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Hospital expansion plans just so much ‘noise’ Dick Hartmann, right, with his wife, Judy, left, recently retired after 45 years of service to the city of Madeira. JASON HOFFMN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Career spent in service to

MADEIRA YOUTH At every level, Hartmann made a difference in community

By Jason Hoffman

MADEIRA — He might not be big in stature, but anyone who lived, worked or learned in Madeira during the last half century were most likely influenced by Dick Hartmann and his enormous heart. The longtime Madeira resident spent 39 years working for the city’s schools and 37 in city hall as recreation director organizing events and ensuring the community’s staple parade grew, but his involvement with youth left an indelible impression.

Evolution of a name

Becoming a teacher meant less money for the Hartmanns, but it brought an immeasurable reward.

“He was a pharmaceutical salesman,” Judy Hartmann said. “But every fall he would see the kids going back to school, and I could tell he just wanted to be there to help them. So finally, I said ‘Dick, we’ll make it work. Go teach.’ And it was a big sacrifice financially, but he was just a different person once he started teaching – he was meant to teach.” Dick Hartmann taught math, science and history during his tenure, and whether it was mentoring youth, or being the unfortunate recipient of an electric shock in a science lab, he left an impression on everyone who passed through his classroom. “I started off as Mr. Hartmann, and then in the early ’90s the students started calling me ‘Mr. H,’” Hartmann said. “And then it just went See CAREER, Page A2

Deer Park schools make calendar changes By Leah Fightmaster

Deer Park is making some changes to the school calendar for next year. Superintendent Jeff Langdon told the school board at its meeting Feb. 20 that he and the building principals have been working on a new calendar to accommodate a few changes they want to make to it for next year. Some are more minor than others, but will make a dif- Langdon ference to the staff and faculty members in the way the schools will operate. If the changes are approved, classes will begin Aug. 26. Langdon said he considered moving the start date to the week before, but because many of the spaces in which students spend time aren’t air conditioned, many parents disapproved of that option.

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Students will also have Election Day (Nov. 5) off, which board members supported because not only will staff be able to vote in their precincts, but the schools used for polling locations will be void of students. Some said they felt it was a safer option to have an in-service day then, to avoid any possible problems. Another change Langdon proposed is giving students the week of Thanksgiving off, when schools will have conferences. High school students discuss college and career options during those conferences. Langdon said having that information for students then will “change the whole culture of that conference.” While several other minor changes were presented, Langdon said he didn’t expect the board to approve the calendar yet. He added that while he’s been through several drafts of changes, more discussion and input from parents will be needed before the calendar will be set in stone.

STEP LIVELY The art of Appalachian dance was demonstrated by fourth-graders of Madeira Elementary. See Schools, A5

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Residents worry about generators By Leah Fightmaster

Residents will have their chance to speak up about Jewish Hospital’s upcoming expansion project. Sycamore Township scheduled a public hearing for 6 p.m. Thursday, March 7, to review the plans. The project includes building a 10,500-square foot energy building along Frolic Drive and a146,000-square-foot, sixstory patient wing on Galbraith Road. The biggest concern for residents and trustees was how much noise the generators and cooling towers in the energy building would make. Greg Bickford, planning and zoning director/assistant township administrator, said that a noise study indicated that with the cooling towers and generators running, noise levels wouldn’t exceed the permitted decibels allowed by the township at the building’s property line. Several residents who attended the zoning commission meeting Feb. 11 didn’t appear to believe that noise levels would fall within the permissable range, according to the meeting’s minutes. Questions about whether the building could be moved to a “less offensive” location were

raised, as well as if residents would be able to smell diesel fumes if the wind blew a certain way. Bickford said that unless the power goes out in the hospital, generators will be run only once a week for an hour to test them, and those tests could be run on a day where the wind isn’t blowing toward the neighborhood. As for noise levels, he added that the township will test those, and violations could result in the hospital losing its certificate of occupancy. Trustees and zoning commission members also took issue with the landscaping, concerned that it won’t block the energy building enough because will take several years before it’s grown together. Trustee Cliff Bishop said the noise is a bigger matter. “I’m more concerned about noise than not being able to see (the energy building),” he said. The zoning commission approved the case unanimously, with one member recusing himself for conflict of interest. It recommended that conditions regarding landscaping maintenance and noise levels be set to prevent problems later. The public hearing will be before the Board of Trustees’ regular meeting March 7. Want more updates for Sycamore Township? Follow Leah Fightmaster on Twitter: @LCFightmaster.

The artist's drawing is an aerial view of Jewish Hospital's next expansion project. The energy building is toward the bottom-left corner of the picture and the new patient wing is in the top-center. THANKS TO SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP

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to ‘H.’ And all the students and the people that worked for the city and schools would just call me ‘H.’” After retiring from teaching in 2006, Dick and Judy were chosen to be the grand marshals of the annual parade, and the residents of Madeira had a special surprise in store. “A lady whose kids I taught came up with an idea for a T-shirt that said ‘I was taught by H,’” Hartmann said. “When we got to the football stadium at the end of parade, the announcer said ‘any of you who were taught by H, stand up,’ and, my God, half the stadium stood up. It was neat.”

‘Over in minutes’

Hartmann planned many events during his time as recreation director, but the Easter egg hunt holds a special place for him. The work that went into the hunt each year offered him the chance not only to spend more time with teen counselors, it gave him the opportunity to enlist the help of some special workers.

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Helping kids stay drug free

Before he worked for Madeira, Hartmann left a career that, in hindsight, made his commitment to helping kids stay drug and alcohol free prevalent. “I was a pharmaceutical salesman back in those days,” he said of his time spent before teaching. “I sold librium, I sold valium

– drugs that were coming into (the market) to be abused.” Hartmann was recruited to lead an anti-drug program through Madeira Middle School. In its infancy, the program was called Dope Stop, but the name quickly changed to Teen Involvement. “We trained juniors and seniors in high school to go the elementary school to teach those kids about why they don’t use drugs,” Hartmann said. “These were all certified, clean kids – they had to go through a rigid screening in the beginning.” The return on investment paid off through the years, not only for the Hartmanns, but for all the residents of Madeira. “The teen counselor program was really his baby,” said Tom Moeller, city manager. “It was a very popular program in the city, and Dick did a great job getting kids to understand the issues with drugs and alcohol.” To people who say teenagers can’t have fun without drugs and alcohol, Dick Hartmann says the heck with that. Every Easter, and every year around Christmas, Dick and Judy would have the teen counselors in their home to make eggs for the annual hunt and to answer

letters to Santa Claus. “It’s really great just to sit back and listen to a bunch of high school juniors and seniors sitting back and laughing and having fun,” Dick Hartmann said. “And not one of them was drunk, not one of them was on drugs – they were just having fun.” Hartmann’s commitment to the anti-drug program conflicted with his duties as recreation director once the city started the annual street dance. “We started the street dance, and I struggled with that because I was supposed to be the antidrug director, and here we’re serving alcohol to members of the community,” he said. “They had to pay for it, but I just always kind of frowned upon it.”

Big shoes to fill

Considering all the duties he carried out over the last 45 years, Hartmann really is an institution to the city, Moeller said, and filling the void left by his retirement will take a joint effort. “Around the city offices, we are all going to have to take up some extra roles,” Moeller said. “There were a lot of things Dick did, and we have to be very careful about getting those things taken care of.” Retirement might mean more time for things like golf, fishing and travel, but through Eucharistic Ministries at St. Gertrude and keeping tabs on the recreation planning, the Hartmanns will continue to leave their mark on the community. “Dick has worked with so many kids in this community,” Judy said. “Through his teaching, through the recreation commission, he has touch so many lives.”



“Judy would open up our house to work with the teen counselors, and they would fill 1,000 eggs with three pieces of candy,” Dick said. “And the other thousand would go to the nursing home to be stuffed by senior citizens there.” While youth was on the side of the teenagers, it wasn’t the only reason they worked faster than their elderly cohorts. While it only took about 45 minutes to make 1,000 eggs with the students, it usually took weeks to get the eggs back from the nursing home. “I’d get calls from the nursing home saying, ‘we’re out of candy,’” Hartmann said. “When my mom passed away, I had to go in her drawer, and I open it, and by George there’s a bunch of candy wrappers – she was one of the primary scarfers.”

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School shares its achievements Officials expect top index score

By Forrest Sellers

Indian Hill Elementary School Principal Melissa Stewart said it’s not just reaching a destination, it’s the journey itself that is important. Stewart used this analogy in defining goals being implemented by the elementary school. Stewart, Spanish teacher Lisa Schauer and third-grade intervention specialist Heather Milligan presented an update

on the elementary school curriculum during the December Indian Hill Exempted Village School District Board of Education meeting. Schauer Stewart said based on preliminary state report card data, the elementary school is expected to have a performance index score of 111.1 out of 120.0 points. This is the highest performance index score the elementary school has achieved, she said. She said Indian Hill Elementary School also was

top-ranked in the Ohio Achievement Assessment. “(We’re) constantly looking at how teachers can use each other as resources,” she said. Milligan stressed the importance of personalized instruction beyond the traditional classroom setting. Milligan referred to this as “exploration time.” She said a special focus has been placed on reading and mathematics as part of this instruction. To illustrate teaching principles in the classrooms, Schauer present-

ed examples from her Spanish class. She said the students gain skills in Spanish through reading and storytelling. Schauer said knowledge also comes from “comprehension, repetition and personalization.” Schauer demonstrated how learning can go beyond just what is read in a textbook. She presented a video in which the students interpreted a specific scenario, in this case a hot summer afternoon. The students learned Spanish speaking skills by having a conversation about the weather.

Ursuline students collect aid for Sandy victims By Jeanne Houck

BLUE ASH — Students at Ursuline Academy in Blue Ash took time out of their busy academic and extracurricular schedules to extend a helping hand to people on the northeast coast suffering from the fallout of Hurricane Sandy. The students collected personal care products, cleaning supplies, paper products, baby supplies, first-aid items and money which were distributed by Matthew 25: Ministries. “A lot of us have connections in the areas that were hit,” said Ursuline Academy senior Shelby Breed, 17, of Montgomery. “So we feel like it’s really important to help Hurri-

cane Sandy victims in any way we can.” Ursuline Academy senior Sanjana Iyer, 17, of Mason, said, “Even though these people are far away, they still deserve our help. Kira Hinkle, community service coordinator at Ursuline Academy, said students collected: » personal care products, including body wash, shampoo, antibacterial soap, hand sanitizer, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant and lotion. » cleaning supplies, including laundry detergent, general cleaners, powdered bleach, mops, buckets, scrub brushes, sponges and rubber gloves. » paper products, including toilet paper and

Deer Park High School is looking into expanding its class list. Assistant Principal Kevin Casey and guidance counselor Kim Shafer explained a few of the changes to the school board Feb. 6, saying that some of the new classes could be advanced placement or qualify for dual credit. A few changes will be made to the mathemat-

ics curriculum, with the addition of statistics and honors algebra classes. Two AP classes that could be added are European history and biology, while other departments expressed interest in adding a novel writing course, music theory class and advanced graphic art design. More changes to the math curriculum would be to change the names of advanced math and honors advanced math to precalculus and honors precalcu-



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lus, respectively, to reflect those subjects on students’ transcripts. Other name changes would include American world forums to contemporary world issues. Shafer also said that at least four teachers will be able to teach dual credit for the University of Cincinnati. She and Casey also said that implementing these classes will be dependent upon whether enough students sign up for them.

