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ven with a regional unemployment rate of 7.5 percent for the month of May, manufacturers around Northern Kentucky have high-paying positions that go unfilled because they’re having a hard time finding workers with the skills necessary to do the job. According to Rick Jordan, vice president of LSI Graphic Solutions Plus in Erlanger, the average manufacturing wage in Kentucky is between $53,000 and $55,000 a year. Individuals “can get a two-year associate degree and make that much money and we can’t fill the jobs,” he said. Some 600,000 skilled jobs are open in the United States that can’t be filled “because people aren’t trained,” said Jordan. The late 1990s witnessed a shortage of manufacturing workers, “because we had such a low unemployment rate,” he said. But then, “a couple of recessions hit and things slowed down.”

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LSI, along with other Northern Kentucky companies, decided to automate their manufacturing processes, Jordan said. Instead of shipping the manufacturing overseas, labor was cut. “Everything is robotics, automated,” he said. “What that then requires is having a higher skilled person in manufacturing ... So you have to have someone that can program and set up all this very expensive, million dollar equipment.” Michael Vogt, vice president of human resources and general affairs for Mazak Corp. in Florence, says the requirement of a highly skilled workforce is the biggest challenge they face. Their problem is two-fold. “One, we’ve seen a fairly strong recovery in manufacturing and as a result, we’ve seen real strong business sales for us,” he said. “So that creates an immediate need to increase our staffing.” Secondly, Vogt said, the company has seen very low turnover. See JOBS, Page A3


MORNING VIEW — More than 100 people attended the Kenton County Fiscal Court meeting at Piner Baptist Church on Tuesday, June 26, where local utilities presented information, awards were bestowed and a check was accepted for the Piner Relief Fund. Kenton County Judge Executive Steve Arlinghaus said he was “very pleased” with the turnout. He said he changed the venue to the southern end of the county to fulfill a promise he made in the days immediately following the March 2 tornadoes, during a meeting with representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “I told the folks at that point in time, ‘FEMA is here today, but, eventually, FEMA is going to be gone.’ And I said, ‘We’d be here, today, tomorrow and into the future,’” said Arlinghaus. “We have never hosted a meeting in Piner before. They’re always in Independence or Covington, but it was a good opportunity to let those folks know that we’re their first level of government. Cities have their city council meetings, but for the unincorporated areas, they don’t have a city. Their first level of government is the county.” Ron Lovan, president and chief executive officer of the Northern Kentucky Water District, and Andrew Aiello, general manager of Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky, detailed the costs associated with adding service to rural parts of Kenton County. A presentation by Water District Vice President Richard Har-


rison showed 795 households are not reached by the water district, and a new annexation would include 66 more households by adding 2.7 miles of water main. At that point, 729 households would still be unserved, but reaching them would take 75 miles of water main at a cost of about $27 million. Density was the reason Aiello said TANK does not reach the Piner area. He did say that if specific plans were presented to transport groups of people on a regular basis, such as Fiskburg resident Bill Schneider’s idea that seniors and teens gather for weekly trips to the mall, the addition of those routes could be considered. Arlinghaus, along with Kenton County Director of Homeland Security and Emergency ManageSee PINER, Page A2

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County welcomes back Ed Butler By Amy Scalf

MORNING VIEW — Former Kenton County Police Chief Ed Butler attended the Kenton County Fiscal Court meeting Tuesday, June 26, at Piner Baptist Church in his new role as executive director of the Kenton County Emergency Communications Board. Butler retired as chief of the Kenton County Police Department in January to become chief of the Hamilton County Park District Rangers in April, but said he was drawn back by the new position. “Hamilton County treated me great, but this project is something I’ve been involved with for a long


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the cities and their departments, and that committee selected him unanimously.” Butler was at work Monday, June 18, managing the existing communications center that oversees unincorporated Kenton County, Independence and Taylor Mill, and preparing to lead the seven board members as they work toward combining emergency dispatch systems with Covington. “We have a tentative goal date of Sept. 1. That’s sort of what we’re shooting for,” said Butler. “We’re really just getting started. There’s a lot to be done, not only with the existing building infrastructure, tying the radio networks together and computer systems, but also working with the community.”


Owen Electric; Christy Jefferds of Piner Elementary; and Farm Agent Dan Allen, in addition to Schneider and Aiello. The awards were donated by an anonymous sponsor and chosen by an unofficial community group, according to Schneider. Before the meeting adjourned, Arlinghaus presented Donahue with a check from Huntington Bank for $14,186 for the Piner Relief Fund. The Kenton County Judge Executive said he directed the account to be set up to collect public donations, and that the Kenton County Fire Chiefs Association had helped manage that fund before turning it over to the Piner Relief Fund.

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Steve Nienaber’s cooling fan trucks are a pretty hot commodity during scorching summer events. With his misting fans, Nienaber travels throughout the Tristate area during the community events that are the hottest, both in popularity and seasonably warm temperature. Nienaber is an Independence native who has been a plumber for more than 25 years, but the former St. Cecilia basketball player was concerned about student athletes sacrificing their health by practicing in intense heat. He hoped fans would help keep kids safe, and he knew keeping cool was all about science. “The higher the pressure, the more micro-fine the mist, coupled with air flow at a high rate and the help of the sun creates flash evaporation where the entrainment of air, water and sun combined equals lower ambient temperatures, averaging 15 to 25 degrees cooler,” he said. Nienaber also said adding ice to the water system can lower the temperature by another 25 degrees, but normal temperature water is generally enough. Taking on the maintenance and management of systems withstanding more than 1,500 pounds of

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“We have a lot of long-term employees. That’s the good thing,” he said. “The bad thing is all those employees over the next 10 years are going to retire.” Mazak has about 600 employees in Northern Kentucky and according to Vogt, 52 percent of them will retire in the next 10 years. Currently,Vogt says Mazak, which manufactures machine tools, has about 35 slots open locally. “That creates a challenge for Mazak and other manufacturers, but at the same time, it’s made much more difficult by the fact we are not seeing people acquiring skills that we need for our manufacturing operations.” Youth are not looking at manufacturing as a career option, and in turn aren’t going into those types of technical programs, Vogt said. According to Vogt, including overtime and with some experience under their belts, a typical employee brings in between $60,000 and $80,000 a year, depending on the job. Even though the unemployment numbers are up, Vogt says the problem is the unemployed don’t have the skill sets needed. “Trust me, the problem’s not unique to Mazak,” he said. “You go up and down the street right here or through Northern Kentucky and you’re going to find a lot of manufacturers have openings and they can’t find the skill sets they need.”

Identifying needs

The Northern Kentucky Industrial Park Management Council last year received an Industry Partnership Grant that will be used to identify current manufacturing employer needs as well as needs at different points within the next 10 years. "We’re taking a very unique approach,” said Jordan of LSI, who’s coordinating grant efforts. “We’re looking at it as a marketing problem because there’s really no pipeline of people coming through high schools into the technical college.” The $65,000 grant has been broken into two parts, he said. The first will identify what jobs are and will be available, and what skills are required to do those jobs. According to Jordan, there are about 300 manufacturers in Northern Kentucky, making up about 21,000 jobs. Between 75 and 100 manufacturers will be interviewed to find out what positions are needed today and how many will be needed within the next10 years as well as some of the core competencies for the positions. The survey, currently under way, asks employers to identify needs by position. It’s important to look into the future needs because of “the high numbers of baby boomers that will be retiring from manufacturing,” Jordan said. The second part will be to look at “why do people not want to go into manufacturing,” Jordan said. “When we get all this information, which we hope will all be finalized in August, we’re going to sit down as a community and say, ‘OK, how do we solve this problem?” According to Jordan the plan is to have a final report on both pieces by late August or early September. A third-party marketing and survey group will do the research.

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The issue isn’t new. It’s one that Jan Hillard, associate provost for research, graduate studies and regional stewardship at Northern Kentucky University, has been aware of for a long time. “While there’s been a lot of effort to work on it, I’m not sure

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Gateway helps fill the pipeline By Stephanie Salmons

Gateway Community and Technical College is helping fill the advanced manufacturing pipeline. The school’s Boone County campus is home to the Center for Advanced Manufacturing, which opened in 2010. Angie Taylor, vice president of Workforce Solutions, said it’s all about the employee pipeline. “If we know that manufacturing in the Midwest, right here, is alive and well, (and) we have major job openings, then the question becomes how do we get people to take advantage of those job openings?” she said. To help meet employment need and fill the pipeline with qualified workers, Gateway is taking several steps: Pre-hire assessments: Taylor says the college does these at a fraction of the cost. “That says we’re verifying for you this person is a good for your job,” she said. Gateway has completed some 500 assessments this year for local manufacturers. New-hire training: Some 142 went through new-hire training. “Once they were hired, they sent them back to us to get them up and going,” Taylor said. Apprenticeship programs: Now utilized by several companies. Training incumbent workers: “These incumbent workers coming up through the pipeline

need to be better prepared so they come here for short-term training and they’re ready to (move) up,” Taylor said. On-site academic advisers: An academic adviser is placed on-site of some companies, “so they don’t have to drive to campus,” said Taylor. Certificates embedded in degrees: According to Taylor, if someone gets a 16-hour certificate, those courses go toward a degree “so you’re never losing ground.” Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) workshops: Some 250 kids went through the workshop this year, a number Taylor says will triple next year. MSSC-certified production technician: Manufacturing skills standard certificate. Students will become certified production technicians, with tuition paid by Partners for a Competitive Workforce. “By paying that tuition,” Taylor says, “what they’re saying is we promote the manufacturing skills standards and we want to produce these people for hire, so that’s part of the pipeline.” Mechatronics: A program Gateway puts at the local Area Technology Centers. According to Taylor, students will earn six hours of college credit which will give them the foundation skills in manufacturing to be entry-level workers. “This is just a snapshot of nine things we are doing to help fill the pipeline, to get people ready for employers so that employers have the personnel and employee base they need to be successful manufacturers,” Taylor said.

“You go up and down the street right here or through Northern Kentucky and you’re going to find a lot of manufacturers have openings.” MICHAEL VOGT, VICE PRESIDENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES AND GENERAL AFFAIRS FOR MAZAK CORP. we’ve gotten as far as we need to because we’re still hearing from employers that they’re having a difficult time finding qualified workers.” A major factor in this is the perception of manufacturing, Hillard said. The idea that manufacturing isn’t a sophisticated or well-paid field or that manufacturing is going away aren’t true, he said. “If you go into a manufacturing facility these days, you’re going to see technology everywhere,” he said, “so the workforce has been hard to develop both on the entry, traditional skills side, like welding, all the way through the more technological types of positions in terms of working with software and programming and so forth.” About four years ago, Hillard said he and Bob Green, senior

vice president of manufacturing and existing industry for the Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corp., began discussing the distribution of new jobs. According to Hillard, existing industry in Northern Kentucky accounts for about 75 percent of new jobs. “We thought since that’s the case, and since bringing in new jobs, new factories, new businesses, is a very hard thing, that we would try to more deeply understand the growth drivers and growth inhibitors of those existing industries.” Three years ago, a project called Launch Pad looked at manufacturing and technology companies with more than 50 employees, speaking with approximately 75 CEOs of selected companies.

