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Touching all the basses

Madeira students Peter Woolard (snare drum) and Lucas Whener (bass drum) keep the beat for the Mustang fans on hand to watch Madeira’s baseball team play Wheelersburg in Division III semifinal at Huntington Park in Columbus June 3. The Mustangs beat Wheelersburg, but lost to Canton Central Catholic 705 in the Division III state finals Sunday. More more coverage, see, and inside, Sports, page A6.

Going for a walk

Dogs were back in the park for the third year in a row. The Deer Park Business Association hosted the third annual Bark in the Park May 21. Residents were invited to bring their dogs and visit local businesses along Blue Ash and Plainfield roads. SEE LIFE, B1

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Giving back

Thomas Jefferson once said, “I deem it the duty of every man to devote a certain portion of his income to charitable purposes; and that it is his further duty to see it so applied to do the most good for which it is capable.” This is what Mount Notre Dame’s Youth Philanthropy Council teaches the more than 60 students who are involved in the program. SEE SCHOOLS, A5

The retiring type

After 34 years as a firefighter in Deer Park, Deputy Chief Terry Ott celebrated his retirement with friends, family and community members May 6. SEE STORY, A3

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Marcrest Avnue and Silvercrest Drive in Sycamore Township and Hegner Avenue is closed to through traffic for the Metropolitan Sewer District to replace sewer lines. The roads will be closed through August.

Crews work on paving Beech Avenue in Deer Park. Deer Park City Council has approved spending $82,000 to pave six streets in the city that are under construction for water main repairs. Cincinnati Water Works has already agreed to pave one side of the street as part of the water main project.

Tim Casto from Kleingers and Associates said surveyors have finished fieldwork on Hemphill Way and design work has started on the project. He said the project is still on track to award the bid in July. The city has received a $185,500 state capital improvement program grant and a $175,000 federal community block grant to go towards fixing the street. Deer Park will be responsible for $154,500 of the cost.

Deer Park streets getting full repairs By Amanda Hopkins

A Cincinnati Waters Works project has paved the way for improved streets in Deer Park. City Council approved the complete repaving of six streets on which Cincinnati Water Works has been repairing water mains. Residents can expect delays along Matson Avenue, Lake Avenue,

Beech Avenue, Schenck Avenue, Bader Court and Hoffman Avenue during the paving operations. City Safety-Service Director Mike Berens said Cincinnati Water Works agreed to repave half of the repaving costs, and council $82,000 to repave the other side of the roads. “We had prepared for (the project),” Berens said. The money will come from the road repair budget.

Sewer repairs

Sewer upgrades are closing three streets in Deer Park and Sycamore Township. Marview Avenue and Silvercrest Drive in Sycamore Township and Hegner Avenue in Deer Park will be closed to through traffic, with no access to Montgomery Road from Silvercrest Drive. The Metropolitan Sewer District is

Group will proceed with petitions By Jeanne Houck

MADEIRA – A Madeira citizens group says it will begin preparing petitions Wednesday, June 8, to put its proposed changes to the city’s referendum and initiative processes to a vote of residents Nov. 8. Madeira Citizens for Good Government has been working several months with Madeira’s Law and Safety Committee on possible changes to clarify the processes contained in the city charter, in

hopes of convincing Madeira City Council to put jointly proposed amendments on the ballot this fall. Doug Oppenheimer, a member of Madeira Citizens for Good Government, said, “An impasse has been reached, although both sides have given it their best effort.” Madeira Citizens for Good Government members also will be seeking signatures for a vote on another proposed change to the city charter: Making the position of city solicitor an elective position to be voted on every four years

and for which only Madeira residents are eligible. Currently, city council appoints the solicitor, who can live anywhere in Hamilton County. The current city solicitor is Robert Malloy, who lives in Madeira. Madeira Citizens for Good Government was formed after technicalities doomed a referendum challenge to a property tax break city council approved last fall. It was Malloy – who could not be reached for comment – who advised the city that the referendum did not meet standards

installing new sewer lines along the streets. Deer Park Safety-Service Director Mike Berens said the roads will be closed until August. Work is also expected for Orchard Lane and Irwin Avenue, but no date has been set for the start. The entire project is funded by the Metropolitan Sewer District.

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Madeira Citizens for Good Government is asking people to contact the group at 561-3388 or to help gather signatures, deliver letters and provide financial assistance. upheld by the Ohio Supreme Court. Some members of the group circulating the referendum petition criticized Malloy for not providing them with legal help – which he said he could only give to city officials. “The position of solicitor for the

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Deer Park students chosen by teachers for scholarships By Amanda Hopkins

Two Deer Park High School seniors will have an extra boost next year when they start classes at the University of Cincinnati. Jenna Juillerat and Caleb Power were selected by their teachers to

receive a $1,000 Cincinnati USA Outstanding Educator scholarship. Deer Park High School teachers Ted Shaw and Doug Miller were recognized earlier this school year as outstanding educators and were invited to select one of their students who is an incoming

freshman to the University of Cincinnati to receive a scholarship. Juillerat said she is pretty close with Shaw and was in both his English and advanced communication classes. She plays volleyball, basketball and writes for the high school paper, Paw Prints. She

said she plans to study communication in college. Power said Miller is one of his favorite teachers and has taken his biology and anatomy classes. Power, who is a member of both the band and the bowling team at the high school, said he will study

biology in college. “They are great kids, so deserving and appreciative,” Shaw said in an email. Juillerat and Power will be recognized for their scholarships during the Senior Awards assembly at the end of the school year.

BRIEFLY Players auditions

Director Dan Cohen will conduct auditions for the Mariemont Players production of “The Foreigner,” a comedy by Larry Shue, at the Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road (just east of Mariemont) from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 19, and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, June 20.

Cast requirements are: five men (ages 20s to 50s) and two women (1-40s and older and 1-20s to mid-30s). Auditions will consist of readings from the script. The production will be staged Sept. 8 to Sept. 25. For more information or questions about auditions, contact the director at

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Chabat Shavuout celebration June 8

Wednesday, June 8, commemorates the holiday of Shavuot, the day the Jews received the Ten Commandments (Torah) with the revelation on Mount Sinai. In celebration, Chabad Jewish Center will be hosting an unsurpassed Shavuot party complete with a 25 foot rock-wall. Adults will enjoy a scrumptious dairy social while children of all ages can re-enact Moses’ ascent up Mount Sinai to receive the Torah. The reading of the Ten Commandments and an ice cream bar will cap the festivities. Shavuot is a unique time for children to celebrate. The

Sages share a conversation that occurred between God and the Jewish people as a prerequisite to receiving the Ten Commandments. The free Shavuot rock-wall and ice cream party will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, at the Chabad Jewish Center, 3977 Hunt Road, Blue Ash. For more information on the ice cream party and dairy social, call 793-5200, e-mail or visit

Swimming lessons

Brookside Swim Club, 4400 Sycamore Road, is offering Red Cross certified swimming lessons from June 13 through June 23 (eight sessions Monday thru Thursday). Morning and evening sessions available. Cost is $50

for members and $75 for nonmembers. For more info or to register call 891-9832 or Private lessons are also available.

The opening reception will be 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 12. Light refreshments will be served. The show is free and open to the public from June 11 to June 19.

Youth pool parties

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Brookside Swim Club, 4400 Sycamore Road is hosting youth pool parties 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. every Wednesday throughout the summer (beginning June 8) for kids in grades five to eight. Cost is $5 for members and $7 for nonmembers. Enjoy open swim, music, basketball, snack bar and more. Call 891-9832.

Sycamore Art Show

The Sycamore Art Show will open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at Sharon Centre in Sharon Woods.

Join Brookdale Senior Living for an educational family services seminar for seniors and their caregivers in the Cincinnati area, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 23, at Brookdale Place Kenwood Assisted Living and Memory Care, 9090 Montgomery Road. This event is free to the public and will include refreshments, a live harpist and raffle prizes as well. RSVP to Ali Asbury, sales and marketing director at Brookdale Place Kenwood, 745-9292.

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heimer said. “ T h e appointment of solicitor by council is not in the best interest of the com- Dobbs munity at large. “Only once that we are aware of has a Madeira solicitor not resided in Madeira during the past 41 years,” Oppenheimer said. The focus on Madeira’s charter stems from city council’s decision last September to offer a 15-year, 50-percent tax abatement to property owners who make significant improvements in the future in a defined area near the central business district. Despite some opposition, the Riverstone Development Group of Madeira subsequently won an abatement to build the


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Bradford Place town homes off Euclid Avenue. Madeira Citizens for Good Government has said it wants to clarify how citizens can challenge decisions by city council or propose laws to be put to a vote of residents without finding it necessary to hire an attorney to navigate the complexities of the referendum and initiative processes. Oppenheimer said his group wants to replace the referendum and initiative sections of the city charter with more detailed explanations of the processes that include portions of the Ohio Constitution and the Ohio Revised Code. Madeira Vice Mayor Rick Brasington and Councilman John Dobbs – both of whom serve on the Law and Safety Committee – and Madeira City Manager Tom Moeller could not immediately be reached for comment. Dobbs recently said city officials also want to ensure the referendum and initiative processes are “clear and concise” – and that they meet legal standards. “When challenging resolutions and laws, it makes


Doug Oppenheimer, standing in front of Madeira city hall, is a member of a citizens group preparing petitions to put its proposed changes to the city’s referendum and initiative processes to a vote of residents Nov. 8. sense to consult a lawyer,” Dobbs said then. “Most people would seek legal counsel when buying real estate, getting a divorce, etc...” Oppenheimer said the group is not discouraging anyone who wants legal help in a referendum challenge from getting it. “Currently the charter is vague and is written in a manner allowing for city leaders to insist that expensive legal assistance be obtained,” Oppenheimer said.



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Ott retires from Deer Park/Silverton After 34 years as a firefighter in Deer Park, Deputy Chief Terry Ott celebrated his retirement with friends, family and community

members May 6. Ott started as a volunteer firefighter with the Deer Park Fire Deparment in April 1977. He was promot-


Retired Deputy Chief Terry Ott with the Deer Park Silverton Joint Fire District stands with a hydrant signed by fellow firefighters, family, and others he knew throughout his career during his retirement party May 6.


Deer Park Mayor Dave Collins, far left, and Deer Park Safety Director Mike Berens, right, stand with retired Deputy Chief Terry Ott and the “Terry Ott Day” proclamation at Ott’s May 6 retirement party.

ed to lieutenant in October 1983 and was promoted to full-time firefighter in February 1989. Ott became deputy chief on April 1, 1999, the first official day of the Deer Park Silverton Joint Fire District.


Retired Deputy Chief Terry Ott from the Deer Park Silverton Fire District, second from left, was honored by colleagues and friends at a retirement party May 6. Ott is with current Deer Park Silverton Fire District Deputy Chief Tom Camp, far left, former Deer Park Chief Mike Hagy, second from right and current Deer Park Silverton Fire Chief Don Newman. Voters in the cities of Silverton and Deer Park approved creating the joint fire district in November 1998.

COLUMBIA TWP. – Township officials are looking to place a opt-out energy aggregation program on the November ballot. During a special worksession May 26, township trustees met with Don Marshall of Eagle Energy, which brokers energy aggregation. Marshall discussed what Eagle could do for the township if a ballot measure was passed. He said Eagle works does “everything” during the process of getting the measure approved by voters and up to the start of the aggregation program, which groups communities to buy energy at a lower cost. The township is considering an opt-out program,

which would place every resident in the program, and they would have to take the initiative to remove themselves if they found a better energy deal or simply didn’t want to participate. Township Administrator Michael Lemon said the township would have to promote the ballot measure, but there would be little else the township would have to do until after the November election. “There’s no out-of-pocket expense for us,” he said. Trustee David Kubicki said the opt-out program could be a good idea for residents, as long as they are made aware of the circumstances. He said residents can vote to approve the program on the ballot, but still opt out if they decide against joining the

program later. “It gives you a choice,” Kubicki said. Lemon said there will likely be a resolution to place the measure on the ballot during the June 14 meeting. He said the township needs to approve the resolution and let the Hamilton County Board of Elections know about its plans by Aug. 10 to be eligible for the November ballot. To find your community, visit ownship.

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“I couldn’t walk 20 feet without having to sit down. The day I had the procedure, I walked 25 feet and was fine. I’m Bill Whitt again.” William Whitt, 85, who suffered from AS and heart failure symptoms, had TAVR at The Christ Hospital on May 5, 2011.

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Incoming principal ready for educational, financial challenges By Forrest Sellers

Incoming principal Antonio Shelton is ready to get personal. Shelton was recently hired as the new principal at Indian Hill High School. Nancy Striebich, who is the current principal, retired at the end of the school year. Shelton, who is a resident of Norwood, is an assistant principal of curriculum and instruction at Mason High School. Like Indian Hill, Mason has been rated as an excellent school by the state. However, while the school’s rankings are the same, their size is considerably different. Indian Hill has an enrollment of 2,000 in the district. Mason has an enrollment exceeding 3,000 at just the high school. Shelton, though, said he welcomes the change. “I’m looking forward to a smaller environment,” he said. “It’s more personal. You have an opportunity to get to know staff, students and parents by name.” He describes his style of leadership as one of cooperation. “It’s a shared leadership model,” he said, adding that he has no problem in seeking feedback from others.


