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A financial jam

First-grader Jayden Kohus found attending The Schilling School for Gifted Children gave her just the learning experiences and the friends that she wanted so badly, but her family’s money for tuition is tight. When Kohus found that her family didn’t have the money to send her back to Schilling, she was determined to help. SEE SCHOOLS, A5

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Board must first choose new elementary site By Amanda Hopkins

The Deer Park City School District has taken the first steps to put a bond issue on the November ballot. The Deer Park Board of Education passed a resolution of consent at a June 23 special meeting that will notify the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Depart-

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ment of Taxation of the district’s intent to put a bond issue on the ballot.


does not mean for sure we’ll be on the ballot,” School Board President Donna Farrell said. The district has a bonding capacity of $30 million. Before the bond issue is put on the ballot, the board of education will decide if the elementary school should be built on the 3.75 acres at Amity Elementary on Galbraith Road in Deer Park or the 11.1-acre site at Holmes Primary on Donna Lane in Sycamore Township. The bond issue, if passed, would help fund a new elementary school in the district and renovations to Deer Park High School.

Man honored for bravery, quick thinking By Amanda Hopkins

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Superintendent Kim Gray said two more resolutions – a resolution of necessity at the July 13 meeting and a resolution to proceed at a July 21 meeting – would be passed before Deer Park school district voters would see the bond issue on the ballot. “(Approving this resolution)

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Bond issue one step closer

In the next few days your Community Press carrier will be stopping by to collect $2.50 for delivery of this month’s Suburban Life. Your carrier retains half of this amount Hodge along with any tip you give to reward good service. This month we’re featuring Ryan Hodge. Ryan is a freshman at Deer Park High School. He has two paper routes in Dillonvale, which he has managed for almost two years. In his free time, Ryan enjoys playing music and writing. He participates in marching band and is a new member of the cross country running team. For information about our carrier program, call Steve Barraco, 248-7110.

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Michael Wright with his wife, Malinda Wright, displays his resolution presented to him by the Sycamore Township Board of Trustees. Wright was recognized for his actions after he and his wife subdued a man in the Dillonvale Walgreens who attempted to jump over the pharmacy counter with a knife to steal prescription painkillers.

It should have been a normal trip to the pharmacy for Michael and Malinda Wright, but their stop at the Dillonvale Walgreen’s May 17 was anything but that. The Wrights were waiting in line at the pharmacy counter when the man in front of them jumped over the counter with a knife in an attempt to take a large bottle of Oxycotin. In a moment of quick thinking, Michael Wright followed the alleged robber over the counter and knocked him down. “I just saw the fear in the pharmacist’s eyes,” Michael Wright said. With the help of his wife, Malinda, and the Walgreen’s manager, Michael Wright held down the robber until police arrived on the scene. “He acted very admirably and very courageously,” said Hamilton County Sher-

“He acted very admirably and very courageously ... We don’t know what could have happened if (Michael hadn’t acted quickly).”

Officer Kevin Singleton Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputy

iff’s Deputy Kevin Singleton. Singleton spoke at the June 17 Sycamore Township trustees meeting where the trustees honored Wright with a resolution that thanked Wright for his actions and declared June 19, 2010, Michael Wright Day in Sycamore Township. He was the responding officer to the aggravated robbery. “We don’t know what could have happened if (Michael hadn’t acted quickly),” Singleton said.

If you wait until July 4, you might miss the fun Madeira residents will get an early start on a long holiday weekend. The city’s annual Independence Day celebration, sponsored by the recreation and parks board and the centennial committee, will begin at 6:15 p.m. Friday, July 2, with a family fun run on Miami

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Military Band of Flight 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, July 2, at Blue Ash Towne Square, Cooper and Hunt roads. The Red, White & Blue Ash festival will be 2 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday, July 4, in a field at Reed Hartman Highway and Glendale-Milford Road, across

from the Blue Ash Airport. Fireworks begin at 10 p.m. • Montgomery is hosting the Blue Ash/Montgomery Symphony Independence Day Concert from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 3, at Montgomery Park, 10101 Montgomery Road.

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Panels produce energy, save money

Fire chief pushing for ambulance cameras By Amanda Hopkins

By Amanda Hopkins

Sycamore Township built a new fire station in 2009 four times the size of the old building, but planning and zoning Administrator Greg Bickford said the electric bill has been cut in half. Bickford said because of the building insulation, geothermal system and the solar panels on the Deerfield Road site, the new, larger building is more energy efficient than the old one. “The panels make a huge difference,” Bickford said. The Duke Energy bill, provided by Bickford, for the month of May at the safety service building at 8540 Kenwood Road was $1,779.74; $491.40 more than the Duke Energy bill for the fire station on Deerfield Road. Sycamore Township recently earned certification


The solar panels at Schuler Park in Sycamore Township generate an excess amount of energy that the township can sell back to energy companies. to sell renewable energy credits from the solar panels back to energy companies like Duke. Bickford said the energy bill passed in 2008 requires electric companies to have a certain amount of energy from a renewable energy source. The township earns one renewable energy credit for every one megawatt – 1,000 kilowatts – produced from the solar panels. The certification means that the meter used to track the energy output from the solar panels has met specifications laid out by the Pub-

lic Utilities Commission of Ohio to give accurate readings. The solar panels produced 34 credits from early August 2009 through the end of the year. Bickford said the panels could produce 70 to 80 renewable energy credits for 2010 that could be sold back to electric companies. Bickford said the output from the solar panels is determined both by sunlight and temperature. He said on sunny days with a mild temperature, the solar panels can produce more kilo-

What is a renewable energy credit?

Sycamore Township earns a renewable energy credit for every 1,000 kilowatts – or 1 megawatt – produced by the solar panels located at Schuler Park on Deerfield Road. The renewable energy credits can be sold to electric companies who are required by the 2008 energy bill to have a certain amount of energy from a renewable source. watts than the fire station uses and the unused energy can be sold back to Duke. Bickford estimates the solar panels will be paid off in six years with the extra electric produced and the selling of the renewable energy credits.

Sycamore Township Fire Chief B.J. Jetter is working on getting cameras installed in both ambulances and emergency rooms at two area trauma centers. He said a few hospitals, Bethesda North and the University of Cincinnati Trauma Center, have previously rejected the idea citing concerns with the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA). Jetter said there are no privacy violations because the cameras are used in realtime and cannot be recorded. The video is also on a secured link for total security. Jetter said the responding EMTs can communicate with the emergency room doctors before the patient arrives. “Many times while transporting, conditions of

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the patient change ... with the camera ... the physician can see the many changes,” Jetter Jetter said. He told the Sycamore Township Board of Trustees at their June 15 workshop meeting that one case where the camera was used, the patient was able to bypass the emergency room and go straight to the operating room because the doctor was giving instructions to the EMTs in the ambulance. The cameras also have the ability to zoom in on any one area of the body. He said he is still trying to get trauma centers to agree to install the cameras and work with other EMS units. He said the cost of a camera and backbone is about $25,000.

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Daniel McDonald is Madeira’s longest-serving living mayor. McDonald served from 1959 to 1977. Living mayors who served the shortest periods of time are Charles Weisbrod (1990 to 1991), Richard Staubach (1992 to 1993), Clyde Dorn (1994 to 1995) and Sherry Mattes (2003 to 2004).

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Construction updates continuing at Madeira schools By Amanda Hopkins

The Madeira High School campus is getting some much needed updates. Work continues on the geothermal system being installed in the parking lot. Assistant Superintendent Kenji Matsudo said the construction is on track for the system that uses the temperature of the Earth to regulate the building temperature and should be complete by Aug. 1. The heating, ventilation and air conditioning system at the high school is also being replaced and the old chilling system has already been removed. There are controls being installed at the middle school and elementary school to control its HVAC system. The visitor concession stand at the high school stadium is in the process of a facelift, also, with the construction headed up by Steve Schlagbaum and Tom Walter. The two volunteer on nights and weekends to


The visitor concession stand is being renovated as part of the Madeira Stadium Renovation project by volunteers Tom Walter and Steve Schlagbaum. It will be complete by the start of the high school football season in the fall. AMANDA HOPKINS/STAFF

Workers from Century Construction dig holes for the wells June 24 for the geothermal system that is being installed at Madeira High School. complete the renovations, part of the Madeira Stadium Renovation project that

started last year with the new home concession stand and a new ticket booth and

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By Forrest Sellers

Starting times for Indian Hill schools will not change – at least for the foreseeable future. Superintendent Jane Knudson said the schedule for the 2010-2011 school year will remain the same. An Indian Hill Exempted Village School District committee was formed to look at school start and dismissal times and a survey was also conducted. The results of the survey were presented to the Board of Education during a recent

meeting. A total of 472 parents and 142 staff members participated in the survey. Knudson Results a m o n g those who completed the survey indicated a majority of the parents favored a later start and dismissal time for students in grades 6 through 12, said Knudson. However, responses from primary and elementary school parents showed they favored keeping the current

schedule, said Knudson. S t a f f responses also varied with a number of them Grafe supporting a later start while others said they preferred the current schedule. “The complexity of our schedules can’t be underestimated,” said Knudson. She said transportation costs associated with changing start and dismissal times would also be a significant consideration.

“It seems like there is a mixed bag of responses with no consensus,” said Tim Sharp, president of the board. No vote was taken by the board. “I think there is merit in looking at the issue further,” said board member Karl Grafe. “I think it needs more study.” Board member Kim Lewis agreed. “The board would carefully have to analyze any additional costs with an early start time,” she said.

