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Independence area building businesses By Amy Scalf

INDEPENDENCE — As one construction project turns into a new business, another construction project begins in Independence. A new Family Dollar store is ready for business at 4145 Richardson Road. The store is currently open, but a grand opening ceremony is set for Thursday, Dec. 6. According to a corporate press release, Family Dollar was founded in 1959, in Charlotte, N.C., by entrepreneur Leon Levine. The discount retail chain now employs 50,000 team members in 7,200 stores in 45 states.

Near the end of November, bulldozers, trucks and excavators arrived on Declaration Drive to begin preliminary construction work on the new Kroger Marketplace store, which at 123,000 square feet is projected to be the largest Kroger store in Northern Kentucky. “When we announced the project, we said we hoped to start work within 30 days and we did. We just started to move dirt. Moving dirt is always good,” said Racheal Belzer, a Kroger spokesperson. The new store is expected to include a Starbucks coffeehouse, a Fred Meyer Jewelers and an enhanced baby department known

as Baby World. The new $19 million store should be completed in August 2013. Contractor and construction manager for the new Kroger Marketplace is Reece Campbell, Inc., based in Cincinnati. The company has eight additional upcoming Kroger projects listed on their website, and has built more than 125 grocery stores since the company’s inception in 1982. Reece Campbell has also completed projects in several other states, including Virginia, South Dakota, Michigan and Iowa. More information can be found at Visit for more community news

Preliminary site preparation began on the site of the future Independence Kroger Marketplace, which is planned to measure 123,000 square feet and will be the largest Kroger store in Northern Kentucky. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER


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Santa Claus, riding in a lighted vintage sleigh, was the ultimate entry in the Second Annual Country Christmas Parade during the 16th annual Independence Christmas Walk. Nearly 14,000 people visited the event, which included activities and entertainment throughout downtown Independence on Dec. 1. THANKS TO SCOTT WELLS

Just as your family has its holiday traditions, the Community Recorder invites you to be part of our tradition. Every year, in our edition between Christmas and New Year’s, we salute local people who show us every day what it means to be a good neighbor. They’re also the unsung heroes who’ve made a difference in your community. We call it “Neighbors Who Care” and we need your help. If you know someone who regularly embodies the spirit of “Neighbors Who Care” – maybe they organized a needed school or community project, helped pick up debris after a storm or brought you food during an illness – we’d like to hear from you. Simply write a couple short paragraphs about how your neighbor in Boone, Campbell or Kenton county makes a difference. Send your “Neighbors Who Care” nominations to Include your name, community and contact information, as well as that information for your neighbor.

Holiday programming arrives at library Community Recorder The holidays are in full swing at the Kenton County Public Library with the Erlanger branch and Durr branch in Independence offering a range of seasonal programming.

Erlanger branch programs

» Holiday Extravaganza will be 1:30 p.m. Dec. 2. Families can visit Santa from 1:30-2:30 p.m. and carriage rides will be available

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from 2-4 p.m. » An Introduction to E-books will be 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4, where teens and adults can learn about different e-readers and how to download library e-books. » Using Consumer Reports Online will be 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6. Attendees can learn how to access online Consumer Reports through the library’s website. » Make it! Take it! Series will hold a lip balm program on Dec. 11, a bead jewelry program on Dec.13 and a Kentucky pulled

candy program on Dec.18. All programs start at 6:30 p.m. and will require registration because classes will fill up. » Vintage Necklaces will be 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12, supplies will be provided to make vintage-style necklaces. » Downloading Your Holiday Photos will show teens and adults in attendance how to download, save and print digital holiday photos. It will be 6:30 p.m. Dec. 17.

CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS The James A. Ramage Civil War Museum’s will host a Civil War Christmas Dec. 9. A2

Durr branch, in Independence, programs » Crafting, quilting, knitting and scrap booking programs will be held throughout December at the library. Check for dates and times. » Pictures with Santa will happen in Independence from 2-4 p.m. on Dec. 1. » Holiday Cards with Steam Whistle Letterpress will show teens how they can make holiday

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cards with a portable printing press. » Using Templates to Create a Greeting Card will show adults how to use Microsoft Publisher at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 13. » The Knitting Group will meet at 7 p.m. Dec 13. Learn to knit or bring your own project. A supply list can be found on the library’s website. » Need a way to hide from loved ones while wrapping their gifts? Holiday Workshop will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 22. Vol. 2 No. 24 © 2012 The Community Recorder ALL RIGHTS RESERVED



Grade schoolers having ‘Cinderella’ experience By Connie Ruhe

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Next shows at Covedale Center for the Performing Arts include: » “Broadway Bound” by Neil Simon, Jan. 24 through Feb. 17 » “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?” featuring classic songs from the ‘60s, Feb. 28 through March 24 » “Legally Blonde,” based on the movie of the same name, April 11 through May 5

“Cinderella” runs Thursday through Sunday through Dec. 23, at the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave. Performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday begin at 8 p.m., and Sunday shows start at 2 p.m. Cost is $23 for adults, $20 for seniors and students. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the Box Office at 513-2416550.

Eight young actors are busy celebrating Christmas as members of the Children’s Ensemble in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” playing at the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts through Dec. 23. The children auditioned in September, started rehearsals in October and opened the Christmasthemed musical Nov. 29, said director Tim Perrino, who also is executive artistic director for Cincinnati Landmark Productions, which operates the Covedale Center on the west side of Cincinnati. More than 20 adults also take the stage for the classic fairy tale, including Katie Hamilton-Meier as Cinderella and Jonathan Zeng as the Prince. Music direc-




tor is Steve Goers and choreographer is Karie-Lee Sutherland. The youngest performers, who range from ages 9 to 14, are enjoying the production. Maddi O’Connell, 11, tried to identify the best part of being in “Cinderella.” The Mercy Montessori sixth-grader settled on one phrase: “It’s all too great.” Nine-year-old Jordan Darnell acknowledged “that it’s a lot of work and a lot of paying attention, and


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Eight area students are on stage for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” at the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts through Dec. 23. The performers make up the Children’s Ensemble for the Christmas-themed show. In first row from left are: Maddie Land, left, and Grace Balbo; second row, Emily Egner, left, and Jordan Darnell; third row, from left: C.J. Zimmer, Christopher Conway and Katelyn Moore, and at top is Maddi O’Connell. CONNIE RUHE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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at St. Antoninus School. She said she intends to focus on musical theater when she attends School for the Creative & Performing Arts next year. “I’d like to do some other shows here,” said Maddie Land, 14. The Sacred Heart Elementary School

student added she will watch for future auditions. Homeschooler Grace Balbo of Hyde Park will turn 13 before “Cinderella” wraps up. She said her experience in “The Music Man” on the Showboat Majestic and other performances prepared her for the current Covedale musical. It was fairly easy to adapt “Cinderella” for the holidays, according to Perrino. “First and foremost, you set it at Christmas time, and you put in a children’s chorus and caroling,” he explained. The children also dance, and escort Cinderella to the ball as horses and coachmen.

Museum features Civil War Christmas By Amy Scalf

FORT WRIGHT — Children laugh and make Christmas ornaments from flour, water, salt and ribbon, while soft dulcimer music plays holiday tunes. A woman in a long dress taps a foot pedal as a spinning wheel whirrs, turning puffs of wool into strands of yarn. These non-electronic pastimes were common during the mid-19th century, and they will be featured at the James A. Ramage Civil War Museum’s Civil War Christmas at noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. Children’s crafts include making hardtack ornaments, much like families in the 1860s would have had hanging on their Christmas trees. “One of the things we do every year is making ornaments with the children, and they take them home or put them on our tree. They love it,” said Kathleen Romero, a Ramage Museum board member. “We try to keep everything according to the period, so we have a

Kathleen Romero and Mary Desalvo, members of the James A. Ramage Civil War Museum board, dress in period costumes during a previous Civil War Christmas event. THANKS TO KATHLEEN ROMERO

small tabletop tree, because that’s what they would have had.” Adding to the crafts and live dulcimer music this year will be a display of antique quilts, some from the Behringer-Crawford Museum in Covington, and others from private collections. As another part of the free event, Santa Claus will visit and have his picture taken with children from noon to 4 p.m. The museum, located at 1402 Highland Ave., will also host a book sale.

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Hills Garden Club will reveal and dedicate the Villa Hills Memorial Garden during a Christmas tree lighting ceremony on at 5 p.m. Dec. 8. A blue spruce tree has been planted by the Villa Hills Garden Club to be the city’s Christmas tree and will be lit up after the garden dedication ceremony. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in attendance, as well as carolers from Villa Madonna Academy and River Ridge Elementary School. Refreshments will be offered.



The Education Department at Thomas More College will host two free Graduate Records Examination, or GRE, preparation workshops on Tuesdays, Dec. 11 and Dec. 18, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The test is required for admission to most graduate programs worldwide. Representatives will be on hand to discuss the college’s master’s degree programs, including the recently introduced master of education. For more information or to register, contact Judy Bautista at 859-341-4554.

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VILLA HILLS — Elyse Thaman’s spelling abilities have scored her a spot at the 2013 Scripps Spelling Bee semifinals. Thaman will represent Villa Madonna Academy in Thaman the semifinals because she has been named the top speller against other students in grades 4-8. The sixth-grader will try to qualify for a regional spelling bee by taking a 50word computer spelling test. If she’s a top scorer on that test she will compete with up to 70 of the top scorers at the WCPO-TV Regional Spelling Bee in February.

ERLANGER — Children’s books are being collected by Lloyd Memorial High School’s Gold Rush Team through Dec. 7. Students will take the books to the elementary schools within ErlangerElsmere Schools and read them to younger students. The younger students will also be able to take a book home with them. A box for collection is in the Erlanger City Building, 505 Commonwealth Ave.

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EDGEWOOD — Do your holiday decorations have what it takes to be named the best in Edgewood? The city’s Annual Home Decorating Contest, which judges exterior holiday decorations on homes in Ed-



Hempfling Road, or Ky. 3072, will be closed to traffic from Oak Island to Rich Road in Morning View from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, through Thursday, Dec. 6. According to Nancy Wood, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 spokesperson, the 1.3-mile stretch will be closed so crews can repair a slide. Wood said drivers can take Moffett Road to Oak Island to Hempfling as a detour during closure hours, and work is weather-dependent.

