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Pot luck

In an extra-ordinary fourhour fundraiser, La Petite Pierre restaurant in Madeira raised more than $2,000 for the Mission of Hope orphanage in Haiti. The fundraising proceeds were generated by the restaurant’s famous “Fill the Pot” event, where diners carry in their own soup pot and carry it out filled with hearty culinary delights such as Moroccan chicken and rice stew and vegetarian chili. SEE LIFE, B1

Mummy and me

Fifth-graders at Our Lady of Sacred Heart School in Reading took a hands-on approach – literally – when it came to learn about Ancient Egypt. SEE SCHOOLS, A5

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Inching along through the snow

Madeira senior tracks storms

Weather can create chaos

By Amanda Hopkins

Madeira City Schools has its own “chief meteorologist.” Madeira High School senior Michael Groenke has helped Madeira Superintendent Steve Kramer track the snowstorms that potentially turn into snowdays for the students. Groenke, who has been studying the weather since the third grade, creates forecasts for Kramer that are geared more toward the Madeira area and include times that snow would hit. Groenke tracks the weather with several online programs and e-mails Kramer once or twice before an expected snowstorm “It’s good to get another source,” Kramer said. Kramer said Groenke’s forecasts, which he has been sharing since the seventh grade, are helpful because he looks specifically at how the weather will affect the Madeira area. Groenke also keeps students updated through his Facebook page. He said sometimes students try to persuade him to convince Kramer to declare a snow day, but knows all he can really do is provide information. “It’s up to (Kramer) to call school off,” Groenke said. Groenke is a member of the tennis team, marching band, National Honor Society and Latin club. He plans to study meteorology at Ohio State University in the fall and one day hopes to be on-air with his forecasts. • Kramer said he gathers information from many sources before declaring a snow day. Not only does Kramer talk with Groenke, he follows local weather forecasters, talks with other

By Amanda Hopkins


Madeira High School senior Michael Groenke, left, freuqently provides Superintendent Steve Kramer with snow forecasts that are geared toward the Madeira area and updates other students on his weather predictions through his Facebook account. Groenke plans to study meteorology at Ohio State University. school officials inside and outside of the district and stays in close contact with city officials about road conditions. He wakes up as early as 3:30 a.m. on potential snow days to drive the city roads, taking a specific route to determine how easy it would be for the school commute. Even if Kramer calls school off because of weather, he still makes it into the office. “Snow days are still work days,” Kramer said. He said snow days for him are used to catch up on work and to

continue monitoring weather and road conditions. • Deer Park athletic director Rob Hamann faces weather as an opposition in every season. Hamann said the latest snowstorm postponed both wrestling and basketball tournaments and games and some shuffling of game times, places, referees and other details was needed. “To further frustrate things, mid-February is the final portion of the winter season. Games not successfully rescheduled may not necessarily be made up after the playoffs begin,” Hamann said.

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Local businesses are suffering from the snow. Residents stocked up on all of the milk, eggs and bread they would need before the snow hit and are not venturing out for food which is hurting restaurants, including Skyline Chili. Kam Misleh, president of the Madeira Board of Education, runs two Skyline locations including the Sycamore Township store on Montgomery Road. He said he closed his two stores at 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, because of the lack of customers. “The snow kills us. We can’t make that up,” Misleh said. Misleh’s mother and two brothers run four other Skyline locations around Greater Cincinnati which also closed early Feb. 15. – By Amanda Hopkins

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The Sycamore Senior Center employed its emergency policy because of the snow. Part of that plan involves handling problems before they become problems – sending meals on wheels recipients meals in advance of the snow, and making sure dialysis patients have contingency plans for snow days. The snow also meant some transportation cancellations and event changes for the center. Joshua Howard, the center’s director, said one of his top priorities is working with clients, their families and their doctors to ensure that any missed medical appointments are rescheduled. “It affects everybody,” Howard said, noting that his center serves 31 communities, including Sycamore Township, Madeira and Loveland. “That’s why we have the emergency

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The massive snowfall is doing more than just blanketing the neighborhoods. Sycamore Township Road Superintendent Tracy Kellums said many of his workers who are plowing the streets have had a hard time because many residents, especially in Dillonvale, leave their cars parked on the streets. “It’s definitely creating a lot of problems,” Kellums said. There are no regulations or fines for township residents who do not move their cars during snow emergencies. Sycamore Township Fire Chief B.J. Jetter said when the firefighters respond to traffic accidents, one lane will be blocked to protect both the emergency crews and the injured involved in the accident. Jetter also faces concerns over the unfinished Kenwood Towne Place. Much of the structure remains exposed to the elements after construction was halted in 2009 after the developer Bear Creek Capital ran into money and legal trouble. Jetter said the biggest concern for the development is the sprinkler system which could be affected by the cold weather and snow. Jetter and others concerned with the structure are on the site weekly. Last year, Kenwood Towne Place faced water damage to drywall and water coverings. “There is no structural damage or failures at this point,” Jetter said. Work is also delayed on the Galbraith Road project. Both Kellums and Sycamore Township administrator Rob Molloy said work was set to resume on the widening project during the second week of February, but weather has pushed the work schedule back. Molloy said work on the water mains will begin as soon as weather permits.


Icicle captured in Dillonvale, Sycamore Township outside the back door of Dan and June Webb’s home. If you look closely it resembles a ‘deer.’ What do you see? plan in place. “I’m just praying for no more snow.” – By Ben Walpole


Cars remain buried Tuesday morning, Feb. 16, along Theodore Avenue in Sycamore Township. Road Superintendent Tracy Kellums said many of his drivers had trouble plowing because of cars parked on the streets.

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February 24, 2010

Historical Society had asked Madeira for help before By Jeanne Houck

A Madeira Historical Society member asked the city last year whether Madeira would give the historical society about $3,000 for its utility bills – not a few hundred dollars as previously stated. Mayor Ken Born made the correction at the Feb. 8 city council meeting. It’s important since Madeira is studying the historical society’s financial health because the society has asked the city to help it secure a $60,000 state grant for improvements at the Miller House museum. Historical society member Susan

Hill told The Suburban Life earlier this month that a society member had informally asked Moeller whether the city would give the society money to help with the utility bills. Hill said Madeira did not give the money to the historical society and that the society paid its utility bills. Born read an e-mail at the Feb. 8 city council meeting that showed historical society member Rick Walsh asked City Manager Tom Moeller in March 2009 whether the city would give the society about $3,000 to cover a year’s worth of utility bills. Moeller subsequently told Walsh that council would not. Hill told The Suburban Life after the

Feb. 8 meeting that she was unaware of the Walsh e-mail. Doug Oppenheimer, president of the Madeira Historical Society, said the outcome of the 2009 request remained the same: The city did not give the historical society money and the society paid its bills without trouble. Oppenheimer said he delivered a letter Feb. 9 to all council members saying the request turned out to be unwarranted because the historical society “weathered the economic storm.” “I also compared our request for state funding to the request that the city has made with the state for sidewalks on Thomas Drive,” Oppen-

Madeira ‘C’ Notes Suburban Life is recognizing Madeira’s centennial with a weekly collection of trivia, memories and thoughts about the city, and we

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Notable dates in Madeira history, 1824-1857 1824 – What is now Montgomery Road is built. This made Madeira easier to get to and from Cincinnati. 1839 – Oldest dateable building still standing in Madeira is built. 1857 – Camargo Road converted from a rutted trail to a true road, and tolls are charged for passage. Source –

heimer said. “The state funds allow in both cases for more local monies to be kept for operations and for maintaining cash flow.” The Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission, from which the Madeira Historical Society is seeking the $60,000 grant, wants the historical society to find a person or organization willing to guarantee to “provide culture” at the museum’s Miami Avenue property for 15 years should the society become unable to do so. Council has directed its Budget and Finance Committee and its Law and Safety Committee to study the historical society’s request that the city act as

Haiti fundraiser planned By Amanda Hopkins

Deer Park City Schools will host a fundraiser, “Soiree Pour Haiti,” or An Evening for Haiti’ to help the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. The fundraiser will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 11, at Deer Park High School and will include Haitian inspired food, art, music and dance. Communications coordinator Gini Niekamp, who along with high school English teacher Tim Hubbard is organizing the event, said the event is being done in conjunction with some of the teaching lessons. Niekamp said some of the English teachers are assigning term papers for the students to reasearch the Haitian culture and the music department will be teaching

students folklore songs and drumming. H a i t i a n inspired artwork will also be creatNiekamp ed by students. The high school gym will be set up like a Haitian marketplace where food Hubbard and drink will be available for purchase. There will also be free activities for kids. Niekamp said it is a family event and will be open to the public. Tickets are $2 a person and $1 for children 12 and under. Tickets will be sold at the door. All proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross.

How to attend and donate

Tickets for the Deer Park High School “Soiree Pour Haiti” are $2 a person and $1 for children 12 and under. Tickets will be sold at the door. Any questions or to donate if you are unable to attend the event, contact communications coordinator Gini Niekamp at 936-5935.

BRIEFLY Scholarships available

Again this year the Madeira Woman’s Club will award three scholarships this spring – two for high school seniors and one for an adult who is continuing his/her education. Two $2,000 scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors who are residents of Madeira and who will graduate with their public or private school class of 2010. One $2000 scholarship will be awarded to a Madeira adult with a GED or high school diploma who is going back to school. These scholarships are made possible from the proceeds of the Madeira Art Fair and the Clothes Closet consignment shop, both sponsored by the Madeira Woman’s Club. Applications for high school seniors have been placed in the guidance offices of seven local high schools. Applications for the adult scholarship are available at the Clothes Closet, 7014 Miami


the cultural guarantor for the grant. Madeira City Council did not take action on the request Feb. 8. The historical society was asked to give the city a list of artifacts in the Miller House and a schedule of events held in 2009. The society also was asked to give the city updated financial and budget information in time for a city Budget and Finance Committee meeting Monday, Feb. 22. Vice Mayor Rick Brasington said city council is expected to decide at a meeting later that night whether to direct the law director to research the legal ramifications of Madeira being the cultural guarantor for the museum loan.

Ave., Madeira, Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call the Clothes Closet, 561-2117, with any questions about the scholarships. All applications must be completed and returned by March 15. Madeira Woman’s Club is affiliated with the Ohio Federation of Women’s Clubs and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs.

Pass the bowl

Deer Park and Silverton Business associations will host a Bowling Night at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, at Strikes & Spares Bowling Alley, 8032 Blue Ash Road. Non-alcoholic refreshments and appetizers will be served. There is a $5 cover charge. Anyone interested to meet, eat, bowl and socialize can RSVP at the Deer Park City Building at 794-8860 or call Joanna Brown with the Silverton Business Association at

Flea market April 25

Lexi Pet Therapy and Volunteers for Animal Welfare will host a flea/ treasure market at Madeira High School Cafeteria, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 25, with set up beginning at 10 a.m. Parking is free and there will be a $1 admission. Only non profit organizations are invited to set up and the organizations can keep 100 percent of their profit. Applications are available at, at the Madeira Municipal Building, Madeira Woman’s Club and Madeira Board of Education. Please call Sami Smith at 793-9920 with any questions.


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February 24, 2010

Tax increase may trigger a lawsuit

By Forrest Sellers

Opponents of an inside millage move that will raise taxes for property owners in the Indian Hill Exempted Village may file a lawsuit. Indian Hill resident Fred Sanborn, a vocal opponent to a recently approved inside millage move by the school district, said he and other residents consider it illegal. Sanborn said if the district proceeds with the millage move he and other resi-

dents will likely take it to court. The district has approved m o v i n g 1.25 mills of Sharp inside millage to fund permanent improvements. Local property tax revenue for school districts is made up of inside millage and outside millage. Inside, or unvoted, millage is automatically portioned out to governing bodies, including

school districts. Outside millage is procured by a vote of the people. Inside millage, which becomes part of the general fund for operating expenses, can be moved to a permanent improvement fund by a vote of the school board. At that point, it can be used for textbooks, computers, building repairs and other needs, but not salaries. The school district’s millage move will generate $1.7 million annually for the district and cost the owner of a $500,000 home an addi-

Capital plan approved The Indian Hill Exempted Village Board of Education has approved a capital plan for 2011 and beyond. Board member Karl Grafe, chairman of the Operations Committee, said safety was a big factor when considering the tional $218.75 per year starting in 2011. Sanborn said Ohio’s Revised Code permits this, but only if it is “clearly required.” With a cash reserve fund

priority of projects. “We focused on safety issues and preserving the physical assets,” he said. Items ranged from building repairs to stadium improvements. of $24 million expected by June of next year Sanborn said this millage move is unwarranted. “The process concerns me the most,” he said. During last week’s Board

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Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School’s fifth-graders are learning about the mummification process of Ancient Egypt by using a fresh hen in the science lab. From left, Robert Anderson (Evendale), Mia Lynd (Reading) and Zoe Sand (Mount Healthy) prepare their chicken for mummification by thoroughly drying the inside cavity. Students remove the neck, liver and gizzards, much like Ancient Egyptians removed the internal organs from the dead.






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Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School’s fifth-graders are learning about the mummification process of Ancient Egypt by using a fresh hen in the science lab. Here, a few students display their chicken stuffed with rock salt. In Ancient times, Natron, a salt-like substance found on the banks of the Nile River, was used to dry the body of its fluids.

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Some students think mummies are gross; some think Egypt is boring. Yet fifthgraders at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School find social studies find it exciting. Mary Osborne is teaching the mummification process of Ancient Egypt to her class using a fresh hen in the school’s science lab. This process of using a whole roasting chicken mimics the ancient practice of preparing a body for burial. Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School’s fifthgraders are learning about the mummification process of Ancient Egypt by using a fresh hen in the science lab. From left: Kristen Elmlinger (Reading), Luke Dorsey (Reading) and Matthew Stroh (Evendale) finalize the mummification process by packing their chicken in a Ziploc bag, surrounded by rock salt.


SCHOOL NOTES National Merit finalists

Madeira High School students Ricky McQueary, Shelby Jones and Sarah Ryan are finalists in the National Merit Scholarship competition. McQueary is also one of 500 candidates nationally for the United States Presidential Scholars Program.

Teacher’s article published

Madeira High School math teacher Steve Phelps wrote an article that will be published in the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics Journal this spring. His article “A Pythagorean-Like Theorem” was launched from a problem he gave his honors classes last year.

Suddendorf places third in Spelling Bee

St. Gertrude School eighth-grader Max Suddendorf placed third out of 73 participants in the WCPO Region II Final Suddendorf Local Bee held Feb. 13 at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. To qualify for the regional bee, Suddendorf won his fourth consecutive spelling bee at St. Gertrude. He is from Loveland.



