.



By Amy Scalf

COVINGTON — The Choral Club of Northern Kentucky has brought the gift of music to local audiences for more than 70 years, but they're always looking for new members to help them deliver. Originally created from a group of drama club members at Mother of God Church in 1938, the Choral Club is now an independent volunteer choral group and invitational concert choir. The group performs at various churches and other venues, either as enhancement to a choral liturgy or for presentation of a full choral concert, and currently lists 25 members from addresses across Northern Kentucky, including Fort Mitchell, Covington, Independence, Erlanger, and Florence, as well as some from Cincinnati. Marty Geiser serves as the group's accompanist, and she maintains the Choral Club's website at Geiser started performing with the group 37 years ago, when Karl Lietzenmayer also was director. She said they both left to pursue other interests and came back a couple of years ago to find that, despite the move away from the group's original home church, the Choral Club remains very much the same. "It is the same group that was there 37 years ago," Geiser said. "It's like a time-warp." The group rehearses Thursday evenings at Panorama Community room on 4th Street in Covington. They invite new members

to join in the fun of singing classical church and secular music. "We really need tenors," said Geiser. The website states that rehearsals are kept to a minimum and membership is open to anyone high school age or older who has a genuine love of classical choral music. Lietzenmayer agrees about the group's need for tenors, but admits he's open to anyone who is interested. "We need some younger voices," he said, noting he is a robust 74 years young. "There's really no difficult audition or anything. We just see where people fit in, and they have to come in and start learning it. It's not that hard." For more call him at 859261-2807 or email

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Generator gives buildings power By Amy Scalf

TAYLOR MILL — If wicked winter weather comes this way, Taylor Mill residents will find a warm, safe, full-powered haven in their city buildings. A 325-gallon diesel generator, purchased last year with funds from a Kentucky Office of Homeland Security grant, stands ready to power the city’s main office building, fire station and maintenance garage in the event of an outage.

“Back when we had the hurricane, the city was without power for three days,” said Fire Chief Dennis Halpin. “Now we don’t have to worry about that. We will be up and running no matter what.” Mike Robke, assistant to the city’s chief administrative officer, reported on the successful installation of the generator and completion of the grant’s requirements during the city commission meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 14. He said work to install the generator cost the city

around $6,000, between inkind costs, labor and a small amount of cash. "My guys did 95 percent of the work,” said Halpin. “The state paid for the slab of concrete, but we had to dig the foundation for it, and pour the concrete, and dig the trenches for the electric to be laid. Arc Electric laid the lines, but we had to fill it in and put blacktop over it. It was a lot of work, but we got it done. My people were fantastic.” Halpin said the work was completed during one week this summer.

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Schools see increase in need over holidays By Libby Cunningham

Schools in Kenton County had to make more room under their trees this Christmas as more parents depended on help from a school sponsored secret Santa. Maryann Moore, director of youth services at Lloyd Memorial High School, said she saw an increase in the amount of students needing aid. Although she didn’t have an exact count on the number of students when she spoke to The Re-

corder on Dec. 16, she was able to say that 50 families in the district received food for the holiday and winter break. “When it’s the holiday break (students) don’t have access to everything here at school,” she said. Still, Moore said, some families are falling short. “The problem isn’t that there’s a lot of avenues to get help, based on what donors give,” she said. “We know that there’s tons of better resources and we’ve made sure people aren’t on multiple

lists.” It’s not fair, she said, to all of those who need some help. “As a part of the sign-ups all of the different organizations have them sign that it’s OK for us to share family name information to make sure they aren’t on more than one list,” she said. “It’s not fair for someone to get extra stuff and someone else who needs it not getting anything.” For the family resource centers at Arnett, Lindeman and Howell Elementary schools parents have to meet certain re-

Scott High School senior Lauren Webster sings the classic Gershwin tune, "Someone to Watch Over Me" as Gershwin Ensemble's Codi Kindoll conducts and saxaphone players Wes Brown and Jacob Butler look on at the school's Gershwin Revue. THANKS TO KIM TANEY

Beshear inaugural parade featured Beechwood band tol where Beshear took the oath of office for his second term as the state’s 61st governor. 2012 Teacher of the Year Kimberly Shearer of Boone County High School was grand marshal and rode alongside Boy Scout troops and other state dignitaries. Beshear and first lady Jane Beshear traveled the pa-

said Assistant Principal Nikki Benson. Kenton County Schools helped about 160 to 170 families, which adds up to 475 kids this year, said Melody Simms, coordinator at the Kenton Elementary School Family Resource Center. “We have had about 100 more students,” she said. “Not only has it been an increase what we are finding is the families we are working with are families we’ve never worked with before.”

Local parents finish leadership, advocacy training


A cannon shot from the Kentucky Military History Museum officially kicked off the inaugural parade for Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear Dec. 13 in Frankfort. More than 4,150 parade participants, including 54 high school marching bands, traveled up Capital Avenue toward the Capi-

quirements to receive help. About 190 students were served this Christmas. “This year we ask a parent teacher conference and attend one school sponsored event and make sure the student doesn’t have excessive unexcused absences,” said Tracy Molley, who directs the family resource centers at these schools. “We want to make sure they are doing their part as parents.” Beechwood Independent Schools also received more requests for aid this holiday year,

rade route in an open horsedrawn carriage provided by the Kentucky Horse Park. Ryle High School Marching Raiders, Newport High School Wildcat Marching Band and the Beechwood High School Marching Tigers were among high school marching bands in the parade.


Elementary students at Villa Madonna Academy donated blankets, hats, gloves, and personal hygiene items to be given to members of Cristo Rey parish in Erlanger and Church of the Resurrection parish in Cincinnati. The Christmas season collection was spearheaded by Villa art, French, Spanish, library, music, and physical ed teachers. Helping to pack the items are: Fiza, Henri, Laney, Olivia, and Drew. The students hail from Cold Spring, Edgewood, Highland Heights, and Independence. THANKS TO DEBBIE YOUNG

Ten parents from Kenton County took part in the Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership, an initiative of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. The nationally recognized 15year program helps parents become more effective advocates for their children’s education. The new CIPL graduates, listed with the school district they’ll implement their CIPL project with, include Kerry Holleran, Tiffany Randall, Lee Richardson and Suzanna Richardson, Covington Independent; and Tom Elfers, Sheri Goodenough, Heather Graziani, Monica Jacobs, Crystal Ross and Toni Walden, Kenton County. The parents participated in three two-day training sessions designed to increase their unWalden derstanding of school performance and how to improve it. They will be responsible for conducting a follow-up project designed to accelerate the acHolleran ademic achievement of students at their child’s school and to involve more parents in the effort. Parents will present their individual projects to a CIPL project review panel on Jan. 25. The members of the panel will consist of persons from the school district, community and past CIPL participants.





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Clark Horine and Julie Reinhart received What Outstanding Work (WOW) Awards at the Nov. 14 Kenton County Board of Education meeting. The awards recognize employees that demonstrate excellence in support of children. Shown: Clark Horine, R. C. Hinsdale teacher receives his What Outstanding Work (WOW) Award from board member Becky Melching and vice-chairperson Carl Wicklund. THANKS TO TERESA WILKINS



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Home for the holidays

Catch up with college athletes

Several local basketball teams stayed in town last week for holiday hoops tournaments. Here is a New Year’s appetizer of images from those tourneys. For more information on how teams did, check out the Press Preps column in this issue.

By James Weber

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Ludlow junior Chris Camarena (40) and senior Caleb Engel (33) go for a rebound against Conner. The game was part of the Lloyd Memorial holiday tourney Dec. 27-30. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Ludlow senior Doug Wright tries to block a shot against Conner. The game was part of the Lloyd Memorial holiday tourney Dec. 27-30. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Holy Cross senior Travis Thompson draws a foul. HC beat Clay County in the Lloyd Memorial tournament Dec. 29, 2011. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Holy Cross junior Tony Campbell heads to the basket. HC beat Clay County in the Lloyd Memorial tournament Dec. 29, 2011. JAMES

The Recorder asked for submissions from readers on how local high school alumni are doing in college athletics. Here are the responses we received over the holidays. We’ll have more updates on local college athletes in the new year. » Northern Kentucky University's Jenna Schreiver has earned third team All-America honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Schreiver, a junior setter from Edgewood, Ky., and Notre Dame Academy standout, was selected to the NCAA Division II All-America third team. Schreiver helped NKU post a 26-6 record this season and advance to the semifinals of the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Tournament. » Former local swimming standouts and state champions Krissie Brandenburg (Beechwood HS/Louisville) and Ellen Williamson (Notre Dame/Virginia) competed against each other at the SMU Classic in Texas in October. This was Ellen's first college meet and she swam against her Northern Kentucky Clipper team mate Krissie. Ellen is currently No. 1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference in the 200 IM, No. 3 in the 100 backstroke, No. 5 in 100 fly and No. 6 in 200 back. She is ranked 15th in the nation in 200 IM. Ellen and Krissie could next swim against each other at the NCAA Championships in March. » Former Scott High School bowlers Melissa Rehmet and Emily Freking are competing in college: Rehmet at Campbellsville and Freking at Bellarmine.


