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Changes coming for Success Academy

Military program has new facility, half-day By Amy Scalf

INDEPENDENCE — Kenton County Schools’ Success Academy cadets will return to school next year in a new facility and a new half-day program. The Success Academy, a full-day military program housed in the old Twenhofel Middle School building since 2007, will become part of the nationally recognized Acade-

mies of Innovation and Technology, KCAT, on the Edgewood Campus. Kenton County Schools Superintendent Terri Cox-Cruey said Cox-Cruey the campus change allows a central location for students from all three high schools: Dixie Heights in Edgewood, Scott in Taylor Mill, and Simon Kenton in Independence. Success Academy students will start at their home high school, then take a bus to the

academy’s campus. “We’re changing to better meet the needs of the students to ensure college and career readiness, and give Dykes those students more opportunities,” she said. Working with a student advisory team, Cox-Cruey found students preferred the halfday option with the academy structure. They also wanted a newer facility and fewer online classes. The old Twenhofel building

was built in 1961, and was replaced by a new middle school building in 2006. The Academies of Innovation and Technology started in 2012 in the former J.D. Patton Area Technological Center in Edgewood, between Caywood Elementary and Turkey Foot Middle School. Several customized classes, such as military foundations, character and leadership, history and citizenship and military fitness, will still be included in the curriculum. “Many of the kids took a lot of their classes online,” said Jess Dykes, Kenton County School District spokeswoman.

Kenton YMCA makes splash on opening day By Amy Scalf

INDEPENDENCE — For the first time in six years, Kenton County YMCA members jumped in to summer at the pool. After a month-long membership push, the YMCA opened on June 2, with 111 new members – 11 more than needed to open the facility. Tami Lloyd, formerly Rehkamp, grew up across the street from the pool. Traditionally, she was the first one in the pool every year. Snd she and her 10year-old son Caleb jumped in together as the pool opened at noon. “I hope he had as as much fun here as I did when I was a kid,” said Lloyd. Together, they jumped in, high-fived, went down the slide, then wrapped up and went home. Caleb wore a green wristband, showing lifeguards that he could swim anywhere in the pool without assistance. All new swimmers will be tested to determine their skills, and assigned a wristband accordingly. Yellow and red wristbands indicate that swimmers can enter limited areas or must be accompanied at all times in the water by an adult within arm’s length. According to Campbell and Kenton YMCA Director Dana Ensley, the pool has a few more new rules. No glass of any kind is allowed on the pool deck. Mem-

Tami Lloyd high-fives her son Caleb Rehkamp after their first dip in the new Kenton County YMCA pool which opened noon Monday with 111 members. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER Tami Lloyd and her son Caleb Rehkamp are the first to jump into the pool at the new Kenton County YMCA. As a child Lloyd was always the first one in the pool each year. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY

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“There wasn’t a teacher teaching them classes. They were online, just on a computer all day. Now they will have teachers teaching their classes.” Dykes said enrollment at the Success Academy decreased over the past few years, ranging from a high of almost 100 to 70 this year. The 2014-2015 projection was only 57 students. “Instead of re-creating the program, it was more efficient to bring it under the KCAT umbrella,” said Dykes. “That also gives the program a clear career pathway.”

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Dude dons dress during Relay for Life By Amy Scalf

FORT THOMAS — Jeff and Julie Humbert prepare for Campbell County’s Relay for Life the same way any couple gets ready for the annual overnight American Cancer Society fundraiser. The Independence couple gathers food, bottled water, grill supplies and camp chairs, and Julie chooses a lovely dress with matching heels for Jeff. For four years, Jeff has participated in the “Dude Looks Like a Lady” contest, one of several traditions that take place during the 12-hour event at Tower Park. Campbell County’s 2014 Relay for Life took place from 6 p.m. May 30 to 6 a.m. May 31. During the event, 19 teams and 185 individuals raised more than $18,000. “He is a good sport,” said Julie. She said Jeff, who is 6-feet, 7-inches tall and maintains a mustache and goatee, won his first year with a coconut bra and grass skirt combination, but this year’s leopard rockabilly dress didn’t top the contest. “She has me do it,” said Jeff. “I’m happy to support such a good cause.” The dress-up contest takes place alongside traditional Relay events, such as opening and closing ceremonies, a survivor’s lap and a luminaria ceremony, during which paper luminarias are lit to honor those who lost to cancer, to support people who currently have cancer, and to honor people who have fought cancer in the past.

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Jeff and Julie Humbert prepare for the “Dude Looks Like a Lady” contest during Campbell County’s Relay for Life on May 31. AMY SCALF/ THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Meanwhile, one member of each Relay for Life team is constantly walking laps around the course. “Cancer never sleeps so neither will we,” said Julie. She started attending the Campbell County event with a friend in the 1990s, and has also participated in a Boone County event, but has not been to one in Kenton County. “There’s a little competition, but, really, we’re all on the same team in this fight,” she said. Kenton County’s Relay for See RELAY, Page A2

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bers may bring in their own food or drink, but alcohol is not permitted. Inflatables are not allowed. Only non-inflatable personal flotation devices, such as life jackets that are U.S. Coast Guard approved are allowed in the water. Despite overcast skies and cool pool water, new members began trickling in throughout the afternoon. The club’s baby pool is still not open, and in need of repairs. “We know where the leaks are, and we’re digging them out,” said Dick Monson, one of the original members from when the Kenton County YMCA opened in 1979. Monson has been a part of the committee pushing for the reopening. “We hope that we’ll get this part of the work

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By Amy Scalf Caleb Rehkamp got the Kenton County YMCA’s first green wristband. Green wristbands allow swimmers anywhere in the pool. Yellow and red wristbands are worn by swimmers who have limited access or need a guardian within arm’s length in the water. AMY SCALF/ THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

done so that a licensed and certified plumber will be able to come out here and fix it for free, or at least for a reduced cost,” he said. Summer swim memberships cost $125 for adults and $200 for the whole family. The pool will be open daily from noon until 6 p.m. To register, call 859781-1814 or email YMCA of Greater Cincinnati member engagement specialist Todd Hensel at thensel@cincinnatiymca .org. Want to continue the conversation? Tweet @AmyScalfNky


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The Richardson Road bridge could reopen for drivers less than a year after it was closed for repairs. At the May 27 meeting, the Boone County Fiscal Court unanimously approved a construction bid to repair and reopen the bridge, which has been closed since September 2013. The bridge crosses Norfolk-Southern railroad tracks in the Industrial Park area on the southeastern edge of Florence, near the Boone County/Kenton County line, next to the intersection of Richardson Road and U.S. 25, or Dixie Highway. On the western side is Weaver Road. Judge-executive Gary Moore noted the bid includes a completion date of Aug. 14. “That’s a lot of work between now and then,” said Moore. The officials determined the lowest and best bid of $239,855 was from Intech Contracting LLC of Lexington. The company has completed numerous repairs to the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge, including replacing major beams, cable

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The Richardson Road bridge near the Kenton/Boone county border could be reopened to drivers in August. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

saw bracing and deck slabs while traffic continued on the bridge. The bid came in approximately $20,000 less than the engineer’s estimate of $259,900, and an average of $100,000 less than the two other bids, which were $329,700 and $357,690, according to

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Jeff Humbert, Lizzy Miller, Julie Humbert and Treaa Humbert with cancer survivor Glenna Mills at the Campbell County Relay for Life on May 30. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

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Life will take place from 6 p.m. Friday, June 13, to 6 a.m. Saturday, June 14, at Dixie Heights High School, 3010 Dixie Highway in Edgewood.

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ALEXANDRIA — When Sister Renee Nienaber leaves St. Mary of the Assumption Parish at the end of May, it will mark not only the end of her more than 20 years of community service, but also the first time in nearly150 years the Sisters of Notre Dame will not have any residence in the community. Nienaber has served as St. Mary’s director of religious education for 21 years, before which she taught for two years. In July,shewilltakeaposition in the provincial administration for the Sisters of Notre Dame in Park Hills. The parish will host a farewell for Nienaber, with

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County Engineer Scott Pennington. “They specialize in a lot of that specialty bridge work that this would entail,” said Pennington. County officials have already received confirmation they can be reimbursed 80 percent of construction costs through

emergency repair funds from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. That would mean $191,884 would be reimbursed and only $47,971 would come out of the county’s budget. According to previous reports, the bridge was built in 1981. The bridge was closed in September based on recommendations from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet after regular inspections showed significant deterioration in the timber caps, which are the horizontal beams on top of the supporting posts the bridge deck is laid upon. The reconstruction requires the driving surface and deck of the bridge to be removed and rebuilt with new pavement as well as new structural supports. Moore acknowledged concerns that construction could affect power in the surrounding area, which includes Mubea, Wiseway Supply and Corbin Custom Remodelers, but that situation has been averted. “We shouldn’t see any businesses or residents without power during construction,” said Moore. “That’s good news.”

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a Mass beginning at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 24, and a reception following in the underNienaber croft. “The Sisters have been here since 1876,” Nienaber said. “I haven’t been here quite so long.” In addition to serving as a spiritual leader, she said she has loved participating in First Communions, and dressing up for Halloween as Elvis, Martha Washington or Julius Caesar. “Personally I’m just so grateful for the way these parishioners have shared their lives with me,” she said. “We’ve been through good times and bad times, births and deaths. I attended the birth of a baby who’s now graduating high school. They’ve really made me part of their family.” One of the programs overseen by Nienaber is Christ Renews His Parish, a retreat designed to allow parishioners to share and grow their faith. “What amazes me about the program is the way it has sustained itself,” she said. “In some places, the program doesn’t last more than a few cycles, but here it’s lasted more than 20 years. It’s been beautiful to see the cycle of it all.” Nienaber said she will miss the children and seeing them grow up, but she feels she has left a lasting legacy for them. “One of the little girls in the parish says she wants to be a sister when she grows up,” Nienaber said. Want to continue the conversation? Tweet @AmyScalfNky





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Sean King, Trey Bono, Darion Washington, Shawn Brown, Royce McGee and Miles Payne look sharp before heading to the Dixie Heights High School prom.THANKS TO AMY MILES

Sean King, Trey Bono, Shawn Brown and Royce McGee get ready for the Dixie Heights High School prom. THANKS TO AMY MILES

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The Community Recorder invited readers to share photos from prom night. Here are photos from several high school proms. Additional photos sent to (complete with names and prom details) will be posted at in a proms photo gallery.