Celebrating Catholic Schools Week

Students at All Saints School in Kenwood reflected on their Catholic faith during the recent Catholic Schools Week. As part of their daily prayer assembly, the students demonstrated their spirituality as the Body of Christ. Each morning the students also joined together to recite the All Saints School Character Pledge.

Dean’s list

Walter Stevens IV has been named to the 2009 fall semester dean’s list at the University of Vermont. He is from Madeira. • Melissa Mootoo has been named to the 2009 fall semester dean’s list at Wells College. She is from Kenwood. • Alex Jackson has been named to the 2009 fall semester dean’s list at The University of Findlay. He is from Deer Park.

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February 24, 2010

Trip to China builds school connections By Forrest Sellers

A recent trip to China had a personal connection for Indian Hill Exempted Village Schools Superintendent Jane Knudson. Knudson’s father was stationed near Chongqing, a municipality she visited, during World War II. Knudson said she was thanked by the Chinese for what her father had done 65 years ago. This was among the memorable moments Knudson and Indian High School Principal Nancy Striebich had during their trip. The visit, which included traveling to Beijing, was sponsored and paid for by the Hanban Confucius Institute, an agency which promotes Chinese language and culture. Knudson and Striebich had an opportunity to visit Chinese schools as well as see cultural and historic sites. “One of the goals of this trip was for (us) to make a connection with a school in China so that our students could benefit from interactions with Chinese students,” said Knudson.


Outgoing Board of Education members from left Jay Groenke, Kathy Hurst and Pat Gentile received the “I Make a Difference” award at the Dec. 14 school board meeting for their service on the school board. Groenke and Hurst both served for eight years and Gentile served 19 years.


Indian Hill Exempted Village School District Superintendent Jane Knudson, left, and Indian Hill High School Principal Nancy Striebich at the Great Wall of China. During a visit to Beijing and Chongqing, they had an opportunity to learn about Chinese culture and visit schools in the area. Knudson said another goal was to experience “firsthand” a country that is rapidly changing. According to Knudson, Chongqing is the largest municipality in the world with an estimated seven million students. Striebich said the Chinese students shared many similar interests to their American counterparts with

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topics ranging from music to test scores. “It was a wonderful experience,” said Striebich. “They kept us very busy from morning to night.” Knudson said the trip was also significant since Indian Hill High School began a Mandarin language course this school year. “Our expectation is this class will grow, and we will eventually be able to offer a comprehensive Chinese language program,” said Knudson.

“One of the goals of this trip was for (us) to make a connection with a school in China so that our students could benefit from interactions with Chinese students.”

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Outgoing Madeira Board of Education member Pat Gentile answered a few questions about his time on the school board before the end of his term. Gentile did not seek re-election for another term after serving 19 years on the school board. Since first joining the school board in 1991, Gentile has served as board president and spent the last year on the policy committee and the student achievement liaison team.

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You have been a school board member for 19 years. What has been the most memorable experience as an elected official? “Frankly, there have been many memorable experiences, but here are a few that come to mind. These are, of course, my opinion: 1, It has been my privilege to be involved in the appointment of three outstanding superintendents

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What will you do with the free time now that you are not on the board? “There is no such thing as free time. I will continue to support our schools in other ways and dote on my grandchildren.” What will you not miss about being a board member? “It may sound odd, but I enjoyed every moment on the board. Some issues were more controversial than others but with every decision you learned what was important for students, parents, and the community. It was a balancing act.”

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and treasurer -- superintendents; Denny Hockney, Mickey Hummel, Steve Gentile Kramer and Treasurer Susan Crabill. 2, It was a most important milestone to build a new elementary school, a middle school and renovate the Madeira High School. 3, It has been rewarding to work with outstanding, selfless board members who have only one agenda in mind “to make Madeira City Schools one of the best school districts in the state”. 4.) It has been my pleasure to have encouraged the development of students that make our city proud.”

If your life were made into a movie, who would you want to play you and why? “I doubt very much that my life will be made into a movie.”


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February 24, 2010

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Intensity fuels Madeira wrestling

By Mark Chalifoux

The Madeira High School wrestling team finished second in the Cincinnati Hills League tournament, despite not filling three of the weight classes, and will send four wrestlers to the district meet. “I couldn’t have asked more out of my guys at that (league) meet,” head coach Jason Foley said. “I couldn’t be happier with the performance at the league meet. All my guys did what they can to help the team.” The Mustangs had three individual champions at the league meet, freshman Alvi Ibarry at 103 lbs., sophomore Chance Manzler at 112 lbs., and junior Johnny Carpenter at 135 lbs. Foley said the team has a big junior class and a handful of seniors and underclassmen but that the underclassmen have been contributing in a big way to the team’s success. But, it’s the large junior class that sets the tone for the Mustangs. “I’ve been working with these guys for three years now, and it’s impressive how they have all stuck


Madeira’s Damian Brown wrestles with Luis Godines at a recent practice. with it and kept their nose to the grindstone,” Foley said. “They had to pay their dues when they were starting on varsity as freshmen and sophomores but it’s paid off now.” Senior captain Damian Brown has been a standout and in that junior class, along with Carpenter, Luis Godines has been turning heads with his success and Andrew Walsh, Corey

Phelps and Paul Damschroder have been finding success for Madeira. Senior Travis Schneller is another Mustang who has impressed this season. “It’s hard to name just a few guys because the whole team has made huge, drastic improvements this season,” Foley said. “They just keep amazing us every week and hopefully that continues in the


postseason.” Foley said the Division III sectional Feb. 20 at ClintonMassie was combined with another, making it the toughest sectional in the district. “Whatever guys get through the sectional stand a very good chance of making it to the state meet,” Foley said before the meet. Those guys included Damian Brown (145); Alvi

Madeira’s Johnny Carpenter helps up Andrew Walsh after a drill at a recent practice. Ibarra (103), Chance Manzler (112), and Johnny Carpenter (135), who won a sectional title for his weight class. He expects Carpenter to get back to state, as he finished third as a freshman in 2008 and fourth as a sophomore in 2009. The holes in the lineup are why the Mustangs don’t fare better at tournaments and duals and it’s the intensity in the practice room

Crusader hoops win share of GCL

By Mark Chalifoux

The Moeller High School basketball team finished the regular season 15-4 (8-2 in the GCL) and clinched a share of the GCL championship with La Salle. The Crusaders drew the No. 3 seed in the sectional tournament and play the winner of Loveland v. Western Brown March 3 at UC. “We like our draw but it's going to be tough,” head coach Carl Kremer said. “It's kind of interesting. It looks like we'll play Loveland and

then Aiken in a tough sectional final.” The Crusaders have been getting good play from Alex Barlow, who has been a consistent threat for Moeller. “He does all the little things for us,” Kremer said. Barlow leads the GCL in steals and leads the team in assists. He's also one of the top rebounders for the Crusaders. “Charlie Byers is also having a great season for us,” Kremer said. “Griffin (McKenzie) is starting to get his groove back and Josh

Morelock has played well lately. We think we're getting better.” Byers leads the team in scoring, averaging 12.9 points per game. McKenzie is averaging 10.6 points and a team-best 7.1 rebounds per game. For the Crusaders to have success in the tournament, taking care of the ball and continuing to develop team chemistry will be key. The biggest struggle for the Crusaders has been playing a small lineup, which has been a hurdle for Moeller all season.

“With Griffin as more of a face-up forward than a low post guy, we're still struggling a bit on the boards,” Kremer said. “We've been out-rebounded in our last four or five games so we need to correct that.” The Crusaders have experimented with several lineup changes, playing McKenzie at a power forward spot and playing a younger big man at center. Sophomore Tony Sabato is one of the players who has stepped into a key role and junior Hayden Frey is another.

TOURNAMENT UPDATES The following information describes who advances in the various tournaments.


The top four individuals in each weight class advanced from sectionals to districts:

Division I Sectional – Moeller

Moeller: Brendan Walsh (103), 1; Stephen Myers (112), 1; Brian MacVeigh (119), 1; Jake Corrill (125), 1; Drew Hammer (130), 1; Zach Dawson (135), 3; Wyatt Wilson (140), 4; Michael Blum (145), 2; Pierce Harger (152), 1; Krieg Greco (160), 2; Chad Mackey (189), 4; Caleb Denny (285), 3.

Division II Sectional – Goshen Indian Hill: Bill Thomas (140), 4.

Division III Sectional – ClintonMassie

Madeira: Johnny Carpenter (135), 1; Damian Brown (145), 2; Alvi Ibarra (103), 4; Chance Manzler (112), 3. Deer Park: R.J. King (171), 1; Joe Bruewer (140), 1; Jake Macke (103), 3; Micheal Eaken (152), 4; Tyler Morris (189), 4; Justin Macke (285), 3.


State qualifiers in swimming and diving travel to C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton, OH, for the state championships Feb. 24-27. Districts concluded Saturday, Feb. 20 For Division I boys and girls, the top four individuals in each District

Championship swimming race automatically qualified to the state championships. In addition, 11 at-large state qualifiers from across Ohio were selected based on times at districts. The top seven divers from districts also advanced to state in Division I. For Division II boys and girls, the top three individuals in each District Championship swimming race automatically qualified to the state championships. In addition, 11 at-large state qualifiers from across Ohio were selected based on times at districts. The top five boys divers and the top six girls divers at districts also qualified to state in Division II. Local state qualifiers including places and times from the Southwest District Championships for each individual or relay:

Division I girls

50-yard freestyle: 7, Cynthia Donovan (Ursuline), 24.06. 100 freestyle: 10, Cynthia Donovan (Ursuline), 52.90. 200 freestyle: 1, Breann McDowell (Ursuline), 1:49.28. 500 freestyle: 2, Breann McDowell (Ursuline), 4:56.12; 11, Erin Kirby (Ursuline), 5:05.53. 100 backstroke: 3, Maddie Rapp (Mt. Notre Dame), 58.31. 100 breaststroke: 4, Bridget Blood (Ursuline), 1:05.31. 100 butterfly: 3, Lynn Brotherton (Ursuline), 57.17; 6, Mary Lynch (Ursuline), 57.77; 9, Corinne Jenkins (Ursuline), 58.92.

200 individual medley: 7, Hilary Pitner (Ursuline), 2:08.78; 8, Mary Lynch (Ursuline), 2:08.82; 10, Bridget Blood (Ursuline), 2:08.86; 13, Abby Wu (Ursuline), 2:09.94. 200 freestyle relay: 1, Ursuline, 1:35.95. 400 freestyle relay: 1, Ursuline, 3:30.18. 200 medley relay: 4, Ursuline, 1:48.98.

Division I boys

50-yard freestyle: 4, Kevin Schwab (Moeller) 21.64 100 freestyle: 3, Kevin Schwab (Moeller), 47.35 500 freestyle: 10, Harry Hamiter (Moeller), 4:43.33. 100 butterfly: 6, Christian Josephson (Moeller), 51.77 200 individual medley: 5, Patrick Foos (Moeller), 1:57.04 200 freestyle relay: 4, Moeller, 1:28.11. 400 freestyle relay: 3, Moeller, 3:12.61. 200 medley relay: 8 Moeller, 1:39.91. One-meter diving: Results were unavailable before Community Press deadlines.

Division II girls

200 freestyle: 2, Hannah Vester (Indian Hill), 1:56.22. 500 freestyle: 2, Hannah Vester (Indian Hill), 5:08.50. 100 backstroke: 8, Alexandra Tracy (Indian Hill), 1:01.12

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200 individual medley: 3, Elizabeth Heinbach (Indian Hill), 2:12.11. 200 medley relay: 6, Indian Hill, 1:55.49. One-meter diving: 2, Anna Shuller (Indian Hill), 272.55.

Division II boys

200 freestyle: 10, Max Mantkowski (Madeira), 1:48.59. 100 backstroke: 3, Max Mantkowski (Madeira), 53.72. 100 butterfly: 4, Mack Rice (Indian Hill), 51.83. 200 individual medley: 1, Mack Rice (Indian Hill), 1:55.08. 200 freestyle relay: 3, Cincinnati Country Day, 1:31.52. One-meter diving: 3, Connor Von Korff (Indian Hill), 317.50.

Girls’ basketball

• No. 1 Indian Hill (15-2) will play No. 12 New Richmond (4-13) at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23, after press deadline, after beating SCPA 64-23. • No. 3 Madeira defeated No. 9 Roger Bacon 46-32 in a Division III sectional tournament game at Fairfield. The Amazons were led by 24 points from Gretchen Staubach and Madeira advances to face No. 2 CHCA at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at Fairfield. • No. 9 Mount Notre Dame defeated No. 10 Hughes 43-33 behind 28 points from Raeshaun Gaffney. The Cougars advance to play No. 4 Walnut Hills on Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. at Harrison.

“They have been giving us significant minutes and have let us play Griffin more at the four and those guys have been playing the 5,” Kremer said. “We like that lineup.” Kremer also said the fans are a bit desensitized at Moeller and don't come out in droves until later in the tournament but praised the support from the parents. “Our parents have been phenomenal, they always are,” Kremer said. “The crowds will come out as we get going in the tournament.”

that has helped Madeira find success in the postseason. “When the kids have been around the varsity level for a few years they set their goals higher and higher and we have a bunch of kids on our team that want to get up to state and do some damage,” he said. “That makes it pretty intense every day and it’s paid off for us.”

Moeller coach tabbed for All-Star game Moeller head coach Carl Kremer was selected as a cohead coach of the West team in the McDonald's AllAmerican game March 31 at Value City Arena in Columbus. “It’s a tremendous honor and I’m humbled and flattered,” Kremer said. “Really, I see it as a tribute to our program. The McDonald’s AllStar game is the most recognizable high school basketball event and to be a part of that reflects what our program has done in the last 20 years. I’m proud to represent all the great players and assistant coaches we’ve had.”

Sectional tourney begins for boys’ basketball Varsity boys’ basketball teams across Ohio begin the quest for postseason titles with a series of sectional games during opening rounds. Local coaches seeded the teams and set brackets Sunday, Feb. 14. All records listed below were accurate through the tournament draw. Here’s a look at the start of the sectional tournament schedule for the local boys:

Division I

No. 3 Moeller (15-4) plays the winner of No. 24 Loveland (5-14) and No. 25 Western Brown (9-11) at 7:30 p.m. March 3 at the University of Cincinnati.