The study, in which CEOs were interviewed for an hour and 100 different measures were collected, showed available workforce to be the key inhibitor to growth. “Once they get these people hired, they’re able to retain them quite well,” Hillard said. “So it’s not a problem whereby they lose people, which then tells you their training’s good and their salaries are competitive. It’s not an issue of retaining employees, it’s an issue of finding a qualified workforce and I think manufacturers are the hardest hit because of this cultural thing that it’s somehow thought to be this dirty, sweaty job.” Green said another inhibitor of growth identified in the Launch Pad study, which looked at primary companies, was the cost of doing business – some-

thing that can also be affected by the lack of skilled workforce. For example, if a company was looking for a welder, they could hire a person and train them, but someone with a basic understanding of welding could be brought on “and very shortly do enhanced training where they understand the new technology, but they’re not starting from square one while they’re on the payroll,” he said. “Having an unskilled workforce that you have to train greatly impacts your cost of doing business,” said Green. “That’s where this group is going. We have a lot of people around and they’re very good at what they do and training people ... Companies are willing to train, but it’s impacting their cost of doing business too much because we don’t have as many in the pipeline.” As an area, if there are a lot of inhibitors to growth, Green said a lot of the companies “will not survive.”

Filling the pipeline

In Kentucky, Hillard said middle school students are given ACT’s Explore test, which can identify “whether a student has a proclivity toward manufacturing.” But the test isn’t always fully utilized, “a function of how busy school counselors are with issues other than career planning.” Another contributing factor is parents who want to see their children as college-bound, he said. “Unfortunately, there are students who don’t do as well at college,” Hillard said. “It really is not for them and it’s a shame. If they had taken another career path while they were in school, moving on to the technical or community colleges, they would come out better prepared to enter the work place.”

Companies already taking action

To meet current and future needs, Mazak has undertaken several efforts. The company started a welding boot camp, where someone with basic welding skills is hired and sent to Gateway Community and Technical College for an 11week “crash welding course.” The company is ready to start a similar machinist program. Mazak last year began an apprenticeship program with 15 available slots every year for the next 10 years. “That’s what we need to replace the people retiring,” Vogt said. During the course of the fouryear program, students spend part of their day at the company and part of their day in a classroom at Gateway Community and Technical College, the cost of which is covered by Mazak. At the same time, the apprentices are Mazak employees. “They earn a good hourly rate, they have full benefits including health care and we struggled last year to fill our class,” Vogt said. Because of outreach efforts, Mazak this year had more students applying than they had slots for, which is something Vogt said the company wants to continue building upon. It’s a huge investment on the company’s part, he said, but it’s important for Mazak to take a proactive approach “so we can stay in business.” The company also partnered with Gateway and brought in students from several local high schools who spent part of the day at the college – home to the Center for Advanced Manufacturing and which offers several courses of study for advanced manufacturing careers – before coming to Mazak and talking about manufacturing careers. “If we don’t have the people that can build the product, we’re not going to have a product to sell,” said Vogt. “Our livelihood is dependent on having qualified people to staff the positions we need to have staffed to build our product. It’s our future.”



Gaia helping others with collections By Amy Scalf


Green metal recycling containers are popping up near businesses and in parking lots, but instead of recycling plastic, aluminum and paper, they want to create a second life for old clothes and shoes. The Gaia Movement USA has placed 268 boxes throughout Kentucky from a center in Louisville, which opened in June 2011, according to Louisville Operations Manager Sam Lowe. He said collection boxes have been set in Independence, Verona and Florence, along with other Northern Kentucky communities, for about six weeks. “It’s doing really well. We’re getting a really good response,” said Lowe. He said businesses, schools and organizations can request a collection bin on their property, and some can use the collection as a fundraiser. “In the school program

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raw materials. “In order to produce a pound of new clothes, it will require an average of 723 gallons of water, 0.3 pound of fertilizer, 0.2 pound of pesticides and it will produce 3.6 pounds of greenhouse gasses like carbon dioxide and other dangerous gasses in the process,” said Thomsen. Thomsen said she worked with a community health program in southern Africa for eight years, and was able to help 25 villages in Zimbabwe access fresh water. Gaia projects have also

contributed to tree planting projects in Africa and to bio-fuel and solar power projects in India, she said. Gaia centers in the United States collect winter coats for homeless shelters, toys for community centers and books for schools, and they help create community garden projects with organic vegetables for soup kitchens. Lowe said clothes collected locally are transported to Louisville and sold to stores all over the world. “Most of the clothes go to stores in Chicago or Seattle, but some are collected and sent to Slovakia, Nicaragua or Africa.” said Lowe. “We contribute to those economies, and the profit is reinvested in local communities and all the areas benefit from the projects.”


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Huff named chair of airport board Community Recorder James Huff, chairman emeritus of Huff Realty, has been elected chairman of the Kenton County Airport Board, while Larry Savage, regional CEO of Humana Inc., has been elected vice chair. The Kenton County Airport Board is the governing body of the Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky International Airport. Huff, of Fort Mitchell, has served on the board since 2006 and most recently served as vice chairman. He founded Huff Realty in 1975 and has served on numerous boards including as director of the Association of Real Estate License Law Officials and is a past board member of the Tri-County Economic Development Corp. and the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. Savage has served on the board since 2010. In his role at Humana, Savage, who lives in Alexandria, oversees all commercial operations for Humana Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana,

EDT Choir from Norway, led by Erland Dalen and Thomas Caplin, will perform with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and a choir from Ukraine at a World Choir Games Friendship Concert on July 7, which kicks off the KSO’s 18th Summer in Devou Park series. THANKS TO JAMES CASSIDY

KSO hosts Friendship show By Stephanie Salmons

The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra will kick off its 18th annual Summer in Devou Park series in perfect harmony with choirs from Norway and Ukraine, when the KSO hosts a “Friendship Concert” in conjunction with the 2012 World Choir Games. Join KSO music director James Cassidy, choir conductors Aleksandr Zyuzkin, Erland Dalen and Thomas Caplin, a 65-piece KSO and 190 international and local choir members at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 7, at Devou Park Amphitheater in Covington, for “... In Perfect Harmony.” The Pavlo Chubinsky Capella Choir, from the Kyiv region of Ukraine, and EDT Choir, from Ridabu, Norway, will appear throughout the evening singing selections from their competition reper-

Pavlo Chubinsky Capella Choir, led by director Aleksandr Zyuzkin, will perform with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and a choir from Norway at a World Choir Games Friendship Concert on July 7, which kicks off the KSO’s 18th Summer in Devou Park series. THANKS TO JAMES CASSIDY

the American national anthem. The presentation of the “Star Spangled Banner” won’t include just the song, but the story behind the song, Cassidy said in a phone conversation. According to Cassidy, there’s no major Choir Games show in Northern Kentucky. “This gives us a chance to have something on our

toire as well as joining with locals for a variety of nostalgic and well-known tunes, according to a KSO release. The Fifth Ohio Light Artillery joins the festivities for a special rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner” and “1812 Overture.” The concert will also include both the Ukrainian and Norwegian national anthems as well as

side of the river that’s a big deal,” he said. For Cassidy, it’s hard to believe the summer concert series is embarking on its 18th season. While the series is a lot of work and a lot of money, “we do it because it’s something that engages the people,” he said. Over the last 17 years, more than 300,000 people have attended the summer shows, Cassidy said. A TANK shuttle will be available July 7 from Covington Catholic High School to the bandshell from 6-7:30 p.m. for $1 each way, while a new restroom pavilion and concession stand will open for the first time. Parking is free, but limited, and there’s a suggested donation of $5 per person to attend. For more information or directions, visit or call 859491-6216.

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COLLEGE CORNER Hadden graduates

Stephen Hadden of Fort Mitchell graduated from the University of Charleston School of Business in May. Hadden earned a degree in business administration.

Stowers named to dean’s list

Tess Stowers of Edgewood was named to the Wake Forest University spring dean’s list.

Kenton residents named to dean’s list

Erlanger-Elsmere students Dexter Smith, Nikolas Carter, Gracemarie Thompson and John Dasher received the honor of Governor’s Scholar for their performance during the 2011-2012 school year. THANKS TO CHRIS REEVES

Students work with mayors to better Erlanger, Elsmere Community Recorder ERLANGER — The students of Lloyd Memorial High School’s Superintendent’s Advisory Group got face to face with local government May 2. Ten students met with Erlanger’s Mayor Tom Rouse and Elsmere’s Mayor Marty Lenhof. Students are interested in completing beautification projects in local neighborhoods, including the possible painting of a mural, according to the release. The mayors also suggested planning neighborhood specific activities with students, to utilize the community’s parks and recreation facilities.

Erlanger Mayor Tom Rouse (in front) and Elsmere Mayor Marty Lenhof (in right rear) meet at Lloyd Memorial High School with, from left, student advisor Julie Wharton, of Children, Inc., and Lloyd students William Marroquin, Jasmine Vance, Alejandra Morales, Carol Ray, Joe Luken, Michael Slusher, Domonick Joseph, Jerry Banzhaf, Jared Gabbard and Dakota Kidd.

School hosts academic signing day Community Recorder The following students participated in Covington Catholic’s academic signing day: Bellarmine University: Thomas Batts, Michael Helton and Kevin Jeffrey. Georgia Institute of Technology: Michael Maurer. Northern Kentucky Univer-

sity: Joseph Drees and Ryan Toler. The Ohio State University: Tyler Hoeffinghoff. Thomas More College: Paul Kleier and Jake Henderson. University of Dayton: Ian Dollenmayer. University of Kentucky: Alex Flynn and Eric Torres. University of Louisville:

Kurt Wittmer, Jim Nutter, Matthew Rolf and Austin Schroder. Xavier University: Mark Hiltz. Students were invited to participate if they earned at least a 50 percent tuition scholarship to their destination college. In all, Covington Catholic seniors in the class of 2012 earned $9.6 million in college scholarships.