Holy Cross junior Christian McClendon scores two points. HC beat Clay County in the Lloyd Memorial tournament Dec. 29, 2011. JAMES WEBER/THE

Ludlow senior Chris Yates shoots against Conner. The game was part of the Lloyd Memorial holiday tourney Dec. 27-30. JAMES



From left are Krissie Brandenburg and Ellen Williamson. THANKS TO KEN WILLIAMSON


Boys basketball

» Beechwood went 1-2 at Pikeville Dec. 28-30. » Cov Cath beat McNicholas 68-54 Dec. 23, then went 2-0 in a tourney in Granville, Ohio. » Dixie Heights went 1-2 in a tourney in Binghamton, N.Y., and is 6-5. » Holy Cross went 4-0 to win the Lloyd holiday tourney Dec. 27-30. Holy Cross beat Bowling Green 79-74 in overtime in the final. HC beat Mason County, Clay County and Bowling Green another time earlier in the tourney. » Lloyd went 2-2 in its holiday tourney, beating

Ludlow and Conner. Ludlow was 0-4. » Holmes went 3-0 to win a tourney in Campbellsville, beating Doss, Marion County and an Australian travel team. » Simon Kenton improved to 8-2 by beating Fayette County, Ga. 58-53 Dec. 27.

Girls basketball

» Beechwood went 2-1 in the Queen of the Bluegrass tourney at East Carter, beating East Ridge and West Carter and losing to East Carter. » Dixie Heights went 1-3 at the Mercer County tourney, beating Burgin 5341. » Holy Cross went 2-2 at the Mercer County holiday

tourney Dec. 27-30, beating Burgin and Johnson Central. HC hosts Holmes Jan. 6 in their rivalry district seeding battle. » Ludlow went 1-2 at the Williamstown holiday tourney, beating the hosts 7473. Lloyd went 1-2 as well, beating Williamstown. » Notre Dame went 4-0 to win the South Laurel tournament, beating Harlan County, Harlan, South Laurel and Clay County (Tenn.). NDA is 9-1. » Scott went 1-3 at Pulaski County Dec. 27-30. » Simon Kenton beat Lincoln County 60-57 in overtime Dec. 23.

gional basketball tournaments are only a couple of weeks away. The girls’ tournaments will be played Jan. 9-14: Eighth Region – Williamstown; Ninth Region – Newport; 10th Region – Nicholas County. The boys’ tournaments are being played Jan. 16-21: Eighth Region – Trimble County; Ninth Region – Beechwood (two quarterfinal games will be played at Villa Madonna); 10th Region – Bracken County High School. The state tourney is Jan. 25-29 in Frankfort.

Conner and Simon Kenton will both host invitationals Saturday, Jan. 7. The Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference championships moves to January from its previous December slot. It will be Jan. 10-11 with action split between Scott and Campbell County. Simon Kenton finished 10th out of 53 teams at the Greater Miami Valley tourney in Dayton, Ohio. Kevin Cooper won the 145-pound weight class. Hieronymus Chamblee finished fifth at 170.

All “A” basketball


» There will be some key local action in the first weeks of the New Year.

» Several locals were honored by the Louisville Courier-Journal on the paper’s all-state team.

» The three area All ‘A’ Classic boys’ and girls’ re-


Covington Catholic lineman Bradley Way was first-team offense. Running back Gabe Gray and kicker Evan Talkers were honorable mention. Beechwood’s Joey Nussbaum was secondteam defense for punting and honorable mention offense for placekicking. RB Cameron Vocke was thirdteam offense and lineman Brett Eyckmans honorable mention offense. Dixie Heights quarterback Zeke Pike and receiver Goose Cohorn were honorable mention offense. Holy Cross’ Paul Lampone was third-team defense. Quarterback Kyle Fuller and receiver Eric Walker were honorable mention offense.




Editor: Nancy Daly,, 578-1059


Library supports your 2012 resolutions Improving our education and/ or job skills, weight loss, taking up a new hobby, making new friends, reading more, expanding our taste in music, learning a new skill. These are typical New Year’s resolutions. Resolutions are hard to keep unless you have someone or something supporting you in your quest. The Kenton County Public Library can be that support. Are you finally ready to join Facebook or just learn how to use it better to find family and friends? The Covington Branch will offer a class on this topic. Did


you get a new ereader, iPod or computer for Christmas? The library has classes on how to use these items. Need to learn how to use the Internet for your job search or target your resume? There are classes for

that. Many people use the new year as their incentive to get in shape. The Erlanger Branch has several

exercise classes including yoga, Pilates and Sit and Be Fit. It is also offering programs like Time Management Tips, A New Authentic You (living a fulfilling life) and Top 10 Fat Loss Secrets. You might want to help your children improve their grades through free tutoring at the Covington Library or by using the Learning Express database available on the library’s website. Learning Express allows students to take reading and math practice tests, as well as ACT and SAT practice tests from any computer with an online connection. Bring the kids to Puppy Tales to

help improve their reading. Want to start a new hobby? The library offers a lot of different activities including chess for ages 6-17, writers groups, book clubs, gaming and much more. The library offers quilting, scrapbooking, knitting and other crafting programs. Moms and dads looking to make friends with other moms and dads can bring their little ones to storytimes. In addition to the programs, the library has thousands of books on weight loss, exercise and dieting, improving job skills and resume writing, ACT and SAT prep, crafting and pretty

much anything else you can imagine. You can also pick up exercise DVDs. The Kenton County Public Library is a great place to work on your New Year’s resolution. Visit for a full listing of programs or to search the catalog for books and DVDs. Gina Holt is the public relations coordinator for the Kenton County Library System.

Curb foolish talk Making meaningful about science charitable contributions

In 2011 it was announced that Answers in Genesis, the Creation Museum purveyors, planned to build Noah’s Ark, a theme park. Both are based on a literal biblical interpretation of a less than 10,000-year-old Earth. Much hubbub ensued as the state of Kentucky suggested favorable tax breaks for this jobcreating enterprise. It involved the pesky matter in the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights in the United States Constitution that takes a dim view in the establishment clause of government support of religion. Loud voices were heard supporting and decrying the legalities of state monies supporting this religion-based park. This being a gubernatorial election year, Gov. Steve Beshear granted generous state aid for the park. At the same time no notice was paid to a gratuitous swipe at science by Mike Zovath, a senior vice-president of Answers in Genesis. He said, “I do not believe in global warming.” Mr. Zovath has the right to believe in any god and religion he chooses. Irrefutable data from peer-reviewed science prove that the earth is warming beyond a shadow on a doubt. Mr. Zovath confused faith with fact-based science. “Believing” has nothing to do with it. Only hubris could dismiss a world of credible, serious scientists who labor at their laboratory benches for decades and decades with a dismissive sevenword sentence as if that were the last word on the subject. Pity our beloved nation if it lacks respect for science and the scientific method. Double pity if young, bright students are dis-

couraged from healthy inquiry as they are brainwashed with simplistic answers that find no validity in reality. They Nancy are forced to fit Rowles everything into the fictional COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST paradigm of COLUMNIST Creationism. At a time when our nation needs to be aware of the threats of climate change as evidenced by horrific weather-related incidents around the globe this year and its ability to do something about it, many elected officials promised fewer restraints on carbon dioxide emissions and less money for energy innovation. Compare that with taxpayer money for a creationism theme park! It is to be hoped, with little evidence so far, that climate change deniers, for one agenda or another, will come to their senses to help the country wake up to real science while living the messages of their particular sacred Scriptures, without conflating the two. Mr. Zovath would not consult a scientist on matters of faith. He would do well not to make foolish pronouncements about science. It gives religion a bad name especially for the enlightened who embrace religion and science, not religion vs. science. As Alexander Pope wrote in 1733, “Hope springs eternal.” Nancy Rowles is a retired actuary who lives in Covington.

