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As Deer Park gets set to celebrate its 100th birthday in 2012, we want you to share your thoughts on the city. How long have you lived in Deer Park? What brought you to Deer Park? What do you like best about the city? What are some of your favorite Deer Park memories? Send an e-mail to, with “Deer Park Memories” in the subject line. Include a name and daytime phone number for publication.

All is Wellness

Participants, former participants, friends and supporters of The Wellness Community of Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky gathered at TWC’s Lynn Stern Center in Blue Ash to celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Wellness Community’s introduction in Cincinnati. SEE LIFE, B1

A few members of Deer Park City Council are responding to Councilman Tony Proctor’s guest column in the Feb. 23 Suburban Life. In the column, Proctor said, “it is time for Deer Park City Council to answer to our residents and not the ‘grant writers and others’ who are serving their own interest.” Council President Joe Comer addressed the column during the Feb. 28 council meeting. He said grant money the city earned was reappropriated by a unanimous



vote by council in 2010 to finance the Hemphill Way project. He also addressed Proctor’s statements that council should set aside a portion of grant money to repair sidewalks and curbs. “(Sidewalks) are the responsibility of the property owner,”

Comer said. Council voted unanimously March 8, 2010, to establish a sidewalk reimbursement program which would pay up to $400 for individual residents. The city budgets $5,000 for the sidewalk program. Council is expected to vote on the 2011 sidewalk program at the March 14 council meeting. Councilmember Ron Tolliver said he did not like Proctor’s letter. “You insulted everyone on council,” Tolliver said. Councilmember Shawn Gavin said he did not think newspaper letters should be a subject of council meeting business.

Deer Park grant money Deer Park Safety Services Director Mike Berens said the city earned a $75,000 community development block grant in 2008 that was going to help with the purchase and demolition of the Duke substation at East Galbraith and Blue Ash roads. Berens said it would have cost the city $139,000 to buy the substation and it was not something the city could afford. The city also received a $100,000 grant in 2009 to help with repairing Hemphill Way. After a unanimous vote by city council, Berens said Hamilton County approved reappropriating the $75,000 block grant to help with the matching funds from the city to get the grant in 2009. “There was never any plan to use that money for sidewalks and curbs,” Berens said.

Sycamore studying road options By Amanda Hopkins

If the budget allows, Sycamore Township could repair 32 streets this year. Road superintendent Tracy Kellums said he is projecting a budget of around $1.5 million for the 2011 road improvement Kellums project that includes 32 streets and is 6.92 miles. Sycamore Township Board of Trustees approved for the project to be put out to bid, but will not

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Cyber classmates

Madeira Elementary kindergartners met a class from Grand Prairie, Texas, without even leaving the classroom. Kindergarten teachers Jonelle Bell and Amy Rider set up a meeting with a Moseley Elementary class in Texas using the video chat program, Skype. SEE SCHOOLS, A5


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Deer Park council takes issue with Proctor column By Amanda Hopkins

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Sycamore Township Board of Trustees are preparing to hire an engineer that would give suggestions for helping traffic along Kenwood Road between Montgomery Road and Interstate 71.


Mayor Ken Born (middle) at a Madeira City Council meeting where a plan designed to help the central business district keep its small town feel was approved. At left is City Manager Tom Moeller and at right is Law Director Robert Malloy.

Madeira plan: Maintain small-town character

By Jeanne Houck

Madeira City Council approved a new plan for the central business district with regulations designed to maintain Madeira’s small-town character. The plan – which will guide new development and changes made to existing business property – says: • Traditional architectural styles – as opposed to distinctly modern styles – are preferred for new buildings. • Buildings may not exceed three levels or 45 feet in height. • The front of buildings 15,000 square feet or less generally must be built five feet from the front-yard lot line. Parking is prohibited in the front. • Parking lots and garages should not be obvious from Miami

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Avenue, Laurel Avenue and Camargo Road. • Residential units may be conditionally permitted so long as they are on the second level or third level of mixed-use buildings. • Aluminum siding, vinyl siding, corrugated steel and mirrored glass or chrome are prohibited building materials. The Madeira Planning Commission recommended the plan – which also has elements designed to protect residential areas near the central business district – and related zoning and design-regulation changes. The plan was drafted with the help of an advisory board of residents, business owners and public officials; a survey of residents and business owners; consultants McBride Dale Clarion of Fairfax and opinions expressed at public hearings.



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At the same meeting, Madeira City Council also approved a special zoning plan that will allow owners of some residential property on Hosbrook Road just south of Montgomery Road limited commercial use of their property for things such as offices and independent-living facilities. The zone changes on the east side of Hosbrook Road in Madeira are designed to buffer and protect the value of the property from development under way on the west side of Hosbrook Road in Sycamore Township, where an FBI building is under construction and offices and a hotel are planned. The property in Madeira includes the Hosbrook Manor Apartments, two homes and a panhandle piece of property on the Madeira High School campus owned by the Madeira City School District.

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Columbia Twp. prepares for road levy vote By Rob Dowdy

Columbia Township residents can soon expect to receive information on a proposed road levy on the May 3 ballot. Columbia Township trustees voted to place a 2.25-mill levy on the ballot during its December meeting. If approved the levy would generate $295,000 annually for road repairs and cost property owners an additional $68.41 per $100,000 of property value each year. This is the third levy attempt for the township in the last three years. Voters turned down a 4mill levy request in November 2008 and a 3.25-mill

Road options From A1 accept any bids until after the budget is reviewed. “We need to make sure we have the money to do (the road project),” Trustee Cliff Bishop said. This year’s road improvements include roads scheduled for last

levy request in May 2009. Township Administrator Michael Lemon said the cost of Lemon the levy is outweighed by the need for road repairs in the township. “We, after 16 years, need to ask for an increase,” he said. Lemon said Columbia Township hasn’t passed a road levy in 16 years, and the current millage of 1.67 mills is “insignificant” in the face of the approximately $8 million in repairs the township needs to make in the coming years. Road Superintendent John Servizzi said township year’s project. The 2010 road improvement project was canceled because of Water Works and Metropolitan Sewer District projects on some of the roads. The trustees also approved for Kellums to begin working with TEC Engineering on a study of Kenwood Road between Montgomery Road and Interstate 71. The study will look at adding medians

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The Columbia Township road levy on the May ballot is for 2.25 mills. If approved the levy is expected to generate $295,000 annually and cost property owners an additional $68.41 per $100,000 of property value per year. roads range from “excellent” to “poor,” and his fourman crew works throughout the year to patch roads and make small repairs when they can. “Right now we’re just patching … to keep them together,” he said. Lemon said he’s sending out a newsletter to residents in the coming days with information on the road levy and plans to schedule public hearings soon to discuss the ballot issue. For more information on your community, visit www.

on Kenwood Road and an access road behind the businesses on the west side of the road. “We need to limit the left-hand turns,” Kellums said. Underground utility work is also scheduled for Kenwood Road this year. “It’s going to be a mess for awhile,” planning and zoning administrator Greg Bickford said.

Sycamore working on grants to renovate park shelters By Amanda Hopkins

A grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources could help Sycamore Township finance the renovation of the shelters in Bechtold Park. Parks and Recreation Director Mike McKeown and Township Administrator Bruce Raabe are working on an application for a $56,000 grant with Nature Works from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Raabe said the Ohio

Department of Natural Resources is allotting only $136,000 for projects in Hamilton County. The grants are awarded based on a scoring system. Board of Trustees President Tom Weidman said some of the shelters at Bechtold Park, including shelter three, should be patched up because of the poor condition even before the township hears about the grant. Raabe said the submission deadline is Feb. 1. He said that township officials would hear back


Sycamore Township Parks and Recreation Director Mike McKeown and Administrator Bruce Raabe are working on an application for a $56,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to renovate the shelters at Bechtold Park. within 60 to 90 days after the submission date.

BRIEFLY Rascals’ Deli fundraiser

Cincinnati Chapter of Hadassah will put the fun in fundraiser Tuesday evening, March 15, at Rascals’ Deli. Festivities will begin with optional dinner at 6:30 p.m. (at attendees’ own cost). Then at 7:30 p.m., chef Mike Werner will demonstrate how to cook three vegetarian soups in the Rascals’ kitchen. Mike apprenticed with chef Paul Dagenbach of De’Sha’s American Tavern and previously was sous chef at Stonecreek Dining Company in Montgomery.

Cost for demonstration and soup tasting is $18, payable to Hadassah. Space is limited, so RSVP to Marilyn Boskind at to hold your place. Rascals’ Deli is located at 9525 Kenwood Road in Blue Ash.

Holocaust talk

Cincinnati Chapter of Hadassah will present a special Coffee Talk program, “From Memories to History: Contemporary German Youth and The Holocaust” at 10:15 a.m. Monday, March 14, at Cedar Village, 5647 Cedar Village Drive, Mason. Gail Ziegler, Jewish Family Service Program Director of the Center for Holocaust Sur-

vivors, will speak about the Action Reconciliation Service for Peace (ARSP). She will also talk about aging successfully. The program is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to the Hadassah office at 821-6157.

Spring fishing begins

The boathouse at Lake Isabella is now open. Lake Isabella Family Fishing Center is now open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and weekends 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. It will be open until 8 p.m. beginning March 14. The lake was stocked with 1,000 pounds of trout Feb. 25.

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Suburban Life


Madeira charter vote likely in November By Jeanne Houck

It appears Madeira residents will be asked to vote on proposed clarifications to the city charter’s referendum process in November. Madeira Citizens for Good Government, which drafted the changes with the city’s Law and Safety Committee, had been pushing for the proposed clarifications to appear on the May ballot. The citizens group – formed after technicalities doomed a referendum challenge to a new city propertytax break last fall – decided it would be beneficial to put the brakes on a vote, given concerns raised at a Madeira City Council meeting in midFebruary and a fastapproaching deadline for the primary elections. Madeira had until March 4 to submit the issue to the Hamilton County Board of Elections for the May 3 elections. Doug Oppenheimer, a member of Madeira Citizens for Good Government, said March 1 that the group plans to meet before the end



of March to finalize suggested changes to the referendum and initiative sections of the charter. “Our group wants to be sure that there is ample time for both sides to properly consider the charter changes,” Oppenheimer said. Madeira City Manager Tom Moeller said March 1 that Madeira City Council is fine with the revised schedule. “Council did agree to postpone any further action on the proposed charter amendments until some additional research is undertaken,” Moeller said. Council also is considering asking voters whether the city charter should be changed to: • Reduce the number of Madeira Planning Commission members from nine to

seven; • Increase the maximum cost of purchases and contracts that the city manager can approve without seeking bids and getting the permission of city council from $10,000 to Ohio’s minimum bidding requirement, which now is anything more than $25,000. The focus on Madeira’s referendum process stems from Madeira City Council’s decision in September to offer a 15-year, 50-percent tax abatement to property owners who make future improvements in a defined area near the central business district, including the developers of the Bradford Place townhomes off Euclid Avenue. Opponents of the tax abatement challenged the decision in a referendumpetition drive last fall. The referendum petition was invalidated because the campaign violated technical rules that Madeira Law Director Robert Malloy said Madeira was obligated by authority as high as the Ohio Supreme Court to follow.

Study set for Kenwood Road By Amanda Hopkins

As TEC Engineering studies possibilities for Kenwood Road, Sycamore Township officials will talk with business owners along the stretch between Montgomery Road and Interstate 71 about rebuilding the road. The study of Kenwood Road will include a website set up for feedback for residents, meetings with business owners, public hearings and help with grant writing. It would cost the township $30,560. “This is the time to do it,” road superintendent Tracy Kellums said. There is already a project in place to put utilities underground along that stretch of Kenwood Road. Some proposals to

improve the road include landscaped medians with left-turn cutaways and a service road behind businesses on the west side of the road, which include Wendy’s, Burger King and


The solar panels at Schuler Park in Sycamore Township generate an excess amount of energy that the township can sell back to energy companies.

Solar energy bringing money to Sycamore By Amanda Hopkins

The renewable energy credits from the solar panels at Schuler Park are bringing more money into Sycamore Township. Planning and zoning Administrator Greg Bickford said First Energy will pay $375 a credit for energy credits from 2009 and 2010. The township will make $28,500, or $365 for each credit. Bickford said

$10 per energy credit is paid to an aggregator from New Jersey that helped the township with the deal with First Energy. Bickford said a previous agreement with Sol Systems did not work out which would have paid the township $303 per energy credit. Sycamore Township earned certification to sell renewable energy credits from the solar panels back to energy companies. Bickford said the energy bill

passed in 2008 requires electric companies to have a certain amount of energy from a renewable energy source. The township earns one renewable energy credit for every one megawatt – 1,000 kilowatts – produced from the solar panels. The Sycamore Township Board of Trustees approved a motion at the March 1 workshop meeting for Bickford to sell the credits to First Energy.

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Madeira schools studying business partnerships By Amanda Hopkins


Madeira High School students and parents listen to a presentation from other students on Nov. 16, 2010 about their ideas on how to market a duel ice machine. Sixteen Madeira High School students worked in partnership with Gyro:HSR in Kenwood and learned about how to market and manage advertising accounts.

