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Residents speak at public hearing By Amy Scalf

FORT MITCHELL — Despite more than 20 residents expressing their dislike of proposed Independence zoning changes at a public hearing June 7, the Kenton County Planning Commission voted to recommend the Downtown Independence and Conservation Development - Single Family zones.

Besides City Administrator Dan Groth, the hearing included no residents in favor of the zoning changes that include text and map amendments creating the Downtown Independence zone and a Conservation Development - Single Family overlay zone. The Downtown Independence zone reaches along both sides of Madison Pike from Independence Station Road to Locust Lane to maintain the historic nature of the courthouse area and encourage pedestrian traffic. The Downtown Independence Zone has changed since the Inde-

pendence City Council meeting in March, to now exclude the properties of St. Cecilia Church, School and Cemetery, as the square footage of the buildings is “too big” for the proposed zoning and already complies with the Small Area Study. The Conservation Development - Single Family overlay zone comprises nearly 116 acres along the north and south sides of McCullum Pike between Madison Pike and new Ky. 17. The proposed zone would allow developers to build subdivisions with higher building density when a

higher percentage of the planned development is open green space. As an overlay, the Conservation Development - Single Family zoning would be an option for builders, who could still create traditional neighborhoods. Residents’ complaints ranged from problems with the process to the specifics of each plan. McCullum Pike resident Peggy Baum and Madison Pike resident William Cobble said they had neither adequate representation nor an acceptable opportunity to provide input during the zoning development process


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Event part of Taylor Mill’s Sweet Treat Tuesday Owen Niehues, 5, of Edgewood enjoyed his Cold Stone Creamery ice cream with sprinkles and gummy bears during Taylor Mill's Sweet Treats Tuesday, June 12, at Pride Park. AMY SCALF/ THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

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couragement to have fun at Pride Park on Tuesday, June 12. Cold Stone Creamery brought their frozen desserts to the city of Taylor Mill’s Sweet Treat Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. The city also occasionally celebrates Tasty Tuesday with more savory selections such as pizza. Check or call 859-581-3234 for more information about upcoming events.

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MORNING VIEW — The Long Term Recovery Committee is ready to help victims of the March 2 tornadoes. Since the disaster three months ago, the committee has trained case workers and managed donations of food, money and clothing. Now that residents have been through the processes of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and private insurance companies, case workers are available by emailing or calling 859363-5872, an automated line where a caller can leave contact information for a case worker. Information is also available on the Facebook page Coordination of help for NKY victims of 3.2.12 tornado, which also can be accessed through the Piner Baptist Church website, Residents affected by the tornadoes should call the number to update their contact information including phone number and address to find out about additional aid, to learn about financial programs and psychological counseling, or to get answers to their questions.

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“At this point, we’re ready to go. We’re just waiting to hear from you,” said Lori Bacovcin, a member of the Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission who oversees the case workers. “We’re here to help you with anything you need.” Bacovcin and B.J. Donahue of Piner Baptist Church updated residents at a meeting June 12, and said the case workers will help with large and small

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Edgewood's Kristin Niehues and Oliver, 2, cooled off with some Cold Stone Creamery ice cream during Taylor Mill's Sweet Treats Tuesday, June 12, at Pride Park. AMY SCALF/ THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

“We felt left out of the whole process,” said Baum. “The city should not impose the Conservation Development - Single Family on our property.” Cobble said he had attended nearly every one of the Independence Strategic Action Committee meetings and Steering Committee meetings where the zoning changes were being discussed and he “never had the chance to say anything.” “Vote this down,” he said. “Send it back to the city and let

requests. Donahue said contacting the case workers was the main way to access help from the committee. Kenton County government leaders may be able to extend free building permits if enough residents request the extension, and case workers will help coordinate that. Case workers can help arrange up to six free psychological counseling sessions. They can also help connect residents to cash through a variety of programs. Donahue said the federal government allows a tax refund up to $6,000 on building materials that become permanent parts of a primary residence. Case workers can help manage that process. They can also help residents access up to $20,000 from the Federal Bank Home Loan Program. Donahue said tornado victims who are purchasing or building a new home can go directly to member banks: Fifth Third Bank, Heritage Bank and Bank of Kentucky. Those who are rehabilitating damaged homes have to go through the LTRC for oversight. The grant has income limitations and requires the resident to stay in the home five years, or varying percentages of the money granted will have to be paid back. More information is available at, or by contacting the committee.

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Piner Baptist Church is the custodian for the Piner Relief Fund, which Donahue said includes about $100,000. Other local funds add up to almost another $100,000. He said 575 families registered for help from FEMA, and that $200,000 would be able to help those still left with unmet See RECOVERY, Page A2

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them vote it down, so we can get back to our lives and stop being aggravated with all this crap.” Margie Powers of McCullum Pike, suggested Harris Pike for more development, not McCullum. Lifelong Independence resident Joanne Cobble didn’t like the requirements for either proposed zone. She said the Downtown Independence zone would allow five 4,000-squarefoot buildings to be built next to one another, with zero setbacks, but would not allow the less expensive process of building one 20,000-square-foot

building in the same footprint. The DI zone would also allow up to eight units in a multi-family residence, she said. “It’s beyond egregious,” said Cobble. “It’s unconscionable.” After the hearing, Cobble said she was also displeased with the hearing proceedings and would complain to Kenton County Planning Commission Chairman Paul Darpel. “We were at a terrible disadvantage,” she said. “We thought there would be four separate hearings, and they put them all together. Then, we were not called in the order we signed up. He totally lost us. It wasn’t fair whatsoever and the rebuttal system was horrible. It was so

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terribly confusing.” She has not given up on stopping the zoning changes. “We still are hoping we can get this thing killed because it’s horrible. We think we have a shot. If the council has a three-to-three

tie, it will kill it,” said Cobble. “We knew that no matter what, that wasn’t going to be the end of it. The proverbial fat lady singing would be when it goes back to council.” When residents and commission members

questioned a section of properties on the north side of McCullum that was no longer included in the CDSF zone, NKAPC Deputy Director for Current Planning Martin Scribner said, “There’s a hole there. That doesn’t mean it’s not going to come back.” Scribner said the area could be included in a third zone, which has not yet been approved by the city. “The timing of that piece of the puzzle seemed inappropriate. It was a decision to leave that out of the plan for now.” “Each commissioner is free to decide on their own whether it has merits of approval or disapproval,” said Darpel. “I think we have a great commission. They do their homework, and even though they have a lot going on, they spend time with these issues.” Darpel, who has been a


sonal savings. It’s our job to identify the real unmet needs and dispense through the committee,” said Donahue. “Our goal is not to recoup all the losses. We can never do that. The estimated loss is over $4 million in Northern Kentucky. I have $200,000. that doesn’t go far.” Donahue said the fund has cut only three checks so far, for meat and bread at Sam’s Club, Allen’s and

Kroger, within the first few days after the tornadoes. Donahue also helped coordinate disbursement of $500 gift cards from the Tzu Chi Foundation, but an incomplete list of victims meant only 66 cards were approved. Of those, he said, 40 showed up to receive a total of $20,000. “About 14 residences got passed over,” said Donahue. “I apologize for that. They were very patient

Lifelong Independence resident Joanne Cobble shows the Kenton County Planning Commission discusses the Downtown Independence Zone during the public hearing on Thursday, June 7. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

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TAYLOR MILL — The board that polices Kentucky’s doctors once again has questioned what prescriptions Kenton County Coroner Dr. David Suetholz writes for patients at his private family practice. For the second time in nine years, the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure has restricted Suetholz’s prescription writing privileges, according to board records publicly filed on Monday. This time he agreed to a ban from prescribing controlled sub-

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stances for at least three months. In 2003, the board ordered Suetholz’s prescription writing be monitored for two years after he prescribed methadone to a patient that was selling it to obtain the painkiller OxyContin. Suetholz was also caught obtaining blank signed prescription forms from two colleagues. Suetholz released a written statement through St. Elizabeth Physicians, where he now practices, stating he looks forward to continuing to serve patients who don’t have a need for controlled medications. The medical board’s actions do not affect Suetholz’s role as county coroner, an elected position he has held for more than a decade. “My primary interest is in the well-being of my patients,” Suetholz said. “I am proud of my role as a physician and remain committed to my patients and their needs. I will work diligently to adhere to the (medical board’s) order and the policies and procedures of St. Elizabeth Physicians.” St. Elizabeth Physicians


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member of the commission for almost10 years, said the KCPC holds the public hearing and gives a recommendation to participating jurisdictions considering zoning changes. “The jurisdiction can still make a change even if it’s not recommended,” said Darpel. “The jurisdiction still has the final say.” Independence Mayor Chris Moriconi said the city has 90 days to hold the next public meeting for the city council to discuss the proposed changes. “I’m not going to wait that long,” said Moriconi. “It definitely won’t be on the agenda for the July 2 meeting. [Discussion of the zoning changes] will probably be in a special meeting by itself, otherwise we would have our regular council meeting as well and I wouldn’t want to cram all that into one meeting.”

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President Glenn Loomis released a statement stating he understood and supported the medical board’s decision and that the physicians group was updating its comprehensive policy for prescribing controlled medications. The latest trouble for Suetholz came after the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services filed a complaint with the medical board alleging Suetholz was over-prescribing medication to patients. The complaint prompted a review by a board consultant that concluded Suetholz “departed from or failed to meet acceptable and prevailing medical practices” involving powerful and oftenabused narcotics. The review found that several patients received early refills of oxycodone, hydrocodone, Xanax and Valium. Other patients were filling prescriptions at out-of-state pharmacies to avoid Kentucky’s prescription drug monitoring system, Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting, or KASPER. The board uses the database to flag doctors who over-prescribe narcotics and patients who abuse the drugs. Suetholz also ignored complaints to his medical office that patients were selling or stealing prescription medications, according to the review. There were11additional instances where there was not adequate documentation in patient files to medically support the amount or dosages of medication Suetholz prescribed, according to the review. The cases include patients going to multiple doctors to receive drugs for the same ailment and patients repeatedly getting prescriptions filled early.




FORT WRIGHT — The James A. Ramage Civil War Museum will help locals take a look back at U.S. military history with a series of lectures on Sunday afternoons at the Fort Wright City Building, 409 Kyles Lane. The second installment of the four-lecture series will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 24, featuring Dan DiOrio’s “Episodes of the Cold War.” Tickets cost $4 for museum members and $5 for non-members. For more information about the events, call Kathleen Romero at 859-331-2499. DiOrio spent more than 21 years as an Air Force officer in Strategic Air Command and national nuclear command and control assignments. He served on a Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missile launch crew, flew on Headquarters European Command and Joint Chiefs of Staff airborne command posts and served as an emergency actions officer for U.S.

