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Cancer Support Community board member Chris Tschieder of Madeira, right. Greeted by the catchy cadences and colorful showmanship of the St. Xavier High School drumline, the nearly 250 guests knew they were in for a dynamic, one-of-a-kind night at the recent Fourth Annual “Evening of Hope… A Celebration of Life."


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New pavilion would cost city $100,000


Caroline Spurr, an eighthgrade student at St. Gertrude School in Madeira, was the national runner-up in the Junior High Poetry Category for the 2012 March for Life Education and Defense Fund Student Contest. See Schools, A6


Questions about park projects By Leah Fightmaster

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A pavilion and a gazebo are underconstruction,butonewillgoup as the other comes down. The project, to construct a permanent concrete stage at Chamberlin Park, would be used for performances and festivals hosted at the park. The board issued a request for bids to construct the pavilion, beginning Thursday, March1, through April17 at 4 p.m., said John Perin, Park Board chairman at the Feb. 27 city council meeting.

Deer Park city workers take down the gazebo on Blue Ash Road across from Orchard Lane. Council approved its dismantling. LEAH FIGHTMASTER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Perin said construction for the pavilion is estimated at about $100,000. Money used for the project will come from funds raised at festivals, food and drinks sold at

Deputy Fire Chief Tom Camp announced the Deer Park Silverton Joint Fire District’s ISO rating, or the Insurance Services Office rating, which determines insurance premiums based on the level of protection their district provides, improved from a four to a three. Camp attributed the better score to improved infrastructure and water works, adding the rating could save businesses some money in taxes. Mayor Dave Collins said the armchair races, or horse races, originally scheduled for next Friday evening, March 9, had to be cancelled. He said that some state gambling legislation required a few permits that were fairly expensive and did not seem worth the price. Collins said the centennial committee is looking into some other options for a celebration fundraiser, such as a cornhole tournament or a trivia contest, which it will discuss at its meeting March 7.

concession stands and the revenue from pop machines at Chamberlin Park. “It’s something (the Park

Board) has always talked about and wanted to do,” he said. “We’re See PROJECTS, Page A2

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David Lienhart of Madeira has proposed a roundabout as a solution to traffic problems on Ronald Reagan Highway and Interstate 71. At left is the intersection as it is currently constructed; at right is Leinhart’s proposal for a roundabout.

‘Roundabout’ solution suggested for Reagan ODOT: Suggestion will be considered for dangerous exit ramp, but unlikely

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With car wrecks on the uptick at a Sycamore Township intersection, the state is taking another look at its design and taking the suggestion of a retired Madeira engineer into consideration. The southbound Interstate 71 exit onto Ronald Reagan Highway presents a challenging choice to drivers. To travel westbound is as simple as merging with oncoming traffic, like any other highway entrance ramp. But to travel eastbound, drivers must slow down quickly, halt at a stop sign, cross two lanes of


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“It takes some getting used to, but they’re a lot safer than an intersection with a traffic crossing. (Traffic crossings are) never a good idea.” DAVID LIENHART westbound traffic and merge with the traffic moving east. Even on paper it sounds tough, and attempting the turn can be a feat during rush hour. A sign reading “One car in median” was set up several years ago and seemed to help the traffic situation at the intersection, but crashes have increased during the last two years and have forced the Ohio Department of

Transportation, or ODOT, to take another look at its configuration, said Jay Hamilton, district 8 planning engineer for the department. “It was incumbent upon us to take another look at that intersection,” he said. David Lienhart, a retired geological engineer from Madeira, offered a possible solution to the problem — a roundabout. An idea

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he got from traveling roads across Europe, he thinks a roundabout is a safer design for the intersection, as well as less expensive for drivers. “Europeans have a lot of good ideas to keep traffic moving, and the price of gas makes it better to keep traffic moving,” he said. “Stop and start traffic uses more fuel.” With a roundabout in the current location, vehicles exiting I-71 south would move around the circle past the westbound traffic, merging with traffic traveling east. Cars would be able to slow down before merg-

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might shelve the project if all bids are higher than between $70,000 to $75,000. He added that the board will also search for grants and other avenues of funding to complete the project if bidding is too high. “We can just pick up where we left off,” he said. Councilperson Herman Tegenkamp suggested demolishing the gazebo on Blue Ash Road, across

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looking to make improvements to the park, and people said it would be something nice to have and allow us to (have music performances) on a more regular basis.” While the estimate is higher,Perinsaidtheboard

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ing and would eliminate the troublesome crossing of westbound traffic. Traffic would also move in a con-

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from Orchard Lane, because of its current state of disrepair. Safety-Service Director Mike Berens agreed with the suggestion, adding the gazebo is “in a very deteriorated state.” Although the city could replace or repair the gazebo, Tegenkamp said that would require $2,000 to $3,000 that the city does not have. “We just don’t have the money to keep it up,” he said. The gazebo was dismantled Wednesday.



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Powder Puff back at IH By Forrest Sellers

After nearly 20 years Powder Puff football returns to Indian Hill. Indian Hill High School junior and senior girls will compete against one another in a game 7 p.m. Friday, March 9, at the high school, 6865 Drake Road. “My fondest memory was playing my junior year,” said 1982 graduate Jennifer Lightcap, of Indian Hill, who came up with the idea for the event and helped organize it as a fundraiser for the After Prom Committee. “We played in the upper field without turf, and it was honestly a mud bowl. “I could recall scooping the mud from my eyes just so I could see.” This game will likely be a lot cleaner, but Lightcap anticipates the atmosphere will be just as enjoyable. There is a camaraderie among the participants, she said. As part of the celebra-

tion a tailgate-style cookout will precede the game 5:30-7 p.m. A raffle, split-the-pot and bake sale will also be part of the event. Fireworks will be shot off for each touchdown. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 high school stu-

dents and $2 children. Proceeds will go toward the After Prom event in May. Tickets will be available during lunch hour at the high school Wednesday through Friday, March 7-9. For information, contact Lightcap via email at

tinuous flow, preventing drivers from slamming on their brakes at the stop sign. “It takes some getting used to, but they’re a lot safer than an intersection with a traffic crossing,” Lienhart said. “(Traffic crossings are) never a good idea.” Hamilton said that

while a roundabout is highly unlikely for that location, because of the high speed cars are traveling at and the multi-vehicle traffic, the idea would be considered as a potential solution. ODOT is considering four solutions for modifying the intersection, the most likely being a combi-

nation between closing the ramp altogether, directing traffic toward Kenwood Road and looping them back around to the highway with a type of signal. He said the department decided to try the median sign first and is now debating alternatives. Another option was to separate the eastbound traffic from I-71 and building a separate bridge to reduce the conflict when turning left, but with a high price tag, that option is the least likely to be implemented. The least expensive is directing traffic toward Kenwood Road and looping it back, then a type of signal, next a roundabout and then the separate bridge, Hamilton said. He added that while a roundabout might look like a simple solution from an aerial view, which Lienhart provided a drawing of, it can become problematic because of differentials in the area and that roundabouts need to be relatively flat. “I don’t know where we’ll end up, but we’ll look at it all,” Hamilton said. “… It’s definitely something worth looking into.”

Indian Hill High School alumnae Jennifer Lightcap, center, has helped organize a Powder Puff football game, which will be played 7 p.m. Friday, March 9, at the high school. Also shown are senior Teddy Kremchek and junior Tanner Landstra, who are both serving as coaches. The game is a fundraiser for the After Prom event in May. FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS


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Deer Park discusses possible budget cuts By Leah Fightmaster

Deer Park’s 2012 budget is finished, but will need to make some changes this year. Councilman Ron Tolliver presented the city’s budget for this year with the preface that cuts and consolidations will be necessary to trim the budget. He suggested looking at all departments and finding places where tasks or positionscan be consolidated, or discovering inexpensive solutions. One position in question is the tax commissioner. City council had previously decided to eliminate the position all together, because it has evolved into a job that the occupant was being paid $5,000 a year, but only serving subpoenas for tax cases and taking checks to the bank for the department, Councilwoman Chris Hedger said. A look back at city ordinances revealed council could not eliminate the position without rewriting a lot of legislation, not to mention the tasks Ann Poole, last year’s tax commissioner, completed and oversaw would add a significant burden on Brenda Reinert, the city’s tax clerk. Consolidating the two positions would also become a liability for Reinert, because the tax commissioner is a mayorappointed job, and future

mayor could unappoint her, Hedger said. Duties noted are receiving taxes, report the money received, keep records of taxes, enforce tax payments, deliver payments to the bank, serve subpoenas for unpaid taxes and keep records of amounts due, she added. “(The position) sounds like a manager and I don’t think it’s been like that for many years,” Hedger said. Poole’s term as commissioner officially ended Dec. 31, and no one has been appointed yet. The mayor has not appointed anyone yet because council is offering the position as unpaid, but looking into whether it can add the duties to another existing position. Treasurer Pat Kettler agreed to possibly undertake the tax commissioner’s duties instead of Reinert, which would put an additional time strain on her during peak tax season. Kettler was also willing to take the tasks free of charge, barring a conflict of interest, Hedger added. Many of the jobs have transferred to the tax clerk, and city council President Joseph Comer said “it’s not a $5,000 job anymore.” The tax office has three applicants for the job, but Reinert said she and Safety-Service Director Mike Berens are not close to choosing someone.

