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Panel searching for dispatch funding solutions By Amy Scalf

Independence City Council members posed with former Mayor Chris Moriconi as he accepted a plaque commemorating his 13 years of service to the city. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

City seeks council member as Yeager becomes mayor By Amy Scalf

INDEPENDENCE — Donna Yeager became Independence’s first female mayor, but she doesn’t intend to stay in that role indefinitely. Yeager said she has no plans to run for mayor in 2014, when former Mayor Chris Moriconi’s current term expires. She said she could run again for council. She was unanimously appointed to fill Moriconi’s spot April 18, after he announced his departure to serve as Fort Mitchell’s city administrator. During an emotional goodbye, Moriconi thanked council, city staff, and city residents before the assembly rose in a standing ovation. “We haven’t been perfect over the last 13 years, but I think all-in-all people are generally happy with the service we’ve provided. As I drive through the city, I realize we’ve accomplished great things together,” he said. “Mayors come and go, but we did this as a team.” He said he has no intentions to move from the city, and offered his support to Yeager. Yeager has served six terms on council and began her community service activity in1972, when she moved to Independence and became part of the Independence Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She has served on the Independence Fire District Board of Directors, the Council on

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Donna Yeager takes her oath of office as Independence's first female mayor during a special meeting Thursday, April 18. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Aging, and the city’s Recreation Committee and Zoning Update Committee. The city’s amphitheatre was named in her honor in 2012, as a result of her efforts to build the structure for community events. Council member Mike Little discussed Yeager’s record of community service when he nominated her for mayor. He said she has “tons of experience,” and noted she has been the top vote-getter in each election since she started running for office. Little and fellow city coun-

cil member Chris Reinersman announced they will run for mayor in the next election. “This is my fifth term on council and I’m ready for a different step. Given my work experience, education and experience on council, I think I’d do a great job as mayor,” said Little. Reinersman said Moriconi had done a “phenomenal, fantastic job” and he’d like to carry on the work he’s started during his two terms on council. Council members Tom


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Dave Heidrich leads the Kenton County Dispatch Center Funding Panel during a meeting at the Kenton County Building in Covington April 10. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

bills, which has also met with resistance. Leaders acknowledge the fee doesn’t apply to apartment dwellers, and that businesses are charged the same amount as residents, who are all charged the same regardless of their property’s value. See PANEL, Page A2

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COVINGTON — The ninemember Kenton County Dispatch Center Funding Panel has been sifting through history, budgets, projected numbers, and piles of other information to try to find the best and most equitable way to collect $5 million each year to fund the county’s dispatch center. Kenton County’s dispatch took over operations from Covington in September 2012, with the cities of Bromley, Fort Wright, Ludlow and Park Hills joining the service in March 2013. The center also provides emergency service dispatching for Fairview, Independence, Kenton Vale, Ryland Heights, Taylor Mill and unincorporated parts of Kenton County. County leaders had planned on funding the service through a $6 fee attached to electric bills, but Kenton commissioners couldn’t reach agreement on that funding solution. Instead, they voted to implement an $85 parcel fee attached to the county’s annual property tax

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INDEPENDENCE — When life hands Northern Kentuckian’s lemons, Max McMillen tries to help make things better with lemonade. The 10-year-old Independence resident started his lemonade stand during a MainStrasse event in May 2012, and in less than six months, he raised more than $1,000 to support Welcome House of Northern Kentucky's emergency shelter. His entrepreneurial generosity landed him in newspapers and on at least three television stations. Now, Max is taking his program to school, at Summit View Elementary, to generate awareness and more donations for the regional shelter for individuals and families in need. “I always wanted to do a lem-

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onade stand, and my mom told me that if I came up with a good reason, then I could. We took a field trip to Welcome House, and that McMillen was my good idea,” he said. When students, administrators, teachers and staff members bring donated items for Welcome House in to school, they will get a ticket for a free lemonade from Max during their school lunch time on Thursday, April 25. He said helping Welcome House is important, because “everybody should feel that they matter and have the same stuff as other people. Nobody should feel different from other people.” Max thinks anyone who See LEMONS, Page A2 Vol. 2 No. 44 © 2013 The Community Recorder ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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Brinker, Jim Bushong and Carol Franzen said they will probably run for council again, but they don’t intend to seek the role of mayor. A new council member must be appointed before Saturday, May 18. Interested Independence residents should submit a resume to City Clerk Pat Taney no later than Friday, April 26, either by email to or by post at 5409 Madison Pike. Selected applicants will be interviewed during executive session at the next regular city council meeting on Mon-

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The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra winds down its 21st season with reflection and introspection as it performs the music of Mozart in two area cathedrals. Amadeus at Vespers (Mozart in the Cathedral) will be 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral in Cincinnati fol-

Former Independence Mayor Chris Moriconi, who has been named Fort Mitchell's city administrator, accepted a plaque for his service to the city. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY

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Kenton County Judgeexecutive Steve Arlinghaus formed the panel to try to create an alternative solution to the funding problem. Five panel members were chosen by Arlinghaus and the three Kenton commissioners: Jon Draud, Kris Knochel-

day, May 6. The city council member's appointment could follow at that meeting, or a special meeting will be held. For more information, call 859-356-5302.

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monwealth together with vocal soloists from the choir of St. Peter in Chains will join the KSO to perform. “Understanding the context for which composers originally wrote their liturgical music is our goal with the presentation on May 2,” KSO music director James Cassidy said. Tickets for the May 2 program at St. Peter in

Chains Cathedral are $19, $27 and $35. These tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at 858-431-6216 or at the door and are half off for children 6-18. The May 3 performance at St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption is concert only, without liturgy or celebrant. Tickets can be purchased online or over the phone only.

mann and Beth Sewell. Four other members represent the county’s realtors, homebuilders, apartments and the Chamber of Commerce. Chairman Dave Heidrich said the panel has met four times, and has “started to learn more about the issue so we can recommend a fair and sustainable way to fund 911 service.” Their working meetings include discussion

of several possible scenarios, which range from revisiting the electric bill fee and researching adding fees to water meters or land line phones, to raising ad valorem rates or enacting a vehicle registration fee. They’re also examining different ways to approach the parcel fee, to charge per parcel or by each address point so each apartment would be charged the same rate as each residential home. Panel members also

recently completed a survey so they could see areas where they agree. Heidrich said their work is “in progress,” and they are in the process of building consensus. They are beginning work on a written report to present to the county commissioners, but have not determined when it will be prepared. “People have always been paying for dispatch services, now it’s just in a different way,” he said.

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Independence Fire District has begun biannual fire hydrant testing, which will continue for the next several weeks. Hydrant flow tests will be conducted Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents may find water discolored during this time, which Firefighter John Seitz said “is due to stirring up the sediment in the water mains.” If your water appears discolored, he said to run cold water for 15 minutes or until it’s clear. For more information, call 859-356-2011.

County and the Kenton County Public Library will host El Dia Fiesta from 1-4 p.m., Saturday, April 27, at the Bond Hill Branch Library, 1740 Langdon Farm Road, Cincinnati. The free multicultural event features international story time in several languages, and children will receive free books while supplies last. For more information, call 513-369-4445.

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Bonhaus earns national recognition Community Recorder

Kenton County School District technology integration specialist Ed Bonhaus recently was named a “20 to Watch” Technology Leader by the National School Board Association. “I have seen firsthand the personal and professional growth teachers experience when they integrate technology and instruction,” Bonhaus said. “It is sheer joy for me to see their growth.” Bonhaus was selected for the honor based on his technology

initiatives. He has trained teachers in SMART Board instruction, iPad integration, and numerous technology tools. In addition he maintains a SMART Board blog and “Ed On Tech” blog that has many worldwide followers. According to the NSBA the “20 to Watch” selections are education leaders who have the ability to inspire colleagues to incorporate innovative technology solutions that contribute to high-quality learning environments and more efficient school district operations. Of Bonhaus’ selection, the

NSBA wrote: “Ed Bonhaus provided critical firsthand knowledge about technology in Kentucky’s Race to the Top grant process. But he didn’t stop there. He is now providing online professional development and working on the first flipped classroom for the Kentucky iTunes campus. And inspired by what he saw during NSBA’s site visit to the Clark County (Nev.) School District in 2012, he is pursuing a vision to transform a low-performing elementary school with minimal technology into a 21st-century school.”

Kenton County School District technology integration specialist Ed Bonhaus was named a “20 to Watch” Technology Leader.

Prince of Peace students’ Odyssey continues Community Recorder

St. Joseph School students collected, sorted and boxed shoes while barefoot on Tuesday, April 16. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

St. Joseph students go shoeless for global cause DAY WITHOUT SHOES

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seph middle-schoolers stepped into a global demonstration Tuesday by taking off their shoes. Students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades went barefoot during “One Day Without Shoes,” a worldwide program organized by Toms, a company built on a mission of providing one pair of shoes for someone in need for every pair of shoes purchased. Teacher Jessy Kirkwood said her students participated as part of their community service project. They collected hundreds of pairs of shoes between April 8 and 16, then sorted and boxed the shoes to be sent to The Catholic Church of the Good Shepard in Campton, Ky. She said the church is “in the heart of Appalachia” and provides a food pantry and thrift store to help residents of the community.

Haley Planicka, left, and Whitney Campbell box donated shoes to help residents of Campton, Ky. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

“It’s something I participated in when I was in college, and I brought it here to St. Joseph,” said Kirkwood. “It’s something I’m really passionate about and it’s a great opportunity for students to get a glimpse of what it’s like to not have shoes. It’s also good for them to be part of a movement and to feel that re-

sponsibility and empowerment.” Shoeless students went through their regular days, turning in homework, taking tests, eating lunch and playing at recess, while a mountain of boxed shoes formed in the faculty workroom. Students had also made colorful posters that hung along hallways to let others know why they were participating. Kirkwood’s students were right in step with her ideas. “I like that we’re spreading awareness for those who don’t have shoes because I know they go through it every day,” said Julia Stegman, age 12. “It feels good to know we’re doing something good.” Want to continue the conversation? Tweet at @AmyScalfNky

COLLEGE CORNER Local students earn EKU scholarships

Many incoming freshmen and transfer students have accepted merit-based scholarships to attend Eastern Kentucky University. Local recipients include: McKinley Rose Cole (Dixie Heights High School), of Park Hills, has accepted a Founders Scholarship; Jared Gregory Bowling (Simon Kenton), of Independence, has accepted a Presidential Scholarship; Jor-

dan Michelle Linkugel (Scott), of Covington, has accepted a Presidential Scholarship; Lydia Ann Shepherd (Simon Kenton), of Park Hills, has accepted a Presidential Scholarship; Adam Robert Crabbs (St. Henry), of Erlanger, has accepted a Presidential Scholarship; Raymond Louis Moehlman (Villa Madonna), of Edgewood, has accepted a Presidential Scholarship; Rebecca Kayla Jaeger (Dixie Heights), of Erlanger, has accepted a Presidential Scholarship; Alexander Stull

Hoffman (Simon Kenton), of Independence, has accepted a Presidential Scholarship; Deemi Lee Fitterer (Scott), of Taylor Mill, has accepted a Presidential Honor Scholarship; Courtney Elizabeth Davis (Lloyd Memorial), of Erlanger, has accepted a Regents Scholarship; Molly Ann McMath (Beechwood), of Fort Mitchell, has accepted a Regents Scholarship; and Trevor Nicole Goodridge (Dixie Heights), of Villa Hills, has accepted a Regents Scholarship.