Pacific Command. DiOrio is looking forward to sharing his insights about nuclear weapFairbanks onry and the procedures that take place when they are being called into action. “It’s a very controlled process. The procedures can be performed in only one way,” said DiOrio. “We will talk about the authentication of emergency orders and control of nuclear components. That kind of thing. It’s a lot different than what you see on Iraq, Iran or Afghanistan.” He has also been a volunteer with the Ramage Museum for seven years and is actively involved in Friends of the Kenton County Public Library. “I’m really excited about this,” said Romero, a Museum Board member. She said speakers were chosen because of their skill in sharing their experiences and the broad range of their knowledge.



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FISKBURG — To Bill Schneider, an old barn is more than a building; it’s an icon of his heritage. Barns were among the structures destroyed in the path of the March 2 tornadoes, but government programs don’t provide funds to help rebuild them and many were under-insured if they were insured at all. Schneider is raising money to help repair and rebuild barns in South Kenton County by selling mugs for $5 and T-shirts for $10 at the Independence Farmers Market and Hair Depot, Allen’s Market in Piner and

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our being here in southern Kenton County,” said Schneider. “Not only did we lose our homes, but our livelihood and, to an extent, our heritage suffered. These buildings make up the skylines in our little slices of heaven.” He’s glad that Kenton County Fiscal Court is allowing 18 months with no citations for non-complaint structures, to allow time to repair barns, garages or other outbuildings. “Many of these old structures were not salvageable and are lost forever, but others may just need some tender loving care to fix a roof or repair a beam or two,” he said. “We need to help them realize that we got smacked in the face and it wasn’t just our homes. They didn’t have a clue about our barns. They were focused, and rightfully so, on our homes and our health. They’re listening now.”



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Local pets and their owners can soon enjoy an annual summer event. The Friends of the Shelter will host their 10th annual PetFest fundraiser from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sunday, June 24, at Boone Woods Park in Burlington. According to information on , the event will feature a si-

The proceeds are used to purchase items and equipment "most shelters cannot afford to buy with their budget," as well as for spay and neuter efforts for the general public, she said. Individuals are welcome to bring their animals to the event, provided they're on a leash. The event has more than 20 booths, most of which are animal-related, Ravenscraft said.

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Sager named finalist in design competition Community Recorder Simon Kenton High School student Jacob Sager of Independence was named a finalist in the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s National High School Architecture Competition. Students submitted re-

design ideas for their school cafeteria for healthy eating in a sustainable space. Sager was sponsored by Simon Kenton teacher Adam Klaine. Representing 20 high schools in 13 states, 110 students submitted design projects. A jury team of 40

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History of Three-L Highway name revealed By Amy Scalf

Q. Why is it called the Three-L Highway? A. According to “The Encyclopedia of Northern Kentucky,” the three L’s stand for Louisville, Lexington and Latonia, which were all locations of horse racing tracks. The name refers to the 3-L Association, a race track organization from the three cities. The initials

“were never intended to indicate that the highway connected those cities.” Three-L was not an official name sanctioned by the state government and did not appear on official maps, but was used on private maps published in1921 by the Kentucky Motor Club and Rand McNally. “The Three-L Highway in Northern Kentucky ran between Covington and Lexington, and then on to Louisville. The road rough-


ly followed what is known today as Ky. Rt. 17 to U.S. 27 between Butler and Falmouth, and then went south through Cynthiana to Lexington.” “The Encyclopedia of Northern Kentucky” was edited by Paul A. Tenkotte and James C. Claypool and was published in 2009 by The University Press of Kentucky as a project of the Thomas D. Clark Foundation, Inc.

Anthony Dan, 10, of Independence, checks out Chris Kruetzkamp's racecar which was on display at the Boone County Relay for Life. STEPHANIE SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY

Northern Kentucky awarded $306,000 for recycling Community Recorder The Kentucky Pride Fund awarded $306,000 to the Northern Kentucky Solid Waste Management Area that includes Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties for a conveyor, a skid steer loader, a baler, recycling trailers and edu-

cational materials. A total of $3.9 million in the form of 44 recycling and 17 household hazardous waste grants were awarded throughout the state to expand recycling, reduce the amount of solid waste going into landfills and sustain the environmental management of

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Turfway closing for road construction starting June 24 By Stephanie Salmons

FLORENCE — A section of Turfway Road will soon close for nearly a month due to construction of a new county road. As part of the South Airfield Road project, Turfway Road between O’Hara Lane and Thoroughbred Boulevard in Florence will close beginning at 9 p.m. Sunday, June 24. Businesses located along Turfway Road will remain open and motorists are advised to follow marked detour routes. Turfway Road is anticipated to reopen July 24. Construction on the new four-lane highway is well under way, with base pavement now being installed. "We feel good about where the project is currently,” said Boone County Administrator Jeff Earlywine. The 2.5-mile road will run from Ky. 18 across

A view of the new South Airfield Road near its intersection with Ky. 18. Construction on the four-lane highway could be completed by late September or early October. STEPHANIE SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY

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has to be completed by late 2012, but Earlywine said if the good, dry weather continues “it’s very possible the project could be done in (the) late September, October time frame.” Construction costs, which Earlywine said total


around $12 million, are covered by federal funds while a lot of the planning, design and environmental work was funded with a combination of county and private tax dollars, he said. Earlywine estimates the project cost to total between $18 million and $19 million. While congestion relief along Ky. 18 will likely be “the first observation folks make” once the new road is open, Earlywine said there should also be some improvement in Houston Road traffic flow. Now that the road is nearing completion, “I think the first reaction is all the work and all the effort and all the money is going to be worth it,” he said. The road, Earlywine said, is “really going to improve traffic movement in the middle part of the county,” which translates to safer traffic movement.

Bill allows for ER arrests Community Recorder FLORENCE — Gov. Steve Beshear signed Senate Bill 58, granting greater protection to emergency room workers who may treat individuals under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The provision, sponsored by Sen. John Schickel, R-Union, and approved during this year’s legislative session, amends state law to allow police officers to make an arrest or issue a citation for a fourth-degree assault that occurs in a hospital emergency room. The officer does not need to witness the crime, he or she only needs probable cause to believe the offense occurred. Previously, a hospital worker would have to go to a courthouse to swear out a warrant for the assault. Assault in the fourth degree is a Class A misdemeanor.

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Beechwood ninth-grader gets perfect Latin score By Libby Cunningham

FORT MITCHELL — For Ashley Nalley, a ninth-grader at Beechwood Independent Schools, learning Latin is a steppingstone for the other romance language skills she hopes to acquire. But compared to the rest of the Latin students in the nation, or at least the ones who the took the National Latin Exam, it’s a language in which she already excels. Ashley, a well-spoken teenager who is also studying Japa-

nese, scored a rare perfect score on the exam. “I was pretty surprised about it,” Ashley said. “But, I mean, I’m really excited beNalley cause I really like Latin and I think it’s really cool.” Nalley said she wants to work in international relations. “I think in the long run it’s the most useful, because I enjoy learning languages alone,” she said. “So if you have a back-

ground in Latin, that helps you with other Romance languages such as French, Spanish and Italian.” Only 1,111 students out of over 136,000 who took the exam received perfect scores, said Matthew Behrensmeyer, who teaches Latin at Beechwood. Behrensmeyer started studying Latin when he was a freshman in high school and said Ashley’s is the first perfect score he’s come across. “I liken it to when you walk in your kitchen and you bust your hip on the counter,” he said. “You

see the stuff, you know the stuff, and the one time you’re busting the hip, something knocks you off guard.” He promised his student’s that he’d make waffles after the exam, and told them if anyone got a perfect score they’d get a waffle a week during the next school year. Ashley’s better than most of the Latin students in the nation, he said, and taking on the subject can be a tricky task. “You don’t take Latin because, oh, it’s going to be easy,” he said. “She’s one of the best of the best.”

NDA student’s work hits national stage By Amy Scalf

PARK HILLS — At the age of only 16, Szophia Komaromy-Hiller has seen her name in The New York Times and her work presented in an off-Broadway theater. Komaromy-Hiller, an Edgewood resident who just finished her sophomore year at Notre Dame Academy, received a Scholastic National gold medal for her composition, “In That Case, I’ll Stick to Politics.” She also received a Best in Grade medal and an American Voices medal at the 89th annual Scholastic Art and Writing Awards at Carnegie Hall on June 1. Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep addressed the winners and their families. The following day, Komaromy-Hiller’s work was presented by The Actors Company Theatre. “It’s Thomas Jefferson trying to submit the Declaration of Independence to the Scholastic Awards,” said Komaromy-Hiller. She said she had the idea “out of the blue” for the epistolary formatted piece, which she explained is a series of letters back and forth. “It was funny to me,” she said. “I thought, what if you’re already famous, and you submit and get rejected?” Komaromy-Hiller has attend-

ed many plays in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Las Vegas, Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Budapest, Hungary, but it was different for her to see her own work on stage. “I always thought it would be so amazing to be the author of a theater production,” she said. Komaromy-Hiller is a science research student and said she “likes all subjects.” “I want to be a well-rounded person,” she said. “English is important in all subjects, especially science, because you have to state your research in a comprehensible manner. These awards show me I can do it.” She credits her confidence and self-efficacy to English teacher Linda Bricking, who was awarded the Scholastic Gold Medal for Teachers. Bricking is also the only teacher in the nation whose student won three national Scholastic awards. “I thought that was awesome,” said Komaromy-Hiller. Bricking, an English teacher for 18 years at Notre Dame, said Komaromy-Hiller is “an excellent creative writer.” “She is mature beyond her years in the way she writes,” said Bricking. “She has done herself proud and all of us as well. I’m sorry I couldn’t go to the awards and meet Meryl Streep. It’s very impressive.”

Notre Dame Academy student Szophia Komaromy-Hiller was awarded three national Scholastic Writing Awards and was listed among the winners in the organization’s catalog. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Blessed Sacrament wins local Governor’s Cup Community Recorder Blessed Sacrament School's Governors Cup team won first place in the overall standing and the Future Problem Solving Team placed first in competition against St. Pius, Howell Elementary and Caywood Elementary. The team won the following awards of distinction: Math: Kameron Kraus, first; and Chris Stegman, fifth. Social Studies: Julia Hughes, first; and Isabelle Morgan, second. Science: Kameron Kraus, second; and Julia Hughes, fifth. Language Arts: Lydia Bruns, first; and Alex Beckham, fifth. English Composition: Lydia Bruns, second; and Isabelle Bailey, fourth place.

