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THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2013
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Independence annexation complicated by Kenton plans By Amy Scalf email@example.com
INDEPENDENCE — During a May 23 special meeting, Independence City Council members changed their plans for annexing property adjacent to the city and approved a resolution opposing Kenton County’s application to rezone the same property. The special meeting was adjourned in less than five minutes, during which council members rescinded an ordi-
nance to annex nearly 60 acres of property between Madison Pike and Taylor Mill Road, then, approved plans to annex approximately 46 acres of the same piece of property before announcing their opposition to Kenton County’s plan to rezone the area from residential to commercial. Council members Jim Bushong and Mike Little were not present for the meeting. The new area to be annexed leaves out the Regency Manor nursing home property and
First Baptist Church, connecting the Independence city limits to the proposed annexation area by a strip of land 30-feet wide. Property owners said they’d dispute the annexation during the May 6 meeting, when council member Carol Franzen suggested leaving those parcels out of the plan. “Since that meeting, we discovered we would only need to take 30 feet of property from the business in question,” said City Attorney Jed Deters.
“Once they called it to our attention, we were glad to do that,” said Mayor Donna Yeager. “It’s just as good for us. We weren’t going after their payroll taxes anyway.” The main reason for the annexation and the resolution opposing the zoning change is concerns over potential development county leaders have lined up for the property, according to Independence City Councilman Chris Reinersman. “First and foremost, we’re looking out for the citizens of In-
dependence. We need to be at the table if anything does happen there,” said Reinersman. “Independence is not opposed to development, but wants to make sure it is done in a way that doesn’t adversely impact the surrounding area, most of whom are Independence residents.” His concern, which is included in the resolution, is that the county’s rezoning request means a Stage One developSee ANNEX, Page A2
Kenton CASA plans 5K to help kids By Amy Scalf firstname.lastname@example.org
COVINGTON — Kenton County’s Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, program wants to help children get started on the right track by providing consistent and equitable legal advocacy, so they’re planning a 5K run/walk to keep the program going. The CASA of Kenton County Run for Kids 5K Run/Walk will take place at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, at the Drees Pavilion in Devou Park. “This is our first-ever event in Kenton County,” said CASA volunteer Stacy Myers. She said CASA steps in to “be the voice” for children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. Volunteers participate in all legal hearings pertaining to their assigned children until they’re returned to their parents or they’re adopted. Myers said there are 700 Kenton County children in the program, and the program has a waiting list be-
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Friends Megan Kindoll, McKenzy Brackens and Jordan Linkugel pose before Scott High School's graduation May 23 at Northern Kentucky University's Bank of Kentucky Center. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER
Megan Wilson and Torey Brewer pause to pose on their way into Northern Kentucky University's Bank of Kentucky Center for Scott High School's graduation on May 23. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER
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Scott High School’s graduating class of 2013 celebrated its commencement on Thursday, May 23, at Northern Kentucky University’s Bank of Kentucky Center.
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ment plan won’t have to be submitted. “As a result, future development of the site will be permitted to proceed without any public hearing allowing the affected parties to voice concerns specific to the proposed development nor give any governing body the oppor-
tunity to have those concerns addressed or mitigate any adverse impacts which may affect neighboring property owners, government services or the general well-being of its citizenry,” according to the Independence resolution. Kenton County Attorney Garry Edmondson said the Kenton County Fiscal Court applied in April for the zone to be changed from R-1B, or
residential single-family dwellings, to NSC, for Neighborhood Shopping Center zone, which allows large-scale retail development. “We’ve had a request from a developer to change the zoning, requiring a map amendment, on a parcel of property that we own, from one zone to another that will allow for more commercial activity,” said Edmondson. “This is property that
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tion of Ky. 16 and Ky. 17, that this property is good for a development of this type,” said Arlinghaus. Edmondson said the Kenton County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the rezoning at 6:15 p.m., Thursday, June 6, at the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission office, 2332 Royal Drive, Fort Mitchell.
hours.” Registration for the run begins at 7 a.m. and costs $30 for adults. Individuals or teams of five may pre-register for $25 each at www.casakentonky.org or www.sprunning.com. Local 12 news anchor Kit Andrews will emcee the event. Children can run with a registered adult participant at no additional cost. Children aged 10 and younger may also participate in a Kids Fun Run. Race packets may be picked up at Tri-State Running, 148 Barnwood Drive, Edgewood, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, May 31. Awards will be distributed in 11 runner divisions and five walker divisions. For more information, contact Myers at email@example.com or 859-802-1083.
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is in unincorporated Kenton County,” said Kenton Judge-executive Steve Arlinghaus. “I’d like to be good neighbors with Independence on this, but I’m not going to have them ruin a deal that impacts unincorporated Kenton County.” He said county leaders are working with a potential developer, but there are no plans to announce at this time. “We feel that with its proximity to the intersec-
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Tasty Tuesdays return to Pride Park By Amy Scalf email@example.com
Tuesdays in Taylor Mill’s Pride Park are about to get tasty. Discounted summertime sweet and savory treats will be available at the Park from 6-9 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays each month through August. Sometimes, the menu is set for Tasty Tuesday, and frozen delights are planned for Sweet Treat Tuesdays. An additional special Tuesday or two is also on the event calendar. The program, organized by the city’s Recreation Committee, started Tuesday, May 21, with Marco’s Pizza of Taylor Mill. Marco’s Pizza Franchisee Brian Drescher said it’s a great opportunity to be involved in the community. “This is one of the ways that Taylor Mill has come forward to bring the community together, and it’s a great way for us to participate, along with school fundraisers and other avenues,” he said. Drescher said he participated last year, and “it worked out well. The kids had a good time.” Some of the other delicacies on the schedule include Mr. Softee, Skyline Chili, East Coast Eatz, Coldstone Creamery, Kona Ice, and New Orleans To Go. For more information about Taylor Mill’s upcoming events, visit www.taylormillky.gov or call 859-581-3234.
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Holland to relocate headquarters, restaurants By Amy Scalf email@example.com
TAYLOR MILL — Holland Restaurant Group will move its corporate headquarters from Florence to the first development in the Districts of Taylor Mill. The city of Taylor Mill and Holland Restaurant Group issued a joint press release on Wednesday, May 22, detailing the proposed construction, which was initially discussed at an Oct. 24 Taylor Mill Commission meeting. The 6,000-square-foot LaRosa’s Pizzeria will share a building with a 3,600-square-foot Skyline Chili, in addition to a 2,400-square-foot space for an unnamed retail opportunity, as well as a 6,000-square-foot corporate headquarters on the building’s second floor. Gary Holland, who runs the restaurant group with business partner Ron Rosen, said the new facility will offer them more opportunity and more space. “I’m really excited about being in Taylor Mill. Since we’re so spread out across the Tristate area, this location will allow us to travel more efficiently, plus having a bigger facility will be really nice,” said Holland. He said they built the corporate headquarters on Florence’s Industrial Road six years ago when they had five restaurants. Now they have 17. Holland said the Industrial Road Skyline will
stay open, and the company will use the second floor offices as a satellite location. According to the release, development costs are expected to exceed $5 million and produce more than 115 new jobs. Taylor Mill Mayor Dan Bell said the combination of corporate offices and retail restaurant space is a “dream come true.” “Since we started planning the Districts of Taylor Mill in 2005, we absolutely wanted the development plan to include mixed-use areas. It will be a walkable community, where residents can walk to Remke’s and walk to
Pride Park,” he said. “We are creating a community we think will be sought after. This is a springboard for additional development opportunities.” The Skyline/LaRosa’s Cornerstone Retail Complex will also include a 3,500-square-foot outlot for future development. The LaRosa’s will move from its Latonia location in February 2014 to the new development, which is planned to seat 178 inside and 36 in an outside dining area. The Skyline will move from the Shoppes of Taylor Mill to the new complex, with a 121-seat dining room, a drive-thru and
a stone fireplace that will serve as the main focal point inside the restaurant. Both restaurants will remain open in their current locations until the new complex opens. The new development includes nine individual parcels of property between Walnut Drive and
South Mason Drive, comprising just more than 4 acres in the Hospitality and Retail Row area of the Districts of Taylor Mill. Pre-construction work will begin in May and an official ground-breaking is set to take place in August. The development which will front on the ex-
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be afraid to ask teachers for help.” Sprague said she had “an overall good experience” at Simon Kenton. Kelsey Henderson will study pre-med or psychology at University of the Cumberlands, with her $214,000 in scholarships. She advised students to “get the Girards.” Chris
EDGEWOOD — The Edgewood Golden Age Social Club will meet at 11 a.m. Monday, June 10, at the Edgewood Senior Center, 550 Freedom Park Drive. The group will have a light lunch or coffee and desserts at noon. They are seeking new members. Contact Phillip Landwehr at firstname.lastname@example.org or 859-663-6257 for more information.
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LAKESIDE PARK — A summer health fair, featuring health screenings and door prizes, will be held at Lakeside Christian Church, 195 Buttermilk Pike, from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, June 19. The event is hosted by Senior First Care Advisors, for seniors, adults and their caregivers. For admission, please bring one canned good or pet food item. Donations will be given to Senior Services of Northern Kentucky. For more information, call 513-535-8592 or 859-
Chamber hosts women’s golf outing
FORT MITCHELL — The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Women’s Initiative will host a luncheon and golf outing at Summit Hills Country Club in Crestview Hills from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 4. The event includes a buffet lunch, nine holes of golf and the 19th Hole Social, featuring food, fun and shopping from local vendors. Cost to attend is $85 per person and $340 for a foursome. To attend only the 19th Hole Social costs $25 per person. Reservations may be made online at nkychamber.com/events or by calling 859-5788800.
