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Taylor Mill plans to design gateway By Amy Scalf

TAYLOR MILL — As portions of the new Pride Parkway near completion, city leaders are making plans to spruce up the streetscape. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 spokesperson Nancy Wood said the north and south sections of the new Ky. 16, to be known as Pride Parkway,

should be finished by mid-summer. She said, “Some signal pole approvals could delay things on the north section,” which stretches from Interstate 275 to Blackstone Court. The middle section, from Blackstone Court in Taylor Mill to Sunbrite Drive in Covington, won’t be complete until the spring or summer of 2015. In preparation for the road’s

completion, Mayor Dan Bell and members of the Taylor Mill City Commission unanimously approved spending $27,000 for Chris Manning of the landscape design firm Human Nature, Inc., to plan gateways to the city and roadside landscaping. Manning said landscaping along the outer edges of the roadway had fewer restrictions than median plantings, and he hoped to connect the area “in a

meaningful way.” “The edges might be a really good place to start,” he said. City Administrator Jill Bailey said she hopes Manning will “identify opportunities” for a gateway entrance somewhere between Interstate 275 and Taylor Creek and to “create a sense of place.” She called the intersection of Sawmill Drive and Old Taylor Mill Road “a key component and

key anchor of the business district,” and said that part of the roadway would be complete by July 1. Bailey said the city leaders needed to determine the landscaping, because the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet “is interested in building streets, not in creating greenspace opportunities.” Tweet at @AmyScalfNky

Job fair gives servicemen, women connections By Melissa Stewart

Cameron and Carter Hobbs of Independence visit with the Easter Bunny before hunting for candy-filled eggs at the Independence Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 23. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Independence Egg Hunt fills baskets with fun

By Amy Scalf

INDEPENDENCE — Hundreds of children bundled up for a chilly Independence Easter Egg Hunt at Memorial Park on Saturday, March 23, but they left with baskets full of candy, eggs and prizes. Before and after the event, they enjoyed the sunshine at the park’s playground despite wearing their winter coats and

hats. Independence Parks and Recreation Director Nita Brake said the event is all about family fun. “We divide it up in different age groups, so if you have a child that’s 3 years old and another one that’s 6, you can participate in the hunt with both of them, because we do the younger ones first, and we make sure everybody at least gets some eggs,” she said. “We

try to make sure that every child gets something when they leave here.” Brake and her crew of volunteers also handed out bagged candy, distributed door prizes, and took photos of children with the Easter Bunny. For more information about Independence events, visit Visit for more community news



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ERLANGER — Former serviceman David Bain left the Northern Kentucky Veterans Job Fair March19 feeling pretty good. “I love that we have something like this,” said Bain, who served in the Army National Guard. “You can go to different (employers) and talk to people about job opportunities. The people are friendly and will help you in any way they can.” The Kenton County resident gained several job leads at the free event that is part of a nationwide initiative, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes. The event, held at Receptions Banquet Conference Center in Erlanger, was organized in partnership with Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development (TriED) and the Northern Kentucky Career Center. “This is good for all (servicemen and women), especially when they come home, they need to find a job,” Bain said. That is the goal of the job fair, according to Ken Wocher of the Northern Kentucky Career Center. “Our goal for the event is to get as many people employed as we can, especially veterans, that is our bread and butter,” he said. The first hour of the job fair is strictly dedicated to servicemen and women and their spouses.

“If anyone deserves a chance, it’s those who’ve put their lives on the line for our country,” said Joseph Pennington, U.S. Navy retired, and military recruiting coordinator for Combined Insurance. Combined Insurance, ranked 8th on G.I. Jobs magazine’s 2013 Military Friendly Employer list, is a regular participant in Hiring Our Heroes job fairs. “We understand that unemployment among veterans remains a problem,” Pennington said. “Our goal is to help them transfer their skills to a nonmilitary job or a new career.” According to, joblessness among veterans remains high – well above the national unemployment rate of 7.7 percent. In fact, about 205,000 of those who served in or during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are without work. Companies such as Combined Insurance, however, are benefiting greatly by recognizing the contributions servicemen and women can make as civilian employees. “They are responsible, hardworking, disciplined and dedicated to helping others,” Pennington said. “As a company, we take pride in our military and those who’ve selflessly served. We consider it a privilege to help them achieve post military financial, personal and professional goals.” Want to continue the conversation. Tweet @MStewartReports

Linda Kennedy of Hebron and her husband, Frank Kennedy, who served in the Army, chat with Casey Brookbank of Omnicare Pharmacy Services during the Northern Kentucky Veterans Job Fair. MELISSA STEWART/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

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Independence Veterans Office celebrates ribbon-cutting

From left: American Legion Commander Wayne Lohmoeller, Indpendence Mayor Chris Moriconi, City Council member Chris Reinersman, and American Legion Moon Brothers Post 275 Service Officer Rusty Mardis celebrate the Independence Veterans Office ribbon cutting. THANKS TO AMY MARDIS


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INDEPENDENCE — City leaders and military veterans lined up to celebrate the ribbon cutting for the Independence Veterans Office on March 20. The office is located inside the Independence Senior and Community Center, 2001 Jack Woods Pkwy. American Legion Moon Brothers Post 275 Service Officer Rusty Mardis works in the office to help military veterans receive their benefits. For more information or to set up an appointment, contact Mardis at or call 406-899-2512.


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Scott High School senior Sarah Bland, a Cappie Award winning costume designer, sews leaves and vines to a glove for Puck, a beloved character from William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream.' The production will take place in Scott's auditorium, 5400 Old Taylor Mill Road, at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, March 29 and 30 and April 5 and 6. Student tickets cost $5 and adults are $7. For more information, call 859-356-3146. THANKS TO AMANDA VOLPENHEIN

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BRIEFLY Armed Forces Day 5K coming to Crescent Springs CRESCENT SPRINGS —

The cities of Crescent Springs and Villa Hills will present the Armed Forces Day 5K Run/Walk at 8:30 a.m. May 18. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Kenton County Veterans Memorial. The race will take place at the Crescent Springs Community Park, located at the corner of Buttermilk Pike and Collins Road. The event includes divisions for all ages as well as a Military Cup Challenge open to active and inactive military personnel. Registration costs $15

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Fort Mitchell offices to close for holiday

FORT MITCHELL — City administrative offices of Fort Mitchell will be closed for Good Friday on Friday, March 29. The office will reopen at 8 a.m., Monday, April 1. For more information, call 859-331-1212.

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Fire Department is selling Black Platinum shredded hardwood mulch for $4 per 2.25-cubic-foot bag. The sale price includes delivery. Proceeds will support the department. The deadline for ordering is April 10. Mulch will be delivered on April 20. For more information, visit , call 859-331-2600 or stop by the City Building, 409 Kyles Lane.

Kenton schools set for spring break

FORT WRIGHT — All the schools in the Kenton County School District will be closed for spring break from Monday, April 8, through Friday, April12. For more information, call 859-344-8888.

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Yugos rev up for new album release By Amy Scalf

The Yugos are Jackson Deal, Christian Gough, Jordin Goff and Jeremy Graham. THANKS TO THE YUGOS

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TAYLOR MILL — Unlike the much-maligned 1980’s import car of the same name, The Yugos are musically cruising their way to success. Chief lyricist and band manager Christian Gough said the band name came from the discontinued car. His brother, drummer Jordin Goff, says that worked “because we really didn’t know how to play our instruments and we couldn’t keep it together.” Christian attends Scott High School, where Jordin participated in Open Mic Cafe before he graduated in 2009. They both cite Open Mic and drama club sponsor Amanda Volpenhein as “a big influence,” and “really positive and very supportive.” They’ve made music with lead guitarist and keyboardist Jackson Deal since 2009 as The Yugos, and bassist Jeremy Graham, who was a “really huge fan” joined the group in 2012. They’re not only keeping it together, they’re also spreading the love. Christian and another friend started Best Friend Records, which includes more than a dozen local bands who share resources. “It’s more like a collective,” he said. “We organize events, help fund each other’s records and pool our money to print stickers or whatever they need.” Best Friends Records will host a musical extrav-

was funded through a KickStarter campaign, which raised more than their goal of $2,500 and included interesting prizes, such as having the band members re-enact scenes from donors’ favorite movies. Other prizes were going to dinner and a sleepover with the band, and having them play a cover song of the donor’s choice, because they generally only play their own original work. The Yugos are excited to record their new music, which they described as “fun,” “more rocking” and “a dragon with laser beams attached to its head.” “If you can’t tell, we like nonsense,” said Jordin. He said the biggest difference between the new sound and the one on their first album–The Yugos, which was listed on CityBeat’s 2011 Top 100 albums of the year in Cincinnati–is that they “finally learned to play our instruments.”

aganza on June 7 and 8 at Rohs Street Cafe, 245 McMillan St. in Clifton, but The Yugos aren’t playing that event because of contractual obligations. Before then The Yugos will stay busy playing every Tuesday night in April at The Comet, 4579 Hamilton Ave. in Cincinnati. They like playing at The Comet, not only because of the delicious chicken quesadillas, but also because of the way the performance space is set up. “I like the atmosphere there, and there’s no stage, so we’re on the same level with the audience. That makes it feel really intimate with the crowd,” said Jeremy. More information about their upcoming performances and other news is available on their Facebook page and at They will also be recording their second album, “Life is Awesome and Then You Live Forever,” which is set to be released May 31. The upcoming album

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Scott High School student Christian Gough and Jackson Deal perform at the school's Open Mic Cafe in January. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER





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Fun at Spiral Stakes Northern Kentucky's biggest springtime party took place March 23 at Turfway Park. The $550,000 Horseshoe Casino Spiral Stakes was won by 3-year-old colt Black Onyx.

Greg and Tina Steinnecker of Fort Wright cheer on their horse in the eighth race during the Horseshoe Casino Spiral Stakes March 23 at Turfway Park. MARTY WHITACRE FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

From left, Jessica Koury and Elyner Barnes, both from Fort Mitchell, enjoy cocktails during the Horseshoe Casino Spiral Stakes March 23 at Turfway Park. MARTY WHITACRE FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Joe Bravo rode Black Onyx to victory in the Horseshoe Casino Spiral Stakes race March 23 at Turfway Park. MARTY WHITACRE FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

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Little bridges, big ideas

Close-up of Thomas McGrath's model bridge after testing at the Balsawood Bridge Competition at Northern Kentucky University.KAMELLIA SMITH FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Student learn at balsawood competition

How can such a light material hold such a heavy load? Some models break within seconds, others hold up much longer.

By Kamellia Soenjoto Smith

His bridge looks like the Purple People Bridge that stretches from Cincinnati to Newport, except it’s not purple and it’s much, much smaller, about the size of a loaf of bread. It weighs no more than a handful of leaves. That’s because it’s made from a very lightweight material, balsawood. The tiny bridge is straddling two classroom tables and is connected to a contraption with a bucket hanging from it. The boy pours sand from a bowl into the bucket. The bridge begins to bend, but he keeps pouring. Lots of sand now, and then “Crack!” His bridge is broken. The bucket is lifted onto a scale and weighed – 98.2 pounds, about the same as 12 gallons of milk. The bridge is the creation of Thomas McGrath, a sophomore at St. Henry District High School in Erlanger. He is interested in civil engineering and has come to Northern Kentucky University to test his handmade bridge at the Balsawood Bridge Competition. The challenge for students is to design and construct a lightweight bridge that can hold the most weight. Last year McGrath won second place in the competition. And he learned a lesson. “I used the same design but added more supports,” he explains. It took him nine days to build this year’s model. Some 200 students took part in the competition March 11, most of them from schools in Northern Kentucky. They prepared their own models with a wide variety of designs, all of them made from just balsawood and glue.

