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Vaccinations for victims, volunteers As residents continue to recover from the tornadoes and severe weather, the Northern Kentucky Health Department is offering free tetanus vaccines to those who may need it. The vaccine is licensed for anyone 10 and over and will be available on a walk-in basis from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Health Department’s county health centers, listed below: Boone County Health Center, 7505 Burlington Pike, Florence, Ky. Campbell County Health Center, 1098 Monmouth St., Newport, Ky. Grant County Health Center, 234 Barnes Road, Williamstown, Ky. Kenton County Health Center, 2002 Madison Ave., Covington, Ky.


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Diocese collects for tornado victims All parishes in the Diocese of Covington will have special collections to assist people impacted by the March 2 tornadoes. Pastors and parish administrators in the diocese will be invited to apply for funding to help with the immediate needs of parishioners and other people in their communities. Send donations to the Stewardship and Missions Offices, P.O. Box 15550, Covington, Ky. 41015, to “Diocese of Covington,” with a reference on the subject line to “2012 Storm Relief Fund.”

Recent tornado damage was photographed by Kenton County Police Detective Andrew Schierberg from a Duke Energy helicopter on Saturday, March 3. THANKS TO KENTON COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT

Four killed, 88 homes gone By Amy Scalf

PINER — Four people were killed, 88 homes destroyed and countless lives were touched by the tornado Friday afternoon. According to the National Weather Service, a “significant weather event” was reported at 4:30 p.m., and was later determined to be an EF3 tornado, which is listed as “severe” and the third most serious type of tornado on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, based

on intensity and area. Reported deaths include Linda Beemon, 73, and Donald Beemon, 78, both of Piner, who were killed in their home on Old Lexington Pike, and James Brooks, 49, of Dry Ridge who was killed in his vehicle while driving on US 25 near Old Lexington Pike. On Saturday morning, a fourth fatality was reported: Courtney Stephenson, 42, of Falmouth was found in her car approximately 100 yards east of northbound Interstate 75. Responders determined Stephenson

had been traveling southbound on I-75 when the storm hit. Numerous animals were also killed. According to Kenton County Police Detective Andrew Schierberg, only eight people were transported for medical care, including a Piner-Fiskburg Fire Department firefighter with a broken elbow. He also said 88 homes were deemed completely destroyed, See TORNADO, Page A2

Eighty-eight homes were deemed completely destroyed, 250 homes are uninhabitable at least temporarily, and 138 are damaged.

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Imhoffs talked through entire storm

By Nancy Daly

PINER — Tina and Doug Imhoff spent the night of March 2 in their car, concerned about valuables hidden under the rubble at their home in southern Kenton County. “We stayed here all night to make sure the house was protected,” Tina said. It was a restless night, filled

with uncertainty about what life after last Friday’s tornado would bring. Around daybreak, they went out with flashlights to begin searching for valuables. People started showing up. “It’s been amazing,” Tina said. “People just came together. A neighbor came to us to bring us breakfast that we didn’t know before and now he’s moving drywall.” David Baker of Morning View See IMHOFF, Page A2

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and his stepson Chase Dyrstad, 12, brought breakfast burritos for Tina and Doug. The night before, they’d walked two miles past the police blockade to reach the neighborhood at the intersection of Ky. 17 and Paxton Road. Also early Saturday morning, Tina’s mom, Sandy Combs of Mariemont, arrived bringing toothpaste. By mid-morning the couple was soldiering on with cleanup along with a

few friends and neighbors. “All they wanted to find was their wedding ring,” said Combs. And that happened around 8:45 a.m. They also found a box containing ashes of Lincoln, Tina’s dog of 13 years who died a few months ago. Medals, including a Bronze Star, awarded to Tina’s late father during the Vietnam War were also found in the basement. Doug and Tina had lived in the house, which they’d completely renovated, for three and a half years. Doug works as a home improvement contractor and Tina is a manager at MedPace.


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In fact, Tina was at work when the tornado warning happened. As the storm neared, she stayed at work while Doug headed for the basement after making sure a neighbor was all right. “The most amazing thing was that I was able to talk to Doug on our cellphones during the whole storm,” Tina said. “I could hear the crashing.” As she spoke under a bright Saturday morning sky, one of the crew members called over to Tina. They’d found one of the couple’s wedding photos. That brought a smile. Tina and Doug figured they’d stay with relatives on Saturday night. Beyond that, their future is uncertain. “I honestly don’t even know how this process works,” she said. Asked what they need to help them out, Tina’s voice dropped as chainsaws buzzed a few yards away. “I’ve never been in this situation before. I honestly don’t know.”

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Tornado cleanup crews organizing every morning By Nancy Daly

Volunteers who want to help with tornado cleanup are asked to go to one of two staging areas each day this week. Between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily, cleaning crews are asked to show up at one of these locations: • Piner Baptist Church, 15044 Madison Pike Morning View, KY 41063 • Northern Pendleton Fire District, 5900 Hwy. 154, Butler, KY 41006 (Peach Grove area) According to Ryan Eger, a volunteer coordinator, crews will be dispatched throughout that period. He advised against showing up later than 1 p.m.

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250 homes are uninhabitable at least temporarily, and 138 are damaged but suitable for continued occupation. He said a monetary damage estimate has not yet been determined. At the same time, help has been coming from all over Kenton County as well as from neighboring areas. “Police officers from other jurisdictions were responding even before we could call for help,” said Schierberg. “Every police department in Kenton County sent someone. Same

But volunteers may also come after 1 p.m. to help with sorting and distribution of donations. Cleanup volunteers are asked to bring chainsaws, if possible. If any companies can provide Bobcats “those would be greatly used in some areas, too, to move larger items” such as displaced pieces of houses or walls, Eger said. Roofing nails, tarps and plastic storage containers are also needed. Procter & Gamble’s Tide Loads of Hope unit is expected to arrive at Nicholson Christian Church on Ky. 16 by Wednesday, Eger said. The church is located at 1970 Walton-Nicholson Pike, in Independence. The

church will need volunteers throughout the coming weeks to sort these items and help those in need with the distribution process. Call 859-356-7770 for more information. So many donations have been made, that Piner Baptist Church, which is about two miles from the zone hit hard by the tornado, announced at 5 p.m. Sunday it can no longer accept donations. It is recommended that people check with the Red Cross for information on where to donate. Eger said Monday that “all of the locations are overloaded” with clothes donations. Eger estimated it will take three or four weeks to clean up Piner, Crittenden and Pendleton County .

thing goes with the fire departments. Requests didn’t need to be made; they heard what was happening and came out.” Kenton County Judge Executive Steve Arlinghaus also noted the cooperation of neighboring areas. “Things are going as well ascanbeexpected,”saidArlinghaus. “We’ve had a lot of support. Several cities have sent public works crews to the south end of the county to work with us.” He said public works department employees from Independence, Florence, Villa Hills, Covington and Taylor Mill have come in addition to the Kentucky National Guard to coordinate assistance and to make sure

no vandalism occurs. Dumpsters have also been placed on Carlisle Road, Parkers Grove Road, on Ky. 17 in the area of Wilmington Baptist and at Piner Elementary for debris collection. Additional Dumpsters are expected in the area of US 25 and Old Lexington. “People have been so generous with clothing and supplies,” said Arlinghaus. “The biggest thing we need is more financial contributions.” He said contributions may be made at any Huntington Bank in care of Kenton County Relief Fund and the funds will be used exclusively for the families of South Kenton County.

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Walton church collecting for storm victims By Justin B. Duke

WALTON — An outpouring of support left many tornado relief stations unable to take in any more supplies. “We are doing a collection all week,” said Courtney Babinec, a staffer at First Baptist Church in Walton. The church will take

collections for tornado victims from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. until Friday, March 9. Currently the church is hoping to collect packing tape, boxes, dust masks and baby hygiene items. “We’re good on diapers and wipes, but we need ointments,” Babinec said. The collection effort came together quickly after a short meeting the

morning after the tornadoes. Collections began and God provided, said church member Cindy Yingling. “His love is abundant here,” Yingling said. The church is inviting victims to come in and get items when they need them. Volunteers are working on getting items organized so items can be gotten quickly, she said.

“They can grab a bundle of clothes for a week; they can grab groceries for a week,” Yingling said. The church is also working with other relief stations to help them resupply items as they continue distributing to victims, she said. “We want more people to know we’re here,” Yingling said. The collections have

already provided opportunity for the community to work together. “We had a trailer show up with food,” Yingling said. “We didn’t have shelves, but shelves showed up just in time.” First Baptist Church is located at 47 South Main St. in Walton. Relief stations seeking additional supplies can call the church at 859-485-4191.

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classes. The class runs for three weeks beginning March 14 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the William E. Durr Branch of the Kenton County Public Library in Independence. Attendees will be able to learn about life with diabetes. A one-day session, held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 31, will occur at the Central Campbell County Firehouse in Cold Spring. The sessions will include lessons about what diabetes is, healthy eating and other diabetic topics. Registration can be found at

Library book sale also collecting donations for storm victims

The Friends of the Kenton County Public Library will be conducting a weeklong book sale at the William E. Durr Branch Library through Saturday, March 10. The Friends will be sell-

ing nearly new and used books, movies and music with proceeds going to the library. At the same time, the Durr Library will be collecting non-perishable foods and cleaning items for those affected by the recent storms. The sale closes 30 minutes prior to the Library closing each day. The Library is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Durr Branch Library is located at 1992 Walton-Nicholson Road near Independence. For moreinformation, visit, or call 859-962-4060.

Taylor Mill accepting passport applications Saturday only

The City of Taylor Mill will accept passport applications on Saturday, March 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for National Passport Day in the USA 2012.

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Facebook facilitates tornado relief – fast By Stephanie Salmons

In the wake of the March 2 storms that devastated parts of the community, local residents joined forces quickly with the help of social media to help neighbors in need. Susette Reinhart of Richwood took to Facebook around 9 p.m. Friday, creating a group aimed at coordinating relief efforts. By midnight Friday, more than 500 people had joined the Facebook group ”Coordination of Help for NKY Victims of 3.2.12 Tornadoes.” As of Monday afternoon, the group had more than 2,000 people.

“I just said a prayer and asked God what I could do to help,” Reinhart said. As a mother of two young children,thiswassomething she could do to help while maintaining her family. “It has been such a wonderful collaboration of citizens of Northern Kentucky, businesses, you name it,” Reinhart said of the group. The group has grown so much, Reinhart has a team of five other people helping her with it – people she’d never met before. Response so far has been amazing, she said. “Northern Kentucky is a community that is grounded in values and generosity and they’re out there everyday proving that with the relief

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John Richardson, president of the Independence Business Association, surveys the bottled water and other relief items collected March 4 at the Sprint store in Independence. PROVIDED efforts,” said Reinhart. Independence Business Association president John Richardson, other IBA members and city officials startedorganizingaMarch3 collection of items at the Independence city building around 11 p.m. March 2. Probably another three to four dozen area residents showed up to help, he said. On Saturday, they loaded seven dump trucks of donated supplies, he said. Additional goods were collected March 4 at the Independence Sprint store.

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INDEPENDENCE — At 11:07 a.m. on March 2, Michele Popper got the news she was hoping for. She didn’t have breast cancer. “We were making plans, a celebration,” said Chris, her husband. “It wasn’t any different ... then it was hailing, lightning, we lost electricity and moved everyone to the basement.” Chris then looked out the windows to see the tornado in his back yard. “I said ‘Get in the vault,’” he remembers. “Closed the door behind us.” When he built their Piner home in 2004 it was built to Florida hurricane standards. The tornado ripped through the walls, especially damaging the master bedroom and Chris’ grandmother’s room. Despite the tragedy, the Poppers are thankful. They have great faith in God, Chris said, and their friends from Hickory Grove Baptist Church have come in droves to help. “Our house was built to hurricane standards, extra concrete, bunker built in our house if severe weather hit, and we got severe weather,” Chris said. The loss of their home is still setting in, Chris said. “I’m waking up at 4 and 5 a.m. thinking I’m going to lose my family,” Chris said.




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Florence Rotary seeks nominations for Citizen of Year

Despite damages, Bagby Road resident is thankful

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By Stephanie Salmons

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Jeff Simpson of Crittenden wasn’t at home when the storm hit his southern Kenton County house on Bagby Road. His wife, however, was. Simpson, who happened to be at work in Richwood, said Saturday that his wife was in their basement when the storm struck Friday afternoon. A stranger from Carrollton was driving down the road when he saw the storm approach and sought refuge at their house. “Both were scared,” he said. The devastation that could be found just down the road was unbelievable, Simpson said. His house and garage had roof damage, windows were blown out and a camper was blown over. But, he’s not complaining. “It’s a whole lot worse right over there,” Simpson said. Everything he had that was torn up can be replaced, he said. “What other people lost is a whole lot worse.”

Florence Rotary is requesting nominations for its annual Citizen of the Year award. For the past 16 years Florence Rotary has honored “unsung heroes and heroines” in the community. Roy Lutes was awarded the first Citizen of the Year award in 1995. Every year since, Florence Rotary has awarded the “Roy Lutes Citizen of the Year Award” to an outstanding and well-deserving individual. Rotary is now seeking nominations from throughout Northern Kentucky to identify and recognize the most deserving and selfless individuals in our community. To make a nomination submit a letter containing the following information: » Name and phone number of the nominee » Narrative account of how the nominee has exhibited the Rotary Creed of “Service above Self” through their work and volunteerism in their daily activity in the

The roof was ripped off this southern Kenton County garage owned by Jeff Simpson. STEPHANIE SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

A garage door rests on a car in Jeff Simpson's Bagby Road garage. STEPHANIE SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Even those not in the area were affected by the storm. Maciena Justice lives in Bowling Green, but she’s from Piner. Seeing

the pictures and the news coverage but not being home is “breaking my heart,” she said. “These people are my family, friends, home and there is nothing I can do,” she said. “I feel blessed because my family is safe and sound with only minor damage to their property. But, I don’t think I’ll really believe it until I’m home and can see it all. “

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others, to set an example, and who make this area a better place in which to live. Those are the people Rotary would like to recognize. Submit your nominations by mail to Herbert Booth, 6296 Saddle Ridge, Burlington, KY 41005 or email A committee of Rotarians will make the final selection. For more information about Florence Rotary go to . The Citizen of the Year Award will be made at a special luncheon on April 30 at the Airport Hilton Hotel in Florence.