Prince of Peace Montessori qualified five students for the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals May 22-25 at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich. The Prince of Peace Montessori students, ages 9-11, qualified after placing first at the Kentucky Odyssey of the Mind State Tournament in March. The World Finals features more than 800 teams from various countries, including China, Japan, Germany, South Korea, Mexico and Canada. Odyssey of The Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. The Prince of Peace students qualified to compete in Division I and will be solving a structure problem, where they will design and build a structure using only balsa wood and glue. They will test to see which structures can hold the most professional weight. In order to attend the tournament, the team must raise $4,000 by April 26 to cover registration, room and board

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expenses. To make a donation, visit or mail a check, made out to Prince of Peace Montessori, to Prince of Peace Montessori, 625 Pike St., Covington, KY 41011.

St. Agnes academic team dazzles at districts Community Recorder

The St. Agnes School fifthgrade academic team recently competed in the Governor’s Cup district tournament. The team won the district title, won the sportsmanship award and finished second in the quick recall competition. St. Agnes students who placed in the written-assignment portion of the tournament include: » Matthew Allison – third place, social studies. » Paul Allison – second place, composition; second

place (tie), science. » Ella David – fifth place, arts and humanities. » Neil Green – second place, math. » Kate Hail – second place (tie), science. » Peter Maier – fourth place, math. » Alyssa Monson – third place, language arts. » Connor Ryan – first place, science. » Maddie Schmidt – second place, arts and humanities. » Jacob Schulte – fourth place, composition; first place, language arts.

The St. Agnes School fifth-grade academic team won the Governor's Cup district tournament. THANKS TO MONICA WAINSCOTT




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Young Colonels on track for more wins By James Weber

Holy Cross players warm up before a victory over Cooper March 30. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

New pitching key for Holy Cross baseball By James Weber

Pat Ryan hasn’t been able to beat the weather in his first season as a head baseball coach in a quarter century, but his Holy Cross High School baseball team is ready to start beating teams on a regular basis. Ryan’s Indians have been affected by the cold and wet first month of the year more than most, having played only 11 games through April 22. HC is 5-6 heading into what shaped up to be a busy and warm week, culminating in home games April 27, April 29 and May 1. “The weather is working us very hard right now,” Ryan said. “That being said, I feel like we’re playing as well as we can right now. We’ve been in every game.” Ryan, an assistant at HC under longtime head coach Mike Holtz, took over the program when Holtz was named principal at the school. He is looking forward to spe-

cial Saturdays coming up, as the program will have an alumni night Saturday surrounding HC’s 3 p.m. game with Bourbon at Meinken Field. On Saturday, May 4, the team will induct Gary Bamberger and Kevin List as the first members of the program’s Diamond Club hall of fame. “It’s been a real enjoyable experience. What I’m trying to do is build around the positive things that Mike Holtz has developed,” Ryan said. “I have really enjoyed the players and the parents have contributed time and effort and money. I’m happy to be a part of it and I’m thankful for the guys.” Seniors Connor Callery and Blake Tiberi have picked up where they left off last year, ranking among the area leaders in hitting. Senior Mike Hewitt has 20 RBI to rank among Northern Kentucky leaders and senior Vinnie Pangallo is hitting over. 300. Juniors Trevor Niehaus, Trevor Kincaid, Travis Webster, Ty-

ler Hoog and Jake Ketron; and sophomore Jared Seibert have formed the nucleus of the team around the seniors. Most of that group is new to varsity play. Tiberi, who will play for Louisville, was the most experienced pitcher coming back from last year and the new pitchers have been learning. “We had to turn some guys into pitchers and they’re doing well,” Ryan said. “Callery has been an all-region catcher and hitter. He won’t be an all-region pitcher but he’s doing well. He throws strikes. We’re working with them on changing speed, throwing strikes, holding runners. It’s been a learning experience for them.” While his young players gain experience, Ryan is looking forward to continuing the upgrade of Meinken Field, which has been a gradual process in recent years. He’s also looking forward to just playing anywhere. “We have a full week ahead and I’m looking forward to it,” he said.

PARK HILLS — It hasn’t been easy at times, but the Covington Catholic baseball team is on its way to another 20-win season for head coach Bill Krumpelbeck. The Colonels are 13-8 after beating Campbell County 9-6 on April 22. Cov Cath plays at district rival Beechwood Thursday, April 25 then plays three games in two days at the Bryan Stevenson Memorial tourney at Dixie Heights and Simon Kenton April 26-27. “We’re a work in progress,” Krumpelbeck said. “We’ve played games without all the errors. We’re just trying to get better. That’s all we can do.” Krumpelbeck was lamenting an 11-2 loss at Ryle, currently 17-2 for the season, April 17. The Colonels have had several games like that but also have several quality wins, including an earlier victory over Ryle. Cov Cath has beaten defending Ninth Region champ Newport Central Catholic twice, 2012 10th Region champ Bishop Brossart once, and Louisville St. Xavier. Cov Cath beat Shelby County 13-2 and lost to Louisville power Pleasure Ridge Park 11-0 in the Doc Morris scholarship tournament. “We’ll see some very good teams,” he said before the

Covington Catholic senior Ryan Basford pitches to Ryle. Ryle won 11-2 over Covington Catholic April 17 at Ryle. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

tourney. “We’ll find out where we stand against some of the top teams in the state.” The Colonels are having expected pains after losing every starter but junior Grant Schreiver, who has committed to Louisville. He has three home runs and 20 RBI to rank high on the Northern Kentucky charts and is second in runs scored. Nate Bailey, Nate Kunkel, Adam Atkinson and Ben Heppler have been the leading hitters in average so far. Heppler has four wins on the mound and a 3.69 ERA.


This Week’s MVP

» Simon Kenton softball pitcher Erica Lang for pitching a no-hitter against Williamstown.

SOY voting: May 1

The fifth-annual Community Press and Recorder Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Award voting period for the 2013 award will run Wednesday, May 1, through Tuesday, May 22. When it’s time to vote, you’ll go to Click on the Sportsman of the Year item on the right-hand side of the page. Readers will be able to vote once a day for their favorite athlete per paper. 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. Neither the articles nor ballots will count against the meter, so you do not have to be a Cincinnati Enquirer/ subscriber to vote on your fa-

vorite candidate. Email with questions and follow the hashtag #SOY2013 for updates on Twitter.


» Scott beat Anderson 6-4 April 18. Nick Brinkman had three hits. » Scott beat Anderson County 3-2 April 20. Pete Ohmer had a home run. Reed Spata had three hits including a triple. » Simon Kenton beat Boone County 4-2. Tristen Marcum and Brad Franzen had two hits each.


» Calvary Christian beat Augusta 25-3 April 16. Dayne Merkley had three hits including a grand slam home run, and drove in six for the game. » Holy Cross beat Ludlow 10-0 April 17. Madyson Moran had two home runs and four RBI. » Sophomore pitcher Haylee Smith tossed a perfect game to lead Notre Dame past Dixie Heights, 6-0 April 16. Smith struck out four batters, and did not allow a ball out of the infield.

Abby Jones hit her first career varsity home run and was 3for-3 at the plate. Junior Laura Finke finished 2-for-4 with a RBI. » Simon Kenton beat Williamstown 17-0 April 18. Erica Lang threw a no-hitter and struck out nine. Samantha Perkins had four hits.

Boys tennis

» Covington Catholic beat Scott 5-0 April 16. Winners were Laine Harrett, Ben Reis, Tim Fritz, Joe Kendall/Nate Wichmann and Cole Jameson/Parker Kenney. » Holy Cross beat Lloyd 4-1 April 15 with wins from Reynolds, Bergman, Sizemore/ Garrett and Turner/Boggett.

Girls tennis

» Notre Dame beat Highlands 3-2 April 16. Winners were Bess Fley and Abby Roebker, and Laura Irons/Caroline Krumme. NDA beat Lexington Catholic 5-0 April 18 to improve to 9-2. » Scott improved to 7-0 by beating Simon Kenton 3-2 April 15. Winners were Hillmann, Hancock and Bishop.

Covington Catholic junior Max Boyle tries to get an out at second. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Covington Catholic senior David Zalla throws the ball back into the infield. Ryle won 11-2 over Covington Catholic April 17. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER



Swimmers finish season at record ‘Clip’ Community Recorder

The Northern Kentucky Clippers completed their short-course season with success at both the NCSA Junior Nationals in Orlando, Fla., March12-16, and the 2013 Ohio J.O. Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, March 810. The meets were highlighted by four Ohio State LSC records and 21 team records broken by the Clippers.

2013 NCSA Junior Nationals

The Clipper Seniors sent 15 swimmers who accounted for 75 individual swims. The meet as a whole had more than 1,700 swimmers and more than 7,000 swims representing 255 clubs. Ohio LSC record-

The 15-and-over girls 800 freestyle relay of Sharli Brady, Kenzie Margroum, Hanna Gillcrist and Lauren Herich recently set a new Northern Kentucky Clippers team record. THANKS TO DEB HERICH

breakers included: Sharli Brady of Burlington, 400 individual medley; Max Williamson of Fort Mitchell, 100 breaststroke, 200 IM, and 400 IM. Team record-breakers included: Annie Davies of Fort Mitchell, 15-16 girls 200 breast; Sharli Brady,

17-and-over girls 200 freestyle, and 400 IM; Mike Summe of Edgewood, 1516 boys 100 breast; Max Williamson: 17-and-over 100 breaststroke, 200 IM, and 400 IM. Relay team recordbreakers included: 15and-over boys 200 medley,

Max Williamson, Chase Vennefron of Fort Mitchell, Rob Newman of Fort Mitchell, and Mike Summe; 15-and-over boys 400 medley, Max Williamson, Mike Summe, Rob Newman, and Chase Vennefron; 15-and-over boys 800 free, Max Williamson, Mike Summe, Rob Newman, and Zach Smith of Fort Mitchell; 15-and-over girls 800 free, Kenzie Margroum of Fort Thomas, Lauren Herich of Hebron, Hanna Gillcrist of Burlington, and Sharli Brady.