Catriona Shaughnessy has been named the Kentucky state winner in the 25th annual National Peace Essay Contest sponsored by the United States Institute of Peace. A student at Notre Dame Academy in Park Hills, Shaughnessy will receive a $1,000 academic scholarship for her research on the complex issue of “The Impact of New Media on Peacebuilding and Conflict Management.” The title of Catriona’s essay is “Digital Democracy: The Effects of New Media on the Events Following the Kenyan Election of 2007 and the Iranian Election of 2009.” This year’s focus on social media draws on the work of USIP’s Science, Technology and Peacebuilding Center of Innovation. Pamela Aall, provost of the Academy for Conflict ManShaughnessy agement and Peacebuilding at USIP, said, “The contest gives high school students the opportunity to explore the complexities of conflict management. We continue to be amazed by the quality of the essays and the creativity of high school students across the country.” Catriona, an Edgewood resident, has been invited to represent Kentucky in an educational program in Washington, D.C., June 17-22 with the other state winners to further explore the essay topic. Students will participate in a simulation and meet with senior U.S. government and foreign embassy officials, members of Congress, and other experts involved in American foreign policy. Also, the national first-, second-, and third-place winners will be announced, and college scholarships of $10,000, $5,000, and $2,500 respectively will be awarded. The topic for next year’s 2012-2013 National Peace Essay Contest is “Gender, War and Peacebuilding.” Students will answer the question “What does it mean to have a gendered approach to war and peace issues?” More information is available at

COLLEGE CORNER Pleli wins scholarship

Stefan Pleli of Erlanger, son of Linda and Josef Pleli, received a trustee scholarship from Xavier University. He will graduate from Dixie Heights High School this spring where he is active in National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, student council and Boy Scouts. Pleli plans to major in marketing.

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Blessed Sacrament School won first place in the Governors Cup’s overall standing and the Future Problem Solving Team placed first in competition against St. Pius, Howell Elementary and Caywood Elementary. Pictured, from left: back, Kameron Kraus, Chris Stegman, Isabelle Morgan and Julia Hughes; front, Alex Beckham, Lydia Bruns and Isabelle Bailey. THANKS TO BRIGID BRENNER

NDA student wins peace scholarship

The following Kenton County residents graduated from Eastern Kentucky University May 5: Covington: Zachary Lowery and Chase Edward Meiman. Crescent Springs: Matthew Phillip Willen. Edgewood: Chad Michael Duncan, Julia Patrice Etter, Natalie Rose Grosser, Victoria

Lynn Kremer and Lauren Kathleen Saleba. Elsmere: Allison Michelle Braun. Erlanger: Katelyn Elizabeth Connor, Kimberly Anne Huber. Keith James Justice, Anthony Joseph Porco and Rebecca Pearl Reams. Fort Mitchell: Katelyn Marie Dixon. Independence: Michael Jake Higgins. Lakeside Park: Nicole Elizabeth Evans. Morning View: Henry Albert Darnell. Taylor Mill: Dana Michelle Winkler. Villa Hills: Brett Scott Wesseling.

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Nathaniel Kapsal of Erlanger received a master of education from Bowling Green State University.



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Holy Cross starting pitcher Kyle Fuller delivers the ball in the Ninth Regional All A baseball final April 18. GREG LORING/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER



Jayden Julian of Holy Cross, playing basketball against Walton-Verona in 2010, is the South Kenton Sportswoman of the Year. FILE PHOTO

Senior’s year Julian personifies ‘Fuller’ than most school spirit Multi-sport star voted Sportsman of Year

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By Adam Turer

If you could write a script for your senior year of high school, then live it out, how would you handle it? If your last year of high school exceeded your wildest dreams, would you let it get to your head? You could stay humble and continue to make school history. You could relish the spotlight and use it to bring out the best in your teammates. You could continue to put others above yourself. You could work harder than others who have not even come close to reaching your level of success. That is the path Kyle Fuller of Holy Cross decided to take. That is why Fuller is the South Kenton Recorder 2012 Sportsman of the Year. More than 596,000 votes were cast online for all 21 Community Press and Recorder newspaper ballots. Fuller starred for the Indians football, basketball, and baseball teams. He led the football team to the first state championship in school history. He was a member of the All “A” Classic state championship basketball team. He led the baseball team to a 25-12 season and All “A” regional title. It does not get much better than that. “It’s been a perfect year so far,” said Fuller. “It feels great to accomplish things like this and make Holy Cross more known throughout the state.” The youngest of five children, Kyle grew up attending his siblings’ sporting events. He was rollerblading when he was just eighteen months old. “Daylight to sundown, all he did was sports,” said his mother, Heather Fuller. His early athleticism was even more remarkable when he learned at age 5 that his vision was so bad, he was nearly blind. He followed in the footsteps of his siblings, especially his brother, Chad. Chad was a natural leader when he was at Holy Cross and passed that torch to Kyle, who embraced the role. “Kyle is a great leader on the playing surface, but his leadership in the school and community is what will bring him future success,” said Holy Cross athletic director Anne Julian. “He was always the mentor and person the underclassmen could approach with a question or a problem.” Even though he was one of the most athletically gifted members of each team, Fuller refused to rely solely on his ability. He strived each day in practice to outwork his teammates and opponents. “Kyle showed that everyone can still work hard, and he inspired others to do the same,” Indians head football coach Bruce Kozerski said. Fuller’s leadership transcended the playing surface. He stayed on the A/B honor roll all year. He also volunteered to help victims of the March tornadoes that

Growing up in a high school could put a lot of pressure on a child once he or she reaches ninth grade. Some may shy away from that spotlight. Some take pride in growing up the child of a coach or athletic director. Yes, there will likely be added pressure to succeed. Yes, there might be rumbles of favoritism. Yes, there will be heightened expectations to lead. There is one surefire way to overcome these inherent obstacles: Outwork everyone. That is what Holy Cross High School’s Jayden Julian has done since kindergarten, and that is why she is the South Kenton Recorder’s 2012 Sportswoman of the Year. Julian is the daughter of Holy Cross athletic director Anne Julian. She spent much of her childhood at Indians athletic events. She knew when she got the opportunity to star for the Indians, she was going to make the most of it. “She is a spitting image of her mother,” head volleyball coach Becky Houston said. “She takes a lot of pride in her school, she works very hard, and she is well-respected by everyone.” Julian’s teammates voted her captain of the volleyball team three straight years. She was also the captain of the basketball team her senior year. It was unusual for an underclassman to take on the captain’s role, but Julian was up to the challenge. “She proved as a freshman that she could handle the leadership,” said Houston, who is also Jayden’s aunt. “She knew she had a big role on the team.” Off the courts, Julian earned first honors all four years of high school and was a member of National Honor Society and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions). She also played year-round for her club volleyball team. She spent nearly every weekend of the school year traveling with her club team. The travel time helped her academically, but she missed her friends back home. “It was fun to play against competition from all over, and I was able to study while I was traveling,” said Jayden. “Socially, it was difficult.” As the only child of the athletic director, Jayden practiced what her mother always preached to hundreds of students. Anne treated her daughter just like she treated all of her students. “Jayden has been an almost 24-hour observation of passion, determination, honesty and work ethic that inspires me to be a better person,” said Anne Julian. “I am proud that she is a Holy Cross Indian who believes in and lives our mission statement.”

Holy Cross player Kyle Fuller, right, celebrates a play in the first half of the state football championship game against Glasgow, a game in which they won 33-14 for a Class 2A state football championship. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

THE FULLER FILE Favorite movie: The Rookie Favorite actor: Adam Sandler Favorite subject: Math Favorite book: Harry Potter Favorite food: Pizza Favorite TV show: Sportscenter Favorite professional athlete: Jordan Shipley Favorite vacation destination: Panama City Beach Favorite musical artist: Brantley Gilbert

hit the area. “Anywhere I see anybody in need of help, I try to jump in and help,” he said. “I enjoy doing it.” Being a three-sport athlete takes a fulltime commitment. Fuller gave his all to each team, whether he was the star or not. “Kyle is all about the work for a common cause; it is what motivates him as a person,” said Julian. “He wanted to be a teammate and not a statistic leader.” Added Kozerski: “He took it upon himself to make sure that every player made a difference.” The summer offseason was the most hectic time period, said Fuller. He credited his coaches for working with his schedule and allowing him to focus on each sport in turn. Fuller will slow down a bit next year, as he attends Thomas More College to play football and baseball. All of the individual school records he set and personal accolades he received paled in comparison to hoisting championship trophies with his teammates. As the stakes got higher, Fuller got better and brought out the best in his teammates. “I like having the spotlight in big times,” he said. “I’ve always liked being a leader and I really enjoy representing Holy Cross.” His senior year was, in a word, magical. Kyle Fuller the person made a bigger impact on the Holy Cross community than Kyle Fuller the athlete. “It’s been an amazing year in every way imaginable,” said Heather Fuller. “Kyle truly is one of the nicest, kindest kids in every way. That’s what we’re more proud of than anything.”

Holy Cross senior Jayden Julian hits the ball during the Scott September Slam volleyball tourney, which took place Sept. 3, 2011.

THE JULIAN FILE Favorite movie: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days Favorite actor: Ben Affleck Favorite song: “Something ‘Bout a Truck” Favorite musical artist: Tim McGraw Favorite food: Salmon Favorite subject: Physics Favorite book: The Grapes of Wrath Dream vacation destination: Australia Favorite professional athlete: Tyler Hansbrough

The mother and daughter take pride in one another and share their pride in Holy Cross. “My mom works so hard for our school,” said Jayden. “She treats all student-athletes like they are her kids, and I see how happy she makes everyone.” Julian suffered one major setback when she tore her ACL her junior year. To the surprise of no one, she was committed to come back stronger for her senior year. Her positive attitude and relentless work ethic keyed her comeback. “She never had any doubt that she’d be back,” said Houston. “I was amazed at her commitment to therapy. She never complained one time and she came back stronger than ever.” Despite her grueling schedule, and balancing academics, community service, and athletics, Julian was never one to complain. Houston only remembers seeing Julian look tired one time in four years and thinks that it was because Julian had the flu. “She has a tireless work ethic,” said Houston. “She is a great role model for girls to learn from. She has a passion for the sport.” Jayden’s athletic ability was evident early on. At age 2, she was riding a bicycle without training wheels and hitting whiffle ball home runs in her backyard. She was always a competitor who loved a challenge. As she grew older, she became much more than a gifted athlete. “Jayden’s leadership qualities developed out of a sense of social responsibility that my parents expected out of me and I expect from Jayden,” said Anne. “She makes good choices outside of school and sports,” added Houston. “It is hard to find that in a girl her age.”