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DEADLY STORMS Debris and wreckage are seen Saturday, March 3, on Bagby Road in southern Kenton County. STEPHANIE SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Debris from the March 2 tornado is visible outside this house on Ky. 17 in Piner. NANCY DALY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Debris is caught in a tree along Ky. in Piner. NANCY DALY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER


RIP THROUGH NKY Homes on either side of Ky. 17 showed the signs of the tornado's destruction in Piner. NANCY DALY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER Four people were killed, 88 homes destroyed and countless lives were touched by the tornado Friday afternoon. NANCY DALY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Debris and wreckage are seen Saturday, March 3, on Bagby Road in southern Kenton County. STEPHANIE SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

In the daylight of Saturday, March 3, rubble from the March 2 tornado was visible from Ky. 17 in Piner. NANCY DALY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

A tree fell against a house in Piner in the March 2 tornado. NANCY DALY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER




Lisa Graham of Morning View helps sort food at Piner Baptist Church on March 3. AMANDA COLE/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Paula Worthington, Kayla Worthington, Kim Cook and Karen Cain prepare food for volunteers and emergency workers Saturday, March 3, at Piner Baptist Church. Tornadoes hit Piner particularly hard. NANCY DALY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER


Megan Bernardez, of Crescent Springs, signs up to volunteer to help storm victims at the Piner Baptist Church on Saturday, March 3. NANCY DALY/THE



Dustin Pegg of the Piner-Fiskburg Fire Department waits for instructions on helping tornado victims at the staging area Friday, March 2. NANCY DALY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER Joe Klein of the Piner-Fiskburg Fire Department checks a contact sheet at the tornado damage staging area. NANCY DALY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

The Kenton County Mass Casualty truck arrived around 6 p.m. Friday, March 2, at the tornado damage staging area in Piner. NANCY DALY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Utility workers were out in force Saturday, March 3, along Ky. 17 in Piner. The Kenton County community was hit hard by the March 2 tornado. NANCY DALY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER Volunteers unload truckloads of donations at Piner Baptist Church on March 3. Volunteers accepted donations and sorted them in rooms separated for clothes, food, cleaning supplies, bottled water and personal hygiene items. AMANDA COLE/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER




Schools provide counseling, support and needed supplies By Amy Scalf

PINER — Rainbows decoratethehallwaysofPinerElementary on the morning of Monday, March 5, following Friday’s afternoon storms. “We kind of wanted to make it a sign that, after the storm, things get better,” said Lori McQueary, Piner’s counselor and art teacher. “We’re focused on the fact that we can work toward making things better.” She has worked with the Kenton County School District crisis management team to make sure students have the support they need

to be successful at school. “The biggest issue for us today was just coming back to school. It was difficult because we were here when the storm happened. Everyone was in safety areas, but just getting back into the routine was an adjustment today,” said McQueary. She said several students were impacted by the tornado’s devastation. Some are still without power and some are staying with relatives. “The community has really pulled together,” she said. “Generations have come to school here, and that’s something that makes our school special. There’s a

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Rainbows brighten the hallways at Piner Elementary Monday, along with boxes and bins of clothing donations for the school's Family Resource Center. BY AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

real family atmosphere.” School counselors and the crisis management team also helped students at Twenhofel and Simon Kenton. “Wegotinvolvedbecause we are there for the kids, to provideasafeplaceforthem to learn. If they need it, we wanttobeabletoprovideit,” said Kenton County Schools Assistant Superintendent KimBanta.“Ifyouonlyhave the shirt and pants you were wearing when the tornado hit Friday, on day three, it’s pretty hard to think about math.” In addition to providing counseling, Twenhofel is

also serving as a community donation and distribution center. Principal Cheryl Jones said the school has had “tons of support” from the community. “It’s been outstanding. I have a multipurpose room thatholds200people,andit’s filled with clothes and shoes and bedding,” said Jones. She said three additional classrooms are filled with baby items, toys, groceries and cleaning supplies. Jones also said they will distributegoodstoanyonein need; they don’t have to be a student in Kenton County schools.

WHERE TO DONATE Several events have been scheduled to benefit victims of the March 2 tornado and donation and volunteer opportunities are available for those interested. Boleros Dance Club: “Tornado Disaster Relief-Key West Dance Party” at 7-11:30 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at 8406 U.S. 42 in the Village Drive Shopping Plaza, Florence. Suggested donation is $10 with all proceeds going to the local American Red Cross to assist the victims of the recent tornadoes. A group class at 7 p.m. will teach the basics of Cha-Cha followed by an evening of open dancing to Cuban/Latin music. Call Gary Blevins at 859-379-5143 for more information. Donation drop-off locations and locations where volunteers can report to include: » Annie King, chiropractor, 11939 Taylor Mill Road, Independence and 1510 Dixie Hwy., Park Hills is accepting donations. » Christ United Methodist Church, 1440 Boone Aire Road, Florence, is officially a drop off point for cleaning, laundry and medical supplies, hygiene items, towels, blankets, pillows, non-perishable food items, paper products, bags of socks and underwear, plastic tubs and baby items. Donations can be dropped off through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday from 6-8 p.m. and Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. All items for the relief effort are asked to be placed in the church library (to the left once you enter the church's main entrance). » City of Taylor Mill will accept donations of nonperishable foods, snack foods and cereals, individual juice bottles, personal hygiene supplies, over the counter medications for adults and kids, dog and cat food, garbage bags, utility gloves, can openers, diapers and formula, flashlights with batteries and instant drink mixes 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until March 12, at the city offices, 5225 Taylor

Mill Road. The city will not be able to collect clothing, furniture, or perishable foods. After hour and weekend donations can be dropped off at the Taylor Mill Fire Department. » Color Me Mine will accept nonperishable food items, toiletries and cash donations through today, Thursday, March 8. » A box will be set up in the lobby of the Covington Police Department, 1 Police Memorial Drive, for personal hygiene items, nonperishable food, bottled water, child and adult diapers, cleaning supplies, paper products. No clothing will be accepted at this time. » Crescent Springs Fire Department will collect items and transport them by trailer as needed. Hours: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m daily, 777 Overlook Drive, Crescent Springs. Anything people want to donate will be accepted and then transported where needed » Kenton County Public Library’s Durr branch, 1992 Walton-Nicholson Road, is accepting nonperishable items, cleaning supplies, paper products and other items. No clothing will be accepted. The library is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. » Edgewood Police Department, 385 Dudley Road, Edgewood, is accepting any tools, tarps, nails, water, nonperishable food items, boots, work gloves and clothing items. Contact officer Julie Inman at 859-743-1462. The department will accepting items 24/7 and will continue collecting until the American Red Cross says they are no longer in need of items. There is an after-hours phone in the lobby for donations made between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. that will ring in the police department if an officer is at the department at that time. If no one answers, place items under the sign “Place Tornado Donations Here.”

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Summit View speller headed for bee By Amy Scalf

INDEPENDENCE — Emily Girard won the Kenton County School District Spelling Bee by correctly spelling the word “superior.” The 10-year-old Summit View Elementary student hopes her skills will prove to be better, greater and higher than her competition at the Kentucky Derby Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 10, in Louisville. Emily said she likes spelling

and she likes to read, but she’s been at it a long time. "Believe it or not, she really did start reading words at age 2,” said her dad, Girard Chris Girard, who is a teacher and academic team coach at Simon Kenton High School. “At first, we thought she was just memorizing the words, but when she started mispronouncing words, we knew she

was actually trying to read them. I remember her pronouncing orange ‘oh-RAN-gee’ and ‘who’ as WHOA.” He said that both he and Emily’s mom, Kim, won spelling bees. “Kim made it all the way to the WCPO one that's on TV,” said Chris. “I won the same one Emily won, only I was in eighth grade, so she's ahead of me” He said Emily qualified for the WCPO-TV Spelling Bee, but she didn’t participate because the event was on the same day as her district Governor’s Cup competi-

tion, at which she won first place in quick recall and both tests. The proud dad also said Emily is also a second degree black belt in Taekwondo. Emily said she’s been practicing for the competition, but the straight-A student just goes over some of the words in the booklet provided by the spelling bee. “I know how to spell a lot of words, but it was kind of lucky,” said Emily. She acknowledges that being a good speller will help her in her future, and she wants to do something with technology

and film-making when she grows up. The Kentucky Derby Spelling Bee includes competitors from 96 counties in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. In order to compete, students must have won their countywide competition. The Kentucky Derby Spelling Bee winner used to proceed to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, but the competitions are no longer linked, according to Mark Shalcross, communications manager at the Kentucky Derby Festival.

Earth Day photo contest open to middle schoolers Community Recorder

As Cameron Richter pedals a bicycle attached to a battery, Ashton DeMoss and Alison Wisher see how certain light bulbs use different amounts of electricity. LIBBY CUNNINGHAM/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

River Ridge students discover pedal power By Libby Cunningham

VILLA HILLS — Students in Katy Murray’s fifth-grade class have to pedal a bicycle if they want to use the computer printer. “Electricity isn’t free to use without resources,” she said. On Feb. 28 Murray’s class, as well as Elizabeth Guenther’s second-grade class, showed almost 100 people how to be energy wise at River Ridge Elementary’s Energy Night. As part of a service learning project, Guenther’s class participated. “I wanted second grade to be involved and see how and why they can get invovled with

school extracurricular,” she said. “They can be involved in school and at home.” In conjunction with the school’s Open Library Night, Energy Wise teams took over the lobby with a representative from Rechtin Heating and Cooling and representatives from Duke Energy giving away energy savvy light bulbs. “I want them to see they can make a difference within their families and school but also the community,” she said. Using a bicycle to create power is one of the differences students can make because it shows them why switching to CFC light bulbs, which are often shaped like corkscrews, saves energy.

COLLEGE CORNER Kenton students accepted to Union College

The following Kenton County students have been accepted to attend Union College in the fall 2012 semester: Austin Cagle of Independence, Raymond Dalton of Independence, Bradley Seiter of Edgewood, Margaret Watkins of Independence and Ryan Sowder of Covington. Union College, located in Barbourville, Ky., is a fouryear liberal arts school related to the United Methodist Church.

Cagle, Niehaus named to dean’s list

Stephanie Cagle and Kevin Niehaus, both of Independence, were named to the fall 2011 dean's list at Union College in Barbourville, Ky. The dean's list is comprised of undergraduates who have completed at least 15 hours of graded work with a 3.33 grade point average, no grades of incomplete and no grades of C or below for the semester. Stephanie Cagle was also named to the fall 2011 list of presidential laureates. To make the list of presidential laureates, a student must achieve a 3.75 grade point average for two successive semesters. Cagle was one of 17 students at Union College to earn the distinction for the fall 2011 semester.

“It demonstrates the difference between a normal bulb and an energy-efficient one,” she explained. Members of the Turkeyfoot Middle School E-Wise team had a table to encourage younger students to continue an interest in energy efficiency. “I am aware of the environmental problems and like to help the younger kids understand them,” said 12-year-old Morgan Strader. Madelyn Jordan, 12, agrees. “You leave a lot of things on, sometimes that’s bad for the environment,” she said. “It uses a lot of energy. You need to learn how important (it is) to save energy and turn things off.”

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet has kicked off its second annual “Capture the Earth” middle school digital photography contest for all Kentucky students in grades 6-8. This year’s competition centers on the state’s 2012 Earth Day theme of “Celebrating Kentucky’s Forests” in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the Kentucky Division of Forestry. Judges will look for originality and creativity, photo composition and how well the photo represents the Earth Day theme. Stu-

dents should include a brief paragraph explaining the photo and how it represents the theme. Entries will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. April 9. The winner will receive two nights’ lodging at any Kentucky State Resort Park with his or her family. Students can email one photograph as an attachment to Official contest rules are available at earthday.aspx. For more information, call Ricki Gardenhire at 502-564-5525 or email


Christi Jefferds, center, principal of Piner Elementary, is one of 47 school principals to recently graduate from the Leadership Institute for School Principals. Jefferds’ participation was sponsored by the Kentucky Chamber Foundation and the AT&T Foundation and Duke Energy. The program provided executive-level leadership training from the Center for Creative Leadership. Pictured with Jefferds are Kentucky Chamber President and CEO Dave Adkisson and Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday. THANKS TO JESSICA FLETCHER

Club honors history winners Community Recorder

Sons of the American Revolution descended upon local elementary schools to award students who depicted history on poster boards. The Sons of the American Revolution Simon Kenton Chapter, with President Elect Tom Gemeier and members Pat Berry, Harvey Hampton and Terry Collis, presented awards to students at Arnett Elementary and Fort Wright Elementary on Jan. 26. “I’m very happy we had such good participation,” said Gemeier. There were 109 entries in this year’s contest, which featured the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, a pivotal point in the Revolutionary War. At Fort Wright Anna Hess won first place and was second in the state. Grace McClurg, who was fourth in the state, placed second. Isabella Ketcham was third at Fort Wright.

Poster contest winners at Fort Wright Elementary include Grace McClurg, second place; Isabella Ketcham, third place; and Anna Hess, first place. Awards were presented by Sons of the American Revolution, Tom Geimeier, Terry Collis, Harvey Hampton and Pat Berry. BY AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER Rachel Millward received first place at Arnett. Mary Margaret Row-

land received second place and Alexandra Mejia came in third place.



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Pandas fall in regional final NDA knocks off Ryle before Boone loss By James Weber

NDA guard Payton Schilling shoots over McKell Oliverio of Ryle. NDA beat Ryle 53-44 in the Ninth Region girls semifinals March 3 at NKU. JAMES WEBER/THE


PARK HILLS — The Notre

Dame girls basketball team has had a great school year, with several of its players spending last fall either winning the state soccer title or reaching the state semifinals in volleyball. All the Pandas had their eyes on more hardware, but came up just short of the Ninth Region title in hoops. NDA lost 62-58 to Boone County March 4 in the regional championship game at the Bank of Kentucky Center. “I’m proud of our girls,” said

NDA guard Elly Ogle shoots the ball. NDA beat Ryle 53-44 in the Ninth Region girls semifinals March 3 at NKU. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

“Voskuhl was so quick,” said Boone head coach Nell Fookes. “She’s so deceiving. She looks a step slow, but she has a quick first step and she’s very smart. What she would do is go away, replace herself and go back to her original position. I thought we did a great job on her in the second half.” NDA knocked off Ryle 53-44 in the semifinals, ousting the Raiders for the second straight year. Six players had between six and

Notre Dame coach Nicole Levandusky. “They fought all the way to the end. It was just one of those games that could go either way.” NDA finished with a 25-6 record. Junior Olivia Voskuhl and senior Jourdan Rahschulte were all-tournament picks. Voskuhl had 24 points in the championship game. Rahschulte had 11 and senior Chandler Clark 11. Voskuhl had scored 31 against Boone in their regular-season meeting, which Boone won 68-63.

