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Construction to spring back on Pride Parkway By Amy Scalf

TAYLOR MILL — After three years, the 4.2-mile stretch of new road for Ky. 16 is about 60 percent complete, with only about one year of work left. Work started in spring 2011, according to Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 spokeswoman Nancy Wood, and the final 2-mile central section should be complete in spring or early summer of 2015. The first two segments of the project, the southern portion between Klette Road and Sunbrite Drive and the northern section from Blackstone Court to Interstate 275, were finished in 2013. The cost of the entire project is estimated to be slightly more than $79 million. Wood said bridge construction in the final segment is “the last item of work required for the roadway to be complete and open the entire corridor.” The bridge is “probably near 40 percent complete,” she said. “The snow and cold weath-

Independence Firefighter Rich Foster emerges from the window of a home on Independence Road, where members of the Independence Fire District practiced rescue techniques. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Independence firefighters practice rescue technique By Amy Scalf


INDEPENDENCE — When jumping out a window, firefighters don’t often get the chance to take their time and move slowly. On Friday, March 28, they were able to take as much time as needed, as Independence Fire District firefighters practiced rescue techniques in one of the homes along the Banklick Creek floodplain, where Kenton County leaders have purchased residences to make way for a planned park. The former residence on the 1600 block of Independence Road is one of almost two dozen structures purchased with $2.2 million in federal, state and local funding to turn the flood-af-

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fighters are involved in the headfirst window bailout scenario. A rope and hook is secured on a ceiling joist, and another rope is tightly wrapped around the corner of the window, so the firefighter headed out the window can safely rappel down, similar to a mountainclimbing technique. He said each firefighter carries a rope along with other safety equipment. Using another technique that only takes three firefighters to complete, Scheben said they tore out a window and enlarged the opening, making it easier for firefighters to escape impending flames. “For these practices, we’re allowed to cut holes in the roof,

fected properties into a huge park connecting Doe Run Lake with Pioneer Park. Fire Lt. Pete Scheben said they don’t get a chance to practice these skills very often, so they were happy for the opportunity. “We did bailouts through the windows. We actually practiced on the roof a little bit. A little while later, we’re going to practice pulling firefighters through the floor,” he said. Scheben said several fire-

er this winter essentially created a complete work stoppage between Thanksgiving and March 1,” said Wood. “It was intended to work on the bridge throughout the winter, but weather made that impossible. Bridge work has resumed; roadway work will resume sometime in April, as soon as weather permits.” As Taylor Mill City Commission meetings have included emerging details of The Districts of Taylor Mill, a pedestrian-friendly shopping center set for the intersection of the new Pride Parkway and existing Ky. 16, or Taylor Mill Road, safety has been a concern. A half-mile southwest of that site, safety at the intersection of Taylor Creek Drive and Old Taylor Mill Road spurred discussion between residents and city leaders. Taylor Creek residents say drivers don’t stop at the intersection and exceed posted speed limits. On the completed north and south sections of Pride Parkway, the speed limit is 45 miles per hour, but on the unfinished See SPRING, Page A2

Double stop signs were added to the intersection of Taylor Creek Drive and Pride Parkway to improve safety. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY



Cengage Learning expands Independence distribution center By Amy Scalf

INDEPENDENCE — Cengage Learning’s distribution center is expanding, but the outside of the building isn’t getting any bigger. The expansion will provide additional office and production space inside the existing footprint of the Independence building at 10650 Toebben Drive, according to Rosemary Weathers Burnham of Rose Communications, spokeswoman for the project manager, Paul Hemmer Co. She said additional informa-

tion about the expansion, such as the project’s cost and squarefootage, is unavailable. On the company’s website, at, Cengage Learning is described as a “leading educational content, software and services company for the K–12 and higher education, professional and library markets worldwide. The company provides superior content, personalized services and course–driven digital solutions that accelerate student engagement and transform the learning experience.” Cengage Learning is based in

Stamford, Conn., and has operations in more than 20 countries worldwide. Cengage Learning received a 2013 Northern Kentucky Thoroughbred Award from the TriCounty Economic Development Corporation. The awards are given annually to companies that announce new, start-up or expanded operations in Boone, Campbell or Kenton counties. That year, Cengage’s renewed lease on the Toebben center, where the company has been a tenant since 2001, made “their’s one of the largest industrial renewals in the Greater



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Cincinnati region and resulting in the retention of approximately 700 resident jobs,” according to Tri-Ed’s Thrive newsletter The Hemmer project, which will be led by Senior Vice President John Curtin, is expected to be completed this spring. “We’ve had quality experience with Hemmer in the past, so they were our go-to firm for this expansion project. We have great confidence in the Hemmer team,” said Syd Cole, facilities manager for Cengage Learning.

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Ky. Symphony, NKU partner for showcase

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middle section, the reduced speed is 35 miles per hour. Wood said the intersection always had a stop sign, but the Transportation Cabinet also received “multiple complaints that drivers were not adhering to the traffic devices and/or the law,” so additional features were added to reinforce intersection safety: dual mounted stop signs, stop bars and signs signaling lane usage and a stop ahead. Updates are posted on the District 6 Road Report, online at, or on Facebook, at KYTC.District6. When complete, some sections of the new roadway will have five lanes, including a continuous center turning lane. Elsewhere, it will have a raised grass median. The roadway also will have curbs, gutters and 7-foot-wide sidewalks.

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Franz Schubert. The program closes with the symphonic dances from LeonRestesan ard Bernstein’s “West Side Story,” combining the resources of the school and the symphony, a press release said. The symphony regularly performed at NKU for 17 years, Cassidy said in the release. It was last summer Sander and Restesan asked the KSO to return to the college for a regular season performance as well as to assist with a first-ever show-

case concert involving faculty members and students with KSO musicians. The proSander gram will raise money for NKU’s music department. “It was the true partnership aspect that attracted me in our discussions,” Cassidy said. “I always felt that the KSO should be working together with the music department to create win-win opportunities for each institution.” He said the school’s music department, much like the symphony, has

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BRIEFLY Kenton hosts monthly cleanup

Independence plans Easter egg hunt

ton County residents can bring their unwanted appliances and other unwanted trash items to Lincoln Ridge Park, 420 Independence Station Road, for the countywide cleanup from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 4-6. Up to four vehicle tires will be accepted at a charge of $5 per tire recycling fee, but other items are accepted at no charge. Hazardous materials and paint will not be accepted. For more information, call 859-392-1930.

city’s annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place at noon, Saturday, April 12, at Memorial Park. The Easter Egg Hunt is only for children up to age 9. For more information, call 859-356-5302. CRESCENT SPRINGS — An Easter Egg Hunt for ages 8 and younger will be at the city’s community park at 800 Buttermilk Pike at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 12. People are being asked to bring a basket and to have a camera if they want a photograph with the Easter Bunny. Games and activities at the hunt will be provided by Rainbow Child Care Center.


Taylor Mill’s Easter egg hunt is Saturday

TAYLOR MILL — The city’s annual Easter egg hunt will start promptly at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, at Pride Park, 5614 Taylor Mill Road. Participation in the hunt is free and intended for children aged 6 months to 12 years old. Children should bring their own baskets or bags to collect candy. For more information, call 859-581-3234.

Rotary Club hosts pancake breakfast

The Covington Rotary Club hosts a pancake breakfast fundraiser, 8:3011:30 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Fort Mitchell Baptist Church, 2323 Dixie Highway. The buffet includes pancakes, sausage, condiments, juice and coffee. Cost is $6 per individual, $12 per family. The proceeds benefit various Northern Kentucky charities. For more information, visit, or contact Reginald Payne at 812-557-6600 or


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An Easter Egg Hunt for ages 8 and younger will be at the city’s community park at 800 Buttermilk Pike at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 12. People are being asked to bring a basket and to have a camera if they want a photograph with the Easter Bunny. Games and activities at the hunt will be provided by Rainbow Child Care Center.