Hunter Humphrey of R.A. Jones Middle School shows his model bridge after testing at the Balsawood Bridge Competition at Northern Kentucky University. KAMELLIA SMITH FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

How can such a light material hold such a heavy load? “It requires a knowledge of physics,” says Dr. Ausbra E. McFarland, coordinator of the event. Some models break within seconds, others hold up much longer. Hunter Humphrey is trying

to make his bridge last as long as possible. Kneeling on the floor, he pours the sand into the bucket, little by little. The eighth-grader from R.A. Jones Middle School in Florence hopes this will help his bridge withstand the weight. “I saw the other bridges shake a lot when

the sand was poured in,” he says. “I believe that’s part of the problem of why they fall so quickly.” It’s been 30 minutes and he’s still sprinkling sand. His friends grab a chair for him to sit on. Jeff May, his teacher, stands next to him. “He’s al-

ways careful and meticulous,” May says. But finally his bridge fails, too. Humphrey has to accept that his model can’t hold more than 15.6 pounds. “I’m disappointed,” he admits. “But I know I can do better next time.” Humphrey is already thinking of going to engineering school. “I enjoy building things,” he says. The purpose of the competition is to introduce students to the world of design and construction. “We allow the students to test their bridges themselves,” Dr. McFarland explains. “That way, they get the chance to see the results themselves.” When all the figures are tallied Thomas McGrath wins first place. His model is even stronger than last year’s winning bridge which could hold “only” 89.4 pounds. McGrath shares this tip: “Support on the bottom is important.” The Balsawood Bridge Competition is hosted by the NKU Construction Management Department and is co-sponsored by Reece-Campbell, a construction company in Cincinnati. They provide all of the supplies. With this competition, Dr. McFarland explains, “The hope is that the students will better understand the construction world.”

COLLEGE CORNER Birmingham named to Wake Forest dean’s list Alec Birmingham of Edgewood has been named to the fall semester dean’s list at Wake Forest University.

Kenton residents named to UK dean’s list

The following Kenton County residents were named to the University of Kentucky fall semester dean's list: Cory Michael Abeling, Kelvin Jordre Adams, Zachary Alexander Adams, Michael Louis Albers, Samira Cassandra Ansari, Carrie Michelle Ayers, Brittany Nicole Barron, Karen Grace Barth, Lillian Rose Barth, Sean Robert Baute, Abigail Marie Beausir, Holly Elizabeth Beck, Alec Joseph Beeghly, Grant Alexander Berberich, Joseph B. Bernhard, Amy Michelle Blankenship, Megan Nichole Bowling, James Daniel Boyd, Shannon Colleen Brady, Christopher Ryan Bright, David Anthony Brueggeman, Brent Joseph Buckley, Allison Nicole Burke, Ellen Claire Burns, Addison Dell Cain, Hannah Malone Cain, Corey Lee Campbell, Elliott Harrison Campbell, Brandon Scott Capps, Holly Marie Claypole, Rachel Elizabeth Coghill, Abigail Marie Cole, Jon Vincent Connor, Shelby Marie Coons, Emily Marie Cottingham,

Chase Alexander Cox, Peter Studer Craig, Adam Ray Creamer, Emily Joy Crocetti, Eric Nicholas Curran, Brianna Sarah D'Alessandri, Caroline Patrice Davis, Claire Elizabeth Deglow, Lydia M. Doggett, Stefanie Paige Durrett, Katharine Ann Elmore, Robert Smith Emmitt, III, John Jerome Fagel, Emily Paige Fannin, Heather Lynn Federmann, Ryan Joseph Fields, Joseph N. Flanigan, Alexander Thomas Flynn, Joseph William Fredrick, Aaron James Fritsch, Alexis Marie Frye, Craig James Furnish, Amanda Noel Gerakos, Christian Scott Gerwe, Paul William Gerwe, Joseph Daniel Gieske, Jillian Jenna Goins, Cory T. Gray, Hannah E. Griese, Zachary John Grove, Patrick F. Hafenbridle, Shannon Russell Haggard, Erin Elizabeth Hall, Emily Anne Harmeling, Jennifer Louise Harvey, Megan Margaret Heath, Samantha Rachel Heidrich, Joshua Douglas Heller, Steven David Helton, Kelli Nicole Hemsath, Kathryn J. Hill, Christopher Paul Hoffman, Geneva H. Hoffmann, Robin Elaine Hood, Courtney Marie Howard, Mark James Huffmyer, Michael Scott Huffmyer, Mark Daniel Humpert, Kyle Anthony Ihli, Riku Imanishi, Amanda Elizabeth Jacob, Edward Logan Jeffries, Nicholas L. Jehn, Megan Marie Kaiser, Dimi-

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Benjamin Wyatt Harrison Wolfe, Claire Marie Wurtenberger, Amber Noelle Zembrodt and Margaret Marie Zerhusen.

Vocke enrolls

Cameron Vocke of Erlanger has enrolled at Heidelberg University for the spring semester. Vocke, a freshman, is majoring in education.

Ohlinger named to dean’s list

Cadet Mack Ohlinger, son of Debra and Chris Ohlinger, from the Cincinnati area, has been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at the U.S. Military Academy. He grew up in Union and attended Villa Madonna Academy. Ohlinger, who has achieved dean’s list status for all three semesters, graduated from St. Xavier High School in 2011 and will be commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army upon graduation at West Point.

Reida named to president honor roll

Rose Elizabeth Reida of Fort Mitchell was named to the president honor roll for the fall semester at the University of Oklahoma Norman. The honor roll includes students who earned a 4.0 gradepoint average.



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Sportsman excellence

The Community Recorder staff recently won a 2012 Enquirer Media Award of Excellence for the work and coverage pertaining to the Community Press and Recorder Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Award, now in its fifth year. This year’s nomination period for the 2013 award runs Wednesday, April 3, though Wednesday, April 17. The sports staff seeks standout athletes of great character and strong academic standing to represent each newspaper as its Sportsman or Sportswoman of the Year. Readers will nominate these starting junior or senior athletes via or, names that will be verified through the school as meeting the criteria and placed on ballots for the public’s vote. Readers can vote once a day for their favorite athlete. Winners for 2013 will receive two Reds tickets courtesy of the Cincinnati Reds, a certificate and a story to be published in a late June edition. The nominations and voting are done online at Neither the articles, nominations forms nor ballots will count against the meter, so you do not have to be a Cincinnati Enquirer/ subscriber to nominate or vote on your favorite candidate. Email with questions and follow the hashtag #SOY2013 for updates on Twitter. » Simon Kenton beat Brossart 13-4 March 20. Erica Lang won the game and had two hits and two RBI at the plate. Kennedy Baugh drove in four runs with three hits and a homer.

Boys tennis

» Calvary beat Scott 5-0 March 20 with wins from Kohls, Leichter, Kreft, North/Smith and Johnson/Rusch.

NKU Notes

» Kennesaw State erupted for seven runs during the fifth inning March 24 and cruised to a 14-4 victory over Northern Kentucky to complete the three-game weekend sweep. The Owls improved to 14-10 overall and 4-2 in the Atlantic Sun Conference, while the Norse dropped to 2-22 on the season, 0-3 in the A-Sun. The Norse continue Atlantic Sun action on March 28 with a threegame road trip to South Carolina-Upstate in Spartanburg, S. C. » Northern Kentucky University pitcher Emily Schwaeble held Kennesaw State to just three hits March 24, but the Norse were unable to generate any offense in a 3-0 loss to the Owls in an Atlantic Sun Conference game. Schwaeble (1-11) went the distance for the sixth time this season, striking out four and walking four. The Norse (6-21, 0-9 A-Sun) had two on base and with one out in the seventh, but a pair of fly outs ended the game. The Norse totaled five hits on the game. NKU returns to action next weekend when the Norse make an Easter trip to the Sunshine State to battle Stetson for a three-game conference series March 29-30.

TMC Notes

» The Thomas More College baseball team split a Presidents' Athletic Conference doubleheader March 23 with Thiel College at Thomas More Field in Crestview Hills. Thiel won game one, 5-4, but the Saints won the nightcap, 6-2.





Bishop Brossart hosted the 16-team Uncle Pete Noll Classic March 22-23 at Softball City

in Taylor Mill. Holy Cross participated. Here are some pictures from the tourney.

Holy Cross senior Madyson Moran gets an out and throws to second for a double play. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Holy Cross junior Anna Clement pitches to Ludlow. The 16-team Uncle Pete Noll Classic was March 22-23 at Softball City in Taylor Mill. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER


Kenton runners right on track By James Weber

Local athletes are on track this winter-like spring for strong performances. Here is a look at Kenton County teams based on known returners and information submitted by coaches. Some team information was not submitted before deadline. Dixie Heights boys: Steve Saunders returns for his 25th season as head coach. His top returners include cross country standout Max McGehee (distance), Bailey Harrison (pole vault), Brandon Johnson (shot put), Jackson Stanek (Hurdles) and Jacob Hartman (sprints). McGehee could break the school record in the 3,200 meters. “I have some good returning juniors and seniors from last year’s team, plus a very strong sophomore class that had to compete in varsity meets last year as freshmen and gained valuable experience,” Saunders said. “This should make for a stronger, more competitive team this season.” Dixie competes in the Kenton County championship April 2 at Scott. Simon Kenton girls: Sixthyear head coach Eric Kues returns most of his core athletes from last season. Top returners are Christina Cook and Mackenzie Hester. Cook was third in the state in the 400 and Hester is coming off a strong cross country campaign. Villa Madonna: Joe Cordonnier returns for his 13th year as head coach of both VMA programs. Eric Baugh returns as one of the top distance runners in Northern Kentucky. He was eighth in the state in the 1,600 last year. He should score well in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 this spring. Mitchell Day, Clay Jackson and Thomas Schutzman are other Blue Lightning to watch. In girls, Lauren Dumaine was third in the1A state meet in the shot put last year. Other leaders include Megan Barton in long and triple jump and Maria Blom in high jump. Others to watch include Allison Laber and Melissa Cunha.