Curb cuts and canopy trees create conflict, compromise By Leah Fightmaster

Other cuts or consolidations included asking whether the law department could offer some cuts to the table, as well as a general question of whether the city is getting its money’s worth out of some of the services its paying for, such as community development and the Intercommunity Cable Regulatory Commission, or ICRC, which records community events and meetings, and broadcasts them on cable. While Berens said he thought community development was worth their $25,000 a year value, council is questioning whether their $26,000 a year contract with ICRC is a necessary expense. “I think it’s great the schools events are filmed and that my son’s teams can be seen, but we’re talking about cutting a police officer and a tax clerk (last year),” Hedger said. “(ICRC) is a luxury.” Tolliver added neighboring communities recently opted out of the program, such as Loveland, which went for a web-based business that is only charging the city $13,000 a year. Although the city is locked into a contract through 2012, council members said they would like to explore other options throughout the year.

Neighborhood residents and Mercy Health staff members have come to a compromise for now regarding the proposed new parking lot at Jewish Hospital in Kenwood. About a dozen Sycamore Township residents raised concerns to the Board of Trustees about the proposed parking lot construction at Jewish Hospital, 4777 E. Galbraith Road. Although the planning and zoning commission provided six conditions with the approval of the zoning change to Mercy Health’s submission, residents took issue mainly with two. Tom Kronenberger, a resident of Happiness Way, began asking that the curb cuts, or driveways, that give the hospital and former bank access to Happiness Way from their parking lots be closed. He added that allowing access between the bank’s parking lot and the hospital’s increases the likelihood cars will leave via Happiness, adding to traffic on the street. “I would recommend that you go beyond the (planning and zoning commission’s) recommendation,” he said, “and close the curb cuts off.” Kronenberger said that while he appreciates the township’s good record of creating effective landscaping buffers in residential areas, the submitted plan seems to ad-

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here to the base of the zoning code’s requirement of a buffer. He added that the current amount of buffering is “well below what it should be,” and the design shows no landscaping for half of the west side of the parking lot. He suggested keeping the commission’s recommendation of fencing to provide adequate shielding from noise, pedestrian traffic and lights. In addition to the fencing, he asked that the final landscaping plan be brought back to the public for approval instead of allowing Mercy Health’s staff to make the final call. Jean Bresnen, another Happiness Way resident, agreed with Kronenberger on both accounts. She, too, asked that the curb cuts be closed on Happiness, citing that the traffic will increase in the neighborhood if they are not. “I definitely think you should consider closing the two (curb cuts) on Happiness Way,” she said. David Wright, senior project manager from Kleingers and Associates for Mercy Health, said keeping one curb cut open would allow emergency vehicles to be able to access the hospital quicker. “We are operating a hospital, and we’re hoping emergency vehicles are able to get in (to the hospital),” he said. He added that instead of installing decorative fencing, Mercy Health

agrees to add enough additional landscaping to increase the buffer to 100 percent opacity, making the fence unnecessary. When a final decision was reached, the trustees decided that instead of closing off both or one of the curb cuts, they would stay open, but with specific limitations. One curb cut will be a designated entrance that would only allow drivers on Happiness from Kenwood Road to enter, and the second will only allow drivers to leave the parking lot and turn right onto Happiness toward Kenwood, eliminating the issue off additional traffic traveling through the neighborhood. “It’s reasonable to have two curb cuts (on Happiness),” Trustee Cliff Bishop said, “but I’m not in favor of traffic going through the neighborhood.” He added that the landscaping on the Frolic side of the parking lot be extended to the parking garage to provide a buffer for the houses across the street. Bishop said additional landscaping should be put in along Happiness, eliminating the necessity of a fence. “The township hasn’t been in a habit of putting up fences, and with the proper screening, it’s not necessary,” he said.

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Concern with higher taxes and decreasing property values is changing the views of some Sycamore Township residents about the request for proposal to outsource fire and EMS services. Residents packed the township administration building Thursday night to express their opinions regarding the request, but more seemed open to the trustees reviewing possible bids. No one outwardly supported outsourcing services, but said they understand that all possible options need to be considered. “I encourage (the trustees) to look at the (request for proposal),” said Marwan Nusair, Sycamore Township resident. “Look at eliminating a tax increase. If we lose two or three (staff members), we will still have more than other communities.” Resident John Abraham agreed, commenting that he believed the estate tax was “a ripoff” and should have been eliminated. He added that he expects the township to know its options before asking him

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and other residents for more money. “Before you look at me for more taxes, I expect you to look at all the options,” he said. “I’m not saying we don’t have good people (in the fire department), I have no complaint of the quality of work. There is no money.” Board of Trustees President Tom Weidman said that the union submitted a “cost-saving proposal,” and the trustees have until March 8 to discuss their suggestions. As for the request for proposal, Weidman said that once March 21 deadline for bids passes, the trustees will likely take about 30 days to evaluate and discuss any bids received, if any come in at all. Sycamore Township Fire Fighters Association President Kelby Thoreson said the union’s proposal gave the fire fighters a 12.5-to-25 percent pay cut, while the current contract

signed provided a 20 percent healthcare increase and no pay raise. Sycamore Township Fire Chief William Jetter used dispatch costs to put the budget into perspective for the residents, saying that dispatch calls increased by $1.50 per call, and that every time a person calls to dispatch Sycamore’s emergency services, the township is charged $18.60, and double that cost if the sheriff’s deputies are needed as well. While Weidman added that he was not telling residents to not call dispatch for emergencies, the amount the township was charged for dispatch fees alone in 2010 was about $273,000. While aspects such as staffing, the department’s scheduling and future quality of service were discussed, many of the problems came back around to communication. “Balance the budget using our men and women, and they’re more than willing,”retired Sycamore Township firefighter Trace Lawless said. “Look at the numbers, it can be balanced.” For more about your community and to sign up for our newsletter, visit SycamoreTownship.



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Kindergartners Luke Shomaker and Grace Mentrup dish out cups of a 100 day snack. Each kindergartner brought in 100 of an item to make into a special mix to celebrate the 100th day of school at St. Nicholas Academy. THANKS TO ANN FALCI

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Kindergarten students at St. Nicholas Academy in Reading celebrated the 100th day of the 2011-2012 school yearby making and displaying Tshirts and using the number 100 in their studies.

Caroline Spurr, daughter of Tom and Christin Spurr of Indian Hill and an eighth-grade student at St. Gertrude School in Madeira, was the national runner-up in the Junior High Poetry Category for the 2012 March for Life Education and Defense Fund Student Contest. Her poem, “A Prayer From Heaven,”, was based upon the Spurr 2012 theme, “Protect the Equal Right of Each Innocent Born and Preborn Human in Existence at Fertilization,” and tells of an unborn child’s prayer for those on earth who do not respect and protect human life. Spurr and her mother attended the “March for Life” in Washington, D.C., and she was recognized at the March for Life Rose dinner Jan. 23 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. She will be a freshman at St. Ursula Academy next year.

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Lisa Miller's class celebrates the 100th day of school with handprinted Tshirts. THANKS TO ANN FALCI

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Nikki Cromer's kindergarten class celebrates the 100th day of school by hand printing Tshirts while practicing counting to 100 by fives. Each Tshirt is printed with 100 fingers. THANKS TO ANN FALCI

Autism Speaks honors students Special recognition was given to Madeira High School students at the Autism Speaks Kickoff Walk event at Newport Aquarium Feb. 26, for their efforts raising $3,700 for Autism Speaks. Last fall students ran a company they named, Perfect Piece Inc. as part of Madeira’s Entrepreneurship class. Students sold “Beat Indian Hill" shirts and worked with Indian Hill High School’s student government to organize an Autism Awareness football game where both Madeira and Indian Hill Football players wore autism decals on their helmets. They also hosted an educational seminar about autism for Madeira students.

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In heaven A child clothed in light Prays for the parents Who denied his God-given right. Forgiving the crime committed That was so unjust He looks down at them Adorned in gold dust. Exceptions or excuses There are none to say. That is why abortion Must be stopped today. For just who is able To decide life or death? It is not an option To deny a child’s breath. So let us storm heaven With our prayer for The parents and the children For whom we must do more. The tyranny which holds This country bound in tears Will not stop unless People open up their ears. If we come together And our message we yell out Those who turned a deaf ear Cannot refuse to hear our shout. The child up in heaven, Praying for us all Prolife or pro-abortion Because we all sin and fall. For the sin must stopped; Hearts must be arranged To right the wrong, Because there must be a change.