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK Maag introduces legislation

State Rep. Ron Maag recently introduced legislation that would address minors sending nude photographs and videos through

cell phones and other mobile devices, acts that have come to be known as “sexting.” House Bill 53 would make the creation, exchange and possession of nude materials between

minors by a telecommunications device a misdemeanor of the first degree. Additionally, any minors who show themselves in a state of nudity through text message may be charged with the same penalty.

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Madeira City Schools is working on a program to expand students’ work outside of the classroom. The Madeira Schools Planning Commission presented a study to at the school board’s Feb. 22 meeting with recommendations to create partnerships with local businesses. Several students already completed a project with Gyro: HSR, a marketing communication company in Kenwood, earlier this year where they assigned specific jobs to create a marketing campaign to sell an ice machine that makes two different kinds of ice. “You couldn’t pay for that (experience at Gyro: HSR),” said Tim Philpott, member of the Madeira Schools Planning Commis-

By Amanda Hopkins

Over four years, Deer Park City Schools is expected to receive $116,000 through Race to the Top grant money. The state of Ohio distributed $400 million in Race to the Top funds to school districts and charter schools based on how much money they receive in Title I funding – federal funds for schools with high numbers of low-income children. District director ofstudent services Pam Bullock said 51 school districts in the state have returned their Race to the Top money. Bullock said the $9.2 million


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Indian Hill Primary School Principal Sandra Harte was remembered for her work in the past while providing a look ahead. Harte, who has been principal at the primary school since 1996, announced her retirement at the recent Indian Hill Board of Education meeting. She

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Madeira City School District Superintendent Steve Kramer said the Finance Committee will meet March 1 and again later in March to discuss the budget. Kramer said the state budget should be released and the school board will know if they need to put a levy on the ballot. “Once the board knows the budget (they’ll) need to make decisions,” Kramer said. The Madeira school board voted in December not to put an operating levy on the May ballot. Madeira,” said Kathy Justice with the Planning Commission. To view all of the Madeira City Schools Planning Commission studies, visit the Madeira City Schools’ website.



will be redistributed to other qualifying school districts and Deer Park schools could receive more money from the grant. Superintendent Kim Gray said the school district is already working on “dashboard” – or technology that can organize student data and help teachers see the areas where students need the most help. The technology can also make sugges-

tions for teachers based on the student data. “We know instantly who needs help,” Gray said during the Feb. 2 school board meeting. The school board also approved applying for a waiver for all-day kindergarten for the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 school years. House Bill 1, passed in 2010, required all school districts in the state of Ohio to offer all-day kindergarten. “Right now we don’t have the space,” school board President Donna Farrell said. The school district was approved for a one-year waiver through the current school year.

Principal: Teach kids to be tech literate By Forrest Sellers


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sion. “They’re getting (experience) you can’t learn in the classroom.” School district Superintendent Steve Kramer said the challenge to starting a business partnership program at the school is finding resources in the community and staff within the school district to lead the program. “It’s definitely worth a venture into it,” said school board member Kam Misleh. The recommendations from the Planning Commission included looking into other school districts with similar programs, developing a relationship with the Madeira Chamber of Commerce, making business contacts in the community and writing a job description with the responsibilities of a program. “We have to find a way to fit (a program) with

also provided an overview of the school’s goals and the importance of technology in the curriculum. Harte said an ongoing theme is developing “21st century skills for 21st century kids.” “The goal is to improve student learning using contemporary initiatives,” she said. “We must teach (students) to be tech literate.” Harte said many of the students are already immersed in a “21st century media culture.” A goal of the school, she said, is to continue to build upon this. She said it is also important to measure student achievement, in many cases using national standards of assessment in areas such as literacy and mathematics. Additionally, Harte described the importance of collaborative learning in the classroom and the importance of art in fostering student achievement. “This isn’t the kindergarten you remember,” said Harte referring to the significant changes in education, especially at the primary school level. Superintendent Jane Knudson said she appreciates the “spontaneity” Harte



and her staff have brought to education. “Education of the whole child is a philosophy Sandy has embraced,” said Knudson. “She has left an impact on curriculum and mentoring programs.” Following the announcement of her retirement, Board president Elizabeth Johnston praised Harte’s efforts. “You are the epitome of an educator,” said Johnston. Harte has been an educator for more than 40 years. She joined the Indian Hill Elementary School faculty in 1980 as a gifted education specialist. Harte also served as a guidance counselor at the primary school before becoming principal. She will retire at the end of this school year. For more about your community visit

SCHOOL NOTES Students of the month

The Madeira High School students of the month for January were Leila Crossett (freshman), Meredith Gerard (sophomore), Hannah Westendorf (junior) and Elise Bealer (senior).


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Assistant Superintendent Kenji Matsudo reads a Valentine card that Madeira kindergartner Stephen Jones received from another student in Grand Prairie, Texas. Madeira Elementary kindergartners sent Valentines and met another kindergartner class from Moseley Elementary in Grand Prairie through the video chat program, Skype.


Madeira kindergarten teacher Jonelle Bell and kindergartner Jack Reed talk to another class from Grand Prairie, Texas, using the video chat program, Skype.

Kindergartners make friends in Texas By Amanda Hopkins

Madeira Elementary kindergartners met a class from Grand Prairie, Texas, without even leaving the classroom. Kindergarten teachers Jonelle Bell and Amy Rider set up a meeting with a Moseley Elementary class in Texas using the video chat

program, Skype. Bell said she met the teacher from Texas through their online blogs. Bell used the Skype lesson to teach the kindergartners about Texas. The students explored Moseley Elementary using Google Earth. They also learned facts about geography, sports teams and attractions when talking with the Texas students online.

The students also exchanged Valentine candy and cards and sent each other books to help the students learn more about where their peers live. “We were connecting that there is life outside of Madeira,” Bell said. Keep up with the Madeira kindergarten class by following Jonelle Bell’s teaching blog.


Madeira kindergartner Julia Feldhaus stands up to share facts about Cincinnati with a kindergartner class from Moseley Elementary in Grand Prairie, Texas, through the video chat program, Skype.

Schools Foundation to host Madeira-opoly Grab your top hat and hop on the B&O Railroad to the 2011 Madeira Schools Foundation auction, Madeira-opoly, at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 12, in the St. Gertrude Parish Center, 7630 Shawnee Run Road. Sponsored by PNC Bank, the 26th annual event will include dinner from Montgomery Inn and feature live and silent auctions as well as various drawings and raffles, where guests can “take a chance” to win prizes, including a Sony Bravia 46-inch TV with 3D starter kit and PlayStation 3, an Apple iPad and $7,500. The popular event is expected to raise upwards of $80,000. The auction is the school district’s largest fundraiser, with proceeds going to fund scholarships and provide school extras that are

not covered by state and local funding, from technology advancements and academic enrichment programs to the enhancement of school arts and athletics. Auction chairman Shawn Connors says the response to donation requests has been outstanding so far. “Even in this economy, Madeira has an amazing culture of giving,” he says. “We’re looking forward to a very fun, very successful night.” Tickets for the auction are $50 per person and include dinner, beer, wine and dessert. There will also be an expanded cash bar. For tickets or to reserve a table, visit For more information or to donate, call Connors at 502-0165 or Wayne or Pat Smith at 272-0420.

Fundraiser to have carnival flavor The Indian Hill Spring Fling Carnival fundraiser will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at Indian Hill Elementary School. The school lobbies are currently decorated with giant flowers, butterflies, and prizes that can be won if a student’s ticket is drawn. Each student gets a free red raffle ticket with the advance purchase of tickets. The names of eight students will be drawn at the close of Saturday’s event awarding them with one of the lobby prizes. There will be more than 25 games and 14 activities. Games are one ticket (75 cents in advance or $1 at the door) and activities are one to eight tickets depending on the project. Tickets may be bought by e-

mailing or by printing the ticket form at the school website and sending it back to school. Tickets will be returned via backpack March 10. Participants may enjoy lunch, shop the used book sale or Bravesline, and win a cake at CandyLand Cake Walk in the cafeteria. Proceeds fund many programs that children enjoy throughout the year, both in school and on field trips during the school day. To volunteer contact Kelly Thibodeaux at To buy tickets contact Lisa Hack at For more information about the event contact Cathy Levalley/Norwell at clevalley@


Twenty-four incoming freshmen to Ursuline Academy’s class of 2015 have received scholarships to attend the school. They are, from left: Front row, Emily Hellmann, Audrey Seminara, Colleen Johnston, Audrey Phipps, Lauren Fleming, Grace Kelly, Allison Carter, Jane Klaus, Jennifer Welch, Paula Lechleiter, Megan Rogge, Allison Rogge; back row, Anna Hecht, Lauren Haney, Meaghan Wheeler, Carlina Scalf, Clair Hopper, Katherine Edmondson, Mary McGrath, Gabriella Martini, Olivia Nurre, Allison Brady, Rachel Neltner and Erica Behrens.

Ursuline Academy grants 24 scholarships to incoming freshmen Twenty-four incoming freshmen to the class of 2015 have received scholarships to assist in their tuition to attend Ursuline Academy. Fourteen have received annually renewable merit-based scholarships based on their high school placement test scores and 10 are recipients of the Marge and Charles J. Schott Foundation Scholarships which provide onetime tuition assistance to eighthgrade Catholic grade school students. Those students who received the high school placement test scholarships are: Erica Behrens and Allison Brady of St. Ursula Villa, Allison Carter of St. Columban, Lauren Fleming of St. Margaret of York, Anna Hecht of St. Susanna, Emily Hellmann of St. Gertrude, Clair Hopper of St. Ursula Villa, Colleen Johnston of St.

Andrew, Grace Kelly of Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, Paula Lechleiter of All Saints, Mary McGrath of St. Vincent Ferrer and Allison Rogge, Megan Rogge and Jennifer Welch of Sycamore Junior High School. Those who received the Marge and Charles Schott Foundation Scholarships are Lauren Haney of All Saints, Jane Klaus of St. Gabriel Consolidated, Gabriella Martini of St. Vincent Ferrer, Rachel Neltner of St. Vivian, Olivia Nurre of St. Michael, Audrey Phipps of St. Margaret of York, Carlina Scalf of Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School, Audrey Seminara of St. Susanna and Meaghan Wheeler of St. Andrew. Ursuline’s endowment fund has been made possible through many individuals and foundations throughout the years, including

the Marge and Charles J. Schott Foundation. This year’s scholarship monies have ranged from $1,500 to $8,000 per student award. Nearly $800,000 in total has been awarded to merit and needbased assistance to students, some of whom would not have otherwise had the opportunity to attend Ursuline. “In keeping with the vision of the Brown County Ursulines, our goal is to make certain that any young woman who is academically qualified will be able to receive an Ursuline education, regardless of her family’s ability to pay tuition,” said Ursuline President Sharon Redmond. “We are grateful to the numerous individuals, alumnae, friends and foundations who help us fulfill this promise by giving voice to the vision of St. Angela, our patroness.”



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Tournament updates

• Moeller’s boys basketball team advanced out of Xavier’s Cintas Center with a 51-45 win over Fairfield. Senior Charlie Byers led the scoring with 19 points. The Crusaders now play the winner of the Centerville/Trotwood Madison March 12 at University of Dayton arena. Tip-off is at 2 p.m. Moeller is now 20-2 on the season. • The season came to a close for Deer Park as they lost to top seed Taft in the sectional at Turpin, 98-25. Sophomore guard Jimmy Hayes topped the scoring with 11 points. Hayes was also the Wildcats leading scorer during their 3-18 season.

Athlete of the week

The College of Mount St. Joseph’s Micquelle Burton, a Deer Park High School graduate, who provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships in the 400-meter dash over the weekend, has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week. The freshman won the 400-meter dash at the Fred Wilt Memorial Indoor Invitational at Anderson University in a time of 49.84, provisionally qualifying for the national championship meet on March 11-12.

McInturf is All-East

Alexandra McInturf, a senior at Cincinnati Country Day, was named to the Girls High School S o c c e r Scholar AllEast team. T h e National Soccer Coaches McInturf Association of America (NSCAA) announced their All-American teams with the East team covering the states of New York, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maine, Connecticut, and Ohio. A four-year varsity starter and senior captain, McInturf earned All-City honors as a senior and was a member of the Miami Valley Conference All-League team for four years. She is also an AP Scholar with Distinction and a 2011 National Merit Finalist. She is the daughter of Michael and Lynn McInturf of Indian Hill.