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Sycamore resident disputes JEDZ criteria By Leah Fightmaster

One Sycamore Township resident took his stance on the proposed joint economic development zones straight to the township. Chris Flaska told the trustees at their meeting Feb. 21 that he opposed the JEDZ being established in the Kenwood area because those being taxed for the zone are people who can’t vote on the issue. Instead, he said, a property tax might be more fair.

JEDZ, or joint economic development zones, are agreements with municipalities to charge an income tax on employees working in those areas. The village or city collects the tax, keeps a small portion and passes the rest onto the township, which legally can’t collect an income tax. Sycamore Township has agreements with Madeira and Amberley Village, pending approval by Sycamore residents. Flaska also asked why the new developments in Kenwood weren’t bring-

ing in enough in property taxes to cover the budget shortfalls in the township. “I’m missing how we have all this development ... and we’re missing money,” he said. “I would think all these businesses would generate enough revenue.” Law Director Doug Miller said that the loss of the estate tax, as well as tangible personal property taxes and local government funding, was more than the property taxes are raising. Board of Trustees

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President Tom Weidman added to that, saying that property values are down in the township, deepening the losses for the general fund. Flaska asked if there was a way to raise property taxes on only businesses, but Miller said if taxes are raised, it’s on both businesses and residences. Trustees Dennis Connor said that even if that were the case, business owners living outside the township wouldn’t have a say either. “If you’re raising property taxes, residents would still be the ones voting on it,” he said. Flaska said he didn’t like to see new taxes starting, but Weidman said that the trustees felt the JEDZ are the “least offensive off all the options.” Sycamore Township residents will vote on the JEDZ issue at the May 7 primary election. Follow Leah Fightmaster on Twitter: @LCFightmaster.

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UA students ‘Women in Technology’

Several Ursuline students in the technology class of Ann Brinkmann attended the Women in Information Technology Conference at the Kings Island Conference Center. Throughout the conference, the students were placed at tables and assigned to a mentor from local businesses. There were approximately 300 young women from area high schools at the event. Brinkmann said that the highlight of the event was a “Challenge Game,” where student/mentor teams competed

against one another to come up with an Information Technology solution to a simulated problem. “One of our teams came in second place, and each received a $10 gift card to,” Brinkmann said. One of the mentors, Rosalyn Ellis, lead governance specialist at Great American Insurance Co., said, “I had an awesome time working with these fine young ladies. We were assigned the task of developing a new technology solution for the cafeteria problems presented and the young ladies did an awe-

some job of answering the many questions posed to them during this session. “The final product was so good, they won second prize for their effort, presentation skills and the final solution. I wish them well in their endeavors and hope that our paths cross again.” This past summer, four Ursuline students attended the INTER-alliance of Greater Cincinnati Technology Camp and earned significant awards for their achievements.

Ursuline students who attended the Women in Technology conference included, from left: Catherine Brinker (Anderson Township), Madeleine Kissinger (Kenwood), Alexandra Lucken (Montgomery), Kelsey Sheldon (Clifton), Audrey Crowe (West Chester Township), Nisha Shabbir (Mason), and Katherine Schiller (Madeira) with mentor Rosalyn T. Ellis, Great American Insurance Co. THANKS TO MARIANNE LANG

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Madeira Elementary School fourth-graders Ethan Mills and Brooke Schomaeker learn Appalachian dancing. THANKS TO DIANE NICHOLS

Students learn culture of dancing The art of Appalachian dance was demonstrated by fourthgraders of Madeira Elementary, thanks to a grant from the Ohio Arts Council’s Arts Learning Program. The OAC funded a two-week artist-in-residence program in November which included daily instruction in dance, music and the art of storytelling by Russ Childers, an educator of Appalachian culture. At the conclusion of the residency, the students enjoyed showing off a bit to their parents when they demonstrated the dances in an evening “hoedown.” The Appalachian-inspired dances included the popular

“Virginia Reel,” “Forward Up Six” and “Paw Paw Patch.” Childers was joined by the Rabbit Hash String Band, which provided the perfect musical background. This is the second consecutive year Madeira Elementary’s fourth-graders have been treated to this artist-in-residence program. “Thanks to Russ Childers and the Ohio Arts Council, the students not only learned about Appalachian culture but got to experience it,” said Tim Weber, principal of Madeira Elementary. “It helps bring what they’re learning about to life when they can participate in aspects of a different culture,” he added. The Appalachian cultur-

al experience extended into all areas of the curriculum during the residency including special units in social studies, language arts, math and visual art. The Ohio Arts Council’s Arts Learning Program has been recognized as a national model by the National Endowment for the Arts and by the National Alliance of Media Arts Center. Through Ohio Arts Council residencies, which place professional artists in schools for periods ranging from two weeks to two years, students have created works selected for exhibition in the Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition, the National Scholastics Art Awards Competitions and aired on PBS.

Mount Notre Dame High School announces its 14th annual Grande Gala – “There’s No Place Like Home.” The Grande Grand Gala is MNDs’ largest, annual fundraiser and is chaired by MND parent Allison Warning of Sycamore Township. The event will take place Saturday, March 2, at Mount Notre Dame, and boasts an extravagant evening filled with live and silent auction excitement, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a sit-down dinner. Last year’s Grande Gala was sold out, so people are encouraged to get their tickets early. According to Laura Speed, MND director of major fund-

raising events, “Just as Dorothy clicked her red ruby slippers to find her way home, we are inviting all who know and love Mount Notre Dame to ‘come home ’ by attending this year’s Grande Gala." The Grande Gala is MND’s largest fundraising event and all proceeds go to support the school. Reservations are required. New this year is a raffle for a 2013 Chevy Spark. Tickets are $50 each, three for $100 and the winner will be announced at the Grande Gala. For details about the raffle, additional information about the Grande Gala or to purchase tickets, visit MND’s website at or call (513) 821-3044 ext. 165.

From left: Larry Mock of Amberly Village, Mount Notre Dame head of school; Laura Speed, MND director of major fundraising events; Allison Warning of Sycamore Township, chair of the school's Grand Gala, and Mark Schenkel of Delhi Township, MND athletic director, with the car that will be raffled during the Grand Gala. THANKS TO NATASHA SHULL

Race inspires cancer survivor By Forrest Sellers

Crossing the finish line during a recent marathon was especially rewarding for an Indian Hill Elementary School teacher, and it had nothing to do with her completion time. Fourthgrade teacher Katie Bauer Bauer was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2011. An avid runner who had competed in eight marathons, Bauer refused to let treatment and chemotherapy deter her. “Running was a way for me to get out,” Bauer said. “I had decided in January to run in a marathon again.”

She said she had to make the decision before chemotherapy was completed because of a registration deadline. Last fall she competed in the Chicago Marathon. Coincidentally, it was nearly a year to the day of her cancer surgery. It was also a way to mark the occasion of her final treatment, she said. “It was about enjoying the race and celebrating life,” Bauer said, adding that she received a great deal of support from students and staff. “The support system here was amazing,” she said. Bauer said a teacher at the school gave her a package that said, “From chemo to Chicago.” She said she pinned the slogan to the back of her shirt while running the race. “I was proud after everything I’d been through to be able to do it,” Bauer said.

All Saints second-graders Molly Gruber, Camryn Corl and Maria Kilgore with teacher Sue Gleason. THANKS TO KARA MANGAN

Thankful for traditions All Saints School in Kenwood is rich with traditions. Every year the students in kindergarten, first- and second-grade come together for a real Thanksgiving Feast. They each play their part in the Thanksgiving tradition by making costumes and decorations for the celebration with the kindergartners and second

graders dressing as pilgrims and the first graders representing the Indians. They enjoy a full Thanksgiving feast complete with turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes. Most importantly, they take time to quiet down and remember all of the things they have to be thankful for in their lives.

Three little Indians Mary Arengo, Sofia Ramirez and Beazey Tierney at All Saints School's Thanksgiving feast. THANKS TO KARA MANGAN



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Short-handed Lady Braves fall to Bethel-Tate By Scott Springer

Madeira’s state-qualifying swimmers stand next to a sign in front of the Madeira Kroger on Miami Avenue. Back two boys, from left, are Stuart Marsh and Matt Buescher. Middle two are Jack Mantkowski and Grant Karda. Grant Crawford is in front. Back two girls, from left, are: Olivia Wilson and Emma Shaw. Front is Jenna Luthman and Allison Dicke. SCOTT SPRINGER/COMMUNITY PRESS

Proud Madeira backs state swimmers By Scott Springer

MADEIRA — When Madeira head swim coach Ian Soper swam for the Mustangs, qualifying for state was nearly unthinkable. Until a few years ago, Madeira swimmers were lumped in with the bigger schools, making it difficult to advance to Canton. Now, at the Division II level, under former coach (now assistant) Megan Feichtner and first-year boss Soper, the Mustangs and Amazons are making it a regular occasion. Two years in a row, they’ve paraded their state qualifiers through the elementary school to send them off. This year, they were also honored by a sign in front of the Miami Avenue Kroger. “Nine on the team,” Soper said proudly as Madeira’s aqua elite posed in front of the sign. “I’m extremely happy with it. They’ve all worked extremely hard this season.” For the Mustangs, sophomore Jack Mantkowski qualified in the 200 and 500 freestyle and was also part of the

Madeira boys 200 and 400 freestyle relays with seniors Stuart Marsh and Grant Crawford and junior Grant Karda. Senior Matt Buescher qualified in the 200 individual medley and Crawford made it in the 100 freestyle. Buescher also swam with Marsh, Crawford and Karda in the 200 medley relay. The Amazons qualified their 200 freestyle relay of seniors Jenna Luthman and Emma Shaw and juniors Allison Dicke and Olivia Wilson. Luthman qualified individually in the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly, while Dicke’s spot in Canton came in the 50 freestyle. After their team photo, the Mustangs and Amazons crossed the train tracks for a team lunch wearing new warm-ups indicating their 2013 state presence. “Madeira’s a great town for this,” Soper said. “The parents are awesome, the school’s great and the kids are great. They make my job a lot easier.” The boys best chance at C.T. Branin Natatorium was believed to be the 200 freestyle relays where they were placed fifth to begin. The top 16 in each event move from preli-

minaries to the final. The Mustangs made the final, but finished seventh. They fared better in the 400 free relay with a sixth-place finish and were 16th in the 200 medley relay. “It kind of all depends on how the other teams are swimming too,” Soper said. “It’s a different pool than Miami (University). It’s a slower pool.” Jack Mantkowski made the finals in the 200 freestyle and was 11th. He just missed in the 500 freestyle by finishing 17th. Also for Madeira’s boys, Grant Crawford was19th in the 100 freestyle; Stuart Marsh 20th in the 100 butterfly; and Matt Buescher was 22nd in the 200 IM. Senior Jenna Luthman qualified for the finals in the 100 butterfly and was 16th. In the girls 50 freestyle, Allison Dicke and Luthman finished18th and19th, respectively, in the prelims Feb. 21. The girls 200 freestyle relay was 19th in the Division II prelims. Regardless of placement, Soper was proud and honored to have another Madeira squad represented in Canton.