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ERLANGER — The Kenton County Public Library will start off Summer Reading Clubs with light sabers, Elvis impersonators and free pizza. The Erlanger branch will host a Star Wars Reading Kick-Off will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 31, at 401 Kenton Lands Road. Star Wars saga movie screenings start at 11:30, ending with free Snappy Tomato Pizza and Return of the Jedi at 6:30 p.m. The evening will also include a trivia contest, costume contest, crafts and star gazing. Elvis will be in the building during the William E. Durr branch celebration at1p.m. Saturday, June 1, at 1992 WaltonNicholson Road. Mike “Elvis” Davis will bring the rocking sounds, Snap-
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INDEPENDENCE — Science-related majors dominate the plans of Simon Kenton High School’s top students. The five topranked students academically and the five top scholarship winners, comprising nine students, all seek degrees in biology, chemistry, psychology, research and medicine. Top-ranked graduate Miranda Cruse has already been to college, completing dual enrollment at Western Kentucky University. She received a Presidential Scholarship and will continue her education at the University of Kentucky, seeking degrees in psychology and medical education. Cruse will enter her second phase of college as a freshman, even though she already has 68 college credits, “because it takes all four years” to earn the
degrees she seeks. Geoffrey Johnson, who lives in DeMossville, will pursue a biology degree at the University of Louisville, where Elizabeth Spenlau will be working toward a degree in medical research. Spenlau said her advice to underclassmen is “Challenge yourself.” Johnson said the school’s teachers and counselors “went out of their way” to help students. Elysha Calhoun will attend the University of Kentucky for a chemical engineering degree. A National Honor Society member, she advises underclassmen to “do things besides school.” She’s “proud to be from here. We’re all proud to represent Simon Kenton. It’s definitely one of the best high schools in the district and in the state.” Saralyn Callahan, who is the fourth-ranked graduate academically and the third-highest scholarship winner, will enter the Uni-
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FORT MITCHELL — Beechwood High School is now offering a unique and original program for parents and students who want help relieving the burden of applying for colleges. The program, titled College Application Boot Camp, will consist of a Beechwood student camp for enrolled students and a four-session camp for students outside the Beechwood Independent School District. The program was the brainchild of current Beechwood High School counselor Chris Reeves. Reeves has 15 years experience as a school counselor and serves on the executive board of the Kentucky Association for College Admissions Counseling (KYACAC). “This program is the culmi-
nation of everything I’ve learned in 15 years of counseling,” Reeves said. “I’m hoping to share the information I’ve learned about counseling on the global level with the people who enroll in this program.” Current Beechwood High School students can attend sessions during the week of Aug. 5-9 while out-of-district students can choose one of four sessions offered throughout August and the beginning of September. All sessions will take place at Beechwood High School and will include one-on-one sessions with current college admissions representatives. “So far I have commitments from three representatives already,” Reeves said. “I have people on board from Transylvania University, Northern Kentucky University and Ala-
bama University.” The one-on-one sessions will help further the student’s perspective on what it means to write a quality admissions essay, Reeves said. Shelly Haddigan is the parent of upcoming Beechwood senior Lauren, who plans to attend the program in August. Haddigan attended a similar course for parents earlier this year. “I was blown away by how much I didn’t know about this process already before attending the class,” Haddigan said. “It was absolutely priceless to have access to the kind of information Mr. Reeves gave. I’m thrilled that Lauren will have the opportunity to attend. After all, this is about her completing applications, not me.” Besides the essay, all students will leave the program with a completed Common Ap-
plication for college, an academic and activities resume and a prioritized game plan for applying to colleges, according to Reeves. “Everything is more competitive these days,” Reeves said. “Right now it is important to take more time and begin this whole process early, and to get help in completing these (requirements). If they come to my camp and I can get them a good start and have them well on their way, then they’ll have a much better chance at having a quality application that admissions reps want to read. “No matter how you look at it, this is going to be an advantage for students.” Currently, Reeves plans to admit 20-25 students into the program. This relatively low number will allow Reeves and the application representatives
to spend individual time with each student, he said. “This program is perfect for busy students,” Haddigan said. “My daughter is in band and the flexibility of the program makes me very happy. It shows that the school is taking this very seriously and I love that.” The cost to attend the program is $150 for out-of-district students and $100 for Beechwood High School incoming seniors. This money allows the instructor to purchase all necessary materials for the course and provide snacks and lunch. “This isn’t about making money,” Reeves said. “This is about making sure our students have the advantage they need, and to take the stress out of their senior year. We hope they will have some fun in the process.”
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The Daisies, Brownies and Junior Girl Scouts of Troop 1874 of Summit View Elementary raised $2,000 for "Food for Thought" by using their baking and video production talents. THANKS TO SARA JACKSON
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INDEPENDENCE — Summit View Elementary Girl Scouts turned their talents into $2,000 to help feed their classmates. According to Sara Jackson and Chris Baker, co-leaders of Troop1874, the13 girls aged 4-10 studied themselves before deciding how they could help their community. “This year we structured our troop to align their passions and talents with community service work. The girls got to know themselves first, then we translated their talents into the community,” said Jackson. “At school, they had talked about doing service learning projects, and they learned about ‘Food for Thought.’ Right away, they decided that was go-
ing to be their cause,” said Baker. Food for Thought, a program of Action Ministries, sends food home with students who are homeless or live in situations where they don’t get to eat at night or on the weekends. “The troop was mortified to learn that their fellow students in their school go home hungry,” said Jackson. They decided to raise $1,000. In addition to the troop cookie booth, the girls set up a donation jar and raised $100 for the program. One girl followed her passion for baking and sold decorated cupcakes at the school’s fall festival. Then, they decided to make a video. “This was their project and the decided how they wanted to proceed with it,” Baker said. “We talked about what they wanted to say, about what it meant to be a Girl Scout, and what their goal was, and they put it together.” The video can be found on-
line at http://bit.ly/10OFNKn or by searching YouTube for Troop 1874. Fourth-grader Leigh Ann Baker said making the video was hard, but it was also fun, and it was a good way to help raise money for other kids. “I don’t really like going in front of the camera, so I wanted to help direct instead. It was good to make our own choices,” she said. “I think it’s important because I don’t think kids should only get food at school. They should have food at home too, so they don’t starve.” Nine-year-old Hannah Smith said knowing other kids were hungry made her upset. “The most important thing about Girl Scouts is helping people around the world and being a sister to every Girl Scout,” she said. “This was to help kids in our school have food over the weekend. It feels better knowing we helped them.” After they presented their video to a group of adults, they doubled their goal, raising
$2,000. “This is just phenomenal,” said Larry Tibbs, a retired educator and a Food for Thought volunteer. “We're talking about elementary-age students who went above and beyond doing a little fundraiser for an activity. They worked long and hard and put a real emphasis on finding ways to use their talents and passions, to make a public service announcement they filmed and developed. They went so much farther than doing an average fundraiser.” He said that it costs $200 a year to send one student home with a backpack full of food every week, so their donation will feed 10 children for a year. “It’s spectacular,” said Tibbs. “We try to tap into each individual’s strengths and gave them a role to use those strengths,” said Baker. “That’s what Girl Scouts do.” Want to continue the conversation? Tweet at @AmyScalfNky
Jackson Bowers of Edgewood and a senior at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, has been named a National Merit Finalist and was selected from among 15,000 finalists to receive a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship based on the strength of his accomplishments, skills Bowers and potential success in college studies. Bowers, who also earned a perfect score of 36 on the ACT college entrance exam, will attend Boston College in the fall. He has also been awarded a full-tuition scholarship as a part of the prestigious Presidential Scholars Program, which includes additional financing for study abroad, research and internship. He plans to pursue a dual major in finance and biology, with an interest in possibly attending medical school in the future. After his sophomore year of high school, Bowers attended a three-week program at Princeton University where he studied AP Macroeconomics. Following his junior year, he traveled to Ecuador on a service mission trip. At St. X, Bowers serves as the editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, The Blueprint, and is a leader and mentor for a freshman homeroom. He rectored a Kairos retreat and is an officer in the National Honor Society. Bowers has tutored at Su Casa Community Center for three years and was a coordinator for the school’s annual Canned Food drive for the needy. As a senior, Bowers is playing on the Varsity B tennis team. He also participated in the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce regional youth leadership program during his junior year.
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Pioneers blaze postseason trail Total team effort helps Simon Kenton baseball’s success By Adam Turer firstname.lastname@example.org
Scott junior Ray Everett hits the ball. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER
Ohmer, offense deliver for Eagles By James Weber email@example.com
TAYLOR MILL — Pete Ohmer found the right pitching mechanics at the right time. The Scott High School senior has been getting more of his pitches down in the strike zone late in the season. He worked those pitches to perfection when he needed to most, sending the Eagles to the10th Region semifinals May 27. Ohmer pitched a one-hit complete game as Scott beat Montgomery County 8-1 in the quarterfinal round hosted by Scott on Memorial Day. Ohmer struck out only three batters but few Montgomery batters hit the ball hard against him. “His location is so much better the last few games,” said
Scott head coach Jeff Trame. “Before that, he had been up in the zone most of the season. You can see where he’s getting better. He has command of all his pitches and he’s locating his pitches.” Scott played 10th Region powerhouse Harrison County in the semifinals May 28 after deadline. The championship game is May 29. The quarterfinal win was Scott’s first in the tournament since 2009. “Starting off like this is great,” Ohmer said. “We thought we were going to have trouble with these guys. If we can keep rolling with our bats like this, we can win it all.” Ohmer, who will play for NASee SCOTT, Page A8
Scott senior Pete Ohmer throws a pitch during his one-hit complete game. Scott beat Montgomery County 8-1 in the 10th Region quarterfinals May 27 in Taylor Mill. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER
INDEPENDENCE — Few coaches have the confidence or ability to pull a starting pitcher who is in the middle of a no-hitter. Not many teams get to enjoy the luxury of a pitching surplus like Simon Kenton does this year. Led by this pitching depth, the Pioneers claimed their fourth-straight 32nd District championship and won their opening game of the Eighth Region tournament. “It seems like every person we run out there gives us decent pitching every time,” said head coach Troy Roberts. “We have confidence in everyone.” The Pioneers cruised through the district tournament, defeating Williamstown, 24-3, and Walton-Verona, 11-0. In the Eighth Region opener on May 27, the Pioneers defeated Gallatin County, 10-4. Sean Lawrence led the way with two runs batted in and pitched five innings of nohit baseball. The team’s pitching depth allowed Roberts to pull Lawrence early in the hopes of using him later in the tournament. “It’s a good problem to have,” said Roberts of managing his deep pitching staff this season. “I’ll take that problem every year.” Simon Kenton knew heading into the season that its strengths would be pitching and defense. Adding quality hitting to the mix propelled the Pioneers to a 22-14 mark through May 27. “We knew our pitching would be good, but we didn’t
know it would be as good as it is,” said Roberts. “We knew the hitting would come. The last three to four weeks, we’ve focused on having more quality at bats.” It has taken a total team effort. The Pioneers have gotten solid offensive numbers from quality defensive players. Tyler Smith is batting over .350 after struggling at the plate last year. Shortstop Leo Richter is in the lineup for his defense, but has steadily improved his offense over the course of the season. Opposing pitchers have rarely been able to quiet the entire Pioneers’ lineup. “Everyone picks each other up,” said Roberts. “If the top of the order isn’t hitting, then the middle and bottom of the order are.” Simon Kenton is one of the few teams from the northern part of the state in the Eighth Region. The regular season game against the Pioneers’ regional semifinal opponent, Collins, was canceled. Simon Kenton went 8-1 against Eighth Region opponents during the regular season, but played the majority of its games against local Northern Kentucky opponents. That competition has the Pioneers ready for anything it may see from its downstate opponents in the Region. “Baseball up here is very tough, and prepares us in every way,” said Roberts. “Playing Northern Kentucky teams in the regular season helps us a ton.” The Pioneers faced Collins on Tuesday, May 28, after Recorder deadlines. The winner of that game faces the winner of the Spencer County-North Oldham game for the Eighth Region championship at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 30, at South Oldham.
