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COVINGTON — Swing for a cause Friday, Aug. 16, at a golf outing benefiting the Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties’ Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children. Registration is 8 a.m. and shotgun start is 9 a.m. at Twin Oaks Golf and Plantation Club, 450 E. 43rd St., Covington. “This is an important event because we’re trying to raise funds so we can recruit more volunteers so that every child in the system will have an advocate,” CASA of Boone County Executive Director Colleen Bohman said. This is the 13th year that CASA of Boone County has held the golf outing. Bohman said they wanted to team up with CASA of Kenton and Campbell counties this year because the two groups share the same mission. The Northern Kentucky groups are part of the National CASA Association. Started in 1977, CASA is a network of 933 programs that are recruiting, training and supporting volunteers to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom. The volunteers are appointed by judges. Stacy Meyers, a former advocate, and current mentor and board member for the Kenton and Campbell program, said the advocates are “the voice of the child.” “So often these kids get lost in the system,” she said. “Attorneys come and go. There’s not a consistent person in their lives. The advocates develop a relationship with the child and looks out for their best interest. If a child has even one person in their corner, then that’s a huge accomplishment.” Meyers said she’s excited that the Northern Kentucky CASAs are coming together for this joint effort. “We’re looking to not only raise money to expand the program, but also raise awareness,” she said. “We want to get our name out there so that we can get more community involvement.” For $125 golfers are offered 18 holes with a cart, lunch, din-

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Marty Wood of Scott Farms bags fresh local produce for Rick Herbig of Independence at the Independence Farmers Market, held next door to the Kenton County Courthouse each Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. during the summer. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Battery Hooper Days celebrate N.Ky. Civil War history By Amy Scalf

Mike Little conquers a half-wall during the Fleeing Felon Run at Lincoln Ridge Park on Saturday, Aug. 10. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

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By Amy Scalf INDEPENDENCE — Felons flee from police to stay out of jail, but at the Fleeing Felon Run, participants make their way through 3.5 miles filled with 12 different obstacles in an effort to stay fit, have fun and raise money to fight cancer. The Independence Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 75 hosted the run Saturday, Aug. 10, through the woods of Lincoln Ridge Park. Proceeds from the race benefit Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Cancer/Oncology Blood Research Center. Approximately 80 people, ranging in age from 13-51, completed the course, according to volunteer Phyllis Vetter. At the finish line, a team of runners talked about how much fun they had, as well as their favorite and least favorite parts of the course. “This year is better than last year,” said Eric Nelson. He said his favorite part was crawling under a shocking field of solar-powered electric wires. “I like being shocked. It was fun,” he said.


FORT WRIGHT — Canvas tents protect Union soldiers from drenching fall rains, as musicians beat drums and toot trumpets. Lanky teenagers stand beside grandfathers with beards more white than gray, as they load and fire a cannon from the hilltop of Battery Hooper, the Army’s last stand to protect Cincinnati from a Confederate invasion. The date could be Sept. 10, 1862, or it could be Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 17 and 18, at the James A. Ramage Civil War Museum’s ninth annual Battery Hooper Days, a celebration commemorating the Union Army’s defense against the Siege of Cincinnati. The event takes place from noon-6 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday at the museum, 1402 Highland Ave., with public parking next door at Community of Faith Presbyterian Church. Admission is free to the

Confederate President Jefferson Davis and U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, portrayed by historical actors David Walker and Stan Wernz, respectively, spoke together for the first time at the 2012 Battery Hooper Days at Fort Wright’s James A. Ramage Civil War Museum. They will return for this year’s event, to be held Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 17 and 18. FILE PHOTO

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local businesses to parents of young children to retirees.” She said high school students coach readers in some schools, to help meet the need for volunteers. Costello is actively seeking more volunteers for the program. Coaches are required to complete six hours of training, which is held at locations throughout Northern Kentucky. Training dates, times and locations will be listed on the website,, by July 15. Background checks are required for each vol-


er as Lincoln’s Confederate counterpart Jefferson Davis, Dana Gagnon as author Harriet Beecher Stowe, and museum volunteer Tom Kriedler as the city’s namesake, Gen. Horatio Wright. “I think it’s a fantastic opportunity for the people of this area to come and learn about the Siege of Cincinnati, the activity of Gen. Lew Wallace and how close we came to being attacked,” said Wernz of Wyoming. “I believe that Lew Wallace’s comments to the people of Cincinnati are instructive to us to this day, as the words of Lincoln also speak to us today. He spoke 150 years ago, but the message is still the same, ‘We must be ever vigilant.’” He said he is looking forward to this year’s event, especially “doing the dialogue that should have been,” when Wernz and Walker share the presidents’ views about

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unteer. Volunteers can also register online, or call Costello at 859-282-9214 for more information. The whole program is built around the idea that one mentor will read oneon-one with one student once a week for the entire school year. “It’s not only working on improving reading skills, but also developing that mentor relationship, a positive relationship. The coach can encourage confidence in reading as well as an improvement in reading skills,” said Costello. She said the program has had amazing results.

Based on reading scores collected throughout the year, 89 percent of the program’s students have shown continuous progress in reading, said Costello. She also hears from teachers and administrators about the program’s qualitative results. “They say students improve their confidence and start reading more in class. They’re enjoying reading more, and they have the excitement of a positive role model in their lives,” Costello said. “They have a desire to come to school and participate and see the value of reading.”

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Stan Wernz will portray President Abraham Lincoln during Battery Hooper Days at Fort Wright's James A. Ramage Civil War Museum. FILE PHOTO

the war. “We have a great deal of fun doing it, but we also try to keep it historically accurate, except for the fact that Lincoln and Davis did not appear together,” said Wernz. “This Civil War Museum is a gem, right in our backyard. I American Athletic Training Center in Erlanger, who ran the race this year for the first time. “The hills were brutal,” said Keith Link. “The walls sucked,” said Jessica Eastham. “I’m scared of heights, so for me, that was the hardest part.”

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still find many people who don’t know it’s there.” New this year will be museum volunteer Bernie O’Bryan’s portrayal of Confederate Gen. Adam Rankin “Stovepipe” Johnson all weekend and Robert Bell from the Kentucky Humanities Council as African-American soldier the Rev. Newton Bush at 2 p.m. Sunday. “I’m looking forward to people coming to see it. They’re just going to love it,” said O’Bryan, who has volunteered at the Ramage Museum since it opened in 2005. “I think we have a lot for everybody to enjoy.” Want to continue the conversation? Tweet @AmyScalfNky

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Villa Madonna students exceed national expectations


Community Recorder VILLA HILLS — Villa Madonna Academy Advanced Placement (AP) students rank higher than the national average, according to recent academic records. The AP program scores students on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 considered “extremely well qualified” to earn college credit for the course taken. The average number of students at Villa Madonna who scored a 3 or higher on final exams was 82 percent, largely unchanged in three years, compared to the national average of 59 percent. Pamela McQueen, Villa Madonna principal of grades 7-12 and adoring supporter of F. Scott Fitzgerald, attributes this to the quality of teachers and students at the school. “I always tell parents that a school is only as good as its teachers,” McQueen said. “I really think that success is due to the quality of our teachers. We have the best teachers ever, and that’s an honest answer.” Of the 250 students at Villa Madonna, 75 took151 AP exams in 15 subject areas. “Our students are better prepared to speak in front of crowds, advocate for themselves and ask for what they need because of these courses,” McQueen said. “Because of these high AP scores they have opportunities to do things that other stu-

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dents don’t.” Maria Blom is an upcoming senior at Villa Madonna and has already taken seven AP courses. She agreed with her principal that her high AP scores are largely due to the quality of her teachers. “My AP U.S. history teacher taught us more than just the material; he taught us how to think,” Blom said. “He would ask us about motive a lot too, and the reasons behind the decisions made by historical figures.” Marcus Schwarting is also in the class of 2014 and said he is grateful for the opportunity to take AP courses because of the impact it will have on his future. “These high scores are something that can really pad a resume,” Schwarting said. “It will really look great in applying for college, and it means I had some great teachers.” The AP program was created by the nonprofit

organization The College Board in 1955, which has been running it ever since. The program provides college credit and placement to high school students who obtain high scores on course examinations. According to records from The College Board, a total of 25,876,432 students have taken 42,729,570 examinations since the beginning of the program. Currently, over 4,000 colleges are represented, and almost 19,000 high schools participate worldwide. According to Villa Madonna, earning college credits in high school has many advantages, such as saving money on college costs and sometimes lessening the time it takes to graduate. F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote, “The extraordinary thing is how people keep their levels, fulfill their promises, seem actually buoyed up by an inevitable destiny.”

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COLLEGE CORNER Premec makes dean’s list

Paige Premec of Crestview Hills was named to the dean’s list for spring 2013 at The Ohio State University. The dean’s list consists of students who earn 3.50 of above on 12 or more hours of course work. Premec just completed her junior year at Ohio State. She is majoring in health sciences and plans to become a physical therapist. She graduated from Notre Dame Academy in 2010.

Locals ready for college

Coastal Carolina University welcomes its class of 2017. More than 2,200 first-year students have enrolled in CCU for the Fall 2013 semester, including Alexis Ferrigno, of Fort Mitchell, and Bridget Fallis, of Covington.

Hamilton graduates

Kelia Hamilton, of Erlanger, recently received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Fontbonne University.

Rosh makes dean’s list

Allison Rosh, of Edgewood, was named to the dean’s list at Bowling Green State University for the spring semester. To be chosen for the dean’s list, undergraduate students must achieve a grade-point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale and carry no fewer than 12 letter-graded credit hours per semester.