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Moeller wrestling places 5 at state, finishes 5th By Scott Springer

The Moeller wrestling machine continued on in Columbus as the Crusaders sent eight to state, along with three alternates, from March 3-5 at the Schottenstein Center. District champion junior Joey Ward proved his worth statewide by taking first place at 125 pounds in Division I. Ward beat by decision Kagan Squire of one of the big DI powerhouses, Wadsworth for the championship. “It’s really (about) who’s on, matchups and who can handle some of the pressure,” coach Jeff Gaier said on winning a state title. Ward handled all of his pressure fine as he pinned his first opponent, wasn’t scored on for the next two, then hung on for the championship against Squire. Ward was Moeller’s only state champion, and it was a family affair for the Wards as his stepbrother Chaz Gresham of Goshen won the state title at 189 pounds in Division II. “He was in a good position and a good spot on the bracket,” Gaier said of his junior champ. “He believed he could win it. That’s half the battle if you can get the kids to believe.” Before Ward’s feat March 5, Moeller’s last state champions were from 2007 – Germane Lindsey at 140


At Value City Arena in Columbus March 5, Moeller’s Joey Ward wins the Division I 125 pound State Wrestling Championship. Ward’s stepbrother, Chaz Gresham, also won a state title in Division II for Goshen at 189 pounds. pounds, who wrestled at Ohio University, and heavyweight Frank Becker, who went on to play football at UC. Even though they had multiple qualifiers, a team title for Moeller was difficult. Lakewood St. Edward (near Cleveland) had 10, Wadsworth had nine, Massillon Perry had eight. Gaier

saw those three schools as the top Division I threats and they were (it was Lakewood St. Edward, Massillon Perry and Wadsworth in that order). Elder finished fourth, with the Crusaders six points back in fifth. “They had guys that were ranked a little higher,” Gaier said. “It was going to be tough to get past those

three.” Among Moeller’s other wrestlers faring well was 119-pound senior Brian MacVeigh who took third place over Del Vinas of Twinsburg. MacVeigh had to battle back through the consolation rounds after losing his first match 2-1 to Mitch Newhouse of Massillon Perry.

Gaier also sent some youthful Crusaders to the state mat as freshmen Dean Meyer (140), Dakota Sizemore (145), Jerry Thornberry (189) and Chalmer Frueauf (215) all got a chance to tangle for a title. Of the four freshmen, Frueauf took fourth, losing the third-place match to Jason Gott of Elyria 11-6, while Meyer and Thornberry both placed eighth. “For them to put together as many good matches as they did as freshmen is quite a feat,” Gaier said. “We’ve only had a handful of freshman ever qualify for the state tournament. To have four of them in one year is a pretty nice accomplishment.” It also means Jeff Gaier and Moeller will be loaded with talent again next season as only one of his five state placers graduates (Brian MacVeigh). The key to winning a state title is tough to teach. Moeller’s advantage is their reputation and experience in being in the big venues. “The biggest thing is that the nerves don’t get to you,” Gaier said. “It is intimidating. You walk out there and you’ve got 1718,000 people. We’ve had guys win state titles against guys that beat them handily the previous week and I think it was because of nerves. It just comes down to being loose and confident.”

Amazons ousted by state’s No. 3 team By Scott Springer

Coach of the Year

Defiance College Alumni Varsity D recently presented Moeller High School varsity baseball coach Timothy Held with Coach of the Year honors. Held’s team at Moeller was 29-2 for the season last year, finishing first in the Greater Catholic League Championship and competing in the Division I State tournament, making it to the final four. Held was named State of Ohio Coach of the Year and Greater Catholic League Coach of the Year. The Alumni Varsity ‘D’ is an organization created to promote athletics at Defiance College.



Mighty ‘Mo’ marching on

Moeller’s Charlie Byers drives past Tyler Walters of Oak Hills and Cory Burgin (right) during thier tournament game , at Lakota West High School Tuesday, March. 1. Moeller defeated Oak Hills, then Fairfield on March 5 to move to play the winner of the Trotwood Madison/Centerville game March 12 at the University of Dayton.

Madeira girls basketball coach Dave Schlensker, in his 17th year, didn’t mince words when asked of the Amazons’ chances at downing Anna High School to move beyond in the Division III tournament. “It’s like a David and Goliath,” Schlensker said. “Anna is No. 3 in the state. They’re definitely the real deal. They’re very, very good.” Schlensker knew what he was speaking of as Anna trounced the Amazons 6033 March 5. While a third-place finish in the Cincinnati Hills League is respectable for Madeira, the CHL talent pales in comparison to what Schlensker’s girls faced in this game at Springfield High School, except for maybe one. “The only one I would come close to comparing them with is Indian Hill,” Schlensker said. “They’ve got good guards, their inside people can score, they’ve got great defense, all seven (players) are very quick and aggressive.” Despite the loss, Schlensker was proud of his Amazons who made a great turnaround in the second

half of the season. “We tell the kids all the time, we always want to be still playing in March,” Schlensker said. “They have really exceeded our expectations.” Three Madeira players, including two starting guards, didn’t come out for the team this season, which resulted in the Amazons getting off to a slow start. Schlensker’s group was only 4-5 coming into January, so they finished 12-2 coming into the district tilt with Anna. Leading the way for Madeira was senior Lanie Frayer, the leading scorer (12.4) and rebounder (6.1). She also led the team in blocks. “She’s been real steady all year,” Schlensker said. “She’s done a nice job as a leader.” From there, Schlensker’s Amazons were relatively young and fresh-faced. “We’ve been playing a couple of sophomores (forward Kelsey Williamson and guard Megan Moore) that probably needed a little more seasoning, but they’ve stepped up and probably overachieved a little bit,” Schlensker said. Williamson was third on the team in rebounding and led the Amazons in field goal

percentage (55 percent). Moore hit a blistering 64 percent on three-pointers. “A lot of times we matched her up against the other team’s best scorer,” Schlensker said of Williamson. “As a sophomore, she did a real nice job defending.” Madeira also used freshman Olivia Benintendi, whose brother Andrew also played varsity for Madeira as a frosh (he’s now a sophomore). And, junior Annie Gulick didn’t have much varsity experience coming in as she had an ACL injury four games into her sophomore year. Five of Schlensker’s first six that he played on a regular basis will return (Gulick, Williamson and Moore, plus Emily Luther and Alyssa Fry). He also returns a reliable coaching staff. His varsity assistant is boys coach Jim Reynolds’ daughter, Erica, while son Todd Schlensker continues to run the junior varsity. “That’s just made the situation very, very good,” Schlensker said. “We scout together, and we game plan together.” Based on the youth (and now) experience of the program, there’s more district game plans to come.

Madeira’s Carpenter a four-time state placer By Scott Springer

After a rare loss (his first of the season) at the district tournament, Madeira High School’s Johnny Carpenter made a return trip to the Division III state wrestling championships March 3-5. That’s four trips in four years for the 145-pound Carpenter. Each trip

has been productive too as Carpenter has pulled another rarity by placing all four times to State. After an 11-5 decision against Mason Gulash of Shadyside High School, Carpenter took fifth place at 145 pounds. As it played out, Carpenter faced his nemesis, Covington’s Andrew DeHart, who had handed Madeira’s “ace” his lone defeat in the district meet.

Both DeHart and Carpenter entered the state brackets with one loss. Carpenter’s was 41-1. DeHart had dropped weight (152 to 145) in an attempt to win a title. In the rematch, DeHart won a majority decision over Carpenter 10-0 in the consolation semifinals. That sent DeHart to the third place match (which he lost) and Carpenter to the fifth

place match and victory. Carpenter ends his Mustang wrestling career by placing each season in Columbus at different weights. At 119 pounds as a freshman, Carpenter was third at State. The following year at 130 he was fourth, and at 135 in his junior year he finished fifth. “Obviously, we were the under-

dog in this fight,” Foley said. “Most of the analysts said it’s the toughest weight class in the state for Division III. That’s what he was up against.” Carpenter has been first-team all-Cincinnati Hills League the past three years and was CHL wrestler of the year in 2009 as a sophomore. This year’s league accolades have yet to be announced.

Sports & recreation

March 9, 2011

Suburban Life


IH bows out, will be strong in ‘11-’12

By Scott Springer

Gertrude greats


The St. Gertrude third-grade basketball team celebrates winning the St. Peter and Paul tournament in February. In front are Tommy Bayer, Jimmy Stines, Jack Staudigel, Brandon Gerwell, Jack Kirby and Jake Sumerel. In second row are Logan Hoerst, Liam Glorius, J.P. Ittenbach, Cal Collins and James Butschie. Coaches are Harold Glorius, Tony Glorius and Todd Kirby.

Seniors help CCD through season, playoffs By Nick Dudukovich

A strong core of senior leaders usually makes for a pretty strong basketball squad. What a team lacks in talent can be made up by individuals who refuse to go down without a fight. For the Cincinnati Country Day School boys basketball team, no words ring truer. The Indians, who finished the regular season a respectable 11-9, entered the postseason as the No. 3 seed in the Division IV Oak Hill sectional tournament. But 15 points from senior Ryan Galloway of Montgomery wasn’t enough to help Cincinnati Country Day as the Indians fell to Seven Hills, 48-39, in the Division IV Oak Hills sectional finals March 5. The Indians, who have struggled offensively this season, also received a boost from Robbie Pierce’s 13 points. Only two other players (Dan Angus and J.R. Menifee) recorded field goals for the Indians. Despite the squad’s woes on offense this season, the Indians showed resiliency and tenacity, as well as the ability to play tough defense. The squad even picked up steam heading down the stretch, and won nine of their last 13 contests. Pierce led the squad with12.6 points per game during the regular season. Galloway, who sat out the beginning of the season after sitting out with a football injury, had a tremendous impact on the squad. He averaged 11.2 points and 11.3 rebounds per game after returning to the lineup, Dec. 21. Senior captains Gal-

loway, Angus and Pierce led the Indians during the season and postseason. “We’ve got good senior captains who have set good examples all season,” Indians head coach Howard Brownstein said. “This has been an easy team to coach because they are good kids.” With opposing defenses focusing on shutting down teammate Pierce, Galloway has seen plenty of opportunities. Through Feb. 15, Galloway averaged 15 points and 17.7 rebounds during the month. The Montgomery resident achieved success after missing the beginning of the season with an injury. “He didn’t even practice until Dec. 18,” Brownstein said. “He’s been spending time getting in shape, and we’ve seen the last month to three weeks what he can do when he’s really in shape and can play major minutes.” Angus of Madeira also showed moments of offensive brilliance with a 10point game against New Miami, Feb. 4, and a 17point outing against Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, Feb. 11. Pierce, who has been the squad’s offensive catalyst all season, will have to find ways to convert shots, if the squad is to make an extended playoff run. The senior, who resides in Hyde Park, averaged 12.6 points per game. “Robbie’s here every day, working hard, and setting a good example,” Brownstein said. “All three guys are like that. (Pierce, Angus and Galloway) never complain. They come out and work hard.” For more coverage, visit presspreps

SIDELINES Spring basketball signups

Synergy girls basketball is looking for players ages 12 to 16 for the upcoming spring season. For information, contact Steve Henke at

Spirit Warriors basketball signups

The Spirit Warriors select basketball program for boys in grades seven to 11 is conducting tryouts in early to mid-March, with play beginning in early April and ending June 2. The program is designed to help players get better and help them get exposure for potential college opportunities. Games will be played on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Sharonville

Recreation Center on Thornview Avenue. Practice is once a week on Mondays for the older league, and Wednesdays for the younger league. Milford, Mason or Loveland are the likely practice sites. Cost to play in the Spring League is $285, which covers games, practices, jersey and more. Tournament play is also available, but players do not have to play tournaments to play in the league, and vice versa. About four or five tournaments are played in April and May that do not require an overnight stay. Tournaments cost about $35-$45 per player. Travel is required. Tournaments cost $60-$80 per player. For more information, call Creamer at 875-3859.

Despite heart surgery at the end of 2010, practicing dentist/girls high school basketball coach Dr. Scott Rogers was back seeing patients in no time. And, hanging out at the gym. While assistant Sean English ran the team in his absence, Rogers wanted to coach his Indian Hill girls to another Cincinnati Hills League title and send them on a tournament run. That he did, but Indian Hill’s run was detoured by Dayton Carroll March 4, 4233. Carroll’s 6-6 center Ciara Triplett’s presence in the middle made life difficult for the Lady Braves, as did getting outscored 13-2 in the third quarter. Junior Nicole Bell led Indian Hill’s scoring with 16 points, but was held to three in the second half. Prior to the tournament defeat, the Braves’ lone blemish on the year was a Jan. 5 loss to ChaminadeJulienne. “Dayton Carroll was ranked No. 1 in the state most of the year, along with us,” Rogers said. “They’re so big. We’re not a very big team.” Indian Hill may not have been big, but they did prob-


Carroll High School’s Kelly Austria (22) drives to the basket against Indian Hill’s Kelsey Matthews (22) at Mason High School March 4. Carroll defeated Indian Hill 42-33 in the Division II girls basketball district finals. ably have the best one-two punch in the area at guard with Bell and senior Kelsey Matthews. They combined to average about 33 points per game, eight rebounds and 10 assists. Underneath, the Braves rolled with Sarah Arington at 13 points and seven rebounds, Natalie Newton as a defensive stopper and the multi-talented Katie Markesbery. “Katie is one of the most

athletic kids I’ve ever coached,” Roger said. “At 5-9, she could actually play point guard too. She’s one of the rare kids I’ve coached who can rebound out of her space.” Markesbery and Matthews depart the good Doctor (Rogers) now for different sports. Markesbery heads to Xavier University to play soccer, Matthews to the University of Indianapolis for tennis.