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This Week’s MVP
» Simon Kenton senior Vic Newberry for pitching the Pioneers to the 32nd District championship.
» Congratulations to Covington Catholic senior Brandon Ward who committed to play baseball for Indiana University-Southeast and Nick Frederick who committed to play basketball at Bellarmine. Covington Catholic golfer Alex Scanlon has signed with Bellarmine University. He received the Horrigan Scholarship from Bellarmine. » Villa Madonna Academy baseball player Glenn Rice, a pitcher, has committed to play at Thomas More College, while track and field standout Lauren Dumaine has committed to Springfield College in Springfield, Mass.
» Covington Catholic beat Beechwood 9-8 in the 35th District championship game. Both teams advanced to the Ninth Region tourney beginning May 27. CCH is 23-13 and Beechwood 27-8. Brandon Ward improved to 5-1 on the mound and Ben Heppler had the save. Grant Schreiver had a home run and two RBI. Nate Kunkel had three hits and two RBI, and Nick Pope drove in two runs.
For Beechwood, Brett Slusher had a home run and two RBI. Ethan Stringer and Brayden Combs drove in two runs each. » Holmes lost 10-0 to Covington Catholic in the 35th District semifinals to end the season. » Holy Cross lost 9-1 to Beechwood in the 35th District semifinals to end the season. » Ludlow lost 7-3 to Dixie Heights in the 34th District semifinals. » Scott beat Brossart 5-2 in the 37th District semifinals. Pete Ohmer had two hits including a home run and two RBI, and got the win on the mound as the Eagles advanced to the 10th Region Tournament. Scott fell 9-5 to Campbell County in the championship game. Blake Gay had a homer and three RBI. » Simon Kenton won the 32nd District championship with an 11-0 win over WaltonVerona. Vic Newberry improved to 8-1 by getting the five-inning complete-game win, and also picked up two hits at the plate. Sean Lawrence also had two hits as SK entered the Eighth Region Tournament with a 21-14 record.
» Calvary Christian lost 1110 to Brossart in the 37th District semifinals to finish 8-10. Kaitlin Dejarnette had a double. Calvary beat Silver Grove 16-15 in the quarterfinals. Laura Leichter had two home runs and three RBI. Bree Fain drove
in three runs. » Holmes beat Covington Latin 18-2 in the 35th District Tournament. » Holy Cross lost 10-0 to Notre Dame in the 35th District final and takes a14-14 record into the Ninth Region Tournament. HC beat Beechwood in the semifinals, 14-4. Kristin Stanley and Courney Turner had four RBI apiece. » Ludlow lost 11-0 to Dixie Heights in the 34th District semis to end the season 12-12. » Notre Dame won the 35th District championship with a 10-0 win over Holy Cross. Both teams advance to the Ninth Region Tournament. Haylee Smith gave up one hit in five inning and drove in three runs. Maria Schaefer had two hits and three RBI. NDA beat Holmes 10-0 in the semifinals, with Abby Jones hurling a five-inning no-hitter. Laura Finke had three hits. » Simon Kenton beat Walton-Verona 1-0 in the 32nd District championship game. Erica Lang improved to 13-3 on the mound after striking out 14 Bearcats. She also drove in the only run of the game. SK entered the Eighth Region Tournament with a 16-6 record.
season have been named Academic All-State by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association. Thirty (30) student-athletes received First-Team Academic All-State honors. To achieve the honor an athlete must maintain a cumulative gradepoint-average of 3.75 and higher up to and including their sports season. Twenty nine (29) athletes representing the Blue Lightning received Honorable Mention Academic All-State honors. To achieve the honor, an athlete must maintain a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.25 to 3.74 up to and including their sports season.
» Blue Lightning Athletics of Villa Madonna Academy, a twice-recognized national Blue Ribbon School, is proud to announce that 59 of its participants in interscholastic athletics for the 2013 spring sport
» The Florence Freedom return home May 31 through June 2 to play Rockford. Game time is 6:35 p.m. Friday and 6:05 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. After two off days, the Freedom play a doubleheader against Gateway Wednesday, June 5, beginning at 5:45 p.m., then a single game against Gateway 6:35 p.m. Thursday, June 6. Games in doubleheaders are scheduled for seven innings under Frontier League rules. » Thomas More College senior pitcher David Etscheid (Union, Ky./Ryle), senior outfielder Ryan Darner (Burlington, Ky./Covington Catholic) and junior outfielder Cody Makin (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder)
have been named to the 2013 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings NCAA Division III All-Mideast Region Teams. Etscheid, a second-team selection, appeared in 21 games, including two starts and had a 2.61 earned run average and a 5-2 record with seven saves. His seven saves tied the Thomas More single season saves record and his 12 career saves set the new Thomas More career saves record. Etscheid pitched 58.2 innings and gave up 21 runs (17 earned) on 54 hits and struck out 55 batters, while only walking 13. At the plate batted .452 as he was 14-of-31 with three doubles, six runs batted-in and six runs scored. Etscheid had a .548 slugging percentage and a .514 on-base percentage and was also onefor-one in stolen base attempts. Darner and Makin were both third selections. Darner led the team in batting as he batted .377 as she was 66-of-175 with five home runs, one triple, 14 doubles, 50 runs batted-in and 45 runs scored. He also had a .554 slugging percentage and a .460 on-base percentage. Darner had a .969 fielding percentage with 93 putouts and two assisted putouts. Makin was fourth on the team in batting with a .335 batting average as he was 61-of-182. He led the team in home runs with six, doubles with 17 and RBI with 52. Makin had a .538 slugging percentage and ad a .980 fielding percentage.
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IA Asbury University, had been working well lately with pitching coach Darren Farrar, and the mechanical adjustments clicked late in the season. “I just hit my stride,” he said. “When I don’t stride out too far, I leave (the ball) up. The more I push off, the more I keep it down. The harder I push off, the better the pitch is.” Ohmer’s presence has been crucial after the Eagles lost two of their main pitchers to injury early in the year. Brenden Wells and Jordan Pike haven’t contributed much this season after players suffered serious injuries after sliding hard into a base. Wells, who will join Ohmer at Asbury returned to the lineup for the Montgomery game and was projected to come back to the mound in Scott’s semifinal game. Pike will play for Division III Mount St. Joseph. Offensive heroes included Seth Robinson, Reed Spata and Jared Best. Best, who had been struggling with his swing most of the year, had three RBI. Robinson knocked three hits and Spata started the key two-run first inning with a hit. Spata also had a strong game at shortstop. “We’re 19-19 but we’ve played one of the toughest schedules in the state,” Trame said.
Holy Cross High School offers several sports camps this summer at the Holy Cross Gym, 36th and Church streets, in Covington. » The basketball camp for boys entering grades 3-8 is 8:30-11:30 a.m. June 3-6. Cost is $60 per person. Make checks payable to and mail to: Holy Cross High School, Boys Basketball Camp, 3617 Church St., Covington, KY 41015. Register online at www.hchscov.com or contact Anne Julian at email@example.com or 859-4311335. » The volleyball camp for girls and boys entering grades 2-9 is June 24-27. The session for those entering grades 2-5 is 8-10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for grades 6-9. The cost is $35 per session. Make checks payable to and mail to: Holy Cross High School, Volleyball Camp, 3617 Church St., Covington, KY 41015. Register online at www.hchscov.com or contact Anne Julian at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 859-431-1335. » The basketball camp for girls entering grades 3-8 is 5:307:30 p.m. June 10-12. Cost is $40 per person. Make checks payable to and mail to: Holy Cross High School, Girls Basketball Camp, 3617 Church St., Covington, KY 41015. To reserve your spot, contact HolyCrossGirlsHoops@gmail.com or go to www.hchscov.com.
Father/Child basketball The Pete Minor Father/Child Basketball Camp Benefiting Kicks For Kids is designed to encourage dads and father figures to take an active role in their child’s life. The one-day camp promotes the fundamentals of basketball (shooting, ball handling, passing, defense, rebounding and offensive moves). All campers will receive a T-shirt, basketball, list of drills for improving their game, and a photo of them with their father figure. Dinner and a movie is included for all participants and their immediate family members (mother, brothers, sisters).
The camp is 4-8 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at the NKU Health Center, immediately followed by dinner and movie. Admission is $75 for one father figure and one child; additional children cost $50 each.
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Volleyball camp Newport Central Catholic hosts a volleyball camp, 6-8 p.m. June 10-13, for girls in grades 6-8. Cost is $60 and is limited to 30 participants. Visit ncchs.com.