HYDE PARK — Minus two players due to pre-planned excursions, the Indian Hill Lady Braves lost to Bethel-Tate 41-34 in the Division II tournament at Withrow Feb. 16. “Sister Act” was the theme of the game as Indian Hill’s Jessica and Sam Arington squared off with Bethel-Tate’s Brooke and Julia Jenike. All four play for Indian Hill Coach Chris Arington’s Cincinnati Angels AAU group. As the final buzzer sounded, the Jenike sisters had tallied 31 of Bethel-Tate’s 41 points to win. Junior Jessica Arington hit four treys and finished with 14 points to lead the Lady Braves, while freshman Sam Arington was held to six due to foul trouble. “The Jenike sisters won this one,” Chris Arington joked as he walked by the Bethel siblings being interviewed. “We’ll get them next year!” Afterward, he called the game “bittersweet” and a “winwin” situation because of his relationship that exists between the Jenikes and his own daughters. Actually, it may have been a closer game if Indian Hill had starting center Christine Canning and guard Emily Markesbery, who’s in the regular rotation. “To lose two girls that play varsity basketball and play considerable minutes was a little too much to overcome,” Arington said. “The girls played hard and we’ve got everyone coming back that was on the floor today. It’s a start.” Canning had a soccer commitment, while Markesbery had a congressional field trip to Washington, D.C. Both events were scheduled prior to the basketball season. Arington also had the initial shock of taking over a team a day before the season began. All things considered, minus college talent Nicole Bell and Sara Arington from last year, the Lady Braves were in many games and finished 13-9.

Indian Hill freshman Sam Arington surveys the scene for the Lady Braves against Bethel-Tate Feb. 16. SCOTT SPRINGER/COMMUNITY PRESS

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Despite the personnel setback, Indian Hill was also within reach against Bethel-Tate. When freshman daughter, Sam, was called for a controversial fourth foul, another option was taken away. “I guess when you have sisters out there and one sister makes the foul and the other gets blamed for it, that hurt us,” Arington said. “I had to sit her for awhile.” When Brooke and Julia Jenike started making plays, it came as no surprise. A key element came from the Lady Tigers’ defense. “They started in a zone or a match-up,” Arington said. “At the end of the game they switched back to man. We made three or four key turnovers and that was the difference in the game.” Arington has one more year with his daughters at Indian Hill as Jessica will be a senior and Sam a sophomore. They will also return starters Lexi Carrier and Jessica Marsh plus Mary Ann Miller, Sydney Gloster and much of their bench.


Girls basketball

» Madeira beat Shroder on Feb. 16, 63-36. Sophomore Celia Kline led the Amazons with 25 points. Kline hit for 15 more on Feb. 21 as Madeira beat Mariemont. Madeira will go on to play the Middletown Madison-Fenwick winner on March 2 at Springfield. » In the Division I sectional at Kings Feb. 20, Mount Notre Dame beat Colerain 42-39. Sophomore Blair Carlin had 17 points. The win put MND against Winton Woods, a game they lost 46-39.

Boys basketball

» Moeller defeated Western Brown on Feb. 23 at the Division I tournament in Hamilton, 6921. The Crusaders face Mount Healthy Feb. 27. » Indian Hill beat New Richmond 60-47 in the Division II tournament at Mason Feb. 23. Senior Jon Griggs and junior Karl Koster led the Braves with 14 points each. Indian Hill plays Wilmington Feb. 27.

State swimming and diving

» At the Division II Diving Championships at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton, Indian Hill’s Cassie Wegryn finished ninth and teammate Katherine Arnold was 12th. Reaching finals for Indian Hill girls were: Alexandra Tracy (third), Devin Landstra (seventh) and Elizabeth Drerup (11th) in the 50 freestyle; Rachel McGoff (sixtth) in the 100 freestyle; Tracy(third), Drerup (fourth) and Landstra(13th) in the 100 backstroke; Rachel McGoff (ninth) in the 200 IM; the 200 free relay of McGoff, Drerup, Landstra, Tracy(second); 400 free relay of McGoff, Smith, Landstra, Tracy (third); and 200 medley relay of Drerup, Smith, Stimson and Vester (eighth). The Lady Braves 200 free relay squad set a new OHSAA record in the prelims at 1:35.84. Sarah Vester was 21st in the 200 freestyle prelims and 22nd in the 100 backstroke; Delaney Smith 19th in the 100 butterfly; and Grace Stimson 22nd in the 200 IM. Indian Hill’s boys (Will Dowling, Jack Dowling, Noah Brackenbury, Sam Vester)

Indian Hill's 200 freestyle relay team of Racheal McGoff, Devin Landstra, Elizabeth Drerup and Xanna Tracy finished second at the Swimming and Diving Championships in Canton Ohio Feb. 22. TONY TRIBBLE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

qualified for the finals in the 200 medley relay and finished sixth. In the prelims, Sam Vester was 24th in the100 freestyle and 19th in the 100 breaststroke; Jack Dowling 20th in the 200 freestyle and 18th in the 100 butterfly; Will Dowling 21st in the 100 backstroke.

» Madeira’s Jack Mantkowski made the finals in the 200 freestyle and finished 11th. He just missed in the 500 freestyle by finishing 17th. The Mustangs 400 freestyle relay was sixth in the final, the 200 free relay was seventh, and the 200 medley relay was 16th. Also for Madeira’s boys in prelims, Grant Crawford was 19th in the 100 freestyle; Stuart Marsh 20th in the 100 butterfly; and Matt Buescher was 22nd in the 200 IM. Senior Jenna Luthman qualified for the finals in the100 butterfly for the Amazons and was 16th. In the girls 50 freestyle, Allison Dicke and Luthman finished 18th and 19th, respectively, in the prelims Feb. 21. The girls 200 freestyle relay was 19th in the prelims. » Mount Notre Dame’s Maddie Rapp made the Division I finals in the 100 backstroke and was 11th » Moeller finished eighth among Division I schools in Canton. Sophomore Kevin George took third for the Crusaders in the 500 freestyle and was fifth in the 200. Sophomore Noah Worobetz was 13th in the 100 backstroke and 15th in the 200 free. In the 100 butterfly, junior Greg Nymberg was third.

Relay-wise, Moeller’s 400 free squad of George, Tory Worobetz, Eric Scott and Nymberg took eighth; the 200 free team of Scott, Tory Worobetz, Jake Peloquin and George was 12th; and the 200 medley of Noah Worobetz, Nymberg, Charlie Braun and Scott was 11th.


» Moeller won the district title in Fairfield Feb. 23 and placed nine wrestlers in the state tournament. Conner Ziegler (113), Andrew Mendel (132), Jerry Thornberry (195) and Chalmer Frueauf (220) were district champions. Also qualifying for Columbus were Jacoby Ward (120), Connor Borton (126), Wyatt Wilson (152), Dakota Sizemore (160) and Quinton Rosser (182). » Deer Park’s Austin Siemon advanced to the state wrestling meet by finishing third at 145 pounds in the Division III district meet at Kettering Feb. 24.


» Moeller beat Worthington Kilbourne 4-3 on Feb. 16. On Feb. 23, Moeller beat St. Charles in double overtime 2-1 to move to the Sweet 16 against Olentangy Liberty.


Five is jive for St. Xavier Title is school’s 34th overall

By Tom Skeen

CANTON — St. Xavier is

your Division I state swimming champion for the fifth consecutive season. It’s the school’s 34th overall state title. The Bombers tallied 270 points, besting Cleveland St. Ignatius by 84 points and third-place Centerville by 157. Nine Aqua Bombers placed in 14 different events, led by Jack Hendricks who brought home an individual state championship in the 500-yard freestyle event. The senior beat Joey Long of Upper Arlington by less than a second. “Last year, he came in here and finished third,” Brower told Gannett News Service. “This year he was motivated and had focus. He trains hard. This is the capstone of a two-year process.” Hendricks almost pulled off a double state championship, but was narrowly defeated by Long in the 200-yard freestyle event by less than .60 seconds. The Bombers’ 200yard freestyle relay team also claimed a state title, edging North Canton Hoover by just .20 seconds. In the 400-yard freestyle relay the Bombers placed third, while notching a fourth-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay. Senior Ian Wooley was second in the 100-yard butterfly event for the

St. Xavier's Jack Hendricks celebrates after he winning the 500-yard freestyle event at the Swimming and Diving Championships in Canton, Feb. 23. TONY TRIBBLE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

RESULTS Individual state swim results for St. Xavier: 200-yard medley relay (Ian Wooley, Steve Russo, James Delgado, Grant Carr) 4th-place; 200-yard freestyle relay (Jack Hendricks, Mitchell Frey, Cam Young, Grant Johnson) 1st-place; 400-yard freestyle relay (Hendricks, Frey, Wooley, Johnson) 3rd-place; 200-yard freestyle, Hendricks (2nd-place), Young (7th-place), Kevin Mosko (16th-place); 200-yard individual medley, Frey (6th-place), Delgado (5th-place); 50-yard freestyle, Johnson (6th-place); 100-yard butterfly, Wooley (2nd-place); 100-yard freestyle, Johnson (7th-place); 500yard freestyle, Hendricks (1st-place), Delgado (5th-place), Mosko (16th-place), Matt Slabe (13th-place); 100-yard backstroke, Wooley (3rd-place); 100-yard breaststroke, Russo (5th-place).

St. Xavier head coach Jim Brower celebrates after Jack Hendricks won the 500-yard freestyle event at the Swimming and Diving Championships in Canton, Feb. 23. Brower coached the Aqua Bombers to their fifth consecutive state championship. TONY TRIBBLE/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

second-consecutive season after coming up just .33 seconds short to Youngstown Boardman’s

Ryan Bailey. Wooley also brought home a thirdplace medal in the 100yard backstroke

Reds Futures Showcase begins March 25 By Scott Springer

CINCINNATI — At the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum Feb. 19, the Cincinnati Reds and InGame Sports announced the 64-team field for the second-annual Reds Futures High School Showcase. The event begins March 25 and runs through April 15 featuring teams from southeastern Indiana, northern Kentucky and southwestern Ohio. The event culminates with all 64 teams in a “March at the Majors” parade before the Reds/Marlins game April 21.In a year’s time, the prep showcase has grown dramatically, according to Tom Gamble of In-Game Sports. “Last year we had 25 games involving 50 schools,” he said. “This year, 32 games involving 64 schools and 20 of the schools are new.” Games are slated to be played at Northern Kentucky University, Xavier, UC, Prasco Park, Western Hills and Reds Community Fund fields in Batavia, Winton Terrace and Roselawn.

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Reds COO and distinguished Summit Country Day alum Phil Castellini also voiced his support. “This is important in developing future Reds players and future Reds fans,” Castellini said. “We’re proud to be associated with this. We’re going to continue this and hopefully it gets stronger and stronger each year.” Among the participants, Division I Ohio champion Moeller will take on La Salle at Prasco Park April 11. “It’s an honor that the Reds would jump on board and sponsor this and bring that notoriety back to the high school game,” Crusaders coach Tim Held said. Tickets for the Reds Futures Showcase games are $5 and good for all games that day. Each ticket also comes with a voucher good for a free View Level ticket to select Reds regular season games at Great American Ballpark and a cou-

SHOWCASE SCHEDULE Local games for the 2013 Reds Futures High School Showcase presented by PNC: Tuesday, April 2 Reading vs. Seven Hills, 4:30 p.m. (Western Hills High School) Saturday, April 6 Indian Hill vs. Ross, 1 p.m. (Miami University) Wednesday, April 10 Madeira vs. Mariemont, 4:30 p.m. (Prasco Park) Cincinnati Christian vs. Summit Country Day, 7 p.m. (Prasco Park) Thursday, April 11 La Salle vs. Moeller, 4:30 p.m. (Prasco Park) ** Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy vs. Withrow, 5 p.m. (Xavier University) ** **Reds mascots and the Reds Rover events team will appear at these games. Additional appearances will be announced at a later date.

pon for a free Skyline coney. Tickets will be available at the participating schools and on game days at the host facilities.


