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By Amy Scalf

TAYLOR MILL — Kenton County’s 19 cities have agreed to work together in order to become a more efficient and effective government. Fort Wright Mayor Joe Nienaber said the Kenton County Mayors Group unanimously approved a resolution during its Nov.16 meeting committing to a future study recommended by the Kenton County Government Study Group. “Everyone seemed to be on the same page,” he said. Since 2011, an informal group of current and previous city and county leaders have been researching different forms of government to see what would best fit Kenton County, according to Tom Litzler, Kenton County Government Study Group chairman and former Fort Wright mayor. He said the county’s 161,000 residents are split among 19 city governments, 16 fire departments and 13 special districts. The group published its findings in a book, “Kenton County Together: A Call to Action,” this month, and suggested the county’s mayors and individual cities pass resolutions to support further study. The 205-page book, published by the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement at Northern Kentucky University, has one recommendation: to create a study commission “to begin at once the process of determining what local governance structure would best fit Kenton County.” The group suggests the continuing study commission should seek community input, educate the public, set a two-

Taylor Mill Mayor Dan Bell discussed the Kenton County Government Study Group’s report, “Kenton County Together: A Call To Action,” during the Taylor Mill City Commission meeting on Nov. 13. The city approved committing 10 cents per resident toward the cost of further study. AMY SCALF/THE

Independence Mayor Donna Yeager, left, and Independence Police Chief Shawn Butler welcome “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro to the Kroger Marketplace on Declaration Drive on Monday, Nov. 18. Yeager presented Valastro with a key to the city. A master cake decorator and owner of Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken, N.J., Valastro stars on the TLC television series “Cake Boss.” Kroger stores, including the one in Independence, carry Valastro’s line of decorated cakes. THANKS TO DETECTIVE MIKE RICHMAN


year timetable and be funded by a combination of public and private funds. “We’ve requested the Kenton County Mayors Group and the Fiscal Court make a committee to continue this study and proposed a pledge of 10 cents per resident for the funding,” said Litzler. “That way everybody has a little commitment.” Litzler said his group started with no funding, so he wanted the new study group to be able to focus on their work instead of raising more money. The study group established $60,000 would be a good amount to start

Author’s books detail human trafficking know much about the victims themselves. “I found I was spending a great deal of my time explaining the victims they were trying to help so the victims/survivors would be better served. Writing the heart of a victim of abuse is more far reaching,” Knuth said. To better serve the victims of human trafficking, Knuth wrote her first book “The Garbage Bag Girl” in 2012 and wrote the follow up “Rhodes Home” published this past August; both books follow foster

By Amanda Hopkins

Carol Knuth knows everyone has a story to tell. “Memories and ideas for structuring the story come to me on long walks. I learned to carry paper and pencil wherever I went, ready for inspiration to strike,” she said. After attending a conference in Cincinnati on human trafficking, the Kenton County resident noticed that many people who were working as victim’s advocates did not

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teen Emma Snow as she struggles with homelessness and other troubles. “The limited knowledge of the victims they are helping surprised me. It was then I knew I was to write this story, inspired by some of the events in my childhood, to help not only those in advocacy fields such as the FBI, but all fields, teachers, and the community understand the heart of these children – the sadness, fear, hope, and anger they use to See DETAIL, Page A2

It’s a day for small business By Amy Scalf

Small business owners across Northern Kentucky are gearing up for Saturday, Nov. 30, not because it’s known nationally as Small Business Saturday, an American Express program, but because that’s what they do every day. “It’s easy for people to get caught up in box stores and the lowest prices, but it’s not always about the lowest price. For us, we’re here to give specialized and personalized service,” said Tracy Punch Alexander, owner of Bunches of Bows, 3240 Valley Plaza Parkway, off Highland Pike. “Also, for Small Business Saturday, there’s an additional discount for customers using their American Express cards.” Despite the name, Bunches

of Bows also has a bridal registry, offers sorority items, special table serving pieces, handbags and jewelry in addition to custom monogramming and embroidery. The store is listed among hundreds of Northern Kentucky small businesses participating in the event, but there are hundreds more that will be serving customers throughout the community as well. Retail stores are not the only small business celebrated on the day. Hair salons, accountants, computer technicians, nail salons, restaurants, coffee shops and several other independent businesses cover the United States. “Small business is what America is based on,” said Alexander. The Northern Kentucky

Chamber of Commerce is promoting Small Business Saturday in cooperation with the American Express Shop Small Campaign, online at The website lists participating small businesses who are American Express members. “Local businesses create half the jobs in the private sector and have created 65 percent of the net new jobs over the past 17 years. If people support independently-owned small businesses, it can really make a difference in supporting the growth of jobs in their local community,” according to the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. Alexander is celebrating her fourth Christmas in the shop,



Dickens interpreted in Klingon See story, A5

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Haley Koch, Tracy Punch Alexander and Lindsey McDermott help create customized accessories and gifts at Bunches of Bows on Valley Plaza Parkway in Fort Wright. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

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EDGEWOOD — Kick off the holiday season at Edgewood’s annual tree lighting celebration 5:30-7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at the Senior Center, 550 Freedom Park Drive, Edgewood. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive about 5:45 p.m. to help light the tree at 6 p.m. Santa will be available for pictures after the tree lighting by Rudolf

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and his friends. Each child will receive a small treat from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Awtnot the Elf will entertain the kids while they wait to see Santa. Canned good donations will be collected and distributed to a charity. There will also be a chili cook-off contest. To register, contact Elaine Hoblik at 331-5910 or Bring a crock-pot to the Senior Center by 5:30 p.m. for judging. After the winners are announced, all entries will be available for sampling.

Fort Mitchell finance committee to meet

FORT MITCHELL — The Fort Mitchell Audit, Budget and Finance Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Dec.


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5 in council chambers of the city building, 2355 Dixie Highway. The committee will review the preliminary yearend audited financial statement and October’s financial statement. The committee also will review and discuss a request for proposals for banking services.

Night at the museum

COVINGTON — Edgewood night at the Behringer-Crawford Museum, in Devou Park, is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. Residents are invited to view the holiday toy trains and all the other amenities the museum has to offer during the season at no charge. The will also be light refreshments and a craft. Canned good items are requested. These will be donated to a local charity. Valid ID required. For more information, visit

Park Hills Civic plans Christmas events

PARK HILLS — The city’s civic association is bringing in Santa for breakfast and inviting neighbors gather in Trolley Park to sing carols. Breakfast with Santa will be 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Griffin

Center on Covington Catholic High School’s campus, at 1600 Dixie Hwy., Park Hills. Christmas in the Park will be 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 at Trolley Park at Amsterdam Road and Park Drive. People are invited to come to the park to sing Christmas carols, watch the lighting of the Christmas tree, and catch a visit from Santa. The association also sponsors the tree and crib lighting. For more information about the association and updates on activities visit

City to deliver letters to Santa

EDGEWOOD — The Recreation Department will provide a mailbox for delivering letters to Santa at the North Pole beginning Monday, Dec. 2. The mailbox will be located at the city building, 385 Dudley Road, Edgewood. Drop off your letter by Dec. 13, and Santa will have plenty of time to answer your letters before Christmas eve.

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qualify. One neighborhood winner will be selected from each of the following areas: Winding Trails, Prestwicke, Brookwood, Dudley Village, Charter

Oak, Whispering Woods, Pius Heights, Meadowlark and Old Edgewood. Winners will be announced on Friday, Dec. 13.

human trafficking is considered a form of modernday slavery. The Kentucky Rescue and Restore publishes a quarterly report on the human trafficking identified in Kentucky. According to the report 52 percent of the cases were of sex trafficking and half of the victims were minors. The average age for a child forced, or coerced, into human trafficking is 13 years of age. “It is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world and generates billions of dollars annually. Victims of human trafficking include children involved in the sex trade, adults age 18 or over who are coerced or deceived into commercial sex acts, and anyone forced into different forms of labor

or services, such as domestic workers held in a home, or farm-workers forced to labor against their will,” Knuth said. She said traffickers typically use violence to control their victims and may have bruises from restraints on their necks, wrists or ankles. “Modern day slavery is a concern for an entire community and requires a community wide effort eliminate it.” Knuth said her books will shed light on who traffickers really are and that most of the time they are not strangers but rather a neighbor, a trusted friend or even a family member. Her next project is a book that will be considered the prequel to her first book “The Garbage

Bag Girl.” She is also working on a book that she describes as a coming of age for women. “Women are more alike than they realize professionally and in matters of the heart. The story is a journey of finding oneself by finding a place of stillness and trusting in ones’ own inner voice,” Knuth said. “A journey of self, of facing fears, and learning to trust oneself enough to embrace life, and perhaps even love again” To learn more about Carol Knuth and her work, visit carolknuth Her latest book, “Rhodes Home” and her first book “The Garbage Bag Girl” are available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.


vices in some areas, and do it more efficiently, and do it in a style that would serve our constituents better,” said Bell. “If there’s an opportunity for us to save tax dollars, I would be willing to listen to what that opportunity would be.” “There are certain areas in this county that need better support,” said Taylor Mill Commissioner Ed Kuehne. “We are fortunate in this city. We have it all.” Bell also appreciated the book’s additional information.