Pets can get Easter Bunny photos

Pets can have their photos taken with the Easter Bunny from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 5, at the Kenton County Animal Shelter, 1020 Mary Laidley Drive, Fort Mitchell. Mary Laidley Drive is off Madison Pike, or Ky.17, across from Pioneer Park. Photos cost $10 or more, and will be printed while you wait. Credit cards will be accepted. Proceeds benefit the Kenton County Animal Shelter and the Kenton Paw Park. For more information,



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grown. “We’ve all grown up at the same time. It’s really kind of nice to go back and do something I thought we should have been doing all along.” Restesan said, “The return of the KSO to NKU after an absence of five years represents a natural process in NKU’s question for artistic and community-based collaborations,” Tickets for the program are $20, and $10 for students with IDs. They can be purchased by emailing, calling 859-572-5464 or at the door.

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Izzy’s to host craft-beer dinner

Izzy’s in Fort Wright hosts the West Sixth Brewing Company Beer Dinner, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10. Attendees will enjoy a three-course meal comprised of an appetizer, entree and dessert, paired with three of West Sixth Brewing Company’s top craft beers - West Sixth IPA, Lemongrass American Wheat and West Sixth Amber. Cost to attend is $25 per person and includes a complimentary beer glass. The restaurant is at 1965 Highland Pike in Fort Wright. To make reservations, call 859-331-4999 or email

Graphic panel

Thomas More College will hold a free panel discussion at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, where current and prospective students can learn more about the graphic design field. The discussion will be in the theater, across the hall from the Eva G. Farris Art Gallery. Attendees will hear professional graphic designers talk about their creative process, a day in the life of a graphic designer, what inspires them and ways to make a living as a graphic designer. Prospective students, including high school students and their parents, are encouraged to attend. Design scholarships are available. For questions, call 859344-3419.

Walk for CASA

Calling all Superheroes. CASA for Kids of Kenton and Campbell Counties Inc. is partnering with the Northern Kentucky Bar Association Young Lawyers Section and Woman Lawyers Section for the second annual 5K Run/ Walk at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 12, in Devou Park. This year CASA has decided to take on a Superhero theme, as the volunteers in our community that advocate for the abused and neglected children are true superheroes. There will be fun activities for the kids and a “kids’ race” after the completion of the 5k. If you are interested in sponsoring the event or participating, contact Nicky Jeffries at 859-3921791. Registrations for the run/walk will be posted on the CASA For Kids website at





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NKU signs dual degree pact with Korean university


Ryland Heights Elementary School students from Carla Oetinger’s second-grade class recently celebrated the first birthday of a western lowland gorilla they adopted at the Cincinnati Zoo. Earlier in the year, they raised $400 to adopt the young gorilla. Gladys was sent to the Cincinnati Zoo from a zoo out west when her mother rejected her. At the Cincinnati Zoo, she has a surrogate and is slowly but surely acclimating to the gorilla colony at the zoo.THANKS TO TAMMY HARRIS

Four from Gateway win ADDY awards Four Gateway Community and Technical College students won a combined eight ADDY Awards in competition conducted by the Cincinnati chapter of the American Advertising Federation. Katrina Payne, a student from Independence who will graduate in May, won three Gold ADDYs for product packaging, personal stationery and a personal logo. Samantha Edmonson, a second-year student from Covington, won Gold ADDY for a book cover design, and a Silver ADDY, for a book illustration. Nicole Day of Walton and Nicole Papin of Union both won Silver ADDYs. Day, who will graduate in May, won two awards for the logo and stationery she designed for the Northern Kentucky incubator kitchen. Papin, a recent graduate, won a Silver award for her personal stationery design. All four are Visual Communication majors. That program will move this fall into Gateway’s new Technology and Design Center at 615-622 Madison Ave. Toni Bloom, assistant professor and division chair, and Theresa Thomas, associate professor, teach visual communication courses.


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“We’re very proud of our students,” Bloom said. “The AAF Cincinnati ADDY awards are the first leg of the national competition. The work of all eight students will move forward to the district competition. Gold and Silver winners at the district level will move on to nationals.”

Ryland Heights Elementary School fifth-grade student Rachel Stonis, with Principal Cathy Barwell, recently qualified for the state speech competition for 4-H.THANKS TO TAMMY HARRIS

Gateway students can transfer to Sullivan College Gateway Community and Technical College and Sullivan College of Technology and Design in Louisville have created a transfer pathway that will allow Gateway associate degree graduates to obtain a bachelor’s degree in advanced manufacturing technology from Sullivan. “We are pleased to offer yet another transfer pathway to our students,” said Laura Urban, Gateway provost and vice president of academic affairs. “The agreement means that students who meet the required criteria will advance seamlessly into the bachelor’s degree program at Sullivan.

“The new pathway joins more than 250 other transfer pathways that Gateway has established with 20 colleges and universities throughout the region,” Urban added. “For example, we have specific transfer pathways with Northern Kentucky University, Thomas More College, Xavier, University of Cincinnati, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, Eastern Kentucky University and Kentucky State University to name a few.” Under the transfer agreement, Gateway associate degree graduates in certain manufacturing programs can

receive transfer credit for their entire associate degree when beginning a bachelor’s degree program at Sullivan. For full credit, graduates must have a 2.0 GPA and a minimum completion rate of 67 percent of credit hours attempted. Three Gateway programs qualify for the transfer pathway: manufacturing engineering technology, industrial maintenance technology and electrical technology. Under a transfer agreement between the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and Sullivan, Gateway students who trans-

fer to Sullivan will be awarded a $1,500 scholarship. The scholarship is renewable annually until the student completes his or her bachelor’s degree in advanced manufacturing technology. Sullivan will award up to 10 such scholarships a year. Formerly known as the Louisville Technical Institute, Sullivan College of Technology and Design is a private college accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools and licensed to offer associate and bachelor’s degrees by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.

In January, Hansung University President Shin-il Kang traveled halfway around the world form Korea to visit with Northern Kentucky University President Geoffrey Mearns and sign a Dual Degree Agreement that was the first of its kind for either institution. The agreement will allow Korean students majoring in management Mearns or marketing to start their coursework at their home institution in Seoul and complete it at NKU, at which time they will earn degrees from both universities. It expands an already strong partnership between the two schools and could serve as a blueprint for similar agreements. “This partnership is an important one,” said Mearns. “Dual-degree agreements such as this one expand the opportunities for our students to study in foreign countries, and these agreements bring international students to our campus, thereby enriching the educational experience for all of our students.” Kang was accompanied by Jae-Whak Roh, dean of the Office of Planning and External Affairs at Hansung. Together they toured the NKU campus and met with non-degreeseeking Hansung University students currently studying at Northern on an existing exchange program. “The very fact that the president of Hansung University and the dean of external affairs traveled all this way to sign this agreement speaks volumes about the importance of it,” said François LeRoy, executive director of the NKU International Education Center. “This is not common. That is, usually when agreements are signed, it doesn’t involve one president traveling halfway around the world to sign it. We’ve grown to know each other to a level – some of us are on a first-name basis now. It is a friendship as well between the two schools.” Through the Dual Degree program, NKU is expected to enroll about five Hansung students per year and cannot exceed 10. This is in addition to non-degree-seeking Hansung students, of which there are currently 17. Students in the new program must complete at least 50 hours at Hansung before coming to NKU. “This is a new way of engaging our partner institutions beyond the standard student and faculty exchange,” said LeRoy. “This implies a very high level of trust between the two institutions. This is a high-functioning partnership and it makes sense that we should be doing this with Hansung.” Since the inauguration of the exchange program in 2007, 59 Hansung students have studied at NKU and 15 Northern students have participated in the Hansung University Summer Program. NKU also has a partnership with Sookmyung Women’s University in Seoul.



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» Ludlow beat Lloyd 8-5 March 27. Geoffrey Thornsburg and Tyler Durham each had three hits and two RBI.

Catching Up with College Athletes

» Notre Dame Academy graduate Tully Bradford (Lakeside Park) was a Division III AllAmerican in swimming this year. At the nationals in Indianapolis, she helped her teammates finish third in the 800 freestyle relay.


Holy Cross softball regroups after a loss to Campbell County. The Uncle Pete Noll Tournament began March 29 at Softball City in Taylor Mill.JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Notre Dame leads Kenton County softball programs By James Weber

KENTON COUNTY — Softball season is swinging into gear. Here is a look at local teams:

Calvary Christian

The Cougars were 8-10 last year and are head coached by Wayne Merkley. Top players are multi-sport standouts Sarah Roaden, a senior, and junior Dayne Merkley. Calvary plays at Ludlow April 3 and hosts Covington Latin April 4.