Fourth-grader Miles DeBerge and judge Jerrica Maddox take a break from the competition at the R.C. Hinsdale Science Fair in Edgewood. THANKS TO KARRA MCDONNELL

The following Kenton County students were named to the University of Kentucky spring semester dean’s list: Cory Michael Abeling, Taylor Maureen Abner, Kelvin Jordre Adams, Zachary Alexander Adams, Nicholas Stephen Aerni, Lucas James Armor, Scott David Augsback, Brittany Nicole Barron, Lillian Rose Barth, Abigail Marie Beausir, Alec Joseph Beeghly, Rebecca Carole Begnoche, Grant Alexander Berberich, Amy Michelle Blankenship, Chris Paul Bondick, Katharine Grace Borgmann, Carrie Ann Bowling, Noah Alexander Boyle, Shannon Colleen Brady, Stephanie Katherine Bright, Lauren Rachel Brinkman, Whitney Renee Brockman, David Anthony Brueggeman, Ellen Claire Burns, Kelsey Renee Butler; Corey Lee Campbell, Elliott Harrison Campbell, Chloe Danielle Carlotta, Calvin Chan, Anthony James Clarke, Holly Marie Claypole, Ryan Michael Collins, Tamara Michelle Compton, Jon Vincent Connor, Shelby Marie Coons, Emily Marie Cottingham, Chase Alexander Cox, Taylor Rae Cox, Peter Studer Craig, Emily Joy Crocetti, Claire Patrice Cunningham, Eric Nicholas Curran; Sarah Jean Daniels, Derek James Darlington, Caroline Patrice Davis, Katharine Mae DiMuzio, Lydia M. Doggett, Jesse McCabe Dressman, Sarah Kaitlin Eberts, Ryan Chiappini Ellinghausen, Katharine Ann Elmore, Robert Smith Emmitt III, Justin William Ewing, John Jerome Fagel, Ryan Joseph Fields, Joseph William Fredrick, Megan Mariah Freeman, Daniel Andrew Freking, Aaron James Fritsch, Craig James Furnish; Christian Scott Gerwe, Paul William Gerwe, Joseph Daniel Gieske, Nathaniel James Goetz, Abigail K. Gradel, Megan Elizabeth Gradel, Eric Michael Gregory, Hannah E Griese, Zachary John Grove, Tyler Joshua Guidugli, Sara Elizabeth Hadorn, Shannon Russell Haggard, Erin Elizabeth Hall, Emily Anne Harmeling, Cassidy Marie Harmon, Jennifer Louise Harvey, Megan Margaret Heath, Lauren J.Heeger, Sarah Pauline Hehman, Samantha Rachel Heidrich, Cole David Heimbrock, Kristen Paige Heller, Steven David Helton, Kelli Nicole Hemsath, Andrea Rae Hiller, Nathan C. Hogarth, Robin Elaine Hood, Courtney Marie Howard, Mark James Huffmyer, Matthew Kyle Hughes, Mark Daniel Humpert; Brandon Joseph Isaac, Kylie Noel Jacks, Travis Oliver Jameson, Robert Lawrence Janning, Nicholas L.Jehn, Christopher Robert Jester, Chase Tyler Michael Johnson, Matthew Charles Johnson, Megan Marie Kaiser, Dimitar Tsvetomirov Kamacharov, Brandon Joseph Kanter, Sean Christopher Karlage, Nikol Marie Kathman, Suzanne Elizabeth Kelly, Olivia Katherine Kennedy, Victoria Walker Kennedy, Michele Re Kirn, Kyle Robert Knauf; Meredith Paige Ladenburger, Jacqueline Elise Lakeberg, Brittany Nicole Langford, Elizabeth Ann Lanham, Colleen Elizabeth Lavey, Khang Si Le, Tuan Si Le, Marcus Christopher Lea, Zachary W. Leonard, Kara Marie

Lester, Alexandra Christine Lewin, Joel Douglas Lubrano, Timothy M. Luken, Payton Grace Lutz, Justin Christopher Lynch, Abby Nicole Maile, Andrew James Malott, Mark N. Manczyk, Kaitlyn Marie Marsh, Katelyn Ann Marshall, John Kazimir Matuszewski, Jacob Charles Maus, Kelsey Olivia McCaffrey, Molly Kathleen McGee, Laura Kathleen McGehee, Madison Lee McGhee, Emma Marie McGregor, Margaret Anne McMahon, Christopher Matthew Meier; Robert William Meier, Paige Hume Menke, Katherine Marie Mertz, Brian Robert Miller, Eric Daniel Miller, Michael Isaac Miller, Angela Marie Mischke, Abigail Frances Moorman, Timothy Joseph Morrison, Preslee Marie Mortenson, Kylie Elizabeth Newman, Lindsey Michelle O’Donnell; Caitlin Nicole Ottaway, Michael Charles Parrott, John Maxwell Pauly, Grant Thomas Peach, Lisa Ann Polak, William Pritchett, Madeline Elizabeth Punch,Samantha Lauren Quaine, Nathanael Paul Reis, Kyle Neltner Restle, Katherine Marie Robinson, Stephen Joshua Ruh; Kyle A. Scheck, Brian Patrick Scheper, Michael Joseph Scheper, Caleb Alexander Schimp, Lauren Alycia Schuck, Marc David Schuler, Anne Katherine Schwab, Stephen David Schwab, Jacob Michael Sebastian, Hannah Elizabeth Seiter, Alexandra Nicole Serrano, Jason Patrick Simon, Lauren Elizabeth Slabaugh, Jenna Nicole Sommerkamp, Trevor Robert Sorrell, David William Spence, Chelsea Nicole Stamper, Casey Lynn Stanley, Michael Andrew Stegman, Matthew Landis Stevens, Kevin Anthony Stewart, Tyler Thomas Stewart, Elaina Christine Stoeckle, Daniel Francis Sullivan, Evan Patrick Sullivan; Eric Paul Teipel, Lauren Elizabeth Trame, Alexandra Nicole Tsoras, Angela Marie Tuemler, Joanna Grace Walsh, Niranjana Warrier, John Robert Wehry, Chelsea Elizabeth Weldon, Abigail Maria Whitehead, Cody Ray Wilson, Joel Aaron Winnike, Michelle Lynn Wissman, Brandon Michael Witte, Claire Marie Wurtenberger, Thomas Odiorne Youtsey IV, Dana Noel Youtsey and Margaret Marie Zerhusen. The list includes students who earn a GPA of 3.6 or higher and have earned 12 credits or more in that semester, excluding credits earned in pass-fail classes.

Hugenberg, Benzinger to study abroad

Sarah Hugenberg, daughter of Jeffrey and Juleen Hugenberg of Lakeside Park, and Carrie Benzinger, daughter of Don and Susie Benzinger of Fort Wright, were selected to study abroad through the U.S. Student Fulbright Program, a prestigious international exchange scholarship sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Both are spring graduates of the University of Louisville. Hugenberg received a Fulbright English teaching assistantship to teach English in Taiwan. Benzinger received a Fulbright research grant to study at R. W. T. H. Aachen University in Germany. She also received the state department’s Whitaker International Fellows Award for bioengineering. She will conduct research on the treatment of right-sided heart failure at the Helmholz Institute of Applied Medical Engineering through the Fulbright program and Whitaker award.

Westermeyer graduates

Amy Westermeyer of Independence graduated from Rice University with a master of architecture degree May 12.



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NKY Clippers make waves at trials

All do well, but none advance to Olympics By James Weber

The Williamson family had a great week during the U.S. Olympic Trials in swimming June 25July 2 in Omaha, Neb. Max Williamson, an incoming senior at Covington Catholic, and sister Ellen, an incoming sophomore at the University of Virginia, were able to root each other on in Omaha. Ellen swam in five events and Max three. The Williamsons were two of eight swimmers who represented the Northern Kentucky Clippers. Former Notre Dame stand-

out Emily Brunemann was also at the trials. Ellen, who was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman of the Year, finished 19th in the 100 backstroke on Tuesday, missing the semifinals by three spots, and 34th in the 200 individual medley on Wednesday. Max swam the 200 individual medley and 400 individual medley in addition to the 200 breaststroke. In the 100 butterfly, Ellen swam a 1:00.8, a personal best time. She won her heat, becoming the first Clipper to do that at the trials. Max was seeded 25th in both IM events. In the 400, he was in the same heat with Ryan Lochte, whose rivalry with Michael Phelps was a big storyline in the trials. In the 200 butterfly, he was

in a heat with several NCAA standouts and had one of his best times ever. Clippers head coach Jason Roberts said his performance in the trials at age17 bodes well for his future. Ellen and recent NDA graduate Caitlyn Forman reunited in one heat of the 200 backstroke, swimming at the same time. University of Arizona swimmer Cory Chitwood finished 10th in the 200 backstroke, earning some prime time TV face time in the live NBC broadcast . Cooper swimmer Sharli Brady won her preliminary heat in the 200 butterfly, earning some face time in the arena, according to Roberts. Other qualifiers: Nick Kunkel, Krissie Brandenburg and Audrey Lawson.

Northern Kentucky Clippers swimmers and coaches/supporters gather in Omaha during the U.S. Olympic Trials THANKS TO THE CLIPPERS

Freedom winning as break nears Team 23-19 entering week’s schedule By James Weber

Defending champion Brad Wilder tees off on the first hole of match play during the 103rd Tony Blom Metropolitan Amateur Championship at Summit Hills Country Club June 27. MARK D. MOTZ/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

NKY golfers had strong showing in Met Locals Hamilton, Lucas reach quarterfinals

By Mark D. Motz

CRESTVIEW HILLS – Thirty years had elapsed since Summit Hills Country Club last hosted the Tony Blom Metropolitan Amateur Championship golf tournament. Nearly 200 players entered the 103rd edition of the Met; 128 qualified for match play June 27. “It’s a brick out there,” said Summit Hills PGA head professional Bill Schuetz. “This course is going to take somebody who is patient, has a great wedge game and is a good putter. You can get away with some errant tee shots here, but you have to have the short game.” That person turned out to be Bill Williamson of Coldstream Country Club, who beat the University of Cincinnati’s David Tepe 1-up in the finals June 30. However, a number of Northern Kentucky golfers had strong showings. Recent Ryle graduate Blake Hamilton (Traditions Golf Club) and 28-time Met participant Lance Lucas each reached the quarterfinals. Hamilton lost 5-and-4 to Williamson.

Former Ryle standout Blake Hamilton launches a drive off the 12th tee during the quarterfinals in the 103rd Tony Blom Metropolitan Amateur Championship at Summit Hills Country Club June 29. MARK D. MOTZ/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Playing out of Triple Crown Country Club, the 50-year-old Lucas – who played in his first Met at Summit Hills in 1982 – fell by the same 5-and-4 margin against Andrew Dorn. “I exceeded my expectations,” Lucas said. “This is my best finish. I played very consistent golf this week. ” Joe Kastelic and eight-time Met champ Jim Volpenhein –

both of Traditions - reached the round of 16. Kastelic lost 2-up to Williamson, while Volpenhein lost 4-and-2 against Michael Oberschmidt. And while Kastelic was finished as a contestant, he did come back to caddy for Tepe during the final three rounds of the tournament. Marty Arnzen of Highland Country Club won 4-and-2 against Doug Danner in the opening round of match play, before falling 1-up in 21 holes against Tepe. Logan Gamm of Triple Crown beat Thomas Rooney 2-and-1 in his match play opener, but lost 6-and-4 to Matt Wetterich of Clovernook in the second round. A quartet of local players qualified, but fell in the opening round of match play. Defending champion Brad Wilder - playing on his home course – lost 4-and-3 against Derek Gustofson. Brad Marsh of Traditions lost 1-up in the longest opening match, a 22-hole epic against Pete Betzold. Chris Croneweth of Triple Crown lost on the 19th hole to Mark Harden. Ken Kinman of Traditions dropped a 2-and-1 decision against Brad Mitchell.