Antonio Shelton will be the new principal at Indian Hill High School starting next school year. He is currently the assistant principal at Mason High School. With the budget woes many school districts are currently facing, Shelton, 35, sees one of his roles as providing encouragement and support. “Schools are uneasy,” he said. “We have to be there to support (staff) and help them through the process.” He said his long range goals are to enhance programs which already exist at the school and to investigate potential cost saving opportunities by working cooperatively with other school districts. According to the Mason City School District website, Shelton taught social studies at Northwest High School and began serving as an assistant principal at

Sycamore High School in 2004. He became assistant principal at Mason High School in 2009. His interests include travel and reading. Shelton remains optimistic about what education can provide, but he said new ideas are essential. “We work in an old model of education,” he said. “We need to be creative as educators and reach every child even though the funding may not be there.” Developing 21st century skills is vital, he said. Striebich joined the Indian Hill High School staff in 2000 as a math teacher, worked as assistant principal for four years and served as principal for five years.


“From Incurable to Incredible,” written by Dillonvale resident and cancer survivor Tami Boehmer, has been named an award-winning finalist in the “Health: Cancer” category of the 2011 International Book Awards. More than 1,200 entrants representing mainstream and independent publishers from 26 countries participated in this year’s program. From them, more than 300 winners and finalists were announced in more than 140 categories covering print and audio books. Awards were presented for titles published in

2009, 2010 and 2011. A complete list of the winners and finalists of The 2011 International Book Awards are available online at “From Incurable to Incredible” includes forewords by bestselling author Bernie Siegel and Doug Ulman, CEO and president of LIVESTRONG, which receives 10 percent of the author’s proceeds. The book is available on, Amaz o n . c o m ,, select book stores and medical center gift shops.

Madeira: One for two? By Jeanne Houck

MADEIRA – Things can change quickly in a tough economy and that’s apparently true of a proposed medical office building in Madeira. In its MadeiraNews online bulletin for June and July, the city shared the news that it was in discussions with a local builder



who wanted to build a 4,500-square-foot medical office building at 7845 Camargo Road and 7849 Camargo Road. “This area is zoned for transitional use, which allows residential use along with office and light retail uses,” Madeira City Manager Tom Moeller said in the bulletin. “We expect the builder to make a presentation to the planning commission in June seeking approval for the project.” Moeller now has different news. “This project has, apparently, been put on hold,” Moeller said May 27. “My last conversation with the developer about two weeks ago indicated that they were unable to pull together all of the issues needed to make it happen. “(We’re) not sure if it will get resurrected in the near future,” Moeller said. “We are, obviously, disappointed in this information. “It looked like it was going to be a nice addition to the transitional business area on the south side of Camargo Road. “It would have fit well into our vision for redevelopment of this corridor.” Meanwhile, Moeller said

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Brookstone Homes of Crestview Hills, Ky., has approached the city about building single-family homes on an 8.5-acre site at the end of Windridge Drive. A representative of Brookstone Homes was not immediately available for comment on how many homes the company would like to build in Madeira, which recently was rated the number one suburb in the Greater Cincinnati area for the second consecutive year by "Cincy – The Magazine for Business Professionals." “Brookstone Homes is in the process of preparing a preliminary development plan for the property,” Moeller said. “No timetable for submittal has been made, but it is our understanding that they would like to begin construction, if approved, in late summer/early fall. “We do expect them to request some variances for the width of the public street right-of-way and for frontyard setbacks on some lots because of the severity of the topography.” Moeller said Brookstone Homes would have to submit a plan in order to be placed on the Madeira Planning Commission’s Monday, June 20, agenda.

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to raise awareness for autism. David Kahle, a Milford resident and an employee at the Deer Park Inn, presented facts about autism to city council during the meeting as part of a documentary for Autism Speaks. He gave each council member a blue puzzle piece pin to wear throughout the month of April to raise autism awareness. Kahle has been involved with both the Cincinnati Center for Autism and Autism Speaks after his son was diagnosed with autism three years ago. “I tried to find out as much as I could (about autism),” Kahle said. Kahle, with the help of Milford resident Mark Rohrig, is filming a documentary on autism awareness. For more information on autism and to view Kahle’s videos, visit


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MND Philanthropy Council celebrates giving, learning

Thomas Jefferson once said, “I deem it the duty of every man to devote a certain portion of his income to charitable purposes; and that it is his further duty to see it so applied to do the most good for which it is capable.” This is what Mount Notre Dame’s Youth Philanthropy Council teaches the more than 60 students who are involved in the program. The students involved have a natural affinity for giving back, but the Council gives them knowledge on the business side of philanthropy and the skills to make the most of charitable giving. Over the last five years, membership in the YPC has grown from 10 students to more than 60. The process begins each year with members of the council identifying areas of interest. This year, the focus was primarily on issues involving children and teens. YPC members spent time in the fall researching different non-profit agencies that make an impact for children and teens and sent those groups requests for proposals. After reviewing the RFPs, the council then had the difficult task of reviewing each request carefully, determining which ones had the most merit and then scheduling site-visits. Following the site-visits, the young women on the Council were tasked with narrowing the list even further. Student-leaders of the YPC then lobbied for the organization they would like to fund, and the entire Council voted on which non-profits would receive grants. The council’s funds were split among four charities, based upon the number of votes each received. The awards were given at an annual dinner hosted by MND’s Youth Philanthropy Council. Mount Notre Dame welcomed keynote speaker Sandy Berlin Walker, CEO of The Greater YMCA. Walker was pleased to speak to the group from Mount Notre Dame because the work YPC is doing is so in line with the mission of the YMCA. In regard to her experiences with Mount Notre Dame students, Walker said, “You are a brilliant group of young women, taught by a brilliant group of educators. It is no wonder that MND students have the reputation they do.” The first recipient was Josh Cares (Madeira), an organization that provides companionship and comfort to children hospitalized in critical care units at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital whose parents or other family members may not be able to see them on a daily basis. Josh Cares Fellows serve as surrogates for, and links to, the families who would be by their child’s side if they could. MND’s Youth Philanthropy Council awarded Josh Cares a $500 grant. Executive Director Joy Rowe Blang was not only very appreciative of MND’s donation, but also very impressed by the MND students she got to know during this process. “I really appreciated how interested and inquisitive the students were throughout our presentation. I think this is such a valuable learning experience for students, but also a great opportunity for non-profit organizations in need of funding. I really loved the passion and enthusiasm of the students; they very clearly get things accomplished,” Blang said. The second organization to receive a grant from Mount Notre Dame’s YPC was Building Blocks for Kids (Mason), an organization that strives to improve the quality of life for children with healthrelated needs that are not being met due to lack of insurance, government funding and/or family resources. Building Blocks for Kids received a $1,000 grant that will

Roger Grein with Mount Notre Dame Youth Philanthropy Council members Mindy Reed (West Chester Township), Jaci Damon (Mason) and Katelyn Sussli (Loveland).




Members of the Mount Notre Dame Youth Philanthropy Council present a check to Building Blocks for Kids. From left: Katelyn Sussli ‘12, Lauren Walsh ‘13, Dynette Clark (Building Blocks), Tina Shannon (Building Blocks), Zai Johns ‘13 and Paige Fisher ‘12.

Members of the Mount Notre Dame Youth Philanthropy Council present a check to officials of Lighthouse Youth Services. From left: Maeve O’Connor ‘12, Molly Hildebrandt ‘11, Emily Baur ‘14, Meghan Grinsted ‘11, Geoff Hollenbach (Lighthouse Youth Services), Shae Douglass ‘12 and Gabrielle Geraci ‘11.



Members of the Mount Notre Dame Youth Philanthropy Council present a check to Josh Cares officials. From left: Teressa Vigil ‘13, Erin Grinsted ‘12, Liz Nguyen ‘12, Joy Blang (Josh Cares), Amy McGrory (Josh Cares), Ellie Sennett ‘13, Maggie Kissing ‘13 and Lizzie Schnicke ‘13. go a long way to help the families it serves, many of whom require prolonged services like occupational and physical therapy. As Executive Director Dynette Clark put it, “Once you’re a Building Block Kid, you are always a Building Block Kid.” The third grant recipient was Lighthouse Services Youth Crisis Center (Clifton), which received a grant of $1,500 from Mount Notre Dame’s YPC. This agency’s mission is to advance the dignity and well-being of children, youth and families by encouraging good citizenship, responsible behavior and self-reliance. Lighthouse provides a wide gamut of services ranging from early childhood services to runaway and homeless assistance to foster care. Geoffrey Hollenbach runs the Runaway and Homeless Youth Division and was present to receive the grant. He was very grateful to the Mount Notre Dame Community. “It was such a pleasure meeting your team and we deeply

respect the philanthropic work you are doing. Thank you for this opportunity and know that you are doing very important work for our community,” Hollenbach said. The big recipient of the evening was the Children’s Heart Association (Sharonville), which was awarded a $2,500 grant from the Youth Philanthropy Council. The organization’s mission is to fund research to advance pediatric cardiovascular medicine and to train future leaders in the field. Children’s Heart Association Board President Tim Cassady was onhand to accept the grant and was very moved by the work of MND’s Youth Philanthropy Council. “This grant will help save future children with heart issues, and I am at a loss for words in terms of the work these young women are doing,” Cassady said. Members of the YPC are guided by moderator Todd Forman of Anderson Township. With the assistance of philanthropist Roger Grein of Lockland, Forman has helped 18 other schools develop

Members of the Mount Notre Dame Youth Philanthropy Council present a check to the Children’s Heart Association. From left: Allison Janka ‘12, Katelyn Williams ‘12, Julie Balzano (Children’s Heart Association), Tim Cassidy (Children’s Heart Association), Mike Katchman (Children’s Heart Association), Meghan Janka ‘12 and Claire Gallenstein ‘11. programs of their own to create a city-wide youth philanthropy movement which they have named Magnified Giving ( “Our ultimate goal is simple: to help students learn how to become educated philanthropists. When students are given the wonderful opportunity to have a donor’s money pass through their hands on its way to supporting non-profits, magic happens,” Forman said. That lesson is coming through to the students of Mount Notre Dame. MND Junior Erin Grinsted of Loveland said, “By teaching high school students what it means to be philanthropists, YPC causes a ripple effect that will be constantly spreading for years into the future.” Fellow junior Katelyn Sussli, also from Loveland, agrees. “Philanthropy is more than a club, it is a passion, a way of life. I have learned through my three years with YPC that philanthropy is not about how large a grant

might be, but instead focuses on the relationships created and the memories, stories and experiences one learns from the people you meet along the way.” While Forman is doing great work with the Magnified Giving Program, his first love is definitely MND’s program, and he sees the benefit to both the students and the agencies they assist firsthand. “The girls involved in the program are truly becoming servantleaders, developing a passion for giving of their time, talent and treasure,” he said. “The have had the chance to meet some amazing and inspiring people through the relationships with the not-for-profit agencies, to develop their communication and critical thinking skills and to partner nearly 1000 students from other area high schools in the development of their philanthropy programs. The YPC members’ maturity, willingness to serve and love of humanity is truly inspirational to me as an educator.”


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Magical Mustangs end season at state By Scott Springer

In 1999, Lance Armstrong won his first Tour de France. Then-Gov. George Bush of Texas announced he was running for president. Star Wars I came out (explaining why George Lucas started with Episode IV in 1976). And, Jack Kuzniczci coached Madeira High School to its first state title in baseball. Cody Kuzniczci was then 6 years old. Andrew Benintendi was a wee lad of 4. Twelve years later, the theme at Madeira was “Jack is back” with his 6-5 son, Cody, leading the team in homers and runs batted in and Benintendi heading up one of the more talented group of sophomores around. Cody Kuzniczci’s three hits and three runs batted in, plus Benintendi’s three hits and relief pitching in the semifinal against Wheelersburg put the Mustangs in the Division III final at Huntington Park in Columbus. The opponent was Canton Central Catholic, the 2008 champion and a fivetime visitor to the state final four. The Crusaders came in with 10 seniors, eight of them 18 years old. In contrast, Madeira suited up three seniors. In the starting lineup, outfielder/pitcher Benintendi, shortstop Zach Jansen and third baseman Timmy James are 16-year-old sophomores. Freshman 15-yearold Matt Ballweg was called up from junior varsity when senior Cody Rizzuto was injured. Off the bench, sophomores Johnny Wood and Brad Almquist made key contributions. The amazing thing about Madeira has not been what they’ve done, but the youth they’ve done it with. On June 4, last final in Columbus was delayed a


The Madeira baseball team celebrates after winning the regional title May 27, allowing them to advance to the state baseball final four.

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Madeira coach Jack Kuzniczci with the state runner-up trophy after his Mustangs lost in the championship game 7-5 to Canton Central Catholic. The Mustangs finished the year 23-2. day by a downpour at Huntington Park featuring lightning and hail. Two minutes before the scheduled first pitch, the Mustangs endured yet another rain delay and eventual


Madeira sophomore Andrew Benintendi stands on third after a triple in the sixth inning in the Mustangs’ Division III semifinal game against Wheelersburg at Huntington Park in Columbus June 3. Madeira won in eight innings, 9-6 with Benintendi going 3-3 and getting the win on the mound with 4 1/3 innings of relief. It’s Madeira’s first state championship appearance since 1999.

