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St. Henry boys and girls cross country teams are in the running to be one of the best teams in Kentucky state history after winning their 10th and seventh consecutive state titles, respectively, last month. Take a look at their journey to the state title on B1.

Neighbors Who Care One reason the holiday season is our favorite time of year is because it seems to bring out the best in all of us – whether helping a neighbor, a family member or a complete stranger. The Community Recorder is recognizing those who make their neighborhood and community better – not just in November and December, but all year long. If you know someone who fits that description – a Neighbor Who Cares – let us know about them. E-mail us at, with “Neighbors Who Care” in the subject line. Make sure to include your name, community and contact information, as well as their’s.

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SD1 addresses cost concerns District praised for green infrastructure By Amy Scalf

Commendations for Sanitation District 1 of Northern Kentucky came from a commissioner and a citizen during the Kenton County Fiscal Court meeting in Covington on Tuesday, Nov. 22, unlike the fiscal court's meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 8. At that time, the court questioned the funding and effects of SD1's Terraced Reforestation

Project along Interstate 75, which was planned as an innovative green infrastructure improvement to ease the area's combined sewer overflows. The overflows are the focus of the Environmental Protection Agency's consent decree against SD1, and are supposed to be in compliance by 2025. During the close of the more recent meeting, Commissioner Kris Knochelmann said, "I commend the board for taking the risk" of choosing the green infrastructure as opposed to traditional gray infrastructure, such as tunnels or storage tanks.

Bill Scheyer, a lifelong resident of Kenton County, current Vision 2015 president and former City of Erlanger administrator, made a similar comment during the citizens address portion of the Nov. 22 meeting. He was the only citizen in attendance to make remarks regarding SD1. "I commend SD1 for the work they've done," he said. Scheyer also noted he thought the utility took the "better economic approach" by choosing green infrastructure. SD1’s interim executive director Mark Wurschmidt said

Principal honored Martha Setters is proud of the golden trophy on her desk, but she's more proud of her school. Setters, who has been Simon Kenton High School's principal for five years, was given the sparkling trophy in October when she was named Administrator of the Year by the Kentucky Art Education Association. Schools, A5

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the EPA has also encouraged green infrastructure in exactly these types of projects. Project Manager Jim Turner said the terraced reforestation project's design elements, consisting of trees planted parallel to the hillside's slope, were meant to lessen the impact of rainfall's waterflow into the combined sewer system. He said that through stormwater detention, rainfall capture in the tree canopy, soil infiltration and other biological processes, 2.7 million gallons of waSee SD1, Page A2

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classical church and secular music. "We really need tenors," said Geiser. The website states that rehearsals are kept to a minimum and membership is open to anyone high school age or older who has a genuine love of classical choral music. Lietzenmayer agrees about the group's need for tenors, but admits he's open to anyone who is interested.

FORT MITCHELL — The commute to Campbell Ridge Elementary School hasn’t changed. But, the way Amanda McGinnis of Mentor, saw it a day after she and husband Ken decided to look into foster care, has changed them. “It was the very next day I drove down a road and saw a sign and pulled in the parking lot,” she said. The sign she saw was advertising foster care classes and the number she called, printed in a giant font overlooking the road, opened their world to the possibility of children, one that she said they knew existed but was difficult to achieve. “We tried for some time, but it was not working,” said Ken, over burgers at a Frisch’s in Cold Spring. “If you want to help someone out it may be much better than spending a cut of money on something that might or might not happen. It’s God’s way of telling us to do something different.” So that’s what the McGinnis’ did and on Dec. 3, Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home on Orphanage Road in Fort Mitchell is hoping other families in Northern Kentucky consider following their lead. “It’s kind of an open house,” said Ronald Bertsch with the DCCH. “We are going to have all the staff there that are working with the foster parent adoption program.” “We are able to help the foster families offset their family with the child in care,” he said. “It is not neccasrily a paying job, but money should not be a barrier. These are funds that help care for the child that would compensate the family for expenses.” Currently about 1,000 kids are in DCCH’s system, he said, and 75 percent of the kids who are fostered will eventually return to their birth parents.“There are a good quarter of the1,000 kids that are in the system that will need an adoptive family,” he said, adding that those over 10 are hard to find homes for. “Those kids are even more difficult to place.” But, children with siblings, disabilities and who are older do have a chance with families like

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Simon Kenton's Laura Schneider, Martha Setters and Tammy Smith celebrate Setters' award for Administrator of the Year from the Kentucky Art Education Association. BY AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER


Holy Cross defensive lineman Kyle Fischer makes a tackle on the Somerset running back Nov. 25 during the Indians win against Somerset at Newport Stadium in the Kentucky Class 2A state semifinal. Holy Cross plays for the state title Friday, Dec. 2. For more see A6. BRANDON SEVERN/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

The Choral Club of NKY seeks new members By Amy Scalf

COVINGTON — The Choral Club of Northern Kentucky has brought the gift of music to local audiences for more than 70 years, but they're always looking for new members to help them deliver. Originally created from a group of drama club members at Mother of God Church in 1938, the Choral Club is now an independent volunteer choral group and invitational concert choir. The group performs at various churches and other venues, either as enhancement to a choral liturgy or for presentation of a full choral concert, and currently lists 25 members from addresses across Northern Kentucky, including Fort Mitchell, Covington, Independence, Erlanger, and Florence, as well as some from Cincinnati. Marty Geiser serves as the group's accompanist, and she maintains the Choral Club's website at Geiser started performing with the group 37 years ago, when Karl Lietzenmayer also was director. She said they both

Director Karl Lietzenmayer leads the Choral Club of Northern Kentucky during a performance of "The Seven Last Words" at St. John's Congregational Church in Covington in March 2011. PROVIDED left to pursue other interests and came back a couple of years ago to find that, despite the move away from the group's original home church, the Choral Club remains very much the same. "It is the same group that was there 37 years ago," Geiser said. "It's like a time-warp." The group rehearses Thursday evenings at Panorama Community room on 4th Street in Covington. They invite new members to join in the fun of singing



NKY lists its 2012 funding priorities By Chris Mayhew

NEWPORT — The Northern Kentucky Consensus Priorities for Kentucky’s 2012 state legislature includes five capitol projects seeking funding – three of which directly impact Campbell County. Tops on the list as a regional priority is the need to build a new Brent Spence Bridge over the Ohio River to carry Interstate-75/Interstate-71. There are also five urban capitol projects on the priority list including: » Northern Kentucky Convention Center expansion. Funding request: Between $30 million to $35

million. » Replacement of 175 miles of aging unlined cast iron water lines ranging from 60 to 110 years old in the river cities of Bellevue, Dayton, Newport, Covington, Ludlow and Bromley. Funding request: A $69 million match of local dollars from the state for an overall project cost of $138 million. » Urban Campus of Gateway Community & Technical College in Covington. Funding request: $52.8 million. » Health Innovations Center (renovation of old science building at Northern Kentucky University). Funding request: $92.5 million.

» Money to address erosion problems and develop a pedestrian pathway with walking and hiking trails along the Licking River from the Ohio River to I-275 through Newport, Covington and Wilder known as the Licking River Greenway. Funding request: $12.9 million. The annual priority list was compiled by 70 people representing government, business, nonprofit and other community organizations from the eight counties in the Northern Kentucky Area Development District. There’s no guarantee all the projects on the list will receive state funding

in 2012, said Campbell County Judge-executive Steve Pendery, one of the consensus committee members. “They’re all things that require a potentially multi-year effort,” Pendery said. Northern Kentucky's convention center may be the only profitable one in the state and groups coming there are growing and in need of a larger space, he said. "So, we've proven we know what we're doing there, and we need to add to the convention center," Pendery said. NKU's health innovations center will house "advanced programs" in

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Front: Beth Fields-Hunt and Kelsey Blau. Back: Rachael Figgins, Kelsey Schmiade and Maggie McMillan, all of Independence, checked out the sales at Kohl's in Walton early Friday morning. They braved the crowds this morning "just to go shopping," Blau said. STEPHANIE SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Holiday shoppers start early Earlybird shoppers lined up into the parking lot of Kohl’s in Walton before doors opened at midnight, kicking off Black Friday and the holiday shopping season. The Recorder caught up with shoppers leaving the store loaded with goodies around 1 a.m. Nov. 25.

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Community Family Church will portray a live nativity on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9 and 10, from 7 to 9 p.m. with live animals, hayrides and refreshments. Admission is free. The church is located at 11875 Taylor Mill Road in Independence. For further information, call the church office at 859-356-8851.

Numbered Nine art show opens at Notre Dame The Frances Kathryn Carlisle Gallery at Notre Dame Academy in Park Hills will host a wine and cheese opening reception for Numbered Nine, a show of nine local artists, on Thursday, Dec. 1, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Featured artists include Donna Bross, Marianne Burke, Paula Cole, Sue Friedmann, Rick Hoffman, Meg Jung, Catherine Logsdon, Deby Raymond and Donald Seither. The show will run through Monday, Jan. 30, 2012. The school is located at 1699 Hilton Drive. For more information email

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Gov. Steve Beshear has appointed Kathryn M. Groob to the Northern Kentucky Convention Center Corporation Board of Directors to serve for a term expiring July 14, 2015. Groob, of Covington, is a business executive and a consultant at November Strategies. The appointment replaces Lee Jon Palaschak, whose term has expired.