Division II

No. 2 Indian Hill (17-3) plays the winner of No.6 Wyoming (12-7) v. No. 9 Clermont Northeastern (610) at 6 p.m. March 3 at Mason.

Division III

No. 2 Madeira (16-4) plays No. 14 SCPA on Saturday, Feb. 27, at noon at Western Brown. If victorious, the Mustangs play the winner of No. 5 Georgetown (13-4) v. No. 6 CHCA (116) at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 4, at Western Brown. No. 13 Deer Park (3-17) plays No. 3 Shroder (9-10) at 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27, at Western Brown. If victorious, they play the winner of the No. 7 Summit Country Day (10-8) v. No. 4 Reading (13-6), 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27, at Western Brown.

Division IV

No. 3 Cincinnati Country Day (8-10) plays No. 8 Middletown Christian (313) at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, at Oak Hills High School.


Suburban Life

February 24, 2010

Sports & recreation

Local athletes celebrate National Signing Day Several local high school athletes signed letters of intent Feb. 3 to pursue collegiate athletics during National Signing Day. Here’s a breakdown of the local athletes by school based on information received. Some may have signed earlier:

Indian Hill

• Sam Hendricks, son of Muna and Scott, football, Eastern Illinois University


• Andrew Hendrix, son of Rick and Jennifer Hendrix of Blue Ash, football, Notre Dame. • Marcus Rush, son of John and Ginny Rush of Blue Ash, football, Michigan State. • David Schneider, son of Phil and Mary Carole Schneider of Evendale, football, Ball State. • Jeff Tanner, son of Jeff and Karen Tanner of Maderia, football, Miami. • Nick Galvin, son of Tim and Michelle Galvin of Blue Ash, football, Western Michigan. • Ali Kassem, son of Koumel and Sharon Kassem of Hyde Park, football, Western Michigan. • Garrett Mize, son of Jeff and Jennifer Mize of Lebanon, football, University of Charleston. • Patrick Jones, son of Allan Jones and Lanie Spaedy of Paddock Hills,


Senior athletes from Moeller High School, from left, Garrett Mize (University of Charleston, football), Marcus Rush (Michigan State, football), Kevin Thamann (University of Dayton, baseball), Nick Galvin (Western Michigan, football), and David Schneider (Ball State, football) pose for photos after they signed their National Letter of Intent Feb. 3. PROVIDED

Indian Hill senior Sam Hendricks, with his parents Muna and Scott, signs his national letter of intent to play football for Eastern Illinois. baseball, Xavier University. • Kevin Thamann, son of Jerry and Laura Thamann of Sycamore Township, baseball, University of Dayton. • Joe Busam, son of Edward and Pamela Busam of Mason, lacrosse, Mount Saint Joseph

Mount Notre Dame

• Kristi Boreing, softball, Wright State • Kara Brinkmann, golf, Ohio University • Shelby Kissel, basketball, Bellarmine • Sara Kuhlman, lacrosse, High Point • Marissa Otto, volleyball, Ohio State University • Lauren Rohlfs, volleyball, Walsh • Brittany Rohrkasse, volleyball, Thomas More • Stephanie Schmalz, lacrosse, Canisius • Andrea Wolf, tennis, Xavier University

St. Xavier

• Connor Carroll, son of

Bill and Beth Carroll, lacrosse, Dennison University • Will Carroll, son of William Carroll, football, Georgetown University • Eric Gruenbacher, son of Dana and Ann Gruenbacher, cross country, University of Dayton • Chris Hanson, son of Dale and Mary Hanson, cross country, Xavier University • Matt James, son of Jerry and Peggy James, football, University of Notre Dame • Eric Kramer, son of Ray and Suzanne Kramer, football, Ohio State University, preferred walk-on • Luke Massa, son of Gary and Mary Massa, football, Notre Dame • Nigel Muhammad, son of Mouhcine Lahbabi and Betina Muhammad, football, Lehigh University • Tyler Smith, son of Thomas and Patricia Stachler and Randy Smith, football, Kenyon College.


St. Xavier High School held its Signing Day Feb. 3, as nine Bombers signed letters of intent to pursue collegiate athletics. Among them (sitting, left to right) were: Chris Hanson (Xavier University, cross country), Eric Gruenbacher (University of Dayton, cross country), Tyler Smith (Kenyon College, football) and Connor Carroll (Dennison University, lacrosse). Standing (from left to right): Nigel Muhammad (Lehigh University, football), Matt James (University of Notre Dame, football), Luke Massa (Notre Dame, football), Eric Kramer (Ohio State University, preferred walk-on, football) and Will Carroll (Georgetown University, football).


• Molly Allen, soccer, Butler University • Ali Backscheider, soccer, Butler University • Desirae Ball, basketball, St. Louis University • Lynn Brotherton, swimming, Xavier University

• Bea Hobson, soccer, University of Chicago • Lauren Marlatt, volleyball, Winthrop University • Breann McDowell, swimming, University of Louisville • Monica Melink, soccer, Indiana University • Libby Prichel, soccer,

Indiana State University • Dani Reinert, volleyball, University at Buffalo • Lauren Reiniger, volleyball, Dominican University Reported by Anthony Amorini, Mark Chalifoux and Tony Meale

SIDELINES Taekwondo breaking seminar

Ahn Taekwondo Institute is conducting a Competition Breaking Seminar from 1:30-3:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27, at the main school, 11100 Kenwood Road. Cost is $25 for the seminar, and includes three boards. Additional boards are available for pre-order for an additional cost. Deadline for registration is Thursday, Feb. 25. Registration forms are available at the main school. The seminar will focus on the importance of holders, what to look for in a good board, developing a successful competition breaking routine and executing a breaking routine

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Softball umpire school

The Southwest Ohio Softball Umpires School is conducting one session in Cincinnati, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, March 27 and 28, at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, 11525 Snider Road. This class is targeting female and minority participants but is open to all. Sessions include instruction in OHSAA and ASA rules as well as umpire mechanics. This is a classroom and participation school designed to help new umpires learn as quickly as possible. Wear comfortable clothes and

gym shoes. The OHSAA examination will be offered after the conclusion of the school. Cost is $120 per student, and includes rule books and manuals, lunch each day, testing fee, OHSAA permit, ASA registration fee and OHSAA/ASA insurance packages. Mail checks (payable to SWOSUS) with full name and address to Cincinnati ASA, 3016 Ambler Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45241. This will insure a space in the class. Books will be mailed in advance so students can study before the first class.

Nominations for hall of fame

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Baseball tryouts

A well-financed 13U baseball team is looking for two players who are committed to playing at an elite level. All expenses are paid plus travel money. Professional training is also available. The team is based in Cincinnati but has players from various areas. No dads are on coaching staff. To schedule a tryout, call Rick at 205-9841 or e-mail

Best in the bracket


Striking back


The All Saints sixth-grade boy’s basketball team celebrates winning the sixth grade “B” bracket in the St. Columban Basketball Tournament. The team came from behind to beat St. Ursula Villa in the semi-finals. They rallied again in the championship game against St. Susanna, winning 39-30, after being down at halftime. In front, from left, are Alec Hoelker of Blue Ash, David Haney of Montgomery, Patrick Scott of Montgomery, Matt Hammerly of Loveland, Nate Plogman of Montgomery and Dan Albers of Kenwood. In back, from left, are Patrick Mullinger of Blue Ash, Mike Wagner of Loveland, Brendan Wagner of Loveland, Jonathon Dowling of Indian Hill and Dave Hammerly of Loveland.

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The Deer Park U12 Boys Strikers soccer team had a remarkable and record season. The boys started off the season slow with two ties but bounced back and finished the season with seven wins, one loss and two ties, outscoring their opponents 35 to 11. They continued their success in the Cincinnati Hills SAY Tournament winning three games, outscoring their opponents 16 -2, with nine different players scoring throughout the tournament. Although they finished second in the regular season, the boys won the tournament grasping first place and a championship. The boys earned a spot in the State Tournament. Winning four games straight placed Deer Park in the semifinals, which resulted in their first loss in 14 games. They won their final game and placing third, beating out 61 of the 64 best soccer teams in Ohio. In back, from left, are Coach Gary Bosse, Coach Bryan Barthelmas, Coach Lance Foley, Coach Doug Bosse. In middle, from left, are Austin Mobley, Ben Jones, Michael Georgiton, Zach Cain, Josh Newman, Chris Thomas, Joe Norton, Jordan Foley, Jake Moses. In front row from left are Ryan Anderson, Sean Satterfield, Wesley Adams, Matthew Bosse, Troy Bosse, Brady Irvin, Jake Blackburn and Nick Williams.

Sports & recreation

February 24, 2010

BRIEFLY New coach

The Madeira Athletic Department announced Mike Shafer as the next head football coach at Madeira High School. The board of education will take formal action at the March board meeting to finalize the process.

This week in basketball

• Finneytown girls beat Deer Park High School 69-31, Feb. 3. Deer Park’s top-scorer was Jami Berling with 11 points. • Wyoming girls beat Madeira High School 48-32, Feb. 3. Madeira’s top-scorer was Lanie Frayer with 14 points. • Moeller High School boys beat Fenwick 57-36, Feb. 12. Moeller’s top-scorer was Griffin McKenzie with 14 points, including one three-pointer. • Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy boys beat Cincinnati Christian 62-53 in overtime, Feb. 12. CHCA’s top-scorer was Wes Carlson with 24 points, including one threepointer. • Indian Hill High School girls beat Finneytown High School 59-43, Feb. 12. Indian Hill’s top-scorer was Nicole Bell with 18 points, including three 3-pointers. • Madeira High School girls beat Reading High School 4225, Feb. 12. Madeira’s topscorer was Gretchen Staubach with 20 points. • Indian Hill boys beat Finneytown 100-90, Feb. 13. Indian Hill’s top-scorer was Adam Bell with 37 points, including three 3-pointers. • Mariemont High School boys beat Deer Park High School 58-28, Feb. 13. Deer Park’s top-scorer was Micquelle Burton with six points. • Madeira boys beat Reading High School 55-37, Feb. 13. Madeira’s top-scorer was Eric Rolfes with 19 points. • Indian Hill girls beat Taylor

High School 68-30, Feb. 13. Indian Hill’s top-scorer was Kelsey Matthews with 17 points, including three 3-pointers. • McNicholas High School girls beat Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy 56-48, Feb. 13. CHCA’s top-scorer was Erin Lloyd with 16 points, including four three-pointers. • Madeira girls beat New Richmond High School 62-24, Feb. 13. Madeira’s top-scorer was Lanie Frayer with 16 points. • Cincinnati Country Day girls beat Williamsburg High School 57-48, Feb. 13. CCD’s top-scorer was Mariah Reed with 16 points. • Indian Hill boys beat Anderson High School 59-58, Feb. 16. Indian Hill’s top-scorer was Sam Voss with 17 points, including one three-pointer. • Madeira boys beat Taylor High School 51-50, Feb. 16. Madeira’s top-scorer was Eric Rolfes with 15 points. • Roger Bacon High School boys beat Moeller High School 60-51, Feb. 16. Moeller’s topscorer was Josh Morelock with 14 points, including four threepointers. • Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy boys beat Cincinnati College Prep 88-26, Feb. 17. CHCA’s top-scorer was Wes Carlson with 23 points, including one three-pointer. • Cincinnati Country Day boys beat Clark Montessori 54-49, Feb. 17. CCD’s topscorer was D.J. Wingfield with 19 points. • Deer Park High School boys lost to Cincinnati Christian 64-56, Feb. 18. Deer Park’s top-scorer as Ben Flamm with 16 points, including two threepointers. • Madeira girls beat Deer Park 49-15, Feb. 18. Madeira’s top-scorer was Lanie Frayer with 18 points. Deer Park’s top-scorer was Jami Berling with six points.

This week in gymnastics

• Cincinnati Country Day came in third place with a 106.075 against Mason’s first place 118.275 and Seven Hills’ second place 113.525. • Cincinnati Country Day finished 11th with a score of 98.8 in the Gymskin Invitational at Anderson, Feb. 13.

Recently in bowling

• Moeller High School boys beat Elder High School 2,6512,572, Feb. 1. Moeller’s Daniel Cleves bowled a 401. Moeller advances to 10-7 with the win. • Deer Park High School girls beat Wyoming High School 1,598-1,454, Feb. 3. Deer Park’s Hodge scored 263. Deer Park advances to 7-2 with the win. • Summit Country Day boys beat Deer Park High School 2,058-2,012, Feb. 4. Deer Park’s McCormick bowled a 389. • Summit girls beat Deer Park 1,732-1,617, Feb. 4. Deer Park’s Coates bowled a 260.• Milford High School boys beat Deer Park High School 2,4161,918, Feb. 8. Deer Park’s McCormick bowled a 377. • Milford girls beat Deer Park 2,018-1,772, Feb. 8. Deer Park’s Hodge bowled a 287. • Oak Hills High School boys beat Moeller 2,047-2,769, Feb. 11. Moeller’s Daniel Cleves bowled a 461

This week in wrestling

• Moeller High School placed first in the GCL Championship, Feb. 13. In the finals, Moeller’s Brendan Walsh beat Elder’s Suer in a 5-4 decision, Stephen Myers beat Elder’s Daniels in a 13-7 decision, Brian MacVeigh beat Carroll’s Nelson in an 8-6 decision, Jake Corrill beat Carroll’s VonNeumann in an 11-2 decision, Drew Hammer beat Badin’s Sanders in a 9-4 decision and Pierce Harger beat Elder’s Conners in a 19-9 major decision.

• Madeira High School came in second with a score of 182 in the CHL Championship, Feb. 13. Deer Park High School finished third with a 144.5. Deer Park’s Joe Bruewer was named Wrestler of the Year. Deer Park coach, Deron Penley was named Coach of the Year. Reading was first with a 242. Indian Hill High School finished seventh with a 19. In the finals, Madeira’s Alvi Ibarra beat Reading’s Johnson in a 10-5 decision, Chance Manzler beat Reading’s Johnson in a 6-0 decision, Johnny Carpenter beat Reading’s Johnson in a 72 decision. Deer Park’s Joe Bruewer pinned Reading’s Bowman in 1 minute, 6 seconds, R.J. King beat Reading’s Acus, Tyler Morris beat Madeira’s Corey Phelps in a 20-6 technical fall and Justin Macke beat Reading’s Elfers in a 9-8 decision. • Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy finished second with a score of 197 in the Miami Valley Conference Meet, Feb. 18. CHCA’s individual champions were Zach Thomas, Jason Finch, Tyler Kirbabas and Josh Thiel.