“It has everything you want to know about Kenton County but were afraid to ask, dating back to the foundation of the county, founding of Covington and suburban areas, how the governments came about. It has a long chapter about various annexation battles that took place over the years,” he said. “It was quite an interesting book for me to read, being a lifelong resident of Kenton County.”

your community. In the beginning, the money I made selling bows out of a container in my minivan made the difference between if we had dinner or not.” “Small businesses are important because you’re not just a dollar amount,” said Mike Viox of Comics 2 Games, 8470 U.S. Hwy. 42 in Florence. “You have a name. You’re not just a customer. You’re family. You’re community. We want you to feel important if you buy a dollar comic just as much as a

high-end high-priced item.” Fort Thomas Coffee, 118 N. Fort Thomas Ave., adds a healthy serving of local art, candles, jewelry and other specialty items to its coffee shop offerings. “Small businesses have the freedom to work together and help each other,” said owner Lori Valentine. “In fact, our businesses become better by working together.”

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with, and Litzler said $30,000 has been raised from private donors, along with a $15,000 grant from Kenton County Fiscal Court, and the remaining $15,000 should come from city governments. Taylor Mill Mayor Dan Bell called his city’s $665.90 commitment “a good investment.” “There are some situations where we could probably have joint ser-


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but she began the business nearly 20 years ago. “My daughter was 3 when I started and now she’s 25. Her friends are getting married and having babies, and they’re coming in. We see lots of grandparents. We look at lots of pictures on cell phones,” she said. “When you give a small business your money, that money is directly going to people in

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Kenton County Public Works employees hang lights in the trees outside the Independence Courthouse on Madison Pike Nov. 19. The courthouse and the one-mile stretch of Madison Pike in downtown Independence are decorated each year in preparation for the Independence Christmas Walk, set for 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

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Christmas sweaters help feed hungry By Melissa Stewart


Provisions is turning the ugly Christmas sweater into something beautiful. From 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, the Florence-based nonprofit will have its second Christmas

Sweater Sale, at 7725 Foundation Drive, Florence, just off of Industrial Road. Sweaters will be on sale for $10; sweatshirts and vests will go for $5. “The proceeds from the sale will help fund the feeding of more than 10,000 people per month in Northern Kentucky and

Greater Cincinnati,” Master Provisions president Roger Babik said. Master Provisions combines evangelism with delivery of clothing, food, orphan and medical care, farming aid and other benevolent assistance to the economically distressed. They serve in the

U.S. and around the world. The food distribution ministry is a local program started this year and has been a “tremendous success,” Babik said. Already, 500,000 people have been helped. Master Provisions distributes food to nonprofit organizations that provide it to those in need. Currently, they have about 100 Northern Kentucky partners and 75 in Ohio partners in the program. “We’re glad for the opportunity to share,” Babik said. “It’s a tangible way to show Jesus’ love.” Last year’s sweater sale raised more than $400. This year, with about 400 Christmas-themed sweaters, sweatshirts and vests, Babik expects to raise $600 to $700 for the food distribution program. The Christmas attire is

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collected throughout the year as Master Provisions receives donations to their clothing ministry. The sweaters, he said, aren’t usable for the clothing ministry that benefits those overseas. Last year, a volunteer with Master Provisions came up with the idea for a sale. It was such a success the organization decided to make it an annual event, Babik said. This year they’ve enlisted the help of students from Ryle and Dixie Heights high schools. “We’re so grateful that the students are joining in this work,” Babik said. The students will help

set up and sale the sweaters. Ryle junior Carley Lucas, 16, of Union, said she is excited about helping with the project. “I’m glad to be doing this because I like helping the community,” she said. “Around Christmas it’s very important to help the ones less fortunate. They need to have a good Christmas as well.” If you’re looking for a Christmas sweater, Babik said the sale is the place to be. He said not to worry, “not all of them are ugly, just some.” Want to continue the conversation? Tweet @MStewartReports

Master Provisions is hosting a Christmas Sweater Sale with the help of students from Ryle and Dixie Heights high schools. In front, from left, are Ryle students Ashley Bush, 16, of Union; Erika Keohane, 16, of Union; Savanna Bollin, 16, of Union; and Carley Lucas, 16 of Union; Dixie Heights student Jesseca Lesuer, 16, of Crescent Springs; in back from left are volunteer Joan Sheehy and Maser Provisions president Roger Babik.MELISSA STEWART/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER CE-0000574684




Klingons invade ‘A Christmas Carol’ By Amy Scalf

A Cincinnati-based theater company is taking a Christmas classic to the final frontier. Hugo West Theatricals will present “A Klingon Christmas Carol” Wednesdays through Sundays, Dec. 11-15 and 18-22, at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, 1212 Jackson St. The production fuses Charles Dickens’ beloved Christmas play with characters based on the “Star Trek” television and movie series. In the TV and movie series, Klingons are a fictional extraterrestrial humanoid warrior species, according to Wikipedia. Call 513-200-1350 for tickets or more information. Don Volpenhein of Covington takes the lead as SQuja’ (pronounced Skooja), the Klingon version of Ebenezer Scrooge, who lacks honor and courage. With the exception of an English-speaking Vulcan narrator, the play is performed entirely in Klingon with English supertitles, to be shown on a screen above the actors. “It’s not your daddy’s ‘Christmas Carol.’ To me, it’s like trying to learn a play in Chinese. You’ve got to understand what you’re saying. It’s not just phonetically saying the words right. It’s so much more than that. Before this, I never realized the depth of the history of the Klingon empire,” Volpenhein said. “It would be a thousand times harder to

Learning the language has been hard for her, but this production also offered her another first – her first fight choreography. “My husband and I love ‘Star Trek,’ so I thought this would just be a hoot to do,” she said. In contrast to the combative nature of the Klin-

and, of course, QatchIt and little tImHom. “Events occur in the same order as in the English version, but the outcome and what is seen is very very different,” said Lipscombe. “It’s very different,” said Ginger Stapp of Florence, who also appears in the ensemble cast.

learn English if I was a native Klingon speaker.” It’s actually the first play to be performed entirely in Klingon, and while the show has been performed in Minneapolis and Chicago, this is the first time in Cincinnati. Klingon language expert Chris Lipscombe, who helped translate the original show in Minneapolis, lives in Erlanger, and has worked with the local cast to perfect their pronunciation. Lipscombe said he has studied the language for more than 20 years. He said the Klingon language developed from “a few words of gibberish” on the original Star Trek television show, to a fullfledged language with its own dictionary, written by Marc Okrand during the production of the third Star Trek movie in 1984. “The language continually grows,” said Lipscombe. “There’s not a lot of grammar. Speaking in Klingon forces you to simplify your thoughts. You have to think differently.” That’s not all that’s different. Lipscombe said Klingons have a six-day week, and, since they have no deity, they also have no Christmas. So, the action in the play is centered around a holiday called “The Feast of the Long Night.” Otherwise, much is the same as the beloved Dickens tale: SQuja’ meets with three spirits who share scenes featuring SQuja’s nephew, vreD; a fellow warrior, marlI;

gons, Stapp said the other members of the cast and crew have been incredibly gracious. “Everybody here is so nice and so welcoming. We’re all working together, and it really is so much fun.” Want to continue the conversation? Tweet @AmyScalfNky

Don Volpenhein plays SQuja' – Klingon Scrooge. THE COMMUNITY RECORDER/AMY SCALF

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St. Henry School students and veterans (some family members and some from St. Henry Parish) watch as a new flag is raised outside the school building. THANKS TO LAURIE BAUER

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St. Henry School celebrated Veterans Day by inviting veterans to school for a celebration. There were even some parents who were veterans attended the day.

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Boys teams ready to tip off in Kenton County


By James Weber

Basketball is in the air – and basketballs will be in the air – when teams tip off their seasons next week. Here is a look at local teams in Kenton County:

Calvary Christian

Chris Douthit returns for his second year as head coach for the Cougars, who were 6-24 last season. The top returning players are Riley Worstell and Carson Kaufman. Worstell has the most varsity experience, starting all of last season and averaging six points a game while shooting 36 percent from 3point land. Kaufman is poised to be the senior leader on the team. He averaged 12 points a game and shot 43 percent from beyond the arc.