Covington Latin

The Trojans won five games last year and will look to improve for head coach Carey Heuer. Senior shortstop Lexi Bosley is in her fifth year of starting and is the only senior. Junior pitcher/catcher Rachel Zalla is a three-year starter who led the team in hitting, runs scored and stolen bases. Junior pitcher/third baseman Caitlin Lancaster and sophomore third baseman Angela Warning are also third-year starters. Latin plays at Calvary April 4 and goes to the All “A” regional next week.


The Bulldogs have five returning starters from a team that went 12-15 last year. They include junior pitcher Taylor Brashear, senior first baseman Destini Golsby, sophomore center fielder Katlin Ashcraft, freshman catcher Seyonna Graham and sophomore second baseman Tyler Watts. Brashear led the team in hitting last season. The team is led by first-year head coaches Nikki Gorman and James Huhn. Holmes hosts its annual Bulldog Bash tournament April 4-5.

Holy Cross

The Indians were 35th District runner-up last season, going 14-15 overall and lost to Conner in the Ninth Region quarterfinals. Lee Meeks returns as head coach this season. Top returners are senior pitcher Anna Clements, senior pitcher Becca Ruschel and freshman shortstop Courtney

Notre Dame’s Abby Jones, left, and Maria Schaefer celebrate an out against Bracken County in last year’s Uncle Pete Noll Classic.FILE PHOTO

Turner. Clements won 10 of the team’s games with 2.78 ERA and Turner is a three-year starter already. The Indians will take part in the Holmes Bulldog Bash April 4-5. Their next home game is April 14 against Dayton.


The Panthers went 12-12 last year. The chief task for head coach Brad Ladanyi is replacing veteran starting pitcher Miranda Ladanyi. Players to watch start with junior outfielder Karyn Zwick, freshman catcher Cori Ladanyi, junior pitcher/third baseman Chelsea Egan and sophomore pitcher/first baseman Kendall Trent. The Panthers return six starters overall. Zwick is the top returning hitter, batting .429 last season. Ludlow hosts Calvary April 3 and plays in the Holmes Bulldog Bash April 4-5 before going to the All “A” regional next week.

Notre Dame

The Pandas are the hunted now instead of the hunter after winning the Ninth Region championship last year. NDA was 28-9 last season, winning one game in the state tournament and falling to eventual state champ Greenwood along the way.

Freshman Kennedy Baugh joins the fold after playing for Simon Kenton last season. She hit .446 with four home runs and 26 RBI in 2013. Baugh joins a talented cast, led by Laura Finke and Haylee Smith, arguably the region’s top pitcher and power hitter. Smith, a junior, was 18-3 with a 1.11 ERA and a perfect game, giving her five career no-hitters, the previous four at Ryle. She beat Conner for the third time in the regional final, the first two as a Raider, and was named the 2013 tournament MVP. She hit .430 on the season with 45 RBI. On the other end of many of those hits was Finke, who hit .413 and scored 47 runs. Finke was MVP of the district tournament and also drove in 21. She had an on-base percentage of nearly .500. Sophomore pitcher/outfielder Abby Jones went 10-6 with a 2.93 ERA, and hit .346 with 11 doubles and a pair of home runs. She drove in 24 runs and scored 19. Senior first baseman Maria Schaefer and senior outfielder Amanda Meagher will battle it out to finish as the school’s career RBI leader.


The Eagles went 7-14 last year for head coach Lisa Brew-


The Eagles return eight starters plus their top pitchers as they look for their first 10th Region Tournament berth in four years. Players to watch begin with senior pitcher Anna Shoemake, senior shortstop Hannah Covey, freshman catcher/outfielder Abbi Irwin and freshman pitcher/outfielder Brianna Stevers. Scott hosts Notre Dame Friday, April 4.

Simon Kenton

The Pioneers were 16-7 last year and 32nd District champs for head coach Jeff Morgan, who returns for his seventh season. He has a 102-65 record at SK. The Pioneers have three returning starters. Junior Samantha Perkins returns at catcher, where she hit .452 with 15 RBI last year. Sophomore shortstop Hannah Perry hit .288 with 16 RBI, and sophomore second baseman Hayley Reynolds hit .262 with 10 RBI. “We have a good mixture of talented young players and veterans that have worked hard in the offseason. SK hosts Walton-Verona Thursday, April 3, in a district seeding game. See SOFTBALL, Page A5

» Simon Kenton hosted an archery tournament March 15. A perfect score is 300. Here are results from local high schools. Calvary: Alan Volz 230, Ashley Bowers 190, Eli Duty 231, Elias Lozzi 215, Erin Riley 238, Jonathan Howell 252, Maddie Faulkner 262. Faulkner was eighth in her division. Dixie Heights: Anthony LaCalameto 232, Ashley Wuellner 123, Brayden Spivey 229, Britaney Stanton 230, Brittany Manning197, Collin Johnson195, Devin Cint 116, Faith Haines 253, Jake Peters 209, Jerran McBreen, 244, Mason Steidle 264, Michael Clark 234, Michaela LaCalameto 192. Haines, Dixie’s highest-scoring female, was 14th in her division. Steidle was 17th as the highest scoring Colonel. Scott: Austin Combs 227, Bethany Mayer 177, Chaz Dodson 234, Collin Scott 262, Erin Alsip 225, Franny Kaelin 196, Jessica Arnold 234, Kinohi Abofo 220, Mary Smith 169, Michael Klein 228, Taylor Leisrina 258. Leisrina was fourth in the female division and Scott 18th in boys. Simon Kenton: Amanda Hornsby 278, Charles Watson 274, Chealsey Ray 257, Courtney Roark 214, Damien Heuser 281, Danielle Stanton 278, Jackson Parrott 249, Jacob Adkins 200, Jake Mansfield 267, Jake Rouse 242, John Flege 242, Mariah Blum 220, Matt Breeden 281, Matthew Hance 280, Matthew Tomlinson 255, Mitchell Ponder 246, Noah Dean-Brown 272, Olivia Andrews 271, Rebecca Watson 258, Trey Sandel 274, Tyler Heeger 266, Aaron Clayton 252, Abby Volz 274, Arianna Leach 250, Brad Sipple 224, Hayley Wells 253, Jesse Bishop 222. Damien Heuser and Matt Breeden tied for fourth in boys. Matthew Hance was seventh. Danielle Stanton was fourth in girls and Amanda Hornsby sixth. Abby Volz was ninth. Twenhofel Middle School seventh-grader Alec Kaiser was first in middle school boys with 288 and Taylor Hurley was first in middle-school girls with 290.

TMC Notes

» Thomas More College senior right fielder Cody Makin (Elder) was named the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Baseball Hitter of the Week for March 24. Makin helped the Saints finish the week 3-1, which included taking two-of-three against Geneva to open their 2014 league season. He hit .400 (six-of-15) with five runs batted-in and five runs scored, while also recording six putouts and a 1.000 fielding percentage. » Thomas More College sophomore guard/forward Sydney Moss has been named the National Player of the Year by the internet website Moss, who was also named a See HIGHLIGHTS, Page A5



Turner turns last year’s loss into this year’s motivation By Marv Price

School correspondent

Freshman Kim Birrer caught a school record 3.57-pound bass. Notre Dame finished third in a bass-fishing tournament in Muhlenberg County in March 2014.THANKS TO PETE SALKOWSKI

NDA Pandas angle for fishing title By James Weber

PARK HILLS — The cartoon depictions at Notre Dame Academy of panda bears engaging in various sporting activities have had a new sibling the past two years. A different group of NDA athletes is attempting to put the year 2014 in a banner on the gymnasium wall. The Pandas bass-fishing team will compete in the Region 2 championships Saturday, April 5, at Herrington Lake near Danville. Bass fishing is in its second year as an official sanctioned sport by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association. The team has 28 members this year, up from six last year when Pete Salkowski had the idea to start a program. Salkwoski, an avid fisher himself, approached the NDA administration with the idea. The Pandas competed in one tournament in 2013, catching one fish total, but did not enter the postseason because the state meet conflicted with prom. “The interest just blew up this year,” Salkowski said. “I don’t think anyone was prepared for that kind of interest. I had to draft some of the dads into becoming assistant coaches. It’s a big undertaking for everyone. “I love fishing. My whole family is into fishing. We’ve fished our whole life. I grew up with it. I wanted to find a way to share a love of the sport with the girls at Notre Dame.” NDA is the only Northern Kentucky school registered with the KHSAA. The Pandas will aim to qualify for the state tournament April 25-26 at Kentucky Lake in the southwestern part of the