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psychology, nursing, radiological technology and respiratory therapy to "help meet the region's demand for quality health care professionals" according to the priority list. NKU's need and the idea of improving the area around the planned Riverfront Commons project on the Ohio River and creating a pathway along the Licking River makes for good economic development that is needed now, he said. For needed water lines, it’s been hard to obtain money for six- to eightinch water lines in urban areas when most of the state has two-inch lines in rural areas, and rural

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ter would be kept out of the system during a typical year, but that same bioretention concept trapped water in the trenches, effectively killing trees. "The embankments became small dams," said Turner. He said 126 trees were replaced at the cost of the contractor, Evans Contractors. Kenton County Judgeexecutive Steve Arlinghaus said he felt compelled to take a shovel to that hill to release some of the trapped water. He said he wanted to "dig a trench to get some of that water out of there." Turner said releasing the water would contradict the benefits of the project. Arlinghaus had also questioned the project's funding. Turner also said the initial cost estimate for the project was $1 million, and stimulus funding was received in the amount of $834,241– 52.1 percent as a principal forgiveness loan and 47.9 percent as a low interest loan. He said the current cost is approximately $1,070,000, which amounts to $253,759 in additional SD1 funding, bringing the

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"We need some younger voices," he said, noting he is a robust 74 years young. "There's really no difficult audition or anything. We just see where people fit in, and they have to come in and start learning it. It's not that hard." He invited potential club members to call him at 859-261-2807 or email


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The Choral Club will be among hundreds of amateur singing groups performing at the World Choir Games in Cincinnati in June 2012, the first time the 7-year-old international event will take place in the United States. Geiser said the group has registered to participate in a Festival Concert, in which the Choral Club will sing with several other choirs in a free performance. "It's supposed to be a very big deal," said Geiser. For more information about the event, visit world-choir-games. Geiser and Lietzenmayer are also looking forward to 2013, which will be the Choral Club's 75th anniversary. "We hope to do a big concert that year," said Geiser. Lietzenmayer said that's when he plans to make his exit from the group. "It will be someone else's turn," he said. The Choral Club's next performance will be caroling at the BehringerCrawford Museum in Devou Park on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m.



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the McGinnis’ and others. “We know a lot of kids out there need a good family,” Amanda said. They knew they were looking for siblings; Amanda was more nervous about younger children and Ken was concerned about ones that were older. That all changed with a text message, sent by one of the kids they foster now, on the day Amanda picked

mix Baloo Joe, who was adopted from a shelter, and Puggle Mowgli Joe to K&M. “ROSA’S is a great cause because they rescue animals that would be otherwise euthanized in the shelters,” Rusch said. “It’s a good time, and everybody laughs at them

Sandy Rusch of Taylor Mill adjusts a bandanna on her dog Baloo Joe as the canine kisses Santa as Rusch's other two dogs from left, Princess Shanti, and Mowgli Joe sit on the jolly old elf's lap during an event benefiting ROSA'S animal rescue at K&M Feed Pet Tack in Alexandria Saturday, Nov. 26. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER Small acts of kindness do make a difference by buying something listed on the giving tree, she said. "Part of our mission is to remember kindness to animals in this time of giving," Haas said. The Glos family of Hyde Park brought back their dog Jack, who they adopted from ROSA’S five years ago to have his photo taken

with Santa. Carla Glos said Jack is part of the family now. “He does good with the cats, and we get compliments on him all the time,” Glos said. Karen Palm of Covington said she brings her dogs Lucy and Ivy to the event each year. “I just come and support them,” Palm said. “It’s a

them up. Soon, Ken remembers that one of the kids went on to say, “This is the best family ever.” The McGinnis’ are hoping to adopt the siblings they foster, but aren’t sure if they will be able to just yet. But, for the Robinson family, spending a rainy Monday afternoon at Burger King in Fort Wright, counting the number of ambulances passing by for a game they created called “Skittles,” foster care will potentially add two more

sons to the mix. The boys act like brothers already, headed by protective Seth, 15, who was adopted by his parents April and Buddy when he was two days old. “I never met my mom that I can remember, and I think if I lived with her I’d be in a different direction,” Seth said. “If I’d been adopted older I might have had some problems adjusting.” Currently, his family is hoping to adopt to other boys who they have fostered; getting siblings after

From left, twin sisters Zoe and Abbey, 12, and their brother Elliott, 16, all of Hyde Park, walk out of a photos with Santa event to benefit ROSA'S animal rescue at K&M Feed in Alexandria Saturday, Nov. 26 with their dog Jack they adopted through ROSA'S five years ago. CHRIS



time to give, and we give to the rescues every year.” Sandy Rusch of Taylor Mill said she brought her three dogs, Yorkipoo Princess Shanti, Spaniel being an only child for 13 years took some adjusting at first, he said. The Robinson’s tried to have children of their own before they looked into fostering and adopting, Buddy said. But, Buddy said adoption can often be a “slow, slow process.” “You do for the one what you wish you could do to anyone,” he explained. “I guess that sums it up. We can’t open our house to everyone, but we can open it up to a few for as long as we can.”



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ALEXANDRIA — For Santa, it was a "ruff" day. People brought their pet dogs, and also cats and ferrets to have photographs sitting with Santa to benefit ROSA'S animal rescue at K&M Feed Pet Tack in Alexandria Saturday, Nov. 26 The photographs with Santa event, in its fifth year, is the biggest annual fundraiser for Rescue Our Shelter Animals and Strays (ROSA'S), said Kate Zink Haas of Alexandria, president of the no-kill shelter. More than 35 people brought 50 pets Nov. 26, and a second day of pet photos with Santa was scheduled for Nov. 27 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Haas said. Giving trees with ornaments listing items ranging from a cat's toy to a bed for an animal that doesn't have a home will remain at K&M through New Year's so people can help if they didn't make it to the photos with Santa event, she said. K&M also keeps cats in cages available for adoption in the store, Haas said.




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Brian Robinson, with Erlanger's Fire and EMS, helped serve a turkey dinner at the Erlanger Branch Library for the Kenton County Public Library's annual event. LIBBY

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Moose said. “Colonial Cottage donated some of the meals.” Before the meal, attendees were able to try their hands at Kenton County trivia and were then served by smiling city workers, such as fire and EMS employees. Ray Sivers, who just moved to Erlanger from Michigan to be close to his son, said this was the first meal he’s attended at the library. “Curiosity,” is what brought him, he said. “I’m new in the area.” Richard Challis, who attended with his wife, Emily, both of Erlanger, said friends had invited them. “It’s lovely and the quiz was pretty neat,” he said.

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Schools partner with local businesses

The Kenton County School District’s business and community engagement focuses on achieving mutual goals of the school district, its partners, and the community at large. The collective impact of all entities working together is the most efficient and effective way to improve education and the quality of life in our region. Businesses and the district understand the importance and difficulty of raising funds for school events and to help students and families in need. That is why the Kenton County School District has partnered with Snappy Tomato Pizza, Texas Roadhouse, and Stockpiling Moms to provide innovative fundraising partnerships that support students. For every $10 Snappy Tomato

Andy Ritter, Snappy Tomato Pizza director of marketing, and Carissa Simon, Snappy Tomato Pizza team member, proudly display the Arts Support With a Snap Card that will provide $9 back to every school for every $10 purchase. THANKS TO TERESA


Pizza Arts Support With a Snap Card sold, $9 comes back to the school to support school Visual and Performing Arts and Media pro-

grams. The kickoff for the cards is at the “Evening with the Arts” which showcases the artistic talents of

students with disabilities at 6 p.m. Thursday,Dec.1,intheSimonKenton High School Cafeteria. The Kenton County School District, Texas Roadhouse, and Stockpiling Moms present, “Nuts About Toys” from11a.m. to11p.m. Friday, Dec.2.OnDec.2,bringinanew,unwrappedtoyof$10valueormoreto Texas Roadhouse and receive a bag of roadhouse peanuts and a

‘Evening with Arts’ showcases talents

Unique award honors principal Simon Kenton’s principal is year’s top administrator By Amy Scalf

Martha Setters is proud of the golden trophy on her desk, but she's more proud of her school. Setters,whohasbeenSimonKentonHigh School's principal for five years, was given the sparkling trophy in October when she was named Administrator of the Year by the Kentucky Art Education Association. The award looks like it might have been a woman’s bowling trophy in a former life, but is now bedecked with glittery poinsettias, leaves and a golden paintbrush. "This trophy, it's art," said Setters. "It's a one-of-a-kind original." A fitting tribute for a unique administrator, according to teachers Laura Schneider and Tammy Smith, who nominated Setters for the award. "In a time when arts are being cut, she has the courage to stand up and not cut them in our building," said Schneider.

Simon Kenton's Laura Schneider, Martha Setters and Tammy Smith celebrate Setters' award for Administrator of the Year from the Kentucky Art Education Association. BY AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Smith said Setters' outstanding commitment to sharing the arts with students made her the perfect nominee for the award. "She established a fine arts support fund, andencouragesteachersofothersubjectsto incorporate the arts into their curriculum," said Smith. "We're hoping the arts here at Simon Kenton flourish and continue to grow." Setters said two art teachers have been added to the school's staff during her years there, and she's thankful that the award brings attention to her school. "One of the things this award helps to do is showcase what a great art program we have here at Simon Kenton. We have such a variety of classes that students can be exposed to for the first time or concentrate on, depending on their talents and abilities," she said. Administrator of the Year is one of seven

awards given by the KYAEA, which comprises individual members from across the state.Otherawardswerebestoweduponelementary, middle and high school teachers of the year, student of the year, higher educator of the year and educator of the year. Administrators were ranked based on their educations, art activities on regional and national levels, professional associations and honors, publications and exhibitions, leadership roles and accomplishments, and other teaching and related experiences. "She scored higher than anyone else nominated based on the criteria," said Jennifer Fritsch, who serves as KYAEA secretary and chairman of the award committee. Fritsch is also a professional artist and an art teacher.

Kenton Co. students place in Reflections

Kenton County School District students excelled in all six categories of the 2011-12 14th District PTA Reflections Program. Reflections is an arts program open to students, grades P-12, through a local PTA/PTSA. Entries are judged at the local, district then state level. Musical Composition Piner Elementary: Rebekah Martin, creative interpretation winner and state contender. Woodland Middle: Mikayla Mardis, award of excellence and state contender. Visual Arts Beechgrove Elementary: Jackson Chitwood, award of merit and state contender; Atticus Corwin, award of excellence and state

contender; and Olivia Nikolich, award of merit. Fort Wright Elementary: Kylie Vogelpohl, award of merit. Kenton Elementary: Gracie Simms, award of merit. Summit View Middle: Hannah Lewis, award of merit. Woodland Middle: Alexandra Johnston, Award of excellence and state contender.

Photography Fort Wright Elementary: Luke Fedders, award of merit. Summit View Elementary: Loghan Currin, award of merit and state contender; and Olivia Currin, award of merit. Summit View Middle: Brandon Perkins, award of merit. Taylor Mill Elementary: Erikah Brown, award of merit.

Twenhofel Middle: Savannah Corwin, award of merit. Woodland Middle: Kailee Bartel, award of merit; Austin Combs, award of merit; and Morgan Sweeney, award of excellence and state contender.

Twenhofel Middle: Sabrina Almeida, award of excellence and state contender. Woodland Middle: Markie Duffy, award of merit; Ty Grubb, award of merit; and Brooke Williams, award of merit.