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Simon Kenton girls reach semis Boys teams bow out in regional quarterfinals By James Weber

KENTON COUNTY — The Simon Kenton basketball programs had a tough week on the court during the Eighth Region Tournament. Nothing compared to the devastation that struck the entire community after tornadoes barreled through southern Kenton County March 2. Less than 24 hours after the storms, the SK girls basketball team fell 70-57 to South Oldham in the regional semifinals. South Oldham senior Jasmine Whitfield, a University of Cincinnati recruit, had 20 of her 29 points in the first half. Senior Hannah Stephenson had 19 points for SK, and Abby Owings 17. Stephenson was the lone senior. SK’s boys team had an even rougher oncourt experience in the Eighth Region playoffs. SK lost 56-55 to Gallatin County Feb. 29 in the quarterfinals. Gallatin’s Jordan Morris hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to cap a furious rally from a 19-point deficit. Gallatin hit five three-pointers in the fourth quarter as part of a 32-point explosion. Simon Kenton finished 23-8. Seniors

were Cody Chambers, Ryan Mullen and David Stephens. Chambers had 16 points, Monson 10, Riley Barnes six, Mullen five, Jared Bowling three and Nick Ayers two. Scott fell 49-44 to Mason County March 1 in the 10th Region quarterfinals .Scott finished 15-15. Blake Daugherty was the lone senior. Nick Jackson led Scott with 22 points. Scott led by five points in the fourth quarter before the Royals rallied. Holmes lost 43-34 to St. Henry in the Ninth Region girls quarterfinals Feb. 27. Holmes finished 16-14. The teams were tied in the fourth quarter before St. Henry started to pull away. Deja Turner scored 17 points, Tamra Holder 12 and Amanda Johnson five. In boys basketball, Holmes fell 51-43 to Boone County (25-7) in the Ninth Region quarterfinals March 1. Holmes finished 23-7. Dontel Rice, the lone senior on the roster, had 13 points and 13 rebounds to lead the way. B.J. Coston had nine.

Holmes junior Daquan Palmer shoots the ball. Boone County beat Holmes in the Ninth Region boys quarterfinals March 1 at NKU. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

SIDELINES Special Olympics of N.Ky. » Flag football will be March through June at Pioneer Park and Silver Lake. More coaches are needed. Player screenings for new athletes only will be 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, in the gym at Arnett Elementary in Erlanger and 4:30-6 p.m. Saturday, March 17, in the old gym at Lloyd High School in Erlanger. Players should come prepared to participate in a short set of drills and running. For more information, contact John Foppe at 859-743-1371 or email » Track and field will start April 28 with registration due March 15. Contact Debbie Staggs at 525-7705,, or Robyn Burk at 331-0075, Call state at 1-800-633-7403.

Town & Country summer camps Town & Country Sports & Health Club in Wilder will offer summer camp programming for children ages 3–12. Camps include full and half-day Adventure Camps, Tiny Tots Adventure Camp, and a variety of sports camps, including Kings Soccer Acad-

Holmes senior Dontel Rice throws one down. Boone County beat Holmes in the Ninth Region boys quarterfinals March 1 at NKU. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER


emy, volleyball, Kings Basketball Academy and karate. Camps start the week of June 4 and run throughout the summer. For more information or to register online, visit or call 859-442-5800 with questions.

NKY Force baseball fundraiser NKY Force will have a fundraiser 6-9 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Muggbees Sports Bar on Route 42 in Florence. Cost is $20 and includes all-you-caneat buffet, draft beer, well drinks, music, NCAA tournament play and more. Please RSVP at 513-365-6936 or show up at the door.

Where is your team? We’d like to know too! Be sure to let us know when you’re searching for coaches, hosting tryouts or having a team fundraiser. Keep us in the loop with tournament wins and recordsetting games by submitting the information and photos through or by emailing For photos, please include full names and where the players are from.

The Woodland Middle School sixth-grade boys basketball team captured the Northern Kentucky Middle School Athletic Association regional title, 42-40, as the buzzer sounded. The team finished the season 24-1 and as District 3 regular season and tournament champions prior to their regional championship victory. Players are: Luis Cedeno, Logan Fulmer, Donnie Goodgames, Shaun Hilbert, Ethan Hines, L.J. Miller, Nick Mullins, Nelson Perrin, Jaycob Pouncy, Mark Sipple, Alex Thurza, Isaiah Voet and Seth Yeary. Student managers are Elijah Arrojo and Noah Hunter. The Woodland Wildcats are coached by Brian Wellbrock and Jeff Stallkamp. THANKS TO BRIAN WELLBROCK



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11 points for the Pandas, who outrebounded Ryle by 12. “We outrebounded them, outhustled them,” Clark said after the Ryle game. “Ryle is a really good team, so everyone had to win their matchups to win this game and we played well.” Rahschulte scored 11 against Ryle. She came into the tournament averaging four points per game. “They came up to me and said it’s your time, just step up,” she said. “It’s my last season and I really wanted to show that I could do it. I haven’t been a big scorer before but I tried to step up my game tonight.” Said Levandusky: “Jourdan played one of her best games in her career. It was perfect timing. She was great on offense and the defensive end. It’s nice to see other peole step up and knock down open shots.” Seniors are Lizzy Brannen, Chandler Clark, Jourdan Rahschulte, Payton Schilling and Megan Yung. “We’re together all day through school and practice,” said Clark, who will play soccer at Western Kentucky. “We’re so lighthearted and they’re all fun to be with. It’s all business on the court but off the court we’re best friends.”

The Northern Kentucky Norse Midget Hockey team won the Cincinnati High School Hockey League (CHSHL) Tournament on Feb. 26 by beating Lakota West, 5-1. The Norse came into the tournament ranked as a No. 4 seed and knocked off the No. 1 seed Mason, 3-2, to advance to the finals. The NKY Norse advanced to the State finals March 9-11 in Columbus, Ohio.


The Northern Kentucky Norse Midget Hockey team won the Cincinnati High School Hockey League (CHSHL) Tournament on Feb. 26 by beating Lakota West, 5-1, in the Midget U18 division. The team advances to the State finals March 9-11 in Columbus, Ohio. Pictured is NKY Norse player Dylan Graham kissing the CHSHL Cup.



NKY Midgets win CHSHL tourney

The Kings Soccer Academy U12 girls win the Midwest Region Futsal Tournament. The girls won five straight games to win the championships. In back from left are Devi Andreadis, Megan Kehres and Jessica King. In front are Libby Durrough, Kennedy Tranter, Sarah and Britany Gardner and Andrea Gatje. THANKS TO JEFF WAMPLER

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Marketing tips from mobsters I learned some wonderful marketing tips from mobsters. I grew up in Northern Kentucky. My father was a professional gambler and Newport and Covington were heavily influenced, or controlled, by the mafia. My dad said about his bookmaking operations, “we can’t advertise on television or put a sign in the window. We can’t sue if someone doesn’t pay us. All we can do is hope that honorable people refer us to other honorable people.” It must have been a good system. Without advertising, he never seemed to lack for customers. I live in a more refined world of high finance and well-educated financial consultants. Many of my competitors are affiliated with huge corporations with million-dollar marketing budgets. As a small business, I have a marketing weapon that is impos-

sible for a large corporation to compete with. The friend of the friend referral. When I am meeting someone for the first Don time, I try to McNay find if we have COMMUNITY a common RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST friend or connection. If you go through the six degrees of separation, most people will connect before you get two degrees away. Instead of just saying my name, I mention our common relationship. The common relationship is an immediate door opener and an immediate connection. Especially if the connector is someone highly thought of. Since I watched everyone do it when I was growing up, I thought that the friend of a

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used to frequently go on a route that went to Washington via Atlanta.) That’s not enough for either of us to give a “friend of a friend” referral. I did have a “friend of a friend” connection with John Edwards. I met him in 2003 when he was gearing to run for president. We met in a crowded room and when I got my chance to say hello, I told him I was a friend of one of his former law partners. Of the people in the room, I wound up having lunch with him. I wound up donating a reasonably large sum to his campaign so it was a good “friend of a friend” deal for him too. John’s political career didn’t end the way I had hoped but he and Al Gore (who I got to know well after a friend of a friend introduction) were the two people I’ve ever gotten to know who had a chance to be president of the United States. “Donny Brasco” is a terrific

Senate bill helps petition drives Another week goes by in a whirl of legislative meetings and visits from hometown guests. Dr. Jim Votruba, president of Northern Kentucky University, came to Frankfort this week to testify in a House budget committee about the importance of continued funding of NKU. Even though the House has yet to act on the budget proposal, senators continue to educate ourselves and monitor the budget meetings in the House. The House proposal is expected to arrive sometime next week. Last week, I am proud to report the Senate passed Senate Bill 123. SB 123 is a measure of reassurance to voters to make certain their voices are heard. With collaboration from the Kentucky County Clerks Association, this bill addresses the existing vagueness of how county clerks oversee referendum petitions. SB 123 establishes referendum petition requirements to include: the printed name, signature, year of birth, residential address, and the date of the petitioner’s signature. This bill also includes the eligibility factors to participate, which includes that a person must live in the affected district and be a registered voter. After the unfortunate happenings of many activists collecting signatures to place the question of whether or not to disband the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission to the voters was mishandled last year, this will prevent future confusion of those

exercising their rights as voters. Senate Bill 115, also known as Larry’s Law, will require an evaluation of a person prior to admittance into a personal care home. PerJack sonal care homes are a Westwood valid and often the only alternative for many COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST families who have COLUMNIST relatives in need of closer monitoring. However, in the case of Larry Lee of Lebanon, his developmental disability required a higher level of monitoring and care. He was able to wander away from his personal care home and was not found until it was too late. It is for this reason that it is advisable not only for the protection of the person in question but also their family’s peace of mind, to evaluate each person in order to determine whether a personal care home is the appropriate level of care. This measure passed the Senate chamber with unanimous support and is sent the House for their consideration. Last week, I voted against Senate Bill 3. The bill would decrease the current monthly over-the-counter purchase limit of pseudoephedrine, (a required precursor to ‘cooking’ methamphetamine, or ‘meth)’ from nine grams to 7.2 grams, with a 24-gram-per-year limit. Those limits, sponsors say, will still provide

any law-abiding Kentucky family a more-than-adequate supply of cold and allergy medicine OTC, without having to see a doctor for a prescription. My position is a matter of avoiding additional obstacles on cold and allergy sufferers with legitimate health needs. I will continue to monitor the situation to see what other reasonable options are available to overcome the problem of meth laboratories without hurting the law-abiding citizen. Finally, Senate Joint Resolution 88 directs the Department of Education to standardize the evaluation parameters for teachers and administrators. With the push to maintain a high standard in the teaching professions, it is also important that we avoid a patchwork of requirements across districts. It is only fair that teachers and administrators know what is expected of them. SJR 88 will help ensure transparency and accountability in the evaluation process. If you would like to learn more about our work, you can check us on the World Wide Web at If you would like to leave a toll-free message for me, the number is 1-800-372-7181. A taped message of information on legislative committee meetings can be heard at 1-800-633-9650 and to check the status of a bill, you may call the toll-free Bill Status Line at 1-866-840-2835. State Sen. Jack Westwood, R-Erlanger, is a member of the Kentucky Senate.

movie at many levels but I was always fascinated by how the importance it placed on personal connections and being referred by the right people. The referral process happens in every level of society. It’s how private clubs and organizations select their members. Some of my friends will accuse me of “name dropping.” I don’t care and not going to change a lifetime habit that has worked pretty well for me. Unlike my father’s world, I can do fancy marketing campaigns and have good access to the media. From a business standpoint, none of those tactics work as well as being, “a friend of a friend.” As Lefty said in Donny Brasco, “it means you are a connected guy.” Don McNay, of Richmond, is author of the book, “Wealth Without Wall Street.” He is a Northern Kentucky native.

WHEN THEY MEET Kenton Fiscal Court

Meetings: Second Tuesday at 9 a.m. at Independence Court House, 5272 Madison Pike Meetings: Fourth Tuesday at 9 a.m. at Kenton County Courthouse, 303 Court St., Covington Address: 303 Court St., Covington Phone: 859-392-1400 Judge-executive Steve Arlinghaus Commissioner Beth Sewell, First District Commissioner Jon Draud, Second District Commissioner Kris Knochelmann, Third District http://www.kenton

Crescent Springs City Council Meetings: Second Monday at 7 p.m. Address: 739 Buttermilk Pike Phone: 859-341-3017 Mayor: Jim Collett www.crescent-springs.

Crestview Hills City Council Meetings: Second Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Address: 50 Town Center Blvd. Phone: 859-341-7373 Mayor: Paul Meier http://www.crestview


Meetings: First and third Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Address: 385 Dudley Road Phone: 859-331-5910 Mayor: John Link http://www.edgewood

Erlanger City Council

Meetings: First Tuesday at 7p.m. Address: 505 Commonwealth Ave. Phone: 859-727-2525 Mayor: Tom Rouse http://www.friendship

Medical Reserve Corps volunteers crucial

In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, a new program was formed to supplement the health system. The Medical Reserve Corps provides a volunteer pool that can enhance and support public health agencies and the health care infrastructure during a crisis. Since 2002, the program has grown to more than 200,000 volunteers in nearly 1,000 units across the country. Northern Kentucky’s Medical Reserve Corps unit has 382 members, including 117 Boone County residents and 161 in Kenton County. Local Medical Reserve Corps volunteers have participated in a variety of exercises, testing patient transfer, patient decon-

tamination and even for a mock airplane crash. Most importantly, they provided support to the health department during Lynne the 2009 H1N1 Saddler swine flu vacciCOMMUNITY nation clinics. RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST The beauty of the Medical Reserve Corps program, I think, is its flexibility – both in the time commitment and the type of assistance needed. Volunteers can decide how much they want to participate. The only required aspect is a two-hour orientation training –



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the next one is scheduled 6-8 p.m. Tuesday. April 17, at the health department’s district office, 610 Medical Village Drive in Edgewood. After that, volunteers can simply be on reserve – credentialed and ready to assist if needed, or they can be more active, participating in additional training and exercise. When the Medical Reserve Corps is called into action, again, the volunteer chooses whether or not he or she is able to respond. Some volunteers may be willing to travel – we’ve helped staff hurricane evacuee shelters in Louisville – or they may only want to volunteer close to home. They may want to give a few hours of time, or they may be able to devote more.

