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SOUTH KENTON RECORDER Canines converge at Kenton’s Beast Bash Your Community Recorder newspaper serving Independence and Taylor Mill


By Amy Scalf

If dogs could mark a calendar, they’d be counting down the days to Saturday, July 27. That’s the date for the Beast Bash at Pioneer Park, 3950 Madison Pike. The entire park, including the Kenton Paw Park area adjacent to Pioneer Park, will be devoted to more than 40 exhibits, vendors, foods, information, activities and contests from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free, but $5 parking donations will be accepted. Some of the featured organizations include Blue Grass Boxer Rescue, Crescent Springs Animal Hospital, Homeward Bound Greyhound Association, Lapis Wolf Studio, Northern Kentucky Animal Clinic, Veterinary Center of Independence




and animal communicator Donetta Zimmerman. For more information, visit Organizers expect 2,000 people and 1,000 dogs to visit the fourth annual event, which benefits Kenton County Animal Shelter and the Friends of Kenton Paw Park. Well-behaved dogs are welcome, but retractable leashes are prohibited. “This is all fun for the animals and to raise funds for maintaining the park,” said Scott Mattingly, a member of the Friends of Kenton Paw Park. He said donations have supported the park since it opened in 2004. A second portion of the park opened in May 2005. Both have separate sections for large and small dogs.

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Kenton picks up second litter crew By Amy Scalf

The 2013 Beast Bash at Pioneer Park, organized by the Friends of Kenton Paw Park and the Kenton County Animal Shelter, lets pets and their people have fun together, like Jason Densler of Covington and his Boxer Saige in 2010. FILE PHOTO


Independence’s Hannah Gillum, 7, surveys the rainbow of rock candies at the Kenton County Fair on July 16. More photos, B1.AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

INDEPENDENCE — Kenton County now has twice as many men fighting the battle against roadside litter. One five-man crew picked up 6,200 55-gallon bags of trash from alongside Kenton County’s 880 miles of roads in 2012, according to Judgeexecutive Steve Arlinghaus. He said the litter crew program started in 1991. Because they stayed busy, he thought the county could use a second crew. Litter crews include one county employee and four or five male community-service inmates from the Kenton County Detention Center. It’s not an easy task, especially in temperatures above 90 degrees with little shade. “These guys walk six to nine miles a day,” said Mike Schroer, litter crew supervisor. They make their way along the county’s major thoroughfares. “Residential neighborhoods tend to take care of themselves,” said Arlinghaus. “This year, we wanted to do something to enhance the cities on the northern end of the county, as well as the unincorporated southern end of the county. We try to spread the aid around as much as possible.” They’re also cleaning up the Kenton County Fairgrounds during the weeklong event. Arlinghaus said the program is funded each year by

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1914, when George Wolsing’s father purchased the first 64 acres of what would become a 300-acre farm along Banklick Creek. As residential development took over the surrounding areas and the family retired from farming, Wolsing decided to donate 42 acres of the property, surrounding the creek on both sides, for preservation by the Kenton Conservancy in 2006. The story on the Wolsing Trails Preserve sign says Wolsing and his wife, Laverne, “had spent a lifetime restoring and caring for the land. They wanted to ensure that others would have the opportunity to enjoy the property and that it would be protected for the future.” A gravel parking area large enough for buses to turn around sits near the eastern end of the property, located on Webster Road, just south of the southeast junction of Cody and Independence Station roads in Independence. Two walking trails loop off the parking area, treating visitors to views of the rushing waters, grasslands, wetlands and wildflowers, as well as a variety of trees, some of which are marked for identification. "It’s a lovely nature walk for school groups or Girl and Boy Scouts or just families to have a nice walk away from cars. If children don’t have this opportunity when they’re young, they grow up to be adults who don’t value it,” said Kathy Donohoe, a

Wolsing Trails Preserve is one of Kenton County's preserved natural areas on property donated to the Kenton Conservancy. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

member of the Kenton Conservancy. “Our basic goal is to protect land of historic, ecological or recreational significance for the people of Kenton County,” said member Michael Bennett. “I just love the outdoors. I grew up going to parks and playing in the woods. I want that for my children. I want them to be able to experience a walk in the woods. We’re an organization trying to preserve that. Anyone who wants that is welcome.” He said the land surrounding the parking area is considered “a showcase, because most of the land isn’t that accessible.” While Bennett admits Kenton County has several parks, he said, “Most of local parks are geared toward recreation. There aren’t that many natural places.” Donohoe said the Kenton Conservancy isn’t a political organization.

Kenton Conservancy members Michael Bennett and Kathy Donohoe share the sights at Wolsing Trails Preserve in Independence. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

“We’re really brought together by the love of nature,” she said. “This gives an example of what one family can do. It didn’t prevent them from developing the rest of the property,” said Bennett. “There’s an entire subdivision at the top of the hill. You look up and

realize, this is why we need places like this, so we know this is what used to be here.” For more information about the Kenton Conservancy, visit the group’s Facebook page.

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Taylor Mill cruisers earn gold By Amy Scalf

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TAYLOR MILL — Taylor Mill Police Department’s sleek black vehicles brought three tall, shiny trophies back from the Florence Law Enforcement/Military Car Show held June 1. Taylor Mill Police Chief Steve Knauf said the department’s cruiser won “Best in Show” and “People’s Choice,” while the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, or “Humvee” was chosen as the best specialty vehicle. “It was truly a team effort,” said Knauf. He said Officer Mike Lyon spent more than four hours detailing Officer James Mills’ police cruiser for display. Knauf also said the Humvee, which was procured by a 2012 grant, “was the brainchild” of Specialist Tim Bailey. Knauf said the vehicle can be used during emergency situations. He also

Taylor Mill Police Officer Mike Lyon, Specialist Tim Bailey and Officer James Mills were congratulated by Commissioner Roger Reis for winning three trophies during the Florence Police Car Show. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

thanked the city’s Public Works department for its help preparing the vehicles. Bailey also designed the cars’ markings and black, gold and blue color scheme.

Mayor Dan Bell and the city’s commissioners congratulated the officers. This is the second year for the Florence Police Department’s car show, and nearly 20 agencies displayed vehicles.

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a $90,000 grant, which also was used to purchase two $6,000 pickup trucks from Kentucky’s Department of Transportation surplus. “Although they’re high-mileage vehicles, we’ll still get lots of years of use out of them,” he said.

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Kenton County Litter Crew Supervisor Mike Schroer and Judge-executive Steve Arlinghaus stand with one of the program's trucks. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER



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Players are needed for men’s and women’s softball teams in the Kenton County Parks and Recreation’s recreational softball league. Men’s church teams play on Monday nights and women’s teams play on Fridays. Program coordinator Steve Trauger can be reached for more information at or by calling 859-525-7529.

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Izzy’s open in Fort Wright


Izzy’s has opened in Fort Wright. The freestanding, 2,600-square-foot restaurant is at 1965 Highland Pike. There is seating for 90 indoors and 20 more on the patio, and there’s a drivethrough. Hours are 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Friday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday. Call 859-331-4999;

Independence offers free movie

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Edgewood may soon have a farmers market

EDGEWOOD — The city of Edgewood may support a farmer’s market within a year after an area resident proposed the idea at the City Council meeting Monday. Justin Ingram described the idea for a farmer’s market, explaining the benefit to residents of having fresh produce available once weekly. Once Ingram puts together a list of interested farmers he will approach council with the idea again to be voted on.

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A listening ear speaks volumes By Melissa Stewart

FLORENCE — Barb Murdoch, 60, of Edgewood, has spent most of her life listening. Why? Well, that’s what a good counselor does, she said. Murdoch, who recently retired, has been a high school counselor for 36 years. Twenty-one of those years she spent at Boone County High School. “I’m really going to miss Boone County,” she said. “I love the kids and all the people I worked with. We were like a big family and that’s really hard to leave.” However, she is looking forward to retirement and spending time with husband Bob and five grandchildren, ages 7 months to 11 years old. She also

plans to volunteer for various organizations including the Leukemia Society of Cincinnati and Cancer Free Kids. She sees subbing opportunities in her future as well. Still, she’ll never forget her Boone County High School family. Throughout the years she’s listened to many students and guided them through decisions about their educational goals, issues with bullying, sexuality, pregnancy, and even drug addition and homelessness. The key has always been “listening,” she said. “That way you’re able to really hear what the kids are saying.” Only then, according to Murdoch, can you earn their trust and be of assistance. Counseling is something

she’s always had an interest in. “I’ve always been interested in helping others and listening to them,” she said. “I loved when the kids would come in and talk to me. I learned so much from them.” The most important lesson students taught her over the years was “acceptance of others.” She said this wisdom seems to be ingrained in the diverse high school’s culture. “I’m so proud to have been a part of Boone County High School,” she said. “The students are very accepting of each other and it’s a very diverse population. But everyone feels comfortable there. I’m really proud of our kids.” Principal Mark Raleigh said he is proud of Murdoch for her years of service.