While one developer is asking Madeira officials for a tax break to help sales of its townhomes in the city another developer is trying on its own – at least so far – to resurrect a pricey subdivision project that was in default. Brookstone Homes of Crestview Hills, Ky., recently bought 25 lots on Madeira Pines Drive from Shawnee Woods LLC, the original developer of the subdivision, for just more than $806,000. Brookstone has opened a model home at the corner of Madeira

Pines Drive and Shawnee Run Road. “The original developer defaulted on the project last year, causing (Fifth Third Bank) to take over the development,” Madeira City Manager Tom Moeller said. “Obviously, with the economy and real estate market in such dire condition over the past couple of years, this situation was not unusual all across the area.” Developers of another project – a 26-townhome development being built off Euclid Avenue between Miami and Laurel Avenues called Bradford Place – are asking Madeira to grant it a


15-year, 50 percent property-tax abatement. The Riverstone Development Group of Madeira, which is developing Bradford Place, said it needs the tax break to compete with other developers who have won similar tax abatements in other communities. Madeira City Council is scheduled to take up the request at its meeting Monday, June 28. Meanwhile, Brookstone spokesman Jim King could not be reached for comment about sales on Madeira Pines Drive. King said on a recent Cincinnati cable show that,

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Amalia Guzman of Indian Hill works on a craft modeled after a mola, a visual art form influenced by Panamanian traditions.

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Deer Park Junior High seventh-grader Ceara Trusty gives a speech dressed as Princess Isabella while a classmate dressed as St. Catherine of Siena stands by during the Living Wax museum put on by Jamie Wagner’s history class on May 26. PROVIDED

Schilling School for Gifted Children first-grader Jayden Kohus recently started selling candy and canned jams and jellies in order to help pay for her school tuition. She lives in Sycamore Township with her grandmother.


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Deer Park Junior High seventh-graders from left, Dan Vidourek dressed as Christopher Columbus, Griffin Witham dressed as Ramses the Great and Danny Winter dressed as William Shakespeare wait for visitors during the Living Wax museum put on by Jamie Wagner’s history class May 26.

Living history Deer Park Junior High seventh -graders in Jamie Wagner’s class brought history to life May 26 through a Living Wax Museum set up in the gym. The students were allowed to choose historical figures from throughout history for their final class project where they wrote a research paper and created a poster board with facts about the person they chose. The biggest part of the project was dressing in costume and creating a speech that would be evaluated by sixth- and eighth-grade students during the Living Wax Museum presentation. Each student had their own booth where the other students could come up and listen to the speeches and ask questions about the historical figure. Students dressed creatively and taught other classmates about writers, painters, saint, kings and queens, gladiators and other important figures in history.


Deer Park Junior High seventh-graders D.J. Martin, left, in costume as Augustus and Jake Bowman as the painter Raphael prepare to give presentations on the historical figures during the Living Wax museum put on by Jamie Wagner’s history class May 26. Leonardo DaVinci, also known as Deer Park Junior High seventh-grader Eric Gatto, paints a picture during the Living Wax museum put on by Jamie Wagner’s history class on May 26.



First-grader Jayden Kohus found attending The Schilling School for Gifted Children gave her just the learning experiences and the friends that she wanted so badly, but her family’s money for tuition is tight. “We knew Jayden was more advanced than we would expect a child her age to be,” said her grandmother, Maria Daly. “We got her tested and wanted to be sure to give her what she needed. They told us about The Schilling School.” When Kohus found that her family didn’t have the money to send her back to Schilling, she was determined to help. First, she bought candy in bulk and sold it door-to-door earning $250. Then she and her grandmother got another idea. They watched a neighbor make

and can jams and jelly and decided they could do it, too. They made jelly and apple butter to sell. Neighbors contributed apples from their trees. A friend gave them blackberries from her bushes. Other neighbors offered grapes from their vines, but are waiting for a more abundant crop. Luigi’s Meat Market agreed to sell the jelly and apple butter if they labeled it properly. Kohus sat at the computer and learned how to make labels containing the ingredients and expiration dates to put on the jars. She and her grandmother just picked mulberries and will have a new flavor for fans to try. Kohus moved to live with her grandmother in Sycamore Township to live closer to the school.

Indian Hill students excel in math competition By Forrest Sellers

A recent math competition added up to a solid score for several Indian Hill students. Seven of eight Indian Hill Middle School students who participated in a recent Math Counts districtwide competition placed in the top 50 out of 300 students. Eighth-grader Connie Yin was the top female scorer in the competition. She placed 10th. “I feel pretty good,” said Yin about her ranking. “It shows improvement over the years.” Mike Duncan, a math instructor at the middle school and a Math Counts adviser, said the students who participate in the competition are among the best and brightest in math. “I look for kids who are quick, bright and fast problem solvers,” said Duncan. Duncan said math proficiency

is often innate. “For many (of them) it comes naturally,” he said. Yin and eighth-grader Corey Zhu, who placed 16th in the competition, credit their parents for their math achievements. “I’ll take the problems home, and my mom helps me,” said Yin, who lives in Sycamore Township. Zhu said he was encouraged to participate in a Kumon math program by his parents. “That gave me the basic principles to apply to different problems,” said Zhu, who also lives in Sycamore Township. Yin said repeatedly doing math problems has helped her. “The more problems you do, the more variety you see,” she said. “You become familiar with them.” Both Yin, who has an interest in science, and Zhu, who has an interest in medicine, will participate in a Math Counts state competition.


Scholarship winners

The Madeira Woman’s Club has awarded two Madeira High School students and one Cincinnati State University student each with a $2,000 scholarship. Here, Madeira Woman’s Club scholarship committee chairwoman Elaine Tipton (third from left) presents the awards to, from left, Sandra Dumas, Gretchen Staubach and Natalie Arkfeld.


Meredith Anne Snow has been named to the 2010 spring semester dean’s honor roll at the University of Mississippi. She is from Deer Park.

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Sienna Gregory has been named to the 2010 spring semester dean’s list at The Art Academy of Cincinnati. She is a graduate of Madeira High School. • Allison Francisco has been named to the

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Wagner a hit-maker in softball, band By Mark Chalifoux

Indian Hill’s Heidi Wagner was a sophomore when John Slonim took over the softball program and told the team it would win 15 games in a season by the time she was a senior. Wagner was doubtful, as the team was coming off a three-win season in her freshman year. “It just seemed like it was going to take so much work, but I hadn’t really seen the potential of our team yet,” Wagner said. “As we played more games and our team bonded and grew, I became pretty certain we’d get there my senior year.” Wagner was part of the senior nucleus that helped turn the program around and led the Braves to an 188 season in the spring. She also won the Suburban Life Sportswoman of the Year award, which is based on outstanding performance on and off the field. Readers nominated and voted for candidates through online voting. Wagner said seeing the transformation of the program and breaking the goal for wins was an “awesome” feeling. “I felt like we had finally

Indian Hill’s Heidi Wagner come together as a team and we were starting to understand what it meant to be a winning team,” Wagner said. “No matter who we were playing we knew we had a chance, and it didn’t matter what teams did to us in the past. ” Slonim said Wagner, along with pitcher Becca Conn, helped form the nucleus of the Braves’ softball team for the past two seasons. Wagner and Conn were co-captains both seasons and Wagner has been catching for Conn since they were in the seventh grade. “We had a great relation-

ship,” Wagner said. She also said the close bond the team had helped the Braves find success. “The girls finally started to understand the goals and achievements Becca and I have wanted for a long time and they really looked up to us,” she said. “This was the closest and tightest team we’ve had. Being close on and off the field really helps your performance, because you know you can trust someone to do something for you.” Slonim said Wagner was the team’s best all-around player. She was a first-team All-Cincinnati Hills League player and was third in the conference in RBI in 2010. She led the team in RBI, steals and on-base percentage. She also found a considerable amount of success off the field. “She’s just a really good role model for our younger players,” Slonim said. “She did all the things you want your seniors to do.” Wagner had a 3.99 grade-point average and took a number of AP classes. She was in the National

The Heidi Wagner file • Two year co-captain of softball team • First-team All-Cincinnati Hills League catcher • 3.99 GPA • Member of National Honor Society • Marching band drum major Honor Society, did volunteer work, and was the drum major for the marching band. “That was another great thing,” Wagner said. “It’s so different to be involved in something like that and I got to see so many kids grow, including myself. And becoming the leader in my senior year, that was really a defining moment for band experience.” She said being involved in so many activities helped her learn how to manage a busy schedule, which will be useful in college. Wagner plans to go to the University of Cincinnati to study biomedical engineering, a passion she began to develop after her grandfather had a defibrillator installed. “He talked to me about the guy who was in charge of that and what an interesting man he was and told


Indian Hill’s Heidi Wagner looks to steal a base against Madeira. Head coach John Slonim called Wagner the team’s best base-runner. me a lot about his job, so that sparked my interest. I’ve also always been one for science,” she said. Wagner said she hopes to see the softball program continue to grow and have success. “It’s sad to leave when things are just kicking off,

but it’s really great to know so many girls are going to get to experience successful seasons like these,” she said. “My younger sister will be a freshman next year and hopefully she gets to experience a team like we had. Hopefully what we did will help it keep growing.”