Don’t let the medical part of the name be limiting either. Volunteers are needed with backgrounds ranging from physicians, nurses and veterinarians to chaplains, truck drivers and interpreters. Everyone, no matter what their background, has a contribution they can make during an emergency. For example, during the 2009 swine flu vaccination clinics, we had Medical Reserve Corps volunteers who directed traffic, guided patients through the clinic lines and did data entry. We also had medical volunteers providing shots or screening patients. If someone wanted to help in the response, we found a job that he/she was comfortable and qualified to do.

228 Grandview Drive, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017 654 Highland Ave., Fort Thomas, KY 41075 phone: 283-0404 email: web site:

With each training, preparedness exercise and emergency response, Medical Reserve Corps volunteers are protecting the health and safety of Northern Kentucky. As the program moves into its second decade, we look forward to continuing to nurture our volunteers, as they are an important asset in our disaster response plans. If you’d like more information on the Medical Reserve Corps, contact Jean Caudill at 859-363-2009 or visit Lynne M. Saddler is the 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.






Dan Shields, a manager at Arlinghaus Heating and Air Conditioning, helped haul donations to sites in Pendleton County and Crittenden. LIBBY CUNNINGHAM/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

How your donations help

Donations from communities spread across NKY “We’re helping all the people who need help,” Tyler said. “Men’s clothing in a separate pile, clothes, baby stuff. At least 30 bags from today.” Those 30 bags and more get tightly packed into Shields’ truck and head about 30 miles east, to Flour Christian Church in Pendleton County.

By Libby Cunningham

Although the curves of Ky. 27 are dotted with twisted trees, punctured orange barrels and wayward traffic signs, the real remains of Friday’s tornadoes lie a few yards past the Campbell County line. Bill Mason, formerly of California, Ky., sits a few yards deep into Pendleton County, outside Flour Creek Christian Church, with all he has left. Packed in a silver minivan are the few remaining possessions; his life was literally picked up from under him. They include one of his pitbulls, garbage bags full of donations and baby supplies. The only money is from a most recent paycheck. He says the Red Cross has been no help. “I said I had a place to stay for two or three days,” he said Sunday. “They left me alone.” But donations from Kenton County make sure he’s not going it alone, shining a light of hope into Bill’s tired eyes as he starts to come to terms with the tragedy he’s living through. “It hasn’t hit me yet,” he says, sighing.

Helping hands

Samantha Mason is helping her family stay afloat after their homes were destroyed in the storms. She gathered food and goods at Flour Christian Church in Pendleton County on Sunday. Donations from Kenton County are helping the hardest hit areas. LIBBY CUNNINGHAM/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Drop-off centers fill to the brim

Since 9 a.m. Saturday, two box trucks that usually haul heating and air conditioning equipment have taken eight loads of belongings and donations to those hit the hardest, said Dan Shields, manager of Arlinghaus Heating and Air Conditioning. A hasty, blue, spray painted proclamation of “DROP OFF” yielded a variety of swag for tornado victims outside of Jack’s Glass in Elsmere on Sunday. Donations are taken to the hardest hit areas, a caravan of commodities. “We’ve had household goods, water, to prunes, ladders, chairs, canned food, dried food, unopened stuff,” Shields said. “Besides clothes we got dog food, cat food, garbage bags and extension chords.” Even a breast milk pump was donated, anything to help the recently homeless feel more at home. “One of our employee’s (uncle’s) home was totaled in Piner,” Shields said.

Siblings Alona and Max Borden, of Independence, help sort through toiletries at Jack's Glass on Sunday. Many children served as helping hands at the donation center. LIBBY CUNNINGHAM/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

“It looks like a nuclear bomb went off. These folks, they need help.” Tyler Miller, 17, was sorting through clothing donations with his younger brother, Trenton, 14.

Both from Delhi Township in Ohio, they came over the river to help their father’s employer turn a garage that usually houses cars into a makeshift donation center.

The Masons aren’t thinking about the future right now, they’re thinking about living through the coming days. “I have nine people living in my house,” Bill’s daughter Samantha said. Although Samantha’s home wasn’t destroyed she is helping her family as much as she can, trying to be strong for them and standing in a sunbeam as she gathers whatever she can. Containers of applesauce, snack crackers and cookies fill plastic containers that are bigger than she is. She carries the weight of her family’s future in her arms and on her shoulders. “I never thought I’d be doing this, anything,” Samantha said. “My aunt, uncle, cousins. Lost everything. I lost my dog.” Her Aunt Sherry and her uncle have been put up in bed-and-breakfasts for the past few days. Sherry and her husband have no home insurance, no electricity and very little left after storms demolished their home. Despite this, the kindness of others is showing through. Someone handed Sherry $60 while she was waiting to pick up donations, she said. “They have been good to us,” Sherry said. It takes about 20 minutes to fully unpack some of the supplies gathered in Elsmere to the small church in Pendleton County. Shields climbs back into his truck, trying to figure out what he is to do next. Donations are also being taken to First Baptist Church in Crittenden, as well as the city’s volunteer fire department. He heads back to Elsmere. Unpacking a box truck full of supplies in air thick with emotion can be draining, but not difficult. “We have a lot of helping hands,” Shields says, exhaling.


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, MARCH 9 Art Centers & Art Museums The Art of Food, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., Culinary inspired works of art by artists Eric Brass, Leah Busch, Marisa Dipaola, Sayaka Ganz, Sandra Gross, Jeffrey Hayes, Matt Kotlarczyk, Pam Kravetz, Jim Merz, Carla Morales, Sara Pearce, Kim Shifflett and Jacquelyn Sommer. Free. 859-491-2030; Covington.

Dining Events Fish Fry Frenzy, 5-7 p.m., Trinity United Methodist ChurchLatonia, 101 E. Southern Ave., Gym. Meal includes two sides, dessert and drink. Carryout available. $7, $6 seniors, $3 children. 859-261-4010. Latonia. Fish Fry, 4-8 p.m., Crescent Springs Firehouse, 777 Overlook Drive, Fish, shrimp, French fries and onion rings. Dine-in or carryout. Presented by Crescent Springs & Villa Hills Fire Department and Emergency Services. 859-341-3840; Crescent Springs. St. Barbara Fish Fry, 4:30-8 p.m., St. Barbara Church, 4042 Turkeyfoot Road, Fish dinner $7.50. Shrimp dinner $9.50. Children’s dinner $4. Carryout available. 859-534-0304; Erlanger. Lenten Fish Fry, 4-8 p.m., Mary Queen of Heaven School, 1130 Donaldson Highway, Menu includes shrimp, baked cod dinner, platters, fish sandwich, sides, desserts and kids menu. Available for dine-in, carryout or drive-thru. 859-371-2622. Erlanger. St. Patrick Catholic Church Fish Fry, 4:30-7:30 p.m., St. Patrick Catholic Church, 3285 Mills Road, Fried fish, shrimp, grilled salmon, pizza, spaghetti, applesauce, green beans, fries, hush puppies, macaroni and cheese, black beans and rice, desserts and a drink. Carryout available. With entertainment. Family friendly. $4.50 -$9. 859356-7749. Taylor Mill. Edgewood Fire/EMS Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., Edgewood Senior Center, 550 Freedom Park Drive, Fried fish, beer-battered fish, baked fish, shrimp, hot dogs or chicken nuggets. Includes choice of sides: french fries, onion rings, coleslaw or macaroni and cheese. Call for carryout orders. Family friendly. Benefits Edgewood Fire/EMS Association. $6.50-$7; children $2-$4. Presented by Edgewood Fire/EMS. 859-331-5910; Edgewood. Holy Cross High School Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., Holy Cross High School, 3617 Church St., Alumni Hall. Fish sandwiches, shrimp baskets and cheese pizza. Sides: hush puppies, green beans, macaroni and cheese or French fries and dessert. Drinks available for purchase. Family friendly. 859-431-1335; Covington. Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., Fort Wright Civic Club, 115 Kennedy Road, Co-Sponsors: Covington Catholic Community Service Club, Cub Scout No. 773, Spark’s Special Ed, Cub Scout No. 831, Notre Dame Urban Ed Center, Girl Scouts and Boy Scout No. 236. Family friendly. 859-331-1150. Fort Wright. Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., Prince of Peace Catholic School, Covington, 625 W. Pike St., Presented by Prince of Peace Catholic School. 859-431-5153. Covington.

Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Taking special look at regional floods, including the flood of 1937, exhibit explores how floods changed landscape of Ohio River Valley. Multisensory experiences through interactive components and documentaries produced by Local 12 and Dan Hurley. Family friendly. $7, $6 seniors, $4 children. 859-491-4003. Covington.

Holiday - St. Patrick’s Day St. Patrick’s Day Party, 7-11 p.m., Gardens of Park Hills, 1622 Dixie Highway, Evening of music, laughter and catching up with friends. Includes soft drinks, wide array of appetizers, desserts, split-the-pot, raffles and cash bar. Email for more info. Ages 21 and up. Benefits Fort Wright Elementary School. $15. Tickets must be purchase by Feb. 27. Presented by Fort Wright Elementary School. 859-4427776. Park Hills.

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.

Museums Our Rivers’ Fury: Past and Present Ohio Valley Floods: Oral History Collection, 1-4 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Boone County Public Library staff interviews volunteers about the floods of 1937 and 1997. Included with admission. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Music - Concerts We Came As Romans, 6 p.m. With Emmure, BlessTheFall, Woe Is Me and the Color Morale., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., $22, $19 advance. 859-491-2444; 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 Turkeys and Sassy Molasses, 8 p.m., The Avenue Lounge, 411 Madison Ave., 859-261-6120; Covington.

Music - World Liam’s Fancy, 9:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m., Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St., Celtic/folk duo. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-491-6659; Covington.

Saturday, March 10 Art Centers & Art Museums The Art of Food, noon-3 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Free. 859-491-2030; Covington.

Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 9-10 a.m., Step-NOut Studio, 721 Madison Road, Latin dance fitness party. First class free. Packages available. Family friendly. $55 for 10-class punch card, $40 for unlimited monthly, $30 for 5-class punch card; $8 drop in. First class free. Through March 29. 859-2912300; Covington.



Our Rivers’ Fury: Past and Present Ohio Valley Floods, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-

Our Rivers’ Fury: Past and Present Ohio Valley Floods, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., BehringerCrawford Museum, $7, $6

seniors, $4 children. 859-4914003. Covington.

Music - Acoustic Bob Cushing, 10 p.m., Down Under Cafe, 126 Park Place, 859-261-9393. Covington.

Music - Bluegrass The Comet Bluegrass AllStars, 7 p.m., SOLD OUT, Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center, 620 Greenup St., 859-431-0020; Covington.

Music - Classic Rock The New Lime, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Grandview Tavern & Grille, 2220 Grandview Drive, Columbia recording artists perform music from 1960s-1970s. No cover. 859-341-8439. Fort Mitchell.

Music - Concerts Mischievous Music, 8 p.m., Notre Dame Academy, 1699 Hilton Drive, Kentucky Symphony Orchestra performs audience favorites, including "the Sorcerer’s Apprentice," "Peer Gynt" and "Till Eulenspiegel.". $28 A seats, $20 B seats, $18 ages 60 and up, $10 ages 18 and under. Presented by Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. 859-261-4300; Park Hills. 96ROCK’s Fin’s Birthday with Pop Evil, 6 p.m. With Illshot, Livid and Nuisance., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., $13. 859-491-2444; Covington.

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

Music - Latin Jorge Wojtas, 7-10 p.m., Argentine Bean Bistro and Wine Bar, 2875 Town Center Blvd., Free. 859-426-1042; Crestview Hills.

Music - Rock The Faceless, 1 p.m. With Last Chance to Reason, Volumes and others., Bangarang’s of Covington, 620 Scott Blvd., $15, $12 advance. 513-460-3815; Covington. Cowgirl, 8 p.m., The Avenue Lounge, 411 Madison Ave., 859-261-6120; Covington.

Music - World Easter Rising, 9:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m., Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St., Irish music. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-491-6659; Covington.

Special Events Passport Day, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., City of Taylor Mill, , Providing passport information to U.S. citizens and accepting passport applications. Part of the Department of State celebrating National Passport Day. Free. 859581-3234; Taylor Mill.

SUNDAY, MARCH 11 Dining Events Sunday Brunch, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Kroger Fort Mitchell, 2156 Dixie Hwy., Bistro. Variety of brunch items to choose from, including eggs cooked to order, entrees, side dishes, fresh fruit, breakfast breads and more. Milk, juice and coffee included. Family friendly. $7.99, $2.99 ages 9 and under. 859-331-0080. Fort Mitchell.

The 12th annual Emerald Miles 5K Run/Walk will be 9 a.m. Saturday, March 10, at Newport on the Levee. Proceeds benefit programs offered by the Epilepsy Foundation. For more information, visit or call 513-721-2905. Pictured is Caleb's Crew at last year's Emerald Miles 5K Run/Walk. THANKS TO LISA SCHROTH and live wrestling to prepare you for your upcoming season. $6. Registration required. 859912-0764; Elsmere.

Exhibits Our Rivers’ Fury: Past and Present Ohio Valley Floods, 1-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, $7, $6 seniors, $4 children. 859-491-4003. Covington.

To submit calendar items, go to and click on “Share!” Send digital photos to along with event information. Items are printed on a space-available basis with local events taking precedence. Deadline is two weeks before publication date. To find more calendar events, go to and choose from a menu of items in the Entertainment section on the main page. Go Bang, Cascades and Radio Rescue. Doors open at 6 p.m., Bangarang’s of Covington, 620 Scott Blvd., $12, $10 advance. 513-460-3815; Covington.

Museums Super Sundays Family Programming: Food Fight, 1-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Afternoon exploring facts about food and our relationships to it. Free. 859-491-4003; Covington.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14 Art Centers & Art Museums

Music - Concerts Mischievous Music, 3 p.m., Notre Dame Academy, $28 A seats, $20 B seats, $18 ages 60 and up, $10 ages 18 and under. 859-261-4300; Park Hills.