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By Adam Turer

It was just one night, but it meant the world to a local family still recovering from a tragic accident that changed their lives over one year ago. The Florence Freedom continued its Community Night program June 5 by helping an Alexandria family take a much-needed break from the daily recovery process by hosting Casen Shrock’s family at the ballpark. Casen, now 7 years old, suffered a severe brain injury on April 3, 2011, when a tree fell on top of him as he was riding his bike in his driveway. Since then, the Alexandria community has rallied around Casen and the Shrock family. This season, the Freedom decided to partner with local communities for Community Nights at the Home of the Florence Freedom. This allowed the team to make a difference in the lives of local families like Casen’s. “The Freedom have always embraced opportunities to partner with charitable organizations,” said team president and owner Clint Brown. “Rather than

work with larger charities covering most or all of Greater Cincinnati where our contribution would be minimal, we chose to target smaller entities where we could be have more impact.” The impact was felt. After the game, Casen and his parents were taken onto the field and presented with an oversized check. The Freedom players presented Casen with an autographed baseball. “It was really great,” said Linda Wiedemann, Casen’s grandmother. “A lot of people showed up and Casen seemed to have a great time.” It was the first Freedom game that Casen had attended since his injury. He had seen the team play before. “It was nice to be back,” said Casen’s father, Garrett Shrock. “We had a great time, and I think Casen understood that the people were there for him.” In initiating the Community Night program, the Freedom’s front office reached out to the mayor of each Northern Kentucky community. Alexandria Mayor Bill Rachford immediately recommended Casen as the beneficiary of his community’s night at the ballpark. “We felt very fortunate to be a part of that,” said

Garrett Shrock. Fans can purchase tickets for each Community Night at Three dollars from each ticket purchase goes to the designated foundation. During the game, silent auctions and raffles also raise money for the charity. Children can purchase unlimited KidsZone play passes for $5 and run the bases after the game. Half of those proceeds are donated. Garrett Shrock said, “Events like that get us out of the day-to-day grind and help us tremendously.” Casen continues to rehabilitate, attending physical therapy three times a week. He is gaining mobility on his left side and learning to take steps with some assistance, said his father. The Casen Shrock Fund accepts donations at any PNC Bank branch.

Josh Anderson, general manager of the Florence Freedom, presents the Shrock family of Alexandria a check for $826 for the Casen Shrock Foundation. Casen, front, suffered a severe brain injury after a tree fell on top of him April 3, 2011.


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Keeping student loan rates low The life of a typical college student is complicated enough without being used as a political football during campaign season. Unfortunately, that’s just what President Obama is doing by playing politics with the issue of student loan rates at a time when students can least afford it. For weeks, the president has been running around ginning up college students and late-night television audiences over an impending interest rate increase for student college loans and pointing the finger at Republicans. However, not only are Republicans seeking to solve this problem, it is only Republicans who have passed legislation to keep student loan

interest rates low. In addition, I and other Republican leaders in Congress recently sent the Mitch president a McConnell letter pledging our support to COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST prevent the COLUMNIST student loan interest rate from going up and laying out two separate proposals to ensure that those rates stay low. Both of the proposals we outlined are common-sense, bipartisan solutions. In fact, they both should already have the support of the president,

because they are both based on policies from the president’s own budget proposals. These two solutions are in addition to an initial one Republicans passed in the House of Representatives several weeks ago. There’s no reason Congress and the president cannot work together to pass legislation quickly and in a bipartisan manner to give college students the certainty they need about their loan payments. On this student loan issue, it is Republicans who’ve been working on solutions. It’s the president who’s been totally AWOL. That’s a shame. Even though it’s obvious this president is already in full-bore campaign mode, it is still his responsibil-

ity to govern. It is particularly important we provide a fix for this problem in light of the poor economy. Unemployment in Kentucky is 8.3 percent above the national average. The unemployment rate for those under age 24 is 16.7 percent, more than double the national average. The job market for recent college graduates is daunting as they face looking for work in the Obama economy. More than half of bachelor’s degree holders under the age of 25 are unemployed or underemployed. Eighty-five percent of new college graduates are moving back in with their parents. The starting salary for those gradu-

ates lucky enough to find a job has decreased 10 percent from what it was as recently as 2007. College graduates facing such an uphill climb don’t need the added burden of increased interest rates on their student loans too. Republicans are waiting to see if the president can support using policies he himself has already proposed in the past to pay for preventing an increase in student loan rates now. It remains to be seen whether the president can get to yes on this crucial issue. The clock is ticking. Mitch McConnell is the Senate Republican Leader serving as senior U.S. Senator for Kentucky.

Empty promises Foster parenting is a love story will not restore our economy Since taking office in January 2009, President Obama has spoken of a sweeping agenda with promises of a stronger economy, fiscal discipline, improved health care and cheaper energy from the full-range of our energy resources. Unfortunately, these were empty promises. The promises started with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or the “stimulus” bill, which the president’s economic advisers said would hold the unemployment rate below 8 percent. Instead, the unemployment rate has stayed above 8 percent for 40 straight months. By the first half of 2012, the administration expected the stimulus-fed economy to have unemployment at 6 percent and falling. Despite an $831 billion stimulus binge, the unemployment rate is still 0.6 percent higher now than it was in January 2009. The stimulus has hardly been the president’s only unfulfilled promise with a steep price tag. In February 2009, he said: “I’m pledging to cut the deficit we inherited by half by the end of my first term in office.” What we got instead was four consecutive years with deficits of more than $1 trillion. During the 2009 State of the Union address, the President stated his belief that we have a “responsibility to ensure that we do not pass on to (our children) a debt they cannot pay.” Instead of following through on that commitment, he has persisted in proposing unserious budgets that have not garnered a single vote in Congress the last two years. His most recent budget calls for new spending, raising taxes by nearly $2 trillion, and adding $11 trillion to our national debt. By failing to address our debt burden, the president has overseen more than $5 trillion in new debt in fewer than four years. The Congressional Budget Office

projects that our debt will reach a crushing $16 trillion this year. The president also told Geoff us that “if Davis you like your health care COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST plan, you can COLUMNIST keep your health care plan” under his new health care law. According to the Budget Office, however, the health care law’s regulatory burdens will actually force three million Americans off of their employer-sponsored coverage by 2022. A recent survey of 71 Fortune 100 companies found that they could save nearly $30 billion in 2014 by eliminating employersponsored insurance. The president’s health care reform law actually creates incentives to take away employees’ health care. In his 2012 State of the Union address, the president said: “This country needs an all-out, all-of-the-above strategy that develops every available source of American energy.” Instead, he has actively opposed coal, as well as opportunities to increase our supply of oil. According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s own numbers, his regulatory onslaught against coal will cost utilities and consumers billions of dollars. His repeated denial of the Keystone XL pipeline leaves 20,000 direct jobs, 118,000 spin-off jobs and 500,000 daily barrels of oil on the sidelines. Actions speak louder than words. The president’s broken promises have led us down a failed path. The House has passed legislation laying out another direction to empower our economy, impose fiscal discipline and promote energy independence by using our resources. U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis, R-Hebron, is a member of the House of Representatives.



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My foster care story is a love story. But it’s not the kind of love story you expect. It begins with my divorce. In spite of my three beautiful children, I was feeling sorry for myself and began searching for something more. The answer to my prayers found me. A teenage girl from my neighborhood came to me for advice. Weeks later, she approached me, and told me I was very helpful to her. She said, “Miss Maria, you should become a foster mother.” The young lady went on to confess that she herself was a foster child. “What?” I said. “You can’t be; you don’t look like a foster child!” She responded, “That’s because I have a good foster mother.” My young neighbor refused to give up on me. She referred me to her foster mother, who in turn, told me about Lighthouse Youth Services. The staff at Lighthouse is amazing! They are genuinely friendly, take time to get to know you, welcome you with open arms, and value each and every person involved with foster care. I cannot say enough

wonderful things about them. They taught and prepared me for what I may face as a foster parent, and are still there to Maria Bonds support me COMMUNITY every step of RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST the way. I have been a foster parent for six years now. I have had 11 foster children in those years. Some more challenging than others, some staying longer than others, but, no matter what, each of them experienced love. It is sad to think that not every child out there gets a hug before crawling into bed. I wish everyone had the opportunity to see the transformation of a child, with just a little compassion, patience and love. I have seen children completely changed in a matter of days. All they needed was for someone to teach them what love is. It is then that they learn to love themselves. And it really does work, if you take the time. Love changes people for the better, and I see it


Lighthouse Youth Services launched the new Be the Somebody foster parent recruitment campaign in 2012 in response to Hamilton County’s shortage of foster parents. Nearly 40 percent of Hamilton County foster children are sent out of the county to be cared for in a foster home in an unfamiliar community. Lighthouse Youth Services has been providing foster care as part of its continuum of care for abused and neglected children for more than 30 years and is currently the leading provider of foster care in Hamilton County, serving more than 150 children in Lighthouse licensed foster homes. For more information about Lighthouse Foster Care, call 513-487-7135 or visit online at

in my home every time a kid comes in. And the best part is, Lighthouse foster care makes it possible. After all, the heart of Lighthouse is love. Maria Bonds is a Lighthouse foster parent. She lives in Finneytown.