“Both have managed to be great leaders for this program,” Rogers said. “They did a great job leading the younger kids.” Matthews showed such leadership by willingly taking over the point guard spot that freed up the junior Bell to rack up over 19 points a contest. Bell, with one year to go, is already Indian Hill’s all-time leading girls scorer. She’s verbally committed to Ball State. “Nicole Bell is the straw that stirs the drink with her energy and her will to compete,” Rogers said. “That’s what her legacy will be at Indian Hill. It’s what she’s done with her attitude that makes a huge difference.” Because of the attitude of Indian Hill’s girls this season, they’ve overcome many talented teams before falling short against Carroll. “There’s a lot of fans and a lot stuff going on,” Rogers said. “The teams that can focus on playing basketball and having fun are going to advance. Each game’s a championship game.” While that championship won’t be Indian Hill’s, Lady Braves fans can take solace in the return of Bell and key contributors Newton and Arington for their senior campaigns next fall.

Lions fall to Princeton in district finals By Tony Meale

The rematch would be no different. After losing to Princeton 71-51 Jan. 13, the Ursuline Academy basketball team fell 64-46 to the Vikings in the Division I district finals March 5 at Harrison. The Lions finish 17-7. Princeton remained perfect at 23-0; the Vikings have won 22 games by double figures. After losing to Princeton in January, the Lions won 10 of their next 11, their only blemish a three-point setback to league rival Mount Notre Dame Feb. 10 on Senior Night. Ursuline responded to that loss with postseason wins over Lakota West, St. Ursula and Hughes. Lions head coach David Loper called it the toughest sectional in the state. Ursuline was led once again by fourth-year varsity starters Morgan Donovan and Ellie Greiner, who earned first-team, all-league accolades this season. Ursuline was the only school in the Girls’ Greater Cincinnati League Scarlet division to have two players named to the first team. “They’ve worked very hard in those four years and deserve all the accolades they receive,” Loper said. “They lead by example and do things that don’t always show up in the box score.” Of course, they also do things that do. Donovan was sixth in the Scarlet in scoring (11.2 points) and second in steals (3.3), while Greiner was ninth in scoring (9.3), third in rebounds (7.0) and first in blocks (2.6). Ursuline went 38-9 over the last two years, including 21-2 last season. This season, the Lions, with a young lineup, started 1-3 before going 16-4 the rest of the way. Greiner and Donovan were the focal points of the offense, but several team-

mates improved their games as the season wore on. Senior Brigid McCuen, juniors Chelsea Bates and Grace Myers and sopho-

mores Violet Goodwin and Michele Christy all averaged between 4.3 and 5.2 points per game. Ursuline finished third in

the GGCL-Scarlet behind McAuley and St. Ursula, both of which tied for first with an 8-2 record. The Lions went 7-3.

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Notice a pattern? Visitors to Deerpark posted these comments to a story about how local school districts are dealing with the requirements of statemandated all-day kindergarten: “Ad infinitum “Story No. 1 – Computers and modems are too slow. “Story No. 2 – Classrooms are too hot because of window changes made during the oil crisis. “Story No. 3 – Bathroom toilet paper fire in a hundred-year-old school with concrete floors and 36-inch thick brick walls. “Story No. 4 – Classrooms are too cold after winter break. “Story No. 5 – Traffic jams at Holmes school at dismissal and an ambulance that couldn’t get past a double parked mom who refused to move her car and lose her spot. “Story No. 6 – Can’t have all day kindergarten unless the additional $30 million school bond/tax passes. (Kids that age shouldn’t be in kindergarten all day anyway) “A good story that won’t be seen would be that Howard and Holmes could undoubtedly be updated for far less money with new cafeterias, HVAC, windows, Internet and gyms at a more realistic expense for recession weary taxpayers and sell off Amity.” AdolfGalland “‘The $30 million bond issue would finance a project to build a new

kindergarten through fifth-grade elementary building at the Amity site on East Galbraith Road and renovate the current high school to house sixth through 12th grade.’ “Ridiculous ... housing sixth-graders with the influences of 12th-graders is an extremely irresponsible proposal. “Any respectable parent would forbid an 18-year-old from having any kind of contact with their 12-year-old, yet Deer Park Board of Education is willing to ‘sell their souls to the devil’ in exchange for a new school building. “Unfathomable and completely selfish motives from the very people our children depend on for guidence and protection.” Jingoism “Dear AdolfGalland and Jingoism, I am not sure if you live in the district, have children in the district, or have ever attended a Deer Park School Board meeting. But, you are cordially invited to our bond issue kickoff rally in the Amity cafeteria. I encourage both of you to attend Deer Park School Board meetings, held the first and third Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Howard Building on Matson Avenue. “ I would very much like to meet both of you and talk in person – perhaps even learn your given names – and answer one on one the questions you have and clarify some of your misconceptions maybe simply based upon a lack of information and address some of your other concerns. “Each of you have some misconceptions in the final paragraphs of your posts that a face to face meeting could clarify for you. “I’m sorry that you feel it is productive

to continue to post inaccuracies.” MrsFarrell

Healthy discussion Visitors to posted these comments to a story about two Hamilton County hospitals abruptly backing off a request for more levy money to care for the poor: “Here is a theory question what did all these organizations do before we voted in these special levies. “Maybe it is time for the tax payers to look in the mirror and ask the same question and then ask the question, ‘Are these orgaziations giving out pay raises and a bonus.’ “In my opinion the ecomony is not improving and more people are losing their homes and for us that still have our houses maybe we should take a better look at these levies and not get caught up in the ads on TV.” rleck “At least the hospital levies are honest and up front about what they are: indigent care is a need that serves the community. “The fact the commissioners are talking about ‘looking out for taxpayers’ with regard to levies that serve our community and which the public actually support while simultaneously saddling us with higher taxes for the sake of corporate welfare in the form of the stadiums is outrageous. “Come on! If you have to jack up my taxes, at least do some good for the people who live here instead of placating

CH@TROOM March 2 questions

Are you looking forward to the Cincinnati Reds season more this year than last year? Why? “Am I looking forward to the Cincinnati Reds season more this year than last? Isn’t it strange how age and the world situation can change your perspective? I can remember in the ‘70s when we hung out with neighbors outside on the sidewalk, listening to Johnny Bench, Joe Nuxhall, Davie Concepion, Pete Rose, Joe Morgan and all the rest of them, never missing a pitch. These days, my interest has really waned. Maybe all of the scary stuff going on in Egypt and the mid-East, as well as our struggling economy and the strife involving public employees labor unions keeps me from enjoying things like baseball.” B.B. “It would be so great for Cincinnati to have a winning team again! While last season was fabulous for the Reds and the community. It would be amazing to see the Reds go to the World Series in 2011. With a NFL team that is so lousy, it’s fun to have a baseball team that wins! It’s good for improving the community spirit and good economically for Cincinnati! Let’s have another winning season. Go, Reds!” E.E.C. “No, as a teacher in the state of Ohio I simply can not sit by and watch millions of dollars being thrown to the wind on sports players.” K.S. “I am very much looking for the Cincinnati Reds season. I think the Reds are an asset to the city and we need to do what we can to support them. Furthermore, I think we have the talent to have a winning team this year.” E.S. “Ahhh. The warm sunshine,

that nasty sucking leech Mike Brown. You are worried about finding “common sense reductions regarding indigent care ... hello ... When times are bad, and they are ... get rid of the unnecessary stuff like stadiums.” irishgold “Cut cut cut.”


“Please clarify how much tax money per indigent person is being spent, and taxpayers can’t help but suspect that the costs have become excessive. Public agency employees get comfortable, and come to believe that they are entitled to their perks. “They then indignantly accuse taxpayers of being ‘against the poor.’ And then it gets partisan. “But the taxpayers are not against the poor. They are against those who game the system, and those who waste money. They also question why the government is doing what charities used to do, and how much more the government costs. “The hospitals are not poor – they have been buying each other and carving up the market in true tycoon fashion, and they run many TV commercials telling us how good they are. They seem to have done well in the present health care system. “They are helping needy people, but that does not mean that they are entitled to whatever tax money they think they need.” NOTaMajorMarket “Why do we have ‘poor people levies’ to begin with? Here’s a novel idea. Get rid

Your input welcome

You can comment on stories by visiting and choosing your community’s home page: of all the free hand outs and make people actually be productive members of society and work for what they get ! Every person in society is able to do something, especially in this day and age where most jobs entail just sitting in front of a computer all day. “We should no longer reward people for being lazy, for having too many kids, and for just plain wanting to get a free ride on those who go to work every day. “And while we are talking about productive members of society, we could eliminate huge amounts of tax money required to operate our court systems and jails if we simply start eliminating career criminals, who, once again, are not productive members of society. “And with that statement, I know all the bleeding heart liberals are going into a tizzy. But the fact is 20 percent of people in our society account for 80 percent of the crime. We should no longer listen to the idiots in groups like the ACLU and the NAACP and tell them to just go away. “Our society can no longer afford nor sustain the spending we have been doing for far too many years now and we have to set priorities. “No more throwing money into Entitlement Programs and a broken Criminal Justice System.” ohioandkentucky


Next questions Madeira City Council approved a new plan for the central business district with regulations designed to maintain Madeira’s small-town character. What is the best thing about Madeira’s central business district? What would you change? Do you agree with Supreme Court’s decision allowing protesters at military funerals? Why or why not? Every week Suburban Life asks readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with Chatroom in the subject line. the green grass, and the crack of the bat. I look forward to the opening of the Reds’ season every year. I think this year will bring more pressure on the team, and hopefully more fans in the stands so that Mr. Castellini can afford to keep our good team together. Go Reds!” M.T.

The dark truth

Madeira’s dark sky legislation is not about stargazing or saving money. It is about the liberal obsession to control others, and about the city making a buck. Scientific facts tell us that light pollution is caused by the scattering of photons reflected by particles in the atmosphere, or even energized air molecules. All light, especially light above a viewer, will detract from stargazing. The primary sources of such light are large shopping centers, street lights and athletic fields. There are no large shopping centers in Madeira, and the other two sources are city-controlled. Light pollution from the surrounding communities is not controlled by Madeira. Madeira exempts itself from the regulations. Neither the city nor the schools will use the athletic fields only during daylight hours. Thus stargazing will not be enhanced. The notion that regulating lights to be downward saves money is fallacious. The cost is

Feb. 23 question

What do you think will be the effect if collective bargaining for state workers is eliminated? “First and foremost this effort of the governor has very little to do with balancing the budget and is an entirely political move. The Republican Party would like to bust the union movement because its members most usually support the Democratic party. While Kaisich can’t get rid of all unions, he can start start with state employees. This makes his base gleeful. It also reveals his true colors in that he is not about jobs, but about using every opportunity that presents the GOP agenda. “The actual saving to the state in terms of money would be minimal. The damage to Kasich’s image as a statesman, maximum.” A.M.B.

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This is about liberals forcing others to do their bidding, and for the city to have another revenue source by collecting fines from businesses and private citizens for lighting or Dark Sky infractions. This is truly misguided legislation that serves only government interests. This type of legislation chips away at personal choice, responsibility and freedom. Only common sense and restoring service to the citizenry instead of service to government can save Madeira from itself. Clifford Strong Madeira

POLITICALLY SPEAKING Reaction from local lawmakers to issues in the news:

State Rep. Connie Pillich voted to protect education reforms which were passed in the last general assembly. Republicans in the House led approval of House Bill 30 to dismantle reforms including reducing the reliance on local property taxes and using proven models for student success to improve learning. “Why must the legislature pick on 5-year-old children? “Dismantling the education reforms we passed dismantles the educational advantage we were giving to 5-year-olds, something that would create a strong foundation for lifelong learning success. “I believe that a strong public school system is not just our con-

stitutional obligation and moral duty, but it is also an economic imperative. “The education reforms we passed in 2009 propelled our public school ranking to the top spot in the Midwest and fifth nationally. Why the legislature wants to degrade the attractiveness of our state amid the throws of recession is beyond me.”

Ohio Senate President Tom Niehaus issued the following statement regarding the ongoing deliberations over Senate Bill 5, the landmark reform of Ohio’s 28-year-old collective bargaining law: “I’m disappointed that Senate Democrats have apparently abandoned the legislative process on this bill. As I sat down today to

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review the amendments submitted by Friday’s deadline, I expected to see their constructive ideas on how to address the concerns they’ve expressed, but they refused to submit a single change. “Much like their counterparts in Wisconsin, they apparently would rather grandstand in defense of the status quo. “We’ve laid out some worthy long-term goals in this bill to reign in the cost of government. “Democrats have voiced opposition and rallied in protest, but when given the opportunity to present alternatives, they walked away. “It’s disingenuous to call for more hearings on a bill they have no intention of improving. Ohioans expect more and deserve better.”



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Ed and Arlene Murphy of Milford light a sky lantern in preparation for its launch at the 20th anniversary celebration of The Wellness Community in Blue Ash, recently. PROVIDED

Loveland Health Care Center residents Robert Morgan and Julie Angus (front row, in crowns) were elected the center’s Valentine King and Queen by their fellow residents. Behind them is the Loveland Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2011 Loveland Valentine Lady, Avery “Winkie” Foster (left), and the chamber’s 2005 Valentine Lady, Lu Boike.