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

MONDAY, MARCH 12 Art Centers & Art Museums The Art of Food, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Free. 859-491-2030; Covington.

Clubs & Organizations Celebrate Girl Scouts’ 100year Anniversary, 7-7:30 p.m., Crestview Hills Town Center, 2929 Dixie Highway, Clock Tower. All community members, past and present Girl Scouts of any nation invited for candlelighting ceremony. Bring your own candle and non-perishable food donation. Free. Presented by Licking Valley Cluster GSKWRC. 800-716-6162. Crestview Hills.

Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 6-7 p.m., Step-NOut Studio, $55 for 10-class punch card, $40 for unlimited monthly, $30 for 5-class punch card; $8 drop in. First class free. 859-291-2300; Covington.

Exercise Classes

Karaoke and Open Mic

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

Karaoke with DJ Will Corson, 9 p.m., The Avenue Lounge, 411 Madison Ave., $5 wine and $10 domestic buckets. 859-261-6120. Covington. Open Mic Night, 7:30 p.m., The Pub Crestview Hills, 2853 Dixie Highway, With Mike Liggett. 859-426-7827; Crestview Hills.

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.

The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra will perform "Mischievous Music: A Salute to Troublemakers" at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 10, and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at the Frances Carlisle Auditorium at Notre Dame Academy in Park Hills. Tickets are $23 and $28; seniors, $18; and students, $10. For more information, visit or call 859-431-6216. THANKS TO J.R. CASSIDY


TUESDAY, MARCH 13 Art Centers & Art Museums The Art of Food, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Free. 859-491-2030;

Cincinnati World Cinema presents the 11th annual “Oscar Shorts & More” at the Carnegie Arts Center in Covington. THANKS TO TIMOTHY SWALLOW Covington.

Community Dance Line Dancing, 7-9 p.m., Lookout Heights Civic Club, 1661 Park Road, Holly and Bernie Ruschman, instructors. Beginners welcome. Smoke-free. Family friendly. $6, $3 for first-timers. Presented by H & B Dance Co.. Through Dec. 18. 859-727-0904. Fort Wright.

Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Turkey Foot Middle School, 3230 Turkey Foot Road, Cafeteria. Exotic rhythms set to highenergy Latin and international beats. All fitness levels welcome. $5. Presented by Zumba with Gabrielle. 513-702-4776. Edgewood.

Exhibits Our Rivers’ Fury: Past and Present Ohio Valley Floods, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., BehringerCrawford Museum, $7, $6 seniors, $4 children. 859-4914003. Covington.

Health / Wellness Weight Loss Class, 6:30-7 p.m., Hickory Grove Baptist Church, 11969 Taylor Mill Road, $60 for 12-week membership. First class free. Presented by Equipped Ministries. 859-802-8965; Independence.

Holiday - St. Patrick’s Day St. Patrick’s Day Party, 6 p.m.-1 a.m., Mahogany’s Coffee House and Bar, 3715 Winston Ave., Irish drink and food, progressive drink specials with lowest prices from 6-7 p.m. 859-314-9543. Latonia.

Music - Bluegrass Northern Kentucky Bluegrass Band, 9 p.m.-midnight, Zola, 626 Main St., Free. 859-261-7510. Covington.

Music - Jazz Mike Darrah, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., Pianist. 859-261-2365; Covington.

Music - Rock Set It Off, 6 p.m. With Life On Repeat, Role Models, Bazookas

The Art of Food, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Free. 859-491-2030; Covington.

Clubs & Organizations Pioneer Toastmasters Public Speaking Club Meeting, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Holiday Inn Riverfront, 600 W. Third St., Ages 18 and up. Non-profit and open to adults interested in improving speaking and communication skills. $15 meal available. Presented by Pioneer Toastmasters. Through May 30. 513-541-9319; Covington.

Drink Tastings Beer Tasting, 7 p.m., Blinkers Tavern, 318 Greenup St., Includes five craft beers and five-course meal. $40. Reservations required, available at 859-360-0840; Covington.

Exhibits Our Rivers’ Fury: Past and Present Ohio Valley Floods, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., BehringerCrawford Museum, $7, $6 seniors, $4 children. 859-4914003. Covington.

Health / Wellness Runner’s Injury Clinic, 5-6:30 p.m., St. Elizabeth Edgewood Sports Medicine, 830 Thomas More Parkway, Receive assistance from local medical providers, including physical therapists, athletic trainers, physicians and registered dietician. Free. Registration required. Presented by Bob Roncker’s Running Spot. 859-301-5600; Edgewood. Weight Loss Class, 5:30-6 p.m., Lakeside Christian Church, 195 Buttermilk Pike, $60 for 12-week membership. First class free. Presented by Equipped Ministries. 859-802-8965; Lakeside Park.

Music - Blues Ricky Nye and Bekah Williams, 7:30-11:30 p.m., Chez Nora, 530 Main St., 859-4918027; Covington.

Music - Jazz Mike Darrah, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 859-261-2365; Covington.

Music - Rock Birdbrain Crash, 10 p.m.-1 a.m., Sidebar, 322 Greenup St., Country/rock music. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-431-3456. Covington.



Mom’s salmon patties perfect for Lent Our friends down the road, Bert and Bob Villing, just planted the first of their spring crops: carrots, peas and spinach. This makes me literally itch to get the garden tilled. Talk about spring fever! The watercress in our little spring-fed Rita pool is Heikenfeld spreading RITA’S KITCHEN by leaps and bounds, and the maple trees are budding out. The herb garden still looks pretty forlorn, though. Chickweed is taking over so I’ll have to do some serious weeding. But all’s not lost: Our “girls”/chickens love chickweed. Did you know that chickweed is highly nutritious? I like to add it to salads. Just make sure it’s clean, without pesticides, etc.

many requests for it over the years. So I went to the source: Proprietors Howard and Jan Melvin, who were gracious enough to share the recipe. It has an interesting history. Howard told me the original recipe was from the Netherland Plaza Hotel and it was a quantity one. Jan and chef Jerry Hart developed a recipe for the home cook. I’ll have to warn you – it makes quite a lot, but you’ll be happy to have it on hand. It reminds me of an elegant Caesar-type dressing with a bit of a bite. I’ve adapted the recipe only slightly. And yes, it uses raw eggs. That doesn’t bother me. I don’t think you could substitute pasteurized whites since this recipe contains yolks, as well. Check your local grocer to see if they carry pasteurized whole eggs if you are not comfortable with using raw eggs. Go to taste on seasonings.

Heritage house dressing

¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 tablespoon cracked black pepper 1½ teaspoons each ground black pepper and salt 1 tablespoon granulated dried garlic ¼ cup each water and red wine vinegar Up to 2½ teaspoons fresh

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My mom never measured and she used regular breadcrumbs, so use them if you like. Go to taste on onion and celery. 1 can salmon (I used pink salmon) 1 egg, lightly beaten 1 ⁄3 cup each finely diced onion and celery ½ cup panko breadcrumbs Salt and pepper to taste

Rita's mom's salmon patties are pictured with fried potatoes and mixed vegetables. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD. lemon juice Up to 1 teaspoon hot sauce 1 teaspoon Worcestershire 2 large egg yolks 1 large egg 2 cups vegetable oil

Combine Parmesan, peppers, salt and garlic and set aside. Combine water, vinegar, lemon juice, hot sauce and Worcestershire and set aside. Combine yolks and eggs in mixer. Whip on medium high until very thick. Mixture will be light lemon colored. Jerry’s note said “and we mean very thick.” With the whip attachment still on, turn to high and slowly, in a thin, thin, stream, pour half the oil in. When egg mixture has taken half the oil, add all dry ingredients. Continue adding the rest of the oil, alternating with liquid

ingredients, until all liquid ingredients have been absorbed. Refrigerate immediately.

Drain salmon and mix everything together lightly. Form into patties and fry in olive oil over medium heat until brown on both sides. Nice sides are fried potatoes and mixed vegetables.

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a Northern Kentucky reader, when we were both working at Macy’s. I like this so much I use it on other seafood dishes, as well. Mix together: ½ cup mayonnaise Juice of half a lemon or more to taste 1 generous teaspoon dried dill leaves or palmful fresh, chopped Hot sauce to taste 1 tomato, finely chopped (optional) Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

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the soil structure for several years. You shouldn’t dig, plow, or even walk in wet, soggy soil. However, if your garden site is already plowed, or if you have a raised bed with loose, well-drained soil, and it’s dry enough to work in, you can begin planting seeds of spinach, mustard, beets, and peas right away. They will germinate in cold soil and will even tolerate some freezing temperatures. Cabbage, lettuce and kohlrabi transplants can be planted outside in midto-late March. At the same time, you can plant asparagus and rhubarb crowns, early potato seed pieces, onion sets, green onions, and seeds of carrots, collards, kale, radishes, turnips and endive. In late March, you can also make a second planting of beets, mustard, spinach and peas. Indoors under fluorescent lights, you should have already started seeds of onions, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kohlrabi, lettuce, and Chinese cabbage. Wait until mid-to-late March to start seeds indoors of peppers, tomatoes, and eggplant, and to

UPCOMING CLASSES Plant Propagation & Fruit Tree Grafting: 1-3 p.m. Thursday, March 15, Boone County Extension Office. Free, but call 859-586-6101 to register, or enroll online at Good Earth: Soil & Water Workshop: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, Boone County Extension Office. $5 fee includes lunch. Call 859586-6101 to register, or enroll online at

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Always be cautious when giving dogs chicken jerky In an effort to reward their dogs, many people give them little treats. But the Food and Drug Administration is cautioning about products containing chicken jerky, including chicken tenders, strips or treats. More than 350 dogs have reportedly become ill after eating these items – and some have died. Joetta Caudill-Metzger of Alexandria recently lost her 6-year-old miniature schnauzer, Molly. “I’ve been buying these dog treats because she loved them. They were chicken jerky and I

thought, ‘OK, this is great.’ My dog loved these treats so when she’d been a good dog I said, ‘Oh, Howard you’ve Ain been a good HEY HOWARD! dog today and you can have a treat,’” Caudill-Metzger said. Molly had been eating those treats for more than a year. But, Caudill-Metzger says, “She’s been getting more of them lately. Before, it was like one or

two. For the last month or so I’ve given her one every day.’ Suddenly she started getting lethargic, then she got sick to her stomach and she started lying down.” Molly was then taken to the vet to be examined. “The vet said she’s already shut down 75 percent. I don’t want anybody else who owns a dog to go through what we’re going through right now. It’s heartbreaking because a dog is your child,” Caudill-Metzger said. The vet says Molly died of kidney failure and he

Clues to determine a rotten egg It seems I’ve been having discussions with a lot of people lately about eggs. Specifically, how to determine if an egg is rotten. I’ve had spinning and floating techniques explained to me. In reality, the only way to know if an egg is truly rotten is to break it open and smell it. The techniques being described to me will help you know if an egg is old or hard-cooked. Eggs shells are porous. They have small pores all over them that allow air to pass through. As eggs age, more air enters the shell and causes the air sac inside the shell to grow. An egg with a larger air sac will float. Therefore, older eggs will float and new or fresher eggs will sink when placed in a glass or bowl of water. The lack of egg freshness does not mean the egg is rotten or no longer usable. The lack of freshness

does mean the white of the egg will spread more when the egg is opened and the egg might not Diane whip up as Mason nicely as a EXTENSION fresh egg. NOTES Fresh eggs make beautiful fried eggs because they “sit up” and have a pretty presentation. Eggs that are not as fresh will spread out more in the pan and the white and yolk height won’t be as distinct. Older eggs work well for baked items. Older eggs that are hard-cooked tend to peel easier because of the added air inside the shell. To test an egg to see if it is raw or hard-cooked, set it on the fat end on a solid surface and give it a gentle spin. Eggs that are raw will not spin on the end, they

will fall over. Eggs that are hard-cooked will spin on their fat end. Ideally, eggs should be cracked one at a time into a small bowl and then added to the larger recipe. With this technique you’ll always be sure the eggs are of good quality and you’ll not ruin an entire recipe if you do happen to crack a truly rotten egg. Our friends at the American Egg Board tell us eggs should be purchased by the date on the end of the carton. Ideally, they should be used by that date but, they are good for up to three weeks beyond the date on the end of the carton. Eggs will rarely go “bad.” Instead, if left for long periods of time, the white and yolk will dry up. Diane Mason is county extension agent for family and consumer sciences at the Boone County Cooperative Extension Service.



suspects it was caused by the chicken jerky. The maker of that brand of dog food says it has a program to ensure the safety of its products. The FDA first issued a cautionary warning about these products back in 2007. Despite exhaustive testing, the FDA has not found any contaminant in the Chinese-made products that could cause any illness. None of the chicken jerky products have been recalled. The FDA says these products should not be substituted for a bal-

anced diet and are intended to be fed only occasionally and in small quantities. Caudill-Metzger says she was cutting in half the treats she had been feeding Molly. Natasha Beranek of Fairfield wrote me that she too had been feeding her small dog one to two chicken jerky treats each day, per the weight guidelines on the back of the package. But her dog also became sick and was put on a diet of sensitive stomach food and capsules by her vet. “I have now abstained from giving her

her beloved chicken jerky treats,” Beranek says. David Best of Batavia wrote to say his small dog also died after eating these treats and he would like to see the items pulled from store shelves. He has another dog and writes, “After seeing your story on TV we threw out the bag of these treats I had just bought.” Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

Further More classes offered Community Recorder Thomas More College will offer the following FurtherMore classes, a series of noncredit courses and events designed for adults who want to expand on a hobby or skill to further enrich their talents: Discovering Wine: 6-9 p.m. Mondays March 12 - April 2. Gain knowledge of wine varieties through weekly tastings and learn traditional and less common food and wine pairings. Seminar includes recipes, crackers, cheeses, chocolates and other wine accompaniments. Fee: $65. Limited to 20 students. Must be 21 years of age or older. Instructor: Chris Moyer.