Literature Summit View Elementary: Isaac Miller, award of merit. Summit View Middle: Gracie Shaffer, award of merit. Taylor Mill Elementary: Hannah Hampton, award of merit and state contender; Thomas Henson, award of merit and state contender; Jackson Herrema, award of excellence and state contender; Connor Pattinson, award of merit; Tanner Walden, award of merit and state contender; and Lauren Wessel, award of merit.

Film Production Woodland Middle: Lizzie Rinken, award of excellence and state contender. Dance Choreography R.C. Hinsdale Elementary: Emma Phillips, award of merit. Summit View Middle: Caitlyn Cobb, award of excellence and state contender. Twenhofel Middle: Annalise Palmer, award of excellence and state contender.

Thomas More celebrates 90th year through service Thomas More College concluded its 90 Days of Service initiative on Nov. 18, celebrating more than 6,000 hours of service and the collection of more than 90 Thanksgiving meals for area

free appetizer. All gifts go to KentonCountySchoolDistrictfamilies in need. Texas Roadhouse is located in Fort Wright next to the Fort Wright Super Wal-Mart. Skyline Chili, State Farm and PNC Bank have all teamed up to help support Kenton County School District schools. Every school in the district has a designated Skyline Chili night once a month at their local Skyline location. Mention your school when paying your bill and 10 percent of the total bill will be donated back to your school. State Farm Insurance and PNC Bank will match a portion of the donation. For more information about Kenton County School District business partnerships, contact Sara Jackson at 859-835-8086.

families. The three-month project was a way to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the college. To honor the conclusion of 90

Days of Service, the annual “More than a Meal” food drive set out to collect 90 Thanksgiving meals to donate to area families in need. The meals will be delivered to United Ministries, Wel-

come House and Brighton Center. For more information, visit

INDEPENDENCE — “Evening with the Arts” showcases the artistic and creative talents of high school students with disabilities from Simon Kenton, Scott, Dixie Heights, and Beechwood High Schools Community Based Work Programs. “The focus of Community Based Work Programs is to teach students important vocational and functional life skills in natural settings. The showcase offers the opportunity to see the creative side of students and build meaningful relationships with others through partnerships,” said Karen Arnold, Simon Kenton teacher and coordinator of the showcase. The “Evening with the Arts” is at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, in the Simon Kenton High School cafeteria. Business partners are supporters of the students and programs. “Our business partners care deeply about our students. Snappy Tomato is providing free pizza and kicking off the new Kenton County School District Art Card fundraiser that night which will help support the arts in all of our schools. US Bank is serving desserts. Buffalo Bob’s and other businesses are supporting the evening,” said Arnold. The Simon Kenton Community Based Work Program received a $25,000 grant from Cummins to develop real world skills. “The grant from Cummins has funded a reading program, a therapeutic horseback program, transportation costs to multiple locations to build coping, functional living skills so students can adapt to the real world once they leave school. I saw students who are visually impaired, autistic, have Cerebral Palsy and Downs Syndrome open up and connect to the horses in a way that is so special. Every week the grant allows us to travel to the Senior Center where the students and seniors write letters to our troops in Afghanistan,” said Arnold. “Future plans for the students include an adaptive Winter Guard Team that will perform at two basketball games.” Simon Kenton students have played an integral part in the Cummins grant. The business students extensively researched and interviewed Cummins employees. They arranged for employees to record podcasts about the different jobs at Cummins and educated and prepared the special education students for different careers in the business world. Students with disabilities were able to participate in a work simulation task at Cummins.






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Holy Cross forges ahead to state finals By Adam Turer

Thanks to camaraderie forged from developing their youth, the Holy Cross Indians are playing for the program’s first football state championship. The Indians (11-3) will face undefeated Glasgow High School (14-0) at 3 p.m. CST (4 p.m. EST) Friday, Dec. 2, at Houchens Industries/L.T. Smith Stadium at Feix Field on the campus of Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. The seeds for this championship run were planted two years ago. That was when head coach Bruce Kozerski and the Indians players started hosting football camps in the summer for area youngsters. The varsity players ran the camps and bonded with each other while connecting with the children who may someday be the future of the Indians program. “I noticed it the first year we had the camp,” Kozerski. “The little kids really looked up to (our varsity players).”

This past summer, the Indians hosted two summer camps. Kozerski learned a lot about his players and his team’s chemistry by watching the way they interacted with one another at the camps. He believes his players also learned a lot about one another during these experiences. Holy Cross has veteran leaders at each position group. Eric Walker leads the wide receivers and defensive backs. Adam Kozerski leads the defensive line. Paul Lampone leads the linebackers. Nick Sanders leads the offensive line. Quarterback Kyle Fuller provides excellent leadership in addition to his versatile production. “Across the board, we have seniors who have been fighting their whole life to get to this point,” said Kozerski. “They are not ready to see it end yet.” The Indians made a statement in the Class 2A state semifinals Friday, Nov. 25. Holy Cross led Somerset 14-7 at halftime. After the Briar Jumpers tied the game early in the third quarter, the Indians scored the final 34 points of the game to se-

cure their first trip to a state final. Each of the leaders mentioned above had a key role in the victory. Additionally, sophomore Jalen Beal continued his impressive run through postseason play. Beal scored five touchdowns on offense – four rushing, one receiving – and intercepted a pass on defense. Fuller completed 22 of 31 passes for 278 yards and three touchdowns. Walker hauled in 12 receptions for 126 yards and two scores. Lampone came up with a key fourth down stop in the third quarter. That play swung the momentum back to Holy Cross, where it stayed for the remainder of the contest. The Indians offense outgained the Briar Jumpers, 467 yards to 245. The chemistry forged over the past two offseasons has built a championship-level program on and off the field. The seniors have provided leadership and effort and the underclassmen follow their lead. The Indians need all the parts to come together one more time, in order to bring a title back home on Friday night.

Holy Cross quarterback Kyle Fuller relies on his feet much of the time to gain yardage against Somerset. Fuller has accounted for 3,792 yards thus far. BRANDON SEVERN/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER


Young Pioneers aim at regional title proving and maximizing their potential has continued this preseason.” Holy Cross opens the year at home against Campbell County Dec. 3.

By James Weber

INDEPENDENCE — Jeff Stowers enters this season13 wins away from reaching the 300-mark for his basketball coaching career. He will go after that number with a young team, as the head coach for the Simon Kenton High School girls basketball team has a 172-83 record in nine seasons at SK. The Pioneers were 17-11 last season and lost to Owen County in the Eighth Region quarterfinals after after falling to WaltonVerona in the 32nd District final in overtime. Stowers graduated several seniors last year, including one of the program's top scorers in guard Sydni Wainscott, who averaged 17.5 points per game. Junior Hannah Stephenson averaged 10 points a game last year and has as much talent as anyone who has been in the SK program, Stowers said. Sophomore guard Abby Owings averaged 9.6 points a game last season. Stowers said the team will look to Stephenson and Owings to provide the bulk of the scoring this season. The pair combined for 75 three-point baskets. Several sophomores will be counted upon for key roles this year, led by center Kaitlyn Webb, forward Rachel Cox, and guards Christina Cook and Sarah Tomlin. “Defense and work ethic will be our strength,” Stowers said. “Playing experience will hinder us early on but should bold well for us by tournament time.” Stowers said developing an interior presence on both ends of the court is the team's main concern. He predicts Walton-Verona to win the 32nd District but will look to get his Pioneers ready to unseat the Bearcats. “We will be very young but talented as is most of our region,” he said. “The sooner our younger girls understand what it is we do, the better we will be in March when the real season starts. SK starts the season at home against district foe Grant County Dec. 2. SK will then play at rival Scott Dec. 5 then host Walton-Verona Dec. 12. SK will test itself in holiday tournaments in Lexington Dec. 19-23 and Oldham County Dec. 28-30.

“We have some young players with varsity experience,” Roaden said. “We have our best shooter, leading scorer and leading rebounder back from last year. We will be able to compete with anyone in our conference. Our goal is to win the conference this year. If we stay healthy, we should have a good year.” Calvary hosted Lloyd Nov. 29 to start the season.

Calvary Christian

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Mike Roaden returns for his fourth season as head coach with a 20-39 record. Calvary was 8-18 last season. Junior Zania Caudill was the leading scorer and rebounder on the team last season, and led all of Northern Kentucky in blocked shots. Junior McKenzie Rusch is a good ballhandler and quick defender. Sophomore Sarah Roaden is a very good ballhandler and shooter, making 45 percent of her three-pointers last year and leading the team in free-throw shooting. Sophomore Hayley Emmerich can play either guard position. Freshman Dayne Merkley is also a very good point guard according to the coach. Calvary has no seniors this season.


Randy Wofford returns as head coach for the Panthers, who were 4-22 last season. Players to watch include senior wing player Mariah Johnson, freshman guard Tori Wofford, junior forward Emily Kroger and senior center Jade Stansberry. Johnson, Wofford and Kroger all averaged six points a game last season.

Notre Dame

Nicole Levandusky returns as head coach for the Pandas, who were 19-9 last year and Ninth Region semifinalists. NDA also won the 35th District. NDA lost two seniors but returns most of its scoring from last year, including junior guard Olivia Voskuhl, senior guard Chandler Clark, senior forward Lizzie Brannen, junior center Hanna Thelen and sophomore guard Elly Ogle. NDA opened at home Nov. 30 against Lakota West.


Simon Kenton's Abby Owings takes it to the basket in a game against Boone County last season. FILE PHOTO

Head coach Timothy Heil returns for his fourth season. The Trojans were 6-8 last year and lost just one senior.


Scott Calcaterra returns for his second year as head coach for the Bulldogs, who went 7-20 last season. He has three top returners including junior wing Tamra Holder, junior forward Amanda Johnson and sophomore guard Deena Kilburn. Top new contributors include freshman guard Deja Turner; juniors Abby Moore (6foot post), Cheyanne Price (forward), Jameela Salaah (forward) and Rahisha Sledge (wing); sophomores Bryonna Englemon (wing) and Samiya Stowers

(guard); and eighth-graders Jynea Harris (guard) and Maurissa Brown (post). Turner returns to Holmes from Holy Cross and is a strong outside shooter. Calcaterra said the team's strengths are speed, quickness and defensive pressure. Weaknesses are that the team is young and lacks varsity experience.