If you own something you cannot give away, then you don’t own it – it owns you. – Albert Schweitzer At the holidays, many of us are blessed to enjoy a fine meal and fellowship with family and friends. Some of our neighbors, however, are not as fortunate. The holidays remind us that many are in need, and in this season of giving, we may help by providing our time and our money. First, while placing coins in a collection basket at the Florence Mall provides a warm feeling, you may ask: how can one make a more substantial financial contribution? A donor-advised fund may be the answer. A donor-advised fund is a private fund sponsored by a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization and established to manage charitable donations of individuals, families and institutions. To make a contribution to a donor-advised fund, you must first find a sponsoring organization. It could be a local community foundation – such as The Greater Cincinnati Foundation – or a major investment firm that has started a nonprofit charitable endowment – such as Fidelity, Vanguard or Schwab. You may be able to open an account in a donor-advised fund with as little as $5,000; however, typical minimums range from $10,000 to $25,000. Contributions to a donor-advised fund are irrevocable, but provide you with an immediate tax deduction. For individuals, the tax deduction for donor-advised fund donations may be up to 50 percent of the donor’s adjusted gross income (“AGI”). The fund

invests your contribution – which may consist of cash or securities – and the assets benefit from taxfree growth. While the donorMatthew A. advised fund Swendiman has legal control over your COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST contribution, COLUMNIST you may advise how the assets in your account are to be invested. The fund then writes checks to the charities and nonprofit groups you recommend. Besides the tax deduction and the satisfaction of helping others, donor-advised funds are also attractive for what you don’t have to do. You don’t have to establish tax-exempt status or create a private foundation. You don’t have to pay set-up fees to attorneys and accountants, and you don’t have to file separate federal and state tax returns. Finally, donor-advised funds give individuals the flexibility to decide if donations will or will not be anonymous on a grant-by-grant basis. Readers who are not prepared to provide to a donor-advised fund may be interested in providing their time to broad charitable and service organizations such as Catholic Charities of Northern Kentucky, or other entities with a particular focus, such as the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati (“DSAGC”). Organizations such as these are always searching for committed individuals who can participate in a wide variety of ways, includ-

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ing board or committee membership, fundraising, event coordination, and more. To help, please call Catholic Charities at 859-5818974, DSAGC at 513-761-5400, or please contact a charity meaningful to you. Echoing words once offered by Dr. Schweitzer, we may not know what our future holds, but we believe the happiest among us “are those who have sought and found how to serve." Matthew A. Swendiman is a resident of Park Hills, and an adjunct professor of business law at Xavier University.

How to determine when child is too ill for school “Mommy, I don’t feel good,” says the little voice. Those five words are tough for any parent to hear, not only because we don’t want our kids to be sick, but also because we know how illness can disrupt our family life. Every child reacts differently when he or she is ill, so it can be hard to determine just how poorly he or she feels—particularly if the child is too young to talk. Certain symptoms in children, such as fever, vomiting, or diarrhea are indicators of a communicable disease. When those are present, it’s best for the child to stay home to reduce the risk of the illness spreading to others. Public health experts say that if the child has a temperature (without fever-reducing medica-

tions) above 100°F when taken in the armpit, 101°F when taken in the mouth or 102°F when taken rectally, keep the child at Lynne Saddler home until he or she is fever free COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST for at least 24 COLUMNIST hours. Fever is usually not serious, but is a sign of infection or other inflammatory process. A high fever that is not controlled by fever-reducing medicines, fever for several days or fever in a child younger than four months old are all reasons to contact a health care provider. Children with stomach ail-



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ments, including vomiting and diarrhea, should be kept home. If the child has diarrhea that lasts several days, he or she should stay home until a medical provider indicates that he/she can return to school or child care. Gastrointestinal illnesses, including Shigella and Cryptosporidiosis, spread easily in schools and child cares. Keeping children with diarrhea or vomiting home can help limit this. The last category is the most subjective—when the child just isn’t acting right. Symptoms include unusual fatigue, controlled coughing, irritability, persistent crying or wheezing. If any of these are severe, you not only want to keep the child home, but also contact a health care provid-


If your child has a rash, persistent sore throat or pink eye you should keep him/her out until cleared by a health care provider. When your child is in that gray area, perhaps with a common cold, use common sense in deciding whether your child is acting “normal enough” to send him or her to school or child care. You know your child best, and should be able to tell when something’s not right. But if you’re in doubt, experts say you should always call your child's health care provider for advice. If you’re not sure about whether or not your child can leave home with a particular illness, check with the school or child care center. All have policies regarding the ex-

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clusion of ill children. Even if the decision to keep your child out of school or child care is clear, the arrangements to make that happen may not be. Plan ahead. Figure out in advance who can watch an ill child. Can grandparents, neighbors or other family members help? Can you or your spouse work from home or shift your hours? What about when the illness lasts for several days or spreads from one child to another in the family? One sick child in a class can infect more than 20 others, who then infect siblings and then…well, we have an outbreak on our hands.

Dr. Lynne Saddler is district director of health for the Northern Kentucky Health Department.

South Kenton Recorder Editor Nancy Daly, 578-1059 Office hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday See page A2 for additional contact information.





FLOODING AT RABBIT HASH According to the Encyclopedia of Northern Kentucky, Northern Kentucky communities suffered more than $1 million in property damage and 50,000 residents were left homeless. The flooded area completely covered Silver Grove, Melbourne, Brent and Rabbit Hash, the book reads. A local farmer wrote in his diary that Rabbit Hash was “washed off the map,” the Encyclopedia says. “This turned out to be a slight exaggeration. The Rabbit Hash General Store had survived, though it was completely covered by water. Iron rods installed through the entire structure into the ground secured it against such disasters,” it reads.

This aerial photograph taken above the Kentucky shore in 1937 shows the flood waters lapping at the Suspension Bridge, which was the only unflooded link from Pittsburgh to Cairo, Ill. FILE PHOTO

River trip commemorates flood By Stephanie Salmons

January marks the 75th anniversary of the 1937 flood, during which the Ohio River swelled out of its banks and hit a record 80 feet – more than 27 feet above flood stage. Local residents and history buffs alike can take a winter cruise down the river while learning about the worst flood in area history. The all-day cruise on the Belle of Cincinnati boards at 7:30 a.m. Jan. 21 and sails from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Departing from Newport Landing, the boat will stop in Rabbit Hash and Rising Sun, Ind., before heading back to Newport. Breakfast and an evening meal will be provided. The cruise will feature activities on all three decks of the Belle of Cincinnati including lectures by historians, videos, oral history, photos, river music, recollections of the flood’s destruction and stories of community heroism. BB Riverboats did a cruise put together by Don Clare, president of the Rabbit Hash Historical Society, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the flood, said Alan Bernstein, owner and captain of BB Riverboats. “The idea really happened 25 years ago,” he said. “This is going to be a great cruise.”

This photograph was taken about Jan. 21, 1937, during evacuation of the stores in Rabbit Hash. THANKS TO BOONE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY

Bernstein said he expects this cruise to sell out –which means about 350 people. “There’s not a whole lot of people left alive today that survived the 1937 flood,” he said. What came from the flood, though, are things we still live with today, Bernstein said, like flood protection. But that may not be enough to stop the

water from rising again. “If Mother Nature wants the ’37 flood to happen again, it could,” he said. “There’s nothing man is going to do about it.” Clare said the 1937 flood remains the “worst natural disaster of all times along the Ohio River Valley.” “It was deservedly entitled the thousand year flood,”

Clare said. Organizers are encouraging anyone interested in regional history, river history or natural disasters to join the cruise, he said. According to Clare, the four major lecturers giving presentations are Dan Hurley with the Cincinnati Historical Society, Rick Bell with the Rivers Institute of Hanover

College, Chuck Parrish, the Army Corps of Engineers river historian, and Greg Bogosian from the national Seckatary Hawkins club. Announcements of river history and points of interest will be presented throughout the cruise, Clare said. In addition, a special light mounted on the smokestacks will show guests just how high the water got in 1937. John Boh, secretary of the Kenton County Historical Society, said the average younger person hasn’t really experienced any catastrophe like that flood. “So it’s important from that point of view to have a feel what it’s like,” he said. Another reason to commemorate the anniversary? There are still people alive who have first-hand experiences of the flood, Boh said. “Twenty-five years from now, they’ll all be gone,” he said. The ship will stop at Rabbit Hash where people can visit the town and have a lunch of homemade bean soup and country ham sandwiches and visit Rising Sun, Ind., across the river before sailing back to Newport. Cost is $120 for adults, $110 for seniors and $65 for children ages 4-12. Kids under the age of 4 are free. For tickets visit or call 859-261-8500.


Sergeant graduates from FBI Academy By Amy Scalf

FORT WRIGHT — Sgt. Marc Schworer has more than 20 years of local law enforcement experience, but he's still learning. Schworer recently attended the 11-week FBI National Academy program in Quantico, Va., studying leadership, fitness, legal issues, writing and photogra-

phy. While Schworer enjoyed his studies, he's not running off to join the FBI. "The program doesn't change anything here. I'm still the same sergeant," he said. Schworer intends to stay in Fort Wright, possibly becoming police chief someday, but if he was interested in moving the academy training "would be a prestigious thing to have on my

resume." Fort Wright Police Chief Daniel Kreinest noted Schworer's graduation during the city council meeting Wednesday, Dec. 7. Kreinest said only a few Kentucky officers attend the academy each year, and the department is proud of Schworer's achievement. Schworer was among 266 officers who graduated Friday, Dec. 16, from the academy's

247th session. He said the program helped build friendships that will help their future police work. "I would say that I have a friend now in every state that I can call and request help," he said. "It was a once in a lifetime experience for me. It was very challenging and pushed me outside my comfort zone, but it will be an experience I will never forget."

Sgt. Marc Schworer graduated from the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va., Friday, Dec. 16. THANKS TO MARC SCHWORER


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, JAN. 6 Art & Craft Classes Snowy Days Project, 11 a.m. 1:30 p.m., Totter’s Otterville, 4314 Boron Drive, Start with story about What Snowmen Do At Night, then make two different crafts. Ends with hot chocolate. Family friendly. Included with admission: $7.95 children ages 1 and up, free for adults. 859-491-1441; Latonia.