Athletic honor roll

The Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) named Centre College freshman Anna Fuller to its StudentAthlete Academic Honor Roll for the fall term. Fuller competed on the field hockey team at Centre. She is the daughter of Bob and Pam Rodenbaugh of Cincinnati and Harry Fuller of Camp Dennison, and is a graduate of Indian Hill High School. The college set a new record with 74 student-athletes securing a spot. In order to qualify, an athlete must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 3.25 for the term and be a regular member of a varsity athletic team in sports sponsored by the conference.

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Best of the year

Two Indian Hill High School and Cincinnati Aquatic Club swimmers were awarded the CHL Swimmer of the Year honor recently, among other accomplishments made by the Indian Hill swimmers. Andy Gorman, a junior, won the 200-yard freestyle, and other CAC swimmers put in strong performances, including Will Brackenbury, Matthew Krott, Ben Gorman, Daniel Carrigan, Stuart Marsh, Nate Wagner and Michael Carrigan.


Hannah Vester, on left, a sophomore swimmer for Indian Hill High School, celebrates being awarded the CHL Swimmer of the Year at the recent Cincinnati Hills League Championship, along with teammates Alexandra Tracy and Elizabeth Heinbach. Tracey, a freshman, won the 50-yard freestyle. Heinbach, a sophomore, won the 200-yard individual medley. Vester won two events at the championship meet and put in a strong performance on the relay team. Vester won the 500 yard freestyle in 5:15.08, and the 200-yard freestyle in 1:59.06. Mack Rice, right, a sophomore swimmer for Indian Hill High School, celebrates being awarded the CHL Swimmer of the Year at the recent Cincinnati Hills League Championship. Rice broke the league record in the 200-yard individual medley race with a time of 1:58.76. He also won the 100yard butterfly race in 52.69.

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Time to punt? Visitors to posted these comments to a story about a public hearing on a plan by Hamilton County commissioners to implement a sales tax to help boost the county’s stadium fund: “Only 3 people showed up? Surprise! Imagine that, considering that the county was under a Level 2 snow emergency at the time of the meeting, and most people who feel the strongest about the issue probably had to work. “Why do they have these hearings during the middle of the work day? Makes zero sense except that they ‘expect’ no one to show up, so they can push thru the agenda they want.” amc2007 “I would like to enter Dale Brown’s name for nomination to the county commissioners. See there are people with brains out there unlike the idiots we have in office now. Maybe they could get a loan from Bedinghaus as he is probably loaded since he works for Mike Brown now. I think Hamilton county needs a tax levy on the ballot for the museum of elected jerks and idiots of Hamilton County. Everyone should know who they are for posterity’s sake.” idiot-detector “Put the blame where it belongs; on the 60 percent of the voters who voted yes!” piercesenior “Portune is suggesting a ‘temporary tax.’ Just what is that? How many temporary taxes were truly temporary. Like the sales tax increase a few years ago?” FRR16 “Cut spending elsewhere. Quit

CH@TROOM Feb. 17 questions

Columbia Township officials and the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department are continuing to focus on the intersection of Ridge Road and Highland Avenue. What changes would you like to see at that intersection to make it safer? “It is very disappointing to continually see for years the lack of any street light replacement at this intersection, especially with the the copious numbers of them being out of order. “If you are a pedestrian, motorist, visitor or someone trying to patronize the area, do you really feel safe when it is dark and you cannot easily view the retail area establishments clearly due to the abounding ever present lack of illumination in this area? “How challenging is it for any deputy sheriff on patrol to call it in, log it, and follow up until it is repaired, replaced, and back on, again? “What about our county and township elected officials? “What about Duke? “Why does a citizen even have to report this lack of action over and over? “If they cannot afford to repair and replace burned out street lights, how can they afford to do anything more costly to this intersection?” Cannot See Much in Columbia Township Do you plan to fill out your Census form? Why or why not? “I do plan to participate in the coming Census. Right now, I see no reason not to be counted, unless I find questions too intrusive. Then I would think twice.” L.B.

Your input welcome

You can comment on stories by visiting and choosing your community’s home page: sending money to the Freedom Center to start.” Ditch_Digger “Again, don’t worry about being reelected worry about doing your jobs! “1) Increase the sales tax from July 1, 2010, to Dec. 31, 2011, by .25 percent “2) Raise the hotel tax by 1.5 percent from July 1, 2010, to infinity “3) Charge a 3 percent ticket fee on all tickets for Riverbend, GABP, Paul Brown, the Aronoff, Music Hall, the Taft Theatre, and U.S. Bank Arena (get the Cintas Center and Fifth Third Arena too if you can) “4) Anything COAST or (Chris) Smitherman don’t want, do “5) As a homeowner in the country roll back the property tax rebate until Dec. 31, 2011,” XUMBA “How hard is it to tax tickets, seat licenses and concessions? Let the people attending the game, including myself, pay for the stadiums, unless the commission can quantify how much economic benefit has been created from replacing Riverfront with these stadiums.” DaleBrown2 “End the war on homeowners!” DrDarwin “I say exhaust all funds and take the bankruptcy route for the entire county. That way all the union contracts could be

Next questions Madeira School Planning Commission members have recommended a 1 percent to 2 percent salary increase for eligible teachers, down from a 1 1/2 percent to a 2 1/2 percent increase recommemndation from the 20082009 study. Is this a fair increase given the economy? Why or why not? A proposal is in the works that would eliminate Hamilton County Sheriff’s Deputies responses to non-emergency vehicle lockouts, referring non-emergency lockouts to the sheriff’s office instead of the dispatch center handling the call. Is this a good idea? Why or why not? Are you pleased with the way your public works crews have responded during the February snows? What could they have done better? Every week The Suburban Life asks readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with Chatroom in the subject line. “Of course I will fill out my Census form. I don’t see any reason not to.” P.F. “Yes, I consider it un-American not to fill out the form. One must remember that taking a Census goes back to the time of Jesus. His parents were traveling so they could be counted as required by the law of the day.” L.S. “Absolutely! It is everyone’s obligation to fill out their Census form because it has a large importance in redistributing the U.S. House seats every 10 years. So stand up and be counted. Otherwise, if you can’t do this then you should not be allowed to vote or open your mouth.” L.D. visitors question spending on The Banks when Hamilton County’s stadium fund is being depleted. worked out by a judge as well. Win win. I know there are other cities that have done this as a reset.” systemsixlv “This won’t make a difference, but I’d like to know who voted to divert money from the fund to pay for the Banks project? And there is no such thing as a ‘temporary’ tax. Show me proof of a ‘temporary’ tax being allowed to expire.” RedsFan4192

“No more taxes if the county cannot pay their end of the bargain then why should the tax payers have to suffer for their mistakes? Let the city increase parking for the games and add a sales tax increase to the price of the tickets let the people who use the stadium pay for it. This entire stadium deal was idiotic a lame brain could have worked out a better deal.” willowgrove

“Thanks Bob Bedinghaus! Maybe we could give the stadium, and its debt, to the Bengals? A special earnings tax for sport franchise owners?” ephtim

“As long as everyone is told that they can keep all their services and pay less, when the cost of said services keeps going up, there will never be any solutions. It is about time that we finally suck it up and pay for our mistakes and


needs, as well as those of our predecessors. “It is very much not my fault that the GOP county commission sold these bad deals to the taxpayers during the 1990s and early 2000s, but I’m all for finally paying for it to get us out of this mistake. You can’t just pass everything off until later because ‘it’s not your fault.’ Eventually you actually need to be responsible.” ckane “why not a special tax on sports franchise revenue? If it’s possible it’s one way of finally making this ‘deal’ a little more fair to the taxpayers.” just2comment

Removing roadblocks quick path to health care reform As health reform debate rages on, this much is clear: everyone wins with a forthright health system. As if the federal health care reform issue wasn’t complex enough, the election of Massachusetts’ Scott Brown to the U.S. Senate has further complicated the political spectrum on the issue. As Washington continues to mold the shape of health care reform, there are many health care professionals, clinical and non-clinical, who believe an effective compromise can be reached. I believe a health care system can exist in which doctors, patients and insurance companies all benefit. With patient health as all parties’ primary concern, one would consider this achievable, but today, too many contingencies within the system prevent proper care. Instead of acting as facilitators to better health, health insurance practices often unwittingly inhibit the ability of medical professionals to deliver the care necessary to keep Americans healthy. Several practices, though intended to minimize health risks and patient and insurer costs, prevent the wellbeing of Americans. These include the need for prior authorization for access to certain medications and limiting access to ritual procedures. It is well established that all generic medications do not have the same efficacy as the branded

products. The ineffectiveness of a treatment regimen may ultimately lead to higher medical costs with patients seeking more frequent Dr. Rajbir doctor visits or Minhas e m e r g e n c y room visits or Community ending up with Press guest u n n e c e s s a r y columnist interventional procedures to control their symptoms. All of these unnecessary measures can be avoided if the treating physician can effectively tailor an individual treatment plan based on his/her medical knowledge and experience and the patient’s history. The goal for all health care professionals both clinical and non-clinical should be to provide the best clinical care, spending the fewest health care dollars. Shortsightedness in saving costs upfront can lead to higher expenditures in the long run. For example, a policy called “prior authorization” requires approval from a patient’s insurance company to dispense a specific prescription. Similarly, therapeutic substitution occurs when pharmacies dispense a generic or alternative drug to patients as directed by insurance companies. Valuable energy and resources are squandered on administrative matters surrounding these denialof-care protocols that have little to do with real medical management

and patient education. More importantly, the doctorpatient relationship is seriously affected by these practices. Patients cannot trust or have confidence in their physician if they feel cheated out of receiving quality care. Though certain insurance practices can be more affordable for patients and insurance companies, they can also restrict access to quality care. It’s far easier and more cost effective to treat and manage a condition when addressed correctly from its beginning stages, rather than let it worsen throughout a series of missteps. Patients should be allotted comprehensive health plans, up front, that address the entire spectrum of personalized needs. What patients experience now is piecemeal treatment with a collective design. This flawed system tolerates a “trial-and-error” methodology to health care. The ideal health plan is based on ease of access, administration and medical oversight, with the ultimate goal of safeguarding and managing patient health. Medical professionals and insurance companies need to work together to forego obstacles to treatment. Recognizing that, in the long run, less time and money will be wasted on fruitless treatments will hopefully jumpstart a revolution in U.S. health care. Dr. Rajbir Minhas is Freiberg Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in Kenwood. He lives in Loveland.

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Jerry Pietch plays water volleyball every Tuesday afternoon at Maple Knoll Village.

Maple Knoll resident finds full life By Kelly McBride Reddy Not even a snowstorm can keep Jerry Pietch from playing water volleyball on Tuesday afternoons. Every week the Maple Knoll Village resident dives into the game that often uses a beach ball. “I have hobbies to keep me occupied,” said Pietch, 78, a resident of Maple Knoll in Springdale for the past 15 years. “This is my day,” he said. “I get up, eat, work out, play, eat, play, eat, play and go to bed.” His choice of playtime, however, has benefited Maple Knoll, according to Becky Schulte, director of communications. One of his pastimes is computers, “but I provide hands-on help to the residents,” Pietch said. He creates stained glass projects, and has taken up weaving. “Now, people are commissioning me,” he said of requests that include placemats and blankets. He learned how to edit video, which he calls one of his pleasures. “I enjoy learning,” Pietch said. “I’ve been lucky and

I’ve been healthy so I can do things that are a pleasure.” Pietch and his wife, Elaine, work out every day at the Wellness Center. “We exercise either on the equipment or at the pool,” he said. Every Tuesday is water volleyball. “It’s a hoot,” Pietch said. “We don’t play by the rules. We have boundaries, but don’t keep score. “It’s amazing the coordination it takes,” he said, “but mostly it’s a laughing time.” In between play times, Pietch volunteers on a variety of committees, including activity, advocacy and education groups. “He volunteers to do everything,” Schulte said of Pietch, who also helped organize Maple Knoll’s Senior Olympics last year. The games included 12 events in which about 45 residents participated. Among them were chair volleyball, water volleyball, spoon races and a water balloon toss. “It was fun,” he said. “I help with things that make life here more enjoyable,” he said. “And just different.”


Raymond Walters College is hosting “ZakLand” at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at Raymond Walters College Muntz Hall, 9555 Plainfield Road, Blue Ash. Grammy-nominated children’s songwriter and performer. It is part of ARTrageous Saturdays. It is family friendly and open to ages 3-10. The cost is $5. Reservations are recommended. Call 745-5705 or visit

Watch your weight

Weight Watchers is hosting an Open House from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at Weight Watchers, 9693 Kenwood Road, Kenwood. Learn to calculate your Body Mass Index and information on healthy living. Includes giveaways and chance to win special gift. The event is free. Call 800-6516000 or visit

Grand affair

St. Columban Church is hosting The St. Columban Grand Affair from 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Feb. 27, at Oasis Con-





La Petite Pierre fills soup pots for Haiti



ference Center, 902 LovelandMiamiville Road, Loveland. The theme is “Viva Las Vegas!” Music by the Perpetrators, Vegas-style gaming, jewelry raffle, cocktails, appetizers and dinner. Proceeds benefit St. Columban Church. It is open to ages 21 and up. The cost is $75. Reservations are required. Call 683-0105 or visit

Make bread

Grailville Education and Retreat Center is hosting the class “Good Earth Good Eats” from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, at Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Loveland. Learn to make healthy and delicious whole-grain bread. Lunch is available at 12:30 p.m. for $10. It is open to Ages 18 and up. The program is $25. Reservations are required. Call 6832340 or visit

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In an extraordinary four-hour fundraiser, La Petite Pierre restaurant in Madeira raised more than $2,000 for the Mission of Hope orphanage in Haiti. The fundraising proceeds were generated by the restaurant’s famous “Fill the Pot” event, where diners carry in their own soup pot and carry it out filled with hearty culinary delights such as Moroccan chicken and rice stew and vegetarian chili. “In the midst of crisis-when kids in Haiti are going completely without – we felt it fitting to join together with our community and give something back to those in need,” La Petite Pierre owner and executive chef Suzy deYoung said. “Anyone who knows us understands that this is what our restaurant is truly about.” La Petite P i e r r e b e c a m e aware of the Mission of Hope orphanage through fellow Cincinnatian Dick Greiwe of Greiwe Interiors. Greiwe and his grandson had previously worked in the orphanage during the summer of 2009, and after the earthquake, they urged the region to reach out to this charity. La Petite Pierre is proud to support Haiti and the Mission of Hope. La Petite Pierre is best known for its simple, yet elegant French cuisine. The company that consists of both an intimate bistro and catering division has gained a reputation for its emphasis on seasonally fresh and local ingredients, and a passion for creating unique food experiences. The catering division has had the honor of serving celebrities such as Prince Andrew, Bruce Springsteen, and both sides of the political aisle with catered events for George Bush, Sarah Palin and Bill and Hillary Clinton. Owners Michele Vollman and Suzy deYoung are the daughters of the late Pierre Adrian, who served as the head chef at The Maisonette. As children, Michele and Suzy spent time with their father learning about fine food