Barb Murdoch, 60, of Edgewood, recently retired as a counselor for Boone County High School. MELISSA STEWART/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

“Barb was someone that you could trust,” he said. “It was great to have someone

who was honest, wise, loyal and very trustworthy. “Her goal was to help her students be successful and she did whatever she could to meet their needs.” Murdoch said she recalls a couple of students who attribute their graduating to her. “A couple of students have come back later and told me they had stayed to graduate because I had encouraged and believed in them,” she said. “That felt fantastic.” Murdoch said she always tries to see the best and bring out the best in others. “I always tried to show (students) that there are positive things inside of them,” she said.

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EKU honors local students


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The following students made the dean’s list at Eastern Kentucky University for the spring semester. To achieve dean’s list honors at EKU, students attempting 14 or more credit hours must earn a 3.5 gradepoint average; students attempting 13 credit hours must earn a 3.65 GPA; and students attempting 12 credit hours must earn a 3.75 GPA. Additionally, students who earn a perfect 4.0 GPA are named to the president’s list. Covington: David J. Boyd, Sarah Elizabeth Covey, Ashley Louise Cramer, Carrie Mae Dwyer, Jonathan Daniel Gaupel, Shawna Kaye Jones, Morgan Elizabeth Nolte, Anthony Bradley Reed, Carissa Marie Simon (pres. list), Claire Marie Sketch, James Ross Spears, Christina Marie Von Handorf

(pres. list), Leah Ann Volpenhein and Julian Michael White Crescent Springs: Molly Katherine Kaiser (pres. list) and Catherine Claire Macke Crestview Hills: Zach Collins Coffaro Edgewood: Molley Elizabeth Backscheider, Emily Marie Bohn (pres. list), Kristen Marie Klensch (pres. list), Lindsey Morgan Otis (pres. list), Morgan Nuvelle Poole, Samantha Lynn Utz (pres. list) and Madelyn Wendling (pres. list) Elsmere: Emily Carol Bartee and Dylan Richard Bogard (pres. list) Erlanger: Elizabeth Ashley Bushey (pres. list), Russell Eric Creech, Brendon William Gregory, William Patrick Legg (pres. list), Katie Joan Mauntel (pres. list), Katelyn Nicole Powell, Christina Nicole Spenlau, Kaitlin Elizabeth Staverman (pres. list) and Kaysie Taylor Worley

(pres. list) Fort Mitchell: Brock Christopher Hart (pres. list) Independence: Casey Brianne Emerson (pres. list), Lauren Michelle Etherington and Tanner Allen O’Hara Lakeside Park: Alexis Marie Bishop Park Hills: Justin Jeremy Schultz Ryland Heights: Tyler Joseph Osborne and Brian Dale Schultz Taylor Mill: Jordan Raquel Franxman (pres. list), Kirsten Rochelle Franxman (pres. list), Jessica Nicole Kentrup and Megan Elizabeth Scheper (pres. list) Villa Hills: Jeffrey Andrew Barbian, Kylie Alexandra Becker (pres. list), Andrew Charles Reilly, Katherine Lynn Stave, Krista Katherine Waugaman (pres. list) and Rachel Lynn Wilson


Nine Blessed Sacrament eighth-grade students received scholarships to area high schools, based on scores from their entrance exams. They are Zack Hemsath (Covington Catholic High School), Seamus Sweeney (St. Henry), Andrew Alcorn (CovCath), Cody Esmeier (CovCath), Abby Kelly (Notre Dame), Ben France (CovCath), Elijah Batson (Holy Cross), Claire Morgan (Notre Dame) and Colton Schabell (CovCath). THANKS TO KEVIN ESMEIER

SCHOOL NOTES St. Henry student aces ACT

Tim Koester, a senior at St. Henry District High School, recently earned a top composite score of 36 on the ACT. Less than one-tenth of one percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2012, only 781 of more than 1.66 million students earned a composite score of 36. Koester is son of Tom and Peggy Koester.


The following students are members of the Notre Dame Academy graduating class of 2013: Taylor Ramona Angel, Abby Frances Armbruster, Abby Elizabeth Atkins, Katherine Marie Averdick, Claire Bamberger, Andrea Marie Baxter, Olivia Anne Bayer, Isabel Maree Beck, Kareema Abdalah Behanan, Megan Theresa Beischel, Kindsey Kathleen Bernard, Morgan Carolyn Blank, Rachel Elena Bolin, Taylor Nicole Bosch, Jamie Lynn Bramlage, Clair Elizabeth Brunson, Sarah Nicole Buckley, Nina Lorraine Butler, Abigail M. Cason, Margaret Elizabeth Cheeseman, Tianna Marie Connelly, Destini Juliene Cordner, Peri Lynn Crush, Katherine Beck Currie, Mary Alexandra Dierig, Lauren Ann DiTommaso, Paige Elizabeth Drees, Caroline Ann Durstock, Ellie Rose Eckerle, Jenna Marie Elfers, Madison Ann Enzweiler, Kylie Nicole Ernest, Jenna Sue Finke, Amy Lynn Foertsch, Erin Elizabeth Foltz, Megan Elizabeth Frank, Adelaide Moser Frey, Kiersten Anne Furnish, Rachel Marie Gamel, Kathleen Marie Gatti, Cassidy Ann Gephart, Skyler Paige Green, Anna Lynn

Gregory, Carrie Elizabeth Hall, Amy Eleanor Hansen, Jessica Jewel Hargitt, Audrey Marie Hehman, Emma Michelle Hehman, Maria Clare Hehman, Mary Margaret Hehman, Heather April Hemmer, Barbara Claire Hill, Shelby Joan Hinkel, Molly Elaine Hinken, Faith Hildegarde Hoffman, Lindsey Leigh Holthaus, Madison Lyndon Hornsby, Laura Kathryn Irons, Madeline Morrissey Jacob, Darrian Ashleigh Johnson, Julia Kay Johnson, Meredith Katherine Jones, Emma Carol Kelly, Elizabeth Patricia Knochelmann, Emily Ann Koors, Katherine Anna Koplyay, Christina Morgan Lehman, Lauren Marie Lentsch, Abby Marie Listerman, Alexandra Marie Lonnemann, Marisa Ann Lorch, Abigail Marie Lukey, MacKenzie A. Margroum, Mecaskey Lynn Martin, Rebecca Shay Martin, Erin Jean Mayer, Monica Elizabeth McFadden, Lauren Elizabeth McGarr, Caroline E. McHale, Rachel Elisabeth Medley, Erica P Meier, Leigha Danielle Moore, Madison Gaines Moore, Kassandra Nicole Neltner, Michelle Minh Nguyen, Danielle Rose Niehoff, Courtney Gail OBryan, Mer-

edith Marie Ramey, Hannah Rose Regan, Alicia Marie Reinersman, Whitney Reynolds, Mary Margaret Riegler, Giannina Rokvic, Elizabeth Renee Romes, Mia Katherine Rosado, Emily Anne Ryan, Olivia Delaney Ryan, Anna Caroline Schaffstein, Kylie Nicole Scheper, Cassandra Joan Schoborg, Madison Rosalea Schuh, Sydney Clare Schuler, Savannah J. Schulte, Brenna Rose Schutzman, Madison Taylor Seiter, Catriona Nealon Shaughnessy, Katherine May Staat, Sarah Christina Stegman, Hannah Steiger, Sydney Rose Swingos, Bethany Anne Tabeling, Kelli Ann Taylor, Larka Sydney Taylor, Michaela Marie Terry, Tori Lynn Thaman, Carson Lee Thaxton, Hannah Elizabeth Thelen, Abby Catherine Thomas, Lillian Ashley Trunnell, Megan Elizabeth Turner, Lauren Nicole Unkraut, Jenna Nicole Vignale, Johannah Marie VonHandorf, Olivia Lynn Voskuhl, Megan Michelle Vulhop, Olivia Kathryn Ward, Corinne Nicole Weber, Sarah Grace Wells, Elizabeth Marie Wendt, Emily Anna Witt, Catherine Elizabeth Zembrodt and Nicole Marie Zembrodt.

