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OPENING DAY “(Baseball starting) is part of life starting again.” Tim Hubbard Deer Park High School teacher

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A shared love of the game By Amanda Hopkins

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A record-breaking crowd of approximately 215 local graduates, current students, recently admitted high school seniors and friends of the University of Notre Dame gathered at St. Xavier High School for the Notre Dame Club of Greater Cincinnati’s annual Communion Breakfast. SEE LIFE, B1

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St. Vincent Ferrer Principal Doug Alpiger said the students at his school are overachieving because of hard work from everyone. “We have dedicated teachers, dedicated students and dedicated parents,” Alpiger said. Nine of the 19 eighth-grade students who took the high school placement test received scholarships to local Catholic high schools. SEE SCHOOLS, A5

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Opening (Day) lines As a celebration of Opening Day (which is tomorrow, by the way), Suburban Life asked readers to share their favorite Cincinnati Redsrelated memories. “I can’t wait for Opening Day! I am the biggest Reds fan. I asked for Opening Day tickets for my birthday and I can’t wait for the game. I am ruining my pefect attendance at school for this awesome day. I have Reds fever. “I definitely have a Reds shrine in my bedroom. I have Reds bedding, wallpaper, framed jerseys, tons of bobbleheads, and pictures of the players from Redsfest. “I got to meet with Matt Maloney and his wife at Redsfest. We talked about baseball, yoga, and working out. I follow him on Twitter and I love when he replies back to me. I hope he makes the team for Opening Day.”

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Jake Hedger wants baseball fans to know is that Joey Votto is “way better” than Albert Pujols. The Deer Park High School sophomore and Tim Hubbard, a Deer Park English teacher, are both anxiously awaiting the start of baseball season to watch Votto and the Cincinnati Reds defend their National League Central title against Pujols and the St. Louis Cardinals. Hedger said he normally skips school and goes to the Opening Day parade and watches the game with his dad, Ray Hedger, but he’ll miss this year. Christine Hedger, Jake’s mom and Deer Park City Council member, said their basement is full of Reds’ memorabilia. “(Jake) is truly the Reds’ greatest fan,” Christine Hedger said. Hubbard said he’ll be teaching when the first pitch is thrown out, but he said he’ll probably turn on the game towards the end of his afternoon classes. “My favorite way to enjoy Reds’ baseball is to listen to Marty Brennaman call a game,” Hubbard said. Hedger said Reds’ baseball represents a lot of things in his life – summer which is his favorite season, good times with friends, fun and family. He said he and his dad and brother, John, try to go to a few games a year. He and his dad were in attendance last September when Jay Bruce hit the walk-off homerun to help the Reds’ clinch the National League Central title.


Deer Park High School teacher Tim Hubbard and sophomore Jake Hedger are looking forward to watching the Cincinnati Reds have another winning season again this year. “It was chaos,” Hedger said. He’s looking forward to watching more winning baseball and hopes players like Drew Stubbs can improve to help the team go further in the playoffs this season.

Madeira schools studying levy as precaution against state cuts By Amanda Hopkins

Madeira school officials are waiting until the rest of the state budget is released before deciding to put an operating levy on the ballot. The school board approved a resolution of necessity for an operating levy at the March 21 regular meeting.

The resolution is one step that is necessary to put a levy on the ballot. Superintendent Steve Kramer said Madeira could Kramer see more cuts in state funding that may make an operating levy necessary.

“Should we decide (to put a levy on the ballot), the resolution will keep us on target,” Kramer said. The filing deadline for the August election is May 4. Kramer said he will have more information for the school board on the status of the budget at the April meeting.

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Hubbard said he is ready to enjoy the day and happy to have baseball back in action. “(Baseball starting) is part of life starting again,” Hubbard said.

Madeira City Schools’ Assistant Superintendent Kenji Matsudo said the school district may need to replace the roofs on the north and south gyms at the high school this summer. The project is estimated to cost between $60,000 and

$80,000. Matsudo said he may bring back a recommendation at the April school board meeting to put the project out to bid.

Big plans for Chamber Stephen Shaw has been elected president of the Madeira Chamber of Commerce. A former council member, Shaw, 57, has a number of goals for the Chamber, including a “Shop Local, Eat Local” event. Shaw has a law firm in Madeira and is a former mayor of the city. He succeeds Chris Hatcher, who resigned the presidency due to professional and personal commitments. Hatcher was subsequently elected vice president of the chamber. For more, see page A3.


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March 30, 2011

School employee keeps Opening Day tradition By Amanda Hopkins

Sally and Greg McDaniel have rarely missed a Cincinnati Reds’ Opening Day game over the last 40 years. “We love the Reds whether they win or lose,” Sally McDaniel said. One of the few Opening Day games Sally missed was in 1979 when her daughter was due on the first day of the season. “Our daughter was eight days late so I could have gone (to the game),” Sally said. The McDaniels, who live in Loveland, also travel to watch the team. Last year, when they went to California for their daughter’s wedding, they caught a game against the Oakland Athletics. Sally said Marty Brennaman even announced their name on air during the game because he knew they were at the game. Sally, who works at Madeira Elementary School, said they have visited around 20 major league and


Deer Park High School junior Olivia Hunter, second from left, and senior Andrea Zaferes read an essay they wrote as part of an independent study to earn flexible credits during the March 16 school board meeting. They are with Superintendent Kim Gray, far left, and school board President Donna Farrell.

Deer Park students earning extra credit By Amanda Hopkins PROVIDED

Greg and Sally McDaniel of Loveland have gone to 35 of the last 40 Reds’ Opening Day games. minor league baseball parks. This year, the McDaniels are planning on going to games at Fenway Park in Boston and Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. The McDaniels’ love of the team doesn’t end at attending games. Sally is a member of the Rosie Reds and Greg volun-

teers at the Reds’ Hall of Fame. They have a basement full of Reds’ memorabilia and have been to two Hall of Fame inductions of Reds’ players in Cooperstown. Greg has also attended the Reds’ Fantasy Camp. The McDaniels plan on attending the game on

March 31 when the Reds face the Milwaukee Brewers to open the 2011 season. “We took our kids out of school and attended the parades and games for many years. We look forward to taking our grandsons to opening day when they are old enough,” Sally said.

Indian Hill passes on pilot tablet program By Forrest Sellers

Tablet personal computers won’t be used in the Indian Hill Exempted Village School District – at least for the foreseeable future. During a special work session, the Board of Education discussed a draft proposal to implement a pilot tablet computer program. As part of the proposal 40 freshmen would be assigned tablet personal computers. However, the cost dis-

couraged board members from implementing the plan. The cost was estimated at $86,977. This proposal grew out of discussions after the board decided not to proceed with a laptop program involving grades 9 through 12, said Superintendent Jane Knudson. This would have been an opportunity to see firsthand the impact of using them, she said. However, she said the plan had several disadvan-

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tages including the cost, the challenge of scheduling a class in which the tablets could be used and concerns that some students would have the tablets while others did not have them. “I’d love to do the pilot,” said Assistant Superintendent Mark Ault. “We could learn a lot.” However, he said “sticker shock” involving the cost was a major concern. “It might be best to pass on this,” he said. Ault said some might also question why the district wasn’t considering using the iPad and Netbook. The district will continue to keep an eye on the prices of the tablet computers, said Ault.



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Knudson said it is likely the prices on tablet computers will eventually come down. Board President Molly Barber said the board will revisit the topic at a later time. No official vote was taken. Additionally, during the work session, Treasurer Julia Toth said the district will do an energy assessment of its buildings. This would involve identifying aging pieces of equipment and possibly replacing some of the equipment with more energy efficient items. Toth said Motz Engineering will conduct the assessment, which will cost taxpayers an amount not to exceed $22,000. For more about your community visit

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Two Deer Park High School students got the chance to show the school board how they have been earning flexible credits. Junior Olivia Hunter and senior Andrea Zaferes both worked on a writing project with teacher Roseanna Shaw that included writing an essay about the benefits of living in Deer Park and attending a small school. Zaferes said the project has helped her writing and earned some college scholarship opportunities. She wrote her essay in conjunction with her speech class. Hunter paired her essay

through her work with creative writing and the student newspaper. Both student essays highlighted the many opportunities students have at Deer Park High School, including participating in multiple extracurricular activities, carrying on the school’s many traditions and living in a close-knit community. The Deer Park school board approved policy changes in November that gave students more opportunities to earn flexible credits through independent studies and studying abroad. “There are lots of ways students can learn,” Superintendent Kim Gray said.

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The popularity of digital books has been skyrocketing at the library. As of February, digital borrowing on a monthly basis surpassed circulation at 15 branch libraries and has been growing at a rate of 300 percent each month in comparison to the same month last year. To meet the demand, the library’s collection of downloadable eBooks is expanding and includes thousands of bestselling titles with no late fees. Learn to use the library’s downloadable collection to borrow eBooks at the Deer Park Branch Library at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, 3970 E. Galbraith Road.

Passover celebration

American Jewish Committee, dedicated to global Jewish advocacy, will celebrate Passover, the festival of freedom, with the 18th annual AJC Community Intergroup Seder Thursday, April 14, at the Mayerson Jewish Community Center in Amberley Village.

AJC invites people of varied religious, ethnic, and racial backgrounds – diplomats, church groups, high school students, and the public – to share the Passover holiday’s theme of freedom for all by joining in the ritual. Rabbi Gary P. Zola, director of the American Jewish Archives at Hebrew Union College, will officiate at the popular event. All who attend will read from the Haggadah, the retelling of the Biblical story of the Exodus from Egypt. Seder chair Andrew Heldman has organized dozens of AJC volunteers, who will serve ritual foods, host the lunch, and answer questions asked by the people at their tables. Because the AJC Seder takes place at noon instead of the usual sunset hour, grape juice will be served instead of wine. For Seder reservations at $12, please call 621-4020 before April 7. After the Seder, guests may take an optional tour of the sanctuary of the adjacent Rockdale Temple.