Simon Kenton junior Mackenzie Hester, left, finished 130th in 3A. The Kentucky state cross country meet was Nov. 10, 2012, at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. JAMES WEBER/COMMUNITY RECORDER

St. Henry: Top returning athletes for St. Henry include jumper Craig Aldridge, versatile Austin Eibel, middle distance runner Robert Brockman, distance man Daniel Wolfer and field athlete Matt Martin. They accounted for five top-five finishes at state. Aldridge, a senior, is the defending state champion in the high jump. He placed third in the long jump. He won the indoor state title in the triple jump. Eibel, a senior, can compete in eight events. He was fifth at state in the 300-meter hurdles and sixth in the high jump. He won indoor crowns in the 60 hurdles and 400 meters. Wolfer is returning after a fifth-place state finish in the 3,200. Brockman was seventh in the 800. Both are back for the defending state champion 4x800 relay team. St. Henry won the 1A championship in both the boys and

girls competitions at the Mason-Dixon Games indoor high school state meet March 2 in Louisville. The girls 4x800 relay won with Sydney Pitts, Holly Blades, Elizabeth Hoffman and Taylor Connett. The 4x200 won with Laura Felix, Tina Felix, Lauren Cahill and Madison Culbertson. St. Henry was second in the 4x400. Meghan Burke was third in the 60 hurdles. Madison Culbertson was fourth in the 60. Tina Felix was fourth in the 400. Kathy Munzer was third in the long jump. Connett was third in the 1,500 and second in the 800. Holly Blades was fourth in the 3,000. Janelle Tobler was second in high jump. Celia Eltzroth was second in triple jump. Beechwood lost four-time 2012 medalist Cameron Vocke but returns several state qualifiers. Senior Sarah Irwin won state medals in the long jump,

triple jump and 4x100 relay last year. CovCath returns state medalists Ben Metzger and Brian Menke plus multiple other state qualifiers. Dixie returns two-time sprint medalist Chelsea Perdue and hurdles medalist Brittney Turner among other qualifiers. Lloyd lost 2A high jump state champ Tyler Bray, but returns state medalist Dylan Withers in pole vault and twotime throwing medalist Caitlin Carter, plus distance standout Sarah Duncan. Veteran Holy Cross runner Gabby Bergman returns after placing eighth in the 1,600 last season. Ludlow returns four state medalists from last season, led by cross country/distance standouts Byni Dugan, Chesi See TRACK, Page A9



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Northern Kentucky coaches released their all-star teams recently. In boys basketball, Dixie Heights’ Brandon Hatton, Holy Cross’ Antonio Campbell and Ludlow’s Jerad Howard were players of the year. In girls, Notre Dame’s Olivia Voskuhl, Holy Cross’ DeAsia Beal and Ludlow’s Tori Wofford were the honorees. The full boys list is as follows:

Division I

Brandon Hatton (Dixie Heights), Nick Ruthsatz (CovCath), Andrew Sampson (Simon Kenton), Nick Jackson (Scott), Samuel Hammerich (Conner), Corey Holbrook (Campbell County), A.J. Collins (Cooper),

Brenden Stanley (Boone County), Zach McNeil (Cooper), Nate McGovney (Campbell County), Drew Mays (Ryle), Will Stuhr (Ryle). Player of the Year Brandon Hatton (Dixie Heights). Best Defensive Player - Jared Swanson (Simon Kenton). Mr. Hustle Award - Jared Bowling (Simon Kenton). Academic Award - Collin Myers (Scott).

Division II

Antonio Campbell (Holy Cross), James Bolden (Holmes), Michael Bueter (NewCath), Drew McDonald (NewCath), Justin Saunders (Brossart), Jasean Short (Newport), Christian McClendon (Holy Cross), Alex Trentman (Brossart), Quan Palmer (Holmes), Jordan Noble (St. Henry), Chris Engelmon

(Holmes), Niko Carter (Lloyd). Player of the Year - Antonio Campbell (Holy Cross). Best Defensive Player - Antonio Campbell (Holy Cross). Mr. Hustle Award - Michael Best (St. Henry). Academic Award - Niko Carter (Lloyd).

Andrew Smith (Villa Madonna). Mr. Hustle Award - Andrew Smith (Villa Madonna). Academic Award - Randy Lund (Villa Madonna). The full girls list:

Division I

Jordan Scott (Conner), Abby Owings (Simon Kenton), Jessica Jones (Boone County), Mckell Oliverio (Ryle), Taylor Robinson (Campbell County), Elly Ogle (Notre Dame), Dawn Johnson (Ryle), Ally Niece (Scott), Haylee Smith (Notre Dame), Paige Bosse (Simon Kenton), Alexis Switzer (Boone County), Liza Tibbs (Dixie Heights), Kaytlin Siegmundt (Campbell County), Jill Buntin (Scott), Madi Meyers (Conner). Co-Coaches of the Year – Nicole Levandusky (Notre Dame) and Aar-

Division III

Jerad Howard (Ludlow), Mitchell Cody (Ludlow), Cole VonHandorf (Villa Madonna), Zack Poinsett (Bellevue), Joe Hornback (Bellevue), Troy Phelps (Villa Madonna), Andy Piccirillo (Villa Madonna), Derek Holt (Dayton), Nick Whitt (Calvary Christian), Jake Lamb (Calvary Christian), Andrew Smith (Villa Madonna). Player of the Year - Jerad Howard (Ludlow). Best Defensive Player -


The Twenhofel Lady Breds won the Northern Kentucky seventh-grade regional championship. Twenhofel beat Woodland 37-33 on Feb. 9. Team members include Olivia Bowling, Nicole Morrison, Emily McBee, Emma Jones, Laura Cox, Mandy Berkemeier, Kayla Snyder, Lacey Chestnut, Kayla Krohman, Madison Neu, Madison Adkins and Anja Arlinghaus. Coaches are Teri Walker and Coach Brian Jones. THANKS TO ANNIE SNYDER

on Stamm (Conner). Player of the Year – Olivia Voskuhl (Notre Dame). Ms. Hustle – Christina Cook (Simon Kenton).

– DeAsia Beal (Holy Cross). Ms. Hustle – Rachel Hartig (Bishop Brossart).

Division II

Nicole Schowalter (Dayton), Jennifer Sexton (Bellevue), Allie Hennard (Villa Madonna), Zania Caudill (Calvary Christian), Kira Ross (Bellevue), Lauren Dumaine (Villa Madonna), Emily Kroger (Ludlow), Sadie Boles (Dayton), Alex Hengge (Villa Madonna), Sarah Roaden (Calvary Christian), Makayla Bishop (Bellevue), Aubry Donelan (Dayton), Taylor Schwarz (Heritage Academy), Kristen Cox (Silver Grove). Coach of the Year – Randy Wofford (Ludlow). Player of the Year – Tori Wofford (Ludlow). Ms. Hustle – Dayne Merkley (Calvary Christian).


Campbell County Middle School), NKAC DII meet (April 16 at Lloyd), Ryle Relays (April 18 at Ryle), Newport River City Classic (April 20 at Newport Stadium), NKAC DI meet (April 23 at Scott), Villa 4 Life (April 24 at Dixie), Red Dog Invitational (April 30 at Tower Park, Fort Thomas), Scott Classic (May 2 at Scott), Area 5 championships (May 4 at Dixie Heights), Pole vault meet (May 6 at Dixie), 1A regional (May 10 at Walton-Verona), 3A Regional (May 11 at Dixie), State championships (May17-18 at Louisville).

Division III

Leah Schaefer (Highlands), Nicole Kiernan (NewCath), Sarah Futscher (Bishop Brossart), Courtney Sandlin (Walton-Verona), Tamra Holder (Holmes), Abby Stadmiller (Bishop Brossart), Jesse Daley (Highlands), Michele Judy (Walton-Verona), Shelby Rudd (Lloyd), Deja Turner (Holmes), Ally Mayhaus (Holy Cross), Alexus Mayes (NewCath), Michaela Ware (NewCath), Ally Johnson (Beechwood), Kelly Coburn (St. Henry), Macy Stuempel (Beechwood). Coach of the Year – Kes Murphy (Holy Cross). Player of the Year

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As journalists our job is to stay in the background and report the story. But reporter Melissa Stewart got questions from an Army recruiter at last week’s Northern Kentucky Veterans Job Fair in Erlanger. What was that cool handheld device she was using to take pictures? Our reporters have had company-issued iPhones for a while. But a brand new piece of equipment called an “Owle” transforms the iPhone into a video camera complete with a tripod socket and a boom microphone. We just got our Owle, along with some video training, so you’ll see our reporters – Melissa, Stephanie Salmons, Amy Scalf, Amanda Joering and

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report – and capture some of their skateboarding moves. See the video at Amanda shows how Highland Heights residents and staff reviewed the city’s draft comprehensive plan. View at Although I won’t be making

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Don’t blame Erlanger for shortage of savings

I just read the article about potential savings being lost because the city of Erlanger chooses not to join the countywide dispatch. I am a resident of Erlanger and I am getting tired of my city being made to look like the “bad guy” in this situation. I hope that everyone reading that article can see what I saw. Kenton County Judge-executive Steve Arlinghaus stated in the article that the entire proposed savings benefit of consolidation of dispatch services would only occur if there was only one center. The savings would most likely vanish if a county center would operate consolidated and if the city of Erlanger did not join in the consolidation. The savings would amount to about $4.5 million. I think that Judge-executive Arlinghaus and others owe the county a huge explanation. If the savings benefit were only applicable if Erlanger joined the consolidation, then why did they consolidate and add on to the center without a written contract/agreement from Erlanger? Why build and consolidate and then complain about the savings being erased just because Erlanger does not want to join? I know that our mayor, Mayor Thomas Rouse, and the council have discussed this, looked

at it from every angle, received input, etc.. and have decided to continue our own dispatch service. I am proud of our mayor and council for thinking of Erlanger. I am proud of our police and safety departments. Hey county, don’t come out and declare in the paper and blame Erlanger for a shortage of savings if you have known all along that a savings benefit was contingent upon Erlanger joining the consolidation. You knew that Erlanger was set on keeping their own services. The disappearing of benefits seems to be on you. Gregor A. Isaacs Erlanger

Ky. should abolish the death penalty

Maryland beat us to it! It became the first state south of the Mason-Dixon line to abolish the death penalty. May Kentucky become the second. The Bluegrass State could find itself among the other 17 civilized American states and the District of Columbia and most foreign countries, except for the likes of Iraq, Iran and North Korea, that have abandoned the barbaric practice. In these contentious political times, indeed even within parties, there is one thing all can agree on, murder is horrendous. Those convicted by due process may deserve the fate of the murdered in our imaginations but we deserve better than to

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become part of a killing machine ourselves. The death penalty solves nothing – the yearned-for victim is gone forever. The murderer warrants punishment and society needs to be protected. That is accomplished in Kentucky with life in prison without the possibility of parole. For those shocked by the cost of that longtime incarceration all studies point toward a higher cost if the death penalty is imposed because of the lengthy appeals process. And for those who would cut short that legality see the law books. Just last week a man in New York who had served over 20 years for a murder he did not commit was released when he and others on his behalf uncovered witness tampering and perjury at his trial. One may ask how this can possibly happen. It does. He was innocent but not before losing much of his life. A bow of humility at the miscarriage of justice and at the same time gratitude that the death penalty in New York has long been abolished are in order. A singular incident? Hardly. The Innocence Project has come to the aid of many wrongly convicted people, not in small part because of poor legal counsel and other egregious injustices like an over-zealous prosecutor. One former Texas governor who presided over a record number of executions during his time in office declared that all were guilty as charged only to be proven wrong after he left office. We are dealing with human life, no matter how degraded the behavior, and too many wrongful convictions. For the record, I am a murder victim’s survivor. A good and decent man, my brother was senselessly murdered by an unstable man with a gun. But that is a whole other subject, the weapons arsenal that the nation has become. Nancy Rowles Covington

WHEN THEY MEET Kenton Fiscal Court

Meetings: Second Tuesday at 9 a.m. at Independence Court House, 5272 Madison Pike Meetings: Fourth Tuesday at 9 a.m. at Kenton County Courthouse, 303 Court St., Covington Address: 303 Court St., Covington

Phone: 859-392-1400 Judge-executive Steve Arlinghaus Commissioner Beth Sewell, First District Commissioner Jon Draud, Second District Commissioner Kris Knochelmann, Third District http://www.kenton



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Meetings: Second Monday at 7 p.m. Address: 739 Buttermilk Pike Phone: 859-341-3017 Mayor: Jim Collett

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In my 30 years in print journalism I never thought I’d be doing voiceovers for video. It’s exciting and I hope you’ll bear with us as we strive to get it just right. Video opens doors to tell stories about your community in fresh and creative ways. As an example, take a look at what our reporters did last week when they visited fish fries across Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties: We invite you to give us feedback. And we’d like to know what ideas you have for videos in your community. Drop me a line at Nancy Daly is senior editor at the Community Recorder.