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River Ridge riding a crest of success Despite educational obstacles, school among best in the state on tests By William Croyle

VILLA HILLS — Three years ago, Principal Shawna Harney was looking for ideas on how to raise test scores at River Ridge Elementary School. She took 15 of her staff members to Painted Stone Elementary School in Shelbyville to observe how that school, one of the best in the state, had achieved so much success. Three weeks ago, River Ridge was named a School of Distinction by the Kentucky Department of Education. Its test scores under the new Unbridled Learning accountability model ranked 18th in the state among 733 public elementary schools, putting it in the 98th percentile. And now guess who is coming to town next month to try and learn from River Ridge’s success? “We will be watching and learning,” said Michelle Shipley, principal of Painted Stone, who will visit River Ridge on Dec. 5 with 14 of her staff members. “We’re going to steal every great thing they do.” What makes River Ridge’s accomplishments so impressive are the unique characteristics of the 20-year-old school: 1,100 students from six cities, making it the largest elementary school in the Kenton County School District and one of the largest in Kentucky; a free- and reduced-lunch population of 42 percent; roughly 27 percent of students with spe-

cial education needs; and nearly 100 students whose first language is not English. “I think those are our strengths, because the teachers realize that they have to teach different ways for each student to be successful,” said Shannon Yelton, who has two children at the school. “I do a lot as a parent, but I feel like the teachers are the ones changing my kids’ lives.” The school has no technological edge. Outside of some basic desktop computers, there are no fancy devices to show off. Students don’t have iPads. In fact, nearly half of the 40 homerooms still don’t have interactive whiteboards, a staple in many schools today. “There is no silver bullet or magic program – it’s just strong best practices that we support throughout the building, and a lot of intentional monitoring of data,” said Harney, in her fourth year as principal and 16th year overall at the school. “Last year was such a year of change with the new standards, but seeing these scores was validation of our hard work.” Harney cites several factors figuring in the school’s success: » Goal setting. “This is big for us,” Harney said. “We get students in the mindset of setting goals for everything and taking ownership of their work. We want them to say, ‘This is my work, and with the help of my teacher, this is what I need to do to bring up my score.’” » Celebrating success throughout the year with classroom and school celebrations for achievements of all sorts, from reaching personal reading goals to school-wide testing goals. » Pairing an English Language Learner student with another student who speaks his or

Valarie Baker works with Kylie Wood in a fourth-grade math class at River Ridge Elementary. It is one of the largest elementary schools in the state with a high English Language Learner and free/reduced lunch population, yet scored in the 98th percentile on the Unbridled Learning state assessments. her native language while providing hands-on, visual instruction. Students also receive home visits from the school’s family resource center to help break down barriers. » Having a full staff to serve students with special needs. The staff includes 12 teachers, six speech pathologists, a physical therapist, an occupational therapist and a psychologist. » High level of parental involvement. » Assessing students three times a year, and using that data to create or adjust interventions for each student. » Weekly Professional Learning Community meetings among teachers and administrators. They share learning ideas, talk about data and instruction, discuss what each student needs and plan for each week. They may de-

“We will be watching and learning (from River Ridge). We’re going to steal every great thing they do.” MICHELLE SHIPLEY

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termine that a student needs to move to another classroom at another level for a particular subject. “We have become very creative with grouping students and sharing students based on their needs,” Harney said. “Teachers are generally territorial with their students, but we are all owning these kids. It creates the need for teachers to communicate with each other. A lot of trust goes into that.”

Schools serve up new twist

SCHOOL NOTES Tuition awarded

Carline Lampke of Covington and Christian Matthews of Erlanger received a tuition reimbursement award from Catholic Order of Foresters.

Kammerer earns honors

Alexander Kammerer, son of Michael and Heather Kammerer, has earned second honors for the first quarter at Covington Latin School.

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PARK HILLS — Notre Dame Academy and Covington Catholic High School teamed up to present a whimsical rhymey, really goodtimey twist on the classic “Christmas Carol”-type show. The students presented a Christmas Children’s Theatre production of “A Seussified Christmas Carol” on Dec. 1 and 2 in the Frances Kathryn Carlisle Performing Arts Center at Notre Dame Academy. The show – written by Peter Bloedel, who also “Seussified” Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” – presents the much-loved tale of Scrooge and the Christmas ghosts written in rhyme à la Dr. Seuss. The village and characters in the one-act play resemble more of a “Who-ville” than the traditional Dickensian English town. Near the beginning of the play, the narrators say, “The language is more than a century old, and might need some sprucing before it is told. It’s not that Old Dickens can’t be understood, but we think some rhyming might make him more good.” Student director Kylie Kanter, a Notre Dame sophomore, said the show is very “kid-friendly and cute,” and that the perfor-

Those Professional Learning Community meetings were something the group learned more about from its visit to Painted Stone three years ago. “We review and analyze data on each student and compare what each of us has on each student,” said Dominique Cruey, a fourth-grade teacher in her eighth year here. “It may show that I need to make adjustments.” “Sometimes I have to change the way I do something, and that can be hard,” said Melinda Boesken, a third-grade teacher here since the school opened in 1992. “But if you know the change will have a positive outcome for a student, then it’s obviously a good thing.” River Ridge parents notice the teachers’ efforts. “All the teachers differentiate the instruction so that nobody is bored and nobody is lost,” said Jan Kane, mother of a fifth-grader and third-grader, and member of the site-based council. “Nobody has just one teacher anymore. It’s a huge undertaking, but they put in so many hours and get the job done.” “We do put in a lot of time,” said Kim Crable, who has also taught third grade here since the school opened. “A lot of us are here early and don’t leave until 5:30 or 6, but the day is constantly moving. We are always planning together as a third-grade team, always on the go and we do what we need to do.” Painted Stone’s scores this year weren’t bad – they were ranked “proficient” and in the 72nd percentile, but they have performed better in the past. Its staff is hoping River Ridge can return the favor from three years ago by helping them plug some holes, and River Ridge is happy to assist.

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The Scrooge, played by Norb Wessels, gets a lecture from his deceased business partner Jake Marley, portrayed by Colin Cummings, in Notre Dame Academy and Covington Catholic High School’s production of “A Seussified Christmas Carol.” AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER mance’s brevity will also help maintain young viewers’ attention spans. Working on the production has been Kanter’s favorite part. “I just like watching it come together, and the people in it are really amazing. You make a lot of friends working on a production like this,” she said. She and Maggie Perrino, director and Notre Dame drama teacher, managed a cast of more than 60 students. After the show, audience members were invited to share hot cocoa and cookies with the cast, crew and Santa Claus. Visit for more community news

The Scrooge and The Ghost of Christmas Past, otherwise known as Norb Wessels and Hannah Regan, visit a holiday party where a younger version of The Scrooge, Grant Lyons, sings with his rock band during Notre Dame Academy and Covington Catholic High School’s production of “A Seussified Christmas Carol.” AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

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College parents: Time to brag

Are you a parent of a college athlete? It’s time to brag. Thanks to such an overwhelming response to the holiday feature last year, the Recorder Newspapers again will present “Home for the holidays: Catching up with college athletes.” Parents of athletes who played in the college ranks during the 2012 calendar year can submit by email a few paragraphs and, if interested, a photo to share where they are, what they’re playing and how they did. Be sure to include the athlete’s name, parents’ names and the community newspaper they get at home. The submitted information will be compiled by newspaper and run the issue of Dec. 26-27 – just in time for people home from the holidays to catch up on their high school classmates, neighbors and friends. Basic guidelines: You can send links to college websites as background but not as the submission. Write the information as you’d want to see it in print. Send photos as a .jpg attachment to the email, not embedded in a Word document. Send the email to by Monday, Dec. 17. Questions can be directed to or 513-2487573.

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38 win over 10th Region power Clark County. Nick Ruthsatz led all scorers with 26 points and drained four shots from threepoint territory. Senior center Zach Tobler added 11 points. » Holmes beat Newport 58-51 to start the season Nov. 27. Daquan Palmer and Chris Englemon had 15 points each. James Bolden had 11. The Bulldogs beat Lloyd to improve to 2-0. Bolden had 17 points, six assists and five rebounds. » Scott beat Silver Grove 9726 Nov. 27. Nick Jackson had 15 points to lead the Eagles, who had 15 players reach the scoring column. The Eagles beat Pendleton County 87-76 Nov. 30 to improve to 2-1. Josh Felts had a career high 35 points. » Simon Kenton beat Gallatin County 63-57 Nov. 30 to avenge last year’s Eighth Region tournament loss. Andrew Sampson had 19 after scoring 33 in the season opener.

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» Beechwood beat Calvary Christian 57-39 to start the season Nov. 27. » Scott beat Villa Madonna 29-28 Nov. 26. Jill Buntin and Jenna Trimpe had six points each, all on three-pointers, as 21 of Scott’s points came on seven treys. Scott beat Ludlow 64-29 Nov. 27 to start 2-0. Buntin had 17 points and Alexis Stapleton 13. Stapleton had three three-pointers and Buntin two as the Eagles made seven treys in this game as well. Scott made nine treys in a 55-53 win over Bourbon County to improve to 3-0 with 23 made treys in the three games. » Simon Kenton beat Grant County 71-25 to open the season Dec. 1. Abby Owings had 17 points, Paige Bosse 13 and Christina Cook 11. See PREPS, Page A7

Simon Kenton senior Hiero Chamblee, left, is a returning state runner-up, FILE PHOTO

Cooper, Pioneers focused on successful season By James Weber

Scott senior Tyler Buckner tries to shoot against Ryle. Ryle beat Scott 61-46 Nov. 26 at Ryle in Union. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

INDEPENDENCE — Kevin Cooper’s long-term future is set after he signed to continue wrestling in college at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. The Simon Kenton High School senior will now focus on the short term, finishing his career with another state championship. Cooper will go for his third career state title this year to lead the Pioneers. “Chattanooga is awesome,” Cooper said. “I love everyone down there. It’s a great team, it’s like a family and the coaches are great.” Cooper was a perfect 68-0 last season to win the state title at 145 pounds. In the offseason, he was a freestyle All-American and a FloWrestling All-American. “In Flo Nationals I got to the semis and wrestled a state champ from New Jersey and