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March 30, 2011


Former Madeira mayor elected chamber president By Jeanne Houck

Stephen Shaw has been elected president of the Madeira Chamber of Commerce. Shaw has a law firm in Madeira and is a former mayor of the city. Shaw succeeds Chris Hatcher, who resigned the presidency due to professional and personal commitments. Hatcher was subsequently elected vice president of the chamber. Here, Shaw discusses his new position. Please tell us a little bit about yourself. “I am 57-years-old and have lived in Madeira for 22 years. We recently moved to Madisonville, but are currently looking for a place to live in Madeira. I raised three daughters in Madeira, all of whom attended Madeira High School. I have been active with the schools for many years as a volunteer, serving as co-chair of a levy campaign and a bond issue campaign. I was part of the committee that raised funds for the field turf and which then raised money and helped build the improvements to the field facilities in 2009-2010. I was

on city council for nearly nine years and was mayor for two years. I have been a member of the chamber since opening my law Shaw practice in Madeira in July 2009. I have watched the chamber grow and sponsor great events to bring people to the community and to highlight the businesses of Madeira for the past five years. I was very excited to see the tremendous value that the chamber has added to the Madeira business community and wanted to support its efforts as a member. This business community owes a debt of thanks to Greg Goetz and Kristen Herzer of PNC Bank, who strategized and fueled the growth of the chamber. The chamber enjoyed incredible support from the local businesses and this growth would not have been possible without the participation and volunteer efforts of many of the local business people.” Why did you agree to

become president? “I agreed to become president because I believe in the opportunities for growth in the Madeira business community. I helped organize the 2010 Madeira Centennial Criterium Bike Race and we are planning to hold this fantastic event on June 24. The marketing committee of the chamber is always looking to improve the visibility of Madeira businesses and bring people downtown to our business district. The race, Girls Night Out and Light Up Madeira all bring attention to our community and the tremendous variety we offer to shoppers. We also supported the farmers market, which has proven to be an incredible opportunity to introduce new people to the charms of Madeira. The chamber has introduced our shopping venues to many new people in the last few years and I want to see this effort continue and improve. We need to involve more businesses into active participation in the chamber and find more ways to poll our members on how we can better meet their needs." Have you plans to make any changes or additions to

the chamber programs offered? “In 2011, we will bring to the community one new program, which is a ‘Shop Local, Eat Local’ event on Aug. 25 produced in conjunction with the launch of Cincinnati Magazine’s ‘Eat Local’ edition which will focus on the ‘Eat Local’ phenomenon. This event will dovetail with the farmers market and should bring a good crowd to downtown Madeira. We will continue the sponsorship of Light Up Madeira in conjunction with the city and we will repeat the very popular Girls Night Out. I would like to see the chamber continue to improve the benefits of membership, particularly the benefits to our local businesses. We need to better define the needs of our businesses and determine if the events we are bringing to the community are having a positive impact on sales. Certainly, we have to be patient because events don’t increase sales overnight. We are looking to build a reputation for quality and a reputation for interesting events which will provide a certain polish to the reputation of Madeira. We know

that encouraging people to live in Madeira serves the community well and allows the schools and the businesses to prosper, promoting and maintaining property values.” What is the most important thing you hope to accomplish during your tenure? “I would like to see the bike race continue to grow. We need to find more volunteers to make this a long-time success. It is clear we need to build an organization which can sustain the event. Our first priority is to establish a goal for the event which is of interest to the community in general and to cyclists in particular. We have some ideas on what that might look like, but have not explored that potential.” Anything you’d like to add? “I am extremely proud and humbled by the opportunity to serve my community in this new role. I am open to all input and hope my fellow local businesses will continue their fantastic support of the chamber and its programs.”

Madeira hires Olson as high school principal By Amanda Hopkins

The Madeira Board of Education unanimously approved the hiring of Thomas Olson as the new high school principal at the March 21 school board meeting. Olson is in his 23rd year of teaching. He is the cur-

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Tom Olson, second from left, was approved by the Madeira Board of Education as the new principal at Madeira High School. Olson is with, from left: school board President David Templeton, Superintendent Steve Kramer and assistant Superintendent Kenji Matsudo.

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March 30, 2011

Study to help reduce costs By Forrest Sellers

Residents had an opportunity to see how the Indian Hill School District measures up against its peers. A “benchmarking� forum last week provided a look at how the district compares academically and financially to o t h e r schools. Data in a Knudson variety of areas including student achievement, expenditures per pupil, facilities costs, teacher salaries and transportation was presented by Superintendent Jane Knudson and members of the school board. All grades were incorporated into the study. Comparisons were made to 13 school districts in Ohio, including local school districts such as Forest Hills, Madeira, Mariemont, Sycamore and Wyoming as well as 10 school districts nationally. Schools were chosen based on similar demographics to the Indian Hill School District. Knudson said a goal of the benchmarking study was to use the information to improve efficiency and reduce costs in the district. She said some of the actions the district will take to reduce costs will include an energy audit, conducting a review of weekend activities and events to see where cuts can be made to save money and buying routing software to improve trans-

Madeira schools looking at guidance department Madeira guidance counselors, it was noted that they have many other The Madeira City duties outside of college School District is looking planning, including schedinto making changes in its uling classes for all students. guidance department. The committee also According to a schools planning commission pre- recommended requiring sented at the March 21 students to meet annually school board meeting, stu- with their counselor. Other dents are not getting recommendations includenough counseling for col- ed getting more parents involved, lege and career choices. According to a schools hma ov i rn ge S t e v e planning commission opportuTelford, a member of the presented at the March nities for ollege schools plan21 school board cvisits and ning commismeeting, students are adopting sion, said his committee recnot getting enough a software proommends that counseling for college gram to the school district look at and career choices. m a n a g e student more training for the high school guid- data. “It’s about finding the ance counselors in terms of helping students with best fit for each student,� college and career plan- schools planning commisning. There are two coun- sion member Cathy Born said. selors on staff. Assistant Superinten“We’re not meeting the needs of students in that dent Kenji Matsudo said he and special education area,� Telford said. The committee sur- director Kevin Wright will veyed recent Madeira meet with the guidance graduates for their input department to work on and also studied other implementing some of the area school district’s guid- recommendations. Matsuance departments as part do said he would report to the school board at a later of the study. Telford also suggested date. To read this study and that hiring a third counselor with specific training other Madeira schools commission in college and career coun- planning seling could be an option. studies, visit the school He said when talking with district website. By Amanda Hopkins


Indian Hill resident Rick Vigran was among the residents who attended a benchmarking forum presented by the Indian Hill Exempted Village School District. The forum showed how Indian Hill ranked academically and financially to other school districts both nationally and statewide. portation efficiency. Knudson said another way to control costs is the realignment of teachers based on enrollment and staffing needs. According to Knudson, enrollment at the high school has increased in recent years while enrollment at the other buildings has declined. The results of the benchmarking study will be posted on the district’s website at “It was interesting to see what is made available in other schools and where we rank,� said Indian Hill resident Jeff Graham, who has two first-graders in the district. Indian Hill resident Nancy Aichholz, who has

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Nine of the 19 eighth-graders at St. Vincent Ferrer School in Kenwood received high school scholarships. The group earned over $220,000 in scholarships to local Catholic high schools. Back row from left, Catherine Hidy of Indian Hill, Elizabeth Shannon of St. Ursula, Mary McGrath of Kenwood, Maria Anderson of Mount Healthy and Gabriella Martini of Sycamore Township. Front row from left, Matt Wagner of Sycamore Township, Robby Abraham of Sycamore Township, Dennis McGrath of Evendale and Andrew Luby of Kenwood.

St. Vincent eighth-graders win scholarships

By Amanda Hopkins

St. Vincent Ferrer Principal Doug Alpiger said the students at his school are overachieving because of hard work from everyone. “We have dedicated teachers, dedicated students and dedicated parents,” Alpiger said. Nine of the 19 eighthgrade students who took the high school placement test received scholarships to local Catholic high schools. Catherin Hidy of Indian Hill and Elizabeth Shannon of Sycamore Township will attend St. Ursula Academy next year. Hidy received scholarships to St. Ursula, Mount Notre Dame and Ursuline. Shannon earned a scholarship to Mount Notre Dame. Mary McGrath of Kenwood and Gabriella Martini of Sycamore Township will both attend Ursuline Acade-

my. McGrath and Martini also received scholarships to Ursuline and Mount Notre Dame for their scores on the placement test. Maria Anderson of Mount Healthy chose McAuley High School after earning scholarships to both McAuley and Mother of Mercy High Schools. Matt Wagner of Sycamore Township earned scholarships to both Moeller and Purcell Marian but will attend Moeller next fall. Robby Abraham of Sycamore Township, Dennis McGrath of Evendale and Andrew Luby of Kenwood were all recognized with the St. Francis Xavier award for scoring in the top five percent. All three will attend St. Xavier. Abraham also earned a scholarship to Summit Country Day. McGrath and Luby both earned scholarships to Moeller and Purcell Marian.






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Students, parents enjoy dance Organizers of Indian Hill High School’s Odd Couples Dance said that this year’s dance can best be described by the old cliché, “A good time was had by all.” The dance, a mother/son and father/daughter dance for juniors and seniors, was held in February in the high school’s cafeteria. Its purpose was to raise money for the Indian Hill After Prom. Event organizers Monique Sewell and Marianna Renfro said they paid attention to every detail. With the help of Leigh Anne Meurer’s creative ideas and decorations, the cafeteria was transformed. By using large silver stars, disco balls and twinkle lights, the “Dancing with the Stars” theme was apparent. They also made use of the cafeteria’s audio-visual equipment by displaying various scenes on the large screen, such as candid photographs taken during the evening and the raffle items for the night. Many area businesses, including Ramouldo, Leslie at the Strand, Mitchell’s, Pure Concepts and Helen Adams Photography, donated items and gift certificates for the raffle.


The event co-chairs were, from left, Monique Sewell and Marianna Renfro. The Kremchek family donated tickets to a Cincinnati Cyclones game and a baseball autographed by Cincinnati Reds player and National League MVP Joey Votto. Also, the Madeira Kroger donated gift cards for the raffle, food and cases of bottled water. Nearly 240 mothers, sons, fathers and daughters attended the dance. “Monique and I are so excited to reestablish this as a fun and well attended event. We’ve heard a lot of

great feedback from the kids,” said Renfro. “Several girls said it was more fun than Homecoming, and one even said she wished her dad could go with her to prom.” “This year, we raised $5,000 which is nearly double the proceeds from last year,” said Sewell. “Raising money for After Prom was one of our main objectives, so we feel very satisfied.” The other objective was for everyone to have fun, said the organizers. Jim LaBarbera was the DJ for the evening, helping dancers party to The Electric Slide, the chicken dance and a spontaneous conga line.


Chrissy Fixler, co-chair of this year’s After Prom, is seen her at the dance with her son, Alex.


Bob Newton (left) is enjoying the conga line with daughter Natalie at the dance.

HONOR ROLLS Ursuline Academy The following students have earned honors for the second quarter of 2010-2011.


Honors – Caroline Berger, Allison Bro-

phy, Samantha Fry, Caroline Greiwe, Kelly Grogan, Caroline Kirk, Victoria Klee, Shannon Kronenberger, Mary McGraw, Zenab Saeed, Marisa Seremet, Allison Werner and Elizabeth Woodall.


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haus, Ellen Hinkley and Anastacia Taylor.


First Honors – Emily Duderstadt, Molly Frost, Jaikin Harrell, Allison Purdy and Amanda Rolfes. Second Honors – Abigail Secker


First Honors – Claire Barrett, Natasha Bell, Katherine Brewer, Cecily Foote, Margaret Kirk, Marilyn Mitchell and Nicole Stagge. Second Honors – Kathlyn Fessler, Holly Gruber, Sarah Keller, Katherine Purdy and Laurel Wiebe.