Holy Cross center Ally Mayhaus, left, is one of the Indians’ top players.FILE PHOTO

Kenton County girls ready to roll By James Weber

Covington Catholic

Scott Ruthsatz returns for his third season as head coach of the Colonels, who were 27-7 last season. The Colonels won the 35th District and were Ninth Region runner-up. Ruthsatz will have his son Nick on the court for one final season. The senior point guard averaged 18 points a game last year and has committed to the University of Findlay, an NCAA Division II power. He has 1,215 points at Cov Cath and has a chance to break the school record near the end of the season. CCH returns six of its top nine players overall from a year ago, including 6-foot-6 forward Bo Schuh, who averaged nine points per game and gives the Colonels a great deal of athleticism and scoring ability. Mark Schult, a 6-4 senior forward, had a strong summer. Nate Wichmann, Ben Heppler and Parker Keller will provide intangibles and leadership in the senior seasons. The Colonels could go 10 or 11 players deep and face another challenging schedule highlighted by a Christmas tournament in Sarasota, Fla.

Covington Latin

The Trojans went 9-17 last year and graduated the program’s all-time leading scorer in Mitchell Blewett as well as 90 percent of their scoring overall. Bob Ganzmiller takes over as head coach this year.


The Bulldogs will have depth, speed and guard play this year as they try to get back to the Sweet 16. Holmes was 32-3 and lost in overtime in the state quarterfinals to eventual champ Madison Central. Experience will be an issue early as the Bulldogs graduated three veteran starters. “After graduating three senior starters that played major minutes the last few years, it will be a learning process early in the season for our new guys,” said head coach Jason Booher, who has a 76-21 record at Holmes and 257-91 overall. “We will have a lot of depth at every position this year, which will allow us to pressure the ball even more this year. We have put together a very challenging schedule to hopefully prepare us for a deep postseason run.”

Girls basketball will kick off next week in Northern Kentucky. Here’s a glance at local teams in the county:

Calvary Christian

Scott junior Kameron Crim scores two point in last year’s 10th Region semifinals. FILE PHOTO

Booher does return two starters, most notably junior guard James Bolden. The 5foot-11 left-hander was an allstate selection last season, averaging 18.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.6 steals per game last year. He made a name for himself in front of basketball fans and coaches at the Sweet16, and has drawn recruiting interest from Division I colleges in major conference, including offers from Xavier and Purdue. Quinton Chames, a 6-4 forward, averaged 8.1 points and 7.5 boards a contest last year. The Bulldogs will have plenty of competition for playing time behind them, led by sophomore guard Markel McClendon, who transferred from Holy Cross after starting for the Indians last season. Among the schedule highlights are the Stop DWI Classic in New York and a similarnamed showcase at home, the McCracken County Hoopfest in Paducah, and a match with Trinity in Montgomery County.

Holy Cross

Former Northern Kentucky University standout Ryan Schrand takes over as head coach this season. He inherits a young and inexperienced team without a deep senior class from last year. The top returning Indians

are junior Jared Seibert and senior Zach Wehrman.


Randy Wofford takes over as head coach for a Panthers team that went 13-13 last year and hopes to make a run at the Division III conference title. They return a solid core led by seniors Mitchell Cody, Jarred Howard and Geoffrey Thornsburg; and junior Cameron Hart. Cody, a wing player, is a hard-nosed player with a lot of experience and leadership ability. Thornsburg is also a hardnosed defensive player and good floor leader at guard. Howard was the top scorer on the team last year. Hart is a guard and a strong defender who went to a lot of camps in the offseason. Guards Kalib Mitchell and Marcus Roark are the top new players to watch. Mitchell is a good ballhandler and penetrator while Roark is a strong shooter with post moves.


Brad Carr returns for his 10th season as head coach and, with a 148-122 record, stands two wins away from 150. The Eagles were 16-15 last year but went all the way to the 10th Region final before losing to Montgomery County. See BOYS, Page A9

Ann Merkley returns for her second year as head coach for the Cougars, who went 13-19 last season. Calvary won the KCAC championship last year and Merkley is working the team into position for the Division III championship in the Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference. She said the Cougars return three experienced guards but are inexperienced in the post. Returning starters include 5foot-6 senior Sarah Roaden and 5-foot junior Dayne Merkley. Hayley Emmerich, a 5-6 senior guard, returns after missing all but two games last season to injury.

Covington Latin

Timothy Heil returns for his sixth season as head coach. The Trojans went 15-13 last year but lost a lot to graduation.


Tony Perkins is the new head coach for the Bulldogs, who were 13-18 last year and lost in the regional quarterfinals. Perkins was on Jason Booher’s staff for the Bulldogs boys team the past two seasons and has several regional titles at North Hardin. Top players are senior guard Deena Kilburn, sophomore guard Jynea Harris, freshman guard Jaynice Stovall and eighth-grade guard Tyrah Engleman. Kilburn is the leading returning scorer at 6.1 ppg. “We should be extremely quick, but we have a lot of people who are inexperienced.” the coach said.

Holy Cross

The Indians were 21-7 last year for head coach Kes Murphy, who has a 51-39 record at HC. Although the Indians lost DeAsia Beal to graduation and Division I Stetson (where she will play at NKU once this season), they have plenty of depth and talent on the roster this year. Junior forward and 6-foot-2 junior twins Ally and Cessie Mayhaus combined for 26 points and 17 rebounds last year. Ally Mayhaus was a Division II all-

star locally last year. Sophomore Dajah McClendon returns for her third year as starting point guard. She averaged four assists and three steals per game. Senior guard Michelle Hungler is a strong defensive player. Sophomores Morgan Gabbard and Carly Lampke, and freshmen Courtney Turner and Aleah Tucker could fill key roles this year. Kristen Stanley adds depth inside. A big key is junior Deja Turner, a transfer from Holmes who at press time was awaiting clearance from the KHSAA to compete. The sharpshooting guard already has1,500 career points and plenty of interest from Division I colleges. The roster depth could lead to excitement in the postseason. The Indians took an eight-game improvement last year but would like to do more. “Our kids had a really good summer against strong competition,” Murphy said. “We’ve not been successful in district play the last two seasons so getting over that hurdle will be a major accomplishment. Our young players are more mature and now have the experience which will play into our ongoing success.”


Vikki Wofford takes over as head coach for the Panthers, who were 8-18 last year. Junior guard Tori Wofford is an experienced, hard-nosed player who led the team in scoring, assists and steals last year. Sophomore guard Mariah Green is a key scorer for the team who worked hard in the offseason. Junior guard Laura Young is the top new addition to the backcourt and junior center Yasmina Hussien could develop into a solid post player. The Panthers have had a tough schedule in recent years and that will continue as they aim to win the conference title. The coach’s main preseason concern is grooming underclassmen with no varsity experience.

Notre Dame

A new head coach will try to take the Pandas one step further than last year. That would be a huge step, as the Pandas were state runner-ups last season, finishing 29-6 a year ago and losing to undefeated Marion County in See GIRLS, Page A9



SK football looks ahead after first loss By Adam Turer

As sophomores, Simon Kenton High School’s senior class endured a 2-9 football season. This year, the Pioneers completed the first undefeated regular season in program history. Their remarkable turnaround concluded with a 29-14 loss at Butler on Nov. 22. The Pioneers finished the 2013 season with a 12-1 record. The 24 seniors who led the program’s resurgence will be greatly missed.

and possibly beyond, this year. “They did not exceed expectations, they lived up to expectations they had for themselves. They really believed in themselves and their teammates. They knew the potential they had and in my opinion they did not waste their potential,” said Marksberry. “We ultimately fell short of our goals to win a regional championship and have the opportunity to play for a state championship, but this team achieved great things and will be remem-

“I will miss their leadership, work ethic, talent, commitment to each other and our program,” said head coach Jeff Marksberry. “They were a special group. They were very close and did things because they loved each other.” The seeds for this season were planted last year, during a 9-4 campaign that ended with a loss in the 6A regional final. The Pioneers again advanced to the regional final and felt that they were destined to advance to the state semifinals,

wins. Uncharacteristic big plays hurt Simon Kenton in its only loss of the season. Butler returned a punt 51 yards for a score and followed that up with a 78-yard touchdown pass to take a 14-7 lead into halftime, after the Pioneers opened the game’s scoring. With the lead, Butler wore down Simon Kenton in the second half, rushing for 226 yards and keeping Kuntz and the Pioneers’ offense on the sideline for most of the half. Just two years removed from a very disap-

pointing season, Simon Kenton’s seniors did their part to bring the Pioneers back to prominence. The underclassmen will carry the torch into 2014. “Hopefully the unexpected loss leaves a bad taste in the mouths of our returning players and motivates them to work harder than we have in the past,” said Marksberry. “I hope they understand that it is possible to continue to raise the bar of success and make our program better year after year.”