Kevin Cooper is going for his third state title this year. FILE PHOTO

lost by a point in overtime,” he said. “I just keep training harder and try to work hard all the time.” Cooper is the last in the line of three brothers and three cousins who have ruled the sport for the past 12 years. He is third in career wins behind two

of them, brother Neil and cousin Josh. Kevin has a chance to pass one or both of them at the end of the season. The latest Cooper chose a strong Division I college program to go to, said his head coach Nathan Gilbert. “It’s exciting to see his hard work pay off, a lifetime of effort,” Gilbert said. “He never really stops. He sacrifices a lot to get where he is.” Cooper leads a deep Pioneers team that finished 20-3 in dual matches and was fifth in the state. Five other seniors qualified for state last year, with four of them placing. Hiero Chamblee was state runner-up at 170. Joey Parrott was fourth at 120, Drew Harris fifth at 132 and David Bergman seventh at 195. Kevin “Hotrod” Roberts was one match from placing last year. Other returning starters are sophomore Elijah Owens, junior See WRESTLE, Page A7

Eagles wrestling has high hopes for 2013 By Adam Turer

After a 53rd-place finish at the 2012 state tournament, and the graduation of the team’s top wrestler, you may expect Scott High School’s wrestling team to take a step back in the 2012-2013 season. Instead, the Eagles enter this year with high hopes and a deep roster ready to make their mark on the program. Competition will be fierce in practices, as several Eagles will battle for starting spots. No role

is guaranteed, even for those returning wrestlers who earned a spot in the starting rotation last season. “Our strength this year will be our depth,” said head coach Don Graven. “We have some very experienced wrestlers who will not end up being on the varsity.” Ryan Sowder, the Eagles’ top performer a year ago and the winner of two matches at state, graduated. This year, the leadership role falls to a junior, Sam Schwachter. “We will count on him to be our leader and show us the way we

need to grow as individuals, as a team, and as people,” said Graven. Sophomore Dale Hensley returns after advancing to state last year as a freshman. He is joined by classmates Eli Sowder, Elijah Miller, and Anthony Ashford. While the roster remains young, the Eagles are battle-tested. That varsity experience at a young age is a main reason why there are high expectations at Scott this season. If the young Eagles go through a sophomore slump, they will need to bounce back quickly. They cannot let the weight of ex-

“Our strength this year will be our depth. We have some very experienced wrestlers who will not end up being on the varsity.” DON GRAVEN head coach

pectations lead to a season of decline. “Our weakness this year will

be living up to expectations we have set for ourselves, and learning how to develop a winning culture,” said Graven. As important as their physical improvement is, the Eagles will also need to grow mentally. An improvement in mental strength will be just as vital as a steady improvement in physical strength. Expecting to win and bouncing back quickly from losses will help Graven and his team grow that winning culture. “We will have a successful season if we learn to have confidence in ourselves,” said Graven.



Norse women get first D-I win

Men’s team learns from Ohio State

Northern Kentucky has its first victory as a Division I program and Melody Doss is suddenly the answer to a trivia question that will long be remembered by Norse basketball fans. Doss’ layup just before the buzzer sounded, off an assist from freshman Christine Roush gave NKU an improbable 66-64 win over Youngstown State on Nov. 27. The shot capped an

incredible late-game sequence of heroics as the Norse rallied from an eight-point deficit (63-55) with 3:31 remaining to stun the previously unbeaten Penguins. “The last play we ran to win the game, Melody was saying ‘look for me,’ and I was hoping the pass was there,” Christine Roush said of the final play. “It was, and I got it there, and she made the shot. It was probably the most important assist in my life.” Brandi Brown made one of two free throws to extend the Youngstown State lead to 64-62 with 16 seconds left. Kayla Thacker then nailed an off-balance


» Scott lost 4-3 to Cooper Nov. 29. Megan Kindoll shot 363 (187-176).

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Boys bowling

» Scott lost 7-0 to Cooper Nov. 29. Zach Lawson shot 411 (184-227) in his solo games for the Eagles and Travis Benke 353 (203-150). » Simon Kenton beat Dixie Heights 5-2 Nov. 29, and 2,621-2,616 on total pins. Chris Fecher struck out in the 10th frame of the last game to give the Pioneers the total point. SK also won one of the team games by five points. A.J. Crone shot 462 (215-247) in his two solo games. Brian Fecher had 409 (210-199).

Girls bowling

» Dixie Heights beat Simon Kenton 5-2 in points and 1,592-1,393 in total.

18-footer from the left wing to tie the game at 64all with1.7 seconds remaining. Liz Hornberger then turned the ball over trying to inbound the ball, giving NKU possession underneath its own basket. That set the stage for Doss, who took a perfect inbounds pass from Roush in the lane and converted a shot as time expired. “The out-of-bounds play was open all game,” Doss said. “It was open (on the last play), and we stuck it. It was definitely exciting. It’s a breath of fresh air getting this win and knowing we can compete with the girls in this division.”

Roush scored a careerhigh 24 points to lead NKU. The freshman guard also grabbed eight rebounds and was 4-for-6 from 3point range. Doss scored six points and hauled in eight rebounds. She also blocked three shots. “I thought our kids did a good job of trying to keep them at bay, and keep them away from the rim,” NKU head coach Dawn Plitzuweit said. “Some of it is that things fell into our lap at home, and at the same time, I thought our kids competed. They could’ve quit at the two-minute mark.” NKU lost at Missouri State 70-67 Dec. 1, losing a one-point lead in the final

Wrestle Continued from Page A6

Thomas More Notes

» The Thomas More College men’s basketball team remained undefeated Dec. 1 as it defeated Waynesburg University, 54-42, in a Presidents’ Athletic Conference game. With the win, the Saints improve to 7-0 overall and 2-0 in the PAC. The Saints are idle until next Saturday, Dec. 8, when they host Washington & Jefferson College at 3 p.m. at the Connor Convocation Center. The 13th-ranked Thomas More College women’s basketball team defeated Waynesburg University, 77-68 Dec. 1. With the win, the Saints improve to 6-1 overall and 2-0 in the PAC. TMC hosts W&J 1 p.m. Saturday.

minutes. Doss poured in a career-high 14 points while Hopper recorded her first double-double of the season with 13 points and 15 rebounds. Kayla Thacker added 11 points for NKU. NKU returns to action Dec. 8 as the Norse travel to Muncie, Ind., to face Ball State. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. NKU returns 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, to play Butler. The NKU men’s team fell at fourth-ranked Ohio State 70-43 Dec. 1. Jalen Billups led the Norse (0-5) with 11 points and nine rebounds. “We’re headed in the right direction,” said guard Eshaunte Jones, who had

Derek Hicks, junior Chance Lutes and freshman Tucker Mueller. Owens finished fourth at 106 in the state meet for SK’s sixth returning state medalist. Hicks and Mueller were state qualifiers, giving the Pioneers nine wrestlers with state experience. “We’re looking good,” Gilbert said. “We hope to win a state title this year but we know we’ll have our work cut out for us with Campbell County and other teams.” Holy Cross sophomore Ally Mayhaus shoots the ball against St. Henry senior Sierra Harlan. HC beat St. Henry 57-31 in the Dixie Heights tournament Nov. 29. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

nine points. “We have a lot of young kids who are learning right now, so this game is definitely a building block. Ohio State went to the Final Four last year, and there aren’t too many teams that come into this arena and leave with a win.” Northern Kentucky made its NCAA Division I debut with four games in five days at a tournament in San Diego from Nov. 1418. The Norse led in the second half of all four games, two of which were fourpoint defeats. NKU plays at Texas Tech Dec. 4 after Recorder print deadlines then is off until Dec. 20 at Hampton. ter not having any regional placers last season. Holmes has a roster of 18 with no seniors, and eight of them are eighth-graders. Eighth-graders Dimitri Dozier and Byron Donnelly won matches over Scott in their first match. Holmes wrestles in two Ohio invitationals before the conference meet. Follow James on Twitter @RecorderWeber and check out more coverage at

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The fiscal cliff and Too old for technology? Meals on Wheels So this sequestration, a part of the fiscal cliff, only affects the “entitlement programs,” it doesn’t affect the programs that support seniors, like transportation, home-delivered meals, senior centers and protection from abuse? Right? Wrong! It will have a devastating effect on these programs. If Congress allows sequestration to go into effect on Jan. 2, 2013, the resulting $54.5 billion in non-defense discretionary cuts in fiscal year 2013 will have alarming effects on programs that maintain older adults’ independence, health and well-being. Moving ahead with sequestration allows our representatives the opportunity not to make decisions about which programs provide the greatest return on investment and reflect the current and future needs of our great country. We know that supporting older adults in their own homes with home health care, homedelivered meals and transportation to and from health care costs about one-third the annual cost of a long-term care facility. And, home is where, when asked, the seniors want to live out their remaining days. Cuts like those being presented also result in added burden and financial strains to the caregiver.

Speaking about meals alone, in Kentucky this sequestration will result in an estimated loss of 320,341 meals annually. Ken Rechtin This is estimatCOMMUNITY ed to leave RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST 3,411 elderly people without meals for one year. To compound this reduction in funding, there is currently a “waiting list” of seniors who need and wish to have a home-delivered meal, but because of limited funding, will wait from one to 12 months to receive them. There is currently not enough funding to cover the need. Cutting current levels of funding will leave thousands of seniors hungry and may force them into long-term care facilities. So, is there a compromise? Well, yes there is. Congress could take a more surgical approach to the proposed acrossthe-board cutting that will take place this coming January. A surgical approach would result in extending programs like Senior Services of Northern Kentucky’s Meals on Wheels home-delivered meal program. Congress could make choices

based on return on investment and responding to the needs of our country. Congress could also establish “means testing” and “sliding scale fee for service” for programs paid for by the Older Americans Act. Currently, these programs, which were established under the 1965 Older American Act, require that the recipient not be charged for the meal, the ride, the enjoyment at a senior center, the housekeeping or the care given in their own home. These programs are currently not “means tested” and never have been. Maybe they should be. “Means testing” combined with a “sliding scale fees for service” could result in more truly needy seniors being served and a reduction in the number of people on the waiting list. Call your congressional representative or U.S. senator today and tell them: “There are solutions that will not result in the elimination of over 320,000 meals to Kentucky’s seniors. Solutions that may, in fact, result in a greater number of our seniors being able to be served.” Ken Rechtin is the interim executive director of Senior Services of Northern Kentucky.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Column an insult to rape victims