Seven Hills’ National Merit semifinalists qualify as finalists

All of the Seven Hills School’s 11 semifinalists in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program have qualified as finalists. They are, from left: Front row, Peppar Cyr, Julianne Bain, Elisse Hill and Sasha Lieberman; back row, Chase Atherton, Justine Cefalu, Mia Perlman, Haleigh Monaco, Victoria Huang, Nathan Markiewitz and Gabriel Blanco. PROVIDED

All of the Seven Hills School’s 11 semifinalists in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program have qualified as finalists. The 11 students, who represent 16 percent of the senior class, are: Chase Atherton of Symmes Township, Julianne Bain of Mont-

gomery, Gabriel Blanco of Indian Hill, Justine Cefalu of Brighton, Peppar Cyr of East Walnut Hills, Elisse Hill of Mason, Victoria Huang of Mason, Sasha Lieberman of Mason, Nathan Markiewitz of Kenwood, Haleigh Monaco of Clifton, and Mia Perlman of Symmes Township.

Hill also qualified as a National Achievement finalist. The seniors, who are among 15,000 finalists and represent less than 1 percent of high school seniors nationally, will continue to compete this spring for 8,400 Merit Scholarship awards worth $36 million. Brought to you by:




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March 30, 2011

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Youth + experience = Deer Park softball By Scott Springer

After back-to-back 13-9 seasons (8-6 in the Cincinnati Hills League in 2010) Deer Park softball coach Bill Newton has the luxury of returning all of his


Deer Park’s Stacie Bradford pitched her Wildcats to a 7-2 sectional victory over Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy last season. Bradford was 13-9 with 140 strikeouts in 137 innings last spring.

starters. Because of that and a great amount of team speed, the Lady Wildcats figure to be at or near the top of the league this spring. “A lot of these girls came in as freshman as we transitioned from a top team in the league to the middle of the road,” Newton said. “They’re really, really talented even though softball’s not their major sport. At a small school like Deer Park, that’s just one of the may things they do. If this group just focused on softball, they’d be great.” Included in that group are seniors Autumn Bruewer, Stacie Bradford, Casey Berling, Rachel McGowan and Becca Kellerman. Bruewer was a CHL first-team catcher last year, hitting .493 with 21 steals. Bradford was second team going 13-9 on the mound (third in league in wins) with 140 strikeouts (third) and a 2.35 ERA. Berling at shortstop was fourth in the league in runs batted in with 22 and hit .387 with 16 stolen bases. In addition to that experience, Deer Park has youth on its side. “We had three impact freshmen last year, and we’ll have three impact freshmen this year,” Newton said. “Those young girls actually pushed the older girls, which is kind of unusual.” Sophomores Hannah Smith (first base), Kaitlin Siemers (outfield) and Lea Gatto (second base) all started last year. Gatto hit .311 with a home run and 15 runs batted in.


Casey Berling and Autumn Bruewer participated in the North-South D-III All-Star Softball Game last June at West Carrolton High School. Bruewer is the catcher and Berling is the shortstop for the Deer Park High School Wildcats. Both return for coach Bill Newton this season. Now, Alexis Noland, Sara Kramer and Holly Stepp will figure into the Wildcat equation as freshman.

In Noland’s case, the lack of reserve pitching will keep her down at times, but not for long. “We don’t have another JV

pitcher,” Newton said. “She’s going to play on varsity when we don’t have JV games. She’s really, really good. If she wasn’t having to pitch JV, there’s a good chance she would start for varsity.” Kramer and Stepp are good bets to start as freshmen. Newton credits the surrounding area for providing such talent to the high school fast-pitch diamonds. “I think it (Deer Park) is a softball community,” Newton said. “I know every girl we’ve got coming up from 10-years-old.” Deer Park’s last league title was five years ago. The key to winning another one comes down to balls, strikes and fielding. “If our pitching comes through this year, we could be really good,” Newton said. “If it does average, we’ll just be above-average. We have five good pitchers; we just need one to step up and be really good.” In addition to three-year starter Bradford, Kramer and Noland are in the mound mix, along with McGowan and Smith.

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The Lady Eagles and head coach Pat Hessler hope to take a big step from last season’s 11-8 record. Returning starters Alex Jeffers, Kelsie Elliott, Amanda Pritchard and Kenzie Bergh should all prove to be valuable contributors throughout the season. Newcomers Allison Arthur and Olivia Essell should also aid the Eagle’s lineup.

Mount Notre Dame

Cliff Kilian has the tough task of taking over Mount Notre Dame’s softball program after Jackie Cornelius-Bedel’s departure to Oak Hills. The Cougars are coming off a 22-7 mark (7-3 in the GGCL Scarlet) where they lost in the sectional finals to Lakota West. Cornelius-Bedel had four consecutive winning seasons, with last year’s win total her best.

Unfortunately, five of MND’s best six players have moved on and this will be a very sophomore-heavy squad. Kilian will inherit returning senior in Avery Larkin. Larkin catches and was first team all-GGCL in 2010 with a .389 average and 31 runs batted in. Also on the all-GGCL second team last year was Chelsea Jackson who is back as a junior third baseman. Jackson hit .295, drove in 12 runs and stole nine bases.

Amazon women take to the mound By Scott Springer

Retirement from coaching softball at Madeira didn’t last long for Stephanie Megois. After serving as Dave Schlensker’s assistant for years, Megois left the Amazon dugout when he stepped aside to focus solely on Madeira girls basketball. That all changed with the addition of Maria Disbennett to the Madeira coaching tree. “The plan is she’ll take over next year and I’m just the interim actually,” Megois said. The reason? Disbennett is expecting a baby in April. Because of that, Madeira athletic director Joe Kimling called Megois and asked her to stay around a year. In the meantime, Disbennett has been at practice helping Megois help the Amazons. For those concerned with Disbennett’s impending childbirth on the ball field, worry not. She’s in good hands with coach Megois around. “I should be OK because I’m actually a registered nurse,” Megois said. “We should be fine.” Madeira returns four starters – senior Samantha Macke (first base), senior Amanda Wyrick (shortstop), junior outfielder Anne Gulick and junior second baseman Leah Kirby. Megois plans to move


At smaller CHL schools like Madeira, many of the athletes participate in a variety of sports. Anne Gulick (pictured here with the Amazons’ basketball team) is a junior outfielder who missed last season due to injuries. She’s one of the upperclassmen being counted on by interim coach Stephanie Megois to start. Gulick also returned to the Madeira volleyball team last fall.

Macke across the diamond from first to third. “She has great, soft hands,” Megois said. “She should be able to make some plays down there.” Madeira’s other senior of note, Wyrick, moves from second to short and hit .312 last season, while driving in 21 runs. “She (Wyrick) hit some great triples for us last year,” Megois said. “Her slugging percentage was .442 and her on base percentage was .338. She really came through in the clutch for us last year.” From the junior class, the Amazons have Anne Gulick back who also plays volleyball and basketball. Most of her sophomore athletic career was missed due to a knee injury. “I want to say she got in a couple innings in our last game,” Megois said. “She’s really athletic and she’s probably going to be our best leader on the team starting in centerfield.” Like many of the sports at Madeira, freshmen and sophomores have the opportunity to contribute early and this season is no different on the softball diamond. “Clare Gordon’s a freshman, and she’s going to pitch for us,” Megois said. “She pitched for our junior high club team and has a little speed to her. She’s able to throw a change-up at this point and she’s got a screwball. She should be able to

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Madeira High School interim coach Stephanie Megois was a 10-year assistant for former coach Dave Schlensker. Maria Disbennett is scheduled to take over the Amazons’ softball squad in 2012, but is limited this spring due to pregnancy. move the ball around for us.” As tough as it may be for Gordon to adjust to varsity ball as a freshmen pitcher, it may be even tougher for a freshman catcher, which is what Abby Seaman is. “She’s pretty quick behind the plate,” Megois said. “She really wants to catch, and she’s pretty aggressive at the plate.” As good as the veterans and newcomers may be, asking them to repeat as sectional champs/district runners-up again could be a little much. Records of 21-7 (13-1 CHL) don’t come easy. “This is going to be a huge rebuilding year for us, because we did graduate seven starters,” Megois said. Megois points to Reading as Madeira’s chief competitor this spring. A year ago, the Blue Devils handed the Amazons their one league loss.

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Fast-pitch Braves back on the diamond By Scott Springer

Indian Hill softball coach John Slonim took Cincinnati Hills League coach of the year honors last season and deservedly so. The Braves won but four games in 2008 and Slonim upped that total to nine wins a year later. Last spring, he doubled the amount to finish 18-8 (8-6, CHL). As good as he is, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doubtful heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll double the mark again this year. First off, they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t play that many games. More importantly, he lost a senior pitching-catching tandem in CHL first-teamers Becca Conn and Heidi Wagner. Indian Hill will roll this season with just two seniors, three juniors and a bevy of underclassmen. That might not equate to instant success, but it does bode well for future seasons. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to have four starting freshman,â&#x20AC;? Slonim said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In a smaller league like this, that can happen. Plus, in a sport like softball, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the physicality of soccer or basketball.â&#x20AC;? Johanna Wagner is expected to take over where her older sister, Heidi (fouryear starter), left off as a pitcher and infielder. Ally Hermes pitches and will do so to frosh receiver Samantha King. Ellie Stokley starts varsity year one in the outfield. The youngsters will be complemented by veteran starters Kelsey Bauer, Christy Wright, Jeannette Jinkinson, Katie Howe and Lindy Howe, with Bauer the only senior of the bunch. Wright is Indian Hillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top returning player, making CHL second team as a sophomore. The third baseman hit .420 and stole 19 bases. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Real pure athlete,â&#x20AC;? Slonim said of Wright. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nice and smooth. She had a real nice year hitting. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coming in healthy. Last year she played JV basketball and dinged up her finger coming in.â&#x20AC;? Wrightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s junior teammates also possess some speed as shortstop Jinkinson hit .307 with 19 steals and first baseman Katie Howe was at .304 with 16 thefts. As mentioned, two freshmen, Wagner and Hermes will share the rubber. Johanna Wagnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sister,



One of the St. Nicholas Knights fourth-grade volleyball teams celebrate becoming league champions in their division with a 26-4 record, recently. In back, from left, are coach Amy Rieman, Maddy Minshall, Kate Mumper, Kamryn Vonderhaar, Anna Perry, Mary White and coach Betsy Murray. In front, from left, are Micah Blue, Sarah Murray, Maria Spaeth, Emma Falci and Rosie Airaldi.


Indian Hillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Christy Wright goes after the ground ball at third base in a game last season. Wright is one of coach John Slonimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s returning starters. The Lady Braves were 18-8 last spring.


Madeiraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Christy Spink is tagged out at third by Indian Hillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Christy Wright in a Lady Braves game last season. Wright was a second team CHL performer for coach John Slonim in 2010. Heidi, was Slonimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s catcher last year and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s equally as confident of her talent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She could play all nine positions,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She can play infield. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be the No. 2 pitcher probably behind Hermes.â&#x20AC;? Hermes and freshman catcher Samantha King play on travel softball teams, so they bring more competitive

experience than Slonim traditionally sees in a freshman player. Having those two for four years is a bonus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Are you kidding me?â&#x20AC;? Slonim said with a grateful chuckle. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s huge. Pitching and catching â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what percent of the game it is â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s awfully high in softball.â&#x20AC;? Slonim sees Reading as the CHL team to beat this year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The coach has been there a long time,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Deer Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another one with a real good coach. Wyomingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tough and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re kind of in there. We could be anywhere from second to fifth.â&#x20AC;? Slonim points to 15 wins as a goal for his youthful team, but cautions that April weather sometimes makes it difficult to reach that figure. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;rain danceâ&#x20AC;? is one move he probably wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t teach these young Braves.

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Determining what is a ‘true’ investment Our old version of the Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary says an investment is, “the investing of money or capital for income or profit.” I am also old enough to have used this dictionary and to have studied business administration with professors who actually taught business. Today, our economy is afflicted with professors who allegedly teach business, but have never actually experienced having to produce a profit or meet a payroll and the associated taxes. Somehow, business in their minds, is a means to some sort of social justice. This is evident in the use of the

word “investment” in public use. For the sake of this essay, “investment” will be used to indicate the government concept of an outlay that has little or no chance of a profitable return to the tax paying public. An investment by a business entity is a calculated risk that is intended to, and has a high potential of producing a profit for the business. On the other hand, an “investment” by any government agency has an entirely different purpose. The sole purpose is to ensure that elected officials maintain their offices and power. So, let’s start with “investments.” To make it easy, I’ll pick one close to home. How about the

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Should the United States rethink its nuclear power program and plans because if the situation in Japan? Why or why not? “If you mean by ‘rethink’ that U.S. energy policy should adapt and learn from the best available engineering and safety practices, then yes. If you mean panic, then no. “As President Obama has pointed out, nuclear power is an essential part of our (and other countries’) energy future given the need to address global climate disruption. “Our biggest problem is NIMBYism (not in my backyard) that precludes safe, secure storage of waste. We must be willing to store some of that waste in Ohio and share the burden, given that we all reap the benefits of abundant energy. “And, we must not cut corners on safety and design costs, so that we minimize the chances of a Fukushima Daiichi-type incident.” D.P.

Next questions What should the top priorities be for the Madeira Chamber of Commerce? Where are the worst potholes or roads in your community? What do you think of the way the U.S. has responded to the demonstrations in the Middle East, including Libya and Egypt? What should we have done differently? 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. does to the environment or the health risks to the coal miners it is still much safer than nuclear energy. “There are also hydro, solar and wind solutions that are not being used enough!” J.W.

“Let us move ahead. Technology keeps changing and more pre“The U.S. Department of Ener- cautions are being built into the gy reports, the last reactor built plans. We need to get something was the ‘River Bend’ plant in going for energy instead of Washington just talkLouisiana. Its coning about it. struction began in “Where is the March of 1977. The “Let us move ahead. push for our last plant to begin abundance of commercial operation Technology keeps natural gas? Why is the ‘Watts Bar’ changing and more aren’t we drilling plant in Tennessee, here? Oh no, let’s which came online in precautions are force car makers 1996. into electric car “As America’s being built into the manufacturing so population grows so plans. We need to that China makes does our need for get something going more money inexpensive energy. because they How will we recharge for energy instead of supply the batteror electric cars? Japan ies. is the world’s largest Washington just “Why can’t importer of LNG (liqtalking about it.” we build the uefied natural gas) United States up and coal and the third through industry largest net importer of oil. “The earthquake operators of to be more self-sufficient?” C.A.S. the Fukushima Dai complex told safety regulators they failed to “I think all of the security and inspect 33 pieces of equipment including a motor and backup safety precautions should be revisited. We should also take generator for the No. 1 reactor. “The argument of nuclear advantage of what they find power or not has many issues to through the investigations in consider. The United States should Japan.” B.N. rethink its nuclear power plans in light of the situation in Japan. If “No, I think with all the safety we were victims of a quake like the one in Japan how would we measures that have gone into planning before the plants are react? “God bless the Japanese peo- built that they are safe.” ple. Please pray for them.” L.S. C.M. How can Deer Park attract “Yes, I think the risk is far new residents? greater than the reward. While I No responses. don’t really like what burning coal

streetcar? How many of us think a private investor would stake his or his clients money on this? Well, not without some detailed research indicating a strong likelihood of a profit on the venture. A politician has no personal stake in the project except for reelection. This is done by satisfying groups who would gain income and jobs at public expense. The cost to the general public in taxes and lost jobs for those who are not his favored constituents is not his or her concern. The few jobs gained are more than offset by monetary losses in the local economy. The thing that the public has to

learn here is that when a politician uses the term “investment” it is almost always a selfish vote gathering device. If the politician felt there was any financial benefit in the project, you can be sure he would find a way for private industry to do it and that he would have money invested in it. Now, what about investments? Yes, I mean real investments! The kind you make on a house or your retirement income. You have a stake in it and carefully research all of the possibilities. If you thought the streetcar was a possible money winner, you would only invest if you could hire proper management. Before you tore up streets and laid

Indian Hill schools must reduce spending The United States has 15,000 school districts, each with a School Board setting overall direction and goals, which the district’s Superintendent executes. A succession of Indian Hill Boards have gradually allowed us to become one of the highest cost districts in Ohio. Eighty-three percent of the budget is salary related, and the lion’s share is paid to teachers. As Boards negotiated with teachers and their union, it was no contest! The teacher’s side consistently won salary concessions, leading to today’s high costs. The Buckeye Institute provides salary data for Ohio teachers. Here’s a brief analysis of Indian Hill’s 172 teachers, principals and administrators with salaries greater than $50,000: Salary Number percent $100,000 5 3 $90-$100 21 12 $80-$90 41 24 $70-$80 48 28 $60-$70 31 18 $50-$60 26 15 52 percent make between $70,000 and $90,000. There are some teachers with salaries in the $30,000-$50,000 range, and a large group of aides and part-time people with salaries in the $20,000s. This group, averaged

in with the high earners, is what probably brings the published average down to today‘s $72,193. Let’s look at a hypothetical Richard teacher making Cocks $ 8 2 , 0 0 0 / y e a r with 15 sick Community days (which can Press guest be carried over columnist year to year) and three personal days allowed each year. The contractual work year is typically 185 days, 7.5 hours/day. On an 8 hour/day basis, and assuming that all sick days are used (or paid) this teacher works about 34 weeks/year vs. 47 weeks for the private sector (with five weeks of vacation and holidays). On a time-worked basis, this is equivalent to a private sector salary of $113,000. Add to this a $54,000 pension available after 30 years, a generous health care plan and the ability to move to new salary plateaus by obtaining advanced degrees (today, often via the Internet), and you have what I describe as a great job! My hat is


off to the teachers and their union for excellent contract negotiations. Indian Hill has an undeserved reputation of being a low property tax district. This is obviously not the case. Per pupil spending is currently $15,373/year for Indian Hill, $12,242 for similar districts, and $10,565 for Ohio’s average. As taxpayers, we face state and national economic problems, potential local tax increases, and will be affected by Cincinnati’s problems. If our district gets a reputation as a high-cost area it could affect its appeal as a place to live. If you share these concerns do something about it. Begin by insisting that the school board reduce spending, ideally via a cost reduction goal. How does “Reduce per pupil spending to similar district average by FY 2015” sound? I’d be delighted to see $250,000/year of the savings devoted to an incentive program for school administrators. The reward for taxpayers would be $7,000,000/year in reduced spending, with a 20 percent reduction in school related property tax. Richard Cocks is a 45 year resident of Indian Hill.

Recorder explains his function Many times I am asked, “What does the county recorder do?” In Ohio, the county recorder keeps and maintains accurate land records that are current, legible and easily accessible. An important aspect of the recorder’s work is to index each document so it may be readily located. Accurate indexing makes it possible for persons searching land records to find the documents necessary to establish a “chain of title” (history of ownership) and ensures that any debts, liens, or encumbrances against the property are evident. Without the work of the county recorder in recording, organizing, and safekeeping all documents in a competent and logical manner, it would be nearly impossible to purchase land and be assured of a clear title or to lend money with land as security. These vital records are utilized by land title examiners, attorneys, historians, genealogists, and the

general public. The practice of recording real estate documents is based on law in England which traveled to the New World with the Wayne colonists. Coates Public land were Community registrars appointed in Press guest colonial Americolumnist ca to keep accurate records. A system of registration was necessary to prove the right of persons who first made claims to property. In 1787 the Northwest Territory was formed, encompassing all lands north and west of the Ohio River. A recorder’s office was established in each county. Ohio became a state in 1803 and although the state constitution did not provide for a recorder’s office, the first state leg-

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tracks you would most likely consider an alternative. A bus made to Edward Levy look like a trolCommunity ley is in use in Press guest many cities. It can be disconcolumnist tinued at little expense. You would also insist on competitive bidding to be sure your costs are in line. A recent look at state capitols including our own is a good example of the cost of “investments” to the public. Edward Levy is a longtime resident of Montgomery and a former college instructor.

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islature mandated that a recorder be appointed in each county by the judges of the court of common pleas. In 1829 the recorder’s office became an elective position and in 1936 the term was established at four years. Hopefully, this has helped to better understand what the county recorder does. You may wish to visit the Hamilton County Recorder’s website at www. to get a better understanding as well. Should you or someone you know care to have your Hamilton County Recorder’s office make a presentation to your Hamilton County group, please contact us at 946-4561. We appreciate the opportunity to visit community groups and educate our citizens as to what we do at the recorder’s office. Wayne Coates is the Hamilton County Recorder, former state legislator, former mayor of Forest Park, and Realtor.



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Montgomery woman gets Exemplar Award

A record-breaking crowd of approximately 215 local graduates, current students, recently admitted high school seniors and friends of the University of Notre Dame gathered Jan. 9 at St. Xavier High School for the Notre Dame Club of Greater Cincinnati’s annual Communion Breakfast. The Rev. Paul Kollman (classes of 1984,1990) a Cincinnati native who graduated from Moeller High School and an associate professor of theology at Notre Dame, traveled from South Bend to celebrate the Mass. Chaired by Don Karches (class of 1982) of North Bend, the event included

the presentation of the club’s 2011 Exemplar Award to Carole Adlard (class of 1974). A breakfast buffet followed. Carole Adlard, a resident of Montgomery, received the 2011 Exemplar Award at the breakfast. The Exemplar Award was established as an annual club award in 2002 to promote and hold up as an example the ideals and achievements of Greater Cincinnati or University individuals who have provided exemplary, life-long service to humanity through career or volunteer involvement. The 2011 award honors Adlard for her exceptional


The Notre Dame Class of 1971 is well represented at the Notre Dame Club of Greater Cincinnati’s annual Communion Breakfast, Jan. 9, by Pat Weber of Delhi Township, Don Feldmann of Finneytown, Dan Koppenhafer of Symmes Township and Paul Dillenburger.