Madeira state roster

Johnny Wood Joe Bodnar Stephen Beamer Tucker Larsh Kevin Morande Cody Kuzniczci Griffin Tate Cody Rizzuto Matt Ballweg Zach Jansen Andrew Benintendi Derek Welt Craig Nieman Kyle Williamson Timmy James Brad Almquist Justin Dehan Andrew Stanifer Jake Sullivan


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Head coach: Jack Kuzniczci Assistant coach: Scott Stocker First base coach: Zach Ferone Junior varsity coach: Mike Weghorst Student manager: Ryan Korengel postponement. Perhaps the unplanned overnight stay threw the Mustangs off as they came out sluggish on a humid Sunday morning of June 5. After falling behind 3-0 and 5-0, Madeira tied the game in the fifth, but finished two runs shy on the final score, 7-5. Even with an extra day’s rest, Madeira starter Stephen Beamer was uncharacteristically off as Canton Central Catholic’s first five reached and the Crusaders jumped out 3-0 on a walk and three hits. “A lot of our kids put pressure on themselves because we were down 30,” coach Kuzniczci said. “Getting down three runs in the first inning, they started trying to do too much. This is a pretty big stage for them.” Beamer settled down in the second, but after another run scored in the third, Kuzniczci called for Andrew Benintendi to take the mound and sent Beamer to second. The sophomore gave up a run-scoring single to the opposing pitcher, Brad Frohman, and it was 5-0 Canton Central Catholic. Madeira plated two in their half of the third, on a RBI single by Zach Jansen and a hard hit grounder by Joe Bodnar that was bobbled. That put it at 5-2 until the fifth inning. That’s when it looked like Madeira would pull the rabbit out of the hat again. Kuzniczci was hit by a

pitch, Jansen and Bodnar walked and Almquist delivered a single to make it 5-3. James then delivered a gap shot to right-center that scored two, tying the game at 5. Unfortunately, the Mustangs couldn’t hold serve as the last hitter in the Canton Central Catholic order, Tyler Triner, singled and was bunted to second. He then scored the go-ahead on a bloop over first baseman Wood’s head by eventual winning pitcher Joe Tann. “It wasn’t a good hit and wasn’t a good swing,” Kuzniczci said. “It just found the right spot.” Cleanup hitter Ryan Pack then knocked one up the middle to score Tann and make it 7-5. “I wasn’t really throwing my stuff and they hit it,” Benintendi said afterward. After a 1-2-3 sixth, Madeira had one last crack. With two outs in the seventh, James doubled off the left field wall and Wood drew a walk. But Tann, who drove in the go ahead run, struck Beamer out swinging and Madeira’s season came to a close with just their second defeat in 25 games. “This is only the second team in our school history to get this far,” Kuzniczci said. “This is a real young team. This is a team no one expected this (from) at the beginning of the season. I’m really proud of this group.” Fourteen Mustangs on this season’s state runnerup return next season.


Madeira senior catcher Cody Kuniczci sits in the dugout as the Mustangs lost just their second game of the year in the Division III title game to Canton Central Catholic 7-5. Madeira finishes the season at 23-2.

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Braves trio took season’s success to state By Scott Springer

To those familiar with Indian Hill and its multi-talented students, the success of coach Susan Savage's three state track qualifiers shouldn't come as a shock. Senior Natalie Sommerville and junior Elizabeth Heinbach made their third appearance in Columbus, while Jackson Kirk was there for the first time representing the Braves. "All three of them hold school records," Savage said. "Natalie broke a school record (in 300 hurdles) in qualifying for state and Elizabeth broke her own school record in qualifying for the 3,200." In the state meet, Heinbach did even better, running an 11:08.08 to break the record again. As fast as she was, Heinbach had to settle for second place as Cuyahoga Valley Christian's Christina Blair covered the eight laps in 11:04.55. Still, the call by Savage to run Heinbach in only the 3,200 and not the 1,600 (in which she qualified for regionals) was accurate.


Elizabeth Heinbach, a junior at Indian Hill, races Christina Blair of Cuyahoga Valley Christian in the Division II 3200 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus. Heinbach finished a little over four seconds behind Blair for second place in the event, running a personal best 11:08.08. "She's better for the long haul," Savage said. "She doesn't have much of a kick for the 1,600 meter run. We thought to make it to state in the 1,600, she would just absolutely exhaust herself and not be able to run the

3,200 well. The longer the distance, the better she runs, so we just went with the 3,200." Savage was nearly dead on in her predictions of the winning time and the toll the humidity would take. She was guessing sub11:00 might be needed to win and was only off by four seconds and change. For Sommerville, the biggest hurdle was that the 300 meter jumping race she runs is one of the more competitive events on the docket. "It's always competitive," Savage said of the 300 hurdles. "She knew she was going to have to break her school record to qualify for the finals." It wasn't to be for the Indian Hill senior who finished 12th in the prelim at 46.77 and out of the running for the state final. As the times went, even Sommerville's personal best of 45.66 in the regionals wouldn't have qualified. Jackson Kirk, coming off a district record in the 800, qualified fourth in that race at the regional meet, mainly

because he won the 1,600 in Dayton about an hour before. "It is a very hard double," Savage said. "In the regional, he was the only guy to qualify in the 800 that ran the 1,600." At Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at Ohio State, Kirk was going to try it again. "His best event is the 1,600 and that comes up first," Savage said prior to Kirk's final Indian Hill trots. "He'll do what he can do there and with whatever he has left, he's going to come back (for the 800)." Kirk gave it all he had in the 1,600, with a new best of 4:20.36. Despite taking nearly six seconds off his previous best, Kirk finished fifth, less than four seconds from the winner. With heat in the upper 80s, the race took its toll and Kirk did not compete in the 800. The meet ends the high school careers of Kirk and Sommerville, while Heinbach has another year to plan for a return engagement.

BRIEFLY College commitment

Madeira High School senior Stephen Beamer will attend the Mount and play golf in the fall for the College of Mount St. Joseph. Beamer played the No. 1 position while in high school,

averaging 39.5 strokes per nine holes and an 80 over 18 holes. He was his team’s captain last fall and team Most Valuable Player. He qualified to the district tournament his junior season, was a two-time First-Team


Madeira junior Alyssa Frye was a key relay participant for coach Natalie McEwen’s Amazons, but also made the state meet in the high jump. Frye’s personal best all year was 5’2”.

Frye’s final jump comes in Columbus By Scott Springer

Junior Alyssa Frye made a return trip to the state meet for Madeira Amazons coach Natalie McEwen by clearing 5'1" in the high jump at regional meet in Dayton (along with Norwood's Brenda Bauer). A year ago, Frye jumped 5' to place 11th among the Division II girls. This spring, her goal has been to improve upon her personal best of 5'2". On June 3 in Columbus,

Frye cleared 5'2" to equal her personal best. However, all but two of the jumpers also cleared it. On a day when 5'6" was the winning height, Frye's 5'2" put her in 13th place overall (even though she bettered her state mark from a year ago by two inches). Frye was the Cincinnati Hills League champion in her event this season, and was named CHL first team. She also participated on Madeira relays during the season.


All-CHL honoree, and was Second-Team All-City in 2010. In addition, Beamer was on his school’s Honor Roll. Stephen, the son of Sandra and David Beamer, is planning on majoring in business/accounting.


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Moeller VB bows in state finals, loses coach By Scott Springer

MONTGOMERY Moeller High School lost a state championship volleyball match and their coach Sunday, May 29. The Crusaders, in the state finals under Greg Ulland for the eighth time in the last nine seasons, lost to St. Edward 20-25, 25-23. 21-25, 25-20 and 17-15. “It was a great match, other than the result,” Ulland said. “I couldn’t be more proud to have been a part of it. It was a high level, well played match.”

The two hour and five minute, fiveset defeat marked the end of a 235 season for Moeller and Skove put coach Ulland’s career mark at his alma mater at 220-30. “We played five sets three or four times this year,” Ulland said. “I think we were in great shape. We just weren’t as big as them. Playing longer is harder on us because it takes us so much to get up to the ball.” None of Moeller’s losses

this season were to area teams. They were undefeated against all of the locals. Seniors A.J. Eckhoff and Tucker Skove were both firstteam performers for Ulland and the Crusaders this season. Senior Marshal Luning made second team, and senior Ben Vickers and junior Garrett Morrisey were honorable mention. The players knew of Ulland’s intentions prior to the title match. Family and time constraints are why the former Crusader volleyball standout is leaving the job. Ulland and wife, Lisa, have a 9-monthold son (Marley) at home.

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Moeller High School twins Kendall (left) and Kyle (right) Walker are the sons of former Cincinnati Bengal Kevin Walker. Kendall is attending Indiana State for football, while Kyle will run for the Syracuse Orange. Kyle Walker was the regional champion in the 110 hurdles in Division I and made the state meet in Columbus for the Crusaders.

Final hurdles for Moeller’s Kyle Walker By Scott Springer

When Moeller senior Kyle Walker won the regional 110 meter hurdles in Dayton, his time of 14.60 won at Welcome Stadium. But on the track named after Jesse Owens, Walker knew he would be pushed faster at state. On a humid Saturday afternoon, June 4, Walker ran 14.47, which gave him second place in the state, behind Donovan Robertson of Berea (who ran a 13.70). Coming in, Walker's per-

sonal best in the event was 13.84. The state record is held by NFL player Ted Ginn Jr., the former Ohio State Buckeye, who covered the distance in 13.40 seven years ago. After the state meet, Walker plans on going to college at Syracuse University to run track. His brother, Kendall, also ran for Moeller this season and will be playing football at Indiana State. The Walkers are the sons of former Bengal Kevin Walker.

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Plus, he already is the girls volleyball coach at Sycamore. “What was easy about leaving was that there’s only thing to do things at Moeller and that’s the absolute right way,” Ulland said. “With the situation I’m in, I just don’t think I have the time to keep the level at the program where we’ve gotten it to. I just didn’t think I was the right person for the job for the next 10 or 15 years. I just didn’t have the time it was going to take.” A replacement has yet to be named, but Ulland appears to have some input on the matter. “My first choice would be my assistant, Joe Burke,” Ulland said. “But, he’s the head coach of Mount Notre Dame, so he’s in the same boat as me. He also has a baby on the way and he said no. Matt McLaughlin would be my second choice and I’m pretty sure they’re going to turn it over to him. He’s been on the staff the last four years and the last two years he’s been my second assistant on the varsity team. He’s also been my administrative assistant, which is just a huge task. He’s ready to go.”

Coach Nate Reed's No. 9 Moeller Crusader lacrosse team saw their season end in the Division I semifinal game as No. 4 Worthington Kilbourne eeked out a 6-5 win at Lockland Stadium June 1. The Crusaders had defeated Sycamore, Mason

and St. Xavier in the postseason to get to the rematch with Worthington Kilbourne, a team they had lost to back on March 25. The semifinal loss puts Moeller's final record at 157. Of their seven losses, St. Xavier was the only team to beat them locally, 14-11 on March 30. The Crusaders redeemed themselves on May 28 with an 11-7 win

to make the "final four". Four senior Crusaders will continue their lacrosse careers in college. Midfielder (and valedictorian) Michael Lynch will play at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, goalie Hayden Miller at Bellarmine, midfielder Justin Przezdziecki at Guilford College and midfielder James Rogan at Mercyhurst.







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Protest Indian Hill’s school tax increase

As you may be aware, in December 2009 the Indian Hill Exempted Village School District Board of Education raised property taxes without putting the increase to a public vote via a levy. The board did so by declaring an inside millage assessment. A number of district taxpayers protested that the board’s action is specifically forbidden under Ohio statutes, which restrict the use of inside millage to school districts that are in financial distress. The Indian Hill school district, one of the wealthiest in Ohio, has been accumulating surplus funds for years. At the time of the board’s tax increase the district had upwards of $25 million in cash reserves.