Villa Hills doesn’t need police force Having been a resident for almost a decade, and serving on City Council for a term, where much of the debate swirled on whether the city should employ six, seven or eight police officers, the time has come to declare what should be obvious: Villa Hills does not need its own police force. Our public safety and law enforcement function can be better and more efficiently administered by joining with adjoining police units to protect and serve our residents. Our law enforcement budget is roughly $950,000 a year, a full one-third of our city’s budget. While law enforcement is an important part of our city’s responsibility – perhaps even the most important – we are not getting an honest value for our tax dollars. Our city and others in Northern Kentucky can do better and get better service. I commend the new City Council and Mayor Martin to act swiftly and transition our police department to a combined forces agency. Competent as he may be, Chief Dan Goodenough’s monthly police reports are an effort in reporting to make the police seem busy and overworked. But we are doing more work and responding to more calls in other cities than our own. Try as he might, additional officers just cannot be justified. The former mayor believed it, as does our current mayor. Like many things in public policy and politics, the Villa Hills Police has become a wedge issue. Just read the chief’s monthly report. It’s filled with confusing, redundant and often meaningless codes. I invite any citizen to review a monthly or yearly report. Being a Villa Hills police officer must be one of the most boring and unsatisfactory jobs in law enforcement in this or any other jurisdiction. Unless your goal is to punch the clock – figuratively not literally because an accurate time keeping system is not actually used – collect a paycheck, build a pension,

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and go Christmas shopping with needy kids in December. My morale gets low just thinking James Noll about the low morale of the COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST Villa Hills COLUMNIST police. In 2011 we paid our detective and parttime building inspector more than $130,000 in salary and benefits while he was suing the city. In January 2012 he submitted an overtime bill, approved by Chief Goodenough, for an additional $90,000. So a detective and part-time building inspector in our city of Villa Hills earned more money in 2011 for doing his job than police chiefs and commissioners in cities like New York, Chicago and San Francisco, not to mention Louisville, Lexington and Cincinnati. All the while suing the city and the mayor! So the games and financial unaccountability need to end and the police leadership needs to move on, up or out. By combining our law enforcement function – which I know we all agree is critically important – we would get more professional service at a better value. We are not going to lose our identity just because the words “Villa Hills” on the police cars is written in smaller type face. When’s the last time you saw an officer on bike patrol or foot patrol in Villa Hills? Would you like to? Do we need that? I don’t know, but a combined police force could do those things, using a county or area sector system with substations. Perhaps the current Villa Hills police station would be a substation? Perhaps with current technology it would not be necessary? There’s a lot of ideas to go around. But one thing is certain - Villa Hills does not need its own individual police force. James Noll is a former Villa Hills council member.

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In front of a quilt named “Summer Bounty,” quilters 88-year-old Grace Robinson of Cincinnati, chats with Edna Lindemann, of Fort Wright about the abundance of quilts at the show. KAREN MEIMAN FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Quilts are the thread that binds

By Karen Meiman

Inside the Boone County Cooperative Extension Office March 16, 15-year-old Olivia Sena sat in a chair, her feet crossed. Olivia, the youngest quilter in the packed room, appeared to mentally block out the bustle so she could concentrate on the stitches she meticulously placed into a daintily flowered pattern. It was a small section of her next quilt. “I love doing this,” Olivia said, never pausing to look up. “It’s really not as hard as you would think.” Nearby, Olivia’s mom Anita Sena chatted with passersby. Mrs. Sena loves quilts too and that has added an extra bond with her daughter. “It has really been a blessing,” Mrs. Sena said. “Quilting is something we can do together. We probably quilt together four or five times weekly, sometimes twice a day.” Mrs. Sena and Olivia were among thousands of quilting enthusiasts who came out across the country for the National Quilter’s Day Out March 16. The event is celebrated annually the third Saturday in March. Locally, in Boone County, the event, organized by the Stringtown Quilt Guild, drew hundreds. “This is an opportunity to raise the awareness of quilting,” the event’s chairwoman Jo Ann Abel, said. “There are so many artistic venues of quilting. There is lap quilting and clothing. You can use fi-

ber. The event is also a way to encourage young people about the artistic value of quilting. Quilts are a wonderful form of expression.” The national event actually has its roots in the Bluegrass state, added Abel. In 1990, the Kentucky Heritage Quilt Society (KHQS) organized a “Quilters’ Day Out” on the third Saturday of March to celebrate the tradition of Kentucky quilting. Two years later, the National Quilting Association adopted Kentucky’s idea, making it a national event. The displays last week in Boone County were as varied as the attendees. Jennifer Myka was impressed with the “out of the box” creations that hung in the “This and That” section of the show, while Ken Gorz ventured inside to learn more about a hobby that has become his wife Lynn’s passion. “I am very impressed,” Ken said. “As an industrial engineer, I can appreciate the time and artistic ability it took to make these.” Mrs. Gorz’s quilt, “Orient Fantasy,” was one that hung on display. Across the room, 88-yearold Grace Robinson viewed the hanging quilts and said she was happy she made the trip across the river, while Mary Lynn Crail used her sewing machine to work on a bright wall hanging whose mermaid patterns were made of colorful threads. “It is called thread painting,” explained Crail, as onlookers gathered around. More of her “thread painting” creations hung be-

Olivia Sena’s small hands weave the purple thread through the red, white and blue floral pattern. KAREN MEIMAN FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Olivia Sena, 15, works on her next quilt at the Quilter’s Day Out in Burlington March 16 at the Boone County Extension Office. KAREN MEIMAN FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

hind her. Grace Kronicz, of Burlington, was happy she had an event she could bring her granddaughter to see the artistic creations you can make when you learn to sew. Her granddaughter, 5-year-old Alaina Curran, of Florence, watched Pat Maley spin yarn from the cotton Maley grew at her home in Delhi, Ohio. “Seeing someone take an interest is what it is all about,” Maley said.

Pat Maley showed how she spins yarns from the cotton she grew at her home in Delhi, Ohio. KAREN MEIMAN FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER



fitness levels welcome. $5. Presented by Zumba with Gabrielle. 513-702-4776. Edgewood. Jazzercise Classes, 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m. and 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; Crescent Springs. Jazzercise, 6:30 p.m., Promenade Palace, $32 monthly unlimited classes. 859-341-4392. Covington.

Art Exhibits The Life and Works of Harlan Hubbard, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Collection of artwork created by local artist and author. Collection reflects spirit of simplicity and beauty of nature Hubbard admired during his lifetime. Included with admission. 859-491-4003; Covington. Contoured Essence, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 27 W. Seventh St., Curated by Paige Wideman. Exploring one’s innate fascination with the figure; artists transform global viewpoints, incorporate or engage audience on an emotional or imaginative level and encourage collaborative discourse between artist and viewer. Through April 19. 859292-2322; Covington.

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

Senior Citizens Bingo, 12:30-3 p.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., 859-727-2306. Elsmere.


Dining Events

Art Exhibits

Fish Fry Dinner, 4:30-8 p.m., Knights of Columbus 3908, Father Bealer Council, 605 Lytle Ave., Includes fried or baked fish, chicken nuggets, shrimp, hamburgers and hot dogs, sides and drinks. Carry-out available. $1.50-$7.50. 859-342-6643. Elsmere. Fort Wright Civic Club Lenten Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m. Benefits Covington Catholic Community Service Club., Fort Wright Civic Club, 115 Kennedy Road, Fried fish, baked fish, chicken, shrimp, fries, coleslaw, green beans, and Macaroni and cheese. Desserts provided by several community organizations. Televisions available for game nights, and special bar pricing. Benefits community organizations. Family friendly. $.75-$7. 859-3311150. Fort Wright. Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., Bradford Masonic Lodge 123, 5 Peach Drive, $7. 859-393-0248. Independence.

The Life and Works of Harlan Hubbard, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission. 859491-4003; Covington. Contoured Essence, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 859-292-2322; Covington.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise Classes, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, 519 Enterprise Drive, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; Crescent Springs.

Literary - Signings Lynne Bachleda, 5-7 p.m., Roebling Point Books and Coffee, 306 Greenup St., Author discusses her new book, “Wild Cincinnati,” dealing with wildlife in Cincinnati. Free. Presented by Clerisy Press. 859-815-7201. Covington.

Music - Jazz The John Von Ohlen Trio, 7:30 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., 859-261-2365; Covington.

Music - Rock

“Summer, 1934” is among the paintings by local artist, Harlan Hubbard, featured in an exhibit of his work that runs through May 5 at Behringer-Crawford Museum in Covington. THANKS TO TIFFANY HOPPENJANS

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Super Bowl of Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Super Bowl, 510 Commonwealth Ave., Drink specials: $12 buckets, $3 domestics and $2 jello shots. With DJ Matt V and DJ Love MD. Free. 859-727-2000. Erlanger.

On Stage - Comedy

Music - Jazz

Live Bait Comedy, 9 p.m. With comedians Rob Wilfong, Vincent Gulino, Brendon Charles, Tracey Blackracer, Chris Siemer, Phil Pointer and Demitrius McMullen. Hosted by Belinda Warren., Mahogany’s Coffee House and Bar, 3715 Winston Ave., $5. 859-314-9543; Latonia.


New Sleepcat Band, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., Directed by Bill Gemmer and features John Von Ohlen. 859261-2365; Covington. Karl Dappen on Sax, 7-10 p.m., Argentine Bistro, 2875 Town Center Blvd., Variety of music from jazz to soft rock. Free. 859-426-1042; Crestview Hills.

Art Exhibits

Music - Rock

The Life and Works of Harlan Hubbard, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission. 859491-4003; Covington.

Gabriels Hounds Release Party, 8 p.m. With Dark Region, Holesinger, Serpentarius, Souls for the Taking and Breakneck Pace. Doors open 7 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., $8. 859-491-2444; Covington.

Sushi Rolling and Dining Experience, 7:30 p.m., Sushi Cincinnati, 20 W. Pike St., Includes training, choice of at least three sushi rolls, BYOB and recipe/product information. $25. Reservations required. Through Dec. 28. 513-335-0297; Covington. Cooking Vietnamese, 2-4 p.m., Argentine Bistro, 2875 Town Center Blvd., $25. Registration required. 859-426-1042; Crestview Hills.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise Classes, 8-9 a.m. and 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jazzercise

Education Enrollment Information Session, 3-4 p.m., Gateway Community and Technical College Covington Campus, 1025 Amsterdam Road, Room C 202. Learn about admissions, financial aid, academic programs, advising and how to enroll. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Gateway Community and Technical College. 859-441-4500; Covington.

The Boone County Cooperative Extension Service offers a free class on growing healthy tomatoes and peppers at home, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at 6028 Camp Ernst Road. Exercise Classes FILE PHOTO

SUNDAY, MARCH 31 Art Exhibits The Life and Works of Harlan Hubbard, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission. 859491-4003; Covington.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise Classes, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; Crescent Springs.

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

Jazzercise Classes, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 5-6 p.m. and 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; Crescent Springs. Zumba, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Diamond Dance Academy, 5030 Old Taylor Mill Road, No dancing skills required. $5. 859-814-8375; Taylor Mill. Jazzercise, 6:30 p.m., Promenade Palace, $32 monthly unlimited classes. 859-341-4392. Covington.



859-331-7778; Crescent Springs. Jazzercise, 6:30 p.m., Promenade Palace, $32 monthly unlimited classes. 859-341-4392. Covington.

Music - Bluegrass

Karaoke and Open Mic

Killer Star Effect, Dead August and Season Ten, 8 p.m. Doors open 7 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., $8. 859-491-2444; Covington.

