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The excitement of March Madness is something families can share, especially here in aWildcat Nation. The Community Recorder invites readers to send photos of their children in their favorite NCAA team gear during the NCAA tournament. We'll run the best photos in the paper, and run a selection in an online photo gallery. Email your JPG photo to, or mail photo to March Madness Kids, Community Recorder, 228 Grandview Drive, Fort Mitchell KY 41017. Include the child's name, home community and your phone number in case we have questions.

Friends and family continue work on the Cooper's barn on Madison Pike in Morning View on Thursday, March 15. Janet Cooper lost her home and the barn was damaged in the tornado on March 2. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Benefit set for McCardles A March 24 fundraiser will aid a family who lost their home, three barns, 14 show horses and thousands of dollars worth of farm equipment in the March 2 tornado. Full story, A4

FEMA reps spread the word about disaster recovery Deadline to register for assistance May 7 By Amy Scalf

Digging in Budding environmentalists are invited to plant trees at Twenhofel Middle School on Saturday, March 24. The school campus, located at 11846 Taylor Mill Road, in Independence, will be the new home of approximately 500 native tree seedlings, thanks to Reforest Northern Kentucky 2012. Full Story, A4

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MORNING VIEW — Janet Cooper stood nervously in the doorway of her daughter’s intact home on Madison Pike while Federal Emergency Management Agency representatives explained how to apply for disaster assistance. “I’m scatterbrained lately,” said Cooper, who had lived in a house across the street for 56 years before the tornado destroyed it March 2. FEMA Community Relations Specialists Halcyon Chase and Travis Robinson listened to Coop-

er’s story and answered her questions as they distributed fliers describing aid programs from the agency and the Small Business Administration. Cooper described how she waited in the basement as the storm demolished her daughter’s barn, pushing sheets of metal across the highway and through her fence, leveling her home on its way. “It was a brand new barn, built a year ago, and it’s totally gone. A little black pony dropped out of the sky. We put it in with our horse in some temporary fencing,” she said. “A lady stopped by and said it was her horse, but her fence was gone, so she asked if he could stay here because at least we have a temporary fence.” She pointed down the street

where parts of a green two-story house still stood. “I was born in that house, and they’re going to tear it down Saturday,” she said. Cooper took extra information for her family members who used to live down the street as well. Robinson said the fliers are important, because storm victims may not remember important details. One flier describes how and where to register for FEMA assistance: by calling 1-800-6213362 or going online to, and the information needed to apply, such as address, zip code, telephone number where the homeowner can be reached and an address where they can get mail. An SBA flier explains that homeowners

and renters, as well as business owners, can apply for help from the agency. When tornado victims register for FEMA assistance, they can also apply for SBA loans. “We go to different areas and try to reach as many people as possible, encouraging them to register,” said Robinson. “We also visit community-based organizations, libraries and major employers, trying to get the word out to dislocated people, to let them know how to register and where the Disaster Recovery Center is. The most important thing is not to wait.” FEMA’s Kenton County Disaster Recovery Center is open at Goshen Christian Church, 1773 Bracht-Piner Road, Morning View.

Groups help to return memories By Amy Scalf

Many items blown away by tornadoes and heavy winds are being sent back home, thanks to caring people coming together on the Internet. Websites and Facebook pages have popped up, featuring photos of found items: baby clothes, stuffed animals, letters, photos, canceled checks and other docu-

ments. Items can be returned or claimed at, or on Facebook under “I Found Your Memories” and “Returning Memories to Tornado Victims.” In Northern Kentucky, found items can be taken to the Crittenden Fire Department, Piner Baptist Church or King’s Chiropractic, 11939 Taylor Mill Road, in Independence.

Katrina Payne, one of the volunteers behind the Midwest Lost But Now Found website, said the effort is a way to use her graphic design and web hosting skills. She has been driving to different locations to photograph items in the hopes their owners will claim them. “It’s not a lot, but anything I can do to help families get back their memories is worth it to me,” said Payne.

She also made a flier to help remind people to look through roadside “trash” while participating in the Commonwealth Cleanup March 17-24. Payne, along with website volunteers Karen Varnadore and Christel Brooks, have organized an event at Bobby Mackey’s in Wilder on Saturday, March 24, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. They will See MEMORIES, Page A2

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Villa Madonna Academy senior Jenna Sharp will go to New York City April 22-24 to participate in the national EnglishSpeaking Union of The United States Shakespeare Competition. She will be one of 70 people competing and received a $1,000 scholarship at a special board meeting and dinner on March 9.

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INDEPENDENCE — No one has seen or heard from Mark Allen Smith, 51, since Thursday, Feb. 16. Independence Police Assistant Chief Dave Nichols said there’s “no explanation whatsoever” for Smith’s disappearance. Nichols and Smith’s older brother, Jim, asked for help from the public to find the missing man. “This is as mysterious to us as it is anyone else,” said Jim, who appeared with his sister Mechelle Wallace and her children, Matthew and Erica Selsor, at a press conference Tuesday, March 13, in Independence.

help them get it back, then that’s a wonderful thing.” Chase Horton of Corydon, Ind. hosts the Facebook page called “Returning Memories to Tornado Victims,” because it was a way he could help from home. “I have three little kids at home and would love to be out there helping, but I just can’t, so this is what I could do,” said Horton. His page has received more than half a million hits since Monday, March 5, and how has more than 2,000 followers. “It’s developed a mind of its own,” he said. “People are making connections and messaging each other without me doing anything.” Horton said he has


Mark is 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs between 220 and 240 pounds. He has brown hair, brown eyes, a tattoo on his upper left arm, and several surgical scars on his right shoulder. The Independence resident was last seen driving his blue 1999 Ford Ranger talked to a meteorologist to see how far away people might need to search in order to find their treasured belongings. “Stuff from the Indiana storms is being found in Ohio, so for the Kentucky storms, we might have to keep looking further East. We will keep searching until we have connected everything we’ve found with their owners,” he said. “This is just a very small effort that’s turned into something big and extremely rewarding. Our mission is making connections hundreds of miles apart.” The National Weather Service report says that the Wilmington Ohio office confirmed a portion of the tornado in Kenton County

pickup truck bearing license plate 816 AYX at the BP station on Sandman Drive in Taylor Mill and the United Dairy Farmers store on Fairfield in Bellevue. Jim said there has been no activity on Mark’s cell phone or his bank accounts. Jim said Mark is a hunter, and all of his rifles and hunting equipment appear to be at his home. He urged anyone with any information about Mark’s whereabouts to call the Independence Police at 859-356-2697. reached the EF4 threshold, reaching winds of175 miles per hour. The EF4 category includes wind speeds of 166 to 200 miles per hour. The report also says a vehicle was carried more than 1,800 feet in the Crittenden area, and three Piner vehicles were thrown up to a quarter mile or more when winds were at the EF3 levels. In addition, the report says the storm included an area of “rear flank downdraft, non-tornadic winds estimated in excess of 100 miles per hour along the southern edge of the tornado path,” resulting in the destruction of several barns and outbuildings and “hundreds of trees snapped or pushed over.”



SBA pivotal part of application process

People impacted by the March 2 tornadoes seeking federal disaster assistance need to fill out an application from the U.S. Small Business Administration by May 7. A total of 21 Kentucky counties have received federal disaster declarations, and FEMA disaster recovery centers in Pendleton and Kentoncountiesopenforthe first time at 9 a.m. Saturday, March17. People in the areas affected by the storms have likely received FEMA and SBA applications for assis-

tance and loans, said Renee Bafalis,apublicinformation officer for FEMA. Bafalis said residents should not disregard the SBA applications, but new applications can be requested if they have thrown the paperworkaway.TheFEMA disaster assistance process can’t be completed without a completed SBA application, she said. People with and withoutinsurancecanapply. “FEMA is here to get you back on your feet again, SBA is here to make you whole again,” Bafalis said. FEMA provides for immediatehousingneeds,pays for funeral expenses, medical expenses and other im-

mediate needs, she said. People’s SBA applications can be referred back to FEMA as candidates for a possible grant instead of a loan, said Jack Camp, a publicaffairsspecialistforSBA. SBA helps homeowners as well as businesses with low interest loans, Camp said. SBA is offering loans for homeowners for up to 30 years at rates as low as 1.875 percent in amounts up to $250,000, he said. On top of that, people can borrow up to $40,000 for personalpropertyreplacement, Camp said. Businessownerscanborrowamaximumof$2million


FEMA disaster recovery center locations will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday starting Saturday, March 17. The local disaster recovery centers are: In Pendleton County: Butler Baptist Church, 107 Peoples St., Butler. In Kenton County: Goshen Christian Church, 1773 Bracht-Piner Road, Morning View. For this Sunday, March 18 only, Goshen Christian Church will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


People within the 21 Kentucky counties with a federal disaster declaration who lost work or had businesses damaged because of the storms are eligible for disaster unemployment assistance. The application deadline is April 16. All other unemployment insurance benefits must be exhausted prior to receiving any disaster unemployment benefits, according to a news release from the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Farmers and the self-employed who are often ineligible for unemployment benefits may still qualify for disaster unemployment insurance. For information or to apply visit a Kentucky Career Center office: » 320 Garrard St., Covington, KY 41011. Phone: 859-292-6666. » 500 Chapel St., Falmouth KY 41040. Phone: 859-654-3325, ext. 2901. » 8020 Veteran Memorial Drive, Florence KY 41042. Phone: 859-371-0808.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency has made emergency loans available for family farmers because of the severe storms in Kentucky counties including Campbell, Kenton, Pendleton, Boone and Bracken counties. Loan applications for physical and production losses will be received through Nov. 6, 2012. To apply for assistance contact a local FSA county office. For Campbell and Kenton counties that office is located at 6028 Camp Ernst Road, Burlington KY 41005. Phone: 859-586-6175. For Pendleton County the office is located at 8154 U.S. 27, Falmouth KY 41040. Phone: 859654-3374.

at rates as low as 4 percent for up to 30 years, he said. The goal is to get someone as near to pre-disaster condition as possible, Camp said. Agricultural assistance is available through other federal agencies, he said. People will find SBA representatives at FEMA disaster recovery centers to help with filling out an application, he said. “When we’re open take advantage of it, come in and see us,” Camp said. Representativesatthedisaster recovery centers will also help people file an appealletterifanapplicationis denied, Bafalis said. “If you have disaster issues we want to help,” she said.

Applying for FEMA disaster assistance:

In counties designated for federal disaster assistance, affected people and business can apply by phone or online in addition to at a FEMA disaster center. Call FEMA’s toll-free registration number at (800) 621-3362 or visit the website to apply for federal assistance. People using TTY should call (800) 462-7585, and people using 711or video relay service should call (800) 621-3362. All phone registration lines are available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time dai-


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will do anything we can to help them. These are good people who have done so much for others. This is our chance to help them.” The McCardles weren’t home when the storms tore apart their farm and killed their neighbors, Linda and Donald Beemon. “We’re real fortunate we weren’t there. We’d have never made it,” said Bill McCardle. “It took the pool table right out of the basement. I’ve never seen anything like it. It literally blew out the basement wall on one side.” He said one horse, a week-old colt named Teddy, is all of his stable who survived. McCardle is thankful for his friends who have helped clean up his property, and those who are working on the benefit. “We’re getting it back together. A lot of people are worse off than me,” he said. “At least I had insurance. A lot of people don’t, and we’re going to do what we can for them. On the positive side, we’re OK.”

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In order to protect those who have sustained property damages in recent storms, Kenton County now requires contractors to register in order to rebuild or renovate damaged properties. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER ister. “We feel that it is important to support and educate those harmed by this natural disaster and to help them rebuild their lives as quickly and safely as possible,” said Kenton County Attorney Garry Edmondson.

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BRIEFLY EDGEWOOD — St. Elizabeth Healthcare will match tornado relief donations from associates and medical staff up to a total of $25,000. The full amount of the proceeds will be given to the American Red Cross. “Our mission of extending comprehensive and compassionate care to the people we serve does not end at our doors,” said John S. Dubis, president and chief executive officer of St. Elizabeth Healthcare. In addition to the fund, St. Elizabeth offices have expanded access to accommodate prescription re-order and appointment needs, and is coordinating the donation of new items and organizing clean-up

teams to assist in the affected areas. St. Elizabeth is also offering additional emotional and spiritual support needs through its Employee Assistance Program services and Pastoral Care resources. The St. Elizabeth Florence and Ft. Thomas Auxiliaries have donated $2,000 each toward the fund. For more information, contact the St. Elizabeth Foundation at 859-301-3920 or go to .