Shawn Brown, Emma Miles, Darion Washington, Jaydn Brumer, Trey Bono, Hanna Johnson, Royce McGee, Kylee Fowee, Sean King, Raquel Hughes, Miles Payne and Sarina Jones pose for a photo before the Dixie Heights High School prom. THANKS TO AMY MILES

Dixie Heights’ Emma Miles and Shawn Brown. THANKS TO AMY MILES

Chris Ogle and Sarah Nance before Simon Kenton’s prom. PROVIDED

Sarah Kunkler at Villa Madonna’s prom. THANKS TO MAUREEN REGAN

From left: Jessica Voorhees, Jaclyn (Yeonji) Byun, Han Sol Lee, Catherine (Jiaying) Wang, and Eve (Ji Won) Jung have fun at the Villa Madonna Academy prom. THANKS TO MAUREEN REGAN

Headed to the Dixie Heights High School prom are, back row, from left: Miles Payne, Royce McGee, Shawn Brown, Trey Bono and Sean King. Front row: Sarina Jones, Kylee Fowee, Emma Miles, Hannah Johnson and Raquel Hughes. THANKS TO AMY MILES

Program is preparing children for kindergarten By Melissa Stewart

ERLANGER — Starting school can be a scary and overwhelming experience for students and their parents. The Erlanger-Elsmere School District is attempting to eliminate that fear and ease the transition with a new summer program for incoming kindergartners. “We recognize that the road to college and career readiness begins in early childhood,” assistant superintendent David Palmore said. “If a child is behind before they even start school, it makes their entire education difficult. Our goal is to help students get ready for kindergarten and make a big differ-

ence in their lives,” he added. Me and My School, an optional kindergarten preparedness program, is sponsored in part by a grant from the United Way of Greater Cincinnati in collaboration with its Success by Six program. Me and My School, Palmore said, supports children with learning, reading and self-regulating skills. Participants will be introduced to themes through picture books, art activities, math activities, language and vocabulary development, and fine and gross motor development activities. Each week enrichment opportunities will be available with visits from the local library, Sunrock Farm and the Newport Aquarium.

In addition, students and their parents will be visited at home and share time together with teachers and staff during breakfast and lunch. According to Lindeman Elementary instructional coach Krista Wainscott, this portion of the program is most important. “A big part of this program is connecting with the families,” she said. “Teachers will be talking with parents about how they can support learning and ease anxiety of transition for both students and parents. We want these connections so we can provide all the support we can for our families.”

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Lindeman Elementary teacher Jennifer Martin builds a castle out of blocks with kindergarten students Kaylee Ginn, 5, and Moyses Gabrielle, 6. Lindeman and Howell Elementary will launch a new kindergarten readiness program this summer to help incoming students get ready for school. MELISSA STEWART/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER




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SK weathers adversity, elements on path to state By Adam Turer

INDEPENDENCE — No amount of adversity could stand between the Simon Kenton Pioneers and the Eighth Region baseball championship. Not lightning, not rain, not sleep deprivation, not even an old foe that had previously had the Pioneer’s number. All of the obstacles just made the victory that much sweeter. “We felt like the cards were stacked against us,” head coach Troy Roberts said. “We were a tired group, both physically and mentally.” After earning a rematch against Collins, the team that ended the Pioneers’ 2013 season, Simon Kenton had to exercise patient vengeance. The game started late, then was delayed due to lightning with Simon Kenton leading 5-1 in the top of the sixth inning. The Pioneers finished off the victory the following day, then had to play again a day later for the regional title. That game, against Anderson County, was twice delayed. By the time Simon Kenton rallied for the extra inning win, 3-1 in nine, the sense of relief overwhelmed the feeling of accomplishment. “I know I was drained after the game Thursday night,” said Roberts, who spent much of his week keeping his team balanced through the seemingly endless interruptions. “We tried to make the delays seem like positive things. We tried to keep the players loose. We let them be kids.” Whatever Roberts and his staff did, it worked. The players were allowed to mingle with their classmates and families during the delays. They were allowed to joke around and talk about things other than baseball. It seemed to help. “We came out and played relaxed,” said Roberts. “Our


Scott’s Reed Spata (sliding into home) was the 10th Region Player of the Year this season.FILE PHOTO

Scott Eagles revel in regional baseball title game winning streak. “It’s just that our guys have the mental toughness to keep grinding, no matter what the situation,” Trame said. “We got behind early against Harrison County 3-1 and got behind Bourbon 3-0. We came back and our pitchers hung in there. The big thing is we came up with so many clutch hits, twoout hits to score runs, and that was the whole tournament.” Against Harrison in the semifinals, Scott trailed 3-1 in the fourth inning when pitcher Andrew Trame and shortstop Reed Spata conspired to end a jam with the old hidden-ball trick. Spata pretended to hand the ball to his hurler but instead kept it and eventually fooled the Harrison runner as he strayed off second. Meanwhile, Trame kept out of the pitching circle, which would have nullified the out by rule. Scott had pulled it off once this season, and the pitcher and Spata called the play on their own. “We made big defensive plays when we had to,” Jeff Trame said. “We had a big double play against Harrison County when they could have busted it open.” Against Bourbon, Scott trailed 3-0 after one inning, but rallied to take a 4-3 lead in the third. Spata got on base and scored his first two trips to the plate and Blake Gay hit a tworun double. In the fifth, Nick Thurza’s sacrifice fly gave Scott the lead for good at 5-4. Josh Castleman hit a two-run

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Simon Kenton pitcher Tristen Marcum pitches during his complete-game victory. Simon Kenton beat Southwestern 2-1 in the first round of the state baseball tournament June 2 at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington. JAMES WEBER/COMMUNITY RECORDER

players were comfortable and seemed focused.” Anderson County made defensive play after defensive play. No matter how well the Pioneers hit the ball, they were unable to score more than one run through eight innings. “It seemed like no matter what we did, they were going to stop it,” said Roberts. “Our kids kept it positive. They were remarkable.” Tristen Marcum had the game-winning hit in the ninth. The Pioneers would not have See PIONEER, Page A7

Simon Kenton second baseman Sean Lawrence catches a fly ball. Simon Kenton beat Southwestern 2-1 in the first round of the state baseball tournament June 2 at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington. JAMES WEBER/COMMUNITY RECORDER

TAYLOR MILL — After returning to Taylor Mill near midnight May 28, the Scott High School baseball team still had a full day of school the next day as they were feeling the thrill of their 10th Region championship. Head coach Jeff Trame said he had about two hours of sleep as he went through his duties the next day, including getting administrative work done for the state tournament. But his pride in his Eagles gave him plenty of energy. “It’s amazing,” he said. “You think about the experience these kids are going to be holding onto forever. We got started late because of rain. Game didn’t start till 7:45, then a pretty long celebration after. You prepare all day for the game and you get there, and you’re celebrating. The kids had a great time” His Scott High School baseball team won its first regional championship ever in the 10th Region, and first overall since claiming the Ninth Region title in 1988. Scott lost to South Laurel, 4-1, June 2 in the first round of the state tourney in Lexington. Scott, the 37th District champion, won the regional by knocking off the two best teams on paper in the region, perennial favorite Harrison County (25-12) and Bourbon County, who finished the season with a 33-4 record. Scott finished 25-15, with the state tourney loss ending an eight-

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» Covington Catholic beat St. Henry 3-0 in the Ninth Region quarterfinals. CovCath’s Brian Haughey needed only 86 pitches to complete the shutout. The junior scattered five hits while striking out five and not allowing a walk. Tony LaCorte also went the distance for the Crusaders, allowing only three hits. » Ninth Region All Tournament Team: Cameron Ross (Conner – MVP), Blake Hart (Conner), Blaise Ostertag (Conner), Jared Williams (Conner),

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Joey Cochran (Highlands), Brady Murray (Highlands), Luke Hennigan (Highlands), Nick Pope (CovCath), Brian Haughey (CovCath), Nick King (Dixie), Ethan Harrison (Dixie), Tony LaCorte (St. Henry), Briley Seiter (Bellevue), Trey Ganns (Boone County), Trevor Booth (Beechwood).


» Notre Dame beat Conner 6-4 in the Ninth Region semifinals. Kelsey Michael had two hits and two RBI. Maria Schaeferdrove in two runs. Kennedy Baugh and Hanna Sullivan also collected two hits each. » Holy Cross lost 14-0 to Highlands in the Ninth Region

quarterfinals. HC finished13-21. » All-tournament team: Madison Ingle (Dixie Heights), Anna Clements (Holy Cross), Haley Meyers (Newport Central Catholic), Gabby Stewart (St. Henry), Madison Graham (Boone County), Sydney Foster (Boone County), Paige Ellis (Conner), Kayla Thompson (Conner), Kennedy Baugh (Notre Dame), Abby Jones (Notre Dame), Kelsey Michael (Notre Dame), Whitney Quillen (Highlands), Shelby Graybill (Highlands), Bailey Spencer (Highlands). Most valuable player: Brennah Dutcher (Highlands).

