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New stores coming to center The Limited opening in June By Amy Scalf

CRESTVIEW HILLS — Summer will bring new growth to the Crestview Hills Town Center. After a restaurant and three stores closed in the winter, two new stores have been announced. Property manager Christine Wesselkamper said The Limited retail fashion chain will open in the former Talbot’s spot in June and Altar’d State, a Christian fashion retailer, will take the

space formerly occupied by Hoggy’s. Omaha Steaks will move to the space vacated by President Tuxedo to allow for Altar’d State to take 8,164 square feet, with an opening scheduled for the fall. “We’re getting those spaces filled quickly,” said Wesselkamper. “We’re looking forward to the openings this summer. I’m pretty excited about it.” No announcements have been made yet concerning the spaces vacated by Tala’s Distant Treasures and Famous Footwear, but, Wesselkamper said, “Stay See STORES, Page A2

Independence plans summer classes Sports, art, fitness classes offered By Amy Scalf

INDEPENDENCE — Summer is the perfect time for activities and fitness classes from the city of Independence. “We try to make sure there is something for everyone,” said Nita Brake, Independence’s Parks and Recreation director. The programs include sports, art and water balloon fights for children and adult fitness classes. Registration information for all classes is available at the city building, 5409 Madison Pike, by calling 859-363-2934 or visiting For outdoors fitness fanatics, the city offers Yoga in the Park with Heather Arlinghaus, a certified personal trainer and yoga instructor. Cost is $10 for a single class, but discounts are offered for five-, 10- or 15-class passes. Participants are encouraged to bring a water bottle and a yoga mat, and arrive early for registration. Classes, which blend Hatha and Ashtanga styles of yoga, take place at 9 a.m. on Saturdays at Memorial Park from June 2 through Sept. 29. Arlinghaus also teaches Summer Fitness classes including boot camp, cardio kick-boxing, yoga, mat Pilates and ultimate abs and glutes express at the Independence Senior Center. Cost depends on the class, and

RACING TO READ The library is hosting the Racing to Read 5K Run and Walk June 9. Full story, A4

discounts are available for participants taking more than one class each week. Classes run on Mondays, June 4-25, or Wednesdays, June 6-27, between 6 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. For more information about individual classes, call Arlnghaus at 859-750-2963 or visit The Independence Senior Center will also be the site for Zumba with Gabrielle, program includes dance program with interval training sessions. Cost is $30 for four classes to be held on Thursday evenings 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. from June 7-28. For more information, call Gabriele Dion at 513-702-4776. The city’s Annual basketball camp, held at Summit View Middle School, is for boys and girls age 6 to 13. Camp dates are from Monday, June 25, to Thursday, June 28, from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Registration costs $40, and discounts are available for additional children. After June 12, cost is $50. Participants receive their own basketball plus instruction on basketball fundamentals from high school basketball coaches and current or former college basketball players. For crafty kids aged 5 to13, the city offers Art in the Park with Creative Expressions at the Memorial Park Shelter from 10 a.m. to noon on Fridays Classes include mosaic flower pots on Friday, July 13, with an $8 class fee; cartooning and matting See SUMMER, Page A2

KOCANUT JOE’S Kocanut Joe’s, a frozen yogurt shop, is opening on Dixie Highway this summer. Full story, A3

Tyler and Sarah Rabe of Independence marched with the Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts, respectively, in the city's Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 28. AMY SCALF/ THE COMMUNITY RECORDER


By Amy Scalf

INDEPENDENCE Spectators dressed in red, white and blue held flags and cheered along downtown streets for the Independence Memorial Day Parade, organized by American Legion Moon Brothers Post 275 and the city of Independence. The parade featured Simon Kenton’s Marching Band, Miss Independence Mariah Fisher, Mayor Chris Moriconi and City Council members and city employees, as well as local scouts and businesses. American Legion members laid wreaths in honor of veterans at the Independence Cemetery, St. Cecelia Cemetery and at the Independence Court House, where speaker Christi Jefferds spoke about honoring the sacrifice of veterans by cherishing the privileges and freedoms their sacrifices have provided.

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causes in the community. Through what is known as Mission Mondays, the company donates 10 percent of net proceeds to various local charities every Monday. Altar’d State also funds monthly employee volunteer hours and seeks vendor partners that share the company’s philosophy of giving back, such as TOMS Shoes, FashionABLE scarves and Krochet Kids. For a complete list of Crestview Hills Town Center merchants, visit www.ShopCrestview

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tuned.” Altar’d State is based in Knoxville, Tenn., and currently operates 11 stores in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana, with plans to open up to 10 more stores by November 2012, including the Crestview Hills location. In addition to providing Christian-themed clothing, accessories and music, Altar’d State is known for supporting charitable


istrations will incur an additional $5 fee. Boys and girls ages 5 to 11 can also participate in Camp Awesome with Dominach’s Taekwondo Academy and the City of Independence. The camp includes activities such as dodge ball, water guns and taekwondo at Dominach’s Taekwando Academy on Declaration Drive and Memorial Park. Cost is $100, with discounts for additional children from the same family, and camp takes place on July 23, 25 and 27, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. An additional event will be held on Sunday, July 29, from1p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Summer reading kick-off June 1 The Community Recorder For the past 82 years, summer time has brought summer reading programs to the Kenton County Public Library. Covington children’s librarian Eleanor McKenna started "Vacation Reading Club” in 1930 to encourage children to read during the summer months. Now, the events include laser tag, family-friendly entertainment and pizza covered in ranch dressing, pepperoni, pineapple, jelly beans, spaghetti, french fries and gummy worms. The kick-off event for the Erlanger branch will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, June 1, and feature juggler Tom Sparough, also known as the Space Painter. From 6-8 p.m. teens can participate in outdoor laser tag

Zak Morgan presents a free concert at a previous Summer Reading Club kick-off event at the Erlanger branch of the Kenton County Public Library. THANKS TO KENTON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY

courtesy of Lazer Kraze. The kick-off event for the William E. Durr Branch takes place at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 2, and features ventriloquist Mark Wade. As part of the kick-off, Snappy Tomato Pizza partners with the library in a

Cousins win volunteer award St. Elizabeth Hospice recently recognized two Covington Catholic students – first cousins, Ben Neltner and Michael Helton with the KAHPC Volunteer Youth Award. Neltner started unofficially volunteering for St. Elizabeth Hospice at age 12 helping his father set up for the annual 5K walks. After learning about hospice through Neltner, Helton started at the St. Elizabeth. Neltner and Helton have been quick to re-

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East-to-west highway moves from dream to plan By Chris Mayhew

ALEXANDRIA The idea of an east-to-west highway linking southern Campbell, Kenton and Boone counties together to Interstate-75, more than a decade in the works, now has financial backing. The Kentucky General Assembly authorized $54 million this spring to buy land for the right-of-way to improve or extend Ky. 536 in portions of Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties as part of the state’s sixyear road plan. For Campbell County, the plan authorizes the spending of $11 million in 2014 for the purchase of land for an extension of Ky. 536 from U.S. 27 to the AA Highway, said Nancy Wood, spokesperson for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s District Six of the Department of Highways. Funding for the purchases of right-of-way for Ky. 536 in Boone and Kenton counties will be available for the state to spend after July 1 this year, Wood said. The district is still waiting for the authorization of an additional $1.4 million to do redesign work of the Ky. 536 extension and make the overall project cost more reasonable, she said. “It’s too costly the way it

Joe Zembrodt, left, and Ken Kocan will open Kocanut Joe's, a frozen yogurt shop. THANKS TO KEN KOCAN

Shop opens soon in the area. We liked the foot traffic.” Kocan, who studied at the Culinary Institute in Hyde Park, N.Y., said that the live active cultures in the yogurt, as well as the freshest ingredients, will set Kocanut Joe’s apart from other frozen yogurt franchises. “We are going to dedicate one of the machines specifically to lactosefree treats,” Kocan said. “It may not be frozen yogurt, maybe sorbet or something else frozen.” Kocanut Joe’s plans to give back locally, he said, and Kocan said he hopes to team up with local schools and groups for donations. Customers can expect 12 to 18 flavors as well as different dry and fresh toppings when they try a taste at the shop. “People like to have control of their experience,” Kocan said. “With a self-serve people can try a million different flavors.”

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Fort Mitchell is about to get a taste of summer that will last all year. That’s because Kocanut Joe’s, a frozen yogurt shop, will open on Dixie Highway. Under the guise of a surf shop, Villa Hills resident Ken Kocan and his partner, Fort Mitchell resident Joey Zembrodt, plan to open the doors by July1. The owners want the spot to become an accessible place where residents can enjoy a cold treat with their families or friends. Frozen yogurt is a trend that is prominent on both of the coasts, Kocan said, and he’s hoping to bring it to the Midwest. But, instead of opening a franchise, they wanted to make it personal. “It’s small town, family-owned,” Kocan said of the shop’s location, 2479 Dixie Highway. “My brother’s a chiropractor

is now to construct, so that’s why they’re redesigning it to make some tweaks to make it cost effective so we can move forward on it,” Wood said. Some of the construction costs, including the costs for reconstructing some of the side roads that intersect with the planned extension will be taken out in the redesign in order to focus just on the corridor, she said. It will still be until 2014 before right-of-way acquisition will begin in Campbell County, she said. The process of right-ofway acquisition in Boone County and Kenton County is expected to begin in fall 2012, she said. Funding of $21 million has been authorized for Ky. 536 in Boone County from Old Hathaway in Union to I-75, Wood said. And funding of $22 million has been authorized for a second phase of Ky. 536, from the railroad (Cincinnati Southern Railway) overpass near U.S. 25 to Ky. 17 in Independence, she said. There will be informational meetings scheduled, probably for fall 2013, for people the state will be buying property from in Boone and Kenton counties, Wood said. Campbell County Judge-executive Steve

Pendery said it is a wonderful thing there is money for Boone and Kenton counties as well. “There is utility to be had out of the road as simply a local road, but the highest and best thing that it offers is a connection all the way over to the expressway in particular,” Pendery said. “And for that to happen you need to spend money in Kenton County.” In Campbell County, there is already a complete section of Ky. 536 from the Licking River up to U.S. 27, Pendery said. “It’s a nice road, but it isn’t a divided highway,” he said. The section of Ky. 536 between the Licking River and U.S. 27 is what the county wants, and is similar to what is now planned for the entire length of the roadway, Pendery said. “We don’t want an interstate, because that cuts your community in half,”


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paint, pattern and reference photos. Students should bring basic supplies needed for oil painting, an assortment of basic oil brushes including a No. 10 Filbert and white transfer and tracing papers. A small table-top easel is nice to have but not required. Jessee will have some brushes available for sale at the class. Advance registration is required and the sign-up deadline is June 5. The class fee is to be mailed to Sandie Tieman, 687 Candleridge Drive, Cincinnati,

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ership Award. Hammons served as director and now as Chair of the Endow Kentucky Commission, an effort put in place by Gov. Steven Beshear to build community endowment funds to address community needs across the commonwealth. UWGC has also greatly benefited from his volunteerism, leadership and fortitude.

Different people from different cities with different backgrounds – what do they all have in common? They share a passion for improving the community, a passion that was recognized by United Way of Greater Cincinnati – Northern Kentucky May 24 at its annual awards luncheon at Drees Pavilion at Devou Park in Covington. This year’s honorees include:

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“The course is very scenic, starts in Old Covington, goes down by the river and you can see right across the river into Ohio,” he said. “It’s just challenging enough with the hills.” The race, which Anderson said is “not too big and not too small,” has attracted him for the past three years. So has the literacy aspect. “I work in the field of education. I’m an administrator at Asbury University in Central Kentucky,” he said. “Anything to do with reading or education or learning is a really good cause.”

opment director. For Tim Menoher, an Edgewood resident who serves as a member of the 5K Planning Committee, the race hits home. His family is full of educators and he’s run both professionally and in college. “If I’m going to do something to volunteer my time, this combines both education and running,” he said. In the past, funds from the 5K have updated the mobile library, the Read Racer. Ron Anderson travels to Covington from Nicholasville each year to run the race.