Art Centers & Art Museums A New Reality, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 25 W. Seventh St., Works curated by Mary Heider highlights talents of multimedia artists Robert Fry, Jennifer Grote and Michael Scheurer. Free. 859-292-2322; Covington.

Art Exhibits Universal Vision from a Local Perspective, 7-11 p.m., Boleros Dance Club, 8406 U.S. 42, Works by local artists. Featured artist: Emily L. Figueroa-Wolfe, presenting her first solo show. Using her own unique style paired with classic techniques, Emily takes us on a journey around the world and to our own back yards. Free. Through Jan. 31. 859-379-5143; Florence.

Dining Events Fish Fry, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Newport Elks Lodge, 3704 Alexandria Pike, Serving fish, steak or shrimp. Beer and soft drinks also available. $5.50 and up. 859-4411273. Cold Spring.

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. "Polar Express" readings by Kenton, Campbell and Boone County librarians Nov. 27, Dec. 4 and Dec. 18 at 2 p.m., reservations required. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Erlanger VFW, 4435 Dixie Highway, Cash bar only. With Jay. No cover. 859-727-9303. Erlanger.

Literary - Libraries Mahjong, 10:30 a.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Open play. All skill levels welcome. Family friendly. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Union.

Museums Borders of Change: The Paintings of Gary Akers, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Works by Kentucky-born artist portray rustic landscape of his home state. Included with admission: $7, $6 seniors, $4 children; free for members. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Music - Concerts Vito Emmanuel, 9 p.m. With Arlo Mckinley and the Lonesome Sound, Department Store Alligator, Common Center and Fun Machine., Madison Theater,

730 Madison Ave., Standing only on the main floor. $6. 859-4912444; Covington.

Music - Jazz New Sleepcat Band, 7:30 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., Directed by Bill Gemmer and features John Von Ohlen. 859261-2365; Covington.

Music - Rock Fathead Davis Trio, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., JerZee’s Pub and Grub, 708 Monmouth St., Free. 859-4913500; Newport.

free for members. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Music - Acoustic Saturday Night Music, 7-8:30 p.m. Music by Kenzie Grubbs., Velocity Bike & Bean, 7560 Burlington Pike, Acoustic sets by local musicians. Fresh baked goods, desserts and coffee available. Family friendly. Free. 859-371-8356; Florence.

Music - Jazz New Sleepcat Band, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 859-261-2365; Covington.

Music - World

Music - R&B

Alpen Echos, 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Hofbrauhaus, 200 E. Third St., 859-471-7200; Newport.

Basic Truth, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., KJ’s Pub, 2379 Buttermilk Crossing, Free. 859-344-1413. Crescent Springs.

On Stage - Comedy

Music - Rock

Carlos Mencia, 8 p.m. $30., 10:30 p.m. $30., Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, A Honduran-born American comedian, writer and actor. 859-957-2000; Newport.

Ben Walz Band, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., JerZee’s Pub and Grub, 708 Monmouth St., Free. 859-4913500; Newport. The Foxx, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Shimmers Tavern, 1939 Dixie Highway, $5. 859-426-0490. Fort Wright.

Recreation Duplicate Bridge, 6-9 p.m., Panorama Plus, 8510 Old Toll Road, Common Room. Open to all players. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Boone County Bridge Center. Through Dec. 21. 859-391-8639; Florence.

SATURDAY, JAN. 7 Art Exhibits Universal Vision from a Local Perspective, 6-11 p.m., Boleros Dance Club, Free. 859-379-5143; Florence.

Auditions Katalyst Talent Agency Open Call, 2-5 p.m., Katalyst, LLC, 3037 Dixie Highway, Suite 214, All experience levels seeking representation with Katalyst. First come, first served. Requirements at website. Family friendly. Free. 859-581-4555. Edgewood.

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.

Karaoke and Open Mic Super Bowl of Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Super Bowl Bellewood, 1211 Waterworks Road, $12 buckets, $3 domestics, $2 jello shots. With DJ Love MD. No cover. Presented by Super Bowl. 859-781-1211. Newport.

Literary - Libraries Dog Days, 11 a.m., Walton Branch Library, 21 S. Main St., Read book to therapy dogs. Grades K-5. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665; Walton. Kings Day Celebration, 3 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Visit from the Wisemen. Bring family for pictures, snacks and a gift. Free. Reservations required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665; Florence.

Museums Borders of Change: The Paintings of Gary Akers, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 seniors, $4 children;

Music - World Alpen Echos, 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Hofbrauhaus, 859-471-7200; Newport.

On Stage - Comedy Carlos Mencia, 7:30 p.m. $30., 10 p.m. $30., Funny Bone Comedy Club, 859-957-2000; Newport.


MONDAY, JAN. 9 Art Centers & Art Museums A New Reality, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 859-292-2322; Covington.

Auditions An Inspector Calls, 7-9 p.m., Village Players, Free. 513-8410205; Fort Thomas.


Duplicate Bridge, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Panorama Plus, $5. 859-391-8639; Florence.

Tea Party Meeting, 6-8 p.m., Sub Station II, 7905 Dream St., Meet and discuss limited government, free markets and fiscal responsibility. Free. Presented by Grassroots Tea Party of Boone County. 859-746-3573; Florence.


Dance Classes


Auditions An Inspector Calls, 7-9 p.m., Village Players, 8 N. Fort Thomas Ave., Classic mystery presented in intimate 3/4 theater. Cast requirements: 4 men and 3 women, 20s-60s. Auditions consist of cold readings from the script. British accents required; coach will work with cast. Show dates: April 20-28. Ages 18 and up. Free. 513-841-0205; Fort Thomas. A Light in the Piazza, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Stained Glass Theatre, 802 York St., Auditioners should prepare 32 bars of a lyrical Broadway ballad. Call 513-7027297 for additional information and to schedule an audition appointment. Those without an appointment will be taken in order as they sign in. Callbacks, if needed, will take place on Wednesday, January 11th at 6:30PM. Free. Presented by Footlighters Inc.. 513-702-7297; Newport.

Exercise Classes Wrestling Open Mats, 5-6:30 p.m., All Star Performance Training, 8419 U.S. 42, Designed for the committed wrestler, grades K-12, who want to reach full potential. Intense drilling and live wrestling to prepare you for your upcoming season. $6. Registration required. 859912-0764; Elsmere.

Holiday - Christmas 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.

Museums Borders of Change: The Paintings of Gary Akers, 1-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 seniors, $4 children; free for members. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Music - Jazz

Carlos Mencia will perform at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6; 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7; and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, at the Funny Bone Comedy Club at Newport on the Levee. Mencia is a Honduran-born American comedian, writer and actor. Tickets are $30. For more information, call 859-957-2000. THANKS TO COMEDY CENTRAL

Ben Walz Band, pictured, will perform from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at JerZees Pub and Grub, 708 Monmouth St. in Newport. For more information, call 859-491-3500.

Phil DeGreg Trio, 4:30 p.m. Sunday Jazz in the Afternoon., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., 859-261-2365; Covington.

On Stage - Comedy Carlos Mencia, 7:30 p.m. $30., Funny Bone Comedy Club, 859-957-2000; Newport.

Argentine Tango for Beginners, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Eight weeks, through Feb. 27., Step-NOut Studio, 721 Madison Road, With Patricia Paz Tango. $90, $80 advance. Registration required. 513-560-5112; Covington.

Education Spotlight on Genealogy, 7 p.m. Learn how can fill the missing pieces in your family history. Focus will include much sought-after Indiana and Ohio records., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Informal discussion of genealogy news and resources, plus guest speakers on family history topics. Snacks served. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington.

Exercise Classes Gentle Yoga, 6 p.m. 7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Learn basic postures and flows. Bring yoga mat. Family friendly. $25 per month. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Burlington. Zumba, 6 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Latininspired dance-fitness program blends international music and dance steps. Family friendly. $25 per month. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Union.

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Recreation Duplicate Bridge, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., Lower Level. Open to all players. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Boone County Bridge Center. 859-391-8639; Elsmere.

TUESDAY, JAN. 10 Art Centers & Art Museums A New Reality, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 859-292-2322; Covington.

Art Exhibits Universal Vision from a Local Perspective, 7-9 p.m., Boleros Dance Club, Free. 859-379-5143; Florence.

Auditions A Light in the Piazza, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Stained Glass Theatre, Free. 513-702-7297; Newport.

Education e-Reader Class: Amazon Kindle, 6 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Learn how to download and check out eBooks to your Nook, Kindle or iPod/iPad. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Burlington.

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.

Literary - Book Clubs Bookaholics Meeting, 7-9 p.m., Blue Marble Children’s Bookstore, 1356 S. Fort Thomas Ave., Great Green Room. Teachers, librarians, writers and Blue Marble staff gather once a month to share and discuss books they’ve read. Ages 18 and up. Free. 859-781-0602. Fort Thomas.