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“Normally we only think of firefighters as answering an alarm, rushing out with the truck, pulling out the hose and putting out the fire.” ROB WILFONG OF LIVE BAIT COMEDY


By Amy Scalf

INDEPENDENCE — Local comedians are ready to burn up the stage to raise money for local firefighters. Live Bait Comedy will host “A Night of Comedy” Friday, June 22, at the Newport Syndicate, 18 E. 5th St. to benefit the 2016 Kentucky Firefighters Conference. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and the adult content comedy show begins at 7:30. Tickets cost $10 and are available at any firehouse in Northern Kentucky. A variety of additional fundraisers will be held for the event, including ham shoots, golf outings and casino nights, by departments throughout the Northern Kentucky region, which includes Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Owen and Pendleton counties as well as Boone, Campbell and Kenton. Information about the Northern Kentucky Firefighters Association can be found at As association president and an Independence firefighter, John Seitz thought bringing big laughs could raise big money for the next time the state firefighters organization comes here. He said they need to raise as much as $200,000 to bring the convention to Northern Kentucky. Seitz attended a Live Bait Comedy show that was a fundraiser for the Newport Fire Department at Christmastime. Bernard “It was great,” said Seitz. “They were very funny. We had a heck of a time.” The comics involved are proud to help the firefighters. “Normally we only think of firefighters as answering an alarm, rushing Price out with the truck, pulling out the hose and putting out the fire,” said Rob Wilfong of Live Bait Comedy. “If you ever have the opportunity to take in one of their monthly meetings of the NKFA, you soon realize why firefighters are a blessing for all of us. They Wilfong are very diverse in their community relations and awareness programs, along with service to the fire departments and emergency service organizations of Northern Kentucky. They exist to provide all of us with the best protection. Please support them any way you can.” Wilfong said the comedy talent lineup includes himself, Ray Price, John Bernard, Gene “TOFU” Sell and Jack “The Mayor” Wilson of Dayton, Ohio. “The convention was here in 2008 and it cost $150,000, so with inflation we’re thinking $200,000,” said Seitz. “It’s a great time for firefighters and their families from across the state. It is a big deal for Northern Kentucky.” The convention is held every year in various locations. The 2012 conference is set in Lexington during July 28-31. “Northern Kentucky puts on one of the best and biggest conventions in the commonwealth. Last time, we sat 1,000 people for the banquet,” said Seitz. “Northern Kentucky is one of the best areas because we can do everything all on one site.” The event needs a minimum of 400 hotel rooms. The 2008 convention was held at Drawbridge Inn in Fort Mitchell, but Seitz said new convention centers could be built in

Firefighter John Seitz holds tickets for the Northern Kentucky Firefighters Association's Night of Comedy fundraiser on Friday, June 22, at the Newport Syndicate. AMY SCALF/ THE COMMUNITY RECORDER the next few years, so the 2016 site is yet to be determined. No matter what, it will be an incredible opportunity for local businesses and for firefighters. “The convention involves a lot of networking and building friendships, but we also discuss different legislation and work on safety initiatives and training opportunities,” said Seitz.

The event includes the Firefighter Olympics, a memorial service, business meetings, training activities and induction into the Kentucky Firefighters Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame includes 38 Kentucky firefighters since it was instituted in 2003 “to recognize and honor individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and exceptional contributions

to the formation and continued success of the Kentucky Firefighters Association,” according to the website Several Northen Kentucky firemen are among those hallowed ranks, including Sylvan Smith, Bob Hebbeler, Ray A. Muench, Simon “Sie” Jewell, Don Roberts, Mike O’Day, Ken Knipper, Dave Jansing, William Conway, Joseph Stanbush and Steven A. Siereveld.



Lakeside Park.

Karaoke and Open Mic

Art Centers & Art Museums

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

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

Music - Jazz

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

RoeblingFest will be 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at the Roebling Business District in Covington. Free. For more information, visit Pictured are Lions Rampant performing at last year's RoeblingFest. FILE PHOTO


Exercise Classes

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Summer Yoga Classes, 3:304:30 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, $32 per person per four-week session. Registration required. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Festivals Mary, Queen of Heaven Church Funfest, 6-11 p.m. Music by A Little Bit Dixie., Mary, Queen of Heaven Church, 1150 Donaldson Highway, Rides, gambling booths, grand raffle, food and drink booths, entertainment and more. Free. Through June 24. 859-525-6909. Erlanger.

Health / Wellness CardioVascular Mobile Health Unit, 1-7 p.m., St. Elizabeth Covington, 1500 James Simpson Jr. Way, Stroke and cardiovascular screenings. $75 for all three main screenings. Presented by St. Elizabeth Healthcare. 859301-9355. Covington.

Music - Concerts The Getaway, 8 p.m. CD Release Party. With bands TBA. Doors open 7 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Standing only on the main floor. $10. 859-4912444; Covington.

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

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

On Stage - Comedy The Magic of Jason the Great, 7-8 p.m., Independence Memorial Park, 2001 Jack Woods Parkway, Magic and comedy. Free. Presented by City of Independence. 859-356-0820. Independence.

Saturday, June 23 Benefits Red Pink and Blue with Cincy Chic, 7-10 p.m., Purple People Bridge, Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati; Third Street, Newport, Women’s awareness event for heart, breast and diabetes health. Includes food, drinks, shopping and fashion show. St. Elizabeth Healthcare mammography van on site. Free blood pressure checks. First 400 RSVPs receive swag bag of goodies. Benefits American Heart Association, Pink Ribbon Girls and the American Diabetes Association. $10; standing room only tickets on sale until midnight on June 22. Registration required. Presented by Cincy Chic. 859-6557700; Newport.

Clubs & Organizations Amateur ("Ham") Radio Field Day, 1-11 p.m., Lincoln Ridge Park, 420 Independence Station Road, Twenty four hour emergency communications exercise. Using voice, digital and even Morse Code communications, radio contacts to be made with similar stations across North America.Learn how to get FCC radio license before the next disaster strikes. Free. Presented by Northern Kentucky Amateur Radio Club. 859-866-0919;

Jo Koy will perform 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Friday, June 22, and 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at the Funny Bone Comedy Club at Newport on the Levee. For more information, visit THANKS TO STEVE FORSTHOEFEL Independence.

Community Dance Tango Dance Party, 8:30-11:30 p.m., Step-N-Out Studio, 721 Madison Road, Social Tango dancing. Bring appetizer or wine to share. Family friendly. $10. 859-291-2300. Covington.

Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 9-10 a.m., Step-NOut Studio, 721 Madison Road, Latin dance fitness party. First class free. Packages available. Family friendly. $55 for 10-class punch card, $40 for unlimited monthly, $30 for 5-class punch card; $8 drop in. First class free. 859-291-2300; Covington.

Festivals Roeblingfest, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Roebling Point Entertainment District, Court Avenue and E. Third Street, Celebration of history, architecture, engineering and art. Tours, raffles and silent auction. All tours: $20 family, $5 per person. Free. Presented by Streets of the Roebling Point Entertainment District. 859-261-7777; Covington. Mary, Queen of Heaven Church Funfest, 4-11 p.m. Music by the Code-9 Band., Mary, Queen of Heaven Church, Free. 859-525-6909. Erlanger.

Music - Benefits Suits That Rock, 7:30 p.m. Yanks, Brits and Hits. Doors open 6:30 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., More than 40 professionals and executives perform. Dinner by-the-bite, cash bar and dancing encouraged. Post-show unplugged with commemorative mug in the Ohio National Financial Services Gallery. Benefits Carnegie’s Eva G. Farris Education Center. $75 orchestra, $50 mezzanine. Reservations required. 859-957-1940; Covington.

Music - Concerts Eric Hutchinson, 8 p.m. Doors open 7 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., $15. 859-4912444; Covington.

Music - Jazz New Sleepcat Band, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 859-261-2365; Covington.

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

Music - Oldies Oldies on the River Volume Two, 9 p.m. With Bluestone Ivory, American Graffiti Band and Cincy Rockers. Doors open 8

p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., $15. 859-4912444; Covington.

Music - R&B Basic Truth, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., KJ’s Pub, 2379 Buttermilk Crossing, 859-344-1413; Crescent Springs.

Sunday, June 24 Antiques Shows 4th Sunday MainStrasse Antiques, Etc., 9 a.m.-3 p.m., MainStrasse Village, Main Street, Sixth Street Promenade. More than 30 antique and vintage collectible dealers. Parking in Fifth Street lot free. Rain or shine. Free. Presented by MainStrasse Village Association. 859-468-4820; Covington.

Clubs & Organizations Amateur ("Ham") Radio Field Day, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., Lincoln Ridge Park, Free. 859-866-0919; Independence.

Festivals Mary, Queen of Heaven Church Funfest, 4-9 p.m. A Mary Queen Idol Contest., Mary, Queen of Heaven Church, Free. 859-525-6909. Erlanger.

Films Le Havre, 4 p.m. With John Alberti, NKU cinema studies director, will host post-film discussions., 7 p.m. With John Alberti, NKU cinema studies director, will host post-film discussions., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., Compassionate and heart warming French film, about importance of being kind and having the courage to do what is right. Social hour with cash bar and lite bites catered by Europa Bistro and Cafe precede screenings. $12, $10 advance; $10 ETA members and students at door only. Presented by Cincinnati World Cinema. 859957-3456; Covington.

Monday, June 25 Art Centers & Art Museums Funny Mirrors, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 859-292-2322; Covington.

Clubs & Organizations Paranormal Investigators of Northern Kentucky, 6:30 p.m., Newport Branch Library, 901 E. Sixth St., Tales of local hauntings and discuss methods for busting ghosts. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-572-5035. Newport.

Mike Darrah, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 859-261-2365; Covington. The Chris Comer Trio, 8-11:30 p.m., Chez Nora, 530 Main St., Rooftop Lounge. Chris Comer, piano; Chris Barlow, bass; Bart Foster, drums. Free. 859-4918027; Covington.

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

Recreation The Northern Kentucky Poker Tour, 7-10 p.m., Saddle Club, 2487 Dixie Highway, Nightly qualifier. Winner receives certificate to semi-finals. Cash and prizes including seat to 2013 WSOP in Las Vegas including airfare/hotel/spending money. Ages 21 and up. Free for spectators. Presented by The Northern Kentucky Poker Tour. 440-2180559; Fort Mitchell. Police Department Event, 6-8 p.m., Erlanger Railroad Depot Park, 3313 Crescent Ave., Demonstration by City of Erlanger Police Canine, Crime Van and meet members of the S.W.A.T. Team. Kona Ice and grilled burgers available. Free. Presented by City of Erlanger. 859-7272525, ext. 1; Erlanger.

Seminars A screening of "Le Havre" will be shown 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, June 24 at the Carnegie Art Center in Covington. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door. For more information, visit Pictured are French actor Andre Wilms and Senegalese actor Blondin Miguel performing in "Le Havre." THANKS TO CINCINNATI WORLD CINEMA

Out Studio, $55 for 10-class punch card, $40 for unlimited monthly, $30 for 5-class punch card; $8 drop in. First class free. 859-291-2300; Covington.

Health / Wellness Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Crestview Hills Town Center, 2929 Dixie Highway, Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointments required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 513-686-3300. Crestview Hills. Look Good, Feel Better, 4 p.m., Oncology Hematology Care, 651 Centre View Blvd., Beauty techniques taught to women undergoing cancer treatments. Free. Presented by American Cancer Society - Kentucky. 800-227-2345. Crestview Hills.