Cooking Classes

Kenton County Conservation District Board Meeting, 5-6:30 p.m., Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission, 2332 Royal Drive, Regular meeting to discuss conservation district programs, projects and activities. Free. Presented by Kenton County Conservation District. Through July 3. 859-586-7903. Fort Mitchell.


Crescent Springs Center, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; Crescent Springs. Jazzercise, 9:30 a.m., Promenade Palace, 3630 Decoursey Pike, Burn up to 600 calories in an effective 60-minute total body workout. Jazzercise is jazz dance, resistance training, yoga and kickboxing. Wear loose, cool stretchy clothing. Aerobic or a cross trainer shoes is recommended. Arrive to first class 15-20 minutes ahead of time. $32 monthly unlimited classes. 859-341-4392. Covington.


Lynne Bachleda discusses her new book, "Wild Cincinnati," dealing with local wildlife, 5-7 p.m. Friday, March 29, at Roebling Point Books and Coffee, 306 Greenup St. in Covington. THANKS TO RONNIE KUTYS Holiday - Easter Easter Sunday Brunch, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Chez Nora, 530 Main St., Reservations is suggested. 859-491-8027; Covington. Easter Brunch, Lunch and Dinner, 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Blinkers Tavern, 318 Greenup St., $7.95 and up. 859-360-0840; Covington. Easter Brunch, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 360 Restaurant, 668 W. Fifth St., Buffet. $35, $15 children. Reservations required. Presented by Radisson Hotel Covington. 859-491-5300; Covington.

Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke, 9 p.m., Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St., With DJ Will Corson. $10 buckets and $4 grape and cherry bombs. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-491-6659. Covington.

Music - Acoustic Kevin Fox, 10 p.m., Strasse Haus,

630 Main St., Free. 859-261-1199. Covington.

Music - Jazz Phil DeGreg Trio, 5 p.m. Sunday Jazz in the Afternoon., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., 859261-2365; Covington.

Art Exhibits

Art Exhibits

The Life and Works of Harlan Hubbard, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission. 859491-4003; Covington. Contoured Essence, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 859-292-2322; Covington.

The Life and Works of Harlan Hubbard, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission. 859491-4003; Covington. Contoured Essence, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 859-292-2322; Covington.

Community Dance

Exercise Classes

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

Zumba Class, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Turkey Foot Middle School, $5. 513-702-4776. Edgewood. Jazzercise Classes, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m. and 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; Crescent Springs. Inner GLOW Yoga, 5:30-6:30 p.m. and 6:45-7:45 p.m., Glow Gallery Studio, 264 W. Pike St., Faith-based yoga movement class uses breath to guide from one posture to the next while surrounded by artwork in contemporary art gallery space. $10. 513-295-5226; Covington. Zumba Fitness, 6:30 p.m., Independence Senior and Community Center, 2001 Jack Woods Drive, $30 six-week session, $7 drop in. Registration required. 859-356-6264; Independence. Jazzercise, 6:30 p.m., Promenade Palace, $32 monthly unlimited classes. 859-341-4392. Covington.


The Life and Works of Harlan Hubbard, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission. 859491-4003; Covington. Contoured Essence, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 859-292-2322; Covington.

Life Story Workshop, 10 a.m.noon, Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center, 620 Greenup St., Discover new techniques to remember and tell stories of your life journey thus far. Bring pens and sense of adventure. Appropriate for adults of any writing level and both new and returning students. $120. Reservations required. Presented by Extraordinary Lives. 859-4310020; Covington.

Exercise Classes

Exercise Classes

Jazzercise Classes, 8-9 a.m. and 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m. and 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, $34 for unlimited monthly classes.

Zumba Class, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Turkey Foot Middle School, 3230 Turkey Foot Road, Exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beats. All

MONDAY, APRIL 1 Art Exhibits



Desserts that help make Easter table special

As I write this column on the first day of spring, it’s snowing outside! Usually by this time we have our potatoes, early greens and radishes planted. We have to go along with the whims of Mother Nature. I hope each of you has a memoraRita ble and fun Heikenfeld Easter. As RITA’S KITCHEN I tell you every holiday, remember those who may be alone or who can’t get out. Send a card, make a call or invite them to your table to share your abundant blessings.

Rita’s fruited gelatin terrine

I like to make mine in a terrine, which looks like a skinny, longer loaf pan. A loaf pan works well, too. This is an elegant, easy addition to an Easter dinner. If you want, you can do all individual small bowls, molds, etc. For a smaller batch, just divide the

recipe in half.

4 cups mixed fruit (I use strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries.) 4 packages unflavored gelatin (four 1⁄4-oz envelopes) 4 cups white grape juice, rose wine, etc. 1 cup sugar 2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice

Arrange fruit in loaf pan. Set aside. Sprinkle gelatin over grape juice and let sit a few minutes to soften and “bloom.” Whisk gently and the gelatin should be incorporated, but not dissolved, into the juice. Pour into pan, and add sugar and lemon juice. Bring to a boil, lower to a simmer and whisk until sugar and gelatin are dissolved. Remove from heat and cool mixture, stirring occasionally, just to room temperature. Mixture should still be pourable. Slowly and gently pour enough mixture over fruit, just enough to cover nicely. This will set the fruit in a bit of gelatin so it doesn’t float.

Rita’s fruited gelatin terrine is an easy, fruity Easter dessert. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD

Chill until firm, about an hour. Pour remaining mixture over fruit (if it gels while it’s sitting, warm up a bit to melt, but let cool before you pour on). To unmold, dip pan in a larger pan of hot water for a few seconds to loosen. Invert a serving plate over terrine and invert terrine onto plate.

Tips from Rita’s kitchen

Lower carb: Use a sugar substitute and sugar-free juice. Even easier: Use a light-colored prepared gelatin dessert, cook as package directs and follow instructions for layering fruit. You won’t need to add juice, sugar or lemon juice.

Ruth Roberson’s special pound cake

Remember the request for a buttery pound

cake like Whole Foods? I’m still working on a clone, but wanted to share Ruth’s pound cake recipe. Ruth, a Kentucky reader, told me: “I have a recipe that everyone loves. I use it for strawberry shortcake, a quick breakfast, or just as a great cake to have anytime. It is really easy to make and I have shared the recipe with many people. It’s a very old recipe, but it is delicious and very moist. Most of the remarks I get from people are that they love the little crunch on top and then the moistness that is inside.”

3 cups sugar ⁄2cup Crisco 2 sticks margarine, softened 1 ⁄4teaspoon salt 5 large eggs, room temperature, if possible 5 oz. can evaporated milk mixed with water to make 1 cup 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon lemon extract 1 teaspoon vanilla 1

Beat together sugar, Crisco, margarine and salt. Then add eggs, one at a time, beating until well mixed. Start adding

flour alternately with milk mixture. You should start and end with flour. Blend in lemon and vanilla. Pour into a large Bundt or angel food pan, which has been greased with Crisco and floured. Bake at 325 degrees for about 1 hour and 25 minutes. Keep oven closed while baking. Remove from pan immediately and cool on wire rack.

Tip from Rita’s kitchen

Ruth said you could substitute 1 tablespoon vanilla butter and nut flavor for the lemon and vanilla. This may make it taste more like Whole Foods cake.

Sunflower Peeps cake

Check out my blog for recipe and photo! Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Find her blog online at Cincinnati.Com/blogs. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

RAMP Fund helps riders with special needs Community Recorder

Employees of the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky and its Board of Trustees are making life easier for their riders with special needs. TANK’s Northern Kentucky Regional Area Mobility Program is the doorto-door shared ride service available to disabled citizens in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties who are unable to use regular routes or a traditional bus. “The fee for this important service is nominal, but it adds up quickly for

those who are on a fixed income and must use it frequently,” said Bryan Carlisle, TANK board chairman. To help address this challenge, TANK board members responded and provided personal gifts to launch the Project RAMP Fund. Shortly after its creation, TANK employees also contributed to the fund and are continuing to do so by payroll deductions. “Project RAMP now provides financial assistance to registered RAMP users who find it difficult to pay for their transpor-

Cynthia Lawhorn Williams, CEO of CFNKY, presents the check for the first award recipients to Andrew Aiello, general manager of TANK. THANKS TO JULIE BUDDEN

tation on RAMP,” said Carlisle. In a presentation at TANK offices on March 12, seven RAMP riders received their official notification of extra financial assistance for RAMP services. Riders must qualify for RAMP under the Americans with Disabilities Act and demonstrate economic disadvantage. “These awards were made possible by a combination of funds from the generous TANK employees who see these riders every day and the leadership of the TANK Board,” said Cynthia Lawhorn Williams, CEO of the Community Foundation of Northern Kentucky, who officially presented the awards. Williams praised the TANK employees for their generosity and thanked them for being role models for the community. “When they could have looked the other way, they decided to help their fellow citizens. They are an inspiration for all of us.” The foundation will administer the Project RAMP fund, support the

application process and accept additional support and donations. Heritage Bank also generously donated a special fee-free account to collect funds for Project RAMP, ensuring 100 percent of donations are applied to the fund.

The next open application period will be May 130 for awards to be used the second half of 2013. Applications will be available April 15 on the TANK website. To learn more about Project RAMP or to make a tax-deductible donation,

go to the Project RAMP website at and click on the “donate” button. Checks can also be mailed to Project RAMP c/o The Community Foundation of Northern Kentucky at 4890 Houston Road, Florence, KY 41042.

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seeded within the next few weeks, since most herbicides that kill dandelions, clover, plantain, ground ivy, etc. will also kill or damage newly germinated lawn grasses. Check product label for specifics, but many broadleaf weed killers cannot be applied to a new lawn until it has been mowed about four times; and if the herbicide is applied to weeds before over-seeding a lawn, you must wait several weeks before you can finally sow the grass seed. Check product label for restrictions. In established lawns where no overseeding is being done, you can kill broadleaf weeds such as Plantain, Wild garlic, and Dandelion with combination products containing 2,4-D. Mike Klahr is the Boone County extension agent for horticulture.

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St. Elizabeth Edgewood has announced that it has placed among an elite group of U.S. hospitals: Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals. This is St. Elizabeth Edgewood’s seventh straight year to receive this award. To be recognized with this distinction, hospitals must have had riskadjusted mortality and complication rates that were in the best top 5 percent in the nation for the most consecutive years. On average, patients treated at America’s 50 Best Hospitals had a nearly 30 percent lower risk of death. To determine America’s 50 Best Hospitals, Healthgrades analyzed more than 150 million medicare hospitalization records from every

non-federal hospital in the nation. Hospitals must meet minimum thresholds in terms of patient volumes, quality ratings and the range of services provided. Specifically, hospitals were evaluated based on the risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates across 26 procedures and treatments, from hip replacement to bypass surgery. From 2008 through 2010, if all U.S. hospitals had performed at the level of A50B hospitals, 179,593 medicare deaths may have been prevented. In addition, Healthgrades ranks St. Elizabeth among the top1percent of the nation for overall clinical excellence, and St. Elizabeth Edgewood is the only hospital in Kentucky to receive this distinction.