FLORENCE — The Florence Freedom and Lake Erie Crushers played a day/night doubleheader on Sunday afternoon and evening with each team winning once July 1. Both games were seven-inning contests. The Freedom, who blew a three-run lead in game one, eventually won in the bottom of the ninth for a 6-5 victory, with Lake Erie earning a split by taking the nightcap 5-1. The Crushers took two out of three from the Freedom sending them to their third straight series defeat. In game one, the Freedom built a 5-2 lead going into the seventh inning, however the Crushers found a way to come back against the Freedom bullpen. After the Crushers loaded the bases with one out, Adrian Ortiz, Robby Kuzdale and Jason Taylor all singled to tie the game at 5-5. The Freedom had an answer though. In the bottom of the ninth, with the bases loaded and with no outs, John Malloy bounced a single into right field to provide the Freedom with the game winning hit. Malloy led the Freedom offense with three RBI’s. In game two, Crusher starter Brad Duffy and Freedom starter Daniel DeSimone were locked in

a pitcher’s duel up until the sixth inning. With the bases loaded, Brian Erie hit a grand-slam homerun off Brandon Mathes to give the Crushers a 5-1 lead. The Freedom were to play July 3-5 in Joliet, Ill., before returning home for three games before the All-Star break. Florence will host Evansville July 6-8 before the Frontier League All-Star Game July 11. Games will be broadcast on Real Talk 1160 and Florence took a 23-19 record into Joliet. The Freedom were in third place in the East Division, five games behind first-place Traverse City (28-13) and 1.5 games out of a playoff berth. Chris Curley continued to be one of the league’s top offensive threats, batting .360 with 10 home runs and 43 RBI. Outfielder Cole Miles is hitting .299 with12 steals. Peter Fatse is hitting .297 and is second on the team in RBI with 29. The Freedom are fifth in the league in runs scored, and in contrast to most years, lead the league in stolen bases at nearly two per contest. Florence is also third in the league in home runs. Florence has a 4.01 team ERA, which is ninth in the league but half a run behind first place Traverse City in a tight statistical race. The starting pitching has been strong, led by Sean Gregory with a 3.35 ERA and Andres Caceres with four wins.

BLACK MAMBAS WIN Girls go undefeated in Stevens tourney

The Black Mambas, a U14 Kings soccer team out of Independence, went undefeated and won the U14 Silver Division of the Seth Stevens Memorial Soccer Tournament. They are coached by Brad Turney and Jon Chambers. Pictured are (back row) Kendra Chambers, Leila Gosto, Abbie Thatcher, Amber Greis, Makenzie Thelen, Emery Fritz, (middle row) Rachel Hatfield, Courtney Morgan, Hannah Walters, Haley Wiles, Allison McCauley, Abbie Buckner, Courtney Pangallo, (front row) Brooke Chilson, Katie Adams, Faith Turney, and Gillian Morris. Karena Holthaus is not pictured. THANKS TO BRAD TURNEY


Collaboration key to community success would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the folks of the 63rd House District! I am so honored to serve such a Diane politically enSt. Onge gaged commuCOMMUNITY nity. RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST Last week, when I was shopping for candy for parades, a gentleman and his wife approached me in line and said, “We voted for you and we’re counting on you!”


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As I write this, I am looking forward to joining many of you in participating in Fourth of July festivities. One of the distinct privileges we have in America is celebrating the Independence Day of our great nation. Another honor and privilege we have is voting. It takes time and effort to be informed about your candidates and to follow up by casting your vote by absentee ballot or in person at your precinct voting place. Voter turnout in our 63rd District was almost double that reported by news sources for the statewide turnout in the presidential primary election. I


As I accepted the trust that was conveyed by these words, I replied with “And I’m counting on you!” I firmly believe that I can best serve and represent you when we work together in a collaborative relationship of ongoing communication, mutual respect and trust. Please stay involved, for the good of our district, our region, our commonwealth and our nation. God bless! Diane St. Onge, R-Lakeside Park, is the state representative-elect for the 63rd District in the Kentucky House of Representatives.


Abuse: Tragedy in a sea of silence

The Jerry Sandusky case is a tragic reminder of what occurs daily in communities across this nation and in Northern Kentucky. Children are being sexually abused, exploited, physically abused and neglected, and they are waiting for adults – any adult – to stand up and protect them. The Northern Kentucky Children’s Advocacy Center, Women’s Crisis Center and The Family Nurturing Center are three nonprofit organizations in Northern Kentucky committed to helping and healing children and families who have experienced child abuse. The victims in the Sandusky trial had the courage to speak out. That isn’t always the case, and so often, adults who suspect abuse remain silent, compounding the tragedy as well as the impact. As adults, we must understand the risks and the signs of child abuse. We need to talk openly with our children about their bodies and safety. We need to let children know we are interested in understanding their friendships, their relationships, their feelings and their lives. We need to minimize one-on-one contact between adults and children. We need to advocate for children, taking the time to talk to organizations about their child abuse prevention policies. Most important, we need to get involved and trust our instincts. This is the role

of every adult in every situation: When an adult suspects abuse, it simply must be COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST reported. COLUMNISTS Silence is not an option! The Penn State tragedy started when the first child was hurt, and it continued amid a sea of silence. The final tragedy was that the victims grew into adults and continued to suffer – again, in silence – for years. As three organizations that serve children and families in Northern Kentucky, we want every adult in Northern Kentucky to take a stand and say this will not happen to our children, in our families and in our communities. For information on each of the organizations identified and for evidence-based child abuse prevention programs that each organization offers, please visit our websites: » Northern Kentucky Children’s Advocacy Center: » Women’s Crisis Center: » Family Nurturing Center:

Vickie Henderson, Marsha Croxton and Jane Herms

Vickie A. Henderson, Northern Kentucky Children’s Advocacy Center executive director; Marsha Croxton is Women’s Crisis Center executive director; and Jane Herms if Family Nurturing executive director.

Working to unlock U.S. fuels Bob and Mary Lou Lewis joined their twin grandchildren Logan and Lorelai for a celebration of grandparents at Villa Madonna Academy on April 20. Logan’s painting of a tree is in the background. THANKS TO DEBBIE YOUNG

How should the winners govern? As November’s elections get closer, two very different approaches to wielding power are on offer. The first has characterized most of our nation’s history: a willingness to engage in robust debate over competing ideas, work across ideological divides, and above all find a way to strike a deal and move forward. Its emphasis is on problemsolving and finding workable solutions to the great problems that confront us. It is what has made possible most of the great pieces of legislation that have shaped this nation – everything from rural electrification to federal highways. The other approach has been on view more often than not in the House, and was prominent in the Indiana Republican primary that recently ended in the defeat of Sen. Richard Lugar. It holds that in order to achieve policy goals it’s crucial to purify the party, purge it of moderates, and work hard to reach overwhelming, possibly even permanent, political victory. It rests on a belief that the political philosophies at large in the country

right now are irreconcilable, and that reaching a compromise in the interest of moving legislation is imposLee sible without Hamilton betraying core principles. In COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST this view, COLUMNIST Washington does not need more collegiality, it needs less. This is not an irrational or illegitimate approach to governing. There are plenty of politicians of both major parties who have, at one time or another, advocated this approach. But there’s a practical problem with it: It is very hard to make work. The kinds of majorities that make ideologically pure legislating possible don’t come along very often – and when they do, they don’t tend to last very long. Moreover, legislation that has bipartisan support tends not just to be more durable and of a higher quality than if it does not, it is also easier to implement. As a governing



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tactic, ideological purity has enormous practical difficulties. Nonetheless, in the upcoming election these two approaches – negotiation and flexibility vs. unyielding dedication to an ideology – will both be part of the package of issues that voters must weigh. Which makes it crucial that candidates talk not only about policy, but also about process – not only about where they want the country to go, but also about how they expect it to get there. Which approach do they favor? If they get into office, how will they govern? Their answers will make a difference in how we as a nation tackle the challenges that confront us. So as campaign season truly gets under way and the candidates who would represent you start showing up to ask for your vote, don’t let them off the hook: Ask them not just what they want to accomplish, but how they’ll go about it. Lee Hamilton is director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years.

Buried largely beneath the Alaskan tundra and coastal waters is a 145.5 billion barrel vault of recoverable oil, nearly eight times our measured oil reserves. This does not count our vast supply of untapped oil shale in the Western part of the U.S., which a modest estimate places at 800 billion recoverable barrels. Our potential supply of natural gas totals more than 2,000 trillion cubic feet. It is widely acknowledged that these resources could satisfy American demand for hundreds of years. If only the president would let us use them. In the last three and a half years, the administration has taken several actions to restrict access to our abundant supply of oil and natural gas. Approvals of oil drilling permits have decreased 36 percent since President Obama took office. The president has also declined to fully approve construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, an artery that would carry at least 500,000 barrels of oil a day from Canada to the Gulf and support the creation of 20,000 direct and 180,000 indirect jobs. Earlier this year, the Interior Department proposed to reduce lands available for oil shale development in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah by more

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than 75 percent. This area is known as the Green River Formation. It contains the world’s largGeoff est deposits of Davis oil shale. As a GenCOMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST eral AccountCOLUMNIST ing Office official recently testified before the House, “The federal government is in a unique position to influence the development of oil shale because nearly threequarters of the oil shale within the Green River Formation lies beneath federal lands.” Additionally, the administration has jeopardized energy exploration on public lands done through hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” by introducing duplicative and costly regulations. It is clear that despite the rhetoric, President Obama’s administration is determined to hamstring the domestic production of energy in America. The road to energy security and prosperity begins in our backyard, because we have the means and the technology to power America with American power. U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis, R-Hebron, is a member of the House of Representatives.

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Trolley Park in Park Hills is regularly updated with fresh flowers and here’s the latest by the Park Hills Garden Club. A patriotic theme is just in time for the Fourth of July. THANKS TO VICTORIA FOX

By Nancy Daly


t’s a labor of love to maintain a great garden, especially during a blazing hot summer like this one. You see them throughout Kenton and Boone counties, gardens offering a blast of bright colors or a mild mix of whites and pastels. It’s an expression of the homeowner, because a great garden doesn’t happen on its own. The Recorder invited readers to send photos of “Great Gardens” and we got 25 pretty great photos. We’ll present them this week and next. Peggy Harris of Park Hills said it’s hard to pin down the secret of her great garden, considering how poor the soil is. “But I imagine it’s just spending a lot of time with my flowers,” said Harris, who retired from a 38-year teaching career three years ago. She now spends her free time gardening. “It’s become an addiction,”

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she said. “In fact I’d much rather shop for a new perennial than a new pair of shoes!” Theresa Heuser of Edgewood has lived at 77 Dudley Pike in a house built in 1946. “I have lived here 25 years and have worked diligently to maintain its original appearance and landscape. Through the years I have been able to bring it all back to life by bordering the nostalgia with fresh summer flowers,” Heuser said. Her large blue hydrangea bush has been in the front yard 35 years and continues to bloom each season. She uses old benches, wheelbarrows, chairs and watering cans to accent her yard. “People drive by and stop everyday to tell me how much they enjoy and appreciate the beauty of the flowers,” Heuser said. Another popular place to stop and see the flowers is the Trolley Park area of Park Hills. The Park Hills Garden Club works hard to set flowers with a seasonal theme – including a Fourth of July scene this week.

Dan Humpert of 51 Hudson Ave. in Lakeside Park has a Japanese dogwood that motorists stop to see. “Everything was just spectacular this spring,” Humpert said. “Also the Japanese maple in the background and rhododendron looked fantastic with contrasting colors.” Thanks to all who participated and watch for more photos next week. If readers like “Great Gardens” we’ll do it again next summer. Enjoy!