Literary - Libraries Anime & Manga, 6:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Discuss your favorite manga and watch an anime provided by Operation Anime. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. Title Waves Book Club, 6:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Check out newest books and talk about your favorites. Snacks provided. Ages 9-11. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Burlington. Watercolor on Handmade Paper, 7 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Handmade paper is non-traditional surface for watercolor that produces lovely, soft images. See demo and try your hand. $5. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Florence.

Museums Borders of Change: The Paintings of Gary Akers, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 seniors, $4 children; free for members. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Karaoke and Open Mic Open Mic Night, 7:30 p.m., The Pub Crestview Hills, 2853 Dixie Highway, With Mike Liggett. 859-426-7827; Crestview Hills.

Literary - Libraries Teen Cafe, 3-4:30 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Gaming, Internet, snacks and more. Teens. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Florence. In the Loop, 10:30 a.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Knit or crochet in relaxed, friendly company. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Florence. Messy Art, 6:30 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Young artists dress for mess and create with color. Ages 2-5. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library.

The work of artist Emily L. Figueroa-Wolfe opens at 7 p.m. Jan. 4 at Boleros Dance Club, 8406 U.S. 42, Florence. Titled "Universal Vision from a Local Perspective," the show is her first and uses her unique style paired with classic techniques. THANKS TO GARY BLEVINS



Looking at the food trends for 2012

I can’t claim myself as a trendsetter when it comes to fashion (I’m still not brave enough to wear a short sweater dress over tights with Rita boots), but I Heikenfeld can say RITA’S KITCHEN that I’m pretty much at the top of my game when it comes to food and trends. Here’s some of the “hot” trends for 2012, and which have been part of my repertoire before becoming trendy. Agave syrup/nectar: From a cactus with a lower glycemic index than sugar, and about 1½ times sweeter than sugar. Daughter-in-law Jess substitutes agave for sugar in some of her recipes. I’ve been using it in dressings and marinades. Pickling/jellies: Pickling is the No. 1 preparation trend. We ate at the Senate restaurant

recently and house made pickles (and jams) were on the menu. I’m hungry again just thinking of that flavor popping meal. I learned from mom to make everything from fermented dills to relishes to wild berry jams. Though I am intrigued, now, with the Senate’s salsify/cranberry jam … Bible herbs, flavorings and spices: Cinnamon, fennel pollen (dried flower heads – try rubbing on pork), cardamom and cumin are a few of the hot button spices for 2012 which are staples in my cooking. And garlic and onions are in every good cook’s pantry. Rose water is the new vanilla. The reason? Well, first of all, the flavors add a real punch to foods, and their health qualities are legendary. (Check out my blog at, Cooking with Rita, for more about Bible foods and herbs). Whole grains: Whole grains are absorbed more slowly and make you feel

full longer. My favorite brown rice is Uncle Ben’s converted Composting/root cellars/organic: Ever hear of bokashi composting or trash can root cellars? Check out the latest methods at the website of Kentucky reader Dan Adams: He’s all about sustainable and organic, too – how this industry has grown! Gluten-free ingredients: So many people require gluten-free foods, and you’ll see more available. Artisan-cheese making at home: Log onto Dr. Fankhauser’s cheese page for everything you need to know about cheese making and my blog at for homemade ricotta. He’s a University of Cincinnati professor and is a respected here and around the nation.

My adaptation of Dr. Oz’s salt-free blend Savory is a great substitute for salt and is called the bean herb in

Germany since it helps digest beans. Combine:

⁄3 cup garlic powder ⁄3 cup onion powder 1 ⁄3 cup oregano 2 tablespoons thyme 3 tablespoons parsley flakes 2 teaspoons savory 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1


Rita’s vegetarian whole-wheat pasta fagioli with fire-roasted tomatoes

A favorite with my students and a great way to start out the new year in a healthy way.

12 oz. to 1 lb. any short whole-wheat pasta, boiled 8 tablespoons (½ cup) cup extra virgin olive oil 1 generous tablespoon minced garlic 1 tablespoon dried oregano 2 14.5 oz. cans fire-roasted diced tomatoes 2-3 cans beans of your choice, drained: Cannellini, kidney, chick

peas, etc. Several handfuls any fresh greens, like spinach, Swiss chard, etc. Romano or Parmesan cheese for sprinkling on top

While pasta is boiling, heat oil and add garlic and oregano. Cook for a minute over low heat. Don’t let garlic brown. Add everything but greens and cheese. Bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer and take a potato masher and mash the beans a bit. This makes a creamier sauce. Cook until pasta is done, about 15 minutes. Check for salt and pepper. Add fresh greens. Stir until just wilted. Pour over pasta. Sprinkle with cheese. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

Learn about 2011’s celebrities, musicians at KCPL Barbara Walters released the 10 Most Fascinating People of 2011 and MTV announced the 10 Best Artists of 2011 in midDecember. The Kenton County Public Library can provide books, CDs, DVDs, magazines and music downloads for patrons wanting to learn more about the celebrities and musicians named. The Most Fascinating

People included Simon Cowell; Yankee all-star Derek Jeter; the Kardashians; Pippa Middleton, sister of Princess Catherine; superstar Katy Perry; political figure Herman Cain; wrongly convicted Amanda Knox; millionaire Donald Trump; and Modern Family stars Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson. The number one Most Fascinating Person was Steve Jobs, founder of


Apple. The Library has books either written by or about Katy Perry, Herman Cain, Amanda Knox, Donald Trump, Derek Jeter, the Kardashians and Simon Cowell. Episodes of Modern Family are available on DVD and Katy Perry’s CDs are available for check out. Although there isn’t a book on Pippa Middleton, the library has magazines available with articles about

her, as well as books on royals. A few of the books available at the library that discuss the Most Fascinating People: » “The Fatal Gift of Beauty: the Trials of Amanda Knox” by Nina Burleigh; » “I, Steve: Steve Jobs, in His Own Words” by Steve Jobs; » “This is Herman Cain!: My Journey to the White House” by Herman


Cain; and » “Katy Perry” by Anne K. Brown. MTV’s 10 Best Artists of 2011: 10. Justin Bieber 9. Drake 8. Lil Wayne 7. Beyoncé 6. Rihanna 5. Lady Gaga 4. The Throne 3. Adele 2. Nicki Minaj 1. Katy Perry

Funke turned 100 years Jan. 1 Dorothy Funke celebrated her 100th birthday on Jan. 1, 2012. Born at home on a Sunday morning, she recounts it was required that a child be baptized the first Sunday after birth. So Dorothy was bundled up, just hours old, put in a horse and buggy with her godparents and made the trip from Holman Street in Covington Dorothy to Mother Funke of God celebrated Church. She her 100th birthday Jan. concludes that this ex1. THANKS TO perience DOTTY HAYES made her tough right from the start. She was married to Bill Funke, for 46 years, prior to his death in 1987. When asked if she ever considered remarriage, she declares that she “would have been happy to take care of her old man, but not someone else’s old man.” Her gratefulness for family extends to her 5 children, 23 grandchildren and 50-plus great-grandchildren. She also says she’s not sure why God has allowed her to live so long, but thinks maybe it’s so she can be a good example to her family and to others.



Gold and Silver Coins Selling for Highest Prices in Over 30 Years Due to Weak Economy and It’s Happening Right Here in Erlanger! By DAVID MORGAN STAFF WRITER ICCA will be placing ads in newspapers, radio and running television spots this week asking people to bring in any old silver and gold coins made before 1970. Those that bring in their coins will be able to speak with collectors one on one and have their coins looked at by a specialist. With the help of these ICCA members, offers will be made to those that have coins made before 1970. Offers will be made based on silver or gold content and the rarity of the coins. All coins made before 1970 will be examined and purchased including gold coins, silver coins, silver dollars, all types of nickels and pennies. Those that decide to sell their coins will be paid on the spot. If you are like a lot of people you might have a few old coins or even a coffee can full lying around. If you have ever wondered what they are worth now might be your chance to find out and even sell them if you choose. They could be worth a lot according to the International Coin Collectors Association also known as ICCA. Collectors will pay a fortune for some coins and currency for their collections. If it is rare enough, one coin could be worth over $100,000 according to Eric Helms, coin collector and ICCA member. One ultra rare dime, an 1894S Barber, sold for a record $1.9 million to a collector in July of 2007. While that is an extreme example, many rare and valuable coins are stashed away in dresser drawers or lock boxes around the country. The ICCA and its collector members have organized a traveling event in search of all types of coins and currency. Even common coins can be worth a significant amount due to the high price of silver and gold, says Helms. Washington quarters and Roosevelt dimes can be worth many times their face value. Recent silver markets have driven the price up on common coins made of silver. Helms explains that all half dollars, quarters and dimes made before 1965 contain 90% silver and are sought after any time silver prices rise. Right now it’s a sellers market he said. The rarest coins these collectors are looking for include $20, $10, $5 and $2 1/2 gold coins and any coin made before 1850. These coins always bring big premiums according to the ICCA. Silver dollars are also very sought after nowadays. Other types of items the ICCA will be purchasing during this event include U.S. currency, gold bullion, investment gold, silver bars, silver rounds, proof sets, etc. Even foreign coins are sought after and will be purchased. Also at this event anyone can sell their gold jewelry, dental gold or anything made of gold on the spot. Gold is currently trading at Record Highs. Bring anything you think might be gold and the collectors will examine, test and price it for free. If you decide to sell, you will be paid on the spot – it has been an unknown fact that coin dealers have always paid more for jewelry and scrap gold than other jewelers and pawn brokers. So whether you have one coin you think might be valuable or a large collection you recently inherited, you can talk to these collectors for free. If you’re lucky you may have a rarity worth thousands. Either way there is nothing to lose and it sounds like fun! For more information on this event visit WWW.INTERNATIONALCOINCOLLECTORS.COM CE-0000491309