NDA seniors Katie Fedders and Kelly Graham are on the lake. Notre Dame finished third in a bass-fishing tournament in Muhlenberg County in March 2014.THANKS TO PETE SALKOWSKI

state. Kentucky Lake often hosts professional bass-fishing tournaments. High school meets are conducted like normal pro tournaments seen on ESPN, with the goal to weigh in five bass, and the standings are based on total weight. All bass are kept alive and carefully released back to the lake after the weigh-in, which occurs on a stage in front of the patrons attending. “Our goals are mostly to have fun and learn the sport of fishing,” Salkowski said. “The competition is great, but I just want them to have a good time.” Salkowski and his official assistants had to take online classes and be certified by the KHSAA like coaches in other sports. In a typical tournament, two students go out in one boat to fish. The boat has a coach on board and an adult volunteer driving. “The girls do all the fishing and tie the lures,” Salkowski said. “The boat pilot and assistant coach can suggest things and talk to them, but they have to do all the work. Everyone’s a volunteer. The parent involvement is just unbelievable. They are really behind this. Most of our budget goes to the boat pilots to pay for their gas.” Northern Kentucky doesn’t have a lake big

enough for a tournament, but practices can be held in many bodies of water, as the Pandas work on their techniques. Keys to good fishing include proper techniques of casting the line into the water, and knowing what types of rods, reels and artificial lures to use at what times (live bait is not allowed in competition). “It’s a skill like any other sport,” Salkowski said. “It’s all about skill and technique, it’s no different than serving a volleyball or hitting free throws. It’s a new experience for a lot of them. They’re learning the techniques and the terminology. We have some girls who really know how to fish. We had a girl catch the only fish she has in her life. It was neat for her to experience that. Something like that can hook you for life.” Bass fishing on the open water can also have other benefits for a socially active teenager. “A rule in tournaments is you have to turn your phone off,” the coach said. “You can’t be out there on the phone and it’s good to get them unplugged. They’re on the phone so much, it’s good to get out in the boat with no contact.” Follow James Weber on Twitter, @RecorderWeber

Notre Dame finished third at a bass-fishing tournament in March 2014.THANKS TO PETE SALKOWSKI

Tyler Turner burst onto the Community Christian Academy Crusader basketball scene last year as a sharpshooting left-handed sophomore guard and demolished the team’s individual scoring record with 726 points. His scoring helped lead the team to the Kentucky Christian Athletic Association state basketball championship tournament. A semifinal loss only served to redouble his desire to get better and to get back to the tourney. He ended the year with a 23.7 points per game average in KCAA play, along with five rebounds, 4.5 steals and seven assists. He earned a host of regular and post season awards, including all-state, all-star, all-region and all-KCAA first team. The quest to return to the state championships began with the KCAA tipoff tournament in November. Turner led the Crusaders to the title and walked away with the tournament MVP trophy. He had a season-high 35 against Wesley in the tournament. During the course of the 18-1 season Turner also had game-winning baskets in contests with Somerset, Galilean and Cornerstone. In a non-association clash with the Oyler Madhatters from Cincinnati, Turner hit three straight drives to break a 32-32 tie en route to a Crusader victory. In a rematch with Cornerstone Feb. 18, Turner hit the game-winner in a 57-56 overtime game. He tossed in 24 for the night. Cornerstone provided the opposition in the re-

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Villa Madonna The Blue Lightning won just four games last year but return every starter for head

Tyler Turner skies for another basket.THANKS TO MARV PRICE

gion finale and Turner nailed a 3 and four freethrows and had an assist to clinch the win. In the first two games of the state championships Turner tallying 15 in the opener and eight in the semi-finals. Against the Somerset Cougars for the state title he had a quiet five in the first half before changing his approach and driving to the basket in the final16 minutes of action. The result was 17 points, including four that put the Crusaders out front for good. Two

assists from Turner for three pointers stretched the margin to 9 and ensured the final victory. For his efforts Turner was named to the KCAA all state team, the all tournament team and on March 10 he was named the player of the year. Turner finished the season fourth in scoring with a 16.7 average and led the association with seven assists per game. He scored 16 in the KCAA all-star game, March 16.

coach David Meier. Top players start with senior catcher/shortstop Morgan Trusty, junior pitcher/second baseman Charissa Junker, sophomore first baseman Alexa Meier and seventh-grade pitcher Brooke Meier. The older Meier hit .469 last sea-

son and Trusty batted .432. After playing at St. Henry Thursday, April 3, VMA will take part in the Holmes Bulldog Bash April 5. Follow James Weber on Twitter, @RecorderWeber


first team All-American by, was named a Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) All-American and one-of-three finalists for the WBCA Player of the Year on Thursday. She led the nation in scoring at 27.8 points per game as she tied the NCAA Division III single-season scoring record with 891 points. Moss also broke the NCAA Division III single-game scoring record when she scored 63 points against Waynesburg University in the semifinals of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Championship Tournament. She was also seventh in the country in field goal percentage a 60.6 percent, eighth

in assist-turnover ratio at 2.72, 66th in steals per game at 2.75 and 214th in assists per game at 3.4. Moss pulled down 8.4 rebounds per game and recorded 15 double-doubles. Moss is the first Thomas More women’s basketball student-athlete to be named the National Player of the Year. The WBCA Player of the Year will be announced during the fourth annual WBCA Awards Show on Monday, April 7, in the Omni Nashville Hotel’s Broadway Ballroom. This event is part of the WBCA National Convention and is held in conjunction with the NCAA Women’s Final Four. Thomas More finished the season with a program best 31-1 record and first-ever appear-

ance in the Sectional Finals “Elite Eight” of the NCAA Division III Championship.

Hall of Fame

» The Beechwood Athletic Hall of Fame announce six new inductees. They are Jim Wilshire (1950), Kenneth “Beaver” Jordan (1963), Dr. Mark Gooch (1972), Mike Yeagle (1979), Bailie Morlidge (1980), and Katie Pohlgeers (2001). The celebration will be on Thursday, May 8, at Drees Pavilion beginning with a cash bar at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:15 p.m. The induction ceremony will follow the dinner. Tickets are $50. For more information, contact Suzy Wera, athletic director, at:


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Never to early to teach a child to read When I tell people I’m a children’s librarian at the Kenton County Public Library who specializes in early childhood work they usually ask me if I teach babies to read. That is not what we do at the library. We teach children and their parents how to develop early literacy skills. Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can read or write. When children have strong early literacy skills they will be ready to learn to read. To read, the whole brain must be used and it takes a lot of practice to learn. Luckily, it is easy and fun to develop early literacy skills in young children. Everyday activities like talking, singing, playing and of course, reading, all

work together to help your child be ready to learn to read when the time comes. Here are a few ways to help the children in Amy your life beSchradein come readers. COMMUNITY » Talk with RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST them. Not just near them. Make eye contact and give them time to respond. When your baby or toddler makes any noise in response react positively. » Actively play with your children. There is no gadget better than an engaged adult. Peek-a-boo, pretend play, blocks, trucks, and (my favor-

ite) enjoying the outdoors all help your child develop a wide variety of early literacy skills. » Share music with your children. Music can build family bonds while developing several key early literacy skills. Sing, listen to music together, and don’t forget to dance! » Read every day. If your child can’t or won’t sit still for a book don’t worry. They can listen while they are moving. My son learned to walk and didn’t sit down for a book until a year later and he had grown into a strong reader. You also don’t have to read all at once. Little moments count too – waiting in the grocery line, during bath or meal times and waiting rooms are perfect places to use books. Don’t for-

great information for a variety of agencies and companies and at 1 p.m., a family concert with Zak Morgan. The Contemporary Arts Center and the Cincinnati Museum Center will also be on hand providing activities. The first 300 children will receive a free book and there are plenty of other trinkets for children to collect while parents are picking up information. Children under 36 months can complete a developmental screen with their parents for special prizes. Amy Schardein is the early childhood literacy librarian for the Kenton County Public Library. For information, call 859-962-4060 or go to