Holy Cross

Kes Murphy returns for his second year as head coach after going 17-12 in his debut season. Returning starters are DeAsia Beal, Jayden Julian and Maddy Staubitz. Beal is one of the top returning scorers in Northern Kentucky and one of the top guards. Julian returns at forward after missing all last season to a knee injury. She returned to full health for volleyball season in the fall and will play volleyball at Northern Kentucky University. Murphy said his team's strength is athleticism, perimeter play and versatility. “We have a good mix of youth and experience within our team and our leadership base is tremendously stronger with the return of Jayden Julian,” Murphy said. “Our kids worked extremely hard during the offseason and their commitment to im-

Head coach Rhonda Klette returns for her seventh season, her first after the graduation of Lauren Tibbs, who left to play for Marquette with 2,752 career points. Scott returns three starters from last year's 8-18 team in Taylor Stinson, Audra Starnes and Jill Buntin. Leading newcomers include Landon Brefeld and Jenna Trimpe. “We will maintain a strong inside presence with Taylor Stinson returning for her senior year,” Klette said. “We will also have a strong perimeter game with multiple shooters from the outside. We are looking to play a uptempo game this season and have the ability to go much deeper using multiple players.” Scott started play in the week-long Dixie Heights tourney. Scott's first home game is against Simon Kenton Dec. 5.

Villa Madonna

Don Shields returns for his 23rd season as head coach with a 346-253 record, including 16-13 last year. The Blue Lightning repeated as conference champions last year, sharing the title with Beechwood, with a young team. They return three starters to go for another title although they graduated 2011's leading scorer Kiley Stoll. Returning starters are junior guard Allie Hennard, junior forward Morgan Case and junior guard Lauren Dumaine. Other top returners include 6-foot sophomore post Maria Blom, sophomore guard Alex Hengge, and seniors Katie Miller and Sydney Maxwell. Shields is excited about the team's experience and expects the team to continue to be strong defensively, as it has in his tenure, and to be well-balanced. VMA starts the year at the Bracken County tourney Dec. 2-3, then hosts Dayton Dec. 5.





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Give a gift, by becoming a gift youself The Thanksgiving holiday came and went. The Christmas season ensues with lots of talk and sights of shopping and merry making. Before we forget what we were thankful for and the true reason for Christmas, let’s keep Jesus as the center of our focus. For those blessed with good fortunes, nice homes and family to love, let us remember the needy of our community as Jesus taught us to do. For whatsoever you do to the least of My brethren, you do unto Me. It is with that focus that DCCH (Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home) strives to keep sharp when working with the children entrusted to their care. Nearly 34 children take up residence in the

Children’s Home on Orphanage Road, Fort Mitchell. Many children come and walk the halls with us and leave as a Ronald M. changed perBertch COMMUNITY PRESS son. The staff takes pride in GUEST COLUMNIST knowing that another child has been loved and cared for as Jesus commands us to do. The hope is that each child will experience the love of Christ, because we have demonstrated this love to them. Some children leave our building to reunite with their birth par-

Bereaved parents face challenges third say their Parents who have had a spouse kids don’t do as or partner die find it challenging well in school as to know how best to support their they did before grieving children, a challenge and are getting complicated by a lack of commuin more trouble nity awareness about bereavethan they used ment as well as resources that reto. spond to the needs of those in Indeed, grief, according to the results of a James Ellis about four in 10 nationwide survey of bereaved COMMUNITY parents say parents released by the STARS: RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST their children’s Grief Support for Kids. school was not Grief’s impact is both lasting and profound, the survey indi- well prepared to help their chilcates. Nine of 10 parents say the dren deal with their loss. Dealing with the grief burden death of their spouse/partner is “the worst thing that has ever is complicated by the lack of comhappened” to them. Nearly eight munity discussion. More than of 10 say they think about their half (56 percents) of parents deceased spouse/partner every agreed that “most adults don't day and 70 percent indicate they know how to talk to me or my kids would “give up a year of my life when we run into them.” At the for one more day with my depart- same time, nearly 90 percent wished people understood that ed spouse.” Bereavement is a universal “it’s better to say something and experience – a burden that inev- risk upsetting me than to ignore itably each of us will shoulder at my loss altogether.” Reticence about discussing some point in our lives. The irony death and grief is that as a society seems to engenand as individder in the beuals, all too often Bereavement is a reaved feelings of we shy away from “difference” confronting the universal from those in the grief phenome- experience – a community. non, and there“Creating opfore neglect the burden that for urgent need to inevitably each of portunities the bereaved, help those strugkids first and gling with grief – us will shoulder foremost, to conin particular, chil- at some point in nect with peers dren who have who are going suffered the our lives. through the very death of a parent. same thing does More families may be struggling with the death wonders in banishing these feelof a family member than may be ings of ‘difference’ – and is one of commonly thought. In late 2009, a the most valuable ways to supsurvey of 1,006 adults found that port bereaved families,” said Anone of nine Americans had lost a dy McNiel, executive director of the National Alliance for Grievparent before age 20. We believe that it is time to ing Children. Bereaved spouses/partners shine a brighter light on grief, to better understand its impact on and their children need support both kids and parents, and to re- across a broad range of areas, the solve to do more to help families poll suggests. About three-quarters of parents agree that there along their grief journey. For parents, bereavement’s are not enough resources to help burden is exacerbated by unre- kids who have had a parent die. lenting worry regarding how When asked, however, which their kids are dealing with life grief resources they wish were following their loss, the survey available, for both their kids and themselves, parents cite “greater indicates. Parents are concerned about general societal understanding the worry that their kids are and support” most often of the opthemselves experiencing. About tions offered. Parents also betwo-thirds say their kids worry at lieve that such support is the least sometimes about their sur- most valuable grief resource for viving parent going through life both themselves and their kids. alone, and nearly four in 10 think their child worries frequently James Ellis is bereavement coorabout them getting sick or dying. dinator at St. Elizabeth Hospice. How their kids are faring in school is a particular source of worry for many parents. About a



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You are not too old for fostering if you are under 65 and in decent health. Your house or apartment is not too small if you have an empty bed. You are not too poor if you are providing for yourself and you have your own source of income. Money is not a barrier as the state provides funds for us to reimburse you to meet all the child’s needs. Even health insurance is given to each child. Start-up funds are available for foster families once approved and ready to receive a child into your home. Children over 10 are most in need, but some younger children in sibling groups and minority children are also in need. If you have ever felt the call to

ents or grandparents. We rejoice for the family when the stresses and problems that separated them have been rectified. For those children not able to reunite, they often wait for a good foster home. DCCH staff constantly prays the children can discharge to settings where they will be safe and loved. Kids need families who provide safety, supervision and nurturing. They need strong Christian foster or adoptive families who have good intentions, and wholesome desires to carry out our mission of showing God’s love. The job is not easy and it risks heartache and requires countless sacrifices. But loving another human being is worth it.

serve a child, DCCH is offering you a chance to do something about it. On Dec. 3 from 1-3 p.m., the Diocesan Catholic Children's Home will host an adoption and foster care open house. Staff from the Children’s Home will greet visitors and answer questions about our programs. Now is the time to give a gift, by becoming a gift yourself, to a child in need. For more information go to or call us at 859 331-2040. Ronald M. Bertsch is therapeutic foster care and adoption director at Diocesan Catholic Children's Home.


Brad Horten, of Union, and his son, Jacob, 9, along with Ross Vocke, of Park Hills, from Fed Ex on Toebben Road helped to carry the giant food donation in to the Northern Kentucky Community Action Comission on Tanners Gate in Florence as Jody Christerson, community services branch manager, watches and helps Nov. 19. PATRICIA A. SCHEYER FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Women exemplified community service This is a very tough week with the loss of several wonderful ladies. I remember how difficult it was when I lost my mom Garnett Stephenson and June’s Anna Mae Geiman and we grieve with the children and families of Edna Geiman and Betty Geiman. our aunts; Iola Haggard, mother to my dear friend and high school graduate Marvela Haggard Marzan; and Mary Middleton, who both as a mother, politician and community worker excelled. All four special women were called to their final commission in the same week. They each possess rich and beautiful life stories of volunteer work, love of family and country. Truly good people, God’s children and like all, they were human with the same imperfections many of us have. However, they each through their faith in God overcame their human flaws to serve God in their stations of life and communities where God had placed them. Each gave unconditional love to their children and families as they worshiped God with all their hearts, minds and souls. They did

not just believe in Jesus, they believed Jesus. There is nothing in life more precious than a loving mother until having a John loving wife. Stephenson Then, you truly COMMUNITY PRESS know the love GUEST COLUMNIST and sacrifice of Jesus and why He gave His life on the cross so that we all might be forgiven of our sins and join Him in Heaven, if we invite Him into our hearts. Each one of these beautiful ladies demonstrated Christ’s love and sacrifice through each of their lives. Their families and communities are so much better for their lives. Today I am thankful for the mothers and wives, grandmothers and daughters, aunts and ladies of the world, but in particular the ones God has called home this week for their reward of eternal life in heaven. May we all honor them by continuing their works for our fellow human beings

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throughout the world? Let us all return to the godly principles so espoused by the lives of these stately ladies. “Welcome to Heaven, Betty, Edna, Iola and Mary, My good and faithful servants.” “We lost some Mothers; you lost a friend, now it is time you begin. She shared our troubles and helped us along, If we follow her footsteps, we will never go wrong. Open the door and let Jesus come in, He will guide you through thick and thin, Remember the door of opportunity swings on the hinges of obstruction, When you feel as though you are failing look up and see my hand, Remember it is your Mother dear and she will help you see things so clear.” John Stephenson is a resident of Independence.

South Kenton Recorder Editor Nancy Daly, 578-1059 Office hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday See page A2 for additional contact information.








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Senior Ashley Svec runs in the Class 1A state meet Nov. 12 at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Seniors Jackie Gedney, Kirsti Ryan and Allysa Brady runs in the Class 1A state meet Nov. 12 at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

ST. HENRY CRUSADES TO STATE TITLE HISTORY On Nov. 12, St. Henry swept both the boys and girls Class 1A team championships at the Kentucky state cross country meet ran at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. For the boys team, it was the 10th straight year the Crusaders have won the title, and the girls team won its seventh crown in that same span.