Sparks shines at SCAD

Megan Sparks, of Ryland Heights, was named to the dean’s list at the Savannah College of Art and Design for the spring quarter. Full-time undergraduate students who earn a grade-point average of 3.5 or above for the quarter receive recognition on the dean’s list.

Local honored at Emory

Sarahmarie Specht-Bird, of Villa Hills, was named to the honor list of Oxford College, the two-year liberal arts division of Emory University located in Oxford, Ga., for the 2013 spring semester. Students must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or higher to be named to the honor list.

UD honors local students

The following students were named to the dean’s list at the University of Dayton for the spring semester. Crescent Springs: Katelyn Arnold, Elizabeth Morrison and Candice Otrembiak Edgewood: Alexa Arlinghaus, Eric Schneider and Michael Williams Fort Mitchell: Margaret Maloney Independence: Ian Dollenmayer Lakeside Park: Caroline Wise Park Hills: John Bayer and Margaret Weber Villa Hills: Stefanie Arlinghaus and Jordan Seitz To be eligible, a student must achieve a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher.

Miniard on dean’s list

Olivia Miniard was on the dean’s list at Asbury University during the spring semester of her freshman year. She graduated from Beechwood High School in 2010. She is planning on majoring in journalism and also plays on the women’s soccer team at Asbury. She is the daughter of Jane Miniard and Jerry Miniard and lives in Fort Mitchell.

Ward Villa Hills: Micah McClendon Edgewood: Christy Culbreth, Sydney Lutsch and Chandler Clark Lakeside Park: Frances DeVita Independence: Kelly Rosen and Samantha Chenot Students making the dean’s list have a grade-point average of 3.4 to 3.79 on a 4.0 scale.


Locals make Bellarmine dean’s list

Watkins on dean’s list

Margaret Lee Watkins, of Independence, recently was named to the Spring 2013 dean’s list at Union College. The dean’s list at Union is comprised of undergraduates who have completed at least 15 hours of graded work with a 3.33 grade-point average, no grades of incomplete for the semester and no grades of C or below for the semester. Watkins was one of 89 students who made the dean’s list at Union for the spring 2013 semester.

Locals make Evansville dean’s list

The following local students were named to the University of Evansville dean’s list for the spring 2013 semester: Melissa Thurman, of Fort Mitchell, majoring in biology; Brooke Crail, of Independence, majoring in marketing; and Kristen Sholander, of Independence, majoring in pre-physical therapy.

Local pair honored by Gateway

Nancy Ritzenthaler, of Fort Mitchell, and Caitlin Shanor, of Erlanger, were among recipients of the annual Student Choice Awards at Gateway Community and Technical College. Ritzenthaler, an assistant professor in the nursing department, received the faculty award and was praised by students as “the most warm, supportive and caring instructor. She is always willing to help any student, and her office door is always open.” Shanor, a campus assistant, works the front desk at the college’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing at the Boone Campus, and, in a first for the Student Choice Award winners, also was a member of the class of 2013. Students who nominated her said, “Caitlin’s knowledge of the different departments makes her the person to turn to if you’re a new student at Gateway.”

Local graduates with honors

Kristin Lottman, of Villa Hills, recently graduated summa cum laude from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering and a minor in Spanish. She received the UAB Female Academic Award for having the highest grade-point average among senior studentathletes and has also been named the female student-athlete nominee from UAB for a Conference USA Post Graduate

Kim Mott of J.A. Caywood Elementary pins her school name on the map, along with Gov. Steve Beshear and Doug Eberhart, president of United Way of Kentucky. J.A. Caywood Elementary in Edgewood is one of 12 schools statewide receiving funding from Toyota for an early-learning program, the Toyota bornlearning Academy. THANKS TO DANIELLE WALLER


Locals make academic honors list

The following local students have been named to the Campbellsville University dean’s academic honors list: Douglas James Handlon, a sophomore from Taylor Mill; Brett Evan Pierce, a junior from Edgewood; Tanesha Evon Gadlen, a junior from Independence. The academic honors list recognizes students who achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or above for the semester with a course load of at least 12 hours.

Locals graduate from Centre

Centre College celebrated its 190th commencement May 19. Rachel Brannen, of Fort Mitchell, received a B.S. degree in psychology. She did collaborative research in psychology with Dr. Jan Wertz, and was chosen Female Student Athlete of the Year. She is the daughter of James and Dianne Brannen of Fort Mitchell, and a graduate of Villa Madonna Academy. Raelynn Brown, of Covington, received a B.S. degree in psychology. She is the daughter of Valerie Brown of Covington and William Brown, and is a graduate of Holmes High School. Julia Fleming, of Crescent Springs, received a B.S. degree in behavioral neuroscience and graduated magna cum laude. She was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society for Overall Achievement, and did collaborative research in behavioral neuroscience with Dr. KatieAnn Skogsberg, and in psychology with Dr. Jan Wertz. She was also awarded the Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience Prize. She is the daughter of Don and Mary Kay Fleming of Crescent Springs, and is a graduate of Notre Dame Academy. Amy Hebbeler, of Fort Wright, received B.A. degrees in history and international studies and graduated cum laude. She was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership

Honor Society. She is the daughter of Gary and Taffy Hebbeler of Fort Wright, and is a graduate of Notre Dame Academy. Nick Hiller, of Independence, received a B.S. degree in financial economics. He was named to the SCAC StudentAthlete Academic Honor Roll for baseball, and studied abroad in Hawaii. He is the son of Gene and Rae Jean Hiller of Independence, and is a graduate of Scott High School. Ally Landen, of Edgewood, received a B.A. degree in dramatic arts and graduated cum laude. She is the daughter of Jeff and Penny Landen of Edgewood, and is a graduate of Villa Madonna Academy. DiTommaso earns chemistry award Western Kentucky University student Katie Marie DiTommaso, of Fort Wright, was awarded the Outstanding Graduating Senior In Chemistry Award from the department of chemistry at the WKU Ogden College of Science and Engineering Student Awards Ceremony. DiTommaso majored in chemistry with a minor in biology at WKU. She also played on the school’s tennis team, was active in a variety of service areas and is seeking admission to a Doctoral of Physical Therapy program.

Pair graduates from Georgetown

The following students recently graduated from Georgetown College: Kari E. Steffen, of Latonia, graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Lauren Alyssa Hiller, of Independence, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Locals on WKU dean’s list

Several local students were named to the Western Kentucky University dean’s list for the spring semester. Covington: Jordan Hill, William Storrs and Ashley Kern Park Hills: Lauren Wetenkamp Fort Mitchell: Tyler Perkins, Elisabeth Pilger and Autumn

The following local residents were named to the Bellarmine University dean’s list for the spring semester: Covington: Victoria Schwartz, Notre Dame Academy graduate, a junior majoring in exercise science; Taylor Rains, Scott High School graduate, a sophomore majoring in psychology; Cecelia Vogelpohl, Holy Cross High School graduate, a freshman majoring in middle grades education; Laura Zembrodt, Notre Dame Academy graduate, a sophomore majoring in undecided; Elizabeth Weber, Scott High School graduate, a senior majoring in English; MaryAnn Mullins, Simon Kenton High School graduate, a senior majoring in actuarial science. Crescent Springs: Judith Albanese, Notre Dame Academy graduate, a senior majoring in middle grades education; Katherine Ransdell, Villa Madonna Academy graduate, a junior majoring in nursing; Crestview Hills: Michael Helton, Covington Catholic High School graduate, a sophomore majoring in exercise science. Independence: Nathan McKinney, Dixie Heights High School graduate, a senior majoring in exercise science. Edgewood: Zachary Rightmire, Villa Madonna Academy graduate, a sophomore majoring in foreign languages and international studies; Jake Thelen, a sophomore majoring in business administration. Fort Mitchell: Kathleen Chal, Notre Dame Academy graduate, a senior majoring in foreign languages and international studies. Lakeside Park: Patrick Krumme, Covington Catholic High School graduate, a senior majoring in accounting; Matthew Jeffrey, a Covington Catholic High School graduate, a sophomore majoring in environmental science. Park Hills: Natalie Schulte, Villa Madonna Academy graduate, a freshman majoring in art. Villa Hills: Rachel Eyckmans, Dixie Heights High School graduate, a senior majoring in middle grades education; Angela Pugliano, Notre Dame Academy graduate, a sophomore majoring in communication; Megan Kanter, Villa Madonna Academy graduate, a freshman majoring in exercise science; Rachel Kanter, Villa Madonna Academy graduate, a freshman majoring in pre-nursing; Megan Kanter, Villa Madonna Academy graduate, a freshman majoring in exercise science.


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New coaches, much talent in Kenton boys soccer scene By James Weber

KENTON COUNTY — Soccer pitches around Northern Kentucky will reach fever pitch when regular-season games begin Aug. 19. Here is a look at Kenton County teams based on information submitted by coaches.

The Colonels were 14-7-2 last year, winning the 35th District and falling in the Ninth Region quarterfinals to Ryle. Jeremy Robertson returns as head coach for Cov Cath, which starts at home against McNicholas Aug. 20. The team did not submit a preview form.

Scott’s Luke Treadway is the top returning scorer in the area.FILE PHOTO

Covington Latin

County Aug. 20.