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Is it time to renovate? Have you ever renovated your home or one room in your home? The challenges are great but the end result is wonderful. When we embark on a renovation project, our thoughts immediately fast forward to the finished product. When thinking of renovating my kitchen, I think of new granite countertops. All new stainless appliances: a doubleoven, and new hardwood floor. Cooking on a glass top stove, and washing dishes in a dishwasher that hums so softly you can barely hear it. The possibilities and the changes I could make are endless. But wait a minute. Those changes and those beautiful appliances didn’t simply appear overnight. There were weeks and months of dust, a disheveled kitchen, and eating fast food so often I didn’t

care if I ever saw the “golden arches” again. Cutting corners (both literally and figuratively), and dealing with the ensuing frustrations with mishaps and pushed back deadlines. Julie House DurCOMMUNITY ing a renRECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST ovation project there will be setbacks and we should “expect the unexpected” as they say. However, what we experience in the end makes up for all the hassles and headaches. As you begin to think about the New Year, is it time for a little renovation project? Not your kitchen, bedroom, or bathroom.

You. Is it finally time to get back in church and start living life the way I know I should? Is it time for me to get serious about weight loss and health and wellness? Is it time to get serious about my finances? Is it finally time to begin the renovation of healing my broken heart? Whatever the project, remember this. Just as your kitchen is worth the headaches, time, money and investment, so are you. Not only am I worth it, I am called to do it. “Throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.” Ephesians 4:2223 For some of us the issue is not the desire to change. The issue is change itself. Regardless of whether it is good or bad, change is still


hard. I must learn to rely on God, his power and his word to help me change. I am reminded that although I am stubborn, God is still the great “Contractor” and has the power to “renovate” my body and soul. “And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.” Ezekiel 36:26 Feeling stubborn about changes you need to make in the New Year? May God bless you with a new spirit and a tender and responsive heart. Julie House is a resident of Independence and founder of Equipped Ministries, a Christian based health and wellness program with a focus on weight loss. She can be reached at 802-8965.

St. E helps to fulfill New Year’s resolutions St. Elizabeth Healthcare is offering a number of classes and events in 2012 to help everyone with their New Year’s resolutions for living a healthier and happier life. Whether your goal is to lose weight, exercise regularly or stop smoking, the classes and events at St. Elizabeth Healthcare can

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Smoking Cessation Support Group

This support group is specifically designed to deal with the issues smokers and former smokers face in maintaining a life free of smoking. The next four-week session begins in January (Jan. 18, Jan. 25, Feb. 1, Feb. 8 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.). 210 Thomas More Park-

way, Crestview Hills Appointments: 859-3015959

Weight Management – Surgical Options St. Elizabeth Weight Management Center is a Bariatric Center of Excellence. The center offers free informational seminars that explore the health risks of obesity and related chronic diseases. These conditions may be significantly improved through weight-loss surgery to achieve long-term results

Local authors Gailen and Debra Bridges were invited to participate in the 2011 Kentucky Book Fair held in Frankfort on Nov. 12. More than 150 national authors participated in the event. The Bridges are the authors of the Images of America series book about Independence. PROVIDED

that improve overall health and lives. St. Elizabeth Florence – First Wednesday each month: 6 p.m. Registration required: 859-212-GOAL (4625)

disciplines to help you reach your desired goals utilizing safe and effective methods. St. Elizabeth Florence – Every Tuesday 5:30 p.m. and every Wednesday 10 a.m. Registration required: 859-212-GOAL (4625)

Medical Weight Loss Programs

Runner’s Injury Clinic

St. Elizabeth Weight Management Center offers free informational seminars weekly that explain how the center can individualize a medical weightloss program for you. The program utilizes a specially trained physician and clinicians from multiple

Free clinic for runners on the second Wednesday of every month beginning on Feb. 8 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. at the Sports Medicine Center on 830 Thomas More Parkway in Edgewood. Registration: 859-3015600

Holistic Health Center The Holistic Health Center provides integrative therapies that encompass the best of both Western and Eastern treatment modalities. All programs are held at the center on 210 Thomas More Parkway. Call 859-301-5959 for additional information and any applicable fees.

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Call 859-301-6300 during weekday business hours for information about other support groups meeting in Northern Kentucky.

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DEATHS ing View, KY 41063.

Eugene Edward Bach, 62, of Independence, died Dec. 25, 2011, at his home. He was a retired truck driver for USF Holland Motor Express and recently a maintenance worker at Independence Cemetery. He was a member of the Independence Volunteer Fire Department and enjoyed gardening and watching University of Kentucky basketball games and NASCAR races. His father, George Bach, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Diane Collins Bach; daughter, Angela Hunt of Independence; son, Travis Bach of Crittenden; mother, Helen Bach of Morning View; sisters, Sherry Bryant of Villa Hills, Pauline Hughes, Sandy Collins, Reva Braunwart and Connie Fuehner, all of Independence, and Regina Bach of Morning View; brothers, Bobby Bach and Kenny Bach of Walton, Tony Bach of Independence, Wayne Bach, Albert Bach and Joe Bach, all of Morning View; and five grandchildren. Burial was at Independence Cemetery. Memorials: American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Floyd ‘Buddy’ Cole

Kenneth Barth Kenneth R. Barth, 65, of Independence, died Dec. 23, 2011, at Bridge Point Care and Rehabilitation Center in Florence. He was a mechanic and loved spending time with his grandchildren. His wife, Alma Barth, died in 2005. Survivors include his son, Sean Barth of Independence; brother, Mark Barth of Walton; sister, Kathy Bell of Verona; two grandchildren; and dearest friend, Caroline Herolaga of Florence. Services will be at the convenience of the family. Memorials: American Diabetes Association, 4555 Lake Forest Drive, Suite 396, Cincinnati, OH 45242 or American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

William Benge William Dennis Benge, 68, of Fort Wright, died Dec. 21, 2011, at Hospice of Cincinnati. He retired from Procter and Gamble after more than 30 years in product development, was an avid sports car enthusiast, a 35-year member of Sports Car Club of America and a longtime member of Porsche Club of America. He was a U.S. Army Vietnam War veteran. His son, Anthony Benge; daughter, Tara French; and nephew, William Gaines Johnson, died previously. Survivors include his sister, Carol Johnson; niece, Connie Johnson; and granddaughter, Jenna Bevis of Florida. Burial was at Gardnersville Cemetery in Pendleton County, Ky. Memorials: William Gaines Johnson Cardiac Care Unit Fund c/o UK Chandler Medical Center, A301 KY Clinic, Lexington KY 40536-0284.

Lorena Bickers Lorena Webster Bickers, 91, of Covington, died Dec. 23, 2011. She was a member of the Northern Kentucky Senior Center, a resident for three years at the Panorama Apartments and member of the POPR Club. Her husband, Robert D. Bickers; sisters, Dorothy, Verdie, Virgie and Artie; and brother, Emerson, died previously.

Wilma Coghill Wilma Jean Helton Coghill, 58, of Morning View, died Dec. 25, 2011, at her home. She was a homemaker who enjoyed bowling, playing euchre and boating. Her parents, Arnold and Windlee Helton, and a brother, David Helton, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Bob Coghill; daughter, Melinda Barger of Morning View; sons, Bobby Ray Coghill Jr. of Dry Ridge and Brian Keith Coghill of Morning View; sister, Melissa Ann Hollon of Louisville; brothers, Anthony Helton and Lawrence Helton, both of Louisville; and two grandchildren. Burial was in Wilmington Cemetery. Memorials: Kenton Baptist Church, 14067 Decoursey, Morn-

Floyd “Buddy” W. Cole, 64, of Covington, died Dec. 22, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. Survivors include his son, John; daughters, Becky, Joyce and Marie; and brothers, John E. Cole of Ryland Heights and Richard Cole of Perry, Ga. Burial was in Independence Cemetery.