DP’s Bruewer aims to walk-on at Ohio State Wildcat wrestler wins Sportsman of the Year By Anthony Amorini

It took two surgeries in a five-day span to finally get 2010 Deer Park High School graduate Joe Bruewer to take a brief break from wrestling. Under normal circumstances, wrestling is much like a full-time job for Bruewer with camps, clinics, tournaments and open mats filling his schedule 12 months a year. But the most decorated wrestler in Deer Park history is temporarily sidelined following an emergency appendectomy Tuesday, June 22, just days after having his wisdom teeth removed Friday, June 18. “Being sick right now is my vacation,” Bruewer joked moments after returning home from the hospital Friday, June 25. Despite his recent fourday hospital stay, Bruewer was immediately ready to dive back into his favorite subject: Wrestling. And why wouldn’t he be? Bruewer owns Deer Park’s record for career wins with 123 victories to his credit and is also the only two-time state placer in

Bruewer school history. “His records will stand for a long time,” former Deer Park wrestling coach Deron Penley said. “He set the bar so high for the program, and he gave the kids coming up something big to shoot for.” As a senior in 2010, Bruewer took fourth place at the Division III State Championships at 140 pounds after finishing in third place at state wrestling at 130 pounds as a junior in 2009. “It has to be (a full-time job) if you want to be any good,” Bruewer said of his yearround commitment to wrestling. “I didn’t think that I would ever become the athlete I am today. “I put all of my effort into becoming a successful wrestler,” Bruewer added. It’s that kind of dedication that likely catapulted Bruewer to winning the Suburban Life Sportsman of the Year award in 2010. Readers nominated Sportsman of the Year candidates and determined winners through online voting.

“I always think he is the best, but to have everyone else think so too is just incredible,” Bruewer’s mother Lisa Bruewer said of the voting. “He is always respectful on the mats and I am very proud of him. “He does his job and he does it well,” Lisa added. He was quick to chime in on his award. “It makes me feel great. I’m glad the readers picked me because I’m sure there were some other top-tier candidates,” he said. Though Bruewer didn’t start wrestling until seventh grade, there is literally no offseason for the Wildcat standout and his persistence pays off on the mats. “He proved what he can do on the mats, and behind closed doors, he was like an assistant coach during practice,” Penley said. “It’s a full-time job for Joe. “He’s always working to get better and he did a great job sharing that knowledge with our younger guys,” Penley added. Bruewer explained his obsession. “The more I learned, the better I got. And the better I got, the more I loved it and wanted to learn more. It was a cycle,” he said. Penley concluded his five-year stint with the Wildcats following Bruewer’s senior season. Bruewer and Penley won the Cincinnati Hills League Wrestler of the Year and CHL Coach of the Year awards, respectively. “I’m going out on top with Joe,” Penley joked.


Deer Park's Joe Bruewer, seen here pinning an opponent while taking first place at the Madeira Invitational during the winter season, owns the Wildcats' school record for career wins with 123 victories to his credit. Bruewer is also the only two-time state placer in Deer Park wrestling history. This winter, Bruewer will attempt to walk-on with the wrestling team at Ohio State University. Though he may take a red-shirt as a freshman, don’t be surprised if he winds up donning the Buckeye scarlet and gray on the mats before his college days are complete. “I’m going to do my best to work harder than everyone else in the (weight) class I’m shooting for,” Joe said. “It may take me until my sophomore or junior year but I think making the team is an achievable goal.”

The Bruewer file • King of Deer Park wrestling as owner of the Wildcats’ all-time career win record at 123 victories • Only Wildcat wrestler in school history to become a twotime placer at the State Championships • Named Cincinnati Hills League Wrestler of the Year in 2010; named MVP of four large tournaments including Deer Park, Madeira as senior and Milford, Reading as a junior • First Wildcat to win Greg Roger’s Award; Also received Distinguished Athlete Award from U.S. Marine Corp

• Graduated with honors diploma from Deer Park High School in 2010 • Worked on homecoming float all four years at Deer Park; also on homecoming, prom courts • Hosted foreign exchange student for International Club • Numerous charitable activities including volunteering time to Camp Kern counselor for Deer Park fifth-graders, Wrestle for Autism fundraiser at Ohio State and traveling with Student Ambassador Program established by President Dwight Eisenhower

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For some, a day (or evening) at Great American Ball Park to watch the Reds would be part of a perfect locally-oriented day.

CH@TROOM If you had one day to do anything, where would you spend the day locally? Why? “I would like to check into a hotel with a lovely pool with no children splashing about. Then lazily float on a raft while someone brings me umbrella drinks (a swim up bar would be great too!)” C.A.S. “I would happily spend the day on my front porch, reading. My front porch is my summertime oasis – lush with plants and comfortable wicker furniture. Great place to read, nap, chat with neighbors as they pass by.” J.S.B. “If I had one day to do anything locally, I would spend it in the company of my wife and our daughter, providing she could find someone to watch her two little ones so we could relax. “My oldest son doesn’t like this kind of stuff, so I wouldn’t make him join in, and our youngest son is out of town. “We could include my wonderful next door neighbors, and have a nice meal catered in, with a bunch of firewood, some cold ones, and some good music. “May not sound like much, but boy, I like it!!” B.B. “Most likely in a comfortable hammock under a large shade tree on a low humidity/low temperature day listening to the natural surroundings. No phone, no internet, no interruptions. Why? Stress relief.” O.H.R. “One day to do something locally ... I’d want to be on a yacht cruising the Ohio River with blue skies and sunshine. I’d want to be waited on with whatever I wanted to eat and drink and have my family and friends with me. That would be a great day!” E.E.C. “Would love to spend one day, when not so hot, on a gravel bar in a secluded area of the Little Miami River fly fishing and bird watching.” J.Z. “Start the day at the street stalls on Court Street buying fresh produce then go to the Anderson Ferry and ride it into Kentucky. From there visit Devou Park in Covington. Then visit the Peace Bell in Newport and have lunch at Pompilio’s. From there visit the Krohn Conservatory and other museums in Eden Park. Check out Mount Adams on the way down to visit Fountain Square and stroll around. Go to Sawyer Point and stroll around then have dinner at the Boat House. If there’s a Reds’ game, take that in then call it a day.” R.V. “I grew up in the ‘40s and ‘50s


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Next questions Sycamore Township Administrator Rob Molloy is retiring at the end of the month. How would you rate Molloy’s tenure as township administrator? What does patriotism mean to you? Who is the most patriotic person you know? Every week The Suburban Life asks readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with Chatroom in the subject line. in the city of Wyoming, and seldom get back out to the Valley. That’s where I’d spend a leisurely summer day. “I’d stop by both of my family homes and my grandparents Sears house (I’ve been fortunate to go through them as an adult). I’d drive by homes where relatives and friends lived so long ago, the golf course where we went sled riding and the convent grounds next to it, where we picked blackberries, had picnic lunches, picked wildflowers for our mothers, and visited the chapel. “The bakery where we got our birthday cakes is still there, and I’d stop for a treat. Of course many of the landmarks of my youth are long gone: the two drugstores with soda fountains, the 5 and 10 cent store, Kraus’ Hardware store, a hodgepodge of merchandise including penny candy, bubble gum, and bulk marbles for kids; the Vogue Theater, where we spent Saturday afternoon watching double features and where I got my first job; the dairy, where we watched milk being bottled and visited the horses in their barn; and the wonderful old library across from my school. “As I drove around Wyoming on my day there, all I’d have to do is close my eyes and I’d see them all again. It would be a wonderful day.” S.S. “Probably at Kings Island or at a picnic at the home of a family member. Why, because it doesn’t get any better than being with family.” B.N. “From the time I was a little kid I always looked forward to going to Coney Island,so I guess as I have got older my one day would be spent at Coney to bring back old memories.” L.S. “At a park with my family. Western Hills has some great ones, especially for children: West Fork Park, Mitchell Memorial Forest, Miami Whitewater, Garden Paradise Park in Delhi, and Fernbank Park are out favorites. Our daughter also loves the playground at Harvest Home.” R.R.



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June 23 questions

Vistors to posted these comments to a story about a Deer Park Community School District public meeting to discuss the location of a new elementary school: “Is this a done deal? Did we miss something here? Moeller, Purcell and Walnut Hills are well over 50 years old and function very well. Why is this being forced on the residents? Would it be too much to ask, at least for appearance sake, that the school board from time to time not be in lock step with the school administration over their every wish in an area devastated by the loss of living wage jobs and in general stop being so go along get along? Take a look around, does it look like this area can afford a levy of this size? Some of the greatest minds this last century came from schools not unlike what we have now or worse. If a kid wants to learn he or she will learn. A new school building is not the impetus for success. Interaction between the parent(s) and the student are the prime motivator. And that old property values refrain won’t cut it this time; look at falling West Chester Township home prices in the Lakota School District over the last three years. The well is dry in this area.” BillyJack452 “Is there something in the water around here? Blue Ash plans to demo Maple Dale Elementary and build a new school, Forest Hills wants to tear down two high schools and build one new one, and now Deer Park wants renovations and a new school building. All are reading

from the same script, low interest rates, the time has never been better, ad nauseum. Never mind that the majority who ultimately are on the hook paying for this in all these school districts say no to them, the school boards and administrations just go merrily along with their plans for them. “The Deer Park area cannot, repeat cannot, afford any more property taxes. Deer Park has the sixth highest school tax rate of the 19 school districts in Hamilton County as it stands now. What are you trying to do? Get it to the highest tax rate. We don’t need the new schools or the added expense.” ConeyChef