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MONTGOMERY — The wrestling room at Moeller High School was a busy place prior to the state meet in Columbus March 1-3. That’s because the Crusaders were preparing as they always do – by letting other schools join them in practice. As competitive as the Southwest district is, once area wrestlers make State, they often join forces for strategy and more demanding practices. Several TriState schools sent their coaches and grapplers over to coach Jeff Gaier’s “Crusader laboratory” early in the week. “It’s pretty common,” Gaier said. “The schools that have a lot of qualifiers invite the other schools over. It’s nice to be able to host--our room’s pretty big. The schools with only one or two guys, it’s hard to practice on your own.” Moeller qualified eight for the festivities at the Schottenstein Center, including defending 126pound champion Joey Ward. Up six pounds due to the change in weight classes this season, the future North Carolina Tarheel had his work cut out for him. He beat Kagan Squire of Wadsworth again to make the final against Edgar Bright of Lakewood St. Edward. In an epic final, Ward shined in the end over Bright 2-1 in overtime to become champion for the second consecutive year. “It’s very tough to repeat,” coach Jeff Gaier said. “The competition was at a high level. He had this kid from St. Ed’s that beat him already this year and the kid he beat in the finals last


Moeller's Coner Zielger (bottom) wrestles during the first round of the OHSAA state meet in Columbus March 1, 2012, NICK DUDUKOVICH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

year he had in the semifinals.” Back for return state runs as sophomores were Dean Meyer (145), Dakota Sizemore (152), Michael Blum (170) and Chalmer Fruehauf (220). Blum wrestled a good part of the season with an injured knee. “It wasn’t going to get any better until the season was over and he got some time off,” Gaier said. “He just did what he needed to do. It was a great accomplishment for him to grind it out and qualify.” Blum was eventually eliminated on March 2 by Loveland’s Michael Weber. At 145 pounds, Dean Meyer also lost to a defending state champion in Anthony Collica of Solon and Travis Luft of Asheville Teays Valley. Of all of Moeller’s qualifiers, there was a surprise at 182 for coach Gaier. “Second half of the year he was one of the hardest workers we had. The improvement he made in the last month and a half was incredible.” At State, Rosser couldn’t keep

the momentum against some seasoned wrestlers, losing to defending state champion Michael Baker of Twinsburg and Isaiah Wheeler of Akron Copley. In the lower weights, it was the first time at State for senior Tyler Ziegler (126) and his freshman brother, Conner (106). Conner Ziegler won his first two matches before dropping a pair on March 2 to exit. Tyler Ziegler placed At 152, Dakota Sizemore was again a placer, as was fellow sophomore Chalmer Fruehauf at 220. Sizemore took third beating Chase Delande of Hilliard Davidson; Fruehauf was fourth after a loss to Almonte’ Patrick of Maple Heights. The reloading for Moeller began March 4. Of their eight qualifiers, six return. Plus Gaier has Jerry Thornberry who placed as a freshman and was a 195 alternate, 120-pound alternate Andrew Mendel and Eric Lalley, who made alternate at 285 in his first year of wrestling. Most years, it’s a crowded bus heading north from Montgomery.

Wildcats, Mustangs part of state tangle By Scott Springer

COLUMBUS — Both Madeira

and Deer Park of the Cincinnati Hills League qualified a wrestler in the state Division III tournament in Columbus.

Unfortunately, both grapplers fell early on March 1. Madeira’s 126-pound Alvi Iberra was defeated by William Spangler of LaGrange Keystone 7-0, then by technical fall by Ben Timmons of Kansas Lakota. Ibarra finish-



Six years ago, John Weilbacher realized that a girl looking to play club basketball on the east side of Cincinnati had few options. So, John found interested players and created a fourthgrade team for his daughter under the name Cincy Swish. John eventually added other age group teams as his daughter grew and the club gathered momentum. As of this spring, Cincy Swish expects to have 15 teams of girls from third through 11th grade. John and the Swish family have continued to improve and refine the club as it has grown. The club will offer “A” and “B” teams. The “A” teams will play an AAU tournament schedule with the 8th11th grade teams playing in several “exposure” tournaments attended by college coaches. The “B” teams will play a weekly league game in Cincinnati and compete in two local tournaments. All “A” teams will be coached and trained by paid, non-parent coaches that have

experience coaching at the high school level or numerous years coaching club teams. In addition, several of the coaches played at the college level. Because of the club’s focus on skill development, thirdthrough seventh-grade spring training will include weekly “Skills and Drills” sessions consisting of dribbling, passing and shooting drills. For the eighth though 11th grade teams, the club will offer speed and agility training intended to improve quickness while helping to prevent injuries. “I am really proud of our teams and how well the girls have developed their basketball skills. Playing club basketball really elevates their confidence while giving them exposure to strong competitors,” Weilbacher said. This spring, Swish will again be the least expensive AAU club in the area. Tryouts will be in mid-February for the younger grades and finishing in early March for high school teams. Visit, or e-mail any questions to

es his season with the Mustangs at 33-11. Deer Park’s 145-pound Austin Siemon was pinned by Wyatt Music of Ashland Crestview and by Dakota Stanley of Apple Creek Waynedale. Siemon finishes at 30-11.

Boys basketball

Division I » Moeller beat Amelia Feb. 29 at Hamilton High School, 7244. Junior Josh Davenport led the Crusaders with 17 points. The win put Moeller in the sectional final at the University of Cincinnati’s Fifth Third Arena March 4 against Turpin. Division II » Indian Hill beat McNicholas 63-52 Feb. 28 at Mason. Senior Austin Trout led the Braves with 22 points. The win put Indian Hill in the final with Aiken March 3 back at Mason. In the March 3 contest, Aiken won 79-60. The Braves finished the season at 16-6. Division III » Madeira downed Deer Park 60-49 at Monroe High School Feb. 28. Junior Andrew Benintendi led the Mustangs with 17 points. The win put Madeira in the district final with the Badin Rams. In the March 3 game, Madeira lost to Badin 59-51. The Mustangs finish the season 17-5.

Boys Southwest District All-Stars

Division I » Moeller junior Josh Davenport, first team; senior Ben Galemmo, special mention. Division II » Indian Hill senior Austin Trout, third team. Division III » Madeira junior Andrew Benintendi, player of the year, first team.

Girls basketball


Austin Trout of Indian Hill goes up for an offensive rebound. The McNicholas Rockets fell to the Indian Hill Braves 63-52 in the second round. BRANDON SEVERN/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

» Madeira lost to Badin March 3 at Springfield 52-47. Senior Anne Gulick led the Amazons in the loss with six treys for 18 points. Madeira finishes the season 16-7.

Girls Southwest District All-Stars

Division II » Indian Hill senior Nicole Bell, first team; senior Sarah Arington, second team; senior Natalie Newton, special mention.


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These are glimpses into a digital future that enormously expands what students learn, and how they achieve mastery. The emerging technologies self-adapt themselves to individual student needs in ways unimaginable barely a decade ago. What’s changed? Why now? • Newspapers, magaFred Sanborn COMMUNITY PRESS zines and textbooks are GUEST COLUMNIST giving way to words and images on computer screens, ebook readers, and mobile devices. • Top-down communication channels (think broadcast TV) are flattening out into peer-topeer networks (think Skype and you-are-there iPhone images of tyrants butchering citizens). • College-level courses at MIT and many other universities are available to all, 24/7, over the Internet. • Oral arguments before the five justices of the Ohio Supreme Court in Columbus can be viewed anywhere, anytime. • China’s Temple of Heaven in Beijing? A couple of keystrokes, and it’s on your monitor. • Need to practice French? A few swipes of your tablet screen and you’re laughing at a Paris sitcom or reflecting on

Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People at the Louvre. When I was growing up in NYC in the 1930s, my world was 10 blocks long and five blocks wide. Everything west of the Hudson River was Mystery. Somewhere to the east was Europe, whatever that was. Now, 80 years later, I roam the globe from my desk. Next door is an effervescent Italian couple from Rome. My younger son taught English in Kyoto. My older son co-founded a software startup in Hong Kong. A grandson speaks fluent Mandarin. Two other grandsons feel at home in Edinburgh, Amsterdam and Cologne. My younger granddaughter was smitten with Berlin. What will their world be like when they’re my age? What about their grandchildren? Our challenge is to imagine the digital world that’s racing toward us. We must prepare our daughters and sons to embrace it intelligently and creatively. This extraordinary expansion of the universe is why our new superintendent must have the vision, the mindset, and the skillset to develop a technology-rich learning environment that empowers students to thrive in the gigabyte future that beckons them. Fred Sanborn has been an Indian Hill resident since 1965.

