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Moeller senior uses lifeguarding skills to pull man from ocean By Leah Fightmaster

When most people go on vacation, they get a break from work. For Moeller senior Patrick Benson, it followed him there. While vacationing in West Palm Beach, Fla. last month, Benson, a Reading resident, was meeting some friends. At the beach, Coast Guard helicopters

and boats were searching for a 6year-old boy believed to be in danger of drowning. Benson saw a man in the ocean waving to the Coast Guard, which he found strange because of the serious situation. After the man continued to wave for about a minute, he realized he was likely in trouble. Without a second thought, Benson, a lifeguard, threw his

belongings to the ground and paddled the 20 yards out to the man. A beach guard saw him and followed, and the two towed him back to the beach. The man, named Morris, was an exhausted surfer who got caught in a rip current and was minutes away from drowning. Once on the beach, Benson See OCEAN, Page A2

Moeller senior Patrick Benson, a lifeguard from Reading, put his training to use while on vacation in Florida when he saved an exhausted surfer in the ocean in March. PROVIDED

County pitches 911 fee to Madeira council Administrator says fee needed to upgrade aging system By Jason Hoffman

Deer Park High School's volunteer group Communiserve organized Princess Prom Project, where students can pick a dress, shoes and accessories for free and recycle someone's old dress. LEAH FIGHTMASTER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Deer Park girls become prom princesses for free By Leah Fightmaster

As a city, Deer Park is big into recycling. Now the high school is taking it in a different direction. Instead of organizing an activity for recycling cans or bottles, members of Deer Park High School’s volunteer program Communiserve went with a more spring-like theme that would grab the attention of their fellow classmates. Similar to events such as the Cinderella Project, where prom dresses are given to students in public schools who can’t afford them, Communiserve gave their event, dubbed Princess Prom Project, an environmental twist. Girls who had old formal or semi-formal dresses donated them to the event April 10 at the high school. For two hours, female students could shop the racks of gently worn or

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MADEIRA — The details of a Hamilton County plan to charge a permissive-911fee on all phone lines drew criticism from several members of Madeira City Council. “This fee would be a $150,000 to $200,000 cost to the citizens of Madeira,” said Rick Staubach, Madeira council member. “Your proposal is going to triple the cost to our residents.” For its services, Madeira pays about $40,000 to the county in detail costs charged whenever the county dispatches personnel to the city. The detail fee increased from $14 in 2008 to the current $18.30 and that revenue model expired in December, creating the need for the county to come up with a new plan.

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For Communiserve's event, dresses, shoes, jewelry and purses were free to students who decided to participate. LEAH FIGHTMASTER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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new dresses, then match them with donated shoes, purses and jewelry. Several students who chose to participate instead of buy new walked out

with an entire ensemble for their May 11 prom, free of charge. Although it’s the first year, senior Haley Hodge said they hope Communiserve will continue to organize the event near prom next year. Want more updates about Deer Park? Follow Leah Fightmaster on Twitter: @LCFightmaster.

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County residents pay 28 cents for a wireless-line surcharge, and nothing for land lines. Under the new proposal, residents would pay $1.50 to $2 monthly for each device that can make a call to 911. The current model’s shortcomings means the county has to supplement the $8 million operating cost with $2.1 million from its general fund, according to a report published by Hamilton County Communications Center. The bulk of the operating cost is funded by more than $5 million in detail revenues from the county’s 59 political subdivisions using the com-

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Christian Sigman, Hamilton County administrator, discusses the proposed permissive 911 fee the county wants to charge residents to pay for updates to its emergency-response system. JASON HOFFMAN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

911 FEES IN SIMILAR-SIZED COUNTIES ACROSS THE US El Paso County, Texas: 86 cents to $2.28 (land line) 50 cents (wireless) Montgomery County, Pa.: $1 (all lines) Fairfax County, Va.: 75 cents (all lines) Gwinnet County, Ga.: $1.50 (all lines) Source: Hamilton County Communications Center

munications center, according to the report. “Most of the cost for the system is people,” said ChrisSee 911, Page A2

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said he began performing first response aid until paramedics came to take over. He found out later that Morris and the 6year-old boy the Coast Guard was looking for are fine. “When we pulled him out, he grabbed (the beach guard’s and his) arms and hands and said, ‘You guys saved my life,’” he said. Benson credits much of the successful save to his lifeguard trainer, who he said made it easy to learn and put his students in real-life situations by acting like an actual person drowning during lessons. He said that after

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having pulled someone out of a dangerous situation a couple of times before, he felt confident that he was doing the right things, but added that saving someone from drowning in the ocean is much different from a swimming pool. “There’s so many things to think of when you’re on the beach,” he said. “I didn’t have a lifeguard preserver. It was very stupid to go in without a float, but I didn’t think about it.” Saving Morris from the ocean forced Benson to adapt to the sea water, rather than the pool water he’s used to. Rip tides can pull a swimmer away, currents can be counterproductive and the water can prevent someone from seeing underwater. Ocean water presents different dangers and it’s a totally different ballpark, Benson said, but it’s his job. “It’s an emotional high. There’s a lot of people making a huge deal, but it’s my job,” he added. “I look at it as ‘I did what I’m supposed to do.’” Want more updates for Sycamore Township? Follow Leah Fightmaster on Twitter: @LCFightmaster.



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tian Sigman, Hamilton County administrator. “We have 65 to 70 people answering about 300,000 emergency calls per year.”

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The county estimates 1.5 cell phones per household and .65 land lines per household for its more than 800,000 residents. Those estimates are inaccurate, Vice Mayor Tim Dicke said, and the proposed fee is too high. “You have no idea how many cell phone lines each house has – you’re just throwing out ideas,” Dicke said to Sigman. “It’s a guess.” Dicke and Staubach asked all members of council how many phone lines they owned, and only Mayor Rick Brasington had two lines, while the six other members had at least three in each household. The permissive fee is the right way to fund the system, Dicke said, but he worries the county is not working its estimate with accurate figures.

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“While the change in fee structure would help the overall Sycamore Township budget (in which about $275,000 is spent yearly on dispatch fees), we are concerned about the county directly passing the fee on to our residents and businesses and placing the burden on them during this tough economic climate. “There are also concerns about how often and how high the county could raise this fee and whether there will be language in it to strictly prohibit them from using the revenue for anything other than communication center costs. “There are also questions as to what the real cost of replacing their system is versus what they are proposing.” – Township Administrator Bruce Raabe

Technology upgrades “We have to have a sustainable revenue source for continually updating technology,” Sigman said. If the county charges $2, it would upgrade the current system as well as install new technology like communications towers, fiber-optic cable installations, computers and radios, Sigman said, but wouldn’t purchase new technology under the $1.50 model. The county needs to upgrade the 911 system and give residents more ways to communicate with emergency dispatchers, he said.




“(Deer Park) pays a minimum user fee to Hamilton County, about $1,600 a month. “If they would provide dispatching for the whole county and base it on the tax, we would probably close our dispatching center and go with the county, but it doesn’t make economic sense right now. By closing dispatch center right now, we wouldn’t be saving anything.” “If the communication center was paid for by 911 taxes, it would be feasible to close our dispatch center and go with county for that service. But right now, we don’t have any hard numbers to compare that to.” – Safety/Services Director Michael Berens

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Madeira junior demonstrates design skills by passing test By Leah Fightmaster

A Madeira student has proven her proficiency in Photoshop. Sarah Fischer, a junior at Madeira High School, took a test in February that certifies she understands how Adobe Systems Inc.’s photo editing program Photoshop CS5 works. Anyone with sufficient knowledge can take the Adobe certified associate test for any of its three programs — Photoshop, InDesign and Dreamweaver. Fischer’s certification proves that she understands how the program works and that she knows how to use it to communicate through design, she said. The opportunity came when Jennifer Jordan, business and technology

teacher at the high school, offered it to all students who were taking her web design class for the second time. Since she took the class as a freshman, Fischer was qualified, and decided to give it a shot. After reading a book about the test, she took several practice tests which included timed multiple choice questions inquiring about using Photoshop to market to specific audiences and how the program’s tools work, as well as simulations where Fischer was given a situation and had to use the program to complete the simulation. Although she said it doesn’t prove she knows everything about how Photoshop works, her certification shows she can use design to communicate.

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Moeller academic team makes state Team competes in regionals Saturday

Moeller High School’s academic team qualified for state by winning the GCAL postseason tournament. “With a solid but unsatisfying regular season record of 6-3, the team was looking for redemption in the last league contest of the year,” said academic team moderator Mike Ward, a Moeller physics teacher. “The day started off with a 52-48 win over a very, very good Alter High School team. After beating Elder handily,

From left: front, Joe Cordier (Loveland), Augie Painter (45241) and Nash Hill (Amelia); middle, Nick Reed (Liberty Township), Nick Schlueter (45242), Jack Kunkel (Mason), Matt Abele (Loveland), Zach Siegert (Loveland) and Jason Bruggemann (Loveland); third row, Mike Ward (moderator/physics teacher), Scott Rumsey (Morrow), Jack Taylor (45244), captain Eric Lawhorn (St. Bernard) and James Gilliland (Loveland). Not pictured, Evan Verrilli (Loveland). THANKS TO JOHANNA KREMER

the day culminated in a threeteam final match against bracket winners McAuley and Purcell Marian High Schools. This match was one of the most exciting matches in recent memory. Down by four with 12 questions left in regulation play, the team came back to finish in a tie with McAuley. “In the five-question playoff, Moeller scored three to McAuley’s two to win by the closest possible margin. James “Tunisia” Gilliland pulled the team ahead and Jack “Matrix” Taylor sealed the deal. As always, Eric Lawhorn captained the team with confidence and

precision. Evan Verrilli played a strong contributing role. The team played exceptionally well as just that – a team.” Moeller’s academic team finished the regular season with a record of 10-3. “The team improved markedly through the year after losses to both Purcell Marian and McAuley earlier in the year,” Ward said. “Several parents commented about how well the team carried themselves and how well they represented Moeller.” Moeller will play in the regional competition Saturday, April 20.

All Saints School honors teachers All Saints School celebrated Catholic Schools Week and honored some very special teachers Carol Lecher and Karen Gardner were honored at a special Mass for their 10 years of service and dedication to the

students at All Saints. Lecher teaches second-grade and Gardner teaches eighth-grade. Also honored at the Mass was Mary Miller, fourth-grade teacher, for her nomination from the NCEA for Distinguished Teacher of the Year.