Madeira’s Bascom showered by Gatorade Gannett News Service

Madeira senior Sam Bascom was a bit surprised when he heard Tuesday morning he had won the Gatorade Ohio Boys Soccer Player of the Year. Bascom was between classes when former Madeira coach Jon Unger told him the news. “I was pumped,” Bascom said. “It was pretty awesome. It’s an honor for sure.” Bascom, The Enquirer player of the year the past two years, has signed with the Naval Academy. The Gatorade award recognizes not only athletic excellence but also high standards of academic achievement and character. Bascom said he has a 3.97 grade-point average. “As incredibly as Sam played, he was every bit as extraordinary as a teammate and a representative of Madeira High School,” Unger said. “Sam has been a model on and off the field, and we couldn’t be more excited for his future at Navy.” Bascom had 91 goals and 72 assists in his career at Madeira. In his final three seasons, Madeira was 51-4-2 in games he played, including 20-1-1 his senior year (regional finals), 20-2-1 his junior year (state semifinals) and 11-1 his sophomore year.

Sam Bascom of Madeira was a Cincinnati Enquirer High School Fall All-Star. He recently was named the Gatorade Ohio Boys Soccer Player of the Year. Sam will be playing for the U.S. Naval Academy next season. TONY JONES/COMMUNITY PRESS

“I think the significance of the award for Sam is the recognition for the years and years of never being satisfied with his ability and constantly striving to improve even when he was already achieving incredible success,” said Unger. “What separates Sam from just about any high school player I have ever seen is an enormous amount of skill that he combines with extraordinary athleticism. Sam can dribble a ball with perfect control faster than most players can run without the ball. His touch is off the charts, and his power has gotten considerably stronger every year. His offensive creativity is light years beyond anything I coach.” Unger, who stepped

down in December to spend more time with his family, had been a head coach for 17 seasons, including the past 16 at Madeira. Bascom is the second area high school player to win a Gatorade state soccer award this school year. St. Henry senior Libby Leedom won the Kentucky Girls Soccer Player of the Year award this month. “Sam Bascom is the very best player in Ohio, hands down,” said Summit Country Day coach Barnard Baker. “He is savvy and precise. His speed of play and speed of thought are two steps ahead of 90 percent of the field. He is a great kid that I hated to coach against but loved to watch.” Bascom had 27 goals and 31 assists his senior season as Madeira won its third consecutive Cincinnati Hills League title. Bascom was the Division III state co-player of the year and is a two-time first-team all-state selection. “I couldn’t be more proud of Sam’s career,” Unger said. Bascom was also a National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-American and Scholar All-American. He played in the International Choice Hotels High School All-American game where he was named the MVP for the East squad.


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Editor: Dick Maloney,, 248-7134


Time to address global warming Drought and fires in 2011 cost Texas over $5.5 billion. In 1991, a drought-induced fire in Oakland cost the city $1.5 billion. The drought of 2012 cost our national economy between $75 billion and $150 billion. This is the cost of global warming. It’s just beginning and it will get worse. The debate over the reality of global warming is over. Since 1991, 13,950 peer-reviewed climate articles have been written, of which only 24 rejected global warming. The only remaining debate is a fake one,

Give adoptees access to birth records The time has come for all two primary sponsors in each adopted adults in Ohio to have body – State Sen. Bill Beagle access to their original birth (R) and StateSen. Dave Burke certificates. (R) in the Senate, and State Our state’s current threeRep. Dorothy Pelanda (R) and tier system of access is disState Rep. Nickie Antonio (D) criminatory and needlessly in the House. cruel. Under this As a “first” mother system, adoptees who has been reunited born before 1964 can with my daughter for access their original 17 years, I commend birth certificates these legislators and simply by applying support this legislation and paying a fee – unequivocally. Just as just like any other my daughter “wanted citizen. Those born to know,” so, too, do between 1964 and others. All adoptees are Susan 1996 cannot – their entitled to their life Anthony records are sealed. stories from chapter COMMUNITY PRESS Adoptees born after one – not from chapters GUEST COLUMNIST 1996 can have access two, three or four. The at age 18. stories may not always This convoluted three-tier be pretty, but they are their system is unjust and denies stories. the most basic of human and I urge the Suburban Life and all of its readers to supcivil rights to many Ohio citizens, namely the right to their port this legislation. It is way past time to right this serious history, heritage and identity. wrong and change this unjust Hopefully, this situation is law. Thank you. about to change. (For more information, Two companion bills that google Adoption Equity Ohio will allow adult adoptees acor Adoption Network Clevecess to their original birth land.) certificates were introduced in the Ohio House (HB 61) and Susan Anthony is a resident of Main the Ohio Senate (SB 23) deira. Tuesday, Feb. 12. There are

POLITICALLY SPEAKING Comments from local leaders about issues in the news:

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“This isn’t the first time we have heard from President Obama about plans to create jobs and rejuvenate the economy. Unfortunately, his first term showed that speeches alone do not equate to meaningful action, and he has yet to lead and reach across the aisle to develop a serious plan to rebuild our economy and stem Washington’s out-ofcontrol debt. Rather than laying out a pro-growth plan to spur our economy, he promoted the same big-government policies that have failed to get our economy up and running again. Instead of addressing the need to reduce

be zero. Enacting a revenue-neutral carbon fee would help America move to a clean economy, one where we pollute less, waste less and use more clean renewable energy. It would also create millions of new jobs throughout America. One argument against this that you may hear is that “cheap” coal, oil, and natural gas are good for the economy. Actually, they aren’t cheap at all, even if one ignores the onrushing costs of global warming. Other costs of their pollution

when it produces manufactured by the enough oil that when oil and coal industries. burned, would create a Even the premier ton of carbon dioxide. climate skeptic RichThis would make ard Muller, funded by coal, oil, and natural gas the Koch brothers, now slightly more expensive. agrees that global The fee would then be warming is real and offset, and made reveman-made. Doug Bell It’s time for soluCOMMUNITY PRESS nue-neutral, by returning the revenue to taxtions. The best overall GUEST COLUMNIST payers. This offset plan is to enact a revecould be achieved using any of nue-neutral carbon fee. This a variety of methods, e.g. by would be assessed on each ton of carbon whenever fossil fuels reducing other taxes or with a rebate. By returning the fee are drilled, mined or imported. revenue to taxpayers, the cost For example, the fee would be to our overall economy would assessed on an oil company

Washington’s massive deficits by reforming important yet unsustainable entitlements, he proposed more taxes on job creators. “For years, the president said that he would have ‘more flexibility’ to address our nation’s problems following his re-election. The election is over, there are no more excuses, and it’s time for him to get to work on actually governing. To do that, he needs to step forward, reach across the aisle and work with Republicans to find common ground on policies that will reform our antiquated tax code and give our economy a shot in the arm.” – U.S. Sen. Rob Portman on the State of the Union address



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are asthma, heart attacks, strokes, several types of cancer, and abnormal brain development in fetuses and breastfeeding babies. All of that is far more costly than any carbon fee. We have a moral responsibility to future generations, an obligation to pass on to them the same life our parents gave to us. A revenue-neutral carbon-fee is the best way to fulfill our obligation. Doug Bell is a resident of Kenwood and a volunteer with several environmental organizations.

CH@TROOM Feb. 20 question How will the Horseshoe Casino, scheduled to open March 4 in downtown Cincinnati, affect Cincinnati? Do you plan to patronize the casino? Why or why not?

“Well I think the casino will finally bring some of the vice this city has always been lacking. I believe there will be more downside than upside. The negative social toll casinos and gambling typically take on a community usually outweigh the gains. Plus, no matter what the perceived gains are, you can never beat the house. “I won’t go because gambling doesn’t have an intrinsic appeal to me and the entertainment or dining at casino’s seem a bit too corporate and cookie cutter to me. I’d rather spend an evening at Arnold’s downtown listening to local live music in a unique, only in Cincinnati, setting.” I.P.

“How will the Horseshoe Casino affect Cincinnati? No one can really answer that with certainty. There are arguments in favor of such establishments and against them. You can spend some time researching articles about the impact of gambling establishments in places like Indiana and Kentucky, but you must be careful that the reports are subjective and unbiased. “I have relatives and friends who patronize casinos, and I concede that this is their prerogative. Some of the commentaries say that tax revenues from casinos are very helpful to the local economy, but I don’t know how much of the taxes that are levied on Horseshoe Casino will go exclusively to Cincinnati. “My personal feeling is that people should have a right to patronize these places, but I also think it is naive to fail to admit that they prey on the psychological weakness of compulsive gamblers. The same is true of alcoholic beverages, I suppose, and we saw what resulted from attempts to outlaw alcohol. “I’ve been to a couple of casinos in my life, and feel no desire to return. Some of the people playing slots look like zombies. And there is an

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atmosphere of sadness and compulsion that I saw. “Would I patronize the casino? No, because although I used to enjoy certain kinds of gambling when I was younger (pulling tips, playing poker, etc ... ) the ‘sport’ holds no appeal for me now.” Bill B.

“I believe the Horseshoe Casino will have a detrimental effect on our city – it will suck out money that would have been spent on necessities or on other leisure activities such as sports, movies, cultural events. It will give compulsive gamblers a too near and present place to gamble. “Based on reports from other areas casinos do not encourage development or support other businesses but attract pawn shops and checkcashing places. Based on a recent Enquirer article, drunk driving incidents will likely increase. “The building itself is a disappointment – a ‘big box’ with a glitzy facade and ugly sign; check out the view from Gilbert Avenue. “The negatives far outweigh the positives of new jobs and possibly increased tourism. I will never patronize the casino. “Hope it underperforms and is closed down soon. The space could be repurposed into a convention or event center or a downtown mall.” J.R.B.

“Current news stories suggest the other major Ohio cities which already have casinos are not producing as expected. In the case of Cincinnati the two nearby casinos in Indiana may cause the same disappointment in the Tristate. “There is a finite pool of gamblers in our society and even a plush new casino in the downtown area could prove

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the golden goose of gambling cannot lay enough eggs to solve the fiscal problems of government. “I am not a gambler so it’s not likely I’ll visit the Horseshoe Casino. I consider gambling a vice and do not believe it is proper for our government to encourage it. “The basic premise of gambling is the operators of the games of chance have control of the odds which guarantee the players will lose. That is why the players are called gamblers while the operators have a sure thing.” R.V.

“I seldom gamble, even when I am in Las Vegas or on a cruise ship, although every now and then I lose some money in slot machines as I walk by them on the way to a conference or convention. “I would not take the time or energy to go to the Horseshoe Casino as a destination unless there was some other reason to be there. I hope all my friends and neighbors visit often and play until their eyes glaze over. “Given the well-published odds, virtually all gambling is a tax willingly paid by the mathematically challenged. Let them pay as much as they want and reduce government’s need to tax me.” F.S.D.