Pets a friend, care may be problem


State Sen. Damon Thayer (R–17th District) with “America’s Got Talent” finalist Jimmy Rose. Rose sang the National Anthem at the Capital as well as his original song, “Coal Keeps the Lights On,” on the Senate floor Feb. 11.PROVIDED

Time to think of Earth

Horseshoe Cincinnati is proud to participate in Earth Hour once again by turning off our 80-foot marquee sign, our main entrance chandelier and non-essential exterior lighting – according to Kevin Kline, Horseshoe Cincinnati general manager, in the Cincinnati Enquirer, Saturday, March 29. From 8:30 to 9:30 P.M. on Saturday, April 5, Horseshoe’s exterior goes dark, and Fifth Third bank will shut off lighting in 20 buildings in seven offices. Back in the day, starting in 1970, some of us observed Earth Day, according to Earth Day Network, history -movement: At the time, Americans were slurping leaded gas through massive V8 sedans. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences or bad press. Air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. “Environment” was a word that appeared more often in spelling bees than on the evening news. Although mainstream America remained oblivious to

get, there is always story time! » Show your children our world. Point out the colors, shapes, letters and patterns that surround us. Pretty soon they will be pointing it all out to you! It’s also important that children have positive early experiences with books. The library is hosting the annual Early Childhood Literacy Fair on Saturday, April 5, from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at our Covington Branch. This is a great opportunity to engage your children in books through songs, play and stories. The fair is funded by the Kenton County Community Early Childhood Council. At the fair you will find a family photo booth so you can remember the day, entertainment from Cincinnati Circus,

environmental concerns, the stage had been set for change by the publication of Rachel Carson’s New York Times Vickie bestseller Cimprich “Silent Spring” in COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST 1962. The book COLUMNIST represented a watershed moment for the modern environmental movement, selling more than 500,000 copies in 24 countries. The idea came to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, Calif. Inspired by the student anti-war movement, he realized that if he could infuse that energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, it would force environmental protection onto the national political agenda. Earth Hour is good as well. It signals the inclusion of bigwatt-user participation like the casino and the banks. Maybe



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some day, the Colonial Sussex building in Crestview Hills, whose lights glare above wooded ridges all night, every night, will join in. Could, possibly, our region’s many night-lit church facades observe Earth Hour? Earth Day often occurs while I am celebrating Lent. Most mornings, I light a candle and sit drinking a mug of coffee, owing Duke Energy for the pleasure. Some mornings I don’t flick on the CFC light bulb to see the day’s psalms and readings, but take the book over and stand in the east window’s light. The practice practically has no more objective value than my childhood fasts from candy. Both fasts bite a little. I’d rather remain sitting on the love seat than stand and share desk-space with the snoozing cats. But psychologically, it shifts awareness to gratitude and wiser use of all possibilities of light, and it, like our household’s membership in Sierra Club and Nature Conservancy, is offered as a little participation. Vickie Cimprich lives in Fort Mitchell.

Need a friend? Get a dog! That’s good advice for seniors, as many studies have shown that pets can help the elderly live longer, healthier lives. Walking a dog keeps a senior active, petting a cat or dog lowers blood pressure, having a pet companion reduces stress and loneliness. But what happens when a senior has trouble taking care of that four-footed Charles best friend? Brewer Lack of monCOMMUNITY ey and transRECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST portation may keep the pet from getting proper medical care. A senior may not be able to afford pet food – and may be forced to share his or her limited “people food” with a pet. Even worse, what happens when a senior passes away, leaving behind a beloved cat or dog? Dan Evans, director of the Kenton County Animal Shelter, is very aware of the problem of seniors who lack the means to properly care for their pets. The shelter regularly gives dry pet food to Senior Services of Northern Kentucky’s AniMeals Program. AniMeals provides free pet food to low-income seniors as part of the SSNK Seniors-Only Food Pantry. SSNK case aides also bring pet food to some of their home-bound clients. But finding a new home for a pet when the elderly owner can no longer care for it is more difficult. Too many times, the pet will end up in an animal shelter. In Northern Kentucky, the county animal shelters must dispose of unwanted animals, although there are some no-kill shelters and pet rescue organizations in southern Ohio, such as PAWS Adoption Center in Middletown. SSNK Social Service case aide Dan Baker recently faced this dilemma with a client whose sole companion is a 95-pound sheepdog mix named Skyler. Bob is 74,

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Skyler is the dog of a Senior Services of Northern Kentucky client who may have to decide what to do with the dog if the client cannot care for the dog.THANKS TO SENIOR SERVICES OF NORTHERN KENTUCKY

nearly deaf and confined to a wheelchair. He can’t leave his house in Erlanger and requires meals and housekeeping services. Like many isolated seniors, Bob has no family support and limited contact with neighbors. Bob recently had to spend a week in the hospital, and Dan found a kennel to care for Skyler. But Bob faces more medical and financial issues, and may need to enter a nursing home. What will happen to Skyler? Fortunately, Dan Evans said the Kenton County shelter doesn’t see many pets being abandoned by elderly owners. “Families seem to feel an obligation to care for grandma’s cat or dog after she passes away,” he said. SSNK’s Dan Baker is working to find a new home for Skyler but sadly the options are very limited for a 5-year-old, nearly 100-pound mutt. Dan’s also worried about how Bob will deal with the loss of Skyler. Charles Brewer is the communications director for Senior Services of Northern Kentucky. You can reach him at

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





Lisa Freeman of Florence, Angie Walthers of Erlanger, Shelia Snow of Ghent, Tiffany Brandenburg of Mebourne and Nicci Kouns of Butler were part of the St. Elizabeth hospital workers who participated in the Mercy Health Heart Mini Marathon & Walk March 16.THANKS TO DAVID SORCHER/ST. ELIZABETH

Walking, and running, for better health

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Emily Haml of Fort Thomas, Teresa Burtschy of Union, Meg Menne of Edgewood and Carol Ansari of Erlanger were part of the Mercy Health Heart Mimi Marathon and Walk Marcy 16.THANKS TO DAVID SORCHER/ST. ELIZABETH

Hundreds of St. Elizabeth Healthcare workers turned out for the Mercy Health Heart Mini Marathon & Walk March 16. Denise Sawyer of Burlington and Amelia Stohr of Sparta work for St. Elizabeth Physicians of Burlington. THANKS TO DAVID SORCHER/ST. ELIZABETH

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THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 4 Art Exhibits The Definitive Contemporary Landscape, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 27 W. Seventh St., Myriad styles of landscape painting and its 300 year history with exhibition featuring 29 local and regional artists. See stylistic influences of the Barbizon School; Naturalism; Realism; Abstract Expressionism; Asian; Calligraphic Expressionism; Hudson River School; Luminous, to name a few. Free. 859-292-2322; Covington.

Art Openings Contemporary Portraiture, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd., All galleries. Artists: Jessie Boone, Evan Hildebrandt, Amanda Hogan Carlisle, Alison Shepard, Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis, Marci Rosin, Elmer Hendren, Cole Carothers and more. Exhibit continues through May 22. 859-491-2030; Covington.