2013 ST. HENRY DISTRICT HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES The following students are members of the St. Henry District High School graduating class of 2013: Craig Allen Aldridge, Joshua Lucas Anderson, Madeline Marie Anneken, McKayl Kelly Barrows, Alexis Ann Bates, William Joseph Baumann, Katelyn Marie Beatrice, Megan Ann Bedel, Rachel Ann Berling, Abigail Marie Bessler, Michael Hausfeld Best, Steven Wayne Binkowski, Maddison Marie Bisbee, Elizabeth Michelle Bishop, William Christopher Brehl, Abigail Coleen Brockman, Matthew Paul Bruegge, Meredith Michelle Brungs, Dylan Powell Bryant, Carly Marie Burgheim, Meghan Therese Burke, Noelle Marie Barstow Butts, Zachary Carlton

Carr, Christopher Thomas Case, Kelly Jane Coburn, Alexander Benjamin Conradi, Ryan Michael Coots, Ian Patrick Cowley, Adam Robert Crabbs, Mikala Marie Crum, Sarah Christine Cusick, Madeline Rose Decker, Samuel Lawrence Deis, Patrick James Dorr, Austin Taylor Dumas, Austin James Eibel, Cara Nicole Emerson, Chad Austin Esmeier, Laura Michelle Felix, Zachary Benjamin Finch, Rachel Louise Fortner, Elizabeth Marie Graue, Laura Nicole Gunkel, Melissa Anne Hall, Sierra Danielle Harlan, David Christian Hellmann, Taylor Christine Hess, Benjamin Joseph Hils, Catherine Jean Holt, Lauren Michelle Hunt, Michael Grady Ireland,

Alexandra Nicole Isler, Johan Joseph Kahmann, Emily Christine Kappes, Kevin Earl Keller, Danielle Courtney Kerth, Merrick Logan Krey, Samuel Gregory Krugel, Mitchell Andrew Kuebbing, Cayla Claire Kunstek, Natalie Claire Latta, Elizabeth Ann Leedom, Katelyn Marie Leese, Jenna Marie Litzler, Michael Paul Loftus, Michael Carey Lunnemann, Jaime Elizabeth Maley, Peter Joseph Markgraf, Matthew Gerard Martin, Samantha Lynn Maxwell, Adam Joseph McCoy, Justin Thomas McKnight, Dolores Elizabeth McMahon, Kyle Edward McMahon, Darius Ethan Meiman, Michael John Mettey, Kendall Marie Miller, Kelsey Maria

Mueller, Nicholas Edward Myers, Caitlin Elizabeth Neuhaus, Ryan Allen Niebling, Adam Bryan Nields, Alexander David Nields, Michael Ryan Niemer, Whitney Marie Oggy, Gerhardt Henry Otto, Michael Alexander Overberg, McKenzie Paige Overwein, Ashley Marie Piccola, Sydney Elysia Pitts, Josie Lynn Plummer, Morgan Rose Potts, Todd Joseph Powers, Ross Michael Pritchett, Miranda Ana Ranieri, Whitney Ann Ransdell, Devin Reinert, Gary William Rice, Craig Vincent Rose, Kevin Michael Royal, Michael Glen Royal, Samuel Orion Sallee, Benjamin Lawrence Scheben, Cathryn Rose Scheben, Abigail Elizabeth Scherrer, Elizabeth Anne Schultz, Matthew

Jerome Seifried, Brittany Nicole Smart, Cassandra Corridan Snodgrass, Matthew Allen Spencer, Natalie Claire Spicker, Dillon Anthony Staub, Danielle Elizabeth Stegman, Maria Johanna Syfert, Patrick Alan Taylor, Amanda Rose Thomson, Brian Stephens Tobergte, Cheyenne Marcelle Tobler, Anna Marie Trenkamp, Jessi Irene Tuemler, Alexander Jerome Ubelhor, Sydney Lyn Voss, Andrew David Wallenhorst, Alyssa Ann Whittle, Nicholas Steven Wilde, Robin Nicole Winebrenner, Daniel Scott Wolfer, Amy Elizabeth Wurzbacher, Emily Anne Yocom, Bailey Jacob Youngwirth, Abigayle Elizabeth Ziegler.



Editor: Melanie Laughman,, 513-248-7573





Coaching News

» Beechwood needs a girls basketball coach for its middle school program (grades 6-9). Contact head coach Dick Maile at 468-5539 or

Freedom Trail

» The Florence Freedom baseball team returns home for three games July 25-27 against Joliet. Game times are 6:35 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 6:05 p.m. Saturday. After three games at Traverse City (Mich.), the Freedom come home for three against Normal (Ill.) July 31 through Aug. 2. Remaining home contests are Aug. 7-9, Aug. 13-15, Aug. 21-25 and Sept. 3-5. For ticket and promotion information, visit


The 16-1 Tsunami team from the NKYVC finished seventh in the nation. Coaches (kneeling): Kathy Kennedy, Brittany Gray. Players, from left: Morgan Hentz (Notre Dame 2016), Micaela Stephenson (NDA 2015), Abby Thelen (NDA 2015), Kay Butler (Ryle 2015), Tori Hemsath (McAuley 2015), Bailee Johnson (Centerville 2015), Ashley Bush (Ryle 2015), Hannah Colvin (NDA 2016) THANKS TO THE NKYVC

Volleyball club sees spike in results By James Weber

WILDER — Because of the speed and synchronicity involved in volleyball, teamwork and chemistry means everything, as the six players on the floor have to know what each other is doing. Teamwork is strongly emphasized at the Northern Kentucky Volleyball Club, which recently completed its most successful season in recent years developing the top local talent in the game. “Volleyball is one of the hardest team sports to play and to coach,” said NKYVC director Kathy Kennedy. “Everybody is only as good as the person who touches the ball before them. If you get high-level skill at every position, you can do great things. It’s a connected team sport. You can’t win by yourself.”

The club has 675 athletes in its program spread among 31 teams. The club has six training courts at the vast Town & Country Sports Complex in Wilder. The club was recently ranked 36th in the nation by CBS Sports. “We play teams and clubs from major cities that have thousands of kids in their tryouts and we’re primarily from Northern Kentucky,” Kennedy said. “It makes what they’ve accomplished that much more exceptional. These clubs spend a lot of money on anything and our club has become nationally recognized.” Kennedy, who has led the club with Katie Wesseling for 15 years, sees much of the area’s top talent serve through the halls of Town & Country on a regular basis. Kennedy is the head coach of the U16 Tsunami team, which was the most successful of the national squads

put forth by the NKYVC. The U16 team finished seventh in the highest division at the USA Nationals in Dallas. The team has four players from Notre Dame Academy, two from Ryle, one from Cincinnati (McAuley) and another from Centerville, Ohio. “We’ve hit our stride,” Kennedy said. “We promote simple yet strong principles. The team is more important than the individual. Everyone is committed not only to their own daughter but to their club. It’s team first, they build their chemistry so they can do exceptional things. It really is an NKYVC family. We’ve had a lot of fun the last few years and this season has been historic.” Notre Dame players on the Tsunami include sophomores Morgan Hentz and Hannah Colvin, and juniors Micaela Stephenson and Abby Thelen. Hentz, playing up a year, is

2013 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS » Ranked No. 36 in the nation as a Club by CBS Sports » Over 98 gold bracket finishes and 35 championships. » Eight teams qualifying for USA Nationals, four in the top 40 in the nation. » Five college coaching clinics. » A total of 96 college commitments.

ranked in the top 50 players in the country by USA Volleyball and one of three currently playing at the highest level possible for the youth national team. Ryle product Ashley Bush has committed to Northwestern. She and fellow junior Kay Butler represent the Raiders. See CLUB, Page A8

Eagle baseball sends 2 to college

Seth Robinson and Kyle Kramer, a pair of 2013 graduates from Scott High School, will continue their baseball careers in college. Robinson will be playing at Union College and Kramer will be playing at Eastern Kentucky University. Robinson is a pitcher/first baseman/corner outfielder. He hit fifth for the Eagles, driving in 19 runs. He was limited in pitching this season due to an arm injury but is now back to full strength. In his junior season Seth was 3-1 with a 3.23 ERA. Kramer is a catcher who also was a closer for Scott. He was selected to the Northern Kentucky Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Team and Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference All-Star Team.


Both players were also honorable mention Academic AllState. They join three Scott teammates who earlier signed


to continue their baseball careers, Brenden Wells and Pete Ohmer to Asbury University and Jordan Pike to the College

of Mount St. Joseph. Scott won 19 games this year before losing to Harrison County in the 10th Region semifinals.