A relexing scene at Peggy Harris’s backyard in Park Hills. PROVIDED

Theresa Heuser has maintained her garden at 77 Dudley Pike in Edgewood for 25 years. PROVIDED

Great garden work in progress Dan Humpert of Lakeside Park shared this photo of a Japanese dogwood. The Japanese maple in the background and the rhododendron look fantastic with contrasting colors. PROVIDED

By Sandy Wright Kathy O’Brien is shown in the front garden at her residence in the Kingsgate subdivision in Burlington. PROVIDED

A cat makes its way through the Hayden family’s garden in Florence. PROVIDED


To begin, Great Gardens don’t just happen as we all wish they did. First, of course, you must set in place a plan that will end with the desired result. Do your research on various aspects of the garden you wish to develop. Seek the advice of professionals in your area as well as information from the Internet. The end result should be a working design on paper to follow during the installation. Second, you must install the plants and hardscape items using Best Horticulture Practices. If you need help you may want to contract a local landscape contractor to do the installation. Third, upon completion you

must immediately begin to maintain the garden using those Best Horticulture Practices. Examples of this are: pruning, fertilizing, deadheading, Sandy pest control and Wright adding color with Rightway perennials and Garden annuals. Center Your new garden will respond to the care you give it and should improve each year. You may find that you wish you had done something differently, so MOVE IT to a different area in the garden and enjoy its new placement. Obviously color is the single most important feature in most gardens and that can be achieved

by using extensive annual and perennial beds. These annual and perennial beds need to be planned, designed, installed and maintained in the same manner as the initial planting in the garden. Beyond plants and hardscape items in the garden you can add benches, water features, statuary and wind chimes that will enhance everyone’s experience while visiting the garden. This “Great Garden” you develop will be a wonderful experience for many years to come and you will find new ideas for the garden yearly and it will become “A true work in progress for many years to come for you and all of its visitors.” Sandy Wright is owner of Rightway Nursery & Landscaping Inc.


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, JULY 6 Art Centers & Art Museums Funny Mirrors, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 27 W. Seventh St., Works by artists Jeff Casto, Billy Simms and Helena Cline. Curated by Katie Rentzke. Asks questions about values we hold as individuals and how those values play out in society. Free. 859-292-2322; Covington.

Art Exhibits Color Wheel in the Brain: The Art and Life of Dr. Wolfgang Ritschel, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Celebrate life and work of Dr. Wolfgang Ritschel through artist’s visionary blending of color, sight and perception in his paintings, stained glass pieces and sculpture. $7, $6 seniors, $4 children. Through Aug. 12. 859-491-4003; Covington.

The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra will host a "Friendship Concert," in conjunction with the 2012 World Choir Games 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 7 at Devou Park in Covington. For more information, visit Pictured is the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. THANKS TO JIM FAUSZ

Dining Events Dinner Fish Fry, 4:30-8 p.m., Knights of Columbus 3908, Father Bealer Council, 605 Lytle Ave., Menu includes: fish sandwich platters that include large breaded cod on rye or white bread, macaroni and cheese or fries and coleslaw. Jumbo and popcorn shrimp platters as well. Other sides include cheese sticks, saratoga chips and onion rings. Family friendly. 859-342-6643. Elsmere.

Exercise Classes 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 St. Pius X Parish Festival, 6 p.m.-midnight, St. Pius X Church, 348 Dudley Road, Rides, games, food, music, silent auction and raffle with possible $50,000 grand prize. Benefits St. Pius X Parish. Free. 859-341-4900; Edgewood.

Holiday - Independence Day Independence Day Celebration, 5 p.m., Independence Senior and Community Center, 2001 Jack Woods Drive, Silent auction 5-9:30 p.m. Music by Mike Heile at 7 p.m. Presented by City of Independence. 859356-6264; Independence.

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.

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

Saturday, July 7 Art Exhibits Color Wheel in the Brain: The Art and Life of Dr. Wolfgang Ritschel, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, $7, $6 seniors, $4 children. 859-4914003; Covington.

Community Dance Kentucky Kuzzins, 8-10:30 p.m., Promenade Palace, 3630 Decoursey Pike, Mainstream level Western-style square dance club for experienced dancers. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. Through Dec. 1. 513-9292427. Covington.

Dance Classes Ballroom Dance Boot Camp, 1-3 p.m. Waltz., Step-N-Out Studio, 721 Madison Road, Taught by Jozsef Parragh, International Ballroom Dance Champion. No partner necessary. All dance levels welcome. Refreshments provided. Ages 18 and up. $20, $60 all four weeks. 773-332-5377. Covington.


The Naked Karate Girls will perform 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 12 at Newport on the Levee. Pictured are the Naked Karate Girls. FILE PHOTO

St. Pius X Parish Festival, 6 p.m.-midnight, St. Pius X Church, Free. 859-341-4900; Edgewood. Newport Motorcycle Rally, noon-11 p.m., Festival Park Newport, Free. 859-912-2509; Newport.

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Health / Wellness Healthy Happy Hour, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., All Star Performance Training, 8419 U.S. 42, Energy drinks and protein drink cocktails along with samples of nutritional bar hors d’oeuvres. Ages 18 and up. Through Sept. 1. 859-912-0764; Elsmere.

hotel/spending money. Ages 21 and up. Free for spectators. Presented by The Northern Kentucky Poker Tour. 440-2180559; Erlanger.

Holiday - Independence Day Independence Day Celebration, 4-11 p.m. Parade will be at 3 p.m., starting at Summit View Middle School and ending at park for rides and food vendors. Music by Seth Michael at 7 p.m. and fireworks at 10 p.m., Independence Memorial Park, 2001 Jack Woods Parkway, Free. Presented by City of Independence. 859-356-6264. Independence. 4th For Our Soldiers Celebration, 4:30 p.m.-midnight Rain or shine., Arborwood Subdivision, 4657 Catalpa Court, Celebration of military: active/ overseas/inactive/veterans and their families. Bring donation for troops; list of items available online. Free. Presented by 4th For Our Soldiers. 859-912-1796; Burlington.

Music - Choral Friendship Concert, 4 p.m., Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky, 200 Home Road, Devou Park, Free Performance by World Choir Games participants. Free. Presented by 2012 World Choir Games. 513-9776363; Covington. Friendship Concert, 7 p.m., Devou Park, 1344 Audubon Road, Free performance by World Choir Games participants. Free. Presented by 2012 World Choir Games. 513-977-6363; Covington.

Music - Concerts Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Summer Series: In Perfect Harmony. KSO hosts World Choir Games Friendship Concert., Devou Park, 1344 Audubon Road, Amphitheater. Bring seating, picnics welcome. Free, $5 suggested donation. Presented by Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. 859-431-6216; Covington. Beardfest, 2 p.m.-1 a.m. Scheduled to appear: Kill Box, Wicked Intent, Scarangella, Between the Bones, Stained Glass Jesus, Soul Rot, Black Cloud Syndrome, Vile Indignation, Vehement Demise, Old One and others., The Thompson House, 24 E. Third St., $10. 859-261-7469; Newport.

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.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 11 Art Exhibits

Commonwealth Theatre Co. will perform The Foreigner now through July 22 at Northern Kentucky University. Dinner and show tickets cost $30. For more information, call 859-572-5464. Pictured is Roderick Justice as Charlie Baker. THANKS TO MIKKI SCHAFFNER 859-426-1042; Crestview Hills.

Sunday, July 8 Art Exhibits Color Wheel in the Brain: The Art and Life of Dr. Wolfgang Ritschel, 1 p.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, $7, $6 seniors, $4 children. 859-4914003; Covington.

Festivals St. Pius X Parish Festival, 5-11 p.m., St. Pius X Church, Free. 859-341-4900; Edgewood.

Karaoke and Open Mic Don Heinrich Tolzman, 1 p.m., Fort Wright City Building, 409 Kyles Lane, Author discusses "Germans from the Tri-State in the Civil War." Part of the Military Lecture Series. Four sessions: $18 non-members, $15 members; lecture: $5 nonmembers, $4 members. Presented by James A. Ramage Civil War Museum. 859-578-6399. Fort Wright.

Music - Choral Friendship Concert, 4 p.m., MainStrasse Village, Main Street, Free performance by World Choir Games participants. Free. Presented by 2012 World Choir Games. 513-977-6363; Covington.

Monday, July 9 Karaoke and Open Mic

.com. 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, July 10 Art Exhibits Color Wheel in the Brain: The Art and Life of Dr. Wolfgang Ritschel, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, $7, $6 seniors, $4 children. 859-4914003; Covington.

Community Dance 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.

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

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

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



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; www.boonecountybridgecenter-

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/

Music - Jazz

Color Wheel in the Brain: The Art and Life of Dr. Wolfgang Ritschel, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, $7, $6 seniors, $4 children. 859-4914003; Covington.

Civic Kenton County Conservation District Board Meeting, 5-6:30 p.m., Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission, 2332 Royal Drive, Regular meeting to discuss conservation district programs, projects and activities. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Kenton County Conservation District. 859-5867903. Fort Mitchell. Kentucky Condo Act: What Every Association Must Know, 6-8 p.m., Courtyard by Marriott - Covington, 500 W. Third St., Learn about changes to Kentucky’s Condominium Law. Ages 18 and up. $35, $25 members. Registration required. Presented by Community Associations Institute Kentucky. 502515-1977; Covington.

Health / Wellness Runner’s Injury Clinic, 5-6:30 p.m., St. Elizabeth Edgewood Sports Medicine, 830 Thomas More Parkway, Receive assistance from local medical providers, including physical therapists, athletic trainers, physicians and registered dietitian. Free. Registration required. Presented by Bob Roncker’s Running Spot. 859-301-5600; Edgewood. Weight Loss Class, 5:30-6 p.m., Lakeside Christian Church, 195 Buttermilk Pike, $60 for 12-week membership. First class free. Presented by Equipped Ministries. 859-802-8965; Lakeside Park.

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.

THURSDAY, JULY 12 Art Exhibits Color Wheel in the Brain: The

Art and Life of Dr. Wolfgang Ritschel, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, $7, $6 seniors, $4 children. 859-4914003; 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, 12:30-2 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.

Health / Wellness Wellness by the Book, 7 p.m. Theme: Stroke (warning signs, prevention tips, resources available)., Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2785 Dixie Highway, Each month, St. Elizabeth professionals share information and suggest corresponding book on variety of health and wellness hot topics. Free. Presented by St. Elizabeth Healthcare. 859-3016300; Crestview Hills.

Music - Acoustic The Turkeys, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Zola, 626 Main St., Folk rock. Free. 859-261-7510. Covington.

Music - Choral Friendship Concert, 6:30 p.m., Mary Ann Mongan Library, 502 Scott Blvd., Free performance by World Choir Games participants. Free. Presented by 2012 World Choir Games. 513-977-6363; Covington. Friendship Concert, 7:30 p.m., Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Free performance by World Choir Games participants. Free. Presented by 2012 World Choir Games. 513-977-6363; Newport.

Music - Concerts Big K.R.I.T., 7 p.m. Hosted by DJ Etrayn. Live from the Underground Tour., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Hip hop recording artist and record producer. $20, $15 advance. 859-491-2444; Covington.

Music - Folk Music@BCM: Roger Drawdy and The Firestarters, 6-9 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, $5. 859491-4003; Covington.