La Petite Pierre patron Sarah Frank Fogarty fills her pot to raise money for Haiti’s Mission of Hope orphanage. and service excellence. The women developed a passion for simple, natural and healthy cooking. When they completed their training in Alsace, France, they opened La Petite Pierre as a catering business in 1989. As they built the business, they

grew it to include a lovely bistro and moved operations of La Petite Pierre Restaurant and Catering to its current location on Camargo Road in Madeira. To learn more about La Petite Pierre, visit

Easy-to-care-for plants good for indoor environment Just about now, you may be saying to yourself that you’ve had enough of winter and need something to get you out of the winter blues. Besides a trip to the Caribbean, let me suggest this: Add a few indoor plants to your décor! For years now research continues to show us that having both flowering and tropical plants around us indoors can do so much for our well being. They can perk up our moods, help us to study better, reduce fatigue, lower stress, bring us positive vibes, give us something to take care of, make us feel good, and in many cases can actually help heal us. Yes, studies have shown that many patients having flowers or plants in their rooms have a better recovery. On the other hand,

flowers and f o l i a g e plants can also bring comfort to those in mourning. To top all Ron Wilson of this off, In the h a v i n g garden f o l i a g e p l a n t s indoors helps reduce indoor air pollution so we can breathe better! Studies at NASA have shown us that having two medium sized foliage plants every 100 square feet (or so) is enough to help remove indoor air pollutants such as benzene, formaldehyde and many others. And of course, replaces those pollutants with good old oxygen. So, now you’re saying, “OK, sounds good, but I can’t grow anything

indoors.” Well, believe it or not, some of the best air purifiers, are also so of the easiest plants to grow indoors. Dieffenbachia, African violets, dracaena, ficus, sansevieria, pothos and philodendron, spider plants, spathiphyllum, rubber plant and palms are all at the top of the list for good air purifiers as well as easy to grow indoor plants. Don’t forget cast iron plant, Christmas cactus, lucky bamboo, Chinese evergreen and jade plants are easy to care for plants as well. And of course, my favorite easiest to care for indoor plant, zamioculcus zamiilfolia, or commonly known as the “ZZ Plant.” At the beginning I mentioned a trip to the Caribbean. Well, if you want to stay local, just hop in the car and head to the Krohn

Conservatory! As soon as you walk indoors, you will start to smile, you’ll take a deep breath (and enjoy it), and then you’ll enjoy a truly “feel good winter experience” as you stroll thru the tropical jungles (and desert), located right here in our own backyard. OK, in Eden Park. Indoor plant care note: When watering your indoor plants, use luke-warm to warm water. Over time, using cold water can actually have detrimental effects on the root systems and growth rates of your potted plants. Ron Wilson is marketing manager for Natorp’s Inc. Garden Stores and is the garden expert for 55KRC-AM and Local 12. You can reach him at m


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Mixed Media Mania, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. $170. For middle and high school students. Weekly through April 29. My Little Red Haus, 9429 Montgomery Road. Art made by combining different materials, techniques and objects. With Ashley Scribner. Registration required. 827-9110; Montgomery. Music and Art, 2:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m. $70. Ages. 4-6. Weekly through March 18. My Little Red Haus, 9429 Montgomery Road. Variety of material used to create abstract art while listening to various forms of music. With Debra J. Ohlinger. Registration required. 827-9110; Montgomery. Mixed Media, 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Weekly through March 18. My Little Red Haus, 9429 Montgomery Road. Create realistic or abstract masterpieces from a variety of material. With Debra J. Ohlinger. Ages 4-6. $70. Registration required. 827-9110; Montgomery.


Shapeshifter, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Country Club, 3209 Madison Road. Seven artists manipulate concrete and abstract resources to elevate mundane materials or employ traditional or simple processes to create objects that speak to complex issues. Includes Neon Firs = Biggie’s Pot solo display by Paul Coors. 792-9744; Oakley. Metropolis, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Gallery Salveo at the Health Foundation, 3805 Edwards Road Suite 500, Paintings, photographs and pastels by Steve Hart, Sharon Hewer, Dana Kadison, Michael Schwartzberg, Marlene Steele and Donna Talerico. Through April 30. 4586600. Hyde Park. After, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Funke Fired Arts, 3130 Wasson Road. Solo exhibition of wall and pedestal works by Terri Kern. Free. Through April 9. 871-2529; Oakley.


Haitian Children Relief Drive. 8:30 a.m.4:30 p.m. Matthew 25 Ministries, 11060 Kenwood Road. Accepting clothing, personal care and monetary donations to help children in Haiti. 793-6256. Blue Ash. Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund, 8:30 a.m.4:30 p.m. American Red Cross Blue Ash Chapter, 10870 Kenwood Road. Bring monetary donations only in the form of check, money order or credit card. Presented by American Red Cross Cincinnati Area Chapter. 792-4000; Blue Ash. Half Pint Library Book Drive. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Half Price Books, 8188 Montgomery Road. Collection and distribution of children’s books for families and children in need through local non-profit and community organizations. 891-7170. Kenwood.

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Team Challenge Meeting, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. The Running Spot, 1993 Madison Road. Free. Presented by Team Challenge. 772-3550; O’Bryonville.


Thirty-Minute Mom, 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. International Adventure recipes include Chicken Enchiladas, Pasta Roll-Up with Spinach and Cheese and Beef Stroganoff. Cooks’ Wares Symmes Township, 11344 Montgomery Road. With Courtney Rathweg. $40. Registration required. 489-6400; Symmes Township.


Greenacres Farm Store, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Greenacres Farm Store, 8255 Spooky Hollow Road. Grass-fed Black Angus beef, freerange chicken, produce, lamb, turkey, eggs and honey. 891-4227; Indian Hill. Turner Farm, 8:30 a.m. Turner Farm, 7400 Given Road. Market includes naturally-raised meat and eggs and certified organic seasonal produce and flowers. Closes at dusk. 5617400; Indian Hill.


Dinner Club, 7 p.m. “Chocolate” with Chocolats Lator, Shalini Lator. Nectar, 1000 Delta Ave. Themed dinners. $55. Reservations required. 9290525. Mount Lookout. All-You-Can-Eat Ribs and Saratoga Chips, 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Montgomery Inn Montgomery, 9440 Montgomery Road. Bibs encouraged. No sharing, no carryout orders and no doggy bags. $19.95. Reservations required. Presented by Montgomery Inn. 791-3482. Montgomery.


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50 Years, 50 Artists, 50 Paintings, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Exhibit continues through March 12. Miller Gallery, 2715 Erie Ave. 50th Anniversary celebration of artistic diversity. Each artist created one new work. Includes landscapes, still life, figurative, contemporary realism and surrealism, abstracts and more, and new pieces by sculptors. 871-4420; Hyde Park.


Line Dance Class, 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Oakley Community Center, 3882 Paxton Ave. Dancing with Jerry and Kathy Helt, instructors. Wear smooth soled shoes. No partner dances and no prior dance experience required. $4. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 321-6776. Oakley.

Heart-to-Heart Valentine’s Day Party, 2 p.m. Humana Guidance Center, 11316 Montgomery Road. Dr. Ronald Dressler speaks on heart health. Includes free blood pressure screenings and Zumba Gold fitness for beginners, refreshments, games and giveaways. For seniors. Free. Reservations required. 247-2100. Symmes Township.



Wine Bar Tasting, 4 p.m.-7 p.m. The Wine Merchant, 3972 Edwards Road. Sample from 10-15 wines. 50 cents per taste. 7311515; Oakley. Lenten Fish Fry, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Prince of Peace Catholic School, Madisonville, 6000 Murray Road. Cafeteria. Fried fish or Alaskan baked fish and shrimp dinners. Macaroni and cheese, cheese pizza, coleslaw, onion rings, fries, baked potato and more. Desserts and carryout available. Benefits Prince of Peace Catholic School. $1-$7. Presented by Prince of Peace Catholic School. 271-0856; Madisonville. Lenten Fish Fry, 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Hartzell United Methodist Church, 8999 Applewood Drive. All-you-can-eat fried cod, shrimp, grilled chicken breast, cheese pizza, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, bread desserts and drinks. Carryout available. $9, $5 carryout only, $4 ages 5-10, free ages 3 and under. 8918527. Blue Ash. Lenten Fish Fry and Bake, 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. St. Cecilia Church, 3105 Madison Road. School cafeteria. Fried and baked fish and shrimp dinners, fried fish sandwich, cheese pizza, fries, baked potato, green beans, salad, onion rings, mushrooms, coleslaw, and desserts. Carryout available. Free parking behind church. 50 cents-$7. 871-5787. Oakley. Fish Fry, 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m. All Saints Church, 8939 Montgomery Road. Marge Schott Parish Center. Includes fried cod, grilled salmon, tilapia, shrimp, pizza, fries, sweet potato fries, macaroni and cheese, baked potatoes, salad, coleslaw and applesauce. Carryout available. Cash only. $1-$8.50. Presented by All Saints Parish. 792-4600; Sycamore Township. St. Columban Fish Fry, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. St. Columban Church, 894 Oakland Road. Salmon, fried cod, shrimp, cheese pizza, sandwiches, gourmet or tossed salad, baked potato, fries, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, applesauce, beer, soft drinks and bottled water. Drive-through and walk-in carryout available. $1-$9. 683-0105; Loveland.

An Evening with the Charlie Hunter Trio, 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. 20th Century Theatre, 3021 Madison Road. Guitarist and songwriter. With drummer Eric Kalb. In support of his latest release, “Gentelmen, I Neglected To Inform You You Will Not Be Paid Tonight.” $20, $17 advance. Presented by JBM Promotions, Inc. 731-8000; Oakley.


Thoroughly Modern Millie, 7 p.m. Cincinnati Country Day School, 6905 Given Road. Musical comedy set in 1920s New York City. $10, $8 students. Through Feb. 27. 5617298, ext. 356. Indian Hill.


Working In Neighborhoods’ Shopping Boutique, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Neal’s Design Remodel Gallery, 7770 E. Kemper Road. Products from Beijo Bags, Fancy Finds Jewelry, Gourmet To Go, The Paper Girl and more. Ages 18 and up. Free. 541-4109; Sharonville.


Jeff Alt Appalachian Trail Show, 7:30 p.m. Benchmark Outdoor Outfitters, 9525 Kenwood Road. Personal narration, slides and music based on his third edition of “A Walk for Sunshine” book and DVD. Free. 791-9453; Blue Ash. F R I D A Y, F E B . 2 6


Adult Workshop, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Weekly through April 30. My Little Red Haus, 9429 Montgomery Road. Drawing and mixed media. With Debra J. Ohlinger. For Adults only. $200. Registration required. 827-9110; Montgomery.

Friday Night Flicks N’ Fun, 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road. Games, crafts, dinner and movie. Ages 6-10. $15. Presented by Blue Ash Recreation Department. 745-8550. Blue Ash.



Terrace Park Kindervelt No. 76 is hosting “Party On Ice” from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Feb. 27, at Indian Hill Winter Club, 10005 Fletcher Road, Camp Dennison. The event includes dinner-by-the-bite, music and dancing, drinks, broomball games and action on the paddle tennis courts. Auction at 9:15 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Division of Asthma Research at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The cost is $50. Registration is required. Call 307-9418 or visit Friday Night Wine Tasting, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Oakley Wines, 4027 Allston St. Suite B. Taste eight to 10 wines from around the world. No wines over $20. $7. 351-4392. Oakley. Fish Fry, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. St. Gertrude School, 6543 Miami Ave. Cafeteria. Dinners include choice of fish or cheese pizza with fries or mac and cheese, cole slaw or applesauce, drink and dessert. All items available a la carte. Carryout available. Benefits Boy Scout Troop 555. $7, $5 children. Presented by Boy Scout Troop 555. 652-3477; Madeira.


Ladies Night, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Revolution Fitness, 4642 Ridge Road. Hot-room yoga, spinning or turbo kick workout. Spa services and food and drink. Wellness presentations on women’s health, pilates reformer and personal training sessions. $30. Reservations required. 272-2345; Oakley.


Moeller Alumni Speaker Series, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. House Minority Leader John Boehner of ‘68, speaker. Montgomery Inn, 9440 Montgomery Road. Includes lunch. Open to all Moeller alumni. $25. Reservations required; Presented by Archbishop Moeller High School. 791-1680, ext. 1320; Montgomery.

LITERARY - STORY TIMES Betsy Snyder, 10:30 a.m. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road. Author signs and reads “Sweet Dream Lullaby.” 3968960; Norwood.


The Tie Dye Ball, 9 p.m. Doors open 8 p.m. Redmoor, 3187 Linwood Ave. Music by Jerry’s Little Band and the Spookfloaters. Includes raffle. Benefits Play it Forward. $10. 871-6789; Mount Lookout.


Rootbound, 9 p.m. With Session 9, Brood XIII and Arlington. Inner Circle Entertainment Complex, 4343 Kellogg Ave. $8 ages 18-20, $5 ages 21 and up. 800-745-3000; East End.


Moll, 7:30 p.m. Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati, 3905 Eastern Ave. Theater. Comedic look at life in rural Irish parochial house. $17, $14 ages 62 and up, students ages 21 and under with ID, active-duty military. Tickets available online. Presented by Irish American Theater Company. Through Feb. 28. 225-6915; Linwood. S A T U R D A Y, F E B . 2 7

ART EXHIBITS New Year, New Finds, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, 5729 Dragon Way. Points of view paintings by Chris Griffin-Woods of people viewing art at an art museum. Also, recent acquisitions of 19th and early 20th century American paintings. Free. 791-7717; Fairfax. BENEFITS


Kick up your heels at the 30th Anniversary Irish Ceili Saturday, Feb. 27., at Cincinnati Music Hall Ballroom. Simple Irish dances will be called so young and old can join in the fun. More intricate dances will be performed by the World Champion McGing Irish Dancers, such as first-place Midwest champions Drew Lovejoy (left), Samantha Saud, Kelcey Steele, Deirdre Robinett and Brian McLaughlin. The McGing Irish Dancers have won multiple world and national championships. Music will be performanced by the Columbus-based Irish Pub band, Vinegar Hill. Music Hall is located at 1243 Elm St. in downtown Cincinnati. The doors will open at 7 p.m. and the evening wraps up at 11 p.m. General seating is $15 in advance for adults and children; $20 at the door. Contact Donna at 513-697-1904 or for tickets. All proceeds support the Cincinnati Feis, a competition of Irish dance and music June 27 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center.