Dining Events Trinity United Methodist Church Fish Fry, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Trinity United Methodist ChurchLatonia, 101 E. Southern Ave., Fish sandwich, two sides, drink and dessert for dine-in (drink not included for carryout). $8, $7 seniors, $4 children. 859-2614010. Latonia. Fish Fry, noon-7 p.m., Church of Our Savior, 246 E. 10th St., Dinner includes two sides and dessert. Dinners $7, sandwiches $5, pop 50 cents. Presented by Our Savior Church -- Covington. 859-4915872. Covington. Fish Fry Dinner, 4 p.m.-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. Fish Fry Lunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Knights of Columbus 3908, Father Bealer Council, 605 Lytle Ave., Includes fried or baked fish, chicken, shrimp, hamburgers and hot dogs, sides and drinks. Carry-out available. Benefits charities of Knights of Columbus 3908. $1.50-$7.50. 859-342-6643. Elsmere. Edgewood Fire/EMS Fish Fry, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Edgewood Senior Center, 550 Freedom Park Drive, Fried fish, beer-battered fish, potato pancakes, baked fish, shrimp, hot dogs or chicken nuggets. Includes choice of sides: french fries, onion rings, coleslaw or macaroni and cheese. Call for carryout orders. Family friendly. Benefits Edgewood Fire/EMS Association. $6.50-$7.25. Presented by Edgewood Fire/EMS. 859-331-5910; Edgewood. Drive Thru Fish Fry, 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Dixie Heights High School, 3010 Dixie Highway, Concession stand. Fish, crab cakes, pizza, mac and cheese, onion rings, fries, coleslaw, coke drinks and Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Benefits Dixie Heights High School’s music programs. 859-802-8575; Edgewood. Holy Cross High School Fish Fry, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Holy Cross High School, 3617 Church St., Alumni Hall. Fish sandwiches, baked fish, shrimp baskets and cheese pizza. Sides: hush puppies, green beans, macaroni and cheese or french fries and dessert. Drinks available for purchase. Carryout available. 859431-1335; Covington. Fort Wright Civic Club Lenten Fish Fry, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Fort Wright Civic Club, 115 Kennedy Road, Benefits community organizations. 859-331-1150. Fort Wright. Fish Fry, 4 p.m.-7 p.m., Prince of Peace School, Covington, 625 W. Pike St., House chef with special beer-batter recipe. Includes live entertainment. 859-431-5153; Covington. Fish Fry, 4 p.m.-8 p.m., Mary Queen of Heaven School, 1130 Donaldson Highway, Dine-in service, carry-out and drive-thru. Benefits Mary, Queen of Heaven School. Prices vary. Presented by Mary, Queen of Heaven Parish. 859-525-6909; Erlanger. Drive-through Fish Fry, 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Beechwood High School, 54 Beechwood Road, Includes fried fish with choice of bun or rye bread, coleslaw, french fries or mac and cheese.

Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St., Irish music. Free. 859-491-6659; Covington.

Drinks available. Benefits Beechwood Band Boosters. $7 meals. Presented by Beechwood Band Boosters. 859-620-6317. Fort Mitchell. St. Barbara Fish Fry, 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m., St. Barbara Church, 4042 Turkeyfoot Road, Dine in or carry out. Fried fish, baked tilapia, shrimp and cheese pizza. Adult dinners include three sides. $8 and up. 859-371-3100. Erlanger. Fish Fry, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Covington Turners, 447 Pike St., $6 fish dinner. Dine In or carry out. Benefits Turners Youth Fund. 859-491-5015. Covington. Fish Fry, 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., St. Patrick Catholic Church, 3285 Mills Road, Fish, hot buffalo fish, salmon or shrimp. Sides: coleslaw, black beans and rice, green beans , hush puppies pizza, cheese sticks. Soda and beer. Bluegrass/country music. Benefits St. Patrick Church. $5-$9.50. 859-356-5151, ext. 10. Taylor Mill.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9 Art Exhibits Contemporary Portraiture, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Carnegie, 859-491-2030; Covington. The Definitive Contemporary Landscape, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 859-292-2322; Covington.

Education Admissions Information Session, 1 p.m.-2 p.m., Gateway Community and Technical College Edgewood Campus, 790 Thomas Moore Parkway, Room E 208, Student Services Center. Find out about financial aid, academic programs, advising and more. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Gateway Community and Technical College. 859-441-4500; admissions. Edgewood. Financial Aid Workshop, 2 p.m.-3 p.m., Gateway Community and Technical College Edgewood Campus, 790 Thomas Moore Parkway, Room E 208, Student Services Center. Attend workshop and get help with filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Gateway Community and Technical College. 859-441-4500; Edgewood.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise Classes, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Edgewood Jazzercise Center, 126 Barnwood Drive, $38 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; Edgewood. Lean and Mean Circuit Class, 5:30 a.m.-6:30 a.m. 7 a.m.-8 a.m., Yolo Fitness, 1516 Dixie Highway, $15. 859-429-2225. Park Hills.

Exhibits Vietnam: Our Story, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Exhibit with series of lectures, panel discussions and other special events. Free for veterans from all eras and all current military personnel, $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17. 859-4914003; Covington.

Exercise Classes Paul Loehle’s “Trophy” is among the works on display in The Carnegie’s Recognized: Contemporary Portraiture exhibition, running through May 17.THANKS TO SHANNAN BOYER

Shopping Indoor Flea Market, 4 p.m.-7 p.m., Prince of Peace School, Covington, 625 W. Pike St., Household items, toys, furniture, decorative items, tools, collectibles and more. Free. Through April 6. 859-431-5153. Covington.

SATURDAY, APRIL 5 Art Exhibits

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Contemporary Portraiture, noon-3 p.m., The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd., All galleries. Artists: Jessie Boone, Evan Hildebrandt, Amanda Hogan Carlisle, Alison Shepard, Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis, Marci Rosin, Elmer Hendren, Cole Carothers and more. 859-491-2030; Covington.


Clubs & Organizations

Exercise Classes

Speak Easy Cincy: Saturday Workshop, noon-2 p.m., Monkey Brew Coffee, 402 Bakewell St., The Reading Room. Members take turns leading writing workshops, and each lead chooses their own prompt. Everyone has chance to create and share original work. Free. Presented by Speak Easy Cincy. 859-640-5275; Covington.

Jazzercise Classes, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. 4 p.m.-5 p.m., Edgewood Jazzercise Center, $38 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; Edgewood.

Cooking Classes Sushi Rolling and Dining, 7 p.m., Sushi Cincinnati, 130 W. Pike St., $25 per person, three rolls, includes training and BYOB, reservations required. Reservations required. 513-335-0297; Covington.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise Classes, 8:15 a.m.-9:15 a.m. 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Edgewood Jazzercise Center, $38 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; Edgewood.



Shopping Indoor Flea Market, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Prince of Peace School, Covington, Free. 859-431-5153. Covington.

Exhibits Vietnam: Our Story, 1 p.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Free for veterans from all eras and all current military personnel, $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17. 859-491-4003; 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 - Concerts Los Lonely Boys, 8 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., $30, $25 advance. 859-491-2444; Covington.


Vietnam: Our Story, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Free for veterans from all eras and all current military personnel, $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17. 859-491-4003; Covington.


Music - Jazz

Art Exhibits

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

Contemporary Portraiture, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Carnegie, 859-491-2030; Covington. The Definitive Contemporary Landscape, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 859-292-2322; Covington.

Recreation Ryle Band Bingo, 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Erlanger Lions Club Hall, 5996 Belair Drive, Doors open 5 p.m. Early games begin 6:30 p.m. Regular games begin 7:15 p.m. Ages 18 and up. Benefits Ryle Marching Band Boosters. Presented by Ryle Band Boosters. Through May 31. 859-282-1652.

Indoor Flea Market, 10 a.m.-11 a.m., Prince of Peace School, Covington, Free. 859-431-5153. Covington.

Dance Classes Square Dance Lessons, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Promenade Palace, 3630 Decoursey Pike, Casual dress and smooth-soled shoes. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky

Square Dancers Federation. 859-441-9155; Covington.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise Classes, 8:15 a.m.-9:15 a.m. 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. 4:45 p.m.-5:45 p.m. 6 p.m.-7 p.m., Edgewood Jazzercise Center, $38 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; Edgewood. Lean and Mean Circuit Class, 5:30 a.m.-6:30 a.m. 7 a.m.-8 a.m., Yolo Fitness, $15. 859-429-2225. Park Hills.

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

TUESDAY, APRIL 8 Art Exhibits Contemporary Portraiture, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Carnegie, 859-491-2030; Covington. The Definitive Contemporary Landscape, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 859-292-2322; Covington.

Jazzercise Classes, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. 5:10 p.m.-6 p.m. 6 p.m.-7 p.m., Edgewood Jazzercise Center, $38 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; Edgewood. Lean and Mean Circuit Class, 5:30 a.m.-6:30 a.m. 7 a.m.-8 a.m., Yolo Fitness, $15. 859-429-2225. Park Hills.

Exhibits Vietnam: Our Story, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Free for veterans from all eras and all current military personnel, $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17. 859-491-4003; Covington.

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

THURSDAY, APRIL 10 Art Exhibits Contemporary Portraiture, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Carnegie, 859-491-2030; Covington. The Definitive Contemporary Landscape, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 859-292-2322; Covington.