School board simply conducting good business Mr. Baker authored yet another insult accusing the Indian Hill school board of the "theft" of tax dollars. I understand it is his right to give his opinion. I understand that it is his tax money that he is concerned is not being spent the way he would like it spent. I also understand that we have an election process and we have freely elected the individuals to the board. I understand that when the majority of people elect these individuals to the board we are charging them with the duty of carrying out their fiduciary responsibilities to the schools and the communities they represent. I also understand that our school system is not only rated No. 1 in the state of Ohio, but more importantly it is responsible for producing the most well rounded, educated, caring students that you will find anywhere. This is not magic. This is not something that is an accident. This is born by the hard work and dedication of every person who touches their lives from the bus driver who picks them up in the morning, the custodian that salts the sidewalks to keep them safe, the aide

greeting them at the door to welcome them to school and ensure their safe arrival, the teachers, aides, secretaries, parent volunteers, coaches, club coordinators, athletic director and principals who physically touch their lives every day and the superintenMonique dent who is Sewell COMMUNITY PRESS responsible for the adGUEST COLUMNIST ministration of the people and activities thus mentioned. I do not understand how Mr. Baker can discount the importance of this position. The board has shown that it is working with other communities to aggregate expenses. The school is reaching out to other districts to learn best practices and bring the best education to our schools as exhibited by the new engineering program at the high school utilizing the Oaks programs. The board may not be making the decisions that Mr. Baker would make, but the school system does not need to "consolidate" to achieve a better result. I see



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Time to embrace digital learning future

With the pending retirement of Dr. Knudson, superintendent of Indian Hill Schools, and the recruiting of her replacement, the stars have aligned themselves for a paradigm shift in student learning. Under Dr. Knudson’s leadership a solid foundation has been built for transitioning from teacher-centric classrooms toward student-centered, digitally-enriched learning. Our schools are networked and linked electronically. Parents, students, teachers, and staff email seamlessly 24/7. The infrastructure is in place, its use is welcomed by all. Dr. Knudson, her Director of Technology Arline Pique, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Ault, and a growing core of forward-looking teachers, have brought us to this threshold. Now we can discern the path ahead. Learning, of course, is the core mission of a school. Laptop and tablet computers are in use at Indian Hill in an increasing number of settings to engage students, deliver content, provide remediation and advanced instruction, and liberate teachers to function as mentors and gurus. There’s even talk of the “flipped classroom,” in which lessons in digital form are studied at home, and then discussed and reinforced in school the next day.


larger school systems that can't afford to pay for bus drivers, after-school programs and athletics. They lack focus and community support. I would challenge you to find a public school system that has the community support that we enjoy in Indian Hill. We support our school because we are supporting the future of our children and the next generation of leaders. We need to understand that it takes money to achieve these results. We have entrusted the duty of achieving these results to the board and therefore the superintendent. In business, if the president of a company were to be hired, professionals would be consulted to bring the best candidates to the table. This is a business and requires the best candidates. The money spent to find the best candidate is a cost of business. It is the fiduciary duty of the board to find the best candidate for the position of superintendent and therefore, Mr. Baker, it is not "theft" it is good business. Monique Sewell is an Indian Hill resident and mother of four Indian Hill Exempted Village School District students.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Let residents determine fire department’s fate

Being a resident of Sycamore Township for more than 40 years, I wanted to express my feelings about the issue concerning the funding for the Sycamore Township Fire Department. We moved our family to Sycamore Township in 1967, because of the excellent schools, the excellent (volunteer) Rossmoyne fire department, becoming the (STFD in 1995) and the close proximity of several Catholic high schools. Over the last several years, our family has had to call on the STFD in emergency situations and we have found their responses to be quick, and their firemen to be professional, knowledgeable and a calming presence to our family, during our crisis. So now Sycamore Township does not have the money to pay for the (STFD) because of the cut in state funds. I would hope that our trustees are doing their best to work this out, but I also believe that it should be the residents to decide, and not a select few. What ever happened to, "by

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the people, for the people"? Someone once said, "if everyone is thinking alike, no one is thinking.” Gene Medl Dillonvale

CH@TROOM Feb. 29 question Should the United States provide military support to the opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime, similar to the actions taken in Libya? Why or why not?

“Do you mean so the people of another eastern country can hate us? Let's upend Hugo Chavez in Venezuela instead. It is a lot closer and they have oil. “The U.S. needs to stop being the world's police force. Let Jordan, or Saudi Arabia or some other country that lives nearby do it. If they don't want to die for their neighbors, why should we?” F.S.D. “Very tough question. We tried to help battle Saddam Hussein in Iraq and that country is still a mess. We tried to help the Afghani people protect themselves from the Taliban and that is a mess. There is no easy answer. “Opponents could make very intelligent arguments against getting involved, but meantime Assad is murdering thousands of innocent people, and it just seems wrong to stand by and do nothing. “Assad hates us, as so many mid-Eastern groups do. If we tried to help it is very likely that Assad would be killed by his opponents (as Ghadaffi was). But what kind of regime would take his place? Certainly not a USstyle democracy. We know that this kind of thinking is a pipe dream. “The United States has to be on constant alert against not only home-grown terrorists, but countries like Iran which has said many times it wants to blow Israel off the map. They would do us in, too, if they could. “Then there is North Korea, possibly Pakistan and Egypt who we used to think of as ‘friends.’ I'm not terribly sure that Turkey loves us either. “There are 300 million of us in this country, and 6.8 billion souls worldwide, many of whom have contempt for us. I don't see any way to guarantee peace, and yet, to sit idly by and do nothing while this murderer Assad con-

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tinues to kill innocent people just doesn't seem right to me.” Bill B. “Absolutely not, we need to stay out of the way. Even if they topple Assad, they will vote in the Muslim brotherhood and it will be as bad as it is now. That part of the world is nothing but trouble for America. We have enough problems in this country to straighten out.” D.D. “No. We should stay out of Syria. We have allies in the region who have more at stake than we do. We should learn from our last few wars that we don't seem to be able to figure out the internal politics in these Islamic countries. It's too easy to get mired down in their messes.” P.C. “This might be a trick question since President Obama said it was NATO that demanded and enforced the "no-fly zone" in Libya. Of course everyone knows it was really Obama's intervention from top to bottom, including Congress, which criticized him for making war without authorization from Congress. After all, even George W. Bush got their approval when he wanted to attack Iraq. Emperor Obama does as he pleases, but I don't believe he'll attack Syria - he doesn't have any money left.” R.V. “I think it is about time the US take a back seat in these small policing matters involving these countries and let the UN take actions as that is their responsibility.” O.H.R.

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Gary Thompson, of Indian Hill, Guy Hild, of Hyde Park, and Harry Davidow, of downtown Cincinnati, attend the Evening of Hope for the Cancer Support Community THANKS TO JAMIE EIFERT

Evening marks name change


reeted by the catchy cadences and colorful showmanship of the St. Xavier High School drumline on the plaza outside the front entrance of the Great American Tower at Queen City Square, the nearly 250 guests knew they were in for a dynamic, one-of-a-kind night at the recent Fourth Annual “Evening of Hope… A Celebration of Life” presented by Mercy Health and PNC. Not only was the annual fall gala an important fundraiser for the Cancer Support Community (CSC, formerly The Wellness Community), but it also provided a glamorous setting for the official unveiling of the organization’s new name. After 20 years in the Tristate as The Wellness Community, the non-profit cancer support agency’s name has changed to Cancer Support Community - but the both the mission of ensuring no one has to face cancer alone and the broad array of free, professionally facilitated support programs for people affected by cancer remain unchanged. The new name reestablishes a consistent identity with the local affiliate’s parent organization, which became Cancer Support Community in November 2009 following the merger of The Wellness Community–National and Gilda’s Clubs Worldwide. The Cancer Support Community name also better communicates the non-profit organization’s mission of cancer support and helps differentiate it from fitness centers and other businesses, medical practices, or groups with “wellness” in their names. In addition to celebrating the new name and enjoying dinner, dancing, dazzling views, and a wide variety of wonderful music, the staff, board, and supporters of Cancer Support Community also honored Fran and Wayne Carlisle for their pivotal role in supporting the organization from its very beginning. In the late 1980’s when Lynn Stern, a local woman in the midst of fighting cancer, learned about the empowering programs The Wellness Community was offering in California, she traveled to Santa Monica to find out how to bring such an organization to Greater Cincinnati. Along with Sherry Weathers, Stern pulled together a group of family and friends and they raised enough money to launch The Wellness Community in Cincinnati in 1990. The Carlisles have remained supporters for more than 20 years and their assistance has helped ensure that support, education and hope are available at no charge for anyone affected by cancer in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Ken-

Anne Rich, of Indian Hill, left, Lori Wendling, of Ft. Thomas, Lauri Robertson, of Anderson Township, and Marilyn Dolle, of Wyoming, enjoy drinks at the Evening of Hope. THANKS TO JAMIE EIFERT

Nancy and Bill Derringer, of Anderson Township, meet up with Jamie Beuke, of Madeira, at the Evening of Hope. THANKS TO JAMIE EIFERT

Gyasi and Wakenya Chisley, of Columbia Tusculum, attend the Evening of Hope. THANKS TO JAMIE EIFERT

From left, Lucy Ward, of Hyde Park, April Davidow, of downtown Cincinnati, and Linda Green, of Indian Hill, enjoy the Evening of Hope benefiting the Cancer Support Community. THANKS TO JAMIE EIFERT

An ice sculpture of new Cancer Support Community logo graces the Evening of Hope ... A Celebration of Life. THANKS TO JAMIE EIFERT

tucky. Evening of Hope co-chairs Bill Krul, CEO/Senior Partner of Miller-Valentine Group, and Aaron Bley (Harrison)

Elaine and Marvin Rosenberg, of Mt. Adams, are 2010 Celebration of Life Honorees. THANKS TO JAMIE EIFERT

Leslie and Andy Roth, of Anderson Township, chat with Anne Flory at the Evening of Hope. THANKS TO JAMIE EIFERT planned the successful event, with assistance from committee members Chris and Marilyn Dolle (Wyoming), Linda Green (Indian Hill), Mischele Hagood (Mason) and Lucy Ward (Hyde Park).