Fighting back

Visitors to posted these comments to a story about U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt claining in a lawsuit that Madeira resident David Krikorian and his campaign committee defamed her in his failed bid to unseat her in 2008: “Good for Jean! It’s about time she responded to the increasing cacophony of mindless attacks on her by various looneys, particularly fringe opponents who think they can throw unsubstantiated allegations at her with impunity. “Of course, there are always fools and Democrats who will believe anything said against her. So far, these are in the minority in the Second District.” NOTaMajorMarket




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“These kind of tax breaks shouldn’t be allowed. There are all kinds of people trying to sell their homes right now that are having issues, should they also get tax breaks? Even for that amount of money, those are luxury condos. If you’re trying to compete, then lower your price, and compete that way. If you can’t compete, then I feel no sorrow for you for going out of business. The housing bust had already occurred when you started building these, so you already knew there were going to be issues.” Pkjam “The developer is looking for the current/future Madeira taxpayers to bail out his poor business decision of building condo/townhomes that cost two to three times more than any previously built within the Madeira School District area. He should be left to succeed or fail on his own without a tax subsidy the other property owners in Madeira were not eligible for. “My understanding is that if the builder can’t sell several units within the six months these properties will be facing foreclosure ...” BKM81

Over time, tax system should be turned upside down This is an idea that came to me many years ago. Before you call me totally off the wall, be sure you follow the reasoning. I was the production manager in a factory. We were late on deliveries and needed overtime work to satisfy our customers. Often, when I asked employees to work overtime, the answer was, “sorry, but it will increase my taxes.” As years passed, I began to realize the folly of our tax system. The present recession and likely depression make my ideas for recovery seem practical. So, think this through as I have many times over the years. My employees were not stupid. They were reacting to what they considered as excessive taxation. We often make financial decisions based on the tax system. Many of these decisions do not create wealth or jobs for ourselves and others. So, here is my solution. Our tax system is backwards. It penalizes productive people and rewards nonproductive people. Consider my employees. If increased earnings were taxed at a lower rate they would work longer and have a better income. The resulting production would have increased our sales and more jobs would be created. The money

earned by our employees would have been spent in local stores and created still more wealth and jobs. What about the wealthy? Edward Levy Won’t the lower on Community taxes increased income Press guest cause them to columnist just become richer? Well, wealth is not a dirty word. They would react just like the working folks. Many would work harder and invest more in productive assets. As it is now, there are many nonproductive ways to retain income. Many of them have the ability to simply raise their salaries to cover their lifestyle. This doesn’t help the working folks. Their increased taxes merely go to the government and are used for mostly nonproductive political pay backs. How many products of the government do you really buy? The two things I want to emphasize are that working people are not stupid and the rich are not evil. A tax system based on generating wealth and incentives to both work and create jobs is in the best interest

of all citizens. The simplified system I propose would be a simple flat tax that is modestly graduated to start with a small rate at halfway between the poverty level and the median income. It would increase modestly up to the median income and then decrease to 50 percent of the median rate after that. Those who earn more than the median income would pay that rate plus the reduced added taxes. A percentage of all income would be excluded from taxation if it is placed in certified retirement and medical savings accounts. All this could be done on one sheet of paper by the vast majority of the population. This would eliminate the huge costs of preparation and administration that we all pay. Many people who would benefit most by this system would be the working folks. Tax receipts by the government would increase and the economy would flourish if we simply kept expenditures below receipts. Why can’t the highly educated bureaucrats see this? Or, don’t they want to? Edward Levy is a longtime resident of Montgomery and a former college instructor.

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“(Approving this resolution) does not mean for sure we’ll be on the ballot.”

Deer Park School Board President Donna Farrell See Story, A1

“Many times while transporting, conditions of the patient change ... with the camera ... the

physician can see the many changes.”

past couple of years, this situation was not unusual all B.J. Jetter across the area.”

Sycamore Township Fire Chief See Story, A2

“The original developer defaulted on the project last year, causing (Fifth Third Bank) to take over the development. Obviously, with the economy and real estate market in such dire condition over the

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Robin O’Neal Kissel helps people laugh and dream.


Kissel wants to get people laughing and dreaming By Kelly McBride

A Glendale woman has built a business concept around two things that people strive for: laughing and dreaming. Robin O’Neal Kissel, an author, communications specialist and yoga instructor, among many other attributes, dove into the concept to help others “use their innate human gifts to access the beauty and truth of their spirit.” She teaches a laughter yoga class, where “the idea is that you laugh for exercise.” “I want to spread laughter, and I love the idea of healing through laughter,” Kissel said. “It’s all about healing through peace.” She will bring the exercise routine, which she said

is not physically stressful, to Mallard Cove in July. “It’s fun, it’s easy, and I love it,” she said. Kissel can be contacted at laughndream@, or 659-3356. She also has tapped into the phenomena of dream. Everyone has them, and after researching dreams, she came to believe that all of them contain messages. “Personal transformation happens during dream time,” she said, “but people are clueless, they are asleep.” “I wanted to bring that conversation to the surface,” Kissel said. “By having somebody hear it, you can recognize something that might make sense. “I want to show the interaction between dream life and waking life.”

THINGS TO DO Celebrate the 4th

The city of Madeira is hosting the City of Madeira Independence Day Festivities at 8 p.m. Friday, July 2, at Sellman Park, 6612 Miami Ave. Madeira Middle School, Madeira. Concessions are available. Music by Above the Bar is at 8 p.m. Fireworks are at 10 p.m. (Bring seating.) There is also a Madeira Mile 1K Family Fun Run on Miami Avenue at 6:15 p.m. and a parade on Miami Avenue at 6:30 p.m. The event is free. Call 561-7228; or visit

is hosting the Blue Ash/Montgomery Symphony Independence Day Concert from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 3, at Montgomery Park, 10101 Montgomery Road, Montgomery. The theme is “Independence Day 1976!” with a salute to bicentennial of nation’s founding. It includes patriotic music, marches and songs plus selections made famous by Chicago, Earth Wind and Fire, Hawaii Five-O and others. It is part of the Montgomery Independence Day celebration. Admission is free. Call 2320949.

Patriotic concerts

Celebrate heroes

• The City of Blue Ash is hosting the Blue Ash Concert Series from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, July 2, at Blue Ash Towne Square, Cooper and Hunt roads, Blue Ash. The concert features patriotic music by U.S. Military Band of Flight. Bring seating. The event is free. Call 7456259 or visit • The City of Montgomery

Sharonville Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the Sharonville’s 4th on the Loop Parade at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 4, at Paul Vail VFW Post 4369, 3318 E. Sharon Road, Sharonville. The theme is “Celebrate Sharonville’s Heroes.” The parade travels down Main St. left onto Reading Road and ends at Depot Square. The event is free. Call 563-2895.

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Expansion on schedule Chapel to be finished by September By Rob Dowdy

Armstrong Chapel United Methodist Church’s construction project continues to move forward in a timely and cost-efficient manner. The project, which includes major renovations within the church at 5125 Drake Road as well as a large addition to the current structure, began several months ago and remains on track to be completed by the end of September. “We’re getting done what we need to get done,” said Gaylen Mills, a member of the church involved with the building project. The project includes a new worship center, atrium and student lounge, and renovated classrooms and other areas within Armstrong. John Zaring, project manager for Armstrong, said he’s pleased with both the quality of work being done as well as the pace in which it’s being completed. He said as the project takes shape, it’s nice to finally see in person what has only been conceptual designs until recently. “There’s tremendous excitement growing in the church,” Zaring said. Mills said the project has moved


The new portions of Armstrong Chapel include a gathering area, which will remain an open area for church members and officials to meet and socialize. indoors for the most part, with workers performing renovations to existing portions of the church. Portions of the church’s education wing have been closed off, and Armstrong has moved many of its meetings to the existing and repurposed portions of the existing building. The church continues to host and support the many programs and initia-

tives it has in the past, though the construction process has forced some changes this year. For the past several years, Armstrong Chapel has been partnered with Inter faith Hospitality Network to host homeless families at the church. Due to the ongoing construction, those families will be staying at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Madeira. In March, the church celebrated a “topping out” ceremony, which saw the main trusses placed to complete the framework of the building.


The exterior of the Armstrong Chapel addition includes a new entrance that will blend with the existing structure.


Armstrong Chapel’s building project also includes a new youth center, which like most of the building, is currently under construction.

Nominate for amateur gardener awards Do you know of someone whose personal dedication and love for gardening creates beautiful spaces that are inspirational to all who see them? The Cincinnati Horticultural Society is now accepting nominations for the 2010 Amateur Gardener Awards. All gardens are eligible (small, medium,

large, container) and should represent gardening at its very best. The society has recognized more than 75 amateur gardeners whose personal dedication and love for gardening beautifies and inspires the communities around them. The 2010 winners are eligible for special awards

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Fresh Air School, 10 a.m.-noon Strawberry Festival: Plant a strawberry patch; make a flower craft; make a mini strawberry shortcake with fresh cream. Meade House, 11887 Lebanon Road. Children learn about food and where it comes from, cooking, plus international activities and crafts all while getting some fresh air. Ages 410. Must be accompanied by an adult. Family friendly. $10 per class; $9 Symmes Township resident. Registration required. Presented by Cincinnati Horticultural Society. 872-5193,; Symmes Township.