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Kenton County Public Library is inviting anyone interested in promoting literacy to participate in the annual Racing to Read 5K Run and Walk. The race takes place at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 9, in Covington. Started in 2004, the event aims to raise awareness of the library’s Racing to Read program, which provides early literacy outreach to around 2,500 children in Kenton County Preschools, according to information provided by Robin Klaene, public relations and devel-



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Scholarships highlighted Community Recorder The following students participated in Covington Catholic’s academic signing day. Students were invited to participate if they earned at least a 50 percent tuition scholarship to their destination college. In all, Covington Catholic seniors in the class of 2012 earned $9.6 million in college scholarships. Bellarmine University: Thomas Batts, Michael Helton, Kevin Jeffrey Georgia Institute of Technology: Michael Maurer Northern Kentucky University: Joseph Drees, Ryan Toler

Covington Catholic students participate in academic signing day. THANKS TO MARY MITCHELL

Ohio State University: Tyler Hoeffinghoff Thomas More College: Paul Kleier, Jake Henderson University of Dayton: Ian Dollenmayer

University of Kentucky: Alex Flynn, Eric Torres University of Louisville: Kurt Wittmer, Jim Nutter, Matthew Rolf, Austin Schroder Xavier University: Mark Hiltz

Student has 13 years perfect attendance By Amy Scalf

Fangman wins Marvin Lewis scholarship Community Recorder Adam Fangman, a graduating senior at Dixie Heights High School, is a 2012 recipient of a $20,000 scholarship through the Marvin Lewis Community Fund. This is only the second time that someone from Northern Kentucky has been selected. Besides this scholarship, Fangman has been awarded the following scholarships: Thomas More Dean's scholarship, $12,000; Amber Johnson Memorial Scholarship, $2,000; Leadership Award, $2,000; Saints

INDEPENDENCE — Tony Dalton understands what it means to go the distance. Not only has he been a distance runner on Simon Kenton’s track team, Dalton has also never missed a day of school from kindergarten through his senior year. He went to Kenton Elementary for kindergarten through second grade, then attended White’s Tower Elementary, and moved on to Twenhofel and Simon Kenton, never missing one day. During the past couple of years, other students have asked how he managed to keep up his attendance, and he has a simple answer. “Suck it up and go to school,” he said. Dalton’s mom, Jessie, said he was never really sick, and the only adjustment she ever had to make was setting his doctor and dentist appointments as late as possible. “I think it’s awesome,” she said. “I’m thrilled, but there’s not a lot of recognition for this kind of achievement.” He does have a row of awards and plaques as well as certificates from each year to commemorate his perfect attendance.

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Tony Dalton holds his most recent award for perfect attendance at Simon Kenton High School. He did not miss one day of school from kindergarten through his senior year. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER Dalton said he was in the sixth grade when he realized “it was a good streak to keep.” His freshman science teacher, Nathan Gilbert, also had an eightyear perfect attendance streak from fifth grade through graduation. Gilbert said, “He is an outstanding young man. Tony is a very respectful young man, a hard worker and an accom-

plished student.” Gilbert, who is Simon Kenton’s wrestling and girls’ tennis coach, has also worked with Dalton through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Dalton has been a freshman mentor and has participated on the Future Problem Solving team, which is part of the school’s academic team, all while maintaining A/B honor roll status.

Shakespeare Boot Camp set Community Recorder Thomas More College will host Shakespeare Boot Camp 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 4-8, and 1-9 p.m. Saturday, June 9, with a performance at 7:30 p.m. The camp is open to high school students. Juniors and seniors may earn college credit. Campers work with Thomas More College faculty, guest teachers and theater profes-

COLLEGE CORNER Kenton students named to dean’s list

The following students were named to the University of Evansville spring semester dean’s list: Brooke Crail and Kristen Sholander, both of Independence; April Lubrecht of Edgewood; and Melissa Thurman of Fort Mitchell. The list includes students who achieve at least a 3.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.

Kenton County residents receive degrees

The following Kenton County residents received degrees from Indiana Wesleyan University April 28. Fort Mitchell Master of business administration: Mike Birkemeier Independence Bachelor of science in nursing: Lora Dejournett and Laurie Johnson. Master of business administration: Jerome Heist and David Mills. Master of education: Robin Jones.

Donohoe graduates

Mark Stephen Donohoe of Villa Hills graduated from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, on May 5. Donohoe earned a bachelor’s in business administration and was named to the school’s spring semester dean’s list. The list includes students whose grade-point average is 3.2 or higher with no grade below a C for the previous semester’s work.

Epping graduates

Ethan Epping, son of Jim and Sheryl Ruberg-Epping of Crestview Hills, received a B.A. in history and religion from Centre College May 20. He graduated magna cum laude and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

Kater graduates

Nathaniel Kater of Villa Hills graduated from Heidelberg University with a bachelor of science in health and physical education.

King named to dean’s list

Adam King of Lakeside Park, a 2011 graduate of Dixie Heights,

was named to the University of Louisville dean’s list.

Kroger named to president’s list

Michelle Kroger of Fort Mitchell was named to the University of the Cumberlands spring semester president’s list. The list includes students who have achieved a grade of P in convocation while maintaining a minimum cumulative scholastic standing of 4.0.

Muntis wins scholarship

Franklin Muntis, son of Robert and Elaine Muntis of Crestview Hills, received a $1,000 Gleaner Life Insurance Society Scholarship Foundation Award. Muntis was one of125 students selected to receive a scholarship from the Gleaner Life Insurance Society Scholarship Foundation. He also received a $10,000 Just For Scholars life insurance certificate from Gleaner. He is a graduate of Dixie Heights High School in Fort Mitchell and will attend the University of Louisville, majoring in health and human performance.

Award, $500; Turkey Foot Middle School Scholarship, $500; and the Robert, Laverne, Elmire Scott Memorial Scholarship, $1,000. Fangman, an Edgewood resident, overcame an injury to be successful in golf and will be playing at a collegiate level. He has a 3.74 GPA and is to receive the Kentucky Commonwealth Diploma. He will be attending Thomas More College where he will major in biology and minor in business. He'll play golf for the Thomas More College Men's Golf Team.

Russell named to dean’s list

Krista Russell of Independence was named to the St. Catharine College spring semester dean’s list. The list includes all students who had a grade-point average of 3.6 to 3.999.

Vetter named to president’s list

Julie Marie Vetter of Morning View was named to the Campbellsville University spring semester president’s list. The list includes students who achieve a grade-point average of 3.5 or above with a course load of at least 12 hours.

McGregor graduates from University of Dayton

Natalie McGregor of Park Hills completed her bachelor of science degree in business administration with a major in finance and accounting and a minor in Spanish. She graduated summa cum laude May 6 from the University of Dayton.

sionals to explore Shakespearean text and acting methods through workshops in character development, voice, movement and stage combat. Students will develop an original performance drawn from favorite scenes and monologues. Enrollment is limited. Cost is $135. For more information, contact Alana Ghent at alana.ghent or 859-380-9525.

Bamberger awarded scholarship Community Recorder Covington Catholic High School senior Drew Bamberger received the $5,000 Williams College Scholarship awarded by the Kenny and Brian Williams Fund. Bamberger plans to attend Northern Kentucky University this fall. He has completed more than 173 service hours in the past year, volunteering at 29 organizations including St. Elizabeth Hospice, tornado relief cleanup and ARC bowling. The fund was founded by David Thiel and six friends of the Williams brothers as a way to honor them after their tragic deaths.



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Comeback keeps SK in the tourney hunt By James Weber

INDEPENDENCE — Simon Kenton kept its season alive in the most dramatic way possible, playing in the Eighth Region tournament beginning May 28. SK beat Grant County 8-7 to fight off elimination in the semifinals. The Pioneers trailed 7-1 in the game. Kennedy Baugh’s tie-break-


Pioneers advance to regional ing single to left field drove in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh, sending Simon to the district final for the first time in three years. “It’s about time,” said Courtney Morgan, who tied the school career record for victories with her 57th. Baugh, who went 4-for-4 with three doubles, is a seventh-grade catcher. “She’s young, but she’s a good hitter and a great athlete,” Pioneers coach Jeff Morgan said. Courtney Morgan tied the score at 7 with a two-run double


in the seventh. She drove in Erica Lange and Jamie Draud. Pinchrunner Anna Telesz scored the winning run, capping a three-run inning. SK lost 3-2 to Walton-Verona in the district championship. Simon Kenton, 23-14 on the season, was still alive in the Eighth Region tourney as of Recorder print deadlines. The final is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 31, at South Oldham High School in Crestwood. Holy Cross lost 15-0 to Notre Dame in the 35th District semifinals to end the season 7-23.

Holmes fell 11-3 to Beechwood in the same round and ended 1120. Covington Latin lost in the quarterfinals and was 3-14. Ludlow lost 5-2 to Dixie Heights in the 34th District semifinals. Ludlow finished with a solid 18-11 record with all the losses to bigger schools. Ludlow was conference champions in Division III. Scott fell 13-3 to Campbell County in the 37th District semifinals to end the season with a 723 record. Calvary fell to Silver Grove.


This Week’s MVP

» Simon Kenton senior Courtney Morgan for leading the Pioneers to a dramatic win in the 32nd District semifinals and tying the school record with her 57th win on the mound.

Freedom Trail

» The Florence Freedom baseball team is 4-5 through May 27. The team hosts Normal (Ill.) June 1-3 and River City June 5-7. Chris Curley has two home runs and nine RBI in the early going. Eddie Rodriguez is hitting .300. Maxx Catapano has a 1.20 ERA in two starts and Alex Lewis 2.84.


Holy Cross senior Joe Woeste pitches to Cov Cath in the 35th District final May 24 at Beechwood. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Indians baseball looks ahead Simon Kenton won 32nd District title By James Weber

COVINGTON — The Holy Cross baseball team enters the Ninth Region Tournament with 11 losses against 25 wins. Four of those losses have come to rival Covington Catholic, including an 11-3 outing May 24 in the 35th District final. The nature of postseason baseball, of course, is none of that matters now as the Indians try to claim the regional crown beginning Monday at the Florence Freedom’s ballpark. “We’re not very happy with how things ended today, but I told them to remember one thing, there are a lot of people who would like to be playing next week,” said HC head coach Mike Holtz. The Indians fell behind 5-0 after two innings against Cov Cath, with all those runs unearned. Holy Cross trailed 9-1 before getting two runs in the fifth off Cov Cath ace Ben Maile. “When we play good teams like this, we can’t give them extra outs and we have to be better on

Scott's Josh Castleman slides back into first. Brossart beat Scott 7-6 in the 37th District final at Scott. JAMES WEBER defense,” Holtz said. “That’s no excuse. It’s a credit to them. Good teams like Cov Cath make you pay for errors, and they didn’t have any errors themselves.” The Indians had won eight of 10 before that, with many of the wins coming against other top Northern Kentucky teams. The team has collected a lot of biggame experience the past few years, and HC needed all of it to escape Beechwood 5-3 in the semifinals. “Jeff Guidugli had a big game for us,” Holtz said. “He got two

outs on the base paths. He changed the complexion of that game and got a couple of big hits. Today, he did a great job behind the plate and came in and pitched some good relief for us.” Simon Kenton won the 32nd District title with a 3-2 victory over Walton-Verona in the championship game May 23 at Williamstown. A bases-loaded single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning by sophomore Michael Mundy led Simon Kenton. Mundy’s heroics came after Simon

Kenton had a pair of would-be winning runs thrown out at home plate earlier in the inning. Simon Kenton (22-16) overcame an early 2-0 deficit with a pair of runs in the third inning. Mundy tied the score with a sacrifice fly that plated Alec Smith. Smith put himself in scoring position with an RBI triple that scored Mullen, who also scored the game-winning run for the Pioneers. Junior right-hander Vic Newberry (6-1) pitched three scoreless innings of relief to help Simon Kenton to its comeback victory. Scott fell 7-6 to Bishop Brossart in the 37th District final May 23. Scott takes a 22-14 record into the 10th Region tourney. Scott beat Silver Grove 17-0 in the semifinals to advance. Ludlow lost 10-0 to Dixie Heights in the 34th District semifinals. Ludlow had two hits to end the year 12-12. Ludlow was cochampionships of hte NKAC Division III. Calvary lost 5-0 to Silver Grove in the 37th District quarterfinals to end the season 2-13. Follow James on Twitter @RecorderWeber.