Royalty chosen at Care Center By Jeanne Houck

If you think Valentine’s Day is only for young lovers, think again. For 30 years, residents at the Loveland Health Care Center have been voting on a Valentine King and Queen and this year’s king is 65 and this year’s queen is, well, none of our business. Valentine King Robert Morgan, formerly from Falmouth, Ky., is president of the resident council and church music director at Loveland Health Care. Morgan “started playing music when he was 8 years old and was the music director at the Falmouth Baptist Church,” said Darci Schirmer, activity director at the Loveland Health Care Center. “He enjoys time talking with others, and helping to plan musical and religious programs.” Asked how he felt about being chosen king, Morgan

said, “I ruled for just a moment, and it was an honor to do so.” Valentine Queen Julie Angus, formerly from Loveland, long has been known as someone with a knack for bringing people together, Schirmer said. “There is no way I am telling her age,” Schirmer joked. “She enjoys time with family and friends, and loves music. “Julie is special to us because she always has a smile for everyone.” Schirmer said Angus was excited and tearful about being voted queen. “Everyone felt that Julie truly deserved the honor,” Schirmer said. The Loveland Health Care Center opened in November 1979 and the Valentine King and Queen contest began in February 1981. This year, 20 men and 30 women accepted nominations for the honor, Schirmer said.

Tickets available for wine festival Tickets are available for the 2011 Cincinnati International Wine Festival, scheduled for March 10-12. Grand Tasting tickets purchased in advance range in price from $60 to $70, with a $5 increase if purchased at the door. Winery Dinner tickets range from $125-$175 per ticket and Charity Auction & Luncheon tickets are $125 per ticket. The Midwest’s premier wine festival will feature more than 600 domestic and international wines from over 100 exhibitors. This prestigious event benefits local Cincinnati charities. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 513-723-9463. For one night only, a special Winery Dinner will take place Wednesday, March 9, at Orchids at Palm Court. The dinner will be hosted by

2011 honorary chair Justin Baldwin, co-owner of JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery of Paso Robles, CA. Make the gift of Cincinnati International Wine Festival tickets even more incredible by including a ticket into the special tasting room. Open for one hour only prior to each grand tasting, guests are invited to sample premium white wines that retail above $35 dollars per bottle and premium red wines that retail above $60 per bottle. Along with the purchase of a Grand Tasting ticket, the Special Tasting Room is an additional $35 which guarantees guests seven tastes from an impressive array of fine wines. For more information and a complete description of each of these events, visit our website at


Dianne O’Keefe, left, Ken Strategier of Covington and Aileen Bankemper of Villa Hills celebrate 20 years of The Wellness Community in Cincinnati at the Lynn Stern Center in Blue Ash.

TWC aids cancer patients for 20 years Participants, former participants, friends and supporters of The Wellness Community of Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky recently gathered at TWC’s Lynn Stern Center in Blue Ash to celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Wellness Community’s introduction in Cincinnati. More than 150 people attended the free event, enjoying dinner-by-thebite and refreshments prepared by TWC’s staff and volunteers. After sunset, attendees gathered in the rear courtyard to launch colorful sky lanterns to commemorate the thousands of lives touched by The Wellness Community’s services through the years. The story of The Wellness Community in Cincinnati can be traced back to Lynn Stern, a local woman who was in the midst of fighting cancer herself in the late 1980s when a guest on the Phil Donahue show caught her attention. That guest was Harold Benjamin, who had founded The Wellness Community in Santa Monica, Calif., in 1982. After hearing him describe how The Wellness Community helped people affected by cancer enhance their health and well-being through participation in a professional program of emotional support, education and hope, Stern flew to California to meet with Dr. Benjamin and returned home committed to bringing The Wellness Community to Greater Cincinnati. Along with her friend and fellow cancer survivor Sherry Weathers, Stern pulled together a group of family and friends and they went to work raising the funds to establish a TWC in the Tristate. Their hard work paid off and, in record time, they had raised enough money to launch The Wellness Community in Cincinnati in 1990. According to TWC Executive Director, Rick Bryan, a cancer diagnosis can often bring feelings of hopelessness, isolation and loss of control that can challenge the entire family. “But support, education, and hope can help reduce the stress, promote healing and improve quality of life,” Bryan said. “Thanks to Lynn Stern’s vision and the financial support of hundreds of friends and supporters every year, The Wellness Community of Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky has been able to offer people with cancer and their loved ones the



Marian Paola-Walton of Anderson Township enjoys the 20th anniversary celebration of The Wellness Community at the Lynn Stern Center in Blue Ash.


Faye and Ed Myers of Madeira celebrate 20 years of The Wellness Community in Cincinnati at Blue Ash’s Lynn Stern Center.

Yoga instructor Mim Grace Gieser of North College Hill and TWC Associate Program Director Kelly Schoen of Madeira celebrate The Wellness Community’s 20th year in Cincinnati at the Lynn Stern Center in Blue Ash.

support and resources they need to cope with this life-threatening condition for 20 years now. Our programs help people affected by cancer maintain a high quality of life and enhance the possibility of their recovery, and there is never a fee to participate.” The Wellness Community is now part of the Cancer Support Community, the largest global provider of no-fee professionally facilitated cancer support programs with more than 150 locations worldwide. TWC provides support groups, educational workshops, nutrition and exercise programs, and stress reduction classes at no charge to participants, so that no one has to face cancer alone. Research shows that medical care alone does not adequately address the emotional, social, spiritual, or financial challenges associated with the disease. Offering a welcoming, home-like environment with easy access to information, a choice of empowering activities, and a connection to a vibrant community of people commit-

ted to supporting one another, TWC’s programs and resources are available for people with any kind of cancer at any stage (upon diagnosis, during or after treatment, through long-term survivorship, or advanced stages), as well as loved ones and caregivers. There is never a fee to attend or participate, thanks to the generous support of individuals, businesses, foundations, bequests and the profits of Legacies, the fine home furnishings resale shop in Hyde Park Plaza dedicated to providing funding for TWC. In Greater Cincinnati, over 200 programs are offered each month across several sites including TWC’s Lynn Stern Center in Blue Ash and a Northern Kentucky facility in Ft. Wright, as well as offsite outreach locations in Avondale, Clifton, downtown, Sycamore Township, Florence and Western Hills. For more information, call 791-4060 or 859-331-5568, or visit, where a “virtual visit” video is available, along with detailed program information.



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Sylvie Richard, on left, and Mario LaLonde, both of Sycamore Township, attend the 20th anniversary celebration of The Wellness Community at the Lynn Stern Center in Blue Ash.



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Parent Information Session, 7-8 p.m., Brain Balance Achievement Center of Cincinnati, 12084 Montgomery Road, Learn about Brain Balance Program and how it can help your child succeed academically, socially and behaviorally. Free. 257-0705; Symmes Township.


Boot Camp, 6-7 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, For all levels, sizes and ages. Fastest way to get in shape for any event or get rid of unwanted pounds. Ages 18 and up. $120 for 10 classes; free for members. 985-6742. Montgomery.

St. Gertrude School PTO Fish Fry, 5-7 p.m., St. Gertrude School, 6543 Miami Ave., Holy Grill Cafeteria. Baked or fried fish or cheese pizza with sides and dessert. Carryout available. Benefits St. Gertrude School PTO. $7, $5 ages 12 and under. 561-8020; Madeira. St. Columban Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., St. Columban Church, 894 Oakland Road, Grilled salmon, shrimp and fish dinners, fish sandwich, pizza, sides and beverages. Drivethrough available. $1-$12. 683-0105; Loveland. St. Margaret-St. John/Prince of Peace Fish Fry, 5:30-7:30 p.m., St. Margaret of Cortona Church, 6000 Murray Road, St. Margaret cafeteria. Includes fried or baked fish with two sides and a drink. Also available are desserts, a la carte and drinks. Carryout available. Benefits Prince of Peace School. $7 dinners. Presented by St. Margaret of Cortona. 271-0856; Madisonville.

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Diabetes Conversation Maps Sessions, 10 a.m.-noon, Lisa Larkin, M.D. & Associates, 4460 Red Bank Road, Suite 100, 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.


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.


Eating for Health, 6:30-8 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Learn to improve your health and well being through improved nutrition and exercise. With Kathy Haugen, registered dietitian. Ages 18 and up. Free. Reservations required. 985-6732; Montgomery.


Karaoke, 10 p.m., Silverton Cafe, 7201 Montgomery Road, 791-2922. Silverton.


Bob Cushing, 6 p.m., Applebee’s, 10635 Techwood Circle, Free. Presented by Applebee’s Services, Inc. 769-6201. Blue Ash.


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


Sip and Scan Registry Event, 6:30-9 p.m., Macy’s-Kenwood, 7800 Montgomery Road, Home Department. Beverages, hors d’oeuvres and help from registry experts. Includes free gift. 745-8980. Kenwood.


Codependents Anonymous, 7 p.m., Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Free, donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous Inc. 503-4262; Montgomery. Taking Care When Giving Care, 3-4:30 p.m., Jewish Family Service, 8487 Ridge Road, Support and resource group for caregivers of elderly or disabled. Topics include maintaining balance, how to cope with feelings of guilt and stress. Ages 21 and up. Free. 469-1188; Amberley Village. F R I D A Y, M A R C H 1 1


Adult Cooking Classes by Chef Jamie, 6-8 p.m., Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road, Amazing Yet Easy Appetizers. With personal chef and instructor of Out of Thyme, Ltd. Personal Chef Service. $65$70. Presented by Blue Ash Recreation Department. 417-6062. Blue Ash.


Wine Bar Tasting, 4-7 p.m., The Wine Store, 9905 Montgomery Road, Friday tastings with John, the wine-bar-keep. Fifty cents per taste. 984-9463; Montgomery.


Karaoke, 10 p.m., Silverton Cafe, 791-2922. Silverton.


Sonny Moorman Group, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Shady O’Grady’s Pub, 9443 LovelandMadeira Road, 791-2753. Symmes Township.


The Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick, 7 p.m., St. Anthony Church - Madisonville, 6104 Desmond St., Free. Presented by St. Anthony Church. 271-0920; Madisonville.


Guys and Dolls, 7:30 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, 111 Second St., Highlyacclaimed Broadway and movie hit. $16, $14 students and seniors. Presented by Loveland Stage Company. 683-9687; Loveland. S A T U R D A Y, M A R C H 1 2


Oil and Water, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Paintings by the Brush and Palette Painters. Exhibit continues through March 20. Presented by The Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati. Through March 20. 272-3700; Mariemont.



St. Patrick’s Day Dance, 6:30-10:30 p.m., Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road, Gym. Big band music. Includes appetizers. Beer and soft drinks available. Ages 21 and up. $18, $15 advance. Presented by City of Blue Ash. 745-6251; Blue Ash.


Bells of the World, 1-4:30 p.m., Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 201 Riverside Drive, Collection of bells from around the world by Marilyn Grismere, bell collector since 2004. Free. 683-5692; Loveland.


Doghouse, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Bar SeventyOne, 8850 Governors Hill Drive, $5. 7749697. Symmes Township.


Guys and Dolls, 7:30 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, $16, $14 students and seniors. 683-9687; Loveland. S U N D A Y, M A R C H 1 3


Oil and Water, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 272-3700; Mariemont.


Young Chef’s Academy Cooking Class, 2:30-4 p.m., Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road, Shamrock cookies, Irish soda bread and frosty delights. Ages 7-14. Learn joy of cooking in child-friendly environment. $35; $30 when you register with a friend. Registration required. Presented by Young Chefs Academy Cincinnati. Through May 16. 745-8550; Blue Ash.



Teens Intensive Writing Workshop, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Women Writing for a Change, 6906 Plainfield Road, Intensive workshop for teen writers grades 8-12 wishing to work on manuscript, collection of writings or start from scratch. Along with ample writing time, teens work in pairs and groups sharing pieces and giving/receiving feedback. $50. Registration required. Presented by Women Writing for a Change Foundation. 272-1171; Silverton.

True Bodies, Strong Voices, 1-4 p.m., Women Writing for a Change, 6906 Plainfield Road, Weekly through April 10. For teen girls grades 8-12 to strengthen voices and enhance body awareness. Learn to enhance self-esteem, build skills in creative selfexpression and encourage deep listening and sharing in large and small group settings. $149. Registration required. Presented by Women Writing for a Change Foundation. 272-1171. Silverton.



Wine Bar Tasting, 2-6 p.m., The Wine Store, Fifty cents per taste. 984-9463; Montgomery.

Guys and Dolls, 3 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, $16, $14 students and seniors. 683-9687; Loveland.

The Jewish Hospital Mobile Mammography Unit is scheduled to be at the Shops at Harper’s Point from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, 11340 Montgomery Road. Screenings take 15 minutes. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance is available for qualified applicants. An appointment is required. Call 686-3300.


Guidance Dance Company, 4-5 p.m., Twin Lakes at Montgomery, 9840 Montgomery Road, Chapel. Performance by Christian dance ministry comprised of dancers ages 9-18 that use dance as form of worship and evangelical ministry. Blend of ballet, modern and lyrical jazz. Free. Presented by Guidance Dance Company. 247-1330. Montgomery.