inside helps, too. Billups scored 13 of his careerhigh 25 points in overtime as Northern Kentucky collected its first victory of the season with a 91-86 win over previously unbeaten Tulane in Devlin Fieldhouse. The Norse, who had faced Purdue, then-No. 1 Kentucky, unbeaten San Diego and Morehead State to begin the season, rallied from an early 10-point deficit and used the inside scoring of Billups in overtime to defeat the Green Wave in the first-ever meeting between the two programs.

at 19-2-2. Senior forward Courtney Clark (Burlington, Ky./Notre Dame Academy) scored on a penalty kick at the 77:52 mark to cut the lead to 2-1, but it wasn’t enough as Capital won the match 2-1. Freshman goalkeeper Megan Barton (Florence, Ky./Villa Madonna) played all 90 minutes in goal and allowed two goals, while recording three saves. Thomas More outshot Capital, 23-9, including 12-5 on-goal and won the battle of corner kicks, 9-2.

Thomas More Notes

» The Kentucky Football Coaches Association has named its Player of the Year and Coach of the Year for each district in each of the six classes and the local district winners are as follows: Class A, District 4: Player of the Year - Mitch-

ell Cody (Ludlow); Coach of the Year – Rick Hornsby (Ludlow). Class 2A, District 6: Player of the Year – Jalen Beal (Holy Cross); Coach of the Year – Matthew Schmitz (Newport). Class 4A, District 7: Player of the Year – Drew Houliston (Highlands); Coach of the Year – Ben Nevels (Holmes). Class 5A, District 5: Player of the Year – Drew Barker (Conner); Coach of the Year - Jamie Reed (South Oldham). Class 6A, District 6: Player of the Year – Brenan Kuntz (Simon Kenton); Coach of the Year – Jeff Marksberry (Simon Kenton). The KFCA will name its Player of the Year and Coach of the Year in each class during the respective state championship games Dec. 6-7 in Bowling Green.

bered as one of our best.” The offense scored an even 500 points this season, averaging 38.5 per game. Senior quarterback Brennan Kuntz led the offense, rushing for 1,005 yards and passing for 2,458 yards. The normally potent offense was stymied by Butler’s defense. The 14 points scored was Simon Kenton’s fewest in a game this season. The Pioneers scored more than 40 points in seven of their 12 victories. The defense allowed seven points or fewer in seven of the Pioneers’


Fall senior moments

Senior Night is an important time in an athlete’s high school career and the Community Press & Recorder, along with, would like to highlight those moments. Please send a photo from your Senior Night to Include the names of the people in the photo as they are shown, the school and the sport by Friday, Nov. 29. Photos will run in print Dec. 18-19 and will be used in a photo gallery. Questions can be directed to

Catching up

The Community Press & Recorder, along with, would like to give readers over the

holidays the ability to catch up with local high school stars doing well in college athletics. In what has become an annual readership project, parents/friends of college athletes are welcome to send a photo and brief description of their college athletes’ accomplishments over the last calendar year to Include the names of the people in the photo as they are shown, the college name and sport, parents’ names, where the athlete lives, what weekly newspaper they get at home and their accomplishments by Friday, Dec. 13. Photos will run in print Jan. 1 and be used in a photo gallery. Questions to:

NKU Notes

» The Northern Ken-

tucky University women’s soccer team was recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America for its performance in the classroom. For the eighth year in a row, NKU earned the National Team Academic Award after posting a 3.26 grade point average as a team during the 2012-13 school year. The team has received the award 11 times since 2000. On the field, NKU finished with a record of 610-2, including a 2-6-1 mark in A-Sun play. Katelyn Newton was honored as a part of the A-Sun AllFreshman team after netting three goals and two assists in her first collegiate season. » Northern Kentucky’s early-season schedule had the Norse well prepared for the Nov. 23 road game against Tulane. Having Jalen Billups dominating the

Come down and join Paul Daugherty, his special guest and Enquirer sports personalities at Moerlein Lager House, Tuesday nights at 7pm.

» The 14th-ranked Thomas More College women’s soccer team fell, 2-1, to Capital University Nov. 23 in an NCAA Division III Championship Sectional semifinal match in St. Louis. With the loss, the Saints end the season


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the state final. Wyatt Foust takes over the reins this year. He loses a Division I college player in regional player of the year Olivia Voskuhl, who is now at Cleveland State. NDA returns the other four starters in point guard, Paige Kellam, guards Carlee Clemons and Elly Ogle, and forward Haylee Smith. Other players to watch start with Hillary Hellmann and Sydney Stallman. “This team has lofty goals with a lot returning from a championship caliber team,” Foust said. “Our depth will be our greatest strength as some of the juniors had a huge summer and will be impact players for us. We hope to be a team that continues to get better and we should peak at the right time as we learn the new system. This is one of those special teams that has a lot of talent but the work ethic overshadows the talent.” NDA starts at Assumption Dec. 3 and plays at Dixie Heights Dec. 4. NDA’s first home game is Dec. 12 against St. Henry.

Covington Catholic DB Adam Fischer (26) covers Highlands wide receiver Jenson Feggins.TONY TRIBBLE/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Colonels fall to Highlands Covington Catholic lost 28-13 to Highlands in the regional final in Class 4A. Sophomore quarterback Ben Dressman had a 52-yard touchdown run

on the first possession of the game and a one-yard scoring run late in the fourth quarter. Cov Cath finished 10-3 on the season. “I’m not happy with

losing, but I’m proud of how much we overcame to get this far. We lost to Moeller and twice to Highlands" said CCH head coach Dave Wirth.


154-139 record, including 19-11 last season. The Pioneers won the 32nd District championship and lost to South Oldham in the Eighth Region semifinals. SK’s top players are senior forward Taylor Morrison; senior forward Brenan Kuntz and junior guard Noah Robinson. The Pioneers lost their two leading scorers from last season (Andrew Sampson, who averaged 19.4 points per game and Riley Barnes, who averaged 13.8, and several other key players, but the talented Morrison (8.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg; 50.0 FG pct.), the extremely athletic Kuntz (3.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg)

and Robinson, who averaged 5.8 points per game, return.

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The Eagles suffered significant graduation losses (almost 90 percent of their points), but do return three-year starting guard Josh Castleman and the 6-foot-5, 260pound Crim can be a force inside. Both were standout football players, with Crim gaining Division I interest. There are nine seniors on the roster and the Eagles are always physical and tough.

Simon Kenton

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Villa Madonna

Nathan Dilts takes over as head coach for the Blue Lightning, taking over a team that went 16-13 overall and won its first Division III conference championship in school history. They won that title with an all-senior starting lineup, so the new coach will work with a new rotation this season as the key reserves are also gone. Top players to watch start with guards Alex Kenkel and Thomas Schutzman, and forward Jared Bockweg.


Rhonda Klette returns for her ninth season as head coach, where she led the Eagles to a 17-11 overall record. The Eagles return four starters in Ally Niece, Lexi Stapleton, Jenna Trimpe and Jill Buntin. Holly Kallmeyer and Tori Dant lead the other players to watch. Niece and Stapleton are eighth-

a hard-nosed player who has made a lot of improvements since last year, and junior Kelsey Schmiade hopes to build on a strong regional tournament. Others to watch start with junior forward Maggi Bosse, freshman center Madie Meyer, freshman guard Grace Harney and freshman point guard Kendyl Gillium. Meyer is expected to add key depth inside, and Harney is a good long-range shooter.

graders who already have a full varsity season under their belts. Buntin is one of four seniors on the roster. “We have a great group of returning experienced players that are excited about basketball,” Klette said. “They have been working very hard in the offseason and our team depth has greatly increased over past seasons.”