Beginning Yoga: 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays March 28 - April 25 in the dance studio of the Student Center. This is a beginner’s level yoga that explores basic yoga poses with soothing stretches, breathing, meditation and focused relaxation. Fee: $50. Instructor: Alana Ghent. Understanding Generational Differences: 23:30 p.m. Thursday March 29. Learn how each generation was shaped and molded by different societal influences during their developmental years. Learning about these differences in generational perspective can reduce conflict and create better understanding and relationships at home, work or community activities. Free. In-

structor: Rosie Allen, family & consumer sciences agent with Gallatin County Extension Service. Programs are held in the Center for Adult & Professional Education, 365 Thomas More Parkway, just behind the main campus of Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, unless noted. The FurtherMore program is administered through the college’s Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning Department. For more information or to register, visit and choose “FurtherMore” in the quick jump section, contact Cora Hils at 859-344-3304, or email at furthermore@



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Seeking strength during tragedy If you are reading this, your life has recently changed. It was changed drastically. It was changed forever, and the change was almost immediate. Whether your home took a direct hit, your loved ones did, or worse you lost loved ones; the events that took place beginning at approximately 4:30 on Friday afternoon, March 2,

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2012, will forever change us. In our home, the diJulie House rection of our COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST lives COLUMNIST changed immediately too. From plans to go see "Courageous" being shown for the public at a local church on Friday evening (and many other churches across the Tristate), we shifted gears and our eyes were glued to the TV all evening for updates, and our hands lifted toward heaven in thanks that we were spared, yet, offering constant prayers for those who were not. As I ponder the questions of “whys” storms like this take place and “what now?” I am reminded that my God is a God of good and not bad; light and not darkness. 1 John 1:5, “God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all.” I also know that His plans for me are “ for good and not disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 I too know that Satan is powerful in this world and he must stay angry

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with communities like Piner and Crittenden, so full of people who love Jesus with all that they are and serve him in very powerful ways. I personally know two families hit directly by the storm and stand in awe of their love for their families and Jesus. I have also keenly witnessed their resilience in times of turmoil and suffering and know this will be no different. My Bible tells me that “when troubles come my way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow. For when your endurance if fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” James 1:2-4 As we all continue to ask the question, “What Do I Do Now,” remember this: “Humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time He will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God for He cares about you.” And, “after you have suffered a little while, He will restore, support, and strengthen you, and He will place you on a firm foundation.” 1 Peter 5:6-7,10 So, although I may not understand fully the “whys” of the storms, I do know that at just the right time, we will be restored and strengthened and placed back on a firm foundation. Oh, and if Satan is wondering, we still have plans to see the movie "Courageous." 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. Check out her website for meeting times and locations

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The William E. Durr Branch of the Kenton County Public Library will offer the following events/programs in March: Stitch-A-Long: March 1-31. This month's projects: Toys. Crochet Bunny Headz by Deborah Ellis or knit the Mini Reversible Duck & Bunny by Susan B. Anderson. Friends of KCPL Used Book Sale: March 4-10. Purchase nearly-new or used books, movies, music and more for prices under $4. Proceeds benefit library programs supported by the Friends of the Kenton County Public Library. GED Classes: 5:30-8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays in March. Free GED classes offered by Gateway Community & Technical College and the Kenton County Adult Education Program. For more information, call 859-442-1615. Toastmasters: 6:30-8:45 p.m. Monday, March 12. Build selfconfidence and develop better speaking and leadership skills. Adults only. Mah Jongg Madness: 1-4 p.m Mondays March 12 and 26. All skill levels welcome. Games are played with the 2011 National Mah Jongg League cards and rules. Registration required. The Bluebirds Are Coming!: 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15. Join Steve Trauger from the Kenton County Parks & Recreation office to learn how to attract Bluebirds and other cavity nesting birds. Registration required. Independence Inklings: 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 18. Join the Independence Inklings a critique group for adults who write fiction. Easy-Peasy Freezer Jam: 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sundays March 18 or 25. Join Brenda in the kitchen and learn how to make Pineapple Upside Down Cake Freezer Jam. Adults only. Registration required. Game Club: noon to 4 p.m. Monday, March 19. Bring an old favorite or learn a new one chess, backgammon, euchre and dominos. Bring lunch if you wish. Adults only. Registration required. Scrapbook by the Month!: 11 a.m. to noon or 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, and 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, March 22. Make a two-page scrapbook layout to celebrate the month of March. Pictures are optional for this session but bring glue and/or tape, and scissors. Registration required. Scarf It Up!: 6-7:30 Thursday, March 22, or 2-3:30 Saturday, March 24. Grades 6 and up. Learn how to knit with Mary from Scarf It Up! Registration required. Stitchers Night Out: 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22. Swap patterns and share techniques on stitches and other projects. Toastmasters: 6:30-8:45 p.m. Monday, March 26. Build selfconfidence and develop better

speaking and leadership skills. Adults only. Quilting: 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays March 24 and 31. Adults and grades 6 and up. Instructors will teach basic quilting techniques while participants create a quilt block. Beginning students must register and obtain a list of materials needed for the class. Registration required. Chain Reaction Afghan Project: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays March 24 and 31. Advanced stitchers, download the e-book “Chain Reaction Crochet Afghan Project” from Crochet Me magazine. We'll pick two squares to work on. Come in anytime during the session. Open Crafting: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, March 24 and 31. Adults and grades 6 and up. Bring unfinished crafts and join other crafters for an hour or a day.

Teens (Grades 6-12) Hunger Games!: 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 16. Program includes contests, training and cornucopias. Anime Club: 2-4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17. Pizza and anime. Have a suggestion for what to watch? Send the library a message on Facebook. Cake Decorating: 6-8 p.m. Monday, March 19. Supplies will be provided for the first 12 people to decorate cakes. If you have any food allergies, email Late Night Gaming: 9-11 p.m. Friday, March 30. Have you ever wondered what the library is like at night? Well, now is your chance to find out. No registrations or permission slips for this program.

Children's programs Arting Around: 11 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Grades K-6. Listen to stories and create unique art each week. Open to the first 30 in attendance. March 10 - March Lion; March 17 Green Collage Shamrock; and March 24 - Curly Birds. KidVentures: 4:30-5:15 p.m. Wednesdays. Ages 6-12 years. Stories and a craft open to the first 30 in attendance. March 14 Beaded Irish Flag; March 21 Garden of Weavin’; and March 28 - Shimmering Sun Catcher. Second Saturday Book Club (& Movie): 2 p.m. Saturday, March 10. Grades 3-6. The featured book in March is "Because of Winn Dixie" by Kate DiCamillo. Pick up a book at the library. Open to any child that can read at a third-sixth grade reading level. Watch the movie at 2 p.m. Movie open to all ages with a parent. Alien & Monkers Party: 2-3 p.m. Sunday, March 18. Ages 3-12 years. Are they under your bed… in the closet? No, they are in the library. Come scare them. Registration required. Pictures with the Easter Bunny and Egg Hunt: 2-4 p.m. Saturday, March 24. Ages 12 years and younger, and a parent. Bring a camera and take a

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Computer classes Registration required for all computer classes. Take a look at e-Readers: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13. Look at several e-Readers on the market and learn how to get e-books for free using the library's website. Basic Microsoft Word: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20. e-Reader Open Lab: 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22. Learn more about e-readers with a staff member. Learn how to download free e-books. Excel: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27.

Online classes Online classes require an internet and audio connection from a home, office or library computer. Provide an email when registering. Southbank Reads: an Online Book Discussion: March 1-31. Join this no pressure book group, Southbank Reads. Read a book and discuss it online. To participate: 1) Join 2) Join Southbank Reads 3) Check out this month's book 4) Read it 5) Start discussing on March 25. E-Books and Online Books for Kids: 10-10:30 a.m. Monday, March 12. Get a quick tour of the e-books and online books available with a library card. Children will love to play with them and use them for homework assignments. Learn about the World with CultureGrams: 1-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13. CultureGrams is a great resource for students doing reports on the countries of the world and the 50 states. It has maps, recipes, images and downloadable multimedia presentations to use freely. How to borrow e-Books from the Library: 3-3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15. Learn how to use Overdrive to download and borrow e-books and audiobooks to read and listen to on a computer, mp3 player, smartphone or e-reader such as a Kindle, iPad or Nook. Next Reads: Travel the World with Books: noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 29. Take a journey through world literature, fiction literature featuring travel, travel memoirs and budget travel guides. The Durr Branch is located at 1992 Walton-Nicholson Road in Independence. Branch hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. For more information or to register, visit events or call 859-962-4031 for adult and teen programs, 859962-4032 for children’s.

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The Comet Bluegrass All-Stars, pictured, will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at the Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center of Covington. Tickets will be $10 in advance, $15 the day of the show. To purchase tickets, visit or call 859-431-0020. THANKS TO RAYMOND KINGSBURY

Comet Bluegrass All-Stars to play at Baker Hunt Community Recorder The Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center of Covington will host The Comet Bluegrass All-Stars in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 10. The Comet Bluegrass All-Stars started in 1996 as the Sunday night house band at The Comet, a neighborhood pub in

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2002 and 2004 for Best Bluegrass/Folk Band. Tickets will be $10 in advance, $15 the day of the show, if available. To purchase tickets, visit or call 859-431-0020. The concert will be in the Kate Scudder House of the Baker Hunt Campus, 620 Greenup St. in Covington.

The severe weather that passed through the region on March 2 continues to create health hazards as a result of power outages. The Northern Kentucky Health Department advises those affected by power outages to take the following precautions to protect against food poisoning and carbon monoxide exposure: » Never use a charcoal grill, camp stoves, generators, or other gasoline, kerosene, or charcoal burning device indoors. » Refrigerated foods should be disposed of after four hours without electricity unless the food has been placed in a cooler with ice. » Open refrigerators and freezers only when necessary. Frozen foods in unopened freezers can generally maintain safe temperatures for up to 24 hours if the freezer is half-full and up to 48

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Members of the Northern Kentucky Caucus, which are Reps. Sal Santoro, R-Florence (front row, first from right), Addia Wuchner, R-Burlington (front row, second from right), Alecia Webb-Edgington, R-Fort Wright (front row, third from right), Tom Kerr, R-Taylor Mill (second row, third from right), Joe Fischer, R-Fort Thomas (front row, second from left), Royce Adams, D-Dry Ridge (front row, first from left), Arnold Simpson, D-Covington (second row, first from left) and Tom McKee, D-Cynthiana, welcomed members of the Eagle Scouts of Northern Kentucky to the House of Representatives on Feb. 14. The group was honored on the floor by the Northern Kentucky Caucus during the dayÕs session. Not pictured was Rep. Adam Koenig, R-Erlanger. THANKS TO LRC PUBLIC INFORMATION

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The Northern Kentucky Health Department’s diabetes program will hold a series of free classes and one all-day class on diabetes at the Kenton County Public Library Durr Branch in Independence. A series of three weekly classes will begin 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, at the Durr Branch, 1992 Walton-Nicholson Pike.

Registration for this series is not required. A free dinner and a diabetes toolkit will be provided at the last class in the series to those who attend all three classes. The one-day class will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at the Central Campbell County Fire House, 4113 Alexandria Pike in Cold Spring. Registration for the one-day class is required. A free

lunch will be provided for those who register in advance. Each class will cover a different topic and will be led by a registered nurse/ certified diabetes educator and a registered dietitian from the health department. For more information or to register, visit or call Joan Geohegan at 859-363-2115 or Julie Shapero at 859-363-2116.

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achieve its mission through direct involvement in service delivery”. This year, IHN will undergo a name change to Family Promise of Northern Kentucky, Inc. As an affiliate of the national Family Promise organization, the Kentucky affiliate hopes to capture in its new name its promise of support to homeless families and the promise to believe these families can achieve self sufficiency. “Homelessness among families with children is on the rise both nationally and in our own back yard,” said Matt Eilers, chair of the IHN board of directors. “Keeping their needs at the forefront of dialogue is critical to building a stronger community.” “Ms. Desmarais’ unique skills in nonprofit business management combined with her deep knowledge and passion for IHN will be an important asset to the organization as we move forward.”

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The Board of Directors of the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Northern Kentucky (IHN) announced recently that Lisa Desmarais has been appointed its Executive Director. Desmarais, former President and Treasurer of the organization’s Board, has stepped into the role of executive director to promote the organization’s mission to provide support for homeless families. With offices located in Newport, IHN is a faithbased collaborative that empowers Northern Kentucky children and their families, experiencing temporary homelessness, to attain sustainable independence. IHN brings shelter, meals, case management and collaborative support services to families without homes. In partnership with nearly 1,000 volunteers and 55 congrega-

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The Northern Kentucky Youth Foundation is excited to share its plans to expand its scope in providing children with vital services. While the past two years have been crucial in bringing individualized help in tutoring and mentoring services to students, the foundation will now move to a more holistic approach to advocacy by working together with state legislators, media, parents, teachers, students, and community vol-

unteers in order to bring awareness and change to the areas of: » Underage drinking education/prevention » Tobacco-free school campuses » Anti-bullying education/prevention » Education (via seminars) for parents and members of the community to raise student achievement » Direct involvement with school boards as a means of giving students a voice These changes are the result of an increase in the

number of organizations dedicated to the same services NKY Youth Foundation previously provided, as well as the recognition of a void that needs to be filled in student advocacy. In addition to its new mission to ensure that decisions being made on school, county, and state levels are in the best interests of the students, NKY Youth Foundation will continue to work closely with other organizations on behalf of their causes. "Over time as our community changes, it is im-

portant to see how we as a non-profit can better serve our community," said NKY Youth Foundation President Ryan Courtade. "The board feels that advocacy on behalf of students will help students and get parents involved in student education. We are very excited about this new chapter in our organization's history." More information about community issues and the Northern Kentucky Youth Foundation can be found at:

Register for hunter education class Community Recorder The Northern Kentucky Hunter Education Association has announced its course schedule for hunter education classes in 2012. For any class, you can register by email at March 17: Pendleton County Sportsman’s Club, Lock Road, Butler, 7:30 a.m. to completion. Pre-registration required (one-day class). Call 859-428-2954 or email June2:MoonliteHunting and Fishing Club, 3655 Possum Path, Burlington, 7:30 a.m. to completion. Pre-registration required (one-day class). Call 859-428-2954 or email Aug. 11: Lloyd WMA, Hwy. 491, Crittenden, 7:30 a.m. to completion. Pre-registration required (one-day class). Call 859-428-2954 or email Aug. 25: Campbell Coun-


ty Game & Fish Club,11218 S. Licking Pike, Alexandria, 7:30 a.m. to completion. Preregistration required (oneday class). Call 859-428-2954 or email Sept. 8: Dutchman’s Rod &GunClub,3651Petersburg Road, Bullittsville, 7:30 a.m. to completion. Pre-registration required (one-day class). Call 859-428-2954 or email Sept.19-20 and Sept. 22: Kenton Game & Fish Associ-

ation, 10501 Locust Pike, Ryland. You must attend all three days. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sept.19-20 and 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 22. Call 859-428-2954 or email Oct.31,Nov.1andNov.3: Ryle High School, tentative. 6:30-10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 8 a.m. Saturday at Lloyds WMA, Hwy. 491, Crittenden. You must attend all three days. Pre-registration required. Call 859428-2954 or email

Financial Fitness Day March 10 Community Recorder Center for Great Neighborhoods of Covington is partnering with United Way and others to host the second annual Financial Fitness Day at 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at Cintas Center at Xavier University. The forum includes a variety of resources attendees can access to flex their financial muscles, including free tax preparation, access to free credit reports, screenings for public benefits and more. “This is a one-stop shopping opportunity where people can learn some basic steps they can take to build their financial stability,” said Lucy


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POLICE REPORTS INDEPENDENCE Arrests/citations John R. Harvey, 55, 729 Independence Station Road, terroristic threatening, wanton endangerment at 729 Independence Station Road, Feb. 17. Jess A. Meloche Jr., 30, 2205 Joyce Ave., executed Kenton County district court warrant for speeding 24 miles over limit at Madison Pike, Feb. 22. Charles T. Hyatt, 44, 6433 Jimae Court, executed Kenton County warrant for contempt of court, libel/slander, resistance at Jimae Court, Feb. 23. Tyler K. Buck, 25, 915 Regal Ridge Drive, executed Owen County warrant for marijuana possession at Regal Ridge Drive, Feb. 23. Alicia D. Aulick, 31, 10025 Hwy. 17 N., driving without license, possession of controlled substance at Madison Pike, Feb. 23. Cristal G. Roberts, 29, 3641 Ridgewood Drive, executed Kenton County warrant for receiving stolen property at Arrow Court, Feb. 19. George R. Abney, 50, 437 Commonwealth Ave., DUI at 829 Stephens, Feb. 19.