From left: Mary Miller, Carol Lecher, Principal Dan Stringer and Karen Gardner. THANKS TO KARA MANGAN

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Moeller High School director of admissions Brother Ron Luksic is coordinating an adult trip in conjunction with the school's charity auction gala - The Main Event. THANKS TO JOHANNA KREMER

Sycamore Twp. resident shares love of travel

For most people, a high school senior trip is a oncein-a-lifetime experience. But for Brother Ron Luksic, director of admissions at Moeller High School, once was not enough. Luksic has chaperoned Moeller seniors to Europe for nearly 30 years, and in 2013 he is coordinating an adult trip in conjunction with the school’s charity auction gala – The Main Event. This private tour designed by Luksic offers an Italian experience with a guide who has visited and travel to Italy for years. “Our trip to Italy with Bro. Ron was one of the best experiences of our life,” said Debi Cass, a Centerville resident who traveled to Italy with Luksic in the late 90s. “His guide knows everything there is to know about Rome, Florence, Assisi and the entire region. We saw Italy like we never expected to see it.” Luksics love of travel started in the summer of1976

when he worked at a Marianist school in Dublin, Ireland. He got a Eurail pass and backpacked through Europe. Later, he started coordinating trips with alumni as a way to expose them to Europe. “These trips are a great way for students to end their high school careers,” Luksic said. “They spend time with 40 or 50 of their friends; they get a global experience and a lot of knowledge; and they talk about the trip for years.” The adult trip planned for September is now open for registration, and you don’t have to be part of the Moeller community to benefit from Luksic’s travel experience. “So many parents said they’ve never travelled abroad before, but their kids have gone. With our theme, ‘An Evening in Tuscany,’ it seemed like the right time to plan an adult trip to Italy and focus on the Tuscany region,” Luksic said. The 11-day tour includes

stops in Florence, Siena, Assisi, Orvieto and Rome. Optional activities for the participants include a cooking class, a wine tasting, guided sightseeing, dinner with the tenors, and a papal audience. “People are sometimes worried about group travel,” Luksic said. “They’re concerned that you have to keep a certain pace and participate in every planned activity. But this adult trip presents the best of both worlds. It’s a trip that provides ease and little effort in terms of planning but provides flexibility in terms of options.” Enrollment is open for the trip, which departs Sept. 16. The cost is $3,976 per person, which includes airfare, transfers, bus, hotels, daily breakfast, some dinners, wine tastings, most excursions, and sightseeing. For enrollment information and more details, contact Louise Hoelker at or call (513) 791-1680, ext. 1304.

The United States Achievement Academy announced that Grant Karda from Madeira has been recognized by the United States Achievement Academy as a student of excellence in language arts. This is a prestigious honor Karda very few students can hope to attain. In fact, the Academy recognizes fewer than 10 percent of all American high school students. Karda, who is a junior at Madeira High School, was nominated by teacher Carolyn Berta. Karda’s name will appear in the United States Achievement Academy's Official Yearbook which is published nationally.

Madeira student wins medal for collision repair

Eleven Scarlet Oaks students will have the chance to compete against other top students in Ohio after winning medals in regional SkillsUSA competition. The event at Greene County Career Center March 9 gave students in career-technical high school programs from southwest Ohio the chance to test their skills and be judged by professionals in their field. The events being held were as varied as the career-technical programs that the students are in. Health Technology students and practical nursing students

showed their knowledge of medical terminology and patient care. Pre-engineering students performed precision machining, while cosmetology students painted elaborate fingernail designs and styled hair. In one room, teams of law enforcement students gathered evidence from parked cars. Local winning Scarlet Oaks students are: Collision repair – Bronze: Jake Bellman of Madeira, automotive collision A total of 24 Great Oaks students qualified for state SkillsUSA competition. Those who win at state competition in April will earn the right to compete nationally.

Deer Park student a photo contest winner

Scarlet Oaks senior Hannah Davis’s artistic talent is being seen. Two of her photographs have been chosen as winners in the Montgomery Photo Contest. Her work, along with that of other adult and student winners, was shown at the 26th annual Montgomery Photography Reception and Exhibition at the Universalist Church in Montgomery. Davis is a senior from Deer Park in the digital arts and design program at Scarlet Oaks. The contest was sponsored by the Montgomery Arts Commission and included professional photographers as judges. Davis received a $100 award and a professional critique of each of her winning photos. This photo of gulls, by Deer Park student Hannah Davis, was a winner in the Montgomery photo contest. THANKS TO HANNAH DAVIS




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The courts have been open for a couple of weeks for local high school tennis squads. The following is a recap of teams in the Suburban Life coverage area:


Consistency continues at the courts of the Madeira Swim and Tennis Club where coach Arnie Maslow’s Mustangs can be found on dry afternoons this time of year. In his 21st year of coaching at Madeira with his wife, Lynda, Maslow guided the boys to a12-5 mark in 2012 and fourth-place in the Cincinnati Hills League. The pair shared Coach of the Year honors last season along with Indian Hill’s T.J. Scheve. Madeira’s starters to begin the season were seniors John Muenz, James O’Connor and sophomore Travis Freytag. All three were CHL second team last season. However, an early injury to O’Connor has moved Freytag to second singles and promoted sophomore Jake Lorusso to third. Muenz is a four-year player for Maslow. “He has an all-around game and he’s matured,” Maslow said. “The year he started was the season after I had graduated eight seniors. I started all over again, literally. He’s the only one left from that team.” Freytag has moved from first doubles a year ago to singles, while Lorusso has moved up from junior varsity. At first doubles, the Mustangs offer up a pair of sophomores in Jake Harrington and Zach Zeisler. Second doubles is first-year senior Tyler Hunt and first-year sophomore Robby Elkin. In addition to strong CHL teams such as Indian Hill, Mariemont and Wyoming, Maslow lines up a competitive non-conference schedule for the Mustangs. New Richmond, CHCA, Badin and Lakota East all have strong tennis and are all on the Mustangs’ spring menu. “I play roughly the same teams every year,” he said. “Our goal is to be at the top of teams like us. John (Muenz) is the only


Senior John Muenz has been a four-year player for Coach Arnie Maslow and is the No. 1 singles entry for Madeira. SCOTT SPRINGER/COMMUNITY PRESS

of the seven kids represented by parents or grandparents,” he said. “One kid had two sets of grandparents here. God bless him for that. It’s a lot of fun.”


Moeller’s Logan Wacker is back after making GCL-South second team last spring for the Crusaders. THANKS TO ALEX THOMPSON

one who takes lessons. I have three others that I advised their parents to get lessons. They’re starting when they’re 16 to 17 years old as opposed to starting when they’re 7 or 8.” Madeira’s at Badin April 17 and then home with Clinton Massie April 19. The Mustangs don’t always come away with a win, but the Maslows are often rewarded by things that are immeasurable. “Our last match, we had six

Alex Thompson picked up Greater Catholic League Coach of the Year honors for guiding the Crusaders to a second-place finish in the GCL-South. Moeller was 4-2 in the league typically dominated by St. Xavier and 10-8 overall. Returning starters are seniors Logan Wacker, Brett Carlin and Mike McGrath and junior Kevin Morrison. Seniors Jack Sherman and Toby Frisch are also expected to contribute. Wacker was second team GCL-South last season and will help the Crusaders seek a third straight winning season. “The team this year is a fun team with a lot of good senior leadership,” Thompson said. Rounding out the Moeller squad are Nick Schaeffer, Brendan Farlow and Bruno Rozzi. Moeller is at Loveland April 18 and then back home with Seven Hills on April 19.

Indian Hill

Cincinnati Hills League records go back to the 1985-86 season. In the category of boys tennis championships, Indian Hill has won every year except for

2009 when the Wyoming Cowboys took the trophy. T.J. Scheve shared CHL Coach of the Year honors with Madeira’s Arnie and Lynda Maslow last season after guiding the Braves to a 15-5 record (5-0 CHL). The Braves lost three firstteamers to graduation, but return first team seniors R.J. Joshi and Will Jaroszewicz. Other seniors back are Henry Kramer and Aaron Taylor. Scheve’s juniors are Gibron Chaudhry, Trevor Cohen, Ian Mandybur and Nick West; Graydon Cowan is a sophomore; and freshmen Rohit Musti and Alex Warstler are regulars. Warstler has taken over first singles after moving into the area from Charlotte, N.C. “He had a Top 100 ranking in the southern region,” Scheve said. “The southern region is usually the better region. He’s a dedicated tennis player and plays in all kinds of tournaments. He’s the real deal.” Scheve and others have coached some greats at Indian Hill, but Warstler could potentially top that list. He’s at least the best Scheve has had in four years. “By the time it’s all said and done, he’ll be in the mix for a state title,” Scheve said. See TENNIS, Page A7

McLaughlin’s men back for another run By Scott Springer

KENWOOD — Matt McLaughlin has a tough act to follow after winning the Ohio Division I state championship in boys volleyball in his first season as head coach at his alma mater. Now with five year’s coaching experience and in his second campaign, he returns a team that finished 25-2 and 10-0 in the Greater Catholic League-South. Four starters return for the Crusaders and they’re all seniors. Playing the middle is 6-foot-6 Casey Pieper, 6-foot-2 Tony Pisciotta is an outside hitter, Zach Priest is a 6-foot right hitter and 5foot-9 Jared Engelhart is the libero. “This is a really talented, hard-working group of seniors,” McLaughlin said. “They have worked in the off-season to improve and are ready to get going this season.” McLaughlin won GCL South Coach of the Year honors last spring and Casey Pieper was picked first team. Priest made second team all-league. The rest of the squad is comprised of seniors Rudy Forte, Corey Carroll, Mitchell Sander, Bobby Schantz, Ryan Sheets, Sam Geraci and Adam Brinkman; juniors Ben Land, Greg Partin, Danny Abein, Corey Pieper and Carson Susich; and sophomore Chris Hackman. Moeller’s next home match is against St. Xavier April 19.