Conner golf outing The third-annual Conner Basketball golf outing will be June 9 at Boone Links in Florence. It will be a shotgun start with registration beginning at noon. Log on to www.connerhs.com/Athletics/athletics.htm and click on the basketball under Men’s Athletics for further information.
Vic Newberry, Simon Kenton senior baseball player, committed to Thomas More College. He is the leading pitcher on the team. THANKS TO JOY NEWBERRY
Basketball camp Conner’s basketball camp will be June 10-13 from 8:30-12. The cost is $50. Checks can be made out to Conner High School and sent to 3310 Cougar Path, Hebron, Ky. www.connerhs.com
Football camp Newport Central Catholic is hosting a football summer camp for students in grades 3-8, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 19-21. Cost is $75. Visit ncchs.com to register, or call Coach Wagner at 859-442-9914.
Junior high football Newport Central Catholic High School invites all boys entering the sixth, seventh, or eighth grade in the fall of 2013 to play on its junior high football team. Contact coach Jeff Brauley at Jeffrey.Brauley@ubs.com, or 859-572-0203.
Beechwood’s Kyle Fieger (33) slides under the tag of Holy Cross infielder Grayson Dazier. TONY TRIBBLE/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER
Indians fall in districts
Holy Cross lost 9-1 to Beechwood in the 35th District semifinals May 20 to end its season. Holy Cross second baseman Dylan Graff tries to get an out at second. TONY
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. Visit ncchs.com or call 859-292-0001.
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Water level up at Lake Cumberland It’s May and Kentuckians everywhere are celebrating the return of spring and beautiful weather in the Bluegrass State. Kentucky has much to be proud of, especially when it comes to natural beauty and the outdoors. When travelers from other parts of the United States and other countries visit, they often tell us how lucky we are to live here. I want to call attention to one of those wonderful places in Kentucky: Lake Cumberland. In 2007 the water level was lowered while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers made important repairs on Wolf Creek Dam. That complicated and challenging engineering work was necessary for public safety. The work included using more than 300,000 cubic yards of concrete to form a barrier wall. Unfortunately, the lower water level hurt tourism in the Lake Cumberland region. The good news is that the repairs to the dam are com-
plete and the water level at Lake Cumberland has been increased by 20 feet for this summer. The Corps plans to Marcheta return the lake Sparrow to its normal level in 2014. COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST Local tourCOLUMNIST ism officials report that fishing has been great this spring and that the news of the higher lake level has created a buzz throughout the Midwest boating and angling community. Local businesses are optimistic that tourism will pick up as the lake level goes up. Visitation to this lake plays a major role in the economy for many communities. For many families around Lake Cumberland, tourism dollars put food on the table. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will stock 150,000 more walleyes and 150,000 more striped
bass than normal this year at Lake Cumberland. Altogether, the department will add 1 million walleye and striped bass to the lake this year to give fishing a boost. The department also plans to jump-start the trophy trout fishery in the Lake Cumberland tailwater by stocking 10,000 trout larger than 15 inches next winter. Kentucky is blessed when it comes to water and recreation. Kentucky has nearly 90,000 miles of rivers and streams, giving the state more flowing water than any state other than Alaska. There are plenty of beautiful lakes across the state, from Kentucky Lake in the west to Yatesville Lake in the east and Laurel River Lake near London to Taylorsville Lake, just outside of Louisville. The water level at Lake Cumberland isn’t the only thing going up. Gov. Steve Beshear and I are announcing that tourism had an economic impact of more than $12.2 billion in Kentucky in
2012, an increase of 4.4 percent from the previous year. The tourism industry was responsible for 174,000 jobs – 4,078 more than the previous year. Those jobs provided more than $2.7 billion in wages during 2012, an increase of $117 million from 2011. Tourism in the state also provides $1.2 billion in tax revenues, which helps pay for many services for our citizens. I’d like to encourage you to spend some time traveling in Kentucky this year, and hope you’ll consider a getaway to one of our great Kentucky State Parks, many of which are located on a major lake. Whether it’s a houseboat vacation, a camping trip to your favorite fishing spot or a visit to one of our inviting lakeside communities, I hope you will take the time to relax and see for yourself why we say “There is only one Kentucky.” Marcheta Sparrow is secretary of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet.
Even libraries must comply with the law Joan Thamann found my article about the illegal behavior of the Kenton County Library as being harsh. I used words like “confiscating millions of dollars, taxing scam and stole millions from taxpayers.” Sadly for taxpayers, all those words are accurate. I’m stunned she took exception to my description of Circuit Judge Patricia Summe’s decision that the Kenton County Library illegally overcharged taxpayers millions of dollars; however, she is not upset with the library for being found guilty of illegally confiscating millions of tax dollars. Talk about shooting the messenger. In the private-sector, if a business intentionally overcharged their customers by millions of dollars and a judge found them guilty, their CEO better look good in an orange jumpsuit. Ms. Thamann, do you believe laws are optional? This may be harsh, but I believe even libraries must follow the law. I know people today feel entitled to receiving free movies, CDs, video games, murder-mystery books and
other entertainment stuff financed by their neighbors, but laws are laws. For clarity’s sake, here is Tom Wurtz KRS Section 173.790 that COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST defines the COLUMNIST process “petition” libraries, like Kenton County Library, must follow to increase taxes: “The special ad valorem tax rate for the maintenance and operation of a public library district created pursuant to KRS 173.710 to 173.800 before July 13, 1984 shall not be increased or decreased unless a duly certified petition requesting an increase or decrease in the tax rate of a specifically stated amount is signed by fifty-one percent (51%) of the number of duly qualified voters voting at the last general election in each county in the district. Such petition shall be filed with the fiscal court in each county in the district not later than ninety (90) days after the date of the first signature. The fiscal court shall
order the court to increase or decrease the ad valorem tax, as stated in the petition.” That law sounds pretty clear to me. So how many signatures did the Kenton County Library submit each year to generate millions in tax increases? Zero. You mentioned that the self-serving Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives said it was OK for libraries to use another section of the law to raise taxes and avoid those pesky petitions. According to Judge Summe, that was really bad advice or as some may say resulted in illegal confiscation of tax dollars. I found it odd that the other section of the law she referenced contains 7,333 words, but not once does that section mention the word library. Not once! Judge Summe ruled that the law specifically states how libraries can increase tax dollars. Libraries can’t pick and choose which laws they wish to follow. I understand the library trying to confiscate easy money. That’s what tax takers do. I also understand people feeling entitled to free entertainment
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stuff, but I still agree with Judge Summe that even libraries must comply with the law no matter how much free noneducational material they offer. Tom Wurtz is president of Tom Wurtz Consulting and a resident of Fort Mitchell.
Energy: Stop using foreign oil We have everything we need in America. We have natural gas, oil, coal, solar and wind energy. We should utilize everything at our disposal to end our dependence on foreign oil. It is time to stop flooding the Middle East with money. These people hate us. Why do we buy their oil? America has enough oil. It is estimated North Dakota has as much as 500 billion gallons of oil that is in the process of being drilled. The Marcellus shale fields of Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York and West Virginia promises more natural gas than Saudi Arabia has oil. We can run automobiles and the large trucks of America on natural gas. It’s time to start
using it. Automobile companies are converting some of their vehicles to operate on natural gas. Service staGlenn tions across Mollette the nation must move COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST forward with COLUMNIST natural gas pumps. I like coal. My father was a coal miner for 30 years. He raised five kids on a coal miner’s salary. We must continue to work toward burning coal cleaner, more efficiently and environmentally safer. It is a powerful source of energy and
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we should use it. We hear reports that power plants are moving closer to burning cleaner energy. We hear other reports that power plants are moving to natural gas. We are learning more each year on how to better use solar and wind energy. We should utilize both of these to meet our heating and cooling needs. The windmills are dotting a lot of landscape in the western part of the United States. They are not the complete answer for power but they are a welcome part of the formula. As long as we are dependent on foreign energy there will be wars in the Middle East. We need to stop the senseless wars that are ongoing over Middle
Eastern oil. Once we become an energy independent nation gasoline prices will decrease. Plus we will not be burning our money in fighting senseless wars to protect our oil interests. Thousands of lives will be spared from wars in places like Iraq and Afghanistan. The goal of every American should be to utilize American energy. An energy independent America will be a happier America. Cutting our entanglements with Middle Eastern oil insures a brighter future for America. Glenn Mollette is the author of “American Issues: Every American Has An Opinion.”
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Power of music builds success At Children Inc., our work using the power of music to build social and emotional skills is play for thousands of preschoolers. Over the past 20 years, I have been writing music for children. More recently, my life’s work has been affirmed by developmental research that tells us how music can help teach children key skills for school and life success. Early childhood professionals share the goal that all children, especially the least privileged among us, have an equal chance to succeed in school through quality preschool experiences. As we work with parents David Kisor and teachCOMMUNITY ers to optiRECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST mize a child’s development and educational success, we want to maximize exposure to what we know is working. As a result of our local success, I was recently honored to present our work at the 40th annual conference of the National Head Start Association in Washington, D.C. The Head Start Conference theme, “Securing Our Success: Kids Ready for School and Life,” has been the mantra of Children Inc. for our 35-year history. In addition to being selected as the musical keynote for the closing general session, breakout sessions earlier in the conference featured music and supportive materials on hope, optimism, kindness, thankfulness, curiosity, mindfulness, acceptance, empathy and responsibility. It might be hard to imagine how we teach such valuable concepts in preschool – through the power of words and music. Songs written in the voice of the child become fun and effective ways to make sure positive messages about one’s self, others and world are imprinted on the heart and mind. As I sang “I Can Do It,” “I Can Count on You” and “I Can Settle Down” at the closing session, I saw many new friends from the earlier sessions singing along. From Hawaii to Maine, from Alaska to Puerto Rico, we all want the same thing – that our children, all of our children, stand on the same level ground, academically, socially and emotionally, the day they enter kindergarten. What we have been doing here at Children Inc. for decades is now being heard, through singing, around the nation and around the world. David Kisor is the music director for Children Inc. in Covington. Children Inc. provides a wide range of childcare, preschool and school-aged education programs with an emphasis on school readiness and family success.