To say I was shocked by the article submitted by Fred H. Summe, titled, “Does rape justify abortion?” is an understatement. To address such a controversial topic with such bravado is daring, and to further insult the rape victim by challenging her right to an abortion is hateful. Obviously there are masses (many of whom are Christians) who strongly disagree with this stance, and thankfully have the right to say so. The offense initiates with a statement insinuating that life begins at conception. Conception is the joining of two cells. It is only the beginning of a long series of events and processes that must take place in order for life to be sustained. These cells do not feel pain, and cannot think. Only when the group of cells matures into an organized set of organs and create a viable fetus (able to

survive outside the womb) may we consider it human life. Summe further insults with his attempt to lead the reader to believe that the majority of rapes result in pregnancy, whereby abortion could be a possible outlet. A number of studies have shown that pregnancy resulting from rape is very uncommon. One, looking at 2,190 victims, reported pregnancy in only 0.6 percent.” (Abortion: Politics, Morality, and the Constitution [Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1984], 283.) Additionally, Summe chose to allude that the mental anguish a rape victim suffers will only be exacerbated by a subsequent abortion. According to bioethicist Andrew Varga, “It is argued that in these tragic cases the great value of the mental health of a woman who becomes pregnant as a result of rape or incest can best be safe-guarded by abortion. It is also said that a pregnancy caused by rape or in-

cest is the result of a grave injustice and that the victim should not be obliged to carry the fetus to viability. This would keep reminding her for nine months of the violence committed against her and would just increase her mental anguish. It is reasoned that the value of the woman’s mental health is greater than the value of the fetus. It is concluded, then, that abortion is justified in these cases.” To quote author Alice Sebold (regarding rape), “You save yourself or you remain unsaved.” While freedom of speech is respected, it is my opinion that Summe made only one lucid point: Women are the stronger of the two sexes. If a strong woman chooses to terminate a pregnancy that resulted from the violence of a rape, that is her choice. (Matthew 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.)

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Our culture professes that the modern world of technology is completely independent from the archaic sphere in which our grandparents reside. I too shared this feeling until recently, when my allusions as such were quickly dismantled after conducting several interviews with the “elderly” of our society. The majority of people in older generations who have an aversion to technology do so because of their resistance to change. Barbara Connor, a retired housewife living in Florida with her husband William, has had a difficult time adjusting to the new techAlexa Schulte nological age. COMMUNITY She says, “I RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST really dislike new things, doesn’t matter what they are. I resist change, but then when I have it, I think it’s the most wonderful thing in the world.” It wasn’t only that the opposed interviewees resisted change in general, but they also found the pace of change to be overwhelming. Helen Kreitzburg, a retired retail manager living in Pittsburgh, said, “For people like me, who are just beginning to use the device, it is really frustrating because I am still trying to get used to the old version when they come out with something new.” Shirley Dershowitz, from New York, has coined her era the “sandwich generation” because most of them let the technological wave pass by without becoming very involved with it. She says, “Little by little we will be forced to use the computer, whether we like it or not ... we’re really the sandwich generation. We are being forced to change because we have too many years left.” Although Mrs. Dershowitz is not ecstatic about this change, she understands it is bound to happen and will approach the challenge head on. Instead of being “forced to change” as Mrs. Dershowitz stated, many grandparents have embraced this change, even welcomed it. For them, email, social networking and video chatting are used to communicate with family and friends. Email is by far the most popular Internet activity among older generations because it is the easiest and most convenient form of correspondence. Robert Paul, my 72-year-old grandfather who is also vice president of sales and marketing at Magna Group in Detroit, prefers email “because you don’t have to sit and wait around for an answer, which quite frankly, I don’t have time for.” Although the majority of the interviewees said they did not operate a social media account, those who did stated

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the foremost reason was to increase communication with their grandchildren. May Johnson says, “I only get on a few times a year, and when I do, it is to talk with Summer and Sydney (her grandchildren). They don’t answer their phones anymore, so Facebook is the best way.” Skype and other forms of video chatting, although not exceedingly popular, are employed in the same way. Margaret Schrand will not go outside the house without a full application of makeup, so she adheres to these same rules when video-chatting her children and grandchildren. “Oh yes, I do enjoy Skyping Kimberly and her children,” she says, “but of course only if my makeup is on.” Her husband, John, was heard chuckling in the background. Although each participant possessed a distinctive approach regarding his or her relationship with technology, prevalent throughout each phone call was the theme of courage. Our grandparents are diving into this strange and overwhelming realm of technology without an ounce of experience. Baptism by fire, you could say. I am humbled that I had the chance to hear these unconventional stories firsthand, but I also feel compelled to share it with willing ears. It is for that reason that I am writing in my room on a Saturday afternoon. This is not a story of the meek and feeble, this is a story of determination, of not giving up. Although this strange new world has been thrust upon them, the “old” people are adapting. Shirley Dershowitz couldn’t have put it better when she said, “As you know, I don’t like things to change, but of course the only thing in life you can guarantee is that there will be change. You might not always be ready for it, but you sure as hell better learn to embrace it.” Alexa Schulte is a junior at Notre Dame Academy. She is interning at the Community Recorder.

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"Joyful Noise" performed classic Christmas music in the Independence City Council Chambers at the Municipal Center during the Independence Christmas Walk 2012. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Three-year-old Hannah Locklear gets her picture taken with Santa Claus at the Independence Municipal Center during the 2012 Independence Christmas Walk on Dec. 1.

Miss Independence 2012 is Taylor Reynolds, daughter of Ed and Laura Reynolds. She is 20 years old and a junior at Northern Kentucky University. The pageant was held Nov. 30 at the Simon Kenton High School Auditorium.




Nearly 14,000 people came to celebrate the winter holidays during the 16th annual Independence Christmas Walk on Dec. 1. Madison Pike was closed to through traffic in front of the Kenton County Courthouse for the evening, allowing visitors to walk safely between attractions at local businesses. Tractors and horses pulled hayrides on both ends of the route between Independence Station Road and Declaration Drive, giving walkers a brief, but welcome, respite.

Lines formed outside the Independence Municipal Building to see Santa Claus and Nickelodeon star Ciara Bravo, and people also lined up to look through telescopes set up in the Independence Cemetery by the Cincinnati Observatory Center. Madison Pike was lined with festive lighted homes and decorations, holiday music performances and fire barrels where people roasted marshmallows and drank hot chocolate. The 2013 Independence Christmas Walk has already been set for Saturday, Dec. 7.

Shannon Downs and Connor Sandusky, both of Independence, chat while roasting marshmallows outside the Independence Cemetery during the 2012 Independence Christmas Walk on Dec. 1. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Jean Shotwell leads Carter's Chapel Bell Choir. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Joyce Works at Century 21 Garner Properties handed out reindeer food to help guide Santa's sleigh-pullers to local homes during the 2012 Independence Christmas Walk. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Haley Bennett, 15, helps Elsa Ziesmann, 6, fill out a card to send to an American military service member in Afghanistan at Huber and Behle Law Firm during the Independence Christmas Walk 2012. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Jeff, Reva and Parker Myers of Independence learn how to roast chestnuts during a visit with St. Nicholas at the Independence Christmas Walk 2012. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Jeff King points out details in the train display for his daughter, Gentry, 4, of Erlanger, with Conductor Frank Kammel at Century 21 Garner Properties during the Independence Christmas Walk 2012. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Four-year-old Melinda Hernandez of Covington had fun posing in the Christmas photo stands outside the Kenton County Courthouse in Independence during the Independence Christmas Walk 2012. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

The Nutcracker, from the upcoming Cincinnati Ballet performance, walks down Madison Pike during the Independence Christmas Walk 2012. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, DEC. 7 Exercise Classes Jazzercise Classes, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, 519 Enterprise Drive, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; Crescent Springs.

Exhibits Divided We Stood: Northern Kentucky in the Civil War, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Kentucky was a Mason-Dixon state with an idealistic but unrealistic goal of neutrality. Learn how this had a far-reaching impact, tearing families and communities apart. 859-4914003; Covington.

Holiday - Christmas Christmas On Main, 6-8 p.m., Walton Branch Library, 21 S. Main St., Holiday music by Swingin’ Dulcimers at 7 p.m. Children’s craft offered evening. Light refreshments served. Free. 859-342-2665; Walton. Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Layout features Lionel trains and Plasticville. More than 250 feet of track. Patrons welcome to operate more than 30 accessories from buttons on layout. Through Jan. 13. Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington.

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

Music - Religious Holiday Music, 6-9 p.m. With Steve Flammer, contemporary folk and mountain dulcimer., Joseph-Beth Booksellers-Crestview Hills, 2785 Dixie Highway, Chill out and warm up during season with entertainment. Free. 859-912-7860; Crestview Hills.

Senior Citizens Canasta, 9 a.m.-noon, Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., 859-727-2306. Elsmere.

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

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 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. City of Covington Candy Cane Hunt, 1:30 p.m., Goebel Park, Philadelphia Street between Fifth and Sixth, Candy cane hunt, refreshments, visit from Santa and more. Presented by City of Covington. 859-292-2151; Covington. Lunch with Santa, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Joseph-Beth Booksellers-Crestview Hills, 2785 Dixie Highway, Children visit and eat with Santa Claus. Ticket pricing TBA. Reservations required. 859-912-7860; Crestview Hills.

Karaoke and Open Mic Super Bowl of Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Super Bowl, 510 Commonwealth Ave., Drink specials: $12 buckets, $3 domestics and $2 jello shots. With DJ Matt V and DJ Love MD. Free. 859-727-2000. Erlanger.

Music - Jazz New Sleepcat Band, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 859-261-2365; Covington. Karl Dappen on Sax, 7-10:30 p.m., Argentine Bistro, 2875 Town Center Blvd., Variety of music from jazz to soft rock. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-4261042; Crestview Hills.

Music - Religious Holiday Music, 2-4 p.m. Chamber Music with Flutes., JosephBeth Booksellers-Crestview Hills, Free. 859-912-7860; Crestview Hills.

Runs / Walks

The Covington Candy Cane Hunt will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Goebel Park. Pictured is Mary List of Covington. FILE PHOTO Jingle Bell Run/Walk 5K, 10 a.m. Theme: Let’s Move Together., Northern Kentucky Convention Center, 1 W. RiverCenter Blvd., Packet pickup/registration begins 8:30 a.m. Food, entertainment, awards, a costume competition, the Kids Candy Cane Fun Run and a wellness fair. Wear holiday-themed costume. Benefits The Ohio River Valley Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. $30 adults with T-shirt, $25 ages 17 and under with T-shirt; $20, $15 ages 17 and under. Registration required, available online. Presented by The Ohio River Valley Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. 513-271-4545; Covington.