Moeller volleyball coach Matt McLaughlin played for the Crusaders and coached them to the Ohio Division I state title last May. SCOTT SPRINGER/COMMUNITY PRESS


Boys volleyball

» Moeller defeated Beavercreek 27-25, 25-18, 25-18 on April 4. The Crusaders also beat La Salle 25-18, 25-17, 25-20. On April 11, the Crusaders beat Elder, 25-16, 25-12, 25-22.


» Indian Hill beat Taylor 4-2 behind junior Ally Hermes. Hermes also was 3-4 and drove in a run. The Lady Braves took two from New Richmond on April 6. Hermes won the first 8-7 and was 2-3 with a double. In the second, freshman Cassidy Zang led Indian Hill to the 6-1 victory and senior Lindy Howe was 3-3. On April 10, Indian Hill beat Wyoming 4-2 as Hermes got the win and was 2-3 driving in a pair of runs.

» Deer Park downed Wyoming12-1on April 5. Junior Sara Kramer had the win. Sophomore Kasey Purdin was 2-3 with a triple, home run and four runs batted in. On April 6, Deer Park defeated Roger Bacon 11-1 as Kramer struck out 10. Junior Alexis Noland was 3-3 with a pair of homers and a double. Sophomore Lacey Chadwell also homered. April 8 was another Deer Park win over Wyoming, 10-0 in five innings. Chadwell and sophomore Samantha Wood homered. The Lady Wildcats beat Withrow 23-4 in five innings on April 9. Kramer got the winer and senior Leah Gatto drove in six runs. » Madeira got by Norwood 19-18 in eight innings April 9 as senior Julie Kuzniczci was the winning pitcher. On April10, the Amazons beat Mariemont 17-0 in five innings. Junior Clare

Madeira senior Andrew Benintendi singles to right to lead off the Mustangs’ game against Landmark Christian April 9. Madeira went on to the 14-4 five-inning win. SCOTT SPRINGER/COMMUNITY PRESS

Gordon had the win and drove in four runs.


» Madeira beat Reading 8-1 on April 5 behind senior Andrew Benintendi who struck out nine. He also was 2-4 at the plate with a double. The Mustangs beat Porstmouth West 16-8 on April 6. Senior Tucker Larsh got the win. Junior Matt Ballweg was 3-5 with

a triple and three runs batted in. On April 8, Madeira beat Reading16-7 as senior Nate Bulman got the win and senior Zack Jansen was 3-5 with a double, homer and seven runs batted in. The Mustangs beat Landmark Christian on April 9, 14-4 in five innings as junior Ryan Gallenstein got the win and Jansen drove in five runs. Junior Matt Ballweg had a five-inning no-hitter in Madei-

ra’s 17-0 Reds Futures Showcase win over Mariemont April 10. Benintendi was 3-6 with a triple and three runs batted in. » Moeller won two games on April 6 in Tennessee. The Crusaders beat Brentwood Academy 3-2 behind junior Joey Ludwig. Senior Spencer Iacovone was 2-4 with a double. Moeller also defeated Harpeth 15-4 as junior Nick Voss got the win. Senior Patrick McAlpine was 2-4 and drove in four runs. » Indian Hill routed Taylor 13-1 on April 8. Senior Nick Pai got the win. Seniors Pierce Arnold and Zack Lutz and junior Ryan Helms all homered.

Girls track and field

» Indian Hill was eighth at the Coaches Classic meet April 6. Senior Christina Canning won the high jump with a leap of 5’2”. See HIGHLIGHTS, Page A7



PRESS PREPS HIGHLIGHTS The Lady Braves won the Madeira Invitational on April 10. Canning again won the high jump at 5’4”. » Madeira’s Anastasia Thiele won the discus at the Coaches Classic meet with a throw of 96’10”. » Deer Park was seventh at the Madeira Invitational April 10. Junior Sam Moses won the shot put and discus.

Boys track and field

At the recent 2013 Short Course NCSA Junior National Championship Meet held in Orlando, Fla., Allie Wooden (Indian Hill) and Alexandra Tracy (Indian Hill) joined with Bridget Blood (Blue Ash) and Marissa Delgado (Clifton) to break the Ohio Women's Open 400 Medley Relay record in a time of 3:44.01. The previous record of 3:45.76 was set in 1981. The Open designation means that it is the fastest ever time recorded for any age female relay team in Ohio. While the four swimmers swim for different high schools in the Ohio High School Short Course season, this was a club swimming event, year round they train together with the Cincinnati Marlins Swim Club at the Keating Natatorium, adjacent to St. Xavier. THANKS TO SUSAN TRACY

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Because of the arrival of Warstler, Raghav (R.J.) Joshi now becomes a very solid second singles player for the Braves. This is his third year in the No. 2 slot which make Indian Hill stronger. “He’s going to be one of the better No. 2 singles (players) anywhere,” Scheve said. “That’s what getting this nice surprise this summer (Warstler)

does. I though we were going to be good anyway and now we’ll be that much better.” Third singles could be divided between Jaroszewicz, who made state in doubles last spring and Mandybur. “He’s such a good doubles player,” Scheve said of Jaroszewicz. “I like having hime at that No. 1 doubles spot.” Other doubles tandems are Cowan/Musti in second doubles. When Jaroszewicz plays doubles it’s often with Trevor Cohen.

» Deer Park junior Cory Harmon won the discus at the Coaches Classic at Lockland April 5 with a throw of 161’ 1.5”. At the Madeira Invitational on April 10, Deer Park was third with Harmon winning the discus and the long jump at 19’ 5”. » Indian Hill was seventh at the Madeira Invitational April 10. Junior Drake Stimson won the high jump with a leap of 6’. » Madeira won the Madeira Invitational April 10. Freshman Nick Cedillo In the CHL, Scheve expects his biggest challenges from Wyoming and Mariemont. “They’ve got some good talent and they’re pretty deep, too,” Scheve said of the Cowboys. “We’ve won it the last two years and I think we’re every bit as good as we’ve been the last two years if not a little bit better.” Indian Hill takes on Finneytown at Brent Elementary on April 17 before returning home on April 18 to face Mariemont.

won the 400 meters, sophomore Gabe Gonsalves took the 110 hurdles and the Mustangs won the 4x400 relay. » Moeller senior Zach Hoffman won the 1,600 meters at the Coaches Classic meet at Winton Woods April 12. Senior teammate Luke Larison took the high jump at 6’2”.

Boys tennis

» Madeira blanked Finneytown 5-0 on April 8. Senior John Muenz and sophomores Travis Freytag and Jake Lorusso won in singles. » Indian Hill shutout Walnut Hills 5-0 on April 9. Singles wins were by freshman Alex Warstler,

senior Raghav Joshi and junior Ian Mandybur. » Moeller blanked La Salle 5-0 on April 9. Singles wins were by seniors Logan Wacker and Michael McGrath and junior Kevin Morrison. The Crusaders shutout Talawanda 5-0 on April 12. Taking doubles were seniors Brett Carlin/Bruno Rozzi and senior Jack Sherman and junior Brendan Farlow.

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Time to restart Madeira restaurant talks

I am enthusiastically in favor of responsible well planned community redevelopment. It is encouraging that Madeira council is supporting a development study of Camargo Road South led by our assistant city manager and two experts in land and community development. I applaud this decision. I am equally disappointed with our city leaders for what has become an irresponsible attempt to redevelop the downtown historic area that includes the Muchmore and Hosbrook houses. We have for nearly two years been encouraging exclusively the owners of Paxton’s Grill of Loveland to open a second restaurant in Madeira. There are many other competent operators of

including an offer to restaurants in Greatdelay as much as er Cincinnati that $124,000 of the mortshould have been gage to be paid to the invited to make a city over seven years restaurant proposal and to circumvent our on city property. This building and zoning does not mean that codes including less Paxton’s isn’t a qualthan required parking ity place to visit when Doug spaces. in Loveland. Oppenheimer On Jan. 28, a Paxton What’s worse now COMMUNITY PRESS partner in an e-mail to is that Madeira is GUEST COLUMNIST our city manager Tom stuck for at least 60 Moeller said that “the finandays in an “exclusive right to cials are not all that great if negotiate” arrangement with Paxton’s owners. According to there is a need to build a 1012,000 square foot two-story our city manager we have not building.” Apparently it was seen audited financials from decided that council would Paxton’s Grill substantiating that the business is profitable, talk about this issue in one of too many secret executive viable and that the partners sessions. How strong are the would stand a good chance of financials for the existing success in Madeira. Our relaPaxton Restaurant? The city tionship with the Paxton must be shown audited figroup has become too cozy

Weathering their non-stop hype » Why isn’t the president of RutNobody asked me, but... gers not fired? » Two things that don’t need a » My new favorite TV show? holiday to go on sale – furniture “Finding Big Foot.” One hour a week and mattresses. where people search for him. » The sooner you fall behind, » There are now 11 pizza chains in the more time you have to catch our area offering free cheesy bread up. sticks with a large pizza. Nothing » I now look forward to every beats a balanced diet. edition of the new Cincinnati Bill Damsey » The ESPN football draft shows Enquirer. COMMUNITY PRESS can’t be more boring. » Every TV weather station GUEST COLUMNIST » I took the bus from Kenwood to reports their reports are the most accurate. Ask them. They all have the Downtown along with four other people. And we need a trolley? proof. » Only injuries can stop the Reds from winning the pennant. Bill Damsey is a resident of Deer Park.

nancials now. The site that the two historic houses are situated on was not the first location looked at for a second Paxton’s. On Aug. 19, 2011, a location at 7115 Miami Ave. was briefly thought about for Paxton’s and on Feb. 24, 2012, the Paxton partner asked our city manager if it was possible to revisit Choo-Choos as the Paxton restaurant location, but said it would be necessary to expand the depot. What plans did our city council have for the current owner of Choo-Choos? Maybe this explains why the city has denied the owner of ChooChoos anything more than a month to month lease. It appears from the hundreds of e-mails exchanged between our city manager the

Looking to sell your home or hoping to buy your dream home? The process of buying or selling a home can be exciting, and it also can be overwhelming. Here are some tips to help you get started and find the best available financing options and planning advice to fit your needs.

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different times of the day – day, night and weekends – to get a feel for the neighborhood, traffic flow and noise level. Also, research recent sales of similar homes in the neighborhood. This will help you get a sense of housing costs in the area and what may be an appropriate opening bid when it comes time to begin making a purchase.