A portion of the St. Xavier drumline greets guests at the Evening of Hope. THANKS TO JAMIE EIFERT


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, MARCH 8 Business Meetings International Fellowship of Christian Businessmen Luncheon Meeting, 11:45 a.m., Crowne Plaza Hotel Blue Ash, 5901 Pfeiffer Road, $12 for lunch; free attendance. Reservations required. Presented by International Fellowship of Christian Businessmen. 984-1513. Blue Ash.

Dining Events Cincinnati International Wine Festival Winery Dinner, 6:30 p.m., Eddie Merlot’s Prime Aged Beef and Seafood, 10808 Montgomery Road, With Trichero Family Estates. Visiting winemakers from around the world join area’s finest chefs in own restaurants to create multicourse dining and wine-tasting experience. Ages 21 and up. $150. Registration required, available online. Presented by Cincinnati International Wine Festival. 489-1212; Sycamore Township. Cincinnati International Wine Festival Winery Dinner, 6:30 p.m., Embers, 8170 Montgomery Road, With co-owner Kevin O’Connor of LIOCO. Visiting winemakers from around the world join area’s finest chefs in own restaurants to create multi-course dining and winetasting experience. Ages 21 and up. $150. Registration required, available online. Presented by Cincinnati International Wine Festival. 984-8090; Madeira. Wine Dinner, 6:30 p.m., Kroger Harper’s Point, 11390 Montgomery Road, Hosted by Cheryl InDelicato, principal owner of Delicato wines. Wines include Loredona, 337, Gnarley Head, Brazin and more. Talk about new project, Handcraft wines. Features four varietals of Handcraft: chardonnay, pinot noir, petite sirah and cabernet sauvignon. Paired to four courses of food by Executive Chef Scott Hailey. $30. Reservations required. 247-7740. Symmes Township.

Health / Wellness Healthy Living with Diabetes Dinner Lecture, 6-8 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Experts discuss self-management tools, medications, appropriate exercise and nutrition strategies. $20. Registration required. 985-0900; Montgomery. Baby’s Amazing Journey, 6:45 p.m., Bethesda North Hospital, 10500 Montgomery Road, Workshop helps parents navigate the waters of infancy by offering strategies for dealing with typical eating, sleeping and fussiness issues, as well as tips to guide you through developmental milestones. $35 per couple. Registration required. 475-4500; Montgomery.

Music - Blues Sonny’s Solo Blues, 7-11 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, 697-9705; Loveland.

Donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous Inc. 673-0174. Blue Ash.

FRIDAY, MARCH 9 Antiques Shows Antique and Junktique Sale, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 3006, 127 Karl Brown Way, Electronics, furniture, collectibles, antiques, toys, household items, books and baby and seasonal items. Benefits Children’s Meeting House Montessori School in Loveland. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Children’s Meeting House Montessori School. 683-4757; Loveland.

Dining Events Hartzell United Methodist Church Lenten Fish Fry, 4-7 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, 8999 Applewood Drive, All-you-can-eat fried cod dinner with sides, beverages and desserts. Also, grilled chicken breast, shrimp, shrimp basket and cheese pizza dinners with sides, beverages and desserts. Carryout menu is a three-piece fish sandwich. $9, $5 carryout only, $4 ages 5-10, free ages 3 and under. 891-8527. Blue Ash. Fish Fry-Days, 5-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Includes fried fish, fish sandwich, shrimp, salmon and child’s dinners, soup, sides, desserts, sodas and beer. Carryout and Drive thru available, drinks not included. Benefits Youth ministry’s summer mission trip. $5$10. 489-8815; Montgomery. Boy Scout Triple Nickel Fish Fry, 5-7 p.m., St. Gertrude School, 6543 Miami Ave., Cafeteria. Eat in or carryout. Dinner includes choice of fish, fish sandwich, or cheese pizza; with fries or macaroni and cheese; and coleslaw or apple sauce; a beverage and dessert. Family friendly. $7, $5 children. Presented by Boy Scout Troop 555. 652-3477. Madeira. Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., St. Columban School, 896 Oakland Road, 683-7903; Loveland.

Education Refresh Your Soul Conference, 6-8:15 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Concludes March 10. With Episcopal Retirement Homes’ Parish Health Ministry. Keynote speaker: Doug Smith; professional speaker, trainer and consultant. Discussions focus on how to develop a spiritual model of care which can complement the medical model of care, as well as how to help people find meaning and value in the midst of pain and suffering. For caregivers, health professionals and anyone going through trial or loss. $55. Registration required. Presented by Episcopal Retirement Homes. 800-835-5768, ext. 4545; Montgomery.

Health / Wellness

Young Professionals Open Gym, 7-10 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Full-court basketball games for men. $15. 9850900. Montgomery.

Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Walgreens Loveland, 6385 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, Fifteen-minute screening. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 686-3300; Loveland.


Music - Rock

Prospective Student Open House, 6-7:30 p.m., Silverton Paideia Academy, 6829 Stewart Road, Currently enrolling for 2012-2013 academic years in all grades. Meet students, staff, key community members and education partners to see what makes Silverton Paideia unlike any other school in Ohio. Free. 363-5400; Silverton.

Waiting on Ben, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., MVP Sports Bar & Grille, 6923 Plainfield Road, With Mark Samson subbing in on drums. 794-1400. Silverton.


Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Family friendly. Free, donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous Inc. 800-0164. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, 4309 Cooper Road, Book discussion group. Open to everyone who desires healthy loving relationships.

On Stage - Theater Cole, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, Revue devised by Benny Green and Alan Strachan and directed by John Langley. Story of Cole Porter’s life “ from Yale to Paris to Manhattan to Broadway to Hollywood. Musical tribute to the King of Musicals includes such hit tunes as "I Love Paris,"€ "Take Me Back to Manhattan,"€ "Love for Sale,"€ "Night and Day"€ and "I Get a Kick Out of You."€ $17. Presented by Mariemont Players Inc. 684-1236; Columbia Township. The Producers, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, 111 S. Second St., Hilarious, satirical American classic. Mature audiences, adult humor. $15. Reservations required.

Presented by Loveland Stage Company. Through March 18. 443-4572; Loveland.

Recreation Pickup Basketball, 10:30 a.m.noon, TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Men and women ages 25 and up. $15, free members. Through Dec. 28. 985-0900; Montgomery.

SATURDAY, MARCH 10 Antiques Shows Antique and Junktique Sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 3006, Free. 683-4757; Loveland.

Art & Craft Classes Caffeine and Crafts, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Caffeine Dreams, 123 Railroad Ave., Bring your current project and work on it while drinking coffee and socializing. Free. 289-9713. Loveland.

Art Exhibits Just Add Water, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., The Gallery. Works of artists in Nancy Nordloh Neville’s painting class. Free. 272-3700; Mariemont.

Benefits A Cupcake Affair with a Kenyan Flair, 7-10 p.m., Peterloon Estate, 8605 Hopewell Road, Kenyan music, Kenyan-inspired foods, silent auction featuring items from around the world, cupcake sculpture, design and taste competitions and more. Bob Herzog from Channel 12, emcee. Includes cupcake sculpture design and taste competitions judged by celebrity and professional judges. Benefits SOTENI International programs in Kenya that focus on HIV/AIDS prevention through sustainable community development. Family friendly. $50. Reservations required. Presented by SOTENI International. 961-2100. Indian Hill.

Cooking Classes Healthy Cooking Classes, Noon-1:30 p.m., Peachy’s Health Smart, 7400 Montgomery Road, Peachy Seiden discusses nutrition and health while preparing two delicious, simple and easy meals. Ages 18 and up. $30. Registration required. 315-3943; Silverton.

Exercise Classes Intro to Pilates Reformer Workshop, Noon-4 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Learn skills necessary to start taking Pilates Reformer Classes. Ages 18 and up. $100, $80 members. Reservations required. 985-0900; Montgomery. TRX Bootcamp, 9:15-10:15 a.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Designed for the intermediate to advanced exerciser. Total body workout, bootcamp style. $6-$15. Registration required. 985-0900; Montgomery.