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

Literary - Story Times Holiday Toy Trains Polar Express Reading, 2-3 p.m. Story read by Krista King from the Boone County Library, Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Wear pajamas. Story reading, hot chocolate, cookies and special gifts from Santa. Holiday Toy Trains on display. Included with admission. Reservations required. 859-491-4003. Covington.

Music - Acoustic Drew Lanius and Willy D, 8 p.m.-midnight, Shimmers Tavern, 1939 Dixie Highway, 859426-0490; Fort Wright.

Music - Religious Holiday Music, 2-3 p.m. With Longbranch Elementary Kids Chorus., Joseph-Beth Booksellers-Crestview Hills, Free. 859912-7860; Crestview Hills.

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

Health / Wellness Look Good, Feel Better, 7 p.m., St. Elizabeth Edgewood, 1 Medical Village Drive, Beauty techniques taught to women undergoing cancer treatments. Free. Registration required. Presented by American Cancer Society Northern Kentucky. 800-227-2345; Edgewood.

Music - Religious Holiday Music, 7-7:30 p.m. With Thornwilde Elementary Chorus., Joseph-Beth Booksellers-Crestview Hills, Free. 859-912-7860; Crestview Hills.

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. Through Dec. 17. 859-391-8639; Elsmere.

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Christmas Town: Free Live Nativity & Garden of Lights will be 5-8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 7-29, at the Creation Museum, 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Petersburg. FILE PHOTO Presented by Equipped Ministries. 859-802-8965; Lakeside Park.

The Dead Head Concert will be 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Madison Theater in Covington. Doors open at 8 p.m. Pictured are the Rumpke Mountain Boys who will be featured during the event. FILE PHOTO

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TUESDAY, DEC. 11 Community Dance Line Dancing, 7-9 p.m., Lookout Heights Civic Club, 1661 Park Road, Holly and Bernie Ruschman, instructors. Beginners welcome. Smoke-free. Family friendly. $6, $3 for first-timers. Presented by H & B Dance Co.. Through Dec. 18. 859-727-0904. Fort Wright.

Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 6-7 p.m., Edgewood Senior Center, 550 Freedom Park Drive, Exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beats. $5. Presented by Zumba with Gabrielle. 513-702-4776. Edgewood. Jazzercise Classes, 9:30-10:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. 6 p.m.-7 p.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; Crescent Springs.

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

Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Shimmers Tavern, 1939 Dixie Highway, Sing your heart out with Kara. 859-426-0490; Fort Wright. Open Mic/College Night, 6 p.m.-1 a.m., Mahogany’s Coffee House and Bar, 3715 Winston Ave., Hosted by Pete Wallace. Free. 859-261-1029. Latonia.

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

Music - Concerts Zappa Plays Zappa, 8 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Tribute act led by Dweezil Zappa, the eldest son of Frank Zappa, the late American composer and musician, devoted to performing the music of his

father. $33.25. 800-745-3000; Covington.

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

Music - Religious Holiday Music, 7-9 p.m. With Sunshine Brass, brass quartet., Joseph-Beth Booksellers-Crestview Hills, Free. 859-912-7860; Crestview Hills.

Recreation Bridge, 12:30-3 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Open play. All ages. Free. 859342-2665. Union.

Senior Citizens Bingo, 12:30-3 p.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., 859-727-2306. Elsmere. Bingo, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Presented by Walton Senior Activity Center. 859-485-7611. Walton.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 12 Art Exhibits Nine, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Free. 859-491-2030; Covington.

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

Exhibits Divided We Stood: Northern Kentucky in the Civil War, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 859-491-4003; Covington. Flags By Brad Austin Smith, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 859-491-4003. Covington.

Health / Wellness Weight Loss Class, 5:30-6 p.m., Lakeside Christian Church, 195 Buttermilk Pike, $60 for 12-week membership. First class free.

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington. Scuba Santa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $23, $15 ages 2-12, free under age 2. 800-4063474; Newport. Light Up the Levee Holiday Light Show, 6:45-11:30 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-291-0550; Newport. Santa Workshop, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Newport on the Levee, $7, free ages 3 and under. $56 family passes. 859-291-0550; Newport.

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THURSDAY, DEC. 13 Community Dance SwinGallery, 8-11:30 p.m., Step-N-Out Studio, 721 Madison Road, Complimentary beginner East Coast Swing lesson 8-9 p.m included with $5 cover charge for dance. Dancing to music by DJ 9-11:30 p.m. All ages. No partner required. Family friendly. $5. Presented by SwinGallery. Through Dec. 27. 513-290-9022. Covington.

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

Karaoke and Open Mic Extreme Entertainment Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Shimmers Tavern, 1939 Dixie Highway, Test your voice against some of the best singers in the area. 859-4260490; Fort Wright.

Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Pike St. Lounge, 266 W Pike Street, Hosted by Bree. 513-402-2733. Covington.

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Mothers of Preschoolers Meeting, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Florence United Methodist Church, 8585 Old Toll Road, Moms come together to share breakfast, laughter, support, a speaker or activity and a short devotion. Free. 859-371-7961; Florence.

Original Hillbilly Thursdays, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., The Southgate House Revival, 111 E. Sixth St., The Lounge. Country, bluegrass, Americana and old fashioned hillbilly music. Different artist each week. Includes 50 cents off Jack Daniels. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-431-2201; Newport.

Music - Blues

Music - Jazz

Ricky Nye and Bekah Williams, 7:30-11:30 p.m., Chez Nora, 530 Main St., 859-4918027; Covington.

Lee Stolar Trio, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., 859261-2365; Covington.

Music - Jazz

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

Music - World

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

Alpen Echos, 7:30-11:30 p.m., Hofbrauhaus, 200 E. Third St., 859-491-7200; Newport.

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Birdbrain Crash, 10 p.m.-1 a.m., Sidebar, 322 Greenup St., Country/rock music. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-431-3456. Covington.

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Drama, 8-10 p.m., Monmouth Theatre, $17, $14 students and seniors. 513-479-6783; Newport.

Senior Citizens Tai Chi Beginner Classes, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., Learn positions and motions of one of the oldest forms of martial arts. For seniors. 859-727-2306. Elsmere. Tai Chi Intermediate Class, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., For seniors who have already taken beginners classes and are looking to broaden their knowledge of this martial art form dedicated to muscle-building and flexibility. For seniors. 859-727-2306. Elsmere. Euchre Tournament, noon-2 p.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Presented by Walton Senior Activity Center. 859-485-7611. Walton.

Recreation Bridge, 12:30-3 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, Free. 859-3422665. Union.

Senior Citizens Senior Aerobics with Ginny, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., 859-7272306. Elsmere.

Sports-Registrations & Tryouts Sports of All Sorts Youth Association Holiday Basketball Shooting Camp with Coach Ken Shields, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $125. 859-372-7754; Union.



An easy peanut brittle

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Easy peanut brittle

This is not as sweet as the kind of brittle that you buy. I’ve used both light and dark corn syrup and the dark is what my family prefers, but use whatever you have on hand. This recipe does not contain baking soda, which gives some peanut brittle the customary honeycomb texture. Now depending upon the kind of pan you use (I used a stainless steel), it may take a little longer or shorter time to make the candy than the

garlic in meat. Add a little dry red wine or beef broth during last 20 minutes.

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Healthy sweet potato fries

The YWCA is seeking nominations for the esteemed 2013 Career Women of Achievement award. The 34th Annual Salute to Career Women of Achievement luncheon will be held May 15, at the Duke Energy Center. The Career Women of Achievement Awards recognize outstanding women at the pinnacle of their careers. Former Career Women of Achievement Honorees Susan Branscome, president of Q10 Quest Commercial Capital Corporation and Linda Clement-Holmes, chief diversity officer and senior vice president of Global Business Services, Procter & Gamble, are the event co-chairs for 2013. For more information and nomination forms, visit or call 513-241-7090. The deadline for receipt of nominations is Monday, Jan. 7.

A good time of year to make this since sweet potatoes are good buys in season. I’ll add a pinch of cayenne if making for adults. Let kids help toss together and talk about eating “from the Garden of Eden,” the brighter the color of the veggie, the better it is for you! 4 sweet potatoes Canola or olive oil Salt to taste Cayenne pepper, optional (A little goes a long way)

Rita’s recipe for peanut brittle is not as sweet as store-bought versions. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD.

recipe calls for. Check out my blog – – for step-by-step photos. ⁄2 stick unsalted butter ⁄2 cup sugar 2 tablespoons corn syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 to 11⁄2 cups nuts: your favorite (We like salted mixed nuts) 1


Spray cookie sheet. Over medium heat, stir butter, sugar, corn syrup and vanilla until melted, smooth and bubbly. Cover and cook one minute. Stir in nuts, raise heat to medium high and cook, stirring constantly, until nuts are fragrant, lightly browned and the mixture is very golden, about five minutes. What happens is the mixture will reach the hard crack stage (300 degrees).

If you put a bit in a glass of cold water, it will make a hard ball. Immediately pour onto cookie sheet, spreading thinly as possible. A sprayed offset spatula or butter knife helps here. Cool until hard, about 15 minutes, then break into pieces. Keep covered at room temperature.

Perfect roast beef

Good for that holiday sirloin tip or similar roast, not chuck, which needs to be roasted differently. An unconventional way of roasting. Cranking up the oven to 475 develops moist, flavorful meat. Yes, you may have some splatter in the oven, but that should clean up OK.

3-4 pounds beef roast (see above)

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Season with salt and pepper and brown on all sides in oil in ovenproof pan (or scrape up brown bits and place all in roasting pan). Roast until temperature reaches 110 degrees, 45-60 minutes or so. Leave in oven and increase heat to 475 degrees. Cook until temperature reaches 120 degrees for rare, 125 for medium rare or 130 for medium. This will take up to 30 minutes or so. Check after 20 minutes. Remove from oven, tent with foil and let rest 15 minutes. Serve with pan juices. Tips from Rita’s kitchen Put several slivers of

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray cookie sheet. Peel potatoes, cut into wedges. Put in bowl and toss with a couple or three tablespoons oil. Place single layer on sheet, sprinkle with seasoning, and bake 20 minutes. Turn potatoes over and bake until golden and tender, about 20 minutes. If potatoes are cut thin, they may take less time; if thicker, a bit more.