Larry J. Grubb, 61, 4971 Founders Lane, executed Kenton County warrant for leaving the scene of an accident at 4971 Founders Lane, Feb. 17. Derek R. Clendening, 24, 3521 Jacqueline Drive, executed Kenton County warrant for non-support at 5220 Millcreek Circle, Feb. 17. Rita Mendoza, 35, 4030 Charwood Circle, 117, executed Boone County warrant for DUI at Charwood Circle, Feb. 19.

Incidents/investigations Theft Prescriptions stolen from car at 1900 Declaration Drive, Feb. 20. Cash stolen at 10406 Vicksburg Lane, Feb. 10. Building materials stolen at 12545 Stonewall Court, Feb. 17. Car stolen at 4052 Charwood Circle, Feb. 2. Unauthorized use of motor vehicle Car taken and damaged at 2716 Parkerridge Dr., Feb. 12.

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Elvera Anderson Elvera J. Anderson, 96, of Fort Thomas, died Feb. 22, 2012, at her residence. She was a former owner of Superior Shoe Repair Service. Her husband, John Anderson, died in 1987. Survivors include her nephew, Bill Heckman of Arkansas; niece, Barbara Ballenger of Williamstown; great-nephew, Roger Ballenger of Williamstown; great-niece, Roxanne Howe of Williamstown; friend, Paul Guy of Fort Thomas; and friend and caregiver, Gail Hughes of Ludlow. Entombment was in Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate.

Michael Andrews Michael L. Andrews, 35, of Independence, died Feb. 25, 2012, at University of Kentucky Medical Center. He was an EMT, former police officer and a member of the Carrollton Lodge F&A.M. No. 832. Survivors include his fiancé, Jamaka Tucker; sons, Joseph Andrews, Christian Andrews, Jeramiah Tucker and Noah Tucker; daughters, Katelyn Andrews and Laura Tucker; father, Don Andrews; mother, Judy Andrews; brothers, Brian Andrews and Jason Wells; and sisters, Donna Harris, Tracy Andrews and Melissa Wells.

Marguerite Bishop Marguerite E. Case Bishop, 94, formerly of Taylor Mill, Erlanger, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, Magnolia, Ark., and Jacksonville, Fla., died Feb. 26, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was the former owner of the Dairy Cottage in Taylor Mill and was active at her former church, Central Baptist Church, in Magnolia, Ark. Her husband, William R. Bishop; and daughter, Barbara A. Binder, died previously. Survivors include her sons, William G. Bishop of Burlington and Richard E. Bishop of Tucson, Ariz.; brother, William Case of Cincinnati; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Arlie Blevins Sr. Arlie Blevins Sr., 77, of Covington, died Feb. 29, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He served in the U.S. Army, retired from General Electric in Evendale, Ohio, and was a member of Community Family Church in Independence. Two sisters, Ginger Blevins and Josie Hayes, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Almedia Collins Blevins; son, Arlie Glenn Blevins Jr. of Covington; daughters, Alma Marie McDine of Newport, Arlina Marie Lagemann of Independence and Arletta Claudett Faller of Kenwood, Ohio; brother, Arlin Blevins of Summerdale, Ga.; sisters, Velba Blevins of West Hamlin, W.Va., Vicie Hubbs of Ranger, W.Va., Clara Miller of Barboursville, W.Va., and Mona Miller of Chapmanville, W.Va.; six grandchildren; and four greatgrandchildren.

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Charles Comer Charles Comer, 54, of Covington, died Feb. 24, 2012. He was a member of Paint Lick Baptist Church. Survivors by his mother, Dorothy Comer; son, Robert Comer; sister, Donna Moore; and brother, Danny Comer. Burial was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens. Memorials: Huntington Bank in memory of Charles Comer.

Robert Dahms Jr. Robert “Bobby” Dahms Jr., 60, of Crittenden, formerly of Covington, died Feb. 25, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a member of First Christian Church and a truck driver for Dayton Freight Co. in Walton. Survivors include his son, Robert Dahms III of Crittenden; daughter, Angela Smith of Crittenden; stepsons, Brian and Johnny Ransdell of Owenton; brother, Mark Dahms Sr. of Covington; sisters, Brenda Noel and Sandra Morgan of Independence; and five grandchildren. Interment was at Sunrise Cemetery in Harrison County, Ky. Memorials: American Cancer Society or St. Elizabeth Hospice.

Sandra Dailey Sandra Dailey, 70, of Erlanger, died Feb. 24, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a retired regional support specialist for ADP. A son, Michael Dailey, died in 1986. Survivors include her husband, Samuel J. Dailey; daughters, Sherri Snelling of Erlanger and Michele

Asher of Elsmere; sons, Tim Dailey of Elsmere and Kevin Dailey of Las Vegas; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Memorial: Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Dorothy Darpel Dorothy “Dot” F. Cleves Darpel, 86, of Covington, formerly of Cincinnati, died Feb. 24, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a homemaker and a member of Hilltoppers, Happy Timers, Rovers Senior Groups, Hyde Park Center for Older Adults and St. Agnes Church in Fort Wright. A sister, Ruth Cleves Mullen, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Bernie Darpel; daughters, Paula Cole, Elaine Bennett, Lois Johnson and Janet Darpel, all of Cincinnati, Anita Koebbe of Dry Ridge, Jill Campeotto of Nashville, Tenn., and Nancy Rapp of Independence; son, Rick Darpel of Blue Ash, Ohio; sister, Mary Jane Coyle of Fort Wright; brother, Jim Cleves of Villa Hills; 23 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Interment was in Mother of God Cemetery, Fort Wright. Memorials: St. Charles Lodge and/or Hyde Park Center for Older Adults.

Karen Dean Karen Dean, 67, of Dayton, died Feb. 25, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was an office worker for Jones Florist in Cincinnati and a member of the Eastern Star in Dayton. Survivors include her husband, Herman; son, Scott Dean of Independence; daughter, Tracey Arita of Bromley; sister, Sandra L. Schafer of Cincinnati; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Leslie Fleckenstein Leslie G. “Les” Fleckenstein, 74, of Crestview Hills, died Feb. 26, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He worked in the banking industry for 25 years with Fifth Third and Huntington Bank. He owned and operated P&L Cleaning Services, a commercial cleaning business. Survivors include his wife, Patricia “Pat” Fleckenstein; sons, Scott Fleckenstein of Burlington and Brian Fleckenstein of Ludlow; and two grandchildren. Memorials: Charity of donor’s choice.

Rita Furnish Rita Ann Freimuth Furnish, 75, of Florence, formerly of Taylor Mill, died Feb. 25, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She attended Oak Ridge Baptist Church and retired as a clerk for the Internal Revenue Service. Survivors include her daughter, Vicky Fritz of Florence; son, Mark Furnish of Independence; brothers, Charles Hungler Jr. of Covington, Dennis Hungler of Taylor Mill and Stephen Hungler of Florida; six grandchildren; and two great-

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Please take notice that Duke Energy Kentucky, Inc. has applied to the Kentucky Public Service Commission for approval to revise its Electric Rider Demand Side Management (DSM) rates for electric service for residential customers. Duke Energy Kentucky’s current monthly DSM rate for Residential electric customers is $0.001514 per kilowatt-hour. Duke Energy Kentucky’s current rate for Distribution Level rates Part A, DS, DP, DT, GS-FL, EH & SP is $0.001052 per kilowatt-hour. Duke Energy Kentucky’s current rate for Transmission Level Rates and Distribution Level rates Part B, TT is $0.000274 per kilowatt-hour. Duke Energy Kentucky’s current rate for Distribution Level rates Total, DS, DP, DT, GS-FL, EH & SP is $0.001326 per kilowatt-hour. Duke Energy Kentucky’s current rate for Gas Rider DSM residential rate RS is $0.016509 per hundred cubic feet. Duke Energy Kentucky seeks approval to revise these rates as follows: Duke Energy Kentucky’s Electric Rider DSM rate for residential electric customers would increase to $0.003934 per kilowatthour. Duke Energy Kentucky’s rate Distribution Level rates Part A, DS, DP, DT, GS-FL, EH&SP would decrease to $0.000560 per kilowatt-hour. Duke Energy Kentucky’s Transmission Level Rates and Distribution Level rates Part B, TT would increase to $0.000479 per kilowatt-hour. The rates for Distribution Level Rates Total, DS, DP, DT, GS-FL, EH&SP would decrease to $0.001039 per kilowatthour. Duke Energy Kentucky’s current rate for Gas Rider DSM residential rate RS would decrease to 0.009551 cost per hundred cubic feet. The rates contained in this notice are the rates proposed by Duke Energy Kentucky. However, the Public Service Commission may order a rate to be charged that differs from these proposed rates. Such action may result in rates for consumers other than the rates in this notice. The foregoing rates reflect a proposed increase in electric revenues of approximately $3.1 million or 1.3% over current total electric revenues and a decrease of $0.5 million or (0.4)% over current gas revenues. Any corporation, association, body politic or person may by motion within thirty (30) days after publication or mailing of notice of the proposed rate changes request leave to intervene. The motion shall be submitted to the Public Service Commission, 211 Sower Boulevard, P.O. Box 615, Frankfort, Kentucky 40602, and shall set forth the grounds for the request including the status and interest of the party. Intervenors may obtain copies of the application and testimony by contacting Duke Energy Kentucky through Ms. Kristen Cocanougher, Duke Energy, 139 East Fourth Street, 1212 Main, Cincinnati, Ohio 45201-0960. A copy of the application is also available for public inspection at Duke Energy Kentucky’s office at 4580 Olympic Boulevard, Erlanger, Kentucky 41018.




DEATHS Continued from Page B10 grandchildren. Interment was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

Cedrina Green Cedrina Katherine Green, 31, of Covington, died Feb. 28, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a homemaker. Her father, Anthony Gino Vitagliano, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Rayshawn P. Green, Jarriett K. Gary, Davon Jaman Green and Landon Cordal Green, all of Covington; mother, Renay Green of Louisville; brother, Paul Green of Louisville; sister, Jessica Green; paternal grandmother, Marianne Vitagliano of Price Hill, Ohio; and the father of her children, James Recio Gary of Covington. Interment was at Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell

Paul Heitzman Paul F. Heitzman, 87, formerly of Lakeside Park, died Feb. 27, 2012, at Rosedale Manor in Covington. He was a retired car salesman for Scothorn Motor Co., served in the U.S. Army and was a member of St. Pius X Church in Edgewood. His wife, Vera Allgeyer Heitzman; and son, Steve Heitzman, died previously. Survivors include his daughters, Paula Jansing of Lakeside Park, Sandra Boehmker and Sue Heitzman, both of Villa Hills, and Jean Warken of Edgewood; sister, Freda Weigel of Carmel, Ind.; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Interment was at St. John's Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 21903, Lexington, KY 40522; Alzheimer's Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, OH 45203; or St. John's United Church of Christ, 8917 E. County Road, 1300 N, Sunman, IN 47041.

Chris Henderson Chris Allen Henderson, 33, of Covington, died Feb. 23, 2012, at the University Hospital in Cincinnati. He was a self-employed rehabber of residential properties. His paternal grandmother, Dorothy Quinn Henderson, and maternal grandmother, Nancy Woolum Barker, died previously. Survivors include his father, Brian T. Henderson Sr. of Taylor Mill; mother, Dawn Barker Bridges of Independence; brother, Brian Thomas Henderson II of Covington; sisters, Celeste Morgan of Taylor Mill and Lydia Sims of Louisville; paternal grandfather, Carl Thomas Henderson of Crestview Hills; and maternal grandfather, Donald Barker of Florence. Interment was at St. Mary Church Cemetery, Alexandria. Memorials: Fairhaven Rescue Mission, 260 Pike St., Covington, KY 41011.

Richard Hitch Jr. Richard Edgar Hitch Jr., 69, of Independence, died Feb. 26, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas.

He was a Vietnam veteran and retired as owner of Hitch Trucking Co. He was a member of the Covington Moose Lodge and Independence Senior Center. Survivors include his wife, Christina Kay Hitch; sons, Richard G. Hitch of Westland, Mich., and David Lee Schnitz of Calhoun, Ga.; sisters, Janice Heeger and Dianna Glaser, both of Independence, Karen Irvin of Cincinnati and Faith Holmburg of Monroe, Mich.; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Inurnment was at Kentucky Veteran Cemetery North. Memorials: AmVets, American Cancer Society, Moose Hearts or the family.