Selling a home » Assess what your future needs may be. Do you plan on » Hire a realtor. Engaging a real having more children? Do you estate professional is beneficial when plan on staying in this city for you are buying a home, and it can several years? Thinking about definitely be a plus when trying to your home needs now and how sell your home. Even though many Bob Lewis they may change in the next five, people do sell their own homes, a 10, 15 or 20 years can help you COMMUNITY PRESS realtor provides experience and GUEST COLUMNIST decide on what size and type of insights on local neighborhoods and home you will need. competitive pricing. Also, a realtor » Determine how much home you can can offer best practices for improving your afford. Review your budget, future exhome, reviewing contracts, negotiating and penses and current debt and income to working with attorneys and home inspecunderstand how much you could spend on a tors. You also may meet some potential new home while also meeting your other buyers through your realtor’s network of financial obligations. clients. » Review your credit report. Before » Make improvements to appeal to buyapplying for a mortgage loan, gain access to ers and help with your home appraisal. You your most recent credit report. This will don’t have to make major improvements to help you identify any discrepancies and fix potentially improve the value of your home. the issues before beginning the mortgage Upgrading windows and landscaping or loan process. refreshing your kitchen and bathroom can » Meet with a mortgage loan originator. make your home more desirable to potenThrough this discussion, the mortgage tial buyers. Whether your improvements professional will help you understand what include a whole house makeover or a fresh type of mortgage and monthly payment you coat of paint, keeping your house in good can afford and how much of a down payshape can improve your chances of selling ment may be required. He or she also can faster and getting a better appraisal on educate you on current interest rates and your home’s value. available loan options to help you find the Whether you are buying or selling, havright mortgage for your financial situation. ing the right information can make all the » Do your homework. Homes in good difference. school districts can benefit you even if you Bob Lewis is senior vice president and head of Fifth don’t have children when it comes time to Third Mortgage Co. sell your home. Visit a potential house at



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Doug Oppenheimer is a resident of Madeira.

CH@TROOM April 10 question A federal judge ruled April 5 that age restrictions on over-the-counter sales of the morning-after pill must end within 30 days. Should there be age restrictions on the morning-after pill? Why or why not?”

“If you are old enough to say yes to the boy you are old enough to have second thoughts. How many of you parents want to be raising your children's babies? “This is nothing about morals. It is about bringing unwanted and poorly cared for children into the world. A girl should have some choice other than an abortion.” F.S.D.

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Paxton partner and our law director Bob Malloy that the city was desperate and passed legislation declaring part of downtown as a historic district. The real purpose was to make way for a second Paxton’s restaurant by pushing two historic houses out of the way. The Paxton partner often in his e-mails seemed reluctant unwilling or unable to spend what would be needed to meet the expectations of our city council members. The city should begin a new process with a professional redevelopment plan, ending the illconceived “exclusive right to negotiate” agreement with the Paxton partners.

“There is no age restriction on having sex, so why should there be an age restriction on the morningafter pill. “Until these kids, both male and female, understand about sex, responsibility, and commitment, whether they use the pill or not, we all must pay the consequences of raising their kids and supporting them through some agency.” D.J.

“No age restriction. With any medication sold over-the-counter there is always potential for abuse and overuse. However, it was repeatedly noted that the side effects are not very significant. “There has been a lot of research that’s been done that indicates teens can follow the instructions for this medicine. That said, when it comes to any form of birth control it’s important for women/girls to educate themselves on the benefits and risks of taking hormone medication, and the best way to do that is to speak with a parent, doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.” K.S.

“Should there be restrictions on the sale of the morning-after pill? Yes, but society is changing, and I am not sure that these restrictions will continue to be observed. “There are restrictions on the ages of people who want to buy cigarettes and alcohol; why not the pill? I think the answer is that the liberals among us want to remove all restrictions and stigmas on sexual activity of any kind by anyone, and they appear to be succeeding.” Bill B.

“There is no age restriction on when a woman can become pregnant. Although there are religious and social beliefs that parents have the right to be involved in a minor's decisions on matters like this most

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healthy families don't need a law to require a young woman to consult her parents. “The only situations where this comes into play is in unhealthy families, such as where parents are abusive, involved in the minor's pregnancy or have failed to indoctrinate their child in their radical religious beliefs. Or when the pregnancy is the result of rape or coercive sex in a situation where the pregnant woman will have no support or fears for her safety. The federal judge made the correct decision. “People who are opposed to birth control can exercise their beliefs through education and social reform to make it easier for women to bear children when parental or spousal support is absent. “The simple fact is that the United States does a lousy job of providing for unwanted children. Until we fix that, people have no right to try to impose their beliefs about reproduction and birth control on others. “We practice freedom of religion in this nation, which is or should be understood to be freedom of belief, since all religion is belief. That is a two-way street. “Freedom to embrace your ideals and freedom from other people's ideals. We haven't done a very good job of recognizing that restricting access to birth control is imposing the views of one group on another, and it's time we put this issue in its proper perspective.” N.F.

“I have yet to see an analysis of the judge who made this ruling. All too often the media focuses on the rulings and ignores the person(s) giving them. “One has to wonder why some judge, somewhere in America believes he has the power to order every last pharmacy in this great and vast land to obey his command. Even the president and Congress have no such power. “If a pharmacy disobeys the judge will he dispatch Storm Troopers to the scene?”

Suburban Life Editor Dick Maloney, 248-7134 Office hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday See page A2 for additional contact information.







Children rush to hunt Easter eggs during the Easter egg scramble, commonly known as Madeira's fastest minute, Saturday, March 16. JASON HOFFMAN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Madeira’s ‘fastest minute’ entertains children

Annual Easter egg scramble attracts hundreds By Jason Hoffman

MADEIRA — It’s commonly known as Madeira’s fastest minute, and it didn’t last long. More than 200 parents and children filed into the Madeira High School football stadium for the March 16 hunt. The football field was covered partially with 2,000 Easter eggs filled by teen counselors from MHS and senior citizens at the Heartland of Madeira nursing home. “We have 10 to 15 park board members that help with this event every year, and we also have assistance from the teen counselors from the high school help out,” said David Wallace, chair of the parks and recreation board. “We always get great reviews, and people seem to enjoy it.” Want to know more about Madeira government and community? Folllow Jason Hoffman on Twitter: @jhoffman_cp.

Savannah Hamm, 21 months of Madeira, hunting eggs Saturday, March 16, at the Madeira Easter Egg Scramble. THANKS TO SUSAN HILL

Madeira children hunt Easter eggs during the Easter egg scramble Saturday, March 16. JASON HOFFMAN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Isabella Craft, 3 of Montgomery, hunts for Easter eggs at Madeira High School Saturday, March 16. THANKS TO SUSAN HILL

FIND MORE ONLINE Watch a video from the Easter egg scramble at Search for Madeira. For more photos from the event, go to

Alex Dye, 3 of Madeira, enjoying his new duck at the Madeira Easter Egg Scramble Saturday, March 16. THANKS TO SUSAN HILL

Children rush to hunt Easter eggs during the Madeira Easter egg scramble at Madeira High School Saturday, March 16. JASON HOFFMAN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Alyssa Parrott, 6 of Madeira, having found a winning ticket in an egg, choses a plush animal Saturday, March 16. THANKS TO SUSAN HILL William Carpenter, 5, and James Carpenter, 10, go through the Easter eggs they collected at the Madeira Easter Egg Scramble Saturday, March 16. JASON HOFFMAN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS




Art & Craft Classes

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Open Create, 7-9 p.m., Hyatt Art Studio, 7813 Laurel Ave., Choose surface you want to paint on and receive individual attention as you paint artwork for your home or garden. $25. 561-0677; Madeira.

Art Exhibits

Dance Classes

The Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati’s 120th Juried Exhibition, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., The Barn. Works by various artists. 2723700; Mariemont.

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

Civic Sweater Drive, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Benchmark Outdoor Outfitters, 9525 Kenwood Road, All sweaters are donated to Ohio Valley Goodwill. Receive $10 coupon toward future purchase. Through April 30. 791-9453; Blue Ash.

Drink Tastings Diva Wine Dinner, 6-8 p.m., Kroger Harper’s Point, 11390 Montgomery Road, Ladies Night in Napa Dinner in private room. Drinking Mirabelle Brut Rose, Miner Viognier, Raymond Sommelier and Venge Scouts Honor. Accompanying menu. $35. Reservations required. 247-7740. Symmes Township.

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

On Stage - Student Theater Hello, Dolly!, 7:30 p.m., Madeira High School, 7465 Loannes Drive, Medert Auditorium. Theatre department presents timeless musical. $10. Reservations required. 891-8222; / Madeira.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Free, donations accepted. Through April 25. 800-0164. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, Noon-1 p.m., Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, 4309 Cooper Road, Youth room. Big book/

Exercise Classes

An interpretive sign explaining the story of John Schenck and his family's deception of Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan stands outside the Schenck's house in Deer Park. The sign is part of the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail, organized by the Ohio Civil War Trail Commission and the Ohio Historical Society. Deer Park Library will host a program about Morgan’s Raid through Hamilton County at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 23. David Mowery of Cincinnati Civil War Roundtable will plot the trail of Morgan’s Raid in Hamilton County. Deer Park Branch Library is at 3970 E. Galbraith Road. Free. Registration required. 369-4450. LEAH FIGHTMASTER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS discussion meeting. Brown bag lunch optional. Open to everyone who desires healthy loving relationships. Donations accepted. 673-0174; Blue Ash.

FRIDAY, APRIL 19 Art Exhibits The Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati’s 120th Juried Exhibition, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 2723700; Mariemont.



Civic Sweater Drive, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Benchmark Outdoor Outfitters, 791-9453; Blue Ash.

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

On Stage - Student Theater

Sweater Drive, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Benchmark Outdoor Outfitters, 791-9453; Blue Ash.

Hello, Dolly!, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Madeira High School, $10. Reservations required. 891-8222; / Madeira.

Exercise Classes

On Stage - Theater

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

Go, Dog. Go!, 6:30-8 p.m., Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road, Gymnasium. Playhouse in the Park Off the Hill production. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Free. Reservations required. 745-8550. Blue Ash. Love is in the Air, 7:30 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, $10. 443-4572; Loveland.