St. Henry senior Lindsey Hinken runs in the Class 1A state meet Nov. 12 at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

The St. Henry boys team won its 15th state title overall, third in state history behind Trinity and St. Xavier, who have 18 apiece. The girls won their 14th overall title, six more than anyone else in state history. Tradition helped the Crusaders this year, as 11 out of 14 possible starting spots in the state meet were taken by seniors, who left a legacy for underclassmen to uphold next season.

All-time state titles

Boys: 1975, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1996, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011. Girls: 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011.

State meet results

Boys (82 points): 4. Daniel Wolfer 16:48.85, 9. Brendan Dooley 17:17.04, 22. Nathan Mark 17:39.93, 30. Cameron Rohmann 17:56.87, 37. Zach Haacke 18:11.39, 49. Frank Bruni 18:21.97, 57. Josh Hannon 18:28.07. Girls (100 points): 2. Lindsey Hinken 19:18.88, 10. Ashley Svec 20:46.48, 16. Sam

Senior Frank Bruni, left, and eighth-grader Josh Hannon, run in the Class 1A state meet Nov. 12 at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Hentz 20:57.60, 49. Katie Mauntel 22:17.42, 51. Jackie Gedney 22:21.07, 61. Kirsti Ryan 22:34.06, 64. Allysa Brady 22:40.44.

All-region boys

First team: Daniel Wolfer (Runner of the Year and regional champion), Brendan Dooley. Second team: Cameron Rohmann. Honorable mention: Nathan Mark, Zach Haacke, Frank Bruni, Josh Hannon.

St. Henry celebrates its dual state titles Nov. 12. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Junior Daniel Wolfer runs in the Class 1A state meet Nov. 12 at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY

Freshman Sam Hentz runs in the Class 1A state meet Nov. 12 at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY



Boys roster Seniors: Frank Bruni, Brendan Dooley, Zach Haacke, Mitchell Kriege, Nick Lalley, Jared Limbach, Nathan Mark, Cameron Rohmann, Jordan Stovik, Christopher Tobler, Drew Walker. Juniors: Adam Crabbs, Matt Martin, Kyle McMahon, Devin Reinert, Sam Sallee, Alexander Ubelhor, Daniel Wolfer. Sophomores: Andrew Harmon, Lance Hunter, Jake Plummer, Daniel Schultz, Johnathon Whitlock. Freshmen: Robert Brockman, Zach Koenig, Devon Loos, Michael Page, Andrew Smith, Nicholas Tobler, Alex Walker, Josh Wendling, Scott Wilson. 8th Grade: Josh Hannon. 7th Grade: Benjamin Brockman, Nick Grayson, Whit Hammond, Joseph Helmer, Joseph Klein, Ben Setters. Head coach: Ernie Brooks. Assistants: Alan Hicks, Eric Dwyer, Jason Ashley (middle school). ALL-REGION GIRLS

First team: Lindsey Hinken (runner of the year and regional champion), Sam Hentz, Ashley Svec. Honorable mention: Jackie Gedney, Katie Mauntel.

Girls roster

Seniors: Taylor Boehmer, Allysa Brady, Jackie Gedney, Lindsey Hinken, Molly Kroth, Katie Mauntel Anny McArtor, Bethany McNabb, Sierra Moore, Cat Otte, Kirsti Ryan, Mallory Sander, Alli Smith, Ashley Svec. Juniors: McKayl Barrows, Abbey Doellman, Sierra Harlan, Taylor Hess, Cayla Kunstek, Sydney Pitts, Brittany Smart, Robin Winebrenner. Sophomores: Trisha Marks, Darcie Meiman, Olivia Scheper. Freshmen: Libby Anneken, Delaney Barrows, Sam Hentz, Jordan Kramer, Emily Mauntel, Megan Murray, Jessica Neace, Sara Rieger, Becky Ubelhor, Tori Voss, Sara Wolfer. Head coach: Tony Harden. Assistants: Ashlee Lonneman, Ron Otte, Katie Limbach, Glenn Hinken.


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, DEC. 2 Art Exhibits First Friday Gallery Hop, 6-10 p.m., Covington Arts District, Madison Avenue, Pike Street and MainStrasse, First Friday of every month. Covington’s galleries, restaurants and other venues open late for original artwork viewing. Free. 859-2922322. Covington.

Benefits Joy to the World, 5:30-11:30 p.m., Drawbridge Inn Hotel, 2477 Royal Drive, London Hall. Dinner 7:30 p.m. Called and silent auctions and entertainment. Benefits The Point/Arc of Northern Kentucky. Family friendly. $65. Reservations required. Presented by The Point ARC of Northern Kentucky. 859-491-9191. Fort Mitchell.

Community Dance Friday Night Ballroom Dance, 8-10 p.m., Step-N-Out Studio, 721 Madison Road, Group lesson 8-8:30 p.m. DJ dance to multiple styles of ballroom dance music begins 8:30-10 p.m. Family friendly. $5. 859-291-2300. Covington.

Dining Events Fish Fry Dinner, 4:30-8 p.m., Knights of Columbus 3908, Father Bealer Council, 605 Lytle Ave., Includes fried or baked fish, chicken, shrimp, hamburgers and hot dogs, sides and drinks. Carry-out available. Benefits charities of Knights of Columbus 3908. $1.50-$7.50. 859-342-6643. Elsmere. Fish Fry Lunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Knights of Columbus 3908, Father Bealer Council, 605 Lytle Ave., Includes fried or baked fish, chicken, shrimp, hamburgers and hot dogs, sides and drinks. Carry-out available. Benefits charities of Knights of Columbus 3908. $1.50-$7.50. 859-342-6643. Elsmere.

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. "Polar Express" readings by Kenton, Campbell and Boone County librarians Nov. 27, Dec. 4 and Dec. 18 at 2 p.m., reservations required. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Erlanger VFW, 4435 Dixie Highway, Cash bar only. With Jay. No cover. 859-727-9303. Erlanger.

Museums Borders of Change: The Paintings of Gary Akers, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Works by Kentucky-born artist portray rustic landscape of his home state. Included with admission: $7, $6 seniors, $4 children; free for members. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Music - Classic Rock

The Foxx, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Shimmers Tavern, 1939 Dixie Highway, Free. 859-426-0490; shimmerstavern.html. Fort Wright.

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

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

Music - Rock Chris Cusentino, 8 p.m.-midnight, Blinkers Tavern, 318 Greenup St., 859-360-0840; Covington.

Recreation Public Skate, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Northern Kentucky Ice Center, 2638 Anderson Road, $5-$6; children ages 10 and under get $1 off admission; $2 skate rental. 859-344-1981. Crescent Springs.

SATURDAY, DEC. 3 Community Dance Kentucky Kuzzins, 8-10:30 p.m., Promenade Palace, 3630 Decoursey Pike, Mainstream level Western-style square dance club for experienced dancers. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 513-929-2427. Covington. Tango Dance Party, 8:30-11:30 p.m., Step-N-Out Studio, 721 Madison Road, Social Tango dancing. Bring appetizer or wine to share. Ages 18 and up. $10. 859-291-2300; Covington.

Craft Shows Craft and Vendor Fair, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 2718 Dixie Highway, Raffle, jewelry, home goods, food, art and more. Benefits Tracy Deaton, who is battling an aggressive brain tumor. $1. 859-240-7056. Crestview Hills.

Education Foster Care and Adoption Open House, 1-3 p.m., Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home, 75 Orphanage Road, Information on becoming a foster or adoptive parent. Free. 859-331-2040; Fort Mitchell.

Health / Wellness Lower Back and Leg Pain Educational Seminar, 10-10:45 a.m., Center for Advanced Spine Technologies, 652 Rodeo Drive, Discuss signs, symptoms and treatment of lumbar stenosis, a common cause of lower back and leg pain. Learn newest treatment options available to alleviate symptoms. Free. Reservations required. 877-327-2278; Erlanger.

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. Pet Photos with Santa, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Fischer Homes Tuscany Model Showcase, 2116

Tuscanyview Drive, Packages start at $10 and are printed while you wait. Free gift bags. Beverages, raffles and human and dog treats available. Benefits Kenton County Animal Shelter and Friends of Kenton Paw Park. Free. Presented by Kenton County Animal Shelter. 859-431-5776. Covington. Christmas Walk, 5:30-9 p.m., City of Independence, More than two dozen family-themed attractions and venues starting from Courthouse Square all the way to city buildings. Free. 859-356-5302; Independence.

Karaoke and Open Mic Lipsmackers Karaoke Night, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Dixie Club Cafe, 3424 Dixie Highway, 859-727-9319. Erlanger.

Museums Borders of Change: The Paintings of Gary Akers, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 seniors, $4 children; free for members. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Music - Concerts The Ready Set, 7 p.m. With the Summer Set, the Downtown Fiction and Plug In Stereo. Doors out of 6 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Tables and chairs on main floor with a dance floor. $15. 859-491-2444; Covington.

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

Recreation Public Skate, 1-3 p.m. 10 p.m.midnight, Northern Kentucky Ice Center, $5-$6; children ages 10 and under get $1 off admission; $2 skate rental. 859-3441981. Crescent Springs.

Support Groups Overeaters Anonymous, 10:30 a.m., Lakeside Presbyterian Church, 2690 Dixie Highway, Free. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 513-921-1922. Lakeside Park.

SUNDAY, DEC. 4 Exercise Classes Wrestling Open Mats, 5-6:30 p.m., All Star Performance Training, 8419 U.S. 42, Designed for the committed wrestler, grades K-12, who want to reach full potential. Intense drilling and live wrestling to prepare you for your upcoming season. $6. Registration required. 859912-0764; Elsmere.

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. Polar Express Reading, 2-4 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Behringer-Crawford Museum. Wear pajamas, listen to story, eat chocolate and cookies and receive special gift from Santa. Includes viewing of Holiday Toy Train Display. Included with admission: $7, $6 seniors, $4 children; free for members. Reservations required. 859-4914003; Covington.

Music - Jazz Lee Stolar Trio, 7-11 p.m., Chez Nora, 530 Main St., With Mary Ellen Tanner. Free. 859-491-8027; Covington.

Support Groups Overeaters Anonymous, 6:30 p.m., Epworth United Methodist Church, 1229 Highway Ave., Free. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 513-509-5066; Covington.

MONDAY, DEC. 5 Dance Classes Square Dance Lessons, 7:459:45 p.m., Promenade Palace, 3630 Decoursey Pike, Casual dress and smooth-soled shoes. $4. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 859-4419155. Covington.