Health / Wellness Diabetes Conversation Maps Sessions, 10 a.m.-noon, Lisa Larkin, M.D. & Associates, 4460 Red Bank Road, Suite 100, Theme: Diabetes and Healthy Eating. Small group discussions of Type 2 diabetes led by Jan Kellogg, certified diabetes educator. Family friendly. $30 for four sessions; $10 per session. 271-5111. Madisonville. Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, $110, $100 members. Reservations required. 985-0900; Montgomery.

On Stage - Theater Cole, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township. The Producers, 7:30 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, $15. Reservations required. 443-4572; Loveland.

Recreation Young Professionals Open Gym, 7-10 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $15. 985-0900. Montgomery.

SUNDAY, MARCH 11 Art Exhibits Just Add Water, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; Mariemont.

Auditions Disney’s My Son Pinocchio: Geppetto’s Musical Tale Auditions, 1:30-5 p.m., Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, 4309 Cooper Road, With music by Steven Schwartz and including classic favorites "When You Wish Upon a Star" and "I’ve Got No Strings" from the Disney movie. Parts for all ages including speaking roles, singing solos and featured dancers. Production dates: June 7-10 and 13-16. Free. Presented by East Side Players. 791-1153; Blue Ash.

On Stage - Theater Cole, 7 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township. The Producers, 3 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, $15. Reservations required. 443-4572; Loveland.

Parenting Classes Foster Parent Training, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Diversion Foster Care, 10921 Reed Hartman Highway, Suite 315. Begin process of becoming licensed foster parent. Family friendly. Free. Through Feb. 11. 984-2031; Blue Ash.

Recreation Young Professionals Open Gym, 7-10 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $15. 985-0900. Montgomery.

MONDAY, MARCH 12 Clubs & Organizations Cincinnati Toastmasters Club No. 472 Meeting, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Paul Community United Methodist Church, 8221 Miami Road, Public speaking and leadership skills meeting. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Cincinnati Toastmasters Club No. 472. 351-5005; Madeira.

Education Summer Camp Registration Open House, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Learn about different summer programs being offered, ask questions and register. 9850900; Montgomery.

Health / Wellness LifeSteps Weight Management Open House, 4-6 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Learn more about 12-week weight management program. Preview materials, hear program details, and get questions answered. Free. 985-0900; Montgomery.

Karaoke and Open Mic Acoustic Open Mic, 7-10 p.m., Shady O’Grady’s Pub, 9443 Loveland-Madeira Road, Hosted by Bob Cushing. 791-2753. Symmes Township.

Mariemont Players is performing "Cole," as devised by Benny Green and Alan Strachan, at the Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, just East of Mariemont, March 9 through March 25. Cole is the story of Cole Porter's life - from Yale to Paris to Manhattan to Broadway to Hollywood. For more information or to order tickets for “Cole,” call Betsy at 684-1236. All seats are reserved and cost $17 each; non-reserved seats for the preview only are $10 each. THANKS TO THOMAS STOREY

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Youth Sports Peewee Soccer, 10-10:45 a.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Tuesdays or Wednesdays through April 18. For ages 4-6. Introduces essentials of soccer. Parents have option of picking between two days to practice. $55-$65. Registration required. 985-0900. Montgomery.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14 Health / Wellness Why Can’t I Sleep?, 6-7 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Experts promote importance of sleep. $30-$60. Registration required. 985-0900; Montgomery.

Recreation Pickup Basketball, 10:30 a.m.noon, TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $15, free members. 985-0900; Montgomery.

THURSDAY, MARCH 15 Literary - Libraries

Pickup Basketball, 10:30 a.m.noon, TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $15, free members. 985-0900; Montgomery.

St. Patrick’s Day Beaded Safety Pins, 4-5 p.m., Mariemont Branch Library, 3810 Pocahontas Ave., Make St. Patrick’s Day design with beads and safety pins. Sponsored by the Kersten Fund. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-4467. Mariemont.


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Health / Wellness Eating for Health, 9:30-10:30 a.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Nutrition class highlighting healthy nutrition principles. Topics include nutrition minicourse, truth about whole foods or nutrition for women. With Kathy Haugen, registered dietitian. $10, free for members. Registration required. 985-0900; Montgomery.

Holiday - St. Patrick’s Day Mcging Irish Dancers, 6:30 p.m., Loveland Branch Library, 649 Loveland-Madeira Road, Celebrate day with traditional dancing. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-4476; Loveland.


Sonny’s Solo Blues, 7-11 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 697-9705; Loveland.

On Stage - Theater Cole, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township. The Producers, 7:30 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, $15. Reservations required. 443-4572; Loveland.

Recreation Young Professionals Open Gym, 7-10 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $15. 985-0900. Montgomery.

mous, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, Donations accepted. 673-0174. Blue Ash.

FRIDAY, MARCH 16 Dining Events Hartzell United Methodist Church Lenten Fish Fry, 4-7 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, $9, $5 carryout only, $4 ages 5-10, free ages 3 and under. 891-8527. Blue Ash. Fish Fry, 5-7 p.m., Montgomery Presbyterian Church, 9994 Zig Zag Road, Heart-healthy baked tilapia fillets with veggies and rice, or hand-dipped fried cod fillets with fries and hush puppies. Macaroni and cheese child’s plate. Tea, lemonade, coffee or water. Homemade dessert included. Dine in or carryout. Allergen alert: fried items are deep fried in peanut oil. $8, $5 children. 891-2893; Montgomery. Fish Fry-Days, 5-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, $5-$10. 489-8815; Montgomery. Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., St. Columban School, 683-7903; Loveland.

Health / Wellness Yoga, a Benefit to Your Health at Any Age, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., The Kenwood by Senior Star, 5435 Kenwood Road, Luncheon and lecture presented by Joan Riemar of YogahOMe in Mariemont. Riemar discusses health benefits of yoga in your daily routine and demonstrates various yoga techniques. Registration at 11:30 a.m. Lunch at noon. Program begins 12:45 p.m. Includes giveaways. Free. Reservations required. 223-3921; Madisonville.

On Stage - Theater Cole, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township. The Producers, 7:30 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, $15. Reservations required. 443-4572; Loveland.

Recreation Pickup Basketball, 10:30 a.m.noon, TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $15, free members. 985-0900; Montgomery.


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Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, Free, donations accepted. 800-0164. Montgomery. Codependents Anony-

Just Add Water, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; Mariemont.



Mom’s salmon patties perfect for Lent Our friends down the road, Bert and Bob Villing, just planted the first of their spring crops: carrots, peas and spinach. This makes me literally itch to get the garden tilled. Talk about spring fever! The watercress in our little spring-fed pool is spreading by leaps and bounds, and the Rita maple trees Heikenfeld are budRITA’S KITCHEN ding out. The herb garden still looks pretty forlorn, though. Chickweed is taking over so I’ll have to do some serious weeding. But all’s not lost: Our “girls”/chickens love chickweed. Did you know that chickweed is highly nutritious? I like to add it to salads. Just make sure it’s clean, without pesticides, etc.

Heritage house dressing

The former Heritage Restaurant on Wooster Pike holds many good memories for me, since that’s where my husband, Frank, and I met and worked. Their house dressing was the most popular dressing. I’ve had many requests for it over the years. So I went to the

source: Proprietors Howard and Jan Melvin, who were gracious enough to share the recipe. It has an interesting history. Howard told me the original recipe was from the Netherland Plaza Hotel and it was a quantity one. Jan and chef Jerry Hart developed a recipe for the home cook. I’ll have to warn you – it makes quite a lot, but you’ll be happy to have it on hand. It reminds me of an elegant Caesar-type dressing with a bit of a bite. I’ve adapted the recipe only slightly. And yes, it uses raw eggs. That doesn’t bother me. I don’t think you could substitute pasteurized whites since this recipe contains yolks, as well. Check your local grocer to see if they carry pasteurized whole eggs if you are not comfortable with using raw eggs. Go to taste on seasonings. ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 tablespoon cracked black pepper 1½ teaspoons each ground black pepper and salt 1 tablespoon granulated dried garlic ¼ cup each water and red wine vinegar Up to 2½ teaspoons fresh lemon juice Up to 1 teaspoon hot sauce 1 teaspoon Worcestershire 2 large egg yolks

My mom never measured and she used regular breadcrumbs, so use them if you like. Go to taste on onion and celery. 1 can salmon (I used pink salmon) 1 egg, lightly beaten 1 ⁄3 cup each finely diced onion and celery ½ cup panko breadcrumbs Salt and pepper to taste

Drain salmon and mix everything together lightly. Form into patties and fry in olive oil over medium heat until brown on both sides. Nice sides are fried potatoes and mixed vegetables.