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Jon E. Gee performing with his band at the Lloyd Memorial High School Benefit Concert,. Band members include Jon E. Gee, bass; Rick Benick, guitar; Daren Owens, guitar; Gripp Elliot, drums. BRANDON HOELLE/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER
FAMED MUSICIAN HEADLINES SCHOOL BENEFIT CONCERT By Brandon Hoelle firstname.lastname@example.org
RLANGER — Legendary bassist
Guitarist Rick Benick of the Jon E. Gee Band gets up close and personal with the audience during the benefit show at Lloyd Memorial High School. BRANDON HOELLE/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER
“Music is a universal language. We want to give kids the opportunity to create again, to make something themselves.” SONDRA GEE
and philanthropist Jon E. Gee rocked the house with his band during a benefit concert at Lloyd Memorial High School Friday, May 17. Jeff Nicely, president of the Lloyd Memorial High School Alumni Association, had been collaborating with Gee and his wife, Sondra, on the project since December. Nicely said it was Sondra who initially approached the alumni association with the idea for a benefit concert at the school. “They came to us,” Nicely said. “We thought it was a wonderful idea. A great way to make money for the school and support local music.” Nicely said the proceeds would be split between the alumni association and the Jon E. Gee Music Room, a community-driven organization based in Indiana that promotes music learning with regular lessons taught by Gee. “Our goal is to save music programs across America,” Sondra said. “Music is a universal language. We want to give kids the opportunity to create again, to make something themselves.” Jon E. Gee has been trying to spread the joy and importance of music to kids and adults his whole life, he said. “Personally, I would like to go across the entire United States,” Jon E. Gee said. “I’d like to go to schools, find out what’s wrong with the music program and figure out ways to fix it.” Gee said his music is influential because he has led a drug- and alcoholfree career and encourages students everywhere to do the same. “People think of rock stars and they think sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll,” Gee said. “I just want to show people that it doesn’t have to be that way.” The Friday benefit concert also
included appearances by two of Gee’s protégés, Aaron Creek and Tony Pebworth, as well as a performance by the school’s own student band, North of Nowhere. Superintendent of Erlanger/Elsmere Schools, Dr. Kathy Burkhardt, said she was proud of the student band and was happy they could perform for Gee. “They get to perform with real professionals,” Burkhardt said. “We’re really excited for them. This is more than just a fund-raising opportunity, this is a student experience.” North of Nowhere members include vocalist Amber Gamon who celebrated her 15th birthday on the night of the concert, guitarist Jake Harmon, bassist Harold Sexton, and drummer Andrew Bensman. “We caught a good break,” Andrew said. “I mean, Jon E. Gee. Wow.” The band said they had a very short time to prepare, but they were excited for the opportunity. Besides the music, the alumni association also invited a number of local vendors to set up booths at the concert. A silent auction was also conducted. Items for sale included a signed George Jones guitar and a signed Ted Nugent guitar. Nicely said the alumni association will use its portion of the funds as scholarship money for music students within the high school, or for graduates hoping to pursue music degrees. At the time of writing, an accurate estimate of proceeds collected at the concert could not be given because credit cards and checks are still being tallied, according to Diana Nicely, Jeff’s sister and secretary of the alumni association. Jon E. Gee makes an effort to seek out schools in need and especially enjoys playing in the Northern Kentucky area, according to wife Sondra.
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Vocalist Amber Gamon of North of Nowhere sings for an enraptured crowd at the Lloyd Memorial High School concert with Jon E. Gee May 17. Other band members include Jacob Harmon, guitar; Harold Sexton, bass; Andrew Bensman, drums. BRANDON HOELLE/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER
Drummer Andrew Bensman of the student band, North of Nowhere performs during the Lloyd Memorial High School benefit concert with Jon E. Gee. BRANDON HOELLE/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER
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THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, MAY 31 Dining Events Christian Moerlein Beer and BBQ Cruise, 7:30-10 p.m., BB Riverboats Newport Landing, 101 Riverboat Row, Tasting of Christian Moerlein beer samples and buffet featuring brisket, chicken and pulled pork. Music by local band. Member of Christian Moerlein team directing tasting and talking about history of brewery. Ages 21 and up. $55. Reservations required. Presented by BB Riverboats. 859-261-8500; www.bbriverboats.com. Newport.
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; jazzercise.com. Crescent Springs.
Music - Concerts See You in the Funnies, 8 p.m. With Merry Carls, Here Come Here and Inertia. Doors open 7 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., All ages. $8. 859-491-2444; www.madisontheateronline.com. Covington.
Music - Jazz The John Von Ohlen, 7:30 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., 859-261-2365; www.deefelicecafe.com. Covington.
On Stage - Theater Spring Awakening, 8 p.m., The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd., Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Rock musical adaptation of Frank Wedekind’s 1891 expressionist play about trials, tribulations and exhilaration of teen years. Ages 18 and up. $20.50. Presented by Showbiz Players Inc.. Through June 8. 859-957-1940; www.showbizplayers.com. Covington.
The Florence Freedom open a weekend series against the Rockford Aviators, Friday night, May 31, at University of Cincinnati Medical Center Stadium. Friday’s game begins at 6:35 p.m., while the games Saturday and Sunday begin at 6:05. For tickets, visit www.florencefreedom.com. THANKS TO JOSH ANDERSON
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SATURDAY, JUNE 1 Cooking Classes Sushi Rolling and Dining, 7 p.m., Sushi Cincinnati, 130 W. Pike St., Includes training, choice of at least three sushi rolls, BYOB and recipe/product information. $25. Reservations required. 513-335-0297; www.sushicinti.com. Covington.
On Stage - Theater Spring Awakening, 8 p.m., The Carnegie, $20.50. 859-957-1940; www.showbizplayers.com. Covington.
Music - Jazz
Spring Awakening, 8 p.m., The Carnegie, $20.50. 859-957-1940; www.showbizplayers.com. Covington.
Runs / Walks Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Great Strides Walk, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., England-Idlewild Park, 5550 Idlewild Road, Raises awareness and funds to support Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to assure development of means to control and cure cystic fibrosis and improve quality of life for patients and families. Benefits Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Free. Registration required. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Chapter of Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 513-533-9300; cincinnati.cff.org/ greatstrides. Burlington. CASA Run for Kids 5K Run/ Walk, 8-11 a.m., Devou Park, 1344 Audubon Road, Benefits Court Appointed Special Advocates of Kenton County. CASAs are volunteers who advocate for abused/neglected children in community. $25. Presented by CASA of Kenton County Inc.. 859-392-1791; www.casakentonky.org. Covington. Tap ‘N’ Run Cincinnati, 2 p.m. Awards at finish line after run. Afterparty follows with entertainment., Hofbrauhaus, 200 E. Third St., Ridiculous running race - a 4k with three beer chug stations along race course, a full beer at finish line, crazy costumes and unbelievable athleticism. Racers receive a finisher’s medal, two beers and T-shirt. $55, $50 before May 29. Registration required. Presented by
Jazzercise Classes, 9:30-10:30 a.m., 5-6 p.m. and 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; jazzercise.com. 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; diamonddanceky.com. Taylor Mill. Northern Kentucky Music Legends, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission. 859491-4003; www.bcmuseum.org. Covington.
Jazzercise Classes, 8-9 a.m. and 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; jazzercise.com. Crescent Springs.
On Stage - Theater
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; argentinebistro.com. Crestview Hills.
ities. Free. Presented by Kenton County Conservation District. 859-586-7903. Fort Mitchell.
THURSDAY, JUNE 6 Exercise Classes
The Art of Wet Felting Flowers class is 1-4 p.m., Saturday, June 1, Eagle Bend Alpacas, 7812 East Bend Road, in Burlington. Learn art of making wet felted flowers from alpaca fiber. $65. Reservations required. 859-750-3560.
Jazzercise Classes, 9:30-10:30 a.m., 4:30-5:30 p.m. and 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; jazzercise.com. 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; www.cityofindependence.org. Independence.
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SUNDAY, JUNE 2 Exercise Classes Jazzercise Classes, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; jazzercise.com. Crescent Springs.
Exhibit Openings Northern Kentucky Music Legends, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Highlights performers, bands, DJs, composers, lyricists and other musical artists from Northern Kentucky who have spent 20-plus years sharing love of music with the public. Exhibit continues through Sept. 1. Included with admission. 859-491-4003; www.bcmuseum.org. Covington.
Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke, 9 p.m., Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St., With DJ Will Corson. $10 buckets and $4 grape and cherry bombs. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-491-6659. Covington.
Music - Acoustic Kevin Fox, 10 p.m., Strasse Haus, 630 Main St., Free. 859-261-1199. Covington.
On Stage - Theater Spring Awakening, 7 p.m., The Carnegie, $20.50. 859-957-1940; www.showbizplayers.com. Covington.
Special Events Your Bridal Show and Sale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Hosted by Sheree Paolello, Channel 5 WLWT-TV News Anchor., Northern Kentucky Convention Center, 1 W. RiverCenter Blvd., Wedding professionals such as photographers, disc jockeys, limousines, caterers, banquet facilities and many others. Vendor area opens at 10 a.m. Dress sale 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fashion shows presented by David’s Bridal and Men’s Wearhouse 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. Parking across street. Benefits Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. $9, $2 coupon available online for guests of registered brides; free admission for registered brides. Presented by Plus 2 Productions. 513-2313052; www.yourbridalshow.com. Covington.
MONDAY, JUNE 3
Exhibits Loni Love performs five sets this weekend, May 31 and June 1-2, at the Funny Bone Comedy Club and Restaurant in Newport. FILE PHOTO public. Included with admission. 859-491-4003; www.bcmuseum.org. 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; mollymalonesirishpub.com. Covington.
TUESDAY, JUNE 4
Jazzercise Classes, 8-9 a.m., 9:30-10:30 a.m., 4:30-5:30 p.m. and 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-3317778; jazzercise.com. Crescent Springs.