» The following earned Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference baseball honors this past season: Division I – Cameron Fogle (Conner, Player of the Year); Grant Schreiver (Covington Catholic); Trey Ganns (Boone County); Thomas Baumann (Ryle); Kyle Kramer (Scott); Vic Newberry (Simon Kenton); Justin Hoard (Ryle); Rob Franzen (Campbell County); Grant Wassom (Simon Kenton); Cameron Ross (Conner); Nate Kunkel (Covington Catholic); Tyler Walsh (Campbell County); Reed Spata (Scott); Tyler Mason (Ryle); Seth Caple (Dixie Heights). Division II – Blake Tiberi (Holy Cross, Player of the Year); Tanner Norton (Bishop Brossart); Josh Cain (Newport Central Catholic); Conner Callery (Holy Cross); Jason Suchanek (Beechwood); Mitchell Kuebbing (St. Henry); Hector Molina (Highlands); Ethan Stringer (Beechwood); Addison Brown (Lloyd); Cory Pouncy (Holmes); Conner Bartels (Newport Central Catholic); Quentin Murray (Highlands); Nate Verst (Bishop Brossart); Mitchell Jones (Highlands); Zach Pangallo (Newport Central Catholic). Division III – Dylan Huff (Bellevue, Player of the Year); Jordan Drees (Villa Madonna); Tyler Ackerson (Bellevue); William Govan (Silver Grove); Briley Seiter (Bellevue); Brian Dill (Bellevue); Pat Wear (Dayton); Devin Myers (Bellevue); Christian Pollitt (Silver Grove); Austin Brockman (Dayton); Andrew Wagner (Villa Madonna); Logan Brewer (Dayton). Team Champions – Ryle (Division I); Newport Central Catholic (Division II); Bellevue (Division III).


» The following earned Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference softball honors this past season: Division I – Ali Crupper (Ryle, Player of the Year); Kennedy Baugh (Simon Kenton); Dallis Knotts (Boone County); Elizabeth Sims (Conner); Mary Beth Odom (Dixie Heights); Jessica Koors (Cooper); McKell Oliverio (Ryle); Abby Jones (Notre Dame); Erica Lang (Simon Kenton); Laura Finke (Notre Dame); Haylee Smith (Notre Dame). Division II – Noelle Butts (St. Henry, Player of the Year); Casey Kohls (Newport Central Catholic); Shelby Graybill (Highlands); Katelyn Hoeh (Newport); Maria Greis (Bishop Brossart); Whitney Quillen See PREPS, Page A8





Tayshaun Prince Camp

The second annual Tayshaun Prince Basketball Camp for students in grades 3-8, hosted by Kicks For Kids, is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 30 through Aug. 1, at the Thomas More College’s Connor Convocation Center in Crestview Hills, as well as at local gymnasiums within five minutes of TMC. All transportation between venues will be provided for the campers. Breakfast and lunch is provided daily to the campers. Admission is $200 per camper. Tayshaun Prince’s Basketball Camp is designed to teach the participants the basic skills of ball-handling, passing, scoring, rebounding, defense, as well as how to compete and be a team player. Camp will include 18 hours of instruction by Prince and his staff, which includes top high school coaches, high school standout performers, and celebrity guest speakers; individual photos with Tayshaun, an instructional DVD featuring the camper, Prince and his staff; daily individual and team competitions with awards. All proceeds from the camp help fund Kicks For Kids’ enrichment programs designed to benefit area youth. Contact Christine Sebastian at 859-331-8484 or RSVP online visit www.kicksforkid-

Basketball tryouts The Kentucky Warriors will be have tryouts for boys and girls, grades 3-9, for the next AAU and Rec Basketball sessions that begin in August. Both leagues play at Sports of All Sorts in Florence. Visit for more information. Email Ben Coffman at for tryout details.

Jaguars baseball The Northern Kentucky Jaguars baseball team is looking for U11 players for the 2014 season. Tryouts are 9 a.m. to noon, July 27, and 6 p.m. July 29, at Idlewild Field 6; or by appointment. Call 513-3139468.

NewCath golf outing The Newport Central Catholic golf outing is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 2, at Hickory Sticks Golf Course. The event, sponsored by the Parent, Alumni and Boosters Organization (PABO), includes prizes, raffles, food and drink. The proceeds benefit the athletic and extracurricular activities of the students. Email Rob Lohr at or Paul Johnson at for reservations and hole sponsorship information.


The Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame inducted new members April 17. They were Mike Burch (Newport Central Catholic, baseball), Les Redmond (football/basketball/baseball, Newport), Lawrence Redmond (Newport, basketball), Burke Barlow, Ken Noll (NewCath, basketball), Kim Borgman (Dixie Heights/Ockerman Middle School, coach/athletic/director). Guest speaker was radio broadcaster Andy Furman. Front row, from left: Barlow, Furman and board member Ken Shields. Back row: Burch, Les Redmon, Mrs. Lawrence Redmond, Noll and Borgman. JAMES



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chaela Ware (Newport Central Catholic); Samantha Elmore (Lloyd); Molly Dietz (St. Henry); Tricia Kramer (Bishop Brossart). Division III – Dayne Merkley (Calvary Christian); Miranda Ladanyi (Ludlow); Sierra Whitfield (Beechwood); Maria Cain (Heritage Academy); Morgan Trusty (Villa Madonna); Rosie Henson (Silver Grove); Karly Haubner (Calvary Christian); Felicia Watts (Dayton); Alexa Meier (Villa Madonna); Kristen Cox (Silver Grove); Matti Mullins (Heritage Academy); Samantha Scott (Dayton); Haley Mullins (Heritage Academy); Kiley Houck (Beechwood). Team Champions – Notre Dame (Division I); Highlands (Division II); Ludlow (Division III).

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Bailee Johnson, the Centerville product, has committed to Southern California. The NKYVC had eight

Track and field

» The following earned

Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference tennis honors this past season: Division I Most Outstanding Players – Austin Hussey (Covington Catholic, boys); Catriona Shaughnessy (Notre Dame, girls). Division II Most Outstanding Players –Ben Emery (Highlands, boys); Meredith Laskey (Highlands, tennis). Division III Most Outstanding Players – Deuce Gibson (Villa Madonna, boys); Elizabeth Nester (Villa Madonna, girls. Team Champions – Covington Catholic (Division I boys); Notre Dame (Division I girls); Highlands (Division II boys and girls); Villa Madonna (Division III boys); Calvary Christian (Division III girls).

teams qualify for the national tourney, and four of them are ranked in the top 40 in the nation. This year’s success helped attract the attention of Karch Kiraly, an Olympic legend who is currently the head coach of the U.S. women’s vol-

leyball team. He was at the club facility in February observing the team and one of its coaches, Reed Sunahara, who is now with the national program. Sunahara was a head coach at the University of Cincinnati for more than a decade.

» The following earned Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference tennis and field honors this past season: Division I Most Outstanding Performers: Nick Kennedy (Ryle, boys); Jessica Jones (Boone County, girls). Divisions II/III Most Outstanding Performers: Eric Baugh (Villa Madonna, boys); Nicole Goderwis (Bishop Brossart, girls) and Chandler Cain (Newport Central Catholic, girls). Team Champions – Ryle (Division I boys); Notre Dame (Division I girls); St. Henry (Divisions II/III boys and girls).


SOUTH KENTON YOUTH SPORTS DIRECTORY Listed below are youth sports organizations in southern Kenton County.


Website: Sports: Knothole - District 28. Age range: 8-16 years old. Practice/home game location(s): Varies by team, but most locations are in Kenton County. Annual sign-up time: February. Contact: Athletic Director, Mike Busse, at 859-760-0328.


Website: Sports: Baseball/knothole and girls fast-pitch softball. Age range: 5-14. Practice/home game location: Kenton County Youth Sports Complex, 4790 Oliver Road in Independence. Annual sign-up time: Before April 1 for spring/summer. Northern Kentucky Youth Asso-

ciation Website: Sports: Indoor and outdoor soccer, baseball, softball, basketball and cheer programs. Age range: Soccer - U4 teams and up; baseball/softball - T-ball teams start at 4 years old; basketball - U6 and up; and cheer, 3 years old and up. Practice/home game location(s): Richardson Road Park, 3975 Richardson Road in Independence, and Midwest Sports Complex, 25 Cavalier Blvd. in Florence. Annual signup time: Soccer year round. Baseball/softball December through mid March; basketball/cheer - two sessions, November and March.


Website: Sport: Select soccer. Age range: 8-18. Practice/home game location(s): Varies with home and practice

fields in Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties. Annual signup time: Late May for fall and early November for spring. Contact:


Website: Phone number: 859-581-2300. Sports: Softball and baseball. Age range: 8-14. Practice/home game location: Softball City, 620 Mason Road in Taylor Mill. Annual sign-up time: February through early March. To add your club/organization to the list, email with your organization’s name, website, contact information, list of sports offered, age range, home game location and registration time. Let us know when you’re searching for coaches, hosting tryouts or having events to be listed in our Sidelines section.