» Dixie Heights High School will host the annual Senior Cup soccer match featuring this year’s top graduating seniors from six counties within Northern Kentucky at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 5. The West squad will led by first-year Dixie Heights Coach Denny McCaughey. Coach McCaughey said, “I’m new to the area and am thrilled for this opportunity to host the Senior Cup at Dixie Heights and to coach these seniors as a final salute to their high school soccer careers. We plan to make this a bigger event every year to reward the area’s top players.” Schools and players include: Boone CountyBlack, Ordu, Roof; ConnerJohnan, Siekman, Stacy; Cooper-Hollifield, Kippler, Molen; Covington Catholic-Cooney, Talkers; Dixie Heights-Crone, Feltner, Schmidt; Gallatin CountyChase Hartke, Collin Hartke, Morris; Pendleton County-Brinkman; RylePoehlman, Willoughby; Scott-Hillman, Marshall, Mettens, Schneider, Wagner; St. Henry-Svec; Simon Kenton-Cagle, Dalton; Villa Madonna-Kurzendorfer, Weickgenannt; Walton Verona-Hargett, Lussi Dixie Heights will also host this year’s Soccerama Aug. 3-5. Soccerama is the annual kickoff to the soccer season and will feature more than 20 high school men’s teams in Northern Kentucky.

College signings

» Scott senior Jordan Mastin will continue her education and bowling at Northern Kentucky University next year. Some of her accomplishments were: Fifth in Pepsi Tournament; fifth in AllEvents in USBC tournament; first in All-Events in Greater Cincinnati Youth City Tournament; first in State Adult/Child; fourth in Pepsi Tournament; 2011 second team All-Region; 1st in All-events Kentucky State Youth Tournament; Recipient of Bowling Foundation Scholarship; 2012 All- Region Team.

Auto racing

» Jordan Hedger of Independence finished second in the pure stocks division at Florence Speedway May 19. He was the “Hard Charger” of the race after starting seventh. Pete Holt of Independence won the modifieds division May 26.



Bea had ‘A’ game in win By Adam Turer

Ryland Heights teacher Rachel Bea scored her first marathon victory at May 6’s Flying Pig in downtown Cincinnati. Bea is the physical education teacher at Ryland Heights Elementary in Kenton County and assists Northern Kentucky University’s cross country and track teams. She won the Flying Pig half marathon in 2008, but broke through in the full marathon this year with a personal best time of 2:54:41. Bea trained for the race with Amy Robillard, who won this year’s half marathon. They trained all over Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, including on the track at Madeira High School. In addition to the laurel wreath and gold medal she earned after winning the race, Bea was honored with the opportunity to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before May 11’s Cincinnati Reds game. Bea said she drew inspiration from her elementary school students, many of whom ran in the Kids’ Mile on Saturday, May 5. A few days after her victory, Bea took time to answer some questions posed by the Community Press & Recorder. Q: How many Flying Pigs have you run? A: This year was the third year I ran the full Flying Pig. I finished third two years ago, and once I actually cramped up and failed to finish. Ouch. I have also run the half mar-

Rachel Bea won the Women's 14th Annual Flying Pig Marathon May 6. Her official time was 2:54:41. The race started by Paul Brown Stadium and finished by U.S. Bank of Arena. There were 12,121 runners taking part in the half-marathon and 4,839 taking part in the full marathon, according to race officials. LIZ DUFOUR/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

athon three times (second last year, first in 2008, fourth in 2007). Q: How many marathons have you run? How many victories? A: I've run somewhere around 20 marathons, but this was my very first win! Q: When did it sink in that you won the Flying Pig? A: I think it started to sink in actually DURING the race. Right around mile 25 I started thinking

to myself, As long as I don't blow it, I could actually win this thing! The last mile of a marathon can be a VERY long mile, so thinking about winning was a nice distraction. Q: Are you from the area, and if so, does that make this win more significant for you? A: Although I grew up in Wisconsin, I've lived in Cincinnati so long now that I definitely consider it my true home. I think

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that is why winning the Pig was so exciting. If I could choose to win any marathon, I would definitely have picked the Flying Pig. Q: What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome during training for the Pig? A: My mind is easily my biggest obstacle. I tend to doubt myself if my runs and workouts don't go as planned and stress out far too much over races. However, for this year’s Flying Pig, I decided that I wanted to enjoy my training and enjoy the race. I refused to overreact and over-think. Going into the race, I realized I was much more confident than ever before. Q: What was your biggest obstacle during the race? A: The marathon is a mean race because you have a LONG time to think. Especially in the later stages of the race, it’s easy to let negative thoughts creep in. So, the biggest obstacle of the race was staying positive even when it hurts. Q: At what moment did you really feel like you had it won? A: I knew it was my race to lose around mile 20. I had trained with a lot of the girls that were near me, so I knew what I had to do in order to stay in the lead and break the tape. At that same moment, I still felt very strong and had more energy than I'm used to having at mile 20. So, I used that to build the confidence I needed to push through the last 10k.


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Running builds relationships Yes of course running is good for you, it strengthens your body, boosts your aerobic capabilities, drives off the blahs with a flood of endorphins. That should be enough, but I have found it does more than that. It’s strange how an activity always considered to be custom made for loners ends up being a builder of comDan Tindall munity. COMMUNITY I came to RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST more “serious” running late in life. I jogged streets and trotted around the track occasionally since my youth, but never took it seriously. Running was an activity to use as a means to blow off steam, get outside, or just take a break from whatever I was currently bored with. The pressures of life as I got older eventually made my sporadic running activity become a regular routine. No “runners high” for me, just relief and something to do that seemed to be a healthy choice; my little panacea. People don’t live in a vacuum and my neighbor across the street, soon to become a best friend, took notice of my activity and suggested I run a race with him. He had to do it as a company-mandated activity and was not keen on going alone. I had never even thought about running a race, and was not excited at the prospect. Some arm-twisting and light pleading ensued, and I ended up running a 5K in 1995. I was not even close to fast, but I was certainly hooked on racing. We ran 5K’s once a month after that and a strong friendship grew. Interestingly it attracted more friends. All of us had a

common bond and a responsibility to make sure we met to train, and race. When we were all finished we celebrated swearing we would “do better next time.” Along with the widening circle of friends, and rapidly growing stack of race T-shirts, interest in pushing the boundaries began, first a 10K, then 15K. I personally decided to go for broke and thought I would try the marathon in 1998. It was in Columbus and was my first of many marathons. My friends thought I was insane and had no interest in running it, but were supportive to the point of traveling, getting a hotel room, and standing outside in the cold for hours just to support me on the course. Columbus was the last marathon I ran by myself until my first Boston Marathon. The community of friends stood with me even then. My running buddies were the first people I called once I had finished that race, only to find out they already knew my finish time, everyone had been tracking me on the Web. What all this says is that running, though largely a solitary sport, is something that attracts and builds strong bonds of community. The Kenton County Public Library understands this, and provides the Racing to Read 5k Run & Walk on Saturday, June 9, in Covington as a means to support the community of runners and tie them to the betterment of the Kenton County community at large through the programs it funds from this fun and popular race. Support your community. Support your library and get out there and run June 9. Dana A. Tindall, a Park Hills resident, is on the executive committee for the Racing to Read 5K.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Thanks for your support

On behalf of the soldiers of 4101st AVN REGT and Task Force Wings, I want to thank the citizens of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area for your continued support and help over the past year. Your support means so much to every soldier within the battalion and your community is a true example of American patriotism in action. All the hard work you have done to support 4-101st AVN REGT has not gone unnoticed. From the donations for the Welcome House Party and to all the other task that were in need of a helping hand, your selfless service is very much appreciated. We are so lucky to have the support of Americans like you.

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Character assassination in Villa Hills

As a resident of Villa Hills, I’m certainly glad we don’t have good-ole-boy, Chicago-style politics that seek to assassinate the professional and personal character of anyone who would dare to stand up to them, spend tens of thousands of other people’s money to hire professionals to launch

Salem witch trials to see what shakes out of the closet to use against them and brought city business to a standstill. If we did I would say vote the bums out in November. By the way, whatever happened to that Mayor Mike Martin thing? William Starks Villa Hills

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Recorder school coverage applauded at conference The Boone County Recorder got a shout-out May 23 at the conference of 400 national, state and local education leaders in Cincinnati. The 2012 Labor Management Conference, “Collaborating to Transform the Teaching Profession,” took place May 23-24 at the Duke Energy Center. During a panel discussion led by Washington Post columnist Nancy Matt Miller, Daly the executive SENIOR EDITOR’S director of the NOTEBOOK National School Boards Association held up the front page of the May 17 Boone County Recorder. Anne Bryant, of the NSBA, said Justin Duke’s article “Boone teachers forgo raises to save positions” was an example of teachers, administration and unions working together for the betterment of education. Bryant said it was a case study of collaboration working just 10 miles down the road. Nodding toward Miller, the moderator from the Washington Post, Bryant teased this is the Boone County Recorder which she was sure has roughly the same circulation as the Washington Post. Also on the panel were U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; Randi Weingarten, president of the American

The garden at the Spoors’ residence is a Park Hills attraction. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Federation of Teachers; and Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association. The conference saw the Duke formal completion of a document called “Transforming the Teaching Profession,” which focused on preparing teachers for the classroom, setting proper accountability for teachers and setting them up to succeed. Duke, who covers education for the Community Recorder, was invited to the conference by NSBA president Ed Massey, a member of the Boone County Board of Education. ■ Great Gardens: Before my father died in 2010, I frequently visited his home in Park

Hills and often noticed the garden at Pam Spoor’s nearby residence on Cleveland Drive. There are wonderful gardens throughout Northern Kentucky and we’d like to recognize them in the Recorder. Take a photo of your prettiest garden site and share with me by June 15. We’re looking for great color and creative landscape designs, but we also encourage members of your family to be in the photo (if you’d like). We’ll run a selection of “Great Gardens” in the Recorder in early July. Email your photo to Please include your name, community and phone number in case we have questions. Nancy Daly is senior editor of the Recorder. Drop her a line at

Share thoughts about tax code We’ve held off modernizing Kentucky’s tax code for several years now, not wanting to jeopardize the beginning stages of our recovery from the global economic recession. With the recovery taking firm hold, however, the time has arrived to move our tax system Steve into the 21st Beshear century. Led by Lt. COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST Gov. Jerry COLUMNIST Abramson, the 23 members of the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Tax Reform have been meeting for several months to familiarize themselves with the strengths and weaknesses of our tax system, to look at other states and to examine the dozen studies and evaluations of Kentucky taxes that have been performed since 1982. Now it’s your turn to weigh in. Beginning this week, the commission will be holding meetings around the state to hear what Kentuckians think about our tax code – where it needs to be changed, where it must be improved. Meetings will be in Paducah, Bowling Green, Louisville, Highland Heights (on Northern Kentucky University’s campus) on July 24, Prestonsburg and Lexington. For locations and times, look on the website under

“public meeting schedule.” If you can’t make it to a meeting, you can still voice your opinion by clicking on “public comments.” Whether you’re a teacher, a small-business owner, a college student, a steelworker or a part-time short-order cook, we want to hear from you. We need to hear from you. I could easily have put the task of modernizing Kentucky’s tax code solely in the hands of economic experts. But this isn’t an academic, esoteric exercise set up to posit theoretical arguments about ideal tax structures. It’s an exercise that recognizes that the power of taxation is a living, breathing, mechanism with tangible impact on people’s lives – both those who are taxed, and those who use services funded by those taxes. If you earn an income or own property, this will have an impact on you. By listening to our citizens, we hope to understand not only their perceptions of how our tax revenue is raised but also whether they think those taxes are adequate to meet the needs of a state facing dynamic shifts in education, workforce training, early childhood development, aging and health care. Kentucky’s tax system served us well during the recession. But to prepare ourselves to compete in the future, we must – in a thoughtful and nonpartisan way – realign our system with the principles of fairness and a 21st century economy.