Exercise Classes Group Personal Training, 7-8 a.m., Expressions Dance Theatre, 2434 High St., Personal training class to their weekly schedule for active men and women. Training techniques such as kettlebells, resistance bands, suspension trainers and unique body weight training exercises. Ages 18 and up. $97 monthly. Presented by Peak Fitness and Sports Training. 859-620-5542; Crescent Springs.

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

Music - Bluegrass Bluegrass Jam, 8-11 p.m., Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St., No signup required. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-491-6659. Covington.

Recreation Duplicate Bridge, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., Lower Level. Open to all players. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Boone County Bridge Center. 859-391-8639; Elsmere.

TUESDAY, DEC. 6 Community Dance Line Dancing, 7-9 p.m., Lookout Heights Civic Club, 1661 Park Road, Holly and Bernie Ruschman, instructors. Beginners welcome. Family friendly. $6, $3 for first-timers. Presented by H & B Dance Co.. 859-727-0904. Fort Wright.

Health / Wellness Weight Loss Class, 6:30-7 p.m., Hickory Grove Baptist Church, 11969 Taylor Mill Road, $30 per month, $20 per month with three-month membership. First class free. Presented by Equipped Ministries. 859-8028965. Independence.

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.

Karaoke and Open Mic

Karaoke and Open Mic

Karaoke with DJ Will Carson, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St., Includes drink specials. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-491-6659. Covington. Come As You Are Karaoke, 7 p.m.-11 p.m., Bar Monet, 837 Willard St., With DJ Love MD. 859-491-2403. Covington.

Open Mic/College Night, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., Mahogany’s Coffee House and Bar, 3715 Winston Ave., Musicians, singers, comedians, jugglers and spoken word. All ages. Dinner available at 6 p.m. Happy hour 6-8 p.m. Half priced appetizers available. $5. 859-261-1029. Latonia.

Literary - Libraries

The opening reception for "A New Reality," an exhibit curated by Mary Heider, will be 6-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at the Artisans Enterprise Center, 27 W. Seventh St., in Covington. For more information, visit Pictured is "Carpel Tunnel" by Jennifer Grote. THANKS TO KATIE RENTZKE

Included with admission: $7, $6 seniors, $4 children; free for members. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Independence Inklings Writer’s Group, 2-4 p.m., William E. Durr Branch Library, 1992 Walton-Nicholson Road, Open to all writers, all skill levels and genres. Group interaction and guest speakers. Adults. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Kenton County Public Library. 859-962-4030. Independence.

Museums Borders of Change: The Paintings of Gary Akers, 1-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum,

"The Borders of Change: The Paintings of Gary Akers" will be on display through Jan. 22, 2012, at the Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Devou Park in Covington. The exhibit displays work by Gary Akers that tell the story of Boone County's rural heritage. For more information, visit bcmuseumorg, call 859-491-4003 or email info@bcmuseumorg. THANKS TO SARAH SIEGRIST

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Music - Cabaret Don Fangman, 5-7:30 p.m., PeeWee’s Place, 2325 Anderson Road, Cover artist performs music of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Neil Diamond, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Buble, George Strait and Billy Joel. Free. 859341-4977. Crescent Springs.

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

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 7 Benefits Tichenor Trojans Football Funraiser, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Skyline Chili, 3159 Dixie Hwy., Tell cashier you are with Tichenor Football and percentage of bill benefits Tichenor Football. Email for more information or flier. Presented by Tichenor Middle School Football. 859-322-0217. Erlanger.

Civic Kenton County Conservation District Board Meeting, 5-6:30 p.m. Meeting place may change: call to confirm meeting place., Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission, 2332 Royal Drive, Regular meeting to discuss conservation district programs, projects and activities. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Kenton County Conservation District. 859-5867903. Fort Mitchell.

Clubs & Organizations Pioneer Toastmasters Public Speaking Club Meeting, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Holiday Inn Riverfront, 600 W. Third St., Learning experience for those who wish to improve speaking and networking skills for work, one-on-one or just for fun.

Includes dinner if pre-registered. Family friendly. Presented by Pioneer Toastmasters. 513-5419319. Covington.

Exercise Classes Group Personal Training, 7-8 a.m., Expressions Dance Theatre, $97 monthly. 859-620-5542; Crescent Springs.

Health / Wellness Weight Loss Class, 5:45-6:15 p.m., Lakeside Christian Church, 195 Buttermilk Pike, $30 per month, $20 per month with three-month membership. First class free. Presented by Equipped Ministries. 859-8028965. Lakeside Park.

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.

Karaoke and Open Mic Open Mic Night, 9 p.m., Kaza’s, 6 W. Pike St., Perform for chance to win $100 and free recording session at Scriptures Studios. Free. --. Covington.

Museums Borders of Change: The Paintings of Gary Akers, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 seniors, $4 children; free for members. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Music - DJ DJ/Ladies Night, 9 p.m., Peecox, 635 Donaldson Highway, $1 shots for ladies and free pool on Wednesdays. $1 drafts on Thursdays. 859-342-7000;

Museums Borders of Change: The Paintings of Gary Akers, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 seniors, $4 children; free for members. 859-491-4003; Covington.

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

St. Nicholas will arrive on horseback at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the Goose Girl Fountain on MainStrasse in Covington. Each child will receive a gift from Saint Nicholas and free hot chocolate and cookies. THANKS TO DONNA KREMER



Pomegranate seeds without the mess top. Drain and I always put a eat, or freeze up pomegranate in evto 3 months. erybody’s St. Nicholas stocking. It’s a Rita’s clone tradition that goes back to when I was a of Martha little girl and pomeStewart’s granates were a spepeppermint cial part of our Rita bark Christmas. Heikenfeld I love that they RITA’S KITCHEN For Dave, Marcy and others who are seasonal fruits. Now the problem is how to requested this recipe. peel them. (When we were 1 pound white chocolate kids, we just peeled them chips or white chocolate with our hands and pulled bark (a little more, or out the seeds, which are less, won’t hurt) the edible part. We wound ½ teaspoon peppermint up with very red lips and extract or more to taste hands, and our clothes 1 ⁄3 cup or so crushed were dotted with the red peppermint candy plus juice of the fruit). extra for sprinkling on There’s a way, though, top if you want to get the seeds out sans 1 cup crisped rice cereal the mess. Cut the pomegranate in half or fourths. Melt chocolate either It will ooze a bit. Place in a over low heat. Be careful. large bowl of water and, To prevent seizing and with your hands, rake out burning, pull off heat the seeds, which are the while some lumps still reedible part. The seeds fall main. The residual heat to the bottom and the will melt the rest of the membrane floats to the chocolate as you stir. It

will be very creamy. Stir in extract, candy and cereal. Pour and spread on cookie sheet that has been lined with foil and sprayed. Sprinkle with rest of candy. Refrigerate until hard. Peel off foil and break into pieces.

Tip from Rita’s kitchen

Drizzle melted dark chocolate on top after bark sets if you like. Highest quality white chocolate will have cocoa butter listed as the second ingredient. The first will be sugar.

Friendship soup in a jar

Easy to assemble and a welcome gift. Layer in quart jar:

1½ cups brown lentils ½ cup red lentils (or use all brown) 2 tablespoons dried vegetable flakes from Knorr Vegetable Soup

Mix* 1 tablespoon dried onion flakes 1 tablespoon chicken bouillon granules 1 teaspoon dried oregano ½ teaspoon dried garlic powder 2 teaspoons cumin 1 ⁄8 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional) ½ cup quick-cooking barley ¼ cup plain sun-dried tomatoes, diced (I pack these in a baggie and place on top of other ingredients)

Layer lentils, vegetable flakes, onion flakes, bouillon granules, oregano, garlic, cumin, red pepper flakes and barley in jar. Top with sun-dried tomatoes. For gift tag: In large pot, place contents of jar, 1 pound cut-up smoked sausage or ham (or leave the meat out), 12 cups chicken broth and one 14.5 oz. can stewed tomatoes. Bring to boil. Lower to

simmer and cook uncovered until lentils are tender, about 40 minutes. If necessary, add more broth. Season to taste and garnish with Parmesan. Serves 10-12 easily. * Place vegetable soup mix in a colander or sieve, shaking to allow the powdered bouillon/flavoring to be removed. You will get enough dried vegetables for two batches of soup (4 tablespoons in all).

oil from sun-dried tomatoes 1 Italian tomato, seeded and diced 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced (optional) 1 8 oz. log goat cheese Pine nuts

Goat cheese with sun-dried tomato tapenade

Clarification for Overnight blueberry French toast

Serve with baguettes or crackers. This is a sophisticated appetizer, but easy to make. ¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes with herbs packed in olive oil, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 1 teaspoon dried rosemary or 1 tablespoon fresh, minced 1 tablespoon or so of olive

Mix sun dried tomatoes, garlic, rosemary and olive oil together. Stir in diced tomato and parsley. Pour over goat cheese. Sprinkle with pine nuts.

The blueberry syrup called for in the recipe is to be poured on after the toast bakes. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

Tips for Christmas tree selection and care resist drying. Question: Do you Douglasfir, Frahave any tips for ser Fir and Canaan Christmas tree seFir are popular belection and care? cause of their Answer: White short, soft, bluish pines are popular needles, and all due to their soft fohave good needle liage and good neeretention and a dle retention, but Mike pleasant scent. their dense branches Klahr Some growers also may make it difficult HORTICULTURE offer Blue Spruce to hang large orna- CONCERNS or Norway Spruce, ments. The Scotch Pine has but they may not hold their shorter needles that may needles well indoors. If you buy from a tree have a bluish cast. They keep their needles well and lot where trees have been

shipped in from other states, do a test for freshness. Bend one of the tree’s green needles. If it snaps rather than bends, the tree is dry. Lift the tree and thump the base of the trunk on the ground. If green needles fall out, the tree is too dry. If you plan to cut your own tree from a local tree farm, don’t be in a hurry. Waiting a few more days will insure that the tree stays fresh throughout the entire holiday season.