2013 Short-Course Ohio Age Group Junior Olympics Championship The Clippers 14-andunders finished second overall, with the girls winning the meet and the boys

finishing third. The 10and-under girls and 13-14 girls both won their respective age groups. Individual event winners included: Seth Young of Florence, 50 breaststroke; Sophie Skinner of Independence,13-14 girls 1,650 free; Kenzie Skaggs of Edgewood, 10and-under girls 100 backstroke; Amanda Smith of Walton, 13-14 girls 200 back; Mallory Beil of Edgewood, 13-14 girls 100 butterfly; Jake Lentsch of Hebron, 13-14 boys 200 breast, and 200 fly; Abbi Richards of Crescent Springs,11-12 girls 200 IM; Madeleine Vonderhaar of Lakeside Park, 13-14 girls 200 IM, and 200 butterfly. Relay event winners included: 10-and-under girls 200 medley, Mariah Denigan of Walton, Anna

Long, Kenzie Skaggs, and Alexa Arkenberg of Union;13-14 girls 400 medley, Sophie Skinner, Madeleine Vonderhaar, Mallory Beil, and Amanda Smith; 13-14 girls 400 free: Sophie Skinner, Mallory Beil, Mikayla Herich, and Bray Zimmerman. Team record-breakers included: Kenzie Skaggs, 9-10 girls 50 fly (30.21), and 100 fly (1:06.58); Alexa Arkenberg, 9-10 girls 100 fly (1:08.28); Madeleine Vonderhaar, 13-14 girls 100 breast (1:03.80), and 200 breast (2:19.12); Seth Young, 9-10 boys 100 IM (1:07.48) and 200 IM (2:24.16); Jake Lentsch, 1314 boys 100 breast (59.80), and 200 breast (2:10.33). For more information about the Clippers, go online at

Local swimmers assist in Centre’s champion win Year. The Centre women won by 130 points while the Centre men beat the favored Sewanee College men by a mere half a point to bring home first-place trophies for both men and women. Local swimmers include Louis Rodgers of St. Henry District High School; Maddie Mescher of Beechwood High School, Kirsten Larson of Calvary Christian High School and Shannon Wofford of Highlands High School.

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Four former local high school students who attend and swim for Centre College in Danville traveled to Birmingham, Ala., to participate in the Southern Athletic Association’s Conference meet Feb. 14, 15 and 16. For the first time in Centre’s history, both the men and women came in first and their coach Dean Bromley was named Men’s and Women’s Coach of the

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NKU app informs fans Community Recorder

The Northern Kentucky University Office of Information Technology has released a new mobile app that allows Norse fans to keep up-todate with NKU athletics. GoNorse provides upto-the-minute Northern athletics information via the app’s news ticker in

addition to schedules, ticket information and event promotions. The app features a news ticker that scrolls across the bottom of the device screen as the user navigates different Northern sports via a 3-D carousel wheel. Users can click on a sport icon, which will take them to that sport’s roster, sched-

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Freedom games to air on 1320 AM The Florence Freedom welcome back radio play-by-play broadcaster Steve Jarnicki as he will announce all 96 games during the 2013 regular season in addition to the playoffs should the Freedom qualify. Jarnicki, who is the owner of his own production company, has teamed up with Great Lakes radio station 1320 AM WCVG to broadcast these games. The games can also be heard online at, www.

and are also available on your smart phone by downloading the TuneIn Radio App. WCVG is a gospel-formatted station with its towers located in Covington. Last season Jarnicki was behind the microphone for the Freedom and got to witness history firsthand as the team qualified for the postseason for the first time in franchise history. The late season run has him extremely optimistic heading into his second year with the Freedom. “2012 was such a spe-

cial season and I was fortunate to be able to broadcast all the games, which included a trip to the Frontier League Championship series,” said Jarnicki. “With everything that the team accomplished last year, and with the players that are expected to return, it should be a fun summer of baseball and I can’t wait for it to begin.” The Freedom will host the River City Rascals on opening night May 16. All broadcasts can be heard starting 15 minutes prior to first pitch .

Some CovCath and Holmes royalty gathered at the Hall of Fame ceremony March 20. They are, from left, George Schloemer, Dick Maile, Mark Schloemer, Doug Schloemer and Reynolds Flynn. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

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The Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame inducted new members March 20: Carol Brown, Tom Daley, Adrienne Hundemer, George Schloemer, Mark Schloemer and Doug Schloemer.

SIDELINES NewCath basketball Registration is open for the the NewCath 2013 Hoops Camp. The girls session is 9 a.m. to noon, June 3-6, for girls in grades 3-8. The boys session is 9 a.m. to noon, June 10-13 for boys in grades 3-8. For more information, visit or call 859-292-0001.

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The Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame inducted new members March 20 at the Villa Hills Civic Club. Carol Brown (softball, basketball, coach), Tom Daley (football, basketball, baseball - Dayton and Ludlow), Adrienne Hundemer (track and field - Dayton), George Schloemer (basketball - CovCath), Mark Schloemer (basketball - CovCath), Doug Schloemer (basketball - Holmes - Mr. Basketball 1978). Front, from left: Brown, Daley. Back: Dick Maile, George Schloemer, Mark Schloemer, Doug Schloemer and Hundemer.

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On library taxes: ‘I see nothing’ Why does Kentucky’s General Assembly pass new laws if bureaucrats refuse to follow the old ones? Here’s a tale of two groups. One plays the role of a victim and one plays a villain. See if you can guess which is which. In 2011, petitioners fought to place the $3.4 million taxing authority, Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission (NKAPC), on the November ballot. Petitioners needed over 17,000 signatures to accomplish that goal. In the Kenton County 2011 primary, only 6,866 voters voted. That was a huge task, but that was the law. Since the Northern Kentucky Tea Party consists of law-abiding citizens, they followed the law. Petitioners collected over

24,000 petitions that were scrutinized more closely than the hanging chads in the 2000 presidential elecTom Wurtz tion. County COMMUNITY officials even RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST had police chase petitioners off public property to hinder petitioners’ efforts. Newspaper ads by a mystery group of local politicians lambasted the ethics of the out-of-town petition gatherers. They established a website (4nkapc) so they could smear petitioners and implied many petition signatures were

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Where are the Democrats’ women?

It was interesting to see that two men, Paul Whalen and Col Owens, were selected to lead the Fourth District Congressional Democrats. Where are the women? The Republican Party of Kentucky requires that the district and state chairs be of the opposite sex. In other words, if the chair is a woman, the vice-chair must be a man. The “opposite sex” rule applies at all levels of the National Republican Party – state, regional and national. Republicans give equal leadership opportunities to men and women. Apparently the Democrats don’t.

Ted Smith Park Hills

Satirical ‘Chronicles’ not so funny

Hmm, did I hear Tim Sogar call the Villa Hills City Attorney, Todd McMurtry, “Toad” at the city council meeting on Wednesday night? Slip of the tongue – you think? Or maybe, just maybe it was a clue as to whom the individual or individuals may be who are part of the website, The Martin Chronicles. Hush, they say, don’t mention this website. It will only add fuel to their fire. Well, I say, hogwash, the people of Villa Hills need to know about this website. They need to know just what kind of people Mayor Mike Martin is dealing with on a daily basis. The Martin Chronicles, “they say,” is a satirical look at Mayor Mike Martin, the City Council and anything they try to do. Well, I say it is hateful, vicious, vengeful, and full of lies and half truths. It is evil. Above all it is hurtful. Consider the source, they say. I say stop the source. Not only do they attack the actions of the mayor and City Council, they attack each person. They attack the family members. They attack the Villa Hills Civic Club and the St. Joe’s Men’s Society. No one is safe if you disagree with their thinking. On a personal note, they have attacked my husband, Eddie. They have called him a liar, a nitwit, a traitor, Judas Iscariot and a backstabber

just to name a few. This is mild compared to what the mayor, City Council members and other citizens of Villa Hills have had to endure. Also, because of Eddie’s stature they posted a picture of the Pillsbury Doughboy – funny – you think so? I’m not laughing. This website has nothing positive to say. It is all negative. It is being a bully with words. It only incites the people who have been trying to get rid of Mayor Mike Martin from the get-go. It is childish and hurtful. Anyone who is involved with this website in any way, shape or form has no business being a part of running our city or receiving a paycheck. We need to find out who these cowards are since they aren’t proud enough to sign their names on the dotted line. Maybe Tim Sogar could be the snitch to come forward. With all of the sadness that has gone on in our country this past week we certainly don’t need hateful, hurtful, vindictive, childish individuals stirring up trouble in our city. Who knows what trouble this website will incite. Freedom of speech and a difference of opinion, yes, we all want this. It is our right – but downright meanness, I don’t think so.

Donna Vogt Villa Hills

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forged. Kenton politicians acted like Barney Fife with Andy out of town. The entire county was a Dragnet crime scene for 90 days. The Kenton County Clerk’s Office later failed to certify the 24,000 petitions. Petitioners played by the rules and lost. How ironic is it that for over 30 years the Kenton County Library has violated the law, per Kenton County Circuit Court Judge Patricia Summe, by refusing to secure petitions prior to raising taxes? Where was Kenton County’s attorney, commonwealth’s attorney, state senators, state legislatures, county judge-executives, county commissioners, mayors, city council members or even the

dog-catcher on this issue? Kenton County had an illegal operation confiscating millions of dollars from taxpayers and not one of these dedicated public servants detected this illegal behavior? County and local officials look like Sgt. Schultz from the television show Hogan’s Heroes who famously said, “I see nothing!” It’s obvious that public servants are not there to protect the taxpayers. They’re there to protect the tax takers. Kenton County Library’s taxing scam and the NKAPC petition fiasco should serve as a major wake-up call that no one in government is looking out for us. We’re on our own. The news coverage has not been surprising. Instead of

drilling the library on their illegal actions, the media is presenting the library as a victim even though they stole millions from taxpayers. Sadly, taxpayers, like the Tea Party, are cast as a villain for pointing out this illegal behavior. I’m sure the children of Kenton County are about to learn a valuable lesson. They will discover if the rule of law still matters in Kenton County or if laws only apply to taxpayers, not tax takers. I hope the court doesn’t let the children down. It’s all about educating children about right and wrong. Isn’t it? Tom Wurtz is president of Tom Wurtz Consulting and a resident of Fort Mitchell.