Simon Kenton

Villa Madonna

Jeff Stowers returns as coach with a 231-101 record at SK, including 28-6 a year ago. The Pioneers had a heartbreaking loss to Anderson County in the Eighth Region final. SK has a deep, experienced team that Stowers hopes can make another run at the Sweet 16. “We are looking to make a serious run at the regional title,” Stowers said. “Our offseason conditioning program should pay dividends for us late in the season. We have a senior laden class that have played a lot of meaningful minutes and know what it takes to win. The key for us is staying healthy and focus on the task at hand.” Senior Abby Owings, an all-region performer, averaged 13 points per game at guard, plus three assists and three steals. Senior Rachel Cox averaged six points and six rebounds and is expected to take a big leap this year after a strong offseason. Senior Christina Cook is the heart and soul of the team according to Stowers. The standout track sprinter (fourth at state in the 400) is one of the team’s best athletes. Senior Sarah Tomlin is

Don Shields returns for his 25th season as head coach. Not only is his anniversary a milestone, but he is 16 wins away from 400 for his career as he has a record of 384-278. He directs a team that won its fourth straight conference title last year with a perfect 12-0 record, and has had 17 consecutive winning seasons overall. Shields returns three starters in Alex Hengge, Maria Blom and Lexie Aytes. Hengge, a senior guard, averaged 7.7 points and 5.5 rebounds a contest and is an aggressive and strong athlete. Blom, a 6-foot senior, posted 3.8 points and 2.1 boards a contest while making 91 percent of her free throws. She played half of last season after a knee injury and is at full strength this year. Aytes, a sophomore guard, averaged 4.6 points a game. She is quick on defense and a good leader with great potential. Junior guard Charissa Junker made 36 percent of her 3-pointers last year, joining Kylee Newman and senior Morgan Trusty as other top players to watch.

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Column: Council picked quality over quantity Tom Wurtz’s article on the Fort Mitchell Council’s decision to reduce size from eight to six argues that following the trend of every other city is inappropriate. His argument boils down to his preference of quantity over quality. Mr. Wurtz ran in the Congressional primary on a platform of “limited government” – following his line of thought, one can suppose that Mr. Wurtz would be for 30 Nancy Pelosi’s, versus 20 Rand Pauls (if you are of the other political party, simply swap names) – since more is better! The argument in favor of the reduction was looking, historically, at our elections, noting that some years we had

eight running for eight seats, some years nine, some years more, and coming to the conclusion that more Jim Hummeldorf II competition would mean COMMUNITY better quality RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST representation (or at least a group more representative of the views of the voters) – in short, the argument was one of quality, over quantity. We live in a society where, unfortunately, children are taught that everyone is a winner, no one is a loser, and no

Durant’s first trip into Boone County Much has been written, and rightly so, about Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan’s raid through Indiana and Ohio in July 1863. However, Boone County saw an invasion that included some of Morgan’s men a year earlier in September Ted 1862. Schiffer Unlike COMMUNITY 1863, which RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST saw Morgan and much of his command captured in Ohio, 1862 saw the battle of Richmond, Ky., where Gen. Kirby Smith trounced the Union generals in a very decisive victory for the Confederates. The Confederate goal was to recruit soldiers to their cause and, hopefully, hold the state. George B. Durant was a Lincoln/Union advocate and served as telegrapher on the Kentucky Central Railroad at Boyd, Ky. Boyd was/is about 13 miles north of Cynthiana. In the course of his duties, one supposes, he reported back to Cincinnati what he saw in the way of Confederate troop movements in the area. The Confederate telegraph operator, George Ellsworth, was evidently listening in. Accordingly, Col. Thomas H. McCray sent a detail for Durant’s arrest. “You are a dam**ed spy and will be shot!” was the verdict. Confederate Gen. Kirby Smith detached Gen. Henry Heth to make a demonstration toward Cincinnati with 6,000 or so troops and Durant was carried along with them. He was taken to Snow’s Pond north of Walton, where the invaders were camped. His first trip to Boone County was as a prisoner of war. Moving north to the Five Mile House (today Dixie Highway and Turkeyfoot Road) they moved even nearer Fort Mitchell, from whence the big guns could be clearly seen. Some 70,000, “Squirrel Hunters,” militia, and soldiers were arrayed in defense. Local mills were destroyed, suspected southern sympathizers arrested and skirmishes (at the 25 and 42

crossroads and elsewhere) led to the deaths of a couple of Federal troops. Sizing up the situation, Heth withdrew to Snow’s Pond for a few days where Durant took an oath and was released: “I do solemnly swear that I will not take up arms or fight against any of the army or citizens of the Confederate States of America nor give any information nor disturb or destroy any of the public property of the Stated.” As the Confederate troops retreated, Durant went with them as far as Williamstown. He then left them and returned to Boyd. While the invasion at Gettysburg gets the bulk of the press due, one might think, to the thousands who died there, some feel that the Confederacy never really recovered from this 1862 retreat from Kentucky. For a more complete story of this affair and that of Snow’s Pond, see the Boone County Local History Department’s resources on the same issues, and much more. Tom Schiffer is a member of the Boone County Historic Preservation Review Board. 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 contact the Review Board at 859-334-2111 or The Review Board is online at



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one has to work to get ahead. Mr. Wurtz apparently agrees with these sentiments, since these arguments were made on why moving towards the trend of a six-person City Council was a good thing – to ensure that council members would have to get out, campaign, work for their seats, and make their case to the voters, to ensure that winners were representative of the community and its wishes. I offered to sit down with Mr. Wurtz, and discuss his points of view, but he refused – he would rather hide behind his keyboard than engage in meaningful discussion on issues. I would rather live in a world where a candidate has

to make their case to the voters, work for their seat on the council, and be accountable to the voters when, as an elected official, they know that they are going to have to work to retain their seat the next time. I am disappointed that Mr. Wurtz takes such a narrow view of “more representation” instead of the appropriate view of “better quality representation.” It was no coincidence that the most vocal opponents to the recent step to move in line with almost every other city in Northern Kentucky were the same people who came out to oppose the Mercedes-Benz development last December and this past January. People

with agendas that are not in the best interest of the community. The recent move to ensure a competitive election infuriates these people, because it makes it more difficult for them to be elected when they run against candidates who have the best interest of the community at heart. I look forward to another campaign next year where candidates will now have to get out in the community to meet our residents and make their case, versus be given a “free pass.” Jim Hummeldorf II, Fort Mitchell City council member.

Is Bevin really a Democrat I was pleased to see that the Boone County GOP has decided to not endorse any candidate in the primary race for U.S. Senate next year. Though I think they would have been smarter to have endorsed Senator McConnell. But, then again, at least they didn’t endorse Matt Bevin. Bevin lost my vote when he announced his opposition to Sen. Mitch McConnell. He sounded like a Democrat. He spouted the “been around too long” barb just as Democrats do. As a 75-year-old, I don’t appreciate that comment. It was a slap at anyone like me who is “seasoned” in life. Bevin brings to mind the rumor that “liberal” Democrats have joined the tea party to sabotage Republicans. Based on tea party House and Senate members’ recent behavior in

Congress, Dr. Seuss looks good. Maybe Bevin is a Democrat mole. Generally, the tea party has been stuTed Smith pidly making COMMUNITY three big misRECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST takes. First, many Tea Partiers attack Republicans when they should be attacking Democrats. They attack McConnell and not Democrat Harry Reid. Second, tea parties have injected candidates into Republican primaries, defeated the Republicans, then lost the general elections to the Democrats. That happened in four 2010 U.S. Senate races (Colorado, Delaware and Nevada) and at least

once in 2012 (Indiana). Third, the tea parties don’t understand that they have to win general elections to accomplish their objectives of limited government, free markets and fiscal responsibility. Those are the objectives of all Republicans, Senator McConnell and me, by the way. Tea parties can win Republican primary elections because of the high number of conservative Republicans. But, tea-party extremism drives centrist and moderate voters away and they lose the general elections to the Democrats. Bevin and his tea party supporters could give Senator McConnell’s seat to the Democrats in 2014. Perhaps that is Bevin’s intent. Perhaps Bevin is really a Democrat in a tea pot. Ted Smith lives in Park Hills.

Can I really be thankful? If you’re like me, you have a Facebook page, but find it hard to find time to post regularly. I find myself scrolling up and down once or twice a week to see the latest pictures of my new great-nephew and reading the latest “funnies” posted by my sister and aunts. Yet, lately I’ve seen a trend of posts: “The things I am thankful for today.” Although I can appreciate the beauty in offering thanks for a loving husband, healthy children, giving parents, and a warm home, I am often broken at the mention of these when I know so many, who find it difficult to offer thanks for one or more of the above. The loving husband has left, a child has been diagnosed with cancer, parents have passed away, and homelessness is a very real epidemic. “How can I be thankful when so much has been taken from me?” It’s a legitimate question from those searching in their faith. I have come to terms with an answer that has provided great peace and direction for me. God is not interested in my comfort level; he is interested in my heart. In other words, God knows that there will be difficult times, yet he is also keenly aware that if I choose to rest in him, he is willing and able to protect and keep me until the storm passes.