A Night of Old Hollywood Glamour, 6:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Redmoor, 3187 Linwood Ave. Hollywood entertainment, sit down dinner, and music by Leroy Ellington and the E-Funk Band. Benefits Ohio Valley Voices. Reservations required. Presented by Ohio Valley Voices. 791-1458. Mount Lookout. The St. Columban Grand Affair, 6 p.m.-midnight, Oasis Conference Center, 902 Loveland-Miamiville Road. “Viva Las Vegas!” Silent auction of more than 100 items and live auction with trips, memberships and unique items. Music by the Perpetrators, Vegas-style gaming, jewelry raffle, cocktails, appetizers and dinner. Benefits St. Columban Church. Ages 21 and up. $75. Reservations required. Presented by St. Columban Church. 683-0105; Loveland.

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ZakLand, 11 a.m. Raymond Walters College Muntz Hall, 9555 Plainfield Road. Grammy-nominated children’s performer. Part of ARTrageous Saturdays. Ages 310. Family friendly. $5. Reservations recommended. Presented by Raymond Walters College. 745-5705; Blue Ash.


Teen Night, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Blue Ash YMCA, 5000 YMCA Drive. Hang out with friends and meet new ones, participate in basketball, soccer, swimming, cornhole, rock climbing, movies, YMCA Dance Club, Guitar Hero and Sing Star. Pizza and drinks available for purchase. Bring school ID. $6, $4 member. Registration required. 791-5000. Blue Ash. Beginning Healing Martial Arts Class, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Cincinnati Tae Kwon Do Center, 4325 Red Bank Road. Eight-week course. Introduces basic principles and movements of healing art of Kimoodo. Learn stretching, breathing and meditation techniques. Ages 18 and up. $130. Registration required. 271-6900. Madisonville.

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ART & CRAFT CLASSES Ceramic Tile Mosaics, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Weekly through April 19. Funke Fired Arts, 3130 Wasson Road. Explore different methods of mosaic work. Ages 18 and up. $230. Registration required. 871-2529; Oakley. FILMS

JCC Afternoon Series: Film Festival Winners, 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. “The Band’s Visit.” Charming cross-cultural comedy about Egyptian police brass band that travels to Israel and gets lost. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road. $1. Reservations required. 7617500; Amberley Village. T U E S D A Y, M A R C H 2

EXERCISE CLASSES Zumba, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Cincy Dance Studio, 8143 Camargo Road. Suite B, $10. Registration required. 859-630-7040; Madeira.


Orquesta Kandela, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 20th Century Theatre, 3021 Madison Road. Latin dance music by DJ Los Rumbros. Free Salsa lessons by Kama Salsa. $10. 731-8000; Oakley. S U N D A Y, F E B . 2 8


Cooking Healthfully, 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Essencha Tea House, 3212 Madison Road. Health-conscious chef/nutritionist Brandon Schlunt from HealthSavor teaches how to amp up nutritional value of foods. Includes light foods and tea. $35 couples, $20 single. 533-4832; Oakley.

LITERARY - BOOK CLUBS Parent and Child Bookclub, 3 p.m. “Half Magic” by Edward Eager. For grades 2 and up. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road. Book discussion, treats and activities. Family friendly. 396-8960; Norwood.


Organ Concert Series, 4 p.m. Christopher Houlihan performs Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Alexandre Guilmant, Leo Sowerby and Louis Vierne. Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, 1345 Grace Ave. Free, donations accepted. 871-1345; Hyde Park.

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CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS JCC information Meeting for Canadian Rockies Trip, 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road. Learn about JCC Aug. 5-11 Canadian Rockies Train Explorer Trip with informational slide-show presentation. $3,549 per person for trip. Ages 50 and up. 761-7500; Amberley Village. T H U R S D A Y, M A R C H 4

FILMS JCC Afternoon Series: Film Festival Winners, 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. “To Die in Jerusalem.” Documentary exploring story of Israeli teen Rachel Levy, victim of suicide bomber named Ayat al-Akhras, a Palestinian schoolgirl who bore an uncanny resemblance to Levy. Mayerson JCC, $1. Reservations required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.


Kettlebell Workshop, 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Revolution Fitness, 4642 Ridge Road. Learn proper use and form as well as beginner, intermediate and advanced exercises. $20. Reservations required. 272-2345; Oakley.


David Tanenbaum, who has introduced classical guitar music to audiences from Australia to Russia, will bring his artistry to Xavier University’s Gallagher Student Center Theater, 3800 Victory Parkway, Evanston. The performance is 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28. Tickets are $12; seniors are $9; students are $3. For more information, call 513-745-3161 or visit www.xavier.edi/musicseries.


Suburban Life

February 24, 2010


Lent is a chosen trip to the desert and expansive grounds provide time to deal with one’s own spiritual life in a searching and honest way. This “monastic desert” frequently turns out to be an oasis permitting reflective visitors to recognize the barren places in themselves. One of the greatest contemplative authors of last century was Thomas Merton. He was a Trappist monk at Gethsemani for 27 years. In his book “The Wisdom of the Desert,” Merton praises the early “desert fathers and mothers” (and those like them today) who willingly sought desert experiences. Merton writes, “They were people who did not believe in letting themselves be passively guided and ruled by a decadent state, and who believed that there was a way of getting along without slavish dependence on accepted, conventional values. … The Desert Fathers declined to be ruled by men, but had no desire to rule over others themselves.” What was their desire in undergoing such a difficult experience? Merton writes,

“What the Fathers sought most of all was their own true self, in Christ.” At some time or other we all enter into our own unchosen desert. We step out into the wide dry plains of our personal desert the day we find out we have cancer, or when our spouse leaves us or dies, when we struggle with addiction, unemployment, the death of a child, a divorce or a mental problem. Even aging can become a desert. During these times we may feel arid and very

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Do your heart good with healthy recipes

We’re well into winter now with the huge amount of snow that continues to fall. As I’ve mentioned before, I really love days when I can’t get down the lane to the real world. It’s a good time to sequester myself in the kitchen experimenting with healthier recipes. With February being heart health month, and with the requests I’ve been getting from readers, this seems to be a good time to share some tasty recipes that are good for you.

Healthy pork tenderloin with port and fig sauce

For Fred Newbill and Virginia. Fred wants recipes for one or two and Virginia needs healthy recipes for her husband, on a low cholesterol diet, with no trans or saturated fats. This recipe fills the bill with just 3 grams of saturated fat and no trans fat.

If any of you h a v e recipes for t h e s e f o l k s , p l e a s e share.

Rita Heikenfeld Rita’s kitchen


⁄ 2 p o u n d pork tenderloin, cut into 6

pieces 1 ⁄4 teaspoon dried thyme Pepper and salt to taste 2 tablespoons healthy buttery spread 2 Granny Smith apples, sliced thin 1 small red onion, sliced thin 2-3 tablespoons port wine or apple juice 1 ⁄2 cup apple juice 1 ⁄4 cup dried mission figs, chopped, or dried cranberries or cherries Season pork with thyme and seasonings. Melt buttery

spread in nonstick skillet over medium high heat and cook pork, turning once, about five minutes or until done. Remove and keep warm. Add apples and onion and cook until almost tender. Stir in port and bring to boil. Add apple juice and figs. Return to boil. Reduce to low and simmer until apples and onion are tender. Serve over pork. Per serving: Trans fat 0 grams; saturated fat 3 grams; cholesterol 75 milligrams, calories 410; protein 35 grams

Healthy Exchanges elegant chicken salad

Gina Griep of Healthy Exchanges always has easy and delicious recipes. Here’s one that satisfies the urge for a decadent chicken salad. 1 cup diced cooked chicken breast 1 tablespoon fat-free

French dressing 1 ⁄2 cup halved green grapes 1 ⁄4 cup chopped celery 1 tablespoon slivered almonds, toasted 1 ⁄4 cup fat-free mayo 1 ⁄2 teaspoon lemon juice 2 lettuce leaves Black pepper to taste

Combine chicken and dressing. Refrigerate 1 hour. Add grapes, celery and nuts. Mix. Combine mayo, lemon juice and pepper and add to chicken mixture. Cover, refrigerate at least 30 minutes. Serve on lettuce. Per serving: 197 calories; 5 grams fat, 23 grams protein, 15 grams carbohydrates, 366 milligrams sodium, 30 milligrams calcium, 2 grams fiber. Diabetic exchanges: 21⁄2 protien, 1 starch, 1⁄2 fats.

Nancy Zwick’s strawberry and yogurt wheat crepes

Nancy is with the Dairy Council and always has fab-

ulous, family-oriented healthy recipes. She has been a guest on my Union Township cable TV show. Here’s one I saw her do on Fox19’s morning show. Whisk together 4 eggs, 1 cup low fat or fat free milk. Then add 1⁄4 teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons sugar, 1⁄2 cup whole wheat flour, 1⁄2 cup allpurpose flour. Cover, set aside for 30 minutes or in the fridge overnight. Melt about 1⁄2 teaspoon butter in nonstick skillet. When it foams, pour 1⁄8 cup batter into pan. Lift and swirl so batter coats bottom. Replace pan on burner and cook just until set and underside is lightly browned. Flip and cook other side. Fill each with 1-2 tablespoons favorite yogurt and fruit. Roll up and sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired. Makes about 12 to 14 crepes.

Guru in our backyard

Jo Ann Drilling: This talented chef is now with Murphin Ridge Inn in Amish country (Adams County). Sherry and Darryl McKenney, proprietors, are thrilled to have Jo Ann on board, and Jo Ann is equally excited to indulge her passion for seasonal, local ingredients. What chef wouldn’t love Amish eggs delivered right to the kitchen door, and to walk outside in early spring plucking fresh greens and herbs from the gardens! Check out them out online at Murphin Ridge Inn to get all the scoop about their new menu. My fave is still their onion bisque. I have a feeling Jo Ann will be able to top that. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is Macy’s certified culinary professional. Email columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

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administered, the survival rate increases to 31.5 percent,” said Lisa Owendoff, media relations manager

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David and Yana Duke enjoying the jungle style buffet dinner at last year’s Purim in the Jungle.



Being sheepish

Siblings Rose, left, Grace and Monica Widemeyer of Madeira, along with their cousin Sean Quinn of Chicago, Ill., make friends with the sheep at the manger scene in Indian Hill. The manger scene, featuring live animals, was at the intersection of Drake and Shawnee Run roads.

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Sycamore Twp. offering gardening classes From left, Orit, Dov and Karen Trawvitz enjoying the Purim sprit at last year’s Purim in the Jungle. facilities at Chabad Jewish Center. The party will be instead at Rockwern Academy. The party will begin at 5 p.m. with an interactive Megillah reading. Come dressed in western gear (or any other costume) and win a prize. Purim in the Wild West will be from 5 p.m. to 7:30

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historian in North Avondale • Dr. O’dell Owens, Hamilton County coroner in Mason • D. Lynn Meyers, producing artistic director, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati in Hyde Park • Albert Pyle, executive director, The Mercantile Library in East Walnut Hills • Steve Leeper, president and CEO, Cincinnati Center City Development Corp (3CDC) at the Symphony Hotel in Over-the-Rhine • Newport Gangster Walking Tours, LLC in Newport • David Schildknecht, The Wine Advocate in

Clifton • Lisa Cooper Holmes, Haute Chocolate Inc. in Hyde Park • Donetta Zimmerman, Animal Communicator in Hyde Park • Ron Wilson, Natorp’s Inc. in Mount Adams • Patricia L. Herbold, U.S. Ambassador, Ret., in Covington, Ky. • Curtis Sittenfeld, New York Times bestselling author at the Peterloon Estate in Indian Hill For event descriptions, locations and information v i s i t To register, call 702-0031.


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Sycamore Township is continuing its continuing education classes series at the Schuler Community Room, at the Schuler Sports Complex, 11532 Deerfield Road. The classes will be on Saturdays, March 6, March 20, and April 3, at 10 a.m. Admission is free. The classes will be conducted by the staff of Bloomin Garden Center. The March 6 program will deal with lawn care tips. Denny McKeown, radio host, author, and owner of Bloomin Garden Center will give you instructions on how to make your lawn the best on the street. In 2007, the Bloomin Garden Center created a three-step fertilization program based upon the recommendations from Ohio State University. Details about the March 20 and the April 3 classes will be given as the time gets closer. They will deal with garden products, great gardens, and the best annual and perennial plants for the area. Reservations are recommended. Call 7927259 or email to reserve a spot.