Blooms and Berries Farm Market and Summer Produce Stand, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Blooms & Berries Farm Market, 9669 S. Ohio 48, Other locations are LovelandMadeira Road. next to New Hope Church, south of Kroger’s north of I-275 ramp; and across from Maineville Kroger’s at the Shoppes at Grandin on Ohio 48. Presented by Blooms and Berries Farm Market. 6979173; Loveland. Turner Farm, 2:30 p.m. Turner Farm, 7400 Given Road. Market includes naturally-raised meat and eggs and certified organic seasonal produce and flowers. Closes at dusk. 5617400; Indian Hill. Madeira Farmers’ Market, 3:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. City of Madeira,, Intersection of Dawson and Miami. Wide variety of locally and sustainably grown foods, made-from-scratch goodies and various artisanal products. Presented by Madeira Farmers Market. 6238058; Madeira.


City of Madeira Independence Day Festivities, 8 p.m. Sellman Park, 6612 Miami Ave. Madeira Middle School. Concessions available. Music by Above the Bar at 8 p.m. Fireworks at 10 p.m. Madeira Mile 1K Family Fun Run on Miami Avenue at 6:15 p.m. Parade on Miami Avenue at 6:30 p.m. Free. Presented by City of Madeira. 561-7228. Madeira.





Pick a Bouquet Club, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Loveland Primary/Elementary School, $35 donation. Registration required. 5133242873; Loveland. Miller House, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Miller House, 7226 Miami Ave. Sears, Roebuck House. Free, donations accepted. Presented by Madeira Historical Society. 240-4348. Madeira.


Acoustik Buca, 7:30 p.m. deSha’s American Tavern, 11320 Montgomery Road. 2479933; Montgomery.


Blue Ash Concert Series, 8 p.m.-11 p.m. Patriotic music by US Military Band of Flight. Blue Ash Towne Square. Cooper and Hunt roads, Bring seating. Free. Presented by City of Blue Ash. 745-6259; Blue Ash.


The Hitmen, 8 p.m.-midnight, Tony’s, 6771993; Symmes Township.


Keith Bender, 8 p.m. $12. Ages 18 and up. 10:30 p.m. $12. Ages 18 and up. Go Bananas, 984-9288; Montgomery.


Pick a Bouquet Club, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Loveland Primary/Elementary School, 550 LovelandMadeira Road. Pick ten bouquets of up to 24 stems, includes flowers and herbs. $35 donation. Registration required. Presented by Granny’s Garden School. 5133242873; Loveland.


Keith Bender, 8 p.m. $8, $4 college and military night. Ages 18 and up. Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place. 984-9288; Montgomery.


Movement for Flexibility, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Humana Guidance Center, 11316 Montgomery Road. Movement class to help with keeping joints flexible, lengthening muscles for vitality, increasing blood circulation, mind body coordination and balance. Bring towel. Ages 55 and up. Free. Through Aug. 26. 247-2100. Symmes Township. F R I D A Y, J U L Y 2


City of Madeira Independence Fireworks, 10 p.m. Sellman Park, 6612 Miami Ave. Entertainment and fireworks. Bring seating. Family friendly. Free. Presented by City of Madeira. 561-7228; Madeira.


Friday Night Grillouts, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Music by Katie Pritchard. Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road. Outdoor covered patio or air-conditioned dining area. 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. 791-1663; Symmes Township.

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Birthday Party Bash, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Humana Guidance Center, 11316 Montgomery Road. Light refreshments, Bingo with prizes and guest speaker. Ages 50 and up. Free. 2472100. Symmes Township. S A T U R D A Y, J U L Y 3


Faculty Show, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The Art Institute of Ohio - Cincinnati, Free. 833-2400. Symmes Township. A Generation of Rock ‘n’ Roll Legends, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Gallery Veronique, 530-5379. Symmes Township.


Blooms and Berries Farm Market and Summer Produce Stand, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Blooms & Berries Farm Market, 697-9173; Loveland. Turner Farm, 9 a.m. Turner Farm, 561-7400; Indian Hill. Montgomery Farmers’ Market, 9 a.m.12:30 p.m. Downtown Heritage District Public Parking Lot, Shelly Lane and Straight Street, Locally grown and organic produce, meats, pastries, granola and more. Weekly demonstrations include cooking, composting and nutrition. Free. Presented by Montgomery Farmers’ Market. 535-1514. Montgomery.


Indian Hill Fireworks, 9:45 p.m. Indian Hill High School, 6865 Drake Road. Free. Presented by Village of Indian Hill. 561-7926. Indian Hill.

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

Indian Hill Independence Day Parade, 10 a.m. Cincinnati Country Day School, 6905 Given Road. Parade travels along Shawnee Run Road and ends at Drake Road Primary School with food, drinks and activities for children. Presented by Village of Indian Hill. Indian Hill.


Pick a Bouquet Club, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Loveland Primary/Elementary School, $35 donation. Registration required. 5133242873; Loveland.


Independence Day Story Time, 11 a.m. Barnes & Noble Kenwood, 7800 Montgomery Road. Read what it is like to be proud of our country. 794-9440. Kenwood.


Live Music Saturday, 7:30 p.m. deSha’s American Tavern, 11320 Montgomery Road. Variety of groups perform. 247-9933; Montgomery.


Blue Ash/Montgomery Symphony Independence Day Concert, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Montgomery Park, 10101 Montgomery Road. Theme is “Independence Day 1976!” Salute to bicentennial of nation’s founding. Patriotic music, marches and songs plus selections made famous by Chicago, Earth Wind and Fire, Hawaii Five-O and others. Part of Montgomery Independence Day celebration. Free. Presented by City of Montgomery. 232-0949. Montgomery.


The Village of Indian Hill is hosting fireworks at 9:45 p.m. Saturday, July 3, at Indian Hill High School, 6865 Drake Road, Indian Hill. The event is free. Call 561-7926. S U N D A Y, J U L Y 4


Blooms and Berries Farm Market and Summer Produce Stand, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Blooms & Berries Farm Market, 697-9173; Loveland.


Blue Ash Fireworks, 10 p.m. With Rozzi Famous Fireworks. City of Blue Ash,, Northwest corner of Reed Hartman Highway and Glendale-Milford Road. Bring seating. Free. Presented by Blue Ash Recreation Department. 745-8500; Blue Ash.


Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 201 Riverside Drive. Bonaventure House with exhibits, gift shop and library, 1797 Rich Log Cabin and 1879 Bishop-Coleman Gazebo. Featuring works by internationally known photographer Nancy Ford Cones (1869-1962), who was a resident of Loveland and used local people and scenes in many of her pictorial photographs. $3 donation. Through Oct. 31. 683-5692; Loveland.


Kids Triathlon Training Clinic Series, 9 a.m.-10 a.m. Venus, 7795 Cooper Road. Clinics designed to answer questions about Fit to Fight Ovarian Cancer Kids Triathlon in Mason July 18. Ages 7-15. $20 for child and adult; $15 Montgomery residents. Reservations required. Presented by Venus Fitness For Her. 368-9319. Montgomery.

Faculty Show, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. The Art Institute of Ohio - Cincinnati, Free. 833-2400. Symmes Township.


Karaoke, 3 p.m. Symmes Township Branch Library, 11850 Enyart Road. Dress in star attire, bring backup singers or by yourself. Ages 6-12. Free. 369-6001. Symmes Township.


Keith Bender, 8 p.m. $12. Ages 21 and up. 10:30 p.m. $12. Ages 21 and up. Go Bananas, 984-9288; Montgomery.


Pick a Bouquet Club, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Loveland Primary/Elementary School, $35 donation. Registration required. 5133242873; Loveland.

The Hitmen, 8 p.m.-midnight, Tony’s, 6771993; Symmes Township.


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Kevin Fox, 8 p.m. InCahoots, 4110 Hunt Road. Classic and alternative rock. Free. 7932600. Blue Ash.

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Blue Ash Red, White and Blue Ash, 2 p.m.10:35 p.m. Music by Yes 6 p.m. and Peter Frampton 8:05 p.m. City of Blue Ash,, Northwest corner of Reed Hartman Highway and Glendale-Milford Road. National music entertainment, food and family activities. Free. Presented by Blue Ash Recreation Department. 745-6259; Blue Ash.


Holiday Kids’ Fishing Tournament, 10 a.m.-noon, Lake Isabella, 10174 LovelandMadeira Road. Registration 9 a.m. Trophies awarded. Ages 12 and under with an adult. Space is limited. Free. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275. Symmes Township. M O N D A Y, J U L Y 5


Pick a Bouquet Club, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Loveland Primary/Elementary School, $35 donation. Registration required. 5133242873; Loveland.



Tuesday Concerts in the Park, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Blues by The Sonny Moorman Band. Blue Ash Nature Park, 4433 Cooper Road. Bring seating. Free. Presented by City of Blue Ash. 745-6259; Blue Ash.


Trinity Together Time, 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. With magician Charlie Cadabra. Trinity Community Church, 3850 E. Galbraith Road. Outreach program for children, parents and grandparents. Guest speakers and activities. Ages 5 and under. Free. 791-7631. Deer Park.


Fun Fit & Balanced, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Humana Guidance Center, 11316 Montgomery Road. Learn to reduce risk of falling. Use chairs, tables, music, balls and more to learn simple ways to increase strength, coordination, endurance and balance. Ages 55 and up. Free. 247-2100. Symmes Township.


DivorceCare, 7 p.m. Armstrong Chapel United Methodist Church, 5125 Drake Road. Scripturally based support group for men and women going through separation or divorce. Free. 561-4220. Indian Hill.