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Dixie students qualify for awards Students earn honorable distinctions

By Libby Cunningham

EDGEWOOD — What do Andy Warhol and Dixie Heights High School students have in common? More than you think. Warhol recieved Alliance for Young Artists & Writers Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and some Dixie students have too. “I can’t tell you how many art teachers told me they became art teachers because they won Scholastic Art Awards,” said Terri Schatzman, art teacher. This year 44 awards were given out to Dixie students for art and writing and 22 students won, more than ever. “I’m as excited now as the first day I walked in as a teacher,” she said. Students are judged based on the art work’s medium, such as painting or mixed media, and receive levels of distinction based on national standards. They are then awarded based on their works, with the highest distinction being a Gold Key. Logan Norris-Sayres, a senior, has received high honors, including the exemplary Golden Key, in this year’s competition. “It’s all kind of a mix of the stuff I did last year and this year,” he said of his portfolio,

Self Portrait. By Guadalupe Fernandez. THANKS TO TERRI

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Focus. By Logan Norris-Sayres.

Thoughts on New Beginnings. By Logan Norris-Sayers. THANKS TO TERRI



which he submitted. Growing up in eclectic Yellow Springs, Ohio, helped Norris-Sayres with his art, which he’s been creating “forever.” “All my life, since I was 3,” he said. “That’s why I like art stuff. Mom is a graphic designer.” He hopes to study animation in the future, and with all of the distinctions he’s been honored

with, the prospect is likely. Norris-Sayres was presented with four Gold Keys, three Silver Keys and two Honorable Mentions for his work. Lydia Voss, also a senior, received two Gold Keys and two Silver Keys for her works this year. She hopes to use her artistic abilities to become an art therapist. “I really, really wanted it,”

she said of winning. “I’m super happy.” A Golden Key as well as two Honorable Mentions were awarded to Guadalupe Fernandez, a senior. She was awarded for a self portrait. “The hardest part is drawing yourself,” she said. “If you don’t look like you, you’ve done a poor job.”

Bike Wheel. By Natalie Haas. THANKS TO TERRI SCHATZMAN

Government Day connects students with politics By Libby Cunningham

ELSMERE — Twenty-six chairs lined the senior center in Elsmere on Feb. 28. That’s 14 more than usual. It’s because 26 council members were on board, more than usual as well. But no more unusual than the teenagers who were running the city for the night. Government Day is an Elsmere tradition in its third year, where students from local schools act as the city’s council for one night.

“Being a teacher myself, I realized that a lot of the kids are into civil service and want to do something for their community,” said Joann Barnett-Smith, an Elsmere council member. This way, the kids see how the city works. “But they hear the complaints and their parents (about) the city, saying ‘You know, I wish we could do something about it,’” she said. “We want (the citizens) to see we do what we can.” Barnett-Smith said it’s a program that intends to give school students a crash course in polit-

ical science. “So they can see we are still here, we are still here for the people and we do the best we can,” she said. Samantha Kroger said she participated because she found the idea interesting. “My teacher asked if anybody would do it,” she said. “I’m pretty interested in politics, so I said I would.” Other students shared similar sentiments. “I’m really into government,” said Maggie Lewis. “Any opportunity I have to help my city at all, I jump on it.”


Gloria Grubbs guides Samantha Kroger at the Feb. 28 council meeting in Elsmere. Kroger took Grubbs’ place as a councilwoman as part of the city's Government Day, where local students are invited to see how a local government works firsthand. LIBBY CUNNINGHAM/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

COLLEGE CORNER Horton accepted to UK School of Pharmacy

Wes Horton, a 2009 graduate of Covington Catholic High School, has been accepted to the University of Kentucky School of Pharmacy. Horton is a junior at UK and works for Kroger’s Pharmacy in Burlington. He spent his spring break in Owensboro working on a Habitat for Humanity project. He is the son of John Horton of Florence and Michelle Litzler of Fort Wright.

Bakes, Spencer spend break helping others

The Fort Wright Elementary Academic Team won the 2012 District 65 Governor's Cup competition. Team members include: Samuel Kist, Morgan Hopper, Sawyer Green, Will Vaughn, Lexi Dinkins, Jack Ferris, Skyler Smith, Austin Major, Ashton Withers, Jacob Childs, Sally Smith, Sara Mason, Ashley Stump, Will Vaughn and Celeste McMurtry. THANKS TO TERESA WILKINS

Xavier University sophomore Jennifer Bakes of Crescent Springs and senior Katie Spencer of Edgewood spent spring break, March 5-9, participating in the university’s Alternative Breaks program (XUAB). Bakes, a history and English major, spent the break in Mobile, Ala., helping disabled adults in the

L’Arche community. Spencer, an athletic training major, spent the break in Spencer, W.Va., participating in service work, community interaction and field trips to learn about the environmental and societal causes of the region’s poverty and wealth. The trip explored sustainable living and how it can relieve Appalachia’s poverty, even from home. The majority of the service for the trip included chopping wood, fixing fences, gardening and basic farming.

Specht-Bird named to honor list

Sarahmarie Specht-Bird, daughter of David Bird and Marla Specht of Villa Hills, was named to the honor list for the fall 2011 semester at Oxford College, the two-year liberal arts division of Emory University located in Oxford, Ga. To be named to the honor list, students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher.



Grants available for summer programs Community Recorder The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) is now accepting applications for its two Grants for Kids programs and Learning Links and Summertime Kids for grants of up to $1,000 to schools and nonprofit organizations for special projects. Grants for Kids enable educators and nonprofit organizations to provide creative learning experiences

for children, and provide supportforschoolswithlimited project budgets. In 2011, Grants for Kids enriched the lives of more than 40,000 children through a quarter of a million dollars in grants.

Learning Links Education Grants

Learning Links was created to provide small grants to teachers for special projects that have a positive impact on any segment of the school. Educators from

schools in Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties in Ohio; Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties in Kentucky; and Dearborn County, Indiana may apply for Learning Links grants now for the 2012-2013 school year. Grants will be announced in August and awarded in September 2012.

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The Summertime Kids program seeks to provide

A group of 14 Kenton Elementary fourth-graders kicked off their Girls on the Run season recently. The National program last for 12 weeks and emphasizes positive habits, self esteem and physical activity. On May 12th, the girls will end their season with a 5K in Cinncinnati with more than 1,000 other Girls on the Run particpiants. THANKS TO MELODY SIMMS


All A's Grade 5: Maria Abbinante, Sydney Allen, Christian Benson, Faith Chitkara, Caitlyn Cobb, Braden Eastham; William Gibson, Emily Girard, Anastasia Gilligan, Kyle Hekler, Sadie Lucas, Jackson Mairose, Alexis Mulberry, Tyler Mullins; Alec Puckett, Anna Raker and Kelly Williams. Grade 4: Brittany Abbey, Olivia Bird, Mackenzie Burns, Cole Cassidy, Cayla Coleman, Loghan Currin, Drew Drake; Kristian Eastham, Hope Faulkner, Elizabeth Fulmer, Peyton Gose, Merrin Kelly, Micah McGrath, Lily Miller, Jaeden Moss; Cullen O’Shea, Hayley Schoulties, Layla Scott, Madison Sickmeier, Caitlyn Stith, Mattison Vickers and Jacob Vogelpohl.

A/B Grade 5: Christopher Allender, Dylan Bard, Maggie Blair, Jessica Bowlds, Kathryn Boyd; Hunter Chandler, Miller Clark, Evan Clayton, Allyson Combs, Olivia Connor, Jessica Cook, Sage Crawford; Kaileigh Emerson, Jacob Fernbach, Kaylee Gambrel, Devin Grimsley, Maeve Hamlet, Patrick Hutchinson; Hayden Korros, Hudson Knock, Jackson Leasure, Triston Lipps-Deaton, Payton Mallory, Abby McCaffrey, Dylan McDaniel, Madison Myers; Nicholas Pearson, Jake Perkins, Bryson Pernell, Lauren Rademaker, Mason Roberts, Blake Sexton, Jamin Shumate, Cosetta Setters, Payton Sluder, Austin Smith, Dyllan Steffens, Hunter Stephens; Meghan Taylor, Haily Thompson, Hailey Tomlin, William Tomlinson, Kazu Tsunei, Gabriel Vormbrock; Maylassia Wade, Robbie

Wahoff, Austin Wallace, Skylin Yates and Hailey Ziegelmeyer. Grade 4: Tyler Adkins, Tyler Allphin, Connor Benjamin, Brayden Berman, Elena Boyd, Savannah Boyd, Jailah Brewer; Karli Chambers, Sylas Craven, Joshua Dodd, Charli Dolwick, Lee Dressman, Alexis Dunaway, Noah Dynes; Ashley Glover, William Haggard, Kourtney Hamm, Greyson Hofmann, Morgan Huff, Austin Hutton, John Ivey; Katelin Little, Yazmin Lowe, Ashley McClane, Max McMillen, Mackenzie Myers, Aeryn Nielson, Ethan Nuckols, Rece Pace; Braydon Ronnebaum, Cody Sams, Taylor Schwier, Brianna Scott, Austin Shaffer, Lexi Smith, Mitchell Stone; Grace Thornton, Logan Travis, Haley Turner, Virginia White, Gavin Whitehead, Kara Wicklund and Noah Worline.

Eastern Progress takes 11 KPA awards Community Recorder

Eastern Kentucky University’s student-produced weekly newspaper, The Eastern Progress, won 11 awards, including four first-place awards, at the 2011 Kentucky Press Association awards banquet Jan. 20. Competing against all of Kentucky's university newspapers, The Eastern Progress won first-place awards for Best News Story, Best Feature Story, Best Headlines, and Best Editorial Page. The newspaper also won two second-place awards for Best Editorials and Best Extended News Coverage. The Progress also won a


Obtaining an application

Application forms may be downloaded from GCF’s website, GFK. Summertime Kids grant applications are due March 28, 2012. Learning Links applications due April 30, 2012. The Greater Cincinnati Foundation helps people make the most of their giving to build a better commu-

nity. We believe in the power of philanthropy to change the lives of people and communities. As a community foundation, GCF creates a prosperous Greater Cincinnati by investing in thriving people and vibrant places. An effective steward of the community’s charitable resources since 1963, the Foundation inspires philanthropy in eight counties in Ohio,KentuckyandIndiana.



Here are the fall 2011 honor roll students for Summit View Elementary:

school-age youth with constructive, safe, fun, and enriching summer activities. Nonprofit organizations in all eight counties may now apply for Summertime Kids grants for projects that will take place during summer 2012. Grants will be awarded in May 2012. Grants for Kids programs are made possible through the generous support of GCF’s donors and continued support from the Charles H. Dater Founda-

third-place award for General Excellence. The newspaper's editor-in-chief, Taylor Pettit, of Landing, N.J., took home three awards: for news reporting, investigative reporting and extended news coverage. Managing Editor Seth Littrell, of Independence, won awards for editorial writing and extended news coverage, and Features Editor Adam Turner, of Louisa, won awards for headline writing and for best features page. First-place awards for the Progress were: Best News Story, Pettit; Best Feature Story, Morgan Caldwell, Prestonsburg;

Best Headlines, Turner; and Best Editorial Page, Kaylia Cornett, Morehead. Second-place awards went to Littrell, Best Editorial; and Pettit, Littrell and Darren Zancan, Chicago, Ill., Best Extended News Coverage. Third-place awards for the Progress were: Best Investigative Story, Pettit; Best Feature Photograph, Trey Burke, Woodstock, Va.; Best Sports Section, Ryan Alves, Lawrenceburg, Tyler Miller, Georgetown, and Zancan; Best Lifestyle (Features) Page, Turner, Jaclyn May, Richmond; and General Excellence, Progress staff.