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This commission has no pre-set notion of what changes need to be made. It instead has five overarching goals: » A tax burden that is fair for different families and businesses. » A structure that is competitive, ensuring that Kentucky continues to attract and retain jobs and investment. » A system that is easy to understand and comply with. » A system that evolves with the economy. » And a system that provides adequate revenue for services that improve Kentuckians’ quality of life. The best tax structure strikes a balance between tax burden and return. By attending one of these meetings or weighing in on-line, you can help us find that balance. We have done much in the last 4½ years to rein in government and cut spending. But we’ve also fought hard to preserve critical services. That’s because we realize that Kentuckians are not against taxes. They are against unnecessary taxes. Nor are Kentuckians against spending. They are against wasteful spending. And they’re not against government. They’re against poorly run government. Improving Kentucky’s tax structure is yet another way to ensure that government works for the people, not against them. Steve Beshear is governor of Kentucky.

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


THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2012



Some of the "Blue Gown Girls" or Notre Dame Academy underclassmen pose with their older sisters who graduated May 23 at Bank of Kentucky Center, including Chrissy and Anna Fister, Katie and Ali Kloska and Caleigh and Jodie Lyons. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

CLASS OF 2012 faces the future F

our years of homework, pop quizzes, term papers and extracurricular activities ended the fourth week in May for the graduating seniors of Kenton County. Parents and siblings watched with pride as seniors marched into graduation ceremonies for their high schools – their last time together as the Class of 2012. From here they will head into the future on different paths, carrying with them memories from school days in Kenton County. This week and next, the Recorder is running photos from the graduations. Congratulations!

Posing with bouquets of flowers which were given to some graduates, Sala Dia, Alex Short, Sara Ashcraft and Aminata Dia get ready to take the graduation stage. Sala and Aminata are twin sisters. LIBBY CUNNINGHAM/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Running up to greet each other, students Dawna Thompson, Shelley Martin, K.T. Williams and Robert McKay embrace before Lloyd Memorial High School's graduation ceremony. LIBBY CUNNINGHAM/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Notre Dame Academy graduates Claire Calo and Katie Stewart pose with Math Chair Connie Roenker before the school's graduation ceremony. AMY

Brent Lamping, left, Brian Murray and Chris Turner are all smiles before Villa Madonna Academy’s graduation May 25 at Mother of God Church in Covington. JUSTIN B. DUKE/THE



Erin Koeninger, Lizzy Brannen and Bridget Rice enjoy the last minutes of relaxation before the Notre Dame Academy graduation. AMY

Dylan Neff and Jacob Lange couldn't wait for the Covington Catholic High School graduation on May 22 at Thomas More College. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY



Students Eddie Lawson, Aleks Cooper, Chris Scott and Tate Morrow pose before Lloyd Memorial High School's graduation on May 23. LIBBY CUNNINGHAM/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Lauren Knasel, Krystine Feran and Alli Michael made their final preparations before graduating from Notre Dame Academy on May 23 at Northern Kentucky University's Bank of Kentucky Center. AMY SCALF/THE

Jenny Jiang, left, and Candace Cheng wait for Villa Madonna’s graduation to begin at Mother of God Church in Covington. JUSTIN B.

Ashley Guidugli, Amanda Beatty and Kaitlin Wilson are all smiles at Notre Dame Academy's graduation May 23 at Northern Kentucky University's Bank of Kentucky Center. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY






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Full of Color, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., Exhibits by Visionaries + Voices, David Hannon, Brian Martin, Suzanne Fisher, Derek Reeverts, Christy Carr Schellhas and Jasmine Fulkerson. Free. 859-9571940; Covington.

Mike Darrah, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., Pianist. 859-261-2365; Covington.

Wednesday, June 6 Art Centers & Art Museums Funny Mirrors, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 859-292-2322; Covington.

Art Openings Funny Mirrors, 6-10 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 27 W. Seventh St., Works by artists Jeff Casto, Billy Simms and Helena Cline. Curated by Katie Rentzke. Asks questions about values we hold as individuals and how those values play out in society. Reception includes wine by Elk Creek Vineyards and food by Lime Taquiera. Exhibit continues through July 6. Free. 859-2922322; Covington.

Dining Events Lunch Fish Fry, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Knights of Columbus 3908, Father Bealer Council, 605 Lytle Ave., Menu includes: fish ’n’ chips with two pieces of beerbattered pollack on rye or white bread, shoestring fries and hush puppies for $5. Cheese sticks and onion rings for $2.25. Fries for $1.75. Hush puppies for $1. Add cheese to your sandwich for 50 cents. Family friendly. 859342-6643. Elsmere. Dinner Fish Fry, 4:30-8 p.m., Knights of Columbus 3908, Father Bealer Council, 605 Lytle Ave., Menu includes: fish sandwich platters that include large breaded cod on rye or white bread, macaroni and cheese or fries and coleslaw. Jumbo and popcorn shrimp platters as well. Other sides include cheese sticks, saratoga chips and onion rings. Family friendly. 859-342-6643. Elsmere.

Music - Concerts Seven Mary Three, 8 p.m. Doors open 7 p.m. With Rootbound, Grooveshire, Farehaven and Dazzy Vanse., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., $17, $15 advance. 859-491-2444; Covington.

Music - Jazz New Sleepcat Band, 7:30 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., Directed by Bill Gemmer and features John Von Ohlen. 859261-2365; Covington.

Music - World Manuel, 7-10 p.m., Argentine Bean Bistro and Wine Bar, 2875 Town Center Blvd., Chilean guitarist performs upbeat music from Spanish guitar to American classics. Free. 859-426-1042. Crestview Hills.

On Stage - Theater Avenue Q, 8-10 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., Otto M. Budig Theater. Laugh-out-loud musical tells timeless story of recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment. There, he meets Kate (the girl next door), Rod (the Republican), Trekkie (the Internet sexpert), Lucy the Slut and other colorful types who help him finally discover his purpose in life. Ages 18 and up. $18.50$20.50. Presented by Showbiz Players Inc.. Through June 10. 859-957-1940; Covington.

Art Exhibits

The opening reception for the "Funny Mirrors" exhibit at the Artisan's Enterprise Center will be 6-10 p.m. Friday, June 1. The exhibit will run through July 6. Admission is free. For more information visit Pictured is Jeff Casto's "New Eden."

The 16th annual East Row Garden Walk will be Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 2-3, in Newport's East Row Historic District. Visit www.eastrow for information. Pictured is the entrance of one of the eight gardens featured. THANKS TO



friendly. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. Through Dec. 1. 513-9292427. Covington.

Health / Wellness

Music - Jazz New Sleepcat Band, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 859-261-2365; Covington. Chris Comer Trio, 8-11:30 p.m., Chez Nora, 530 Main St., Free. 859-491-8027; Covington.

Music - Latin Jorge Wojtas, 7-10 p.m., Argentine Bean Bistro and Wine Bar, 2875 Town Center Blvd., Free. 859-426-1042; Crestview Hills.

Music - Rock LoHeat, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Down Under Cafe, 126 Park Place, 859-261-9393. Covington.

On Stage - Comedy Live Bait Comedy, 10 p.m. With comedians Ray Price, Andrew Kim, Norma Nelson, Daniel Hatfield, Mike Shelton, Vincent Gulino and Rob Wilfong., Mahogany’s Coffee House and Bar, 3715 Winston Ave., $5. 859-3149543; Latonia.

On Stage - Theater Avenue Q, 8-10 p.m. Performance interpreted for the deaf., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, $18.50-$20.50. 859-957-1940; Covington.

Recreation Scott Christian Scholarship Cup Golf Outing, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Fox Run Golf Course, 3908 Richardson Road, Benefits Scott Christian Foundation. $360 per foursome. Registration required. Presented by Scott Christian Memorial Soccer Foundation, Inc.. 859-283-1926; Independence.

SUNDAY, JUNE 3 Dining Events

First Friday Gallery Hop, 6-10 p.m., Covington Arts District, Madison Avenue, Pike Street and MainStrasse, First Friday of every month. Covington’s galleries, restaurants and other venues open late for original artwork viewing. Free. 859-2922322; Covington.

Sunday Brunch, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Kroger Fort Mitchell, 2156 Dixie Hwy., Bistro. Variety of brunch items to choose from, including eggs cooked to order, entrees, side dishes, fresh fruit, breakfast breads and more. Milk, juice and coffee included. Family friendly. $7.99, $2.99 ages 9 and under. 859-331-0080. Fort Mitchell. Big Jubilee Brunch, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., The Pub Crestview Hills, 2853 Dixie Highway, Celebration of Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Weekend Brunch, Build-YourOwn Bloody Mary and Buck’s Fizz. Free. 859-426-7827; crestview-hills. Crestview Hills.

Art Exhibits Full of Color, noon-3 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Free. 859-957-1940; Covington.

Community Dance Kentucky Kuzzins, 8-10:30 p.m., Promenade Palace, 3630 Decoursey Pike, Mainstream level Western-style square dance club for experienced dancers. Family


Healthy Happy Hour, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., All Star Performance Training, 8419 U.S. 42, Energy drinks and protein drink cocktails along with samples of nutritional bar hors d’oeuvres. Ages 18 and up. 859-912-0764; Elsmere.

Special Events

Saturday, June 2

2853 Dixie Highway, Complimentary Champagne toast to the Queen and Beacon lighting. Free. 859-426-7827; Crestview Hills.

Exercise Classes Wrestling Open Mats, 5-6:30 p.m., All Star Performance Training, 8419 U.S. 42, Designed for the committed wrestler, grades K-12, who want to reach

Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center's Movement & Freeform Dance will be 12:30-1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 3. The event will be held Saturdays through Aug. 26. Suggested donation $2. Visit Pictured is Julie Peace of Covington. THANKS TO ROSEMARY TOPIE

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Duplicate Bridge, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., Lower Level. Open to all players. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Boone County Bridge Center. 859-391-8639; Elsmere. Visions Charity Golf Classic, 1-8 p.m., Summit Hills Country Club, 236 Dudley Road, Benefits Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired and The Foundation Fighting Blindness’ cutting-edge research efforts into preventions, treatments and cures for visionrobbing retinal degenerative diseases. 1 p.m. shotgun start. $125. Registration required. Presented by Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. 859-640-0769; Crestview Hills.

TUESDAY, JUNE 5 Art Centers & Art Museums Funny Mirrors, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 859-292-2322; Covington.

Art Exhibits

Festivals German Day Weekend, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Music by Gebhard Erler and the Sonnenschein Duo., Hofbrauhaus, 200 E. Third St., German music, food and raffles. Free. Presented by German-American Citizens League of Greater Cincinnati. 513-574-1741. Newport.

On Stage - Theater Avenue Q, 7-9 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, $18.50-$20.50. 859-9571940; Covington.

Special Events Your Bridal Show and Sale, 10-5 p.m. Hosted by Sheree Paolello, Channel 5 WLWT-TV News Anchor., Northern Kentucky Convention Center, 1 W. RiverCenter Blvd., Exhibitions, vendors and sales. Fashion shows presented by David’s Bridal and Romualdo Formalwear. Benefits Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. $8. Presented by Plus 2 Productions. 513-231-3052; Covington.

Monday, June 4 Art & Craft Classes Art from India Workshop, 5-6:30 p.m., New Perceptions Inc., 1 Sperti Drive, Youth with autism, ages 8 and up, work together as group with guest artist, Radha Chandrashekaran. Participants create kolam, ancient traditional art form from India. Process of creating can help promote calmness, concentration and inner awareness. Free. Presented by Rising Star Studios. 859-344-9322; Edgewood.

Art Centers & Art Museums Funny Mirrors, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 27 W. Seventh St., Works by artists Jeff Casto, Billy Simms and Helena Cline. Curated by Katie Rentzke. Asks questions about values we hold as individuals and how those values play out in society. Free. 859-292-2322; Covington.

Art Exhibits Full of Color, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Free. 859-957-1940; Covington.