“Although I have gambled in my lifetime, I have never put a dime into the slots and I don’t plan to start now just because a casino is in my backyard. “I am glad that Ohio got over its stupidity and finally allowed gambling, but they will get none of my money.” Dave D.

Feb. 13 question Will you miss U.S. Postal Service mail delivery on Saturdays? Why or why not?

“Stopping Saturday deliveries will affect my small business efficiency. Mail that is posted Wednesday, Thursday or Friday arrives at my business on Saturday. I can use Saturday and Sunday to process this mail and get a headstart for the next week. “If mail will not be delivered on Saturday, my mail load on Monday will be high and extend my weekday workload and reduce my efficiency.”

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One-year-old Max Cicchinelli, left, and John Alf, 2, dig for fresh compost. FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

School garden grows on toddlers By Forrest Sellers

It’s never too early to develop a green thumb. Cincinnati Country Day School’s Early Childhood House is exposing children as young as 18 months to gardening. “For them it’s about the sensory experience,” said Kathi Bagnoli, a lead teacher at the school. “Over time you hope they gain a love of nature.” Bagnoli, of Indian Hill, said the youngsters have a chance to dig in the dirt, touch different flowers and smell a variety of vegetables. “It gives the kids a hands-on experience outdoors and also teaches them to care for the environment,” she said. Tara McMullen, who is also a team leader at the Early Childhood House, said eighth-graders at Cincinnati Country Day School helped set up the garden. She said the youngsters then followed through with planting, maintaining and then harvest-

Tara McMullen, left, a team leader at Cincinnati Country Day School's Early Childhood House, helps Camilla Kassar, 1, of Indian Hill, find the best jalapeno pepper in the school's garden. FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

ing the garden, which includes tomatoes, potatoes, cucumber, squash and even jalapeno peppers. “The peppers are spicy,” said Lilli Beck, who is 2 years old. “The peppers are very hot.” However, this hasn’t stopped

Beck from enjoying a jalapeno every now and then. McMullen, of Madeira, said the children have even learned about composting and will frequently dig fresh compost from a pile behind the home. Although the children had

Two-year-olds Liliane Ross, left, of Loveland, and Lilli Beck, of Maineville, pick cherry tomatoes in the garden at Cincinnati Country Day School's Early Childhood House. FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

grown sunflowers in the past, this is only the second year they have grown vegetables in the garden.

With the enthusiasm the children have shown it will likely continue. “We plan to do this every year,” McMullen said.

Help NEEDS meet the Feinstein Challenge

If you are a member of an organization that supports the Northeast Emergency Distribution Service (NEEDS) you know we’re not nearing the end of winter, but the beginning of Feinstein Challenge season. The Feinstein Challenge divides and distributes $1 million among agencies that feed hungry families in their community. Since 1998 Rhode Island resident and philanthropist Alan Shawn Feinstein has been helping hunger-fighting agencies raise funds by challenging their supporters to “up the ante.” From March 1 thru April 30 The Feinstein Foundation will match monetary donations as well as in-kind food pantry contributions. Participating agencies, like NEEDS, can expect to receive a check in August for a minimum of $250 and a maximum of $35,000. NEEDS is a community of churches and civic organiza-

tions whose mission is to do God’s work through caring for their neighbors by providing basic emergency assistance. There are approximately 25 churches and civic organizations that form the NEEDS Board. NEEDS is an all-volunteer cooperative located in the Kenwood Baptist Church and NEEDS does not receive government support. The NEEDS board oversees an active foodbank, as well as provides neighbors-in-need with housing and utility payment assistance. During the year NEEDS sponsors a school supply drive, a holiday season “Adopt-A-Family” and in January the board collects socks, mittens and scarves for schoolage children. NEEDS serves more than 2,000 people in northeastern Hamilton County. Here’s how you can help NEEDS: The Feinstein Chal-

lenge is between March 1 and April 30. Each can/box/package of food donated during that time counts as $1. The total of in-kind items donated and the dollars collected during those two months will be added together as part of the challenge. If you would like to make a financial contribution to NEEDS, you can write a check to NEEDS noting “Feinstein Challenge” in the memo line, and mailing it to: NEEDS, 8341 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45236. You or any community group can also collect canned goods and other non-perishable food items for NEEDS. The NEEDS food pantry is at the Kenwood Baptist Church, 8341 Kenwood Road, 45236 and is open Tuesday and Thursdays from 9 1 p.m. For pick-up of donated food items or to ask questions call: Jackie Cutshall 583-0323 or e-mail

Northeast Emergency Distribution Services pantry volunteers Jackie Cutshall, Bob Cutshall and Sally McConaughy. PROVIDED


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD TTHURSDAY, FEB. 28 Art & Craft Classes Open Create, 7-9 p.m., Hyatt Art Studio, 7813 Laurel Ave., Choose surface you want to paint on and receive individual attention as you paint artwork for your home or garden. $25. 561-0677; Madeira.

Exercise Classes Cardio Dance Party, 6-7 p.m., Eric Thomas’ Professional Fitness Academy, 4865 Duck Creek Road, Classes incorporate variety of dance styles, including jazz, hip-hop, Latin, jive and more danced to popular music. $10. 617-9498; Madisonville. Core Adrenaline, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Group Fitness Studio. Blend functional strength training movements with Pilates sequences. Ages 18 and up. $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash. MELT Method, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Group Fitness Studio. Unique hands-­off bodywork approach that helps prevent pain, heal injury and erase negative effects of aging and active living. Ages 18 and up. $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash. Camp Crush, 6-7 a.m. and 6-7 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Group Fitness Studio. Run the gamut of strength, endurance and heartpumping drills. Recommended for intermediate to advanced clients only. Ages 18 and up. $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash. Gentle Moves and Strength, 3-4 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Group Fitness Studio. Learn to safely work with your limitations and enjoy exercising your body. Ages 18 and up. $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash. Yoga/Pilates Infusion, 5-6 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Group Fitness Studio. Contemporary blend of flowing yoga movements and core-centric Pilates sequences. Ages 18 and up. $10-$15. 2908217; Blue Ash. Hatha Yoga, 7-8 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Group Fitness Studio. Gentle introductory journey into the world of yoga. Ages 18 and up. $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash.

Films Mayerson JCC Jewish and Israeli Film Festival, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Kenwood Theatre, 7815 Kenwood Road, “The Day I Saw Your Heart,” 20-something Justine struggles with commitment issues in touching portrait of contemporary Jewish family in Paris that tackles thorny father-daughter relationship. Per showing: $10, $8 members; $6 ages 21-40. Festival pass: $75, $65 members. 761-7500; Kenwood.

Health / Wellness Lipid Profile and PSA, 6:30-9:30 a.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Lipid Profile includes cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides and glucose. For PSA testing, lab results mailed within week. $20. Reservations required. 985-6710; Montgomery.

Music - Student Performances The Mystery of Edwin Drood, 7 p.m., Cincinnati Country Day School, 6905 Given Road, John Whitman Keeler Theater. Musical comedy version of unfinished Charles Dickens novel comes with twist: audience decides whodunit, providing unique ending for each performance. $10. 979-0356; Indian Hill.

On Stage - Comedy Doug Stanhope, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, Stand-up comedian. Special engagement. No coupons or passes accepted. $18-$22. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Religious - Community A Short Course in Quakerism, 7-8:30 p.m., Cincinnati Friends

Meeting, 8075 Keller Road, Paul Buckley, Quaker author presenting. Ages 16 and up. $5 per session or $45 for all 10 sessions. Through March 14. 207-5353; Madeira.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Free, donations accepted. 800-0164. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, 4309 Cooper Road, Youth room. Big book/ discussion meeting. Brown bag lunch optional. Open to everyone who desires healthy loving relationships. Donations accepted. 673-0174; Blue Ash.

FRIDAY, MARCH 1 Dining Events Hartzell United Methodist Church Fish Fry, 4-7 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, 8999 Applewood Drive, Macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, bread, dessert and drink served with entree choices of shrimp basket, two pieces grilled chicken, two slices cheese pizza or all-you-can-eat-cod. $9, $4 ages 5-10, free ages 4 and under. 891-8527, ext. 1. Blue Ash. Montgomery Presbyterian Church Fish Fry, 5-7 p.m., Montgomery Presbyterian Church, 9994 Zig Zag Road, Baked or fried fish, chicken tenders or macaroni and cheese dinners, sides, drink and homemade desserts. Carryout available. $5-$8.50, $5 ages 12 and under. 891-8670; Montgomery. Fish Fry-Days, 5-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Includes fried fish, fish sandwich, shrimp, baked salmon and dinners for children, soup, sides, desserts, sodas, beer and wine bar. Carryout and Drive thru available, drinks not included. Benefits Youth ministry’s summer mission trip. $5-$10. 489-8815; Montgomery. St. John the Evangelist Fish Fry, 5:30-7:30 p.m., St. John the Evangelist Church, 7121 Plainfield Road, Baked or fried fish, shrimp, salmon, macaroni and cheese, French fries and pizza. $7.50. 791-3238. Deer Park. St. Gertrude Fish Fry, 5-7 p.m., St. Gertrude School, 6543 Miami Ave., Also presented by Knights of Columbus. Dine-in or carryout. Dinner includes choice of fish, fish sandwich or cheese pizza plus two sides, beverage and dessert. $8, $6 children. 652-3477; Madeira.

Exercise Classes Camp Crush, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash.

Health / Wellness Health Screenings, 10 a.m.noon, Owens Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center, 7319 Montgomery Road, Blood pressure screenings, stress screenings and consultation about your wellness needs. Free. 784-0084. Silverton.

Music - Student Performances The Mystery of Edwin Drood, 7 p.m., Cincinnati Country Day School, $10. 979-0356; Indian Hill.

On Stage - Comedy Doug Stanhope, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $18-$22. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.

SATURDAY, MARCH 2 Antiques Shows Moeller High School Antique Show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Moeller High School, 9001 Montgomery Road, More than 80 dealers. Concessions available including baked potato soup. Benefits Moeller High School Band. Family friendly. $5. Through March 3. 921-7400. Kenwood.

Art & Craft Classes Open Create, Noon-5 p.m., Hyatt Art Studio, $25. 561-0677; Madeira.

Art Events Artist Demos and Try-Its, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge

Moeller Band Boosters is hosting the Moeller High School Antique Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 2, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 3 at Moeller High School, 9001 Montgomery Road, Kenwood. The event features more than 80 dealers. Concessions will be available, including baked potato soup. Admission is $5. Call 921-7400. FILE PHOTO


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Benefits Dinner, Art and Wine for Canines, 6-10 p.m., Receptions Banquet and Conference Center Loveland, 10681 Loveland Madeira Road, Wine tasting, art showing, dinner, open beer and wine bar, auction and raffle. With keynote speaker Amy Hoh and service dog Cortez. $500-$515 table of 10; $100-$105 couple, $55-$57 single. 877-3325; Loveland.

Education Adult Writing Sampler, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Women Writing for a Change, 6906 Plainfield Road, Designed to introduce new participants to sampling of programming before committing to a multi-week class. Free. Registration required. 272-1171; Silverton.

The Art of Charley and Edie Harper in Needlepoint, 2-5 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., The Barn Gallery. Needlepoint reproductions of Harpers’ prints stitched by Richard Gegner, who has 75 needlepoints on display on his 75th birthday. Colorful, geometric images of nature appeal to children and adults. Exhibit continues through March 31. Free. 272-3700; Mariemont.