(The surplus has since grown to approximately $35 million.) When the board refused to rescind its increase in response to citiFred Sanborn zen complaints Community the Committee for Press guest R e s p o n s i b l e Spending columnist School was formed. The committee protested the board’s action during a 2010 hearing at the Hamilton County Budget Commission, which has the authority to deny the increase. Commissioner Dusty Rhodes voted against the increase, com-

menting “this inside millage trick is … quite candidly a ruse to avoid going to the taxpayers.” The other commissioner and the commission’s staff attorney avoided a decision by deferring to an opinion by a previous attorney general. The Committee for Responsible School Spending believes the opinion that was cited is not relevant to the inside millage issue. The committee then brought suit before the Ohio Supreme Court, seeking immediate relief via an injunction. The court, however, chose to remand the CRSS lawsuit to the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals, where it now sits. Unfortunately for taxpayers seeking a prompt resolution of the

CH@TROOM June 1 questions

In the wake of all of the severe weather in recent weeks, how do you grade the local meterologists? Are they doing a good job notifying the public of potential danger or is the weather coverage overdone? “Meteorology, like many sciences, is not so precise that meteorologists can always give a totally accurate prediction of what is going to happen. Even if they could, that wouldn’t guarantee that everyone in the path of a storm is going to be safe. “Most of us don’t have homes that can withstand tornados like the one in Joplin, or hurricanes like Katrina. We would have to live in a hole in the ground with a huge concrete cover, and that isn’t practical. I suspect the local folks are doing the best that they can. “The bottom line is that life on this planet is sometimes a crap shoot. “Perhaps some of the poststorm coverage is overdone in the media, but I don’t think that applies to the warning systems. “I would say, however, that the utility company could do a little better than they did in our neighborhood a week or so ago; it took them from midnight until 4:00 the next afternoon to get our electricity back, and there was no visible damage on our street.” B.B. “I have always thought that the weather coverage has been overdone. I will admit they are getting better at calling the shots and I have to admit I don’t pay as much attention to the sirens as I should.” D.D. “My opinion sways between good and bad. I definitely think the meterorologists try to whip the public into a frenzy whether it’s snow or tornados. “I appreciate the fact that the public needs to know about tornados in order to take cover ... but does the national news and national schedule have to be blocked for hours at a time while the meteorologists say the same thing over and over? “Sometimes I think the new technology takes over the content ... do we have a tornado warning/watch or not? How many different ways can you say it. “If people need to go to base-

Indian Hill increase the backlog of cases before the Board of Tax Appeals is currently in excess of two years. In the absence of a decision, the property tax increase imposed by the Board of Education stays in effect, and is included in the Hamilton County Real Estate Tax Bill you have just received. Payment is due by June 20. Under Ohio law, you have the right to protest a tax increase at the time you pay the tax. If the Board of Education increase is ultimately invalidated you will be entitled to a refund. Legal counsel for the Committee for Responsible School Spending has prepared a letter for you to use if you choose to preserve your right to a refund.

Email the committee at to obtain a copy. When you receive the protest letter, enter the book plat parcel number of your property, sign your name, and enclose the letter with your payment. If you have already paid your property tax, or if it is paid from a bank escrow account or by some other third party, send the letter anyhow, to the address on the letter. If you submitted a similar CRSS letter with your January tax payment, we recommend that you send a protest letter with the June tax bill, too. Fred Sanborn is a resident in the Indian Hill Exempted Village School District and a member of the Committee for Responsible School Spending.


Next question Which summer event in your community are you most looking forward to? Why? Do you believe cell phones are possible cancer-causing agents, putting them in the same category as the pesticide DDT? Every week Suburban Life asks readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with Chatroom in the subject line. ments and take cover, say it and be done with it. I know that bad weather is the essence of meteorologists’ existance, but give me a break.” E.E.C. “Which weather report we see depends upon which channel we have on at the time. We have found all four major stations (5, 9, 12 and 19) to give accurate and timely warnings.” R.V. “Good job vs. overdone? A little of both. “I mean they are accurate and earnest. But once the big reports are made, either in the newscast or interrupting a regular program, they could just run a crawl at the bottom of the screen. “Need more drama? Make the crawl in red and flash it on and off if a funnel cloud has actually been sighted.” F.N. “I believe the coverage is the best it is going to get. However, what tickles me is the main weather anchors just ‘have to come in’ to report the severe weather from a map when the other weather staff can do the job as well. I guess the main anchors just make the viewers at ease when they show up for severe weather.” O.H.R.

The Deer Park Board of Education is considering whether to allow some teachers and administrators, including Superintendent Kim Gray, to retire and then be rehired to their old jobs, which would save the district money. Should the board allow such a move? Why or why not? No responses.

The value of Madeira

I have never been on the school levy promotion team, and I don’t hold any positions that would benefit from a school levy passing in Madeira. But, I cannot wait to cast my yes vote, for the proposed operations levy for Madeira schools. Yep, it will tack on a few more bucks on the highest property tax around. We all get so much back, whether our kids go to Madeira schools or not. When I ask people why they moved to Madeira, they never say, “because my realtor recommended it.” It is never because they saw how great the housing stock is compared to Anderson or Mason. It is always because of a strong recommendation of a friend or a family member, or most commonly because they lived here before. They are always overwhelmingly glad for their decision. That is why I call Madeira an “acquired taste.” Something you have to be encouraged to taste, and learn to like. Not something you gravitate to naturally. Why do people like Madeira? I ask people all the time. I can’t help

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By the way, “parents and schools” go hand and hand, as it is the type of parents we have that make the schools great, and our schools attract these type of parents.We moved to Madeira before the levy was passed seven years ago (yep, it was my sister who talked me into moving here). The levy to build the new schools. I was amazed at that time, that with the old, falling apart schools, we still had teachers with great energy and morale (many who had taught most of their careers at Madeira). The night the levy passed, I felt as though I had won a $100,000. My kids have gotten to go through all new schools with the latest technology and an even higher teacher morale and the highest standard of excellence. That is why I expect that our real estate prices will come charging back as those in other districts will be chasing the prices of Madeira homes higher as they flee their declining school districts. I think I will vote absentee, because I can’t wait to cast my vote to make Madeira even that much better. John Kirby Madeira

VOICES FROM THE WEB ‘Double dip’ double talk

Visitors to posted these comments to a story about the school board considering a retire/rehire plan for several district teachers and administrators, including Superintendent Kim Gray: “Commendable, however freezing over the top wages and benefits pursuant to the possible effects of S.B. 5 is not exactly the big sacrifice or favor they would lead you believe. “Wasn’t too long ago that educators, before the union found a way to fleece/guilt trip the taxpayers, were lined up on the last day of school to work the Home City ice trucks for the summer. The unionization in the ‘80s and by proclaiming ‘it’s for the kid’s’ every time you turned around the tax levies kept coming at ever increasing intervals. “Thinking the steady stream of tax revenue was limitless the ‘it’s for the kids’ tax levies turned into above average pay, retirements at age 52 at unheard of in the private sector pensions, the opportunities for double dipping to the same job, in most cases in the same school district, further fleecing the hapless taxpayer and thwarting upward movement for younger teachers down the line not to mention two months off paid in the summer. “The mid ‘90s and the new millennium ushered in the newest scam – facilities studies – followed by new palatial school

buildings because ‘it’s for the kid’s’ they must have climate controlled new facilities because the facilities study said so, not to mention it’s also nice for those who plan on spending more than the four to six years there for the classes served. “So the residents dutifully and unquestionably passed very expensive school bonds. Of course, now in retrospect, they wished they hadn’t as their monthly mortgage payment gets harder to pay with each passing year. “How many of the taxpayers get to retire after 36 years at 75 percent of their last three highest wage earning years? As if that wasn’t enough here comes the double dipping. Retire at $87,000 a year get rehired to the same job in the same district at $87,000 a year. This is madness. “The taxpayers have been scammed royally over the last 27 years and it’s going to come to an end real soon as word gets out. Good luck on future school levies.” BillyJack452 “Dear BillyJack452 (although via a reliable source your true identity has been revealed to me...), your second to last paragraph indicates to me that perhaps you need to re-read paragraph four of this article. And, stop and think just a little bit about your ‘double dipping’ comment ... they’ve earned their retirement – it’s their money and its theirs whether they return

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You can comment on stories by visiting and choosing your community’s home page: to the workforce or not. The district has two options that cost the almost the same – hire an inexperienced teacher for $37,714.00 and pay into their retirement plan or rehire the retiree with all of their years of experience at $37,714.00 and not have to pay into their retirement plan. Which makes the most sense for our students and the quality of education we provide and also for our taxpayers? Which one gives our students and our taxpayers more bang for their buck? “Ten years between operating levies in Deer Park is an accomplishment. I just returned home and read your essay after attending the DPHS Senior Sports Banquet and I was proudly reminded of Deer Park Schools’ greatest accomplishment – partnering with caring parents, coaches and teachers to graduate some of the best and the brightest. I would like to thank the parents of our Class of 2011 for sharing their children with our schools.” MrsFarrell

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Put the scent off your dog with these bathing tips “Pee-u!, Nosey, what have you been rolling in?” I asked, opening the door to let her in and practically gagging. “ T h a t goopy thing out in the Marsie Hall backyard,” Newbold she replied, happily, tail Marsie’s wagging. Menagerie “Don’t you think I smell great?” “Don’t be so pleased with yourself, missy, you are getting a bath,” I said. “No!” She howled, turning and running from me; the scent of eau de rotting rabbit corpse spreading through the house. “You brought this on yourself young lady,” I said grabbing her by the collar and marching her down the basement steps to the stationary tub. She whimpered the entire way as though I were tugging on her tail. Thank goodness that basset hounds are a relatively low-maintenance, “wash and wear” breed of dog, because Nosey is fairly messy. All they require is a bath once in a while, regular brushing, ear cleaning and toenail clipping. I also regularly dust her fat little belly with Lady Anti Monkey Butt powder. Her vet approves and it keeps her smelling fresh. But other breeds like poodles and cocker spaniels need regular trips to a professional groomer to keep their coats in good shape. What should the typical owner know about grooming their dog? I called my pal Chip Pritchard, the second generation owner of Melody Manor Grooming Salon in Newport, to find out. “The first thing people need to consider is what type of dog they have,” he explained. “Do you have a long- or short-haired dog? A short-haired dog, you might be able to groom yourself, but a long-haired breed like the shih tzu, you would typically bring them to a professional groomer.” Leeann Sullivan, who has worked at Melody Manor for several years, suggests that owners get into a habit of brushing

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Dogs were part of the banking business at First Financial Bank in Deer Park during the Bark in the Park May 21. From left: Pam Young, Steve Schradin with family dog Muffy, Donna Farrell, Stephen Schradin, Jason Lapp, city Safety-Service Director Mike Berens and Susan Welsh; front, Young’s dog Abby.

Business association hosts Bark in the Park By Amanda Hopkins


Nosey gets all the soap rinsed out of her fur to prevent skin irritations. their dog every day. That will keep the hair from becoming matted. She cautions never to bathe a dog with a matted coat. “That only makes things worse.” The type of shampoo and conditioner you use should be very dog and skin friendly. Don’t use human products. Chip says that it is OK for owners to take their dogs out in the driveway in warm weather, mix the shampoo you are going to be using in a bucket, wet them down with a hose and shampoo away. The most important part, he says is to rinse every bit of soap off of the dog. Any residue can cause irritation. He is also a big proponent of drying dogs with a towel and letting them finish by air drying. He has some rules of thumb: Don’t bathe a dog (unless absolutely necessary) more often than every 28 to 30 days and trim their nails every four weeks. (Only if necessary, though. If a dog walks on the pavement a lot, the nails naturally wear down.) There are now some wonderful treatments to cut down on shedding. Chip is particularly excited about the results he’s been getting with a conditioner called Best Shot Ultra Plenish. “We massage it into the fur for about 10 to 15 minutes and it allows the undercoat to release. You could call it a miracle the way it cuts down on shedding.” And I could certainly use one of those. My MINI Cooper has a black interior and since Nosey happened along, it looks like a snow storm! For more pet care tips, visit If you have any ideas for future stories please contact Marsie Hall Newbold at

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Dogs were back in the park for the third year in a row. The Deer Park Business Association hosted the third annual Bark in the Park May 21. Residents were invited to bring their dogs and visit local businesses along Blue Ash and Plainfield roads. Pet Connection and The Homeless Animal Rescue Team of Cincinnati both had information booths and dogs available for adoption along the Bark in the Park route. Participants along the route entered drawings for split-the-pot, gift baskets and other door prizes.


Carol Skeen from Carol’s Curls, far left, Donna Reno from Deer Park Barbers, Marlena Sique from Carol’s Curls and Janna DeZarn pass out treats to dogs, including Bandit, left, and Shea, and owners along the Bark in the park route in Deer Park May 21.

Elizabeth Heffner, left, and Haley Spence play with some of the dogs up for adoption at Pet Connection's stop along the Bark in the Park route in Deer Park May 21.



Pet Connections gave Deer Park residents a chance to adopt a dog during Deer Park Business Association’s Bark in the Park May 21.