However, if you plan to purchase a tree from a tree lot, it might be better to purchase that tree early for the purpose of getting it in water and out of drying weather conditions as soon as

possible. Once you get your Christmas tree home, cut off one or two inches from the bottom of the trunk, then place the tree in a bucket of warm water and

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Christmas baking gifts for your pets A recent AP poll reports that more than half of all pet owners are planning on buying their pets presents this holiday season. That’s nothing new at our house as we’ve always hung stockings for our dogs at Christmas and “helped” them purchase gifts for us as well. A run-

ning joke is that our dogs get their money by “mining the couch,” digging in the cushions for change that might have fallen out of people’s pockets! Want to be popular with the pet set this holiday season? Why not try your hand at baking homemade treats? I’ve been making

them for years and they are always a hit whether I feed them to my own pets or give them as gifts to my friends. Here are my favorite recipes. (One word of caution: Do not feed anything to your pets unless you are certain that they do not have allergies or sensitiv-

ities to any of the ingredients. If in doubt, check with your veterinarian first.)

Nipper’s Favorite Dog Cookies

Makes about 2 dozen depending on the size of your cookie cutter. Ingredients: 2 cups flour 3 tbsp. vegetable oil ½ cup wheat germ ½ cup yellow cornmeal

1 egg ½ cup of the water you used to boil the chicken livers 2 tsp. dried parsley flakes 1 cup chicken livers Non-stick cooking spray

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine flour, wheat germ, yellow corn meal and parsley in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, beat the egg lightly together with the oil. Add egg and oil slowly to dry mixture; then add broth from the chicken livers. Stir together. Remove chicken livers from water. Pat dry on paper towels and mince very fine. (I used cooking shears.) Fold into dough. Mix well. Place

dough on a lightly floured surface and knead until it forms a firm ball. Roll dough out to ½ Marsie Hall inch thickNewbold ness and cut MARSIE’S into shapes MENAGERIE with a bone shaped cookie cutter. Place on cookie sheets that you have coated with non-stick cooking spray. Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown and firm. Cookies should be stored in the refrigerator.

Nosey's Peanut Butter Puppy Poppers Makes 30-40 puppy poppers depending on the size of the balls you make.) 2 ½cups whole wheat flour ½ cup wheat germ ½ cup crunchy peanut butter ¾ cup water 2 tbsp. corn oil

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl, forming a dough ball.

(I like to wear medical grade non-latex gloves.) Make tiny balls, the size of miniature meatballs. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes. Cool and keep in a tightly covered container. Does not need to be refrigerated. They will keep for about a week. Dough can be made ahead and frozen.

Tiny Tuna Treats

Makes about 2 dozen Ingredients

½ cup whole wheat flour ½ cup nonfat, dry, powdered milk ½can Tuna, in oil 1 Tbsp. Vegetable oil 1 egg, lightly beaten ¼ cup Water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a cookie sheet. In a large bowl, mash tuna. Add flour and milk to tuna. Add water and oil, then lightly beaten egg and mix well. Shape dough into small bite size balls. Place balls on cookie sheet and flatten each slightly. Bake for 10 minutes, then turn treats over to brown the other side for 10 more minutes. Allow the cookies to cool completely and store in an airtight container.

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Or is it? A wonderful holiday season is certainly what we all wish for. But, sadly, the reality is much different for many families. Some families will have to experience the holidays this year with less “family” around the table. Having been devastated over the loss of a loved one, family gatherings will never be the same. Others have experienced the devastation brought by the effects of a broken economy and the thought of Christmas shopping is overwhelming. Still others are left picking up the pieces in broken homes and wondering what “wonderful” really is. The holidays have also taken on a new meaning for


families of loved ones addicted to drugs and alcohol or diagnosed with Mental Health or Developmental Disabi-

lites. The idea of singing Christmas carols and meeting under the mistletoe are replaced with thoughts of, “I hope we make it through the family gathering without a blow up.” Or, “Please God, just let it just let me get through it.” Does it really have to be this way? I don’t think so.

We have been trained to believe that Christmas is more about jingle bells and snowmen, and less about a star and a Savior. TV commercials, store ads, and radio spots constantly bombard us with messages telling us how to have the most wonderful Christmas ever. And they all involve the buying of gifts. The reality is that the most wonderful time of the year presents itself when we realize the one gift we all need, is absolutely free. Now let me clear the air before anyone gets too upset. I love Santa Claus just as much as the next girl and get downright giddy when I think about putting my three young ones to bed on

Christmas Eve. It’s just that I have become well aware over the years of just how fleeting the happiness a “Santa Claus Christmas” can be. Happiness created by the giving and getting of gifts can only last for so long. I want a joy that lasts, a gift that keeps on giving with a “no return policy.” Where do I find it? Try searching in a little town called Bethlehem, on a silent and holy night. As you begin the preparations for your holiday season this year, I pray you find room for a manger, and a star in your decorations and celebrations. May you then be blessed with a “Merry Little Christ-

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Lorraine Voss, 21, and Jonathan Bays, 22, both of Covington, issued Nov. 17. Lacie Lykins, 29, and Robert Duchemin, 29, both of Covington, issued Nov. 17. Karen French, 57, and Timothy Hendricks, 46, both of Edgewood, issued Nov. 17. Chessi Roberts, 25, of Ripley and Nicholas Roddy, 27, of Cincinnati, issued Nov. 17. Michelle Henry, 44, and Tyrone Perry, 40, both of Cincin-

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Phyllis A. Bene, 71, of Florence, died Nov. 16, 2011, at her residence. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her daughters, Karen Weidner of Folsom, Calif., and Donna Engel of Florence; son, David Bene of Independence; sister, Shirley Gail Hein of Bellevue; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Burial was in Floral Hills Memorial Park, Taylor Mill. Memorials: Susan G. Komen for the Cure, P.O. Box 650309. Dallas, TX.

Tristan Berry Tristan David Berry, 29, of Edgewood, died Nov. 20, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was employed by Convergys in Erlanger and formerly worked at Circuit City in Florence. He enjoyed computers and music. He played the piano and clarinet. Survivors include his parents, David and Susan Berry of Edgewood; sister, Emily Berry of Edgewood; grandmother, Carolyn Obermark of Paducah, Ky; and great-grandmother, Clarice Mathis of Lone Oak, Ky. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate. Memorials: Villa Madonna Academy, 2500 Amsterdam Road, Villa Hills, KY 41017-3798; or Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, 636 Madison Ave., Suite 401, Covington, KY 41011-242.

Betty Carpenter Betty Carpenter, 74, of Elsmere, died Nov. 17, 2011. She was a retired restaurant cook and lifelong member of Kento-Boo Baptist Church. Survivors include her sons, Charles Alfred, William Leroy, Daniel Gerald, Bruce Glenn and James John Carpenter; brothers William, Robert, Bruce, James and Wayne Whaley; sisters, Linda Hamon and Deborah Meier; and 19 grandchildren. Burial was in Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorial: Kento-Boo Baptist Church, 634 Kento-Boo Ave., Florence, KY 41042.

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Jack Galliher, 77, of Independence, died Nov. 23, 2011 at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was an employee at General Electric for 44 years and a Cold Spring police officer. He worked with the Cold Spring Life Squad and was a former chief of the Cold Spring Fire Department. He was a school bus driver and a member of St. Barbara Church in Erlanger. His wife, Maryanne, died previously. Survivors include his daughters, Cindy McLendon of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., and Vicki Baugh of Dayton, Ohio; son, David Galliher of Independence; 10 grandchildren; and 14 greatgrandchildren. Memorial service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at St. Barbara Church. Memorials: Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Foundation, 1 Sportsman Lane, Frankfort, KY 40601.

Eula Mae Grizzell Eula Mae Sandlin Grizzell, 89, of Kenton, died Nov. 21, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a homemaker, a member of Kenton Baptist Church and a Kentucky Colonel. She was a founding member of the Kenton Volunteer Fire Department and Ladies Auxiliary, a past president of Visalia Elementary P.T.A. Council, past member and state councilor of Kenton Council No. 9 Daughters of America, a member of Bradford Star Order of the Eastern Star and a past royal matron in the Order of Amaranth. Her husband, Charles Arvil Grizzell; and a step granddaughter, Monica Henderson, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Joyce Simpson of Florence and Donna Stewart of Morning View; son, Chuck Grizzell of Kenton; sisters, Jean Brewer of Cincinnati, Reba Peters of Bethel, Ohio, and Pauline Becknell of Owsley County, Ky.; brother, Jack Sandlin of Owsley County, Ky.; eight grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Interment was at Independence Cemetery. Memorials: Kenton Fire Department, P.O. Box 40, Kenton, KY 41053.

Ralph Harrison Ralph Harrison, 33, of Covington, died Nov. 19, 2011. His father, Bruce Harrison, and sister, Betty Ann Six, died previously. Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Charlotte and Ray Martin; fiance, Tiffany Simpson; stepchild, Austin Simpson; siblings, Christine Townsend and Lynn Thompson; and step siblings, Sharon Martin and James Robert Martin. Memorials: Ralph A. Harrison Memorial Trust Fund c/o any Bank of Kentucky.

William G. “Jerry” Raterman, 73, of Erlanger, died Nov. 22, 2011. A sister, Evelyn Siemer; and brother-in-law, Tom Siemer, died previously. Survivors include his siblings, Martha Hellmann of Edgewood and Charles J. Raterman of Cincinnati. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017; St. Pius X Church, 348 Dudley Road, Edgewood, KY 41017; or Juvenile Diabetes, 8041 Hosbrook Road, Suite 422, Cincinnati, OH 45236.

Lizetta Link Lizetta Klare Link, 93, of Covington, died Nov. 20, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She was a member of Mother of God Parish in Covington and the Panorama P.O.P.R. organization. Her husband, George Link, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Michael G. Link of Nashville, Tenn., and Mark Link of Orange Beach, Ala.; daughter, Kathleen Mays of Jacksonville, Fla.; sister, Cleo Leitner of Bridgetown, Ohio; four grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Burial was at Mother of God Cemetery. Memorials: Mother of God Parish, 119 W. Sixth St., Covington, KY.

Carrie McMurray Carrie Elizabeth McMurray, 69, of Ludlow, died Nov. 17, 2011, at her residence. She was a homemaker. Her husband, Henry McMurray, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Thomas McMurray of Junction City, Kan., Bill McMurray of Verona and Robert McMurray of Crescent Springs; daughters, Doris Jaycox of Hebron and Samantha Hall of Jenkinstown, Ky.; brothers, Clifford Moore and Ronnie Moore, both of Hebron, Charles Moore of Bullittsville and Roy Moore of Florence; sister, Leona Briggs of Florence; 14 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Burial was at Bullittsburg Baptist Cemetery.