The following Kenton County students were named to the dean's list for the fall 2011 semester at the University of Kentucky: Cory Abeling, Taylor Abner, Kelvin Adams, Nicholas Aerni, Lucas Armor; Morgan Barnes, Karen Barth, Abigail Beausir, Lizabeth Behymer, Grant Berberich, Amy Blankenship, Rachel Boemker, Carrie Bowling, Julian Boyd, Noah Boyle, Shannon Brady, Stephanie Bright, Lauren Brinkman, David Brueggeman, Ellen Burns; Elliott Campbell, Brandon Capps, Suzanne Cardosi, Chloe Carlotta, Matthew Centner, Calvin Chan, Anthony Clarke, Jennifer Clemons, Rachel Coghill, Jon Connor, Shelby Coons, Taylor Cox, Peter Craig, Emily Crocetti, Claire Cunningham; Brianna D'Alessandri, Derek Darlington, Caroline Davis, Lydia Doggett, Ryan Dougherty, Jesse Dressman; Sarah Eberts, Katharine Elmore, Alexander Emerson, Robert Emmitt III, Justin Ewing, John Fagel, Ashley Farmer, Joseph Fredrick, Daniel Freking; Amanda Gerakos, Ellyn Gerrety, Christian Gerwe, Paul Gerwe, Abigail Gradel, Megan Gradel, Eric Gregory, Kelly Gregory, Zachary Grove; Sara Hadorn, Christopher Hahnel, Erin Hall, Sean Hamm, Emily Harmeling, Jennifer

Harvey, Megan Heath, Lauren Heeger, Samantha Heidrich, Joshua Heller, Kristen Heller, Steven Helton, Kelli Hemsath, Andrea Hiller, Nathan Hogarth, Robin Hood, Mark Humpert; Brandon Isaac, Nicholas Jehn, Christopher Jester, Chase Johnson, Tyler Johnson, Megan Kaiser, Dimitar Kamacharov, Brandon Kanter, Sean Karlage, Joseph Kathman, Suzanne Kelly, Olivia Kennedy, Victoria Kennedy, Michele Kirn, Aubrea Knight; Jacqueline Lakeberg, Brittany Langford, Andrew Laughlin, Natalie Lawson, Khang Si Le, Tuan Si Le, Alexandra Lehman, Alexandra Lewin, Joel Lubrano, Timothy Luken, Katherine Lukey, Payton Lutz, Courtney Lynch; Andrew Malott, Mark Manczyk, Kaitlyn Marsh, Katelyn Marshall, John Matuszewski, Jacob Maus, Kelsey McCaffrey, Molly McGee, Laura McGehee, Madison McGhee, Emma McGregor, Emily McNulty; Christopher Meier, Emily Meier, Shelby Meier, Katherine Mertz, McKenzie Meyer, Eric Miller, Angela Mischke, Preslee Mortenson, Olivia Mueller, Hayley Myers; Kylie Newman, Janice North, Kelsey Nurre, Lindsey O'Donnell, Carrie Osterhage, Michael Parrott, Laura Patton, John Pauly, Shelby Pauly, Grant Peach, Justin Penny, Lisa Polak, William Pritchett;

Renu Ramesh, Matthew Reis, Kyle Restle, Ethan Reynolds, Katherine Robinson, Scott Sanders, Ashley Santomo, Rebecca Schaller, Brian Scheper, Michael Scheper, Rachel Schilling; Alexander Schomaker, Justin Schulte, Thomas Schutzman, Anne Schwab, Stephen Schwab, Hannah Seiter, Alexandra Serrano, Abigail Shipp, Thomas Simendinger; Lauren Slabaugh, Chelsea Stamper, Casey Stanley, Kathryn Stegman, Kyle Stein, Matthew Stevens, Elaina Stoeckle, Mitchell Stutler, Daniel Sullivan; Eric Teipel, Trevor Teipel, James Tewes, Alexandra Tsoras, Angela Tuemler, Shannon Tuemler, Jordan Utz, Yasamin Vieth, Keith Von Handorf; Ross Walker, Joanna Walsh, Carly Walz, Lauren Walz, Niranjana Warrier, John Wehry, Abigail Whitehead, Elizabeth Williams, Joel Winnike, Michelle Wissman, Brandon Witte, Claire Wurtenberger, Michael Wurzbacher, Matthew Young and Margaret Zerhusen. To make the dean’s list in one of the UK colleges, a student must earn a grade point average of 3.6 or higher and must have earned 12 credits or more in that semester, excluding credits earned in pass-fail classes. Some UK colleges require a 3.5 GPA to make the dean’s list.


Scott High School Principal Brennon Sapp is interviewed on the Inside Northern Kentucky radio show with T.C. Sommers. Sapp discussed his visit with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. THANKS TO KIM TANEY



Here are the local students named to the first-quarter honor roll at St. Ursula Academy:

First Honors

Grade 12: Laurel Baker of Independence and Lily Zalla. Grade 11: Elizabeth Bradford of Lakeside Park, Audrey Hemmer of Covington and Kristen Smith of Fort Mitchell. Grade 10: Rachel Kaiser of South Kenton County. Grade 9: Claire Crispen and Grace Kelly of Lakeside Park.

Second Honors

Grade 11: Kathleen Guilfoyle of Edgewood. Grade 10: Kathleen Chauvin of Villa Hills. Grade 9: Nora Hemmer of Covington.

Kenton Elementary first-grader Lacy Rogers helped to kick off the third annual Families Serving Together event recently in Independence. The Food for Thought bags provide weekend food to over 175 Kenton County students. THANKS TO MELODY SIMMS



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SK sends 2 to state singles

Brian Fecher, A.J. Crone advance By James Weber

INDEPENDENCE — Six years ago, brothers Chris and Brian Fecher started taking a 15-mile trek from Independence to Highland Heights when their father Jim started working at La Ru Lanes. Eventually, they started working there themselves and learned how to bowl. The knowledge has paid off the last two weeks during the Kentucky Region 5 championships at the same La Ru facility. Chris, a junior, and freshman Brian helped the Pioneers win the team championship March 10. Seven days later, Brian was one of two Pioneers to qualify for the state singles championship after he finished as regional runner-up. “I was just having fun,” he said. “I was keeping my ball speed up and hitting my target.” The state tourney, the first under Kentucky High School Athletic Association jurisdiction, is March 22-23 at Executive Strikes and Spares in Louisville. The team tourney is March 22 and the singles title will be determined the next day. “It’s nice to see a second-year team come in and do as well as we have,” said head coach Dave Hampton. “We want to make some noise in Louisville. We’re going to look at it as another tournament to go and look for a good showing.”

In the singles tournament, each team was allowed a maximum four entrants, who bowled up to five games of qualifying. The top five scorers advanced to a stepladder bracket similar to that often seen on professional TV events. The four and five seeds bowled one game against each other, with the winner facing the three seed, then the two seed and top seed. Chris finished sixth in the tournament. Brian finished second after averaging 213 in qualifying. Brian shot a 246 in his first stepladder match to beat Trey Brun of Campbell County. He advanced to the final, but lost 258-209 to Jordan Racke of Campbell. While he couldn’t play defense on Racke, Brian fought back after a rough start to the game. “I just came in thinking positive,” he said. “Going into the last game, my coach said have fun. I made an adjustment, but it was too late. You just have to never quit and keep trying.” SK sophomore A.J. Crone finished fourth in the tourney to qualify for state. He beat Scott’s Zach Lawson 204-195 in a match that determined the last state berth. Crone, a left-hander, had to make a 10-pin spare in the 10th frame to win. Crone and the Fechers lead a young Pioneer squad. Chris Fecher, a junior, has the highest season average on the team (202). SK has two seniors in Eric Hicks and Trey Taylor who will bowl in the team tournament. “They’ve been great,” Hampton said. “Where Brian’s game was

The Region 5 state qualifiers, from left, include Jordan Racke, Brian Fecher, Trey Brun and A.J. Crone. The Region 5 singles championships were March 17 at La Ru Lanes in Highland Heights. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

five months ago, he has improved in leaps and bounds. He has been phenomenal as a freshman and he’s going to be a joy to coach the next three years. Simon Kenton bowling is here to stay.” Lawson finished fifth for the Eagles and teammate Ryan Mills was eighth. Megan Kindoll led the Scott girls team in 10th place in the singles tourney. Rachel Haught led SK in 15th place. In Region 6, which featured a mix of Kenton and Boone County schools, Holy Cross’ Joey Exeler finished fourth in singles and will bowl at state. Stefanie Sinclair finished eighth in girls singles. Holy Cross lost in the semifinals in the team tourney in both boys and girls, one match short of going to state. The girls team had

“It’s nice to see a second-year team come in and do as well as we have.” DAVE HAMPTON head coach

been the top seed in qualifying. They were second in division play in the regular season with a 6-2 division record and 58-26 in points. How locals did: Region 5 singles Boys state qualifiers: 1. Jordan Racke (Campbell), 2, Brian Fecher (Simon Kenton), 3. Trey Brun (Campbell), 4. A.J. Crone (SK). Boys other medalists: 5. Zach Lawson (Scott), 6. Chris Fecher

(SK), 8. Ryan Mills (Scott). Other boys entrants: 18. Matt Schwier (SK), 19. Trevor Kessans (Scott), 22. Ollie Forton (Scott) Other girls entrants: 10. Megan Kindoll (Scott), 15. Rachel Haught (SK), 16. Jordan Mastin (Scott), 20. Leah Butsch (SK), 21. Becca Nienaber (Scott), 24. Dakota Stafford (SK), 27. Emma Schadler (SK) Region 6 boys team Seeding: 1. Cooper 1,206, 2. Boone County 1,183, 3. Holy Cross 1,167, 4. Covington Catholic1,148, 5. Dixie Heights 1,072, 6. Lloyd 1,008, 7. St. Henry 944, 8. Beechwood 860. Quarterfinals: Cooper d. Beechwood, Dixie d. Cov Cath, Holy Cross d. Lloyd, Boone d. St. Henry. Semifinals: Cooper d. Dixie, Boone d. Holy Cross Finals: Boone d. Cooper 3-2 (190-203, 159-211, 222-198, 239-216, 201-188). Region 6 girls team Seeding: 1. Holy Cross 906, 2. Boone 851, 3. Notre Dame 842, 4. Cooper 815, 5. Lloyd 801, 6. Dixie 789, 7. Beechwood 776, 8. St. Henry 699. Quarterfinals: Holy Cross d. St. Henry, Cooper d. Lloyd, Dixie d. NDA, Boone d. Beechwood. Semifinals: Cooper d. Holy Cross, Boone d. Dixie. Finals: Cooper d. Boone 3-1(134158, 168-141, 123-112, 127-125). Region 6 Singles Boys state qualifiers: 1. Cory Black (Boone), 2. Zach Dicken (Cooper), 3. Brad Hightchew (Boone), 4. Joey Exeler (Holy See BOWLING, Page A9

Roberts gets veteran team SK’s coach replaces legend John Finn By James Weber

INDEPENDENCE — Troy Roberts didn’t make the easiest of coaching moves this year. The new head man for the Simon Kenton High School baseball team is not only replacing a longtime legend in John Finn and his 39 years and 564 career wins, but Roberts is also moving from the same job at rival Scott. “The kids are making it an easy transition for me,” Roberts said. “They’re receptive to what we’re doing. They’re fun to be around. It’s hard replacing someone who has been there for so long and someone who has had as much success as Coach Finn, but they’re buying into what we’re doing.” Roberts enters his 17th year as a head coach with a 184-168 career record, putting him 16 away from the 200-mark. He inherits an SK team that went 1013 last year but came on strong late in the year, winning the 32nd District and losing in the Eighth Region semifinals to North Oldham, 8-3. Roberts plans on deep postseason runs being an annual event. “What we teach is to be aggressive and not be afraid to make mistakes,” he said. “Si-

Tyler Wilke is one of SK’s top returning hitters. FILE PHOTO mon has been a competitive program and we want to take the next step and be a dominant team in the Eighth Region year in and year out.” Senior Josh Berger is within reach of milestones of his own. The senior pitcher is eight wins away from the school record in that category. Berger, Vic Newberry and Ryan Mullen lead a rotation that has Roberts excited for the season with a stout defense behind them. “All three have two or three years varsity experience,” Roberts said. “They’re going to

be the foundation of our success. When they take the mound, you know you have a chance to win. The back end is going to be a question mark. The newcomers don’t have much varsity experience, and if they do their job, it’s going to be a good year.” Burger and Mullen lead the offense as well. Burger was the top hitter last season and bats third in the order. Tyler Wilke, Alex Smith and Tyler Smith are among other batters expected to lead the way. Top newcomers include ju-

nior pitcher/first baseman Brad Franzen, Leo Richter, sophomore catcher/infielder Michael Mundy and sophomore catcher/infielder Grant Wassom. SK opened the season March 20. The Pioneers will have several big in-season events, including the Doc Morris tourney April 20-21, Bryan Stevenson memorial April 27-28, the Madison Southern Invitational and a four-game slate April 2 at SK as part of the Reds High School Showcase. The Doc Morris is a 16-team,

one-and-out event, while the Stevenson tourney honors a deceased former Scott High player. The Doc Morris and poolplay events like the Madison Southern tourney will prepare the Pioneers for the postseason. “The Doc Morris gives you a postseason feel,” he said. “I like tournaments because you have to get deep in your pitching staff the farther you get, which gives everyone experience with that kind of pressure.” Follow James Weber on Twitter at @RecorderWeber





Listed below are youth sports organizations in southern Kenton County.