Religious - Community Quaker Conversations, 1:152:15 p.m., Cincinnati Friends Meeting, 8075 Keller Road, Focuses on personal spritual development. Free. Through May 5. 791-0788. Madeira.

MONDAY, MARCH 4 Dance Classes Zumba, 6-7 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Group Fitness Studio. Latin-based cardio workout. Ages 18 and up. $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash.

Exercise Classes

Exercise Classes

Cardio Dance Party, 10-11 a.m., Eric Thomas’ Professional Fitness Academy, $10. 617-9498; Madisonville.

Pilates Playground, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Group Fitness Studio. Works entire body through series of movements performed with control and intention. Ages 18 and up. $15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash. Camp Crush, 6-7 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash. Gentle Moves and Strength, 3-4 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash. Yoga/Pilates Infusion, 5-6 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $10-$15. 290-8217; Blue Ash. Vinyasa Yoga, 7-8 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Group Fitness Studio. Fluid style of Hatha Yoga incorporates elements of Ashtanga yoga in an inspiring, heat-producing workout. Ages 18 and up. $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash.

Health / Wellness Diabetes Conversation Maps, 10 a.m.-noon, Lisa Larkin, M.D. & Associates, 4460 Red Bank Expressway, Suite 100, Topic: What is type 2 diabetes. Small group discussions of Type 2 diabetes led by Jan Kellogg, certified diabetes educator. For people with prediabetes and/or type 2 diabetes. $30 all four sessions; or $10 per session. 271-5111; Madisonville.

Music - Student Performances The Mystery of Edwin Drood, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., Cincinnati Country Day School, $10. 9790356; Indian Hill.

On Stage - Comedy Doug Stanhope, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $18-$22. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.

SUNDAY, MARCH 3 Antiques Shows Moeller High School Antique Show, Noon-4 p.m., Moeller High School, $5. 921-7400. Kenwood.

Art & Craft Classes Open Create, Noon-5 p.m., Hyatt Art Studio, $25. 561-0677; Madeira.

Art Openings

Lectures The Reluctant Rescuer: From Schindler’s List to Hotel Rwanda, 7:30 p.m., UC Blue Ash College, 9555 Plainfield Road, Muntz Hall, Room 119. Dr. Lawrence Baron will trace and account for the shift from the image of rescuers of victims of genocide and persecution as courageous heroes to more morally ambiguous characters. 745-5600. Blue Ash.

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Open House and Adoption Celebration, 4-6 p.m., Adoption S.T.A.R., 433 W. Loveland Ave, Meet staff, learn more about adoption and discover unique services of Adoption S.T.A.R. Celebration of opening of new location. Free. 631-3900; Loveland.

Kevin Fox, 7-10 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, Free. 324-7643. Loveland.

Dance Classes Line Dancing, 6-7 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, Group Fitness Studio. Music from variety of genres. Ages 18 and up. $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash.

On Stage - Comedy Pro-Am Night, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, Aspiring comics, amateurs and professionals take the stage. Ages 18 and up. $5. 984-9288; Montgomery.

THURSDAY, MARCH 7 Art & Craft Classes Open Create, 7-9 p.m., Hyatt Art Studio, $25. 561-0677; Madeira.

Exercise Classes

Exercise Classes

Core Adrenaline, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash. MELT Method, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash. Camp Crush, 6-7 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash.

Cardio Dance Party, 6-7 p.m., Eric Thomas’ Professional Fitness Academy, $10. 617-9498; Madisonville. Core Adrenaline, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash. MELT Method, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash. Camp Crush, 6-7 a.m. and 6-7 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash. Gentle Moves and Strength, 3-4 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash. Yoga/Pilates Infusion, 5-6 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $10-$15. 290-8217; Blue Ash. Hatha Yoga, 7-8 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash.

Farmers Market Loveland Farmers Market, 4-6 p.m., Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 101 S. Lebanon Road, Presented by Loveland Farmers’ Market. 683-0491; Loveland.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6 Art & Craft Classes Portrait Painting and Drawing Class, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Drawing and Painting from a clothed model. $120 per session of four classes. Reservations required. 259-9302. Mariemont. Free Knitting Classes, 7-8:30 p.m., Milford Heights Church of Christ, 1646 Ohio 28, Basic knitting techniques, fresh ideas and short devotional time. Free. 575-1874. Milford.

Art Exhibits The Art of Charley and Edie Harper in Needlepoint, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., The Barn Gallery. Needlepoint reproductions of Harpers’ prints stitched by Richard Gegner, who has 75 needlepoints on display on his 75th birthday. Colorful, geometric images of nature appeal to children and adults. Free. 272-3700; Mariemont.

Dance Classes Zumba, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, 9681 Kenwood Road, $15. Registration required. Through April 24. 290-8217; Blue Ash. Zumba, 6-7 p.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $10-$15. Registration required. 290-8217; Blue Ash.

Exercise Classes Pilates Playground, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Fitness Physiques by Nico G, $15. Registration required. 290-8217; www.fitnessphysiques-

On Stage - Comedy Jimmy Dore, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $8$14. 984-9288; Montgomery.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, Donations accepted. 673-0174; Blue Ash.

FRIDAY, MARCH 8 Art Exhibits The Art of Charley and Edie Harper in Needlepoint, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; Mariemont.

Cooking Classes Classic French Bread with Kathy Lehr, 6-9 p.m., Cooks’ Wares, 11344 Montgomery Road, Basic chemistry of combining yeast, flour, water and salt. $65. Reservations required. 489-6400. Symmes Township.

Dining Events Hartzell United Methodist Church Fish Fry, 4-7 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, $9, $4 ages 5-10, free ages 4 and under. 891-8527, ext. 1. Blue Ash.



Simple ingredients make a delicious quiche

Simple quiche

Sometimes we forget about the really easy meals. Quiche is one of those. Most of us have eggs, onions and cheese on hand and those ingredients alone, with milk added, make a delicious quiche. When I want to make the quiche special, I use whipping cream. Now be sure to mince the onions very small so they cook well. Otherwise, just sauté them in a bit of

blend well. Stir in nuts Pour into sprayed 9-inch by 13-inch pan. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 35-40 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out fairly clean. Don’t overbake. Cool, and frost with cream cheese icing. Serves 12 generously.

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By tossing nuts with a bit of flour, they will remain suspended in the cake and not sink to the bottom. Cream cheese icing


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butter until they’re translucent before adding to the egg mixture. I got the original recipe, before I adapted it, from a food magazine, but can’t recall which one.

Pour into pan. Pour mixture into pie pan. Bake 45-60 minutes or until knife inserted 1 inch from edge comes out clean.

9- or 10-inch pie pan lined with pie dough 10-12 slices bacon, crisply fried and crumbled (optional, but so good) 1 heaping cup shredded Swiss cheese (or your favorite, try extra sharp cheddar) 1 ⁄3 cup minced onions 4 large eggs, room temperature 2 cups whipping cream, half and half or milk About 1 teaspoon salt and 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper

Substitute about 1 cup chopped ham or 1⁄2 pound cooked sausage for the bacon. A few dashes cayenne pepper are good in here. If crust browns too much before quiche is done, make a “collar” of foil around the crust.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sprinkle bacon, cheese and onion in pan. Whisk eggs well and whisk in cream and seasonings.

Tips from Rita’s kitchen

Pineapple crunch cake

Don’t look for a high and fluffy cake here. This is a moist, dense cake that keeps well in the refrigerator. Yes, it’s even better the next day. I’ve tweaked the recipe through the years and now add more vanilla than I used to. I like to toast my pecans in

a 350 degree oven for about 8 minutes or so, until they smell fragrant, before chopping. You don’t have to toast the nuts, though. Now if you don’t add nuts, just call it pineapple cake. This is a yummy snacking cake. 2 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten 2 cups sugar 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 tablespoon vanilla 1 ⁄2 to 1 cup chopped pecans mixed with a little of the flour (optional) 1 20 oz. can unsweetened, undrained, crushed pineapple Extra chopped pecans for garnish

Beat butter and cream cheese. Add sugar and vanilla. Blend. Frost cooled cake. Sprinkle on nuts if using.


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The only reason we keep chickens is to get fresh eggs. I grew up eating eggs just about every day, especially on school days. And eggs are so versatile. If I have eggs in the refrigerator, I feel like I’ve got a meal, no matter how lean the budget or how bare the pantry. Think about this: Eggs are all natural, and one egg has lots of vitamins and minerals with only about 70 calories. The nutrients in eggs can play a role in weight management, muscle strength, healthy pregnancy, Rita brain funcHeikenfeld tion, eye RITA’S KITCHEN health and more. Eggs got a bad rap a few years ago but now health professionals are back on the egg bandwagon – just don’t overdo eating them. One of the first table foods we feed the babies for breakfast are eggs. The protein in eggs is the highest-quality protein found in any food.

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National touring big bands swinging into Blue Ash Three of the nation’s top national touring big bands are coming to Blue Ash starting March 14. The WMKV Big Band Series will welcome the Artie Shaw Orchestra March 14, the Glenn Miller Orchestra May 8 and the Harry James Orchestra July 18. All concerts

run from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and will take place at the Cooper Creek Event Center, 4040 Cooper Road in Blue Ash. “These concerts feature the officially sanctioned bands playing original charts with top national and regional band members,” WMKV

General Manager George Zahn said. “To get these rare appearances by the groups is a major coup for Cincinnati, and the dance floor at Cooper Creek is large enough to handle the dancers who come out for these bands.” Tickets for the indi-

vidual concerts range from $25 to $30 and are available in advance. A special package for all three concerts is available for $75 if ordered before March 14. More details at (513) 782-2427 or on-line at

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RELIGION Ascension Lutheran Church

The church is observing Lent with Wednesday evening services at 7 p.m. (through Wednesday, March 20). Soup suppers are offered at 6 p.m. Wednesday March 6 and March 20. Two women’s groups gather regularly at Ascension. The Women’s Bible Study meets Thursdays (except the second week) at 9:45 a.m. The women are reading a book from the Sisters Series entitled “Unfailing love: Growing Closer to Jesus Christ.” The Wheel of Friendship meets monthly on the second Thursday at 9:30 a.m. for Bible Study, fellowship and outreach. Childcare is provided for both groups and guests are always welcome. Worship services are at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday School, confirmation and adult forum are at 9:45 a.m. Ascension is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 793-3288.