Reader shares Silverglade’s chicken salad clone

Annie Hoffman’s clone of Silverglade’s chicken salad For Judy S. I talked to the folks at Silverglade’s, who said their recipe is proprietary, just as they had told me a few years ago when other readers wanted it. Annie Hoffman,

about the butter pecan cake which I shared with you recently and which I’ve adapted somewhat. It’s on my blog). 1 pound or so Italian sausage links (I used 8 oz. each mild and hot), grilled and sliced into coins* 1 pound rigatoni pasta, cooked 3 tablespoons olive oil 2 cloves of garlic, minced (2 teaspoons or so) 1 large red, yellow or orange bell pepper, or 2 medium, chopped or cut into strips 1 jar favorite pasta sauce (I used Kroger marinara) Fresh parsley, chopped Parmesan cheese

Grilled sausage rigatoni starts with store-bought pasta sauce. THANKS TO JUSTIN HAWTHORNE a loyal reader, reminded me that she had cloned this recipe way back when and shared it with us. So here’s Annie’s recipe again, which hopefully will work for Judy. ½ cup whipping cream, whipped 1 cup real mayonnaise 2½ cups cooked chicken breast 1 cup celery, finely chopped 1 cup small seedless green or purple grapes 1 cup toasted walnuts, chopped 1 teaspoon minced fresh onion 1 teaspoon salt

Combine ingredients as follows: whip the cream

and add the mayo, then add all the rest and chill for at least three hours. You can add your own spices, or hard boiled egg if you like – it is still as good!

Courtney Vonderhaar’s grilled sausage rigatoni If I get a taste of something really good, I just have to have the recipe. Here’s the story of this one. I was at son Jason’s house and Jess, his wife, was telling me about a spicy pasta dish her neighbor, Courtney, a Mount Washington reader, brought over for them to

Organizations team to promote vaccinations during July Community Recorder

“Cover Your Bases, Get Immunized” is the theme of a new effort from the Let’s Immunize Northern Kentucky coalition in partnership with the Florence Freedom baseball team. Efforts to promote community immunity through childhood vaccines will begin in July and culminate with an immunization awareness night at the Freedom game Saturday, Aug. 18. During the month of July, any child who visits one of the Northern Kentucky Health Department’s county health centers or any HealthPoint Family Care office will be checked to see if he/she is up-to-date on routine immunizations. Those children who meet requirements for their age will be offered the chance to enter a drawing for four tickets to the Aug. 18 Freedom game. A total of eight tickets will be given away, with the drawing held in early August. The whole community then is invited to promote immunizations Aug. 18. During the Freedom game with the Southern Illinois Miners, the LINK coalition

will have videos, games and an informational booth to promote childhood immunizations. To buy tickets in advance, please visit “Vaccines are among the most successful and cost effective tools we have to prevent disease and death,” said Sonya Moseley RN, BSN, LINK Chair. “They not only help protect vaccinated individuals from developing potentially serious diseases, but they also help protect entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious agents. We want to celebrate the power of vaccines and use the Freedom partnership as an opportunity to remind parents of the importance of immunizations.” Today, children can be vaccinated against 14 diseases before age 2. According to the CDC’s National Immunization Survey, 79 percent of Kentucky children aged 19 to 35 months have received needed vaccines, such as diphtheria, tetanus, measles, meningitis and hepatitis B. Kentucky’s rates are slightly higher than the national av-

sample. Luke, my 11 year old grandson, ate it so fast there was hardly a taste left. The dish starts with a store-bought pasta sauce, to which you add bell peppers, garlic and grilled Italian sausages. Jess fixed it when we came to dinner, and I was hooked. I made it on my Union Township cable show “Love Starts in the Kitchen.” Everyone came back for seconds. This is a nice dish to tote to someone who may be under the weather. (They also raved


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erage, which is 72 percent vaccine coverage for children aged 19 to 35 months. “Vaccinations should be a routine part of your child’s health care,” said Moseley. “Vaccines are also accessible to all. A federal program called Vaccines for Children provides vaccines at little to no cost to eligible children under age 19 who otherwise wouldn’t be vaccinated because of inability to pay. The program is provided locally by the Health Department, HealthPoint and many physicians’ offices.” The LINK coalition was established in June of 2007. The group is committed to providing complete, up-todate and reliable information about vaccines and the diseases they prevent for the Northern Kentucky community and health care professionals. It is comprised of more than 20 organizations, including the Northern Kentucky Health Department, HealthPoint Family Care, Gateway Community and Technical College, and the United Way of Greater Cincinnati. For more information, please visit

St. Cecilia's Summer Concert Series welcomes After Midnight 6-11 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at the church, 5313 Madison Pike, Independence.

After Midnight brings 70s flavors from Styx and Led Zeppelin to K. C. and the Sunshine Band and the Bee Gees. The concert series continues with American Graffiti Band 6-11 p.m. Sat-

urday, Aug. 11, at the church. American Graffiti Band plays the best of the 50s, 60s, and 70s. For more information, visit

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It was just last week that a reader told me the recipe I shared recently for Don Deimling’s “delicious salad dressing” has not only become a family favorite, but one that is requested by Rita friends, as Heikenfeld well. RITA’S KITCHEN “It’s as good as School House restaurant’s,” she said. I know the restaurant can’t share their recipe, which to my palate has a bit more onion, but they’re pretty close. I’m sharing this story because Don, who was one of our best friends, passed away this week. I can just imagine him now making his salad dressing, along with his awesome goetta, for the angels in heaven. I think they’re both destined to become favorites up there, too. (The dressing recipe is still on my blog at


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New home sales rose in May at the fastest pace in two years. Record low interest rates are driving more people into the housing market and prompting builders to start building again. But unless you’re careful, building a new house can be more costly than you ever imagined. Russ Loges learned that when looking for a house you need to get more than just a real estate agent. His experience in Liberty Township is one from which we can all learn. “We had hoped to move in within four months of the house building starting – so we had hoped to move in about a year ago,” Loges said. After signing the contract with a builder, Loges learned the first problem was ground could not be broken without a significant amount of engineer-


ing work due to the configuration of the lot. Next, Loges says he learned there were Howard financial Ain problems. HEY HOWARD! “We were trying to save money and paint the house ourselves when I noticed a lot of subcontractors coming and going looking for payment … They came into the house looking for the builder,” Loges says. Eventually Loges was able to get money from the mortgage company to pay some of the contractors – and he had to pay others out of his own pocket. He now estimates the house has gone over budget by about $45,000. “This is my first housing-building experience. Basically, everything that could go wrong has gone wrong,” Loges said. Loges says there was so little money left on the construction loan he had to spend his own money for, among other things, kitchen cabinets, appliances and plumbing fix-

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Sept. 2. Tickets to the event include access to the party tent, live music, dinner-bythe-bite, drink tickets, and free parking. Tickets are limited. Tickets are $100 per person, but tickets purchased before Thursday, Aug. 23 receive a $10 off discount.

Newport on the Levee is throwing an exclusive party for Riverfest. Riverfest Party on the Plaza is a private, gated event held within a party tent on the Levee’s Riverfront Plaza, next to the Newport Aquarium, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday,

tures. At one point he found a lien had been placed on the house by a lumber company so he ended up paying that out of his own pocket again. Loges says he’s learned a valuable lesson. “I didn’t put the proper legal protection in place … I would go beyond a real estate agent and go to a lawyer if I ever did another real estate transaction like this.” I contacted the builder who blames a lot of cost overruns on change-orders from Loges. He also says kitchen appliances were more expensive than budgeted. After I talked with him, the builder agreed to sign papers for the bank to release the remainder of the construction loan money to Loges so workers could be paid. A new Ohio law gives the state attorney general more authority to investigate builder complaints, but the best thing to do when buying a house is get your own lawyer at the same time you get a real estate agent.

Group tickets and corporate tables are also available. Contact for group ticket information and prices. To keep up-to-date with complete event details for Party on the Plaza and other Levee happenings, visit

Whooping cough on the rise around infants should be vaccinated with the Tdap booster shot, which will provide renewed protection against whooping cough. Parents, grandparents and caregivers are strongly encouraged to get their booster shot. Parents of young children should also make sure that their child has been vaccinated for whooping cough, typically given in a combination shot called DTaP, which includes vaccine for tetanus and diphtheria as well. The vaccine is usually given in five doses, with the doses at two months, four months, six months, 15 to 18 months and 4 to 6 years old. The Tdap vaccine is available for $4 by appointment at the Northern

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Northern Kentucky is now among the regions of the country experiencing higher than usual numbers of whooping cough, also known as pertussis. The illness can be severe for infants under age 1. Since January, 39 cases of whooping cough have been reported in Northern Kentucky. In comparison, the region averaged 25 cases of whooping cough per year between 2003 and 2009. During an outbreak in 2010, 127 cases were reported. Of the cases reported thus far in 2012, seven were in children 1 year of age or under, who are at higher risk for serious complications from the disease. Anyone who plans to be

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Kentucky Health Department’s four county health centers. For locations and phone numbers, visit www.nkyhealth. org/locations. Early symptoms of whooping cough include: runny nose, sneezing, lowgrade fever and a mild cough. After a week or two, a persistent cough develops which occurs in explosive bursts, sometimes ending with a high-pitched whoop and vomiting. Individuals who have a cough lasting more than two weeks or one that progressively gets worse are advised to contact their health care provider. For more information on whooping cough, visit pertussis.

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tritionally balanced with healthy proteins, crisper vegetables, al dente pastas and flavorful sauces. With more food choice and flexibility of meal time, these meals are far superior to traditional home delivered

meals. In Senior Services’ sideby side taste testing with seniors in Northern Kentucky, nine out of 10 seniors preferred the chilled-tohot meal over the traditional delivered-hot meal. Tra-

ditional home delivered meals are cooked early in the morning and then held hot for a very long time before arriving on the table at lunchtime. Or worse, many meals are left on the kitchen counter opening up the

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picture and that’s 24 pounds a year. For most of us that’s far better than what Julie House we acCOMMUNITY comRECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST plished last year. Need a little help? Below are my top five favorite ways to “slash and burn” 100 calories from my day. Cutting 100 calories out of your day:

Free ‘State of the Air’ air quality app available Community Recorder The American Lung Association developed a free State of the Air smartphone application to help people monitor whether their air is safe to breathe. This tool, which is available for Apple and Android, can be a valuable resource for people who have a lung disease like asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, people who have heart disease or diabetes, as well as older adults and children. The app is also useful for planning outdoor activities – hiking, biking or running. The American Lung Association app is available for Apple in the App

Store and for Android in Google Play or at The State of the Air app enables users to enter their ZIP code or use the geo-locator function to get current air quality conditions and the next-day air quality forecast. The app tracks levels of both ozone and particle pollution, and pushes out alerts if local air quality is code orange – unhealthy for sensitive groups – or worse. Depending on the severity of the day’s air pollution, the app will provide vital health recommendations – advising that outdoor activities should be rescheduled or that people who work outdoors should limit extended or

heavy exertion. Whether the air is code green, “good,” or code red, “unhealthy,” the app allows users to share their local air quality via email, Facebook or Twitter. The app also provides users with the opportunity to sign up to receive information from the American Lung Association on topics of particular interest to them. Users can also send an email to members of Congress through the app’s “speak up” function, which includes a template letter supporting the Clean Air Act. Air quality information is based on data made available to the public by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

» Skip the cheese on burgers, sandwiches and subs » Use skim milk instead of flavored creamer in two cups of coffee » Use 1 tbsp mayo and 1 tbsp low-fat cottage cheese to prepare tuna salad » “Hold” the crackers and lighten up on the cheese on your favorite 3-way » Reduce your regular soft drink by 10-12 oz. Burning up 100 calories: » Walk on a treadmill during your favorite 30

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How? Put Christ at the forefront in your journey. Remember what he says, “My grace is all you need. My power is made perfect in your weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 Embrace your weaknesses in weight loss, whatever they are. When we are weak, then He is strong. Julie House is a resident of Independence, and founder of Equipped Ministries, a Christian based health and wellness program with a focus on weight loss. She can be reached at 802-8965.