Health / Wellness Health Screenings, 10 a.m.noon, Owens Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center, 7319 Montgomery Road, Body Mass Index, blood pressure screening, stress test screening, weight analysis, 10-point consultation and 10-minute hydro-massage. Free. Appointment required. 784-0084. Silverton. Pre-Diabetes Class, 9-11 a.m., Jewish Hospital Weight Management Center, 6350 E. Galbraith Road, Information on making healthy food choices, exercise and blood sugar control and monitoring blood sugar levels. $20. 686-6820; Kenwood.

On Stage - Student Theater Hello, Dolly!, 7:30 p.m., Madeira High School, $10. Reservations required. 891-8222; / Madeira.

On Stage - Theater Love is in the Air, 7:30 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, 111 S. Second St., Playful musical tribute to favorite love songs. $10. Through April 21. 443-4572; Loveland.

SATURDAY, APRIL 20 Art & Craft Classes Open Create, Noon-5 p.m., Hyatt Art Studio, $25. 561-0677; Madeira. Parents Night Out, 5-9:30 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Face painting, cornhole, juggling, themed relay races, obstacle courses and more. Bring brown bag lunch. Ages 2-12. $30. 985-0900. Montgomery.

Art Events Artist Collection: An Open House, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Wildflowers Cottage, 6377 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, Six local artists showcasing jewelry, paintings/ drawings, pottery, mosaics and fiber. Light refreshments. Free. 732-0866. Loveland.

Art Exhibits The Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati’s 120th Juried Exhibition, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 2723700;

Runs / Walks Rat Race, 5:30 p.m., Nisbet Park, 210 Railroad Ave., Registration from 4-5:25 p.m. 10K runners begin 5:30 p.m. 5K runners start 5:32 pm. 5K for walkers and strollers 5:34 pm. 5K Fitness Walk and 5K run/10K run. Flat, fast course begins near Paxton’s Grill and Loveland bike trail ending near park. Post-event party with refreshments, beer, food, music, entertainment and a Health Expo. Benefits CancerFree KIDS, CityLink Center and Girls on the Run. $35-$30. Registration required. 235-8153; Loveland.

Special Events Nick Verreos, 1 p.m., Macy’sKenwood, 7800 Montgomery Road, Second Floor, Impulse Department. Preview the season’s trends. “Project Runway” season two finalist will showcase the five spring essentials that can take anyone’s wardrobe from drab to fab. With light refreshments and music. Take home gift with purchase. Free. 745-8980; Kenwood.

SUNDAY, APRIL 21 Art & Craft Classes Canvas and Cupcakes at the Barn, 1-2:30 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Children create winter-themed painting on canvas alongside instructor Keli Oelerich, and enjoy a cupcake. All materials supplied including take-home canvas. $15. 859-8668777; Mariemont. Open Create, Noon-5 p.m., Hyatt Art Studio, $25. 561-0677; Madeira.

Art Exhibits The Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati’s 120th Juried Exhibition, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 2723700; Mariemont.

Civic Sweater Drive, Noon-5 p.m., Benchmark Outdoor Outfitters, 791-9453; Blue Ash.

Dining Events Celebration 2013: Hope Continues, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Oasis Golf Club and Conference Center, 902 Loveland-Miamiville Road, By-the-bite and sippingsoup event. Includes silent and live auction. Featuring 20-plus restaurants including Tano, Ferrari’s, Bella Luna, Keystone Bar & Grill, Lobsta Bakes of Maine and more. Ages 21 and up. Benefits Inter Parish Ministry. $45. Table of 10: $430. Reservations required. 561-3932; Loveland.

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

Holiday - Earth Day

David Broza, 7-9 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Multiplatinum singer-songwriter. Free. Reservations required. 761-7500; Amberley Village.

Earth Day Extravaganza, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., M&R Recycling, 1272 Ohio 28, Premium pricing on all material. Free food and chance to win can crusher, cash or a 32-inch flat-screen TV with every transaction. 575-0661; Loveland.

On Stage - Theater

Music - Acoustic

Music - Concerts

Love is in the Air, 2 p.m., Loveland Stage Company Theatre, $10. 443-4572; Loveland.

Runs / Walks Run for the Lions, 8:30 a.m., Ursuline Academy, 5535 Pfeiffer Road, A flat course for runners and walkers of all ages with children in strollers. Breakfast provided by First Watch and Vonderhaar’s Catering. Mass is optional 7:30 a.m. Family friendly. Benefits Ursuline Academy of Cincinnati. $25, $15 students; before April 18. Registration required. 791-5794, ext. 1218; Blue Ash.

Shopping Cincinnati Music Collectors’ Convention, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Crowne Plaza Hotel Blue Ash, 5901 Pfeiffer Road, Music show and sale. Recycled, out-of-print and hard-to-find phonograph records and CDs, DVDs, tapes and music-related items. Free parking. $3, free ages 11 under with adult. 317-882-3378. Blue Ash.

MONDAY, APRIL 22 Business Classes National Social Security Advisor Training Class, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Premier Social Security Consulting, 4555 W. Lake Forest Drive, Suite 650. Through April 23. For CPAs, enrolled agents, financial advisors and insurance agents. Educational training on navigating Social Security in order to help clients optimize lifetime benefits. Ages 21 and up. $295. Reservations required. 251-5707; Blue Ash.

Civic Sweater Drive, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Benchmark Outdoor Outfitters, 791-9453; Blue Ash.

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

Bob Cushing, 8-11 p.m., Shady O’Grady’s Pub, 9443 LovelandMadeira Road, 791-2753. Symmes Township.

Music - Classical Encore! Linton Chamber Music Series, 7:30 p.m., Congregation Beth Adam, 10001 Loveland-Madeira Road, Leon Fleisher, pianist, performs Brahms. Bella Hristova performs with Jaime Laredo, Sharon Robinson and Ida Kavafian. $30, $10 students. 381-6868; Loveland.


Holiday - Earth Day Earth Day Extravaganza, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., M&R Recycling, 575-0661; Loveland.

Home & Garden Get the Dirt on Backyard Composting, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Madeira City Building, 7141 Miami Ave., Learn how to balance a compost bin, what materials are compostable and some troubleshooting. Free. Registration required. 946-7734; Madeira.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24 Art & Craft Classes Portrait Painting and Drawing Class, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Drawing and Painting from a clothed model. $120 per session of four classes. Reservations required. 259-9302. Mariemont. Free Knitting Classes, 7-8:30 p.m., Milford Heights Church of Christ, 1646 Ohio 28, Basic knitting techniques, fresh ideas and short devotional time. Free. 575-1874. Milford.

Civic Sweater Drive, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Benchmark Outdoor Outfitters, 791-9453; Blue Ash.

Cooking Classes Easy Healthy Mediterranean with Liliana Gebran, 6:30-9 p.m., Cooks’ Wares, 11344 Montgomery Road, $50. Reservations required. 489-6400. Symmes Township.

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

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

Health / Wellness

Sweater Drive, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Benchmark Outdoor Outfitters, 791-9453; Blue Ash.

Acute Leukemia: How Much Treatment Do I Need?, 6-7 p.m., Jewish Hospital, 4777 E. Galbraith Road, Conference Rooms A and B. With Dr. James Essell. Free. Registration required. 956-3729; Kenwood.

Cooking Classes



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

Town Hall Lecture: Lisa Ling, 8-9 p.m., Sycamore Junior High School, 5757 Cooper Road, TV journalist speaks. Ages 18 and up. $120 series of four lectures; $40 single lecture. 684-1632; Montgomery. Town Hall Lecture: Lisa Ling, 11 a.m.-noon, Montgomery Assembly of God, 7950 Pfeiffer Road, TV journalist speaks. Ages 18 and up. $120 series of four lectures; $40 single lecture. 684-1632; Montgomery.


Literary - Libraries

It’s in the Bag April Produce with Ilene Ross, 6:30-9 p.m., Cooks’ Wares, 11344 Montgomery Road, $50. Reservations required. 489-6400. Symmes Township.

Dance Classes

The John Hunt Morgan Trail, 6 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, David Mowery of Cincinnati Civil War Roundtable plots trail of Morgan’s Raid in Hamilton County. Free. Registration required. 369-4450. Deer Park.

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

Teen Board Gaming, 2:30-4 p.m., Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 E. Galbraith Road, Teens and tweens play board games of their choice. Games played most often are Apples to Apples, Scrabble, Forbidden Island, Zombie Fluxx, Uno and Skip-Bo. Ages 11-18. Free. 369-4450. Deer Park.

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

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



Simple yeast roll recipe is great for beginners Mother Nature is letting me know that spring is really here. Looking out my kitchen window into the woods, I see trees budding out and the forsythia is in bloom. That tells me the ground and air are warmer, about 50 degrees or Rita so. My Heikenfeld husband Frank got RITA’S KITCHEN the garden plowed and also plowed gardens for our neighbors, so everyone is eager to start planting. We got most of our root veggies planted, including potatoes, radishes and onions. The salad greens are already popping up, as are the peas. I worked in my herb garden for days hoeing out the chickweed, which is in fact a winter annual. I gave as much to the chickens as they would eat, and I also put some in our salads. Chickweed contains calcium, zinc, iron, vitamins A and C and some B vitamins. Plus it’s an appetite suppressant! Our ancestors happily picked chickweed and dandelion leaves to replace vitamins and minerals lost during a meager winter diet devoid of fresh greens. As long as you have a positive identification and the plants are “clean," enjoy them while they are young and tender.

Simple yeast rolls

I was trying to make rolls similar to the Hawaiian sweet yeast rolls that you buy. I didn’t quite make it texture wise, but the taste is similar. If you’re new to

baking or intimidated by it, try these. I think you’ll be pleased with results. I’m using fast/rapid rise yeast here, not regular yeast. 21⁄4cups flour ⁄4cup sugar 1 package (1⁄4oz.) fast/rapid rise/quick-rise yeast 1 ⁄2teaspoon salt 3 ⁄4cup warm water (120-130 degrees) 3 tablespoons butter, melted, plus extra for brushing on rolls 1

Combine 11⁄2 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt. Add water and 3 tablespoons butter and beat on medium speed until smooth, a few minutes. Blend in rest of flour to form soft dough. Knead a few minutes. This makes dough smooth and develops gluten for texture. (Bless the dough by making a cross with your hand. It’s a way to thank the Lord for your abundant blessings). Cover, let rest for 10 minutes. Roll to a 1 ⁄2-inch thick or so, cut with biscuit cutter or glass. You’ll get nine circles of dough if you use a 21⁄2-inch biscuit cutter. Place 2 inches apart on sprayed cookie sheet. Brush with butter. Cover and let rise in warm place until doubled, about 40-50 minutes. Preheat oven to 375 and bake until light golden, about 11-15 minutes. Brush with butter.