Giftgiver’s hot chocolate mix with variations On my website, Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

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In my house, you’re never too young, or old, to have a stocking hung on the mantle for St. Nicholas to fill. When we were kids, we hung ours (and they weren’t the fancy ones I have today but our regular socks) on our bedposts. A pomegranate was included if it fit mom’s budget, and I carry on that tradition today. Yesterday, the little ones hung their stockings up and 4-year-old grandRita daughter Heikenfeld Eva, who RITA’S KITCHEN has a 4month-old sister, Emerson, said “I’ll share mine with Em.” Now that’s what the holidays are about!

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Carbon monoxide risk increases during winter As cooler weather arrives most people close their windows and turn up the heat. These actions may increase the risk of poisoning by carbon monoxide (CO), a silent but deadly gas responsible for hundreds of deaths each year. Because people cannot smell, taste or see it, they do not realize when they are breathing in carbon monoxide. Although carbon monoxide poisoning poses threats for everyone, infants, children, senior citizens and those with respiratory problems have increased risks. Carbon monoxide poisoning can adversely affect health in many ways. Breathing high levels of carbon monoxide can cause breathing and vision impairments, reduced brain function, loss of consciousness and


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Have a written contract before work starts You have a house fire and your home needs major repairs. Although you’re fully insured, you can still run into problems that can bring you close to bankruptcy. That’s what an area man fears may happen to him. Daniel VanDean has owned a house in Hidden Valley Lake for the past two years. In February, there was a fire in the lower level of his house. “The smoke got up into the walls, into the insulation, and basically the whole house had to be gutted completely,” he said. VanDean hired a contractor to do most of the repairs. “He was given two checks. One of them, for $15,000 to get started, and then another for $25,000 to continue the work,” he said. But, although the job was to have been completed in August, it was far from complete months later. VanDean says he learned a lot of the work-

ers weren’t getting paid and liens were being filed against his home. “So, out of that $40,000 the Howard contractor Ain kept the HEY HOWARD! $40,000. “I’m paying for the rest of the work out of my own pocket. This is going to leave me quite a bit of money short finishing my house,” VanDean said. VanDean’s insurance agent looked at the work that had been performed and wrote a letter saying he felt the work was substandard. In one case, he found a used vanity had been installed in one of the bathrooms. That vanity has since been replaced with a new one, but VanDean says it took more than a week for him to correct construction problems. It turns out most of the conflict with the contractor is over work VanDean

says he never authorized. He says the problem is, “It wasn’t in writing. It was ‘word of mouth’ and that’s where the legal system says I should have had it in writing.” So I called the contractor who took issue with the quality of his work, saying it did pass a county inspection. He says there was a signed agreement but admits a lot of work was done with just a verbal OK. He says that extra work added more time to the job. So protect yourself when hiring a contractor. Get written estimates from three contractors. Then make sure the contract you sign includes any changes, in writing, and make certain it states who pays for the materials and subcontractors so there’s no question about it later. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

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Many older Americans are struggling to afford food to meet their basic dietary needs. This month, nearly 1,000 vulnerable older adults will receive a jar of peanut butter in addition to their Meals on Wheels delivery, thanks to donations from friends and neighbors during a food drive. In October, Wesley Community Services, AARP Ohio and Walgreens asked area residents to “Spread Some Good” with donations of peanut butter at 57 local Walgreens stores in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Ken-

tucky. The food drive, held Oct. 11-29, collected 1,180 pounds of peanut butter (940 jars). The food drive is part of the national AARP Drive to End Hunger; which promotes awareness about the serious problem of senior hunger. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service shows that in Ohio, 15.5 percent of households were food insecure at some time during the year between 2009 and 2011, compared to 14.7 percent nationally. While there are many similar food drives across the country, the effort in Cincinnati and Northern

Kentucky was different in its focus on a singular item. The partnership also helped to assure that donations remained in the community. Peanut butter is low in calories and is a source of fiber, protein, and good dietary fat. For older adults, the benefits of healthy eating include increased mental acuteness, resistance to illness and disease, higher energy levels, and faster recuperation times . Contributions can be made through the end of the year online to Wesley Community Services at 2091 Radcliff Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45204.

Nominations sought for makeover Community Recorder Procter & Gamble and the Reds Community Fund will make over one community’s ball field or recreation area in the surrounding Greater Cincinnati area in need of a renovation. Interested communities should complete the application at community by Jan. 15. Projects must include a minimum of one baseball and/or softball field and


should also include a significant community park or asset in need of renovation. Applicants should provide photographs, site maps and additional narratives to highlight relevant information regarding the project needs. The Reds Community Fund is also looking for additional projects focused on renovating ball fields in underserved neighborhoods where a new or renovated field would increase

the number of youth participating in baseball and softball programs. Prospective communities for the field makeover can be from anywhere in Reds Country. Apply at Since 2010, P&G and the Reds Community Fund have partnered for the annual P&G Community Day volunteer service projects featuring hundreds of P&G employees renovating baseball, softball fields and community parks.


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What’s in a name? Friends of Boone County Arboretum: 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, Boone County Extension Office. Everyone welcome for this potluck holiday meeting. Make your reservation by calling Laura at 859-586-6101.

Mexico, where it was known as “Nativity Flower.” Other times, plant names are derived from the place of origin or native range of the plant, or may relate to some unique feature of the plant, such as its growth habit, color, texture, size or shape of leaves, presence of thorns, abundance of flowers, or any other feature that sets it apart from other members of its family or genus. Scientific names of plants are usually Latin or Greek in nature, and they are used to describe botanical or anatomical features of a plant. Red maple (also known as “swamp maple” in some

parts of the U.S.), is known all around the world (by its scientific name) as Acer rubrum. The first word (the genus) is Latin for “sharp,” since the Romans used to fashion the maple twigs into spears. The second word in the scientific name is the “specific epithet,” and it is often like an adjective that describes the genus. The two words together make up the “species.” In our example, “rubrum” is Latin for “red,” which explains why it is also a part of the name for red oak (Quercus rubra). Both these trees have red fall foliage color. Some helpful books relating to plant nomenclature (names) include


“Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms” by Donald J. Borror, “100 Flowers and How They Got Their Names” by Diana Wells and “A Gardener’s Dictionary of Plant Names” by William T. Stearn. Mike Klahr is the Boone County extension agent for horticulture.

The poinsettia was named after botanist and U.S. Ambassador to Mexico (in the 1820s), Dr. Joel Poinsett, who first brought the poinsettia to the U.S. from Mexico, where it was known as “Nativity Flower.” FILE PHOTO

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Trusting in situations of uncertainty


After the results of this year’s historical election, most Americans could sum up their feelings in one word, depending on how they voted; empowered or powerless. Regardless of how you felt, let me remind you of one thing. No matter who is president, God is still the king. This statement is important to heed in all areas of life especially when I feel hopeless. No matter your financial situation, your marital problems, health problems, work problems, etc., God is still king and He has great plans for you Jeremiah 29:11. Four years ago, one day after the election I woke with a feeling of devastation and hopelessness. A feeling I carried with me for several days. Why? Because I feared I

could not trust the upcoming government to fulfill the promises they Julie House were COMMUNITY making RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST and move our country forward, providing better opportunities for my friends and family. The day after the election this year, I woke with a stronger desire to know God and His plans for my life. I am gently reminded by Timothy that “our hope is in the living God, who is the savior of all people.” 1 Timothy 4:10. If you are facing a situation of uncertainty, you may feel hopeless to

trust the people involved to come through on their promises. Doctors cannot always heal. Spouses may not always be faithful. Jobs and financial security might end, government may fail, but one thing will never change. God’s promises throughout the Bible remind us that His plans for His people are “for good and not disaster, for hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11. However, there is a condition that you and I often fail to abide by. The Bible also says, “Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep His promises.” Hebrews 10:23. If the promises God has for us are to be fulfilled, we must cling to them unwaveringly. We must trust in God, not man, to come through for us. As you walk through the coming days, weeks, months and years, trust God to lead your steps. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:5-6. Julie House is a resident of Independence, and founder of Equipped Ministries, a Christian based health and wellness program with a focus on weight loss. She can be reached at 802-8965.

Northern Kentucky dancers Jordan Busam, Abby Klesa, Corinne Smith, Ava Orwig and Isabel Murphy will perform in Cincinnati Ballet’s 2012 Frisch’s Presents the Nutcracker. PROVIDED

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Cincinnati Ballet’s Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker will be presented Dec. 14-23 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts in Cincinnati. This whimsical production features a cast of more than 150 children from the Tristate area that brings

energy and enthusiasm to the classic tale. The children’s cast has the unique opportunity to dance alongside Cincinnati Ballet’s professional company of dancers. These young and talented dance students have been hard at work since their August auditions. A select few were cast as

main characters including the roles of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince. These disciplined students balance weekly rehearsals, regularly scheduled dance classes, and their academic studies while contributing to one of Cincinnati’s most beloved holiday traditions. Call 513-621-5282 for ticket information.

Pharmacy scholarship honors Murray’s memory Community Recorder Richard Murray (19311996) was a pharmacist who knew most of his customers by name. For more than 35 years, he filled prescriptions and offered counseling to residents who came to his store in need of medicine. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy in 1959. Murray loved being a pharmacist. He took personal interest in his customers. He would deliver on his way home. He would go out any time, if anybody needed anything. A scholarship formed in his honor promotes pharmacy education for students from Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties. The Richard E. Murray Memorial Scholarship Fund honors the memory of this pharmacist and continues through the unselfish devotion that Murray gave to the community and the profession of pharmacy. Applicants must be enrolled in a school of pharmacy at the University of

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Kentucky or UC. This year’s scholarship was awarded to Gary Davis of Covington in the amount of $2,000. Davis graduated from St. Henry District High School. Murray, co-owner of Murray Anneken Pharmacy on 10th and Madison in Covington, also owned a store at Eastern and Delmar avenues in Covington. Murray was one of the first in the area to give drug education talks at high schools. He was a member and past president of the Kentucky Board of Pharmacy and a member of the Kentucky Pharmacist

Association and the Northern Kentucky Pharmacist Association. In 1972 he received the Kentucky A.H. Robbins Bowl of Hygeia Award, which honored pharmacists involved in the civic welfare of the community. He was a member of the Covington Catholic and Notre Dame Academy boosters clubs. He was a member of St. Pius X Church and a former Dixie Youth Pee Wee Football coach. He was the father of five children, four daughters and one son, and was married to his wife, Sally, for 41 years.