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Civic groups face membership challenges Recently the Recorder reported on an act of kindness by the Dixie Gateway Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association. The club awarded three scholarships – each worth $1,460 – to unsuspecting servers at the Colonial Cottage in Erlanger. While this gesture certainly made for a “feel-good” story, the reason why the Dixie Gateway Chapter gave away its treasury was a concern to me. The club was forced to dissolve because of declining membership. “We’ve been trying everything to get young women to join, but we’ve had no luck at all,” the organization’s treasurer Diane Leicht told reporter Brandon Hoelle. “So we’ve given our remaining funds to these hard-working young people in scholarship form.” In June I spoke at a meeting of the Campbell County Rotary Club. It’s struggled with declining membership as well. Arnd Rehfuss, president of the Campbell County Rotary, was so worried he wrote a

guest column in the Recorder pleading for new members. “I’m concerned about the demise of such clubs,” Rehfuss Nancy Daly wrote, arguing EDITOR’S they provide NOTEBOOK needed roles. For instance the local Lions Clubs help children and adults with their eyesight. Rotary groups have community service projects both locally and abroad. Although the Campbell Rotary came close to calling it quits, the appeal by Rehfuss has apparently worked. Several new members have come on board in the past month. Members of the Campbell Rotary gave me an idea. They suggested the Recorder run a regular listing giving readers information about civic clubs and service organizations in Northern Kentucky. So a few weeks ago we asked civic clubs to contact us for our listing. We’ve heard

SHARE INFORMATION ON YOUR CIVIC GROUP The Community Recorder is compiling a listing of civic groups that meet regularly in our Northern Kentucky neighborhoods. We will regularly share this list with readers who want to get involved in community service. Clubs and organizations are asked to mail or email the following information: » Name of civic or community group. » Regular meeting time and date (for instance, the second Tuesday of the month). » Regular meeting place. Please give exact location. » Contact name, email and/or website. » Description of club in 10 words or less. Email this information to or mail in to Nancy Daly, Community Recorder, 228 Grandview Drive, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

from a few, but I want to hear from many more. Katie Beagle, president of the Boone County Jaycees, said membership is a struggle for all clubs. Her club is geared toward those between the ages of 18 and 41 “who like to volunteer, who like to make a difference in their community and who would like to meet like-minded people.” Getting younger members is tough, she told me. “I just don’t think in col-

N. Ky. will come together on bridge

I recently spent a few days in Orlando visiting Universal and making a presentation about capitalism. I did pretty well at the theme park. I didn’t do as well getting around Orlando. I kept running into toll booths and never seemed to have exact change. I didn’t have an e-pass and some of the booths didn’t have attendants. I ended up “jumping” a booth to make a speech in time. A loud alarm went off, with flashing lights, as I sped away looking in my rear-view mirror. The fact that we don’t like tolls proves our wisdom as a region. Taking my latest minor misdemeanor in stride, I returned home to a vigorous Brent Spence bridge debate about tolls. The debate has at times divided Northern Kentucky, but we will come together as a region. We already agree on almost everything. We will need a bridge replacement, generally sooner rather than later. Local tolls would disproportionally hurt our local population. Our local legislators don’t want our population to have to pay more than others in the country just to go a few miles down the interstate. However, all rational people agree that our federal and state governments will not pay

the full cost for the bridge, even though they should. You might say we share a clogged artery of commerce, Rob Hudson we need surgery to clear COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST the artery, and COLUMNIST it won’t happen unless we find a way to pay for a large part of the surgery. We are on the same page. From this point forward, one of two things will happen. First, we may have to pay something locally for the bridge. If this happens, we will come together because life is full of challenging situations. As students, we go into school debt, complaining about high tuition. As parents, we defer gratification and we sacrifice so our children can succeed. We don’t wait around praying for a rich inheritance so that no financial sacrifice will be needed. In this case, years of further delay would be like waiting for Santa Claus to fully fund the bridge. We’ve already waited a decade. Santa Claus is not coming. In the end, I don’t believe we will need Santa Claus and I don’t believe we will see a large local burden. We will find a way to fund the bridge,

whether it’s truck tolls, tolls paid for vehicles originating outside our region, a penny local sales tax, or some other option. The hard feelings about the bridge encourage me. We have hard feelings because until we find a solution we’re not willing to shut up or back down. This is a good thing! Let’s give ourselves some credit. A solution will be found. You might ask, Hudson, how can you be so optimistic? We are only about 300,000 people out of over 4 million in Kentucky and over 300 million in the country. On funding issues, we are always outnumbered. We will win anyway. We have strong leaders. We will work hard and find solutions other folks haven’t figured out yet. The next time you think about getting upset with a group or organization in this community over the bridge, remember, everyone has been upset. Pressure causes people to say and do things they wouldn’t ordinarily say or do. Pressure also drives us to talk and get the best outcomes. Take a deep breath. We will solve the problem, pat one another on the back for fussing so much about it, and we will move forward. Rob Hudson, author of “A Better Tomorrow,” is an attorney in Florence.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Orientation and conduct not the same

The article, “Northern Kentuckians reflect on gay marriage,” while fairly done, warrants some further clarification. At its foundation, there is a significant difference between homosexual orientation and homosexual conduct. This distinction is all but lost when the term “gay” is utilized interchangeably between the two. An orientation is a leaning, a tendency, a desire – while con-

duct is a chosen action, a behavior. In this discussion, the conduct is choosing to act in response to one’s homosexual orientation. Since orientations are innate and not chosen, there is no “sin” involved in possessing that orientation. Acting upon certain orientations however can be sinful in the minds of some people. Personally, should I choose to engage in homosexual conduct, it is my belief that it would be a “sin” for me. Wheth-



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er that same choice of conduct is sinful for someone else, I don’t know, nor is it any of my business to make that judgment. I ask those who support homosexual conduct to understand the basis of my personal beliefs (and others who may share this position) and respect our choice to refrain from supporting behavior that we find personally immoral.

Mark R. Koenig Park Hills

leges they even say there are community groups like this. I don’t think that the knowledge of these groups is out there,” Beagle said. “There are these hidden treasures in the community,” she said, “but unless you know someone in the group or read something about it you wouldn’t know about it.” As a funeral director for Chamber & Grubbs Funeral Home, Beagle, 25, was encouraged by her boss to get involved. Networking has been

helpful. For instance she’s made friends with professionals in other lines of work, like insurance. She feels comfortable asking them questions about how things work. But the biggest reward for Beagle has been community service. “I honestly enjoy helping out my community,” the Burlington resident said. “Just helping others in the community that live here – that is the top rewarding thing.” Volunteering, she said, “makes you feel good at the end of the day if you help needy children or serve homeless people. “There’s a reward in that.” Let me know if your club wants to be included in our listing. And I encourage those of you looking to serve or make new friends to consider getting involved. There is a need for you somewhere. You could make a difference. Nancy Daly is a senior editor of the Community Recorder. Email her at

Aug. 3 Horse Show is humanity at its finest Have you ever heard of or been to the CTRH Horse Show held in August in Milford? CTRH stands for Cincinnati Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship. It is a nonprofit organization whose sole purpose is to provide recreational and therapeutic horsemanship activities for children and adults with disabilities. Riders have disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, develJan Stetter opmental Wiest delay and COMMUNITY many, many RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST others. It was my privilege to attend last year’s “Richard Thomas Annual Horse Show” on a bright, August Saturday. My friend from high school has been a volunteer at CTRH stables for several years. In that capacity she has assisted children with spine injuries, adults with behavioral anxieties and a multitude of others with various physical and cognitive disabilities. Many of the riders she assists cannot stand or walk independently, yet, on a horse assisted by trained instructors and volunteers these people are given independence and a freedom beyond the restrictions of their wheelchairs and braces. Last year I attended this horse show not quite knowing what to expect. Would there be ribbons? Would there be races? Would mint juleps be served and ladies wearing flamboyant hats meet me at the gate as in the manner of our own Kentucky Derbies? No such fanfare was presented at this horse show. Instead I saw so much more and I was humbled.

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CTRH riders both young and old compete in a series of show classes held at several scheduled intervals. Only CTRH riders participate. The riders show what they’ve learned in their CTRH Adaptive Recreational Riding classes and circle the track assisted by volunteers who lead the horses and walk on either side of the rider. Spectators are asked for complete silence in order to keep the horses calm and minimize any undue noise or distraction. If you haven’t had the challenge of living with a person with “different abilities” you may never know the challenges and joys faced by the individuals and their families on a daily basis. Going to the Richard Thomas Annual Horse Show gave me that view for a few brief hours and I was amazed. All day as I looked around at all of the people there, I felt a sense of goodness. I felt like I was witnessing the very best that we as people have to share with others. The look of accomplishment, pride, independence and joy in the eyes of the horse riders and their family and friends was gratifying. I am not associated with the Cincinnati Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship Association in any manner other than being a guest of a friend who volunteers there. It was my honor to attend the horse show and I would like to invite you to do the same. This year it will be held on Saturday, Aug. 3. The CTRH stables are located at 1342 U.S. 50, Milford/Miami Township. Call 831-7050 for information. Since the CTRH members come from all over the Tristate area - I invite all to attend. You won’t regret it.