Freedom Trail

» The Florence Freedom hosts Lake Erie at 6:35 p.m., Thursday, June 5, at UC Health Stadium. Following a threegame series at Normal (Ill.) June 6-8, the Freedom are home from June 11-15. Florence is 8-7 through June1, two games out of first place in the East Division of the Frontier League. On Saturday, May 31, Sam Eberle’s walkoff single gave the Freedom a 1-0 win over Evansville. Florence beat Evansville 4-2 June 1, as NKU alumnus Dave Middendorf (2-1) scattered five hits over seven innings, giving up two runs (one earned), striking out seven and not walking anyone.

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» Ludlow High School senior Geoffrey Thornsburg has received a $1,000 scholarship from the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame.

Hall of Fame news

» The Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame will have a summer reunion for members from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Villa Hills Civic Club. Food and drinks will be provided. » The Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame will have its annual golf outing July 19 at Devou Park, starting at 7:30 p.m. For details, contact Jack Aynes at 491-2587.

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A6 • SOUTH KENTON RECORDER • JUNE 5, 2014 The 2014 Kentucky Christian Athletic Association state baseball champion Community Crusaders display their trophy following an 11-2 victory May 31. THANKS TO SANDY TURNER

Community Christian baseball wins KCAA state title By Marv Price School correspondent

INDEPENDENCE — In their inaugural baseball campaign last year the Community Christian Academy Crusaders got a taste of the Kentucky Christian Athletic Association playoffs before bowing to the Heritage Warriors in the semi-finals. This year they blitzed through the postseason and came away with all of the hardware after a 11-2 victory over the Warriors. The Crusaders, ranked No. 2 entering the playoffs, earned the trip to the finals by downing Grace Baptist and then ousting the defending Kentucky Christian Athletic Association champion Somerset Cougars earlier in the week. Matt Marcum led the Crusaders to the title May 31 in Hopkinsville, Ky., with both his power hitting and pitching. The home-standing and unde-

feated Warriors were seeded No. 1 in the tournament. The Warriors dented the plate for unearned runs in the first and second innings to grab an early 2-0 lead before the Crusader defense settled down in the third. On the hill Marcum reeled off five scoreless innings en route to the complete game win. In the top of the fourth the Crusaders knotted the score via a leadoff triple by Marcum followed by a Zach Mann triple. Mann rode home on a Brandon Jett base hit. An inning later Marcum put the Crusaders on top for good with a two out blast that left the ball park. A five-run sixth inning, highlighted by Marcum’s third extra base hit and second triple of the contest, put the game out of reach. Jett led off with a single, Jordan Beasley followed with a hit and Zach Murray drew a walk. With

one down Tyler Turner was drilled in the ribs by a pitch. Daniel Helton drove home two with a triple and Matt Whitehead added a triple to plate Helton. Jett, Beasley and Murray reached base again in the seventh and came home to score to stretch the Crusader lead to 11-2. Marcum slammed the door in the home half of the seventh, recording his ninth strike out, to seal the championship. By virtue of his stellar season long performance Marcum garnered the 2014 KCAA Mr. Baseball award as well as the tournament MVP and all star selection. Helton and Jett joined Marcum on the KCAA all tournament team. Marcum and teammate Mann were all state selections. A group of nearly 75 family, friends and fans greeted the triumphant Crusaders upon their return to the school in Independence.

Thomas More baseball ends season on a tear By Adam Turer

When the Thomas More College baseball team played .500 ball through its first 30 games, there was talk of not even holding the postseason banquet. The Saints had not had a losing season since 1996. This squad was determined to avoid being the team that was remembered for the wrong reasons. The Saints turned things around, in a big way. On May 25, the Presidents Athletic Conference tournament champions and NCAA regional semifinalists held their annual banquet. “We don’t celebrate mediocre seasons here,” coach Jeff Hetzer said. “It’s not easy to do it year after year. It’s hard.” The conference tournament title is the program’s third in the past five seasons and first since 2011. This marked the fourth time in the past five seasons that Thomas More advanced to the regional semifinals of the national tournament. The Saints entered a weekend series against conference foe Westminster on April 26 with a 15-15 record. The team was in danger of missing out on the PAC tournament. That weekend, they began to treat every game as a mustwin. They closed the season on a 14-4 run to finish 25-19. The Saints earned

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the second seed in the PAC tournament, then the fun began. After defeating Bethany handily in the opener, the Saints showed their mettle in two impressive victories over top-seeded Washington & Jefferson. TMC trailed the Presidents 6-0 in the third inning of the tournament semifinal before rallying for a 9-6 victory. In the championship game rematch the following day, they trailed 5-1 before surging to a 8-7 victory in ten innings. Junior catcher Brad Popham (Dixie Heights) had the goahead sacrifice fly in the extra frame. The freshmen who played key roles late in the season included outfielders Thomas Baumann (Ryle) and Casey Metzger (Oak Hills), and pitcher Ken Ruberg (La Salle), who closed out the PAC championship win. The clutch hitting that had eluded the Saints

earlier in the season returned just in time. Popham and junior first baseman Craig Hyson (McNicholas) keyed the big rallies. The clutch hitting came through again in the Mideast Regional. The Saints rallied to score four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to force extra innings against higherseeded John Carroll in an elimination game. TMC won 9-8 in 12 innings. The Saints ran out of comebacks against Case Western Reserve, ending the season May 18. Hetzer was named PAC coach of the year, and Hyson, senior infielders Jason Handley and Travis Miller, and sophomore pitcher Logan Miller earned firstteam all-PAC honors. Senior pitcher Andy Roenker was named to the AllMideast Region first team. The team’s seniors were honored May 25.

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been in a position to win if it was not for the outstanding pitching of Sean Lawrence. He pitched a complete game, throwing 162 pitches just two days after tossing 88 in the win over Collins. The junior pitcher earned Eighth Region Most Valuable Player honors. The Pioneers endured too much in winning the program’s first-ever regional title to be content. They embarked on the state tournament hungry for more wins. They traveled to Lexington early on Monday, June 2, to get acclimated to Whitaker Bank Ballpark. Then, they defeated Southwestern in the opening round of the state tournament behind a complete game from Marcum and some stellar defense from Tyler Smith and Lawrence to close things out. “I get the sense that our players are happy, but still want to go down to state and win,” said Roberts the night before his team headed to Lexington. “I don’t think they’re finished or satisfied.” The Pioneers faced Hazard in the state quarterfinals on June 4. A win would place Simon Kenton in the June 6 semifinal.


Despite loss, NDA coach proud of what girls built By James Weber

PARK HILLS — It was a rough, heartbreaking end for the seniors on the Notre Dame Academy softball team, but Joe Stephenson tried to be philosophical after the Pandas lost in the Ninth Region final May 29. “I’m just proud of what they built,” said the head coach. “It’s been a fiveyear work in progress. The effort they give, the hours and hours of working out and training, becoming a family.” Notre Dame lost to Highlands 8-7 in the regional final at Northern Kentucky University, ending the season 28-6. It was a tough loss to swallow, as the Pandas lost a 6-0 lead, and almost had the game tied up in the seventh inning. “We’re a never-say-die team,” Stephenson said. “We’ve had to come from behind a couple of times this year. These seniors’ leadership and what they bring to the table - we’ve always got a chance and with our lineup, I’ll go on record saying it, this is the best hitting lineup anyone has ever seen in Northern Kentucky. Today we just didn’t get it done.” Notre Dame scored six

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single and later scored on a wild pitch. Nick Brinkman had two hits in the

Notre Dame’s Laura Finke makes a catch in the regional final.TONY TRIBBLE FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Notre Dame’s Amanda Meagher tags out Highlands.TONY TRIBBLE FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

runs in the first inning. Amanda Meagher plated two with a single, one of her two hits. The Pandas benefited from several wild pitches and Bluebird

misplays, but were still in good position. Highlands scored two in the first and four in the third to tie the game, then two in the sixth inning to

take an 8-6 lead into the seventh. In the frame, Meagher and Maria Schaefer drew walks, and later on, senior Kelsey Michael hit a dou-

game. Spata, named the 10th Region Player of the Year last week as well, got on base every at-bat in the final. Thurza, a pinch hitter, had a home run against

Montgomery County in the quarterfinals. Among a long list of Eagle heroes, Ben Osborne had key hits throughout the tournament and Jake Ohmer was involved in a key double play and also got out of a

jam on the mound. “It’s not just one person,” the coach said. “It’s been incredible how everybody has been into it the bench, the energy, the enthusiasm. They’re a team and they have

ble with two outs, which plated one run and likely would have scored the tying run as well, but the runner representing that eighth run missed third base and had to retreat. Michael was named to the all-tournament team, as were Abby Jones, who had a double in the regional final, and Kennedy Baugh, who had two hits in the final. “We started chasing the ball a little bit,” Stephenson said. “(Highlands pitcher Bailey Spencer) was moving it out a little bit further. We just didn’t come through with any more clutch hits.” Seniors are Laura Finke, Amanda Meagher, Kelsey Michael, Maddie Rose, Maria Schaefer and Hanna Sullivan. Schaefer scored her 100th career RBI late in the season. Follow James Weber on Twitter, @RecorderWeber

turned into a team.” See more photos from the state tournament game in the June 12 edition. Follow James Weber on Twitter, @RecorderWeber

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Beacon light actually on Dudley

Regarding the article by Tom Schiffer about beacon lights for emergency landing strips, interesting however the location of the beacon light on Dudley Pike was not down by Charter Oak Road. It was next to my uncle and aunt’s house. His name was Carl Foltz. He lived in the stone house close to Turkey Foot Road next to Fedders Feeds. He sold milk there for years and years. I spent a lot of summers there working on the farm. The sight of the beacon light was on the vacant lot (still is) at approximately 102-104-106 Dudley. Jim Cleves Villa Hills

Consider risking your heart for a foster child

I read with great interest Ron Bertsch’s Viewpoint piece in a recent Recorder (”No Apologies, No Excuses – Children Need You”), calling for good families to step forward to meet the tremendous need for foster and adoptive families. My family is acutely aware of that need, having recently worked with DCCH to adopt our daughter from foster care. The most common reaction we get when we tell our story is, “I couldn’t do that, it would break my heart if the child had to go back.” But while we sit back and protect our own hearts, hundreds of children each month are being abused and in need of a safe, loving family, whether for a season, or for a lifetime. What will happen to these children if we don’t help? I urge your readers, if you have a heart at all, please consider calling DCCH to see how to get involved, whether as a foster or adoptive parent, as a respite caregiver for other foster families, or as a mentor for one of the children in residential care. You don’t have to be perfect to be a good foster parent – far from it! My family is nothing special, but with the training and support we received from DCCH, we are able to participate in saving the life of a child. Please consider risking your heart to give hope to just one of “the least of these.”