Exhibits Northern Kentucky Music Legends, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Highlights performers, bands, DJs, composers, lyricists and other musical artists from Northern Kentucky who have spent 20-plus years sharing love of music with the
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.
Exercise Classes Jazzercise Classes, 8:30-9:30 a.m., 9:30-10:30 a.m., 4:30-5:30 p.m. and 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; jazzercise.com. Crescent Springs.
Exhibits Northern Kentucky Music Legends, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission. 859491-4003; www.bcmuseum.org. Covington.
Music - Acoustic Roger Drawdy, 8 p.m., Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St., Irish music. Free. 859-491-6659; mollymalonesirishpub.com. Covington.
Senior Citizens Bingo, 12:30-3 p.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., Through Oct. 8. 859-727-2306. Elsmere.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5 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 activ-
Northern Kentucky Music Legends, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission. 859491-4003; www.bcmuseum.org. Covington.
Farmers Market Dixie Farmers Market, 2-6 p.m., Erlanger Baptist Church, 116 Commonwealth Ave., Presented by City of Erlanger. 859-727-2525; www.ci.erlanger.ky.us. Erlanger.
Music - Religious Music@BCM: Got the Spirit, 6-9 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, $5. 859-491-4003; www.bcmuseum.org. Covington.
Music - Rock Charlie Mars and Kellin Watson, 8 p.m. Doors open 7:30 p.m., Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St., $15. Presented by JBM Promotions Inc.. 859-491-6659; www.ticketweb.com. Covington.
On Stage - Theater Spring Awakening, 8 p.m., The Carnegie, $20.50. 859-957-1940; www.showbizplayers.com. Covington.
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Corn bread and detox bath – both make you feel good When I put in requests for recipes, I usually just put them in once, maybe twice. If I don’t get a response from you or have nothing in my files, I go on to the next request. But this one from Mark Burnhimer has touched my heart in Rita a way that Heikenfeld I am askRITA’S KITCHEN ing, once again, if any of you can help. Mark told me: “After a minor health issue, my caregiver had shared with me that he and his wife really missed Zino’s and that he would be eternally happy if someone had some of the old restaurant recipes, including the Zino Burger. Have you got anything that might resemble that in your file? I’d like to pay back someone for the excellent care I received while I was not at my best.” Mark has continued to follow up, asking if I’ve received anything. So if any of you can come even close, or can get the recipe, do let me know.
Kit Whiteman’s corn bread
“I’m such a fan and read your recipes every week. Here’s my recipe for corn bread. So quick and easy and tastes good, too,” Kit said. She’s right on all three counts. 1 box Jiffy Yellow Cake mix 1 box Jiffy Corn Bread mix
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Follow package
directions for each box. Place all ingredients in one bowl and blend. Pour into a greased 8-inch round or square pan and bake 25 minutes, until golden brown.
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Check out my Cooking with Rita blog for this recipe. Go to Cincinnati.Com/blogs.
Buffet broccoli salad Broccoli was on sale at the grocery and I had a craving for this salad. It’s not low fat or low sugar, but it’s always the first to go on the buffet table. Salad Mix together:
1 large head of broccoli, cut into florets (if stems are tender, use them, too, sliced thinly) Generous 1⁄2 cup chopped red onion 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese 1 ⁄2 pound bacon, cut up and sautéed
Dressing Whisk together: 1 cup mayonnaise 1 ⁄2 cup sugar 1 ⁄4 cup red wine vinegar or more to taste (I usually add more)
Pour dressing over salad ingredients. Toss well. When serving, dig deep so that you get all the goodies that tend to fall to the bottom.
Tonya Fischer’s detox bath
After I shared recipes for natural scrubs, etc., I had more requests for natural bath soaks, especially ones using Epsom salts. I met Tonya during a presentation I did at
Rita says her broccoli salad is always the first to go on buffet tables. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD.
Macy’s corporate offices on healthy living. She works with Executive Chef Rick Toennis. Rick and Tonya believe, as I do, in Mother Nature’s healing powers. She told me about a soothing detox bath she enjoys, and I asked her to share the recipe. “When I’m not feeling so good or after a long day at work or workout, I soak in this bath,” Tonya told me. I’m going to make this myself and soothe the sore muscles I now have after our car got hit with a 200-pound deer.
⁄3 cup Epsom salt ⁄3 cup sea salt 1 ⁄3 cup baking soda 1 tablespoon powdered/ground ginger 1 cup apple cider vinegar 10-20 drops Eucalyptus spearmint oil, or just Eucalyptus oil 1
Draw a bath with water as hot as you stand it. As tub fills, add all ingredients. Water will turn yellow/orange but don’t worry. Soak for about 40 minutes. While soaking, drink 24 oz. ice water. If you want, rub skin gently
Chamber hosts ladies golf outing Community Recorder
The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Women’s Initiative will host a luncheon and golf outing at Summit Hills Country Club in Crestview Hills,11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 4.
The event begins with a buffet lunch, followed by nine holes of golf. The afternoon concludes with the 19th Hole Social, where women will have the chance to enjoy food, fun and shopping with specialty vendors from around the area.
The cost is $85 per person and $340 for a foursome. Women looking to attend the 19th Hole Social only may do so for $25 per person. For reservations, call 859-578-8800 or visit www.nkychamber.com/events.
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Dreamfest draws 1,400 gifted students 28th annual event held at NKU By Chris Mayhew firstname.lastname@example.org
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Dream big, even to be smarter than the teacher, was one of the messages for 1,400 gifted and talented students gathered at Northern Kentucky University Thursday, March 14. The 28th Dreamfest Conference, an annual event for Northern Kentucky elementary and middle school students, attracted students from 19 school districts and 40 different schools. “Who doesn’t want to be smarter than their teacher?” asked Campbell County Middle School gifted and talented teacher Faye Smith to a group of students during her “math magic” session. Smith taught the students techniques to multiply large numbers more quickly without the use of a calculator. She invited the students to go back and try and stump their own teachers. Smith had the students’ attention. Sadie Pulliam, a student at Summit View Middle School in Independence and a resident of Walton exclaimed “Boom!” as she finished one of Smith’s math problems on an erasable white board. “When you see that the number is right, like I love math, and when you see that the number is right, you get excited about it,” Pulliam said. “Well, I get excited about it.” Pulliam said she had fun at Dreamfest, and Smith specifically taught her a lot in math magic. “I can definitely use the tricks that she taught us to trick my friends and everything,” she said. Math Magic was one of 60 workshops offered for the gifted and talented students throughout the day. Among the other
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Victor Galan, left, a fourth-grader at Crittenden-Mount Zion Elementary School, wears pirate makeup as he brushes purple stage makeup under the eyes of his classmate Elliot Herzog during a "Making Monsters" stage makeup session during Dreamfest on the campus of Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER
workshops topics were a skyscraper building contest, art as a business, advanced writing, and the “From Idea to the Road” session with a representative of Toyota Motor Engineering. David Palmore, assistant superintendent for Erlanger-Elsmere Indpendent School District, presented sessions about the life of Kentucky author and poet Jesse Stuart to students interested in writing. Palmore said he wanted students to think about how Stuart was born in poverty, yet rose to the heights of the literary world and made a living as a professional author. The point is to inspire, he said. Starting with a “Dream Start” pep rally in the morning, having fun and bonding was a big part of the day, said Jane Paulin, who works with gifted students at Ludlow Independent Schools. Students also chose which session topics they want to attend. “We want the kids to have a chance to come and do things that they do not get to do in their normal classrooms,” she said. How many students come to Dreamfest from each school is limited, so students have to meet people from other schools interested in the same topics whether that’s writing or art, Paulin said. “So we want the kids to get to know one-another,
David R. Palmore, assistant superintendent of Erlanger-Elsmere Schools, shows students a pipe used by Kentucky author and poet Jesse Stuart, the same pipe pictured with Stuart on the back cover of the author's book "God's Oddling" during Dreamfest Conference for gifted and talented students in grades 4-8 at Northern Kentucky University. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE
Noah Fisher, a sixth-grader at Beechwood Independent School District, writes a math equation during during a "math magic" session for gifted and talented students at Dreamfest on the campus of Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights. CHRIS
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get to know their peers who are also identified gifted and interested in these things,” she said. Samson Zacate of Alexandria, an eighth-grade student at Campbell County Middle School, who was also in the math magic session, said he learned things he can use both for his amusement in class. Sometimes the sessions are challenging, but more than that organizers try to make the day about fun, Zacate said. “It’s great, you get to be with lots of other people who are smart, and it’s a good environment, so ev-
eryone’s happy,” he said. Eileen Whaley, the gifted and talented coordinator for Southgate Independent Schools, is one of the organizers of Dreamfest. Each session is designed to have a high interest for the students taught by accomplished individuals in the community, Whaley said. For instance, Sasha Parker-Cochran from Insight Communications did a videography project working with students with real equipment to make a Dreamfest recap, she said. And Lyndsey M. Yeager, a professional
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Campbell Count Middle School gifted and talented teacher Faye Smith explains a way to multiply large numbers quickly during the "math magic" session for gifted and talented students at Dreamfest on the campus of Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights Thursday, March 14. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER
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Sound of music, Kentucky-style Library group learns about our musical heritage By Kamellia Soenjoto Smith Recorder Contributor
ERLANGER — He clicked “play” and the sound of old-time music filled the room. I am a man of constant sorrow. The people listening quickly recognized the song. Together they mouthed the lyrics. I bid farewell to old Kentucky, the place where I was born and raised. The man stopped the CD player and told a story about the songwriter, Richard Burnett of Monticello, Ky. “One night, about 1908, he took a short cut through the rail yard,” he began. A hobo put a shotgun to his face asking for money. Burnett refused and the hobo pulled the trigger. “So Richard Burnett became the Blind Troubadour, writing songs and making his living all over Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia.” He played another track, the same song but with slightly different words. There was no mention of Kentucky; instead it was California, the place where I was born and raised. This version was by Peter, Paul and Mary. Mary was Mary Travers. “She was born in Louisville,” the man pointed out. He continued, talking about another young man