JCC Adams Golf Classic is June 16 The Mayerson JCC is honoring Bob Brant of Katz, Teller, Brant & Hild at the 17th annual JCC Adams Golf Classic Thursday, June 16, at Shaker Run Golf Club in Lebanon. The JCC Adams Golf Classic features a world-class course with many contests and prizes, as well as a range of sponsorship opportunities. Bob Brant has shown significant leadership for both the JCC and the Jewish community in Cincinnati. He serves on the JCC Board and Executive Committee, and was instrumental in securing the bond financing for the JCC Ridge Road facility. He is also a vice president and member of the Jewish Federation Executive Committee. Brant lectures extensively, and has often been recognized for his legal

work in the areas of estate planning and employment benefits. “I’m excited and flattered to be part of this year’s JCC Adams Golf Classic,” Bob Brant said. “I knew Steve Adams and know how important the JCC was to him. I want this year’s event to be a continued success, both to honor Steve’s memory and to contribute to the financial security of the J.” This popular annual event begins at noon with a casual lunch, followed by a golf scramble beginning at 1 p.m. with a shotgun start. A dinner reception and raffle drawing begin at 6 p.m. Attendees have the option to participate in all the activities or solely the evening reception. Sponsorship opportunities and proceeds from this

event show support for vital JCC programs such as Camp at the J, the JCC Early Childhood School, cultural arts and sports programs for all ages, and the JCC Senior Center for older adults. The JCC appreciates the generous support of Katz, Teller, Brant & Hild as the presenting sponsor. Platinum sponsors to-date include Dr. and Mrs. Robert Osher, Montgomery Inn, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Robinson, and ProScan Imaging. Sponsorship benefits include publicity recognition, complimentary golf, lunch and dinners, and printed program recognition. The JCC welcomes anyone to participate as a sponsor and/or a golfer. Those who do not wish to golf can support the JCC Adams Golf Classic by sponsoring the event, attending

the dinner reception and/or purchasing raffle tickets. Volunteer opportunities are also available. Shaker Run Golf Club was named one of America’s 100 greatest golf courses by Golf Digest Magazine, and ranked as the number one public course in Ohio by Golfweek Magazine. The course boasts a 135acre lake, waterfalls, rolling hills, rustic bridges and captivating views. The Shaker Run pro shop was rated as number one in the entire state of Ohio by the Cincinnati Enquirer. For sponsorship information, to register for golf or to volunteer at the outing, contact Betsy Singer-Lefton at the JCC, 513-722-7220 or


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The Market, 3-7 p.m., Raymond Walters College, 9555 Plainfield Road, More than 15 vendors offer plethora of foods and other goods including certified organic produce, cider, variety of vegetables, homemade pasta, flowers, gluten-free items, cheeses, meats and more. Rain or shine. 745-5685. Blue Ash.


St. Gertrude Parish Festival, 6-11:30 p.m., St. Gertrude Church, St. Gertrude School Alumni Night. Music by Sizemore 6-7 p.m., and Leroy Ellington and the E-Funk Band 7:30-11:30 p.m. Free. 494-1391; Madeira.


Friday Night Grillouts, 5-8 p.m., Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road, Outdoor covered patio or air-conditioned dining area. Music by Ben Alexander, acoustic rock. Includes specialty, a la carte and children’s dinners. Music, fishing demonstrations and naturalist’s wildlife programs. $3.95-$9.25; parking permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. Through Sept. 2. 791-1663; Symmes Township.


St. Gertrude Parish Festival, 6-8 p.m., St. Gertrude Church, 6551 Miami Ave., Kick-Off Party. Music by Jim Gillum. Adults only. More than 60 booths and rides. Food, auction, airconditioned gaming hall and entertainment including live bands, clowns and puppet show. Free. Presented by St. Gertrude Parish. 494-1391; Madeira.


Josh Sneed, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $12, $6 college and military night. Ages 18 and up. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.


Heather Mitts Soccer Camp, 4-8 p.m., Sycamore High School, 7400 Cornell Road, Concludes June 10. Two-day camp. Includes T-shirt, autographed team photo, awards and expert instruction. Girls. Ages 6-14. $149. Presented by ProCamps Limited. 793-2267; Montgomery.


Codependents Anonymous, 7 p.m., The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Free, donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous Inc. 503-4262; Montgomery. Marriage Enrichment: The Third Option, 79 p.m., Montgomery Community Church, 11251 Montgomery Road, Skills-based group program the helps participants build stronger, more fulfilling marriages. Free. Presented by The Third Option. 398-9720; Montgomery. Taking Care When Giving Care, 3-4:30 p.m., Jewish Family Service, 8487 Ridge Road, Support and resource group for caregivers of elderly or disabled. Topics include maintaining balance, how to cope with feelings of guilt and stress, finding resources and long-distance care-giving. Ages 21 and up. Free. Presented by Jewish Family Service Aging and Caregiver Services. 469-1188; Amberley Village. F R I D A Y, J U N E 1 0


Free Computer and TV Recycling DropOff, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 2trg, Free. 946-7766; Blue Ash.


Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist Certification, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., YogahOMe Symmes, 11928 Montgomery Road, Continues 11 a.m.-6 p.m. June 11 and 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. June 12. Training through Himalayan Institute. Led by Kathryn Templeton. $299. Registration required. Presented by YogahOMe. 7749642; Symmes Township.

Word Stone Workshop, 10 a.m.-noon, Loveland Greenhouse, 11924 Lebanon Road, Put your favorite word in stone for all the world to see. $25. 683-1581; Symmes Township.


LoHeat, 9 p.m.-11 a.m., HD Beans and Bottles Cafe, 6721 Montgomery Road, Jam with rock and blues music. Presented by H.D. Beans Cafe. 793-6036; Silverton.


Harry Perry, 9 a.m.-noon, Melodie’s Coffee Cafe, 8944 Columbia Road, “The Traveling Piano Man” plays requests and favorites. Free. 697-1330; Loveland.


Josh Sneed, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $18. Ages 18 and up. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.


Harmony Tales (Are We There Yet?), 810:30 p.m., Deer Park High School, 8351 Plainfield Road, Crawford Auditorium. Original musical comedy containing a capella barbershop style songs in vignette settings. Followed with performances by two quartets. Concludes with Delta Kings Chorus in concert. $15. Presented by Cincinnati Delta Kings Barbershop Chorus. Through June 11. 888-796-8555; Deer Park.


All-Night Fishing, 8 p.m., Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road, Fish from the bank, dock, by rental boat or bring your own. Four horsepower or less electric and gas motors permitted. Light visible 360 degrees required on boats after dark. All ages. $16 for 24-hour permit, $9.75 for 12-hour permit, free ages 12 and under and ages 60 and up; rowboat rental $11.27 for 12 hours, $9.39 six hours; vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. Through Sept. 10. 7911663; Symmes Township.


Beer Dinner, 6-8 p.m., Kroger Symmes Township, 11390 Montgomery Road, Mount Carmel beer with owners and brewers Kathleen and Mike Dewey. On the enclosed patio, weather permitting. $15. Reservations required. 247-7740. Symmes Township. S A T U R D A Y, J U N E 1 1


Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society Exhibit and Sale, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; Mariemont.

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Glimmer of Hope MS Benefit, 7-11 p.m., Montgomery Inn Montgomery, 9440 Montgomery Road, Auctions for over $8,000 worth of products and services. Items include pearl bracelets, gift cards restaurants and more. Includes appetizers, soft drinks and music by the Chuck Land Band. Benefits National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Ages 18 and up. $20, $15 advance. Presented by xpedx MS Bike Team. 260-4472; Montgomery.


Farm-to-Table Cooking Class, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Meshewa Farm, 7550 Given Road, A step-by-step, hands-on instruction on how to safely and efficiently break down a whole chicken into breasts, wings, thighs and drumsticks. You’ll learn the best cooking procedures for each piece and prepare a few recipes. $50. Registration at website required. Presented by Turner Farm. email; Indian Hill.


Montgomery Farmers’ Market, 9 a.m.12:30 p.m., Montgomery Elementary School, 9609 Montgomery Road, More than 20 vendors, including seven local growers, fresh European-style bread, locally-roasted coffee, local baked goods, homemade premium granola, pastured meat and chicken and pork, artisan gelato and more. 659-3465; Montgomery.


St. Gertrude Parish Festival, 5-11:30 p.m, St. Gertrude Church,. 5K run or walk 8:30 a.m. Music by Howard House Band 5-7:30 p.m. and Off the Hook 7:30-11:30 p.m. Free. 494-1391; Madeira.


Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, 1-4 p.m., Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 201 Riverside Drive, View weapons, ordnance, soldiers’ personal effects, historic photos, period documents, maps, money, medals, books, newspapers, flags and more from attics, closets and private collections.Free. Through Aug. 7. 6835692; Loveland.


Harmony Tales (Are We There Yet?), 2-4:30 p.m. and 8-10:30 p.m., Deer Park High School, $15. 888-796-8555; Deer Park.


All-Night Fishing, 8 p.m., Lake Isabella, $16 for 24-hour permit, $9.75 for 12-hour permit, free ages 12 and under and ages 60 and up; rowboat rental $11.27 for 12 hours, $9.39 six hours; vehicle permit required. 791-1663; Symmes Township.


Open House, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., The Kenwood by Senior Star, 5435 Kenwood Road. Tour property and meet staff. For seniors. Free. 5619300; Madisonville.


The Deer Park Branch Library has several upcoming events as part of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s summer reading program, June 1-July 31. Deer Park’s lineup includes preschool storytime at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., Tuesdays; a fire truck at 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 10; the magic of Tom Bemmes at 2 p.m., Thursday, June 16; and Brain Camp: Fairy Tales at 2 p.m., June 29 for ages 6 to 8. Location is 3970 East Galbraith Road. Call 369-4450 or visit Pictured, Bemmes performs a magic show in front of a crowd at a past Blue Ash Branch Library event. S U N D A Y, J U N E 1 2


Blooms & Berries Farm Market, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Blooms & Berries Farm Market, 9669 S. Ohio 48, Through Oct. 2. 697-9173; Loveland.


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St. Gertrude Parish Festival, 3-10 p.m., St. Gertrude Church, With UC Bearcats’ mascot and others. Music by Sizemore 3-4 p.m., Tim Snyder 4:30-6:30 p.m. and Elvis 7-9 p.m. Performances by McGing Irish Dancers 3:15-3:45 p.m. and Broadway Bound Dancers 6:30-7 p.m. $10 arm band ride special, 3-6 p.m. Free. 494-1391; Madeira.


John Kuhnell Silverton Train Station Museum, 2-5 p.m., John Kuhnell Silverton Train Station Museum, 7054 Montgomery Road, Houses historic photographs and artifacts from the Silverton’s past, including the Olympic uniform of Barry Larkin, a retired Reds player and Silverton native son. The museum is operated by the Silverton Block Watch Association. “History of the City of Silverton: Late 1700s to 2006” book by James R. Replogle Jr. available for sale. Cost, $15. Free. Through Sept. 25. 936-6233. Silverton.

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Free Computer and TV Recycling DropOff, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 2trg, Free. 946-7766; Blue Ash.


Starting a School Garden Program, 7 a.m.1 p.m., Loveland Primary/Elementary School, 550 Loveland-Madeira Road Daily through June 17., Comprehensive Teaching in the Garden Camp for school garden developers. Ages 21 and up. $500 including three meals and lodging at Grailville. Reservations required. Presented by Granny’s Garden School. 324-2873; Loveland. T U E S D A Y, J U N E 1 4

RELIGIOUS - COMMUNITY FARMERS MARKET JCC Spotlight, 3-4 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Performances and exhibitions by JCC dance classes, senior adult multimedia class and other JCC classes. Free. 7617500; Amberley Village. M O N D A Y, J U N E 1 3


Cincinnati Toastmasters Club No. 472 Meeting, 7:30-8:30 p.m., St. Paul Community United Methodist Church, 8221 Miami Road, Public speaking and leadership skills meeting. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Cincinnati Toastmasters Club No. 472. 3515005. Madeira.


Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m., Kenwood Towne Centre, 7875 Montgomery Road, Valet Parking Lot along Montgomery Road. Fresh tomatoes, corn, apples, mums, pumpkins and more. Seeking vendors. 745-9100; email; Kenwood. Loveland Farmers’ Market, 3-7 p.m., Downtown Loveland, West Loveland Avenue, Socially and environmentally responsible produce, meat and market items grown or made within 100 miles from Loveland, OH. Presented by Loveland Farmers’ Market. Loveland.


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


Mosaic Stepping Stone Workshop, 6:308:30 p.m., Loveland Greenhouse, 11924 Lebanon Road, Create your own colorful stepping stone. $40. 683-1581. Symmes Township.


Midweek Concert Series, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Sycamore Senior Center, 4455 Carver Woods Drive, Music by Ricky Nye (piano). Free. 984-1234; Blue Ash.


Funniest Person in Cincinnati Contest, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, Aspiring comedians perform. Amateur and semi-pro categories. Ages 18 and up. $5. Reservations required. 984-9288; Montgomery.


Open Sand Volleyball, 2-4 p.m., TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, $15, free for members. 985-6722. Montgomery.


Get a Grip, 6-7:30 p.m., Affinity Center, 7826 Cooper Road, Topic: Decision Making. Seminars designed to help adults with organizational skills. $25. Reservations required. 984-1000; Montgomery.

Acoustic open Mic, 7-10 p.m., Shady O’Grady’s Pub, 9443 Loveland-Madeira Road, 791-2753. Symmes Township.


Blue Ash Recreation Swim Registration, 9 a.m., Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road, Session 1. Daily through June 25. Rain dates June 27 and June 28. $40. Presented by City of Blue Ash. 745-8550; Blue Ash. Golf Classic, 7 a.m.-9 p.m., O’Bannon Creek Golf Club, 6842 Ohio 48, Four-person scramble. Includes breakfast or lunch, cocktails, dinner, greens fees, cart and refreshments on course. Prizes for top three teams. Benefits United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cincinnati. $700 teams, $175 single. Registration required. Presented by United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cincinnati. 221-4606; Loveland.