Education Financial Aid Workshop, 4 p.m.-5 p.m., Gateway Community and Technical College Urban Center, 525 Scott Blvd., Room 211. Attend workshop and get help with filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Gateway Community and Technical College. Through May 22. 859-441-4500; Covington. Admissions Information Session, 3 p.m.-4 p.m., Gateway

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Exhibits Vietnam: Our Story, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Free for veterans from all eras and all current military personnel, $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Music - Choral A Cappella Quartet Competition, Sweet Adelines Int’l Region 4, 6:30 p.m. Thursday: ages 25 and under., Northern Kentucky Convention Center, 1 W. RiverCenter Blvd., Women’s groups from Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia, Tennessee and Alabama offer a cappella song packages sung in barbershop style. $35, $15 ages 18 and under. Presented by Sweet Adelines International Region No. 4. 513-554-2648; Covington.

Music - Jazz Lee Stolar Trio, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., 859261-2365; Covington.

FRIDAY, APRIL 11 Art Exhibits Contemporary Portraiture, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Carnegie, 859-491-2030; Covington. The Definitive Contemporary Landscape, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 859-292-2322; Covington.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise Classes, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Edgewood Jazzercise Center, $38 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-3317778; Edgewood. Lean and Mean Circuit Class, 5:30 a.m.-6:30 a.m. 7 a.m.-8 a.m., Yolo Fitness, $15. 859-429-2225. Park Hills.

Exhibits Vietnam: Our Story, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Free for veterans from all eras and all current military personnel, $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Music - Choral A Cappella Quartet Competition, Sweet Adelines Int’l Region 4, noon Friday: quartets., Northern Kentucky Convention Center, $35, $15 ages 18 and under. 513-554-2648; Covington.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise Classes, 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. 4:45 p.m.-5:45 p.m. 6 p.m.-7 p.m., Edgewood Jazzercise Center, $38 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; Edgewood. Yoga, 6:30 a.m.-7:30 a.m., Yolo Fitness, 1516 Dixie Highway, Master postures while increasing flexibility and strength. $10. 859-429-2225; Park Hills. Lean and Mean Circuit Class, 7 a.m.-8 a.m., Yolo Fitness, $15. 859-429-2225. Park Hills.

Exhibits Vietnam: Our Story, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Free for veterans from all eras and all current military personnel, $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17. 859-491-4003; Covington.

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Lentil and rice dish perfect for Lent

I’ve already gone through one batch of my homemade yogurt and have another batch “cultivating” on my counter. We eat yogurt year ‘round, but especially during Lent, when it tops my vegetarian lentils and rice. The yogurt recipe is too long to include here, but you’ll find Rita it, with Heikenfeld step-byRITA’S KITCHEN step photos, at The recipe I’m sharing today may be an unusual recipe to some of you. Called mujadarah, it’s a dish we grew up with that evokes fond memories of my mom wrapping her jar of homemade yogurt in towels to keep it warm enough to inoculate.

Mujadarah/Lentils with rice and cumin

Go to taste on seasonings. Some people like to stir in some of the cooked onions into the lentils and rice. 3 very large yellow onions ⁄3 cup olive oil 1 cup whole brown lentils 11⁄2 cups long grain rice 5 cups water 1 to 2 teaspoons cumin Salt and pepper to taste Plain yogurt or tzatziki (cucumber and yogurt salad) Chopped greens (optional) Sprinkle of cayenne pepper (optional) 1

Slice onions and cook, covered, over medium heat, in oil until caramelized/dark brown. You’ll start out with a lot but they will cook down considerably. What happens is the onions’ natural sugars come to the surface and create a caramelization, making them taste sweet. Combine lentils, 1 teaspoon cumin, salt and water in pan. Cover, bring to boil and cook over medium heat, covered, until lentils are half cooked, about 10 minutes. Add rice and simmer, covered, until rice is cooked, about 20 minutes. Water should be absorbed but, if not, drain off. Adjust seasonings. To serve, put onions over mujadarah and garnish with yogurt and greens.

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If using brown rice, check package directions for liquid and time needed. Lentils help lower cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar and contain protein and B vitamins.

Crockpot breakfast egg and sausage casserole No dry mustard? Leave it out. Go lightly when you sprinkle salt and pepper on. Turn this on before bed and it will be ready to eat Easter morning. I like to thaw the hash browns a bit, but the Eastern Hills reader who shared the original

Tzatziki or plain yogurt can top this spiced lentil-and-rice dish.THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD

recipe said he “just pours them straight from the bag.” Here’s my adaptation. 2 pounds frozen shredded hash browns 1 pound sausage, cooked and crumbled 1 bunch green onions, finely sliced, both white and green parts 1 pound shredded cheese 12 eggs 1 ⁄3 cup milk 1 ⁄4 teaspoon garlic powder 1 ⁄2 teaspoon dry mustard Salt and pepper

Spray 6-quart slow cooker/crockpot. Layer 1⁄3 potatoes on bottom, sprinkle with salt and

pepper and top with 1⁄3 sausage, sprinkle with salt and pepper, add 1⁄3 onions and cheese, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Repeat layers two more times, ending with cheese. Whisk eggs, milk, garlic powder and mustard. Cook on low 6-8 hours or high 4-5.

From readers’ kitchens

Bridgetown Finer Meats turkey salad. I enjoy chatting with Richard Hoehn and Brian Brogran about their famous turkey salad. For years, readers have asked me for a clone.

And for years, I get the same answer: a chuckled “no.” I respect that this recipe is proprietary but a while back, a reader wanted it to send to her daughter in the Navy, hoping the chef there could recreate what was her favorite turkey salad from home. Bridgetown softened up and gave me ingredients, but no amounts. They sell a whopping 300 pounds of it a week and make it several times so it’s always at the peak of freshness. I sent the information to Embeth B., who then sent it to her daughter. The reply I got

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DEATHS Raymond Ashcraft Sr. Raymond Harold Ashcraft Sr., 92, of Florence, formerly of Covington, died March 18, at the Bridgepoint Care Center in Florence. He was an Army veteran of World War II, retired boiler operator for International Fruit Co. of Cincinnati and H.H. Meyer Packing Co. of Cincinnati, member of Bethlehem Baptist

Church in Holbrook, Ky., and enjoyed riding his Harley and Honda Hawk motorcycles to Indianapolis on Saturdays, playing his guitar at the Gay 90s Restaurant in Boone County, and fishing and hunting. His son, William Ashcraft, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Helen F. Sparks Ashcraft; sons, Dennis Ashcraft of Price Hill, Ohio, and Raymond H. Ashcraft

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Jr. of Bright, Ind.; daughter, Joyce Ashcraft Lester of Lawrenceburg, Ind.; six grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Interment with military honors was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in Taylor Mill.

Geraldine Berry Geraldine K. Berry, 79, of Glencoe, died March 21, in Edgewood. She attended Oakland Baptist Church and enjoyed crafting. Survivors include her husband, Oliver Berry of Glencoe; son, Rick Turner of Ohio; daughters, Sandra Turner and Kathy Freyler, both of Erlanger, Jerri Clayton of Burlington, and Mary Jane Turner of Dearborn, Ind.; 18 grandchildren and 24 greatgrandchildren. Interment was at Bullittsburg Baptist Cemetery.

Patricia Bogenschutz Patricia Kiely Bogenschutz, 73, of Fort Mitchell, died March 25, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was retired from P&G, and was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Jerry Bogenschutz; children, Lee Ann Rossel, Christine Moore and Jane Bogenschutz; sister, Eileen McCray; and three

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grandchildren. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017; or Parish Kitchen, P.O. Box 1234, Covington, KY 41012.

Charles Chittum Jr. Charles Frank Chittum Jr., 71, of Covington, died March 20, at his son’s residence in Florence. He was a retired fork-lift driver for Duro Bag Co. in Covington, member of St. John the Evangelist Church, and Army veteran of the Vietnam War. His brothers, John, Robert and Bernard Chittum; and grandson, Dustin Johnson, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Frances Marie Adams Chittum of Covington; son, Franklin Wade Chittum of Florence; daughter, Melissa Lynn ChittumKing of Covington; brother, Steve Chittum of Latonia; sister, Janet Niess of Valparaiso, Ind.; five grandchildren and one great-grandson. Military honors and burial was at St. John Cemetery in Fort Mitchell.