James Claypool holds old LPs of Kentucky musicians. KAMELLIA SMITH FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER
from Kentucky. “One day he took his old Buick and off to California he went. And he became a movie star. His name was George Clooney.” He played a third version of the tune, from the film “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” starring Clooney as a singer in the fictitious band The Soggy Bottom Boys. When the song reached a certain point, everyone in the room laughed. The word California was gone, changed back to Kentucky. “So, Kentucky songs have a way of traveling.” The source for all this musical knowledge was James Claypool, professor emeritus of history at Northern Kentucky University and author of the Images of America book “Kentucky’s Bluegrass Music.” Last Tuesday, April 16, at the Erlanger Branch of Kenton County Public Library, he gave a talk about the roots of Kentucky music. To illustrate just how far Kentucky songs can
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music in America in the late 1930s into the mid 1940s,” he said. Claypool remembered that they were “handsomely rewarded.” They were paid $10 and had to split it three ways, $3.33 each. But Claypool got $3.34, “because I was driving,” he laughed. Claypool also shared childhood memories of spending Saturdays at a bowling alley with his father and a man named Haven Gillespie of Covington. Though a printer by trade “Gillespie was perhaps the greatest songwriter Kentucky ever had,” according to Claypool. His first big song
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Question: I have heard about some kind of green bug that kills ash trees, and I have several ash trees on my property. What is this bug and how can I save my trees? Answer: In the past few years, many people have become aware of the real danger to ash trees from a small insect pest called the emerald ash borer (“EAB”), which was described by the USDA Forest Service a few years ago as “the most destructive forest insect introduced into North America in recent history. Our present ability to detect, contain, eradicate, or manage EAB infestations is limited. The eventual loss of the vast majority of ash trees in North America should be anticipated.” Today, effective chemical treatments are
being used to save numerous ash trees in home, public and commercial landscapes. Mike Due to the Klahr potential HORTICULTURE cost of CONCERNS treating wild ash trees in the woods, however, most of those woodland ash trees will probably eventually be brought down by the borer. Most of the counties in Northern Kentucky (including Boone, Campbell and Kenton) and north-central Kentucky, and a few counties in north-eastern Kentucky have caught numerous EAB adults in traps, confirming their widespread occurrence. This has led to these counties
Spread of EAB is also an issue for the wood industry. Currently, a permit is required to move wood outside the quarantined area, and since many transactions involve moving wood from one county to another, this is a burden on the industry. There is no evidence from other states that large-scale spread of EAB through the woods has been slowed by any means, although individual landscape trees can be saved by yearly pesticide applications as soil drenches or trunk injections (which sometimes protect a tree for two to three years). Unfortunately, it appears that EAB will continue to spread through the woods of Kentucky and the U.S. For more details on EAB identification and
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In honor of National Home Improvement Month this May, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry advises homeowners of the most important steps to take before the remodeling project starts. » Research your project. Taking time to research projects will provide a good sense of what is involved such as price, scope of work, return on investment and new product/material options. Also, research property values in your neighborhood to make sure your project is
in line with other homes in the area. » Plan your project around the long-term. How long do you plan to stay in your home? How might your family structure change over time? Life can change quickly – these questions should be answered early on to ensure your project will fit your lifestyle long after it’s complete. » Set your budget. Deciding on a realistic budget and arranging finances to support your project are essential. This number needs to include everything—the project, products, contingencies,
etc. Don’t be afraid to share this with your remodeler; professionals are respectful of a client’s budget and will create a plan around it, not over it. » Use advanced search for professionals. The online world makes it easy to gather information about strangers. Ask friends, family and neighbors for referrals and then spend time researching that person online. » Ask the right questions. Time and cost are important, but getting the right information requires the right questions. Ask your professional remodeler about his educa-
view this carefully. » Keep design in mind. Your design guides the entire project. Think about what you dislike about your current space and the intended use of the new space. » Make your selections. Deciding on products and materials is a larger process than most imagine. With so many options to choose from, product selections are one of the primary reasons for project timelines to get extended.
tional background, training, specialties or past issues with clients. » Verify your remodeler. Don’t take their word for it. Check the information given to you such as references, license numbers, insurance information and certifications by calling providers to verify. Request a visit to an active client’s job site. » Review contracts word-by-word. A remodeling contract protects you and your remodeler. Homeowners should re-
control, and for insecticide options for protecting ash trees and a list of certified arborists doing treatment, contact your local county extension office, or go to www.emeraldashborer.info or www.KyStateEnt.org . Mike Klahr is the Boone County extension agent for horticulture.
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DEATHS William Averdick
Aiden Wenning of Independence. Burial was at the Mount Zion Cemetery. Memorials: the Aiden Carnes Education Fund.
Capt. William R. Averdick, 52, of Villa Hills, died May 18, 2013. He was a Captain of Courts with the Kenton County Sheriff’s Department. His father, Robert Averdick, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Joan Averdick; children, Katie and Matt Averdick; mother, Esther Averdick; brothers, Mike, Steve, Gary and Joe Averdick. Memorials: the Katie and Matt Averdick Education Fund care of any Fifth Third Bank.
Anita Carnes Anita Mae Carnes, 58, of Mount Zion, died May 19, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was the owner and operator of the Country Store in Mount Zion, and member of the Mount Zion Baptist Church. Her mother, Ailene Sparks Carnes, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Courtney Wenning of Independence; father, William B. Carnes of Mount Zion; sisters, Charlotte Henley of Frankfort, Brenda Elliott of Mount Zion, and Becky Coldiron of Crittenden; brothers, Bruce Carnes and Douglas Carnes, both of Mount Zion; and one grandson,
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Mildred T. Glaza, 79, of Ryland Heights, died May 18, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a member of the Staffordsburg United Methodist Church in Independence, member of the Independence Homemakers Club, and enjoyed crafting and sewing. Her husband, Joseph Glaza; sisters, Claudia Scott and Mame Hampton; brother, Raymond Zimmerman; and granddaughter, Laura Glaza, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Steve Glaza of Falmouth and Jeff Glaza of Visalia; sisters, Wilma Zimmerman of Latonia, Victoria Johnson of Crittenden, Debbie Zimmerman of Fort Thomas, and Pam Schaefer of Marietta, Ga.; brothers, Thomas Zimmerman of Burlington, and Richard Zimmerman of Seattle; and three grandchildren. Memorials: Fairhaven Rescue Mission, 260 Pike St., Covington, KY 41012.
Basic obituary information and a color photograph of your loved one is published without charge by The Community Press. Please call us at 283-0404 for more information. To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 513-242-4000 for pricing details. For the most up-to-date Northern Kentucky obituaries, click on the “Obituaries” link at NKY.com. Jean Hutchinson and Marie Clifford, both of Paris, Ky.; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Memorials: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105; or Rosedale Green, 4250 Glenn Ave., Covington, KY 41015.
Brad Loschiavo Brad Loschiavo, 36, of Edgewood, died May 21, 2013. His father, Anthony Loschiavo, and brother, Ryan Loschiavo, died previously. Survivors include his children, Chance and Bryson Loschiavo; mother, Faith Loschiavo; siblings, Tony Loschiavo, Andy Loschiavo, Joe Loschiavo of Alaska, Tommy Loschiavo, Gina Harmon, Luke Loschiavo, Ethan Loschiavo of Florida, Angela Loschiavo, and twin brother, Brent Loschiavo; and maternal grandmother, Marianne Wendling. Memorials: Brad Loschiavo Memorial Fund care of any branch of The Bank of Kentucky.
Beulah Linn, 87, of Bromley, died May 20, 2013, at Rosedale Green in Latonia. She was a retired bookkeeper and receptionist for O’Hara, Ruberg, Taylor, Sloan and Sergent Law Firm, was a member of Immanuel United Church of Christ where she taught Sunday School, and member of the Bromley PTA. Her husband, J. T. “Kelly” Linn; brother, Carl Clifford; sisters, Billy Watson and Margaret “Dutch” Marshall, died previously. Survivors include her son, Gary Linn of Ludlow; daughter, Debbie Jester of Fort Mitchell; sisters,
Mary Oberschlake Mary Margaret “Parsh” Oberschlake, 86, of Fort Wright, died May 19, 2013, at Rosedale Green. She worked as a bookkeeper for Stanley and Tranter, was a member St. Agnes Catholic Church, member of Summit Hills Country Club, and was an avid golfer. Her husband, Edward “Murray” Oberschlake, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Leslie Koehl of Fort Wright; three grandchildren and seven greatgrandchildren. Memorials: Proprionic Acidemia Foundation, 1963 McCraren St., Highland Park, IL 60035; or St. Agnes Church, 1680 Dixie Hwy., Fort Wright, KY 41011.
Dorothy Piper Dorothy Hall Piper, 89, of Independence, died May 18, 2013. She worked in the banking industry before obtaining her real estate broker’s license in 1974 and retiring after 32 years. She also was a homemaker, cook, pie baker and avid gardener who loved roses. Her sons, Lawrence Thomas Hall and William G. Hall; former husbands, Albert William Piper and John T. Hall; and siblings, Jean Wilson, Ralph Boh, and Lawrence Boh, died previously. Survivors include her children, John L. Hall of Delhi, Ohio, Ronald F. Hall of Mount Lookout, Ohio, Dotty J. Hall Meier Caldwell of Independence, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Memorials: Kenton Co. SPCA Animal Shelter, 1020 Mary Laidley, Covington, KY; or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place,
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POLICE REPORTS INDEPENDENCE
Arrests/citations Thomas A. Cain, 38, 4090 Richardson Road, assault, wanton endangerment at 4090 Richardson Road, May 9. Brian A. Froelich, 45, 5144 Dana Harvey, public drunkenness at Oliver Road, May 11. Lea Ann Vickers, 33, 5051 Sandman Drive, No. 88, public drunkenness, disorderly conduct at 5305 Madison Pike, May 18.