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Preservation Kentucky will present an evening of music and merriment to ring in the holiday season and promote preservation of Kentucky heritage 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in rural Mercer County. A reception will be held at the Winter Kitchen in the West Family Dwelling. Enjoy holiday cocktails and hors d’oeuvres by a roaring fireplace or making delicious s’mores by an outdoor bonfire. There will be horse-drawn jingle bell shuttle and special candlelight tours of the grounds.

Free admission to Shaker Village is included with reception ticket. Take part in the full day’s events, including holiday teas, buffet lunch, and evening fare with reservations. There will be additional candlelight tours of the Centre Family Dwelling, Mrs. Claus’ ornament making children’s workshop, live music by University of Kentucky Black Voices and the Second Presbyterian Church Carillion Handbell Choir, and more. Reception attendees will also receive discounted shopping and lodging rates of 15 percent off at The Inn at Shaker Village and the historic Beaumont

Inn in Harrodsburg. Reservations at The Inn at Shaker Village can be made by calling 800-734-5611, or The Beaumont Inn at 800352-3992 or 859-734-3381. Preservation Kentucky members can purchase tickets for $35 per person or $50 per couple, nonmembers for $40 and students with current student identification for $20. Children under 12 years will receive free admission when accompanied by an adult. Guests are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item . Donation of each food item counts as an entry in the holiday raffle. Call 502-871-4570 for tickets.



DEATHS Beverly A. Aubrey, 66, of Covington, died Nov. 23, 2012, at her residence. She was a homemaker. Two brothers, Rudy and Philip Lucas, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Roy Lee Aubrey Jr.; daughters, Annette Singleton, Sheila Hunt, Beverly Hummel, Jenny Lovitt, and Carrie Wilkey; sons, James Murray and Eddie Aubrey; brothers, Steve, Larry, James Ritter, John Disselkamp; sisters, Mary Yancey, Katie Parrott and Connie Dalton; 25 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

John Baird John E. Baird, 61, of Covington, died Nov. 29, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. His parents, John and Alma Baird, died previously. Survivors include his sisters, Molly Steele of Covington, Becky Baird of Walton and Bonnie Noble of Franklin, Tenn.; and brothers, Wally Baird of Purvis, Miss., and Chuck Baird of Independence. Interment was at Independ-

ence Cemetery. Memorials: Baptist Convalescent Center, 120 Main St., Newport, KY 41071.

Richard Ballinger Richard Ballinger, 73, of Covington died Nov. 25, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He had retired from GE in Evendale, Ohio, as a machinist, served in the Army, was a member of the Teamsters Union and enjoyed fishing. A son, Thomas James Ballinger, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Betty L. Ballinger of Covington; daughters, Sandra K. Macht of Alexandria, Jeannie Sue Dew of Hopkinsville, Tina L. Cooper of Latonia, Mary M. Brown of London, Ky., and Bobbie Ballinger of Covington; sons, Charles Frank Ballinger of Latonia, Richard Gilbert Ballinger Jr. of Covington and Ricky Ballinger of Edgewood; stepsons, Ronnie Lane of Cincinnati and Tommy Lane of Florence; brothers, Wayne Ballinger of Independence and Ronnie Ballinger of Kenton County; many grandchildren; and many great-grand-

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ABOUT OBITUARIES Basic obituary information and a color photograph of your loved one is published without charge by The Community Press. Please call us at 283-0404 for more information. To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 513-2424000 for pricing details. For the most up-to-date Northern Kentucky obituaries, click on the “Obituaries” link at children. Interment was in Floral Hills Cemetery. Memorials: The Salvation Army, 1806 Scott Blvd., Covington, KY 41014.

Helen Bose Helen M. Bose, 80, of Villa Hills, formerly of Dayton, died Nov. 28, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a retired sales clerk with Dillard’s. Survivors include her husband, Eric Bose; nine children; 15 grandchildren; and seven greatgrandchildren. Burial was in Mother of God Cemetery in Covington. Memorials: New Friends of Northern Kentucky, P.O. Box

1082, Florence, KY 41042.

Mary Couch Mary Davidson Couch, 85, of Taylor Mill, died Nov. 27, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a homemaker and longtime member of Church of God-Keturah Street in Newport. Her husband, Simpson Couch J.r, and a daughter, Carlene Tucker, died previously. Survivors include three grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; two brothers, Buddy Davidson of Bromley and Oliver Davidson of Crescent Springs; eight greatgrandchildren; and a greatgreat-grandchild. Burial was in Floral Hills Cemetery in Taylor Mill. Memorials: St. Jude Children’s

John Davis John R. Davis, 76, of Covington, died Nov. 21, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was retired from Stearns and Foster Bedding in Lockland, Ohio, and a member of Jehovah’s Witness in Covington. His daughter, Lisa Humphries, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Shirley Davis; son, John L. Davis of Oakley, Ohio; and brother, George Davis of Dry Ridge.

Jean Duncan Jean Duncan, 83, of Dry Ridge, died Nov. 26, 2012, at her residence. She was a retired cafeteria employee for the Grant County Middle School and Dry Ridge Elementary School, and a member of the Knoxville Baptist Church. Her husband, Robert “Pete” Duncan, died previously. Survivors include her son, Mitchell Duncan of Independence; daughter, Shelly of Brooksville; sisters, Betty Sue Flege and




The Community Recorder publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. I-275, Nov. 23.

Incidents/investigations Assault Woman struck her sister at 5218 Woodland Dr., Nov. 17. Auto theft Silver Honda Accord stolen at 724 Parkview Dr., Nov. 17. Black Ford Flex stolen at 6193 Parkland Ct., Nov. 21. Burglary Copper piping stolen at Taylor Mill Rd., Nov. 6. Video game equipment stolen at 676 Walnut St., Nov. 7. Woman smacked and phone stolen at 214 Grand Ave., Nov. 9.


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Beau L. Ison, 26, 10410 Sharpsburg Dr., executed Boone County warrant at 10410 Sharpsburg Dr., Nov. 8. Jeffrey T. Reinstatler, 28, 3060 Saddlebred Ct., executed Kenton County warrant at Madison Pike, Nov. 9. James R. Schoborg, 57, 5172 Oliver Rd., DUI at Oliver Rd., Nov. 13. Jacob K. Robinson, 22, 17 Alvin Dr., executed Kenton County warrant at Madison Pike, Nov. 17. Johnathon D. Mclaughlin, 29, 1348 County Rd. 303, public drunkenness at Madison Pike, Nov. 18. Marty W. Osborne, 45, 5317 Millcreek Rd., DUI at 2088 Declaration Dr., Nov. 22. Phuong H. Nguyen, 39, 1106 Stonewall Ridge Dr., executed federal warrant for forgery at 1106 Stonewall Ridge Dr., Nov. 15. Clayton D. Tilley, 28, 509 Grandview Dr., executed Kenton County warrant at 4258 Aspen Dr. #8, Nov. 15. James L. Ransom, 31, 681 Sky Way Dr., assault at 681 Sky Way Dr., Nov. 18. Samantha Bailey, 27, 12554 Kenton Station Rd., executed Hamilton County parole violation warrant at Fowler Creek Rd., Nov. 15. Tami Daugherty, 31, 7755 Kernel Dr., executed warrant at Cairns Ct., Nov. 15. Jeremiah L. Covey, 24, 78 Observation Ave., driving on suspended license, no seat belt at Shaw Rd., Nov. 21. Charles C. Houze, 41, 27 Orchard, executed Kenton County warrant at 3960 Turkeyfoot Rd., Nov. 22. Barry C. Allen, 41, 4183 Boxwood Ln., executed warrant at Holton Dr., Nov. 19. Monica Wells, 32, 4890 Oliver Rd., executed Kenton County warrant at 4890 Oliver Rd., Nov. 18. Amber R. Walters, 22, 681 Sky Way Dr., assault at Sky Way Dr., Nov. 18. Robert L. Meade, 41, 317 Kuhrs Ln., burglary, unlawful transaction with a minor, giving officer false name at Kuhrs Ln., Nov. 24.

Television stolen at 709 Sharon Dr. Apt. 3, Nov. 16. Video game equipment stolen at 709 Sharon Dr. #2, Nov. 22. Criminal trespass People illegally entered residence at 60 Wilson Rd., Nov. 7. Receiving stolen property Man pawned stolen ring at 4804 Taylor Mill Rd., Nov. 9. Theft Laptop stolen from car at 5038 Taylor Mill Rd., Nov. 9. Credit card numbers used fraudulently at 577 Dudley Rd., Nov.

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Thomas Gallagher Dr. Thomas Jude Gallagher died Nov. 26, 2012. Survivors include his parents, Tom and Judy Gallagher of Edgewood; sister, Kathleen; and brother, Andrew. Interment was in Mother of God Cemetery in Fort Wright. Memorials: The Mental Health America, 912 Scott St., Covington, KY 41011.

Karen Hamilton Karen L. Frischholz Hamilton, 71, of Highland Heights died Nov. 17, 2012. She was a member of the Civil Air Patrol. A son, Johnny Frischholz, died previously. Survivors include her children, Kelly A. Shell of Highland Heights, Kristy L. Stephens of Richwood, M. Cathy Hutton of Covington, and Jeffrey E. Frischholz of Columbus, Ohio; 10 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; sisters, Cheryl A. Cham-

plin of Columbus, Ohio and Laurie A. MacLeod of Hawthorne, Fla.; and brother, Richard L. Hagemeyer of Alexandria.

James Hendricks James “Jimmy” Michael John Hendricks, 29 of Latonia, died Nov. 21, 2012. He was a cook at Ruby Tuesdays, and enjoyed sports, cooking and listening to music. Survivors include his parents, Tim and Teresa Huffman of Latonia, and Frank and Jackie Hendricks of Independence; sister, Brittany Huffman of Latonia; brothers, Alex and Andrew Hendricks, and Thomas King, all of Independence; grandparents, John and Pam McNeese of Union, Carolyn Hughes of Warsaw, Mildred Huffman of Florence and Betty Morgan of Florence. Memorials: Chambers and Grubbs in memory of Jimmy Hendricks.

Latonia, former member, choir member, elder and deacon of Grace United Church of Christ in Covington, and American Postal Workers’ Union No. 164. His wife, Evelyn Mae Stoppelworth Hill, and twin brother, Raymond Julius Hill Jr., died previously. Survivors include his son, the Rev. James R. Hill of Latonia. Interment was at Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Saints Peter and Paul United Church of Christ, 3001 Queen City Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45238.