Yeast 101

Regular yeast: For the most part, this needs to be proofed in warm water (105-115 degrees) for several minutes until it starts to foam. Fast/rapid rise/quick yeast: A more aggressive strain that can be mixed in with dry ingredients. It also tolerates higher heat.

Step by step photos for rolls: Check out my blog.

Andre’s Jarlsberg cheese spread

You are the best readers and once again, came to the rescue. If you recall, Kim Martin wanted to make Kroger’s Jarlsberg cheese spread at home. Gail C., a Burlington reader, told me she had asked one of Kroger’s deli employees a couple years ago about the spread and was told it contained just shredded Jarlsberg, mayo and red onion. Andre, another reader, forwarded his version and I’m sharing that today. He said he and others in his family agree “it is just as good as store bought." Andre grates the cheese with the Cuisinart grating blade. He chops the onion fine (about a 1/4 inch) by hand since Andre feels like hand dicing will result in less liquid onion. Smart tip! Blend together

10 oz. or so Jarlsberg cheese 1 ⁄2large red onion, 1⁄4-inch dice Mayonnaise to taste


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Give Rita’s simple yeast rolls a try if you are a beginner or intimidated by making homemade rolls. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD


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Jarlsberg is mild, buttery, nutty and slightly sweet.

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RELIGION Ascension Lutheran Church

Music at Ascension will feature “From Opera to Broadway” Saturday, May 11, with baritone John Shuffle and soprano Nancy Williams Shuffle. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. in Ascension’s sanctuary. It is free and open to the public. The young people experience Bible stories each Sunday in a variety of styles ranging from cooking to crafts to drama to science to computers. Ascension members with talent in these areas rotate to each class throughout the year. Sunday School is at 9:45 a.m. and guests are welcome. Healing Touch Ministry is offered on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. Please call the church office at 793-3288 for more information. Two women’s groups gather regularly at Ascension. The Women’s Bible Study meets Thursdays (except the second week) at 9:45 a.m. The women are reading a book from the Sisters Series entitled “Unfailing Love: Growing Closer to Jesus Christ.” The Wheel of Friendship meets monthly on the second Thursday at 9:30 a.m. for Bible Study, fellowship and outreach. Childcare is provided for both groups and guests are always welcome. Call the church office for more information. Worship services are at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday School, confirmation and adult forum are at 9:45 a.m. Ascension is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 793-3288.

about, and enjoy special presentations from the children in the AWANA program. Join area high school and college-age students who are rising up to God in Uprising, an exciting new student ministry sponsored by Blue Ash Starbucks, coming to Bethel on the first Friday of each month from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. All are invited to this non-denominational time of worship, fun and connecting with other students. Included in the free fun is a free Starbucks Coffee bar, giveaways, food, a live band, games, a photo booth and more. Everyone is welcome. Look for the Uprising sign. Find Uprising on Facebook at “The Uprising – Student Outreach of Cincinnati” and on Twitter @CincyUprising. The adult, teen and children’s Sunday School classes come together for an hour of skits from the drama team, children’s songs, games, penny wars and more during Round Up Sunday, offered during Sunday School hour on the first Sunday of each month. Visitors and their families are welcome to join the fun. Sunday School is 10 a.m.; Sunday worship is 11 a.m. The church offers AWANA children’s Bible clubs during the school year at 7 p.m. Wednesdays for children ages 2 through sixth grade. Contact the church for information. A small group Bible study is offered Wednesday evenings at the church at 7:30 p.m. The church is at 8501 Plainfield Road, Sycamore Township; 891-2221;

Bethel Baptist Temple

Blue Ash Presbyterian Church

AWANA Sunday is April 21 during Sunday worship. Come and see what AWANA is all

The spring concert is 4 p.m., April 21. The concert features



Hyde Park Baptist Church


Michigan & Erie Ave

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


Senior Pastor, Rev. Dave Robinette 986 Nordyke Road - 45255 (Cherry Grove turn off Beechmont at Beechmont Toyota) Worship Service, Sunday 10:45 am Classes For All Ages, Sunday 9:15 am Prayer Service Wednesday, 6:45 pm

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


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

ECKANKAR Experience the Light and Sound of God You are invited to the Community HU Song

4th Sunday, 11:00-11:30am

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

University of Cincinnati Cabaret Singers and combined choirs of Monfort Heights United Methodist and Blue Ash Presbyterian Churches, who will sing “Five Mystical Songs” by Ralph Vaughan Williams, “Psalm 86 and 148” by Gustav Holst, and “Missa Brevis in D minor, K. 65” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Performed with Chamber Orchestra players from Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Season of Friendship is here through May 19. Each Sunday during this time, the church will have a different focus. April 21 is Celebration of Creation, April 28 is Mission Sunday, May 5 is Hymn Sunday, May 12 is Service for all Ages, and May 19 is Pentecost, Happy Birthday Church. Bring a friend and invite a friend. Join the Thoughtful Christian group on Sundays at 9 a.m. in the church library. Jacob’s Ladder is the theme for Sunday School (pre-K through 12th-grade); these classes are taught after the children’s sermon in the worship service. The church is collecting canned goods for the Northeast Emergency Distribution Services (NEEDS) for the month of April. Sunday worship services are at 10:30 a.m. Nursery care is available. Sunday sermons are recorded and available on the church website. The church is at 4309 Cooper Road; 791-1153l;


Weekday Children’s Activities – Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays (9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.). Afternoon session is available on Tuesday. Register on-line at The annual rummage sale is coming, at 7 p.m, May 30 and 9 a.m. May 31. The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242; 791-3142.

Community Lighthouse Church of God

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

Hartzell United Methodist Church

The church offers worship services on Sundays at 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. Sundays. Samaritan Closet hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Samaritan Closet



Brecon United Methodist Church

dessert and drinks, usually in Fellowship Hall. Contact David or Melissa Dennis for more information on this group at 984-6395. The church is at 8999 Applewood Drive, Blue Ash; 891-8527.

Lighthouse Baptist Church

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

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

Service times are 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. St. Barnabas serves a large scale dinner on the fourth Friday of each month at Churches Active in Northside. Call the church office for details or to offer to provide a dish, help service or do both. St. Barnabas Choir rehearsals are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays. There is no requirement other than a willing heart and a desire to serve. The St. Barnabas Youth Choir rehearses after the 10 a.m. service on Sunday. Children in second-grade and older are invited to come and sing. Calling all acolytes. If you are fourth-grade or older, please call or email the church office to help serve during the services. An Intercessory Healing Prayer Service is held the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. The Order of St. Luke, Hands of Hope chapter, meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7:15 p.m. in the library. A Men’s Breakfast group meets on Wednesday mornings

at 8:30 a.m. at Steak N Shake in Montgomery. Ladies Fellowship/Religious Study Group meets on Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. at the church. The group is discussing “Desire of the Everlasting Hills” by Thomas Cahill. Friends in Fellowship meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:15 p.m. for a potluck dinner at the church. Ladies Bridge meets the first and third Thursdays of the month. Contact the church office for further information. A Bereavement Support Group for widows and widowers meets the second and fourth Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The church is at 10345 Montgomery Road, Montgomery; 984-8401.

Sonrise Church

SonRise Church is announcing the launch of a Celebrate Recovery ministry group. Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered recovery program based on the Beatitudes addressing many of life’s hurts, hang-ups and habits. Organizers say about one-third of the people attending Celebrate Recovery or “CR” deal with chemical dependencies. CR is in more than 19,000 churches worldwide with more than half a million people completing the program. The church is at 8136 Wooster Pike; 576-6000;

Sycamore Christian Church

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


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

Church of the Saviour United Methodist

New members class meets at 5:30 p.m. Sundays in the pastor’s office. For more information, call the Rev. Robert Roberts at 891-8527, ext. 2. Adult Bible Study meets Wednesdays at 1 p.m. in the Pastor’s Office. Current book: “Why Am I A United Methodist?” The Way, The Truth & The Life Seekers Small Group meets Sundays 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. for

100 Miami Ave, Terrace Park,OH 831-2052

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

offers clothing and food to people with demonstrated needs. Bread from Panera is available on Thursdays and Saturdays. The Samaritan Closet is next to the church. The church is at 7388 E. Kemper Road, Sycamore Township; 489-7021.

TRADITIONAL WORSHIP Sunday 8:30 & 11 am CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP Sunday 9:30 & 11 am & 1st Saturday of the Month 6 pm


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


7515 Forest Road Cincinnati, OH 45255 513-231-4172 •

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Cincinnati, OH 45243

Phone: 513-791-8348 • Fax: 513-791-5648

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2010 Wolfangel Rd., Anderson Twp. 513-231-4301 Sunday Worship: 9:00 & 10:30 AM with Childrens Church & Nursery PASTOR MARIE SMITH

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


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The praise band from St. Paul Community United Methodist Church of Madeira, 8221 Miami Road, will stage a "Praise-a-Palooza" in the Fellowship Hall at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 21. From left are vocalists Lauren Bailey, Jennifer Panera, Brian Reynolds and Eric DeForest. They sing accompanied by instrumentalists. The concert in the Fellowship Hall will benefit Matthew 25: Ministries, which assists disaster victims and others. For more information, call 891-8181.


8000 Miami Ave. 513-791-4470 Sunday Worship 9:00 am - Contemporary Service 10:00am Educational Hour 11:00 am - Traditional Service

April 25 ‘Hadassah Day’ Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld will proclaim April 25 “Hadassah Day” in Cincinnati at the annual Hadassah Donor Luncheon at the Kenwood Country Club. In a special ceremony, he will give the proclamation to Hadassah National President Marcie Natan, who will be in Cincinnati for three events April 24 and 25. These events are part of the communitywide Israel@65 Celebration. Natan will speak at a special Leading Gifts Reception at the Kenwood Country Club from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. April 25. This reception is open to those who pledge $360 or more to Hadassah in 2013. Donor luncheon will follow at 11:30 a.m., also at the Kenwood Country Club.