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CIVIC Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund, 8:30 a.m.4:30 p.m. American Red Cross Blue Ash Chapter, 792-4000; Blue Ash. EXERCISE CLASSES

Tai Chi Class, 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Humana Guidance Center, 11316 Montgomery Road. Instructed Tai Chi for beginners with Jennifer. Family friendly. Free. Reservations required. 247-2100. Symmes Township.


Blooms and Berries Farm Market and Summer Produce Stand, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Blooms & Berries Farm Market, 697-9173; Loveland. Turner Farm, 9 a.m. Turner Farm, 561-7400; Indian Hill.


Pick a Bouquet Club, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Loveland Primary/Elementary School, $35 donation. Registration required. 5133242873; Loveland.


Paxton’s Idol, 9 p.m. Paxton’s Grill, 126 W. Loveland Ave. Karaoke competitions with prizes. 583-1717; Loveland.


The Wire-to-Wire Reds: Sweet Lou, Nasty Boys, and the Wild Run to a World Championship, 7 p.m. Barnes & Noble Kenwood, 7800 Montgomery Road. Author signing in honor of 20-year anniversary of championship season. 794-9440. Kenwood.

Summer Camp, 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Daily through July 9. Mount Carmel Baptist Church - Kenwood, 8645 Kenwood Road. Features field trips, craft activities, swimming and in Christian atmosphere. Kindergartengrade 6. $160. Registration required. 9848066. Kenwood.



Coney Island is hosting the Coney Island Balloon Glow from 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 3, on the banks of Lake Como at Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Township. The event includes music, entertainment, more than 20 glowing hot air balloons and Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks display. The glow is free, but pool and ride pricing applies; $10 parking after 4 p.m. Call 513-232-8230 or visit Pictured are some glowing balloons from last year’s event.

YMCA Camp Creekwood Traditional Day Camp, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Holiday Happenings. Daily through July 9. Blue Ash YMCA, 5000 YMCA Drive. Weekly-themed activities. Scholarship assistance available. Hamilton County Vouchers accepted.. Ages 5-12. $175, $135 per week; $35, $25 members pre or post camp. Registration required. Presented by YMCA of Greater Cincinnati. 7915000; Blue Ash. YMCA Camp Creekwood Teen Camp, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Daily through July 9. Blue Ash YMCA, 5000 YMCA Drive. Emphasis on leadership development, cultural awareness and self-worth combined with traditional camp fun. Scholarship assistance available. Ages 12-14. $180, $140 members. Registration required. 791-5000; Blue Ash.


The Cincinnati Museum Center OMNIMAX Theater will offer a double feature of “Mysteries of the Great Lakes,” and “Legends of Flight,” beginning July 2. “Mysteries” takes the viewer through the freshwater ecosystem with the lake sturgeon fish, pictured, as a guide. “Flight” zooms you through the sky and shows movie-goers aviation history and technology. Films will run through midNovember. Single film ticket prices are $7.50; $6.50 ages 60 and up; and $5.50 ages 3-12. Tickets to both films are $13, $11 and $9. Call 513-287-7000 or visit


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Some basic considerations about freedom

Most Fourth of July holidays come and go casually. It’s good to get off work, take in a game, have a cookout, watch a parade or fireworks. To be honest, however, very little or no time is spent thinking about the blessings of freedom. During the last decade, the collective life of our country has been undergoing change and freedom threatened. The World Trade Towers destruction, the shoe and underwear bombers, the SUV packed with explosives left in Times Square on a Saturday night, the prediction that more such attempts are coming, etc. – keep us looking over our shoulders. There are enemies who don’t understand what true freedom nor our respect of it. Add to this the catastrophic spill of oil in the Gulf of Mexico, the staggering debt of $13 trillion, the immigration issue – and a mood develops that waits for

another tragic shoe to drop. English historian Arnold Toynbee noted all the major civilizations that have come and gone or diminFather Lou ished over the Guntzelman centuries. For a few Perspectives their diminishment was due to conquest from without. But most of the civilizations declined because of deterioration from within. He also theorized that as new civilizations arose they tended to be located in a westerly direction from the previous one. If he’s correct, we may wonder, is China the next major civilization that will rise to great power and prestige we as decline? America is and has been a great country because of our dedication to individual rights and a

commitment to freedom. We could question if China, which curtails individual rights and restricts freedom, could rise to world power status. Yet, it’s been done before. That’s why our ancestors came to America in the first place – to escape such governments and rulers. To keep our freedom pure and effective, we must learn what freedom means today and what it demands of us. For too long we have equated freedom with license – and many have paid the price for that misconception. Many arrogantly claim, “This is a free country, I can do what I want!” Accepting this concept as true has led us to push the envelope too far, generated a coarse incivility, immodesty, narcissism, violence and the slow erosion of our morals. Freedom does not mean the ability to do anything I want. Freedom means the ability to do

what I ought. License means doing whatever I want, irrespective of the consequences or harm to self or others. American Baptist minister and Harvard chaplain Peter Gomes explains, “Freedom’s only virtue is that it enables us to pursue that which God desires for us and which we, in our heart of hearts, desire for ourselves.” (italics mine) Freedom requires reflective choices about the purpose of life. Our Declaration of Independence is actually a Declaration of Dependence. The Constitution of the United States makes its citizens independent of kings, dictators, parliaments and even majorities as regards to basic rights and liberties. But our dependence is grounded on “the Creator,” who “has endowed man with certain inalienable rights among which are the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

If our freedom came from a king or the government, then that king or government could take it away. It is only because our freedom comes from God that it is called “inalienable,” i.e. it cannot be taken away. If we enslave ourselves to ego, power, government, drugs, prejudice or religious fanaticism, we’re not free. God wants none of these for us. Paul writes, “For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters, only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for selfindulgence, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ ” (Galatians 5:13-14) 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.

Read together this summer with the help of the local library It’s a stormy afternoon, and they can’t go to the pool. You know what’s coming next. “Mom. There’s nothing to do. I’m so bored.” It’s easy to get out of the rain and escape the pain of boredom with mother’s best helper – the library. Lucky for you and your family, the Deer Park Branch Library has the cure for these summertime blues: “Lights, Camera, READ!,” the 37th annual summer reading program. Through July 31, kids of all ages – and adults, too – can be

entertained, make friends, and earn prizes just for reading and participating in programs like ... “Making A Splash With Ronald McDonald!” Meet Ronald McDonald and Stoogie The Bookworm. The program shows how books open doors to a world of adventure. Ages 3 and older are welcomed. The read-to-reel themed program will give your family something fun (and free) to do together this summer, and by actually participating in summer reading with your children, you’ll become a reading role

model. Research suggests that is one of the best ways to inspire your children to read, and it doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming. The library makes it easy with lots of great books and reading suggestions. Visit the library’s summer reading website ummerread/ to get some great titles for your kids and teens, and some fun beach books for you. Everyday activities provide opportunities to read together, too. Use every opportunity to read. Read

food labels, road signs, maps, menus, magazines, and comic books. Let your child help you cook. Let him or her read the recipe and help gather ingredients. The possibilities are endless, just make it enjoyable. The


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Take a bite out of summer fruit, veggies Last week we were picking black raspberries from my bushes. T h i s week I went with daughterin-law Jessie and grandkids Rita Luke, Will Heikenfeld and Jack Rita’s kitchen tRouster’so u-pick blueberry farm in Clermont County. The blueberries, like everything else, are a couple weeks early this year. They were beautiful and we left with loaded buckets of blueberries. Jess freezes most of hers for pancakes; I freeze some and make jam, as well. You’ll find a recipe in the box of pectin.

Lemon parfait with fresh berries

This is a very soft-set parfait, perfect for layering with seasonal fruits. I made it mostly with blueberries. All berries have lots of vitamin C and are full of fiber, so eat up! 6 oz. cream cheese, softened 3 ⁄4 cup confectioners’ sugar 1 cup whipping cream 2 tablespoons lemon juice 4 cups fresh berries Combine cream cheese

and sugar. Beat on low speed until smooth. Add cream and beat until smooth. Increase speed to medium high and beat until cream is billowy – it won’t hold stiff peaks. Add lemon juice and stir briefly just to blend. Line up four parfait or wineglasses. Beginning with berries, evenly layer berries and cream. Garnish with mint sprig. Can be made three hours before serving. Serves four.

Love at First Bite’s yellow squash and tomato parmesan

Thank God I have a young editor, Lisa Mauch, who turned me on to this cookbook. It’s inspired by the four hugely popular vampire-based fantasy romance “Twilight” novels by Stephenie Meyer. The novels chart a period in the life of Isabella “Bella” Swan, a teenage girl who moves to Forks, Wash., and falls in love with a 104year-old vampire named Edward Cullen. The series is told primarily from Bella’s point of view. Book No. 3, “Eclipse,” is coming out as a movie and opens June 30. The cookbook, “Love at First Bite: The Unofficial Twilight Cookbook” by Gina Meyers, is a fun read, plus the recipes look pretty darn good. Here’s one I’m going to try, since my squash is


“Love at First Bite” is a cookbook written by Gina Meyers based on the “Twilight” series of books and movies. already bearing abundantly. The recipe wasn’t clear – it didn’t tell what to do with the other half of the veggies, etc. so I am assuming the whole dish is a layered one. 2 yellow crookneck squash, cut into 1⁄2-inch slices (I’ll be using zucchini) 2 large tomatoes, cut into 1⁄2-inch slices 1 ⁄2 cup grated Parmesan, divided 1 tablespoon dried oregano (I’ll be using 2 tablespoons fresh) 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted (I’d use a bit more) In an 8-by-8-inch baking dish, layer half the squash and tomatoes on the bottom. Sprinkle half the cheese and half the oregano. Drizzle with half the butter.