Teen 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, 1-3 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Round robin tournament. Free. 761-7500; Amberley Village. M O N D A Y, M A R C H 1 4


Cincinnati Toastmasters Club No. 472 Meeting, 7:30-8:30 p.m., St. Paul Community United Methodist Church, 8221 Miami Road, Public speaking and leadership skills meeting. Family friendly. Free. 472. 3515005. Madeira. Rethinking the Juvenile in Juvenile Justice Forum, 7:30 p.m., Isaac M. Wise Temple, 8329 Ridge Road, Co-sponsored with Wise Temple Critical Topics Committee. Reservations required. Presented by Women’s City Club. 751-0100; Amberley Village.

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PJ Patch Hamentashen Party, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Celebration of holiday of Purim. Cookies, stories, crafts, music and more. Ages 6 months to 5 1/2 years. Free. 761-7500; Amberley Village. W E D N E S D A Y, M A R C H 1 6


Keeping the Immune System Strong, 12:30-1:30 p.m. and 7-8 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Conference Room B. Information on natural ways to stay healthy and keep immune system strong without shots or medication. With Esly Caldwell III, acupuncturist for Integrative Health and Medicine. Ages 18 and up. Free. 985-6736; Montgomery.


Bob Cushing, 8 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, 697-9705. Loveland.


No Saints, No Saviors, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Shady O’Grady’s Pub, 9443 LovelandMadeira Road, 791-2753. Symmes Township.


Bob Cushing, 6 p.m., Applebee’s, Free. 7696201. Blue Ash.


Sonny’s Solo Blues, 7-11 p.m., Mama Vita’s, 697-9705; Loveland. The Fantasticks, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, Preview, all seats $10. Music by Harvey Schmidt, book and lyrics by Tom Jones, directed by Rosco Mlinek. $17. Presented by Mariemont Players Inc. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

Boot Camp, 6:30-7:30 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $120 for 10 classes; free for members. 985-6742. Montgomery. Karaoke, 9 p.m., InCahoots, 4110 Hunt Road, $2 well drinks and domestic bottles, $3 22oz domestic drafts. Free. 793-2600. Blue Ash.

EDUCATION Introduction to Horse Driving for Farming Purposes, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Turner Farm, 7400 Given Road, Two-day workshops to learn the basics of harnessing, hitching and driving. Classes will integrate participants into the normal activities at the farm. Farming with draft animals provides the farmer an important connection to the land and the work of farming. Ages 12 and up. $150 for two days. Registration required. 561-7400; e-mail; Indian Hill.




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Cafe Conversations Series: Why and How to Eat Local, 7-8 p.m., Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road, Presentations that enlighten, educate and entertain. Presented by Blue Ash Recreation Department. 745-8550; Blue Ash.


HypnoBirthing, 6:45 p.m., Bethesda North Hospital, 10500 Montgomery Road, Childbirth series rejects myth that suffering must accompany labor. $200 for 10-week package. Registration required. 475-4500; Montgomery.


Taking the Savvy Path to Personal Finances Safety, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Twin Lakes at Montgomery, 9840 Montgomery Road, Montgomery Room. Find out what you need to know to protect your financial information. Free. Presented by TriHealth Seniority. 247-1330. Montgomery.


Codependents Anonymous, 7 p.m., Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Free, donations accepted. 503-4262; Montgomery.

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Boot Camp, 6-7 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $120 for 10 classes; free for members. 985-6742. Montgomery.


Yelp Wing Night with Willie, 6-8 p.m., Great American Sports Cafe, 8740 Montgomery Road, Bill Cunningham to provide 300 wings (half boneless) and will be on site to talk with Yelpers. Free. RSVP required, available online. Presented by Yelp Cincinnati. 8912204; Sycamore Township.


Samba Jazz Syndicate, 7-10 p.m., Cactus Pear Southwest Bistro, 9500 Kenwood Road, No cover. 791-4424. Blue Ash.



Multi-platinum and Grammy-award-winning singer-songwriter James Taylor and his band will perform at the Aronoff Center at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 12. Special guest is Ben Taylor. For tickets, visit or call 513-621-2787.

Newborn Massage, 6:30-7:30 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Learn therapeutic massage techniques to comfort and soothe your newborn baby, which may improve your baby’s digestion and lead to more restful sleep. Recommended for infants up to 4 months. Ages 21 and up. $40 couple, $25 single. Reservations required. 985-0900; Montgomery.


The Cincinnati International Wine Festival, held March 10-12 at the Duke Energy Convention Center, will feature more than 600 domestic and international wines from more than 100 exhibitors. Grand Tasting tickets are $60-$70 in advance, with a $5 increase if purchased at the door; Special Tasting Room tickets are $35 with purchase of a Grand Tasting ticket; and charity auction and luncheon tickets are $125. The festival benefits local charities. For tickets and tasting times, visit or call 513-723-9463.


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March 9, 2011

We have only a limited time in which to bloom resolute students say “no” to television so they can say “yes” to their homework Father Lou and a Guntzelman b r i g h t e r Perspectives future. A l l such selfdiscipline is extremely difficult. Many Christians are just beginning a six-week period of spiritual self-discipline called Lent. The type of discipline chosen is determined by the person who takes their spiritual growth seriously. Lent is a sort of reality check on ourselves. A television “reality show” is one where we sit and watch how others handle their lives and on-screen relationships. In Lent we are called upon to honestly look at our own lives. We ask, “How well am I really living my

life, my relationships, my responsibilities? Where we see we’re deficient in some way we select some plan to work on our weaknesses in this concentrated period of time. What are some of the disciplines we might consider? Traditionally, Lenten observers “give up” something or “take on” some worthwhile action. The main areas ripe for discipline are food, money, time and relationships. Food is given up by fasting; money by almsgiving to the poor or those who help the poor; overly busy people moderate their busyness by “taking on” periods of silent meditation, reflection and prayer; and relationships are deepened by sharing more quality time together. Once I suggested to a group of married people that a husband might consider taking his wife out to eat dinner once a week during Lent. They smiled and thought I was kidding. I wasn’t.

What really frightens some people is to suggest that they stay away from the computer, or turn off the television, one night a week. Instead, they could read, talk, play games as a family. That suggestion is usually greeted by rolling eyes and a desperate cry, “Then what will we do?” Only gradually do we discover that self-discipline counteracts self-centered egos and the tendency toward instant gratification and ease. It develops a certain mental toughness and sense of responsibility. Too many lives are floundering, aimless and stuck in a rut. Lent urges us to take charge of our own life. Replace stress with inner peace. Cool the superficial dramas, and get ready for a new springtime in our lives. These six weeks of Lent present an opportunity to move ahead. A Jewish sage offers this wonderful image: “Every

March is month for Red Cross awareness For nearly 100 years, U.S. presidents have called on people to support the Red Cross and its humanitarian mission. President Obama’s proclamation of March 2011 as Red Cross Month continues a tradition begun in 1943 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The Cincinnati Region of the American Red Cross has been helping those in need for 106 years. The nation’s largest nonprofit humanitarian organization, the Red Cross: • Responds to an average of more than 600 disasters every a year, providing shelter, food, emotional support and other necessities. • Teaches thousands of people lifesaving skills like first aid, CPR and water safety. March is the perfect time to take one of these classes. During March, people can join that effort by becoming a Red Cross volunteer, taking a preparedness class, or making a donation. With the help of nearly 2,000 volunteers, the Cincinnati Region of the American Red Cross serves 2 million people in 25 counties in the Tristate area. To find out more information, please visit

employees, homes and neighborhoods. Ohio EMS offers five basic steps Ohioans can take to prepare for an emergency or crisis: 1. Get trained. Learn to save lives. The Red Cross offers classes year round to individuals and businesses on first aid, CPR, defibrillator use and much more. 2. Volunteer. Don’t wait until disaster strikes. Learn how to help now. 3. Donate blood. Become a regular and frequent blood donor to ensure a blood supply that meets everyone’s needs, all of the time. 4. Make the right call. Call 911 immediately when someone is badly hurt, suddenly sick, or anytime someone’s life is in danger. If you are ever in doubt that someone is having a medical emergency, you should call EMS by dialing 911. 5. Get involved. Become familiar with your neigh-

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blade of grass has an angel hovering over it saying ‘Grow!’ ‘Grow!’ ” If we listen closely, we’ll hear the same call encouraging us this Lenten springtime.


It is easier to be a couch potato than an Olympic participant. There are no gold medals for sitting and watching. To be a contestant in the Olympics requires that a person be able to say “no” to themselves and “yes” to a goal. To be a participant in intensifying life we must learn to say “no” to ourselves and “yes” to soul growth. For years an Olympian athlete must say “no” to an easier way of life; “no” to sleeping in; “no” to eating what they want; “no” to doing whatever they feel like doing. How we hate to say “no” ourselves. Yet, to live a successful life it’s necessary. Good parents frequently say “no” to themselves so they can say “yes” to their children; athletes say “no” to their comfort and “yes” to difficult training in order to win; loving spouses say “no” to tantalizing affairs in order to say “yes” to their own love relationship; and



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March 9, 2011

Enjoy ‘mixing’ it up with gluten-free goodies I met Anne Byrn, aka “The Cake Mix Doctor” at a book signing event at Joseph-Beth last week. Anne and I were chatting before the event, and I asked how she acquired this cake mix doctor empire. Her career began simply. Anne was writing a food column for a Nashville newspaper. One summer, right before she went on vacation, she put in recipes for five of her family’s favorite cakes. The hook: start with a boxed mix. This began a frenzy of requests for more “doctored cake mix recipes.” So the cake mix doctor series of books was born, using mixes as a primary ingredient. That idea morphed into her newest book “The Cake Mix Doctor Bakes Gluten Free.” “Thirty million in the U.S. are gluten-intolerant or have a gluten sensitivity,” she said. Her readers begged for a gluten-free dessert book. “They didn’t let up,” she told me. I can understand the need since I get requests all the time for gluten-free goodies, including the latest from reader Brenda Nicholson, who specifically asked for “recipes tweaking boxed

glutenfree cake mixes.” Anne makes it easy for people challenged Rita gw l ui t te nh Heikenfeld ( a n d Rita’s kitchen dairy) to e n j o y desserts. The book has cakes, bars, cookies and muffins. And talk about connecting with the crowd: Anne shared stories of her own life raising a family, juggling a career, etc. We left feeling like we made a new friend.

Gluten-free orange bundt cake

Vegetable oil spray for misting pan 1 tablespoon rice flour, for dusting pan 1 medium orange Orange juice 15 oz. pkg. yellow gluten-free cake mix 1 ⁄4 cup sugar 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature 3 large eggs 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Glaze (optional):

1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted and blended with 3 tablespoons orange juice

Dairy free:

Substitute margarine for butter

Place rack in center of oven and preheat to 350 degrees. Lightly mist 12-cup bundt pan with oil spray and dust with rice flour. Shake out excess flour. Grate enough orange zest to measure 2 teaspoons. Squeeze enough juice to measure 2⁄3 cup. If necessary, add juice from carton or more freshly squeezed juice to make 2⁄3 cup. Put zest, juice, cake mix, sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla in bowl. Beat with electric mixer on low until ingredients are just incorporated, 30 seconds. Scrape down sides. Increase speed to medium and beat until smooth, 11⁄2 to 2 minutes, scraping down sides again if needed. Pour into pan, smoothing top, and bake until golden brown and top springs back when lightly pressed, 35 to 40 minutes. Transfer pan to wire rack and let cool 10 minutes.


Rita Heikenfeld, left, met author Anne Byrn, aka The Cake Mix Doctor, during a book signing event at Joseph-Beth Booksellers for “The Cake Mix Doctor Bakes Gluten Free.” Run long, sharp knife around edge of cake, shake pan gently, and invert onto wire rack. Transfer to serving plate and, using a toothpick or skewer, poke a dozen holes in top. Slowly pour glaze over cake so that it soaks into holes and dribbles down sides. Or omit glaze and sift confectioner’s sugar on top. Let cool completely before serving. Store at room temperature up to three days, or freeze unglazed cake, wrapped in foil, up to one month. Let thaw on counter overnight before glazing.

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Rita’s favorite salmon patties with a side of potatoes and mixed vegetables.

Favorite salmon patties

So many requests for this! Makes sense since Lent is here. The recipe originally came from friend and former colleague, Bonnie Kareth, a Northern Kentucky reader. Here’s my adaptation. Go to taste on onion and celery. 1 can salmon (I used pink salmon) 1 egg, lightly beaten Finely diced onion and celery, 1⁄3 cup each 1 ⁄2 cup Panko bread crumbs or your favorite 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 and serve with lemon wedge and/or dill sauce. Nice sides are sautéed potatoes and mixed veggies.

So good dill sauce

I like this so much I use it on other seafood dishes, as well.

Mix together: 1

⁄2 cup mayo 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 (opt.) Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

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Suburban Life

March 9, 2011


Paper chain benefits Josh Cares


Josh Cares Executive Director Joy Rowe Blang and Madeira Music School owner Rebecca Brewer enjoy the day’s festivities at Kenwood’s Sycamore Square.