Hut Athletic Club Website: Sports: Knothole - District 28. Age range: 8-16 years old. Practice/home game location(s): Varies by team, but most locations are in Kenton County. Annual sign-up time: February. Contact: Athletic Director, Mike Busse, at 859-760-0328.

Kenton County Youth Sports

The Twenhofel Middle School sixth-grade girls basketball team won the district championship game against Woodland Middle School, 41-38, Feb. 16 at Turkey Foot Middle School. Players are Kayla Krohnman, Mandi Berkimeier, Emily McBee, Emma Jones, Madisyn Adkins, Candace McManama, Madison Neu, Anja Arlinghaus, Nicole Morrison, Olivia Bowling, Laura Cox and Mikayla Snyder. THANKS TO AMIE SNYDER

Website: Sports: Baseball/knothole and girls fast-pitch softball. Age range: 5-14. Practice/home game location: Kenton County Youth Sports Complex, 4790 Oliver Road in Independence. Annual sign-up time: Before April 1 for spring/summer.



» Campbell County beat Holy Cross 8-4 March 15. Danielle Orick had two hits and three RBI, and Brandi Rice had two hits and two RBI. Rachael Carroll improved to 2-0 on the mound.

Boys tennis

» Calvary beat WaltonVerona 5-0 March 13. Kohls, Ham and Garbig won in singles. The doubles teams of Mian/Wough and Walton/ Kaufman also won.

» Campbell County beat Simon Kenton 4-1 March 15. Johnson and Wittrock won in singles. Reimer/Jaggers and Clark/Spradlin won in doubles. » Covington Catholic beat Scott 5-0 March13. Singles winners were Hussey, Reis and Kenney. Doubles winners were Drees/Schult and Cunningham/Kendall. » Holy Cross beat Campbell County 3-2 March 13. Graham and Bergman won in singles. Garrett and Sizemore won in doubles. » Scott beat NCC 5-0 March 15. Singles winners were Berk, Hillmann and

Anneken. Doubles winners were Thompson/Padgett and Emery/Ashford.

Indoor track

» Simon Kenton’s Kelsey Baker placed second in triple jump (32-9.75) in Class 3A at the Mason-Dixon Games indoor track meet March 3. While the Kentucky High School Athletic Association does not sponsor a state indoor championship, this meet served as a championship meet. Many of the top programs participated after running in several earlier meets in Maysville.


Region 4 (Northern Kentucky) had five of the top eight medalists in boys diving during the 2012 Kentucky state meet at the University of Louisville Feb. 25. From left are: Nick Fox, Scott High School (7th place); Louie Hunt, Covington Catholic (5th place); Bailey Harrison, Dixie Heights (3rd place); Logan Stevens, Scott (2nd/state runner-up); Justin Youtsey, Beechwood (1st/state champ). THANKS TO STEVE STEVENS

SIDELINES District 28 Knothole is looking for teams and players for the newly forming Girls Fast Pitch Softball League. There will be four divisions: 14U, 12U, 10U and 8U. Signups for players and teams will be 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, at Blessed Sacrament School in the cafeteria, 2407 Dixie Hwy., Fort Mitchell. For more information, call Dave Epplen at 859-640-2031 after 3 p.m. or email

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12U baseball team A Northern Kentucky 12U baseball team has two open spots for the 2012 season. Players must be age 12 or under. The team plays in the South West Ohio League (SWOL) Continental Division. Tryouts will be 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday at the Erlanger Batting Cage. To sign up for the tryout or for more information, call Will McCabe at 859-802-0804.

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Northern Kentucky Youth Association Website: Sports: Indoor and outdoor soccer, baseball, softball, basketball and cheer programs. Age range: Soccer - U4 teams and up; baseball/softball - T-ball teams start at 4 years old; basketball - U6 and up; and cheer, 3 years old and up. Practice/home game location(s): Richardson Road Park, 3975 Richardson Road in Independence, and Midwest Sports Complex, 25 Cavalier Blvd. in Florence. Annual signup time: Soccer - year round. Baseball/softball December through mid March; basketball/cheer - two sessions, November and March.

Northern Kentucky Soccer Association Website: Sport: Select soccer. Age range: 8-18. Practice/home game location(s): Varies with home and practice fields in Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties. Annual signup time: Late


Four College of Mount St. Joseph senior football players have been selected to play for the South Team in the 2012 Ohio Army National Guard Senior Bowl III. The ONG Senior Bowl III will be played at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 14, at Crew Stadium in Columbus. The rosters, which will be completed within the next few weeks, are comprised of All-American and AllConference players. Lions’ players chosen

to play are: Offensive lineman Rob Bowman, a New Richmond High School graduate; offensive lineman Joe Noble, a Colerain High School graduate; defensive lineman Brett Hambrick, an Elder High School graduate; and linebacker Tyler Hopperton, a Simon Kenton High School grad. For more information regarding the game or, visit ocf.

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Softball City Website: Phone number: 859-5812300. Sports: Softball and baseball. Age range: 8-14. Practice/home game location: Softball City, 620 Mason Road in Taylor Mill. Annual sign-up time: February through early March.

To add your club/organization to the list, email with your organization’s name, website, contact information, list of sports offered, age range, home game location and registration time. Let us know when you’re searching for coaches, hosting tryouts or having fundraising events to be listed in our Sidelines section.

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Cross). Other boys entrants: 9. Kevin Schwier (Holy Cross), 19. Sean McDaniel (Holy Cross), 30. Adam Kozerski (Holy Cross) Girls other medalists. 8. Stefanie Sinclair (Holy Cross). Other girls entrants: 13. Megan Scheper (Holy Cross), 14. Claire Sketch (Holy Cross), 18. Melissa Rodrigues (Holy Cross) Follow James Weber on Twitter at @RecorderWeber




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Simulation bonds, draws blood I got shot during the second week of the Independence Citizen Police Academy. Each of my classmates participated in the School Resource Officers’ Challenge, wherein we were armed with Airsoft guns, and walked the halls of Simon Kenton High School in a simulation of an active school shooting. School resource officer Russ Wood arranged our groups and gave us some

pointers. School resource officers Greg Sandel and Hobert Strange also guided class participants. Amy As we Scalf stepped over REPORTER’S student actors NOTEBOOK lying on the floor, we encountered a stu-


I am writing to support Bill Adkins for U.S. Representative from Kentucky. Bill is a conscientious defender of personal rights and he is a staunch ally of all people of Kentucky. He will help bring jobs back to Kentucky’s middle class. He will support all citizens’ rights to health care, men and women, and will not allow the government to override decisions made by patients and their doctors concerning what is in their own best interests. Please vote to send Bill Adkins to Washington to be a rational voice for all Kentucky’s citizens.

Shirley L. Sanders Fort Mitchell

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In response to Dinah Devoto’s letter to the editor, “Villa Hills bickering is discouraging.” Bickering defined: “engaging in a petty quarrel.” Mr. Martin sued the city via the police department. The majority of council members believed it would be a problem for the city and pointed that out. With assurances he could effectively govern, a majority of residents elected Martin by 89 votes – not an overwhelming mandate. Believing the community would suffer if Mr. Martin was not a successful mayor, I wanted him to succeed. But the city now suffers. It is an unwillingness to face facts that Ms. Devoto reduces legitimate concerns regarding Mayor Martin’s leadership to “bickering.” That is discouraging. Rather than fully staff the police department, Mayor Martin said, “I’d rather pay overtime.” The result? Over $100,000 in overtime. Delayed payment resulted in Department of Labor involvement. All the retaliatory behavior resulted in a lawsuit filed against the city. The majority of council being upset about this is not, in my opinion, people engaging in “bickering.” They requested Mayor Martin resign. I agree with them.

Loraine Braun Villa Hills

Wise to buy locally

Since becoming a homeowner in 1976, I’ve depended on Kelly Bros. in Latonia, for quality materials for every project around my house. I’ve always trusted their exceptional service, competitive pricing and knowledgeable personnel. In 2005, as usual, I relied on Kelly Bros. for the lumber I needed to build a foundation for my sunroom. Not long ago,

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I realized a serious situation was occurring due to decaying lumber used to build that foundation. I brought a decaying sample of the wood into Kelly Bros. store and the staff was attentive . The general manager investigated and a check was issued that will help toward restoring my sunroom . Kelly Bros. went “above and beyond” in every way possible. Their loyalty and ethical business practices are to be commended.

Mark Reinersman Taylor Mill

Make children a priority

Weeks prior to the start of the 2012 Kentucky General Assembly, headlines around the state drew attention to horrific stories of child abuse and neglect. Hence, the introduction of the KARRE bill, House Bill 364 and Senate Bill 193 – legislation to initiate a starting point. Unfortunately, the public’s sense of urgency is waning, and advocates are succumbing to legislators’ pat response: “It’s a great bill, but there is no money.” It’s time that Kentucky finds the money to better support the children in its care. Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky has provided a safe haven for children since 1882. Current programs assist youth in building bridges to better futures. Please join Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky in making children a priority. Call your legislator and ask them to support HB 364 and SB 193, the KARRE bill.

John Mocker Chairman of the Board of Trustees Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky



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dent shooter who pegged me in the arm. I bled. The activity was a learning experience, as we thought about the hazards our police officers face every day, as well as the serious daily challenges for our local students, but it was also a bonding activity for our class. We’ve been to war together, so now we are united. We literally had each other’s backs. Assistant Chief Dave Nich-

ols also spoke to our class about the Police Officers Bill of Rights and how the Independence Police Department handles complaints about officer conduct. He said the overwhelming majority of complaints, not only locally but across the country, are about officers being rude, which is hard to define. Nichols and Chief Shawn Butler said all of the department’s cruisers are

equipped with video recorders so the behavior of officers and everyone they encounter can be reviewed. Like school shootings and other crimes aren’t enough for them to worry about. Amy Scalf is a South Kenton Recorder reporter who will participate in the Independence Citizen’s Police Academy and write about her experiences each week. She does not live in Independence.

How about selling with a smile Years ago, as a teenager, I worked in a small retail store that sold major appliances and jewelry. The owners had a unique philosophy; they were in business to make a profit. And to do so, they understood, and made it abundantly clear to each employee, that customers were special. Customers were greeted in a pleasant manner; questions were asked; answers were listened to; product solutions were offered; and sales were made. The sales staff was attentive, showed empathy and maintained a service mentality. The store was energized in large part by the duo that owned and operated the store; a purchasing agent with a penchant for numbers and a master salesman named Jack. As a consumer, I lament the state of some retail establishments today. Most stores have a great product line, but in some establishments employees (“associates” or “team members,” as they are now called) lack enthusiasm for the fact that customers are special; customers have money, customers want to buy something, and customers want to feel appreciated. Without mentioning names, let me highlight several retail scenarios that illustrate how some retailers are missing the

boat when it comes to creating happy and loyal customers, generating positive word-of-mouth community relations, and Tom increasing Cislo sales and profCOMMUNITY its. RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST One national doughnut franchise seems to consistently hire employees who never say “thank you” when a purchase is made. Apparently this franchise does not believe that people like to hear “thank you” and know that their patronage is valued. Instead, this doughnut franchise, most likely due to lack of training, allows the retail clerks to drop the change in the customer’s hand and stare blankly through the window just beyond the customer or immediately look to the next customer with an upward flip of the head as if asking “what do you want?” I also find that men’s specialty clothing stores are notorious for treating me as an interruption. Before shopping, in an effort to factor out profiling, I make an effort to dress appropriately, and when I arrive at the store, to smile and describe my desired purchase in simple and direct terms. What I invari-

ably get is a dull, boring, hohum attitude. During one recent visit to a men’s suit retailer, I was literally holding my credit card and several $20 bills in my hand trying to close the deal (get that! I’m closing the deal instead of the service person!) but their attitude was still shifting somewhere between indifference and contempt. Another pattern of indifference occurs in some establishments where the staff believes stocking shelves or cleaning up is more important than helping customers or selling merchandise. Let me reiterate; retail is about taking the customer’s money and saying “thank you.” It is absolutely unbelievable to see a line of three, four or five customers standing patiently at a checkout, their arms loaded with things they want to buy while worker-bees are languidly stocking shelves, dusting shelves, talking to another coworker or looking for some random piece of paper. Thankfully there are many retailers with a significant share of talented, concerned and service-oriented sales staff. But it is beyond me why some companies fail to instruct their sales staff that the primary goal of retail is to sell something with a smile. Tom Cislo lives in Edgewood.