The luncheon is open to all who pledge $75 or more to Hadassah’s 2013 Donor Campaign. Kenwood Country Club is at 6501 Kenwood Road. Complimentary valet parking will be available. A minimum donation of $75 to Hadassah plus $36 couvert per person is required to attend the donor luncheon. Please send two checks, one for the donation and one for the luncheon couvert, to Cincinnati Chapter of Hadassah, P.O. Box 42396, Cincinnati, OH 45242-0396. Reservations are required. For more information, call 513-821-6157, email or visit the Cincinnati Chapter website at







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Is your troop, club or neighborhood looking for a spring service project? If so, consider a can or gift-card drive for the Northeast Emergency Distribution Service. NEEDS is a community of 25 churches and civic organizations whose mission is to do God’s work through caring for their neighbors by providing basic emergency assistance. NEEDS is an allvolunteer cooperative located in the Kenwood Baptist Church and NEEDS does not receive government support. The NEEDS board oversees an active foodbank, as well as provides neigh-

bors-in-need with housing and utility payment assistance. During the year NEEDS sponsors a school supply drive, a holiday season “Adopt-A-Family” and in January the board collects socks, mittens and scarves for schoolage children. NEEDS serves more than 2,000 people in northeastern Hamilton County. For the past three years, from March 1 thru April 30, NEEDS has participated in the Feinstein Challenge. The Feinstein Foundation will match monetary donations as well as in-kind food pantry contributions collected during March and

April as part of its Feinstein Challenge. The Feinstein Foundation then divides and distributes $1 million among agencies that feed hungry families in their community. Participating agencies, like NEEDS, can expect to receive a check in August for a minimum of $250 and a maximum of $35,000. Your troop, club or neighborhood can help NEEDS during the Feinstein Challenge by organizing a can or gift card drive. Monetary gifts are accepted as well. Checks written during March and April should note “Feinstein Challenge” in the

memo line, and be mailed to: NEEDS, 8341 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45236. Any community group can collect canned goods, other non-perishable food items and raise monetary funds for NEEDS during other times of the year as well. The NEEDS food pantry is at the Kenwood Baptist Church, 8341 Kenwood Road, 45236 and is open Tuesday and Thursdays from 9 1 p.m. For pick-up of donated food items or to ask questions call: Jackie Cutshall 583-0323 or e-mail

Committee has plans to help needy The Lighthouse CARES Committee recently met to plan its calendar of events for the coming year. A very special group of volunteers, the Lighthouse CARES Committee enriches the lives of Lighthouse youth by showing them that the community cares about their well-being. When a homeless young adult visits Lighthouse on Highland in search of something to eat, she is greeted with a home-cooked meal prepared by a CARES Committee volunteer. These meals, provided five days each week, allow the shelter to divert the $16,000 saved on food annually to other services. When a student living in one of our group homes attends Lighthouse Community School, he may attend a school dance hosted by members of the CARES Committee. He might be encouraged by a note from a CARES Committee member on the day of a big test, and he knows that the CARES Committee will be there at his graduation with a handshake and a gift. When the holidays arrive and a mother needs help providing gifts for

CARES Committee members Corrinna Kinnard of Mt. Adams, Ivy Pitzer of Pleasant Ridge and Lesley Hern of Madeira work together to plan events for Lighthouse Youth Services. THANKS TO TAMARA SULLIVAN

her family, she knows her Lighthouse social worker will connect her with the Lighthouse Happy Holidays gift drive. This initiative, led each year by CARES Committee volunteers, provides gifts for more than 2,000 youth and families annually. By hosting activities and initiatives at Lighthouse programs throughout the year, the CARES Committee provides extra touches that help youth and families succeed. In 2013, the CARES Committee is planning projects to assist Lighthouse Foster Care, Lighthouse on Highland shelter for young adults ages18 to 24, and New Beginnings group home for girls. Lighthouse volunteers, like these, follow the pathway laid out by the volun-

Lauren Cohen and Rhonda Sheakley are CARES committee co-chairs and residents of Indian Hill. THANKS TO TAMARA SULLIVAN

teers who founded Lighthouse Youth Services 43 years ago, stepping forward to provide support to Cincinnati’s children, youth and families in need.

To volunteer or get involved with the Lighthouse CARES Committee, please contact Lindsay Schoeni at or call 487-7151.

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For reservations or more information on Rey of Light, contact Development Director Sparkle Worley at 513-861-0600 or All DPCR students participate in the Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP) to help finance a portion of their education costs. However as a new school which serves only those families who can’t afford other private, college-preparatory schools, the cost to educate students far outweighs their CWSP earnings. Rey of Light supports the scholarships that enable students from economically challenged families to afford this nationally recognized dual-focus educational program not available at any other local high school.











Lloid Chalk, 48, 258 Wayne St., theft, obstructing official business at 3400 Highland Ave., March 26. Eric Chapel, 23, 3069 Braererwoods, inducing panic at 7617 Reading Road, March 27. Stephanie King, 44, 3715 Petoskey Ave., obstructing official business at 7673 Wooster Pike, March 24. David Smith, 46, 4169 Scioto Drive, obstructing justice at 7673 Wooster Pike, March 24. Donald Stegemoller, 33, 139 Eagel Rides Drive, theft at 3400 Highland Ave., March 27.

Eric A. Bethel, 25, 3824 O'Leary Ave., drug abuse instruments, drug abuse at 3852 O'Leary Ave., April 4.

Dustin Hoekzema, 21, 8933 Charleston View Drive, theft at 9201 Fields Ertel Road, March 26. Mikyale Hunley, 20, 1621 Linn St., theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, March 25. Juvenile female, 17, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, March 27. Juvenile female, 17, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, March 27. Juvenile female, 17, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, March 27. Christopher Hayes, 19, 1613 Garrad St., theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, March 28. Bessie Edmerson, 21, 990 Nassau St., theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, March 30. Takeyia Miller, 23, 400 W. Ninth St., theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, March 30. Jessie Proctor, 30, 12121 Third Ave., aggravated trespassing at 12121 Third Ave., March 21. Christopher Strubbe, 21, 4556 Elsmere Ave., criminal damaging at 8871 Weekly Lane, March 21. Tiffany Calmeise, 39, 3307 Camvil

Incidents/investigations Burglary Residence entered and computers, TVs valued at $900 removed at 5650 View Pointe Drive, March 26. Criminal damaging Vehicle damaged at 6922 Grace Ave., March 20. Theft Jeans valued at $25 removed at 5245 Ridge Road, March 27.

Incidents/investigations Domestic violence At 4116 St. John's Terrace, April 7. At 4125 Matson Ave., March 26. Drug abuse instruments, drug abuse At 3825 O'Leary Ave., April 4.

MADEIRA Arrests/citations Juvenile, 17, alcohol possession, marijuana possession, March 20.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering Interior of townhouse damaged and clothing set on fire, etc. at 7536 Hosbrook, March 27. Domestic violence At Dawson Road, March 29. Vandalism Lights and fence damaged at St. Gertrude at Shawnee Run, March 22.

Police reports are gathered from reports on file with local police departments. This information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. The Community Press publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. Juveniles, those 17 and younger, are listed by age and gender. To contact your local police department: » Columbia Township: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, Jim Neil, sheriff; Sgt. Peter Enderle. Call 683-3444 » Deer Park: Michael Schlie, chief. Call 791-8056 » Madeira: Frank Maupin, chief. Call 272-4214 » Sycamore Township, Lt. Tom Butler, 774-6351 or 683-3444 Terrace, theft at 7875 U.S. 22, March 25. Kansal Bhabna, 40, 3307 Carvil Terrace, theft at 7875 U.S. 22, March 25. Bianca Steele, 20, 2362 Nottingham Drive, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, March 24.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering Reported at 8905 Plainfield Road, March 28. Criminal damaging Mailbox damaged at 7859 Keller Road, March 6. Misuse of credit card Reported at 8341 Kenwood

Road, March 27. Passing bad checks Reported at 7714 Montgomery Road, March 28. Theft Vending machines damaged and unknown currency removed at 8150 Corporate Park Drive, March 4. $580 in currency removed at 8031 Montgomery Road, March 9. AC unit valued at $3,500 removed at 8248 Kenwood Road, March 10. Swim suits valued at $60 removed at 7800 Montgomery

Road, March 8. Phone valued at $600 removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, March 9. Laptop valued at $700 removed at 4021 Esterarie, March 26. $1,985 taken through fraudulent means at 8316 Wexford Ave., March 26. TV valued at $500 removed at 8313 York St., March 24. Artwork, chandelier valued at $600 removed at 7641 Montgomery Road, March 30. Phone valued at $365 removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, March 30. Merchandise valued at $1,300 removed at 7875 Montgomery Road, March 30. Reported at 7788 Montgomery Road, March 22. Reported at 7714 Montgomery Road, March 22. Theft, criminal trespassing Reported at 7880 Montgomery Road, March 5. Theft, forgery Victim reported $17,200 taken through fraudulent means at 8311 Monroe Ave., March 4.