Jan Stetter Wies lives in Western Hills.

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This twister ride was one of the most popular attractions at the Kenton County Fair. BRANDON HOELLE/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Leland Scott, 4, watches the balls tumble at a luck-of-the-draw game at the Kenton County Fair. BRANDON HOELLE/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER


Kenton County's Fair Queens include Miss Pre-Teen Faith Flynn, left, Miss Teen Samantha Ford and Miss Kenton County Kristen Bach. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

KENTON COUNTY FAIR The Kenton County Fair concluded July 20 after a week of time-honored traditions as well as some new surprises. Temperatures reached into the 90s as crowds came to ride on the Undersea Adventure, Fun Slide, Fear Factory and Rumble in the Jungle. There were demonstrations by Milestones Equestrian Achievement Program, horse shows, the truck and tractor pull and 4-H exhibits.

Lisa Sterner bags fresh kettle corn at the Simon Kenton Band booth at the Kenton County Fair Wednesday. BRANDON HOELLE/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Kierra, age 4, and Bill Dennis of Covington catch a cool breeze in the air conditioning of the William E. Durr Exhibit Hall at the Kenton County Fair. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Katy Fuerst shows how to make cupcake bouquets at the Kenton County Fair. Fuerst won best of class with her delicious decoration. BRANDON HOELLE/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

The main attraction at the Kenton County Fair July 17 was the demolition derby, which had a late start for unknown reasons. BRANDON HOELLE/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Lisa Turpin holds her granddaughter Peyton, 1, from Independence, while looking at various prize winners at the Kenton County Fair. BRANDON HOELLE/THE

Mekenzie Malloy, 11, tries her best at the ring toss game at the Kenton County Fair July 17 while little sister Kylee, 9, watches. BRANDON HOELLE/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER Kyle Brunds, 10, and sister Celia, 9, enjoy another round at this spinning ride at the Kenton County Fair Wednesday. BRANDON


Crowds continue to enjoy the Kenton County Fair even as the sun set the evening of July 17. BRANDON








THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, JULY 26 Art Exhibits The Human Face: A Revelation, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 27 W. Seventh St., Features two concurrent exhibitions exploring the human face as an expressive form including 31 regional artists curated by Saad Ghosn. Exhibit continues through Aug. 23. Free. Presented by Covington Arts District. 859-292-2322; Covington. Alchemy 2: A New Global Vision for Enamel, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd., Ohio National Financial Services Main Gallery. Works representing both 14th Biennial International Juried Exhibition and 10th International Juried Student Enamel Exhibition. With works from estate of Harold B. Helwig, enamelist of Newport. Through Aug. 23. 859-957-1940; Covington.

“Wreck-It Ralph” is the featured presentation at Bellevue Family Movie Night, 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 26, at Bellevue Beach Park, 100 Ward Ave.FILE PHOTO

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Jazzercise Classes, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, 519 Enterprise Drive, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; Crescent Springs.

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Exhibits Northern Kentucky Music Legends, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Highlights performers, bands, DJs, composers, lyricists and other musical artists from Northern Kentucky who have spent 20-plus years sharing love of music with the public. Included with admission. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Festivals Holy Cross Parish Festival, 6-11:30 p.m., Holy Cross Parish, 3612 Church St., Dinner includes fried chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers, fish, french fries, Larosa’s Pizza, Knights of Columbus donuts, bakery items and Kona Ice. Games for all ages. Music by Rapid Fire both nights. Beer and wine with ID and wristband. Free admission. 859-431-0636. Latonia.

Music - Pop Jon Aiken, 7:30 p.m., Blinkers Tavern, 318 Greenup St., Patio. Saxophone player. 859-3600840; Covington.

Music - Rock The Hanky Panks, 8:30 p.m.noon, Grandview Tavern & Grille, 2220 Grandview Drive, 859-341-8439. Fort Mitchell.

SATURDAY, JULY 27 Art Exhibits Alchemy 2: A New Global Vision for Enamel, noon-3 p.m., The Carnegie, 859-9571940; Covington.

Cooking Classes Sushi Rolling and Dining, 7 p.m., Sushi Cincinnati, 130 W. Pike St., Includes training, choice of at least three sushi rolls, BYOB and recipe/product information. $25. Reservations required. 513-335-0297; Covington. Wine Pairing, 2 p.m., Argentine Bistro, 2875 Town Center Blvd., $25. Registration required. 859-426-1042. Crestview Hills.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise Classes, 8-9 a.m. and 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; Crescent Springs.

Exhibits Northern Kentucky Music Legends, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission. 859491-4003; Covington.

Killer Star Effect performs Saturday, July 27, at the Madison Theater. $8. Doors at 7 p.m.THANKS TO ERIC DANOWSKI Killer Star Effect, 8 p.m. With Endless Chaos, the Reflectives, Junior Crime Fighters and Season Ten. Doors open 7 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., $8. 859-491-2444; Covington. Beast Bash, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Pioneer Park, 3950 Madison Pike, Celebration of pets and their people. Activities including pool party for dogs, animal communicator, food, exhibits, contests and more. Benefits Kenton County Animal Shelter. $5. Presented by Kenton County Animal Shelter. 859-345-6701; Covington.

Recreation Thomas More College Athletic Department Golf Outing, 8:30 a.m., Kenton County Golf Course, 3908 Richardson Road, The Willows Course. Four-player, best-ball scramble. Shotgun start. Prizes for team champions, split-the-pot, skins, longest drive, longest putt and closest to the pin. Dinner immediately after round and lunch at turn. Ages 21 and up. $95. Reservations required. Presented by Thomas More College. 859-3443308; Independence.

SUNDAY, JULY 28 Antiques Shows The Village Vintage and Arts Bazaar, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., MainStrasse Village, Main Street, Antiques and collectibles available for sale along MainStrasse’s Promenade. Free admission. Presented by MainStrasse Village Association. 859-468-4820; Covington.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise Classes, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; Crescent Springs.


Holy Cross Parish Festival, 6-11:30 p.m., Holy Cross Parish, Free admission. 859-431-0636. Latonia.

Northern Kentucky Music Legends, 1-5 p.m., BehringerCrawford Museum, Included with admission. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Karl Dappen on Sax, 7-10 p.m., Argentine Bistro, 2875 Town Center Blvd., Variety of music from jazz to soft rock. Free. 859-426-1042; Crestview Hills.

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Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke, 9 p.m., Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St., With DJ Will Corson. $10 buckets and $4 grape and cherry bombs. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-491-6659. Covington.

Harlan Butt’s Ruby Lotus Vessel is among the pieces on display at Alchemy 2: A New Global Vision for Enamel, a combination of two juried exhibitions being held in conjunction with the Enamelist Society biennial conference, at The Carnegie in Covington. The exhibit runs through Aug. 23.THANKS TO SHANNAN BOYER Music - Acoustic Kevin Fox, 10 p.m., Strasse Haus, 630 Main St., Free. 859-261-1199. Covington.


Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St., All bluegrass pickers invited to participate. Free. 859-491-6659; Covington.

Art Events


Wine and Canvas, 6:30-9:30 p.m., John Phillip’s Restaurant & Bar, 2809 Dixie Highway, Painting class with cocktails. No experience necessary. Local professional guides step by step through painting. Ages 18 and up. $35. Reservations required. Presented by Wine and Canvas. 513-317-1305; Crestview Hills.

Art Exhibits

Art Exhibits The Human Face: A Revelation, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 859-2922322; Covington. Alchemy 2: A New Global Vision for Enamel, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Carnegie, 859-9571940; Covington.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise Classes, 8-9 a.m. and 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m. and 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; Crescent Springs.

Exhibits Northern Kentucky Music Legends, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission. 859491-4003; Covington.

Music - Bluegrass Bluegrass Jam Session, 8 p.m.,

The Human Face: A Revelation, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 859-2922322; Covington. Alchemy 2: A New Global Vision for Enamel, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Carnegie, 859-9571940; 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. $6, $3 for first-timers. Presented by H & B Dance Co.. 859-727-0904. Fort Wright.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise Classes, 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m. and 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; Crescent Springs.