Students of all ages, from schools throughout the region, recently earned money to purchase $1 links of a holiday paper chain to benefit the Josh Cares Child Life Fellow Program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center as part of the Chain of Love Student Service Project. Thousands of links were sold. These links were connected into one massive chain and displayed in the east atrium of Kenwood’s Sycamore Plaza for the entire month of December to raise awareness of the need for Josh Cares Fellows to provide emotional care for the critically ill children who spend so much of their time alone. Josh Cares is a non-profit organization, founded by Indian Hill residents Dan and Lynn Pierce, dedicated to ensuring that no critically or chronically ill children go through a hospitalization alone, without the support of a parent by their sides when they need it the most. At any given time, an average of 35-40 critically ill children at Cincinnati Children’s are “alone” a great percentage of the time. Josh Cares funds professionally trained Child Life Fellows who provide these children with comfort and companionship and serve as surrogates for, and links to,

the families who would be by their sides if they could. Also from Indian Hill, Mike Collette and Barbara Weyand serve among the members of the Board of Directors as well. Cincinnati Country Day students participated in the project, raising more than $1,000 to support the time of a Child Life Fellow for over an entire week. First-grader Andrew McGee and his mother held a bake sale over a three-day weekend in their neighborhood. In total, they baked, decorated and sold 200 sugar cookies. Meanwhile, the Girl Scouts, under the leadership of Julie Gentile and Juliette Lisco, put their cookie-selling skills to work at CCDS’ all-school annual Book Fair on Dec. 3, which was held at the Barnes and Noble in Sycamore Plaza. CCDS Middle School students assembled the several thousand links as part of the volunteer “Chain Gang.” On Dec. 18, many Indian Hill area youth helped Josh Cares celebrate the success of the Chain of Love, which raised nearly $4,000 in total to fund an entire month of a Child Life Fellow’s time at Cincinnati Children’s. The celebration took place at Sycamore Plaza and included student holiday

musical performances, children’s activities, and cookies and hot cocoa. CCDS students performing that day included John and Caroline Blang, Elizabeth Grace, Josh Motley, Annie Nesbitt, and Grace Ramirez. Rebecca Brewer of the Madeira Music School coordinated the three hours of musical performances which were the highlight of the event. “We created the Chain of Love Youth Service Project in response to the many requests we were receiving from students of all ages to volunteer to help children who are being treated at Cincinnati Children’s,” said Executive Director Joy Blang, an Indian Hill graduate. “They have a great deal of empathy for these children and clearly understand how distressing it would be to have to go through a hospitalization without a parent by their sides to comfort and reassure them.” Blang said that each participating school raised the funds for the links in different ways – “It was exciting to sit back and watch the students come up with their own creative ideas to raise money and to see what worked best at different schools and with different ages of students.” CCDS students sold their links individually while

Madeira Middle Schoolers participated in an all-school dodgeball game and Villa Madonna Academy organized a Penny War. Other participating schools included Mariemont Elementary School, Milford Jr. and Sr. High Schools and the University of Cincinnati Alpha Phi Omega club. For more information visit

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Suburban Life


March 9, 2011

RELIGION The church will conduct a six-week Lenten series in fellowship hall beginning at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 9, with a soup dinner, followed by an Ash Wednesday service. The following five Wednesday nights will begin with dinner (bring salad or dessert; main dish provided) at 6 p.m., followed by a program from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., titled “A Lenten Study: Learning Forgiveness,” writted by Marjorie Thompson. Each week will be selfcontained with a different presenter. A Children’s program will be offered. Call Debbie Ostendorf at 779-1753, or the church office to register. The church is at 4309 Cooper Road, Blue Ash; 791-1153;

Hartzell United Methodist Church

Connections Christian Church

The church has a new contemporary worship service, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturdays. The services will feature contemporary worship music in a relaxed atmosphere with biblical teaching that will resonate with the fast-paced lifestyles that many of us find ourselves in today. The church is at 7205 Kenwood Road; 891-9768.

The church will have a free concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 25, with The Epworth Singers and Ringers from First UMC of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. The group will present “Who is the One.” All are welcome. Midweek Lenten Service begins at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 15. The




Experience the Light and Sound of God You are invited to the ECK Worship Service



9:30am & 11:00am

Worship and Small Group Classes for all ages.


6:00pm - Buffet Dinner 6:45pm - Programs and Classes for all ages.


Sunday Services

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

Church of God of Prophecy

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

Church of the Saviour United Methodist

Second Sunday of Each Month 11:00 am - Noon Anderson Center Station 7832 Five Mile Road Cincinnati, OH 45230 1-800-LOVE GOD Local (513) 674-7001

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

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. Upcoming dates include March 21, April 18, May 16, June 13, July 18 and Aug. 15. The church is located at 7701 Kenwood Road; 891-1700.

Pastor Josh Miller Visit our website at:

Good Shepherd (ELCA)



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

All Are Welcome Nursery Care Available Handicapped Accessible

Sundays 9:15am & 10:45am

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CHURCH OF THE SAVIOUR 8005 Pfeiffer Rd Montgmry 791-3142 First Sunday of Lent "Just Like Jesus: Openness"

Traditional Worship 8:20am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship 9:40am Sunday School (All ages) 9:40 & 11am Dr. Cathy Johns, Senior Pastor Rev. Doug Johns, Senior Pastor

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Sunday Worship: 9 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9 a.m.

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

Active Youth • Outreach • Fellowship Music Ministries • Bible Studies

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particular needs. You’ll enjoy the independence and privacy, yet appreciate the MAINTENANCE-FREE LIVING and peace of mind Berkeley Square offers. Moving to Berkeley Square not only gives you a spacious home, but also a VIBRANT NEIGHBORHOOD and new friends. Step outside your residence and find wooded paths, and ACTIVE TOWN SQUARE and lots of neighboors to share a good laugh. While we take care of the lawn, you get to take it easy and spend more time enjoying your new home on our beautiful campus.


Sunday Worship 8am & 10:30am

Connections Christian Church 7421 East Galbraith

Sunday 10:00 a.m. Loveland High School, off of Rich Rd. 683-1556

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INDIAN HILL Episcopal Presbyterian Church 6000 Drake Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio 45243 Phone 513-561-6805 Fax 513-561-0894

Minister Sun. Worship 10am Wed. Worship & Bible Study Service 7pm Sunday School - All Ages 9-10:00am New National Seminary Emerging

Child Care provided 10:30AM Rev. Robert Roberts, Pastor




9:15 AM Contemporary Worship 10:45 AM Traditional Worship Children & Adult Sunday School

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7515 Forest Beechmont Ave 231-4172

First Church of Christ, Scientist 3035 Erie Ave 871-0245 Sunday Service and Sunday School 10:30am Wednesday Testimonial Meeting 7:30pm Reading Room 3035 Erie Ave



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

6365 Corbly Road Cincinnati, OH 45230


Sunday School for Children & Adults at 9:30am & 11:00am.

3850 E. Galbraith, Deer Park Next to Dillonvale Shopping Ctr 791-7631 Worship Service - 10:00AM Sunday School - 10:15AM Pastor Randy Wade Murphy

Trinity Community Church

The church has Trinity Together time, 1-2:30 p.m., on the first and third Tuesday of each month. This is an

Saturday night at 5:00 and Sunday morning at 8:00, 9:00, 9:30 & 11am Sunday School at 9:30am

Nursery Care Provided



outreach program that gives families to opportunity to spend quality time together in structured activities that promote healthy relationships and positive interactions. It is free to the public and geared toward the ages of birth to 5 years old. This program includes special guests throughout the year as well as crafts, games, story time, snack and getting to know other parents and grandparents and their children. Park in the lot of Trinity Community Church, and enter through the doors of Fellowship Hall. Call the church office for schedule information. The church hosts a free meal for all its neighbors, 6-7 p.m., the last Tuesday of each month in Fellowship Hall at the church. Whether you need a break from cooking, have run low on groceries by the end of the month, or just want to relax and eat while socializing, you are invited to enjoy Trinity’s hospitality. Families, singles, couples and all ages are welcome. Park in the church parking lot, and enter through the doors of Fellowship Hall. The church is at 3850 E. Galbraith Road, Deer Park; 791-7631;



The church continues its February mini-series, “He Sat Down and Taught Them,” Reflections on the Sermon on the Mount, on March 6 with the sermon, “Pray,” based on Matthew 6:1-6 and 16-21. 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. The church is at 8221 Miami Road, Madeira; 891-8181;

Temple Sholom

St. Paul Lutheran of Reading and Temple Sholom will be offering a two-part session on common roots of our faiths. The church and temple will discuss what was going on with each faith between the writing of the Hebrew Bible and the Christian Bible. These Sessions will be led by Pastor Liz Senft and Rabbi Miriam Terlinchamp. The next program is 12:15 p.m., Sunday, March 13, at Temple Sholom. More information can be found at On March 11, Temple Sholom invites guests, family and friends who are interested in learning about our Temple community to a “Get to Know Sholom” home cooked and informal dinner followed by a Shabbat service that features our Temple choir. The dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. at Temple Sholom, 3100 Longmeadow Lane in Amberley Village. Guests who are interested in our community are invited to join us free of charge. Please RSVP to the temple office. The temple is at 3100 Longmeadow Lane, Amberley Village; 791-1330;

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Traditional Service 8:30 & 11:00am Contemporary Service 9:30 & 11:00am (Nursery care from 9:15am-12:15pm.)

*Child care for children up to 4 in a staffed nursery from 9-noon

St. Paul Community United Methodist Church

Sycamore Christian Church

Sunday Worship Service is at 10:30 a.m. Bible Study is at 9 a.m. every Sunday. The church is hosting Ladies WOW Study Group (Women on Wednesdays) at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month. The event includes light refreshments and a study of Beth Moore’s “Stepping Up.” The church hosts Adult and Youth Bible Studies at 7 p.m. every Wednesday. The church is at 6555 Cooper Road, Sycamore Township; 891-7891, www.sycamorechristianchurch.

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7701 Kenwood Rd.


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

Kenwood Fellowship Church

7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery (East of I-71 on Pfeiffer Rd) Worship Schedule 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. Worship and Holy Communion Babysitter Provided 9:45 Christian Education Hour for all ages

EPISCOPAL 100 Miami Ave, Terrace Park,OH 831-2052


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

Sunday Worship Services are 9 and 10:30 a.m. with Adult Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. Children’s School is during the 10:45 a.m. hour. All guests and visitors are welcome. Youth Groups, Bible Studies weekly; child care and transportation provided. The church is at 8999 Applewood Drive, Blue Ash; 891-8527.


Blue Ash Presbyterian

The congregation will observe Ash Wednesday with a 7 p.m. worship service and Imposition of Ashes on Wednesday, March 9. At 6 p.m. the congregation will gather for dinner at the church. Please call 793-3288 for dinner information. Ascension will worship on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. throughout the Lenten period. Pastor Josh’s sermon series is entitled, “What is Faith?” Sunday worship services are at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. with Sunday School for all ages at 9:45 a.m. The community is invited. “Encouraging One Another” is the focus for the women’s weekly Bible study. The women meet, 9:45-11:15 a.m., every Wednesday morning. Babysitting is available. Pastor Josh is attending the Montgomery Citizens’ Leadership Academy. The course covers a variety of subjects affecting the Montgomery community from Sycamore schools, to civics, to public works and parks, to leading local industries. The community is invited to participate in all activities of the church and to attend worship services (8:30 and 11 a.m.) and Sunday School (9:45 a.m.). The church is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 793-3288, www.ascensionlutheranchurch. com.


Ascension Lutheran Church

service in the chapel is a time of worship, prayer and reflection. Children’s programs are 9-11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Call for details. Breakfast with the Easter Bunny is coming from 9 a.m. to noon, April 16. The event is free, and all are welcome. The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati; 791-3142;

MADEIRA-SILVERWOOD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 8000 Miami Ave. 791-4470 Contemporary Worship 9:30 am Fellowship 10:30 am Traditional Worship 11:00 am Christian Education for Children and adults at 9:30 & 11 am