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Wilted tomatoes need more than water Question: I have three different varieties of tomato plants in my garden, and two plants of the same variety are now severely wilted, even though I soak them with water daily. Why is this happening? Answer: If the garden has recently been rototilled to remove weeds, you may have accidentally cut the roots off some of the plants. Also, some varieties of tomatoes will curl their leaves very easily in hot, dry weather. If your plants wilt down and don’t recover even after watering, however, it is probably due to walnut wilt or a

by overwatering. The first symptom of both diseases is a slight wilting of the plants. Symptoms also include strong downward bending of petioles (leaf stems), yellowing, wilting and dying of the lower leaves, often on one side of the plant. Early symptoms on the leaves may also include yellowing of V-shaped areas between the veins or leaf margins. Plants may wilt during the day and recover at night. Stunting occurs and plants may eventually die. A dark discoloration inside the stem can be found mainly near the base of the plant.

fungal wilt disease. Walnut and butternut trees contain a toxic substance called juMike glone that Klahr will stunt, HORTICULTURE yellow and CONCERNS kill tomatoes and certain other plants. If there’s not a walnut tree within 50-75 feet of your tomato plants, however, then the cause is most likely a fungus. Fusarium and Verticillium are two fungi that cause similar wilt diseases in tomato plants. Both are favored

UPCOMING CLASSES Enhancing Landscape Design with Garden Art: Mosaic Workshop: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, July 12, Boone County Extension Office. $15 fee includes lunch and materials. Call 859-586-6101 to register, or for more information. Starting Your Fall Vegetable Garden: 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, Boone County Extension Office. Call 859-5866101 to register, or enroll online at

Both fungi are common inhabitants of Kentucky soils. These fungi attack the plant through the roots and grow up through the water-conducting vessels (the vascular tissue). The cells in the vascular tissue are destroyed and water movement through this tissue is seriously impaired, causing wilting.

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Fusarium and Verticillium may be introduced to soils in several ways: old crop residues, transplants, wind, water, implementborne soils, or mulches. These fungi become established readily in most soils and can remain in the soil for years. When susceptible tomatoes are planted in infested soil, their roots

are also subject to attack by these fungi. The best control of these diseases is to select resistant tomato varieties. Such varieties are designated with the letter “V” or “F” in seed catalogs or on the plant label, to indicate resistance to Verticillium or Fusarium fungi. Variety names followed by the letters “VF” or “VFN” are resistant to both wilt diseases. The letter “N” signifies additional resistance to root-knot nematodes. Mike Klahr is the Boone County extension agent for horticulture.

Game honors Dummy Hoy Day Community Recorder Dummy Hoy Day will be 7:10 p.m. Monday, July 30, at Great American Ball Park. The event will honor Reds Hall of Famer Dummy Hoy and celebrate the rich culture shared by individuals who are deaf. Special activities include performing a signed version of “The Star Spangled Banner.” A block of seats have been reserved

in the Moon Deck where sign language interpreters will be available during the game. The Reds will play the San Diego Padres. The Hearing Speech & Deaf Center of Greater Cincinnati is hosting the event with PNC Bank. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased at or by calling 513-221-0527. Inquire about special pricing for those in the deaf community.

Family Promise gets a car for free Community Recorder Family Promise of Northern Kentucky (formerly the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Northern Kentucky), recently received a 2002 Toyota Highlander car for free. Charity Cars, a national nonprofit that donates cars to assist struggling families in their transition from dependency to selfsufficiency, notified Family Promise in January of their intention to give the agency a free car. Charity Cars then worked closely with local

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that empowers Northern Kentucky children and their families experiencing temporary homelessness to attain sustainable independence. “This is such a blessing to the families we serve,” said Lisa Desmarais, executive director. The car has an estimated value of $9,000. Family Promise plans to use the car to transport families in its programs to doctor’s appointments, social services appointments and job interviews. The car will also pick up families who lack their own private transportation to get to the shelter.

Home Instead offers Alzheimer’s workshops Community Recorder Families can learn more about a new approach to caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia in online workshops hosted by Home Instead Senior Care. In-person workshops will be 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Thursdays, Aug. 2-23, at the Home Instead office, 268 Main St., Florence. Developed by the Home Instead network, in conjunction with a team of the top Alzheimer’s experts in North America, the Alzheimer’s CARE Program uses an approach that taps into long-term memories to help families cope with the

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July 11, in lab room 304. Cost is $30. Registration deadline is Friday, July 6. “Facebook for Business” will teach participants how to best use Facebook to market their businesses. This two-session course will be 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, and Thursday, July 19, in lab room 211. Cost is $50. Registration deadline is Friday, July 13. “LinkedIn Basics” will teach participants the ba-

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INDEPENDENCE Arrests/citations Angela D. Roppe, 40, 9432 Gettysburg Lane, executed Kenton County warrant for shoplifting at Charwood Circle, June 15. David P. McCauley, 22, 4231 Beechgrove Drive, No. 3, executed Kenton County warrant for failure to appear at 4231 Beechgrove Drive, June 17. Branden L. Faulkner, 26, 106 Harlan St. No. 2, executed grant County warrant for criminal mischief at 946 Regal Ridge Road, June 20. Joshua D. Johnson, 27, 580 Bessinger Drive, executed Campbell County warrant for failure to produce insurance card at Beechgrove Drive & Oakwood, June 15. Chelsea L. Woodall, 20, 4258 Aspen Drive, No. 12, DUI at 4204 Briarwood Drive, June 20. Kyle G. Bolton, 20, 667 Skyway Drive, executed Kenton County warrant for reckless driving at 667 Skyway Drive, June 20. Jennifer L. Klein, 54, 1483 Walton Nicholson Road, DUI, failure to produce insurance card, careless driving, possession of open alcohol container in motor vehicle at Cadillac Drive, June 15. Jenna L. Eversole, 21, 208 Vienna Woods Drive, disorderly conduct at 420 Independence Station Road, June 16. Sheri D. Lusby, 41, 4086 Circlewood Drive, executed Kenton County warrant for theft by deception, possession of controlled substance at 377 Florence Drive, June 16.

Incidents/ investigations Burglary Television stolen at 1276 Constitution Drive, June 21. Collectible coins and bills and DVD movies stolen at 4268 Aspen Drive, June 22. Handgun and television stolen at 4331 Cobblewood Drive,


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. June 22. Burglary, criminal mischief Air conditioning system and furnace stolen at 1333 Chateau Court, June 25. Criminal mischief Glass door broken at 4189 Richardson Road, June 21. Criminal mischief, burglary Window screens damaged at 10174 Meadow Glen Drive, June 25. Shoplifting Merchandise stolen at 3960 Turkeyfoot Road, June 22. Theft Washer and dryer parts stolen at 4011 Bramblewood Drive, June 16. Laptop stolen from car at 1134 Chestnut Court, June 20. CDs and textbooks stolen from car at 4183 Birnam Drive, June 21.

TAYLOR MILL Arrests/citations Robert Campbell, 29, 3238 N. Talbot, executed Kenton County warrant for failure to appear at 5227 Taylor Mill Road, June 19. Austin T. Sparks, 21, 274 Friendship Loop, DUI, reckless driving, speeding 15 miles over the limit at 275, June 25.

Incidents/ investigations Shoplifting Merchandise stolen at 5016 Old Taylor Mill Road, June 21. Theft Bank card used for unauthorized withdrawals at 5043 Sandman Drive, No. 33, June 21.

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truck. His wife, Mary Ann Brophy; a grandchild; a great-grandchild; brother, Joseph Edwin Brophy; and sister, Virginia Margaret Marosi, died previously. Survivors include his sons, Leo J. Brophy III, James P. Brophy, and John H. Brophy, all of Fort Wright, and Jerry P. Brophy of Edgewood; daughter, Mary Ann Corsmeier of Florence; sister, Mary Jane Donadio; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two great-greatgrandchildren. Burial was at St. Mary Cemetery. Memorials: Elana Brophy Memorial Foundation, 580 Garden Way, Edgewood, KY 41017 or St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 South Loop Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Michael E. Apgar, 63, of Florence, died June 25, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Florence. He was exceptionally active in the Northern Kentucky community as well as retired from both Cincinnati Bell and Sanitation District One, where he was the director of governmental affairs. His father, Gene M. Apgar, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Jeanne Apgar of Florence; sons, Casey Apgar of Erlanger and Jacob Apgar of Owensboro; daughter, Andrea Padgett of Fort Thomas; four grandchildren; mother, Helen Patricia; sisters, Susane Seay of White Stone, Va., Tana Housh of Sardinia, Ohio, and Lisa Gilkilson of Batavia, Ohio; and brother Pete Apgar of Owensville, Ohio. Burial was at St. Stephen Cemetery in Fort Thomas.

John Burcham John D. Burcham, 58, of Burlington, died June 22, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a salesman at Winwater Works, a member of Burlington Baptist Church, the board of the Burlington Cemetery prior to his illness, and a longtime coach of local youth athletics. Survivors include his wife, Debbie Burcham of Burlington; sons, Blake Burcham of Edgewood and Brett Burcham of Burlington; one grandchild; mother, Luella Burcham of Belleview Bottoms; and siblings, Ronnie Burcham of Hebron, Larry Burcham, Jim Burcham, Barry Burcham and Hope Ryle, all of Burlington. Burial was at Burlington Cemetery. Memorials: Burlington Baptist Church, 3031 Washington St., Burlington, KY 41005.

Charlotte Bowling Charlotte Ann Henderson Bowling, 72, of Florence, died June 7, 2012. A son, James Rose; a daughter, Vicky Rose; and a brother, Carl Eugene Henderson, died previously. Survivors include her sisters, Carolyn Henderson Hess of Florence and Virginia Henderson Kitchel of Independence; and brother, Ronald Henderson of Las Vegas. Memorials: Northern Kentucky Right to Life, St. Elizabeth Hospice or Community Family Church.