John Divita Jr. John Divita Jr., 56, of Erlanger, died March 26, at the Ohio State University Medical Center. He was involved in the Lloyd Memorial High School Band Boosters, and loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. His mother, Angela Divita,

and brother, Ray Divita, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Sue Divita of Erlanger; son, Jonathan Divita; daughter, Maria Klopp; father, John Divita; brothers, David and Vincent Divita; sister, Lisa Cabell; and four grandchildren. Memorials: Lloyd Memorial High School Band Boosters, 450 Bartlett Ave., Erlanger, KY 41018.

Emma Dowell Emma Elizabeth Dowell, 87, of Hebron, died March 20. She was a member of Elsmere Baptist Church, and retired sales clerk for Pogue’s. Her husband, Victor Dowell, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Adrian Dowell of Independence, and Gentry Dowell of Burlington; daughter, Alma R. Kirk of Hebron; sister, Geroline Tingle of Georgetown; brothers, Joe Vance of Newtown, Ohio, Jimmy Vance of Corinth, Dan Vance of Winchester, Donnie Vance of Georgetown, and Glen Vance of Corinth; 10 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Burial was at Corinth Cemetery. Memorials: United Christian Volunteer Ministry, 15 Kenton St., Elsmere, KY 41018.

Linda Eddins Linda Lou Carson Eddins, 69, of Independence, died March 24, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood.

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Patricia “Pat” Fleckenstein, 71, of Crestview Hills, died March 26, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She worked as a registered medical assistant with Patient’s First in Union. Her husband, Les Fleckenstein, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Scott Fleckenstein of Burlington, and Brian Fleckenstein of Crestview Hills; brothers, Jerry Clenney of Covington, Ty Clenney of Scottsville Ky., and Chris Clenney of Covington; and two grandchildren. Memorials: American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017; or American Heart Association, 5211 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227. Carol Sue Fleissner, 69, of Erlanger, died March 21, at her residence. She was a retired social worker for the state of Kentucky, member of St. Mary Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption and Covington FOP, and enjoyed traveling and spending time with her family. Survivors include her sons, Mark E. Fleissner and John E. Fleissner Jr., both of Fort Mitchell. Interment was at St. John Cemetery in Fort Mitchell.



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She was a self-employed tax preparer, and enjoyed gardening, collecting dolls, bells and Swarovski crystals, researching her family’s genealogy, and spending time with family and friends. Survivors include her husband, William; daughters, Christina Williams, Tracy Periut and Holly Klosterman; son, William S. Eddins; sister, Joyce Hepfer; brother, Larry Carson; half-sister, Carol-Ann Martin; and seven grandchildren. Burial was at Independence Cemetery. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Healthcare Hospice, 483 S. Loop Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017; or American Cancer Society, 2808 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45206.


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DEATHS Continued from Page B4 Southern Campbell Fire Department. Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou Richardson Leising; sons, D.H. Leising of Chicago, William Joseph Leising Jr. of Butler; daughters, Kathy Jo Woeste of California, and Susan Marie Neltner of Edgewood; brothers, Bob Leising of Newport, Dick Leising of Newport, and Bernie Leising of Stow, Ohio; and sister, Mary Little of Bridgetown, Ohio; seven grandchildren and one great-grandson. Burial was at Alexandria Cemetery.

Roger Lucas Roger D. Lucas, 65, of Newport, died March 22, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was a machinist with Hopple Plastics. His brother, Leroy Lucas, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Anna Lucas; son, Scott Lucas of Newport; daughters, Lisa Polly of Morning View, and Michelle Sauter of Newport; brothers, Jimmy, Donny, Rick and Mark Lucas; sisters, Wilma Appleman, Debbie Mason and Robin Lucas; and two granddaughters.

Fort Wright, died March 25, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was the owner of END Grain Marketing Co., was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, was a member of the Ludlow Vets, the National Grain and Feed Association, Ohio Agribusiness Association and the National Rifle Association, was active at Ludlow High School, and was past treasurer for Ludlow Athletic Boosters. His sisters, Geneva Gray and Naomi Messer; grandchildren, Adam Gifford and Justin Messer, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Barbara “Barb” Messer of Fort Wright; sons, Jim Messer of Erlanger, Gary Miller of Lakeside Park, Danny Miller of Fort Wright, and Mark Messer of Latonia; daughter, Kim Gifford of Ludlow; brothers, Raymond Messer of Bellevue, and Donald Messer of Jacksboro, Tenn.; sisters, Shirley Whalen of Kettering, Ohio, and Jesse Davidson of Jacksboro, Tenn.; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Interment with military honors was at Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Louis Meyer Louis E. “Lou” Meyer, 92, of Latonia, died March 23, at Rosedale Green. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, retired from the Kroger Dairy Plant in Cincinnati, and member of Holy Cross Church, Holy Cross 50/50 Club and St. Patrick Irish Rovers. His first wife, Dolores C. “Dodie” Meyer; second wife, Rosemary Meyer; and daughter, Jean Ann Meyer Murray, died previously. Survivors include his by daughters, Cathy M. Arlinghaus, Diane E. Geiger and Margie R. Colvin; son, Donald E. Meyer; stepdaughters, Patricia A. Neale, Kathleen M. Ernst and Sheila J. Novosel; stepsons, Lawrence J. Loughnane, Tim F. Loughnane, Kevin D. Loughnane and Michael C. Loughnane; 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren. Interment with honor-guard service was at Mother of God Cemetery in Fort Wright. Memorials: Holy Cross High School, 3617 Church St., Latonia, KY 41015.

Brooksville, Ky., died March 23, at Hospice of Hope in Maysville. She was retired as a tax examiner for the IRS for 20-plus years. Her husband, Giles Carter Parsons; and brothers, Donald Eugene Perkins and Larry Dean Lucas, died previously. Survivors include her children, Debbie Parsons Colemire of Foster, Regina Parsons Orcutt of Dayton, Ky., Linda Parsons Govan of Latonia, and Jason Louis Parsons of Brooksville; sisters, Anna Katherine Perkins of Covington, Karen Lucas Arrowood of Florence, Lisa Lucas Stamper of Cresent Springs, and Lori Lucas Young of Latonia; brothers, Arthur Junnie Lucas of Covington, and Gary Allen Lucas of Sebring, Fla.; 13 grandchildren and 22 greatgrandchildren. Burial was at Johns Hills


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Margaret J. “Peggy” Wissman, 77, of Lakeside Park, died March 24, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was an elementary teacher at Blessed Sacrament where she taught the fifth and sixth grades for 17 years and was a member of Blessed Sacrament Church. Survivors include her husband, Jim Wissman of Lakeside Park; sons, Jeffrey Wissman of Crestview Hills, and Jerome Wissman of Hebron; daughters, Jeanne Wissman of Lakeside Park, Janet Piccirillo of Crestview Hills, Jennifer Geers of Batesville, Ind., and Joanne Glass of Villa Hills; brother, David Hagedorn of Florence; and 16 grandchildren. Burial will be at St. Mary Cemetery in Fort Mitchell.

Clyde Morton Steckel, 90, died March 13, in Tulsa, Okla. He was born in Covington, lived in Northern Kentucky until moving to Tulsa two years ago, was an active member of Erlanger United Methodist Church, where he was a recipient of the church’s highest honor, the Mayo Taylor Award, and was president of the Methodist Men for five years. Survivors include his wife, Betty of Tulsa; daughters, Sue Steckel of Florence, Debbie Martin of Tehachapi, Calif., and Sandy Graham of Wickenburg, Ariz.; son, Terry Steckel of John’s Island, S.C.; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Memorials: Dementia Research; or Erlanger United Methodist Church.

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James Meier James L. Meier, 73, of Florence, died March 23, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was a retired mechanic with CG&E in Cincinnati, and loved sports, especially the Cincinnati Reds and horse racing. His son, Gregory Meier; brother, Daniel Meier; and sister, Peggy Meier, died previously. Survivors include his daughter, Patricia Brock of Erlanger; son, James “Jim” Meier of Florence; brother, Larry Meier of Elsmere; sister, Nancy Meier of Florence; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Interment was at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Fort Mitchell.

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Many of us have read the story of Peter walking on the water. During an explosive storm while at sea, Peter sees Jesus walking on the water toward and cries out, “Lord if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” Matthew 14:28. Jesus obliges, and for a moment, the supernatural takes over and Peter, eyes fully focused on his Savior, steps out onto the water. We all know what happened when Peter took his eyes off Jesus; he began to sink. Bible lesson for today: keep your eyes on Jesus and you will stay afloat.

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