The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company presents “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” through June 26. The comedy condenses all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays into just 97 minutes. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, at 719 Race St., downtown. Tickets are $22-$32. Call 513-381-2273 or visit Pictured are: Justin McCombs, Brian Isaac Phillips and Billy Chace.

Blue Ash Tiny Trackers Camp, 9 a.m.-noon, Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road, Daily through June 17. Structured activities, play time and a daily drink and snack. Stress-free environment. Ages 4-5. $50 a session. Registration required. Presented by City of Blue Ash. 745-8550; Blue Ash.


Italianfest will be 5-11 p.m. Thursday and Friday, June 9-10; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 11; and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, June 12, on the Newport Riverfront, along Riverboat Row between the Taylor-Southgate and L&N bridges in Newport. An opening ceremony will be at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 9. Fireworks will be on Friday and Saturday nights. The festival has authentic Italian food, live music, a golf outing, family photo-booth exhibit, pizza eating contest, cooking contest, games, rides and fireworks. Italianfest was named a Top 20 Event in June by the Southeast Tourism Society. There will be harbor cruises at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The festival is presented by the City of Newport. For more information, call 859-292-3666 or visit Pictured is Brandon Shade preparing food in the Tony’s Italian Sausage booth at last year’s Italianfest.


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The echoes of marriage: To have, hold and turn over The noblest love is that which is sacrificial in nature, a free and complete giving of self. spouse to do the very same thing. The romantic poet Rilke put it this way, “I hold this to be the highest task of bond between two people: that each should stand guard over the other’s solitude.” I am to grow, my partner is to grow, but my task is not to mold my spouse into my ego’s liking. The formative nature of marriage welcomes otherness, not sameness. If I permit only sameness, only constant agreement, then my ego is unchallenged – it is as if I want to marry only myself. Marriage especially requires that I am able to hold on to my commitment to my vow. To marry without firm commitment is to try and form a permanent relationship to a “maybe.” I proclaim that I love you and will stay with you forever – but I keep considering the escape hatch.

When times get tough and love seems absent – as it sometimes will – my commitment to my solemn promise remains as an inducement to stay and continue working. In a “Man For All Seasons,” the playwright quotes these words of St. Thomas More: “When a man gives his word, when he takes an oath or makes a solemn promise, he hold himself like water cupped in the palms of his own hands. If he should be unfaithful then, if he should open his hands, his integrity pours out. He can never hope to recapture himself again.”

To Hand Over: The highest human accomplishment is to love another. Not merely to taste pleasurable aspects of love that involve being loved, good feelings and ecstasy. Rather, the noblest love is that which is sacrificial in nature, a free and complete giving of self. Jesus Christ spoke of this kind of love when he said, “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13) Whether this is done slowly over years by devoted parents; in dangerous instances by police, fire per-

sonnel, military; suddenly in the rescue effort for an entrapped neighbor, etc. to freely hand over ourselves is life’s highest calling and the most precious gift we can give. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@community or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

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is that they can never be any better than our relationship with ourselves. I must Father Lou have an Guntzelman awareness Perspectives of myself, who I really am, especially the shadow side of myself, less I inflict it on another. I must know and have myself in hand in order to relate authentically with anyone else. If I have grown up in an atmosphere where I didn’t experience adequate love; where I never learned to respect myself and be sensitive to others; if I remained too dependent on parents and avoided responsibility for my own actions, then I don’t have what I need to have – a healthy sense of self to offer another. The odds are against me developing a long-lasting relationship with anyone else unless I first have a better relationship with myself. To Hold: A good marriage requires that I am able to hold on to my own sense of self and also permit my


“By all means marry. If you get a good wife you’ll become happy. If you get a bad one you’ll become a philosopher,” conjectured Socrates. Sadly, the relationship failures indicated by our country’s marital statistics show there are lot of philosophers around. It’s not so much that marriages fail because one has a bad wife or a bad husband, it’s more because one has an ignorant wife or husband, not realizing the work required to make marriage work. “Seldom or never does a marriage develop into an individual relationship smoothly and without crises. There is no birth of consciousness without pain,” stated Carl Jung. The remote preparation for marriage begins in childhood, long before spouses ever meet. Some people grow up well-prepared and ready for relational giving. Others are ill-prepared and often don’t know it. Let’s consider three critical things that have to occur. We can hear them echoed in marriage vows. To Have: The truth about intimate relationships


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Strawberries: U-pick them, you ‘pie’ them The first couple of weeks in June are always a busy time for us. The peas are ready to be picked, and the strawberries at A&M Farms, like many U-pick places, are abundant and ready to harvest. We’ll be eating lots of both in their fresh state, along with making strawberry jam and a couple of fresh berry pies.

Pam Anderson’s strawberry pie

I have several recipes for fresh strawberry pie and like them. But Pam Anderson’s tops them all. I know Pam as a fine cook with recipes that really work. She’s fun to talk to, and always willing to share tips. This pie filling is much better, and better for you, than the commercial stuff you buy in a bag. Check out her blog “ThreeManyCooks” that she writes with daughters Sharon and Maggy.

Rita Heikenfeld Rita’s kitchen

3 q u a r t s f r e s h strawberr i e s , rinsed and hulled 1 cup sugar 1 tables p o o n powdered pectin, like Sure-Jell

Pinch salt 3 tablespoons cornstarch, dissolved in 1⁄4 cup water 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest 1 ⁄2 teaspoon vanilla 1 pre-baked pie shell Slice 1 heaping quart of berries for filling and halve 2 heaping cups of bestlooking ones for top. Halve another 2 cups of berries, place in food processor and purée until smooth. Measure out 11⁄4 cups puree and transfer to medium saucepan along with sugar, pectin and salt. Bring to a simmer over medium

heat, whisking frequently. Continue to simmer so mixture foams, about a minute longer. Remove from heat; skim foam and return to pan to medium heat, slowly whisking in cornstarch mixture. Continue to whisk until mixture is stiff. Stir in zest and vanilla. Transfer 1⁄4 cup of mixture to small bowl. Whisk in up to 2 tablespoons of water for the glaze. Transfer remaining mixture to a medium bowl, placing a sheet of plastic wrap directly on the surface. When mixture has cooled to room temperature, stir in sliced berries and turn into shell. Arrange halved strawberries over top; brush with glaze and refrigerate until ready to serve. Can be made several hours ahead. Serves six.

Rita’s sun-cooked strawberry jam

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with Rita) for this fun recipe to make with the kids. As for my recipe for regular and freezer strawberry jams, I just follow the recipes packed in the dry pectin box.

Double fresh pea salad 1

⁄2 pound snow peas 10 oz. frozen peas 1 ⁄2 cup minced red onion or more 3 tablespoons each: white wine vinegar, Canola oil or more Palmful fresh chopped dill or more 1 tablespoon sugar, or to taste Salt and pepper

Steam both kinds of peas in 2 inches of boiling water, cooking one minute. Drain and rinse under cold water to stop cooking. Drain again and pat dry. Meanwhile, make dressing: Mix onion, vinegar, oil, dill, sugar, salt and pepper together. Add peas and toss. Best if eaten right away but can be refrigerated up to four hours. Serves six to eight.

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This is for Phyllis Patrick and a couple of other readers. Phylis couldn’t seem to get any information from this restaurant about their herb butter. When I talked to Greg Reinert at the Norwood location, he was super nice and got this information from his chef.

Greg said: “We use real butter, fresh garlic, fresh tarragon, fresh parsley and lemon juice. Real simple.” No, he couldn’t give me proportions but here’s what I came up with after eating a yummy prime rib sandwich there with a generous portion of the herb butter and giving the butter a couple tries at home. Freezes well. 1 stick butter, softened 3 ⁄4 teaspoon finely minced garlic Tarragon and parsley: start with 1 teaspoon each, finely minced Squeeze of lemon juice, not too much Salt to taste Let the butter sit for 30 minutes or so and then taste. You should taste a bit of licorice-flavored tarragon and garlic. The parsley flavor and lemon juice is not predominant and the bit of salt rounds out the flavor. Add more of any one thing if you want.

Readers sound off

When I was at Anderson Farm market making a layered salad with vendors’ ingredients, several readers stopped by to chat. Here’s some comments from the crowd: “We loved the Israeli spiced chicken.” “Thanks for finally putting in number of servings in recipes.” “You should put each year’s recipes in a separate cookbook to sell.” Hmmm … sounds good to me!


Plate of bread with Rita’s herb butter also displays tarragon on the left, parsley on the right, and sits atop oregano.

Rita around town

Enjoy some “Summer Fun + Local Flavor” with Rita Heikenfeld at Marvin’s Organic Gardens 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 9. Rita will share summertime recipes with ingredients straight from the garden. Plus Jessiace Wolf will demonstrate how to make picnic decorations from paper. Marvin’s Organic Gardens is at 2055 U.S. Route 42 South, Lebanon. The event is free but reservations are required. Email your name and a guest’s name to or call 513562-2777. Visit for details. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

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As Sister Marianne Van Vurst, S.C. steps down as president and CEO of St. Joseph Home in Sharonville, Michael Rench will step into shoes that have been filled for 25 years. Rench, formerly an administrator of the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission, has also served as deputy director of community services for the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. He also worked as director of Community Services for the Hamilton County Board of Developmental Disabilities Services. Rench said he was looking forward to working at St. Joseph because of its mission. “It’s been about two things,” he said. “The quality of care and following the ministry of the Sisters of Charity. “This is a community that is dedicated to working with children that other facilities won’t or can’t serve. They’ve carved a unique niche.” As the step-parent to a daughter with special needs, Rench said St. Joseph Home

gives families peace of mind. “We’re providing something that’s a godsend,” he said of the nonprofit facility that serves those with severe-to-profound disabilities. The home and respite center is the only Intermediate Care Facility for the Mentally Retarded to serve all ages in Hamilton County. As its chief executive officer for 25 years, Van Vurst described her job as a labor of love. “It has been my mission and my ministry,” she said. “It’s a true joy to have been here with special angels that are residents here at the home. Under her leadership, St. Joseph moved from a social service model to a medical model. Initially, the home served newborns and young children with high medical needs, but expanded to include older children, increasing the number of residents by 50 percent. In 1998, St. Joseph added the Harold C. Schott Respite Center to give family members a break and ensure that their children are cared for during a short stay. “It lets mom and dad take


Michael Rench, the new CEO at St. Joseph Home, visits with a resident at the Sharonville facility. care of their own needs and renew their own strengths to bring their child back home,” Van Vurst said. Today, St. Joseph Home serves 48 children and adults, with 24-hour nursing and personal care, as well as guests to stay at the respite center. The Sharonville facility staffs about 150 in nursing, direct care, active treatment, physical and occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, nutrition and psychological services. Rench said he also hopes to move St. Joseph towards serving children on ventilators, as well. “Right now, they’re in hospitals,” he said. “That’s not where they should live, and it’s expensive. “We would like to expand a few beds for those children to be in a homelike environment,” Rench said. “It’s a challenge that we hope turns into an opportunity.”

The Sycamore Center Art Show is an annual display of local artists who specialize in watercolor, acrylics and pastels. This year’s show will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 11-19. Show closes at 4 p.m. June 19 at Sharon Centre in Sharon Woods. Nearly 25 local artists to be featured at the exhibit who have a history of art education and experience and are members of local and national art societies. Visitors can learn more about the artists behind the art during a special reception from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 12. Light refreshments will be served. The Sycamore Center Art Show is free and open to the public. Sharon Centre is located at 11450 Lebanon Road. A valid Hamilton County Park District motor vehicle permit ($10 annual; $3 daily) is required to enter the parks. Pictured is an oil painting entitled “Strawberries” by Janet Vennemeyer.