Farmers may get storm help I was heartbroken to hear of the loss of life and property from the storms that ripped through parts of Kentucky on March 2. To those of you who were affected, my family and I hold you in our thoughts and prayers. Many of you lost your homes, your businesses, your vehicles, and other property in the storms. You are frustrated, and you just want to get back to some sense of normalcy. Neither I nor anyone else can make the pain of loss go away. But there are sources of aid to help you in this difficult time. Here, I want to talk specifically about what’s available to farmers in counties included in the presidential disaster declaration who suffered damage and property loss. Many of these apply to anyone who lives in a designated disaster area. Farmers may be eligible for emergency loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency. This also applies to farmers who live in counties that are contiguous to counties included in the disaster declaration. Applications for physical and production losses will be received through Nov. 6.

Contact your local FSA service center or call the state FSA office at 859- 224-7601 to find out what aid you may be eligible for and James what docuComer mentation will COMMUNITY be required. RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST The Kentucky Division of Emergency Management advises that anyone who suffered storm damage must register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to be eligible for federal aid. Call 800-621-FEMA (3362) or register online at If you lost work or have a business that was damaged in the storms, you may be eligible for disaster unemployment assistance. Call your local unemployment office or, if you can’t call your local office, call the state unemployment office at 502-564-3240 for more information. Individual and business taxpayers in the declared disaster areas may qualify for tax relief

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from the Internal Revenue Service and the Kentucky Department of Revenue. Go to or call the state revenue department at 502-5644581 to find out more about extensions of filing and payment deadlines. Insurance companies may not cancel policies or change rates until April 15 for policyholders who live in the affected areas. Call the Kentucky Department of Insurance at 800595-6053 if you have any questions about insurance related to the storms. People who live or work in the declared disaster areas and were affected by the storms may apply for federal disaster food benefits through March 23. Contact your local Community Based Services office or, if you can’t contact your local office, call the state SNAP office at 502-564-7050. Many of you suffered losses that can never be replaced. No one can promise to make you whole again. But some of the agencies above may be able to help you get back on your feet. James Comer is Kentucky commissioner of agriculture.

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.


Ehmet, left, and Joe Hayes, architects at Robert Ehmet Hayes & Associates, are managing the construction of the new chapel at Thomas More College. JUSTIN B. DUKE/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

By Justin B. Duke


he Hayes family may not be a household name, but there’s a good chance you or someone you know is familiar with their work. Ehmet and Joe Hayes run the architecture firm Robert Ehmet Hayes & Associates, based in Fort Mitchell. They are currently the district architect for several local school districts including Boone County Schools and Campbell County Schools. The firm’s work can be seen all over Northern Kentucky including Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, St. Barbara Church in Erlanger and in projects currently under construction like the new chapel at Thomas More College and Thornwilde Elementary in Hebron. The firm was founded in 1961 by Joe and Ehmet’s father, Robert Hayes. In the early days of the firm, Robert shared architecture duties with construction of St. Therese School in Southgate. “That kind of got him in the school arena,” Ehmet said. Since then, the firm has built and renovated schools all over Northern Kentucky, including every public school in Boone County. When they were kids, Joe and Ehmet got to spend time working with their father. When they both became architects, they worked alongside their father until he died in 2009. While architecture was in the family, there was never any pressure for Joe and Ehmet to become architects or to take over the family business. They chose the career on their own.




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Different districts and schools have different teaching philosophies, and school buildings need to reflect that, he said. “You really have to know the differences in the personalities of the communities,” Ehmet said. Once they understand the direction a school wants to go, Joe and Ehmet get excited about the future of the school and the learning that will happen there, Joe said. “It really parallels the excitement a teacher has,” Ehmet said. The brothers only work on projects they can drive to quickly. This means turning down jobs, but they want to be able to take care of any issues that pop up. When the firm has a project in progress for a school district, either Joe or Ehmet attend school board meetings. “When the board asks us questions, we can answer them,” Joe said. One of the firm’s biggest strengths is they serve as construction manager for the construction aspect of a project, said Randy Poe, superintendent of Boone County Schools. “It’s the personalized services Hayes gives you after they could be done with the project,” Poe said.

Because the firm isn’t worried about building a glamorous name, they can focus on economical buildings that feature amenities that cut operational costs, Joe said. The firm designed the state’s only LEED certified K-12 school building at Twenhofel Middle School. And while the certification may not follow to every new project, the energy-saving practices do, Ehmet said. “We take that technology everywhere,” he said. And just because buildings are built economically, it doesn’t mean they have to look like it, said Sharon Alexander, director of buildings and grounds for Campbell County Schools. The firm designed Campbell Ridge Elementary, Crossroads Elementary and the expansion of Campbell County High School. “Campbell Ridge was certainly a showcase,” Alexander said.

Preserving history

When designing schools, the Hayeses focus primarily on what will happen in the school , Joe said. “You have to start with the curriculum,” Ehmet said.

Crossroads Elementary, designed by Robert Ehmet Hayes & Associates, became a showpiece for Campbell County Schools. THANKS TO J. MILES WOLF

When renovating buildings, Joe and Ehmet recognize they have an opportunity to hold on to some of the character of older buildings that help define a community. “They care about what they do,” said Tony Duncan, maintenance director for Beechwood Schools. The firm handled renovation and expansion for the Beechwood campus, a building that is important to several generations of Fort Mitchell residents, Duncan said. “They took a lot of pride to match the setting of the neighborhood,” he said. The project preserved the outside appearance of the 19th century building, but allowed for the addition of 21st century technologies. “They made it work both ways,” he said. They completed the project and made a quality building that was “built the way it should be built,” Duncan said. “We could come back here in 70, 80, 100 years and this building would look the same,” he said.

The Conner Cougars’ new home court came courtesy of a project led by Robert Ehmet Hayes and Associates. THANKS TO J. MILES WOLF

The Hayes firm either built or renovated every public school in Boone County, including Longbranch Elementary. THANKS TO J. MILES WOLF

Robert Ehmet Hayes & Associates designed Simon Kenton High School's auditorium as part of the school’s renovation. THANKS TO J. MILES WOLF

When working on the Beechwood campus, Robert Ehmet Hayes & Associates focused on retaining the history of the building. THANKS TO J. MILES WOLF

The renovation of Woodfill Elementary in Fort Thomas was led by Robert Ehmet Hayes and Associates. THANKS TO J. MILES WOLF

Robert Hayes & Associates led the renovation of Lloyd High School. THANKS TO J. MILES WOLF

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THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, MARCH 23 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. 859431-5153. Covington. Fish Fry, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Kroger Fort Mitchell, 2156 Dixie Hwy., Beer battered cod, crab cakes, salmon cakes and weekly seafood special. Plates include house-made coleslaw and hush puppies, choice of French fries or onion rings. Prices vary. 859-3310080. Fort Mitchell.

Health / Wellness Northern Kentucky Traumatic Brain Injury Conference, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Receptions Banquet and Conference Center Erlanger, 1379 Donaldson Road, Theme: American Pride: TBI

Resilience and Restoration. Conference for brain injury survivors, military/veterans, their families, students, healthcare professionals, attorneys and educators to obtain education and resources. Benefits BRIDGES, Inc.. $90 for professionals; $25 general, free for military and veterans. Registration required. Presented by BRIDGES Inc.. 859-331-8883; Erlanger.

On Stage - Student Theater Damn Yankees, 7 p.m., Villa Madonna Academy, 2500 Amsterdam Road, Spring musical. $12, $8 students. Through March 25. 859-331-6333; Villa Hills.

Saturday, March 24 Benefits Dinner and Benefit for Tristate Tornado Victims, 3-7 p.m., Bobby Mackey’s Music World, 44 Licking Pike, Free cooked potluck dinner for tornado victims 3-4:30 p.m. Benefit 4:30-7 p.m. with music by OMEB, raffles, donation collections and more. Food donations for dinner and items for raffle needed, email Free, donations accepted. Presented by Northern Kentucky Paranormal Society. 513-344-2078; Wilder.

Holiday - Easter Pet Photos with the Easter Bunny, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Kenton County Animal Shelter, 1020 Mary Laidley Drive, Pet photos with Easter Bunny. Free gift bag with pet goodies for all. Raffles. Pet treats and baked goods. Benefits Kenton Co. Animal Shelter and Kenton Paw Park. Photos start at $10. 859-3567400. Fort Mitchell. Pictures with the Easter Bunny and Egg Hunt, 2-4 p.m., William E. Durr Branch Library, 1992 Walton-Nicholson Road, Egg Hunts at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Parent required. For ages 12 and under. Free. 859-962-4032; Independence.

Literary - Crafts Quilting, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., William E. Durr Branch Library, 1992 Walton-Nicholson Road, Instructors teach basic quilting techniques while participants create quilt block. Free. Registration required. 859-962-4031; Independence.

Literary - Libraries Early Childhood Literacy Fair, 1-4 p.m., Erlanger Branch Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Music, activities, prizes and free book for first 400 children. Ages 0-6. Free. 859-962-4003; Erlanger.

On Stage - Children’s Theater Beauty and the Beast Jr., 5 p.m., Calvary Christian School, $12, $8 seniors and students, $5 ages 8 and under. 859-356-9201; Covington.

On Stage - Student Theater Damn Yankees, 7 p.m., Villa Madonna Academy, $12, $8 students. 859-331-6333; Villa Hills.

Sunday, March 25 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.

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

Literary - Libraries Easy-Peasy Freezer Jam, 1:304:30 p.m., William E. Durr Branch Library, 1992 Walton-Nicholson Road, Brenda teaches how to make Pineapple Upside Down Cake Freezer Jam. No canning experience needed. All supplies provided. Adults only. Free. Registration required. 859-9624031; Independence.

On Stage - Student Theater Damn Yankees, 2 p.m., Villa Madonna Academy, $12, $8 students. 859-331-6333; Villa Hills.

Monday, March 26 Karaoke and Open Mic Open Mic Night, 7:30 p.m., The Pub Crestview Hills, 2853 Dixie Highway, With Mike Liggett. 859-426-7827; Crestview Hills.

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

Tuesday, March 27 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.

Education Learn to Hike Like a Pro: Hiking and Backpacking Tips, 7 p.m., Erlanger Branch Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Bryan Wolf, Joe White and Emily White from “Roads Rivers and Trails”€ share their best tips. Learn about backpacking essentials, how to lighten your pack weight, get seasonal packing tips and find out about essential gear items. Free. Registration required. 859-962-4002; Erlanger.

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.

Health / Wellness Look Good, Feel Better, 4 p.m., Oncology Hematology Care, 651 Centre View Blvd., Beauty techniques taught to women undergoing cancer treatments. Free. Presented by American Cancer Society - Kentucky. 800-227-2345. Crestview Hills. 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.

Literary - Libraries Children can take pictures with the Easter Bunny and go on an egg hunt from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at the William E. Durr Branch Library, 1992 Walton-Nicholson Road in Independence. Egg hunts for ages 12 and under will be at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 859-962-4032 or visit Pictured are Bella Trenkamp and her bother, Jeremiah, with the Easter Bunny at last year's event. FILE PHOTO

Excel, 6:30 p.m., William E. Durr Branch Library, 1992 WaltonNicholson Road, Pam Baker teaches how to make a budget using Excel. Learn some very basic formulas, how to use cells and how to work in an Excel workbook. Free. Registration required. 859-962-4031; Inde-

The new Gator Alley exhibit, featuring nine species of crocodilians and the return of Mighty Mike, the largest alligator outside Florida, will open March 24 at the Newport Aquarium. Tickets are $23; $15 ages 2-12; free 23 months and under. The Newport Aquarium is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. For more information, visit or call 859-261-7444. PATRICK REEDY FOR THE ENQUIRER pendence. Introduction to PowerPoint, 6:30 p.m., Erlanger Branch Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Learn basics for how to create a dynamite presentation in PowerPoint. For beginners or anyone needing a refresher. Free. Registration required. 859-962-4002; Erlanger. For Me, For You, For Later, 10:30 a.m., William E. Durr Branch Library, 1992 WaltonNicholson Road, Play games and have fun exploring some financial basics at special preschool story time. Ages 3-5. Free. 859-962-4032; Independence.