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

Recreation Duplicate Bridge, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., Lower Level. Open to all players. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Boone County Bridge Center. 859-391-8639; Elsmere. The Northern Kentucky Poker Tour, 7-10 p.m., KJ’s Pub, 2379 Buttermilk Crossing, Nightly qualifier. Winner receives certificate to semi-finals. Cash and prizes including seat to 2013 WSOP in Las Vegas including airfare/hotel/spending money. Ages 21 and up. Free for spectators. Registration required. Presented by The Northern Kentucky Poker Tour. 440-2180559; Crescent Springs.

Tuesday, June 26 Art Centers & Art Museums Funny Mirrors, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 859-292-2322; Covington.

Exercise Classes

Community Dance

Zumba Class, 6-7 p.m., Step-N-

Line Dancing, 7-9 p.m., Lookout

Heights Civic Club, 1661 Park Road, Holly and Bernie Ruschman, instructors. Beginners welcome. Smoke-free. Family friendly. $6, $3 for first-timers. Presented by H & B Dance Co.. Through Dec. 18. 859-727-0904. Fort Wright.

The Healing Process of Storytelling: A Kaleidoscope of our Experiences, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Marks opening day of National Storytelling Conference., Cincinnati Marriott at RiverCenter, 10 W. RiverCenter Blvd., The Healing Story Alliance Pre-Conference. Storytellers, health professionals, therapists, social service professionals, academicians, clergy, artists, students and listeners bring experience, questions and curiosity. $60$100. Registration required. Presented by The Healing Story Alliance. 978-749-8840; Covington.

Health / Wellness

Senior Citizens

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

Tai Chi for Seniors, 10-11 a.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., Designed to help improve quality of life for people with arthritis, limited mobility or anyone wanting to work on balance, strength and/or breathing issues. Slow-paced, graceful, low-impact form of exercise. Family friendly. $1. 859-7272306. Elsmere.

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

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

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

Recreation The Northern Kentucky Poker Tour, 7-10 p.m., All In Cafe, 480 Erlanger Road, Nightly qualifier. Winner receives certificate to semi-finals. Cash and prizes including seat to 2013 WSOP in Las Vegas including airfare/ hotel/spending money. Ages 21 and up. Free for spectators. Presented by The Northern Kentucky Poker Tour. 440-2180559; Erlanger.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27 Art Centers & Art Museums Funny Mirrors, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 859-292-2322; Covington.

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

Thursday, June 28 Art Centers & Art Museums Funny Mirrors, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 859-292-2322; Covington.

Community Dance SwinGallery, 8-11:30 p.m., Step-N-Out Studio, 721 Madison Road, All ages. No partner required. Free beginner East Coast Swing lesson 8-9 p.m. Dancing to music by DJ 9-11:30 p.m. Family friendly. $5. Presented by SwinGallery. Through Dec. 27. 513-290-9022; Covington.

Education Foster Care Orientation, 6:30-8 p.m., Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home, 75 Orphanage Road, Information on becoming a foster or adoptive parent. Family friendly. Free. 859-3312040; Fort Mitchell.

Special Events Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center Celebrates 90 Years, 6 p.m. Music by the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra String Quartet., Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center, 620 Greenup St., Bring a photograph, piece of art made, a program from a special event, a newspaper clipping or just a special memory to share. Potluck supper follows 6:30 p.m., drinks and desert provided. Registration required. 859431-0020; Covington.



Simplify with homemade detergent, bread The more high tech I get in my professional life, the more low tech I want to be Rita when I’m Heikenfeld home. Like mowing the RITA’S KITCHEN grass around the herb garden with an old-fashioned reel mower. I love the sound that it makes and the fact that the only energy consumption it uses is mine. I decided to make my own dry laundry detergent too, just because I like the aroma and the fact that it takes so little to clean a full load of wash. Grandson Jack was my soap “sous chef” and helped stir up a batch. You can find the ingredients at your local grocery. And do let the kids help. They’ll have fun and learn a a lesson in economics to boot.

Homemade laundry detergent

For the bar soap, traditionally this is made with Fels Naptha for regular clothes or Ivory for delicates. Use your favorite bar soap as long as it has some cleaning power. The Fels Naptha has a distinctive aroma that smells clean. The Ivory has a slight sweet aroma. Hardly any suds form, but that’s OK since clothes come out clean. Sometimes I’ll add ½ cup clear vinegar instead of fabric softener, as well.

Mix together: 1 bar finely grated soap (I used my hand grater at first and then the food processor) 1¼ cups borax 1¼ cups Arm & Hammer super washing soda (not baking soda)

In my washing machine, 2-3 tablespoons works for large loads. You may need more, or perhaps less.

Bonnie Kareth’s flavorful yeast bread Bonnie, a Northern Kentucky reader, is one of those persons who, in her own quiet way, makes a big bang of a difference in people who are blessed enough to know her. Bonnie is not only an expert seamstress, she is one heck of a good cook and excellent baker. I can say this with conviction since I was the recent happy recipient of a warm loaf of Bonnie’s freshly baked bread, personally delivered to me while I was at Natorp’s Florence store helping folks with their herb questions. Here is her recipe for a healthier wheat bread, full of flavor and a toothsome texture. Makes 2 large loaves or 3 medium loaves

The Rose Garden Center for Hope and Healing will host an open house 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, at its new facility at 2020 Madison Ave., Covington. The center is the only free Northern Kentucky clinic that serves residents who have no health insur-

Bonnie Kareth's homemade bread is made with bread flour and whole wheat flour. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD

Fleischmann’s) 2½ teaspoons salt 1½ cups milk 1½ cups water ¼ cup molasses ¼ cup butter

In a large bowl, combine the 1 cup whole wheat

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A penny for your thoughts There is a quote that reads, “Where your focus is, there also your heart will be.” In other words, the things, people, situations, that we give our attention to, also have our hearts. Thoughts are incredibly powerful. They drive our actions and feelings. Focus your mind on the beautiful sunshine and warm weather and you might be inclined to take a drive for ice cream with the family after work one evening. Think about the bills that are piling up and the gas prices that are skyrocketing and you may decide to go crawl under a rock on that very same day. Take a lesson from one of the most powerful lessons of focus and attention in the Bible. The story of David and Goliath. Yes, you may have heard the story as a child, but have you ever really wondered why (and how) he was able to take down a “giant” three times his size? Was it the sling shot? No. Was it the pebble? No? Was it his aim? YES. But I’m not referring to the aim of his sling shot; I am referring

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Legacy announces 2012 awards finalists Legacy has named the finalists for the 2012 Next Generation Leader Awards. Executives and young professionals within each of the 10 categories judged each applicant based on his or her professional achievement, demonstrated leadership, community service and overall impact on Northern Kentucky. One winner from each of the 10 categories will be announced at the awards dinner 7 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at the Madison Event Center in Covington. The following individuals were named finalists: Arts, Entertainment & Recreation Tracey Lynn Conrad Young Philanthropist Society of Cincinnati Mary Dimitrijeska Newport on the Levee Kelly Ann Nelson Young Professionals’ Choral Collective (YPCC)/Cincinnati Boychoir Business & Financial Services Steve Horn - Christo-

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Community Recorder The Northern Kentucky Firefighters Association will host a Night of Comedy 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 22, at the Newport Syndicate. Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased at the door or by calling 859-635-5991. Proceeds will benefit the 2016 Kentucky Firefighter’s Conference. There will also be a silent auction. The show will feature adult content and is provided by Live Bait Comedy. Comedians include Ray Price, Jack Wilson, John Bernard, Rob Wilfong and Gene Sell.

ture of you together, and publish the photo in the newspaper. If interested in participating, please send an email with the subject line “Best Friends” to You can also call 578-1053.

20 graduate from Kenton Co. academy Community Recorder

Dolores Clark of Edgewood stands with her mother, Toni Meinert, also of Edgewood, before the start of the Boone County Relay for Life. STEPHANIE SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

The Kenton County Government Academy graduated 20 participants May 7 during a ceremony at the Kenton County Extension Office. The 40-hour program provides citizens the opportunity to learn about how their local govern-

ment works from the inside-out. The goals are to get citizens involved with government-related issues in the county and encourage potential community leaders. For more information about the academy, contact Susan Topmiller at 859-8151664 or

YouthBuild accepting applications to earn GED Community Recorder YouthBuild of Northern Kentucky through the Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission is accepting applications for its seventh group of


young people. YouthBuild is a full-time training program for individuals 16-24 who left high school without a GED or high school diploma. Participants are low-income, live in Boone, Camp-

bell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Owen or Pendleton counties and earn while they learn. Trainees spend time earning their GED while also earning a carpentry certification by building afford-

able housing for the community. Individuals interested can download an application at, visit their local Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission Neighbor-

hood Center, or stop by NKCAC’s central office at 717 Madison Ave. in Covington to fill out an application. For information, email or call YouthBuild of Northern

Kentucky at the Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission at 859581-6607.



Initiative launched to hire veterans Community Recorder Gov. Steve Beshear announced June 15 a statewide effort to connect returning members of the National Guard, Reserve and other veterans with job openings in the commonwealth. Joined by military, veteran, workforce and business leaders at the annual state convention of Disabled American Veterans, the governor unveiled the Hiring Kentucky Heroes partnership and web resource that will bring together veterans seeking jobs with employers needing workers. “After serving our country, many of these men and women return home to

an uncertain future due to a tough job market,” Beshear said. “It is now our turn to serve them. We are calling on Kentucky’s employers to consider veterans for available positions. Because these are disciplined and skilled workers who display pride, leadership and professionalism, hiring Kentucky heroes makes good business sense. It is also the right thing to do for our veterans and their families.” Hiring Kentucky Heroes is a partnership of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet’s Office of Employment and Training, the Kentucky Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, the Kentucky Na-


tional Guard, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the Small Business Administration, the Kentucky Small Business Development Center and the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program. The partnership brings together expertise and resources from each agency to focus on a statewide strategy to assist veterans and employers to accomplish their employment goals. The group is work-


vilian works skills, physical abilities, demonstrated leadership and professional integrity. Due to efforts of the collaboration, five employment assistance workshops have been conducted across the commonwealth. Participants receive three days of concentrated assistance in translating military occupational skills and experience into marketable civilian skills, developing their resumes and conducting practice job interviews. The course ends with a job fair where some participants are hired immediately. More than 80 percent of participants report they have secured employment based on the training they have re-

ceived. Four additional workshops are scheduled this year. The Hiring Kentucky Heroes web portal, http:// .gov, provides access to valuable information for both veterans and employers. Employers interested in hiring veterans are encouraged to visit the portal to learn more about tax credits, online job posting and resume search, registered apprenticeships and on-the-job training opportunities. Veteran job seekers will find education and training opportunities, as well as employment services.