Toyota’s investment in N. Ky. will continue to bear fruit What happened is difficult to forget. It was Dec. 21, 2010, when thieves broke into Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky, stealing copper plumbing (resulting in the flooding of the lower level of CHNK’s administration building), a TV from the recreation room, and Christmas presents intended for our residents. After word of the crime spread, one of the first people to call us was Helen Carroll, manager of community relations at Toyota. She said simply, “What can we do?” With all the recent publicity surrounding Toyota’s move to Texas, I’ve been happy to see equal coverage devoted to Toyota’s positive impact on the region. Toyota is moving, yes, but its foot-

print on this region isn’t going anywhere. The company and its employees have been a very good neighbor to Rick many. Wurth For CHNK, COMMUNITY an agency RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST devoted to treating abused, neglected and at-risk youth in both community- and residential-based lines of care, Toyota has been more than a neighbor; it’s been a community partner. Not only did Toyota present us with a major gift after the 2010 break-in, but its employees have also donated new bikes and personal care

items for our youth in residence, as well as coordinated activities on campus for them. Toyota has served as a communications sponsor for CHNK since 2011, and it has been a long-running sponsor of our Junior Board Charity Ball, which raises funds for our residential treatment program. In addition, Carroll serves on our Board of Trustees. These contributions from Toyota help us to continue to achieve our mission of providing children and families with opportunity and hope for better lives. When companies like Toyota invest in us, we’re able to bring to the community healthier kids who can grow to become contributing members of society and healthy, loving adults.

This life-changing work at CHNK means not only happier and more fulfilled human beings but also fewer public funds going toward unpopular items such as incarceration, court involvement, and juvenile detention. Toyota and its employees truly immersed themselves into the fabric of the Northern Kentucky community while they were here. They will be missed, but their investment in our community will bear fruit long after the company has relocated to its new home. Thank you, Toyota, for building bridges to better futures with Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky.

Rick Wurth is chief executive officer for Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky.

The arts aren’t just nice to have, they are necessary Did you know that any time a child uses a paintbrush, that child is bettering our community? Why? Because studies have shown that the arts are necessary for a healthy, vibrant, well-developed economy; for the development of a “whole person;” and for successful schools. In recent years the conversation surrounding the arts has shifted. The arts are no longer nice they are necessary. This is the message I want to share as our community starts thinking about the future of Northern Kentucky. This is the message I hope you will consider as you participate in myNKY (, the community visioning campaign currently underway that will help determine the priorities for Northern Kentucky’s next strategic plan. We need to reiterate to community leaders that the arts, and arts organizations, play an essential role in our

region moving forward. The arts enhance our communities and lead to the development of Katie citizens who Brass value creativity and COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST entrepreCOLUMNIST neurship. In Northern Kentucky, one of those arts organizations is The Carnegie. The Carnegie has been operating at the corner of Scott and Robbins, the heart of Covington, since the 1970s. Over the years it has evolved from a grassroots, volunteer-run organization into a leader and champion for the arts in Northern Kentucky. The growth of The Carnegie’s programs and its commitment to Northern Kentucky have led to a reinvestment of more than $8 million into its campus,

bringing vibrancy to an area once experiencing urban decay. The Carnegie is not only investing in itself, but in the community in which it resides. With this reinvestment, the community surrounding The Carnegie has also begun to blossom. From the redevelopment of River’s Edge at Eastside Pointe to Hotel Covington to the Hellman Lumber Building. According to a recent survey, on average one-third of Carnegie patrons spend an average of $75 dining out locally before or after a Carnegie event. Roughly 400 patrons attend the galleries on a Friday night, meaning more than $9,000 is being spent in our community directly because of the arts. In addition to financial impact of the arts on the region, the arts also play a critical role in the development of our children. Studies show involvement and exposure to the arts improves critical thinking and

creativity, helps increase self-esteem, and has a positive impact on student achievement. More specifically, the arts build flexibility for responding to questions that have no single, standard answer. “Thinking outside the box” is real and it comes from having access to creative thinking. Visiting and lending your opinion and your voice will affect the direction of the next strategic plan, which guides lawmakers and community movers and shakers when it comes time to invest public funds. When you do visit to weigh in, I hope you will think about the arts, the impact they have had on your own life, and the important role the arts play in making the communities of Northern Kentucky more vibrant and developed. Katie Brass is executive director of The Carnegie.

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Where is the best park in the area and why do you think it’s at the top of the list?

“I love Idlewild Park in Burlington. It has the No. 4 ranked disc golf course in the nation: And it’s free!”

Eric Hendrix

“Definitely Idlewild Park in Burlington. So many trails and things to do. Including the wonderful dog park my dog adores!”

Kylie Cummings

“It’s hard to have one any more. All our favorites have been taken over by drug users. Every time we have gone this year we have found needles or used condoms. Worse part is when you look over



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and your child says what’s this with a condom in their hand. We have decided to stay away from them until they are properly cleaned and watched. “The last straw was the new park we went to and many car windows were broken by thieves stealing from them. Boone County is going

downhill and becoming less safe for our kids to enjoy anything but our houses or yards.”

Danielle Marie

“Railroad Depot Park in Erlanger. Small, but appropriate for little ones, plus trains! There is a wooden train the kids can play on, and it’s right next to an active train line.”

Kristy Knight Resciniti

“Best park is President’s Park in Edgewood fun 4 everyone.”

Tammy Reinhardt Lockard

“Boone Cliffs and The Dinsmore are two very terrific parks almost adjacent to one another. Very clean and very relaxing.

John Bernard

“We have many great hiking opportunities in Boone

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County. We’ve hiked Dinsmore, Boone Cliffs, Middle Creek and Gunpowder. As a family with five different opinions, it’s hard to pick just one, but I think our favorite is Boone Cliffs. Our favorite playground is England Idlewild park. “We like the dog park there too, but the agility equipment has fallen into disrepair and that is disappointing.”

Anna Merlo

“I also agree, Boone Cliffs. But my family does not go with any valuables in our car because of the thefts and we make sure our car doors are locked. It’s a shame our parks have come to this. Maybe they need to be patrolled.”

Tina McDonald

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Noah Halpin’s fish pole bent down toward the water and the bobber disappeared beneath the surface. The 13-year old boy had been patiently waiting in his wheelchair, but now he was excited – he’d finally caught a fish. He smiled as volunteer Chet Hayes reeled in the line and swung the fish closer to him. His mother, Mary Pat, guided his hand so he could touch the fish with his index finger, then they both broke out laughing. This wasn’t just any fishing outing for the family from Bur-

Special Olympics Fishing Derby draws 40 participants, 50 volunteers

The Reed family of Edgewood at the Special Olympics Fishing Derby at Boone Lake in Walton. From left to right: Dean Reed, Angie Reed and Caitlin Reed, 13. KAMELLIA SMITH FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Ian Halpin, 8, of Burlington reels in another fish at the Special Olympics Fishing Derby at Boone Lake, Walton. KAMELLIA SMITH FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Eight-year-old Ian Halpin of Burlington, right, has just caught a fish at Boone Lake, Walton. With him is volunteer Chet Hayes from California, Ky. KAMELLIA SMITH FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

lington. Noah was competing in the 37th annual Special Olympics Fishing Derby. On May 10 about 40 participants crowded around the banks of Boone Lake in Walton. This year’s event was sponsored by the Fifth District Federation of Kentucky Sportsmen. “We’ve been coming here for about three or four years,” Mary Pat Halpin said. “The volunteers are awesome. They put on the worms and take off the fish. We hold the pole!” About 50 volunteers were on hand to help. There were many prizes to be won, including those for biggest fish, the most caught, and most unusual. “Everybody gets something,” said volunteer Ledford Cole of Independence. Cole has been with the derby from the beginning. There are no age limits in Special Olympics, organizer Cindy Goetz explained. “So we have kids and adults, from the ages of 4 to 47.” Angie Reed of Edgewood and her family have come to the event for the past five years. “It’s a great opportunity for her,” she said as she watched her 13-year-old daughter Caitlin. “She loves meeting people.” “It’s fun to catch fish,” Caitlin shared. “It gets us together,” her mother added. “And everyone is a winner.”

Mary Pat Halpin of Burlington, left, and her son, Noah, 13, check out the fish he just caught at the Special Olympics Fishing Derby at Boone Lake in Walton. KAMELLIA SMITH FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Dylan DiVita, 14, of Erlanger, right, at the Special Olympics Fishing Derby in Boone Lake, Walton. Helping him is volunteer Harold Tevis. KAMELLIA SMITH FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Participants crowd the bank of Boone Lake in Walton for the Special Olympics Fishing Derby on May 10. KAMELLIA SMITH FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Joey Adams of Alexandria poses with his fish at the Special Olympics Fishing Derby at Boone Lake, Walton. KAMELLIA SMITH FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER




Art Exhibits

Literary - Libraries

Trifecta, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 27 W. Seventh St., Curated by Paige Wideman. Brings three unique exhibitions, featuring 48 artists from the region, under one roof. Recent Works by Jean Grangeon and Marc Leone; Like Mushrooms from Damp: works by Clint Woods and Lily Woods; Tripletta. Free. Presented by Covington Arts District. 292-2322; Covington.