Charlie Combs Charlie Combs, 65, of Morning View, died Dec. 24, 2011, at his home. He was a truck driver for Roadway, worked the dock for Consolidated Freightways and was a member of Combs Racing. His parents, Hargis and Oma Sandlin Combs; two brothers, Roy Combs and James Combs; and two sisters, Margaret Scott and Neci Combs, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Kathy Combs; sons, Paul Combs of Butler and Bobby Combs of Erlanger; brothers, Timmy Combs of Dry Ridge, Benny Combs of Butler, Robert Combs of Michigan, and Wilton Combs, Hensley Combs and Eddie Combs, all of Morning View; sisters, Mima Moore of Morning View, Wilma Hicks of Florence and Lucy Shuler of Louisville; and four grandchildren. Burial was in Wilmington Cemetery in Fiskburg, Ky. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Virginia Connor Virginia L. Connor, 89, of Latonia, died Dec. 22, 2011, at Rosedale Manor in Latonia. She retired as a clerk with Railway Express in Cincinnati. After retirement, she worked as a bartender and server with the former Turf Club in Latonia. She was a member of the Fifty Plus Club at Holy Cross Church and Railway Express Ladies Auxiliary. She was an avid horse racing fan and card player. Her husband, Thomas L. Connor; a sister, Alice Jo Herrmann; and two brothers, Harry Harper Cline Jr. and W. Richard Cline, died previously. Survivors include her sister, Jean Wing of South Bend, Ind.; brother, Eldon Cline of Augusta, Ky.; and a dear friend, Kit Marshall Beedle. Entombment was in Mother of God Cemetery, Fort Wright. Memorials: American Heart Association, 5211 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227 or American Diabetes Association, 644 Linn St., Cincinnati, OH 45203.

Charles Hodge Charles H. Hodge, 51, of Edgewood, died Dec. 22, 2011, at his residence. He was a member of Central Church of the Nazarene in Fort Wright and was an artist. Survivors include his wife, Traci Stout Hodge of Edgewood; son Nick Martin of Independence; daughter, Kayla Martin of Independence; brothers, Homer Hodge of Cincinnati and Nick Vanderberg of Muskegon, Mich.; sister, Charlotte Ramos of Muskegon, Mich.; and two granddaughters. Memorials: Alzheimer’s Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, OH 45203 or The National MS Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY 10163.

William ‘Denny’ Hoskins William “Denny” Hoskins, 32, of Butler, died Dec. 21, 2011. His father, Jack W. Hoskins, died previously. Survivors include his mother, Mary Jane Hoskins of Cold Spring; wife, Morgan Bailey Hoskins of Butler; daughter, Savana Hoskins of Butler; sister, Jackie Huff of Alexandria; and grandfather, William Brennan of Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Denny Hoskins Memorial Fund at any PNC Bank.

Memorials: Be-Concerned, 714 Washington, Covington, KY 41011.

Ruth McGinnis Ruth Catherine Robbins McGinnis, 85, of Covington, died Dec. 22, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a member of Decoursey Baptist Church and a retired clerk for the Internal Revenue Service. Her husband, John A. McGinnis, died in 1997. Survivors include her daughter, Sharon Brodbeck of Cincinnati; son, Charles A. McGinnis of Covington; brothers, Garrett Robbins of Goshen, Ohio, and Dewey Robbins of Milford, Ohio; and sisters, Lucy Roberts of Independence, Imogene Schaffer and Christine Sloane, both of Cincinnati. Entombment was at Floral Hills Mausoleum, Taylor Mill. Memorials: Fairhaven Rescue Mission, 260 Pike St., Covington, KY.

Melvin Meyers Melvin “Mel” Meyers, 75, Elsmere, died Dec. 24, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. An avid hunter, he was a member of the 30-13ers CB Club and the National Rifle Association. He worked as a truck dispatcher for many years and upon retirement worked as a cashier at Meijer in Florence. Survivors include his wife Margaret Meyers of Elsmere; children, Patty Dixon of Loveland, Ohio, Joyce Coots of Elsmere and Tom Meyers of Alexandria; brothers, Dale Meyers of Florence and Kenny Meyers of Burlington; sister, Sally Ann Williams of Crestview Hills; and two grandchildren. Burial was at Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Life Center, 2925 Vernon Place, Cincinnati, OH 45219 or the American Heart Association, 5211 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227.

Bonnie Miley Bonnie Miley, 69, of Ludlow, died Dec. 22, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She was an I.C.U. coordinator at St. Luke Hospital, a member of Asbury Methodist Church in Highland Heights and a Girl Scout troop leader. Her husband, Robert Miley; two sons, Terry and Joseph Miley; her brother, Jack Henry; and a sister, Betty Henn, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Todd Miley and Stephen Miley, both of Ludlow, David Miley and Robert E. Miley, both of Orlando, Fla.; daughters, Janet MileyMoore and Lynda White, both of Florence, and Jayne Stoeckle of Fort Mitchell; sister, Mary Hurst of Butler; sister-in-law,

Jeanne Breen of Florida; 13 grandchildren; and nine greatgrandchildren. Interment was in Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Lupus Foundation of America Inc., Greater Ohio Chapter, 12930 Chippewa Road, Cleveland, OH 44141.

Mary Mullins Mary W. Mullins, 98, Ludlow, died Dec. 27, 2011, at Rosedale Manor Nursing Home, Latonia. She was an executive housekeeper with Stouffer's Hotel in Cincinnati. She was a member of First Christian Church in Covington. Survivors include her son, Robert Mullins of Mainville, Ohio; two grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Interment was in Alexandria Cemetery, Alexandria. Memorials: Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 2045 Gilbert Ave., Cincinnati OH 45202.

Patricia Owens Patricia Santini Owens, 62, of Highland Heights, died Dec. 26, 2011. at St. Elizabeth Hospice in Fort Thomas. She worked in the kitchen at Lakeside Nursing Home in Highland Heights and The Point in Covington. Her husband, Jerry Owens, died in 1998. Survivors include her brothers, Salvatore Santini of Bellevue, Pasquale Santini Sr. of Dayton, Ohio, Frank Santini of Erlanger and John Santini of Newport; and sisters, Frances Roach of Cold Spring, Joyce Mardis of Newport, Angela Menninger of Newport, Theresa Santini of Highland Heights and Antoinette Howard of Port Charlotte, Fla. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Julianna Schwartz Julianna M. Fritz Schwartz, 85, of Park Hills, died Dec. 21, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. Her husband, Arthur Schwartz; and three siblings, Sr. M. Ann Adele Fritz, SND, Joe Fritz and Len Fritz, died previously. Survivors include her children, Steve Schwartz of Park Hills, Mark Schwartz of Erlanger, Dan Schwartz of Florence, Kevin Schwartz of Walton and Donna Wessels of Fort Wright; siblings, Sr. M. Kathelyn Fritz, SND, Sr. M. Stefanie Fritz, SND, Mary Jo Hawley, Cyrilla Brake, Lou Fritz, Steve Fritz and Larry Fritz; and six grandchildren. Burial was at St. John Cemetery. Memorials: Sisters of Notre Dame, 1601 Dixie Highway, Park


The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board has approved the following County Agricultural Investment Programs for Kenton County residents: Agricultural Diversification; Cattle Genetics Improvement; Cattle Handling; Commercial Poultry, Dairy & Swine; Farm Fencing Improvement; Farm Structure & Commodity Handling; Farmland Improvement and Utilization; Goat and Sheep Diversification; OnFarm Energy Efficiency & Production; On-Farm Water Enhancement; Technology & Leadership Development. All funds in these cost-share programs will be distributed using an evaluation method on a reimbursement basis only. The application period to participate in these programs will be Friday, January 13, 2012, through Friday, February 10, 2012. Contact the Kenton County Extension Office, 10990 Marshall Road, Covington, KY 41015, Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, for further information.

Hills, KY 41011 or St. Elizabeth Hospice Center, 483 S. Loop Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Memorials: Brett Thornberry Memorial Fund c/o any Bank of Kentucky location.

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Rosella Mae Searp, 82, Dayton, died Dec. 24, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a teletype operator with Schenling Distilleries and was an Air Force veteran. Her husband, Raymond F. Searp, sister Fern Menzermer, stepson Kenny Searp and stepson Dennis Searp died previously. Survivors include daughters, Trolla Boles of Dayton and Tammy Ingram of Erlanger; son, Kevin Searp of Florence; stepson, Jerry Searp of Florence; five grandchildren; and four greatgrandchildren.

Bernice F. Borden Vossmeyer, 78, formerly of Fort Thomas, died Dec. 22, 2011, at St. Charles Care Center in Covington. She was a retired secretary for the Chaplain's Office at Christ Hospital and loved to sing in the choir at St. John's United Church of Christ. Survivors include her husband, Harry F. Vossmeyer; daughter, Karen Groeschen; son, David Vossmeyer; sister, Corinne White; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Memorials: St. Charles Care Center, 500 Farrell Drive, Covington, KY 41011.

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Jean Wilcox

Samuel Spencer,78, of Newport, died Dec. 27, 2011, at Rosedale Manor, Covington. He was a siding installer with All Side Siding Co., Cincinnati. His daughter Patricia Wilson died previously. Survivors include daughters, Madeline Butts of Erlanger, Jennie Gibson of Elsmere and Susie Snider of Highland, Mich.; sons, Sammy Spencer of Newport, Samuel Spencer Jr. of Milford, Mich., and Charles Spencer of Taylor Mill; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and brother, Donald Spencer of Mount Orab, Ohio.