Exhibits Northern Kentucky Music Legends, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission. 859491-4003; Covington.

Health / Wellness Weight Loss That Works, 6:30-7 p.m., Hickory Grove Baptist Church, 11969 Taylor Mill


Roger Drawdy, 8 p.m., Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St., Irish music. Free. 859-491-6659; Covington.

Hands-on Food Preservation, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Kenton County Cooperative Extension Service, 10990 Marshall Road, Learn to pressure and water bath can. Discuss freezing and drying fruits and vegetables. Ages 18 and up. $10. Registration required. 859-356-3155; Covington.

Senior Citizens

Exercise Classes

Bingo, 12:30-3 p.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., 859-727-2306. Elsmere.

Jazzercise Classes, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m. and 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; Crescent Springs.

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Road, $60 for 12-week membership. First class free. Presented by Equipped Ministries. 859-3563162; Independence.

Covington. Alchemy 2: A New Global Vision for Enamel, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Carnegie, 859-9571940; Covington.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 31 Art Exhibits The Human Face: A Revelation, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 859-2922322; Covington. Alchemy 2: A New Global Vision for Enamel, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Carnegie, 859-9571940; Covington.

Business Classes Preserving Best Customer Relationships, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Metropolitan Club, 50 E. RiverCenter Blvd., Grill Room. Workshop on loyalty marketing, engagement and retention strategies. Focus on principles and practices for Best Customer Marketing. Ages 18 and up. $1,295. Registration required. Presented by Marketing Strategists. 513-833-5480; Covington.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise Classes, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 5-6 p.m. and 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; Crescent Springs. Zumba, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Diamond Dance Academy, 5030 Old Taylor Mill Road, No dancing skills required. $5. 859-814-8375; Taylor Mill.

Exhibits Northern Kentucky Music Legends, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission. 859491-4003; Covington.

THURSDAY, AUG. 1 Art Exhibits The Human Face: A Revelation, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 859-2922322;

Exhibits Northern Kentucky Music Legends, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission. 859491-4003; Covington.

Farmers Market Dixie Farmers Market, 2-6 p.m., Erlanger Baptist Church, 116 Commonwealth Ave., Presented by City of Erlanger. 859-727-2525; Erlanger.

Festivals Glier’s Goettafest, 5-11 p.m. Casey James, singer and guitarist from Fort Worth, Texas, free 8:30 p.m. With opening act Jetset Getset., Festival Park Newport, Riverboat Row, Celebrating goetta with food, music, games, rides and more. Free. Presented by Glier’s Meats. 859-291-1800, ext. 213; Newport.

Music - Jazz Gary Gorrell Quartet, 7:45 p.m.-midnight, Chez Nora, 530 Main St., Free. 859-491-8027; Covington.

Music - Oldies Music@BCM: Cruisin’, 6-9 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Music by the Avenues. $5. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Shopping Corridor 127: The World’s Longest Yardsale, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., MainStrasse Village, Main Street, Bargain hunting in MainStrasse Village. Free. Presented by MainStrasse Village Association. 859-491-0458; Covington.



Use your basil bounty for Rita’s freezer pesto Sometimes my enthusiasm in spring for planting herbs and produce goes so out of bounds that when it’s time for harvesting, I get overwhelmed. I went out early to pick tomatoes and happened to see what I thought Rita were a few Heikenfeld green RITA’S KITCHEN beans ready to pick. Ditto for cucumbers. By the time I finished, I had a big basket of beans, almost a dozen cucumbers and more than enough squash for the neighborhood. I had also planted a row of both Iranian/lemon and sweet basil in the veggie garden. (Not that I didn’t already have enough in the herb garden!) The basils were just starting to flower so I had to harvest them, as well. The veggies will keep for a couple of days but I wanted to work with the basil then, so I made my latest version of freezer pesto.

Rita’s freezer pesto

There’s a huge interest in making pesto, so I could probably devote a whole column to it. Readers want to know if nuts are essential. No, and walnuts make a good substitute for pine nuts. Should you add garlic after thawing? I add both nuts and garlic to my pesto prior to freezing, but some food gurus say leave them out since, in their opinion, these items turn strong in the freezer. I use my food processor, but you could use a blender or make this by hand. This is a thicker pesto that freezes well. Add more oil after thawing, if you like. Sometimes I’ll add a bit of water to pesto if I’m using it to coat pasta. Check out my blog to see some favorite recipes using pesto. 1 to 1 ⁄2 teaspoons garlic, minced 1 ⁄4 cup pine nuts, toasted if desired 1 ⁄2 stick unsalted butter (optional, but good) Generous handful parsley leaves 4 generous cups basil leaves, packed 1

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With processor’s motor running, add garlic and nuts. Add everything else and using the pulse button, pulse until just mixed, then pour into containers and freeze.

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Why does my pesto turn dark? Basil oxidizes rapidly when leaves are

cut up either too finely and/or exposed to air, so use the pulse button to mix. That also alleviates heat while processing, which can turn the basil dark. Try these tips to keep your pesto green. » Blanch the basil leaves to keep them green. » Add parsley and lemon juice to keep the green color. » Pour a thin film of oil over the top before storing may keep enough air out, as well. And sometimes, even if you take those steps, it still may get dark. Don’t

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No real recipe here. Sometimes I’ll add a bit of fresh chopped basil before serving. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray casserole dish. Layer sliced zucchini, sliced onions, sliced tomatoes, a sprinkling of oregano and garlic powder or fresh minced garlic (not too much), Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses. Repeat layers except for mozzarella, which should be added last 10 minutes of baking time. Bake about 45 minutes or until veggies are tender before adding last layer of cheese.

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Stay hydrated

I worry about the younger and older contingent in our Community Press family. They’re the ones who may not hydrate properly, so keep an eye out. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime juice to water for an extra boost for your immune system and to make drinking water more appealing. Make it a fun drink by adding fresh mint, stevia or other sweetener to taste. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Find her blog online at Cincinnati.Com/blogs. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

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“Dear God, why do I keep doing this?” I often pray this prayer when I seem to fall into the same old pits of sin I’ve been falling into for years. Committing the same acts of disobedience Julie House I’ve been COMMUNITY praying RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST for deliverance from, and wondering why God won’t heal me. It’s true for most of us on this journey to grow stronger in our faith. We seem to conquer many of the sins that hold us back, only to find that there is still this dark and dusty corner of our hearts that won’t seem to “let go and let God.” The sins in this dark and dusty corner of our hearts vary from person to person. For one, it may be holding onto the alcohol, pills or cigarettes that help them relax, focus and get through life. For another, they can’t seem to “let go” of the debilitating worries in life; family, finances, health, the future of our country. (If they don’t carry the burden, who will?) Yet, God’s promises on these (and so many other issues) in his word are endless. The more I read, the more I am convinced of his power. The power to change my heart, cleanse me of my sins

God wants us to experience freedom and deliverance from all sin, and to experience the abundant life he planned for us.

in other areas. God wants us to experience freedom and deliverance from all sin, and to experience the abundant life he planned for us long ago. The problem is that although we are believers, we are not receivers. We read God’s word, say that we believe it, but live

and provide all that I need. “And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.” (2 Corinthians 9:8) I’ve often wondered how so many people I deem as such strong Christians seem so successful in some areas in life, yet crippled in others. Experiencing true freedom and deliverance in some areas, yet I can almost see the prison walls surrounding them

a life in stark contrast. The word says, “Do not worry” (Phil. 4:6) yet I am robbed of daily peace because of my worries. The word says, “Cast all your cares upon him, for he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7) Yet, my self-reliance keeps me from praying about my weight or other

areas I deem I need to be more self-disciplined. “Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.” (Hebrews 3:7,8) In other words, “don’t be so hard-headed,” (a loving term coined by my father). When you read God’s promises today about protection, provi-

sion, safety, and abundance, simply say; “Thank you God. I don’t just believe; I receive.” Julie House is a resident of Independence, and founder of Equipped Ministries, a Christian-based health and wellness program. She can be reached at 802-8965.

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DEATHS John Davis

Homemakers, member of the Beechgrove Homemakers Club, and belonged to Oakridge Seniors and St. Barbara Seniors. Her husband, Wilson “Pee Wee” Hall, died previously. Survivors include her children, Joan Ellis and Wilson Wm. “Buck” Hall; one grandchild and one great-grandchild. Burial was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Erlanger. Memorials: Special Olympics; or St. Elizabeth Hospice.

John P. Davis, 67, of LaFollette, Tenn., formerly of Independence, died July 11, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was a communication engineer with AT&T before retirement, a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War, and played the guitar during Mass on Sundays at St. Cecilia Church in Independence and at his current parish in Tennessee, Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Survivors include his wife, Karen Davis; sons, Jonathan and Jeffrey Davis; daughter, Mary Beth McLain; sisters, Mary Carol Zerhusen and Teresa Weil; brother, Fred Davis; and three grandchildren. Memorials: Catholic Charities or the ASPCA.