PAWS to Read (grades 4-5), 10 a.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Read to one of therapy dogs: Squirt, Doc, Brodie and more. Call to schedule 15-minute time slot. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 342-2665. Burlington.

Edgewood Jazzercise Center, $38 for unlimited monthly classes. 331-7778; Edgewood. Sombo/Russian Judo, 6:30 -8 p.m., Hebron Lutheran Church, 3140 Limaburg Road, Downstairs. Ages 6-adult. Learn Russian art of self-defense and how to fall properly to prevent injury. Ages 6-. $85 per year. Presented by Sombo Joe. 609-8008. Hebron.

Music - Concerts


Joe Ely, 8 p.m., The Southgate House Revival, 111 E. Sixth St., Sanctuary. Legendary Texas singer-songwriter. $25, $20 advance. 431-2201; Newport.

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

Business Seminars SharePoint Cincy, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., METS Center, 3861 Olympic Blvd., Bringing together mix of national and regional thought leaders, Microsoft Certified Trainers, Microsoft engineers and Microsoft MVPs and MCMs all in one place. Reservations required. Presented by MAX Technical Training. 513-322-8888; Erlanger.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise Classes, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Edgewood Jazzercise Center, 126 Barnwood Drive, $38 for unlimited monthly classes. 331-7778; Edgewood.

Exhibits Vietnam: Our Story, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Exhibit with series of lectures, panel discussions and other special events. Free for veterans from all eras and all current military personnel, $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17. 491-4003; Covington.

Literary - Libraries Impossible Magic, 7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Magicians Reed and Ashton Nicole present distinct brand of edgy magic and illusions including animals, illusions, choreography, precision timing and more. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 342-2665. Burlington. Mahjong, 1 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, All skill levels welcome. 342-2665. Union.

On Stage - Theater Monty Python’s Spamalot, 8-10 p.m., The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd., Otto M. Budig Jr. Theater. Retells legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Features bevy of show girls, cows, killer rabbits and French people. For ages 13 and up. $23.50. Reservations required. Presented by Showbiz Players Inc.. 957-1940. Covington.

Recreation Friday Night Cruise In with DJ Ray, 5-8 p.m., Jane’s Saddlebag, 13989 Ryle Road, $1 hot dogs, door prizes, free color photo, skill pot split and register for grand prize cash drawing Sept. 26. Bring car to cruise in for discounted meals. Free. Through Sept. 26. 384-6617; Union.

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

Dining Events Gourmet Saturdays, 2-4 p.m., D.E.P.’s Fine Wine & Spirits Fort Thomas, 424 Alexandria Pike, Tastings, local vendors, mini farmers market, music, food trucks and local artist. Free. 781-8105; Fort Thomas.

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

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

Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke, 8.-11:30 p.m., Southgate VFW, 6 Electric Ave., With DJ Ted McCracken. Free. Presented by VFW Post 3186. 441-9857.

Music - Jazz


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

On Stage - Theater Monty Python’s Spamalot, 8-10 p.m., The Carnegie, $23.50. Reservations required. 957-1940. Covington.


Taste of Newport will take over the 600, 700 and 800 blocks of Monmouth Street, Newport, to showcase some of Newport's finest tastes. The event includes music, entertainment and sidewalk sales. All food items are priced under $5. Call 655, 6341. Pictured, one of last year’s participants gets ready for last year's event. THANKS TO BEV HOLIDAY Covington.

Summer Expo, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Touch of Amish, 1853 Petersburg Road, Craft vendors, lawn furniture, cheese, first cream butter, summer sausage, specialty jar foods and more, all made by the Amish. 586-5888. Hebron.




Newport Gangster Tour, 5-7 p.m., Gangsters Dueling Piano Bar, 18 E. Fifth St., Tour of historic sites. See buildings that housed casinos, brothels and speakeasies. Explore Newport’s connections to some of most wellknown crime figures. Discover how little town gave birth to modern day gaming industry. $20. Presented by American Legacy Tours. 491-8900; Newport.

Tea Party Meeting, 6-8 p.m., Sub Station II, 7905 Dream St., Meet and discuss limited government, free markets and fiscal responsibility. Free. Presented by Grassroots Tea Party of Boone County. Through Dec. 29. 586-9207; Florence.

SUNDAY, JUNE 8 Dining Events Taste of Newport, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., City of Newport, , 600-700800 blocks of Monmouth Street. Event to showcase some of Newport’s finest tastes around the city. Also features music, entertainment, sidewalk sales and more. Rain or shine. All food items priced under $5. 655-6341. Newport.

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

Exhibits Vietnam: Our Story, 1-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Free for veterans from all eras and all current military personnel, $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17. 491-4003; Covington.

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

Music - Big Band Jammin’ at Jane’s, 3-6 p.m., Jane’s Saddlebag, 13989 Ryle Road, Free. 384-6617; Union.

Music - Bluegrass Concert @ the Library: My Favorite Bluegrass Band, 2 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Free. 342-2665. Florence.

On Stage - Theater Monty Python’s Spamalot, 3-5 p.m., The Carnegie, $23.50. Reservations required. 957-1940. Covington.

Recreation Bingo, 5-9 p.m., Southgate VFW, 6 Electric Ave., Early games start at 6 p.m., regular games at 7 p.m. Free. Presented by VFW Post 3186. Through July 20. 441-9857. Southgate.

Runs / Walks Run for the Nets 5K, 6-8 p.m., Devou Park, 1344 Audubon Road, Each participant receives T-shirt and awards for top finishers. Benefits Imagine No Malaria. $30. Presented by Kentucky Annual Conference. 502-425-3884;

Art Exhibits Trifecta, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 2922322; Covington.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise Classes, 8:15-9:15 a.m.; 9:30-10:30 a.m.; 4:45-5:45 p.m.; 6-7 p.m., Edgewood Jazzercise Center, $38 for unlimited monthly classes. 331-7778; Edgewood.

Literary - Libraries Excel II, 6:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 342-2665. Burlington. Gentle Yoga, 6 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Learn basic postures and flows. $25. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 342-2665. Burlington. Yoga, 7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Hatha Yoga postures. $25. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 342-2665. Burlington. In the Loop, 10 a.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Knit or crochet in relaxed, friendly company. Learn for first time or pick up new tricks. 342-2665. Florence. Zumba, 6 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Latininspired dance-fitness program. $25 per month. 334-2117. Union. Cincinnati’s Underground Railroad, 7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 342-2665. Burlington. Color Science, 6:30 p.m., Walton Branch Library, 21 S. Main St., Free. Registration recommended. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 342-2665. Walton.

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

TUESDAY, JUNE 10 Art Exhibits Trifecta, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 2922322; Covington.

Dining Events Family Night, 6-9 p.m., Hofbrauhaus, 200 E. Third St., Ages 12 and under eat free when adult entree is purchased. Face painting, balloon animals, contests and more. Through Nov. 11. 491-7200; Newport. Sweet Treat Tuesday, 5-8 p.m., Pride Park, 5614 Taylor Mill Road, Shelter No. 1. With Kona Ice. Free admission. Presented by City of Taylor Mill. 581-3234; www.face-

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Education Sign Language, 4:30-5:30 p.m., The Lively Learning Lab, 7500 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 10, Learn conversational sign language. $10. 371-5227. Florence.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise Classes, 8:30-9:30 a.m.; 9:30-10:30 a.m.; 4:45-5:45 p.m.; 6-7 p.m., Edgewood Jazzercise Center, $38 for unlimited monthly classes. 331-7778; Edgewood.

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

Literary - Libraries Bridge, 12:30 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, 342-2665. Union. Continuing Watercolor, 7 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, $15. Registration required. 342-2665. Florence. Chapter and Verse, 7 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, 342-2665. Union. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, 6:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 342-2665. Burlington. DIY Lip Balm, 6:30 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Free. 342-2665. Union.

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

Music - Blues Open Jam, 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., Miller’s Fill Inn, 52 Donnermeyer Drive, Free. 431-3455; Bellevue.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11 Art Exhibits Trifecta, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 2922322; Covington.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise Classes, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; 5:10-6 p.m.; 6-7 p.m., Edgewood Jazzercise Center, $38 for unlimited monthly classes. 331-7778; Edgewood.

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

Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke with Bree, 8 p.m. to

midnight, Pike St. Lounge, 266 W. Pike St., Free. Presented by Hotwheels Entertainment. 402-2733. Covington.

Literary - Libraries Teen Cafe, 3:15-4:45 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Gaming, Internet, snacks and more. Teens. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 342-2665; Florence. Young @ Heart Book Group, 6 p.m. Discuss “Never Let Me Go” by Kazuo Ishiguro., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Presented by Boone County Public Library. 342-2665. Burlington. Yu-gi-oh, 6:30 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Play with other local players. Bring your own deck. No trading. English cards only. 342-2665. Union. Sensory Storytime (all ages), 6:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Storytime with adjustments for sensory sensitivity and special needs. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 342-2665. Burlington. Chess Club, 7 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, All ages and levels are invited to play. 342-2665. Florence. Piecemakers, 1:30 p.m., Lents Branch Library, 3215 Cougar Path, Learn basics or share expertise in quilting. Free. 3422665. Hebron. Storytime in the Childrens Garden, 10 a.m., Boone County Arboretum at Central Park, 9190 Camp Ernst Road, Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 384-4999. Union.

Recreation Chess Club, 1-3 p.m., The Lively Learning Lab, 7500 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 10, $5. 371-5227. Florence.

Sports Florence Freedom Baseball, 6:35 p.m. vs. Windy City Thunderbolts., University of Cincinnati Medical Center Stadium, 7950 Freedom Way, $14 VIP, $12 dugout, $10 reserved. Presented by Florence Freedom Professional Baseball. 594-4487; Florence.