A.J. Schreiver takes over as head coach for the Trojans this year. His main task is to replace eight departed graduates from last year’s team. The lone returning senior is Tyler Schreiver. Owen Miller is the other senior. Anchoring the defense is junior Jason Grout. Leading the offensive attack are juniors Sam Braun and Jared Kerth. The Trojans host Carroll

Dixie Heights

Jeff Scroggin takes over as head coach for the Colonels this year. The team hopes for a new start after winning three games last year. Dixie returns two starters in Zach Kilmer and Conner Spivey. The top newcomer is Mason Sansone. The new coach would like the team to improve on last year

and qualify for the Ninth Region Tournament.


The Bulldogs are coached by John Bradley and start Aug. 20 at Grant County. The team did not submit a preview form.

Holy Cross

The Indians are coached by Dave Groneck and start Aug. 26 See BOYS, Page A6


Kenton girls soccer season kicks into gear Ludlow

By James Weber

Troy Williams returns for his seventh season as head coach. The Panthers were 6-10 last year. Senior Breeann Bailey scored 28 goals last season, and counting her 25 tallies in 2011 he has the most in Northern Kentucky in that span. Ludlow lost only two seniors from last season and Williams expects that experience to lift the Panthers over the .500 mark. Freshmen Tori Williams and Rebecca Bailey will add key depth to a strong defense.

KENTON COUNTY — Girls soc-

cer teams in the area have plenty of goals as they start their regular seasons Aug. 19. Here is a look at local Kenton County teams based on information coaches submitted:

Calvary Christian

Jeff Bowers returns for his 18th year as head coach with a 137-57-12 record, including 8-7-4 last season. The Cougars were co-champions of Division III in the NKAC. Returning starters include Ashley Bowers, Lauren Bricking, Kathryn Grinstead and Sarah Roaden. Roaden is one of three seniors on the team with Brooke Duty and Hayley Emmerich. Top newcomers are Cassidy Howard, Laura Leichter, Dayne Merkley and Skyler Petty. Bowers said teamwork and having fun are big keys this year.

Covington Latin

The Trojans were 9-9 last season for Tom Rauf, who enters his second season with them. Covington Latin beat Holy Cross for the first time ever last year but graduated Bridgette Hildreth, who led Northern Kentucky in scoring. Rauf does return three starters in Karah Knotts, Lydia Walters and Isabel Eliassen. Walters and Eliassen, both sophomores, are strong defenders with a keen understanding of the game. Knotts, another sophomore,


Girls golf

» Notre Dame won the Beechwood Invitational Aug. 5 at Fort Mitchell Country Club. Jill Edgington was second overall with an 80 and Erin Durstock fifth with 86. Dixie Heights’ Megan Mauer was individual champion with a 78. Nicole Zatorski tied for fourth with 86 to lead runner-up Villa Madonna.

Thomas More Notes

Calvary Christian

Covington Catholic



Darren Varnado takes over as head coach for the Cougars this year. He returns three senior starters in Bradley Leichter, Kipp Barnes and Evan Ousley. Other players to watch include juniors Kellan Kreft, Zac Valandra, Quinn Varnado, Riley Worstell and Christian Zint. The Cougars have been battling injury so far this summer but will try to be at full strength for the season opener Aug. 22 against Mason County. “A successful season will take a true team effort with younger, more inexperienced players gaining confidence and stepping up to support the veteran players,” Varnado said.


Notre Dame

Simon Kenton’s Christina Cook, blue, is one of the Pioneers’ top players. FILE PHOTO

grew six inches since last year, plays with passion and is the leading candidate to take Hildreth’s place in the offense. Senior Marie Cuthrell returns to the team after two years and has great foot skills and shot power. Senior Lexi Bosley will be a key leader in the midfield. Freshman Natalie Kyle also adds scoring punch.

Holy Cross

David Hobbs takes over the Indians program after two years on the boys staff at Villa Madonna. He inherits a team that will miss eight starting graduates and went 8-10-2 on the season. However, Hobbs has high hopes as the overall program has 41 players, more than HC has enjoyed in recent years. The Indians have three veterans seniors to build around in Ari Chiarelli, Jaecie Jasper and Teryn Steeken.

The Pandas were state runner-up last year, the third time in four seasons they have reached the final match. NDA was 25-3-1and graduated10 seniors from that team. Head coach Sara McSorley returns plenty of varsity experience, however, led by returning starters Maddie Tierney, Ellen Combs, Lily Weber and Emma Schneider. Tierney has committed to Xavier. Four other seniors saw plenty of varsity field time last year in Meg Berberich, Carlee Clemons, Summer Scheben and Zoe Stovik. Mandy Arnzen, Carissa Dyer and Libby Greenwell are younger players who return with varsity experience. NDA hosts Beechwood Aug. 19 to start the season and plays at Lexington Catholic Aug. 24.

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» The Thomas More College football team was picked second in the 2013 Presidents’ Athletic Conference preseason poll. The Saints, led by seventh-year head coach Jim Hilvert, earned 10 of 36 total firstplace votes and 248 total points in the conference poll to finish behind first place Washington & Jefferson College (271). W&J and Thomas More were followed by Waynesburg University (233), Grove City College (159), Bethany College and Geneva College (138), Westminster College (107), Thiel College (106) and Saint Vincent (40). A season ago, Thomas More finished with a 7-3 overall record and a 6-2 record in the PAC. The Saints dropped three of their first four games, but closed out the season on a six game-winning streak. During the winning streak, Thomas More outscored its opponents by an average of 39.2 points per game to 8.8 points per game, including a 75-6 win over across-the-river rival, the College of Mount St. Joseph, in Bridge Bowl XVII. The Saints open the 2013 season on Sept. 7 when they travel to Columbus, Ohio, to play Capital University.

NKU Notes

» The Northern Kentucky University women’s soccer team is picked to finish eighth in the Atlantic Sun Conference preseason coaches poll. Florida Gulf Coast University was chosen as the favorite to win the conference with 95 total points and collected five first-place votes. Jacksonville was selected to finish second, while East Tennessee State and Mercer tied for third. “The Atlantic Sun is an outstanding league for women’s soccer,” NKU head coach Bob Sheehan said. “As we enter our second year of Division I reclassification, we are looking for our student-athletes to continue to develop both individually and as a team.” NKU finished its inaugural NCAA Division I season 6-11 overall and 3-6 in the ASun on the way to a seventh place finish in the conference. Senior Megan Frye earned second team All-Atlantic Sun Conference honors after leading the Norse in goals (6) and total points (15) last season. The Norse open the regular-season Aug. 23 against Robert Morris in Moon Township, Pa.


» Beechwood will honor its 1984 Beechwood state football championship team, coaches and cheerleaders this season. This is going to take place on Friday, Sept. 6, during the Beechwood vs. Dixie football game at See PREPS, Page A6



Walk to Defeat ALS raises more than $46K

About 1,200 people turned out at Turfway Park, May 18, for the third-annual Northern Kentucky Walk to Defeat ALS, a fundraising and awareness event to combat the neurodegenerative disease commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The event generated more than $46,000 in donations that directly benefit the ALS Association Kentucky Chapter, which supports those affected by ALS in the Commonwealth and the surrounding area. The majority of the crowd walked as teams participating in honor or memory of relatives or friends afflicted with the disease, which attacks brain and spinal cord cells that control voluntary motor function. There is no cure or treatment to halt

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Beechwood. A reception and tour of the school will be at 5 p.m. and the game will follow at 7:30 p.m. Contact Athletic Director Suzy Wera at for more details or with contact information for team members.

Freedom Trail

» Freedom starter Dan Osterbrock (1-1) turned in the first nine-


From left, Shawn Mullennex, ALS patient Rita Hazelbaker, and Northern Kentucky Walk to Defeat ALS chair Chris Fryman snip the ribbon to start the walk. THANKS TO ALS ASSOCIATION-KENTUCKY CHAPTER

progression of the disease. A larger venue was required after the initial Northern Kentucky Walk to Defeat ALS grew from 300 walkers in 2011 to more than 1,200 this year,

inning complete game for the Freedom this season leading them to a 7-3 win Sunday night over the Rockford Aviators at Aviators Stadium. Osterbrock allowed eight hits on three runs. He also struck out five. The Freedom supported Osterbrock early in the game with a three run first inning. Jeremy Hamilton drew a two out walk and later scored on an RBI double by Jacob Tanis. Jim Jacquot and Byron Wiley followed with RBI singles giving the Freedom a 3-0 lead. With the Freedom lead-

when Turfway opened its facilities to the walk and its participants for the first time. Call Jennifer D. Lepa at 859-331-1384, or email

ing 3-1 in the seventh, Aljay Davis produced an RBI double and Hamilton had a sacrifice fly giving the Freedom a 5-1 lead. In the ninth, Jacquot hit a two-run homer over the centerfield wall pushing the lead to 7-1. It was Jacquot’s fifth home run of the season. Jacquot finished 2-5 with three RBI’s. Florence is home Thursday, Aug. 15, then again from Aug. 21-25. Aug. 21 is a doubleheader starting at 5:45 p.m. (each game is seven innings).

From left: Jack Kaelin talks with former student Mark Behler, right, and his wife, Janie Behler, during the ceremonies for Kaelin’s retirement at Covington Catholic High School May 3. Kaelin coached track and cross country for 36 years and was also a track official for 25 years. Kaelin was CovCath’s head bowling coach since starting the team as a club sport in 2004. Kaelin was also the basketball team’s scorekeeper for virtually all of his 50 years at the school. JOSEPH FUQUA II/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

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in the All “A” Classic. The team did not submit a preview form.