Karaoke and Open Mic Open Mic Night, 7:30 p.m., The Pub Crestview Hills, 2853 Dixie Highway, With Mike Liggett. 859-426-7827; Crestview Hills. Royal Open Mic Night, 7:30-10 p.m., The Pub Crestview Hills,

Clubs & Organizations Kenton County Conservation District Meeting, 5-6:30 p.m. Regular board meeting., Daniel Carter Beard House, 322 E. Third St., Free. Presented by Kenton County Conservation District. 859-586-7903. Covington. Cincy Sightseers, 7 p.m., Brothers Bar & Grill, 1 Levee Way, Suite 2126, Newport on the Levee, Jewish young professionals ages 21-35 ride in own private Duck while they explore landmarks and history about city and Ohio River. Meet at outdoor patio. First drink included. Ages 21 and up. Free. Registration required. Presented by Access: Social Events for Jewish Young Professionals Ages 21-35. 513373-0300; Newport.

Health / Wellness Weight Loss Class, 5:30-6 p.m., Lakeside Christian Church, 195 Buttermilk Pike, $60 for 12-week membership. First class free. Presented by Equipped Ministries. 859-802-8965; Lakeside Park.

Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Pike St. Lounge, 266 W Pike Street, Hosted by Bree. 513-402-2733. Covington.

Music - Jazz Mike Darrah, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 859-261-2365; Covington.

Music - Rock Birdbrain Crash, 10 p.m.-1 a.m., Sidebar, 322 Greenup St., Country/rock music. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-431-3456. Covington.

On Stage - Theater

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

Avenue Q, 8-10 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, $18.50-$20.50. 859-9571940; Covington. Plaza Suite, 8 p.m., NKU Corbett Auditorium, Nunn Drive, Neil Simon’s comedy about three couples who occupy the same suite at the Plaza Hotel. Dinner beings 1 1/2 hours before show. $30. Presented by Commonwealth Theatre Company. Through June 24. 859-572-5464; boxoffice. Highland Heights.

Exercise Classes

Senior Citizens

Zumba Class, 6-7 p.m., Edgewood Senior Center, 550 Freedom Park Drive, Exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beats. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Zumba with Gabrielle. 513-702-4776. Edgewood.

Tai Chi for Seniors, 10-11 a.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., Designed to help improve quality of life for people with arthritis, limited mobility or anyone wanting to work on balance, strength and/or breathing issues. Slow-paced, graceful, low-impact form of exercise. Family friendly. $1. Through June 27. 859-727-2306. Elsmere.

Full of Color, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Free. 859-957-1940; Covington.

Community Dance full potential. Intense drilling and live wrestling to prepare you for your upcoming season. $6. Registration required. 859912-0764; Elsmere. Belly Dance Fitness, 6-7 p.m., Step-N-Out Studio, 721 Madison Road, Must bring yoga mat to class. Program weaves in stretching, belly-dance movements, travel steps, hip drills and upperbody movements to provide workout. $10. 859-291-2300. Covington.

Full of Color, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Free. 859-957-1940; Covington.

Health / Wellness Weight Loss Class, 6:30-7 p.m., Hickory Grove Baptist Church, 11969 Taylor Mill Road, $60 for 12-week membership. First class free. Presented by Equipped Ministries. 859-802-8965; Independence.

Karaoke and Open Mic Open Mic/College Night, 6 p.m.-1 a.m., Mahogany’s Coffee House and Bar, 3715 Winston Ave., Hosted by Pete Wallace. Free. 859-261-1029. Latonia.

Music - Bluegrass Northern Kentucky Bluegrass Band, 9 p.m.-midnight, Zola, 626 Main St., Free. 859-261-7510. Covington.

Music - Hip-Hop Yelawolf, 8 p.m. Doors open 7 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Michael Wayne Atha, known by his stage name Yelawolf, is a rapper, actor and skateboarder. $20. 859-491-2444;

THURSDAY, JUNE 7 Art Centers & Art Museums Funny Mirrors, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 859-292-2322; Covington.

Art Exhibits Full of Color, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Free. 859-957-1940; Covington.

Auditions Katalyst Talent Agency Open Call, 4-7 p.m., Katalyst, LLC, 3037 Dixie Highway, Suite 214, All experience levels seeking representation with Katalyst. First come, first served. Requirements at website. Family friendly. Free. 859-581-4555. Edgewood.



Flavorful fish tacos: That’s the rub

I can’t tell you how many recipes I’ve had over the years for fish tacos. Some were complicated, some were easy and most were pretty good since I have always used a homemade spice rub. Today I Rita was in a Heikenfeld time RITA’S KITCHEN crunch so I used a Southwestern blend from Colonel De Gourmet Herbs & Spices at Findlay Market instead of making my own rub. It was so good that I decided to leave the fish whole and serve it as an entree instead of as a taco. The time saved from making my own rub was happily spent in the garden, pulling weeds from the rows of Swiss chard and red onions.

Master recipe for Tex-Mex fish and tacos Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Fish 2 pounds firm white fish (I used halibut) Olive oil Southwestern seasoning

Brush fish on both sides with olive oil. Sprinkle on both sides with seasoning. Roast 8-10 minutes depending upon thickness of fish, until it flakes with a fork. Don’t overcook. While fish is roasting, make sauce. To serve fish as an entree: Leave whole and serve sauce alongside or drizzled on top. I served mine with a side of potatoes. To make tacos: 8 tortillas (corn or flour), warmed 1 small head Napa cabbage, shredded or favorite greens, shredded

Break cooked fish into pieces and divide among tortillas. Top with cabbage and taco sauce. Serve with avocado wedges. Cathy’s cilantro scallion creamy sauce Cathy, an Eastern Hills Journal reader, gave me this recipe after I finished teaching a class on

Mobile cardio screenings offered Community Recorder

The St. Elizabeth CardioVascular Mobile Health Unit will offer stroke and cardiovascular screenings at locations throughout Northern Kentucky during June. Sponsored by the Bank of Kentucky, made possible by the generous support of John C. Holmes, M.D., along with contributions from St. Elizabeth 20082010 Vision employee donors, the mobile health van brings technology and expertise for diagnosing cardiovascular disease and stroke to where you live, work and play. Using state-of-the-art ultrasound technology, the mobile unit can perform an array of on-site tests aimed at detecting all manner of risky health conditions including carotid artery disease, peripheral arterial disease, abdominal aortic aneurysm and high blood pressure. Rita's recipe for Southwestern-seasoned fish can be used by itself or as a component in fish tacos. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD. easy seafood entrees. “This is delicious on top of fish tacos,” she said. I used cilantro from the herb garden. You can also top the tacos with salsa, guacamole or pico de gallo sauce, if you want. Stir together: ¼ cup thinly sliced scallions/green onions Chopped cilantro to taste: start with 1⁄3 cup 3 tablespoons each sour cream and mayonnaise Grated rind from 1 lime Lime juice to taste: start with a scant 2 teaspoons and go from there 1 nice-sized clove garlic, minced Salt and pepper to taste Diced tomatoes (optional) Avocado slices to serve alongside (optional)

Boston brown bread

I hope this is close to what Northern Kentucky reader John Meier is looking for. It’s adapted from a recipe by Jasper White, the famous New England cook. John loved Busken Bakery’s brown bread served in their downtown location. John enjoyed it with cream cheese and strawberries. Cooks Illustrated also has a wonderful recipe

for Boston brown bread, which is a bit too long to include here. Check out their site for the recipe. To make strawberry (or pineapple) cream cheese, mix softened cream cheese with fresh diced strawberries and sweeten with confectioners sugar, or blend softened cream cheese with drained, crushed pineapple. You can also simply stir strawberry jam into softened cream cheese. Butter 1½ cups brown-bread flour (see note) 1 teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt 1 ⁄3 cup dark molasses 1 cup whole milk ½ cup raisins, currants, dried cherries, cranberries, apricots or your favorite dried fruit

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Generously butter a 1-pound coffee can. Combine flour, baking soda and salt. Stir in molasses and milk. Fold in fruit.

Fill coffee can with batter. It should come up only about two-thirds of the way. Cover top with foil and tie with string to make airtight. Place in a deep baking pan, put pan in oven and fill pan with boiling water halfway up the side of coffee can. Steam for two hours, checking water level after one hour. Add more boiling water if needed. Check by sticking a skewer into the bread; it will come out clean when done. Remove string and foil and allow to cool one hour before unmolding. Note: Brown bread flour is a specialty New England flour and can be hard to find. Make your own by combining equal amounts of whole wheat flour, rye flour and cornmeal. Store in freezer. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line.

Finstitute camp starts June 11 Community Recorder The WAVE Foundation's Finstitute Summer Camp for children ages 6-12 will start June 11. Camps include behindthe-scenes adventures at the Newport Aquarium, the opportunity to touch sharks and penguins and a tour of the Ohio River with Ride the Ducks. Sessions will run weekly June 11 through July 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each



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Capt. Jaimie Henson of the Boone County Civil Air Patrol sounded “Taps” at Arlington National Cemetery the weekend of May 19. Henson, an Independence resident, also played “Taps” at Quantico National Cemetery. Both events were part of the recognition ceremony for the 150th anniversary of “Taps.” As a 25-year flight attendant, Henson chose to sound individual “Taps” at the Pan Am 103 Memorial Cairn in Arlington in memory and honor of the 270

lives lost in the first major terrorist attack directly against Americans. She began on the trumpet in the sixth grade and continued to play the French horn through college. Henson heard about Bugles Across America several years ago and was immediately drawn in with a sense of responsibility to our veterans. She said many in her family have served including her husband, U.S. Navy; daughter, active duty in U.S. Navy; and son, active duty in U.S. Air Force.

day. Before and after care is available. Kids can sign up for one or more weeks. If registered before April 13, the cost is $160 for pass holders and $200 for nonpass holders. After April 15, the cost is $180, $220. For more information, call 859-815-1442 or email

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Thursday, June 14: St. Elizabeth Edgewood, 1 Medical Village Drive, Edgewood from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, June 18: St. Philip, 1402 Mary Ingles Highway, Melbourne from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 19: Florence Professional Building, 7380 Turfway Road, Florence from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, June 22: St. Elizabeth Covington, 1500 James Simpson Jr. Way, Covington from 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 26: Newport Kroger, 130 Pavilion Parkway, Newport from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $75 for all three main screenings, including peripheral arterial disease, carotid artery and abdominal aortic aneurysm. An EKG screening will be added in June for $35 or $110 for all four screenings. Call 859-301-9355 to schedule an appointment. Reservations are required.


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Garden veggies need to be fertilized Question: How do I go about fertilizing my vegetable garden to help the plants grow? Answer: The type of fertilizer used should be based on the results of your soil test (a free service through your county extension office). If you don’t have soil test results, at least apply nitrogen, since that nutrient is used up quickly and eventually leaches out of the root zone. For vegetables to produce lush, continuous growth throughout the season, they need a uniform supply of nutrients. However, many chemical fertilizers are very soluble, so the initial application may leach down beyond the root zone before the growing season ends.

Thus, many gardeners “side-dress” their crops with an extra application of fertilizer during the growing season. The usual rate has always been 5 tablespoons of ammonium nitrate/10 feet of row. Since ammonium nitrate is now difficult to find, any other garden fertilizer around 34 percent Nitrogen (the first number on the bag) may be used in its place. Otherwise, simply adjust the amount applied based on percent nitrogen. Ammonium nitrate (34-0-0) is 34 percent nitrogen, by weight. If a fertilizer containing only 10 percent nitrogen is used, such as 10-10-10, or a 12 percent nitrogen fertilizer is used, such as 12-1212, then you will need to apply approximately three

times as much fertilizer as you would if using ammonium nitrate. Asparagus and Mike onions Klahr require HORTICULTURE twice as CONCERNS much, and potatoes should receive about seven tablespoons per 10 feet row, if using ammonium nitrate. Place the fertilizer in bands about 6 inches to both sides of the rows, then rake it in and water. Recommended times for side-dressing vegetables with fertilizer are as follows: Asparagus: Before growth starts in spring.