THURSDAY, JUNE 12 Art & Craft Classes Arts and Crafts by Defy Gravity Designs, 5:30-6:30 p.m., The Lively Learning Lab, 7500 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 10, Make different art/craft piece every week. $5. Registration required. 371-5227. Florence.

Art Exhibits Trifecta, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 2922322; Covington.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise Classes, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; 4:45-5:45 p.m.; 6-7 p.m.,

Italianfest, 5-11 p.m. Opening Ceremony at 8 p.m., Festival Park Newport, Riverboat Row, Italian food and music, exhibits, contests, rides, games, family photo booth and more. Free. Presented by City of Newport. 292-3666. Newport.

Literary - Libraries Computer & Internet Basics, 10 a.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Learn how to use computer and surf Internet. Learn about parts of computer system, how to get online and get to websites, how to use search engines and perform keyword searching and how to set up and use an email account. Registration required. Through June 26. 342-2665; Florence. Thrillers & Chillers Book Group, 10 a.m., Lents Branch Library, 3215 Cougar Path, 342-2665; Hebron. Bridge, 12:30 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 859-342-2665. Union. Yoga, 6:15 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Class suitable for all levels. 342-2665. Union. Petersburg Cemetery Walk, 7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 342-2665. Burlington. Storytime in the Park: Central Park, 10 a.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Free. Presented by Boone County Arboretum at Central Park. 342-2665. Burlington.

Music - Cabaret Don Fangman Sings Sinatra and Other Artists, 6:30-9 p.m., Knotty Pine On The Bayou, 6302 Licking Pike, Songs of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Neil Diamond, Michael Buble and Andrea Bocelli. Free. 781-2200. Cold Spring.

Music - Concert Series Live at the Levee, 7-10 p.m. DV8., Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Riverwalk Plaza. Summer concert series. Free. 815-1389; Newport.

Music - Concerts Nancy James: The Voices in My Head, 7:30 p.m., The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd., Otto M. Budig Theatre. Local treasure reminisces in song and story on her four-decade career, from CCM to the Bob Braun Show and beyond, with help from friends. $20. 491-2030; Covington.

Music - Folk Music@BCM, 6-9 p.m. Beer ‘n’ Brass. With the Mt. Auburn Brass Fellowship is, in a word, part of summer in the park TRADITION… and there is a reason., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Coffee and other beverages. Food and cash bar available. Doors open 6 p.m. $5. 491-4003; Covington.

Recreation Aerial Fitness, 6-7 p.m., Locomotion on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Work on core body strength and endurance and use aerial equipment for workout. Rigorous course suitable for all fitness levels. Ages 18 and up. $15. Presented by Cincinnati Circus Company. 921-5454; Newport.

Sports Florence Freedom Baseball, 6:35 p.m. vs. Windy City Thunderbolts., University of Cincinnati Medical Center Stadium, $14 VIP, $12 dugout, $10 reserved. 5944487; Florence.



Become a grill master with these basics Gosh, how time flies. Seems like it was just yesterday when my boys were little and my husband, Frank, answered this way when I asked him what he wanted for Father’s Day. “No presents, just something from the grill and some peace and quiet.” I have to laugh when I recall how the food was never a problem, but the peace and quiet sure was. Dad’s day is a good time to celebrate all the dads in your life, both ones you are related to and those you are not. And if you’re nervous about feeding him a feast from the grill, here are some basics to make you a grill master!

Grilling basics 101:

Clean that grill: A long-handled, stiff brush works well. Use it twice: when grate is preheated but before the food goes on and again after you’re done cooking, while it’s still hot. Oiling the grate: Best to do when grill is hot. Make a small pad out of a paper towel and dip it into oil, then rub it with

long-handled tongs over bars of grate. This also helps clean off debris. If you want to spray, Rita take the Heikenfeld grate off RITA’S KITCHEN the grill away from the fire. Never spray oil onto grate over the fire. Wood chips: These add distinctive flavors, and should be soaked in water about 30 minutes before grilling. I like to soak chips in wine and herbs. Just drain them well and wrap in a foil packet. Poke holes in top only and place among the coals or rocks. Have on hand: Thick grill gloves, oven mitts or potholders, apron and towels. Salt it down: A box of coarse salt is a must to have for sprinkling over a grease fire. Don’t know a rub from a mop? Rub: A “dry” marinade – a mixture of dried seasonings rubbed directly onto surface of meat.

Adds intense flavor and coating forms a seal. Let rubbed meats stand for 30 minutes before cooking to allow seasonings to penetrate. Mop: This comes from the tool used to dab sauce on barbecued meats. It looks just like a little cotton “mop” on the end and is used instead of a brush. Marinade: Meats are put into seasoned liquids, which enhance flavor and tenderize. Marinades moisten surface of meat so it doesn’t dry out over hot coals. Glaze: A thin type of sauce that is usually glossy when brushed on foods, sometimes during the last five minutes of grilling, and the glaze remains glossy after cooking.

Grilled steak with garlic and thyme rub What cut to use? Flat iron is part of the chuck so it has great beefy flavor and is almost as tender as tenderloin. Originally, skirt steak was cut to be used in fajitas and

Rita Heikenfeld shares grilling tips, a rub and butter for grilled fare. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD

has a bit more fat than the hanger or flank. Flank works well here too. My favorites are flat iron and flank. Serve with a side of grilled thicksliced potatoes. For each steak (1-1/2 pounds approximately) Combine with enough olive oil to make a pasty rub: 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves 2 teaspoons garlic 1/2 teaspoon pepper and 1 teaspoon salt For sprinkling on immediately after grilling:

Romano cheese and chopped parsley Score steak on both sides. Rub seasoning onto steak on both sides. Let sit about 30 minutes. Place on hot grill and grill until medium rare to medium, turning once. Remove and sprinkle with cheese. Let rest, tented, 5 minutes or so and slice thinly against grain.

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Mix together and then roll into a log and place in refrigerator or freezer. This is so delicious on top

of a plain grilled steak. 1/2 cup unsalted butter, completely softened Canned chipotle chilies in adobo, stemmed, seeded and minced – to taste 2 tablespoons lime juice Scant teaspoon ground cumin Salt to taste. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator, Jungle Jim’s Eastgate culinary professional and author. Find her blog online at Call 513248-7130, ext. 356.

COMMUNITY BRIEFS Ft. Mitchell hosts Mr. Cowpie

FORT MITCHELL — Mr. Cowpie’s Moosical Show will be performed 7 p.m. June 11 at Fort Mitchell’s General Ormsby Park. Mr. Cowpie is a rock n’ roll singing cow who knows lots of goofy songs and knock knock jokes. Info:

Ft. Mitchell offers youth arts, crafts

FORT MITCHELL — Arts and crafts are offered to Fort Mitchell youth Mondays June 9 through July 21 at Beechwood High School. Each week children will create a project and bring it home. Ages 4-5 meet 9-9:50 a.m.; ages 6-7 meet 10-10:50 a.m.; and ages 8 and up meet 1111:50 a.m. Info:

Pure Prairie League members perform in Fort Thomas


bers of Pure Prairie League and Gary Burbank will perform at Tower Park Thursday, June 5, after their induction into the Northern Kentucky Music Legends Hall of Fame’s second class. Induction ceremonies will begin at 6 p.m. at the park’s amphitheater, and musicians will perform at 7 p.m., said organizer John Mendell, of Fort Thomas. Fort Thomas native Bill Hinds, a drummer, will perform with his fellow Pure Prairie League member Mike Reilly, a bass player, after Hind’s induction into the hall of fame. Mike Hodges, of Florence, and Gary Burbank, of Alexandria, both being inducted this year, will perform. Hodges played drums for Adrian Belew and David Bowie. Gary Burbank plays blues on the slide guitar and is a former syndicated radio host with a show on 700 WLW in Cincinnati. Mendell said Bobby

Members of Pure Prairie League sing at the 2000 Cammy awards. From left are Larry Goshorn, Craig Fuller, George Powell and Mike Reilly. ENQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Mackey and other area musicians will also perform. Other people attending the induction ceremonies will include television host Nick Clooney, on behalf of his sister singer Rosemary Clooney, who was inducted into the first NKY hall of fame class in 2013. Dusty Rhodes, a former disc jockey in Cincinnati, who is now the Hamilton County Auditor, will also attend the ceremonies.

“It looks like it’s turning into a reunion for musicians in the area,” Mendell said.

Schickel presents annual Pickle Feast

RICHWOOD — Sen. John Schickel and Steve Brooks will present their fifth annual Pickle and Weiner Feast at 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 6, at the Cornerstone Horse Farm, 731 Richwood Road.

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Fort Thomas Masonic lodge has picnic for veterans

FORT THOMAS — Veterans and their families are invited to a picnic Saturday, June 7. Fort Thomas Masonic Lodge No. 808 F&AM, at 37 N. Fort Thomas Ave., will host the sixth year of the Jack Voige Memorial Veterans Appreciation picnic from noon to 3 p.m. The lodge will provide food and beverages. For more information call John H. Ranson, event chairman, at either 859781-2536 or 859-250-3727 or email













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I’ve decided that moving is a lot like raising a 12-year-old (soon to be 13-year-old) girl. Both of which I am up to my knees in as I type. The past several months have been quite a roller coaster for us. Decisions about moving did not come easily and the process that goes along with it hasn’t always been a picnic either. But as we near the

closing date, deciding what to take, what to leave, what to sell and what to throw away brings back a lot of precious memories and friends made along the way. Leaving behind 11 years of watching all three of my children grow up with wonderful neighbors around us and swing on the same playset in the backyard, (no gust of wind ever got this one) and move into our

new home, although exciting has its bittersweet moments as well. I think it must be the same for my daughter. Growing and changing physically and emotionally – at the speed of light it seems – and trading the swingset and hours of playing in the woods for Instagram and shopping can be exciting, yet deep down I know it must be bittersweet for her as well. As I watch and live through both of these experiences, I realize that God did not call His

children to stay the same. And although our current situation and lifeJulie style House may be COMMUNITY comfortRECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST able, God is always calling us to grow and change. One thing I’ve learned along the way; resist change and it can be very scary. Accept and embrace it, and it

can be beautiful. When I try to hold my oldest back from growing up, (which I do quite often) I am only stifling the beautiful life God created for her. Yet when I think about how God could use her in this world, I am excited for her adventure. Whatever adventure God has planned for you, pray that He will help you accept it, and embrace the changes that come along with it. Letting go of the past, especially when it was beautiful, is hard. But embrac-

ing God’s plan for your future has blessings beyond measure. And no matter where your adventure takes you, remember what David said, “I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” Psalm 4:8 Rest easy, God is navigating. Julie House is a resident of Independence and founder of Equipped Ministries, a Christian-based health and wellness program.