St. Henry

Steve Hahn hopes for his fifth straight winning season at St. Henry. He returns three starters in Will Fugazzi, K.C. Gromes and Keven Cawley. Other players to watch include Logan Dehner and Alex Green. Hahn said his Crusaders are a young group with a lot of skill. St. Henry plays at Lexington Catholic Aug. 20 and at Highlands Aug. 22 before its first home game Aug. 24 against Dixie Heights.


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The Eagles have 10 returning starters to build on an 8-9-3 season in 2012, which was their best record in the past few years. Head coach Bessie McGraw’s team won the Covington City Tournament along the way. McGraw expects the Eagles to contend for district and regional championships. Senior Hannah Dixon is versatile and a key team leader in the midfield. McGraw said she holds the team together in the middle. Senior Jill Buntin could play in the field or in goal and is a powerful athlete. Senior Dulci Gurley is strong in the midfield. Junior Shea Stivers was the team’s leading scorer last year. She is a versatile athlete with good speed and great foot skill. Junior Paige Gundrum is a solid distributor. Junior Kristen Hedger is the returning starter in goal and has improved a lot in the offseason.

the Kings Soccer Academy in Wilder for the past three years. He currently coaches the U13 and U14 girls teams at Kings. The new coach has six returning starters, counting Luke Treadway, C.J. Seay, Joshua Cox, Blake Schneider, Brian Mathis and Devin Morgan. Other players to watch include Jonathan Trenkamp, Ryan Wolf, Matt Donbach, Chad Evans and Nathan Muench. Treadway is the top returning scorer in Northern Kentucky. “Not only does this team have several returning players, but also a new group of kids with an extremely bright future in the game,” Anderson said. “Judging from the first month of practice, the season looks promising and I expect to have as good, if not better, of a season as previous years.”

Simon Kenton

Veteran head coach Jeremy Wolfe returns for his 16th year as Pioneers head coach. Last season was one of his most successful, as SK The defense has experience and talent, led by senior Monica Ortwein, senior Bobie Bramlage and junior Madison Meyer. Other players to watch include Becca Seiter and Lauren Radenhausen. The annual Presidents’ Cup rivalry matches will be at Scott Aug. 24, with girls varsity at 5 p.m.

Simon Kenton

The Pioneers were 711-1 last year for Dustin Jones, but were 32nd District champions. SK also awarded Jones his 100th career win with that district title. SK returns five starters in Christina Cook, Courtney Fulmer, Jasmine Cahill, Abbie Thatcher and Destiny Crawford. Thatcher, a goalkeeper, is a sophomore. The rest are seniors. Other players to watch are Mallory Valentine, Gillian Morris, Briana Fischer, Karley Abel, Ali Frietsch, Kelsey Blau and Jenna Fuerst. SK starts the season at Cooper Aug. 19 and hosts Boone County Aug. 21. The annual Presidents’ Cup rivalry matches will be at Scott Aug. 24, with girls varsity at 5 p.m.

went 14-7-2 for the year, winning the 32nd District and reaching the semifinals of the Eighth Region Tournament. Wolfe brings back five starters overall, led by returning offensive threats Cory Knaley (senior midfielder) and Tyler Smith (senior forward). The Pioneers have a veteran goalkeeper coming back in junior Hunter Leanhart. Replacing three midfielders from 2012 is Wolfe’s top priority but the new starters all have varsity experience. The older Pioneers have 14 total seniors on their roster. Their first game Aug. 20 at Conner and first home game is Aug. 22 against Covington Catholic.

Villa Madonna

VMA was 10-10-1 last season, finishing as 34th District runner-up and falling in overtime in the Ninth Region quarterfinals to Newport Central Catholic. Peter Mikhail takes over as head coach and inherits a young team. The team did not submit a preview form.

Villa Madonna Glenn Rice returns for his second season as head coach for the Blue Lightning, who were 10-8-1 last year, a vast improvement from 2011. He returns virtually the entire lineup from 2012 as he and the team look for big things this year. Returning veterans include Alex Hengge, Libby Califf, Paulette Moser, Amanda Schleper, Amanda Werner, Lexie Aytes, Grace Giordano, Maya Jaafari, Paige McLaughlin and Becky Rice. Hengge, a senior, anchors the team as a four-year starter in goal. She was third team all-region in 2012. Other players to watch include Nahal Pahlevani, Alexa Meier, Abby Hengge and Emma Bateman. VMA starts the season Aug. 19 at Owen County and at Walton-Verona Aug. 21. VMA’s first home game is Aug. 23 against Covington Latin. A key early game is at home Aug. 31 against Lawrence County, who was 15th Region champion and state quarterfinalist in 2012.





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Business education or quilting in public schools? I’m not in the trenches teaching public school K-12 students, but I parent a couple of them. I shouldn’t complain. Literally hundreds of hardworking teachers have made sure that both children received a solid education. I’m proud of them and proud of our schools. I wonder, however, if we’re not missing out on some golden educational opportunities. For context, our schools have our children as part of a captive audience nearly nine months a year, five days a week, 6.5 hours a day. Not every hour is particularly productive. My son learned about quilting in English class. My daughter spent many days on Egyptian history. Both children have watched popular movies on DVD or VHS during class time. There is one thing about which they have learned almost nothing in nearly 20,000 hours of for-

mal education – capitalism. I’m sure that capitalism is taught somewhere in Northern Kentucky’s public schools. I’m Rob Hudson not talking COMMUNITY about instrucRECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST tion on writing a check, a special program like Junior Achievement, or a discussion of capitalism versus socialism, as if they were equal. (They’re not.) I’m talking about intelligent instruction on businesses and capitalism as mandatory, core teaching. And if I can’t get that, I’d settle for it at the tail end of an English class, in lieu of quilting. A child who understands businesses and capitalism never sees the world the same. The fruits of capitalism

surround us. Literally every physical object, other than nature itself, came directly or indirectly from capitalism. When children see an iPhone, they see a way to text friends and play apps. See bigger. See a modern miracle which changed the world and came our way via profit motive and capitalism. When children see a magnificent new office building, let’s open their eyes so they see more than shapes and colors. If we teach them, they will see the impact a courageous developer and her business will have on a community. They will see families with new jobs and stable incomes. Show me a better and easier way to expand a child’s horizon. With an hour and a Power Point, we can teach students about how the marvels of capitalism delivered most of our jobs and creature com-

forts, enhancing our quality of life. It would be easier to teach than Egyptian history, more relevant, and more fun. Imagine hearing true stories about brilliant business ideas, hard work, and overcoming long odds to achieve success which helped the world. If this doesn’t inspire you, let’s get practical. Education exists, mostly, so our children can get jobs if they need them. Think of basic reading, writing, math and science as one’s foundation. Capitalism and businesses provide the occupational framework through which we execute this learning. The pieces of our life puzzle don’t fit without it. If we’re not teaching capitalism because, as my son suggests, it’s “too political,” we’re in big trouble. It’s only the engine which drives our entire economy. If we’re not teaching capitalism because our teachers don’t agree with

it or don’t understand it, which I don’t believe is the case, we’re in big trouble. If they say there are just no more instructional hours, we can make better choices with our time. We can continue to teach quilting, or we can seize a historic opportunity to favorably separate ourselves from the rest of the country. We can become the region which emphasizes business education and capitalism in grades 6-12 in our public schools. What’s stopping us? Rob Hudson is an attorney and partner with Frost Brown Todd, LLC in Florence. Rob’s business and political book, “A Better Tomorrow – Fighting for Capitalism and Jobs in the Heartland” became an Amazon No. 1 Hot New Release. It received the National Runner-Up Award for E-Literature and was recently recognized as a top business book at the New York Book Festival.

CIVIC INVOLVEMENT Boone County Jaycees

Meeting time: 7 p.m. first Wednesday of the month Where: Florence Government Center, 8100 Ewing Blvd., Florence (lower level) Contact: President Katie Beagle, 859-466-8998 Description: Community and young professional organization to provide community service and leadership development.

Campbell County Rotary Club

Actors re-enact the Kiger murder trial at Simon Kenton High School in 2006. From left, Jim Kiger, the grand-nephew of the murdered Carl Kiger, played the role of Judge Ward Yager. Bruce Ferguson played Boone County Sheriff Jake Williams, Rick Perkins played Bailiff Elmer Kirkpatrick, Kelly Fulmer played defense attorney Sawyer Smith, and Rachel Orr played Joan Kiger.FILE PHOTO

Kiger murders were August 1943 On Aug. 17, 1943, Carl Kiger and his son Jerry were shot dead and his wife shot in the hip. This took place at their summer home, Rosegate, on Route 25 south of Mt. Zion Road. Violent murder, gangster connections, big-name lawyers, the vicemayor of Covington, Covington police, guns, gangsters, hearsay evidence, expert witnesses, Tom Schiffer reporter frenzy, alleged COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST payoffs, senCOLUMNIST sationalized funerals, the accused a pretty teen-aged girl, a man and young son murdered in their beds, wife shot in the hip, big money found in the house, jail-house information, courtroom wired for teletype, bold newsprint headlines – galvanized the locals to the extent that those yet living who experienced it, remember it well. Boone County was a quiet, peaceful community in 1943. The Kiger trail caused a furor, not only locally, but nationally. A few years ago, a local group got together to re-cre-

ate the courtroom drama. I daresay those of you fortunate enough to have seen it, remember it well too. While original court records are long lost newspaper accounts often gave the unfolding testimony line for line. Carl C. Kiger was the vicemayor of Covington, then in the grip of organized gambling interests in a far-off city. Carl was reputed to be the “bag man.” Carl and his family lived on Crescent Avenue in Covington where the Cork and Bottle parking lot is now. They maintained a country home in Boone County. The hot night of Aug. 17, with the house windows and doors locked up tightly, the deeds were done. Boone sheriff, Jake Williams found the crime scene compromised by Covington and other officials who got there first. Carl and Jennie Kiger’s daughter Joan Marie Kiger, an excellent, well-mannered student at La Salette Academy in Covington, was charged with the crime. Testimony revealed that she was in the locked house and shot at intruders. The house was found to be still locked! Legendary lawyer Sawyer Smith made the case for her suffering from night terrors and that she did it under the influ-