Beans: After heavy blossom and set of pods. Broccoli and cabbage: Three weeks after transplanting. Cucumbers and muskmelons: Apply one week after blossoming begins and same amount three weeks later. Peppers and eggplant: After first fruit set. Spinach and kale: When plants are about one-third grown. Onions: One to two weeks after bulb formation starts. Peas: After heavy bloom and set of pods. Potatoes: After tuber formation starts (bloom stage), about six weeks after planting. Sweet corn: When plants are 12 inches tall. Tomatoes: Apply one to

UPCOMING EVENTS Insects and Diseases of Lawns, Gardens, Orchards, Flowers and Landscapes: 1:30-3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 31, Boone County Extension Office. Counts for 2 ISA Certified Arborist CEU’s and 1 general and 1 specific Kentucky. Commercial Pesticide Applicator CEU’s (categories 2, 3, 10, 12, 18, and 20). Free, but please register calling 859-5866101, or enroll online at Vegetable Gardening 101: 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, Boone County Arboretum, 9190 Camp Ernst Road, Union. Free, but please register calling 859-586-6101, or enroll online at Wednesday Walks at the Arboretum: 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 6, Boone County Arboretum, 9190 Camp Ernst Road, Union. Free. No registration needed; come rain or shine.

two weeks before first picking and same amount two weeks after first picking. Beets, carrots, lettuce, parsnips, squash, sweet potatoes, turnips and watermelon: Additional nitro-

gen might reduce yield or lower quality. Mike Klahr is the Boone County extension agent for horticulture.

Summerfair 2012 returns for 45th year Community Recorder

Summerfair 2012 returns for the 45th year on June 1-3. The fair, located at Cincinnati’s historic Coney Island, will feature more than 300 fine artists and craftspeople from around the country. There will also be regional performers, a variety of gourmet arts, the Youth Arts Rocks! area for kids, and for the second year, the Little Black Dress Event, presented by Summerfair and Cincy Chic.

What started as a small art fair’s salute to the opening of Cincinnati’s Playhouse in the Park has grown into one of the oldest and most prestigious continuous art fairs, annually drawing tens of thousands of art enthusiasts to see and purchase the works of artists from across the United States and Canada. This year, more than 700 acclaimed artists applied to exhibit everything from photography, painting, woodworking and ceramics to fibers, leather, jewelry

and 2D/3D mixed-media art. “Summerfair is proud to be the annual kick-off of the summer festivals for the Tristate area,” said Bob Hinman, 2012 co-fair chair. “Patrons can enjoy the warm June weather at Coney Island while shopping and interacting with new and returning artists, dining on fine gourmet foods and listening to the music of talented regional performers. There’s definitely something for everyone at Summerfair.” Summerfair 2012 has as-


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sembled a strong line-up of local performers like Raison D’Etre, Celtic Rhythm Dancers USA, Hills of Kentucky, Forget-Me-Not Historical Dancers, East Side Players and Robert Weidle. Many other bands, soloists, dance and theater groups will also be on hand performing on one of four different stages. Strolling entertainers – including balloon artists, musicians and barbershop quartets – can be found throughout the fair. Among the innovative el-

ements at Summerfair 2012 is the Youth Arts Rocks! area, a special section for kids featuring an assortment of art activities and other entertainment for children, and the Little Black Dress Event, a fundraiser fashion show created in partnership with Cincy Chic featuring jewelry by 2012 Summerfair artists and little black dresses from Cincinnati’s own Trend Boutique. “The Youth Arts Rocks! area is a great place for children and families to paint,

sculpt and make other crafts together,” said co-fair chair Anne Poppe. “The Little Black Dress event is a wonderful opportunity for Cincinnati’s fashion enthusiasts to join us in Moonlite Gardens for a night of eclectic fashion and fun.” Tickets to the fair can be purchased for $10 with children 12 and under admitted free. Visit Summerfair 2012 is at historic Coney Island (just off I-275 at Kellogg Avenue).



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Charlie Ploeger, of Hebron, puts sunscreen on his daughter Megan before they head out to the Ohio River during Paddlefest in June 2009. FILE PHOTO

Take time to protect your skin for the sun “Slip! Slop! Slap! And Wrap” is the message from the American Cancer Society as we enjoy our days in the sun. The four key words remind us to: slip on a shirt; slop on sunscreen; slap on a hat; and wrap on sunglasses. These are four ways to protect ourselves from harmful UV radiation which can cause or increase our risk of skin cancer. During warm weather, the amount of time we spend outdoors typically increases. Sunlight helps the body function well, but unsafe sun exposure can be dangerous, especially for children. Most exposure to the sun happens before age 18. Research studies indicate that having even one bad sunburn as a child can increase risk for skin cancer later in life. Too much sun can also harm the immune system and eyes. Protecting children while they are young can pay off for them in the future. There are several simple steps you can take to help your family enjoy time out-

doors and in the sun. » Use sunscreen. The higher the SPF (sun protection factor) rating on the Diane sunscreen, Mason the more it EXTENSION protects. NOTES Most of us don’t use enough sunscreen to provide adequate protection. One ounce, enough to fill a shot glass, is considered the amount needed to cover the exposed skin. Reapply sunscreen every two hours. Use it even on cloudy days. » Keep infants out of direct sunlight if under 6 months old. Dress them in cool, light-colored clothing and in hats with brims. Infant skin is thinner than an adult’s, so it is easier for them to sunburn. Children under 6 months should not use sunscreen. » Seek shade. Staying under cover is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from the sun. » Dress in light-col-

ored, firmly woven clothing. » Limit the time you spend in the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. That is when the sun's damaging rays are strongest. » Protect your eyes from the sun. Wear a hat with a full brim and sunglasses that fit well. Large lenses near the surface of the eye work best. » Watch for the UV Index during weather broadcasts in the summer months. The index can help you plan your outdoor activities. As the number increases, the risk of exposure to the sun’s harmful rays increases. If the index is 0 to 2, your risk is minimal. A number 11 or higher means your risk is extremely high. Take time to protect your skin to help prevent cancer and the signs of aging.

St. Elizabeth Healthcare has embraced the Image Gently/Image Wisely campaign to promote radiation safety in both child and adult medical imaging. St. Elizabeth is the first healthcare system in Greater Cincinnati to join a national effort to reduce radiation, provide education, reduce patient anxiety, and promote the concept of Image Gently/Image Wisely. As part of its commitment to the campaign, St. Elizabeth has taken the following steps: » Asked all associates to pledge to image with an optimized radiation dose. » Revamped protocols based on The American College of Radiology guidelines to reduce dosage without compromising quality. » Improved equipment. » Devised educational information for physicians, patients and families. » Worked directly with the Radiation Safety Committee to monitor any level of concerns. » Has had staff complete educational levels re-

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Rising Star hosts summer session Community Recorder Rising Star Studios, a program of New Perceptions in Northern Kentucky, is now enrolling youth (age 3 through teen) and young adults with autism spectrum disorders and other communication challenges in various classes in arts and life skills for 2012. The six-week summer session will begin June 11, and will run through the week of July 17. Classes will be offered on Mondays and Tuesdays after school in Computers, Art, Independent Living & Social Skills, Photography,

Karate, Yoga, Gardening, Mosaics, and Music Therapy. Classes start at $90 for a six-week term. Students 16 and older may be eligible for the Michelle P. Waiver and should inquire with their caseworker. Later this summer, Rising Star Studios presents a summer music theater camp with Betsey Nuseibeh of Melodic Connections and singer-songwriter, David Kisor from Growing Sound, a program of Children, Inc. The camp is open for all students on the spectrum, ages 8 and up, and will be held 4-6 p.m., Monday-

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Thomas More College will host its “Secret Adventure Camp,” an exploration in liberal arts for youth, July 16-20. In its second year, Secret Adventure Camp is a unique experience designed by Thomas More professors that offers students entering fourth to ninth grades a glimpse of a liberal arts college curriculum. The weeklong academic camp will be 8:30 a.m. to noon daily. Throughout the week, students will spend time

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Art on the Avenue, June 2 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 2, Monument Plaza, intersection of Sixth Ave. and Berry St., Dayton. Local artists will exhibit their art for sale; food and drink from local restaurants, including Buono Vita Pizzeria and Dolce Vita Gelato Café; and a classical string quartet will perform from noon-2 p.m. Presented by Dayton’s Historic Preservation Committee and Main Street Program. Free.,

Italianfest, June 7-10 5-11 p.m. (Opening ceremony at 8 p.m.) Thursday, June 7, 5-11 p.m. Friday, June 8, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, June 9, noon-9 p.m. Sunday, June 10, Newport Riverfront. Authentic Italian food and live Italian music, a golf outing, family photo booth, pizza eating contest, cooking contest, games and rides. Daily BB Riverboats harbor cruises noon-3 p.m. Free. 859-292-3666.

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Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home Summer Festival, June 9-10 6-11 p.m. Friday, June 8, 4-11 p.m. (Vito’s Fireworks at 10 p.m.) Saturday, June 9, 4-9 p.m. Sunday, June 10, Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home, 75 Orphanage Road, Fort Mitchell. More than 40 booths, rides, games, Noll Family chicken dinners Saturday and Sunday, music nightly, raffle, silent auction and more. Benefits Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home. Free. 859-3312040, ext. 8555;

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St. Henry Church Festival, June 15-16 6-11 p.m. Friday, June 15, 5-11 p.m. Saturday, June 16, 4-10 p.m. Sunday, June 17, St. Henry Church, 3813 Dixie Highway, . Food from local restaurants. Games for children in gym. Grand raffle of $4,000 and four prizes of $500 each. 859-7272035.

MainStrasse Village “Originial” Goettafest, June 15-17 5-11:30 p.m. Friday, June 15, noon-11:30 p.m. Saturday, June 16, noon-9 p.m. Sunday, June 17, Sixth Street Promenade, Covington. Sample pizza, balls, gumbalya, chedda cheese, chili, burgers and more made with goetta. Games, children’s activities, arts and crafts, music and entertainment.

Union Beach Blast, June 16 6:30-10 p.m., Union Community Building, 10087 Old Union Road, Union. Dancing, music, food and drinks. Family friendly. Through June 16. Presented by City of Union. Free. 859-3841511;

St. Philip's Summer Festival, June 16 Saturday, June 16, 1400 Mary Ingles Highway, Melbourne. Mass 4 p.m. Chicken and roast beef dinners served 4:30- 8 p.m. Booths, raffles, kids' fun land, live music, and Euchre tournament. Tournament entry fee is $15 by June 9; $20 at door. Tournament information, 859620-1173; festival information, 859-781-0646.

Demolition derby, June 23 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 23, Alexandria Fairgrounds, 100 Fairground Road. $7 per person.

Mary, Queen of Heaven Funfest, June 22-24 6-11 p.m. Friday, June 22, 4-11

p.m. Saturday, June 23, 4-9 p.m. Sunday, June 24, Mary, Queen of Heaven Church, 1150 Donaldson Highway, Erlanger. Rides, gambling booths, grand raffle, food and drink booths, entertainment and more. Free. 859525-6909.

Union Celebrates America Parade and Fireworks, June 29 6-10:30 p.m., Union Community Building, 10087 Old Union Road, Union. Music by Gundpowder Acoustic Society at 6:30 p.m. and 113th US Army Band Dragoons at 8 p.m. Free U.S. flags to first 1000 people. Presented by City of Union. Free. Registration required for parade participation. 859-384-1511;

Independence Celebration, June 30 3-10 p.m. Saturday, June 30, Tower Park in Fort Thomas. Classic Car Show 3-7:30 p.m.; Classic Car Parade 7:45 p.m.; Beer booth 3-10 p.m.; Games, inflatables, food and beverages; How Wax Band 7-10 p.m.; and fireworks at 10 p.m. 859-7811700,

JULY Independence Day Celebration, July 3 5-10 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, Florence Government Center, 8100 Ewing Blvd., Florence. Rides, food, a raffle, kids zone, demonstrations, music, concludes at 10 p.m. with fireworks. Presented by City of Florence. Free.