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vorces to the agency available via the agency’s website by the end of the calendar year. This new electronic form, primarily used by attorneys, will be required for all divorces filed on Jan. 1, 2013, and thereafter. The new form, along with detailed instructions, is available at





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I’ve often heard stories of men and women literally hearing God speak to them. Countless books offer neardeath experiences and devotions, such as Sarah Young’s “Jesus Calling,” that tell of personal encounters with a God who longs and yearns to speak to those that love him. It seems the more we long for a clearer understanding of God/ Jesus/The Holy Spirit, the more we are bombarded with things like

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the Easter Bunny and planting spring bulbs before it’s too late. Julie House BeCOMMUNITY fore you RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST are overwhelmed with what to put in that Easter basket, let me share with you what God wants you to know this Easter weekend. The message is one of hope, not destruction. It reminds us that with a closer walk with God we can do all things, for we are strengthened. After the resurrection, Jesus spoke, ate, walked with and encouraged those that he loved. The messages he shared then can encourage and give us hope even today. Below are the three themes that were shared as Jesus

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minded those he loved, and he reminds us today that he had just done what no one else had ever done before. He conquered and defeated the biggest and scariest battle on Earth: death. He was now standing before them, not as a spirit or as a ghost, but in the flesh (Luke 24:39). If He could do that, there should no longer be room for doubt. The messages Jesus shared following his resurrection are just as powerful and relevant today as they were then. If you struggle to hear a God who loves you and is here for you, know the message above is as personal for you as it was the disciples and friends of Jesus. May you be blessed this Easter weekend to hear Jesus calling.

Milk has many health benefits such as protein and calcium for bone health. Not all milk is equal, however. Saturated fat is naturally found in cow’s milk. Through processing varying amounts of this saturated fat is removed. Lauren Yeager That is how the COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST labeling COLUMNIST of whole, 2 percent, 1 percent and skim milk is determined. Whole milk has the most saturated fat at 5 grams and skim has the least at 0 grams. Saturated fat is not healthy for your heart. Diets high in saturated fat have been shown to greatly increase chances of heart disease. Therefore, a diet low in saturated fat may positively influence your health. The milk you choose to drink can have a big impact on the amount of saturated fat consumed. People drink all varieties of milk and have mixed tastes for certain types. Some people like skim milk, while others cannot tolerate anything lower than 2 per-

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cent. In a blind milk taste test, most people could not taste a difference between 1 percent, 2 percent and whole milk. Therefore, if you are used to whole or 2 percent milk, maybe try 1 percent. This would cut your saturated fat intake by at least a half. If you do not like cow’s milk or are lactose intolerant, there are other options. Soymilk is lactose free and comes in various flavors such as vanilla and chocolate. Soymilk has protein and calcium, but has little to no saturated fat. Almond milk is another good alternative to milk. Some prefer this taste over milk and it has many health benefits as well. Soymilk and almond milk also keep longer unopened than milk. Once the container is opened it must be consumed in seven to 10 days though. Milk can be part of a healthy diet. Look at the milk you use and compare the health benefits. Try to take a small step and buy lower fat milk, whether that is from going to whole to 2 percent or from 2 percent to 1 percent or skim. Lauren Yeager is a dietetic intern at the Boone County Extension Office.





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Influenced by the principles of Thoreau, local Kentucky resident Harlan Hubbard and his wife, Anna, chose to focus on the beauty and simplicity of nature and spend their days living off the land, playing music, and creating art. In his paintings, woodcuts and journals, Hubbard’s quiet wonder and reverence for nature are always present and often depict landscapes, riverboats and other natural scenes. Pieces from BehringerCrawford Museum’s collection of Hubbard’s paintings and woodblock printings, mostly donated by Hubbard in 1986, will be featured in the exhibit Harlan Hubbard: The Complexity of Simplicity on display March 15 through May 5. Along with the exhibit, visitors can continue to learn about Harlan Hubbard’s life and philosophy by attending a special presentation of the newest documentary on Hubbard, “Wonder: The Lives of Anna and Harlan Hubbard.” The airing takes place at 6 p.m. April 13 in the Digitorium at Northern





Kentucky University’s Griffin Hall. The film looks at the Hubbard’s life of freedom and what it means to Americans today. The producer of this documentary, Louisville native Morgan Atkinson, will be present at the event. It is free, but donations will be accepted and appreciated and reservations are requested. Venture further into Hubbard’s works with a Brown Bag Book Discussion of Harlan Hubbard’s autobiographical novel “Shanty Boat,” a book about his trip down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers in the1940s. This event will occur at noon on April 24 at the museum to celebrate Kentucky Writer’s Day. A symposium on Hubbard’s works will take place at 9 a.m. April 27 at the museum. Also, at 1 p.m. April 28, Kelly Mof-

fett, assistant professor of English at NKU, will host a writing workshop on contemplative creativity. Explore how to be attentive to the world and how to describe it in the manner of Harlan Hubbard. The cost of these two activities is included with admission on each day. The museum is located at 1600 Montague Road, Devou Park, Covington.

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DEATHS Rachel Barron Rachel H. Barron, 95, of Latonia, died March 16, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Hospital Edgewood. She was a retired installer with Lieble Florsheim and a member of Decoursey Baptist Church. Her husband, Raymond Barron; daughter, Vicky Bolton; and grandson, Christopher Bolton, died previously. Survivors include her son, Bill Barron of Connorsville, Ind.; six grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and three great-greatgrandchildren. Interment was at Floral Hills Cemetery. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospital, 1 Medical Village Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Kenneth Bell Kenneth W. Bell, 48, of Bloomington, Ind., formerly of Erlanger, died March 14, 2013, at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital.

ABOUT OBITUARIES Basic obituary information and a color photograph of your loved one is published without charge by The Community Press. Please call us at 283-0404 for more information. To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 513-2424000 for pricing details. For the most up-to-date Northern Kentucky obituaries, click on the “Obituaries” link at He was an Army veteran, an order-entry specialist at Mazak Corp., a 1982 graduate of Newport High School where he was an all-region basketball player and member of the 1,000-point club. He went on to play basketball at Cincinnati State University, was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan and enjoyed playing fantasy football. His mother, Gloria Quisenberry, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Charmaine Matavuli of Bloomington, Ind.; son, Kevin Williams; daughters, Kennedy Bell and Emma Matavuli; sisters, Rhonda

Quisenberry and Teresa Crawford; brother, Raymond Crawford; and one grandchild. Memorials: I.U. Health Hospice House, 2810 Deborah Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403, or the American Cancer Society.

Ruth Black Ruth M. Black, 89, of Taylor Mill, died March 20, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Latonia. Her husband, Robert E. Black II, died previously.

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POLICE REPORTS INDEPENDENCE Chelsea L. Woodall, 21, 2147 Stoneharbor Lane, criminal trespassing at Aspen Drive, March 11. Justin B. Egan, 28, 1917 Augustine Ave., executed Campbell County warrant at Jimae Court, March 12. Gina M. Villanueva, 30, 625 Debbie, speeding 15 miles over limit, driving on DUI suspended license, failure to notify address change to department of transportation at Industrial Road, March 12. Sarah R. Pennington, 25, 595 Slick Ridge Road, executed Boone County warrant at Briarwood Drive, March 8. Benjamin H. Lee, 22, 7673 Catawba Lane, possession of drug paraphernalia at Old Richardson Road, March 9. Nichole D. McWilliams, 35, 4383 St. Francis, speeding 26 miles CE-0000549748

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Incidents/investigations Arson Vehicle parts burned in residential basement at 5428 Taylor Mill Road, March 15. Criminal mischief, harassment Table damaged during disagreement at 5361 Bayview Drive, No. 52, March 13. Theft of firearm Colt revolver pistol stolen at Grand Ave., March 13.

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DEATHS Continued from Page B8 Survivors include her son, Robert E. Black III of Taylor Mill, sister, Hazel Percival of Fort Thomas; and grandson, Owen Black. Burial was at Floral Hills Cemetery in Taylor Mill.

Jean Cooper Jean A. Cooper, 81, of Fort Mitchell, died March 17, 2013. Her husband, Donald F. Cooper, and siblings, Edward Miller, Lawrence Miller and Dolores Kroger, died previously. Survivors include children, Donna Brown, Debbie Muth, Dana Miller and Dawn Cooper; siblings, Thomas Miller, Joan Rudemiller, Rita Bond, Angela Modtland and Margie Koehler; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Burial was at St. Mary Cemetery. Memorials: Beechwood School Education Foundation, 54 Beechwood Road, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017, or Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home, PO Box 17007, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Nola Embry Nola Peggy Embry, 75, of Independence, died March 14, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Hospice. She was a homemaker, and enjoyed cooking and spending time with family. Her sister, Hannah Hollbrok, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Jack L. Embry; sons, Jeff Embry of Independence, and Greg Embry of Carrollton; sisters, Patsy Jarvis and Robin Wade of Wynona, W. Va., and Leoty Thornson of Bremington, Wash.; and brother, Andrew Small of Beauty Mountain, W. Va. Interment will be at Nuttall Cemetery in Edmond, W. Va.

Edward Eviston Edward William Eviston, 75, of Mooreland, died March 18, 2013, at Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital. He worked as a supervisor at Indiana Steel and Wire, was a Catholic priest five years prior to his marriage, working at St. Pius X in Fort Mitchell and teaching English at Covington Catholic School, was a member of St. Anne Catholic Church in New Castle, Ind., enjoyed coin collecting, making jewelry and watching the Cincinnati Reds. His brothers, Thomas “Tucker,” Paul, David, and Donnie Eviston, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Opal Eviston; children, Barbara Bennett of Mooreland, Sharlene Cross of Independence, Tim Urlage of Mooreland, Kevin Urlage of Abilene, Texas, Chris Eviston of Muncie, Ind., and Greg Eviston of Losantville, Ind.; sisters, Mary Kay Hehman of Woodlawn, Pam Grout of Villa Hills, and Terri Carl of Villa Hills; brothers, Bob Eviston of Fort Mitchell, and Kevin Eviston of Wilder; 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Burial was at Riverside Cemetery in Losantville, Ind. Memorials: BlountsvilleStoney Creek Fire Department.

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Michael J. Fedders, 63, of Fort Mitchell, died March 15, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Hospital Fort Thomas. He was a veteran of the Navy, retired from J.H. Fedders Inc. after many years of partnership, worked for the Home Depot in Cold Spring and was loved by his co-workers. His parents, William J. Fedders Jr. and Esther Rice Fedders, died previously. Survivors include his immediate family, Kathleen Fedders of Villa Hills, Neil Fedders of Independence, Troy Fedders of Edgewood and Evan Fedders of Denver; siblings, Rev. William J. Fedders of Frankfort, Nancy Klus of Cincinnati, and Lauren Hill of Seabrook, Texas; and five grandchildren. Memorials: Covington Catholic High School Scholarship Fund, 1600 Dixie Highway, Park Hills, KY 41011; or the American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Kevin Fultz Jr. Kevin D. “Doug” Fultz Jr., 34, of Florence, died March 19, 2013. He was an Army Reservist with the 1204th Aviation Support Battalion, and a student at Gateway Community and Technical College. Survivors include his parents, Kevin D. Fultz Sr. and Deborah A. Shouse Fultz of Erlanger; son, Carson B. Fultz of Florence; brother, Anthony Fultz of Highland Heights; sisters, Cindy Basye of Oklahoma, Casey Fultz of Elsmere, Sarah Wheeler of New York; and nephews, Noah, Ethan and Josh.