Harriet Renaker Harriet F. Renaker, 79, of Covington, died Nov. 25, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Hospice. A son, Randall Renaker, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Paul “Skip” Renaker of Bellevue, John “Mike” Renaker of Florence, Richard Renaker of Elsmere and James Renaker of Covington; daughters, Mary Renaker and Kimberly Renaker, both of Covington; brother, Joh Henges of Wisconsin; sister, Mary Sears of Mt. Washington, Ohio; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Burial was at Mother of God Cemetery.

Bert Stanley Bert E. Stanley, 79, of Ludlow, died Nov. 18, 2011, at his residence. He was a switchman with Norfolk-Southern Railroad and a U.S. Navy Korean conflict veteran. Survivors include his wife, Norma Stanley; son, Eric Stanley of Ludlow; daughters, Cori Crowley and Peggy Spada, both of Ludlow, Barbara Spada of Burlington and Toni Cox of Walton; brother, Gene Stanley of Florence; 15 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Interment was in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Erlanger. Memorials: Brighton Center, 741 Central Ave., Newport, KY 41071.

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Mary Stevenson, 98, of Fort Wright, died Nov. 17, 2011. Her husband, Charles E. Stevenson Sr., and a son, Richard Stevenson, died previously. Survivors include her son, Charles E. Stevenson Jr.; and grandchildren, David Stevenson, Cindy McCracken, Rebecca L. Stevenson, Sarah A. Krejci and Abigail L. Stevenson. Burial was at Highland Cemetery. Memorials: Trinity Episcopal Church Outreach, 326 Madison Road, Covington, KY 41011 or Alzheimer’s Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, OH 45203.

Catherine ‘Ginny’ Sweeney Catherine “Ginny” Virginia Sweeney, 89, of Taylor Mill, died Nov. 18, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Florence. She was a member of St. Anthony Church, a Kentucky Colonel and a former accountant comptroller with Drawbridge Inn, Comair and the Internal Revenue Service. Her husband, Thomas Vincent Sweeney, died in 1974. Survivors include her daughter, Sheila Tebbe of Newport; son, Thomas A. Sweeney of Villa Hills; sister, Rita Hoeb of Newtown, Ohio; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Interment was in Mother of God Cemetery, Fort Wright. Memorials: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.

Mary Elizabeth Wiggins Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Olinger Wiggins, 89, of Lakeside Park, died Nov. 24, 2011, at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington. She was a bookkeeper for the former Henry A. Lurie & Associates, a University of Cincinnati graduate and a member of Fort Mitchell Baptist Church. Her husband, Ernst T. Wiggins, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Michael Wiggins of Lexington and Charles Wiggins of Dry Ridge; sister, Jane O. Heil of Chicago; and two grandchildren. Interment was at Highland

Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: American Heart Association, 5211 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227.

Jeanne Wilde Jeanne Reese Wilde, 84, of Edgewood, died Nov. 24, 2011, at Highland Spring of Fort Thomas. She graduated from Villa Madonna Academy in 1945, was a member of the VMA Mothers Club, Jaycee Wives and Knights of Madonna. She was president of the NKY Women’s Guild for Cerebral Palsy and was on the Ladies Board at Summit Hills Country Club, where she was an avid golfer. Her husband, Richard Wilde, died in 1992. Survivors include her son, Steve Wilde; daughter, Susan Chase; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Interment was in St. John Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Redwood School and Rehabilitation Center, 71 Orphanage Road, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017 or Villa Madonna Academy, 2500 Amsterdam Road, Villa Hills, KY 41017.

Michael Wilson Michael Patrick Wilson, 47, of Villa Hills, formerly of Erlanger, died Nov. 20, 2011, at his residence. He was an information technologist and enjoyed fishing. Survivors include his daughter, Emma Wilson of Cincinnati; parents, Roy A. and Patricia Deutenberg Wilson of Walton; and sister, Kathy Carr of St. Cloud, Fla. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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Stephanie Ann Frick, 61, of Shelbyville, Ky., formerly of Fort Mitchell, died Nov. 17, 2011, at her home. She was a former volunteer for Redwood School and Rehabilitation of Fort Mitchell and a member of the Church of the Annunciation and Blessed Sacrament Church. Her parents, Elden R. and Ann Greis Frick, died previously. Survivors include her sisters, Deborah Magan of Shelbyville, Ky., and Tracy Ashcraft of Piner; three nieces; and three neph-

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Mary Ellen Kidd, 65, of Ludlow, died Nov. 22, 2011, at her residence. She was a retired secretary for the Kenton County Attorney's Office and a member of Sts. Boniface & James Church in Ludlow, City of Ludlow Blight Community, Ludlow Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and Ludlow School Boosters. She was an avid University of Kentucky wildcats fan. Survivors include her husband, Ronald Kidd; daughter, Nicole Kidd of Ludlow: brothers, Marty and Greg Stulz, both of Ludlow, Charlie Stulz of Villa Hills and Bob Stulz of Independence; and sisters, Patricia Hemmer and DeeDee Crail, both of Fort Mitchell. Interment was at St. Mary's Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Tri-State Southern Ohio Chapter, 2300 Wall St., Suite H, Cincinnati, OH 45212.


Martha Jones Carter, 85, of Independence, died Nov. 17, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a retired employee of PNC Bank and a member of Hickory Grove Baptist Church. She enjoyed bowling, cooking, gardening and traveling. Her husband, George Robert Carter; sister, Dorothy Lipford; and brother, Harry “Bud” Jones, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Debby Carter; son, Robert Carter, both of Independence; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Burial was in Independence Cemetery. Memorials: American Heart Association, Kentucky Region, 240 Whittington Pkwy., Louisville, KY 40222; Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Cincinnati Chapter, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, OH 45203; or Hospice of St. Elizabeth, 1 Medical Village Drive, Suite 213, Edgewood, KY 41017.

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Allene B. Bass, 99, of Park Hills, died Nov. 25, 2011, at Baptist Village Care Center. She was a past president and life member of the PTA at Fifth District School. Her husband, Martin L. Bass, died previously. Survivors include her sons, David Bass of Independence, Martin F. Bass of West Chester, Ohio, and Donald A. Bass of Crestview, Fla.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Burial was at Floral Hills Cemetery, Taylor Mill.


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The Historic Burlington Business Association welcomes you for a Heritage Weekend from Friday, December 2nd thru Sunday, December 4th. Shops & Restaurants Open Special Hours: Friday, Dec. 2 10-6, Saturday, Dec. 3 10-4 & Sunday, Dec. 4 12-4.

Historic Dinsmore Homestead


• Shops and Restaurants - Open Special Hours • 10am-4pm Operating Lionel Train Display at Farm Bureau Insurance • 5pm-7pm Burlington Baptist Living Nativity • 5:45pm Hot Chocolate & Donuts compliments of Linnemann Funeral Home • 6pm-8pm Gingerbread Houses on Display at Old Courthouse • 6:30pm SANTA ARRIVES for Tree Lighting and to meet the Children, Photos with Santa


• Shops and Restaurants - Open Special Hours • 1pm-5pm Hot Chocolate & Cookie Decorating at Washington Square Café • 1pm-5pm Dinsmore Homestead Tours

Dinsmore Homestead With traditional

holiday decorations 5825 N. Jefferson St • 859-689-5096

• Shops and Restaurants - Open Special Hours • 10am-4pm Gingerbread Houses on Display and Fine Arts Vendors inside The Old Courthouse • 10am-4pm Operating Lionel Train Display at Farm Bureau Insurance • 10am-5pm Burlington Baptist Living Nativity • 11am-3pm Christmas in the Country Exhibit in the Clerk’s Building • 12pm Judging of Gingerbread Houses • 12pm-4pm Live Alpacas • 1pm “Santa Paws” Pet Parade & Pet Photos at Courthouse • 2pm-5pm Hot Chocolate & Cookie Decorating at Washington Square Café • 7pm-9pm Historic Dancers & Candlelight Tours at Dinsmore Homestead

Saturday & Sunday December 3 & 4, 2011

Saturday 1:00 to 5:00pm, 7:00 to 9pm, Sunday 1:00 to 5:00pm Afternoons: Music & Refreshments, Family Scavenger Hunt, Christmas Tours Saturday Evening: Historic Dancers, Candlelight Tours Holiday Shop is in the Cabinette at Cabin Arts the weekend of December 2nd - 4th only.

5656 Burlington Pike • 6 1/2 miles west of Burlington • 859-586-6117

Cabin Arts Quilting & Gift Shop


• Two historic buildings: -1850’s Log Cabin -1830’s Federal Style Home • Whirlpools, Steam Showers, Fireplaces & Full Breakfast • Perfect for business or pleasure


5878 N. Jefferson St. Burlington, KY 41005 859-586-8021

Gifts Certificates Available Mon. - Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-4 In celebration of our 19th Anniversary, we will offer many specials and surprises. Located in a restored 1850s log cabin, we have a complete line of quilting supplies and fabrics, as well as classes.


Mike Crane Insurance “The Courthouse is Across From Us”

offering period & primitive furniture, pictures, mirrors, lamps, china & linens.



Open Thurs - Sat 10am-5pm & Sun 12pm-4:30pm

5952 Jefferson St

859-586-6166 (Located in the Old Methodist Church Built in 1837)


(859) 534-5900 We Install

5884 N Jefferson St. Burlington, KY 41005

(859) 586-7444

3 Years / 100,000 Miles Parts & Labor Nationwide Warranty!

Gift Certificates Available!

email: 2502 Burlington Pike • Burlington, KY 41005 KYM01249

Washington Square cafe and catering 5981 N. Jefferson St., Burlington, KY ! ph: 859/586-0120

Free Hot Chocolate & Decorating of Cut-out Christmas Cookies >Wine Tasting Sat. Dec. 3rd 5-8pm<

2901 Washington St. • Burlington, KY 859-586-6823 • Services Home & Office Comfort • Steam Boilers • Hot Water Boilers Chilled Water Systems • Indoor Air Quality Products Dual Fuel Systems • Geo-Thermal Heat Pumps

GENERAL CONTRACTORS COMMERCIAL LEASING ROBERT KIRBY, JR. • Cell: 859-743-7417 2940 Hebron Park Dr., Suite 306 • Hebron, KY 41048 859-586-7734 Fax: 859-586-7772


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