Stephanie Sieswerda, a junior at Notre Dame, talks with with Suzanne Brungs and Dana Sieswerda during the Notre Dame Club of Greater Cincinnati’s annual Communion Breakfast.


The Foley family of South Lebanon, Amy, Andrew, Todd and Adam, enjoy the Notre Dame Club of Greater Cincinnati’s annual Communion Breakfast.

contributions in the field of adoption education and teenage health and development, particularly as executive director of Healthy Visions. Founded by Adlard in 1986, Healthy Visions (formerly called Adoption Option Inc.) is a Cincinnatibased nonprofit educational agency that provides programming to help people make better choices to build stronger relationships during adolescence, marriage and parenting. Originally established to educate people about adoption and to counter its negative misunderstandings, Adlard later expanded the organization’s vision to include teen health/relationship education, premarital compatibility assessments, marriage skills training and parenting skills for at-risk parents. Healthy Visions promotes self-respect, healthy dating, and successful marriages to cultivate healthier families and a stronger, healthier society. Healthy Visions programs have been offered in cooperation with hundreds of schools and social service agencies in Greater Cincinnati and beyond, reaching more than 200,000 youth, parents and couples. Adlard graduated from St. Ursula Academy and was among the first group of undergraduate women to be admitted to Notre Dame, graduating in 1974. She and her husband, Ed, live in Montgomery and have four children. In addition to chair Don Karches, others assisting with the event included Paul Dillenburger, Exemplar Award committee chair Don Feldmann, club president Mike Gearin, Kevin McManus, Bob McQuiston, St. Xavier liaison John Schrantz, club treasurer Courtney Weber, Marc Wolnitzek, musicians Julie Bartish and Jeannine Groh, liturgical ministers Hannah Karches, Holly Karches, Zach Karches, Louise Redden, and Keith Ruehlman and Tracy Duwel of Taste of Class Catering. The Notre Dame Club of Greater Cincinnati is an


The 2011 Exemplar Award recipient Carole Adlard (Montgomery), celebrates Notre Dame Club of Greater Cincinnati’s annual Communion Breakfast Jan. 9 with Exemplar Committee chair Don Feldmann of Finneytown, left, Event chair Don Karches of North Bend and the Reverend Paul Kollman, C.S.C., Associate Professor of Theology at Notre Dame and formerly a Montgomery resident.


Megan and Molly McShane enjoy the Notre Dame Club of Greater Cincinnati’s annual Communion Breakfast, Jan. 9. PROVIDED

Jim and Eileen Simon of Montgomery, Michelle Simon of Symmes Township and Sarah Ritter of North College Hill enjoy the Notre Dame Club of Greater Cincinnati’s annual Communion Breakfast.


Club Treasurer Courtney Weber of Mount Adams and Young Alum Coordinator Caroline White of Hyde Park enjoy the Notre Dame Club of Greater Cincinnati’s annual Communion Breakfast. active local organization serving the more than 1600 graduates, students and friends of the University of Notre Dame in the Tristate area. In addition to providing nearly $100,000 in scholarship support each year to local students attending Notre Dame, the club also sponsors more than 50 events or programs annually, including opportunities for community service, continuing education, and Catholic/Christian spirituality. Membership and club events are open to friends of Notre Dame, whether or not they attended the University. For more information, visit the club website at\


Moeller High School senior Brendan Holmes, who was recently accepted to Notre Dame, enjoys the morning with parents Jim and Cathy, all of Loveland, during the Notre Dame Club of Greater Cincinnati’s annual Communion Breakfast.


Sister John Miriam Jones, S.C., club chaplain and former assistant provost at Notre Dame center, of Delhi Township, is greeted by club President Mike Gearin and his wife, Maureen, of Sycamore Township at the Notre Dame Club of Greater Cincinnati’s annual Communion Breakfast.



The Karches family, Jane, Holly, Zach, Don, and Hannah of North Bend, enjoy the Notre Dame Club of Greater Cincinnati’s annual Communion Breakfast.

Local graduates from the class of 1984 welcome back classmate Rev. Paul Kollman at the Notre Dame Club of Greater Cincinnati’s annual Communion Breakfast. From left: Tom Breitenbach of Anderson Township, Mary Beth and Bob Lucian of Symmes Township, Kollman, formerly of Montgomery, Jamie Eifert of Blue Ash, Bob Stewart of Anderson Township and Mike Schmitt of Mount Lookout.


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Anne Marie (Kollman) and Ron Kaes of Montgomery enjoy the morning with Lindsay and John McShane at the Notre Dame Club of Greater Cincinnati’s annual Communion Breakfast.



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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. Through April 29. 561-7400; e-mail; Indian Hill.

Fish Fry-Days, 5-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Includes fried fish, fish sandwich, shrimp, salmon and child’s dinners, soup, sides, desserts, sodas and beer. Carryout and Drive thru available, drinks not included. Benefits Youth ministry’s mission trip to Kanawha County, West Virginia. Fifty cents-$10. Presented by Community of the Good Shepherd. 489-8815; Montgomery.


Blues Merchants, 7:30-11 p.m., deSha’s American Tavern, 11320 Montgomery Road, 247-9933; Montgomery.


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.


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


LoHeat, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., H.D. Beans Cafe, 6721 Montgomery Road, Jam with rock and blues music. 793-6036; Silverton.


Chris Porter, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $10, $5 college and military night. Ages 18 and up. Special engagement; no coupons or passes accepted. 984-9288; Montgomery.


The Fantasticks, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, Music by Harvey Schmidt, book and lyrics by Tom Jones and directed by Rosco Mlinek. $17. Presented by Mariemont Players Inc. Through April 3. 684-1236; Columbia Township.


JCC Spring Break Camp, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Grades K-6. Before-camp 8-9:30 a.m. and after-camp 3:30-6 p.m. programs available. $58, $48 members. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.


Codependents Anonymous, 7 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Free, donations accepted. 5034262; Montgomery. F R I D A Y, A P R I L 1


Introduction to Horse Driving for Farming Purposes, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Turner Farm, $150 for two days. Registration required. 561-7400; e-mail; Indian Hill.


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. Hartzell United Methodist Church Lenten Fish Fry, 4-7 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, 8999 Applewood Drive, All-you-can-eat fried cod dinner with sides, beverages and desserts. Also, grilled chicken breast, shrimp, shrimp basket and cheese pizza dinners with sides, beverages and desserts. Carryout menu is a 3-piece fish sandwich. $9, $5 carryout only, $4 ages 510, free ages 3 and under. 891-8527. Blue Ash.

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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. Boy Scout Triple Nickel Fish Fry, 5-7 p.m., St. Gertrude School, 6543 Miami Ave., Cafeteria. Eat in or carryout. Dinner includes choice of fish, fish sandwich, or cheese pizza; with fries or macaroni and cheese; and coleslaw or apple sauce; a beverage and dessert. Family friendly. $7, $5 children. Presented by Boy Scout Troop 555. 6523477. Madeira. Silverton Deer Park Firefighters Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., Silverton Deer Park Firefighters Protective Association, 3875 Alta Ave., Fish or shrimp plate with sides and dessert. Senior or children’s fish with dessert. Call for delivery or carryout. Delivery available in Silverton and Deer Park only. $6.50-$7.50; individual items $1-$5.50. 791-2500. Silverton.


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.


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


Chris Porter, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $15. Ages 18 and up. 984-9288; Montgomery.


The Fantasticks, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township. S A T U R D A Y, A P R I L 2


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


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.

Chris Porter, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $15. Ages 21 and up. 984-9288; Montgomery.


The Fantasticks, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township. S U N D A Y, A P R I L 3


Family Puppet-Making Workshop, 1-3 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Create dragon sock puppet with big teeth. Instructor: Judy Workman. Family friendly. $27, $20 members for parent/child combo; $5 additional child. Plus $8 material fee per person. Registration required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

Trinity Community Church of Deer Park has Trinity Together Time from 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5. The outreach program for children ages 5 and younger and parents or caregivers is offered the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Pictured is Farmer Frank, of Sunrock Farms, in Wilder, Ky, showing off one of the farm’s lambs during a past visit to Trinity Together Time. For more information, call 791-7631.



Chris Porter, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, $10, $5 bar and restaurant employee appreciation night. Ages 18 and up. 984-9288; Montgomery.


The Fantasticks, 2 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, $17. 684-1236; Columbia Township. M O N D A Y, A P R I L 4


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. T U E S D A Y, A P R I L 5


Poetry Workshop for Women, 7-9 p.m., Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, For women interested in writing as a spiritual and creative practice. Includes instruction in the art and craft of poetry, writing time and opportunities for participants to share what they have written. Poetry craft sessions held on alternate Tuesdays to provide opportunities for constructive feedback. $175 weekly with craft session. Registration required. 683-2340; Loveland.


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



Samba Jazz Syndicate, 7-10 p.m., Cactus Pear Southwest Bistro, 9500 Kenwood Road, No cover. 791-4424. Blue Ash. TBS presents the Rooftop Comedy College Competition, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, Ohio State University vs. Miami University. Ages 18 and up. $5. 9849288; Montgomery.


Trinity Together Time, 1-2:30 p.m., Trinity Community Church, 3850 E. Galbraith Road, Outreach program for children and parents or caregivers. Ages 5 and under and their parents/caregivers. Family friendly. Free. 791-7631. Deer Park. W E D N E S D A Y, A P R I L 6


Hadassah Donor Luncheon, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Kenwood Country Club, 6501 Kenwood Road, Rita Rothenberg honored. Music by Gayna Bassin, violin, and Claire Lee, piano. Benefits Hadassah. Additional optional donation to benefit Jewish National Fund to plant trees in Carmel area of Israel devastated by recent fire. Benefits Hadassah. $30, plus $75 minimum donation. Registration required. Presented by Hadassah. 8216157; Madeira.

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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.


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


John Evans, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $8, $4 college and military night. Ages 18 and up. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery. F R I D A Y, A P R I L 8

COOKING CLASSES Adult Cooking Classes by Chef Jamie, 6-8 p.m., Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road, French Cooking for the Home. 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. FOOD & DRINK


Gloriously Gluten-Free, Noon-1 p.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Erin Swing, expert gluten-free organic chemist and chef, showcases culinary innovations. Ages 18 and up. $15. 985-0900. Montgomery.