Rita's mom's salmon patties are pictured with fried potatoes and mixed vegetables. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD. 1 large egg 2 cups vegetable oil

Combine Parmesan, peppers, salt and garlic and set aside. Combine water, vinegar, lemon juice, hot sauce and Worcestershire and set aside. Combine yolks and eggs in mixer. Whip on medium high until very thick. Mixture will be light lemon colored. Jerry’s note said “and we mean very thick.” With the whip attachment still on, turn to high and slowly, in a thin, thin, stream, pour half the oil in. When egg mixture has taken half the oil, add all dry ingredients. Continue adding the rest of the oil, alternating with liquid ingredients, until all liquid ingredients have been absorbed. Refriger-

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Northern Kentucky reader, when we were both working at Macy’s. I like this so much I use it on other seafood dishes, as well. Mix together: ½ cup mayonnaise Juice of half a lemon or more to taste 1 generous teaspoon dried dill leaves or palmful fresh, chopped Hot sauce to taste 1 tomato, finely chopped (optional) Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

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society. Sharon Spiegel, director of youth Israel experiences at the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, said, “JQuest participants won’t just see Israel from the window of a tour bus. While they’ll hit all the ‘don’t miss’ highlights of the country, they’ll do it in the company of Israeli friends, getting an insider’s view; learning how Israeli teens feel about politics, the army, music, movies and more; and creating lifelong bonds.” The Israelis and Cincinnatians will then travel together to discover the rich heritage of Jewish life in Berlin and Prague, learn about the tragic losses during the Holocaust and experience the dynamic contemporary life of Jews in Europe. Highlights of the week in Berlin and Prague include visiting the Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie, touring the Jewish Quarter in Prague, visiting Prague Castle and Karl Bridge and spending time with individuals from the Jewish community in both cities. Before the trip, students will get to know their fellow Cincinnati travelers by preparing together for the trip. During the trip, their tourist and educational activities will be balanced with leadership training and social action programs and an opportunity to be hosted in the homes of their Israeli peers. Those same Israeli peers will visit Cincinnati in 2013, to stay with the students and experience life as a Jew outside of Israel. For details about registering for JQuest and applying for an Israel travel grant, call Sharon Spiegel at (513) 985-1536 or visit More information about the Jewish Federation of

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In an effort to reward their dogs, many people give them little treats. But the Food and Drug Administration is cautioning about products containing chicken jerky, including chicken tenders, strips or treats. More than 350 dogs Howard have reAin portedly HEY HOWARD! become ill after eating these items – and some have died. Joetta Caudill-Metzger of Alexandria recently

lost her 6-year-old miniature schnauzer, Molly. “I’ve been buying these dog treats because she loved them. They were chicken jerky and I thought, ‘OK, this is great.’ My dog loved these treats so when she’d been a good dog I said, ‘Oh, you’ve been a good dog today and you can have a treat,’” Caudill-Metzger said. Molly had been eating those treats for more than a year. But, CaudillMetzger says, “She’s been getting more of them lately. Before, it was like one or two. For the last month or so I’ve given her one every day.’ Sud-

denly she started getting lethargic, then she got sick to her stomach and she started lying down.” Molly was then taken to the vet to be examined. “The vet said she’s already shut down 75 percent. I don’t want anybody else who owns a dog to go through what we’re going through right now. It’s heartbreaking because a dog is your child,” Caudill-Metzger said. The vet says Molly died of kidney failure and he suspects it was caused by the chicken jerky. The maker of that brand of dog food says it has a program to ensure the


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Deer Park hosts kindergarten information night March 13 Parents and guardians of students who will be 5-years-old on or before Sept. 30are encouraged to attend the kindergarten parent information meeting at Holmes Primary School at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 13. During this meeting, school administrators and staff will give an overview of kindergarten expectations, regis-

Financial fair at JCC March 8 Identity thefts, scams a focus Identity theft, scams and privacy issues are on the rise, with thieves often targeting seniors. The Mayerson JCC is joining with Attorney General Mike DeWine and other government and non-profit organizations to address these problems. Annual National Consumer Protection Week is March 4-10. On Thursday, March 8, the JCC will host an event to groups nationwide share tips and information that help consum-

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tration requirements and give attendees time for questions. Ohio law makes kindergarten mandatory. Children must successfully complete kindergarten before entering first-grade. Kindergarten registration will be May 1. For additional information contact Holmes Primary at 513-8916662.

ers protect their privacy, manage money and debt, avoid identity theft, and avoid frauds and scams. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 8, the JCC will host a financial fair and panel discussion to help consumers make informed financial decisions. Come learn about the latest scams, how thieves are accessing personal information and how to protect yourself. The J is at 8485 Ridge Road, across from Ronald Reagan Highway. This financial fair is free and the public is welcome. Go to www.Ohio Attorney, to read, view, download and order multiple copies of educational materials and check out a calendar of NCPW events nationwide. The website’s blog features posts from consumer experts nationwide, and allows consumers to connect directly with them about a variety of consumer protection resources. For information about the Thursday, March 8 Financial Fair and Panel Discussion at the JCC, contact JCC Assistant Director of Senior Adult Services, Susan Bradley, at (5130 793-5654 or visit

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UC Blue Ash heats up with Music of Brazil Part of Rhythm & Blue Ash

Brazil is famous for its gorgeous natural beauty, flavorful culture, intoxicating cities, and, of course, its music. Traditional musical styles such as mambo, samba, bossa nova, and choro as well as classical Brazilian music create a soundtrack that is unique to Brazil, and, at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 24, these musical styles will heat up the stage at UC Blue Ash College as the Rhytmn ‘N’ Blue Ash concert series goes “Down in Brazil.” The first half of the concert will highlight Brazilian classical music, including solo guitar pieces by Laurindo Almeida and Baden Powell, the “Sonata for Cello and Guitar” by Radames Gnattali, and several pieces for flute and gui-

Among the performers scheduled to appear in "Down in Brazil" at University of Cincinnati lue Ash, are, from left: Suzanne Bona (flute), Richard Goering (guitar), Annette Shepherd (vocals) and Tom Schneider (piano). PROVDED

tar by Celso Machado. The second half of the concert will showcase bossa novas and sambas by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Luis Bonfa, much of which became popular because of the 1960 film “Black Orpheus.” The concert will feature musicians led by accomplished guitarist Richard Goering.

Praised by the Corriere della Sera in Rome, Italy, as having “beautiful sounds (and) elegant and well-constructed phrases,” Goering is amusician who plays Latin, popular and classical musical styles with “polish, grace, and passion” (Kentucky Educational Television). Other musicians on the program will include flut-

Chabad center celebrates Purim with Italian theme BLUE ASH — Chabad Jewish Center will celebrate its 16th annual Purim Around the World March 8. This year’s event, titled Purim Italiano, will be celebrated with Italian décor and food. Illusionist Matthew Tyler will perform. Purim Around the World is a yearly event that attracts hundreds of Cincinnati area Jews as they come together to celebrate the holiday of Purim. Purim is a Jewish festival that falls on the 14th day of the Jewish month of Adar, which generally falls out in March. Purim is celebrated by giving extra charity, sending food baskets to friends, listening to the story of Purim as it is told in the Megillah, and eating a festive meal. It is also customary to wear costumes on Purim, to commemorate the miracles of the Purim story and recognize that nothing is ever as it seems. G-d is always behind the scenes, conducting the world, maaking many hidden miracles on a daily basis. “There is a popular custom to dress up in costume on Purim,” said Rabbi Cohen, Youth and Family Program Director at Chabad Jewish Center, “so we take the custom one step further and put the entire event into “costume.” This is where the idea of Purim Around the World came from. We transform the entire Purim celebration into another place or time, complete with décor and delicious food. “ Purim around the world is always a grand party. Each year features a theme

from another location; past years’ themes have included, “Purim in China”, “Wild West Purim”, “Purim in Africa”, and even “Purim in Outer Space”. This year, guests will travel to Italy with “Purim Italiano”. Guests are encouraged to come in costume. The costumes generally form a motley group; some come dressed according to the theme, some in other costumes of choice. Of course, there is always the requisite number of little girls in princess costumes. All children who come in costume will be invited to partake in a fun costume contest. This year, the contest will be led by Matthew Tyler, who will also be performing his exclusive magic show. The menu is an important part of the evening. This year’s menu will feature Italian favorites including a variety of pastas, insalata (salad), and zuppe (soup). There will also be an area where kids can make their own pizzas! The entire Jewish community is invited to take part in the festivities, whether affiliated or not. The party will be held Thursday, March 8, at the Chabad Jewish Center. The evening begins with the reading of the Megillah at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. The Chabad Jewish Center is located at 3977 Hunt Road in Blue Ash. The cost for the evening, including all food and entertainment, is $9 per child (age 2-12), $13 per adult, with advanced paid reservations by March 4. After March 4, the cost will be $13 per child (ages 2-

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Youth ‘cast nets’ at Good Shepherd event Cast Your Nets reeled in 200 plus teens for a fun evening of music, socializing with other youth around Cincinnati, prayer, reconciliation, Eucharist, and last , but not least, pizza. The youth rally, sponsored by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati's Offices of Youth and Young Adult Ministry and Vocations, (The Rev. Kyle Schnippel and Wayne Topp, respectively) was Sunday, Jan. 29, at Community of the Good Shepherd in Montgomery. High energy performer Paul Kindt along with other members of the Credo Band brought down the house with lyrics -- "... Cast out my sins ... Cast out my fear ... Cast out my doubt