BUSINESS BRIEFS Sycamore woman opens kettlebell facility

Queen City Kettlebell, at 2577 Duck Creek Road, is Cincinnati’s only kettlebell training facility. It opened Jan. 1 and is owned and operated by Kim Blanton of Sycamore Township and D.J. Wittekind of Norwood. They are both certified personal trainers and HKC (Hardstyle Kettlebell Certified). Training with kettlebells will improve the cardiovascular system, strength, core, flexibility, mobility and endurance. This is the one

training tool that will improve upon all aspects of fitness and is appropriate for all ages. They begin instructing clients in the basic movements of kettlebell training. They believe in safety first, learn the proper technique, then progress to more advanced training. They offer several different classes, from Beginners Kettlebell, where the client will learn and practice the kettlebell swing, clean and press, snatch and the get up, to the more advanced training. Recently, kettlebell training has become more popu-

lar with the baby boomers, because of the benefits of strengthening the back, core and developing strong hips and stable shoulders. Queen City Kettlebell is a private facility. They offer personal training and group training classes. Classes are 6 a.m. Mondays, Advanced Kettlebell; 6 p.m. Wednesdays, “Not a Bootcamp”; 6 p.m. Thursdays, Kettlebell Skills; 8:30 a.m. Saturdays, Beginners Kettlebell; and 10:30 a.m. Saturdays, “Not a Bootcamp.” Call 5490552 or visit

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Strawberries at Sycamore

St. Joseph Home welcomes new CEO By Kelly McBride

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Matthew 25 receives acknowledgement from Charity Navigator

Decorative artists learn about summer frog The Greater Cincinnati Decorative Artists will have its monthly meeting at 11:45 a.m. Sunday, June 12, at the Springfield Township Senior Center, 9158 Winton Road, Finneytown. Rose Stigall will teach a hanging summer frog for the summer garden porch or patio. The class is in acrylic. Stigall is from Anderson, Ind., and has been teaching painting for many years. A photo of the project and a detailed supply list for the class can be found at the website There is a fee for the class but attending the meeting is free. Robert Warren will be presenting a two-day seminar for GCDA in oils on June 24 and 25. Warren is a professional artist for more than 30 years and has taught classes all over the world and in every state of our country. The pieces he will be teaching are the money plant on Friday and


Carol Cole (Terrace Park), Eileen Hanlon (Sycamore Township), Joan Bruce (Florence, Ky.), Anne Dick ( Delhi Township) and Kathy Vanoli (Forest Park) are discussing the watercolor class taught by Gayle Laible at the May meeting of the Greater Cincinnati Decorative Artists. the barn scene on Saturday for a fee of $90 a day. All supplies are furnished except for brushes, paper towels and personal preference supplies. The last day to register is June 12. Members range in skill from beginners to certified teachers with many years of experience in watercolor, sketching, oils, colored pen-

cil and acrylics. Members are from the entire Tristate area; new members, guests and the public are welcome. The group also sponsors painting classes, seminars and an annual retreat offsite. The meetings are a fun way to meet and discuss ideas with other artists regardless of the mediums

used. The Greater Cincinnati Decorative Artists are a chapter of the Society of Decorative Painters a national organization. Check the website at for additional information, photographs of the pieces to be taught, registration form and directions to the seminar.

Matthew 25: Ministries, an international humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization at 11060 Kenwood Road in Blue Ash, is ranked No. 1 on Charity Navigator’s list of 10 SlamDunk Charities. According to Charity Navigator, America’s premier independent charity evaluator, the 10 charities on this list are ranked tops in terms of fiscal health, but also for respecting the rights of donors. Charity Navigator has awarded each of these 10 charities a four-star rating for both organizational efficiency and organizational capacity. Besides outperforming their peers in terms of financial management, each of these charities also has a donor privacy policy in place. This tells donors that these 10 charities are committed to fiscal responsibility and to protecting the personal information of contributors. Charity Navigator works to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic

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marketplace by evaluating the financial health of more than 5,500 of America’s largest charities and Matthew 25: Ministries is honored to be acknowledged by this prestigious organization for their work with the poorest of the poor and disaster victims throughout the US and worldwide. Matthew 25: Ministries is providing disaster relief to victims of the devastating tornadoes that ripped through Alabama and surrounding states as well as continuing to support disaster relief for Haiti and Japan. Follow Matthew 25: Ministries’ blog – – or visit their website – – for the most up-to-date information on Matthew 25’s ongoing humanitarian aid and disaster relief efforts. Also follow Matthew 25: Ministries on Facebook and Twitter. Mathew 25: Ministries accepts cash, credit card and Internet donations for ongoing disaster aid and humanitarian relief programs; Matthew 25: Ministries also welcomes volunteers to their 132,000 square foot facility 5 1/2 days a week. Matthew 25 also accepts product donations. For additional information about Matthew 25: Ministries’ humanitarian and disaster relief efforts please contact Joodi Archer at (513) 793-6256 or visit their website at

NEWS MAKERS Hull earns Fulbright assistantship

Michelle Hull, a December 2010 graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, has received a Fulbright Te a c h i n g Assistantship. Hull Hull, an H o n o r s Scholar from Amberley Village who earned a bachelor’s degree in international economics with a perfect 4.0 GPA, will teach English, literature and American studies, at a to-be-determined site in Germany beginning this fall. She will remain in Germany through June 2012. “I hope to improve my German language skills,” Hull said, “as well as have the opportunity to travel around Europe and teach young people about the American culture.” In addition to her participation in EKU’s nationally recognized Honors Program, Hull also tutored students in economics, was a tutor for student-athletes, and was a research assistant for Dr. Frank O’Connor in EKU’s Department of Economics. “Michelle was an excellent student,” O’Connor said. “She did excellent work both as a tutor and as a research assistant. Her honors thesis involved an insightful analysis of trends in fertility in the advanced economies, and she presented a paper based on her research at the Kentucky Economic Association in September.” The 2007 graduate of Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati plans to attend graduate school when she returns from Germany.

Religion Church of God of Prophecy

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

Church of the Saviour United Methodist

A Wednesday worship service is being conducted at 7:30 p.m. through Aug. 10. The Youth Choir Concert is 6:30 p.m., June 19. The concert is free. Weekly summer camps will begin the week of June 7. Visit for details and registration. Vacation Bible school is 9 a.m. to noon, June 27 to July 1; and 68:30 p.m., Aug. 8-12. Call the church for details or to register. The church is searching for crafter and vendors to join the Fall Craft Show from 10 am. to 3 p.m., Nov. 12. Register at Traditional worship services are 8:20 a.m. and 11 a.m.; contemporary music is 9:40 a.m. every Sunday. The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati; 791-3142;

Connections Christian Church

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

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

The church is hosting Scrapbooking and More Crafts, 5:30-8:30 p.m. every third Monday. Free child care is provided. Those interested in attending must register by 5 p.m. Friday before the Monday event. All paper projects are welcomed including, but not limited to, scrapbooking, stamping, card-making and photo-frame keepsakes. Crafters should bring their own photos, albums and specialty items. Most other tools and supplies will be provided. There is no charge for use of supplies. Upcoming dates include June 13, July 18 and Aug. 15. The church is located at 7701 Kenwood Road; 891-1700.

Hartzell United Methodist Church

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

Horizon Community Church

The church, which previously conducted services in Indian Hill at Cincinnati Country Day, has seen a 150-percent jump in Sunday service attendance since opening their own facility. That increase prompted the additional service time, adding another parking lot,

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Religion news is published at no charge on a space-available basis. Items must be to our office no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, for possible consideration in the following edition. E-mail announcements to, with “Religion” in the subject line. Fax to 248-1938. Call 248-8600. Mail to: Suburban Life, Attention: Andrea Reeves, Religion news, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, Ohio 45140. and having volunteers and police to help with parking each week. The church offers services at 9, 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. each Sunday. “We just moved here to Anderson on Jan. 9 and did not anticipate having to add a third service to our normal two,” according to Senior Pastor Chad Hovind. The church, which previously had services in Indian Hill at Cincinnati Country Day, has seen a 150 percent jump in Sunday service attendance since opening in Anderson. The church is at 3950 Newtown Road, Anderson Township;; 272-5800.

Kenwood Fellowship Church

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

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Northern Hills Synagogue

Northern Hills Synagogue - Congregation B’nai Avraham invites the entire community to a special presentation on the accuracy of media reporting on the Middle East. The program will feature Gary Kenzer, National Executive Director of Honest Reporting, and takes place at 7 p.m., on Sunday, June 12, at the synagogue. Kenzer has served as National Executive Director of Honest Reporting since 2006. Prior to his current position, he served as National Director of Magen David Odom, the Israeli “Red Cross.” Kenzer graduated in 1984 from the University of Illinois College of Social Work. “Nobody thinks twice about attacking Israel in print,” said Kenzer. “We realize that Israel is not perfect, but perfection is not a prerequisite for fair and balanced reporting by national media. We just ask that the media treat every country and government by the same measuring stick.”

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Northern Hills Synagogue. The synagogue is at 5714 Fields-Ertel Road, Deefield Township; 9316038.

St. Paul Community United Methodist Church

St. Paul Church services are 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. for traditional worship and 9:30 a.m. for contemporary worship with Praise Band. Sunday School and child care is provided for all services. The church is at 8221 Miami Road, Madeira; 891-8181;

St. John the Evangelist

The St. John the Evangelist Parish Festival is 6 p.m. to midnight, Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11; and 4-10 p.m., Sunday, June 12. There will be a roast


beef/chicken dinner from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday. The festival will include a variety of food, games and entertainment, nightly entertainment, a huge bid ‘n’ buy, gambling and games for all ages. Special ride prices will be offered on Sunday. The church is at 7121 Plainfield Road, Cincinnati; 791-3238.

Trinity Community Church

The church is having its “Shake it Up Cafe,” a week-long vacation Bible school for children from 3 years old to sixth grade, from 9 a.m. to noon, June 13-17. The week is packed with fun Bible stories, songs, dancing, games, crafts, snacks and recreation. Register by calling the church office. Park in the lot of Trinity Community Church, and enter through the doors of fellowship hall. The church is at 3850 E. Galbraith Road, Deer Park; 791-7631;


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

Good Shepherd (ELCA)

Active Youth • Outreach • Fellowship Music Ministries • Bible Studies


Sundays 9:15am & 10:45am


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

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8:15, 9:30 & 11:00 - in our Sanctuary

(across from Kenwood Towne Centre)

All Are Welcome Nursery Care Available Handicapped Accessible

3 Traditional Worship Services

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

2 Contemporary Worship Services


7701 Kenwood Rd.




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

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

1150 West Locust Street Suite 500

6365 Corbly Road Cincinnati, OH 45230

Sanctuary - faces Beechmont Ave.

Contemporary Worship Center on Forest Road

513-891-8700 Hillboro Office Wilmington Office 937-382-2000



9200 Montgomery Rd. Suite 2B

Highland District Hospital



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



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






Ark of Learning Preschool and Child Care Ages 3 through 12

681 Mt. Moriah Drive • 513.752.1333

Berkeley Square understands that today’s retiring adults want more options, more space and MORE PREMIUM AMENITIES-all in one place. Take your choice from a variety of spacious homes, apartments, or customdesigned plans to meet your particular needs. You’ll enjoy the independence and privacy, yet appreciate the MAINTENANCE-FREE LIVING and peace of mind Berkeley Square offers. Moving to Berkeley Square not only gives you a spacious home, but also a VIBRANT NEIGHBORHOOD and new friends. Step outside your residence and find wooded walking paths, an ACTIVE TOWN SQUARE and lots of neighbors to share a good laugh. While we take care of the lawn, you get to take it easy and spend more time enjoying your new home on our beautiful campus.

Call (513) 330-6471 for more information or to schedule a personal tour.


100 Berkeley Drive Hamilton, Ohio 45013 8000 Miami Ave. 791-4470 Contemporary Worship 9:30 am Fellowship 10:30 am Traditional Worship 11:00 am Christian Education for Children and adults at 9:30 & 11 am

Child Care provided





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June 8, 2011








Editor Dick Maloney | | 248-7134


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


Crane no longer looms above Kenwood Towne Place

By Amanda Hopkins

The crane above Kenwood Towne Place has been removed. Sycamore Township Fire Chief B.J. Jetter said he received a phone call May 31 that the crane was going to be taken down. According to a report from the Cincinnati Enquirer from May 21, lawyers from


Workers remove the crane above the unfinished Kenwood Towne Place development.

In Memoriam

Bank of America are asking that a judge rule in favor of selling Kenwood Towne Place at a sheriff's auction to complete the foreclosure of the property. Jetter said Maxim, the crane company, removed the crane because of the possibility of foreclosure on the property and is hoping to rent the crane out for another project. The crane was a visual reminder to residents and drivers in the Kenwood area of the incomplete development across from Kenwood Towne Center. It has

remained on the site of Kenwood Towne Place since construction was halted in late 2008 because of legal troubles involving developer Bear Creek Properties. Jetter has said previously that the crane is inspected every six months. The development still faces several court complaints and liens on the property. Crate + Barrel, the Container Store, Mitchell’s Salon & Day Spa and L.A. Fitness remain open for business in Kenwood Towne Place.



Cincinnati, OH

June 23-25, 2011


Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Rd., Sharonville, OH


Vendor Shopping, Workshops, Classes, Stage Presentations & Quilt Art Displays

In Loving Memory Kathryn Zimmermann

Wallace Hargrove, 33, Ravenwood Ave., theft, criminal damaging at 3400 Highland Ave., May 10. Richard Rayle, 22, 2286 Chesterfield Lane, drug possession at Ridge and Calvert, May 11. Robert Holland, 38, 6930 Homz Ave., resisting arrest at 3246 Highland Ave., May 14. Richard Maxwell, 42, 3405 Lindenwood Drive, theft at 3400 Highland Ave., May 17. Leonard Elliot, 44, 1941 Elm St., theft at 3400 Highland Ave., May 18.

Sewing, Quilting, Fiber Arts, Knitting & Crocheting New Events At Festival

Mom a year ago today you finished your journey here on earth and joined Dad in heaven. Want you to know you are missed and loved so much. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about you. Everywhere I look are memories of you and you will never ever be forgotten. Know you are with us each day. Love, Kathy, Doug, Amy, Doug, Bonnie, Kaden, Robie, Tinkerbell, Becky.

Learn to Crochet by Cathy Robbins, Friday  designer Ellen Gormley during her book signing in the Southwest Ohio Crochet Guild Booth

Sewing & Quilting Classes From Top Industry Educators Including

Incidents/investigations Assault Connie Crawford

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Incidents/investigations Child endangering


Domestic violence

$295 charged on credit card without consent at 5494 Hill and Dale, May 16.