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ence of a bad dream. Joan was found innocent and was later in and out of institutions for the insane. Ultimately she moved to Jefferson County, graduated from the University of Louisville and spent her life as a respected teacher in Jefferson County, under the pseudonym Marie Kiler. Her mother went on to work for a local department store. It is this writer’s opinion that the re-enactment of the case presented by Bruce Ferguson (sheriff), Asa Rouse (prosecutor) and Kelly Fulmer (lawyer Sawyer Smith), accurately represented what happened. Further, that the jury finding was correct. A book on the subject shows a quite different spin on things. Check it out at the Local History Department of your Boone County Public Library, which has the book and more. The Boone County Historic Preservation Review Board meets at 4 p.m. the second Thursday of most months. Meetings are open to the public. For more information about historic preservation in Boone County please contact the Review Board at 859-334-2111 or The Review Board is online at

Meeting time: Noon Wednesdays Where: Highland Country Club, 931 Alexandria Pike, Fort Thomas Contact: Arnd Rehfuss,, 859-635 5088 Description: Rotary welcomes new members who enjoy community service.

Covington Rotary Club

Meeting time: 12:15 p.m. Tuesdays Where: Radisson Hotel in Covington Contact: President David Miller at

Daughters of the American Revolution

Rebecca Bryan Boone Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution of Fort Thomas Meets: Second Wednesday or Saturday of the month When: Various locations Contact: Zella Rahe, 1106 Craft Road, Alexandria KY 41001, 859-6355050, Description: DAR members prove their lineage back to a Revolutionary War patriot. They offer service to troops, veterans, schools and preserve history. Members are from Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties.

Florence Lions Club

Meeting time: Second and fourth Wednesdays of each month Where: Lions Clubhouse, 29 LaCresta Drive, Florence Website: Contact: Membership chairman Description: Florence Lions Club’s main mission is to provide local eyesight care for those that need help in Boone County and the surrounding area.

Florence Rotary Club

Meeting time: noon Mondays Where: Airport Hilton Hotel, Florence Contact: President Billy Santos, or 859-4262285 Website:

Florence Woman’s Club

228 Grandview Drive, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017 654 Highland Ave., Fort Thomas, KY 41075 phone: 283-0404 email: web site:

SHARE YOUR CLUB INFORMATION To be included in this listing, send the name of your civic or community group, its regular meeting time and date, meeting place, contact name, and brief description of the club. Email to Civic Groups, or mail in to Civic Involvement, Community Recorder, 228 Grandview Drive, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017. Meeting time: Third Tuesday of every month, 11:30 a.m. (except July and August) Where: Florence Nature Park Club House Contact: Linda Gritton, president, Description: Club organizes exclusively for charitable and educational purposes.

Kenton County Republican Women’s Club

Meeting time: Fourth Monday of the month (except August and December). Times vary. Where: Oriental Wok, 317 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell Contact: President Kim Kraft, Website: Description: Interested in promoting the objectives and policies of the Republican Party.

Kiwanis Club of Riverfront

Meeting time: 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays Where: Chez Nora’s in Covington Contact: Website: Description: Celebrating 50 years helping needy underprivileged children, the club has supplied eyeglasses, coats, uniforms, dental care, shoes and basic school supplies to needy children in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky schools.

Optimist Club of Covington

Meeting time: Noon Thursdays Where: Chez Nora’s in Covington Contact:; call Dan Humpert at 859-491-0674 Description: Chartered in 1925, it’s known as a “Friend of Youth” with programs aimed at educating and promoting good physical and mental health in youth. The cub also promotes voter awareness.

South Kenton Recorder Editor Marc Emral, 578-1053 Office hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday See page A2 for additional contact information.









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ADVENTUROUSLY Becky Haltermon kicks off 30 adventures in 30 days before her 30th birthday by dying her hair for the first time. PROVIDED


Haltemon shares her first professional pedicure experience with her mother, Jo Haltermon of Union, and her sister, Laurie Morris of Independence. PROVIDED

30 IN 30 BY 30 Read about all 30 of Becky Haltermon’s pre-30th birthday adventures at

LESSON G IN C N E F DAY 2 Haltermon practices her épée technique with Alex Morris of Independence. PROVIDED

DAY 10 - POLICE RIDE-ALONG Because she was not permitted to publish any photos taken during her ride-along with Boone County Sheriff’s Deputy Tony Theetge on July 17, Haltermon made this drawing of the officer. PROVIDED

Steve Dolata of Blue Ash escorts Haltermon to Cincinnati’s Music Hall for the July 18 performance of Aida. PROVIDED


By Becky Haltermon Contributor


y psychic froze, her dangling earrings dancing at her cheeks as she peered through the velvet-covered card table between us. “I’m getting the phrase, ‘Know thyself,’” she said. “You need to seek out your true self.” That’s exactly what I’m doing, I thought. I turned 30 on Aug. 6. Being the quintessential theatrical Leo that I am, I knew this mild milestone molehill required a transformation into a mountain of merriment and immoderation. I am, as my boyfriend once declared, “celebrasive.” Thus, “30 in 30 by 30” was born: I decided to undertake 30 new experiences in the 30 days leading up to my 30th birthday, documenting everything in my blog. Marking the third decade of my life would not merely be a reason to partake of cake but also an opportunity to undertake unknown adventures. Seeing a psychic was Day 15. Sadly, she had no advice to offer on my upcoming plans. She didn’t mention that I should probably reapply sunscreen on my legs while tubing or else risk a serious solar smackdown, and she made no mention of which ambrosial offerings at Hello Honey would make me happiest. But maybe it was for the best, as the unexpected always seemed to be the most fun part of each adventure. I’d already discovered that fencing with an épée is not as easy as my agile brother-in-law made it look, though he illustrated infinite patience while trying to teach me the basics. I’d gained a deeper appreciation for law enforcement by spending an evening riding with a thoughtful Boone County sheriff as he offered aid to those in need. I’d enjoyed a hilarious car ride with my parents who took me to the outer reaches of rural Kentucky searching for the Circle Line V “ghost ship” before we realized she was unspottable through the thick July underbrush. I’d donned a thrift store gown to an opera, wandered around the ravaged interior of the historic Russell Theatre in Maysville and spent a sweltering afternoon fashioning a knife from a deer bone at Big Bone Lick. I had hoped that all of these fresh adventures would push me to discover uncharted aspects of my personality, revealing unplumbed truths about who I am at this point in my life. But, just as my psychic was unable to tell me anything I didn’t already know, each adventure seemed to point to a reality that I’m already well aware of: I am incredibly lucky to be surrounded by amazing people. When a heartbreaking funeral forced me to cancel my plans one day, I resigned myself to morose wallowing. But my spectacular man woke me early with a surprise trip to a reptile show. It sounds silly, but being social with strangers and their accompanying snakes somehow made the day more bearable. When one Tuesday I was at a loss for adventure ideas, my parents were happy to spend dinner Googling a suitable surprise: a sprinkledoused treat at Fillmore’s Dairy Hut. My best friend offered to guide me through the orchard of an acquaintance, dutifully snapping photographic evidence while we giggled and sipped wine. Scrawling what can only be described as the most philosophical of pencil mustaches on my upper lip, my sister helped me stage an erudite picture to accompany my completion of the Proust Questionnaire. I’m afraid that neither my psychic nor I can see the future. But I don’t need a clairvoyant to know that whatever adventures await in the next 30 years, lasting relationships with my loved ones are at the heart of my happiness.

Becky Haltermon is a nonprofit communication professional and a blogger at


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, AUG. 16 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. 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.

Lucy, a border collie mix belonging to Covington resident Karen Palm, cools off on a hot summer day. Kenton Paw Park (in Pioneer Park, 3950 Madison Pike) is hosting a pool party for dogs, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Exercise Classes 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.

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.

ABOUT CALENDAR James Oberschlake’s “Hangman 1,” is among the works on display in the The Human Face: A Revelation exhibit at Artisans Enterprise Center in Covington. The exhibit runs through Aug. 23. THANKS TO CATE YELLIG Tandem Squares, 8-10 p.m., Promenade Palace, 3630 Decoursey Pike, Plus-level Westernstyle square dance club for experienced dancers. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/ Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 513-9292427. Covington.

Music - Blues

Dining Events

Ricky Nye Inc., 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. With Brian “Boss” Hogg., Chez Nora, 530 Main St., 859491-8027; Covington.

Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social, noon-6 p.m., Community of Faith Presbyterian Church, 1400 Highland Pike, In conjunction with Battery Hooper Days Celebration at James A. Ramage Civil War Museum next door. Homemade ice cream, food, soft drinks and cookies available for purchase. Benefits Community of Faith Presbyterian Church. Free admission. 859-331-3238. Fort Wright.

Music - Jazz The John Von Ohlen Trio, 7:30 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., 859-261-2365; Covington.