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Rita and grandsons Luke, Will and Jack at Rouster’s blueberry field. Make more layers, topping Preheat oven to 375 with cheese and oregano. degrees. Drain cherries, Serves six. reserving 1 cup juice. ComAnd here’s the quote at bine Splenda and cornstarch the end: “What if I’m not in saucepan and stir in the hero? What if I’m the reserved juice. Cook until bad guy?” - Edward. mixture begins to boil. Boil one minute, stirring Remove from Cherry pie with Splenda constantly. heat; stir in lemon juice, For Helen Kane, who extract and food coloring. wanted a sugar-free pie with Fold in cherries; cool slightcanned cherries. ly and spoon into pie shell. Place second shell over 2 cans, 14.5 oz. each, filling and make slits in top. pitted tart red cherries Bake 40 to 50 minutes or 3 ⁄4 cup Splenda granulatuntil crust is nice and golden. ed Cover edges with foil to 1 ⁄4 cup cornstarch prevent overbrowning, if 2 teaspoons lemon juice necessary. Cool an hour 1 ⁄4 teaspoon almond before setting up. extract Few drops red food coloring if you want Quick pickled beets We should all be eating


more beets. They help prevent cancer and birth defects. For Laura, a Northern Kentucky reader. No real recipe, but here’s how I do it: drain a can of sliced or small whole beets. Slice a medium onion thinly and add to beets. In a saucepan, bring to a boil a cup of cider vinegar, sugar to taste (start with about 1⁄3 cup) and a dash or two of salt. Pour this over beets. Some people add a dash or two of allspice or cloves. Cool and chill. 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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Choice of soil important Of the major ingredients for a kitchen garden (sun, water, seeds and soil), the choice of soil is a vital key to a successful raised bed. As National Geographic in September 2008 stated, soil is “where food begins.” With a raised bed you have the chance to provide the very best incubator for your food. Contrary to some past thinking, “sterile” soil is not the best. You want to provide a mixture of natural organic elements. During times of economic stress and during war, people turned, out of necessity, to growing their own food. Many families survived with only a small plot of ground which they tended carefully, feeding and watering it as if their lives depended upon it – and it did. That is the story of sustenance. Some families during bad times learned how to groom and nurture the natural ecosystem of a small piece of land to give them maximum food. There is a tie-in here to raised bed gardening. If you carefully husband a small piece of soil, your family

can eat from it. Some of the farming disasters of the Midwest were caused heavyJuliann B. by h a n d e d Gardner p l o w i n g , Community o v e r- c r o p and/or Press guest ping, h e a v y columnist m a c h i n e r y compaction of the land in later years. Some farmers used and abused the topsoil, resulting in soil degradation. Top soil originally was made up of loose heterogeneous clumps and had plenty of air pockets to allow water and nutrients to get to plant roots. With repeated plowing the top soil was turned over (and is some cases it blew or eroded away) and the necessary microbial population that enriched it was also unknowingly destroyed. Enter the raised bed. With this simple construction you can provide ideal and enriched soil, in the depth needed for your vegetables and you can regenerate new soil on a small scale.

If you carefully husband a small piece of soil, your family can eat from it. With a rich base of nutrients, and the help of organic matter from compost, you can “create” your own nutritious topsoil. Right on top of the solid clay backfill surrounding your home (bulldozed there and compacted into a virtually impenetrable surface by your house contractor) you can install a raised bed filled with the kind of soil your plants crave. Adding compost and other decayed organic matter attracts the worms, who now dig channels in the soil for water-containing nutrients to reach your plants’ roots, leaving behind their castings as second generation fertilizer. This sets the stage for “where food begins.” Depth. Most salad greens can be cultivated in six inches of good soil. Root crops, such as carrots, require more depth, so a minimum of 12 inches is

desirable. For your raised bed, a base of “veggie” mixed soil, with added compost and/or rotted manure is your gift to your garden-to-table produce-quality soil gives a jump start “right off the block.” This soil base can further be topped with about one inch of fine soil mix, providing immediate soil contact for quick seed germination. “How much soil do I need ?” (Soil, not “dirt.”) It is a matter of math. A 2-by-4-foot raised bed six inches deep needs only 4 cubic feet of soil (about one large garbage can full). A 4-by-4-foot bed 12 inches deep and filled to the top requires four times as much, or 16 cubic feet of soil. If you have a 4-by-8 foot bed that is 12 inches deep, you will need 32 cubic feet of soil, and so on. Good regional planting soil is available locally, both bagged and in bulk. Juliann B. Gardner of Terrace Park has more than 20 years of experience in gardening. She can be reached at

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Ahoy, matey!

Pirate MacGregor and his cohort Mary Read led a rockin’ good time for a crew of wee pirates and princesses – including Savannah, left, and Natalie Hugenberg – at the Madeira Branch Library June 3. These two zany pirates will drop anchor at other library locations this summer. Don’t miss Pirate Island Madness at the Oakley (2 p.m. July 8), Mount Washington (6:30 p.m. July 27) and Clifton (2 p.m. July 31) branch libraries. For more information, visit /summerread. PROVIDED

Class coming to Madeira The fitness center at Madeira Health Care Center is offering a new exercise fundamental class that is ideal to older adults who are in need of toning and stretching. The class will be on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. throughout the summer. This 45-minute class will incorporate standing and sitting exercises and is free to the public. Space is limited so it will be first come, first served. Reservations are preferred by calling the fitness center at 561-6400. “Offering this class for free seemed like a good solution to introducing the benefits of exercise to folks who may not have made

exercise part of their lifestyle,” fitness director Lauran McHaffie said. “This will give people a chance to experience first-hand about the merit of exercise. It really can be life altering at any age.” For more information, ask for Kelly or Lauran at 561-6400. Madeira Health Care Center, 6940 Stiegler Lane, is a skilled care nursing care facility that is part of the Premier Health Care Management family. It houses a fitness center that is open to MHCC residents and the public, specializing in exercise training services for older adults and beginners.

Pat Donaldson, resident since 2009

No matter what happens, I’m taken care of. I have the security of all levels of care should I need it and it’s reassuring to know that I’ll never be asked to leave for financial reasons. Not all senior living communities will promise that—in writing right in your contract! So I can relax and enjoy the opera, theater, and concentrate on my studies at the University of Cincinnati. For your personal tour, please call Gini Tarr, 513.561.4200.

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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.





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St. Paul Community United Methodist Church

The church is continuing the summer series “Faithful Answers to Life’s Larger Questions” Sunday, July 4, with the sermon “For You Are Called to Freedom,” based on the scripture reading Galatians 5:1, 13-25. Communion will be offered during the services. 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 childcare is provided for all services. The church is at 8221 Miami Road, Madeira; 891-8181;

Sycamore Christian Church

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

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The church is hosting Trinity Together Time from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 6. It is a free program for children from infants to 5 years of age and their parents/caregivers. This month’s program features Charlie Cadabra the magician. For information, call the church office at 791-7631. The church is at 3850 East Galbraith Road, Dillonvale; 791-7631.

Thursday July 8th

FELLOWSHIP CHURCH (Preaching the Gospel of Hope) 6830 School Street

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Trinity Community Church



New Church of Montgomery

7701 Kenwood Rd.

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

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

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

Sunday Worship 8am & 9:30am

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

First Church of Christ, Scientist 3035 Erie Ave 871-0245

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; Childcare and Transportation provided. The church is at 8999 Applewood Drive, Blue Ash; 891-8527.

Sunday Service 10:30am

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

Hartzell United Methodist

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

Sunday School & Worship 9 AM & 10:30 AM


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


(off Larchview, off Plainfield at Cross County Hwy.)

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

Cincinnati Country Day School 272-5800

Michigan & Erie Ave

UNITED METHODIST 8999 Applewood Dr Blue Ash 891 8527

Hyde Park Baptist Church

The church is hosting Scrapbooking from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. nearly every third Monday. Free child care is provided. You must register by 5 p.m. Friday before the Monday event. The dates are: July 19 and Aug. 16. The church is at 7701 Kenwood Road, Kenwood; 891-1700.

Kenwood Fellowship Church


Handicapped Accessible

St. Barnabas VBS will be held Thursday, July 22, through Sunday, July 25. The times are 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday; and 9 a.m. to noon Sunday. The theme is “High Seas Expedition: Exploring the Mighty Love of God.” The service project for the children will be El Hogar Mission in Honduras. Children ages 3 to 10 are welcome to attend. There is no fee for this program. Call the church office at 984-8401 or register online at St. Barnabas works with children from the Findlay Street neighborhood on a Summer Camp outreach Monday to Friday through Aug. 6. Volunteers are needed for field trips, craft projects, sports and overnight camp. Donations of food or materials for craft projects are welcome and can be coordinated through the St. Barnabas office. St. Barnabas will host a book club, a canoe trip and a day at the Great American Ball Park this summer. Sunday worship services are 8, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. with summer church school at 9:30 a.m. All are welcome. The church will hold services all summer during the construction on Montgomery Road. The church is at 10345 Montgomery Road, Montgomery; 984-8401;


“Meeting the Needs of a Changing Community by Sharing the Unchanging Love of God”

Church of God of Prophecy

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church


VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL, JUNE 21-25, 6-8PM Blending Contemporary & Traditional Sunday Worship - 11 :00 a.m. Wednesday Gathering - 6:00 p.m.