New parents need extra support As amplification of child abuse cases reaches media outlets, we are constantly barraged by the horrific fact that children are suffering on a daily basis from physical abuse inflicted by an adult caregiver – a caregiver who has been entrusted to nurture and care for the most vulnerable and innocent of our citizens. As adults, it is our responsibility to keep all children safe. The truth is that in society, regardless of position in Therese Sirles life, adults play a unique COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST role in providCOLUMNIST ing for the safety and well-being of all children and their families. As citizens, how can we work to prevent child abuse? The first thing we must do is recognize that the birth of a child is not only a joyous occasion, but also one that changes the dynamics of a family, leaving the family structure vulnerable. Even the most wellprepared parents may be challenged by the new rigors of providing care for a baby who is so totally dependent. New parents need support, even if they do not ask for it. Here are a few simple ways to help eliminate child abuse: » Reach out and be a mentor to new parents. Encourage them, listen to them and be empathetic to their voiced concerns. Be supportive of their efforts and offer your assistance.

CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Newspaper in Kentucky are working in cooperation with the Partnership to Eliminate Child Abuse to provide information including guest columns throughout April in the Recorder.

» Educate new parents about infant crying. Crying is the No. 1 trigger in cases of abusive head trauma in infants. Explain to new parents that crying is normal – it is how infants communicate. » Explain that frustration is a normal feeling for new parents. Explain that acting upon that frustration in a positive way, such as listening to music, calling a friend or taking a deep relaxing breath and counting to 10 are effective tools to prevent the stress that leads to potentially harmful behaviors. Caregiver frustration left unattended is harmful. Make sure new parents know that crying never hurt a baby and that it is OK to call someone they trust for relief. Emphasize that even if they are the only caregiver in the home, they can follow the ABCs – place the baby alone on his or her back in a safety-approved crib. Many times, stepping out of the room just long enough

to allow frustration levels to decrease is all a caregiver needs to do to calm down. It is incredibly important that new parents be counseled on how to choose a prospective caregiver for those times when they must be away. Children should never be left in the care of someone the parent or parents do not trust implicitly. Children are at increased risk for abuse with caregivers who use drugs or alcohol, display any kind of violent behavior or have a criminal history. Partnering with new parents is one of the most effective tools in increasing their knowledge, reaffirming their capabilities and helping them respond to their new role with confidence and adaptability. By taking the time to become a resource, a teacher and a mentor, each of us has the opportunity to eliminate child abuse by helping new families adapt to the changes that occur with the birth of a baby, thereby enhancing stability within the home. If you have questions about how to be a resource for new parents, contact Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky at 859-2258879, toll free at 800-244-5373 or or The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline is available toll free 24/7 at 800-4224453, or This article was written by Therese Sirles, R.N., of Kosair Children’s Hospital along with Dr. Jaime Pittenger of UK HealthCare and Dr. Seema Sachdeva of Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine.

WHEN THEY MEET Kenton Fiscal Court

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

Crescent Springs City Council

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

Crestview Hills City Council

Meetings: Second Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Address: 50 Town Center Blvd. Phone: 859-341-7373 Mayor: Paul Meier

Edgewood City Council Meetings: First and third Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Address: 385 Dudley Road

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

Phone: 859-331-5910 Mayor: John Link

Erlanger City Council

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

Fort Mitchell City Council Meetings: First and third Mondays at 7 p.m. Address: 2355 Dixie Hwy. Phone: 859-331-1212 Mayor: Chris Wiest

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






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Charlotte, one of the Katahdin Hair Sheep found on Free Radical Ranch Farm, walked out into the grass on April 19, with her two lambs, which were born April 17. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Heritage Farm tour celebrates natural, traditional methods

Mary Leming of Rising Phoenix Farm holds Perdito, a 2-week-old orphan lamb. Perdito is a Hog Island Sheep, a rare and critically endangered breed, several of which Leming purchased from George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate in Alexandria, Va. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

By Amy Scalf

MORNING VIEW — Kenton County’s heritage farm tour will allow visitors to look at the history and future of farming at the same time. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 4, five Kenton County farms will open their barn doors and farm gates for the first-ever Today’s Heritage Farm event. The free self-guided farm tour is a partnership of the Cooperative Extension Service, Kenton County Conservation District and the local farmers who want to share their traditions with the public. More information is available online at or at, by calling 859-356-3155 or visiting the Cooperative Extension Office at 10990 Marshall Road in Covington. “This is a celebration of our heritage. It’s a labor of love, no question,” said Bill Schneider of Lil’ Cruisey View Farm in Morning View. Schneider will host an open barn and petting areas after 10 a.m. during the heritage farm tour. He’ll also have several informative sessions throughout the day from sharing how to raise rabbits, chickens and dairy goats to wood furnituremaking and searching for woodland mushrooms. His secluded farm will also feature traditional music and Irish music during the day, and a walk through the woods to the Wehner Family Heritage Farmstead. The farmstead includes a preserved 1830s pioneer farm museum with vintage tools and farm equipment and a working timber operation. “We’re just trying to give folks a little taste of the flavor of southern Kenton County,” said Schneider. “If we can establish friendships with our city neighbors, we’ll be successful. That’s kind of the way we do things in the country. Plus, it promotes a lifestyle that’s healthy and wholesome and family-oriented.” Farm babies will be on full display at Free Radical Ranch

On Lil’ Cruisey View Farm, Bill Schneider bottle-feeds Curly, a 6-week-old lamb. Curly is one of the baby animals visitors will get to meet during Today’s Heritage Farm tour on Saturday, May 4. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Farm in Crittenden. Jennifer Leigh Myka and Thomas Brackman maintain a flock of Animal Welfare Approved Katahdin Hair Sheep, several of which are expecting lambs in late April and early May. “What I’m really excited about is to be able to share that we are managing our farms in what seems like a new way but is really an old way. It used to be everybody did this,” said Myka. “We’re stewards of the land who need to protect it for the future.” Free Radical Ranch also hosts award-winning Suri Alpacas, horses and chickens. As Myka also runs Free Radical Ranch’s Fiber Division, the farm will feature a demonstration of carding and spinning of alpaca wool. The Kenton County Conservation District’s Morning View Heritage Area will also be open during the tour, where visitors can hike around a 200acre farm dedicated to preserving the natural areas of Kenton County. Board members and staff will be at the barn to provide information about this land restoration project and lead short guided walks around the property. The land, purchased by the Conservation District in 2010, was home to six generations of the Steinhauser family after John Steinhauser emigrated from Germany in 1853. At Rising Phoenix Farm in Morning View, Mary Leming preserves not only farming traditions, but also rare and critically endangered animal

breeds. She has 13 Randall Cattle, listed by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy as the only genetically pure landrace breed cattle in the United States. There are fewer than 500 of them left in the world, up from less than 20 in existence in 1985. Randalls are a “triple purpose breed” used for dairy production, meat and oxen. Leming’s farm also features nearly a dozen varieties of fowl, including Royal Palm and Chocolate turkeys, French Maran chickens, and Guinea Fowl, as well as Hog Island sheep, a formerly feral breed from Hog Island, Va., which she purchased from George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate. Her laying hens, sheep and cattle are Animal Welfare Approved. She said it’s important for farms to participate in events like Today’s Heritage Farm program “so the public knows what’s out here and they can support us.” Leming said working on her farm is her passion, “but everything needs to have a purpose. I can’t keep raising cows just to raise cows. Heritage breeds taste better. They’re more intelligent and healthy. There are no antibiotics, no hormones. Everything we do is natural and pasture-raised. It’s important for people to know that we do this right here in Kenton County.”

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Rising Phoenix Farm in Morning View features 90 acres of endangered animals, including 13 pasture raised Randall Cattle. There are fewer than 500 of these cattle in the world. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Salvador is one of the Suri Alpacas who lives at Free Radical Ranch Farm in Morning View. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 26 Art Exhibits The Life and Works of Harlan Hubbard, 10 a.m.-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. Liquids-In-Motion, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd., Semmens Gallery. Collection of high-speed digital photographs of various liquids in collision with objects and other liquids. Displayed prints printed directly on sheets of aluminum. Through May 15. 859-491-2030; Covington. Parade, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd., Five second floor galleries. Three artists whose work echoes the themes of the dramatic performance. Exhibit continues through May 15. Through May 11. 859-957-1940; Covington.

The Village Vintage and Arts Bazaar – formerly known as 4th Sunday MainStrasse Antiques, Etc. – opens its fifth year, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, April 28. The Bazaar is free to shoppers, and all are welcome to browse and buy from vendors lining the 6th Street promenade in MainStrasse Village in Covington. THANKS TO DONNA KREMER Covington.

TUESDAY, APRIL 30 Art Exhibits The Life and Works of Harlan Hubbard, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission. 859491-4003; Covington. Liquids-In-Motion, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Carnegie, 859-4912030; Covington. Parade, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Carnegie, 859-957-1940; Covington. Disruptors: QRtifacts by Peiter Griga, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 859-2922322. Covington.

Art Openings Disruptors: QRtifacts by Peiter Griga, 6-10 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 27 W. Seventh St., Guest curated by Morgan Cobb. Interactive exhibition exploring intersection of fine art and disruptive technology featuring local entrepreneurs. Opening features Analogue Silhouettes performance by Hark + Hark and DJ Zealous Knock. Exhibit continues through May 24. Free. 859-2922322. 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.

Community Dance

The Carnegie’s Otto M. Budig Theatre presents Buster Keaton’s 1926 classic “The General,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2 with a live modern underscore by Jeff Rapsis, pictured. THANKS

Music - Classic Rock


Phatty and the Mojo, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Sidebar, 322 Greenup St., 859-431-3456. Covington.

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

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

Music - Rock Orchid in the Ivy, 8 p.m. With Department Store Alligator and Addis Ackbar. Doors open 7 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., $5. 859-491-2444; Covington.

On Stage - Comedy Stand Up for 9/11, 8-10 p.m. Comedians Mike Armstrong, Dave Hyden, Rob Wilfong and Lorain Braun. Gary Burbank, radio Hall of Famer, master of ceremony. Doors open at 7 p.m., Radisson Hotel Covington, 668 W. Fifth St., Cash bar, raffles, split-the-pot and more. On display a 200 pound steel I-beam from Ground Zero at World Trade Center in New York after terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Beam will be part of Northern Kentucky 9/11 Memorial. $25, $20 advance. 859-3413017. Covington.