St. Columban Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., St. Columban Church, $1-$12. 683-0105; Loveland. St. John the Evangelist Fish Fry, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m., St. John the Evangelist Church, 7121 Plainfield Road, Cafeteria. Includes fried or baked fish, shrimp, pizza, sides, beverages and desserts. Carryout available. Fifty cents to $8. 791-3238. Deer Park. St. Margaret-St. John/Prince of Peace Fish Fry, 5:30-7:30 p.m., St. Margaret of Cortona Church, $7 dinners. 271-0856; Madisonville.

Wine Bar Tasting, 4-7 p.m., The Wine Store, Fifty cents per taste. 984-9463; Montgomery. Hartzell United Methodist Church Lenten Fish Fry, 4-7 p.m., Hartzell United Methodist Church, $9, $5 carryout only, $4 ages 5-10, free ages 3 and under. 8918527. Blue Ash.

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About Boating Safely, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Raymond Walters College, 9555 Plainfield Road, This beginner boating class will give you the knowledge needed to obtain a boat license or safety certification in many states. Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete About Boating Safely. $25. Registration required. Presented by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. 271-3362; e-mail; Blue Ash.


Boot Camp, 6:30-7:30 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $120 for 10 classes; free for members. 985-6742. Montgomery.


Pro-Am Night, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, Aspiring comics, amateurs and professionals take the stage. Ages 18 and up. $5. 984-9288; Montgomery. T H U R S D A Y, A P R I L 7



Be part of the science adventure, “Tornado Alley,” the new OMNIMAX film at the Cincinnati Museum Center, with Sean Casey, star of Discovery Channel’s “Storm Chasers.” Witness the beginnings of a tornado and travel with a scientific team in the film. For show times and information, call 287-7000 or visit

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. Family friendly. Free. 257-0705. Symmes Township. Working With Your Local School District and State Board of Education, 7-8:30 p.m., Robert L. Schuler Sports Complex, 11532 Deerfield Road, Panel discussion on how to communicate with your school board with State School Board Rep. Debe Terhar, Randy Smith and Jay Groenke. Free. Reservations required. Presented by Empower U Ohio. 202-3140; Sycamore Township.


“In the Mood,” a 13-piece big band orchestra and singer/swing dance show with the music of the 1940s, comes to the Aronoff Center Saturday, April 2. Hear the music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and more. Performances are at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $27.50 through $57.50. Call 513-6212787 or visit


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Dear body of mine, are you my friend or are you my foe? “it’s the inconvenience.” Wrong! It’s not just the inconvenience or the pain. It’s our too obvious aging, our mortality, our turncoat body that irritates us. Betrayal by a friend. Now it seems our bodies shout an assessment for all to hear. “This person is not worth as much as before because their body is losing it.” People begin to send us funny birthday cards about going downhill, being impotent, wrinkled and irrelevant. But wait! If a human person in composed of more than a mere physical component to their being; if the purpose of living is the development of inner characteristics; if spiritual qualities like love count more than lust, wisdom more than strength, and compassion more than skin tone – then perhaps our bodies remain more of a friend than we realize.

In a sense, our bodies slowly turn us around to look inside for our value rather than outside. Our changing bodies gradually erode pretenses, pride, and illusions. They reveal what we’re really made of. Our slackening bodies level the playing field between all of us and measure us by the same standards of inner character compassion, integrity and love. We come to realize that we are a mystery larger than the confines of our body. Not only are we responsible for raising our children, we are also responsible for raising ourselves – especially in the second half of life. The long-term neglect of the growth of self, and a backward yearning to regain youth, will have its effects on us. Commonly it’s expressed in that crankiness that is the leakage of repressed anger. As Dr. Hollis notes, “Rather than mellowing

Is an extended service warranty worth it? During this recession many people are buying used rather than new cars as a way to save money. Often, they’ll buy an extended service warranty to try to cover any problems that arise. But, what happens if the warranty company won’t pay for needed repairs? I’ve received several complaints about this over the years from people like Marybeth Camp of Eastgate. She said everything was great with the used car she bought in 2008 – until last December when the vehicle started sounding funny and then would not start. “Originally, we were quoted about $5,400 to fix the problem. They were working with our warranty service contract folks for inspections and various things to get the claim approved and get it done,” said Camp. The warranty company raised questions with the repair shop about the cause of the problem. “Come to find out their original diagnosis was wrong. Now they believe it was an oil pump failure which caused so much damage to the engine. It requires a total engine replacement,” said Camp. Unfortunately, the warranty company still disagrees with the repair shop about the cause of the problem. “From what they know, and the facts they have, the problem was caused due to lack of lubrication and maintenance – and they have denied my claim,” Camp said. Camp said her oil change

records show she’s done nothing wrong when it comes to maintaining the car. Y e t , Howard Ain while the e p a i r Hey Howard! rshop and the warranty company keep arguing, Camp is paying the price. She’s been without use of her car for three months while it sits at the repair shop with the engine removed. Camp is still paying a loan on the car even though she can’t use it. She said she really needs something to drive. “I haven’t done anything wrong, I did all the maintenance and the way I was supposed to. Now I’m stuck with a $10,000 plus bill to get my car repaired,” she said. I don’t know who’s right concerning the cause of the engine problem, but Camp said the warranty company never sent her a letter denying her claim. So, I checked and found the warranty is backed by a licensed, regulated insurance company out of St. Louis. I had Camp file a complaint with the insurance company and, after checking, the insurance company approved her claim and said it will now pay to replace her engine. Bottom like, before you buy an extended warranty you need to make sure it’s backed by a licensed, regulated insurance company.

The key here is the insurance company has to answer to state regulators – while the warranty company has to answer to no one.

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have turned into our foe. Yet it is our bodies, more than any other physical thing, that teach us the temporary nature of this world – and nudge us to hear the wisdom we need to hear. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@ or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.





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begin to meet tired legs and shortened breath at the top of the stairs; h a m strings Father Lou and skin Guntzelman that lose Perspectives elasticity; aches and cramps after minimal exertion; heartburn; difficulty in sleeping and a stomach that insists on preceding us wherever we go. Middle age and after is when we work out thinking in another couple months we’ll be back to normal. But the old normal has forgotten where we live. A new normal winks at us in the mirror. Ever notice how we experience a low-level of irritation when little injuries occur and seem to hang on and on. “It’s not the pain,” we say,


“The Church says the body is an occasion of sin; science says the body is a machine; advertising says the body is a business; the body says ‘I am a fiesta.’” So writes Eduardo Galeano in “Walking Words.” What would you say? Typically our attitude toward our body changes. When we’re young our body is our friend. Our bodies are like a benefactor who keeps his wallet open willing to freely give us energy, strength, sleep, sex appeal and resilience. Supple bodies enable us to run up flights of stairs, do cartwheels, play demanding athletic games, dance uninhibitedly, study and cram all night without sleep, jog for miles, watch a game in the rain and get over a cold in a day or two. We can always count on our bodies. What a blow it is when our bodies begin to change. Thankfully, it’s done slowly. Gradually we


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Don’t pass up pasta when looking for healthy meal Everybody has a story. And today’s “Guru in our Backyard,” Amy Nichols, has an inspiring one. Amy, a Withamsville reader, is a fitness instructor at the gym where I go with Maggie, my daughter-inlaw Jess’ mom. Back in January, Maggie cajoled me into going – I have never been a “gym” person, figuring I get enough exercise hoeing the garden, splitting wood, or just being in survival mode out here on my little patch of heaven. Anyway, I’m the one at the gym in the back row, messing up on a regular basis while Maggie performs splendidly. (Maggie is my personal cheerleader). Between Maggie and Amy, I enjoy the workouts. Amy’s always encouraging, but doesn’t make me feel weird about it. I was curious as to how she landed in the fitness field. Amy grew up in Connecticut in an Italian family. “My grandmother, Anna Trombetto, lives in Connecticut and is a fabulous

cook. She inspired my love of cooking. In an Italian family, f o o d equals love,” she Rita said. Heikenfeld A m y earned a Rita’s kitchen degree in baking and pastry arts from Johnson & Wales and lived in the South working at an inn and on a plantation. Her husband’s job brought them to Cincinnati. Now comes the inspiring part. Amy told me “after starting a family and having been diagnosed with lupus at 22, I found it increasingly difficult to continue in the culinary industry.” After daughter Sophia’s birth (she’s now 7) Amy decided she wanted to get healthy “and just plain feel better.” She looked for a natural way to manage the pain and symptoms of a chronic disease. In 2006 she joined Fitworks.

find the energy to workout. The power of fitness on the mind and body is truly amazing,” she said. With March being nutrition month, I asked Amy to share a healthy recipe, and she shared this one, which is daughter Sophia’s favorite. Amy is a wonderful example of trying to stay healthy by eating well and living well. She and Sophia cook this dish together. As Amy exclaims, “Super healthy!” COURTESY RITA HEIKENFELD

Withamsville reader Amy Nichols and her daughter, Sophia, show off a plate of their favorite pasta dish. “It was amazing to see and feel the changes I was making to my body. I no longer needed any medication and I have never felt better,” said Amy. “A few years ago I decided to train to be a group fitness instructor and share with others what fitness has done for me. It is so inspiring, for example, to see a woman battling cancer and going through chemo still


Sophia’s pasta

Red, yellow and orange bell peppers, roasted in the oven until skins are blackened 2 tablespoons olive oil 10 oz. baby spinach 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1 teaspoon salt Freshly ground pepper, to taste 1 ⁄4 cup dry white wine 2 cups chicken broth 1 lb. bow-tie pasta 1 ⁄4 cup fresh chopped basil 2 tablespoons olive oil (extra virgin)


⁄4 cup freshly grated Parmesan Peel and seed roasted peppers and cut into julienne strips. In a large sauté pan over high heat, warm 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add spinach, 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic, 1 ⁄2 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste. Sauté spinach until soft, two to three minutes. Transfer to a plate. Reduce heat to medium and add rest of garlic, peppers, wine, broth and rest of salt. Simmer until sauce begins to thicken, eight to 10 minutes. Meanwhile cook pasta until tender to bite. Stir basil, spinach and extra virgin olive oil into the roasted pepper sauce. Toss pasta and sauce. Sprinkle with cheese and serve. Serves six. For more awesome health tips from Amy, check out my online column at Just do a search for “Heikenfeld.”

Rita’s easy couscous

For Mrs. Johnson, who wanted to know how to make it more flavorful. “Just cooking it in water doesn’t do it,” she said.

2 cups broth 1 teaspoon garlic, minced Salt and pepper to taste 1 cup couscous, whole wheat if you can find it Garnish: Shredded Parmesan or feta, chopped tomatoes, green onions Bring broth and garlic to a boil. Stir in couscous. Turn off heat, cover and let stand five minutes. Fluff with fork and garnish to taste.