Sunday Worship Services are 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. with Adult Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. Children’s Church is during the 10:45 a.m. hour. All guests and visitors are welcome. The church is at 7388 East Kemper Road, Sycamore Township; 4897021.

The church is hosting evening Vacation Bible School, “Galactic Blast… A Cosmic Adventure Praising God,” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. July 26-30. Register at Call for details. Worship on Wednesday is at 7:30 p.m. through Aug. 18. It is casual worship with Holy Communion weekly. Children’s summer camps are available from 9 a.m. to noon every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The cost is $10 for one child and $15 for families. Reservations can be made by calling the church. The seventh annual Fall Craft Show is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Saturday, Nov. 6. They are looking for crafters and vendors to join the show. Call the church for details. The church is located 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 East Galbraith Road, Madeira; 791-8348.


Dianne Steelman, Pastor 4808 Eastern Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45208 513-871-2954

Brecon United Methodist Church

Church of the Saviour United Methodist



Morning Blend worship services at Ascension are on the third Sunday of each summer month, combining contemporary and traditional elements. Summer worship is at 10 a.m. and everyone is welcome. The church is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 793-3288, www.ascensionlutheran


Armstrong Chapel United Methodist Church is offering its third 13-week session of “DivorceCare.” It began May 11. A scripturally-based support group, DivorceCare is for men and women who are going through separation or divorce. Meetings are at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the church. They are free and open to all. Meetings run through Aug. 3. For more information and registration, visit or call 561-4220. The church will host Vacation Bible School from 9:30 to noon Aug. 26. Programming with a heroes theme is planned for children who are 4-years-old by Sept. 1 through those who have completed fourth grade. Church membership is not necessary to participate. Entry forms are available by calling the church office at 561-4220 or online at The chapel is at 5125 Drake Road, Indian Hill; 561-4220.

Ascension Lutheran Church


Armstrong Chapel United Methodist Church

a.m. to 10 a.m. The church is located at 9035 E. Kemper Road, Montgomery; 4899572.

The Blue Ash Northeast Democratic Club kicked off its summer activities with participation in the Blue Ash Memorial Day parade. The organization’s second summer activity was a picnic June 15 at the Blue Ash Nature Park, with special guest Doug Sizemore, executive secretary-treasurer, AFLCIO. Members, their families, friends, elected officials, and candidates enjoyed a grilled dinner with homemade side dishes and desserts. A FUNdraiser, for the club is set for Tuesday, July 20, at Go Bananas Comedy Club, 8410 Market Place Lane in Montgomery. Advanced tickets for the Go Bananas Comedy Club event are discounted at $12.50 per ticket and can be purchased on-line at m. On the night of the event, July 20, the tickets are $15. At summer’s end, the BANDC will host a tabletop booth at the Taste of Blue Ash Aug. 27-29 at Blue Ash Towne Square, Hunt and Cooper roads in Blue Ash. The club’s regular meetings resume at 7 p.m. September through June on the third Tuesday of each month at the Blue Ash Recreation Center. Members are encouraged to join the group for $25 per year, but meetings are always open to the public. For more information, contact the club at or visit them on Facebook.




Jerome Elon Gruter

Jerome “Jerry� Elon Gruter, 79, of Dillonvale, Sycamore Township, died June 14. Survived by wife, Patricia “Pat� Ann Gruter; sons, Stephen Gruter and David Gruter; daughters, Vicki O’Shea, Kathy Denman and Peggy Rothe; sibling, Angie Taylor; 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Preceded in death by parents, Anna and Bernard Gruter; and siblings, Marcella Logeman, Ethel

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Lachman and Virginia Walled. Services were June 18 at St. Saviour Church, Rossmoyne. Memorials to: St. Saviour Catholic Church 4118 Myrtle Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45236; or Hospice of Cincinnati Blue Ash, 4310 Cooper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45241.

Arlene Rebecca McNamara

Arlene Rebecca (nee Trupp) McNamara, 87, of Dillonvale died June 13. Survived by son, Joseph (Marsha) McNamara Jr.; grandchildren, Kelly (Dave) Torggler, Shawn (Jennifer) McNamara, Kristen McNamara; honorary granddaughter, Elisa Varga Toth; and great-grandchildren, Kennedy, Sophia, Chloe, Bella,

Blake and Brayden. Preceded in death by husband, Joseph W. McNamara Sr. Services were June 17 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Memorials to: Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263.

Margaret Ann Menke

Margaret Ann “Peggy� (nee Eschmeyer) Menke died June 11. She had relatives in Deer Park. Survived by husband of 63 years,

Aloysius Menke; children, Jim (Carolyn) Menke, Anne Menke and Jackie Tucker; grandchildren, Melissa Menke, Alex Menke Pogue, Christopher Braun, Kendra Tucker, Jessica Meyer, Matthew Meyer, Tricia Menke, Jackie Menke and Krista Menke; two great-grandchildren; siblings, Jack (Mary) Eschmeyer and Mary Clark; brother-in-law, to Ray Buckingham; and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by children, Stephen, David and Jan-



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April Demint, 32, 4501 Anchorage Road, theft at 3240 Highland Ave., June 3. Greg Johnson, 34, 4501 Anchorage Road, theft at 3240 Highland Ave., June 3. Anthony Ross, 20, 4205 Wotterson, disorderly conduct at 6907 Buckingham, June 4. Monie Phelps, 43, 7006 Bramble Ave., operating motor vehicle intoxicated at 6819 Palmetto Street, May 26.

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Incidents/investigations Burglary

Residence entered and Ipod, clock, computer tower, TV, video system, cash of unknown value removed at 4501 Spencer Ave., May 28.

Criminal damaging

Window damaged at 6897 Indian Hill Place, June 6. Fence damaged at 4450 Emerald Ave., June 1. Keyhole damaged at 7731 E. Kemper Road, June 2.

Criminal damaging,theft

Drill valued at $250 removed from vehicle at 5385 Ridge Road, June 7.

Criminal trespassing,theft

Victim threatened at 5385 Ridge Road, June 7.


Air conditioner valued at $2,500 removed at 7853 Palace Drive, May 27. Glasses valued at $250 removed at 4333 Sycamore Road, June 1. Playstation valued at $400 removed at 11959 Fourth Ave., May 29. Envelopes valued at $246.95 removed at 6510 Michael Drive, June 2. Medication valued at $30 removed at 3919 Belfast Ave., June 6.



Sharon Lee Macke, 51, 4282 Redmont Ave., domestic violence, June 19. Juvenile, no age, standing on top of Chamberlin Park war memorial, June 21. Daniel R. Stewart, 19, 4169 O’Leary Ave., standing on top of Chamberlin Park war memorial at 7640 O’Leary Ave., June 21. Joseph S. Spaeth, 18, 3176 Mapleleaf Ave., standing on top of Chamberlin Park war memorial at 7640 O’Leary Ave., June 21. Juvenile, 17, warrant at 8100 Plainfield Road, June 16. Juvenile, 17, receiving stolen property at 8100 Plainfield Road, June 16. Michael J. Landin, 27, 9236 Burgess Drive, drug abuse at 4077 E. Galbraith Road, June 18.

Incidents/Investigations Domestic violence

Reported at Redmont Ave., June 19.

Receiving stolen property

Driving stolen vehicle at 4247 E. Galbraith Road, June 16.


Table valued at $50 stolen from 3909

About police reports Hemphill Way, June 20. Playstation and video games valued at $760 stolen from 4282 Redmont Ave., June 18.



David T. Carpenter, 20, 6529 Madeira Hills Drive, alcohol possession under 21, operating vehicle under influence, June 6. Adam M. Mcdowell, 28, 578 Pauline, drug abuse, May 28. Michael S. Candri, 18, 9159 Congress Court, drug abuse, June 5. Stacey L. Doppes, 30, 38 Woodland Hills, drug abuse, June 1. Gregory S. Seaman, 44, 7516 Shawnee Run, improper handling of firearms, obstructing official business, May 26. Kyle J. Mendenhall, 23, 1161 Navaho, drug possession, drug instrument, May 28.

Incidents/investigations Misuse of credit card

At 7235 Osceola Drive, June 4. Male reported this offense at 7059 Dawson No. 85, June 7.


Paint sprayed on concrete at 7465

Police reports are gathered from reports on file with local police departments. This information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. The Community Press publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. Juveniles, those 17 and younger, are listed by age and gender. To contact your local

police department: • Columbia Township: Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Simon L. Leis, sheriff; Sgt. Peter Enderle. Call 683-3444. • Deer Park: Michael Schlie, chief. Call 7918056. • Madeira: Frank Maupin, chief. Call 2724214. • Sycamore Township, 7927254.

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SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Sharon Riggs, 44, 4888 Winton Road, theft at 7875 Montgomery Road, May 27. Shawnece Hughes, 18, 3211 Heresford Ave., theft, resisting arrest at 7875 U.S. 22, May 28. Candice Christen, 22, 1828 Losantiville, disorderly conduct at 1000 Sycamore St., May 28. Eloise Jones, 36, 1271 Manss Ave., disor-

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Incidents/investigations Criminal damaging

Vehicle tire damaged at 7875 U.S. 22, June 3.

Misuse of credit card

Credit cards removed and used without consent at 10812 Montgomery Road, June 1.


Credit card removed and $1,000 in charges made at 7860 Montgomery Road, May 31.

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