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Roland Hill Roland George Hill, 97, of Latonia, died Nov. 27, 2012, at the St. Charles Care Center in Covington. He was a retired scheme examiner for the U.S. Post Office in Cincinnati, a member of St. Mark United Church of Christ in

Ronald Holland, 64, of Fort Wright, died Nov. 24, 2012. His parents, John David and Reba Holland, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Alla Holland of Fort Wright; daughters, Melissa Holland of Columbus and Amy Zopff of Lawrenceburg; and two grandchildren. Burial was at Dyche Memorial Park in London, Ky. Memorials: Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., Seventh Floor, New York, NY 10001.

Mayme Johnson Mayme “Sue” Johnson, 70, of Burlington, died Nov. 20, 2012, at


Please take notice that Duke Energy Kentucky, Inc. has applied to the Kentucky Public Service Commission for approval to revise its Demand Side Management (DSM) rate for electric service and gas service for residential and commercial customers. Duke Energy Kentucky’s current monthly DSM rate for residential gas customers is ($0.061391) per hundred cubic feet and for non-residential gas customers is $0.000000 per hundred cubic feet. Duke Energy Kentucky’s current monthly DSM rate for residential electric customers is $0.003093 per kilowatt-hour and for non-residential customers is $0.001036 per kilowatt-hour for distribution service and $0.000761 per kilowatt-hour for transmission service. Duke Energy Kentucky seeks approval to revise these rates as follows: Duke Energy Kentucky’s monthly DSM rate for residential gas customers would increase to ($0.039396) per hundred cubic feet and for non-residential gas customers would remain at $0.000000 per hundred cubic feet. Duke Energy Kentucky’s monthly DSM rate for residential electric customers would decrease to $0.001988 per kilowatt-hour and for non-residential customers would increase to $0.001104 per kilowatt-hour for distribution service and would increase to $0.001070 per kilowatt-hour for transmission service. The rate contained in this notice is the rate proposed by Duke Energy Kentucky. However, the Public Service Commission may order a rate to be charged that differs from this proposed rate. Such action may result in a rate for consumers other than the rate in this notice. The foregoing rates reflect a proposed decrease in electric revenues of approximately $0.72 million or 0.23% over current total electric revenues and an increase of $1.41 million or 1.55% over current gas revenues. Any corporation, association, body politic or person may by motion within thirty (30) days after publication or mailing of notice of the proposed rate changes request leave to intervene. The motion shall be submitted to the Public Service Commission, 211 Sower Boulevard, P.O. Box 615, Frankfort, Kentucky 40602, and shall set forth the grounds for the request including the status and interest of the party. Intervenors may obtain copies of the application and testimony by contacting Duke Energy Kentucky through Ms. Kristen Cocanougher, Duke Energy, 139 East Fourth Street, 1212 Main, Cincinnati, Ohio 45201-0960. A copy of the application is also available for public inspection at Duke Energy Kentucky’s office at 4580 Olympic Boulevard, Erlanger, Kentucky 41018. CE-0000534402

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her residence. She was a retired insurance adjustor for Permanent General in Nashville, a homemaker, and enjoyed animals, especially her dogs Trixie and Peanut, University of Kentucky basketball and a bird watching. Her husband, Leonard Johnson; father, Ward Griffis; daughter, Patti Johnson King; brothers, Paul D. Griffis and Ricky S. Griffis; and sister, Billie Jean Kinser, died previously. Survivors include her mother, Sylvia Griffis of Erlanger; daughter, Rhonda Sheppard of Monticello, Ky.; brother, Ward Lee Griffis of Cincinnati; sisters, Peggy Ann Drohan of Erlanger, Mary E. Sims of Lenoir, N.C.; Judie Gaston of Erlanger, Rebecca Crabtree of Somerset; two grandchildren; and a greatgrandchild. Interment was in Madison County Memorial Gardens in Richmond. Memorials: Kenton County Animal Shelter, 1020 Mary Laidley Drive, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Carol Newland Carol Newland, 56, of Villa Hills, died Nov. 28, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Mary Berkemeier. Survivors include her husband, Randy Newland of Villa Hills; daughter, Elise Sekowski of Villa Hills; son, Eric Newland of Villa Hills; sisters, Donna Brown of Dry Ridge, Joyce Fulmer of Covington, Janet Gaub of Cincinnati, Gale Berkemeier of Covington and Teresa Berkemeier of Cincinnati; and brother, James Berkemeier of Taylor Mill. Burial was at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Memorials: American Cancer Society, 2808 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45206.

Lowell Niceley Lowell B. Niceley, 84 of Erlanger, died Nov. 25, 2012, at his residence. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, worked for the Kroger Co., was a member of Erlanger Baptist Church and enjoyed woodworking. His brothers, Lawrence and Ted, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Mary Anne Niceley of Erlanger; son, Daniel B. Niceley of Erlanger; brother, Donald Niceley of Erlanger; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Burial was at Forest Lawn

Memorial Park in Erlanger with military honors. Memorials: Erlanger Baptist Church, Redwood Schools or Hospice of the Bluegrass.

Tamara Osborne Tamara S. Osborne, 50, of Covington died Nov. 29, 2012, at her residence. She was a homemaker and member of The Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, Highland Heights Ward in Lakeside Park. Survivors include her husband, William D. Osborne Sr.; sons, Jacob and Joseph Osborne, both of Covington; daughter, Bethany S. Falu of Hawaii; parents, Gary and Maryrose Drys of Southgate, Mich.; brothers, Craig Drys of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Danny Drys of Southgate, Mich.; and maternal grandmother, Mary Marth of Southgate, Mich. Interment was at Veteran’s Cemetery North in Williamstown.

Fred Sharon Fred H. Sharon, 87, of Independence, died Nov. 24, 2012, at Gallatin Healthcare of Warsaw. He had retired from R.C. Durr Construction and was a member of Wilmington Baptist Church of Fiskburg. His wife, Mary Jarman Sharon, died previously. Survivors include his sons, Jimmy Sharon and John Sharon, both of Glencoe, and Ronnie Sharon of Independence; sisters, Lula Hensley of Warsaw and Zela May Baughn of Price Hill; five grandchildren; and two greatgrandchildren. Interment was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens of Covington.

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William Pickett, 89, of Florence died Nov. 25, 2012, at his residence. He was a retired toolmaker with American Standard, an Army Air Force veteran of World War II, and a member of St. Paul Church, Ralph Fulton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 6423 and American Legion Post No. 4. His wife, Louise Celine Pickett, died previously. Survivors include his son, William Pickett of Florence; daughters, Margaret Beckerich of Florence, Linda Browning of Falmouth and Cathy Thibault of Burlington; sisters, Patricia Faulhaber of Park Hills, Joan McClanhan of Fort Wright and Grace Knickerbocker of Tuscon, Ariz., brother, Robert Pickett of Edgewood; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Jane L. Thurman, 73, of Erlanger, died Nov. 23, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a registered nurse. Her husband, Frank Thurman, and her sister, Mariam Dessaur, died previously. Survivors include her son, Tim Thurman of Benton; daughter, Karen Tichenor of Covington; four grandchildren; three greatgrandchildren; brothers, William McDannold of Erlanger, Duncan McDannold of Villa Hills, Mike McDannold of Cincinnati and Mark McDannold of Walton. Burial of cremated remains was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Memorials: Fairhaven Rescue, 260 Pike St. Covington, KY 41012; City Gospel Mission, 1419 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202; or Freestore Foodbank, 1141 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Marvin Price Marvin Hansan Price Sr., 84, of Elsmere, formerly of Covington, died Nov. 25, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He served in the Marine Corps, was a retired forklift operator for KEN-API Co. and a member of Calvary Baptist Church. His wife, Betty Price, died previously. Survivors include his sons Marvin Price Jr. of Independence, Wilbur Price of Covington, Jeffery Price of Covington, Zachary Price of Largo, Fla., and Shawn Price of Covington; daughter, Janey Price of Covington; 15 grandchildren; 17 great-

LEGAL NOTICE Action Community Kentucky Northern Commission is seeking vendors for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program’s Subsidy and Crisis components, including wood distributors and landlords who provide heat as an undesignated portion of the rent to low-income tenants. For more information, or to request a vendor Kowana contact packet, application Goode-Story, Energy and Education Manager, at NKCAC, 717 Madison Avenue, Covington, Kentucky 41012, or 859/5816607. NKCAC serves Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Owen and Pendleton counties. 1001738665 LEGAL NOTICE samule davey 7928 green st florence, ky 41042 room# 0008 goods. unknown marc beatty PO box 122429 covington, ky 41012 room# 0029 unknown goods. ervin bridewell 1002 isabella st newport, room# 41071 ky 0109 unknown goods. ashley wolff 12 bustetter lane flor41042 ky ence, room# 0184 unknown goods. alisha bennett 3373 ceder tree lane ky 41018 erlanger, room# 0199 unknown goods. jack corbin 9 center erlanger, ky 41018 room# 0212 goods. unknown wehrman millard 1135 macintosh flor41042 ky ence, room# 0239 unknown goods. The above are hereby notified that their goods stored at U-Haul, located at 4425 dixie highway elsmere, ky 41018, will be sold at public auction on December 11th, 2012 at or after 9am. 1735845

grandchildren; and a greatgreat-grandchild. Interment was in Floral Hills Cemetery Mausoleum in Taylor Mill. Memorials: Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund, 3711 Tibbatts St., Latonia, KY 41015.

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Forrest Waters Forest Edwin Waters, III, 65, of Crestview Hills, died Nov. 24, 2012, at his residence. He was a retired computer analyst for Hubert Distributing and enjoyed traveling, old movies, and collecting Hot Wheels. Survivors include his wife, Alta Gail Richardson Waters. Interment was at Independence Cemetery. Memorials: Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky, 200 Home Drive, Covington, KY 41011.

Mary Witemyre Mary “June” Witemyre, 86, of Fort Mitchell, died Nov. 29, 2012, at her residence. She was a homemaker, and member of the Northern Kentucky Home Builders Association and Notre Dame High School Alumni Association. Her husband, Charles “Bud” Witemyre, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Jeff Witemyre of Lakeland, Fla., Ed Witemyre of Atlanta, and Jay Witemyre of Fort Wright; and eight grandchildren. Burial was at St. Mary Cemetery. Memorial: Kenton County Animal Shelter, 1020 Mary Laidley Road, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

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