Jean B. Wilcox, 94, of Ludlow, died Dec. 22, 2011, at Baptist Convalescent Center in Newport. She was a homemaker, member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Ludlow and an avid bowler. Her husband, William Wilcox, died in 2008. Survivors include her son, Michael Wilcox of Florence; and two grandchildren. Memorials: Alzheimer's Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, OH 45203.

Brett Austin Thornberry, 18, of Covington, died Dec. 20, 2011, in Covington. He worked in the construction industry and was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish. He was a practical joker and a lifelong University of Louisville fan. Survivors include his father, Kevin Thornberry; mother, Catherine Wilson Thornberry; fiance, Tiana Stone; brothers, Kevin Thornberry, Jason Thornberry, Chad Thornberry and Kyle Thornberry; sisters, Trisha Lawrence and Katie Thornberry; grandparents, Sylvia Wilson, Lloyd Thornberry and Vicki Thornberry; and extended family, Jamie and Amy Walker.



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Durr branch offers January programs The following programs/events will be offered in January at the Kenton County Public Library Durr branch, 1992 WaltonNicholson Road in Independence:

Everyone Be a Hero: Take the Time to Learn About Foster Care and Adoption: 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12. Staff from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services will present a foster care and adoption informational forum discussing the preparation classes, qualifications and requirements leading to approval as a foster or adoptive parent. Registration required. Teen Photography Contest

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Gallery Show: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31. Photography by area teens on exhibit.

Adults & Teens Stitch-A-Long: Jan. 1-31. Knit and crochet with the library stitchers. New patterns posted each month. January's projects is baby hats. Scarf It Up!: 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5 and 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14. For grades six and up. Learn the basic stitches while you make a scarf. Students will receive knitting needles and yarn for first scarf. Registration required. Stitchers Night Out: 6-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 5 & 19. Meet and mingle with local stitchers. Swap patterns and share techniques. All skill levels welcome. Hoxworth Blood Drive: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7. Snappy Tomato Pizza will be available for donors. Donors will be entered in a raffle. To schedule a time, visit GED Classes: 5:30-8 p.m. Mondays Jan. 11, 25 & 30 and Wednesdays Jan. 11, 18 & 25.


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Adults Adult Book Discussions: The Piano Teacher by Janice Lee at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3; Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17. Registration required. Diabetes Support Group: 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4. Northern Kentucky Health Department staff and

Teens Mario Kart Tournament: 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13. For grades 6-12. Bracketed tournament with a Wii remote and Wheel.

Children Lego Time: 4:30-5:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12. For ages 6-12 years. Construct a robot animal from Legos. Open to the first 30 in attendance. Second Saturday Book Club: 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14. For grades 3-6. Read "Stone Fox" by John Reynolds Gardiner and

earn AR or Reading Counts points for school. Arting Around: 11 a.m. to noon Saturday. For grades K-6. Create art with different mediums and listen to stories. Open to the first 30 in attendance. Jan. 14 - Custom Crafted Calendar; Jan. 21 - Stencil Winter Shapes; and Jan. 28 - Ice Patterns. Junk Food Showdown: 1-2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16. For grades Pre-K-5 and a parent. Create a masterpiece from junkfood. Prizes awarded. Registration required. Shark Party: 2-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22. For ages 3-12 years. Shark stories and crafts. Registration required. Penguin Palooza: 2-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29. For ages 4-10 years. Penguin stories, games, snacks and a craft. Registration required.

Computer Classes Register required; 859-962-4031 or events. First Time Computer Users: 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3. Take a look at eReaders: 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17. Learn about e-readers and how

download books from the library's website for free. Exploring the Internet: 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24. Learn about Yahoo and Google, how to build a favorites list and more.

Online Classes Note: Online classes require an Internet and audio connection from a home, office or library computer. Provide email when registering. How to Borrow e-Books from the Library: 10-11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 10. Learn how to use Overdrive to download and borrow e-books and audiobooks to read and listen on a computer, mp3 player, smartphone or e-reader. Learn about Freegal, the library’s music download service. A Guide to e-Books: Study Aids & Workbooks for Students: 10-11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 24. Learn how to check out and download e-books from the library for homework assignments and to practice for the ACT, SAT, GRE and more. Learn how to download e-books to a computer or device.



Free GED classes offered by Gateway Community & Technical College and the Kenton County Adult Education Program. For more information, call 859-442-1615. Scrapbook by the Month!: 7-8 p.m. Thursday Jan. 12 or 26; 11 a.m. to noon Monday, Jan. 23; or 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24. Make a two-page scrapbook layout to celebrate the month of January. Pictures are optional. Bring glue and/or tape and scissors. Registration required. Movie vs. Book: Cleopatra: Destiny's Queen: 6-6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17. For grades six and up. Read the book then watch the movie and discuss. Pizza and popcorn provided for registered participants.

other diabetics share tips and resources. Registration required. Toastmasters: 6:30-8:45 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 9, 23 & 30. Build self-confidence and develop better speaking and leadership skills. Independence Inklings: 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15. Join other adult fiction writers for support, tips and feedback. Open to writers of all genres and skill levels. Make It With Jackie: Greeting Cards: 2-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15. Learn how to make four personalized greeting cards. Registration required.

Casey P. Shoop, 31, 3933 Richardson Rd., child endangerment at 3933 Richardson Rd., Dec. 21. Judd E. Allison, 54, 4028 Charwood Cr., public intoxication, promoting contraband at Charwood Cr., Dec. 16. Laura J. Williams, 42, 445 Forest Ave., failure to appear at Madison Pike, Dec. 19. Andrew Crawford, 31, 3445 Straight Shoot Rd., shoplifting at 8055 Production Ave., Dec. 21. William Butts Jr., 35, 4216 Bramblewood Dr., public drunkenness, disorderly conduct at 4216

Bramblewood Dr., Dec. 17. Gregory L. Yancey, 56, 28 Bedinger St., theft at 15 Charwood Cr., Dec. 16. Charles Graziani, 35, Route 8 Box 91, execution of Campbell County warrant for nonsupport at Main St., Dec. 20. Rashad A. Spillman, 34, 98 Sylvan Dr., execution of Fayette County warrant for failure to appear at 98 Sylvan Dr., Dec. 20. Rashad A. Spillman, 34, 98 Sylvan Dr., violation of protective order, possessing a license when privileges are revoked at 98 Sylvan Dr., Dec. 20. Rashad A. Spillman, 34, 98 Sylvan Dr., execution of Fayette County warrant at 98 Sylvan Dr., Dec. 20. Rashad A. Spillman, 34, 98 Sylvan Dr., execution of Fayette County warrant at 98 Sylvan

Dr., Dec. 20. Rashad A. Spillman, 34, 98 Sylvan Dr., execution of warrant for trafficking in a controlled substance, contempt of court by witness at 98 Sylvan Dr., Dec. 20. Rashad A. Spillman, 34, 98 Sylvan Dr., execution of Fayette County warrant for jumping bail at 98 Sylvan Dr., Dec. 20. Rashad A. Spillman, 34, 98 Sylvan Dr., execution of Fayette County warrant for criminal trespass at 98 Sylvan Dr., Dec. 20. Rashad A. Spillman, 34, 98 Sylvan Dr., execution of Fayette County warrant for trafficking in controlled substance, contempt of court by witness at 98 Sylvan Dr., Dec. 20. Rashad A. Spillman, 34, 98 Sylvan Dr., following another

vehicle too closely, evading police, wanton endangerment, possession of marijuana at 98 Sylvan Dr., Dec. 20. Casey P. Shoop, 31, 3933 Richardson Rd., shoplifting at 3933 Richardson Rd., Dec. 21. Duston R. Anderson, 30, 4120 Crclewood Dr., shoplifting at Turkeyfoot Rd., Dec. 20. Duston R. Anderson, 30, 4120 Crclewood Dr., execution of Campbell County warrant for failure to appear at Turkeyfoot Rd., Dec. 20.


Criminal trespass At 3193 Bridlerun Drive, Dec. 18. Public drunkenness, disorderly conduct At 4216 Bramblewood Drive, Dec. 17.


Shoplifting Medication stolen at 3960 Turkeyfoot Road, Dec. 20.

TAYLOR MILL Arrests/citations Rhys H. Debiaso, 22, 744 Janet Dr., assault at 744 Janet Dr., Dec. 20. Stephanie Debiaso, 23, 744 Janet Dr., assault at 744 Janet Dr., Dec. 20. Christopher Kelly, 34, 4327 Vermont Ave., DUI, no seat belt, no insurance at Winston Ave. and Doris Dr., Dec. 23. John Marksberry Jr., 44, 4521 Oliver Rd., executed Boone County warrant at 5619 Taylor Mill Rd., Dec. 24.

Incidents/investigations Property damage Truck hit tree and shrubs and damaged yard at 4838 Droege Drive, Dec. 20. Theft Electronics stolen at 5400 Taylor Mill Road, Dec. 20.

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