Wednesday, March 28 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.

Exhibits Our Rivers’ Fury: Past and Present Ohio Valley Floods, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, $7, $6 seniors, $4 children. 859-491-4003. Covington.

Health / Wellness 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.

Job Fairs Northern Kentucky Veterans Job Fair, 1-4 p.m., Drawbridge Inn Hotel, 2477 Royal Drive, London Hall. Consisting of 80-plus local companies. For job seekers and employers alike. Some companies participating include: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Mazak, Aramark, Mubea, Ellison Surface Technologies, Wal-Mart, Fifth Third Bank, Staples, Allied Barton Security, McLane Foods, Cintas, VAMC, Citi and Aflac. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Northern Kentucky Career Veterans Section. 859-372-8413; Fort Mitchell.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 29 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.

Community Dance SwinGallery, 8-11:30 p.m., Step-N-Out Studio, 721 Madison Road, All ages. No partner required. Free beginner East Coast Swing lesson 8-9 p.m. Dancing to music by DJ 9-11:30 p.m. Family friendly. $5. Presented by SwinGallery. Through Dec. 27. 513-290-9022; Covington.

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. Zumba Class, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Turkey Foot Middle School, $5. 513-702-4776. Edgewood.

Literary - Libraries For Me, For You, For Later, 10 a.m. 11:30 a.m., Erlanger Branch Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Play games and explore some financial basics at special preschool story time. Ages 3-5. Free.

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Music - World Celtic Music with Ceol Mohr, 7 p.m., Erlanger Branch Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Unique blend of reels, jigs, hornpipes, polkas and airs played on variety of instruments. Free. Registration required. 859-962-4002; Erlanger.

Senior Citizens Zumba Gold, 9:30-10:15 a.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., Lower Level. Latin-inspired dance/aerobic class toned-down and designed to fit needs of older adults, beginners or anyone with limited mobility. Ages 21 and up. $1. 859-727-2306. Elsmere.

Shopping Thrift Sale, 7 a.m.-noon, United Christian Volunteers of Elsmere, 15 Kenton St., Weekly thrift sale. Family friendly. 859-727-4417. Elsmere.

Youth Sports Volleyball Training Team Session I, 6-7:30 p.m., The Fun Center at Pleasure Isle, 313 Madison Pike, open to girls, grades 3-5. Teams divided by skill level and grade level. Training team participants won’t have uniforms, but will receive a T-shirt. $300. Registration required. Presented by Northern Kentucky Junior Volleyball. 859-620-6520. Independence.

Senior Citizens Tai Chi for Seniors, 10-11 a.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., Designed to help improve quality of life for people with arthritis, limited mobility or anyone wanting to work on balance, strength and/or breathing issues. Slow-paced, graceful, low-impact form of exercise. Family friendly. $1. 859-7272306. Elsmere.

Sports-Registrations & Tryouts Girls’ Fast Pitch Softball League Sign Ups, 7-8 p.m., Blessed Sacrament School, 2407 Dixie Highway, School Cafeteria (in rear of building). District 28 Knothole looking for teams and players for newly forming Girls’ Fast Pitch Softball League. There will be 4 divisions: 14 and under,

The Department of Theatre and Dance at Northern Kentucky University will present "Our Country's Good" by Timberlake Wertenbaker March 22 - April 1 in the school's Robert & Rosemary Stauss Theatre. Show times are 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $14; $13 for faculty/staff/alumni; $11 for seniors; and $8 for students. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 859-572-5464 or visit Pictured is Junior Travis Joseph Black as 2nd Lt. Ralph Clark with senior Yunina C. Barbour-Payne as Mary Brenham. Photo by Mikki Schaffner. THANKS TO WARREN BRYSON



Rita shares Easter, Passover recipes

Silk tie eggs

“Both of these recipes are from Martha Stewart,” Pam told me. You have to use real silk. Pam bought ties at a secondhand store. Any piece of silk works, as long as it’s genuine. You can reuse the silk. These look so intricate. Wrap piece of silk around raw egg with pattern side toward egg. Wrap piece of white cloth around already silkwrapped egg. Tie bundle with twisttie and place in glass or enamel pan. Fill pan with water to cover eggs. Add 3 tablespoons to 1/4 cup vinegar to water (depends on what size pan you use). Bring to boil and simmer for 20 minutes or more. Take eggs from water and unwrap when cool.

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Preheat oven to 250. Put chickens in roasting pan. If you like, add a little chicken broth or dry white wine around the bottom of the chickens. Bake 3½ to 5 hours, uncovered, until thigh registers 180 degrees or juices run clear when poked with a fork. Enjoy!

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Martha Stewart's silk tie Easter eggs use real silk. Try looking for ties at a secondhand store. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD

Nana’s healthier goetta recipe Western Hills reader Betty Sehlhorst sent me a Diet Workshop recipe for goetta that her daughter and she makes. Her grandkids called it “Nana’s sausage.” It contains ground turkey and turkey sausage and looks easy and yummy. Check out my blog at for the recipe, or give us a call here at the Press for a cop

Marbled eggs I love these! Fill cup with 1 tablespoon each of white vinegar, canola oil and dye of choice. Fill cup with warm water (enough to cover egg). Stir and quickly drop egg into water, then quickly remove. Dry egg with paper towel.

Rotisserie-style roasted chicken at home The lady didn’t leave her name, but wanted to make roasted chicken that comes close to the rotisserie chickens from the grocery and restaurants. Here’s one from a “loyal

reader” who says to be sure to follow roasting directions. “That’s what gives the somewhat sticky, dark roasted, skin which is delicious on it’s own,” she said. If you make roasted chicken for Passover, this may be a nice one to try. Mix together and divide in half: 1 generous tablespoon salt 1 teaspoon white pepper ½ teaspoon each: black pepper and cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon each: onion powder and garlic powder 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves 2 teaspoons sweet paprika ½ teaspoon dried oregano 2 medium onions, cut in large chunks 2 plump chickens, approximately 4 lbs. each

O’Charley’s caramel pie. From a reader who said this pie was amazing. “I love to cook and love to try your recipe’s each week. I wanted to find out if you can re-create this caramel pie so I can make it at home. It was very rich and had a whipped cream topping top with a graham cracker crust.” Sauerbraten like Ron’s Roost. Sauce for rotisserie chicken similar to Boston Market, for Jean Verkamp. Wiedemann’s bakery shop crescent nut cookie. “The shop closed and this cookie was only available at Christmas.”

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce will host Congressman Geoff Davis at Government Forum Friday, March 23, at The Metropolitan Club in Covington. First elected to Congress in November 2004, Davis announced last fall that he would not seek reelection in 2012. “In recent years, Northern Kentucky has been fortunate to have excellent representation at the congressional level. Congressman Geoff Davis has ensured that our region’s business and community priorities are heard,” said Steve Stevens, President and CEO of the Northern Kentucky

Chamber of Commerce. “We are pleased to host Congressman Davis and thank him for his many years of service to the 4th District,” said Blair Schroeder, VP of public affairs at the Chamber. “We look forward to hearing from the Congressman regarding his career highlights, challenges and hopes for the future.” The Government Forum luncheon will be held at The Metropolitan Club in Covington March 23, from11:30 a.m. to1:30 p.m. The cost to attend is $25 for Chamber members and $50 for nonmembers. Registrations can be made by calling 859-5788800 or online at events.


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Before we know it, Easter will be here. So today I’m sharing appropriate recipes for both PassRita over and Heikenfeld Easter and will conRITA’S KITCHEN tinue to do that for the next couple of weeks. The first two recipes for Easter eggs are ones you have to try. Pam Freeman, a Clermont County reader, shared these on my Union Township cable show “Love Starts in the Kitchen.” Pam and I were retail colleagues way back when. Now she and her husband, Alan, are parents of two cute little girls. I think Pam could give Martha Stewart a run for her money in the homemaking department. Pam is an avid gardener, crafter, good cook and all around creative person. Pam has a flock of what I call fancy chickens and some of hers lay beautifully colored eggs. Pam uses all of her eggs in these recipes. I’ll be sharing my recipe for naturally colored eggs with onion skins, red cabbage, etc. soon.

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New vehicle sales were unexpectedly strong in January, but if you’re thinking of buying a new car I’ve got a tip that may save you time, money and embarrassment. I’ve heard from several people lately who had to return the new car they bought because of financing problems. Rob Nunn, of Union, told me, “Originally we were looking at maybe a used car, something newer but not brand new. But when we got to the dealership the salesman said he could probably get us financed for a

new one.” Nunn and his wife picked out a new car and the salesman started calling for a Howard car loan for Ain him. HEY HOWARD! “We left with the car that night. It had 49 miles on it and we were told we were approved for a loan. The bank even called me a couple of days later,” Nunn said. The bank was calling

for some paperwork, which Nunn provided immediately. The couple drove their new car for three weeks and said it was great. Then the salesman called. “When he called he said we had to bring the car back. The bank needed us to produce paperwork for our home loan modification.” Unfortunately that modification wasn’t competed yet, so he had to return the car. Nunn says, “I said, ‘How can you make me bring this car back? You cashed my check, you took

my down payment, you should have produced a loan. You said I had a loan.’ He said, ‘If you’ll read the agreement it states in there if things don’t work out like they’re supposed to that you have to produce the car.’” Nunn had already paid more than $900, including the down payment and insurance costs. His first payment was due in just weeks, but he realized things will never get that far. “Nice ride for 21 days, but now it’s over,” Nunn said. The dealership picked

up the car and returned Nunn’s money. Unfortunately, this is happening all too frequently to consumers. Dealerships, eager to sell vehicles and not let shoppers go home to think it over, are telling buyers to take the vehicles home – even though the loans may not be fully approved. That way the buyers can’t back out of the deal, but the dealerships can. To avoid this, my advice is to get a loan approved before you go to a dealership. Go to a local credit union or savings and loan association and see how

much they will give you for a car loan based upon your credit. Then, when you go shopping for a car, you’ll know how much money you have to spend. This way you won’t overspend, you may get a better interest rate and you won’t run the risk of having to return the vehicle because of financing problems. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

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Question: Where do you recommend I go to buy replacement plants for my landscape and sprays for my garden? Who can I get to trim my trees? Answer: After two years of drought, then the wettest year in history last year, and now an extremely warm period so far this winter and spring, homeowners and landscape managers need to turn their focus toward replacing trees and shrubs that are in poor health. The best thing you can do is think local when choosing what to buy and where to go for purchasing various landscape trees, shrubs and flowers. Always choose plant varieties that are best adapted to the site condi-

tions in your landscape. The Boone County Extension Service is offering a free class Mike on this Klahr topic. Call HORTICULTURE 586-6101 to CONCERNS sign up for the class, “Tough Trees & Shrubs for Tough Sites,” at 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 27. Kentucky has more than 1,200 nurseries and retailers selling hundreds of types of trees, shrubs, groundcovers and perennials. With 120 counties of resources, plant buyers can just about be guaranteed to find a way to buy locally without having to drive very far. The Ken-

tucky Department of Agriculture sponsors the Kentucky Proud program, which allows individuals to locate local retail garden centers that market Kentucky-grown trees and shrubs to homeowners. The garden center database is easily searchable at . Homeowners should select the “Nursery” category to locate garden centers selling plants produced in Kentucky and search by county. Many local nurseries grow their own field stock in local fields, even if not listed on that website. Call them to inquire. Retailers looking to stock their garden centers with Kentucky-grown trees and shrubs can use

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UPCOMING CLASSES Tough Trees for Tough Sites: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, Boone County Extension Office. Free, but call 859-5866101 to register, or enroll online at

We encourage homeowners to ask for I.S.A. Certified Arborists, Kentucky Certified Nurserymen, and PLANET Certified Landscape Technicians as they look for professionals to help with tree pruning, cleanup, restoration, landscape design and replanting of their property. Horticulturists and arborists who have taken the big step of

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FISH FRIES Fort Wright Civic Club Fish Fry

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5-8 p.m. Fridays through April 6 at 115 Kennedy Road in Fort Wright.