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If I have leftover greens, I’ll shred them up and add them to the couscous after it’s cooked. They wilt nicely. 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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Lola MacGowan, a resident of the Loveland Health Care Center, celebrates her 100th birthday with her granddaughter, Kimberly Williams of Milford, and her grandson, Hal Williams of Nutley, N.J.

Former teacher hits century mark

Lola MacGowan is living proof that helping others is the secret to longevity. That’s according to Darci Schirmer, activity director at the Loveland Health Care Center, where MacGowan is a resident and recently celebrated her 100th birthday. MacGowan, who was born Feb. 18, 1911, has a different perspective. “I don’t have any secrets,” MacGowan said. “I don’t have any advice. “I just like people.” MacGowan lived in Mount Healthy most of her life. “She always enjoyed children and decided at a very young age that she would become a school teacher,” Schirmer said. “She taught kindergarten in the Akron/Tiffin schools for many years.

“Lola married, had two sons and was widowed early,” Schirmer said. “While supporting her sons, ages 7 and 4, Lola worked full-time as a school teacher while attending college in her spare time. “She earned her degree in 1969, and went on to graduate school in order to work with handicapped children at the Roselawn Condon School.” Schirmer said MacGowan now “spends time daily brightening the lives of residents and staff” at the Loveland Health Care Center. The center hosted a party for MacGowan’s centennial. “Relatives traveled nearly 700 miles to be with her on her special day,” Schirmer said. “Grandchildren and greatgrandchildren were in attendance. The Jeanine Groh Trio provided the entertainment for the event.”


On April 4, Dr. Caroline Bohme of Mercy Medical Associates will begin accepting new patients at her second office at 4750 E. Galbraith Road in Kenwood, across from The Jewish Hospital. Bohme, who will initially see patients at the Kenwood office once a week, has been

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practicing gynecology for more than 12 years. To schedule an appointment or for details about Bohme Bohme and the services she provides, call 9815750 or visit

International jazz artist Phil DeGreg, will perform with his trio at St. Paul Community United Methodist Church of Madeira at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 2. Pianist DeGreg, professor of jazz studies at the UC College Conservatory of Music and longtime house pianist at Cincinnati’s Blue Wisp Jazz Club, will serve up his own arrangements of standards, pop hits and spirituals. Through the years, the St. Paul Presents concert series has offered musicians ranging from jazz artists to operatic singers like tenor Eric DeForest, who performed March 20. A choral program with orchestra is scheduled for May 15. As with all concerts in the series, the program is open to the public There is no admission but an offering will be taken to cover expenses. The church is at 8221 Miami Road. For more information, contact the

church at (513) 891-8181. After graduating from Yale with a degree in psychology, DeGreg earned a masters at the University of North Texas and spent a year touring the world with Woody Herman’s “Thundering Herd.” Comfortable with musical styles ranging from mainstream to bebop to Brazilian jazz, he has led his own ensembles as well as performing with international jazz artists. DeGreg, who has released nine recordings as a leader and performs with many other artists, is also featured in a video with legendary trombonist J.J. Johnson. He continues to play in clubs, concerts and festivals throughout the U.S., Europe and Latin America. As an educator, DeGreg not only instructs at the UC conservatory, but teaches with Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops and other forums.


Pianist Phil DeGreg, professor of jazz studies at the UC College Conservatory of Music and longtime house pianist at Cincinnati’s Blue Wisp Jazz Club, will serve up his own arrangements of standards, pop hits and spirituals.

Hadassah Centennial Celebration Life Membership In celebration of Hadassah’s upcoming 100th anniversary in 2012, all life memberships, including child and associate memberships, are now available for the special price of $100, through Dec. 31. Life membership enrollment fees are normally $360, and with annual membership fees at $36 per year, a centennial celebration life membership offers a tremendous value to both annual members and those interesting in joining for the first time. Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, is a volunteer women’s organization whose members are motivated and inspired to strengthen their partnership with Israel, ensure Jewish continuity, and realize their potential as a dynamic force in American society. Hadassah members and associates make a difference every day as Hadassah researches cures, protects children in need, promotes worldwide humanitarian relief, and stands in solidarity with Israel. Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) is comprised of two state-ofthe-art medical facilities in Israel, the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center at Ein Kerem and the Hadassah University Hospital at Mount Scopus. HMO places great emphasis on clinical and scientific research with

the aim of advancing and improving medical care, and has recently signed a collaboration agreement with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in the areas of clinical care, medical education and research. The first pediatric colorectal surgery fellow from Hadassah will begin training at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Colorectal Center in July 2011. Hadassah Life Membership benefits for women 17 and older include a life membership recognition pin, subscriptions to the award-winning Hadassah Magazine and Hadassah’s National eNewsletter, advocacy, health and Jewish educational programs, professional networking opportunities, Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) for health care professionals, health insurance options, and participation in local, regional and national Hadassah events. Hadassah Associates, formed in 1966 and now 28,000 strong, are men in partnership with Hadassah women to support Hadassah projects like healthcare (Hadassah Medical Organization), education (Hadassah College Jerusalem), youth programs (Young Judaea and Youth Aliyah/Children at Risk), and environmental resource development (Jewish National Fund). Associates can sponsor local

fundraising events and activities, take part in educational seminars, make their voices heard on public policy, and support medical research, including stem cell research in Israel. Hadassah Child Life Members (from birth to 16) will receive all the benefits of life membership once they turn 17 years old. They also receive a special welcome package including a certificate and pin, one year free at a Young Judaea club (when they reach 8 years old) and optional insurance discounts. A centennial life membership makes a meaningful and lasting gift to a loved one. Current paid annual members should call 800-664-5646 for a reduced life membership fee. No deductions may be taken for previous payments. Payment plans are excluded from this offer. $12.50 of the life membership/associate enrollment fee is allocated for a subscription to Hadassah Magazine. In keeping with IRS regulations, membership dues/enrollment fees are not considered to be tax-deductible contributions. For more information, please contact Cincinnati Chapter of Hadassah at 821-6157 or enroll online at

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LUTHERAN ASCENSION LUTHERAN 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

6365 Corbly Road Cincinnati, OH 45230 513-231-3946

Pastor Josh Miller Visit our website at:

Good Shepherd (ELCA)


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

9:15 AM Contemporary Worship 10:45 AM Traditional Worship Children & Adult Sunday School All Are Welcome Nursery Care Available Handicapped Accessible


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The church is hosting Scrapbooking and More Crafts, 5:30 p.m.-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. 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: April 18, May 16, June 13, July 18 and Aug. 15. The church is located at 7701 Kenwood Road; 891-1700. The church is having its Lenten Fish Fries from 4 p.m.-7 p.m., all Fridays during Lent, including Good Friday, April 22, at the church. The fries include all-you-can-eat fresh Icelandic cod, sides of homemade macaroni and cheese, cole slaw,

St. Paul Community United Methodist Church

The church invites people to join them as they continue the Lenten series, “Dream On: Torning Life’s Obstacles into Faithful Opportunities,” with the April 3 sermon, “Dreams to Reality; Setting Godly Goals,” based on Matthew 26:14-25; 4750. On Palm Sunday, at 4 p.m., April 17, St. Paul is having a presentation in honor of the Rev. Randy Sterns’ five years of service as district superintendent of Ohio River Valley District. Donations benefit Wings of the Morning – Caravan Project, a United Methodist aviation ministry in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Checks should be made payable to ORV and “Wings should be indicated on the memo line. St. Paul Church services are 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. for traditional worship and 9:30 a.m. for contemporary worship with Praise Band. Sunday School and child care is provided for all services. The church is at 8221 Miami Road, Madeira; 891-8181;

Trinity Community Church

The church is having a Pancake Breakfast from 9-11 a.m., Saturday, April 2. Cost is $5 for adults, $3.50 for children 10 and younger. Pancakes, sausage, fruit and beverage will be served. Gluten-free pancakes and sugar-free syrup will be available. The Choir will present

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CHERRY GROVE UMC 1428 Eight Mile Rd. Worship: 9:30-10:30 Fellowship: 10:30-10:45 Sunday School: 10:45-11:30 Pastor: Rev. William E. Groff 513-474-1428 •

CHURCH OF THE SAVIOUR 8005 Pfeiffer Rd Montgmry 791-3142 Fourth Sunday of Lent "Guest Speaker"

Traditional Worship 8:20am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship 9:40am Sunday School (All ages) 9:40 & 11am Nursery Care Provided

Dr. Cathy Johns, Senior Pastor Rev. Doug Johns, Senior Pastor

2010 Wolfangel Rd., Anderson Twp. 513-231-4301 Sunday Worship: 10:30am with Childrens Church & Nursery PASTOR JONATHAN KOLLMANN


8999 Applewood Dr Blue Ash 891 8527 (off Larchview, off Plainfield at Cross County Hwy.)

Sunday School & Worship 9 AM & 10:30 AM Child Care provided 10:30AM Rev. Robert Roberts, Pastor

Religion news is published at no charge on a spaceavailable basis. Items must be to our office no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, for possible consideration in the following edition. E-mail announcements to suburban@communitypress.c om, with “Religion” in the subject line. Fax to 248-1938. Call 248-8600. Mail to: Suburban Life, Attention: Andrea Reeves, Religion news, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, OH 45140. “The Seven Last Words of Christ” at 4 p.m., April 10. Trinity will also launch a new Contemporary Worship Service, called “The Source,” at 6 p.m., April 9. Pastor Randy Wade Murphy with deliver the message and The Source live band will provide music. Pizza and drinks will follow worship. The church has Trinity Together time, 1-2:30 p.m., on the first and third Tuesday of each month. This is an 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;


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Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

A healing service will be conducted at 7 p.m., Friday, April 1, at the church. The guest healing team, Ed and Annette Eckart from Bridge For Peace Ministry, travel around the world leading healing services focused on prayer, worship and intercession. The church is located at 8000 Miami Road; 791-4470.

Sundays 9:15am & 10:45am



The church will conduct a Lenten series through Wednesdays, April 13 with dinner (bring salad or dessert; main dish provided) at 6 p.m., followed by a program from 6:30-7:30 p.m., titled “A Lenten Study: Learning Forgiveness,” written by Marjorie Thompson. Each week will be self-contained 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

7701 Kenwood Rd.

Blue Ash Presbyterian

Madeira-Silverwood Presbyterian Church



9:30am & 11:00am

Worship and Small Group Classes for all ages.




The church is having its fourth annual Women’s Retreat Saturday, April 9, at its newly expanded facility. Regina Brett, author of the New York Times best-selling book, “God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life's Little Detours,” will be the keynote speaker. The event begins at 9 a.m. with a continental breakfast, followed by the keynote address, interactive sessions, testimonials, guest vocalists Liz Youngs and Kelly Haney, pianist Serena Tsuang, and a skit featuring women from Armstrong. Resource centers will be open during lunch and there will be time for meditation. The retreat ends at 2 p.m. Admission, including breakfast and lunch, is $20. Ticket order forms can be found at The church is at 5125 Drake Road, Indian Hill; 561-4220;

and breads, desserts, and beverages. Also being offered is a twopiece grilled chicken breast dinner, a shrimp basket dinner or a twopiece cheese pizza dinner. Carry out menu offers a three-piece fish sandwich for $5. The whole meals are $9 for adults, and $4 for children. 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.