SATURDAY, APRIL 27 Art Exhibits The Life and Works of Harlan Hubbard, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission. 859491-4003; Covington. Liquids-In-Motion, noon-3 p.m., The Carnegie, 859-4912030; Covington. Parade, noon-3 p.m., The Carnegie, 859-957-1940; Covington.

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Karaoke and Open Mic 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. 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. The John Von Ohlen Trio, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., 859-261-2365; Covington.

Shopping Voguevert Trunk Show and Fundraiser, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd., Talented eco-conscious designers from around the world create upscale accessories. Benefits Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center. Free. 859-957-1940; Covington.


Cooking Classes 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 May 11. 513-335-0297; Covington. Steakhouse DIY, 2-4 p.m., Argentine Bistro, 2875 Town Center Blvd., $25. Registration required. 859-426-1042; Crestview Hills.

The Village Vintage and Arts Bazaar, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., MainStrasse Village, Main Street, Antiques and collectibles available for sale along MainStrasse’s Promenade. Free admission. Presented by MainStrasse Village Association. 859-468-4820; Covington.

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

Exercise 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 fitness levels welcome. $5. Presented by Zumba with Gabrielle. 513-702-4776. Edgewood. Jazzercise Classes, 8:30-9:30 a.m. 9:30-10:30 a.m. 4:30-5:30 p.m. 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.

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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.

Toro on the Levee hosts DJ Battles from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday, April 29. The event is open all DJs. DJs must register. The championship finals are May 13. THANKS TO BROOKE COSTIDES


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

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.

MONDAY, APRIL 29 Art Exhibits The Life and Works of Harlan Hubbard, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission. 859491-4003; Covington.

Liquids-In-Motion, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Carnegie, 859-4912030; Covington. Parade, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Carnegie, 859-957-1940; Covington. Disruptors: QRtifacts by Peiter Griga, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 27 W. Seventh St., Guest curated by Morgan Cobb. Interactive exhibition exploring intersection of fine art and disruptive technology featuring local entrepreneurs. Free. Through May 24. 859-2922322. Covington.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise Classes, 8-9 a.m. 9:30-10:30 a.m. 4:30-5:30 p.m. 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-3317778; Crescent Springs. Jazzercise, 6:30 p.m., Promenade Palace, $32 monthly unlimited classes. 859-341-4392. Covington.

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;

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.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 1 Art Exhibits The Life and Works of Harlan Hubbard, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission. 859491-4003; Covington. Liquids-In-Motion, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Carnegie, 859-4912030; Covington. Parade, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Carnegie, 859-957-1940; Covington. Disruptors: QRtifacts by Peiter Griga, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 859-2922322. Covington.

Civic 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.

Education Enrollment Information

Session, 3 p.m., Gateway Community and Technical College Edgewood Campus, 790 Thomas Moore Parkway, Student Services Center E210. 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; Edgewood.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise Classes, 9:30-10:30 a.m. 5-6 p.m. 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.

THURSDAY, MAY 2 Art Exhibits The Life and Works of Harlan Hubbard, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission. 859491-4003; Covington. Liquids-In-Motion, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Carnegie, 859-4912030; Covington. Parade, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Carnegie, 859-957-1940; Covington. Disruptors: QRtifacts by Peiter Griga, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 859-2922322. Covington.

Exercise Classes 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. 4:30-5:30 p.m. 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; Crescent Springs. 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.

Farmers Market Dixie Farmers Market, 2-6 p.m., Erlanger Baptist Church, 116 Commonwealth Ave., Presented by City of Erlanger. 859-727-2525; Erlanger.

Music - Concerts Buster Keaton’s The General, 7:30 p.m., The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd., Silent film with live music. Jeff Rapsis, composer of more than 100 film scores for keyboard and renowned New England silent film accompanist, proffers modern underscoring to Buster Keaton’s 1926 classic. $19. 859-957-3456; Covington.

Music - Rock Dro Mayne, 8 p.m. With 17 Stacks, J-Sheetz, Charakter, Marty Scars, Yung N Official and Brick Tight. Doors open 7 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., $8. 859-491-2444; Covington.



Celebrate spring with roasted asparagus

What a difference a few warm days make. The Caudill kids who live down the road brought me a baggie full of wild violets that they patiently picked. I’ll add that to what I’ve picked and I’ll have enough to make a batch of violet jelly (so gourmet!) and Rita violet vineHeikenfeld gar. RITA’S KITCHEN After they left, I started pulling weeds away from the elderberry bushes when I happened to look over at the asparagus patch. Beautiful asparagus poking up everywhere! And a couple of the stalks were already feathering out at the top, which means they’re too tough to eat. Well, I stopped what I was doing, ran into the house to get a paring knife and basket, and started harvesting asparagus. I got about a pound from his first cutting, and that’s pretty good. Asparagus can help detoxify our system, has anti-aging properties and not only reduces the risk of heart disease, but it can help prevent birth

mustard 2 tablespoons apricot jam

Can be refrigerated up to a week.

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Rita adapted an asparagus with brie recipe from Tom Keegan of Keegan’s Specialty Seafood. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD.

defects. It’s in season now so pick some up at your local farmer’s market or grocery. Like all seasonal, local produce, asparagus contains optimum nutrition levels right now.

Roasted asparagus with brie

Sound different? I first tasted this when Tom Keegan of Keegan’s Specialty Seafood in Mount Washington was a guest on my cable show. “We make this all the time to serve alongside our entrees for our classes,” he said. (Check out his site at No kidding, asparagus this way

is addictive. Here’s my adaptation: Snap tough ends off. Lay in single layer on baking sheet. Sprinkle with lemon pepper. Remove rind from brie (it’s edible but a bit tough and is easier to do when the cheese is cold). Lay slices of brie on top. Roast or grill at high temperature (475 degrees) for a few minutes or until asparagus just starts to wrinkle but turns bright green and is still plump and Brie starts to melt.

Phyllis Lowe’s apricot mustard sauce for pork tenderloin

I need to eat more rosemary. That’s the herb for remembrance. Or maybe sage, which is good for the mind. The reason I need to munch on these herbs is I can’t for the life of me remember which engagement I was doing where I met Phyllis. Actually, she attended a couple of my presentations and raved about this sauce, which she says is delicious alongside pork. Well, I can’t wait to try it and wanted you to have the recipe, too. Mix together:

Each Thursday morning at 7:20 a.m., I have a live segment on Sacred Heart Radio with Brian Patrick about Bible foods and herbs. Recently we talked about carrots and turnips (check out my blog for a recap). About an hour later, a fax came in with this recipe “from a fan.” He/she indicated that “the stew is delicious.” That’s what makes this column so fun, the ability to share recipes like this. I’ll be making this as soon as our carrots and turnips are ready! ⁄2to 3⁄4pound bulk pork sausage 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks 2 medium carrots, cut into chunks 1 small turnip, peeled and cubed 1/2medium onion, chopped, or more to taste 31⁄2cups water or broth (vegetable or chicken)

Salt and pepper to taste 1 cup stewed tomatoes or more to taste

Cook sausage until done. Add potatoes, carrots, turnip, onion, water and seasonings. Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer until veggies are tender, about 20 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and heat through. 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.

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MARRIAGE LICENSES Brittany Yates, 23, of Covington and Thomas McDonald, 26, of Independence, issued April 5. Stephanie Clark, 28, of Cold Spring and William Wehmann, 27, of Cincinnati, issued April 5. Anne Fanning, 56, of Cincinnati and Jack James, 59, of Xenia, issued April 5. Valerie Tutt, 56, of Florence and Terry Bandy, 58, of Ludlow, issued April 8. Patricia Ward, 34, and Fermin Begnoche, 51, both of Kentucky, issued April 8. Deborah Donaldson, 56, and Michael Donaldson, 49, both of Foster, issued April 8. Leslie Christler, 27, of Loveland and Russell Salisbury, 27, of Park Hills, issued April 8. Elizabeth Bornhorst, 32, and Nicholas Browning, 34, both of Fort Mitchell, issued April 8. Stacey Jerauld, 37, of Orlando and Billy Cowans, 35, of

Covington, issued April 8. Gretchen Kroger, 22, of Cincinnati and Robert Caudill, 23, of Fort Thomas, issued April 9. Brittany Skaleski, 26, of Kettering and Christopher Houlhaus, 38, of Fort Thomas, issued April 9. Raushanah Reed, 32, and Brian Cole, 34, both of Cincinnati, issued April 10. Nicole Hall, 27, of Burlington and Donald Stegmoller II, 33, of Erlanger, issued April 10. Amber Kelly, 25, of Cincinnati and Nathanial Dotse, 28, of Dayton, issued April 10. Amanda Gillum, 31, of Covington and Michael Roush, 41, of Columbus, issued April 11. Angelia Reynolds, 42, and Randy Cole, 40, both of Covington, issued April 11. Kelly Ferguson, 31, and Domanic Catacora, 32, both of

Dayton, issued April 11. Christina Gray, 28, and Michael Heiob, 31, both of Cincinnati, issued April 11. Jessica Peterson, 23, of Cincinnati and Michael Broering, 25, of Fort Thomas, issued April 11. Stephanie McGee, 45, of Covington and John France, 47, of Cincinnati, issued April 12. Victoria Zic, 36, and Chris Rice, 37 both of Park Hills, issued April 12. Jennifer Dulle, 24, of Batavia and Aaron Dries, 26, of Cincinnati, issued April 12. Victoria Vermeersch, 24, and Brian Hacker, 28, both of Rochester, issued April 12. Jennifer Hester, 29, and David Bross, 34, both of Cincinnati, issued April 12,2 013. Lucinda Dillion, 23, and Bryan Crockett, 31, both of Cincinnati, issued April 12.

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Get a contract before paying for work This is something I’ve seen happen several times. Many companies advertise they’ll get you a free roof. Actually, what happens is they work with your insurance company and your insurance company pays for the roof. But I’ve learned you have to be very careful when dealing with these firms. Sharon Brooks has lived in her North College


firm, so she called. “He came out, walked the roof and said I definitely needed a new roof,” Brooks said. An insurance adjuster checked the roof and talked with the roof repairman, but only authorized minor repairs to the roof. However, he agreed there was major damage in her back room. “So, they did print out a check that day. I signed it over to him,” Brooks says. The check was for more than $1,200 and Brooks says the firm started working right away. “The guy took all of

Hill house for five and a half years. She said she started getting leaks from her roof. Howard “My back Ain room startHEY HOWARD! ed to leak and last summer when there was a windstorm that came through with heavy winds and rain, it started to leak even worse,” she said. Brooks said her son knew somebody that worked with a roof repair

Camp retreat at Potters Ranch starts May 31 delays, as well as their families and peer mentors. The retreat is planned for Friday evening on May 31 through Sunday morning, June 2, with the options of attending the entire weekend or Saturday only. The theme will be on mindfulness and healthy lifestyle, and holistic activities to better connect the mind and body, including music and art therapy, nature activities, equine therapy, yoga and healthy meals. The fee is $135 for the weekend and $75 for Saturday only, with lesser fees for parents. Meals are included. Registration ends April 30. Call 859-344-9322, ext. 15 for more information.