Child Care provided


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The Community Press obtains fire and emergency medical dispatches from the Sycamore Township Fire EMS Department, 489-1212 (North Station) and 792-8565 (South station). Jan. 28, Kenwood @ Montgomery, fall Jan. 28, Montgomery, medical emergency Jan. 28, Kugler Mill, medical emergency Jan. 28, Kugler Mill, medical emergency Jan. 28, Galbraith, medical emergency Jan. 28, Kemper, medical emergency Jan. 28, Glenover, medical emergency Jan. 29, Kemper, fall Jan. 29, Reed Hartman, fall Jan. 29, Reed Hartman, medical emergency Jan. 29, Michael, medical emergency Jan. 29, Montgomery, motor vehicle accident Jan. 29, Silvercrest @ Montgomery, motor vehicle accident Jan. 29, Galbraith, fall Jan. 29, S I 71 @ 13.9, motor vehicle accident Jan. 29, Dearwester, fall Jan. 29, Reading @ Chaucer, no patient contact Jan. 30, Montgomery, fall Jan. 30, Reed Hartman, medical emergency Jan. 30, Donna, medical emergency Jan. 30, Montgomery, fall Jan. 30, Montgomery, medical emergency Jan. 30, Duneden, no patient contact Jan. 31, Paddington, medical emergency Jan. 31, Belfast, CO alarm Jan. 31, Larchview, medical emergency Jan. 31, Dearwester, medical emergency Jan. 31, Northcreek, medical emergency Jan. 31, Galbraith, medical emergency Jan. 31, S I 71 @ 11, motor vehicle accident Feb. 1, Pine @ Buxton, public service Feb. 1, Montgomery, arcing wires Feb. 1, Wexford, public service Feb. 1, Elizabeth, wires down Feb. 1, Elizabeth, tree down Feb. 1, Pine, nothing found Feb. 1, Williams, wires down Feb. 1, Pine, wires down Feb. 1, Simpson @ Galbraith, structure fire Feb. 1, Derbyday, medical emergency Feb. 1, Galbraith, medical emergency Feb. 1, Galbraith, medical emergency Feb. 1, Tudor, medical emergency Feb. 1, Gwilada, medical emergency Feb. 1, Kenwood, alarm activation Feb. 1, Cornell, alarm activation Feb. 2, Shagbark, arcing wires Feb. 2, York, good intent Feb. 2, Glenover, alarm activation Feb. 2, Glenover, alarm activation Feb. 2, Fifth, medical emergency Feb. 2, Silvercrest, fall Feb. 2, York, no patient contact Feb. 2, Northcreek, medical emergency Feb. 2, Montgomery, medical emergency Feb. 2, Kenwood, medical emergency Feb. 2, Kugler Mill, fall Feb. 2, Kenwood, alarm activation Feb. 2, Creek, alarm activation Feb. 3, Chancery, fall Feb. 3, Redsky, medical emergency Feb. 3, Montgomery, no patient contact Feb. 3, Kugler Mill, fall Feb. 3, Donegal, fall Feb. 3, Dearwester, good intent Feb. 3, Snider, chimney fire Feb. 4, Galbraith, good intent Feb. 4, Pine, medical emergency Feb. 4, Larchview @ Plainfield, medical emergency Feb. 4, Galbraith, fall Feb. 4, Chancery, medical emergency Feb. 4, I 275 @ 71, motor vehicle accident Feb. 5, Kenwood, medical emergency Feb. 5, Dearwester, fall Feb. 5, Reed Hartman, medical emergency Feb. 5, Marlette, good intent Feb. 5, Montgomery, alarm activation Feb. 6, Trotter’s Chase, service call Feb. 6, Kenwood, alarm activation Feb. 6, Montgomery, medical emergency Feb. 6, Kugler Mill, fall Feb. 6, Myrtle, medical emergency Feb. 6, Galbraith, fall Feb. 6, :0 Merrymaker, medical emergency Feb. 6, Stillwind, medical emergency Feb. 7, Dearwester, fall Feb. 7, Dearwester, fall Feb. 7, Wicklow, medical emergency Feb. 7, Dearwester, fall Feb. 7, Kugler Mill, lift assist Feb. 7, Montgomery, medical emergency Feb. 7, Belfast, no patient contact Feb. 7, Keller, medical emergency Feb. 7, I 275, motor vehicle accident Feb. 8, Montgomery, alarm activation

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Joseph Wolf, 30, 4130 Sherel Lane, disorderly conduct at 5330 Ridge Ave., Feb. 8. Joseph Wolf, 30, 4130 Sherel Lane, open container at 5430 Ridge Road, Feb. 10. Louis Thomas, 36, 5431 Whetzel Ave., drug possession at 5400 Old Red Bank Road, Feb. 5. Charity Evans, 21, 1621 Linn St., theft at 3600 Highland Ave., Feb. 4.

Incidents/investigations Theft

Purse and contents of unknown value removed at 5505 Ridge Road, Feb. 8.

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Kristen Wilson, 41, 4137 E. Galbraith Road, disorderly conduct, March 1. Michael L. Record, 32, 4223 Oakwood Ave., failure to comply with building inspector, March 1. Jeremiah Hollenbeck, 22, 6901 Fallen Oak, Mason, disorderly conduct while intoxicated and warrant at 3900 St. John’s Terrace, Feb. 27. Shannon Lee Butler, 40, 4231 Myrtle Ave., warrants and criminal trespass at 4334 Oakwood Avenue, Feb. 23.

Incidents/investigations Theft

Golf clubs and record albums valued at $1,750 stolen from residence at 7612 Blue Ash Road, Feb. 23.

Michael D. Sakelos, 36, 4345 Matson Ave., aggravated menacing, Feb. 9. Gordon G. Green, 27, 7245 Osceola, domestic violence, Feb. 12. Kyong R. Kim, 59, 6143 Foxdale, domestic violence, Feb. 13.

Incidents/investigations Criminal mischief Concrete put on vehicle at 7139 Sanoma Ave., Feb. 13.

Domestic violence At Foxdale, Feb. 13.


Ave., assault at 8871 Weekly Road, Feb. 12. Benjamin Mills, 26, 8325 Keller Road, improperly handling firearm in a motor vehicle at I71, Feb. 12. Dasean James, 19, 6914 U.S. 22, theft at 7875 U.S. 22, Feb. 12. Shawnta Watkins, 22, 5612 View Pointe Drive, theft, criminal tools at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 7. Charmaine Wright, 22, 2032 Quebec Road, theft, criminal tools at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 7. Erica Bibb, 39, 6713 Fenwick Drive, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 4.

Incidents/investigations Aggravated robbery

Victim threatened with a gun and Ipod and currency valued at $270 removed at 8109 Reading Road, Feb. 7.

Criminal damaging

Vehicle removed at 8008 Hosbrook Road, Feb. 13.


Paint supplies valued at $107 removed at 7712 Montgomery Road, Feb. 7. Currency of unknown value removed at 11962 Fourth Ave., Feb. 7. Purse and contents of unknown value removed at 4777 E. Galbraith Road, Feb. 9. Jewelry of unknown value removed at 7875 Montgomery, Feb. 7. Medication of unknown value


Juvenile male, 16, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 12. Walter Roeckers, 73, 4615 Sullivan



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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 6833444 • Deer Park: Michael Schlie, chief. Call 791-8056 • Madeira: Frank Maupin, chief. Call 272-4214 • Sycamore Township, Lt. Dan Reid, 792-7254 removed at 4777 E. Galbraith Road, Feb. 10. Radio of unknown value removed at 12000 Stillwind Drive, Feb. 7. Perfume valued at $42 removed at 7800 Montgomery Road, Feb. 4.

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Sycamore Township fire/EMS runs from Jan. 12 to Feb. 12: Jan. 12, Deerfield, alarm activation Jan. 16, Firethorn, smoke scare Jan. 16, Carnaby, medical emergency Jan. 16, Montgomery, medical emergency Jan. 16, Montgomery, good intent Jan. 17, West, cancelled call Jan. 17, Reed Hartman, medical emergency Jan. 17, Ponds, fall Jan. 17, Chancery, fall Jan. 17, Donegal, fall Jan. 17, Galbraith @ Montgomery, motor vehicle accident Jan. 17, Montgomery, fall Jan. 17, Vorhees, medical emergency Jan. 18, Scoutmaster, medical emergency Jan. 18, Chancery, fall Jan. 18, Beech, medical emergency Jan. 18, Kingslake, medical emergency Jan. 18, Montgomery, no patient contact Jan. 18, Owlwoods, good intent Jan. 18, School, medical emergency Jan. 18, Galbraith, alarm activation Jan. 18, Virginia, cancelled call Jan. 18, Redna, alarm activation Jan. 20, Reed Hartman, medical emergency Jan. 20, I 275 @ 48, motor vehicle accident Jan. 20, Montgomery, medical emergency Jan. 20, Montgomery, fall Jan. 20, Kugler Mill, medical emergency Jan. 20, Montgomery, fall Jan. 20, Daffodil, medical emergency Jan. 21, I 275 @ Reed Hartman, motor vehicle accident Jan. 21, Kenwood, motor vehicle accident Jan. 21, I 275 @ Reed Hartman, motor vehicle accident Jan. 21, S 71@ 13, motor vehicle accident Jan. 21, Miami Hills, medical emergency Jan. 21, Galbraith, medical emergency Jan. 21, Hunt, structure fire Jan. 22, Silvercrest, medical emergency Jan. 22, Galbraith, medical emergency Jan. 22, Montgomery, alarm activation Jan. 22, First, good intent Jan. 22, Montgomery, alarm activation Jan. 22, Dearwester, medical emergency Jan. 22, Montgomery, medical emergency Jan. 22, Scamper, medical emergency Jan. 28, Cornell Park, alarm activation Jan. 23, Reed Hartman, medical emergency Jan. 23, Firethorn, fall Jan. 23, Galbraith, fall Jan. 23, Hermatage, medical emergency Jan. 23, Dearwester, medical emergency Jan. 23, Myrtlewood, fall Jan. 24, Startinggate, CO alarm Jan. 24, Dearwester, fall Jan. 24, Glenover, fall Jan. 24, Keller, medical emergency Jan. 24, Keller, medical emergency Jan. 24, Whitechapel, medical emergency Jan. 24, School, medical emergency Jan. 24, Northlake, medical emergency Jan. 24, Harbor View, structure fire Jan. 24, Montgomery, CO alarm Jan. 25, Shagbark, medical emergency Jan. 25, Woodlawn, fall Jan. 25, Northcreek, medical emergency Jan. 25, Fields Ertel, medical emergency Jan. 25, Kemper, medical emergency Jan. 25, Fieldstead, fall Jan. 25, Brookgreen, medical emergency Jan. 25, Sharon Park, cooking fire Jan. 25, Kugler Mill, medical emergency Jan. 25, I 71 @ Montgomery, motor vehicle accident Jan. 26, Cornell Park, alarm activation Jan. 26, Birch, alarm activation Jan. 26, Dearwester, fall Jan. 26, Montgomery, fall Jan. 26, Marlette, fall Jan. 26, Galbraith, medical emergency Jan. 26, Galbraith, medical emergency Jan. 26, Dearwester, fall Jan. 26, Blue Ash, medical emergency Jan. 27, School, alarm activation Jan. 27, Reed Hartman, medical emergency Jan. 27, Dearwester, fall Jan. 27, Silvercrest, motor vehicle accident Jan. 27, Mantel, medical emergency Jan. 27, Dearwester, medical emergency Jan. 28, Bradley, cancelled call Jan. 28, Weller @ Montgomery, no patient contact Jan. 28, Third, medical emergency Jan. 28, Dearwester, medical emergency Jan. 28, Reed Hartman, medical emergency Jan. 28, Kemper @ E of Snider, motor vehicle accident

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Information is provided as a public service by the office of Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes. Neighborhood designations are approximate. $42,000. 6910 Montgomery Road: L2k Properties LLC to Chan Siu H.; $178,000.


1934 Chaucer Drive: Shutt M. Roger & Ina C. to Federal National Mortgage; $22,000. 4556 Elizabeth Place: Helton Raymond to Branch Banking; $30,000. 8501 Concord Hills Circle: Boone Richard A. & Mary E. to Patten Charlene D.; $550,000. 8725 Shagbark Drive: Fifth Third Bank to Arnett Doris M.; $270,000.


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Horizontal cracks are foundation problem Does your house have a concrete block foundation wall? Common problems homeowners have with this type of foundation are horizontal cracks. Consult an independent Michael professional engineer to determine the cause Montgomery of the problem and to Community provide the appropriate Press guest method of repair, if columnist repair is even necessary. The most common cause of horizontal cracks in concrete block foundation walls is excessive unbalanced soil pressure. This type of movement will have horizontal cracks that may occur near the center of the wall or nearer to the top of the wall. Sometimes, the soil pressure may shear the first course of concrete block above the basement floor slab and the wall slides inward. These cracks will staircase up and down the foundation walls near the ends of the wall. A second cause of horizontal cracks may be porches or sets of steps anchored to the foundation walls. When porches or steps have been installed, these typically have a very shallow foundation and may settle

due to the un-compacted fill soil along a foundation, causing the top of the wall to pull outward or push inward. Less common causes of horizontal cracks may be settlement, landslides or the lack of foundation anchors that connect the foundation wall to the floor framing. This type of movement may also be indicated with a bow in the top of the foundation wall. There are several types of repairs for these cracks. If the wall is pushed inward due to unbalanced soil pressure, the walls may be braced with steel columns or reinforced with steel reinforcing rods with solid-filled concrete blocks. Carbon fiber straps adhered to the walls is an engineered repair method, but is typically more expensive than the method above and will not fully repair the wall if the wall is sheared at the bottom. Several foundation companies install yard anchors. These require tightening twice a year due to anchor creep in the soil and may be a more expensive repair. Another repair suggested by foundation repair companies is to excavate the exterior of the foundation wall and install a new exterior wall against the existing foundation wall. Unless this new wall is specifically designed as a self-supporting retaining wall for each

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Cincinnati Zoo announces advanced energy project The greenest Zoo in America will soon generate power from the Sun. This Spring, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden visitors will be greeted by the largest publicly accessible, urban solar array in the country – a 1.56 megawatt system with 6,400 panels installed on a canopy structure over the Zoo’s Vine Street parking lot. The structure will provide shade for nearly 800 of the 1,000 spots available at the Zoo’s main entrance. Construction has begun and is slated to be completed by the end of April. The solar panels will convert sunlight into clean energy and provide approximately 20 percent of the Zoo’s energy needs. (That’s enough to generate electricity to power 200 homes each year, enough energy to power 55,000 energy efficient CFL bulbs for a year, and even enough to power your Wii for 95 million hours.) Additionally, there will be many days, sunny and

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