Peggy Garrard Peggy Garrard, 81, of Crescent Springs, died March 16, 2013, at her residence. She was a homemaker. Her husband, James Lee Garrard Sr., and sons, James Garrard Jr. and Robert Garrard, died previously. Survivors include children, John Garrard, Tom Garrard, Sharon Niewahner, Nancy Trenkamp, Linda Elmore, Karen Schwabe, Kathy Smith and Peggy Cress; 22 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Interment was at Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 South Loop Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Kayla Haubner Kayla Haubner, 22, of Independence, died March 14, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a graduate of Calvary Christian School, where she was a cheerleader. Survivors include her father, Paul Haubner Jr. of Independence; mother, Karen Young of Taylor Mill; paternal grandparents, Paul and Bee Haubner of Taylor Mill; maternal grandmother, Carol Young of Edgewood; brother, Paul Haubner III of Edgewood; and sister, Karly Haubner of Independence. Interment was at Floral Hills Cemetery. Memorials: Celebrate Recovery, c/o Calvary Baptist Church, 3711 Tibbatts St., Covington, KY

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Helen Heimbrock Helen Marie Heimbrock, 82, of Union, died March 14, 2013, at her home. She was a homemaker. Her husband, Paul J. Heimbrock, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Jane Terrell of Villa Hills, and Karen Williamson of Burlington; sons, Paul David Heimbrock of Florence, and Dale Heimbrock of Union; brother, Jerry Peters of Florence; six grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren. Burial was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Erlanger. Memorials: Boone County Animal Shelter, 5643 Idlewild Road, Burlington, KY 41005.

Earl Mardis Earl Raymond Mardis, 74, of Walton, died March 17, 2013, at his residence. He was a veteran of the Air Force, retired from Stewart Industries as a machinist, worked for Securitas Security Services, and enjoyed woodworking, gardening, fishing, NASCAR, and playing video games. His brother, George Mardis, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Virginia of Walton; former wife, Emily Kay Mardis of Morning View; daughters, Robin Ping of Union, and Rynne Trenkamp of Erlanger; sons Ricky of Walton, Rocky of Crittenden, and Rusty of Independence; stepdaughters, Melody Nienaber of Independence, and Wendy Ward of Independence; stepsons, Terry Mardis of Independence, and Jeff Mardis of Independence; brother, Gary of Independence; 27 grandchildren and 11 greatgrandchildren. Interment was at Kentucky Veteran Cemetery North in Williamstown. Memorials: the family of Earl Mardis c/o Chambers and Grubbs Funeral Home, 11382 Madison Pike, Independence, KY 41051.

Frank D. Mardis Sr., 65, of Ryland Heights, died March 14, 2013, at his residence. He was retired, loved his grandchildren, and enjoyed fishing. Survivors include his wife, Judie Mardis; son, Frank D. Mardis Jr. of Florence; daughters, Lisa Mardis-Osborne of Covington, and Stephanie Mardis-Smith of Fort Leavenworth, Kan.; brothers, Paul of Walton, Mike of Covington, Bill of Taylor Mill, Ron of Taylor Mill, Joe of Petersburg and Larry of Falmouth; sisters, Marilyn Bosse of Florence, Helen Molloy of Cincinnati, Joyce Due of Taylor Mill, Teresa Peace of Aiken, S.C., Mary Wehrman of Florence and Ruth Grimme of Delhi, Ohio; six grandchildren and one greatgrandchild. Interment was at Mother of God Cemetery.

Stuart Mathes Stuart C. Mathes, 84, of Elsmere, died March 19, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Florence. He was a supervisor for GE for more than 35 years, and a Freemason. His wife, Evelyn Mathes, died previously. Survivors include his sister-inlaws, Edna Wilson of Union, and Betty Marksberry of Fort Wright; and several nieces and nephews. Burial was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in Taylor Mill. Memorials: St. Paul Christian Church, 429 Fort Henry Drive,

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Dale Moss Dale J. Moss, 60, of Florence, died March 15, 2013, in Corinth. He was a truck driver. Survivors include his parents, Marvin and Margaret Moss of Edgewood; sister, Debbie Luckermann of Cleves, Ohio; and dear friend, Judi Gallagher of Florence. Memorials: Alzheimer’s Association.

Joyce Ries Joyce C. Hodges Ries, 83, of Fort Thomas, died March 18, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She was a retired bookkeeper with Catholic Social Services Charities, served as the bookkeeper at the former Our Lady of the Highlands in Fort Thomas, received one of the first doses of penicillin at the age of 13 to cure her rheumatic fever, loved her family and friends, golfing and being on her deck with her husband, Dan. Survivors include her husband, Daniel E. Ries Jr. of Fort Thomas; daughters, Terri Roberts of Orem, Utah, Sandy Murphy of Middletown, Rhonda Lott of Valley Grande, Ala., and Lauren Ries of Fort Thomas; sons, Danny Ries of Fort Thomas, and Joe Ries of Villa Hills; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Memorials: Catholic CharitiesDiocese of Covington, 3629

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Richard Rummel Richard W. Rummel, 75, of Cold Spring, died March 16, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was retired from Pipefitters Local 392 and was a member of St. Joseph Church in Cold Spring. His son, Richard O. Rummel, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Patricia Rummel; children, Terri Avila and Sharon Rummel, both of Zephyrhills, Fla., and Rob Rummel of Independence; sister, Peggy Shafer of Cincinnati, Ohio; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 85 North Grand Ave., Fort Thomas, KY 41075.

Marjorie Smoot Marjorie Garnett Smoot, 88, of Morning View, died March 17, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a clerical worker for R.L. Polk, was a member of the Walton United Methodist

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Arthur A. and Lavonne E. Wilson, of Independence, Kentucky, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on March 22, 2013. They married on March 22, 1963 at the Ludlow Hill Baptist Church outside Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Arthur Wilson was born in Portland, Indiana to Arthur E. Wilson and Mabel Mills Wilson Beard. Bro. Art is the retired pastor of Calvary Baptist Church on Jackson Lane in Middletown, Ohio where he served as senior pastor for 33 years until his retirement in 2003. Lavonne Wilson was born in Aurora, Indiana to Gerald and Leona Mefford Starker. Mrs. Wilson retired from Middletown Christian School in 2004. At MCS Mrs. Wilson was an educator for the high school and later for the elementary school. The Wilson’s met while attending Cumberland College in Williamsburg, Kentucky. As the story is told, they met in college. It was raining and Arthur asked Lavonne if she’d like to stand under his umbrella to get out of the rain. The Wilson’s have three children: Andrew Wilson of Martin, Tennessee, the late Joel Wilson, and Jennifer Wilson of Georgetown, Kentucky. One daughter-in-law, Ami Rogers Wilson and two grandchildren, Emily and David Wilson. Family and friends are encouraged to call or write congratulatory statements to the Wilson’s.



DEATHS Continued from Page B9 Church for more than 30 years, and loved being outdoors and traveling with family and friends. Her grandson, Casey Wethington, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Charlotte Wethington; granddaughters, Alice Sturgeon and Debi Harris; five great grandchildren; and one great-

great grandchild. Interment was at Owenton Cemetery. Memorials: Transitions Grateful Life Foundation, 700 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue, KY 41073, or Walton United Methodist Church.

Gayle Stewart Gayle D. Stewart, 78, of Florence, formerly of Union, died March 19, 2013.

He opened and ran Gayle’s Barbershop in Union for 46 years, worked for Gallatin County FW&L Insurance Company of Warsaw as the Boone County agent, was a member of Burlington Methodist Church where he was a youth leader and a Sunday School Superintendent, and was a charter member of the Florence Community Church of the Nazarene. His first wife, Shirley Mae

Davis Stewart, infant son, Stephen; brothers, Paul, Eual, James, Howard and Charles Stewart; and sisters, Elizabeth Osborne and Glendola Leslie, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Ruie “Rae” Amburgey Collins Stewart; sisters, Edith Lewis of Owenton, and Naomi DeYoung of West Chester, Ohio; daughters, Marsha Stewart of Union, and Leslie Markesbery of Flor-

Official Notice Owen Electric Cooperative, with its principal office at Owenton, Kentucky and with its address at 8205 Highway 127 North, Owenton, Kentucky 40359, has filed with the Kentucky Public Service Commission in Case No. 2012-00448 an application to adjust its retail rates and charges. The need for this adjustment is due to an increase in Owen Electric’s expenses in the areas of wholesale power costs, interest, depreciation, and general operating expenses. Owen Electric is also proposing a $0.001 per kWh increase to its Fuel Adjustment Clause to recover fuel costs it has paid to its wholesale power supplier but not collected through its fuel clause. This increase will last for approximately one year until all of these identified fuel costs are recovered. The rates contained in this notice are the rates proposed by Owen Electric Cooperative but the Kentucky Public Service Commission may order rates to be charged that differ from these proposed rates contained in this notice. Any corporation, association, or person may within thirty (30) days after the initial publication or mailing of notice of the proposed rate changes, submit a written request to intervene to the Public Service Commission, 211 Sower Boulevard, P.O. Box 615, Frankfort, Kentucky 40602 that establishes the grounds for the request including the status and interest of the party, and states that intervention may be granted beyond the thirty (30) day period for good cause shown. Written comments regarding the proposed rates may be submitted to the Public Service Commission by mail or through the Public Service Commission’s Web site at Any person may examine the rate application and any other documents the utility has filed with the Public Service Commission at the offices of Owen Electric Cooperative listed below and on the utility’s Web site at Owen Electric Cooperative 8205 Highway 127 North Owenton, KY 40359 502-484-3471 This filing and any other related documents can be found on the Public Service Commission’s Web site at The amount of the change requested in both dollar amounts and The effect of the proposed rates on the average monthly bill by rate percentage change for customer classification to which the proposed class along with average usage are listed below: change will apply is presented below: Rate Class Increase Dollar Percent Average Rate Class kWh Usage Increase Dollar Percent Schedule I Schedule I $3,463,526 4.9% $5.31 4.9% 1,092 Farm and Home Farm and Home Schedule IA Schedule IA Off Peak Retail Marketing Rate (ETS) $50 5.7% Off Peak Retail Marketing Rate (ETS) $0.52 5.7% 178 Schedule 1-B1 Schedule 1-B1 $0% Farm and Home - Time of Day (5 days a week) 0% 0 Farm and Home - Time of Day (5 days a week) $Schedule 1-B2 Schedule 1-B2 Farm and Home - Time of Day (7 days a week) $0% Farm and Home - Time of Day (7 days a week) $0% 0 Schedule 1-B3 Schedule 1-B3 Farm and Home - Time of Day, with Shoulder $16 5.3% Farm and Home - Time of Day, with Shoulder $7.82 5.3% 1,577 Schedule I-D Schedule I-D Farm and Home - Inclining Block $65 3.7% $1.23 3.7% 264 Farm and Home - Inclining Block Schedule I Schedule I Small Commercial $247,960 4.9% $8.60 4.9% 1,830 Small Commercial Schedule 1-C Schedule 1-C Small Commercial - Time of Day $277 5.4% Small Commercial - Time of Day $15.42 5.4% 3,280 Schedule XI Schedule XI Large Industrial Rate LPB1 $(24) 0.0% Large Industrial Rate LPB1 $(0.18) 0.0% 775,793 Schedule XIII Schedule XIII Large Industrial Rate LPB2 $(69) 0.0% Large Industrial Rate LPB2 $(2.87) 0.0% 4,917,037 Schedule XIV Schedule XIV Large Industrial Rate LPB $6 0.0% Large Industrial Rate LPB $0.49 0.0% 265,508 Schedule III Schedule III Outdoor Lights $282,726 34.5% Outdoor Lights $3.09 34.9% 40.2 Schedule I OLS Schedule I OLS $57,389 9.2% Outdoor Lighting Service $1.04 9.2% 43.4 Outdoor Lighting Service Schedule II SOLS Schedule II SOLS Special Outdoor Lighting Service $22,248 23.8% Special Outdoor Lighting Service $3.33 23.8% 43.2 The present and proposed rate structure of Owen Electric Cooperative are listed below: Rate Class Rates Present Proposed Rate Class Rates Present Proposed Schedule 1 and 1-A - Farm and Home Customer charge $14.20 $14.20 Energy charge $0.08545 $0.09031 Energy charge per ETS $0.05286 $0.05419 Schedule 1 and 1-A - Farm and Home (Effective September 1, 2013) Customer charge $17.10 $17.10 Energy charge $0.08280 $0.08766 Schedule 1 and 1-A - Farm and Home (Effective March 1, 2015) Customer charge $20.00 $20.00 Energy charge $0.08015 $0.08501 Schedule 1-B1 - Farm & Home - Time of Day Customer charge $20.00 $20.00 Energy charge On-Peak $0.11859 $0.12345 Off-Peak $0.05789 $0.06275 Schedule 1-B2 - Farm & Home - Time of Day Customer Charge $20.00 $20.00 Energy charge On-Peak energy $0.10101 $0.10587 Off-Peak energy $0.05789 $0.06275 Schedule 1-B3 - Farm & Home - Time of Day, with Shoulder Customer Charge $20.00 $20.00 Energy charge On-Peak energy $0.09980 $0.10488 Off-Peak energy $0.05789 $0.06275 Shoulder $0.07539 $0.08025 Schedule 1-D - Farm & Home - Inclining Block Customer Charge $15.78 $15.78 Energy charge per kWh 0-300 kwh $0.06309 $0.06795 301-500 kwh $0.08559 $0.09045 Over 500 kwh $0.11559 $0.12045 Schedule I - Small Commercial Customer charge $17.23 $17.23 Energy charge $0.08598 $0.09068 Schedule I - Small Commercial (Effective March 1, 2013) Customer charge $21.12 $21.12 Energy charge $0.08386 $0.08856 Schedule I - Small Commercial (Effective September 1, 2015) Customer charge $25.00 $25.00 Energy charge $0.08174 $0.08644 Schedule 1-C Small Commercial - Time of Day Customer Charge $24.51 $24.51 Energy charge On-Peak energy $0.09943 $0.10413 Off-Peak energy $0.05556 $0.06026 Schedule VIII - Large Industrial Rate LPC1 Customer charge $1,521.83 $1,521.83 Demand charge $7.08 $7.25 Energy charge, first 425 hours per KW $0.04993 $0.04950 Energy charge, excess of 425 hours per KW $0.04569 $0.04585 Schedule IX- Large Industrial Rate LPC2 Customer charge $3,042.58 $3,042.58 Demand charge $7.08 $7.25 Energy charge, first 425 hours per KW $0.04499 $0.04450 Energy charge, excess of 425 hours per KW $0.04335 $0.04363 Schedule X - Large Industrial Rate LPC1-A Customer charge $1,521.83 $1,521.83 Demand charge $7.08 $7.25 CE-1001754392-01