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Series to benefit Women Helping Women Women Helping Women will host its 14th annual Sunday Salon event series this February and March with a “Super Sunday Salon” scheduled in May. The Sunday Salon Series, sponsored by the Plastic Surgery Group, is an annual event series benefiting Women Helping Women that pairs prominent, local experts with spectacular homes and spaces. Held on Sunday afternoons, Sunday Salon attendees are treated to an afternoon of refreshments, stimulating conversation and presentations with all proceeds benefiting Women Helping Women. The Sunday Salon Series features local speakers on a range of cultural, historical and educational topics. The 2010 Sunday Salon event lineup includes: • Evan Mirageas, Harry T. Wilks artistic director of the Cincinnati Opera in Northside • Randal S. Bloch, attorney in Hyde Park • Robert A. Flischel, photographer in Columbia Tusculum • David Radlinski and Donald Brown, Bonsai Society of Cincinnati in Blue Ash • Terri Kern, Rookwood Pottery art director at the Rookwood Pottery Company Studio in Over-the-Rhine • Mark Godsey, professor of law and director of the Ohio Innocence Project in Clifton • Ed Moss, piano, and Pam Ross, vocals, in Anderson Township • Donna Covrett, dining editor, Cincinnati Magazine in Clifton • Dan Hurley, Cincinnati


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Purim in the wild west Yee-haw! Purim is around the corner and its time to pony over to Chabad’s 14th annual Purim Around the World. Grab yer chaps, boots ‘n spurs and get ready for a frolickin’ good time. The bonanza will feature lots of chow with all the fixin’s, including barbecue chicken, hot dogs, chili, corn on the cob and more. Get ready for some howdydoody fun with ventriloquist and magician, Mark Comley, “America’s Favorite Magician.” “Purim is the Jewish festival that commemorates the salvation of the Jews from imminent annihilation (G-d forbid) at the hands of the evil Haman, the Prime Minister of the Persian Emperor Achashverosh, in the year 356 BCE,” said Rabbi Berel Cohen, youth and family program director at Chabad Jewish Center. Due to popularity, the event has outgrown the

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The importance and benefits of preplanning By Neva Martin

Community Recorder Contributor

Preplanning your own funeral, while not a favorite activity, has become more and more accepted and appreciated. People sometimes hesitate to embark on making such arrangements, especially when they’re healthy, or perhaps out of a superstitious fear that doing so may bring the Grim Reaper to their door faster. But if you can get over an initial resistance, you may find that preplanning can be a freeing experience. It can also

free your relatives from having to make future stressful decisions. Preplanning, or at least putting your wishes into writing, will provide your loved ones with a clearer picture of your wishes. Such wishes can include: • Type and location of service: Traditional church or green burial

and cremation are just a few options to consider. Veterans might like to include a military acknowledgment. • Who to invite: Do you prefer a small, intimate ceremony or a large gathering? • Speaker: Do you want your minister to deliver a memorial, a friend or relative to offer a eulogy, or both? • Clothing or jewelry: If you prefer burial, do you have a item you’d like to be buried with – a special memento or photo? • Favorite music or readings: How about a certain song, a

poem or reading you’ve always loved? Including them in the instruction packet would also be helpful. • Memorial fund: Would you prefer that mourners contribute to a favorite charity in lieu of flowers? • Your obituary: You can select a favorite photo to be included, along with your date and place of birth as well as any other details you want mentioned. Prepaying for a funeral can also take the burden off your family. You may have a funeral

home that your family has used for generations, one that you trust, to follow your wishes in selecting a casket or an urn. If you prefer not to prepay, you can set aside money in a separate account, such as a certificate of deposit or a shared bank account with someone close to you. Yes, preplanning your funeral lets you breathe a sigh of relief now and allows your loved ones to breathe easier later. Sources:; funeral;

Good resources can aid in organizing a funeral By Neva Martin

Community Press Contributor

A relative or a close friend has just passed away and you’ve been asked to make funeral arrangements. Where to start? In the best of situations, this friend had approached you ahead of time about his or her preferences, which can make many decisions easier: an open casket or cremation, pre-

ferred speakers, even the choice of the funeral home itself. If not, then by all means you can involve family members and close friends about the choices they think would be appropriate. Make a checklist so as not to miss any details. The director of the funeral home selected can, of course, help with many of the necessary arrangements: obtaining a death certificate, choosing a cas-

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ket and grave (or an urn if cremation is preferred), selecting flowers, writing an obituary for the local paper. If appropriate, call the deceased’s church or to arrange for a funeral date and time. Getting everything in order, quickly, is important: calling the organizations to which the deceased belonged (a military organization or a bridge club, for instance, might want to be involved in the funeral service or arrange a gettogether afterwards to honor the deceased), as well as friends and family scattered across the country. This is a good time to ask any nearby family and

By Neva Martin

Community Press Contributor

Services held in the morning. Traditional caskets carried to the cemetery. Followed by flowers in a hearse. Such typical ceremonies may become a thing of the past. Although written for another era, a Bob Dylan song may be appropriate: “The Times, They Are a-Changin’.” One change is often the time of the funeral service itself. It may be held in the evening, followed by a graveside observance the next day. Funeral home directors, when asked, say families often need this accommodation because

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You’ve been asked to deliver a eulogy at a beloved one’s funeral. And since speaking publicly is a phobia that many people share, you approach it with dread, fearing you’ll say the wrong things, making a

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their relatives are scattered throughout the country. Breaking the service up into two parts over a couple of days allows family members who live farther away to arrive at least for the graveside service. Some families also complain that funeral and graveside services, when held together on one day, are just too long, so breaking them up over two days is less tiring. And if the graveside service is held the next morning, families can get together and visit for the rest of the day. Another change is the type of service. Instead of a traditional one held at the funeral homes, many fami-

lies want to hold what they call “a celebration of life,” creating video presentations, displaying scrapbooks and pictures of the departed, even renting a center for a remembrance party. They find this type of event unites families and friends who have not seen each other for many years. Instead of traditional brown or steel caskets, some people, especially baby boomers, are starting to think “outside the box,” asking for caskets that reflect their personalities, even going for a “green burial,” without chemical embalming or even a coffin. In the book “Grave Matters,” environmental

journalist Mark Harris follows a dozen families who have found “green” burial to be a natural, more economic and ultimately more meaningful alternate to the standard funeral process, whether scattering the beloved’s cremated ashes over the ocean, conducting a home funeral, or hiring a carpenter to build a pine coffin. The times they are achangin’ and if you do want to tailor your own funeral, or that of one near and dear to you, start by checking out some of the new preferences at any funeral home. Sources:;

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friends to call those people you might not know. You can also use this opportunity to ask if anyone wants to speak or do a reading at the funeral. Organizing a funeral and dealing with all the details can be an emotional time for you, but it is also a chance to grow. Reaching out to others for help, for a shoulder to cry on, can be essential in coming to terms with your own grief in losing a beloved one. Planning someone else’s funeral can also be a reminder that death comes to all of us, and it’s best to be prepared. In the aftermath of this experience, then, be sure to sit down

sad situation worse. Just take a deep breath, pull yourself together and remember that you are speaking on behalf of the dearly departed. You can even seek counseling if necessary for this daunting, sensitive task. Here are a few guidelines to keep in mind while you’re grappling with finding the right words to say. • Remember to mention those attributes of the deceased that touched you in your life, perhaps an anecdote to underline those special moments you shared. Speak truthfully, from the heart, but not in such a brutally honest manner that you offend. • A funny story or a

poem is often appropriate. You might look for a book on bereavement that contains comforting words. Scripture can also be a good resource, keeping in mind to tread carefully if the bereaved family is not Christian or otherwise religious. • Know that this is an emotional time for you, especially if the deceased was close, and realize that each person who hears you will appreciate your remembrances. You can even focus on a friend who will smile at you for comfort. This support can help keep you from breaking down. • Print out the speech in large typeset. That way, if

tears well up or your hand starts to shake, you can still read the speech. • Speak slowly and don’t make the speech overly long. Remember you are celebrating a life as well as mourning a loss. • Practice the speech out loud, many times, the night before the funeral. In this way, you can internalize the eulogy and not stutter over the words when the time comes. Following these guidelines enables you to give comfort to those who are grieving as well as well as pay tribute in a way that speaks for all on behalf of the departed. Sources:;


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February 24, 2010


JFS presents program to increase happiness how to increase and sustain wellbeing, and how to cope with life’s challenges by increasLyubomirsky ing intentional happiness. Donna Mayerson, who is an expert in positive psychology, will facilitate a session for professionals only. Mayerson is chief coaching officer and a co-founder of Hummingbird Coaching Services. She will link research in positive psychology and character strengths to clinical practice.

“The How of Happiness: A Science and Practice” will be held at the Receptions Conference Center, 10681 Loveland-Madeira Road, Loveland. Seating is limited. The program is designed for both the general community and professionals. The session for the general community with Lyubomirsky is 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.; admission is $20 by March 4 or $25 at the door. Professionals receiving 4.0 CEUs, MCEs, RCHs, CCEUs, contact hours, or a certificate of completion will continue with Mayerson until 5:15 p.m.; professional

RELIGION Armstrong Chapel United Methodist Church

Armstrong Chapel United Methodist Church is offering a 13-week session of “DivorceCare,” a scripturally-based support group for men and women going through separation or divorce. The group meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the church (through April 13). More information is available at the church’s Web site, or Registration is also available at either Web site or by calling the church office at 5614220. All are welcome. The chapel is at 5125 Drake Road, Indian Hill; 561-4220.

Brecon United Methodist Church

Sunday Worship Services are 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. with Adult Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. Children’s Church is during the 10:45 a.m. hour. All guests and visitors are welcome. The church is at 7388 East Kemper Road, Sycamore Township; 4897021.

Church of God of Prophecy

The church hosts Sunday School at 10 a.m. and worship is at 11 a.m. Sundays. Bible Study is at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. The church is at 8105 Beech Ave., Deer Park; 793-7422.

About religion

Religion news is published at no charge on a space-available basis. Items must be to our office no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, for possible consideration in the following edition. E-mail announcements to, with “Religion” in the subject line. Fax to 248-1938. Call 248-8600. Mail to: Suburban Life, Attention: Teasha Fowler, Religion news, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, Ohio 45140. Share,” a comparative study of the major world religions will meet with Pastor Roberts each Monday through March 22. Bring your bible. Sunday Worship Services are 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. with Adult Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. Children’s School is during the 10:45 a.m. hour. All guests and visitors are welcome. Youth Groups, Bible Studies weekly; Childcare and Transportation provided. The church is at 8999 Applewood Drive, Blue Ash; 891-8527.

Kenwood Fellowship Church

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Dianne Steelman, Pastor 4808 Eastern Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45208 513-871-2954


Sunday Services

The church conducts worship at 10:30 a.m., Sundays and Divine Providence Study Group the first four Sundays of the month from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The church is located at 9035 E. Kemper Road, Montgomery; 4899572.

Sunday School -All Ages ........9:00am Worship Gathering ...........10:00am Wednesday Night....6:15pm dinner & 7:00pm...Children/Youth/Adult Classes Nursery Provided Handicapped Accessible

BAPTIST Hyde Park Baptist Church Michigan & Erie Ave

513-321-5856 Bill Rillo, Pastor Sunday Worship Services: 11:00am & 6:00pm Sunday School: 9:45am Wednesday Bible Study: 7:00pm

ROMAN CATHOLIC ST. GERTRUDE PARISH Church (513) 561-5954 • (513) 561-5020 School Miami Ave & Shawnee Run Rd. Mass Schedule Daily: 7:00, 8:00 & 11:30AM Saturday: 4:30PM Sunday: 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00AM 12:30 & 6:00PM

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Sunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 11:00 am Wed Night Bible Study 7:00 pm Pastor Ed Wilson 8105 Beech Avenue - Deer Park (Just off Galbraith across from Amity School) 513-793-7422

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Church of God

8290 Batavia-Pike - Route 32 Pastor: Lonnie & Erica Richardson Wednesday Evening Services - 7:00pm Sunday Morning Worship - 10:45 am

Sunday Service 10:30am Cincinnati Country Day School 272-5800 Indian Hill Episcopal Presbyterian Church 6000 Drake Rd Cincinnati, Ohio 45243 Sunday Worship 8am & 10:30am Sunday School 10:30am Youth 7 & 8th grade 9:15am Youth 9 & 12th grade 11:45am Phone 561-6805 Fax 561-0894 INDIAN HILL Episcopal Presbyterian Church 6000 Drake Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio 45243 Phone 513-561-6805 Fax 513-561-0894 Sunday Worship 8am & 9:30am


7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery (East of I-71 on Pfeiffer Rd) Worship Schedule 8:30 & 11:00 a.m. Worship and Holy Communion 9:45 a.m. Sunday School and Adult Forum Pastor: Josh Miller Baby sitter provided Visit our website at:

Good Shepherd (E LCA)

7701 Kenwood Rd.


(across from Kenwood Towne Centre) Saturday night at 5:00 and Sunday morning at 8:00, 9:00, 9:30 & 11:00am Pastors: Larry Donner, Pat Badkey, Jesse Abbott

UNITED METHODIST 7515 Forest Beechmont Ave 231-4172

Sr. Pastor Mark Rowland Ann Luzader, Mike Carnevale Traditional Service 8:30 & 11:00am Contemporary Service 9:30 & 11:00am (Nursery care from 9:15am-12:15pm.) Sunday School for Children & Adults at 9:30am & 11:00am. Youth Fellowship (grade 7-12), 6-8pm.

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p.m. Saturdays. The services will feature contemporary worship music in a relaxed atmosphere with biblical teaching that will resonate with the fast-paced lifestyles that many of us find ourselves in today. The church is at 7205 Kenwood Road; 891-9768.

The church has contemporary worship at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. The church is at 7421 East Galbraith Road, Madeira; 791-8348.

The church is hosting Lenten Fish Frys from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Friday through April 2. Menu of macaroni and cheese, cole slaw, bread, desert and drink will be served with entree choices of shrimp basket, two-piece grilled chicken breast, two slices cheese pizza or all-you-can-eat-Icelandiccod. The cost is $9 for adults, $4 for children (ages 5-10), and free for children under age 4. Ladies of the church provide the homemade baked desserts. Another bible study, “The Life We

tion are available if needed. To register or for sponsorship information, go online to or contact Sandee at 7663352 or

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Connections Christian Church

The church is hosting Scrapbooking from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. nearly every third Monday. Free childcare is provided. You must register by 5 p.m. Friday before the Monday event. For more information, call the church at 891-1700. The dates are: March 15, April 19, May 17, June 7, July 19 and Aug. 16. The church is at 7701 Kenwood Road, Kenwood; 891-1700.

Coach, marriage and family therapy, nursing home administrators, occupational therapy, psychology, social work (reciprocal for nursing), and teaching. Additional certificates of comple-

Blending Contemporary & Traditional Sunday Worship - 11 :00 a.m. Wednesday Gathering - 6:00 p.m.

Church of the Saviour United Methodist

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 27. All are welcome. It is a free family event. Summer Vacation Bible School will be June 21-25. It will run from 9 a.m. to noon. Senior Men meet at 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday for lunch and fellowship. Men’s Basketball meets from 7 to 9 p.m. every Thursday in the church gym. All able bodied men (and maybe not so able bodied men) are invited for some exercise. Book Club will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, to discuss “People of the Book” by Geraldine Brooks. The group meets at the Harper’s Point Panera. All are welcome. Family Lego Night has been rescheduled to 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb 26. Families are encouraged to bring their Legos and take part in the fun. The church is located at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati; 791-3142;

registration is $70 by March 4 or $85 at the door. Continuing educational units in up to two of the following areas are available for professionals: chemical dependency, counseling, life


Learning to increasing happiness in your daily life will be the focus of the day when Jewish Family Service’s seventh annual Miriam O. Smith Educational Series presents “The How of Happiness: A Science and Practice” Sunday, March 7. Sonja Lyubomirsky, author of the bestseller, “The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want,” will be the keynote speaker. Lyubomirsky is internationally renowned for her research on the possibility or permanently increasing happiness. Lyubomirsky will explain

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Jeff Hill • Minister Worship Service 10:30am Sunday School 9:15 am


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PRESBYTERIAN MADEIRA SILVERWOOD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 8000 Miami Ave. 791-4470 Contemporary Worship 9:00 am

Church School for Everyone 10:10 am

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MT. WASHINGTON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 6365 Corbly Road 513-231-3946 Rick Riggs, Pastor Sunday Worship 10:45am Adult Sunday School 9:30am Children’s Sunday School 10:45am Visitors Welcomed "A Family in Christ and a Beacon of God’s Love for Over 150 Years"

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Suburban Life


February 24, 2010

COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations


Incidents/investigations Assault

Reported at 5300 Kennedy Ave., Jan. 27.