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Incidents/investigations Burglary Merchandise stolen at 3437 Taylor Mill Road, May 19. Jewelry stolen at 6471 Shawnee Court, May 19. Chainsaw and extension cord stolen at 379 Florence Drive, May 16. Criminal mischief
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. Car damaged at Richardson Road, May 20. Truck damaged at 6523 Sugar Camp Road, May 19. Car damaged at 719 Stevie's Trail, May 18. Theft Electronics stolen at 88 Carrie Way, May 20. Theft from car Electronics stolen at 4805 Wildwood Drive, May 11.
TAYLOR MILL Arrests/citations Charles Abney, 31, 82 Stillmeadow Drive, Apt. 304, shoplifting at 5016 Old Taylor Mill Road, May 16. David F. Thomas, 60, 3933 Wolf Road, DUI at Wolf Road, May 16. Terry M. Mabe, 19, 6370 Lakearbor Drive, careless driving, criminal littering, public drunkenness at Winston Ave., May 16. Bernard A. Troxel, 52, 148 Dove Drive, executed Kenton County warrant at 8805 Decoursey Pike, May 17.
Incidents/investigations Burglary Video game console and games stolen at 605 Cleveland Ave., May 18. Theft Wallet stolen at 541 Lookaway Drive, May 14.
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From Build-a-Bear to bikinis We played “hooky” at our house this past Thursday. With the weather constantly changing over the last several weeks, the sunshine and 80 degree temperatures beckoned. It was decided. Shopping and lunch in Crestview, where we could still enjoy the outdoors. The kids were thrilled. Each had been saving their allowance and had their shopping list. For the oldest, it would be a new swimsuit. For my 9-year-old son, he couldn’t wait to buy new socks. Yes, socks. Nike
Elite socks at $15 a pair! (It was his money.) And for my youngest, a new tank top Julie House from JusCOMMUNITY tice, she RECORDER GUEST was adaCOLUMNIST mant. I giggled to myself thinking about how very unique and definite their plans were. (I also thought about how many pairs of socks I could buy with $15 and my son would be
buying only one! What is it about those socks?) We made our way around the mall ending up at Justice. The girls went right to what they were looking for and after trying on only one suit, it was settled for my oldest. Realizing that Nike elites would be tough to find, we soon decided the mall would be our next stop. Finding our way in and out of the sporting goods store took just a few minutes and my son ran right to the socks and found the color he was looking for.
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Irene Purnell Irene Purnell, 79, of Burlington, died May 22, 2013, at her residence. She enjoyed spending time with her family. Her husband, Charles M. Purnell; and her siblings, Kathleen, LeRoy, Margie, Gene and Jimmy, died previously. Survivors include her children, Charles H. Purnell of Wilder, and Virginia Spencer of Melbourne; siblings, George Jordan of Bradenton, Fla., Nellie Prinzivalli of Park Hills, and Tom Jordan of Burlington; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Memorials: Hospice of the Bluegrass, 7388 Turfway Road, Suite 202, Florence, KY 41042.
Raymond Ruedebusch Raymond Ruedebusch, 72, of Villa Hills, died May 18, 2013. He was a retired foreman for the Kenton County Road Department, member of the Knights of Columbus, and member of the Villa Hills Civic Club. His wife, Rosemary Ruedebusch; and brothers, Leonard, Louie and Jimmy Ruedebusch, died previously. Survivors include his children, Mark Ruedebusch, Debbie Shaw, Michael Ruedebusch and Kimberly Byndon; sisters, Judy Rolfson, Gertrude Bezold and Marietta Ruedebusch; brothers, Billy, Thomas, Terry and Bob Ruedebusch; and eight grandchildren. Memorials: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; or Autism Society of Greater Cincinnati, P.O. Box 58385, Cincinnati, OH 45258.
Thomas Sayers Thomas Sayers, 76, of Morning View, died May 17, 2013, at his home. He was an Air Force veteran, a retired automotive manager who worked for more than 30 years at Riverside Ford in Newport and also worked at Robke Ford in Latonia and Airport Ford
in Florence. His brother, Russell Sayers, and granddaughter, Sara Neff, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Patricia Dickman Sayers; daughters, Tammy Trappe of Panama City, Fla., Kimberly Neff of Newport, Lynda Wessel of Hebron, and Sherri Slavey of Independence; brother, Jack Sayers of Burlington; half-sister, Mary Richter of Cincinnati; eight grandchildren and five greatgrandchildren. Memorials: Hospice of the Bluegrass, 7388 Turfway Road, Florence, KY 41042; or Alzheimer’s Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, OH 45203.
George Schmidt Jr. George C. Schmidt Jr., 88, of Fort Mitchell, died May 21, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Hospice. He was a corporal in the Marine Corps, wholesale grocer for 37 years, and member of Blessed Sacrament Church. Survivors include his wife, Eleanor “Chris” Schmidt of Fort Mitchell; daughters, Debbie Menkhaus of Fort Mitchell, Connie Wellbrock of Crestview Hills, Kathy Roeding of Villa Hills, and Mary Bell of Fort Mitchell; son, George Schmidt III of Villa Hills; sister, Rita Ryan of Fort Mitchell; brother, Jerry Schmidt of Edgewood; nine grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren. Memorials: Be Concerned, 714 Washington St., Covington, KY 41011; or St. Elizabeth Hospice Edgewood, 483 S. Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.
Oscar Slavey Oscar William “Bill” Slavey, 79, of Independence, died May 19, 2013. He retired as a railroad conductor CSX Railroad (previously L&N Railroad) after 42 years of service, was an Army veteran of the Korean War, and member of Hickory Grove Baptist Church, Golden Rule Masonic Lodge No. 345 of Latonia, 32nd degree Scottish Rite, and Syrian Shriners of Cincinnati. Survivors include his wife, Jo Ann Campbell Slavey; sons,
As we were heading up the escalator after our final purchase, my 11year-old began to reminisce about being in the mall several years ago, trying to lug her “huge Build-a-Bear” box up the escalator all by herself. After a bittersweet moment, I turned to my mother and said, “Wow, we’ve gone from “Builda-Bear to bikinis in the blink of an eye.” God reminded me just how fast my children are growing up that day. Our days of playing hooky used to consist of parks and McDonald’s for
lunch. Now it’s shopping malls and clothes. These insights urge me to take my responsibility, to “train up my children in the way they should go” even more seriously. Yet as a parent, I am sometimes unsure of my ability to make the right decisions. (Was taking the day off school the right choice?) I am comforted by verses in the Bible that remind me to, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He
will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:5-6 We are not called to make all the decisions, simply rely on God to guide us and our children. It’s great advice for them too when they are faced with tough choices. Oh, and the decision to play hooky? Best one of the year for this homeschooling family. Julie House is a resident of Independence, and founder of Equipped Ministries, a Christian-based health and wellness program with a focus on weight loss. She can be reached at 802-8965.
MARRIAGE LICENSES Oscar W. Slavey II of Corbin, Bruce Slavey of Hebron, Ernest Slavey of Independence, and Scott Slavey of Independence; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Burial was at Independence Cemetery. Memorials: Shriners Hospital of Cincinnati, 3229 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229-3095.
Harold Snell Harold Snell, 89, of Kennedy Heights, Ohio, died May 20, 2013, at the Kenwood Terrace Nursing Facility in Kenwood, Ohio. He was a veteran of World War II, where he served in the South Pacific, and was awarded several bronze medals for his service. He obtained a business degree and worked many years as a CPA, an Amway salesman, and more recently, as a parttime employee at the West Chester, Ohio Walmart. His wife Margie Snell, and son, Donald Snell, died previously. Survivors include his twin brother, Herbert Snell of Latonia; and niece Sandy Snell of Alexandria among other extended family members. Interment was at Floral Hills Cemetery.
Loretta Taylor, 47, and James Barton, 46, both of Villa Hills, issued May 13. Krystal Ary, 27, and Ryan Foster, 31, both of Erlanger, issued May 13. Tammie Howard, 42, and Michael Floyd, 44, both of Ludlow, issued May 13. Laura Barron, 37, of Fort Thomas and Donald Rider, 34, of Covington, issued May 14. Mary Ball, 55, and Sammuel Crager, 55, both of Florence, issued May 14. Anna Iles, 23, of Edgewood and Zachary Nielander, 23, of Cincinnati, issued May 14. Maribeth Grattan, 36, of Covington and James Niesen, 33, of Cincinnati, issued May 14. Michelle Garafalo, 35, of Council Bluffs and Jeffrey Johns, 36, of Fort Thomas, issued May 14. Kristin Hillyard, 26, and Andrew Steeken 27, both of Covington, issued May 14, 20-13. Megan Helton, 27, of Cincinnati and Fred Ruebsch III, 30, of Covington, issued May 14.
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of Cincinnati, issued May 15. Cassandra Merrell, 26, and Johnathan Dodd, 27, both of Fort Thomas, issued May 15. Sally Bishop, 20, of Edgewood and Delbert Johnson, 21, of Cincinnati, issued May 15. Yvonne Hines, 76, of Inez and Richard Hanes, 80, of Macedonia, issued May 16. Alexander Bertke, 25, of Edgewood and Mark Janszen, 28, of Norwood, issued May 16. Karissa Baxter, 30, and Leopoldo Cruz, 38, both of Covington, issued May 16. Kaitlyn Gustin, 26, and Zachary Johnson, 26, both of Centerville, issued May 16. Ann Korte, 29, and Jason Phillips, 41, both of Villa Hills, issued May 16. Stellina Aubuchon, 28, and Aaron Chapman, 28, both of Ludlow, issued May 17. Samantha Edwards, 32, of Covington and David Little, 43, of Cincinnati, issued May 17. Heather Bach, 25, of Fort Thomas and James Hammer, 27, of Greencastle, issued May 17.
Mary Wilcoxson Mary Bragan Wilcoxson, 88, of Taylor Mill, died May 16, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a retired school teacher for the Covington Independent School District, and member and elder of Runyan Memorial Christian Church in Latonia. Survivors include her husband, William Wilcoxson of Taylor Mill; son, William B. Wilcoxson of Independence; daughter, Sue A. Massie of Jacksonville, Fla.; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Interment was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in Taylor Mill. Memorials: the Runyan Memorial Christian Church, 3625 Decousey Ave., Latonia, KY 41015.
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