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Hale joins Forza Marketing

Forza Marketing, a downtown public relations and marketing agency, announces the hiring of Juli Hale, of Florence, as manager of multiple local and international accounts. Hale is the former director of community relations Hale for Campbell County Schools and has been an editor for The Community Recorder in Northern Kentucky. A graduate of Northern Kentucky University, she will be responsible for content development, media relations and project management for Forza clients. Forza also announces the hiring of Bill Bangert, a former reporter and news anchor for 700 WLW and a WEBN personality, and Laura Arnold, who worked for two local marketing agencies as well as a law firm.

Hemmer expands with new hires

Paul Hemmer Co. is growing, with new commercial construction and real estate development projects and new clients, in the Tristate and beyond. To meet demand, Hemmer recently added two new members to the Hemmer team. David Middendorf has joined Hemmer as senior project manager. He brings 30 years of project management experience, spending nearly his entire career as vice president and project manager at

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Simpson among honorees

Debbie Simpson, president of Multi-Craft in Newport, has been recognized asoneofthe2014Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky. Since 1984 the Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky Awards have honored more than 140 women for achievement, integrity, professional service and community leadership. In 2014, the Outstanding Women award celebrated 30 years of honoring nearly 150 women for distinguished service in their professions or to the Northern Kentucky community and who exhibit qualities of personal honor, perseverance, and leadership. “I am humbled and honored to be recognized among such esteemed women” Simpson said. “As the current Northern Kentucky Chamber Chair and longtime Northern Kentucky business owner, I am dedicated to Northern Kentucky and am so proud of the accomplishments our region has experienced.” Simpson began her career in 1969 as a receptionist/bookkeeper with MultiCraft and spent 21 years in various roles until she became president in 1990. The luncheon and awards ceremony was April 30.

Legion Logistics cited for hiring veterans

LegionLogisticsofFlorence is a winner of the Most Valuable Employers for Military. The recognition is awarded by to help military-experienced job seekers and veterans identify the top employers to target for civilian careers. Antony Coutsofitides, CEO and co-owner of Le-

gion Logistics, said, “Being a service-disabled veteran myself, I understand how difficult it can be for service members to find a civilian job where they feel like they fit in. At the Legion, there is a camaraderie among our employees that is similar to the military. We also understand how much these men and women and their families have sacrificed, and there is no better way to honor them than to help them find their place in the civilian workforce.”

Kirkpatrick joins convention bureau

Julie Kirkpatrick has joined the Northern Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau as director of convention sales. Kirkpatrick will oversee effort to promote and sell Northern Kentucky as a preferred destination for groups, meetings and conventions. Kirkpatrick began her sales career as national sales manager with Wyndham Hotels in 1997. She has also served as director of sales and marketing at Hyatt Hotels and Resorts in Kirkpatrick Cincinnati), where she conducted longterm negotiations for major medical, pharmaceutical and industry associations to generate large convention-based business. Most recently she served as director, sales and marketing for Marriott Hotels and Resorts at the Marriott RiverCenter in Covington. Kirkpatrick serves as an adjunct professor in hospitality sciences at Cincinnati State. A native of Lexington, she attended the University of Kentucky and received her Bachelor of Science in organizational leadership from Northern Kentucky University in 2010.

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Kentucky Flotilla seeks recognition and new members By Amy Scalf

Besides inspecting boats and offering safety classes this spring, the Northern Kentucky Flotilla of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary has something important to do: Make sure people know they’re here. “It’s amazing how people don’t know the Coast Guard exists in the area. Some of them have seen our boats, but they still don’t connect us with the U.S. Coast Guard,” said Flotilla Commander Thom McQueen. A flotilla is a small group of boats, and it’s the smallest group under the Coast Guard’s system. The Northern Kentucky Flotilla is one of four flotillas in Division 5, and one of 57 in the Eighth Eastern District, which covers all of Kentucky and West Virginia, as well as parts of Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Ten-

nessee. There are 17 districts nationwide, comprising almost 1,000 flotillas. The baby blue boats of Flotilla 55 regularly patrol more than 60 miles of the Ohio River between Markland Locks and Dam in nearby Warsaw in Gallatin County and Capt. Anthony Meldahl Locks and Dam near Augusta in Bracken County. Until now, the flotilla has been based in Cincinnati, but McQueen thinks it’s time for the Northern Kentucky group to find a home on this side of the river. “It’s really hard to recruit when nobody knows who you are,” said McQueen. “Coast Guard Auxiliary missions need men and women of all ages and backgrounds. Whether on the water, dockside or in the classroom, we need your experience, skills and knowledge.” Membership is open to men and women 17 and older.

Members of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 55 of Northern Kentucky, including crew members Thom and Valerie McQueen, regularly conduct safety patrols along the Ohio River and present safety classes. PROVIDED BY DAVID MICHAELS

More about the flotilla and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary can be found online at To learn more about membership, email or call 859-802-1076. According to the website, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary members “conduct safety patrols on local waterways, assist in search and rescue, teach

boating safety classes, conduct free vessel safety checks for the public, provide boating safety literature to dealers, as well as many other activities related to recreational boating safety.... In many inland portions of the country, where the majority of U.S. recreational boating occurs on lakes

and rivers, the Auxiliary is the sole Coast Guard presence.” “The Ohio River adds to the richness and vibrancies of this region,” said Flotilla Vice Commander Amy Matracia. “The Coast Guard Auxiliary contributes to the region by offering boating safety classes and assist-

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Prizes top off The Point celebration A reverse drawing May 16 topped off a weeklong celebration to benefit The Point Arc of Northern Kentucky. It began with the finalists drawing that took place at Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell on May 8. More than 300 people attended the event and enjoyed a baseball theme and the friendly banter between co-emcees Joe Zerhusen and Jeff Piecoro and the personalitiy of Teddy Kremer. Seventy-five finalists were narrowed down from the 1,157 raffle tickets sold this year, a 14 percent increase over 2013 and the fourth highest in the 37 years The Point has had its annual raffle. The finalists received an invitation to attend The Point’s Red Carpet Gala on May 16. The event served as culmination of The Point’s raffle, a nice dinner at The Marquise and a nice evening out for many of The Point’s clients. Grand-prize winner Alma Drews chose to receive $25,000 in cash. A longtime supporter of The Point, she has purchased two to four tickets for The Point’s raffle every year since 1978.

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DEATHS Sister Immaculata Campbell Sister Immaculata Campbell, Order of St. Benedict, 91, died May 23 at St. Walburg Monastery in Villa Hills. A Benedictine sister for more than 71 years, Sr. Immaculata most recently served as pastoral minister at St. Paul’s Parish in Florence. Prior to that, she served as a teacher at numerous Catholic elementary and high schools, as a Diocesan supervisor in the Diocese of Covington, librarian at Thomas More College and a public library in Bradenton, Fla., and as a principal in La Junta, Colo. Survivors include many nieces, nephews, friends, and her Benedictine community. Memorials: St. Walburg Monastery, 2500 Amsterdam Rd., Villa Hills, KY 41017.

Betty Cook Betty Sue Caldwell Cook, 85, of Morning View, died May 23, at her residence. She was employed by the Kenton County School District for 57 years, a charter member of Piner Baptist Church, and a Kentucky Colonel. She and her husband, Junior, were fixtures at Simon Kenton High School basketball and football games and the Sweet Sixteen basketball tournaments for many years. In 2011, the athletic field house was named in honor of them and their dear friends, Randall and Patsy Wagner, as the Cook-Wagner Fieldhouse. Her son, Joseph Cook, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Leonard Cook Jr.; sons James N. Cook and Jeffrey W. Cook; and five grandchildren along with 11 great-grandchildren. Interment was at Floral Hills Cemetery in Taylor Mill. Memorials: Hospice of the Bluegrass, 7388 Turfway Rd., Florence, KY 41042 or Piner Baptist Church building fund, 15044 Madison Pk., Morning View, KY 41063.

Barbara Coyle Barbara J. Coyle, 58, of Erlanger, passed away May 24, in her home. She was employed at CDI Engineering. Survivors include her husband, Lloyd Gene Coyle; sons Michael and William Coyle; daughter, Brandi Coyle; three grandchildren; brothers Robert and Gregory Due; sister, Marilyn Lawson; and dog, Bebe.

Richard Grieme Richard D. “Rich” Grieme, 65, of Taylor Mill, died May 19, at Select Specialty in Fort Thomas. He worked for American Financial in corporate security for 31 years. He was a member of St. Agnes Church who served our country in the U.S. Air Force. He loved spending time with his family, socializing with friends, and he was an avid supporter of the Cincinnati Reds. His daughter, Holly Grieme, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Sherry Grieme of Taylor Mill; son, Joshua Grieme of Independence; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Interment with military honors was at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Disabled American Veterans, 3725 Alexandria Pk., Cold Springs, KY 41076.