Sara is 36 years old.. She’s at the top of her game at work


and enjoys a little retail therapy on the weekends.


8032 Ashley View Drive: Kane Michael & Jeanne to Jackson Gail; $405,000.

4125 Oleary Ave.: Fondacaro Joseph to Diehl Jennifer L.; $115,000. 7832 Dearborn Court: M&T Bank to Anstaett Kenneth; $62,000. 7832 Dearborn Court: M&T Bank to Anstaett Kenneth; $62,000. 7832 Dearborn Court: M&T Bank to Anstaett Kenneth; $62,000.

The Board of Zoning Appeals of the City of Deer Park, Ohio shall meet on the 13th day of June, 2011, at six o’clock P.M., in the City Council Chambers of the Deer Park Municipal Building, located at 7777 Blue Ash Rd, Deer Park, Ohio.


6058 Johnson St.: Glanz Christopher H. & Lisa A. Black to Kunkel Gretchen A.; $209,000. 6524 Madeira Hills Drive: Burleigh David W. & Christin V. to Foley Cheryl L.; $498,500. 7133 Wallace Ave.: Brock Amy E. to Callan Terrance III; $164,000. 7437 Madeira Pines Drive: Brookstone Homes LLC to Wells Lisa S.; $353,386. 7513 Miami Ave.: Hershey Sarah B. to Dunphy Paul T.; $185,000. 7815 Buckeye Crescent: Vernatter Jason & Patricia D. to Rouse Gopika S@3; $146,525.

The purpose of said hearing and meeting shall be to consider the following: A Variance Request for the front yard setback for the installation of an access ramp at 4327 Glenway Avenue. Required setback is 30 feet; the proposed structure will encroach 14 feet into the required front yard setback.

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING and MEETING Ohio Revised Code Section 121.22 (F)

LEGAL NOTICE The Deer Park Silverton Joint Fire District will hold A Public Budget Hearing on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 4:30 pm. At this Public Hearing, the Fire Board of Trustees will be accepting Input from citizens regarding the 2012 Budget in written or Oral form. Said meeting will be held at the Fire District Headquarters. 7050 Blue Ash Road Silverton, Ohio 45236 Belinda C. Joerger Fire District Clerk Treasurer 2907

At Mar Del, May 15.


Visit Us At our Milford Location

Deer Park Board of Zoning Appeals City of Deer Park, Ohio 1001643480

At area of Miami Avenue at Miami Hills, May 12.

Juvenile male, 16, theft at 7913 Montgomery Road, May 9. Juvenile male, 16, complicity at 7913 Montgomery Road, May 9.

832 St Rt 28, Milford Exit off I-275, Next to CarStar



Suzannah Muenchen, 29, 1760 Cornelius Court, child endangering, driving under influence, May 11. Alexander N. Baker, 24, 7270 Mar Del Drive, domestic violence, May 15. Avlon T. Max, 26, 4936 Logsdons Meadow, driving under influence, May 15. Chase D. Farmer, 18, 10170 Lincoln Road, driving under influence, May 16. Juvenile, 17, underage consumption, criminal tools, May 16. Marla Mecklenborg, 56, 7227 Longfield Drive, disorderly conduct, May 16.

Breaking and entering



$3 o w ff


Victim struck at 5529 Stewart Ave., May 11. Reported at 5555 Wooster Road, May 16.

ith adm ad iss io n


Milford Office & Showroom


The crane above Kenwood Towne Place, as seen from across Interstate 71 on March 7. Workers from Maxim Crane removed the crane May 31 and June 1 so it can be used in another development project.


6851 Kenton Ave.: Capstone Capital Fund LLC to Gaslight 5 LLC; $35,000.


11683 Solzman Road: Engle John W. Tr & Mary L. Tr to Metzger C. Jeffrey; $145,000. 12000 Second Ave.: Proctor Michael D. to Warner Beverly G.; $70,000. 4170 Trebor Drive: Mark Thompson Development Ltd. to Federal National Mortgage; $108,439. 4632 Orchard Lane: Williams Kimberly A. to Michael Philip J.; $176,000. 8576 Plainfield Road: Chambers Floyd to Federal Home Loan Mortgag; $60,000.

Volunteer opportunities Education

Anderson Senior Center – Computer Instructors and Assistants needed to teach older adults in basic computer skills. 10-week classes are held at the Anderson Senior Center and offered 3-4 times per year. Classes are held Monday-Friday. Instructors teach the curriculum while assistants help the students. If interested please email Change a life – Volunteer to tutor an adult with low-level literacy skills or GED preparation needs. Call 621READ. 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 e-mail Jayne Martin Dressing, Granny’s Garden School – Volunteers needed from 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays to work on behind-thescenes 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: 1:30-4 p.m. Mondays; 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The school is located at the Loveland Primary and Elementary, 550 Loveland-Madeira Road. E-mail or visit Inktank – Group looking for volunteers to help children and adults improve their skills in writing-based initiatives across the city. Call 5420195. Raymond Walters College – Needs volunteers to serve as tutors to skills enhancement students. The class meets from 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays and from 5-8 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 YMCA – The Ralph J. Stolle Countryside YMCA is looking for volunteer trail guides for school groups. Call 932-1424 or e-mail


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 one-day 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 2412600. Cincinnati Museum Center – Needs volunteers to work in all three museums, the Cincinnati History Museum, the Museum of Natural History and Science and the Cinergy Children’s Museum, and special exhibits. Call 287-7025.

Health care

American Diabetes Association – Seeks volunteers in its area office located 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 e-mail Bethesda North Hospital – has openings for adult volunteers in several areas of the hospital. Call 8651164 for information and to receive a volunteer application. Captain Kidney Educational Program – Needs volunteers one or more mornings or afternoons a month during the school year to educate children in first through sixth


grades about kidney function and disease. Training provided. Call 961-8105. Crossroads Hospice – Seeking volunteers to assist terminally ill patients and their families. Call 793-5070. 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 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 1-888-866-8286 or 682-4055. Heartland Hospice – is seeking people with an interest in serving terminally ill clients and their families. Volunteers are needed for special projects such as crochet, knitting, making cards and lap robes, as well as making visits to patients. Training is provided to fit volunteers’ schedules. Call Jacqueline at 731-6100, and Shauntay 8315800 for information. Hospice of Southwest Ohio – Seeks volunteers to help in providing hospice services, Call 770-0820, ext. 111 or e-mail 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 volun-

teers 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 East 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. Wellness Community – Provides free support, education and hope to people with cancer and their loved ones. Volunteers needed to work at special events, health fairs, bulk mailings and other areas. Visit and click on “volunteer” to sign up. Call 791-4060, ext. 19.

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June 8, 2011 the WEBN Fireworks all without pay. They also teach Ohio Boating Safety, boating/seamanship and give free boat safety checks per the Ohio, Kentucky or Indian regulations. To volunteer, call 554-0789 or e-mail Youth In Planning – Teen volunteers needed for network project to inform communities about public planning. Visit or e-mail

Chester areas. Call 984-1234 or 686-1013. To volunteer in Mount Washington or Anderson Township, call 474-3100.



28th Annual Greater Cincinnati Numismatic Exposition

Meals on wheels – Seeks volunteers to deliver meals for Sycamore Senior Center’s program in the Loveland, Blue Ash, Indian Hill, Montgomery, Sycamore Township, Symmes Township and West

at the


Community Shares of Greater Cincinnati – Seeking volunteer campaign assistant to plan workplace employee giving campaigns and campaign project support volunteers to assist with campaigns. Call 475-0475 or e-mail No experience necessary – Seeking volunteers to help with autism program based on the book “SonRise” by Barry Neil-Kaufman. No experience necessary. Call 2311948. Sayler Park Community Center – is looking for volunteers to help with youth instructional sports and art classes between 2-6 p.m. weekdays. Volunteers need to be at least 18 years of age and a police check is required. Contact 9410102 for more information. SCORE-Counselors to America’s Small Business – A non-profit association seeking experienced business people to counsel others who are or wish to go into business. Call 684-2812 or visit Tristate Volunteers – For adults of all ages, supporting some of the best-known events in the area. Call 766-2002, ext. 4485, visit or email U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary – The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary supports the U.S. Coast Guard (MSD Cincinnati) in Homeland Security, marine environmental protection, radio watch standing and Marine events, such as Tall Stacks and


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The Darlington Brothers and Double Nickel Vocal Band and, of course, the Cincinnati Delta Kings Barbershop Chorus

DEER PARK HIGH SCHOOL CRAWFORD AUDITORIUM 8 pm Friday, June 10th and 2 & 8 pm Saturday June 11th Call - 1-888-796-8555 or visit - at the




Nightly Entertainment

Fri-Midnight Special, 8pm Sat-NKG, 8:30 pm & Ooh La La & The Greasers, 6:30pm

American Food Booth!

June 24, 25, 26

Fri: 6pm-Midnight, Sat: 6pm-Midnight, Sun: 4-10pm


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June 8, 2011







STAFF WRITER Yesterday at the Holiday Inn, hundreds lined up to cash in antiques, collectibles, gold and jewelry at the Treasure Hunters Roadshow. The free event is in Erlanger all week, buying gold, silver, antiques and collectibles. One visitor I spoke with yesterday said, “It’s unbelievable, I brought in some old coins that had been in a little cigar box for years and some old herringbone necklaces—in less than fifteen minutes I left with a check for $700. That stuff has been in my jewelry box and dresser for at least 20 years.” Another gentleman brought in an old Fender guitar his father had bought

TREASURE HUNTERS ROADSHOW HAS BEEN TOURING THE WORLD SINCE 2001. THIS YEAR ALONE, WE WILL VISIT 3,000 CITIES AND OVER HALF A MILLION PEOPLE WILL CASH IN! years ago. The man said, “Dad had less than fifty bucks in that guitar.” The Roadshow specialist that assisted him made a few phone calls and a veterinarian in Seattle, Washington bought the guitar for $5,700.00. The seller continued, “I got another $150.00 for a broken necklace and an old class ring. It’s not every day that someone comes to town bringing six thousand dollars with your name on it.” Jeff Parsons, President of the Treasure Hunters Roadshow, commented, “Lots of people have items that they know are valuable but just don’t know where to sell them. Old toys, trains, swords, guitars, pocket watches or jewelry is valuable to collectors. These collectors are willing to pay big money for those items that they are looking for.” This week’s Roadshow is the best place to get connected with those collectors. The process is free and anyone can bring items down to the event. If the Roadshow specialists find items that their collectors are interested in, offers will be made to purchase them. About 80% of the guests that attend the show end up selling one or more items at the event. Antiques and collectibles are not the only items the Roadshow is buying. “Gold and sil-

Gold and silver pour into yesterday’s Roadshow due to highest prices in 40 years.

ver markets are soaring,” says Archie Davis, a Roadshow representative. “Broken jewelry and gold If you go to the Roadshow, you can cash-in your items for and silver coins add up ver y competitive prices. Roadshow representatives will be quickly. I just finished working available to assess and purchase your items at the Holiwith a gentleman that had an old day Inn, this week through Saturday, in Erlanger. class ring, two bracelets and a handful of silver dollars. His check was for over $650.00. I would say that there were well over 100 people in here yesterday that sold their scrap gold.” C OINS Any and all coins made before 1964: COINS One gentleman holding his check for over silver and gold coins, dollars, half dollars, $1,250.00 in the lobby of the event yesterday quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies. All conditions had this comment, “I am so happy I decided to wanted! come to the Roadshow. I saw the newspaper GOLD & SILVER PRICES AT 40 YEAR HIGH for ad for the event and brought in an old German platinum, gold and silver during this event. Broken jewelry, dental gold, old coins, pocket watches, sword I had brought back from World War II


Krugerrands, Canadian Maple Leafs, etc.

WE BUY SCRAP GOLD & GOLD JEWELRY and some old coins, and here is my check. What a great thing for our community. I am heading home now to see what else I have that they might be interested in.” The Roadshow continues today starting at 9am. The event is free and no appointment is needed.













DIRECTIONS 859.371.2233 INFORMATION 217.787.7767


JEWELRY Gold, silver, platinum, diamonds,

rubies, sapphires, all types of stones and metals, rings, bracelets, necklaces, etc. (including broken jewelry). Early costume jewelry wanted.

WRIST & POCKET WATCHES Rolex, Tiffany, Hublot, Omega, Chopard, Cartier, Philippe, Ebel, Waltham, Swatch, Elgin, Bunn Special, Railroad, Illinois, Hamilton, all others.

TOYS, TRAINS, DOLLS All makers and types of toys made before 1965: Hot Wheels, Tonka, Buddy L, Smith Miller, Nylint, Robots, Battery Toys, Mickey Mouse, Train Sets, Barbie dolls, GI Joe, Shirley Temple. MILITARY ITEMS & SWORDS Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, etc: swords, badges, clothes, photos, knives, gear, letters.


Fender, Gibson, Martin, Rickenbacker, Gretsch, new and vintage amps, saxophones, wood winds, mandolins and all others.


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