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Grailville – needs volunteers for the garden in Loveland. Volunteer days are 9 a.m. to noon selected Saturdays. For a complete list visit or call 6832340. Volunteers will work in the kitchen and herb gardens. No experience is needed, volunteers may participate once or for the entire season. Volunteers should bring gloves, water bottle, sunscreen, hat, footwear that can get dirty and a snack if desired. Tools are provided. GRRAND – Golden Retriever Rescue and Adoption of Needy Dogs takes in needy displaced, abandoned or unclaimed stray golden retrievers and places them in volunteer foster homes until adoptive families are found. Call 1-866-981-2251 and leave your name and phone. Visit email League For Animal Welfare – A no-kill shelter needs volunteers 16-and-older to help socialize cats and 18-and-older to socialize and walk dogs. Other opportunities available. Call 735-2299, ext. 3. Save the Animals Foundation – Needs people 18 and older to staff its shelter for homeless cats and dogs. Call 378-0300 for cats and 588-6609 for dogs. Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum – has a new horticulture volunteer program. Volunteer opportunities include working side by side Spring Grove’s nationally-renowned horticulture team at this National Historic Landmark. Groups of volunteers will be developed to help in the following areas: keeping the front entrance area looking spectacular, controlling invasive species, taking care of the tree and shrub collection. They are also looking for a volunteer, or volunteers, to help with the hybrid tea roses. New volunteers join the volunteer docents who are ambassadors for the cemetery and arboretum. Information sessions, conducted the last Saturday and first Wednesday of each month, will explain the volunteer opportunities. Sessions are at 10 a.m. in the Historic Office, just inside the main entrance to the cemetery. For more information, contact volunteer coordinator Whitney Huang, Spring Grove horticulturist, at 853-6866. Tri State County Animal Response Team (CART) – Is at 11216 Gideon Lane in Sycamore Township. Meetings are open to the public. Visit for monthly subjects or more information. Call 702-8373. Winton Woods Riding Center – is in need of volunteers to assist with the Special Riders Program, which provides training and competition opportunities for children and adults with disabilities, and to help with barn duties, horse shows and a variety of other tasks. No experience is

necessary and training is provided. Interested individuals ages 14 and older are invited to contact the Winton Woods Riding Center at 931-3057, or at


Executive Service Corps of Cincinnati – Professionals can use their administrative skills to help a busy, growing nonprofit manage its projects and members. Executive Service Corps of Cincinnati is looking for someone with experience in Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook to assist in the Blue Ash office. Volunteers set their own days and hours and enjoy nice working conditions and friendly, bright volunteers and staff. Help the ESCC help other nonprofits succeed. Contact Darlyne Koretos for more information at 791-6230, ext. 10. ESCC is at 10945 Reed Hartman Highway, Suite 108.


American Diabetes Association – Seeks volunteers in its area office downtown for clerical support, filling requests for educational materials from phone requests, data entry, special events support and coordinating the health fair. Call 759-9330. American Heart Association – Volunteers needed to assist with the American Heart Association’s cause campaigns, Power to End Stroke, Go Red For Women, Start!, and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Assignments include clerical work, event specific duties and community outreach. Contact the American Heart Association at 281-4048 or email Bethesda North Hospital – has openings for adult volunteers in several areas of the hospital. Call 865-1164 for information and to receive a volunteer application. Cancer Free Kids – is looking for kids who need service hours to do an “Athletes For Alex” used sports equipment drive in their neighborhood or at your sporting event, and fight childhood cancer. Visit and click on Athletes for Alex for more information. Captain Kidney Educational Program – Needs volunteers one or more mornings or afternoons a month during the school year to educate children in firstthrough sixth-grades about kidney function and disease. Training provided. Call 961-8105. Crossroads Hospice – Crossroads Hospice seeks compassionate volunteers to join its team of “Ultimate Givers,” who strive to provide extra love and comfort to terminally ill patients and their families throughout the Cincinnati region. “Ultimate Givers” visit with patients in their homes, assisted

living facilities and nursing facilities, and help with clerical duties at the Crossroads office. They provide emotional support and companionship to patients and family members, assist with errands, or provide respite for those caring for terminally ill loved ones. Crossroads Hospice is also seeking volunteers to support its signature programs inspired by Jim Stovall’s novel, “The Ultimate Gift.” The “Gift of a Day” program asks patients what their perfect day is and staff and volunteers work to make it a reality. For more information or to sign up as an “Ultimate Giver,” please call 793-5070 or complete an application online at Before becoming a Crossroads Hospice “Ultimate Giver,” participants must complete an application, TB skin test, and training session lead by members of the Crossroads team. Volunteers must wait a minimum of one year after the death of an immediate family member or loved one before applying. Destiny Hospice – is seeking caring and compassionate people to make a difference in the life of a person living with terminal illness. No special skills or experience needed; simply a willingness to help provide comfort and support. Orientation is scheduled to fit the volunteer’s schedule. Opportunities are available throughout the Cincinnati, Middletown and Butler County area. Contact Angie at 554-6300, or amclaughlin@destiny-hospice. com. Evercare Hospice and Palliative Care – is seeking volunteers in all Greater Cincinnati communities. Evercare provides care for those facing end-of-life issues and personal support to their families. Volunteers needed to visit with patients and/or assist in administrative and clerical tasks. Volunteers may provide care wherever a patient resides, whether in a private home or nursing facility. Call 1-888-8668286 or 682-4055. Grace Hospice – is looking for volunteers. Grace Hospice has about 90 patients from Hamilton, Brown, Clermont, Butler, Warren, Montgomery, Greene, Preble and Adams counties on its census who would benefit from volunteer support. Each year, more than 450,000 give more than 20 million hours of service. Grace Hospice volunteers are an integral part of the care team, and have a vital role in the life of every hospice. Opportunities include direct companionship and relief care for patients and care givers, administrative assistance, help with our bereavement program, and we also welcome your talents and skills appropriate to our mission. Extensive training provided. Unwavering appreciation and support for your gift of time. Contact Christyl Johnson Roberts

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Change a life – Volunteer to tutor an adult with low-level literacy skills or GED preparation needs. Call 621-READ. Cincinnati Reads – a volunteer tutoring program working with K-4 students in Cincinnati Public Schools. Volunteers receive free training to work one-on-one with children who are struggling to read. Call 621-7323 or email Jayne Martin Dressing, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio – is looking for volunteers to help with school recruitments. There are more than 1,500 elementary schools in the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio region and we want to recruit at all of them. To ensure we are able to extend membership at each school, we need your help. If you are willing to talk to girls and parents about Girl Scouts and help form new troops, consider serving as a fall membership campaign volunteer. Fall membership campaign volunteers work in partnership with Girl Scout staff members to host recruitment and sign-up events at local area schools and tell girls and adults the benefits of Girls Scouts. This is a shortterm volunteer commitment that would take place from August to October. In addition to fall membership campaign volunteers, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio is always seeking troop leaders to help build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. To discover who they can be, girls need access to wise adults who both inspire and respect them. Through Girl Scouts, girls learn valuable skills, equipping them to better navigate life by making sound decisions, facing challenges and

working toward future goals. On this amazing journey, girls also discover the fun, friendship and power of girls together. To find out more information about becoming a fall membership campaign volunteer or a troop leader for Girl Scouts, visit our website at or call 489-1025 or 800-537-6241. Interested individuals must complete an application, background check and references. Granny’s Garden School – Volunteers needed from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays to work on behind-the-scenes projects. Volunteers also needed to help with developing Web pages. Call 489-7099; Granny’s Hands-on Gardening Club is looking for new gardeners, to work with garden manager Suellyn Shupe. Experienced gardeners, come to share your expertise and enjoy the company of other gardeners while supporting the Granny’s Garden School program times: 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays; 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The school is at the Loveland Primary and Elementary, 550 LovelandMadeira Road. email or visit Inktank – Group looking for volunteers to help children and adults improve their skills in writing-based initiatives across the city. Call 542-0195. Raymond Walters College – Needs volunteers to serve as tutors to skills enhancement students. The class meets from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays. Call 745-5691. The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati’s College Readiness Program – that inspires and encourages teens of color toward paths of success is looking for caring professionals who want to make a difference, and for young people who can benefit from positive adult role models. Part of a national YMCA initiative, the local program incorporates mentoring, career exploration and college readiness; and helps students develop a positive sense of self, build character, explore diverse college and career options. Volunteers, many of whom are sponsored by area companies, share their own personal insight and encouragement. Contact program director Darlene Murphy at the Melrose YMCA, 961-3510 or visit


Business Volunteers for the Arts – BVA is accepting applications from business professionals with at least three years experience, interested in volunteering their skills within the arts community. Projects average six to eight months in length and can range from marketing or accounting to Web design or planning special events. A oneday training program is provided to all accepted applicants. Call 871-2787. Center for Independent Living Options – Seeking volunteers to staff Art Beyond Boundaries, gallery for artists with disabilities. Volunteers needed noon to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Call 241-2600. Cincinnati Museum Center – Needs volunteers to work in all three museum and special exhibits. Call 287-7025.

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for more information: or 479-8916. Heartland Hospice – is seeking volunteers to assist with our patients and their families. We will train interested persons who are needed to sitting at the bedside and providing vigils for persons without families available. We could also use some extra people to work in our office. Call Jacqueline at 513 831-5800. Hospice of Southwest Ohio – Seeks volunteers to help in providing hospice services. Call 770-0820, ext. 111 or email Hoxworth Blood Center – Hoxworth is recruiting people to help during community blood drives and blood donation centers in the area. Positions include: Blood drive hosts, greeters, blood donor recruiters and couriers. Call Helen Williams at 558-1292 or The Jewish Hospital – 4777 E. Galbraith Road, Kenwood, needs adult volunteers to assist at the front window in the pharmacy and also to assist with clerical duties, sorting patient mail, etc. They also need volunteers to assist staff in the family lounge and information desk and a volunteer is also needed in the Cholesterol Center, 3200 Burnet Ave., to perform clerical duties. Shifts are available 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Volunteers receive a free meal ticket for each day he or she volunteers four or more hours, plus free parking. Call 686-5330. The hospital also needs adult volunteers to assist MRI staff and technologists at the reception desk of the Imaging Department in the Medical Office Building, located across from the hospital at 4750 E. Galbraith Road. Volunteers are also needed to assist staff in the family lounge and at the information desk in the main hospital. Shifts are available Monday through Friday. Call 686-5330. Meals on Wheels – is in need of substitute drivers to pick up meals at Deupree House in Hyde Park and deliver to shut-ins in neighboring communities. The time commitment is one hour, with the volunteer’s choice of delivering any one day a week, Tuesday through Friday between 11 a.m. and noon. If you are interested in this important ministry that truly makes a difference to a shut-in, please contact Bridgette Biggs at or call 5618150. Volunteers are needed on Mondays to drive weekly, biweekly or monthly from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Volunteers would pick up meals from Deupree House in Hyde Park and deliver to shut-ins in Mount Washington. A valid driver’s license and car insurance are required. For more information or to volunteer, contact Chris Lemmon at 272-1118 or e-mail her at Mercy Hospital Anderson – Seeks volunteers for the new patient services team, the Patient Partner Program. This team will provide volunteers with the opportunity to interact directly with the patients on a nonclinical level. Volunteers will receive special training in wheelchair safety, infection control, communication skills, etc. The

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