It reminds me of when thunderstorms and threats of tornadoes have raged in our area; most recently in the Julie House last couple of weeks. AlCOMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST though we COLUMNIST could not stop the storms from raging, my husband, myself and children found comfort in the fact that we were all together hunkered down in the basement, and for that, we could be thankful. If you are struggling today, finding thanks, when so much has been taken from you and your family, know this, you have a friend in Jesus. The Bible reminds us of his matchless love: “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” (John 15:13) Charles Stanley wrote, “Without complaint, He bore all your sorrows and suffering, while pledging to never leave you or forsake you.” John 14:18 reiterates this, “I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” My family has experienced great loss, and heartache over the years due to loss, addiction, sickness etc. Yet, we are forever grateful that there is one thing this world cannot take from us: the wonderful,

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faultless, unfailing, forgiving, and unconditional love of God our Father. I pray you experience God’s love in a new way this holiday season and experience the blessing of being able to say, “This year I am truly thankful for ... God’s love.” 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 or on

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he Community Recorder staff fanned out throughout Northern Kentucky to ask questions on Thanksgiving. We asked: » What is something unusual you’d like to eat at Thanksgiving this year? » Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving? » What are you thankful for? These are some of the responses.

What is something unusual you’d like to eat for Thanksgiving? Nothing really. We have all the traditional stuff. I like the traditional meal. It’s a lot of fun to make. EMILY POPHAM, 15, Florence, Simon Kenton High School AMY

What are you thankful for? I’m thankful for my health and the family that I have. I hope my father is doing OK in heaven and I’m thankful he’s in a better place. And I’m thankful for my freedom. ADRIAN SKETTERS, 11, Burlington, Lindeman Elementary SchoolMELISSA

Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving? We celebrate because it is when the pilgrims decided to have a festival with the people of the land they decided to visit. MALLORY GLYNN, 9, Taylor Mill, Taylor Mill Elementary SchoolAMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY

Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving? We celebrate Thanksgiving because of the Indians. They were good people who helped us. They grew crops and taught us how to survive in the wild. DANNY MCMAHON, 8, Florence, Lindeman Elementary SchoolMELISSA STEWART/THE

What are you thankful for? This is kind of a hard question. I'm thankful for being able to live on this earth without being sick all the time or hurt. And being able to learn. CARLEE KIDWELL, 8, Erlanger, Lindeman Elementary SchoolMELISSA STEWART/THE





What is something unusual you would like to eat for Thanksgiving? Turducken, that’s a turkey stuffed with duck. BRIDGET SOWERS, 10, Burlington, Burlington Elementary SchoolMELISSA

What is something unusual you’d like to eat for Thanksgiving? Pie – blueberry. FRANCIE KREUTZJANS, 5, kindergarten, Beechwood Elementary SchoolSTEPHANIE

What are you thankful for? I’m thankful for Jesus, God, food, water, school, my principal, my mom and my dad. JORDAN RANSDELL, 7, Burlington, Burlington Elementary SchoolMELISSA



What are you thankful for? I’m thankful for my friends and family and all the food and pretty much my whole life because if I wasn’t alive, I wouldn't be here. PATRICK FLYNN, 13, Taylor Mill, Woodland Middle SchoolAMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY



Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving? To celebrate God. DANIEL FULTZ, 4, IndependenceAMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER


What are you thankful for? I’m thankful for our food and what we all have gotten for presents and stuff like that. CLAIRE COPPAGE, 8, second grade, Beechwood Elementary SchoolSTEPHANIE SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

What is something unusual you’d like to eat for Thanksgiving? I would like egg rolls, but it’s probably not going to happen. IVY DANILE, 10, Erlanger, Lindeman Elementary SchoolMELISSA STEWART/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

What are you thankful for? My friends and my family, all my toys. TY EVISTON, 9, fourth grade Beechwood Elementary School STEPHANIE SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

What is something unusual you’d like to eat for Thanksgiving? Um, hmm. Let’s see. Let’s see ... a tiger’s tail. KAI ELBISSER, 8, third grade, Beechwood Elementary School STEPHANIE SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, NOV. 29 Art Events Winterfair, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Northern Kentucky Convention Center, 1 W. RiverCenter Blvd., Juried fair of fine art and fine craft by more than 200 artists from across the country. Ceramics, glass, wearable art, jewelry, sculpture, painting, photography and more. $7; 12 and under are free. Presented by Ohio Designer Craftsmen. 614-486-7119; Covington.

Art Exhibits Six Exhibitions, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd., Ohio Financial Services Main Gallery: Summerfair Select. Duveneck: Julie Mader-Meersman. Rieveschl: Renee Harris / JoAnne Russo. Hutson: Barbara Houghton. Semmens: Marcia Shortt. Youth: The Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts Carnegie Scholarship Winner. 859-491-2030; Covington. Outside/Inside, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 27 W. Seventh St., Curated by Jennifer Grote. Explores transformative potential of public space and blurs boundaries between architecture and artistry. Through Dec. 27. 859-292-2322; Covington.

Drink Tastings Friday Wine Tasting, 4-8 p.m., D.E.P.’s Fine Wine & Spirits Covington, 670 W. Third St., Free. 859-291-2550; Covington.

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. Lean and Mean Circuit Class, 5:30-6:30 a.m. and 7-8 a.m. and 6-7 p.m., Yolo Fitness, 1516 Dixie Highway, $15. 859-429-2225. Park Hills.

859-291-0550; Newport. Newport Express Holiday Depot, noon-8 p.m., Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Special holiday attraction features unique train displays as well as true-to-size model of real train and other activities for all ages. Free. 859-291-0550; Newport.

Holiday - Trees Hilltop Pines Tree Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Hilltop Pines, 7379 Stonehouse Road, Scotch pine up to 10 feet. Balled-and-burlapped Norway, blue spruce and white pine. Also Canaan and Balsam fir; 6-10 feet. Shaking, netting, pine roping and saws available. Tailgating for large groups allowed. Free candy canes for children. $35 and up, balled-and-burlapped; $25 cut-your-own any size. 513-6738415. Melbourne.

Music - Concerts See You in the Funnies, 8 p.m. With Ruka’s Folly, Teddy Holbrook, Here Come Here, Merry Carls and Sundae Drives., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., All ages. $8. 859-491-2444; Covington.

SATURDAY, NOV. 30 Art Events Winterfair, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Northern Kentucky Convention Center, $7; 12 and under are free. 614-486-7119; Covington.

Art Exhibits Six Exhibitions, noon-3 p.m., The Carnegie, 859-491-2030; Covington.

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.

Health / Wellness

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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. 513-686-3300; Crestview Hills.

Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington. Scuba Santa, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $23, $15 ages 2-12, free under age 2. 800-4063474; Newport. Light Up the Levee, 6:10-11:50 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-291-0550; Newport. Newport Express Holiday Depot, noon-8 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-2910550; Newport.

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Layout features Lionel trains and Plasticville. More than 250 feet of track. Patrons welcome to operate more than 30 accessories from buttons on layout. Through Jan. 19. Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington. Scuba Santa, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Newport on the Levee, Holiday decorations throughout Aquarium. Underwater Santa show alongside sharks, shark rays and Denver the Sea Turtle. Through Jan. 1. Included with admission: $23, $15 ages 2-12, free under age 2. 800-406-3474; Newport. Light Up the Levee, 6:10-11:50 p.m., Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Featuring more than one million LED lights dancing in synchronization to holiday music. Lights dance every 20 minutes. Through Jan. 5. Free.

Holiday - Trees Hilltop Pines Tree Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Hilltop Pines, $35 and up, balled-and-burlapped; $25 cut-your-own any size. 513-673-8415. Melbourne.

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

Music - Rock The Werks, 9 p.m. With Aliver Hall and Peridoni., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Rock band originating from Dayton. Ages 18 and up. $17, $15 advance. 859-491-2444; Covington.

SUNDAY, DEC. 1 Art Events Winterfair, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Northern Kentucky Convention Center, $7; 12 and under are free. 614-486-7119; 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.

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 1-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-4914003; Covington. Scuba Santa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $23, $15 ages 2-12, free under age 2. 800-4063474; Newport. Light Up the Levee, 6:10-11:50 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-291-0550; Newport. Newport Express Holiday Depot, noon-8 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-2910550; Newport.

Holiday - Trees Hilltop Pines Tree Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Hilltop Pines, $35 and up, balled-and-burlapped; $25 cut-your-own any size. 513-673-8415. Melbourne. Miclberg Tree Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Miclberg Tree Farm, 14300 Salem Creek Road, Cut-yourown-Christmas-trees. Douglas fir 6-12 feet. Workers will help load. Twine to tie tree on vehicles provided. Dress for weather. Call for appointments during week. $40-$75. 859-380-4954. Grant County.