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

Music - Rock Merry Carls, 8 p.m. With Faceblind and others. Doors open 7 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., All ages. $8. 859-491-2444; Covington.

On Stage - Theater Chicago, 7:30 p.m., The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd., Based on play by Maurine Dallas Watkins. The sexy, salacious jazz age sizzles in 1920s Chicago, where small-time show girl Roxy Hart becomes the toast of the town after murdering her lover in cold blood. $19-$26. Through Aug. 25. 859-957-1940; Covington.

Schools Block Party, 6-8 p.m., Tichenor Middle School, 305 Bartlett Ave., Outdoors. Community block party. All Erlanger/Elsmere residents invited. Free. 859-7272255. Erlanger.

Tours HomeFest, 5-9 p.m., Triple Crown Country Club, 1 Triple Crown Blvd., Five professionally built and fully furnished homes in Triple Crown community on display. Homes priced $500,000$800,000. Through Aug. 25. $10, $8 advance at Kroger stores. Presented by Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky. 859-331-9500; Union.

SATURDAY, AUG. 17 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. BBQ 101, 2 p.m., Argentine Bistro, 2875 Town Center Blvd., Barbecue ideas paired with wine, beer or both. Ages 21 and up. $25. Registration required. 859-426-1042. Crestview Hills.

Dance Classes

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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.

Festivals Battery Hooper Days, noon-5 p.m., James A. Ramage Civil War Museum, 1402 Highland Ave., Civil War reenactors, living history actors, petting zoo, family fun and food. Free. 859-291-8392; Fort Wright.

Music - Blues Ricky Nye Inc., 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. With Bekah Williams., Chez Nora, 859-491-8027; Covington.

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

On Stage - Theater Chicago, 2 and 7:30 p.m., The Carnegie, $19-$26. 859-957-1940; Covington.

Runs / Walks Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati 5K, 9 a.m., Northern Kentucky Convention Center, 1 W. RiverCenter Blvd., Also presented by Kroger. Features dri-fit T-shirts and afterparty at Behle Street with free appetizers and happy hour-priced drinks. Benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati. $30. Presented by Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati. 513-421-4120; Covington.

dance club specializing in hexagon style for experienced dancers. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 513-929-2427. 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.

Music - Concerts Buckcherry, 7 p.m. With Girl on Fire, Brent James and The Vintage Youth, Life After This and Satellite Flight. Doors open 6:30 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Rock band from Los Angeles formed in 1995. All ages. $25. 859-491-2444; Covington.

JuDee Brown’s W.O.W Comedy Night is 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, at the Funny Bone Comedy Club in Newport. FILE PHOTO

SUNDAY, AUG. 18 Clubs & Organizations Rathkamp Matchcover Society Convention, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Holiday Inn Cincinnati Airport, 1717 Airport Exchange Blvd., Matchcovers on display, dealer tables, freebie tables, auctions and awards. Theme: Rollin’ on the River. $10. Registration required. Presented by Tri-State Cardinal Matchcover Club. 859-525-0588; Erlanger.

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. $35. Reservations required. Presented by Wine and Canvas. 513-317-1305; Crestview Hills.

Art Exhibits

Airport, $10. Registration required. 859-525-0588; Erlanger.

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.

Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social, noon-5 p.m., Community of Faith Presbyterian Church, Free admission. 859-331-3238. Fort Wright.

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

Clubs & Organizations

Health / Wellness

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

Rathkamp Matchcover Society Convention, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Holiday Inn Cincinnati Airport, $10. Registration required. 859-525-0588; Erlanger.

Weight Loss That Works, 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. 859-3563162; Independence.

Dining Events

Exhibits Festivals Battery Hooper Days, noon-5 p.m., James A. Ramage Civil War Museum, Free. 859-291-8392; Fort Wright.

On Stage - Comedy Tony Rock, 7:30 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, $15-$17. 859-957-2000; Newport.

On Stage - Theater Chicago, 3 p.m., The Carnegie, $19-$26. 859-957-1940; Covington.

Pets Pool Party, noon-4 p.m., Kenton Paw Park, 3951 Madison Pike, Baby pools located throughout park. Food, beverages, pet and people treats available. Includes raffles for prizes. Free parking. Free, donations accepted. Presented by Friends of Kenton Paw Park. 859-356-7400; Covington.

MONDAY, AUG. 19 Art Events Wine and Canvas, 6:30-9:30

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.

Health / Wellness Mercy Health Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Crestview Hills Town Center, 2791 Town Center Blvd., Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointments required. Presented by Mercy Health Partners. 513-6863300; Crestview Hills.

Music - Bluegrass Bluegrass Jam Session, 8 p.m., Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St., All bluegrass pickers invited to participate. Free. 859-491-6659; Covington.

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.

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

THURSDAY, AUG. 22 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.

Clubs & Organizations Rathkamp Matchcover Society Convention, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Holiday Inn Cincinnati Airport, $10. Registration required. 859-525-0588; Erlanger.

Exercise Classes 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.


Farmers Market

Tot Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Story, craft and activity. Included with admission. 859-491-4003; Covington.

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

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

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

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 21 Clubs & Organizations


Rathkamp Matchcover Society Convention, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Holiday Inn Cincinnati Airport, $10. Registration required. 859-525-0588; Erlanger.

Clubs & Organizations

Community Dance

Rathkamp Matchcover Society Convention, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Holiday Inn Cincinnati

Hex Squares, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Promenade Palace, 3630 Decoursey Pike, Western square

Music - Jazz Lee Stolar Trio, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., 859261-2365; Covington. Gary Gorrell Quartet, 7:45 p.m.-midnight, Chez Nora, 530 Main St., Free. 859-491-8027; Covington.

Recreation St. Charles Community Golf Outing and Silent Auction Fundraiser, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Twin Oaks Golf Course, 450 E. 43rd St., Registration begins 9 a.m. Shotgun start 10 a.m. Includes lunch and full buffet dinner,18 holes, cart and beverages on course. Ages 21 and up. Benefits St. Charles Community. $100. Reservations required. Presented by St. Charles Community. 859-292-1658; Covington.



Rita shares dilly beans, reader 7-Up cake recipes

Sometimes I wish I was a high-tech person. Like a while back when I made dilly beans and took photos of the beans picked from my garden along with photos of the finished beans after canning. I still have the photo of the garden beans, Rita but the Heikenfeld finished RITA’S KITCHEN beans in jars photo has vanished and I don’t know how to retrieve it from my camera. I can’t take another photo because, well, the beans are all gone. The recipe makes four jars and were so good that we ate a jar and gave the other three away. But I promise you will love the beans, photo or not. I was blown away by the huge response to Tom W.’s request for a 7-Up cake that was published years ago in the Enquirer. The stories alone made me chuckle, not to mention how good all the recipes looked. I will share both in an upcoming blog. Today I’m sharing two versions: One from scratch, which Tom wanted, and another using a cake mix. Some folks don’t ice the cake, but others do so I’m sharing icing recipes as well.

Rita’s classic dilly beans

Friend and colleague Leah Ochs, director of Jungle Jim’s cooking school, has a similar reci-

pe and substitutes Sriracha sauce to taste for the pepper flakes.

2 generous pounds green beans, trimmed to fit canning jars 4 teaspoons dill seed or 4 large heads dill 4 small cloves garlic 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, divided (optional) 21⁄2 cups clear vinegar 21⁄2 cups water 1 ⁄4 cup canning salt

Pack beans lengthwise into four hot pint jars, leaving 1⁄4-inch head space. To each pint, add 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper, 1 clove garlic and 1 teaspoon dill seed. Bring vinegar, water and salt to a boil. Pour immediately over beans, leaving 1⁄4-inch head space. Remove air bubbles by sliding a butter knife around inside edges of jars. Wipe rims clean with damp cloth. Place seals and rings on. Process 10 minutes in boiling water bath. These are best eaten chilled.

Tip from Rita’s kitchen

If you don’t want to can these, cap and seal, cool to room temperature and store in refrigerator up to six months.

7-Up cake from scratch

Here’s Donna A.’s recipe from 30 years ago. Tom wanted a fromscratch recipe, so hopefully this will work. 1 ⁄2 cups butter, softened 3 cups sugar 5 eggs 3 cups flour 2 tablespoons lemon extract 1

Rita used her own fresh green beans to make her dilly beans. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD. ⁄4 cup 7-Up


Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cream sugar and butter together and beat until light and fluffy (about 20 minutes with an electric beater). Add eggs, one at a time and beat well. Add flour one cup at a time. Beat in lemon extract and 7-Up. Pour batter into a well greased and floured jumbo, fluted Bundt pan. Bake for 1-11⁄4 hours.

Simple lemon glaze

This is one I use for lemon pound cake. Just stir 2⁄3 cup confectioner’s sugar with 1 tablespoon or so lemon juice.

Diane Byrne’s 7-Up pound cake using cake mix

mixture in. Bake 45-55 minutes.

Diane, a Loveland reader, told me: “I got this from my mom several years ago. I’ve never made the glaze without the alcohol. I’m not sure what you’d substitute.” Any suggestions?

Diane didn’t say if she cooked the glaze, but I would assume the sugar has to melt, so I’d cook it over very low heat until sugar melts. Add bourbon last.

1 package Duncan Hines Lemon Supreme Cake Mix 1 4-cup package instant lemon pudding 1 ⁄2 cup vegetable oil 4 eggs 1 cup 7-Up

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine above ingredients and beat 2 minutes. Prepare a Bundt pan (spray well) and pour

Diana’s glaze

⁄2 stick butter, melted Scant 2⁄3 cup sugar 1 ⁄3 cup bourbon (or whatever, rum is good too)


Stir in bourbon. Prick holes in cake and pour on glaze.