Bethel Baptist Temple

The adult, teen and children’s Sunday School classes come

together for an hour of skits from the drama team, children’s songs, games, penny wars and more during Round Up Sunday, offered during Sunday School hour on the first Sunday of each month beginning March 3. Sunday School is 10 a.m.; Sunday worship is 11 a.m. The church offers AWANA children’s Bible clubs during the school year at 7 p.m. Wednesdays for children ages 2 through sixth grade. Contact the church for information. A small group Bible study is offered Wednesday evenings at the church at 7:30 p.m. The church is at 8501 Plainfield Road, Sycamore Township; 891-2221;

Blue Ash Presbyterian Church

Join the church for the “Art in Heart: Artistic Gifts” Lenten Series 2013. A simple meal of soup and salad begins at 6 p.m., and then from 6:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., one or more church members share their artistic gifts. The Lenten Series continues through March 20. The bowling group meets at 9:45 a.m., every Thursday at Cross-

ABOUT RELIGION Religion news is published at no charge on a spaceavailable 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 suburban@community, with “Religion” in the subject line. » Fax to 248-1938. Call 248-8600. » Mail to: Suburban Life, Attention: Andrea Reeves, Religion news, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, Ohio 45140. gate Lanes. Contact the church office to join the group. Please join the Thoughtful Christian group on Sundays at 9 a.m. in the church library. Jacob’s Ladder is the theme for Sunday School (pre-K through 12th-grade); these classes are taught after the children’s sermon in the worship service. Sunday worship services are at 10:30 a.m. Nursery care is available. Sunday sermons are recorded and available on the church website. The church is at 4309 Cooper Road; 791-1153l;

Brecon United Methodist Church

The church offers worship services on Sundays at 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. Sundays. Samaritan Closet hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Samaritan Closet offers clothing and food to people with demonstrated needs. Bread from Panera is available on Thursdays and Saturdays. The Samaritan Closet is next to the church. The church is at 7388 E. Kemper Road, Sycamore Township; 489-7021.

Church of the Saviour United Methodist


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


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Building Homes Relationships & Families Sundays 9:15am & 10:45am

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Sunday Service and Sunday School 10:30am Wednesday Testimonial Meeting 7:30pm Reading Room 3035 Erie Ave


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



8005 Pfeiffer Rd. Montgomery 791-3142 "Jesus: The Touch of His Hand" Traditional Worship 8:20am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship 9:40am Sunday School (All ages) 9:40 & 11am Nursery Care Provided

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Sunday Worship 10:30 am All ages Sunday School 9:30 am Wed. Fellowship Meal 6:00 pm Wed. Worship/Bible Study 6:45 pm All are Welcome!

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Experience the Light and Sound of God You are invited to the Worship Service 10:30am Sunday School 9:15 am

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Sunday 8am Holy Eucharist, Rite I 9:15am Christian Formation & Discovery Hour for all ages* 10:30am Choral Eucharist, Rite II*

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Men’s basketball plays every Thursday night (7 p.m.). Breakfast and the Easter Bunny is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 23. Call for details. Weekday children’s activities – Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays (9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.). Afternoon session is available on Tuesday. Register on-line at The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242; 791-3142.

Community Lighthouse Church of God

Sunday services are 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Wednesday service is 7 p.m. The church is at 4305 Sycamore Road, Sycamore Township; 984-5044.

Community of the Good Shepherd

The church invites the community to “Healing Touch for Self Care.” Learn what healing touch is and how to do energy techniques on yourself and others. This morning is sponsored by Healing Christ Ministry – healing touch. The event is 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Community of the Good Shepherd Catholic Church is at 8815 E. Kemper Road. The event is free. Please RSVP by Sunday, March 10, to Christine Whelan at (859) 572-0474 or

Hartzell United Methodist Church

New members class meets at 5:30 p.m., Sundays in the pastor’s office. For more information, call the Rev. Robert Roberts at 891-8527, ext. 2. Adult Bible Study meets Wednesdays at 1 p.m. in the Pastor’s

Office. Current book: “Why Am I A United Methodist?” The Way, The Truth & The Life Seekers Small Group meets Sundays 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. for dessert and drinks, usually in Fellowship Hall. Contact David or Melissa Dennis for more information on this group at 984-6395. Lent fish fry Fridays are 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. through March 29, at the church. Adults are $9, children ages 5-10 are $4 and children ages 4 and under dine free. Menu includes maraconi and cheese cole slaw, bread, homemade dessert and drink served with entree choice of shrimp basket, two-piece grilled chicken breast or two slices of cheese pizza or all you can eat cod. For additional information, call 891-8527. Thank you to the community for their support and attendance of Hartzell United Methodist Church presents “Glory of the King.” If you want to become a part of this new tradition, like the church on Facebook and follow details of upcoming December production. Hartzell’s Sunday Services for March 3 are: 9 a.m. worship and adult Bible study; 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. coffee and chat; 10:30 a.m. worship and Camp kids. All are welcome. The church is at 8999 Applewood Drive, Blue Ash; 891-8527.

Lighthouse Baptist Church

Sunday school is at 10 a.m. Sunday morning service is 11 a.m. Sunday evening service is 6 p.m. Wednesday service is 7 p.m. Master Clubs are 7 p.m. Wednesdays. The church uses the King James Bible, sings traditional hymns and conservative music. Sunday School classes are available for all ages. A nursery is provided for each service. The church is meeting at Raffel’s Blue Ash Banquet Center, 11330 Williamson Road, Blue Ash; 709-3344.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church

The church Friday fish frys are 5 7:30 p.m. March 1, 8 and 15 in the activity center. Cost is $8 for adult dinners, $5 for kids’ dinners. dinners include handbattered cod or baked fish, shrimp or shrimp fettucine, with choice of either cole slaw or applesauce, macaroni and cheese or fries, green beans, drinks and dessert. Kinds meals include pizza, shrimp, spaghetti, cheese sticks or fish nuggets with two sides, drink and dessert. Beer, coke products and Gumbo will also be available. Call 733-0614 for carry out. The church is at 177 Siebenthaler Ave., Reading; 733-4950.

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

Service times are 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. St. Barnabas serves a large scale dinner on the fourth Friday of each month at Churches Active in Northside. Call the church office for details or to offer to provide a dish, help service or do both. St. Barnabas Choir rehearsals are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays. There is no requirement other than a

willing heart and a desire to serve. The St. Barnabas Youth Choir rehearses after the 10 a.m. service on Sunday. Children in second-grade and older are invited to come and sing. Calling all acolytes. If you are fourth-grade or older, please call or email the church office to help serve during the services. An Intercessory Healing Prayer Service is held the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. The Order of St. Luke, Hands of Hope chapter, meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7:15 p.m. in the library. A Men’s Breakfast group meets on Wednesday mornings at 8:30 a.m. at Steak N Shake in Montgomery. Ladies Fellowship/Religious Study Group meets on Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. at the church. The group is discussing “Desire of the Everlasting Hills” by Thomas Cahill. Friends in Fellowship meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:15 p.m. for a potluck dinner at the church. Ladies Bridge meets the first and third Thursdays of the month. Contact the church office for further information. A Bereavement Support Group for widows and widowers meets the second and fourth Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The church is at 10345 Montgomery Road, Montgomery; 984-8401.

St. John United Church of Christ

St. John’s annual sauerkraut supper is 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2. The menu includes German sausage, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls, drinks and dessert. Tickets are $7 in advance and $8 at the door. Children 12-andunder are $4. Proceeds go to the Bob Christophel Memorial Scholarship Fund supporting Reading High School. Seating is limited, so order tickets in advance. Call 821-1740 The church is at 729 Jefferson Ave. in Reading;; 821-1740.

St. Paul Community United Methodist Church

St. Paul CUMC services are 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. for traditional worship and 9:30 a.m. for contemporary worship with Praise Band. Sunday School at 9:30 for all ages. Children’s Mission hour at 11 a.m. Nursery care provided for all services. The church at 8221 Miami Road, Madeira; 891-8181.

Sycamore Christian Church

Sunday worship and junior worship services at 10:30 a.m. Sunday Bible study for all ages at 9 a.m. Adult and Youth Bible studies each Wednesday at 7 p.m. Women’s Study Group at 6:30 p.m. every second Wednesday of the month. Includes light refreshments and special ladies study. The church is at 6555 Cooper Road, Cincinnati; 891-7891.

Student artists featured in ‘Woods’ The talents of local artists and school children will be on display at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College through the end of March. The annual Festival in the Woods is open to the public. It runs through March 29 in Muntz Hall on the UC Blue Ash campus, 9555 Plainfield Road. The public can tour Festival in the Woods displays anytime during the regular visiting hours: Monday – Friday, 10 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. More than 1,500 original works of art will be on display this year. Several local and private schools will be represented. They include Loveland, Deer Park, Indian Hill, Loveland, Madeira, Mariemont and Sycamore. Visitors are encour-

One of the works of art from local students featured at Festival in the Woods. THANKS TO PETE BENDER

aged to support a project incorporating the love of art and reading. Through the Festival in the Woods event, UC Blue Ash is partnering with the national First Book organization to provide handmade bookmarks to give

to children in need. The bookmarks will be distributed with their new books. For more information about the Festival in the Woods, visit the UC Blue Ash website at or call (513) 936-1573.



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A special conference for parents, educators and families! Are you interested in outdoor play, getting your child ready to read or how your child learns through play? Well, these topics and dozens more will be covered at the fifth annual Learning Through Play conference on March 2, 2013. But this isn’t your typical “conference.” You can bring your kids! We have many family interactive sessions where your children can create art, learn about insects or sign and dance while you learn how these activities are important for your child’s development. Our popular event also consists of a free Information Fair, held in our Rotunda and open to the public, where you can meet with representatives from more than thirty local organizations dedicated to educating and supporting young learners and families. For full descriptions of each session visit Sessions range from $15 to $25 and parking is $6.

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surprise. “I was told if a disaster happened in your state you could see the rates going up in that state, but not the whole entire United States ... The insurance agent explained to me that she had received many, many calls about this. I said, ‘Are a lot of people dropping you?’ and she said, ‘Yes, they are.’” In addition to her auto insurance, Human says she’s seen her homeowner’s premiums going up. She had it renewed once and has seen the premium go from $790 to $981 – almost a $200 increase – and that was even before the east coast storm. In talking with her insurance agent Human says she’s learned her rate hikes aren’t unusual. “She said that there are some increases of 30 percent on some people, people who hadn’t even filed any claims,” Human said. Human says she’s decided to switch to another insurance company. I told her that’s fine but when she switches she needs to make a change in her deductible. I found her auto insurance policy has a very low $250 deductible. Human said she didn’t think that would be a problem – until now. I told her she can reduce her premium by increasing her de-

Whether you love to play music or prefer to listen to it, the New Horizons Band of Cincinnati has something to offer you. Former high school and college band members and those who never found time to start playing are invited to an open house and get-acquainted rehearsal at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Montgomery, 10345 Montgomery Road. More than 40 band members gather at the Montgomery church twice a week from points as distant as Batavia, Fairfield and North Bend. The concert band welcomes men and women who packed away their instruments years ago to pursue a career or family, or musical wannabes who never had an opportunity to fulfill the dream of learning to play. Director Pete Metzger says anybody who wants to play is welcome to bring an instrument and sit in, or just sit observe. There are no age limits, al-


Natural disasters around the country and here in the Tristate are leading to higher insurance premiums. Although the Ohio Department of Insurance says auto and homeowner’s insurance rates are among the lowest in the country, increases are coming. The Cincinnati Insurance Board tells me increases can be expected from more and more insurance companies – and rate hikes up to 30 percent are not uncomHoward mon. Ain Wanda HEY HOWARD! Human of Reading said she had been noticing her insurance premiums going up for the past year and a half. It began with her auto insurance. “$341 every six months was very satisfactory. I dealt with it when it went to $395 every six months but when you go up to $514 every six months, come on that’s kind of ridiculous,” Human said. Human called her insurance agent and was told it was due to Hurricane Sandy and the destruction it caused on the east coast. Human said that came as quite a

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Leaders advocate for Jewish community, vulnerable populations Jewish Family Service Executive Director Beth Schwartz, of Kenwood, convened with government professionals and other lay leaders in Washington, D.C., Feb. 5-7 at the Government Affairs Institute to learn strategies to advocate on a range of national issues. The conference was hosted by The Jewish Federations of North America in collaboration with the Association of Jewish Family & Children’s Agencies. It included speakers and briefings from mem-

bers of the media, leaders in academia, White House official, and members of Congress and their staffs. Participants also met with officials of government agencies such as the Administration for Community Living in the Department of Health and Human Services. Between all the participants, there were 75 meetings on Capitol Hill. Highlights of the conference included lunch in the U.S. Capitol with members of Congress and the opportunity to meet individually with Congressional rep-

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resentatives and staff to discuss key issues affecting the Jewish community. Notable speakers included: Alan Krueger, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers; Jonathan Greenblatt, special assistant to the president and director of the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation at the Domestic Policy Council; Racquel Russell, deputy assistant to the president for urban affairs and economic mobility, and Keith Fontenot, associate director for health at the Office of Management and Budget. “Serving our clients is an important step to making a difference, but not the only step. Advocacy efforts can affect public policy and enable us to have an even greater positive impact,” Schwartz said. Schwartz was the voice of Jewish Family Service Cincinnati and its clients when she advocated for

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domestic issues such as reauthorizing the Older Americans Act and including social service support for Holocaust Survivors; conveying the devastating effect that sequestration would have on people in need; authorizing the Behavioral Health Information Technology Act, which would

enable community mental health centers to better access electronic medical records; protecting charitable giving incentives, and the Community First Choice option, which allows Medicaid beneficiaries to receive more comprehensive services at home or in their communities.