Energy charge, first 425 hours per KW $0.04747 Energy charge, excess of 425 hours per KW $0.04462 Schedule XI - Large Industrial Rate LPB1 Customer charge $1,521.83 Demand charge Contract demand $7.08 Excess demand $9.84 Energy charge, first 425 hours per KW $0.04993 Energy charge, excess of 425 hours per KW $0.04569 Schedule XII - Large Industrial Rate LPB1-A Customer charge $1,521.83 Demand charge Contract demand $7.08 Excess demand $9.84 Energy charge, first 425 hours per KW $0.04747 Energy charge, excess of 425 hours per KW $0.04462 Schedule XIII - Large Industrial Rate LPB2 Customer charge $3,042.58 Demand charge Contract demand $7.08 Excess demand $9.84 Energy charge, first 425 hours per KW $0.04499 Energy charge, excess of 425 hours per KW $0.04335 Schedule XIV - Large Industrial Rate LPB Customer charge $1,521.83 Demand charge Contract demand $7.08 Excess demand $9.84 Energy charge $0.05153 Schedule III - Outdoor Lights Existing pole, 120V available $8.52 One pole added $10.33 Two poles added $12.14 Three poles added $13.95 Four poles added $15.77 Transformer required $9.22 One pole, transformer required $11.03 Two poles, transformer required $12.84 Three poles, transformer required $14.65 Four poles, transformer required $16.47 Schedule I OLS - Outdoor Lighting Service 100 Watt, High pressure sodium $10.25 100 Watt, High pressure sodium, 1 pole $15.13 Cobrahead Lighting 100 Watt HPS $13.30 100 Watt HPS, 1 pole added $18.18 250 Watt HPS $18.06 250 Watt HPS, 1 pole added $22.94 400 Watt HPS $22.49 400 Watt HPS, 1 pole added $27.37 Directional Lighting 100 Watt HPS $12.45 100 Watt HPS, 1 pole added $17.33 250 Watt HPS $15.30 250 Watt HPS, 1 pole added $20.18 400 Watt HPS $19.48 400 Watt HPS, 1 pole added $24.36 Schedule II SOLS - Special Outdoor Lighting Service Traditional, w/ fiberglass pole $13.14 Holophane, w/ fiberglass pole $15.60

$0.04500 $0.04370 $1,521.83 $7.25 $9.98 $0.04950 $0.04585 $1,521.83 $7.25 $9.98 $0.04500 $0.04370 $3,042.58 $7.25 $9.98 $0.04450 $0.04363 $1,521.83 $7.25 $9.98 $0.05106 $11.09 $16.09 $16.09 $16.09 $16.09 $11.09 $16.09 $16.09 $16.09 $16.09 $11.09 $16.09 $16.46 $22.50 $22.35 $28.39 $27.83 $33.87 $15.41 $21.45 $18.93 $24.97 $24.11 $30.15 $16.26 $19.31

ence; stepsons Timothy Collins of Florence, and Roger Collins of Union; stepdaughters, Brenda Ferrell of Burlington, Sandra Hardy of Florence, Donna Fleet of Florence, Deborah Carney of Newport, Pamela Hudgens of Burlington, Kathy Driskell of Erlanger and Connie McDine of Florence; 20 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Burial was at Poplar Grove Cemetery in Owen County. Memorials: Florence Community Church of the Nazarene, 199 Richardson Road, Independence, KY 41051; or St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Harry Thoerner Harry B. Thoerner, 87, of Morning View, died March 17, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a retired assembly worker for General Motors, member of St. Matthew Parish in Morning View, member of the Moose Lodge No. 1469 in Taylor Mill, and he enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing and farming. His son, Michael Thoerner, and brother, Raymond Thoerner, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Josephine Anderson Thoerner; son, Glenn Thoerner; sister, Ruth Schulte; and granddaughter, Ashley Thoerner. Interment was at Mother of God Cemetery in Latonia. Memorials: American Heart Association, St. Rita’s School for

the Deaf, or St. Cecilia Church.

Steven Tolliver Steven R. Tolliver, 31, of Erlanger, died Feb. 16, 2013. He worked at BAWAC. Survivors include his parents, Evelyn and Dennis Tolliver; as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins. Burial was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Memorials: The Point/Arc of N. Ky., 104 West Pike Street, Covington, KY 41011; or Point Pleasant Church of Christ, 3259 Point Pleasant Road, Hebron, KY 41018; or the Community Foundation, 4890 Houston Road, Florence, KY 41042.

Ruth Williams Ruth Williams, 84, of Taylor Mill, died March 16, 2013. A retired administrative assistant with Jackson Insurance Co., she was a longtime member of Calvary Baptist Church and the White Shrine and Moose Lodge. Survivors include her husband, Ted Williams Jr.; sons, Ted Williams III of Covington, Tim Williams of Englewood, Ohio, Dr. Tod Williams of Edgewood, Tom Williams of Taylor Mill, and Troy Williams of Alexandria; 10 grandchildren and 18 greatgrandchildren. Interment was at Floral Hills Cemetery. Memorials: Calvary Baptist Church.

MARRIAGE LICENSES Patricia King, 49, of Walton and Daniel Bowlin, 40, of Independence, issued March 5. Natalie Ryan-Ramirez, 49, and Mark Grooms, 51, both of Liberty Township, issued March 5. Crystal Collins, 31, and Yakema Buckley, 33, both of Independence, issued March 5. Christy Morris, 43, and Joseph Vaughn, 31, both of Covington, issued March 6. Jennifer Davidson, 36, of Morehead and Ronald Doyle, 38, of Cincinnati, issued March 6. Aubrey Luessen, 28, of Pocatello and Jeffrey Cahill, 27, of Cincinnati, issued March 6.

Tracie Breadon, 35, of Cincinnati and Cao Yongqing, 40, of China, issued March 7. Morgan Denison, 22, and Joshua Warren, 31, both of Erlanger, issued March 7. Amber Austin, 22, of Edgewood and Aaron Neeley, 26, of Cincinnati, issued March 7. Lindsey Moore, 30, and Jason Pendleton, 30, both of Ludlow, issued March 7. Megan Fisher, 28, and Andrew Scholle, 28, both of Cincinnati, issued March 7. Ann Corpman, 30, and Paul Wimmer, 30, both of Cincinnati, issued March 7.

CITY OF WALTON, KENTUCKY ORDINANCE NO. 2013- 03 AN ORDINANCE APPROVING AND ADOPTING A RECOMMENDATION OF THE KENTON COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION RECOMMENDING APPROVAL FOR A REQUEST FOR A ZONE MAP AMENDMENT. WHEREAS , the City of Walton is a legislative body member of the Kenton County Planning Commission, a joint county-wide planning unit or commission established under Chapter 100 of the Kentucky Revised Statutes; and, WHEREAS, the Kenton County Planning Commission received a request from Walton Farms, LLC ("Applicant") on behalf of the Drees Company ("Owner") for a zone map amendment to the Walton zoning map, such proposed amendment being a zone change from SR-2 (a suburban residential zone) to I-1 (a light industrial zone) for an approximate forty-nine acre site located generally on the east side of Dixie Highway (U.S. 25) approximately 600 feet south of Precision Drive, directly across from Hellman Lumber in Walton; and, WHEREAS, the Kenton County Planning Commission, as the planning unit for the City of Walton, was requested to and has conducted a public hearing serving as a due process trial-type hearing and made findings recommending approval for the zone map amendment; and, WHEREAS, the City of Walton has received Statement of Recommendation No. 2099R of the Kenton County Planning Commission recommending approval for this request; and, WHEREAS, the City of Walton deems it necessary to enact this Ordinance to preserve and protect the health, safety and convenience of the inhabitants of the City of Walton, pursuant to the City of Walton’s legal authority, including but not limited to KRS Chapter 100; NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WALTON, KENTUCKY, as follows: SECTION ONE The request for a zoning map amendment is hereby approved, with conditions, as set forth on Exhibit "A" attached hereto and incorporated herein by reference. The zone map amendment is a zone change from SR-2 (a suburban residential zone) to I-1 (a light industrial zone) for an approximate forty-nine acre site located generally on the east side of Dixie Highway (U.S. 25) approximately 600 feet south of Precision Drive, directly across from Hellman Lumber in Walton. The real property which is the subject of this zone map amendment is more particularly described in the Statement of Recommendation attached hereto. SECTION TWO Statement of Recommendation No. 2099R of the Kenton County Planning Commission, recommending approval of the zone map amendment, is hereby approved and adopted, with conditions. The Statement of Recommendation, the Staff Report, and the Notice of Public Hearing of the Kenton County Planning Commission are attached hereto collectively as Exhibit "B" and incorporated herein by reference. SECTION THREE This Ordinance shall take effect and shall be in full force after its enactment and publication as required by law. PASSED AND APPROVED on first reading by 4 Members of City Council on the 11th day of March, 2013. PASSED AND APPROVED on second reading by 3 Members of City Council on the 14th day of March, 2013. DATE OF PUBLICATION: March 28, 2013. APPROVED: Phillip W. Trzop, Mayor ATTEST: Peggy Gray, City Clerk 1753937

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