Complementary techniques reduce stress Community Recorder

Sean, Tami and Connor Costello of Crescent Springs walk in the Boone County Relay for Life on June 8.

ing to provide better access to training and education opportunities, state and national job banks, job fairs and hiring incentives. While Kentucky has many resources for veterans through the various agencies, Beshear said it’s time to bring those components together for collaboration and coordination on the shared goal. Originally designed to address a reported 25 percent unemployment rate for members of the Kentucky National Guard, the partnership was established this year to prepare veterans to find meaningful employment by capitalizing on their unique military education and training combined with acquired ci-

A little bit of time-limited stress is all right, but research has shown that chronic stress can take a toll on your health, meaning exhaustion and a weaker immune system. Sian Cotton, research associate professor in the University of Cincinnati Department of Family and Community Medicine, says that research points to evidence that complementary medicine practices can help with daily stress as well as help people cope with chronic conditions. “It is not so much the stress in our lives that causes the problem, but our reaction to that stress,”

she said, adding that stress can cause an individual to cope in unhealthy ways, like smoking, developing unhealthy eating patterns or drinking too much alcohol, and that can raise blood pressure and send the system into “fight” mode. “However, even a few regular moments during one’s day of meditation, deep breathing, walking or simple stretching exercises are healthy and effective ways to lower stress.” Cotton suggests any sort of quiet, mindful technique to reduce stress – for patients, families and health care providers. “Quiet meditation or prayer, deep breathing, yoga or another form of mind-


body or relaxation strategy that you enjoy, coupled with a healthy lifestyle are all benefits in keeping your stress levels at a lower level,” she said. “If a stressful problem becomes chronic or overwhelming, see your primary care or mental health care provider, but overall, for day-to-day life stressors, make time to relax in any form you choose


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Jewelry business celebrates 65 years Community Recorder ERLANGER — Founded in 1947 by Earl Wesdorp in the attic of his Ludlow detached garage, and now operated and managed by the third generation of the Wesdorp family, Jewel-Craft Inc. celebrates its 65th anniversary this year. Headquartered in Erlanger, Jewel-Craft provides comprehensive jewelry trade shop services to retail jewelry stores, designers, and other trade shops nationwide. All stages of design, manufacturing, repair, and restoration are performed inside the company’s 30,000-square-foot facility, which the company built in 1990 and expanded in 2005. Today the firm employs more than 150 people – including designers, expert jewelers, setters, and finishers – several of whom have been with Jewel-Craft for decades. Founder Earl Wesdorp learned the jewelry trade from his father, Charles Wesdorp, a master jeweler who retired from Litwin’s Jewelers in Cincinnati. Earl’s son Robert (Bob), joined the company in 1949, a year before his father died from injuries he sustained while riding a motorcycle. Earl was struck by a car as he was making a rush delivery of a resized ring to a customer in Covington. “I knew very little about the jewelry business then,” Bob Wesdorp recalls. “I worked with Macy’s Jewelers, a small independent store in Covington, to learn more, and I reopened Jewel-Craft with my wife Dorothy (Dot) in 1951.” Bob and Dot Wesdorp ran the business from the basement of their Newport home until 1957, when they moved both home and company to a new house they built in Fort Wright. They had

Today Jewel-Craft employs more than 150 people – including designers, expert jewelers, setters, and finishers – several of whom have been with the company for decades. PROVIDED

Earl Wesdorp founded Jewel-Craft Inc. in 1947 in his garage attic in Ludlow. Today the firm in Erlanger employs 150 people and provides jewelry trade shop services nationwide. PROVIDED

planned for a single room in the basement to be the boundaries of the business, but it quickly expanded to fill the entire space.

Although Bob handled all the bench work at that time, he gives complete credit for the growth of the company to his wife. “Dot booked in all the work, and when I finished, she polished, washed, inspected, and wrapped each piece. She got so efficient at all of those steps that I bought her an engraving machine,” recalls Bob Wesdorp. “At the time she was caring for our children Karen, Gary, and Benet, plus taking care of the house, doing all the cooking and shopping, and working with me.” Continued demand for their services prompted the Wesdorps to start hiring help from outside their family. By 1977 the company had grown to 11 employees. One of those employees, Mike Martin joined the company in 1972 and celebrates his 40th anniversary with Jewel-Craft this year. “What I remember the most

about those days was that when we’d come in to work in the morning, Bob and Dot would already be working – and they’d still be working when we left at the end of the day,” recalls Martin. “This company has grown, not by luck or by someone being in the right place at the right time, but because of the hard work and dedication of Bob and Dot.” That growth prompted two subsequent moves from Bob and Dot’s Fort Wright basement into larger facilities: First in 1977 to a building in Crescent Springs and later to their current Erlanger location in1990. Bob and Dot slowly eased out of the business in the mid-1980s, turning over management to sons Gary and Benet. “We are really proud of our history as a family-owned business,” agrees Gary Wesdorp, president and CFO of JewelCraft. “Our parents worked extremely long, hard hours to build

the foundation for the success and expansion of our company.” Today, Gary Wesdorp, shares corporate leadership duties with his brother, Benet Wesdorp, president and COO. Three of Gary’s children, Benet’s son, and Gary’s son-in-law are employed with the company, learning the business as their father and grandfather did – from the ground up. “Gary started working with me when he was 13 years old,” recalls Bob Wesdorp. “He was also the first employee who ever quit on me! He took his senior year of high school off to have some fun, but he came back, obviously.” According to Bob Wesdorp: “Benet came on board in 1970 when he was 12 years old. When we were still working from the basement in Fort Wright, he once complained to me that he wasn’t making as much money as the other employees, even though the quality of his work was better. He was right – I made both of my sons pay their dues, big time. They had to earn the business.” Employees who are not members of the Wesdorp family appreciate the family atmosphere the company has created, so much so that many of them have recommended members of their own families for employment with Jewel-Craft. “I started here in 1976, and I’ve had the opportunity to continue to learn with this company,” agrees Greg Garcia. “Benet and Gary have been the catalyst that has really pushed Jewel-Craft’s growth nationwide. And, they have not only given me the ability to provide for my family, but also enabled the other employees to provide for their own loved ones. I have a lot of respect and admiration for the Wesdorp family; it’s been wonderful to work for them.”

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The home of Winston and Susie Faircloth featuring a large Koi water garden with two streams, will be featured in this year's Pondarama tour. Their pond was built into the hillside where a beautiful perennial garden weaves in and out of the hillside along with large sandstone boulders and waterfalls. PROVIDED

This summer marks the 11th anniversary of Meyer Aquascapes’ Pondarama Water Garden Tour. For 2012, the tour will be divided into two mini-tours on in Northern Kentucky and the east side in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky each featuring 10 to 15 beautiful water gardens. Pondarama is a selfguided tour of water gardens that display eco-system friendly ponds of various sizes and shapes and Pondless waterfalls and

streams. All water features are custom built exclusively for the homeowner. Tours in Kentucky and East/North Cincinnati will be hosted June 23-24, and tours in West Cincinnati and North Central Cincinnati will be hosted July 2122. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and admission is free. Local ponds featured on the tour include: » Winston and Susie Faircloth of Cold Spring

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Mary, Queen of Heaven Funfest, June 22-24 6-11 p.m. Friday, June 22, 4-11 p.m. Saturday, June 23, 4-9 p.m. Sunday, June 24, Mary, Queen of Heaven Church, 1150 Donaldson Highway, Erlanger. Rides, gambling booths, grand raffle, food and drink booths, entertainment and more. Free. 859525-6909.

Union Celebrates America Parade and Fireworks, June 29 6-10:30 p.m., Union Community Building, 10087 Old Union Road, Union. Music by Gundpowder Acoustic Society at 6:30 p.m. and 113th US Army Band Dragoons at 8 p.m. Free U.S. flags to first 1,000 people. Presented by city of Union. Free. Registration required for parade participation. 859-384-1511;

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

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

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

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

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

Motorcycle awards given at 5 p.m. Saturday. 859912-2509.

Independence Celebration, July 6-7 5-11 p.m. Friday, July 6 with a silent auction at the senior center from 5-9:30 p.m. and music by Mike Heile at 7 p.m.; Parade will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 7, starting at Summit View Middle School and ending at Memorial Park, Jack Woods Parkway, Independence. Events at the park will be 4-11 p.m. Saturday with music by Seth Michael at 7 p.m. and fireworks at 10 p.m. Rides, food vendors, music.

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

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

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

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

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6 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday, Aug. 10-11, 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, St. Joseph Parish, 2470 Lorraine Court, Crescent Springs.

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Old Timer’s Day Festival, Sept. 1 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, Rabbit Hash General Store, 10021 Lower River Road, Rabbit Hash. Live music, food and family fun. Free.

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

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

Holy Cross High School Indian Summer Festival, Sept. 7-8

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

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

Dogs Day of Summer Art Fair, July 28-29

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

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Art in the Park: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, Bellevue Beach Park Ward Avenue and Frank Benke Way. Art and crafts show and sell, live music, taste of Bellevue, hands-on art for kids, Circus Mojo. Free. 859-431-8866.

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

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

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DEATHS Rosemary Brauch Rosemary Brauch, 87, of Fort Thomas, died June 11, 2012, at her residence. She was a homemaker, a member of the St. Therese Altar Society and St. Therese Mothers Club, a 1944 graduate of Notre Dame High School, and enjoyed playing bridge and gardening. Her husband, James S. Brauch, and a grandchild, died previously. Survivors include her sons, J. Gregory Brauch of Villa Hills and Barry Brauch of Lexington; daughters, Lee Bamberger of Georgetown, Kris Barrow of Alexandria, Amy Schenck of Lexington and Julie Fritz Emery of Grants Lick; 17 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Entombment was at Mother of God Cemetery in Covington. Memorials: Hospice of the Bluegrass, 7388 Turfway Road, Florence, KY 41042 or St. Therese Church, 11 Temple Place, Southgate, KY 41071.

Melissa Burke Melissa Burke, 40, of Bellevue, died June 7, 2012, at her residence. A son, Shawn Michael Burke, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Erica Marie Burke of Coving-

ton; son, Robert Shawn Napier of Krypton, Ky.; her parents, Gabriele Freitag Napier and Boyd Napier of Grassy Creek, Ky.; brothers, Calvin Mills, Clayton Gerrein and Joey Clinton Gerrein; and three grandchildren.