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the paneling off the back room and put it in my backyard and left it there. Now I have no walls on my back room,” she said. In fact, that was the last she saw of that company. The problem here is that Brooks signed over the entire insurance check to the roofer before any work had been done. “He said that that’s the money that would get him started on purchasing the material,” Brooks said. If the company doesn’t have enough money to do

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So I contacted the company and am happy to report they sent out a worker to finish the room. In addition, Brooks said her son was able to stop the leaks. Bottom line, when you get an insurance check, don’t sign it over to the repair company. Instead, deposit it into your own bank account and pay the firm a little at a time. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

History 5k planned to honor Bob Clements By Amy Scalf

FORT WRIGHT — Bob Clements put his whole heart into everything he did, whether it was running a marathon, teaching children about history or promoting his beloved James A. Ramage Civil War Museum. Almost a year after his sudden death, all three of those things will come together in Clements’ honor in August during Battery Hooper Days, the Museum’s Civil War living history experience. Lori Clements, Bob’s widow, hopes to start the Run for History 5k Run/ Walk on Sunday, Aug. 18, the second day of Battery

Hooper Days this year. “I think this would be an awesome way to keep Bob’s memory alive,” she said. She also said she expects the event to help fund student scholarships and teacher grants to help create history days at local schools, invite guest lecturers and sponsor field trips. Clements presented her plan to Mayor Joe Nienaber and the Fort Wright City Council along with Steve Prescott of Prescott Race Coordination and Kathleen Romero of the Ramage Museum Board. Council’s approval was not needed to move forward with race plan-



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causing them to break or tear, or causing the root ball to break apart. Gently place the plant in the hole at the correct depth. Once the plant is turned the way you want it, pull the covering back and remove all twine, wires, cords and labels that might eventually girdle a root, branch or twig. Carefully cut off and remove from the hole at least the top third of the wire basket and the burlap. Backfill the hole with soil you removed from it, minus any rocks or other foreign material. Do not add peat moss, compost, sand or other amendments to soil going back into the hole. This is especially important in heavy clay, poor soils. Gently pack soil around the plant ball and water soil in halfway through the planting process; then fill the rest of the hole without packing the soil and water again. Afterward, put mulch around the shrub or tree to a depth of 2-3 inches, but no deeper. Piling mulch around the trunk in a volcano-like fashion will cause bark decay and disease problems. Even a small amount of mulch up against the base of the trunk will attract rodents such as voles, which gnaw on the bark, leading to tree death; so leave 2 to 3 inches of soil exposed at the base of the trunk.

Ky. State police raffle off Camaro Community Recorder

The Kentucky State Police are raffling off a 2013 Chevrolet Camaro 1SS Coupe to help support their annual summer camp for underprivileged youth. Tickets cost $10 each and are available from

any Kentucky state trooper, commercial vehicle enforcement officer or any of the 16 state police posts located throughout the state. Only 20,000 tickets will be sold. The winning ticket will be drawn on Aug. 25, at the Kentucky State Fair.


COMING UP Arbor Day at the Arboretum: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 27, Shelter 1, Boone County Arboretum, 9190 Camp Ernst Road, Union. Enjoy activities for all ages. Pruning and planting demonstrations. Guided tours of the arboretum. Best Annuals for Northern Kentucky: 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 8, Boone County Extension Office, Burlington. Free, but please call 859-586-6101 to register, or enroll online at



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Writing workshop joins art and words Community Recorder

The “Contemplative Creativity: Writing Workshop” is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at Behringer-Crawford Museum, as part of the exhibit “Harlan Hubbard: The Complexity of Simplicity,” which runs through May 5. This workshop will explore how to be attentive to the world and how to describe it in the manner of Harlan Hubbard. Open to all levels of writers, participants will get a chance to learn about Hubbard’s way of describing land-

scapes . Reservations for this event are requested and only a writing utensil and notebook are needed to participate. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors (60and-older), $4 for children (3-17), and free for members and children younger than 3. The Behringer-Crawford Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1-5 p.m. The museum located at 1600 Montague Road (in Devou Park), Covington, KY 41011.



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tioning the sovereignty of God, but questioning when people and government will realize that true, constant, and purposeful change will only occur when we as a nation stop turning our backs on the God who created us. The story of Achan in

the Bible, best describes the world around us today. God had given the Israelites victory in battle, yet they were strictly warned not to take items that were set apart for God. Achan was too greedy and disobeyed. He stole some of the most valuable possessions for himself and buried them under his tent. He was found out, but because of his sin and disobedience, many others, including his own family had to pay the price and lose their lives for his sins. (Joshua 7:1-25) The same is true to-

when we elect men and women who believe in and uphold the sovereignty of the Bible. When we are not ruled by God, we are ruled by Satan, it is that black and white. Human laws and government open wide the door for Satan to enter. Living by the power and authority of the Holy Spirit, open wide the door for God to enter. Human laws have loopholes; they discriminate and always punish the innocent. The Holy Spirit convicts the wicked, frees the righteous and upholds the power of God to effect change where change is needed. There is no doubt that drastic changes are needed in our nation today. Even in our churches. But sadly, as long as we look to people and human laws to affect those changes, we rob the Holy Spirit of the power and

day. We are paying the price for the sins of those around us. We as a nation Julie House suffer COMMUNITY greatly RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST because of the sins of our government, their greed and utter disobedience. Our nation will not be impacted long-term by more laws. For criminals, laws were made to be broken. Our nation will be forever impacted

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authority to effect those changes. “So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and give himself for me. I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die.” (Galatians 2:20-21) I pray that you, me, and the leaders of this great nation will turn back to God and begin to live under his power and authority, reminding ourselves that the battles we fight today have already been fought and won. At Calvary.

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mous cell carcinoma, as well as eye cancer. A 2009 study conducted by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, found people’s risk of developing melanoma increases by 75 percent if they begin visiting tanning beds before the age of 35. The American Cancer Society reported that melanoma is one of the most common types of cancers in those younger than 30 years old, especially women. Exposure to UV rays from sunlight and tanning equipment also can cause premature aging, immune system suppression, eye damage and allergic reaction. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists the following tips to help you protect yourself from UV exposure: » Wear sunscreen with a sun protective factor (SPF) of at least 15 and UVA and UVB protection. » Stay in the shade, especially during the middle of the day. » Cover as much skin as possible with clothing. » Wear a hat with a wide brim to protect your face, ears, neck and head. » Wear sunglasses with as close to 100 percent protection from UVA and UVB rays as possible. Avoid indoor tanning. Diane Mason is county extension agent for family and consumer sciences at the Boone County Cooperative Extension Service.

History smartphone app available Community Recorder

The Kentucky Historical Society explores Kentucky’s slavery and emancipation history in a new smartphone application tour. The society began launching a series of “ExploreKYHistory” smartphone tours in summer 2012. Available tour

themes now include Civil War, War of 1812, Abraham Lincoln, University of Kentucky and Danville. The “Explore KY’s Slavery and Emancipation History” tour highlights the significant people, places and events that have been recognized on Kentucky’s historical markers.

Based on the Kentucky Historical Marker Program, the “ExploreKYHistory” smartphone app combines historical markers, related items in the KHS collections and community-submitted images and stories into mapped points of interest. Related historical markers across the Commonwealth are then

grouped together into tours. The Explore Kentucky History smartphone application is available free of charge at iTunes, Google Play and . For more information about submitting a community tour, contact Stuart Sanders at 502-5641792, ext. 4420 .

Poll reveals surprising HIV data in Ky.

Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends routine HIV screenings for most patients, just three in 10 (32 percent) Kentucky adults ages 1864 report that their medical provider has discussed HIV testing. The Kentucky Health Issues Poll also reveals that providers are more likely to discuss HIV testing with younger, lowerincome, and AfricanAmerican adults. Other results: Four in 10 (40 percent) adults report they have never been tested for

HIV. Four in 10 (41 percent) African-American respondents said a medical provider has discussed HIV testing with them compared to three in 10 (30 percent) white Kentucky adults. Less than one in four (23 percent) adults between the ages of 46 and 64 reported their medical provider ever discussing HIV testing. The rate is considerably higher (42 percent) for younger adults, ages 18 to 29. The KHIP was funded by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and

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bration in Covington. The winners are: The Academic All-Star Awards, seniors who excel in academics: Jenna Garofolo, Campbell County High School; Madeline Gates, Highlands High School; Nathan Grosser, Newport Central Catholic High School; Caitlin Sullivan, Beechwood High

School; Jared Wittrock, Campbell County High School Student Leadership Awards, leadership skills: Dexter Smith from Lloyd Memorial High School and Shannon Redfield from Beechwood High School The Against All Odds Award, has overcome ob-



It consists of a living room, kitchen, three bedrooms and one bath. This property is considered unsuitable for the Rural Development, Housing Program. This would be an excellent buy for an investor interested in rental property or for resale after repairs. An Open House will be held on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 from 10:00 -11:00 a.m. The minimum acceptable bid for this property is $25,460.00. Payment of the current year’s property taxes are the responsibility of the purchaser. Clear title to this property is not warranted. The U.S. Marshal’s Deed is not a general warranty deed. Buyers are advised to have the property’s title examined. Written notification regarding encumbrances on the property must be made to the Rowan County Rural Development Office within 30 days. Potential buyers are hereby put on notice of the presence of various molds of an unknown origin in this house. Some forms of mold have been known to result in serious illness in occupants of homes with existing mold conditions. Rural Development makes no warranties regarding the type of mold in the house and will not assume responsibility for removing the mold. Any persons entering the home for any purpose, including inspecting the property, are hereby made aware of the presence of mold and should take whatever actions they deem necessary to protect themselves while in the house. Rural Development does not recommend entering the home without proper protection. Removal of the mold will be the responsibility of the purchaser, as well as all costs and associated liabilities.