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


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Your Community Press newspaper serving Columbia Township, Deer Park, Dillonvale, Kenwood, Madeira, Rossmoyne, Sycamore Township E-mail:


COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

America Wade, 24, 1440 W. Kemper Road, disorderly conduct at 5245 Ridge Road, March 3. Camika Swan, 30, 1625 Dewey Ave., theft at 3240 Highland Ave., Feb. 26. Ruth Walker, 19, 238 Oak St., theft at 3240 Highland Ave., Feb. 26. Ronnie Wright, 36, 1041 Fairbanks Ave., theft at 3400 Highland Ave., Feb. 27.

Incidents/investigations Criminal damaging

Mailbox damaged at 8204 Wooster Pike, March 5.

Window on vehicle broken at 4285 Webster Ave., March 17. Windows on garage broken at 4251 Webster Ave., March 16.

Telephone harassment

Reported at 7719 Monticello Ave., March 17.


GPS taken from vehicle at 3980 Superior Ave., March 20.

Violate protection order

Reported at 4435 Clifford Road, March 19.



Incidents/investigations Aggravated menacing

Vehicle removed at 3594 Kenoak Lane, March 4.

At 8103 Camargo, March 2.



Report of theft of services at 6896 Foxhill Lane, March 8.

Incidents/investigations Burglary


Several jewelry items valued at $2,190 taken from residence at 4243 Clifford Road, March 18.

Criminal damaging

Back door pried open at residence at 4243 Clifford Road, March 18.


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6737 Placid Place: Johnson Dempsey & Tarajee Jenkins to Fv Reo I LLC; $70,000.


Asbury Lane: Eagle Land Development At Asbury LLC to Ufret Carlos J. & Nathania Rodriquez; $150,000. 7112 Silver Crest Drive: Schwallie Grace to L. & P. Co.; $135,000. 8518 Donegal Drive: Morse Amelia L. to Donahue Marcus P.; $87,500. 8726 Decima St.: Schlotman Sally to Mclennan Christopher S. & Jessica F.; $312,000. 9001 Rolling Lane: Strubbe Tina M. to Royer Simon J.; $125,000.

About real estate

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

Drug items taken from Kroger at Miami Avenue, March 7. Wallet taken at Kroger at Miami Avenue, March 7. Female stated credit card used with no authorization at 7292 Rita, March 8.

About police reports

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

SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Juvenile female, 17, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 24. Juvenile female, 17, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 24. Juvenile male, 14, theft at 7106 Kenwood Road, Feb. 28. Leevon Lee, 31, 915 Ferguson, disorderly conduct at 7913 Montgomery Road, March 2. Samuel Williams, 28, 2338 Catalpa Ave., aggravated menacing, criminal trespassing at 2338 Catalpa



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Ave., March 2. Tony Stone, 45, 217 W. 12th Street, assault, criminal trespassing at Plainfield and East Galbraith Road, March 1. Morgan Barnhart, 22, 5877 Crittenden Drive, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, March 2. Iesha Oalesby, 21, 1019 Orchard Hill Drive, theft, criminal tools at 7875 U.S. 22, March 5. Sharon McNary, 19, 3674 Karwin Drive, obstructing official business at 7875 Montgomery Road, March 5. Douglas Hudson, 54, 4335 Manville

Our interactive CinciNavigator map allows you to pinpoint the loction of police reports in your neighborhood. Visit: • • Road, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, March 5. Juvenile female, 15, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 26. Juvenile female, 15, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 26. Delaney Barton, 19, 4549 Ellmon Ave., theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 10. Juvenile female, 17, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 20. Juvenile female, 15, theft at 7913 Montgomery Road, Feb. 25. Juvenile female, 16, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 25. Ashley Jones, 29, 1952 Fairmount Ave., theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, Feb. 25. John Emmons, 54, 4454 Crystal Ave., breaking and entering at 8661 Tudor Ave., March 1. Damon Pate, 39, 124 Craft St., theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, March 5.

Katie White, 29, 972 Paxton Lake Drive, possession of marijuana at 7875 Montgomery Road, March 6.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering

Reported at 7100 Dearwester, Feb. 28.

Criminal damaging

Vehicle doors damaged at 7875 Montgomery Road, March 1.


Wallet and contents of unknown value removed at 7875 U.S. 22, Feb. 25. Debit card removed at 11430 Giden Lane, March 1. Copper pipes and wiring of unknown value removed at 7501 Montgomery Road, March 2. Glasses valued at $450 removed at 7800 Montgomery Road, March 2. $1,300 removed at 10858 Lake Thames Drive, March 2. Ipad valued at $529 removed at 7578 U.S. 22, March 5.

Matthew 25: Ministries prepares disaster relief to Japan Matthew 25: Ministries, an international humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization at 11060 Kenwood Road in Blue Ash, is moving quickly to respond to the urgent need for aid as the result of an earthquake which struck off the shore of Japan on Friday, March 11, triggering tsunami waves in Japan. The devastation resulting from the earthquake and the resulting tsunami has been intensified by an explosion which occurred Saturday at one of Japan’s nuclear power plants. Authorities struggled to combat the threat of nuclear reactor meltdowns in addition to the hundreds of thousands of displaced people struggling to find food and water in the aftermath of the disaster. The estimated death toll from Japan’s earthquake

and tsunami currently exceeds 10,000. Matthew 25 has been in contact with national and international partners since the earthquake struck, working to identify areas of need and the most urgently needed disaster relief. Based on reliable reports from these partners, Matthew 25 is mobilizing disaster relief supplies. “The magnitude of this disaster is almost inconceivable. Imagine the destruction of an earthquake stronger than the one in Haiti followed by the power of a tsunami as deadly as the one that struck southeast Asia complicated by a potential nuclear disaster,” said Matthew 25: Ministries’ vice president and disaster relief coordinator Tim Mettey.

“Japan is an advanced, technologically modern country – but no country or government, however well prepared, is prepared for this. Matthew 25: Ministries is working with our partners to alleviate as much of the resulting suffering as we can,” said Mettey. Matthew 25: Ministries is accepting the following items for disaster relief for Japan: 1. Cash donations 2. Canned and non-per-

ishable food 3. Personal care products 4. Cleaning products Matthew 25: Ministries will continue to post information on their website and their blog regarding their response to this escalating disaster. For additional information on Matthew 25: Ministries’ response to this most recent disaster, please visit their website at Mathew 25: Ministries

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Catherine & Eric Bollmann are proud to announce the birth of their son...Michael Christopher Bollmann. He arrived on March 15, 2011 at 9:39 p.m. weighing 8 lbs. 7 oz. and 20 1/2 inches long. He is the first grandchild for Bob & Joanne Bollmann and Ken Pray & Mary Ohlinger-Pray.

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March 30, 2011

$4 million a year spent by state on litter pick-up Each year, the Ohio Department of Transportation is forced to spend $4 million on litter pick-up ... a preventable problem. That money could be used to install 323 culverts, pave 40 miles of a two-lane road, install 340 miles of guardrail, or purchase 28 snowplow trucks. “While potholes remain a priority this time of year, our crews must also focus on litter pick-up before the mowing season begins,” ODOT Director Jerry Wray

said. Statewide last year, ODOT spent $4.4 million and 206,221 hours picking up 392,305 bags of trash. Each March, ODOT organizes cleanup events around the state as part of the annual Great American Cleanup. In Ohio, hundreds of volunteers made up of citizens, neighborhood groups, businesses, and organizations take to Ohio’s roadways to pick up thousands of bags of recyclables, litter, and

debris. ODOT’s more than 1,400 Adopt-A-Highway groups – at least one in each of Ohio’s 88 counties – clean a two-mile section, or interchange, a minimum of four times a year for two years. On average each year, Adopt-A-Highway volunteers pick up 25,000 bags of trash, saving the Department $280,000. Groups wanting to adopt a section of highway or an interchange can apply at:

Comedian to bring laughs to Mayerson Members of the Kenwood Crocodiles swim team compete in the Private Pool Swim League.


No initiation fee at Kenwood Swim and Tennis Club No initiation fee – that is the special being offered to the first new members who sign up this summer at the Kenwood Swim & Tennis Club. This club is nestled behind busy Montgomery and Hosbrook roads at 7101 Lynnfield Court. The club features a recently renovated pool with steps for the young children to sit on, a lap lane for adult swim, and two diving boards. There are grills

and two shelters, basketball, corn hole, shuffle board, badminton, volleyball, a play set and snack shack. Registration for the Swim & Dive Team is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at the pool. The team will be headed by returning coach Annie Bookmyer. The philosophy of the Kenwood Crocodiles is for the children to learn to be contributing members to a team that works together, to improve

swimming strokes, and to have fun. The children will enjoy the swim meets, Ribbons & Donuts on Fridays, and the year-end banquet in July. The Crocs have won the Team Spirit Award at the Private Pool Swim League finals for the past two years. KSTC has five tennis courts available, including a covered tennis shelter next to the courts for relaxation in the shade. Call for more information at 891-9994 or stop by and visit.

Nationally recognized comedian Joel Chasnoff will bring his unique look at the funnier side of Jewish life to the Mayerson Jewish Community Center (JCC), 8485 Ridge Road, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 10. The event is co-sponsored by Northern Hills Synagogue, Congregation Ohav Shalom, and the Mayerson JCC, and will follow the Jewish Federation's Give A Day activities. The event is open to the community. Chasnoff has performed in eight countries, was a featured performer at the Montreal Comedy Festival, and participated in a USO comedy tour of Japan and Korea, entertaining American Marines.

On tour, he has appeared with Jon Stewart and Lewis Black of The Daily Show as Chasnoff well as stand-up comedian Gilbert Gottfried. He has supplied his voice to numerous cartoons and has performed at more than 500 colleges, clubs and conferences, tackling topics such as politics, technology, relationships, and the warped way we Americans see themselves in the world today. Chasnoff’s memoir, “The 188th Crybaby Brigade: A Skinny Jewish Kid from Chicago Fights Hezbollah,”

published in 2010, is a hilarious and poignant account of his military experience in the Israeli Army. Opening for Chasnoff will be local comedian John Bunyan. Bunyan has performed numerous times at local comedy clubs and was the 2010 winner of the “Funniest Person in Cincinnati” contest at Go Bananas Comedy Club. A dessert reception will follow the performance. Tickets are $30, and are available at Northern Hills, Ohav Shalom, and the Mayerson JCC. For more information, please contact Northern Hills Synagogue at 9316038 or Congregation Ohav Shalom at 489-3399.

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