Thelma Hanneken Thelma Wilson Hanneken, 88, of Fort Mitchell, died June 4, 2012, at Rosedale Manor. She taught at Covington Independent Public Schools, including chemistry at Holmes High School. She was a member of St. Agnes Church who served on various committees and was a member of the Kentucky Retired Teachers Society. Her husband, Charles Hanneken, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Pat Carter of Dayton, Ohio, Judy Rechtin of Fort Wright and Sue Bowling of Fort Thomas; six grandchildren; and two greatgrandchildren. The body was donated to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Memorials: St. Agnes Church, 1680 Dixie Hwy., Fort Wright, KY 41011 or Rosedale Manor, 4250 Glenn Ave., Covington, KY 41015.

Lelia Hite Lelia Daum Hite, 83 of Elsmere, formerly of Ludlow, died June 9, 2012, at Gallatin Health Center in Warsaw. She was a homemaker and a member of Glad Tidings Temple in Bellevue.


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Jerry Hollingsworth Jerry M. Hollingsworth, 64, of Ludlow, died June 13, 2012, at his residence. He was a retired electrical engineer in Hamilton County and an Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War. Survivors include his wife, Darlene Hollingsworth of Ludlow; sons, Thomas Hollingsworth of Spring, Texas, David Hollingsworth of Denver, Colo., and Michael Hudson of Cumming, Ga; daughters, Marilyn Bruss and Margaret “Peggy” Hollingworth, both of Spring, Texas, and Anita Hillyard of Sandy Springs, Ga.; sister, Peggy King of Glen Ellyn, Ill.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Entombment was in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Joliet, Ill. Memorials: Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.

Robert Iles Robert Iles, 73, of Covington, died June 13, 2012. He had retired from masonry work. His wife, Peggy Ann, died previously. Survivors include sons, Robert Iles, Keith Iles and Eric Iles; daughter, Rene Iles; brother, Charlie Iles; sister, Lucy Carr; 10 grandchildren; and seven greatgrandchildren. Burial was in Independence Cemetery.

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Anne Lanning Killard, 59, of Erlanger, died May 17, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She attended Villa Madonna Academy, served on Erlanger City Council, enjoyed the Reds, University of Kentucky and the Bengals, and her dogs, Princess and Spooner. Survivors include her brother, Patrick Killard of Mullinger, Ireland, and sister Ann O’Conner of New Hampshire. Memorials: St. Walburg Monastery, 2500 Amsterdam Road, Villa Hills, KY 41017.

Alma Knox Alma J. Knox, 94, formerly of Independence, died June 8, 2012, at Baptist Village Care Center. She was a housewife, formerly worked in the Kenton County Specializing in new and old replacement of driveways, patios, sidewalks, steps, retaining walls, decorative concrete work, basement and foundation leaks & driveway additions.We also offer Bobcat, Backhoe, Loader, and Dumptruck work, regrading yards & lot cleaning.

Scott Logsdon Scott Anthony Logsdon, 35, of Fort Mitchell, died June 10, 2012. He was a member of Hilltop Church of Christ. His mother, Margie Logsdon, died previously. Survivors include his father, James O. Logsdon of Union; brother, Aaron M. Logsdon of Lakewood, Colo.; sister, Tara Logsdon of Florence; stepmother, Troy Logsdon of Union; stepbrother, Rodney Baker of Florence; and stepsister, Anglea Domaschko of Florence. Burial was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in Taylor Mill.

Ruth Mynatt Ruth Delores Fleisch Mynatt, of Edgewood, died June 9, 2012, at her residence Her husband, Allen Mynatt and brothers, Gene and John Fleisch, died previously. She worked as a bookkeeper at Nationwide Advertising and retired in 1992, was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church where she volunteered in the school cafeteria, volunteered at Welcome House of Northern Kentucky and worked at the Parish Kitchen in Covington. She was a member of St. Henry Altar Society, Tri-City Seniors, and organized and participated in many senior dinner groups. Survivors include her son, Jeff Mynatt; daughters, Janie Mynatt, Julie Myers, Joy Price and

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Charles E. Lamkin, 70, of Covington, died June 11, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a retired route delivery person for the Kentucky Post, attended East Side Church of the Nazarene in Covington, and enjoyed music by Elvis Presley and country musicians. Survivors include his fiancee, Barbara Kennedy of Covington; sisters, Edith Cox of Hyde Park and Carolyn Race of Taylor Mill; and brother, Paul Lamkin of Dover, Del. Interment was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in Taylor Mill. Memorials: East Side Church of the Nazarene, 2505 Eastern Ave., Covington, KY 41014.


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Clerk’s Office, and was a member of St. Cecilia Church in Independence, the Irish Rovers, the Prime Timers and the Kentucky Kuzzins. Her husband, Robert Knox, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Bobbie Jean Folmer of Covington and Patricia Derickson of London, Ky.; son, David Lee Knox of Evansville, Ind.; brother, William Joseph Faulkner of Erlanger; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Interment was at St. Cecilia Cemetery. Memorials: Hospice of St. Elizabeth.

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Basic obituary information and a color photograph of your loved one is published without charge by The Community Press. Please call us at 283-0404 for more information. To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 513-242-4000 for pricing details. For the most up-to-date Northern Kentucky obituaries, click on the “Obituaries” link at Joanie Linnemann; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Entombment was at St. Stephen Cemetery. Memorials: Parish Kitchen, P.O. Box 1234, Covington, Kentucky 41012.

Doris Sand Doris Elizabeth Sand, 96, of Chandler, Ariz., formerly of Covington, died June 9, 2012. Her husband, Walter, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Mark Sand and Walter Sand III; daughter, Joycelynn Flora; sister, Elma Trumel; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchildren. Burial was at Evergreen Cemetery in Southgate.

Mary Schuck-Peeno Mary Schuck-Peeno, 93, of Covington, died June 9, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. Her first husband, Howard V. Schuck and second husband, Daniel R. Peeno, died previously. She was a homemaker, and a member of Erlanger Baptist Church, the American Legion in Latonia and Ralph Fulton VFW. Survivors include her children, Robert H. Schuck, David L. Schuck and Judith L. Russo; nine grandchildren; and 18 greatgrandchildren. Interment was in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Erlanger. Memorials: Baptist Village Care Center, 2990 Riggs Ave. Erlanger, KY 41018 or donor’s choice.

Edward Schulte Edward A. Schulte, 101, of Covington died June 6, 2012, at Madonna Manor in Villa Hills. He was a retired home builder, owner of the former Ed Schulte Builder, a member of St. Agnes Church, and enjoyed gardening and woodworking. His wife, Virginia B. Ehrenfels

Kelly Matthews, 33, and Shon Fields, 34, both of Cincinnati, issued May 31. Tracy Durrett, 26, and Justin Jarboe, 26, both of Florence, issued May 31. Melissa Cirone, 27, and Mark Hagemann, 33, both of Cincinnati, issued June 1. Jessica Vaught, 26, and Joseph Ceja, 32, both of Cold Spring, issued June 1. Linda Boles, 41, and Thomas Lee, 55, both of Covington,

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Ellis Strunk Ellis Lewis “J.R.” Strunk, 50, of Elsmere, died June 6, 2012, at his residence. He was employed by Kroger as a butcher and manager of the meat department. His parents, Ellis and Emma Strunk, died previously. Survivors include his sons, Ellis Howell of Covington and James Fuller of Erlanger; daughter, Angela Strunk of Erlanger; her mother Evalee Fuller of Erlanger; and 20 grandchildren. Interment was at Pleasant View Cemetery, Stanfill Addition.

Virginia Terry Virginia Cooke O'Neil Terry, 93, of Elsmere, died June 7, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a former secretary at Thomas More College and a member of the Daughters of America. Her daughter, Donna Pingel, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Richard O'Neil of Ludlow and John O'Neil of Columbus, Ohio; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Interment was at Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell.

Jeffery Young Jeffery Scott Young, 44, of Cincinnati, died June 6, 2012, at East Galbraith Care Center in Cincinnati. He was an installer for Solar Tint and enjoyed all sports, especially football and water sports. Survivors include his mother, Phyllis Young of Edgewood; brother, Jason Young of Covington; and sister, Nicole Young of Fort Wright. The body was donated to University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Memorials: Huntington Disease Society Ohio Valley Chapter, 3537 Eply Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45247.

issued June 1. Jessica Abner, 24, of Ludlow and Jonathan Estep, 21, of Fort Wright, issued June 1. Carianne Carda, 40, of Crystal Lake and Christopher Gridler, 35, of Independence, issued June 1. Samantha Brinegar, 19, and Michael Gillespie, 26, both of Covington, issued June 1. Laura Brown, 24, of Erlanger and Joel Steele, 27, of Shelbyville, issued June 1.

POLICE REPORTS INDEPENDENCE Arrests/citations Patricia P. Shilleh, 72, 16 Sagebrush Lane, public drunkenness at 3950 Turkeyfoot Road, June 5. Rachel E. Davis, 22, 12010 Southridge Lane, DUI at Ky. 17 and McMullum Pike, June 7.


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Schulte and daughter, Karen M. Klaus, died previously. Survivors include his sons, C. Luke Schulte of Crescent Springs and Kenneth R. Schulte of Edgewood; sisters, Dorothy Funke of Erlanger and Anna Mae Middendorf of Covington; brothers, Robert Schulte of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Joseph Schulte of Park Hills; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Interment was in Mother of God Cemetery in Fort Wright. Memorials: St. Charles Care Center, 500 Farrell Drive, Covington, KY 41011.



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Anthony S. Jett, 18, 194 Tando Way, DUI, failure to maintain insurance, improper registration, endangering the welfare of a minor at Old Taylor Mill Road, June 12. Angela Buckler, 22, 8267 Red Row, disorderly conduct at Locust Pike, June 9. Sherry B. Clifford, 46, 128 Meadow Creek Drive, disorderly conduct at 8258 Red Row, June 9. Amber N. Wright, 23, 722 Woodlawn Ave., giving false name at Taylor Mill Road, June 9.

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.

Incidents/investigations Criminal mischief Stop sign painted at Sunset Drive, June 9. Rock thrown at car at 5090 Old Taylor Mill Road, June 2. Car keyed at 3183 McCowan Drive, June 5. Identity theft Unknown person applied for credit in woman's name at 743 Winston Hill Drive, June 7. Theft of firearm Pistol stolen at 726 Vincent Drive, June 7.


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