4:30-7 p.m. Friday March 23 at the church, 1803 N. Fort Thomas Ave. in Fort Thomas. Green Derby Catering will provide hand-dipped cod and homemade macaroni and cheese. Dinners include choice of salad, macaroni and cheese or french fries, cole slaw or applesauce, hush puppies made from scratch and dessert. Adult dinners are $7 and a child dinner is $4. Cheese pizza is also available. For more information, call 859-441-1352.

St. Joseph Parish Fish Fry 4-7:30 p.m. Fridays through March 30 at St. Joseph Church, 6833 Four Mile Road in Camp Springs. Fish fry will feature Mr. Herb’s fried fish, baked fish, fried catfish, salmon, deep fried shrimp, crab cakes and a sampler platter. Set-ups start at $8 and sandwiches are $6. Eat in and carry-out available.

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. Carry-out available. For more information, 859-5340304.

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 859-371-2622.

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.

St. Therese Parish Fish Fry 5-7:30 Fridays through March 30 at 11 Temple Place in Southgate. Menu features baked or fried cod, breaded shrimp, and tuna melt. Dine in or carry-out. Curbside service available by calling 859-441-5187.

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 859-3414977.

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, macaroni and cheese, and cole slaw for $6 or Grilled cheese, french fries, macaroni and cheese, and cole slaw for $5.

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 859-4315153 ext. 34. Menu includes fish sandwich, cole slaw, hush puppies and grilled cheese. Prices range from $1-7.50.

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.

Trinity United Methodist Fish Fry 5-7 p.m. Fridays through April 6 at 101 E. Southern Ave. in Latonia. Meal includes fried fish sandwich on white or rye, two sides, drink and dessert for $7. Side choices include macaroni and cheese, cole slaw, stewed tomatoes, french fries or hush puppies. Children’s menu includes chicken nuggets, fish sticks and peas.

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Calvary presents ‘Beauty’ Friday Community Recorder Calvary Christian School’s high school students will present “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 23, and 5 p.m. Saturday, March 24. There will be a dinner before the performance at 6 p.m. Friday, March 23. Tickets for dinner and play are $18, $14 for seniors and students, and $8 for children age 8 and under. Tickets for the play only are $12, $8 for seniors and students, and $5 for children age 8 and under. To purchase tickets, call 859-356-9201 or email . Calvary Christian School is located at 5955 Taylor Mill Road in Covington.



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State works to prevent sexual assaults Community Recorder The prevention and advocacy efforts of several groups and individuals were highlighted March 1 as part of the kickoff of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The Capitol Rotunda event was cosponsored by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs and the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General. Gov. Steve Beshear has signed a proclamation declaring March as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Kentucky. CHFS Acting Secretary Eric Friedlander said his staff values its collaborations with groups like KASAP. “Prevention is a priority, and KASAP works hard to educate Kentuckians in all walks of life about sexual assault,” Friedlander said.

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New Perceptions hosted the annual Our Children Achieve luncheon at Devou Park March 7. Preston Haas, who was the first honoree of the event five years ago watches as his father, Sean, adjusts his tie. At this year's luncheon updates were given on past honorees, including Preston. "Since he left New Perceptions his speech (has improved), he's able to say 'Hi' back," his mother, Misty Haas, said. "...he's what we call a rock star." LIBBY CUNNINGHAM/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Make art and get paid ArtWorks to hire teens, artists Community Recorder ArtWorks announces job openings for at least 100 youth and 30-40 professional artists during the 2012 summer program in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. ArtWorks’ Summer Program pairs teen artists with professional artist mentors to work in paid positions to create public art projects, such as large-scale community murals. Since it was founded in 1996, ArtWorks has provided job opportunities for over 2,500 youth and 500 professional artists. “We are thrilled to be continuing this tradition of creating opportunities for our young people to get paid to make great art, engage in the world around them, and help to transform Greater Cincinnati,” says Tamara

Harkavy, director of ArtWorks. Young artists, ages 14-21, are employed as Apprentice Artists working with professional artists to create and execute public art projects, one of which will be be in Bellevue. ArtWorks is primarily looking for painters this summer, but there may be a limited number of positions available in photography, graphic design, sewing/textiles, and landscape arts. Apprentices are paid $7.70 an hour. This position provides learning experience in the visual arts and offers additional resume, public speaking, anda portfolio development workshops. Interested candidates can visit to download an application packet, which they should bring to the open interviews to be held April 21 and 22 at the Contemporary Arts Center. For the first

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Marcella F. Bradford, 87, of Covington, formerly of Fort Mitchell and Hebron, died March 14, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She retired from the human resources department of LiebelFlarsheim/Covidien Co. in Cincinnati after 69 years. She was a member of Fort Mitchell Baptist Church. Her two sisters and four brothers died previously. Survivors include nieces and nephews.

Joseph Chalfant Joseph A. Chalfant, 60, of Park Hills, died March 12, 2012, at his residence. He was a self-employed flooring contractor. Survivors include his brothers, Bob Chalfant of Florence and Brian Chalfant of Villa Hills; and sisters, Janet Boatright of Florence, Cheryl Rolfes and Diane Reekers, both of Independence, and Linda Stelzer of Hebron. Burial was in Hebron Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials: Don Catchen & Son Funeral Home.

Carol Daugherty Carol Ann Beckman Daugherty, 71, of Crescent Springs, died March 13, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a homemaker and a member of Welcome House Outreach and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Crescent Springs. Her husband, Ralph F. Daugherty Jr., and a brother, Robert Beckman, died previously. Survivors include her son, Michael J. Daugherty Jr. of Crescent Springs; daughters, Patricia A. Lynch of Butler and Kathi M. Daugherty of Villa Hills; brothers, Charles Beckman of Cincinnati and Donald Beckman of Ludlow; sisters, Mary Wash of Crescent Springs and Jean Brennan of Chicago; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Interment was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Erlanger. Memorials: Welcome House Outreach, 205 Pike St., Covington, KY 41011 or Crescent Springs Fire Department, 777 Overlook, Crescent Springs, KY 41017.


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Lillie Mae Engle, 57, of Covington, died March 11, 2012, at her residence. She worked as a caterer for Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Survivors include her daughters, Rachel Trubiano of Independence and Miranda Trubiano of Covington; sisters, Jo Carroll Williams of Hebron, Ruby Mae Perkins of Elsmere and Bonnie Perkins of Florence; and five

George Flowers, 75, of Florence, died March 9, 2012, at his residence. He was a member and trustee of Crescent Springs Baptist Church and retired from the Kroger Co. Survivors include his wife, Rose Flowers; sons, Daniel Flowers of Verona, Randy Flowers of Union, and George Flowers, Joseph Flowers and John Flowers, all of Florence; daughter, Susanne Flowers of Florence; brother,

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TAYLOR MILL Wanton endangerment, assault Two men fought after one said the other tried to run him off the road at Wayman Branch Road, Feb. 25.

Faye Lee Hopper, 60, of Covington, died March 9, 2012, at University of Cincinnati Hospital. Survivors include her daughter, Rebecca Hopper of Norwood, Ohio; brother, Buddy Rogers of Cincinnati; sister, Jean Henager of Alexandria; three grandchildren; and dear friend and former husband, Floyd Hopper of Covington.


Incidents/investigations Identity theft 2011 taxes filed electronically using identity at 9625 Cloverridge Drive, March 8. Theft Brackets and grates stolen at 8091 Production Ave., March 6. Stolen grocery card used at 6367 Taylor Mill Road, March 8. Camera stolen at 944 Mount Zion Road, March 10.

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Arlene S. Gibeau, 88, of Covington, died March 12, 2012. She was a dancer and teacher, and active in the arts community. She was involved with the Kenton County Cooperative Extension, Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Cathedral Gallery and Community Action Commission Gallery. Survivors include her husband, Richard; children, Toddy, Ricke, Blair, Rena and Julie; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Interment was at Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell.


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Kyle R. Chestnut, 27, 1298 Harbor Court, executed Campbell County warrant for non-payment of fines at Independence Station Road, March 3. Justin L. Haubner, 21, 12 Allison Court, executed Boone County warrant for driving with suspended license at Florence Drive, March 6. Matthew T. Scudder, 26, 377 Florence, assault, prescription not in proper container, possession of drug paraphernalia at Florence Drive, March 6. Joshua E. Johnson, 22, 990 Emery Drive, executed Kenton County warrant for failure to appear at Turkeyfoot Road, March 2. Michael G. Winkle, 27, 4018 Bramblewood Drive, No. E16, executed Boone County warrant for receiving stolen property at 3931 Richardson Road, March 2. Carlos Maldonado, 25, 108 Promontory Apt. E, speeding 11 miles over limit, failure to use child restraint, contempt of court, violation of emergency order, failure to produce insurance card at Richardson Road, March 5. Joseph D. Delaney, 29, 4600 Winston Ave. No. 6, executed Kenton County warrant for failure to appear, executed Boone County warrant for failure to appear at Cox Road, March 5. Jesse E. Wieder, 25, 2854 Presidential Drive, executed Kenton County warrants for no moped license and failure to produce insurance card at Richardson Road, March 6. Samantha R. Rucker, 25, 1132 Davjo Apt. 5, executed Campbell

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Donald J. Finck Jr., 50, of Covington, died March 9, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was an equipment operator with H.K. Systems and a member of Sts. Boniface and James Church in Ludlow. He enjoyed fishing and camping, loved his dog, Sarge, and was a big fan of University of Kentucky and the Cincinnati Bengals. He enjoyed watching his nephews play football at Conner High School. Survivors include his daughter, Danielle Einhaus of Elsmere; son, Zachary Finck of Covington; parents, Kathleen and Donald Finck Sr.; stepson, Jarrod Sears of Verona; brother, David Finck of Hebron; and two grandchildren. Memorials: Sts. Boniface and James Church, 304 Oak St., Ludlow, KY 41016 or Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 2300 Wall St., Suite H, Cincinnati, OH 45212.

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Bonnie “Mimi” Brandenburg, 76, of Erlanger, died March 7, 2012, at Blue Ash Nursing Home. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her daughter, Carol Sholler of Independence; son, Timothy Hutchins of Independence; brother, Gene Brandenburg of Independence; sister, Mary Meek of Villa Hills; eight grandchildren; and eight greatgrandchildren. Burial was at Lovely-Amburgey Cemetery in Mount Sterling, Ky. Memorials: Red Cross, 2111 Dana Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45207.

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Walter “Beetle” Bailey, 64, of Covington, died March 8, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a retired clerk for CSX Railroad, owner of Select Leather Shop and a member of Covington Moose Lodge. Survivors include his wife, Pat Neal Bailey; sons, Jon Bailey of Independence and Matt Bailey of Taylor Mill; daughters, Shery Tynan of Covington, Angie Mullins of Walton and Emily Bailey of Taylor Mill; brothers, Eddie Bailey of Rabbit Hash and Shawn Bailey of Crestview Hills; sister, Scarlett Dane of Morrow, Ohio; and 16 grandchildren. Interment was at Independence Cemetery. Memorials: American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

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Erlanger, died March 12, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She served in the Pentagon during World War II and was a member of St. Barbara Church in Erlanger and the charismatic prayer group at St. Pius X Church. She supported the United Christian Volunteers and was a former employee of Sears. Her husband, Carl Ehlman, died in 1973. Survivors include her children, Patricia Dyer, Mary Ann Ehlman and Rita Ehlman, all of Erlanger, Richard Ehlman of Independence, Sharon Minguela of Richmond, Gerald Ehlman of Woodland, Calif., Theresa Lonas of Whitehall, Ohio, Thomas Ehlman of Cold Spring and Stephen Ehlman of Fort Wright; 23 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. Burial was at Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: United Christian Volunteers, 15 Kenton Ave., Elsmere, KY 41018 or St. Barbara Building Fund, 4042 Turkeyfoot Road, Erlanger, KY 41018.