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The Credo Band with The Rev. Kyle Schnipple, Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Office of Vocations, looking on as one of the attendees showcases his Cast Your Nets T-shirt with the message: Be Bold. THANKS TO RUTHY TRUSLER is now in his second year at the seminary." "It's important to build awareness of vocation choices to the youth," Topp said. "Therefore, invitations were sent to all religious members. This year yielded the highest response: 17 religious orders were represented. Informational displays and literature were available for teens to peruse and ask questions. Sister Jackowski at St. Clare Convent initiated inWayne Topp, from theArchdiocese of Cincinnati Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry. THANKS TO RUTHY TRUSLER

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aside for another time,” she said. Patrick Reis, youth minister leader from Immaculate Heart of Mary, initiated an ice breaker: bear, hunter, Ninja – similar to rock, paper, scissors – that got the teens and religious to mingle and laugh. Topp, Reis, Emily Meyer, youth minister at Good Shepherd along with Jeff Rosfeld, Catherine Fasano, Brad Bursa and Mary Orite-Shea were all on the team that planned this event. Rev. Ezra Sullivan, (St. Gertrude Parish) had the audience's full attention with his topic Boldly live out your faith in service of Christ. Sullivan spoke of fear, risk, doubt – (same message as lyrics from the evening's opening song). He advised "...spending time with God which gives one faith and boldness in difficult times, and sharing that faith."



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Bethel Baptist Temple

Examine the faith of many of the nation’s founders, study original texts, including the Bible and learn to reason as they did, from these sources to the nation’s founding documents, during Institute on the Constitution, a 12-week. 90minute-per-class course on the U.S. Constitution. The class runs from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, beginning March 5, at 5426 West Chester Road, West Chester. Optional student handbook and related materials are $35. To assist in order-

ing, please RSVP and let us know how many student kits you will need. o register, contact Nathan Jacobson at 8601099, or at The church is at 8501 Plainfield Road, Sycamore Township; 891-2221;

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.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

The church is hosting Scrapbooking and More Crafts, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. every third Monday. Free child care is provided. Those interested in attending must register by 5 p.m. Friday before the Monday event. All paper projects are welcomed including, but not limited to, scrapbooking, stamping, card-making and photo-frame keepsakes. Crafters should bring their own photos, albums and specialty items. Most other tools and supplies will be provided. There is no charge for use of supplies.

Hartzell United Methodist Church

The church is having its famous Lenten Fish Fry 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., every Friday through Good Friday, April 6. arry out menu offers a three-pice fish sandwich for $5. Whole meals are $9 for adults, and $4 for children. Children ages 4 and under are free. The church is at 899 Applewood Drive, Blue Ash; 891-8527.

Kenwood Fellowship Church

Weekly watercolor classes for beginners are being offered on Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $8 per session at the church. Call Mary Lou DeMar for information at 891-5946. The church offers adult bible study at 9 a.m. Sunday, a teen Sunday school class and a pre-kindergarten program during worship service from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sundays. A buffet luncheon follows. The church is at 7205 Kenwood Road; 891-9768.

St. Paul Community United Methodist Church

St. Paul Church 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 is 9:30 a.m. for all ages and 11 a.m. is children’s mission hour. Nursery care is provided for all services. Join us Sunday, March 11 as the church continues the Lenten/ Easter series “If I Could Ask.. Questions for Christ on the Way to the Cross,” with the sermon, “The Power of the Cross.” Small group prayer and share meets every Wednesday morning at 7:30 a.m. in the chapel to discuss the upcoming Sunday morning scripture. The church gathers from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. each Wednesday for Wonderful Wednesdays with something for the entire family including children’s choir. The church is at 8221 Miami Road, Madeira; 891-8181;

Sycamore Christian Church

Sunday worship and junior worship services at 10:30 am. 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. The church is at 6555 Cooper Road, Sycamore Township; 891-7891.

Trinity Community Church

The church has a free community dinner on the last Tuesday of each month from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. All are welcome. Call the church for information. Trinity Together Time is from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., the first and third Tuesday of each month. The program is free. The church is at 3850 E. Galbraith Road, Deer Park; 7917631; .



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Information is provided as a public service by the office of Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes. Neighborhood designations are approximate.

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


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4040 Lansdowne Ave.: Selvey Laura to Norton Monica B. & L. Joseph Norton; $149,500. 4307 Orchard Lane: Hatfield Bryan & Lauren Colwell to Larkins Christine I.; $133,000. 4363 Matson Ave.: General Electric Credit Union to Mig Commercial Alliance Dba Global Equity Allianc; $47,500. 7849 Quarter Maine Ave.: Miller Wanda D. to Pflanz Kenneth R. & Laura M. Finney; $96,000.


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JCC Triathlon March 25 The Mayerson JCC adult Indoor Triathlon is Sunday morning, March 25. The JCC is at 8485 Ridge Road across from the Ronald Reagan highway. Registration in advance

is required for the adult Triathlon, men’s basketball tournament and kids’ “TRY-athlon” (ages 6 – 12). To register, call the JCC at (513) 761-7500 or visit

DEER PARK Arrests/citations

John Johnson, 41, 6717 Britton Ave., felonious assault at 5365 Ellmaire Drive, Feb. 18. Juvenile female, 17, curfew violation, Feb. 14. Damon Roland, 33, 1303 Stone Lick Woods Drive, drug paraphernalia at 8288 Wooster Pike, Feb. 10.

Terry L. Haley, 46, 4328 Oakwood Ave., theft at 7916 Blue Ash Road, Feb. 28. Kimberly Mcclure, 22, 8104 Blue Ash Road, criminal damaging at 8104 Blue Ash Road, Feb. 27. Randall Stephens, 49, 7810 Plainfield Road, disorderly conduct while intoxicated at 7810 Plainfield Road, Feb. 22.



Aggravated trespassing Reported at 5610 Viewpointe, Feb. 17. Felonious assault Reported at Murray Ave., Feb. 11. Illegal dumping Reported at 3248 Highland Ave., Feb. 9. Obstructing official business Reported at 5410 Ridge Road, Feb. 10. Theft Flush valve valued at $356 removed at 5427 Ridge Ave., Feb. 10.

Theft Someone took two bottle of Benchmark whiskey, value $20, from Deer Park Deli at 7916 Blue Ash Road, Feb. 27. A Lansdowne Avenue, Feb. 27. Unauthorized use of motor vehicle At 4127 Superior Ave., Feb. 20.

MADEIRA Arrests/citations Abdulraham Jallaq, 21, 7866 Hosbrook No. 14, felonious assault, domestic violence, aggravated burglary, Jan. 13.

David C. Breth, 45, 7224 Osceola, driving under influence, Feb. 3.

Incidents/investigations Critical missing Adult female reported missing at 7200 block of Euclid, Feb. 13. Forgery Checks taken and forged; $1,100 value at 7716 Naomi Drive, Feb. 6.

SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Duke Johnson, 18, 732 Western Ave., theft at 7801 Montgomery Road, Jan. 9. Tonjia Williams, 56, 2696 Rondel Road, theft, criminal tools at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 12. Charles World, 20, 1134 Snider Road, criminal trespassing at 10832 Lake Thames, Feb. 13. Guy Tenkatte, 38, 5334 Rolston Ave., theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 13. Tyler Bradley, 18, 7880 Bobolink Drive, theft at 7913 Montgomery Road, Feb. 15. Rayshawn Hart, 20, 4993 Hawaiian Terrace, theft, obstructing official business at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 17. Steven Nelms, 18, 8470 Schwinn, criminal trespassing at 7875 U.S. 22, Feb. 18. Christain Ringer, 19, 3816 Odin Ave., theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 16. Juvenile male, 16, criminal trespassing at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 15. Juvenile female, 16, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 13. Juvenile female, 17, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 13. Juvenile female, 15, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb.

11. Juvenile female, 16, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 11.

Incidents/investigations Assault Victim struck at 4777 E. Galbraith Road, Feb. 7. Assault, theft Reported at 8109 Reading Road, Feb. 12. Criminal damaging Vehicle damaged at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 19. Identity fraud Credit cards used without consent at 5477 Elmcrest Lane, Feb. 18. Reported at 8498 Owl Woods Lane, Feb. 18. Identity theft Report at 9396 Kemper Grove, Feb. 17. Possessing criminal tools Reported at 10832 Lake Thames, Feb. 14. Theft Bag, glasses, bracelet valued at $567 removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 14. CD case and cds of unknown value removed at 1895 Chaucer, Feb. 18. Cameras valued at $300 removed at 3989 Mantell Ave., Feb. 20. Bracelets valued at $40 removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 14. Ipod touch valued at $230 removed at 11970 Second Ave., Feb. 14. Wheel and tire of unknown value removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 12. Phone of unknown value removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 11. GPS of unknown value removed at 8949 Harper's Point, Feb. 12. Wallet and contents of unknown value removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 11.

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