Leo Brophy Leo J. Brophy Jr., 96, of Fort Wright, died June 26, 2012, at his residence. He was the founder of Brophy Insurance and Real Estate Inc., an Army veteran of World War II where he served with the 254th Infantry Regiment, 63rd Division, a lifelong member of St. Agnes Parish, one of the founding fathers of the city of Fort Wright; and organized the Fort Wright Volunteer Fire Department leading the fundraising effort to buy the city’s first fire

Jim Ehrenfels; daughters, Kelly Neyer, and Jennifer Ecklar, both of Florence; son, Josh Ecklar of Florence; one grandchild; brothers, Edward J. Garrett Jr. of Taylor Mill, and William Garrett of Edgewood. Burial was at St. Mary Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Esther Marie Hatton Cancer Care Center at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, One Medical Village Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Glenna Elmore Glenna R. Bray Elmore, 77, of Independence, died June 24, 2012, at Woodcrest Manor Care Center in Elsmere. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Church and American Legion Women’s Auxiliary, and a Kentucky Colonel. Survivors include her children, Ezra Elmore, John Elmore, James Elmore, Jacqueline Elmore; stepson, David Chapman; brothers, Carroll Bray, Clifford Bray; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Memorials: charity of donor’s choice.

and father, Vernon Baxter, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Tammy Lilly; mother, Eileen Beatty Speagle; and four grandchildren. Burial was in the Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

Judy Gray Judy Parrott Gray, 57, of Covington, died June 24, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She had retired from Procter & Gamble after 23 years of service, and was a member of St. Cecilia Church in Independence and Covington Turners, and an avid golfer. Two brothers, Harry Parrott and Eddie Parrott, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Tim Craven of Covington; daughter, Stacey Wills of Taylor Mill; stepdaughters, Amy Wood of Edgewood and Nicole Craven of Union; stepson, Eric Craven of Elsmere; brothers, Charlie Parrott and Rick Parrott, both of

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Linda Gaskins Linda Gale Gaskins, of Taylor Mill, died June 22, 2012. She was a member of the Latonia Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW, and the Moose Lodge of Taylor Mill. Her husband, Larry Gaskins,

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Frances Grogan Frances L. Grogan, 90, of Fort Wright, died June 20, 2012. Her husband, Raymond Grogan, died previously. Survivors include her children, Maryann Grimm, Kathy Papas, Jeanne Pangallo, and Dr. Michael Grogan; 13 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; and sisters, Agnes Staverman and Dorothy Voskuhl. Burial was in Mother of God Cemetery. Memorials: Notre Dame Academy, 1699 Hilton Drive, Park Hills, KY 41011; Covington Catholic High School 1600 Dixie Hwy., Park Hills, KY 41011; or any Catholic school of donor’s choice.


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Edna Frances Spalding Haas, 84, of Crestview Hills, formerly of Cincinnati, died Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. Survivors include her son, Forrest Waters of Crestview Hills; sister, Aline Epstein of Hollywood, Fla.; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren, Interment was at Independence Cemetery. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 1 Medical Village Dr., Suite 213, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Jody Hayes Jody Magen Hayes, 23, of Edgewood, died June 25, 2012. She was a recent graduate from Northern Kentucky University with a B.A. in Nursing, a member of Erlanger Baptist Church and Freshman Ambassador of Students, and volunteered at Redwood Rehabilitation Center. Survivors include her parents, William and Virginia Hayes of Edgewood; brothers, Stefan Hayes of Erlanger and Rodney Hayes of Louisville. Memorials: Redwood Rehabilitation Center 71 Orphanage Road, Fort Mitchell KY 41017.

Lois Hill Lois C. Hill, 96, of Erlanger, died June 25, 2012, at Hospice of Cincinnati. She worked in accounts receivable for General Electric Supply in Cincinnati for more than 30 years. Her husband, Ernest Hill, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Ernestine Fryer of Williamsburg, Ohio; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Burial was at Hebron Lutheran Cemetery in Hebron. Memorials: Hospice of Cincinnati, 4310 Cooper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Thomas Jordan Thomas P. Jordan, 89, of Lakeside Park, died June 25, 2012. He was retired as vice president of First National Bank of Cincinnati, a veteran of World War II and fought with the famous U.S. Army’s First Division in France, Belgium, Czechoslovakia and Germany. He served for several years on the Lakeside Park City Council. His wife, Mildred Jordan; brothers, Jack Jordan and Robert Jordan; and sisters, Margaret Jordan and Betty Heller, died previously. Survivors include his niece, Bette Jane Schoonover, and nephew, Timothy Bauer.

Interment was at Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Lakeside Presbyterian Church, 2690 Dixie Hwy., Lakeside Park, KY 41017 or Disabled American Veterans, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076.

Covington, died June 24, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. Survivors include her husband, Dennis; sons, Dante Bentle and Jason Pennington; and three grandchildren. Memorials: Make a Wish Foundation.

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Estella Lawless, 83, of Covington, died June 25, 2012. She was a co-owner of the Lawless Lumber Co. and worked there many years before retirement. Her husband, Marshall Lawless, a son, Timmy Marvin Lawless, a daughter, Bonnie Lou Lawless Coffey; and 12 siblings died previously. Survivors include her sons, Paul L. Lawless, John Lee Lawless and Jamie Marshall Lawless; daughters, Marsha McCormick, Mary Ann Fuhrman and Rosey Mae Lawless; 16 Grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. Interment was at Mount Pisgah Cemetery in Clermont County, Ohio. Memorials: American Cancer Society 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Charles Clayton Pope, 95, of Erlanger, died June 25, 2012, at Baptist Convalescent Center in Newport. He worked in maintenance with the William Powell Valve Co. His wife, Vonna Marie Pope, died previously. Survivors include his son, Ralph Pope of Walton; five grandchildren; and seven greatgrandchildren. Entombment was at Forest Lawn Mausoleum. Memorials: Baptist Village, 2990 Riggs Ave., Erlanger, KY 41018.

Susan Lawson Susan Elaine Blevins Lawson, 56, of Verona, died June 20, 2012, in Jackson, Ohio. She was a homemaker who enjoyed scrapbooking, crocheting, traveling and spending time with her grandchildren. A brother, Larry Blevins, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Christy Williams of Butler; son, David Lawson of Fiskburg; parents, Oakley and Opal Blevins of Cold Spring; sisters, Pamela Rose of Independence and Brenda Teegarden of Sidney, Ohio; brother Tim Blevins of Arizona; and two grandchildren. Memorials: Christy Williams, P.O. Box 458, Butler, KY 41006.

Keith McMillen Keith “Connie” McMillen, 78, of Edgewood, died June 15, 2012, at his residence. He had a successful career in management in the material handling industry with Clark Equipment and Yale. He was a polio survivor. Survivors include his daughters, Marcia McMillen-Cislo, Mari Beth McMillen Speed; and two grandchildren. Memorials: March of Dimes or Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 2718 Dixie Hwy., Lakeside Park, KY 41017.

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Martha J. Quinn, 82, of Edgewood, died June 22, 2012, at St. Elizabeth. She worked in the office at Fifth Third Bank for more than 30 years. A son, Timothy Quinn, and her sister, Ramona Tudor, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Michael and Patrick Quinn; daughters. Katie and Nancy Quinn; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Burial was at Graceland Memorial Gardens in Milford, Ohio. Memorials: Lifeline Ministries, 2335 Buttermilk Crossing, Suite 246, Crescent Springs, KY, 41017.

Norma Schmeing Norma Schmeing, 91, of St. Charles Care Center, formerly of Taylor Mill, died June 24, 2012, at Rosedale Manor in Latonia. She was a homemaker and member of St. Patrick’s Church. Her husband, Carl Schmeing, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Gina Schmeing of Taylor Mill and Sherry Niehaus of Deer Park, Ohio; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Interment was at Mother of God Cemetery. Memorials: Alzheimer’s Association , 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, Ohio 45203. Julia Schnorbus Julia Schnorbus, 89, of Fort Wright, died June 22, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was the eldest lifelong member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Covington. She enjoyed giving back to the commu-

John Smith John D. Smith, 84, of Latonia, died June 23, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a retired foreman for Jim Beam Distilleries, later worked as a security guard, enjoyed sports, and followed the Reds, Bengals and University of Kentucky basketball. Survivors include his wife, Lynn Taylor Smith; daughter, Dr. Amy Haney of Covington; sons, Mike Smith of Taylor Mill, Johnny Paul Smith of Walton and James Vol Smith of Taylor Mill; sisters, Carol Ferris and Betty Freudiger, both of Cincinnati, and Linda Price of Texas; brothers, Wendell Smith of Texas, Dennis and Bob Smith, both of Florida; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Interment was at the Taylor Family Cemetery in Booneville, Ky.

Mary Taylor Mary “Jackie” Taylor, 68, of Covington, died June 21, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a special housekeeper for St. Charles Care Center, a member of Mother of God Church in Covington and an avid Cincinnati Reds fan. Two brothers, Danny and Newt Current, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Clarence Taylor of Covington; sons, Mark Taylor and Ricky Taylor, both of Covington; daughters, Lisa McNees and Susan Bockweg, both of Covington; brother, Frank Current of Covington; sisters, Marlene Whittle of Covington, Kathleen Rademacher of Fort Wright and Phylis Wood of Covington; nine grandchildren; and two greatgrandchildren. Interment was in Mother of God Cemetery in Fort Wright.

Brandy Treadway Brandy Treadway, 27, of Elsmere, died June 25, 2012. Her parents, Barry Denton Treadway and Kathy Jo Brownfield Treadway, died previously. Survivors include her sister, Tiffany M. Welch of Elsmere. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery in Southgate.

Memorials: Brandy Treadway Memorial Fund, c/o any Bank of Kentucky.

Harold Vanover Harold J. “Hodge” Vanover, 55, of Bellevue, died June 22, 2012, at his residence. He was a former maintenance worker with Comfort Suites, and enjoyed the outdoors, fishing and hunting. His parents, Harold J. Vanover Sr. and Irene Singleton Vanover; two sons, Baby Jay Vanover and John Charles Vanover; and a sister, Mary Lou Hahn, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Linda McKnight Vanover of Bellevue; daughters, Jessica Vanover, Jenna Vanover and Jaylee Vanover, all of Bellevue; son, Jason Vanover of Edgewood; sister, Lara “Rita” Moeller of Loveland; brother, John Elliott of Belleville, Ill.; and three grandchildren. Burial was at Alexandria Cemetery in Alexandria.

Geraldine Ward Geraldine Ward, 82, formerly of Latonia, died June 26, 2012, at Rosedale Manor in Latonia. A retired switchboard operator for the Terrace Hilton Hotel, she was also a longtime member of Latonia Baptist Church and Four Seasons Community Church. Her husband, Theodore Ward, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Pam Theele of Albany, Ky., and Cindy McQuillan of Florence; son Jack Ward of Villa Hills; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Memorials: American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017 or American Heart Fund, 240 Whittington Parkway, Louisville, KY.

Joyce Whitney Joyce Ann Covey Whitney, 79, of Florence, died June 24, 2012, at the Highland Spring of Fort Thomas Nursing Home. She was a homemaker, former waitress of Frisch’s and Dragon Inn, and member of the Unity Baptist Church in Demossville. Survivors include her sons, Robert “Bobby” Tomlin of Frankfort and Greg Tomlin of Verona; daughters, Darlene Collett of Erlanger and Linda Greenwell of Crittenden; sisters, Geneva Whaley of Cincinnati and Brenda Roland of Florida; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Burial was at Randolph, Vt. Memorials: donor’s choice.




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