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Dr. Thomas B. Angel Jr., 88, of Hebron, died March 12, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a veterinarian and operated Angel Animal Hospital in Florence. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. during World War II as a fighter pilot with the Flying Tigers in China. He was shot down twice and received the Purple Heart. He was a former member of the Boone County Planning and Zoning Commission. Survivors include his daughters, Beth Hurst of Goddard, Kan., Catherine Angel of Wilmington, N.C., and Rebecca Angel of Mesa, Ariz.; sons, Thomas B. Angel III of Bandera, Texas, David M. Angel and Jason Angel, both of Union, Mark L. Angel of Houston, Randolph Angel of Port Aransas, Texas, Gregory Angel of Ludlow, Ian Angel of Florence and Joseph S. Angel of Hebron; brother, Dr. James Angel of Florence; 22 grandchildren; and four greatgrandchildren. Burial was in Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North, Williamstown. Memorials: Donor’s choice of church or charity.


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DEATHS James ‘Jim’ Hornbeck James E. “Jim” Hornbeck, 68, of Independence, died March 8, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a retired warehouse supervisor manager for T.J. Maxx Co., served in the U.S. Army and was a member of Kelly-Furnish V.F.W. Post No.7099 and American Legion Post No. 20 in Elsmere. A sister, Barb Trimnell, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Wilma DeMoss Hornbeck; son, James E. Hornbeck of Saluda, Va.; daughters, Debbie Bauer of Cincinnati and Rose Warneford of Covington; sister, Wink Kramer of Union; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Memorials: Kelly-Furnish V.F.W. Post No. 7099, 1310 Highway Ave., Covington, KY 41011.

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Samuel Hubbard, 78, of Okeechobee, Fla., formerly of Northern Kentucky and Clay County, died March 7, 2012, at his home. He was a retired foreman and worked in the auto industry. Four brothers, Jack, Wesley, James and Edward; two sisters, Eva Catherine and Doris E.; and a daughter, Robin Dale Hubbard, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Crooker Hubbard; son, Guy Marvin Hubbard of Kissimmee, Fla.; daughter, Linda Gail Webster Billiter of Hebron; brothers, Charlie, Lawrence and Johnny, all of Independence; sisters, Alice of Garrod, Ky., and Irene of Independence; six grandchildren; and four greatgrandchildren. Burial was in Beech Grove Cemetery.

Andrew King Andrew Brown King, 41, of Taylor Mill, died March 4, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He worked in construction and was a concrete finisher. Survivors include his mother,

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Charlie Kiser Charlie Kiser, 43, of Independence, died March 10, 2012, at his home. He was a truck driver for Dayton Freight. Survivors include his wife, Kim Kiser; son, John Tyler Conner of Burlington; stepdaughter, Megan Stulz of Independence; stepson, Tyler Noel of Independence; and half sister, Becky Henke of Covington. Interment was at Floral Hills Cemetery. Memorials: Charlie Kiser Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 15104, Covington, KY 41015.

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Michael Quinones Michael Quinones, 50, of Erlanger, died March 11, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was employed by Great American Insurance Co. Survivors include his wife, Brenda Quinones; sons, Michael Quinones Jr. and Jonathan Luke Quinones; parents, Ubaldo and Epifania Quinones; brother and best friend, Albert Quinones; and brothers, Albert Isaac, Jose Matos and Ublado Quinones Jr. Interment was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

Mary Race Mary E. Race, 68, of Crittenden, died March 8, 2012. She was the former owner and operator of Hair Design II in Erlanger and a member of the Shiloh Full Gospel Church in Grant County. Her brothers, Mitchell and Eldwood Hedges Walton, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Floyd W. Race; daughters, Tina Ramey of Cincinnati, Deniese Jeffries and Andrea Clem, both of Fort Mitchell, Jennifer Jones of Florence and Amanda Dunn of Dry Ridge; stepdaughter, Rebecca Armstrong of Burlington; stepsons, Nathan Race of Union and Eric Race of Crittenden; and 14 grandchildren. Burial was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Taylor Mill. Memorials: Alzheimer's Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, OH 45203.

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Eleanor “Ellie” Riesenbeck, 87, of Erlanger, died March 13, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a member of St. Henry Church. Her husband, John Riesenbeck, and a son, Jackie Riesenbeck, died previously. Survivors include her children, Daniel Riesenbeck of Elsmere, Donna Jones of Dry Ridge, Judith Wisbey of Batavia, Ohio, Jean Tetzel and Mary Ball, both of Villa Hills, Michael Riesenbeck of Greendale, Ind., Thomas Riesenbeck of Florence and Timothy Riesenbeck of Erlanger; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Burial was at St. Mary Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Muscular Dystrophy Association, 1080 Nimitzview Drive #208, Cincinnati, OH 45230.

Aelred ‘Al’ Schwartz Aelred E. “Al” Schwartz, 97, of Ludlow, died March 10, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a self-employed woodworker and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a lifelong member of Sts. Boniface & James Church in Ludlow, a member of the Knights of Columbus Father Kehoe Council, Northern Kentucky Fly Fishers and Men of Marydale, past member of Parish Council and founding member of Ludlow Vets.

His brothers, George Schwartz and Joseph Schwartz; and sisters, Dorothy Schepman, Lynette Cox, Lucille Landwehr and Mary Angela Garrett, died previously. Survivors include by 17 nieces and nephews. Interment was at St. John’s Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Covington Catholic High School, 1600 Dixie Hwy., Park Hills, KY 41011.

Frank Stadtmiller Frank Stadtmiller, 77, of Newport, died March 10, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Hospice. He was a lithographer with Steinhauser and an avid hunter. He loved his farm and camp. His wife, Martha; four sisters, Marie Welsh, Laverne Donlin, Margret Zeigler and Julia Gladson; and his brothers, Bob Stadtmiller and Bill Stadtmiller, died previously. Survivors include his sons, Jeffrey Stadtmiller of Fort Wright and Chris Stadtmiller of Newport; daughters, Lisa Stadtmiller of Newport and Patty Seifert of Alexandria; sisters, Catherine Bonhaus and Barb Johnson, both of Cold Spring; and four grandchildren. He bequeathed his body to the University of Cincinnati Department of Anatomy. A Celebration of Life will be held at his river camp at a later date. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Mildred Stambaugh Mildred Tuel “Millie” Stambaugh, 93, formerly of Ryland Heights and Covington, died March 12, 2012, in Indianapolis. She had resided in Indianapolis with her daughter and son-in-law since December 2007. She grew up as a farm girl and was a member of the Taylor Mill Seventh-Day Adventist Church for more than 45 years. She worked as an inspector for Triangle Bag Factory, Equitable Paper Bag Co. and Duro Bag Factory. Her husband, Ernest Shannon Stambaugh; a sister, Louise; and a brother, James Clifton, died previously. Survivors include her sons, William Y. Stambaugh of DeMossville, Ernest Larry Stambaugh of Florence and Allen Ray Stambaugh of Edgewood; daughter, Glenda Pyle Smith of Indianapolis; sisters, Allene Tuel of Ripley, Ohio, and Christine Shugers-Schmidt of Maysville; brother, Duane Tuel of Richmond; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Burial was at Shannon Cemetery in Mason County, Ky.

Myles Strunk Myles Henry Strunk, 66, of Covington, died March 11, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Florence. A brother, Sam Hackler; and two sisters, Janice Floyd and Shirley Strunk, died previously. Survivors include his siblings, Ovie Strunk, Phyllis Halsey, Betty Brooks, Darrel Strunk and Carol Matt.

Maxine Sullivan Maxine Sullivan, 86, of Covington, died March 7, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She enjoyed horse racing and worked at River Downs Race Track and Turfway Park. She raised four of her grandchildren, Maxine Goodhew, Shelly Jackson, Jayson Sullivan and Stephanie Sullivan, after their parents died. Two daughters, Vicky Sullivan and Kimberly Jackson; a son, Larry Sullivan; and longtime companion, John Marcum, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Jim Kennedy of Milford, Ohio, and Tommy Sullivan of Covington; daughter, Pauline Helton of Taylor Mill; and 23 grandchildren. Burial was at Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati.

Mary ‘Jean’ Thomas Mary “Jean” Radenheimer Thomas, 79, of Villa Hills, formerly

of Fort Mitchell, died March 10, 2012, at Madonna Manor. She was a homemaker, lifelong member of Blessed Sacrament Church and a former employee of Procter and Gamble. She was a teacher’s aide for Gloria Dei preschool and a 1951 graduate of Villa Madonna Academy. Her husband, James R. Thomas, died in 2007. Survivors include her sons, Stephen Thomas of Crestview Hills, Michael Thomas of Edgewood, Gregory Thomas of Fort Wright and David Thomas of Villa Hills; daughter, Mary Beth Connelly of Crestview Hills; brother, Paul Radenheimer of Crescent Springs; and 12 grandchildren. Memorials: Blessed Sacrament School, 2407 Dixie Hwy, Ft. Mitchell, KY 41017 or St. Charles Care Center, 500 Farrell Drive, Covington, KY 41011.

Marjorie Walker Marjorie M. Murphey Walker, 95, of Lakeside Park, died March 7, 2012. She was a member of the Fort Mitchell Country Club and University Club, and a longtime volunteer at the Cincinnati Art Museum and Kenton County Children’s Home. Her husband, C. Gordon Walker; a niece, Jinny Maloney; and a nephew, Lee “Bud” Hoefinghoff, died previously. Survivors include nieces and nephews, Lee Quinn, Susan Turney, Don Quinn, Gordon Quinn, Lorie Corden, Griff Murphey, Doug Murphey and Dick Hoefinghoff. Burial was at Highland Cemetery. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017 or Mother of God Church, 119 W. Sixth St., Covington, KY 41011.

Vorease Wilson Vorease Posey Wilson, 74, of Erlanger, died March 14, 2012, at her residence. She retired as a waitress for the Mike Fink Restaurant in Covington and was a former waitress at Jerry’s Restaurant in Fort Wright, Town and Country Restaurant in Park Hills and the Quality Inn restaurants in Covington. She was a Kentucky Colonel and enjoyed remodeling and rehabilitating homes. Her husband, Donald Gene “Shorty” Wilson, and a sister, Phyllis Behme, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Sharon Wilson Britt of Erlanger; sister, Elaine Lightner of Edgewood; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Interment was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Erlanger. Memorials: American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Ft. Mitchell, KY 41017 or American Heart Association, 6211 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227.

Ralph Zerhusen Ralph Joseph Zerhusen, 90, of Ryland Heights, formerly of Covington and Fort Mitchell, died March 12, 2012. He served in World War II and was awarded an EAME Theater Ribbon with four Bronze Stars, a Good Conduct Ribbon, the Silver Star and the WWII Victory Medal. He worked more than 40 years at Zero Breeze Co. His wife, Louise Zerhusen; a brother, Al Zerhusen; and his sister, Mary Jane Lueke, died previously. Survivors include his daughters, Linda Bohart of Ryland Heights, Carol Holthaus of Highland Heights and Cathy Zerhusen of Erlanger; sons, David Zerhusen of Ryland Heights and Stephen Zerhusen of Erlanger; brother, Elmer Zerhusen of Fort Mitchell; stepbrother, Tom Niemeier of Charlotte, N.C.; 14 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. Burial was at Mother of God Cemetery, Latonia. Memorials: The Diocesan Catholic Children's Home, 75 Orphanage Road, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

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MARRIAGE LICENSES Juanita Crews, 25, and William Cooper III, 28, both of Cincinnati, issued March 5. Hayley North, 28, and Justin Jett, 31, both of Covington, issued March 5. Susan Vietor, 23, and Daniel Lange II, 24, both of Covington, issued March 5. Kymberlee Renaker, 30, and Loyal Hearst Jr., 31, both of

Erlanger, issued March 6. Sarah Jones, 39, and Romarrow Carter, 35, both of Latonia, issued March 6. Crystal Gokey, 44, and Justin Rankin, 31, both of Fort Mitchell, issued March 7. Christina Haddix, 34, and Christopher Thomas, 34, both of Covington, issued March 7. Bianca Lee, 30, and Jeremy

Perkins, 30, both of Fort Thomas, issued March 8. Kimbra Maag, 43, of Elida and James Oaks, 45, of Cincinnati, issued March 8. Lessa Grigson, 34, of Erlanger and Andrew Stanfill, 47, of Covington, issued March 8. Elizabeth Kramer, 22, and Randolph Fields, 27, both of Elsmere, issued March 8.


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