Lorena Hanks Lorena Haven Collier Hanks, 89, of Ryland Heights, died July 14, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a homemaker and member of Visalia Baptist Church. Her husband, C.M. Hanks, died previously. Survivors include her son, Mark Hanks of Ryland Heights; daughters, Sandra Luzader of Taylor Mill, and Lois Schmid of Ryland Heights; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Caroline Hall Caroline L. “Carrie” Hall, 96, of Independence, died July 12, 2013. She was a member of Burlington Baptist Church, worked at Inter-Ocean Insurance and Roberts Oil Company, was a Kentucky Colonel, served as treasurer for the Kenton County

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POLICE REPORTS INDEPENDENCE Arrests/citations William D. McDonough, 24, 1383 Sequoia Drive, reckless driving, disregarding stop sign, DUI at Madison Pike, June 28. Henry Abrams, 58, 1079 Clubhouse Drive, menacing, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, assault on police officer at Clubhouse Drive, June 30. Andrea D. Garcia, 38, 882 Regal Ridge Road, executed Grant County warrant at 882 Regal Ridge Road, July 8. Donna M. Velasquez, 33, 4013 Flintlock Court, executed Kenton County warrant at 4013 Flintlock Court, July 4. Jeffrey L. Epp, 59, 711 Cherokee Drive, No. 9, executed Kenton County warrant at 711 Cherokee Drive, No. 9, July 2. Jesse Longoria, 24, unknown, public drunkenness at Oliver Road, July 5. Luis N. Ramirez, 22, 7081 Manderlay Drive, driving on suspended license, improper signal, no registration plates, failure to produce insurance card at Turkeyfoot Road, June 27. Julie J. Jordan, 43, 518 Palace Ave., DUI at Bristow Road, July

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. 9. Lloyd W. Bevis, 46, 1851 Happy Hollow Lane, executed Gallatin County warrant at Deer Run Road, July 2. Brooke Ruppee, 19, 2256 Vater Road, public drunkenness, disorderly conduct at Madison Pike & Centennial, July 7. Rebecca E. Caldwell, 24, 5428 Taylor Mill Road, executed bench warrant at 5428 Taylor Mill Road, June 30.

Incidents/investigations Burglary Cell phones stolen at 4260 Aspen Drive, No. 1, July 15. Criminal trespass, criminal mischief Door vandalized at 4183 Elmwood Court, No. 7, July 15.

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Interment was at Floral Hills Cemetery. Memorials: Visalia Baptist Church, 12062 Vise’s Trail, Covington, KY 41015; or Hospice of St. Elizabeth, 483 South Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

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Patricia Herrmann Patricia Emma Schoettle Herrmann, 76, of Independence, died July 12, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Florence. She was a retired self-employed hypnotherapist and had worked on several well-known missing children cases over the years, was a member of St. Barbara Church, was active with animal-welfare projects for more than 50 years, including Save the Animals Foundation, and was a member of the PTA, Professional Photographers of America, Special Olympics and the Confederate Air Force. Survivors include her husband, Charles Robert Herrmann; daughter, Sheri-Marie Workman of Independence. Memorials: Save the Animals Foundation, 4011 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227.

Orville Jones Jr. Orville Jones Jr., 82, of Independence, died July 5, 2013. He served in the Navy from 1948 until 1952 during the Korean War, served in the Sea Bee Reserves, 1955-1967, and then transferred to the Air Force Reserves until 1969. He had a lifetime membership to the Ralph Fulton VFW Post 6423 and American Legion Post 20, was a member of the Elsmere Church of Christ, a Kentucky Colonel and retired truck driver. His brother, Homer Frank, and granddaughter, Traci Monday, died previously. Survivors include his sister, Martha Ryle; brother, Donnie G. Jones; former wife, Norma; daughter, Dr. Kathy Jones; son,

Virginia Madge Kaltenback, 76, of Latonia, died July 17, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. Survivors include her husband, John C. Kaltenback Sr.; daughters, Betty Murray, Debora Kaltenback-Weinel, Denise Gemmer, Michelle Johns and Nicole Anderson; son, John C. Kaltenback Jr.; sisters, Joyce Parson and Wanda Robbins; 32 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Interment was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in Taylor Mill. Memorials: American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

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Raymond “Ray” McGahee, 50, of Dayton, died July 14, 2013, at his residence. He was employed at Levi Strauss Company. Survivors include his wife, Karen McGahee of Fort Thomas; children, Stephanie Farias of Taylor Mill, Michael McGahee of Newport, and Rebekah McGahee of Fort Thomas; sisters, Julia Crout of Wilder, and Shirley Inman of Alexandria; and one granddaughter. Interment was at Floral Hills

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Buford McMillan Jr. Buford G. “Boody” McMillan Jr., 77, of Ludlow, died July 13, 2013, at his home. He was a retired bus driver for Queen City Metro, member of Bromley Christian Church and the Ludlow Senior Citizens, graduate of Ludlow High School, and was inducted into the Ludlow High School Sports Hall of Fame and the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame. His first wife, Shirley Kennett McMillan, and daughter, Cassie Shawan, died previously. Survivors include wife, Ann Lee Kolar McMillan; sons, Buford

G. McMillan III of Butler, and Darrell A. McMillan of Independence; daughter, Karen Gannon of Albuquerque, N.M.; and six grandchildren. Interment was at Highland Cemetery Mausoleum in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Kenton County SPCA, 1020 Mary Laidley Road, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Walter Smith Walter Smith, 86, of Independence, died July 14, 2013. He was a member of Florence Baptist Church and an Army veteran. His son, Dwayne Smith, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Demurtis Smith; children, Jimmy, Darrell, Farlon and Calvin Smith;

brother, Homer Smith; 10 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Burial was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in Taylor Mill.

Arthur Wagner Arthur Walter Wagner, 90, of Taylor Mill, died July 12, 2013, in his home. He was a Navy veteran of World War II where he served in both North Africa and Okinawa, retired from Procter & Gamble in 1987 after 29 years of work, and member of both St. Bernard Church in Dayton, Ky., and St. Anthony Church in Taylor Mill. Survivors include his wife, Mary Jane; daughters, Regina Mary Glaser, Jane Anne Wise-

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Helen Marie Lenz, 82, of Dayton, Ky., died July 13, 2013. She was a retired city clerk of Dayton. Her husband, Stanley C. Lenz Sr., died previously. Survivors include her children, Lori Seyberth of Fort Thomas, Cathy Volter of Dayton, Stan Lenz of Dayton, Mike Lenz of Dayton, Tim Lenz of Independence, Margie Brickler of Dayton, Matt Lenz of Dayton, and Joe Lenz of Bellevue; sister, Elsie Fowler of Butler; brother, Jerry Hoepker of Cincinnati; 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Burial was at Evergreen Cemetery in Southgate. Memorials: Helen Lenz Memorial Fund, St. John the Evan-



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DEATHS man, Marian Rae Gastrich, Rose Marie Price, Anne Mary Commerton and Mary Theresa Scott; and sons, Arthur Raymond “Mike” Wagner, Joseph David Wagner and Michael Anthony “Tony” Wagner; 25 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. Burial with military honors was at Floral Hills Cemetery in Taylor Mill. Memorials: Hospice of the Bluegrass, 7388 Turfway Road, Suite 202, Florence, KY 41042.

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years, member of Sts. Boniface and James Church, loved golf, bowling and fishing and boating on Lake Cumberland. His parents, Raymond and Theresa Wynn, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Anna Beth Wynn; sons, Christopher Miller of Pickerington, Ohio, Andy Miller of Ludlow, and Kaleb Miller of Bromley; brothers, Ken Wynn of Ludlow, Ronald Wynn of Covington, Stephen Wynn of Covington, Raymond Wynn of Independence, and Ed Wynn of Erlanger; sister, Margaret Lucarelli of Edgewood; and one granddaughter. Interment was at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Hospice of Bluegrass, 7388 Turfway Road, Florence, KY 41042; or Kenton County Animal Shelter, 1020 Mary Laidley Drive, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

for the BP Oil Company, an Army veteran, and enjoyed traveling, gardening and UK sports. Survivors include his wife, Wyona Bridges Whaley; daughters, Diane Baker, Janice Whaley and Dawn Holder; son, Jeffrey Whaley; brother, Eddie Whaley; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Interment was at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery in Williamstown. Memorials: American Cancer Society; or American Heart Association; or Victory Baptist Church.

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