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sion – it just makes sense for this area,” Rademacher said. For further information on Flip Flop Shops and products carried, visit /FlipFlopShopCincinnati.

Moeller High School announces a Chevy Cruz car raffle to benefit the school’s locker room project completion. Called the “4th & Goal Car Raffle,” the raffle winner will choose between a 2013 Chevy Cruze, provided by McCluskey Chevrolet, or $10,000 in cash. Tickets are $100 each, and only 500 tickets will be sold. The winning ticket will be drawn at the Moeller Sports Stag March 14. Tickets can be purchased by going to Moeller’s website ( /Athletics) or or by stopping by the Moeller Athletic Office during school hours. The proceeds from the raffle will help complete the renovation of Moeller’s original locker room. Two years ago, Moeller’s administration joined with the school’s football booster’s organization (M-FAN) to begin raising funds to update the 50year-old year space. “We’ve raised close to $500,000 in cash and gifts-in-kind,” Moeller Athletic Development Director Mark Doran said. “Construction began during the summer and was completed in mid-October.” For more information, contact Doran at or call (513) 312-1321.










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POLICE REPORTS COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Vincent McGowens, 49, 641 Marview Terrace, theft at 3400 Highland Ave., Feb. 5. Juvenile male, 17, possession of marijuana at Dickens and Knoll, Feb. 10. Alex Landers, 25, 9959 Jackson St., theft, drug abuse instruments at 3400 Highland Ave., Feb. 9.

Incidents/investigations None reported.

DEER PARK Arrests/citations Billy Ray McGazi, 25, 6754 Cheviot Road, drug abuse at 7234 Blue Ash Road, Feb. 19. Tyler Ross, 68, 3754 St. John's Terrace, drug abuse at 7234 Blue Ash Road, Feb. 19. Elvin A. Wade, 25, 6605 Iris Ave., warrant-other department, warrant-other department, warrant-other department at 7916 Blue Ash Road, Feb. 17. Jason J. Karle, 36, 7208 Ohio Ave., driving under the influence, driving under the influence-blood plus. 08, expired tags at 4777 E. Galbraith Road, Feb. 16.

Incidents/investigations Criminal mischief At 7912 Blue Ash Road, Feb. 17. Theft Someone took vodka, value $37, from Deer Park Deli at 7916 Blue Ash Road, Feb. 17.

MADEIRA Arrests/citations Nicholas Pitzer, 21, 7059 Dawson No. 77, obstructing official business, criminal damage, Jan. 23. Amber Haven, 23, 6555 Kenview Drive, heroin possession, drug instruments, child endangering, Jan. 28. Justin L. Caesar, 26, 2712 Woodburn Ave. No. 14, driving

ABOUT POLICE REPORTS 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, Jim Neil, sheriff; Sgt. Peter Enderle. Call 683-3444 » Deer Park: Michael Schlie, chief. Call 791-8056 » Madeira: Frank Maupin, chief. Call 272-4214 » Sycamore Township, Lt. Tom Butler, 774-6351 or 683-3444 under influence, Feb. 2.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering At 7871 Miami Ave., Feb. 8. Criminal damage Window broken in vehicle at 5555 Oak Vista, Feb. 10.

SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Juvenile male, 17, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 6. Juvenile male, 14, domestic violence at Plainfield and Galbraith roads, Feb. 6. Jacob Zaepfel, 26, 912 Irving Drive, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Jan. 28. Angela Howard, 47, 1102 Eden Court, drug possession at 7700 Reading, Feb. 10. David Snider, 23, 2028 Pogue Ave., theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 8. Brandi Winstel, 25, 410 Lombamdi, falsification, drug paraphernalia at Galbraith and Reading Road, Feb. 9. Brittney Lindsey, 23, 9572 Trafford Court, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 9. Willie Bowling, 22, 12168 Second Ave., domestic violence at 12168 Second Ave., Feb. 11.

Incidents/investigations Arson, criminal damaging Building damaged at 7749 Concord Hills, Feb. 10.

Burglary Residence entered and computer valued at $1,200 removed at 7249 Sliver Crest Drive, Feb. 9. Criminal damaging Vehicle damaged at 7714 Montgomery Road, Feb. 6. Drug possession Reported at 7700 Reading Road, Feb. 10. Passing bad checks Checks returned due to overdraw on account at 7575 E. Kemper Road, Jan. 14. Robbery Purse and contents of unknown value removed at 4090 E. Galbraith Road, Feb. 5. Victim threatened and jeans valued at $170 removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 4. Theft Prescriptions, currency, plate cover, currency of unknown value removed at 4460 Theodore Ave., Jan. 30. iPod, glasses, checkbook, watch of unknown value removed at 1905 Chaucer Drive, Jan. 31. Clothing of unknown value removed at 7800 Montgomery , Feb. 8. Head phones valued at $35 removed at 7565 Kenwood Road, Feb. 8. Reported at 11171 Marlette Drive, Feb. 7. Watches valued at $500 removed at 7876 Montgomery Road, Feb. 7.

Hamilton County Clerk of Courts Tracy Winkler presents Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil with a list of “persons known to be thieves or receivers of stolen property” at the Hamilton County Police Chiefs Association meeting.

Count clerk offers help to prevent fencing stolen property Hamilton County Clerk of Courts Tracy Winkler addressed the Hamilton County Police Chiefs Association Feb. 6 to offer the assistance of her office in the prevention of the fencing of stolen property. New provisions of state law allow the Clerk to provide a “do not buy” list to police chiefs who, in turn, provide that information to pawn shops and scrap metal dealers in their jurisdiction. The list includes people with prior convictions for theft-related offenses. Pawn shops and scrap metal

dealers who receive this information are prohibited by law from doing business with the listed persons. “My office stands ready to assist local law enforcement agencies with timely, accurate information to help dramatically slow the growth of theft and expedite the process of prosecution of these types of property crimes, “ said Winkler. “This is just another example of the resources this office provides and cooperation I pledge to partner with law enforce-

ment.” Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil said, “This is exactly the type of information these businesses need to prevent them from violating the law by purchasing from persons known to be thieves or receivers of stolen property and thus relieve them from possible prosecution.” The list will be available to all Hamilton County agencies so they can provide the appropriate list to the pawn shops and scrap metal dealers in their jurisdiction.


5529 Raywill Court: Coy Hannah R. to Hillsdale Land Co. LLC; $75,000. 7436 Wooster Pike: Dawod Nizar T. & Najwa to Neha & Richel Inc.; $500,000. 7450 Wooster Pike: Dawod Nizar T. & Najwa to Neha & Richel Inc.; $500,000.


8311 Lake Ave.: Fannie Mae to Midland Retail Acquisitions LLC; $73,111.


7236 Iuka Ave.: Obrien Virginia T. Tr & Thomas M. Tr to Obrien Margaret Murray; $125,460.


6945 Silverton Ave.: Deatherage Mark & Mary Ann to Haglage

CITY OF MADEIRA, OH INVITATION TO BID A sealed bid for the 2013 Street Improvements for the City of Ma deira, Ohio will be received at the City Manager’s Office, Municipal Building, 7141 Miami Avenue, Madeira, Ohio 45243, until March 7, 2013 at 11:00 AM local time and then at said office publicly opened and read aloud. The CONTRACT DOCUMENTS may be examined the following locations: City of Madeira 7141 Miami Avenue Madeira, Ohio 45243 (513) 561-7697

Brandstetter Carroll, Inc. 308 E. Eighth Street Cincinnati, OH 45202 (513) 651-4224

Copies of the CONTRACT DOCUMENTS, full sets only, may be obtained at Key Blueprints for a non-refundable payment of Thirty Five Dollars ($35.00) for each set of documents. Shipping and delivery costs are additional. Key Blue Prints contact information: Phone: 614-228-3285 Bidding questions may be directed to Dave Stenger, Brandstetter Carroll Inc. at 513-374-5023. Each bidder is required to furnish with its proposal, a Bid Guaranty and Contract Bond in accordance with Section 153.54 of the Ohio Revised Code. Bid security furnished in Bond form, shall be issued by a Surety Company or Corporation licensed in the State of Ohio to provide said surety. Each proposal must contain the full name of the party or parties submitting the proposal and all persons interested therein. Each bidder must submit evidence of its experiences on projects of similar size and complexity, and a complete listing of all subcontractors to be used. The right is reserved by the OWNER to reject any or all bids, and to waive any informality in bids received and to accept any bid which is deemed to be the lowest and best bid. The Contractor must comply with the Prevailing Wage Rates on public improvements in Hamilton County as ascertained by the State of Ohio Department of Industrial Relations. No BIDDER may withdraw his BID for a period of sixty (60) days after the scheduled closing time for the receipt of the bids. 50323

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4012 Belfast Ave.: U.S. Bank National Association Tr to Mcgregor Holdings LLC; $38,000. 4012 Belfast Ave.: Mcgregor Holdings LLC to Jpc LLC; $42,900. 5050 Kugler Mill Road: Zimmermann David C. @3 to Cunningham Adrian M. & Takiyah J.; $249,000. 7752 Montgomery Road: New Falls Corporation to Iel Investment Properties; $47,000. 8580 New England Court: Hodge William H. II & E. Gest Hodge to Hodge E. Gest; $155,115.

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DEATHS Mary J. Seaman

Mary J. “Juanita” Seaman, 78, of Madeira died Feb. 15. Survived by children Ronald (Amy) seaman, Tom Seaman, Theresa (Jay) Caesar, Greg (Amanda) Seaman and Gwen (Rob) McCullough; 16 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and brother-in-law, Dan “UD” (Randi) Seaman. Preceded in death by husband, Ronald Seaman. Services were Feb. 21 at Craver-Riggs Funeral Home and Crematory, Milford. Memorials to: Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati, 644, Linn St., Suite, 1026, Cincinnati, OH 45203.