Marion Hewetson Marion E. Hewetson, 93, formerly of Bellevue and Fort Thomas, died on May 26, at Baptist Village Care Center in Erlanger. She was a dental assistant with Percy Jones Hospital. Her husband, Dutton J. Hewetson, DMD, died previously. Survivors include her son, Albert D. Hewetson of Lawrenceburg; daughters Katherine D. Braukman of Palm Harbor, Fla., Rebecca Hughes of Cold Spring, and Janet M. Weaver of Fort Thomas; and eight grandchildren. Burial was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in Taylor

wig; nephews Robert Stanger and Fred Stanger; and several great and great-great nieces and nephews. Interment was at St. Mary Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Should be in the form of Masses to Holy Cross Church, 3612 Church St., Latonia, KY 41015 and/or Diocese of Covington seminarian fund, 1125 Madison Ave., Covington, KY 41011.

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Mill. Memorials: First Presbyterian Church of Dayton, 800 Ervin Terr., Dayton, KY 41074.

Robert “Bobby” Jacobs Jr. Robert “Bobby” L. Jacobs Jr., 61, of Independence, died May 18 at his home. The U.S. Air Force veteran was owner of J & B Auto and previously was part-owner of Kelley’s Trim Shop. Survivors include his son, James Jacobs; daughter, Tracy Stephens; sisters Peggy Sue and Ann; and seven grandchildren. Burial was at Veterans North Cemetery in Williamstown.

Melvin Lipscomb Melvin Vernor Lipscomb, 76, of Independence, died May 24 at St. Elizabeth Hospice in Edgewood. He retired after 16 years as a heavy equipment operator for the Kentucky State Highway Department. He also was a member of the National Rifle Association who enjoyed hunting, fishing, and anything outdoors. Survivors include his wife, Opal Ballard Lipscomb of Independence; daughters Cindy Lipscomb Maynard and Belinda Evans, both of Independence; brothers John R. Ferguson of Hudson, Fla. and Terry Ferguson of Independence; sister, Marie McMullen of Hudson, Fla.; six grandchildren, two greatgrandchildren, and many extended family and friends. Memorials: St. Elizabeth

Hospice, 1 Medical Village Dr., Edgewood, KY 41017 or Hickory Grove Baptist Church, 11969 Taylor Mill Rd., Independence, KY 41051.

Velma Mullins Velma Mullins, 90, of Latonia, died May 23 at Three Rivers Nursing Home in Miami Township, Ohio. She was a retired waitress with the former Habig’s Restaurant in Westwood, Ohio, and she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Her husband, Vernon Mullins Sr., died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Sandy Mullins; sons Ronnie Mullins, Larry Mullins, Doug Mullins, Denny Mullins, and Vernon Mullins Jr.; and 11 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and several greatgreat-grandchildren. Interment was at Mother of God Cemetery in Fort Wright. Memorials: Three Rivers Nursing Home, 7800 Jandaracres Dr., Miami Twp., OH 45248.

Jean Mulvey Jean C. Mulvey, 87, a lifelong resident of Latonia, died May 22, at Madonna Manor Nursing Home in Villa Hills. She retired in 1984 from Cincinnati Gas & Electric as a customer service representative after 40 years of service. She was a lifetime member of Holy Cross Church in Latonia and she enjoyed traveling. Survivors include nieces Judith Dorhan and Patty Lud-

Raymond Rueter Raymond H. “Ray” Rueter, 89, of Crescent Springs, died May 21 at Florence Park Care Center in Florence. A member of St. Joseph Church in Crescent Springs, Ray served our country in the U.S. Army during World War II where he earned a Bronze Star. He worked for Interstate Brands (Butternut Bread) for 39 years, working his way up through the company from a gas boy to transportation manager. An exceptional bowler, he was a member of the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame. Once he even bowled a perfect game and in the following game bowled a 299. He then appeared on the show “Bowling for Dollars” to receive his “300” ring. He also had five hole-inones at various local golf courses. His daughter, Sheila Reid; brothers Rev. Joseph Rueter and Billy Rueter; and sister, Ruth Matracia, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Jayne Rueter of Crescent Springs; son, Raymond “Ray”Rueter Jr. of Villa Hills; daughters Sharon Thelen and Shelley Barker, both of Villa Hills; and six grandchildren along with 12 great-grandchildren. Interment was with military honors at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Redwood, 71 Orphanage Rd., Fort Mitchell, KY 41017 or go to

Deborah Schadler Deborah Lynn Mills Schadler,

59, of Independence, passed away on May 22, at St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Edgewood. She was a retired dispatcher for the city of Covington. Her husband, Charles Edward Schadler Sr.; parents Marvin and Mary Minella Mills; and sister, Michelle Rogers, died previously. Survivors include her sons Charles Edward Schadler Jr. of Union, Joshua Daniel Schadler and Noah Joseph Schadler, both of Independence; daughter Carol Marie Grefer of Covington; brothers Timothy and David Mills, both of Phoenix, Ariz., and Steve Mills of Covington; and 11 grandchildren along with a great-granddaughter. Interment was at Independence Cemetery in Independence.

Virgil Wolfinbarger Virgil “Junior” Wolfinbarger Jr., 84, of Independence, died on May 24 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Edgewood. He was a retired self-employed carpenter, devoted member of Taylor Mill Pentecostal Church, and a former Mason and Shriner. He also belonged to the National Rifle Association. Virgil enjoyed traveling, ministering through music, attending flea markets, and riding motorcycles, scooters, and horses; he also loved bluegrass and country gospel. More than anything though, he enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Russ Wolfinbarger; daughters Pat Held and Vickie Beers; sons Tom Wolfinbarger, David Wolfinbarger, and Jeff Wolfinbarger; sisters Jean Stepp and Alene Gabbard; brothers Lewis Wolfinbarger and Bill Wolfinbarger; and 13 grandchildren along with 13 greatgrandchildren. Burial was at Floral Hills Cemetery. Memorials: Virgil “Junior” Wolfinbarger Memorial Fund, c/o any Bank of Kentucky.

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Beware of cucumber beetles in your garden Question: Last year, my cucumbers and squash plants in my garden wilted and died before they yielded hardly any fruit. How can I prevent that from happening again this year? They are just now coming up from seed. Answer: When those plants wilt and die in the garden, it’s usually due to a bacterial wilt disease that’s spread by cucumber beetles. Striped and spotted cucumber beetles can cause serious losses in cucumbers, squash, muskmelons, and watermelons in Kentucky. Striped cucumber beetle adults feed mainly on foliage, pollen and flowers of several vegetables and flowers, but their feeding on melon rinds late in the season may reduce fruit quality. Larvae of these insects feed on roots and stems, but this damage is minimal compared to the potential losses due to bacterial wilt. Striped cucumber beetles are yellow-green with three black stripes down the back and are 1/4 inch long. The spotted cucumber beetle (whose larvae is also known as the southern corn rootworm), is also a 1/4 inch long beetle, yellow-green with 12 black spots on its back. The first symptom of bacterial wilt on cucumber and squash plants is a distinct flagging or wilting of lateral and individual leaves. Beetle feeding is not always obvious on wilted leaves. Soon, adjacent leaves and finally the entire vine will wilt. The wilting spreads as the multiplying bacteria move within the vascular

system of the plant. Eventually, the entire plant wilts and dies. There is nothing Mike you can do Klahr to save an infected HORTICULTURE CONCERNS plant. The only way to avoid bacterial wilt is to prevent the beetles from feeding on the plant. Fruit produced on a wilting plant will be of poor quality. One way to determine if bacterial wilt has infected a plant is to cut the stem and squeeze both cut ends. A sticky sap will ooze from the water conducting tissues of the stem. If you push the cut ends of the stem together and slowly pull them apart, you will be able to see a roping effect of stretchy sap if bacteria are present. This sap contains millions of bacteria. Begin cucumber beetle control as soon as the cucumber, squash or melon seedlings emerge. For the home gardener, plants can be protected when they are small by mechanical means. Row covers, screens or cones put on early over small plants are effective means of excluding cucumber beetles in home plantings. Chemical controls on cucumbers and squash include Malathion, Sevin, Ortho Bug-BGon Insect Killer for Lawns & Garden, and Bonide Eight Insect Control for Vegetables, Fruit & Flower Concentrate.

Mike Klahr is Boone County extension agent for horticulture.

POLICE REPORTS INDEPENDENCE Arrests/citations Dennis W. McIntosh, 35, 3930 Wynnbrook No. 20, driving on suspended license, failure to maintain required insurance, no seat belt, May 16. David M. Bonnett, 21, 40 Cavalier Dr., public drunkenness, May 18. James R. Ashcraft, 31, 5665 Saturn Dr., Boone County warrant, May 21. Timothy D. Gilbert, 21, 9 Dove Ln., Campbell County warrant, May 18. Curtis M. Roberts, 28, 906 Jupiter Dr., Boone County warrant, May 17. James Johnson, 36, 4848 Reading Rd., driving on suspended license, May 18. Larry Byndon, 43, 401 Delmar Pl.,

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.

The “Partners in Hope for the Poor” annual dinner for The Rose Garden Home Mission will take place on Thursday, June 5. The Franciscan Daughters of Mary and the Friends of The Rose Garden Home Mission sponsor this event to raise funds for and awareness of this organization. If you want to get more information on

this event, send an email to friendsrghm@gmail .com or call 859-2610323. Everyone is invited to come and learn more about the mission, its goals and needs. The Rose Garden Home Mission is located at 2040 Madison Ave., Covington. The The Rose Garden Home Mission has been operational since October 2005. It currently of-

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MARRIAGE LICENSES Amanda Cole, 30, of Fort Thomas and Douglas Adams Jr., 29, of Covington, issued May 21. Luda Mahfoud, 40, of Syria and Ziad Zamara, 54, of Palestine, issued May 21. Lori Ernest, 49, of Georgetown and Brian Blaskziewicz, 41, of Buffalo, issued May 21. Ashley Fehler, 26, of Fort Thomas and Casey Kennedy, 25,

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