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.

MONDAY, DEC. 2 Art Exhibits Outside/Inside, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 859-292-2322; Covington.

Dance Classes Square Dance Lessons, 7:309:30 p.m., Promenade Palace, 3630 Decoursey Pike, Casual dress and smooth-soled shoes. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 859-4419155; 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. Lean and Mean Circuit Class, 5:30-6:30 a.m. and 7-8 a.m. and 6-7 p.m., Yolo Fitness, $15. 859-429-2225. Park Hills.

Holiday - Christmas Scuba Santa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $23, $15 ages 2-12, free under age 2. 800-4063474; Newport. Light Up the Levee, 6:10-11:50 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-291-0550; Newport.

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Light Up the Levee is back at Newport on the Levee. 859-291-0550; PHOTO Hilltop Pines Tree Farm, noon-5 p.m., Hilltop Pines, $35 and up, balled-and-burlapped; $25 cut-your-own any size. 513-673-8415. Melbourne. Miclberg Tree Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Miclberg Tree Farm, $40$75. 859-380-4954. Grant County.

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.

Senior Citizens Flex Tai Chi for Seniors, noon-1 p.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., Reduce stress, increase endurance and feel better overall. For seniors. Free. 859609-6504. Elsmere.

TUESDAY, DEC. 3 Art Exhibits Outside/Inside, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 859-292-2322; 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.. Through Dec. 17. 859-727-0904. Fort Wright.

Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 6-7 p.m., Edgewood Senior Center, 550 Freedom Park Drive, Exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beats. $5. Presented by Zumba with Gabrielle. 513-702-4776. Edgewood. Zumba Class, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Turkey Foot Middle School, 3230 Turkey Foot Road, Exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beats. All fitness levels welcome. $5. Presented by Zumba with Gabrielle. 513-702-4776. Edgewood. 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. Yoga, 6:30-7:30 a.m., Yolo Fitness, 1516 Dixie Highway, Master postures while increasing flexibility and strength. $10. 859-429-2225; Park Hills. Lean and Mean Circuit Class, 7-8 a.m. and 6-7 p.m., Yolo Fitness, $15. 859-429-2225. Park Hills.

ABOUT CALENDAR To submit calendar items, go to and click on “Share!” Send digital photos to along with event information. Items are printed on a space-available basis with local events taking precedence. Deadline is two weeks before publication date. To find more calendar events, go to and choose from a menu of items in the Entertainment section on the main page. Free. 859-291-0550; Newport. Christmas Tree Lighting, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Florence Government Center, 8100 Ewing Blvd., Includes holiday music, visit with Santa, sleigh rides, face painting and refreshments. Free. Presented by City of Florence. 859-3715491. Florence. Newport Express Holiday Depot, noon-8 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-2910550; Newport.

Holiday - Trees Hilltop Pines Tree Farm, noon-5 p.m., Hilltop Pines, $35 and up, balled-and-burlapped; $25 cut-your-own any size. 513-673-8415. Melbourne. Miclberg Tree Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Miclberg Tree Farm, $40$75. 859-380-4954. Grant County.

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. The Westies, 8 p.m., Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St., Free. 859-491-6659. Covington.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 4 Art Exhibits Outside/Inside, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 859-292-2322; Covington.

Community Dance Hex Squares, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Promenade Palace, 3630 Decoursey Pike, Western square dance club specializing in hexagon style for experienced dancers. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. Through Dec. 18. 513-929-2427. Covington.

Education Admissions Information Session, 3 p.m.-5 p.m., Gateway Community and Technical College Edgewood Campus, 790 Thomas Moore Parkway, Information session and financial aid workshop. Free. Presented by Gateway Community and Technical College. 859-441-4500; Edgewood.

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington. Scuba Santa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $23, $15 ages 2-12, free under age 2. 800-4063474; Newport. Light Up the Levee, 6:10-11:50 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-291-0550; Newport. Newport Express Holiday Depot, noon-8 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-2910550; Newport.

Holiday - Trees Hilltop Pines Tree Farm, noon-5 p.m., Hilltop Pines, $35 and up, balled-and-burlapped; $25 cut-your-own any size. 513-673-8415. Melbourne. Miclberg Tree Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Miclberg Tree Farm, $40$75. 859-380-4954. Grant County. Ryle Band Bingo, 6:30-10 p.m., Erlanger Lions Club Hall, 5996 Belair Drive, Doors open at 5:15 p.m. Early games begin 6:45 p.m. Regular games begin 7:30 p.m. Ages 18 and up. Benefits Ryle Marching Band Boosters. Free. Presented by Ryle Band Boosters. Through Oct. 8. 859282-1652. Erlanger.

Health / Wellness 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. 859-8028965; Independence.

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Scuba Santa is at the Newport Aquarium through Jan. 1. 1-800-406-3474; PHOTO

Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington. Scuba Santa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $23, $15 ages 2-12, free under age 2. 800-4063474; Newport. Light Up the Levee, 6:10-11:50 p.m., Newport on the Levee,

The Winterfair art and craft fair is Nov. 29-30 and Dec. 1, at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center, 1 W. RiverCenter Blvd. 614-486-7119; PHOTO



Gluten-free recipes fill new ‘Holy Chow’ cookbook “I was nervous at first. I didn’t know much about gluten intolerance so I knew I needed to learn how to cook gluten free, but with all the flavor of my original recipes,” she said. Well, Giovanna has nailed it. Her book has really good, doable gluten-free recipes, from appetizers like crab cakes that start your meal with flair to dinners that are entertainment worthy. Her eggplant Parmesan is unbelievably good. There’s a special section from friends and family. I contributed recipes for the dessert section. Every recipe has a photo along with a Bible quote relating to it, so you are feeding both body and soul. I chose Giovanna’s meatball and spaghetti recipe since that’s a universal favorite and a nice change from all the turkey we eat this time of year. Check out her website for information to purchase the book. Also available at JosephBeth Booksellers in Rookwood and sells for $16.95. Prepare meatballs

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Giovanna’s gluten-free meatballs and spaghetti You know her as Joanne Trimpe, author of two Holy Chow cookbooks, the first of which is “Holy Chow” and the second, new one is “Holy Chow Gluten Free.” You may recognize her as a television personality and personal chef to Archbishop Dennis Schnurr. I know her as Giovanna, and we have become friends and colleagues. Giovanna decided to write another cookbook with gluten-free recipes because Archbishop Schnurr is gluten intolerant, yet enjoys good food.

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Enjoy meatballs and be gluten-free with Giovanna Trimpe’s recipe.THANKS TO GIOVANNA TRIMPE.

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garlic and cook for only 2 or 3 minutes and be careful not to burn garlic. Add 2 teaspoons Kosher salt and 1 teaspoon pepper and simmer for another 2 or 3 minutes. Then add two 32 oz. cans whole tomatoes, crushed with your hands (or fresh tomatoes that are equal to the same amount). Cook for 5 minutes. Add 1 teaspoon dry basil or about 8-10 fresh basil leaves. Now add two 15 oz. cans tomato sauce and two 6 oz. cans tomato paste. Rinse out cans to get the most of the sauce.

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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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“What are you thankful for?” is a question we are often asked this time of year. The obvious answers are easy: our families, our friends, our health, our jobs, our homes. Sometimes we might list creature comforts: a new car, a new TV, a new computer or a new phone. But this year, I am thankful for something that is entirely new to my life, something a little oddball that would not exist without the urging of a friend. This year, I am thankful for comedy. My first stand-up comedy performance occurred May 9 at the Northside Tavern. I prepared for months and was extremely nervous. And like a lot of firsttime comedians, I bombed hard. But this moment sparked something inside of me. I knew I could improve and I knew I wanted more. Comedy will do that to you. There is something incredibly validating about a room full of people laughing at your jokes. Conversely, there is something completely dreadful, but also oddly motivating, about a room full of peo-

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tos,” he said. Knecht said he was given hundreds of postcards that were a great source of information. “The postcards not only had beautiful pictures on them, the written part would sometimes offer insight into other family members. For instance, in one postcard there was mention of a baby being born. You can look up the birth records around that time and match the last names and this will give you a bit more information.” He said there are a variety of resources out there to obtain information. “The Internet has made research so much easier,” he said He spends a lot of time at the Kenton County Public Library using free on-

ask to get people talking: Ask where they were born. Where did they live and when did they live there? Ask about marriages, jobs, clubs and organizations, church memberships, military service, hobbies, etc. d) Talk to friends of your parents and grandparents. Often friends have heard stories or can share experiences. e) In seeking information from strangers, call them up or email first. Most people do not like strangers showing up at their front door asking questions. f) In talking to people, ask not only for facts, but also for family tales, stories, etc. g) After you talk to someone, or receive information via email, mail, etc., always

acknowledge that you got the information and thank them. » Once you have background information, go to the library The Kenton County Public Library has the most comprehensive records in Northern Kentucky for the local counties, but almost all local libraries have some information. a) First check to see if the library has any books or papers about your family that have already been researched. b) Check census, church and vital records indexes, many of which can now be found online. c) Libraries often have city directories, which list the head of the household,