Park Hills Fourth of July Festival, July 4 2-7 p.m., Sisters of Notre Dame, 1601 Dixie Highway, Covington. Games for children and adults, petting zoo, pony rides, entertainment, flea market, silent auction, food and major raffle of $2,590. Benefits Notre Dame Urban Education Center. Free. 859-392-8228.

Sisters of Notre Dame Fourth of July Festival, July 4 2-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, Sisters of Notre Dame, 1601 Dixie Hwy., Park Hills. Games for children and adults, petting zoo, pony rides, entertainment, flea market, silent auction, food, $2,590 raffle. Supports the Notre Dame Urban Education Center and the Sisters Mission in Uganda. 859-392-8228 or 859-3928229.

America’s Celebration – Newport Motorcycle Rally, July 4-8 noon-11 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, 5-11 p.m. Thursday, July 5, 5-11 p.m. (Cincinnati Reds fireworks) Friday, July 6, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, July 7, noon-7 p.m. Sunday, July 8, Newport Riverfront. Fireworks on the riverfront, games, live entertainment, food, contests and prizes. Motorcycle awards given at 5 p.m. Saturday. 859912-2509.

Independence Celebration, July 6-7 5-11 p.m. Friday, July 6 with a silent auction at the senior center from 5-9:30 p.m. and music by Mike Heile at 7 p.m.; Parade will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 7, starting at Summit View Middle School and ending at Memorial Park, Jack Woods Parkway, Independence. Events

at the park will be 4-11 p.m. Saturday with music by Seth Michael at 7 p.m. and Fireworks at 10 p.m. Rides, food vendors, music.

Queen City Sausage Festival, July 13-15 5-11 p.m. Friday, July 13, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, July 14, noon-11 p.m. Sunday, July 15, Festival Park Newport, Riverboat Row, Newport. Food vendors, retail sausage shop, daily brat eating contest, games and entertainment. Presented by Queen City Sausage and Provision Inc. Free. 513-541-5581;

Kenton County Fair and Horse Show, July 16-21 Erlanger Lions Carnival, July 19-21 6 p.m. to midnight ThursdaySaturday, July 19-21, Erlanger Lions Club, Sunset Avenue in Erlanger. Ride bracelets for all three nights will be $12; $15 each night. Food and refreshments. The How Wax Show Band will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 21. Coolers prohibited. 859-282-9969.

Browngrass Festival, July 21 noon-11 p.m. Saturday, July 21, Rabbit Hash General Store, 10021 Lower River Road, Rabbit Hash. Twenty local and regional bands, food, vendors, a raffle. Benefits local radio station WNKU. $15.

Dogs Day of Summer Art Fair, July 28-29 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 28, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, July 29, Rabbit Hash General Store, 10021 Lower River Road, Rabbit Hash. Artists and live music. Free.

AUGUST Glier’s Goettafest, Aug. 2-5 5-11 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Aug. 2 & 3, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, noon-9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, Newport Riverfront. Goetta prepared in many ways - reubens, omelets, pizza and more. Live music, games and rides.

Boone County Fair, Aug. 4-11 Pre-fair events Saturday, Aug. 4. Rides will be 6 p.m. to close Monday-Friday, Aug. 6-10, and 1 p.m. to close Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Boone County Fairgrounds, 5819 Idlewild Road, Burlington. Cost is $8 ages 3 and up and includes parking and unlimited rides.

Great Inland Seafood Festival in Newport, Aug. 9-12 6-11 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, 6-11 p.m. (Cincinnati Reds fireworks) Friday, Aug. 10, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, noon-9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, Newport Riverfront. Premium seafood dishes from Greater Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky restaurants.

Alexandria Fair and Horse Show, Aug. 29 – Sept. 3

SEPTEMBER Old Timer’s Day Festival, Sept. 1 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday,

Sept. 1, Rabbit Hash General Store, 10021 Lower River Road, Rabbit Hash. Live music, food and family fun. Free.

Devou Fall Festival, Sept. 1 Sept. 1, Devou Park, 1600 Montague Road, Covington.

Riverfest, Sept. 3 Noon-10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3, Newport Riverfront. Live entertainment on Riverboat Row from noon-9 p.m., food, beverages and Rozzi’s largest and oldest fireworks display at dark.

Holy Cross High School Indian Summer Festival, Sept. 7-8 6-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7-8, Holy Cross High School, 3617 Church St., Covington. Northern Kentucky wine tasting 7-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, live music, food court with local restaurants, games, silent auction, raffle prizes. Proceeds benefit the high school. 859 431-1335.

MainStrasse Village Oktoberfest, Sept. 7-9 5-11:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, noon-11:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, noon-9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, MainStrasse Village, Main Street, Covington. Mix of German and international foods, music and arts and crafts. Kinderplatz area with rides for children. Through Sept. 9. Presented by MainStrasse Village Association. Free. 859-491-0458;

Art in the Park, Sept. 8 Art in the Park: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, Bellevue Beach Park Ward Avenue and Frank Benke Way. Art and crafts show and sell, live music, taste of Bellevue, hands-on art for kids, Circus Mojo. Free. 859-431-8866. Old Fashion Day, Sept. 8 Old Fashion Day: 11 a.m to 10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, Walton. Parade, craft and food vendors, petting zoo, inflatables, games for children, and musical entertainment. Presented by city of Walton.

Merchants & Music Festival, Sept. 22 3-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, Tower Park Amphitheater in Fort Thomas. Featuring female singer JoDee Messina and locals Tupelo Honey and The Danny Frazier Band. Presented by Fort Thomas Renaissance. Free.

Newport Oktoberfest, Sept. 28-30 5-11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, noon-9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, Newport Riverfront. Each tent will have food, beer and music. 513-477-3320.

Art off Pike, Sept. 30 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, Pike and Seventh Sts., Covington. Artists will exhibit and sell their work.

Immanuel United Methodist Church Fall Festival, Sept. 29 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Immanuel United Methodist Church, 2551 Dixie Hwy., Lakeside Park. Food, arts and crafts for sale, tickets for bounce houses and games. Craft vendor space available. Free. 859-341-5330.


Flo Burke, 91, of Florence, and her older brother Frank Menkhaus, 94, of Taylor Mill, enjoyed watching the Kentucky Wildcats beat Louisville in the Final Four. They missed their older sister, Grace Perez, 96, of Covington, who watched the game with her family and was unable to join her younger siblings. THANKS TO P.J. BURKE CE-0000512329



DEATHS Helen Adkins, 86, of Cincinnati, formerly of Ludlow, died May 16, 2012, at Mercy Franciscan Terrace in Cincinnati. She was a homemaker and a former member of First Presbyterian Church in Ludlow where she was a Sunday school teacher. She enjoyed Elvis Presley’s music, especially gospel, and was a fan of the Cincinnati Reds. Her husband, Gordon Adkins; a son, Daniel Adkins; a brother, George Phillips; and sister, Doris Ducker, died previously. Survivors include her son, Michael Adkins of Colerain; brother, Harold Phillips of Sarasota, Fla.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Interment was in Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell.

Shirley Davis Shirley M. Davis, of Covington, died May 22, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a retired registered nurse who worked for various doctors in Greater Cincinnati and served as the Marjorie P. Lee Nursing Home night supervisor. Survivors include her husband, Howard Davis of Covington; sons, Gary Davis of Villa Hills and Kevin Davis of Taylor Mill; and four grandchildren. Burial was at Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati. Memorials: To the charity of donor’s choice.

Georgia Day Georgia Marie Day, 83, of Union, formerly of Villa Hills and Ludlow, died May 20, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a floral designer, former owner of Georgia’s Flowers and Day-Z Shop, a retired Northern Kentucky Realtor and member of Lakeside Christian Church. Survivors include her husband, Clyde Day; son, Kyle Day of Villa Hills; daughter, Staci England of Union; sister, Roberta Trotta of Crestview Hills; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Entombment was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Erlanger. Memorials: Lakeside Christian Church, 196 Buttermilk Pike, Lakeside Park, KY 41017.

Charlotte Decker Charlotte Jane Bilz Decker, 62, of Covington, formerly of Erlanger, died May 23, 2012. She graduated from Notre Dame Academy, earned a degree in English from BellarmineUrsuline College, now Bellarmine University, in Louisville, and a Master of Library Science from the University of Kentucky. She was the librarian and Academic Challenge coach at Covington Latin School for almost 20 years, then served as a children’s librarian at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County until retirement. She was a parishioner and lector at St. Benedict Church and was active in several professional organizations. Her parents, Joseph and Frieda Bilz, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Ronald Decker of Covington and three siblings, John Bilz of Oberlin, Ohio, Jill Heink of Lexington, and Jim Bilz of Edgewood. Memorials: Holy Family School Library, c/o St. Benedict Church, 338 E. 17th St., Covington, KY 41014.

president of development and communications for the national nonprofit Communities in Schools; and a consultant for the Women’s Crisis Center and the Children’s Law Center. Her parents, Hugh and Betty Campbell and a brother, Pete Campbell, died previously. Survivors include her children, Rebecca Garlock of Vero Beach, Fla., Jessica Mohler and Wade Fisher, both of Lexington, and Zach Thrun of New York, N.Y.; partner, Robert Read Thrun; and brother, Hugh Campbell Jr. The body was donated to science. The family will wait until late summer to publicly celebrate her life. Memorials: Children’s Law Center in Covington and the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning in Lexington.

David Griffin David Wayne Griffin, 27, of Erlanger, died May 14, 2012, at his residence. Survivors include his mother, Wendy Griffin of Erlanger; brother, Corporal Zachary Griffin of Erlanger; maternal grandparents, Marcia Jean Griffin of Florence and William Lee Griffin of Covington; father, David Evans of Covington; and paternal grandmother, Jane Evans of Covington. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Marion Hammonds Marion E. Hammonds, 91, of Ludlow, died May 21, 2012, at Rosedale Manor Nursing Home. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Ludlow, Masonic Masons and Colonel Clay Lodge No. 159 of Covington. He worked for the Cincinnati Milacron as a machinist until retirement, was a Navy veteran of World War II and an Honorable Kentucky Colonel. He enjoyed gardening and woodworking. His wife, Lucille Delaney; a brother, Charles Hammonds; and sister, Jean Taylor, died previously. Survivors include his son, David Hammonds of Trenton, Ohio; daughter, Penny Hellebush of Covington; brother, James Hammonds of Fairfeild, Ohio; three grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Interment was at Williamstown Cemetery. Memorials: First Baptist Church, 400 Linden St., Ludlow, KY 41016.

Nona Hanson Nona S. Hanson, 81, of Florence, died May 21, 2012, at her residence. She had retired as secretary and bookkeeper for Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, where she was active in Sunday school, Women’s Circle, and the preschool. She was a member of New Friends of Northern Kentucky and PEO. A brother, Artell Lee and a son, Gary Hanson, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Garry Hanson of Florence; children, David Hanson of Taylor Mill and Andrea Hegna of Florence; four grandchildren; two great grandchildren; brother, Richard Lee of Taylor Mill; and sisters, Marcia Schaffer of Tucson, Ariz., and Lorraine Granzow of Eastman, Wis. Entombment was in Highland

Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 2718 Dixie Highway, Crestview Hills, KY 41017; Alzheimer’s Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, OH 45203; or St. Elizabeth Hospice 483 South Loop Dr., Edgewood, KY 41017.

Paul Hodges Paul Hodges, 56 of Burlington, died May 19, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was an operator for Averitt Trucking Co. and a lifetime member of the NRA. Survivors include his wife, Robyn Stamper Hodges; sons, Nathan Hodges of Hebron and Greg Brown of Burlington; daughters, Katie Hodges of Burlington, Lindsey Phelps of Edgewood, and Allye Greene of Independence; brother, Gene Hodges of Dillsboro, Ind.; sister, Ellen Hodges of Burlington; and two grandchildren. Burial was at Bullittsburg Baptist Church Cemetery. Memorials: American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Mary Hughes Mary Reannon Hughes, 47, of Butler, Ky., died May 18, 2012, at her residence. Survivors include her sons, Joseph Ryan Hughes of Maysville, Ky., and Nicholas Ray Hughes and Andrew Scott Hughes, both of Butler; sisters, Sarah Ann Walters of Burlington and Malinda Ruth Roberts of Berry, Ky.; brother, Roy Lee Gibbs of Covington; and two grandchildren.