Residence entered and bearded dragon valued at $500 removed at 6924 Vinewood, Feb. 2.

Theft by deception

$780 taken at 5234 Ridge Road, Feb. 2.


Geoffrey D. Todd, 46, 3875 East Galbraith Road, assault and aggravated menacing, Feb. 11.



Police reports are gathered from reports on file with local police departments. This information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. The Community Press publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. Juveniles, those 17 and younger, are listed by age and gender. To contact your local police department: • Columbia Township: Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Simon L. Leis, sheriff; Sgt. Peter Enderle. Call 683-3444. • Deer Park: Michael Schlie, chief. Call 791-8056. • Madeira: Frank Maupin, chief. Call 272-4214. • Sycamore Township, 792-7254. Menacing Reported at 3919 St. John’s Terrace, Feb. 16.

field Road, Feb. 1. Debit card stolen, 3930 Lansdowne Ave., Feb. 11.


$330 worth of work paid for but not completed by Hayden Web Designs, reported at 8005 Plain-


Incidents/investigations Domestic At Dawson, Jan. 30. At Rosecrest, Feb. 3.


Ladder taken; $50 at 6208 Coachlite, Jan. 30.



Micah Phelps, 24, 3933 E. Gatewood Drive, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 1. Frances Robinson, 30, 5031 Steward Park, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Jan. 30. Alexander Vonderhaar, 19, 7622 Brookfarm Court, underage consumption at 12193 Fields Ertel Road, Jan. 30. Jessica Crooks, 21, 10274 Tulle


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Joyce A. Brossart

Joyce A. (nee Spurlock) Brossart, 75, of Deer Park died Feb. 13. Survived by children, Melody (Carl) Fiorito and David Brossart; grandchildren, Brittany, Logan Renee and Tori Jae Fiorito; companion, Michael Venneman; siblings, Harold (Betty Marie) Spurlock, Doris Combs and Betty (Walter) Reynolds; also survived by nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by former husband, William A. Brossart. Services were Feb. 18 at MihovkRosenacker Funeral Home.

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Dorothy Lorraine Lee

Dorothy Lorraine Lee, 86, formerly of Silverton, Deer Park and Rossmoyne died Jan. 22. Survived by son, James Lee of Ovid, Mich.; daughters, Kathleen Staab of Fredericksburg, Va., and Patricia Hare of Loveland; brother, Eugene Clark of Norwood; sisters, Ruth Stahmer of Cincinnati; 16 grandchildren,including Sean Hare of Mason, Andy Hare of Sharonville, Jamie Gordon of Loveland, Shannon Carovillano of Loveland and Brooke Hobson of Loveland; and eight great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband, Robert Lee; son, Michael Lee; four brothers and four sisters. Services were Jan. 26 at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Fredericksburg, Va. Memorials to: MWH Perinatal Hospice Bereavement Program, c/o Tammy Ruiz, Mary Washington Hospital, 1001 Sam Perry Blvd., Fredericksburg, VA 22401.

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June A. Schrichten

June A. (nee Wehrman) Schrichten of Madeira died Feb. 13. Survived by husband, Fred P. Schrichten; children, Michael F. Schrichten, and Clare and Stephen H. (Debbie) Schrichten; grandchildren Anthony, Christopher and Amanda Schrichten; sister, Betty Simons; and also survived by a multitude of family and friends. Memorials to: Shriners Hospital for Children, 29 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229-3095.

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Lane, theft at 7913 Montgomery Road, Feb. 1.

Incidents/investigations Assault

Reported at 7501 School Road, Jan. 30.


Residence entered and compressor valued at $279 removed at 8567 Plainfield Road, Jan. 28.

Criminal trespassing

Reported at 5546 E. Galbraith Road, Jan. 31. Reported at 7800 Montgomery Road, Feb. 1.

Disorderly conduct

Reported at 11663 Sozman Road, Jan. 31.

Identity theft

Reported at 4183 Winesap Court, Jan. 29.


$110.23 removed at 8240 Montgomery Road, Jan. 31. Wallet and contents of unknown

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Sycamore Township Fire Department 911 calls from Dec. 26 to Jan. 31: Dec. 26, Old Mill, structure fire Dec. 26, Montgomery, good intent Dec. 26, Estermarie, medical emergency Dec. 27, Deerway, alarm activation Dec. 27, Rolllymeade, chimney fire Dec. 27, Keller, lift assist Dec. 27, Kenwood, assault Dec. 27, Jeffrey, medical emergency Dec. 27, Euclid, medical emergency Dec. 27, Galbraith, medical emergency Dec. 27, Galbraith, fall Dec. 27, Reed Hartman, medical emergency Dec. 28, Galbraith, fall Dec. 28, Applewood, medical emergency Dec. 28, Gwilada, medical emergency Dec. 28, Dearwester, medical emergency Dec. 28, Larchview Lines Down Dec. 28, Wayne, structure fire Dec. 29, North I71, overheated vehicle Dec. 29, Kemper, smoke scare Dec. 29, Myrtle, medical emergency Dec. 29, Keller, medical emergency Dec. 29, Pine, medical emergency Dec. 29, Montgomery, medical emergency Dec. 29, Dearwester, medical emergency Dec. 29, North I71, no patient contact Dec. 29, Dearwester, fall Dec. 29, Donna, no patient contact Dec. 29, Reed Hartman, lift assist Dec. 29, East I 275 @ 50, medical emergency Dec. 29, Lyncris, CO incident Dec. 30, School, alarm activation Dec. 30, I71, vehicle fire Dec. 30, Stillmeadow, medical emergency Dec. 30, Pine, medical emergency Dec. 30, Montgomery, medical emergency Dec. 30, Montgomery, medical emergency Dec. 30, Fieldsted, medical emergency Dec. 30, Kemper, fall Dec. 30, South I71, good intent Dec. 31, Montgomery, medical emergency Dec. 31, Montgomery, medical emergency Dec. 31, Millbank, medical emergency Dec. 31, West I 275, motor vehicle accident Dec. 31, 15:37 Wexford, medical emergency Jan. 1, Kenwood @ Montgomery, motor vehicle accident Jan. 1, Montgomery, overheated motor Jan. 1, Dearwester, medical emergency Jan. 1, Reading, no patient contact Jan. 1, Montgomery, fall Jan. 2, Galbraith, alarm activation Jan. 2, Montgomery, alarm activation Jan. 2, Bayberry, alarm activation Jan. 2, Montgomery, alarm activation Jan. 2, Waters Edge, cooking fire Jan. 2, Keller, medical emergency Jan. 2, Longford, medical emergency Jan. 2, Belfast, medical emergency Jan. 2, Sturbridge, fall Jan. 2, Keller, medical emergency Jan. 2, Reed Hartman, medical emergency Jan. 2, Galbraith, lift assist Jan. 2, Dearwester, medical emergency Jan. 2, South I7 @ 15, motor vehicle accident Jan. 3, Styrax, alarm activation Jan. 3, Woodstock, overheated motor Jan. 3, Shagbark, fall Jan. 3, Dearwester, lift assist Jan. 3, 2Dearwester, medical emergency Jan. 3, North I71 @ Kenwood, motor vehicle accident Jan. 3, Kirtley, medical emergency Jan. 3, Montgomery, medical emergency Jan. 3, Keller, fall Jan. 4, Galbraith, overheated motor Jan. 4, Gwilada, CO incident Jan. 4, Second, medical emergency

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The Community Press obtains fire and emergency medical dispatches from the Sycamore Township Fire EMS Department, 489-1212 (North Station) and 792-8565 (South station). Jan. 4, I275 @ 50, motor vehicle accident Jan. 4, Montgomery, medical emergency Jan. 4, Wicklow, fall Jan. 4, South I71, motor vehicle accident Jan. 5, Galbraith, alarm activation Jan. 5, Reed Hartman, fall Jan. 5, Fawncreek, medical emergency Jan. 5, Ellman, medical emergency Jan. 5, Galbraith, medical emergency Jan. 5, Glengary, medical emergency Jan. 5, Kenwood, medical emergency Jan. 5, Montgomery, medical emergency Jan. 6, Harborside, cooking fire Jan. 6, Paddington, fall Jan. 6, Evan, medical emergency Jan. 6, Darnell, medical emergency Jan. 6, Kenwood, medical emergency Jan. 6, Montgomery, fall Jan. 6, Pine, medical emergency Jan. 7, Loveland Madeira, alarm activation Jan. 7, South I71, motor vehicle accident Jan. 7, I275 @ Montgomery, medical emergency Jan. 7, Orchard, lift assist Jan. 7, Northcreek, medical emergency Jan. 7, Montgomery, fall Jan. 7, Montgomery, medical emergency Jan. 7, Galbraith, medical emergency Jan. 7, Dearwester, fall Jan. 7, Ronald Reagan, motor vehicle accident Jan. 7, North I71, motor vehicle accident Jan. 8, Galbraith, alarm activation Jan. 8, First, false call Jan. 8, Montgomery, medical emergency Jan. 8, Kugler Mill, fall Jan. 8, Kugler Mill, fall Jan. 8, Michael, medical emergency Jan. 9, Kenwood, smoke scare Jan. 9, Wicklow, CO incident Jan. 9, Chancery, medical emergency Jan. 9, Coyote, medical emergency Jan. 9, Elizabeth, medical emergency Jan. 9, Pine, medical emergency Jan. 9, I71 @ 13, motor vehicle accident Jan. 9, Kenwood, medical emergency Jan. 10, Euclid, structure fire Jan. 10, Keller, medical emergency Jan. 10, Appleknoll, medical emergency Jan. 10, Britesilks, medical emergency Jan. 10, I 71 South, motor vehicle accident Jan. 10, Chetbert, fall Jan. 11, Tiki, medical emergency Jan. 11, School, fall Jan. 11, Galbraith, medical emergency Jan. 11, Seventh, medical emergency Jan. 11, Northlake, medical emergency Jan. 11, Plainfield, medical emergency Jan. 11, Dearwester, fall Jan. 12, Governors Hill, smoke scare Jan. 12, Fields Ertel, alarm activation Jan. 12, Waverly, cancelled call Jan. 12, Reed Hartman, medical emergency Jan. 12, Loveland-Madeira, no patient contact Jan. 12, Brookscreek, no patient contact Jan. 12, Kenwood, medical emergency Jan. 12, Plainfield @ Galbraith, motor vehicle accident Jan. 12, Plainfield, medical emergency Jan. 13, Montgomery, medical emergency

Community people with financial resources can choose from a variety of providers. There is a large segment of the community who would go without products and services if not for the Center. Every individual is treated with the same amount of respect and dignity. The Center prides itself in turning no one away. To view the services and program the Center offers, visit or call 221-0527. To help support the center, send donations to 2825 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45219, call 221-0527 or visit

The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati was recently awarded a $25,000 grant from the Sutphin Family Foundation to allow more Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati youth in families with financial challenges the opportunity of structured after school programs aimed at teaching new skills, fostering positive social growth and improving academic scores. The grant will be used for after school programs managed by 10 YMCA branches – the Gamble Nippert YMCA, Richard E. Lindner YMCA, Carl H. Lindner YMCA, Melrose YMCA, Blue Ash YMCA, Clippard Family YMCA, Powel Crosley Jr. YMCA, Clermont Family YMCA and Campbell County YMCA. Now more than ever parents with economic hardships are comforted knowing the YMCA will provide their children with an after school environment that offers tutoring, mentoring, physical and nutritional activities, service learning, fine arts and quality interaction with diverse children and adults. Grants and private donations make it possible. “Without assistance like the generous grant from the Sutphin Family Foundation, it would be very difficult to provide the much needed services our school aged After School Program provides. With 100 percent of our program participants receiving some kind of financial assistance it is absolutely critical


Jay Price, chairman of the board from Indian Hill, and Laurie Burman, CEO from Kenwood, help celebrate the Center’s 85 years. The Center is a United Way Agency.

Symphony club hosts 2010 April Affair The Cincinnati Symphony Club will present their annual April Affair fashion show Thursday, April 8, at the Kenwood Country Club. This year’s theme will focus on “Designer Fashions on a Dime” and will feature fashions available at the Snooty Fox. Donna Speigel, owner of the Snooty Fox, will provide commentary for the fashion show. The 2010 event will celebrate longtime Cincinnati Symphony Club member, Charlotte Deupree. Deupree, a prominent professional model, has volunteered each year for the April Affair, organizing models for the many stores whose fashions have been showcased throughout the years. Tickets are $45 for the lunch and fashion show. The social hour, beginning

at 10 a.m., proceeding the noon luncheon and fashion show, will includes a shopping boutique featuring jewelry from the Silver Lady and Mary Nippert Jewelers; handmade, one-of-a-kind plush toys from Abbydid, crafts from Ten Thousand Villages and JoAnne Abel. Event proceeds benefit programs of the CSO. The Cincinnati Symphony Club was established 87 years ago to support Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra programs (including the Lollipop concerts for children), to collaborate with other Greater Cincinnati music organizations, and to promote the interest and understanding of music in our community. The efforts of Symphony Club volunteers, along with business and cultural organiza-





tions’ support, has made April Affair a successful perennial fundraiser. Marjorie Valvano of Kenwood is chairing the 2010 April Affair, alongside cochairs Evi McCord of Mount Adams and Mary Dean Schaumloffel of Western Hills. Committee members include Mary Jo Barnett of Western Hills, Rosalee Campbell of Loveland, Barbara Carrelli of Western Hills, Charlotte Deupree of Fort Wright, Ky., Connie Dreyfoos of Hyde Park, Helle Banner Hoermann of Clifton, Jackie Lett of Anderson Township, Jan McConville of Hyde Park, Rosemary Schlachter of Western Hills, Joyce Thieman (Cincinnati Symphony Club president) of Liberty Hill and Ilse van der Bent of Greenhills.




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