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Carolyn M. Blair, 54, of Covington, died Nov. 16, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a tech-support specialist for Citibank. Her sister, Jacqueline Dehner; mother, Gertrude Dehner; and granddaughter, Alexis, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Craig Blair Jr.; sons Craig Blair III of Independence, and Corey Blair of Covington; daughter, Christina Campbell of Covington; father, Jack Dehner of Covington; brothers, Rick of Covington, Steve of Erlanger, and Jeffrey Dehner of Cincinnati; sister, Joyce Dehner of Covington; and five grandchildren. Interment was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

Dianne Brake Dianne Louise Brake, 74, of Edgewood, died Nov. 17, 2013. She enjoyed golf, playing cards, volunteering, cooking, traveling and spending time with family and friends. Survivors include her husband, Joe Brake; siblings, Richard Terlau, Connie Knaebe and Doug Terlau; children, Tony Brake of Edgewood, Barry Brake of Lakeside Park, and Becky Hegge of Loveland, Ohio; and six grandsons. Memorials: The Point/Arc of Northern Kentucky, 104 West Pike St., Covington, KY 41011.

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George J. Christofield , 84 of Woodlawn, Ky., died Nov. 15, 2013 at Wellspring Health Care Center in Cincinnati. He was retired as owner and operator of Skyline Chili in Covington, was a member of Holy Trinity-St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Cincinnati, attended Bellevue High School, was an Army veteran of World War II, loved visiting flea mar-

ABOUT OBITUARIES Basic obituary information and a color photograph of your loved one is published without charge by The Community Press. Please call us at 283-0404 for more information. To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 513-2424000 for pricing details. For the most up-to-date Northern Kentucky obituaries, click on the “Obituaries” link at kets, his family and his cat, Tiger. His wife, Shirley A. Christofield, and daughter, Diane Lynn Christofield, died previously. Survivors include his sons, John A. Christofield of Woodlawn, Ky., and James G. Christofield of Mishawaka, Ind.; brothers, Andy Christofield of Fort Wright, and Chris Christofield of Cincinnati; sisters, Ann Sampson of Hamilton, Ohio, and Harriet Brooks of Huntington, Calif.; three grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and two great-greatgrandchildren. Burial was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in Taylor Mill. Memorials: American Heart Association, 5211 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227.

Keith Cook Keith Cook, 48, of Independence, died Nov. 15, 2013, at his home. He worked for Oppenheimer Inc. Survivors include his son, Maxwell Cook; daughter, Madison Cook; father and mother, Grover and Betty Cook; sister, Karen Macke; and former wife, Allyson Cook. Burial was at Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Grateful Life Center, 305 Pleasure Isle, Erlanger, KY 41018.

Thelma Cox Thelma Pauline Cox, 94, of Florence, died Nov. 15, 2013, at the Hospice of Dayton, Ohio. She was a retired beautician, and member of Florence Christian Church. Her brothers, Robert E. Cox and James F. Cox; and sister, Fanny Mae Schwallie, died previously. Survivors include her niece, Sandy Schwallie-Porter; nephew, Greg Schwallie; great nephews and a great-great-niece. Memorials: Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Ave., Dayton, OH 45420.

Dorothy Hawks Dorothy Mae Hawks, 69, of Edgewood, formerly of Covington, died Nov. 15, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a homemaker, and parishioner of Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington. Survivors include her sons Cliff Vickers, Joseph Turner and Paul Hawks, all of Covington, and Thomas Hawks of Edgewood; daughter, Kristian Hawks of Erlanger; sister, Carroll Sewell of Florence; brothers, Tony and Jimmy Rose of New Jersey, Larry Rose of Florence, and David Rose of Northern Kentucky; 17 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Burial was at Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home, 75 Orphanage Drive, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Beatrice Hensley Beatrice Davidson Hensley, 76, of Independence, died Nov. 17, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Florence. She was a retired book binder for C.J. Krehbiel, and member of Charity Tabernacle Church in Wilder. Her son, Tim Hensley, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Nick Hensley; son, Gary W. Hensley; sister, Nola Dwenger; and brother, Ray Davidson. Interment was at Independence Cemetery. Memorials: Charity Tabernacle Church, 230 Pooles Creek Road No. 1, Cold Spring, KY 41076.

Ruth Hicks Ruth Bullock Hicks, 97, of Latonia, died Nov. 16, 2013, at Rosedale Green Manor. She was a member of Latonia Christian Church. Her husband, Ethel Hicks, died previously. Survivors include her son, Jack Hicks of Midlothian, Va.; daughters, Patsy Edwards of Union, and Betty Abeln of Fort Wright; eight

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NKU’s Six@Six discusses body image and beauty There’s Barbie’s figure. And then there’s true beauty that is not about body shape but about attitude, self-esteem and nutrition. The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is having a special discussion about young girls, their body image and their ideas of beauty and self-worth. “Beauty, Body Image and Breaking Barriers” will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m. at the Main Library Reading Garden Lounge, 800 Vine St., Downtown Cincinnati. The talk is part of Northern Kentucky Uni-

versity’s Six@Six Lecture Series. It is free. However, reservations are requested. Kairee Franzen researched this topic and then developed a workshop for pre-teen girls. She gave her “Smart Girls” series its first field test last spring at the Buenger Boys & Girls Club in Newport’s Westside. Over nine weeks, the girls in Franzen’sparticipatory class were empowered to believe they can be successful and healthy inside and out. Franzen will share what the research taught her, and what she

taught the girls. Six@Six is a community lecture series happening year-round at various locations across the Tristate. The discussions center on a variety of topics including pottery, global food, radio media coverage, domestic terrorism, and quilting. A full list of lectures and ticket information is available at http://civicengagement. The Public Library will sponsor a second lecture presented by NKU Spanish professor Kajsa Larson on Tuesday, April 8.

DEATHS Continued from Page B8 Beacon Place. He graduated from Dixie Heights High School in 1960 and Purdue University in 1964. His career as a software manager with IBM took his family to many locations inside and outside the United States, and after retiring, he loved to travel and study genealogy. Survivors include his wife, Carol Trocki Rich; sons, Greg Rich of Shawnee, Kan., Mike Rich of Greensboro; brothers, Dr. John Rich of Kettering, Ohio, and Dr. Charles Rich of Mobile, Ala.; and five grandchildren. Memorials: Kidney Cancer Association, P.O. Box 96503 No. 38269, Washington, DC 200906503; or Hospice of Greensboro, 2500 Summit Ave., Greensboro, NC 27405.

Charles Roaden Charles L. “Dumpy” Roaden, 72, of Ludlow, died Nov. 15, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He retired from the Kroger Co. after 35 years, was an avid

gardener who enjoyed maintaining a garden on the riverbank in Ludlow, and loved to spend time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Survivors include his wife, Gloria Roaden of Ludlow; sons, Terry Roaden of West Covington, Robert “Rob” Roaden of Ludlow, and James “Jim” Roaden of Lakeland, Fla.; brother, Gary Roaden of Richwood; sisters, Shirley Coffey of Walton, Faye Martin of Corbin, Marlene Puckett of Carrollton, and Jane Disney of Crittenden; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Interment with honor-guard services was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Erlanger. Memorials: Rosedale Green, 4250 Glenn Ave., Covington, KY 41015.

Chester Sams Chester Sams, 74, of Taylor Mill, died Nov. 16, 2013, at his home. He worked for L&H Tool and Die Co. Survivors include his wife,

Betty Bullock; son, Chester Sams of Erlanger; daughter, Michelle Young of Independence; brother, Henry Sams of Covington; sister, Almed Rowland of Covington; and three grandchildren. Burial was at Sam’s Cemetery in Manchester.

Alice Williams Alice Williams, 83, of Erlanger, died Nov. 15, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. Her husband, Donald L. Williams; and daughters, Theresa Colvin and Cathy Weckenbrock, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Donita Wade and Karen Scott; 11 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. Burial was at St. Mary Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: American Diabetes Association, 4555 Lake Forrest Drive, Suite 396, Cincinnati, OH 45242; American Heart Association, 5211 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227; or St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

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