Claude Jones Claude Sonny Jones, 63, of Covington, died May 20, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a retired waiter for Pizza Hut, a member of Cornerstone Apostolic Church in Covington, and enjoyed caring for his three cats. His sisters, Rosie Hoffman and Laverne Godsey died previously. Survivors include his wife, Margaret Ann Jordan Jones; son, Jamison Jones of Covington; daughter, Angela Jones of Elsmere; brothers, Jimmy Jones of Bellevue, Dave Jones of Williamstown, Paul Jones of Corinth, and Carl Walz; a grandchild; and a great-grandchild.

She was a homemaker and a member of Pleasantview Baptist Church. She enjoyed music. Survivors include her husband, David Kitz of Ludlow; daughters, Shiloh Greenwald of Cheviot, Sarah Gray and Eliana Kitz, both of Ludlow; son Jason Kitz of Hebron; and one grandchild. Burial was in the Peeno Family Cemetery. Memorials: Save the Music Foundation.

Paul Mueller Paul “Pete” Anthony Mueller, 83, of Fort Mitchell, died May 22, 2012. He enjoyed gardening and friendship. His brothers, William and Raymond Mueller, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann Mueller; son, Ken Mueller of Covington; and three grandchildren. Burial was at St. John Cemetery. Memorials: Blessed Sacrament Church, 2409 Dixie Highway, Fort Mitchell KY 41017 or Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home, P.O. Box 17007, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Roger Lail Roger Lail Sr., 63, of Bromley, died May 23, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a retired welder and member of Bromley Christian Church, a Kentucky Colonel, a former member of the Bromley Fire Department and the Bromley Police Department. He was a graduate of Dixie Heights High School. A giver, his final act of kindness was to donate his eyes to Life Center. A son, William Lail; daughter, Virginia Lail; and brother, Rick Lail, died previously. Survivors include his sister, Roxann Lail Clark of Erlanger; sons, Roger Wayne Lail Jr. of Fort Mitchell, Adam Gage Lail and Jason Matthew Lail, both of Independence; and nine grandchildren. Interment was in Hebron Lutheran Cemetery in Hebron. Memorials: The American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Sandra Noe Sandra “Sandy” Andrea Kahn Noe, 56, of Covington, died May 16, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. A sister, Joan Bryson and a brother, Floyd Crawford, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Scott Noe, Danny Noe and Anthony Burrows; five grandchildren; sisters, Gerry Krebs, Patti Noon, Shirley Hutton, Beverly Nelson and Marian Stover; and brothers, Harry Crawford, Frank Crawford and Ron Crawford.

Maretta Leight Maretta Leight, 75, of Taylor Mill, died May 21, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a homemaker and a member of the Covington Moose Lodge No. 1469. Her granddaughter, Shanessa Chappie, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Thomas Leight; daughters, Shauna Doyen of Florence and Lavonda Grant of Taylor Mill. Interment was at Floral Hills Cemetery.

granddaughter, Rebekah Randall died previously. Survivors include her son, Ron Randall Jr.; daughters, Sherri Ryan and Lisa Einhaus; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Interment was at Independence Cemetery in Independence. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 South Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Margaret Pruitte Margaret D. Pruitte, 60, of Morning View, died May 22, at St. Elizabeth Hospital Edgewood. She worked for WesternSouthern Life. Survivors include her husband, William Pruitte, sons, William and Charles; daughters, Jane Machenheimer, Christina Wilhoit and Dora Fultz; brothers, Charles Bovaird and Art Bovaird; sisters, Marie Balboni and Carol Wolfe; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Burial was in Floral Hills Cemetery in Taylor Mill.

Thomas Rackley Thomas Lee Rackley Sr., 59, of Burlington, died May 17, 2012, at his residence. He was an award-winning photographer, whose favorite subjects included his grandchildren and nature. His wife, Lona Rackley and his mother, Norma Spradlin died previously. He is survived by his sons, Thomas Rackley Jr. of Independence, and Timothy Rackley of Williamstown; his daughter,

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Barbara Patterson Barbara Joyce Patterson, 77, of Latonia, died May 20, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a longtime member of Ludlow Baptist Church. A son, Robert Patterson and a

Robert Milner Robert Milner, 90, of Erlanger, died May 22, 2012. He was the owner of Milner Jewelry in Erlanger, and an Army veteran of World War II. His wife, Ruth Milner; daugh-

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Mary Fisher Mary Brigid Fisher, 57, of Covington, died May 7, 2012. During her career she served as GOP chief of the Kentucky Republican Party; vice president for institutional advancement at Thomas More College; chief development officer for the Cincinnati Zoo; senior vice

ter, Barbara Milner-Rankin and brother, Dan Milner, died previously. Survivors include his sister, Carolyn Cook. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Erlanger. Memorials: Erlanger United Methodist Church, 31 Commonwealth Ave., Erlanger, KY 41018.


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DEATHS Continued from Page B7 Tammy Rackley of Burlington; and five grandchildren.

Jean Rayborn Jean Rayborn, 76, of Park Hills, died May 21, 2012, at Friendship Village in Dublin, Ohio. She was a licensed practical nurse and worked for various companies. Her son, Jeffrey Rayborn; a sister, Morene Gavin; two additional sisters; and a brother died previously. Survivors include her sister, Eleanor Napper of Louisville; brother, the Rev. Buford Earls of Cincinnati; and three grandchildren. Interment was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Erlanger.

Mary Rust Mary Alice Connelly Rust, 80, of Walton, died May 20, 2012, at her residence. She was a retired housekeeper and enjoyed being at home. A daughter, Bambi Hagar, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Belenda Poteet of Dry Ridge, Valleria Rich of Cincinnati, and Kim Kidwell of Walton; sisters, Lydia Mae Mullins of Florence, Janet Durr of Crittenden, and Renie Roland of Florence; brothers, Arthur Connelly of Crittenden and Frank Connelly of Kenton


County; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Burial was in Crittenden Cemetery. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 1 Medical Village Dr., Suite 213, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Chester Turner Chester A. Turner Jr., 81, of Erlanger, died May 23, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He enjoyed woodworking, served in the Army, was a member of the Covington Masonic Lodge No. 109 and Erlanger Christian Church. He worked in the Covington and Fort Thomas school systems and served in many organizations. He received many awards He received many honors for his work in education over the years. Survivors include his wife, Marjorie Turner; son, Kevin Turner; and three grandchildren. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Erlanger. Memorials: Erlanger Christian Church Mortgage Fund or the charity of donor’s choice.

John Vagedes John Frederick Vagedes, 59, of Elsmere died May 22, 2012, at his residence. Survivors include his parents, Fred and Mary Vagedes of Elsmere; children, Jacob Vagedes of Stoughton, Wis., Sara Gair of Burlington, James

Vagedes of Florence, and Laci Dow of Verona; siblings, David Vagedes of Elsmere, Judith Tholemeier of Erlanger, Jeanna Migliorisi of Edgewood, and Maria Franks of Union; and six grandchildren. Burial was at St. John Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: American Heart Association, 5211 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227 or to the Diabetes Foundation, 13 Sunflower Ave., Paramus, NJ 07652.

Robert Ziegler Robert P. Ziegler, 56 of Fort Thomas, died May 18, 2012, at his residence. He graduated from Newport Catholic High School, received an engineering degree from the University of Kentucky and a master’s from Iowa State. He was a design engineer for GE Aviation, and member of Triangle Engineering Fraternity at University of Kentucky and the Ducks Unlimited. Survivors include his wife, Jin Ziegler; son, David Ziegler of San Francisco, Calif.; daughters, Hyun Jung Park of Los Angeles, and Hyun Bin Park of Korea; brothers, Dr.Vincent Ziegler of Fort Mitchell and Edward Ziegler Jr. of Denver, Colo.; sisters, Sylvia Burke of Union, Linda Ziegler of Fort Thomas, and Jeannine Ravenscraft of Bel Aire, Md.

INDEPENDENCE Arrests/citations Thomas R. Henderson, 35, 822 Independence Station Road, Apt. 2, executed Grant County warrant for flagrant nonsupport at 822 Independence Station Road Apt. 2, May 10. Stephanie A. Herindon, 33, 3125 Beech St., burglary at 5409 Madison Pike, May 14. Lillian L. May, 49, 2877 Sycamore Creek Drive, executed Boone County warrant for failure to appear at Turkeyfoot Road, May 13. Richard Lake, 22, 1905 Oriole Court, executed Boone County warrant for theft at Holton Drive, May 15.

Incidents/investigations Assault Man struck another man at 416 Ridgeview Drive, May 16. Burglary Television and DVD player stolen at 126 McCullum Pike, May 17. Theft Wallet stolen at 5259 Cody Road, May 14.

Garden equipment stolen at 6477 Taylor Mill Road, May 16. Items stolen from car at 381 Sterling Lane, May 14. Electronics stolen from car at 374 Sterling Lane, May 12.

TAYLOR MILL Arrests/citations Samantha McMullen, 19, 745 Lakewood Drive, executed Campbell County warrant for failure to appear at Floral Hills Cemetery, May 15. Christopher Burton Hardy, 27, 6204 Taylor Mill Road, theft by taking at Decoursey Pike, May 16. Ravae D. Ali, 20, 53 Mariam Drive, DUI, careless driving, driving with suspended license at Taylor Mill Road, May 19. Danny M. Jones, 36, 4700 Victory Ave., executed Kenton County warrant at Ky. 16, May 20.

Incidents/investigations Auto theft Chevy Camaro stolen at 4818 Taylor Mill Road, May 18. Bait advertising, theft

Man purchased fraudulent tickets at 5341 Bayview Drive, No. 26, May 20. Burglary Attempts made to enter home at 5502 Taylor Mill Road, May 21. Copper wire stolen at 8587 Railroad Drive, May 21. Theft $120 cash stolen from purse at 5076 Sandman Drive, May 18. Theft, criminal mischief Washer and dryer damaged at 114 Grand Ave., May 16.

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.

Members of the Northern Kentucky Knights of Columbus held a planning meeting for their golf outing that will benefit Catholic Charities Lifeline. Pictured are Wayne Brown, Dennis Elix, Vicky Bauerle of Catholic Charities, Carl Biery and Bill Theis. THANKS TO BILL THEIS

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Knights to host golf outing Community Recorder Northern Kentucky Knights of Columbus will host a golf outing to benefit Catholic Charities Lifeline Fund 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Twin Oaks Golf and

$300 and platinum for $1,000. For more information, call Dennis Elix at 859-4420296 or Carl Biery at 859781-5054.

Salvation Army offers camping Community Recorder The Salvation Army in Northern Kentucky has summer camping opportunities for children and teens. Two key programs are offered: Camp SWONEKY and Summer Day Camp. Both programs are available to age-appropriate children who live in Boone, Campbell or Kenton counties and require preregistration. At Camp SWONEKY three separate camping adventures are offered: » Sports Camp: June 2227, for children ages 6 to 12 years. Includes baseball,

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Plantation Club. Cost is $85 per golfer and includes cart, coffee and doughnuts, lunch, BBQ buffet, refreshments and a gift bag. Sponsorships include hole for $100, corporate for

basketball, swimming, horseback riding, tennis and ropes course. » Music & Arts Camp: July 9-15, for children ages 6 to 14 years. Includes instruction in aspects of music, including brass, dance, timbrels and drama. » Community Outdoor Adventure Camp: July 2530, for children ages 6 to 12 years. Includes swimming, horseback riding, ropes course and Indian lore. The fee for Camp SWONEKY camps is $10 per child, per camp. Transportation is provided to and from the facility, located about 10 miles north of Kings Island, from

The Salvation Army’s community centers located in either Covington or Newport. Summer Day Camp is a multi-week program, running from June 11 through July 27. The program includes field trips, arts and crafts, educational experiences, as well as life and character-building skills. Summer Day Camp is targeted to children ages 6 to 12 years. It runs Monday thru Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Breakfast, lunch and a snack are included daily. Fee is $375 for the full program. To register, call 859-2610835 or 859-431-1063.


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