Notice is hereby given that on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. at 30 Peach Drive, Independence, Kentucky, in order to raise the principal sum of $67,503.33, with accrued interest of $6,610.65, through September 2, 2011, with the total subsidy granted of $45,113.70, plus amounts in escrow and other pending fees and charges to the account as provided by the loan instruments and applicable law in the amount of $2,001.76, and interest thereafter on the principal at $13.6840, per day from September 2, 2011, until the date of entry of the Judgment, plus interest on the Judgment amount (principal plus the shared appreciation recapture plus interest to the date of entry of this Judgment) at the rate of 0.10% computed daily and compounded annually, until paid in full and for the costs of this action, pursuant to Judgment and Order of Sale, being Civil Action No. 2:11-CV-00115-DLB-JGW on the Covington Docket of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, entered on September 7, 2011, in the case of United States of America vs. Penny Ann Napier, Et Al, the following described property will be sold to the highest and best bidder: Being Lots Nos. Twenty-five (25), Twenty-six (26) and Twenty-seven (27) of GOLDEN RIDGE SUBDIVISION, as the same appears of record on Plat Slide B-80 (formerly Plat Book 5, page 2) of the Kenton County Clerk’s Records at Independence, Kentucky. Subject to easements and restrictions of record. EXCEPTING, HOWEVER, a certain tract of land lying and being on the north side of Peach Drive and approximately 530 feet west LLL Highway, in Kenton County, Kentucky and more particularly described as follows, to-wit: Unless stated otherwise, any monument referred to herein as an “iron pin set” is a 18” long by ” diameter rebar with a yellow cap stamped “LS 2936”. All bearings herein are referred to the east line of Lot 28, Golden Ridge Subdivision, as recorded in Plat Side No. B-80. BEGINNING at an iron pin set at the southeast corner of Lot 28, Golden Ridge Subdivision, as recorded in Plat Slide No. B-80, in the north right-of-way line of Peach Drive; thence with the east line of Lot 28, N 26 35’ 00” E –152.61 feet to an iron pin set in the east line of Lot 28 and the west property line of Penny Napier (D.B. I-432, Pg. 347); thence with the new made lines partitioning said Lot 27 and Napier property, N 63 25’ 00” W –4.86 feet to an iron pin set; thence S 28 40’ 30” W –152.69 feet to the place of beginning containing 371.06 Sq. Ft. more or less exclusive of all right-of-ways and easements of record. Being a part of the same property conveyed to the Penny Ann Napier from Diane Stamper, an unmarried woman, by Deed dated June 18, 1997 and recorded in Deed Book 432, Page 347, of the Kenton County Clerk’s Records at Independence, Kentucky. TERMS OF SALE: Ten percent (10%) of the bid price (in the form of a Cashiers Check made payable to the U.S. Marshal) on the day of sale with good and sufficient bond for the balance, bearing interest at the rate of 0.10% per annum until paid, due and payable in sixty (60) days and said bond having the effect of a Judgment. Upon a default by the Purchaser, the deposit shall be forfeited and retained by the U.S. Marshal as part of the proceeds of the sale, and the property shall again be offered for sale subject to confirmation by the Court. This sale shall be in bar and foreclosure of all right, title, interest, estate claim, demand or equity of redemption of the defendant(s) and of all persons claiming by, through, under or against them, provided the purchase price is equal to two-thirds of the appraised value. If the purchase price is not equal to two-thirds of the appraised value, the Deed shall contain a lien in favor of the defendant(s) reflecting the right of the defendant(s) to redeem during the period provided by law (KRS 426.530). Under law, the purchaser is deemed to be on notice of all matters affecting the property of record in the local County Clerk’s Office. Inquires should be directed to: Dorothy Fannin Smith, Area Director Rural Development Area Office Morehead, Kentucky - Telephone: 606-784-6447

stacles to achieve academic success: Alea Cardenas from Holmes High School. Golden Apple Awards, teachers that have had a significant impact on students’ education: Stefanie Borders from Summit View Elementary; Robyn Burk from Lloyd High School; Nancy Burns from Reiley Elementary; Christina Frazier from Walton-Verona Elementary; Bonnie Kepf from Camp Ernst Middle School; Susan Loechle from Beechwood Elementary; Janet McIntyre from Walton-Verona High School; Carleen Powell from Florence Elementary; Lori Procaccino from Goetz Elementary; Maria Schappert from St. Augustine Elementary; Angela Turnick from Holmes High School; Tenisha Webb from Twenhofel Middle School One to One Literacy Award, community partner who has played part in the success of the One to One: Reading with Students program – The Kentucky Enquirer. 2013 Gold Standard B.E.S.T. Partnerships: Citi and Boone County High School, Anytime Fitness and Burlington Elementary, Hillshire Brands and Campbell County High School, Fifth Third Bank and Campbell Ridge Elementary, Key Bank and Cline Elementary, Bank of Kentucky and Collins Elementary, Ellison Surface Technologies and Conner High School, Citi and Con-

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From napkin to N. Ky. landmark ‘Florence Y’all’ water tower a sign of home for locals and travelers By Justin B. Duke

FLORENCE — It’s not uncommon for anyone who’s ever driven Interstate 71/ 75 through Northern Kentucky to have a story to tell about a giant red and white landmark they saw as they were passing through Florence. For some, the Florence Y’all water tower is a guidepost and a way to tell how far they are from their destination. For Florence Mayor Diane Whalen, the water tower is a sign of her father’s legacy. “People will say, ‘You know why it’s like that?’ – people who don’t know. And they’ll go, ‘Well I heard…’ and they’ll go on sort of a path that is the general idea, but misses the reasoning behind all of it,” Whalen said. Many stories point to the tower’s connection with the Florence Mall, which is part of the story that goes back to when the tower was built in 1974, Whalen said. “When they opened up the land (which would become Mall Road) and they had the contract for the mall, obviously they needed additional water capability, and so the tower was built over there by

Florence Water and Sewer. They had it all up and striped and painted with ‘Florence Mall’ in preparation,” Whalen said. The mall was still about a year away and the Highway Beautification Act of 1965 put regulations on advertising done along highways. “You couldn’t advertise a nonexistent entity,” Whalen said. Because the tower stood over the interstate, the advertising wasn’t allowed. “The highway department threatened ‘You’re going to be fined if you don’t paint it out, take it out or do something with it,’” Whalen said. This left the mayor at the time, Whalen’s father C.M. “Hop” Ewing, in a bind. “They could throw a tarp over it – which would have been impossible – or they could repaint the entire thing on their shoestring budget, which is what they were operating on at the time,” Whalen said. Since the city didn’t have the money to repaint the entire tower, Ewing had to get creative. The result has spun into legend. “The story’s been told as Burn’s Brother Truck Stop eating breakfast to Caintuckee Grill, and I’m not really sure anymore. But at one of those breakfast places they would gather, he was scribbling on a napkin. In the course of scribbling on his napkin, he took the legs of his M and scratched them

“Hop” Ewing, who was mayor of Florence from 1960 until 1981, with the landmark “Florence Y’all” water tower. Ewing scribbled the idea to change “Mall” to “Y’all” on a restaurant napkin. FILE PHOTO

out,” Whalen said. With the legs on the M gone, it started looking like a Y. “Now that it’s been painted a number of times it’s much more distinct,” Whalen said. After adding in an apostrophe, “Mall” had become “Y’all” and Ewing had found his solution without spending money the city didn’t have. “There was a guy who was working in the area at the time who offered to go

over and paint it for something like $400,” Whalen said. The solution had its naysayers. “There were some who thought it was hokey and made us look like hillbillies,” said Gary Griesser, who was the assistant principal at Ockerman Middle School at the time. Regardless of the how it made the area look, few denied Ewing had found a great and cheap solution to a big problem, Griesser

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Connections by OnStar Hands Free Calling capability from OnStar[3] allows you to safely make and receive calls from your Cadillac. With MyCadillac and OnStar MyLink[4] mobile apps, you can access and control your Cadillac from anywhere you have cell phone service. All Cadillac models come with 1 year of OnStar service. Emergency by OnStar In a crash, built-in sensors can automatically alert an OnStar[3] Advisor who is immediately connected into your Cadillac to see if you need help sent to your exact location. Other OnStar emergency services include Injury Severity Predictor and First Assist. All Cadillac models come with 1 year of OnStar service. Security by OnStar If you’ve reported your Cadillac stolen, OnStar[3] can use GPS technology to help authorities quickly locate and recover it. On most Cadillac models, an Advisor can send a Stolen Vehicle Slowdown® or Remote Ignition Block signal to help authorities safely recover it. All Cadillac models come with 1 year of OnStar service.


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Navigation by OnStar Just push the OnStar[3] button and ask the Advisor to download directions to your Cadillac, and a voice will call out every turn. You can also plan routes from Google Maps™ or® to your Cadillac. All Cadillac models come with 1 year of OnStar service. STK# M42595 MODEL# 6AB69 (1) XTS closed end lease 36 months/10k per year lease $459 mo. $459 due at signing. Total of payments $16,524. (2) ATS closed end lease 36 months/10k per year lease $299 mo. $0 due at signing. Total of payments $10,764. (3) SRX closed end lease 36 months/10k per year lease $369 mo. $369 due at signing. Total of payments $13,284. All leases require credit approval and have $.25 per mile penalty for excess miles. Purchase option at termination. All offers are plus tax license and fees. See dealer for details. Vehicle / equipment may vary from photo. In stock units only, while supplies last. Expires 4/30/2013

Roadside Assistance Among leading automotive luxury brands, Cadillac is the only brand to offer standard 5-year Roadside Assistance that provides lock-out service, a tow, fuel, Dealer Technician Roadside Service and more. Courtesy Transportation During the warranty coverage period, this Cadillac program provides alternate transportation and/or reimbursement of certain transportation expenses if your Cadillac requires warranty repairs.

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POLICE REPORTS INDEPENDENCE Arrests/citations William T. Utz, 22, 10324 Charleston Lane, executed Kenton County warrant at 5241 Fowler Creek Road, April 9. Timothy L. Johnston, 64, 1070 Oakgrove Court, No. 2, executed Kenton County warrant at 1070 Oakgrove Court, April 5. Chelsea L. Griffin, 28, 3953 Conley Road, executed Kenton County warrant at Cox Road, April 8. Marvin E. Beck, 36, 4406 Oliver Road, assault at 4406 Oliver Road, April 5. Jared R. Best, 18, 651 S. Mason Road, DUI at Taylor Mill Road, April 10. Stacey M. Obermeyer, 33, 2060 Flintwood Court, assault at 4090 Richardson Road, April 10. Charissa M. Gregg, 21, 1781 Dahms Road, executed bench warrant at Lakefield Drive, April 8. Blake S. Farmer, 18, 42 Fleming Drive, public drunkenness, disorderly conduct at Fleming Drive, April 8. Michael B. Schmidt, 24, 3008 Nine Mile, unlawful transaction with minor, marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession, possession of a controlled substance at Beech Grove Drive, April 8.

ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Community Recorder publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence.

DEATHS Stephen Ament Stephen D. Ament, 69, of Alexandria, died April 5 at his residence. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War, retired machine operator with United Dairy Farmers in Norwood, Ohio, member of First Christian Church in Fort Thomas, and member of the Tuesday Night Dance Group in Fort Wright. His stepson, Kevin Ament, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Bette Ament of Alexandria; son, David Chrzanowski of Fort Thomas; daughters, Julie Perry of Maineville, Ohio, and Dawn Koesters of Liberty Township, Ohio; stepson, Keith Ament; brothers, William Ament Jr. of Independence, and Andrew R. Ament of Edgewood; sisters, Virginia Herrmann of Cold Spring, and Carol Paden of Highland Heights; close friend, Barry Siemereight; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Memorials: Miami Valley Down Syndrome Association, 1133 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd., Suite 190, Dayton, OH 45417.

Raymond Cain Raymond Cain, 71, of Covington, died April 17, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a member of NRA and enjoyed hunting, fishing and going to yard sales. His wife, Marcella Cain; sister, Ruby Daneen; and brother, Moe Cain, died previously. Survivors include his daughter, Linda Thompson of Covington; sons, Raymond Cain Jr. of Latonia, John Cain of Florence, and Terry Cain of Vanceburg; four sisters; three brothers; 38 grandchildren and 25 greatgrandchildren. Interment was at Hughes Chapel Cemetery. Memorials: American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

William Clemons William “Bill” Nelson Clemons, 77, of Portland, Ind., died

April 15, 2013. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War as a paratrooper in the 82nd airborne division, was a fireman for the Pennsylvania railroad, retired as passenger engineer after 15 years of service, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, collecting coins, and restoring old cars and trucks. Survivors include his wife, Linda Rismiller Clemons of Portland, Ind.; children from his marriage to Ila “Sam” Jones of Erlanger, Deborah Clemons of Greensfork, Ind., Sheila Kurtnick of Eaton, Ohio, Valerie Clemons of Westerville, Ohio, and Bill Clemons of Erlanger; stepchildren, Carla Weiser and Adam Follrod; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Interment was at Hillcrest Cemetery in Dry Ridge.

Donald Craft Donald E. Craft, 84, of Florence, died April 10, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a retired Army colonel, worked as an IRS agent and proprietor for a tax business in Houston, was a member of the Masonic Boone-Union Lodge, Scottish Rite, Shriners, Jesters, Retired Officers Association and MENSA. His first wife, Joyce Craft of Texas; stepson, John R. Halsey of Walton; and brother, Carl Craft of Texas, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Bernice Craft of Florence; son, Michael Craft of Katy, TX; stepsons, George Halsey of Norway, and James Halsey of Cincinnati; stepdaughters, Elizabeth Craddock of Elsmere, and Rose Kelley of Walton; brother, Bill Craft of Percival, Va.; eight grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Interment was at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery in Williamstown. Memorials: Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675; or St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 South Loop Road Edgewood, KY 41017.

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Dorothy Ficke Dorothy “Dot” Marie Ficke, 96, of Latonia, died April 18, 2013, at her home. She was retired from Latonia Bakery as a salesperson, was a member of Holy Cross Church, loved spending time with her family, and enjoyed shopping and cheering on UK basketball. Her husband, James Thomas Ficke, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Janice F. Kleem of Villa Hills, Linda L. Nageleisen of Edgewood, Debbie A. Schmidt of Edgewood, and Kathleen F. Hartke of Fort Wright; sons, Jerry T. Ficke of Villa Hills, and Randy J. Ficke of Lakeside Park; 16 grandchildren and 17 greatgrandchildren. Interment was at St. Mary Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Holy Cross Church, 3612 Church St., Latonia, KY 41015.

Shirley Forgue Shirley Ann Forgue, 87, of Covington, died April 15, 2013, at Rosedale Manor. She was a cook at Bob Evans, and enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, reading, knitting and crocheting. Her daughter, Tammy Sandusky; son, Harry Forgue; brother, Donald Lindstrom; and grandsons, Scottie and Shawn Davis, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Shirley Davis of Fort Wright, and Flo Varie of Covington; sons, Tommy Davis of Covington, and Larry Davis of Walton; 20 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Interment was at Mother of God Cemetery.

William Fortner William Douglas Fortner, 90, of Fort Thomas, died April 14, 2013, at the VA Nursing Home in Fort Thomas. He was a bookkeeper with the DAV, and an Army veteran of World War II, fighting in the Battle of the Bulge. His wife, Eleanor; sisters, Vera Duesing, Lillian Kaiser, and Thelma Goebel; and brothers, Wilber and Arthur Fortner, died previously. Survivors include his daughters, JoAnn Tischner of Taylor Mill, and Theresa Huber of Fort Wright; sons, Douglas and Mark Fortner, both of Cincinnati; and three grandchildren. Interment was at St. Stephen Cemetery in Fort Thomas.

Rosemary Huesing Rosemary Deutsch Huesing, 90, of Fort Thomas, died April 17, 2013. She was a member of St. Thomas Church. Survivors include her husband, William Huesing; sons, Bill Huesing, Barry Huesing, and Robert Huesing; daughter, Mariann Hollmann; brother, Carl Deutsch; sister, Jo Ann Pierce; 22 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Burial was at St. Stephen Cemetery. Memorials: St. Charles Care Center, 600 Farrell Drive, Covington, KY 41011.

Jo Ann Huninghake Jo Ann Huninghake, 78, of

Elsmere, died April 10, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She worked as a beautician, and was a foster parent for more than 25 years. Her son, Joseph Frank Huninghake Jr., and sister, Betty Lou Ginn; died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Terri Thompson of Florence; son, James Paul Huninghake of Burlington; and sisters, Sharon Saylor of New Richmond, Ohio, and Dorothy Riehemann of Union; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Burial was at Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: American Heart Association, 5211 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227.

Roy Martin Roy Kenneth “Shag” Martin, 96, of Williamstown, died April 11, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Grant County. He was an Army veteran of World War II, farmer, former employee of the Northern Kentucky Production Credit Association, deacon of the Dry Ridge Christian Church, Kentucky Colonel, and member of the Robert P. McLachlin American Legion Post in Williamstown. Survivors include his wife, Stella Marie McClanahan; sons, Roy C. Martin of Williamstown, and Bill Martin of Edgewood; and two grandchildren. Memorials: Dry Ridge Christian Church Building Fund, 13 School Road, Dry Ridge, KY 41035; or the St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 South Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41018.

Eldon Petty Sr. Eldon G. Petty Sr., 82, of Walton, died April 15, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a Catholic, served in the Army, was a truck driver for Central Transport, bus driver for Kenton County, loved being an usher for the Cincinnati Reds, and enjoyed fishing. His brother, Carlos Petty, and sister, Connie Woodrum, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Marjorie McCune Petty of Walton; daughters, Connie Adkins-Ihle of West Chester, Ohio, and Juli Ludwig of Walton; sons, Michael Petty of Verona, Eldon “Glenn” Petty Jr. of Burlington, Douglas Leugers of Independence, Christopher Leugers of Botkins, Ohio; sisters, Mary Beth Sams of Independence, and Harla Gibson of Boone County; brothers, Frank Armstrong of Independence, and Lowell Petty of Williamstown; 16 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Burial was at Independence Cemetery. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 South Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Harriet Price Harriet Sue Wilson Price, 62, of Florence, died April 15, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a 1969 graduate of Simon Kenton High School, office worker for Levi Strauss Co., member of St. Barbara Catholic Church of Erlanger, and enjoyed genealogy. Her parents, Robert Wilson

and Hazel Sexton Wilson; brothers, John Sexton and Robert Wilson Jr.; and stepfather, Herbie Wyle. Survivors include her fiance, David Wayne Smith of Florence; son, Jeffrey Price of Florence; stepdaughter Lisa Washknock of Florence; sisters, Edith Hornsby of Dry Ridge and Norma McIntosh of Independence; and one granddaughter. Burial was at Highland Cemetery of Fort Mitchell. Memorials: the family of Harriet Price c/o Chambers & Grubbs, 8461 Dixie Hwy., Florence, KY 41042.

Dorothy Suchanek Dorothy Suchanek, 66, of Fort Mitchell, died April 12, 2013. She was a retired manager with the Postal Service in Cincinnati. Survivors include her husband, Jason Suchanek of Fort Mitchell; children, Jason Suchanek of Fort Mitchell, David Suchanek of Fort Mitchell, Paul Suchanek of Fort Mitchell, Susan Suchanek of Park Hills, J.B. Suchanek of Fort Wright, Greg Suchanek of Fort Wright, and Mark Suchanek of Fort Mitchell; brother, Bernard Panko of Elsmere; sister, Maricarol Furlong of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada; and nine grandchildren. Interment was at St. John Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: American Heart Association, 5211 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227.

Ruth Tipton Ruth Jean Tipton, 85, died April 10, 2013, at Villa Springs Nursing Home in Erlanger. Her husband, James Douglas Tipton, died previously. Survivors include her brother, Robert Redman of Independence. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 South Loop Road, Edgewood, KY.

Nancy Weaver Nancy K. Weaver, 69, of Newport, died April 17, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She retired as a deputy clerk with the Campbell County District Court. Her sister, Judy Weier, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Karen Pope of Erlanger, and Cindy Weaver of Newport; sister, Joyce Dorsey; brother, Paul Weier; and grandson, Bryce Polley. Interment was at St. Stephen Cemetery. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 South Loop Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017; or American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Navaylah Webster Navaylah Aubrey Webster, 3 months, of Erlanger, died April 9, 2013. Survivors include her mother, Kristen Faith Webster; father, Davin Sha Braswell; maternal grandparents, Edward and Sam Webster; maternal greatgrandfather, Connie Breaden Sr.; maternal great-grandmother, Margaret Collinsworth; maternal great-grandfather, Michael W. Webster; paternal grandmother, Doris A. Sinclair; paternal grandfather: Michael L. Braswell; and paternal greatgrandparents, Inge and Heinz Stern. Interment was at Mother of God Cemetery in Fort Wright. Memorials: the Navaylah Fund,

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The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host a workshop for those interested in researching their ancestry at 10 a.m. May 11 at the Scheben Branch Library,

8899 U.S. 42, Union. It will be an introduction to researching your ancestors. The presenter will go to some of the websites and show the most effective way to search that site. There will be handouts with U.S. and interna-

tional websites including free and pay sites. Participants can bring their own computer, sign on the Internet with the library's Wi-Fi and follow along. Questions can be submitted to