James Jenkins James R. Jenkins, 79, of Fort Thomas, died Feb. 21, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was a teacher and football and basketball coach at Bellevue High School and Simon Kenton High School. He initiated the football program at Simon Kenton. He was an assistant principal at Twenhofel Middle School and a principal at Dixie Heights High School for 13 years before retiring in 1991. He served in the U.S. Army. Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann Sarakatsannis Jenkins; son, Steve Jenkins of Erlanger; daughter, Lori Clark of Villa Hills; stepdaughters, Jenny Hallman of Fort Thomas and Stephanie Sarakatsannis; stepson, W. Chris Sarakatsannis of Dallas; brothers, Chaz Jenkins and Tom Jenkins, both of New Albany, Ind.; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He donated his body to the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Memorials: St. Thomas Parish, 26 E. Villa Place, Fort Thomas, KY 41075 or Fort Thomas Education Foundation, P.O. Box 75090, Fort Thomas, KY 41075.

Jeraldine Johnson Jeraldine “Jerry” Caldwell Fisk Johnson, 75, of Independence, died Feb. 23, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Florence. She was formerly employed by Sky Chef at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and later graduated from Booth School of Nursing and worked at various healthcare facilities including Florence Park Care Center. Survivors include her daughters, Marty Epperson of Covington, Karen Fisk of Clearwater, Fla., and Sharen Frost of Union; son, David Fisk of Morning View; brother, Charley Caldwell of Independence; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Interment was at Independence Cemetery. Memorials: St. Jude Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.

Margaret ‘Peggy’ Kelly Margaret Mary “Peggy” Kelly, 68, of Louisville, formerly of Northern Kentucky, died Feb. 27, 2012, at Baptist Hospital East. She was a member of St. Gabri-

el Catholic Church and retired as a bookkeeper. A brother, Tim Flaherty, died previously. Survivors include her children, Karen Curry, Diane Lea, Tim Kelly, Tom Kelly and Susan Kessinger; siblings, Bob Flaherty, Judy Schatzle, Linda Merrell, Coleen Davis, Pat Flaherty, Pam Martin, Jerry Flaherty and Sandy Rogers; and 15 grandchildren. Burial was at St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas. Memorials: Hosparus.

Wilmyra Landrum Wilmyra W. Landrum, 79, of Fort Mitchell, died Feb. 25, 2012, at Bridge Point Care Center in Florence. Her husband, Russell E. Landrum, died in 2003. Survivors include her daughter, Pamelia Landrum; and sister, Dell Taylor. Interment was at Floral Hills Cemetery, Taylor Mill.

Shirley Molitor Shirley Anne Schultz Molitor, 79, of Erlanger, died Feb. 24, 2012, at Villaspring of Erlanger. She was an avid University of Kentucky fan and an active member of the Lloyd High School Boosters Club. Her husband, George C. Molitor; brother, Willy Schultz; and a sister, Margie Huff, died previously. Survivors include her sister, Joy Caron of Texas; children, Kim Short of Portland, Ore., and Mark Molitor, Lynn Molitor and Steve Molitor, all of Erlanger; eight grandchildren; and two greatgrandchildren. Memorials: Charity of donor's choice.

Genevieve Moses Genevieve Ann Wyatt Moses, 81, of Taylor Mill, died Feb. 28, 2012, at Baptist Village Care Center in Erlanger. She was a homemaker and a member of Latonia Baptist Church. Her husband, Garnett Ray Moses, died in 2006. Survivors include her sons, Garnett Wayne Moses of West Chester, Ohio, and Larry Glenn Moses of Burlington; daughter, Julia A. Spaw of Erlanger; sister, Ruby Wilson of Tampa, Fla.; five grandchildren; and nine greatgrandchildren. Interment was at Battle Grove Cemetery, Cynthiana. Memorials: Tri-State Parkinson's Wellness Chapter, 151 W. Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, OH 45216.

Joyce Mounts Joyce Mounts, 84, of Taylor Mill, died Feb. 27, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She was a retired bus monitor for the Kenton County Board of Education and attended Taylor Mill Pentecostal Church. Her husband, Willis, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Jimmy Mounts of Stockbridge, Ga., and Stan Mounts of Mississippi; sisters, Geraldine Parrett of Covington, Mary, Elizabeth and Helen; brothers, Joe, Otis, Henry

and Jerry O’Dell; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

David Rains David A. Rains, 43, of Covington, died Feb. 26, 2012, at home. Survivors include his sister, Marlene Rains Alford; and brother, William W. Rains. Interment was at Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate.

Missy Releford Missy Rene Releford, 31, of Ludlow, died Feb. 26, 2012, at her residence. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her mother, Marcie Releford; sons, Dreyman Releford and Randy Cole; sisters, Christine Releford and Holly Releford; and maternal grandmother, Carol Crawford. Interment was at Peach Grove Cemetery.

Alma Robinson Alma J. Robinson, 80, of Covington, died March 1, 2012. Survivors include her husband, Jack Robinson; and children, Sharon Roberts, Sue Poley and Brent Robinson. Burial was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Memorials: Alzheimer Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., New York, NY 10001.

Pearl Schafer Pearl D. Schafer, 104, of Fort Wright, died Feb. 23, 2012, at St. Charles Care Center in Fort Wright. Her husband, Lawrence Schafer, and two nephews, Dan R. DiOrio and Ralph Crisci, died previously. Survivors include her nephew, Victor DiOrio of Louisville; and nieces, Diana Duggins of Louisville and Martha Prage of Greenville, Ind.

Burial was at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Montgomery, Ohio. Memorials: St. Charles Care Center, 500 Farrell Drive, Fort Wright, KY 41011.

Judith Scott Judith Ann Scott, 66, of Florence, died Feb. 23, 2012, at her residence. She was a manager for a Sunoco gas station and enjoyed playing bingo. Survivors include her daughters, Tina Dalton of Independence, and Vickey Scott and Jamie Sawyers, both of Florence; sons, Charles “Chuck” Scott of Union and Daniel “Danny” Scott of Florence; sister, Patricia “Pat” Pelstring of Loris, S.C.; brothers, Jack Wilshire of Lexington and Tim Wilshire of Petersburg; eight grandchildren; and six greatgrandchildren. Interment was at Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate. Memorials: Hospice of the Bluegrass, 7388 Turfway Road, 202, Florence, KY 41042.

Susan Switzer Susan Jane Switzer, 81, of Taylor Mill, died Feb. 24, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a member of the First Church of God in Newport. Survivors include her husband, Noah Switzer; children, Robert Lee Switzer, Fredrick Allen Switzer, Rebecca Traisci and John Alfred Switzer; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Burial was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

Marshall ‘Larry’ Tracy Marshall “Larry” Tracy, 57, of Taylor Mill, died March 1, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, was a self-employed

painter and a member of American Legion and Immanuel Lutheran Church. He was a NASCAR fan and enjoyed restoring cars. Survivors include his wife, Tamela “Tammy” Plummer Tracy; sons, Larry Tracy Jr. of Williamstown, Steve Tracy of Covington and Jacob Tracy of Taylor Mill; daughters, Teresa Murphy of Fort Atkinson, Wis., Darlene Roberts of Williamstown, Marsha Tracy of Covington, Tonya Thompson of Taylor Mill and Jessica Tracy of Alexandria; brothers, Danny Noland of Sevierville, Tenn., Don Russell of San Diego and Ron Hogan of Hammond, Ill.; sisters, Judy Strickley and Darlene McGrath, both of Florence, Judy Penn and Wanda Brewer, both of Frankfort, and Tricia Tracy of Florida; 19 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Interment was at Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Chandra Wells Chandra Wells, 47, of Covington, died Feb. 28, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Covington. Her mother, Imogene Lawson; and a son, David R. Francis Jr., died previously. Survivors include her husband, Michael Wells; father, Charles Smith of Fairfield, Ohio; son, Ronnie Smith of Fort Mitchell; daughters, Jeanine Arrowood of Erlanger and Brittany Jeffers of Ludlow; brothers, Dan Francis of Erlanger and Buck Smith of Covington; sisters, Scooter Eilers and Hope Myers of Covington; and five grandchildren. Memorials: Latonia Baptist Church, 38th and Church St., Latonia, KY.

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and Alonzo Thomas, 31, of Florence, issued Feb. 13. Katrine Wheeleer, 26, and Corey Gamble, 34, both of Cincinnati, issued Feb. 13. Kathleen Ross, 23, and Michael Reinzan, 24, both of Erlanger, issued Feb. 13. Amy McCullah, 26, and Emanuel Williams, 29, both of Covington, issued Feb. 13. Lisa Kenny 34, of Park Hills and Keith Conrad, 32, of Covington, issued Feb. 3. Tonya Adams, 36, and Harold Ward, 56, both of Covington, issued Feb. 17. Angela Flannery, 30, and Christopher Haynes, 34, both of Cincinnati, issued

Feb. 20. Megan Blunt, 31, and Andrew Betscher, 43, both of Hebron, issued Feb. 20. Angel Johnson, 23, and Christopher Griffin, 24, both of Cincinnati, issued Feb. 21. Margaret Kerns, 25, and Erik Sass, 27, both of Cincinnati, issued Feb. 22. Abigail Hartman, 29, and Ross Taylor III, 29, both of Cincinnati, issued Feb. 22. Joanne Hadley, 54, and Gary Rich, 62, both of Walton, issued Feb. 22. Georgia Posey, 27, and Anthony McCool, 27, both of Covington, issued Feb. 23. Julie Kishler, 51, and Donald Hensley,

54, both of St. Marys, issued Feb. 23. Kathleen Swaim, 24, and Matthew Tolentino, 24, both of Cincinnati, issued Feb. 23. Azure Roberts, 31, and Samuel Hall, 33, both of Covington, issued Feb. 23. Andria Ginn, 21, and Andrew Williams, 20, both of Erlanger, issued Feb. 23. Sarah Rosenthal, 34, and Donald Vaughn, 32, both of Cincinnati, issued Feb. 23. Judi Godsey, 50, of Cincinnati and Charles Wheatley II, 50, of Ludlow, issued Feb. 23. Heather Flynn, 23, and Benjamin Laudick, 27, both of Erlanger, issued

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FISH FRIES Fort Wright Civic Club Fish Fry 5-8 p.m. Fridays through April 6 at 115 Kennedy Road in Fort Wright.

Holy Cross High School Athletic Boosters' Fish Fry 5-8 p.m. Fridays through March 30 in Alumni Hall cafeteria at Holy Cross High School, 3617 Church St. in Covington. Menu consists of fish sandwiches, shrimp baskets, cheese pizza, hush puppies, green beans, mac and cheese, french fries and dessert. Carry-out available.

St. Barbara's Church Fish Fry 4:30-8 p.m. Fridays through March 30 at the church, 4042 Turkeyfoot Road in Erlanger. Fish dinner is $7.50; shrimp dinner, $9.50; and children's dinner, $4. Carryout available. For more information, 859-534-0304.

Fr. Bealer Knights of Columbus Council No. 3908 Fish Fry 4:30-8 p.m. Fridays through April 6 at 605 Lytle Ave. in Elsmere. Menu items include fish, chicken,

jumbo and popcorn shrimp, hamburgers, hot dogs, dinners and sandwiches. Sides include fries, macaroni and cheese, and cole slaw. Prices range from $1.50-$7. Carry-out available. For more information, call 859-342-6643.

Mary, Queen of Heaven Parish Fish Fry 4-8 p.m. Fridays through March 30 at the church, 1130 Donaldson Hwy. in Erlanger. Proceeds support Mary, Queen of Heaven School. Dine in or call ahead and carry-out. Drive-thru also available. Menu includes fish sandwiches, Holy haddock, fish and chips, baked cod and shrimp, macaroni and cheese, cole slaw and salad. For the full menu and more information, visit For more information, call 859-3712622.

Crescent Springs-Villa Hills Fire/EMS Fish Fry 4-8 p.m. Fridays through April 6 at 777 Overlook Drive in Crescent Springs. Menu items include fish, shrimp, fries, onion rings, macaroni and cheese, hush puppies, chicken fingers, potato soup

and homemade desserts. Princes range from $2.50-$7. Dine in or carry-out available. For more information, call 859-341-3840.

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Pee Wee's Fish Fry Lunch and dinner buffet Fridays through April 6 at Pee Wee's, 2325 Anderson Road in Crescent Springs. Lunch is $10.95, dinner is $12.95. The following items will be offered on a rotating schedule: salad, slaw, tuna casserole, tuna melt, clam chowder, tomato soup, grilled cheese, bean burrito, veggie lasagna, spaghetti/ marinara, veggie stir-fry, grilled blackened vegetables, quesadillas, fish tacos, shrimp fettucini, seafood jambalaya, cheese tortellini, bread stix, red beans/ rice, macaroni and cheese, broccoli fettucini alfredo and twice-baked potatoes. For more information, call 859-341-4977.

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays through April 6 at 10121 Springfield Pike in Woodlawn. Supports the Woodlawn Fire Department.

St. William Church Fish Fry 5-8 p.m. Fridays through March 30 at St. William Church, 6 Church St. in Williamstown. Menu includes battered god, shrimp and fish sandwiches. Meals include three sides, cornbread, dessert and a drink. Dine in for $3.50-$8. For phone orders, call 859-816-8646.

Prince of Peace School Fish Fry 5-8 pm Fridays through March 30 in the school cafeteria at 625 Pike St. in Covington. Proceeds benefit the school meal program. Carry-out available by calling 859-431-5153 ext. 34. Menu includes fish sandwich, cole

Dixie Heights Marching Band Fish Fry 4-7:30 p.m. Fridays through April 6 at 3010 Dixie Hwy. in Crestview Hills. Two dinners will be offered: Fish sandwich on white or rye, french fries,

Edgewood Fire Department Fish Fry 5-8 p.m. Fridays through April 6 at the Edgewood Senior Center, 550 Freedom Park Drive in Edgewood. Menu includes fried fish, baked fish, beer-battered fish, side items, beverages and desserts. Call in orders ahead at 859-331-0033.

Central House Diner Fish Fry 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays through April 6 at Central House Diner, 5991 N. Jefferson St. in Burlington. Lunch or dinner. Alaskan cod basket with sea salt and vinegar chips for $9.95 or Alaskan cod sandwich with fries and coleslaw for $10.95. Friday's lunch, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. includes taco bar with five homemade soups. Menu consists of popcorn shrimp basket, cheese or veggie pizzas, green beans, macaroni and cheese, cheese quesadilla, shrimp or salmon salad, veggie burger, tilapia sandwich, veggie wraps and deserts. Carry-out available, 859-817-9310.


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