Doris Poore’s 7-Up cake icing

Doris, a Kentucky reader, had a recipe using a cake mix and also had

an interesting icing. “The index card is all yellowed and stained. So, I know it’s a good one,” she said. 2 eggs, beaten 1 tablespoon flour 1 cup crushed pineapple, undrained 11⁄2 cups sugar 1 stick margarine 1 cup coconut

Cook all ingredients (except coconut) until thick, add coconut and pour over hot cake. Top with pecans. 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.

New Perceptions to honor staff, participants Annual dinner is Aug. 27 at Receptions Community Recorder

The Edgewood-based organization New Perceptions will honor 59 individuals for their years

of dedicated service at their annual dinner on Aug. 27 at Receptions in Erlanger. Staff, employees of the Site-Based and Community Based Employment Program will receive recognition. Employment, education and therapy is provided to children and adults with

intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. New Perceptions provides opportunities for over 800 children and adults to achieve in school and work. Adults with special needs receive job placement assistance and support to succeed and excel in their job. Children

with developmental or physical disabilities starting at birth to 3 years of age receive speech, occupational, and/or physical therapy in-home sessions to prepare them for success in school and beyond. Working with the children at an early age makes a dramatic differ-

ence in the progress made over the lifetime of the individual. The mission is to provide the opportunities needed to facilitate each individual’s achievement to their maximum potential. “This dinner will move you to laughs and tears, leaving you in-

spired,” said Shawn Carroll, executive director of New Perceptions. The opening reception is at 6 p.m. with dinner and awards from 7 to 9 p.m. Presenting sponsors for the evening are A-1 Electric Motor Service and Meridian Bioscience Inc.

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We’ve all experience it; someone comes to your front door trying to sell you something. But is it a good idea to buy from a door-to-door salesman? One area woman says after the experience she’s had she’ll never do it again. Jessica Jones, of Butler, Ky., says a salesman came to her door last February. “We were home and I got a knock on the door from a gentleman. He says he was selling reflective signs for your mailbox.” The company was selling the signs for $20 apiece and Jones bought one. Her receipt says it was supposed to have been delivered in

March. But now, more than four months later, she still didn’t have it. “Needless Howard to say its Ain still not HEY HOWARD! installed. I’ve called three different times and received promises of them being out to install it – but still no sign,” Jones says. Jones does have numbers on her mailbox, but they’re not reflective numbers so they may not be visible at night if someone calls for police, fire or an ambulance.


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Howard Ain answers consumer complaints on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

POLICE REPORTS INDEPENDENCE Incidents/investigations Burglary At Beech Grove Drive, Aug. 3. Credit card fraud, identity theft At Catalpa Drive, Aug. 3. Criminal mischief Copper line to air conditioner vandalized at Aspen Drive, Aug. 3. Identity theft At Woodmeadow Drive, Aug. 3. Theft Electronics stolen at Sylvan Drive, July 30. Theft of firearm

Pistol stolen at Mills Road, Aug. 2.

TAYLOR MILL Arrests/citations Ryan D. Busald, 33, 7091 Manderlay Drive, DUI, driving with expired license, failure to produce insurance card, license not lit, child endangerment at Sandman Drive, Aug. 3. Steven D. Halpin, 41, 4917 Virginia Court, public drunkenness at Mason Road, July 30.


Question: Are lawn and garden pesticides harmful to the earthworms in the soil, which are beneficial? Answer: That depends on which chemicals you are using, since they vary in Mike their toxicKlahr ity to earthHORTICULTURE CONCERNS worms. It’s usually not much of a problem in gardens, orchards, or flower beds, where the pesticide is sprayed directly on the plant, not on the soil. It does become more of a factor in lawns, however. Once called the “intestines of the Earth” by Aristotle, earthworms are both indicators of soil health and help to improve the soil as they move through it. Earthworms tunnel deep within the soil, creating channels for air and water to pass through. As they tunnel, they bring up nutrients from below and carry organic matter from the surface, mixing it into the soil. Earthworms can consume their own weight in organic matter each day, and Charles Darwin in his 39 years of studying earthworms, found that in a healthy environment they can create as much as 36,000 pounds of Nitrogen-rich castings per acre. A soil rich in earthworms helps plants to grow. In home lawns, earthworms can also

Northern Kentucky Master Gardener Program: Register now for the next Master Gardener class, only held once every three years in Boone County, and this is the year. Call 586-6101. Tomato & Pepper Tasting Party: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at the Boone County Extension Office. Bring one or more fresh tomatoes and/or peppers of known variety to enter into the “Tomato & Pepper Tasting” event, and if you have some big ones, you can enter the “Largest Tomato” or “Largest Pepper” contest. If you can, also bring a covered dish made with tomatoes or peppers to share for the potluck portion. Play tomato/pepper games, puzzles, tomato bowling for the kids, win prizes. Call to register for this free event at 859-586-6101, or enroll online at .

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Home gardening is growing bountifully in Northern Kentucky, but before you take a bite out of that huge homegrown tomato, take a photo for the Recorder. We would love to see the colorful vegetables and fruits from your home gardens, and the creative ways you are making even the smallest spaces into productive patches. Gardeners tending their crops would also make great photos. We’ll run a selection of “Homegrown Harvest” photos in the Recorder through August. Email your photo to Please include your name, who is in the photo, community, a sentence or two about your garden and your phone number in case we have questions.


George Roberts of California, Ky., loves to garden and his favorite tomato to grow is the Beefheart. THANKS TO SARAH FAY ROBERTS

Maggie Setters, Owen Setters and their dog Shaggy show the cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes yielded by their Erlanger garden. The garden was a Mother’s Day present and also produced basil and cilantro. THANKS TO ALISON SETTERS

Volunteers from Northern Kentucky University’s Newman Center harvest green beans from Vincent’s Garden Aug. 8 in Erlanger. Volunteers, from left, are Catherine Sosso, Kathleen Hillebrand and Joseph Bermingham. THANKS

Here is produce from Garry and Jettie Mescher’s “Easy Garden” in Edgewood.


Ethan Brady Sevier, son of Brentwood and Paula Sevier, grew his garden in a 12x4 raised bed in the back yard of his grandparents, Delmar and Jina Sevier in Florence. He also has green beans that were not ready at the time of the photo. THANKS TO



Garry and Jettie Mescher of Edgewood enjoy time with their granddaughter in their Easy Garden. They say they absolutely love it: No dirt, no weeding and easy watering in 10 percent of the space. They’ve gotten produce for smoothies and stir-fry and unlike their traditional garden they don’t compete with the wildlife. They don’t have green thumbs but this makes it easy and it produces food faster so they can replant a few times in a season. THANKS

Garry and Jettie Mescher’s “Easy Garden” in Edgewood takes up 10 percent of the space of a traditional garden. It involves no dirt and no weeding. THANKS TO JETTIE



Hannah Robinson,8, left, of Covington, and Sydney Rose Hennessey, 8, of Crescent Springs are at the “Rose Garden,” Sydney’s pretend cooking show that she has with her mother Jennifer. THANKS TO PAUL HENNESSEY

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Brandon, son of Steve & Kim Handy of Independence, KY & Janice Handy of Erlanger, KY is engaged to Kelly, daughter of Carl & Jean Hammer of Erie, PA. They will wed in Maui, Hawaii this fall.

Mary Helen Scherder Bach, 91, of Morning View, died Aug. 4, 2013. Her husband, George Bach; son, Eugene Bach; and greatgranddaughter, Madison Smith, died previously. Survivors include her children, Bobby Bach, Wayne Bach, Kenny Bach, Tony Bach, Albert Bach, Joe Bach, Pauline Hughes, Connie Fuehner, Sandy Collins, Sherry Bryant, Reva Braunwart and Regina Bach; 36 grandchildren and 52 great-grand-

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Ralph Baker Ralph E. Baker, 69, of Warsaw, formerly of Glencoe, died Aug. 2, 2013. He was a member of the Violet Ridge Church of Christ, an Army Special Forces veteran, Kentucky Colonel, former mayor of Glencoe, and a Mason in Gallatin County. Survivors include his wife, Sandra Wright Baker; sons, John E. Baker of Florence, and Khris Baker of Erlanger; stepson, Thomas Hill of Sparta; sisters, Bonnie Mullikin of Elliotsville, Ind., Deborah Marksberry of Verona, Pam Hutchinson of Verona, Patricia Kemper of Ghent, and Tina Riddle of Warsaw; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Interment with military honors was at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North. Memorials: Violet Ridge Church of Christ.

Esta Bleile Esta Virginia Bleile, 89, of Dunedin, Fla., formerly of Delhi Twp., Ohio, died July 28, 2013, at Meese Hospital in Dunedin, Fla.

She operated the C-Esta beauty salon in Delhi Twp. for many years. Her husband, Carl A. Bleile, died previously. Survivors include her children, C. Roger Bleile of Erlanger, and Carl B. Bleile of North Bend, Ohio, and Linda Selevan of Dunedin, Fla.; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Memorials: Krohn Conservatory; or Hospice of the Bluegrass.

Joseph Boone Joseph Nicholas “Nick” Boone, 92, of Taylor Mill, died July 30, 2013, at Rosedale Green nursing home. His wife, Mary Bender Boone; son, Michael Boone; and grandchildren, Todd and Tim Boone, died previously. Survivors include Nick Boone, Carolyn Huffman, Jeff Boone, Howard Boone, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was a graduate of Covington Latin School, Navy veteran of World War II, stationed in Hawaii, ran several auto-body shops, sold real estate, had a bookkeeping and tax service, helped start St. Patrick’s Church and the Taylor Mill Swim Club, and was involved in many of the Taylor Mill community groups including the Irish Rovers. Memorials: Alzheimer’s Association or St. Patrick’s Church.


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Madonna Braun Madonna Teresa Braun, 82, of Cold Spring, died Aug. 4, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She attended the St. Elizabeth School of Nursing and became a head nurse at Deaconess Hospital, later worked as the office manager and nurse in the office of her husband, Dr. Joseph G. Braun, was active with the former NKAR (now The Point/ ARC of NKY) where she served on the board of directors, and enjoyed bowling at LaRue Lanes in Highland Heights and playing tennis at the Nettles Island Tennis Club. Her husband, Dr. Joseph G. Braun, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Donna Joanne McKee of Lederach, Pa.; sons, Joseph John Braun of Cold Spring, and Mark Stephen Braun of Lakeside Park; brother, John W. Russell Jr. of Cold Spring; and three grandchildren. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 South Loop Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017; The Point/Arc of NKY, 104 Pike St., Covington, KY 41011; or Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 60 E. 56th St., 8th Floor, New York, NY 10022.

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died Aug. 6, 2013, at her residence. Her husband, Roy “Don” Brinkman, died previously. Survivors include her children, Donna Lange, Thomas Brinkman, Denise White, R. David Brinkman, Paul Brinkman and Randy Brinkman; brother, Howard Goodrich; sisters, Eva and Pat Emmons; 21 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Burial was at Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Holy Cross High School Athletic Program, 3617 Church St., Covington, KY 41015.

Thomas Crone Thomas Crone, 76, of Crestview Hills, died Aug. 4, 2013, at his residence. He was a member of the Crescent Springs Fire Department and Villa Hills Civic Club. His wife, Joyce; brothers, Carl, Donald and Buster Crone; and sister, Mary Bowman, died previously. Survivors include his son, Thomas E. Crone; daughters, Kimberly Scanlon, Lisa Hall, Karen Crone and Pamela Greenhow; and brother, Larry Crone. Burial was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens. Memorials: Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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DEATHS James Day James R. Day, 76, of Edgewood, died Aug. 2, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. His son, Richard Day; sisters, Bonnie Tucker and Janice Mitchell, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Linda Day of Edgewood; daughter, Kimberly Needham of Erlanger; and eight grandchildren.

George Eilers Sr. George C. Eilers Sr., 73, of Osprey, Fla., formerly of Elsmere, died Aug. 6, 2013. He was retired from Walgreens Co. as senior vice-president after 46 years of service, a fourth degree Knight of Columbus, Kentucky Colonel, eucharistic minister at Holy Cross Church, and served on the board of the American Cancer Society in Lake County. Survivors include his wife, Jeannette; children, George Jr. and Sandra Wucki; half-brothers, Barbara Tobergte and William Eilers; and four grandchildren. Memorials: Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, 1140 West Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60607.

Richard Ellis Richard Ellis, 83, of Covington, died July 24, 2013, at Lourdes Noreen McKeen Nursing Home in West Palm Beach, Fla. He was a teacher in Northern Kentucky for many years and assistant principal of Dixie Heights High School for several years. Survivors include several cousins.

Virginia Flynn Virginia Mary “Ginny” Flynn, 95, formerly of Fort Mitchell, died Aug. 4, 2013, at Atria Summit Hills. She was a medical office administrator for more than 30 years, and was a longtime member of St. Agnes Catholic Church. Her husband, Henry Joseph Flynn; son, Keith A. Flynn; and sister, Helen “Curly” Blank, died previously. Survivors include her sons, William Phillips of Lakeside Park, and Kevin Flynn of Fort Mitchell; daughters, Kimi Freppon of Cold Spring, and Kristi Snyder of Fort Mitchell; 15 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Burial was at Mother of God Cemetery in Covington. Memorials: St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1680 Dixie Hwy., Fort Wright, KY 41011; or Hospice of the Bluegrass, 7388 Turfway Road, Florence, KY 41042.

Osa Hollon Osa R. Hollon, 83, of Erlanger, died Aug. 2, 2013, at the St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a former machinist for American Tool, former owner of Flingsville Feed Store, former agency manager and district manager of 16 years for National Life and Accident Insurance Co., operated Holland Cleaning and Floor Care, was a Korean War Army veteran of the 82nd

Airborne Division, member, deacon and chairman of the personnel committee of the First Baptist Church in Fort Thomas, member, moderator and chairman of the personnel committee of the executive board of the Northern Kentucky Baptist Association, former deacon at the Crittenden Baptist Church where he was active in missions, served in the Mission Service Corps for Kentucky Baptist Convention and North American Mission Board, member of Gideons International, and former member of the Army Reserve, Dry Ridge Masonic Lodge, and Dry Ridge Volunteer Fire Department. Survivors include his wife, Della Hisel Hollon; daughters, Vickie Mertz of Fort Mitchell, Gina Dicks of Winchester, and Christa Sfameni of Atlanta; brothers, Ottis Hollon of Crittenden, and Olaff Hollon of Union; sister, Allena Jones of Apex, N.C.; six grandchildren and 13 greatgrandchildren. Burial was at Hill Crest Cemetery in Dry Ridge. Memorials: Sunrise Children’s Homes of K.B.C., 75 Cavalier Blvd., Suite 200, Florence, KY 41042; or Gideons International.

Laverne Hopkins Laverne Hopkins, 81, of Erlanger, died July 13, 2013. She volunteered at the Blind Camp at Camp Crescendo, and was a member of the Erlanger Lions Club as well as the Erlanger Lioness Club, where she served as president, director, 1st and 2nd vice president and secretary, and received many awards including the Lioness of the Year Award in 1990, Melvin Jones Award in 1996, Lifetime Patron Award and Finis Davis Award. Her husband, Fred Hopkins, died previously. Survivors include her son, Michael Hopkins; daughter, Cindy Metz; sister, Karen Collier; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Burial was at Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Erlanger Lions Club, 5996 Belair Drive, Florence, KY 41042; Lions Eyesight, 5996 Belair Drive, Florence, KY 41042; or Camp Crescendo, P.O. Box 607, 1480 Pine Tavern Road, Lebanon Junction, KY 40150.

Marjorie Hurley Marjorie Hurley, 94, of Fort Wright, died Aug. 3, 2013, at Madonna Manor in Villa Hills. Her husband, Irwin Hurley, and grandson, Robbie Ogden, died previously. Survivors include her children, Daniel Hurley, Dianne Schneider, Dennis Hurley and Debbie Ogden; sisters, Mary Jane Reekers and Betty Foote; and eight grandchildren. Burial was at St. Mary Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Special Olympics Northern Kentucky, P.O. Box 393, Florence, KY 41042; or North Lake Crisis Pregnancy Center, 814 West 21st Ave., Covington, LA 70433; or Redwood School, 71 Orphanage Road, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017; or Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, 3333 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, OH

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Gregory Klein Gregory Philip Klein, 56, of Elsmere, died July 31, 2013. He was a member of the Legion of Mary at St. Henry Catholic Church. His parents, Anthony J. Klein and Patricia H. Klein, died previously. Survivors include his brothers, Tony Klein Jr. and Larry Klein; and eight nieces and nephews. Burial was at St. John Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: St. Henry Catholic Church, 3813 Dixie Hwy., Elsmere, KY 41018.

Anthony Kramer Anthony Joseph “A.J.” Kramer, 22, of Erlanger, died Aug. 5, 2013. He was a 2009 graduate of Dixie Heights High School, and attended the University of Louisville where he majored in chemical engineering and was an Air Force ROTC cadet. He was scheduled to graduate and receive his Air Force commission in December, and had been selected to attend pilot training and hoped to fly F-15 Strike Eagles. He recently worked for Louisville Gas and Electric as an intern on the special projects engineering team, and was an avid outdoorsman and sportsman who loved hunting, trap shooting, skiing, rock climbing, golf, disc golf and soccer. His grandfather, Raymond Kramer, died previously.

Survivors include his parents, Anthony and Penny Kramer of Erlanger; brother, Ben Kramer of Erlanger; and grandparents, Althea Kramer of Fort Thomas, and Sue and Joe Bischoff of Wilder. Burial with military honors was at St. John Cemetery in Fort Mitchell.

Doris Risch Doris Marie Risch, 84, of Fort Wright, died July 31, 2013. She was a member of Calvary Christian Church, enjoyed making cakes and ceramics, and served in the Army. Her husband, Ralph J. Risch; son, Ralph Risch; and grandson, Daniel Risch, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Sharon Risch of Warsaw, Barbara Risch of Taos, N.M., Brenda Tippit of Independence, and Cindy Risch of Ludlow; sons, Edward Risch of Chicago, William “Bill” Risch of Fort Wright, and Michael Risch of Erlanger; 16 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. Burial was at Evergreen Cemetery in Southgate. Memorials: Friends of MCC Foundation – Dan Risch, 8900 U.S. 14, Crystal Lake, IL 60012.

Robert Roth Robert L. Roth, 74, of Petersburg, died July 30, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Florence. He retired after 35 years of work for Delta Airlines as a supervisor of the avionics mechanics, was an Air Force veteran, began his career with Boeing

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